I’ve got a bit of a snarky buildup this morning and I thought I’d share some of the things that are weighing on my mind … why should I keep such fun to myself, right?
Three organizations have now issued warnings about travel to the state of Florida. Last month, Equality Florida, a gay rights advocacy group issued a travel advisory for LGBTQ people, on Wednesday the League of United Latin American Citizens issued an advisory for people of Hispanic descent, and on Friday, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) issued a warning that it is no longer safe for Black people to travel to or within Florida. This, in addition to all the other crap (book bans, ‘Don’t Say Gay’ laws, discrimination, the Disney vs DeSantis feud, downgrading education, etc.) happening in Florida under their authoritarian governor, Ron DeSantis, has got to be a severe blow to the state whose economy relies heavily on tourism.
In part, the advisory by the NAACP reads …
“… the governor and the state of Florida have shown that African Americans are not welcome in the state of Florida.”
Ron DeSantis seems to want a straight, white state – well, it looks like he’s about to get his wish. Only thing is that it will likely cut the state’s revenue by more than half. Watch for unemployment numbers to go through the ceiling and the state to be unable to fund the programs to help people. Way to go, DeSantis! Perhaps at some point the people of Florida will look around and say, “Wha-what happened? We thought he was gonna make Florida great again?”
The name of U.S. Representative Barry Loudermilk has only crossed my radar one other time … when it was revealed that he had given an unofficial tour (tours were banned during that time because of the pandemic) of the Capitol the day before January 6th, 2021 – a tour that included such areas as stairwells used only by members of Congress that are typically off-limits to the public.
Video of January 6th shows one of the men from that tour marching toward the Capitol on January 6th, saying: “There’s no escape Pelosi, Schumer, Nadler. We’re coming for you.”
But yesterday, Mr. Loudermilk came crashing back onto my radar and nearly cracked my screen!
Mr. Loudermilk is allegedly ‘investigating’ the events of January 6th, but in fact is investigating the Capitol Police and the members of the January 6th committee who did such an excellent job at folding back the layers and showing us the people involved at every level. In March, he set up a portal for people to submit tips from “individuals with knowledge of the events of January 6th and the Select Committee” about the security of the Capitol, delay in support from the National Guard and more.
If Mr. Loudermilk wishes to know more about January 6th, all he has to do is read the 752-page final report by the January 6th committee that was published last December. But no … he must play cloak-and-dagger games with taxpayer dollars. Yet another Pennywise the Clown in the Republican House.
My representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, Warren Davidson, sent out his usual weekly newsletter on Monday. One part reads …
Freedom surrendered is rarely reclaimed, yet it must be restored to protect our constitutional Second Amendment rights. This week, I joined my friend and colleague Lauren Boebert by cosponsoring the Shall Not Be Infringed Act of 2023. This legislation repeals gun control measures passed under Democratic control and supported by Joe Biden last year. The Second Amendment is essential to defending our freedom. Read more about our legislation as reported by Newsmax here .
So damn much to stir the angst here! First, it speaks volumes that the ignoble Lauren Boebert is his ‘friend’ and that they are co-conspirators in anything! But more to the point, that he would seek to repeal the small amount of gun legislation that has been passed in the last year-and-a-half is simply unspeakable! Children are getting killed by guns in schools, people are being killed by guns in the supermarkets, malls, in their neighborhoods and on the streets! And this bastard wants to repeal the milquetoast legislation passed last year that did damn little to solve the problems to start with??? I hope his and Lauren’s bill goes down in flames, never to be seen again. And the third thing that infuriated me was his take on the Second Amendment … has he not even read the U.S. Constitution??? Does he not understand that there is NO blanket right for the average Joe to own a gun??? And he associates himself with Newsmax, of all things??? This ‘man’ has no intelligence, no conscience, no common sense, and he does NOT belong in Congress!
Whew! And on that note, I think I’ve shared enough angst for one morning, don’t you? Happy Tuesday, my friends!