May 022011
 

Daphne Campbell (Democrat/Traitor-Miami)

I’m trying to figure out the logic that must have gone through the twisted head of Representative Daphne Campbell, Democrat of Miami. She introduced HB 7131 which repeals a requirement that employers provide seats for employees who walk or work standing up during their breaks. Because, you know, God forbid those people get to sit down for 15 minutes twice a day.

Every Republican in the House, Rep. Campbell, and a couple other Democrats voted for this bill. I’m just waiting to hear how it’ll allow the poor businesses of Florida create more jobs since they no longer have to buy chairs. I’m sure the members of the Florida Legislature completely understand that only slackers and lazy assholes would actually “sit.” Oh wait, are those chairs on the floor of the Florida Legislature?

What, could it be? Chairs on the floor of the Florida Legislature?

But I am sure the Republicans (and Traitor Daphne Campbell) are prepared to “stand” on principle. I believe that as a taxpayer and voter, I’m their boss, so I choose to no longer provide them seats in the Capital Building. And I am certain that these committed legislators are ready to share the pain, and save the already strapped Florida budget some more money by voluntarily removing all the chairs, benches and seats from the Capital Building.

The Florida Legislature on Innaguration Day?

I’m betting that as a side benefit, the sessions and committee meetings will be a lot shorter, and things will happen a lot more expeditiously in Tallahassee once the chairs are all removed. I mean surely if it’s good enough for the workers of this State to stand for their full 8 hours, I know these legislators are prepared to stand with the workers of Florida. [/snark]

I would call it a clown car, but it’s really not funny. This is, after all, the same legislature that spent time and dollars in 2008 passing a bill regulating hanging fake bull testicles from the trailer hitch of your truck. I’m just waiting for Daphne to come out and say how it will help create jobs if the poor businesses of the state no longer have to spend money buying a few chairs, and can “hire” workers instead.

Interestingly, putting “SOD Nursing School”, of which she claims to be a graduate, into Google returns only hits related to her “resume.” Apparently, it’s a tough program, as she appears to be the only graduate.
She, of all people, should know better. She claims to be a registered nurse. My mother was a nurse for entire working career, and she worked full-time and then part-time in a hospital. I know that nurses spend most of their long shifts on their feet, so how ridiculous now that their hospitals (you know the one’s like Rick Scott used to run which defrauded the taxpayers out of billions of dollars) will no longer have to provide a seat where they can “take the load off” during their breaks. So this is what it’s come to in a state with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit and one of the highest unemployment rates in the country…Daphne has her knickers all in a twist about people getting to sit down on their breaks. Of course, maybe it will help unemployment. Maybe some older works will die sooner from not being able to sit down for 15 minutes twice per day, so some jobs might open up.

And You Thought The FL Legislature Couldn’t Get Crazier

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Aug 012009
 

Never sell the wingnut Replublicans in the Florida Legislature short. Last year they were busy saving us all from Automobile Testicles, and tried to eliminate daylight savings time (the logic being it would be less confusing for Senator Bill Posey). So now, two of our distinguished legislators have called for a Florida Constitutional Amendment to prohibit Floridians from participating in, an as yet non-existent, healthcare insurance reform.

So Rep. Scott Plakon and Sen. Carey Baker have introduce a Constitution Amendment that says:florida

To preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for their own health care:

A law or rule shall not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.I called the offices of both.

How very Orwellian of them, protecting your freedom by removing your options. Who is more free than the man who has no obligation to choose?

Tom in Baker’s office tells me that this has no teeth…it’s just designed to send a message to Washington. You know, because the State of Florida has unlimited resources for operating the legislature and conducting elections on things that “have no teeth.”

Now Brandon Delanois in Rep. Plakon’s office was the most entertaining. First, he explained that he was, prior to going to work for the Representative, paying for his own health insurance, and had a plan for only $15.00 per month, but of course, refused to tell me what company was providing plans for only $15.00 per month.

