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City Council Budget Workshop Tonight.

Satellite-Beach-block-wall-ROH Tonight the Satellite Beach City Council will hold a workshop on the proposed budget for fiscal 2013 – 2014. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM which is an hour earlier than the normal 7:00 PM starting time of most of the meetings this City Council holds. (The change in time reflects the amount of work to be done.)

There are two items on the agenda – the proposef budget for the city and the proposed millage rate.

The proposed budget can be found here.

The budget is a complex and tedious topic, but the only way it works well is with citizen input and accountability of the City Council. This year, perhaps more than we have seen in a long time, the City is facing some difficult financial decisions that need to be made.

If citizens do not express their concerns and opinions, the process fails.

Hope to see you there.



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Who Knew?

Yesterday we, along with a couple of other friends helped another friend move.

We were shocked – shocked we say – to realize Florida at the end of July is hot.

It is fairly safe to assume that things weren’t made any better by the fact we and our frinds have jobs that are somewhat sedimentary and inside in air conditioning. It is also safe to say we were dripping in sweat at the end of loading the truck and then again after the unloading.

We are wiped out and as we write this on Monday night, we can hear our pillow and bed calling.

See y’all later.



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“Got Away With Murder.”

Corey-Martin-Zimmerman-ROH (We’re away from our home and so we don’t have access to some things – including a graphic for the George Zimmerman trial – so we are going to have to use the graphic from when we talked about the trial before.)

Last week the headlines screamed that on of the jurors from the trial claimed George Zimmerman had “gotten away with murder.” Those headlines were based on an interview with Juror B29, who was the only minority juror on the panel.

ABC’s Robin Roberts conducted the interview, segments of which were broadcast on “Good Morning America” (GMA), “World News Tonight” and “Nightline.”

Slate.com has a summary of the interview:

Did George Zimmerman get away with murder? That’s what one of his jurors says, according to headlines in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers. Trayvon Martin’s mother and the Martin family’s attorney are trumpeting this “new information” as proof that “George Zimmerman literally got away with murder.”

The reports are based on an ABC News interview with Juror B29, the sole nonwhite juror. She has identified herself only by her first name, Maddy. She’s been framed as the woman who was bullied out of voting to convict Zimmerman.

But Slate smells a rat.

But that’s not true. She stands by the verdict. She yielded to the evidence and the law, not to bullying. She thinks Zimmerman was morally culpable but not legally guilty. And she wants us to distinguish between this trial and larger questions of race and justice.

ABC News hasn’t posted a full unedited video or transcript of the interview. The video that has been broadcast—on World News Tonight, Nightline, and Good Morning America—has been cut and spliced in different ways, often so artfully that the transitions appear continuous. So beware what you’re seeing. But the video that’s available already shows, on closer inspection, that Maddy has been manipulated and misrepresented.

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Fourth Trimester Abortions?

The Media Research Center recently visited George Mason University and asked people to sign a petition legalizing “fourth trimester abortions.”

There are obvious problems even the concept of “fourth trimester abortons” but yet people signed the petition anyway.

The fact that people did sign makes us wonder if people can’t (or won’t) think critically (which is frightening given this occured on a college campus) Will people sign anything that is thrust in front of them? Or are people so conditioned to respond a certain way they end up demonstrating a lack of working knowledge on the issue?

This type of thing just saddens us on so many levels.





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Looking To Buy A 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo?

The Triumph of Style  The Joy of Automotion  Medium Today we were looking at other sites to see what other bloggers are saying and over at the site “Questions and Observations,” we noticed a post from author Dale Franks referring to an article he had written on the Nissan Juke Nismo.

We have read Franks’ book ” Slackernomics: Basic Economics for People Who Think Economics is Boring”, and thought it was well writen and informative. We liked the book so much we interviewed Franks on the radio show where he was a great, well informed and thoughtful guest.

So on a lark we decided to read his article of the Nissan Juke Nismo.

