Musings, opinions, observations, questions, and random thoughts on island life, Fernandina Beach and more

Musings, opinions, observations, questions, and random thoughts on island life, Fernandina Beach and more

“Good Golly Miss Mollie!” Your Talk On Amelia Island Revealed How Feds, Media And Social Media Colluded

The suppression of the Biden scandal and the federal government’s and media’s blatant participation in it was highlighted this past Sunday evening, December 11, by Federalist senior editor and Fox News contributor, Mollie Hemingway, who spoke to  a crowd of almost 400 at Amelia Island’s Omni Hotel.

Blurry photo of Ms. Hemmingway at the Omni courtesy of lousy photographer Dave Scott.

Hemingway, who was a guest of  Nassau County’s U.S. Constitution Scholarship Foundation, explained that the “public square” is controlled by social media companies and detailed how they have become a threat to free speech. She credited Elon Musk for revealing just how bad it is.

She explained that she experienced suppression by Twitter and how, since Musk’s purchase of the company, she has realized a large uptick in followers, that now number more than one million. She told the audience that the Federalist’s CEO, John Davidson, had been locked out of his account for many months and was shadow banned.

She said the “number one threat in the U.S. today is that the First Amendment is under attack and the government and media are jointly participating in the suppression of free speech.”

Musk as much as confirmed that last Saturday, December 10, when he said: “Twitter is both a social media company and a crime scene.”

Since The New York Times and Washington Post both won Pulitzer Prizes for their “reporting” of the phony Trump-Russia collusion “Russiagate” allegations without uncovering a single misdeed or lie it seems appropriate that Musk should get one for his current efforts exposing Twitter and media collusion with the government.

Or maybe Musk should share the Pulitzer with The New York Post that uncovered and published the “Biden Secret Emails” exposé based on the contents of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop. Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the Post story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be ‘unsafe.’ They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool reserved for extreme cases, e.g., child pornography. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany was locked out of her account for tweeting about the story.

The government’s and media’s frantic and sham investigation of former President Trump turned out to be as fake and empty as FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s company ledgers, bank accounts, bookkeeping procedures and lame excuses.

So, doesn’t it make sense then that someone who in reality unveiled the most egregious and dangerous scandal in the history of this country should be a shoo-in for the Pulitzer?

Musk, who isn’t even a reporter but now owns Twitter, is continuing to reveal the massive lies and coverups of one of the worst scandals in the country’s history, a scheme that makes Watergate, Clinton’s sex scandals, Teapot Dome and the Pentagon Papers combined pale in comparison.

Musk’s revelations of the corrupt media, large corporations, and the government colluding to interfere, lie, coverup, and deny the Hunter Biden laptop mess and Joe Biden’s corruption and sellout of America to China is unprecedented.

Former left-wing journalist and author Glenn Greenwald tweeted: “The list of prominent conservative US/Western elected officials, journalists, authors, etc. banned by Big Tech is very long. To deny that Big Tech censorship targets conservatives requires pathological lying.”

There’s enough material here so far to put Musk in the Pulitzer Hall of Fame by accomplishing a feat that will probably never be equaled in journalism. With the exception of the Post and FOX News, the so-called journalists in the mainstream media are either so ashamed or frightened they aren’t covering this story. Or maybe it’s because they are so deeply implicated.

However, since this same group of unscrupulous con artists, liars, thieves, and grifters run the Pulitzer program we probably won’t see Mr. Musk victoriously hoisting the prize above his head. Hopefully with a Republican Congress we will see a few of the vile criminals that Musk exposed in cuffs and behind bars.

(An abridged version of the above commentary was published in the national BizPac Review news site yesterday, December 15, at


The new editor at the “Blind Observer” is making a smooth transition.

The Handwringing, Moaning & Whining Begins: It didn’t take long following the overwhelming victory of Fernandina Beach City Commission traditional family values candidates, Fireman Darron Ayscue and Dr. James Antun, in the December 13 runoff election for local liberals to cry out in anguish and gnash their teeth.

