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La Carreta: The Miami (Heat) Celebration Spot (VIDEO)

Via Belvedere Stories on Vimeo:

 

"Only in Miami" is a phrase that we often hear in the humid melting pot that is the Magic City. There are just certain customs and traditions that you would never witness past Broward county. Things that are truly unique to the Latin-infused culture that Miami has to offer.


Well, only in Miami would people fleece their kitchens of their pots and pans and wooden spoons, and congregate around a restaurant to celebrate the Miami Heat's amazing championship victory into the wee hours of night. When something big happens, such as the Florida Marlins winning the World Series, or when the universally detested Fidel Castro gave up power to his brother Raúl, La Carreta Restaurant in Westchester is the gathering spot for the local Miami community. Walk in past La Carreta's coffee window on a busy Saturday night and there's always a lively crowd talking, arguing and sharing stories! It is a microcosm of Miami culture: older people discussing politics, police officers on break, young men and women sharing an authentic Cuban meal, middle-aged bikers on Harleys, and the full spectrum of Miami characters: Cuban, Latin American, and American alike.The restaurant itself is surely unique, but what we wondered was what draws a large community of people to celebrate at the same spot (especially since it's a chain) for these big moments?


Throughout the Heat's playoff run, the city has been on edge. Miamians wanted a championship so bad they could taste it. This was our year, and we were all confident that our team could do it.
But the one thing we could be sure of was that if and when they won, La Carretta on Bird Road would be flooded with people celebrating. The sounds of banging pots, honking horns and Spanish music blasting from cars would fill the streets and impromptu parades and conga lines would jam the sidewalks.
Last night, Miami did not disappoint! The Heat ended their glorious Finals run against OKC 4-1, and the Miami community did what it does best: jubilant unapologetic celebration...

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Sore Losers: Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police after Supreme Court loss

Sore Losers: Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police after Supreme Court loss | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.

 

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Arizona may not impose its own penalties for immigration violations, but said state and local police to check the legal status of those they have reasonable suspicion are in the country illegally.

 

That means police statewide can immediately begin calling to check immigration status — but federal officials are likely to reject most of those calls. Federal officials said they’ll still perform the checks as required by law, but will only respond when someone has a felony conviction on his or her record. Absent that, ICE will tell the local police to release the person.

 

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the court’s decision frees police up to perform immigration checks. In anticipation of the ruling she had issued an executive order calling for guidance to be issued to every police department on how to fairly carry out the law.

 

But the Obama administration is under pressure from immigrant-rights groups to cut down on the number of people it is deporting, and has taken a number of steps to try to limit deportations of rank-and-file illegal immigrants and focus instead on those with criminal records or repeated immigration violations...

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44 Miami Police Detectives Disciplined for Unwarranted Speeding

44 Miami Police Detectives Disciplined for Unwarranted Speeding | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via The Crime Report:

Forty-four Miami-Dade police detectives who drove 90 mph or faster more than 400 times while on and off duty are being disciplined in the widest-ranging result to date of the South Florida Sun Sentinel's investigation of police speeding. The Miami-Dade cops, at the wheels of unmarked vehicles, drove faster on duty than policy permits even in the most serious emergency, said Maj. Nancy Perez, a department spokeswoman. About half of the time, they were speeding off duty...
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RIP 20 years ago today: Willie Jerome Brown III February 4th 1965 – June 25th 1992

RIP 20 years ago today: Willie Jerome Brown III February 4th 1965 – June 25th 1992 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

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Willie Jerome Brown, III (February 4, 1965 – June 25, 1992) was an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He played his entire five-year NFL career with the Eagles from 1987 to 1991, before his death just before the 1992 season. He was selected to two Pro Bowls in 1990 and 1991. He played college football at the University of Miami...

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Penn State: Inmates Serenade Jerry Sandusky with Pink Floyd: "Leave those kids alone..."

Penn State: Inmates Serenade Jerry Sandusky with Pink Floyd: "Leave those kids alone..." | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
PRISON TARGET: The former Penn State assistant football coach is in jail, on suicide watch, after a jury convicted him late Friday of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

Sandusky, 68, had been free on bail before his trial began two weeks ago but was handcuffed immediately after his 12 peers pronounced him guilty of all but three of the 48 charges against him.

Today, he is at the Centre County Correctional Facility — the same lockup where he spent a night in December. That night, the other prisoners harassed him. Now, they’re more than likely to do it again.

Other prisoners were barred from communicating directly with Sandusky, but they could see him. And when the lights went out, inmates serenaded the disgraced coach with a famous line from Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”

“At night, we were singing ‘Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone,’” Josh said, adding that everyone knew who Sandusky was because inmates had access to television and newspapers...
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Today in Clearwater, Florida...

This is what we've been dealing with in #Florida today! Tornado in #Clearwater

Via @3rdLegGreg on Instagram 

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In 2011, Apple's 327 global stores took in more money per square foot than any other retailer

In 2011, Apple's 327 global stores took in more money per square foot than any other retailer | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
While consumers tend to think of Apple’s headquarters as the company’s heart and soul, a majority of its workers in the United States are hourly wage earners selling iPhones and MacBooks.
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Miami Marlins: Manager Ozzie Guillen says club should be embarrassed, ashamed of 4-16 June record

Miami Marlins: Manager Ozzie Guillen says club should be embarrassed, ashamed of 4-16 June record | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Sun Sentinel:

MIAMI — Ozzie Guillen is unsure who to credit, but he's borrowed the quote on countless occasions during his major league managerial tenure. In essence: "Bad teams have meetings. Good teams win games."

The Marlins have been meeting a lot lately.

Saturday prompted another powwow, this one amongst the players after a 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

The losing streak is at six, and the record is five games below .500 courtesy of this 2-15 stretch. While team members were hashing out issues in the clubhouse, Guillen was in his office speaking with some coaches...
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Open Letter to Miami Heat Haters By Pepe Billete

Open Letter to Miami Heat Haters By Pepe Billete | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Cultist Miami:

 

"There's a certain pride that comes from saying you're from Miami these days. Admittedly, some of that pride comes from the irrational bravado that comes with being a part of a place that's been named the #1 party city in the US, and one of the most dangerous places in America within the same three-year period. Good or bad, the further away you get from the Dade/Broward line, the more fanciful the look in people's eyes becomes when you tell them you're from the 305.

 

Most people from Miami are proud, if not eager, to admit it. Because of this unabashed and unapologetic hubris, 99 percent of the country loves to hate on us. Nowhere is this hate more apparent than in the world of sports. Yo no se que cosa es, pero listen to most sports journalists around the country talk about Miami fans, and all you hear them say is that this city is the absolute worst place to have a sports franchise.

 

Pero today, no one is saying shit. All the Miami haters have suddenly gone silent. The jokes about Lebron having no ring in a city full of fairweather fans have been abrupty muted, and all you can hear, from Hialeah to Southwest, is the sound of casuelas y cucharas banging away a sweet song of victory!...

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Sizing up Penn State's liability in Sandusky abuse scandal

Sizing up Penn State's liability in Sandusky abuse scandal | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Jerry Sandusky trial was loaded with details of the child sex abuse a jury has now convicted the one-time Penn State assistant football coach of carrying out over 15 years, but it revealed little about the university's potential liability in the scandal.

That is likely to change in a related prosecution of two former university officials: athletic director Tim Curley and finance official Gary Schultz.

Both have been charged with perjury and failing to alert authorities to one act of sexual abuse by Sandusky in a scandal that tarnished Pennsylvania State University's name and led to the firing of its president and its head football coach, the late Joe Paterno...
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Forbes: Are Drug Dealers Entrepreneurs?

Forbes: Are Drug Dealers Entrepreneurs? | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Forbes:

On Thursday, the son of one of the richest and most infamous drug lords in the world was arrested by police, according to reports, and we at Forbes wrote about the event. The drug dealer in question, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, is tied for the 1,153rd position on Forbes’ list of billionaires, ranks #10 on the publication’s Mexican rich list and number 55 on its list of powerful people. After learning this, I started to wonder whether drug dealers and gangsters should be heralded on the same platform as the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Larry Ellison?