I asked, “so the people who don’t have health insurance…who pays for them when they get sick?” His answer was, “Anyone can go to an emergency room and get care. They won’t turn away anyone.” Of course I pressed him on who he thought paid for that “free” care at the ER. He finally agreed it was taxpayers.

But his argument was that the government should not mandate how people behave, and what choices they make. That the government should not require people to purchase insurance. So I asked him if the Representative would introduce a bill to rescind the law requiring that Florida residents who drive have auto insurance. Well, as you might imagine. according to him, that’s not the same thing.

The jest of what I got out of this is that these two dweebs are merely playing for votes and publicity. I think we should give it to them, and not stop talking about how much it costs the taxpayers to pay for uninsured people, and just how much it costs the taxpayers for each bill that introduced, and what it costs to have a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot. You know, since Florida has so much surplus money floating around.

And You Thought The FL Legislature Couldn't Get Crazier

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Aug 012009
 

Never sell the wingnut Replublicans in the Florida Legislature short. Last year they were busy saving us all from Automobile Testicles, and tried to eliminate daylight savings time (the logic being it would be less confusing for Senator Bill Posey). So now, two of our distinguished legislators have called for a Florida Constitutional Amendment to prohibit Floridians from participating in, an as yet non-existent, healthcare insurance reform.

So Rep. Scott Plakon and Sen. Carey Baker have introduce a Constitution Amendment that says:florida

To preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for their own health care:

A law or rule shall not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.I called the offices of both.

How very Orwellian of them, protecting your freedom by removing your options. Who is more free than the man who has no obligation to choose?

Tom in Baker’s office tells me that this has no teeth…it’s just designed to send a message to Washington. You know, because the State of Florida has unlimited resources for operating the legislature and conducting elections on things that “have no teeth.”

Now Brandon Delanois in Rep. Plakon’s office was the most entertaining. First, he explained that he was, prior to going to work for the Representative, paying for his own health insurance, and had a plan for only $15.00 per month, but of course, refused to tell me what company was providing plans for only $15.00 per month.

I asked, “so the people who don’t have health insurance…who pays for them when they get sick?” His answer was, “Anyone can go to an emergency room and get care. They won’t turn away anyone.” Of course I pressed him on who he thought paid for that “free” care at the ER. He finally agreed it was taxpayers.

But his argument was that the government should not mandate how people behave, and what choices they make. That the government should not require people to purchase insurance. So I asked him if the Representative would introduce a bill to rescind the law requiring that Florida residents who drive have auto insurance. Well, as you might imagine. according to him, that’s not the same thing.

The jest of what I got out of this is that these two dweebs are merely playing for votes and publicity. I think we should give it to them, and not stop talking about how much it costs the taxpayers to pay for uninsured people, and just how much it costs the taxpayers for each bill that introduced, and what it costs to have a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot. You know, since Florida has so much surplus money floating around.

Florida State Legislator-The Law Is Supposed To Discriminate

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Aug 062008
 

Well, it seems that African-American Florida House Representative Darryl Rouson has some pretty nasty things to say about Gay and Lesbian people.

First Rouson makes the blanket statement that:

“I still think that there ought to be ways for us to provide a loving environment for children without sending a wrong message to them early, or a message that we have to sit down and try to explain some psychological damage or emotional damage or something later on in life.”

Now, this is from a guy who is apparently on his third wife, and who was estranged for many years from the children of his first marriage because of his drug use. While I admire that he appears to have undergone rehab and cleaned himself up, does he not think he has some explaining to do to his children, “psychological damage or emotional damage or something later on in life?” You can read an article about Rouson by Bob Andelman here.

Making it even worse, he goes on to say, as an African American:

“I think that lesbianism and homosexuality is morally wrong and the law’s supposed to discriminate sometimes.”

Let’s see, so the law is supposed to discriminate sometimes? When would be those times Rep. Rouson? When we put up signs saying “No Coloreds?” When we ask African Americans to not use public drinking fountains? When we don’t allow “coloreds” to eat at the lunch counter…Would that be one of the times?

When asked about the comments, he first tried to deny even saying these things. When will these tools learn about video?

