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Just a couple of questions:

1. Are you one of the struggling 98% in the country who aren’t millionaires or (insert pinky “Austin Powers” style here) billionaires and find yourself low on holiday gift funds, and

2. Are you wondering what to get for the person who has everything, but is a woefully misinformed FOX viewer?

If so, I have a suggestion, and it won’t cost you a dime:


I know, I know. You’re probably saying to yourself “easier said than done.” Sure, maybe. But hey, it’s worth a try, and if it works they’ll be forever grateful.

This item below isn’t news to many of us, but FOX watchers desperately in need of a “misinformation intervention” are only hurting themselves, and things are probably only going to get worse. A recent poll warns that greater exposure to FOX “News” leads to increased misinformation. Go figure.

From Think Progress:

Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that:

– Most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely) (91 percent of those who watch Fox News “almost every day”)

– Most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points) (72 percent)

– The economy is getting worse (26 points) (72 percent)

– Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points) (60 percent)

– The stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points) (63 percent)

– Their own income taxes have gone up (14 points) (49 percent)

– The auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points) (56 percent)

– When TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it(12 points) (38 percent)

– And that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points)(63 percent)

Why not give the gift of “sunshine” to a FOX viewer in your life? Unplug their television and try to reason with them. Show them the poll results. Tell them FOX viewing “leads to the stupid” and hurts all of us in the long run. Better yet lead them to a computer and point the browser to Media Matters For America for a real eye opener.

Do it for them, AND the rest of us.

Truly a gift that will keep on giving.


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Shortly after he was elected Governor, Rick Scott proclaimed that Florida was “open for business.” He wasn’t kidding. Yesterday he spoke at his first meeting where he laid out his agenda. The meeting was itself open to business, but closed to the press, and therefore closed to the people of Florida.

In his typical hush-hush fashion, Scott met with business leaders from the Florida Council Of 100 at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. He chose to share his plans with businesses who are more likely to benefit from his policies than anyone else, and apparently sought to enlist their help to fulfill his promise in creating those 700,000 jobs he proposed during his campaign. It also seems to have served as a means to recruit the first recipients of those new jobs. Towards the end of the speech, Scott said this:

Finally let me tell you what I need from you.

I’m now looking for the best talent I can find to join my team in Tallahassee.

The meeting was private and closed to the press, but after the meeting Scott released a copy of his “prepared remarks,” so we can only assume those were the actual remarks delivered, and odd remarks they were.

It’s no secret that Scott intends to run the State like a business. He said as much during his campaign. However, the extent to those intentions becomes eerily clear after reading his prepared speech. I had to read it twice just to make sure I actually read it correctly, and I still came away thinking “whaa….??”

Before I explain why, I first want to address another alarming tactic Rick Scott practices: Secrecy. First there’s that whole Medicare fraud problem. While Scott was never charged with Medicare fraud, his former company Columbia/HCA is the record holder of Medicare fraud fines, to the tune of $1.7 billion, and Scott was at the helm when it occurred. However, Scott’s bio has kindly been “edited” on his new transition website. There’s no mention of the Columbia/HCA Medicare fraud. That history has been re-written: “when Rick Scott left Columbia/HCA in 1997 “it was one of the most admired companies in America.” (Well, sure if you admire fraud, or you’re writing a textbook on business ethics.) Also, during that investigation Scott took the fifth 75 times.

Then there’s Scott’s current company Solantic and that deposition he refuses to release. He’s also not a fan of public debate with political opponents, he’s loathe to talk with reporters, and famously refused to meet with even one newspaper editorial board during his campaign.

We’ve also witnessed the foreboding signs of things to come as far as transparency goes in the Sunshine State. While the new Senate President Mike Haridopolos grabbed a drill and made a great show of removing the doors to his office earlier in the week, it was little more than a photo-op disguised as an actual “open-door policy.” His office doors may be gone, but his first meeting to negotiate veto overrides with Rick Scott took place in the president’s box during an FSU-Clemson game on Saturday. So much for “government in the sunshine.”

Which brings us back to the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, where we find Rick Scott speaking to the Florida Council of 100, and where the press was not allowed. Even the details of who banned the press from the meeting are murky. Scott claims that no, it was NOT HIM who wouldn’t allow reporters in the meeting, certainly not! No, Scott blames that on the Council of 100:

(Scott) put the blame on the council for keeping reporters away. “It’s their decision and we’re respecting their decision,” Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said. “We respect the circumstances under which they invited us.”

The Council however, explained it this way:

Council of 100 President Susan Pareigis said Scott’s folks never asked for it to be open. “It’s a private membership meeting,” Pareigis said. “There’s no question-and-answer. It’s in-and-out and it’s pretty quick.”

Details aside, there’s no disputing that the meeting was very much a private meeting between the soon to be Governor and business leaders, and closed to the public and the press. That those businesses are privy to the Governor’s plans and the State’s future, but its citizens are not is cause for alarm in a climate where businesses and the candidates themselves are in a position to simply “buy” an elected office with little or no disclosure. When the entire Republican Party, from the newly elected Congressmen and women, to Governor, the Attorney General, and right on down to the State legislature are endorsed by the local and national Chambers Of Commerce, and essentially an arm of FOX, which may dictate policy and give them their marching orders, where if at all, do mere “voters” fit in? Where does it end?

Certainly not with yesterday’s meeting:

Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, and future House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, are giving closed-door speeches to the group on Friday.

So much for those missing office doors. It’s Rick Scott and Mike Haridopolos who are unhinged, forget the empty symbolism. That may sound harsh, but read some of those “prepared remarks” from the speech Scott gave before our new corporate overlords yesterday. You be the judge. Keep in mind the “run Florida like a business” mindset of Rick Scott – who was never charged but whose company was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud.

The Orlando Sentinel summed up Scott’s ideas for Florida (or “Florida, Inc.”) this way:

What’s perhaps more interesting in the speech is the tone — the simple, declarative sentences — and his analysis of state government as if it were a business. Putting aside any debate on the merits of that approach — state government doesn’t exist to make a profit, and a good chunk of its expenditures are entitlements that people rely on and can’t easily be changed — Scott’s assertions are fundamental corporate-speak. For instance:

  • “The State of Florida is like a lot of companies.
  • “Its overhead is too high.
  • “It has more mid-level managers than it needs.
  • “Its financial controls are too weak.
  • “It hasn’t been clear about its core competencies.
  • “It doesn’t measure enough.
  • “And it lacks a sufficiently focused strategic plan.”

He may have a so-called business plan, but does he have a vision? If he does will we ever hear about it before it’s too late?

You can read Scott’s prepared remarks here.

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For three solid hours this morning, Morning Joe was an anti-Obama, anti-Democrat propaganda machine. I know, that’s what it always is, but this morning it was turned up several notches. I know because I reluctantly endured most of it.

It was also like free advertising for FOXGOP-TV, and goodness knows THEY don’t get enough air time. Thanks to Joe, Mika and the gang of parrots at the regular round-table, they hit all the bases.

So pardon me if I don’t find this little bit of really bad play acting on Joe’s part believable. He calls Mitch McConnell “pathetic” for saying this:

The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

Yes, I agree. It’s pathetic. But so were the other 179 minutes of Morning Joe (minus the ads) this morning. It always is. It’s about as close as you can get to FOXGOP-TV without actually being on FOX. I guess Joe is so bad they don’t even want him. Why MSNBC still does is beyond my comprehension. He’s an insult to those on the network who actually do the “real” news.

Of course, while Joe was busy playing Miss Scarlett without the fan, his “team” made up for it. Seriously, just look at the delight on Mika’s face along with the rest of the group.

Yes, it’s a pathetic statement. Almost as pathetic as Joe himself.

