Palm Bay: Petition Drive Hittin’ The Ball Fields.

Tonight from 4:00 – 6:30 PM, the Palm Bay group collecting signatures for their ballot initiative will be at the Palm Bay West Little League Baseball Field located at 1161 Lamplighters Dr NW.

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We have spent many an hour and days on a ball field and this is one of those times that you can go out, talk to the people behind the petition, sign if you want to, and then relive your childhood and watch a ball game. It is amazing to see the joy in kids faces when you don’t have a “dog in the hunt” per se. There are no big contracts (although the coaches and parents may act like there are at times,) but there is something fun about watching the game of baseball and softball in its purest forms.

Heck, for the most part the concession stands have decent, inexpensive food so to can make it a cheap date night with your sweetie and family, or just your sweetie if you want.

In our opinion, this is a great deal. You get to get caught up on the political issue being addressed by this group, and then you get to watch the great American pastime.

So bring a pen to sign the petition, and maybe even some peanuts and CrackerJacks to munch on during the games.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

The Sterling Brown Video.

Yesterday we mentioned two incidents that are in the news. The saddest is the death of a young female police officer by the name of Amy Caprio who was run over by a 16 year old who was part of a gang robbing homes in Baltimore County. Caprio will never return home due to the stupidity and selfish acts of the teens who will probably spend much of their adult life behind bars (if not all of it.)

The other incident is the tazing / use of a stun gun by the Milwaukee Police on NBA guard Sterling Brown.

The police department released the video and it is, to say the least, disturbing.

The incident starts when an officer approaches Brown who is illegally parked in a Walgreens parking lot. Brown is park perpendicular and across three parking spaces, including several spaces reserved for the handicapped.

The parking is ridiculous on Brown’s part. While it is raining, late and the lot is does not have many cars in it, there is no need to park the way he did.

As Brown exits the Walgreens, an officer approaches him in what we believe is a confrontational manner.

Instead of just talking to Brown, explaining that he can’t be parked like he was and writing a ticket, the officer wants to know Brown’s name, what he is doing there, etc. The officer steps closer to Brown and then claims that Brown is “all up in [his] face,” and demands that Brown step back.

If the officer had just written a ticket, none of what follows would have happened.

The officer makes a call on his radio and within moments, there are seven (7) police cars and eight (8) officers on the scene.

Must have been a really slow night for that much show of force.

(Just write the daggone ticket!)

Can Someone Explain This To Us?

Officer Amy Caprio

There are two stories that are going around concerning police and citizens. One you may have heard of. The other we don’t think has made a ripple.

First, after a incident over a parking violation, Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown was tazed by members of the Milwaukee Police Department during his arrest.

The Mayor of Milwaukee is worried about the release of the footage of the incident.

On Monday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he has seen the video and was concerned about public backlash over the officers’ conduct. He said Police Chief Alfonso Morales also had a similar reaction.

“I’m going to let the release of that speak for itself, but yes, I definitely have concerns after watching that video,” Barrett told reporters Monday.

Sources who have seen the body-camera footage told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Brown was not at all combative before officers used the stun gun.

“This could be bad,” a source told the Journal Sentinel of the video. “The player doesn’t appear to be provocative at all.”

Police have shown the footage to some local officials, including a closed session of a Common Council committee.

For his part, Brown said he is suing the City.

Cocoa Beach: From The Comments (Which We Always Read.)

A reader by the name of “Francis” left this comment on our post entitled “Cocoa Beach / Palm Bay / Satellite Beach: Petitions! Online And In Person” from May 17, 2018.

To AAfterit

An individual resident or business owner that is trying to retrofit or build a new structure in the City of Cocoa Beach is faced with various city building site issues. Some residents felt that Commissioner Williams had a good idea with his ‘proposal request’ but his attempt to discuss and add his ballot proposal was not successful at the commissioners’ previous meeting. On 5/17 the Cocoa Beach City Commissioners decided to postpone their response to another request from a local citizen’s group to also add that proposed amendment to the November ballot.

Current Florida Statues’ with regard to municipal charter amendment changes that occur after the baseline year 2011 could put our current city charter requirements in legal jeopardy.

Note: Florida Statute 163.3167, paragraph 8, indicates that any initiative or referendum pertaining to a development order might be prohibited if we try to change anything in our City Charter related to development orders; updates might be considered a conflict with the Florida Statute if legally challenged.

What would a judge decide…, throw out everything in our city charter or revert back to the existing charter terminology??? No one knows.

Cocoa Beach: Tim Tumulty And Attention To Details.

So former Mayor Tim Tumulty is running for the City Commission seat now held by Skip Williams.

Back in 2016, Tumulty ran for the Florida House of Representatives only to lose to Tom Goodson in the primary.

This year, Tumulty was going to run for County Commissioner from District 2, replacing Jim Barfield who had announced that he would be leaving and not seeking re-election. Tumulty pulled out of that election in January of this year in a politically orchestrated move with other candidates. (After Tumulty dropped out, Robyn Hattaway, the person who he thought was the best person to win the job of County Commissioner, left the County race and moved to the Canaveral Port Authority race instead. (Ah yes, the convictions of politicians and those who support them.)

So as we said, Tumulty decided he would run for Williams seat in Cocoa Beach.

Someone forgot to tell his graphics people. In a Facebook post, Tumulty posted this:

Randy Fine: Too Soon.

Yesterday State Representative Randy Finer posted this on his Facebook page:

Years ago Obama adviser and now Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel said:

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

That line was roundly boo’ed and condemned by conservatives who feel that using a crisis so soon is morally repugnant and leads to legislation and programs that have not been thought out correctly.

It is also a bit self-aggrandizing.

Previously Fine had threatened companies that were acting in a legal manner because he didn’t like their legal actions. In doing so, Fine interjected himself between two parties in a contract that did not concern him or his station as a State Representative.

Walt Disney: American Dreamer

From Prager University:

Walt Disney was the twentieth century’s prime example of American ingenuity. How did he do it? In this video, Glenn Beck, best-selling author and host of The Glenn Beck Program, explains how Disney became a household name, and how he proved that in America, the only limit to your ambition is your own imagination.

Palm Bay: Petition Folks Are Moving To New Location.

This Saturday, the Palm Bay group will be out near the entrance to the Amberwood Community located at Cogan Dr & Demeron Dr SE from 9 AM to 12 noon:

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No “official” word on where the folks in Cocoa Beach will be, although there are a few rumors that they may be out amongst the boating races crowd this weekend gathering signatures. Look for them.

Time is running short for both groups.

Get involved.

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