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Taking the "DUH" Out of FloriDUH

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Greetings from the land of hanging chads and stand your ground insanity. It's also a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 4,587,502 to 4,128,098, yet the GOP controls both chambers of the legislature and all cabinet positions. Maybe it's the heat combined with the humidity that make people vote against their own best interests time after time.

Regardless of the reasons, Florida has a chance to rid ourselves of some of the DUH that's infected our land. But to do that, Floridians have to vote in the August 26 primary, and vote for the only progressive Democrat in the race.

If you listen to the Florida Democratic party or the media - local or national - you'd believe that the Florida gubernatorial race was between the incumbent criminal Governor Rick Scott and former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, without ever having been informed that there is even a primary, let alone the fact that Nan Rich, the former leader of the Florida Senate Democrats and a real progressive, is in the race!

I've had the honor of interviewing Nan Rich before, and was thrilled that she put aside some time to speak with us again this morning. I hope everyone in Florida gets to hear her and realize that we have a chance to take the DUH out of FloriDUH once and for all!

As we do every Monday morning, we started the week with Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny and the Blue America PAC for our "Steve Israel Hour, sponsored by Little Debbie," our weekly satirical salute to the idiots running the national Democratic Party.

A programming note: I'll be heading west on Thursday evening, flying out to Los Angeles to cover and broadcast live from the American Federation of Teachers convention on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I'll do the show from LA on Tuesday morning (perhaps Monday too, we're still working on that!).  And then on Wednesday, I fly to Detroit to broadcast live from Netroots Nation on Thursday and Friday, July 17 . Stay tuned for more details!

We're back tomorrow, hopefully with fewer technical issues (the new computer is on its way!), and GottaLaff and Claire Conner too! See you then, radio or not!

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Sunday Links

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The 13 Best Steinbeck Books
(Note: today's 'Book Booth' also linked to this article.)

Facebook app revealed to be cause of iPhone battery woes

Tampa Bay Times: Scott worst Florida governor in modern times

Don’t Worry, Greg Abbott Cited a White Nationalist for Informational Purposes Only

Hacking the Political Platform: Why One Candidate Is Using Github

A Republican candidate in Mississippi on slavery, pesos and hot 'mamacitas'

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Tuesday Links

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Oil spill is impacting economy in Texas City with a ripple effect across the coast

Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

Turkey Twitter ban is 'a losing battle', expert claims

The divisions behind the Ukraine crisis

Fox News Host: When Will Missing Plane Be Found If It 'Took Us 2,000 Years To Find Noah's Ark'?

Billionaire leaves Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign after racist incident

Why Does Mississippi Want to Execute Michelle Byrom?

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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott campaign staff made racist jokes (allegedly)

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outreach my ass reach out inclusive

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.

Via Think Progress:

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.

Think Progress has more.

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Fla. Attorney General reschedules execution to accommodate political fundraising event

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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.

oh noes

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.

Via the Tampa Bay Times:

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.

Priorities, priorities.

Of course, a spokeswoman for Bondi insists that the fundraiser was calendared before the execution was even a twinkle in the governor's eye.

yeah right

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Move Over, Stand Your Ground, Here Comes The Bush Doctrine

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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.

George Zimmerman

Courtesy of WESH – TV, Channel 2:

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!

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50 Murders In The White House

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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.

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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.

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