Florida’s Ronda Storms: Her Latest Crusade

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WE once again take pen in hand to write about Ronda Storms, the creationist queen of the Florida Senate, who tirelessly strives to impose her ideas on everyone else. See: Buffoon Award Winner — Ronda Storms.

Here’s Rapturous Ronda’s page at the Florida Senate’s website. Our most recent post about her legislative activity was here: Ronda Storms and Naked School Boys.

Knowing that you admire Ronda almost as much as we do, it is with the greatest delight that we present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from an article in the Florida Baptist Witness — sometimes a good source of information about creationism in Florida and Ronda in particular. It’s titled Senate passes ‘predatory gambling’ bill, 29-9.

Gambling? We know what you’re wondering: Where’s the creationist connection? There isn’t one, not directly. But with Ronda, everything seems to be geared to keeping us free of sin. We’ve written before about her efforts on behalf of creationist legislation in 2008. There was a creationist bill in one of her committees in 2009, but she didn’t take the lead on that one. For some reason, creationism isn’t on her agenda this year. Ronda’s recent crusades have been concerned with the Dewey Decimal System, and religious license plates, and school prayer, and serving alcohol at private museum events, and most recently, the above-linked matter of unsupervised nakedness in gym class dressing rooms.

Who knows where Ronda’s quest for spiritual purity will lead her next? If she remains in the legislature, she’s certain to get around to creationism again. Meanwhile, we’ll read what the Florida Baptist Witness says about her latest efforts to save her state from wickedness. The bold font was added by us:

The Florida Senate today overwhelmingly approved with little debate a gambling bill whose centerpiece is an agreement with the Seminole Indian Tribe promising $1 billion to the state over the next five years in exchange for Las Vegas slot machines and certain table games at five of the tribe’s seven casinos.

Slot machines? Seminole Indians? Casinos? The end is nigh! Let’s read on:

The 29-9 vote came after a 16-minute debate that only featured the Senate’s leading gambling voice, Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee, and Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, a vocal gambling critic.

What else could be expected from a guy who represents Seminole County? At least Ronda opposed him and spoke up for righteousness. We continue:

Storms, a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Brandon, spoke passionately against the legislation, citing a litany of statistics concerning the harmful effects of gambling, especially on problem and pathological gambling.

On a voice vote, the Senate rejected an amendment offered by Storms to provide one percent of the revenues generated as a result of the legislation for treatment of problem and pathological gamblers.

Buncha heathens! Here’s more:

“I’m rising on behalf of those citizens across the state who look at this and say this is a sad day in the state of Florida when the Florida Legislature won’t even fund treatment,” Storms told her colleagues. “The Florida legislature is making a mistake and the governor of the state of Florida is making a mistake to go down this road and expand gambling,” she added.

Bless her heart, she’s trying to save us from the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah. Moving along:

Jones answered, “This bill doesn’t even expand gaming.” Instead, the legislation “stops illegal activity that’s been taking place and all of the sudden the state is starting to collect revenue because the agreement has eluded us for 25 years.”

So the Florida Senate wants to profit from sin and misery. Why — oh why! — don’t they listen to Ronda? Here’s a link to the bill, in case you’re interested in reading it: SB 622.

Another excerpt from the Witness:

In an interview with Florida Baptist Witness following the vote, Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley said he was “very disappointed” by the Senate vote, calling it “one more critical step to selling the state of Florida literally to the highest bidder.” Bunkley praised Storms, noting she alone spoke out against the legislation.

We’ve asked this before: Why does a church need a lobbyist? It’s not as if the state has laws that interfere with the church’s freedom. Upon reflection, maybe it’s the reverse situation — but let’s not dwell on that. We continue with the article:

The Florida House of Representatives is poised to vote April 19 on the legislation. Although greater opposition is expected, observers expect the legislation to pass in the House, which was previously more adverse to gambling.

We can’t go on. It’s obvious that Florida is doomed. We think this session of the legislature will adjourn on 08 May, so they have three more weeks to go. Who knows what additional evil they might do?

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6 responses to “Florida’s Ronda Storms: Her Latest Crusade

  1. Well, it pains me to say this, but I tend to find some agreement with Raving Ronda here. Casinos are somewhat predatory. I love the one right over the Oklahoma border from Texas (WinStar) that has a pawn shop conveniently located on the grounds.

    I don’t see much utility in outlawing gambling and, indeed, I voted ‘yes’ on the referendum that allowed Vegas style gambling in Oklahoma. But, gambling is a significant revenue source for both the tribes and the statues. Asking them to set aside a little of the gravy for compulsive gambling treatment programs does not seem to be an onerous request. States fund alcohol and drug treatment programs, so why not gambling?

    And, the Dewey Decimal System. Pure evil! Won’t somebody please think of the children.

  2. The Curmudgeon ponders

    Gambling? We know what you’re wondering: Where’s the creationist connection?

    To the Wedge-wielding Creationists, everything is connected. No Darwin, no Las Vegas…

  3. Great Claw says: “No Darwin, no Las Vegas…”

    Hey, that has real potential.

  4. Casinos are somewhat predatory.

    Yeah, it frightened me to learn that U. Nevada Reno has a specific counseling service for students who gamble away their tuition before the semester starts. That’s a problem we don’t need.

    But keep in mind that in Nevada and Florida, the state is taking a cut from the casinos up front. Curmy’s article mentions the fee that FL is charging: $1 billion over 5 years. N.O. charges Harrah’s something like $40 million/yr to operate the one casino in the city. In all of these cases, nothing prevents the state from setting aside some of their income from gambling taxes for counseling and treatment if it wants to.

    Ronda’s argument is much muddier than “treatment vs. no treatment.” Its more along the lines of: “should treatment be paid for out of the taxes already levied, or out of some new tax.” The best answer to that is less clear, it probably varies by state and individual case, and IMO that’s why we have representatives.

  5. The Curmudgeon notes

    Hey, that has real potential.

    I previously spared you the truly sinister version:

    No Darwin, no Wayne Newton…

  6. eric says:

    Ronda’s argument is much muddier than “treatment vs. no treatment.”

    That’s to be expected. Ronda has the vigor of Wonder Woman and the brains of Terri Schiavo.