Just Say “No.” Part II

EDITOR’S NOTE: As we wrote this post, it bloomed into something that is over 4000 words, which is far too long for any post – even if you have time to read it during the current pandemic. It’s too long to get through with one cup of coffee and we don’t want to be accused of creating or feeding caffeine addictions.

This is part two of a two part series. You can find part one here.

(That’s assuming we haven’t been arrested.)

Another incident of Ivey and the BCSO being above the law when a citizen was summarily removed from a press conference being held concerning the COVID-19 pandemic being held in a public area. Ivey stood by while his officer illegally removed the person. The BCSO later “defended” the action by saying they have to do what the County Commission tells them to do. In this case, Commissioner Brian Lober demanded that the person, who was not creating a disturbance, be removed. We always thought that the oath Ivey and his officers took was to the US Constitution, the State of Florida Constitution, and the local laws and not blindly follow the directions of a Commissioner.

When we wrote about this incident, we noted:

In the case of Smith v. City of Cumming, Georgia (2000), the Eleventh Circuit (which covers the State of Florida) held:

The First Amendment protects the right to gather information about what public officials do on public property, and specifically, a right to record matters of public interest. See Blackston v. Alabama, 30 F.3d 117, 120 (11th Cir.1994) (finding that plaintiffs’ interest in filming public meetings is protected by the First Amendment); Fordyce v. City of Seattle, 55 F.3d 436, 439 (9th Cir.1995) (recognizing a “First Amendment right to film matters of public interest”); Iacobucci v. Boulter, No. CIV.A. 94-10531, 1997 WL 258494 (D.Mass, Mar. 26, 1997) (unpublished opinion) (finding that an independent reporter has a protected right under the First Amendment and state law to videotape public meetings); see also United States v. Hastings, 695 F.2d 1278, 1281 (11th Cir.1983) (finding that the press generally has no right to information superior to that of the general public) (citing Nixon v. Warner Communications, Inc., 435 U.S. 589, 609, 98 S.Ct. 1306, 55 L.Ed.2d 570 (1978)); Lambert v. Polk County, 723 F.Supp. 128, 133 (S.D.Iowa 1989) (“[I]t is not just news organizations … who have First Amendment rights to make and display videotapes of events….”); Thompson v. City of Clio, 765 F.Supp. 1066, 1070-71 (M.D.Ala.1991) (finding that city council’s ban on member’s attempt to record proceedings regulated conduct protected by the First Amendment); cf. Williamson v. Mills, 65 F.3d 155 (11th Cir.1995) (reversing district court’s grant of qualified immunity to a law enforcement officer who seized the film of and arrested a participant in a demonstration for photographing undercover officers). Thus, the district court erred in concluding that there was no First Amendment right. (emphasis ours)

Burns’ right to be at the meeting / press conference is well established law. There is no need for any “investigation” as to the legality of this matter at all. The law is clear.

Just Say “No.” Part I.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As we wrote this post, it bloomed into something that is over 4000 words, which is far too long for any post – even if you have time to read it during the current pandemic. It’s too long to get through with one cup of coffee and we don’t want to be accused of creating or feeding caffeine addictions.

This is part one of a two part series. Part two will be posted tomorrow.

(That’s assuming we haven’t been arrested.)

Last week, Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser announced she was resigning from her position in order to take a job in the private sector.

Brevard County Public Safety Group Director Matthew Wallace said John Scott, the county’s deputy director of emergency management and director of operations, will fill Prosser’s position on an interim basis. Scott also runs the county’s Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge when it is activated.

(As a side note, Commissioner Tobia said this about the resignation:

County Commissioner John Tobia, however, said he is not happy about the timing of Prosser’s resignation.

“I think it’s disgraceful that our emergency management director would step down in the middle of a pandemic and a week before hurricane season begins,” Tobia said.

According to the article:

Colored People – DC Talk.

Somehow with all that is going in the world, this songs rings more and more pertinent.


Pardon me, your epidermis is showing, sir
I couldn’t help but note your shade of melanin
I tip my hat to the colorful arrangement
Cause I see the beauty in the tones of our skin

Make Up Your Daggone Mind!

Remember way back when (like a few weeks ago) where people were told to wear masks in public in order to stop the spread of COVID-19?

We have no idea what to make of this;

The World Health Organization is recommending healthy people, including those who don’t exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, only wear masks when taking care of someone infected with the contagion, a sharp contrast from the advice given by American public health officials who recommend everyone wear a mask in public.

“If you do not have any [respiratory] symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask,” Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body’s website. “Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough.”


Got it.

No masks unless you are in the health care industry or taking care of a person who has COVID-19 you shouldn’t wear a mask.

But wait!

Squatter Hearing.

Jackie Cole

The other day we wrote about the case of a convicted repeat criminal who managed to win a default judgement of $400,000 against a woman and two others after losing her sister in October 2017.

It took a year for the family of the deceased to get the squatter and his friends out of the dead sister’s home, finally getting an eviction notice in October 2018. The squatters allegedly stole the dead woman’s furniture and possessions, including her car. They also did thousands upon thousands of dollars in damage to the home as they were evicted.

In October 2019, Wendy Clark’s sister Michelle went to her mailbox and received a notice of a default judgement to Jack Cole in a case he had filed against her and two others. The amount of the default judgement was $400,000.000.

Celebrating Beating The ‘Rona In Style.

Jenny Stejna successfully beat the coronavirus and celebrated in style by popping a Bud Light beer – her favorite.

Oh. Did we mention she is 103 years old?

A great-great grandmother aged 103 cracked open an ice-cold beer in her bed to celebrate recovering from coronavirus. Jenny Stejna supped on her favorite Bud Light after overcoming Covid-19 at her nursing home in Easton, Massachusetts, earlier this month.

Jenny’s granddaughter Shelley Gunn is thrilled by her recovery, having said what she feared was her final goodbye to the elderly woman after she was diagnosed with Covid-19.

The senior, who has two children, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, fell ill with a low-grade fever at the start of May.

Jenny’s condition soon worsened, to the point where the elderly woman did not realize what was happening to her, with her stricken family told to say their goodbyes while she was still lucid.

Stejna was the first to test positive for coronavirus in her nursing home, Gunn said. She had a low grade fever and was moved to a separate ward.

Suuuuuuuuuuure. We Believe You.

We’ll let the article speak for itself.

(Bloomberg) — YouTube has been deleting comments critical of China’s ruling party due to a software flaw, the company said on Tuesday in response to criticism of the practice.

Users of the online video giant, a division of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, flagged that certain comments posted below videos critical of the Chinese Communist Party were quickly deleted.

“This appears to be an error in our enforcement systems and we are investigating,” a YouTube spokesperson said in an email.

Enhanced Krispy Rice Treats.

Food Network star Alton Brown has been making “QuaraVids” where he and a socially distanced camera man film food to make while staying at home.

In this version, AB makes enhanced Krispy Rice Treats by toasting the Rice Krispies and browning the butter. The container he uses to make the treats and hide his addiction to the “Krispy Rice Treats” is genius.

So if you see your kids or a significant other walking around munching on cereal out of the box, check the contents. Take it from them for “inspection” and then go on a munching spree.

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