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Friday, February 12, 2016


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Deer Friend with arthritis:  The very best advice is to get to a rheumatologist asap.  It might not be arthritis. It could be something else, which might or might not be a good thing.  Arthritis is not a single disease.  There are at least 2 types, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.  Neither is good news, but it is possible that you might get some measure of relief with proper treatment.  My wife has rheumatoid; she’s had it for about 10 years.  Aside from the terrible and constant pain, the disease also destroys joints and causes disfigurement.  It is now incurable, but she gets some measure of relief from various medicines that she takes.  And the disfigurement, while present, is minimal.   I have had osteoarthritis in both hips, knees and one shoulder. It was very painful and debilitating.  Replacement surgery “cured” me.  See a Doctor asap. Good luck.
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[“Retractable dog leashes”] According to state law any animal has to be tethered on a leash no longer than 48″ (check this out on the Monroe County laws). If a person trips over or is harmed by anything you are using, you are responsible for damages. I wonder if it could be manslaughter if someone is killed by a fall caused by your action?

[Convicts Sent to Colonies] In 1620 the company received orders from the King to convey to Virginia one hundred idle and dissolute persons, then in custody of the Knight Marshal. These were the first convicts transported to America. The policy which dictated this measure was soon perceived to be not less wise than it was humane. Men who, in Europe, were the pests of the body politic, made an acceptable addition to the stock of labour in the colony; and in a new world, where the temptations to crime seldom presented themselves, many of them became useful members of society.
conspiracyman-tin-hat-cat[Conspiracy Man] Back in the early 80’s, we were told that a Haitian man was bit by a monkey while in Africa and this man had sexual contact with prostitutes in Africa, and returned to Haiti unaware that he was spreading the AIDS virus, and this is how AIDS spread all over the world. This story was confirmed by top global Virologists and the CDC. Everyone believed this story because it was backed by people with the highest scientific credentials.

I never bought into this ridiculous story, because it wasn’t logical. Monkeys have lived in Africa for millions of years. Man evolved in Africa thousands of years ago. So you mean to tell me that a viral threat to humanity, such as a monkey biting a man never occurred while man was in his infancy? It happened only during the early 1980’s? It rapidly spread throughout the world? That doesn’t make any sense.

Now we are to believe that a mosquito that has thrived in our tropical environment for millions of years has suddenly affected pregnant women, unleashing a new virus called “Zika”? Why hasn’t this mosquito bitten anyone before? Does anyone remember the recently genetically modified mosquitos were released in the same exact areas where, now, the ZIKA virus exists? Could a possible link exist? Has the media or the CDC mentioned the possibility of this being a manmade virus? Of course not.  It’s just like they did with the AIDS virus. They came up with a ridiculous explanation.

I so appreciate the power of the Coconut Telegraph. On Friday Monroe County Code Enforcement visited the garbage dump at the end of Heck Avenue, Little Torch Key, and before the end of the day a dumpster arrived and most of the mess was cleaned up. Thank you all concerned.
needle knight[“Arthritis”] I have seen the results and they are amazing for using gold injections to cure rumatoid arthritis. The problem is that it doesn’t treat a problem with a lifetime of expensive treatments, it cures a problem robbing the ‘poor’ drug companies of their profits.  While gold is expensive it is cheap compared to the lifetime of dangerous drug treatments preferred today.  Also you cannot patent an element so there’s little profit for doctors.

For a little over a year in the mid 80’s I would give my mother weekly injections of gold suspended in an oil solution.  Thirty years later she is the most active 84-year-old that you are likely to meet.

[Living in the tropics] Look first before picking up a dust bunny or “leaf” off floor. It might be a dead something or a live something!


[Changing Home Page] Does anyone know of a good ISP that has a home page that doesn’t look like a super market tabloid with all the garbage news and woman stuff? Link

[“Frozen fish”] Well you’re right and you’re not wrong, just maybe not right. They would take it off of the menu before serving something questionable. However, the poster is entitled to their perception. As far as posting what should be posted? Only the things you like from only people that think as you do?
spring bounce boingSpringer’s Bar & Grill open daily from 11am – 11pm

First of all, thank you for hanging out with us on Super Bowl Sunday. What a fun night it was. Cold beer, home cookin’ and great company, we can’t ask for more.

Wednesday: The Cornhole League meets in the evening.

