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My 'comment/suggestion' now has no bearing on any of the articles in this or prior editions. If others, like myself, are offended by the racist, demeaning comments which are regularly posted by "D", I urge you to email or call the newsroom at the Miami Herald and complain about such. There is-or should be-no place in a public forum such as this for people to attack others-especially using the hateful words that "D' apparently likes. This is a comment feed geared towards readers' opinions about the ISSUES that concern us; it is definitely NOT a forum for others to direct personal attacks (constantly) against another commenter. I have written several times and will do so again-The Miami Herald's reply informed me that such rants were neither acceptable nor adherent to their comments policy, stating that "..this person "appears" ( ??!-punctuation mine) to be abusing the forum rules". I believe this person is indeed abusing the conduct policy of these pages-I would hope that SOMEONE would ban "D" from any further discourse on these pages. However, if enough people take the time to register a complaint about this person's writings, perhaps those in charge of monitoring their stated policy will actually forbid "D" and block him from his hateful diatribes. The comment he made today, while resembling his/her prior statements, is particularly offensive. I urge all who use these pages to write or call the newsroom.
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Scott has made a habit of deflecting questions from anyone about his plans and/or actions. In one recent case, when queried about the issue of same sex marriage, the esteemed Gov spoke about any/everything EXCEPT the question. The sole reason his views were reported is due to the fact that reporter heard Scott say, very quietly and under his breath, "I would have voted for traditional marriage". If the man cannot give the voters a straight answer-much less any answer on the issues with which the people this State grapple, how can he reasonably expect the voters to either trust or believe him when he actually DOES say anything. Most of Scott's rulings are disseminated via his lackeys-certainly not from the BatBoy himself. The fact that the national democratic Party has failed to put more campaign $$ into race speaks harshly for them. With the almost unlimited resources that Scott has at his command-including his own fortune- and the recent SC rulings that 'corporations are people and therefore have the rights thereof', plus the shredding of any controls over campaign finance reform,Crist has no chance of winning without increased support from the National Party. Perhaps a foreign country will step in and help Crist-the dark money flowing into the coffers of politicians are unlimited and now, unregulated.
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The sad-and frightening aspect of both Nan Rich's and Wylie's introduction into the race for Governor is the spoiler effect. While many Dems and Independents obviously and with reason distrust Crist, and violently dislike Scott, if the voters of this State truly wish to unseat Rick Scott and at least PART of his corrupt Republican administration, they will hold their noses and cast a vote for Crist. Regardless of polling, this race boils down to 2 viable candidates-Scott or Crist. We/ve seen this type of spoilers in national and State elections in the past; no doubt, we will see more in the future. However, given the huge amounts of campaign $$ being thrown into this race by the National Repubs, Crist' (and the people of Florida)only chance at new leadership lies with voters NOT wasting their votes on candidates who cannot win-by any stretch of the imagination. Not very fair to the third parties, but certainly practical If those who wish to vote for Wtlie or Rich change their votes in this election, they will realize a better chance to be able to influence the outcomes in their LOCAL elections-which more directly impact them in every facet of daily life much more than Statewide or national elections. I am not enamored of Crist; but he's a hell of a lot better for the majority of the people in the State of Florida than Rick Scott! As any who have read any of my comments are aware, I am NOT a Scott fan. This man bought the office after having being intimately involved with one of the largest Medicaid scandals of that time; as all know, Scott used his Constitutional right to plead the 5th in order not to incriminate himself. The fines against his health care conglomerate was the largest ever levied at the time. Prior to Scott's purchase of the Governor's office, he claimed no political experience-merely business. whereas such is helpful, a State with millions of people with widely different views on everything simply cannot be run as a business-which Scott has indeed done. The results of his actions have further disenfranchised much of the middle class and pushed those who WERE barely keeping their heads above water completely under the backwash from the corporate tsunami that rolled and continues to do so-over every citizen in this State. Only those at the top of Scott's perceived food chain-mostly out-of-State-have prospered under his reign-I refuse to call what Scott has done "leadership". I urge folks to think carefully BEFORE they vote-and rather than automatically checking any candidate with an "R" in front of his/her name on the ballot, take the time to research what that candidates have actually done-and proposed-rather than believe all the pro versus con articles available on ALL media. Read everything-not only that with which you may agree, but also all that with which you disagree. Educate yourself prior to voting for an entire platform defined by policy makers in Washington; these, as are the candidates in the Florida races,are more influenced by lobbyists from big corporations whose goals are nowhere near those of most average Americans OR Floridians. Whatever you may decide-VOTE.
