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Why can’t the State of Florida tally votes?

By my clock it is just minutes away from 4 pm the day after the national election, however in Florida all the national election reporting sites say that it is still too close to call yet in Florida! How can that be, as 100% of the votes have been supposedly tabulated and there is a reported difference of 46,000 in the count between the two corporate cheese politicians in that count? What is hanging up the final tally from being issued and why is the corporate media so uninterested in answering, or at least examining, that interesting question for us all?

BP Says “top-kill” worked, but drilling wells right next to it

Supposedly to ease the pressure. How about THIS supposition instead. BP trashed the ocean very thoroughly, the bottom-up killoff of marine life is in progress, the species that are being more than merely decimated provide the food for every other life form. There’s an investigation supposedly happening in the area of the well collapse. An investigation BP has stalled for months by “fumbling” around “trying” to stop the oil. Knowing full well that in doing so they were stomping all around the Crime Scene. Which is what it IS. Even cutting out the obvious crime of destroying what looks like the damn how to put this? OK so I’ll put it where a Far Right Profit-is-God Money Worshiper like Rush Limbaugh can understand. Economic crime in the theft of Trillions.

Put a dollar value on what’s going to happen to just the Seafood Industry. The fisheries are trashed and going to get worse. Rush was on the air just before the non-enforcement of existing regulations and cutting even those down to where they wouldn’t make a difference… WHINING that regulations to protect some of the species that form the web of life in the sea would limit “Sport Fishing”. And screaming like the bitch that he is about how “all those poor Fishing Boat outiftters and Fishing Tour providers were going to be losing money”.

Where’s the concern for them NOW, on the far right? And that’s just one small facet of fisheries management. The corals, not pretty rocks on the bottom but the living coral, the organisms that build the reefs. Endangered by a shrimping practice that was destroying the reefs, killing the living coral, and in a chain reaction, was killing off the shrimp. Not So? Read on…

One of the processes was to promote the growth of organisms that the coral normally feed on.

Some of which are to shrimp what anthrax is to humans. And of course the whole food web.

Maybe food web is too complex for a Right Wing so-called “mind” to fathom.<<nautical joke.

So we go with their more familiar linear Food Chain. Which goes straight up, never sideways and of course, never down. The part of the "bottom" supposedly magically regenerates itself, and placing one species on the "top" is kind of chauvinistic.

Which affected every other aspect of the food linear "chain" including the Sport Fishermen that Rush boo-hooed about so much. Oh, that's right, it's Glenn Beck who does the fake crying.

The process is just beginning, the vast majority of the oil is still in the water, combined with chemical dispersants… which are Toxic. Hidden away where most people won't see it.

Trillions of dollars later they'll see it.

And of course, in the Right wing so-called "mind" nothing that happens in the sea could ever possibly have any effect on the Food Chain web of life on land.

According to their screed, events on LAND don't affect life on land.

Just ask the bees, bats and frogs before they all go extinct. You'd get a more intelligent conversation talking to a frog than talking to a Right Winger anyway.

So, BP is destroying evidence, even if it were unintentional they would still know about it. Keeping REAL investigators, those who aren't directly employed by the company and thus sworn in advance to not find any evidence that would harm the Company, away from the crime scene for months.

Leaving aside the economic Massacre that WILL cost Human Lives, there's also the 11 crewmen on the rig that the company admits died. BP and Massey Energy and Exxon Mobil and Halliburton and all of their assorted nasty little accomplices in the destruction of the world don't give a DAMN about human life any more than they do about the frogs, bats, bees, shrimp or coral.

They don't give a damn about people who DON'T work for them, and they don't give a damn about people who DO work for them either.

And, after hiding all the evidence "unintentionally" or "unavoidably" they now get rewarded for their Crimes with TWO wells where they only had the ONE contracted. The "relief" well is the "First" relief well, which means that there's going to be a Second.

