In Which Betty Cracker’s Day Is Made

Hey look, skeevy Florida Republican is skeevy and resigns as soon as the law comes looking.

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned amid law enforcement questions about a Florida Internet sweepstakes company at the center of a nationwide criminal investigation.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement interviewed Carroll Monday about her connections to the company, Allied Veterans of the World, a Florida-based non-profit that operates a chain of Internet cafes.

Carroll once owned a public relations firm that represented Allied Veterans, and she did work for the company at the same time she served in the Florida House. She resigned Tuesday.

It’s unclear if Carroll is the target of any criminal charges. Attorney General Pam Bondi and law enforcement officials have scheduled a 2:30 p.m. press conference in Orlando to discuss the case. Gov. Rick Scott also has announced an afternoon press conference.

Oh it’s unclear about the criminal charges, but the instant resignation miiiiiight be a clue.  What the hell is it with Republican Lieutenant Governors doing blatantly moronic stuff and resigning this year, anyway?

102 replies
  1. 1
    shortstop says:

    There must be some mistake. Black women who look like that don’t resign from public office in disgrace.

  2. 2
    BGinCHI says:

    How do you shame a Governor who’s already a criminal?

  3. 3
    Zifnab says:

    This confirms all the preconceptions I’ve ever had about black people and validates none of the criticisms I’ve ever heard against Republicans.

    /Florida Republican voter

  4. 4
    Cassidy says:

    @Zifnab: Unfortunately you don’t know how true that is. The people down here think that way.

  5. 5
    c u n d gulag says:

    There must be some REAL SERIOUS charges, coming down the pike!

    I mean, when the Governor of the state is already a crook, having perpetrated medical fraud on a scale not before seen in this country, it’s gotta be really bad for the Lt. Governor to resign.

  6. 6
    Betty Cracker says:

    Just heard about this and am still trying to run down the deets! I don’t know much about Carroll except that she is 1) shameless enough to sign onto a ticket that includes an amoral reptile like Rick Scott, and 2) allegedly a religious fanatic who thinks it’s appropriate to codify her dogma into FL law. And now a crook too!

    Scott’s polling numbers are already subzero. He’ll be approaching Cheney levels once this shakes out. All the FL Dems have to do is nominate someone who can fog a mirror to run against him! Sadly, they are capable of fucking that up.

  7. 7
    RinaX says:

    Hmmm, balloon-juice doesn’t like my links…

    http://jacksonville.com/news/m.....tion-among

    I must say, this made my day, too.

  8. 8
    some guy says:

    we have one of these “cafes” here in town, about a mile from our house. it’s a gambling joint with slot machines, pure and simple. the lowdown is they are also involved in skimming, and money laundering, so this could get interesting real quick.

  9. 9
    some guy says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Sadly, they are capable of fucking that up.

    Rod Smith, putting the .inc in incompetent, each and every day.

  10. 10
    kc says:

    “Allied Veterans.” Nice touch.

  11. 11
    Roger Moore says:

    @BGinCHI:

    How do you shame a Governor who’s already a criminal?

    Given that he’s a Republican, I’m guessing that shame is right out. Indict is about the only avenue available.

  12. 12

    Poor gal, she mastered Republicanism 101: Government: a social order created to generate wealth for you and your friends, but failed course 102: Ethics (or If you’re going to go for the big score, make sure you’re too smart to be caught or too popular, useful, or well-connected to be indicted.)

  13. 13
    japa21 says:

    What I want to know is how a group of retired moving van drivers would get involved in something like this.

  14. 14
    scav says:

    TGOC has these handy little personal details for those of us less familiar with the local players.

    Carroll, a Republican, was the highest-ranking woman in state government and the first black official elected statewide.

    She took office as lieutenant governor in January 2011 and focused on aerospace job development and working with military contractors to increase economic activity of the armed forces in Florida.

    She is a former US navy officer and previously was executive director of Florida’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

    To add to the Police Union cops involvement. whee!

  15. 15
    catclub says:

    @c u n d gulag: Oh come on, its like the double jeopardy exclusion. His company was already convicted before they elected him. So how could they throw him out for criminality?

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    maya says:

    Why can’t they just stick to something with a proven track record – derivative swapping?

