LATEST ARTICLES

Tampa Bay Braces for Red Tide Outbreak After Toxic Wastewater Leak

Trimmel Gomes

TAMPA, Fla. – The uncontrolled release of millions of gallons of polluted wastewater at Piney Point into Tampa Bay is raising concerns about a massive wave of harmful algal blooms. 

As officials relax concerns about a complete breach at the old phosphate plant, inviting evacuees back to their homes this week, environmental groups warn neighboring communities are far from being out of the danger zone. 

Adam Fernandez, a board member with the Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, said the next step is preparing for the consequences – including a red tide outbreak, from the unprecedented amount of nutrients being dumped into Florida’s largest estuary. 

“Now, it’s that there’s upwards of 500 tons of nitrogen that have been released into the bay,” said Fernandez. “That is insane. That’s an insane, biblical amount of nitrogen they released into our bay.”

Manatee County Commissioners voted Tuesday to get rid of the wastewater being held at the abandoned facility’s ponds permanently – using an injection well to treat the water, then dump it deep into the Floridan Aquifer. 

On Wednesday, the Florida Senate approved adding $3 million to the state budget to help with cleanup at the site. 

Fernandez said he worries a massive algal bloom will kill off a lot of seagrass, which supports the fisheries, and will create a domino effect throughout the environment. 

“Red tide that comes in, you know,” said Fernandez, “that chokes out all the oxygen in the water, and it can lead to massive fish kills, which we hate to see.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is among the groups calling for long-term solutions, including closing plants that create phosphogypsum, the radioactive waste from processing phosphate. 

They also say dumping the phosphate industry’s pollution into the aquifer isn’t the best solution, and have been petitioning for stronger federal oversight at existing facilities. 

Notice of Fictitious Name Registration – Anthem Podcasting

fictitious name
fictitious name / doing business as

NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Names Registration Act of Florida (Chapter 50, Florida Statutes) that an application for registration of a fictitious name will be filed in the office of the Florida Department of State, for the conduct of a business under the fictitious name of Anthem Podcasting, with its principal office or place of business at Orlando, in FL County.

The names and addresses, including street and number, if any, of all persons who are parties to the registration is/are: Landon Pontius LLC, 400 Halsey Street, Orlando FL 32839, and , who, being (an) owner(s) in the above fictitious name, certif(y)ies that the information contained herein is true and accurate. 

Notice of Fictitious Name Registration – Amapola Design Studio

fictitious name
fictitious name / doing business as

NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Names Registration Act of Florida (Chapter 50, Florida Statutes) that an application for registration of a fictitious name will be filed in the office of the Florida Department of State, for the conduct of a business under the fictitious name of Amapola Design Studio, with its principal office or place of business at 3145 Plaza Terrace Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, in Orange County.

The names and addresses, including street and number, if any, of all persons who are parties to the registration is/are: Abigail Betancourt-Buzon, 3145 Plaza Terrace Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, who, being (an) owner(s) in the above fictitious name, certif(y)ies that the information contained herein is true and accurate. 

Notice of Fictitious Name Registration – To the Son Notaries

fictitious name
fictitious name / doing business as

NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Names Registration Act of Florida (Chapter 50, Florida Statutes) that an application for registration of a fictitious name will be filed in the office of the Florida Department of State, for the conduct of a business under the fictitious name of To the Son Notaries, with its principal office or place of business at 1900 Lake Fountain Dr, Orlando, FL, 32839, in Orange County.

The names and addresses, including street and number, if any, of all persons who are parties to the registration is/are: Dana McCrae, 1900 Lake Fountain Dr, Apt 1025, Orlando, FL, 32839, and , who, being (an) owner(s) in the above fictitious name, certif(y)ies that the information contained herein is true and accurate. 

COMMENTARY: Meow Matt

By Lucius Gantt

     According to news reports, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz is the new Congressional Cat Chaser in Chief. 

     Donald Trump’s mini me, Meow Matt, is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year old and paid for her travel to be with him.

     Don’t blame President Joe Biden, the investigation of Meow Matt was opened in the final months of the Trump administration under Attorney General William Barr.

     When a Cat is fed up, R.  Kelly can tell you, it ain’t nothing you can do about it!

     Gaetz has denied the serious accusations and described the sex trafficking inquiries as “an elaborate scheme” to extort him and his family for $25 million.

     It is amazing to me how so many lovers of the former Liar in Chief have crossed paths with investigators, judges and prison wardens.

     Of course, Meow Matt should be considered innocent until proven guilty but many of his Republican Party members and colleagues have pretty much dropped him like a bad habit.

     Some Republican Congressmen currently are refusing to touch Meow Matt with a ten-foot stripper pole!

      The cat chaser invited a right-wing Holocaust denier to the State of the Union address in 2018, he attended an event last year where he claimed “Proud Boys” provided security and Cat man Gaetz allegedly showed other lawmakers photos and videos of nude women he said he had slept with.

     Two Republicans, both puppets of the disgraced loser of the 2020 Presidential election Donald Trump, have tried to defend Meow Matt and have spoken out on his behalf, Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, while others have remained mostly silent.

     If you don’t know, Rep. Jordan was accused in 2018 by several Ohio State University wrestlers of covering up sexual abuse by a team doctor during his time as a wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994. 

      The Gantt Report probably writes more columns about the escapades of the domestic American cat than any other opinion writer. True predators, the cat will attack back whenever they are threatened, disrespected, used or abused.

      If you like to buy cat companionship, you can’t lie about it. When you try to sexually traffic kittens and cats, the cats will clap back and you might end up in cell block D.

COMMENTARY: Satan’s Vote Suppressors

By Lucius Gantt, The Gantt Report

     The state of Georgia is what some people call a “major league” state and Atlanta is a major league city.

     The Peach State has professional basketball, football and baseball teams. At one time, Atlanta had a professional hockey team and occasionally hosts other professional sports events like golf and tennis.

     Georgia achieved its major league status when pro sports leagues migrated to the state once they believed Atlanta, Georgia was a city “too busy to hate”.

      Well, in my opinion, today’s Atlanta is permeated with hate! If you believe the national news media, Georgia’s Republican controlled Legislature and its Republican governor hated the monumental election losses they suffered in 2020.

     The Republican presidential candidate lost and Georgia’s two GOP senators lost giving control of Congress to the Democrats.

     So, Republicans in Georgia, and in many other states, decided to perpetuate Donald Trump’s big lie that the 2020 elections were “rigged” and created a huge amount of voter insecurity and concern about how elections should be tabulated.

     Republicans changed state election laws to suppress votes, not just Black votes, Republicans want to make it harder for all voters.

     If you don’t know, it was Republicans that passed the laws to make voting easier prior to the 2020 elections. 

     When bad candidates, bad policies and very bad campaigns caused Republican candidates to get beaten like drums they decided to eliminate most drop boxes, change absentee vote requirements and they made it a crime to give water to senior citizens standing in long lines to vote. 

      The revengeful, oppressive and bad changes in voting laws prompted Major League Baseball to move their upcoming All Star Game from the Atlanta Braves ball park. The event was supposed to include the honoring of Atlanta Braves greatest player Henry “Hank” Aaron, one of the best home run hitters in MLB history.

      Major League Baseball did the right thing but their move was not the most important issue.

      The new Georgia election laws gave the state election board the power to take over the process of disqualifying ballots across the state and to hold on to the false allegations of voter fraud that have never been proven.

     With this aspect of voter law changes, Republicans can easily overturn and dismiss votes in predominately Black cities and counties.

     No matter what candidates you vote for, Republicans can say your ballots you cast are fake or fraudulent.

     That is akin to saying the political foxes and wolves are the best counters of votes in the chicken coup.

       The arbitrary and malicious changes in voter laws is all about the money. Republicans think if they suppress, purge and disqualify Black votes, they will get more campaign donors and win elections in 2022 and beyond. 

     African American voters in Georgia are willing to boycott Georgia companies that refuse to take stands on fair and unbiased voting procedures because the only power Blacks have is purchasing power.

      Like I said, it’s all about the money.

      Georgia’s Black elected officials are in a catch 22. They don’t want to criticize their own corporate contributors but they really don’t want to jeopardize their Black voter support. So, they talk loud and pretty much say nothing!

      I’m not going to call any names but if you want to give all of the credit for Democratic election victories to a handful of personalities, then perhaps you can also give them the blame for not working harder to defeat satan’s suppressors that ran for statewide offices!

     Voter suppression can boil down to money but the anti-suppression messages are important too.

      The messages about Republican voter suppression were weak and not too convincing.

       Vote pimping ain’t easy!

ASK ALMA: Daughter vs. New Wife

0

Dear Alma, 

Help. I hate my boyfriend’s daughter. She is only 10 (a year older than my daughter). She is fat, lazy, manipulative and needy, just like her mother. She is behind at school and whines constantly. She and my daughter are complete opposites physically and intellectually. It’s gotten to the point that I ignore her completely and would rather not do anything with her. I find myself criticizing her to her father quite often and later feel bad. I think her mom is influencing her behavior. My boyfriend says she a good kid but I just enjoy it better when she is not around. Should I talk with my boyfriend about this again or just call it quits?

Dear Hates His Daughter,

Call it quits and don’t date another person who has kids, cause you are not ready to participate in a blended relationship. Girl, pleeze! 

You’re all dressing up in drama just as much as her mother. Instead of masking your displeasure and jealousy, you’re taking it out on his daughter. When you imply that her mother is putting her up to this behavior, who, my dear, is contributing to yours?

 At least she has an excuse; she’s 10. 

You have two choices. Right here, right now, make up your mind. If you’re interested in this man, then get along with his daughter. It’s as simple as that. Let me remind you: She was his daughter before you met him. She’s known him longer than you. She will be a part of his life for the rest of his life, regardless of whether the two of you work out or not. 

The reason why I’m putting you in charge of this pile of dirty laundry is because you’re the adult. You’re mature enough to separate the delicates from the heavily soiled. 

Grab yourself a cup of softener and talk to him about how you’d like to help him in raising his daughter’s confidence and self-esteem. When she’s with you guys, go bike riding, hiking and swimming. This will help her become active and healthier. At first she’ll resist, but encourage her and tell her she can do it. Your daughter can help too. Study time and schoolwork should be incorporated in her visit. 

You can encourage her Dad to check her work and make sure she’s improving in her studies. Your actions are influencing your daughter. So stop it with the mean girl routine. 

Teach both girls to get along. Be the example, patiently, lovingly, allowing his daughter to trust and learn to fit into your world. Cut that little girl a break. This is a huge adjustment for her. 

On the real, what’s an addition to your family is a division to hers. Stop blowing out her candle; it doesn’t make yours shine any brighter. Put an end to the criticizing and don’t ever mention her in a negative light, ever again. 

Finally, you are not in a competition for the love of her father. Love isn’t only about what makes you feel good. Long, lasting love is about contributing and assisting your partner become the best they can be. What you pour into your boyfriend’s daughter will feed into the love you two share. She deserves your best. If it ain’t in you, walk away.

COMMENTARY: Stop “Othering”

by Oscar Blayton, Esq.

I wondered how long expressions of empathy would continue to be front and center in the minds of Americans following the hate-fueled multiple murders of Asian women in and near Atlanta, Georgia.

To be clear, two of the victims of Robert Aaron Long’s homicidal mania were not of Asian ancestry. But their proximity to clearly and stereotypically identifiable Asian ethnic tropes brought them within the sights of the killer. 

The fact that most people have already forgotten the names of the eight victims murdered at three Asian American spas in the Atlanta area tends to strengthen the argument that generally speaking, empathy for “the other” is fleeting. 

When we fail to stay in touch with our humanity and abandon our ability to have empathy for all people, we fall into the trap of enabling those among us who use hate and fear as tools to separate us in order to serve their greed and lust for power. 

At many points along the path of American history, the ugly truths of our country are shrouded in the shadows of lies, misinformation and ignorance. Sometimes these truths emerge from the shadows, and we even hear some Blacks and Asians demonize Asians. It is common knowledge that some Black folks speak disparagingly about merchants of Asian ancestry who operate businesses in Black communities. Recently, there are reports of Sery Kim, Congressional candidate of Korean ancestry from Texas and a supporter of Donald Trump, speaking publicly about people of Chinese ancestry, saying that she does not “want them here at all.” Rather than drawing gasps and condemnation from her audience, her remarks generated cheers and applause.

