Veterans Day.


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.


Racial Incident That Sparked Outrage At The Air Force Academy Found To Be A Hoax.

In late September, there was an alleged racial incident at the US Air Force Preparatory School. Five black students found racially charged writing on the message boards outside of their rooms.

The Prep School is on the ground of the Air Force Academy and it is designed to help prepare people to enter into the Air Force Academy itself.

After the incidents were reported, the head of the Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, had some strong words concerning what had happened:

In a five-minute address in front of the academy’s 4,000 cadets and 1,500 staff members, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria affirmed the Air Force’s belief in “the power of diversity” and insisted that “small thinking and horrible ideas” had no place there.

He was responding to racial slurs that were found on the dormitory message boards of five black students at a preparatory school on the academy’s campus on Monday, said the academy, which is investigating.

“If you’re outraged by those words then you’re in the right place,” General Silveria said. “You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being.”

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect–then you need to get out.”-Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, Superintendent @AF_Academy
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) Sept. 28, 2017

He then explicitly linked the discovery of the slurs to events like the demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., where white supremacists marched with torches in August, and Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer in 2014 set off protests across the country. He said that these events formed a backdrop that had to be addressed, and that to think otherwise would be “tone deaf.”

After calling for a civil discourse, he spoke of the power of various forms of diversity, evoking “the power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this country, that we come from all races, we come from all backgrounds, gender, all makeup, all upbringing.”

He added: “This is our institution and no one can take away our values. No one can write on a board and question our values.”

We hope those values include a strong stand against lying and false allegations as the incidents have been found to be false.


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.)


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.


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



Cocoa Beach: Charter Review Committee Meeting Tonight.

As we said yesterday, tonight at 6:30 PM, the Cocoa Beach Charter Review Committee meets.

The agenda for this meeting is the hotly debated height and density issue within the City. As it appears that the meeting will not be broadcast live either on the City’s website or on Spectrum cable, the only way to see and hear the discussion and add your input is to be at the meeting.

In other words, you have a choice. You can participate and let your feelings be known, or you can stay home and watch a rerun of “Welcome Back Kotter” or something. It’s all your call and your choice.

We recommend participation, but that is our choice.


We Need To Introduce FSU’s President Thrasher To The Constitution.

Like most parents, the parents of 20 year old Andrew Coffey hoped and prayed they would never get the notification that their son was dead. We cannot imagine the horror and anguish of sending your child off to college to start his life outside of the home only to have him come back home in a coffin. Coffey’s death is a tragedy and one that could have and should have been prevented.

Coffey attended Florida State University.

The fraternity member was found unresponsive at a chapter party off the FSU campus on Friday morning.

“Unfortunately once medical personnel got here along with TPD, they determined the person to be deceased,” said David Northway with Tallahassee Police Department. “All attempts to revive the person were unsuccessful.”

The Associated Press reports that officers were collecting alcoholic beverage bottles scattered on the home’s porch as evidence.

The fraternity has been suspended by its national organization pending the conclusion of the investigation.

No one has been arrested and the circumstances around Coffey’s death are still under investigation.

While no one has been arrested, clearly there were violations of the law involved. First, Coffey was under 21 years of age. He wasn’t legally allowed to drink. Secondly, either Coffey bought the alcohol himself, (which is unlikely and if so, the place where he bought it should be in legal hot water) or far more likely, some else bought the booze and gave it to him which is against the law as well.

The people involved that broke the law should be held accountable. We cannot stress that enough.

In response to Coffey’s death, a few days ago FSU President John Thrasher suspended all “Greek life” activities.


Cocoa Beach: Heads Up On Charter Review Meeting.

We wanted to give people a heads up on the Cocoa Beach Charter Review Meeting scheduled for this Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

According to the agenda, this meeting will address the sections of the Charter that deal with height and density within the City.

As most people know, there is a divide among people in the City as to whether Cocoa Beach should allow higher condos / hotels or keep the height and density regulations as they are now. Some people feel that the issue to increase height and density is being driven by outside influences or those such as realtors who would directly benefit from higher buildings while destroying the family oriented, small town feel of Cocoa Beach.

There are also concerns that increasing heights would increase infrastructure on roads, sewage, etc, and those are systems that are already pressed to the limits now.

In short, the concerns are whether Cocoa Beach will maintain its current identity of a family oriented, recreational and tourist destination, or will it start to lean toward the “concrete canyons” towns of South Florida.


One For Grins.

We don’t normally forward or post videos with “catz” or “dogz” being cute and all that.

But birds, on the other hand, are different.

Cockatiels rock.


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