Friday, March 30, 2012

Senator Nina Turner On Men's Health Care

Did you know that right now there are over 430 bills introduced in state legislative bodies around the country that seek to undermine, control and restrict women’s access to health care? I ask you, "Do you think it is fair that women get all of the attention?"

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner can change that. She’s starting a campaign to get lawmakers to introduce laws that include men in health care discussions—by restricting access to Viagra or vasectomies.

This campaign will expose the hypocrisy of the mostly male legislators who want to control women’s health but won’t stand for laws controlling their sexual health. And if enough state legislatures debate these bills, we can really change the debate around women’s health all over the country.

Politicians have tried to control women’s bodies and health for too long. I want my state representative and senators to support Nina Turner and introduce similar legislation that will expose the hypocrisy of those who seek to undermine women’s health and give men, especially those of the Republican persuasion, the attention they so richly deserve.

We could start with the Fat Bastard of Palm Beach, Florida:
(Editor's note - the following video is graphic in nature and not intended for the faint of heart, or children)

Rick Scott, Wherefore Art Thou?

Renowned blogger Peter Schorsch has a great contest going on at SaintPetersBlog,


Just click on the link above to access Mr. Schorsch's blog, and then in the comments section answer the burning question, "Where in the world is Rick Scott?” 

There is no mention of a prize for the winning entry, but I imagine that the winner would be announced on SaintPetersBlog and therefore achieve world wide recognition and fame.


The Cream Of The Republican Crap

The Oracle was more than slightly amused by Marco Rubio's (R - El Pendejo) endorsement of Mitt the Romney-that-won't-go-away when he added, “There are a lot of other people out there that some of us wish had run for president — but they didn’t,” Rubio told Townhall.com in an interview.

That reminds me of a line from a movie I saw years ago, "Yeah, it's shit, but it's some good shit." I don't remember the name of the movie - oh, well.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

We Now Must Sit And Wait - With Violet

The Republicans have only one health care plan for America, and that plan is to repeal "ObamaCare" regardless of the cost to their fellow man, woman, and child. They must all be sporting woodies at the thought that the U.S. Supreme Court could not only declare the mandate unconstitutional, but could toss out the entire health care plan.

It is unfortunate that Government counsel didn't present a more compelling case. That "broccoli" analogy should have been ripped to shreds and tossed back into the face of Scalia. That argument was pure bullshit: if a person refuses to buy broccoli, that inaction has no measurable effect on anyone. A person refusing to buy health insurance forces people with insurance to subsidize health care for those that have no insurance.

Since we have nothing better to do while awaiting the Court's decision, I suggest rounding up all those people you can find that are so adamantly opposed to the Affordable Care Act and demand they watch the following video:


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

America's Unsung War Heroes

With the Republicans and their Tea Bag Party puppet masters out to destroy America one star and one stripe at a time, and with the specter of the Affordable Care Act being tossed on the dung heap of self-centered American politics, I thought it would be a welcome change of pace for the Oracle to feature something positive and up-lifting.

I pulled the following video from The Daily Show. This piece is not political and it is not meant to be funny.


I have not, as of this post, read Maria Goodavage's book, Soldier Dogs, but it is now on my must read list - and, I am not really a dog person. 

 I don't suppose cats would be too helpful in a contingency situation, as in, "You want me to do what?" 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thank You Starbucks

From MoveOn.org:

Starbucks stuck its neck out to publicly support the right of all people to marry, regardless of the gender of their partner.

Now it is under attack by the ironically named, ultra-conservative "National Organization for Marriage." Already more than 20,000 NOM members have pledged to boycott Starbucks, and NOM is even threatening to run ads against Starbucks in 55 countries.

Let's blow the right wing out of the water by getting more than ten times as many consumers to thank Starbucks for standing up for gay marriage.

Join us in showing our support for Starbucks by signing our giant Thank You card. If 200,000 of us sign it, we'll deliver it to Starbucks executives to give them moral support to keep standing up for equality.

NOM is targeting Starbucks because the company recently stood up publicly to support gay marriage legislation in their home state of Washington. When it passed, the bill's lead sponsor said that support from business convinced moderate legislators to vote for it. Without support from companies like Starbucks, the gay marriage law might have failed.

Now, if Starbucks backtracks because of opposition, then it will set the gay rights struggle back to a time when big corporations couldn't come out and support gay people for fear of public backlash. Even worse, it will embolden anti-gay activists to target other companies that support gay rights, and serve as a lesson to other companies to stay out of the fight for equal rights entirely.

Starbucks isn't perfect—and in the future we'll probably be asking them to improve their policies on other issues. But it's a big deal when a giant multinational corporation with no particular connection to the gay community realizes that there are real business benefits—from better employees to happier customers—to standing up for progressive ideals. And we can't just criticize corporations when they do bad. We also want to encourage them when they do good.

Who Pays For The Uninsured? You Do!

Just who do the tea bagger Republicans think is going to pay for uninsured health care? Obviously, from the interview last night on Hardball with Chris Mathews, they must think it is going to be the mythical health care fairy.

Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, used the same insane talking points that we have heard for years, but seemed totally obtuse to the argument that somebody has to pay for uninsured health care.

You will see an abridged version of the interview, and unfortunately a commercial at the beginning. Notice that Chris repeatedly calls Jenny Beth, Mary Beth. I wonder if she even noticed? She certainly is unaware that the doctors and the hospitals are going to pass the charges on to the tax payers - in other words, to her. What a ditz.


Health Care Law: Top 5 Benefits for Women

Most people don't know this, but the big health care bill that President Obama signed has a ton of benefits in it that impact women specifically. And studies show that the more people know about what's in the bill, the more likely they are to support it and use those great new benefits. Right now--when health care is in the news and lots of people will be talking about it--is a great time to share what's in it that's great for women with your friends and colleagues.

Top 5 Benefits for Women in the Health Care Law

1. Being a woman is no longer a "pre-existing condition." Yes, women were denied coverage for just being women before the Affordable Care Act was law. Insurance companies would classify pregnancy, c-sections or even being a domestic violence or rape survivor as pre-existing conditions and deny coverage on that basis. Women will no longer be denied care for pre-existing conditions.