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    Cassidy says:

    @kc: That’s just the beginning. They stand in the medians like the firemen, wearing military uniforms, soliciting donations. They accosted me and my wife in the mall one day with a “don’t you support veterans?”. My wife snatched me by the arm and picked up speed.

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    catclub says:

    @maya: “derivative swapping? ”

    yep, the trick is to first get your scam on the list of things the regulators are not allowed to regulate.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @kc: Yeah. It sounds like these may be veterans of the Bonanno-Gambese wars, however.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @catclub:

    yep, the trick is to first get your scam on the list of things the regulators are not allowed to regulate.

    Which I believe is what she tried to do as a legislator.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    @kc: I wonder if there’s an Axis Veterans’ Association?

  22. 22
    JustRuss says:

    How is a string of gambling joints internet cafes “non-profit”? I’m guessing a fraction of one percent of the take goes to veterans, and the vast majority to “operating expenses”. Hope these jerks go down hard.

  23. 23
    catclub says:

    @Scamp Dog: They meet in Paraguay.

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    catclub says:

    @JustRuss: You know of course, that the same derision pretty much applies to Harvard.
    They have an over $500B endowment, they pay large salaries to their adminstrators, and they do things that primarily benefit, if anyone, the children of their rich alumni. They have just been at it longer than the Allied Veterans.

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    Ramalama says:

    Clearly I am in the wrong line of business.

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    jl says:

    @catclub: But Harvard shills stand in the middle of quiet back rooms and fancy parties, not road medians. Harvard is more genteel, hence more worthy.

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    Ash Can says:

    Not that I’m defending Carroll in any way, but what are the chances of this particular rot permeating the top of state government and the lone AA female being made the fall guy for it?

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Scamp Dog:

    You mean, other than the Christian Democratic Party?

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    burnspbesq says:

    @JustRuss:

    If it’s a 501(c)(3) organization, its Forms 990 are publicly available. You don’t even have to file a FOIA request. There’s a service (whose name I am currently forgetting) that has them on-line.

    Don’t be lazy and engage in idle speculation. Google is your friend.

    ETA: Don’t say I never did anything for you.

    http://www.guidestar.org/organ.....iates.aspx

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    scav says:

    Rather a longer history than one might expect, and elements of dodgy from the founding. here
    BINGO NGO!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @BGinCHI:

    This is a problem, to be sure.

    Lex Luthor needs to be locked away in a dank, dark cell the rest of his vile life.

    His wife, too. A separate cell next door.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Further ETA:

    The stench is strong here. From the front page of Guidestar information:

    This organization’s exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

  33. 33
    Cassidy says:

    @Ash Can: I don’t think so. There are a lot of names coming out of this including the FOP President here in Jacksonville who has been arrested.

  34. 34
    Maude says:

    @burnspbesq:
    I volunteered as a computer tech. I was always amazed that the supervisor had no idea what the non profit could and couldn’t do. Wow.

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    NonyNony says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Um, burns? There isn’t any information there.

    Well other than:

    This organization’s exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

    And some annual revenue and expenses from 2003, claiming that they made $130 and spent $121 (or are those in thousands of dollars – I’m not sure of the assumptions on that page).

    So … I’m not sure what this link is supposed to be telling us? Care to explain it for the non-tax lawyers in the audience?

  36. 36
    raven says:

    And we all remember :

    While Command Sergeant Major William O. Wooldridge was stationed in Germany, he worked with several senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who skimmed $350,000 per year from the slot machine profits at the clubs of the 24th Infantry Division in the area of Augsburg-Mannheim, Germany. This was just the start. The so-called “Khaki Mafia” operation moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, and then to Vietnam. After Command Sergeant Major Wooldridge completed his tenure as the Sergeant Major of the Army, he requested to be stationed in Vietnam, where he was the Command Sergeant Major of the Military Assistance Command. He meticulously selected the NCOs who were put in charge of the clubs. The clubs purchased merchandise through Maredem, Ltd. (a corporation developed by Wooldridge).