Happy Hour every day from 3pm – 7pm. We serve our draft beer in 16 oz. chilled glasses

Saturday, Feb 20th: The Megan Ellis Band Live in the evening. Mark your calendar.

Y’all come down to see us! 31251 Avenue A, Big Pine Key 305-872-3022 Link

Pigeon Key Art Festival Video
dollar sign revolve 72hI recently went to the BP Walgreen to get nose drops. The cheapest generic one was over $7. Next door at CVS, no different. I happened to go into the Dollar Tree yesterday. They have nose drops, same active ingredient: $1, eye drops: $1, bottle of aspirin: $1, reading glasses: $1. They have stores in Marathon and Key West.
[Messy Road] Can someone explain to me why certain back streets (Palm Villa, Journey’s End) that have a very minor grinder pump pipe put in are getting completely new asphalt, and certain areas (Tropical Bay, Doctors Arm) that have had their roads completely destroyed are not even getting an asphalt cover over the part of the road they dug up? Watson Road going through Palm Villa and Tropical Bay is like a damn war zone. You have to swerve to avoid massive potholes and gouges. And don’t even think of trying to ride a motorcycle or scooter through there. As this ridiculous sewer project lumbers on, it seems that the installation worker’s quality has gone down the tubes. Is there anyone we can call to at least get our roads halfway safe again?
captain ship wheel[Boating Skills and Seamanship Class] The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-3, Big Pine Key, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class beginning March 7th thru March 23rd.  It is a three-week program, two (2) nights per week from 7:00 to 9:30 P.M. It will be held at the Big Pine Methodist Church 280 Key Deer Blvd. Big Pine Key.

The cost of the program is $55 per person (materials included) or $80 per couple with shared materials. Topics include: Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigation Exercise, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat’s Radio, a Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, Florida Law, Hands on Knot Tying and a guest speaker from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

For more information, visit Our Web Site Link and select “Boating Safety Classes” To sign up contact Diane Adam 305-872-4071 email or Bob Eichholtz 305-872-7505 email email

[“Back-up alarms”] I love and cherish the neighborhood I live in and if I have offended or inconvenienced anyone I sincerely apologize. The back-up alarm has been disabled. My wife thanks you too.


I bet our entire universe is in a tiny glass jar placed neatly on a shelf in some alien child’s room as a science project he got a “C” on in school. Video

[Those Who Do Not Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It] I am Jewish and I am sick and tired of my fellow Jews bitching and moaning about WW2 and what happened to us back then, It is over with so forget about it and get a new life!
schenectady-massacre[Massacre at Schenectady] About two hundred French, and some Indians; after marching twenty-two days with their provisions on their backs, through a wilderness covered deep with snow, arrived, on 8th of February 1690, about eleven at night, at Schenectady, a village a few miles north-west of Albany. Schenectady destroyed. Finding the gates open and unguarded, they immediately entered the town, the inhabitants of which were asleep; and, dividing themselves into small parties, into every house at the same time. No alarm was given until the doors were broken open; and then was commenced the perpetration of those barbarities which add so much to the ordinary horrors of war. The whole village was instantly in flames: pregnant women were ripped open and their infants cast into the flames, or dashed against the posts of the doors. Sixty persons were massacred, twenty-seven carried into captivity, and those who escaped fled naked, through a deep snow and storm to Albany. In the flight, twenty-five lost their limbs from the intensity of the cold. The town was pillaged until about noon the next day, when the enemy marched off with their plunder. Being pursued by a party of young men from Albany, about twenty-five of them were killed and captured. Link
[Pundit Comedy] Andrew Maxwell is one of the UK’s most informed and fearless stand ups. He uses his trademark intelligence and political incisiveness to dig behind the clichés and assumptions about the internet. Whether it’s online pornography twisting our children’s minds or GCHQ reading our emails, it seems only right to have a healthy distrust of the internet. Audio
mickey anxiousDisney Cruises was just voted the Best Cruise Line for 2016. If they are the best, then the worst cruise ships must have oars and drum beaters. Those new giant monstrosities are nothing but moving theme parks with thousands of ill-dressed, fat, mutants running amok! Never will my family sail on any of those abortions.
[Lower Keys Chamber General Membership Meeting] Monday, Feb. 22 from 6-8pm at BIstro 31 on Big PIne Key.  The featured speaker is Mr. Kirk Hoosac, the FDOT representative in charge of the landscaping project along the US 1 corridor.  The meeting includes dinner and a cash bar.  This is open to the public; $25/pp if paid reservations are made by Feb. 18 ~ $35 at the door.

Lower Keys Public Q & A. The Board of Directors of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open Q & A forum on Monday, March 7 from 6-8 pm at Keys Community Church to allow the general public and local business owners to address Monroe County officials.  Representatives from the Building Dept., Codes & Permits and the Planning Dept. will be on hand to answer questions and provide helpful information.  If you have questions regarding permits, signage, what you can and cannot do on your property, this is a great opportunity to get answers.  There is no charge to attend this forum.  For complete information Link or call 800–872-3722

the finger 80h[“Fingers“] Somebody claimed you could tell the sex of a human skeleton by the comparing the length of the index and ring fingers. Not true. However, you can predict quite a bit about the personality by the 2D to 4D ratio. Here’s a good summary. What does your ring finger say about you? Link
What is going on with the local food markets. WD and Pubix are changing their brands from the national food lines to their own store brands. Ever taste the lower priced lines? They suck! Why are the Keys getting these lower quality foods shoved down our throats. We are mostly rich people who live here and do not have to put up with this. We want high quality and no low renters in the Keys!
virus11According to a newsletter from Health Sciences Institute, Stephen Hawking warned that one of the greatest threats to mankind today is genetically modified viruses. GMO scientists are now splicing DNA from people, cows, and dogs. When they combine viruses, they sometimes mutate and become super viruses that are infectious to others. The oral polio vaccine reportedly did that in India.

HSI gave some examples. “Here’s a look at just some of the genetically modified vaccines on the market today — and the risks we know about:
RotaTeq: This is supposed to protect babies from rotavirsues, and lots of kids get three doses before they even reach six months of age. But it’s actually made from a cross between cow and human DNA, and clinical trials found that infants are twice as likely to suffer seizures within the first two weeks after they get the vaccine.
Flucelvax: This new flu jab is being marketed like crazy this time of year. But what they’re not telling you is that it was actually made by combining human flu strains with kidney cells from a cocker spaniel! And while Flucelvax has only been around for a couple years, we already know that injecting ourselves with dog DNA is bad news. The vaccine nearly doubles your risk of a painful muscle condition called myalgia.
HPV vaccines, like Gardasil: I’ve told you stories about healthy, young girls who ended up paralyzed, unable to feed themselves and incapable of even attending school shortly after getting these shots. And currently, Virginia, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia require a Gardasil shot just to attend school.” Link

wine glasses 11 full emptyWhat can I use to numb my face so I can pull whiskers out? It hurts!
Months after the FKAA Board authorized the funds to finally connect Marathon buildings to FKAA’s sewer, no progress has been made. That funding was only authorized after the public shame of exposure, so let’s do it again. Pigeon Key’s cesspit and the State and County buildings in Marathon on a package plant behind the EOC are also still as they were. So we have County, FKAA, and DEP buildings still not complying with the State Statute requiring connection to available central sewer within 1 year. Marathon has had central sewers since about 2010. How much TDC money and Infrastructure Sales Tax has gone toward increasing use of the Pigeon Key cesspit? Can there be a worse place for a cesspit? The County did get a price for fire protection on Pigeon Key, so that must be more important. I guess that 2015 State mandate only applies to individuals. Did these entities even contribute to Marathon’s sewer system cost, or did those homeowners have to pick up the slack? It’s all about the money. Yours becoming theirs, that is.
prepare signs[Be Prepared] I had a wake-up call through the misfortune of a friend. She was minding her own business watching some TV after dinner when her arm went numb. She suspected a pinched nerve from some work she had been doing earlier, but asked me to come over. When I saw the numbness was spreading, I called 911. They got lost on the way but arrived in pretty good time. After evaluation, they guessed a vertebrae problem rather than a stroke and put on a neck brace, strapped her to a back board and trucked her to LKMC. I got a call a little later that they were airlifting her to Miami. She had a cerebral hemorrhage and now half her body is paralyzed, the other half is nearly paralyzed, she is unable to speak, and borderline comatose on a ventilator in a mainland ICU.

