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Amelia Island Executive, Author Deb Boelkes Is Never Reluctant To Express Her Opinions

I first met Amelia Island resident Deb Boelkes when I was invited to attend one of her “We the People” sessions to hear a Heritage Foundation guest speaker. I was impressed.

I’ve been to a number of these gatherings since. They’ve featured speakers ranging from US congressmen, state representatives and senators to nationally respected authors and diplomats. I’ve been as intrigued and fascinated with Deb as much as any of her featured speakers.

Deb Boelkes

This is a very busy lady. In addition to her business, political, organizing and oratory skills she’s an author, who has a book coming out his fall. She’s also a keynote speaker who lectures about management techniques. For 25 years, she created and led sales and marketing organizations within Fortune technology companies such as AT&T, IBM, and Arrow Electronics.

In 2015, she moved beyond the business world and founded “We the People”, now a 500-member grassroots organization based on Amelia Island that attracts attention throughout northeast Florida.

“I created We the People with a mission to rebuild traditional American values; encourage critical thinking; foster respectful, healthy dialog on matters of importance to our community, state and nation; and motivate citizens to vote,” she explains.

This outspoken and articulate lady, who also found time last year to head up the Amelia Island Women’s Newcomers Club, doesn’t hold back. When she’s passionate about a subject she speaks her mind. For example, she recently hit back at what she feels is the overwhelming power of wealthy technology firms to restrict speech and dictate political thinking. Here’s what she had to say to friends online:

“I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty sick and tired of Google and Facebook restricting and/or suppressing content that doesn’t support their political agenda.

It’s bad enough that the mainstream media routinely chooses to not report on a wide variety of newsworthy items of the day. It’s bad enough that they report, over and over again, fake news created by unverifiable sources. At least we know they do this and at least we have a few alternative resources for news (i.e. OANN, Fox Business, Drudge Report, etc.).  But when the one resource most of the world uses to research just about everything under the sun, Google, admits to controlling what we see or don’t see, that’s it.

Check out this article about an undercover video released by Project Veritas:

https://onenewsnow.com/media/2019/06/24/report-google-doing-all-it-can-to-prevent-a-trump-repeat-in-2020

I cannot knowingly utilize services that use such Nazi and/or Communist regime-style tactics.

So, here is my first action step: I will be removing myself from Facebook [I’m tired of being hacked. I’m tired of my friends’, family and We the People members’ Facebook accounts being hacked. I’m tired of Facebook making it increasingly difficult for their users to report and get resolution on such issues while they benefit financially by “sharing” our data with whomever they choose in exchange for beaucoup bucks in ad and other streams of business revenue].

To those of you who are my Facebook friends, my pulling the plug on Facebook is nothing personal against you. I still “like” you. We’ll just have to utilize other means to communicate going forward.

Next action step: Finding alternatives to Google’s services will be a challenge of a whole different magnitude [I’m using Google’s Gmail to communicate with you right now]. They know they have us hamstrung. But no one, not even Google, is too big to fail. This is something I will have to start working on.

It will be interesting to see how Prager U’s lawsuit against Google, scheduled for August 27th in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, plays out.

Here’s to our first amendment rights.”

Deb Boelkes

As I said, Ms. Boelkes doesn’t hold back. While toiling in the corporate world she was equally candid. She dedicated herself to what she explains was “transforming the American business world into a better place, one where employees could thrive and anticipate going to work daily.” Outside the corporate arena she continued that mission by founding “Business World Rising” a decade ago to accelerate the advancement of high-potential leaders to the top of “Best Place to Work” organizations.

Vicki Cannon

To get on her mailing list for “We the People” sessions go to Deb.Boelkes@BWRising.com or call Deb at 904/310-9602. The next session will be Monday, August 5, 5-7 p.m. at Deb’s and husband Chris’s home, 11 Sound Point Court (in Long Point on the Plantation) and feature Supervisor of Elections of Nassau County, Vicki P. Cannon, who will discuss “Election Security, Safeguards, and Misinformation.” Unlike the local far-left sessions populated by loud, screeching, fist-shaking, uninformed activists, attendees at “We the People” are a diverse, articulate, polite crowd respectful of opposing opinions and free speech.

