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Vote Early, Vote Often.

We aren’t sure what to make of this, but it isn’t good.

At least 3.5 million more people are on U.S. election rolls than are eligible to vote.

Some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud.

The Election Integrity Project of Judicial Watch — a Washington-based legal-watchdog group — analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011–2015 American Community Survey and last month’s statistics from the federal Election Assistance Commission. The latter included figures provided by 38 states. According to Judicial Watch, eleven states gave the EAC insufficient or questionable information. Pennsylvania’s legitimate numbers place it just below the over-registration threshold.

My tabulation of Judicial Watch’s state-by-state results yielded 462 counties where the registration rate exceeded 100 percent. There were 3,551,760 more people registered to vote than adult U.S. citizens who inhabit these counties.

“That’s enough over-registered voters to populate a ghost-state about the size of Connecticut,” Judicial Watch attorney Robert Popper told me.

This is a problem:

California, for instance, has 11 counties with more registered voters than actual voters. Perhaps not surprisingly — it is deep-Blue State California, after all — 10 of those counties voted heavily for Hillary Clinton.

Los Angeles County, whose more than 10 million people make it the nation’s most populous county, had 12% more registered voters than live ones, some 707,475 votes. That’s a huge number of possible votes in an election.
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Cocoa Beach: A Small Victory For Economic And Expressive Freedom.

Back in May, we wrote about a case before the Cocoa Beach Board of Adjustments where the Cocoa Beach Tattoo Company was looking for a special exception in order to move into a retail space that was located 1730 feet from another tattoo parlor. The Board denied the exception even though there was case law saying the ordinance the City had passed was unConstitutional and therefore unenforceable.

Ten days after the Board of Adjustment meeting, the Cocoa Beach Tattoo Company filed a notice challenging the BOA’s ruling.

Complicating the matter was the timing of the notice and the case itself. If you remember, this was during the period when the City was re-examining its relationship with the legal firm representing it and eventually changed the firms.

The new City Attorneys have agreed that the Board of Adjustment was wrong to deny the special exemption and will recommend at BOA meeting on September 20, 2017 that the BOA approve the request by the Cocoa Beach Tattoo Company.

The response from the City on this matter is below.

In our opinion, this is a win for economic freedom and also the freedom of expression. The City shouldn’t have a say what legal businesses that cause no harm to anyone can be in the City. At the same time, while it is something that we would never do, tattoos are an art form and a type of expression. The freedom to express oneself is fundamental to everyone.
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A Nightmare For DreamHost And People.

DreamHost is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that sells hosting of websites, domain registrations, cloud services, etc. When we started to look at hosting companies for Raised on Hoecakes, DreamHost was certainly on our short list of companies. We decided to go with Hostwinds, but we know of sites that are on DreamHost and speak highly of the company.

DreamHost has announced that they are fighting the Department of Justice over the DOj’s demand that DreamHost turn over information concerning a site they host.

For the past several months, DreamHost has been working with the Department of Justice to comply with legal process, including a Search Warrant (PDF) seeking information about one of our customers’ websites.

At the center of the requests is disruptj20.org, a website that organized participants of political protests against the current United States administration. While we have no insight into the affidavit for the search warrant (those records are sealed), the DOJ has recently asked DreamHost to provide all information available to us about this website, its owner, and, more importantly, its visitors.

While DreamHost is saying that the warrant if for all information concerning the site and its users, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The government is looking specifically at:

All information described above in Section I that constitutes fruits, evidence and instrumentalities of violations of D.C. Code § 22-1322 involving the individuals who participated, planed, organized, or incited the January 20 riot, relating to the development, publishing, advertisement, access, use, administration or maintenance of any website enumerated in Attachment A, including:

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Better, Worse, Richer, Poorer, Sickness and Health But Trump? No way. Divorce!

We all have heard this version or similar versions of marriage vows either in person, in books, on television, in movies, or some other media. The vows go something like this:

“I, ___, take you, ___, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.”

Walter Olson over at Overlawyered.com take notice that to some, sickness, health, good, bad, richer, and poorer all take a back seat to a reason to get divorced:
Donald Trump.

If you’re married to a Trump supported, get a divorce. That’s the message.

It is a message that is not isolated. From Harpers’s Bizaar:
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It’s Monday! Let’s Go Jump Cars On A Pogo Stick!

Nissan lined up three cars on the roof of a car park in Croydon, London and challenged Dalton to take on the Guinness World Records title for the Most consecutive cars jumped over on a pogo stick

There is more on the Guinness World record site and they explain that the stunt was to promote a new 360 degree camera from Nissan.



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Florida Today: “165 Immigrants In Brevard Have ICE Court Cases.”


From the FloridaToday:

The government has started court proceedings to deport more than 165 immigrants living in Brevard County, according to data compiled by a Syracuse University organization that tracks federal agencies.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) data show that three out of every four counties in the U.S. have residents with pending deportation cases in U.S. Immigration Courts. Although most counties had fewer than 24 residents with pending immigration cases, 10 percent had 200 or more residents with pending cases.

“We were focusing on the (legal) representation issue and wanted to look at how many cases were pending,” said Professor Susan Long, co-director of TRAC. “We were shocked at the geography and distribution, that is was as widely distributed.”

We aren’t sure why anyone should be “shocked” at the number of cases nor the geographical distribution of those cases. If one assumes that people are going to move into communities and neighborhoods where people of similar national backgrounds reside, all the distribution shows is what many Americans have claimed: America is a land that welcomes immigrants who enter into the country legally. Counties aren’t putting up barriers to legal immigrants. The country wants a diverse population in terms of ethnic heritage, but a commonality in thought on the guiding principles on which the country was founded and has prospered.

What the article doesn’t talk about is that the illegal immigrants that are “caught” seldom have to have a case brought against them. They are mostly released by the Federal government with an admonition to get “legal” or “leave.” A second contact with immigration authorities will start a case against you.

Unless, of course there is more to the story.
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Comment Issues. (Updated!)

We got a notice today that the site is having comment issues. For some reason the comment shows it exists on the front page, but when the complete post is shown, the comment disappears.

We have no idea what is happening or why. This is going to take some time to figure out.

Just be assured that if you leave a comment, we got it, and we are working to make sure the comment appears and the site works like it should.

Thanks for your understanding.

UPDATE: It seems that a cache plugin that we use doesn’t like comments for some reason. So for right now, we have disabled that plug-in and comments are appearing. We don’t know why the plugin hates comments, only that it is eating them like the Cookie Monster eats cookies.

The main thing is that people can comment and their comments will be seen.

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Cocoa Beach: “Nothing Historical About” Surf Restaurant?

So there we were, sitting peacefully on a cloudy Friday doing work and getting ready for the weekend with the wife and kids when the text came in:

“CBV is blowing up.”

“CBV” is the Facebook page “Cocoa Beach Votes,” a page that is devoted strictly to issues in Cocoa Beach. We had mentioned them before. Of course, “blowing up” is a term for “there’s lots of activity on that site / page.”

We grabbed some popcorn, a Dr Pepper, and headed over to the site.

The owner of the page had written an post that was two pronged. The overall post was about a post by Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik on the Surf restaurant and its demolition. The owner of Cocoa Beach Vote took exception to Malik’s post not mentioning the history of the restaurant, its significance to the area, and only looking at the restaurant (and now vacant property) as a piece of real estate to sell.

(One can question whether the Mayor of a city should be advertising a property for sale and giving the name of the agent and phone number. While Malik has the right to do that, even to us that is a bit unseemly.)

Enter into the fray one “Ed Dosado.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We normally don’t use names of regular citizens here and refer to people as “citizens” or “residents.” Since people can see the man’s name on the posts he makes, we are going to bend that rule. However, since Google and other sites track names of people for their search engines, we aren’t going to use his last name when discussing his posts and responses. We’re just going to call him “Ed.”

Ed’s first comment out of the gate is telling:
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