Maybe residents of Fernandina Beach should follow the lead of the folks that filed a class-action lawsuit against Inventure Foods, Inc.?
The Inventure suit claims the company is deceiving consumers because it sells “onion ring snacks” that don’t contain any onions, only trace amounts of onion powder.
Why don’t Fernandina Beach residents file a similar suit, proclaiming that the people currently occupying city hall are deceiving them by governing without any intelligence, only trace amounts of mental acumen. Onion powder would be a step up.
The most recent example of the city’s diminutive analytical capability was displayed recently at a City Commission session by City Attorney Tammi Bach who, when defending excessive city fees, stated that the staff works really hard, and they have no excess money in their coffers so they must be charging the correct amount (or really should be charging more). Think about that for a minute.
Local Common Sense founder Jack Knocke alerted his group to this verbal babble in an email declaring: “How is that for estimating actual staff cost? ‘I work really hard, and I don’t have any money left so the fees must be close to correct'”.
I’m not making this stuff up. Mr. Knocke alerted folks to it in the video link to the City Commission meeting: https://fernandinabeachfl.new.swagit.com/videos/139917 . See the time frame 1 hour 22 minute mark in the video where Commissioner David Sturges brought up planning fees.
As a reminder here are a few other examples of how officials with the collective intellectual skills of a yam govern at city hall and why the city is such a mess:
It’s been obvious for years that the city’s Building Department’s practices are in violation of the Florida building code and that city government charges permit fees well in excess of reasonable administrative costs and more than double, in many cases, of those in the county.
Even the traditionally dormant and impotent local Chamber of Commerce was aroused from its years-long slumber to protest this travesty. Under pressure, the city Building Department head quit. “OK”, you’re thinking, “then everything turned out fine.” NO, Of COURSE it didn’t turn out fine. The city continues to charge fees far exceeding those across the street in Nassau County without explanation. Nothing changed. Fernandina residents are still prohibited from going across the street to shop in the cheaper county store. Go to a City Commission meeting and ask why. Their explanation will make your eyes cross.
Why is the city such a wreck? Let’s start with Mayor Mike Lednovich, a dunderhead Marxist with all the charm of a canker sore, who relocated here from California and has publicly declared he would like to see a cap on how much money people earn and wants to boot the iconic statue of David Yulee off his downtown perch. He lavished praise on the now-departed building department head in a letter to the editor of the News Leader, implying that charging residents excessive fees was just fine with him and he thought the former building head was doing a Cracker Jack job. His stand on the noise ordinance is side-splittingly hilarious unless you’re a musician or own a musical venue.
Marxist Mike’s a guy who loves handing out his business card that proclaims “Mayor” on it since it tops the one he previously used that said “consultant”, another term for unemployed. He also gladly accepts the health care benefits the tax payers cough up for him in this part-time job while other part-time city employees aren’t so fortunate.
I once again spotted Mayor Marxist Mike downtown the other day and even before I could speak he spouted: “Goodbye Dave!” indicating he wasn’t receptive to talking to me. He declared he was out enjoying an evening with his wife in an attempt to deflect any questions that I had no intention of asking. He then proudly handed me his “Mayor” business card.
Then there’s the blowhard bully, Commissioner Chip Ross, whose arrogant tactics, lack of compassion, and pompous attitude are permeating almost every aspect of city government and negatively impacting a wide swath of locals.
Before arriving here Ross filed an avalanche of lawsuits in his Maryland residence that made newspaper headlines and local businesses there say cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend. Once he landed here he didn’t slow down. He’s sued the city he represents, a local couple with a special needs son, and is currently harassing the Port with a suit. He has yet to explain why he, and not the city, is suing one of the community’s key economic engines. Is he suing on behalf of the city? Does the city condone his suit? Do they condemn it? What’s it all about?
Chris Ragucci, CEO of Worldwide Terminals that runs the port, doesn’t pull any punches. He bluntly used this forum the past couple of weeks to outline in detail his thoughts about Ross, the city, the port’s governing commission, the mayor, and the port’s economic benefit to the community. He didn’t hold back. The folks at the city have yet to respond to Mr. Ragucci.
The free-spending City Manager Dale Martin’s bungling with the marina, the golf course, taxes, conservation issues, noise ordinances, eminent domain, and more are legendary.
