20201023: MAGA Protests Against Stupidity, The Villages & Pensacola, Florida

In the interest of being organized and not cluttering up things too badly, multiple events on one day will be on one thread.

Okay, it’s not really in Pensacola, but I heard all about this place while a sibling was in flight school.

Okay, The Villages. Ahem:

Harold Schwartz, a Michigan businessman, began selling land tracts via mail order in The Villages area in the 1960s. He and his business partner, Al Tarrson, were forced to close the mail-order aspect of the business due to a 1968 Federal law banning sales of real estate by mail order.[10][11]

Stuck with considerable portions of Florida land, in the early 1970s Schwartz and Tarrson began development of a mobile home park, Orange Blossom Gardens, in the northwestern corner of Lake County. By the early 1980s, the community had sold only 400 units. In an attempt to improve the business, Schwartz bought out Tarrson’s interest and brought his son, H. Gary Morse, on board in 1983.

Morse noted that the successful retirement communities (such as Del Webb‘s Sun City developments) offered numerous well-maintained amenities to the residents. They also had diverse and nearby commercial development. Morse began to significantly upgrade the development. Their sales improved in the mid-1980s. Schwartz began to buy large tracts of land in nearby Sumter and Marion counties for future expansion. In 1992, Morse officially changed the overall development name to The Villages. The development is still controlled in all major aspects by descendants of Schwartz and Morse.Home growth in The Villages, Florida between 1984 and 2013. 

By the early 1990s, The Villages had more than 8,000 residents, three golf courses, the first Winn Dixie supermarket opened, just four restaurants, and nightly dances were held in a tent.[12]

Golf cart parking, of course, is at a premium.

And Pensacola:

The original inhabitants of the Pensacola Bay area were Native American peoples. At the time of European contact, a Muskogean-speaking tribe known to the Spanish as the Pensacola lived in the region. This name was not recorded until 1677, but the tribe appears to be the source of the name “Pensacola” for the bay and thence the city.[14] Creek people, also Muskogean-speaking, came regularly from present-day southern Alabama to trade, so the peoples were part of a broader regional and even continental network of relations.[15]

The best-known Pensacola culture site in terms of archeology is the Bottle Creek site, a large site located 59 miles (95 km) west of Pensacola north of Mobile, Alabama. This site has at least 18 large earthwork mounds, five of which are arranged around a central plaza. Its main occupation was from 1250 AD to 1550. It was a ceremonial center for the Pensacola people and a gateway to their society. This site would have had easy access by a dugout canoe, the main mode of transportation used by the Pensacola.[16]…

In 1559, Tristán de Luna y Arellano landed with some 1,500 people on 11 ships from VeracruzMexico.[19][17][20][21] The expedition was to establish an outpost, ultimately called Santa María de Ochuse by Luna, as a base for Spanish efforts to colonize Santa Elena (present-day Parris Island, South Carolina.) But the colony was decimated by a hurricane on September 19, 1559,[19][17][21] which killed an unknown number of sailors and colonists, sank six ships, grounded a seventh, and ruined supplies.

The survivors struggled to survive, most moving inland to what is now central Alabama for several months in 1560 before returning to the coast; but in 1561, the effort was abandoned.[19][21] Some of the survivors eventually sailed to Santa Elena, but another storm struck there. Survivors made their way to Cuba and finally returned to Pensacola, where the remaining fifty at Pensacola were taken back to Veracruz. The Viceroy’s advisers later concluded that northwest Florida was too dangerous to settle. They ignored it for 137 years.[19][21]

In the late 17th century, the French began exploring the lower Mississippi River with the intention of colonizing the region as part of La Louisiane or New France in North America. Fearful that Spanish territory would be threatened, the Spanish founded a new settlement in western Florida. In 1698 they established a fortified town near what is now Fort Barrancas, laying the foundation for permanent European-dominated settlement of the modern city of Pensacola.[22] The Spanish built three presidios in Pensacola:[23]

  • Presidio Santa Maria de Galve (1698–1719): the presidio included fort San Carlos de Austria (east of present Fort Barrancas) and a village with church;[23]
  • Presidio Isla de Santa Rosa (1722–1752): this next presidio was on western Santa Rosa Island near the site of present Fort Pickens, but hurricanes battered the island in 1741 and 1752. The garrison was moved to the mainland;[23]
  • Presidio San Miguel de Panzacola (1754–1763): the final presidio was built about 5 miles (8 km) east of the first presidio; the present-day historic district of downtown Pensacola, named from “Panzacola”, developed around the fort.[23]

