2017 November

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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[Snake] The Citizen identified this snake as an immature black racer. I think it’s a corn snake, sometimes called a rat snake. Black racers are brown when they are young


[Respiratory Issues] Here is an update 2 & 1/2 months after, yes after, Irma. This morning at 9:30. November 26th Piners and pets are having some very bad respiratory issues. Near shore water are being subjected many different kinds of poison from oil products to weed killers, paints, pesticides & assorted chemicals. I am having trouble finding any upside.  ~Coconuts Bar & Liquor Store, down town Big Pine Key

[Mold Illness Practitioners] Practitioners who have experience in treating toxic mold illness and who have received positive reports from patients. Link



[“Net neutrality”] This cartoon says it all. The cable companies win, and we lose. We’ve already given up our privacy, now we’re giving up our internet equality and fairness to big business and the existing level playing field of the internet, all so big business can make more money and crush small businesses  to obscurity.

School Districts must now also post online a list of all new books and material by grade level.  Can anyone direct me to where I would find that listing?

I was very disappointed, if not discouraged, to read that the school board may be reducing, if not eliminating, public meetings in the assessment of the county response to Irma.  I believe that public input in a public forum covered by the press is imperative.  We have a right to express ourselves and I suggest strongly that they make every opportunity available for public expression.

[“How about a football league where all the players are on steroids”] You have got to be kidding. How about a team where no one is on steroids?



[Irony] Having nutrition information on a bag of Cheetos is like having dating tips on a box of Crocs shoes.

Henry A. Wallace (1888–1965), thirty-third Vice President on the danger of American Fascism.
The really dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way.
The American fascist would have preferred not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.
With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the News to deceive the public it to giving the fascist and his group more money or more power. They claim to be super patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokes man for monopoly vested interest.  Their final objective, towards which all their deceit is directed, is to capture the political power so that, so that using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.I know that this is the condensed version, here’s a link for the full article. Link
My wife asked why I go outside and sit on the front porch when ever she starts singing.  I said, “because I’m afraid the neighbors will think I’m beating you.”  That’s when the fight started
[How High Are You] Roadside oral fluid testing is being done across America now, in a pilot program, to see ” How high are you? ” A precedent Mich. case started all of this, when a man got pulled over & stated he had ” smoked earlier in the day.”  It inspired law enforcement to try & create a test to reveal ” How high are you? ” If you have smoked for 50 years, THC stays in your fat cells. I have told friends many times, that they may want to smoke me when I die. Willie Nelson wrote about it also. The tests detect opiates as well, for which I am grateful. But for marijuana detection, I fear us white hairs should be worried. So, I just thought I’d get out the word. Link
School Superintendent Mark Porter announced Friday on “Morning Magazine” that the Sugarloaf Housing Committee has been meeting and will continue to meet.  He noted a meeting next Tuesday, Nov. 28, but was unclear as to exactly where and when.  There was no mention as to whether the public was welcome.

Why are these meetings not open to the public?  In an earlier “Morning Magazine” interview a couple of weeks ago, then Board Chairman John Dick said that all Sugarloaf Housing Committee meetings would be noticed and open to the public just like all District meetings.  Why has this not happened?  I do not understand why the Sugarloaf Housing Committee meetings are being treated differently than any other School District meetings, e.g. the Audit and Finance Committee.

[Pete The Parrot African Grey Ramrod Key] Does anybody know what happened to Stephanie’s Pete the parrot this is Cliffy South America.

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.


The NC Baptist Men and Women Disaster Recovery Ministry did a great job on Big Pine doing clean-up & 3 hot meals a day, water and ice. Here’s a recap and you can follow their continued efforts in Puerto Rico and Texas. Their Facebook page has a donation button. God bless them. Link

[Debris] Can we please have a roll call to the removal of debris from the lower Keys. From Bahia Honda on down to Big Coppitt. Ladies Acres on Little Torch has been swept once. Is it ironic that its the red headed step child district that has been neglected again. Does anyone know if the mattress’s on the causeway that the commissioners drove past a week ago last Tuesday are still there?
What is going on with the KW Citizen no longer publishing a Sunday edition? They call it the Saturday-Sunday edition and publish it on Saturday. Not the same thing.


