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A Millennial Job Interview.

Sadly, this isn’t too far off the mark.





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The Wexford Carol – Yo-Yo Ma And Alison Krauss.

By request from a reader is this video with Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss.

Simply beautiful.

Thanks for the suggestion!

English lyrics:
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Friday Two Fer! Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee And The Andrew Sisters.

We went looking for Christmas songs like we do every day and decided to go with music from the Big Band Era.

We came upon Benny Goodman with Peggy Lee performing “Winter Weather” and The Andrew Sisters kickin’ it with “Winter Wonderland.”

But then we hit a snag. We couldn’t decide which one we like the best for a Friday so we decided to have a “Two Fer Friday” for Christmas music.

(It is the season for giving, you know.)

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Star Wars And Sexual Harassment. Wait….WHAT?

Our good friend William Teach over at the Pirate’s Cove takes note of a ridiculous article / opinion piece that appears in the USA Today rag newspaper.

The headline:

>Why Anakin Skywalker should’ve been removed from the Jedi Order for sexual harassment

Sub headlines:

There would be no bad guys in a majority of the films if the Jedi Order had removed a workplace predator from their ranks.

The Jedi Council’s inability to remove a toxic, misogynistic predator from their ranks ultimately brings about their downfall.

The article is written by someone named Hayden Frye who describes himself as a “communications specialist in Washington, D.C.” If a “communications specialist” wrote this piece of garbage for us, he would be an “unemployment specialist.”

Frye tries to make his case by giving four “strikes” against Anakin Skywalker in his dealings and interactions with Senator Padmé Amidala.

Strike 1:

Skywalker has already overstepped his boundaries in a professional setting. She calls him out on it, and it should be the end of the story. But he insists on harassing Amidala for the duration of the film, making her feel, at turns, uncomfortable and unsafe.

Of course, Amidala’s comments about Skywalker and the way he looked at her could have been because she was attracted to him, and did not want him to know it. People call it “being coy.”

Strike 2:
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We Don’t Get To Say This Often, But Hooray For The DOJ!

We can’t remember the last time we have had the chance to say that the US Department of Justice has done something right, but they sure got this one right.

From the press release:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Ends the Department’s Practice of Regulation by Guidance

Today, in an action to further uphold the rule of law in the executive branch, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo prohibiting the Department of Justice from issuing guidance documents that have the effect of adopting new regulatory requirements or amending the law. The memo prevents the Department of Justice from evading required rulemaking processes by using guidance memos to create de facto regulations.

In the past, the Department of Justice and other agencies have blurred the distinction between regulations and guidance documents. Under the Attorney General’s memo, the Department may no longer issue guidance documents that purport to create rights or obligations binding on persons or entities outside the Executive Branch.
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White Christmas – Bing Crosby. (The Holiday Inn Version.)

You can’t beat this classic.

While most people associate the song “White Christmas” with the 1954 movie of the same name starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, Rosemary Clooney (who played the role of Vera-Ellen’s older sister but in real life was 6 years younger) and Dean Jagger, the first time the song appeared in a movie was the 1942 film “Holiday Inn.”

Holiday Inn starred Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds.

A couple of interesting trivia facts include Reynolds’ singing voice being dubbed using the voice of Martha Mears. In addition, the set for Holiday Inn was used again in the making of the film White Christmas. Finally, the song won an Academy Award for “Best Song.” In a twist of fate, the Oscar for the category was presented by Irving Berlin who had actually written the song White Christmas. Berlin became the first presenter to present an Academy Award to himself.

The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941; a copy of the recording from the radio program is owned by the estate of Bing Crosby and was loaned to CBS Sunday Morning for their December 25, 2011, program. He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers for Decca Records in just 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm songs from the film Holiday Inn. At first, Crosby did not see anything special about the song. He just said “I don’t think we have any problems with that one, Irving.”

The song initially performed poorly and was overshadowed by Holiday Inn’s first hit song: “Be Careful, It’s My Heart”. By the end of October 1942, “White Christmas” topped the “Your Hit Parade” chart. It remained in that position until well into the new year. It has often been noted that the mix of melancholy — “just like the ones I used to know” — with comforting images of home — “where the treetops glisten” — resonated especially strongly with listeners during World War II. The Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song. The recording is noted for Crosby’s whistling during the second Chorus


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Twelve Days Of Christmas – John Denver And the Muppets.

technically, the “twelve days of Christmas” start on Christmas day and run after Christmas/ We have never been much for that tradition, so we are going to put this up on December 13th, with the twelve days ending on…..well… you figure it out.

We have said it before and will say it again: this is our favorite version of this song for a couple of reasons.

The Muppets are not great singers. No matter how you slice it, they would never win a singing competition. That’s what makes their vocals so great. It is as is anyone can sing with Muppets and sound great.

We are a big Fozzie Bear fan for many reasons. No one tries harder to make people laugh and to be loved.

Third, John Denver is just great with the Muppets.

Lastly, once you hear the song, it is really difficult, if not impossible, to hear another version of the song and not sing “ba-dum dum dum” after “five golden rings.” It is a blast to do it.

So here are two versions of John Denver and the Muppets performing the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” The first is the actual television special with the Muppets and Denver, and the second is from an album that was released after the success of the show. (And yes, we still have our copy of that CD.)

The television version:

The CD version:
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Cocoa Beach: Charter Review Meeting Tonight.

The Cocoa Beach Charter Review Committee will be meeting tonight at 6:30 PM.

This is a strange meeting in that the Committee canceled a “Townhall” meeting in January and combined it with this one.

Most people will be there to speak on building height restrictions. Interestingly enough, the agenda description for this item is:

Section 6.08 Building height limit accommodations

While everything else is always described as “limits” or “restrictions,” this item is being called “accommodations.” After all, who doesn’t want to be accommodating?

This is a difficult issue and seems to us to be one where there is little compromise with the “we want to build as high as we can” crowd.

We should also say that we find merit in making the measuring point for building heights to be consistent with surrounding communities to be a good thing. Right now Cocoa Beach is one of the few communities we know that measure a building height from the crown of the road rather than the road base itself. Even though Cocoa Beach has the right to set the standards, when it comes to builders and contractors, it makes sense to have the same standards as surrounding communities for the measuring point.
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