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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
Home country: US
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Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
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knock knock, anyone here ?

BTW, it's -86 F in Vostok, Antarctica. I'm sure you wanted to know that.

How many come from liberal families ?

Liberal families = 90% or more of family members have liberal values. Just curious. Thanks.

eta: Family can be blood-related or just anyone you consider family.


What can the Dutch teach U.S. about selling pot?


*video at link*

care to comment on the ACA ?

If not, I completely understand. Keep up the good work.


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Why are so many of my state's residents so weird ?

Here's my theories:


Florida is my state. I've lived here forever. Yes, a lot of weird stuff happens here. The national media makes sure everyone knows it now. Is Florida "weirder" than California or Texas or New York ? Possibly it is.

I'd say Florida deserves some measure of sympathy. You combine warm weather, no state income taxes, fairly low property taxes, liberal bankruptcy laws, a not-so-great educational system (I think our university system is at least average if not above average), tourism as the largest employer, our history in the Confederacy, and , our reputation as a place to reinvent yourself and/or hide, and VOILA...you get a sick culture. Oh and yes, we're thoroughly dominated currently by the Republican Party.

All this really got kicked into high gear after the 2000 presidential election, with hanging chads and the Brooks Brothers riot, etc.

Yes, yes, Floridians need to make it better. Or move.



Florida has one of the highest rates of "transience" of any state

It's right up there with California. Transience, from what I've read, tends to foster anonymity and the evils that can bring. It's definitely harder in many parts of Florida to establish lasting social structures. People come and go so often in this state, especially if you live in Orlando or another major population area.

I'm definitely not excusing heinous conduct, but I think the sheer volume of transience in this state breeds behavior that, say, Iowa does not encounter. Many people move here and then leave within 5 years or so. Some, of course, put down permanent roots. Some are trying to escape their problems "up north" and come to Florida, only to get disillusioned and leave. Florida also has no state income tax, lower property taxes and a very generous bankruptcy allowance (you can keep your million dollar home in a personal bankruptcy).

Florida definitely has its issues.

I should probably work for the Florida Chamber of Commerce lol Yes, I'm joking.

Britain calls for Russia to be expelled from G8


Britain has called for Russia to be ejected permanently from the G8 group of wealthy nations if it continues meddling in Ukraine.

The warning from David Cameron came as Ukrainian troops began abandoning bases in the breakaway region of Crimea, in the face of aggressive raids by pro-Russian forces.

Mr Cameron told Parliament on Wednesday that if Moscow continued its armed showdown in Crimea, other members of the G8 would have to consider expelling Russia for good.

"I think it's important we move together with our allies and partners, and I think we should be discussing whether or not to expel Russia permanently from the G8 if further steps are taken," he told the weekly session of Prime Minister's Question Time.

also at this link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/19/us-ukraine-crisis-britain-g-idUSBREA2I0U720140319

I feel very bad for Mick Jagger


You may not care for him or his music, but his girlfriend just killed herself. He must be hurting so badly.

for Jagger

Edgewater High School opens health care center for students


Funded by Florida Hospital and Florida Department of Health, the Orlando high school opened a new health care center on campus, that will be staffed with a full-time nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners can write prescriptions, give treatments, conduct sport physicals and serve various other medical needs of the students.

Darcy Ravendal, the school's nurse practitioner, was able to save Ronny Roman a trip to the doctor when the student needed stitches taken out of his hand.

"In middle school in New York, we didn't have this," Roman said. "They put a band-aid on everything and sent you off with an ice pack. Now you have somebody who can give you medical care as if you were in a clinic."

The clinic will also service six schools that feed into Edgewater High. For some students it's the only health care they'll get.


Awesome news from my alma mater.

Child sex sentence changed from up to life to 1 year


RENO, Nev. One week after sentencing a man to 10 years to life in prison for sex acts with a 6-year-old girl, Washoe District Judge Brent Adams cut the sentence to a year in jail and five years of probation.

Adams cited a "mistake" on a clerical error in filing after he verbally sentenced Isaac Onsurez, 69, and electronically filed it with his signature the following day.

Several attorneys in the Washoe County District Attorney's office expressed disbelief and disappointment in Adams' change of heart. So did the mother of the victim in the case.

"It was the harshest sentence he could impose, and that was the justice we were looking for," said the mother, whom the Reno Gazette-Journal is not identifying per a sex crimes policy. "... then two days later we get a phone call."

*video at link*
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