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Baltimore Businesses Want Accountability. Taxpayers Will Probably Pay The Bill.

You may remember the riots in Baltimore, MD after the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.

What initially started out as peaceful protests turned into full scale riots where people were assaulted and property was destroyed.

The Mayor of Baltimore at the time Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, (in)famously said:

“It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate. (emphasis ours)

Media and the country jumped on her comment wondering why people needed the “space to destroy?” Isn’t that what the police should protect against?

Rawlings-Blake later said her comments were misconstrued and mischaracterized and her office released another statement:

What she is saying within this statement was that there was an effort to give the peaceful demonstrators room to conduct their peaceful protests on Saturday. Unfortunately, as a result of providing the peaceful demonstrators with the space to share their message, that also meant that those seeking to incite violence also had the space to operate. The police sought to balance the rights of the peaceful demonstrators against the need to step in against those who were seeking to create violence.

The mayor is not saying that she asked police to give space to people who sought to create violence. Any suggestion otherwise would be a misinterpretation of her statement.

The statement clarification was just as bad as the original statement. It seemed the Mayor was condoning the violence in the city and its destruction.

In an “after action” report by the police union, the police accused the City government of such things as to not stop people from causing damage to property, arrests had to be cleared by civilian lawyers, gas masks were either not distributed or had expired canisters, commanders told policemen not to wear gloves because of the image it created as well as being told not to move to stop the violence.

While the Mayor disputed the accusations by the police, Delegate Curt Anderson (D) said:
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Skim Milk In Florida Is Now Skim Milk.

Milk-ROH Almost a year ago, we wrote about the curious case of a Florida creamery (dairy) who was barred by the state of Florida from calling its skim milk, “skim milk.”

The Ocheesee Creamery is a dairy who believes in all natural products. The dairy ran into trouble when they went to sell their all natural, nothing added skim milk.

Skim milk is made by “skimming” the cream off of whole milk. Long before there was anything like the Food and Drug Administration or the Florida Department of Agriculture, that is the way skim milk was made. However, the cream from the milk contains oil soluble vitamin A. Because of that, the Florida Department of Agriculture followed the rules of the FDA and said that if you want to sell “skim milk,” you have to add vitamin A back into the milk.

Ocheesee Creamery, being a “natural dairy,” didn’t want to add anything to their milk. They felt the milk should be able to be sold.

After selling the natural skim milk within the borders of Florida for 3 years, in 2010 the company received an order from the Florida Department of Agriculture to either add vitamin A to the milk or stop selling the milk altogether. After some negotiations, the Florida Department of Agriculture said the creamery could sell the natural skim milk if the company labeled it as an “imitation milk product.”

(Think about that for a moment. The state demanded that the creamery call natural milk with nothing added an “imitation milk product.”

The creamery proposed to label the skim milk in one of five ways:

(1) PASTEURIZED SKIM MILK, NO VITAMIN A ADDED;
(2) PASTEURIZED SKIM MILK, NO LOST VITAMIN A REPLACED;
(3) PASTEURIZED SKIM MILK, MOST VITAMIN A REMOVED BY SKIMMING CREAM FROM MILK;
(4) NON-GRADE A SKIM MILK, SOME MILK VITAMINS REDUCED BY SKIMMING CREAM FROM ALL NATURAL PASTEURIZED MILK
(5) THE STATE REQUIRES US TO CALL THIS: NON-GRADE A MILK PRODUCT, NATURAL MILK VITAMINS REMOVED.
IT IS ALL-NATURAL SKIM MILK WITH SOME VITAMIN A REMOVED BY SKIMMING CREAM FROM MILK.

The State rejected those labels and counter proposed the label:
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Chuck Berry Passes.

(CNN) Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was found dead Saturday at a residence outside St. Louis, police in St. Charles County said. He was 90.

A post on the St. Charles County police Facebook page said officers responded to a medical emergency at a residence around 12:40 p.m. (1:40 p.m. ET) Saturday and found an unresponsive man inside.

“Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.,” the post said. “The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”

We know that we are going to sound a little like old farts and very much in the vein of “get off the grass!’ but most of today’s “artists” couldn’t hold a candle to Chuck Berry. He can certainly be called a pioneer of rock and roll, a title that really doesn’t seem to say enough.
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“Trust Us!” Ummmmmm…….Nope.

On Thursday night, one of the staff members here called and said “what the heck is this?”

The “this” to which they were referring is an article in the Space Coast Daily on a vote the Brevard County Commission took on “direct purchasing” of lights and artificial turf for the Space Coast Stadium and its new 20 year tenant, USSSA.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Commission voted 3-2 in favor of amending its agreement with USSSA by direct purchasing $10,000,000 in artificial turf and lighting.

When we first read this, we simply went “yikes. Are they kidding?”

After some research, we still think this is not the best thing in the world, but it is not as bad as it could have been.

As always, because we want you to be able to verify what we are saying, you can see the agenda for the Commission meeting here. The agenda item is designated as VI New Business – D (2) which reads “Approval of Amendments, Re: USSSA Stadium Complex Lease.” The memo on the item can be seen below and on page 521 of the agenda support packet found here. If you want to watch the video of the meeting, it is available through the Commission’s site. The agenda item starts roughly at the 2:02:20 mark.


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“You Are Who You Say You Are.” Uh. No.

(Image courtesy A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

Senior Democratic adviser Zac Petkanas decided to make an appearance on the Tucker Carlson show and discuss Trump’s reversal of Obama’s policy in schools concerning transgendered individuals.

The Obama directive was based on Title IX, the gender equity law in schools. Despite the law specifically talking about men and women with no mention of “transgendered” individuals, and despite the 1964 Civil Rights Act not mentioning “transgender,” Obama issued a guidance letter saying that people in schools should have the right to choose the bathrooms they want to use. The guidance went further in that it also said individuals could use bathrooms and other gender segregated facilities based on the “gender identity,” which is “I am the gender I say I am.”

There is no science to support the notion that a person is what they think they are. They are what their genetic coding is. A college student may feel they are 65 and therefore entitled to Social Security and retirement benefits, but that doesn’t mean what they “feel” their age is, is supported by science. There are people out there who feel they are cats. (Yes, seriously.) That doesn’t mean they get to use our cat’s litter box.

Thirteen states, including Texas, sued the Federal government over the Obama guideline and a Federal judge put a halt on them. In addition, next month the Supreme Court will hear the case of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. where a teen in Virginia was denied the use of a female bathroom while in high school.

Last week Trump reversed the Obama orders:
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This Doesn’t Bode Well.

If you are in Brevard County and you have cable TV, you know that Brighthouse was recently acquired by Charter Communications under their subsidiary / brand “Spectrum.”

Apparently the State of New York is not happy with Charter Spectrum:

New York’s attorney general is suing the second-largest cable operator in the US, claiming the company lied about internet speeds.

Eric Schneiderman filed the lawsuit ( pdf ) in Manhattan’s State Supreme Court on Wednesday, following a 16-month investigation. The attorney general argues that Charter and its subsidiary, Spectrum, have provided subpar services, with internet speeds slower than the company advertised.

Spectrum had been known as Time Warner Cable before Charter purchased it for about $60 billion, in a deal that was completed in May 2016. Schneiderman wants Charter to pay back its customers for broken promises on internet speeds for a period stretching from Jan. 1, 2012, to today.

With 2.5 million New Yorkers using Spectrum-Time Warner, Charter would have to reimburse customers up to $1 billion for each year since 2012, according to the lawsuit.

In today’s connected world, internet speeds matter greatly to consumers for countless everyday activities, from streaming Netflix shows and Spotify tunes to paying bills, doing homework, shopping for shoes and gabbing on social media.

The attorney general’s investigation found that Spectrum-Time Warner’s speeds were much slower than advertised, with executives ignoring engineers’ warnings that the promised speeds were impossible.

While this does not exactly bode well for consumers around here, it should be remembered that New York Attorney General Schneiderman is not exactly above filing lawsuits on what seems to be a ploy to keep his name in the public eye.
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The Tiny Fish That’s Changing Modern Medicine.

The little fish Danio rerio holds secrets to understanding how vertebrates develop, how diseases like cancer work, and how we might one day learn how to regenerate human heart tissue.





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Florida East Coast Barrier Islands: Evacuation Orders Issued.

(Projected Hurricane Matthew track as of 02:00, Wednesday, October 5, 2016)

(Projected Hurricane Matthew track as of 02:00, Wednesday, October 5, 2016)

From the Florida Today:

A mandatory evacuation of Brevard County’s barrier island will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker announced on her city Facebook page.

The evacuation also includes Merritt Island, low-lying flood-prone areas, and mobile or manufactured homes, said Don Walker, county spokesman.

“Shelters will open at 4 p.m. at sites to be determined. We will announce that early tomorrow,” Walker said.

Few details were publicly released Tuesday night, but Brevard County Emergency Management issued a press release with these announcements:

* The Brevard County Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge will go to Level 1 Full Activation at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

* Cape Canaveral Hospital has started moving patients to Holmes Regional Medical Center and Viera Hospital. Gates to Cape Canaveral Hospital will close to new patients at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and surgeries later this week will be rescheduled.
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