He made sure he got his when he made headlines by demanding a “fair share agreement” for African-American and other minority contractors on the $41 million rebuilding of Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. And when the city announced in December that a new cruise ship would be docking in the municipal port, Rouson wasted no time calling for minority representation on the ship’s board of directors. I guess these were not the times when the law was supposed to discriminate.

As Plato said, “Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those affected.”

Hat tip to Bilgrimage for calling this to my attention.

The Battle in Florida is Joined-Amendment #2

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Mar 312008
 

This will be the first in what I expect will evolve into a series of articles related to the upcoming election and the vote on Constitutional Amendment #2. This is the krazy kristian kooks attempt to have a large conservative turnout in Florida, so instead of fielding a worthy candidate, they go for the divisive issue. Amendment #2 is, of course, a “marriage protection” amendment for the Florida Constitution.

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News Brief for the Week of January 11, 2008

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Jan 112008
 

It’s shaping up as an interesting week for odd ball news. So far we have a 71 year old carrying a night stick at the airport to keep away “fresh” hands, our Florida Legislature hard at work protecting us from bestiality and baggy pants, and a real life Weekend At Bernies….and that’s just for starters.

Weekend at Bernies in Real “Life?” – h/t to Crooks and Liars
It seems that two 65 year old men were caught wheeling a dead friend of their’s along a Manhattan Street in order to get his $355 social security check cashed. The trouble began Tuesday when Dalaia and O’Hare tried to cash Virgilio Cintron’s check at a store in Hell’s Kitchen on their own, police said. The man at the counter told them that Cintron had to be present to cash the check, so they went back to his apartment, which one of the suspects shared with the dead man. Police said Dalaia and O’Hare proceeded to dress him in a faded T-shirt, pants they could only get up part way, and a pair of Velcro sneakers. They then put him on the office chair and wheeled the corpse over to the check-cashing store.

010308mendez.jpg71 Year Old Takes Blackjack to Airport – TBO
Rafaela Mendez was taken into custody at Tampa Airport after screeners found a leather bludgeon in here bag. According to Mendez, she used the blackjack to, “smack people’s hands when they got fresh.” Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see this as being a real serious problem for her. While most travelers just have to surrender their weapon, Mendez had an outstanding warrant.

Our Florida Legislature Hard At Work – TBO
Well, two gay men having sex was illegal in Florida until the Supreme Court ruled the laws unconstitutional, but apparently bestiality has been legal in Florida all this time. But never fear, our glorious state legislature is hard at work remedying this widespread problem, and protecting goats all over the state. Apparently a Walton County man “raped” a pregnant goat last year, killing it. It appears that killing it was illegal, but raping it wasn’t, so Rep. Frank Peterman and Sen. Nan Rich have introduced bills to make it a felony to rape a got (and I guess any other animal) in Florida. I’m sure glad our legislature is on the ball.

In what I hope is an unrelated piece of legislation, our legislature, obviously overwhelmed with important issues, is considering Senator Gary Spin’s bill to prohibit school children from wearing baggy pants. It seems this is a vital issue, despite being open to First Amendment challenges…but why worry about such quaint little details as the Constitution.

“We want to make sure the focus is on the blackboard and not the backboard,” said Siplin, D-Orlando. “You can’t apply for a job with your pants sagging. You can’t go to college with your pants sagging and do well.”

Says who?

122 Quarters and a Nickel  – TBO
Anthony David Carvajal, 37, of Tampa and Steven Mitch Rosenwinkel, 38, of Bradenton were charged with criminal mischief, tampering with a vending machine and trespassing after they used a crow bar to pry open a vending machine and steal 122 quarters and 1 nickel this morning. They were caught on video tape. Bail was set at $4,250. I can expect that from teenagers, but these guys are old enough to know better.

Teenager Uses Fireworks to Steal Credit Cards – TBO
Not to be outdone, a teenager stepped up to the idiot plate and threw firecrackers in a house apparently to distract the resident so he could go in and steal the man’s credit cards. He was picked up a couple of hours later by Tampa Police with the credit cards still in his posession.