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Memo to Florida's many teabaggers: YOU ARE DUMB.

One of the great things about the so-called "Tea Party" is that the phrases "Tea Party" and "Tea Party-affiliated" are not officially handed out or certified in any way. It's part of the whole fake grassroots thing they set up back in the day. Now, with the collapse of Freedomworks and the general fracturing of the wingnut right, any half-dozen stupid assholes can give themselves a Tea Party name, say something stupid, and it can go around the Internet as "The Tea Party thinks...".

And the best part is, since the Tea Party is made almost entirely of stupid assholes, the odds are good that this otherwise unfair generalization is correct. Add Florida into the mix, and it gets even better.

For example, Fort Lauderdale has a thing that thinks it's a Tea Party, and one of the women who founded it, Danita Kilcullen, went off like a hateful little firecracker about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"I'll be damned if I will ever be forced to hire someone with orange hair, body/neck/face covered with tattoos, multiple piercings, or a man in a dress... or for that matter, a demonstrative effeminate male or purposeful butch-looking female. Keep in mind, [The Log Cabin Republicans] is a thug organization with only their own "special interests" in play."

This, of course, demonstrates why the ENDA is so important. People like Kilcullen need to be prevented from not only hiring and firing based on actual sexual orientation, but hiring and firing based on her own fucked-up gaydar. I mean, I'd hate to find out what she considers either "demonstrative" or "effeminate". Walk into an interview with this woman wearing a patterned tie, or smiling, and you're probably just wasting your time. And/or dodged a bullet.

But for unmitigated cluelessness, it's hard to beat the "National Liberty Foundation", which as far as I can tell, is neither national nor a foundation, but just a Facebook page and a donations hole, posted to their Facebook page a propaganda poster from Bioshock Infinite, urging Americans to "guard against the foreign hordes".

Now, I happen to be playing Bioshock Infinite right now, and it is not a subtle game in any way. Especially politically. How unsubtle is it? Let me put it this way. I've spent ten full years writing anti-nativist, anti-racist, and anti-religious polemics, and halfway through this game, even I'm thinking that maybe they could tone it down a bit.

It's basically like having a steampunk corner you at a party and read to you from a book of 1970s political cartoons The evil capitalist is named Jeremiah Fink, for fuck's sake. I didn't think even the unholy combination of Florida + Teabagger could create enough thickness to be impervious to the game's satire bludgeon, but I was wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong.