Welcome to Friday. Let's ramble this jerry and muck out the kick-fix! (I'm terrible at inventing new slang.)
Two more days, two more Tampa school kids contributing mightily to gun culture: One was arrested Wednesday for posing with what looked like an assault rifle in a Snapchat post bearing the message "Don't come to school tomorrow" (when questioned, the freshman said it was "meant as a joke"), while another was arrested yesterday when a very realistic pellet pistol was found in their backpack on campus at Lennard High. "The New Normal will destroy us as surely as any meteorite" is not the fortune cookie I wanted with my breakfast this morning.
Hey, a Republican Florida representative proudly and publicly justified his vote defending an arcane law that basically legitimizes statutory rape on religious grounds. In 2018. Just wanted to add that to the list of things you know. A related thing you might want to know: the definition of the word "chattel," within the context of people being considered possessions.
The Tampa City Council is looking into how it wants to deal with excessively barking dogs within the city in the wake of more than 300 complaints to various authoritative entities by citizens last year. Not being a shitty, irresponsible pet owner is, sadly and obviously, off the table, given, you know, people.
And finally, have you been following the story about all the defaced murals in St. Pete? Yesterday, ace familial art-crew Vitale Bros. publicly offered to help restore the vandalized portions of five murals around the downtown area, out of their own pockets. You may have heard the phrase "good dudes" in passing at some point, and wondered perhaps exactly what constitutes "good dudes." These are good dudes.