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Terror of Tallahassee - Now even scarier than before!
West Gaines Street could be the epicenter of Tallahassee's indie scene, so much that I am surprised it hasn't shown up yet in the look at this f*cking hipster photo series. Independent stores sell vintage clothing and alternative music in old school LP and cassette tape format. There's a tattoo shop, a Quonset hut bookstore, a couple of active venues and the railroad art park (the new home to Cosmic Cat comic books), buzzing most during First Friday art show events. Open annually in October, the Terror of Tallahassee haunted house is on Gaines Street too - and this year it's scarier than ever.

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West Gaines Street could be the epicenter of Tallahassee's indie scene, so much that I am surprised it hasn't shown up yet in the look at this f*cking hipster photo series. Independent stores sell vintage clothing and alternative music in old school LP and cassette tape format. There's a tattoo shop, a Quonset hut bookstore, a couple of active venues and the railroad art park (the new home to Cosmic Cat comic books), buzzing most during First Friday art show events. Open annually in October, the Terror of Tallahassee haunted house is on Gaines Street too - and this year it's scarier than ever.

Herein is the most frightening addition to this years festivities. Although now 2 or more Rick Scott signs are missing from last week, two of them still remain - this one near the entrance flimsily sulking below a human skull. When I contacted the haunted house they claimed no part in the decision of these signs to be put up, adding

   "You can't pay attention to anything politically because it's right at the same time as the haunted house."

Sources have led though that the owner of 826 West Gaines Street gave strict permission to the Rick Scott campaign to have the signs placed on the building walls. Property owner Brian S. Webb is listed as a Republican Party contributor under the Florida Division of Elections campaign finance database.

But just being a Republican doesn't completely herd you in as a Scott supporter - Bill McCollum after the primary wouldn't endorse Scott for the main election and he on the subject said,

"I still have serious questions ... about issues with his character, his integrity, his honestly, things that go back to Columbia/HCA ..."

No, you would have to be more daft to support Scott - a candidate who is backed by the tea party regiment and repeats that we should lessen government interference generally and when it comes to health care regulation in particular. Rick Scott has reason to be worried about government regulation; He was the CEO of the Hospital Corporation of America.

Tax Payers Against Fraud released the HCA ranking 3rd under a list of 100 of the most notable cases of exploiting tax payer funds - in this instance the Medicare, Tricaid and Medicaid fraud amounted to 1.7 billion dollars, one of the largest government fraud settlements in history. Rick Scott was with the company when this happened and even though he was informed, he ignored it, even pocketing $10 million after the settlement was made. Too bad for Scott, maybe lessening government interference would have let him get away with it.

Scott's hospitals are accused of upcoding - treating patients with minor remedies than filing the procedure for something more expensive than what the patient was given. His employees complain that he was buying cheaper than standard medical supplies. Scott has also been denounced for buying up several nearby medical facilities to then close all but one to create a single Hospital with backed up waiting rooms and understaffed personnel and nurses.

So how will the Republican party or even the Tea Party willingly back Rick Scott, partly funding his own campaign on stolen tax payer money from the same social services his constituents are picketing against, to be a spokesperson for healthcare reform? How is Brian Webb, who is also also owner of the Patients First clinic building on North Monroe street, able to ignore Scott's healthcare mismanagement? It's like having BP as the spokesman for oceanography.

At least we're going to be entertained at the haunted house this year - they may be including gruesome silent-hill-style nurses armed with whipping stethoscopes, a spiffy zombie death panel and yes, even Rick Scott himself.

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Originally posted to Leaflet Descending on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 01:56 PM PDT.

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