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Originally posted to Comics on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT.

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  •  Is it coincidence that FL is penis-shaped? (11+ / 0-)

    I think not.

  •  Everybody sing: "its a mad state after all, its... (9+ / 0-)

    a mad state afterall, it's a mad state afterall, its a mad, mad state"

    Also, racist, violent, angry and dangerous.

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:04:50 AM PDT

  •  this is why they call us "Flori-duhh" (4+ / 0-)
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    But you know what--despite all the goobers here, this is still one hell of a nice place to live.

    And if you visit, go to Key West---it is a bright island of the bluest blue right here in redneck-land.

    :)

  •  My interest in going to Disney World has... (9+ / 0-)

    ...radically declined in recent days.  Funny, I don't feel the same way about Disneyland in Anaheim, so it can't be the Disney brand.  I wonder what it could be?

    Tell me what to write. tellmewhattowrite.com 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

    by rbird on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:09:59 AM PDT

    •  in fairness, it should be pointed out that (5+ / 0-)
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      Disney World has always been one of the most progressive entities in Florida.  Many of its employees are unionized (with the Teamsters, IIRC), it recycles virtually everything, and it has always offered health plans to cover same-sex partners of employees.

      Indeed, most of the major cities in Florida are solidly Dem.  It's in the rural hinterlands that the rubes rule. The only reason the state legislature is solidly Repug is through artful gerrymandering.

      •  Horseshit (5+ / 0-)

        90 cents of every dollar of political donations by Disney in Florida last year went to Repugs.

        The biggest jump in Disney's political giving this election has come in the form of contributions to fundraising committees controlled by individual lawmakers. Known as "committees of continuous existence," they allow lawmakers to raise unlimited sums and are more loosely regulated in terms of how the money can be spent.
        Disney has poured $890,000 into lawmaker CCEs, up from less than $100,000 during the 2010 elections.
        That includes $190,000 to a committee set up by Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, set to become Senate president after the 2014 elections, and $155,000 to a committee established by Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, in line to become House speaker in 2014.
        http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/...

        Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

        by deben on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:30:18 AM PDT

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        •  Your abrupt language aside, (0+ / 0-)

          I don't think you countered the prior comment so much as added to it.

          "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

          by wader on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:49:27 AM PDT

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          •  ? (1+ / 0-)
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            I certainly did not augment Mr. Flank's disinformative post.

            I'll add this, though. I live here. I know Disney employees. Mid-level employees and the ones they call "cast members," and some who have been laid off because they were making too much much in Disney's scheme. If folks think working for Disney is like Lenny's happy cartoon..., well maybe they'll be happy spending tons of money to get in and standing in huge lines for the attractions. (If you're going in July or August, it might be good to remember that Florida is mighty hot and standing in line to get on a ride is not my idea of money well spent. Disney/ABC is not a "Progressive" corporation. They are a money machine, as insensate as the rest, to which human beings are irrelevant or less.

            Anyway, I have to go out. Outta here. Peace.

            Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

            by deben on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 08:09:48 AM PDT

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            •  You added to it, though (0+ / 0-)

              They have become Republican/libertarian flacks over the past couple of decades rather steadily, but they also have unionized employees, same-sex couple benefits and recycling has been part of the site designs since the beginning.

              My point is that those are not mutually exclusive positions.  One can have both libertarian economic positions and coincidentally progressive elements in how they run their business, too.  Progressive does not necessarily equal liberal or left-leaning, but can just be a practical characteristic on display.

              Doesn't mean their jobs are the most terrific things around - they're just jobs, mostly lower paid support staff types of employment in DW, etc.

              Yes, it gets hot down there (as you live through), but that's a value judgement to potential customers - not a political value.

              "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

              by wader on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 08:24:40 AM PDT

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              •  OK, more horseshit (0+ / 0-)
                they also have unionized employees
                As if it were Disney that set up the unions. This is not thinking clearly.

                And what the flyin' ef is this:

                Progressive does not necessarily equal liberal or left-leaning, but can just be a practical characteristic on display.
                Progressivism is just "a practical characteristic on display" Wow. I'm not even going to bother...

                And quit saying I added to Lenny's post as if I'm in agreement with it. That too is unclear thinking, to put it kindly.

                Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

                by deben on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 10:13:46 AM PDT

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                •  Well, you're a joy to discuss things with (0+ / 0-)

                  I didn't say anything about Disney setting up the unions - obviously, they didn't.

                  You obviously know a great deal about progressivism and how it's objectively defined, in your narrow mind.

                  Further, your ability to read into comments through a fog of hyper-defensiveness is extraordinary.  Truly, a magnificent skill on display.

                  And, you obviously know a great deal about the English language, in some other country's context, I'm sure.

                  "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

                  by wader on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 12:55:09 PM PDT

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                  •  What's the difficulty in understanding (0+ / 0-)

                    that Disney gets no credit for there being unions? Unions exist in spite of Disney and not because of Disney.

                    Exxon has unions. Does this make Exxon Progressive?

