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DeSantis nears takeover of Disney government in Florida

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It's good that DeSantis backtracked on getting rid of the district altogether. That would have been disastrous.

I like Anna Eskamani's amendment to the bill, to rename the district “Florida's Attempt to Silence Critical and Independent Speech and Thought” (FASCIST).

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Walt Disney World's self-governing district Thursday after House Republicans approved legislation meant to punish the company over its opposition to the law critics have dubbed “Don't Say Gay."

Rock star Ronnie has now transferred 2 billion in taxes from Disney to the Florida taxpayers just because he got his undies in a bunch over being called out.

Yeah, that’s leadership….

And spare a thought for the taxpayers of FL. My guess is that no revenue will be raised, no laws enacted to alleviate the hole blown in the budget. It will fester for a couple of years, by which time, Ron Ron will have kicked the Tallahassee mud off his big white disco boots and long forgotten Florida on his race for the WH. (See the dear in the headlights look in his eyes and the stammer when called out by Christ.)

Because Rock star Ronnie never gave a damn about the people of Florida. They were just a step to be trod upon on his climb for power.

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And remind me, which part of conservatism is it that says government should start punitive legislation against a private company because of speech? (And make no mistake: this is exactly what that is.)

I’m pretty sure this is the 180 degree opposite of conservative ideology.

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Rock star Ronnie has now transferred 2 billion in taxes from Disney to the Florida taxpayers just because he got his undies in a bunch over being called out. 

Really?

Yeah, that’s leadership….

As his poll numbers continue to climb.

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2022/04/21/florida-governor-ron-desantis-rising-poll-numbers-ebof-enten-vpx.cnn

And spare a thought for the taxpayers of FL. My guess is that no revenue will be raised, no laws enacted to alleviate the hole blown in the budget.

Yes, you “guess.”

It will fester for a couple of years, by which time, Ron Ron will have kicked the Tallahassee mud off his big white disco boots and long forgotten Florida on his race for the WH. (See the dear in the headlights look in his eyes and the stammer when called out by Christ.)

Crist?

Because Rock star Ronnie never gave a damn about the people of Florida.

Polls show otherwise.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/desantis-tied-trump-everyone-else-far-behind-2024-gop-presidential-primary-poll

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And remind me, which part of conservatism is it that says government should start punitive legislation against a private company because of speech?

It’s also free speech to tell Disney to stop indoctrinating my kids with racial, gender and political wokeness.

(And make no mistake: this is exactly what that is.)

Yes.

I’m pretty sure this is the 180 degree opposite of conservative ideology.

Actually, it’s not.

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Be very careful with Desantis, he is an absolutist of the GOP's neo-fascism, he goes after the rights of minorities, immigrants, women and the LGBT+ community.. A danger to the US, its democracy and society..

Trump is a puppy next to that fascist clown..

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The bill would leave the district intact but would change its name

Even Ron doesn't know what this will look like. It's a mess for everyone with potentially $2 billion in tax liabilities likely ro be pushed onto Florifa residents.

This is about real estate in the end, not movies, and all Disney does is handle its own real estate in accordance with existing Florida laws already, plus providing their own services which again Florida will have to spend time and money managing.

But The good news for Ron is that wokism is down 6.8% in Florida.

The bad news for Florida is that they have a governor who goes after private businesses if they express their right to free speech.

The good news for the US is that Ron's policies night generate headlines, but his platform has no legs in a national campaign. No one is going to win the White House by campaigning against free speech and minority representation.

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Be very careful with Desantis, he is an absolutist of the GOP's neo-fascism, he goes after the rights of minorities, immigrants, women and the LGBT+ community.. A danger to the US, its democracy and society..

Yeah, yeah, more liberal empty platitudes. Wonder how China deals with minorities, LGBTQ, women’s rights and democracy issues?

Trump is a puppy next to that fascist clown..

Most Floridians would disagree.

The good news for the US is that Ron's policies night generate headlines, but his platform has no legs in a national campaign.

I would disagree on that one.

No one is going to win the White House by campaigning against free speech and minority representation

When it’s against a corporation that is hellbent on spewing woke indoctrination, overall, he definitely could win on the issue, I mean, the left dismissed Youngkin, when he campaigned in a blue state to stop wokeness and CRT and he won, now you’d think the left would learn by now, but no….

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It’s also free speech to tell Disney to stop indoctrinating my kids with racial, gender and political wokeness.