Deb’s book — “The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a ‘Best Place to Work’ Culture” – will be released this fall.  She collaborated with renowned psychiatrist and international best-selling author, Dr. Mark Goulston, in its writing. “The WOW Factor Workplace” includes candid, in-depth interviews with over a dozen notable leaders from award winning “Best Places to Work” – organizations with products, services and camaraderie so amazing that the best, brightest and most talented people line up to get in them,” she says. The book, she claims, also offers an abundance of helpful advice and action steps useful at any step on the career ladder.

“Now with the US economy at near full employment, and with a talented workers’ market upon us, the book that will help organizations of any kind become better places to work,” she adds.  Go to http://www.BusinessWorldRising.com for book details.

This is an amazing lady.

***

Who Pays For This Craziness? The loopy Democrat presidential candidates advocating free stuff such as a college education leave out a few details. If the American electorate loses its collective mind and actually votes one of these loons into the Oval Office, that means the American taxpayer will be forced to foot the bill for a neighbor’s college-bound slacker kid even though their own kid may opt not to attend. I guess we’ll also pick up the tab for coaches salaries including University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban’s $8.3 million-dollar annual paycheck; university presidents’ generous multimillion-dollar annual renumeration; and salaries for tenured professors who spend just a few hours a month in a classroom and earn in excess of $200,000 annually. If, as wacky Bernie Sanders and equally nutty Elizabeth Warren say, college will be free if they are elected, then I assume all money brought in by the college athletic departments will be turned over the federal government to help foot the bill. To keep costs low, maybe they should put everybody at the universities on their proposed minimum $15 an hour wage plan. How can anybody take these people seriously?

***

The Best Place To Lose Your Wallet: Researchers turned in more than 17,000 wallets containing varying amounts of money at public and private institutions in 355 cities in 40 countries around the world to measure whether people would report the wallets to their owners.” The lowest rate of reporting was in China; of the top 10 “honest” countries, nine were European. Researchers found that in virtually all countries people were more likely to return wallets that contained the most money. Source: Science via Georgia Public Policy Foundation.   

 ***

An Antifi mob

Ammunition For Thought: If you’ve been listening to the Democrat presidential candidates you’ve heard their opposition to guns and the Second Amendment. Their stand enables violent, immoral and intellectually bankrupt social-justice warriors screaming to prevent others from bearing arms with which to defend themselves from groups of left-wing vicious extremists.

Think about the black-masked Antifa thugs brutally attacking conservative gatherings; leftist college campus groups chasing and beating right-wing conservative speakers; Democrat representatives like Maxine Waters calling for public harassment of administration officials while their leaders like Nancy Pelosi say nothing; the hounding of Trump cabinet members, elected Republican representatives and administration spokespeople out of restaurants; leftist groups harassing conservative radio and TV show hosts and their families at their homes; staffers of Democrat congressional representatives releasing the home addresses of Republican senators and representatives;  the shooting of  Congressman Steve Scalise; the violent anti-police screeds and destruction of property by Black Lives Matter; appearances by Democrats with the vile anti-Semitic white-hater Louis Farrakhan, and the disgusting race-baiter Al Sharpton, and so much more.

These violent loons shriek in outrage about plastic straws while defending the nasty Rep. Ilhan Omar’s, (D-MI) incessant anti-Semitic and pro-Islamic terrorism remarks such as describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as an incident in which “some people did something” and promoting a boycott of Israel. The other vile Minnesota anti-Semite, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), emphasizes her anti-Jewish diatribe saying: “There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports.” She left out that during World War II the Palestinian leaders allied with Hitler and that they reacted with the same notions about wiping out the Jewish people. How did these despicable anti-American loons get in the driver’s seat of the Democrat Party bus?

Antifa hijacked the name of a German organization known as Antifaschistische Aktion, a front for the Communist Party in Germany, a group spawned in Moscow and known for political repression, and violence. It was banned in Germany in 1956 by the same court that prohibits pro-Nazi organizations in that country. But they’re going strong here as these half-baked fascist idiots forcibly suppress its opposition. Law enforcement in sanctuary cities is nonexistent as exemplified by the Portland, Oregon Police Department that stands by and watches as the Antifi thugs beat bystanders senseless.