And it's all a measure of safety, never you worry your pretty little heads, let the Grown Ups make the decisions even though they consistently made really STUPID decisions that will end up costing the whole of humanity more than we, the whole of humanity, can afford.

Meanwhile Rush Limbaugh says Obama is trying to "break the back" of BP instead of consistently pussing out on enforcing the rights of the People to not be killed by BP.

SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE

Latest BP offer: Fire the employees who wear protective gear while cleaning up their toxins

Because it looks bad on television reports if people around the world see that their Toxic Waste is actually Toxic Waste. There’s more to it than just threatening their (Temporary) Workers, those who are being forced to choose between risking their lives for the Good Image of BP and starving, losing their homes, money and eventually their freedom. There are unenforceable laws on the books in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida that make it illegal to be unemployed and in debt, and they’re punishable by confinement at Hard Labor. Meaning, they’ll be GIVEN, with no charge to the company, as Slaves, administered by BP affiliate corporations like WackenHut and Corrections Corporation of America. Private prisons built partly with Inmate Slave Labor by another Affiliate Corporation, Halliburton KBR.

Seems the TeaBags and other Corporate Suck Groups back Governors Jindal, Crist, and Rick GoodHair (and probably the Alabama and Mississippi governors) to be able to annul and over-ride Supreme Court Decisions, like the ones which made the Vagrancy Laws and Debt-as-a-crime laws unenforceable.

They’re already using Texas and the other states’ Prisoners, unpaid Inmate Slave Labor, pressed into working on the oil spill.

And using Public Funded Police and courts as Private Enforcement of their “right” to censor reporting on the Real Story.

The Horror Show story, not the commercials for Sea World showing happy, sparkling clean Healthy Pelicans and other marine animals being released onto a sparkling, pristine beach.

Meanwhile, Lake Pontchartrain, staple of the non-Oil industries in Acadiana… contaminated. Those of you who have traveled east on I-10 recognize that as “that huge freakin’ lake with the bridge over it”

The link at the top is a video that was aired on Olberman and a petition to the President to actively enforce workplace safety laws over the objections of BP. As it looks now, the Chairman of BP is Bitch SlaPping the Obama administration and the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy.

That SHOULD get even the far-right lunatic fringe on board, because the last time the British bitch slapped the U.S. Navy was during the war of 1812. (by American naming standards and by U.S. military tradition)

Meanwhile Queen Bess2 addressed the UN and laid a wreath at the 9-Eleven monument. Maybe she should be publicly offered a plate of Fresh Caught Gulf Seafood. I hear the Sea Turtle Flambee is excellent. She could legally dine on Endangered Species for the first time in 50 years. Peasant under Glass excluded.

Fox can now re-add climate change denial to their Daily Spews

BP of course. “Show me the oil” “Oil? What Oil?” (though the Republican governors of the Gulf states are shitting white about what’s happening, their anointed mouthpieces at Fox still insist on downplaying it). But to the Nonexistent eco-disaster of the poisoning of the ocean (and a third of the waters of the world were turned to blood and all that lived within the sea died) (Did somebody ask for a religious perspective? No? Got one anyway didn’t we.) We get to add the Nonexistent Climate Change that the Fox Propagandists loudly denounced especially this winter) is going to Not Produce twice as many named tropical storms and 75% more hurricanes this year than normal. In Fox-speak, this was Not Announced this morning by NOAA, who were set up and funded through such Liberal institutions as the Military and the Shipping Industry. Oh, and for a big bonus, these non-existent hurricanes won’t be in the Gulf where the Other non-existent hurricanes never were either. This of course won’t affect the non-existent environmental rescue operations that aren’t going on all along the Gulf coast. Did somebody say “Katrina”?

I don’t even want to hear what Hume or Limbaugh or Palin or O’Reilly or the rest of the Professional Liars at Fox have to say. I used the word “Propaganda” although that’s not entirely accurate.