The modern-day “othering” of people of color in America and elsewhere is a direct result of Western imperialism and colonialism. For the sake of their stability, these socioeconomic processes required creating and maintaining the global myth of white supremacy. Europeans used white supremacy to place themselves at the top of the social hierarchy in lands they controlled. They also maneuvered the inhabitants of color into opposing each other based upon their ethnic or cultural backgrounds. 

“Divide and conquer” is not merely a trite and meaningless saying. It is a political, social and economic strategy that has resulted in the successful looting of entire continents by a few relatively small countries in the western end of the Eurasian land mass. By creating separate classes of “haves” and “have nots,” European imperialists created tensions between identifiable groups that prevented them from joining forces and throwing off their oppressors.

Two very clear cases illustrate how this has been done and its disastrous effects.  

In the 1980s, the world watched in horror as a conflict between Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda resulted in the deaths of thousands of men, women and children. But little thought was given to the fact that the schism between these two peoples had been exacerbated for decades in large part by the Belgian colonial administrators who ruled over the lands that were to become Rwanda and Burundi. The Belgians formalized the “othering” between the two groups by forcingHutus and Tutsis to carry ethnic identity cards. To create a class division, the Belgians allowed only Tutsis to obtain a higher education or hold positions of limited economic power within the colonial structure. 

The British did a similar form of “othering” in the colonial lands that were to become Sudan. By encouraging Islam in the northern part of that colony and severely restricting it in the south, a religious divide developed. Additionally, the British invested heavily in the north – considered Arab – but underdeveloped the south, which they identified more with their East African colonies. These divisions led to a tragic “othering” of the people of northern Sudan and southern Sudan that continued even after Sudan’s independence and led to its splitting into two nations.

It would take numerous volumes of history to catalog the countless instances where white supremacy pitted one group of people of color against another. But what we know now is that it must be stopped. In the biblical tradition when God asks Cain about Abel’s whereabouts, Cain responded by asking, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In this story, Cain abandoned his empathy in order to pursue his own selfish desires.

We cannot be like Cain. We cannot abandon our empathy for our fellow human beings. We must all be our brothers’ keepers as well as out sisters’ keepers. We all face a common struggle against those who use hate and fear as tools to separate us in order to serve their greed and lust for power.

 Because we are all of one earth, we are all essentially of one mother. And in our struggle against white supremacy, we must all link arms to protect and care for one another.

Oscar H. Blayton is a former Marine Corps combat pilot and human rights activist who practices law in Virginia.

What About You? A One Question Survey.

We’d love to know what you think. Thanks for the input.

Medical Examiner Announces Cause of Death for Four Who Died in Capitol Riots

The Chief Medical Examiner for Washington DC, has announced the official causes of death for four people who died during the Capitol riots January 6 of this year. The formal results have been urgently awaited for months.

Military veteran Ashli Babbitt, 35, officially died from a gunshot to the left shoulder after trying to climb through a broken window to enter the Capitol building. No surprise there.

Two men, Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, are now known to have both died naturally of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The M.E. has not said whether or not the riots were a contributing cause in their cases.

Roseanne Boyland, believed to have died as a result of being crushed by the MAGA crowd, is now officially determined to have died from accidental “acute amphetamine intoxication” instead. Early reports indicated that the 34-year-old Boyland– a Georgia resident who wanted to be a sobriety counselor– was seen in body-camera footage being trampled by rioters as her friend screamed for help. “She’s gonna die! She’s dead! Rosanne! Rosanne!” her friend can be heard yelling as swarming rioters sprayed chemical irritants at Capitol police. Boyland was pronounced dead a short while later.

The M.E. did not include Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick in his announcement, saying instead that results are still “pending.” While two men have been arrested and charged with spraying bear spray at Sicknick hours before he died, experts say being sprayed with bear spray has never killed anyone. The M.E.’s lack of reference to Sicknick’s cause of death makes it impossible for prosecutors to charge either of the two men with his death.