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Florida’s Governor Gives Out Phone Sex Hotline Number

If the Republicans win in the elections next month, it won’t be for lack of trying to lose by their currently elected officials. The latest official to sacrifice himself in a heroic attempt to lose votes is Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida, reports Reuters:

In an embarrassing mistake, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave out a phone sex hotline number to Floridians seeking information on a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

Scott was providing an update on the outbreak at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday when he announced what he said was the hotline’s toll-free phone line, but gave out the wrong number.

The governor’s office was alerted by a public radio station in Tampa, WUSF, which was monitoring the cabinet meeting and posted the number on its website.

The station said it was “quickly notified by a reader that the number instead connected to an adult telephone line.”

Callers are greeted with the recording of a woman’s voice saying: “Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary.”…

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Florida Man Dies After Eating Dozens of Cockroaches in Pet Store Contest

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Via The Smoking Gun:

Thirty-two year old Floridian Edward Archbold died in the parking lot of a pet store this past Friday after consuming dozens of roaches in a contest to win a free python. The “Eat Bugs for Balls” contest offered the snake as a prize for the person who could consume the most discoid roaches in four minutes. Archbold is reported to have stated he didn’t feel well before regurgitating the roaches he had consumed. He collapsed moments later. The investigation is currently ongoing. Discoid roaches, also known as “False Death’s Head” roaches, are popular feeder animals for tarantulas and reptiles like bearded dragons. They can reach lengths of three inches.

If you’re still reading this (and still have the stomach for it) you can read more at The Smoking Gun.

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Found in Florida: Record-Breaking Burmese Python Pregnant with 87 Eggs

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Via LiveScience:

Burmese pythons have settled into the Florida Everglades quite nicely, and it seems that they’re not going to be leaving any time soon. Thanks to irresponsible pet owners, the massive snakes have established a breeding population and are eating their way through native wildlife with merry abandon. Check out this worrisome discovery:

A double record-setting Burmese python has been found in the Florida Everglades. At 17 feet, 7 inches (5.3 me

ters) in length, it is the largest snake of its kind found in the state and it was carrying a record 87 eggs. Scientists say the finding highlights how dangerously comfortable the invasive species has become in its new home.

The snake was almost 165 pounds, easily big enough to kill a human being. Researchers say that they find several every day that they go into the Everglades. Think you’ll be python-free as long as you stay away from Florida?… Read the rest

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Former Chairman Of Florida Republican Party Testifies That Meetings Were Held On Black Voter Suppression

It may not be surprising, but it’s nice to hear stated under oath, particularly with Republicans at the moment attempting to roll out anti-voter legislation all across the country. Via the Tampa Bay Times:

In a wide-ranging deposition that spanned two days in late May, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer denounced some party officials as liars and “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies” as he described turmoil in the months before his resignation. Greer said some GOP leaders were meeting to discuss ways they could suppress black votes while others were constantly scheming against each other.

On voter suppression, Greer said he had just completed a December 2009 meeting with party general counsel Jason Gonzalez, political consultant Jim Rimes and Eric Eikenberg, Crist’s chief of staff, when questions arose about fundraising. “I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting. It had been one of those days,” he said.

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Florida Accused Of Keeping Tuberculosis Outbreak Secret

All signs point to Florida being the most likely ground zero for a future zombie apocalypse. The Palm Beach Post reports:

The CDC officer had a serious warning for Florida health officials in April: A tuberculosis outbreak in Jacksonville was one of the worst his group had investigated in 20 years.

As health officials in Tallahassee turned their focus to restructuring, Dr. Robert Luo’s 25-page report describing Jacksonville’s outbreak — and the measures needed to contain it – went unseen by key decision makers around the state.

That report had been penned on April 5, exactly nine days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill that shrank the Department of Health and required the closure of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough tuberculosis cases have been treated for more than 60 years.

Had they seen the letter, decision makers would have learned that 3,000 people in the past two years may have had close contact with contagious people at Jacksonville’s homeless shelters, an outpatient mental health clinic and area jails.