                    Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

                    by deben on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:03:19 PM PDT

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            •  ps--I live here too, and I've talked to lots of (0+ / 0-)

              Disney employees over the years.

              Disney is a company COUNTY. And in Florida politics it gets whatever it wants. (There have been persistent rumors that Disney was one of the folks who put the kabosh on the high-speed rail system because they didn't want tourists to be able to easily leave Orlando and visit other parts of Florida.)

              But Disney simply is not a rightwing republican company.  (shrug)

              And I notice that you made no attempt at all to counter any of my points----Disney's workers ARE unionized, Disney DOES follow green policies including recycling virtually everything, and Disney HAS for years now had some of the most progressive policies of any corporation towards its gay employees. That is simply undeniable.  

              •  This (0+ / 0-)
                But Disney simply is not a rightwing republican company.  (shrug)
                I disagree with.

                As for unions, Disney has been pumping the Chamber of Commerce and the Repugs in the state legislature to prevent competitors (casinos) from locating here. Not that I want casinos, but one of the prime arguments they're using against them is that casinos would bring unions to this state.

                Florida has more Dems than Repugs, yet the state legislature is as ridden with right wing wackos as Texas'. There's a reason for that. Vast campaign contributions by a few giant corporations. Disney is one of those ruining our state by funneling money to Republicans.

                Indeed I am pissed. Hurray for Disney for treating gays like human beings and for recycling. Wouldn't those be neutral stances though in a sane America? Disney is in no way neutral with their money in politics.

                Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

                by deben on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 02:44:58 PM PDT

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        •  horse shit yourself (1+ / 0-)
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          Disney money goes to Florida Repugs because the fucking Dems in the Florida Legislature don't matter.  (shrug)

          On the national level:

          2012 PAC Summary Data
          Total Receipts    $430,615
          Total Spent    $401,829
          Begin Cash on Hand    $7,206
          End Cash on Hand    $35,993
          Debts    $0
          Date of last report     December 31, 2012
          2012 PAC Contribution Data
          Contributions from this PAC to federal candidates (list recipients)
          (51% to Democrats, 49% to Republicans)    $290,250

          http://www.opensecrets.org/...

          Top Candidate Recipients, 2011-2012
          Barack Obama (D)     $312,647
          Mitt Romney (R)     $38,000

          http://www.opensecrets.org/...

          Recipient    Total    From Indivs    From Orgs

           DNC Services Corp    $130,640    $130,640    $0
           Protect Our Liberty    $125,000    $0    $125,000
           Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund    $55,200    $55,200    $0
           Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte    $41,850    $39,850    $2,000
            Democratic Party of Ohio    $23,876    $23,876    $0

          http://www.opensecrets.org/...

          •  This diary is about Florida (0+ / 0-)

            There's a map of the state which the diarist helpfully included for those with poor reading skills.

            In Florida Disney has bankrolled Repugs.

            Dems don't fucking matter in the Florida legislature, you say? Which is it, the chicken or the egg? Is it because of corporate money or because of... corporate money? Dems are poorly represented in the state legislature because corporations bankroll Repugs and corrupt enough remaining Dems to ruin this state, and if anyone counted on you to change things, this will never improve in Florida.

            When you give a big fat wet French kiss to a corporation like Disney on a blog full of liberals, you shouldn't be shocked when one calls horseshit on your comments.

            Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

            by deben on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 06:55:02 PM PDT

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      •  We're taking the kids to DisneyWorld this year (3+ / 0-)
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        as possibly a one-time visit while they are still young.

        It's a huge outlay of money (i.e., we've had to save for this) and the state just pisses the heck out of me on an annual basis.

        Not to mention that Disney Corp. business practices beyond their parks offer less than desirable influences on kids and their attitudes, even before we talk about their adult-level politics.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:32:19 AM PDT

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      •  A long list of unions (0+ / 0-)

        Six, last time I checked. What you do partially determines your representation. The guy in the gift shop typically isn't being represented by the girl cooking in the restaurant or the foreign exchange student in EPCOT's World Showcase. It's a little complicated to keep straight but they are pretty robust down there.

        Oh and it would be remiss if I didn't mention the largest union for Disney Employees. Which I think is awesome.

        For those who seek perfection there can be no rest on this side of the grave.

        by Zero Serenity on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:50:22 AM PDT

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      •  It's probably the same everywhere (0+ / 0-)

        NC's urban areas are blue, it's when you get beyond the tree line that things get hinky.  There are places in NC that I'M barely white enough to go.

        I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

        by mojo11 on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 09:58:00 AM PDT

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  •  Simply fabulous, sometimes a little laughter (2+ / 0-)
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    helps hide the tears for a few minutes.

  •  As someone who lives (8+ / 0-)

    right across the lake from Sanford (but I'm not from Florida, or the US originally), I can say that I regularly shake my head at stuff that happens here. I'm counting the days until the next state election and we hopefully get rid of the criminal in the governor's office. But even if he does go back to abusing the medical system for profit, I'm not very optimistic that things will get better here. There's a strange mixture of kneejerk individualism and obliviousness to others here. And yet, I know lots of decent thoughtful people here too. Apparently there's just not a critical mass to get the non-crazy people elected.