Common Sense and the Chamber are having trouble keeping up with the chaos in city government. These civil servants would promote artificial hemorrhoids if they thought they could raise money for a new city hall, more vehicles, another park, or any other boondoggle at tax payer expense.
Meanwhile residents, homeowners, builders, contractors, architects, businesses, and more continue to be fleeced by what is clearly an abuse of the city officials authority, stupidity, and illegal price gouging.
As Mr. Knocke said in his note to the City Commission and City Manager when questioning the city’s fee structure and Ms. Bach’s comment: “It looks like this was just political theater. Why is the City Attorney making the case? Where is the Comptroller or City Manager? No real analysis. No real action to reduce fees. Commissioners, please set expectations, ask questions, challenge things that do not look right. Ask local experts to weigh in before you rubber stamp another bad policy.”
Reason, common sense and intellectual thought are all strangers at city hall.
Where the hell are the City Commissioners other than Bully Blowhard Ross and Marxist Mike? Why don’t we ever hear from them?
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Kudos To South Carolina Voters: They elect no-nonsense officials to govern their state including outspoken conservative Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and five Republican House members including Joe Wilson and Nancy Mace. The only blight on the state’s record is lefty Democrat Congressman Jim Clyburn, whose support in the Democrat primaries probably put Dopey Joe in the White House.
The Palmetto State’s governor, Republican Henry McMaster, is a vocal conservative who calls ‘em as he sees ‘em. During Joe Biden’s announced mandated vaccinations Thursday, September 9, some of the fiercest pushback came from the feisty governor.
“The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats,” he tweeted. “They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad.”
“Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian,” the governor added.
What’s not to like about this guy?
With Friends Like This You Don’t Need…. Remember when Joe Biden went to Europe to remind America s allies there that America is back, and they had a friend in the White House? Well, that hasn’t turned out very well for them has it?
France, America’s oldest ally, recalled its ambassador for the first time in history, a move that in most cases preludes a declaration of war. Since it’s France that probably won’t happen. But they wanted to make a point of how unhappy they are with dopey ‘ole Joe for yanking an Australian submarine deal out from under them without advance warning.
Some friend Biden turned out to be adding another international embarrassment to his growing list of screw ups.
Woke Justice: Enrique Tarrio (37) was sentenced Monday, August 23, to five months in jail for burning a Black Lives Matter flag last December that belonged to a black church in Washington, D.C. while Sirhan, a Muslim who assassinated Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968 was recommended for parole August 27. Sirhan’s fate is now in the hands of far-left California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom.
On Monday, August 24, Capitol Police officially cleared Michael Byrd, the black officer who shot and killed unarmed Ashlie Babbitt, of any wrongdoing. The department concluded that shooting 5’2″ military veteran Babbitt, 35, who was trying to climb through the broken window of a door that leads into an anteroom near the House chamber, was justified because the officer acted within protocols and policy, thereby avoiding any disciplinary proceedings or criminal charges. Apparently black police officers can shoot and kill unarmed white people without any repercussions.
Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter and Antifa members, who looted and burned private and public buildings, and assaulted bystanders and police officers in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, New York, etc., served no time and weren’t fined. They received bail money raised by then future U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and moved on to their next targeted city.
Democrats overall are always trying to portray various groups — blacks, Latinos, Asians, homosexuals, transgenders, women — as victims of the white majority. By pushing fallacies like white supremacy being a danger to America, they’re actually creating the very racism they’re pretending to be trying to eradicate.
As Alice said on her journey through Wonderland: “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”
Wait! What? The warden at a Wisconsin jail is demanding that the staff stop describing the incarcerated as “inmates” and, instead, to refer to them as “residents” or – brace yourself – “those who are in our care.” As west coast pundit Burt Prelutsky says: “I fully expect a name change is in the offing for the prison itself, along the lines of “The Blue Bird Nursery School” or “The Nursing Home for the Terminally Misunderstood.”
Another Reason To Avoid Washington State: School administrators told students at Eastlake High in Sammamish, Washington, that they could not wear red, white, and blue, to a sporting event on 9/11. They were told that while the school acknowledged “the sacrifice and values that the flag represents,” their spokeswoman added: “But I think the school just did not want to unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.”
Please identify those who see it differently you stupid schmucks so the kids can avoid them, and the appropriate authorities can put them on the terrorist watch list.
Going Low With Joe: Thanks to Joe Biden’s bungled, shambolic surrender in Afghanistan the prestige of the U.S is now at its lowest level since Iran’s humiliation of a weak, indecisive, and ineffective Jimmy Carter in 1979.
The failed chaotic evacuation of Americans, allies, and Afghan translators, etc. resulted in tens of thousands of unvetted Afghans now residing in America, and hundreds of Americans and tens of thousands of those that worked for the U.S. left stranded and now being hunted by Taliban, Al Qaeda, and ISIS terrorists.
In the end what Biden managed to secure was a situation that leaves Americans less safe in America; less respected abroad and stained with dishonor for his broken promises; the deaths of innocent children; shaken allies and an American president who looks impotent and foolish on the world stage.
Biden abandoned his responsibility as U.S. Commander in Chief, the Afghans he promised to protect, Americans left behind, our allies and the U.S. military. It’ll take decades to recover from this shameful debacle that took place on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.
Eight months into the Biden reign we’ve surrendered a country to terrorists, imported more than two million illegals for the taxpayers to support, increased inflation at a rate unparalleled in years, armed our enemies, left our citizens to be held hostage by terrorists, killed at least ten innocent men, women, and children, managed to get Americans snarling at each other, and lied to Americans every time Biden, Harris, Psaki, or other minions open their mouths.
Asleep At The Woke Wheel: I’ve never understood why any company would risk alienating a massive number of its potential and current customers by getting embroiled in a controversial political issue. Isn’t a commercial company’s major objective to generate profits by offering products and services and a welcoming, friendly impression and not to offend anyone willing to fork over cash for their stuff?
For example, what was going through the heads of those mindless twits that run Subway when they decided it would be a good idea to hire the national anthem kneeling nitwit soccer player Megan Rapinoe as the face of their sandwich company in TV ads? Even their franchisees were dumbfounded. Consumers have told them they can take their sandwiches and stuff them they aren’t buying the company’s baloney.
The two clueless CEOs of Atlanta-based Coca Cola and Delta Airlines were outspoken in their support by Major League Baseball’s idiot Commissioner to yank the All-Star game out of Atlanta and move it to Denver because of Georgia’s new voting law which makes it harder to cheat.
Their boneheaded actions now make it harder for their sales people to peddle their goods to a weary public. It also cost the Atlanta business community, which includes hundreds of black-owned companies, some $100 million.
The tables may be turning on these bungling bozos who apparently got their MBAs in a Cracker Jacks box.
Consumers Research, an educational nonprofit, launched a national ad campaign highlighting the hypocrisy of Coke, Nike and others that are sucking up to the woke crowd. Television ads won’t bring their stupidity to a screeching halt, but it may prompt consumers to think twice before purchasing their products and prompt shareholders to speak up. They’ll learn that conservative consumers aren’t woke but wide awake.
At a recent neighborhood gathering a couple of my neighbors without prompting announced that they no longer allow Coke products in their homes, and I suspect there are many more nationwide that are acquiring a taste for Pepsi and avoiding the woke skies of Delta like the plague. Pun intended.
Hey, OPEC, “Fill ‘er Up!” Joe Biden has asked that the OPEC nations pump more oil in order to lower the price of the stuff at the same time that he has done everything in his power to destroy America’s energy industries. After decades of pandering to the Arabs, Trump made America energy independent. With a stroke of his pen, Biden put us back on our knees begging our Arab enemies to do us a favor.
In the sacred name of climate change, Biden has even threatened to jail oil executives.
Right after Biden shut down our own Keystone XL oil pipeline he greenlighted the completion of Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.
It’s almost like somebody over there has the negatives or Hunter’s laptop.
Table For Two, No Covid Please: Someone sent me the following vaccination card scenario that I found intriguing:
A couple walk into a restaurant. The maître d’ greets them and asks to see their vaccination cards.
After showing him their vaccination passports, the man asks who their server will be.
“I believe Brad will be serving you this evening.”
“Great. I’d like to see Brad’s vaccination card. Also, could you provide proof that Brad is not a carrier of HIV, Hepatitis A or B, Herpes, or any other communicable disease?”
“Well, uh, I….”
“Also my wife and I would not wish to be waited on by someone who is on or uses recreational drugs. Now if you could provide us with Brad’s most recent tox screen, that would be great. We’ll be at the bar.”