Propaganda is a Church (RCC) term that’s Latin for planting seeds.
They’re not exactly planting. They’re spreading the fertilizer. That’s a more graphic and fitting analogy anyway.

But they’re good at it. Other people have to travel all the way to Egypt to swim in De Nile.

Be prepared, BP best plan not so good

Not that it comes as any kind of surprise. They hope, with the containment to cut the daily poison gusher to 15%. Which would be what, 10 times the original report? BP gets to replace the ONE well with 5 others. Excusez moi, add five more, as “bleeders” but only to ease the pressure, not in any way to have a 500% increase in the number of wells they were allowed on that one lease. They’ll also get to pump 85% capacity without ANY regulation or for that matter oversight.Heavy Sigh… they’ll also get to destroy evidence in the process. Who knows, in the coming months they might be able to keep bullshitting the regulators, such as they be, into letting them “stabilize” the wells with even more and more wells. Wouldn’t that be a pleasant reward for their malfeasance? Matriarchal incest mongers. They get to rape Mother Earth on Mother’s Day.

Remember the horrendous scandal and the Media Blitz(es) That followed?

Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina… Used government money to finance Argentine Tryst. A full Seven Hours every day for a month analyzing the story and berating him…. woops didn’t happen… Sorry.

Senator Larry Craig, (R) Idaho (I da pimp! bad joke) practicing the unsafest of all Sex Acts, random anonymous sex, in a Mens Room at the Minneapolis Airport, Married, family man, cheating on his wife.

They followed him everywhere, then when he disappeared they staked out his boat, his house, his mom’s house and his kids school trying to get pictures of him… ooopsie… That didn’t happen either.

Bob Allen of Florida, State Representative, (R) in a men’s room repeatedly, so afraid of Black Dudes raping and robbing him that he followed them into the John and paid them 20 a piece to fellate them…
Married, Cheating on his wife…
When he went in to Sex Rehab the National Enquirer poked cameras into every opening in the fence looking to catch a picture of him. Nope, not that either…
My favorite, Vitter of Louisiana getting caught with his diapers down… He of “Family Values” and Unimpeachable Morals fame.
All of them, when they apologized, did so clearly, succinctly and humbly, then submitted themselves to the questions of the repor…

Wait a minute. None of them apologized, at all, ever. Since they were all members of the Bu’ush Regime and active supporters of the War Of Terror, their actions DID affect more than just their families and thus, they DID owe America an apology. Not merely for being Sexual Hypocrites, but for the God-Damn 8 year killing Spree “their” troops have been engaged in. That’s pretty damn major. All of them made a big hoo-hah over criminalizing Sex between Consenting Adults and de-criminalizing Hate Crimes. (not just the Hate Crimes against gay People either)

None of them bothered with Rehab, none of them hounded and their families hounded for what’s now 3 Freakin’ Months, mon… nothing at all like what a guy who plays the dorkiest game in existence for a living is subjected to.

People PAY the government officials for leadership and for being Role Models for their kids. It’s one of the Job REQUIREMENTS for Christ’s Sake.

But a guy who plays a game for a living, is really required to do nothing but smack a very small ball with a very crooked stick into a very small hole that’s anywhere between 75 and 200 yards away.

And do it consistently. It doesn’t matter if they have a messed up politicial, social or personal life. Some of the courses he plays on had never had a Black golfer in any of their tournaments EVER when he started. Some of them at the time still forbad blacks to actually play there, pay to play there, with no chance at winning money. So why the anger? Are they really such shitty parents that they need a middle aged black man who they’ve never met to be a Role Model for their piglets?

Since WHEN? Would they walk into the Midnight Rose or the Brass Ass (for our international audience, those are local casino establishments) and march up to the Penny Slots machines, demand that in order to win (more like, LOSE) money at the One Armed Bandit they first have to pledge to be Morally Superior, saints in fact, and to raise the children of Millions of really lazy parents who don’t have the skill or ambition to do it themselves?