Based on the spittle-flecked speeches from leftists like recently elected fruitcake Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, wannabe Democrat presidential nominees Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, etc. it’s obvious the left — wild with hate and spite — will launch frenzied attacks on anyone and anything they fear, distrust or dislike. They’ve become a frightening, unreasonable, leaderless, vigilante mob and nobody is safe. These are very scary people.

***

Drinking, Dining & Dancing: Local Marketplace columnist Steve Nicklas reports that “the always bustling crowd at Espana Restaurant (22 South 4th Street, 904/261-7700) had emptied out by 10 p.m. Tuesday night, when a phone call arrived. It was a request from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to accommodate a special guest. ‘They said it was a bigwig,’ recalled Espana owner Roberto Pestana. The bigwig turned out to be Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones – in town for a concert tonight (Friday, July 19) at TIAA Bank Field.’It’s the highlight of my career,’ says Roberto, who has entertained other notable celebrities like Fergie. ‘He was very approachable, very cool. There was nothing snooty about him.’ When he learned that Roberto’s wife was attending the concert Jagger upgraded her seats. According to Steve, Jagger’s quiet appearance at Espana is the latest by hungry celebrities. Faith Hill, Demi Moore, John Travolta and Michael Jackson have all been there he says.  Steve’s columns can be found at SteveNicklasMarketplace.com. A friend of mine recently dined at a popular area restaurant and ordered what the menu listed as a ribeye steak at “market price” then suffered “sticker shock” when the bill arrived following the meal. He said, “………..when specials are verbally delivered (without prices) and I order the ‘ribeye’ – I just assumed it was priced for the planet earth. I’ve never in my life had a $50 cut of beef on Amelia Island. This won’t happen again. The sides were fries with Parmesan cheese (didn’t eat them) and a broccoli floret wrapped with a piece of bacon.” I tend to side with my friend, as I certainly would not order a fifty-buck steak, except maybe on a corporate expense account, but I probably would have asked what the “market price” was before ordering. While shopping in one of the three local grocery stores the other day I thought about my pal’s 50-dollar ribeye and decided just for fun to put together a ribeye steak dinner for four based on the store’s prices. When I visited this grocery ribeye steaks were on sale for $7.99 a pound. I found russet potatoes for 69 cents a pound and asparagus for $2.99 a pound. At these prices I figured I could feed four people at my house providing each person a grilled 16-ounce ribeye, a baked potato and a quarter pound of grilled asparagus for a total of $40.09. Since I haven’t hit the $50 mark, I’ll add a tossed salad of romaine lettuce, with slivered carrots and grape tomatoes. And because I’m a generous host I’ll toss in two bottles of Trader Joe’s “Three-buck Chuck” Merlot, bringing my total to $49.39, but since I’m trying to stay under the $50 Market Price, the Champagne flute of raspberry sorbet topped with crème de cassis is on the house. I have no idea where the restaurant gets its beef, if it’s aged, comes from Kobe Japanese mooing cows, or whatever, and I’m sure that’s a factor in its pricing. So is overhead, such as electric, water, servers, rent, etc., still 50 bucks for a 14-ounce steak seems pricey to me, and I think the server should have told him the price when he ordered. But, maybe I need to get out more. Earlier this week I drove by a restaurant and pub I haven’t frequented in quite some time and decided to check it out to see what’s new. I pulled up a stool at the spacious but empty upstairs bar and was informed — only after I asked — by the heavily (arms, hands, fingers, head, throat, forehead, cheeks, neck, etc.) tattooed barkeep with ears that had been surgically altered to resemble upside down Mr. Spock-like spikes, that it was happy hour and that draft 16 ounce Bud Light beers were going for $2.25 until 6 p. m.  I placed my order, then watched as another restaurant employee took a seat across the bar from me, opened a sack of Zaxby’s fast food he brought in from that 14th Street chain, and chowed down.  I finished my beer, paid and left, fully understanding why the place was empty.

Amelia Island Executive, Author Deb Boelkes Is Never Reluctant To Express Her Opinions

I first met Amelia Island resident Deb Boelkes when I was invited to attend one of her “We the People” sessions to hear a Heritage Foundation guest speaker. I was impressed.

