Kevin Dooner, owner of the popular Fernandina Beach Sandbar & Restaurant on Main Beach, boasts that his establishment serves 1,200 different whiskies, more than any other bar in Florida.
I challenged the affable Mr. Dooner on that claim following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, defying him to produce a bottle of Rittenhouse Rye. He confidently reached into his inventory and emerged with two bottles of the stuff, a whiskey produced by Heaven Hill Brands, which markets itself on being the “nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated producer and marketer of spirits.”
My curiosity was sparked when Joe Biden, his misguided Justice Department, a handful of radical far-left Democrat senators and House members, and major main stream media left-wing extremists, all condemned Mr. Rittenhouse’s “not guilty” verdict in Kenosha, WI. They say the jury denied Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, their civil rights by preventing them from killing Mr. Rittenhouse for defending himself.
The jury’s verdict was bolstered by irrefutable video evidence and eyewitness accounts (including Grosskreutz, one of his attackers) that Mr. Rittenhouse shot all of his assailants – who each had criminal histories – in self-defense despite being falsely labeled a white supremacist mass shooter. When questioned on the stand, Grosskreutz admitted that it wasn’t until he pointed his gun at Mr. Rittenhouse that the accused fired. If Mr. Rittenhouse hadn’t been armed, he would now be dead and two felons, one a child rapist, would be alive and unpunished.
The young Mr. Rittenhouse performed what is now labeled “The Kenosha Hat Trick” with his AR 15 by bagging a wife beater, a burglar, and a pedophile who tried to kill him in one night. A hat trick in ice hockey is the scoring of three goals in a game by one player. I proposed to Mr. Dooner that he create a special drink, called the “Rittenhouse Hat Trick.” It consists of three 1 1/2 ounce shots of Rittenhouse Rye for $27.
I’ll buy the first one for the first person to order it, with Kevin being the official time keeper. After that you are on your own. Just be the first patron to order the Rittenhouse Hat Trick. Kevin will let you know if you’re it and present me with your check.
If you’re the winner take a photo and email it to me here and I’ll post it in the next blog unless you object. My contact information is on this site.
By the way, the Heaven Hill distillery says its not enthusiastic about folks using its brand to celebrate Rittenhouse being found not guilty of murder charges even though he shot in self-defense during the Kenosha riots.
The spirits maker said its Rittenhouse booze was named to commemorate Philadelphia’s historic Rittenhouse Square. It now serves other purposes by also celebrating the American judicial system and the Second Amendment.
Look Behind The Curtain: Short-sighted leftists point to the large numbers of blacks behind bars and say it’s the result of systemic racism baked into our legal system. They ignore the fact that records show blacks are 13 times more likely to commit murder than whites. And they are mostly murdering other blacks.
A Glimpse Into The future? The fact that Seattle voted in its first Republican mayor in years might be even more telling of things to come than Republican Glen Youngkin’s gubernatorial victory in Virginia last month.
Thumbs Up To Nassau County: If you haven’t already seen the new Nassau County Annual Report it’s available at https://www.nassaucountyfl.com/DocumentCenter/View/22167/Annual-Report-for-FY-20-21
Sabrina Robertson, the county’s public information officer, deserves high praise for the effort she devoted to coordinating this outstanding document. I know. I’ve headed up corporate communications functions for various U.S. businesses that included producing annual reports. It isn’t easy!
The writing and graphics in the county report are exceptionally well done. It’s a report that residents, businesses, students, recruiters, the Chamber of Commerce, etc. will find useful and of which everyone can be proud.
While the writing and graphics are vital, it’s the behind-the-scenes efforts that also ensure its success. Dealing with the egos of various division and department heads, who all demand their “fair share” of the report is a delicate job that requires the utmost diplomacy and tact. Apparently Ms. Robertson is well-equipped to handle that difficult task. Well done!
This talented lady also produces a monthly newsletter for the county that is equally informative and impressive. The last one I saw is available at https://www.nassaucountyfl.com/DocumentCenter/View/22192/October-2021 .
I’m sure a number of private companies will soon be on her trail attempting to recruit this highly talented county employee.
