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Recall that Cut the Cake, Inc. in Longwood, Florida was receiving death threats, harassing calls, fake orders, fake reviews and threats of vandalism from conservatives all over the nation because they hung up on a nut (on April Fool's Day) who said he wanted an anti-gay message on a sheet cake.  

The DKos community swung into action.  A thousand people uprated their Facebook page to destroy the fake reviews (all who suddenly remembered on April 2 that they used them once and didn't like them).  Real orders poured in.  They raised well over their goal on a crowdfunding site to recoup the week they had to close over the threats.

And a whole new customer base showed up to purchase their products.

The icing on the cake (pun intended) was a masterpiece for two hypothetical same-sex conservatives who will eventually embrace who they are and wish to celebrate their now LEGAL union in Florida:

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Their facebook page is featuring it.  Standing up to bullies never tasted so delicious!

Sidenote:  Two words to this community: Thank and YOU!  My colleague set up my own page to help me and mom.  Never occurred to me to do that.  I asked it be taken down soon but I wanted to say that I appreciate this community more than you can possibly know.  U have showed such kindness during this painful time, and I love u all.

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Somewhere, there might exist a leftwing looney toon who subscribes to bat** conspiracy theories.  The difference?  None of these loons are in Congress, or the Senate.  None of their websites have credentials to cover Congress, and certainly no potential Dem presidential candidate would ever allow them to interview him or her.

WorldNetDaily (WND) is a rightwing rag with less credibility than a supermarket tabloid.  For all of their endless articles blaming Obama for everything and questioning his time travel abilities concerning his citizenship, they have jumped the shark by even their absurdly low standards.

WND recently published an article featuring conservative pastor Mark Blitz.  Turns out the recent lunar eclipse was the fault of one President Obama.  This is, unfortunately, not the first time they tied a lunar eclipse to Obama.

The first article coincided with the April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse (also referred to as a "blood moon"). WND argued that the blood moon was actually a divine warning against Obama's evil executive actions.  

Now, almost one year later, another WND article coincided with the April 4, 2015 blood moon.  This time, the article stated that it was actually Obama's negotiation over Iran’s nuclear program that was “totally tied to these Blood Moons”.

As you can see, they can't make up their mind why Obama is to blame, just know that he is.

The conservative pastor they featured in the article also argued that the blood moons are coinciding pretty closely with major Jewish holidays.  True, actually.  If he had done even the smallest amount of research, he would know that is because the Jewish calendar is based on the LUNAR calendar rather than the 12-month solar calendar.  But NO:  a natural and predictable phenomenon that has occurred since our planet's birth is due to President Obama.  That makes more sense.

Seriously.  Article posits that the blood moons are actually divine warnings to the president because he is trying to promote peace in the Middle East.  Science!:

“The moons are like flashing red warning lights at a heavenly intersection saying to Israel as well as the nations they will be crossing heavenly red lines, and if they do, they will understand as Pharaoh did on Passover night 3,500 years ago that the Creator backs up what He says.”
And yet, the GOP Congressmen treat WND as a legitimate news outlet.  They are allowed to attend and ask stupid questions in presidential press conferences.  Rand Paul sits down with them like any other news outlet and treats their conspiracy theories with merit.  There are no standards of journalistic integrity with these people.  But as long as they have millions of idiots who believe this nonsense, they will continue to believe they don't need any.
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Last year, Georgia passed the "guns everywhere" bill, which allowed guns pretty much everywhere:  schools, bars, airports, and churches.

The one place they banned guns?  The goddamned state legislature.  Proving that they didn't buy into their own BS.

We are facing a similar situation with our tea party legislature.  As a first step, they are currently on track to forcing our safe college campuses to allow firearms.  Like GA, the FL GOP-controlled legislature doesn't want any firearms allowed in their state house.

Screw that.  If this passes, we need to go for a Constitutional Amendment that says firearms should be permitted in the State House with no restrictions. Dems will vote for it, and the gun nuts that infect the GOP will go for it.  I would LOVE for the GOPers who oppose this to fight against it.  What are they going to say?  It's unsafe?  It's stupid?  Please, continue....

Who's with me?

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Thu Mar 05, 2015 at 07:08 PM PST

Orlandoans: We Reject the I-4 Tolls

by Ismay

Crossposted on The Seminole Democrat


The massive I-4 project is going to put toll roads on our Interstate. Our lucrative toll roads are already run by one of the most corrupt agencies in Florida history: the Expressway Authority.  Recall that last year, Rick Scott got involved and somehow made it even worse.  He appointed a personal friend to the board who had a direct conflict of interest, and was so blatant in abusing his position for his own personal gain that he received a 15-year prison term.

The fact that no one pays for crimes in this state means he was really that bad.

With an upcoming election, Rick Scott was forced to do something about this scandal.  Instead of dismantling the agency, he made it LARGER and somehow, even more shady.  The renamed Central Florida Xpressway Authority is now under investigation by the Federal Security and Exchanges Commission for engaging in backroom deals, including 9.5 million to a secretive bond salesman, Norman Pellegrini.  

