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On 04/19/1995, a horrible civilian bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killed 168 people and severely injured 680 more.  The goddamned domestic terrorist, Tim McVeigh, didn't even care that a lot of the victims were children and babies at a DAY CARE!!!

Sean Hannity owes an apology to the families.  

Hannity praised the tea partiers back in 2010 as being "Tim McVeigh Wannabees".  They cheered.  My soul died a little.  

SEE FOR YOURSELF!

HANNITY: See, can I add one thing? I think we won the debate.

DREIER: We did win the debate.

HANNITY: When you think about the vast majorities that they have in Congress and they had to bribe, backroom deals, corruption, that’s all because the tea party movement, the people — all these Tim McVeigh wannabes here.

(DISGUSTING CHEERS AND APPLAUSE FROM TEABAG CROWD)

HANNITY: Guys, thank you for being here.

Hannity refuses to apologize but has never defended his actions.  He hopes people will forget, which many have.  (Just try to imagine if anyone on our side said something this stupid.)

Don't let up!!!  On this 20th anniversary, DEMAND an apology for the victim's families:

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To say Bush was a horrible governor would be an understatement.  Because of him we have the Stand Your Ground law, which has put every minority in this state in a gun nut's crosshairs.  He illegally interfered with Terri Schiavo's wish that she not be a living potato.  He ran the most dysfunctional Department of Children and Families in the nation and dismantled any form growth management in this state. Florida has deteriorated rapidly from 17 years of complete GOP rule, with Jeb and Scott being the worst offenders.

The failure that is rarely talked about, however, is John Ellis Bush's disastrous education policies that stemmed from his obsession over testing.

Out of the 180-day academic year, Miami-Dade County schools will administer standardized tests on EVERY DAY BUT EIGHT!  This includes 18 exams required exclusively by Florida, five by the district, two federal, and dozens of assessments covering placement to state guidelines.  

None of these include the standard tests that teachers are supposed to give.

 Students, parents, reading teachers, principals, business and professional organizations, testing experts, consultants, and concerned citizens are so outraged that even the GOP, which at first strongly supported Jeb's million test march, now admits it was wrong.  It has gotten so bad that severely disabled children are forced to take the test, even a child who is blind and missing most of his brain!

For crying out loud, even kids without disabilities who are doing well in school are also failing these state assessments.  An Orange County school board member who holds several advanced degrees recently took one and barely passed.  As someone who works in the field of learning, I know that tests need to go through reliability, validity and validation.  Clearly, none of this is taking place.  The problem is obviously the test, not the kids.  

All of this testing madness, which has spread like a cancer nationwide, came about because of JEB's ideological obsession along with typical Bush family ignorance. The outrage finally led to some sort of relief--not fixing the tests themselves but at least reducing the number of tests taken. The bill would scrap a law requiring school districts to come up with end-of-course tests in classes where the state doesn't administer such exams; cap at 5 percent the share of students' time that can be spent on testing; and reduce from 50 percent to a third the portion of a teacher's evaluation tied to student performance.

But the bill no longer includes language that would have allowed students who do well on the SAT, ACT or tests in high-level classes like Advanced Placement courses to skip the corresponding statewide standardized tests. The reason?

Jeb Bush's ironically named Foundation for Florida's Future.

These dead-enders oppose any and all changes to the tests. Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, withdrew that amendment after a blistering speech aimed at Jeb Bush's foundation.  Others GOP members had plenty to say:

"Obviously, the testing has gotten out of control. ... I want to have a non-subjective measure, so we can know exactly how our kids are doing," Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland.

"I think we've lost our way and we need to find it again," said Sen. Don Gaetz of Niceville, another former Senate president who has backed education reform.

Gaetz, who chairs the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee, vowed to spend his final year in the Senate on a mission "to bring some order out of chaos."

Sen. Alan Hays, a conservative Republican from Umatilla, said lawmakers had the best intentions but went too far.

"It is sad that today, many of our teachers and even administrators are simply waiting to earn their retirement checks because our well-intentioned but misguided policies have taken the joy out of teaching," Hays said.

What can make this worse? The analysis also says that all four testing companies have donated to the JEB's Foundation for Excellence in Education. The foundation is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC.

