Scott's two years in office have been a nightmare of GOP talking points turned reality. First, he pushed through a law requiring drug tests for welfare applicants, saying it was "unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction." Instead, taxpayers have subsidized $200,000 worth of tests, much of them conducted by a company owned by Scott's wife. Capitalism! (Oh, and so far, only 2 percent of the tests have come back positive.) Never mind that the law likely is a violation of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches.

Scott didn't stop there. He also required drug tests of every state employee (because society falls apart if the dudes at the DMV smoke a joint once in a while) and signed a truly bizarre law banning doctors from discussing gun ownership with their patients. He let local governments steamroll the Everglades and then rejected a $2.4 billion high-speed rail system between Orlando and Tampa (which was to be paid entirely by the feds and private businesses). Why? Because trains are communist, you pinko.

Scott's biggest priority in office, though, has echoed his Republican overlords' national plans: Suppress poor and minority voters. Last summer, he signed a law slashing early voting from 14 days to eight and outlawing voting on the Sunday before the election — coincidentally, the day that black churchgoers usually drive en masse to vote for Democrats. The law made it more difficult for liberal-leaning students to update their addresses to get ballots, and it threatened voter-registration groups with fines. Even the Boy Scouts of America took offense.

And Scott targeted Hispanics by ordering a purge of "potentially ineligible" voters from the rolls. It turned out that hundreds were perfectly legit citizens — including one guy who had survived combat in World War II.

People might think they're safe from this insanity in their East Village apartments or Los Angeles ranchos, but the Republicans' Frankenstein-like experimentation in Florida already is beginning to spread. The most infamously insane idea to go viral is the Stand Your Ground law, at the heart of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman's defense for fatally shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Normally, to claim self-defense, someone is required to retreat from a threat before opening fire. But in 2005, Florida put the onus on prosecutors to show shooters' lives were not in danger. Soon, the legislation quickly spread to 24 other states, including Arizona.

In Arizona, Stand Your Ground was tested in an incident at a Taco Bell earlier this year. The killer eventually was charged with second-degree murder after authorities concluded that there were holes in his story that he had been threatened by a bat- or pipe-wielding man.

In Florida, Stand Your Ground has been used by drug dealers to escape murder charges, invoked by one guy after shooting a bear, and cited by a jogger who beat a Jack Russell terrier. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the law is unevenly enforced to favor whites over blacks and Hispanics. And researchers at Texas A&M University recently found it has increased homicides across the nation.

Sadly, Stand Your Ground isn't the only scourge Florida has unleashed upon the States. Decades of deregulation have made it the epicenter of the country's foreclosure crisis. That same blind faith in business has also turned it into a veritable Scam-istan, ruled by Ponzi schemers such as retiree-bilking Bernie Madoff, cricket-crazy R. Allen Stanford, golden-toilet-owning attorney Scott Rothstein, and bogus University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro.

Meanwhile, poor residents have borne the brunt of steep budget cuts. Programs for mental health, substance abuse, and the homeless have been slashed. So when "Miami Zombie" Rudy Eugene ate the face off of indigent Ronald Poppo a few months ago, Floridians weren't nearly as surprised as the rest of the nation.

Hunter Thompson would've similarly been unfazed: "Civilization ends at the waterline," he once wrote. "Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top."


Oversize pink vaginas. Black Bloc anarchists. The bright-orange spurt of pepper spray into a crowd. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has technicolor nightmares of what could go wrong at the RNC. The moderate Democrat didn't ask for his city to host the event. But if anything goes awry, it will be endlessly looped on television and YouTube, and he'll be blamed.

"Other than the Olympics, this will be the most-watched television event in the world this year," he says. "So yeah, hosting a convention in the middle of hurricane season in this economic and political environment leads to a little gray hair."

These are strange days for Tampa, and for America. Over the past decade, political polarization has turned the country into a powder keg. Buckhorn's job is to prevent tens of thousands of convention conservatives and left-leaning protesters from combusting on his streets. It won't be easy. If the nation has been coming apart at the seams, Tampa could be the crotch that finally splits wide open.

Inside the convention center will be titans of industry, the billionaire Koch brothers, hordes of Tea Partiers in tri-corner hats, Bill O'Reilly and Fox News freaks, Karl Rove with his Crossroads GPS super-PAColytes, and a few thousand fawning female Christian fundamentalists toting "Enraptured by Paul Ryan" signs.