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I, also would like a few more details; why has the State NOW decided to file suit,-election year distractions/mud-slinging? Did Crist in fact receive ANY campaign funs, and if so, how much? this article leaves much to be desired-it seems more of a story meant to titillate" rather to answer with facts the questions that necessarily arise. This is more of an accusatory article than journalistic legwork.
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@ ed jenkins-I would pose a question to you. If you, as a regular reader and a citizen of this family-friendly State, apparently object so strenuously to every writer from both these newspapers,and the content of the articles themselves, WHY then do you waste your obviously valuable time (and extraordinary command of the language) in continuing to peruse and comment on these most horrible lazy writers? I would be happy to suggest a few more newsletters from other local/national newspapers that you may find more to your liking if you so wish.(?) To address another of your ramblings, I do believe the decrease in print subscribers to the local paper is due more to the people such as you and I-who read and comment on the digital versions of said papers.DO you have a print subscription? If so, it must be extremely tiring for you to recall every article that you are reading at the breakfast table and then go back and forth to your computer in order to comment.I must say, however, that you are consistent-everything you write has a remarkable similarity. Copy and paste a good bit, do you? As an side-I am neither a worthless dreg (not drAg) of/on society, nor am I an imbiber/user of any substance. I do, however, enjoy several of the "clown" shows. I sometimes manage to gain a few more perspectives on happenings that I may have missed during my busy, productive day. Many times, I merely laugh-it makes me happy. I would suggest that you, too, perhaps might gain by staying up past 7 pm. Cheers !
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@ Scott Harris-spot on! The Scott administration has not only beggared the vast majority of Florida citizens, but also has provide unlimited resources to the corporate buds of King Scott. With some of the State's more enterprising-and courageous-reporters, many of the shadier 'deals' facilitated by Scott and friends are coming to light. He personally has made millions from these associations and his investments from these businesses that are (purportedly) in a blind trust. Privatizing the prison industry is but one of the schemes by which Scott has seen an astronomical increase in his personal portfolio. In so doing, he has literally robbed the middle class-what's left of it. Scott BOUGHT this office; he hasn't ceased his attempts to buy everything else. The GEO debacle is yet more instance of the Gov's perfidy. As Scott M. said, Oliver's show-and others like it-bring these things to national, and hopefully, State attention. Most people get their daily "news" from either late-night television or extremely slanted news/internet articles ; the truly slanted extreme sites post articles that are conjecture rather than true-most are not verifiable.. As hard as they try to hide from the voters,, even the King's nannies can't keep folks like John Oliver, Colbert, and Stewart from bringing the more egregious abuses to the public attention. Comedy serves an important purpose-more people probably pay attention to and remember something they can laugh at/about. In Oliver and Colbert's cases, the inverted sarcasm makes people (hopefully)scratch their heads and THINK beyond the actual words. Some may even experience an "Ah Ha! moment-I hope. Florida deserves the moniker of "most corrupt"-the Republicans in power have abused every facet of the election system. Gerrymandering? Fl. takes the # 1 spot. Kudos to those who have the will, the wit and the resources to shine light on those who inarguably bring shame to the system and themselves. Would there were more Local/State journalists not in thrall to the Scott/Republican Royals now in charge. The state, I fear, is not merely circling the bowl-the handle has been pulled and we all are in the tank-except for the Tallahassee sharks at the top of the feeding chain. They made certain of THEIR lifeboats.. ( ed jenkins is a total joke-he tends to speak "for all the citizens and readers" in the State. I wish he would, at least, avail himself of a dictionary and a tome on basic grammar.Just ignore all he writes. I do.)
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Scott cannot give a straight answer to any specific question. It took an aide to tell the reporter that yes, Scott did vote for the definition of 1 man,1 woman -even though the Supreme Court, AND the vast majority of American people, agree that this antiquated notion is discriminatory. Bondi will now waste millions of taxpayer $$ in defending this-although every State in which the SG elected to oppose, the courts have upheld the ruling.
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What in the name of all that people "profess" to be holy are certain segments of the American people doing?? WE ALL are former "immigrants". For these people, who proudly proclaim to be the most devout 'Christians on earth" and state "their" religious ideology is the ONLY way to be "saved", they are most definitely NOT living their oft-repeated words. These are CHILDREN, folks-not animals, NOT criminals, NOT drug runners, NOT diseased, NOT ANY of the various epithets hurled by these oh- so- good -to -their- fellow- man hypocrites. Our representatives in Congress are right in the thick of this mess-they, too, have shed any veneer of civilized behavior. Lest any of you screaming former immigrants forget, these children are now trying to find a measure of safety in THIS country because the United States fomented and caused, by myriad interventions and meddling, the rampant violence in their home countries. The LAW that states this country MUST ACCEPT ALL CHILDREN from countries other than Mexico and that these children are subject to specific immigration procedures PRIOR to deportation was written and signed by George Bush. Although introduced as a measure to try to stem the tide of human trafficking and in the guise of religious liberty,unless and until this law-no matter how one feels-is repealed and/or amended, there is no legal way to deport these children back to the countries from which they fled-trying to save their lives.The LAW states as such-they must be allowed to stay and jump through the increasingly torturous hoops of the broken immigration bureaucracy. What is wrong with so many Americans that they have, en masses, forgotten all innate human decency? When I watch Americans brandishing weapons, threatening busloads of screaming, frightened children, I am ashamed to call myself an American. These people are of the same ilk of those who, in the past, brandished pitchforks and tar and threw bricks at anyone who dared to invade "their" space-the very "space" these same people took by brutal force from the true natives of this country. These children are not immigrants, folks. They are REFUGEES and this country's "leaders" and the idiots in Texas and Arizona (and elsewhere) should and MUST treat them as such. In my long life, I have not witnessed such overt hatred against other humans since the Jim Crow days. Every one of you who are calling for sending these children back to the hell they left should be heartily ashamed of yourselves. In the military and State Dept., such action is euphemistically called "rendition"-the results of which will occur to those sent back are known-usually torture and murder. For the Fl.State Surgeon General to actually write and send such a letter does nothing more than whip up the frenzy of those, who like the lunatic Louis Gohmert,falsely claim these children are "disease and lice-ridden carriers of such horrors as Ebola , AIDS,Dengue fever, etc. What absolute stupidity! I expected such from Gohmert-I NEVER thought that even the Republican-appointed Surgeon General- a PHYSICIAN-in Florida would jump on that crazy bandwagon of baseless suppositions and fantastical lies. I'll bet those of you brave adults, proudly holding your weapons at the ready ,who are blocking the roads in breathless anticipation of the busses carrying these children, many of them infants,faithfully attend your houses of worship every week and thank "your god" for all your riches and safety. What hubristic hypocrites you all are! You disgust most of the people in other countries-you certainly disgust me. America is no longer the "home of the Brave"- America is the land of the Bully. Time to let Lady Liberty sink to the depths of the harbor-Americans certainly abide by or believe in such an antiquated notion-except for themselves.
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"Almost 90 percent of the House Republicans who are fomenting for gridlock, impeachment, and lawsuits against President Obama (instead of passing legislation) will win re-election in 2014—not because of a check written by the Koch brothers—but because they are in all-but-unopposed, one-party districts." Slate-7/17/14. THIS is why gerrymandering MUST be ended. The Republican leadership in Tallahassee, Gaetz and Weatherford, deliberately conspired to circumvent the law and the will of the people of this State. They certainly do not wish any closer investigations under their rocks-that is the reason no appeals on Judge Lewis' ruling have been filed. The people of Florida have been lied to and cheated of any type of fair election process. Any and ALL republicans who had a hand in the gerrymandering of these two Districts-and very probably more- should be summarily fired and charged with malfeasance and dereliction of public duty. If past elections were deemed illegal and unconstitutional, and if the District lines are NOT redrawn, per the FAIR DISTRICTING AMENDMENT, prior to the Nov. elections, the results of those will be null. The Fair Districting Amendment, passed by the majority of Florida voters, sets forth the laws by which Gaetz, et al were bound to follow. They did not. If Floridians want a fair election with a just result, they must demand that the maps be redrawn according to law. The people of Florida need a product such as Round-Up that will dispose of the noxious weeds that thrive in the political back rooms of Tallahassee. (@ ed jenkins-I specifically requested you refrain from including me in your ridiculous postings. I would also suggest you avail yourself of a dictionary or thesaurus to avoid repeating yourself. Your posts reveal your monumental ignorance and stupidity; you have made yourself a laughingstock. As a citizen of this State, I do not share your perverted views nor do I wish to be included as one of your all-inclusive "citizens of the State. I ask that you reference yourself ONLY-without the inference that I, or others, share your mania.)
