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Rumor is, Willie Taggart may rejoin Cristobal and become Miami’s OC. Stay tuned.

Also in the rumor mill, the Duh Cows are saying their AD MK was in Myrtle Beach last weekend. Was he talking to the Chanticleers’ coach? Did Luke Fickell jumping ship from Cincy put the kibosh on such a move at the last minute?

Finally, an AJ-C reporter posted Tulane Coach Willie would be going to Ga Tech. It was almost immediately rolled back by usually reliable sources like Pete Thamel. Whatever the truth is, our Knights sure can benefit from the a bit of chaos with the Green Wave as the team heads to NOLA for the American’s CCG.

 

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50 minutes ago, spenser1058 said:

Rumor is, Willie Taggart may rejoin Cristobal and become Miami’s OC. Stay tuned.

Also in the rumor mill, the Duh Cows are saying their AD MK was in Myrtle Beach last weekend. Was he talking to the Chanticleers’ coach? Did Luke Fickell jumping ship from Cincy put the kibosh on such a move at the last minute?

Finally, an AJ-C reporter posted Tulane Coach Willie would be going to Ga Tech. It was almost immediately rolled back by usually reliable sources like Pete Thamel. Whatever the truth is, our Knights sure can benefit from the a bit of chaos with the Green Wave as the team heads to NOLA for the American’s CCG.

Yeah, Coach Luke is going to Wisconsin, right?

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Roundabouts are (slowly!) eating the suburbs
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/11/25/roundabout-revolution-traffic-circles/

From The Washington Post

“So which state is the roundaboutiest? Florida boasts the most roundabouts, but it also has the third-largest population in the nation. Nebraska has the most roundabouts per person, but they’re spread across one of the sparsest (and often most scenic) road networks in the country. Per mile of road, Maryland actually emerges as the roundabout champion.”

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If you’re looking for love, make sure and register to vote!

”Did you vote in the most recent midterm election? If not, you might want to keep it to yourself.

“Almost half, 47%, of singles say that finding out the person they are dating is a non-voter is a "deal breaker," according to user data from dating app Tinder.

“And a whopping 53% of users said that knowing a potential match is a regular voter makes them more attractive. “

From CNBC

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3 hours ago, AmIReal said:

The plague of purple streetlights. Turns out "it isn't some grand conspiracy, though lots of people saw in the synthetic twilight the effects of 5G radiation or government surveillance, a sign of the times. "

https://www.businessinsider.com/led-city-streetlights-turning-purple-broken-tech-danger-2022-11

seriously.  those new daylight white street lights at the interchanges in VoCo that are maybe 3-4 years old have been changing to purple.

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On 11/29/2022 at 9:14 AM, spenser1058 said:

Gerrymandering in the service of white supremacy is a scary, scary thing:

https://live-pluribus-wp.pantheonsite.io/news-and-events/minority-districts-drop-after-redistricting-despite-population-growth/

From Pluribus 
 

This guy waited until the end of the article to finally bring up that living patterns are different now compared to before. And these same so called racist states put a more diverse group of elected officials in power. 

Its like these writers are contractually obligated to virtue signal before they actually report facts. 

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3 minutes ago, jack said:

This guy waited until the end of the article to finally bring up that living patterns are different now compared to before. And these same so called racist states put a more diverse group of elected officials in power. 

Its like these writers are contractually obligated to virtue signal before they actually report facts. 

Florida has a diverse group of elected officials at the statewide level? 

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22 hours ago, spenser1058 said:

Florida has a diverse group of elected officials at the statewide level? 

The comment was from the article:

In Florida, where Black lawmakers make up a majority of the Democratic caucus, three new Black Republicans won election this month. Iowa elected a dozen people of color to the legislature, a new record. Minnesota’s incoming legislature will be the most diverse ever. Minorities will serve as legislative leaders for the first time in Maine and Michigan. 

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14 minutes ago, jack said:

The comment was from the article:

In Florida, where Black lawmakers make up a majority of the Democratic caucus, three new Black Republicans won election this month. Iowa elected a dozen people of color to the legislature, a new record. Minnesota’s incoming legislature will be the most diverse ever. Minorities will serve as legislative leaders for the first time in Maine and Michigan. 

I was referring to the state government who gerrymandered the districts to reduce the number of minority folks representing them. I also note they did that in direct contradiction of the Fair Districts Amendments overwhelmingly approved by Florida citizens.

I also think it’s fascinating you think it’s appropriate for Republicans to claim credit for what Democratic voters did.

 

 

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‘In 2010, Florida voters, by a strong majority, approved a constitutional amendment rejecting gerrymandering. The amendment made clear that “districts shall not be drawn with the intent or result of denying or abridging the equal opportunity of racial or language minorities to participate in the political process or to diminish their ability to elect representatives of their choice.”

Yet Florida’s Republican-led Legislature produced a gerrymandered map anyway. In 2015, the state Supreme Court struck down much of the Legislature’s proposed map, and demanded that eight House districts be redrawn. Among them was the Fifth District, which at the time snaked up the state from Orlando to Jacksonville. The redrawn map allowed Black voters to elect four Black representatives.

In the decade between 2010 and 2020, there was a 14.6 percent increase in the population of the state, nearly twice the rate of growth of the country — and enough to earn Florida a 28th congressional district.

But when the Legislature drew its map this cycle, it didn’t increase the number of minority districts, even though minorities had driven 90 percent of the population growth in the state — growth that had earned Florida its new district. (Most of that growth was among Hispanics.)

