Don't They Look Happy Together?

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During Obama's State of the Union speech last night, Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson sat together to show unity in light of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. 

But enough about our dysfunctional Congress, let's move onto our dysfunctional Florida Ethics Commission. We already know the agency is a pathetic joke, but it's always surprising to see just how pathetic it really is. In the latest news we find out that even in hundreds of cases where public officials have been fined, the commission simply never collected the money, about $300,000. Now the ethics commission's executive director, Philip Claypool, wants to forgo the fines for the deadbeat officials saying that the four-year period that the commission could take action is up.

Utter incompetence. And even though the article linked above has some state legislators grousing in it, that's just they way they like.

Inside take a quick look at Charlie Crist's new gig.  

So now Charlie Crist is a trial lawyer. Here's a link to his website page at his new law firm Morgan & Morgan in St. Petersburg. Crist's areas of expertise are listed as class-action lawsuits and mass torts and his bio is a little over the top:

Mr. Crist has never forgotten his humble roots and remains committed to the values that have made America the envy of freedom-loving people for more than two centuries. He was born the second of four children in 1956 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and grew up in St. Petersburg, FL, the grandson of immigrants. His public service is defined by tireless devotion to the citizens of Florida, a fundamental belief in the goodness of people, and a rock-solid commitment to the core principles that have allowed his family to succeed--lower taxes, less government and more freedom.

You get all those key words? Humble, values, freedom, devotion, goodness, commitment principles, and again, freedom. And the website is "forthepeople.com."

Sounds like he's still running for office.


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AGM656
AGM656

"Sounds like he's still running for office." Well, that is his only true area of expertise...

JOHN JR
JOHN JR

Rubio may have been a Florida political darling in Havana North, but now he's in with some real DC pros who are gonna eat his pretty boy flan for lunch!!!!..

In The No
In The No

According to a reliable Capitol Hill source, the two Florida senators made a bet on the Steelers / Jets game. Loser had to give the other senator a hand job during the State of the Union. Nelson didn't realize that Rubio's one of those people with ice-cold hands.

If you doubt the authenticity report, take another glance at the photo. See?

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

From the article referenced in the Ethics Committee topic, it would seem to me that the non-fullfilment of their responsibilities, especially in light of the budget shortfall angle would mean this committee should be brought up on some kind of misconduct charge. Imagine it would be some form of executive misconduct (branch of government). Ironic, isn't it? They are at least as smarmy as the dreck that is sent to them for investigation!

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

When interviewing a group of people where you know one person did it, but not sure which one, you ask each of them, "what should happen to the person who did this?"

99% of the time the person who provides the most lenient punishment is the one who did it, Why? Because psychologically it is hard to overcome our fear of being punished when we know we have done wrong.

That is what is happening with the legislature. They make the laws that they have to abide by. Where else is this a good idea? We dont like it when businesses do it. It doesn't happen in sports. We need a fundamental shift in how we do things in this country. Maybe make public corruption laws constitutional/charter issues intead of legislated laws and ordinances. The county commission (of multiple felons) would not have acted had it not been for the public refferendum, even then they fought it tooth and nail.

So do I expect that paper tiger called the ethics committee to take action? Not until the people demand it.

Ethostao
Ethostao

Not only does it sound like Crist is still running for office, sounds a little like his political-pendulum is swinging back to the conservative side of the spectrum. Amusing, he also got in "grandson of immigrants", surprised he did not break out the Adam Story. And, no mention about his wife, Carole, "the love of his life" as he would always say at the events when she actually showed up.

What a piece of work Crist is... Pulp, when is he going to get indicted????

therealyaz
therealyaz

Any arrests today? $300,000.00 uncollected! More political thumb nosing at the public! Why bother having a ethics committee, when they are as corrupt as the pols the are paid to investigate. Any way to arrest them for failure to protect the people?

Jeb
Jeb

Rube-eeh-ooh IS happy, because he is now feeding at the big trough of public money, he just has to play the part and LOOK unhappy that he is not up there jabbering bs...

parkland man
parkland man

Rubio looks like he is a sad spic,whats wrong with that fn guy,he should be happy to have that job,but as we know hes another fn shit bird lawyer,all lawyers suck they cheat steal lie,what a pac of lowlifes,get rid of him also one more shitty lawyer down the drain.

Markoo
Markoo

I look the same way as Rubio does when I have to listen to someone talking bullshit.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

The guy is an icon. He parlayed minimal talent, decent songwriting, and a head for business into a billion dollar brand.

His writing is actually very good. He started in the business as a writer for Rolling Stone. If he didn't play music, I could see him as a modern day Hemmingway.

Pulp
Pulp

A better link on the Jimmy Buffett spill. According to the Australian newspaper he sang "It's been a lovely cruise, I'm sorry it's ended" and then fell head first from the stage and did a "massive faceplant" on the floor below. The arena was evacuated apparently while he laid there bleeding.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com....

Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider

Good luck with that! Too bad this SPIC has already achieved more than you and your family will ever achieve!

Pulp
Pulp

He's had a go at novels which I think were pretty well-received. Good news is that he's reportedly in stable condition at the hospital.

parkland man
parkland man

Hey you dont know that,besides that spic is now a public servent spic,and as far as money goes that spic lawyer is way behind,are u a spic also,or a lawyer who is broke also.

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