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The Results.

We know that there are other so called “experts” who are analyzing the election results from Tuesday much more and perhaps more insightfully than we ever could. Frankly, we don’t live and breath politics and every post we make is not political in nature. We have always thought we were a little more “man on the street” than the “experts” who manage to get more things wrong than we do.

The following is simply our impressions of what happened on Tuesday. It is by no means comprehensive in nature as we just don’t want to get that deep into every race. We are going to try and stick with the local, Brevard County races.

SCHOOL BOARD:

The good result here is not so much that Campbell won, but that Andy Ziegler and Dean Paterakis lost.

We can’t remember a time when two people who have constantly fought each other in a self serving manner at the expense of the public. We hope these two are consigned to the political scrap heap of Brevard County.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE:

This is the first of our “we don’t need term limits, we need “NONE OF THE ABOVE” on the ballots” race.

Since Nye lost, we’ll just ask “where does Thad Altman live again?”

COUNTY COMMISSION:
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Hmmmmmm…..

We aren’t sure if we agree with this or not, but it does seem to be something to consider.

Media hates or loves U.S. Intelligence depending on the narrative they want to propagate in this case it’s about destroying Trump.

Like we said, we aren’t sure whether we agree or not, but it does give us pause and something to think about.

The question the cartoon really raises is whether the media is interested in reporting the news or shaping / controlling the narrative.

The cartoon is from the talented mind and pencils of A. F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.



Life Lessons We Learned From Fields Of Play.

Years ago we sat in a room beneath an old gym on our college campus. It was the first class of a couple of classes on learning to be a sports official. It was not a credited course but rather training to officiate intramural sports. (The pay was much better than a minimum wage job.)

In front of us stood one of the officiating legends of NCAA. Before we even sat in that dank room, we knew of this guy. He was the head official and supervisor of officials in one of the Big 5 conferences and he would soon accept a job as head of officiating at the NCAA.

In other words, he was no lightweight in the world we were about to enter.

One of the lessons he imparted on us was rather simple.

“People that complain about others cheating are usually the biggest cheats themselves.”

As we officiated games throughout our college years and then later in life, we found that little piece of advice to be true. If a coach is complaining about a pitcher balking, they wanted us to call the balk on the opposing pitcher, but would go berserk when a balk was called on their pitcher. Holding in a football game? Same thing. Coaches wanted to disparage the other team while demanding that we never called a penalty on them.

We’ve been thinking about this as there are some accusations out there that a candidate is writing posts for this blog. We’ve covered and commented on a lot of elections over the years, and that’s a new one on us.

It’s funny that after all the stuff we went through with Facebook on our account because people attacking us wanted us to be “real people” (as opposed to the bots that are writing this post (sarcasm off)) are making these allegations from fake Facebook accounts themselves.

They demand that we be “open and transparent,” yet they don’t even bother to ask us if our posts are written by any candidate.
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Term Limits.

One of the big discussions we have around here is the subject of term limits for politicians.

You may find this surprising, but for the most part, we are against them (at least in their current form.)

The idea of term limits goes back a long time:

Term limits date back to the American Revolution, and prior to that to the democracies and republics of antiquity. The council of 500 in ancient Athens rotated its entire membership annually, as did the ephorate in ancient Sparta. The ancient Roman Republic featured a system of elected magistrates—tribunes of the plebs, aediles, quaestors, praetors, and consuls —who served a single term of one year, with re-election to the same magistracy forbidden for ten years (see cursus honorum). According to historian Garrett Fagan, office holding in the Roman Republic was based on “limited tenure of office” which ensured that “authority circulated frequently”, helping to prevent corruption. An additional benefit of the cursus honorum or Run of Offices was to bring the “most experienced” politicians to the upper echelons of power-holding in the ancient republic. Many of the founders of the United States were educated in the classics, and quite familiar with rotation in office during antiquity. The debates of that day reveal a desire to study and profit from the object lessons offered by ancient democracy.

It should be noted that when the thirteen American colonies formed the United States under the Articles of Confederation, Article 5 included term limits to Congress saying:

No State shall be represented in Congress by less than two, nor more than seven members; and no person shall be capable of being a delegate for more than three years in any term of six years; (emphasis ours)

However, when the Articles of Confederation was replaced with the current Constitution which formed “a more perfect union” than that of the Articles of Confederation, term limits were not included in the Constitution.
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Randy Fine: Too Soon.

Yesterday State Representative Randy Finer posted this on his Facebook page:

Years ago Obama adviser and now Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel said:

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

That line was roundly boo’ed and condemned by conservatives who feel that using a crisis so soon is morally repugnant and leads to legislation and programs that have not been thought out correctly.

It is also a bit self-aggrandizing.

Previously Fine had threatened companies that were acting in a legal manner because he didn’t like their legal actions. In doing so, Fine interjected himself between two parties in a contract that did not concern him or his station as a State Representative.
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Feinstein, Haspel, Facts And “I Understand.”

The US Senate is holding confirmation hearing to approve Gina Haspel as the head of the CIA.

Haspel comes with some baggage, the heaviest being the fact that it was claimed that she ran a black (hidden) interrogation site. The claim comes from a book called “Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA,” written by John Rizzo who was a CIA lawyer for 34 years and the chief legal eagle at the CIA for the last four years of his service.

However, Rizzo has now walked back that claim:

Reporter Spencer Ackerman of the Daily Beast repeated the claim after checking with Rizzo. But two days later, Rizzo renounced it. “After reading your story, and upon further reflection, I want to make clear that I never intended to suggest in my book that Gina Haspell was in charge of CIA’s interrogation program. She was not. I have nothing further to say on this subject other than to stress that I fully support her nomination to be CIA Director,” Rizzo emailed to Ackerman. A CIA spokesperson also said that “this specific claim” was inaccurate.

Enter Senator Diane Feinstein (D- CA) who desperately tied to hang onto the narrative that Haspel had run the black site interrogation program:


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The Democrat Lawsuit.

(image courtesy AF Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

You may have heard of the lawsuit the Democratic National Convention has filed against everyone it seems over the Clinton loss in 2016 to Donald Trump.

The lawsuit, (seen below) is a hodgepodge of accusations that taken together, make no sense. None. Zero. Nada zilch.

Here’s an image of the front page:


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Electioneering In Satellite Beach.

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The above notice was mailed out to the residents of Satellite Beach. Our first thought was “who is paying for this mailing?” but it could be the City or the County using franking privileges for commissioners. Smith is in a fight for his Commission seat with Trudi Infantini in the upcoming November elections. As far as we know, Smith has never done anything like this (a mailing and a meeting) so please excuse us if we see this as nothing but a political campaign stop organized with the help of the City of Satellite Beach.

If Smith wants to talk about Brevard County and his “leadership,” we are all for it.

First, we want to ask him about his disastrous and unConstitutional “Civility Ordinance” that he proposed and then pulled from the agenda after feedback from many groups and people.

Let’s talk about the $5 million for “sports turf” for the Viera Sports Complex. It is not that we are against the expenditure, but rather we are against the idea that the Commission was able to pay for the turf without going through any competitive bidding process by allowing USSSA to pay for the turf, and then the County reimbursing USSSA. The no bid contract may technically be legal, but in a county that is screaming for money to pay for the lagoon and roads, why not have the expenditure above board and within the spirit of the law? Does Smith really think that the County should be doling out $5 million without insuring the taxpayers are getting a good deal?
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