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The Facebook ghostwriter for Sarah Palin has put Palin’s two cents in on the Quran burning set to take place on 9-11. (Or maybe one cent, since she can’t get more than half of anything accomplished.) It seems that practicing religious intolerance is only acceptable when Palin herself does it. Not one to be trumped by Pastor Terry Jones and the Dove World congregation, her ghostwriter posted the following message:

“Koran Burning Is Insensitive, Unnecessary; Pastor Jones, Please Stand Down

Book burning is antithetical to American ideals.”

Palin translation: “Darn! Why didn’t I think of that!?”

By the way, book burning is antithetical to American ideals, but mulling over the censorship of books in a public library as a mayor is perfectly acceptable. Just saying….

“People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.”

Ah, there it is. See what she did there? Palin can now have it both ways: condemn one form of religious intolerance, while remaining steadfast in her own religious intolerance all at the same time. The statement also allows her to place the blame for everything right back on that Mosque at Ground Zero. (Except it’s not a mosque, and not at Ground Zero.) Those “not a mosque” builders have only themselves to blame for the proposed burning of their holy book. If you build it, books will burn!

“I would hope that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event. It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance.”

That’s MY job!

“Don’t feed that fire.”

Let me do it.

“If your ultimate point is to prove that the Christian teachings of mercy, justice, freedom, and equality provide the foundation on which our country stands, then your tactic to prove this point is totally counter-productive.

Our nation was founded in part by those fleeing religious persecution. Freedom of religion is integral to our charters of liberty. We don’t need to agree with each other on theological matters, but tolerating each other without unnecessarily provoking strife is how we ensure a civil society. In this as in all things, we should remember the Golden Rule. Isn’t that what the Ground Zero mosque debate has been about?

– Sarah Palin”

See there? Simply remember the Golden Rule. If you don’t want your Quran reduced to ashes, don’t build a mosque! It’s that easy in Sarah’s demented little world.

I find it just a little odd that Sarah is so very concerned about the building of the “not a mosque, not at Ground Zero” though. After all, the non-mosque will be built in New York, and as we all learned during her festive hate speeches from the campaign trail, New York isn’t “real America” anyway, so why would she worry about such a thing?

That brings me to another subject. 9-11. As if it weren’t bad enough that Palin and her evil twin, Glenn Beck, were recently “restoring honor” while attempting to set back civil rights a few days ago, now they’ve decided to top that by exploiting 9-11 as well. Here is the snake oil sales pitch she made to her easily duped followers from her Facebook FOX-built bunker  in the Last Frontier. (It seems as if even FOX wants to keep her as far away as possible while they all carry on with their mutual exploitation projects.)

Glenn Beck Visits Alaska On 9-11

Glenn’s coming to the Last Frontier! I hope my fellow Alaskans (and anyone visiting from Outside) will join me this Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Anchorage’s Dena’ina Center at 8:00 p.m. Glenn Beck will be there – you won’t want to miss it. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

We can count on Glenn to make the night interesting and inspiring, and I can think of no better way to commemorate 9/11 than to gather with patriots who will “never forget.” Hope to see you there!

– Sarah Palin

Yes. Leave it to Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck to find a way to put the words “Ticketmaster” and “9-11” together in one tidy little paragraph. All in the name of “commemorating 9-11 with patriots who will never forget.” Never one to squander resources, Palin can fire up her base-bots AND rob them blind by charging them hefty ticket prices, all for the privilege of hearing her screech out all those demented American ideals of hers. (I’m sorry, “i-dils.”)

Yes, tolerance has a price, but you would think that by exploiting the deaths of 3,000 Americans, tolerance of Palin and Beck would also have an expiration date.

Turning 9-11 into a carnival road show. For cash.

They. Are. Pathetic.

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Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Church in Gainesville, Florida plans to go ahead with plans to host his “International Burn A Quran Day” on September 11, and has encouraged a worldwide Quran burning as well.

Yesterday Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan stated that the Quran burning could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort. Confirming those fears, a rally in the capital yesterday had hundreds of Afghans denouncing the book burning and called for Barack Obama’s death, in spite of a statement put out by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, saying it was “deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups.”

