The Daily Show: Florida Is "the Worst State"

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"Just because you're shaped like some combination of a gun and a dick doesn't mean you have to act that way," said Daily Show guest host John Oliver during the show's recap of the George Zimmerman case. He also suggested that Florida change its nickname from "The Sunshine State" to the more blunt "The Worst State."

Oliver, who is subbing in for Jon Stewart, particularly took aim at Florida's laws and wondered, "How does 2013 Florida have a law that seems cut and pasted from 1881 Tombstone?"

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galser.marcos
galser.marcos

I agree, 100%, You know how depressing it is to know that the most progressive and intelligent politician to come out of Florida in recent yeas is Jeb bush?

strangeattractor2000
strangeattractor2000

Amen.  Florida has a plethora of statutes, ranging from employment law to criminal law, that are the product of right-wing lobbying.  Most Floridians don't know how bad their laws are, because they have gotten use to Florida's corporate bullying, and authoritarian style of government.   Unless you are very rich (and probably, white at that), or old enough to retire; DO NOT MOVE TO FLORIDA!

(p.s the water in florida is god damn disgusting, the food is just god awful, and the housing styles that dominate the landscape, are nothing but glorified trailer homes)

zadeh79
zadeh79

Amen.  Florida has a plethora of statutes, ranging from employment law to criminal law, that are the product of right-wing lobbying.  Unless you are very rich (and probably, white at that), or old enough to retire; DO NOT MOVE TO FLORIDA!

zadeh79
zadeh79

Amen.  Florida has a plethora of statutes, ranging from employment law to criminal law, that are the product of right-wing lobbying.  Most Floridans don't know how bad their laws are, because they have gotten use to Florida's corporate bullying, and authoritarian government.   Unless you are very rich (and probably, white at that), or old enough to retire; DO NOT MOVE TO FLORIDA!

zadeh79
zadeh79

Amen.  Florida has a plethora of statutes, ranging from employment law to criminal law, that are the product of right-wing lobbying.  Most Floridans don't know how bad their laws are, because they have gotten use to Florida's corporate bullying, and authoritarian government.   Unless you are very rich (and probably, white at that), or old enough to retire; DO NOT MOVE TO FLORIDA!

Yunior Espinosa
Yunior Espinosa

Fuck this show and their biased views, no rebuttal from MNT which I am not surprised to see. As a Floridian I am honestly offended by this, just because a man was found nto guilty by a jury of his peers suddenly our state is the worst one? Give me a break. I guess I should not expect much from the same publication that runs Unkle Racis....err Luke's bullshit "I'm a victim of the white man, whitie is out to get the blacks" articles.

ncc-1138
ncc-1138

Florida has a very interesting population. People think it's party central, filled with pirates, thieves, thugs and right-wing politicians . In  sense they are right...hence why there are so many weird damn laws. You have to keep in mind, many of the laws were created by alcoholic, coke lovin Rednecks and fascist cuban exiles...a potent mix of idiocy and aggression and they always get their way. And it just so happens that both hate and fear black people.

Abdali El-Erradji
Abdali El-Erradji

Hold on a minute, I agree Florida is screwed up except for Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. These two cities really have nothing in common with the rest of the state except for good weather.

Maite Jerez Robles
Maite Jerez Robles

Oh please. Every state sucks in some way or another, and every state has its privileges. Well, some suck totallly, but I wouldn't want to offend anyone. LOL

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

Phil, I wouldn't vacation in the middle east...and I was merely pointing out that everyone seems to have a "holier than thou" attitude about Florida, but they DO end up coming here...I just find that ironic...and the entire state is NOT armed and just waiting to shoot people, despite what seems to be the general consensus the past few days..

David Detweiler
David Detweiler

Above posted link....Great reference of all cases in the past 3 years or so. Over 50% SYG defenses for African Americans ended in Immunity or Acquittal. Great point of reference from both victim and accussed stand point.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

@patti this wasn't a SYG case but SYG is a law in 29 states. It's often abused as a defense but it's most effective when there's only 1 side of the story to be told or if you yell "they're coming right at us" first. I doubt you can find any statistics to substantiate your claim that the law is racially biased.

Kenny Millions
Kenny Millions

sure it is that's why we create the most insane freak art...

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Mercy, is not a "vacation destination" issue. The middle east is a destination, yet is an unstable region.

Mark Baxter
Mark Baxter

LOL @ Milton. The best projections are a foot increase over the next century. Possibly two. It was mostly underwater when they found it.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

the SEMINOLE INDIANs are the ONLY indigenous north american indian tribe that has YET to sign a PEACE TREATY with the U S (and retreated into the everglades and hid there for many years and would have been vanquished by the UNION army had the american CIVIL WAR not broken out - "what SAVED us was the pale face fighting against the other pale face")

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

the thing of it is there are three typical GROUPs here in FLORIDA 1)the retirees who are disconnected from the world at large 2)visiting tourists who are temporarily here to typically vacation or visit relatives AND 3)the residents who typically are escaping or hiding-out or trying their luck here AFTER hitting bottom somewhere else .....................but ALL unless they are seminole indians ALL are from SOMEWHERE ELSE - it could have been either cuba or colorado, the american mid-west or the arab middle east, mexico legally or illegally, central or south america, india or indiana (and every one of them wants to transplant their origins here.."UP NORTH WE DO IT THIS WAY"........"DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT".........and so on)

the retirees are set, the tourists are set and the residents are left to their own devises - hopefully have an income from sources elsewhere to supplement any earnings one could eke out here in sub-standard careers and low wage no bebefit jobs which is why it is BOTH the scam capitol of america and also the drug capital of south and central america

Milton F. Roiz
Milton F. Roiz

Don't worry folks in a few decades most of it will be under water.

Eymi In
Eymi In

que pila de comemierdas

Curt Notree
Curt Notree

I departed from Florida a month ago. Land of the lost.

Celluloco Mobiles
Celluloco Mobiles

Miami Hater! This big nosed you know what should get his butt out of here and move to NY.

Cary Campria
Cary Campria

Why does the MNT only report the negative stories about Florida? You are a FL paper!

Patti Hoy-Sevier
Patti Hoy-Sevier

Give us a chance we could still let Dunn walk for murder of the black Jordan kid for playing his music too loud at a gas station. here in Jacksonville. Stay tuned more to come on Stand your ground....The worst law EVER in any state but only applies to minorities once killed.

Geoff Paugam
Geoff Paugam

We are a pretty bad ass state...a mixture of every culture in the US...and Europeans as well...right here!

Lars Epperson
Lars Epperson

well at least it's a long duck wong-size counts!

clayton44
clayton44

Florida definately derserves this and remember any publicity is good publicity.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Florida has been the "Judicial Lab" of America. 1-) Any law that fails everywhere else, somehow is enacted there. 2-) Any politician who wants to try some form of scheme, just like MEDICARE or MEDICAID fraud, doesn't go to California, TEXAS, NYC or New England, they go to Miami and from there to Tallahassee and eventually DC (just look at David Rivera and the rest of Miami County Commissioners who approved the Marlins stadium, with public money... EVERYWHERE ELSE, THEY WOULD'VE END UP EXECUTED OR THROWN IN JAIL!!). 3-) a convicted Alien is your governor! Why didn't he go to MA with his healthcare experience, to boost the state's universal care?! NOOOOO, let's go to Florida since we have plenty of ex-NYC lawyers, resting in a porous judicial system.

Kevin Bosch
Kevin Bosch

Florida is only the worst state in that it is the only state that represents United States fully.

strangeattractor2000
strangeattractor2000

@Yunior EspinosaYeah buddy, a lot of places in the world are better than the caribeean slum that you came from, but FLorida is by no means a good state.

strangeattractor2000
strangeattractor2000

@Yunior Espinosa Yeah buddy, a lot of places in the world are better than the caribeean slum that you came from, but FLorida is by no means a good state.

mfl1926
mfl1926

@Maite Jerez Robles I spent part of my childhood in Florida and loved it. I spent most of my childhood in Washington state- a place that really does totally suck. 

andy33155
andy33155

@Maite Jerez Robles But no state sucks more than Floriduhhhhh

andy33155
andy33155

@Mercy Suarez Only trashy low lives end up vacationing in Florida.  No one with any class would vacation in that dump.  The entire state is filled with angry bitter people.  You are all a bunch of savages but as savages you don't recognize how abnormal you all are.  I can spot a Floridian a mile away just by how you people look.  Just look at the Local news on WSVN.com.  You don't find that level of violence and disregard for human or animal life anywhere else but Florida. 

andy33155
andy33155

@Phil Ramirez Phil, Mercy is delusional. She must have drank the guarapo.  

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

THEREFORE..............................we have NO reason to educate the young BORN here (the retirees and tourists don't care about that issue) and no reason to provide adequate state social services to the resident population because no state income taxes are available to fund those and the retirees get social security and medicaid from the federal government and the tourists pay for their own way through sales taxes and bed hotel taxes and car rental surcharges and taxes

andy33155
andy33155

@Mercy Suarez By that same logic, everyone who uses a public toilet must also appreciate the stench.  Face it Cubanita, Florida is a dump filled with angry bitter disgusting people.  I have yet to hear anyone with any class tell me that they like Florida.  Only the low lives thrive in Florida and flock to Florida. 

andy33155
andy33155

@Geoff Paugam You Floridians use the term culture rather loosely.  You do not have any culture.  What you have are dirt poor immigrants that have festered in Florida.  You also have sexual perverts moving to Florida or vacationing in Florida from Europe because there is more prostitution in Florida than in any other area of the United States.  Florida is a dump! 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

tru dat

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

we have chinese people here ?

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