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No Good Deed….

Taylor, Michigan Police Officer Matthew Minard has just learned a hard lesson: no good deed goes unpunished.

In June, 2017 Officer Minard stopped Debra Cruise-Gulyas speeding.

He could have written her a speeding ticket that would have affected her insurance rates and all that, but instead wrote her a lesser ticket – a non-moving violation ticket thus giving the woman a break.

In response to his kindness, as Cruise-Gulyas drove off, she gave him a gift of her appreciation: she flipped him the bird. (And she wasn’t saying “you’re number one in my book, Officer!.”)

Outraged as any normal human being would be, Minard stopped the woman a second time less than 100 yards away and amended the ticket to reflect the original speeding charge.

Cruise-Gulyas sued Minard under §1983, alleging that he violated her constitutional rights by pulling her over a second time and changing the original ticket to a more serious violation. She claims he unreasonably seized her in violation of the Fourth (and Fourteenth) Amendment; retaliated against her because of her protected speech in violation of the First (and Fourteenth) Amendment; and restricted her liberty in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Minard claimed qualified immunity but a district court rejected that claim.

Minard appealed and the Sixth Circuit upheld the decision which means Cruise-Gulyas’ suit against Minard can go forward.

Georgia Democrat Introduces “Testicular Bill Of Rights” And Demonstrates A Lack Of Knowledge Of The Word “Rights.”

Georgia State Representative Dar’shun Kendrick wants to have laws that, in her mind, regulate men’s reproductive organs the same way she claims women’s reproductive organs are regulated.

The proposed bill comes after the Georgia legislature passed a law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. (The bill makes exceptions in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. It also allows for abortions in cases of rape and incest, but only if a woman files a police report.)

Kendrick tweeted:

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Another Politician Who Has Never Heard Of The First Amendment.

Florida state senator Jason Pizzo (Democrat, District 38) has introduced a bill that would make it a crime for a minor in the state of Florida who “posts or publishes a picture of a firearm, a BB gun, an air or a gas-operated gun, or a device displayed to resemble a firearm to a social media page, post, profile, or account that is openly viewable to the public.”

(1) A minor who posts or publishes a picture of a firearm, a BB gun, an air or a gas-operated gun, or a device displayed to resemble a firearm to a social media page, post, profile, or account that is openly viewable to the public commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable [by up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $1000].

(2)(a) Any parent or guardian of a minor, or other adult responsible for the welfare of a minor, if the minor possesses a firearm in violation of this section, may, if the court finds it appropriate, be required to participate in classes on parent education which are approved by the Department of Juvenile Justice, upon the first conviction of the minor. Upon any subsequent conviction of the minor, the court may, if the court finds it appropriate, require the parent to attend further parent education classes or render community service hours together with the child.

(3) Any firearm that is possessed or used by a minor in violation of this section shall be promptly seized by a law enforcement officer and disposed of ….

Think about this for a moment.

Satire Is Lost On Some.

In a post called “Palm Bay: City Of Palm Bay Solves Road Funding Issues – Passes Charter Amendment Which Uses Money From BCSO, Clerk Of Courts, Tax Appraiser, and Supervisor Of Elections To Pave Roads,” to illustrate the fallacy of the City of Palm Bay’s position the the suit against the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections, we wrote the first part of the post – a fake news “article” – that is clearly satire.

If you click on the links within the article, you’ll see what we mean.

However, at least one person missed the satire:

Oy vey.

One commenter used the term “GULLIBLE.”

We wonder if Fine knows the word “gullible” is not in the dictionary?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apparently some people don’t recognize sarcasm when they see it. Please click on the in-article links to see the “documentation” of this “article.” We wrote the “news article” to show that the above cannot be true and yet the City demanding that the Supervisor of Elections can be forced to do the City’s bidding by proclamation of the City Charter is as ridiculous as the City making a Charter amendment which would allow the City to take money from the County Constitutional officers’ budgets. The above is satire. What follows is the analysis of why the City’s arguments fail in the lawsuit and have no legal basis. In addition we ask the main question that the City has not answered: “Why did City Officials continue to lie to the petition group and impugn the integrity of the Supervisor of Elections?”

Randy Fine: (Again.) Hatred Of Free Speech.

This post came out of our research into the ridiculous bill Representative Randy Fine is proposing that would lower legal governmental notices and thereby lowering the transparency within governments and governmental entities.

In looking at the bills Fine has proposed this year, we caught a glimpse of this little dandy called HB 741 – a bill on “anti-semitism.”

The bill is an amendment to Florida Statute 775.085 Evidencing Prejudice While Committing Offense

The statute is basically a hate crime law, the first section of which reads:

The penalty for any felony or misdemeanor shall be reclassified as provided in this subsection if the commission of such felony or misdemeanor evidences prejudice based on the race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, homeless status, or advanced age of the victim: (emphasis ours)

Fine wants to add the following language:

Beau Knows Rape.

Beau Maurice Gormley

Thirty-three year old Beau Maurice Gormley of Republic, Missouri is a slime. He is human excrement that manages to walk and talk and do one other thing: Gormley rapes women.

The former manager of a now defunct Ozark restaurant was sentenced to probation and ordered to complete a treatment program for sex offenders, but will avoid prison time if he follows a judge’s orders.

Beau Gormley, 33, was found guilty in December 2018 of second degree rape in Greene County in connection to incidents that occurred Nov. 13, 2016. On Feb. 22, 2019, Judge Calvin R. Holden sentenced Gormley to five years of probation. At the sentencing hearing, Holden reportedly warned Gormley that he would go to prison if he violated terms of his probation.

At the time of the 2016 rape in Greene County, Gormley was on probation for second degree statutory rape in Christian County. He pleaded guilty April 15, 2016, to having sex with an underage girl in June 2014 at Third Street Pasta and Grill, Ozark — a business that has since closed. Gormley was a manager at the restaurant at the time and the victim was an employee.

The business owner notified the victim’s mother after discovering a security video of the incident. Ozark Police Department, in the probable cause statement, recovered the tape.

The mother reported Gormley to police and told officers her 16-year-old daughter had sex with Gormley inside the kitchen of the business. The victim admitted the incident to her mother after being asked about it.

Keep Digging.

In response to our post yesterday on Brevard County Commissioner Bryan Lober and his lack of fact checking, his lack of “due diligence,” and his apparent belief that those who exercise their Constitutional rights are acting in a “cowardly” manner, a commenter quoted the famous line from Will Rogers, “when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

It is a lesson that is lost on Lober.

After his screed claiming that a citizen would not be able to avail themselves of the County Attorney when it comes to questions on the Sunshine Laws and whether people in the government are following those laws, Maureen Rupe sent this email to County Manager Frank Abbate and “cc’ed” the County Commissioners:

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In his previous responses to Rupe, Lober had left the door wide open for the confusion and a need for clarification.

Commissioner Bryan Lober: Due Diligence Fail.

In our post yesterday concerning the loathsome comments made by Brevard County Commissioner Bryan Lober, there were several things that struck a chord with us.

Lober claimed he had done his “due diligence” when it came to checking the activities of Maureen Rupe, saying:

Apologies, after the fact, will not be sufficient as my due diligence has revealed that you may have a history of making unreasonable public records requests and you may have a history of complaining about not receiving what you have no lawful right to inspect. (emphasis ours)

(We won’t get into how childish appears to us that a public official would accept an apology (if warranted) from a citizen of Brevard County. That’s a post for another day.)

Later in his email to Rupe, Lober wrote:

I am putting you on notice that I vigorously pursue all lawful remedies against those who publicly defame me and I have no qualms making public examples of those who are imprudent enough to do so. While you are welcome to say what you’d like, I strongly advise you to fact check any disparaging comments you may otherwise consider publishing. (emphasis ours)

Yesterday afternoon, Lober went on FaceBook and accused a person of writing the post:

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