The History Of Tea.

Sweet tea is somewhat of a source of Southern pride, and most people will guzzle hot tea and honey or lemon when they are ill. But did you ever wonder about the history of tea?

TED did.

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water –– and from sugary Turkish Rize tea to salty Tibetan butter tea, there are almost as many ways of preparing the beverage as there are cultures on the globe. Where did this beverage originate, and how did it become so popular? Shunan Teng details tea’s long history.

If Smart Watch Commercials Were Honest.

Yeah…… ain’t this the truth…..

Frankly, we don’t like being tethered to a cell phone and having people call us or text us all the time. We sure aren’t interested in adding a set of handcuffs to that tether.

Cocoa Beach: Board Of Adjustment And Tattoos.

Last night the Board of Adjustments for the City of Cocoa Beach met to discuss three cases.

Our main issue will be with the third case, but something else came prior to the actual cases.

Item number 6 was added to the agenda and reads:

Review of quasi-judicial hearing requirements – City Attorney (added to the Agenda 05/11/17)

City Attorney Marsh Segal-George reviewed the standards for a “quasi-judicial” hearing, which is what the Board of Adjustment (BOA) acts as. Generally speaking, a quasi-judicial board is one that acts as a court in a limited set of circumstances and areas. In this instance, the BOA is familiar with the general codes for building in Cocoa Beach. Rather than having some judge sit there and try to learn the codes, the law allows a local board to act as a court and the decisions have the same weight as a court.

The interesting thing is that Segal-George said that previously the City Staff had made recommendations on whether to grant or deny the variance as part of the presentation to the Board. The Staff will no longer do this. Although Segal-George did not say so, there were always problems with the Staff recommendations based on the fact that people who had made the decisions and recommendations never had to testify. There seemed to us to be a bias toward the Staff’s opinion and too many times we heard “the Staff knows what they are doing” and going with their recommendation rather than their own judgement.

We had written about this more than one time and it appears that someone may have heard our cries and are now not allowing the Staff to make recommendations on agenda items.

We’ll take that as a win.

We want to turn our attention to item C3.

The Cocoa Beach Tattoo Company was looking to move into Cocoa Beach from their current location in Cape Canaveral. According to the owner Dave Cox, the company came up with the name “Cocoa Beach Tattoo Company” and then found that their best location for customers would be in Cape Canaveral. Now the company is looking to move into the downtown area of Cocoa Beach and also sell beach ware, clothing, and souvenirs. .

The problem is that the location is 1730 feet from another tattoo parlor. For the company to move to the proposed location they would need a “special exemption” from the Board of Adjustments.

From the agenda summary:

Cocoa Beach: City Commission Meeting.

Normally tonight there would be a City Commission meeting, but the Commission is not meeting. The Commission members are privately interviewing applicants for the City Attorney position. (Oddly enough, the (lack of) competency of the City Attorney is raised in the post above on the Board of Adjustment meeting.)

We know that you, like us, will be tearful and upset that you don’t have to go to the meeting or watch it, but we’ll all get passed it.

Have a great night!

Anything Not Permitted Is Prohibited.

There are a lot of times we get accused of trying to bring to light some things that cities are allowed to do, but elected officials say they would never do. Perhaps people think that we are being a little like Chicken Little and proclaiming “the sky is falling,” but our position is always going to be “if you say you aren’t going to use a law / statute / policy in that manner, then get them off the books where they cannot be used.

How does that play out real life?

Consider the town of Columbiana, Ohio, a small town of less than 7,000 people.

Residents of the town are up in arms about a new proposed city ordinance which would allow gardens in residential back yards.

The garden legislation would amend the zoning code to allow gardens on residential property, but [city resident Tony] Dolan and others at the meeting believed it was just another effort on the city’s part to restrict their rights.

The proposed amendment originally stated that residential gardens would need to be confined to rear yards, but that wording was later removed by a motion of council during the meeting.

Think about that for a moment. The City of Columbiana wants to allow its residents to have gardens. That’s backwards. The residents should have the right to do whatever they want on their property unless it harms others. It is hard to think how a garden can harm others so the City should stay out of it.

But that’s not the real issue.

This is:

You Don’t Have To Print That – A First Amendment Victory.

Hands on Originals (HOO) is a t-shirt and clothing outfitting company in Lexington, Kentucky.

Their owner, Blaine Adamson, is a Christian. That works for him because his company does a lot of printing for churches, camps, gatherings, etc.

In 2012, HOO was approached by Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization who wanted him to print tee-shirts for a “gay pride” event and parade to be held in June of that year.

Adamson declined to print the shirts, essentially saying he would not be a part of an event that promoted what he felt was a sin.

Of course as there are no other tee-shirt printing shops in the Lexington area (that’s sarcasm,) the LGLSO group filed a complaint with the The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission saying HOO had discriminated against them on the basis of sexual orientation.

The Human Rights Commission ruled HOO had in fact discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation.

Of interest to us was this statement from the order:

The investigation reveals that Respondent references the fact that they have hired, employed and still currently employ individuals who identify as homosexual. Respondent also references that they have filled orders for customers who have identified as homosexual in the past and state they will continue to do so in the future. The investigation reveals that both of these comments regarding treatment of homosexuals in other situations are irrelevant. The investigation reveals that although Respondent states that they have not denied business to one customer based on their sexual orientation, does not eliminate the fact that they denied GLSO business based on their sexual orientation.

HOO specifically stated that they would not print the tee-shirts based on the message – not who was ordering them. The fact that the shop hasn’t discriminated in the past for hiring or other printing jobs backs up the fact that it was the message on the shirts and not the group ordering them.

Hands On Originals and their counsel, The Alliance Defending Freedom, appealed the Commission’s ruling and this past Friday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that the company had not discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation but rather chose not to print a message that offended them or was contrary to their beliefs.

However, the Court of Appeals disagreed on Friday, ruling that speech is not necessarily protected under the fairness ordinance.

Don’t Clap Or “Whoop.”

(Jazz Hands.
image courtesy of Getty images.)

There are no words.


Or maybe we should say “people think there should be no words.”

From England:

Students who whoop, cheer and clap should face “consequences” because they are excluding deaf people, delegates at the National Union of Students conference said.

Audience members were repeatedly warned that they must cease whooping to express support for a speaker, because it has a “serious impact” on the accessibility of the conference.

Delegates at the NUS annual conference in Brighton were encouraged to use “jazz hands” instead of clapping – where students wave their hands in the air – as this is deemed a more inclusive form of expression.

Estelle Hart, an NUS elections committee member who was chairing a session on Thursday, told students: “No whooping, it does have a serious impact on some delegates ability to access conference.”

It actually gets worse:

Happy Mother’s Day!

For all the moms out there, thanks for all you do. Too often under-appreciated and often taken for granted, this is the day we remind you and ourselves what we should act on every day.

You’re awesome.

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