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Gov. Rick Scott spoke by phone with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today (if it was really Gov. Walker, of course.) but according to the Palm Beach Post, Scott didn’t reveal much about the call:

Scott earlier in the day also spoke briefly by phone with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose pension overhaul and bid to end collective bargaining for public employees has spawned days of protests and a walkout by Senate Democrats.

“I talked to him about how he’s doing, I’m sure it’s tough,” said Scott, who plans to leave Thursday this weekend’s Republican Governors Association meeting.

”He’s not going to be able to come,” Scott said of his Badger State bro.

Yeah, it’s tough for poor Gov. Walker. Imagine, taking all that money and handing it over as corporate tax cuts while teachers and other public workers won’t sit back and allow their collective bargaining rights be taken away along with their pay cuts in return. The nerve! Human rights? Pshaw. Think how tough that’s been….for Gov. Walker.

No mention of Gov. Walker’s earlier conversation with fake David Koch yesterday, specifically this part:

“I talk to Kasich every day. John’s going to stand firm in Ohio. I think we do the same thing with Rick Scott in Florida. I think (Rick) Snyder, if he got a little support, could do the same thing in Michigan. I think if you go down the list, a lot of us new governors got elected to something big. “

Something big. Like say, destroying the middle class big? If so then, yes, we’ve noticed that. It seems to be a pattern. Too bad it isn’t working out the way they’d planned. People are funny when you strip away their livelihood and their rights. Who knew it would turn out this way?

The other thing in that phone call that was revealed was the mention of the upcoming long weekend at the Republican Governor’s Association meeting. Too bad poor Gov. Walker won’t be able to make it, as Gov. Scott lamented. After all, he’ll miss the next part of the plot when the Governors double down on their next plan of attack. Although, it’s not like the old days. We have technology now that will allow Gov. Walker to be there without really being there. Perhaps they can do a conference call or something. Think Gov. Walker will be up for that? OK, maybe if they use a secret password? Let me think.

Oh here’s one: “Sucker.”

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Republicans have shown true to form in their united front in the “War On Civility” and in the wake of yesterday’s memorial, and they wasted little time trying to portray themselves as the victims of this entire incident, which began say, oh I don’t know, within hours of the shootings?

Well, the latest hypocrisy from the “up is down” world of the conservative mind is this one, from The Hill:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused liberals of wanting to “manufacture” a political controversy over conservatives’ rhetoric even before the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Paul, in dismissing the notion that alleged shooter Jared Loughner was motivated by political ideology, accused some Democrats of trying to exploit the attack as a way of boxing in Republicans.

“Well, these are the kind of things that I think some on the left decided to manufacture even before the events occur…

“I’m not surprised that they do it,” Paul said of the attacks on rhetoric. “I do think they should be ashamed of themselves for doing it and [it] really just has no place in this discussion.”

Yes, those who point out the dangerous behavior should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. Coming fresh off of his arm-chair psychiatric-ophthalmologist diagnosis of Jared Lee Loughner as a paranoid schizophrenic, I suppose this shouldn’t be too surprising.

Also coming from the Department of What Would You Expect? it comes on the heels of another ugly incident. You’ll recall that during Rand Paul’s campaign for the Senate, a young woman had her head stomped on at one of his events for holding up a sign in protest. There too the blame was placed on the “stompee” rather than the “stomper” who then went on camera to say he thought she should apologize to him.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that there will be more of the same coming from this crowd, because as we all saw yesterday, their own ever classless national embarrassment that is Sarah Palin kicked off the disgusting “Blame The Victim Game” (which of course Republicans never play themselves, except when they do) along with a little anti-semitism thrown in just to spice the rhetoric she never uses up a notch or two for sport. She may be the most honest one in the party. She didn’t retreat, she reloaded. And then some.

Sorry, but this won’t fly. There’s a lot more of these “incidents” out there to point to, and no doubt there may be worse coming if the last 24 hours are a guide.

Blaming the dead and wounded victims may work for some of the heartless, gutless, loyal followers of the GOP, the Tea Party, and/or the Conservatives, whichever title it is they choose, but there are more of us out there who are actually human, and that was clearly illustrated last night during the memorial service which they mocked right out of the gate.

Blame is pretty hard to deny when it’s staring you in the face.

Or should I say staring up at you from the curb underneath your boot?

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It’s THAT simple.

They’ve been telling you this all along, and they mean it. The extremist wing of the Republican Party, Tea Party, want to “take this country back.” While they’ve been rallying all over the country rounding up those who are easily fooled into voting against their own self-interest and will proudly don hats with Tea Bags dangling from the brim, they’ve distracted them from their real agenda. They want to take the country back…and away from you, and sell it to the highest bidder.

As if eight years of the Bush Administration weren’t damaging enough to the country, the Republicans are hell-bent on gaining power back in next week’s election for an even bigger and more destructive “fleecing of America” and they’ll do ANYTHING to get there. If you don’t believe that, take another look at the video of the “head-stomping” of a 23 year old woman in Kentucky for merely holding up a protest sign at a Rand Paul debate.  And that’s not the only time it’s happened. The silence from the Republican Party speaks volumes: they condone it.

They are serious. They want to take the country further back than you can imagine and replace the flag with this one, while they wrap themselves in it and call themselves “patriots.”

While the “stomping” may or may not have been designed to scare voters, it should. Fearful voters should head to the polls to make sure that “takeover” doesn’t happen.