During the early years of settlement, a tri-racial creole society developed. As a fortified trading post, the Spanish had mostly men stationed here. Some married or had unions with Pensacola, Creek or African women, both slave and free, and their descendants created a mixed-race population of mestizos and mulattos. The Spanish encouraged slaves from the southern British colonies to come to Florida as a refuge, promising freedom in exchange for conversion to Catholicism. King Charles II of Spain issued a royal proclamation freeing all slaves who fled to Spanish Florida and accepted conversion and baptism. Most went to the area around St. Augustine, but escaped slaves also reached Pensacola. St. Augustine had mustered an all-black militia unit defending Spain as early as 1683.[24]

British

After years of settlement, the Spanish ceded Florida to the British in 1763 as a result of an exchange following British victory over both France and Spain in the French and Indian War (the North American theater of the Seven Years’ War), and French cession of its territories in North America. The British designated Pensacola as the capital of their new colony of West Florida. From 1763, the British strengthened defenses around the mainland area of fort San Carlos de Barrancas, building the Royal Navy Redoubt. George Johnstone was appointed as the first British Governor, and in 1764 a colonial assembly was established.[25][26] The structure of the colony was modeled after the existing British colonies in America, as opposed to French Canada, which was based on a different structure. West Florida was invited to send delegates to the First Continental Congress which was convened to present colonial grievances against the British Parliament to George III, but along with several other colonies, including East Florida, they declined the invitation. Once the American War of Independence had broken out, the colonists remained overwhelmingly loyal to the Crown. In 1778 the Willing Expedition proceeded with a small force down the Mississippi, ransacking estates and plantations, until they were eventually defeated by a local militia. In the wake of this, the area received a small number of British reinforcements.

British military resources were limited and Pensacola ranked fairly low on their list of priorities. For this reason only small token amounts of British military forces were ever sent to defend Pensacola. This was in contrast to colonies such as South Carolina, where large numbers of British soldiers were sent.[27] After Spain joined the American Revolution in 1779 on the side of the rebels, Spanish forces captured the city in the 1781 Battle of Pensacola, gaining control of West Florida.[20] After the war, the British officially ceded both West Florida and East Florida to Spain as part of the post-war peace settlement

In the final stages of the War of 1812, American troops launched an offensive on Pensacola against the Spanish and British garrisons protecting the city, which surrendered after two days of fighting. In 1819, Spain and the United States negotiated the Adams–Onís Treaty, by which Spain sold the Floridas to the United States for US$5 million.[20] A Spanish census of 1820 indicated 181 households in the town, with a third of mixed-blood. The people were predominantly French and Spanish Creole. Indians in the area were noted through records, travelers’ accounts, and paintings of the era, including some by George Washington Sully and George Catlin. Creek women were also recorded in marriages to Spanish men, in court records or deeds.[15]

In 1821, with Andrew Jackson as provisional governor, Pensacola became part of the United States.[20] The Creek continued to interact with European Americans and African Americans, but the dominant whites increasingly imposed their binary racial classifications: white and black (“colored”, within which were included free people of color, including Indians). However, American Indians and mestizos were identified separately in court and Catholic church records, and as Indians in censuses up until 1840, attesting to their presence in the society. After that, the Creek were not separately identified as Indian, but the people did not disappear. Even after removal of many Seminole to Indian Territory, Indians, often of mixed-race but culturally identifying as Muskogean, lived throughout Florida.[15]

The city has been referred to as “The Cradle of Naval Aviation”.[51]Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) was the first Naval Air Station commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1914. Tens of thousands naval aviators have received their training there, including John H. Glenn, USMC, who became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, and Neil Armstrong, who became the first man to set foot on the moon in 1969.[52] The Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, is stationed there.

More at the link above.

I’ll add live links to this post during the late afternoon as they become available.

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In the meantime, please post tweets and videos below of what’s going on in Pennsylvania, and any travel stories you may have.

166 thoughts on “20201023: MAGA Protests Against Stupidity, The Villages & Pensacola, Florida

    1. But… he made a lot of seniors happy… and a big thank you for the “parade” the Villages had…

      the man knows how to win people…

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  1. Just found this:

    Andrew Clark 🎃@AndrewHClark
    ·
    38m
    Wow. President Trump is playing the Bernie Sanders ad decimating Joe Biden on Social Security at his rally in Florida right now.

    Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 Retweeted
    Mark Knoller@markknoller
    ·
    32m
    Pres uses Florida rally to play a political ad from Bernie Sanders primary campaign against Joe Biden, charging he has called for cutting Social Security, which Biden denied. “That’s a devastating ad,” says Trump. “This guy is either really stupid or he lies,” he says of Biden.