    "Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter." (Homer Simpson)

    by mitumba on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:18:38 AM PDT

    •  And no sooner do I post here (3+ / 0-)
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      but this appears.

      "Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter." (Homer Simpson)

      by mitumba on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:41:51 AM PDT

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      •  Good one (4+ / 0-)
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        “A Florida man is dead after competing in a bug eating contest at a reptile store.”

      •  Interesting (1+ / 0-)
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        Having lived in both Arizona and Florida there are certain similarities.  Both states have a very high proportion of the population that moved there from somewhere else.  Florida also has pretty extreme regional cultural differences (Miami and the Panhandle might as well be on different planets).

        So I think that a lot of politics is driven by a lack of connectedness or a hostility to government because a lot of people who move to places like AZ and FL do so because they don't like the way things are where they came from.

        "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

        by matching mole on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 09:09:29 AM PDT

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      •  As a former FL resident, thanks for the link. (1+ / 0-)
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        A lot has changed since 1969-73, but much remains the same. It was a crazy then as it is now. In the 1972 Democratic presidential primary, George Wallace carried the state. (I voted for Shirley Chisholm.)

    •  Dem registrations actually outnumber Repug (2+ / 0-)
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      registrations here. That is why Florida regularly elects Dems at statewide offices, and is a blue-leaner in Presidential elections.

      Alas, some artful gerrymandering has nevertheless rendered the state legislature a single-party state.  In a few more election cycles that situation will rectify itself.

      Florida really is not the Repug cesspool that people think it is. The rural areas are all redneck goobers (especially up north--the further north one goes in Florida the more "Southern" it becomes), but they are far outnumbered by the blue urban areas.

  •  Space Mountain! A ride through Gov Scott's head. (5+ / 0-)
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    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:22:48 AM PDT

  •  This is objectively fair, but. . . (2+ / 0-)
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    Disney did just pull its funding of Rush.

    The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

    by Pacifist on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:23:34 AM PDT

  •  Awesome. Thanks for accurate ride inclusion. (1+ / 0-)
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    It works great when you mirror the source material.

    I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

    by mungley on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:37:55 AM PDT

  •  Don't forget the monument to the Lynched Chad. (1+ / 0-)
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    And the Bourgiouos Riot re-enactment at noon on alternating wednesdays is a can't-miss!

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 08:28:38 AM PDT

  •  Yep. (0+ / 0-)

    That about sums up my poor, poor home state. So very sad...

    No star is lost once we have seen, We always may be what we might have been. Adelaide Proctor -7.25/-5.64

    by mikejay611 on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 09:27:06 AM PDT

  •  Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients? (0+ / 0-)

    I may be way off here, but that doesn't exactly sound like a terrible idea to me.  Someone correct me where I am off base on this one please, but if someone is found to be able to afford a cocaine addiction, do they really need my tax dollars to subsidize their food?  I must pass a drug test to keep my job and thus get a paycheck.  I like the idea of someone needing to do the same to use a portion of my money to supplement their provisions.  Again, I may be missing something or not seeing something here, please correct me if I am off base here.  

    •  Jesus. (1+ / 0-)
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      Do the words "ureasonable seach and seizure" ring a bell to you?

      You want the FL state gov't to have the right to seize your bodily fluids and hair for testing?

      Are you sure you want to like in the U.S.A.? We gained world wide recognition for not submitting our  citizens to invasive and abusive gov't power and now you want Floriduh to be able to seize your bodily fluids?

      Seriously?

      Reaganomics noun pl: belief that government is bad, that it can increase revenue by decreasing revenue, and unregulated capitalism can provide unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources.

      by FrY10cK on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 04:34:43 PM PDT

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    •  It's costing the taxpayers more than the food (1+ / 0-)
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      stamps cost.  

      Only a very small percentage of people tested positive while they were doing the testing (there is an injunction in place right now to stop the state from doing this).  

      The state has to refund the cost of the test to people who don't test positive.  They've spent more on drug testing / reimbursing people than they'll save on the few people who are getting their benefits reduced.  

      http://www.politifact.com/...

      "The pass rate was 96.3 percent, leaving the state to pay more than $100,000 to adults who paid for the test and passed. The average time an adult receives TANF is four and a half months, said DCF spokesman Joe Follick."

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 06:19:12 PM PDT

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    •  do you wanna test the kids too? (1+ / 0-)
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      Or do you just want to take away their food by cutting off mom or dad's food stamps.

      I'm guessing you're a libertarian, right?  They're all heartless bastards.

    •  your money??? (1+ / 0-)
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      1. addictions are rarely "afforded" in lower income milieux; they are additional economic burdens, not luxuries that poor folks choose

      2. what's being subsidized is Big Ag's surplus production

      3. you ought to be more worried/concerned with the fact that your employer insists on passing a drug test to keep your job

      4. again, a portion of "your money"???  

         

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 08:51:19 PM PDT

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