Tag Archives: Florida

Seven Year Old Beaten For Pink Nail Polish

Disgusting story in Orlando: A man was arrested on child abuse charges after he beat a 7-year-old boy with a belt because the child put pink fingernail polish on his own nails, according to Orange County sheriff’s deputies. Aundre Jermaine Hill, 25, was arrested on Saturday at about 5:19 p.m. after sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in reference to …

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Gay Marriage Ban Makes Florida Ballot

Florida’s secretary of state announced yesterday that the anti-gay group Florida4Marriage has collected enough signatures to force their anti-gay marriage amendment onto the state ballot next year. Equality Florida and the ACLU will challenge the petition in court. Those opposing the amendment claim it could not only ban gay marriage but could repeal domestic partners benefits statewide, including those for …

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Stop Scaring Ann Coulter!

Poor Ann Coulter is so upset by her hate mail that she has had her address removed from the public record in Palm Beach County, Florida. People who petition the county can have their homes removed from the property appraisers’ rolls if they can demonstrate they are the victims of stalking or harassment. Coulter, 45, has called Democratic presidential candidate …

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The Naugle Effect

In an effort to stem public sex on the beach, officials in Martin County, Florida are considering installing “talking” motion-detecting surveillance cameras. Upon detecting movement, the cameras would flash a bright light and play a pre-recorded announcement that the area was under surveillance. Recording would begin 30 seconds later. Martin County arrested six men in an undercover beach sex sting …

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Bob Allen Resigns

Disgraced Florida Republican legislator Bob Allen resigned late on Friday shortly after his conviction for soliciting tearoom sex from an undercover cop. Allen was sentenced to six months probation and must pay court costs and fines. The judge ordered Allen to undergo tests for HIV and STDs and to take a class on HIV awareness. He was also told to …

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Bob Allen Convicted

Florida Republican legislator Bob Allen was convicted Friday of solicitation of an undercover officer. He faces 60 days in jail, a $500 fine, and will likely be immediately removed from the legislature. In July, Allen was arrested in a public park near Titusville, Florida after offering to pay an undercover cop $20 if Allen could blow him. After his arrest, …

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Cloudy Times In Sunshine State

The anti-gay Florida4Marriage has gathered 597,000 signatures on a petition demanding that same-sex marriage be outlawed statewide. When they reach 610,000 signatures, an amendment to the state constitution will be placed on 2008 ballot. The amendment would need a 60% vote to pass, something polls indicate it would get. However: Gay marriage is already illegal in Florida, because it is …

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Little Beach Littler

Tropical Storm Noel is causing waves to crash over Fort Lauderdale’s meager little sea wall, covering A1A with sand. There’s going to be significant erosion of LaDeDa’s already narrow beach. Up in Palm Beach County, beachfront structures are losing their foundations. But in the spring, the sand machines will dredge up some new beach somewhere. Still, it seems like the …

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Fort Lauderdale Tops For Gay Tourism

In what a local guesthouse owner labeled “a bit of sweet revenge” for local activists, readers of Out Traveler have named Fort Lauderdale the top resort destination for gay vacationers. Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau CEO Nicki Grossman, who was instrumental in the removal of anti-gay Mayor Jim Naugle from Broward County’s tourism board, said, “It’s a wonderful …

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Friendly Voices: Julian Bond

“Gay and lesbian rights are not “special rights” in any way. It isn’t “special” to be free from discrimination – it is an ordinary, universal entitlement of citizenship. The right not to be discriminated against is a common-place claim we can expect to enjoy under our laws and our founding document, the Constitution. That many had to struggle to gain …

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Reunited And It Feels No Good

Ugh. This morning I got a notice that my 30 year high school reunion is “officially” going to happen in November. I haven’t gone to any previous reunions, in fact, I’m not sure that there have even been any. I haven’t seen, much less thought about, any of my classmates from Colonial High in at least 25 years, so I …

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UF Student Tasered And Arrested At John Kerry Speech

Andrew Meyer, a University of Florida student, was pulled away from the microphone and tasered by six cops after attempting to question former presidential candidate John Kerry regarding why he did not contest his loss to Bush in 2004 and about his membership in Skull & Bones, a secretive society at Yale University that counts Bush I and Bush II …

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Naugle Booted From Tourism Board

Yesterday Broward County commissioners voted unanimously to boot Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle from their Tourism Development Board, citing his hate speech which has already cost the city vacation and convention business. During his remarks before the vote, out gay County Commissioner Ken Keechi said, “Let do the right thing, let’s throw him off this board.” Fight OUT Loud president …

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Judge: Allen’s Statements Out

A Florida judge has ruled that since Florida legislator Bob Allen was not read his Miranda rights, statements he subsequently made to the police will not be admissible in his trial, including his stated fear of black men and his (as far as I know) previously undisclosed mention that he had “$800 in his car”. Hmm, that seems kinda bribe-ish, …

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HomoQuotable – Larry Gierer

“Let me start by saying that I’m truly a happy homosexual, And not only that, I’m a happy homosexual who is HIV-positive. So he really slaps me upside the head.” – Larry Gierer, mayor of Oakland Park, Florida, speaking about Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle. Oakland Park is just north of Fort Lauderdale, also in Broward County. Gierer adds, “It’s …

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Allen Apologies To NAACP

Rep. Bob “Tearoom” Allen apologized to the North Brevard chapter of the NAACP in Florida yesterday to deny charges of racism raised when he told cops that he feared that he was about to be “made a statistic” by the black men loitering in the park he was cruising. Allen told the NAACP that he now that he’s been arrested, …

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Tearoom For Two?

Bob “Tea-room” Allen says he is not a racist or a criminal and will not resign his seat in the Florida legislature. His lawyer says that based on the arresting officer’s own report, it was the police who did the soliciting, not Allen. The police contend that Allen initiated the incident by entering the police officer’s stall and leaning on …

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Naugle To Host On Wingnut Radio

Asshat mayor of Fort Lauderdale Jim Naugle will be hosting a local talk radio show tomorrow morning on the Mitchell & Morley In The Morning show, which runs during the morning drive time, 6am – 9am EST. The right-wing WFTL also carries the Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly, and Dr. Laura shows. Maybe the mayor is already gunning for a new …

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Bob Allen: It’s Because The Cop Was Black

Disgraced Florida right-wing legislator Bob “Tea-room” Allen, whom you may recall was caught in a park restroom last month, offering a cop $20 for sex, now says he only played along because he feared black men: “This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park.” According to the Orlando Sentinel, …

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A Message From Fort Lauderdale

Nicki Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitors and Convention Bureau, dropped a comment on one the Flush Naugle posts and I’m reposting it here so that everybody sees it. Hello, I’m writing from The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. I wish to reassure you and your readers that Greater Fort Lauderdale is a warmly welcoming destination …

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