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      1. Yes Kal…

        I think Donald J. Trump is showing politicians how to effectively run a campaign. You don’t slander the opponent with ad hominems, you let their own peeps do it for you… plus, the Vids at the Rallys… that is BRILLIANT. If we had a free press, normies would be educated wrt what actually goes on

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  2. Butterfly, Thanks for the series of posts!

    Rallies are so much fun.

    Hope a rally is scheduled with 500 miles or so of Northern NV. Great times!

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  3. The Joe Biden “campaign” commercial AND his tweet both say that “America WAS an IDEA that we’ve NEVER lived up to” (emphases mine)

    Look at the primary embedded messages here:
    “America WAS an idea” — Translation: the Founding Fathers somehow “knew” that the United States and WE, THE PEOPLE were BOTH pipedreams that really didn’t have a chance.
    “that we’ve NEVER lived up to” — Translation: The ENTIRETY of Americans, from Lexington and Concord up through the military on the front lines TODAY, are nothing more than ALMOST-THERES and SLACKERS.
    And the secondary embedded messages here:
    “Only I, Joe Biden, and people like me, are worthy to govern AND TO create the NEW America, so you can LIVE UP TO the “New America””

    The condescension, arrogance, and effrontery of what Biden said is not only breath-taking — it, in and of itself, DISQUALIFIES him from getting anywhere near the Oval Office.
    This goes TRIPLE for that Communist Trojan Horse, KAMALA HARRIS.

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    1. 710WOR, New York, said Biden did a “virtual event” from his home (read: BASEMENT) today.
      Biden Campaign Blog says Ole Joe and Jill will go to LUZERNE COUNTY, Pennsylvania, tomorrow, Saturday.
      KamaHarr is going to OHIO tomorrow and MICHIGAN on Sunday. (https://blog.4president.org/2020/joe-biden/)

      Translation: JOE BIDEN is traveling ONLY on Saturday, October 24, so far; and this trip is ONLY to a neighboring state, Pennsylvania. Harris is doing the real traveling. Hussein Obama will likely “consent” to do some more stumping for Ole Joe in the next few days.
      Further Translation: JOE BIDEN IS MEDICALLY RECOVERING FROM THE “DEBATE” OF LAST NIGHT.

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      1. Thanks, CV – Nothing of consequence – I guess – trying to act like they are campaigning – SMH – PA and MI – they must think they are going to beat PT in these states – even Hussein was in PA.

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  4. UPDATED RALLY SCHEDULE – https://events.donaldjtrump.com/events

    Saturday, October 24
    Speech – Fighting for the Forgotten Men and Women!
    12:30 pm
    Lumberton, NC

    Saturday, October 24
    4:00 pm
    Circleville, OH

    Saturday, October 24
    7:00 pm
    Waukesha, WI

    Sunday, October 25
    1:00 pm
    Manchester, NH

    Monday, October 26
    1:30 pm
    Lititz, PA

    Monday, October 26
    4:30 pm
    Martinsburg, PA

    Tuesday, October 27
    4:00 pm
    West Salem, WI

    Tuesday, October 27
    7:30 pm
    Omaha, NE

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  5. President Trump is having a great time in Pensacola – he seems relieved to have the debates over and done! He’s on a Victory Tour – savoring his conquest of the debates and the defeat of Joe Biden.

    Liked by 8 people

    1. ALL of America likes low gas prices. Energy independence. Across the states, hundreds of thousands of energy jobs.

      Never again kow tow to foreign energy producers.

      Liked by 6 people

  6. Noticing how President Trump has “TRAINED” Republican Candidates …

    • They’ve learned that undermining / distancing from him is for LOSERS

    • They’ve found that the ONLY way to WIN is joining TEAM TRUMP

    • They’re now in a Nationwide TWITTER CONTEST to tap into TRUMP VOTERS

    Hanger Rallies have changed EVERYTHING …

    • It’s no longer the MONEY.

    • It’s HIS VOTERS!

    Liked by 11 people

  7. Pollster Rasmussen’s “Morning Reader Data Points”…

    National Daily Black Likely-Voter Job Approval:
    • 25% Monday 🤔
    • 24% Tuesday 😏
    • 31% Wednesday 🤫
    • 37% Thursday 😂
    • 46% Friday 😎

    POTUS won in 2016 with 8% of the Black Vote!

    IceCube broke the ice.
    Trump MELTED IT.

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  8. President Trump is the first president in my lifetime to speak of the unnecessary support for foreign nations – why does America subsidize foreign militaries – technology – infrastructure – and engage in foreign wars.

    He has worked tirelessly to negotiate trade deals – to even the responsibility – sold military equipment – so they could defend themselves – instead of our military playing law enforcement – why are we defending these nations – we should be defending our homeland – improving our infrastructure – and serving Americans.

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