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Mac Stipanovich: Marco Rubio's Faustian bargain

Mac Stipanovich
June 13, 2021

"Of all the sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'"

The much-anticipated U.S. Senate race in Florida between the Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and the Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Val Demings is on. And it bids fair to be the highest-profile contest in the country in the struggle for control of the Senate.

One of the more interesting aspects of this matchup is how Rubio arrived at this critical time and place. It was not by paying his dues. No, like Faust, he made a deal with the devil to get here.

The beginning — and the high point — of his tawdry journey to today was Feb. 18, 2013, the day on which he appeared on the cover of Time magazine as The Republican Savior, with the subhead of “How Marco Rubio became the new voice of the GOP,” following his initial election to the Senate. Intelligent, well-spoken, attractive with an attractive family and a good back story as the son of Cuban American working-class immigrants, Rubio appeared to be the complete package in an evolving Republican Party.

More: https://floridapolitics.com/archives/435376-mac-stipanovich-marco-rubios-faustian-bargain/

Kid calls dad on Ring doorbell with question about TV

For the women in this group

Liberal Redneck - The Many Crimes of Joe Biden

Subaru cat ad

I don't usually like car commercials - but this one has a cat in it!

The ending got a laugh from me.

Another phone scam

Just got a call from what appeared to be a local number. Robocaller claims to be from AMERICAN POLICE OFFICERS ALLIANCE, INC. NomoRobo identifies it as a charity.

Well, guess what - it is NOT a legitimate charity. NomoRobo gives the first clue with a transcript of a call:

Hello is guy there. Well perhaps you could help me this is really American police officers alliance I just wanted to call out today to remind everyone they're kicking off their new campaign for the year and I'm sure you heard it's been an awful time for the officers so they're going to be supporting efforts to like lawmakers to advocate a 5 for those who protect our nation's citizens if we were to sing your support on the loping the mail to the officers count on you to return a one time donation for the Dr.

Then I found this article:

Group spoofing local phone numbers and posing as police charity
By John P. Muldoon -
January 14, 2020

The public has been urged to be cautious after a group named the American Police Officers Alliance (APOA) became active in town again.

Representing itself as a “non-profit,” it is spoofing local phone numbers to request donations on behalf of police and then asking for credit card details over the phone.

“At best, it is a money-making endeavor for personal or political activism, and at worst a straight-up scam,” Police Chief Paul Nikas said in an email.

The local calls come from a man named “Roy,” and the phone numbers on caller ID look like they come from Ipswich.

More, including an analysis of the "charity" designation: http://thelocalne.ws/2020/01/14/group-spoofing-local-phone-numbers-and-posing-as-police-charity/

HOUSE GUEST (Pupsitting Part 1)

Adorable bird talking just like a human.

Pete Buttigieg talks Florida's deadly roads and Biden's transportation plans

Pete Buttigieg talks Florida’s deadly roads and Biden’s transportation plans
The Tampa Bay Times spoke with the transportation secretary about high speed rail, pedestrian deaths and Republican criticisms of the proposal.

By Steve Contorno
Published Yesterday
Updated Yesterday

President Joe Biden has proposed a $2.5 trillion plan that his administration says would put tens of thousands of people to work rebuilding the country’s ailing infrastructure network and accelerating the fight against climate change. It also includes money to train workers and provide care for older and disabled Americans — investments that don’t meet the traditional definition of “infrastructure.” To pay for it, Biden would raise taxes on corporations.

The Tampa Bay Times recently spoke via Zoom with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about the administration’s new proposal. The following is a transcript of the conversation, edited for clarity and brevity.

When President Barack Obama attempted to use the stimulus to push high speed rail, he was met with tremendous opposition and many of those new proposed lines were rejected — including in Florida. How did that experience affect the Biden administration’s approach in addressing transit in his jobs and infrastructure package?

We’ve got to prepare for the future in a long term and comprehensive way. So a lot of what was proposed in 2009 had enormous benefit for the long run, but it was really proposed as part of a short-term stimulus. The American Jobs Plan, on the other hand, is about making sure that the American economy is competitive for the rest of our lifetimes. There will certainly be a lot of what are called “shovel-ready projects” that can add to job creation as soon as the bill is enacted. But we’re also talking about really gearing up for a future in which all different forms of modes of travel need to be integrated in a better way than they are now.

More: https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2021/05/13/pete-buttigieg-talks-floridas-deadly-roads-and-bidens-transportation-plans/

Influencer Paints Mask Onto Her Face To Go Into Bali Store--And Ends Up Getting Deported

Influencer Paints Mask Onto Her Face To Go Into Bali Store—And Ends Up Getting Deported
John Sundholm
May. 11, 2021

Russian influencer Leia Se thought she got away with what she seemed to think was the ultimate stunt during her trip to Bali—an island that is part of Indonesia.

Se painted a mask on her face instead of wearing a real one. She then violated pandemic protocols and completed a shopping trip in a Bali grocery store.

And she did get away with it, for a time—until the authorities saw the video of the incident her companion, YouTuber Josh Paler Lin, posted. The two were detained and their passports seized.

It was decided both would be deported once they were tested for COVID-19. Se would be deported back to Russia. Lin is from the United States, but holds a Taiwanese passport.

More: https://www.comicsands.com/influencer-painted-mask-bali-deported-2652943220.html

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