Shit, they don’t even do it for Professional Leaders like Politicians and Preachers (I bet Haggard thought he was sliding on this score)

P.S. all of them, except the Golf Player, are back at their chosen professions. And probably their favorite hobbies. The only one else who had a serious chance of losing his career is the preacher.

Does Florida celebrate the 4th of July?

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA- I’m looking forward to observing how Floridians celebrate the Fourth of July. During our nation’s War of Independence, La Florida fought on the side of the Brits. The territories were traded from Spain to comprise the king’s 14th and 15th colonies, and they declared nothing in 1776, except to quarter British Forces.

Later of course Florida seceded with the South to keep from having to share slave labor profits with the Union.

I would not begrudge bygones if Florida in present times didn’t remain so famously conservative. The sunburned state is full of retirees hoarding their riches, Disney fascists, and former Batista Cubans who long to see the mob and feudal sugar cane plantations restored to Cuba. Which descendant of any of these presumes to wave the Stars and Stripes tomorrow in the name of what America says it’s about?

Online vigilantes of Manatee County FL

Michael C. Quinn mugshots of Florida arresteesUpstanding citizens Michael Quinn and Carole Atkins maintain a website in Bradenton Florida to ensure that if you get arrested in their neck of the woods, Manatee County and environs, the whole world will have access to your mugshot, and the details of your crime. Or alleged crime, since the accounts are posted in advance of court hearings, guilty verdicts, or even a minor’s turning 18. Legal? D’ya think?

Townships and counties around America are setting up online databases where residents can acquaint themselves with the sexual offenders living in their neighborhoods. Regardless what you think of the merits of that sort of neighborhood watch, isn’t it quite another thing to broadcast the pictures of ordinary people who’ve run afoul of the law?

The Manatee County collection represents a repository of sad persons whose lives are going to be forever bound with citations, fees and parole officers. Just knowing that their likenesses are being broadcast far and wide, what is their sense of their own prospects for being offered a job or credit, or any kind of fresh start? The majority of these cases site confessions to detectives, and end reassuring the reader that the arrestee is presently in jail unable to post bond.

Carole Law AtkinsWorking against the inevitable recidivists is the unfortunate talent of the Bradenton Police Department photographer. There’s an irresistible quality to the pictures themselves, which are not the usual dull mugshots, but are curiously real emotive portraits.

Then there’s the absolute pathos of the crime descriptions themselves. Manatee County is determined to hound even the lowest of evildoers who siphon gas, even from an outboard engine boat fuel tank.

Here are some sample crimes:

Angry Boys, 12 and 14, Arrested for Breaking Car Windows and Stealing Golf Clubs

Young Man Threatens Sister with Fire Poker, BB Gun, Throws CDs at Mom

Man Argues with Other Man Over Baseball Teams While Playing Golf

Bradenton Police Arrest Man for Burglary After He Entered Family Residence Where He’s Not Welcome

Woman Found Hiding in Closet in South Manatee County
(charged with breaking into an Unoccupied Dwelling)

Man Cuts Friend’s Hand in Argument Over Beer

Man Rented Out Home He Didn’t Own

Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Woman and “Everyone Who Did This To Him”

Local Crime Watch Group Shuts Down Mini Pot Growing Operation
(two marijuana plants growing in a white pot.)

And there’s this item, which we reprint in full, with the name changed to protect the innocent until proven guilty:
Thief with Conscience Arrested After Burglary

According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, at about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, James Denton, 42, who lives at the Crown Mobile Home Park, broke into a friend’s mobile home and took a play station, camping roll, hair dryer and other miscellaneous items, the report said.

… Denton confessed to a deputy that he was trying to get in touch with the victim of the burglary to help him because Denton’s girlfriend had been arrested and he was trying to get money for her bail of $500, he told the deputy. That’s why he took the items from his friend’s home after he discovered his friend was not there.

Denton was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling.

The stolen items were all returned.

Denton remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $25,000 bail bond.