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Scott is a master at not providing answers to ANY questions-whether asked by the "hometown" reporters or national media. Most politicians, of all political persuasions, seem to have this particular trait-maybe they're born with it. Scott, however, has failed to give a succinct answer to any question posed; he is incapable of saying, "yes, no, or even maybe". Republicans, as a whole,are better at obfuscation, though-they've had a lot of practice in the last few years. Possibly because they simply don't KNOW the answer to anything ,or, more likely, they don't wish to have anything they say on record. In this article, one notes that Scott,as usual, did not provide an answer to a single question asked. @ Mr. Ed-I would hazard a guess that the decline in subscribers is due more to the availability of digital content than any decrease in the journalistic excellence or ability of present-day "article writers". And, as a personal favor to me, (and, I believe, many others) I would appreciate your ceasing to include me among your ubiquitous "the readers" and/or "the citizens" in your daily rants. I certainly do not ascribe to your particular views on anything. I would respectively ask that you cease and desist using the "royal plural" when you post. You really do NOT have a clue as to how others think or what their viewpoints may be on any given subject.
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Judge Lewis apparently is one of the few in this State who has not been bought by the Republican Machine-National & State. The redistricting maps were drawn with forethought to both gerrymander several districts and those who involved took great care to try to hide their action from the public. Gaetz, Weatherford, et al-KNEW full well what they were doing was not only illegal, but also in direct opposition to the voters' Fair Districting law. They deleted their emails in an attempt to hide their trail from the public-and they were aware that, while not required by law, that the citizens would demand explanation and a lawsuit would be filed. If the Florida voters fail to go to the polls in Nov., these same kinds of behind closed door actions will continue. Florida citizens will find themselves under even more thrall to a corrupt administration. No wonder Florida has bee identified by numerous agencies as the most corrupt and most gerrymandered State in the nation. The people making the laws now are thieves-were they acting so in the private sector, every one of these criminals would be tried and sent to prison. I am disgusted and angry at the way the people in Florida have allowed such obvious criminal acts to flourish. Rick Scott and his minions MUST go!
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Would that Rick Scott do likewise...sure would save a lot of Floridians a lot of grief !
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Mr.ed, I truly wish you'd find something new and different to post-just for grins, ya know? Seems as if you save a comment you like and then just paste it anywhere. I don't believe the Repubs trying to hide transcripts, emails, and the strange facts about the maps drawn by a college student that have miraculously shown the disputed redistricting is a matter of wrongdoing by either "gender" or "cartographers". Rather, this is a blatant attempt by those Repub legislators-Gaetz, Weatherford, etc., to hide the fact that they used more than a few somewhat hinky methods to arrive at their idea of what "Fair Districts" are in this state. In trying to keep secret the ways in which they arrived at their decidedly UNFAIR redistricting, they are circumventing, (or trying their best to do so)an amendment passed by the voters in this State. Since redistricting can occur only every 10 years when we conduct the census, the current map affects every voter in the State, and will do so for the next 10 years. The voter-approved Fair Districting Act stipulated that the voting district lines cannot be drawn to favor either an incumbent or a political party. In attempting to use the courts to hide the behind-closed door, last minute bills tacked on at the end of the Legislative session, Gaetz et. al., are deliberately and willfully going against a voter-approved law. The Republicans in this state apparently believe that they are not subject to any rule of law; they make it up as the circumstances occur. The time has passed for Scott and his Republican colleagues to be voted out of office. These people have,among other things, been responsible for the almost total decline of the middle class. Scott's administration, following that of Jeb, has systematically gutted the State. Crony capitalism is their credo-they have all prospered while the majority of the regular folk suffered. Defining District lines to protect Republican incumbents or to help Republican candidates is illegal. That, coupled with the shameful suppression of voters by any means possible, is the only way the Repugs in this State can hope to maintain their hold on the Legislature.
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I was under the impression that all who commented on the issues were aware of and had clicked "I Agree" on the terms of use for the Naked Politics discussions. I have,however, noticed that what I call "the usual 3", (i.e. "D", "ed jenkins","Bill Thompson") seem to regularly post the same diatribes and hurl insults at each other. I also thought that name-calling was verboten; apparently,you 3 "gentlemen" either can't understand the requisites for posting or merely don't care that most folks who frequent these pages skip over and/or ignore your poorly written, expletive- filled written tirades. I and others would like to read comments which actually refer to the issue(s) of the article-rather than these puerile attacks at each other. Please, you 3, try to keep your comments free of the familiar vitriol that has become your hallmark. By reading others' comments, I hope to further my understanding of the issues affecting all Floridians-at times, I have read comments that caused me to think more deeply about a variety of matters that will impact all of us. Your continual sniping is neither helpful nor informative. I'm sure (??) you all are familiar with the adage, "If you can't say something nice...". For all our sakes, I ask you to refrain from these all-too-familiar daily insults.
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After scanning-briefly-the comments by Mr. Ed and "D", and Bill Thompson, I must admit to a sneaking suspicion ha al 3 are one and the same.. either that, or all have a combined IQ of 60. I do believe they (?) must think every politician is a "most horrible, scumbag, family friendly," ad nauseum.. Be that as it may.. it may possibly be a true description of those now in power in Tallahassee. As for the ethics charges- or lack thereof-that the RPOF leveled at Charlie Crist, this is enough to make one laugh. Scott, Bondi, and the rest have not exactly been exemplary examples in their own political dealings. I do believe that several Repub legislators have been charged and found guilty of ethics violations. The particular group now in power in Tally are some of the most corrupt politicians in the country-and THAT is saying much about their "ethics". Scott doesn't know the meaning of the word, much less how to execute/live by ethical principles. The latest scandal in which the Repubs are attempting to bribe a judge(s) to keep their behind-closed-doors-redistricting plans from becoming public is beyond belief. If these unethical foxes succeed in the attempts to guard their henhouse, the citizens of the family-friendly State of Florida will again be kept in the dark about their "representatives'" back door dealings. Transparency in government in the Sunshine Law State? Not in Scott's reign-or of those Repubs preceding him. The ONLY way the "citizens" will ever have a chance at learning how/what/who/when/and where their tax dollars are spent (or the laws that are tacked on to unrelated amendments at the last minute of a budgeting session) is to vote Rick Scott and his corporate buds out of the Gov's mansion. Lord knows, he has OTHER mansions in which he can choose to live.
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@ "lynn"- Everyone who wants to learn about the FACTS-rather than the innuendo and false information currently disseminated by those opposing the legalization of marijuana, should click on the above link. It has a plethora of information and links that provide yet more statistical information. Lynn-Thanks for posting this link. Hopefully many will actually take advantage of this and educate themselves.
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Hi Mr. Ed-I'm baa...ck! Just wanted to inform you that " most horrible man morgan from another state would come in and try to damage our state.." is actually a REAL Floridian ! It is Sheldon Adelson who is from another State-he who has dropped 2.5 million $ into the coffers of those fighting against Amendment 2. And, Mr. ED? Adelson is not doing so because of the goodness of/in his heart or because he believes the claptrap being currently disseminated by Ms. Fay, Sheriff Judd, and their ilk. He is trying to get a quid pro pro deal that will allow him to expand his casino empire into your "family friendly Florida" Just thought you might like to know.. (Consider this info a freebie.)
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As an addendum to the above post: This was a reply I had previously posted to someone who had , like Sheriff Judd and Ms. Fay, attempted to spread yet more fears and untruthful "information" and about medical marijuana. This is as pertinent today as it was a few months ago, perhaps more so given the sudden infusion of dollars into the campaign to discredit amendment 2. Scott, Bondi,et. al. tried their best to see that this Amendment never made to the ballot for voters to decide. they lost that battle. The Fl. Supreme Court decided both the language and the criteria were sufficiently understandable for voters in this State. No, we are NOT stupid. I hope the majority who say they support this Amendment will follow through with that support at the ballot boxes. That is the ONLY way that the citizens of this family friendly State will be able to prove their integrity and their compassion in the face of a massive governmental campaign of misinformation. Investigate from where the money comes and discover just who stands to profit-and who stands to lose .