Sure it is. But government intervention and punishment on a private business for expressing their belief is something else entirely. What do you call that?

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Sure it is. But government intervention and punishment on a private business for expressing their belief is something else entirely. What do you call that?

Keeping corporations from poisoning our kids. Disney was once indeed the greatest place on earth, now it's a political-ideological driven quagmire.

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When it’s against a corporation that is hellbent on spewing woke indoctrination, overall, he definitely could win on the issue

If you think Americans would choose desantis over Disney and free speech you are deluded. He’s a small man with a big mouth. Look at his track record; lots of bills signed that went nowhere and accomplished nothing except rile up his easily riled up rubes.

‘A new sheriff in town’? Lol. Sure.

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Keeping corporations from poisoning our kids. Disney was once indeed the greatest place on earth, now it's a political-ideological driven quagmire.

The only minds that have been poisoned are those who read this bs on hobby news sites and retweets.

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I still don't understand how going after a Disney real estate agreement is going to change what Disney creative puts out. They're two separate things.

This is just GOP retaliation on a private business, nothing more or less. The new system of governance by Florida will get then no say on whether Disney releases Avatar 3 or not.

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Ron Ron couldn't even define "wokeism" in a coherent sentence (to say nothing of his know-nothing base).

This is white greivance writ large and that is ALL that it is.

Fortunately, the rest of the country is not as dumb. His stchik is not going to play well with minorities, women, anyone who cares about minorities or women, parents who don't want books banned (kind of like what Nazi Germany did, but I digress.)

And all the while, Jobs jobs jobs.

America is where rock-star ronnie's white pride (to match his boots?) march goes to die.

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It’s also free speech to tell Disney to stop indoctrinating my kids with racial, gender and political wokeness.

The government has no constitutional right to punish a corporation for expressing its opinion. Or do you disagree?

The way DeSantis gets around this is by justifying the action based on questioning the legitimacy of Disney’s special status. In this respect, DeSantis has a legal point. But he tells his MAGA herd that it’s all just to stick it to a “woke” corporation. If that were the sole justification, it wouldn’t hold up in the courts.

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This is just GOP retaliation on a private business, nothing more or less.

Hogwash!

The new system of governance by Florida will get then no say on whether Disney releases Avatar 3 or not.

Hmmmm…

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He's surprisingly camp for someone so anti-hey.

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He's surprisingly camp for someone so anti-hey.

Sometimes those who are most strenuously anti LGBTQ have some serious closet issues.

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Hogwash!

So you think that Disney will change their movie release schedule worldwide because the Florida taxpayers will be on the hook for medical and fire services to the Magic Kingdom in Florida? Or they will write out a gay character on Disney+ because of the same?

The more Ron wants to take over Disney in Florida, the more taxpayers will have to pay. That's why they're already saying this will mostly be a name change. Ron gets to appoint 5 members to the board and they will obviously sympathetic to Disney's real estate situation since it's a win win for both parties to do so.

The more you take, Ron, the more you pay. And in the end it won't change a single Disney movie.

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The way DeSantis gets around this is by justifying the action based on questioning the legitimacy of Disney’s special status. In this respect, DeSantis has a legal point. But he tells his MAGA herd that it’s all just to stick it to a “woke” corporation. If that were the sole justification, it wouldn’t hold up in the courts.

That sounded like the usual leftist hollowed out leftist rant.

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I image Biden is now writing a nice thank-you note to Trump...."Thanks for the 2024 help!"....

Trump's latest tweets really dump all over DeSantis - in the worst way possible...

If DeSantis somehow makes it as the Repub 2024 nominee (much less likely now due to Trump), you can just imagine the Dem ads;

"Trust Trump, don't vote for that "phony, RINO Globalist, high school girl groomer"....

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In five successive posts Tuesday to his social media site, Truth Social, Trump went after DeSantis. Two of them referenced a story published by the far-right website Hillreporter.com that claimed DeSantis had been photographed "partying with underaged students" at the Darlington School, a private K-12 school in Rome, Ga., where DeSantis taught from 2001-02. The image showed what appeared to be DeSantis flanked by three young women that had been captioned, ****"Here is Ron DeSanctimonious grooming high school girls with alcohol as a teacher."

Well, many ‘rockstars’ in days gone by didn’t care about age. Pretty disgusting.

Conservatives may need to learn that some values from the past are not worth holding onto.

Still, anything from the rancid toilet of a Trump social media account needs to be taken with more than a pinch of caustic soda.

