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Today on Context Florida: Political tantrums, stone-age Bush and energy & national security

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Today on Context Florida:

They stamp their feet, scream until they’re sick, and hold their breath till they’re blue. Diane Roberts says Tallahassee lawmakers act like 5-year-olds caught with their grotty little paws in the cookie jar, swearing they didn’t do anything wrong. While all the other political kids get to have fun lying and money-grubbing, poor little legislators they have to stay in, doing homework they refused to do earlier: drawing congressional districts that “sorta-maybe-almost” fairly represent the people of Florida.

As Jeb Bush abandons his Paleolithic diet by eating a fried Snickers bar in Iowa, Julie Delegal says feminists everywhere wish he’d abandon his stone-age ideology, too. Bush wants to “publicly shame” mothers who give birth out of wedlock, arguing that the lack of stigma is what causes illegitimate births. With apologies to Sam Cooke, Delegal notes that it would appear Bush “don’t know much biology.” Stigma doesn’t cause unwed births. And women don’t get pregnant by themselves.

America’s energy independence is certainly an economic issue, but Sal Nuzzo says it is also a national security concern with the highest degree of priority for the future prosperity of our children and subsequent generations. In addition, recent developments in U.S. oil exploration and production are providing us a unique opportunity to improve both our economic and national security.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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