One of the leaders of this shocked and unhappy left-wing chorus is Mike Phillips, new “editor” of the online blind Observer who voiced his discontent with the two conservative candidates the day of the election in a bylined piece headlined: “Do Partisan Politics Have a Place in Our Small Town Elections.”

Phillips, who was handed the “Blind” Observer’s white cane baton by outgoing sight-impaired editor and Fernandina Beach City PR Bureau Chief Susan Steger, wrote the following piece of drivel voicing his disapproval of the newly elected City Commission candidates:

“A couple of weeks before Dec. 13, a river of expensive direct mail pieces started flowing into the mailboxes of registered Republicans, promoting the idea that only two Republicans were running, and that’s who should get the homeowners’ votes. I got five in about 10 days. Whoever was financing this (and I’m pretty sure I know who) must have run out of money after $20-30 thousand bucks, because people then started getting texts with the same message. (A much cheaper form of communication that I appreciated because it didn’t require a trip to the junk mail bin.)

“So here is my question to the community: Do you want partisan politics to be injected into our non-partisan, totally community-oriented elections? Think about it. Do you? Either way, I think we should have a community discussion about this.”

So here’s my questions to Phillips to “think about”: Have you ever taken a course in journalism? Do you have the slightest concept of balanced news?  Obviously the two Republican candidates you referenced are Antun and Ayscue. The mailings came from a Republican Political Action Committee (PAC) out of Tallahassee that was not coordinated or under the control of either of the two winning candidates. If you were actually a journalist and had checked you would know that.

So, using your  own words Mr. Phillips you should “Think about this”: Why did you fail to mention that the losing candidates –  California transplant and Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporter Mike Lednovich, and Genece Minshew, founder, and head of Fernandina Pride, who has said she wants to make Fernandina a “gay vacation destination”, were both enthusiastically endorsed and supported by the Fernandina Beach Democrat Club. This Democrat party organization went online and blatantly offered signs and other campaign material to support their favored candidates. You conveniently didn’t mention that in your “no partisan politics here” blather.

Phillips also failed to mention the County Citizens Defending Freedom (CCDF) questionnaire that all other candidates but Lednovich and Minshew answered. Apparently Phillips thought that the liberal Lednovich-Minshew duo ignoring media questions to explain why they refused to answer the questionnaire wasn’t newsworthy.

In addition to Phillips’ sad, misleading and amateurish commentary the “usual suspects” of local liberals are keeping bemused locals entertained on social media with their shrill and frantic cries of imminent impending doom.

Minshew says she lost because of “hate and culture wars” refusing to believe that folks hereabouts simply don’t share her vision for the city. I haven’t heard what Lednovich thinks or if he tossed his Black Lives Matter sandwich board into the trunk of his car and is headed back to California.

And speaking of local news outlets, the bi-weekly print Fernandina Beach News Leader layout guy or gal performed an apt juxtaposition of “City Sidebar” columnist Cara Curtain’s musings next to sad sack Ron Sapp’ s weekly grump Wednesday, December 14. Curtain’s fitting headline proclaimed: “No talent? No problem” in a piece appropriately placed right next to another Sapp “Get off my lawn you little bastards” screed headlined: “I don’t know this place anymore”.


Speaking of the CCDF: Folks wanting to know more about the Nassau County chapter of the County Citizens Defending Freedom (CCDF) organization will have two upcoming opportunities next month. People in West Nassau can meet and talk with organizers at The Pig Bar-B-Q in Callahan at 5:30 pm Tuesday, January 10. Another session is scheduled Thursday, January 26 at the Surf on Fletcher Ave. at 5:30 pm.  Go to to RSVP and to learn more about the organization.


The two victorious Fernandina City Commission candidates, Dr. James Antun, left, and fireman Darron Ayscue. (Another crummy photo by Dave Scott)

Ross & Martin Outnumbered: A number of people have told me that they heard Chip Ross say he would resign his City Commission seat if Dr. James Antun and Fireman Darron Ayscue were elected.

