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IDIOCRACY

I’m back. Yes, I’ve away a while but unfortunately, life sometimes takes precedence over my ranting. Not enough time to study and rant about the usual bullshit that is the state of American politics. I am aware of the idiots and the lack of compromise on the debt ceiling, the teapublicans dying wish of financially destroying the country, the continuing union busting efforts, the overreaching abortion laws, the crazy evangelicals acting like the Christian Taliban, perry’s prayer meeting to help him solve our nation’s problems, the disappointing employment numbers. Still, it all seems par for the course in the today’s political atmosphere. The teapublicans act like petulant, spoilt children & the democrats need a backbone. Nobody will win and the biggest losers will be the middle class & the poor.

But what got me rankled was this idiotic post making the rounds on Facebook AGAIN:

Florida is the first State that will require drug testing when applying for welfare (effective July 1st)! Some people are crying this is unconstitutional. How is this unconstitutional? It’s OK to drug test the people who work for their money but not those who don’t? Re-post if you want all states to do the same!”
Last time I touched on the religious right’s lack of compassion and their bigoted rationale for liking this truly fucked law. Today, it’s classic example of the idiocracy we are becoming. What happened to basic civics classes? I’m sure even a grade schooler could point the glaring violation of our basic constitutional rights in the above FB post but then again maybe not. Since NCLB, I don’t think we teach civics in schools anymore.  I would post the screen shot of the response, but too much work for such a simple and asinine sentence: “ Ken: It is not a violation if you are getting aid .Take it or leave it.”

Listen up idiots, a basic search on Google will lead you to several cites that have the US Constitution. This is the first hit, look at that, a transcript of the Constitution. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html  Now, if we look for the 4th Amendment in the Bill of Rights, we get the text regarding search & seizures. To save you some time, here’s the actual text: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. “ As you can see, you must have CAUSE for search & seizure, drug testing is a type of search. And,  last time I checked, applying for public assistance is NOT cause for a search warrant. Furthermore, in 2003, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Marchwinski v. Howard (Michigan) ruled the drug testing of welfare recipients unconstitutional. [Marchwinski v. Howard, 113 F. Supp. 2d 1134, 1142 (E.D. Mich. 2000), aff’d, 2003 WL 1870916 (6th Cir. Apr. 7, 2003).] So as you can see, we already have precedent stating it’s unconstitutional as well as the 4th Amendment saying it’s unconstitutional.

Now for all you teapublicans out there that like to quote the Constitution & our Founding Fathers’  intent, I think they are pretty clear on this one. Read it again, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”  Crystal clear, no legal search & seizure without a warrant for cause.

Finally for your silly little arguments that we must stop the fraud & abuse in the welfare system, show me  how this does that? Show me how this fixes the budget and unemployment crisis we have in FL. Show me how this law will bring in revenues we so desperately need. Show me how this isn’t just another unfair burden on the backs on the poorest, neediest in our society. Show me how this isn’t just another scheme for Judge Doom to get rich off the taxpayers. Show me the constitutionality of such a law.

“Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!” George Carlin

Just some general musing or more appropriately, rants…

I want start with a big shout out to the NY Assembly for passing the marriage equality bill. Now go out and get that last vote from the Senate. I know Cuomo can do this.  Also big high-five to  NY Republican Senator Roy McDonald, “”You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing. ”
I so need to move to New England.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/16/new-york-gay-marriage_n_878358.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

And, Anthony Weiner, I really didn’t think you could disappoint me even more but alas, you have. I can’t understand why you would allow them to bully you into resigning when Vitter with his prostitutes is still in congress. You should run again and use Newt’s defense…I was just too committed to the service of my country but god has forgiven me.

Now onto my home state of Floriduh.

First off we have this “lovely ” story about a woman & her 2 young sons, ages 8 & 5, that were witnessed beating the living fuck out of two 8 week old kittens. The story was brought to my attention by a great friend that is also one of  the most dedicated animal rescuers I have ever met.

In Brookville, FL Nuce Boo, né Wilana Joenel Frazier, and her 2 sons beat two 8 week old kittens by using a metal bat, kicking, throwing them against trees & finally slicing one of the kitten’s neck open.  One died, the other is being cared for by an animal rescue group but it will probably have severe brain damage.  So according Nuce, this is an appropriate behavior for small boys, it’s OK to beat something smaller than you. Really,? WTF? In cases like this I firmly think that people should be made to go through parenting classes & then upon completion, file for a parenting licence BEFORE they have kids. Does Nuce not realize that these boys one day will be men and they will think it’s perfectly fine to beat the living crap out of their girlfriends, wives, baby mommas, women because as boys they were taught to beat the life out of an 8 week old kitten. Does Nuce not realize that most sociopath or is it psychopaths, I get them confused, will have to ask Dr. Peggy, start off torturing animals. Now I don’t know if sociopath or psychopaths are made or born but this may be a great way to find out. Maybe we should follow the 2 boys & see if nurture plays a role in creating such monsters.I sincerely hope she looses her children. I cannot think of a worse parent for these boys.

