Florida Teenager arrested for Science Experiment that goes pop?

Is THIS for REAL???

…from the Miami New Times……

On 7 a.m. on Monday, the 16 year-old mixed some common household chemicals in a small 8 oz water bottle on the grounds of Bartow High School in Bartow, Florida. The reaction caused a small explosion that caused the top to pop up and produced some smoke. No one was hurt and no damage was caused.

According to WTSP, Wilmot told police that she was merely conducting a science experiment. Though her teachers knew nothing of the specific project, her principal seems to agree.

“She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don’t think she meant to ever hurt anyone,” principal Ron Pritchard told the station. “She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too.”

After the explosion Wilmot was taken into custody by a school resources officer and charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. She will be tried as an adult….


President Obama will probably Ok arms for Syrian Rebels…

I have been watching this slide in this direction ever since John Kerry became Secretary of State …..

In the last few months Senator’s Graham and McCain have been hard on the President to ‘do somethging’ for the rebels…..

But there have been reports that Islamists have been co-opting some of the rebels arae’s and the argument has been to not give support to anything that might mean a gain to Iran.

The President actually put some wriggle room out there in today’s presser on the chemical weapons ‘line in th sand’…..But even with that…It has become apparent that America is the last holdout in helping the rebels….

The President ios under added pressure from other Middle East nations that now have more than a million Syrian refuges camped out inside their borders….

All of this reluctance to get more ‘involved’ is playing against increased violence in the region due to the civil war involving the border of Turkey, a NATO ally…

This story IS a trial balloon that has been floated in the NY Times and Washington Post I believe…

Mr. Obama had long resisted calls to arm the rebels, including from David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. A proposal by Mr. Petraeus to provide arms to carefully vetted members of the opposition was shelved last fall, though several officials said they expected it to be revisited.

The White House had stressed that providing weapons would “further militarize the conflict,” and that those weapons could fall into the hands of radical groups. Officials spoke about American shoulder-fired missiles being used against civilian aircraft.

But as the administration has gotten to know members of the Syrian opposition, particularly its military council, a senior official said, it has become more confident of its ability to direct weapons to responsible groups.

The developments in Washington came as a new wave of insurgency-related violence hit central Damascus and a northern Syria border crossing into Turkey on Tuesday and as new frictions rose at the United Nations regarding efforts to investigate instances of possible chemical weapons use in the conflict….


Mass Kerry Senate Seat Primary Winners…Gomez for the GOP…Markey for the Democrats…

Political new comer, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez will  now run for the Republican’s against Democratic  Rep Ed Markey, who IS favored to win in the blue state….


Gabriel E. Gomez, a 47-year-old son of immigrants who became a Navy pilot and SEAL before becoming a private equity investor, won the Republican nomination tonight for the US Senate special election to replace John F. Kerry, bringing a fresh face to a race that had drawn scant interest from an electorate distracted by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Meanwhile, veteran US Representative Edward J. Markey beat fellow Representative Stephen F. Lynch in the race for the Democratic nod in the traditionally blue state.

Gomez garnered 88,325, or 51 percent of the votes, compared with 62,848 votes, or 36 percent, for former US attorney Michael J. Sullivan, and 22,830, or 13 percent, for state Representative Daniel B. Winslow, with 95 percent of precincts reporting.

Markey received 293,273, or 57 percent of the votes, compared with 217,174 votes, or 43 percent, for his opponent, US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, with 95 percent of precincts reporting.

Gomez, whose only previous political experience was an unsuccesful run for selectman in his hometown, will face off with Markey in the final election on June 25.

In a victory speech delivered this evening at his campaign’s election night party in Cohasset, Gomez declared that he was not a rigid partisan and wouldn’t take orders from party leaders.

“If you are looking for someone who refuses to work with the other party, I’m not your guy. … If you are looking for an independent voice, a completely new kind of Republican, take a look at our campaign. I’d welcome your support,” he said.