When I emailed Ross and asked if he had said that, and if so would he follow though, he responded saying: “Not to the best of my knowledge. What is the source of your information? He said he is not resigning and added: “It will be a pleasure to serve with the two new Commissioners who campaigned on decreasing taxes and improving City services at the same time. If they can pull it off they will have my support.”

So, Ross remains, but surrounded by four reasonable folks (Bradley Bean, David Sturges, Ayscue and Antun) that should curb City Manager Dale Martin’s and Ross’s insatiable appetite for hiring additional staff, buying all kinds of new and shiny things, as well as a passion for purchasing more non-productive properties to add to the city’s estimated $100 million real estate holdings.

It will be fun to observe Chiropractor James Antun perform a much needed economic “adjustment” on a Commission with emergency room doctor Chip Ross and City Manager Martin as reluctant patients, while Fireman Ayscue pours cold water on their financial fantasies.

The city manager and his minions have demonstrated over the years that they can’t efficiently manage a budget, operate a marina or a golf course, control an extortionist building department, and want to continuously add more private assets to the city’s non-productive, non-taxable portfolio at tax payer expense.

With a four to one City Commission stacked against Martin and Ross, this nonsense will hopefully come to an end and public-private partnerships will be explored in the future to right this sinking ship. But more about that at a later date.

If I was Martin I’d be fine-tuning my resume.


What The FTX? How could any rational person or investment firm make a decision to put money into an organization like FTX that was run by a pot-bellied 30-year-old that looks like an unmade bed and speaks like his underwear is too tight?

And why, just one day before he was scheduled to testify before Congress, was this larcenous loser arrested? Apparently $70 million in political contributions, mostly to Democrats in an election year, buys a lot of influence.

This pathetic twit babbled on to anyone who would listen revealing himself to be either an idiot or a psychopath, possibly both. Just in the nick of time, the Democrats made sure nobody hears anything more that he has to say.

He might spend the rest of his miserable life in prison and should since he cost so many gullible and naïve people their life savings and pensions.


Speaking Of Shams? Why is Brittney Griner being labeled a “basketball star” by the media?

I never heard of this woman until Biden, who ironically is demanding strict gun control in the U.S., traded an international arms dealer responsible for the deaths of U.S. soldiers, and innocent women and children around the world, for this woman who refused to stand for the U.S. National Anthem.

She played basketball for the Women’s Basketball Association (WBA), an organization as popular as a curling club, and less exciting than watching paint dry.

My good friend and American Spectator writer Larry Thornberry said to me in a recent email that this was the worst trade since baseball’s 1965 Cincinnati Reds swapped National League MVP and All-Star slugger Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Milt Pappas.


A Christmas Story: It has been reported that a library in Massachusetts isn’t putting up a Christmas tree this year because some people were uncomfortable looking at it.

How many people are “some people? It didn’t say. But I’m not comfortable looking at grown men in lingerie called drag queens calling Bingo, reading to kids, or riding on floats down Centre Street, but I’m sure the library and the LGBTQA+ crowd don’t care about my feelings regarding that.

Yep, the Liberal War On Christmas continues, at least in Massachusetts.


 Hey Grand Parents, Dad & Mom! If you’re looking for a unique and impressive Christmas gift for young teenagers give them Amelia Island author Pat Keogh’s most recent book: “Hey Kid! Wanna Own Great American Businesses?”

It’ll teach children easy to read and understand practical lessons in economics and capitalism that will stay with them for life. The concept is simple. When granddad or Uncle Charlie, etc.  give junior a cash present, the book will explain how he can buy shares of stock rather than a sack of McDonald’s burgers. When his pals are munching their burgers and swilling their sugar-laden Cokes, junior can thank them for buying from his company and earning him some of the best paying dividends available.

In fact, give the kid a share of stock and the book and watch him or her suddenly take an avid interest in the stock pages or Morningstar, Inc. online.

The book is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble or Pat’s website at  It’s a good investment of a few bucks. Mom and dad might also learn a few things.


