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I was starting to write about this time I got ran out of Florida back in the '70s, back when "I was a rube seeking my fortune' (a term I picked up from reading comic books back in the day). I hitchhiked into Florida, Damn it was blazing hot there. A plain-clothed cop, wearing sunglasses and sporting a Levi jacket stopped me, questioned me, took me to his station, and gave me the once over including fingerprints. I was guilty of not having "a pocketful of money". A while later the cop dropped me off on the highway out of town and told me not to come back until I had a pocketful of money. "Yes sir! No problem sir!" I said to him and he drove off. So damn there went my big romantic Florida adventure. That's all I know about Florida, don't go there unless you have a pocketful of money.
Anyway, I see and hear about this guy "Gov. Ron DeSantis". He seems to be a noble and strong defender of the idiocy of rightwing Bullsh*t. But now finally, he's bringing out the big controversial guns. he will go all in on gambling with human lives! DeSantis is going to submit the ultimate to the gods of rightwing politics. He is willing to sacrifice human children for the greater cause of rightwing ignorance and empowerment! He's backing up rightwing nut jobs by putting young lives on the line. Wow, It's incredible if not diabolical in its ignorance. I read the letter from the Drs who urge him to protect the children. I lost count at around 120 MD signators.
Asking local schools and jurisdictions to look the other way while COVID-19 tears through our communities, or lose funding if they implement safeguards, won’t protect kids. Waving the flag of personal choice, as Gov. DeSantis does, even as those choices endanger the lives of others, only robs millions of Floridians of the freedom to eat out, be with their loved ones and, yes, learn in schools safely.
Enough is enough. Florida needs to mask up, get vaccinated and have a governor willing to lead.
Signed: Full Letter Here
The dire situation hasn’t stopped DeSantis, perhaps the country’s leading opponent of COVID-19-restrictions, from doing all he can to ensure anti-mask Floridians can send their children sans face coverings into public school classrooms.
On Friday, the same day Florida tallied 23,903 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day total since the pandemic began, the state Department of Health and state Board of Education approved new rules limiting schools’ ability to enforce mask use. And on Monday, the governor’s office released a statement that superintendents and school board members who defy DeSantis could see their pay withheld. Story Here
I wonder if Diablo Desantis would relent if someone gave him a Pocketful of Money...bet he would...Its possible he's holding the kids' lives hostage, threatening to make them his personal candidates for Human Sacrifice until someone offers him a Pocketful of Money.