Joanie Corneil and Bill Shumate, owners of Square 1 Burgers, are both from Oklahoma. This weekend, Corneil and Shumate are raising money for not one, but two great causes.
For families and victims of the recent Oklahoma tornado, $1 will be donated for every Okie Dog or double-dipped onion rings order. The fundraiser runs from Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27, and proceeds go to the Red Cross for Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund.
There are two announced challengers who want to thwart Bill Foster from enjoying four more years leading the 'burg — Rick Kriseman and Kathleen Ford, both former members of the City Council who served alongside Foster in the aughts.
For a couple of months, Kriseman was Foster's sole challenger, but the narrative changed in mid-April when Ford announced her intentions to run again, the third time in four election cycles.
Much has been made about how Ford could ride the anti-Lens momentum to get into a run-off with Foster, because the vote to stop the Lens will also be on the Aug. 27 ballot.
But Kriseman said Ford's participation in the lawsuit that originated with the VoteOnThePier.com crowd could also be detriment to her chances.
Summer has arrived in Florida and growing season is on its way out, once again. While some farmers markets are closing for the summer, others are staying open so you don't have to worry about missing out on the delights of fresh and local food during the stretch of hot months. Below is a list of markets that remain open for the season.
AZALEA COMMUNITY FRESH MARKET Saturdays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., year round. Science Center of Pinellas, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727-600-4223, azaleafreshmarket.com. This market offers food, arts, crafts and live music.
American Stage Theatre Company, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, freeFall Theatre, Jobsite Theater, Silver Meteor Gallery, Spanish Lyric Theatre, Stageworks Theatre and Tampa Repertory Theatre. All headshots, resumes and registration forms due at 5 p.m. today. Around 40 slots remain.
Mike Bryant is the general manager at the Dunedin Brewery, Florida's original craft brewery. The Dunedin Brewery is known not only for tasty craft beer but also kick ass' live music which Mike personally lords over.
Before you drink up at the Sunset Tiki Party on June 2 at the Post Card Inn, try this classic tiki cocktail recipe at home from Dean Hurst, Director of Spirits at Sidebern's and the President of the Left Coast Bartenders Guild. Originally concocted (legend has it) by Donn Beach at Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood, it's rumored the Zombie was made to help a hung-over customer get to a business meeting.
The Zombie (c. 1956)
Makes one drink
If you watched President Obama's major speech on his national security policies yesterday, or even just read about it today, you no doubt must have seen or heard about the protester at the National Defense University in Washington who began shouting in the middle of the address regarding drone warfare.
That activist was Medea Benjamin, best known as being a member of Code Pink. That's a group of female peaceniks who wear pink and are best known for crashing congressional hearings and speeches like the one Obama held yesterday, espousing their message (they were quite active in the not very active protest scene here in Tampa last year at the RNC).
Code Pink is actually only a handful of people, and Benjamin has been their main face and voice. Still youthful looking at 60, I began covering her back in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 90's with her human rights group Global Exchange. After George Bush began his war on terror, Benjamin began making regular appearances in Washington, where she has become an almost Zelig-type activist, always at the site where all the cameras are.
Some conservatives (namely Joe Scarborough) have denounced her and her group today, asking how come they were so in prominent during the Bush era, but have been dormant during the Obama years. But nothing could be further from the truth. Last year she published a book called Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, which was extremely critical of Obama's reliance on drones as a method in the war on terrorism, and she and her minions were part of a group of left-wing activists who some say forced Obama to delay naming John Brennan to head CIA years ago (that job went to Leon Panetta, then David Petraeus, then Brennan).
Rand Paul's infamous filibuster speech against drone warfare (and targeting American citizens) was another occasion where the left and Libertarian right came together to show opposition to this policy. Meanwhile, Benjamin says she'll protest the president again, so enough of the idea that left-wing activist groups like Code Pink have been "soft" on him on this issue.
Well, the Boy Scouts went up and did it last night - they're allowing openly gays in their ranks. That was too much for Orlando-area conservative activist John Stemberger, who says he'll leave the organization and try to form a similar style group.
The Tampa City Council had a very intense discussion yesterday regarding the hiring of a budget analyst. Bottom line is that it ain't gonna happen.
And in Tampa, St. Petersburg and 400 other cities around the world around 2PM tomorrow, people will be coming together to protest the Monsanto Corporation.
The Orlando based Christian conservative was a leading figure supporter for Amendment Two back in 2008, the constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman. He's been a leading voice for other measures as head of the Florida Family Planning Council over the years, and he's been getting a lot of face time in advocating for the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members to continue.
But that ended Thursday afternoon when more than 60 percent of volunteer leaders of the Scouts approved a measure that said that no youth may be denied membership “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."
The news clearly rocked Stemberger's world, and in a fiery release says he will leave the Scouts and is calling for a meeting next month in Louisville to discuss the creation of a new character development organization for boys.
Read his statement after the jump: