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From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► “… Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.” – Donald Trump’s twitter account, 6:23 p.m., Nov. 23.
This is the most presidential statement we have read from Trump in weeks, which isn’t saying much. Had this statement come from Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, or Al Gore, they would have been condemned but from Trump, it’s a concession statement.
While Trump tweeted he recommended to General Services Administrator Emily Murphy to move forward with the protocols of releasing funds, office space and information to Joe Biden. Ms. Murphy says she came to her decision independently. We trust that she did as our lame-duck president is too selfish to think about the transition of power or even our country over his own need to always win.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Ybor City Development Corporation spent good tax money to come up with a new marketing slogan, “The Heart of Tampa.” … With COVID-19 still causing people to stay home, maybe a more pointed message would have been better. Perhaps:
Come to Ybor. We’re vaccinated.
What you catch in Ybor stays in Ybor.
We survived Spanish influenza.
Party in Ybor. You look better in a mask.
Six feet on 7th Avenue.(to read more, buy a paper)

► To the victors go the spoils.
There are five county commissioners who sit on the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). All of the Democratic Commissioners are on the MPO while none of the Republicans were named to serve. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) has four county commissioners who serve on the board. All are Democrats.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, headed by Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez, is receiving criticism for its reaction to the election of Joe Biden.
In a recent statement by the group, there was plenty of concern voiced in regard to the policies of Biden, who is the second Catholic elected president of the United States.
Absent were congratulations to Biden and a prayer offering as he faces the challenges of leading this country.
Four years ago, the Conference’s working group on immigration offered congratulations to Donald Trump and their prayers.
Instead of celebrating having a man of faith at the helm of this country, the Conference formed another working group to study the issues where our new president disagrees with the Church, such as supporting a woman’s right to choose, restoring the mandate on insurance coverage of contraception and eliminating discrimination of gays and lesbians. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Conversion therapy is free speech according to two of a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
Conversion therapy tries to change a person’s orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. There is evidence the practice is harmful to individuals and the American Psychiatric Association opposes the treatment.
The panel overturned a lower court opinion that allowed the Palm Beach County and City of Boca Raton ordinance banning conversion therapy to stand.
The City of Tampa’s ordinance banning conversion therapy was enacted in 2017 and immediately taken to court. A federal judge ruled against the ordinance and the City has appealed that ruling to the 11th Circuit.
Tampa’s ordinance is almost word-for-word the Boca Raton ordinance. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► As we encounter more and more people with medical marijuana cards in Florida, we become more convinced Florida law has nothing to do with “medical” and is actually recreational. Any excuse will get you a prescription and the amount offered to card holders is way more than most people can use.
As use grows, it also means more people are using marijuana and carrying guns, which is a problem on the federal level.
Buying a gun through a licensed dealer requires a federal form to be filled out. On that form, question 11.e reads, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance? Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medical or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”
If you use marijuana and answer that question truthfully, you can’t legally purchase a gun.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … The reason the gumball machines were so unique, was the silver gumballs. Frank LaSpata, who was the owner, would place multiple silver-colored balls in each machine. If you got one out of the penny machine, you would get a free nickel gumball. If you got a silver ball from the nickel machine, you would get a free dime gumball and so on. The quarter gumballs, however, did not contain silver balls. Those were white baseball-gumballs with wording on them, such as base hit, double, strike out and, the granddaddy of them all, grand slam.
If you were lucky enough to get a grand slam gumball, you were allowed to select any candy bar in the aisle. It was like hitting the Lake Street Lottery.
Now that I think of it, that had to be my first foray into gambling. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► COVIDiocy update: “People are tired of COVID. I have these huge rallies. People are saying, ‘Whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing (Dr. Anthony) Fauci and all these idiots … This guy’s a disaster.” Yeah, that was the COVIDiot-in-chief during a campaign staff call that some media were privy to. Speaking of disasters, how unconscionable is it that the super-spreader himself, whose mismanagement and maskless optics have contributed directly to thousands of unnecessary deaths, would still be scapegoating the country’s pre-eminent epidemiologist. And how unconscionable that his base won’t turn on him for self-serving mismessaging and lethal mismanagement. What the hell would it take? Isn’t that, well, “deplorable”? … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► Both Hubby and I quite possibly could have died in our twenties were it not for the Army’s Walter Reed Hospital. Hubby’s tuberculosis was diagnosed there, and I suffered a late-term miscarriage and subsequent infection that kept me there for ten days. On the other hand, it may well have been the hospital’s fault that I got the infection – and even that I had the miscarriage. This was during the Vietnam War and young male physicians were being drafted, and I’m sure that some who were assigned to OB/GYN resented that. I know my doctor was a complete and total jerk, without empathy and very antagonistic. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Wendy Wesley, by Tiffany Razzano

► As a child, St. Petersburg native Wendy Wesley discovered a hobby that was unusual given her young age: cooking. There’s nothing she loved more than spending time in the kitchen. In fact, she’s been “a Julia Child disciple” since she was about 9 years old.
“I’ve always cooked,” she said. “I’ve always been very, very interested in world foods and cooking techniques. It’s just who I am.”
Today, she’s still driven by this passion for the kitchen. She teaches nutrition and healthy cooking to anyone whose diet could use a boost and she’s also a tireless advocate for nutrition insecure areas in St. Petersburg and other areas. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Que cada ciudadano tenga la posibilidad de votar –sin presiones ideológicas, económicas o de otro origen–, es el logro mayor de la democracia, aun cuando esté empañada por la influencia que ejerce el poder del dinero y las campañas de los propios políticos en los procesos electorales.
Ahora tenemos dos candidatos a la vista, para que uno de ellos ejerza la presidencia de Estados Unidos durante los próximos cuatro años. A muchos les gusta Donald Trump, con esa estampa de triunfador que lleva el pecho por delante, arrasando con todo lo que estorbe a sus propósitos, sin cortesía hacia nadie que no complazca su vanidad. He oído a admiradores suyos decir que le debemos el crecimiento económico de los últimos años –detenido con la pandemia del Covid-19– sin saber, o no querer saber, que la recuperación económica de la última crisis comenzó en la segunda etapa del gobierno presidido por Barak Obama, justamente cuando era vicepresidente el segundo candidato de ahora: el señor Joe Biden. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … Según el respetado filósofo argentino Enrique Dussel, naturalizado en México por muchos años, el eurocentrismo es un componente oculto y disimulado que viene implícito en la reflexión filosófica que crea el mito de la Modernidad, mediante el planteamiento que da por sentado que el “desarrollo” alcanzado por Europa debe ser directamente imitado por el resto de las culturas.
La falacia desarrollista, por su parte, es el componente análogo al eurocentrismo que explica las propiedades trascendentales del ser y su desarrollo, determinadas según el citado modelo europeo de superioridad, que a su vez constituye una categoría filosófica fundamental del nombrado “movimiento necesario” del ser, cuyos lineamientos son llamados a ser imitados por África, América Latina y Asia. A los asiáticos se les ubica en una nivel levemente superior al de los otros grupos, pero aún los agrupan en un estado de “inmadurez o minoría de edad”. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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