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The 13 Best Steinbeck Books
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Psst! Rick Scott! Outreach means exactly that: reaching out. Outreach is also what the Republican Autopsy called for. Yes, they referred to their own post-2012 election report as an autopsy, because... suicide. They admitted that they needed "to do things differently."
The GOP not only needs a reinvention, they need an intervention.
On late Thursday, billionaire Mike Fernandez abruptly resigned his post as the finance co-chair of Governor Rick Scott’s (R-FL) reelection campaign. The prominent Cuban-American health care mogul’s departure has fueled rumors of racism among Scott’s campaign staff.
Tensions between Scott’s campaign staff and Fernandez had been building for weeks. And the last straw, according to people within the campaign who spoke with the Miami Herald this weekend, was an incident in which several of Scott’s campaign staffers allegedly began joking around in a cartoonish, over-the-top Mexican accent while on the way to a Mexican restaurant.
They just can't help themselves.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and his Attorney General made a little scheduling boo-boo. Scott penciled in an execution for the very same night that his A.G. had planned a "hometown campaign kickoff" fundraiser.
What a quandary! Imagine Scott's thought process: "Hmm... Do I kill someone? Or let my A.G. rake in some cash? Legalized murder? Or legal eagle moneymaker? What to do? What. To. Do!? Oh GAWD, I can't take the pressure!"
Quel dilemma. Of course, he made the obvious decision and went with the A.G.'s Big Bucks Bash.
A "hometown campaign kickoff" at a waterfront home in Tampa for Attorney General Pam Bondi is scheduled for the same night that Gov. Rick Scott had once set as the execution date for Death Row inmate Marshall Lee Gore. The execution was moved to a later date at Bondi's request.
Yes, Ricky Scott informed the Florida State Prison warden that he had to move the execution "at the request of the Attorney General." What Pam Bondi wants, Pam Bondi gets, apparently. Death Row Guy will just have to wait.
Of course, a spokeswoman for Bondi insists that the fundraiser was calendared before the execution was even a twinkle in the governor's eye.
Okay, deep breath. Here goes. Florida – where else.
A man, Iraq war veteran William Woodward, goes over to his neighbor’s house and shoots three victims. All three victims were unarmed men. The results of the shooting is one dead, one on life support and not expected to survive, and a third, with 11 bullet holes in him – prognosis, questionable.
Woodward was taken into custody and questioned by police. His defense? Two pronged. One was the, oh-so-familiar “Stand Your Ground defense. We’ve seen that used successfully in Florida before.
In footage of Woodward's police interview obtained by Florida Today, the 43-year-old told authorities, "we've been tormented by these people for months."
"They've made my life a living hell and my wife, we can't go anywhere without an escort," Woodward said. "We can't let our kids go outside."
Mind you this time, the accused shooter and the victims were not even in the same location at the time leading up to the shooting. Woodward was at his house, next door, and just felt he and his parents had been harassed long enough by their neighbors. He loaded his gun, walked next door unannounced, and point-blank started firing away.
Upon his apprehension, Woodward lawyered up, as you would expect, and what came out next was even more amazing than Stand Your Ground. The lawyer, speaking for his client cited The Bush Doctrine.
Raw Story notes that "the defense also cited 'The Bush Doctrine,' a foreign policy principle used by President George W. Bush to justify the invasion of Iraq," based on the premise that doing so was an effort to prevent a future attack.
That GW Bush is the gift that keeps on giving. A screwed-up economy. A huge loss of jobs. An unpaid for war. An unjustified war. Continuing questions to this country’s credibility about Syria because of his lies, and now this. A defense for unprovoked killing.
What has this country come to when they use a lying, war criminal’s record as justification for murder? The Bush Doctrine. Imagine that!
The White House in question is on the segregated campus of the Dozier School for boys, a reform school in Marianna, Florida. The building was described by one of the former attendees as a torture chamber. Kids were punished there and never returned.
Recently, according to The Raw Story,
...more than 50 bodies were discovered, some in unmarked graves, next to a garbage dump on the side of campus where the African-American students were housed.
When the University of Florida petitioned the state to exhume the bodies and investigate the cause of death and try to identify the victims, they were refused permission by the Florida Secretary of State. After extensive appeals to a reluctant Governor Rick Scott, enough pressure was brought about. He finally succumbed to the protestations of a group of the school's former attendees, who banded together seeking justice. They operate under the name, The White House Boys.
Head anthropologist Erin Kimmerle told CNN, “These are children who came here and died, for one reason or another, and have just been lost in the woods.” She is hoping to be able to match the DNA of some of the recovered remains to families who have been waiting for answers, and to determine some of the causes of the deaths of the bodies she finds. “When there’s no knowledge and no information, then people will speculate and rumors will persist or questions remain,” she added.
This tragic action by the state went unchecked for so many years. It's about time light was shed on this travesty. It's time the remains are returned to the families, even it it's fifty years late.
Police most recently told Al Jazeera news that there was no way to sustain a criminal investigation since all but one of the school’s former employees was dead and the remaining employee would be unable to testify.
Below is a touching Al Jazeera video report of the excavation that is going on right now. It's a chapter of Florida history that at this time, while we're remembering Dr. Martin Luther King's speech of fifty years ago, is most appropriate. We have come a long way when light is shed on injustices of the past. And there's so much farther to go. It makes you wonder what other secrets we're covering up, even today.
You'd think when voting on a bill, your elected officials would read it first. And if they didn't understand it, they'd ask questions. But reading has become a lost skill. It's as if you must check it at the door with your hat and coat when you walk into elected office. You become a cyborg and just do what you're told.
So here's the background of a recent law passed in Florida, as reported by Mediaite.com:
The law was passed in April by Governor Rick Scott following a scandal involving Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, in which a charity related to Carroll was alleged to be an internet gambling front, forcing the LG’s resignation. The law was written broadly enough that it immediately shuttered all internet cafes, including Incredible Investments LLC, which provides internet services to migrant workers.
So what did Rick do to save face? He pushed through an emergency bill -- some emergency -- and then signed it. Now it goes even farther. The legal interpretation of this hastily composed bill is that it's actually now illegal in Florida to use a smartphone, a computers, a tablet or any other devices which utilizes or provides access to the Internet. Yup, even your Playstation 3 is a no-no. It can result in a fine or even land you in jail for repeat offenses.
So, the ever-inept Rick Scott has once again signed a questionable bill which he obviously has never read. But to think that the urgency to pass any bill would be so great that nobody in the Florida legislature would have caught this gaffe is mind-boggling. There's your republican leadership at work -- or does this more accurately prove that they're not at work, but rather out to lunch? I would love someone to make a citizen's arrest of the Governor as he uses his cellphone to call for reservations at some eatery. After all, he signed the bill. And I'm sure he's violated his own law.
Or as Ed Kilgore put it so well:
Nice craftmanship, Florida legislature! It’s bad enough that the solons couldn’t figure out how to design a gaming ban that didn’t close down every internet cafe in the state. But no matter how the lawsuit goes, you can probably expect some jokes about legislators who didn’t want to allow phones smarter than they are. And it’s another fine accomplishment for Rick Scott.
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