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Diane Roberts

Diane Roberts has 33 articles published.

Diane Roberts teaches at Florida State University. Her latest book, “Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America,” will be out in paperback in the fall.

Diane Roberts: What Donald Trump means by ’looking presidential’

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According to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton does not appear presidential. As he remarked in an ABC television interview last week: “Well, I just don’t think she has a presidential look, and you need a presidential look.” A presidential look. Hmm. Let’s think this through. Could it be the hands? Everyone knows presidents should have small hands and her hands are on the large side. Could it be the ties? She doesn’t even wear a tie! You know who else doesn’t…

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Star-spangled protest: White people don’t see America as Colin Kaepernick does

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The White House called it “objectionable.” Donald Trump called it “a terrible thing.” The San Francisco Police Union called it “embarrassing.” An NFL executive called it “treason.” Because Colin Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem. Kaepernick, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, decided that he’d deliver a silent protest over the way people of color are treated in America, especially by the cops. Evidently, this sort of behavior hurts people’s feelings. But that doesn’t mean Kaepernick should…

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Diane Roberts: Donald Trump feels presidency is ‘man’s job’

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Hillary Clinton is sick. Important white men-types, such as Rudy Giuliani, Sean Hannity, and Donald Trump, say so. She sits down at some of her campaign appearances — ON A STOOL! Or with a PILLOW BEHIND HER BACK! Clearly, her spine is disintegrating before our very eyes. She has Parkinson’s. A blood clot. A brain tumor. She has no stamina. She’s feeble. She has fits, seizures, rolling her eyes around and laughing. Or she’s possessed by demons. Giuliani: Now, there’s…

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Diane Roberts: Will Joe Negron make Everglades deal happen? Maybe.

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As the old Vulcan proverb goes, “Only Nixon could go to China.” Maybe only Joe Negron can make an Everglades land deal happen. Negron, the incoming state Senate president and a conservative Republican, wants to acquire 60,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee, land that would help clean up the filthy, nutrient-choked lake water currently sliming South Florida from Fort Pierce to Cape Coral. Using Amendment One money, the state would pay for half (about $1.2 billion), and the federal government…

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Diane Roberts: Nature at war with Florida — thanks, Rick Scott!

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The streets of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale flood on a distressingly regular basis; the drinking water in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties is getting salty; mosquitoes infect you with Zika; toxic algae in our rivers, lakes and seas will give you a hideous rash, attack your nervous system, and impair your liver. Nature has declared war on Florida. Thanks, Rick Scott. To be fair, our desperate environmental straits are not entirely this governor’s fault. Dumping filthy runoff into our…

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Diane Roberts: Bernie Sanders supporters need to grow up

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Santa Claus ain’t real. Nobody from Hogwarts is going to show up with a spell to cure what ails us. Captain Kirk will not be whooshing in on the Enterprise to make peace on the planet. Millions of American voters seem to think one person can save the nation: defeat terrorism, bring our soldiers home, resuscitate dead industries, make us all rich, repair every rickety bridge and pot-holey road, solve climate change, get the lion to lie down with the…

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Diane Roberts: With Donald Trump, it’s Midnight in America

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China is stealing our brains. Europeans are laughing at us. Mexicans are pouring over our open borders to drive down your wages and rape your children. ISIL bombers disguised as Syrian refugee children will soon be living on your block. Muslims are shooting up discos. Democrats are coming to take your guns. It’s Midnight in America. Or maybe, like, 3 am. That’s an even worse time. The point is, America totally sucks. (Thanks, Obama). There’s only one thing you can…

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