2. Insurance companies can't charge you more for being a woman either. Before the Affordable Care Act was law, women were sometimes charged up to 150% more than men of the same age. The health care law makes gender discrimination illegal.

3. Having a pap smear still sucks, but at least you don't have to shell out a co-pay for it.Breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, domestic violence counseling and screenings and a whole bunch of other preventive care measures must be covered by insurance companies.

4. You also don't need a co-pay for birth control anymore. And when 1 in 3 women in our country can't afford it, that's a big deal.


5. Have kids? Or want to? The law helps with that too. If you have kids, they can stay on your health insurance until they're 26 years old--regardless of whether they live with you or are married or not. And if you want to have kids, the law will help you get pre-natal care and counseling and help with breast feeding and supplies too. 


-- Thanks to Nita and Shaunna, UltraViolet for this information.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Song For Trayvon

A number of legal minds, plus the NRA goober Marion Hammer, seem to think Zimmerman is going to walk. Maybe he will. I will have to leave that up to a Grand Jury.

Whether George Zimmerman gets away with killing Trayvon Martin or not, does not mean that Florida's Stand Your Ground law doesn't need to either be clarified or eliminated totally.

The shoot first mentality that infects this once great country is WRONG!

Stand Up For Medicare

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Florida: The Vigilante Vs. The Bounty Hunters

Yippee Ki Yay, Florida buckaroos, it appears The Stand Your Ground Wild West Show is coming to a town close to you. This rootin' tootin' event has the potential to be more exciting than the shoot out at the OK Corral. This time instead of the Earps and the Clantons we should be seeing the vigilante Zimmerman shooting it out with the New Black Panthers.

You heard right! The New Black Panther Party has put a $10,000 bounty on the head of child killer George Zimmerman. Does that sound rip snortin', or what? The black separatist group has called for the mobilization of 5,000 black men to capture Zimmerman, the vigilante who shot down Trayvon Martin.

If that Black Panther posse does come to a settlement near you, I would suggest all the townsfolk should stay indoors until the shooting stops. What we should all remember and what the posse should know is that Zimmerman is most likely still armed and still possesses a Concealed Weapons Permit. 

On top of that, Florida still has the "Stand Your Ground" law on the books. Zimmerman has no duty to retreat and would be totally justified in defending himself against these bounty hunters. Zimmerman already has one notch on his gun, and since he doesn't much cotton to those of the black racial persuasion, I don't imagine he would hesitate unloading on anyone of those Black Panther posse people.

Hot damn, is Florida a hoot, or what? And just think, we still have the Republicans and their 2nd Amendment patriots coming to town in a few months.

Yee-haw, y'all!



Friday, March 23, 2012

The Perfect Florida Song

Seriously, this here is the perfect Florida song. It's enough to bring a tear to the eye. This Don Grooms song is the reason many of us came to Florida and ain't never left. So, pop the top on a cold one and enjoy our Friday musical selection. It's a gosh darned dandy!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Florida: Pop A Cap With A Concealed Weapons Permit

Editor's update 9/4/2013: The idiots shown in the video apparently were offended by their own stupidity and lobbied to have the video taken down.  

"Alexandra Pelosi, Real Time With Bill Maher correspondent, wondered why Mississippi, the poorest state in the country, one that ranks high in health care problems and low in literacy, is also the nation’s reddest state. What makes so many of its citizens vote against their interests by supporting Republicans? The answers in interviews are disturbing–especially the racism toward President Obama."

That is what the video depicted, a bunch of illiterate racists from Mississippi.

John Lambert, my Internet friend who writes America's Voice, posted an interesting article recently entitled, Before Purchasing Weapons There Should Be An Intelligence Test! I had to pause to ponder that for a minute, but then I decided to seek a second opinion.

I looked to another Internet friend, Jeff Tone, who writes The Liberal Curmudgeon. Jeff featured the following video the other day. Even though the video was filmed in Mississippi, it could have come from a multitude of different areas around the country - like Florida. Let's take a look.


After watching that video, do you think Mr. Lambert may have a valid suggestion? Or to put it another way, would you like to see a gun in the hands of these citizens? It's not even five o'clock here, but I am still going to have a brewski just to ease the tremors. Holy crap those guys are scary - and they probably do have guns. I need another beer. Maybe you should get one, too, because I'm not through.

Let's just suppose that one of these American patriots did acquire a firearm and decided to move to Florida and apply for a concealed weapons permit (CWP). Do you want me to wait while you get another beer?

I am going out on a limb here by assuming that any of these fine gentlemen has or could use a computer. If not, they could probably get assistance from someone at the local chapter of the NRA. Either way, someone needs to pull up the Florida Department of Agriculture (don't ask, I have no frigging idea) Division of Licensing website. Here you will find everything you need to know to get your CWP. Except for the fingerprints you can do most everything on the Internet. How convenient is that?

Just so that you don't have to surf the entire web site, I shall give you a condensed version of the process.

There is a form you have to fill out, or if you are illiterate you could have someone fill it out for you. Basically, the form wants to know if you are a patriotic American citizen with no negative mental or criminal history.

You then need some sort of proof that you have the vaguest clue as to how to use a firearm. If you have a DD-214 from the military, that will suffice. If not, you need to hook up with one of those people who advertise, "CWP Training $75." I saw a hand printed sign tacked to a telephone pole the other day in South Tampa. That one has possibilities - you might be able to talk him down a bit.

The Division of Licensing web site also has a couple of booklets, and a copy of Florida Statute 790 that covers Florida law on weapons and firearms. You don't need to bother with those since you are not tested on any of that material. Someone will probably ask if you are familiar with F.S. Chapter 790. You can just nod your head a say, "Hell yeah, I is."

Now, get your fingers printed, write out a check, and send all of that with your certificate of firearms training off to the Deprtment of Agriculture, and voilĂ , a few weeks later you've got your CWP, and you  too can defend us all from an African-American kid armed with an ice tea and Skittles.

This brings me back to John Lambert's point on testing for intelligence. I am not sure that an intelligence test for owning a firearm would gain much traction, but there definitely needs to be a stringent test to obtain a CWP. I am not talking about how to pull a trigger. Any idiot can do that (see: Zimmerman, George). I am talking about the Florida law pertaining to the carry and use of firearms.

An applicant for a CWP doesn't have to be a lawyer, but said applicant needs enough working brain cells to be able to understand the law as it pertains to firearms. Here is an example that is included on the Division of Licensing web site that might have benefited Trayvon Martin, or George Zimmerman if he had bothered reading it:

Q. What if I see a crime being committed?

A. A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman. But, as stated earlier, deadly force is justified if you are trying to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony (murder, rape, arson, etc). The use of deadly force must be absolutely necessary to prevent the crime. Also, if the criminal runs away, you cannot use deadly force to stop him, because you would no longer be "preventing" a crime (Editor's emphasis). If use of deadly force is not necessary, or you use deadly force after the crime has stopped, you could be convicted of manslaughter.

Florida's CEO Rick Scott needs to concern himself less with his own image (prick with ears) and concentrate on the image Florida is projecting to the world.

And, in closing: does anyone remember Hannah Kelley? Does anyone question why her killer is still walking around as a free man - with a concealed weapons permit and a 9mm pistol? Does anyone remember Pam Bondi? Florida citizens are being gunned down and our Attorney General seems to be MIA. Too busy helping Rick Scott give "the finger" to President Obama perchance?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Oracle's Douche Of The Day

I am disgusted beyond belief at the number of douche bags that inhabit the once great state of Florida, and that includes Chief Executive Orifice Scott and the Republican dominated Florida Legislature. Of course, we also have George Zimmerman, the vigilante who shot and killed a 17 year old kid and is still freely wondering around with a nine mil pistol and a Concealed Weapons Permit.

Now in today's Tampa Bay Times Letters to the Editor we have this:

"So many folks believe this great nation can do no harm, and they validate this belief by ignoring the crimes against humanity that the U.S. commits. When the newspaper reports that the U.S. soldier who slaughtered the Afghan women/children is a family man, a soldier, etc., thereby indirectly negating his evil actions, the paper only leads citizens further from the truth.

Please understand that this man is not a soldier in the Army when he goes rogue and kills innocent people. He should be turned over to the Afghan people, and their law."
 ~ Patrick Lawhead, Tampa

This "rogue" Lawhead refers to is an American soldier with four tours of duty in two separate war zones. This "rogue" has been blown up twice and has suffered a severe head injury and lost part of a foot. This "rogue" has seen friends and fellow soldiers maimed or killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. This "rogue" has seen and endured traumatic events that would make a douche bag like Lawhead shit his pants.

As a reward for his service and sacrifice, Lawhead wants to turn Staff Sgt. Robert Bales over to the Afghans. That act would almost guarantee an immediate and gruesome death sentence. Whether Bales is a seriously sick man or a heartless murderer remains to be seen, but either way, Lawhead is not fit to lick the soles of Bales's combat boots.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Where The Heck Is Pam Bondi?

On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The Sanford police have stated that they do not have enough evidence against the shooter, George Zimmerman, to file any charges.

Twenty two days passed before anyone - the Sanford police, the Florida Attorney General, the CEO who bought Florida, members of the Florida Legislature - took any action in this matter, and then only after the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in conjunction with the FBI, decided to conduct an investigation.

According to the 911 tapes, Zimmerman called from his car after noticing Martin walking through the neighborhood. "We've had some break-ins in the neighborhood, and there's this real suspicious guy," he told the dispatcher. "This guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about."

Later in the call, Zimmerman said the teenager was running away. The dispatcher advised Zimmerman not to follow and said that an officer was on the way. Minutes later, Martin was killed by a bullet to the chest, which Zimmerman said he discharged in self-defense.

After reading this report I could only scream, "Doesn't anybody in Florida law enforcement read the fucking Florida statutes?" Yes, there is a "Stand Your Ground" law, but it has caveats that should prevent the bloodthirsty, 2nd Amendment rights Neanderthals, like Zimmerman, from killing people with impunity just for the fun of it.

Essentially the law states that you can pop a cap on someone if you fear imminent death or great bodily harm, or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. Walking down a public thoroughfare looking "like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something" does not come close to a definition of forcible felony. There are also legal precedents in Florida where the "Stand Your Ground" law ceases to be applicable - such as, in this case, where the suspect ran away.

Zimmerman was advised by 911 to not give chase. He did anyway, which then made him the aggressor, armed with a gun, chasing down a boy who apparently wanted nothing more than to get away from a deranged person. If Trayvon Martin had been armed, under the "Stand Your Ground" law, he would have been justified in shooting Zimmerman. Of course, Martin would have been arrested for being a minor in possession of a firearm, but at least he would still be alive. What a pity he was not packing!

George Zimmerman's contention that he only shot in self defense is a crock. He outweighed Martin by almost a hundred pounds and he was armed. Stand Your Ground be damned! The law still states that you may only use a reasonable amount of force to prevent injury or death. Use of excessive force may bring charges of aggravated assault or manslaughter. In my opinion, since Zimmerman was the aggressor who shot and killed an unarmed boy he should be charged at the very least with 2nd degree homicide.

That brings me back to Pam Bondi. Within the Attorney General’s Office is the Office of Statewide Prosecution that targets widespread criminal activities throughout Florida including identity theft, drug trafficking and gang activity. The Attorney General's Office also conducts various programs to assist victims of crime. Where was the High Priestess of Frivolous Lawsuits during all of this? Why did we not hear from any member of the Florida Legislature? Why did it take an FBI investigation to get Rick Scott's attention?

If Florida Goobernator Scott is serious about making Florida enticing to corporations thinking of relocating, he might want to consider the image our state is projecting to the world - a bunch of pistol-packing lunatics just aching to reenact the gunfight at the OK Corral.

Yippee ki-yay, y'all.



Editor's update: around 2:20 in video, was that "fucking coon"?


Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Perfect Country Song

I guess I am feeling just a bit nostalgic today as my mind keeps wandering back in time. Why it wandered back to Ralph's Interstate Lounge on Nebraska Avenue in Tampa I can't fathom.

Back in the late 1970s when there was such a thing as Disco Graphics Mobile Disco we were hired to spin country music at the Interstate each Monday night. Monday was a slow night and rather than pay a band to pick and sing, Ralph thought that country disco might work. He was right!

