Letters to the editor with pictures since 2002. Published on Big Pine Key’s garbage days, Tuesdays and Fridays.
|I’m grateful that I live in the lower Keys. We have no overt racism, no burning, no looting and our law enforcement is professional and respected. Yes, we have our problems but it’s a great place to live. The fishing ain’t bad either!
[Choking Charles Eimers] “Based on what I know so far, I don’t think the officers acted inappropriately.” Key West Police Chief Donnie Lee
|[Murdered By Cop] “Find me a young black man, not in Key West, who hasn’t been forced to the ground during a traffic stop” Really? Of the millions of black motorists, every one of them has been forced to the ground in traffic stops? No, not true. Why write that? And do black lives matter more to black people than white people when far, far, more black people are killed by black people than by white people, police or otherwise. Just last week in Chicago, 18 murdered black people were counted in one night. They were murdered by black people. All of them. Front page national news? National protests and riots? No. This is the real problem. There are very bad white cops to be sure, and they need to be rooted out, and racism is very real in America, but to suggest that this is the largest problem is short sighted.
|I always thought Flo and Eddy were members from the Turtles. To clarify all this misinformation get a copy of Harvey Kuperniks’ book “Canyon Of Dreams”. Totally awesome read and lots of pictures. History of Laurel Canyon from 20’s and 30’s on up to the time when the “dirty hippies” took over. Some really great stories, takes me back to the days when I was actually young. Remember some of the lyrics from the song 12:30 by the Mama’s and Papa’s? “… young girls they come into the canyon”, it was about girls hitchhiking out of the canyon after a night of partying and hanging with Lord knows which rockers of the time. Damn, where are all those flashbacks I was promised to help me in my old addled age? Also, surf music started in the early sixties. The music scene would have been totally different if The Beatles hadn’t interrupted. Dick Dale, Chantays, The Pyramids Mar-Kets, the list goes on. Almost all of them were instrumentals. And don’t forget Soul Finger by The Bar-Kays, one of the greatest. They were Otis Redding’s band and produced by Isaac Hayes. All the party sounds you hear in the recording are from kids next door to the recording studio, who Hayes had given bottles of Coke or Pepsi for their performance in the recording. Pretty cool, that song always gets me going even if I’m having a bad day
One hit wonders of the 1970s. Video
|[No Gun on Floyd] “Police said that Floyd had a gun.” After he had been searched? The reason that ass of a cop killed him? No way. What the hell are you saying? Show me one instance of the police claiming he had a gun while the cop was kneeling on his neck. Just one. Stop muddling things up because you watched too many cop movies. No one has said that Floyd had a gun. In fact the police in Minneapolis instantly condemned his sick actions and then fired him and then charged him with murder. What is wrong with you?
[Sainthood] A lady prayed to a priest and was cured? Are you kidding me? The Pope’s going to make the priest a saint for that? How about the doctor who actually cured her? Or the drug company. I was in the ICU and prayed to my doctor, no kidding, and I was cured. Should he be sainted? The way they give out halos these days is a joke. Where’s the real miracles, like making fish multiply or floating above a burning bush? Sheesh!
|[Not Over Yet] There have been 10 new corona virus cases in the Keys since we unlocked the gate 11 days ago. How many more cases do we need before they wake up.
|[“Why do Key deer chew all the time” Part 1] Save Our Key Deer answers this common question. Short Attention Span summary: They “chew their cud” — a lot! Deer are “poly-ruminants” meaning they have multiple sections to their stomach. Their set-up’s primary function is to allow them to break down cellulose in their food and, with the help of microorganisms living inside their stomachs, extract the various nutrients. When us (single stomach) humans eat our salad greens and veggies, we can only extract about 20% of the energy material available. Deer can get about 60%. To accomplish this, though, they needed to develop two facilitators: 1) multiple stomach chambers to separate sections where the helpful microbes can live and thrive, and sections with acid that would kill the good bugs; 2) maximize the shredding of the initial cellulose material so more microbes can break it down: i.e. chew it and extra 2 times. So that takes much time – hence constantly chewing Key deer!
Check-out the attached video showing a Key deer that just swallowed, waits for its cud-pack (“bolus”) to shoot-up from his stomach…and then the chewing starts!
Important – a bulge on the side of a deer’s mouth that does not go away is not the result of chewing cud but rather a food impaction due to nematode worms (relatively easily treated) or “lumpy jaw” – a bacterial bone infection (much harder to treat).
|“Good people do good things and bad people do bad things,” I was told, but for good people to do bad things, that takes religion.” ~Madeleine Albright
[For Rent] 2 bedrooms. One bath. Unfurnished Duplex on clean boating canal w/seawall going to Pine Channel and coral reef. Tiled floors throughout. Stainless steel appliances. Ceiling fans in living room, kitchen and bath. Laundry room. Small screened porch. Very clean. A/C., large brick patio. Parking for 2 vehicles. Ground level. Port Pine heights subdivision. Quiet neighborhood. 750 square feet. No smokers or dogs. $1800 a month. First, last and $1000 security ($4600 total to move in) Utilities not included. 3970 No Name Road. Port Pine Heights sub-division. Email for further info. email@example.com. More pictures on Craigslist. Link
|[“Killing for a TV”] You live in a weird world. I don’t. First, it is within your rights in Florida and other states to use deadly force to stop an intruder trying to steal your tv. Florida Statute 776.013 or castle doctrine states just that. Second, it is not “murder” as you called it, it is justifiable homicide. Is it ok for someone to smash their way into your house, perhaps with helpless children in there, and start taking your possessions with no immediate consequences? Would you let them? How would you know the intruder’s full intent or what they were capable of doing given as they have already proven themselves criminals? It is much better to be safe than sorry. They didn’t cause this to happen to them. It’s not the homeowner or business owner’s fault. And it would stop that looter from ever doing it again
[“Democracy versus Constitutional Republic”] It really all boils down to whether you believe that certain rights are inalienable. If for example if you believe that you have the right to free speech then it is important that you do not live in a democracy. In a democracy the majority could vote to take that right away. In a constitutional republic that inalienable right is not up for vote or debate. The Constitution is the law of the land and protects us from democracy. It keeps others from using the vote to strip you of your rights. I know that it is an old analogy, but Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. In a constitutional republic that sheep is allowed to be armed and protected from the wolves’ choices.
|[Friday Joke] I found the secret to a happy marriage. Twice a week we go to a nice restaurant, have cocktails, a gourmet dinner and a great dessert. She goes on Tuesdays and I go on Friday.
|[Profit From Flu] I just watched an interview with a nurse who temporarily served at a New York hospital. She describes how people who were admitted for feeling short of breath were admitted for Covid rule-out, put in a room with a confirmed Covid case, and in spit of multiple negative Covid tests, would have their chart labeled Covid positive, heavily sedated including paralytic drugs, put on a ventilator, and orders given not to revive them when they die. The reason: $29,000 in federal funding.
[Friday Joke] Swimming with the dolphins is expensive but swimming with the sharks will cost you an arm and a leg.
|[“Excusing police for being fat”] I’m sure that the Police Department would gladly give the fatso time in the gym on “company time” because it would make the Department more efficient.
New research finds Jupiter is flinging asteroids at Earth. Well who can blame it! Link
|[“Killing for a tv”] I feel that it’s your duty to shoot a man who steals your tv. There are laws in this country that prohibit stealing. There are laws enacted by people elected by us that gave us the right to protect our lives, our families, our homes. And then there’s that pesky old document, the US Constitution that give us those rights. I spent 30 years wearing the green defending the Constitution. Anyone who might have the thought of possibly stealing my TV better think twice. And the morality of taking a life was eliminated from me in boot camp. It’s just about 3 pounds of pull on the trigger.