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    raven says:

    And we all remember :

    While Command Sergeant Major William O. Wooldridge was stationed in Germany, he worked with several senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who skimmed $350,000 per year from the slot machine profits at the clubs of the 24th Infantry Division in the area of Augsburg-Mannheim, Germany. This was just the start. The so-called “Khaki Mafia” operation moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, and then to Vietnam. After Command Sergeant Major Wooldridge completed his tenure as the Sergeant Major of the Army, he requested to be stationed in Vietnam, where he was the Command Sergeant Major of the Military Assistance Command. He meticulously selected the NCOs who were put in charge of the clubs. The clubs purchased merchandise through Maredem, Ltd. (a corporation developed by Wooldridge).

  38. 38
    raven says:

    And we all remember :

    While Command Sergeant Major William O. Wooldridge was stationed in Germany, he worked with several senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who skimmed $350,000 per year from the slot machine profits at the clubs of the 24th Infantry Division in the area of Augsburg-Mannheim, Germany. This was just the start. The so-called “Khaki Mafia” operation moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, and then to Vietnam. After Command Sergeant Major Wooldridge completed his tenure as the Sergeant Major of the Army, he requested to be stationed in Vietnam, where he was the Command Sergeant Major of the Military Assistance Command. He meticulously selected the NCOs who were put in charge of the clubs. The clubs purchased merchandise through Maredem, Ltd. (a corporation developed by Wooldridge).

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    NonyNony says:

    @NonyNony:

    Nevermind – I see now that I have to create an account to get access to anything real. And then I get the fun of reading tax documents.

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    Maude says:

    @raven:
    After three times, I won’t forget it.

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    nemesis says:

    There is something called Spinners Internet Sweepstakes in a strip mall near my home. Wonder if they are connected with this?

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    raven says:

    damn, sorry bout that

  43. 43
    raven says:

    @Maude: Malfunction at the junction

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    amk says:

    @Zifnab: On the money observation.

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    Todd says:

    OT – Cal Thomas needs to be carted off to the looney bin posthaste. Check out his ALLCAPS rant about the pope.

    http://www.calthomas.com/index.php?news=3917

    CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY MARCH 12, 2013

    THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH THIS WEEKS BEGINS THE PROCESS OF SELECTING ANOTHER POPE. THE MEDIA SEEM FOCUSED ON THE POLITICS AND THE SEX SCANDALS. WHAT THEY ARE NOT FOCUSING ON IS CHURCH DOCTRINE.

    THE IDEA OF A POPE IS BASED ON A FALSE INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE, THAT JESUS WANTED TO BUILD HIS CHURCH ON PETER, INSTEAD OF HIMSELF. WHY WOULD JESUS BUILD HIS CHURCH ON A SINFUL MAN? HE BUILDS IT UPON THE ROCK, ALL RIGHT, BUT THAT ROCK IS HIMSELF. THEN THERE’S THE ISSUE OF CONFESSION TO A PRIEST, NOT TO MENTION PURGATORY WHICH IS NOT MENTIONED IN SCRIPTURE AND SUGGESTS THAT THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST IS INSUFFICIENT TO CLEANSE FROM ALL SIN, AGAIN, A VIOLATION OF BIBLICAL TRUTH.

    There are another couple of paragraphs, but you get the idea.

  46. 46
    TriassicSands says:

    What the hell is it with Republican Lieutenant Governors doing blatantly moronic stuff

    I’m going to offer a wild guess — They’re morons?

  47. 47
    Trollhattan says:

    @Todd:

    I think they keep the corpse of CAL THOMAS animated to make Pat Buchanan seem moderate.

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    Ben says:

    @nemesis:
    Naw, that’s probably just one of the many sweepstakes places in FL that part seniors from their money…

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Todd:

    Odd, innit, how an all knowing and omnipresent deity seems to need so many people to explain what the deity wants from us. Odd, too, that so many of those people disagree with each other.

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    Scott S. says:

    @Todd: Cal’s always been nuts, but that’s one for the books.

    Scratch an ancient Repub, find an old-school Catholic hater…

  51. 51
    grandpa john says:

    Side splitting , roll-in-the-floor, laugh of the day was this statement

    Lt. Gov. Carroll resigned in an effort to keep her former affiliations with the company from distracting from the administration’s important work on behalf of Florida families,”

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/201.....rylink=cpy

  52. 52
    Trollhattan says:

    @TriassicSands:

    Their main job is resupply support for Appalachian Trail thru-hikes, so there’s a lot of spare time for shenanigans.