In 1982, Forbes listed mob mastermind, Meyer Lansky, as one of the 400 richest in the United States, alongside Bob Hope and Malcolm Forbes (no, those last two aren’t drug dealers or gangsters, but the juxtaposition is hilarious). The magazine also listed notorious drug lord and murderer, Pablo Escobar, in its spotlight of the “Scandalously Rich” (oh, that sounds delightfully dangerous!), estimating the now dead cocaine king’s net worth at $25 billion. $25 billion? Wow, I thought Jim Walton was loaded!

In 1986, Fortune Magazine released a list of their Top 50 Mafia Bosses and organized crime figures, including Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and John Gotti. ”Organized crime is, among other things, a potent economic force,” then managing editor Marshall Loeb explained in his biweekly note to readers. ”Yet rarely, if ever, has the press examined the mob as a business, one that has its own management style and culture…” Fortune Magazine’s position was elaborated, stating that ”the organization chart of a crime family or syndicate mirrors the management structure of a corporation..."
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My new VICE column 'This Week in Florida' features dog blowjobs, spear gun accidents, more zombies and TSA molestation

My new VICE column 'This Week in Florida' features dog blowjobs, spear gun accidents, more zombies and TSA molestation | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via VICE:

 

People in Florida are still eating each other. They're also feeling up TSA agents now...

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'So Disrespectful' Stephen A. Smith educates Skip Bayless via Auto-Tune on King LeBron James, NBA Finals MVP (VIDEO)

The King has his ring and now First Take's Stephen A Smith has a few words for Skip Bayless in DJ Steve Porter's latest, 'So Disrespectful'...

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Supreme Court: No automatic life without parole for juveniles

Supreme Court: No automatic life without parole for juveniles | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional for state laws to require juveniles convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

 

The 5-4 decision is in line with others the court has made, including ruling out the death penalty for juveniles and life without parole for young people whose crimes did not involve killing. Monday's decision left open the possibility that judges could sentence juveniles to life without parole in individual cases of murder, but said state laws cannot automatically impose such a sentence.

 

We "hold that mandatory life without parole for those under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on 'cruel and unusual punishment,'" said Justice Elena Kagan, who wrote the opinion for the majority. She was joined in that opinion by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

 

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented...

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Here's a Miami driver with his priorities in order...

Here's a Miami driver with his priorities in order... | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Well, almost. I probably woulda put the U over the Heat.
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Penn State: Jerry Sandusky Juror Speaks (VIDEO)

Penn State: Jerry Sandusky Juror Speaks (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Joshua Harper told NBC's "Today" on Saturday on Jerry Sandusky reaction to the verdict: “That was just confirmation, I looked at him during the reading of the verdict and just the look on his face, no real emotion. Just kind of accepting, you know, because, it was true..."

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Streisand Effect: Miami Heat minority owner sues Google & local blogger over "unflattering" photo

Streisand Effect: Miami Heat minority owner sues Google & local blogger over "unflattering" photo | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Paid Content:

In an act of childishness...a minority owner of the Miami Heat NBA team has filed a copyright suit against a blogger for posting a photo of him. He is also suing Google for refusing to take the photo down.

In a complaint filed in Miami federal court this month, Raanan Katz is demanding an injunction and damages over a photo that shows him court side with his tongue hanging out. The photo is posted on a blog devoted to reporting alleged rip-offs involving Katz’s commercial real estate operations in Miami. The lawsuit shows the photo “partially distorted due to its unflattering nature..."

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Former Florida trooper and 3 former TSA agents plead guilty to federal drug charges in Connecticut

Former Florida trooper and 3 former TSA agents plead guilty to federal drug charges in Connecticut | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Wall Street Journal:

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A former Florida state trooper has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge for his role in a conspiracy to sell painkiller pills.