[New Band] The posting about black nitrogen was interesting, but the coolest thing is that I found a new name for our band: Unstable Allotropes.
|[Bum Info] I couldn’t help but notice that a post incorrectly said that Jan & Dean later became Flo and Eddie. Flo and Eddie were actually Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, who were the original founding members of The Turtles. They revisited their hit “Elenor” as Flo and Eddie – rare that a remake is better than the original, but this one is off the charts better. Give it a listen!
Flo & Eddie – Elenore
|[Friday Joke] The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins. Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The resting place was piled high with flours.
Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Born and bread in Minnesota, Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man, and was considered a positive roll model for millions. Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.
|[Derivatives] Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction, carrying dangers that, while now latent, are potentially lethal. Link
[It’s What’s For Lunch] Time lapse video of a python eating an alligator? The alligator should have used those claws! Video
|Tom Jones with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Long Time Gone – Tom Jones TV Show. If you ever wanted to hear Sir Jones and Steven Sills get down—this is the one!
[Spying] Did you know that Obama passed a bill requiring every tire be equipped with a GPS chip, so that you could be located in 5G networks? Trump hasn’t reversed this yet. If you don’t want to be followed, you have to cut the little rubber antenna that sticks through the rim.
|[Truth vs Belief] Quoted from a KGB defector during an interview on subterfuge tactics describing the state of a “demoralized” person: “Exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him. Even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents, with pictures; even if I take him by force to the Soviet Union and show him concentration camp, he will refuse to believe it, until he [receives] a kick in his fan-bottom. When a military boot crashes his balls then he will understand. But not before that. That’s the [tragedy] of the situation of demoralization.”
It’s hard not to see that in the state of many modern Americans. We have become a society of polarized tribes, with some people flat out rejecting facts in favor of narratives and opinions.
|[Friday Joke] Lorena Bobbit was killed in a car accident. Some dick cut her off!
[Northernmost Point] While visiting Big Pine Key don’t forget to visit the Northernmost Point marker. Drive directly north on No Name Road in the Port Pine Heights sub-division, park your car before the road turns left and walk a few feet through the break in the bushes to see this fabulous testament to directions. No expense was spared to create this exciting landmark. Eat you heart out Key West!
|[Vaccines] “I am not anti-vaccine, I am anti-stupid.” Here is a 15 minute video starting with a 4 minute cartoon interview with a Bill Gates figure explaining his goals for the world and the means to achieve it. This is followed by an MD explaining the idiocy of blindly accepting a vaccine based on unsubstantiated claims of safety. I knew that many vaccines contain traces of HIV and the intentional ingredients of mercury, aluminum, and DNA from aborted fetuses. I did not know that the addition of polysorbate 80 allows these ingredients to cross the blood-brain barrier. Whoa! Look at grocery food ingredient labels and check out how many products contain polysorbate 80! No wonder the nation’s health suffers. The MD’s presentation improves as the video progresses. (Ed: no video was received)
[Christopher Columbus — Now Bad] Two statues of the infamous Italian explorer — credited (though incorrectly) with discovering the Americas, and ruining the lives of indigenous people — were vandalized beyond recognition in Boston and Richmond, VA Tuesday evening; and for now, they’ll be MIA. In Virginia, Christopher Columbus’s monument was found toppled over and dunked in a lake at Byrd Park — this after protesters there reportedly set it ablaze and demanded it be taken down. Some folks had signs decrying what Columbus represents. Video
|[Succession] The City of Seattle made the decision to abandon the East Precinct and surrender the neighborhood to the protesters. Link
[Dumb Snake] Here is what can happen when a python eats a porcupine — really bad indigestion. Video
|The Four Horsemen of America’s Apocalypse
No. 1: Victimhood. The first is victimhood. The more people who regard themselves as victims — as individuals or as a group — the more likely they are to commit evil.
No. 2: Demonization. The second of the four ingredients of this civilization-destroying witches’ brew is demonization — demonizing a group as inherently evil.
No. 3: A Cause To Believe In. The need for meaning is the greatest human need after the need for food. Leftism, with all its offshoots — feminism, environmentalism, Black Lives Matter, antifa — has filled that vacuum.
