Florida’s Ronda Storms: Much More Than Creationism

IT’S BEEN months since your Curmudgeon wrote about Florida’s State Senator Ronda Storms, whose efforts inspired us to write: Florida: The Flat Earth State.

In the last session of the Florida legislature, righteous Ronda was a sponsor of one of those anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “academic freedom” bills. Fortunately her efforts failed, albeit narrowly. But a new year is dawning, and we’ll be watching things.

Our best source of information about anti-evolution legislation in Florida was the Florida Baptist Witness. The major players all seemed to be members of that denomination, as we reported here: Florida’s Anti-Evolution Bills: Sectarian Legislation? We’ll be scanning that source again.

But as we keep an eye on Florida, don’t make the mistake of thinking that Ronda is just a single-issue legislator. Her interests extend well beyond creationism. Ronda’s mind is a marvel; it works non-stop, like a conveyor belt in a waste disposal plant. For example, she valiantly crusaded for state-issued religious license plates saying “I Believe” on them: Ronda Storms’ Godly License Plate Bill Fails.

For the coming year, Ronda is already making news. In the Tampa Tribune we read: Libraries Offer Plenty For Storms To Stew Over. Excerpts:

The economy is a shambles. State revenue is in a free-fall. House leaders in both parties stand accused of misusing their political powers.

This week, state Sen. Ronda Storms identified another menace: The Dewey Decimal System.

Gotta be kidding, right? No. Keep reading:

Storms, R-Valrico, railed against the book-cataloging system during a budget hearing on state library aid, calling the Dewey Decimal System “anachronistic,” costly and just plain frustrating.

The system requires training for both staff and users, she complained. If Barnes and Noble organizes its books more simply, why can’t libraries?

Then the lawmakers heard from an informed witness:

Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who oversees state support of libraries, told the committee that Dewey Decimal is the national standard, set by the Library of Congress.

Ronda’s response?

“The Library of Congress can do what the Library of Congress wants,” Storms said. “If it’s costing us money … it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee.”

Just on a hunch, we checked out “666” in the Dewey Decimal system. It’s Ceramic & allied technologies. That sounds innocent, but you never know. Then we checked Genetics and evolution; it’s 576. We can’t figure this one out.

But there’s more. Ronda also complained about public libraries loaning out copies of TV show episodes — especially “Seinfeld.”

When the last legislative session ended, and Ronda’s creationism bill failed, we moved on to reporting about similar legislative lunacy in other states, especially in Louisiana and Texas. But Florida will be back in the news, and we’ll be watching Ronda.

Update here: Creationism and the Dewey Decimal System.

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22 responses to “Florida’s Ronda Storms: Much More Than Creationism

  1. I hate that woman.

  2. Stacy, it’s only creationism. Where’s your compassion? Your sensitivity?

  3. What better place to begin my reign of Communist terror and oppression than a memorial to that decadent and imperialist American, Melvil Dewey, hated originator of the Dewey Decimal System!! I, The Red Scare, will ruin this place for everyone!!

  4. You ‘mericans have all the fun people.

    You could rein in all of that diversity if you exported all your fundies to Nicaragua.

  5. I hope ur joking. SHE tried to mess with MY son’s education.

    She can kiss my a**.

  6. If it weren’t for people like Ronda Storms, Kathy Martin, Don McLeroy, Ben Nevers, and their gurus at the Discovery Institute, I’d have to find a whole new topic to write about.

  7. Merry Christmas, guys!

  8. Thanks, Tony. While writing that post I had a sneaking suspicion that the Dewey Decimal system was some kind of fluoride conspiracy in the minds of creationists, and I actually Googled for articles containing both “Dewey Decimal system” and creationism, but I didn’t find anything.

  9. Kent baby, whether that’s really you or not — you’re banned.

  10. Speaking of legislation, both Michigan antievolution bills died in committee!

    Poor Louisiana was the only patsy this year.

  11. Right, James. I posted something on that a few days ago, as the Michigan session was drawing to a close. But don’t despair. A new legislative year will soon begin. The fun never ends.

  12. mightyfrijoles

    Must be getting close to a major holiday. Everybody seems to have too much time on their hands.

  13. Wait there is a much bigger crises brewing – apparently we’ve been losing 2 minutes of daylight every day since the end of June. At this rate the Northern Hemisphere will soon be dark 24/7 . See Larry Anderson in The American Thinker for elaboration and change of subject.

  14. The Curmudgeon // 19-December-2008 at 4:11 pm

    Kent baby, whether that’s really you or not — you’re banned.

    I thought KH was in a federal prison now. No? (Or maybe they can still blog from prison.)

  15. I wouldn’t worry overly much Pernsickety , I’ve heard on the grape vine that we should start gaining that sun back any day now.

  16. Tony, he had what looked like a prison email address, ending in “prison.gov” but that could have been a spoof. Real or not, I don’t want that person making comments here. If it were really him, we might generate a lot of traffic, but I’d rather not have it.

  17. You might be interested in this:

    The evolution bit starts about 2’15” in.

    Seeing it now, it strikes me that the scientists testifying before, & being questioned by, the TX SBOE must have felt something like the more educated of Ali G’s guests.

    (Obsiously the guests are clueless about Ali G, who is another character created & played by the guy who did Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

  18. Tony, you said: “You might be interested in this”

    I sat through that thing as the moron “host” asked his math question, and then we finally got to Hovind’s blather. Then I quit. So … no, I’m not interested in that.

    Warning to all: Tony’s link will lead you to brain death!

  19. I sat through that thing as the moron “host” asked his math question, and then we finally got to Hovind’s blather. Then I quit. So … no, I’m not interested in that.

    Well, you’re not called Curmudgeon for nothing.

  20. Sarah Palin on steroids

  21. “Libraries Offer Plenty For Storms To Stew Over”

    Shouldn’t that have been titled, “Libraries Offer Plenty For Storms To Thunder About”?