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US Patent 6630507 titled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants" which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services. The patent claims that "Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia." The patent was obtained in October of 2003 I would suggest all read the following-if you really want to find out how duplicitous our government is, go a little further ; actually research the science on the efficacy of Medical Marijuana.Regardless of what you may think you know, there are no incidences of marijuana use as cause of death from overdose, marijuana is not a "gateway " drug, marijuana is not addictive (although some MAY become psychologically dependent-meaning there are no withdrawal symptoms),and far too many more myths to enumerate. The US GOVERNMENT obtained the patent in 2003 for all medical applications of marijuana-assignee HHS. Their own scientific research showed the following-plus much more. Medical MJ has since been proven to effect remission in several types of cancer, it eases pain and nausea, has an effect on the receptors in the brain that cause seizure activity, can reverse neurological trauma..and so much more. I'm not quite certain where you receive information about those who do use marijuana-whether for medical or recreational use, but your source(s) are patently wrong. "Mind Altering" drugs ? You cannot be serious! Have you even considered all the mind-altering medications ,legally prescribed, that millions of Americans use who are walking around you every day? If you make blanket statements as you have, the least you could do is provide some basis in fact. I suppose you must have a picture in your mind of the great unwashed who lie around in the gutters doing nothing but smoking pot-existing only to offend your sense of propriety/morality. Have you EVER witnessed someone, who, after undergoing chemo treatment is so nauseated that he vomits blood? Have you EVER volunteered at an AIDS clinic or a hospice-where the ONLY relief these folks can get from unrelenting pain is a puff or 10 from a marijuana joint? Have you EVER watched someone who suffers from Essential Tremor who cannot control the constant myoclonic tremors/jerks of every limb and who can stop the movements with the use of marijuana? Have you EVER attempted to comfort/hold a 3 year old child who is dying because of the hundreds of epileptic seizures he endures with no understanding as to why his parents/doctors can't fix" him? I won't mention the tribulations that those who suffer from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer's disease or myriad neurological insult must deal with-or the god awful pain and helplessness their loved ones suffer because they have no recourse-because our own government has decreed marijuana has "no medical application" and placed it in the same classification as drugs such as heroin and morphine. The entire argument/stance this government has taken defies rationality, ignores science, exhibits no compassion for those who need it most and exists solely for the profit motives of the corporations of which we are all so very aware. It is permissible to openly carry a lethal weapon on the streets, but medical /palliative care is a crime. What is wrong in this country? For your own sake, I urge you to educate yourself; I sincerely hope neither you nor anyone you love ever has a need for marijuana. . I am neither immature nor immoral. I have 2 post grad degrees, and am kind to animals and (most) people. I do not smoke pot-would that I lived in a State where it was legal to do so-the prescription meds I must take in order to function have taken an unbearable toll on me; but, they're legal, despite the side effects. How many "legal drugs have the warning labels that admonish "..not to drive, operate heavy machinery, make important decisions, etc.,.. "-that is, of course, if the legal drug itself doesn't kill you or cause irreparable harm ? The entire government stance against marijuana is based on hypocrisy and untruths; the pharmaceutical industry, the oil industry, the DEA, and the DoJ all have a great deal of money and profit tied up in the continuation of these policies. How many government agents-not to mention entire government departments/agencies would be eliminated if this one drug-(and I hesitate to call it such) becomes legal? One would think-ha!-that the citizens of this nation would have learned a vey harsh lesson in the political reality of prohibition many decades ago. Most of the comments I've read here are not based on fact; rather, the opinions expressed are just that-opinions with no evidence to support them whether for legalization or against. While everyone is certainly entitled to his/her own views, I would respectively suggest that all-especially the more vociferous and strident voices against legalization/regulation of marijuana-may wish to actually do a bit of research into the subject. While all have the right to their own opinions, that does not extend to forcing that particular ideology upon anyone else.( And that includes religious ideology too-I couldn't resist that last..) Sadly, far too many American today believe whatever they're told-by the government, by the media, by their friends... fact and critical thought processes don't enter their minds. Constant repetition of a lie eventually leads to the lie becoming "fact "-the definition of which is known as "brainwashing". And, THAT has led to some gawd-awful "traditions". Water to wine? Alchemy? Witness just how many Americans still believe the outright falsehood that Iraq was the perpetrator of the horrific bombing of the World Trade Centers. Just sayin...Think people. Think-for yourself. Develop your OWN beliefs-instead of merely adopting those of others
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You know, Mr. Ed, just once I'd like to see some evidence other than your opinions of the "citizens" of this State. Perhaps some true statistics would be helpful or even a name or two. Mass murderers from the 1940's? Who?? "Claimed use of illegal drugs leading to irrational behavior"? Where and by whom?? I , and most who follow this issue (and, it would appear, ANY issue with which you disagree) would disagree with most of your seemingly clairvoyant statements about what the citizens of this State want or do not want. As far as "people who do not exist" voting for (or against) Amendment 2, Gov. Scott's ill-conceived campaigns to root out all such illegal voters has come to naught; he has cost the taxpayers of this family-friendly state $450,000. to date-probably more, and regardless of the Court's decisions that such witch hunts were illegal, continues to try to spend OUR money on this fruitless and useless endeavor. Sheldon Adelson is pouring money into the fight against the legal use of medical marijuana solely because he wants to expand his gambling empire. Would you, Mr. Ed. call THAT "family-friendly"? A moot question. As he has done before, Adelson is playing both sides of the game-because he can. Simple as that. Casinos in Florida trump thousands who need relief from pain, neurological diseases, and Parkinson's-among others. Adelson's own researchers concluded as much. You may wish to do a bit of research into the United States Government patent on marijuana. Their own researchers came to the same conclusions years ago and claimed the patent on ALL Further medical use/research of marijuana. Anyone who has 2 functioning brain cells can clearly ascertain the reasoning behind this sudden infusion of dollars in the campaign against MM. And none are hallucinating when they make that connection. Big Pharma, the prison industry, the drug-testing industries-one of the largest of which just happens to be owned by Scott's wife-the sheriff's associations-all these businesses and more stand to lose a great deal of income when they can no longer arrest someone for having a small amount of marijuana. This is not a gateway drug. That untruth is a holdover from the government-sponsored Reefer Madness days. I again would urge all to read and research this issue before accepting the opinions and those who clearly know nothing. Many online sites are available-with reliable information backed up with statistical proof ;unfortunately, many sites also exist that do nothing other than disseminate propaganda to further their own ends. I would also urge Mr. Ed to educate him/her self before he/she continues to make these nonsensical statements that have made him a laughingstock on these pages. Please, Sir-I beg you- save yourself from such an ignominious fate. Yes on Amendment 2 .
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@ John Logue- the information in your comment was extremely interesting. It also lends credibility to my conjectures that this issue is not about relieving chronic pain or alleviating the symptoms of many neurological diseases. The entire backlash has morphed into a campaign for politicians and those who fund them to realize even more profits. Casinos for all? Profits trump pain. Again. Learning that Adelson is opposing the legalization of MM in Fl. while a clinic in Israel that is funded by and bears his name is simultaneously publishing positive results of the efficacy of marijuana in many neurological diseases is indeed puzzling. (Sarcasm) As I stated in another post, look to the money and who stands to gain from this-Adelson will support Scott et al and in return, he will receive an easier path to establishing yet more casinos in the State. Quid pro Pro, yes? Like others, I sincerely hope that all those purportedly 70% who support not only Scott's half-measure bill, but full legalization of medical marijuana as determined by a Physician (instead of politicians playing doctor), will actually put their words into action and go to the polls and VOTE YES on AMENDMENT 2. Those opposing this bill are using every underhanded tactic they can conceive-the outright lies and mis/dis information emanating from that camp is astounding- as is the sheer amount of dollars suddenly introduced into attempts to defeat the public's wishes.
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Would that I could flag the above comment; not only does it insult to a great many people, but can be classified as "hate speech". I don't think any others who comment on any of the issues would stoop so low as to write, much less, think, sentiments like this. It demeans the author and anyone who agrees with this despicable post. Whoever or WHATEVER this author, "Adolf" is should be banned from further posts on these boards.
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Follow the $$ all. MM has been overtaken by politics. Anyone surprised? Pity the thousands of Floridians who perhaps may have, at long last, been able to find relief from chronic pain without having to resort to the legal, but devastating, narcotics that doctors are so eager to prescribe. The benefits of medical marijuana have been removed from the stage; now the politicians and their really, really rich donors will use Amendment 2 as a gateway to further their profits in the gaming and the pharmaceutical industries. My, how the priorities have shifted. What a sad commentary on the sympathetic legislators in Floriduh. Slots take precedence over suffering. I can but hope that the majority of Floridians who support this Amendment now will continue to do so. I would love to see Adelson and Scott lose a few million more !
