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Sancho's Journal
Sancho's Journal
February 11, 2021

Five Biden promises that would be good for Florida Editorial

President Joe Biden made many promises on the campaign trail, from reducing high maternal mortality rates to creating 1 million auto industry jobs. He has already fulfilled his pledges to rescind the transgender military ban, rejoin the World Health Organization and reverse family separation policies that split parents from their children at the U.S. border, according to the fact-checkers at PolitiFact who are tracking 100 of the president’s top priorities.

Some of Biden’s broader promises have wide support. The devil, of course, is in the details, but who wouldn’t want to get COVID-19 under control or end pay discrimination? Some of the others are commendable, but not entirely within Biden’s immediate control. He wants, for instance, to nominate the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, but he can’t do that unless a spot on the court becomes available.

Put Social Security on a path to long-run solvency
Allow import of prescription drugs from other countries
Repeal laws barring Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices
Create national center to reduce veteran suicide
Restore Cuba engagement

More at the link...
February 11, 2021

Some day a trophy will end up at the bottom of Tampa Bay...

...after the Lighting drove around with the Stanley Cup on a jet ski, Tom Brady decided to toss the Lombardi Trophy over the water to another boat!


Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate title by taking Stanley Cup on a jet-ski
Associated Press


Turns out Rob Gronkowski wasn't the guy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to worry about when it came to the safety of the Lombardi Trophy.T

The Bucs set sail for a boat parade down Hillsborough River in Tampa on Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl LV victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, and Tom Brady arrived in style on his $2 million boat.

The parade featured the usual shenanigans -- until Brady decided to attempt an uncharacteristically risky throw. Here's the 43-year-old quarterback literally throwing the Lombardi Trophy over open water from his boat to a boat of Tampa Bay wide receivers.

February 11, 2021

Mystery Russian bought most expensive Florida home for $140M in cash


The newly built manse is located in Palm Beach on land once owned by former President Donald Trump.

A mystery Russian buyer has swooped up the most expensive home ever sold in Florida, with a source telling Page Six they paid nearly $140 million in cash.

The newly built manse is located in Palm Beach on land once owned by former President Donald Trump. In 2008 Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev — who made headlines when he sold Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” for $450 million — bought it for $95 million. He razed the house and sold three adjacent lots for the combined price of $108.2 million, according to reports.

The newly constructed, 21,000 square feet “spec” house sits on one of the lots and was designed by architect William M. Boyle of Boyle Architecture and features a pool and guesthouse. It went under contract less than 24 hours after the mystery buyer toured the home, a source tells us.

February 10, 2021

Bucs will have boat parade in Tampa Wednesday to celebrate Super Bowl 55


TAMPA — The Buccaneers will celebrate their Super Bowl 55 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on the water with a boat parade Wednesday on the Hillsborough River in Tampa.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. near Armature Works. Fans will be able to watch along the Riverwalk, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Curtis Hixon Park and other waterside spots. Those who can’t attend in person can watch a live stream from the Buccaneers, city of Tampa and Hillsborough County social media accounts, said an official involved in the planning.

Unlike the Lightning celebration in September, boaters won’t be allowed to take part in the procession, which will include Mayor Jane Castor and city and county leadership, along with an unspecified number of Buccaneers players and personnel.

Bucs fans with boats can still attend the parade, however. The city is just requiring that their vessels stay 50 feet from the official boats. Those who wander too close could face criminal charges, according to the release.

Let's just hope that they put a float on the Lombardi trophy (unlike the Stanley Cup) when they jet ski around with it.

February 10, 2021

USF arrests five protesters for trespassing, violating coronavirus policies


Laura Rodriguez, a junior at the University of South Florida and member of Students for a Democratic Society, was on her way from class to attend a protest Tuesday when she saw someone being arrested.

Five people, students and former students, were detained outside the Marshall Student Center on charges of trespassing and served notices to appear after being told to disperse, according to the University Police Department.

They were there for a rally calling attention to the climate for free speech on college campuses in Florida. Participants were protesting state legislation that proposes increased penalties for protesters who block traffic or participate in “disorderly assemblies.”

