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“Haters Are Going To Hate.”

This past Tuesday, Palm Bay resident David Kearns decided to stop in at the Brevard County Commission and say a few words.

During the public comment period at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting, Kearns quoted from a letter that was a subject of a July 3 FLORIDA TODAY story that was partly related to David Isnardi.

More: Anderson named Palm Bay acting deputy city manager, as Isnardi seeks his job back

More: Palm Bay’s deputy city manager David Isnardi resigns

David Isnardi resigned from his position as Palm Bay deputy city manager last September in the midst of an ongoing federal and state probe of the city.

The June 28 letter — from David Isnardi’s attorney, John Murphy, to Palm Bay City Manager Gregg Lynk and Palm Bay Mayor William Capote — said that Isnardi “is interested in being reinstated to his former position” as deputy city manager.

When he announced his resignation, Isnardi said he wanted to move on, and remove any taint from an FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into activities at Palm Bay that could jeopardize his wife’s political career. Kristine Isnardi was elected as a Brevard County commissioner in 2016.

Lynk has named Andy Anderson, Palm Bay’s economic development and external affairs director, as acting deputy city manager.

But Murphy’s letter says giving David Isnardi back his former position is “an ideal way to resolve this situation without litigation.”

That didn’t sit well with Kearns, and he made his views known to county commissioners.

We have covered the Isnardi letter previously, and we don’t see any benefit from discussing it again at this time.

What we do want to discuss is Kearns’ actions and the response from the County Commission.

Frankly, we cannot fathom what Kearns was thinking when he went to the County Commission to discuss a City of Palm Bay issue.
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13 Year Old Charged With Felony For Recording Principal.

Paul Boron is a 13 year old who attends Manteno Middle School in Illinois.

Boron was called to the principal’s office to discuss a number detentions that Boron had not served. Before meeting with the Principal David Conrad and Assistant Principal Nathan Short, Boron turned on his cellphone to record the conversation.

The encounter went downhill from there:

Boron said he argued with Conrad and Short for approximately 10 minutes in the reception area of the school secretary’s office, with the door open to the hallway. When Boron told Conrad and Short he was recording, Conrad allegedly told Boron he was committing a felony and promptly ended the conversation.

“If I do go to court and get wrongfully convicted, my whole life is ruined,” said Boron, who lives with his mother and four siblings in Manteno, Illinois, an hour southwest of Chicago. “I think they’re going too far.”

In his petition to bring the charge, Kankakee County Assistant State’s Attorney Mark Laws wrote that Boron on Feb. 16 “used a cellphone to surreptitiously record a private conversation between the minor and school officials without consent of all parties.” Members of the Manteno Community Unit School District No. 5 board, Conrad and Short have not responded to requests for comment on the incident.

“We cannot comment on a pending matter, and we are not authorized to release confidential student information to the press,” district Superintendent Lisa Harrod wrote in an email.

Illinois is one of a handful of states that requires consent from all parties to record.

In 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a similar law in the cases of People v. Clark and People v. Melongo.

The court ruled that the law was overbroad and violated the First Amendment right to free speech because it prohibited recording and publishing speech that was obviously not private at all, such as “a loud argument on the street,” “a political debate in a park” and “the public interactions of police officers with citizens.”

Faced with the law going down the tubes, the Illinois legislature passed another similar law that appears to be just as vague:
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So, You Think You’re Tolerant?

From Prager University.

Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.




Facebook Hell – It Didn’t Work.

In late June someone reported our account to Facebook saying “they aren’t a person! We want to know who they are!”

For the record, when we started this account, Facebook allowed pseudonyms and or “nom de plums.” We had carefully read the Facebook Terms of Service before making the account and we were fine. As the years went past, Facebook changed their terms of service which requires that private profile be linked to a real person. Public pages are not required to be linked to a specific person and so when someone reported the private profile, we followed Facebook’s advice and changed the private profile to a page.

Everything was going along swimmingly when the account got reported again for not be linked to a real person.

A series of emails shot back and forth between us and Facebook as the account was locked out.

We asked “how could you approve the page one day and then say that the page is not acceptable and does not follow Facebook guidelines?”

We got canned answers.
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Seedless Watermelons.

(image courtesy of War and Peas.)

Just the other day as we were looking at watermelons for the 4th of July, we wondered “how are seedless watermelons grown?” After all, there are no seeds in a “seedless watermelon.”

The internet comes to the rescue!

First off, seedless watermelons are not completely seed-free. There are some small, almost transparent, seeds to be found in the melon; they are unremarkable and edible. Occasionally, you will find a “true” seed in a seedless variety. Seedless varieties are hybrids and are derived from a fairly complex process.

Hybrids, if you remember, do not breed true from seed. You may end up with a mutt of a plant with a mix of traits. In the case of seedless watermelon, the seeds are actually sterile. The best analogy is that of a mule. Mules are a cross between a horse and a donkey, but mules are sterile, so you can’t breed mules together to get more mules. This is exactly the case with seedless watermelons. You have to breed two parent plants to produce the hybrid.

So how are they grown?
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U2 – With Or Without You – Luca Stricagnoli

Not often that you see a three neck guitar being played at the same time.

But it is a cool as heck.




Fourth Of July – The Lads.

(This is a repeat of a July 4, 2014 post, but we have been giving a lot of thought to freedoms and those lads who secured freedoms for America many years ago. The lads were not the only ones who suffered and endured the Revolutionary War, and we should not forget the sacrifices of the wives and families whose lads left their homes to secure a higher ideal for themselves, and for others.)

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Today we celebrate the 4th of July. Two hundred and forty years ago, a bunch of sweaty men were signing the Declaration of Independence, declaring the thirteen colonies…

….. are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

So while we celebrate today as the day the United States was born, technically that is not true. The Declaration of Independence only established 13 new states from colonies and declared a break from Great Britain.

As we think about the 4th of July and what it means, we always remember the great Founding Fathers. People like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, James Madison, John Adams, and many others. It should also be remembered that these men could not have been as successful without the support of their wives. (Well, maybe not Franklin, but that is another story.) But for people like Washington and Adams, the support, understanding and encouragement the women offered their husbands helped form the foundation of the country. It is a shame that Martha Washington burned the personnel letters between George and herself, but the love story between John and Abigail Adams is the stuff fairy tales are written about.

Without the women who stayed home, ran the farms, the businesses and took care of the homestead, America would not be here.

It wasn’t just the Founding Fathers who endured the separation from spouses. The common soldier and militiaman was also separated from his family and home leaving the wife to take care of things. What is more amazing is that as these men walked off to war. they were not professional soldiers. For the most part, they were hunters, farmers, fisherman and businessmen.
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