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Tiger Woods Is Not Black. Who Knew?

ESPN has lost their collective mind.

To illustrate, here is a segment from FoxNews with a portion of a press conference after Woods played a round of golf at a tournament. The question and the response begins at 0:25:

REPORTER: I think a lot of people, especially people of color, immigrants feel threatened by him and his policies. He’s thrown himself into sports debates (inaudible,) Lebron James, the national anthem,… Um, what do you say to people who might find it interesting that you have a friendly relationship with him?

WOODS: Well, he’s the President of the United States. You have to respect the office and no matter who is in the office, umm….you may like, dislike umm….the personality or the politics but we all must respect the office.

The following day, Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN lost their minds over the comment. Kellerman accuses Woods of not thinking and Smith said Woods “is not black.”
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The Results.

We know that there are other so called “experts” who are analyzing the election results from Tuesday much more and perhaps more insightfully than we ever could. Frankly, we don’t live and breath politics and every post we make is not political in nature. We have always thought we were a little more “man on the street” than the “experts” who manage to get more things wrong than we do.

The following is simply our impressions of what happened on Tuesday. It is by no means comprehensive in nature as we just don’t want to get that deep into every race. We are going to try and stick with the local, Brevard County races.

SCHOOL BOARD:

The good result here is not so much that Campbell won, but that Andy Ziegler and Dean Paterakis lost.

We can’t remember a time when two people who have constantly fought each other in a self serving manner at the expense of the public. We hope these two are consigned to the political scrap heap of Brevard County.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE:

This is the first of our “we don’t need term limits, we need “NONE OF THE ABOVE” on the ballots” race.

Since Nye lost, we’ll just ask “where does Thad Altman live again?”

COUNTY COMMISSION:
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It Was Dum Dums Fault.

A family out of Pennsylvania is suing Spangler Candy, the maker of Dum Dums lollipops for the injury they say the lollipop caused their child.

Mark and Kristina Matthews, of Irwin, [PA] claim a manufacturing defect led to a “near-death experience” when the candy ball slipped off the stick and lodged in their son’s throat in July 2017, according to the lawsuit.

“The defective Dum Dum sucker was unreasonably dangerous and incapable of being safely used by its intended user,” the suit said.

The candy was dislodged from the boy’s throat by Mark Matthews, the suit said. The boy was taken to a hospital for medical treatment for a throat injury.

Spangler makes millions if not billions of these lollipops every year and because one may have come off a stick that makes the product “unreasonably dangerous?” Furthermore, the lollipop is designed to be stuck in one’s mouth and licked or sucked on (hence the reference to lollipops also being called “suckers.”) If you have something in your mouth, there is a chance that it will go down your throat – a darn good chance because that’s how you eat with food traveling down your throat.

The Dum Dums Matthews are suing Spangler saying their child “was caused to endure and, in the future, will endure pain and suffering, emotional trauma, anxiety and distress, loss of life’s pleasures and inconvenience.”

Good grief.
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Do Not Spend Time On This Blog Today.

If you are in the state of Florida, don’t spend another moment looking new for content from us.

There isn’t any.

Take the time and go vote. There is no excuse not to. By law, if you are working from the time the polls open until the time the polls close, your supervisor has to give you time to vote.

That means that there is no reason in the world not to vote.

Take your kids with you. Show them the importance of exercising the right to vote and being a part of the solution.



A Bit Of Housekeeping.

The other day we had several comments that got dumped into our spam filter. They all said the same thing and were from one address. They got dumped there because the person had used as an address a domain that is known to push out spam. Out spam filter caught the domain and dumped the comment into the spam filter which we look at late in the day.

The commenter used another domain and that’s fine. The comment went up without a hitch.

As is our internal policy here, one of the staff sat down and wrote an email to the person using the address, explaining why they first two attempts at commenting had failed and what to do about it in the future.

It took some time to do that.

We usually hear back from commenters when we write and say “ooops! This is what went wrong.” But on this one we didn’t hear back.

It suddenly dawned on us as to why.
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We Meant To Post This, But Forgot.

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Fire!

“You can’t yell ‘FIRE!’ In a crowded theater”

It’s one of the things you hear a great deal in the US. After all, it’s quick, pithy, and easy to remember.

It’s also wrong.

To understand why it is wrong and how it is wrongfully used, we need to go back to the origins of the phrase which is the Supreme Court case of Schenck v. United States.

The facts of the Schenck Case were as follows. Charles Schenck and Elizabeth Baer were members of the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party in Philadelphia, of which Schenck was General Secretary. The executive committee authorized, and Schenck oversaw, printing and mailing more than 15,000 fliers to men slated for conscription during World War I. The fliers urged men not to submit to the draft, saying “Do not submit to intimidation”, “Assert your rights”, “If you do not assert and support your rights, you are helping to deny or disparage rights which it is the solemn duty of all citizens and residents of the United States to retain,” and urged men not to comply with the draft on the grounds that military conscription constituted involuntary servitude, which is prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment.

After jury trials Schenck and Baer were convicted of violating Section 3 of the Espionage Act of 1917. Both defendants appealed to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that their conviction, and the statute which purported to authorize it, were contrary to the First Amendment. They relied heavily on the text of the First Amendment, and their claim that the Espionage Act of 1917 had what today one would call a “chilling effect” on free discussion of the war effort.

In delivering the unanimous opinion of the Court, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. wrote:
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Palm Bay: Who Is John Mendoza?

Two of these things are NOT John Mendoza

There has been a great deal of acrimony in this year’s elections in Palm Bay, and nowhere is that acrimony greater than in the race for Seat Four between Calvin “Tres” Holton, Thomas Gaume, and Kenny Johnson.

While in most campaigns there are barbs thrown back and forth, this election has been different. In posts on Facebook there have been pleas for decorum only to be followed by posts that attack everyone who disagrees with someone else. (If we had a nickel for every ad hominem attack we have seen, the entire staff here would retire.) For the most part the candidates themselves have tried to stay above the fray. That is not to say that the candidates have either directed or encouraged supporters to be more like attack dogs, but it seems that is what has happened.

One of the “attack dogs” who has been particularly vicious has been an account by the name of “John Mendoza,” who is a supporter of Holton.

Both the Gaume and the Johnson camp have wondered who this person is as they are not registered to vote within Palm Bay. Speculation from those camps has always been that “John Mendoza” might be Holton himself but that was a tough nut to prove.

Until now.

In a forum, the following exchange took place between a Gaume supporter and “John Mendoza.”
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