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The Strange Death Of Comedy.

From Prager U.

Tell a joke now and who knows who you might offend? Identity politics is taking the fun out of just about everything. This is – no fooling – a very serious problem. Actor/Comedian Owen Benjamin explains why and what needs to be done about it.

We were talking about this a few weeks ago in a post. (We were ahead of the curve, it seems.)

One of the staff here tells the story that years ago they were coaching a baseball game being umpired by two friends. The coach was actually working other games as officials with the other two umpires.
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Looking Back.

We actually found this picture for sale on a site, but thought it was so interesting and cool that we wanted to post it.

It is the Cocoa Beach Pier circa 1972.

Hard to recognize the place, isn’t it?

Time marches on.



Smith vs. Tobia – Same At It Ever Was.

Stop us if you have heard this one before:

At the Brevard County Commission meeting, Commissioners Smith and Tobia went at each other.

It’s a recurring theme with these two.

Brevard County commissioners gave preliminary support Tuesday to using up to $1 million a year in hotel tax money for projects to benefit the Indian River Lagoon.

But the unanimous vote came after a confrontation between Commissioners Curt Smith and John Tobia that resulted in County Commission Chair Rita Pritchett calling a five-minute timeout, mid-debate.

Smith, who sponsored the measure related to the tourist tax use, is up for re-election this year, and is facing fellow Republican Trudie Infantini, a former county commissioner, in an Aug. 28 Republican primary for his District 4 seat. Tobia is backing Infantini.

Tobia implied during the debate that Smith has flip-flopped on his stance about using money from the 5 percent Tourist Development Tax on hotel rooms and other short-term rentals for lagoon projects. Tobia read a section of a Nov. 9 FLORIDA TODAY article about that issue, related to Smith’s concerns at the time to state legislation sponsored by Florida Rep. Randy Fine to broaden the use of the tourist tax for lagoon projects. Tobia said Smith now is “changing his opinion 180 degrees” from his previous statement.

Smith said he didn’t take his earlier remarks back, but told Tobia that he was tired of what he felt were “personal attacks that I continue to get” from Tobia.

Asking why Smith had changed his mind is a “personal attack?”

Smith has changed his opinion on the issue of the use of tourism money on the lagoon.
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Palm Bay: Give A Listen. The Holton Recording Does Not Support His Claims.

Yesterday we posted about the audio recording that Palm Bay City Councilman Calvin “Tres” Holton claimed he had that cast aspersions on the honesty of the signature gatherers that are gathering signatures to place on the ballot a return to 2016 language in the City Charter concerning special assessments and the process of levying those assessments.

To remind people what was said at the Council meeting, here is the transcript:

Holton: If people are collecting petitions there’s a process in our charter in a state statute for a reason. We can’t automatically assume that they’re going to can they’re going to get all of the petitions signed. We don’t know whether the petitions that they have a legitimate real signatures or not, the only person that can verify that information is the supervisor of elections. Moreover we don’t know if if there’s been certain tactics involved and lies and stuff like that, you know that are being done by the some of the folks that are collecting petitions that would require a possible injunction, or some type of investigation by the city. I can tell you this much, I was sent an audio file of of the petition collectors at the first Friday event where they were lying to a person to get petitions and they were using tactics that I find absolutely atrocious. And if this continues forward like this….

Bailey: Can you provide that to the rest of Council?

Holton: I’d be more than happy. I think it’s audio that the general public needs to hear, and most important we need to hear, because if those are the tactics the petition collectors are using, that’s very inappropriate, extremely inappropriate. And talk about confusion, I’ve got some concern about that. So I’ll be more than happy to provide a copy of the audio file. We don’t have all the petitions we don’t know if they’re legitimate petitions in at least from my point of you and I’m sure if you hear the audio you understand we’ve got people out there lying to people to get them to sign.

Bailey: I know there’s been a lot of accusations, and I try to refrain from that I think that that is been a….. I’m just curious, when did you receive that file?

Yesterday, some folks went up to City Hall and spoke to some people about the file being a public record. More emails were sent showing that by statute, the recording was a public record.

Late yesterday, the City released the recording.

You can download it here or listen below.

The audio is hard to hear in some places, but the signature gatherer actually says to the potential signer “let’s move over here so we can talk.” To us, that means that the signature gatherer wanted the woman she was talking with to be able to hear and understand what the petition was about. Contrary to Holton’s inferences, there is no attempt to deceive anyone that we can find. The signature gatherer was open and honest.
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You Gotta Warn Us!

After yesterday’s post on Palm Bay Councilman Calvin “Tres” Holton and the “recording,” we were reading some blogs and other forums when we came upon one that mentioned the our post.

