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'Band of rascals wearing plastic bead necklaces.'


'Band of rascals wearing plastic bead necklaces.'



Good morning. It's Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

It's also that time of the year in Tampa. Here's a bit from the foreword in a book I read while working on a profile of Al Austin heading into the RNC in 2012:

... whether Jose Gaspar ever sailed the Spanish Main matters not to the Gasparilla Festival which attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world. In a way it is the centerpiece of city history. It began in 1904, as the creation of a society editor at the Tampa Tribune -- a costume affair molded after Mardi Gras in New Orleans -- geared then and now to be a showcase of the Tampa social set.

Meanwhile ...

"We stand here for those who have applied for marriage licenses and face the humiliation of being denied,'' Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith said. "We stand here for the children of couples who want to know why their parents aren't permitted to get married the way their classmates' parents are."

Today's Joshua Black update comes from Adam Smith: Say you're a rookie political candidate eager to raise your profile. Here's one sure way to do that you DO NOT want to try: publicly call for the president of the United States to be hanged.

What Angela Corey said last week? Says the Washington Post's Radley Balko: It paints an alarming picture of a public official who has the power to put people in prison -- and in Florida, to send people to their deaths.

Charlie Pierce, everybody: Florida, where only one person has been shot to death for texting at the movies so just shut up, liberal scum, is trying to decide how to make itself safer so Sean Hannity will feel more comfortable moving down there to kill bonefish.

Carl Hiaasen, everybody: "Rush Limbaugh comes here because we have the friendliest pharmacists."

The headline of the day? Florida Student Who Appeared in Porn Can Return to High School.

Tweets Craig Pittman: How a man named Danger made Florida's buildings safer after Hurricane Andrew.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has transformed one Manhattan bus shelter into an oasis. Click.

"Drain pipe," from Peru, Ind., to Clearwater.

Don't do drugs.

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