Two days ago, against all odds, the GOP House approved the bill.

Teachers are justifiably upset that they can't get more of a fix.  But this is Florida, folks.  If you want change, try showing up at the polls, no matter how hard they make it.  

Unfortunately, JEB is understandably not happy with this bill since one of his "selling points" is that he was the "education governor", and he is whispering in Rick's ear.

Rick Scott, for his part, has not indicated whether he would sign it. He has ZERO incentive to do the right thing but every incentive to do the wrong thing.  The only possible reason he would sign it is if he cared even remotely about the welfare of Floridian children.

Given the examples here, here, here, and here, you might not want to hold your breath.

PS:  Last call to help a fellow blogger and kossack Ismay and her mother.  It's a very modest goal. Thank you: http://www.gofundme.com/....

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#169 of My Stupid State series

The Democratic establishment has aligned themselves with Mr. Patrick Murphy.

Rep. Patrick Murphy was a former conservative republican, like Charlie Crist.  The difference?  Patrick still has conservative ties.

ACA:
He joined the GOP in their effort to destroy the ACA by voting to shift insurance costs to working people from wealthy corporate families.  Because Sam Walton's family need the break, not the people who work for them.

Environment:
I love getting lectures from establishment Dems that Murphy is an environmentalist who will fight climate change.  Activists like Jill Silber Sheridan tell  a different story.  When she visited Rep. Murphy's office on several occasions about climate change and the Keystone pipeline, it fell on deaf ears.  Murphy voted to approve the pipeline.  

Minority Leader Pelosi:
When the GOP voted against Nancy Pelosi, I expected that.  I did NOT expect Murphy to stand with them and vote against her as well.

Wall Street:
He voted to weaken provisions in the Dodd-Frank financial law. He is the quintessential "Wall St. Democrat"

Social Security and Medicare:
He coauthored a letter with congressional Republicans that only promised to protect “current beneficiaries” of Medicare and Social Security.  (To be fair, he never used the word "cuts" to SS/Medicare as some have said but did say "structural changes").  

Certain Democrats believe the winning strategy is to run from their own party's successful platform that has turned the economy around and gave healthcare to millions.  Unfortunately, these same Democrats are the ones in charge.  They keep trying like hell to cram anointed, conservative candidates down our throats, and then berate their own base for speaking out against them. Teabaggers don't know how good they have it.  The GOP establishment hates them but fears them.  Our establishment just hates us.

MUST READ: Robert Reich's problem with the current Democratic Party

Murphites are calling their critics all kinds of names on social media because they bought the line that we have to go after the mythical "fence sitter", instead of just motivating their base to turn out.  For crying out loud, there are many more Dems in this state than GOP, like a half-million more, but they won't come out if they can't see a difference.

We've tried running former republicans or GOP-lite candidates in almost every statewide race for 17 years and have been repeatedly met with failure.  Perhaps, just once, we can try a progressive candidate.

Alan Grayson is that candidate.  The fact that the establishment hates him is a GOOD sign.  I'd be terrified if the state party was backing my campaign in the primary. That never ends well.  Alan will fight hard and, in return, will get motivated forces who will actually fight hard for him to win.  Murphy will get little more than people showing up on election day to vote for Hillary.

Alan needs to get in the game NOW and start his campaign. I am asking everyone to contact him on his website and say that you will be all in if he decides to run.

Murphy has raised 750,000, mostly from PACs who are lining up behind him.  Alan Grayson already has national recognition.  He has a ton of devoted followers.  He is a proven fundraiser who won in a district that is 40% Hispanic.  Best of all, has gone head to head with the Kochs and WON!

Let me be clear.  If Patrick Murphy wins the primary, he will have my full support.  We desperately need to win the Senate back in 2016.  He supports minimum wage laws, gay rights, fair elections and women's rights.  Right there, that's four more things than any GOP candidate will support. If Murphy wins the primary, he will definitely get my vote. However, my time, energy, and sweat equity will go for progressive candidates I believe in.

I'm not alone.

Unrelated Update: One of my writers on my blog is a kossack who goes by Ismay.  Francis had to take family/medical leave to care for Lillian, her mother, on top of caring for her son. She has one sizable medical bill for her mom that she is trying to pay off.  She will only allow me to fundraise for this immediate issue.  I set up a quick gofundme page a few days ago but am only now publicizing it.  If you can spare 5 dollars, please do.  If not, that's cool too.  We are all just trying to make it.  

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#162 of My Stupid State series

Cut the Cake is a longstanding business in the Longwood community outside Orlando run by the ultra-polite Sharon Haller.  

Joshua Feuerstein is a disgusting bigot (who should not be trying to rock a fauxhawk) and a former televangelist whose favorite part of the Bible is apparently where Jesus preaches against gay wedding cakes.

What follows is despicable:

Joshua made a hateful Youtube video.  Essentially, he taped himself making a call to Haller's bakery so we can "see what discrimination REALLY is".  

He asked if she would make a cake with a hateful message on it against equality in marriage.  Haller told the Orlando Sentinel that she thought it was an April Fool's Day prank, said no and hung up.

Joshua's nasty followers decided that in some-FREAKING-way this meant THEY were being "discriminated" against.  Joshua not only posted their information but demanded his followers do what Jesus would apparently do:  harass the living daylights out of the poor baker.  They did.  In fact, they left 100s of threatening messages because somehow THEY were "under attack".

Let this sink in for a minute.  A bakery that DID NOT put a bigoted message on a cake is accused of discrimination against the bigots.  It's mad-hatter logic.  It's like the Klan accusing blacks of discrimination for not letting them burn a cross in your yard.

Joshua's call was not only horrible, but illegal as well. In Florida, you cannot record a phone conversation without consent from the other party.  It is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The FBI is now also involved because she has received death threats.

Ironically, I somehow doubt that the people calling up and threatening this poor woman have led good "christian" lives:  no doubt many are divorced, had premarital sex, or committed adultery.  All of which Jesus condemned.  DO you know what He never said one word about in the Bible?  Homosexuality.  That right folks, eat that up along with your bigot cake:  Jesus never said ONE word about it.

If it is the ultimate sin, do you not think he would have bothered to mention it at least once?  However, He was so bothered by excess wealth and greed that he preached against that in every single book of the New Testament--something most of you bigots have no problem with.  But it's the gays who deserve your wrath,  along with bakers who would simply prefer not to participate in spreading your hate.

I am asking the community to please counter-act the hurtful messages Sharon's bakery has received on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/...

She is also fighting for survival since the hatemongers have made it their mission to destroy her business.  Dana Loesch generated half a million for a hateful pizza parlor in Indiana, so we can at least send some a few bucks to someone who is being physically threatened for not wanting to participate in hate: http://www.gofundme.com/...

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#161 of My Stupid State

The Florida wingnuts just can't freaking stand not being in the spotlight.  They couldn't give us ONE day for Indiana to take the heat off with their inane hate bill.  We always have to be #1 in bigoted buffoonery.  

OK, here we go:  

40 years ago, this state passed a gay adoption ban. When it was recently, (and finally), challenged in Court, the only so-called "expert" the GOP politicians could find (and pay) to defend it turned out to be a self-hating, male hooker.  Yes, that happened.  Somehow, the GOP lost the case.

Fast forward this week.  Because the GOP lost that case, one of our dumbest state legislators, Rep. Jason Brodeur,  proposed legislation that he is literally calling a "revenge" bill that plays with children's lives.

Jason Brodeur is a name I've mentioned before.  He is my own legislator and already infamous for proposing that psychiatrists/docotrs be fined 5 million for asking someone if they have a gun in the house.

Now he has created legislation that will allow taxpayer-funded private agencies to deny kids parents for practically any reason.  I give you PCB HHSC 15-03, the Conscience Protection for Private Child-Placing Agencies:

...adoption services conscience protection within s. 409.175, F.S., to allow private child-placing agencies to object to performing, assisting in, recommending, consenting to, or participating in the placement of a child if a placement violates the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.

The bill also protects the licensure, grants, contracts, and ability to participate in government programs for those agencies that object to performing adoption services required for the placement of a child if that placement violates the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.  

It was pushed through House Committee on Thursday.  

Lest you think this is just an LGBT issue, the answer is NO.  ANYONE in a PRIVATE adoption agency can discriminate:  ethnic, racial, political affiliation, religious difference--all banned.  