Applause and cheers broke out in the ballroom at the Omni Parker House where Markey’s campaign was holding its election night party as a TV station announced Markey was the winner. Former Governor Michael Dukakis, wearing a leather jacket, was standing next to his wife, Kitty, in the ballroom. “Now the fun begins,” he said.


Wilcox HS in Georgia holds first Intergrated prom….

For those of you who though segration is gone in America…

Think again….

The fact that THIS story is all over the media speaks volumes about the way things STILL are today in America a country with it’s first black (Mixed) President in his second term….

The good thing is Wilcox is moving ahead….

When the story erupted on TV and social media, Wilcox County became a symbol of race relations stuck in the past. People around the world heard about the sneers from some classmates, the silence from some adults, the school board that says it supports them but didn’t sponsor its own prom. Thousands lashed out at the old tradition or offered up kind words, cash, dresses, a DJ. Stunned, they wanted to know, could this be true? In 2013?

Segregated proms are a longstanding reality in this farming community 160 miles south of Atlanta, and until recently, at several schools nearby. Some in Wilcox County say it’s just an old habit that’s hard to break. A few argue the proms are private because of cost and liability or because parents won’t cede control. They say people “self-segregate,” and kids can’t agree on country or hip-hop, “white music” or “black music.”

Some say some preachers and some parents implicitly encourage segregation, but there’s no point to arguing: People are entitled to their opinions, even if they’re racist.

Plenty here shrug off the debate entirely and say a high school dance is nothing to make a fuss about.

Mareshia is 17, a good student, a cheerleader who’s active in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. She knew long ago that proms were segregated, but she didn’t think much about it till last year, when she and three friends first realized they’d be split up.

“How do you want your last moments of high school to be,” Mareshia asked herself then. “What do you want your memories to encompass?”

More than 40 years after these South Georgia schools desegregated, students are still separated on what they see as the brightest nights of their lives. Some from all the county’s small towns — Abbeville, Pineview, Pitts, Rochelle — say nobody ever questioned the segregation till this year….


New 2016 poll…Rubio leads GOP…Hillary leads them all….

Hummmm….NO Rand Paul???

All that Rand Paul media attention is NOT registering with the people out there?

….from the Hill….

Farleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind Poll of registered voters nationwide gives Clinton 63 percent support from self-identified Democrats and those who lean Democratic. Vice President Biden comes in a distant second with 12 percent, while 3 percent support New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Republican field is significantly tighter. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) holds a slight lead over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 18 percent to 16 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes in a close third with 14 percent support, and 9 percent of respondents say they prefer former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Notably absent from the poll is Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who recently led the field in a New Hampshire poll conducted by a Democratic firm.

Rubio leads among respondents who describe themselves as conservative, but Christie leads with both liberals and centrists. Rubio also leads with voters aged 18-29, a demographic that the GOP has typically had trouble attracting…..


The Affordbale Healthcare Law changes will effect only a small group of Americans….

But this fact will remain a secret that the GOPer’s will ignore and hold against the President….

Obamacare Implementation Really Won’t Be That Bad

The implementation efforts for President Obama’s health care reform law have been subject of criticism from Republicans and hand-wringing from Democrats, but Josh Barro argues that “conservatives have been accidentally managing expectations for implementation.”

“Implementation won’t much affect the 78 percent of Americans currently covered through Medicaid, Medicare, or employer group health plans. It will make some people who currently buy individual coverage worse off. But only 5 percent of Americans get insurance through the individual market, which is already hugely dysfunctional.”

“There will also be people who lose group health coverage, when premium subsidies make it attractive for their employers to send them to shop in the exchanges… But neither this effect nor any problems faced by people with existing individual insurance is likely to create a clamor for repeal that is any more effective than the din of the last three years. That is because the most obvious way to fix the problem of those who have trouble in the health exchanges will be to fix the exchanges, not repeal them.”

Wonk Wire….