While it is appalling enough that the church would do this, I think there is plenty of blame to be directed elsewhere as well. Let’s don’t forget how all this started in the first place. It began with the pseudo controversy over the “not a Mosque” which is “not at Ground Zero”, but rather nearby. It was merely another distraction manufactured by the GOP,  and encouraged by its 24-7 propaganda machine that has invested so heavily in the Republican party: FOX. The GOP has done almost nothing since the 2008 election of Obama beyond obstructing everything he and Democrats in Congress have tried to do to pull the country out of the eight year disaster of the Bush Administration. They also saw the “not a Mosque” as a great opportunity to score votes in the next election, since they have no plans of their own beyond tax cuts for the rich, repealing health care for Americans and shutting down the government. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time.

This is the party that jumped at the chance to take full advantage of the 9-11 attacks in the first place. This is the party that rolled out their little “color me terrified” threat level color chart every time an election was near, claiming there was “chatter” of upcoming terrorist attacks. Unconfirmed of course.

Politicizing terror has become a GOP policy. By the 2008 elections they even admitted it. In June of that year, in an article about John McCain, his strategist Charlie Black talked about the fact that a “good scare” probably helped save McCain in New Hampshire. From the Fortune article:

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December was an “unfortunate event,” says Black. “But his knowledge and ability to talk about it reemphasized that this is the guy who’s ready to be Commander-in-Chief. And it helped us.” As would, Black concedes with startling candor after we raise the issue, another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. “Certainly it would be a big advantage to him,” says Black.

Nice. So here we are again on the verge of an election. Since the GOP have absolutely nothing to offer voters except robbing them of health care and, yes, “transferring the wealth” into the pockets and bank accounts of the top 2% of Americans, while the rest fend for themselves when they shut down the Government. What to do? Why, play the terror card of course!

This from the party that perpetuates the myth that they, and ONLY they can keep the country safe. This from the party who adorn themselves with flag lapel pins, repeat the phrase “support the troops” and then do exactly the opposite. Pretending to find the “not a Mosque” so outrageous, while at the same time voting against health benefits for the very soldiers who fought their war of choice. They wring their hands while saying how dare anyone build such a thing “at Ground Zero?” (Except it isn’t “at Ground Zero” and again, it’s “not a Mosque.”) They’re absolutely indignant over a building nearby, but they also voted against health benefits for first responders to the terrorist attack itself. People who probably didn’t stop to think what religion the victims practiced before risking their lives to save them. No, health benefits for those first responders is a “socialist handout.” Outrageous! Who do they think they are?

No, we won’t hear anything about the GOP’s role in this controversy, but they will gladly line up to condemn the church and those who would burn the Quran, and the media will enable the charade as always.

In Florida candidates were asked early on what they thought of the “not a Mosque” controversy, and Republicans were more than happy to whip out their trusty, worn out script.

Marco Rubio, the GOP candidate for a U.S. Senate seat said:

“It is divisive and disrespectful to build a mosque next to the site where 3,000 innocent people were murdered at the hands of Islamic extremism.”

And he wasn’t finished there. He went on to say this, according to TPM:

Marco Rubio says that Muslims in other nations should look fondly on the United States as a bastion of religious tolerance following the Cordoba House flap.

That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? After all, the GOP also thinks that the people of Iraq should be thanking us for storming their country, killing their citizens and leaving behind a country in shambles. No, they didn’t attack us on 9-11, but no matter. The war was a gift, and to that end, the GOP says “you’re welcome.”

But back to Marco Rubio:

“I would point out to Muslims all over the world that America is one of the few countries on earth where every faith is represented,” Rubio said. “We have a long and cherished tradition of religious liberties and freedom, and none of that is being questioned in my mind.”

“The question” about the Cordoba House, Rubio added, “is whether it’s the right thing to do, not the legal thing to do. Building a mosque there has opened wounds, and it’s been hurtful. And that’s why I think it’s not the right place at the right time.”

That’s right Marco, nothing says “religious tolerance” like a good Quran burning. No one is questioning their right to build the “not a Mosque.”  It’s just a good old fashioned book burning, right?

