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      FREE TO BE YOU AND ME, AND OTHER SCRAPS OF APPARENT (THOUGH STILL SOMEHOW UNLIKELY) VICTORY FOR EQUALITY AND SANITY: "Equality Florida on Monday announced the launch of Florida Business Coalition for a Competitive Workforce, a group of top employers including Walt Disney World Resort, Wells Fargo and Darden Restaurants committed to ‘passing a bipartisan bill that would ban anti-gay and gender-based discrimination.’ ‘This would be statewide nondiscrimination protection,’ said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. ‘The majority of Floridians live in communities that have local protection, but it’s a patchwork quilt. You can live in a city where you’re fully protected but work in county where there's no protections at all.’ In Miami-Dade County, for instance, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach have adopted laws protecting people on the basis of gender identity and expression. The county has not. Passing a state law 'would ensure that you don’t need to consult your GPS to know whether you’ll be respected under the law,' Smith said. 'Just to be clear, this impacts employment, housing and public accommodations. We have to be concerned not just from 9 to 5, but from 5 to 9.'" (via Miami Herald)   SO HOW MUCH DID IT COST TO BUY OFF DEMOCRACY? $248,000, BUT THAT DOESN’T EVEN INCLUDE INTERNAL PAYROLL EXPENDED ON STUPIDITY. SICKENING: "In August, Ashton said Mayor Teresa Jacobs and four commissioners violated state law when they deleted phone text messages that were public records. Jacobs and Commissioner Scott Boyd, along with Brummer, Thompson and Martinez, each agreed to pay a $500 civil fine as a result of Ashton's probe. However, their lawyers said the payment was no admission of wrongdoing. The statement by Citizens pointed out that voters this fall can show support for paid sick time by backing supporters of the policy, or "voting against those who broke the law and failed to stand up for voters, choosing instead to side with special interest lobbyists." Jacobs and Thompson both face potentially tough re-election races this fall." (via Orlando Sentinel)   YOU ARE GUILTY!: [youtube lkfSc2wJbjc]   EVERYTHING RICK SCOTT SAYS ABOUT FLORIDA’S ECONOMY REBOUNDING IS A LIE. WHO KNEW?: "According to the report, Florida collects 21 percent less in tax revenue’s as of June 20, 2013 than it did during its pre-recession peak, giving the state significantly less spending power than it had seven years ago. Only Alaska and Wyoming are further behind in restoring their tax collections to pre-recession levels, the report found, while Arkansas saw the least dip in its tax collections of any other state, followed by Illinois and Minnesota. Florida's employment rate is also among the worst in the nation, the report found. The report measured the number of people ages 25-54 in the work force before the recession and again in 2013. It found that the 2007 employment rate in Florida was 81.1 percent and, in 2013, it was 74.8 percent, the third largest drop of any other state, behind only Nevada and New Mexico. Nationally, the average drop was 4.1 percentage points." (via Miami Herald)   PRIVATE PRISONS AND PRIVATE PARTS OF CHILDREN: "According to a suit filed in October in federal court, the top administrator at one YSI youth prison regularly made sexual advances toward teenage boys held there in 2010 and 2011 and on at least one occasion brought inmates home with him and into his bedroom. A separate case filed in Florida court in November alleges that a female guard at another YSI facility in 2012 began an ‘intimate and sexual relationship’ with a 14-year-old inmate. Florida officials at the Department of Juvenile Justice did not investigate these alleged incidents until months and even nearly a year after they occurred, according to accounts from the mothers of the victims and documents obtained by The Huffington Post. This was in part because the for-profit prison operator failed to immediately report the alleged episodes as required under its contracts with the state." (via Huffington Post)   ON A LIGHTER NOTE: HEY, THOSE ARE SOME KILLER JEANS!: "The soulless merchants at Serial Killers Ink have now launched a page that has listed wardrobe items and accessories of Casey Anthony’s, including blue jeans (mostly Levi’s), purses in multiple colors, a tote bag, capri shorts and a pair of Caribbean Joe knee shorts. The pant sizes range from 4 to 8; each item goes for $800 each and comes with a certificate of authenticity for you to frame and hang right next to your sketch of Ted Bundy being executed (currently on sale at Serial Killers Ink for $650–that’s $50 off its original price)." (via Death and Taxes)  HOT PANTS!!! [youtube a1U-EBVuLt0]                

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