  • A Jewish family can be denied a child because they don't accept our Savior.
  • An interracial couple can be banned because some racists sincerely believe that God intended eternal separation of the races because he put them on different continents.
  • A Vegan can be banned because that goes against a sincerely held religious belief that animals were created in this world to act as a source of food.  
  • Did you vote for Obama?  BANNED! That goes against a deeply held moral conviction of not allowing new Democrats to be raised.  Besides, healthcare access is a sin in the Catholic Church according to some a$$***.  
  • Non-fundamentalist?  I don't care if this kid EVER gets a family:  only those willing to indoctrinate will be considered.  Bible.  Can't touch this.
  • And don't get me started on an atheist family.  The only thing worse would be a loving gay couple.

By the way, this works the other way too. Brodeur was forced to admit that a private adoption agency who had a moral conviction to gun owners could deny a couple a child.  As usual, he didn't think this through.  No one who pushed it through committee did.

You don't like this?  Tough.  Not only would this be legal,  Florida taxpayers would be forced to subsidize this discrimination!

What is even more appalling is how the Florida Catholic Conference got behind this stupid bill.  I thought they opposed abortion and were pro-adoption?  There are already PLENTY of obstacles in the adoption system, so why are they making it even more difficult?  It is morally reprehensible and a sin.

If you bastards were caught in my agency I'd never let anyone adopt you, but that would be cruel, spiteful and hateful. Who do you think I am, Jason Brodeur?

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#159 of My Stupid State

This was kind of mean.

They know Bryan Koon, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency, will be canned if he says those words.  It is the worst-kept secret in Tallahassee that Rick Scott threatened anyone in his administration if they simply say the words "climate change".  

This Orwellian ban has already punished several state employees.  One was ordered to undergo a mental health exam for refusing to not say the forbidden term. Another was suspended. The "words that shall not be spoken" were excised from all official reports--including a report that awkwardly was about climate change impacts.

Employees cannot to use the phrases ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming,’ 'sea level rise,' or ‘sustainability,’ attorney Christopher Byrd, who worked with the department's Office of General Counsel from 2008 to 2013, confirmed to Reuters.  

They are given euphemisms to use instead.  For example, the term you use for "Sea Level Rise" is "Coastal Resiliency".

The fear amongst the scientists (who Scott literally despises) and officials regarding this is never more apparent than when Bryan Koon was testifying before a Senate committee.

Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, asked him about the federal requirements for planning for climate change.  

Koon replied that he was aware of "language to that effect".

Even Senator Jack Latvala, the republican who chaired the committee, joined in on the fun and asked "what were those words"?

Knowing Koon couldn't say the words "climate change", Jeff chimed in suggesting the term "atmospheric redeployment".

Jeff taunted Koon one last time by asking him to say the forbidden term.  

Koon responded with "the issue you mentioned earlier".

The exchange can be seen here, starting at the 89:15 mark.  Hopefully, someone more tech savvy will make a youtube of just the ending portion.  (Dear Lord, don't watch the whole thing, it will bore you to tears.  Just jump to the 89:15 mark.)

Even given this outrageous spectacle, Rick Scott still denies he banned any words.  I guess everyone in his administration got together on their own and decided they wouldn't say a scientifically accurate term.

Sadly, Miami, according to the National Climate Assessment, is the city most vulnerable to damage from rising sea levels.

I'm sorry, I meant to say "Coastal Resiliency".

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This could have all been avoided if more people freaking decided to show up on election day.

Rick Scott's illicit removal of the top law enforcement commissioner with no public vote means a dozen of taxpayer-funded lawyers that are charging up to $400 EACH HOUR.  On top of that, if Scott and his Cabinet lose, which is likely, all of the first amendment groups and media outlets suing would be entitled to have their fees and costs recouped.

Scott and Cabinet members have in-house counsel but are allowed under our stupid state to hire expensive outside attorneys while in office for actions "made in the course of duty".

This is hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have gone to save the rape crisis centers that Rick cut.  Or money that could have gone to our suffering roads, schools, or heck, even donated to an animal shelter that takes in abandoned dogs---like Rick Scott's puppy.

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Right after Tom Cotton created the "poorly written" letter to Iran's leaders, he met with defense contractors with a pitch for even more military spending.

