YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: guns, weed, money and a hammer to fall

“GET OFF MY LAAAAND!” AND OTHER REASONS TO FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE IN FLORIDA: “Looks like Florida will be producing more dead people with bullet holes. The state that enacted a "gun gag" law to prohibit physicians from discussing firearms with patients, and gave us George Zimmerman, that unsteady hero of the Stand Your Ground movement, has more firearms news. The Miami Herald reports on a little-known success of the National Rifle Association in its campaign to bring live ammunition to every corner of the American experience. (Thanks to TPM for bringing it to my attention.) In 2011, Republican Governor Rick Scott signed a law creating penalties for municipalities that attempt to restrict the firing of guns in residential areas. Because no American wants to live in a high-density gulag without the joyful sound of gunfire and the perpetual threat that your child will be felled by a richocheting bullet fired by your idiot neighbor.” (via Bloomberg)

JUST A SHOT IN THE DARK:

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THE DISPENSARIES ARE COMING, THE DISPENSARIES ARE COMING! WAIT, HAVE WE EVEN FIGURED THAT PART OUT YET?: The court’s 4-3 decision means the proposed amendment to the state constitution will go on the state’s Nov. 4 general election ballot. Last week, the initiative crossed its other hurdle — getting more than 683,000 validated signatures on petitions.  ‘I was not surprised, but I am grateful’ for the court’s decision, said John Morgan, the Orlando trial lawyer who provided financial backing for the petition drive and promised to do the same for a campaign to pass the referendum. Morgan forecast a low-key campaign. ‘We’ll be an asterisk compared to the Charlie Crist-Rick Scott race,’ he said. Still, he vowed he’ll do ‘whatever it takes’ financially to back the measure." (via Tampa Tribune)

BECAUSE IT’S COMPLETELY SURPRISING THAT THE STATE WOULD SAY THAT IT IS FIXING A PROBLEM LIKE THIS UNEMPLOYMENT FRACAS WHEN IN FACT IT IS AVOIDING THAT PROBLEM COMPLETELY: “‘I haven't gotten an email or a letter or any acknowledgement from anyone,’ said Evans, a Jacksonville area resident who has waited since October for her claims, which were confirmed by an appeals board. ‘They certainly have enough paperwork on me, so they know who I am.’ If the DEO knows, it isn't saying. How many of the overdue claims have been paid, and for how much? How many have been denied, and why? Have any been paid? DEO spokeswoman Jessica Sims issued this boilerplate answer: ‘In a continued effort to serve all claimants, on Saturday, January 18, DEO directed (project vendor) Deloitte to immediately program the system to pay all continued claims.

This measure was discussed and agreed upon.’” (via Tampa Bay Times)

RIP PETE SEEGER: “Seeger, who dropped out of Harvard University in 1938 to ride a bicycle across the country, quoted his father, Charles Seeger, a musicologist: "My dad, the old professor, used to say, ‘Never get into an argument about what's folk music and what isn't.'’ But whatever you called him, Seeger influenced scores of other singers, including Springsteen, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Rufus Wainwright, John Mellencamp and Arlo Guthrie. All performed in 2009 at Seeger's 90th birthday party at sold-out Madison Square Garden, a fundraiser for his favorite local cause: cleaning up New York's Hudson River. That night, Springsteen introduced Seeger saying, ‘He's gonna look a lot like your granddad that wears flannel shirts and funny hats. He's gonna look like your granddad if your granddad can kick your ass. At 90, he remains a stealth dagger through the heart of our country's illusions about itself.’” (via USA Today)

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