## Why Florida is an awsome place to live

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Murder hornets
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ed wrote: Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:13 pm Gators, you left out Gators on your graph Witness
Gators, puny gators give you anxiety?!? I'm very disappointed!

Sorry if this has already been posted somewhere:
Florida's DeSantis moves to allow citizens to shoot looters, rioters targeting businesses

Critics argue the law would allow for armed citizens to become vigilantes

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has drafted “anti-mob” legislation that would expand the state’s Stand Your Ground law – a move that some worry would allow armed citizens to shoot and potentially kill anyone they suspect of looting.

DeSantis’ newest legislation comes in response to months of protesting that frequently lead to rioting this summer in Florida and across the U.S., following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

The legislation is an attempt to prevent “violent and disorderly assemblies” by permitting violence against anyone involved in the “interruption or impairment” of a business, reportedly described in the draft as being a burglary within 500 feet of “violent or disorderly assembly,” according to reporting by the Miami Herald Tuesday.

“It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions,” a former Miami-Dade County prosecutor, Denise Georges, who has worked with Stand Your Ground cases told the Miami publication. “It also allows for death to be the punishment for a property crime — and that is cruel and unusual punishment. We cannot live in a lawless society where taking a life is done so casually and recklessly.”

The draft legislation also includes measures that would make protesting which disrupts the public by blocking traffic, a third degree felony. The law would also reportedly grant immunity to drivers who unintentionally kill or injure protesters who were blocking traffic.

Additionally the law would allow the state to withhold funds from local governments that cut police budgets.
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You see this here badge on muh chest? Makes me a bonafide deputy of Florida. What's that? You can't see it? How's about you bring yourself a bit closer. Right on that red X. You'll see it from there.
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Witness
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↑ Come on, Bruce, snowshoes? Can't be Florida.
robinson
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The man in that picture is almost exactly what I look like
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robinson
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But no tats
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ed
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Witness wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:36 am ↑ Come on, Bruce, snowshoes? Can't be Florida.
We use them for traversing the mud flats.
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Abdul Alhazred
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ed wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:15 pm
Witness wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:36 am ↑ Come on, Bruce, snowshoes? Can't be Florida.
We use them for traversing the mud flats.
Seminole water skis they call 'em.
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Before we knocked off all the Seminoles

Oh... this was taken in Myakka State Park a couple of miles from me
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ed wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:15 pm mud flats
How do you distinguish them from the rest of the country?
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Depth, primarily. Depth and concentration of poisonous reptiles.
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1920.
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Witness wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:58 pm

1920.
Belle Glade (and the surrounding area) is sometimes referred to as "Muck City" due to the large quantity of muck, in which sugarcane grows, found in the area
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Abdul Alhazred
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Takimag's alt-right odds and ends week in review column says nice things about Florida.

https://www.takimag.com/article/the-wee ... ished-113/
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FLORIDA: FINALLY ON ITS MEDS

One of the more unexpected twists of 2020 has been the redefinition of “Florida man.” In years past, the term was used to mock the people of the Sunshine State as nutty, unhinged, and dangerous. But as the year draws to a close, Florida’s formerly tarnished public image has been polished to a surprisingly glossy sheen. The state largely avoided the dual perils of COVID—the Scylla of mass fatalities (à la New York) and the Charybdis of economic disaster due to draconian lockdowns (à la California). On top of that, cities in Florida generally remained untouched by the mass destruction of BLM rioting and looting. And of course the state went solidly for Trump…so solidly that no amount of Democrat dirty tricks could swing the vote.

Not bad. For a place that used to be associated with drugged-up zombies eating the faces of hapless homeless men, it’s a nice save. And most of the credit goes to the state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, a.k.a. the AntiCuomo.

Last week DeSantis decided to cap off a triumphant year by drafting a bill that would allow armed Floridians to blow the living crap out of rioters and looters.

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A few more paragraphs of this item at the link.
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nutty, unhinged, and dangerous.

NUD

Our birthright
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"Last week DeSantis decided to cap off a triumphant year by drafting a bill that would allow armed Floridians to blow the living crap out of rioters and looters."

What's really bizarro world is the places that make it illegal to defend yourself
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Witness
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How Janis Joplin was arrested in Tampa 50 years ago

Police let Joplin finish her set at Curtis Hixon Hall before arresting the singer in her dressing room.

Details: https://www.tampabay.com/news/tampa/201 ... years-ago/
ed
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We have a statue of Janis here in Sarasota.
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Thats her on the right
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Reality is more funny:
2009: Aluminum copy to Sarasota temporarily amid controversy

Interest in a revisit to Sarasota in 2009 was cultivated by a director of a bay-front biannual show and an aluminum copy was placed at the bay-front, again temporarily. An "88-year-old donor, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II" offered to pay half a million dollars for it against an initial asking price of $680,000.[10] While some members of the community supported the statue, others felt the statue was not good enough to be displayed on the bay front. The chairwoman of the public art committee at the time said that "it doesn't even qualify as kitsch...It is like a giant cartoon image drafted by a computer emulating a famous photograph. It's not the creation of an artist. It's an artist copying a famous image."[10] The statue was immediately controversial, with some people calling for its removal[11] for various reasons, including the fact that it may constitute copyright infringement,[12] as well as concern about its content representing a sexual assault. Joel May, a Sarasota architect and a member of the city's public art committee, raised an issue of possible copyright infringement, because of the similarity of the sculpture to V–J day in Times Square, published in Life in 1945 and still protected by copyright. Johnson asserted that he was aware of this issue, and had used another photograph of the kissing couple taken by Victor Jorgensen, which is in the public domain.[13] The attorney for the municipal government said that the attorneys for Johnson and the donor had fulfilled the requirements set by the city commission, making way for exhibition of the statue for at least ten years.[14] An automobile crash occurred on April 26, 2012,[15] during which the Sarasota copy of the statue was struck by a vehicle and was damaged. The impact knocked an approximately 3-foot-wide hole in the sailor's foot and added hairline cracks to its frame. This led to the statue being taken down by the city,[16] which laid the statue onto its side, close to the site, while insurance companies negotiated over liability and repair issues. The minimum distance for a road hazard established by the state of Florida is fourteen feet, but the location barely met that standard because it was erected near one of the busiest and most complex intersections in the city.[citation needed] The statue attracted visitors who gathered around the base and often backed up to the curb to take photographs. No one was present when the automobile jumped the curb and careened into the statue. Debate about returning the statue to that location ensued, with an editorial calling for moving the statue to a safer location, as had been advocated by critics before the statue was placed for the controversial ten-year display.[17] The statue was re-erected near the Sarasota shoreline in December 2012.[18] Similar controversy was occurring in California. In March 2012, the San Diego Unified Port District voted to purchase a permanent bronze replacement for the loaner. This controversial move resulted in the resignation of three board members.[9][19] Despite the controversy, construction of the new weather-resistant bronze statue proceeded,[20][21] in part due to a fundraising campaign by the Midway Museum that raised US$1 million.[22]

Controversy leads to tagging as sexual assault

Unconditional Surrender has been a topic of controversy many times, both pro and con, but in 2019,[23] after the man thought to be the subject of the original photograph, V-J Day in Times Square died and media coverage that followed made it better known that the woman thought to be the other subject was not known to the sailor depicted and had related that it was not consensual, controversy over the statue gained new momentum with more accusations that it depicts a sexual assault. The day after his death,[24] the statue in Sarasota was vandalised with #MeToo graffiti.[25] A tweet from the police department stated late one evening that they had dispatched officers to the statue in response to a report that "Unconditional Surrender" had been vandalized. When officers arrived, they saw the large words, "#MeToo", painted in red on the left leg of the woman. The police noted later that they were uncertain of the time of the tagging because no surveillance cameras captured the activity and there were no reports of witnesses.[26]
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After hurricane Andrew: