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Sunday October 31, 2010

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Why is it that every guy I meet and talk to is married. I ask are you married as the second question and it's usually a yes. What is missing? Isn't any one single?

This little kitty wants to tell all of the Keys Happy Halloween!
The person who stepped gently on the woman's head was just helping her get it out of her butt.
[Theft] Two TV's, a 60" and a 32" flat screen, were stolen from beneath a home on Little Torch Key, ocean side on or about the afternoon or evening of the 29th. If you know or hear of anyone who recently received a TV of this size without a box please contact the Monroe County Sheriff's Dept. The owner is offering a reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
The person comparing the Vineyard Church to a cult is way off base. He should attend a service and see for himself. Steve, the Pastor and his congregation are all warm, welcoming individuals. The message is Bible-based and very relevant to todays world. I no longer live in the Keys, but when I did I attended the Vineyard every week. I miss it very much. As for you not believing in God, He believes in you!

Norton Buffalo
did the tasteful diatonic harmonica stuff on Bonnie Raitt's version of the old Del Shannon hit, "Runaway." He actually used 3, maybe 4 ( I forget) different harps on that tune.
[Morgan McPherson] I'm a life long Republican, but I can't bring myself to vote for Morgan McPherson for Representative. He couldn't get reelected as mayor of Key West by the people who know him best. An impassioned defense of the criminal Acevedo's who stole hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars is not what I want from my elected representatives. He's the kind of person that makes you want to wipe off your palm after you shake his hand.
[Anna Marie] Does anyone in Port Pine Heights know anything about Anna Marie? She is a very nice German woman who rode her bike every early evening from PPH to the Blue Hole. I haven't seen her in months and I used to see her every single day. She is an elderly widow who lives alone, so I'm concerned about her. I don't know which house she lives in so I can't check on her. Did she move? or pass? or maybe she just has a flat tire? Thanks for your help.
On this date in 1795, Romantic poet John Keats was born in London.

Sonnet Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition
The church bells toll a melancholy round,
Calling the people to some other prayers,
Some other gloominess, more dreadful cares,
More hearkening to the sermon's horrid sound.
Surely the mind of man is closely bound
In some black spell; seeing that each one tears
Himself from fireside joys, and Lydian airs,
And converse high of these with glory crown'd.
Still, still they toll, and I should feel a damp,--
A chill as from a tomb, did I not know
That they are dying like an outburnt lamp;
That 'tis their sighing, wailing ere they go
Into oblivion;--that fresh flowers will grow,
And many glories of immortal stamp.
[People of Big Pine] I would like to ask Deer Ed if he would create a new section called The people at Big Pine Key. It is snow bird season again. Instead of The people of Walmart, we can post the goofy looking people in Big Pine. Send pictures of only people without them looking directly at camera or they might get mad. Us locals could get many pictures of tourists at the Flea Market and Winn Dixie or better yet, the mob running into Walgreens. We can have a lot of funny pictures. Just when you think you have seen it all, there will be something that shocks you.

Most unusual deaths of 21st Century. 25 Most Unusual Deaths of 21st Century!

Happy Halloween! Check out Dr. Dread's Halloween illustrated tale.
Comp Plan and LDR's are above county commissioners' pay grade, and make their eyes glaze over. Of course, staff knows this, which makes staff the power, and gives staff the leverage.
[Bear vs Buffalo] "I thought I was having a hallucination or something," said Wypyszinski. "I couldn't believe what that buffalo looked like." It was a bison, badly burned from an encounter with one of the numerous hot spots in Yellowstone National Park. The sight of such an injured bison alone is rare, but what Wypyszinski saw next was once in a lifetime. "Never, ever, ever," said Wypyszinski. "I've seen plenty of bear, and more buffalo. But I've never seen anything like that before." A grizzly was chasing the buffalo and gaining quickly.
Tuba revenge. Video

Halloween Costume
Pictures: Spooky Styles a Century Ago.
What do you really know about the bible? 50 questions to test your biblical knowledge.

[Tweet don't Vote] Democrats and Republicans, don't forget to tweet or Email your vote this year! It's easier than going to the polls - and as far as you know it still counts.
Every October, the Sosnowski family transforms their yard into an alley of frights. Thousands of orange lights, cobwebs and dozens of inflatable and animatronic characters cover nearly every inch of their lot. Known as the "Halloween House," the display has become somewhat of a local tradition as hundreds of families and trick-or-treaters flock from around the Valley.

'Halloween House' in Surprise drawing boos from neighbors, HOA
[Crimestoppers] They ought to check the ballistics on the 2 handguns found at this dealers house on Big Pine Key, they just might match up with the bullets that killed the other dealer at his grandmother's house a couple of months ago.

[Marriage] Me, (turns TV on) "Anything you'd like to watch?"
Wife, "Yeah, you getting the dogs in the house."
There is a wastewater Commissioner in Key Largo who is advertising in the Newspapers saying she is listening to her constituents and the “old dog knows who she works for” She was elected in Key Largo for the Key Largo Wastewater District, but some folk thinks she works for Islamorada not Key Largo! Meeting after meeting she has advocated how great it would be to bring up Islamorada effluence so Key Largo wastewater could treat it. She has voted to spend $20.000 of their money for hired attorney to write up the Interlocal agreement between Islamorada/Key Largo. She has played it down during her election run, but folks in Key Largo, do you believe her mind has changed or is she trying to pull the wool over your eyes so she can get elected again? Wake up folks, the “old dog” is up to her same old tricks don’t you think? What about the other Commissioner who is running for Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District also, he is an attorney I believe also owns his office in Islamorada? He also is promoting the Islamorada/Key Largo deal at these same meetings. Has everyone heard the old joke, “If his lips move he is lying”?

Don't even ask me what my chain saw is doing up in that buttonwood. Damnit!
[Mosquito Control] Executive director Edsel Fussell has been dealing with a swarming horde of critics.

All five candidates, the local newspapers and many in the public have condemned his handling of a cell phone scandal, his out-of-control spending for employee perks and his $184,600 salary plus benefits -- which makes him the highest paid county employee in Monroe County.

But Dan Dombroski, who is running against [Dick] Rudell, said on his website: ``Had enough of the no-see-um commissioners?''

Rudell and [Bill] Shaw both voted for the cost-of-living raises that have led to Fussell's large salary.

``When I moved down here from New York eight years ago, I couldn't believe there was a Mosquito Control Board,'' Dombroski said. ``Watching them in action, they remind me of a dysfunctional family at the Thanksgiving table.''

Fussell went on the attack last Wednesday on the bug show. Moderator George Murphy asked him: ``There are people who continue to claim you are overpaid. What is your response?''

Fussell said: ``Phooey.''

He's 77 and is planning to retire by July next year. But he doesn't want to go until he gets the dengue fever outbreak under control, which he thinks he can with a new version of a larvacide that just became available a few months ago.

But Fussell said he will not stay if it means a pay cut: ``I'll tell them to go to a hell in a heartbeat.''

If this doesn't make you see that we need a change on the Mosquito Control Board, maybe nothing will. Please vote on Tuesday November 2 for that change. Visit me on my web site 

I dressed my dog as a mailman for Halloween and he bit himself.
[Fat Food] A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald’s must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years. The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald’s hired “mystery clients” to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness. The man also said the company offered free lunches to employees, adding to his caloric intake while on the job.

[Sloan] Yesterday I was sent a number of Monroe County (County) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA) documents concerning extension of electricity, public drinking water and public sewerage collection and treatment to No Name Key, which is connected to Big Pine Key by the bridge featured in yesterday’s No Name Key & Amendment 4 post. The 43 private homes on No Name Key use solar panels and generators to produce electricity, cisterns to produce drinking water and/or water for irrigation, and septic or other onsite wastewater systems.
I wrote yesterday that it looks to me that extension of any of the above utilities to No Name Key will require a Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) change. The County and DCA documents I received yesterday agreed.
I also wrote yesterday of how I would vote, as a county commissioner, on the County participating in the extension of utilities to No Name Key without a Comp Plan change. I said I would  vote no, and I would file suit against the County if it cooperated with the extension of utilities out to No Name Key without a Comp Plan change. I would sue the County on my dime, as a dissenting county commissioner and as a Keys citizen and registered voter and taxpayer.
I was told yesterday that County Attorney Suzanne Hutton has friends on No Name Key, who are among the homeowners who want utilities brought out there. Friends Suzanne visits in their home on No Name Key. If this is so, I would think Suzanne is disqualified from weighing in on any matters related to No Name Key, including whether or not a Comp Plan change will be required for any of the above utilities to be brought out there.
[Dirty Politics] Have you ever seen such lies and falsehoods as this year’s political advertisements? Politics has never been this durty.

[More bar wisdom] I called tech support and got some dude from the Mideast or India or someplace. I said, “Hey, I called Dell not the Seven Eleven!”

Please, someone go provoke him. I want to see him whack somebody upside the head with a two 2-liter bottle of Squirt.
[Spam] Whenever you give anyone your phone number or email address you stand a good chance that they will be sold to telemarketers or spammers. It’s big business. No matter what the "cause", be it religious or simply a pet contest--it's all set up to get your email address. Don't be a sucker.

I have a phony phone number and email address that I use when filling out forms, etc. I only use my real email address if I need a reply and I never, ever use my real phone number.

[Eggs] Have you noticed that what passes as extra large eggs used to be called small?

Kiddie Guns
[Pot] Is it true that no one knows why pot is illegal?


Republicans don’t believe we don’t have any responsibility to take care of the disadvantaged. That's why their main platform and mantra is, “I got mine, how you doin’?”

Tea Party
at the light yesterday. A good time was had by all.
[Republican Lies] The Tea Party (all Republicans) want to return our country to how it was in the Republican years.

While the Iraq war was raging Vice President Cheney was on the Sunday spin shows touting a Zogby Report that he said showed the Iraqis liked having Americans invade their country. Well, not really in those words, but he was saying how they liked us so much. Last week, to promote his new book, Arab Voices and what they are saying to us and why it matters, Zagby was on TV and said Cheney made up those “facts” just like he made up the “facts” before the war. Zogby said the report Cheney was referring to, really said the Iraqis wanted us out 3 to 1 and would rather have almost any other country help them but the US. He also quoted other lies that Cheney made up to start a war.

We must not go back to the time of hopelessness that the Republicans Party signifies. Let's keep our country moving forward. We are on the right track. As a famous Republican once said, "Stay the course!"

From the Rally to Restore Sanity. We need one of those in Key West.

[From the Right] I agree in part with the poster who wailed on the act of violence to a liberal woman at a campaign event of a candidate being supported by the Tea Party. The woman had come to the event in disguise with the intent of confronting the candidate. The woman attempted to rush the candidate. The candidate’s supporters took this as a threat and the woman was taken to the ground by a group of the candidates supporters. These folks were not guards; they were supporters of the candidate. One, repeat one, of the Tea Party members placed his foot on the shoulder of the woman who had been taken to the ground. His foot was in contact with the woman’s shoulder once, for a matter of scant seconds. The woman was not kicked. This was unconscionable. It should not have happened. If you take the time to watch the video you will see and hear the other Tea Party supporters pushing the woman’s assailant away and shouting: “No No, no, come on Stop” The man’s name is Tim Proffitt, he was a coordinator of the candidates campaign. He has been fired by the candidate and is under investigation by the police. That is as it should be. One wonders where the liberal progressive indignation was when Kenneth Gladney, a black conservative man attending a health care town hall meeting around labor day, was beaten and stomped by a gang of SEIU union goons wearing the union colors. Where was the liberal progressive outrage when Andy Stern, recent president of the SEIU said: “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”

The liberal progressive poster was also partially correct when he/she said that the Tea Party is “out of control.” The Tea Party is beyond the control of the Democrats or the Republicans or the government. Tea Parties are personally committed to elect candidates who are fiscally responsible, who will cut government spending, who will cut government intrusion into our lives, and who knows that the government is the servant of the citizens of the United States and that the government serves only with the will of the governed. We will vote for candidates who will commit to being citizen legislators, not professional politicians.

(Part II) The 10/30/10 Tea Party is history. It was a lot of fun. A boat load of local folks and passel of strangers showed up, drank coffee, ate dogs and brauts, and just generally had a good time. There was a reasonable amount of flag and sign waving, and a horns-a-plenty on US 1 honking approval. We drank up quarts of coffee, ate pounds of pastry and cooked up dozens of dogs and brauts. This old fart had the great pleasure of meeting many new friends and enjoyed plenty of patriotic and just plain fun music. There were old folks, young folks, agnostics and Catholics. The mix of folks was astonishing. But they were all hard core patriotic Americans. Many thanks to the many folks who seriously busted butt to get it all done. The next one will be even better.

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There I was yesterday afternoon out by the Content Keys, commenting to my wife about how low the tides have been during the last week and how I've never seen so much exposed mud and grass out there in my 10 year history in the Keys, when on the radio comes some liberal candidate promising to rid the world of global warming and save the Keys from the encroaching sea-level rise as witnessed the last couple of months during the normal extreme high tide cycles of late summer and fall. God must be a Democrat, because He gives His followers evidence of  global warming every 12 hours.

Tea Party this morning! 


[Needy woman] I’ve noticed that woman that call their pets “children”, name their cars, and call vegetables “veggies” are needy in one way or another.~this author appears to have fecal matter between his ears, how did you figure that one out, oxymoron

Did you see Neugent's comments in The Citizen today?  The sleazeball says he "won't be intimidated" by the more than 200 people in Marathon who showed up at a meeting or signed a petition complaining about the way SPCA is running their animal shelter.

Intimidated?  These are your constituents you buffoon ... the people who elected you.  YOUR JOB IS TO LISTEN TO THEM!

Then he has the gall to say that the new animal control proposal may allow someone to "carve out the Lower Keys area for a separate bid".  It's long been the rumor that this is what SPCA has wanted to do since the beginning.  They want the cash without providing any real service.  (Remember, the first thing they did when they took over was to close the Big Pine Shelter.)  Neugent has been in bed with the SPCA throughout this process and this is just further evidence of that fact.
Someone at the bar last night said that Bench Bob and Flip Flop Bob are the same person. I didn't think this was true, but down here you never know. Anybody got any pictures of them so we can compare?
[Sloan] I’ve been ruminating on US Fish & Wildlife’s recent decision to roll over and play dead for the people who want electricity run out to No Name Key. Then they will want drinking water run out there. Then they will want  sewerage lines run out there. I’m having a really tough time understanding how our county government, more particularly, how our county commissioners will explain away the fact that our Comprehensive Plan discourages and our Land Development Regulations created pursuant to the Comprehensive Plan prohibit the extension of utilities to No Name Key and other areas in the Keys designated as a Coastal Barrier Resource.
Personally, I never was comfortable with our county commission taking a let’s wait and see what US Fish & Wildlife does approach, before deciding if they have to decide anything about No Name Key. But then, I never was comfortable with our county commission passing to the voters whether or not the county would keep Trauma Star. A felt the county commissioners should make that decision. I felt they, being county commissioners, knew the county government better than the voters. I felt the county commissioners had been elected to make the tough decisions. Well, perhaps I digress. Perhaps I need to get out my old lawyer hat and put it on top of my old head.
How do county commissioners just up and ignore the county’s own Comprehensive Plan and its Land Development Regulations without going through the public vetting and so forth an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan requires? I already can see the county commissioners being wooed in that direction by the same county staffers who schemed to woo them to ignore Key West altogether and approve the Wisteria Island development not having a clue what Key West was going to do. I already can hear the county commissioners being advised by county attorneys to roll over and play dead for the utility howlers on No Name Key, to save the county government from being sued for taking those howler’s property rights away from them. I also can hear county attorneys advising county commissioners, if they go against advice of counsel and don’t roll over, they can be sued individually by the utility howlers.
If I am on the county commission when that great train robbery comes up for consideration, I will say, ”Sue me. I’m not going to override our Comprehensive Plan and its Land Development Regulations and get myself sued by Last Stand and Alicia Putney. Nor am I going to get the county sued by them. In fact, I will sue the county government myself, if it tries to override its own Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations without going through all the steps required to do that.
Enter Amendment 4. Here’s what happens on No Name Key if 4 passes.
Assume the required change to the Comprehensive Plan is passed by the county commissioners. Assume the Department of Community Affairs then okays the Comp Plan change. Under Amendment 4, You the People then get to decide at the next general election whether the Comp Plan change flies or dies. If You the People decide the Comp Plan change dies, where’s the taking lawsuit against the county government? The county government can’t do a dang thing, because You the People stopped it. What, the No Name Key utility howlers sue You the People for not agreeing to the Comp Plan change? A real howl, huh? Don’t you just love Amendment 4?
I bet reading that 4-play sends shivers up and down the spines of the No Name Key public utility howlers, and I bet it don’t sit too terribly well with County Commissioners George Neugent and Heather Carruthers, either. I sort of suspect Commissioner Kim Wigington kinda likes 4. Commissioner Mario Di Gennaro won’t have anything to say about 4, as he was defeated in the August primary and his county commission days are over.
In that commission seat’s race you have one candidate, Mike Forester, who likes Amendment 4, which, if passed, will give You the People final say so over any Comprehensive Plan changes – translates to major development – in the Keys. If you think the ring leaders of the No Name Key utility howlers are not scheming ways to increase development on No Name Key, you need to turn in your voting card and go to the brain bank and get yourself one.
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Bum Bench
CVS temporarily removed the bench to have it cleaned and fumigated for Bench Bugs. Think about that, next time you sit ,where Bench Bob sat.
KW Citizen 10/20/10 Spoto might be out of luck  BY TIMOTHY O'HARA
Regarding Mr Langstaff's comment  "... the board should concern itself with budgets and policy while the executive director handles personnel matters." ,  with which Ms Lord-Pappy agreed.
Mr Langstaff  and Ms Lord-Pappy have short memories. The precedent for the Board concerning itself with "personnel matters" has already been clearly established ("The board had gathered to discuss merely placing Spoto on leave ...." ."... the board suspended Spoto...and ordered him to repay ... ". )   They can not now say it's not their job. Saying it's not their job, after having already done the exact thing they are now trying to avoid, is disingenuous and merely their personal loyalties overriding the best interests of the District.
Any  Board's responsibility is to ensure the welfare of the organization they are steering. In the case of a Board for a public entity, using public money, that responsibility is intensified due to public scrutiny. Not fulfilling, specifically avoiding that responsibility does not serve the organization.


Letter to the Editor: Response to Key West Citizen Editorial regarding Mosquito Control Board
I was in complete agreement with your editorial until your last sentence. Yes, all the problems you cited do exist, but transferring that dysfunctional operation to the county, which is itself dysfunctional, is not the remedy.  Using your logic and criteria (out of control spending and staff ignoring its board), the Key Largo Wastewater District operations and management should also be transferred to the county.  Actually, since Monroe County itself suffers from that same out of control spending and ignoring its board ailment, Monroe County operations should also be turned over to the state. 
The best solution to any spending abuse and board non-leadership is a new board, or outsourcing to a private company.

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Ron Saunders has run a very clean campaign. Considering the mud he could throw on Acevedo's BFF McPherson he is proved to many that politics can be a class act!  He's done a great job for us. McPherson's only plan is using his "connections" in Tallahassee.  What a bubba mentality! Ron's got my vote!
Is it even legal to sell that shade of pink?  I love the way she color coordinated her reusable shopping bag to match her shoes, purse, leggings, shirt, jacket, earrings and necklace.  If a bra had been necessary, do you think for one second it would have been any color other than SHRIEKING PINK??
charlie crist is a snake. When he lost the Republican Spot he decided to run as a independent. He is still losing so he is spreading lies stating Democrat Meeks is dropping out of the race in order to pick up some Democrat's votes. charlie crist is for charlie crist not Floridians or the American people. He is the type of Politian that we don't need anymore or ever again. We need people that have the American peoples interest in mind not career positions in our government
Big Pine Key you continue to be the drunken uncle of the Florida Key's. You need a Walmart. Superbad. Like tomorrow....
[Bum Bench Back]
You have a choice of shopping at two, side-by-side, Drug Stores on Big Pine Key:
No. 1- The store with benches and homeless people sitting, hanging out, or loitering near the entrance.
No. 2- The new clean store without the above.
Take your pick, vote November 2, 2010
Bar Wisdom~Not all men you meet in a bar or in general are men, most are hiding in there closets or basements, man by day flame by nite, I am one in need and knows one, I intend on coming out soon, maybe this Christmas!
FKSPCA in Marathon: Beth Leto, assistant director of Public Works for Monroe County, said those with concerns (about FKSPCA operations) need to open the lines of communication with FKSPCA.
Unfortunately, the FKSPCA is not responsive to nor communicative with citizens who call them. FKSPCA operates using Monroe County funding, and by providing that funding,  the county assumes a high level of responsibility. So it is not acceptable for a county employee, especially the 2nd in command of the department that directly oversees FKSPCA, to deny county responsibility and tell citizens to call FKSPCA instead. That's just problem ducking,  not problem solving. Usually those who duck problems do so because their either can not resolve or do not want to get involved,  for whatever reason.  2nd in command people had better know how to resolve,  or they should not be 2nd in command. Whether they want to,  that's another situation.
Just as a matter of form, no county employee should tell citizens to go elsewhere for resolution.  That's the worst lowest in customer service.  Does not look good for the county administrator in his quest for good customer service
In remembrance of Norton Buffalo.Norton passed away peacefully October 30th, 2009 in Paradise, California. He was surrounded by his family and a few close friends.
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NASA - NASA Trapped Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Subsurface Water  The ground where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became stuck last year holds evidence that water, perhaps as snow melt, trickled into the subsurface fairly recently and on a continuing basis.
BIG PINE KEY — A man already in jail on domestic battery and drug charges Thursday faces more charges after a search of his home turned up more drugs, including 100 doses of LSD, reports say. Robert Stevens Jr., 28, of Avenue D is now charged with domestic battery, trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. ~KW Citizen
The man on the bench improvised - he now has a chair.


Talk is cheap... except when Congress does it.
Final lab results, from government and independent labs, came back Thursday showing that samples taken of reported oil in West Bay, La., were absent of any crude oil, confirming initial findings that the discolored water was the result of an algal bloom. The large, orange blooms of algae in the nutrient-rich West Bay waters closely resembled the emulsified oil seen several months ago before BP's Macondo well was capped.
FTR is living in LaLa land when he speaks of the Tea Party.  The Tea Party has now become a party of violence.  They use violence to get rid of anyone who wants to voice their opinions at rallies.  Video clips have shown security guards, at Tea Party events, stomping peoples heads and taking them down to the ground.  What ever happened to the freedoms that the Tea Party used to be for?  What does Sharonn Angle mean when she says that second amendment remedies might be needed in our country?  The Tea Party is out of control.  It has become a nasty, brain washing, money hungry group.  It started out with good intentions and has now become the exact opposite of what it was against in the first place.  Extreme conservatism is dangerous.  Militia groups have tripled in the name of conservatism.  There is a pattern that has developed, and it is very ugly.  Do not be fooled.  Think for yourself.  Vote for intelligent, peaceful experienced people to run our country.  We live in complicated times.  Expect excellence! 
On this date in 1735, John Adams, who became second president of the United States, was born on a farm in Braintree (now Quincy) Massachusetts.  He married Abigail Smith (who later fruitlessly urged her husband to "remember the ladies" in the Constitution). . Adams carefully studied religion. Adams wrote Thomas Jefferson:  'This would be the best of all worlds if there were no religion in it!' "  Although he and Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826, Adams' dramatic dying words were: "Jefferson lives." D. 1826.

“Until this awful blasphemy [the Incarnation] is got rid of, there never will be any liberal science in the world.”

— John Adams, letter, Jan. 22, 1825, Works of J. Adams

I think what I want from my congress is to follow the Constitution  Nothing more..Nothing... ...........Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
Section 8 - Powers of Congress

November 2,2010.Vote.If your happy with the way your country has been run for the last 2 years VOTE for the party that has been running it. If you not happy with the way your country has been run for the last 2 years , VOTE  for someone else. VOTE..

Why do Democrats insist on falsely accusing the Republicans of using shady corporate funds to “buy” the upcoming election? It isn’t true.  These smears take on a new light now that the public employee union, AFSCME, has been revealed as spending more than either the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or American Crossroads/Crossroads GOP, both of which having spent millions on behalf of Republican candidates.  In fact, adding up the amounts disbursed by the top five spenders this season, Democrats come out $31.5 million a head thanks to the combined efforts of AFSCME, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the National Education Association (NEA). It’s just not right that these public employee unions can spend all their member’s money, and even take loans, without the authority of the members. The scary fact is that public sector labor unions top the list of 2010 campaign donors.

The "Evolution" of "Republican man". Oh wait republicans don't believe in evolution. Well Happy Halloween anyway.
Huge kudoes to the person that sent in the diagram of a tea party members brain.
Right on the button.Im sending it to a friend thats going to have a poster made of it and take it to Washington this weekend.
Dont forget folks watch the "Rally to regain Sanity" this weekend.
Im sure no lunatic fringe folks from way out left or way out right will enjoy it but the middle 70% ers in this country will love it.

Freethought Radio This Weekend

Radio from the Secular Point of View

Topic: Keeping Religion Out of Public Schools

Guests: FFRF Attorney Rebecca Markert & Student Awardee Eric Workman

FFRF staff attorney Rebecca Markert reports on the prayer in school violation FFRF has contested that is turning Daisy Soddy School District and the rest of Tennessee upside down. This year's Thomas Jefferson Youth Activist Awardee Eric Workman talks about why, as class valedictorian, he sued his public school district over illegal commencement prayers, and how he won.

Freethought Radio, from the secular point of view, broadcasts weekly. The show offers programming for nonreligious listeners, as well as countering the religious-right domination of our public airwaves. Saturdays, 11 am - noon Central, on Progressive Talk   

Podcasts are usually available Mondays by midmorning (except on national holidays, when they go up on Tuesday).
Or listen to Freethought Radio on iTunes.

I have a feeling a team Obstruction leader has again posted reeling in confusion.He railed about "what have illegal aliens done for this country"and went on to degrade our President.
Im sorry sir but you may agree with our President more then you think.This past year our country has deported over 300,000 illegal aliens.Yep thats a record number.Its over 70,000 more then any year of the Bush era.The administration has also set a record in fining businesses that are illegally hiring illegal aliens.
Now why would you whine about the illegals in this country yet not give praise to our President actually sending record numbers of them home?
Silly question I guess.Your party isnt allowed to let good news for this country get out."Party Obstruction" seems to hate the record number of illegals being sent home.Strange uninformed lot these folks are.Just say "NO" we get it.
One 82-year-old lady loves Obama and she may have a very good point. She says that Obama is amazing, and is rebuilding the American dream! She gives us an entirely new slant on the "amazing" job Obama is doing, and she says that she will thank God for the President. Keep reading for her additional comments and an explanation. When discussing Obama, she says: 1. Obama destroyed the Clinton Political Machine, driving a stake through the heart of Hillary's presidential aspirations - something no Republican was ever able to do. 2. Obama killed off the Kennedy Dynasty - no more Kennedys trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home. ( Not sure about this one!) 3. Obama is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes! Dennis Moore had never lost a race. Evan Bayh had never lost a race. Byron Dorgan had never lost a race. Harry Reid - soon to be GONE! These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed. By the end of 2010, dozens more will be gone. Just think, in December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election cycles, they had picked up 14 Senate seats and 52 House seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. However, in just one year, Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the House - if not the Senate - back to the Republicans. 4. Obama has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Sadly, every generation seems to need to re-learn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. Obama is bringing home the lesson very well: Liberals tax, borrow and spend. Liberals won't bring themselves to protect America. Liberals want to take over the economy. Liberals think they know what is best for everyone. Liberals are not happy until they are running YOUR life. 5. Obama has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one year, he has rejuvenated the Conservative Movement and brought out to the streets millions of freedom loving Americans. Name one other time when you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America! 6. Obama, with his "amazing leadership," has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a "stimulus" to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded, or moved off-shore. 7. In all honesty, one year ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not afraid of the economy, but afraid of the direction our country was going. I thought, /Americans have forgotten what this country is all about. /My neighbors and friends, even strangers, have proved to me that my lack of confidence in the greatness and wisdom of the American people has been flat wrong. 8. When the American people wake up, no smooth talking teleprompter reader can fool them! Barack Obama has served to wake up these great Americans! Again, I want to say: "Thank you, Barack Obama!" After all, this is exactly the kind of hope and change we desperately needed!! * November 2nd is HUGE!!!!* * Please encourage others to Vote.............forward this onward, if you like.* "What we do is a reflection of who we are." "The gift of God is eternal life..."
There already IS a Coffee Party ! Their motto is" Wake up and Stand up!" It's non -partisan and is showing our representatives in D.C. that they work for us, not special interests .

This  crusty old Caucasian, who smells of souring vanilla ice cream  continues to marvel at the hypocrisy of liberal/progressive folks. Yesterday, a very clever writer who I think is capable of much better satire, decided that his way to try to discredit the Tea Party and this old fart was to take a stroll down Homophobic Bigoted lane. On reflection is appears that gerontophobia, racism, homophobia, sexism and hypocrisy are the stock in trade of the l/p’s.  Yesterday’s Conch Rag poster managed to dress his rant with all of the foregoing. It is plain that the author is averse to homosexuality. That is a very strange “posture” here in the Keys. Homophobia is not a valued attribute. And of course we must add hypocrisy to the mix given that one of the lions of the l/p’s is Barney Frank.  Perhaps he or the “lady doth protest too much.” Then we see that Ragger was driven to express his disdain for us elderly folks, especially white elderly folks. I wonder why the Ragger believes that this old fart is caucasian? He's only half right. The gerontophobia is odd given the lined and crusty visage of Harry Reid, the current lion of the l/p’s. Who can forget the inflated wrinle free face of the doddering Teddy Kennedy? What was it that he reeked of?  But the real rub in the whole piece is the racist component. I wonder how the “satirist” could come to the conclusion that as a group conservatives are always white. That of course the raison d’etre for the vanilla ice cream device.  Sure smells like racism to me. Whatever happened to the Obama promis of a post racial society? Do you recognize any of the following names? Ward Connerly, Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele, Thomas Sowell?  All proud black conservatives. Black Conservatism has become an important component of conservative thought. The unsubstantiated charge of racism crap really pisses me off. It is the refuge of the sniveling coward. I challenge the “satirist” to show a single instance of racism on the part of any of the folks who have attended any of the previous BPK Tea Parties.  Then there is the larger issue of the stunning racism we just witnessed on the part of the Dems.   I hope that you are aware that The White House and Bill Clinton attempted to schmooze black Senate Democrat Candidate Kendrick Meeks to drop out of the race so that the whitest of the three candidates might have a shot at winning.  Crist is the whitest of the three, he is no longer a Republican, he has promised that he will cast his lot with the Senate Democrats if he is elected. Crist’s candidacy now splits the Democrats down racial lines.  Crist sure is a major slimeoid! Why didn’t Obama and Clinton try to schmooze Crist to drop out in favor of Meeks? Meeks, with the support of Crist followers would have a decent chance to beat Marco Rubio, a Latin. They are frantic to beat Rubio because of his staunch opposition to illegal immigration. Then there is the issue of sexism. Even the most fuddled l/p has to admit that the l/p establishment especially despises female Republicans or Conservatives. The evidence is much to vast to even begin to list. Perhaps the most recent example involves Joy Behar, comedienne doyen of the l/p’s. Behar has, on the tv show “The View”, twice angrily labeled Conservative Senate Candidate Sharon Angle, as being a “bitch.” The unseemly incidents went unnoticed by mainstream media. Imagine the yowl if Elizabeth Hasselbeck, a Conservative woman also on ‘The View” had called Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton a bitch. Hypocrisy: 'a state of grace for liberal and progressive thinkers.'  


Good morning folks: Why are you wasting this beautiful day reading this when you could be enjoying yourself at the Tea Party Rally at US1 and Key Deer?  There should be plenty of coffee and pastries left, and the brauts and dogs go on the grill at noon. Come on down! Dawn will be performing.  If you read this at about 1:PM or so, come on over have a hot dog or a braut with us. Enjoy.  


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[Bum Bench Back] As of Wednesday afternoon 2 benches are in front of CVS. Did CVS realize Walgreens is about to open and now was not the time to tick people off?

will change back to standard time on the first Sunday in November.

[Amendment 5 and 6] In 2012, Florida lawmakers will redraw voting-district lines just as they do every 10 years.  But for decades, lawmakers have “gerrymandered” voting districts, making sure that election results favor incumbents even if it means splitting up communities and minimizing your ability to make your voice heard. 

AARP seldom takes positions on amendments, and it is only because we think Amendment 5 and 6 are so important to strengthening the power of voters that we are supporting them.  If you want to know more about other amendments on the ballot, you may want to consult with the League of Women Voters, who for many years has published informative guides on elections.  Click here to find their current version

It seems that although Sloan is allowed to say just about anything to anyone here regardless of how insulting and vulgar he gets, posts that might be offensive to Sloan are not published. I just wanted everyone to know how things work here. Ed has his favorites and they are "more equal" than the rest of us.

(Ed: Don’t be paranoid. Sloan is slandered here so often that I don’t post many of them as they get boring. We don’t publish the continual repetition of Obama’s birth certificate, his aunt’s life or the 1% transaction fee every day either, although they come in every day. Give it a rest.  Below is one post that sums up the Sloan hater’s feelings. I hope it pleases you.)

10/2/10 “Sloan is a vicious, malicious, cruel, drama junkie. The best thing that his victims can do is to hire legal counsel to deal with him. Do not respond to him directly because that feeds his sense of self importance. And any individual who feeds him information about the personal lives of others is just as dangerous and vile as he is.”  

I bet dinosaurs thought they ruled this planet just like we do now.

[Sloan] From time to time I mention The Résistance in my posts. The Résistance are people dedicated to preserving and improving the Keys and the way of life down here. The Résistance are people who heckle our local governments unceasing when they behave as if they have forgotten who they are and what they are supposed to do. The Résistance are your and my “last stand” amigos and amigas in the Keys. They do what they do because it is what they do. Last Stand comes to mind as an organization which itself is part of The Résistance. Yet when I speak of The Résistance, I speak not of organizations but of people. Some members of The Résistance show up regularly at county and city meetings. Others sometimes they show up at government meetings, but mostly they work out of public view. The Résistance is not a club, it is not an organization, it does not have a membership committee, it does not hold regular meetings, it does not have a membership list, it does not charge dues, it does not ask for donations. The Résistance is a state of being, a way of life. It is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
A well-known (to our county government) lower Keys female member of The Résistance asked me yesterday, what is it with George Neugent? Does he have trouble dealing with smart women? She meant by smart women, County Commissioner Kim Wigington, who has tried very hard to bring a higher ethical standard into our county government. Kim has met resistance to that effort from all four county commissioners, but George Nugent’s resistance, from what I have seen at county commission meetings, borders on and even crosses into irrationality and rude behavior. I had been scratching my head for months about George’s resistance to Kim’s efforts, which were in line with State Attorney Dennis Ward’s efforts, to bring ethics into our county government. Most poignant and recent, the late afternoon portion of the last county commission meeting.
I had wondered many times, why, after his experiences with successive Gangs of Three on the County Commission, George had not led the charge for ethics reform in our county government? Ethic laws and rules with teeth, which could be enforced locally. Why did George keep saying there are sufficient laws on the books in Tallahassee, state laws regulating elected officials and government employees, when he knew Tallahassee has demonstrated over and over again that it is a paper tiger; that it does not rigorously enforce its own laws against local governments, and, to the contrary, interprets its own laws in such ways that make Tallahassee look like the capitol of the bending of the rules cabal. The very opposite of The Résistance, the champion of business as usual – Tallahassee.
The résistance fighter said years ago, before my time in the Keys, George Neugent had taken out after a woman on the County Commission – her name now escapes me. This woman commissioner was smart, and George had made her life miserable. When later yesterday, I spoke with another well-known female résistance fighter, who lives down Key West way, and shared the question with her, “Does Geroge Neugent have trouble with smart women?”, this woman also brought up how George had treated the woman county commissioner who was before my time in the Keys. Darn, I wish I could recall her name; I had never heard of her before yesterday.

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Both the School Board and the Bug Board need enemas. I’m not voting for any incumbent. I’m voting for Dombroski for Bug Board. Maybe he can reign in some of their excessive spending and pay raises.

FIRM Fundraiser Dinner Celebration and Key West Bicycle Fun Ride and Criterium Weekend November 5, 6 & 7.

Saturday Evening: A lively evening of music, dinner, silent auction, raffles, and friendship at the West Martello Garden Club. Music by Lenore Troia and Friends. Dinner tickets $25 ahead of time and $30 at the door. Party tickets $7 ahead of time and $10 at the door. Purchase tickets at Pearl’s Rainbow, 525 United Street.
Friday Evening race to a local bar.
Saturday Morning 40 mile and 15 mile bike ride, 9:30 A.M. at White St Pier. Family Bicycle Poker Run 10:15 AM. Fun Children’s Bike Races at White St Pier, 9 A.M. (fundraiser for Montessori Charter School ).
Sunday Morning Criterium Races around Higgs Beach 8:25-12:30

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Hell of a
Hail Storm in Phoenix, AZ. October 5. I cannot imagine being caught in the open in this! Video

[More bar wisdom] Cuban is the same as Spanish except that every other word doubles as "boat”.

Halloween Warning

Skepticism is the first step toward truth.  ~Dennis Diderot

Eden Pines
 is ready for Halloween. Come on Kids!

[Humane iguana killing]  Doesn't that constitute an oxymoron?  Or maybe it's just written by a moron?  Other than for living creatures that are incurably sick or mortally wounded, there is no such thing as humane killing or the often misused term "euthanasia", as in euthanizing a stray animal.  Look the term up in any dictionary of your choosing.  But be forewarned, some of the words in the definition are more than four letters long, so you may need a little help.  The tragedy is that these types of people find ways to justify killing living creatures for fun, convenience, or to make sure there's something between their legs other than empty space, which is certainly the case in the area between their ears.

Dizzy yet?

[Let's hope election will fix mosquito district] I attended the Mosquito Control Board meeting on Oct. 18 and was dismayed at the behavior of Chairman Steve Smith, Commissioner Joan Lord-Papy and Commissioner Charles Langstaff.

Commissioner Langstaff was calling from a vehicle or from an office in the building to see if the other commissioners would allow him to vote and conduct board business via phone. Was he afraid to face the public who pays his $23,000-plus salary?

A county website shows Commissioner Langstaff has not paid his property taxes since 2002, yet he collects his salary and still has his pension to collect. Does it seem Langstaff is stealing from the taxpayer? He is not running for re-election [and I] hope the alleged crimes do not disappear along with him up in Levy County.

I spoke before the board and requested all board meeting agendas (including all backups) and the previous months' minutes be made available to the public on the district's website. I asked Commissioner Langstaff if he had filed his financial statement, as required by the office he holds.

Commissioner Lord-Papy said my inquiry was a personal question and I had no right to ask such a question. Chairman Smith supported her, which muted any answers from Commissioner Langstaff.

I guess the $15,000 bonus and the $16,600 salary increase given to Superintendent Mike Spoto by Executive Director Ed Fussell is not public business, either?

If not for the [inspection of] Mr. Spoto's personnel file by Commissioner Shaw, the public would never have known about these increases, or the traffic ticket Mr. Spoto received and did not report -- as mandated by the rules of his employment.

The circling of wagons by Smith, Lord-Papy and Langstaff will soon be uncurled by new oversight on the board after this election.

Hopefully public business will be made more transparent -- more trust will be built about the budget, less wasteful spending, health care benefits for employees/retirees will be looked into, no new $8 million-dollar castle will be built, just to name a few changes this taxpayer would like to see. ~Kay Thacker Key Largo

I sure do miss Monte's restaurant on Summerland.   It was worth the usual long wait to get in because the food was great and reasonably priced.  Also Mike and Jeri were great people. 

I can't wait until CVS goes under. I think it would make a great Olive Garden.

[Pot Luck Dinner] Lower Keys Property Owners Association is having their first Pot Luck Dinner of the season Mon. Nov. 1st at their club house on Bogie Rd. (just before the No Name bridge) on Big Pine. All lower Keys residents and visitors are welcome. B.Y.O. with appetizers and set-ups furnished at 6:00 P.M.  Pot Luck Dinner at 6:45.
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[Bum Bench Reply From CVS]  Sent:  Thank you for removing the bum bench in front of your Big Pine Key store

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[Ultraviolet] This mosaic of M31 merges 330 individual images taken by the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope aboard NASA's Swift spacecraft. It is the highest-resolution image of the galaxy ever recorded in the ultraviolet. Also known as the Andromeda Galaxy, M31 is more than 220,000 light-years across and lies 2.5 million light-years away. On a clear, dark night, the galaxy is faintly visible as a misty patch to the naked eye.

The irregular shape of the image results when the more than 300 images were assembled to make the final image.

[Truman Waterfront] For eight years we have been waiting on something to happen at the Truman Waterfront. Thanks to the Eco-Center and Bill Verge for bringing the Ingam and Mohawk ships for local families as well as tourists to the beautiful waterfront to do something. If you like the historic ships go to www.keysnews and vote in support of them. I think voting ends Friday.

Does Coconuts Lounge have food?
Yes. Wendy has opened Coconuts kitchen with a late night menu. I am not sure what the hours are. Call the "NUT" 872-3795 or stop by.

[Restaurant Review] We had dinner last night at the Buon Appetito Restaurant (make a left at the Sheriff's sub station on Cudjoe). Wow, were we surprised, 2 gourmet entrees with salads and fresh baked bread for under $25 in a very nice atmosphere and a good selection of wines. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, they have 2 for 1 dinner, which include salad and hot fresh baked bread. The prices are very reasonable, service is excellent and the food is terrific. We’ll be back.

Junk for babies

[Vote No on 4] The 5 top candidates, Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek for US Senate and Rick Scott and Alex Sink for Governor all support a No Vote on 4. Pretty much anyone that values jobs in Florida supports a No Vote on 4, and that list is way too long to include.

Have you ever heard the expression, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is? Amendment 4 is not designed to empower the voters; it's designed to hand power over to special interest lawyers and hand taxpayers the bill. As a matter of fact, the main financial supporter for getting this amendment on the ballot is a very wealthy attorney in West Palm Beach.

[New World Order] Nothing shows a lack of knowledge more than people that have no clue on how the political system really works. It seems a lot of political experts live in Big Pine. Nothing shows me a person’s lack of knowledge more than when someone uses the words, left, right, liberal or conservative. That’s a red flag and a reason to laugh my ass off at you for thinking you actually know what’s going on.

Both parties are 2 wings of the same bird and they are both controlled by the same brain. So while these 2 parties bicker back and forth and you blame the other party, they continue to ransack the country as planned. They both are equally to blame (as well as you are if you buy into this).

Until you understand this is how it really works you would be wise to avoid showing your lack of knowledge to us that do understand the truth. You look really silly and while you think you are helping your country you are really part of the problem. Educate yourself. Do your homework first if you want to try to debunk this.

If you really care about your country and truly want to help it, just take a little time with an open mind and you will see that we have been hijacked by the rich of the richest long ago. Our presidents are selected in advance by the rich people that have millions and billions at stake. They select people that will protect their interests. not the peoples’, unless it's convenient to their cause and/or doesn't cost them anything.

[No Fly List] Think only suspected terrorists and hardened criminals end up on the government's infamous No Fly List? Well you best mind your manners on your next flight - in these days of heightened airline security, all it takes is to end up in hot water is some seriously obnoxious passenger behavior and an iPad. Passenger put on No Fly List for using iPad |

Monte’s Restaurant, the good ol' days.  I always believed I was getting the freshest fish and shrimp anywhere in the Keys. I miss Monte's.

People Art

[Benches of the World] CVS, changing the World, one bench at a time.

Does any one have a picture of Bench Bob? If so, please send it to the Editor so we can create a missing person poster. A picture of the missing bench would also be helpful.

The Vineyard is like Russia and Nazi Germany. Alters and denies its history and the facts. Even the USA, to a point. Too bad Lonnie Frisbee isn't here to set the record straight! Bunch of fried acid-heads(not that there's anything wrong with that) and gullible misfits! There is no god. Get real!

[Tin Hat] For those times when you need fried okra and chicken strips so bad, that you just can’t wait for the bleach to set. It also helps keep out harmful rays from space.

Please accept this as your invitation to attend the upcoming fundraiser to benefit the Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. the Second Annual Poolside Prowl being held at the Islander Resort in Islamorada on Veteran's Day, Thursday November 11. The time of the event is 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. There is no ticket price for the event. DAS is hopeful that you will bring with you any of the desired wish list items as your ticket for entry into the event (check our website for items).

Thanks for your consideration in attending and positioning DAS with the much needed items to assure that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have the items they need. Community support is critical to the success of serving Monroe County domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children.

We are working towards the elimination of violence against women, men, and children. Bulletin Board

Is Dan Dombroski related to Jarred from the Subway ads?  They look like brothers.

[Ron Saunders] I will be voting against him because he is responsible for the ecological harm he caused by keeping the horribly invasive exotic Australian pines at Ft. Zack State Park. He kowtowed to a small, but vocal group of selfish ignoramuses, changing the State Park's policy to stick with native plants. Not only that, but he is responsible for taxpayers spending $89,000 to clean the sand from around their trunks so the trees will be healthier. Did you know that each tree is now tagged and catalogued with it's GPS coordinates? Guess who pays for this slap in the face of Mother Nature? We do.


[Needy woman] I’ve noticed that woman that call their pets “children”, name their cars, and call vegetables “veggies” are needy in one way or another.

A 5-year-old talks on the phone with 911 while her dad is having difficultly breathing.  Don't leave too soon.  This little girl is not only smart, but very funny.

AA destroying the social lives of thousands of once-fun Americans. I would like to make amends to all for being in AA, especially the AA Basher.  I did not realize the effect of me being sober had on the community, my old friends, and most strangers that I come across.  It should not take more than a week for me to get back to my old self.  Soon I'll be stealing from the community at large and making my (new) problems yours, once again.  It was wrong of me to live such a peaceful life, when, I could be miserable.  The AA Basher has reached me - Thank you.,18349/


[Tea Party Members] FTR, you are absolutely correct on the membership of the Tea Party.  It is really sad that so many of our leftist friends choose to judge members without taking the time to find out for themselves. I suppose that is about par for the course for them. 

It's strange that they seem to think we want to go back to the era of GW Bush.  We don't.  I think most of us would say GW was way too liberal, and a big spender.  The misguided Republican congress he had was also of the progressive nature, increasing government intrusion in our businesses and personal lives, and over spending. They were a failure at best.  And, of course, it got worse when the dems took over in ‘06.  When our current president pushed through his extreme leftist/progressive agenda, that was the final straw.  We woke up.  It is not okay any longer.

I sure wish I could be there on Saturday, but I am out of town on business.  I will be with you all in spirit. 

[The Tea Party Not Hopeless] Are you happy with the unemployment rate in the US?  Are you happy with the possibility of losing your healthcare from your employer because of the Obama Care costs?  Are you happy with the property values being in the drink? .... Barney Franks helped that along.   Are you happy with government owning auto companies, banks?  Obama has been in the office close to 2 years now...tell me what he has done to make our Country work better since he has been elected? Obama “represents Socialistic and even Marxist principals that our founding fathers tried to avoid when setting out the capitalistic republican form of government represented by our Constitution”.

At the same time Pelosi/Reid/Obama helped to redistribute the wealth of others. Our system of a free market economy is being destroyed by the likes of Pelosi, Harry Reid, and sadly to say our President.  “They have added nothing to the economy of the United States; they have only subtracted from our great Country”.  What have the illegal immigrants or illegal workers contributed to this country who Obama is trying to protect?  What has Obama done for the workers of the USA to protect them and their jobs?  Him along with Pelosi, Reid, Frank, and Obama are truly a disgrace to most of the people who served this country. 

