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Fear & Loathing 2020: Four Months Out

(NOTE:  Image is from the delightful widget out at 270towin.com — You should go out there and play around with it.  I find it soothing.  -Editor)

Yes, there’s still an election coming.  Yes, I know you’re tired of hearing about it.  How do I know?  Funny you should ask… (more…)

F&L: Ohio Is –NOT– Still Voting, And Other News

You may have heard that Ohio is delaying its primary.  It is not — yet.  At the eleventh hour, a judge has blocked the governor’s petition to reschedule in-person primary voting.  Not long after, the state health department ordered all polling places closed and the governor ordered that no results be posted until June 2 so an alternative could be generated.

This proposal wasn’t made from whim, but rather according to CDC guidance and with the concurrence of both state Republican and Democratic parties.  Regardless, the (more…)

F&L: Two Angry Furbys

Tomorrow, the 53,000-odd residents of the Northern Marianas will hold their Democratic Caucuses.  Curiously, this territory, which is strongly Republican and has no sway in the November elections, will award 6 at-large delegates and another 5 superdelegates.

Nobody’s running here; nobody’s done any serious polling.  Bloomberg had operatives (more…)

F&L: Donald Trump and MAGA

One could write volumes about Donald Trump the celebrity, the business mogul, the particularly slimy real estate developer, and so on.  I’m giving that a miss.  As a public person I find him odious and in business I’d resort to extreme measures to avoid him (I haven’t ruled out self-defenestration).  Beyond saying that, it’s entirely immaterial for our purposes.  Our subject is Donald Trump as president: the pros and cons of his tenure, his chance at escaping unscathed from impeachment to run again, and his likelihood of winning in 2020 based on the issues.  That should be enough for one article.

(What:  You didn’t honestly think I would give him a pass just because he’s the Evil One, did you?) (more…)

Dead Fish: Who’s At Fault?

It’s been all over the news; no doubt you’ve seen the story:  dead fish, manatees, and even dolphins in record numbers up and down the west coast of Florida.  Windrows of decomposing sea life clog beaches and harbors, preventing swimming, sport fishing, and all the joys we expect from the Sun Coast.

During the elections, we heard a lot of people casting blame on Governor (and now Senator) Rick Scott.  But is he really at fault? (more…)

Jet City Espresso, Tampa FL

It’s an unlikely place for wonderful coffee — a tiny repurposed Florida house, beige and unassuming.  And yet… wow.

Pre-Starbucks, there wasn’t a coffee shop on every corner.  You could go a ways before you found the nearest Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts, and even then the coffee was pretty basic — bland and ordinary, and usually weak as dishwater.  But then came the coffeehouse movement of the early 90s, which introduced the joys of espresso and latte to the American public.

Jet City opened up in Tampa back then and has been going strong (more…)

Peebles BBQ, Auburndale FL

Not too many places have earned the distinction of having a review up on the Not Fake News.  Peebles has managed to be the first.

I first heard of this place from my grandmother, who was coming here for the Q before I was born.  Fancy it ain’t; the menu is short, the flatware plastic, the cups styrofoam.  But the ribs and smoked meats are the real thing and have been for about sixty years.  And that slaw alone is worth the price of admission.

There are two downsides:  The lines are long, and there’s no air conditioning.  Plus side is, early evening after the sun sets and the crowds go away, the breeze blows through and you can sit back in the shade chawing down on some of the best Q in the state of Florida, and sucking down the sweet tea.

These are the fourth-best ribs I have ever had in my life, and I’ll be back.  Meanwhile, if you want to try it — and you do — Peebles will be open Labor Day to Memorial, Thursday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm.

NY Times Endorses Kasich: So What?

As of this writing, it’s about twenty-four hours before the Iowa Caucuses begin.  This year there’s a good chance that we’ll know the results by the end of the night thanks to Microsoft.  (Watch the video; it’s awesome.)

Just before the caucuses, the New York Times decided to endorse John Kasich, the solidly conservative governor of Ohio.  And… well, let’s face it:  The man’s got zero chance in Iowa.  So who cares?

We ought to (more…)