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"Some of the kids are scared to death."


School drills designed to protect students from shootings are in and of itself scary to schoolchildren, some parents and lawmakers say, with little kids in elementary classrooms frightened to the point that they need counseling.

Now, families and politicians are wondering if the so-called “active shooter drills” are too much for vulnerable kids, and whether schools should consider ways to reduce the number of drills that have become part of the education landscape.

Law enforcement officials are now looking at recommendations for state lawmakers.

The drills have come after a series of shooting massacres, from Colorado’s Columbine, to Connecticut’s Sandy Hook to South Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and staff were killed by a shooter in February 2018.

In Hillsborough County schools doing active shooter drills, “Some of the kids are scared to death,” says State Sen. Janet Cruz, a Tampa Democrat who spoke about the issue at this week’s Senate Education Committee meeting.

The Chosen One. What does that remind me of?

Oh yeah: this!


I don't see any white privilege, do you?

Now all of a sudden, we’re the bad guys. Ungrateful brown immigrant children demand soap and toothbrushes. Navajos and Cherokees keep bitching about how we stole their land (should’ve had better guns, Chief!), and black people run around demanding reparations for slavery, like just because you were kidnapped, dragged here, forced to pick cotton for 250 years, then had to sit in the back of the bus, and still can’t get a bank loan, well, that’s not my fault.


DOC guards fired


Cruelty, Inc

You will have heard the news: on Monday, June 24th, Customs and Border officers removed a couple of hundred children from a filthy, overcrowded “detention center” on the Mexico border.

Come Tuesday, June 25th, 127 of those same children were returned to that same detention center, a place called “inhumane” by lawyers who had seen it.

A doctor called in to treat a flu outbreak at another facility in McAllen, Texas describes “extreme cold temperatures, lights on 24 hours a day, no adequate access to medical care, basic sanitation, water, or adequate food.”

The conditions meet the United Nations definition of torture.

In an almost-certainly related development (given these horrifying stories), the acting head of US Customs and Border Protection, has resigned.

If these migrant children were dogs, the people responsible for mistreating them would be universally condemned. You and I and everyone else would demand that government put a stop to the cruelty and punish the perpetrators.

More here: [link:https://www.floridaphoenix.com/2019/06/28/cruelty-inc/|

by Diane Roberts

Seth Abrams to media

Fix your sh*t!

THIS is why we need real journalists to cover what's happening, and why we need to listen to real lawyers about the rule of law, not over-paid hacks. What follows is Seth Abrams attempting, once again, to clean up the mess.


(cross posted from editorials ... sorry, I'm still figuring this out)

Seth Abrams to media

Fix your sh*t!

THIS is why we need real journalists to cover what's happening, and why we need to listen to real lawyers about the rule of law, not over-paid hacks. What follows is Seth Abrams attempting, once again, to clean up the mess.


ITMFA! a how-to guide

Back in the bad old days of Dubya, which by comparison are downright halcyon, I joined a DIY group to make our own bumper stickers out of any material that would stick.

This was back before you could google search "ITMFA" and have the urban dictionary spit out "Impeach The Mother Fucker Already" in under a second. Before iPhones and all that shit. So, people would ask what the letters stood for, and I would enjoy telling them.

I wish I had taken a picture, because that car is long gone. But hey, I can make another sticker.

It's really fun to make it out of *real* duct tape, the really shiny stuff that costs more than the cheap "Duck Tape" you can buy anywhere. The good stuff is at the hardware store, and it has removable backing so you can cut the letters out ahead of time until you figure out where & when to display. It's really easy to cut; use scissors or an x-acto knife if you want to get fancy.

Making your own is cathartic, more personal and more meaningful than buying stuff online. Any fool can do that in a couple of minutes. Plus, you're NOT BUYING ANYTHING. You're making it!

Get it?

Disenfranchised voters

About 3.5 million Floridians were disenfranchised this past election – and we’re not talking about convicted felons.

They are “No Party Affiliation” voters – people who don’t want to register as Democrat or Republican. They are Florida’s fastest growing political group – more than a quarter of the state’s registered voters.

Florida law locks them out of primary elections, including the races for key leadership roles (governor, U.S. Senate) this past August.

Because the state employs a “closed primary” system, independent and No Party Affiliation (NPA) voters are banned from participating.

more at [link:https://www.floridaphoenix.com/2018/11/21/more-than-a-quarter-of-florida-voters-are-disenfranchised-and-its-not-who-you-might-think/|

In Florida's Republican-majority Legislature

A Progressive Speaks


With a solid majority of Republicans gathered together Tuesday for an organizational session of the new, post-election Florida Legislature, a progressive grabbed a rare opportunity to take the floor.

He was state Rep. Kionne McGhee, a 40-year-old Miami-Dade County attorney and college adjunct professor who has served in the Legislature since 2012. On Tuesday, he officially took his position as Minority Leader for the House Democrats, and he used his platform on the House floor to talk about some of the issues that Democrats fought for in 2018, though none of them will likely come to fruition in 2019: tighter gun control, better teacher pay, fighting discrimination and providing health insurance for more of the state’s needy families.

McGhee told the 120 assembled lawmakers in the Florida House of Representatives how he grew up the hard way, that he was labeled as mentally retarded and dyslexic as a child, how he lost a brother and father to gun violence, and lived in the dark at times in a housing project because his family couldn’t afford the electricity bill.
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