The disco started a bit slow as we were blessed with just a few of the neighborhood drunks, but as word leaked out that the deejays knew their country, the crowds starting building and Monday nights got hot.

We had two songs that were the most requested, one being Clapton's Cocaine. The other was a great sing-a-long tune by David Allen Coe and it goes like this here:


I understand that the Interstate is still around. I am not too sure about Ralph, but I have heard that while guns and knives are to be left at the door, that you might not want to step inside unless you are packing. I am not curious enough to find out if that is true. 

I'd prefer to remember the good old days with Ernie Usherwood and his band, Dale Montieth and his group of pickers, and the hot Papa of Tampa mobile discos - Disco Graphics.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Why Worry - It's St. Patty's Day


An Irishman's Philosophy 

You only ever have two things to worry about. Whether you're sick or well. If you're well you have nothing to worry about. 

If you're sick you only have two things to worry about. If you get better or you die. If you get better you've nothing to worry about. 

If you die you only have two things to worry about. Whether you go to Heaven or Hell. If you go to Heaven you've nothing to worry about. 

If you go to Hell you'll be too busy shaking hands with old friends to have time to worry, so what's to worry? ~ Author unknown


Friday, March 16, 2012

Affordable Care Act: The Story Of Two Women

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), one of the fiercest critics of the health care reform law needed to find someone to represent their interests. They were overjoyed when one of its members, Mary Brown, a 56-year-old owner of an automobile repair shop in Panama City, Florida volunteered to lend her name to the health care lawsuit.

Ms. Brown was outspoken in her belief that Congress had gone beyond what the U.S. Constitution allows when it included in the reform law a requirement that, beginning in 2014, most Americans will have to obtain health insurance or pay a fine to the IRS. She said she was uninsured and was that way by choice.

But then irony reared up and bit Brown in the butt. She got sick! Like so many others who don't have health insurance or scads of money, Brown eventually was forced to file for personal bankruptcy. Among her debts: nearly $4,500 in medical bills. More than $2,000 of that was owed to Bay Medical Center in Panama City with the rest going to doctors in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

Because she filed bankruptcy at least in part because of debt due to medical costs, her case actually is an argument for the Affordable Care Act, not against it. The NFIB had to find a new "poster-girl" for their cause.

It is people like Brown who have decided not to buy coverage, but get sick or injured and seek medical care that make health insurance so expensive for the rest of us. Rather than relying on medical insurance, many just head for the nearest emergency room and allow someone else to subsidize their uncompensated care.

That uncompensated care is covered either through higher taxes to support the Medicare and Medicaid programs or through higher health insurance premiums. The care that is "absorbed" by the hospitals is, in reality, being absorbed not by those facilities but by our tax dollars.

It is one thing not to be able to afford health insurance, but it's an entirely different matter to be pig headed or cheap. The provision in the Affordable Care Act that mandates health care coverage would have been a benefit for Brown.

Her story reminds me of the protest rally against the mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets being held up north somewhere. One of the bikers participating in this event fell off his motorcycle and smashed his skull. Had he been wearing a helmet he would not have died, but die he did.

Ironic, isn't it?

Here is another woman's story:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Doonesbury March 15, 2012

The one remaining legitimate newspaper (the Tampa Trib dumbed down several years ago) serving the area, the Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Petersburg Times) has determined that today's Garry Trudeau comic strip Doonesbury was too graphic for the delicate sensibilities of its readers.

Quoting from the Times, "[this strip] contains language that fails to meet Times’ standards for taste and appropriateness. Because Universal, the syndicate that distributes Doonesbury, does not allow us to delete or edit any wording -- in the same way we may choose to edit our own writers and other syndicated columnists -- we made the decision not to publish the March 15 installment in print."

After viewing the strip in question I might have to agree that it isn't necessarily appropriate for the comics section, but it should have been published. The Tampa Bay Times should have moved today's Doonesbury to the editorial page perhaps, but to reiterate, it should have been published because the message is relevant to political decisions being made in our country today.

Texas has legalized rape, and other states are working to do the same. In the past rape has been considered to be a crime deserving of severe punishment to the rapist. The Republican "War on Women" wants to redefine rape, and allow the State to inflict an invasive procedure on women.

The World Health Organization defined rape in 2002 as "physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration – even if slight – of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object (my emphasis)". The political party that blathers ad nauseum about removing government from people's lives has no qualms about inserting an object into a woman's body against her will.  



It is not Doonesbury that is offensive. It is the Republican's war on women that is offensive.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

War On Women Redux

A top story in the news today: 


Rick Santorum wins Alabama and Mississippi


That Santorum took these two hot beds of ignorance is no surprise, but given Santorum's misogynist views of women I have to ask, "Were the women in these two states not allowed to vote by their male masters or do they really not care if they are stripped of their rights?"

In other news on the war front: Those states that are considering passage of bills similar to that in Texas requiring women contemplating abortion to undergo a trans-vaginal ultrasound should be aware that The World Health Organization defined rape in 2002 as "physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration – even if slight – of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object (my emphasis)". 

I doubt that the Republicans really give a damn about The WHO definition of rape. Santorum certainly doesn't since he considers rape to be one of God's blessings that women should accept as a fact of life, especially if she winds up carrying the rapist's "gift" for nine months. It would be simply grand to think the U.S. courts had a position on this definition.

Turning our attention to Florida: Where the hell is Attorney General Pam Bondi when a real crime takes place? Why is she off jousting with windmills when a Florida Statute has been violated?

To reacquaint Bondi with Florida law: Under Title XLVI, Section 836.04, Defamation.—Whoever speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, which state that a fine of up to $1000 may be levied and a sentence of up to one year may be imposed.

Rush Limbaugh, we are speaking to you since your attack on Sandra Fluke emanated from your cesspool in Palm Beach, Florida. The State has jurisdiction in this matter!

Again the Oracle asks Pam Bondi, Where the hell are you?

In closing:

Women of America, this is what the Republicans want to strip from you - YOUR RIGHTS!

