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(Politico)   The Sunshine State now has its own "Bridgegate" scandal, and, like everything else involving Gov. DeSantis, it's far more stupid and petty than the original   (politico.com) divider line
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2021-06-10 12:01:06 PM  
I mean... Florida is a few years removed from a f*cked up bridge collapse (and a few decades removed from an even MORE farked up bridge collapse).

So can we just call this straight-up homophobia instead of trying to be... clever...
 
2021-06-10 1:14:54 PM  
DeSantis has so repeatedly singled out the LGBTQ+ community that I'm now wondering if he's got something to hide.
 
2021-06-10 3:14:22 PM  
The governor also recently vetoed money for those affected by the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. (The 5-year anniversary of that tragedy is this Saturday by the way.)

What reason is there that doesn't make him look like an asshole?
 
2021-06-10 3:15:16 PM  

SurfaceTension: DeSantis has so repeatedly singled out the LGBTQ+ community that I'm now wondering if he's got something to hide.


It's all virtue (or lack thereof) signalling for the Cult of Trump. DeSantis wants to follow in Donny's footsteps in 2024, and to be accepted by the Cult, he needs to be as much of a cruel, vindictive asshole as possible.
 
2021-06-10 3:18:33 PM  
do we have to call everything -gate
 
2021-06-10 3:20:12 PM  
"Gov. DeSantis is expected to appear at the State Board of Education meeting by video. DeSantis is also scheduled to hold a fundraiser in San Diego, California."

That's odd, I didn't know San Diego was in Florida.
 
2021-06-10 3:20:53 PM  
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He really is.

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2021-06-10 3:21:24 PM  

puffy999: I mean... Florida is a few years removed from a f*cked up bridge collapse (and a few decades removed from an even MORE farked up bridge collapse).

So can we just call this straight-up homophobia instead of trying to be... clever...


I agree. Stupid to compare this to Bridgegate, as the only similarity is there's a bridge involved. It's not even an issue between states.

I propose this incident be henceforth and hitherto known as Pridegate. As in - DeSantis is trying to lock the Pridegate and avoid acknowledging 'those people.'
 
2021-06-10 3:21:55 PM  
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2021-06-10 3:30:59 PM  
The governor "was not involved in the decision and it's absurd to think otherwise," DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske said

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Normally I would assume that any particular low-level, petty decision made across a state with 20+ Million people was probably not made by the governor - there are whole administrations full of low-level, petty people to do that.  However, once an official spokesperson finds it necessary to go beyond the simple denial ("he was not involved") and add "it's absurd to think otherwise," I can't help but assume that person is a blatant liar trying to cover something up.
 
2021-06-10 3:45:20 PM  

eKonk: The governor "was not involved in the decision and it's absurd to think otherwise," DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske said

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Normally I would assume that any particular low-level, petty decision made across a state with 20+ Million people was probably not made by the governor - there are whole administrations full of low-level, petty people to do that.  However, once an official spokesperson finds it necessary to go beyond the simple denial ("he was not involved") and add "it's absurd to think otherwise," I can't help but assume that person is a blatant liar trying to cover something up.


Yeah, he has real lousy PR people that end up making him look even worse.
 
2021-06-10 3:51:00 PM  
He's playing to his conservative base, which has, let's be honest, continued to vote for these idiots, year after year.

Florida is really not a purple state to me, not anymore. They're turning red faster than Texas is turning blue, with all the Boomers moving down there either because of age/weather, the state tax laws, or because of Trump.
 
2021-06-10 3:51:29 PM  

Mrtraveler01: eKonk: The governor "was not involved in the decision and it's absurd to think otherwise," DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske said

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Normally I would assume that any particular low-level, petty decision made across a state with 20+ Million people was probably not made by the governor - there are whole administrations full of low-level, petty people to do that.  However, once an official spokesperson finds it necessary to go beyond the simple denial ("he was not involved") and add "it's absurd to think otherwise," I can't help but assume that person is a blatant liar trying to cover something up.

Yeah, he has real lousy PR people that end up making him look even worse.


They're loyal to him personally. Their competency is immaterial.
 
2021-06-10 3:54:46 PM  

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I was wonder if someone else noticed the Phil Collins connection or if we still had a Long Long Way to Go.
 
2021-06-10 3:55:37 PM  
You'd think the concentration of stupid would have created a massive sinkhole centered on Tallahassee, but apparently the lower end of the IQ scale stops at absolute zero.

So now our only hope is to pray for rising ocean levels.
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2021-06-10 4:01:40 PM  

moothemagiccow: do we have to call everything -gate


This.

The actual Watergate scandal happened nearly 50 years ago and journalists somehow cannot move past referring to it.
 
2021-06-10 4:01:43 PM  
I really hated the formatting of that article.
 