A person left this comment:

 

Sometimes I just want to slap someone with a hoecake.

 

You have to warn us when you make those types of comments. Even though our keyboard is water resistant, we only have so many screen cleaners to clean off the coffee spewed from laughter.

Give us a break, okay?

In all seriousness, thanks for the comment and complement. It is nice to be part of the jargon and the creation of a new meme.



Palm Bay: Yo Calvin! Where Is That Recording?

At the July 19, 2018 regular meeting of the City Council of Palm Bay, Councilman Jeff Bailey proposed that the Council move to have the language that the people who have been collecting petition signatures be put on the ballot. (We talked about the petition here.)

Bailey’s reasoning is rather simple.

He believes (as do we) that the petition gatherers will reach the number of signatures required to either get the proposal on the ballot during this general election, or they will reach the number within the statutory year they have to collect the signatures and the City would have to hold a much more expensive special election.

Bailey’s concern seems to be one of costs, as he continually said that he wasn’t supporting or against the petition only that he knew the City “was going to have to deal with this at some point.” As special elections are not cheap, Bailey’s point is dead on.

Councilman Holton was against putting the measure on the ballot. His exchange with Bailey on this issue can be downloaded here. (Sorry, we can’t embed MP4 files.)

Here’s the transcript:

Holton: If people are collecting petitions there’s a process in our charter in a state statute for a reason. We can’t automatically assume that they’re going to can they’re going to get all of the petitions signed. We don’t know whether the petitions that they have a legitimate real signatures or not, the only person that can verify that information is the supervisor of elections. Moreover we don’t know if if there’s been certain tactics involved and lies and stuff like that, you know that are being done by the some of the folks that are collecting petitions that would require a possible injunction, or some type of investigation by the city. I can tell you this much, I was sent an audio file of of the petition collectors at the first Friday event where they were lying to a person to get petitions and they were using tactics that I find absolutely atrocious. And if this continues forward like this….

Bailey: Can you provide that to the rest of Council?
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Factual History Gets In The Way Of Pandering.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D – CA) decided that she would pander to the members of a postal carrier union recently.

The result is a stunning failure.

America’s letter carriers are the life blood of the American economy.

I just want to tell you this one thing because I’m a person of faith, and I see everything in terms of my religion.

And this is how you come into that picture. When you, those of you who may be Catholic and go to church you see St. Paul to the Corinthians, St. Paul to the Ephesians, St. Paul to the this and the that.

It was the letters, the letters of St. Paul that spread Christianity. Again, if the Romans had not built roads, there would not have been a mail system. But the mail system was the connection, the connection that spread,.

So I feel deeply indebted to the tradition of mail carriers to the spread of a faith that I hold dear.

There’s a problem though. The mail system as we know it today didn’t exist in the time of Christ. The mail system was limited to government correspondence:
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Palm Bay: Thoughts On The Florida Today Seat Five Forum.

Buckle up as this is a long post.

So a couple of us were sitting here eating lunch yesterday when we realized that we forgot about the Florida Today Forum for Seat 5 in Palm Bay featuring candidates Jeff Bailey, Erik Sandberg, Aaron Parr. (To be honest, we were still discussing the County Commission’s non-vote on the proposed ballot initiative for an increase in taxes for the Childrens’ Service Council.)

We decided to watch the forum and eventually decided to make comments on the discussion here – just extemporaneous comments which in a couple cases we back filled expanding on our thoughts.

First thought – Sandberg looks like a deer caught in the headlights. Throughout the forum, his answers seem stiff to us. That’s not a criticism as it may be a good thing that Sandberg is not a polished political speaker. Or it may show he doesn’t do well in forums like this. No matter what, to us he appeared rigid and not into or enjoying the moment.

The first “question” was to describe yourself and why you are running office. We started thinking about making this post after Parr described Palm Bay as a “bedroom community.” It sounds great and quaint, but Palm Bay is not a bedroom community which is defined as:

A residential area, typically a suburb of a major urban center, which includes a large number of commuters among the home-owning population. The name “bedroom community” refers to the fact that commuters perform most professional and personal activities in another location, maintaining their residence solely as a place to sleep.

Towns like Satellite Beach and Indian Harbor Beach are bedroom communities where there is no real professional and personal activities in the area. Palm Bay simply doesn’t fit that definition. We also came back to this definition as later on Parr says he wants to bring in more commercial development. That means that if Parr truly believes that Palm Bay is a “bedroom community,” if elected he will seek to change the base nature of Palm Bay from what he says it is now.
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