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A- On Two Shores shares some news that they say may constitute a "game changer" in the U.S.'s policy with Cuba.
B- Get your South Florida weekend theater brief at The South Florida Theatre Scene.
C- South Florida Guy discovers a little piece of Florida history with a visit to Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island.
Built in 1876 it was one of 10 rescue stations built along the coast of Florida. They were installed some 40 miles apart so if you were unfortunate enough to find yourself as a shipwrecked sailor, you would have a 20 mile or less walk to the closest rescue station. The sole job of the keeper was to feed and clothe any shipwreck survivors until their eventual rescue.D- Go Hydrology! has the latest on the swamp's water level.
Last week's big rain storm raised water levels several inches in the swamp, thus in most areas refilling the strands and domes with water. Water levels from this point forward will drop at an increasing rate without the help of more rain.E- The Cuban Triangle mulls over reports that the State Department is considering removing Cuba from the list of “state sponsors of terrorism.”
Also, consider this: If the U.S. government and Calle Ocho really thought Cuba were a terrorism sponsor, would we be admitting every Cuban who arrives on a U.S. shore or border crossing, processing them within days, giving them quick access to public assistance and a path to a green card in one year? Would we not worry that some might be sent to harm us?F- Gov. Rick Scott is about to do a flip on one the main issues that got him elected and Bark Bark Woof Woof explains why.
When it comes to making a choice between sticking to the principles he’s adopted to win an election and making a buck, he’ll go for the buck, especially when he thinks he can turn it into a win at the voting booth, too.G- The Reid Report provides another example of how Republicans just make stuff up when they got nothing else.
They start at the end, rather than the beginning — so filled with the desire to believe the worst, that they’ll just as easily believe the stupidest.
They did it with election “projections” and “unskewed polls” that had them convinced that a) everybody, HATES Barack Obama and b) Mitt Romney would MOP THE FLOOR WITH HIM in last year’s presidential election. Oops. And now it’s happening with Hagel.