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Florida Police Kill Naked Man as He Chews on Another Man’s Face

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Illustration: Jrewald2000 (CC)

Via CBS Miami:

Miami police are still tight-lipped about the man they shot and killed on the MacArthur Causeway Saturday afternoon, but new details back claims they had no choice: the naked man they shot was trying to chew the face off another naked man, and refused to obey police orders to stop his grisly meal, which one source now claims included his victim’s nose and eyeballs.

Surveillance video taken from security cameras at the nearby Miami Herald building show a police officer arrive on the scene, appear to be startled by the spectacle of two naked men lying on the street, and draw his service weapon. It appears that the officer shot one of the men, but it was difficult to tell in the video.

The bizarre shooting happened shortly after 2 p.m., when police responded to a 911 call about two naked men fighting on a bike path along the Causeway, which was packed with traffic on a busy holiday weekend…

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TSA Places Baby On No-Fly List, Orders Family Off Airplane

Seriously? (And what's been going on with JetBlue flights lately?) Reports Ari Hait on WPBF 25 West Palm Beach:
Eighteen-month-old Riyanna has been called a lot of things: cute, adorable and now ... a suspected terrorist. She was called that on Tuesday night at the Ft Lauderdale Airport. She and her parents had just boarded a JetBlue flight when an airline employee approached them and asked them to get off the plane, saying representatives from the Transportation Security Administration wanted to speak to them. "And I said, 'For what?'" Riyanna's mother told only WPBF 25 News on Wednesday. "And he said, 'Well, it's not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no fly.' I said, 'Excuse me?'" Riyanna's father was flabbergasted. "It's absurd," he said. "It made no sense. Why would an 18-month-old child be on a no-fly list?"
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White Supremacists Arrested At Paramilitary Compound Near Disney World

Walt Disney World ResortReports Barbara Liston on Reuters via Yahoo! News:
Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been rounded up in a series of arrests. "The American Front is a military-styled, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, skinhead organization and is known as a domestic terrorist organization," the arrest affidavit said. The group's alleged local ringleader, Marcus Faella, had been "planning and preparing the AF for what he believes to be an inevitable race war" and had stated "his intent ... to kill Jews, immigrants and other minorities." Faella operated a heavily fortified training center, where he regularly conducted firearms, explosives and tactical training for AF members and other neo-Nazi groups, was protected by two pit bull dogs, a barbed-wire fence and three military-style trenches.
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George Zimmerman Faces Second Degree Murder Charge

George Zimmerman Breaking news via Fox News Latino:
Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will announce Wednesday that she is charging George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to multiple reports. Corey will hold a press conference on the case at 6:00pm ET in Jacksonville, Fla., to announce that Zimmerman is in custody and will face second-degree murder charges, an official told the Associated Press. (You can watch the presser live on Fox News Latino) The Washington Post first reported that Corey would bring charges. Corey announced earlier this week that she was not convening a grand jury in the case, meaning the decision on whether to charge Zimmerman was hers alone. Without a grand jury indictment, Corey could not pursue a first-degree murder charge. She could have gone forward with second-degree murder or manslaughter charges...
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Black Panthers Place Bounty On Trayvon’s Killer

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman

Is there a more reviled man in America today than George Zimmerman? From the New York Daily News:

The new Black Panther Party offered a bounty of $10,000 Saturday for the “capture” of a Florida neighborhood watch captain who killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” leader Mikhail Muhammad said after announcing the reward for George Zimmerman at a protest in Sanford, Fla.

Muhammad called on 5,000 black men to mobilize and capture the neighborhood watch volunteer.

“If the government won’t do the job, we’ll do it,” Muhammad said, leading chants that included “freedom or death” and “justice for Trayvon.”

Muhammad said New Black Panther’s chairman, Malik Zulu Shabaz of Washington, was taking donations from black entertainers and athletes.

The group hopes to collect $1 million off the outrage by next week.

New Black Panthers members pointed to what they called the inaction of government officials — from Sanford city officials up to the governor — and accused them of lying and delaying justice…

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