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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.

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:


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:


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?

The Real Collusion Story.

The National Review has an article that we consider a “must read.”

The article is long – over 14,000 words – but if you want to get a view of what really happened with the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign. Trust us that it is not what you have seen and heard from the main stream media.


In the wake of the DNC hack, leading figures in the press and senior officials in the Obama administration faced a choice. They could depict Carter Page as he really was: an unknown man of modest accomplishments who played no role of note in the Trump organization. Or they could conspire with Fusion GPS to promote the fiction that he was a sly operative in a sinister network. In a fateful choice, they opted for dishonesty and deception over truth.

Once the enablers of Hillary Clinton compromised their own integrity, they internalized her program of denial and projection. Their own egos are now invested in perpetuating it. To avoid owning up to their shortcomings, they insist, in ever-shriller tones, on the personal integrity of the super spy and the credibility of his reports. The mere acknowledgement of a simple truth — that the “dossier” is junk — would constitute an admission either of deep professional malfeasance or of gob-smacking gullibility.

Choose your poison: You duped people and thereby abetted a gross abuse of power; or you were yourself badly duped. That is the dilemma that the lofty-minded now face. The choice is excruciating. It requires abandoning satisfying self-images and embracing painful self-truths — while also handing a well-deserved victory to a hated political enemy. As a consequence, the Steele dossier has proved to be as consequential as it is asinine.

The Greatest Denier

Of course, no one is in deeper denial than Hillary Clinton herself. After she had conceded to Trump on the night of the election, Obama called her. Taking the phone, she said, “Mr. President, I’m sorry.”

Black Employment Matters And School’s Choice.

It’s Wednesday and we are buried neck deep in something dealing with Palm Bay. We don’t have the time right now to do an indepth post, so please enjoy these two cartoons from the talented A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.

Black Employment Matters:

Trump promised to do more for black employment in 1 year than Obama did in 8 years. Promise kept.


Representative Randy Fine: Bully Or Extortionist?

Florida House of Representative for District 53 Randy Fine recently announced that he and Waste Management had come to an agreement that resulted in Fine pledging to pull his flawed HB971.

We had talked about the bill and how the implementation would cost the average person more in this post. The things that are wrong with the bill itself are too numerous to mention again here.

However, some of the highlights of the flaws are that the bill interferes as a governmental third party into the negotiations of a contract between another a governing city body and a company. The bill would also result in increased prices. Fine may say that wouldn’t happen, but unless he can come up with a way where a company facing more regulations, more costs, and a requirement of more services without all of that being passed onto the customer, we are going to stick with the economic certainty that when the government mandates companies do something that increases their costs, those costs are going to be passed onto the consumer.

Here is the text of Fine’s press release on the agreement between himself and Waste Management:


(Tallahassee, FL) State Representative Randy Fine (R-South Brevard County) and Waste Management Inc. of Florida (“Waste Management”) authorize and release the following statement:

Hurricane Irma seriously impacted the residents of Florida, Brevard County, and the City of Palm Bay in a multitude of ways. One particular challenge in Palm Bay was garbage collection service 48 hours prior to the hurricane’s landfall. As a result of constituent feedback, Representative Fine filed House Bill 971 addressing interruption of services. HB 971 was workshopped by the Energy & Utilities Subcommittee and reported favorably by both the Energy & Utilities Subcommittee and the House Commerce Committee, and is scheduled be brought up for a vote on the House Floor today, March 2nd. Over those weeks, Representative Fine and Waste Management have been in frequent discussion, and have reached the following agreement:

1. Waste Management will publicize a local telephone number for Palm Bay residents to call in the event of any missed solid waste service. That local number is (321) 723-4455.

2. Waste Management will encourage the City of Palm Bay to hold a public workshop in the next 90 days to consider twice-a-week solid waste collection service.

Mayor Declares Chicago Crime-Free Zone, Criminals Disperse.

This is from the satire site BabylonBee.

Like any good satire, it makes the point.

CHICAGO, IL—Immediately upon Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent declaration of the entire city of Chicago as an official “crime-free zone,” every criminal in the city suddenly and miraculously left the urban area, according to a statement released by the city council.

“We declare every part of the city of Chicago a crime-free zone,” Emanuel announced in a Thursday appearance on CBS This Morning. “It is now physically impossible for any crime to be committed in our great city, because we declared it a zone of peace and harmony and criminals have no choice but to abide by our new rule.”

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