That defines a bad day. A car wreck could do the same to you or me. She might survive since the brain bleed stopped and swelling reduced, but she will at best be months from going home. I agreed to look after her neurotic pets and her house just before they hauled her away, still fully conscious and coherent. I am named executor/personal rep in her will, but she did not die, so I have no authorization to handle her affairs while she is unable to. I can’t even get her mail out of the post office to pay bills, and would have to front the money anyway. The hospital will own everything after this event. Before this can happen to you, find someone you trust who is willing to take on such a burden, and get a power of attorney made up in case of disability. Also get a health care surrogate paper made up and a living will as well as the last will and testament. It might only be a temporary disability, but you might not have much to come back to. Also arrange to have money available to pay expenses. It was a sad realization to me that the few people I feel I could trust with handling my affairs would likely not be willing, even though I would do for them. I need better friends, huh?





For a limited time only you can get refreshing bottles of Pure Flint water at your local markets.

[Don’t Fagitaboutit] The City of Marathon was founded on certain principles, the most important of which was the need to address the ongoing pollution of our near shore waters caused by cesspits, failing septic tanks, and water runoff issues. Additionally, we wanted to clean-up and upgrade our Community to allow the reasonable re-development of existing older properties, not only along U S Highway 1 but in our residential neighborhoods as well. Thirdly, we wanted to allow more free enterprise by allowing licensed vacation rentals in Marathon.

Whether you like this or not, these were the reasons we decided to become a City and why we were willing to place an additional layer of government over ourselves.

The first five years of our City were better than many of us thought it would be with much of the work spent in laying the foundation that our City is now built upon. It was a formidable job forming the city government, getting the people in place and the necessary departments set up. Thanks to those first five City Councils they did a good job and got it done. The City of Marathon has a great future because of the hard work of those first few City Councils and the people they brought in to initially run it.

As we moved away from contract government, we made some mistakes hiring City Managers, allowing John Herin to be our City Attorney, and by contracting Peter Rosasco to be our City Finance Director. The amounts of money alone that we paid for these three different positions were unbelievable and unprecedented for a City the size of Marathon. For those of you who like to follow the money, this is where that trail may very well begin. To keep those jobs those three people would seem to do whatever was required.

Even so, our City moved forward planning, building, and implementing the first municipal waste water system in the Florida Keys outside of Key Colony Beach and Key West. We were feeling pretty good about ourselves after this and we were right to do so!

To allow the upgrades and re-development of our older properties we needed to change our Land Development Regulations (LDRs), which in hindsight was not done very well because our City Attorney, John Herin, was both, in my opinion, incompetent and lazy. Our LDRs are a mess still and the best example is the new development along Sombrero Beach Road. The re-write of our LDRs allowed this to legally take place and it will happen again because those same rules are still in place today.

Of course, Vacation Rentals are a reality and even though it pulled us through the economic downturn of the real estate bubble crisis it has been a two edged sword. Enforcement and quality of life issues are an ongoing problem. I hope that the City of Marathon continues their enforcement actions and develops better enforceable controls moving forward.

What changed with our elected officials starting in 2005? I believe that our City Council realized where Marathon was going and wanted to find their own personal opportunities. Instead of acting to benefit the Taxpayers and Voters as a whole, they started down the path of self-beneficial interests. It started with those LDR changes and moved into the realm of self-beneficial uses and gifts, to conflicts of interest, to bullyism, to greed, and worse, to murder for hire. When those changes to the LDRs were made and approved in 2005 they included the now infamous 1500-foot rule that benefitted one, Ralph Lucignano.

For ten years from 2005 to 2014 Marathon went into darkness, our version of the Dark Ages. You only need to look at our City Managers, our City Attorney and our Finance Director. With the exception of Mike Puto our City Managers were morally challenged to say the least and arrogant to the point of deceit. Our City Attorney changed law firms no less than 3 times while sitting as our legal counsel and we dutifully followed him as he used our account billings to work his way up to a partnership position in his last law firm. Herin’s legal work was awful. Then there is Peter Rosasco who must be the personal accountant and/or friend to most every Marathon Council Member during this decade. His fees alone would have been reason to replace him, not to mention his accounting mistakes, or his conflicts of interest as a preferred developer in the City, or his blatant code violations, or his history of spousal abuse. This 10 year period was an embarrassment. The people we elected to represent us were nothing short of disappointing and in some cases very possibly criminal. But don’t bother talking with law enforcement; I think that Peter Rosasco may be their accountant and/or friend as well.