Meanwhile, she said, the university allowed campus demonstrations from Kaitlin Bennett, a controversial online figure and gun rights activist who roused a crowd on campus last fall, and a group of extremist preachers a few weeks ago.
“It’s clear hypocrisy,” Cook said.

It's interesting how Florida is cracking down on "protests", but sometimes it's selective.
February 10, 2021

DeSatan still using GOP donor organizations for giving out the vaccine...

Publix, Walmart, etc.


Florida retailers are getting 65,300 additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week as part of a new federal program to send vials directly to major pharmacies.

Nearly 500 Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Publix pharmacies across 52 counties are participating in the federal program and will be able to offer vaccines to people 65 and older by later this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday. The program marks a significant expansion in retail locations offering the vaccines to Florida’s residents, providing more access to people in different parts of the state. That includes Hillsborough County, which until now had been the only Tampa Bay county that didn’t have Publix locations offering vaccines from the state.

On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced 119 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in 34 counties across the state will get a total of about 25,000 doses beginning this week. The chains will begin administering doses Friday.

The Publix stores already offering the vaccine before this expansion are in ZIP codes that are home to some 5.9 million Floridians. Those areas are much whiter than the state overall. About 71 percent of residents there are non-Hispanic white people, compared to 54 percent of all Floridians or 55 percent of those in ZIP codes with a licensed Publix pharmacy.

Hillsborough County did not have the vaccine because they voted for Biden...
February 8, 2021

Champa Bay had a good year....

Bucs (Super Bowl):

Rowdies (soccer):
Were the host of the USL championship, but the game cancelled for the virus:

Rays (World Series):
Lighting (Stanley Cup):

The Lightning won’t be in Tampa for Super Bowl 55, but they’re traveling in style as they cheer on the Bucs from afar during their trip to Nashville for Monday’s game against the Predators.

Just over four months after the Lightning won the Stanley Cup, the Bucs seek their second Lombardi Trophy in the franchise’s 45-season history tonight against the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium.

Including the Rays, who advanced to the World Series in October, the Bucs are the third major pro sports team from Tampa Bay to play for a league championship since September. In addition, the Rowdies reached the USL Championship final but were unable to play due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

....both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties (St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Tampa) went for Biden!!!
February 3, 2021

Crazy legislation proposed by DeSatan (Florida)...here we go again...

DeSantis proposal protects candidates like Trump from social media bans


TALLAHASSEE — On the same day former President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued that his words to the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol were protected by his First Amendment right to free speech, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a hastily-called news conference to announce a proposal to penalize social media companies for blocking politicians, even if they incite violence.

“We’ve seen the power of their censorship over individuals and organizations, including what I believe is clear viewpoint discrimination,’' said DeSantis as Florida’s Senate president and House speaker stood at his side. “Under our proposal, if a technology company de-platforms a candidate for elected office in Florida during the election, a company will face a daily fine of $100,000 until the candidate’s access to the platform is restored again.”

The proposed bill, which is still being drafted, asks the Florida Legislature to impose penalties for social media companies whose algorithms are perceived to favor one candidate over another. It builds on SB 520, filed by state Sen. Danny Burgess, that would require the platforms to give a 30-day notice to a user whose account has been disabled or suspended and explain why the user was punished.

Although the governor never mentioned the former president, who was banned by Facebook and Twitter after they said he used his accounts to incite violence and disseminate conspiracy theories about the election, the timing of the announcement coincided with the filing by Trump’s lawyers in the pending impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.

February 3, 2021

Covid-19 Live Updates: Study Finds AstraZeneca Shots Drastically Cut Transmission


The University of Oxford research is the first to document a vaccine substantially reducing the virus’s spread. British officials said the results underscored how mass inoculations were key to ending the pandemic.

The vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca not only protects people from serious illness and death but also substantially slows the transmission of the virus, according to a new study — a finding that underscores the importance of mass vaccination as a path out of the pandemic.

The study by researchers at the University of Oxford is the first to document evidence that any coronavirus vaccine can reduce transmission of the virus.

Researchers measured the impact on transmission by swabbing participants every week seeking to detect signs of the virus. If there is no virus present, even if someone is infected, it cannot be spread. And they found a 67 percent reduction in positive swabs among those vaccinated.

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