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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:02 PM

Surprise Surprise by Josh Marshall




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Surprise Surprise
by Josh Marshall

One of the questions I’ve mentioned a few times in the DeSantis Vineyard story is that the company Florida is paying for the migrant flights isn’t the one which is actually running the flights. The former is Vertol Systems, newly of Florida, and the latter Ohio-based Ultimate Jet Charters. Vertol is mostly a helicopter company and doesn’t seem to have the kind of planes needed for this kind of work, which sort of raises the questions of why they got the contract. (Since the news of all this broke Vertol took its website offline.) Since Vertol can’t do it, they’ve subcontracted the work to Ultimate Jet Charters. This new Miami Herald article goes into all the details and reveals that Vertol has close ties to Larry Keefe, the DeSantis appointee charged with running his anti-immigration policies. Who could have guessed.

Of course, this isn’t the first state contract given to a governor’s cronies and it doesn’t get us closer to knowing the real question: who is DeSantis working with in Texas? And where’s “Perla”?

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Reply Surprise Surprise by Josh Marshall (Original post)
riversedge Sep 22 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Sep 22 #1
mjvpi Sep 22 #6
FakeNoose Sep 22 #2
senseandsensibility Sep 22 #3
soldierant Sep 22 #7
rubbersole Sep 22 #8
efhmc Sep 23 #9
Mr.Bill Sep 22 #4
niyad Sep 22 #5
Deminpenn Sep 23 #10
niyad Sep 23 #12
Hermit-The-Prog Sep 23 #11

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 09:12 PM

1. $18,000 per person. They could have gone around the world first class for that kind of money


... or give a child a home for a year.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 10:34 PM

6. Or Fed a family of 4 for 2 years.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 09:18 PM

2. Shameful

DeSantis didn't care what it cost. This is how he rolls.

I still don't understand why he's involved when the immigrants came from Texas.
Why isn't this a black mark on Greg Abbott?

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 09:20 PM

3. Good point

but logic isn't their thing.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 10:50 PM

7. That's why the OP ends by saying "Where's Perla?"

Not to mention "Who is Perla?" - besides some woman in Texas who worked with DeSantis on setting this all up.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 10:52 PM

8. Gregory might be getting his time in the barrel fairly soon.

🍿!!!

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 03:23 PM

9. Actully increased Abbott's poll numbers.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 10:14 PM

4. The republicans are incapable

of pulling off a stunt like this without using it to launder money, pay or collect bribes or set somebody up to be blackmailed later.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 10:17 PM

5. If I were a resident of that state, I would be DEMANDING an accounting of

the 12 million this piece of human trafficking/cruelty cost. Itemized down to the last centime.


pity we cannot deduct 12 million from the federal aid the state gets. But that would hurt those who need it.

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Response to niyad (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 03:29 PM

10. That 12M can be deducted from the money FL will ask for

as soon as the next hurrican hits and they want federal assistance.

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Response to Deminpenn (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 07:03 PM

12. Exactly.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 05:45 PM

11. Kickbacks anyone? Dig deep enough and there's sure to be DeSatan's lair -- a sewer.

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