Political Roundup for April 30, 2013…Sanford race polling going on…Red Racing Horses

by: James_Nola

Michigan: Rep. Gary Peters (D) is expected to announce his candidacy tomorrow. Republicans are still waiting on Rep. Mike Rogers. If he passes, look for the establishment to turn to former SoS Terri Lynn Land, businessman John Rakolta (who can probably self-fund), and, if those fail, Saul Anuzis.

West Virginia: Former tv news anchor Martin Staunton is running as an independent.


SC-01: After one night of polling, we can say that things don’t look quite as bad for Mark Sanford as we thought. He’s not dead just yet. Kyle Kondik’s sources on the ground indicate the same thing.

IL-13: Lots of movement in this race, as 4-time loser David Gill is considering a rematch, top Democratic recruit Madison County Judge Ann Callis is resigning soon to pursue a run, and University of Illinois professor George Gollin is also considering a run.

FL-18: Two of the biggest names in this race are expected to declare their intentions soon: St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowry and State Rep. Gayle Harrell. Sen. Joe Negron, the NRCC’s top choice, looks likely to stay out. Other candidates looking at the race include former state Rep. Carl Domino, a potential self-funder, former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, businessman Gary Uber, former CT state Rep. Alan Schlesinger, former Tequesta Councilman Calvin Turnquest (who is African-American), and Juno Beach Vice Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Andel.


Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 4/30/13: How much lower can Tom Corbett go?

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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• PA-Gov: Yow. These Pennsylvania polls are getting to the point where we have to hope GOP Gov. Tom Corbett doesn’t wind up like former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (who opted against seeking a second term because her job approvals were so bad) or former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons (who got trounced in the Republican primary when he tried to run for a second term himself). Because with numbers like these from Quinnipiac, Corbett really might be tempted to bail—or an upstart might attempt to deny him renomination. Just check out the trendlines from Quinnipiac’s last poll in March:

Joe Sestak (D): 48 (47)
Tom Corbett (R): 34 (38)Allyson Schwartz (D): 47 (42)
Tom Corbett (R): 34 (39)

Rob McCord (D): 44 (38)
Tom Corbett (R): 38 (42)

Indeed, Corbett’s favorability rating has sunk to an epic new low of 29-43, down disastrously from 39-44 last month. (His job approval, though, barely budged, clocking in at 38-47, versus 39-49 in March.) And Corbett’s head-to-heads now resemble PPP’s early March results, results that seemed a bit too good (or bad) to be true at the time. But both firms now see Corbett at around the 34 percent mark, which is so hellaciously awful for an incumbent that it’s almost hard to comprehend.

If things don’t change dramatically, the only question may be which Democrat has the honors of doing Corbett in. Quinnipiac tested a multi-way hypothetical primary, but only Schwartz and Sestak registered, each with 15 percent. No one else was higher than 3 (including McCord), so the picture remains wide open. However, only Schwartz has actually declared her candidacy, and as Quinnipiac shows, she’d crush Corbett as thoroughly as anyone.

President Obama does presser 100 days into his second term….

I his press conference he took pains to defend his political actions and praised efforts of the FBI and Boston cops in handling the Boston Bomber incident….

He also seemed to wiggle a bit back from his Syrian Chemical weapons ‘cross the line ‘ for American action statement….

I was surprised at the Benghnazi questions coming back into the picture….

And the President was asked about the hunger strik at Gitmo whiuch is someplace he would like to see closed…But Congress does not….

President Barack Obama defended the sluggish start to his second term Tuesday, arguing the United States needs more facts on Syria to guide his response and more cooperation from Congress to make progress on his domestic agenda.

Addressing Obamacare implementation, immigration reform and his inability to break the stalemate on the sequestration cuts aside from last week’s FAA carve out, Obama used a press conference marking the 100-day mark of his second term to bat back suggestions that the he’s falling short on all the big-ticket items in the agenda he laid out for himself at the beginning of the year.

