Adding Insult To Injury.

(not the home in question but as we couldn’t find the applicable image, this is a standard image.)

In 1998, the City of New Orleans seized a townhome along I-10 after the owner, Charles Jett, failed to pay the taxes on the property. The City’s ownership was recorded in the City’s offices. In spite of being the owner of the property, the City started code enforcement proceedings against Jett (the previous owner) in 2012.

You read that right. The City was pursuing code enforcement penalties on a property they owned and from the person who was the previous owner.

Fast forward to 2015. Husband and wife David Garrett and Lourdes Archibold-Garrett purchased the property on October 2, 2015 from the City. They Garretts claim they were never told of any defects, problems or legal issues with the townhome.

Despite the townhome being sold to the Garretts, the City continued to pursue collection of code enforcement penalties against Jett. (The person who the City had seized the building from in 1998, and 14 years before the City started trying to collect for code violations from him on the building the City owned at the time.)

It is unclear whether Jett took part in the hearing, but on October 30, 2015 an administrative judge ordered Jett to pay the code enforcement fines of $12,000 and issued a warning that the building could be demolished in the future.

The Garretts were not part of the proceedings, and never notified of the judgement and lien that was placed on the property. Everything the City was doing was aimed at Jett, the pre-1998 owner.

On January 15, 2016, the Garretts’ realtor noticed there was a sign on the property saying the townhome would soon be demolished. The realtor contacted the Garretts who contacted the City.

The Garretts got the City to cancel the lien. Correspondence between the City and the Garretts shows the Garretts were looking to develop the property and would resolve all code enforcement issues. The City cancelled the lien on January 25, 2016.

What happened next is stunning.

It’s Our Time.

From the colored pencils of A.F, Branco at Comically Incorrect.

Instead of Time Magazine creating the phony scenario of a crying little girl looking up at Trump on the cover, a Democrat donkey would have been a much better fit.

Compare And Contrast.

These two videos are from the Republican Party and should be viewed within that light.

The first one is especially troubling as it documents the hatred, vitriol and outright violence against Trump and conservatives. We were not fans of Obama but we would never have supported this type of hatred toward him. It’s wrong and accomplishes nothing.

After Maxine Waters (who is seen in the above video) called for more intemperament behavior toward people in the Trump administration and those who support him, Representative Steve Scalize (R – LA)responded:

Civility and respect always prevails over harassment and disrespect

— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 24, 2018

You may remember Scalise as being shot and severely wounded in Alexandria, VA while practicing for a ballgame between Democrats and Republicans.

The shooter was described this way:

[The shooter} a 66-year-old unemployed home inspector, had been angry with President Donald Trump, and police have said he deliberately targeted Republicans the morning of June 14.

With that in mind, you’d think that Scalise would be a good spokesperson for ratcheting down the violence and the rhetoric and also an example of what can happen if you don’t. You’d think people would have some sort of sympathy or understanding at was Saclise was saying.


The Case of Haley Hines.

Haley Hinds is a reporter and news anchor for Fox13 out of Tampa, Florida.

She is also the victim of the new anger and rage that people are willing to throw at people, even if they are not the true object of their hatred. In other words, to some, facts and simple checking to make sure something is true is much less important than feeding the Twitter mobs, hits on a site, etc.

It all started with this horrific video of a woman in a nail salon:

What happened next is best said by Hinds herself via her Facebook post:

What would you do if a random stranger on the internet decided to falsely accuse you of being the “star” of a recently viral video of a woman going on a racist tirade at a Lutz, FL nail salon?

And what would you do if, afterward, an Internet mob came after you, from all over the world, threatening you, calling you vile names, even telling you to go kill yourself?

Well, folks… I’ll tell you all about it. Because it happened to me.

It’s a crummy situation that leaves me not only disappointed in the person who decided to target me for no reason, but also, really concerned about those who blindly went along with it.

Civil Forfeiture Heads To The Supreme Court.

In 2013, Tyson Timbs was arrested and later convicted of selling a small amount of drugs for $225 to an undercover police officer. At the time, Timbs was addicted to opiods which is never a good thing. Timbs’ crime carried a maximum penalty of $10,000 and the trial court sentenced Timbs to get help with his addiction, one year in home detention, and five years probation.

After his conviction, the State of Indiana sought to seize Timbs’ brand new Land Rover LR2, a vehicle worth around $40,000. Timbs had purchased the vehicle with the proceeds of his father’s life insurance policy and it was Timbs only vehicle.

Stop and think about that for a moment. For a crime that carried a maximum penalty of $10,000, the State of Indiana wanted to seize a vehicle worth $40,000 or four times the amount of the maximum fine.

Nice work if you can get it.

The trial court rejected the seizure on the basis of the Eight Amendment to the US Constitution which reads:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

This is a no brainer. There is no way that the State can justify the seizure of the vehicle and be within the Constitution. It makes absolutely no sense.

Unless you are the Indiana Supreme Court.

Homophobic? Rape Blaming? Freedom Hating? Us?

EDITOR’S NOTE: We really struggled with whether to write about this topic. We couldn’t decide whether to talk about this would be “feeding the trolls” or not. In the end, we decided to run this response simply because the accusations made against us are so outlandish, so over the top, so untrue and so ridiculous that we thought we needed to address them. In addition, we had received comments from people asking if we were going to address these hypocritical, dishonest, anti-freedom, anti-intellectual, hackneyed dullards. We decided not to run away.

Two people by the name of Cheryl Wright and William Wright have launched an attack on us and by association, Thomas Gaume who is running for City Council in Palm Bay against Calvin “Tres” Holton and Kenneth Brian Johnson II.

Our “crime?”

These two “people” think that we are homophobic and that we blame rape victims for being raped.

Yes. Really. L’il ol’ us.

They even took the time to write on Facebook that we should be banned and the way to get that done was to report us to Facebook. (Gaume is being attacked because he links to us sometimes on his blog and Facebook page.)

Here’s the Wrights’ post:

William Wright copied the same post and shared it.

Interestingly, both people are friends with Tres Holton. You may draw your own conclusions from that connection.

It’s Official!

It’s June 25th!

Six months until Christmas and roughly five months until our annual “Christmas Songs Extravaganza!”

(We don’t think snow is predicted for Florida today, but we can hope!)

Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill Best Quality In HD.

One of the first professional, live play we ever saw was a production of “Godspell.” While the movie was worse than terrible, we liked the play / musical and were fascinated with the production we saw because it was done in the round. The technical challenges and artistic challenges of having to do a production written and designed for a regular stage transformed into having audience members on all sides is a sight to behold.

We have loved productions that are done in the round ever since.

We are not a fan of Peter Gabriel, but we always like the song “Solsbury Hill” and to see this video of it being performed in the round is amazing to watch.

One has to appreciate the technology of all of the wireless mics and instruments being incorporated with wired instruments and yet still sounding so good. The closeness and interaction with the audience is fascinating to watch. Then you add into the mix that the outer “ring” of the stage actually rotates, you have something special.

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