  53. 53
    raven says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Fuck all that hoodoo bullshit, I wouldn’t care if I never heard one more word about any religion.

  54. 54
    J. says:

    In Which Betty Cracker’s Day Is Made

    And here I thought one of you sent her a Ganja Goodle.

  55. 55
    Another Halocene Human says:

    Whoa, Lt Gov “I Am Not A Lesbian” was knuckles-deep in that shady “internet cafe” storefront casino business? The same one that takes the SSD checks from the mentally incompetent every month? Oh boo hoo hoo. Boo hoo hoo hoo.

    Those places made somebody I know homeless. He’s not a great guy or anything (the state, thank God, took his kid away) but he got bashed up the head one too many times when he was much younger and he doesn’t deserve to be homeless. Besides which, the taxpayers are supposed to be supporting him monthly, so why the f*** is that money not going to a roof over his head? His effective IQ these days is around 85. He can lose his whole check to that place in a day.

    I really don’t care if rich fucks fly to Vegas or Macau and lose thousands on a roulette or blackjack table. (I find it hilarious that if you win at blackjack, they show you the door–fah fah!) I do care when people with subnormal intelligence or addiction problems get taken advantage of by slot machine and computer gambling places … hell, the state lottery makes me sick, too. It should be stripped down, bare bones, less products and no marketing. Just enough to keep organized crime from creating their own. That’s the only benefit a state lottery provides.

  56. 56
    Another Halocene Human says:

    halp, I referred to Lt Gov Token’s business connections and forgot they were illegal to say on wordpress, please unmoderate me!

  57. 57
    JPL says:

    And Mistermix is the new pope.

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    catclub says:

    @Todd: I am fairly sure that Cal Thomas is Episcopalian – or was the extremely conservative version thereof – might have jumped to one of the Anglican-USA churches after 2003.

    But that still looks like someone else took over his account.
    Episcopalians generally have heard “You are Peter and on this rock…”

    Petros is of course, rock. And aimai can note more puns and analogies.

  59. 59
    Another Halocene Human says:

    On Monday, leaders of the company and the head of Jacksonville’s police union were arrested on charges of racketeering and money laundering. Investigators

    O.M.G.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    And we have a pope

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    Schlemizel says:

    @raven:

    HEY! No reason only the big corporations should make huge bucks off the wasting of young mens lives! Individual contributors like the Sgt. Major deserve a slice of that blood money too! Stop being so elitist.

  62. 62
    scav says:

    OK, In the spirit of FYWP solidarity, I’ll add this random but rhymes “charity” : The United States Navy Veterans Association (USNVA) — all the fun (well, fewer dice) with a lot more fiction. huzzah for “Lt. Commander Bobby Thompson” and his fake girlfriend staff! They (or their invisible leader) also dabbled in political donations to one of our wild-eyed mad-cap favorites.

  63. 63
    Eric U. says:

    @Todd: funny thing about that screed is that Cal Thomas is one of the most egregious liars that I can think of. I guess it’s not a sin if it’s for a good cause

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    Internet cafes are big business in Florida. Since 2007, as many as 1,000 have popped up across the state, according to industry estimates, raking in $1 billion a year.

    Yes, they are called internet cafes but they are actually computerized g m b l n g dens.

    You can go to the library or a copy shop to use the internet. Or the ‘bux or McDo if you have a wifi enabled device. And you can get a discount no contract data plan prepaid phone from Walmart.

    Pretty sure nothing goes on in those places but separating disabled and elderly folks from their monthly checks.

  65. 65
    scav says:

    Who’s that “we” have a Pope, White Smoke?

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    patroclus says:

    Habemas papam. Don’t know who, don’t really care – let’s hope he won’t molest too many boys.

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    Chris says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Yeah, you’d think God would have picked a more efficient delivery system.

    Hence why my bandwagon isn’t so much “there is no God” or “organized religion is wrong about God,” but “it doesn’t matter if there’s a God or if this or that holy book is completely right about him, because people will read into it whatever they want anyway, and there’s not really a mechanism to prevent them from doing it.”