Federal prosecutors said 29-year-old Justin Kolves was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. He pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

U.S. Attorney David Fein said Kolves was paid by a drug dealer to help with illegal transport and sale of oxycodone pills. Prosecutors said Kolves traveled to Connecticut three times last year to serve as a bodyguard for the dealer during illegal oxycodone transactions.

Three former Transportation Security Administration officers and a former Westchester County, N.Y., police officer also have pleaded guilty in the case...
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I couldn't resist busting Charles Robinson's balls (No Sandusky)

I couldn't resist busting Charles Robinson's balls (No Sandusky) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports wrote last August's "expose" about former University of Miami booster -- and confessed Ponzi schemer -- Nevin Shapiro who allegedly . The charges led to an ongoing NCAA investigation and led the UM Hurricanes to forego a bowl appearance last season. All this while the mainstream sports media ignored a far more sinister scandal brewing at Penn State, where, for over a decade, high-ranking university administrators and athletic department officials, including legendary Coach Joe Paterno, covered-up the horrific crimes of serial child rapist and former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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DJ Irie TV: LeBron James Dwyane Wade & Chris Bosh Celebrate Miami Heat Championship 6/23/12

Via YouTube:

 

As Dwyane Wade said in his opening remarks, this was the 5th celebration party in only 3 days! This one took place on Saturday night, June 23, 2012, at Bamboo Nightclub in South Beach, FL.

 

Wade was joined by Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and a whole club filled with Miami Heat fans! This was an EPIC night! You can tell the BIG 3 are still feeling the championship buzz!

 

June 23, 2012.

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Godfather of global warming reveals "alarmist drivel" of climate change hysteria

Godfather of global warming reveals "alarmist drivel" of climate change hysteria | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Toronto Sun:

Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to msnbc.com in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change. The implications were extraordinary.

Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory.

Unlike many “environmentalists,” who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honoured working scientist and academic. His inventions have been used by NASA, among many other scientific organizations.

Having observed that global temperatures since the turn of the millennium have not gone up in the way computer-based climate models predicted, Lovelock acknowledged, “the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.” Now, Lovelock has given a follow-up interview to the UK’s Guardian newspaper in which he delivers more bombshells sure to anger the global green movement, which for years worshipped his Gaia theory and apocalyptic predictions that billions would die from man-made climate change by the end of this century.

Lovelock still believes anthropogenic global warming is occurring and that mankind must lower its greenhouse gas emissions, but says it’s now clear the doomsday predictions, including his own (and Al Gore’s) were incorrect.

He responds to attacks on his revised views by noting that, unlike many climate scientists who fear a loss of government funding if they admit error, as a freelance scientist, he’s never been afraid to revise his theories in the face of new evidence. Indeed, that’s how science advances...
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Miami Marlins on Groupon today: 58% tickets

Miami Marlins on Groupon today: 58% tickets | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Brazilian wax not included.
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Penn State: Jerry Sandusky found guilty of 45 of 48 charges, faces 442 years in prison

Penn State: Jerry Sandusky found guilty of 45 of 48 charges, faces 442 years in prison | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Bail revoked -- this is Jerry Sandusky's prison booking photo tonight.
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NSA Tells Senators: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say if We Spied on You

NSA Tells Senators: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say if We Spied on You | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Wired:

 

The surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency as part of its sweeping new counterterrorism powers. The reason: it would violate your privacy to say so.

 

That claim comes in a short letter sent Monday to civil libertarian Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall. The two members of the Senate’s intelligence oversight committee asked the NSA a simple question last month: under the broad powers granted in 2008′s expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, how many persons inside the United States have been spied upon by the NSA?

 

The query bounced around the intelligence bureaucracy until it reached I. Charles McCullough, the Inspector General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the nominal head of the 16 U.S. spy agencies. In a letter acquired by Danger Room, McCullough told the senators that the NSA inspector general “and NSA leadership agreed that an IG review of the sort suggested would itself violate the privacy of U.S. persons,” McCullough wrote...

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