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Blind Squirrel Commissioner John Tobia Finds Nuts – Lots Of ‘Em.

A FloridaToday column written by “Governmental Editor Dave Berman” describes a part of the October 10, 2017 Brevard Board of Commissioners meeting this way:

Political Spin column: Questioning by County Commissioner Tobia like ‘Perry Mason’ show

Brevard County Commissioner John Tobia isn’t an attorney.

He just plays one on the County Commission.

At least that was the impression of some people who attended at the commission’s meeting Tuesday night, when the discussion came to

designating $14.4 million from the county’s 5 percent Tourist Development Tax for five tourism-focused capital projects within the county. The tax is charged to those who rent hotel rooms or other short-term rentals.

Within a span of 20 minutes, Tobia let loose with 34 questions directed at three county department heads about the projects, the application process, the tourism economic impacts of the projects and other potential funding sources. In many cases, Tobia launched into a new question before the county officials finished answering the previous question.

At issue was agenda item VI (B)(1) described as “Approval, Re: Tourism Community Development Plan Capital Projects.” The supporting agenda packet for this meeting can be found here, and the information on this particular agenda item begins on page 1123.

In short, the County is looking to spend almost $14.4 million dollars on five areas around the county using Tourism Development Tax Dollars. Those projects are:

Oars & Paddles Park & Pier ($199,495)
Palm Bay Nature Center & Campground ($1,700,000)
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Museum ($500,000)
Viera Regiona l Sports Complex ($5,000,000)
Titusville Multi-Use Sports Arena ($7,000,000)

With the background set, we now want to turn to what exactly happened that October 10th night.

You can watch this part of the meeting yourself starting at roughly 3:10:00 of the video available on the Brevard County site.

Space Coast Office of Tourism Executive Director Eric Garvey starts off the item reading the agenda packet description. That is followed by members of the public speaking in favor of the tax dollars being spent.

At approximately 3:55:00 Commissioner Pritchett makes a glowing comment on the spending (after all, $7,000,000 is going back into her district) and then makes a motion to approve the plan. That motion is seconded by Commissioner Barfield.

The fun and games with Commissioner Tobia 3:55:40.

Book Review: American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies

American BrutusWe haven’t done a book review in awhile so we thought we take on American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman.

(Editor’s Note: As always, we receive nothing for our reviews.)

With the controversy over the Confederate Battle flag (often misnamed the “Confederate flag”) going on, the old divisions and causes of the Civil War have been dragged up and thrown about again. The causes are not as simple as most people would have you believe. Any discussion of the Civil War has to include President Abraham Lincoln and how he dealt with the secession of the Southern states, the suppression on liberties in order to secure the freedom of people, the expansion of the Federal government at the expense of states rights, etc.

While the Lincoln assassination as an event was a defining moment in the history of the United States, not many people have examined the life and actions of Lincoln’s killer: John Wilkes Booth.

The common portrayal of Booth is that he was a crazed killer. Kauffman presents a different viewpoint.

As the basis of this viewpoint, Kauffman compiled the movements, actions, writings and correspondences of Booth into a computer program that analyzed those factors. What emerged was a picture of Booth as incredibly smart and manipulative who maneuvered people around him to almost be forced to take part in the plat to assassinate not only Lincoln, but other members of the Federal government.

Kauffman postulates that Booth saw himself as Brutus to Lincoln’s Caesar. In his mind, his decision to kill Lincoln was not an act of a crazed man, but rather the act of a noble gentleman determined to rid the world of a tyrant.

Conviction Overturned for Man Whose Words Were Not a “True Threat” to Obama.

On October 22, 2008, Walter Bagdasarian, after allegedly drinking heavily that day, wrote the following on the “Yahoo! Finance — American International Group” message board regarding then candidate Barack Obama:

Re: Obama fk the niggar, he will have a 50 cal in the head soon.”

shoot the nig country fkd for another 4 years+, what nig has done ANYTHING right???? long term???? never in history, except sambos.

A retired Air Force officer on the message board contacted the Secret Service. The Secret Service then contacted Yahoo!, who gave the them Bagdasarian’s IP address. The Secret Service then went to Bagdasarian’s house and interviewed him. In the interview, Bagdasarian admitted to having weapons in the house.

Even A Blind Squirrel Finds A Nut Sometimes

Once in awhile, a blind squirrel will find a nut.

A stopped clock is right twice a day.

No one is wrong all of the time.

Such is the case with the Obama administration and Homeland Security’s decision to push back the implementation of the so called “Real ID” requirements for state issued driver’s licenses and ID cards. The law would have taken effect starting May 11, 2011. Anyone who did not have an ID that met the requirements set forth in the 2005 Real ID Act would have been denied access to federal buildings and prohibited from flying.

The fact that this law was proposed back in 2005 when the Republicans had control of Congress and signed by President George Bush adds salt to the wounds of any true Conservative.

What were they thinking?