Do you want to generate publicity and inform others in the community?
Then why not raise a banner to prominently display your passion at City Hall in downtown Fernandina Beach and let it fly under the U.S. flag and next to the State of Florida standard?
This week Mayor Johnny “Moonbeam” Miller, the City Commission’s resident Inspector Clouseau, was rummaging through a closet at home and came out of it waving a rainbow flag that he had hoisted on the city’s flag pole during the last few days of June, to commemorate what I’m told is Gay Pride Month.
I’m all for folks peacefully and publically celebrating any particular issue they support— LGBT issues, women’s rights, the NRA, pro-immigration, anti-immigration, free love, vegetarianism, PETA, Make America Great Again, and so on. I’m just confused on how the city selects which issues to champion on behalf of its citizens. Nobody has ever asked me — a local homeowner, registered voter, and tax payer — which banner I wanted to see flapping in the breeze in front of 203 Ash Street.
City Manager Dale Martin sent those of us that asked copies of emails between City Attorney Tammi Bach and City Clerk Carolyn Best regarding Moonbeam’s request to add the Gay Pride flag-raising issue to last Tuesday’s City Commission agenda. During the meeting, when Moonbeam explained what he was proposing, his comments were met with silence by the other commissioners without a vote being taken, so the flag went up by consensus. “Did Moonbeam say something while we were admiring our shoe shines?”
Does it matter to the commissioners if the rainbow flag raising set a precedent and opened the flood gates to any other banners folks might want to send up the city’s flag pole? Certainly nobody in city hall wants to be accused of being a homophobe, so the rainbow flag shot up the pole. Others will soon follow. Commissioner Len Kreger implied that the rainbow flag raising would set a precedent but apparently nobody paid him any attention.
I’m guessing it won’t be long before the guy who drives around the island in a car painted to resemble the Confederate bars and stars, with the two Confederate flags flying from it and has Dixie blaring on his sound system shows up at city hall saying: “OK boys tell me how soon ya’ll can get this Confederate Battle flag up that pole?” In fact it’s already started as a fellow was spotted Thursday parading back and forth in front of City Hall waving the Confederate Bars & Stars, pictured here.
I’m sure that Moonbeam, who in a campaign talk during his last election campaign told a Green Turtle audience he was all in favor of legalizing pot among other programs, has many other wacky banners in that closet of his.
Our moonbeam is getting dimmer and dimmer……
The “Who Cares” Department: My high school classmate, friend, and gifted writer for the American Spectator, Larry Thorneberry, recently penned a letter to the Tampa Bay Times sports editor that reflects my sentiments, particularly as tourists with strange accents pop into local island watering holes and request kickball on TV.
There I sit, perfectly content sipping a cold beer while watching the surprisingly good Atlanta Braves baseball team maintain their hold on first place in the National League East or gleefully watching as the hated NY Yankees frustratingly try to knock Boston off in the American League East, when some guy in leather shorts and a cap with a feather in it wanders in and bellows: “Vill you put on zee Verld Cup?”
Life was good until the bartender decides to practice world diplomacy because this guy who thinks the entire planet should watch kickball, wants to turn the baseball game on the TV off to witness Serbia battle Nigeria in a 0-0 insomnia cure. And he wants sound too.
My pal, Larry, agrees according to his letter to Times Sports Editor Mike Sherman complaining about that paper’s excessive coverage of kickball getting more exposure in that paper than the two stingy paragraphs about Florida’s Gators in the College Baseball World Series, saying: “It’s not clear how I’m better off for knowing about Switzerland’s high scoring (for soccer) 2-1 win over Serbia. Be still my heart. This is the one where one of Switzerland’s players, who made a gesture only recognizable in the Balkans after scoring a goal, was lectured thus by his coach: “You should never mix politics and football.” I hope this word reaches the NFL. I’m still trying to parse the significance of Nigeria now being second in Group D behind Croatia. I just got back from an hour-plus at my gym where sports talk, seasonally adjusted, is the lingua franca. If any of these scholars had an opinion on this development, he kept it to himself.
“Name three things 99 percent of Americanos give less of a big rat’s rump about than soccer.
“OK, name one.”
If bars with TVs want to attract foreign tourists then offer them bowls of sauerkraut and snails or hire a chanteuse or a polka band. But please don’t put the most boring sport in the world on TV in the middle of baseball season. The World Cup runneth over with apathy hereabouts.
Just Saying: Justice Elena Kagan: “Without a fair-share agreement, the class of union non-members spirals upward.”
Congressional Budget Office: “Repealing the [ObamaCare] mandate would … increase the number of uninsured people by 4 million in 2019 and 13 million in 2027.”
Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation: “Wait a minute. You mean if people are not FORCED to do something, they might actually CHOOSE not to do so?”
Drinking Dining & Dancing At Home: I haven’t had a meal or an experience in a local restaurant recently that would merit a comment in this space, but I accomplished something in the culinary department that caused even my wife, Linda, to pat me on the back this past weekend.
In our home I do the menu planning, grocery shopping and cooking while Linda handles the cleaning and yard chores, a tradeoff I’ve never regretted. I get whatever I want to eat and always have a sparkling clean house and a tidy yard to enjoy.
While skipping through a magazine recently I stumbled on a recipe for grilling hamburgers that had one item that looked interesting. The writer added liquid marinate to his burgers, something I’ve never tried before, but sounded intriguing. So I gave it a shot.
I plopped one and a quarter pounds of 93 percent lean ground sirloin that I bought on sale at Harris Teeter, in a bowl. I added just over one ounce of Pirate’s Gold Original Marinade, a product produced by an organization called West Indies Spice Co. and which contains soy sauce, granulated garlic, chili powder, cumin, pineapple juice, lime juice and a few benign ingredients. I think I paid $6.50, also at Harris Teeter, for a 16 ounce bottle of this stuff. The label says it’s made in Middleburg, FL and lists its website as www.piratesgoldmarinde.com if you’re interested.
I thoroughly mixed the marinade into the meat, covered it and let it sit in the refrigerator for about three hours. I didn’t add any other ingredients, no salt, no pepper, nothing. I made five patties that I grilled for four minutes on each side, served them with sliced red onion, cheese, and slices of tomato. Mustard and mayonnaise were on the table. Corn on the cob, a marinated cucumber, tomato, and red onion salad garnished with cilantro and cole slaw were sides. Ice cold beer was also available.
The burgers were the tastiest and juiciest I’ve ever grilled. The ones left over were eaten the next day and even though they were heated in a microwave, they were equally tasty. Linda backs me up on this.
Is this a recipe that’s well known and I’ve been living in the dark ages or am I on to something here? Anybody have any other simple burger recipes? Let me know.
Did You Know? You can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally
Fill That Pot Hole With Cheese, That One With Anchovies, And …: Domino’s! The pizza company unveiled a “Paving for Pizza” initiative to partner with customer-nominated towns to fix potholes, repair road surfaces and otherwise help provide a service many Americans think of as an exclusively public responsibility. Athens, Ga., is one of four towns already benefiting, according to Domino’s. Folks can nominate a town for a paving grant at pavingforpizza.com according to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
Punish Success & Reward Failure Department: In its convoluted attempt to win back votes of the blue collar crowd, the Democratic Party’s loopy winner of the Ebenezer Scrooge look-a-like contest — socialist Bernie Sanders — is proposing that the government hire every American who wants a job and pay him or her $15 an hour plus health care benefits and a free pony. Even without the pony, where would they get the money? Easy, says the left-wing nimrod — raise taxes on those that earn $200,000 and more annually. He makes no mention of how devastating this would be to small businesses who would have to compete with an employer who guarantees wages and benefits. Oh, and what would all these lay-a-bouts and ne’er-do-wells do? Don’t we have enough government slugs doing nothing and living off the taxes extracted from our earnings? Good grief! Hey Bernie, unemployment is at 3.8 percent and falling, the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years. By the way this is the same Bernie Sanders that our current Mayor Johnny “Inspector Clouseau” Miller, says he would have tattooed an image of on his butt if Sanders had won the 2016 Democrat primary. The next time Moonbeam is up for election is an opportunity for Fernandina Beach to rid itself of this embarrassment.