Palm Bay: It Almost Seems They Can’t Help Themselves.

It almost seems that Palm Bay can’t stop hiring and promoting the same people that caused or were a part of the lack of trust that citizens have in the City.

Former Brevard County commissioner Andy Anderson is now serving his second stint as Palm Bay’s interim deputy city manager.

Interim City Manager Lisa Morrell appointed Anderson to the post Monday, following the firings of Palm Bay City Hall’s three highest-ranking administrators.


Anderson is Palm Bay’s economic development and external affairs director, earning $91,857 per year. He was hired in May 2015 while serving as District 5 Brevard County commissioner, a post that he held from 2008-16.

“Mr. Anderson has the capable knowledge of critical and high priority city projects in progress,” Morrell stated in a press release.

“He will have shared oversight of essential projects within the departments of Public Works, Facilities, Economic Development, and Growth Management and will offer these project areas additional leadership, collaboration, and continuity for actionable execution and success,” Morrell stated.

One of the things that was said about Anderson when he returned to the City was that he had “lots of contacts.” (Who knew that government was a social media circle?)

Little Drummer Boy (African Tribal Version) – Alex Boye’ Featuring The Genesis Choir.

We found this last year and once in awhile when we need a little bit of a pick-me-up, we will listen to it. It is so infectious and joyful that it is hard not to want to get up and dance. (Or at least bob your head or tap a pen on the desk.)

Music knows no bounds.

Grandma Got Run Over By A Porter.

We try to be understanding of people and situations, but we are having problems understanding this:

Olimpia Warsaw flew into Chicago to attend a relative’s funeral. The 67-year-old made it to O’Hare, but family member Julian Coltea can’t say the same for her luggage.

“She had to miss the first part of his funeral because she had to get clothes,” Coltea said.

Warsaw has Parkinson’s and diabetes and has trouble walking.

Claude Coltea said Friday after his father’s funeral, his mom was set to return to Detroit. He would catch his flight shortly after.

“I walked with her all the way to her gate,” he said. “I confirmed with the gate agent that the flight was on time. Everything was ok. She said, ‘Yup, all’s fine. We’ll take good care of your mom’.”

But, it turns out, Warsaw’s flight was canceled.

Her son Claude said the airline assigned a porter to take her back to the front at which point they offered her a hotel room. However, they weren’t willing to take her to the hotel, and she couldn’t find her own transportation because she has trouble communicating.

The porter explained his shift was over and that he didn’t know how he could help the woman anymore. So, he left her. (emphasis ours)

The guy left her? Just walked away? Leaving her basically helpless and confused?

O Come, O Come, Emanuel – Margaret Becker.

We once had the pleasure of talking with Margaret Becker as part of a proposed concert here in Brevard County. We can honestly say that she was (and remains) one of the nicest people we have ever met. She also has an incredible voice that will blow you away. This is from a 1988 album of Christmas songs by various contemporary Christian artists.

No Media Bias. Ever.

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

The Mainstream media is outraged at trump because tear gas was used at the border but not a peep when Obama did the very same thing over 80 times.

Cops Behaving Badly. This Is Depressing.

Back on July 5, 2018, journalist and editor of the Colorado Independent observed a naked black man sitting handcuffed on the sidewalk surrounded by the Denver police.

She stopped her car and started to try and film the incident. She was then approached by Denver Police Officer James Brooks who told her to stop filming.

Below is body cam footage of the incident. Greene first appears in the shot at around the 0:11 second mark. Notice how far she is away from the man and the officers. She is in no way interfering with their dealings with the man.

[Brooks] continues to block her as she tries to keep shooting, at one point raising the camera high above Brooks’s head.

Brooks is quickly joined by Officer Adam Paulsen, and the two advise her that she can not take photographs because doing so violates the HIPAA rights of the nearly naked man they have cuffed. HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act outlines an individual’s rights to medical privacy.

“There’s also a First Amendment,” Greene responds. “Have you heard of it?”

“That doesn’t supersede HIPAA,” Paulsen says.

The Wexford Carol – Yo-Yo Ma And Alison Krauss. Repeat Of A Reader Suggestion.

We ran this last year after a reader suggested it.

It was beautiful then and is still beautiful today.

English lyrics:

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born.

Snoopy’s Christmas vs. The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen.

Years ago we were appearing on a local radio station as part of a talk show. The Saturday before Christmas, the regular engineer was on vacation and the station management made the mistake had the bright idea to let us run the mixing board. During a national break for news, the owner came in and said “you guys are doing great. The music choices are unbelievable. I just wish you had “Snoopy and the Red Baron.”

“You mean this song that is first in the queue coming out of the break?” we said.

Sun of a gun,” he said laughing. “That’s great.”

We never saw a station manager so happy. It’s funny how music and Christmas music in particular can do that.

The Royal Guardsmen were 5 guys from Ocala, Florida. They recorded a quartet of songs inspired by Snoopy the Beagle in the “Peanuts” comic strip between 1967 and 1968.

According to Wikipedia, the group was indeed originally from Ocala.

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