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The Thought Experiment.

According to Wikipedia, Robert George ….:

Robert Peter George (born July 10, 1955) is an American legal scholar, political philosopher, and public intellectual who serves as the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He lectures on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties, philosophy of law, and political philosophy. George, a Catholic, is considered one of the country’s leading conservative intellectuals.
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This Fourth Of July: The Movies Glory and 1776.

This is a Fourth of July unlike any we have experienced before or ever hope to experience again. Between COVID-19, social distancing, masks and the cancellation of many events that we traditionally look forward to to celebrate the birth of this great nation, there is also the continued violence around the founders and the idea that some were slave holders.

In the movie 1776, the delegates are struggling and in some cases struggling mightily with the incongruity of the idea of independence for America, but not an America that includes slaves. The draft of the Declaration of Independence contains a clause that would grant freedom to enslaved Americans. Despite Jefferson declaring that he has resolved to free his slaves, opposition to the passage from other states remains. One of those states is South Carolina, whose delegates include Edward Rutledge.

John Adams, (played by William Daniels) Massachusetts Delegate to the Continental Congress: What is it you want, Rutledge?
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Citizens of Sebastian Ask For Council Members To Be Removed By Governor.

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the City of Sebastian being sued over Florida’s Sunshine Laws for meetings in public. In addition we noted that petitions were being circulated for the recall of certain members of the City Council.

Now people are wanting the governor to remove City Council members.

City officials in Sebastian are requesting that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis intervene and remove Sebastian Council members Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris from public office.

The move comes after Gilliams added items to the special meeting agenda for Wednesday. These items include asking for health insurance for city council members, removing the mayor, terminating the city manager, and publicly rebuking the former Chief of Police.
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UPDATE PALM BAY: Morrell Resignation / Forced Resignation. Morrell Out.

The City Council voted to end the employment of City Manager Lisa Morrell.

Councilman Anderson refused to give any specifics as to why Morrell should by terminated.

Councilman Bailey asked for reasons and Mayor tried to cut him off and then broke the Council rules to call the motion while Bailey was still speaking.

One of the things that Bailey brought up was that Anderson had given Morrell a positive review.

Here is that review:


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PALM BAY: Morrell Resignation / Forced Resignation.

Late last night we mentioned that Palm Bay City Manager was rumored to have resigned her position.

We stated that there was nothing on the agenda for the July 2, 2020 meeting that would bring up the resignation.

There is now an addition to the agenda that discusses Morrell’s employment.

It is ironic that Councilman Anderson would bring this up.
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Who Was That Masked Person?

On Tuesday, the Brevard County Commission decided not to make it a requirement that people wear masks in businesses under the guise of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Instead, the Commission passed a resolution, which is non-binding to anyone and therefore nothing but a meaningless show of “see? We are doing something!”

County Commission Chair Bryan Lober could not get the support of other commissioners for a proposal to require people to wear face masks when in businesses, as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Seeing no backing for his proposal, Lober did not seek to bring it to a vote.

Instead, Lober put forth a nonbinding proclamation that would “strongly encourage” businesses to post their face mask policies at the entrances to their businesses.
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Palm Bay: City Manager Lisa Morrell Resigns?

A report is circulating that Palm Bay City Manager Lisa Morrell has resigned her position.

The acceptance of that resignation is not on the agenda for the July 2, 2020 meeting, but it seems it would need to be voted upon by the Council.

Morrell walked into a very difficult situation at City Hall, replacing former City Manager Gregg Lynk after he was terminated by the City Council.

If the reports are true, we can only say that we wish her well in her future endeavors.


UPDATE: Councilman Bailey is saying the report is false. In a post on his Facebook account, he writes:
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Voter Fraud? Nothing To See Here. Move Along.

It’s a constant response to people who are concerned about voter fraud: voter fraud doesn’t exist, or if it does, it doesn’t happen often.

Tell that to the State of New Jersey:

AG Grewal Announces Voting Fraud Charges Against Paterson Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, and Two Other Men

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced voting fraud charges against Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, and two other men in connection with the May 12, 2020 special election in the City of Paterson.

All four men are charged with criminal conduct involving mail-in ballots during the election. The investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability (OPIA) began when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service alerted the Attorney General’s Office that hundreds of mail-in ballots were found in a mailbox in Paterson. Numerous additional ballots were found in a mailbox in nearby Haledon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all voting in May 12 elections in New Jersey was done by mail-in ballots.
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