Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
The owner of DARE books apparently had the same issue when he noticed the lack of books in his children’s school which reflected the experiences and the contributions of people of color, especially African-Americans. DARE Books was born. They provide books for all ages and all ethnicities, although they specialize in African American literature. They also welcome new authors to submit their books, as long as they fit the general criteria of being educational, informative, historical and family oriented.
We discovered the store existed when my wife and I visited the UCF book festival a few weeks ago. My wife was thrilled at their selection. If they don't have it, the owner has quite a few connections and can track down book for you.
We want to support this locally-owned African-American business. I am advertising for them at no cost.
The store is located at 245 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Longwood, FL 32750 (407-673-3273). They are open for business from Monday to Friday, 10:00-6:00, and on Saturday, 11:00-5:30. Their website is on the left-hand column of the blog or you can go to http://www.darebooks.com .
Saturday, April 19, 2014
It's sad that a newspaper columnist has to devote a column explaining to republicans that Puerto Rico is not a foreign, socialist country.
But this is the Florida GOP we are talking about.
The same GOP where not too long ago Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite called Puerto Ricans living here "foreign citizens." She was even offered a chance to correct her statement by the newspaper after being told that they were, in fact, US citizens. Her spokesperson got back and said she stood by her statement.
Just this past week, FL GOP Chair Lew Oliver was asked why Hispanics aren't joining the GOP. (Gee, I wonder). His response:
If you like a semi-socialist government where the highest aspiration is a nice secure government job, Puerto Rico is heaven on earth, PLUS nice weather! Sadly, it is also a terrible basket case.
No, it isn't. Its not socialist. They don't have a high-rate of government jobs. And 1 in 20 people in Florida are Puerto Ricans, you idiot.
And no, Oliver has not been asked to resign. The Fl GOP is just happy he "apologized".
Pablo Pantoja, a native of Puerto Rico, was the RNC's Florida Hispanic Outreach Director. He quit last year and became a Democrat. His resignation explained it was due to all of the bigotry and intolerance he faced in his party. Florida Representative Anna Rivas Logan also switched not too long ago for the same reason.
The Florida GOP is unable to change. Unfortunately for them, Florida's electoral makeup doesn't have that problem.
So what does Rick Scott do? Hides from the public and press. He sent his Lt. Gov.to rebut Charlie. Bad move.
At this point I'll remind everyone that the Florida Lt. Gov job is the most useless job on the planet. You have no responsibilities whatsoever but to sit in a chair and take over if the governor dies. And Rick Scott's last one somehow even managed to screw that up.
The new LG, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, wasn't picked for his quick wit and certainly is not part of Rick Scott's inner circle--he was a pander pick for his last name. (And that just can't fix the Hispanic bigotry in Scott's campaign. Or the FL GOP for that matter.)
After Charlie's speech, reporters were hovering around the LG to ask about it. Carlos was talking much smack until Crist came up from behind to greet him. As he walked away, reporters were shouting questions on all the garbage Carlos was spewing and asked him to respond.
"He's just gonna get to debate the lieutenant governor candidate,'' Crist said. ``Give me Scott.''
Another link that isn't youtube
Friday, April 18, 2014
The story that made it hit 210 is worth quoting:
The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is making a unique legal argument when it comes to handing over public records: Get it from the employees, not us.
As part of a bitter ongoing legal battle, attorneys who work for the governor late last month declared that both current and former employees are the "custodians" of any text messages or emails done on personal accounts even if they cover state business.
The Scott administration and state agencies generally require that employees turn over emails and text messages from personal accounts if they covered state business. Past requests made by media organizations, including The Associated Press, as well as open-records advocates have shown various Scott administration employees using personal accounts to conduct state business.
Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews, a persistent critic of Scott caught up in a land dispute with the state, last fall filed a series of public records lawsuits maintaining that Scott and other state officials weren't complying with the state's Sunshine Laws. Florida has some of the broadest public records laws in the nation.
In a court filing made in late March, Scott's assistant general counsel argued the administration had turned over thousands of relevant records but then added the office "does not have control over employees private accounts, and devices, and therefore, it does not search those accounts and devices for public records."
The filing then stated that both current and former employees are "the records custodians of public business contained on private accounts and devices."
That means that in order to obtain certain records the press and public would have to ask those employees directly and then potentially sue those state workers if they do not comply with the request.
Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/04/18/5109599/scotts-office-ask-employees-for.html?sp=/99/179/#storylink=cpy
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Scott’s air travel reflects not only his wealth, but his preference for stealth. Despite his oft-stated support for transparency, Scott keeps his flight itineraries off tracking websites and even blacks out arrival and departure details on official schedules after the fact, citing the need for security.
The sentiment is a very good one. Unfortunately, Jefferson never said it or anything like it. I searched for it and found this which is by the people who run the Monticello historical site. It appears to have been said by someone else in 1914, and somehow ended up up credited to Jefferson -- as well as a couple of other people.
It's not a big thing, sure. But it sure illustrates the incompetence that lies at the heart of Scott and his campaign.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Janie Campbell describes Florida political ambush reporting at its finest in Watch Rick Scott Pretend He Hasn't Been Busted For Misleading Obamacare Ads. The Youtube video is below. Be sure to watch past the first 20 or so seconds, the section we're interested in is the second question.
This video shows local television reporters asking Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) about one of his election ads which falsely implies that 300,000 people in Florida have lost their health insurance because of Obamacae, he declares the ad is accurate.
Let's watch this beast in his native habitat:
"Clearly, the ad's accurate," Scott told reporters gathered outside a senior center in Miami on Wednesday.
"But it's not, governor!" insisted one reporter, who pointed out that the Blue Cross-run agency at the center of the claim had already debunked the numbers. A second reporter continued to question the assertion, which has been factchecked by newspapers across the state and discredited. Scott, however, remained unmoved before being "quickly ushered away by his media aide," according to CBS
I know that doesn't seem fair but that's what $18 million in utility donations buys you in Tally. (And that will no doubt rise thanks to the John Roberts Court.) There is now one lobbyist for every two legislators. Don't worry, they can afford them. After all, you are paying.
Duke Energy, one of the worst, was allowed to jack up rates exponentially to pay for a $1.5 billion dollar nuclear power plant. This included a built-in $150 million dollar profit.
Did Tally make them give back the money?
Of course not. In fact, lawmakers refused to allow customers to know about the extra fees on their utility bills to pay for the ghost nuclear plant.
To add insult to injury, a utility spokesman said they are pushing to hide this massive fee from customers because they just don't want to know.
"Customers are not clamoring for this,'' he said. "They want to hear about utility poles in their neighborhood or other things."
Its much like when I sold my car to somebody and then decided not to give him the car, but told him he had to pay me in monthly installments anyway because I need to do stuff around the house. Oh, and I can't be bothered with itemizing this charge on a bill because f**k you.
Tally legislators and the utilities know that they can get away with pretty much anything.
90% of Florida voters support a constitutional amendment on getting a solar power tax break. We are the freaking "sunshine state" for cryin out loud.
Well, the Florida House isn't interested. (Its not about suppressing votes or abortion--which is what really matters to us I guess.) The electric power monopolies in this state hate, hate, hate that amendment. Since they have money to blow (thanks to us) they were able to kill it.
Integrity Florida put it best: “Increasingly, the Florida Legislature sets its agenda and policy outcomes based on the needs of large political donors.”
Our Founding Fathers would be so proud.
Not to mention witty, quick on his feet, and creative.
He was promoted to a regular correspondent on the Daily Show in 2007. If you are like me, you always perk up and smile when Jon introduces a segment with Aasif. You know its going to be really good.
The best segment I've ever seen on that program was his bit on third-word healthcare. The twist of that story, along with the 15 seconds of silence after he got the Fox business analyst to realize he insulted America, has got to rank as one of the best gotcha moments on TV.
Most of his stuff is pure gold. Americablog author John Aravosis, who also calls Aasif his favorite, rolled over laughing with his take on the Indian Miss America. I bust a gut at his fracking bit with the stupid free pizza. Even RedState featured his report on San Fran's ridiculous McDonald's Happy Meal ban.
I should have been furious at the North Carolina GOP executive's very racist rant about "lazy blacks", but Aasif played it perfectly and somehow made me laugh. (The guy was later forced to resign.)
I could go on, but the point is he is good. Damn good. His comic timing, quick wit under pressure, and his affable personality are all traits that would make him a comedic star to a broader audience.
If only Comedy Central would give him a shot.