Franks doesn’t like the car much, but that is not why we are mentioning the article. You see, most articles reviewing cars are rather boring. It is difficult to write wonderful prose extoling the virtues of a dashboard layout. Yet we have to say that Franks’ review is not only informative, but a downright fun, good read.

In discussing how the Juke drives, Franks writes:

Nissan gives you two drivetrain/transmission options with the Juke Nismo. You can have All-Wheel Drive, but only with a CVT transmission. You can have a 6-speed manual transmission, but only with Front-Wheel Drive. This is exactly like being told, “Why, yes, you can marry Kate Upton anytime you want. You’ll just need to have your penis removed first.”

And on how the car handles…..
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Rock For The Ages – Mylon.

It’s been awhile since we’ve done a “Rock for the Ages” and since there is no time like the present, we want to go back in time to one of the best bands of the early CCM era, Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart.

We had the pleasure seeing the group many times including on the tour from which the video below is from – the “Sheep in Wolves Clothing” tour.

We can remember the anticipation for the band to come on stage and then the first power chords to pierce the air. Most of all, we remember the messages the Mylon would give in the middle of the concert. From a ruckous crowd to a crowd where you could hear a pin drop, it was all there; tremendous sound, great vocals, and a timeless message.

“It’s Alright” was the opening song on the “Sheep in Wolves Clothing” Tour, and it is just as good today as it was almost 30 years ago. (Man, can it have been that long?)





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Accountability.

Satellite-Beach-Woman-Circus-Poster-ROH We have spoken previously about transparency (and sometimes the lack thereof) within the City of Satellite Beach. In addition to being transparent, we believe the information disseminated by the City should be accurate.

We’re funny about that.

We realize that when people are speaking “off the cuff,” mistakes can be made but when you are asked to make prepared comments or a report, we would hope the information would be accurate.

During the July 17, 2013 Satellite Beach City Council meeting, the City Manager Courtney Barker said she was asked to speak about the situation between the City and the investigation of the City’s CRA spending by the Clerk of the Court.

You can see what happens below:

Ms. Barker begins speaking on the topic at 10:55 or so. At 11:22, Ms. Barker says she spoke to the County administration concerning the proposed agreement between the City, the CRA and the County. She says the agreement was pulled from the County Commissioners meeting of July 23 and was now on the County meeting for August 7, 2013.

But there is a problem.

According to the Brevard County website’s “Meeting Portal”, there is no County Commissioner’s meeting scheduled for August 7, 2013.

The August 1st meeting is a zoning meeting. The August 6th meeting deals with a specific issue that does not concern Satellite Beach. The August 15th meeting is a budget workshop. The only open meeting is on August 20th.
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Charges Against Gator Dropped.

Alligator_head-ROH As we posted a few days ago, University of Florida football player Antonio Morrison was arrested because he barked at a police dog and allegedly resisted arrest.

ESPN is now reporting the charges against Morrison have been dropped.

Gainesville, Fla. — The state attorney’s office has dismissed charges against Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, who was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly barking at a police dog and resisting arrest.

State attorney William Cervone said Tuesday that he made the decision after watching police video of the arrest. He believed Morrison did not do anything that warranted being arrested and that pursuing charges would be inappropriate.

“To be fair, law enforcement officers are not lawyers or fully aware of what the courts require. Nonetheless, and fair or not, their decisions must meet those standards,” Cervone said. “The charge of interfering with a police animal requires malice, and none exists. lt also requires that the animal be engaged in some official duty, and it cannot be said that sitting in the back of a police cruiser in case he is needed constitutes being engaged in such activity by a police dog.

“As to the charge of resisting an officer, I challenge anyone who looks at the video of the incident to find any resistance, physical or otherwise, beyond questioning the actions of law enforcement, which is not illegal. Certainly, I see nothing that would allow or persuade a jury to convict.”

In our original post, we said there didn’t appear to be any legal support for the dog related charge and the State Attorney said the same thing. We are willing to say that the police officer wrongfully arrested Morrison because he wasn’t aware of all the elements needed fir the charge. After all, it is not every day that someone barks to or back at a police dog.

The charge that concerns us is the “resisting arrest” charge.
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