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What happens when Disney decides to pull out of Florida?

Florida's population has been steadily increasing for decades, but a Miami-based realtor says that about 50% of his clients who are new to the state move out within a few years.

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Glad I sold my condo yesterday for a very tidy profit and will now move to California.

Oh, boy….

So you think that Disney will change their movie release schedule worldwide because the Florida taxpayers will be on the hook for medical and fire services to the Magic Kingdom in Florida? Or they will write out a gay character on Disney+ because of the same?

No.

The more Ron wants to take over Disney in Florida, the more taxpayers will have to pay.

Small price to pay in the end.

That's why they're already saying this will mostly be a name change. Ron gets to appoint 5 members to the board and they will obviously sympathetic to Disney's real estate situation since it's a win win for both parties to do so. 

You think?

The more you take, Ron, the more you pay. And in the end it won't change a single Disney movie.

No, but we can continue to boycott. By the way, how’s that Velma series doing?

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Bass: No, but we can continue to boycott.

You aren't Disney's target consumer. That would be like me targeting Revlon for boycott. Meaningless to them.

By the way, how’s that Velma series doing?

You tell me. I haven't seen it and have no plans to. That being said, does it trigger you that it exists? Should Ron punish Disney for releasing it?

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DeSantis and the GOP Have a Plan: Replace Public Education With Ahistorical Propaganda

"As Ron DeSantis has declared and legislated, the safety of Florida — and, yeah, the safety of the nation — isn’t a matter of gun control (or police control) but speech control, especially in public-school classrooms and libraries, where the innocent minds of our children are developing."

https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/ron-desantis-education-policy

"Trump posted a pair of items suggesting DeSantis partied with teenage girls during his time as a school teacher, “grooming” them with alcohol. The accusations appeared alongside unverified photographs, and both the claims and the legitimacy of the images remain unconfirmed."

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It looks like DeSantis may not quite be ready for his 2024 run yet...

After Trump's broadside Tweets yesterday suggesting DeSantis engaged in grooming high school girls, DeSantis was asked about this and if he had a response;

On Wednesday, DeSantis was asked about this during a press conference. His words were mundane: “I spend my time delivering results for the people of Florida and fighting against Joe Biden. That’s how I spend my time. I don’t spend my time trying to smear other Republicans,” said the governor.

Of course, he was asked this question at a press conference where he was ranting about gas stoves and diapers...

So, that’s why you might have seen a photo of Ron DeSantis standing between boxes of diapers and answering a question about whether he is a perverted sex criminal/freak. 

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2023/02/trump-desantis-groomer-diapers-2024.html

The MAGA civil war and clown show continues...

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Disney was once indeed the greatest place on earth

When? When did the magic end for you? What year? Be specific please.

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—The more Ron wants to take over Disney in Florida, the more taxpayers will have to pay. 

Small price to pay in the end.

Seems the right is happy to pay higher taxes if it gets to stick it to the libs.

You people whine about how “conservatives are being silenced” by private companies, and then celebrate when a government takes action against a private company for exercising its free speech rights.

DeSantis knows which buttons to push, and they all lead to fascism.

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https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/ron-desantis-education-policy

Any non-bias news sources from you? Every day are these far left links you give and try to pass them off as 100% factual for pats on the back. Give us some substance please!

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Gonna be real interesting if little Ron decides to run against Trump. Because it's only a matter of time before little Ron - 100% Southern Italian by background - and his money links to Mafia over the years are exposed.

Get your popcorn ready and watch this little greaseball get destroyed by Trump - piece by piece!

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Florida's population has been steadily increasing

But now since Cali and NYC have gone made woke, the population of Florida is increasing by triple digits and way too fast for construction workers.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/florida-population-boom-taxes

https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2022/12/florida-fastest-growing-state.html

https://loyalconservatives.com/2023/01/05/desantis-sites-woke-ideologies-as-one-of-many-reasons-people-leave-democrat-lead-cities-for-florida/l

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the population of Florida is increasing by triple digits

100 people?

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since Cali and NYC have gone made woke, the population of Florida is increasing by triple digits and way too fast for construction workers.

People are leaving CA and NYC because those places are too woke? Any evidence for that?

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Bass: No, but we can continue to boycott.

You aren't Disney's target consumer. 

Maybe if Disney re-released "Song of the South"???

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By the way, how’s that Velma series doing?

