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BumRushDaShow

(131,738 posts)
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 03:41 PM Apr 2022

L.A. County bans official travel to Florida, Texas over LGBTQ policies

Source: Washington Post

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to suspend all travel for county business to Florida and Texas, citing policies and legislation in the Republican-led states that officials said were driven by “transphobia and homophobia.”

Supervisors cited the February order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) directing the state to investigate reports of gender-affirming treatments as potential child abuse.Florida wants gay tourists. A new law sends the wrong message, critics say. “To be clear, the directive is not about protecting trans kids,” the board’s motion said.

“It is about denying their existence and cutting off access to life-saving treatment.” In the motion, the board said it included Florida because of the Parental Rights in Education legislation — known by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill — that was signed into law late last month by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

The law does not allow classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity between kindergarten and third grade, “or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.” The Los Angeles County agenda item said the law would “perpetuate a culture of bullying, secrecy, shame, and fear.” “The kind of school environment imagined in this legislation is one that is uncomfortable, unsafe, unwelcoming, and toxic for all students and staff alike, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ+,” the motion said

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2022/04/08/la-ban-travel-florida-texas/

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L.A. County bans official travel to Florida, Texas over LGBTQ policies (Original Post) BumRushDaShow Apr 2022 OP
Glad to hear it at140 Apr 2022 #1
When do the love bugs come out? Emile Apr 2022 #2
The love bugs used to be really bad in August. Especially if you drove across SR84 during that time. iscooterliberally Apr 2022 #5
We don't have any fire ants up here in Philly BumRushDaShow Apr 2022 #3
And in Mi'ssippi, it's mosquitoes peppertree Apr 2022 #4
Well mosquitos are damned near everywhere! BumRushDaShow Apr 2022 #7
I had no idea how bad fir ant bites are when at140 Apr 2022 #13
Ugh BumRushDaShow Apr 2022 #14
Fire ants! FFS!!! CaptainTruth Apr 2022 #11
I have been using Spectracide granules, but also have Mole problem at140 Apr 2022 #18
I have big bags of Spectracide granules, but I've found they don't work that well on fire ants. CaptainTruth Apr 2022 #19
Thanks, I will give Orthene a try soon. at140 Apr 2022 #20
Any bets as to when DeSantis has a public temper tantrum over this? DBoon Apr 2022 #6
Well the state of California (applicable for state business/employees) did the same last year BumRushDaShow Apr 2022 #8
As a resident of Florida, I 100% support this. CaptainTruth Apr 2022 #9
The "brain drain" will be enormous. Businesses don't like having lunatics in the state capitol makin CTyankee Apr 2022 #10
This means that our corrupt AF sheriff Alex Villanueva will... tishaLA Apr 2022 #12
Registered Oaf Keeper of Riverside County, Chad Bianco, says "Hold my beer" IngridsLittleAngel Apr 2022 #17
there are lot more reasons to ban travel there than LBTGQ discrimination and transphobia, Martin68 Apr 2022 #15
"How about their Covid policies..." BumRushDaShow Apr 2022 #16

at140

(6,110 posts)
1. Glad to hear it
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 03:55 PM
Apr 2022

Traffic here in NE Florida around Jacksonville has gone from bad to worse since I moved here 5 years ago. They are building one new sub-division after another. Florida has very hot and humid weather starting in April and through mid-November. And the fire ants are horrible around my house. First it is just itching but 2 days later a boil forms around the bite and it itches far worse. Also ran into scorpions and snakes in my backyard. Luckily the pythons infesting south Florida have not YET made their way to north Florida.

iscooterliberally

(2,890 posts)
5. The love bugs used to be really bad in August. Especially if you drove across SR84 during that time.
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 04:24 PM
Apr 2022

My dad's old VW would come back with a beard and a mustache. I don't see them as much anymore though, but I haven't driven across Alligator Alley in a long time.

BumRushDaShow

(131,738 posts)
3. We don't have any fire ants up here in Philly
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 04:01 PM
Apr 2022

but I remember going on a work-related trip to Galveston years ago and they were literally all over the hotel's outdoor trash cans. Just swarming them.

peppertree

(22,050 posts)
4. And in Mi'ssippi, it's mosquitoes
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 04:07 PM
Apr 2022

In the summer, everyone smells of Off - because if you don't use it, your shins will look like a hundred tiny Draculas went at them (blood, and all).

BumRushDaShow

(131,738 posts)
7. Well mosquitos are damned near everywhere!
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 05:20 PM
Apr 2022


We have a West Nile Virus problem here every year and we stay drenched in "Deep Woods Off" (to ward off the damn ticks too). I do keep some Off "coils" and punks going when I'm out on my patio though!





But I will admit that I was saddened that your state flag didn't become this -



I thought that was an excellent design!!!!

at140

(6,110 posts)
13. I had no idea how bad fir ant bites are when
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 07:04 PM
Apr 2022

first bought a house and started working in yard. I was kneeling on the ground doing some work, and all I felt was slight itching. Those fuckers were all over my leg biting. I just flicked them all off, and thought nothing much about it. I was so wrong. 2 days every bite had puss filled blisters. Lots of hydrogen peroxide swabbing after popping the blisters finally the bites healed. I still have marks after 3 years.

BumRushDaShow

(131,738 posts)
14. Ugh
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 07:13 PM
Apr 2022

I don't even want to know. When I was on that trip and they were pointed out, I stayed WELL clear. I know they have a fierce "survival of the colony" instinct and will self-sacrifice for the thousands of others in their colony (e.g., they often show them creating ant-body "boats" to help their colony members transit flooded areas, etc).