Speaking of highly talented employees, the county did everything but tar and feather Laura DiBella who skedaddled out of town almost two years ago to accept a job as head of the state Harbor Pilots Association in Tallahassee. Ms. DiBella was the incredibly successful Director of Nassau County’s Office of Economic Development as well as OHPA Port Director convincing numerous businesses to set up shop here. The county is now seeking to backfill the Economic Director position at a salary of more than $100,000 annually, more than Ms. DiBella earned during her tenure, while she successfully juggled two jobs. If I recall they didn’t pay her squat for serving as Port Director. If County Manager Taco Pope wants a qualified, experienced person in the County Economic Director slot then he should pick up the phone, call Ms. DiBella, apologize for the county’s past mistreatment of this talented gal, and make her an offer to return. Her track record is exceptional and she knows where the bodies are buried. Or maybe that’s a problem.
Meanwhile Back At The Ranch: California transplant and current Fernandina Beach Mayor, “Marxist Mike” Lednovich, celebrated a birthday this past Tuesday and some of the customers at a local gym he frequents got together and bought him the cake pictured here. His reaction to his celebratory confection was undisclosed. But, hey, it’s the thought that counts right?
Random Thoughts: The other day while sitting in a restaurant I had time to wonder why customers aren’t the ones called “waiters” instead of the serving staff. I also had time to ponder why “a, e, i, o, and “u” are vowels, but “y” is only sometimes a vowel. When and why is “y” a vowel? And why only sometimes?
Things I Wish I’d Said: “The oil is in Louisiana and Texas, but the dipsticks are in Washington, D.C.” — Senator John Kennedy (R-LA).
From Bad To Worse: It took Jimmy Carter (1976-1980) four years to put the country on a road to ruin. Joe Biden has managed to do the same in just 11 months.
Following is a partial list of Carter’s most dramatic foreign and domestic blunders:
- He saddled the U.S. with the disastrous Iranian hostage situation and a botched rescue mission with repercussions still being felt to this day.
- He watched as Soviet backed “insurgencies” marched all over Africa, Central and South America and other places and as the USSR invaded Afghanistan.
- He instituted a massive reduction in force of the U.S. military turning it into an empty shell.
- Carter handed over the Panama Canal and all the U.S. equipment, expertise, and infrastructure to the country of Panama.
- He presided over the country’s energy crises and the rise of OPEC and then told Americans to wear sweaters.
- He lectured the American public on their ”malaise” while the country suffered unprecedented foreign affairs humiliations, raging inflation and interest rates hitting 18%.
In the race to the bottom of the list of “worst presidents” Carter was a clear winner until the arrival of the clueless, incompetent, mentally incapacitated Biden. That may be a relief to Mr. Carter but not the rest of the country.
Here’s a partial list of some of Biden’s major fumbles, incompetency, and ineptitude to date that’s leaving Carter in the dust:
- The humiliating surrender and withdrawal in Afghanistan, with more than 400 American citizens, numerous green card holders and allies left behind to be hunted by the Taliban with more than $80 billion in abandoned U.S. military equipment.
- Dismantling the southern border and welcoming more than two million Covid-infected, illiterate, unvetted illegals to enter the U.S. unopposed just this year alone with those numbers rapidly increasing.
- Bungling of the Covid virus pandemic with unconstitutional mask and vaccination mandates, and contradictory and confusing messages from Biden and various government agencies.
- Rampant inflation that has increased the cost of living and diminished any wage gains.
- A busted supply chain, leaving many store shelves empty.
- Surrendering U.S. cities to mob rule with a crime wave incentivized by liberal prosecutors, no-bail legislation, defund the police drivel and understaffed and demoralized police forces.
- Siccing the Department of Justice and the FBI on parents for questioning local school boards about Critical Race Theory and other such garbage being taught to their children.
- Turning America’s energy program over to teenaged Nordic nitwit, Greta Thunberg, crippling the U.S. auto industry with his unrealistic energy polices, cancelling the Keystone Pipeline, cutting off the issuance of drilling leases on public lands and reentering the lopsided Paris climate agreement that favors China and Russia, then begging OPEC to increase its output.
Polls indicate that even many Democrats are admitting their guy isn’t up to the job, far from it. He lacks any leadership or analytic skills and has succeeded in creating major problems and divisiveness with no indication that he can succeed at even the most trivial function.
He can barely read the teleprompter or string together a coherent sentence, nods off with visiting heads of state sitting next to him, and slept soundly while attending the recent climate change session in Scotland. His visit with the Pope and England’s royal family were embarrassing stinkers according to press reports. Even the mainstream media is now having trouble ignoring Hunter Biden’s China and Ukraine connections and payoffs revealed on his laptop computer.
The big difference between Cater and Biden is that if Carter had been removed from office he had a competent backup in Vice President Walter Mondale. Biden’s Vice President, Kamala Harris, is as inept, useless, dim, and even more disliked than her boss. There’s no safety net. As unimaginable as it seems things could get worse with a Harris presidency.
In 1980 Carter lost to Ronald Reagan in a landslide. Voters had seen and had enough. Biden would lose in a landslide to a barrel of hair in 2024 if he isn’t locked in the White House basement or confined to a dementia institution by then.
Because the alternative is Harris, the country needs Biden to hang on until the 2022 midterm elections when from all indications, he’ll be sidelined by a Republican sweep of the House and Senate, making him a useless lame duck, to be used for display purposes only.
One term of his incompetency will keep any presidential successor busy putting his misguided “Build Back Better” catastrophe back the way Biden found it, then some.
This commentary is also posted on the national BizPac Review site at https://www.bizpacreview.com/2021/12/01/dave-scott-biden-bolted-out-of-the-gate-to-pass-carter-in-race-for-last-place-1169544/
Poll Watchers: Results of the most recent poll posted here say that of the just 64 readers who responded that 38% or 24 say they get their news from TV; 27% or 17 say newspapers; 13 or 20% turn to social media and only 10 or 16% say radio.
More Jaguars Misery: If the sad sack Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, 24-14, loss to the Atlanta Falcons wasn’t embarrassment enough, its mascot got hung up in his bungee cord and had to be lifted to safety at the start of the game. Jaxson de Ville has had lots of practice with his role as the Jaguar mascot and has entertained fans with a bungee jump off the top of the stadium prior to the kickoff in Jaguars games many times. This time, however, he abruptly stopped, hung up in the bungee cord. He was safely lowered to the stands without injury, except perhaps to his pride. Meanwhile the hapless Jaguars lost their ninth of 11 games. Things aren’t going well at TIAA Field. By the way TIAA is Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America. I’m sure the firm’s investors are hoping the company’s securities will fare better than its hapless stadium tenants.
C’Mon Man! Joe Biden keeps saying that his “Build Back Better” bill will reduce the cost of goods to consumers. In other words, by spending more he says prices will go down. He then added: “I’m going to create good paying union jobs – union…not $12 and hour, not $15 an hour – $45 an hour and up with good benefits.” Geeze Louise, can someone please explain to me how that will reduce the cost of goods to consumers? C’mon man!
Things I Just Learned: Our local resident alligators are the largest known species able to grow lost limbs as the young ones have the ability to regenerate tails up to nine inches long – about 18% of their total body length say researchers at Arizona State University. Arizona State? Not many alligators in Arizona are there? Why aren’t University of Florida, Florida State or Miami looking into this or are they busy studying cactuses/cacti? And why are there two plurals of cactus?
Don’t Forget To Eat Strawberries: A study of 925 folks ages 58-98 at Rice University in Texas indicated that those who ate at least one serving of strawberries a week were 34% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who ate them only once a month or less.
Avoid Covid! Move To Florida: The Epoch Times reported Sunday that “Florida Reports Lowest Daily COVID-19 Cases per Capita in US.” According to the article, Sunshine State cases continue to plummet, dropping another 5% over the last two weeks. It contrasted Florida’s six (6) cases per 100,000 to Michigan, which weighs in at a hefty eighty-five (85) cases per 100,000 — about fourteen times higher than Florida.