A Little Good News On The Home Front

Kevin White gets the slammer:

"They don't consider you a criminal," U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore told White, referring to his family. "Unfortunately, you are. The jury has spoken."

Whittemore sentenced White to a prison term followed by three years of supervised release on federal bribery and corruption charges after an emotional 90-minute hearing. The judge also ordered White to complete 300 hours of community service and pay a $7,500 fine.

How refreshing it is to see a corrupt politician getting his just reward for violating his oath of office and the fiduciary responsibility to the people who elected him.

Ironically, on the same Tampa Bay Times front page is this: Buchanan is still golden for the GOP

This is a study in contrasts - White gets prison time for corruption, but Buchanan who is under investigation in ongoing FBI, IRS and congressional ethics probes seems to be a posterboy of ethics and fiscal responsibility for the National Republican Congressional Committee's fund raising efforts.

Under Buchanan's fundraising leadership, the committee just had its best January since 2007, said Paul Lindsay, its communications director. The committee is $13.5 million ahead of where it was at the same time in 2010. That prompts the question, how far ahead would they have been if a less unscrupulous person had been in charge of the money?

Vern Buchanan under Criminal Investigation

Background

Buchanan is Under Investigation by The FBI, IRS, Federal Grand Jury and the House Ethics Committee. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and a federal grand jury in Tampa are all investigating Vern Buchanan’s role in schemes to reimburse his employees for contributions made to his congressional campaign. Additionally, the House Ethics Committee is examining Buchanan’s failing to disclose financial interests, income and management positions he held at 17 different businesses and organizations. [New York Times, 2/24/12]

Republican Insiders Claimed Boehner Had a “Zero Tolerance” Policy for Ethics and Legal Violations. “Yet GOP insiders also said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio and a Buchanan golf buddy) has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for lawmakers found to have violated ethical or legal standards.” [Politico, 1/27/12]

Florida Independent: FEC: Buchanan’s former dealership violated the law in an ‘extensive and ongoing scheme.’ “A federal court is imposing a $67,900 fine on a car dealership once owned by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, for what the Federal Election Commission calls an ‘extensive and ongoing scheme’ to funnel ‘secret, illegal contributions’ to Buchanan’s 2006 and 2008 campaigns.” [Florida Independent, 6/1/11]

If there is any justice in this country, Buchanan needs to be sharing a prison cell with White. As they say, "Birds of a feather bunk together." I just wonder, which one's going to be the husband and which one's going to be the wife? My money rides on Buchanan for being the wife. I think White could spank...I mean, whip Buchanan's ass.

Visit the Republican House of Scandal website to discover the corrupt Republican of the month. Buchanan got the nod in January.



House Republican fundraising chief, Rep. Vern Buchanan, is under multiple ethics investigations for what has been termed an "extensive and ongoing scheme" to reimburse his employees for contributing to Buchanan's congressional campaign.




Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Road We've Traveled

This Thursday (3/15/2012), you're invited to the premiere of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim's documentary about President Obama's first three years in office and the tough calls he made to get our country back on track.

Be the first to see it -- and make sure others do, too.

If you know anyone who needs to know about the progress we've made under President Obama, this is the film that they need to see. Editor's Note: How about everybody in America - especially the Republican Obama bashers. 

Check out the trailer (if you recognize the narrator's voice -- that's Tom Hanks), and sign up to watch the premiere on Thursday, March 15th:



After you sign up, look for an email on Thursday with the link to the livestream of the film.

When President Obama took office, our economy was in crisis, with 750,000 people losing their jobs every month, the auto industry near failure, and the markets close to collapse.

The Road We've Traveled follows the tough decisions the President made to bring our nation back from the brink and fight for the security of the middle class, from reining in Wall Street to ending the war in Iraq, reforming health care, and getting millions of Americans back to work.

The story's told by the people who watched it unfold -- like the First Lady, Vice President Biden, President Bill Clinton, and Elizabeth Warren.


Th' Catfish Lovin', Cheese An' Grits Kandidate

Mitt the Romney told a crowd in Mobile, Alabama recently that he’s, "...developin' a taste fo' catfish. I’m larnin' t'say ‘y’all’ an' ah like grits."  Romney joked while stumping in Pascagoula, by gawd, Mississippi, "Peekoolyar thin's is happenin' t'me.”

In an effort to show the rubes in Alabam' and Mis'sippi that he is one of them, Romney hired "hisself" a speech coach to help him talk the Southern talk. He continued with, "Eff'n ah's elecked president, ah will issue on mah fust day in office an executive o'der pavin' th' way fo' waivahs fum ObamaCare fo' all 50 states. Subsequently, ah will call on Congress t'fully repeal ObamaCare."

It remains to be seen if talking like an ignorant redneck helps Romney in the deep South. While it works for new Romney supporter, Jeff (I Are A Dumb-ass Redneck) Foxworthy, it may not work for Romney who has been accused of pandering to those who are nowhere near as smart as a fifth grader.

From the Two Egg Times (of Alabama - not the bastion of Southern intellectualism in Florida), “Eff'n yore a-gonna pan'er, at least pan'er fine, an' this hyar isn’t pan'erin' fine,” said Hepzibahen Go'don, a Republican cornsultant based in Birmin'ham, Ala. Th' fo'mer Bay State govahno' is a Yankee, Go'don said, an' will allus face skeppicism no matter how menny catfish filets he raves about."

“Varmints in th' Deep South haf a bit of a natural distrest fo' No'therners, especially folks fum th' No'theast,” said Go'don, who is not affiliated wif enny campaign in th' Republican presidential corntest. “Thar is cultural differences, stemmin' all th' way back t'th' Civil War, an' they affeck th' way varmints perceive Mr. Romney.”

The bottom line here is - pander away if you must, but it "don't make no never mind". Romney or one of the other clowns in the Republican circus is going to get the vote simply because those fine folks in Alabama and Mississippi hate Obama so much they'd vote for a Limbaugh before they'd vote for a nigg...or rather a socialist, Marxist, alien-born, Muslim, colored boy.

I grew up in the South, and it cuts to the quick to see my adopted homeland depicted as an asylum for the terminally ignorant. What happened to the grace, charm, civility, and love of things beautiful that was the South? I fear that those attributes may be lost forever as not only the South, but the entire country, seems to be embracing stupid.