There is a special place in all of this for Ralph Lucignano. He benefited from Peter Worthington’s 1500 foot gift rule that is clear. Ralph was appointed to the City of Marathon Planning Commission not once, not twice, but three different times by three different City Council Members. Ralph Lucignano voted against his competitor’s application to sell beer and wine based on a trumped up charge that turned out to not be true. Forget about the ethics of any conflict of interest, that concept does not exist in Marathon. Ralph Lucignano who also still sits on the Tourist Development Council DAC 3 Committee voted to take Marathon Tax dollars and send our money to his friends in Key West. This on top of his New Jersey history as an ex-cop who shot himself and was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scam to steal money from the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association. Ralph Lucignano is a special kind of Jersey Rat and a cancer to Marathon. I continue to not understand why anyone in Marathon would associate or do business with him based on these facts.

The Voters of Marathon for the last three elections have spoken clearly for change and for accountability. While we as a City may have turned a corner, we are still not where we need or want to be. More change is necessary. Peter Rosasco must go. Hopefully John Bartus will not be successful in keeping his friend, Peter Rosasco, at the City of Marathon trough. We need to trim the unnecessary pork fat and not get back in line to re-fill the plates.

Think about it! Don’t fagitaboutit!  ~~Bruce Schmitt

coral14[Growing Coral Faster] Scientists take a large chunk of coral then chop it up into tiny portions that grow the fastest. They then take those small pieces of healthy coral and expose them to optimal conditions in specially designed tanks. Once grown, the genetically identical chunks are then fused back together to make a single large portion of coral that they can transplant back onto reefs.
[Ripples] Scientists announced Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space and time that Einstein predicted a century ago. Whatever that means is probably very interesting. The evidence of gravitational waves is captured in audio form, the finding means astronomers will now be able to hear the soundtrack of the universe and listen as violent collisions reshape the cosmos. It will be like going from silent movies to talkies. Link


It’s 68 degrees here today with a brisk breeze. I love watching and hearing the palm trees on a day like this. The fronds dance and wave with each arriving gust as if conducting an orchestra. This musical ensemble fills the air with swooshes from the bending foliage of the coconut trees, the rhythmic sounds of the water lapping against the dock and an occasional call of a sea gull. This soothing and peaceful performance was definitely worth getting up for.

[“Arthritis”] A friend went to a special arthritis clinic and they basically said to use the joint that bothers you as much as you can. I’ve also heard that from other sources. Cut out all artificial sweeteners, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, etc. I did. I also take Glucosamine and Chondroitin and two turmeric capsules a day. Turmeric is the best natural anti-inflammatory there is.

[Choices] The word “timshel” — thou mayest — that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. In the space between yes and no, there’s a lifetime. It’s the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind; it’s the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are; it’s the legroom for the lies you’ll tell yourself in the future. Blessings my friends.   ~Coconuts Bar & Package Store

Freedom, the reason for America. People came here to escape. To be free from something. A document was created to insure that there was freedom. That document is under attack by individuals who want everyone to conform to their demands.
Political correctness is the evil that is castrating America. I, as in me, an individual, feel uncomfortable with the term “Founding fathers”, as it is gender biased. The statue of a Confederate General in the town square makes me, as an individual, uncomfortable because it reminds me of slavery and must be removed because I said so. There must be exclusive spaces for me to escape from words and ideas that make me uncomfortable. The world must change for me as an individual because I am me. And if I don’t get my way I’ll picket, I’ll sue, I’ll create such a disturbance that everyone will have to obey my demands. Well, Toots, get a life. The world does not revolve around you. Whose fault? The judicial system for allowing this nonsense by pandering to all to those attorneys. Is there any hope to bring America back? No way. It’s too late.
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The next meeting of our Big Pine Computer Club is coming up this Saturday, February 13, 10 am at the senior center.  Hope to see you there. Bring us your troubles! Full Menu > Ongoing Events

Praise the Lord! AT&T is installing cable all over BP for fiber-optic television (U-Verse). We finally have a choice and can dump that crooked Comcast, probably the nation’s worst company. I have no dog in this fight, but do yourself a favor and get rid of Comcast.
P.S. AT&T agents speak English.



I butt-dialed my phone by accident and didn’t know it until much latter. Now my normal $20 a month bill is $97 dollars this month!

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) on Saturday, February 20th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Hunt for a meal in a game of Sharks on the Prowl. Discover why sharks don’t go to the dentist! See what kind of sharks live in the Keys. For more information, contact 305-809-4750. Space is limited, so please call to register. Learn more about the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Link


Do this for your girl on Valentine’s Day. It means “beautiful” in Spanish.