[Hurricane Debris] If Big Pine Key is so special that Federal Government keeps watch over us? where the heck are they now? You can go to jail for disturbing a Tree Snail of the Marsh Rabbit. There are about 20 federally endangered species in the Keys, and many of them exist nowhere else on Earth except Big Pine Key. You would think that the Feds could help with the trash/garbage/wreckage & debris disposal. I know it’s not good for people, I’m sure it’s not good for everything else.  ~Coconuts Bar & Liquor Store

Deer Fast Eddie, Thank you sir. Do you channel surf for research or just try to focus on one game at a time? Link
[Cheap Money] The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are designed to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster and are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.  These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Examples of eligible industries include but are not limited to the following: bait and tackle shops, charter boats, commercial fisherman, crabbers, fishing guides, hotels, and marinas, owners of rental property, restaurants, retailers, souvenir shops, travel agencies, and wholesalers.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3.305 percent for small businesses percent and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Free assistance with reconstructing financial records, preparing financial statements and submitting the loan application is available from any of SBA’s partners: Florida Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE, Women’s Business Centers (WBC), and Veteran’s Business Outreach Centers.  To determine if the business is located in a declared county, visit this Link


A millennial’s, like, job interview. Video

It’s time again for the annual “Stella Awards”! For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald’s in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right?

That’s right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head.

This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down? $1,750,000 plus a new motor home! Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home. Link

[Fast Eddie’s Fabulous Forecast] Week 13 analysis and much more! Where the fact are considered, and sometimes used. Link

Marathon has a new mayor. Councilwoman Michelle Coldiron, who most recently served as vice mayor, will take over the post.




[Gift Idea] Somebody in your life needs this suit for Christmas.

[“Explain to me why piles of garbage still sit by the road”] Because Governor Scott pulled the clean-up contract from the original contractor and gave the gravy to his boys two days after the storm. Then after they came through and took the easiest of the debris they could snatch, they ceased operations and the State hired yet another contractor – because the original contract holder did not want to come in behind the pirate companies. It seems that new company has not begun operations yet. My guess is they are afraid to step into what seems to be a coming legal fray between the original contract holder, the Governor and his pals. In the meantime, the rich on my island have pride private contractors to haul their debris away while mine sits. Now you have to be rich enough to clean up after a CAT4 to live here

[Irony] We now live in a society where people use $500 smart phones to check the balance on their food stamp cards.

[Conquistadores 1518 Mexico] Cortes, finding there was nothing further to be done at present, determined to mark all the slaves with the iron, and set apart the fifth [the King’s share] of them for his majesty. Notice was, therefore, given that every person was to come with his slaves to a certain house appointed for the purpose, that they might be marked with the red-hot iron. Every man, accordingly, brought the females and young men he had taken prisoners; for grown-up men were of no use to us, as they were so difficult to watch, and we cared not to admit them into our service, as we were well satisfied with the Tlascallans. After all the slaves had been brought together and severally marked with the letter G, the emperor’s fifths and then Cortes’ were deducted before we were aware of it; and, besides this, on the night preceding, the finest of the Indian females had been secretly set apart, so that when it came to a division among us soldiers, we found none left but old and ugly women. This occasioned excessive murmuring against Cortes and all those who had thus picked and chosen before us
[Affordable Housing] Gov. Rick Scott recently released his final 2018 budget proposal, and $20 million will be sent to the Florida Keys for affordable housing if approved by the by the state Legislature during next spring’s budget process. They will build cheap housing on every inch of our scarce land



Do you think that the Brady Bunch’s dog, Tiger, needs to see a doggy shrink because he’s named for a feline?

The strange and gruesome story of the Greenland Shark, the longest-living vertebrate on Earth. For some fishermen, a biologist recently told me, netting a Greenland shark is about as welcome as stepping in dog poop. Link


The Peace Alliance. Be the movement! Take a step for peace. Link

If the earth actually is flat, how is that a “global” conspiracy?


I drove to Key West’s Home Depot on black Friday only to find the items I wanted sold out and no rain checks issued. Bah humbug!

Osu[?] now teaching that only Whites can be Racists. Another tweets White women are raising rapists and murderers. What’s happening to America? To be a snowflake is a good thing. The snowflake court system is encouraging this anti-American movement. Existing culture is bad and must be torn down. What’s going to happen to all the Uncle Toms that got with the program and wave succeed in better themselves. A better bit of news. Black Friday has recorded an encouraging bit of news, the most one day in history the recording of backgrounds checks for Firearms purchases. It appears that Americans have seen the writing on the wall. Anarchy is coming. Americans have seen that the government might not be able to keep average Americans safe from the anti-social behavior of those who care to live by the rule of the jungle. Their solution is to stay heavily armed to protect their castle. History has shown that when civilization breaks down and anarchy rules, the first to get put up against the wall are lawyers, judges, teachers, clergy, politicians, malcontents, whiners, crybabies, & politically correct Snowflakes
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