SO, MIAMI DOLPHINS ARE BASICALLY ALWAYS JERKS? ANYWAY, HOORAY FOR MICHAEL SAM!: “The Miami Dolphins have fined and suspended safety Don Jones for tweeting “Omg” and “horrible” after ESPN cut to a live feed of Michael Sam learning that he had just become the first openly gay male athlete drafted to any of the major American sports. In the live feed, Sam kissed his boyfriend in celebration, something with which Jones apparently took issue. The Dolphins fined Jones an undisclosed amount and are suspending him until he completes an educational training. Jones deleted the tweets and apologized for his comments on Sunday. “I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” Jones said in a statement. “I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment. I remember last year when I was drafted in the seventh round and all of the emotions and happiness I felt when I received the call that gave me an opportunity to play for an NFL team and I wish him all the best in his NFL career.” The Dolphins’ player’s comments were damning for a team already struggling with a public image of bigotry. In the fall, Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito drew media scrutiny and was ultimately suspended for homophobic conduct and bullying his teammate with racial slurs.” (via Think Progress)
IT’S YOUR ‘MARCO RUBIO’ IS AN IDIOT MOMENT OF THE DAY!: “Of all the states that stand to suffer from climate change, Florida is facing potentially the bleakest consequences. A New York Times report noted last week that global warming was already having an effect on everyday life, like leading to flooding on streets that never used to flood. Meanwhile, a National Climate Assessment has named Miami as the city most vulnerable to damage from rising sea levels. While a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact paper warned that water in the area could rise by as much as two feet by the year 2060. On Sunday, one of the state's U.S. senators, Marco Rubio (R), was pressed about the general subject of climate change, and despite the warnings outlined above, he argued that there was nothing lawmakers could or should do to reverse the climate trends (whose origins he also questioned). "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," Rubio said, according to excerpts released by ABC "This Week," "and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy." "The fact is that these events that we're talking about are impacting us, because we built very expensive structures in Florida and other parts of the country near areas that are prone to hurricanes. We've had hurricanes in Florida forever. And the question is, what do we do about the fact that we have built expensive structures, real estate and population centers near those vulnerable areas?" he asked. "I have no problem with taking mitigation activity.’” (via Huffington Post)
WELCOME TO YOUR DEBT HAVEN. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY: “A multi-million dollar dispute between a politically connected Florida billionaire and the brother-in-law of the king of Jordan over a debt involving oil shipped during the Iraq war might seem irrelevant to the lives of ordinary citizens. But while the principals sound like characters in a Hollywood blockbuster, a court ruling in the case could have far-reaching ramifications in Florida, a state already known for having the strongest laws in the nation protecting debtors from creditors. Some lawyers say that if the ruling is ultimately upheld by the Florida Supreme Court, the state could become a haven for people running from child support and alimony payments. It could also set up a public policy problem, where ordinary citizens could struggle to collect debts from one another. Two developments in the case this week could offer some clues to the final outcome. The dispute began when Mohammad Anwar Farid Al-Saleh sued Harry Sargeant III, a shipping and asphalt mogul and onetime finance chairman of Florida’s Republican Party, and Mr. Sargeant’s partner, Mustafa Abu-Naba’a, for failing to pay what he said was his share of the profits for arranging to have fuel for the United States military transported across Jordan during the Iraq war. Mr. Al-Saleh, who is married to the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, said he was cut out of the deal and was owed more some $60 million. In 2011, a court sided with Mr. Al-Saleh, and a jury set the award at $28.8 million. Mr. Sargeant, who argued that Mr. Al-Saleh had not lived up to his side of the deal, appealed that decision but lost. On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court agreed that the award was appropriate.” (via New York Times)
THE APPEALS ARE PILING UP! YOUR D-I-V-O-R-C-E COULD HELP SAVE GAY MARIAGE: “A Hillsborough County judge ruled against a same-sex couple seeking a divorce Friday, setting up an appeal of the state law that bars same-sex marriage. Circuit Judge Laurel M. Lee dismissed the divorce petition of Mariama Monique Changamire Shaw, 47, and Keiba Lynn Shaw, 45, who married in Massachusetts on Feb. 5, 2010. The women live in Tampa and filed for divorce in January. In March, attorneys attempted to hold an uncontested divorce hearing and file the couple's collaborative divorce marital settlement agreement. After hearing arguments April 22, Lee ruled that she could not grant a divorce for a marriage that is not legal in this state. She cited Florida's 2008 constitutional amendment: "Inasmuch marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized." Brett Rahall, attorney for Changamire Shaw, said his client would appeal to the Second District Court of Appeal, setting up what may be the first official challenge to the state law.” (Tampa Bay Times)
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