Monday, March 12, 2012

An Opinion On Daylight Savings Time

King Joins "War On Women" Campaign

From The Huffington Post, 3/12/2012 - Tennis legend Billie Jean King is lending her voice to House Democrats in their "war on women" campaign.

"Some people called my tennis match against Bobby Riggs, 'The Battle of the Sexes,' King says in an email the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is set to send out Tuesday afternoon. "But the real battle is playing out in the halls of Congress right now, because Republicans are waging an epic battle against women’s health care choices."

King calls on Democratic supporters to sign a DCCC petition asking House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and other top Republicans to include women in congressional discussions on topics that affect women's health.

And from the White House:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The SOG City Oracle Is Too!

We ain't neither, and that ain't right!

(Doesn't anybody proof read this crap before hitting the send button?)

The headline should read:


The SOG City Oracle Is Two!

When I started the Oracle two years ago I had no idea of what I was doing or where I was going with this thing. Some would probably interject, "Still don't!" Thanks Babe, but going I am, and with a great deal of gratitude I have to thank the Belle of Ballast Point for putting up with the Oracle and reining me in when I get too rowdy.

I also must thank the Oracle readers from around the globe who come back again and again. I don't know who you are, but if I did I would thank each of you personally. 

The Oracle is grateful and indebted to bloggers around the country who have added a link to the Oracle, not only boosting traffic but adding credibility.

Now, let's party! Woo-woo, pump it up, pump it up!


Friday, March 9, 2012

Joan of Arc - Jennifer Warnes & Leonard Cohen

Dedicated to women all across America: Rise up and fight against the Republican war on women. You have an army standing with you - your fathers, brothers, boyfriends, husbands, and men everywhere who believe in equal rights for all people.

If women's rights in this country go up in flames - we all lose!


"The story of Joan of Arc is one of the most wonderful stories in the history of any nation of Europe. In the hour of France's need, when she was being conquered by English armies, when her forces were so divided by civil war that it seemed as if there were no true Frenchmen, but that every lord and district were for themselves, when she had no recognized king, but only an uncrowned Dauphin.......in this hour of her need there appeared for France a Maiden, a deliverer. 

Joan died a cruel death, but the work which she had begun in France did not die with her. She had united the French and they did not fall apart again into quarrelsome factions. King Charles showed a new spirit as he began his reign. Even through the dangers of war he took time to unite his nobles and keep them in order under him. The English were driven out by this newly roused French nation. The Hundred Years' War was ended, and a peace was concluded by which France was left free within her own provinces, untroubled by foreigners."
~ Adamfulgence (on YouTube)


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Let's Hear From Planned Parenthood

The Republicans are on a rampage attacking women's health and rights this year. One of their prime targets is Planned Parenthood. Congress recently voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

Just what is Planned Parenthood and what exactly do they do? Those questions and more will be revealed in the following two part interview with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on The Daily Show.




Here is Part II, the extended interview:


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Sugar Daddy Of The Airwaves

In a press release from SeekingArrangement.com:

Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke, calling her a “slut” and “prostitute” during his radio show has cost him dearly. In the past few days, groups such as the Daily Kos blog and Media Matters for America have called for a boycott of Limbaugh’s show. Two radio stations have dropped his show, and at least 21 advertisers, including Quicken Loans, ProFlowers, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, LegalZoom, AOL, Allstate and Sears, have pulled their advertisements from the program.

Despite the public outrage, SeekingArrangement.com, the world’s largest sugar daddy and sugar baby dating website announced today its decision to begin advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show for the first time. The moniker of a Sugar Daddy is that of an older, successful wealthy man romantically involved with a younger, beautiful woman, much like the relationship Rush shares with his much younger wife, Lauryn Rogers.

“Rush Limbaugh is one of the greatest examples of the modern day Sugar Daddy,” says Brandon Wade, the Founder & CEO of SeekingArrangement.com. “We wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t come forward and support him in his time of need.”

The Oracle has been rendered speechless.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Misogynist-In-Chief

Take Action!
Click here to add your name to this petition to advertisers on the Rush Limbaugh show:
"Pull your advertising from Rush Limbaugh's radio program immediately and permanently. He called a Georgetown Law School student testifying before Congress about women's access to birth control a "slut" and a "prostitute." His reprehensible remarks are an attack on all women, including women who are your customers."






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CREDO Action | more than a network, a movement.
Dear Friend,
Since we started our campaign on Friday, at least nine major advertisers have pulled their support from the Rush Limbaugh Show, the most popular commercial radio show in the country and a key piece of the rightwing message machine. The backlash has been so great that even after doubling down in defense of his reprehensible comments, Limbaugh was forced to issue a rare — and totally insufficient — apology stating "my choice of words was not the best."
Rush Limbaugh is clearly feeling the pressure of our activism. But his so-called apology isn't nearly enough. After his long history of being supported by advertisers while making offensive and irresponsible statements, he shouldn't get yet another chance. This should be the last straw.
He still retains advertisers who continue to fund his misogynistic rants. We need your help to build on our momentum and deal Republicans a major setback in their war against women.
When Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law School student, testified before Congress to protest rightwing attacks to limit women's access to birth control, Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and a "prostitute."
Here's what Limbaugh actually said:
"What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute... She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception."
Unfortunately, what Rush Limbaugh says matters. He has a bigger audience than any other commercial radio host in the country, and what he talks about on air has the power to drive the Republican agenda — an agenda that is already obsessed with radical backslides of womens' ability to protect their own health.
Sandra Fluke's testimony before Congress included important points about why access to affordable birth control is so crucial, including the story of a friend who had lost an ovary because she couldn't afford the birth control needed to manage her ovarian cysts.
Rush's unforgivable translation of that was "slut" and "prostitute." Sandra Fluke rightly has called Rush Limbaugh's comments "an attack on all women." We agree.
Every American enjoys the right to free speech, but that doesn't mean that advertisers who are accountable to their customers should pay people like Rush Limbaugh who make such appallingly hateful and sexist comments.
Rush's advertisers need to hear from us loud and clear — if you advertise on Rush Limbaugh, you are supporting his reprehensible attacks on women.
In the fight against the Susan G. Komen Foundation we proved that when women and the men who support them fight back against those who would restrict women's access to healthcare, we can win. And MSNBC's recent firing of commentator Pat Buchanan after a campaign protesting his white supremacist rhetoric shows that there will be consequences when certain lines are crossed.
Rush Limbaugh has a long history of hateful rhetoric. But with his comments this week, Rush Limbaugh has crossed the line at a moment when women, and the men who believe in equal rights for women, are more organized than ever and are ready to fight back.
We will not let the rightwing take away women's access to birth control. We will not let Republicans brand women who assert their right to health care as "sluts" and "prostitutes."
Thank you for joining CREDO in taking action to stop the escalating attacks on women and hold Rush Limbaugh and the Republican message machine accountable.
Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

The Oracle is a strong believer in the First Amendment right to free speech. It is my belief that all sides to a position need to be heard so that an informed decision can be made. In this country we need to hear from the right, the left, and those in the middle. Each side needs a voice.

What we do not need in this country is a voice that has no other purpose than to slander and ridicule, spread and perpetuate lies, foment fear, hate, and discontent to further divide an already divided nation. This country does not need Rush Limbaugh!

Some in the Republican party have tried to define Limbaugh's rants as entertainment. If you bother tuning in to Limbaugh's program on the public airwaves what you are experiencing is not entertainment, it is sedition - an act, writing, or speech calculated to bring contempt or to incite others to hostility, ill will or disaffection.

Stations that carry Limbaugh's program pay syndicator Premiere Radio Networks for the right to carry the show. This partly fortifies it against an ad boycott. Premiere is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications.

MSNBC dropped Pat Buchanan because of his book that has been described as racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic. Premier Radio and Clear Channel should do the same with the Limbaugh program. If you would like to contact Clear Channel:

Address:
200 East Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209

Communications / Media Relations:
Public Relations
(210) 822-2828
publicrelations@clearchannel.com

Our public airwaves do not need to be polluted by the sewage spewing from the mouth of Limbaugh.

In Tampa, call 813-839-9393 and tell WFLA 970 what you think of misogynist Limbaugh.

Another Republican Gift To Florida

Florida's fraudster-in-chief Rick Scott signed into law this past May 2011 a sweeping property insurance measure (SB 408) hailed by the insurance industry but denounced by consumer groups.

Critics said the new law allows insurance companies to raise rates up to 15 percent and make it harder for Floridians to collect on claims. Proponents contend the law will draw new insurers to the state and increase competition. As a Florida resident and a home insurance customer, I take issue with "draw new insurers" and "increase competition".

But please, do blather on.

“A healthy, stable and competitive private insurance market is critical to the success of Florida, given the hazards we face,” Scott, whose staff helped craft the bill, said in a statement. “I commend the Florida Legislature, especially Senator Richter and Representative Wood, for bringing this important legislation forward.”

Supporters insist the new law will open up Florida’s insurance market:

“Despite what the critics say, signing this bill into law is the first step toward stabilizing Florida’s property insurance market. It will increase competition by attracting insurance companies that currently do not write property insurance policies in Florida,” said Mark Wilson, president Florida Chamber of Commerce a bought and paid for lackey of Scott and the Republican douche bags of Florida.

As a long time home owner here in Tampa, I am so pissed off right now that if Scott, Wilson, or any of the other "proponents" of this bill were to darken my doorway I would coldcock these sons-a-bitches into a new millennium. I've got a news flash for Wilson. That bill isn't bringing in new companies fast enough to replace the existing companies racing for the door.

Like many other Floridians we got a notice recently that our property insurer for the last thirty claim-free years was dumping our homeowners coverage effective upon the date of renewal. Liberty Mutual is apparently dumping the entire state of Florida. All of the hurricanes we have had over the last several years has just about pushed Liberty Mutual into the poor house said Liberty Mutual with a straight face.

While searching around for a company willing to insure our SOG City hacienda I discovered that it is not just Liberty Mutual that's bailing. Apparently there are only two insurers left who are willing to consider an older home (pre-1960s), and one of them is Citizens. It sure doesn't sound to me like Scott's grand  plan is increasing competition or attracting insurance companies.

“After enduring years of misguided policies that have wrecked our homeowners’ insurance market, this new law will go a long way in repairing the serious damage that has been done and sends a strong signal to the world that Florida is open for business.” – Kyle Ulrich, Florida Association of Insurance Agents vice president of public affairs.

“Florida faces an array of unique natural risks and this legislation will help us continue to protect Floridians property while also attracting badly needed competition and capital to our state.” – spokesman Bob Lotane, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Florida

“I commend Governor Scott for his leadership during the legislative session and for signing SB 408 relating to property and casualty insurance. This bill focuses on addressing cost drivers in the system and will yield long-term benefits for Florida by stabilizing the property insurance market and attracting new capital investment to our state.” Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Commissioner Kevin McCarty.

If I had a sister, and if she had a black cat, then all of these bastards could just kiss my sister's black cat's ass. I can't find any new insurance companies coming in to Florida. Liberty Mutual claims that the hurricane losses they have experienced over the last several years is causing them to withdraw from Florida in search of more financially stable environments.

When I spoke with a representative from Liberty Mutual I asked where they expected to go in this country that is free of natural disasters. There are mudslides, wild fires, and earthquakes that wreak havoc on the west coast; wild fires sweep the Southwest; tornadoes have devastated parts of the country where one normally doesn't see tornadoes; floods in the Northeast; gridlock in Washington; and gross incompetence in Tallahassee.

The answer I received could have been crafted in the Republican controlled Florida Legislature - it was garbled and essentially unintelligible at first. There was something about a hurricane prediction formula and an Ouija board.

The person at the other end of the line seemed to drift off into a “trance like” state. Her personality changed from a very sweet Liberty Mutual person, to withdrawn, and uncaring. She said that if Liberty Mutual didn't leave the state of Florida that the legislature was going to possess the company and eat its soul. Just then the phone line went eerily silent. The silence was followed by an ear piercing shriek. Not to worry - that was just me doing the shrieking.