What about that other “Independent” (wink, wink) candidate, Charlie Crist? Well, a month ago he said he supported the “not a Mosque” along with President Obama. Of course, at the time the GOP were also mocking him for it. But they were probably wearing flag pins while they mocked him, so….

Then we have the Republican candidate for Governor, Rick Scott. What are his views on the “not a Mosque not at Ground Zero?” Why, it’s “Obama’s Mosque!” “It’s being built just yards away from Ground Zero!” And that’s not all. The leader building the “not a Mosque” “refuses to admit that Muslim fanatics used terror tactics!” Scott says “the issue here is truth!” Well, he’s half right. It is an issue of truth. He’s merely distorting the truth for political purposes. In fact he’s so enjoying himself that he seems to think he’s running against Obama in his campaign ad about “Obama’s Mosque” rather than Governor of Florida. Some “outsider.” He fits right into the GOP mold like a suit of armor. Armor, incidentally, that Republicans were too cheap to spend money on to protect American soldiers in Iraq.

The GOP supports the troops, if by “support” you mean sending them off to a war based on a lie, while chanting the mantra “fight the terrorists over there, so we don’t have to fight them over here.” That, in itself is a whopper of a distortion of truth. They’re fighting them over there so the GOP can pillage here at home, and should you question them they will drape themselves in the flag and yell “fanatic Muslim!” until you surrender your civil rights, your wallet, your sons and daughters, and your vote. Whatever it takes. And the media will play right along. Dropping bombs aren’t the only way terrorists operate. They also take advantage of fear and propaganda. Sound familiar?

So while Gen. Petraeus states that this Quran burning in Gainesville endangers the lives of American troops as well as people all over the world, and perhaps here at home, Republicans can’t now hold themselves out on the sidelines and claim shock at the actions of a pastor who writes a book called “Islam Is Of The Devil.” They wanted fear and controversy, and they got it. And then some.

Let’s place blame everywhere that blame is due.

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This time she used another anti-abortion speech as her hate vehicle. But as always, after throwing a few punches at others, it was really just all about Sarah Palin.

She brought her carnival road show to Jacksonville, in order to speak for the pro-abortion group Heroic Media, a kind of social networking approach for the anti-abortion crowd.

The invitation for the event said “One Amazing Night” but apparently Palin just wasn’t amazing enough. First they had to find a smaller venue due to the low ticket sales. That didn’t help, so they finally marked the ticket prices down. Palin wound up speaking to only about 500 people. In spite of pundits on cable who have been doing their best to pretend that Palin is still relevant because a few of her endorsed candidates won primaries this week, real people just aren’t buying it. She is just about as relevant as someone off the street closing their eyes and throwing darts at a board with various candidates names on it. You’re bound to get one or two correct that way.

But some things never change. Palin certainly hasn’t. She did her usual, tiresome red-meat routine, and she apparently still doesn’t read, given her one-liners and jabs:

Palin called President Obama “the most pro-abortion president ever” and said:

“The biggest advance of the abortion industry in America is the passage of Obamacare,” Palin said. “Elective abortions have nothing to do with health care. It’s about ending lives, not saving lives.”

Obama-bashing? Check. Facts? Nope.

“Unfortunately your Republican governor,” Palin began before pausing. “I don’t know if he wants to be one or is a Republican anymore.”

Our Governor,  Charlie Crist, is not a Republican now. What, has she been living under a….? Even so, it wouldn’t have hurt to come out from under her rock long enough to check. Surely one of her pals from FOX-GOPTV could have done a fact check for her? Oh, wait….scratch that. It’s FOX.

Back to the bashing:

“Your governor, he decided to veto this pro-life bill,” she said before drawing laughs by sarcastically pointing out that Crist still calls himself pro-life. “He forgot that when to comes protecting the sanctity of life actions speak louder than words.”

That’s quite a diss to the man who once told a reporter when asked that “Palin would do a great job as President.”

