2014 October

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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The-Coconut-Telegraph-w-CoconutsAnonymous Letters to the Editor with Pictures. Published Daily by Noon Since 2002. No Saturday Edition

boat-license1[Boating License Now Required] Anyone in Florida born after January 1st, 1988 must take a boating safety course in order to operate a boat of 10 horsepower or more.
The Key West Sail and Power Squadron is offering America’s Boating Course at the Key West Sail and Power Squadron, 5205 College Rd., Stock Island. This course covers boat handling, elementary seamanship, navigation aids, weather, marine radios, Florida boating regulations and more. Completion satisfies the mandatory Florida State boating certification requirements.

This will weekend course starting October 11 & October 12, 2014. The class will run from 8:30 am to 4 pm. with a 1 hour lunch. The fee of $60 covers the cost of the materials, and a reduced rate of $75 is available for family members who are willing to share materials. People who pass the course are offered an introductory 6 month Power Squadron membership. For information Events

lower keys boat rental7.11.14
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testified before the House Oversight Committee Tuesday morning after one of the worst spells in the agency’s history. Pierson took full responsibility for the lax security in guarding the President.

Big deal. Those are just words. If she really takes responsibility she should resign. Link

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[Happy Birthday] The guitar that launched a million riffs: Fender Stratocaster celebrates its 60th anniversary. The go-to guitar for hot rock and roll! Link
[Plastic Bags] California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015
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The October AARP activities calendar is here. Full Menu > Ongoing Events
Great leaders have been able to rise above their mistakes and persevere. Abraham Lincoln’s life was noted for his very numerous failures yet the man kept his eyes on the prize and was able to emerge successfully in his major struggles. Even Pres. Clinton was able to recognize his wrong-headiness in his fight on terrorism and save his presidency from becoming a laughingstock for the world. We have those citizens in our midst who are so ideologically cemented in their beliefs that no amount of common sense can penetrate their constipated minds. In some ways these individuals are as dangerous as ICIS.
[Terrorism Clarified] Are you confused by what is going on in the Middle-East? Let me explain. We support the Iraqi government in its fight against Islamic State (IS/ISIL/ISIS). We don’t like IS but IS is supported by Saudi Arabia whom we do like. We don’t like President Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but not IS, which is also fighting against him. We don’t like Iran, but the Iranian government supports the Iraqi gov’t against IS. So some of our friends support our enemies and some of our enemies are our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting our other enemies, whom we don’t want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win. If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they might be replaced by people we like even less. And all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who weren’t actually there until we went in to drive them out. Do you understand now?
I remain amazed how insistent folks can be that they have the all the answers. “There’s no God, FOX news is bad, global warming is the most deadly threat we face.” I like Fox news, I get comfort out of having a higher power, climate change is and has always been. I like ink. I’m not mad at you for not having a tattoo. It’s okay for me to feel this way. It’s okay for you to not agree with the way I feel. Try a little harder not to be so friggin’ mean. Have a blessed day.
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Briton playing at Kravitz Center for Performing Arts in West Palm Beach April 17th, 2015.  Tickets on sale now.  I already have mine. If they are good enough they might be invited to Coconuts for their Wednesday night Uke Night! ha Link
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[“Fly fishing Starter”
] Read: A Gay Man’s Guide to Fly Fishing and Fly Untying in Key West’s Ocean Side Bars!
[Gun Control] California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat. Supporters had said such a measure could have prevented the attacks, winning out over critics who said it would erode gun rights.
It is very interesting to have FTR call Eric Holder the worst Attorney General ever . It is a sure sign of his senility when he has forgotten the names of John Mitchell, Ed Meese and John Ashcroft, three of the all time worst to hold that office. A criminal, and two inept, totally partisan officers whose jobs were mainly political in scope. It’s just too bad that he has degenerated to being a shill.
Keep your septic tank
for a back up and install a Y valve or a Y fitting with two ball valves so when the street backs up you can turn their line off and use your old dependable septic system. Or use a 4-way valve to dump the stuff into plastic bags to UPS to the Monroe County officials!
[Texas Ebola] Government confirms first case of Ebola in US. A patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas is a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa. Link
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[Free Native Marijuana Seeds] Come and get your grass seeds free and plant them all over the Keys where the locals don’t have any yet. Be a Johnny Grass Seed with gusto!
Deer Ed., Is it possible for you to sort the female posts from the logical stuff? I get a headache trying to figure out what the hell some broads are yakking about!
There used to be a joke after the Second World War: “For sale Italian rifles. Dropped only once.” The same can be said today of the American trained Iraqi Army!
[Pop Quiz] What’s 4 inches long and 2 inches wide and drives women crazy?
[Candidate Forum] Thursday night (tomorrow) at Boondocks is the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce form for the Candidates. Please come and listen. Your future is at stake. The more in attendance, the louder the message. Eleanor McAdams will be there, you should listen to what she has to say!
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[The Florida Constitution] Somewhat of a bit of confusion here. I was led to believe that somewhere in that document there was something mentioned about Equal Protection under the law. I’m possibly wrong. I thought the implication was that citizens must be treated equally. If my understanding is valid, how does the Board of County Commissioners have the carelessness to circumvent the Florida Constitution? I’m referring to the “Taking” of some citizens’ property in designated areas and not others in the same areas. Are those abused citizens just more of the ostrich mentality prevalent in America. Stick your head in the sand and hope it goes away, or are they like the Minutemen in 1776 standing to face the redcoats’ bayonets toe to toe. It seems that we have become a nation of sheep. I guess it remains to be seen. Never give up!
[“The manners of some people”] Complaining about another? Must I point out the obvious that you didn’t offer your wife your seat?
Obviously Deer Ed is not posting things as he received them, as I see posts about things which happened since my post. I am sure it will be up soon. My post was in regards to FTR’s (jokingly?) telling Deer Ed not to get caught groping the bride or the bridesmaids so as to be late back to publish the CT. Am I the only one that thinks sexual assault isn’t funny? Coming from an ex cop, I am thankful FTR was not investigating such a case in which my wife or daughter was the victim.
The Affordable Pool Act
for retirees. Fart and you’ve got a Jacuzzi!
[“Radical or mainstream leftist feminism”] Like old Bob Villa used to say, ‘It’s better to do it yourself!’
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fly fishing water fish
For me, success at fly casting came when I noticed that it was easy to do as long as I timed the back cast properly.  I jerked the rod and line backward,  then I kept the rod pointed back behind me until the line was fully extended to the rear and was tugging at the rod tip.  Only then did I start whipping the rod forward again.  Try it, you’ll like it.
It is true that the new thing is naked selfies or porn selfies? Online dating has taken a whole new meaning with cell phones.
Congress will break its vacation to criticize the Secret Service for doing the same thing as Congress — nothing.
I hate cruise ships and am very glad they didn’t widen the channel to allow more old, fat, cheapskate Americans into Key West.
[Sewers] “Three-way valve.” Great idea, but why bother even suggesting it? This thing is way past that — I mean logic. How do you figure? Unless you are already hooked up and your septic tank has been removed, you still can do this. Of course the junta will not let you, unless you do it yourself and say nothing. You have to have a plumber/contractor with balls to do it under the table, like everything else in the freakin’ Keys. Think of the advantages of this set up. Despite the over priced valve, it would save us $1000s in tank removal rip-offs and permits. Give us a back-up that might save our homes. Or is the inevitability of sewage back-up part of the plan to drive us out of the Keys?
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hamburger-steak-with-onion-mushroom-gravyHappy Hump Day from Springer’s Bar and Grill. Today’s special is hamburger steak with onion mushroom gravy. A definite comfort food that will fill the belly and please the palate.
Thursday special: Shrimp po’boy
Friday special: Parmesan crusted mahi mahi
Happy Hour 2-7 daily with great drink specials and happy hour menu.
There’s always something special at Springer’s
One thing is seems we all agree on is that our new sewers are controversial. Where there’s smoke there’s fire.
[“ATM fee“] Hey wait a minute! Smiley young girls taking my money at Bare Assets in KW is why the bank can’t charge me for using the ATM. None left on Sunday morning.
Waste Management
is automating garbage pickup. They will be giving us new bins that fit in their new automated trucks. The only problem is that the bins don’t have a locking device or bungee cord to keep the lid closed and the deer out. When the deer scatter our garbage we all know that WM won’t pick it up. I’m confident that this new bin design was made thousands of miles away in WM headquarters in some large city who’ve never even seen a deer.
[“Dreamers love to talk about revolution in Neverland”] Wow Dude, get help fast! You have been reading Orwell again haven’t you?
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[Euro Exchange] I’m sitting in Sevilla, Espana at this moment and yesterday had to change Dollars to Euros at an official money exchange office. I gave the clerk $500 U.S. and received back €355.00018. If you aren’t here you do the math. I have the official receipt. I’ll be back on BP on Oct 10. If you desire I’ll supply a copy of the receipt.
I really think Ed. should post the email addresses of the posters posting the sewer stuff so we know who are the propagandists, the henchmen for FKAA, the spinners and the politicians who could care less for the people and are sticking it to us. The good guys too!
Why did you delete 90% of my email to you? Print the whole thing! (Ed: What are you talking about? Resend it and show me the 90% I deleted and I’ll explain if I remember. How can you possibly expect me to remember when you don’t even offer a hint about what upset you?)
[“All super heroes are mostly bent, weirdoes, sicko’s, dead or should be”] Hey, you just described most of my Keys neighbors!
Fixing our building department is easy–privatize it! It’s already totally perverted with very sick, greedy egomaniacs.
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ukulele-pianoTonight at the NUT: Uke Out. Seven fun facts about the ukulele. The ukulele, a small four-stringed instrument of Portuguese origin, was patented in Hawaii in 1917, deriving its name from the Hawaiian word for “leaping flea.” Immigrants from the island of Madeira first brought to Hawaii a pair of Portuguese instruments in the late 1870s from which the ukuleles eventually developed. Trace back to the origins of the ukulele, follow its evolution and path to present-day popularity, and explore interesting facts about this instrument with Oxford Reference.
1. Developed from a four-string Madeiran instrument and built from Hawaiian koa wood, ukuleles were popular among the Hawaiian royalty in the late 19th century.
2. 1893’s World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago saw the first major performance of Hawaiian music with ukulele on the mainland.
3. By 1916, Hawaiian music became a national craze, and the ukulele was incorporated into popular American culture soon afterwards.
4. Singin’ In The Rain vocalist Cliff Edwards was also known as Ukulele Ike, and was one of the best known ukulele players during the height of the instrument’s popularity in the United States.
5. When its sales reached millions in the 1920s, the ukulele became an icon of the decade in the United States.
6. Ernest Ka’ai wrote the earliest known ukulele method in The Ukulele, A Hawaiian Guitar and How to Play It, 1906.
7. The highest paid entertainer and top box office attraction in Britain during the 1930s and 40s, George Fromby, popularized the ukulele in the United Kingdom.
[Architectural Critic] That contraption down at the end of Colson Drive, what the hell is it? a commercial building or restaurant? It sure looks like an abortion that landed there! Who designed that mess?
[“Trash bins”] Yes there are many tricks you can use to try and discourage the deer, but when you have eight to ten deer a day in your yard and they are hungry, trash cans are going to get knocked over. I also was not suggesting putting trash in a recycle bin. According to WM eventually new trash cans will be issued and all pickups will be automated and those new bins will not have a locking mechanism so the deer will knock them over and spread our garbage all over twice a week
The election between Crist and Scott boils down to which one is less of a crook. It’s a tight race.
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] The fact remains that these extremists are of the Islamic faith and their ultimate goal is to kill you and me. I don’t feel I’m a bigot, just not politically correct
[“The manners of some people”] The reply from crackpot #1 was a pip. Gee, can’t you see a joke post when there is one? You have your panties all bunched up for sure. There is an unwritten rule here in the Keys and it is called the Keys Shuffle. When there are extra seats/bar stools, everyone who can think will shift over to allow people to sit together. Too hard for you to understand? Now let’s see what other marble minds reply to the joke.
[“Bar Stool manners of some people”] Hopefully the poster’s tongue was engaged fully in his cheek!
[Captain Doom and Gloom] DEF: Developer n, A sub-human who cares less about environments and neighborhoods except to profit from them.
DEF: Junta n, Those who keep their noses warm in the posterior of developers.
DEF: Bank Dick n, The President of the bank who deals with the junta.
DEF: Contractor n, One who hires illegal aliens for developers through the junta.
DEF: USCG n, A yachting club who looks for illegal’s for the contractors through fogged glasses .
DEF: Welfare Agent n, Payer of bogus wages to illegal’s collected from hard working tax payers legally!
DEF: Bubba n, Anyone with the right connections and enough money to live in the Keys like a God
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A poster was trying to convince you of with this statement. “And it is a very, very good thing that Obama has finally realized the threat that Islamic terrorist pose to the world. But it must be making the leftists amongst us absolutely crazy”.
No,  its not making Democrats crazy at all. Like you always say we support him. Glad to see you’re coming around to our point of view however. Thanks for trying to explain the way we look at things but maybe next time just ask us.
from the right
Just recently Mr. Obama made the astounding claim that our nation is better off now than when he came to office. His ego has blinded him to reality.