Things I Wish I’d Said: “If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do. So whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard; you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.” — Bertrand Russell.


Poll Results: The last poll on this site asked if folks hereabouts thought the Fernandina Beach City Commission and School Board candidates owe it to voters to respond to the CCDF questionnaire or issue a statement explaining why they refuse? A total of 179 people (86%) said they should while just 30 (14%) said “no”. A new poll starting today asks Fernandina voters is they expect to see cost cutting and budgetary restraint following the recent election?




  • Comment (27)
  • Dave,

    I wrote this yesterday with the thought of sending to the News Leader. I changed my mind after reading today’s edition which continues to publish unsubstantiated information.

    The recent city nonpartisan runoff election has created a lot of commentary. The editor of one outlet has gone so far to ask, “Do Partisan Politics Have a Place in Our Small-Town Elections?” The response is somewhere between the sky is falling or happiness that finally there is hope for the city.

    The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines nonpartisan as not partisan – free from party affiliation, bias, or designation. What’s really a nonpartisan election? The candidates were not nominated by a pollical party. Nor was their party affiliation designated on the ballot.

    Bias is another matter. Bias is subjective in today’s world. Our bias is based upon who we listen to, who read we read, and the social media platforms we follow. We live a partisan world. It’s hard to find the un-biased truth in our political landscape, which is increasingly dependent on false and or incomplete facts. The Media, social media, 24/7 news in 30 second segments, and print media are just some of the influencers that shape individual perception and bias.

    We tend to forget, or it is underreported about the outside influence from Political Action Committees (PAC). In many cases they act on their own accord without knowledge or permission of the campaigns. Here are some examples. It was publicly reported that two candidate’s campaign signs were available at the Democratic Headquarters. Does that infer Democratic support? Mailers were sent out declaring that two candidates were Republicans. These mailers originated with a PAC in Tallahassee. There was rumor that a candidate had support from a national progressive PAC. These allegations are just some that made the press. Did local media research before reporting such? Who knows where the truth lies.

    Collectively, the candidates generally agreed on major city issues. They made the circuit and responded in kind. There wasn’t much creativity in the questions. Many answers to the questions could be predicted. There was only one survey that several candidates declined to response. It focused on several current social issues. It may have swayed some votes.

    Let’s step a back a minute. Isn’t it the individual’s decision to cast their vote. Too often it goes no further than the word or letter at the top of a column. This is where non-partisan is different. It is also good reason that many local elections are non-partisan. What are factors important to you beyond the usual safety, crime, traffic, taxes? We have three major taxing authorities. Are you satisfied with the relationships between them? Two have overlapping services. Who is willing to tackle that bear. Does charity, character, and morals mean something to you? We all have different criteria and sense of the future for our city. Don’t rely on partisan media outlets with false and incomplete information. You voted and it counted. You still have a voice. Use it in a positive and constructive way.

  • Right On Mr. McClane!!

    For many of the reasons written by Mr. Scott and McClane here and previously I cancelled my subscription to the local News Leader several years ago. There are very few “journalists” today who research a story for “all” the facts; it’s best to create a “breaking news” story to whet your appetite then “have more at 11” only to find out “we’ll have more as the story develops”! It’s a very sad situation given the technology available today…

  • The City election was stolen, it was fraudulent, my candidates lost so its true (they had more votes during the General Election than their opponents, but lost in the runoff)…now if he or she had won, then it would have been legit…oh well, just seeing if local lemmings are hypocritical or honest (crying stolen elections when their candidates lose, but happily accept the results when their candidates win). Maybe we should do as Donald Trumps says, let’s throw out the Constitution and the election results and simply put my candidates into office. I know this is absurd, but its funny how stupid it sounds when the shoe is on the other foot. Here’s to hoping that our new City Commission has the guts and fortitude to represent ALL of us…we shall see.

    • Coleman:

      Would you provide the cite where Donald said “let’s throw out the Constitution and the election results and simply put my candidates into office”?. Or is that just one of those many fictions you delusional libs created about the former President?

    • Coleman’s basic comment every week is you are a hypocrite, bigot, or you are stupid. He never discusses the issues he supports and why. He is like one of those yappy little dogs nipping at your ankles.

      • I battle 3, 4, and even 5 of you at time in this blog, and I am stating my opinion each time I push back. When Germany fell to fascism and Russia to the Bolsheviks, it was in part because people allowed one extreme point of view to crush the views (and later lives of the opposition). In America, one point of view has to be heard against the views of others. I know you guys hate anyone who challenges your myopic views, but suck it up, buttercup. The Constitution is strong and will survive, as long as opposing views are expressed continually without hesitation…so whine on all of you 3, 4 or 5, I am sure one of you will eventually have an argument worth considering. Right now you sound like a bunch of angry old white men. Hahahaha.

        • Oh Coley, get over yourself. You aren’t battling some dictatorship or evil regime here. You’re just a loud mouth that likes to argue against the majority. Your value on here is nil…

    • Yes, they had more votes in the general election, but nevertheless more people voted against them than for them. And how is your questioning the election outcome any different than Trumps?And don’t you DARE say insurrection when the protesters were unarmed and the only deaths were among the protestors.

      • Hey Toad Face (or whatever your real names is, chicken hawk maybe?), I guess you can’t see a tongue in the cheek…of course I am being facetious, I was just mocking the election deniers, but I guess that flew way over the Toad’s head, my apologies for assuming anyone on the right side of Atilla the Hun would have any sense of humor in the absurdity of saying any of our elections were stolen, but I am apparently wasting ink here. As for the insurrection, yes Toadie, there WERE insurrectionists who had weapons, but deny on, oh Toadias one. And you are sorely and stupidly wrong that only protestors were killed. A Capitol Police officer died the day after he was overpowered and beaten by rioters from the mob at the Capitol. According to a press release from the Capitol Police, the officer “… returned to his division office and collapsed,” and “He was taken to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.” You can play cute with this all you want, but if you believe Blue Lives Matter, then you better stand by it and acknowledge that he was killed/died by the actions of the mob insurrectionists. Totally disgusting and outrageous. You can’t candy coat that one Toad Face!

        • Your name-calling belies your lack of any factual argument. Officer Sicknick did not “succumb to his injuries”. He did not have any significant injuries.

          “US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick suffered strokes and died of natural causes one day after responding to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, Washington DC’s chief medical examiner has determined.

          The medical examiner, Francisco Diaz, didn’t note any evidence that Sicknick had an allergic reaction to chemical spray or list any internal or external injuries”
          — CNN

          In you honor, I quoted CNN instead of Fox.

  • Thank you quite an interesting blog. I’m so thrilled good won against evil in our local elections! As a parent, I find it shocking that drag queens were allowed to perform in front of small children and pervert our society. Please make no mistake, the uneducated people supporting radical racist group BLM and sexualizing our children and child mutilation have no standards for a decent, kind polite healthy Society, and only contribute to a dysfunctional society which normalizes a mental disorder and bad manners. Remember that never election day!

    Respectfully, Mrs. Yates

  • Out of pocket the last few days so missed
    the Election results.This a.m.’s blog
    was welcome news that good sense won
    out and maybe the city will recover from
    the past mismanagement.
    This new but ultra ridiculous idea of Drag
    Queens hosting mixed performances with
    adults and small children is as far out as
    you can get.Am certain that our founding
    fathers are spinning in their graves.
    Now our aging and good sense challenged
    President is including them in White House
    ceremonies.My god where are quality and
    efficient leaders when you need them.
    One can only guess the reactions of Putin,
    Xi and other leaders of adversarial countries as they watch America go down
    the proverbial toilet.
    God save us from ourselves!

  • An interesting observation about liberals is just how upset and angry they are; not at those who manipulated them and lied to them, but at the person who told them about it and showed them the truth.

  • Love your blog! I had to laugh at the News Leader article in todays issue (December 16) written by Dale Martin giving advice to the newly elected city commissioners. He lays oout five things they should make it a priority to accomplish. I want to add a sixth………find a competent and fiscally responsible city manager ASAP. They need to have a city manager that can be trusted and depended upon to act responsibly. The same newspaper had an article regarding how the newly elected commissioners felt about their new opportunity and then, of course, the outgoing commissioners needed to comment. All they could do is complain about the election process and how Republicans stacked the deck against them. Thank goodness thery are gone! We do not need them back in politics in Nassau County

  • Dave – looks like your support of the A&A team by publicizing them on your blog worked ! People realized their choices and told others. Hip hip hooray for reason back in gubamint.

    And I hope the losers aren’t “election deniers”.

  • I have often thought the city owned golf course property should include an all inclusive LBGTQ+ resort.

  • I am so proud the voters of Fernandina Beach came out and supported sanity over insanity by electing these two candidates to the commission. Next step I pray is shutting down the southbound end of a northbound horse formally known as “I’ll Sue You” Chip Ross. A supermajority will then put out to pasture Dale Martin so his destruction of the tax payers dollars will end. Gives us all hope for the future.

  • Trump’s EXACT words: “So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great “Founders” did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!” Starting with his first sentence, Trump attempts to state as fact something that has not EVER been proven despite efforts and protestations by millions of “delusional” cuckservatives. If Trump had won the 2020 election, if Kari Lake had won the gubernatorial election, if Melissa Martz, Joey Gilbert, Dean Odle, Kandiss Taylor, Ryan Kelley, Jay Block, Bob Musselwhite, Rachel Hamm, Tina Peters, Robert Borer, (all Republicans) had won their elections they would not be claiming election fraud. You can act deliberately obtuse and claim Trump never explicitly said he wanted to instate himself and his political minions into office by tossing out constitutional laws, but only an intellectually dishonest (i.e. delusional) person would read Trump’s words differently.

    • Dear Moderate:

      Not sure I understand the necessity for your post given that this week’s blog focused on our local election and not a comment made by Trump on his “Social” platform following another Twitter file dump.

      I disagree that the pejorative “cockservative” is one who is delusional. I think it applies more to the “unaware” and by their absence and default continue to let this entire country continue to be screwed over by the Democrat Socialist Progressive Left.

      • Christine:
        My post was in response to Mr. Keogh’s post below. For some reason, my response to him did not appear in-line as a reply and instead, posted at the top. Given the millions of polled Republicans who believed, and still believe that the 2020 election was stolen, I chose to use the term cockservative to describe them as being too willing to compromise once-held Republicans ideals to throw in with the orange con man. I thank the Almighty that sanity is making a comeback as evidenced by the mid-terms. However, I will concede my use of the term stretches the widely accepted definition.

        • Your “quote” is different than that cited by Coleman. But still no source. In fact, if yours is accurate, and I have my doubts, Donald could be seen as simply asking a question.

          • Coleman didn’t cite Trump. His lack of quotation marks indicates he’s inferring what Trump is saying. I made the case in support of that inference and provided Trump’s actual post to the platform Truth Social as evidence, which can easily be verified. You choose to partake in mental gymnastics to doubt the veracity and intent of Trump’s words. That’s on you.

  • Anyone that believes the Pride Queen and BLM Terriost Supporter election losers were the better candidates must some kind of special stupid. The greater candidates won and will help stop the destruction of the best little town in Florida. Once the new members of the commission are sworn in I just hope they conduct a though enema of the Town Managers office and put an end to the shenanigans of Building Inspector’s Department. I one lived in a small coastal town in South Carolina where the town raised the funds for the Mayor’s pet projects by using the 4-man Police Department as a fund raising speed trap with fines collected on the spot. The residents became the victims when the tourists stopped coming and came together to vote out the Mayor, close down the police department, and petitioned the State Legislator to rescind the town charter. Sanity soon returned to the former town and the area is now a thriving location for fishing and shrimping.


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