As the staff director of the Florida Senate’s Committee on Reapportionment told The Tampa Bay Times, state legislators initially set out to keep the number of Black- and Hispanic-majority districts the same as they had been for the past few years.

That wouldn’t have been fair, but at least the number of minority seats wouldn’t be cut. That wasn’t enough for DeSantis. He submitted his own redistricting map that cut the number of Black-controlled districts in half, taking them from four to two. The legislature went along and approved DeSantis’s map.’

From The New York Times

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On 11/30/2022 at 12:03 PM, jack said:

This guy waited until the end of the article to finally bring up that living patterns are different now compared to before. And these same so called racist states put a more diverse group of elected officials in power. 

Its like these writers are contractually obligated to virtue signal before they actually report facts. 

this is an example of what the MSM does.  They slam the, how shall I say it, non-Leftists, at the beginning of an article, through the middle of an article, and then, knowing that people mainly read just the headlines and the first paragraph or two, give the REAL info at the end to CYA.  That's why memes are so popular.  It's a tactic and they do it all the time.  Sometimes they even state that the theme of the article was nothing more than satire.  

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3 minutes ago, jrs2 said:

this is an example of what the MSM does.  They slam the, how shall I say it, non-Leftists, at the beginning of an article, through the middle of an article, and then, knowing that people mainly read just the headlines and the first paragraph or two, give the REAL info at the end to CYA.  That's why memes are so popular.  It's a tactic and they do it all the time.  Sometimes they even state that the theme of the article was nothing more than satire.  

But in Florida, as pointed out, that’s exactly what DeSantis did. 

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I was thinking about the Robert Meyer (now the Metropolitan) downtown. It opened in 1963, just four years after the Robert Meyer in Jax, but they were totally different.

The Jax hotel was a traditional big city hotel (sadly, it’s been demolished) while the Orlando version was more like a motor lodge.

I wonder what prompted the Meyer family to change direction (this was pre-Disney, so Orlando wasn’t much more of a tourist destination than Jax at the time.

Meanwhile, Parkside will be hitting its 75th anniversary in just a couple of years. It opened in 1950.

https://orlandoretro.com/2013/08/08/the-intriguing-history-of-the-cherry-plaza-hotel-part-1/

From Orlando Retro

The rest of the story:

Due to segregation, the Cherry Plaza refused to allow the Black players on the Minnesota Twins (who held spring training at Tinker Field) to stay at the hotel.

This didn’t sit well with Minnesota’s governor and by 1964 the team would move to the new Downtowner Motor Inn on Orange Ave., which was integrated:

https://orlandoretro.com/2013/08/25/the-intriguing-history-of-the-cherry-plaza-hotel-part-2/

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On 12/1/2022 at 12:14 PM, spenser1058 said:

‘In 2010, Florida voters, by a strong majority, approved a constitutional amendment rejecting gerrymandering. The amendment made clear that “districts shall not be drawn with the intent or result of denying or abridging the equal opportunity of racial or language minorities to participate in the political process or to diminish their ability to elect representatives of their choice.”

Yet Florida’s Republican-led Legislature produced a gerrymandered map anyway. In 2015, the state Supreme Court struck down much of the Legislature’s proposed map, and demanded that eight House districts be redrawn. Among them was the Fifth District, which at the time snaked up the state from Orlando to Jacksonville. The redrawn map allowed Black voters to elect four Black representatives.

In the decade between 2010 and 2020, there was a 14.6 percent increase in the population of the state, nearly twice the rate of growth of the country — and enough to earn Florida a 28th congressional district.

But when the Legislature drew its map this cycle, it didn’t increase the number of minority districts, even though minorities had driven 90 percent of the population growth in the state — growth that had earned Florida its new district. (Most of that growth was among Hispanics.)

As the staff director of the Florida Senate’s Committee on Reapportionment told The Tampa Bay Times, state legislators initially set out to keep the number of Black- and Hispanic-majority districts the same as they had been for the past few years.

That wouldn’t have been fair, but at least the number of minority seats wouldn’t be cut. That wasn’t enough for DeSantis. He submitted his own redistricting map that cut the number of Black-controlled districts in half, taking them from four to two. The legislature went along and approved DeSantis’s map.’

From The New York Times

I voted for fair districts and do not like gerrymandering but I do not think it is racist to carve up districts to make your party more powerful. It is not the 1960's where only black districts would send black people to elected office. 

What these folks are doing are making it easier to get they party more seats. 

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3 minutes ago, jack said:

I voted for fair districts and do not like gerrymandering but I do not think it is racist to carve up districts to make your party more powerful. It is not the 1960's where only black districts would send black people to elected office. 

What these folks are doing are making it easier to get they party more seats. 

That sounds great but even the Legislature didn’t want to go as far as DeSatan. Maybe if the GOP hadn’t devolved into the party of white supremacy they could have come up with districts that equally represent the citizens of Florida. But feel free to aid and abet this Jim Crow 2.0 mixture of gerrymandering and voter suppression. 

If you want to see very easily the difference, just pull up  panoramic shots of the delegates at the Republican and Democratic conventions. Guess which one looks like America today and which one looks like a scene from Ozzie and Harriet?
 

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22 hours ago, orange87 said:

Two bits of encouraging news out of countries with authoritarian regimes.

- Iran abolishes morality police and considers changing hijab laws.

- China eases draconian COVID restrictions after mass protests.

well, it really wasn't the covid restrictions that were THE extreme thing; they were retaliating against protesters and having the banks seize their accounts...among other things.  Did they ease up on their retaliatory measures against protesters?

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