After that, the remainder of the speech was all about Palin. How she made the right “CHOICE” by having her son after an ultrasound showed he would have Down syndrome. How her daughter made the right “CHOICE” when she became pregnant at 17 while proving that abstinence doesn’t work. (No mention how handy the result is though when it comes to making big bucks off the child in publicity, reality shows, and “Dancing With The Stars” afterwards.)

Speaking of making “the most” (wink, wink) of those “CHOICES” she also said this:

“What Bristol and I have been through has not changed my opinion, but it has changed my perspective,” she said. “I understand what goes through a woman’s mind when she is presented with less-than-perfect circumstances.”

I don’t think she understands “less-than-perfect circumstances” any more than her daughter does. Sarah and her daughter were able to make a “CHOICE.” It’s just that they feel no one else should be allowed to do the same.

Those who want to make a CHOICE, but who aren’t Sarah are just a “cackle of rads.”

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It’s raining in Florida, which usually means a low voter turnout. It’s also the first day of school in some areas. Which means voter turnout: worse! In Hillsborough County, as of 10:00 a.m., only 2.7% of voters had cast their ballot.

By the same time in Pinellas County, only 1.7% had cast theirs, but 14.7% of Pinellas voted early.

As I said earlier via Twitter:

Hint: B.!!!! Now go!

Bill McCollum (R-Tea Bagger-FOX-GOPTV) has already pronounced himself a winner, declaring “we’ve overcome” Republican opponent Rick Scott. No word on whether his entourage broke out in a chorus of “We shall overcome….”

Meanwhile Rick Scott sent out videos of himself voting. How very “regular guy” and so original. One could simply forget he’s just another millionaire who escaped Medicare fraud charges, am I right?

Maybe McCollum has “overcome” Scott, or maybe he hasn’t, depending on which poll you look at:

The latest polls show McCollum leading Scott, but the margin is slender – a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday had him up by just 4 percentage points, after a Mason-Dixon poll released Saturday had him up by 9 points. And a telephone “robo-poll” by Public Policy Polling had Scott up by 7 points, though that was within the poll’s margin of error.

In the U.S. Senate race, millionaire Jeff Greene (D?-Sure Whatever) continued to campaign “Giuliani style” on election day as he’s been doing, except for all the TV ads, free food-school supply block parties, photo ops with the family, and one proving that his Mom voted for him early over the weekend. As of this morning his schedule was thus:

9:00 a.m.: Vote


7:00 p.m.: Watch returns.

Good luck with that. At the rate he’s going, he’ll likely lose “Giuliani style” as well.

Update I: as I was writing this: Greene has now added a couple of campaign stops to his previously empty schedule.

Update II: I still say he pulls out a “Giuliani” ending.

Democrat Kendrick Meek has a full schedule as always today, with stops throughout Miami, Delray Beach, Plantation, and Hollywood so far.

From the Florida Independent:

This pattern was repeated throughout the campaign, as Meek ran an 11-day bus tour throughout the state, qualified for the ballot by getting 145,000 signatures on a petition and ran much longer hours than Greene, who began his days at 11 a.m. Despite never having run in a competitive race, Meek was simply a more hard-working campaigner, shaking hands with the Democratic party base and unions, and exciting supporters at rallies with his longtime ally, Bill Clinton.

A “hard-working candidate.” Quite a refreshing change for that seat, don’t you think? Start packing, Sen. Stand-In LeMieux.

As for the other candidates who will be competing with Meek come November? Word on the street is that both Charlie Crist (I) and Marco Rubio (R-Tea Bagger-FOX-GOPTV) are both struggling to remain relevant. Whatever. Knock yourselves out.

And while we’re on the subject of Tea Baggers, if you got a robo-call on behalf of Attorney General candidate Pam Bondi (R-Tea Bagger-FOX-GOPTV) that gave you flashbacks from 2008, along with newly recurring nightmares, then yes. That was indeed Screech Palin on the phone. Don’t worry though, it will probably be the last. The candidates she endorses don’t fare well. Bye-bye Bondi! (Insert “Law and Order” theme here.)

To be continued….

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