2021-06-10 4:02:11 PM  

Mrtraveler01: The governor also recently vetoed money for those affected by the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. (The 5-year anniversary of that tragedy is this Saturday by the way.)

What reason is there that doesn't make him look like an asshole?


Looking like an asshole is the point.
 
2021-06-10 4:02:38 PM  

Moose out front: moothemagiccow: do we have to call everything -gate

This.

The actual Watergate scandal happened nearly 50 years ago and journalists somehow cannot move past referring to it.


Hell, we're on the very cusp of a Gaetz-gate.
 
2021-06-10 4:03:51 PM  

bdub77: He's playing to his conservative base, which has, let's be honest, continued to vote for these idiots, year after year.

Florida is really not a purple state to me, not anymore. They're turning red faster than Texas is turning blue, with all the Boomers moving down there either because of age/weather, the state tax laws, or because of Trump.


If they wanna concentrate themselves into one state, I'm for that.
 
2021-06-10 4:16:56 PM  
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2021-06-10 4:18:47 PM  

Mrtraveler01: The governor also recently vetoed money for those affected by the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. (The 5-year anniversary of that tragedy is this Saturday by the way.)

What reason is there that doesn't make him look like an asshole?


Doesn't matter when a majority of the voters are assholes right alongside.
 
2021-06-10 4:21:29 PM  

eKonk: The governor "was not involved in the decision and it's absurd to think otherwise," DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske said

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Normally I would assume that any particular low-level, petty decision made across a state with 20+ Million people was probably not made by the governor - there are whole administrations full of low-level, petty people to do that.  However, once an official spokesperson finds it necessary to go beyond the simple denial ("he was not involved") and add "it's absurd to think otherwise," I can't help but assume that person is a blatant liar trying to cover something up.


Let's be honest, even if the shiathead wasn't actually involved in the decision it was some underling doing what the governor clearly has shown to be his desired course of action.
 
2021-06-10 4:22:35 PM  

Moose out front: moothemagiccow: do we have to call everything -gate

This.

The actual Watergate scandal happened nearly 50 years ago and journalists somehow cannot move past referring to it.


Because it was the last time investigative journalism existed with enough clout to hold a President even a little bit accountable for crimes.

Reagan and Bush got away with Iran-Contra. GWB got away with lying us into Iraq. And Trump got away with...fark, where do I even start?

If journalists did their goddamn jobs instead of using kid gloves against politicians in the name of 'access' and corporate propaganda, we'd be in a much better place as a nation.
 
2021-06-10 4:23:27 PM  
For some reason, these people don't want the refraction of the visible light spectrum on display.
 
2021-06-10 4:45:28 PM  
I don't know how anyone is still confused about this: Ron DeSantis hates queer people. Period. Full stop.

One of his first actions as governor was to roll back protections for LGBTQ+ people at the state level. Ron DeSantis is a homophobe. It's not an act, it's not "red meat for the base," it's not Trump appeasement. He just really thinks that queer Floridians are subhuman.
 
2021-06-10 4:49:33 PM  

Moose out front: moothemagiccow: do we have to call everything -gate

This.

The actual Watergate scandal happened nearly 50 years ago and journalists somehow cannot move past referring to it.


Watergate wasn't a scandal involving water so it makes less than zero sense to use "gate" as a suffix for scandals.
 
2021-06-10 4:50:22 PM  

Moose out front: moothemagiccow: do we have to call everything -gate

This.

The actual Watergate scandal happened nearly 50 years ago and journalists somehow cannot move past referring to it.


just... Bridge Gate sounds goofy as hell
 
2021-06-10 4:51:31 PM  

tricycleracer: Moose out front: moothemagiccow: do we have to call everything -gate

This.

The actual Watergate scandal happened nearly 50 years ago and journalists somehow cannot move past referring to it.

Watergate wasn't a scandal involving water so it makes less than zero sense to use "gate" as a suffix for scandals.


if you're anybody but robert webb you're stealing his bit
Watergate Gate - Behind The Scenes
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2021-06-10 4:57:49 PM  

moothemagiccow: do we have to call everything -gate


I think we should call everything dome, as in the teapot dome scandal, which was a bunch of crooked Republicans spending defense allocations on unnecessary projects that enriched robber barons.  A bunch of Relublicans went to prison.

The Republicans learned their lesson though, so that is why nothing like that has ever happened again on their watch.
 
2021-06-10 4:58:17 PM  

LordJiro: Moose out front: moothemagiccow: do we have to call everything -gate

This.

The actual Watergate scandal happened nearly 50 years ago and journalists somehow cannot move past referring to it.

Because it was the last time investigative journalism existed with enough clout to hold a President even a little bit accountable for crimes.

