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–Priest Douggie Smith and his team at the First Rastafari Church and Cultural Center of Florida are doing something unique.
–They are trying to get local Rastafari out of the shadows and into the center of the larger community.
-Priest Douggie: “We didn’t create a space for Rastafari alone we created a space for the community so Rastafari and the community can interact together and build our community in a positive way.”
-Priest Douggie’s message and style has attracted some interesting non Rastafari people to his new center for cultural events.
–According to Priest Douggie, there is a large Rastafari community in South Florida, but they are scattered around the region.
–From 1993 to 2007, there was a Rastafari church in Miami but it was forced to close during the recession.
-From that time to the opening of the new center, local Rastafari had to meet at homes and in parks to worship with each other.
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During a wide ranging interview on CNBC’s Squawk On The Street, Former Massachusetts Gov. and Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate William Weld said that he would not have indicted Hillary Clinton in the email server scandal that has dominated headlines for months.
When asked by host Carl Quintanilla whether Weld, a former federal prosecutor and Justice Department official under President Reagan would have indicted Clinton.
Weld was blunt in his assessment during the show which aired live during the Friday 10 AM hour.
“No, no, no,” Weld said. “I did not see evidence of criminal intent there. I thought that was a bum rap. I thought Jim Comey of the FBI had it absolutely right. No reasonable prosecutor would bring that case.”
So this should stop Libertarians from posting about this on Facebook, right?
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is apparently very thin skinned and unable to take public criticism well.
Scott, the governor of the nation’s third largest state spent actual money on a web video bashing Cara Jennings, a woman who screamed obscenities at him during an ill-fated trip to a Gainesville Starbucks earlier this week.
“You cut Medicaid so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” Jennings yelled at Scott in a video that quickly went viral. “You’re an asshole. You don’t care about working people. You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”
Now Jennings is not exactly a random person. She is a former city councilperson in Lake Worth and a longstanding activist who isn’t afraid to push the envelope.
But instead of just letting go of the awkward encounter, Gov. Man-Child decided to bring out the knives to hack at Jennings in a web video.
And it is rather incredible.
“You may have seen this video of a terribly rude woman at a coffee shop cursing and screaming at Governor Scott,” a smarmy voice over guy says at the start of the video.
For the next minute, the video tries to discredit Jennings as a “anarchist” who refused to recite the pledge of allegiance.
Seriously. He couldn’t have spent time doing anything else?
Anyway, all we could hope for is that Donald Trump will just double down and pick Scott as his running mate. They would spend half of the campaign sending out Tweets and Facebook videos attacking random people they meet at Starbucks.
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I lean to the left, voted for the Democrat, and wanted her to win.
I’m ashamed that the first black president will be succeeded by someone who led a racist birther movement and is supported by the KKK.
But despite the number of factors that lead to this election outcome, some of which are valid, many which are not, the Democratic Party largely has themselves to blame.
They dropped the ball.
The twist ending to this election is that what was supposed to be a civil war in the Republican Party is actually something that will certainty now take place in the Democratic Party.
Democrats need to recalibrate and figure out what happened, and what they stand for.
From my point of view, there are a number of things that need to be changed going forward.
I think Hillary Clinton would have made a fine President.
But the reality is that she was a truly awful candidate.
Her campaign will become the textbook “what not to do” for future campaigns.
The people around her cared more about protecting her than lifting her up and making her a successful candidate.
In an age where authenticity mattered, she was too scripted, and not human enough.
She carried enormous baggage, made many mistakes, and seemed out of touch with what the electorate was really feeling.
I support a DNC “drain the swamp” effort.
Get people who will follow a mandate, be fair, and not become an extension of another campaign.
The way Bernie Sanders was treated by the DNC was shameful.
The way the DNC tried to shoe in Clinton for the nomination is a disgrace.
Clinton was treated as the incumbent nominee by the party before the primaries even began.
The party forfeited a lively, spirited primary process with a number of interesting candidates to back an establishment candidate with enormous baggage and a likability problem.
Why they took the risk on an accomplished but incredibly flawed candidate, when it was so important to conserve President Obama’s progress for a new term, I will never understand.
It was status quo politics, elitism, and people are rightfully sick of that crap.
Clinton’s ideas were generally the right ideas.
She had vast knowledge of world and domestic issues that Trump does not have.
If that wasn’t clear before, it certainly will become so during his administration.
The problem was with communication and perception.
Perception is reality.
If there was one piece of advice I could offer to change this for democratic candidates in the future, it would be this:
Democrats, stay away from Hollywood.
Stay away from celebrities.
Stay away from elites.
Stop associating yourself with big money interests.
Appeal to the average working person that Trump intercepted.
It felt like every other week Clinton was having a celebrity fundraiser in Los Angeles or New York.
Celebrities don’t represent most people.
They don’t represent me.
Instead of taking the message to Wisconsin, which Clinton didn’t visit once as the nominee, and then lost, she chose to have a big money event with elites somewhere.
What a missed opportunity.
Wisconsin and Michigan should have been won.
And no one gives a shit about celebrity endorsements by the way.
We don’t care what Eva Longoria thinks about politics, or that Lena Dunham likes Clinton.
No one on the face of the earth should use a celebrity endorsement as a major factor in choosing a candidate.
Stop encouraging it.
No more $30,000 per plate dinners with George Clooney in the Hollywood Hills.
Clinton doesn’t need their money.
She had enough of her own.
No more concerts with Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, or Beyonce.
No one is impressed.
People are tired of elitism, and I am, too.
The bells and whistles do nothing, people just want someone who will listen to them.
Take the message to the people, and make clear that your interest is to stand up for them.
Michael Moore posted on Facebook that the Democratic Party needs to be returned to the people.
Moore has been right about this election all along.
Nearly everyone else wasn’t.
I’m optimistic real change will happen.
I think we are in for some major disillusionment about Trump, and in the meantime, the party will have the opportunity to fix the issues, re-evaluate their strategy, and come back stronger.
It needs to.
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