As this horrific beating is, and it is an all too common occurence,  the FL legislator is too busy passing bestiality laws, because that is really common. Maybe they should have focused their attention on producing stricter animal cruelty laws. Pass stiffer penalties for animal cruelty might have been, time better spent. But since FL animal cruelty laws are so laxed, Nuce was charge with cruelty to animal, “a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.” FL statute 775.082: “ For a misdemeanor of the first degree, by a definite term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year; ”
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/brooksville-mom-kids-accused-of-torturing-killing-kitte
http://asci.uvm.edu/equine/law/cruelty/fl_cruel.htm
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/filestores/web/statutes/fs07/CH0775/Section_0775.082.HTM
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/11/floridas-bestiality-law_n_860836.html#s277665&title=Josh_Chambers

From Salon.com we get the story of the baggers in Tampa, FL starting a summer camp for 8-12 year olds, called “Tampa Liberty School”. I just don’t know what to say about this other than, WTF! But I think Alex Pareene said it best in the article, so you might as well go ahead read it. He did say it much better than me. I agree with him, before you go accusing us terrible, awful liberals of indoctrinating children , take a long hard look in the mirror. Tampa Liberty School is nothing more than the indoctrination machine at it’s best.
http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/06/14/tea_party_summer_camp/index.html

Now onto Judge Doom, aka Rick Scott. Among his many ridiculous cuts, he cut a life saving test for infants that law makers had already set aside $ 2 million for. The test was for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease or SCID. SCID is also known as “The Bubble Boy Disease”. Those of us of a certain age all remember The Boy in the Plastic Bubble movie, well this is the same one.  “…the screening not only saves lives but, in the long run, it would also save the state money. He [Dr. John Sleasman, a USF professor and an immunologist at All Children’s Hospita] says if SCID is caught early, a bone marrow transplant can cure a baby. The survival rate is very high. But after three months of age, the risks and costs skyrocket. If an infant is on Medicaid, the state can pay a million dollars for treatment and still not save the infant’s life”. So thanks Judge Doom for this because we know you only care about that your corporate cronies, mom & baby be damned.

Judge Doom also cut funding for Healthy Start which provides at risk first time mothers with at home nursing care. This one not only affects the mothers but me personally, as a home care nurse.  But then again we can fend for ourselves unless we have an Inc. by our names. And, finally Judge Doom cut family planning services, right in step with the republican/bagger mantra of stopping “abortions”. I guess he just doesn’t see the irony here, if you can’t PLAN your pregnancies, then you might be in need of abortion services. Or, that Planned Parenthood office you just closed might have saved a life with a pap smear or mammogram.
http://floridaindependent.com/32495/rick-scott-vetoes
http://www.wtsp.com/news/health/article/194308/12/Life-saving-test-for-babies-cut-by-governor

But by far, my favorite law passed by Judge Doom is the law preventing doctors but more importantly pediatricians about asking if there are guns in the house because it might offend someone. The law is a result of this: “The scuffle over “docs vs. Glocks” seems to have started when a pediatrician in Ocala asked the mother of a young child whether she kept guns in the home. She refused to answer because, as she put it, “whether I have a gun has nothing to do with the health of my child.” Actually it does, you stupid bitch. “Consider: According to a suit filed this week by the Brady Center, 65 children and teenagers are shot every day in America, and eight of them die…” My job as a nurse and a doctor’s  job is to educate patients & their families. I have to seek information regarding hazards in the home or environment and then teach my patients & their caregivers.  For example, pools and we have a lot in FL, we teach on pool safety, i.e. gates or pool alarms, the importance of swim lessons, importance of never leaving young children unattended around a pool, CPR. Why do we this, because 1 it’s our job & 2 we have all seen or heard terrible stories of  “near” drownings in children. With the elderly we point out fall hazards, motorcycle riders the importance of helmets unless you want to become an organ donor, children & bikes & skateboards, helmets help prevent traumatic brain injuries, toddlers and household chemicals, the importance of cabinet locks.  And the list goes on and on. So why is this law bullshit, because it prevents nurses and doctors from pointing out hazards and teaching prevention methods that might save a child’s life. Should we be allowed to ask if there is a gun in the home, hell yes. How else will these ignorant fucks learn about safety locks and gun safes.
http://www.slate.com/id/2296536/

Stayed tuned for the post on Virgina Foxx (R-NC) & her appaling amendments against her own sex.
One last thing, let’s help Dan Savage help Santorum with his google problem. add this link to FB post, tweets etc. We want to keep it at the top. http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/

“In America sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it is a fact.” Marlene Dietrich

Just  few words on Weirnergate…really? Really, are we that obsessed with this man’s penis, really? It just seems that for the last week or so, everyone wants to know if the infamous crotch shot is Anthony Weiner. Aren’t just we just little suspicious of Breitbart’s role in this scandal? And, haven’t we got more important things to be concerned with?

More important things such as,  the gop/ baggers holding the debt ceiling debate hostage to their insane wish to turn Medicare into a voucher system, among other drastic cuts to other social programs. They are not serious in their call for cuts to balance the budget.  If the gop/baggers were, then they would have a serious discussion regarding subsidies to oil & gas and to agriculture which would bring in BILLIONS in revenues. They would have a debate about cutting defense spending & ending the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, which have cost us billions. But no, they focus on destroying Medicare, while we run the risk of defaulting on our loans.

Here’s something else we should be concerned with, the gop/baggers continue their war on women. This year alone we have seen  serious restrictions on a woman’s right choose. They call for smaller government but not when it comes to my uterus. They just want to crawl right in & make decisions for me, decisions that should be left to me & my doctor. The gop/baggers continue to make cuts to social services that will affect the quality of life for women & children.

But the most important thing we should all be concerned with is the economy. The economy continues to recover in fits & starts but the gop/baggers are much more concerned with abortion, NPR, PBS, medicare, welfare, the unions, public sector employees, denying climate change, gun rights, re-writing history, and stifling anything President Obama needs and/or wants to do. Did the gop/baggers not campaign in 2010 on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS?  Well, where are those JOBS??? All I see in a continuation of the culture & religious wars.

So again, really? We care about Weiner’s dick for what reason? At most he’s embarrassed himself & humiliated his wife. It’s not like he’s allegedly committed a crime  a la Edwards or Ensign. So get over it and start focusing on the real issues we are facing.