These lapses in judgment has led him to be called a lot of things, including "traitor", but his latest interview with Bob Schieffer clearly shows he's something else: very stupid.

Next time, before he goes on a national interview, someone should brief him on basic geography?  

"Moreover, we have to stand up to Iran's attempts to drive for regional dominance," he continued. "They already control Tehran and, increasingly, they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad. And now, Sana'a as well."
Wow!  Alarming that Iran has taken over their own capital, which they've had for over 5000 freaking years!

Not surprising that Cotton has once again shown his ignorance.  After all, the repressive regime of Iran had to explain to him how our own Constitution works!

Many of the GOP Senators, like John McCain, thought the letter was a great chance to annoy Obama but didn't read the letter and now regret signing it.  I'm sure after this Palin-eque interview they regret it even more.  

As someone mentioned, thank God Obama decided to keep the OBL operation secret...

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Note:  A diary is already on the Rec list on this so no Rec's necessary.  Just a morning rant.

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The video tells the story.  

Sean Hannity's "reporter" asked leading questions to two random people protesting in Ferguson, a woman "with a job" and a kid in high school.  They were not the most articulate, but that was obviously by design.  Hannity could then extrapolate out of those two people his talking point that all the protestors are mis-fed information.  

Even though Lt. Gov. Kinder is a fellow wingnut, he shook his head and blurted out "God, that is terrible TV."  

He had no idea that he was live!

Hannity heard the comment and seemed startled by it, but continued with his introduction assuming Kinder was with him.  As you will see in the video, Kinder wasn't listening and clearly thought he wasn't on camera yet.

When Hannity was done being a blowhard and explaining how people should think (we report, you decide my ass), Hannity asked Kinder a question.  Realizing Kinder wasn't listening, Hannity asked, "Peter, can you hear me?"

Whoops!  Kinder realized he was on and immediately began rattling off on Sean's talking point.  Yes, yes, you are so right, Sean.

But the damage was done.

As I was watching this trainwreck, I couldn't help but compare the quality of Hannity's crap-fest with Rachel Maddow.  Heck, I don't have a million lemming followers but even I really do put an effort into my posts to make sure they are accurate and respectful of the intelligence of my audience.  God knows that if I make wild assumptions or exaggerate, I am called out by at least a dozen people.  

Rachel Maddow holds a doctorate from Oxford in political science.  Her show is intelligent and thoroughly researched. I would be embarrassed if she conducted her show as amateurishly as Hannity does his, even though I agree with her point of view.  Hannity is a college dropout who was also a failed radio host until he was rescued by Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes.  Ailes needed someone incapable of critical thought and would tow the conservative line unquestionably.  Hannity fit the bill.  

Unlike liberals, conservatives just don't have much of a standard when it comes to someone who spouts their point of view.  It is one of the reasons Bill O'Reilly still has a job on Fox even though he is a proven liar.  You can lie about everything and you can be terrible, just tow the line.

Deep down conservatives know this, apparently; but it was still refreshing to hear it live.

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Robert Reich recently pointed out that if you listen to rightwing groups like the Tax Foundation, you would think California is a horrible place for business. These groups rank it in the top 10 worst due to "high cost" and "burdensome environmental regulations".  However, these same groups rank Sam Brownback's Kansas as one of the best.

Here's the problem with that:

Kansas is collapsing.  In four short years, since the tea party takeover, Kansas has had three credit downgrades along with a billion-dollar budget deficit.  They are struggling to fund basic services and their education system is hanging on by a thread, with cutbacks making it almost dead last in teacher quality, pay, student spending and pupil-teacher ratio.  It's so bad that REPUBLICAN state Sen. Wint Winter Jr. said Brownback's tax cuts have been a "train wreck".

Yet while the Sunflower state is falling apart, the Eureka State is CRUSHING it.

By any metric you use, California has become the best state in the union for investors.  A great Democratic governor (Jerry Brown) and a Democratic-led legislature turned California around in four short years from a 27 billion dollar deficit disaster into a surplus and, according to Bloomberg, an absolute mecca for corporations!  California companies in the S&P 500 have delivered returns of 134 percent!  (No other state comes close.) These same companies outperformed the S&P 500 by a margin of 23%; and CA tech company sales account for 52% of all the tech sales in America.