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What an extremely puerile response-if it could called such. Dumb stoners? Losers? Since when have people who suffer from debilitating pain, seizures, etc. become "imaginary" ? Only one who has no empathy for his fellow man would hurl such hate at those seeking relief. I would suspect you, D, of being Mr. Ed's doppelganger, but the syntax is different. I refuse to sink to your level; I will say, however, that I sincerely hope neither you nor any of your loved ones ever find themselves in need of medication that has been proven to be efficacious but is wrongly classified as illegal. I, "D", am most definitely not an imaginary person nor am I a drunk stoner. I would respectively suggest you investigate the possibility of your joining an anger management group. You seem to desperately need a measure of peace. I will remind you that over 70% of the voters in Florida support this Amendment. Somehow I doubt that this many are either stoners or imaginary. Medical marijuana has proven helpful- without the devastating side effects of opioids-in those who suffer from myriad diseases. Yet, our government continues to place marijuana in the same classification of drugs such as heroin. Who stands to profit from this continuing farce? Certainly not those risking jail to obtain relief from unbearable pain. I also doubt the parents of children with uncontrolled seizures would realize any financial gain. Who indeed?
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Why, Mr. Ed ,I'm not certain if you are advocating that Mr. Caputo be fired from his job or whether you're calling for a hit squad to take him out! Personally, this particular "citizen" enjoys Mr. Caputo's columns and I would miss his viewpoints on the political shenanigans that occur daily in this State. Frankly, I believe Caputo's opinions mirror the majority of the voters in several parts of Floriduh, although you, Sir, disagree. (as is your right). It is not your right to speak for others. The overwhelming support for legalizing medical marijuana is extremely heartening to this citizen, and, I suspect, many more. The polls are indeed newsworthy in that they afford the citizens a look at the voting preferences of those who will eventually decide which Amendments will (hopefully, in this case!) become established law or will be left in Floriduh's dustbin of shame. I hope that most who will actually bestir themselves to go to the polls on election Day will vote "Yes" on Amendment 2. The Repuglican stance on this issue seems to be more obstructionism than any efforts to listen to and execute the will of the populace they were elected to (purportedly) represent. Once again, we have Legislators playing Physician; I don't think even you, Mr. Ed, would allow a Member of the Legislature-who is NOT an MD- remove your appendix or perform heart surgery. I may be mistaken however; you seem to be in lockstep with whatever this corrupt administration proposes. Scott, et al record of crony capitalism is matched by none other in the country. Scott, Gaetz, Weatherford, Bondi , Baby Gaetz, and the rest of the Repubs in Tally have been responsible for more governmental interference in the citizens' private lives than any body in recent memory-including the reign of Jebbie. This , while claiming to be the party of less government intrusion. Ha. The Repugs have all but beatified Reagan, yet the facts of the expansion of government reach into every facet of the citizens' lives prove otherwise. A fleeting memory is so helpful when convenient, dontcha think? BTW-under St. Ron, the US had the largest expenditure and expansion of the military than under any other President. Not to mention the taxes, the inflation, etc, that accompanied Ronnie's reign. Of course, Bush, Jr. tried to match Ronnie, but didn't quite make it. Thankfully. Back to your complaints about Mr. Caputo and what constitutes "news". I assume you have gleaned by now that this citizen disagrees with your views on this-and just about every other issue I've had the distinct misfortune to read. Perhaps I shouldn't be so harsh, though-your comments quite often are a source of hilarity that lasts a couple of hours. I do thank you for providing a measure of levity to my otherwise (usually) hum-drum day. I do hope Mr. Caputo doesn't take your criticisms to heart and cease writing about the news in this State; if he really gets his feelings hurt and quits, where will the "citizens" get the news that IS news? Besides, without Caputo's columns, about what would YOU then have to protest ? Your (wells)of the citizens' displeasure on myriad issues would then go dry. As the adage states, "Be careful what you wish for, as you may get it..". Have a wonderful day, Mr. Ed. A pleasure-as always. To all-Please Vote "YES" on Amendment 2. Many adults and thousands of others in this State need the relief from the suffering of other diseases/conditions. It is not ONLY those children with epilepsy who will benefit from medical marijuana. Apparently, according to the Republican legislature, these children are the only ones who are worthy of a non-opioid solution for their diseases and chronic pain. Remember-Politicians are NOT Physicians. Even if they play one.
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