(Happy Thanksgiving! There’ll be no blog next Friday, November 27, as I’m taking a week off to celebrate the holidays. The next one will appear Friday, December 3.)
Like me, if you’ve purchased gas hereabouts recently you’ve probably noticed the Joe Biden “I did that” stickers pasted on local gas pumps showing a grinning President pointing to the price of gasoline proudly taking credit for the continuously increasing prices.
There’s hardly a gas station on Amelia Island that doesn’t boast one of the stickers provided free of charge by disgruntled customers. They’re also starting to pop up in grocery stores with images of the clueless Biden pointing to the inflated prices pasted on beef, chicken, eggs, bacon, etc.
In case any of you are wondering about the stickers, the U.S. currently has the highest rate of inflation in more than 30 years, with energy costs alone up 40% from a year ago.
According to government figures the price of fuel oil has risen by 59% in the past 12 months, gasoline by 50%, and home-delivered natural gas by 28%. The cost of new cars and trucks is up 10%, used cars and trucks 26%, car and truck rentals 39%. Rents and housing are increasing at breakneck rates, a pound of chuck roast went from $5.75 to $7.40, eggs, butter, etc. are all increasing in price as you read this.
The stickers remind shoppers who is responsible for this economic mess.
Economists are warning that Biden’s “Build Back Better” nonsense will only make things worse for most Americans. “The supposed tax on the rich portion of the bill would hit everyday investors and companies, punishing Americans who depend on public capital markets that were once the envy of the world,” say Harvard Capital Markets Regulation Committee directors Hal Scott and John Gulliver.
The Build Back Better bill has no growth provisions and lots of tax hikes along with expanded welfare spending that will further cripple an already suffering economy and punish consumers with even higher inflation.
Meanwhile Back At The Ranch: Outgoing Marine Advisory Board (MAB) Chairman Gerald Decker, sent a message to the Fernandina Beach City Commission and City Manager Dale Martin this past Wednesday warning them not to prissy up the city’s waterfront and pave over its history. Here’s what Dr. Decker told that crowd:
“Gentlemen, your angst over what should or should not be holds the true answer.
Your Concept E assumes the waterfront should have a prim, trim, manicured look, which is sensible but completely ignores location and history.
To the south is a working paper mill and rough shoreline. To the north is a working port and rougher shoreline. Put an unnatural manicured landscape in between?
The Fernandina waterfront is and has always been a “working” waterfront – rough and unkempt–not prim and proper with everything in its place. Do not lose that feel, for that is what people love about that area and what must be preserved. Concept E goes a bit too far and disconnects with history.
The reason nothing has been done is the place is in its natural state already. Have citizens, other than a few activists, been haranguing, marching, and demonstrating for a manicured remodeling–no they have not!
Stabilize the shoreline if you must, resolve the Brett’s and Atlantic Seafood issues, build the Alachua and Ash Street crossovers, then consider what parts of E make sense.
Look, a little “neating up” is a good thing — keep it at that. Tweak the E design down, not up.
The whole “parking neutral” debate shows that E needs toning down. Cars and trucks are part of the landscape that give the waterfront character–trucks, wagons, carts, and the like have been part of the waterfront fabric since the 1800’s and helped make Fernandina Fernandina. Don’t banish them.
Commercial activity has also been an ingrained and essential piece of the waterfront. The Brett’s and Amelia Seafood establishments have provided that element with great success-is more needed? Remember prior attempts to add more commercial have failed-lesson learned.
Things have not changed because what is there now works, don’t mess it up.
There is no rush, so take it easy and get it right.”
Something I Wish I’d Said: “Not trusting the government doesn’t make you a conspiracy theorist. It makes you a history buff.” – Anonymous.
I agree: In 2019 Vice President Kamala Harris said: “I don’t like Joe Biden and I do not like his history with certain people or who he is aligned with. He’s trash to me.” Finally, something she and I agree about.
A Straight Shooter: The two men Kyle Rittenhouse killed and the one he wounded in Kenosha, Wisconsin, weren’t exactly pillars of their community. In fact, they all attacked Mr. Rittenhouse attempting to kill him. They deserved to be shot.
The one he wounded, Gaige Paul Grosskreutz, had a rap sheet that included conviction for burglary and probation violation, and he was carrying an illegal weapon. Anthony Huber had convictions for assault and battery, domestic abuse, false imprisonment and, again, an illegal weapon. Joseph Rosenbaum was a child rapist.
As west coast columnist Burt Prelutsky says: “Young Mr. Rittenhouse shouldn’t have stood trial. He should have received a medal.”
The ‘ole Professor Speaks Out: My undercover source of Fernandina Beach city hall goings-on, scuttlebutt, and murmurings – reports that the concept of “managed retreat” is rapidly gaining traction as a strategy for dealing with “Mom’s climate” hereabouts.
He says: “Basically the idea is to adapt to coming changes, not fight them using a variety of techniques. Restoring habitats, replacing ‘concrete-laden’ areas with green space, and using zoning laws have proven successful.”
He says: “That brings us to the ‘shorefront stabilization’ effort just beginning on the Amelia River … is it the correct way to deal with climate evolution? The project throws yet more ‘caused by humans’ activity into Mother’s nature with unknown long-term consequences. The idea of spending around $30 million to prevent minimal riverside flooding needs to be seriously challenged. Why is throwing more money into the river the answer?”
However, that may be too complex for our city government, a group that is busily shaking down tax payers as rapidly as possible and fixated on tossing our money at wild-eyed projects and schemes that end up backfiring on them.
In another issue in which the city is all wet figuratively and literally, the ‘ole professor explains is that the failed lawsuit against CPH Engineers, He explains that it will ultimately result in only $50,000 to the city after all legal expenses are paid, out of a $140,000 cash settlement.
The city cannot afford to properly fix the crumbling Spanish Way street so has offered to do a “deep remilling and resurfacing” once funds are approved in the 2022-23 budget. This does not fix the problem, just kicks it down the road, that road being Spanish Way.
If you lived on Spanish Way would you be happy? The constant presence of standing water, the smell, and the deteriorated pavement will turn off any potential buyer. Even in today’s hot real estate market it won’t do much for property value and marketability.
Illegal Immigrant Compensation: The copy of a recent meme showing Hunter Biden hard at work creating one of his masterpieces reads: “So Joe Biden wants to give $450,000 to illegal aliens. And his son’s paintings sell for $500,000 each. Perfect win-win solution: Give a Hunter Biden painting to every illegal alien.”
“Get Out And Stay Out!” Once again the folks that run the Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Yulee Network declined to post this blog last week and booted it off the week before citing the following: “All posts must be local. They must pass the ‘so what test’ and be worthy of group discussion.”
My offending and uninteresting posts that they claim aren’t local or worthy of discussion described the murder of an area father of four by an illegal alien in Jacksonville and the federal government’s continuous dumping of illegal aliens at Jacksonville’s Airport, just a few miles from here.
The only local media covering this debacle are News Leader columnist Steve Nicklaus and me. We broke the story nationally, but that’s a big yawn to the people that run this local network that contains such fascinating items as people seeking tattoo artists, women’s club craft shows, yoga for “old people” and one wanting to know if anyone hereabouts “releases doves at funerals.”
Oh well! It’s their network and they can post and reject whatever they want. Have insomnia? Then this is the site for you.
More Things I Wish I’d Said: “Unlike baseball, football combines the worst elements of American life: violence and committee meetings (in the form of huddles).” – George Will.
Wait! What? There appear to be two sets of law enforcement that depend on the race of the offender.
For example, the NYPD put out an all-points alert after someone tossed paint on a statue of career criminal George Floyd. This is the same police force that stood by while statues of Abe Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, Thomas Jefferson, Christopher Columbus, etc. were toppled off their pedestals by lawless rioters.
And bail for a black thug who shot four people was set at $75,000 while bail for a white teenager who shot two rioters while defending himself was $2,000,000.
William Hall, a black man, observed in a media outlet: “There is systemic racism; it’s just flipped around from the way it used to be.”
They say it’s all about separation and emphasize differences and victimhood, the exact opposite of what makes a strong country and society.
The left is pushing discrimination and undoing all of the racial progress the United States made over the past 60 years. Either Biden is too stupid to understand what his handlers are telling him to promote or he’s all in.
But there’s hope. For example, Glenn Youngkin, won the Virginia governor’s race by stating the obvious; teaching children to hate each other, and the other inane Marxist ideas are not making communities safer or people’s lives better. Neither is defunding police departments. When Youngkin won, the talking heads said it was because of racism. Apparently they didn’t notice that Winsome Sears, the woman who was elected lieutenant-governor is black.
When you live by calling people racist, that’s all you have. Take MSNBC and CNN for example.
Like a Bizarro World version of Marvel’s AVENGERS movies, MSNBC and CNN have cobbled together a ragtag collection of angry and ill-informed liberals who daily beam their shrill silliness across America with programming that regularly subtracts from the sum total of human knowledge. Each day their broadcasts unfold as even more manic and nutty than the ones that preceded them.
Is It Just Me Or… has anyone else noticed that all those folks out there with their pants on fire are Democrats who told us that our taxes and consumer prices wouldn’t go up if they were elected?
Warning: I received a notice from Fernandina Beach city hall earlier this week that Mayor “Marxist Mike” Lednovich is officially a candidate for the 2022 General Election, Seat 4, which he currently occupies.
Will his platform include removing the downtown statue of David Yulee; local gun control efforts; continuing to harass local restaurants and bars with excessive noise restriction efforts; shilling for local tree huggers to drive legitimate businesses out of town; continuing to defend outrageous city building and permitting fees, some that are five times higher than the county; and advocating that other part-time city employees like him are offered the same generous medical benefits he receives?
California transplant, Lednovich, is registered in the Nassau County voting records as “No Party Affiliation.” All other members of the Commission are registered Republicans, as are almost 60 percent of county residents and that number is increasing as more folks move here. Just 20% are registered Democrats, the rest checking off “Independent” and a handful of obscure affiliations.
Any reasonable citizen seeking to win a seat on the City Commission shouldn’t have a problem booting this guy off the commission.
The announcement said if folks want to ask the Mayor any questions they could contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 502-0650.
Just Asking: You folks who check behind your shower curtains for serial killers, if you find one, what’s your plan?
Are You A Veteran? If you’ve ever been interested in joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4351 or its auxiliary then this Friday, December 19 at 6:30 pm is your chance to give them a look-see. The Post is located on Amelia River between Down Under and Shuckers under the Shave Bridge at 96086 Wade Place Road. Bring any forms (DD-214), pictures in uniform, information about relatives who were in the service, pay stubs, etc. and local VFW members will help sign you up and answer any questions you may have. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. This is a fun group of people.