So how can California have some of the highest business taxes and regulations in America, and yet be the most successful?  The answer is simple.  California invested in itself!

By cutting education, infrastructure development, and other vital social services, Kansas squandered the billions of dollars into paying for very wealthy people's tax cuts on the zombie alter of the failed cult known as "trickle-down economics".  California, on the other hand, asked that its corporations contribute fairly and used the tax money to invest heavily in infrastructure, higher education, and research and development.  Companies flocked to California and scored big.  Also, as Reich points out, the environmental regulations not only didn't hurt the economy, they EXPANDED it.  Companies were driven to fuel innovation in the fast-growing field of renewable energy.  Furthermore, California didn't demonize immigrants, they welcomed them and gave undocumented immigrants driver's licenses.

California is once again leading the way.  

Rick Scott, of course, is aggressively trying to follow the disastrous Brownback model.  He's very lucky that our state has a lot of natural resources, great climate, and tourist attractions that help sustain us during disaster (like a hurricane or the current tea party legislature).  However, he has done his damnest to hurt us.  

Scott pledged over $266,000,000.00 in tax breaks and incentives for the promise of 45,258 jobs,  a large portion of which went to minimum wage jobs with annual salaries that don't even break the poverty line.  

Public transportation is a complete joke in this state, and our roads are infamously clogged (unless you want to pay thousands in the extremely corrupted tolling agencies).  Rick Scott cut over a billion in education spending and has led the attack on higher education. Scientists are held in very low regard by our state government.  Our health care needs are huge, but thanks to Scott and the GOP refusing all subsidies for Medicaid, a a Florida citizen with kids needs to make UNDER $3200 A YEAR to qualify!  Our pollution laws have been gutted, and our state is the most vulnerable to rising sea levels.

Who the hell wants that?  The people with skills you need for your company will go where they will be appreciated.  Companies want to go somewhere that at least invests in basic infrastructure:  a place where corporate employees can  access public transportation and send their kids to receive reasonable k-12 education.  Companies want access to a highly skilled labor force, not one where the citizens earn bottom-barrel wages (because that's the overwhelming majority of jobs we have available here).  They want a state where they can partner with top schools:  Florida's universities our not known for their academic standards as much as they are for their football teams.  

 Also, since we now have legalized homicide with Stand Your Ground, anyone can claim they had a "reasonable fear" and shoot you in the face even if you are unarmed and minding your own business.  OF COURSE you don't want to live here.  I DON'T want to live here either.  And unless you are starting a company that just wants to exploit cheap labor, you aren't going to move here either no matter how low our tax rate is.  It is the same reason I don't choose to live in a dilapidated condo on Orange Blossom Trail.  It would save me a lot of money and I wouldn't have to deal with homeowner's association rules and fees, but there is something to be said about quality of life.

I am told by my brainwashed conservative friends that California is terrible, but I don't see boarded up storefronts in San Francisco.  I see everyone with a living wage and healthcare. I see carefree and happy, which are two words that are never used to describe Kansas--and since 2010, Florida.

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#158 of My Stupid State

"It would allow for a tremendous peace of mind for parents to know that there is somebody at the school site who is trained and can actually be there to respond if, God forbid, one of these events happened," said Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami.

In the gun nut mind, a "bad guy" with a gun starts his killing spree somewhere on campus. Say, the library. All of the "good guys" with guns whip out their semi-automatics and fire back at him, Matrix-style. Perhaps delivering the kill shot with a witty line, "Time to check out".  BLAM!

Reality:  Gun violence is extremely rare on college campuses, due in no small part to colleges being gunfree zones. The last college homicide in Florida was 11 years ago.  Sadly, outside of college campuses, gun violence has increased in cities all across Florida.  The homicide rate skyrocketed since the passage of Stand Your Ground.  

Reality:  Several "good guys" with guns firing at a "bad guy" would likely be shot by police, who would have no way of knowing which one is the assailant.

Reality:  In an environment where immature youths are not exactly known for making the best decisions with drugs and alcohol, perhaps it's not the best idea to add firearms into the mix.

Even John Thrasher, Koch-appointed FSU president and right-wing extremist, says this is a bad idea. He changed his tune when one of his friend's daughters was shot accidentally at a fraternity party.