I’ve been to a number of these gatherings since. They’ve featured speakers ranging from US congressmen, state representatives and senators to nationally respected authors and diplomats. I’ve been as intrigued and fascinated with Deb as much as any of her featured speakers.

Deb Boelkes

This is a very busy lady. In addition to her business, political, organizing and oratory skills she’s an author, who has a book coming out his fall. She’s also a keynote speaker who lectures about management techniques. For 25 years, she created and led sales and marketing organizations within Fortune technology companies such as AT&T, IBM, and Arrow Electronics.

In 2015, she moved beyond the business world and founded “We the People”, now a 500-member grassroots organization based on Amelia Island that attracts attention throughout northeast Florida.

“I created We the People with a mission to rebuild traditional American values; encourage critical thinking; foster respectful, healthy dialog on matters of importance to our community, state and nation; and motivate citizens to vote,” she explains.

This outspoken and articulate lady, who also found time last year to head up the Amelia Island Women’s Newcomers Club, doesn’t hold back. When she’s passionate about a subject she speaks her mind. For example, she recently hit back at what she feels is the overwhelming power of wealthy technology firms to restrict speech and dictate political thinking. Here’s what she had to say to friends online:

“I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty sick and tired of Google and Facebook restricting and/or suppressing content that doesn’t support their political agenda.

It’s bad enough that the mainstream media routinely chooses to not report on a wide variety of newsworthy items of the day. It’s bad enough that they report, over and over again, fake news created by unverifiable sources. At least we know they do this and at least we have a few alternative resources for news (i.e. OANN, Fox Business, Drudge Report, etc.).  But when the one resource most of the world uses to research just about everything under the sun, Google, admits to controlling what we see or don’t see, that’s it.

Check out this article about an undercover video released by Project Veritas:

https://onenewsnow.com/media/2019/06/24/report-google-doing-all-it-can-to-prevent-a-trump-repeat-in-2020

I cannot knowingly utilize services that use such Nazi and/or Communist regime-style tactics.

So, here is my first action step: I will be removing myself from Facebook [I’m tired of being hacked. I’m tired of my friends’, family and We the People members’ Facebook accounts being hacked. I’m tired of Facebook making it increasingly difficult for their users to report and get resolution on such issues while they benefit financially by “sharing” our data with whomever they choose in exchange for beaucoup bucks in ad and other streams of business revenue].

To those of you who are my Facebook friends, my pulling the plug on Facebook is nothing personal against you. I still “like” you. We’ll just have to utilize other means to communicate going forward.

Next action step: Finding alternatives to Google’s services will be a challenge of a whole different magnitude [I’m using Google’s Gmail to communicate with you right now]. They know they have us hamstrung. But no one, not even Google, is too big to fail. This is something I will have to start working on.

It will be interesting to see how Prager U’s lawsuit against Google, scheduled for August 27th in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, plays out.

Here’s to our first amendment rights.”

Deb Boelkes

As I said, Ms. Boelkes doesn’t hold back. While toiling in the corporate world she was equally candid. She dedicated herself to what she explains was “transforming the American business world into a better place, one where employees could thrive and anticipate going to work daily.” Outside the corporate arena she continued that mission by founding “Business World Rising” a decade ago to accelerate the advancement of high-potential leaders to the top of “Best Place to Work” organizations.

Vicki Cannon

To get on her mailing list for “We the People” sessions go to Deb.Boelkes@BWRising.com or call Deb at 904/310-9602. The next session will be Monday, August 5, 5-7 p.m. at Deb’s and husband Chris’s home, 11 Sound Point Court (in Long Point on the Plantation) and feature Supervisor of Elections of Nassau County, Vicki P. Cannon, who will discuss “Election Security, Safeguards, and Misinformation.” Unlike the local far-left sessions populated by loud, screeching, fist-shaking, uninformed activists, attendees at “We the People” are a diverse, articulate, polite crowd respectful of opposing opinions and free speech.