Yes, I am listening.  Are you? I hope you are listening. You and the likes of you are the ones that need to be afraid because we are going to the polls on Tuesday Nov. 2nd to shut off Obama's water.  You can have your Harry Reid's, Nancy Pelosi’s, Barney Frank's, and the President.

[1% transaction tax] I sure wish the clown who keeps posting the crap about the 1% transaction tax would just fold his silly tent and flee. I think that it’s very probable that the 1%er is in fact a liberal who thinks that CT fans are gullible enough to believe that he/she is a conservative. It just smells of a dirty trick. The 1%er is gaming us in order to try and discredit those who oppose Mr. Obama and his policies.

Tea Party Rally
at the light in Big Pine Key at 10AM this Saturday. Free food and lots of fun.

Jon Stewart’s Rally for Sanity weekend is coming up. As Jon asked, "Why don’t we hear from the middle 70% of Americans on the political talk show circuit". Then he went on to say, "It’s because we have s**t to do everyday." I’ve never heard truer words.

It’s time to regain sanity in America and get off of silly subjects such as "The President read from a prompter to school kids" and the left whining about healthcare not being enough and the "GOD hates America" religious right need to regain their sanity. I hope the rally is on TV as it will be a great watch. Hatred and extremism is ruining this country and it’s a sad thing to watch.

FTR says, "the Tea Party people are a bunch of ultra-right wing bozos." Finally we agree.

[3.8% Tax] Under the new health care bill, did you know that all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8% sales tax?  The bulk of these new taxes don't kick in until 2013. This bill is set to screw the retiring generation who often downsize their homes. Does this stuff make your November and 2012 vote more important?

Teabagger’s brain explained

[Corporations are People Too] Is anyone worried about how different this election has been?  The reason is that the far Right wing of the Republican Party is attempting to buy the government--and they are probably going to succeed.

It's a result of the activist judges on the U.S. Supreme Court, the five conservatives led by Chief Justice Roberts who ignored precedent in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  They stretched the law in a 5-4 ruling and held that corporations are "persons" under the campaign finance law and, therefore, their "speech" couldn't be limited under the First Amendment.  This ruling meant that there are no limits on what corporations can spend on political ads and political campaigns.

The repercussions are immediate.  The election Tuesday will be the first one purchased by corporate money.  It's the reason we are seeing so many odd attack commercials that conclude with "this commercial not authorized or approved by any political candidate."

In Iowa and Illinois, big insurance companies and medical providers are financing campaigns to get rid of state court judges who have ruled against them.

The danger in all this is that you and I can't finance campaigns to get rid of legislators or judges we don't like. Now we are at the mercy of the big corporate money that has taken over the Republican Party.  The average citizen has been trampled on by big money and its ability to control and run a massive propaganda campaign.

[Obama Ad]
Remembering the chills, thrills, excitement and promises! Video

Obama on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart this Wednesday.

Conch Rag interview with FTR: Part 2.

Conch Rag: Now, FTR. You seem mighty preoccupied with sharing "the truth" with people. Could you explain wh....

FTR: Why did you just put "the truth" in quotes?

CR: Will you stop looking over my shoulder while I'm conducting this interview?

FTR: Sorry.

CR: And while we're at it, will you stop rubbing my leg with your foot? 

FTR: I'm doing nothing of the sort! I just have a wide stance! 

CR: Sure. Heard that one before. Now you were asking...?

FTR: Why did you put "the truth" in quotes?

CR: Because your version of "the truth" is not necessarily everyone's version. Sort of like how they call a Garden burger a "burger". Just because it's in the shape of a burger and fits between two buns doesn't make it a burger. Or how just because a man dresses up as a woman doesn't mean he'll go to the women's prison for giving 3-dollar rub & tugs at the bus station bathroom.

FTR: Hey! Just what are you insinuating? 

CR: Nothing at all. I think 3 dollars is a fine price. 

FTR: I'm getting the feeling that this interview is made to distract and steal focus from the real issues.

CR: And what issue do you think we should focus on?

FTR: That Obama is leading us down a road to ruin. This administration is spending our nation into oblivion. 

CR: I've noticed you Tea Party folks like to complain about the fiscal state of our country, but often have no other solution to offer other than tax cuts. 

FTR: Tax cuts work!

CR: Sure. I think Bush proved that they work as well as a condom made of Kleenex. Now, your Tea Party she-bang is scheduled for this Saturday. The same day as Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity" and Fantasy Fest.

FTR: What does that have to do with anything?

CR: I just find it amusing that on the same day people of all cultures and creeds in DC and Key West will be gathering to have fun and celebrate, you will be on the roadside with your crusty, caucasian brigade, sipping convenience store coffee and grousing about the current administration.

FTR: I have stated previously that there are people of all stripes in our Tea Party. It's a literal melting pot!

CR: I've driven by your Tea Party before. It is indeed a melting pot. A big melting pot of sour, vanilla ice cream.

FTR: That is a crude, generalization! 

CR: Well, if anybody can recognize crude generalizations… 

Marxism in America

[Repeal the Affordable Health Care for America Act] Look anybody in the eye and say the following: Repeal because it's badly written legislation, without financial structure, and does not have public sustainability. In one form or another, the next Congress will fiddle and fuss with AHCAA.

I have an acquaintance in KW who loves this legislation because she can not afford her own health care bills. Her immediate response after it passed was "This is good. Now somebody else can pay my doctor bills. Us poor people need a break. This is great for people without insurance"  Sadly for both of us, all I could think was she will drag me down into the poorhouse with her.  Then she went out to dinner in KW, spending $42.00 after tip.  While she was dining, I was driving back to Marathon, and stopped at fast food, spending $4.97. 

When is it the government's job to provide for people, supersede their own responsibility, and at who's expense?

[From the Right] Does coffee and pastries sound like a good way to start a Saturday? Why not take a break tomorrow from your yard sale crawl and stop in for a cup'pa and a snack. You'll be welcomed by a lot of your BPK neighbors and enjoy some socializing and good conversation. Flash! We've just decided that we need to have bratwurst as well as hot dogs. What can be better than a charcoal grilled bratwurst, or hot dog and a cool beverage all the while enjoying good conversation with good people. Please come on out tomorrow to Key Deer Blvd and US 1 anytime after 10 AM. If you can't stop by, please do the right thing for our country next Tuesday and vote.

(Part II) When the new Congress convenes in January there will be fur flying everywhere. It’s nearly certain that the Reps will control the House and probably will be within 2 votes of controlling the Senate. It’s crystal clear that there will be many Dem Senators who will be running away from The Obama and will cast their lot with the Reps. The stampede has already started. I'm convinced that on January 2, 2011 the Reps will immediately begin wide ranging and serious slashing of spending. That painful process is absolutely necessary. You and I both know that. The cutting will take great courage because a lot of powerful and sacrosanct political oxen will be gored. Obamacare as it is now structured will be one of those oxen. It must be either repealed or defunded. No nation can afford its waste and expense. It will not decrease the cost of medicine; it will do the exact opposite. The cascade of unforeseen consequence has already begun with scores of companies seeking wavers, people losing health coverage, and increasing medical costs.  Even Germany, often touted as the darling of socialized medicine apparatchik, is suffering. They have come to the realization that they can’t afford their socialized system.  They are being forced to substantially raise health care taxes and premiums and to slash health care spending. I pray that Team Obama suddenly gets some serious sense and decided not to impose one of the biggest, if not the biggest tax increase in our history. All they need to do to avoid this huge increase is to extend the tax law that is currently in existence. It could be done in just days. If they did that, the day after the announcement of no tax increase, the economy would start improving

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Canosia, MN. I wish I was in the Keys where it’s predicted to be 85º today.

The Islamorada mayor on Wednesday must go before a judge and give him a legal explanation as to why he is not cooperating with state prosecutors’ investigation into allegations that his wife assaulted him last month. Michael Reckwerdt could be held in contempt of court if Judge Reagan Ptomey finds the mayor does not have a valid legal reason to withhold a statement. ~KW Citizen

[Child Molester] A 61-yearold Big Pine Key man was arrested Tuesday on charges of fondling a 6-yearold girl at his house. Edwin Curtis Klabbatz, of 219 W. Sandy Circle, was charged with sexual battery on a child and lewd and lascivious acts on a child. ~KW Citizen

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Imre, I'm sorry to hear you've been stuck in the hospital with an injury, that's always miserable, even over here.  Glad the cops busted the punk, hope he's greatly inconvenienced for a very long time.  Stay tough. I always enjoy your rants from Hungary.


Marathon's Regular Gas Prices on October 27, 2010 at NOON

Chevron at Coco Plum & US1 [east]



Citgo at 132nd Street & US1



Shell near 132nd Street & US1



Shell across from 111th Street & US1



Citgo near 110th Street & US1



Citgo near 63rd Street & US1



Tom Thumb at Sombrero Beach Road & US1



Chevron at 39th Street & US1



Mobil just past 11th Street & US1 [west]



[Four Years] Omar Brown is headed back to prison after a Key West jury found him guilty Wednesday of robbing a jewelry store four years ago. Four years ago! They’ve tied up our courts for four years! What happened to “speedy trial”?

[Bum Bench Reply] Thank you for contacting CVS/pharmacy. At CVS, we believe the best way to resolve our customers' questions and concerns about their experience with their local CVS store is by speaking with them.  Because of that, we ask that you contact us by phone at 800-SHOP-CVS (800-746-7287, option 3 from the main menu).  We are available Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

[Sloan] If a CVS manager made the decision to removed the bench to  make tourists happy, that manager had bat s**t for brains, and a heart I wouldn't want inside of me. What better possible promo could the soon to open Walgreens have gotten in the Big Pine area? Perhaps CVS has an opening at its new store in Outer Mongolia?
I opposed the Walgreens with everything I could throw at it in 2006. I still oppose it. We don't need two drug stores on Big Pine, just as we don't need two big grocery supermarkets.
The Silver lining might be lots of locals who read the CT start thinking more seriously about Bob and the bench we all often saw him using to read and hang out: "There but for the grace of God go I."
Looks to me that Walgreens will eat CVS's lunch with or without the help of Bob and the bench. Walgreen's has the better position to receive incoming and  departing vehicle traffic. Location, location, location. Won't surprise me if CVS closes that store in a year or two, then we have another empty building and all the people who supported Walgreens coming in to replace the empty Scotty's building eyesore, will be howling about the empty CVS eyesore.
I tried to get Jimmy Weekly, Key West's past mayor, to bring a Faustos to Big Pine where the Scotties was. But he said he had all he could say grace over looking out for the two Faustos in Key West.
I told the Walgreen's people four years ago I would do all I could to get their Big Pine store boycotted, if they opened it. Then CVS did the unthinkable. Never a dull moment.

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[Fashion Police] I have infinite admiration for the sheer strength of good quality denim.  Moreover, I will be eternally thankful if these jeans wait until she reaches the truck to explode.  Seriously, they should consider using denim on the next NASA space vehicle.

[Not Rob’s] It is nice to learn that Rob's has fried conch. I have not had good conch since Monte's on Summerland Key closed.

Coconuts Halloween Party Saturday night at Coconuts, Big Pine Key. Happy Hour prices for customers with Costumes. Food and fun. Come party with us or stop in after the FantasyFest parade and join the party!

Sunday continue the party from Noon on.  Wear your team colors or your costumes. Bring in your carved pumpkins for Pumpkin and Costume contests with prizes. There will be Food (bring a dish if you wish) and Jell-o shots.

Bengals vs. Dolphins Football game at 1 pm.

[Crayola Artist]  Don Marco was born in Northern Minnesota in the late 1920's. His interest in art was evident even before starting school. As a young adult in the Army Air Corp, he began his life's career in Air Traffic Control, which continued until his retirement from Honolulu International Airport in 1973... Much of his spare time was spent as a professional artist.

Before retirement, Don started developing a technique to create fine art, using Crayola Crayons. Shortly after retiring, he published his first print. Living in Southern California, his work was in demand, including commissions from Burt Reynolds and a one-man show at his Dinner Theater in Florida.

AA’s Twelve-step program say an interesting thing; either you have a god, or you are God and you don't want the job.   ~James Taylor, interview, Rolling Stone (June 24, 1997)

in the 60s.

Scientology, The Vineyard? You must be out of your cotton pickin’ mind! Visit one of their many websites and make a decision based on facts (if you are capable). This is the finest place in the Keys to worship God in a relaxed, honest, down-to-earth manner.

[Balloon Boy’s A**hole Father] Now, he's selling "Bear Scratch," a post that attaches to an interior or exterior wall that allows humans to scratch an itchy back the same way bears do in the wild. Last month, the family moved to a neighborhood near Bradenton, Fla., where Richard Heene registered as a convicted felon, as required by state law, and listed his occupation as a general contractor, the St. Petersburg Times reported. But Heene still sees himself as a public personality. He's involved in a paranormal research group called "The Science Detectives" and recently video blogged about life on Mars. Balloon Boy Dad Richard Heene's Latest Scheme: The 'Bear Scratch' Back Scratcher

[Bum Bench Back] Thank you to whoever put the two benches in front of CVS. Was it you, Sloan? It made my day to see the benches but saddened me that the shy man who liked to sit there was missing. I hope he returns.  An empty bench just isn't right.


[Political campaign ads] They all sound like a bunch of spoiled, bratty children blaming each other and saying nothing.

The number of Chinese characters is 47,035. All except 3 are banned by the Communist Party:
Communist Party
Happy People

[Bum Bench] Why does it have to be called the bum bench? Who has a right to judge Bob? I have sat there myself a couple of times and my friend’s kids used to sit there after they got off the school bus. Does that make us bums? I sent an email straight to CVS corporate letting them know I wouldn't be doing business with them anymore until they replaced the “customer” bench.

[The Terror Amongst Us] A 60 year old Big Pine Key resident was arrested Tuesday, charged with sexual battery on a child. According to detective's reports, a witness saw Edwin Klabbatz sitting on a lawn chair outside, fondling a 6 year old girl Saturday at his residence on West Sandy Circle, Big Pine Key. She reported what she saw to the girl's mother who called the Sheriff's Office. Detectives from the Crimes Against Women and Children's Unit went to the home Tuesday and, after a number of interviews, arrested Klabbatz charging him with sexual battery on a child and lewd and lascivious acts on a child. Klabbatz was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

People Art

[Bum Bench] Whom or what is missed more, the bum or the bench? If there is such a void, get Bob a folding chair and sit him in it, on your front porch. Thank you for giving us the CVS Customer Care email address. Now we can let Corporate know that we support their actions.

Great footage of Kilauea Volcano erupting.

Marathon's Dockside Bar is closed. I went by for a drink, or three, yesterday and was disappointed to see it closed. I always liked that place. Does anyone know the reason this time? It seems they change management like they change underwear.

[Iguana Killers Club] According to the web site posted yesterday there are several ways to terminated the invasive iguanas. The one that I found disgusting was the one that stated “stunning followed by decapitation”. Just how is this done? Do you take a baseball bat and club the iguana over the head. Maybe you have to do it several times as you’re not too good at beating its brains in with the first blow. This is reminiscent of hunters killing baby seals at the Arctic. One missed blow to the upper shoulders could damage a portion of the edible meat. Several blows later you’re to use some type of machete and whack off its head.

No member of the Iguana Killers Club would stoop this low. It is clearly written in the clubs by-laws on page 7, section 2 that clubbing any iguana to death is prohibited. The IKC is a registered professional organization and its entire membership (213) is expected to comply with high standards of humane iguana killing.

All members of the IKC have to show their proficiency using the high powered IKC47 air rifle. It is perfectly legal to hunt iguana in Monroe County as long as you have permission to be on the (killing fields) property. These air rifles are powerful enough to drop a full grown wild pig with one clean shot to the head. Thanks to the IKC as they have dropped over 2500 of these invasive iguanas in the Keys since the club was formed a year and a half ago. The IKC is a family fun organization and promotes protecting the habitat of the Keys with green hunting.

Most babies measuring 5 ft would be considered big, but newborn giraffe, Margaret, at Chester Zoo, UK is seen as unusually small for her species. She is one of the smallest giraffes ever born at Chester Zoo but pint-sized Margaret will soon be an animal to look up to. Little Margaret, who is the first female Rothschild giraffe born at the zoo, is being hand-reared by her dedicated keepers. The first calf for six-year-old mum Fay, Margaret, who was born two weeks early, tipped the scales at just 34 kilos (75 lbs) and is a mere 5 ft tall.

Tim Rowland's, team leader of the Giraffes section, said: 'Margaret is one of the smallest giraffe calves we have ever seen. Fay isn't the largest of giraffes and Margaret was also early which might go some way to explaining her size. 'Margaret was having difficulty suckling so our keeping team are now hand-rearing her'.

Happy Halloween!
Do it yourself pumpkin carving, without the mess.

I hate the negative ads. I’m not voting for anyone who sponsors them. It shows what kind of politician they will be—dirty!

Things PMS Stands For 
1. Pass My Shotgun 
2. Psychotic Mood Shift 
3. Perpetual Munching Spree 
4. Puffy Mid-Section 
5. People Make me Sick 
6. Provide Me Sweets 
7. Pardon My Sobbing 
8. Pimples May Surface 
9. Pass My Sweatpants 
10. Pissy Mood Syndrome
11. Plainly; Men Suck
12. Pack My Stuff 
13. Potential Murder Suspect 


[Silent Treatment] Our Supreme Court says Citizens can't speak at Governmental meetings, eh? On the November 2nd ballot are lots of judicial retention questions. Vote no retention on any of them.  None. Zero Nada.

The Congress, our Florida Legislature and now the Judiciary is out of control and completely out of touch with us, the citizens. Remember the 1st District Court of Appeal's new $48 million building.  There is even a list of "heroes" that made this abomination at tax payers’ expense possible.  Marco Rubio is but one of them that squandered our tax dollars on marble urinals and 60 inch LCD TVs. Anyone need help with your sewer?  Sorry, those dollars are in a urinal in Tallahassee.

Remember all this when you vote.

[1% Transaction Fee] Some boob yesterday claimed that President Obama's finance team wants to put a 1% transaction fee on all financial transactions and claims the bill is HR-4646 introduced by Rep. Peter deFazio and Senator Tom Harkin.  That’s totally false! Here is what says about this Right-wing lie that is being spread around the internet.

Neither "President Obama's finance team" nor Nancy Pelosi is "recommending a 1% transaction tax."  The proposal was part of a bill filed by one congressman, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), which proposed abolishing the national income tax and substituting a transaction tax.  Fattah's bill, called the Debt Free America Act, has no sponsors other than himself, has been languishing in committee ever since it was introduced, and according to Snopes "has about as much chance of passing as a snowball does of surviving hell."

Neither Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon nor Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa introduced the Debt Free America Act, co-sponsored it, or has publicly supported it.

Rep. Fattah has been introducing bills to abolish the federal tax code practically every year since 2004 and none of them ever get out of committee or put to a vote. 

The post is another example of the anti-government crowd's attempts to further its agenda by distorting facts and passing the lies on to the unknowing citizenry. A Carl Rove political tactic—-instill fear.

What do you call a Bush groupie that gets a new pair of earrings and a new color of lipstick?

Answer: A new tea party member. New name, same old mentality. No change.

[Home Grown Terror] We have enough Americans plotting to commit terrorist attacks here, without foreign support. End the war today. When will we realize that it’s a useless waste of lives and money that accomplishes nothing to make our country safer.

[No Such 1% Transaction Tax] My god, how many times do I need to debunk this non-sense? You even listed snopes as your proof, but I guess you neglected to actually read it. Please stop making stuff up to try to discredit the present administration. Once again:

[1% Transaction Tax HR 4646]  Please stop wasting everybody's time with stupid crap like this. You know this is nonsense. Get a life and stop posting bulls**t like this.

I propose a new American movement, the Coffee Party. Coffee is the real American drink and it has a better buzz and aroma than tea. The Coffee Party would run on a non-confrontational platform that anyone who wants to run for a public office is automatically disqualified because they must be insane.

[1% Transaction Tax] The Right keeps this myth alive in order to regain power by instilling fear in voters. The Party of Fear.

The story on how the TARP bill was constructed can be found here. Read it and decide for yourself. There's a nice time line that tells how it unfolded, who drafted it and who signed it.

Jesus said (I think it was Him), "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than a Democrat to enter the kingdom of heaven".

[Healthcare] Instead of looking carefully and honestly at the benefits of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, those who oppose it are focusing on repealing it. They are running for office on that promise. They call it names, but never talk truthfully about what it really involves and about the ordinary people it is helping.

I invite any of these candidates to come out from behind the false ads and the inflammatory rhetoric and look a neighbor, a friend, a relative in the eye and say the following: “Your newfound security through the Affordable Health Care for America Act is a bad thing. You don’t deserve it. Repeal is the best option.

Depression Didn’t Cause Unemployment post from last Thursday had to be written by a Tea Partier or a Christian as both espouse fantasy to support their beliefs. Comparing the 1987 crash to the 1929 crash is ludicrous.

[Hopeless] The Tea Party, the party of the hopeless, want to return the country to how it was under George W Bush. His administration is responsible for the problems the Obama administration is trying to fix. The Tea Party wants us to send the same politicians back to Washington to continue Bush’s policies.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

[Just Say No] Being a Republican Congressman in Washington is got to be the easiest job in the world.   All you have to do is show up and vote no on everything President Obama proposes no matter how good it is for the nation.

[From the Right] Deer Friends, when this is available for you to read, there will be less than 48 hours until the TEA PARY Rally to be held at US1 and Key Deer Blvd on Saturday AM. Some folks will say “so what, the Tea Party people are a bunch of ultra right wing bozos.” That is just flat wrong. The Tea Party Rally at Big Pine Key has nothing to do with any of the off the rock Tea Party groups. We are local folks of all political and religious persuasions joining together to express our beliefs.

It’s really easy to lash out by mouthing liberal/progressive propaganda one liners. Yesterday a critic said that the Tea Party was a “Christian party”, it was meant as a pejorative. But, it's not true. The BPK Tea Party movement is strictly secular; it has no organization, no meetings, no secret rings, no oath of allegiance, no dues. It is a movement of and by your neighbors. I personally have no religious affiliation; in fact I believe that some of the man made organizations that are called religions have been at the root of much human misery and real evil.

Don’t get me wrong, there is commonality in the Tea Party. Every single supporter that I’ve spoken with believes that our nation is being victimized by our current leadership.  They know in their heart that we are spending our nation into oblivion. They are convinced that our government has grown too big and is too intrusive into our everyday lives. We believe that government cannot be the cure to our ills because it is the cause of our ills. We abhor racism and sexism. We believe in self reliance and we believe that we all have a right to pursue the goals of prosperity and happiness.  We know that not all of us will attain those goals.   We believe that in order for America to regain the prosperity that it once knew that we must create an environment in which business can prosper. We believe that business is not an enemy, nor is it evil. We believe that business is the engine that drives our nation. We believe that labor and business are partners, not enemies. One cannot prosper without the other.  We believe that the current leadership in DC has been proven to be an abysmal failure. Here on the rock, the Tea Party folks are Republicans, laborers, investors, Democrats,  mechanics, business owners, bankers, hospitality workers, Independents’,  retirees, airline pilots, fishermen, white and blue color workers, Christians and Jews and agnostics and Deists, and atheists. Most are conservative thinkers. We believe that we desperately need a new slate of leaders.

And so Deer Friends, that is a thumbnail of what the Big Pine Tea Party rally is about and a glimpse of some of the folks who will be attending. I’ve got a hunch that nearly every reader will find commonality in at least a couple of the points that I’ve listed.  So, please come on by on Saturday AM, look around, talk to your friends and neighbors, have a cup of coffee and pastry. In the afternoon we’ll have hot dogs, cool beverage, and we hope that whole bunch of musicians will show up and jam. We hope to see you there. 

(Part II) On June 23, 2009 while pushing one of his initiatives, Mr. Obama said: “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Candidate Obama vowed to deliver “change” to America. His liberal and progressive base was wild with joy. On the other hand Mr. Obama has repeatedly assured us that he loves America. One must wonder why anyone would want to fundamentally change the object of their love. I acknowledge that everyone has faults, even my Mom. But I damned sure would not have wanted to fundamentally transform her.

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[Silent Treatment] The Florida Supreme Court has re -fused to take an appeal from a lower court ruling that says citizens have no right to speak at meetings of government bodies. The decision is a setback for open government because city councils, county boards and other governmental bodies don’t have to give citizens “the time of day,” First Amendment Foundation director Jim Rhea said Tuesday.

[Never Ending School Board Mess] District auditors will investigate whether school district employees stole gasoline for their personal automobiles, pickup trucks or other vehicles.

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[Mosquito TV] Why do people claim that nobody watches the Mosquito Control TV show?  I watch it always and enjoy it very much. I just wish that my next door neighbors were watching or anybody else for that matter.

[Vampires] You know if there really are vampires they will be in Key West for Fantasy Fest. They always seem to show up at Mardi Gras and Carnival, that way they don’t stand out. Be very careful this week in Key West. Beware of anyone drinking Bloody Mary's. Don’t get bit.

[Venison vs. Beef] Controversy has long raged about the relative quality and taste of venison and beef as gourmet foods. Some people say venison is tough, with a strong "wild" taste, others insist venison's flavor is delicate. An independent food research group was retained by the Venison Council to conduct a taste test to determine the truth of these conflicting assertions once and for all.

First, a Grade A Choice Holstein steer was chased into a swamp a mile and a half from a road and shot several times. After some of the entrails were removed, the carcass was dragged back over rocks and logs and through mud and dust to the road. It was then thrown into the back of a pickup truck and driven through rain and snow for 100 miles before being hung out in the sun for a day. It was then lugged into a garage where it was skinned and rolled around on the floor for a while. Strict sanitary precautions were observed throughout the test, within the limitations of the butchering environment. For instance, dogs and cats were allowed to sniff and lick the steer carcass, but most of the time they were chased away when they attempted to bite chunks out of it.

Next, a sheet of plywood left from last year's butchering was set up in the basement on two saw horses. The pieces of dried blood, hair and fat left from last year were scraped off with a wire brush last used to clean out the grass stuck under the lawn mower. The skinned carcass was then dragged down the steps into the basement where a half dozen inexperienced but enthusiastic and intoxicated men worked on it with meat saws, cleavers, hammers and dull knives. The result was 375 pounds of soup bones, four bushel baskets of meat scraps, and a couple of steaks that were an eighth of an inch thick on one edge and an inch and a half thick on the other edge.

The steaks were seared on a glowing red hot cast iron skillet to lock in the flavor. When the smoke cleared, rancid bacon grease was added, along with three pounds of onions, and the whole conglomeration was fried for two hours. The meat was gently teased from the frying pan and served to three intoxicated and blindfolded taste panel volunteers. Every member of the panel thought it was venison. One volunteer even said it tasted exactly like the venison he has eaten in hunting camps for the past 27 years.

The results of this scientific test conclusively show that there is no difference between the taste of beef and venison.

My suggestion for Deer Ed's Halloween costume

[Not Rob’s] Yesterday I went back after eight years of boycotting it.  It was a very nice experience and I will return again and bring my visiting friends and relatives as long as I know that Rob is physically and financially gone.

[Florida Keys Mosquito Control]  You don't need 5 boats. You’re not running a yacht club. Ed Fussell needs a new job. Most folks don't know that you make over $3,500 dollars a week. You Ed, are a waste of our money and will have to go.

 He's a little info about how Ed runs things. The useless TV show contract symbolizes a budget that's bloated and continues to grow, as reflected in the salary of the highest paid public agency administrator in the Florida Keys -- Ed Fussell's $184,600 salary. Along with mosquito control being the only local agency still paying health benefits for its retired employees. Last month, the board voted on a preliminary annual operating budget that raised spending from $9.4 million this year to $11.1 million for the 2010-11 budget -- an 18 percent increase.

Dear Mr. Fussell, get your resume in order. My assumptions are not entirely wrong and slanderous, they are just pointing out that you should not be running our  mosquito control district. Does it really cost five times as much to kill Florida Keys mosquitoes as it does those in the state's 29 largest programs? That’s $137 for each man, woman and child living in Monroe County.  

Superintendent Mike Spoto is awaiting trial on a felony theft charge. In 2007 he allegedly gave district cell phones to family members for their personal use. Executive Director Ed Fussell suspended Spoto for two weeks and made him repay $5,000, but then gave him a $15,000 bonus six months later! That, despite a salary cap that prohibited an annual raise.

Fussell, who at $184,600 a year is the highest paid agency administrator in the Florida Keys, simply ignored the salary cap the following year, giving Spoto another $16,600 boost to his annual salary.

Your fired Ed.

[Sloan] Today's offering to the CT is another double header. The first game is yet another barn burner in the Robin Smith-Martin/Barbara Bowers school board race, hopefully the last I will be moved to write about that subject. You can read all about it at this link:
The second game is dialogue between Sancho Panza and Don Quixote about Reverend Jeremiah Wright's post-911 "God Damn America" sermon, which raised a furor in America and caused presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama to jettison Jeremiah, who had been his minister and mentor for many years. I don't anticipate that dialogue will make many people's day, but if you want to see it, go to this link:
I wrote before that when Deer Ed, FTR guy and his wife and I had dinner recently, I told FTR that I really don't see much difference between the far right and the far left - they circled around the back of a planet and merged. I said I hoped he would start beating up the Republicans as much as he was beating up the Democrats. Personally, I see neither party having the ability to bring off any meaningful change for the better.
It is my hope; I suspect it also is Sancho Panza's same hope for himself, that I am not still on this planet when all of the chickens come home to roost. Knowing how much the pesky angels love to disappoint me, I'm not going to be holding my breath for that happy ending. If I can think up anything else cheery to add to this teaser today, I will try remembering to include it in tomorrow's missive.

[Vote on 4--Yes] It seems to me this Amendment gives us exactly what we want -- to take control of the government and what the majority wants, not what a few elected officials think we need. Yet you people knock it as poison to the stability of the State. Is it that those who knock the idea of freedom to vote for what one wants must think it is some kind of Socialism? It is not, it is pure Democracy. It gives you the opportunity to control your future and your home.

The problem is, as always, those that vote have no idea of right and wrong, good and bad, up or down, but just vote on something because they are told to or their friends are buying a round. This is why Amendment 4 may not work, but I pray to God it does.

EcoWeek Events in Key West  Nov 1-7 Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys Presents: “Understanding and Action to Preserve What We Love - An Environmental Film Series”

Location: Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
33 East Quay Road
, Key West, FL (at the end of Southard Street in Truman Annex along the waterfront)
Dates: November 1 through 7, 2010
Time: Doors Open 6:00 p.m.; Movie Time 6:30 p.m. (except Nov 7, see below)
Cost: No charge – come early – limited to 74 seats
Monday, November 1. Blue Gold – World Water Wars
Tuesday, November 2. A Sea Change
Wednesday, November 3. Plastics In The Ocean
Thursday, November 4. Sharkwater
Friday, November 5. Fuel
Saturday, November 6. The Great Squeeze
Sunday, November 7. The Age of Stupid 2 pm
Sunday, November 7. A Crude Awakening – 4 pm

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Larry Sullivan, President, Big Pine Key Civic Association] Wasn't this the group that had their nose up Neugent's arse all the time?  Non-profits are supposed to be apolitical.

[CVS Bum Bench]  It sounds like the new hires at Walgreens are poo pooing CVS. Do they have a bench? I think not. What a spin.

[Vote Yes on Amendment 4] The Tea Party would endorse this Amendment (if they endorsed anything) because it takes back control of our government. If you want to take back government vote yes on Amendment 4.
A man with a briefcase can steal more money than any man with a gun.  ~Don Henley (1989)

The Marlboro Man’s first job as a baby.

[Bum Bench] Regarding Bob and the bench which was wrongfully removed from in front of the CVS pharmacy, take action! Send an email expressing your concern to  Tell them what you think! I have already done so.

New camouflage suit for iguana hunters. Video

[IKC] To the writer complaining about hunting iguanas please post the links to the laws for hunting and firearms in the Keys. I doubt most people know anything that is correct.

Interesting BBC documentary on Scientology. It kind of reminds me of the Vineyard, etc.

[In celebration of Veterans Day 11 Nov] Outback Steakhouse - Free Blooming Onion and beverage.
Subway is showing its thanks with free six inch subs to all Veterans or Active Duty members.
Home Depot - Extra 10% off to active-duty military members, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members. - Free "Veterans Day Honor" MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Cabela's Outdoor Store - Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel Nov. 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.
National parks, forests and monuments - Admission is free to everyone on Veterans Day.
Burger King
Dunkin' Donuts
Pizza Hut

[Canola Oil] No miracle oil. I am not a fan of canola oil. I call it the triumph of marketing over science. In order to make it palatable, it has to go through this complex chemical process; hence, the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is not that great. And refined canola oil is no better than the stuff it replaced. The best oils are macadamia nut oil, virgin olive oil and peanut oil for frying. Flax seed oil is great for salad dressing but not great for cooking so it depends on what you are using it for. Coconut oil is another you should be buying. It is great for cooking and for mixing. I use it for everything from cooking up scrambled eggs to salads. It has high contents of fatty acids that are good for your immune system. It’s fat that's used for energy, not the kind that sits on your hips.


If you are looking for a babysitter for your children Saturday evening so that you can attend Fantasy Fest please give me a call. We will be baking Halloween Cookies, having pizza, playing games and watching movies. 305-316-1907 for more info.

Sunday, November 14 is the 4th Annual FSO Support Our Troops celebrity bartending event hosted by Zane Grey Lounge, Islamorada from 2pm-7pm
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[Facts] You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common, they don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views, which can be uncomfortable, if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.  ~Doctor Who

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[The Economy] Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac did not, standing alone, cause the country's financial meltdown. However, having said that, I believe that it is universally recognized that the "creative" financing of home mortgages will forever stand out as a major component of the debacle. We all remember Maxine Waters, Barney Frank, Mr. Dodd, indeed the whole Clinton Admin and their heavy handed arm twisting of the financial institutions to modify mortgage terms to virtually include any one breathing to qualify. They even included food stamps as income. They said they wanted to let everyone have the “American Dream” of owning a home. They even marketed of financial securities based on American mortgages to countries around the world.

For every action
, there is an equal and opposite government program

[Nasty Ads] Every time I turn around, I see political campaign ads getting more and more ridiculous. It's gotten to the point where the ads not only say nothing about the candidate's positions on the issues, they are often actually bizarre.

I've just seen what must be the wackiest political video I've ever seen. I think they may take the video down once they realize their mistake. Hard to believe, but they're churning these ads out so fast, it was only a matter of time before an ad went wrong.

[Election Waste] I am disgusted with the way our country handles elections.  I am disgusted with all the millions/billions of dollars that are being spent on the elections when the money could be spent in so many other ways.  I am disgusted with all of the negative ads and lies and absurd exaggerations.  I am disgusted with people attending rallies wearing guns and holding insulting signs and I am disgusted with violence when people disagree with each other.  What has happened to civility?  As future elections get uglier and uglier, America looks uglier and uglier.  I prefer intelligent campaigns with a little respect.  We are better than this.

Jesus could never run for office if he ran as tea party candidate. He was one of those "help your fellow man" lunatics. Jesus would have insults thrown at him and be called a "Commie/Socialist" if he went to a tea party rally carrying a sign saying "Healthcare for all".  You folks know it’s true. Now tell me again how you’re such a wonderful Christian party.

“Tea Party -- American hypocrites in their lowest form”. Now that’s a tea-shirt I would buy. "Paved roads are socialism"

[1% Transaction Tax HR 4646] President Obama's finance team is recommending a transaction tax. His plan is to sneak it in after the November election to keep it  under the radar. This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any  financial institution

i. e. Banks, Credit Unions, extra. Any deposit you make, or move around within your account, i. e.  transfer to, will have a 1% tax charged. If your pay check or your social Security or whatever is direct deposit, 1% tax charged. If you hand carry a check in to deposit, 1% tax charged, If you take cash in to deposit, 1% tax charged.
The bill is HR-4646 introduced by US Rep Peter DeFazio D-Oregon and US  Senator Tom Harkin D-Iowa.  It is now in committee and will probably not be brought out until after the Nov. Elections.

Just  think, if you deposit $5,000 into your checking account or savings account the bank has to  take out 1% or $50 of that money and send it  to Washington. Then, any checks or cash you take out of your bank they will deduct 1% from what is still in the bank and send it to Washington. Everyone will pay the Government 1% of their  gross income. Page 9 states the House and Senate shall convene not later than November 23, 2010 and Page 11 states the vote on passage shall occur not  later than December 23, 2010. 

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[TARP] The entire OFS, which is tasked with overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program, is trying to hire people who will withhold information from release to the public.

[From the Right] I appreciate my critic taking the time to post his/her beliefs. One of the wonderful things about our nation is that we are entitled to our beliefs and we’re free to express them. There were a few isolated grains of accuracy in the posting. One was that Fannie and Freddie were not the only reason for the melt down. But, they were the primary proximate cause. F/F’s growth into the doddering behemoth that it became was possible because of legislation and rules promulgated by Dems. One was that people had a “right” to a home even if they could not afford to pay for it. F/F, was a private Democrat club. It was wracked by scandal, but it and Democrats prospered. Under the wing of the Democrats F/F became the most important of cogs in the subpar loan industry. Without F/F's government deep pockets there would have been precious few poisonous loans. Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler that provided the wherewithal of the subprime mortgage mess. Remember F/F doesn’t loan money to anyone, they “securitize” loans issued by lenders. If F/F were not there to “securitize” the subprime paper, the mortgages would not exist. They are the King Kong of the industry. By 2007 F/F they were responsible for about 90% of all mortgage loans. At that time an analysis of Fannie loans acquisitions’ showed: 62% were  negative amortization, 84% were interest only, 58% were subprime, and 62% had required less that 10% down payment. Freddie Mac was worse. They were the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves. If real estate prices continued to rise they would prosper. Once the market began to fall, the entire house of cards came down and dragged our economy down with it.  Some might say the current mess couldn't have been foreseen. Not true; in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for Congress to act in the clearest possible terms. He told them that if Fannie and Freddie continue to grow, to continue to be undercapitalized, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they claimed they needed to do for interest rate risk aversion, that they were creating an ever-growing systemic risk. He said that they were placing the total financial system of the future at substantial risk.  After repeated attempts at regulatory reform by the Bush admin, in 2005, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill would have delivered regulatory power to crack down, and would have required the industry to eliminate their investments in risky assets. The bill was never passed. The bill was killed by raging Democrat opposition. Senators who were then outspoken protectors of F/F were then Senators Obama, and Hillary Clinton. And of course, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. Frank is famous for his sharp tongued resistance. If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions.  Virtually no thinking person, nor any person with a memory can doubt that the failure of the subprime market and F/F's role in packing the snow ball that was the snow ball that started the fiscal avalanche that buries us today. Yesterday’s critic was way out in left field in his comment about TARP.  It is true that TARP was signed by Mr. Bush. When TARP was under construction, Mr. Bush conferred at length with President elect Obama on the structure and breadth of the bill. Mr. Obama participated in the building of the bill, and strongly urged Mr. Bush to sign it. The legislation was championed by Then Senator’s Obama, Clinton, and nearly every Democrat Senator supported it. The bill was passed by an overwhelmingly Democrat Congress. The argument over the impact or necessity of the bill will rage for decades. Personally, I think it was a huge mistake, I think it stalled our recovery. We should have taken our lumps, let the diseased companies die, and then simply move on. The economy would be stronger from it.

I didn't realize until just a few moments ago that Barney Frank himself has essentially acknowledged the roll Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac played in our fiscal melt down. Tuesday the ultra liberal Huffington Post has a fascinating story titled: BARNEY FRANK: Fannie, Freddy 'should be abolished'.  A quote in the article from Timothy Geithner says it all. Geithner told his audience that sunk costs are irrelevant -- Fannie and Freddie cost taxpayers roughly $150 billion in the two years since they were nationalized -- and that what's important is to focus on fixing the imbalances that led to financial meltdown. It should be required reading for all liberal CT fans.

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[Mosquito Flats Boat] The recent post regarding two mosquito control employees launching a bonefish skiff at the ramp of the Old Wooden Fishing Lodge was correct, but the assumption they were going fishing was, like so many assumptions, entirely wrong and was unnecessarily slanderous to those two employees and to the mosquito control district.

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has five skiffs,  but they are not used for fishing.  They provide the only means we have to transport our inspectors to the off-shore islands to survey for mosquito breeding sites.  Because of the shallow waters around the islands, a skiff is the only type of boat that will get the inspectors close enough to wade ashore.

For many years these islands had been producing mosquitoes by the billions that invaded Big Pine, No Name, and the Torch Keys.  Only about six years ago were we allowed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to access these islands to survey for and control the mosquitoes before they could migrate to the nearby inhabited islands.  The residents at Port Pine Heights and other communities on these islands no longer have to run from their house to their car to avoid being “eaten alive” by hungry mosquitoes. 

Anyone who has the time is invited to visit with us so we can show you more about the way we control mosquitoes that breed in the vast salt marsh areas of the Keys and those that breed in and around the homes of Keys residents and carry dengue and other important diseases that may find their way to the Keys.

Be thoughtful and seek an explanation if you see something that has the appearance of being improper by any of the District employees.                                           

~Ed Fussell, Director
Florida Keys Mosquito Control District

[Advertise Here] Hey Coconut Telegraph, Thanks for fine work and to all the folks that read your site. Our website has over 15,000 hits. CT is the most bang for your advertising dollar you can get. Just last week we received close to 1300 hit's. Keep up the good work. "The Nut" Hey Big Pine Key, thanks for all most 30 years of “Rock'n you Right at the Light".

[Shorts] A 50-year-old Big Pine Key commercial fisherman was sentenced to nearly two years in jail last week and stripped of his fishing license for three years for possessing hundreds of undersized lobsters. County Judge Ruth Becker sentenced Angel Cancio to two consecutive 364-day sentences and ordered him to give up his commercial fishing license for three years after his release, said Assistant State Attorney LeRoy Costner. Cancio also was fined $3,000.

The second-degree misdemeanor charges of possession of wrung tails on the water and possession of undersized lobsters were bumped to firstdegree offenses because the case involved more than 100 illegal lobster tails, Costner said.  ~KW Citizen

I am the Anti-Christ; so named in the Barometer, the Citizen, the Florida Keys Keynoter and Key West: The Newspaper and on US 1 radio.  

So shut the hell up about Alicia Putney. There was no Internal Revenue investigation of the Big Pine Key Civic Association.  Do not make me angry or I will come back and make stupidity against the law in the Florida Keys. That means me, Jim Hendrick and Prtiam Singh will be all by our lonesome.

~Larry Sullivan, President, Big Pine Key Civic Association 2001-2003

[No Name Electric-Done Deal] Commercial power could arrive on No Name Key within a year now that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has given the OK to running overhead power lines to the barrier island.

[Not Rob’s] The only place I've found around here to have really good conch is the Island Grill. The cracked conch is the best. I love conch, they will even make you a conch pizza if you ask. It is really killer. They make it with pounded conch, garlic, olive oil, and cheese. Fee-nom-in-al!

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[Cadillaco] Several new Caddy models are assembled in Mexico, including some Escalades. Two words that are leading to the downfall of the USA as we know it: Obamanation and outsourcing. I think I’ll keep my '66 Ambassador forever. I couldn't see me driving a metric Mexican car, or import car made in the USA (foreign owned, low wage factory) ever!

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

[Iguanas] To the writer that keeps bringing up the IKC and killing iguanas for the fun of it. I know you do it just to rile people up, and bubba, you definitely hit a nerve with me.  I only hope you come around my place and try to kill the iguanas hanging around.  I would rather have them here than the likes of you anytime.

Let me set a few things straight with you.  Green iguanas are possibly native to the Keys, research is being done.  I know, I know someone will dispute this tomorrow.

The last time I checked, hunting is not allowed in the Florida Keys.  Discharging of firearms is also illegal.  Only pellet guns or air guns are allowed, but if you can't kill them with one shot, then that is also considered animal cruelty.

Probably the most important, freezing (without prior deep anesthesia) is a very cruel way to euthanize an iguana.  I don't know where you idiots come up with this stuff. My comments don't make me an iguana-hugger. Animal cruelty laws apply to exotic creatures as well as native.

The way I see it, we folk are also non-indigenous to the Florida Keys, and we have done more to destroy habitat than iguanas could ever succeed in doing.

Critter Freezing


[CVS Bench Warmer Bob; Big Piners all talk about pride in their community and have come together many times in the past to help others.  Is this not an opportunity to do just that?]I was thinking yesterday of writing into the CT to offer to replace Bob's bicycle, sleeping bag and tent, but I was busy and put it off. If anyone knows him and can make the arrangements for a meet somewhere on Big Pine, say at CVS or the Laundry Loft or Coco's, let me know the time and place and I will come in my vehicle and Bob and I will take care of this in a couple or three hours.
I also was puzzled that nobody had offered to step forward and help Bob replace some of what he had stolen, and I am just as puzzled why the writer of the comment above didn't do that? Maybe my having once lived as Bob lives explains it. I should have done this when I first learned of Bob's plight.    

~Sloan 872-1705



[Bum Bench] There have been so many comments about Bob and the CVS bench, yet not one person has said that they bought him a new tent or sleeping bag or offered him money to buy new stuff.  All the posturing about CVS is useless.  What he needs is money to buy new stuff or for people to give him used stuff that he needs.


Could we please call it The Bench instead of bum bench? I enjoyed sitting on that bench and I am a 70 year old woman and not a bum. I also will no longer shop at CVS. I will show up with my chair to sit on CVS's front porch as another post suggested and/or I'll gladly chip in to help the gentle reader find peace and light where he can sit and read. I'll even supply books.


[Bench Bob] He can bring his own collapsible bench and do his own thing. I will donate for him to do just this.


For Bob from the bench at CVS.  I have a new two man tent and a men's 10 speed bike you can have to replace the one's that were stolen.  Where can I find him to give him these things?

[Bum Bench] Can you guys please buy the bum a bench and put it somewhere else? Maybe the guy would like a change of scenery. With all the community interest, perhaps the new Walgreens or Not Rob's would consider the project. Parrotdise would also make a fine location. Keb would have someone in common to preach his politics. There is also the Blue Hole. All things considered, permitting will be an issue. Apply for stimulus funding before the government printing presses run out of ink.


[Electronic Books] Maybe the community should buy Bench Bob a Kindle. Ask CVS if they will contribute.




[Sloan] So we have a double the measure, twice the pleasure offering today. On the one hand, we have a quite serious heavy weight rumble in the blackboard jungle sequel to yesterday's rumble in the school board races at this link: Not for the faint of heart.
On the other hand, we have a twisted sort of comic relief review of my last novel by a professional body painter, aided by a festive dream state attorney named Dennis Ward, with a few of my own looney two cents worths thrown in at this link:
Pervading both servings is a suggestion of the crying need for widespread human brain transplants - I would suggest donations from monkeys and apes, but I wouldn't recommend they receive the donnees' brains in return.
I am tempted to include here a few "teasers" from the double helpings, but I'm not going to succumb. Instead, I'm going to press "Send" and deliver this drivel to Deer Ed, who anxiously awaits each dumping out of the speckled bird of paradise's back door. Today, two dumpings.

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[Iguanas Gone Wild] Human “reptiles” gone mad. Iguana meat vs fecal meat. If I had to choose, I'll stick to veggies. If you want iguana, visit the Caribbean where you can sell as much as you want. Keep us posted, mate.

[FantasyFest Help] Deer readers, for the last 8 years I was able to avoid FantasyFest on a Saturday. This year I am not so lucky. Does anyone have any pointers or wisdom they would like to pass on so that I can survive this ordeal? I am a male if that helps.

[For Love of Dog] An elderly Oklahoma man landed himself in jail after using bolt cutters to break his prized pooch from the pound. Instead of paying a $100 fine for not having his poodle on a leash, 73-year-old Edwin Fry of Hydro decided to bust Buddy Tough out. Authorities say Fry drove his lawnmower to the city pound Oct. 13 and broke into the cage with bolt cutters. The pair was intercepted by police.

Officer Chris Chancellor told The Oklahoman newspaper that police had received numerous complaints about Buddy Tough, who had been in the pound before. He says Fry had been told he could retrieve the dog and sort out the fine in court. Fry spent several days in jail and faces a municipal charge of allowing an animal to run at-large. Buddy Tough was euthanized while Fry was in jail.


Awww, how cute.

[To all of you bashing the AA Basher]  You just have to stop responding to this guy.  Every time you do it he gets little shivers of glee up and down his spine knowing that someone, anyone, is noticing him. I guess most of you feel sorry for him because he's a pathetic lush, but really he's just a jerk. Do what your mother told you and ignore the little freak.

I guess this post counts as a response, and for that I'm sorry. But it's the last one, I promise you.

Semper Fi!

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[Restaurant Review] Wow, what a nice surprise last Friday night at Bobulu's South next to the Green Parrot in Key West. We went to Goombay, but decided to skip the festival food and possible side effects for somewhere we could sit down and enjoy a cocktail and some food. We had friends that were already at Bobulu's, and waiting for the band to start while they enjoyed what they called the "Best pizza in the Keys". Being originally from the Delaware Coast, and very familiar with real good homemade pizza, and the lack thereof here, I was skeptical.

We sat down on the patio while the band was making their final preparations to rock the place down. Our server, Lisa, was quick to see what we wanted to drink, and had a great smile and laugh. This helped to put us at ease with the unknown. I have had past experiences with Bobulu's North, and have left feeling practically robbed for the night. It is way too expensive for the food and ambiance (if you can call it that) at Bobulu's North. To be fair however, I never tried their pizza, because I was there for a full meal with visiting family. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting much, but I did know that a Miller Lite can't be messed up, and that was a top priority for my TGIF night and the all important kick off Fantasy Fest week.

We decided on the seared tuna appetizer and a pizza with mozzarella and fresh ricotta cheese. The tuna arrived quickly, and was just as you would want it to be. I thought, "Well heck, everyone gets this right in the Keys how about that pizza?" The pizza arrived promptly also and was incredible! Perfect crust with just the right crunch and taste. Fresh quality cheeses, and a sauce to die for. I agree with my friends. This is the best pizza I have had in the Keys by far. No frozen dough here.

We were happy and had our bellies full, and swayed to the sounds of INJADE (Adrian). Wow they are awesome too. If you ever get the chance to try both out (hopefully at the same time) do so. Kudos to Bobulu's South. The jury is still out on the "northern" locale.

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[Mosquito Control Flats Boat] Nice boat. Does the Mosquito control pay the ramp fee by the year or per-launch?  It's a much better deal by the year. Heck, I forgot you don't pay for it--we do. Have you thought about making a video for your Mosquito Control TV show nobody watches? I would. I would also start looking for a new line of work. The free lunch is just about over.

I want one of those BPK stickers to place on my car because I am proud to live on Big Pine Key. It is such a clean, beautiful, tropical island with pretty landscaped homes and everybody loves their neighbor. Right?

The ballot is big this year.  I thought I knew all the items on it until I sat down to do the sample in preparation for casting an early vote.  I had never seen all the candidates and referenda jammed on one sheet of paper.  Reading it all together revealed a human foible we all have. This is our tendency, when angry or frustrated, to over-react. They are separated on your ballot, but make no mistake—they are related.  This is about Amendments 4 and 8.  Before you decide about these two, think back (if you were here) to a class size amendment on the 2002 ballot.

I voted that year to limit the number of students per classroom. I am a strong believer in public education, and although I remember being in larger classes during my public school days, I was willing to be convinced that efforts to ramp up the quality of education justified this measure.  I voted “Yes”. Many joined me, and the amendment became law. Apparently we voters over-corrected the situation.  The amendment was enforced gradually over the years, and in 2010 it kicked in full strength. What a fiasco.  Odd class combos were devised to fit the letter of the law. Teachers and students were moved about so as not to lose funding. Attempts to retain advanced classes were difficult at best.  Late registrants found no room at the nearest school, and were placed anywhere there was an opening.  Local parents and administrators had no flexibility to take care of local issues. It took a month or more to straighten it out, and it is still messy.

Along comes Amendment 8, which will hand a smidgeon of control back to the school districts. If we don’t want the same rigmarole next year, we need to pass this. It changes from a “maximum class size” to an “average class size” allowing school administrators to exercise some judgment. Improvement next year is not guaranteed, but it certainly couldn’t be any worse. It should probably be loosened more, but reversing a voter decision is tough, even when the decision was flawed.

Now on to Amendment 4.  Developers in the Keys have been viewed as threats for years regardless of what they say or do. Every word in the Development Agreements they sign is studied by politicians and interested citizens.  I might add that there has been good reason to do so, and there is good reason to continue to do so. Developers often know our Comprehensive Plans better than we do.  They do try to manipulate them, and we rely on Planning Commissions, elected officials, public hearings, and the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to keep discussions open and above board. It works pretty well.

There are other changes that occur to Comprehensive Plans that citizens could care less about. These constitute most of the changes that occur.  They correct housekeeping errors and inconsistencies discovered between the Plan and county and state laws; they clarify existing land use regulations by providing more details.  Often these changes are initiated as a result of real people doing real work in our own towns who point out the problems.  Public hearings address these in case they impact others.

Amendment 4 is a lazy response to excesses that occurred all over Florida during the boom years. It is an over-reaction pure and simple. Its passage will punish all of us in ways we can’t even imagine as Florida becomes less friendly to would-be residents and businesses. Voters should be careful what they vote for; they might get it. Amendment 8 is a reminder that removing overly restrictive regulations is a lot more challenging than not voting for them in the first place.   ~MarathonJournal

Either that lady has a tail or Barney is stuck where the sun doesn't shine.

The AA Basher found an article on the web to support his angry distorted view. What a web sleuth. Just the kind of gasbag of a bore I hated when I was drinking and the guy beside me wouldn’t shut up about the latest conspiracy theory. I’m glad he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about chemtrails or the “real” perpetrators of 9/11. I don’t know if he’s married or not, but I say a prayer for his wife and kids every day, just in case!  


[Mosquito control flats boat] they should hire a flats guide for a few day a year. Ask Fish and Wildlife to take a mosquito sample. $25,000 + dollars for just the skiff. You’re fired, your all fired. Vote, stay mad. What a bunch of BS. There is no good answer for this kid of waste.

We’re looking for a babysitter for Fantasy Fest. $75 overnight, $50.00 half night. Fu, Games and movies for the kids. Pizza and breakfast served. Please call 305-316-1907 for more details.
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[Jobs] Looks like the Key Westers are really up in arms about the illegal's taking their jobs.  It seems a Tea Party is planned on Duval Street Thursday.  Check out all the posts on Craig's List. 

[Vote No on 4] How would the "Vote on Everything" Amendment 4 affect Florida's economy in these tough times? If you like the recession, you’ll love Amendment 4! According to a study conducted by The Washington Economics Group, Amendment 4 will reduce Florida’s economic output by $34 billion annually. Given Florida’s precarious economic climate, that’s the last thing our state needs.

Maybe we can learn from the past.  Has this been tried anywhere else? Yes it has. The small town of St. Pete Beach implemented a local version of Amendment 4 in 2006. The measure has decimated their economy, created chaos at the polls, and caused a proliferation of special interest lawsuits. To date, the citizens of St. Pete Beach have seen nearly a dozen lawsuits that have cost local taxpayers almost three-quarters of a million dollars in legal fees. When St. Pete Beach voters approved four pro-economy changes to their comprehensive plan in 2008, Amendment 4 lawyers sued to overturn the results of the election. Nearly two years later, the people of St. Pete Beach are still defending their vote in court.

The St. Petersburg Times concluded that Amendment 4 “invites short-term thinking and frequent referendums that are even more susceptible to well-financed campaigns by powerful interests.”

If McDonalds sold hot dogs could you, with a straight face, order a McWiener and then ask them to super size it?

[Oops] Prosecutors acknowledged Monday that police made a huge mistake nearly a decade ago when they focused on then-Congressman Gary Condit in the disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy, but they told a jury they now have the right man. Ingmar Guandique, of El Salvador, is charged with the attempted sexual assault, kidnapping and killing of Levy in the city’s Rock Creek Park in May 2001. Levy was romantically linked to Condit, and the California Democrat was once a suspect. Police no longer believe he had anything to do with Levy’s death.

[Sal’s Lawyer Complaint]
Maybe this means that we will finally get our justice that is due to us from these incompetent and unscrupulous lawyers. Hang in there Group two. ~Sal


[Gypsy Terror and Socialized Medicine] I was walking home on Tuesday night about 6 pm. when I met up with a gypsy known in the village as Menyus. He is well known by the police as a thief and a burglar, but he has not been caught.

The Hungarian police force has to be the most ineffective in the history of the world. They know all the thieves and the robbers, but are unwilling to set up sting operations. Gypsies are selling fruits and vegetables right next to the farmers market and not one of them has a garden or an orchard. They sell way below the market price, but only tourists buy from them because the locals know it is  stolen goods. The cops turn a blind eye. 

Anyway, I met up with Menyus, I knew that it was him and another gypsy that robbed my house a few months earlier. He greeted me and I told him, "You are the one who poisoned my dog." He said, "You must be mistaking me with someone else." I replied, "No I’m not, I saw you." He looked agitated and said, "You didn't see s**t, you wasn't even  home."

Realizing his mistake, he was even more agitated and I said, "Then it was you after all." Being caught in a lie even made him angrier and he reached in his pocket with his left hand and pulled out a knife. There was no one around and I was unarmed (oh, how I wished I had my pistol with me). I was backing up (I hate to get stabbed or cut) when he lunged at me and popped me on the upper lip with his left hand while I kept in mind the right hand with the blade in it. Backing up and getting punched in the mouth made me lose my balance. As I was falling, I deflected his right hand with the blade. He fell on top of me and within a blink of an eye I gained my feet and Menyus ran away. He probably figured he gave his best shot and since I was getting up, he better make tracks.

I am a head taller and 30 lbs heavier, but he is about 25 yrs younger. I was glad that he was gone. When I shifted my weight to my left foot I felt intense pain and fell down. My foot was at a strange angle, I thought I dislocated my ankle.  While sitting on the ground the owner of the corner house, whom I knew, drove up and I asked him for help. I just wanted him to get a hold of my heel and put my foot back into place.  He would not do it and called an ambulance instead. He bought a chair from the house and helped me onto it. I waited on the street corner for one and a half hours for the ambulance to arrive.

The EMTs wouldn't touch my foot either and it was another half an hour ride to the hospital where I was told that I had a badly broken ankle that needed immediate surgery.  That was just great, 35 yrs earlier I broke my other ankle in a parachuting accident in Africa, now I will have a matching pair (I was in a cast for eight weeks that time). The doc asked how it happened and I told him. He notified the police right away and Menyus was picked up.  I was operated on in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The operation was a success and I was taken to a second floor ward. There were six others in this smallish room.

Of what I have seen and experienced of socialized medicine I do not care for it. True, I didn't have to pay for the surgery, but I have been paying into the system every month for the past ten years. My bed was like laying on a waffle iron, the mattress was 4 inches of foam rubber. If I was a 55-60 lbs kid, it  might have been tolerable, but at 210 lbs I was suffering. Then breakfast arrived at about 8:30am.  The nurse brought it on a paper towel: a slice of boloney and a slice of bread that she put on my night stand.  "What is this?" I asked. "That is your breakfast." "You got to be s**tting me, I have not eaten since noon yesterday." "Sorry about that, you should have brought some food with you." was her reply. 

Get ready for social medicine America. At about 11:00am the doctors made their rounds and with them was the chief medico. All the anesthesia left me by then and I was hurting. I told the doc, "Doctor, my ankle is hurting." His reply was, "I know--it's broken." "I know that much you grey-headed fart." I wanted to say, but I kept my trap shut. I am home now after being in that so-called hospital for 10 days. I was almost bored to death. No TV, radio, newspapers, or magazines. The others didn't seem to mind, they didn't know any better. When I told them, that at Fisherman's Hospital the nurse came and asked me, what would I like for breakfast and I had my own TV. The other Hungarians probably thought that I was lying. Obama Care will be just like it is in Hungary now. I hope you all like it.  ~Imre

[The Family Guy] Meanwhile back at the tea party. Undecided voters.

I saw a great T shirt in Key West; it read Tea Party = Bush Part Deux. I bought 3 for friends to wear at the Jon Stewart "Rally for Sanity" event. 

[Tea Party] It's pretty depressing to listen to people trash those who are involved in the Tea Party movement.  When I watch gatherings on the news, even the liberal left network news, I see a lot of middle-aged and older Americans who represent a responsible American society, having spent their lives working, serving in the armed forces, paying their taxes, and contributing to what was decent in this society.  What entitlements they receive are earned, not handed out freely to them.  I see Americans who are outraged at the emotional and financial looting of America and want to see it stopped before everything we stand for and believe in is destroyed.  I'm not even vaguely interested in a socialist state or membership in the European Union, another socialist state.  Our Constitution guarantees life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Attaining that happiness becomes each individual's responsibility. 

The notion that a great many people don't want to be on the dole is ludicrous.  There are large segments of cultures out there who have spent their lives learning how to turn their palm up and claiming they've got the right.  I've got the right to leave that palm empty and to continue the pursuit of happiness in a manner of my own choosing.  A big step will be getting rid of the congressional eunuchs currently in office. That's change we can hope for, not a lot of empty promises and nonsensical political rhetoric.

Even if you don't support the War, 
support our troops. After all,  they are your brothers and sisters and  face death daily in the fight for all of our freedoms. Thank you just isn't enough. Video

This loathsome combination of Church and State.   ~Thomas Jefferson

[Foreclosure fraud] Congressman Alan Grayson explains the foreclosure frauds being perpetrated on people across this country.

The price of oil has been hovering around 80 dollars a barrel for quite some time now, but get ready, because it is going to move significantly higher.  Oil prices have already risen about 9 percent over the past month, and many believe that this could very well be the start of a new trend.  Lawrence Eagles, a top analyst at JP Morgan, recently made headlines across the globe when he stated that oil could hit 100 dollars a barrel “much sooner than we expect”.  Not only that, but a number of top OPEC officials are also publicly discussing the possibility of 100 dollar oil

[U.S. sells debt with a negative yield for 1st time] The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday sold securities that fetched a negative yield for the first time, implying investors are willing to pay the government to own its debt. This is a milestone in the current rock-bottom interest rate environment, as the Federal Reserve is widely expected next week to announce it will buy more Treasuries to jump-start a sluggish economy. Typically, investors buy a new Treasury bond at "par" or $100. At Monday's $10 billion auction of five-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), they paid more than $105

We are not merely living in “interesting” times. We are living in historic times. And there is virtually no chance this will end well.

[Candidate Ads] When the candidate is done dumping on his opponent with lies he says he will create jobs. They all say they will create jobs. As yet no candidate has told us how.

Liberal Media’s Left-wing Agenda.

[Enough] I appreciate the fact that there are Americans are sick and tired of the old Washington DC ways and are willing to stand up and say so.  None of my liberal friends believe this is a bad thing.  We all agree to get some of these losers out of there.  Our concern is that change for change’s sake is not what it's about.  Change, yes, but change has to be replaced and upgraded with the best we've got.  We are concerned that many of the candidates are unqualified and do not represent our best and brightest.  We need to raise the bar and not lower it. 

I demand intelligent, educated and ethical candidates.  I want it all.  We should demand the best.  With only 100 senators representing the most powerful country in the world, I certainly believe that we can come up with better candidates than are running in this election.  I heard a newscaster ask if being a mom is okay when running for an election.  I say, of course as long as the mom is well educated, intelligent and ethical.  Being a mom is as much of a non issue as being a dad.  Some will argue that education doesn't matter and that it's all about being "one of us".  I say, that's crazy.   

We expect our teachers to have Master's degrees and our Doctors to be Board Certified.  We should be expecting that the people who run our country should also be educated in economics, foreign policy, etc.  Be very careful when casting your vote.  Remember to vote for the whole package.  Do not vote for parrots who will say anything to get votes.  Vote for thinkers.  Vote for smart. Be smart.

[FTR's Fiscal Cancer] I've been away for a while, recovering, but I thought it was time to check in for Halloween.  I hear the Democrats are having somewhat of a resurgence (in leftist polls only, of course) at the 11th hour and was curious to see what FTR, that bastion of something or other, had to say.  After realizing his condition the only humane thing to do is to put politics aside and offer a word of comfort, however meager it might be.  So sad to hear that he's suffering grievously from "stage 4 of metastatic non small cell fiscal cancer".  It will pass, my friend, as all things must.  Be strong.

[How this Tea Party thing got all twisted into a political party]  If it were an actual party it would be much easier for the libs to attack and discredit, like they do the leaders of the Republican Party at every chance.  This is an idea, a movement, by large numbers of every segment of the population.  That makes it tougher to smear or dismiss, so they're trying their best to call it a party.  Tea partiers are too independent to be clumped into a party, they want less government over them and won't swear blind allegiance to any party.

[The Economy] Once again FTR spins it wrong. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac did not cause the financial meltdown. Although Freddie and Fannie are problematic institutions, they aren't responsible for the mess we're in. Their role in the scheme would not have been enough to stop the bubble from inflating in other parts of the financial sector and were only one element of the financial crisis.

The entire financial debacle was a product of greed by private sector’s huge investment banks like Bank of America, Morgan Stanley Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, etc  loans in the form of subprime lending. Subprime lending gave high-cost loans to the weakest borrowers during the boom years from 2001-2007.

From the Federal Reserve Board: More than 84% of subprime loans in 2006 were issued by private lending institutions. Private firms made nearly 83% of the loans to low or moderate income people in 2006. Only 1 of the top 25 subprime lenders in 2006 was subject to the rules and regulations that would have prevented the financial crisis.

These same greedy bankers knew as early as 2004 that the game was getting dangerous, but persisted in their greedy rampage, only to be rewarded with a bailout (TARP) signed into law by GW Bush.

The world's about to crash, the weather is going nuts, the politicians are stealing everything, the people are breeding like rats and all CT posters worry about is a stupid park bench in front of a drug store! And people wonder why the Wal-Mat pictures are posted. God help those who still walk up-right.

[American Companies Rescue Trapped Chilean Miners] Far be it for an American President to publicly congratulate (let alone even mention) American ingenuity and American private enterprise for the rescue of the Chilean miners.
Schramm Inc. of West Chester, Pennsylvania built the drills and equipment used to reach the trapped miners.

Center Rock Company, also from Pennsylvania, built the drill bits used to reach the miners.

UPS, the US shipping company, delivered the 13-ton drilling equipment from Pennsylvania to Chile in less than 48 hours.

Crews from Layne Christensen Company of Wichita Kansas and its subsidiary Geotec Boyles Bros. worked the drills and machinery to locate and reach the miners and then enlarge the holes to ultimately rescue them.

Jeff Hart of Denver Colorado was called off his job drilling water wells for the U.S. Army's forward operating bases in Afghanistan to lead the drilling crew that reached the miners.

Atlas Copco Construction Mining Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin provided consulting on how to make drilling equipment from different sources work together under differing pressure specifications.

Aries Central California Video of Fresno California designed the special cameras that were lowered nearly a mile into the ground sending back video of the miners.

Zephyr Technologies of Annapolis Maryland, made the remote monitors of vital signs that miners wore during their ascent.

NASA Engineers designed the "Phoenix" capsule that miners were brought to the surface in, and provided medical consulting, special diets and spandex suits to maintain miners' blood pressure as they were brought back to the surface.

Oh, and Canadian-based Precision Drilling Corp. and South-African company Murray & Roberts, drilled a backup rescue shafts in case the American rig failed. Which it didn't.

[I got mine, where’s yours?]  Good for you! You busted your butt to get what you wanted and that is the way in this world. Only here do we bend over and let others demand we support them while they laugh.

[From the Right] My Deer Friends the Wall Street Journal had a very interesting article yesterday. It spoke of the Democrats preparing methods to reduce our massive debt. They intend to pay lip service to the idea of a balanced budget. Expect them to say it can be balanced by 2015. It has been decided that Mr. Obama must change his ways in the next few months or his Presidency is doomed. Team Obama has anointed a Deficit Reduction Panel. It is 18 people handpicked by Team Obama. You probably will not hear of anything about it until after the election. You might think that a major component of debt reduction would to massively cut spending. But, that is not the way of Team Obama nor is it the Democrat way, nor is the way of the Democrat Deficit Reduction Panel.  It appears that “freezing spending” is their biggest gun. That’s like an alcoholic vowing to kick the addiction by vowing not to drink any more than he/she is currently drinking. It seems that they intend to raise taxes as their primary way to cut the debt. They have your home mortgage interest deduction in their sights. Also on their hit list are child tax credits and the ability of employees to pay their portion of their health-insurance tab with pretax dollars. Get ready for a VAT tax in addition to our soon to be overblown income tax. The Democrats are getting ready to try and take more of your goods and money than any mugger you can imagine. It is rock solid certain that they intend to raise taxes on businesses. I guess that they are trying to make the USA number one in the world for highest business taxes. They say that the existence of these concepts of tax relief and other sacrosanct tax deductions costs the government about $1 trillion dollars a year. Think about that whole idea. Think about the Democrat notion that keeping what you have earned in your own pocket costs the government money. In their mind when you keep your money that money is lost to the government. That is Demo think. If you think that is rational thought, then you have to be convinced that there is no such thing as personal property, no such thing as money that is owned by you. You have to believe that you are there to serve the government. To buy into Demo think you must believe that everything is owned by the government and while your earnings are in your possession, those earnings are lost to the government. How on earth can the government lose what it never had? In Demo think, you are but a serf of the government. To this conservative, that is fundamentally wrong. That notion is foreign to all that is American.  

(Part II) When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) gave her inaugural address as speaker of the House in 2007, she vowed there would be “no new deficit spending.” Since that day, the national debt has increased by $5 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. Is anyone interested in reading a posting listing broken Democrat promises?

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[Bum Bench] What can we do to get the bench back at CVS? The store employees said, "It came from the higher ups." They wouldn't say who was responsible for removing the bench. CVS is just mean. I will drive to Walgreens in Key West unless the bench returns.

Karri Larson, the gal who was seriously injured by a fish while kayaking, is slowly recovering.  She is still in the hospital and has a long road ahead of her.  She also has no medical insurance.  An account has been set up to help defray medical bills.  Anyone interested in helping can stop by any T.I.B. branch.  The account is set up in her name.  You can also mail to Karri Larson c/o TIB Bank, PO Box 1907, Big Pine Key, FL  33043

[No one of any sexual inclination should openly flaunt their sexuality on the jobThat applies equally to the bimbo who sashays in the presence of any male.  Any expression of sexual interest is inappropriate in the workplace.  Take it off the property. I have never appreciated being the target of, or witness to, any workplace 'sexual tension'.  I will happily flirt and be teased after hours, but my time on the job has been contracted.

To the person posting beautiful pictures here everyday, please keep it up, I enjoy them very much.  Have a beautiful Monday everyone, and I really hope someone steps up and helps the nice man that lost his CVS bench. 

[Mosquito control flats boat] I am glad to have read in the Friday C.T. that someone saw a white mosquito control truck with a flats boat at a launch ramp in Big Pine. This is good news for the tax payers of Monroe County because the two men seen launching the Mosquito Control boat are doing the job the tax payers are paying them to do. It was implied that there was something wrong going on by the person that posted it on Friday. These people launching the Mosquito Control boat are off shore inspectors. It is a pretty cool job, but it also has a down side such as rain and wind storms that pop up, trudging through knee deep stinky mud to get to some of the islands. Not to mention the spiders and snakes and all the other nasties out there. These inspectors do a great job of keeping the mosquito problem down on these islands so they will not migrate to the Keys main islands.

If someone sees something that they think is not right, check it out first and get facts before you imply someone is doing something wrong. People read things and think it is true because they think the person saying it knows what they are talking about. In this case all they needed to do was to call Mosquito Control and ask what that truck and boat was doing at that boat ramp. Try to think and get facts before accusing someone of something.

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[Sloan] Today's "Rumble in the School Board Races" is a sequel to yesterday's "School Board Considerations" post. The whole rumble can be seen at this link:
Here is the lead into it: The School Board race between Barbara Bowers and Robin Smith-Martin provided the fireworks for last night’s candidate forum at the Key Largo Civic Center.
I arrived a little early and had a chance to speak briefly with Robin. Our conversation went something like ... I said I hoped he would answer in writing, point by point, what Key West the Newspaper had written about him. He said he would answer any questions I had about it. I said I would not remember all of his answers, I wanted it in his own words, in writing. It was important. Important for my readers?, he asked. Important for the voters, I replied. He said he didn’t think it was. I shook my head, said I would report he said that.
I already had sent yesterday’s School Board Considerations post to Pam Martin, the forum’s host and coordinator. She went right after the Key West the Newspaper article, and Robin told the audience he would be happy to answer any questions they had while he was at the forum, or they could call him. He provided his phone number. This was nearly verbatim the same answer given at a much earlier candidate forum at the Civic Center by an assistant State Attorney running for judge, after he was asked how many cases he had tried while he was at the State Attorney’s office? He had not tried many cases.
Bowers was emphatic that she is her own campaign manager, not Dennis Reeves Cooper, Publisher of Key West the Newspaper, as Smith-Martin had stated before Bower’s spoke. Bowers said she had taught school 7 years – yesterday I reported I thought she had taught 11 years. Her field was art education.
After all of the candidates in all of the races, including the Key Largo local races, had been “processed,” there were a few questions from the audience. Some of  the candidates had already left, but Bowers and Smith-Martin were still there. They received two more questions each, as I recall.
Bowers was grilled about her teaching experience, and where she seemed to drop the ball was on a question about the number of days/weeks she actually had taught in the Monroe County Schools. She restated the number of years she had substitute taught in the Keys, which was two years. This did not address the question, but simply restated a previous answer.
Pressed further about the Key West the Newspaper article, Smith-Martin said the authors had done a Google search on him. Then, I wasn’t expecting it, he said the information in the article was correct.

Only 8 weeks to Christmas!
The big stores already have the decorations for sale, which is a shame. They’re dragging the Christmas season out to two months.

To the AA basher: I read your entries from time to time only for the humor in it. This latest one I want to thank you for. That is, for the belly laugh that it caused me to have. It sounds like you went out on another bender and it pisses you off each time you do. It makes you realize that you can’t quit on your own but the AA's have managed to stay sober for years. Keep on keeping on, and we will save a seat for you. Your intellect doesn't impress me. Your profit issue with AA is astounding to me. Only because donating a dollar during a meeting is in no way required, so therefore the program is literally free to anyone that has the desire to stop drinking (of course, that excludes you). So keep getting angry at yourself and it's OK that you project the anger toward us sober ones. I did the same thing for a long time before surrendering to the program. Then, and only then, did my Higher Power, who I choose to call God, stepped into my life and keeps me sober today. 

[Bench Bob] I think we should stage a sit-in at CVS one evening. We can all bring our lawn chairs and sit on their porch. I'll bring Bob a good chair!

[Bum Bench] Mr CVS corporate decision maker, in case you haven't got it yet, I’ve filled my last prescription at your local store unless you put the bench back, make a public apology for your stupid knee jerk decision and make a sizeable contribution to the Keys homeless. I'm not homeless; in fact my home in Pine Channel Estates is paid off. Do this and I’ll continue to patronize your store otherwise Mr Walgreen just stole another one from you.

I think the AA Basher is just bitter because AA makes money. If they didn’t, maybe then he would quit drinking and complaining.

[CVS Bench Warmer Bob] There’s been a lot said about the person, history, and the recent hard luck Bob has experienced.  Is there anyone that will step up and help this poor fellow out?  Big Piners all talk about pride in their community and have come together many times in the past to help others.  Is this not an opportunity to do just that?

[Iguanas Gone Wild] Iguana’s are non indigenous to the Florida Keys and therefore have no standing or protection and killing them is no more than sound pest control. The Florida Keys stock of Iguanas has grown rapidly over the last decade. There are several varieties a feral Iguana, but the green iguana is most common and the tastiest.

The Florida Keys has sufficient stocks of Iguanas to allow avid sportsmen the opportunity to bag a few for the family cook out. The Iguanas are called “Pollo Del Arbor” by local Hispanic groups, or chicken of the trees in English.  "Iguana stew along with a bottle of red wine makes a great meal.”

With the newness of Iguana recreational harvesting, the Florida Wildlife Commission has yet to set bag limits, license fees, regulations or methods of legally taking the reptilian delicacy. The Iguana Killers Club (IKC) suggests a $5 “iguana tag” good for a month of air gun hunting that would not only help keep these dirty reptiles in check and  it would probably get more young boys/girls into enjoying the thrill of the great sport of hunting. Looking down the rifle barrel, with your cheek against the gun stock, centering the intended victim in the crosshairs of the scope and gently squeezing the trigger can give the young hunter a natural high. 

Concerns by various reptile rights groups “Iguana huggers” want you to call an animal rescue league so that these invasive reptiles can be “euthanized humanely.” Freezing as a method of euthanasia is generally accepted as humane, just as is a direct head shot from your IKC41 rifle. In the field, a large cooler of heavily brined ice is sufficient. Drop your wounded Iguana in and be sure to have a solid locking mechanism for the cooler lid. Once the cooler goes quite and still you know that you have humanly frozen the invasive reptile to death.

Iguana meat is considered a delicacy in the Caribbean Islands and with meat prices as high $28.00 per pound and with the economy in the tank and still going down, Iguana is a good source of freshly killed meat for a family meal. With Iguanas being feral game in South Florida, sale of Iguana meat is lawful. Kill-and-Grill does not constitute a crime. Once you have had a taste of fresh fried Iguana it is doubtful that you will wish to sell or give away any surplus meat. Iguana meat freezes well and keeps for up to six months. The tail tastes about like tender gator tail, and the legs and back strap are as tender as frog legs. Iguana eggs are great cooked as an omelet with fresh goat cheese and a mild salsa sauce.

Video of two hunters enjoying a great day of Iguana hunting in their golf cart.   

[Can crusher] Later that night, her boyfriend was rushed to the hospital with a crushed skull muttering something about "Don’t roll over dear."

But AA Basher, how can you say that A.A. doesn't provide a plan to alleviate ones addictions? I was hopelessly addicted till A.A. showed me how to subdue my suicidal addiction and that was over 40 years ago. It even worked for cigarettes. Wow, what a program. All I had to do was believe in the plan and honestly give it a try. It worked really well for me.


The new Mars rover is being constructed with a live webcam in the shop.  When the crew isn't working there's replays of recent activity.


[Bum Convoy] Here is a picture of a bench bum convoy enroute from CVS to Walgreens. It will probably take them a month to travel the course.

[Bum Bench] I am so glad that there is a new target of derision on BPK, namely CVS. It is so nice to see Winn-Dixie catching a break. Pretty soon people will complain about Walgreens being too clean.

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The MajicJack will not work if your PC is on satellite.  You need a land line then you can use it.

Catch the waning gibbous Moon passing through Taurus in early dawn. How well do you know the waning Moon in your telescope? (The Moon is shown three times actual size for clarity.)

[Interviewing Rolling Stones] Matt Lauer: “Did you ever get any sense that the drugs were ruining the music?”

Keith Richard, “No, I didn’t get any of that.”

[Old Dogs--Old Tricks] Pictorial argument for not increasing the retirement age.

I called Sirius Radio to find out if their radio, that plugs into the car’s lighter thing, needed an external antenna.  The first call said no. The second call said it comes with an antenna kit, but didn’t know if it was necessary. The last call said I needed an antenna, but they didn’t know if it had to be external.

Frustrated, I  went to Amazon’s One-Click  and bought a 4GB MP3 player. I wonder how much business they lose because of uninformed phone answerers.

The Texas Rangers made it to the World Series? I didn't even know Chuck Norris had a baseball team

[Faithful reader from Tampa]  You can either stick it on your window or go to Office Depot or probably any craft store and buy a sheet magnet. Stick it to the sheet, cut around your BPK decal and stick it on your vehicle. BPK Decal Sticker

[How pumpkin pies are made]
I will never look at pumpkin pie the same way again.

[AA Basher] While doing some web searching I found this great informative link about Alcoholics Anonymous.


[Tea Party] I cannot understand how this Tea Party thing got all twisted into a political party. The original statement: We need another Tea Party was all about doing what the people did to get the bloody British out of our hair, and today meant the rats in government. A revolt was the definition.

[More benefits for the wealthy and less for the underprivileged]  Don't you mean -- those who earn will keep more of it and not have it taken away from them to be redistributed among those who professionally sit on their cans and collect.

To the person who posted the YouTube video of the Pledge of Allegiance, thank you.  A hundred, million thank yous!

Could you give me instructions on what I should do with my Mac to enable me to view the Fun with Islam video? (Ed: Thanks for letting us know. The link had foreign accent marks that the server didn't recognize. I renamed it. Try it now. Video. It worked in my test)

[Offshore Labor] What makes me laugh is, big business is going to foreign countries for cheaper labor and supplies, but when the host country understands all about the new company and how to run it, how long do those American Executives have to live?

[Electronic Books] During many wars, the bad guys burned the books. The fires were big and the stench of burning paper lasted for days, but in the very near future wars, all that will be heard is a loud click and all of history will be gone in a nano second.

The Tea Party likes to think that all underprivileged Americans are underprivileged because they want to be. The TP (toilet paper) is the Party of no compassion, “I got mine, where’s yours?”

Biden getting cozy
, but he fat dude doesn't know what to make of it.

[Saudis in Audis] Where your oil dollars go.

[From the Right] The dude who said that the Tea Party wants to go back to the Bush admin is full of donkey dung. That poster should think for himself, not just parrot liberal/progressive talking points. Clichés are nearly always pure crap. Mr. Bush took us through a very difficult times, and for more than ¾ of tenure we enjoyed great prosperity and safety in our homeland. But, Mr. Bush did have a serious flaw. He was far too eager to avoid conflict with the Washington elite. He was a firm believer in “comity.” He was naïve. Mr. Bush’s default posture was trust. That trust nearly always bit him. Do you remember Mr. Bush’s outreach to Teddy Kennedy to help Kennedy pass his prized education bill, that happened very early in the Bush admin. Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself.  Kennedy’s prized bill did pass with the help of Mr. Bush in a Republican controlled Congress. That is what is called bi partisanship. Kennedy and the Democrat’s response was to heap scorn and crap on Mr. Bush for the balance of his terms. Don’t forget that Mr. Bush had the fewest Presidential vetoes in modern history? Mr. Bush trusted the Democrats. Mr. Bush’s biggest failing was that he was too nice a guy. All of that ultimately cost us dearly. His failure to reign in the spending that began to ramp up even during his first term resulted in diminution of his powers. The Dems capitalized on this and ran amok. By then Mr. Bush lacked the power or influence to pass the legislation that he had crafted to reign in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He tried on 17 different occasions to tighten regulation of Fannie and Freddie. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were the staunch protectors of Fannie and Freddie. The Dems successfully saved both FM/FM from meaningful regulations or oversight. That nasty fact led directly to our economic meltdown. America was properly furious at the tidal wave of spending even during the time when Republicans controlled Congress. The Dems pumped that anger to seize control of Congress in ’06. They immediately broke their promises to cut spending. Democrat spending metastasized, it has now grown to such an excess that no one could have imagined it. The result of that lunacy is our gargantuan national debt. That debt is the cancer that is now consuming us. Our nation is now at stage 4 of metastatic non small cell fiscal cancer and is being denied treatment by the Democrats. Had Mr. Bush shown the same resolve he demonstrated in his defense of our nation from Muslim fundamentalist terrorism, the terror of our moribund economy would not now plague us. The Obama regime does not want you to know that the recession has been dead for nearly two years. Ir died in June of ’09. The mess that we now have is the Democrat “recovery.” And still Democrat policies continue to strangle our recovery. It defies belief, but they want to spend even more money. The Tea Party is demanding an immediate stop to the wretched excesses of Democrat spending. The Tea Party movement does not seek to return to yesterday, we are not about yesterday, we’re about tomorrow. We seek legislators who will refuse to compromise on matters of principle and who are fiscally responsible. The Tea Party future is a future that has our nation, our economy, and our principled heritage on solid ground.

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CVS bench warmer Bob had all of his things stolen a few weeks back. His tent, his clothes, his sleeping bag, two bicycles and his bible – all gone. Some lowlifes (it wasn’t the refuge people) took his stuff. Now CVS has moved his bench away so that he can not be where he wants to sit and read. It was the place (the bench) that he spent the night when his stuff was stolen.

Big Pine is home to a lot of wandering creeps that steal and cause trouble, but Bob is not one of them. Bob is a nice guy if you want to meet a nice gentle guy. I hope that I find who stole his stuff. I hope that I am not the only one on their trail. If you know who has a new tent and a bike that they didn’t have before please rat them out. What little this man kept was taken away.

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Key Largo Fire Board - Seat 4: Cory Freeman withdrew, leaving candidates Tom Tharpe and Mike Edgerton. Tom Thorpe has been doing a good job, and would be running unopposed except for the controversy about hiring an administrator. Both Freeman and Edgerton said the only reason, the single issue, that prompted them to run was hiring an administrator. The administrator is a non-issue now because that plan is drastically reduced.

Mike Edgerton does not have any experience being on boards, or working as part of a group, or making decisions about millions of dollars, or listening to other people's opinions, or have any skill with, or use, for voters and constituents. Unlike all the other KL Fire Board members, Mike Edgeton will not be accessible to voters. Many of us at the candidate forum reflected after hearing Mike Edgerton was that all he said was “rah-rah firefighters, good stop on that fire last week, and I'm for the firefighters”. He did not talk about his qualifications for the board job, or why the voters should chose him. He did not, because he can not. He does not have any qualifications to tell the voters.  Worse yet, most troublesome, is Mike Edgerton's loyalty. He works full time for Monroe County Fire Rescue, and some of those MCFR folks (including him) advocate, and are actively pushing, that MCFR take over the KL fire contract (just like they tried in Key Colony Beach.)  

If Mike Edgeton gets in, just remember, he works for Monroe County and KL voters will have just let the chicken into their KL fire henhouse. Tom Tharpe would never vote to give the KL fire contract to Monroe County. But Mike Edgeton, besides being unqualified at every level, will sell Key Largo out to the county (his employer and co-workers) in a heartbeat.

[Cell phones] There are 7 billion people on the planet and 5 billion of them have cell phones. They might live under a tarp, but they have a phone. Nokia is the 500 pound gorilla of the cell phone industry. No other maker even comes close to their sales. We’re talking cell phones here, not “smart phones” which are a small part of the cell phone market in the world—so far.

[Amendment 4-Yes] The editorial in the News-Barometer on Amendment #4 was a thoughtful articulate article on the upcoming Nov 2nd election. If you haven't read the article by Steve Estes please take a couple of minutes and do so. It's clearly written, informative and every voter needs to read and consider it.

Please don't fall for the Board of Realtors or your county Builders Association opposition to this amendment to our State Constitution.  It needs to pass, and everyone needs to vote yes, unless you like vacant homes, deserted commercial space, overtaxed infrastructure, foreclosures, short sales and traffic jams from hell. 

Remember, no real Floridian ever said "Ya'll come on down and pave something".

Chief Osceola was captured while displaying a white flag of truce given him by US forces during the Second Seminole War. He was told to use the white flag if he want to parley with the Army in complete safety. The Army took him in to custody and he died in their prison. Never trust any Government because like religious people they will change anything to suit their beliefs.

[Sloan] Today's double helping from the CT's lunatic focuses, on the one hand, on the School Board races, at this link A serious, no-spoofing post.
On the other hand, the focus at this link  is on the big insane asylum down at the end of US 1, where the annual gathering of lunatics from all over everywhere - Fantasy Fest - is officially getting started. They call it "Habitat for Insanity" this year.
I lived just off of Duval Street from March 2007-March 2010, and while I know you aren't going to believe it, I found Fantasy Fest more than slightly too wacko for me. My limited participation consisted of strolling Duval Street between the 800 and 500 blocks two or three times per annual lunatic gathering, just to reassure myself that I was not necessarily the craziest person in the Keys. Actually, I didn't even get honorable mention.
Of course, I stick out a lot more up here in the boonies, where the men are men and the doe Key deer are afraid, and where the women are women, and the buck Key deer have all left for parts unknown.
What keeps me glued together is my predator cat, Miss Kitty, who is spayed and has all of her shots, and pound for pound kills and eats as many varmints and other critters as any of the feral cats hanging around my trailer; the wild Key West chickens that migrated up to Big Pine Key somehow and hang around the Winn-Dixie shopping center, who sing to me when I pass by and keep the varmint and critter population there in check,; the lovely variety of lunatics who patronize Coco's Kitchen in the same shopping center; the honky tonk angels and demons who hang out at Looe Key Tiki Bar; the multitude of wackos who keep posting stuff to the CT; the whacked-out people I run into here and there, or they send me their ravings by email, who egg me on to greater and greater absurdities; and, yep, the angels you darn well better hope never decide to take a personal interest in you. 

Sure, you want to go on a cruise, but do some research first. 

[Stuck on the Runway] The government is declaring its rule barring lengthy airport tarmac delays a success after four months of data show few instances of flights getting stuck for more than three hours. Since the rule went into effect on April 29, there have been only eight planes stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours — down from 529 in 2009.

1.6 million deer collide
with vehicles every year. I guess everywhere else doesn’t have a 30 mph speed limit.

[The Movies] How come in every drama movie when they’re out at night the streets are always slick with rain? Don’t they realize that it doesn’t rain every night everywhere?

Most all Ford engines from 1999 to 2004 used only 4 threads on its spark plugs often causing the engine pressure to blow the plugs out of the engine, stripping the threads along the way. A proper repair for all of them cost over four grand! And Ford’s guaranteed didn’t cover it. The cab had to be removed for this repair. In 2005 Ford fixed the problem by using 8 threads on the spark plugs.

Wife: I noticed when I call your cell the caller ID says "Bitch." Why's that?

Me: Must be a software glitch with the phone's contact list.

[One Star People in a Four Star Hotel] Ah, the return of tourist and snowbirds to the Keys.

Two rambunctious dogs try to get adopted.

The Tea Party post should have read: Tea Party on Big Pine Key. Bring your signs and join us in efforts to restore America to how it was under George W Bush.

[Comcast attached a phone to my computer] You could have saved a whole bunch of money with the MagicJack. It attaches to your computer too, and does everything the Comcast phone does (and probably more), but only costs $1.70 a month. I’ve had mine for a year and a half and love it.

[Bum Bench] I spend considerable money in CVS each month between 10 prescriptions and various other items. Unless the bench is returned, that ends as soon as Walgreens opens.

[CVS Bum Bench] All those threatening to take their business to the new Walgreens are blowing smoke. When Walgreens opens everyone will take their business there. They will undercut CVS’s prices until CVS closes that store, which will probably be a long time as the CVS/Rite-Aid chain has the same 7,000 stores that Walgreen has. It’s going to be a great battle and we will benefit from the low prices and selection.

Stupid idea for a shirt. Music and Sons - MP3 MUSIC-ED T-shirts and Accessories

Society Pecking order.
1. The poor: he works
2. The rich: he exploits the poor
3. The soldier: he defends both
4. The taxpayer: he pays for the three
5. The vagabond: he rests for the four
6. The drunkard: he drinks for the five
7. The banker: he swindles the six
8. The lawyer: he deceives the seven
9. The doctor: he kills the eight
10. The undertaker: he buries the nine
11. And the politician: he lives off of the ten

Deer Editor, I want to thank you for keeping the CT alive and well - I like having somewhere I can express my opinion freely. You provide something for us here that we can get nowhere else.

live two weeks.

[Winn-DickMe] Now, I don't care who you are, that's funny!

[ATT U-verse] I’ve found that those bundled deals aren’t really deals at all once the introductory rate expires. You have all your eggs in one basket and if you aren’t satisfied you are locked into them for two years or so. They only benefit AT&T. This big companies never do anything for their customers. Don't get fooled again.

[If the bum had been this cute…] Oh, yea, she's a real cutie and has the toothless look down pat. As far as the man on the bench: he wasn't bothering anyone. He can read and I bet he can form a better sentence than all those people wearing out their thumbs on useless drivel texting and tweeting. Goodbye CVS

[Stress] Repeated stress frazzles us. It makes us snap at our partners--even growl at the dog. It keeps us awake at night and clouds our professional judgment. We've known for years that it puts us at greater risk for any number of diseases. What we didn't know till now was that it actually physically ages us-all the way down to the DNA in our cells. Chronic stress literally gnaws at our DNA its tips, or “telomeres," to be precise--speeding up the rate at which our cells age by an alarming ten years or more.

[AA Basher] The fundamental deception of AA is that it is an organization devoted to helping people defeat addictions. AA is not about recovery, AA is about AA and it's multi billion money machine. The First Tradition, which values the welfare of the group over its totally dependent members, is a red flag that is carefully shielded from public scrutiny. The steps themselves deceive the observer, seeming to convey an antidote for the degeneracy of addicted people. Ominously, the 12 steps of AA contain not even a hint on how an individual might cease and desist from the use of alcohol or drugs, but only instruct the member to stop trying to quit and shift that responsibility onto the cult and its deity-of-convenience, any Higher Power of one’s conception. This amorphous Higher Power, although called God, is entirely unique to AA, as it is intended to metamorphose into an Alcoholic’s God that intervenes at the level of voluntary motor control. “At times, there is no human defense against the desire to drink,” they explain, “but your Higher Power will protect you. Let go and let God.” Submission to the will of the Alcoholic’s God is the benchmark of working a good program, and is the antithesis of free-will, self-determination, self-will, i.e., denial. Since members are a self-selected group in the long-term grip of pleasure, continued intermittent drinking or using is the actual group norm, even though the stated norm is complete abstinence. Drinking bouts are then integrated as “relapses,” “slips,” or innocent symptoms of the group disease as this is what alcoholics do. This seductive, deceptive arrangement allows members to continue drinking, which they are impassioned to do, while appearing to be committed to abstinence. Essentially, AA is a drug-cult which holds various substances to be “desecrating sacraments” which are necessary for eventual cleansing of the soul. It is clearly not an organization devoted to teaching people any means to end substance addictions.


[Don’t ask, don’t tellNo one of any inclination should openly flaunt their sexuality on the job.

No one has implied that removing the prohibition would encourage anyone to flaunt their sexuality. That is not the intention. The writer, like many Americans, has a skewered opinion of what it is to be gay.

Fun with Islam

Protestors in France and other European countries are taking to the streets to demand change. However in the US there has not been a mass protests by its citizens. Even though most people in the United States believe that the government has too much control. According to a Gallup poll it’s as much as 59% of Americans who are dissatisfied with their government. United States citizens are beginning to wake up to the tyrannical government and are beginning to arm themselves with guns and other means.

[America The Beautiful] Here is video of an Illinois crowd spontaneously rising to their feet to say the Pledge of Allegiance, even though the League of Women Voters’ Moderator had said they had no plan to do so. A man calls for a point of order to ask the moderator if they are going to say the Pledge, to which the moderator said, “No we are not.” As the moderator tried to explain why they would not be saying the Pledge – the crowd rose to their feet and began saying the Pledge!
Federal Reserve gives 9 trillion dollars in credit and no one knows why.  Listen to Elizabeth Coleman’s double speak.

Sen. Boxer ad. You are not going to believe this ad!

[United Corporation of America] Has anyone else noticed that not one person has gone to jail for the crimes they committed against homeowners in the housing/mortgage scam in the US? There have been a lot of fines paid, but no criminal charges like RICO for their organized crime.

The “if you cross the US border illegally you get...” post assumes that things will change if the Tea Party gets elected this November. How naive. The Tea Party is all negativity, like the rest of the Right, but if elected nothing will change except more benefits for the wealthy and less for the underprivileged.

After 9/11, Fort Hood, Times Square, Detroit, the Olympics, Bali, Madrid, London and the Mumbai bombings/shootings, liberals are in shock that people still make a connection between Islam and terrorism. How many times do Muslims have to blow things up to prove they're peaceful?

[From the Right] The other day I sent an e-mail to Deer Ed. The intent of the e-mail was to purchase advertising space in CT to promote the Tea Party Rally. The e-mail was not intended to be a posting. But, nonetheless, it did get posted. At the time I wrote the e-mail I was of the false belief that there had been little or no real promotion of the event. I had formed that faulty conclusion based on conversations with some of the folks involved in the rally. Then, yesterday, I found out that some devoted folks have been working very hard at promoting the event. There has been several hundred e-mails generated and the rally has been strongly promoted at several meetings. If I were one of the many Tea Party and other local folks who have been busting butt to put this Tea Party Rally together, I would be really pissed at the author of the e-mail. That’s me. The e-mail was written the same day, hours after I had decided to take on the job of generating as much publicity about the Rally as possible. At that time there was only a week to get it done. Publicity is paramount to a good turnout. If folks don’t know about it, they won’t be there. So, the criticism that “not sh*** had been done” was criticism aimed at myself for not getting involved much earlier. The comment about “government work” was absolutely accurate. I know, I was a government worker for my entire career. I know government screw ups when I see them. The e-mail was poorly drafted, but I did not intend any criticism of anyone but myself. I hope that I did not offend too many hard working folks involved in this effort. I am sorry.

(Part II) Has anyone been paying attention to the goings on in Europe? France is nearly paralyzed by riots led by unions demanding all sorts of economy killing entitlements. Greece is nearly ready to fold. Britain is laying off about a half million government workers.  A solid mantle of economic horror shrouds much of Europe.  The root of the problem in the troubled nations is the costs of entitlements. In France, union leadership has paralyzed the nation in strikes because the unions refuse all efforts to trim even tiny bits of fat from their failing retirement program so as to save it. They even refuse to accept a 2 year delay in access to their government’s equivalent of our Social Security. They are on strike so that folks can retire at 60 instead of 62.  Bear in mind that their retirement system is in worse shape than our deeply troubled Social Security system.  They demand that the Mommy government raise their allowance.  So in the spirit of “give me more”, they shut the country down. The government of Britain has demonstrated great wisdom and guts in it's attack on their fiscal horror. The Brits are in process of raising their retirement age to 62, slashing their welfare and cutting a half million government jobs. Portugal and Spain are suffering great resistance to austerity measures. At the heart of each and every mass protest are unions. The unrelenting drive of unions to get more for less has turned what arguably were once necessary and reasonable entitlement programs into a giant millstone that is drowning economies worldwide. You should know that our debt as a percentage of our gross domestic product is skyrocketing! It is now at the cusp of 100%.  I suppose that you might say, “so what?” Well, what will happen to you if you insist on spending more than you make?  From 2001-2007 the deb/gdp ratio averaged about 62%. In 2007 it was about 64% today it is very near to 100%. The Democrats took control of the American purse strings in January of 2007, four years ago. The National Bureau of Economic Research reports that our recession began in December of 2007 and was over in June of 2009, 16 or so months ago. And still in spite of, or more likely as a result of, gargantuan government spending we are flat lining. Are you content with the near 10% unemployment rate? Soon, very soon, as a nation we will owe more than we make. It is time to take the wallet, the purse,  and all of the credit cards away from the Democrats. I wonder if the Betty Ford clinic has room for Team Obama and the Democrats to treat their compulsive spending disorder.

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Another flying fish incident.

Thank you CVS for making my decision a whole lot easier.I was condsidering using CVS instead of the new Walgreens  for nothing more then to contionue giving my business to someone who I was comfortable with I thought it would be a bit neighborly.Now that they removed the bench in front of their store (which of course they have every right to do) I think I will switch more to Walgreens.The fellow reading there the last few years is Boogie Bob and hes been around as long as I can remember.He never bothers anyone and always has a smile when you say hi and its always kind of nice seeing him and talking for a few minutes.I wish there were more folks like that around.Now barefoot Mike has passed on and I guess Walgreens wants Boogie Bob to move on and the Keys will be a lesser place because of it.I miss the old Keys attitude.Oh well it wont be long until we are New Jersey clones.(sigh).
if they can put up cameras at the BPK light, why couldn't they put up the sensors that tell the light when there is a car coming or not. it is ridiculous to have to sit at a red light when there is no on coming traffic for miles.
[Re: the CVS bench]
CVS - You really screwed up this time!! The removal of the bench in front deprives everyone of a place to wait, either for someone inside, or perhaps for their prescription. Is CVS so afraid of damaging their image in the wake of the big, new, drugstore behemoth move in next door? What the hell are they thinking? Yes, there is a gentleman who frequents that bench, and what he does there is READ. Not comics, not magazines, not newspapers, but BOOKS. Good books, by the way. If nothing else, he serves as a reminder to people that there are other things to do than be able to move their thumbs fast.
Oh, gee, he's not dressed in snazzy garb and oh goodness, he has long hair and a beard. Horrors! Well, to that I say bulls**t! I know his name, but I don't have his permission to use it, and he is after all, a human being, and I treat him with respect. I see him as very shy, and BOTHERS ABSOLUTELY NO ONE! CVS, if it's image you're worried about, you've just brought your image right to the toilet and flushed. How very unkind of you. Frankly, I'm not so sure I want to do business with a company that performs such blatant acts of discrimination. And please don't talk about loitering - the gentleman in question shops at the store also. So tell me, how is it you can take his money easily enough, but deprive him of a quiet place to sit? Is there a time limit? What about the rest of the public? Now no one can sit outside. So, I say, put the bench back and act like human beings. And if the manager was "away", just who authorized it at the store? Was a "corporate" (aren't all the employees part of corporate?) manager from out of town there in her place? Then it might make sense. Some dumbo from out of town thought it would be an improvement. Wake up CVS - the inside of the store needs work; it looks old and worn out. Concentrate on something like that, or - lower prices -and you will do well. I've used your store since I moved here years ago. Don't make me go somewhere else.
It looks like I may have gotten some bad info. The Chamber Commerce is asking for a NO vote on amendment 4. If that's so we are on the same page. Once again this will open the flood gate to legal issues that will cost us millions and millions of tax dollars. If you own or rent you will be effected.Vote No on Amendment # 4.

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I am a FAT Person and I understand it takes much more effort for the American Infrastructure to support me than for a slim and trim human, so why should I not have to pay more taxes for this countries maintenance, my insurance, my food suppliers and all the necessities of life? Skinny people should get a discount!
SHAME on CVS for removing the bench in front of the store! 
Why the paper will never be replaced~!?

Latest News from Habitat for Humanity of Key West

Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys has launched a nationwide search for leadership service to the community as Executive Director beginning in 2011. The five year tenure of current Executive Director Bob Calhoun will be completed at the end of the year. Calhoun will be relocating to Wilmington, NC where he will assume the leadership of that local Habitat organization and be launching a new Habitat for Humanity International program, the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. During Calhoun’s tenure affordable homes have been preserved through new construction and the renovation of existing homes, as well as the extensive renovation of area homes and community facilities following Hurricane Wilma. Reflecting on his tenure Calhoun observed, “This Habitat team has done much to create and preserve affordable workforce homes. Many additional opportunities are coming to fruition and the organization is strong, capable, and secure in continuing its service to the community.”


In December, long time Key West resident Mark Moss will add his strengths to the Habitat team as Construction Coordinator. Moss’s professional experiences as a municipal planner, and many years in construction and property management will be of great value to Habitat’s work. Additionally he has been an avid and dedicated Habitat volunteer for over a decade with service ranging from construction volunteer to a term as Board President.

If the bum had been this cute, he would not have been 'relocated'.
[Democratic societies] The state can't control behavior by force. WOW! A brain child. Where do you live, it surely is not in Monroe County! Run for office OK?

If pedestrians are that stupid to blatantly walk in from of thousands of pounds of moving steel, would in not be better for the gene pool to run them over?


Concerning the Bum Bench at CVS on Big Pine Key, I agree completely that the removal of the bench was bullshit - to use the parlance of our times.
That dude has never caused a scene or a problem for anybody and i've been looking at him there for over 10 years now. He has always been polite and
waved back. If he is a bum (which I kind of doubt,) he is an excellent representative of that portion of our little community around here.

I've always considered him kind of a CVS greeter - ala Walmart. In fact, CVS should not only return him his bench (Eminent Domain?) but put him on the payroll as well.
He almost manages to turn that generic corporate outlet into a small-town druggist.

Today he was sitting on the east side, leaned up against the building, watching them install the Walgreens sign. Hey, maybe the grass IS greener on the other side - of the parking lot.

I say we, as a community, should boycott CVS. Walgreens will be opening soon and Winn-DickMe can prescriptions too.

If the new Walgreens manager is half-bright, he'll have a bench installed because I will only shop at the store that bum endorses. 
Apparently, CVS doesn't like our community members and we all can buy their overpriced crap anywhere.

"FUCVS" sticker anyone?
If H20 is inside the fire hydrant, what's on the outside? K9P
A plane crash that killed 20 in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August is being blamed on a crocodile onboard.

The lone survivor has told investigators a hidden crocodile escaped from a passenger's sports bag and caused a stampede in the cabin, throwing the small plane off balance, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

The bizarre story includes an account of how the crocodile lived through the crash, only to be killed by a blow from a machete.

The plane was on a routine flight from the capital, Kinshasa, to the regional airport in Bandundu, when the incident occurred on Aug. 25. There had been no apparent mechanical problems when the plane came down just short of its destination.

The survivor is quoted in an inquiry report, obtained by the newspaper, as saying the crocodile escaped as the plane began its descent. With the creature on the lose, panic ensued.

According to the report, "The terrified air hostess hurried towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers."

With the plane off-balance, the Dutch pilot and British First Officer struggled in vain to control the aircraft, a Czech-made Let L-410 Turbolet, the newspaper says.

The plane crashed into an unoccupied house a few hundred feet from the regional airport.

At the time of the crash, some media speculated the plane had run out of fuel.
I was out trolling near the Wall when a woman's voice came over the radio.  She was screaming " help me help me , my little dog , Fifi, just fell into the water and a huge Dolphin ate her".   I immediately radioed back the only sensible thing I could think of to say,  "Hey lady,  what color was Fifi?"

A man once attended AA

With some thoughts and something to say

        He was told to shut-up

        Put a buck in the cup

And blah, blah-blah, blah-blah.


Would you like your brains scrambled or fried?

There's a new anti-depressant for lesbians on the market:
> > Trycoxagain.
November 13th:  Lower Keys Lionfish Derby at Hurricane Hole Marina in Key West, FL FOR EACH DERBY- PRIZES GIVEN TO TOP 3 TEAMS IN EACH CATEGORY:
* MOST LIONFISH: $1,000 cash, $500 cash, $250 Divers Direct Gift Certificate
* BIGGEST LIONFISH: $500 cash, $200 cash, $100 Divers Direct Gift Certificate
* SMALLEST LIONFISH: $500 cash, $200 cash, $100 Divers Direct Gift Certificate REGULAR REGISTRATION- register by the Wednesday before each Derby. $100 for a team of up to 4 people and includes a pair of puncture resistant gloves (retail at $50) and two banquet tickets.

LATE REGISTRATION- register the Thursday or Friday (register at the Captain's meeting at the latest) before the derby.  $120 for a team of up to 4 people and includes a pair of puncture resistant gloves (retail at $50) and two banquet tickets.

*Additional Banquet Tickets will be available for purchase at the Captain's Meeting. T-shirts will be available for purchase both at the Captain's Meeting and at Saturday's event.

Friday Before Derby:
5:30- 6:30: Late Registration.
7:00 p.m.:  Captain's Meeting.

 *Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captain and all team members are encouraged to attend.  There will be a briefing on safe collection and handling procedures for lionfish. All liability forms (one for each team member) must be submitted before or at the captain's meeting. 

*Late Registration/ Captain's meeting for Middle Keys Derby will be held at Keys Fisheries Oct. 15th and at Hurricane Hole November 12th for the Lower Keys Derby.

Derby Day:
Sunrise:  Teams may begin collecting lionfish.
4:30- 6:30 p.m.: All lionfish must be turned in to the scoring station at the respective location.
6:00- 7:30: Social and Lionfish Tasting
7:30:  Banquet Begins
7:45- 8:30: Raffle and Awards Ceremon
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Another bill from the EMS ... e-mail of the person taking charge of this ...

All you did was post the email of a county employee who is just doing the job assigned. She just follows the policies set by others. The correct email address which should have been posted is because he is responsible for ALL the policies of Monroe County. These payment policies do not exist in a vacuum. Deal with the organ grinder. // Media » Top 10 Low Pass Flyby's Of All Time This may be a rerun, but it's such a gorgeous display it's still worthwhile.
[Sloan] Today's no-edit Saturday menu contains another angry and rude Amendment 4 post at this link: Part of it replies to the Marathon Journal Editor's CT post yesterday, which left out a few important details you may or not feel are relevant. Other parts pertain to interviews yesterday on US 1 Radio and KONK 1500 AM.
I dreamt Amendment 4 passed and the State of Florida rolled over on its belly like a big, fat alligator and fell happily asleep.
I had another dream that Amendment 4 didn't pass and a giant flock of flying saucers flew over Florida and covered it in a foot of pig shit.
Glad to see FTR made it back online, I start feeling lonesome dovey when I'm the only big bull's-eye on the CT.
I didn't dream about any of you, sorry - maybe the angels wanted you to take a vacation.
() Unless that bench is returned to the front I will move all my prescriptions to Walgreens when it opens. Also, I will tell everyone I know about this. The guy that reads there is a real nice
Sloan, now you're starting to tick me off.  Not only is referring to Auschwitz the way you did yesterday egregiously disrespectful of the survivors and the dead, you also misspelled it. 
Consider those tortured and murdered souls (and their descendents) before relating their true hell to a stinking law, right or wrong, that would affect only Floridians' land use.  I know you're not stupid.  Think of something more current and topical to use as ammunition.  Nazi references are just lame.
Wisdom~Sometimes what we dont do is better than what we do, yet, I believe in action speaks louder than words and what goes around comes around, ...Marriett Beatrice
(Bum Bench), What a shame! I don't even think he is a bum.  He lives on a boat.  That bum has a young son.  I know a little history on this guy.  He bothers no one.  He is not drunk all he does is read!  Take time and sit next to him and talk to him.  Bet he is smarter than you and I.  What's wrong with you people!  CVS, put that bench back!  Give and it will come back to you.
If anyone wants a current example of what is looming ahead for medical science at the hands of Obamacare, the Avastin controversy is a perfect one. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to de-list the cancer drug Avastin one reason being that it is a drug too expensive for government to fund. It is scary to think that the federal government can summarily dismiss cancer drugs merely because of expense, but that is what happens when government starts counting the beans. It becomes an issue of cost instead of effectiveness.
what is the building that looks like a tobacco barn in front of baboondocks? it doesn't really fit in with the thatched cheeki hut motif of the other buildings.
NOAA today reopened to commercial and recreational fishing 7,037 square miles of Gulf waters about 80 nautical miles south of the Florida panhandle, between the Florida-Alabama state line and Cape San Blas, Fla. This is the tenth reopening in federal waters since July 22.

Vote No on 4!

Amendment 4 will cost taxpayers millions and lead to chaos at the polls.

Under Amendment 4, the taxpayers will be forced to fund expensive referenda for every technical change to their local comprehensive plan. The Editorial Board of the Orlando Sentinel pointed out that these costs would “soar into the millions.”

It would not be uncommon for voters to face 200 or 300 minor plan revisions on a single ballot. According to a review of state records, the residents of Carrabelle—a

small Franklin County town—would have voted 617 times if Amendment 4 had been law in 2006!

Corrected typo's

At the last out of state Alcoholics Anonymous meeting I attended where nobody knew me, the miserable old guru, chair person, asked the group to announce any milestones they may have crossed. “One Year?” he asked. No one responded. “Six months... three months... one month... a week...” still, no one responded. “Twenty-four hours?” he finally asked. As the meeting was moving along at a snail’s pace, with no response from the seated drunks I raised my hand, even having gone without a drink in the last 3 years. The entire room erupted into a Pentecostal like delirium. People were whooping and hollering and jumping up and down and clapping their hands and stomping their feet as though I had saved a hundred babies from the flooding rivers. The speaker stood up and applauded, demanding that I come forward to the front of the meeting. I walked up to the speaker, who handed me a coin sized medal. I reached out to shake his hand and he lunged forward and embraced me. With my elbows pinned to my sides, my forearms flapping like I was a twenty pound freshly beheaded turkey,  I struggled to break free as the crowd of about sixty drunks and junkies danced, screamed, yelped  and applauded. I returned to my seat and the drunk to my right, noticing my confusion, leaned over and tried to explain to me what exactly had just happened. When he leaned back his pint of Vodka slipped out of his pocket and crashed onto the floor and shattered. Admittedly, I really didn’t hear a word he had said to me. I was too busy looking at the coin that was just given to me, thinking to myself “A medal for twenty-four hours? Talk about an eleventh place ribbon.” Emblazoned across the top of the medal were the words “TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE.” I chuckled under my breath thinking about the outright lies you continuously hear in the meeting rooms.

After the hilarious spectacle, the meeting resumed to the standard course of people sharing the stories of their alcoholism and drug addictions and how desperately they wanted to quit, and once again I began to feel a little more comfortable, as in this respect I knew exactly what everyone was talking about. In this we all shared a similarity. Of course, my comfort was short lived, as the meeting concluded with everyone holding hands and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. You have to understand, I am the product of multiple generations of secularism. Reciting the Lord’s Prayer is an act perceived by my family to be roughly equivalent to ceremoniously slaughtering a chicken or sacrificing a virgin on a pagan alter. This was most definitely not “spiritual” in nature, it was undeniably religious. At the moment the prayer was over, I picked up my things as quickly as I could and practically ran out the front door. Maybe I’ll try attending AA in another 3 years as they always say they will save a seat for me when I’m ready.


Is what Sloan wrote about FTR guy being spook, ex-govt, really true?
This cartoon originated in Scotland...
[Good News]Obama made the TV networks lower the volume of commercials so you don’t jump out of your chair when one comes on
Hate to burst you bubble but O didn't do that,  the FCC did. And oh yea, it's been an FCC regulation for years,  but advertisers don't follow it and station operators don't enforce it. 

Air Force General:

Mr. President, we've just invented an

invisibility cloak for Air Force One.

Air Force One is now invisible,

insuring your security in the face of growing hostility.

Obama:  No  SHIT

General:  That's right, sir.  

Will you be going along on its maiden flight? 

Obama:  Why I wouldn't miss this for the world!

General:  Have a good trip, sir!

In 2008 Obama promised us the moon if elected President.  Instead ... gullible Americans got mooned.  Disillusioned voters are now turning away in droves from BHO and his ilk.  The only way Barack and his boys can now win voters back is through more lies, hype, and spin.  Which means ... more Obama Kool-Aid.
Whole Lotta Obama Kool-Aid by Doug Giles
Death of an old friend
Sad O still blames President Bush for the recession, unemployment, his declining poll numbers, the Tea Party, the loss of the House (+Senate) on Nov. 2 and most importantly-his dropped ice cream.

Progressives Need To SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP!!!!!! Seriously. This has to end. Progressives are meddling a-holes who obsessively interject their idiocy into every aspect of our lives. I may be taking time off soon. I cannot take these morons anymore.

Chinese professor
A US analyst says some officials in the White House and the administration are considering legal action to remove Barack Obama from presidency.

“Right now, there is discussion in Washington and within the government of using the 25th amendment to the US Constitution to remove Obama from office,” Edward Spannaus from Executive Intelligence Review said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.

The amendment allows for removing the president if he/she has incapacity either physically or mentally.

“In this case, Obama is mentally incapable of fulfilling the office of president,” Spannaus went on to say.

Referring to Obama’s plummeting popularity, mostly due to the recent economic collapse in the US, Spannaus said, “There is no way that his presidency could be salvaged at this point and it does not really make any difference who wins the congressional elections.”

Hi Cappy. We just learned the other day that there is going to be another Tea Party on Oct 30, the Sat before the erection (sic). We also learned that several folks had been talking about, but nothing had been going on to get it going.  So, here we are, one week before the gala and not shit done. Soundsl live government work. The attatchement is a banner ad that hope that you can run as soon as possilbe. I think it placing it in a horizonal format, just before  or just after the "National Politics" title section would be perfect if you can do it. If not, please use your best judgement. . I'm going to start pitching the gala in the FTR swamp. Let the games begin!

Happy Saturday  Deer Friends. Just this week we learned that there is another TEA PARTY brewing. It is set for next Saturday, 10/30 at 10:00am.  I’m told that in addition to the normal good stuff like coffee, pastries, hot dogs and cool beverage, that there is a red hot chance that we will have live music. A local entertainer, DAWN, will be appearing. I’m told that the welcome mat is out for local musicians to come by and jam. Especially welcome will the musicians who can belt out patriotic music. C’mon down and jam. There will be some free stuff, like copies of the Constitution, and of course there will be some political stuff. Believe it or not some if it is really important and it is really interesting. It’ll kick off at about 10:00 am, and will fold when everybody leaves. Once again there will be some signs on hand, but everybody is urged to express their own opinion on signs of their own making. This gala is being put together by Big Piner ’s and other locals. This is not an effort of any off the rock power brokers. If you’ve got flags, bring them and fly them. My cranky liberal aunt Amy was at the last Tea Party Revel, even she said that she had a good time. You and I can make a difference, it is vital that each of us participate, don’t let some other dudes run your life. Please stop by and take a break, we really don’t  care what your political center is, just so long as you’re not too grumpy, like my grumpy Aunt Amy is or was before enjoying a Tea Party Revel. We’re doing this to urge each and every reader to vote on November 2.   3 or more million American service members have sacrificed their lives so that you and I can exercise our right to vote. Take control, you owe it to yourself and to all who have died defending our rights.

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[Smile, you’re on candid camera] Traffic light cameras on Big Pine! What a mind blower. I never thought Id see the day. We the people, by the people, for the people (get it?) Funny, I don’t remember being asked if we want or need that Orwellian tactic in our little town.  That just goes to show that we the people have really very little say.  Just follow sheepies, just follow. Its all for your own good, your own well being, your own protection, they are your friends, they are just here to help you. Sleep well little sheepies, sleep well.

[Bum Bench] I was there at CVS 8:30 Wednesday evening and the gentle old fellow that sits there on the bench and reads and doesn’t bother a soul was leaning up against the wall because the C V S-holes removed the bench. An employee told me that it was a corporate decision and was executed while the manager was away. Allegedly, there was a complaint that he was bothering people. That is total bulls**t. The guy barely says hello. He is gentle and quiet. CVS should be working diligently on customer retention, not inviting thoughts a boycott.

I am disgusted with CVS on Big Pine Key. I like the individuals working there, but I’m done. I won’t set foot back inside there, and it has nothing to do with Walgreens.

[Benefit Concert] Low Key Skate and Music is hosting a benefit concert Sunday October 24th for Dani Van Hoven. Dani is a single mother of four who was in a horrible car accident last Tuesday on Big Pine Key. We are trying to raise money to help her get back on her feet. We will have live music from Voodu Sol, The Billy Brown Band, Dead in Bed, The Ray West Band and more. We are located at MM 30.3 next to Two for Twenty Pizza. Please come out and show your support. Bulletin Board

[Yes to Amendment 4] This crap someone keeps putting on here about why you should vote no to Amendment 4 is just that -- bull crap!  It's time the people have a right to say whether these types of changes can affect their area's well being.  It’s obvious we can't depend on our elected officials to do it.

Intelligent voters will see the smoke screen you naysayers are trying to throw at us.  Everyone should vote yes to Amendment 4.

Capt JT
(James Taylor whose girlfriend’s name, coincidentally, is Carly) caught this 46 pound Wahoo.

[No to Amendment 4] Florida TaxWatch released a new report this morning on the potential outcome of Amendment 4 passage on Nov. 2. According to the report, passage would severely harm the state’s economic recovery, future job creation, and dampen personal income.

The new report follows on the heels of an earlier briefing by Florida TaxWatch.   This report estimates the fiscal impact of voter approval for all changes to comprehensive land use plans. It found that passage of Amendment 4 would result in hundreds, if not thousands, of elections, which would incur millions of dollars in costs at the taxpayers’ expense. The Florida TaxWatch analysis estimates that the direct cost to the taxpayers throughout Florida for these special elections would be $44.6 million to $83.4 million annually. That analysis further estimates that litigation resulting from the additional and expanded elections required under Amendment 4 could result in legal costs to local governments of more than $1 billion annually – or more than $135 per Florida household annually.

Florida TaxWatch is a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan taxpayer research institute and goverment watchdog that over its 29 year history has become widely recognized as the watchdog of citizens' hard-earned tax dollar.

Happy Halloween
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[Another bill from the EMS] I am in the same boat and refuse to accept that I must pay for the usage/transportation fee. This sounds like the county is double-dipping and as any resident knows, its time to stop this garbage. It is free to fly the medi-vac helicopter to Miami, but you can't ride in an ambulance, that our taxes paid for, for 20 miles. That’s absurd.  Before I start typing more of this nonsense I will give you the e-mail of the person taking charge of this.  Dubroff-Camille@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov


See the Sea Rentals
Glass Bottom Kayaks
19 ft Glass Bottom
Carolina Skiff


1/2 Day, Full Day &
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At the end of Koehn Road in Koehn Sub-division on Big Pine Key, MM30

[Amendment 4] On Oct. 18th, I tuned in to the candidate forum at the Marathon Government Center prepared to listen with full attention to the courageous individuals that have stepped forward to run for public office.  I have participated on the dais in the past, and have a visceral sense of what happens up there. The Marathon Chamber of Commerce and the Weekly Newspapers co-hosted the event.

State candidates, Morgan McPherson and Ron Saunders acquitted themselves well.  Candidates for County Commissioner, Sloan Bashinsky, Mike Forster, George Neugent, David Rice, and Don Vasil did the same.  There were cordial disagreements on some issues.  It was informative and entertaining. At this point in the proceedings, I decided residents would be well represented regardless of the Election Day results.

And then it happened.  There was a break while Marathon City Council candidates gathered at the dais, and Chamber of Commerce president, Ms. Kate Koler came to the podium to speak.  She said she would read a statement on behalf of the Chamber with regard to Amendment # 4, which is about adoptions of and amendments to local government comprehensive land use plans.

I had thought to use the break to take the dog out, but I reversed track immediately. Amendment # 4 is important, and I wanted to hear the pros and cons. The Chamber is against the Amendment and presented the case for a “No” vote.  I expected to hear a spokesman for the other side of the issue, but there was noone. 

During Ms. Koler’s remarks, County Candidate Bashinsky shouted his displeasure from the back of the room.  He supports Amendment # 4. His exact words were not audible to the TV audience, but I later learned they were angry and rude. The political statement and the candidate outburst changed the essence of the meeting from neutral to something else.

If I were a candidate in support of Amendment # 4, I would have been unhappy appearing at a forum used to promote a position opposed to my own, unless my view was presented too. Yes, the government center had been leased for this event, and yes, the lessees have certain rights to use it for their own purposes. But I was uncomfortable with a political ad, in the middle of a candidate forum, broadcast from a county building.

The City Council candidate Q & A followed, but it was a letdown after the fireworks.  Incumbents Ramsay, Snead, and Worthington spoke knowledgeably about government issues.  Ex-Planning Commission Chair Shaffer also handled the questions easily.  Perennial candidate Nelson did not do well, failing to give credible answers.

But my mind was no longer on it. I was thinking about what I had just seen and heard. The Chamber of Commerce and the Weekly Newspapers both work hard in Marathon. They speak with clear and fervent voices on behalf of business owners in the Middle Keys. They support the community in countless ways.

Chamber members have every right to ask their leadership to speak for them on issues.  It is up to the Chamber to choose venues for such messages, and this was not the right venue.  It angered at least one candidate, embarrassed the County, and made this citizen feel queasy.  It was bad politics.

 I happen to agree with the Chamber’s “Vote No” position on Amendment # 4. I hope this flap doesn’t hurt the effort to defeat it.  However, there needs to be an “equal time” opportunity for the other side. Take care of it quickly, please, so that this distraction is no longer news.

[More bar wisdom] Officer, I'm not slurring my words. I'm speaking in Braille.

[Mosquito Control] I was on my way out of town Tuesday and went by the Old Wooden Fishing Lodge close to 8 am. I watched a white Mosquito Control truck pulling a bone-fish skiff with 2 men launch at the ramp. Wow, what a great job. I can't think of any reason why I should have seen that. Not one reason, so don't even try to explain it.

Lose Your Marbles?
Don't Worry,
You Can Get More
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[Need Law For Everything] People will not act decently or care for others without being scared of breaking a law. The point of any law is to make the gnomes like you remove that overly extended trailer hitch from your pick-up truck so people cannot hurt themselves, or return the cart so people do not run into it and sue the store, for the parkers who abuse the right for those that need to be closer to a market. All people like you see is their blind self and that is why America is failing!

15 squatters took advantage of his short absence to occupy the £700,000 property.  The jobless Italians changed the locks and have taken up residence along with their three dogs and two cats. They claim the fact they cannot afford to rent gives them the right to take over the Victorian property in Camberwell, South-East London. Police are powerless to intervene because squatting is a civil rather than criminal offence.

The next meeting of our computer club is coming up this Saturday, October 23. 10 am at the Senior Center. Hope to see you there.
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[Sanctuary Advisory Council] I hate to blow your bubble, but it's really not a big deal (no kudos warranted, therefore) to be appointed to Sanctuary Advisory Council.  All they do is sit down once a month and shoot the breeze. They have no affect.

 Marathon's Regular Gas Prices on October 20, 2010 at NOON

Chevron at Coco Plum & US1 [east]



Citgo at 132nd Street & US1



Shell near 132nd Street & US1



Shell across from 111th Street & US1



Citgo near 110th Street & US1



Citgo near 63rd Street & US1



Tom Thumb at Sombrero Beach Road & US1



Chevron at 39th Street & US1



Mobil just past 11th Street & US1 [west]



~marathon journal

[Sloan] David Rice told me at the Finnegan’s Wake candidate forum yesterday evening that I am really bright, perhaps one of the smartest people around, or something like that, but sometimes I get in my own way. We were the only two county commission candidates there, and I tried to get Sheldon Davidson, of Hometown! PAC, to let David and I speak together: David offering the psychologist’s perspective on the one hand, I offering the lunatic’s view on the other hand. It might have been a howl, but as I said to the audience when I went first, the producers were too tight-assed to let us do it. Even so, David and I went one after the other, and a good time was had with lots of laughs.

Before and after that segment of the forum, I was told by a number of people, some I knew, others I didn’t, that they really liked what I had done at the Marathon Chamber forum and what I had written about it. Jean Star Dillon, who works at Finnegan’s Wake and hosted and arranged the forum, and the forums they held previously, said she also used to practice law. I was astounded, for I had no idea she had done that. Her husband is still a lawyer. She told of scraps they had gotten into arguing arcane legal principles. I figured she would have gone along with my suggestion for the psychologist’s and the lunatic’s dog and pony show, if she had not brought Hometown! PAC into it. A former US Attorney, Sheldon Davidson probably is still too tied to the FBI to let a lunatic take over a candidate forum. Maybe another time.

The positive feedback last night about the Marathon Chamber caper repeats everywhere I go. Other than the See Sloan Run poet on’s Coconut Telegraph, the only person since the Marathon caper to criticize me is John Bartus, who hosted the Marathon Auchwitz Amendmennt 4 pogrom. Last night, David Rice again told me that he was troubled by what the Chamber had done. School Board candidate Robin Smith-Martin told me that John Bartus and Jason Koler, the Weekly Newspaper’s publisher, and co-conspirator in the Chamber’s sneak attack on Amendment 4, had gotten roasted good at the Marathon Rotary Club luncheon. A county commissioner told me the Chamber might not get to use the Marathon Government Center again.

To see the full Monty, go to this link:

A friend asked if I'd recommend Seahorse Trailer Park. All I know is that it looks overcrowded.

The Monroe County Commission rejected a proposal that would have limited some employee raises, brought greater transparency about who was receiving them and increased punishments for commissioners who sexually harass or discriminate against their aides or other county workers.

Don’t re-elect anyone, they’re all corrupt.

Short safari
picture story.

[Yes to Amendment 4] I’m voting yes because the Chamber of Commerce supports it. The Chamber is very pro growth. I am and have been in good standing, own and run a small business on Big Pine Key for over 27 years. Vote no on 4. Let the folks you vote be responsible for zoning and growth. You have DCA, Army Corp of Eng and local zoning to name a few. Amendment 4 will, and can, over rule all of those folks. The Chamber doesn't all have your best interests in mind. Trust me on this one.

Do the drug makers behind naming the medicine Aciphex have a clue that we may not buy something that sounds like ass effects?

[EMS Service Too Expensive]  That 4,000 bucks won’t even cover one of the employees, let alone the cost of the ambulance, insurance, maintenance and on and on. Put your big boy pants on. Nothing is for free. I hope you are doing better and no longer require such special service.


I'm putting together a collection of photos where I've been. Check it out (beware of spamming as you must register)

] The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda's 100 top homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: "Hang Them." Alongside their photos were the men's names and addresses. 'Hang them': Uganda paper publishes photos of gays

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, among the largest fish able to grow the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, come to the Gulf yearly from January to June. Their peak spawning time in the Gulf is April and May - just when some 10 million litres of oil a day was pouring into the water following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on 20 April. Bluefin Tuna Hit Hard By Deepwater Horizon Disaster

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed its first lunar transit when the new moon passed directly between the spacecraft (in its geosynchronous orbit) and the sun. With SDO watching the sun in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light, the dark moon created a partial eclipse of the sun.

[Woe is Toyota] Less than a year after it was tarnished by reports of runaway cars, the automaker recalled 1.5 million vehicles Thursday to address brake-fluid and fuel pump troubles, drawing new attention to safety issues that have festered inside the company for years. Toyota has now recalled more than 11 million cars and trucks around the world over the past year for problems including faulty gas pedals, floor mats that can trap accelerators, braking problems and stalling engines.

Don't make old people mad
. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to set us off.

[Topless hair cutters] What Key West needs, but legal.

Sexism in the 50s
was when men had casta'nuts' and women had respect for men. Not anymore, women are the bosses now and the fuse it lit.

[EMS] You’re fired. We'll hire a sub-contractor to do your job a hell of a lot cheaper than the County’s EMS.

This weekend is the Pirate Adventure.  I hope to have some interesting pictures to share later. Texas Renaissance Festival - Themed Weekends

[Yes Amendment 4] The Chambers, in their misguided money driven motives, are against Amendment 4. I'm voting yes. 

[Killer Celery] San Antonio, Texas health officials have shut down a processing plant linked to contaminated celery that sickened at least six people this year, four of whom died, and ordered the recall of all of the produce that passed through the plant since January.

[Turtles Released] Scientists from NOAA, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Audubon Nature Institute joined with Coast Guard Rear Admiral Roy A. Nash today to return 33 sea turtles to Gulf of Mexico waters offshore of Louisiana. This is the first release of rehabilitated sea turtles to the waters near where they were rescued from oil more than three months ago—after extensive analysis to determine that the area is clean and a safe habitat for the turtles.

People Art

[Words] This is one for all the English speaking pickers of nits. YouTube - Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography - Language


[Thursday] Where's FTR guy? A day without FTR is like a day without orange juice!

[Bacon Power] Has the world gone crazy? Cafe owner ordered to remove extractor fan in case smell of frying bacon offends passing Muslims | Mail Online

Only 39 percent of Americans now believe Mr Obama deserves to be reelected, according to a Gallup poll conducted Oct. 14-17.

Hooray, a day without FTR is like a day without a spit shower.

The Rent’s Too Damn High Party.
Finally someone who makes sense.

[Iraq not following USA advice] Wow, what a shocker. Iraqi leaders not following US advice on gov't (AP)

[Good News] Obama made the TV networks lower the volume of commercials so you don’t jump out of your chair when one comes on!

[FTR Guy is missing] I think I saw him in a U-Haul truck headed to Sloan's trailer. And after only one date!

[New Flag] Military-ruled Myanmar unveiled a new national flag on Thursday, just two weeks before an election that the government calls a major step in a transition to democracy but critics say is a sham.

[From the Right]  Deer Friends and Deer Ed: Sorry that I missed yesterday's party, no slight was intended. I simply forgot to send the draft of my posting.  A huge tip of the Right Wing hat to yesterday' poster who kicked the crap out of some of the liberal-progressive fairy tales about FDR. It was a great read, I hope that the poster will regularly give us his/her views.  What follows is  the posting that I had prepared  but forgot to send. Part one was for  publication yesterday. Tomorrow I'll respond further to the Obama follower who claims that unions are not a major influence on governance. The item about the so called Consumer Protection act will follow in a day or so. “FTR out of words?” Never! 

(Part II) Yesterday an Obama/union myrmidon made a couple of wrong headed false statements that require comment. One of the statements was that there is no merit to any claim that the unions and those who foment a socialist agenda have any power in the 21st century. In May, Andy Stern, close friend/advisor, to Mr. Obama, frequent visitor to the White House----and President of the wildly influential Service Workers Union said: "We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama -- $60.7 million to be exact -- and we're proud of it'" Boastful Andy Stern is an uber union power broker. Stern is president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The two-million-member union, which represents both government and private service employees, proudly claimed that its workers "knocked on 1.87 million doors, made 4.4 million phone calls and sent more than 2.5 million pieces of mail in support of Obama." Mr. Stern and followers dispatched SEIU leaders to seven states in the final weekend before the election to get out the vote for Obama and other Democrats. Do you suppose that kind of fealty earns any quid pro quo? Consider this. In just the first 6 months of the Obama regime, Stern visited the White House more than any other visitor, 22 times. The payback for union support sweetened considerably when the unions were granted two union sycophants to be Obama cabinet members.  Mr. Obama’s hand picked Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is a handmaiden of the SEIU. The union was her single biggest supporter during her earlier successful Congressional campaigns. "I wouldn't be here, were it not for my friends in the labor movement," she gushed after her first election. Indeed, over four terms in Congress, Solis has pocketed more than $900,000 in union campaign contributions. How much union power does that union money buy? A lot. How about that for power?  Our Secretary of Labor is hugely beholden to the unions, and admits it. Does that seem right to you? Only the constrictions of space stop me from expanding on this. Then there is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Ms. Sebelius is also a union fellow traveler. Politico characterized Sebelius as being a Secretary of HHS “who would be a high-profile friend of labor” Then Kansas Governor S., helped the AFSCME unionize public employees in Kansas. Then in ’07 she ordered that a specific union be the sole bargaining agent for as many as 7000 family child care providers in Kansas. Her executive order declared that: “AFSCME/CCPT {is} the exclusive majority representative of all registered, licensed, and group family day care homes” (in Kansas}.”  Then there is this: Did you know that many unions have been exempted from many provisions of Obamacare? Why? Because Obama care sucks, unions know that. They want no part of it. It is a fact that Ms. Sebelius  has granted waivers to unions from the requirements of Obamacare. Further, similar waivers have been sought and granted. The Obama admin is riddled with union flaks. If you like, just ask and I’ll post a list. If unions have no clout, why are non union folks having to pay to save the union pension funds? One of the biggest reasons for the GM/Chrysler bail outs was to rescue the unions and their pension funds. Even with that, the union greed has no bounds. During the run up to the auto bail out, the UAW union refused to sacrifice its privileged position to help save the company. They demanded excessive wages and benefits that are much higher than most Americans get.  The Obama Administration caved, he bowed and kissed the union ring and surrendered to union demands. He saddled GM with high labor costs that may doom the company in the long run. But that’s just the start. Union pension funds are about $3 Trillion underwater. There is now a major push by union influenced Democrat Legislators to further bail the unions out. Dems want to take money  from your pocket and groceries from your table that Mr. Obama will use to pay for union perfidy. Watch for it in the lame duck session.  What ever else you do, never forget that Mr. Obama promised to strip union members and putative union member of the bedrock American right to the secret ballot. In Miami during winter 2009 Mr. Obama promised : “We will pass the Employee Free Choice Act,” President Obama told that to more than 100 top labor officials in a closed-door meeting at the labor federation’s winter gathering in Miami, according to people at the meeting. The nonsensically named “Employee Free Choice Act” would strip union members and potential union members of their historic American right to a secret ballot during unionization proceedings for businesses targeted for union takeover.  On February 26, 2010, President Obama named SEIU Chairman and BMF and SEIU Chairman Andrew Stern to his deficit panel. Good Lord, foxes and hen houses abound. If you can deny that unions have outrageously excessive power in the Obama admin and in the halls of Congress, you can deny dawn. The Obama faithful follower made several other statements that are contrary to fact and reason, some of those will be discussed tomorrow.  

(Part III)  Obama Great President? For the last couple of days I’ve been responding to an avid supporter of Mr. Obama. The poster is convinced that Mr. Obama is one our greatest Presidents, ever. I thoroughly disagree. In support of his conviction he offered a number of Mr. Obama’s signature “accomplishments”. One he/she cited was The Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Reform Act. (Pub.L. 111-203, H.R. 4173).  The poster suggested that each was a separate initiative. That was error. First of all please note that the authors of this bill are Dodd & Frank. These two individuals are the two people to whom the most blame for our current situation must be levied. These two humans set the stage for our debacle, they killed legislation that could have prevented it, and then they poured gushers of money back into Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac. That government/private enterprise mortgage leviathan was the golden goose for a host of Dem politicos. Many Dems l/p insiders including Obama inner circle types got rich. Ask me for the names. The massive failure of Dodd-Frank pet policies led unerringly to the failure of our economy. If you doubt it, demand that I prove it. The bill has the same people who failed to appropriately regulate Fannie and Freddie in the cat bird’s seat of regulation of the way nearly all of America does business. The bill gives the party in power at any given moment the power to decide which businesses can succeed and which businesses must fail. Just imagine what you will be able to accomplish with just the right political contribution. Absolutely contrary to Team Obama’s promise, the bill sets the prospect of government bailout of troubled enterprises in stone and in perpetuity.   On July 2, Mr. Obama declared while bragging about the bill: “And finally, because of this law, the American people will never again be asked to foot the bill for Wall Street’s mistakes.  There will be no more tax-funded bailouts — period.  If a large financial institution should ever fail, this reform gives us the ability to wind it down without endangering the broader economy.”  Bull shit, pure bull shit. Less than two weeks later Fannie Mae requested $1.5 billion more in bail out bucks from the U.S. Treasury. This request came after the 12th quarterly loss by Fannie, and with this money Fannie’s take from the taxpayers’ wallet will grow to a whopping $86.1 billion for one company. There is no government push to “wind down” F/F, the Dems and their fiefdom F/F are demanding a bailout. Together with its twin Freddie Mac, the bailout package is over $200 billion. This latest bail out is in progress and it will probably pass immediately after the election. The Dems are pushing hard to give F/F the big bucks, the Reps are pushing back, hard. That’s plenty for today. Tomorrow, we’ll consider the back side of the Dodd-Frank bill, that’s the Consumer Protection Reform portion of the act. Some parts of that are good, but most bite

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Our Volleyball box went missing on Monday. The box was dropped off on Monday afternoon when we play around 7:00 pm at the court on Watson field. The box had our foul line strings and a couple of balls and a pump. If you turned it in somewhere please let us know call A.T.B Canvas at 305-744-0060

Congratulations to Ken Nedimyer. Ken has been appointed to NOAA’s Florida National Marine Sanctuary advisory council.

The County lobbying ordinance failed to pass yesterday because the commissioners feared losing the little bribes they receive to pass legislation against the common good. Kudos to Monroe County state attorney Dennis Ward and County Commissioner Kim Wigington for their vain attempt to create an honest County Commission. It appears the other commissioners are in favor of bribes. Don't forget this when you go to the polls in two weeks.

[I got another bill from the Monroe County EMS] If our taxes cover all of those expenses what the heck is the "usage fee" for? Transportation fees? It is a 30 minute ride to Marathon. If you add up the time, miles and gas there is no way it adds up to $233.06 unless that includes a stop at a local restaurant for the crew. Wish I was on that pay scale! You figure they make an average of 20 rides a month to KW or Marathon at $233.06 or more for a ride. That’s over $4,000 a month in usage fees. If our taxes cover all the expenses where does that money go? Someone has some explaining to do.

in the 50s] The good old days before feminists turned women into men. No wonder more and more men go overseas for their women. As a women from Brazil once told me, "The American women do not know how to treat their men." And then she proved it.

A 20 year old college girl is the new Chief of Police of a small Mexican city near the border with El Paso. No one else would take the job for fear of the narco cartels that run the country.

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hosts Sloppy Joe’s air guitar contest 1994. Http://

[Amendment 4] I’m voting yes because the Chamber of Commerce supports it. By definition they only support money making schemes and to me that means no restriction on developers changing our land use.

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[Sloan] Today's harangue is a reply to the See Sloan Run "poem" on yesterday's Coconut Telegraph. The harangue today centers around and is the third and hopefully last installment on un-American activities by the Marathon Chamber of Commerce at its Monday night's candidate forum in the Marathon Government Center, all of which was broadcast on the Monroe County Television station -76.
Some of you are going to be surprised to learn that it wasn't me who came up with un-American activities to describe what the Marathon Chamber did. It was Upper Keys Federation of Homeowners President Ron Miller, who got a sort of second to it from County Commissioner George Neugent. Read all about it, and more that you may or may not want to read all about, at this link today:
Meanwhile, I want to tell you how the original "Br'er Rabbit and the Tar Baby" story ended, before Walt Disney invented the warm-fuzzy-feel-good-throw-me-in-the-briar-patch-happy-get-away ending in "Song of the South." In the original story, told in the white author's version of the old slave dialects, the sad tale ends with the uppity rabbit still mired up to his eyeballs in the fox's tar baby, and the not-so-stupid fox is firing up his cook pot to have the not-so-smart-as-it-turned-out rabbit for dinner.

Walrus exercise
. The sit ups are the best. Video

Moving Sale. Big Pine Key (Ocean side). Lots of tools, Saturday, 10/23/10, 144 Lobstertail Road,

People Art
[Switch Hitter] Alan Michael Finch underwent male-to-female sex change surgery in 1988 aged 21 and lived for the next eight years as Helen Finch. But by 1996 she wanted to be Alan again, undergoing surgery to reverse the gender change as far as possible.  Now he/she wants full disability compensation, since he/she is unlikely ever to work again.  High Court rules for sex-change super appeal

Packing a bag
is like putting on a Speedo - you're so afraid you're going to leave something out.

[Amendment 4] Higher taxes, fewer jobs and endless litigation at taxpayer expense - that's the future for Florida, if we leave it up to proponents of Amendment 4. No other state in the country has adopted a proposal as extreme as Amendment 4. If passed, the “Vote on Everything” amendment will require taxpayer-funded referenda for any change to a local government's comprehensive plan - even minor or technical revisions. Under Amendment 4, it would not be uncommon for voters to face 200 or 300 individual land planning items on a single ballot!

[Boobie Hatch] Video demonstrating how she stashes everyday items (cell phone, car keys, claw hammer) in her enormous bra. Bra Stuffing Girl Winter Pierzina Facing Possible Jail Time | The Smoking Jacket

[Door Number Two] A woman walked to the rear of the moving motor home to use the restroom, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. She somehow fell out of the vehicle and slid 100 feet on the paved emergency lane before hitting the grass shoulder. It is unknown if she opened the wrong door or leaned on the door.

That reminds me of the drunk who walked into an empty elevator shaft, fell to the bottom and angrily cried out, "I said UP!"

[Killer Goat] Rangers have been tracking the goat and others for the past four years because they have followed people or approached hikers without backing down. Goat that killed Wash. hiker known as aggressive - Yahoo! News

Saudi Prince guilty of murdering servant and being gay.  Guess which is worse under Islamic law.

[More Laws] When I was having back surgery I received a handicapped parking permit.  When my husband and I went to an event we pulled into the handicapped parking area.  A policeman came over to the car and asked for the driver's license of the person who needed the permit.  He checked the number, and after he confirmed it was my permit he let us park.  I just wanted people to know they can check for the right person without masking new laws.

[Fashion Watch] Two men jumped a 26-year-old, cracking him in the skull with a handgun. The attackers got nothing for their effort, partly because the victim wrestled one to the ground and another "tripped over his baggy pants" and fell down, according to Cinnaminson police.

The Black Beatles.

[Drugs in Jail] I was sitting in Coconuts last night and a former inmate starting talking about how detention deputies are supplying certain inmates with drugs. I am sure some of it is made up, but I’m also sure that some if it is real. Maybe if the county had a better internal affairs they could get to the bottom of it, but with a poorly run jail under the new sheriff I guess the inmates will continue to run the jail while our sheriff spends his time on improvements on his house and his new motor home. It must be nice to be able to afford all that on his income.

Dear Hates BPK, I am the Ugly BPK guy that has asked BPK folks to clean up. Sorry to say you are wasting your time just as I was. Apparently they just don't care on that island. Give up and let them rot in it.

[Marinol] They do have a pot pill. It works well for nausea.

[Least Competent Criminals] Donald Denney and his father concocted a plan on the telephone for Dad to smuggle the son a ball of black-tar heroin into his Colorado prison (for eventual resale) during visiting hours, to be passed through the mouth by a deep kiss from a female visitor. However, Dad could not find a woman with a clean-enough record to be admitted as a visitor. Still enamored of the plan, however, the father decided to be the drug mule, himself, and inserted the packaged heroin into his rectum for later transferral to his mouth (even though the eventual deep kiss would be awkward). The dumb Denneys were apparently unaware, despite audio warnings, that all the son's phone calls were being monitored, and in September, prison officials were waiting for the father, with a body-cavity search warrant, as he entered the prison.

[Loud Phone Talkers]
The best way to get the message through to loud cell phone talkers in public places is to insert yourself into the conversation.  Just start responding to every thing they say and they will get the message.


Nancy Pelosi meets Brad Pitt. Video

[Weapons for Arabia] The Obama administration notified Congress on Wednesday that it plans to sell up to $60 billion in advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia in one of the largest-ever single U.S. arms sales, a deal intended to counter the rising influence of Iran.

[Religious Power] One of the few things I like about Obama is that he has turned his back on religion, going to one church or another about every three months just to be seen there. He's not a Muslim and he's intelligent enough to know that gods are a product of the imagination. But he also knows better than to say it, in a country where belief in gods goes up as the level of intelligence goes down. He uses religion for the purpose of politics and that's one of it's true functions, like serving the sexual obsessions and greed of both it's leaders and it's followers.

He don't care about Muslims or Christians, he knows it's all make believe. He cares about being in power and staying in power and in a democracy that means votes.

That's the failure of democracy, the majority wins, but the majority is not always right especially when the republicans offer the genius of Sarah Palin. Now they lower the bar for stupidity in Delaware with the dyed hair dumb blonde Christine O'Donnell.

Our majority is bred from the bottom of society. We have reversed evolution. The least fit have the most babies and the most fit have the fewest babies and are forced to pay for the babies of the least fit.

With a government that's a total parasite, it's a simple recipe for extinction.

I never met one veteran who enlisted to fight for Socialism.

Gay republicans to form Sweet Tea Party.

[Depression Didn’t Cause Unemployment] Those who think that the stock market crash in Oct. 1929 is what caused the huge unemployment rates of the 1930's should be aware that although the big stock market crash occurred in Oct. 1929 unemployment never reached double digits in any of the next 12 months after that crash--and then began drifting generally downward over the next six months, falling to 6.3% by June 1930

This was what happened in the market, when the Gov. with F.D.R. and cohorts decided to intervene against the advice of literally all acknowledged learned economists of the day, within 6 months of Government intervention unemployment shot up into double digits, and stayed in double digits in every month throughout the entire remainder of the decade of the 1930's indeed it was above 20 percent for 23 consecutive months, the only thing that finally halted the decline was world war two.

We had a similar crash in 1987 that most people today are not even aware of the difference between these two stock market crashes? The 1929 crash was followed by the most catastrophic depression in American history with as many as one fourth of all American workers being unemployed.  The 1987 crash was followed by two decades of economic growth.

But that was only one difference.  The other big difference was that the Reagan admin. did not intervene in the economy after the 1987 crash, despite many outcries in the media that the government should "do something."

[Good news for America] India is getting ready to purchase over $12 billion dollars of military and other transportation needs from American companies. Included are Boeing aircraft, freight locomotives and military type aircraft equipment. I love the sound of American manufacturing plants running in the morning. $12 billion dollars of American goods means jobs and helps the smaller companies sub-contracting for Boeing grow.

Know who you're really voting for. Less than two weeks before the midterms elections the NAACP has published a new report that exposes what it calls links between various Tea Party organizations and racist hate groups in the United States. The report, Tea Party Nationalism, analyzes each of the six most active Tea Party organizations in the country and describes links between Tea Party factions and various white supremacist groups, anti-immigrant organizations and militias.  You can listen to the report with Benjamin Todd Jealous, the president and CEO of the NAACP; and one of the authors of the report, Leonard Zeskind, the president of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.

[Obama Talking BS Doll] Hottest toy for Christmas 2010. They sold out on the first day.

[Democratic societies] The state can't control behavior by force. It can to some extent, but it's much more limited in its capacity to control by force. Therefore, it has to control what you think. One of the ways you control what people think is by creating the illusion that there's a debate going on, but making sure that that debate stays within very narrow margins. Namely, you have to make sure that both sides in the debate accept certain assumptions, and those assumptions turn out to be the propaganda system. As long as everyone accepts the propaganda system, then you can have a debate.

Tea Party sings
Obama Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz

[Good News] Bloomberg news reported that the Wall Street bailout returned 8.2% profit beating treasury bonds.

[From the Right] The From the Right guy is missing in action today. I hope he hasn’t run out of words. ~Ed

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[Moose Benefit] This is Norrene from the Big Pine Moose Lodge. I want to thank everyone from the biggest contributor to the smallest contributor to the benefit for "Moose" Boles. If it wasn't for everyone that helped me, this benefit would not have been the success that it was. It took a lot of volunteers to put on an awesome time in just 4 weeks. Normally it takes 2 to 3 months to put together a benefit like the one we had.

I want to thank a couple of people that were there with me the entire time. They are Andy Rogers, Judy Butner, MB Shaffer, and most of all Kelly and Dori Nelson, and Kelly's daughter Lexie who was visiting. If it wasn't for them going around Key West bar to bar, shop to shop, asking for donations for the benefit, and Kelly, calling in favors from all the water adventures that were donated, we would have not been able to raise the amount of money that we did. We raised just over $4000. Thank you guys so much. Dori missed the benefit, her family member was in an automobile accident the night before and had to fly to Minnesota (her family member is doing ok) We have video of the benefit, so Dori get with me and we can watch the video together.

There is no way that I can thank everyone without missing someone so I won't and I will just say, "Thank you everyone!” Our community is the best. I’ll see everyone at the next benefit and, we love you "Moose" xxooxxoo

Go Dolphins! They are going to beat the Bears, right Kevin?

[Mosquito Control] Had enough? If you were wondering how the Mosquito District Director's salary increased so much over the last few years to be the highest paid official in the County, please read the following directly from the Mosquito Control Board minutes dated October 30, 2006:

A MOTION WAS MADE BY Commissioner Shaw to approve a 4% increase for the Director. Motion failed to carry for a lack of a second. Commissioner Langstaff commented that he felt the Director deserved a 15% increase. Commissioner Lord-Papy made a motion to approve a 6% increase which was seconded by Commissioner Rudell. Commissioner Lord-Papy also suggested that this 6% be given annually. She then amended her motion and Commissioner Rudell amended his second. Following a roll call vote the motion carried unanimously.

There does not seem to be a gang of three on the vote to give the director a 6% annual raise every year since 2006.  If you want to see the entire page of the minutes contact me and I will forward them to you. Please be aware of all the facts before you cast your vote for District 2 Mosquito Control Commissioner, Visit my website at 

Dan Dombroski candidate for mosquito control District 2.

[Danny Kohlege] If I were you, I might be a little more hesitant before nominating Danny Kohlege as the deity of honesty in our county government.  I was at the BOCC meeting when SUFA was given the boot and SPCA was appointed to temporarily replace them.  From personal knowledge I can attest that several of the things he told the commissioners that day were patently untrue.

[SUFA. Why are you people blaming the County?]  The problem with this Monroe County is that the attention span of most of the residents is that of a three year old.  Let's focus on whether the county BOCC approved a contract that county staff told them to, or the staff gave a positive review of the contract because the BOCC told them to, does not excuse what SUFA's director did.  

I've worked in the private sector most of my life, and I'm sure staff in Monroe County suffers the same as the private sector when the higher ups and decision makers are lobbied by the contractor, and staff does not want to jeopardize their jobs by rocking the boat.  One of the things that needs to be addressed by the BOCC is their lack of protocol.  Of course demanding protocol is fabulous, until you are the one calling a commissioner and their assistant keeps referring you to the person who actually does the work.  But if you think about it, you'll probably get the job done faster if you speak to the person that actually does the work.  See you at the next BOCC meeting!

You’ve got to love this Monroe County mentality. I got another bill from the Monroe County EMS. My insurance company already paid them $582.94. They still want a "usage fee" of $233.06 (Mind you, the ride was from Big Pine to Marathon). I have asked if they would accept my insurance payment as full? No. So I called them and the man on the phone states that my taxes pay for building construction, the upkeep and utilities, the salary of paid employees (not volunteers), the purchases of new equipment and vehicles (ambulances), but not transportation fees.

Does anyone think President Obama is going to buy a new limo or Air force One and never use it because he would be charged? Why would or should my taxes go towards something that is so needed, but we can't use it unless charged on top of what we paid already? Isn’t this double dipping?  This is so dumb. What will be next, the fire squad billing us for gas and water usage after putting a fire out? 

[More Laws] Pull your head out of your butt!  When will you stupid sheep realize that every time someone says "there ought to be a law" that equals more rights being taken away from American citizens. In case you haven't noticed, we have been stripped of many of our rights and are well on the way to a dictatorship. When a government takes away rights, people won’t agree with it, but if the government causes a problem, some sheep start yelling "there ought to be a law", therefore the government gets what they wanted all along. You've been fooled and it rubbed off on you. Now some brainless bozo wants a law to make it a crime to not return a shopping cart. Are you frickin’ kidding me? A higher fine for handicap parking? How about just breaking their frickin’ legs then they'll be legal. I assume these posts came from the same person. There arr so many laws now that not one person in America is not a law breaker at some time or another. If you ever got a ticket or a fine for anything, that makes you a lawbreaker.


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See Sloan.

See Sloan run!

Run for election Sloan, run.

Now see Sloan say many, many ignorant and hateful things to many, many people.

See Sloan implode just two weeks before the elections.

Implode Sloan, implode!

Birmingham called:  they want their town fool back...

Run Sloan, run!

in the 50s

At least the scams are getting more interesting. His is probably written by some Russian man with big hairy arms.

My name is Miss Tina Koma I'm 25yrs young and tender looking lady with good sense of humor also am single ever married. I decide to write an email to you because I need a good gentile man in my life. If you don't mind I will like us to be friends i have a very important thing to thing to discourse with you. I will tell you more about myself and give you my pictures if you are interested in having me as your girl friend.
I am looking forward to receive your mail.
Thanks and God bless you

[More laws] There is a Florida statute about theft of shopping carts:

812.015 Retail and farm theft; transit fare evasion; mandatory fine; alternative punishment; detention and arrest; exemption from liability for false arrest; resisting arrest; penalties.

(1) As used in this section:

(d) “Retail theft” means the taking possession of or carrying away of merchandise, property, money, or negotiable documents; altering or removing a label, universal product code, or price tag; transferring merchandise from one container to another; or removing a shopping cart, with intent to deprive the merchant of possession, use, benefit, or full retail value.

[Amendment 4] Sloan says vote yes. That’s enough for my no vote. Check out who's really behind this.

[Sloan] Last night Deer Ed held the annual Awards Dinner at Not Rob's for his two biggest provocateurs. FTR brought Mrs. FTR. A good time was had by all.
Deer Ed, President of the Conch Republic, appointed FTR and Angel Boy (me) official Privateers of the Conch Republic, bearing official Letters of Marque. Letters of Marque are official government licenses to behave like a pirate and board other ships and plunder, pillage, rape and steal for so long as one-half of the booty is shared with the government that issued the Letter of Marque. Being official government pirates, Privateers are not hung like pirates when captured, unless captured by another government's forces.
Turns out, FTR is a somewhat dark-skinned fellow. Born in French Morocco into a nomad Bedouin tribe, his family eventually migrated by camel transport through a few deserts to Egypt, where they traded in their camels for a falafel stand in downtown Cairo next to the American Embassy. Eventually the young FTR was recruited by the CIA to spook around the Middle East.
By and by, FTR was assigned to Beirut, Lebanon, accompanying and elite Israeli commando team who needed a field op who looked Arab and spoke French, Arab and camel. Wonder of wonders, our spook had a vision during the night of the Winter Solstice, of a blazing cross in the sky. He knew it was a message from the Prophet Jesus for him to convert to Catholicism. The very next day, he made his way into an Orthodox Church and gave his confession and was baptized. Then he joined the Beirut Résistance and started killing Israelis and Arabs.
Many snoop ops later, old, tired and cranky, for his good deeds FTR received a golden parachute from Langley, which he used to night jump onto the Sugarloaf Key airfield on the Winter Solstice. From there, he made his way up to Big Pine Key, where he had some assets stashed from a previous op, the nature of which, under penalty of death by camel bite, I am constrained keep to myself. 
I told FTR it looks to me that the far right and the far left circled around the back side of some messed up planet and collided and merged, and as far as I'm concerned are just two more screwed up religions. I didn't say that I wonder if FTR misses nights under the stars on his camel in the desert.
Meanwhile, there is a Marathon Chamber of Nazi Commerce Abuses County Assets post at this link today: And there is a comprehensive The Wisteria Serpents Are Still Hard at Work post at this link today: I enjoyed Nazi Chamber Abuses County Assets the best, but Serpents Still Hard at Work has some important info, if you are in to subterranean intrigue.

Do it yourself boobs. YouTube - Homemade Implants

People art

[AT&T U-Veres] I have it and don’t like it. It is great as long as you don't need the local on the eights from the Weather Channel. The weather on demand is not so hot either. I won't be renewing it next year.

Got some scratched CDs? Recycle them into sparkling dream catchers. CD Spinner - Country Woman Magazine

Prevent Alzheimer's. Prevent Alzheimer's

Holy Golden Illusions of Grandeur,
I gotta get me that outfit!

This is quite a video about HIV/AIDS. "House of Numbers"

Starbucks selling booze]
So? They sell dope now (caffeine), what do you think coffee is?

Oh, my, I missed a world holiday!  What's the appropriate gift for the occasion?  I'm guessing wine and chocolates. I can't wait to see the cards Hallmark comes out for this one. International Menopause Society - World Menopause Day 18 OCT 2010.

Oh Snap! Sloan was really told by John Bartus. Poor little Sloan had a temper tantrum and the adults had to send him to his room. "Penis Pus" Bashinsky wouldn't know what a real tank looks like, Panzer or otherwise, even if the barrel was shoved up his arse. You are not now and never could have been a member of General Patton's tank corps, he would have bitch slapped a coward like you. Your only military role would be more along the lines of Corporal Clinger from M*A*S*H.

[Medical Marijuana] Why can't the medical profession stick the good stuff from Grass into a pill to help people in pain? Oh, the drug companies won't make their yearly profit, right?

[Hates BPK] This site brings out the intelligence level (or lack of) of Big Pine. It kills me to hear you rant.

1)  Defending the appearance of BP. I don’t want to burst your bubble, but I live in KW ( I lived in BP for 3 years) and travel to Miami frequently. There is no dumpier part along US1 than BP-- period. You always defend it and say we don’t want progress here, but you are in need of a serious facelift or at least some soap and water.

2) Winn Dixie. They should just lock their door on that location. Although they are doing you a great service, all you do is whine. When you have to drive to Marathon or Key West to get food, you might wake up, but I doubt it.

3) You might be a redneck if you have your designated seat at the Tiki bar. When I lived there I became a frequent customer and saw the same people in the same chairs 24/7 or as long as they are open. I left and traveled the world for 3 years when I came back everyone was in the same seats, only they were  heavier, grayer and drunker and accomplished nothing that I could see.

4) It’s no secret that anyone who owns a house in BP only does because they can’t afford one in Key West. Yet you try to paint it pretty by saying we don’t want KW and its much nicer here. You might be kidding yourself, but you are kidding no one else. You got suckered on some swamp land. BPK the ghetto of the Keys.

Someone will try to turn this around on me and blame me for your  woes or tell me they don’t want my kind there anyway. It’s a shame that most of you never even met the richest person on BP. You will never guess the right answer, so I'll help you -- it's the tooth fairy.

What's in the water on Cebu?  First the prisoners are dancing, now the flight attendants! YouTube - Cebu Pacific Male Flights in their "Safety" Dance

A dog toaster?

[Starbucks to start selling booze after 4pm.] I wonder why they are starting so late in the day.  Aren't people already starting to nod off by then?

I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it. ~WC Fields

[Only truly handicapped people should have a photo ID to prove they are eligible to use the handicap permit] By who's definition of "truly"?  "Prove" to whom?  Would you want that photo ID to also show their disability, doctor and ICE phone number? Handicap parking has always been and will continue to be an exercise in personal morals and values. People are going to abuse whatever they can get away with.

[Deer Head Stickers] Deer Ed, I live in the Tampa area and have family who live in Big Pine that I visit as often as possible. Where can we get one of those oval white magnetic sticker things that say BPK? Don't want one that says KW or CR. I know they are out there, although they are rare. Thanks --Faithful Reader. (Deer Faithful, thanks for the request and the faithful reading, but there are no more deer head stickers. When we gave away the last ones we decided not to order more because they curled around the edges and we couldn’t get a better quality than those.)

Wife: I thought you had somewhere to go today? Me: Nope, girlfriend is out of town this week

[Keys Time] What happened to Monday the 18th of October?  Tuesday is the 19th.  I guess you had another typo in the Coconut Tele.  Oh well, it happens. Or did I miss something?

[Cheating Scum] Sherin Brown, 23, happened to be walking through a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood in August at the exact moment that a tractor-trailer accidentally clipped a light pole, sending it crashing to the sidewalk. First responders found Brown pinned under the pole, screaming for help, and had her taken to a hospital. Afterward, investigators discovered a nearby surveillance camera, which revealed that Brown had stepped out of the way of the falling pole but then, with no one else around, had crawled underneath and began wailing in "pain", perhaps in anticipation of a future lawsuit.

The war comes home. Do veteran's suicides exceed U .S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq?

[Courtesy] While eating lunch at a very nice Tex-Mex joint, a high society dizzy blonde talked loudly on her cell phone the whole time I tried to enjoy my meal.  When she hung up, it was time for her to leave.  I intercepted her and asked her bluntly, "Are you not aware you're not the only one here?"  She looked at me with a puzzled look and said, "I was just enjoying my lunch and talking to a friend."  "You could have done that outside," I said, "The rest of us here are trying to enjoy our lunch too and don't necessarily care to listen to your loud BS." She huffed and walked away as though the rest of us were irrelevant.

The gall of some people! Have we lost all sense of dignity, courtesy and consideration for others? The World is not yours, it is ours.


FTR wrote, "I am an advocate, I am not a journalist. I have no obligation to post any fact or circumstance that does not support my point of view." Was that supposed to be a surprise? If there are 10 true facts but only one supports his view, that's the one he uses. That’s kind of silly. The cherry picker himself has finally admitted it. Our own local Glenn Beck.

In FTR's latest rant he tries to rationalize why everyone should vote for Republicans.  Doesn't he realize that we just completed eight years of a Republican administration?  During six of those eight years the Republicans also controlled Congress.  Here is what happened during those eight Republican years:

~The United States lost 24 per cent of its manufacturing jobs.

~The economy went into the worst collapse since the Great Depression--General Motors bankrupt; Lehmann Bros. busted; small businesses everywhere shutting down.

~Tax cuts were passed for the wealthy, adding to the loss of revenue and the mounting budget deficit.  When Bush left office the wealthiest two per cent of Americans had the greatest concentration of the nation's wealth since the country was founded; and the income tax rate for the very rich was the lowest it had been in 80 years.

~The Conservatives had started two costly wars without addressing how either would be paid for, adding billions to the national debt.  Military spending under Republicans went to $700 billion per year, a percentage of the national budget equal to Social Security.

~Republicans started the bailout thing.  They passed the TARP bailout for big banks and Wall Street--further adding to the budget deficit at the expense of the little guy and the middle class guy.

~They pushed through activist conservative judges (Alito and Roberts) to the Supreme Court.  This allowed the five activist conservative judges to stretch the law in the Citizens United case and come up with the idea that corporations are "persons" and can be allowed to secretly donate millions to political parties (guess which one).

Now FTR and his friends want us to put the same bunch in charge again.  No thanks.  We are not that stupid or are we?

The Chicago Board of Elections hand delivers ballots to the jail. They don’t even wait for the inmates to apply – they bring the applications with the ballots! Over 2,600 inmates have cast ballots so far – strikingly similar to the 2,600 soldiers who will likely not receive a ballot for the Nov 2 election.

Disgraceful does not begin to describe the Illinois Election system.

[Day 2 of good news happening in America] During the last fiscal year the current administration deported over 1/3 of a million illegal aliens. Surpassing the year 2008 by over 70,000. In the process there is a record number of businesses that are being fined for hiring illegal aliens that they knew were scamming the system. Even though the border is indeed porous, at best, we can see the issue is starting to be addressed. A journey of a million miles begins with the very first step and deporting 1/3 of a million the first year alone is a tiny bit of progress I applaud. For the first time I can remember American troops are working the borders. Not enough, but a hell of a lot more then when the republicans sat in the President’s chair.

As for FTR guy’s your comment that you "Enjoy target practice" all I can say is I’m glad you enjoy degrading America’s elected leader so much. You must be so proud.

Nothing personal, Sloan, but you ought to know better than to use Nazi references.  They are passé and also a cheap shot. Glen Beck fans, feel free to use Nazi references.  Nazi Tourettes Syndrome is so timely and pertinent.

[National Debt] According to the Treasury Department it is now $13.666 trillion. Isn't that amazing? It is almost exactly what the Queen of England is said to be net worth.

A third of 2008 Obama voters won’t vote Democrat in 2010

This was political theater at its most bizarre, a cross between "News Hour" and "The Maury Show." There were more outbursts of laughter than applause for candidate positions on the issues. Kristin Davis, a former madam who wants to legalize prostitution, answered a question on taxes by saying "Businesses will leave this state quicker than Carl Paladino at a gay bar." She compared her former business to the MTA, with the only difference being hers had one set of books, was always on time, and kept the customers happy.  YouTube - The Rent Is Too Damn High Party's Jimmy McMillan at the NY Governor Debate

[Accomplishments] Yesterday there was a pretty good list of what Obama has accomplished in his first two years. I was impressed. I would like to see a list of what the Republicans accomplished in their past eight years reign. I don’t think I’ll be as impressed. War, bad economy, more war, lies, benefits for the rich.

[Spending] It seems the only legitimate thing the Tea Party is opposed to is Obama’s spending. Is this true?

[The Economy] Let's address the "excessive unionization" canard. An objective observer looking at the US in the 21st century would hardly conclude that unions have any real power in the American economy today; any more that we have a "socialist" government dedicated to the promotion of a vast left wing agenda which enhanced union power. Obama has not addressed Labor Law reform and wages haven't risen in a generation; in fact, last year they fell. So far redistributive policies have primarily benefited financial institutions. In one sense it's true that tax hikes do cut aggregate demand, much as government spending cuts do. In economic terms, both serve to depress economic activity. 

But the lesson of the Great Depression is that properly targeted fiscal policy which focuses on job creation can work. The Great Depression was indeed a disastrous human calamity but FDR's New Deal (including the high wage policies) lessened the disaster. There is nothing to the claims that the interventions made things worse, other than when Roosevelt himself capitulated to the tired old forces of financial conservatism and fiscal austerity, and the economy paid the price. Thankfully FDR was not ideologically wed to the ideas of fiscal austerity and quickly reversed course. It helped, of course, that his Cabinet was well represented by progressive figures such as Frances Perkins, Henry Wallace, Harold Ickes and Harry Hopkins, who overcame the forces of economic conservatism embodied by FDR's Treasury Secretary, Henry Morgenthau. We need these kinds of progressive forces in our current Administration, especially given the recent resignation of CEA head, Christina Romer. It's time to let go of the old ideology which created today's crisis. Here's hoping that President Obama, like FDR before him, changes course quickly. America is ready for a new New Deal. Job creation leads to prosperity.

As for corporate tax reductions, it's time to address the real problem which is the Corporate Tax Deferral Clause. The problem is the company gets to deduct the cost of doing business right away, but they don't have to pay tax on the profits until they bring them back. The U.S. has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, and its corporate tax code has a well-earned reputation for complexity. But despite the high rate, the U.S. takes in less annual revenue from corporate taxes, measured as a percentage of economic output, than almost all other major economies. Part of the explanation for that shortfall is the allowance for corporations to postpone taxes on foreign income.

Whatever the employment impact, the deferral provision is costing the U.S. Government money. A study published in Tax Notes concludes that multinationals shifted almost $50 billion in income to low-tax countries in 2004, depriving the government of $17.4 billion in tax revenue. To recoup some of the lost cash, Congress in 2004 allowed corporations a one-time opportunity to repatriate profits at a special 5.25% tax rate. In 2006, corporations paid $354 billion in federal taxes. So far, the Democrats have been alone in calling for reform of the foreign income deferral tax clause. Truth is, the entire corporate tax structure needs reform.

[From the Right] I commend yesterdays Obamaphile poster who has the stones to share his beliefs with us. But, I respectfully disagree with the contention that no new President other than Mr. Obama has ever “inherited so many problems upon taking office”. The names George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Harry S Truman, Reagan all spring to mind. I seem to recall that phrase was a lead in a recent talking point, perhaps by Biden. The Obamaphile poster proudly relies on a opinion piece to buttress his belief that Mr. Obama is one of the very best Presidents, ever. That piece claims that 145 of Mr. Obama’s 500 campaign promises have been broken, stalled, or compromised vs. 122 that were kept. I wonder if 29% is now considered a passing mark in public school.  29% is the percent of promises kept by Mr. Obama of the 500 promises that he made according to Politico.  I guess that the dog ate Mr. Obama’s homework in the 236 promises that are “in the works.” That means 236 promises in limbo. That means an additional 236 promises not kept. If you choose to add those “pending” promises, it means that Mr. Obama has not kept nearly 4 out of 5 (381 out of 500) of the campaign promises he made.  Then you should take the time to checkout Politico’s data. I did, I took the time to read their data on about a dozen or so of the 122 promises that they listed as being “kept.” My Deer Friends, I know that the numbers don’t add up properly, but the numbers are not mine, they are the numbers provided by Politico. In every single one that I checked Politico relied on information that they gleaned from Team Obama. What do you think; any bias there? My Deer Friends, I did not make these number up, they came from the source reported by the Obamaphile poster, I can agree that a very few of the items listed as accomplishments had merit, but only a few. More on this tomorrow, much more. My Deer Friends, I apologize to the short attention span readers, but none of this lends itself to short answers.  

(Part II) What a wonderful evening. It was truly an honor to receive an award from Captain Conch at the Awards Ceremony gala last night. We had the banquet room at the New Island Grill, the food was exquisite, the service competent and friendly. As usual our host, Tom, and our server Zach made us welcome and happy to be there. The atmosphere was casually warm and friendly. The modest crowd was warm and receptive.  We had the distinct honor to meet and get acquainted with Sloan. Sloan is articulate, consummately interesting, and friendly, a real gentleman, courtly in demeanor. His inventory of experiences is astonishing. The conversation was spirited and wide ranging. Of great interest was an impressive, but very taciturn, gentleman named Michael (only) clad in a flowing white robe who was Sloan’s guest and apparent mentor. He looked like an angel, an archangel. It was a great evening that will be long remembered. 

We were button popping proud to receive a Letter of Marque from the Conch Republic, authorized, issued, signed, sealed, and delivered by Captain Conch himself, President of the Conch Republic. The Letter authorizes this writer, Captain and Master of the proud ship “Schooner from the Right” to, when in Conch Republic sovereign waters, “Subdue, seize, and take any armed or unarmed Liberal – Progressive vessel, public or private.”

My Deer Friends, rest assured that this is an honor and responsibility that my crew and I do not take lightly. We will exercise our new found authority with caution, respect and discretion. I am advised by competent authority that letters of Marque and similar Conch Republic documents and articles are available on presentation of a modest bounty to the Official Representative of the Conch Republic, Captain Conch, President and Grand Mogul.  Documents such as these are a treasure; they are instant heirlooms worthy of a place of honor in home or office. Mine will hang on the starboard side of the forward bulkhead above the navigation desk of “From the Right”, next to similar commissions from Presidents Reagan and Bush. A courier has just advised me that Captain Conch can be reached at Avast! Trim the mizzen. Helm hard to starboard! Open the gun ports!  Conch Republic Privateer

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A woman was speared in the lung and might have a broken rib too. This happened while kayaking in the shallows between Cutoe and Howe Keys yesterday with a friend. They said it wasn’t a barracuda. It may have been a houndfish, a long-nosed fish sometimes caught for sport that is known to jump out of the water and sometimes impale people with its long needlelike snout. Houndfish can reach lengths of 5 feet. The victim was airlifted to the hospital and is doing okay.

[Medical Marijuana] My mom was sick, in a lot of pain, nothing helped, then she died. I felt bad. I was not brave enough to help her. I was too scared to get her any pot for her misery.

Now I read about the medical denial in California. None of those straight-laced righteous boobs ever lived in the 60's. 

Medical Mary Jane needs to happen. As us 60's survivors get older and ache more, we need to shout at the “No” fools to sit down and shut up, and vote them out. 

[Sloan Thrown of Political Forum] Well, hot diggity! I done went and got myself thrown out of a candidate forum last night at the Government Center in Marathon. The forum sponsored by the Marathon Chamber of Commerce and the Weekly Newspapers. I’d like to know, if anybody knows, whether I’m the only candidate who ever got tossed out of a candidate forum, physically – Jason Koler, Publisher of The Weekly Newspapers, is a big, strong dude.
When Jason shoved me out the door into the hall with both of his hands slamming my chest, I might have gone airborne if I had weighed a little less. The look in his eyes was cold, grey steel – like a Nazi Panzer tank. If State Attorney Dennis Ward had been there looking on, he might have told Jason he had committed assault and battery. Not that I would prosecute such a weasel as Jason, criminally or civilly. More fun prosecuting his sorry, whored-out Nazi ass in this way.
Let’s back up and start over. Go to this link, if you wish to see the rest of this tank battle in the Black Forest:

Anyone get the ATT U-verse yet?  Do you like it or not?

[Galleon Bay Buyout] Dear County Commissioners, On Wednesday you will have another closed session regarding the Galleon Bay (No Name Key) Takings Lawsuit. We, the taxpayers of Monroe County, cannot afford the $10 million dollars for “taking” 12 building permits. Please do not attempt to insult our intelligence by saying this will open the flood gates to rampant development, as nearly 80% of all the Florida Keys lands are already in public ownership/conservation, therefore not open to development and are off the tax rolls. (Source: the National Research Council).

The State of Florida/DCA is not stepping up to bail us out on this.  Give them (Galleon Bay) the damn 12 permits. Let the DCA take the financial liability if they want to step in and stop it, let Last Stand or the Key Deer Protection group pay for it if they want to stop it; but we, the taxpayers of Monroe County, cannot afford to keep passing out bags of our money.

Commissioners, obligating Monroe County taxpayers to pay out $10 million dollars, nearly $1 million dollars per empty lot, is insane, and if you vote to do just that, it will be remembered come the next election.

Two For Tuesday Special
Buy 1 Pizza get
2nd Pizza Free
(equal or lesser value)
24458 Overseas Hwy
Summerland Key

[More Laws] Why is there not a law making people return shopping carts to the store instead of leaving them where they can cause damage or injury to cars and people?

The sexist sixties.
If vehicles are licensed by size and weight for the wear and tear they do to our roadways, why not license people by weight for the damage they do to our health system?

Be careful what you ask for at a Wal-Mart bakery. Press 1 for English. Don’t give your order to an Ebonics speaking baker. Video

No for both Amendments 5 and 6 and let's not forget #4. No, these amendments have no top end on cost. You, me the state will get into law suites that will cost 10s of millions of dollars, only to be appealed and back in court. We vote for the folks that should represent our wants and dislikes. Don't let some appointed bureaucrat speak for you. No, I say, never. never. No. Not in this life.

Since it hasn’t been manufactured in years, I’m concerned that many now can’t accurately distinguish between Shinola and fecal matter.

[Senile Agitation] My Alzheimer’s is proceeding faster than I thought. I forgot my daughter and her sister’s birthday.

Circumcised by a .38. Video

[Bucket List] I just made a list of all the things I don't want to do before I die.  I call it my f**kit list.

I don't think I can hold it that long.

[More Laws] They should raise the fine for people using the Handicap Parking Permit when they are not handicapped to $1000 and revoke the permit. Only truly handicapped people should have a photo ID to prove they are eligible to use the permit.

Woman hurt by "flying barracuda" while kayaking near BPK.,0,4262212.story 

[AA] Bravo to the person who posted the AA lies. You rock! A brilliant book is Stanton Peele's Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control.

Identification Guide for Invasive Plants of the Florida Keys. 

[SUFA. Why are you people blaming the County?]  Is it me or does this poster sound like a county employee, maybe even the county administrator? Just the right mix of trying to persuade and aw shucks.

Answer the question: why?  Because the county BOCC approved a contact that county staff told them to. The taxpayer dollars you talk about being stolen - that happened on current county staff's watch. Own up to it. The growing and changing, little criminals sucking dry, where was county staff while all that sucking was, and still is, going on, does not work both ways. Staff and BOCC can not be part of the problem and also complain about the problem.  As for stay tuned for bigger things, if only wishing made it so.  I wish the county administrator weren't. I wish the BOCC would exert a little more effort to really look at things, instead of claiming they don't want to micro manage.

is going to start selling booze after 4pm.

To the AA Basher, Oh, sorry, I was being ironic when I asked you for your help and advice. (Irony: A pretense of ignorance and willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other's false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning). I don't even drink; I just think you're a jerk.

[Divers Down Flag] As a further continuance to Sunday’s post I might add: Only display the flag if you have a diver in the water. Don’t fly the flag to show people that you’re a cool diver, because you’re not. A pet peeve of mine is when novice divers leave their flag up while docked. This results in all the other boats coming and going from the marina being on alert for divers in the water.

[Escape without leaving home] Historically every society on the planet has its own form of getting high. This goes from alcohol, to drugs to Kurt Vonnegut’s blue soup. People need to escape every now and then.

Old Farts are easy to spot at sporting events during the playing of the National Anthem. Old Farts remove their hats and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.

Old Farts remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet  Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2008, not to mention Vietnam. If you bump into an Old Fart on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Fart on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old Farts trust strangers and are courtly to women. Old Farts hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection. Old Farts get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies. Old Farts have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it's about their children or grandchildren. It's the Old Farts who know our great country is protected, not by politician's, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

This country needs Old Farts with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values. We need them now more than ever.  

Heart attack. Panic.  I got a meeting in 20 minutes. I missed making a call. OMG, ah, it's just Deer Ed, having happy fingers.

Sexism in the 60s.

[AA Worked For Me] Free will or what is widely referred to as will power, is indeed just what the term says. In other words "the power of the will" and therein lies the problem. I found I needed a little help in that department. How I go about doing this is that I picked A.A. and it worked really fine for me.  If you want to try another method, by all means, give it a go. The point is whatever floats your boat is the way to go. Don't despair, keep trying. That’s the key and sooner or later you too will find what works for you.

Explore the Moon
without the messy rocket trip.
Google Moon


[Great President] We live in complicated times. Even though Republicans don't want to admit it, never before has a President inherited so many problems upon taking office.  President Obama will never be able to please everyone.  Presidents have to make unpopular decisions.  I believe, however, that history will prove him to be one of the best presidents that America has ever had.  Even though he has had to deal with the Party of No on every single issue, he has remarkably been able to make many accomplishments.  According to (a Pulitzer Prize winner) the following information might be of interest.  President Obama has kept 122 campaign promises, 236 are in the works, 41 have been compromised, 82 have been stalled and 22 have been broken.  A pretty decent record, so far, for his first two years!  Some of the promises that have become accomplishments include the following:

Wall Street reform

Credit card reform

Recovery and Reinvestment act

Lilly Ledbetter equal pay for equal work act

Student loan reform

Healthcare reform

Canceled the F-22 fighter

Funded energy and science research

Nuclear arms treaty with Russia

Encroaching veterans funding

The United States does not lead the word anymore in many important areas.  It has taken years for it to go down hill.  It will take years for it to get back on top.  We are no longer the leader in education, quality of healthcare, infrastructure and income levels. We have high crime, elevated poverty and are in two wars.  In order to improve, we must change what we've been doing for the past decade.  Many experts agree that it takes about 6 years for jobs to bounce back to pre recession levels.  Let's be patient, supportive, smart, and willing to" think out of the box" to change.  America cannot afford to do otherwise.  I support our President and the United States of America.  Better days are ahead.  Leaning right or leaning left are not going to fix our problems.  Lean forward -- together.  Vote smart in the next election.  Do not be fooled by "cheerleaders" with no answers and want to take our country backwards and not forward.  We need to expect excellence. We are taking our country back from the ravages of eight years of narrow-mindedness.

[Great News] Since FTR begged me to send him a bit of great news every day because his computer doesn’t receive any,  here’s today’s positive American news: President Obama’s increase of Predator attacks against Americas enemies is killing them daily where they train and live even if the Pakistani government doesn’t like it.

Okay FTR, tell me why that’s bad news. Spin it like a top.

President Barack Obama will appear on an episode of Mythbusters, a television show that uses science to determine the truth behind urban legends. The White House says the episode will air Dec. 8 on the Discovery Channel. Discovery says the episode considers this question: Did Greek scientist Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun?

Officials say the president’s appearance, which has already been taped, is part of a White House push to promote math and science education. On Monday, Obama hosts a White House science fair celebrating students who have won science, technology, engineering and math competitions.

I would really like to see the Conch Rag’s take on a meeting between the FTR Guy and Sloan. As one can only talk about Obama and the other, only about himself, it should make for a most unusual lunch.

[Freedom of Religion] Even as late as 1960, Catholic presi­dential candidate John F. Kennedy felt compelled to make a major speech de­claring that his loyalty was to America, not the pope. (And as recently as the 20o8 Republican primary campaign, Mormon candidate Mitt Romney felt compelled to address the suspicions still directed toward the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

America's anti-Semitism was practiced institutionally as well as so­cially for decades. With the great threat of "godless" Communism loom­ing in the 195os, the country's fear of atheism also reached new heights. America can still be, as Madison perceived the nation in 1785, "an Asy­lum to the persecuted and oppressed of every Nation and Religion." But recog­nizing that deep religious discord has been part of America's social DNA is a healthy and necessary step. When we acknowledge that dark past, perhaps the nation will return to that "promised ... lustre" of which Madi­son so grandiloquently wrote.

Alton Lemon, who was born on this date in 1928, won the case, Lemon v. Kurtzman, 1971, which successfully challenged a Pennsylvania law, the first such law in the nation providing public tax funds to religious schools for teaching four secular subjects. As a member of the ACLU, Mr. Lemon volunteered to challenge the law, which resulted in a decision that is a watershed for the Establishment Clause, and which historic decision bears his name. The United States Supreme Court unanimously invalidated the parochial aid. In one of the enduring legacies of the Burger Court, it also codified existing precedent on the Establishment Clause into a test--called the "Lemon Test." Despite attacks against it and attempts to modify and chip away at it, the Lemon Test endures.

“If any of the three prongs of the Lemon Test are violated by an act of government, it is unconstitutional:
1) It must have a secular legislative purpose;
2) Its principal or primary effect must neither advance nor inhibit religion;
3) It must not foster excessive entanglement between government and religion.”

The reason the Tea Party folks run as Republicans is that even the Dems have come to realize that this is the only way any responsible people will vote for them.

[End User Licensing Agreement] To most Christians the bible is like a software license. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click “I agree”.

Is it too much to ask that before the Democratic Party sells America out to the European Socialist movement, they at least enlighten the average American citizen as to their actions? What are we talking about? Over the past few years, the highest ranking officials from the Democrat Party have been working strategically to advance something called a “Global New Deal” based on Progressive-Democratic-Socialism.

It took the United States of America 214 years (from 1776-1990) to borrow $3 trillion against the national debt. According to the U.S. Treasury, it’s taken President Barack Obama just 22 months to add the same amount. The overall debt of the federal government, according to the Treasury Department, is now $13.666 trillion.

[From the Right] Thanks to my critic for again bringing up the topic of job loss in America. Job creation in the US is now near zero. We are losing huge numbers of jobs to overseas.   My critic was absolutely correct in noting that the Republicans had control of the Congress for much of the past two decades. On the other hand the Democrats held the Presidency for most of those years.  Both parties share responsibility for the loss of jobs to overseas. I should have noted that.  Regardless of who has been the majority Congressional Party, it is my conviction that it is Democrat political philosophy and practice that has been a major factor in American business fleeing our shores.  Before going further, let’s look at some of the reasons that US companies outsource. 1.] The high regulatory cost of employing a United States worker versus a foreign worker. Social Security, Medicare, FICA, OSHA regulations, unemployment insurance and a whole host of other government-imposed costs make employing US workers less attractive in light of overseas talent, for whom none of these costs must be paid. 2.] The aggregate corporate tax rate in the US is nearly 40%, second highest of the major nations. Ireland’s tax is 12%.  3.] An important driving force behind outsourcing is the desire to avoid damaging lawsuits. US employment law makes it likely that employees will sue employers when the employer finds it economically necessary to downsize. A major financial advantage of outsourcing is the ability to upsize or downsize at will. 5.] Risk management such as risk transference is made difficult or impossible by working with contracted or salaried U.S. employees. For instance, if a company wants to launch a new product, it can either hire new employees in-house or utilize outsourced talent to get the job done. The in-house employees are on payroll, and must be paid regardless of the market success of the new product. Ditto for Social Security, FICA and the costs of health care or Obamacare, and other government imposed costs.  6.] Employers outsource to avoid the costs and constraints imposed by unions and the strictures of union work rules. 7.] A recent survey disclosed that many CFO’S and CEO’s identify uncertainty about the political and business climate in the US. Fears about higher taxes, more regulation, unstable currency and political interference in business activity are demonstrably affecting how companies make their hiring decisions. Beyond the immediate cost savings, executives are increasingly looking years (even decades) into the future and outsourcing their operations as a hedge against potentially adverse political changes in the U.S.. There are additional reasons that are more cultural than political, i.e. work ethic, productivity, etc.. This is a huge problem. My critic is correct, the Republicans share blame with the Democrats. Please bear in mind one of the major factors in the ousting of the Republican majority was their failure to control outrageous spending and increasing deficits. Now, two years later that outrageous spending and increasing debt has not abated. It has grow exponentially under the current Democrat majority. I believe that the Republican Party has realized it’s error and will now more closely adhere to the tenants of Conservatism.  I ask the reader to reflect and decide which political party favors high corporate taxes. Which party favors litigation and lawyers? Which party demands increases in entitlements that hamstring business? Which party is home base for the unions? Which party favors increased regulation of all stripes on business? Which party demonizes business as a campaign tactic?  Which party now favors artificially imposing inflation? It’s worth noting that my critic chooses not to criticize the heart and soul of the posting, he/she only took exception with who is to “blame” for the loss of American jobs. My Deer Friends, regardless who is as fault, outsourcing of American jobs is a huge problem. AFL/CIO estimates that well over 2 million manufacturing jobs have been lost to overseas since 2001. 400K service jobs have been lost since 2000. It’s estimated that between 12K and 20K are moving overseas every month. Worse, those numbers are predicted to rise.  McKinsey Global predicts that white-collar job drain will increase at a rate of 30 percent to 40 percent over the next five years. By 2015, Forrester predicts, roughly 3.3 million service jobs will have moved offshore, including 1.7 million "back office" jobs such as payroll processing and accounting, and 473,000 jobs in the information technology industry. If we follow liberal/progressive leadership and try to “force” them to cease outsourcing, they simply will fold their US tents and go completely overseas. Think of the consequences of that.     

(Part II) Special to my critics. I am not your Daddy, I am not your Mommy, I am a critic of the Obama admin specifically, and of the precepts of liberalism and progressivism in general. I am an advocate, I am not a journalist. I have no obligation to post any fact or circumstance that does not support my point of view. Nor do you or any other poster on this site. I readily admit that I have made errors of fact. When I have occasionally made such error, I have immediately acknowledged it and posted the correction. I have never intentionally made any error of fact. Nor will I, there is no need. And were there the need, it would be counterproductive and improper.  My message is self supporting. To repeat a caution that I have repeatedly made, “don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!”  Then you will be convinced. 

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[Property Assessment] Oops, I made a typo in my Sunday posting. My assessment is 44% higher than I paid for it. I wrote that it was 4% higher. 4% isn't a problem, but 44% sure is.

Dear Ed, please remove the ad for the golden retriever mix found in the canal. The owners came and got him.

[Sal's Land] Last Friday I had a long discussion with assistant County attorney Bob Schlinger.  He advised me that either Jim Mattson or Andy Tobin hasn’t made any movement on the 23 expired beneficial land use applications. What I ask from the 23 of you receiving this email is to inform me what you intend to do moving forward.  ~Thanks Sal

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[SUFA Trouble]  The county is owed nothing.  SUFA had more than enough donations/grant funds from outside sources to pay for everything Linda Gottwald is alleged to have used for personal use.  With respect to fees charged for animal adoption, SUFA's charges were in line with what other Keys shelters have charged.  Go to the Florida Keys SPCA site and see for yourself. 

If they want the extra money SUFA charged, then they will have to get the extra money from the other two organizations as well.  With respect to salaries, records seem to indicate that the Executive Director of the SPCA owns two houses and has access to a husband's income; Ms. Gottwald rented and was single.  That begs the question why the Executive Director of the SPCA needs any salary at all, especially since tax records indicate that the FKSPCA spends nearly the equivalent of its county money on salaries.
It is evident that the county wanted SUFA out and was intent on getting its way no matter what the outcome of the audit.  In the August 20th edition of the News Barometer, George Neugent is quoted as saying, "and I believe that our [county's] relationship with SUFA is over."  Does anyone wonder, therefore, why SUFA elected to get out earlier than the 60-day extension?  The handwriting was on the wall - why stay and put up with more abuse?
The result of this ludicrous power play on the part of the county is that more Keys animals will die needlessly.

[Property Assessment]
 The appraisal should be lower after the downstairs enclosure was removed, but don't forget the county always has an out. They can raise the millage rate to get their required revenue. The people in charge will not give up any of their salaries or perks—ever.  This is true for our friends in Congress as well. They are all as useless as rubber lips on a woodpecker.

[Yes for both Amendments 5 and 6] For years, the political party in charge of state government has been able to literally design voting districts to guarantee their reelection. Both Amendments 5 and 6 would stop this in-your-face trickery. Amendments 5 and 6 would establish standards for the legislature to follow in redistricting.  ~Key West The Newspaper

[SUFA] Why are you people blaming the County?  Get over yourselves and stop complaining.  SUFA's Executive Director stole from every Monroe County taxpayer, with no regards for friendships or anything else.  She should be fully prosecuted just like others (Monique and Norma) have and are going to be.  Shillenger is just doing the job that we often complain that he does not do.  Now, because he is prosecuting someone we trusted, we claim that he is making the case bigger than it needs to be.  Wake up folks.  We've been duped and now it’s in the hands of the law.  Our community continues to change and grow. We are no longer a sleepy community where things happened and were quickly swept under the rug.  Little by little these criminals that have been sucking Monroe County dry are being exposed and will be prosecuted.  Stay tuned, there are bigger things coming.

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[Take me out to the ballgame ...] Want to see who makes the money at the ball park? Pick your team then a day then a seat. Then add parking, food, travel, hotel, etc. You’ll see it’s nuts. 

[The Best of Saturday Night Live] Let's share the laughter today. Top 35 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Skits of All Time

[Car-Eating Rabbits] In the category of weird but true, Denver International Airport may have a problem with pesky rabbits, who eat cars. Yes, cars. Traveler Dexter Meyer tells KUSA-TV he parked his brand new Turbo Diesel Volkswagen Jetta at the Pikes Peak Parking Lot at the airport as he headed off on a vacation. And it was eaten. When he got back nine days later, he says, "I turned on the ignition and all these lights started flashing. I pulled out the manual and it said I had a big problem so I took the car back to the dealership." It was at the dealer, Meyer says, that he learned from the service manager the wiring of his car had been munched on. The manager asked him if the car had been at the airport and told him, "We've had a significant number of problems with rabbits eating through the wiring in people's cars," Meyer says. The repairs cost Meyer $238, and he has filed a complaint with the airport about the damages. "They said they were aware of the problem but basically said 'We don't know how to solve it.' They said, 'We have a fence,' and I said, 'I understand that, but it's clearly not working,'" Meyers tells KUSA. He says other airport parking customers should be made aware of the problem. Denver airport officials say they see about a dozen such claims every year, but declined to discuss the matter further.

[Charities Receive Less Because of Economy] I guess the old saying that charity begins at home is true. Top 400 charities see billions less in donations (AP)

[Pot's benefits rejected by Feds] An advocacy group's attempt to force the federal government to concede that marijuana could have therapeutic qualities has been snuffed by an appeals court. Americans for Safe Access sued the government in 2007 under the Information Quality Act, a decade-old law that allows people to compel federal officials to correct false statements. Private citizens must show that a statement affects them and fails to meet an agency's published standards for accuracy.

The organization said its members include seriously ill people who have been discouraged from using marijuana by the Department of Health and Human Services' long-standing position, stated most recently in 2001, that the drug has no medical value.

The department declined to respond to the request. It said the Drug Enforcement Administration was still considering the issue in its review of Americans for Safe Access' 2002 application to reconsider the status of marijuana.

The DEA classifies pot as among the most dangerous drugs, with no legitimate use.

On Thursday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the lawsuit was premature because the government is still pondering the 8-year-old request. The agency has not yet taken a final action that can be challenged in court, the three-judge panel said. Joseph Elford, the group's lawyer, wasn't convinced. Federal officials continue to insist that marijuana has no accepted medical use, he said, and have declared as recently as 2008 that a decision on the status of marijuana was imminent. Elford said he would ask the court for a rehearing.

As the Moon waxes toward full night by night, it draws away from Jupiter a month past its own opposition.

[AA Basher] You don’t have to die and I don’t want to save you. You have to save yourself. You were born with free will, use it. If you want to find additional info on addiction just let your fingers do the walking on your key board. Maybe you are too weak to try it on your own or maybe you are afraid to read the truth. Or are you one of the hard line party members that won’t read anything unless it is approved AA propaganda. Next time I go to an AA meeting I’m going to bring a bell. Every time I hear a lie, I’ll ring the bell. The continuous ringing noise will be deafening. 

[The break of the curveball] In baseball, a curveball creates a physical effect and a perceptual puzzle. The physical effect (the curve) arises because the ball’s rotation leads to a deflection in the ball’s path. The perceptual puzzle arises because the deflection is actually gradual but is often perceived as an abrupt change in direction (the break). Our illusions suggest that the perceived “break” may be caused by the transition from the central visual system to the peripheral visual system. Like a curveball, the spinning disks in the illusions appear to abruptly change direction when an observer switches from foveal to peripheral viewing.

[New Car] My wife bought a new car on the way to work. She stopped at the dealers in Key West, picked a car from the lot, and made the deal. And got to work on time! 

The days of haggling over prices for a new car are over. You just agree to the terms and incentives the dealer offers.

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AA Basher’s solution to stop drinking without AA’s help: become a Muslim.

This costume is perfectly understandable.  Elena Kagan was just on her way to the Country Club when she remembered she needed some coffee and a couple of yoga videos.  Besides, she thought to herself, I'll just throw on these gray shorts and I'll be smokin'.

[Sloan] Today's serving is a bit farther out on a limb, I suppose, than some of the other out on a limb posts the angels have pushed me to make. Such is my life, going where not even fools care to rush in. Rather than try to explain today's offering, I leave it for you to gander, if you wish, at this link: It may or may not suit you. Living it certainly didn't suit me particularly well, but it apparently suited my soul - otherwise, I don't suppose it would have happened.
[Coconut Telegraph Awards Dinner] Something that might interest some CT readers more, or might not. I was approached the other day by Deer Ed about him and me getting together over a meal with From the Right guy, who also has developed a love-hate fan club on the CT. Ed said From the Right had expressed interest in meeting me, but wondered if I would be interested in return? I said, sure, let's do it. Might produce something interesting to write about. And I get to meet From the Right guy.
Turns out, From the Right's wife is coming along, too. I'd bring my wife, but that honky-tonk angel don't read my cards and letters that I don't write to her. I might have know'd she'd never make a wife, even though I loved her so much I nearly died. A bit of irony in all of that, given what I wrote today, which you are going to have to go to to check out: "Labor of Love - The Feminine." Don't let your dirty minds get you all lathered up. It ain't about what you think it's about.


Why don't people understand what an illegal worker is? Why does this have to become a political debate or a racist issue? It has nothing to do with race. Illegals are illegal. It doesn't matter if they are Polish, Czech, Russian, Mexican, Hungarian, French, Arab, Greek, English or any of the million other nationalities and races. They are illegal. Those working are illegal. It’s no different than a bank robber or a cocaine dealer. If a restaurant or resort was selling cocaine over the bar or front desk wouldn't you want to see them closed down, fined and jailed?

Illegal workers are stealing from every American just so corporate Big Daddy can take one extra trip on his yacht.

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Destroy an eagle egg and go to jail. Destroy a baby in the womb—nothing!"
  The Eagle is important and endangered where humans, sure as hell, are not. Too many humans, not enough eagles.

Boy, oh boy, this FTR guy is on the money. Monday’s Part ll was so very top dead center. Perfect. FTR, you da man!  Stop the madness and vote.

"I Want Your Money"

[Freedom of Religion]  At about the same time as the Bible Riots of 1844, Joseph Smith founded a new American religion and soon met with the wrath of the mainstream Protestant majority. In 1832, a mob tarred and feathered him, marking the beginning of a long battle between Christian America and Smith's Mormonism. In October 1838, after a se­ries of conflicts over land and religious tension, Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs ordered that all Mormons be ex­pelled from his state. Three days later, rogue militiamen massacred 17 church members, including children, at the Mormon settlement of Haun's Mill. In 1844, a mob murdered Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum while they were jailed in Carthage, Illinois. No one was ever convicted of the crime.

[Overseas Jobs] FTR said: Because of the Democratic Party we lost 5.4 million manufacturing jobs alone between 2000 and 2009. How in the hell did that happen given that Republicans had majority rule in Congress for 14 years prior to 2006?
FTR often cites the Democrats as the reason for everything wrong in this country, but let’s look at the facts for once. Don't just believe the loudest voice.

[Foreign Aid] I was told years ago why we do stupid things like donating millions of dollars to other countries before helping our own first. It is because the international trade cartels pay off those government whores in foreign countries so we can get the raw materials and cheap labor we need, other wise we would be hurting for tin, carbide, sugar, and a million other things we take for granted. The US of A has a lot, but we need lots more from foreign suppliers, hence the payola scams.

[Lock up those who hire illegal workers] Great solution, but it would put just about everybody in Congress in jail. Then who would run the country?

[Gas Price] While the FTR guy was complaining about how gas prices have gone up during Obama’s term in office he forgot to mention that the record gas price in the history of this country occurred in 2008 when the average price was over $4 per gallon. I wonder why the poster didn't mention that the highest price per gallon in American history occurred during president Bush's term. He always seems to have missing pages in his history books. If you want to see the oil companies really raise rates again vote for the party that gave them the wonderful gift of record oil prices. Of course when oil prices go up so do most oil based products. It not just gas that goes thru the roof.

The fun part about reading the anti American posts is that there’s always a half truth or a bit of information that somehow just can’t seem to find its way into the complaint. It’s a bit like when he mentions that Obama’s approval rating is in the 45% range he won’t mention that the rating is twice the approval rating of the last sitting Republican’s approval rating. Bush wished more then 3 out of 10 Americans approved of the job he was doing, but it just wasn’t so.

The dems will indeed lose seats in the upcoming election, but they should lose seats because of the huge majority they have. The American people were every bit upset with the republicans and that led to those numbers. If the Democrats still have a majority of either house after the election it will be a huge win for the democrats after the 2 years of the Party of No obstructing anything that would push this country forward. I hope the Republicans do win one of the Houses. They might actually have to participate in government instead of sitting on their duffs just saying no.

I wish they would quit telling us of headless hoards of illegals wandering thru the deserts and whining about where the Democrats take vacations and quit running TV reality stars around the country and try doing something positive. Please try a little sanity and win a House on your merits not the crazy wacko stuff you’ve been running on. Lord knows we don’t need witches and goblins sitting in offices of government. At least the tea party is also destroying the American Conservative even if they are as nutty as Aunt Annie’s fruitcake. I do like their untruths also like "We are made up of people from both parties." Then why is every single one that’s running for office a Republican? Liars and the lies they tell.

[Overseas Jobs] Our US jobs have not been driven away by taxing and regulating the companies or demanding unions, etc. They left because the law-makers made it easier to go off-shore for slave labor and import the cheap crappy goods back here without trade tariffs or import taxes. This would all end quickly if we reenacted just those 2 things alone.

Our economy is rigged so that economic growth is necessary to sustain our standards of livings, retirements, economies, etc. Without growth, economies stagnate. Jobs are harder to find. Retirement accounts and SS suffer.

What does growth mean? More people! With the US birth rate the lowest it has been in a long time, it's no wonder those in power don't really mind an immigration problem. That's the only way to sustain the growth they want. We'll only be able to sustain this farce for so long.

Maybe FTR would like us to lower our standards like China so we could be swimming in smog and polluted rivers? Or throwing our children into slave labor camps rather than schools? Or eating fish heads and rice 7 days a week because that's what our wages would afford us?

Lowering corporate taxes didn't create jobs the 8 years Republicans tried that theory under Bush. What makes anyone think it will work if we give them another chance?

[Lies] There are a lot of lies going around and half of them are true.  ~Winston Churchill

[Healthcare] The President claims Armageddon didn't happen after he signed it and the crowd breaks out in laughter. News crews should look these folks up in a year or so, and then ask them if they're still laughing and smiling that Armageddon was only a fear tactic to scare them. Video

[From the Right] My Deer Friends I am nearly (repeat nearly) speechless. Yesterday two critics actually suggested that I had satisfied their craving for positive comment about Mr. Obama. On Saturday I wrote: Team Obama is doing a fine job of deporting some illegal aliens. On the other hand, he refuses to seal the Mexican border, indeed he has gone to war with Arizona, a state that is attempting to protect itself from being overrun with illegal aliens. He even admits that we still have millions of illegal aliens hiding in plain sight. Obama, disdaining the effects on America, courts these illegal aliens to become to become Obama voters. That's reprehensible."  Friends, if Obamaphiles see the foregoing as praise, if they believe that reprehensible is a compliment, then it is no wonder that they are so easily gulled by the Obama package.  One critic offered to make a daily posting to share with us the wonderfulness of Mr. Obama’s handiwork. I urge him/her to just do it. Please do it. Pretty please do it. Come on do it. Do it now, today! I double dog dare you. I love target practice.    

(Part II) Are you aware that our economy is teetering on the brink of going into a fiscal calamity called “deflation”. Look, one of the important reasons we are in the mess that we are in is because business is simply refusing to expand, to reinvest, or to create new jobs. That is so because business is scared to death of the prospect of the new taxes promised by the Obama after the first of the year. It is also reluctant to invest or hire under an admin that is so incredibly hostile to business.  It is universally accepted that there are Trillions of dollars sitting on the sidelines just waiting for the business climate in the US to come out of the pit. The business and the investor class are on the sidelines because they fear the fiscal consequences of Obamacare and many other Obama initiatives.  Why in hell doesn’t the admin make a promise to abandon the huge new taxes that they promise to hit business and the investor class with on the first of year? Obamacare and other Obama initiatives have effectively shut down our business community. The latest threat is that they are getting ready to impose inflation on us as a remedy. Do you remember deflation and inflation under Carter? Do you remember 18+% interest on home and car loans?  Do you remember paying 18+% more for everything you bought during the Carter admin.? Can you afford to have every stinking thing that that you buy or spend money on increase in price while your wages remain stagnant? Do you remember the Carter misery index? If you don't just check it out on the web. That’s where Mr. Obama is taking us. If you think that all of this is a scare tactic, your right! You should be scared! Look where they have taken us so far, dread where they’re want to take us tomorrow.

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[Divers Down Flag] How to identify yourself as an inexperienced, uneducated vessel operator: Put snorkelers or divers in the water without the proper diver flag and leave your dive flag up 24/7.

If you do not have snorkelers or divers in the water take down your dive flag. It’s called a Divers Down Flag for a reason.

Have the right sized flag for your vessel and respect other vessels’ displaying dive flags.

[Property Assessment] I'm hoping someone out there has been through the process of challenging the assessment of their property.  I just bought a house this year on Cudjoe Key and the assessment is 4% higher than I paid for it.  The assessment is also up from 2009 (maybe the only house in the Keys that went up in value) The real kicker is the house had an illegal lower unit that has been removed. The house is now 25% smaller, and no other improvements have been made.

I submitted my petition to the VAB and got a letter from the County Property Appraiser asking for a list of individual who will testify, list of all documentary evidence, and a list of all the material information that supports my position.  Do I need to provide this to the Appraiser or the VAB?  When do I find out when my VAB hearing will be?  Am I entitled to get the means by which the appraiser assessed my property? 

I'm wondering if the Appraiser wants to buy my house for the price they're saying it's worth. I could use the pile of money I'd make off that. I know they can't sell it for what they say it's worth.

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(Barbara Billingsley) died yesterday. What will the Beaver do now? Ms Cleaver always did her housework in pearls.

[I am looking for my sister, Charlene] The number you provided is unallocated, you need to provide another number. I would also  try calling the Monroe County Sheriffs department at 305-289-2430.

[Vines]  Great tool for knowing the vine in your tropical yard. Florida Vines - Page 1 of

[SUFA Trouble] “The county has filed a lawsuit to recover money it gave SUFA to run the shelter, which was commingled with funds SUFA raised through charity fundraisers, making it more difficult to determine how much the county is owed."


No, it's not hard at all. Just ask the County Clerk Mr Kolhage, who keeps  spectacularly impeccable and accurate records, to look in the county's checkbook.  And Senior County Attorney Mr Shillenger knows this. So why not just say that for the public record? Could it be that Mr Shillenger is intentionally making the SUFA case bigger than it needs to be to justify his 6 figure salary,  and also toss in a little job justification, for future job advancement, pending the eventual retirement of County Attorney Hutton?

The county needs to deal with SUFA without escalating taxpayers' dollars. Taxpayers already paid for the county attorneys' raises. We do not also need to pay for a lot of unnecessary litigation.

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[Yes on Amendments 5 and 6] According to today's TV ad, paid for by a group called  we should all vote No Amend 5 & 6. So I looked at that website. Good thing I did.

Now I know I'm voting Yes, for sure.  Everything on that website is hype and hysteria and misdirection and spin. I keep remembering what somebody said about the last time Monroe was carved up. If Amends 5 and 6 had been in place then, Monroe would never have gotten stuck with Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Hands up everybody who knew she's up for re-election in Nov 2010?  Mostly none of us, until her ad appeared in a local paper. Has she even bothered to show up in Monroe at any of the many candidate forums? Nope, she does not need to. Monroe is not even on her list of constituent locations. 100% of her voter base is north of MM 116.  Of course, her opponent Rolando A. Banciella (Dem) has also never been seen at any of the forums, at least in the upper Keys.

Monroe needs to be re-aligned into its own district. But that will never happen. But at least Amends 5 and 6 will protect Monroe from being further carved and mixed with more northern communities.

[Choir Practice] The Lower Keys Chamber Orchestra and the Community Choir soon will begin rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas Cantata and are looking for singers and musicians. Rehearsals will be 5 to 6 p.m. every Sunday starting Oct. 31 in the sanctuary at the Big Pine Methodist Church. Performances are scheduled for Dec. 14 and 16. Wayne Hulting will conduct and Susan Mcafferty will be the accompanist. 
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[Cans are Bad] BPA is most often in the liner of cans, and in plastic bottles. Canada Declares BPA Toxic. Is the US Next? |

Legalize pot. Let people grow it for their own consumption. Cut out the middle man, cartels, free up out jails and legal system. Clinton: US working to ending Mexico drug violence (AP)

[Missing Mortgage Info] I have been waiting on the foreclosure mess to see if anyone has noticed that the banks, etc. set up their private system of transferring mortgages to save money on transfer fees to Counties. Each time they moved a mortgage they should have recorded it with the County involved. There is no record a home owner can look up because the mortgage companies have the record and it is not public.

[Sloan] Yeah, I’m a total misanthropist when I run up against behavior like that. And when I run up against what the Wisteria developers and County Growth Management did. And when I run up against what Code Enforcement and Growth Management did to the Brown family. And when I run up against what FEMA and our County Commission, in downstairs enclosure arena, are doing to the Keys economy and social fabric. And when I run up against people who want to put street people in stockades. Take all them kind of folks out and hang them, I say.

I hope you didn’t take that last remark literally, which is something a schizophrenic would do . . .

I agree with my critics, though. I’m a lousy campaigner, because I’m too honest to be a politician. Protecting people is more my aptitude than running for office. The people of the Keys never will have seen a commissioner more devoted to protecting them, if I’m elected. Nowhere close to anything like me will they have seen.
If you don’t believe me, ask the Brown family on Cudjoe Key. Ask them who sent them to George Neugent for help? Ask them who told them to push Growth Management Director Christine Hurley to stop playing games with them and put their case on the Board of County Commissioners agenda, so the commissioners could hear and decide it. Ask the Browns who talked to county commissioners for them. Ask them who wrote about their case on his blogs. Ask them who fought fang and claw for them, even while they had a very good lawyer, Lee Rohe, fighting hard for them, too.
Then ask the Browns and Lee Rohe which candidate will sue FEMA in federal court over downstairs enclosures, on his own dime, if he is elected to the BOCC.

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Hubble's Lagoon-Like brush strokes on a canvas, ridges of color seem to flow across the Lagoon Nebula, a canvas nearly 3 light-years wide. The colors map emission from ionized gas in the nebula were recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys. Also known as M8, the nebula is a star-forming region in the constellation Sagittarius. Hubble's remarkably sharp, close-up view reveals undulating shapes sculpted by the energetic light and winds from the region's new born stars. Of course, the Lagoon Nebula is a popular target for earthbound sky gazers, too.

US 1 News is like a fairy tail you know chicken little the sky is falling the sky is falling staring bill becker as chicken little”

Are you saying Bill Becker is a "fairy tail", or a "fairy" or has a "tail",  or does "staring" ?  Spelling is everything, you fool.

Famous quote
: "God is Dead.”  ~Nietzsche

Not so famous retort: "Nietzsche is Dead”   ~God

Having fun with the Heathrow airport PA system.

Palm frond tiki mask
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[It’s time for atheists and agnostics to come out of our closet] We don't live in closets. It's the dreamers and holy bubble dwellers that do.

For most Monroe County residents, Monroe's newspapers are our primary or only source of information.

Don't fence me in the Keys!

Oh give me sand, lots of sand under sunny skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me walk through the wide open island that I love
Don't fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the coconut trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don't fence me in
Just turn me loose
Let me straddle my old lady underneath the Eastern skies
On my cayuse
Let me wander over yonder 'til I see the Tikis rise
I want to ride to the beach where the ocean commences
Drink under the moon until I lose my senses
Can't stand the neighbors and their brand new fences
Don't fence me in
Oh give me sand, lots of sand under sunny skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me walk through the wide open island that I love
Don't fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the coconut trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in

Simple backyard projects
. Backyard Projects | Birds & Blooms

It's not AA that I hate - it's the weakness of the alcoholic.  Weak, weak, weak and I'm not the AA Basher, I'm someone that was associated with an alcoholic.  

[Body Art] People, paint, and Photoshop

[Dog Savior] Seventeen-month-old Charlotte Svilicic was playing in the garden of the family’s Atherton, California home on Monday when Khan the Doberman grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her clear of the approaching snake. The heroic pooch was bitten by the snake after saving the toddler but is recovering after a dose of anti-venom. In an amazing twist, Khan’s breeder revealed his grandfather had saved a child in similar circumstances.

"If I had not seen it with my own eyes, I would never have believed it," Ms Svilicic said. "Khan was really concentrating and was acting aggressive towards Charlotte and kept trying to nudge her but it wasn’t working, so he grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her more than a meter.

"Charlotte looked pretty shocked and then Khan screamed. I realized quickly it was a snake and Khan had been trying to get in between her and the snake before he threw her." After being bitten, Khan ran inside and collapsed. He was given a shot of anti-venom by a vet and had a tough night on Monday but managed to survive and eat a large breakfast yesterday, despite the ordeal.

Mrs Svilicic said the family had only had Khan for four days, and they were moved by Khan’s selfless and protective act. "When Kerry Kinder (Doberinling Boarding Kennels owner) rescued him, he was starving, had broken ribs and had been beaten – he was an abused dog," she said. "It was borderline on whether or not he should be put down because he was in such a bad way." Mrs Svilicic said Khan would spend the rest of his life in luxury.

[Full Moon Kayaking] Join Friends And Volunteers of Refuges (FAVOR) on the only charity kayak event on the islands. Capt. Bill Keogh, a noted local guide and photographer, and his crew at Big Pine Kayak Adventures have donated a sunset/moonrise scenic paddle through the sponge flats, grass beds and mangrove forests of the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. The two-hour trip will cost $25 per person and all proceeds will be used for outreach, education, and volunteer projects on behalf of the four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges. It's the perfect way to explore and enjoy nature while directly benefiting it.

The full moon trip is only offered once a month, so sign up now. To reserve your seat for this wonderful sunset / moonrise excursion, call 872-7474. The trip will depart from the Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp near the No Name Key Bridge at 6pm on Saturday, Oct 23rd. Bring your own flashlight.
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Homeless go with out eating, Elderly go with out needed medicines, Mentally Ill go without treatment, Troops go without the proper equipment, Veterans go without benefits that were promised to them. Yet we donate millions of dollars to other countries before helping our own first!  Stop the madness.

[Democrats Doomed] I joined the Republican Party! As a life long independent voter I decided I was missing out on the opportunity to vote during primary elections.  Re-registering was easy and took less than 2 minutes to fill out the form down at the elections office on Whitehead Street.  I thought I would be barraged by pro-Republican literature and fund raising requests but, surprisingly, the increase in political flyers was slight. About the only real change in being registered as a Republican is that the Republican Party now occasionally sends me very biased surveys!  Every survey question is in this type of format: Do you enjoy it when you beat your wife? If you answer yes (you enjoy it when you beat your wife) if you answer no (you do not enjoy it when you beat your wife)

It’s a hoot because the Republican line up of survey questions is so biased against the president and the  Democratic Party that it has entertainment value; no matter how you answer the survey question you bash the Democratic Party or the President, its worth joining the Republican Party just for the entertainment value of their polls. 

The Democrats do not have surveys that are biased enough, that’s why the Democratic Party is doomed.

Good morning, Ed. Have a happy day.

[Fashion Flop] On first glance, did it appear to anyone else that Gisella's dog is coming out her butt?

[Boy Scouts Gone to the Dogs] Jasper is the first dog in the Bay Area, Calif to earn five merit badges from the Dog Scouts of America, which turns out to be a real organization that has quietly been issuing merit badges to deserving dogs for 11 years. There are no fewer than 76 badges - Frisbee catching, herding, canoeing and bicycling are all badges (the dog doesn't actually bicycle, he must run alongside the human cyclist, sensibly and without making the typical dog-versus-bicycle fuss). Dog Scouts of America honors Milpitas dog Jasper

The days of sexism.

[Useless Phone Book] Contact the following publishers to adjust the number of directories you receive or to remove yourself from directory distribution lists. If the publisher you are looking for is not listed below, please check inside the directory and call the customer service number listed. Please note, only  U.S. publishers are listed in this search.   Yellow Pages Association | Environmental

] Is this a new gender?

To AA Basher. Still patiently waiting for your solution to problem drinking.  It's been, what, almost a year now? You tell us what not to do, but not what to do. Please don't let us die.  Save us!

Barbara Billingsley, Beaver's mom is dead. YouTube - Stewardess I Speak Jive! - AIRPLANE!


Did I read the FTR guy correctly yesterday? I think he said our government did something right? Did I misread his comment about immigration?

I was thinking how messed up our thinking has gotten. If a person destroys an egg from a eagle, you will go to jail and pay a very large fine. If you destroy a baby in the womb -- no so much as a eyebrow is raised. That is wrong on so many levels, yet we accept it and go about our day. I know its your body and your baby to do what every you want to do with it; and it is our eagle. It's just wrong. I am sure this will upset some folks. It should.

[Misplaced Voting] People are so angry now, because of what the economy has done to them, that they will express it at the voting booth in November. Most decisions made out of anger are historically 80 percent wrong. But the citizenry doesn’t know how else to express their fury and helplessness and that is what the Republicans are counting on. They have always used fear to win any race, and this will be no exception. We can only hope that the people of this country stop and think rationally before they pull the levers.

Obama’s 7 Lies In Under 2 Minutes

[Illegals] Craig's List Rant & Rave page]"Businesses shields themselves from the law by hiring these illegal workers through a contractor. It may keep your hands clean but it is still illegal. Every time one of these illegal workers steps foot on your property (to work) we the tax payers are being cheated."

Interesting. I wonder if ICE reads Craig's List.

Wright was Right!

The little girls that keep whining about the FTR guy are crybaby sissies. They call him names, and they call him a know-it-all. Why don’t they man up, you know, grow a pair … and just do postings that prove FTR is full of crap. Prove him wrong, don’t just cry about him. Or maybe you can’t because FTR is right.

At last a picture of the FTR Guy (seated). He used to look a lot like Goebbels)

I hope Sarah Palin gets a TV show. Sarah Palin and Governor Huck are my kind of folks. I love Fox News, Glenn Beck and Billy "O". I think the FTR guy is great. I am the leader of the Tea Party. Vote my friends. Stop the madness.

It is easy to stop illegal workers. All it takes is determination. Just lock up or deport those who hire them and confiscate their property for the state.  

Together we can remove Illegal's from Key West.  I commend the work of the people doing their part to take America back for Americans. We all need to stand up to this Obamanation of Political Correctness. Everyone should report every illegal they know.

[Something positive form FTR] FTR said, "Obama is doing a fine good deporting illegal Aliens." Its about time he has finally seen a bit of good news. Keep looking there’s plenty more. I would like to suggest he check out the battlefield troops that returned from Iraq. One step at a time. If he wishes I can post one very good thing a day happening in America to not over load him. Doesn’t it feel good to mention something good happening in this great country? He may lose his Tokyo Rose moniker if he’s not careful.

[From the Right] As the midterm election draws closer, the Democrats get goofier. The latest stick that they are waving around is a cacophony of phony rage at the amount of money that the Republicans have raised. Contributions to Republican candidates have been staggeringly high. The overwhelming majority has been from small contributors. They Dems wail that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is contributing to various Republican causes.  They shriek that the Chamber is receiving money from some nebulous “foreign interests”. They shriek that the Chamber should be required to reveal the identity of all who have contributed to the Chamber. The law makes no such requirement. The law did not make any such demand on the Democrats in any previous election. Their wailing is a smoke screen designed to take your mind away from the manifest failures of the Democrat party. Dems are demanding an "investigation." It stinks of the age old liberal dicta that was clearly stated by Tom Foley, Democrat Speaker of the House 1989-1995: “It’s not the nature of the evidence; it’s the seriousness of the charge.” There is no evidence of any impropriety on the part of the Chamber of Commerce. None! One must wonder why the Dems did not wail, moan, cry, and wear sackcloth and ashes when Mr. Obama received more than twice as much in campaign contributions than did Mr. McCain. The Reps are out drawing the Dems because America has identified the Dems as being losers, failures, inimical to America’s future.     

(Part II) Did you see the editorial cartoon in the Citizen yesterday? It portrayed a grinning hulking operative of the Chamber of Commerce carrying bags of foreign money labeled “ Loot from foreign countries taking jobs away from American worker.”  What a crock! Deer Friends, just for a moment, think. Are American jobs going overseas? Yes, they are.  Why? Because our leadership, in concert with unions, has managed to make the business climate in the USA so unattractive that American business are fleeing America. Our wages are some of the highs in the world, we have the 2nd highest business tax rates in the world, our regulations are some of the most onerous in the world, our personnel laws are the most restrictive in the world, and we are the most litigious society in the world . How did all of that happen?  That’s a simple answer. Lawyers, eco freaks, taxes, unions, and just too damned much government. All of the foregoing are the heart and soul of the Democrat party. Because of their crap, we lost 5.4 million manufacturing jobs alone betweed 2000 and 2009.  Is the Chamber of Commerce responsible? Get real! It’s the freaking American National Chamber of Commerce, they want America to make money in America. In addition to Microsoft and a whole slew of companies, even Government Motors, GM, has taken your American tax dollars and is building a brand new factory in Mexico that will employ thousands of Mexican workers. Why in the hell aren’t you Dems pitching a bitch about that? Those are jobs that have been driven away from the US by the US. They have been driven away by our leadership and unions.

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I am looking for my sister, Charlene, who lives behind the iguana shack, on MM55, she is 5'6", 363lbs brown hair, maybe dyed, if anyone see her please ask her to call her brother at 979-446-0366 asap, there is a family emergency she needs to know about, Thank you
Those damned deer!
My wife and I had the pleasure to meet Kandi and Steve at the new Ice Cream Shoppe at 9071 Overseas Highway in Marathon, across from the airport earlier this week:  20+ flavours of delicious ice cream and Steve made us hot fresh waffle cones on the spot.  On this beautiful fall weekend, I think I want some more; the Rocky Road was so good.  Let's be sure and give them some business!
[Sloan] Today's no-edit Saturday post, still being written, will feature a few memorable campaign moments. Here are some examples:
Jim Hendrick wrote to me, which I published, that a prominent local psychologist told him that I display classical signs of schizophrenia.
At the recent Key Largo candidate forum, sitting right beside me, the most prominent psychologist in the Keys, David Rice, founder of the Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys, wrote me a note during the heated grilling of county commission candidates. The note said I might have gotten his vote. I said I might want to use that on my blog. David said okay.
During our closing remarks, I said I had lit the Pussy of Islamorada up on my blog. I said the Pussy is also the Mayor of Islamorada. His wife socked him because she thought he was with his girlfriend, so he called the sheriff on her, and then she rammed him with a golf cart. He was lucky she didn't shoot him, I said. Then I said during my drive up to Key Largo for the forum, I'd gotten a phone call from someone who told me the Pussy had gotten himself a laqwyer and word was out he was going to sue me. The caller said the Pussy would have to get at the back of the line.
About a month ago, Jim Hendrick threatened to sue me for writing about his convictions in Federal Court, which arose out of a bribe of County Commissioner Jack London by one of Jim's lobbyist friends.
Last year, Morgan McPherson told me that he and his wife were going to sue me for slander, for my writing about the fact that everyone in the County School System who had had dealings with Monique Acevedo, except Morgan's wife, had been grilled by the authorities, so why wasn't the Mayor of Key West's wife grilled?
Earlier in the Key Largo forum, when some people in the audience got to bitching and moaning about the fact that the county wouldn't keep the Murray Nelson Government Center open, so they could have concerts and plays in it, because the County didn't have the money to do it, I said back in 2006, when I ran against George Neugent, he and I both opposed the Center, we thought it was a boondoggle. I said Ocean Reef Club provided landscaping for the Center. It has five deputies inside its gate sitting on their butts doing nothing. Get Ocean Reef to put up $1,000,000 for the Center, then they can have their concerts and plays. That would be chump change to Ocean Reef, I said.
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Humor: The dirtiest words are not four letter words, but words like RETAILER, WHOLESALER, POLITICIAN, REAL ESTATE AGENT, TAX COLLECTOR, there's a million of them!
RE: Toxic Middle Torch Key
What is " surface solid waste debris from the Middle Torch Brownfield property." and exactly where is it?
I've seen some comments recently regarding benefits being planned for Moose of the Blues band. Is he sick?I hope it isn't serious since he usually is the guy who plays at benefits and who seems to always be giving back to the community.

Tune Into Freethought Radio This Weekend

Radio from the Secular Point of View

Weekend of October 16, 2010
Guest: Journalist Bill Lueders

Atheism pops up in pop culture as the co-host discuss the hit tv show 'Glee.' Veteran journalist and Isthmus editor Bill Lueders discusses his latest book Watchdog: 25 years of muckraking and rabble-rousing

Freethought Radio, from the secular point of view, broadcasts weekly. The show offers programming for nonreligious listeners, as well as countering the religious-right domination of our public airwaves. Saturdays, 11 am - noon Central, on Progressive Talk   

Podcasts are usually available Mondays by midmorning (except on national holidays, when they go up on Tuesday).
Or listen to Freethought Radio on iTunes.

On this date in 1854, writer Oscar Wilde was born in Ireland. He studied at Trinity College on a scholarship. In 1874, Wilde was awarded a scholarship to Oxford. His first book of poems was published in 1881, and he spent a year lecturing on aesthetics in the United States. Wilde married in 1884 and fathered two sons, working for a magazine and writing children's stories. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was published in 1890. This was followed by his successful plays: Lady Windermere's Fan, opening in 1892, A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), and Salome, first produced in 1894. In 1895, Wilde sued the father of his male lover for libel after Wilde was accused of homosexuality. Wilde dropped the ill-advised lawsuit, but was then charged criminally and convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years' hard labor. His health was broken by the ordeal. He wrote "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" about it in 1898. Penniless, he moved to the continent, where he died of meningitis. On his deathbed, the lifelong skeptic, who had written "it is better for the artist not to live with popes" ("The Soul of Man Under Socialism") converted to Roman Catholicism, a gesture perhaps imputed to his brain condition. Master of the epigram, Wilde is known for such one-liners as, "To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance." "I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability." "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." "He hasn't a single redeeming vice." "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." Of religion, Wilde wrote: "A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." "Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived."--The Critic as Artist, 1891. "There is no sin except stupidity."--The Critic as Artist. Wilde was reputed to have said on his deathbed: "Either that wallpaper goes or I do." D. 1900.

“Science is the record of dead religions.”

— Oscar Wilde, Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, 1894

Sunday Oct 17th will be the monthly car show at Sugar loaf lodge. Please come and enjoy the neat cool rides,food and the band Reach will be playing from 1-3. all money raised is for our dear friend DON BYRD. Don has been hospitalized since our June show .
Hunters: Scavengers always get the left overs, hunters get the kill, find another prey
Has anyone been reading Craig's List Rant & Rave page lately?  They are hitting the illegal workers in Key West hard.  Check it out.
Fantasy Fest should be great this year because people have been depressed all year and need at good party time. Hope the fatties don't come down though, they take up too much space on Duval St.

Liquor Store and Lounge
Cool A/C

Open All the time 7 am ~ 4 am
Rockin'  You  Right
At The Light For 27 years

The Nut
itchen Open till 2 am Great late nite food
inest Brunswick Pool Tables in the Lower Keys
Free Internet, Darts, Video Games

305-872-3795 Big Pine Key

Bring Me A Beer Slide Show
"Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else"
Very Moving Story/Pix.........Front Page- - ARIZONA REPUBLIC- - 15oct10..........My Grandmother and Great Uncle Howard were both Blind from birth,  so something like this has a Very Deep Meaning to Myself and Mom.......Sadly, My Daughter and her family never got to meet them........Still Amazed what Blind people can do,  even more today
An idea for the new Big Pine Key dog park:
Equally important are the truly biodegradable plastic bags which can be used to poop scoop (pick up after your dog as you all really should be doing!).  These bags are another way to help rid the environment of plastic.
Husband of the year awards
Regarding the Fall Festival . Kids. Games. Lots of Candy = ONE GREAT TIME ..10th year. I not sure how mind control got into the mix. Stop by and check it out.

When I see, read about, or hear Sloan, all I think is somewhere there is a padded room missing its occupant.

After translating several jokes to English from or to other languages, I realized why some countries hate other countries. Translations are not very accurate to say the least, and the point or punch lines are totally different!

What happens at the U.N.?

The most human translator I have found:|en|
Lots of tools too.
Good afternoon all,

The air station collected 1,300 lbs. of food for Fed by the Feds and donated it to the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition and the Metropolitan Community Church today. Please publish!

Very respectfully,
Trice Denny
Public Affairs Specialist
Southernmost Flyer Editor
NAS Key West
(305) 293-2027

101015-N-4779D-023 NAS KEY WEST, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2010) Chief Petty Officer Jason Garcia and Petty Officer 2nd Class Claude Ireland load a box of food onto a truck for delivery to Florida Keys Outreach Coalition and the Metropolitan Community Church as part of the Fed by the Feds food drive campaign at Naval Air Station Key West. The air station donated more than 1,300 lbs. of food during the week-long drive. U.S.

Navy photo by Trice Denny

101015-N-4779D-027 NAS KEY WEST, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2010) Sailors from Naval Air Station Key West's Operations Department load a box of food onto a truck for delivery to Florida Keys Outreach Coalition and the Metropolitan Community Church as part of the Fed by the Feds food drive campaign at Naval Air Station Key West. The air station donated more than 1,300 lbs. of food during the week-long drive. U.S. Navy photo by Trice Denny

[More bar wisdom]A fool and his money are soon dating women way too good looking for him.,> ride them dates cowboy, get them all, whooo hooo, mr. savvy

If you’re visiting downtown Big Pine Key, atheist and agnostics will be whizzing past you  bearing the smiling faces of friendly area nonbelievers with their freethoughts!

The national Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is unveiling its new “Out of the Closet” campaign in its hometown this month. The campaign will go around the nation, one region at a time, utilizing local freethinkers, their names, faces and personal statements.

“It worked for the gay rights movement. It’s time for atheists and agnostics to come out of our closet,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, who co-direct FFRF.

“Our theme is: Many faces make enlightenment work. Too many Americans have never knowingly met an atheist or unbeliever. That contributes to our marginalization and is one of the reasons we’re at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to social acceptance,” says Barker.

“The stigmatizing of freethinkers also contributes to the growing climate of hostility to the separation between religion and government,” Gaylor added.

Billboards to consider. From real people! Thanks!
Webmaster why not have a subject line ... I like the CT but the format is confusing and the page doesn't take you to today’s post
You must be a new CT reader.  We've been down the "why don't you" road before. Guess what - CT is the way it is because we (all us regular readers) like it this way.  So instead, 1 - use your scroll wheel,  2- no, it's not confusing to all the regular readers, and 3 - make a desktop shortcut from the actual page.
Shirt says it all.........
Us 1 news is like a fairy tail you know chicken little the sky is falling the sky is falling staring bill becker as chicken little
Key West mourns loss of popular drag queen | Key West mourns the loss of a Drag Queen. Timothy Swain a.k.a. "RV Beaumont". She was one of the 801 Girls. Rest in Peace "Hooker".
Today is the one year anniversary of the Balloon Boy story. The Heeneys have since moved to Florida.
Cell Phones and cell service--  just got another ad from CREDO mobilephones

Anyone use this service able to comment on coverage?

Road trip
[AA Basher]

The Big Lie is a technique that Adolf Hitler used with great success. The idea is that you just keep repeating the same lie over and over, in spite of all arguments or evidence to the contrary, until people believe it. Massive repetition is essential. "Tell a lie enough times and it will become the truth."— Heinrich Himmler. The great masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one"- Adolph Hitler.  "A big lie is more plausible than truth."— Ernest Hemingway.

Some of the big lies used by Alcoholics Anonymous:

Alcoholics Anonymous is the best — the only — way to recover from alcoholism. No, it is not the best and only way.

Nobody can do it alone. Yes they can and many do.

Everybody knows that The Twelve Step programs work, and keep millions of people sober. Everybody doesn’t know this and there are no verifiable stats to back this up.

Alcoholics Anonymous is an enormously successful program. Only if you count 3% as being enormously successful.

"Rarely have we seen a person fail, who has thoroughly followed our path..." (The Big Book, 3rd & 4th Editions, William Wilson, page 58.)  Grossly false.

Everybody knows that A.A. is spiritual, not religious. God, God, God, God, God, God, God, God…

If you are having a problem with drinking too much alcohol, then you have a disease which only a spiritual experience will conquer. (The Big Book, 3rd & 4th Editions, William Wilson, page 44.)   Alcoholism is not a physical disease.  Have you ever seen a disease like hepatitis conquered by spirituality?

Alcoholism is an incurable, progressive disease, often caused by an inherited gene, and a disease is respectable, not a moral stigma. (The Big Book, 3rd Edition, Marty Mann, Page 227.)  Sure, just blame it on a family member’s gene that way you don’t have to be responsible for your drunken behavior.

Nobody can quit drinking until they hit bottom and are ready to surrender to the A.A. program.  Totally false.

So Keep Coming Back! It Works if you work it... You die if you don't.  Out right lie.

That's the Big Lie technique of AA— just keep saying it, over and over and over again, as often as you can and in as many places as you can, no matter what, meanwhile discouraging questions and critical thinking until the new-comers in AA believe it. Rigorous honesty is a big part of the AA program but hardly a meeting goes by without hearing the never ending outright lies. AA does not want members to be rigorously honest. AA wants members to tow the Party Line and believe that they're being honest. If you don’t talk the talk of the hard line party members of AA you won’t fit within the cult. You will be verbally abused by the old-timers in the group until you confirm to the dogma and mantra or you can simply walk out and never return. There is other help available outside of the meeting rooms of Ass-Aholics Anonymous.

Rudell has had 12 years to get it right on the mosquito control board. time  for new blood. we are getting it in dist 5 lets make it a cleans sweep DO NOT vote for Rudell.


FTR: "You must respect my authori...tiiii." Do you think this guy is Eric Cartman's Dad?
This is a classic Sarah Palin is going to have her own reality show.Yes folks the woman that is a Republican/Tea party hero has become the Neo- Conservative equivalent of "Snookie" from the Jersey Shore TV series.In todays episode sarah stares down the Russians from her home window".As if the American Tea party couldnt get any crazier they now have their ring leader joining the ranks of "The situation. Snookie and New Jersey housewives".And you folks take her as serious.She is serious alright. Straight to the bank.Too funny.Keep raking in the cash Sarah you got them right where you want them.Sarah rocks.
All hail FTR. If FTR says it, it must be true. Pray to your God for FTR. He does, everyday. He prays that his propaganda machine won't fall off it's tracks.
First lady Michelle Obama appears to have violated Illinois law -- when she engaged in political discussion at a polling place!
The drama began after Mrs. Obama stopped off at the Martin Luther King Center on the south side of Chicago to cast an early vote.
After finishing at the machine, Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting key.
She let voters including electrician Dennis Campbell, 56, take some photos. "She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband's agenda going," Campbell said.
According to a pool reporter from the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES at the scene, the conversation took place INSIDE the voting center, not far from the booths.

Illinois state law -- Sec. 17-29 (a) -- states: "No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place [or] within 100 feet of any polling place."

Other than running the military, (and I’m not too sure about that), can we compile a list of what the federal does efficiently and well?

Washington has not witnessed so much top level White House intrigue since October 20, 1973, when a Saturday night saw President Nixon fire the Watergate independent counsel, the U.S. attorney general, and the deputy attorney general in the “Saturday Night Massacre.” Just ten days earlier, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with accepting bribes while governor of Maryland.

In the case of President Obama, the senior firings are not happening during a single nght but the recent involuntary sudden departures of the White House chief of staff and national security adviser, along with what WMR can confirm from multiple sources is a president who is suffering from Nixonian levels of paranoia, depression, and schizophrenia, has some top-level administration officials considering the first-ever invocation of Section 4 of the 25th Amendment — the involuntary removal of the president from office. The White House meltdown has the Washington political circuit buzzing under the surface.

Unlike Watergate and the Iran-contra scandal, however, the corporate media is refusing to report on the breakdown of the Obama administration and the internecine political warfare within the Executive Office of the President.

