WHAT A GOP FIRM’S OPPO RESEARCH TELLS US ABOUT THE JAX MAYOR'S RACE

Data Targeting is a name best known in Florida for its involvement in the recent redistricting scandal, in which it essentially served as an adjunct of the Republican Party’s gerrymandering scheme that a court ruled unconstitutional. But that’s not all they do. An arm of the company is involved in politics even closer to home.

On Sept. 24, Sam Courtney of Data Targeting Research Inc. sent a records request to Cheryl Brown, the Jacksonville City Council Secretary. The subject: “former Councilman Michael Hogan” — defeated mayoral candidate (2011), former Duval County tax collector (2003-2011), and former city councilman (1991-1999) who, coincidentally, if he announced, would be far and away the most significant obstacle to Lenny Curry making the runoff. 

Courtney sought the following for the eight-year period of Hogan’s City Council service:

“State compensation records” for Hogan, including salary and benefits, and …More

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HALLO-SCREEN: YOUR CURATED HALLOWEEN MOVIE WATCH LIST, COURTESY OF A LOCAL PROFESSIONAL

Jacksonville filmmaker Damian K. Lahey can be a bit of a recluse at times, so — being the annoyingly prodding journalist friend that I am — I attempted to crack open his oyster shell and, in the spirit of All Hallows' Eve, ask him to give me a list of his favorite horror films. For those not familiar with Lahey from his award-winning Indie film work, his feature-length movies include Cocaine Angel and The Heroes Of Arvine Place, both shot here in picturesque Cowford. Arvine Place, a Christmas holiday-themed movie, is currently finishing up its festival run after winning several awards, and will be released this December on Blu-ray and all major digital platforms. The tireless Lahey has also just completed post-production on a lil' horror/comedy short that he shot in L.A. in July called Soccer Moms In Peril, and is in pre-production on his next feature, which will be shooting in Jacksonville at the beginning of 2015.

Anyway, Lahey …More

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COO COO FOR YOKO

EL PALERMO OFFERS BIG PORTION, LITTLE AMBIENCE — AND THAT’S OK

From the outside, it doesn't seem like much; inside, you'll find just a simple open space with maybe a dozen tables. Don't set your ambience expectations high, as there's not much of a vibe — just go for the food.

Some of the dishes at El Palermo could have used a bit more salt and spice, but overall the value was good for the price and abundance of food we ordered.

Our papa rellena ($2.75) arrived piping hot. We let this oblong-shaped croquette-meets-empanada cool, then eagerly devoured its contents — creamy potatoes, gently fried, surrounding wonderful seasoned ground beef.

Our trifongo mofongo with platano verde ($7.50) was a towering portion of starchy goodness. Traditional mofongo begins with mashed fried green plantains, and trifongo adds fried yucca and fried sweet plantains to the mix. Our version was accompanied by a thin, flavorful garlicky broth with pork cracklings and olive oil.

The pernil asado ($10.95) — or roast pork — is a …More

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Not Feeling It

Q: Touch screen phones don't work very well for me. When I touch the screen of a smartphone it often doesn't recognize that I've touched it. The strange thing is my mom has the same problem with touchscreens. We've always figured it had something to do with our circulation or something, but neither of us has cold or clammy hands. So my question is two part. First, what's up with that? Why don't touch screens like me? And second, I'm getting to the point where I need to upgrade my old phone which has a fold-out keyboard. Can you recommend a new phone that has a keyboard?

A: That does seem kind of unusual. I did a little Googling though, and you're not alone in your complaint. Some people refer to it as 'zombie fingers'. But don't worry, you're probably not about to develop a taste for brains.

The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of touchscreens - resistive and capacitive. Resistive screens are pressure sensitive. They are composed of two layers, and when …More

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Go Big or Go Home?

Please Don't Stop The Music

Cleanin' Out My Closet

Wrap It Up

Christmas is next week; so is Kwanzaa. As a rule, I avoid participating in major holidays (I’m counting the days until National Grilled Cheese Day, though). But that doesn’t mean I don’t imagine the presents I would give. Here, then, are some gifts I would hand out to some well-known locals and businesses. I mean, it’s the thought that counts, right?

Mayor Alvin Brown: I can’t decide which he needs more, a thesaurus or a sense of humor

 

Mrs. Mayor Alvin Brown: what does one get an invisible woman?

 

Fred Durst: a trip in a time machine back to 1999 when anyone actually cared about Limp Bizkit

 

Blood Alliance: as much A-negative blood as they need so they can stop stalking me 

 

Capt. Sorensen of Firehouse Subs: a restraining order against me 

 

Public Defender Matt Shirk: a good divorce attorney, preferably one who has never worked at Whisky River and doesn't like to take showers

 

Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert: a one-way …More

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HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: WEEK 14, JAGS VS. TEXANS

In a week when Shad Khan made news for upgrading the size of his yacht and dropping the hammer on the venerable Edgewood Bakery, it’s kind of a relief to have less controversial things to talk about, like the Jacksonville Jaguars.

On a cool day with a slate-gray sky, the 2-11 Jags took on their division rival, the 6-6 Houston Texans, playing late-season spoiler yet again. The Texans came into the game still on the periphery of AFC South title contention; the Jags have been out of it for a while, but the home team clearly is still playing for pride.

Some positives: In the first half, the Jags actually moved the ball. Blake Bortles threw downfield when he needed to, wasn’t afraid to run, put together long drives, etc. He got all the receivers involved — Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, Cecil Shorts, as well as tight ends Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor — and used the whole field. This performance was light years removed from the one in Indy a couple of weeks ago. …More

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ONE SPARK 101

The city will soon ignite again. Many remember last April, the inaugural One Spark festival, when downtown was transformed into a creator’s utopia.

One Spark is a five-day, crowd-funded festival that serves as a platform for creators to exhibit their ideas. The projects will be exposed to more than 100,000 people with the idea of connecting creators to the resources they need to make their ideas a reality.

People will display projects from the five categories: art, music, science, technology and newly added, innovation. They will have the chance to win from $310,000 of crowd funds and awards.

Last year the top winner was Rethreaded, a creative company with the mission to break the cycle of the sex trade. The project brought home more than $6,000 in crowd-funds.

The founder of Rethreaded, Kristen Keen, said that One Spark was a game changer and not only because of the winnings.

“It put us on the map,” Keen said, ”most people in Jacksonville heard …More

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CONNECTING JACKSONVILLE

STAYING ON GUARD

STAYING POSITIVE

Tricky Bullets

T ricky bullets beget tricky problems, death-wise, legal-wise and otherwise. The yearly appearance of ammunition new and strange reminds me of the kaleidoscopically colorful fishing lures that change constantly on the merchandise hooks at Walmart. They're designed to catch anglers, not fish.

The new bullet on the block this year is a dazzler. The Multiple Impact™ Bullet (MI™ Bullet) is made by Advanced Ballistic Concepts. When fired, the slug separates into three pieces tethered by cords. The array spins like a propeller and upon impact saws a salad-bowl-sized slice out of the bad guy.

The advertising emphasizes that, because of the array's 14-inch spread, even dithery amateurs (your name goes here) can't miss. The photos show targets zapped impressively at 25 feet. You might infer that, with such ammo, you can shoot attackers from farther away!

Dream on.

When you fire in self-defense, you have two problems: staying alive and staying out of prison. Behind the attacker …More

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