Reagan and Bush got away with Iran-Contra. GWB got away with lying us into Iraq. And Trump got away with...fark, where do I even start?

If journalists did their goddamn jobs instead of using kid gloves against politicians in the name of 'access' and corporate propaganda, we'd be in a much better place as a nation.


Bullshiat. Journalists are still doing their job, still investigating, and still writing and publishing the stories. I can think of five or six just from the last year. Journalists are doing their jobs. You, the public, aren't doing yours. Journalists don't hold politicians accountable, they provide facts and insight. The people hold politicians accountable, or not as the case may be.
 
2021-06-10 5:04:30 PM  

KodosZardoz: For some reason, these people don't want the refraction of the visible light spectrum on display.


I think we are going about this the wrong way.  We should have big bold headlines, "DeSantis Removes Ancient Biblical Symbols from Bridges" and then in the article explain it was rainbows for Pride Month.

Make them face their own idiots for once.
 
2021-06-10 5:21:09 PM  
Funny thing is Duval turned blue this past election. The light are permanent and were specifically chosen so the LEDs could change color with minimal effort, hence the five or so examples of them being different than the regular blueish.  This was simply a spiteful favor to some powerful local pissed that "those people" dared get city acceptance.
 
2021-06-10 5:21:38 PM  
If we did a game called "Developing World Junta or DeSantis" and then listed the stupid stuff, I'm pretty sure most people wouldn't be able to get above 50% correct.
The speed the GQP is heading into straight fascism and autocracy is amazing and very disheartening.
 
2021-06-10 5:50:41 PM  
Even if DeSantis didn't do anything wrong, he's made quite the reputation for being a total piece of shiat that you can't even defend him.
 
2021-06-10 6:45:35 PM  

razrez75: puffy999: I mean... Florida is a few years removed from a f*cked up bridge collapse (and a few decades removed from an even MORE farked up bridge collapse).

So can we just call this straight-up homophobia instead of trying to be... clever...

I agree. Stupid to compare this to Bridgegate, as the only similarity is there's a bridge involved. It's not even an issue between states.

I propose this incident be henceforth and hitherto known as Pridegate. As in - DeSantis is trying to lock the Pridegate and avoid acknowledging 'those people.'


Second.
 
2021-06-10 9:59:41 PM  

Lusiphur: LordJiro: Moose out front: moothemagiccow: do we have to call everything -gate

This.

The actual Watergate scandal happened nearly 50 years ago and journalists somehow cannot move past referring to it.

Because it was the last time investigative journalism existed with enough clout to hold a President even a little bit accountable for crimes.

Reagan and Bush got away with Iran-Contra. GWB got away with lying us into Iraq. And Trump got away with...fark, where do I even start?

If journalists did their goddamn jobs instead of using kid gloves against politicians in the name of 'access' and corporate propaganda, we'd be in a much better place as a nation.

Bullshiat. Journalists are still doing their job, still investigating, and still writing and publishing the stories. I can think of five or six just from the last year. Journalists are doing their jobs. You, the public, aren't doing yours. Journalists don't hold politicians accountable, they provide facts and insight. The people hold politicians accountable, or not as the case may be.

moothemagiccow: tricycleracer: Watergate wasn't a scandal involving water so it makes less than zero sense to use "gate" as a suffix for scandals.

if you're anybody but robert webb you're stealing his bit
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/IGi07T4M​Nw8]

special20: Hell, we're on the very cusp of a Gaetz-gate.

moothemagiccow: just... Bridge Gate sounds goofy as hell

winedrinkingman: I think we should call everything dome, as in the teapot dome scandal, which was a bunch of crooked Republicans spending defense allocations on unnecessary projects that enriched robber barons. A bunch of Relublicans went to prison.

The Republicans learned their lesson though, so that is why nothing like that has ever happened again on their watch.

The only clever post-Watergate "-gate"s have been Whitewatergate (the Clintons) and maybe Gætzgate (or, as I prefer to call it since he did meet with some underage girls at a school cafeteria that serves pizza, "PizzaGætz").

The Watergate is a decent hotel. It doesn't deserve to have its name be synonymous with political scandals for ½ a century just because the media is too unoriginal to come up with something else clever to call them.
 
2021-06-11 7:12:53 AM  
That farking walrus is doing his damnedst to turn this state way off to the right and hit the gas. I hope the voters aren't complete potatoes next year and vote his ass out (and put some Democrats in the Legislature) but I'm not hold my breath.
 
2021-06-11 11:15:28 AM  

indylaw: That farking walrus is doing his damnedst to turn this state way off to the right and hit the gas. I hope the voters aren't complete potatoes next year and vote his ass out (and put some Democrats in the Legislature) but I'm not hold my breath.


Yeah, he's slapping the dick back into Dixie all right. I hate the guy..
 
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