And mind you, that's all we're doing today because July 31 is "Jump for Jelly Beans Day" and not "National Jelly Bean Day." That was way back on April 22. To jump for jelly beans is to show one's love for the delightfully whimsical bean-shaped confections. Did you know that jelly beans trace their ... More >>
The newly formed anti-medical marijuana group Drug Free Florida has appointed former Ronald Reagan drug czar Carlton Turner as its chairman. Turner made a name for himself in the 1980s when he came up with the "Just Say No" campaign. But he's also grabbed headlines for once famously saying that mar ... More >>
Now that the Florida Supreme Court has approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot this November, the group responsible for getting it there, United for Care, is all about getting the word out. This week alone, the group has a daylong campaign scheduled t ... More >>
Remember Allen West? The former congressman and always defender of freedom who repped the 18 district by saying things such as, "Women have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness," and called the Democratic party a plantation, and called President Obama ... More >>
At 7:20 a.m. Sunday in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil awoke from hibernation, saw its shadow, and unwittingly predicted six more weeks of winter. Considering that temperatures were in the 20s that day, no one can really blame the poor fellow for retreating to the war ... More >>
Former high-pitched Saturday Night Live cast member and current right-wing fringer and Tea Party member Victoria Jackson has decided she might want to maybe get into politics and run for alderman in the town she's currently living in. But, just like commie-killin' Ronald Reagan did before her, she t ... More >>
With Florida now numero uno in concealed gun permits and with thousands showing up to the gun show in Fort Lauderdale this past weekend comes today's news conference held by President Obama that aims to anger lots and lots of Floridians who just want to be able to buy themselves an assault rifle so ... More >>
We're live-blogging tonight's debate right here, on this page. Bookmark the link and follow our updates after the jump.
Remember when Charlie Crist used to be a Republican? Well Charlie Crist does. And he thinks it used to be pretty great. And then Barack Obama went and hugged him and got his government take over stank all over Crist and ruined a perfectly good Republican. Because of this treachery, the GOP brande ... More >>
There was a lot speculation on who the big supersecret "surprise" speaker at the RNC would be. Would it be Sarah Palin? Tim Tebow? A hologram of Ronald Reagan? Perhaps a James Polk puppet? WRONG. Because, as it turns out, the big secret surprise guest that got all the GOPers in a tizzy wa ... More >>
Wall Street and Washington conspire to destabilize the U.S.economy, one barrel of oil at a time.
In yet another example of gross government overreach and excessive bureaucratic regulation, officials have announced that today, June 30, will be one second longer than a normal Earth day. At 11:59:59 p.m. tonight, the officially recognized time will receive an extra second before rolling over to mi ... More >>
Earlier this month, Congressman Allen West said he was "not into name-calling, all that kind of stuff." On Saturday, he said Democratic leadership should "get the hell out of the United States of America." Those comments, at the Palm Beach County GOP's Lincoln Day dinner, got plenty of play on Tw ... More >>
If you didn't know about Abraham Lincoln's strong anti-abortion policies while he was in the White House, it's probably because they didn't exist.Rep. Allen West, however -- the former history teacher -- decided to deal an anti-abortion quote to the annual March for Life at the National Mall in W ... More >>
Flickr user: WhologwhyMmmm, veggies.Every few years, our elected officials pretend to care about nutrition. This week, Congress is debating whether to keep counting the tomato paste on pizza as a serving of vegetables in school lunches. Makes you nostalgic for the days of mystery meat and rubbery ... More >>
via Photobucket user bluejessaminePresident Barack Obama turns 50 years old today -- according to both his "Kenyan" birth certificate and the real one -- and policy decisions aside, it's been a magical ride.That's right, magical. The president has managed to invent a few new states, made fun of N ... More >>
The Root, an African-American culture magazine, says that there's "a job opening out there for a black Ronald Reagan" but that Rep. Allen West don't fit the bill.The magazine says West, along with Rep. Tim Scott and presidential candidate Herman Cain, are black Republicans who have had the opport ... More >>
Above you'll find Allen West, talking on Sunday at a the second anniversary picnic of Florida 9/12. He is speaking about President Barack Obama's weakness in the face of Muammar Gaddafi. "I don't care what anyone says -- you can't win a war from 30,000 feet," he says. Thank goodness we're not at war ... More >>
Our comment of the day today comes from a long time commenter who summed up what a Republican might (ahem) say while doing dirty things.This comes after our post on The Juice that details how Deputy Property Appraiser Bob Wolfe not only supports Allen West but tweets about it.His office didn't ta ... More >>
Today, amnesty is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
No rock star has played politics smarter than Bruce Springsteen.
Bob SmithBob Smith, who for 12 years served as New Hampshire's U.S. Senator, is betting that his brand of retro-Republicanism will carry him to victory in the 2010 race to be U.S. Senator from Florida. Smith retired in Sarasota six years ago and declared his candidacy this month. If elected, he woul ... More >>
In his latest think piece, Tribune Co. Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams describes the transformation of the company's national cable channel, WGN, into "WGN-America." "WHY 'AMERICA'? Because there's more to life than Hollywood and Manhattan," Abrams writes. "The channel will speak to Mi ... More >>
Not that it matters for another 22 months, but a recent in-depth state-by-state analysis of party affiliation by Gallup says Florida "leans Democrat." The study included more than 18,000 interviews with Floridians and ultimately says that since 2002, the country has gone from mostly Republican ... More >>
We offer the presidential contenders our picks for political theme songs
Mikhail Gorbachev, at Seminole Hard Rock, tears down that hall
How the Beasties went from hip-hop pranksters to musical renaissance men
Red Dawn: Collector's Edition
Shut Up & Sing, Lunacy, Family Ties, 49th Parallel
I've been goofing on the boys and girls who do the St. Petersburg Times Buzz blog the past couple days, but man I'm really starting to get addicted to that thing. It's definitely the best political blog in the state, easy, and not just because informed reporters are constantly updating it, but becau ... More >>
No sense in wasting time to get to the heart of media news in South Florida today: The Sun-Sentinel had one of the worst front pages in modern recorded history. In its terribly regrettable three-story format -- with assorted, miscellaneous garbage cluttering a third of the page -- the editors made ... More >>
Sieg Howdy! (Alternative Tentacles)
Jan Decleir shines as a senile hit man in The Memory of a Killer
Jim Jarmusch's latest road movie is filled with fetching existential ambiguities
Sol Theatre raises a toast to surviving the '80s
Fort Lauderdale's John B. Anderson ran for president in 1980 and paved the way for spoiler candidates
An Iran-Contra conspirator joins the Swift Boat crowd. It was bound to happen.
Why would a man sullied by Iran-contra and illegal propaganda campaigns be a Bush nominee? Good question.
Dan Gregory, talk-show host
Two top execs at the gaming company that Boulis built have deep ties to the Christian right
James Heath leads rock's longest-running revival from one Bush to another
Haitian immigrants like Gerlyn Cadet know in their marrow that a ballot is a precious thing. But this election leaves them feeling robbed.