Last night Keith Olbermann illustrated this point extremely well, and he showed many of the players along with their extreme views, and they aren’t pretty. There were a few I had never even heard of and chances are I’m not the only one. But Olbermann ended with the so-called “darling” of them all, who said the following concerning immigration:

“There are millions of people in America that hate our country, so why can’t we just do a trade? We’ll send you Sean Penn, Janeane Garofalo and Keith Olbermann, and you can send us people that actually love this country and want to help us build it.”

Who said this? Florida’s U. S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, himself the son of immigrants. Rubio “loves his country” like he loves a meal ticket. Just look at his record so far in Florida. He’s leading in the polls right now. If you don’t vote he could very well win, and he could be “doing a trade” with anyone who doesn’t share his views, just for starters. I haven’t heard him condemn the head stomping of that young woman either. Have you?

If you haven’t seen it, watch these videos, or read the transcript, and then GO TO THE POLLS AND VOTE. Because we can’t afford two more years of obstruction, much less putting government on hold so the Republicans can take back the White House in 2012. That pie in the sky is NOT sustainable, and the very people that want to be back in charge are either clueless about that or they don’t care.

Either way, as Olbermann said: “if they win, America loses.”

Part 1

Part 2

Transcript.

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“I don’t know how we market in Florida.”

"I don't recall, I don't know what you mean by...., what do you mean by...., I wouldn't know, I'm not sure, say the question again, I don't know what that definition is, I'm not sure I understand, I have no idea, I'm not sure what you mean by...., Could you define what you mean by....? It looks like my signature....but what's your question?"

Here is some long awaited footage from a deposition Rick Scott gave on March 17, 1995. Scott’s former company, Columbia/HCA Health was fined a record $1.7 billion on charges of Medicare fraud, although Scott was never charged. Scott invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination 75 times in another case.

To say he’s a bit “evasive” in this deposition is an understatement. Keep in mind as you watch, Scott is also a lawyer.

You can read a summary of the cases and depositions here.

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Wow. Marco Rubio is pulling out all the stops and doesn’t know when to quit.

Today, with Jeb Bush by his side, who helped pave the way for the disaster that is FCAT in Florida (among others), Rubio presented his 12 ideas to improve education. Yes, it’s kind of like his “23 simple ideas” economic plan (cough, tax cuts! cough), only simpler and dumber. In other words, it’s like both Bush brothers ideas combined!

And since it’s an election cycle, Jeb threw this out there:

“Marco Rubio understands that God has given every child the ability to learn,” Bush said.

Sure, every child has the ability to learn, it’s just that only the kids whose parents are loaded would benefit from that ability under the Rubio plan.

But God says: “Vote for Marco!”

Drumroll please:

Rubio said parents should get a tax deduction for whatever money they spend on their children’s education, from private-school tuition, school supplies or after-school programs: “There’s no reason why every American should not receive a tax deduction for their children’s [schooling],” he said.

Other parts of the plan: giving parents better access to information about a school’s performance, using federal Head Start money to fund children’s pre-kindergarten tuition and not pre-kindergarten programs, and setting up a national competition to find the best virtual programs for online learning.

(That online learning wouldn’t have anything to do with software developed for a company associated with a certain family like after Katrina I don’t suppose? Just sayin.’)

Yes, Rubio is a gift that keeps on giving….to private corporations, rich folks AND now rich children.

Not to mention the Bush legacy.

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Just two days before the end of the legislative session and to appease religious conservatives, the Republican-controlled Florida Senate passed a controversial abortion amendment that will require women to pay for an ultrasound during the first-trimester. The amendment passed 22-17. Unless they can “prove”  they are victims of rape, incest, or domestic violence.

The ultrasound requirement would apply to first-trimester abortions, when more than 90 percent of abortions in Florida occur. Ultrasounds are already required in late-term abortions that occur after the first trimester.

Women could refuse to view the ultrasound image after filling out a form. Exceptions to the ultrasound requirement are provided to victims of rape, incest and domestic violence — but they would have to provide proof.

“It’s actually, to me, the ultimate insult to women,” said Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston. “It’s saying women can’t make up their own minds, can’t use their own judgment, as to what they want to do with their bodies. The Legislature is making a medical decision for women.”

Supporters noted the decision to have an abortion is very serious and said the ultrasound mandate would simply provide women with more information.

“What we’re talking about is not an appendectomy, we’re not talking about cancer treatment,” said Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Gainesville. “What we’re talking about is ending a human life.”

The ultrasound mandate never got a vote – or even a hearing – in a single committee in either the House or Senate in the 2010 legislative session, which ends Friday. The amendment was tacked on to an otherwise innocuous bill dealing with drug-free workplaces by Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando.

Now, the ultrasound mandate moves to the House, which is deeply conservative and has favored abortion restrictions for years. Gov. Charlie Crist could veto it or sign it into law.

If that isn’t bad enough, there’s this:

Ironically, senators put another amendment on the same bill that says government can’t compel Floridians to purchase health services. Senators did just that with the ultrasound requirement, but supporters said the ultrasound mandate wouldn’t count because abortion is an optional procedure.

One women’s health care is another women’s “option.”

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Who? Florida Republican junior staffer, 25-year-old Melanie Phister.

Amount? $1.3 million.

Time Period? Two and one half years.

GOP fundraisers? Pissed.

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The amount of misinformation coming from the members of The Grand Obstructionist Party lately has been bad enough, but today the desperation and the increase in “the stupid” from those in Florida has been staggering. Let’s call them what they are:

Flat. Out. Lies.

They are as stupid as they are damaging and dangerous. I just want to make a request:

Stop it. You’re embarrassing yourselves, and you’re embarrassing your country.

And don’t you dare call yourselves “patriots.”

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