Deb’s book — “The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a ‘Best Place to Work’ Culture” – will be released this fall.  She collaborated with renowned psychiatrist and international best-selling author, Dr. Mark Goulston, in its writing. “The WOW Factor Workplace” includes candid, in-depth interviews with over a dozen notable leaders from award winning “Best Places to Work” – organizations with products, services and camaraderie so amazing that the best, brightest and most talented people line up to get in them,” she says. The book, she claims, also offers an abundance of helpful advice and action steps useful at any step on the career ladder.

“Now with the US economy at near full employment, and with a talented workers’ market upon us, the book that will help organizations of any kind become better places to work,” she adds.  Go to http://www.BusinessWorldRising.com for book details.

This is an amazing lady.

***

Who Pays For This Craziness? The loopy Democrat presidential candidates advocating free stuff such as a college education leave out a few details. If the American electorate loses its collective mind and actually votes one of these loons into the Oval Office, that means the American taxpayer will be forced to foot the bill for a neighbor’s college-bound slacker kid even though their own kid may opt not to attend. I guess we’ll also pick up the tab for coaches salaries including University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban’s $8.3 million-dollar annual paycheck; university presidents’ generous multimillion-dollar annual renumeration; and salaries for tenured professors who spend just a few hours a month in a classroom and earn in excess of $200,000 annually. If, as wacky Bernie Sanders and equally nutty Elizabeth Warren say, college will be free if they are elected, then I assume all money brought in by the college athletic departments will be turned over the federal government to help foot the bill. To keep costs low, maybe they should put everybody at the universities on their proposed minimum $15 an hour wage plan. How can anybody take these people seriously?

***

The Best Place To Lose Your Wallet: Researchers turned in more than 17,000 wallets containing varying amounts of money at public and private institutions in 355 cities in 40 countries around the world to measure whether people would report the wallets to their owners.” The lowest rate of reporting was in China; of the top 10 “honest” countries, nine were European. Researchers found that in virtually all countries people were more likely to return wallets that contained the most money. Source: Science via Georgia Public Policy Foundation.   

 ***

An Antifi mob

Ammunition For Thought: If you’ve been listening to the Democrat presidential candidates you’ve heard their opposition to guns and the Second Amendment. Their stand enables violent, immoral and intellectually bankrupt social-justice warriors screaming to prevent others from bearing arms with which to defend themselves from groups of left-wing vicious extremists.

Think about the black-masked Antifa thugs brutally attacking conservative gatherings; leftist college campus groups chasing and beating right-wing conservative speakers; Democrat representatives like Maxine Waters calling for public harassment of administration officials while their leaders like Nancy Pelosi say nothing; the hounding of Trump cabinet members, elected Republican representatives and administration spokespeople out of restaurants; leftist groups harassing conservative radio and TV show hosts and their families at their homes; staffers of Democrat congressional representatives releasing the home addresses of Republican senators and representatives;  the shooting of  Congressman Steve Scalise; the violent anti-police screeds and destruction of property by Black Lives Matter; appearances by Democrats with the vile anti-Semitic white-hater Louis Farrakhan, and the disgusting race-baiter Al Sharpton, and so much more.

These violent loons shriek in outrage about plastic straws while defending the nasty Rep. Ilhan Omar’s, (D-MI) incessant anti-Semitic and pro-Islamic terrorism remarks such as describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as an incident in which “some people did something” and promoting a boycott of Israel. The other vile Minnesota anti-Semite, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), emphasizes her anti-Jewish diatribe saying: “There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports.” She left out that during World War II the Palestinian leaders allied with Hitler and that they reacted with the same notions about wiping out the Jewish people. How did these despicable anti-American loons get in the driver’s seat of the Democrat Party bus?

Antifa hijacked the name of a German organization known as Antifaschistische Aktion, a front for the Communist Party in Germany, a group spawned in Moscow and known for political repression, and violence. It was banned in Germany in 1956 by the same court that prohibits pro-Nazi organizations in that country. But they’re going strong here as these half-baked fascist idiots forcibly suppress its opposition. Law enforcement in sanctuary cities is nonexistent as exemplified by the Portland, Oregon Police Department that stands by and watches as the Antifi thugs beat bystanders senseless.

Based on the spittle-flecked speeches from leftists like recently elected fruitcake Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, wannabe Democrat presidential nominees Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, etc. it’s obvious the left — wild with hate and spite — will launch frenzied attacks on anyone and anything they fear, distrust or dislike. They’ve become a frightening, unreasonable, leaderless, vigilante mob and nobody is safe. These are very scary people.