[Sheriff’s App Problem] If you have an iPhone, and use the very handy MCSO app, you may not be getting push notifications/alerts anymore. It’s a known problem, the fix is to reload the app – an app update is now available which fixes the iPhone issues. For best results, uninstall the app and reinstall the new updated app. This should fix the issues we were having.


The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.

I don’t know if they have frozen fish or not; but I have eaten at the Square Grouper 3 times and all three there has been something that was not quite right. The last time my meal was way overdone after a long wait. My wife and our friends are what people call foodies because we like to eat at the best restaurants everywhere we go. I know how high it is rated; but if anyone thinks it is as good as some of the best Key West restaurants we have eaten at are only fooling themselves.  ~
gone fishing sign[Beware of Phishing] “Dear Facebook Member: By using or accessing Facebook Services, you must agree with our new Data Policy. Your privacy is very important to us. We designed our new Data Policy to make important disclosures about how you can use Facebook to share with others and how we collect and can use your content and information. We require you to read our new Data Policy to avoid permanently suspension of your account, and to use it to help you make informed decisions. Please Log In and read the new Data Policy to avoid suspension.”

(Ed: The link ended in .com, but after that was an additional .tr. The .tr stands for Turkey. The phishers are from Turkey. Had I clicked on the link the whole east coast would have sunk into the sea.)

How Islam progressively takes over countries. Link
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[How to Rejuvenate Old Rolls of Masking Tape] Microwave it under 20 seconds. Don’t over heat it, the core gets very hot.  Video

[Questioning Reviews] To the poster who stated that “the Square Grouper was one of the top restaurants in the Keys, if not the U.S.” I don’t know how they would know that since there are over 700 restaurants in the Keys and over 1 million restaurants in the U.S. I’d love to know his research. Anybody who has ever used TripAdvisor, Yelp or any of the many “review” sites knows that anybody (business owners, friends, family, etc.) can gush over any business. Having owned a restaurant for over 47 years I can also tell you that many of these reviewing sites take advertisements and hire companies to write wonderful reviews; and then it’s amazing how much better the reviews can be. I’ve even had local papers tell me that they would do a story with good reviews if I bought an advertisement. I’ve seen it done many times. Honestly I don’t know if the Square Grouper is great or if it sucks. I have only eaten there about 5 times over the years. Some of the meals were good and some not so good. This is not a knock on the place; it’s just the truth.
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[Internet Tax] Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

[Sewer Aid Arrives] The Army Corps of Engineers will be devoting $3 million in funding towards the Florida Keys Water Quality Improvement Program for fiscal year 2016.
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[Politically Correct] What would happen if an ambulance had to get down my street to save my family and Muslims were blocking the street while praying?

[“On women the index finger is longer than the third finger. The reverse is true of men”] Really? I am a female with both index fingers shorter than the third fingers. I think the 2/9 poster is mistaken.
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[The Koch Brothers’ War on Solar Power] All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida. Link

[“Al Jazeera America is shutting down”] Pretty simple solution. Go to one of those countries where Al-Jazeera runs 24/7. Like the ‘enlightened’ nation of Qatar. Just don’t tell them you’re a Christian, or worse, a Jew. There’s a reason Al-Jaz went dark here is no one gave a camel s**t about watching it.
[“Square Grouper, recently voted #1 restaurant in the Florida Keys on Trip Advisor”] #1 for what? The highest prices? The lowest quality? What? So much for good taste in the Keys. If the SG is the best, I would hate to see the worst.
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[“Tilapia is raised in excrement”] I laugh at people knocking tilapia. What the hell do you think flounder and any bottom feeding animals eat? WC Fields said it right, “I don’t drink it because fish f**k in it!” People are so blind to reality; they would freak out if they ever toured meat, fish, or fowl processing plants. Candy is just as bad.

My wife just remarked about viewing TV commercials that depict interracial “families” selling products. She is very upset as to why the media is pushing interracial images everywhere. I told her it is the new way to get people to love one another and to meld the races into one big tan family. It is working!
register to vote5[FTR] Please don’t fail to make sure that you are registered as a Republican or a Democrat in the upcoming Florida presidential primary election. If you are not registered as a Republican or Democrat, you will not be permitted to vote.  In Florida, Independents are barred from participating in the primary process.

This election will be one of the most important in decades.  For the sake of our nation take just a second and register as a Republican or Democrat.  Personally I’d prefer Republican.  You can get all the details from the Supervisor of Election web site at Link

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