No. 4: Lies. The fourth and most important ingredient necessary for evil is lies. Lies are the root of evil.
Pray for divine intervention! Link
[Permanent Holiday Lighting] No more putting up and taking down Christmas lights. I love this! No, it’s not gonna happen at my house, but I love it. Video
|[COVID-19] People are so sick of staying home that they are pretending the virus has gone away. Not! 1,000 Americans a month are still dying from the virus.
|Deer Friends: Our Deer Editor does not have the time to fact check every posting that we see here. So I urge you to take the time to fact check them for yourselves. We are in perilous times. That’s why we have to be very skeptical of what is delivered to us by media, All too often, media with an agenda to promote. Impartial journalism seems to be dead. The last edition of CT had some postings that put forward things that are simply not true. We have no way of knowing if the untruths were known to be untrue when put forward — if so, they were damned lies. If not, simple mistakes. Some among us are attempting to foment hate and divisiveness. Some are just angry, often influenced by biased reporting.
One untruth in the last CT was the claim that Mr. Floyd’s neck was broken. It was not. The Minneapolis Medical Examiner stated that Floyd, a career criminal, was under the influence of heroin, fentanyl, and meth when he died. Further, that he had heart disease and other cardiac issues. Further that he died of a heart attack. There was no evidence of strangulation or asphyxiation.
Another was this quote: “Murder by cop is rampant in American cities if you’re Black. It’s hard for you.” That is simply untrue. The killing of anyone by American cops is rare. In 2018 there were about 10.5 million arrests, and countless civilian/police encounters. But, in 2018 there were only about 1065 people killed by Police. Of those killed by police, about 135 were black. BTW, for the record there are about 314 cities in the US with populations of over 100k. The odds of anyone, anyone of any stripe, being killed by a cop is nearly infinitesimally small. (Ed: er, …unless you’re a Blackman) ~FTR
|I don’t know my guns, but was amused when I saw where some dude (or chick?) in Utah is advertising a “Mega Antifa Hunting Package” for $5k including a SCAR 175, a long list of accessories, and about 700 rounds of ammo. I think the message is clear to violence agitators in Utah. Protests have been the peaceful assemblies guaranteed as a Constitutional right when hordes of heavily armed citizens stood watch.
[Black Lives Don’t Matter] If you want to wear a mask, and most especially if you are forced to wear a mask to comply with Covid mandates, you might want to consider one like in the image. These masks are much easier to breathe in than the commercial offerings, will reduce your self-infection from all the nasties in your own exhalations, and can be made at home cheaply for you and some friends from an old bed sheet. As a bonus, you will be sure to receive compliments on your fashion statement in these uncertain times.
|[Cops Killing Blackmen] George Floyd killing is not a racial issue, but is being promoted as such for dishonorable purposes. Floyd was killed by a violent cop who knew him well. In Key West, Charles Eimers was a peaceful white tourist tased and suffocated to death while laying hog-tied in the sand by a ruthless gang of white Key West Cops who thought he was homeless. But it was white cops killing a white man, so it was not newsworthy. This black lady tells like it really is, with the data to back her up. It should be required viewing for all races in the US. The video is about 18 minutes long, but you can start at 11 minutes and still get the point. Video
[“Dead people do not loot”] The poster believes that it is more wrong to defend your life and property than it is for someone to take your property or possibly your life. There is no difference between looting during a riot and breaking and entering someone’s home to take what you want. I happen to believe that if someone enters your home or an occupied building, that the resident has the right and responsibility to take action to defend his health and property. It is allowed to be presumed that if someone illegally enters your place you may assume that they are there with intent to do you harm and you may take whatever action that you see fit to defend yourself. Fortunately, we live in a state that also believes that, and the Castle Doctrine was written to protect the victims of crime. The poster is right that a TV is not worth a life. The thief has every option to not lose his life by not breaking in and stealing. Once they kick in a door the option is no longer up to them. It’s up to you–shoot!
|Minneapolis, looking like the aftermath of a war. Video
Every family has that one kid.