CaptainTruth

(6,692 posts)
11. Fire ants! FFS!!!
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 06:29 PM
Apr 2022

I live near KSC (Kennedy Space Center, not Kentucky Scorched Chicken) & we didn't have fire ants until last year & then they invaded. A new hill would pop up just days after I eliminated an existing one, 20-30 feet away.

I'm pleased to report that this evening I walked my entire back yard (we have a large property, I buy pest/weed products from industrial suppliers & they come with application instructions that specify quantities per acre) & I didn't see a single fire ant hill. I'm having a cold beer to celebrate!



at140

(6,110 posts)
18. I have been using Spectracide granules, but also have Mole problem
Tue Apr 12, 2022, 10:38 PM
Apr 2022

There are so many fire ants in Florida, it is impossible to make yard ant-proof. Pest control can spray and hold off ants for a season, but they will invade the next season.
When I see a mound pop up, I sprinkle Spectracide granules and slowlypour a jug of water so the granules and mound of dirt flatten out, and that colony is gone. But of course next mound appears at other spot.

I hate moles more than ants because they destroy the lawn by making tunnels and excavate lots of dirt to construct the tunnel. I mix a gallon of water, 1/2 teaspoon of Dawn liquid, and 1 table spoon of castor oil. Pour it down the mole opening, and they do not reappear at that location for several moons.

CaptainTruth

(6,692 posts)
19. I have big bags of Spectracide granules, but I've found they don't work that well on fire ants.
Thu Apr 14, 2022, 09:39 PM
Apr 2022

The thing that really works on fire ants is Orthene. It wipes out the whole colony.

BumRushDaShow

(131,738 posts)
8. Well the state of California (applicable for state business/employees) did the same last year
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 05:45 PM
Apr 2022

in response to a previous war on LGBTQA law that was passed there -

DeSantis fires back after California bans state travel to Florida

By News Service of Florida
Published Jul. 1, 2021

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office fired back this week after Florida was added to a list of places targeted by California because of laws involving LGBTQ people.California said it is halting state-funded travel to Florida and four other states because of what it considers discriminatory laws.

“Congratulations to California for somehow managing to create a new way to politicize its bureaucracy,” Christina Pushaw, a DeSantis spokeswoman, said after Florida was added to California’s travel-ban list — now at 17 states. California lawmakers created the list in 2016. Under it, California state agencies are prohibited from state-funded travel to states with laws allowing discrimination “on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

Florida, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia were added to the list Monday, joining Texas, Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. “Make no mistake: We’re in the midst of an unprecedented wave of bigotry and discrimination in this country — and the state of California is not going to support it,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement.

DeSantis last month signed into law a measure that bans transgender females from participating on girls’ and women’s high-school and college sports teams. A 13-year-old transgender girl from Broward County and her parents, backed by the group Human Rights Campaign, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the law.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2021/07/01/desantis-fires-back-after-california-bans-state-travel-to-florida/


So now we are seeing the county-level officials doing the same and I expect other counties will follow suit using the state's template and they will probably get the same sort of whiny reaction.

CaptainTruth

(6,692 posts)
9. As a resident of Florida, I 100% support this.
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 06:21 PM
Apr 2022

What I still don't fully support are folks who say they are boycotting Florida businesses who have stood up to Ron DeathSentence & challenged his policies, like Disney.

I know Disney is not perfect, far from it, but when it comes to LGTBQ & inclusiveness issues they have been on the right side of history from what I've seen. I admit I'm not a Disney expert, so if I'm missing something I'm open to learning about it.

CTyankee

(64,008 posts)
10. The "brain drain" will be enormous. Businesses don't like having lunatics in the state capitol makin
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 06:26 PM
Apr 2022

stupid, ignorant, hateful laws. They like states that are governed by sanity and good will. I think that is why businesses are moving to CT. We have a sane governor and legislators. We don't have crazies or people who are ethically compromised making our laws. And we have Yale.

tishaLA

(14,176 posts)
12. This means that our corrupt AF sheriff Alex Villanueva will...
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 06:29 PM
Apr 2022

have a team of deputies in Orlando by the middle of next week for some phony law enforcement conference or something. He's just that terrible.

 

IngridsLittleAngel

(1,962 posts)
17. Registered Oaf Keeper of Riverside County, Chad Bianco, says "Hold my beer"
Sat Apr 9, 2022, 06:41 AM
Apr 2022

He'll probably be there before the end of the weekend.

Martin68

(23,390 posts)
15. there are lot more reasons to ban travel there than LBTGQ discrimination and transphobia,
Fri Apr 8, 2022, 10:46 PM
Apr 2022

but that's a start. How about their Covid policies and their Stand Your Ground laws? Remember Trayvon Martin? I do.

BumRushDaShow

(131,738 posts)
16. "How about their Covid policies..."
Sat Apr 9, 2022, 05:56 AM
Apr 2022

You forgot the year of "travel bans" that were enacted by many states during the earliest days of the pandemic.

For example - a snapshot in time from back in May 2020 - https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2020/05/25/coronavirus-travel-restrictions-us-states-quarantine-requirements/5256975002/

What many of the states implementing the restrictions have more recently done was to "follow CDC recommendations", and since those kept changing to include "throw off your masks and hug your grandchildren", inter-state restrictions were falling away with that "guidance". The initial Delta surge sortof kick-started the lists again in some places, although the availability of vaccines tended to mute the imposition of outright travel "bans" as a solution, and instead imposed mandatory proof of vaccination (or exemption), etc., in order to enter certain venues.

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