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Cocoa Beach: Pass Tax, Then Run And Hide.

From Fox35 News.

Kind of interesting that elected officials will stand there and tell people how great things are on camera, but when the going gets tough and tough questions need to be addressed, the officials run away.

The spotlight shines on the just and the unjust.



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And They Wonder Why There Is Dissent….

One of our ninjas sent us this story of a local couple who own some apartment properties in Brevard County.

The couple is well respected and have taken beaten down apartment buildings and turned them into places where people want to live. According to our ninja, the couple is untra-fast to respond to issues that may happen in rental units. They have put up security cameras, outside lighting, repaired parking lots, etc. The buildings are always painted and the grounds in great shape.

In short, they are the ideal landlords the type of landlords that people want to deal with.

In fact, when the economic downturn hit and people were hurting for income, they lowered their rental rates for existing renters.

In addition, as local owners, they are people the Brevard County government should respect and support.

This year the couple got hit with an increase in fees as well as an increase in property taxes because, well, because governmental bodies can raise taxes and fees and say “we need the money.” (As if you don’t need the money as well.)

The increase in taxes and fees was over 10% – the same amount that it jumped last year.

When the couple took their check to the County Tax Office, they commented on the rate increase and how they were going to have to raise their rental rates which would force out good tenants who don’t have the luxury of telling their employer to pay them more under the threat of law.

“Well,” the government person sitting there said, “you can always sell the properties to a corporation and not have to worry about it.”

Wow.

Just wow.
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Smith VS. Tobia. Round Two. Ding!

As if the fight between Commissioner Curt Smith and Commissioner John Tobia couldn’t get more interesting and in a sense, more foolish, the two went at it again over expenditures of CRA funding which Tobia feels are at the most illegal, and at the least inappropriate.

Tobia questioned the use of CRA money by the Downtown Melbourne CRA and Olde Eau Gallie CRA, alleging the CRAs “improperly used” about $684,500 of city and county money for festival expenses.

Tobia said he had opinions from the Florida Attorney General’s Office and Brevard County Attorney Scott Knox to back him up. And he wanted the County Commission to authorize “performance audits” of the two CRAs, partly to see if any other money was spent improperly.

“If this is what my office was able to find, I would like to see if anything else is out there,” Tobia said. “I’m sure Downtown Melbourne, as well as Olde Eau Gallie, has nothing to hide.”

Smith responded with:

But Smith said he was “kind of torn with this. I don’t know enough facts to feel comfortable voting for it. I reserve the right to investigate it further. And, if I change my mind, and say that there is something here that needs to be investigated, I’d be happy to bring it up again. But, right now, I’m not in favor of it.”

Tobia’s response was two fold – one of which was dead on and the second a bit of hyperbole. The first response was that the item was on the agenda for two weeks. In essences, Tobia was asking “what is the delay? How much time do you and your office need to investigate. Isn’t two weeks enough?”

We think that is a fair question.
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How Trump Hates Blacks.

The narrative is that President Donald Trump hates blacks or any other ethnic group that is not white. And because that narrative is thrust in the face of everyone almost on a daily basis by so called social justice warriors, ANTTFA, leftists, progressives and Democrats (which may be repeating ourselves,) it must be true, right?

Well, it is true unless you ignore the facts.

From left to right, UCLA basketball players Jalen Hill, LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley

Let us introduce you to three basketball players from UCLA. Jalen Hill, LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley were with their team in China for a game against Georgia Tech. Instead of representing their school and the United States in an honorable way, the three freshman thought it would be a great idea to shoplift from a store next to the hotel in which they were staying.

How much of an idiot do you have to be to shoplift in China, a country that watches everything with cameras and has what we would consider draconian laws on theft?

How stupid and entitled do you have to be?

The three were caught and were placed under house arrest. Depending on how the Chinese would prosecute the case, the trio was looking at somewhere between 30 days to ten years in a comfy place called a China jail.

As luck would have it, there was a large planned meeting of US State Department officials and the Chinese shortly after the arrests and confinement of the three players. The Trump State Department quietly pushed to have the charges of the three reduced. Allegedly, an agreement was made where the three would be held in their hotel for three weeks. They would still be in China while their team flew back to the US, but that outcome was clearly better than being in a China prison.

As more luck would have it, Trump himself was in the region as part of a scheduled tour to meet with leaders of nations in Asia. One of the scheduled meetings was with Chinese President Xi Jinping where during the meeting, the subject of the three players was raised.

The result of that meeting?
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Hurricanes And “Assignment Of Benefits.”

You may remember a little afternoon shower that rolled through the state of Florida a couple of months ago. NOAA named the meteorological disturbance “Hurricane Irma.”

Irma caused lots of damage which is estimated in the tens of billions of dollars, but Irma may be highlighting, or at least bringing more to the forefront, another gathering storm.

This one is an economic storm.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

These assignment of benefit, or AOB, contracts are upending the insurance market in one of the largest U.S. states. Insurers and regulators said the pacts are responsible for driving up insurance rates for some Florida homeowners and spurring a boom in contractor lawsuits against insurers.
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Veterans Day.

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It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

Today is Veterans Day, a day in which we in America should pause and recognize the service of the men and women who protect our freedoms, defend the innocent, and act a deterrent to evil in the world.

As long as there are people and nations seeking to deny rights and basically enslave others, there will be a need for the military to stand up and say, “no. Not today. Not on my watch.”

You have to admire, appreciate and honor that stance – that devotion – that willingness to lay your life on the line so others can live in freedom.

Today, we take time to thank veterans for their service.





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Girl Walks Into Taco Bell, Can’t Get French Fries, Claims Racism.

We have watched this video several times and we still can’t quite figure it out.

Is the woman serious? High? Drunk? Mentally ill?

No matter what, not having french fries at Taco Bell is not racism.

(video is NSFW due to language.)

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The Case Against “Civility.”

The other day we recorded and then watched the movie “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” on the local PBS / UCF channel. (The movie is also called “A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy.”)

The 2017 movie on the life of the 16th century religious reformer and the founder of the protestant faiths and Reformation Movement was, in our opinion, very well done and informative. Luther was not portrayed as some saint without faults, but rather as a man seeking answers about God and the relationship between God and man. According to the movie, Luther was the first person to truly embrace the newfangled printing press, which made his message much more accessible to the masses. Arguably, it was Luther who founded the idea of peaceful resistance and protests against the powerful and the oppressive. Furthermore, the movie argued that many of the principles Luther espoused could be seen as a direct line to foundational ideas upon which the United States is based.

Yet one of the things that struck us was Luther had a bit of what we might call a “lack of civility.”

In writing about the Catholic Church and its leaders, Luther wrote:

You are murderers, traitors, liars, the very scum of all the most evil people on the earth.
You are full of the worst devils in hell – so full that you can do nothing but vomit and out come devils.

And….

He is a pig, an ass, a dunghill, the spawn of an adder, a lying buffoon, a mad fool with a frothy mouth and a whorish face

And….
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