[From the Right] Two valid questions raised by a critic. Is Mr. Obama doing a good job? If so, why doesn’t FTR comment on it? My Deer Friends, in my humble opinion Mr. Obama is doing a rotten, horrific, terrible job. But then even a broken clock is right twice a day. Yesterday’s critic voiced praise for Mr. Obama because some instutions rescued by TARP funds were repaying. That claim suggests that the critic credits Mr. Obama with the TARP program. Deer Friends, TARP was not an Obama initiative. TARP was the work of George Bush who promoted and signed the bill on 10/3/08. As of 10/15/10. It is estimated by the Treasury Department that at least $100 Billion is still outstanding. Over 600 banks have not repaid. The GM payback was made with funds taken from another TARP fund. Etc., etc., etc. I wonder how my critic feels about the huge bonuses paid to bankers with TARP funds. The critical poster suggested that Mr. Obama was responsible for troops coming home. The fact is that the troops are leaving Iraq because of a negotiated agreement made with the Iraqis by Mr. Bush. The agreement called SOFA was signed by Mr. Bush on 12/14/08. Mr. Obama has nearly nothing to do with the fact of the troop withdrawal from Iraq. I remind all readers that Mr. Obama has copied Mr. Bush's "surge" strategy by deploying it in Afghanistan. The peace talks between Hamid Karzai and the the Taliban are a nascent disaster. Both Karzai and the Taliban despise the US. Karzai is wealthy from money he’s taken from the Taliban’s drug trade. An agreement between them will lead only to increased power and legitimacy of Muslim fundamentalists and will be a major milestone on their path to ownership of nukes. God save us from that. The poster also said that Wall Street is gaining ground. He is right. After nearly two years of Obama, the Dow is at about 11K, down from its historic high of 14K. But, while investors may be smiling, the admin has failed miserably to impact the problem of devastating unemployment, record numbers of food stamp recipients, record home foreclosures, and a ruined real estate market. The admin now suggests that they will artificially impose inflation as a “remedy”.  Isn’t all of that just freaking beautiful? Team Obama is doing a fine job of deporting some illegal aliens. On the other hand, he refuses to seal the Mexican border, indeed he has gone to war with Arizona, a state that is attempting to protect itself from being overrun with illegals. He even admits that we still have millions of illegal aliens hiding in plain sight. Obama, disdaining the effects on America, courts these  illegals to become to become Obama voters. That's reprehensible.  Ooops, I almost forgot Obamacare! About  60% of Americans believe it should be repealed. As a result of the spectre of Obamacare, the cost of healthcare insurance has gone ballistic, in many cases nearly doubling. In May, the CBO reported that Obamacare's initial price tag estimate was about $115 Billion low. Now it is proven that many of the admins selling points were false. The law is under strident attack and it is likely that it will be declared unconstitutional. I respectfully suggest to the critic that he/she try to avoid further embarrassing him/herself with mistakes by doing even the most cursory fact checking before posting. I would also respectfully suggest that he/she make the personal effort to brag to us of the wonders of the Obama admin instead of demanding that Mr. Obama’s many critics do the job for him/her. On the other hand, isn’t that the way of those who follow the credo of progressivism/liberality; they simply demand that somebody else do their job for them!


What follows was first posted on March 23rd, 2009: How quickly they forget. There’s nothing funny about what happened when the Republicans lost control of the Congress two years ago. On the day the Democrats took control of Congress the nation’s economy was in great shape.  The stock market was at 12,473, and heading for 14K+ in just a few months In October 2006, the inflation rate was 1.31%. In 2006 the unemployment rate was at historic lows, less than 5%. More than 95% of Americans were working. Foreclosures were rare. Gas was below $2. per gal in 28 states. The real estate market was flourishing. It is absolutely astounding how much the Democrats have screwed up a great economy and in how short a time. For the good our great country, we Republicans and Conservatives will continue to devote ourselves to stripping the socialists of the Democrat party from their positions of power. That’s a change we can all believe in.

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[Developers Try to Steal Park] I would strongly advise any citizens interested in a true park for the people at Truman Waterfront, be at the Truman Waterfront Advisory Board meeting today, Friday, Oct 15 12-1 at Old City Hall on Green Street.

The process is beginning to rubber stamp the Meisel-Spottswood plan for our “Citizens Park”. Read from actual documents to be presented at the meeting today.

“Regardless of the hurdles that must be overcome in order for the financing scheme as proposed by MSM to be implemented, City Staff feels that the MSM conceptual plan attached represents a viable plan for the property that adheres to the vision of the community throughout the years. Staff feels that through a combination of MSM, TDC, City, and grant funding, that plan can come to fruition.

By approving the conceptual plan, the LRA is not obligating any financial burden on the City at this time, but it is understood that in order to achieve and realize the plan, financial decisions and obligations will have to be made in the near future.

City staff recommends option #1, LRA Approval of the Action Statement in its entirety.”

We should all be asking who these “city staff” are and what is their agenda? Don’t be steamrolled - be there today and make your voices heard!

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[More bar wisdom] A fool and his money are soon dating women way too good looking for him.

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[Bug Board Election] Dan Dombroski said the biggest difference between him and Rudell is that he would bring the board together. He criticized Rudell for playing a part in the divisive infighting that he said has led Fussell to play board members off each other and gain control of the district’s policies. “Fussell is running roughshod. All they (board members) do is fight. They all have their own agendas,” Dombroski said. “Ed Fussell enjoys that and gets to do what he wants. ... They can’t rein him in.” He said the board needs to create stronger p e r s o n n e l policies that would make employees accountable for their actions. “The policies now are whatever they can negotiate,” Dombroski said.

Dombroski, 55, has been executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Florida Keys since 1993. He also works with many other Keys nonprofits and said he is used to dealing with boards and building consensus on issues.

Webmaster why not have a subject line so you don't have to see all the print in a comment that doesn't interest me.  Maybe you can put a comment to a subject under the post like all the other boards have. I like the CT but the format is confusing and the page doesn't take you to today’s post.

(Ed: Thanks for your comment. We are not like any other website. The Coconut Telegraph is today’s post. All the posts are current and end in the space provided. You just read the posts, there are no threads or further discussion, this isn’t a chat room and we don’t encourage dialogue as all other websites do. I don’t know how the format can be any simpler. What you read on each day’s CT is complete. If you want to comment on anything just send us an email and make a complete sentence containing your thought and we’ll be glad to publish it.

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[Taking Property] I see on this month's agenda that the Board of County Commissioners is having another closed session on Collins and Galleon Bay. These are only two cases now past due and many more cases are in the pipeline. These two taking lawsuits alone will costs the county millions.  It's time for a reality check as I see only two possible outcomes.  First, the county and state (DCA) will say they have no money to pay and give these owners their permits plus interests and attorney fees for the many years they have been in litigation or the county and DCA must cough up the millions to buy these properties and take them off the tax roles which means we will be paying more for all of these taking cases as the tax role shrinks. 

Neither option is a winner as it is you, my friend, taxpayers of the county and state, that are the losers left paying the piper and holding empty wallets.  Of course, the commissioners will try to blame someone else - say the USFWL for the Endangered Species Act (does this sound like another FEMA pass-the-buck scheme) as the commissioners have never been held accountable for their actions.  They blindly followed the rabid local eco-terrorists who wrote the law and told commissioners how to vote and the commissioner went along with the scheme because they were also told that they could get your property cheaply by devaluing it by prohibiting growth.  Environmentalists were wrong on both points, but that does not absolve the elected officials who should have protected the public's interest and not a minority special interest.   

[The Jersey women are coming!] If you really want the whole story on people from New Jersey, check out the latest episode from South Park. I really liked their solution to the Jersey "problem."

No Name Key is a residential community, not a theme park. Trespassing on private property is no more acceptable here than in your own neighborhood. Please stay on the public paths and do not fish, picnic, park your car so you can get out to feed the deer on private lawns.

[Toxic Middle Torch Key] This week the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced their approval of $70,000 in funding for the removal of the surface solid waste debris from the Middle Torch Brownfield property. The land was received as a donation by Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys, Inc. Habitat is seeking a Brownfields Program designation of the site for reclamation and restoration with the help of the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Once the cleanup is completed, Habitat for Humanity hopes to convey the land to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to expand the protected lands of the National Wildlife Refuge.

Progress toward the cleanup has been possible through the continued efforts and support of community volunteers, environmental organizations, and public agencies. Habitat board member Gary Walwer emphasized the collaborative efforts; “From the early efforts of former Habitat board member John Larkin to gain the Brownfield designation to the guiding Brownfield Advisory Committee this has been a community effort.” The funding and Brownfields applications were developed by Florida Brownfields Association volunteers Janet Peterson and Joseph Ullo Esq., Habitat’s land use and environmental attorney Ralf Brookes, and Habitat board member Gary Walwer and the Brownfields Advisory Committee. For additional information contact Bob Calhoun of Habitat for Humanity at 305-294-9006.

This it the link for you to bitch and moan to companies you deal with. Give them your 3 cents (inflation) worth and maybe, just maybe we can get the crap we're made to pay for, changed to what we want. Try it, it does do something.

How do the telemarketers get the numbers? Yesterday Comcast attached a phone to my computer. Last night and all day today I got 12 calls in the last  27 hours.  Who do I yell at, Comcast? Did they sell my phone number?

Yes, this morning I registered with DNC registry. But until it kicks in, the damage is done.

[Truly Crooked Lawyer] Florida Judge asks disbarred lawyer Jessica Miller why she hasn't repaid Pasco clients.

[Male or female inanimate objects]

Freezer bags: they are male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.

Photocopiers: these are female, because once turned off; it takes a while to warm them up again. they are an effective Reproductive device: if the right buttons are pushed, but can also wreak havoc if you push the wrong buttons.

Tires: tires are male, because they go bald easily and are often over inflated

Hot air balloons: also a male object, because to get them to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under their butt.

Sponges: these are female, because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.

Web pages: female, because they're constantly being looked at and frequently getting hit on.

Trains: definitely male, because they always use the same old lines for picking up people.

Egg timers: egg timers are female because, over time, all the weight shifts to the bottom.

Hammers: male, because in the last 5000 years, they've hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around.

Remote control: female. ha! You probably thought it would be male, but consider this: it easily gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying.

[Mind Conditioning] Regarding the Fall Festival at the Vineyard being a "safe" place. My impulse is to run like hell. The same goes for any religion messing with children's minds. Mind conditioning is pure, unadulterated child abuse.

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[Jesus Knows You're Here] A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, 'Jesus knows you're here.'

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more, after a bit, he shook his head and continued. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, 'Jesus is watching you.'

Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

'Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot.

 'Yep', the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you that he is watching you.'

 The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?'

 'Moses,' replied the bird.

 'Moses?' the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird  Moses?'

 The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'

[Cell phone bills] While their at it the FCC should also require cell phone service providers to disclose to new customers all of the taxes, fee's and the like that are added to your monthly bill. Have you looked at your bill lately?

[Flying Car] Start saving to buy this little flying wonder.  Terrafugia has completed flight testing of the Transition POC (Proof of Concept).  Simply land at the airport, fold your wings up and drive home. Fly a distance of 725 kilometers at speeds of 115 km/hour; requires a special license to drive and fly. The time required for the transition from plane to car takes less than 30 seconds.  Vehicle speed 185 km/hour, range is 724 km on highways. Vehicle is fueled with gasoline, and the price of the car is expected to be around $200,000.  The first shipment will be in 2011

[Sloan] Today's yowling on just about any and everything of and not of this world is a series of email exchanges with an amiga who lived in Key West until recently. The yowling began when she replied to yesterday's "Hearing Voices Ain't All It's Cracked Up to Be" post. Although it's been a while, there was a time in my life when I had quite a few friends, and five wives, and a Key West girlfriend, with whom I shared this kind of dialogue ongoing. Each of us, in our own way, were having experiences you don't read about in the local daily newspapers or see on the evening TV news or hear told in churches. We accepted each other's stories as factual, and wondered what it all meant and where it all was headed? Here are sample yowlings from today's post:
Alas, it doesn’t matter what I really want. I do what I’m told to do, whether I want to do it or not. I don’t like politics (understatement), and, for a variety of reasons, it’s a big stretch for me to imagine serving as a county commissioner. But that’s what I will do, if I’m elected. If I’m not elected, I will continue to do this work that I do, but in what context, I don’t know. It would be shown to me. I told a Birmingham amiga the other day that I can’t imagine being held in the Keys, if I don’t win this election. What would I do if I don’t win? I suppose the angels see what I could do here, but I don’t. While I can imagine a number of scenarios they could arrange for me in Birmingham, where I still have a “reputation” and stuff probably left dangling that needs further attention and even expanding. Musing over such stuff probably is safe for me, so long as I don’t get fixated on thinking I know what’s actually going to happen. As my 5th wife, a Birmingham woman, had printed on a magnet attached to her refrigerator, “We plan, God laughs!”

I Googled George Anderson, lots there to read. I read this link: George Anderson – psychic about the afterlife. What he says there about the afterlife is pretty much how it has been explained to me, but he provides more detail. The critical part is the life-review all souls who pass over have to undergo, only the time for when it happens is left open to the soul’s readiness. Until the life review happens, the soul is stalled. Based on what I have been told, which Anderson seems to agree with, Christianity does not understand the afterlife very well. Souls are not measured by what religion they belonged to, or didn’t belong to, but by how they lived when they were on this world. The Gospels are filled with this “heresy,” most of it out of Jesus’ own mouth and in the way he lived. He told people to live as he lived and said to live. That would be their salvation and the degree to which they believed in him. He said in his Father’s house were many mansions, and he would go there to prepare a place for the people to whom he said that. He told his disciples he had flocks about which they did not know, and he never told them, not in the Gospels anyway, who/where those flocks were.
I wrote this morning of being told in my sleep, in late 2000, to go from Maui to Big Pine Key, and how it was arranged for me, who had no money, to make that trip. As I neared Tallahassee on a Greyhound bus, I fell asleep and Judge Allgood,for whom I had clerked fresh out of law school, came to me in a dream and said, “I'mthinking about getting into politics.” I replied, “I don’t think that’s a very good idea, Judge, but knowing you, you are going to do it.” I woke up, stunned; I hated politics. While on the Federal Bench, Judge Allgood ran the Democratic Party in Alabama from his Chambers. No Democrat in Alabama ran for state or federal office, or sought a federal appointment, without first checking in with Judge Allgood. I knew in my bones, after having that dream in Tallahassee, the state capitol, that I was going to get into politics.

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At peace.


[Freedom of Religion] The anti-Catholicism of America's Calvinist past found new voice in the 19th century. The belief widely held and preached by some of the most prominent ministers in America was that Catholics would, if permitted, turn America over to the pope. Anti-Catholic venom was part of the typical American school day, along with Bible readings. In Massachusetts, a convent-coincidentally near the site of the Bunker Hill Monument-was burned to the ground in 1834 by an anti-Catholic mob incited by reports that young women were being abused in the convent school. In Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, anti-Catholic sentiment, combined with the country's anti-immigrant mood, fu­eled the Bible Riots of 1844, in which houses were torched, two Catholic churches were destroyed and at least 20 people were killed.

[Obama] I have read both of Obama’s books, Dreams from My Father, and Audacity of Hope. I have read Audacity to Win written by his campaign manager David Plouffe, and Game Change written by Heilemann and Halperin who have been close to Obama and his advisors.

I have followed Obama very closely for over 3 years.  He truly is a phenomenon.  He has the ability to mesmerize with his speech while connecting with a crowd. 

Unfortunately for America we have elected a complete neophyte to lead our country.  He is also a complete narcissist, convinced that he knows what Americans need more than they do.  These two traits, narcissism and lack of experience have been catastrophic for America.  God help us if he gets a majority in Congress again.  Please do everything you can to stop this onslaught to our America.  The America you love is the America Obama hates.  Read his books, listen to him, listen to those close to him, follow his actions, listen to the bitter woman he is married to.  We must stop him now by taking away his Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid led Congress.  Vote Republican for the sake of America.

[Illegal Aliens] Let me see if I got this right
if you cross the north Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labor
if you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.
if you cross the afghan border illegally, you get shot.
if you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.
if you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.
if you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
if you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

But if you cross the US border illegally you get:
1 - a job
2 - a drivers license,
3 - social security card
4 - welfare
5 - food stamps
6 - credit cards
7 - subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
8 - free education
9 - free health care
10 - a lobbyist in Washington
11 - billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language
12 - and the right to carry your country's flag while you protest that you don't get enough respect

Before they sealed up that Chilean mine hole, they should have put Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Dr. Laura & Rush Limbaugh in it.

On this date in 1844, Friedrich Nietzsche was born in a town near Leipzig, Germany.
“After coming into contact with a religious man, I always feel I must wash my hands.”  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Why I Am a Destiny, 1888

“Great intellects are skeptical.”  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, 1888

“There is not sufficient love and goodness in the world to permit us to give some of it away to imaginary beings.”  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All-Too-Human, 1878

“Christianity as antiquity -- When we hear the ancient bells growling on a Sunday morning we ask ourselves: Is it really possible! This, for a Jew, crucified two thousand years ago, who said he was God's son? The proof of such a claim is lacking. Certainly the Christian religion is an antiquity projected into our times from remote prehistory; and the fact that the claim is believed -- whereas one is otherwise so strict in examining pretensions -- is perhaps the most ancient piece of this heritage. A god who begets children with a mortal woman; a sage who bids men work no more, have no more courts, but look for the signs of the impending end of the world; a justice that accepts the innocent as a vicarious sacrifice; someone who orders his disciples to drink his blood; prayers for miraculous interventions; sins perpetrated against a god, atoned for by a god; fear of a beyond to which death is the portal; the form of the cross as a symbol in a time that no longer knows the function and ignominy of the cross -- how ghoulishly all this touches us, as if from the tomb of a primeval past! Can one believe that such things are still believed?”  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All-Too-Human, 187

I agree with the poster wondering about the question "Does FTR read his own postings".

About 6 months ago I figured out he does. The only thing he doesn’t read is the good news that gets reported every day. It’s his kryptonite. Troops come home from war, record numbers of illegal aliens are getting deported, there’s peace talks between the Taliban and Iraqis government, soon there will be healthcare for all, Wall Street is gaining ground and corporations are paying back the TARP money. All he saw was "Did you know the president bought a swing set using taxpayers money?”

[Who Says Sarah’s a Bimbo]

"Hi. This is Sarah Palin.  Is Senator Lieberman in?"

"No, governor.  This is Yom Kippur."

"Well, can I leave a message, Mr. Kippur?"

[Faith] There are those who scoff at the school boy, calling him frivolous and shallow. Yet it was the school boy who said, 'Faith is believing what you know ain't so.'   ~Mark Twain-Following the Equator, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar

[Public School’s Prayer] The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote the superintendent of Hamilton County Schools [Chattanooga, Tenn.] over two serious, recurring state/church violations: Christian-based prayers played over the school's loudspeaker system at high school football games and scheduling Christian prayer at annual graduation ceremonies.

"The Supreme Court has continually struck down formal teacher or school-led prayer in public schools," noted Rebecca Markert, staff attorney at the Foundation, which has over 15,500 members nationwide. The courts "have struck down prayer in public schools because it constitutes a government-endorsement of religion, which violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment."

Even when pre-game invocations are student-initiated, the Supreme Court has "reasoned that because the football game was still a school-sponsored event, the fact that a student was leading the prayer did not cure the constitutional violation," because, Markert pointed out, a reasonable observer would "perceive it as state endorsement of religion."

Public schools must remain "secular to protect the freedom of conscience of all students," said Markert.

[Wasted Film] You’ve got to wonder what exactly is the point of taking this photo. Are they trying to show five black bags?

[From the Right] The other day I asked our liberal/progressive readers tell us how the government can create a job. Then I defined the word “job.” I carefully delineated that the “job” must be private sector job. It must create wealth. Instead of rising to the opportunity, a couple of folks decided to denigrate my definition of a “job”. I specifically made the distinction between government and private sector jobs. I did that because government jobs burn tax dollars. The tax dollars that government workers pay are dollars that were put in their pocket from dollars taken from your pocket. It is the private sector that creates the jobs that create prosperity. The private sector pays the taxes that pay the government employees.  We all know that one of the functions of government is the protection of the individual and of society as a whole. Another vital American governmental responsibility is to provide a business atmosphere which will permit business to flourish. The Obama admin is a gross failure in this arena. They seemed determined to kill our capitalist profit engine. We must remember that while government is essential, it must always remain but a tiny fraction of our society. A free society must not permit their government to nationalize industries as this admin has done. The largest source of government funds is taxes. Those taxes are seized from profits and from the wages of workers. The government makes no profit and does not take taxes from itself. It is the tax dollars seized from scores, if not hundreds, of private sector workers that pay the wages of each government employee. That is a fact. While it is true that we must have government, we must realize that government neither reaps nor sows. Government is the handmaiden of the governed. It is true that the Obama stimulus gusher did permit the employment of some new public employees, and the retention of existing public employees. Those jobs will either end when the stimulus money expires, or the local government will have to levy more taxes to pay for the new or retained workers in perpetuity. That means more taxes for you and I.  The infrastructure projects did not create jobs that will continue after the end of the funded project.  They are dead end temporary jobs. In March of 2010 USA Today reported that it cost about $500,000.00 for each highway construction job temporarily created by Obama stimulus spending. I wonder if those highway jobs were shovel ready? The New Haven Conn Register reported that the state had received $64.3 Million of stimulus bucks dedicated to weather proofing 7,500 chilly Conn homes. My Deer Friends, that means that they spent about $8600 per home.  Los Angeles managed to spend $2 Million per job to create 55 jobs. Once again folks, I urge, beg, request any of our liberal/progressive readers to explain to us how government can create private sector jobs. Permit me to repeat: a job in this scenario, means permanent full time employment in a private sector tax paying business that is not subsidized by tax dollars. All of this is important to consider because Mr. Obama is proposing to up the ante and try to get yet more money to squander on “stimulus”.                    

 (Part II) New applications for unemployment insurance rose again last week. Now it’s at 462K. The private sector added only about 64K jobs. That’s only about 1/3 the number that is needed to make a dent in the 9.6% unemployment rate. Home foreclosures reached 102,134 newly foreclosed homes. That is a new record. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of her family and staff took 85 tax-paid trips on military aircraft between March 2, 2009, and June 7, 2010. Pelosi is a superstar of the Party of the People. But Nancy Pelosi and members of her family and staff took 85 tax-paid trips on military aircraft between March 2, 2009, and June 7, 2010, according to new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch. It cost us $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period. Purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008 included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine. Do you suppose that her guests had to pay for extra bags? Party of which people?

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[The Movies] How come every time a knife appears there is a zingggggg! sound? How come every time a cat appears there is a meow sound? Don’t they think we can recognize a live cat?

[Cell Phone Bills] Federal regulators want to stop cell phone "bill shock" by requiring wireless companies to alert subscribers before they run out of minutes, hit data usage or text messaging caps or start racking up international roaming charges.

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday to seek public comment on such rules, which are on the table after a flood of consumer complaints about unexpected and costly overage fees.

The proposed regulations would require wireless companies to send voice or text alerts to customers as they approach monthly usage limits on their plans and when they reach those limits. The rules would also mandate that carriers notify customers who travel overseas if they will be charged extra to use their phones outside the U.S. or roam on a foreign carrier's network.

In addition, the FCC wants wireless carriers to clearly inform customers of any tools they offer to let subscribers set usage limits or review usage balances. And the agency is considering requiring all carriers to give subscribers the option to cap their usage.

Tthere is often a disconnect between what consumers think they are signing up for and what shows up on their bills. A recent FCC survey found that one in six cell phone users had experienced a sudden increase in a monthly bill even though they had not changed their service plan.

Verizon Wireless, for instance, offers customers access to online "usage meters" for voice, data and messaging and sends free text messages to subscribers who are approaching their allowances.

Last year the FCC opened an inquiry into so-called "truth-in-billing" rules, which require phone companies to clearly describe charges on customer bills. As part of that inquiry, the agency has looked into whether the largest wireless companies give customers adequate notice about fees for breaking a service contract early.

The FCC is also investigating complaints that Verizon Wireless charged customers without data plans $1.99 when they inadvertently pressed the Web access button on their phones. Verizon Wireless recently said it will issue credits or refunds ranging from $2 to $6 to 15 million customers who were improperly billed. Jeffrey Nelson, a company spokesman, insisted the matter is unrelated to the issue at the heart of the FCC's proposed bill shock rules.

[Don’t ask, don’t tell]  The goal is professionalism.  No one of any inclination should openly flaunt their sexuality on the job.  After hours is a different matter, but in many situations in the military there is no 'after hours', so keep a lid on it.  You have to be asexual when on duty, and 'on duty' can be really long, especially in some parts of the world.

[Glowing lights on everything electrical]  Home Depot and even Walmart sells black duck tape now.  It works wonders on those and blends into most electrical unit color schemes.

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I like the little quotes and words of wisdom I see posted on here. I benefit more by thinking about them than I do from some of the long-winded posts.

This map should remove all guessing about the path of Hurricane Paula.
Just follow the lines.

[Sloan] Maybe I should start by saying I don’t hear voices when I’m awake, walking around, sitting, reading, watching TV, talking to other people. If I did, I’d check myself right into the state mental farm.
When I hear stuff, it is in my sleep. 99.99 percent is dialogue in dreams, spoken by other people in the dreams, spoken by me in the dreams. .01 percent of the time, I hear stuff spoken straight to me in my sleep, in English.
Such as, when I was just waking early one December 2000 morning on Maui, I heard, I was still asleep, Go to Big Pine Key. On waking, I said, I like Big Pine Key but have no money, I need help getting there. Three days later, I was on an airplane to Los Angels, and from there on a bus to the Keys. I did nothing to pay for the trip but accept what was provided by other people. For the second time now, I am running for the county commission seat headquartered on Big Pine Key.


Such as, after my father passed in late August 2005, I was in Birmingham, Alabama dealing with that, yet chomping at the bit to come back to the Keys. In my sleep, a voice said, Let’s wait a little while longer. About a week later, Hurricane Wilma waltzed right through where I would have been, if I had been in the Keys. A week or so later, I was told to head back to the Keys.


Such as, I had known since 2000 that I would be told if I had to leave the Keys ahead of a hurricane. I was not told to leave ahead of Hurricane Michelle in early November 2001, and she shifted to the east and just brushed by. I have not been told to leave because of Hurricane Paula, and I will not leave.
Such as, three nights before 9/11, I was asked in my sleep, Will you make a prayer for a divine intervention for all of humanity? On waking right away, I asked for a prayer for a divine intervention for all of humanity.
Such as, one year to the day later, I was asked in my sleep, Will you make a prayer for a divine intervention for all of humanity? but this time, instead of waking, in my sleep, as if in a dream, asked for a divine intervention for all of humanity, and I added to the prayer, “And let it begin in me!” Yoweee!
My recollection is that one time I heard when I was awake a voice tell me something. It was in early January 1987. I woke up in the wee hours, heard, This will push you to your limits but you asked for it and we are going to give it to you. I remembered a recent prayer I had made for help, in which I had offered my life to human service. My body was jolted by what felt like lightning. Then again. Then again. I had been knocked down once on a golf course by a near-lightening strike, and it felt about like that.
Often while I’m awake, out of the blue something will flash into my awareness, an ah ha, an understanding, a knowing, which was not there before the flash. I assign that to angels, also, and not to hearing voices, as I hear nothing in these situations. Call it an intuitive flash, if you wish. Or a message from my subconscious. I don’t call it that, because I am convinced it comes from beyond me.
It puzzles me that so many people take offense, or snicker, or discount me for relying on that which they themselves apparently have had no experience; yet they presume to be experts in the field. It puzzles me that so many people are not glad that someone has come along who admits his inability to walk in a straight line, so to speak, without being told by angles which direction to walk. It puzzles me why so many people are disturbed by a person who is clobbered by angels, if he does anything selfish, injurious, immoral. Angels don’t see or think like humans see and think. Angels see and hear from the perspective of the soul and spirit.

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[Religion] Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me, “My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.”

This stranger is a theologian.

[Texting Drivers] CNBC had a spot where they showed that drivers texting took twice as long to stop as a drunk driver.

[Corrupt] I always thought that saying politics is corrupt was just people that are mad about something they are not getting, but seeing these advertisements are showing me that the folks running for office really are crooks, really, I mean it. Where the hell have I been, thinking that good and honest people are running to actually help people?

The Big Pine Key Botanical Society is meeting at Lord of the Seas Church on Key Deer Blvd. at 7:30 on Thursday, October 21.  The speaker will be Beryn Harty from the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.  Her topic is "Know Your Natives?" She’ll be showing beautiful slides of native plants to identify.  A plant raffle and refreshments follow.  Join us! Bulletin Board

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On this date in 1894, (Edward Estlin) E.E. Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"the cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds
(also, with the church's protestant blessings
daughters, unscented shapeless spirited)
they believe in christ and longfellow, both dead"

Is there anyplace that is going to be televising UFC 121?

[Sign on the Big Pine Library Door: The library will be closed Tuesday for the Monday holiday]  Attention BOCC commissioners, care to explain this closed Tuesday situation, since it is a result of your decision to cut back on library hours?

Yes, they’re all nuts. Remember that when you vote. No sitting BOCC commissioner gets reelected. Vote them all out. The new ones getting in can't be any worse.


[Promised Land] People who don't know why America is called 'The Land of Promise' should be here during an election year.

[County] The person leading the County staff parade's former employer is responsible for bringing us Marco Rubio. The person leading the parade in Monroe County is also currently occupying his and other county employees' time and energy with social events such as Ecoweek, which has nothing to do with taking care of county business and bring nothing to the county.   

[Geo-tagging] Too much Information.  Right click on any picture taken with a GPS equipped phone and in the menu click View Image Date ant it will show you the location of where the picture was taken.

“I will follow the money anytime before living like an equal opportunity peasant." Of course I get it, it is you who does not understand a point made in a post. You are the type that never reads the words, but makes a judgment of the post’s meaning in your own little mind which is, as here, way off base. 

[Money] Some get it, some just think they get it. Most of the big money boys get or got their money by following the money trail.

When I bought my Blackberry I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter.  I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way.  I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation.  I am not ready to live like this.  I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library.  I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive.  I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me.  I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time.  Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-ul-ating." You would think that she could be nicer.  It was like she could barely tolerate me.  She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light.  Then if I made a right turn instead -- well, it was not a good relationship.

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house.  We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me.  They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store.  You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop.  I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them.  When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me.  I am bi-sacksual."  Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look.  I was recently asked if I tweet.  I answered, "No, but I do toot a lot."

Is that a baby dangling from Raylene's waist like a fanny pack?  I don't believe I've ever seen anything like that before.
[Howard Livingston and The Mile Marker 24 Band] It’s a rare rainy day in the Keys and Mother Nature spoiled our plans to hang out on one of my favorite islands in the backcountry.  However, she rewarded us with a marvelous sunset and everything is OK again.  I just wanted to send out a quick blast inviting everyone to join us this Friday, October 15 in Key West.

We’re having a free concert at Turtle Kraals this Friday in the historic seaport of Key West.  Our show starts at 7:00 PM at their new Backyard Sound Stage and we will be filming for our new TV show, Key West Time.  So, if you have ever wanted to be on national TV, here’s your chance.

We have a ton of fun stuff coming up in the near future, and had I not enjoyed the sunset with one too many glasses of wine, I could probably tell you about them.  But here is what I remember.

Fantasy Fest kicks off on October 22nd with the Royal Coronation Ball at Southernmost Beach Café at 6:00 PM.  The festivities continue until the big parade on Saturday October 30th.  I am honored to be the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade and we’re gonna have the band playing on our float.  What a hoot.

Meeting Of The Minds is coming up and we are delighted to be playing on Saturday night at the Casa Marina on November 6th.  I believe it’s sold out so we look forward to seeing everyone who is registered.

Also, the Key West Parrot Head Club is having their annual Welcome To Our Island Party at Conch Republic Seafood Company on Wednesday November 3rd from 4:00 until 7:30 PM.  This is open to the public and is their annual fundraiser.  They do so many wonderful things for the community and I will be there.  Hope to see you as well.

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful week and until we see each other again, may the tide always pull you back.

The number one Halloween costume for this year.

[Fiction] Cell phone numbers are being handed over to telemarketers and you've got a short time to keep your cell phone number out of their hands -- fiction!

The eRumor warns that cell phone numbers will soon be published in the same way as the numbers for wired phones and that you should sign up with a new government cell phone "do not call" registry to prevent solicitor calls from coming to your mobile phone.
Some versions say the cell phone numbers are being handed over to telemarketers by a certain date, such as January 1, 2005.
Some versions say there is a deadline for listing your cell phone on a "do not call list" such as December, 2004.
A recent version claims that the cell phone companies are required by law to release the names by June 1, 2006.

The truth is that
the U.S. government has established a "do not call" registry where you can list phone numbers you want blocked from unsolicited calls such as from telemarketers. That registry is for both wired and mobile phones and there is no deadline by which a phone number needs to be listed in order to be protected from telemarketing calls. There is not a separate cell phone registry. The registry is at:

At this writing there is discussion among mobile providers about setting up a mobile phone directory listing mobile phone numbers.
According to the Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA), a cell phone directory is proposed that would be available through calling directory assistance only, not published in writing or on the Internet. So far, there is not a set date when that will be done and the CTIA says the numbers are not going to be "handed over" to telemarketers. Users would have the option of not having their numbers listed in the directory.

Some telemarketers call some phone numbers regardless of whether they are listed in directories because they use devices that dial numbers in sequence looking for working numbers although at present, they are prohibited by law from including cell numbers.

[Fall Festival] The Vineyard Community Church, located at 100 County Road (behind the Coca Cola building), Big Pine Key, will be hosting it's annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 29th from 6 to 9 PM.  There will be games and prizes, tons of candy and costume contests geared for younger children.  Music will be provided by the Vineyard's Worship Team.  Spend a free evening with your family in a safe environment. 
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[No Name Bridge 5K Fun Run/Walk] Team in Training is holding its first-ever No Name Bridge 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 16 starting at the Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp. Proceeds go to the Southern Florida Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which raises money toward cures for blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Registration will be held from 6:45 to 7:15 a.m. the day of the race, or register online. At the site, go to the Find Things to Do box at upper right, enter Big Pine Key as keywords, the date Oct. 16 and choose “running” under the activity choices. The fee to participate is a donation of $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Bulletin Board

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[Has the world gone nuts?]  Way past nuts a long time ago. Welcome to the party!

Have you e
ver see a train lay its own tracks? I wonder what all those laborers who laid the first cross country tracks would think if they could only see this. 

You will never become the person you want to be if you forget the people you have been.


Beware of the haunted yellow house and do not go there no matter what.  Seek other places.  Nobody warned me, but you have been forewarned. 


[Obama Sucks] As a lifetime Democrat, it is with a heavy heart that I admit we have the worst president ever. I thought Bush would be unbeatable in that category -- I was wrong. The hard work ethic is being replaced by "let the government take care of you". Sure we can tax the rich this year, but what will we do next year and the year after?

No wonder Cuban relations are improved; the two leaders share the same political view--Socialism.

Afghanistan: Does anyone in the U. S. still care? On the 9th Anniversary of the war, the Capitol Police marked the solemn anniversary by shoeing vets from the very steps of government they volunteered to serve. They vets we're simply marking the first salvo in Operation Recovery, an effort by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's Against the War to urge the United States to stop redeploying soldiers who have been identified as suffering trauma, either post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, or others. Support the troops.

[Freedom of Religion]  The men who fought the Revolution may have thanked Providence and attend­ed church regularly or not. But they also fought a war against a country in which the head of state was the head of the church. Knowing well the history of religious warfare that led to Ameri­ca's settlement, they clearly under­stood both the dangers of that system and of sectarian conflict. It was the recognition of that divisive past by the founders-notably Washing­ton, Jefferson, Adams and Madison-that secured America as a secular repub­lic.

[Jobs] Deer FTR, According to your definition of a job, you did not have one.  I would add that you are now a drain on Americans with real (by your definition) jobs.

[One Human Family] The latest discovery from shows that President Obama is related to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, one of his most vocal critics, as well as to frequent political opponent Sarah Palin. Obama and Palin are 10th cousins, connected through their common ancestor John Smith. Obama and Limbaugh are 10th cousins, once removed, through common ancestor Richard Terrell.

Imagine that family getting together for Thanksgiving dinner!

[Freedom From Religion] Oklahoma public school opens doors to Christian evangelicals. According to information from a local complainant to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Puterbaugh Middle School in McAlester, Okla., is allowing illegal religious proselytizing during school hours at the school.

Foundation Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a letter of complaint Oct. 13 to Ann Walker, McAlester Public Schools board president: "It is our understanding that Puterbaugh Middle School hosts a program called W.O.W. or Worship on Wednesdays, which is a Christian worship program for students. We understand that W.O.W. is advertised on posters around the school and is organized by Assistant Principal Adam Newman.

"We were informed that during each Wednesday lunch period, students participating in W.O.W. are escorted to the front of the lunch line in front of the other students. We understand that they then go to Mr. Newman’s room, Room 2, for a preaching session. We are told that Mr. Newman brings pastors from the community to preach to the students and that Mr. Newman speaks to the students on occasion."

FFRF was also told that Pastor Steve Mayhew of First Free Will Baptist Church spoke to students at W.O.W. last Sept. 29. The preaching session included a discussion of “faith” and ended with the prayer “speak to their hearts dear Jesus that you will be there for the rest of their lives.”

Elliott added: "Our complainant informs us that a concerned parent contacted Superintendent Tom Condict by telephone about W.O.W. The parent told Mr. Condict that federal law did not allow such an activity to occur in public schools. The parent reported that Mr. Condict said, 'I don't care what federal law says.' We understand that Superintendent Condict has taken no action in regards to W.O.W. since the parent's phone call."

An adult-led Christian group for teens named Wyldlife is also advertised at the school with posters and intercom announcements. Wyldlife has the goal of "introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them to grow in their faith.”

Elliott said that a public school and its personnel cannot organize, authorize or otherwise coordinate a Christian ministry program. "Even if school personnel were not involved, it is illegal for public schools to allow religious instruction to occur on school property during the school day."

[SS Cost of Living Increase] This year marked the first time recipients have gone without a benefit increase since 1975, when Congress adopted a system of automatic increases based on the Consumer Price Index. The Social Security Administration is set to announce on Friday that there will again be no increase in 2011.

Some seniors and their advocacy groups have raised the specter of millions of the elderly struggling to pay for food, utilities and health care under a benefit freeze. Struggle, many do, particularly those who rely on Social Security for most if not all of their income.

Pissing off Conservatives on the Coconut Telegraph is like a drunk girl -- easy to do!

It was pointed out during the 8 years of President Bush’s administration that there was record numbers of the United States military on food stamps. I would like to ask the Right wing bloggers why that was never mentioned here and why wasn’t that reported on FOX News?

[Sick Union Humor] Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda have so far failed to produce an agreement. The unrest began last Tuesday when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death will be cut by 25% this February, from 72 to only 60. The rationale for the cut was the increase in recent years of the number of suicide bombings and a subsequent shortage of virgins in the afterlife.

The suicide bomber's union, the British Organization of Occupational Martyrs (BOOM) responded with a statement that this was unacceptable to its members and immediately balloted for strike action. General Secretary Abdullah Amir told the press, "Our members are literally working themselves to death in the cause of Jihad. We don't ask for much in return, and to be treated like this is like a kick in the teeth."

Speaking from his shed in Tipton in the West Midlands , in which he currently resides, Al Qaeda chief executive Osama bin Laden explained, "We sympathize with our workers concerns, but Al Qaeda is simply not in a position to meet their demands. They are simply not accepting the realities of modern-day Jihad in a competitive marketplace. Thanks to Western depravity there is now a chronic shortage of virgins in the afterlife. It's a straight choice between reducing expenditure and laying people off. I don't like cutting wages but I'd hate to have to tell 3,000 of my staff that they won't be able to blow themselves up."

Spokespersons for the Union in the north east of England , Ireland , Wales , and the entire Australian continent stated that the strike would not affect their operations, as "there are no virgins in their areas anyway."

Apparently the drop in the number of suicide bombings has been put down to the emergence of Scottish singing star Susan Boyle - now that Muslim men know what an actual virgin looks like they are not so keen on going to paradise.

[Job] According to the far Right guy people who work for government are "workers". The work they do are not really jobs. For them to be considered jobs they must make a profit. When the government used stimulus money to keep teachers, fireman, police, etc. from being laid-off, they weren't saving jobs they were merely keeping government workers. They really don't count. There "work" doesn't really count as jobs. They don't make a profit, so they shouldn't count.  So government workers don't pay taxes, buy goods at stores, services, they don't buy homes? The government gives them all that stuff? They don't support the economy? They just take all those poor suffering business owners’ hard earned money from them. They just walk into those businesses, say they work for the government, take what they want and leave?  

I just wonder if the far right guy actually reads the stuff he writes before he posts.  Everyone who collects a paycheck from businesses and government are job holders. It seems that he'll write anything weather it makes sense or not, to bash the current government.

Mr Boob (Barney Fife). This says it all for our hand picked government employees (they work for us right?). Click 

[Anyone for Tea] Well written. Thank you for your input about me.

[Six degrees of separation] Obama may be related to Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. But former President Bush is related to both Obama and Palin. Wrap your brain around that for awhile.

[From the Right] Yesterday I had the great good fortune to read one of the very best postings that I have ever read on this site. The author is a person of wisdom and insight. The author spoke of recognizing and embracing the “Radical Center,” and realizing he/she is that center. The poster has had the same epiphany moment that legions of Americans, myself included, have shared. Our Government has lost its way, and both parties have been using broken compasses. Now that a tsunami of "radical centrists' is breaking ashore from the right, the big old line media, the Admin and most of the liberal/progressive realize the dire threat that the "radical centrist" pose for their progressive mode of governance. They have mounted a cacophony of first ridicule then viciousness aimed at all who criticize the administration. Some progressives even argue that political dissent is traitorous.  Yesterday's rabid dissenters who raged against the Bush administration have become today’s vicious foes of dissent. The Tea Party movement is growing every day because they recognize the danger inherent to the course that this administration is steering.  Were it not for the recent incredible leap to thee left, and the attack on of base Americana by the current administration, the Tea Party movement could not have generated the massive public support and power that it now enjoys. The Tea Party ideals are the solid rock on which America is built. Yesterday’s poster may not choose to label him/herself as a Tea Party supporter, and that is just fine. But, the beliefs and convictions  he/she voiced are those of the Tea Party. Wearing any label, Democrat, Republican, or Tea Party, is of little consequence.  It simply is a short hand way of describing convictions. I share yesterday’s author’s distaste for Beck. I have similar views about Limbaugh and many other political entertainers. Notwithstanding their bombast, showmanship, and obsessive religiosity, this writer embraces the core message that they promote. I disliked my history teacher, but loved the history she taught.  I urge yesterday’s poster, and all others, to attend and enjoy a rally of like minded folks who will get together on October 31 on Big Pine Key at the junction of US 1 and Key Deer Blvd.      

(Part II) Demo-speak:   “There is no such thing as shovel ready jobs!” Thus sayeth Mr. Obama in the liberal New York Times Magazine article to appear on Sunday. Mr. Obama should be saying “Ooops Busted Again!” That shameful gaff puts the lie to the nonstop pitch that he made when selling his horrifically failed stimulus bill. Do you remember the mantra: “only shovel ready jobs” will get funded? It was unending. The truth will out. It is a shame that it took about eight billion dollars and 19 wasted months. Then there is Joe Biden. The other day Joe told’s reporter Kate Bower that the Dems were not running on their accomplishments in this election because “it’s too hard to explain.” So, does that mean Joe and O aren’t sharp enough to brag about what they’ve done? Or does that mean that they aren’t proud of what they’ve done. Or maybe it means that they think that you are just too damned stupid to understand.

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I’m writing this to you because The Citizen newspaper didn’t exactly get the correct story on the Ramrod Key Fire Monday morning.  Actually it was my husband, Tim Thieman’s quick thinking that brought 89 year old Vera Fielding to safety.  

I heard what sounded like a gunshot as I was headed out the door to walk my dog at 5:30 am.  As I walked down my steps, I saw what looked like a small fire on Vera’s front porch.  I raced across the street and realize it was spreading and blocking her stairs. I began yelling for my husband to call 911. Her front porch was becoming engulfed in flames. We couldn’t find a ladder long enough to get to her, so Tim jumped in his truck and went to a friend’s house, the next block over, that he knew kept an extension ladder under his house.  When he got back we raced to the burning house with the ladder while another neighbor, John Spaulding, and myself held it while Tim climbed up to rescue Vera.  She had crawled out of her bathroom window and was yelling for our help from the northeast corner of her porch.  He helped her over the rail and onto the ladder where one of the deputies (who had shown up just as Tim arrived with the ladder) had climbed part of the way up to help her down. 

The smoke was so bad we could not see my husband’s face -- flames were coming out of the window beside him.  Within a few minutes the house was completely on fire and the fire trucks showed up.   This all happened from 5:30-5:45 am. 

I’m proud of Tim’s swift response and so grateful that Vera is safe

Sign on the Big Pine Library Door: The library will be closed Tuesday for the Monday holiday.

Has the world gone nuts?

[Gay Troops] A federal judge in San Diego issued a worldwide injunction yesterday stopping enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ending the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not

[Sloan] Today's column is a comprehensive treatment of the Wisteria Island development and the horrific danger it posed, and still poses, to the county government. A lot of ground is covered, some of which might or not appeal to all readers. Also today is Tim O'Hara's article in Key West Citizen, on the District 2 county commission race. When Tim interviewed me the other day, he said I had "crushed George" at the recent Hometown! PAC forum in Key West, which forum gets a good bit of coverage in Tim's article. When, during the interview, I explained the taking lawsuit against the County, which Jim Hendrick had set up for the Wisteria developer, Tim sounded stunned. I did not expect Tim to include his personal sentiments in his article and I feel okay about what he wrote. To see my entire column today, go to this link:

[The Creator] If anyone in this audience believes that God made his body, and your body is dirty, the fault lies with the manufacturer.  ~Comedian Lenny Bruce

[Noisy Band] I would like to thank you very much for your polite and timely recommendation for lower volume levels at the Looe Key Tuesday Jam Night. 

All the members of the Jam Band will defiantly turn down the volume as you recommended in order to please all our beloved patrons. 

As far as those remaining bands and jamming musicians that I haven’t talked to about this yet, they will get the low down when they arrive. I do hope to see all of you there on Tuesdays.

Sadly, the county commissioners are neither interested in nor capable of "wrangling" the staff. All those 5 people do is sit there in reactive mode, waiting to see what the staff throws at them.  I have never heard any commissioner say what they envision and then start to work towards it.  They can't, they're 100% consumed with playing defense. They are not in control of the county-- the staff is. All they do is decide about the things laid before them.  Have you ever heard any of them be pro active, talk about any kind of plan, or any direction for the future? For instance, what are their plans to reduce the county’s spending and expenses?

Read the county job descriptions. Which one says "steer the course of the county"?  Which one says "you are assigned the job of looking around to see what needs to be improved"?  Find the name that goes with that job description, then ask yourself (or any commissioner), is that person fulfilling the job description? 

Sadly, the person leading the staff parade is not educated or trained in public management. He is, however, one hell of a good lobbyist. He got the commissioners to hire his former employers for several lobby contracts. He is also currently occupying his and other employees' time and energy with social events having nothing to do with taking care of county business. 

Age doesn't make you forgetful.
Having too many stupid things to remember makes you forgetful.

I have had nothing but good luck dealing with D&R Auto.  I have always found them to be competent, courteous, and prompt.  For me they've always done very good work at very reasonable prices.

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Today’s Citizen article on politics makes Sloan Bashinsky look a lot better than George Neugent. Bashinsky really looks like the people’s candidate, where Neugent looks like more of the same old crap. I'm going to vote for Sloan. I just wish he would stop telling everyone he hears voices.

Marathon's Regular Gas Prices on October 12, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Chevron at Coco Plum & US1 [east]



Citgo at 132nd Street & US1



Shell near 132nd Street & US1



Shell across from 111th Street & US1



Citgo near 110th Street & US1



Citgo near 63rd Street & US1



Tom Thumb at Sombrero Beach Road & US1



Chevron at 39th Street & US1



Mobil just past 11th Street & US1 [west]



To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.   ~Thomas Paine

[Faith] Family, friends and well-wishers from around the world assured me that prayers and my faith in God would comfort me. I tried to pray but I didn't feel any better, nor did I make any kind of connection with God.  ~Actor Christopher Reeve, who died on Oct. 10, 2004, at age 52, writing about his paralysis and lack of religious faith in Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections On a New Life.