***

Drinking, Dining & Dancing: Local Marketplace columnist Steve Nicklas reports that “the always bustling crowd at Espana Restaurant (22 South 4th Street, 904/261-7700) had emptied out by 10 p.m. Tuesday night, when a phone call arrived. It was a request from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to accommodate a special guest. ‘They said it was a bigwig,’ recalled Espana owner Roberto Pestana. The bigwig turned out to be Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones – in town for a concert tonight (Friday, July 19) at TIAA Bank Field.’It’s the highlight of my career,’ says Roberto, who has entertained other notable celebrities like Fergie. ‘He was very approachable, very cool. There was nothing snooty about him.’ When he learned that Roberto’s wife was attending the concert Jagger upgraded her seats. According to Steve, Jagger’s quiet appearance at Espana is the latest by hungry celebrities. Faith Hill, Demi Moore, John Travolta and Michael Jackson have all been there he says.  Steve’s columns can be found at SteveNicklasMarketplace.com. A friend of mine recently dined at a popular area restaurant and ordered what the menu listed as a ribeye steak at “market price” then suffered “sticker shock” when the bill arrived following the meal. He said, “………..when specials are verbally delivered (without prices) and I order the ‘ribeye’ – I just assumed it was priced for the planet earth. I’ve never in my life had a $50 cut of beef on Amelia Island. This won’t happen again. The sides were fries with Parmesan cheese (didn’t eat them) and a broccoli floret wrapped with a piece of bacon.” I tend to side with my friend, as I certainly would not order a fifty-buck steak, except maybe on a corporate expense account, but I probably would have asked what the “market price” was before ordering. While shopping in one of the three local grocery stores the other day I thought about my pal’s 50-dollar ribeye and decided just for fun to put together a ribeye steak dinner for four based on the store’s prices. When I visited this grocery ribeye steaks were on sale for $7.99 a pound. I found russet potatoes for 69 cents a pound and asparagus for $2.99 a pound. At these prices I figured I could feed four people at my house providing each person a grilled 16-ounce ribeye, a baked potato and a quarter pound of grilled asparagus for a total of $40.09. Since I haven’t hit the $50 mark, I’ll add a tossed salad of romaine lettuce, with slivered carrots and grape tomatoes. And because I’m a generous host I’ll toss in two bottles of Trader Joe’s “Three-buck Chuck” Merlot, bringing my total to $49.39, but since I’m trying to stay under the $50 Market Price, the Champagne flute of raspberry sorbet topped with crème de cassis is on the house. I have no idea where the restaurant gets its beef, if it’s aged, comes from Kobe Japanese mooing cows, or whatever, and I’m sure that’s a factor in its pricing. So is overhead, such as electric, water, servers, rent, etc., still 50 bucks for a 14-ounce steak seems pricey to me, and I think the server should have told him the price when he ordered. But, maybe I need to get out more. Earlier this week I drove by a restaurant and pub I haven’t frequented in quite some time and decided to check it out to see what’s new. I pulled up a stool at the spacious but empty upstairs bar and was informed — only after I asked — by the heavily (arms, hands, fingers, head, throat, forehead, cheeks, neck, etc.) tattooed barkeep with ears that had been surgically altered to resemble upside down Mr. Spock-like spikes, that it was happy hour and that draft 16 ounce Bud Light beers were going for $2.25 until 6 p. m.  I placed my order, then watched as another restaurant employee took a seat across the bar from me, opened a sack of Zaxby’s fast food he brought in from that 14th Street chain, and chowed down.  I finished my beer, paid and left, fully understanding why the place was empty.

12 Comments

Russell Norris

21 July , 2019 at 10:19 am

Dave, Hmmm, free enterprise and capitalism... Facebook is a public traded company. Google(Alphabet) is a public traded company. Fox is a public traded company. Fox and friends obviously leans strongly to the right wing philosophy. If you don't like, it, you change the channel to programming that suits you better.If you do not like Google, you use another search engine. If you do not like Facebook, you use another social media. It is simple. Your rants ring hollow.

