IF RICK SCOTT HAD HAIR, WOULD IT BE A BOB OR A WEAVE (OR BOTH!): “It's an interesting strategy the Governor's Office has adopted. Apparently, Rick Scott will sit down for television interviews only if his people are allowed to handpick the subjects, questions, reporters and, presumably, ferns. This is a bold concept, bordering on nervy. A clear don't-mess-with-me vibe. All of which got me thinking: What if you made similar demands? What if you told the governor that you will agree to vote for him only if he stops hiding from questions, running away from microphones and avoiding accountability? Because, let's face it, the man's default setting is mute. His lack of accessibility has become so ingrained, it almost seems routine. And if reporters do actually get close enough to ask him about a specific topic, Scott pretends to have heard some completely different question involving butterflies, rainbows or jobs. I'll grant you, in some ways this can be an effective strategy. It keeps controversy to a minimum and gaffes under control. If you don't think silence plays better than being clueless, then you might want to talk to the handlers for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But just because it is more expedient for a politician to hide behind his PR reps, that doesn't mean it's good for you.” (via Tampa Bay Times)
IN CASE YOU THOUGHT THE THREAT OF PRIVATIZED PRISON HEALTHCARE WAS SOMETHING THAT EVENED ITSELF OUT BECAUSE, WELL, PRISONERS – DO YOU THINK THIS IS FAIR? “Anthony Carvajal says the pain was so bad, the only thing he had to look forward to some mornings was guessing which bone he might break. While serving three to five years for grand theft and possession of a firearm (and already a convicted felon), Carvajal was in a pre-work release program at the Kissimmee Transit House last August when he slipped and fell while working in the kitchen. He thought he had ruptured a disc, but the Department of Corrections (DOC) ignored a racquetball-sized protrusion on Carvajal’s back and simply prescribed him 60 days’ worth of ibuprofen. His symptoms intensified to the point that Carvajal felt compelled to leave work-release and return to prison — the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando — for care. But he was put into the general population — not the infirmary — and his health continued to worsen. Now the 44-year-old Tampa resident is dying of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood cells that he was not informed he had contracted until April 16 — six months after hospital officials incorrectly diagnosed him with osteoporosis. Carvajal’s medical care has been provided since his fall last August by Corizon, a Tennessee-based medical services provider for prisons, jails and other detention facilities. Serving approximately 377,000 inmates in 28 states, the for-profit company touts itself as the largest of its kind in the nation. There are serious issues with Corizon, however, that Florida health officials either didn’t know about or ignored when they authorized the company to take over all health services for the DOC in the northern part of Florida in 2013 — like the fact that the company had been sued over 600 times for malpractice in the previous five years.” (via Creative Loafing Tampa)
BUT WHAT COULD ALL ABOARD FLORIDA POSSIBLY HAVE TO HIDE? OUR OLD FRIEND MATT FALCONER WANTS TO KNOW: “All Aboard Florida has gone to court to block public release of its most sensitive information, its financial and ridership projections. The railroad filed a lawsuit last month in Tallahassee, naming the Florida Department of Transportation, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. It wants a judge to block the three agencies from releasing its ridership and revenue study, which contains passenger, financial information and more. The lawsuit also names Orlando real estate developer Matthew Falconer. Using Florida’s public-records law, Falconer had asked FDOT and the two Orlando agencies to release a raft of documents, including All Aboard Florida’s ridership and revenue study; its $1.5 billion federal loan application; plans for the intermodal terminal at Orlando International Airport; and details of its corridor along state Route 582, the Beachline Expressway, between Cocoa and Orlando. Falconer also wants all documents involving “the potential purchase of the Florida East Coast Industry rail lines in southeast Florida by any government entity” and documents “on the use of taxpayer funds for the improvement of the Florida East Coast Industry rail line or potential subsidy of the rail service,” according to All Aboard Florida’s lawsuit.” (via politicalfixflorida.com)
I’M SORRY YOU RAPED ME. IT’S TOTALLY MY FAULT: “Raised in a conservative Mennonite home in rural Ohio, Katie Landry was a sheltered kid. She hadn’t even held hands with a boy when, at age 19, she says her supervisor at her summer job raped her. Two years later, and desperate for help, she reported the abuse to the dean of students at her college. “He goes, ‘Well, there’s always a sin under other sin. There’s a root sin,’” Landry remembers. “And he said, ‘We have to find the sin in your life that caused your rape.’ And I just ran." Landry ended up dropping out of college, and didn’t tell anyone else for five years. Her college was Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., the flagship campus of American fundamentalism, which teaches a literal interpretation of the Bible and separation from the world. Last year, BJU hired a watchdog group to investigate how it may have failed victims of sexual abuse. The so-called “fortress of faith,” one of the most closed-off Christian colleges in America, was finally opening itself up. In an America Tonight investigation, five former students detailed similar and scarring treatment at the hands of BJU faculty. They spoke of a larger culture that heaped on shame and pushed them to silence -- one focused on purity and reputation, and insistent on unquestioning obedience. But most damaging was how, through the language of Scripture, victims say they were told that their sins had brought on their rapes, that their trauma meant they were fighting God and that healing came from forgiving their rapists.” (via Al Jazeera America)
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