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I am writing this Tuesday night, but by the time this publishes it will be the morning after a very long and busy Tuesday.  There is a chance that I may be late logging on in the morning as I am very tired and slightly sunburned from the events of Tuesday.  If so, please feel free to carry on without me.

Tuesday started off fairly normal and my biggest plan for the day was for my husband and I to take out two newly adopted springers to their first night of obedience training.  

About mid morning, I changed clothes to do my morning three mile power walk and was ready to head out.  But before starting my walk, I checked some of the websites I often frequent. One of these sites is the Occupy Tallahassee site.  When I went to the site, I saw that Occupy Tallahassee had a march planned at noon through the downtown and ending at the Capitol. Right below the headline for the march was a sentence that read:

This march will have a police escort ;-)

Yes, you are reading this right. The march was going to have a police escort and here is why.

Occupy Tallahassee is located on a vacant city owned lot near the Capitol with the permission of the City of Tallahassee.  The occupiers have thus far had a cordial relationship with local government officials and have cultivated a working relationship with the City of Tallahassee police. Part of Occupy Tallahassee's outreach has been to coordinate with the police department to do work days in close in neighborhoods wherein the occupiers help clean trash and debris in the area.  So to hear that the march would have a police escort was not surprising to us who support Occupy Tallahassee.

At noon, two police officers arrived in an electric powered vehicle to escort our march. Whenever we reached a cross walk, the officers stopped traffic to let us safely pass.  They continued with us for a number of blocks through the down town until we reached the Capitol. It seemed as though the officers enjoyed doing this as much as we did because they were smiling the entire time. There were no barriers between us and them at all.  And when it was time for them to leave, all of us in the march thanked the officers and gave them a big cheer.

The difference that I have seen between the relationship of Occupy Tallahassee with the local government officials and the police department compared to so many other areas is in such stark contrast.  I believe it is due to three main things.  First, local government in Tallahassee is fairly progressive; second, Occupy Tallahassee has tried to work with officials on many levels, including obtaining a permit for the use of the city owned lot where the camp is located and doing community service projects; and third, the City of Tallahassee Police Dept. is heavily invested in community oriented policing which removes the barriers between the police and the citizens.  I really believe in community oriented policing.

Whatever, the reasons, what is happening in Tallahassee's occupancy is refreshing and is reflective of how it should be elsewhere.  And oh by the way, I marched with Occupy Tallahassee today.  Our numbers are small, but very devoted to the cause and the feedback from the public has been very positive.  

So that is what was on my mind today.  What is on your mind?

Originally posted to gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:30 AM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  Tip Jar (28+ / 0-)

    "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

    by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:30:03 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone... (13+ / 0-)

    how's life treating you today?  :-)

    “For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.” President Obama 1/24/12

    by BarackStarObama on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:33:58 AM PST

  •  I Love Your Info About Occupy Tallahassee (10+ / 0-)

    Maybe it is cause I am a hippie liberal. I don't know. But I don't get why other cities don't take a similar approach. If I was running things, and clearly I am not, if a group of people wanted to protest I'd be 110% behind them. Heck they could want to protest something I don't even agree with and I wouldn't have a problem with it.

    I'd just be happy my fellow citizens had the energy to protest something.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:39:11 AM PST

    •  Thanks (8+ / 0-)

      So far, so good!  I think also because the Tallahassee group is not too large, that has helped.  But they have a permit to use the site and they have portalets so sewage is not a problem either.

      Occupy Tallahassee has representatives who regularly attend city commission meetings and do volunteer work.  They are trying to work within the system as much as possible and the local government is respecting that.

      IMHO, the most important aspect of all this is community oriented policing.

      Good Morning, webranding!  I hope you have a great day today.

      "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:45:43 AM PST

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      •  That's how to do it: and set the example! (3+ / 0-)
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        Can you spare a couple of organizers to come to Oakland?

        Seriously: We need to do things the way you're doing things.  That may mean constituting a new Occupy Oakland group entirely, that has a clearly defined membership, that does not let known shit-stirrers join, and that works with the city in various ways as a point of good will as well as for pragmatic reasons.  

        And here's a very disturbing poll that basically shows that the existing Occupy Oakland protests are failing miserably.

        http://www.surveyusa.com/...

        Especially telling is the fact that the survey breaks down results by race/ethnicity, and black respondents are the ones most likely to say that the police are "not harsh enough" with the protesters!  Oakland is a majority black city, has been since forever-ago.  When you have a majority black population, in which a stronger plurality than any other ethnicity in a city, says that the police haven't cracked down hard enough on a protest movement, IMHO that movement has FAILED.   And it needs to reformat the proverbial hard drive and reload the operating system and start over.  

        So once again, can you spare a few organizers to come out here and help us get things on the right track?

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:35:25 AM PST

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        •  Occupy Tallahassee is too small (2+ / 0-)
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          to spare organizers. Every occupation has issues, and Tallahassee does too, but its relationship with the govt and the police has not been an issue thus far.  Outreach is a one way to break down the barriers if there is a willingness on both sides.  That does not seem to be the case in Oakland.

          I honestly think that perhaps the atmosphere in Oakland is so poisoned that any relationship between protesters and the police is impossible.  

          "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

          by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:13:38 AM PST

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          •  that may be the case now. (1+ / 0-)
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            Thanks to the obnoxious black bloc types, who are neither black nor from around the block, but who drift in from outside to stir up nastiness and foment riots.  

            However, "never say never," there is always a chance that something can change.  I'm going to keep making noise about these issues anyway.  We'll see...

            "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

            by G2geek on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 06:23:50 AM PST

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    •  Good morning, (3+ / 0-)
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      If you're looking for something to do, there's a group in Gainesville that could really use an upgraded web site to help raise funds for a worthy cause.
      The Pleasant Street Historic Society has been going for over 25 years now (on shoe strings and love and dedication) and their first big project is turning a nineteenth century house into a little museum.
      I originally organized the group and set up the non-profit in an effort to stop urban removal in its tracks and keep federal dollars from being used to relocate people whose families had been on the land since right after the Civil War.
      While the buildings are the typical fancy kind usually preserved, Pleasant Street has a nice collection of vernacular architecture (which is coming back into style in places like Seaside, Florida) and many of the original settlers had a hand in organizing the City of Gainesville, which didn't come into being until about 1869.
      I moved away from Gainesville in 1993, having burnt out on the place.  But the PSHS people have soldiered on and could really use a little technological help.
      They're on Facebook, but that's not a place I frequent.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:40:38 AM PST

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  •  BBC:Pakistan helping Afghan Taliban - Nato (7+ / 0-)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    Taliban Poised To Retake Afghanistan With Help Of Pakistan, Leaked Nato Report Concludes

    The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC.

    The leaked report, derived from thousands of interrogations, claims the Taliban remain defiant and have wide support among the Afghan people.

    A BBC correspondent says the report is painful reading for international forces and the Afghan government.

    A Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman called the accusations "ridiculous".

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:39:45 AM PST

    •  You have to wonder what the people in Iran (8+ / 0-)

      think about this?  From my understanding, Iranians are among the highest educated people, and I can't think that they would think attacking the U.S. on U.S. soil would be a good idea.  Not that it matters, apparently, what they think or don't think.  For sure, this will be Red Meat to the Republican war mongers, and it will be interesting to see how Obama handles this.

    •  Epic Bush Fail, again. (4+ / 0-)
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      Frankly if we wanted to pick any other country in the region to invade and regime-change, in the early 2000s, it shouldn't have been Iraq, it should have been Pakistan.  

      The Pak government is rotten with Taliban, which is how Bin Laden managed to escape from one of his training camps 1/2 hour before the US hit it with cruise missiles during Clinton's last year in office.  Clinton made the entirely forgivable mistake of asking Pakistan for fly-over rights through their airspace.  

      And from there, it's clear what happened: the ISI (Pak intel) tipped off Bin Laden, who scooted just in time.

      About which I tend to believe that had the Republicans not been impeaching Clinton for his personal sins, he wouldn't have been overly-cautious about this whole thing.  He might have done what Obama did, and not informed Pakistan what was about to happen, and thereby successfully blown Bin Laden to smithereens at a time when AQ was still small enough that it might very well have disintegrated at that point.

      So yes, one more way in which the Rs deserve blame for 9/11.  Add that to their blocking Al Gore's bill to strengthen airliner cockpit doors.  Add that to Bush's ignoring his CIA analysts when they were sounding the fire alarm that an AQ attack on the US was pending.  Bastards, all.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:42:45 AM PST

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      •  Clinton tried to get OBL in Sudan (2+ / 0-)
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        Bush had his opportunity in Afghanistan after 9/11 but inexplicably pulled the troops that were within striking distance and allowed OBL to escape into Pakistan.  A book was written about that by the person in charge of the operation, "Jawbreaker" by  Gary Berntsen.  I recommend this book highly for anyone interested in Afghanistan, the war and the aftermath.

        •  Oh, it was Sudan? (1+ / 0-)
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          I recall hearing Afghanistan, and I recall hearing the need to overfly Pakistan to get there.   But I may be mistaken.

          As for pulling back from Tora Bora, just one more example of Bush's "King Midas of Poo" effect: everything he touched turned to poo.  Almost without exception.  It's almost as if he was under a curse or something.  The curse of Republican neo-con ideology.

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 06:26:16 AM PST

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  •  Good morning, gulfgal98 and MOTacious peeps (7+ / 0-)

    It is wonderful to hear the stories of Occupy Tallahassee and to know that it is not all pepper spray and court orders. There is no reason that reasonable dissent cannot have a place in America.

    Hai from Daisy:

    I need to go get my ducks in row to start February off on the right (webbed) foot.

    Have a great day, all y'all!

    Words have meaning and your words will reflect what is in your soul.

    by JanF on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:40:40 AM PST

  •  Good Morning MOTleyville (12+ / 0-)

    Tallahassee Occupy is awesome, along with the local government.
    WYG gulfgal for joining the march.
    did the motorist passing you do any honking??

    Hope everyones day goes well.

    I might be MIA tomorrow.

    •  G/M eeff (5+ / 0-)
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      eeff, Actbriniel, gulfgal98, exlrrp, JanF

      No Happy Hump Day?

      MIA tomorrow, hope everything is okay.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:00:24 AM PST

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    •  Some folks honked (7+ / 0-)

      but when we got to the Capitol, we went into the large open area between the Old Capitol and the new Capitol where we had a table set up with the Occupy Tallahassee banner and information to hand out.

      Several of the Occupiers went into the Senate to monitor debate on prison privatization which is what we were marching against yesterday.

      It was Children's Week at the Capitol and we had several groups including Teens for Human Rights come talk with us.  Most people either do not understand the Occupy Movement or they support the reason for it.  I met only one person who told me he did not support us.

      Why are you going to be MIA?  I hope all is well and your day will be all you wish it to be.

      "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:03:22 AM PST

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  •  Occupy Lincoln received eviction notice (8+ / 0-)

    There are about 25 or so tents in a public mall in Lincoln and they have been there since last fall.  The City has decided to up grade the mall and has given the Occupiers a March 1 eviction date in order to move equipment in to begin the remodel this summer.  The Occupiers are not happy with this and have had a very cordial relationship with the City and Police.  I think things are going to get ugly around here this month.

    OT, but is anyone having trouble with the DKos website?  For the last few days, every time I click Back, it doesn't go Back, and when I right click the back button, Share This appears, and I have to scroll down to get to the main DKos website.  This doesn't happen, btw, any other website I visit.  I disabled the Share button and frankly, didn't even know I had one before now.

    Otherwise, Life is Great!

    •  Mornin' JF (5+ / 0-)
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      I'm not having trouble with the site, but I rarely use the "back" button either.  

      I hope things work out between the city and the occupiers.  Seems that gulfgal's Occupy Tallahassee is the model that all others should strive for.

      Have a great day.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:03:56 AM PST

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      •  Feathers are Ruffling (3+ / 0-)
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        The only group that is publicly critical of OL, is the Nebraska Right to Life bunch.  They think the Occupiers are getting preferential treatment.  Most of the LTE's are positive, and the OL Facebook page gathers few trolls, so if something is going on behind the scenes with regard to City Government, I don't know about it.  Their numbers have increased to the point that I think the Occupiers have reached a Nuisance Level, and the City just wants them to go away.  The main issue the Lincoln Occupiers stress in the inequality between the taxes corporations pay and the 99% pay, so that is ruffling feathers.

    •  GM JF (4+ / 0-)
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      JFinNe, gulfgal98, blueoasis, JaxDem

      oh I'm so happy you asked about the back button !!!
      Now I know someone else will report this problem.

      Go Occupy Lincoln

      •  Daily Kos has some serious bugs (2+ / 0-)
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        now and then and my computer seems susceptible to catching what's going around.  At least three days a week, when I am on DKos, I lose the internet connection, and that too doesn't happen on any other site.  I reported that but never got a message received back and I guess 'they' didn't believe me as it still happens.  Glad to hear it isn't just my problem though.

    •  Right now things are in balance here (4+ / 0-)
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      but that could change.  At some point, Occupy Tallahassee will probably have to leave.  I think we all know that. I also think that is the reason they are doing volunteer outreach and working with the police.

      But right now they are not a problem and are helping keep some of the homeless off the streets, so it is a symbiotic relationship.

      "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:07:11 AM PST

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  •  Picture of the Occu-bus! (7+ / 0-)

    In an earlier diary I posted a picture of one side of the Occu-bus which was based upon images on the US dollar.  Here is the other side.

    Photobucket

    "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

    by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:47:49 AM PST

    •  GM gulfgal (4+ / 0-)
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      that's a neat bus.
      can you tell me why the roof has 2 different heights??

      Happy Hump Day to you

      •  The roof was raised (4+ / 0-)
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        Ihave never been all the way inside, but it looks like it was originally set up for camping because I could see bunks in there.  They use the front part as an office. I guess I should ask to go inside and see the rest.

        "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

        by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:15:28 AM PST

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  •  Can I Suggest You Don't Turn On MSNBC (5+ / 0-)

    cause I just almost threw something at my TV. Obama is bad. Deficits are bad. We have to cut entitlements.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:48:10 AM PST

  •  Much respect to you gulfgal98 (9+ / 0-)

    for keeping the flame lit!

    Morning greetings, MOTlies! To a great Wednesday.

    Here's a clip of infectious spirit: On August 30, 1972, John Lennon and his current Plastic Ono Band played a benefit gig for the children of the  Willowbrook School in NYC.

    An anarchic performance (I spy Jon Bowser of ShaNaNa, and Allen Ginsberg, among others), but catching Stevie Wonder leading the congregation alongside John is something special.

    This sentiment is as old as dirt; yet, hasn't aged a day.

    Social Justice.

    Give Peace a Chance.


    "Space Available" is the largest retail chain in the nation.

    by Free Jazz at High Noon on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:49:58 AM PST

    •  Mornin' Jazz (5+ / 0-)

      Oh man.  That was uplifting!

      Can we "get" someone on building that time machine.  What would it be like to "teleport" into the past and enjoy that live.

      This sentiment is as old as dirt; yet, hasn't aged a day.

      Social Justice.

      Give Peace a Chance.

      Excellent, my friend.  Most Excellent.  Thank you.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:10:53 AM PST

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    •  Good Morning FJ@HN! (5+ / 0-)

      I am not one of the worker bees.  There are about a dozen people who do the really heavy lifting there.  They have my utmost respect.  I just show up for a few events.  

      I hope you have a great day and are progressing on your dissertation.  ;-)

      "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:37:05 AM PST

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  •  Good Morning, gulfgal and MOTlies... (7+ / 0-)

    Wonderful post!!  WTG, gulfgal, WTG.  

    As I was reading this I was thinking about how much more progressive Tallahassee is compared to Jacksonville - which you summed up so well at the end of your post.  It really is odd, isn't it?  Your city's "green" solution to handling Kudzu was another example. This jumped out at me:

    At noon, two police officers arrived in an electric powered vehicle to escort our march.

    No way that is happening in Jax.  It is like we are living in two completely different states!!  

    Thank you for another great post and I hope the sunburn wasn't too bad.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:53:28 AM PST

    •  G/M Jax. Glad the Fla primary is over? You can (5+ / 0-)

      back to watching real commercials????

      Mitt wins; Gingrich says he'll push on.....WTG Newt ---sink the GOP even more!!!

      Love it!!

    •  GM JaxDem (5+ / 0-)

      are you ready for the visit with your brother?
      is he older/younger?

      Hoping all goes well for you today

      •  He's younger... (5+ / 0-)
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        12 years younger and I was very involved in taking care of him from the time he was born until I got married and left home.  

        He has a wicked funny sense of humor and makes me laugh a lot and I've been grateful for years for that.  His frequent phone calls were especially important to me during the years my husband was so sick and since then too.  It has been 3 ½ years since he came to visit.  

        I'm excited...he gets in at 10pm and will be on west coast time so I'll have to get a nap in today so I can stay up late with him tonight ;D

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:28:17 AM PST

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        •  Siblings (5+ / 0-)
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          There is a 12 years difference between our oldest and youngest children and it was a very weird day when we all took our youngest to her first day in Kindergarten and in the afternoon, moved our oldest into his college dorm.  The oldest, a boy, takes on the roll of the third parent to his three younger siblings; the middle child is a middle child; the third is 9 and 7 years younger than the first two and is the baby in the family, and the fourth is a typical First Child.  All adults now, but it still makes for quite interesting family dynamics.

    •  Yeah, and then you walk into the Capitol (4+ / 0-)
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      and it is Rethug city inside.  LOL

      The hypocrisy was not lost on me yesterday.  It was Children's Week at the Capitol and the streamers made by children from all over the state are hanging in the rotunda.  It is pretty spectacular to see all those streamers.

      Children's advocates (from education to healthcare, for example) from all over the state are there just trying to hang on to what little is left for our children after budget slashing.  The children of this state have been among those hardest hit by budget cuts.

      Our march was in protest of prison privatizaion which many in Occupy Tallahassee sees as a human rights issue.

      "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:22:35 AM PST

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      •  Yikes, Good Morning, JaxDem! (4+ / 0-)
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        When does your brother arrive?

        I hope you have a wonderful day and a great week visiting with your brother.

        "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

        by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:24:44 AM PST

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    •  Isn't Florida like a half dozen different states? (3+ / 0-)
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      It seems like the Orlando area and the Tampa area and the Miami area and the Key West area all have different populations and needs and issues. I wonder if that is why the Republicans have such a lock on the state. If you splinter people enough different ways, you can grab a handful of those splinters to create an unholy alliance. If those groups would all just coalesce under the banner "human beings who care about each other" it would not be hard to picture you as a blue state.

      Words have meaning and your words will reflect what is in your soul.

      by JanF on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:04:51 AM PST

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      •  Yes, you are right (2+ / 0-)
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        There is no one Florida.  Also Florida is a very large state geographically, so the far west panhandle is very physically disconnected from Miami/Homestead in the far southeast.  Add to that, we have a foreign country located in our state with the Conch Republic in Key West!  LOL

        The Republicans have a lock on the state because of gerrymandered districts. Fair districting would help some in that regard and was mandated by a constitutional amendment in the last election.  The governor and the legislature have basically chosen to ignore that mandate.

        "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

        by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:32:49 AM PST

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        •  This part makes me sad: (2+ / 0-)
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          The governor and the legislature have basically chosen to ignore that mandate.

          They are all for "let the people decide" until the people decide something that does not please them.

          The rule of law was the first thing lost when the teaparty governors took over. For a party that pretends to be all about adhering to a strict interpretation of the constitution (and the bible, for that matter), they sure manage to find a lot of reasons to not follow their own rules.

          Words have meaning and your words will reflect what is in your soul.

          by JanF on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:38:41 AM PST

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  •  check out this video (4+ / 0-)
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    this is a story about a clever bit of viral marketing for this week's upcoming film "Chronicle."

    http://movies.yahoo.com/...

    •  cool. I may have to see that movie. (3+ / 0-)
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      I'll bet you could fabricate one of those "flying people" eeff.  

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:17:25 AM PST

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    •  Wow! (0+ / 0-)

      This is incredibly cool!  

      "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:44:59 PM PST

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  •  hope this diary gets enough attention (7+ / 0-)

    because it's a beautiful description of a beautiful experience,

    would love to see it duplicated throughout the country

    the initiative for coordination of citizens and police depts is democratic society at its best

    is it because, as you wrote, the city is progressive-friendly, that your police dept wants to keep the citizenry happy?;

    would love to know more about the culture there because it ought to serve as an example for the rest of us

    Tallahassee is a "small" city i know, which serves the purpose of being most representative on some levels, and is part of major human efforts from spain to tahrir to ows and all the rest,

    and we need to know how it's being done right

    •  I am not sure exactly why (6+ / 0-)

      But the city is relatively small and sits in the midst of very red north Florida.  The main business here is government and education, so that tends to make it more progressive.

      IMHO, the problems in other cities can be mostly attributed to the elected officials and the philosophy of the local police departments.  I truly believe the community oriented policing philosphy of the local police department is a major factor.  

      We have a cops on bikes program which has been another way to get the police closer to the people. Cops "walk" a beat on mountain bikes which allows them to easily interact with citizens.  When they started it, they asked cops to volunteer to be a part of it and they had more volunteers than spaces to place them.  