Robert Warner

21 July , 2019 at 10:12 am

On "Mind Control". Google "ain't" the problem. It's the solution to getting out of our self imposed bubbles. But reading and a desire to learn are requisites. An essay from a true Conservative, Robert Kagan. By Robert Kagan, Contributing columnist, WaPo. July 16, 2019. https://www.brookings.edu/experts/robert-kagan/ "We are all in the Squad, now. President Trump has forced us all to take a position on what kind of America this is going to be — in essence, to define again what American “nationalism” means. Is it a white Christian nationalism (or if you’re Jewish and think you can wriggle yourself inside the Trumpian nationalist tent, you can call it Judeo-Christian), in which immigrants of color or other religions are not really Americans and can be told by the president to “go back” to their ancestral lands? Or is it the universalist nationalism of the Declaration of Independence, based on the liberal Enlightenment principles of equality before the law, the inviolable rights of the individual against the state and the conviction that all citizens — regardless of religion, ethnicity or ancestral roots and the timing of their arrival — are equally American? This is hardly the first time that Americans have been presented with this question, needless to say, and they have often answered equivocally. The popular willingness to denounce and even persecute the “hyphenated” Americans of German and Irish descent during and after World War I, a frenzy spurred by leaders of both political parties; the imprisonment of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent during World War II, upheld by the Supreme Court; and of course the unending horrific treatment of African Americans — these are more than sad episodes in our history. They are as much a part of who we are as the civil rights movement and other triumphs of individual liberties. White nationalism was never just a fringe phenomenon, and it isn’t today. The South was a bastion of the white-nationalist idea for almost two centuries and with support in the last half of the 20th century from conservative thinkers such as Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley Jr. Today, the American conservative movement proudly nurtures a new nationalism, whose intellectual authors openly call on Americans to reject the universal liberal principles of the Declaration of Independence in favor of a nationhood grounded in religion and culture. It is a growth industry. This nationalism in antithetical to the American experiment. The Founding Fathers, though white, Christian men, explicitly rejected establishing the new republic on a religious and ethnic foundation. They did not share a Burkean belief that the rights they enshrined in the Declaration derived from their Anglo-Saxon Protestant heritage, accreted over the centuries. As Alexander Hamilton put it, the “sacred rights of mankind” were not to be found among “parchments or musty records” but were “written, as with a sunbeam by the hand of the divinity itself.” In the Declaration of Independence, which Abraham Lincoln recognized as the quintessential statement of American nationalism, there is not a word about culture, color or Christianity. Yet the fight to define our nationalism has continued ever since. And that is what’s at stake in the current confrontation between the president and “the Squad.” As always in such fights, the battle is not being fought on the clear and solid ground we’d all prefer. Trump himself deliberately picked this murky ground. He knows that a great number of Americans in both parties have little sympathy for the Squad, and for all kinds of reasons, ranging from simple racism, Islamophobia and misogyny, to genuine policy disagreements, to unhappiness with the bigotry and insensitivity that members of the Squad have themselves sometimes displayed. Almost everyone has a reason to temper their support. Professional Republicans are silent because they fear their voters; professional Democrats are still angry at the Squad for challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Many are inclined to declare a pox on both their houses — they deserve each other. Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of equivocation. Trump has given us a binary choice: Either stand with American principles, which in this case means standing in defense of the Squad, or equivocate, which means standing with Trump and white nationalism. It doesn’t matter how you feel about Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). The truth is, they have done nothing and said nothing about the United States or about an ally (in this case, Israel) that has not been done or said thousands of times. When politicians were denouncing “hyphenated” Americans during World War I, German and Irish Americans were not only denouncing their government. Some were actively working for the German government, engaging in sabotage and espionage, often supported by funds paid through the German Embassy in Washington. Yet even that did not justify a national assault on “hyphenated” Americans. Our nation won’t be undermined by anything the Squad has said or done. It will be undermined if we don’t fight back against this assault on our universal principles. Disagree with the Squad, refute them, argue with them, vote against them. But also defend them, as the founders intended." Robert Kagan

John Goshco

24 July , 2019 at 4:55 pm

It's obvious that, despite his extensive credentials, Robert Kagan has absolutely no understanding of Donald Trump or the majority of his supporters. It looks like he reads brief interpretations of what others say about Trump rather than going directly to the original sources. No surprise that the left-leaning Brookings Institute printed this opinion piece without some basic fact-checking.

