Three Billboards Outside Miami, Florida

CNN reports:

“Slaughtered in school” “And still no gun control?” “How come, Marco Rubio?” That’s the message scrawled across three mobile billboards seen Friday near Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Doral, Florida.

The moving missive aims to call out Rubio just days after a gunman with what police say was an AR-15-style rifle stormed a high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 people dead. Its placard trio borrows from the Oscar-nominated movie, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” about a mom who rents road ads to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder.

Avaaz, an online activist group, created the campaign targeting Rubio, which also was spotted rolling through downtown Miami and Little Havana. “Florida has notoriously lax gun laws, and Rubio, who is supported by the NRA, has never attempted to reform them,” Emma Ruby-Sachs, Avaaz’s deputy director said. “The senator ranks as one of the highest recipients of NRA contributions and has received an A+ rating from the NRA.”

  • Pablo Sánchez

    Awesome.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    THESE 👏 PEOPLE 👏 CANNOT 👏 BE 👏 SHAMED 👏

    Vote

    • edrex

      but some of the people who might vote for them can.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Counterpoint: if they’re not shamed by 17 dead bodies with no action I’m dubious this will make a difference

        • edrex

          good (tragic) point. i hope with enough pressure on rubio some will not want to affiliate with him. anyhow trying to shame him helps me feel better.

        • Philly Mike

          There are conservatives that are getting sick of these actions and are receptive to automatic weapon gun control. My brother in law loves guns but he has and shoots hand guns & rifles he is moving away from automatic weapon support.

    • j.martindale

      But some voters’ minds might be changed.

    • JCF

      Vote out the NRA whores! Support GiffordsPAC: https://giffords.org/vote/

      • JackFknTwist

        Indict the NRA [corporations are people too].
        The NRA + Marco Rubio [$3million from NRA ] are criminals.

        Imagine Rubio taking $3million in bribes. ……..he is a criminal.

  • Rex

    Troll him, troll him good.

    • Uncle Mark

      I’m dumping pig’s blood on him at his next foam party

  • Cackalaquiano

    More of this.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    The fuckers deserve everything that’s happening to them.

  • Todd20036

    YOu know, the biggest difference between Sandy Hook and this is that the survivors of Sandy Hook were too young to fully understand what to do, and their parents were more concerned with taking care of their own rather than getting mad.

    Understandable, but this time, the survivors are nearly voting age, and they’re mad, and they don’t like being patronized with thoughts and prayers from their own leaders.

    Most of all, the perp isn’t even called a domestic terrorist, only mentally ill.
    People may have finally had enough

    • Rex

      I agree, but another difference is that hundreds have been killed by guns since Sandy Hook and nothing has been done to change gun laws, in fact, they’ve made it easier to get a gun, and now people are REALLY getting fed up.

      • j.martindale

        Giving the mentally ill guns is probably the most insane act of the rethugs on guns yet, and it ties the whole thing to that party and to tRump.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Also, isin’t this the first school shooting with video taken by the victims ?

      • The_Wretched

        It was weird to me that the vegas mega-shooting didn’t have that much footage or interviews with the victims. Total hush job there.

        • Cipher

          Care of the Las Vegas Tourism Bureau…?

          • teeveedub

            That’s likely, considering the fact that Vegas probably has more closed circuit cameras than most cities.

      • AltheaTheCat

        That video footage was chilling. I hope it gets played on the Senate & House floors before any gun control votes occur.

      • 2patricius2

        I think that makes the difference. It is one thing to talk about the murders in the abstract, and another thing to talk about them when there are videos of children sobbing and whispering, and gunshots firing, and bloody bodies on the floors. The NRA politicians can discount the grieving parents, but they cannot discount the video images of the carnage without being seen as the monsters that they are. And the images draw a direct connection between the blood and the politicIans’ votes and empty rhetoric.

    • Nowhereman

      I feel much the same. And a point could be made that ALL terrorists are mentally ill. I mean what sane person would do this? That doesn’t change what they did. These acts are premeditated. I also had a tough childhood and was bullied from kindergarten through high school. I never considered going to my schools with a gun or a bomb and just killing anyone that I could.

  • Randy Left Brooklyn

    If NRA whore Marco Rubio, who was second only to Ted Cruz in the Senate for NRA money received, gets elected governor then we know that Florida is OK with its kids getting shot in school.

    • McSwagg

      We already know that about Florida even before the election. If it was otherwise, strict gun laws would have been enacted years ago.

  • AmeriCanadian

    I’m tired of being depressed about the non-stop sad state of affairs. Forgive me but I need a diversion.

    IT’S TONGA TIME!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ebe6b8c8145ecb45804731fcc1faf37cd6b58df284507e2e9cc95bbab3a11e03.jpg

  • justme

    Hey Marco…
    You’re going to need more than a bottle of water with a nipple on it THIS TIME!!!

  • JCF
  • Friday’s_cat

    Will the furor last until November?
    If I can help it, yes.

    • Lars Littlefield

      But not the Führer!

      • Nowhereman

        He is going to be a lonely little man soon, wandering the halls of the White House with his robe hanging open, muttering NO COLLUSION! NO COLLUSION! as he stuffs his face with Big Macs in the wee hours of the morning. I’m hoping that Melania serves him with divorce papers right in the middle of this, too. No matter their prenup, she’s got just cause to break it.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Park it in front of his house

  • Bambino

    This is the opportunity to destroy the terrorist supporting politician.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    As of today, Stevie’s getting one too

    https://twitter.com/TrueFactsStated/status/964522441849692160

    • Treant

      Iowa…”Racist”… are you sure this isn’t a billboard favoring King?

      Been there, done that, almost went to school in Des Moines, ran like fuck once I realized I was a right-coast liberal at heart.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Sure many will love the racist pointing.
        But, I am not a defeatist.

        • Treant

          (tugs sleeve) Nor am I, but I am a fan of considering the audience.

          Now if you could uncover proof of grift, which would be easy…

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            BTW, DSM has changed dramatically since your last visit.

          • Treant

            DSM?

          • Treant

            Cancel that, got it. It was 1989. It would have to change dramatically for me to ever consider returning.

            It was like my visit to Topeka. I entered the city, was disgusted within two minutes, and dreaded the week I had to stay there. I have never returned nor do I have any plans to visit it or any surrounding states.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Same same

  • Friday’s_cat

    Does the NRA get the discounted RUB to USD exchange rate?

    • Nowhereman

      I can hardly wait to see how much Russian money was laundered through the NRA.

  • Treant

    But the answer only requires one truck:

    “Money.” Also, the truck is full of NRA money.

  • JWC

    The GOP does not represent itself as a political party. it is more like https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/79cc0627876040b639ec5e659ff1ac388f9c26d1c8b3d835352629fb4c2d5413.jpg

    • Nowhereman

      I like that!

    • cleos_mom

      And that doesn’t even factor in their Russian masters.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    By any means necessary.

  • another_steve

    Hey Little Marco… still suckin’ your boy Trump’s cock? And his NRA henchmen?

    • Gregory B
      • peacfulseas inWA

        They’re adorable and I want them all.

      • another_steve

        One of the reasons family Felidae is so successful, from an evolutionary perspective, is that their young are so irresistible to humans.

        If you, non-human species, have ugly young, odds are they will not receive / have not received the extra special attention afforded by humans to non-human species with irresistible young – such as cats.

        • Gregory B

          Meow!

  • safari
    • safari

      ^JR retweets Russian operatives

      • The_Wretched

        Thanks, I didn’t get it.

      • Uncle Mark

        Jr meets & retweets Russian operatives

  • Canadian Observer

    Someone should tag Rubio with a GPS tracking device so it is easier for the drivers of these vans to follow him around.

    • Nowhereman

      Good idea. Wild guess that a lot of these republican creeps will be heading for cover over the gun issue and the Russian meddling issue.

  • Nowhereman

    Marco Rubio is number two on the NRA’s contribution list at about $176,000. Number one? Ted Cruz at about $376,000. Rounding out the top five are Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Ron Johnson.

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/lawmakers-who-take-the-most-money-from-the-gun-rights-lobby-2017-10-03

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Well I’m not at all surprised that the Zodiac Killer is number one with the bullet.

    • coram nobis

      I guess Li’l Marco will have to amp up his rhetoric if he wants to be #1 on that list.

  • Gigi

    I’d throw a shoe at Rubio if I could.

    • safari

      Make it a platform boot.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Oh honey, go all out and throw a fucking prosthetic leg in 5 inch heels.

      • Gigi

        My shoes are big and quite heavy. They’d do damage.

    • coram nobis

      4″ spike heels.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        But not the Pradas or Jimmy Choos, think more Walmart.

        • MBear

          Or trashier: ivanka

    • Rick Jackson

      Throwing a shoe is sometimes considered a compliment. May I recommend a brick covered in a thin layer of shit.

    • Uncle Mark

      With cleats

      • Gigi

        No cleats but I do have a heavy pair of size 12 steel toed boots. I kicked a guy in the face with one once (he tried to mug me) and broke his jaw. They should do the trick.

    • nocadrummer
      • Gigi

        Sort of. 😉

  • coram nobis

    And will Li’l Marco vote in any way to address it? Or, for that matter, vote to fund the mental-health stuff that Donald has yapped about?

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Trump-s-focus-on-mental-illness-in-shooting-12618412.php

    … Trump expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, promising that he is “committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”

    What he didn’t mention, however, is that his 2019 fiscal year budget proposal, released Monday, would cut hundreds of millions from federal mental health programs, including those designed to seek ways to deal with criminal activity. The National Institute of Mental Health alone would find its $1.6 billion 2017 budget shrinking to $1.1 billion in 2019.
    * * *
    The proposed cuts are at all levels of mental health services, from training of new professionals all the way to research on the causes and treatment of mental illness. Trump’s call for major trims in Medicaid and insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act means that “serious mental illnesses are no longer affordable” for many people …

    Talk is cheap, but smarmy GOP talk can be jaw-dropping.

    • Nowhereman

      Oh hell no. He gets a lot of his campaign money from the NRA.

    • Hank

      Little Marco voted with the Rethuglicans to eliminate the ACA, and give himself a BIG Tax Break, why would he spend the money for health care!!!

      • coram nobis

        Well, of course. QED.

    • Gianni

      “….tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”…. Dear Leader is just the person to talk mental health issues.

      • coram nobis

        Our untiringly delusional leader is narcissistic and sociopathic. Of course he can talk about mental issues.

        • Gianni

          Sounds like a case of “It takes one to know one.”

  • American Patriot

    Cuban-Americans love Republicans.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      The younger ones don’t.

      • American Patriot

        You think so?

        • Treant

          Some as do, some as don’t. Polls seem to show that younger Cuban descendants are a bit more conservative than average if I read the last set from Florida correctly. Which I might not have.

          • American Patriot

            You are correct.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          It’s been my experience. That said, you’re always going to get outliers.

          • American Patriot

            Well, you’d be surprised. I was raised with them.

    • Bambino

      That’s because the older generations hated Castro more. They still held on the idea the GOP is their protector.

  • Devon Rodriguez
  • Slippy_World
  • thatotherjean

    Kudos to Avaaz for those billboards!

  • Gigi
  • billbear1961

    Lifted from a poster on Political Wire (yet AGAIN we see how the MSM–not just the right’s media LIE machine, led by Fox–are working with Trump and the GOP to destroy this democracy):

    One of the most terrifying agitprop aspects of this is the speed and effectiveness with which the Republicans have persuaded the networks, cable, and daily papers to join them in turning this atrocity into an attack on the FBI.

    Decent people had better start pushing back, and hard.

    The FBI gets thousands of complaint a week. They do not have the resources to follow up every single one, and their resources are constantly being stripped and shredded by the Republican Congress.

    But this Orwellian madness is gaining traction, boosted by Russian bots and Koch trolls and the whole, ugly, dark money mob.

    • billbear1961

      This is THE thing that frightens me MORE than any other single problem facing the country: the fact the media CANNOT be relied on to pursue and disseminate the truth, that they will NOT hold power accountable, especially when it’s in right-wing hands, that, again and again, we can see them covering up for Republicans, parroting uncritically what the GOP tell them, meekly getting in line to carry water willingly, eagerly, for them on issue after issue. It’s not just the right’s media LIE machine that poses a danger–a machine the “serious” media REFUSE to expose and hold accountable–it’s the vast majority of the entire CORPORATE press.

      I don’t know what Americans can do about it, at this point, after at least a quarter of a century of its REFUSAL to do its JOB; but their refusal to their job is more responsible than any other single cause for the CRISIS this democracy is now lurching through. If a way to FORCE them to do their jobs cannot be found, or a way around the TOXIC damage they’re doing can’t be sorted out, I can only see TRAGEDY ahead, the DEATH of this democracy.

      • Hank

        BillBear, I would love to have the NRA leadership INDICTED for Crimes Against Humanity!!!

        • NowAnAgnostic

          And, for laundering Russian money which was then donated to repugnican campaigns.

      • NowAnAgnostic

        The same way the Bush–Cheney administration was never held accountable by the media for ignoring the terror warning “Al Qaeda determined to fly planes into buildings.” I forget the name of the man who was in charge of the unit President Clinton had set up, but, I believe, the Bush Administration disbanded that unit.

  • WiscoJoe

    Let me guess how this ends… Nothing is resolved. Insults and casual violence escalate. Then the person who puts up these signs becomes friends with Marco Rubio and they drive off to maybe or maybe not commit another senseless act of violence. And Hollywood pats itself on the back on how they’re totally in-touch with those bumbling idiots in middle America.

    • cleos_mom

      It’s sure as shit more than our “news media” are doing.

  • cleos_mom

    “Over his legislative career, Rubio has been the beneficiary of $3,303,355 in campaign spending by the NRA. That haul places him sixth among current members of Congress.”

    http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-nra-politicians-20180215-story.html

  • Ann Kah

    No problem, the next such disaster will be in a different state, and a different senator will get the heat.

    When there’s a lack of action, ALL are responsible.