  68. 68
    Schlemizel says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    POPE!? I have no pope!

    Probably sounds funnier in my head where the voice of a hysteric parent is shouting it than on the screen,

  69. 69
    jl says:

    @Todd: Cal Thomas is really Anne (or is it Jane) Boleyn’s head, post execution? Noonan maybe on to something (not sure how she did that, though).

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @c u n d gulag: Being in the pay of criminals while Black, I believe is the charge.

    Fuck, her resignation is a bigger story than her ties to the ***expletive deleted*** dens.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @patroclus: I guess it wasn’t me, then.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    More important: the new Pope or White House tours?

  73. 73
    Schlemizel says:

    @patroclus:

    more wish they would stop the rest of their crowd from screwing children

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    I guess Scott sent her back just like his dog. He needs to find another Black Republican and pray the press doesn’t ask too many questions. (I believe Thomas Sowell is available.)

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @scav:

    And which color are the mirrors?

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    scav says:

    @patroclus: Habemas pablum. (If we’re lucky.). Habemun Problem (Otherwise.)

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Betty Cracker: Is something wrong with Crist? I mean, he sucks, but not like that other guy sucks. What we really need is to keep chipping away at the legislature.

    Don’t forget, Carroll was 2 cute 2b not str8.

  78. 78
    Chris says:

    @scav:

    Based on how short that was, I’m going to assume that the entire succession was more or less planned out before Benny even resigned, and that the entire conclave was pretty much just a formality.

    Hopefully, the identity of the new Pope will disprove my pessimistic appraisal of the situation. We’ll see.

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    patroclus says:

    @Gin & Tonic: God works in mysterious ways. Hearty condolences on your failed electoral campaign.

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    quannlace says:

    Hah, just read Charlie Pierce’s column on the bartender who taped Romney’s 47% speech, coming forward today.
    Seem’s Bill Clinton was the reason he had a camera there that night. He was bartending an event Clinton was at, and the Prez came back to meet and talk to the waiters and other staff. When the guy learned he was going to be working an event with Romney, he took his camera in case he could get a photo with the candidate.
    Romney talking with the Help? You’ve gotta be kidding.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @some guy: Perp walk! Perp walk!

    My post that got FYWP’d was a rant about someone I know (who is independent but not completely mentally competent) who is homeless thanks to these f***ing places, oh yeah, the storefronts are all over the Black neighborhoods, just one on the big highway.

    I never for a second thought it was for charity. I figured the name was to attract veterans with checks and gullible olds and to distract the community for a time about their real nature.

    The rich ppl in Gainesville have raffles, “ca-FYWP night”, “caribbean cruise” gala, etc, but it’s not real gambling, a lot of stuff is charity auctions, sometimes raffles, basically a big excuse for a party where everybody pats each other on the back, drinks too much shitty Publix wine and shows off how generous they are to the hospital/orchestra/United Way.

    Btw, the United Way sucks. Just thought I’d add that. Ironically the biggest rank and file hourly worker dildos who won’t join the union also don’t donate to UW because they’re cheap and because UW gives to Planned Parenthood which is 97% abortions, trufax. Hahahaha. AFL-CIO and myself independently told UW to fuck themselves years ago. They’re set up to reward managers who sign up more of their departmental employees, so besides the inefficiency and graft they’re total fucksticks for that, too.

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    TriassicSands says:

    @Trollhattan:

    The Appalachian Trail. Ho Chi Minh Trail. Is there a connection?

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @some guy: Perp walk! Perp walk!

    My post that got FYWP’d was a rant about someone I know (who is independent but not completely mentally competent) who is homeless thanks to these f***ing places, oh yeah, the storefronts are all over the Black neighborhoods, just one on the big highway.

    I never for a second thought it was for charity. I figured the name was to attract veterans with checks and gullible olds and to distract the community for a time about their real nature.

    The rich ppl in Gainesville have r6ffl3s, “ca-FYWP night”, “caribbean cruise” gala, etc, but it’s not real g6mbl1ng, a lot of stuff is charity auctions, sometimes r6ffl3s, basically a big excuse for a party where everybody pats each other on the back, drinks too much shitty Publix wine and shows off how generous they are to the hospital/orchestra/United Way.

