2021 July

Friday, July 22, 2021

Letters to the editor with pictures since 2002.
Published on Big Pine Key’s garbage days, Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Un-social Media with 60,000 Followers

[“Unsafe America”] America is not unsafe, only certain areas in certain cities. I am sorry about the little girl that was killed. It is unacceptable, yet it is usually done by young men whose role models are in jail or not living with them. The cities with the highest death rates are the cities with the strictest gun laws. Criminals will always have guns. So there is nothing to talk about. I do not own a gun, so I have no skin in the game. Young men with no good role models are the problem.


So that’s what the top step is for?

[Secret Vaccine] What would you do if there was a terrible disease that killed hundreds of thousands of people and they had a safe and proven vaccine, but only rich people could get? I’ll tell you what, people would be killing those rich folks just to take their juice.
What if the same vaccine was available for free? Would those same folks even want it? or would they think it’s some kind of conspiracy and refuse the shots?


[Math Problem Of The Day] If George is 73 and his girlfriend is 26. How much money does George have?

[Too Many Different Strokes] It amazes me how people divide into thought camps where one group doesn’t believe anything; another believes everything and another may fight to defend their stupidity to the death. This is occurring with this world plague and I doubt we will come out of this mess without major changes of health, law, logic and common sense, if such things still exists
[“Keys crime”] Someone claimed that when they moved here there was little crime. I disagree. He probably hasn’t lived here that long. Since my time in the 70s there have been a whole lot of sensational murders, too many to detail. And a lot more before my time.  It seems Keys characters really know how to go crazy. I’ll just mention the one I witnessed. A lady was stabbed to death on top of one of the old concrete ship’s dolphins, 50’ off Mallory Pier. That was in the mid-70s as all of us in the sunset crowd looked on helplessly. It was unreal. At first your brain can’t process it.
How about the guy who cut the heart out of a girl in the lower Keys or the guy who dragged a dead girl behind his car on No Name? There are a lot of bizarre murders down here. Just writing about it recalls to mind several other sensational murders I’d sooner forget.
[“Unsafe America”] I can’t get out of my head the man against gun control who defended all gun violence using statistics and numbers. What a narrow-minded ass. If the US is not dangerous why do so many frightened people carry hidden guns? Old white folks are so scared of going in public in America that many of them carry loaded guns wherever they go. They’ll even bring them unannounced into you house when visiting. Oh, yeah, America is very safe.
How would gun control have saved the cute six year old girl from a drive by shooting? It is already illegal to kill people. What additional law would have saved her? No existing gun law or new law would make any difference. You see, criminals, by definition, don’t follow the law. I’m curious to know what “gun control” measures you desire. What law would stop a felon, drug dealing, human trafficking gang member from shooting, with an illegally obtained firearm, anyone he wanted to? None. They are criminals. I suspect you would advocate for the repeal of our 2nd amendment. Let’s say that happens. Law abiding citizens that own firearms- and this is by far the vast majority of gun owners, would have to turn in their guns; and they would because, remember, they are law abiding. What also happens? You guessed it. The criminals would not because, again, they are criminals. So now the only people with guns are criminals. Brilliant. The solution, the thing that might save future victims of drive by shootings is more policing- triple law enforcement budgets, and much harsher sentences for offenders.

[Survey] I asked a 100 women which shampoo they preferred. The top answer was: “How in the hell did you get in here?”

[The Running of the Goats] NYC park gets rid of invasive and poison plants with 24 goats enjoying a vacation in the big apple. Video


I saw a good commercial yesterday with Obama, Bush, and Clinton urging us to get vaccinated. That’s pretty heavy influencing. Something for everyone!

[Flood Insurance Rising] FEMA is currently attempting to radically change the way they calculate risk ratings when it comes to flood insurance premiums issued by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This new formula, known as Risk Rating 2.0, would drastically change the risk ratings for properties across the country. FEMA has stated that most of Florida properties and a majority of policyholders nationwide will see an increase under the new program. This increase comes from a flawed government program that does not make all properties across the country located within flood plains pay into the system, effectively punishing places like Florida that take flood insurance seriously.

The NFIP is in serious need of reform. This failing program owes billions of dollars to the United States taxpayer. Robust change is needed for it to become self-sufficient. This reform needs to include increasing the number of properties paying in and increasing affordability. That is why I have joined Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana in introducing the Flood Insurance Fairness Act in the House of Representatives, which prevents the NFIP from increasing flood insurance premiums without Congressional approval.
Please reach out to with any questions. ~Rep. Carlos Gimenez, Member of Congress

[We’re Doomed] Here’s something to try. Go to Google Earth and search the planet for a landing site as if you were a space alien coming to visit Earth for the first time. Scratch off any hostile military places, any low rent ghettos, any politico cities, and freezing or super-hot areas, and any areas that smell bad. Right, there is no decent spot to land. Makes you feel like junk doesn’t it?

[Free T-Shirts] The local artist t-Shirts are back & this one is by KW artist Abigail White! Blood drive this Monday, July 26 at Bealles from 11 to 4. Click the link below to donate. Thanks for donating!
Air quality alert expanded across Northern U.S. over Canadian wildfire smoke. The smoke is compromising air quality near the source of fires while it casts an eerie haze at greater distances. Video
This is the coolest dance move of all time (well, maybe Michael Jackson’s moon walk). Sexy John Travolta up on his toes getting down in his mating dance with Uma Thurman!
[The Plague–Yersinia Pestis ] Today, the scariest thing about the plague is its name. The world’s first big run-in with Yersinia pestis was the Justinian Plague that began in 541 AD. That was followed by the even more sinister-sounding Black Death or Great Plague in the 1340s, which claimed just over half of the entire population of Europe at the time. Link
[Drones] These photos taken by drones would have been impossible just a few years ago. And sometimes, drone operators stumble across things that can only be seen from the sky—and that have remained hidden … until now. Link


[Covid] Basically, half the country is bailing water out of a sinking boat, while the other half is busy drilling holes in it. #GetVaccinated

[Friday Joke] “Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be a very serious man. Is something bothering you?” “Negative, ma’am. Just serious by nature.” The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, “It looks like you have seen a lot of action.” “Yes, ma’am, a lot of action.” The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation with the handsome sargent, said, “You know, you should lighten up a little. Relax and enjoy yourself.” The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner. Finally the young lady said, “You know, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?” “1955, ma’am.” “Well, there you are. No wonder you’re so serious. You really need to chill out! I mean, no sex since 1955! She took his hand and led him to a private room where she proceeded to “relax” him.
Afterwards, panting for breath, she leaned against his bare chest and said, “Wow, you sure didn’t forget much since
The Sergeant Major said in his serious voice, after glancing at his watch, “I hope not; it’s only 2130 now.”
[“Ignoring Covid. The battle for profit in Key West”] It’s not greed, it’s financial survival. Don’t confuse the two. KW has no other income to fall back on but tourism. Most workers live hand to mouth. Closing down for any length of time ruins most of them. Most tourist workers don’t even have an extra $200 for emergencies. If you’re talking about the business owner put yourself in his sandals. Where is he going to get the thirty grand for his rent, or pay the mortgage on his home?
[“Amazon’s new Miami fulfillment center”] Those 1,000 jobs will not last as the future plan for those centers is to replace human pickers with robots. Bezos is a lousy employer. He makes deals for property and new businesses, claiming how many jobs he’ll bring to get States to exempt him from taxes. Then he takes those jobs away. He just uses jobs as a ruse to get out of paying taxes.
[Covid] This is the one and only time when anyone should believe the government.

It’s 1961 – Elvis, Chubby Checker, Dion, Ben E. King, Bobby Vee are the stars – American Bandstand is where it’s at — Rock and Roll is here to stay!

[Standing In Line] Anyone who has ever stood in line at the DMV for two hours only to be told they had the wrong paperwork understands why Republicans like voter IDs.
[Wake Up Call] Covid is being spread by the un-vaccinated. Is it their intention to kill everyone? 99 out of 100 Covid deaths are the un-vaccinated. Stop believing the lies and misinformation and get jabbed!
[Friday Joke] Chuck knocks on his prom date’s door. Her dad opens it and invites him in. “So, you’re taking our Betty Sue to her first prom?” he asks, sternly. Chuck nervously stutters “y-yes sir.” “She’ll be down in a sec. But let’s have a chat while we wait.” Chuck slumps in the nearest chair, waiting for the inevitable talk. “There’s something you need to understand about Betty and her having a good time,” her dad continues. “She loves to screw. I cannot count the times we’ve caught her screwing. If she had her way, she would screw all night and never stop. Do you understand?” Chuck nods dumbly, unable to believe his luck. Then Betty comes down the stairs, and the young couple head out for their Prom date.
Four minutes later Betty walks back in and says “TWIST dad, it’s called the TWIST!”