Personal tragedy should not have to befall every lawmaker to stop recklessly supporting bills that only serve to spawn more violence.

Unfortunately, if this bill becomes law, the chance of that happening becomes more and more likely.

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8 Reasons You Should Enjoy Email-Ghazi

by SemDem

One of my many bosses is a bit of wingnut.  He told me that even though Rick Scott defrauded seniors out of millions in Medicaid fraud, he was okay with it because "if he's smart enough to do that, imagine how smart he would be as governor."  

This is the same guy that came into my office and was outraged about Hillary's private email server.

I said, so "that's what you're mad about?"  Of course.  This is isn't one of those non-scandals where working-class people get fucked over. This is involving an innocuous decision by either an Obama or a Clinton. It has all of the three necessary components of a career-ending scandal:  government bureaucracy, correspondence, and font.

After all, this would never have happened under a GOP administration. Do you think for a moment that the Secretary of State under George W Bush would have used a private email server to conduct business?

Oh, wait.  He Did.  Not only did Colin Powell do exactly the same thing, unlike Hillary, he didn't save any of his emails.  He deleted all when he left, but that's kewl because his last name isn't Obama or Clinton.  

Nonetheless, I was reassured by said boss that this would all be Hillary's undoing.  The latest poll, taken just three days ago, completely validates him-- except the opposite. Hillary is leading her top GOP contender by 14 points over John Ellis Bush.  And this was a republican poll!

I may not be the biggest Hillary fan, but I love how she can upset republicans like nobody's business. I'm enjoying this for several reasons...and you should too:

1. Realize that conservatives can't see the blatantly obvious:  the only people upset about this and ranting like crazy are people who already hate Hillary.

2. Enjoy that this is what they have.  This is ALL they have.  This is what they will focus on.  This is what they will pour money into.  I can't wait to see the ads on this.

3. Watch for the conspiracy theory.  Nobody can bring out the stupid and crazy that we have come to expect from the GOP.  How will this tie into Vince Foster's murder?

4. This will remind everyone, AGAIN, how fake-scandal obsessed the GOP is:  Whitewater real estate "scandal", travelgate, pardongate, filegate.... BENGHAZI!!! (Just another 3 years and a few more investigations will make that dam break, dammit!)  

5. This will remind us all why we hate republicans.  No law was broken, and yet the GOP is in a tizzy while breaking laws every day!  Right here in Florida, they  are gerrymandering like crazy despite our Constitutional amendment that says they can't.  Even RIGHT NOW they are killing the Everglades by refusing to buy critical land to save it, despite a legal contract and yet another Constitutional amendment.    So excuse me if I ignore your passion about an email policy.

6.  The GOP will go overboard and launch 1000 investigations. When the Bush administration deleted 5 MILLION emails and the Democrats wanted to launch an investigation, they were asked "Are we simply going on a fishing expedition at $40,000 to $50,000 a month?"  The person who asked that, by the way, was the king of pointless investigations, Darrell Issa.

Ironically, all of this will lead to the exact same conclusion as  Benghazi. The GOP House will have to admit there is no scandal.

7. Hypocritical, righteous indignation on how can anyone be so nontransparent.  Scott Walker was outraged by this, I tell you, even though he did the EXACT SAME thing and unlike Hillary, had staff engage in illegal activities.  John Ellis Bush (JEB) also used private email to conduct government business along with the government server, but only chose only to selectively release 10% of those emails.  When JEB did release the few emails he sent out, he also released people's personal data!  

In fact, take a look at all the GOP hopefuls.  Notice anything?

8.  The GOP actually thinks this will work.  So you learn that the GOP voted against eliminating the tax break for outsourcing, AND creating one for insourcing.  You then learn about Hillary's email.  Which do you think would hold more sway?  

By the by, I truly don't care that Bush ever used a private email to conduct government business.  He shouldn't have, but after everything that he's done from signing into law Florida's Stand Your Ground to playing god with a woman in a coma, I just can't give a #### about emails and emoticons.  But that's just me.

I look forward to reminding my boss about this in a few months, but by then we'll be on to something else.  Given that the scandals seem to get lamer each time, I'm thinking it will have something to do with rental fees.

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