It was either Jimizo, Nemo or SuperLib that said it best a few weeks ago in the article about the Oscar nominations. They said they hope the most woke film wins though they don't plan on ever watching it. They just want to see Conservatives cry. Everyone here acting like they care about LGBTQ rights puts zero money or support behind it sitting here in Japan or when they go back to the U.S.

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wallaceToday  09:43 am JST

What happens when Disney decides to pull out of Florida?

Nothing because they won't pull out of Florida.

Florida's population has been steadily increasing for decades, but a Miami-based realtor says that about 50% of his clients who are new to the state move out within a few years.

People who aren't Florida residents or US citizens don't understand how big Florida is. Driving from Miami to Orlando by car would take about 4 hours.

The imagined Miami-based realtor is not doing real estate deals in Orlando.

And people who move into Miami and move out often go to other parts of Florida like Vero Beach, Naples, or the Tampa area.

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Has anyone ever seen Rock-Star Ronnie actually smile when he wasn't either mocking someone or had a bunch of underage girls in a pic with him?

Because I have not. He seems the most anger-filled goon out there yet and that is saying something.

I am sure it plays with the white greivance crowd. But it is a bad look for a general election.

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Disney is not a company to be trifled with. He will eventfully regret this.

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[DeSantis] has harnessed political tensions on gender, race and education to bolster his position as a conservative firebrand

DeSantis claims to care about kid’s’ education, but when it comes to history, he’s no rock star. Check out this baloney from a speech last year:

“It was the American Revolution that caused people to question slavery. No one had questioned it before we decided as Americans that we are endowed by our creator with unalienable rights.”

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These activists want to flood the media space of kids to get them thinking all this perverse activity is "normal"

So that when a 30 year old guy propositions a child, or when an adult teacher tries to convince a student to have sexual activity, they have a better chance of success. its "normal", I saw it on TV or in the movies.

thats what it is all about. setting the stage for perversity that benefits adults. With children who dont have the ability to decide yet, otherwise called "grooming".

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why the focus on racial and LGBT activism?

Like what?

I don’t particularly like Disney media, but they produce what the market wants. That’s free enterprise, which Republicans once upon a time celebrated.

Disney used to get criticized for being racist, or for being too WASPy and not inclusive enough. Disney has made a more concerted effort to represent a wider audience, one that it hopes won’t alienate kids from minority demographic groups. Again, that’s business.

But now they’re getting bashed by white conservative evangelical nationalists for being too inclusive. DeSantis knows what his base is afraid of (the “other”), and he’s playing the hits for them.

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Blacklabel

Standing up for their workers.

who are pushing their wokeism and activist views to kids.

No they aren’t.

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RKL

wallaceToday 09:43 am JST

> What happens when Disney decides to pull out of Florida?

> Nothing because they won't pull out of Florida.

You do not know that. Disney is making a restructuring to reduce losses and will lay off 7,000 workers. If Florida becomes a problem it will move to another state.

Florida's population has been steadily increasing for decades, but a Miami-based realtor says that about 50% of his clients who are new to the state move out within a few years.

There are many who leave Florida every year. Some call it God's waiting room.

People who aren't Florida residents or US citizens don't understand how big Florida is. Driving from Miami to Orlando by car would take about 4 hours.

Really my family I were left a large piece of land by our parents. Not sure of the purpose of your statement. We usually take our RV and take several days to drive.

The imagined Miami-based realtor is not doing real estate deals in Orlando.

The last time I checked Miami was still in Florida.

And people who move into Miami and move out often go to other parts of Florida like Vero Beach, Naples, or the Tampa area.

David Beckham is still there with his footie team.

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Too many paranoid fears from too many. Gay couples also have children and those children go to schools and mix with all the other children.

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People are leaving CA and NYC because those places are too woke? Any evidence for that?

Yup!

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/07/11/democrats-are-quietly-that-going-woke-was-a-very-bad-idea-n2592340

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/woke-disney-10-families-disney-left-leaning-politics

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Maybe if Disney re-released "Song of the South"???

Wrong state.

It was either Jimizo, Nemo or SuperLib that said it best a few weeks ago in the article about the Oscar nominations. They said they hope the most woke film wins though they don't plan on ever watching it. They just want to see Conservatives cry.

We don’t cry, we just don’t watch it. But looking at how these woke Films bomb, good enough.

Everyone here acting like they care about LGBTQ rights puts zero money or support behind it sitting here in Japan or when they go back to the U.S.

With all due respect, I don’t think you’re in any position to say what people care and don’t care about.

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