Yesterday we were sitting here at the worldwide headquarters of Raised on Hoecakes when we received an email from Kim Cone of the AVET Project asking us to remove their link from our blogroll on the right side of the blog’s pages.
Cone had received “messages and emails” that we had linked the AVET Project on the blogroll. Cone’s concern is that they don’t want the AVET Project to be “political.”
We don’t want that either. Veterans’ issues are something that should cross political lines. They are something that no matter where you stand in the political spectrum, you should support military veterans.
That is why whenever we wrote about the AVET Project, we wrote about them holding a fundraiser or another such event. When there was a controversy with the Wounded Warrior Project “charity,” we wrote and said:
The problem with doing stories like this and posting them on Raised on Hoecakes is that it can paint all charities – especially all military charities – in a negative light. It almost makes you think that there are no military charities out there who talk the talk and walk the walk.
Here in our back yard of Brevard County, Florida there is such a military charity that does things right. It can even be said they do things “more than right.”
Are the police racist? Do they disproportionately shoot African-Americans? Are incidents in places like Ferguson and Baltimore evidence of systemic discrimination? Heather Mac Donald, a scholar at the Manhattan Institute, explains.
Frankly, this is one of those discussions that is always troubling because of human nature.
Do we think that the police are racists? No.
Do we think there are cops (blacks, white, Hispanics, etc.,) that are racists as individuals? Absolutely.
Yet it is human nature to lump all people of a certain category in with people who don’t act “properly.”
For example, here in Florida, how many times have you heard people say “old people can’t drive,” even though the elderly are scooting around everywhere. But get into an situation where one elderly person isn’t driving the way you want, and suddenly “all elderly people can’t drive.”
It seems that it is human nature to take the actions of one and apply it to a group.
After the Cocoa Beach City Commission passage of the text amendment for the Ocean Dunes Condo project last Thursday, we promised that we would come back and address Mayor Tumulty’s comments and reasoning on the issue.
We are keeping our promise.
To set up the context of his remarks, prior to Tumulty speaking Commissioner Skip Williams gave a long (perhaps too long) presentation and commentary on the history and the precedence set by past actions of citizens through referendums on Charter Amendments as well as the actions of previous Commissions who acted on the advice of the City Attorney and City Staff that a 5-0 vote would be required to pass a text amendment to the Comp Plan. For those of you who did not attend the meeting or did not watch the meeting, we have uploaded the comments here and you can download them if you so desire. They are in a .pdf format which means most people should be able to read them. In addition, Williams also read a 2002 article from the Associated Press entitled “Cocoa Beach is Vanguard of Slow Growth Movement.”
We have uploaded that in .pdf format as well for your reading pleasure and edification.
After Williams finished speaking, Tumulty began his remarks. They start at roughly the 1:29:50 mark of the meeting’s video.
MAYOR TUMULTY: Alright, that was quite a bit of information I can basically summarize it into this – just a few sentences actually.
And I will read – I will read – just one section, it’s section 6.07 Comprehensive Plan Adoption Requirements. That’s all we need to talk about tonight is that particular requirement and how we got here to this point of the process of the text amendment.
So it reads, section 6.07 Comprehensive Plan Adoption Requirements. I believe we have a couple of lawyers out here today, I would ask you to listen to me intently and explicitly to what I am saying and I’ll probably say it a couple of times to make sure my message is presented.
Any adoption or amendment to the City of Cocoa Beach Comprehensive Plan, with the exception of issues increasing permissible – permissible – building and structure height or allowable development density and/or intensity, shall require an affirmative vote by four city commissioners.
So, any adoption adoption or amendment to the City of Cocoa Beach Comp Plan with the exception of issues increasing permissible building and structure height or allowable development density or intensity, shall require an affirmative vote by four city commissioners.
(cross talk from audience)
COMMISSIONER SKIP WILLIAMS: Are you going to finish the paragraph? (more…)
A lot of our staff has been working at their main jobs and for some reason this week the talk has been the fact that whether it is paperwork, different tasks, checking code or following up with things, we all seem to have been doing the same things over and over this past week in our jobs.
This is an interesting take on laughter in a marriage. It is important to realize that what is being said is not that laughter makes a good marriage, but the absence of laughter is an indication of other issues.
And there is even science to back this up!
How do you know if your relationship is going in the right direction? Is there a way to tell if you’re in love? Well, yes, and studies confirm that the measuring stick is how much laughter there is in your relationship. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff, host of PBS comedy special “Happily Ever Laughter”, explains.
Ever since we read the stories of Jaelyn Young and Sherrod Whittington we have been touched of the “what could have beens” and the tragic difference in the outcome of their lives. As far as we can tell, the two never met and we wouldn’t be writing about them except for the fact their stories were online on the same day.
Jaelyn Young was a chemistry major at Mississippi State University. The daughter of a school administrator and a police officer who had served in the Navy Reserves, Young wanted to be a doctor.
In high school, she was popular, a member of the Homecoming Court, a cheerleader and an honors student.
It is fair to say that when it came to Ms. Young, the world was at her fingertips.
Sherrod Whittington, on the other hand, seems to have been a normal guy. At 34, the Fort Meyers man had a wife of two years and shared a deep, abiding love for each other.
When comparing the two, it seems rather clear to us that Young was the show-stopper with beauty and brains. Whittington, was the type of person many of us would pass by on the street and not give a second thought to.
As we write this, Young is looking at serving 20 years in jail.