Found 2-3 weeks ago on US1 near Boca Chica Bridge.  Electronic part for an A/C unit in bubble wrap.  305-304-6716 Classified Ads > Lost & Found

Exposure to light
at night may lead to weight gain. Does anyone else hate those glowing green or blue lights that everything electrical has now? There is even one on the cord of my wall unit air conditioner. I am a light sleeper, and they seem to pierce through the wonderful darkness to my very soul. Exposure to Light at Night May Lead to Weight Gain - AOL Health

“I will follow the money anytime before living like an equal opportunity peasant." You don't get it do you? The big money people don't include you in their plans. As a member of the middle class you are the payee in this scenario. You won't succeed by furthering their plans to amass all the wealth at the top. You will simply fund the transfer of wealth, thereby becoming the peasant.

[Ignorance Formula]  In case you've ever wondered why ignorance rises to the executive level, here is a simple explanation that is also a mathematical proof:

Knowledge is Power.  Time is Money.  And as every actuary (with some physics training) knows:

Work (divided by) Time = Power

So, if Knowledge = Power, and Time = Money,  then through simple substitutions,.

Work (divided by) Money = Knowledge

Solving for Money, we get;

Work (divided by) Knowledge = money

Thus, If Work is held constant as a positive number (no matter how small),  Money approaches infinity as Knowledge approaches zero.

What this means is: All else being equal, the less you know,  the more you make.

Tuesday Night’s Looe Key's Loud Jam. More entertaining and less ear shattering.  ~2 miles away

on Lt Torch Key.

[Yard Sale] The Marine Mammal Conservancy (MMC) will hold its annual yard sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at its site, 102200 Overseas Highway in Key Largo. “You still have time to get rid of your summer clutter and donate to a good cause,” MMC says. All proceeds will support MMC’s mission of protecting marine mammals and their habitats through research, rescue, rehabilitation, release and education. Volunteers are requested to help set up beginning 4 p.m. Friday. For donation pickup or more information Bulletin Board

How come there are no “cat men” only “cat ladies”?

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. ~Albert Schweitzer

Lisa formally from Lost Cargo please email me. Thanks.

Chile miners’ rescue.

Thanks Frank Diaz for the Island Boy video. I’m sorry to know this wise man has passed.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  On Saturday the 16th from noon to 3:00 please stop by Angelic Moon Holistic Day Spa and have some pink cake and a pink drink. Enjoy a chair massage for a donation of any amount you wish.  Join Us

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[Restaurant rave] We went to Burdines at the end of ocean-side on15th Street in Marathon after a stroll on Sand Spur Beach Sunday. We got there at 5 pm to an empty bar/restaurant. The view was very nice over the water and marina. I was thinking this is a great spot for the upcoming sunset. Nice music playing too.

A review of the menu revealed awesome prices through the end of October. $2 domestic bottles all day everyday and a cheap sandwich and appetizer menu. I had the Big Biker Sausage sandwich. It was really tasty and came complete with fried onions, peppers, provolone and what tasted like a homemade marinara sauce. My fiancé had the Chicken Burger Florentine. This is ground chicken breast made into a burger and has feta cheese and spinach in the patty. The sandwich is served on a lightly toasted multi-grain bread. Also between the slices of bread is a wonderful garlic mayonnaise and a delicate spring mix of greens in lieu of the standard iceberg lettuce. Delicious!

We finished up with the Fried Key Lime Pie. This interesting take on a Key's standard was very, very good and only $3.

We left around 8pm and found the tables as full as our bellies. The bill for the three hour tour (including quite a few beers) came in at just under $35. What a deal. Server Judy was a hoot too. Kudos to Burdines.

[Stretching] The older we get the more we need this.

[Response to AA Basher] A big shout out to all my fellow brothers and sisters who have resisted (as have I) the temptation to reason with or respond to the AA Basher since the return of Deer Ed from holiday. That is not what the Basher wants. Those of us who have achieved some peace and sanity in our lives, and yes, thanks to various 12 step groups which we all know are far from perfect, know that it's more important to be serene than to be right. Good luck to you all, but especially to him.  

Flower people.

Did you ever go someplace and get the feeling that you’re the only one there that's stoned?

How to dress for an interview
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[Engrish] Clothing without coleslaw.


[Freedom of Religion] In 1779, as Virginia's governor, Thomas Jefferson had drafted a bill that guaranteed legal equality for citizens of all religions-including those of no reli­gion-in the state. It was around then that Jefferson famously wrote, "But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." But Jefferson's plan did not ad­vance-until after Patrick ("Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death") Henry introduced a bill in 1784 calling for state support for "teachers of the Christian religion." Future President James Madison stepped into the breach and laid out rea­sons why the state had no business sup­porting Christian instruction. Madison's argument became a fundamental piece of American political philosophy, a ringing endorsement of the secular state.

Madison also made a point that any believer of any religion should under­stand: that the government sanction of a religion was, in essence, a threat to re­ligion. "Who does not see," he wrote, "that the same authority which can es­tablish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Chris­tians, in exclusion of all other Sects?"

As a Christian, Madison also noted that Christianity had spread in the face of persecution from worldly powers, not with their help. Christianity, he contended, "disavows a dependence on the powers of this world ... for it is known that this Religion both existed and flourished, not only without the support of human laws, but in spite of every opposition from them."

After long debate, Patrick Henry's bill was defeated. In­stead, the Virginia legislature took up Jefferson's plan for the separation of church and state. In 1786, the Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Free­dom, modified somewhat from Jeffer­son's original draft, became law.

[Anyone for Tea?] It is frustrating to listen to the rhetoric of the right and the left. It features sharp edged, accusatory nonsense about racism and bigotry, and greed and poverty, and socialism and capitalism, and atheism and faith. I am so sick of it. The media is having a great time with it, however. They think it is news, but they don’t get it.

I have wanted to address the Tea Party Movement for a while, and couldn’t put it together until I read Cokie and Steve Roberts’s op ed piece in the Citizen on Oct. 11th. They referred to discontent coming from the “Tea Party” and a broader based “We Party”. The discontent, they said, is straight from the “Radical Center”.

They nailed it. I have never thought of myself as a radical, but today, I am one. No one represents me. I identify with the tea party movement, but I do not care for Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. I believe in God and country, but I am pro-choice. I believe in moving in the direction of cleaner water and air, but I do not believe we should cripple our economy by refusing to drill for oil in Anwar. I believe that Wall Street excesses are criminal, but I know the “risk-reward” model is key to our survival in the global marketplace. I believe that the deeper government gets into public education, the worse it gets. Teachers can’t teach anymore. And the same applies to health care. Doctors can’t practice medicine anymore. I believe in balanced budgets and controlled borrowing in both the private and public sectors. I disagree with government intervention in the auto industry. I reject permanent policies that tilt the playing field in favor of one group or another.

I am uncomfortable with the weakening dollar. I am outraged by the excuses made to print money in order to advance a political point of view. And stand by for Quantitative Easing (QE) coming soon to a bank near you. I wish I could just add some fake money to the asset side of my balance sheet for a little while. There are many people out there who think like I do.

Third parties do not seem to get it done. I voted for Ross Perot in 1992 and that produced a fractured election leading nowhere. There are many countries throughout the world that have multi-party governments, but they yield unimpressive results.

So I believe in our two party system. But the parties have decided they no longer believe in me. When did they disconnect from the center to pursue policies that centralize power in the government or that repeal every law on the books? Has this been happening for a while, and I was too busy with my life to notice?

More important, will the two parties see it, and turn back towards the middle where most of us live? Will we see candidates that we can respect, people who will serve a while, make hard decisions, and return home; people who will work together on our behalf? Is this so hard? I frankly do not care if the person is a Democrat or Republican. I want an honest negotiator with a sense of history and the electorate he serves.

When I was in school, my father closed his small business and retired. He remained interested in the business climate over the years. He spoke of a growing global economy, and told me my grandchildren would make life decisions one day as to whether the USA was still the land of opportunity. I didn’t pay much attention then—I was young and had the world by the tail.  

I’m paying attention now, Dad. I recently had that conversation with my sons, ages 50 and 48, and they are paying attention too.   ~marathon journal

[One World Currency] The Institute of International Finance, a group that represents 420 of the world’s largest banks and finance houses, has issued yet another call for a one-world global currency, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports.

The 176-page report, titled “United Nations World Economic and Social Survey 2010,” was issued at a high-level meeting of the U.N. Economic and Social Council and published in its entirety on the U.N. website.

A North Korean jamming device is capable of disrupting guided weapons. NKorea Jamming Device A New Security Threat

The 1% transaction tax is a non-issue.  HR 4646 exists but its passage is hardly imminent. The bill has only one sponsor and has languished in committee since its introduction in February.

PolitiFact, investigating a variant of the same hoax, wrote "H.R. 4646 had no support from fellow congressmen and certainly not from Obama's finance team."

Here are links to all good sites that dispel e-mail hoaxes

I am so tired of the Tea Party and other radical Conservatives.  All they do is criticize and insult. I want to hear some suggestions and concrete solutions.  It is quite an honor to be labeled a Progressive.  Progressive means progress, change, making things better.  In order to make things better there needs to be change.  Let's see, change has abolished slavery, allowed women to vote, and upheld civil rights. It might be noted that these changes were very unpopular at the time.  

How is it, then, that Conservatives laugh at "change"?  People are generally resistant to change. I have confidence that our great country of America will continue to change as the world changes and as the need requires. America will not sit idle for long while others surpass us.  Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck may rant and rave for a while, but they cannot overcome the tidal wave of progress.  Evolution is on the side of people helping people.  We have persevered over nature and predators largely because we care for one another.  And the sweep of history provides ample evidence for nations actively pursuing the common good.  I hope that I will drive by the Tea Party event on October 30th and see signs with positive changes, love for our country and support for our One Human Family -- people helping people. 

[Mexican pirates get a head] In a grim turn for the worse in the case of the missing Texas man on Falcon Lake, the severed head of the lead Mexican investigator was reportedly delivered to the country's military today.

The head of Rolando Armando Flores Villegas was delivered in a suitcase, according to Texas Rep. Aaron Pena, CNN reports. A spokesman for the attorney general of Tamaulipas state, in which part of Falcon Lake falls, said he had no "official information" corroborating the claim.

The wife of the missing man, David Hartley, said she and her husband were attacked by pirates after they crossed into the Mexican side of Lake Falcon, which is split by the Texas-Mexico border. When they tried to flee back to the United States on their Jet Skis, Hartley was shot in the back of the head. His wife, Tiffany, says she tried to pull him from the water but had to retreat when the pirates began shooting at her.

There have been several reports of roving gangs of pirates on the Mexican half of the lake since last spring. Authorities suspect they are related to the drug cartels that operate in Mexico's Tamaulipas state. One of the calling cards of the drug gangs is severed heads.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry told NBC that he had no updates on the search for the missing man. He added that he had spoken with Tiffany Hartley on Monday morning and that she was frustrated by the lack of response from the federal government. And on Monday, a Mexican official denied reports that investigators had pinpointed two suspects.

Perry said his office was in contact with the office of Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

[Free Money] The Obama administration gave corporate giant General Electric—the parent company of NBC--$24.9 million in grants from the $787-billion economic stimulus law he signed in February 2009, according to records posted by the administration at

Despite getting $24.9 million from U.S. taxpayers, GE decreased its U.S.-based employees by 18,000 in 2009, according to the company’s 2009 annual report.

According to Standard & Poor, GE took in $156 billion in revenue in 2009.

A poster says that he’s upset because people think that criticizing Obama is un-American. It is when you, day in and day out, post nothing but negatives ignoring all the positives.

America is starting to deport hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens and is at a record setting pace penalizing the people hiring them and not a peep comes out about the positive steps. American troops come home from the Iraq war and again not a positive post thanking Obama for bringing them home. I guess in your mind Jane Fonda is a true American hero because she bashes Presidents every chance she gets. I think she’s a traitor.

[Chile] I was a woman, a divorcee, a socialist, an agnostic . . . all possible sins together.  ~Chilean presidential candidate, Michelle Bachelet on why she was an unlikely contender for president of a strongly Roman Catholic country.

[Freedom of Religion] that is the most horrific oxymoron ever!  Who is free that is religious? All are bound to their dreams and falsehoods. It's called mind control.

Justice for all] Everyone knows that he did it, put him in front of a firing squad and be done with it, much cheaper.
Fort Hood shooting suspect's hearing delayed a day (AP)

[1% transaction fee It is bad because only people who work and buy things will be taxed. The free loaders and welfare bums will get away for free. The only tax that should be is an American Citizen’s Right To Live Here and Pay For Services Tax, otherwise get the hell out.

[Nazi Supporter] Look, another Republican comes out of the closet. Check out this Republican that likes to dress up like a Nazi. Meet Republican nominee for Congress Rich Lott. Mr. Iott likes to dress up like a Nazi and run around the woods recreating World War II battles. Mr. Iott’s group of friends call themselves the Wikings and have modeled themselves after Germany’s 5th SS Panzer Division.

Does anyone know which religions obey the Ten Commandments and which do not believe in them?

The first edition of an al-Qaeda terrorist magazine written in English boasted the headline “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” in July. Now its second edition includes some more equally chilling articles: “Tips for Our Brothers in the United Snakes of America,”* and “I am Proud to be a Traitor to America.”

The tips article offers advice to terrorists that includes: “A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, DC at lunch might end up knocking out a few government employees.”

[From the Right] There is a lot of banter back and forth about jobs. Some folks claim that the Obama admin has created a whole passel of jobs. On the other hand those pesky right wingers say that we’ve actually had a huge net loss of jobs since the Obama stimulus legislation was passed. Now, Mr. Obama et al are telling us that they want to come back to the Dreaded Well of Debt and Ruin to pump out another gazillion gallons of money to “create” new jobs. My Deer Friends, please ask a couple of questions. First ask the government to tell us exactly what a “job” is.  I think that a job is an agreement between an individual “worker” and an employer. That agreement requires that the worker perform certain tasks in a certain manner and in a satisfactory fashion. The employer agrees to pay the worker an agreed upon amount of money or other valuable thing to the worker in exchange for the worker satisfactorily performing the agreed upon tasks. But I also think that in order to qualify as “job”, the employer must be engaged in a profit making endeavor, i.e. a business. That business must rely on providing goods or services for profit. The business must not be a government, or tax payer supported endeavor. The business must generate tax revenue, not burn it by relying on it to do business, the business must not accept government grants or subsidy. The business and the worker must pay taxes on their earnings. Finally, the “job” must be a long term endeavor. In short, it must be a private sector job. My guess is that nearly every reader holds a job that will meet most if not all of those conditions.  So, within that definition is the second question. Is it possible for the government to actually create a single private sector job?  There no doubt that the government can hire herds of workers. But remember that it takes a much bigger herd of private sector workers taxes to pay the wages of every single government worker.  The private jobs create wealth and breed new jobs. Nearly every public job burns tax dollars. I invite our liberal/progressive readers to tell us how the government can “create” the private sector jobs that pay the taxes -- the same taxes that operate our government. Did you know that G.E. took $25 million of stimulus money and yet they fired more than 18K workers? G.E. is not the villain, the government is the villain, and not a buck should have been proffered to G.E. Do you suppose that the fact that G.E. owns NBC and MSNBC might have been a factor in the decision?           

(Part II) Demo–think: Nancy Pelosi recently said that providing food stamps to the unemployed provides the biggest bang for the buck of any of the stimulus spending. She prattled that for every dollar of food stamps and unemployment insurance payments put on the street, more than $1.79 is returned to the economy. It sounds like a perpetual motion machine.  Well, that's great news! You see we now have a record number of folks on food stamps. Today we have about 40,000,000 of our citizens on food stamps. That is a record, that’s more than ever before. If Ms. Pelosi is right, then that is a very good thing. That’s more than 1 out of ever 10 Americans. That fits nicely with the near 10% rate of unemployment. It’s pretty damned obvious that all we have to do to rescue the economy is to have everybody quit work and begin receiving food stamps. Abracadabra! End of fiscal problems. It looks like that is their plan, because they are planning to have 43,300,000 Americans on food stamps next year. We should all offer thanks Ms. Pelosi for more Democrat magic. This old fart is full of hope for change in November.

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[Island Boy RIP] On the morning of May 29th, 2010, hiking out of Daleville, Va, I met this character of life -- Island Boy. As soon as we greeted, and a few words were spoken, I knew I had a special person in front of me...We spoke for a while about life, people, Indians, religion, nature, through this video viewers will see the last words recorded by this friend of mine who passed away to the land of Poet's Heart about five days later. I was glad and so happy to record the insights of an unusual being, talking about the most important and basic principals of life. Please enjoy the last moments of Island Boy's life on earth. He travelled from the Florida Keys to pass on at the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. My encounter in the Appalachian Trail with Island Boy (R.I.P.)

[Internet TV] I went ahead and paid the $29.95 for Satellite Direct. What a mistake!  Sure it works, but what do I get?  Local programming is commission meetings and webcams. I got a couple from KW like the old Coconut Telegraph Windcam where nothing is happening.  I got some news broadcasts from around the world that were interesting for the first 2 minutes.

I emailed them and said that I was disappointed and would like my money back. No response yet. That's what happens when there is no free trial.

[Dockside Bar] Does anyone know what happened to Boot Key Harbor's favorite watering hole? The Dockside is closed and the boaters say that Lance is out. Could the Return of Rocketman be imminent?

[Sloan] Every job in the county government implicitly carries the responsibility of looking around to see what needs to be improved, but the county commissioners are specifically charged with that responsibility, by being the top officials in county. Therefore, the commissioners have to lead the charge in seeking to make things better, to set the model for those below to follow, starting with the county administrator and county attorney and all department heads.
Being human, if the county commissioners don’t get pushed, they ain’t going to be particularly eager about being proactive. Not being human, I am naturally proactive. Where I’m from, sitting on your duff waiting to react to something that happens is a real good way to get eaten by something a lot bigger than you are, which don’t care much how you feel about being eaten. 
I have lost count of the number of people who told me just in the past few days that they are going to vote for me because I’m the only candidate who knows what is going on and what needs to be done. I hope they are right; otherwise, there are a lot more crazy people in the Keys than I had thought.
Yep, sometimes I cuss. I like being a warty old frog. God help me, if a princess comes along and kisses me and turns me back into a prince. Prince’s can’t cuss, zap and eat bugs, fart, pick their nose, scratch their balls, leer at women; they have to be perfect in every way. What could be more vulgar than that? But then, as far as I’m concerned, the entire Keys political scene is vulgar. So I ought to fit right in if I get elected.
Weak joke. If I get elected all hell’s going to break lose. Lots of people will run around shouting, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Little do they know. Little do they know.
If hearing chicken littles run around cackling, “The Sky is falling! The Sky is falling!” appeals to you — why shouldn’t it appeal to a political terrorist? – tell other rare birds how to make it happen. 
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We really need to vote yes to Amendment 4.  I just saw the most bold-faced lie of a commercial on television, telling us why we should not vote for this amendment.  Those developers will stoop to anything.

Check out Carl Hiaasen's take on it. As usual, he tells it like it is.

How to quit your job
and get your point across. Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos)

I believe you can rent a casket. It doesn't have to be purchased. When the viewing is done you return the casket.

Vodka is not just for getting drunk anymore! "No Honey, I'm just removing some mildew."

Use Vodka for Stain Removal.
Vodka can banish three of the most stubborn fabric stains known to man: ink, grass and lipstick. For ink and grass stains, dip a clean cloth in vodka and rub spot. Rinse thoroughly. Lipstick on your collar? Blot stain with vodka, then launder in your regular wash.

Use Vodka to Clean Mold and Mildew. Instead of using toxic chemicals, fill a spray bottle with vodka to kill mold and mildew and knock out soap scum. On caulk and grout, spritz moldy areas and let sit for 30 minutes. Scrub area with an old toothbrush, tile/grout brush or nylon scouring-pad. Rinse thoroughly. For bathroom tiles, spray vodka and let sit for 5-10 minutes; then wash clean.

Use Vodka to Preserve Fresh Flowers. Plants all produce ethylene, a ripening gas that promotes maturation. Vodka stunts ethylene production, thereby helping flowers stay wilt-free longer. To keep store-bought flowers fresh, snip an inch off of each stem, add two teaspoons of vodka and one teaspoon sugar. Stir well and repeat this process every few days.

Use Vodka as a Chemical-Free Weed Killer. With help from the sun's heat, the alcohol content in vodka destroys unwanted broad-leaf weeds -- such as dandelions, chickweed and wild onion -- by breaking down their waxy-cuticle coverings. This action dehydrates and dries plants out. Remove weeds by filling a spray bottle with an ounce of vodka, several drops of liquid dish soap, and two cups of water. On a sunny day, spritz weeds with the solution until dripping wet. Tip: Direct sunlight is needed for this technique to work, as weeds in the shade won't dry out.

Use Vodka as an Adhesive Remover. Remove the glue left behind by bumper stickers and price labels with a clean cloth soaked in vodka. Rub over the sticky area for easy removal.

Use Vodka to Clean Chrome, Glass and Jewelry. Vodka is effective at making dull bathroom fixtures, chandeliers, eyeglasses, windowpanes and even precious gemstones (only stones that are a crystal, such as diamonds) sparkle like new.

Use Vodka as an All-Natural Pesticide. Also known as plant lice, aphids are tiny soft-bodied insects that suck the nutrient-rich sap from the stems of plants. To keep aphids off of plants add four cups water, four teaspoons of dishwashing liquid and four teaspoons vodka in a large spray bottle. Shake well and spritz areas where you spot infestations.

Use Vodka to Eliminate Odors. Vodka eradicates foul stenches -- and doesn't leave a scent when it dries. For an odorless air freshener, mix one part vodka with three parts water in a small spray bottle. Spritz area and let dry.

These “flowers” are made of people.

Revenge of the Redneck Joke

You might be a redneck if you've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places. 
You might be a redneck if you bow your head when someone prays.
You might be a redneck if you stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.
You might be a redneck if you treat our armed forces veterans with great respect, and always have.
You might be a redneck if you've never burned an American flag, nor intend to.
You might be a redneck if you know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.
You might be a redneck if you respect your elders and raised your kids to do the same.
You might be a redneck if you'd give your last dollar to a friend.

[Flying These Days There are nine babies ranging from newborns to toddlers within five rows of me on the flight.  I’m not exaggerating … so much for sleeping. And it costs $4 for a damn pillow to smother them. When they start whining and crying, do the same, only a bit louder. Xanax  and vodka.

[Girls For Rent] A Hilton hotel in China was recently busted for housing a brothel that could be selling trafficked children. Let's get Hilton to sign the international Code to stop sex trafficking and put an end to the exploitation of children in its hotel chain!

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[Rubber band exercising] Make sure you wear eyeglass protectors in case of an accident.

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Do not take your vehicle to D&R in Big Pine, they are idiots and have messed up my car bad. I had taken it in for window repairs 3 times and it is still broken.  I had to pay $400 to have someone else fix it.

My husband drove his car in there and they have messed it up so bad that now we can't even drive it out. They suggested we have it towed to Miami! Are you kidding me! It can sit and rot on their lot.

[Noisy Band] We all know that the band on Tues night, Taco night, is way too loud. Do you possibly think that one of them might read this and say something to the rest of the musicians and have them tone down so the people might return back to the Tiki and spend more money there ( listen up management / bartenders )?  Tell them to turn it down or people will have to go across the street, where they really don’t want to go.

[I'm not a witch, I am you]  Boy, I sure wouldn't want to vote for me.  I'm not qualified.  I've graduated from college, am patriotic and am pretty nice, but I sure wouldn't want anyone to use those as criteria.  I always set my bar very high when it comes to choosing my doctors, dentists, attorneys, mechanics -- you name it.  I also set my bar high when selecting candidates.  I want well educated, well qualified, extraordinary individuals who are brilliant, experienced and ethical.  I will never settle for less. 

These are complicated times with complicated issues.  We do not need inexperienced, average, cheerleader types who know how to rev up a crowd but don't have a clue about offering solutions.  Do not be fooled by ego- driven, incompetent candidates who are running in the November election.  This is not a game.  I think we can all agree that part of the reason our educational system is at risk is because of unqualified teachers. Are we willing to let this happen to our country too?   Don't elect unqualified candidates.  Research candidates.  Research qualifications. Vote wisely!

I always thought my car had a mind of its own. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. Google Reveals Its Testing Unmanned Cars on US Streets

China is going to the Moon. China's second lunar probe enters moon's orbit: state media

[Don’t Worry, Be Happy] Happiness is a way of being rather than an endless search for experiences. Pleasure is fine but depends on things that are subject to change: people, places, things. Something tastes good; fire warms you when you're cold. But then this experience turns neutral or averse: Even the most beautiful music is unpleasant after 24 straight hours. But happiness is a more durable state. It's a cluster of basic human qualities that nurture a state of fulfillment, flourishing, of appreciating your life. It's inner freedom, inner strength, inner peace. These are the resources to deal with the struggles of life. The more you experience happiness, the deeper and more stable it becomes.

You link meditation with happiness. Why?
Meditation is not an exotic eastern practice but is actually mind training. We all have a mind and can work with it.

So the basis of happiness is mind training?
In the sense that mind training means harnessing the potential we have for less vulnerability to provocation from outside. Meditation helps you cultivate a better emotional balance and inner freedom so you are not a slave of impulses like anger and craving.

And you do this by sitting for 30 minutes a day?
There are different types of meditation, and I tried to gather all these exercises into a small manual for a Western audience ["Why Meditation?"]. But in clinical trials that study the effects of meditation in the West, 30 minutes a day has been the foundation. We always see that after three months, meditation has had a significant effect in reducing stress and the tendency toward depression. It reinforces the immune system and positive emotions. It's been studied for 10 years in the West. Sitting for that precious 30 minutes modifies the quality of the other 23 hours and 30 minutes.

So happiness is a skill?
Pleasure cannot be cultivated -- only renewed. But you can cultivate inner peace, strength, freedom -- the qualities that create genuine happiness. We start with different baselines: For instance, everyone will not become a champion of tennis, but within a few months or a few years of training, even a beginner can become a decent player and enjoy it.

Do negative emotions, like anger, have a purpose?
If you witness someone beating a child or an injustice, anger can motivate you to do something. But all the studies have shown that people who systematically vent their anger just reinforce their tendency to be angry. You don't just want to suppress it or you'll be like a time bomb. Instead, you look at your anger and let it vanish. When you cease to fuel a fire, it slowly dies out.

You're not talking about being a pushover.
A mother who gets angry and aggressive is taken over by nerves. A mother can be loving but still firm, straight and a bit severe. You can extend that attitude of the mother to others.

What about sadness?
Sadness is not incompatible with happiness because happiness is not just a pleasant sensation. Sadness can help you feel compassion. Even when you are sad, you can continue to do wonderful things.

What is the relationship between happiness and ambition?
Ambition for wealth, fame or power puts our hopes and fears outside ourselves. It's individualistic, self-centered and egocentric. But ambition in terms of becoming a better person, preserving the environment or finding inner peace can motivate you.

The search for material goods seems to become a cycle for people -- the emptier they feel, the more money and stuff they seek to fill the void.
Yes, they feel empty so they go for a shopping spree or get a younger wife. You get addicted to selfishness.

Is it a lost cause with some people?
Sometimes people say, "I can't sleep." I say, "We have a clinic next door -- go help, and I bet after two weeks, you will be able to sleep." They come back with a more humane perspective and find satisfaction and fulfillment.

So to snap out of it, help other people?
I've seen many successful people who feel empty. They start helping underprivileged kids and find such meaning in life. Everything is different.

Today's Wal-Mart fashion disaster i
s like a big pink garbage bag filled with creamed corn and door knobs.

[Censorship] Bryan Glover, a 26-year-old wannabe country song writer and singer, got fired from his real-life job of coaching football to middle-schoolers in Tenn.  It seems that he wrote a song that the School administration didn't think was politically correct. 

This action is upsetting, because (whether one agrees with, or is offended by this young man’s strongly held political beliefs) the young man has a right to express his beliefs and opinions about matters unrelated to his place of employment, without fear of reprisal.  The school Principal was wrong in firing him.  He was not fired with just cause, and he should be reinstated with full pay.

Whether I agree with the lyrics to the song, or not, it is a very well composed musical piece, and the lyrics are clever and well-written, as well as performed with professionalism.  

Everything Looks Like a Nail 

The government is X-raying you. Getting Some Rays: Forget Radar, Now the Government Is X-Raying You as You Drive |

Lionfish Derby info. YeeeHa! Lionfish Derbies | Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)


I think the 1% transaction fee is a very good way of increasing revenue as long as income tax is reduced proportionately. The tax was originally proposed as a way to get rid of the income tax.

[Freedom of Religion] From Puritan Boston's earli­est days, Catholics ("Papists") were anathema and were banned from the colonies, along with other non-Puritans. Four Quakers were hanged in Boston between 16S9 and 1661 for persistently returning to the city to stand up for their beliefs. Throughout the colonial era, Anglo-American antipathy toward Catholics-especially French and Spanish Catholics-was pronounced and often reflected in the sermons of such famous clerics as Cotton Mather and in statutes that discriminated against Catholics in matters of property and voting. Anti-Catholic feelings even contributed to the revolutionary mood in America after King George III extended an olive branch to French Catholics in Canada with the Quebec Act of 1774, which rec­ognized their religion. When George Washington dis­patched Benedict Arnold on a mission to court French Canadians' support for the American Revolution in 1775, he cautioned Arnold not to let their reli­gion get in the way. "Prudence, policy and a true Christian Spirit," Washington advised, "will lead us to look with com­passion upon their errors, without in­sulting them." (After Arnold betrayed the American cause, he publicly cited America's alliance with Catholic France as one of his reasons for doing so.)

In newly independent America, there was a crazy quilt of state laws re­garding religion. In Massachusetts, only Christians were allowed to hold public office, and Catholics were allowed to do so only after renouncing papal authori­ty. In 1777, New York State's constitution banned Catholics from public office (and would do so until 1806). In Mary­land, Catholics had full civil rights, but Jews did not. Delaware required an oath affirming belief in the Trinity. Several states, including Massachusetts and South Carolina, had official, state-sup­ported churches.

This is the first step toward the accountability that we all speak about! Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention. 

Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered -- in all of its forms.  Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. 

The Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that  does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress  shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that  does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

1% transaction fee is not a myth it’s just not law yet. The administration’s finance team and Nancy Pelosi are recommending a 1% transaction tax on all financial transactions. It is true. The bill is HR-4646 introduced by US Rep.

Instead of change, people want their money back. President Barack Obama, the titular head of the liberal political machine — the left wing of the Democrat Party — opened up a huge can of worms last week when he openly declared the Chamber of Commerce to be a direct “threat to our democracy”.  In essence, the President accused the CoC of accepting donations from foreign businesses and then spending that money on American political campaign advertising and support.  A charge that brought an immediate denial from Chamber officials, as well as a strong counter-claim that that’s exactly what Obama’s campaign did to enrich his presidential campaign by over $600 million dollars just two years ago.

On Friday, four billboard trucks in New York City bearing the message "Stop the Liberal Bias, Tell the Truth!" started circling the Manhattan headquarters of ABC, CBS, NBC, and the New York Times.

Similar trucks are also operating in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, passing the offices of the broadcast networks, the Washington Post, CNN, the Newseum, the National Press Club and Politico, and ads about the campaign are running on numerous Web sites and on conservative talk radio programs.

The "liberal media news networks" need to report the facts about "massive growth in government and its control over our lives, and about spending, deficits and debt," he told "They also need to tell the truth about the efforts to turn our country into a European-style Socialist state."

The Democrats have almost destroyed this country and the Republicans are always the big money people. I will follow the money anytime before living like an equal opportunity peasant.

[War] Rules in war? Laws in war? Fairness in war? Come on, the only thing war is good for is profiteering. Use the Big Bullet and end this nonsense.

[From the Right] Yesterday a thinking poster took exception to the notion that victory was an essential to America’s interests in Afghanistan/Pakistan. He suggested that negotiated settlements in such matters were routine and were the preferred solution. Well then my Deer Friends, is the Afghanistan conflict a civil war, and is it routine for such wars to end in negotiated settlements? I think that the answer is no to both counts.  Certainly Afghanistan was not a civil war when the Russians invaded the country. Then please remember that the US invaded the country in order to quench the Al Qaida/Taliban threat. We were not invited by anyone. The invasion led to an ouster of the Taliban. Defeated, they fled to the mountains and to Pakistan. At that juncture, in 2002 Karzai was selected by their Grand Assembly to be interim leader. He was subsequently elected twice in a nationwide general elections. The enemy regrouped and became an insurgency. To date we have failed to defeat that insurgency. That insurgency is now our target. It is a military target. The Taliban sees the US, not Karzai, as its sworn enemy. They are well aware that Karzai is malleable. They already funnel massive amounts of money to him and to his family. It is obvious that Karzai could function as a titular head of the nation with the Taliban being the power behind the screen. The interim target of the Taliban is US society. They wish to emasculate us. Their prime mission in this life is not to peacefully live in an open society. Their mission is to establish a worldwide Caliphate. For them, there is no law but Sharia law. The weapon that they will use is terrorism. Their Golden Grail is the acquisition of nuclear weapons to use to conquer the Great Satan. That's you, your family and me, we are their Great Satan. The home base they intend to use to launch attacks is Pakistan/Afghanistan.  But, what about civil wars, do they most often end in negotiations or victory? The American civil war ended only because of the victory of the Union forces. The following civil wars ended only as a result of a victory, not a “negotiated settlement.” The Cuban, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Greek, and Spanish Civil wars all ended only because of a victory. The Korean war was a civil war. The war was initiated by the Communist N. Korean regime invading the S. Korean regime that was backed by the west. That conflict was only interrupted because of a “negotiated settlement.” There was/is no peace agreement. The sad fact is that S. Korea and the US are still officially “at war” with N. Korea. As a result of that “settlement” N. Korea is now a nuclear power that is a huge threat to the rest of the world. Does that outcome seem to be a good idea for our future and the future of civilization? If, as the poster claims, the Taliban is indeed “feeling pressure”, then this is no time to fold our tents and flee. If they are feeling pressure, then this is the time to escalate our efforts and to defeat them. The threat of the Muslim Fundamentalists is unlike any other threat that we have ever faced. They are anxious to die for their beliefs; death at Jihad is their most important sacrament. They are worldwide, their beliefs transcend national borders. Their religious beliefs, culture, practices, and ethos are diametrically opposed to ours. Our culture is predicated on tolerance. Their credo is viciously cruel intolerance. It is nonsensical to believe that a “negotiated settlement” is possible with these people at this time. Please tell us which American value or precept your are prepared to surrender in order to get a “peaceful” few moments. Are you ready to surrender civil rights, or perhaps freedom of speech, or perhaps universal suffrage? What is your position on death by stoning for adulterous females? Mr. Obama’s tactical approach to the conflict is mostly correct. He is utilizing the Bush play book, for that he is to be complimented. His failure is in his strategic approach. His strategic proclamation that we intend to terminate hostilities on a date certain is insanity. Surely, even his most bombastic supporters can see this. His desire to flee the battle field overrides all reason. His desire to flee is a decision predicated on his political beliefs and his burning desire to massage his ultra left wing base. 

(Part II) Whoa, hold it. Just because a person did not serve in the armed services, he/she is not precluded from being critical of our national defense posture. It is troubling that some posters here have decided that criticism of Mr. Obama and his policies are un-American. Some folks have actually labeled Mr. Obama’s critics as being traitorous. One need not ever to have been a member of our Armed Forces to earn the right to be critical of our government. That right is constitutionally guaranteed. This proud Obama critic did not serve in the Armed Services, but is proud to have 8 close family members who are or have been members our Armed Services.  Our family has proudly served in the Navy, the Marines, and the Air Force. Our family has served in WW2,  Iraq, Kuwait, Viet Nam, Germany, Japan, and Afghanistan. Each and every military member of our family is of the firm and abiding belief that the Muslim Fundamentalist Terrorists must be defeated. These loved ones have served “in country”, each is again proudly ready to take arms against Muslim Fundamentalism. That holds true for the overwhelming majority of those who now serve in our armed forces. If criticism of a sitting President is treason, then what say you about the following? “Bush lied people died”, “Impeach Bush”, “Whose God do you kill for?”, and a host of others including a film that glorified the notion of assassinating President Bush?  All of the foregoing were popular in liberal/progressive precincts a very short time ago. Was that treason?

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I hate it because the banks and post office are closed. Alright, he was a great navigator, but that's no reason to close the post office.

[Noisy Bands] The cops will do something about the loud bands about the same time they do something about the noisy Harley (“look at me, look at me!”) riders with the loud pipes. In other words, don't hold your breath waiting.

I was wondering if anybody knows of any Halloween costume contests for children in marathon. Where and what time these events start?

[Sloan] For me, yesterday afternoon’s Citizen Not Serf’s candidate forum was head and shoulders above the perhaps ten Citizen Not Serfs functions I had previously attended. Yesterday’s meeting was ALIVE. The audience was ALIVE. The candidates who came, Ron Saunders, David Rice, Mike Forster and I, were ALIVE. Citizens Not Serfs staff, John November and Deedee (haven’t got her last name down yet), were ALIVE. Phil Shannon wasn’t in the Keys and will be at next Sunday’s Citizens Not Serfs forum.
The audience was clearly fed up with how the county government is being run, from the County Commission down through Growth Management and Code Enforcement. The mood was in keeping with what a Tea Party person had told me the night before at Parrotdise’s Saturday night CD jam: “It’s time to flush the toilet, get rid of them all.”
There was a great deal of consternation, especially, over three county employees, names unknown as of yet, who spoke with FEMA after the 4-1 county commission vote respectfully requesting FEMA to end its pilot in the Keys. The audience wanted to know who these three county staff were; and they wanted to know why the entire county commission was not involved, and why it wasn’t noticed to the public so all five county commissioners could be involved.
David Rice, who was on the county commission from 2002-2006, said normally the Mayor would have been in on that phone call with FEMA. I said the Mayor was the one commissioner who had voted against Commissioner Di Gennaro’s resolution, and the Mayor was the one commissioner who later voted against giving the Brown family a variance for their paralyzed son, Darren, so he could live in their downstairs enclosure. Clearly, Mayor Murphy was not the person owners of homes with downstairs enclosures would have wanted speaking with FEMA on their behalf about lifting its pilot in the Keys. But was Mayor Murphy involved in that conversation with FEMA? Or was it just members of county staff? That needs to be determined.
Just as hot, if not hotter, was the 2008 renewal of the pilot by FEMA. John November said FEMA was required by federal regulations to consult with our community before renewing the pilot. I thought to myself, if FEMA violated federal regulations in renewing the pilot, heads could roll at FEMA. It might even rise to the level of a federal crime. John said the US Attorney, our State Attorney, and the Florida Ethics Commission all have been asked to look into all of this pilot renewal business. I said FEMA is not responsible for mis/malfeasance by county employees, but FEMA is responsible for mis/malfeasance by FEMA employees.
Let us hope FEMA screwed up. If so, that could prove to be the end of the pilot. Litigation could be avoided. Maybe that’s why Phil Shannon feels the FEMA honcho in Atlanta, who created the pilot, will be more than glad to not renew it, if the County asks him not to renew it. Let us hope Phil’s hopes come true. Otherwise, the only way to deal with FEMA will be in a United State District Court. That, or we do nothing and let FEMA and its enforcer, the county government, destroy the Keys economy and society.
I explained it that way to the audience yesterday, and they seemed to get it.
They also seemed to get and like Amendment 4, which very definitely will put major development decisions in Florida and the Keys back into the hands of the citizens, if it passes on November 2. Two candidates yesterday backed Amendment 4. Mike Forster and me.
As an example, Mike asked the audience, why shouldn’t the residents of Big Pine Key be able to decide whether or not a Publix would be located there?
As an example, I explained how Amendment 4 would have allowed the citizens to defeat the development of Wisteria Island, if it had been approved by the City of Key West, against its residents’ wishes, and then had been approved by the County Commission and then by the Department of Community Affairs.
I reminded the audience of the Gang of Three county commission and said the candidates who do not favor Amendment 4 do not talk about the Gang of Three, or about what it will be like if DCA ceases to exist due to state budget cutbacks. I said we don’t know what lies ahead. We might get another gang of three and we might lose DCA. But we will not get another chance to vote for Amendment 4. “Vote for the damn thing,” I said.
I told John and Deedee afterward that it was a great event and they had done a good job. Deedee is the liaison with Citizen Not Serf members and I told her the most important thing for the members to do is to stop wrangling with county staff and to start leaning on their county commissioners to do wrangle with county staff for them.

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I’m so glad Moose's benefit was such a success. The Moose Club really knows how to party. More locals should get involved in the Moose Club. It may end up being the last place in town to have a drink.

] Nothing screams, "I spent two years earning my masters, then four years in a PhD program, wherein I completed a doctoral dissertation about the incremental construction of surface light fields," like this silky cap and gown that barely grazes the bottom of my butt cheeks. Maybe next time I'll just go for my associate's degree in "Forgetting to Put on Pants."

The Iguana Killers Club (IKC) Thanksgiving Day Kill and Grill feast will be limited to 25 hunters. The top 25 hunters selected will be the hunters with the highest number of kills from January 1st thru November 20th in descending order. The top killer as of this date is Will Scrape with 201 confirmed kills.  There will be an iguana cook off and all members are encouraged to bring in their favorite iguana dish. There will be live demonstrations on target requisition to assure a direct clean head shot and seminars throughout the day on the proper way to skin and butcher your kill.  All junior hunters will be able to show off their hunting skills with one shot per hunter at the caged live iguana at a range of 100 yards. Only the head of the iguana will be protruding from the steel plate cage so you can see this would be a difficult kill. The killing fields will be limited to the islands from the south end of the 7 mile bridge to Key West. As this is a fun family event the only alcoholic beverages allowed on the site will be limited to various brands of beer. As with all IKC events the IKC promotes green hunting.

[To bee or not to bee] Save the bees. What a Scientist Didn't Tell the New York Times About His Study on Bee Deaths |

Roundabouts are used in The villages in central Florida. Senior citizens and people from up north get confused. 

[No fine dining in the Keys] Michaels was supposed to be in the top 3, I was not impressed. Rob’s was a sports bar, the Wharf is a nice place for seafood. The Square Grouper is the best, but not in the category of fine dining. Get over it, the Keys are not about fine dining, who wants to wear a coat and tie here? It is relaxed atmospheres in a laid back community.

[Doggie Style?] Should a Christian do the Downward Facing Dog? Yoga—what is it, exactly? - Healthy Living on Shine

When a soldier comes home
it’s hard to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night's sleep. 

[John Lennon] Ironically, if Lennon had been deported, he might still have been alive today. Bob Dylan's Defense of John Lennon |

Pay to get married
in Key West? I eloped there 34 years ago. It only cost me a blood test, a campground fee, and dinner. Paradise found. City says 'I do' want wedding fees |

[Another time, once more, again, redux] Special to the realtor cum restaurant critic: I was wrong, I apologize. I should not have called you a “snob”. I should have not have criticized you for voicing your opinion; of course, you are entitled to voice your opinion. I should have encouraged your participation.  I should not have used “big words” that challenged you. I was rude and insensitive. Once again I apologize. I really should have simply pointed out the portions of your posting that I disagreed with, and let the readers form their own conclusions. Here’s why I was so critical of the realtor cum restaurant critic.

The critic made it clear that he or she had been a happy client of Rob’s in the past. He or she waxed fondly of previous happy hours and of a Friday night entertainer, and then took pains to criticize the current situation. During the same posting he or she declared the new Not Rob’s décor to be “dreary.” It makes one wonder about the cum critic’s motivation. The sum total of the cum critic’s posting strongly suggested a personal bias not an unbiased assessment.  The cum critic praised the flavor and quality of the dinner that his fiancé was served, then commented that his meal was sub standard. Did he complain to Tom, whom he had earlier praised? No. Of course he has no obligation to do so, but it most certainly would have remedied his complaint on the spot and just might have made the next patron’s experience more pleasant. He knocked the menu as being “uninspired”.  For God’s sake, how in the hell can anyone expect the menu in a venue such as this to be inspired? In the same breath he or her stated: “The orange sauce [on the hog fish] was quite tasty. Just close your eyes and ears and you might think you are in a decent mid-level restaurant. Cool, so my fiancé is happy with her special.” In a second posting the cum critic took pains to tell us that contrary to my posted assessment that the staff were rookies, that he decided that his server was not a young rookie because of the shorts that she was wearing. I simply felt that comment was inappropriate.

Our cum critic slammed Not Rob’s after a single visit to a shop with brand new management with brand new staff that had been opened only for a few days. One must wonder if failing to sell a piece of real estate after 3 weeks suggests that the realtor should be shunned. The cum critic’s postings strongly suggested that he or she was most interested in having a dining venue that would impress clients with his savoir-faire. Personally I prefer simply enjoying a local restaurant that serves damn good food at a reasonable price in a pleasant and comfortable setting.  Nonetheless, I was wrong to label the cum critic as a snob, the readers alone should have made that judgment. I believe that there was more than sufficient evidence to support that judgment.

Tom and his staff, as usual, were very hospitable this evening. I might note that the cracked conch piccata and the prime rib were exceptionally good. The cocktails were exemplary. Our rookie server, Zach, is learning, and we had a fine gustatory experience about 2 hours ago. Enough said [written].

My old computer won't download the new Adobe Flash Player 10. Therefore I can't enjoy the videos any more.

[FBI’s GPS Lost] Don't leave home without it. Click here: Caught Spying, FBI Asks Student to Return GPS Tracker

[Cremate the body and get the ashes in a cardboard box]
Most sensible countries do this, but America still has idiots who think the bell will ring!

That was a great turnout for Moose’s benefit. It was nice seeing everybody. I had a great time and love the hippies of Big Pine!

[Fine dining in the Keys] There are many fine restaurants, but I’ve never found any of them to be fine dining. The Wharf and Square Grouper are not fine dining by any standard. Both are good restaurants and would probably receive one star in the Michelin Guide.

Why men prefer guns over women.

10 - You can trade an old 44 for a new 22.
9 - You can keep one gun at home and have another for when you're on the road.
8 - If you admire a friend's gun and tell him so, he will probably let you try it out a few times.
7 - Your primary gun doesn't mind if you keep another gun for a backup.
6 - Your gun will stay with you even if you run out of ammo.
5 - A gun doesn't take up a lot of closet space.
4 - Guns function normally every day of the month.
3 - A gun doesn't ask , "Do these new grips make me look fat?"
2 - A gun doesn't mind if you go to sleep after you use it.
1 - You can buy a silencer for a gun.

[Rubber Band Exercising] This is a good way to exercise without impact loads, but don't over do it. Most pharmacies carry these bands or go online. They are cheap and can be carried anywhere. Good system for traveling!

Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote. They’ve made other mistakes too

Crappy Elmo

Cops have snappy comebacks too.

These are comments allegedly made by police officers, taken from police car videos.

• "You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through.”

• “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while.”

• “If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document.”

• “If you run, you'll only go to jail tired.”

• “Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you.”

• “You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?”

• “Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. I'm the shift supervisor.”

• “Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket.”

• “The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?”

• “Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat corn dogs and cotton candy and step in monkey poop.”

• “Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.”

• “In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.”

• “How big were those ‘two beers’ you say you had?”

• “No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can.”

• “I'm glad to hear that the Chief of Police is a personal friend of yours so you know someone who can post your bail.”

• “You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't. Sign here.”

The mosquito defense system not only distinguishes between different types of insects so that it can determine which pests to blast, but it also identifies the mosquitoes that carry malaria. Once the GPU recognizes a carrier, the pest defense, uh, fence cripples the vermin by blasting off its wings.