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First off, yes, that is a true headline.

While you dolts are bickering about nonissues like our state's license to kill, or losing Billions of dollars in Medicaid funding, our teabagger Florida House is busy tackling the real issues facing our state:  like allowing children to eat poptarts into "L" shapes":

The House Education Committee on Thursday gave its support to the bill, (HB 7029, SB 1060), which would prevent children from being disciplined for playing with simulated weapons in school.

The bill offers special protection for “brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food.”

There you have it.  Finally, some leadership.  I guess those of you thinking our legislature wasn't looking out for us are feeling PRETTY stoopid right about now...

By the way, notice that the article had to put the qualifier in that the NRA was not "driving" this particular bill... because that is such a fucking rarity.

No, the author of that bill is an NRA shill named Dennis Baxley from Ocala.  He is also the same guy who wrote "Stand Your Ground"--another poor solution to a problem we never had.

While this piece of crap zipped through committee, this $50 billion idea is having trouble:

...one of the most important issues facing this state is stalled — one that would invigorate our economy, create more than 100,000 jobs and help save lives....

The federal government has agreed to help fund the cost of expanding Medicaid coverage to more low-income Americans. The results would be profound. Estimates show that about a million Floridians who make poverty wages or just a bit above — $27,000 for a family of three — would qualify for coverage...

States that accept the money also expect to see jobs skyrocket when the health-care dollars come. The University of Florida predicted 120,000 new jobs for the Sunshine State. That's why groups such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce have advocated taking the money, as well.

So why don't we have the money?

Because House Speaker Will Weatherford and a handful of his GOP peers would rather demagogue the politics of "Obamacare" than help the state's economy or its residents.

It's particularly ironic, considering these same politicians get generous taxpayer-subsidized health-care plans ... and considering Weatherford's own family received Medicaid assistance when he was a child.

JOBS?  HEALTHCARE?  MONEY?

Who the fuck wants that?  

Real Floridians want their reps to make sure we tackle the real issues...

We want them defending our freedoms, be it keeping UN troops from taking Florida land, protecting us from those who would assault our right to "brandish" pastry in a theatening manner, or from the imaginary hordes involved with in-person voting fraud.  

I just wish they'd hurry up and make a bill protecting us from alien abductions, becuase unlike the other things I just mentioned, there's at least one report in Florida of that ever actually happening.

Thank you, Florida.  I think...

You know what.. I can't do this.

I usually go into a sarcastic snark about the sheer stupidity, but its gotten so bad that the special brand of stupid in Tallahassee is LITERALLY killing Floridians.  Six a day to be exact.  Our friends, family, and neighbors dying needlessly in a futile attempt to... what exactly?  To thumb your nose at a black guy in Washington?  How's that going?

When they do get around to enacting laws, its stupid crap like this--or worse, something that hurts people. The teabaggers who run Tally are particularly fond of pissing off minorities, especially Hispanics--that is if they aren't trying to literally kill them.

Honestly, I'm sick to my stomach.  (Maybe that's why I'm sick.)  I made a fraking list that's almost at 100 documenting the stupid, and I still miss things every day because if I wrote about everything I heard about or what people send me I'd have to quit my damn job and just do that fulltime.

If you know me, you know I have my own health issues, but I don't have it as bad as many people I meet.  I met a wonderful woman yesterday who broke down in the clinic because she couldn't get healthcare for her family. This state has made it difficult to be a navigator and refused to set up its own exchange.  I promised to help if I could:  (By the way, if ANYONE here is a navigator or knows the system, let me know so we can help her.)

I have nothing to gain by living here. I'm tired of neighbors like this, and my own idiot, child-like representative,  the corrupt, creepy kid who runs the House,and the legion of assholes we somehow think are worth paying to screw us.

You teabags apparently are intent on turning this tropical paradise into Somalia, but with abortion restrictions. You know what?  Fucking have at it. South Florida should annex itself, and every normal sane person should leve Central and North and migrate elsewhere.  

This ain't normal.

I'll be on hiatus for a few weeks.  In the meantime, Maxwell recommends calling the Florida House and tell them to listen to the business community (along with everyone else) and take the damn money.

  I hope you will:

Will Weatherford (aka creepy kid) office at 850-717-5038
His facebook is https://www.facebook.com/...
The legisaltive Switchboard at 850-717-5650  

Please contact them.  The only thing worse than the corruption and stupidity of our leaders is the apathy of the people here to confront them.  Until that changes, nothing will.

#98 of My Stupid State

 


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Originally posted to SemDem on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 10:53 AM PST.

Also republished by DKos Florida and North & Central Florida Kossacks.

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  •  The founding fathers were real fans of poptarts, (5+ / 0-)

    I am told. They wrote a whole amendment to protect them in all shapes, sizes and forms.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 11:06:53 AM PST

  •  Who says Republican Legislators are useless? (6+ / 0-)

    No, really, who says that? Because apparently not enough people do.

  •  I so glad, now I can sleep at night! (4+ / 0-)

    Now if only they can live long enough, to eat the food item if it doesn't kill them with GMO's, or some other chemical or they get shot buying a soda, or possibly dying from lack of housing, or even lack of a planet to live on, once the Oil companies and Monsanto make the planet unfit for human life., but hey you can now play with your food.

  •  What could be wrong: it's for the children! n/t (4+ / 0-)
  •  What's really depressing ... (3+ / 0-)
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    SemDem, Rashaverak, sajiocity

    ... is that at this point, no Democrat has filed to run against this idiot, who's my State Rep. We already got rid of Baxley once, but he got back in during the Tea Party wave in 2010.

    Another feather in his crazy cap: He's working on a bill which would ban the construction of a memorial to Union soldiers at Olustee Battlefield State Park, site of the only major Civil War battle in the Sunshine State. Seems the good unreconstructed Rebels of Lake City raised a fuss when they heard of the plan to build such a memorial using private funds, and the good Mr. Baxley just had to placate them.

    After all, soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts fought for the Union at that battle. And good southern gentlemen like Baxley would need to break out the fainting couch should a memorial be built on such hallowed southern ground that even obliquely honored American soldiers who not only wore the wrong color uniforms, but had the wrong color skin ... Oh mah, that would be jes' awwwwful!

    The man is a major embarrassment.

    I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

    by ObamOcala on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 11:31:43 AM PST

  •  Making a gun with baby teeth .pop tart (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Rashaverak, SemDem

    Wow....What next?Bullet teethin rings.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 11:47:37 AM PST

  •  Yes, there are more important things (2+ / 0-)
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    our State government should be doing. And yes, it's really sad that they had to do this. But I'm kind of glad they have, because this has been an issue that unfortunately has affected several kids in Florida already. This stupid over zealous use of the 'zero tolerance' law to persecute kids for saying "bang" while aiming a (fatal of course) chicken nugget at someone, or a pop-tart. It's sad that they had to pass a law about it, but given the current idiocy going on in our schools, I'm kind of glad they did.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 11:52:24 AM PST

    •  this happened in one case in Maryland (3+ / 0-)
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      sajiocity, FloridaSNMOM, VeggiElaine

      ....where common sense took a back seat.  

      you can't legislate every incident of stupidity...

      if someone makes a gun out of construction paper are we going to make a law allowing that as well?  its endless adn pointless.  at some point adults need to do thier damn job.

      there are no cases here and there never will be.. but leaving 50 billion on the table out of spite is something that they need to focus on

      The Seminole Democrat
      Confronting the criminally insane who rule our state; as well as the apathy of the vast majority who let them.

      by SemDem on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:32:22 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  They'll have to pry my Poptart from (3+ / 0-)
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    SemDem, Pirogue, cany

    my cold, dead hand!

  •  What about brandishing a banana? (2+ / 0-)
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    SemDem, cany

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:26:42 PM PST

  •  You said (1+ / 0-)
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    SemDem

    a mouthful!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:59:29 PM PST

  •  Lots of good things to talk about as well. (0+ / 0-)

    1. Bill Young's district 13 seat is almost ours.  Alex Sink is well ahead of her tea party challenger.

    2. Things are looking good for the governor's race.  Crist is leading Scott by healthy margins (around 7 points.)  If that holds, we'll see a lot more good happen (or a lot of bad be stopped) from the legislature, even via executive orders.

    3. This bill is somehow a bad thing?  Sure, there are other things they could focus on, but I think this is a helpful bill to stop overzealous school administrators from getting kids expelled for nothing more but using a food item as a fake gun, which HAS happened in several states.

    4. What's wrong with Central?  Tampa and Orlando went for Obama, we are getting bluer by the day.  I give you the Panhandle, a solidly red refuge for the right-wingers.  

    I think you are giving this state, which is almost now a reliably blue state in general elections, too bad a rep (admittedly, as the 3rd most populous state we do have a lot of crazies in our midst) when states like Kansas, Arizona, Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, heck, even West Virginia, Missouri, Indiana, are true right-wing enclaves with crazies constantly dreaming up new ways to make gays and lesbians feel unwelcomed, making abortions next to impossible to obtain, devise more drastic anti-Immigration laws, etc.   Sure, our legislature is no picnic, but they at least know not to pull insane stunts like they do in Arizona, Kansas, Utah, even with a Republican legislature and governor.    

    Scott needs to be sent to pasture, and it looks like he will be gone after this election.  Then we can start going from there, with a Democratic governor who'll put a stop to any nonsense that might arrive at his desk.  

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