The funds for our toll roads NEVER go to our community:  they only go to make more toll roads lobbyists, developers, board members, and shady politicians.  The I-4 tolls will be a windfall for these characters.  Toll roads on the interstate, besides being inherently unfair, will breed corruption in a state that already has had it's fill.  

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Sean opened his speech I guess by doing a little something for the "young, good-looking" ladies in the crowd:

I can look out in the crowd, I kinda have Fox X-ray vision, and I can see that some of you women, you don't even know it yet, but you're pregnant. It's not your fault. It's not his fault.
Ew.

I don't know if that was supposed to be a joke, but if it was, it bombed.  If it wasn't, it's even more creepy.  He went right off onto something else so I can't figure out, and no one else can either.  No one wants to talk about it.

But this gives further credence to jon stewart's point that the right does not need HIM to make them look bad.

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Oh Dear God WHY?

[Rick Scott] is a hugely divisive, charisma-free governor with a sketchy past, all of which might be overcome by his biggest asset: a vast personal fortune, which in American politics can fix just about any candidate's problems.
I honestly think he believes he can do this. Here's a man who should be serving time instead of office; and waking up every day in amazement of how much he gets away with-- and how little people in this state actually care.  (I wake up every morning wondering the same thing.)

I really hope he goes for it.  I do.  I'd love for him to piss away his personal fortune that he amassed scamming people and selling favors. Also, maybe if he runs for president, someone will actually point out all the horrible things he's done to us as governor (unlike last time).

Of course, I am assuming the rest of America isn't as apathetic as Florida is towards our political leaders.  Not only should I not underestimate America's apathy; I should also never underestimate how low the GOP will set the bar for their leadership positions.

Keep in mind I never thought "Gov. Rick Scott" would ever be a possibility either.

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Sorry if I'm stealing from Sem's diary today, but I never saw this.  Sem outlined several instances of bigotry the past four years in the florida tea party hellscape.  In April, after Rick Scott's top fundraiser quit for racist behavior among Scott's staff, several people came forward who worked at Solantic, including senior managment.  What they said was awful:

 

Preibus said he would spend 10 million in Hispanic Outreach.  He might as well have said 10 trillion.  If I was held in such contempt by a man running for office, no amount of "outreach" would impact me.

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What happened to you CNN?

Their front page (which I didn't get a screen cap of before they changed it) was Caller Backs Officer's Account.  They just changed it to police donning riot gear... but if you scroll down the article, it talks about a caller to some stupid radio station who claims to have witnessed the whole thing in Ferguson; and backed the officer's account completely.

The last sentence of the paragraph says she's a friend of the officer!

Glad you decided that worthy to post on the front page CNN.  Even Fox isn't dumb enough to be that blatant.

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Ain't this a kick in the pants:

More than 15,000 households have had their taps turned off for being past due. Yet the bankrupt city hasn’t touched 40 businesses who owe $9.5 million in total.
Conservatives have argued that this is a simple matter of paying bills. So why is Detroit only going after residents who are $150 in the whole and ignoring corporations who owe hundreds of thousands?  Why is a mother with 5 kids not able to get water but a golf course dumping gallons every minute being exempt?

Why does any American citizen have to beg for charity water from Canada?  WTF?

Explain this one, teabagger.

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Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:30 PM PDT

A Case Study in Crap Journalism from CNN

by Ismay

You can't be Fox, CNN, so your pathetic pander to the tea party (carrying their debates, following their rallies, carrying their SOTU response) is just that... pandering.  They still say you are part of the liberal media because, unlike Fox, you don't pander ALL the time.

So really, why bother with with crap like this

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Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 08:48 PM PDT

Fox's "Fair and Balanced" in One Graphic

by Ismay

I remember, long ago, one of the exercises we used to do back when I was in junior high.  I really wish schools would still do this, but since they became so test-obsessed they can't allow for anything that might actually be useful in later life.

We were given several headlines and we had to pick whether they were slanted FOR, AGAINST, or NEUTRAL.  I remember thinking it was ridiculously easy, but some of my classmates struggled.  I have a strong feeling, unfortunately, that these guys grew up to be viewers of this crazy thing called Fox News.  

Any idiot can see they are slanted to conservatives (except, of course, conservatives).   Today is a perfect day to demonstrate this little exercise with Fox.  Here's the scenario:

So Obama announced a modest proposal today.  Cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2030.  States will have tremendous flexibility to do this, which means it doesn't have to just come from using other power sources, but by making homes and buildings more efficient.

So, looking at the top news sites that carried this on their front page today, you can see how they carried the story:

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By now you may have heard about Florida's Rep (R-Looneyville) Charles Van Zant.  He is the teabagging genius  who said commmon core supporters are attempting to "attract every one of your children to become a homosexual as they possibly can".

(He doubled down on that wackiness just yesterday.)

I had no idea consistent testing standards could simultaneously turn a kid gay.  Shame on you, CC supporters.  (I'm looking at you, Jeb!)

Bill Cotterell had the same concerns.  He helpfully wrote a few test questions for Common Core that will keep our kids on the straight and narrow:

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What are you most worried about?

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