    Btw, the United Way sucks. Just thought I’d add that. Ironically the biggest rank and file hourly worker dildos who won’t join the union also don’t donate to UW because they’re cheap and because UW gives to Planned Parenthood which is 97% abortions, trufax. Hahahaha. AFL-CIO and myself independently told UW to fuck themselves years ago. They’re set up to reward managers who sign up more of their departmental employees, so besides the inefficiency and graft they’re total fucksticks for that, too.

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    JustRuss says:

    @catclub: Harvard educated the vascular surgeon that saved my daughter’s life. They may not be perfect, but I wouldn’t say they provide no societal benefits. Unless we’re talking about their business school.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Chris:

    Hopefully, the identity of the new Pope will disprove my pessimistic appraisal of the situation.

    The Emperor does not share your optimistic appraisal of the situation.

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    Trollhattan says:

    @quannlace:

    Romney talking with the Help? You’ve gotta be kidding.

    Oh, I suppose he talks at the help rather frequently.

    I’ll take Hero Bartenders for five-hundred, Alex. Hope this dude’s countertops are shipshape.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @scav:

    Nice use of Latin grammar – you get a gold star!

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    raven says:

    @scav: The “Wounded Warriors” is a fucking scam too.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    Is it bad that I’m breathing a sigh of relief that accused Jax FOP head Nelson Cuba isn’t black?

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    raven says:

    POPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPEPOPE

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    Chris says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Thanks for catching that :D I amused myself last week by slipping that phrase into one of my papers for class. Doubt the prof caught it (they’re weekly literature reviews which I doubt if he even reads), but I find entertainment where I can.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    Charities are considered to be operating effectively when they spend at least 60 percent on programs.

    This from that Jax story (which is veddy interesting, that you scav). I’d say 80%, but they had to set the bar low for the United Way, which despite being mostly a passthrough is lucky to clear 65%.

    Those letterman jackets and other prizes for managers have to come from somewhere! Yup, lowly hourly worker, didja know you’re signing up to underwrite a manager’s party?! Betcha didn’t know that!

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    Shortstop says:

    @scav: you win everything forever for all time, world without end.

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    rikyrah says:

    She was always shady. good riddance.

    Lex Luthor needs to be next.

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    R-Jud says:

    @raven: If it can be any Catholic male, I’d prefer Bill Murray. His sister is a nun and everything.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    I found her! Jax TU user “alta” revealed herself to be Lt Gov Carroll on a post in 2010 by reporter Harding (who she aggressively attacks in comments over timeline and nature of statements to reporters). She last posted 12/2012 pretending to be, um, Alta who is not Lt. Gov. Carroll? On a story about Carroll. With lots of details. Hahahahaha!!

    http://jacksonville.com/users/alta

    Have fun!

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    Here’s another JTU story:

    http://jacksonville.com/news/f.....ent-552144

    The Lt. Gov. is commenter “Alta”.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    Lol, this story from inside the Gov’s office is hilarious. Too bad it didn’t get much play at the time:

    http://jacksonville.com/opinio.....ent-469990

    Once again, “Alta” is being disputatious in the comments.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @NonyNony:

    Care to explain it for the non-tax lawyers in the audience?

    If these guys were compliant (which they clearly are not), a Guidestar subscriber (I am one) would be able to view and download several years worth of Forms 990, which would provide a detailed picture of the organization’s finances and activities.

    The simple fact that they have been non-compliant with their IRS filing obligations for several years is, I think, enough to make anyone’s spidey-senses start twitching. The fact that the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and not the exempt-organization bureaucrats in Washington or Cincinnati, are on the case is another tell.

    Protip: if an IRS person ever identifies themselves to you as a “special agent” rather than a “revenue agent,” shut up and lawyer up. You’re talking to CID.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    I googled Wounded Warriors Project. I agree, scam. Gets a lot of low ratings by charity evaluators. Basically fundraising/salary/junket machine for the board. Ugh.

    And based in Jacksonville, Florida!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Buried among all the NEW POPE! stories is an AP article saying that 57 people from Florida and five other states have been charged in connection with this. Jennifer Carroll evidently is not one of them.

    Yet.

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