Category 2018

A Star is Born: Beautiful and Flawed

A “Star is Born” goes to the heart of what is what is killing music.  Technology, commercial interests and over-produced songs have crushed an art form that formerly captured human emotion and elevated the soul. If video killed the radio star in the 1980s then reality television stomped out any integrity or creativity that remained. […]

Movie Review: Vice

Adam McKay isn’t a conventional director. Dick Cheney was far from a conventional pol or bureaucrat. With this in mind, moviegoers expecting a classic docudrama that paints a sympathetic portrait of its subject would be sorely disappointed. So would those expecting classic cinematography. But for the rest of us, Vice is gem if you can […]

FSU, USF and Miami used unfavorable road scheduling to build programs

Read more – Will UCF answer the bell? For all the hand-wringing by UCF about respect and the desire to being given home-and-home series by UF Neil Blackmon has properly outlined in his outstanding piece, it has to be pointed out the process taken by Miami, Florida State and most recently South Florida to gain […]

Will UCF answer the bell?

Read more: How FSU, Miami and South Florida scheduled to build national profiles. Editors note: We’re proud to welcome Neil Blackmon to the TFS team. Neil has been a confidante and close friend of TFS founder Kartik Krishnaiyer for many years both politically and in the world of American soccer. Neil who is a distinguished […]

Holiday book recommendation: Poisoning of the Press and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture.

The Trump Presidency with its attacks on the media, these last few campaign cycle sand the 24-hour cable news channels combined with Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, are the tipping point of the political press being poisoned we’ve been told. Or perhaps this is just the latest chapter in the evolution toward a completely scandal-driven, personality-based brand […]

Give the gift of soccer ownership this holiday season

This holiday season you can give the gift of soccer club ownership and voting rights for the low price of $25. Join Himmarshee FC and you’ll get some of the coolest gear around, a vote on every decision the club makes and provide support for organic grassroots soccer. Himmarshee FC also is active in the […]

Holiday book recommendations: Kevin Phillips on the Bush family

Kevin Phillips, who was dubbed in 1995 by one of my Political Science Professors at the University of Florida as “the smartest Republican around,”  is widely viewed as the chief architect of the 1968 Nixon “Southern Strategy” which for 20 years remade the Presidential Electoral map. Beginning in that fall semester in 1995, I began […]

Holiday book recommendation: A Most Disorderly Court

A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida Judiciary (Florida History and Culture) by Martin Dyckman is yet another important time piece by the former St Petersburg Times Associate Editor. Dyckman’s knowledge of the 1970’s Florida political landscape is second to none among reporters and having covered the events closely, he was able to first pen Reubin […]

Famous Floridian Friday Claude Pepper holiday book recommendations

For the holidays we recommend both  Red Pepper and Gorgeous George: Claude Pepper’s Epic Defeat in the 1950 Democratic Primary (Florida Government and Politics) and Claude Pepper and Ed Ball: Politics, Purpose, and Power (Florida History and Culture) While most modern historians and political activists would point to November 7, 2000 as the most significant election in […]

Holiday book recommendation: Finding Dan McCarty and Jimmy Carter in Plains

Finding Dan McCarty, by Robert Buccellato, an important work on the evolution of Florida’s political history is a must read for any junkie of state government. I’m honored to have contributed to this work writing an afterward which was about the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s in Florida politics. From the book: A thin layer of glass separated him […]