He started, though, by pushing back on the idea that he was dithering on crafting an American response to the situation in Syria, even after his administration announced proof of chemical weapons use — which Obama has previously called a “red line” that would be a “game-changer” if crossed, recalibrating how the international community deals with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Pressed for explanation Tuesday, Obama said that the findings change the game in that his administration will have to “rethink the range of options that are available to us.”

Though Obama never said the word “Iraq,” he drew a clear distinction between his approach of slowly gathering evidence and the prospect of rushing to war.

“What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria, but we don’t know how they were used, when they were used, who used them. We don’t have a chain of custody that establishes what exactly happened,” Obama said, explaining why he wouldn’t say definitively that a “red line” had been crossed.



In the comments section before this post I went on about my impression that the President was throwing his hands up at dealling with Congress and the Republicans….

I answering a question from Ed Henery, I believe, the President addressed my and others concerns….

President Obama sarcastically dismissed concerns over his struggles to pass key components of his second term agenda at a White House press conference Tuesday.

“Maybe I should just pack up and go home,” Obama said. “Golly.”

The president acknowledged that he had struggled to pass a bill to repeal the sequester or implement new gun controls, but said he was “actually confident there are a range of things that we’re going to be able to get done.”


Schweitzer leads all Republicans in Montona Senate Poll….

The former governor, who told The Hill last week that he’d consider a bid to replace Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), has a 54 percent approval rating in the state, with 37 percent disapproving, according to the poll.

 Even IF Obama looks like garbage ….Schweitzer comes out fine….

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) leads former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot (R) by 47 to 43 percent, and has a 50 to 40 percent advantage over Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.). Daines has said he’s considering a run, while Racicot has remained silent on the race.

If Schweitzer decides against a bid, however, it becomes much more difficult for Democrats to hold the seat.

President Obama’s approval rating in the state is just 36 percent, with 54 percent disapproving. By an 8-point margin, voters prefer a generic Republican to a generic Democrat for the seat.

The two Republicans already in the race, former state Sen. Corey Stapleton (R) and state Rep. Champ Edmunds (R), barely register in the polls when tested against Daines and Racicot, and are blown out by Schweitzer.


Colbert-Busch ‘went there’ on Sanford ‘s being AWOL in office and his girlfriend…


Exchange of the Day

The State has this exchange from last night’s debate in South Carolina’s first congressional district:

Elizabeth Colbert Busch: “When we talk about fiscal spending and we talk about protecting the taxpayers, it doesn’t mean you take that money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose.”

Moderator John Avlon: “She went there, Gov. Sanford.”

Mark Sanford: “I couldn’t hear what she said. Repeat it, I didn’t hear it.”

Colbert Busch: “Answer the question.”

Sanford: “What was the question?”


Boston Area news events overshadow elections in Mass….

A DSD Highlight…..

Candidates are campaigning hard but news events have conspired against them
By Frank Phillips
| Globe Staff

April 28, 2013

Brutal snowstorms, an upheaval in Boston city politics, a contentious tax debate on Beacon Hill, and now terrorism at the Marathon. Since nearly the opening hours of the race to fill John Kerry’s US Senate seat, a series of events has smothered the campaign and raised serious questions over the efficacy of special elections.

For three months, the candidates — two Democrats and three Republicans — have been crisscrossing the state, airing commercials, and raising money, hoping to gain voters’ attention.

But they have found little success. With the primary election looming on Tuesday, the public appears to have barely taken notice. Despite several televised debates and a flurry of media coverage, the race has lacked the sort of robust and spirited discussions of issues and the vetting of candidates that has historically distinguished Massachusetts Senate campaigns.

Analysts cite a host of reasons: the inability of the candidates in either party to swiftly generate voter enthusiasm; the string of news and weather events in the last few months that consumed the media’s and public’s interest; and the voters’ fatigue after a year of intense politicking.

The sputtering race and the prospect that it will lure few people to the polls to fill such an important political position has prompted some strong criticism of the truncated special election system that Democrats created in 2004 to fill vacant US Senate seats…