Skeet Taylor

20 July , 2019 at 6:51 pm

Cracks me up.

R.Troxel. ( my real name )

20 July , 2019 at 1:31 pm

Dave, it is a very scary political world out there this election season. I am a Southerner born and raised in Florida and all my family voted Democrat.No one ever voted GOP ever! For sure its certain they are turning over in their graves so fast some may pop out of the ground. Many people hate and poke fun at Trump he is a big target. But how many of those Trump haters are enjoying the greatest economic growth in decades. I’ll wager a helluva lot. This group of crazies on the Democratic side tho are so scary I shudder to think any one of them actually being elected.

Will

20 July , 2019 at 8:41 am

Google searches are a joke unfortunately. Very slanted to our leftists. But most people seem to realize that. It is galling however, I just put the word “Epstein “ in a google search bar and hit “images”. All it returns is pictures of the pedophile with President Trump. Nothing about Clinton and democrats in general. Really sad and a distortion of what we all know regarding Clinton’s sordid past. I’m not a Facebook user though I do have an account. I like Twitter better, even though you can be banned or suffer a ‘time out’. But it’s more of a wild Wild West place where you can argue politics, cuss, fume/vent, and find a lot of like minded conservative folks. I don’t use my real name on Twitter, rather I have a few play names and refrain from using my real identify as I don’t really trust the platform. Here’s one you might like: Bucket of KFC II with a picture of a bloated Jerrold Nadler 😂! You could link your weekly on twitter ya know, I think you’d be surprised at the massive conservative audience. Keep it up, really enjoying your column!

Dave Lott

19 July , 2019 at 8:01 pm

Skeet, the benefit of a great education and being highly involved in the city for a long time. No one forces you to read my comments so feel free to skip over them although most find them informative.

John Goshco

19 July , 2019 at 6:55 pm

Firefox browser with DuckDuckGo search engine. Works great and Firefox allows you to keep your Bookmarks in the left margin if that's important to you. Chrome and Edge haven't yet given much importance to a flexible user experience. Facebook? I peaked at around 14-15 Friends seven years ago. Now I'm down to a more manageable eight friends. (6 relatives & 2 lifelong friends) I try to check Facebook weekly so I don't miss any notifications from H&S Shrimp in Yulee. If you want a bit more privacy for searching the web (especially important if you use public WiFi a lot) look into a virtual private network. There are several highly rated VPNs that only cost a few dollars a month and they cover up to 5 or 6 devices.

Chris C

19 July , 2019 at 4:42 pm

DuckDuckGo is a viewpoint neutral search engine that doesn't sell it's user data. ProtonMail is well regarded as a safe email hosting provider. Just remember that if you aren't paying for a product, the product is you.

Skeet Taylor

19 July , 2019 at 11:53 am

I just wanted to beat that guy Dave Lott to comment. He must have lots of time on his hands because he comments all day long on everything on all the local blogs. and sure seems to know it all!

Steve Nicklas

19 July , 2019 at 11:14 am

Dave, thanks for the plug. It's surprising to hear how many celebrities have been here -- even then-President Bill Clinton visited in 1999, although he doesn't fit with the conservative nature of your column! During his visit, Clinton played golf at the former Summer Beach golf course, which was walled off by Secret Service agents. My old neighbor was burning in her yard that day, just off the 14th tee box, not aware that Clinton was in town. The Secret Service agents saw the smoke from the fire and darted onto her property, to find this little old lady going about her chores. Clinton ducked in next, greeting the woman (Carol Beggs) and sharing a laugh about how his family would burn in their backyard growing up in Arkansas. Pretty cool stuff. Keep up the excellent work!

Nomadi Costieri

19 July , 2019 at 9:05 am

For those who question the seriousness and extent of the Google “mind control” problem, a suggested read is recent testimony from the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee meeting held on July 17, 2019 concerning “Google and Censorship through Search Engines”. Specifically, is the testimony of Dr. Robert Epstein who has done considerable comparative research on the topic. https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/google-and-censorship-though-search-engines

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