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State officials abruptly cancel talk by FSU professor

From our friends at the Associated Press:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have abruptly canceled a talk by a Florida State professor and writer who has been critical of the administration of Gov. Rick Scott.

Diane Roberts, who does commentary for National Public Radio and writes columns for various publications, was supposed to give a talk at the state-owned Mission San Luis on April 3.

Roberts planned to discuss Florida's environment and problems with the state's rivers, lakes and springs.

Brittany Lesser, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Ken Detzner, said an "internal decision" was made within the secretary's office to cancel the talk.

Lesser said that Roberts topic did not fit with agency programs such as historical resources. She said that Roberts has been asked to come back later to talk about "our mission and programs."


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Winston Smith

The Ministry of Truth has ruled.

Remember: Freedom is slavery.

Highly paid Republican operative

We must silence the critics.

PinkSlip RickScott

Its funny how Ms. Lesser seems to be insinuating that this kind of environmentally aware programming is unusual for Mission San Luis. It is not. Below is a Facebook Event link to an environmentally themed program they hosted last October, so this idea that a lecture on environmentalism is completely unrelated to their typical programming is very untrue. Not to mention the fact that natural resources ARE our cultural heritage here in Florida, and are some of the MOST critical resources to recovering the history of this state. She should be VERY aware of this especially given that March is Archaeology Month in the State of Florida and this year specifically was celebrating Paleoindian warm spring sites where troves of information has been gleaned.

I realize Ms. Lesser is a recent addition to Mr. Scott's staff, but she really is making herself look quite ignorant by releasing statements not based in any kind of reality besides the one they are trying to craft.

Here is the event description for those of you who may not be able to see the Facebook link:

"Filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus brings this documentary to the SunTrust Theatre at Mission San Luis. The Florida Wildlife Corridor project is a collaborative vision to connect remaining natural lands, waters, working farms, forest, and ranches from the Everglades to Georgia, protecting a functional ecological corridor for the health of people, wildlife, and watersheds. In 2012, Stoltzfus, conservation photographer Carlton Ward, Jr., bear biologist Joe Guthrie, and conservationist Mallory Lykes recorded their 100-day and 1000-mile journey from the Everglades National Park to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on the Georgia border. Followed by a Q&A session. FREE"


JP Knight

Give me a break! College profs criticizing Republicans is both rare and endangered? NOBODY is dumb enough to believe that.

Can't take anymore

Expect at least 53% of Florida voters to send Rick Scott the message that he is fired. He is so far from reality he keeps hiring people who absolutely share his views and fear telling him how offensive he is.


Who cares? One less self important professor running their mouth suits me just fine.

Winston Smith

Right on, Red Amazon! Testify! Western civilization was built in spite of intelligence, not because of it! We don't need no stinkin' professor giving us all that useless information when we can have nobody speaking instead.


Diane Roberts is the Ann Coulter of professors - hyperbole and far out statements - but on the left like most FSU professors. Anyone who has been around longer than a decade knows this. Talk about creating a tempest in a teapot.

This would be like Rick Scott not inviting Nan Rich to his campaign ribbon cutting.

Can't take anymore

Student of Faux News, Ann Coulter has built her entire career on telling outrageous lies, perpetuating rightwing paranoid nightmares and generally blowing smoke up the not too bright's tailpipes. Like Rush, much of her stuff has been a comedy act that somehow the weak minded actually thought was real. It's too late for her to turn back now as she just keeps cashing in on the stream of lies and stupidity she spews.

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