Archive for April, 2005

Norman: Want a smoke? Get a job.

April 30, 2005

There’s something of a stink brewing over to the County Center, the downtown Tampa headquarters of Hillsborough County government. It seems that the county has erected a couple of shelters for the benefit of smokers who are forced by law to flee the building whenever they want to light up. Some county commissioners are upset [...]

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GOP tries to sneak Jeb! class size agenda in through the back door

April 30, 2005
GOP tries to sneak Jeb! class size agenda in through the back door

Democrats, showing a rare bit of spine, managed to shoot down Jeb!’s scheme to gut the voter mandated class size amendment. In an attempt to split supporters of smaller classes, Jeb! proposed raising teacher salaries slightly in exchange for relaxed rules on class sizes. His plan called for an amendment to be decided by special [...]

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Pentagon can’t face ugly truth

April 29, 2005
Pentagon can’t face ugly truth

And you will NOT know us by the trail of dead… The Pentagon on April 28 released more than 700 photographs of America’s war dead returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. But many of the images, released under the pressure of a yearlong Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, are as striking for what they don’t show [...]

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Judge drubs DCF, awaits appellate decision

April 29, 2005

Hmmm, it looks like those darn activist judges are once again basing their actions on case law and common sense. Thursday, Palm Beach County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Alvarez slammed DCF for their handling of a 13 year-old foster child, and though he seems sympathetic to the girl’s case, he has put off a ruling [...]

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GOP wants less voter turnout, no paper trail

April 28, 2005

One of the few bright spots in the 2004 elections was the success of the early voting program. Basically, early voting lets people vote at designated locations up to 2 weeks before the official election day. Early voting was praised by supporters of participatory democracy as well as voters and supervisors of elections around the [...]

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Jeb! fucks with another woman’s right to medical care

April 28, 2005

Jeb! is once again calling on the Department of Children and Families goons to get all up into a personal medical decision. During the Terri Schiavo case, Jeb! used a spurious DCF claim of new evidence against Michael Schiavo to justify a kidnapping attempt by his jack booted state police, the Florida Department of Law [...]

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Cracker, get your gun

April 27, 2005
Cracker, get your gun

With the NRA lobbyist standing by and gazing fondly at Jeb!’s piece, a simple stroke ushered in a new era of personal responsibility, namely the responsibility to shoot first, ’cause the other guy might be armed too. Floridians will have the right to shoot in self-defense anywhere they feel threatened under a bill Gov. Jeb [...]

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Democracy without people

April 27, 2005

Remember: when the GOP starts spouting off about voter fraud, it’s simply their way of saying that too many people are taking part in the democratic process. See, too many people participating makes it much more difficult for the moneyed interests to pull the strings, which leaves the poor legislative marionettes twisting powerlessly in the [...]

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Steady Leadership in a Time of Change

April 26, 2005
Steady Leadership in a Time of Change

World Terror Attacks Tripled in 2004 by U.S. Count The U.S. count of major world terrorist attacks more than tripled in 2004, a rise that may revive debate on whether the Bush administration is winning the war on terrorism, congressional aides said on Tuesday. The number of “significant” international terrorist attacks rose to about 650 [...]

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Another reason to switch

April 26, 2005

Microsoft is a heartless behemoth of a corporation and is turning downright evil. Open source software , including Firefox and Linux are community projects. They are better and cheaper than Microsoft products, and when you install and use them, you are doing your small part to chip away at the Microsoft empire. Firefox – Rediscover [...]

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