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
All
 
Next Page »
 
My Voice Nation Help
19 comments
jesuschristodenogale
jesuschristodenogale

Owebama is a true racist. Why does the US President hate the advancement of the standard of living for Mexico’s poor? Barrack Hussein Obama; how dare you deprive Mexico these young educated and motivated people? These US educated and motivated illegal alien occupiers (brought to the US as babies) now in the US are the only hope for Mexico and you want to keep them here in the US. They could start businesses, create jobs, and improve the standard of living for the poor people of Mexico. Yet you want to be selfish and deprive Mexico of these talented youth who could make life better for all the people of Mexico. SHAME ON YOU! Have you no compassion for the poor now living in Mexico?  Gustavo Arellano, Steve Gallardo, Nicky Diaz Santillan, and La Raza need to insist that all these young educated and talented Mexicans be sent back to Mexico to help improve the standard of living for the poor Mexicans. Are you with us for the good of Mexico and its people?

Geenius
Geenius

HILARIOUS!!!,,What a pathetic 'piece of shyt' this stream of pathological lies is. Absolutely fascinating. There are 'the reasons' and 'the REAL reasons'  So why do people as bitter and resentful as this author and this joke paper, lie with this much pride and conviction to deceive? it's always over the 'definition of what is right and what is wrong'. Too bad their false conclusions and lying minds make them so pathetically mentally ill.  The mind that habitually lies is not sound and is diseased. Frustrated, desperate, always trying to force fit lies into a reality that just won't allow that square peg lie into the round hole of truth. They can't even go 24 hours without lying to themselves and others nor recognize truth anymore.

matlock
matlock

The New Times has turned into a worthless left wing political rag. Unless you are a liberal nut or in the pro illegal alien crowd there is no use for this fish wrap. I do pick up a copy from time to time when I need to light a fire.

bgray59
bgray59

Fun piece.  Looking forward to the "Gonzo  Guide" to the democratic convention.  Maybe you can show the kid with his lip torn off that Michelle's health care policy denied treatment to.

Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

"And murder essentially is legal, thanks to the Stand Your Ground law."

 

Y'all are completely deluded and obviously think that if you repeat your claim often enough that someone will believe it.  

coyote_slim
coyote_slim

Wow and, will the Rethugs give Benny 'walking on the Sea of Galilee' Quayle some prime time? I mean, he bagged a bottle of baptismal Galilee for his urchin.

xinruaa11
xinruaa11

( http://fashion-long-4biz.com )Cheapest (TOP) Nike,Air Max, Jordan (1-24) shoes $31UGG BOOT $50Nike shox (R4, NZ, OZ, TL1, TL2, TL3) $31T-shirts (polo, ed hardy, lacoste) $15Wig $22Handbag(LV,Chanel,Coach,DG,ED Hardy.etc.)$30Jean (True Religion, ed hardy, coogi)$30Sunglasses (Dior, Oakey, coach, Gucci, Armaini)$16jersey $ 29 New era cap $16 Belt(ED hardy /LV) $15Watch(Rolex) $80 Scarf $21Bikini (Ed hardy, Polo,Gucci,LV,Christan Audigier,Affliction) $15Accept electronic bank transfer, credit card payment.Free Shipping( http://fashion-long-4biz.com )( http://fashion-long-4biz.com ) ( http://fashion-long-4biz.com ) ( http://fashion-long-4biz.com )

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Get em Issac - they're Godless Republicants and the LORD needs his vengence for the obstructionism they have wrought upon the chosen people, citizens of the United States! 

Robert
Robert

I've always been a big fan of Hunter Thompson, and I've always hated it when people try to imitate him.    

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

The corruption in the Republicant party is unbelievable.  I remember before the Iraq war stated, I was playing with my band at an expensive restaurant and some Republican corporate type was there with a bevy of girls-of-the-night and some business friends.  He was celebrating because he had already lined up a number of military contracts to support the war in Iraq - this was 2 months before the war started.  He said that he would be making millions on the war for basically doing nothing.  Iraq was a complete welfare move for military industrial types.   There was no objective to that war except making military contractors wealthy so that they would support Bush in his second run for the Presidency. 

 

They are a disgusting group of backward talking assholes! 

 

Artfan
Artfan

Ryan Sealock's illustrations for this story are delightful!

suewallick74
suewallick74

This article makes no sense.  IT'S ABOUT JOBS AND THE ECONOMY STUPID.  He's living in the past.  Our future is bleak.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

wow.....

 

Well stated

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @matlockIf you use the paper as fish wrap or to light a fire then it certainly does have worth and you've conflicted yourself. Not to mention that you must enjoy the articles or you wouldn't bother posting in response to one. Yojo.

 

saltywench
saltywench

 @coyote_slim His Mommy has a call in right now to make sure her baby gets the proper face time.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @coyote_slimAs of August 29th he will no longer be an elected official... at the end of his current term in January.

 

restitutiontouscitizensfirst
restitutiontouscitizensfirst

 @suewallick74 aMEN TO THAT!  I don't think this site allows posting links - make google your friend and let your fingers do the walking . . . . Real Simple Math - Unemployment - they'll walk you through the real simple math to see that our true unemployment rate is 49%!

 
Loading...