During his term to date, the median income for American families has declined. Families are making less money than they did in ’09. And, prices have gone up, way up. Gas now costs about twice as much as it did when Obama took office. The price of meat, poultry, and fish has spiked to an all time high. The price of feeding a family is increasing at a pace that far outstrips wages.

Shamefully, military families reliance on food stamps is at a record high. Our southern border is being overrun. Illegal immigrant children are being scattered all over our nation and are placing huge burdens on our schools

Iran is getting closer to being a nuclear power every day. Obama has nearly completely soured our relationship with Israel by showing them outrageous disrespect. Russia and China are becoming more belligerent by the day. Russia is determined to reestablish the old Soviet Union.

Obama promised to be the “no war” President, yet due to his feckless foreign policy, we now are re engaging in war. We now have about 2K troops in Iraq and at least 12.5k in Afghanistan.  Obama’s rhetoric, “No boots on the ground”, is a purposeful lie. Under Obama terrorism has flourished, his policies have proven to be nearly a magic potion that gives them more strength than they have ever had. Our national debt is a choking $17.5 TRILLION dollars.  His signature legislation, Obamacare, is proving to be deeply flawed. A just released Kaiser Health Foundation poll reveals that barely 35% of us approve of the legislation.

The huge banks are getting bigger and the execs are getting richer by the day as the middle class is disappearing.

Obama was supposed to be the “post racial” President, yet a Pew Research poll just released reveals that African-Americans say relations between blacks and whites in the United States have gotten worse in the Obama era. From 2007 to 2009, the number of African-Americans respondents who told Pew that blacks and whites get along “very well” or “pretty well” went up seven percentage points, to 76 percent. In the new poll, however, 64 percent of black respondents said they have a positive view of race relations, a drop of 12 percentage points since 2009, President Barack Obama’s first year in the White House.

Obama, and his liberal/Democrat beliefs and policies have failed America.

Part 2) If you watched 60 Minutes this week, you saw a shameful display of passing the buck on the part of Mr. Obama. Essentially he laid the blame for his failure to appropriately deal with ISIS/ISIL on the shoulders of his intelligence services. Since then there has been a near firestorm of push back from the intel community. That is an amazing event, unheard of.  But know we may have a clue as to why Obama is so clueless in the “war on terror”, a term he refuses to use.

The Government Accountability Institute has just reported that Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014. He’s attended fewer in his second term than in his first. It’s reported that he holds his intel people and the military in such low esteem that rather than meet in person with them, he demands written documents. He deliberately avoids having to discuss the intel and the problems with them. Link