I think we have acquired a new home insurance carrier. In the meantime, our Liberty Mutual policy remains in effect until September. Liberty said they will cheerfully carry us until then. My plan is to cheerfully tell Liberty to go f**k themselves and give us a refund right away. If we wait until late summer to re-insure we will be smack dab in the middle of hurricane season when rates just naturally go up. That is a bad time to shop for insurance.

Oh yeah, while I am dropping the 'F' bomb, Rick the Prick Scott, the Florida Legislature, and the Chamber of Commerce may also go f**k themselves.

Editor's update: I had the pleasure yesterday (3/8/2012) of telling Liberty Mutual that I was dumping them. The agent asked, somewhat incredulously, "Why?" I told her, "I am dumping you before you can officially dump me."

I got a degree of personal satisfaction out of that, but then - later that day I saw a heart warming commercial on the TV for Liberty where the announcer's smooth voice told us that Liberty really cares about us and will replace our loses with stuff of equal or greater value...just not for you losers in Florida, 'cause you guys are just S.O.L. If you have a problem with that, take it up with Rick the Prick Scott and his Republican lackeys in the Legislature.




Saturday, March 3, 2012

Don't Bogart That Joint

Florida legislative lunatics in the House joined their fellow lunatics in the Senate and approved a plan to allow random drug tests of state employees, while rejecting an amendment that would require similar tests for themselves and the state's Chief Executive Orifice, Rick Scott.

Jimmie Smith, R-Unhinged in Lecanto, called the push to include elected officials in the drug-testing program "political theater," and stated, "It was found to be unconstitutional to drug test elected officials because it prevents us, as citizens, from having that First Amendment right."

That First Amendment right? What freakin' First Amendment right? The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

Maybe Smith is referring to the freedom of speech part when the Florida Legislature is in a drug induced stupor? I would suggest Smith and his drug addled compadres should be more concerned with their Fifth Amendment rights:  [...] nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself [...].

Any sane, sober resident of the once great state of Florida has got to be asking, "How the hell did these clowns wind up in Tallahassee?" 

Oh yeah, the voters of Florida elected them. That little factoid suggests to me that another drug testing bill should be considered here in Florida. We can call it SCOB-1 (Sog City Oracle Bill Numero Uno) which will state: that no legally registered voter in the State of Florida will be allowed to cast their ballot on any local, county or state issue, for any local, county or state candidate, in any bona fide voting place without first submitting to a mandatory drug test.

I think a basic intelligence test should also be administered, but we might want to hold off on that until the next legislative session. These political buffoons are already in brain overload what with their attacks on health care, women's rights, and such.

Well, all right then, light'em if you got'em. The legislative smoking lamp is lit.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Sweet Is The Word

The 50-year-old Bartow Steam Power Plant's three 300-foot smokestacks and boiler building were imploded Tuesday morning February 28, 2012 by Progress Energy on Weedon Island.

Just in case you were frolicking with Flipper and missed it:


Not Just The Good Die Young

Various reactions to the death of conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart:
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"RIP 'O Mighty Warrior!" Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Twitter. Then later released a statement: "Andrew Breitbart was an outspoken pioneer for conservative media who fought for what he believed in, exposing government corruption and media bias. His spirited voice will be missed, but not forgotten. Anita and I extend our sincere condolences and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues across the country."
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"Media Matters has a long history with Andrew Breitbart," said Ari Rabin-Havt with the liberal watchdog that was a frequent Breitbart critic. "We've disagreed more than we've found common ground, but there was never any question of Andrew's passion for and commitment to what he believed."
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Rick Santorum, in a statement:

"Andrew was a revolutionary voice and energetic advocate for conservatism across the country. What separated Andrew from most was his courage to stand up to the liberal elite while living in the lion's den itself. He was never afraid to stand up for what was right, even when he knew he would be attacked for it."
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Mitt Romney, on Twitter: "Ann and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Andrew Breitbart: brilliant entrepreneur, fearless conservative, loving husband and father."
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Newt Gingrich tweeted: "Andrew Breitbart's sudden death is a tragedy for his family and for conservatism. Callista and I send our prayers and our condolences" and "Andrew Breitbart was the most innovative pioneer in conservative activist social media in America. He had great courage and creativity."
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Sarah Palin, on Facebook: "God bless you, Andrew. Rest in peace, friend. We will continue the fight."
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The response that moved me the most came from The Spencerian (posted March 1st): "Conservative blogger and activist Andrew Breitbart died today. He was 43, and maybe that has something to do with the fact that I find myself tempering any joy I might take in the passing of what amounted to a grade-A douchebag.

I'm sorry for Mr. Breitbart's wife and four children."

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I have to agree that 43 is a bit young to be kicking the proverbial bucket, but this does disprove the adage that only the good die young. It is one thing to have a differing opinion, but to spread lies to foment hate and discontent is another*.

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*For instance: A sliced and diced Breitbart video of Shirley Sharrod was posted on a right wing Tea Party site called big government dot com, and was purposely spread on the internet to show the intolerance of blacks towards whites.

Bondi's Waste Of Our Tax Dollars

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, acting as the people's lawyer and using our tax dollars, has filed a lawsuit against a new requirement that health insurance policies provide birth control coverage. Is she speaking for you?

Sign the Progress Florida petition and send Attorney General Bondi a message about her lawsuit against birth control: "Not in our name, and not on our dime."

Bondi has joined six other extremist attorneys general in this partisan sideshow. Falsely wrapping herself in the language of "religious freedom", Bondi is engaged in a moral crusade that’s part of her ultimate goal of undermining the new health care law. Requiring health insurance companies to cover birth control isn't about religion, its about every woman's right to health care.

This lawsuit orchestrated in our name is an unnecessary attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a law that is starting to provide health care to Florida's 4.5 million uninsured. This new birth control coverage requirement is part of the ACA. Since the US Supreme Court is already scheduled to hear arguments in March on the ACA, Bondi's lawsuit is further proven to be a political stunt.

Put simply, this lawsuit is an embarrassment to all Floridians and a gross waste of tax dollars.

At a time when Florida's economy is struggling and our communities need help, Florida's leaders shouldn't be playing partisan games with women's health. It's time for all of us to stand up and say enough.