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Editorial By: Kelly Woodard

In every household a little dirt and disaster must fall, but my house seems more like it’s had a visit from a bull in a china shop. Some people spend their days cleaning up the messes of their children. I spend my days cleaning up the messes of my husband.
This week, I learned the valuable lesson that no matter how old he gets, my man will always need full time supervision. With that being said, I’ll take you back to disaster number one of the week.
It was nearing midnight, and our three crazy dogs were insistent that we take them for a walk before bed. Knowing their track record of keeping me up all night if not properly exercised, we decided that these night owls were going for a stroll. The last time we took a late night walk, we encountered a strange young man who said nothing and wandered aimlessly around the neighborhood, spooking me a bit, so my husband asked, “Should we take the pistol this time just in case?” I told him that I thought it might be a good idea, so he went to the bedroom to get it while I went outside to the car to get the dog’s leashes.
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“Blues” Of A Feather Won’t Be Flocking Together At This Weekend’s Airshow

By: Kelly Woodard

The sky will rumble once again as the Navy’s finest provide an action packed weekend on Pensacola Beach this Friday and Saturday, July 11
th and 12th for the Pensacola Beach Air Show featuring Pensacola NAS’s own Blue Angels.
The world-famous Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, will perform exhilarating stunts and heart-pounding maneuvers over the Gulf of Mexico to entertain crowds on Pensacola Beach.
The thrills begin Thursday, July 10th at 2 pm for practice and again Friday, July 11th at 2 pm for a full-scale dress rehearsal. On Saturday, July 12th, the air show begins at noon with “the Blues” taking to the air at 2 pm.
The skies will scream with Navy flight team demonstrations, civilian and other military aircraft performances, and US Coast Guard Search and Rescue team demonstrations.  Aircraft and teams participating in the Pensacola Beach Air Show include the Grumman Widgeon G-44 flown by Julian MacQueen, Prometheus flown by Skip Stewart, Team RV, MX2 flown by Gary Ward, Extra 300SHP flown by Kevin Coleman Aerosports, and the hometown favorite, Fat Albert, a C-130 Hercules.
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Stinking Border Politics
Making Sense by Michael Reagan

Here's a modest proposal for solving the "Children's Invasion" on our southwestern borders.
Next time a planeload of "unaccompanied alien children" from Honduras or Guatemala is being dispersed to their relatives in the U.S., the pilot should divert the flight and land at Ronald Reagan National Airport in downtown Washington.
If the politicians in DC were forced to deal with the effects of the immigration mess they've made for a few days, they might be more interested in fixing it.
Instead of dispersing 52,000 illegal Latino kids around the country, or hiding them from sight on military bases, maybe the politicians in DC could house a few thousand Latino kids in tents on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. They could call it "Obamaville."
OK, I'm dreaming...
But once again we can thank Washington for creating a problem for the rest of us that it can't or won't fix.
Emperor Obama is the culprit in chief.
He's been playing pool and reading Teleprompters at fundraisers while people in the border towns of Texas, Arizona and California are being burned.
It's the innocent citizens of the Southwest who've been forced to bear the costs of "welcoming" the Central American children who've risked their lives to hoof it to the U.S.A.
The big winners in this cynical political game will be the president and Democrats in Congress. The big losers will be the rest of the country.
Everyone knows what's going to happen when you disperse the Latino kids to their relatives and give them an order to appear at a court hearing. Mostly nothing. If 10 percent appear, it'll be a miracle.
Doesn't anyone in DC know that most of the illegal immigrants in the country are here not because they waded across the Rio Grande but because they overstayed their visas?
When you have a country with no immigration policy and a flock of political chickens in DC, this is the kind of border crisis you get.
The Republicans are afraid to even touch immigration policy. And the President and Democrats in Congress won't try to solve the current crisis because for them it's a great political opportunity to be exploited.
With congressional elections coming in the fall, and with their party facing certain disaster, Democrats know immigration is one of the few issues that can win them a few points at the polls.
Every Democrat in office wants every Hispanic voter on the planet to see that he is a lovable, bleeding-heart humanitarian. And that every Republican is a coldhearted meanie who just wants to send child immigrants back to where they came from.
If Republicans in Washington are forced to OK the $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations the president says is needed to address the border mess, they at least need to try to put some teeth in it.
They need to insist that the Border Patrol begin stopping the children's invasion at the U.S.-Mexican border, not after the border has been crossed. And they need to get President Obama to hold Mexico accountable for not stopping the invasion on its side of the border.
Mexico won't do any such thing, of course, because every single one of its border federales is being paid off by the Mexican drug cartels.
This border disaster was made in Washington by gutless politicians who are unable or unwilling to do anything on immigration but play stupid politics with everyone.
I'm tired of politics. We need to wake up and smell the stink coming from DC. If this border crisis doesn't do it, nothing will.
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Local Thrill Seekers Are Ready To Mess With the Bull and Get the Horns
By: Kelly Woodard
A little piece of Spain comes to downtown Pensacola as the 4th Annual Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola hits the streets on Saturday, July 19th at 10 am. The Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola mixes Pensacola’s rich Spanish history and culture with the excitement and danger of a traditional Encierro (Bull Run).
Inspired by the Fiesta de San Fermin, best known for the “Running of the Bulls” held yearly in Pamplona, Spain which was made famous by Ernest Hemingway’s novel "The Sun Also Rises”, Pensacola’s version of the festival has also been heavily influenced by the Fiesta de San Fermin en Nueva Orleans held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This exciting and unique event was featured on the Travel Channel as part of their “Edge of America” series in 2013.
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Classic Movies Light Up The Screen All Summer Long At The Pensacola Saenger Theatre
By: Kelly Woodard
Every movie buff knows that the classics are timeless. Now you can see all your favorites as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen, as the Pensacola Saenger Theatre presents their 3rd Annual Classic Movie Series every Saturday throughout the summer.
Every Saturday night, beginning July 12
th, the Saenger will feature a classic movie on one of the largest movie screens along the Gulf Coast.
Tom Roush, Film Commissioner for the Pensacola Area said, "The Saenger is providing a wonderful opportunity for people to see the classics on a big screen in a venue originally built to show movies. In the United States, movies are part of our common cultural inheritance. Classic movies have had at least as great an impact on our culture as classic novels. In fact, being ‘well seen’ is as important as being ‘well read’ in my view, plus it's a whole lot of fun.”
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Celebrate Bastille Day In Gulf Coast Style With “Vive la France” At Jackson’s Steakhouse
By: Kelly Woodard
The elegance and decadence of French cuisine comes to the Gulf Coast as Jackson’s Steakhouse and local wine merchant, Elodie Cardon of La Maison d'Elodie, present a wine and food tasting, "Vive la France” this Tuesday, July 15th at 5:30 pm. A nod to the French national holiday, la Fête du 14 juillet, also known as Bastille Day, the event will feature traditional French fare mixed with local ingredients to add a coastal flare.
Bastille Day commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Traditionally held on July 14th each year, the French celebrate in style with fireworks, parades, and delicious French delicacies.
Cardon, a French native, will use Bastille Day as an inspiration in hand-selecting four French wines to complement classic French dishes by Chef Irv Miller. The featured presentation for the evening is as follows:
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