      "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:47:22 AM PST

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  •  Finally got here! Good morning all. Wonderful (5+ / 0-)
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    to know there are some places where the police can still be respected!!   Thx for the details, GG.

    Feb 1st----7:00AM......Fifty (50) degrees!!!!  WTF????  Love it!!!

    Baseball season is around the corner!!!!

    I see Danica is getting a spot at Daytona...THAT will liven up the event even more---like it or not, she will draw new interest:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/...

    -------

    Other than Friday (guest hosting) I'll be offline for a few days....taking a break.

    Have a great day, everyone.

    •  Good Morning, Phil! (4+ / 0-)
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      I will need to check out that ink you posted later.  I type too slow to keep up as it is.  LOL

      Taking a break every once in a while is good.  I hope you enjoy your time off and come back better than ever!  Have a great day!

      "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:50:29 AM PST

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  •  Good morning gulfgal and all! (6+ / 0-)
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    Glad to hear that some Occupy Movements are still managing to get along in their cities... which makes me wonder what your GA's next step is? Do you know?

  •  LOL. Newt Got Only 28% Of Women Voters (4+ / 0-)
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    who would have thought, being a serial adulterer doesn't seem to be popular with women.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:09:43 AM PST

  •  Oh What a Beautiful Morning (5+ / 0-)
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    Oh waht a beautiful morning
    Oh what a beautiful day
    Ive got a wonderful feeling
    Everything's going my way

    HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY!!

    Just woke up to the news that Suzanne Bonamici won the first Congressional Disrtict Special Electionlast  night!!!  Hooray!! Oregon stays almost blue---again!!
    This was the seat that Wacky Wu had to quit last year in a Weiner-type scandal for sending pictures of himself in a tiger suit to people. (We got our own way of doing things in Oregon!)
    I LOVE IT WHEN I GIVE PEOPLE MONEY AND THEN THEY WIN!!

    ANyway, Oregon stays almost Blue:
    Both Senators: Dem
    Governor: DEm
    4 out of 5 Congresspeople: Dem.
    Dems hold one house narrowly, the other one is split.

    I knew I could live here when I was here in '08 and saw all the Kerry signs

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:16:18 AM PST

  •  According To The "Experts" On MSNBC (3+ / 0-)
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    Newt lost Florida cause he was tired. He'll rebound cause he can rest in February.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:17:07 AM PST

  •  G/M MOTleys........ (5+ / 0-)
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        Hope all is well.....

       It strikes me that the radical right is so consumed with hatred of BO that they'd be willing to vote for anyone who professes to be against him. Also, since hate radio is making millions, it'll be with us for a very long time. Sigh.....

       Blue sky and 46 degrees here.

    Best, HH99

    Compost for a greener planet.............got piles?

    by Hoghead99 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:05:12 AM PST

  •  Good morning MOTs (5+ / 0-)
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    And Happy February to all.  Today is my sister's birthday and she is .... guess it's not polite to give someone's age without permission.  She is the one who lives on Maui.  I remember her 3rd birthday oh so many years ago.  I was the appointed one to take her to the outhouse (yeah we still had one) as my parents were hosting a card party.  It was night and we were in the midst of a huge snowstorm, almost a blizzard.  We made it to the outhouse ok, but on the way back we got lost because we couldn't see the house lights.  My mom finally realized that we hadn't come back so everyone put on their coats and came out to rescue us.  They finally found us after awhile and we were two little frozen kids for sure.  

    •  yikes (3+ / 0-)
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      that sounds like a scary night for you.
      glad things turned out ok!

      Happy Birthday to your sister

    •  Good Morning, maryabein! (3+ / 0-)
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      And a happy birthday to your sister too!  That was a cute story about you and your sister getting lost in the snowstorm.  Glad to see you both survived.

      Have a great day!

      "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help facilitate and structure the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction.”-Justice Stevens

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:40:05 AM PST

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  •  Just emailed my nephew to nag him (3+ / 0-)
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    to bring his rototiller next time we get a spell of dry weather. I don't believe we're going to have any Winter this year, groundhog notwithstanding, and I want to get rid of the "grass" (mostly weeds) in the front yard.

    Eventually want a pretty, formal, French-style kitchen garden (in addition to the workhorse garden in the back), but this first year will grow mostly alfalfa to improve the soil.

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:54:12 AM PST

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