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Friday, March 14, 2014

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rails-old-brdg00[Old Seven Mile Bridge] Florida Keys local govern­ments have begun to give their formal blessings to a funding plan to renovate the Old Seven Mile Bridge. On Tuesday night, the Marathon City Council approved the roughly $77 mil­lion plan between itself, the Monroe County Commission and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The agreement calls for 30 years worth of repairs and upgrades to the 100 year-old bridge that once carried Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railroad, with DOT paying for the lion’s share of it. Under the terms of the agreement, DOT would maintain ownership of the bridge. DOT would pay $57 million of the projected $77 million in repair and main­tenance costs over the next 30 years. Monroe County would pay $14.2 million, and Marathon would pay $5.3 mil­lion to help cover the cost of repairs. The county would have to pay an additional $720,000 up front to repair the Pigeon Key ramp, according to the agreement.
[Crook] A former administrator in the work release program at the Monroe County Sheriff Office pleaded guilty this week to stealing thousands of dol­lars in Social Security benefits, according to court records. The U.S. Attorney’s Office claims between January 2009 and July 2011, Roginia Robinson embezzled at least $5,460 in public funds by cashing 10 Social Security widow benefits checks. The checks were made out to another person with initials LJ.”
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[Reckless texting] It is against the law to text someone if you know they are driving. If the driver has an accident you could be convicted. I guess they’d call it reckless texting.

[Bailout] The numbers are in and they show that the Government bailout of the car companies saved over 4 million fairly well paying jobs, the loss of which would have been a disaster for our economy that was already crumbling at the time. 
It seems that there are more and more vehicles on US1 with white blinking lights. The gamut runs from private to official looking vehicles, be they SUVs, pickups or even vans. What is the rule of engagement with such vehicles and why do they display blinking lights? At this rate, it may result in even legitimate emergency vehicles being confused for DOT ones.



Oscar Pistorius is a murderer. Come to find out, his girlfriend locked herself in the bathroom — with a key! Why would she use a key to lock herself in the bathroom in the middle of the night if she was just taking a leak? There were cricket bat marks on the door too, and when the bat failed to break the door down Pistorius got a gun and shot her through the door — all while she was screaming. He says he thought it was a female burglar screaming, or some such nonsense. I rest my case.

The 179 newly planted coconut palms on N Roosevelt Blvd look great. Has anyone noticed that Key West is looking more and more like Sarasota each year?
Airplane Flight 370 is still missing. Reuters today says the plane deliberately turned toward the Andaman Islands, about ninety degrees off course. 

cat lady

I just heard on Fox News that cat owners tend to be messy and lazy.  This explains why so many of them let their pets run loose in spite of the damage they do. 

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4,000 of Clinton’s Presidential papers are being released today. Today’s installment will include a variety of topics, including the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, papers from health care adviser Ira Magaziner, the transition to the presidency of George W. Bush and records related to terrorism, including the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American troops. Video

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TGIF from Springers Bar and Grill! Today we have an amazing special, Mahi Mahi with a mushroom white wine velouté sauce over a bed of rice. It’s sure to please the stomach while exciting the palate. So come and enjoy, you know you want to. 

And don’t forget Friday night karaoke with DJ Nick starting at 7. Weekends are always something special at Springers, definitely a step above.

[Sewers] ‘Nugent Pumps’ is an appropriate name for grinder pumps for the man who wouldn’t fight for the people who elected him and forced them to have the dreaded grinder pumps. I heard that Commissioner Neugent is not getting a grinder pump. No one was surprised at that news.
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[Friday Joke] A woman came up behind her husband while he was enjoying his morning coffee and slapped him on the back of the head.
“I found a piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name ‘Marylou’ written on it,” she said, furious.  “You had better have an explanation.”
“Calm down, honey,” the man replied.  “Remember last week when I was at the dog track? That was the name of the dog I bet on.”‘
The next morning, his wife snuck up on him and smacked him again.
“What was that for?” he complained.
“Your dog called last night.”

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[Free Bus] The city will make bus ser­vice free Monday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and promote ridership. Citywide transit and the Lower Keys Shuttle will be absolutely free all day.

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Nancy Pelosi has a good way to stop the Indians being insulted by having the Washington Redskins named after them. Trademark denial. She said the Trademark Department has refused or revoked trademarks in the past that were offensive to some. Without a trademark the Redskins won’t be able to sell exclusive merchandise, anyone will be able to sell it a lot cheaper. This will force the Redskins to change the name in order to get a very valuable trademark worth millions. Pelosi’s not even a lawyer and she thought that up. 

[Mobile phone backdoor] Backdoor found in Samsung phones, allows hackers in. Link
[Spies like US] NSA project has privileged access to Internet network service providers, allowing any web sites not running HTTPS (encrypted) to be immediately masqueraded to be used as a launching pad to infect millions of devices at a time. Link 


[Shooting ‘Baskets’] When I was a kid we used to play basketball using a bushel basket for the hoop with the bottom cut out. We’d nail the basket to a telephone pole so we could use its street light to play at night.

[Money to waste] We constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare running out of money? What’s interesting is the first group worked for their money, but the second didn’t.
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With ubiquitous spy cameras all over the place there is no longer any need for traffic helicopters. That’s good because there were too many of them crashing. For some reason traffic helicopter pilots seemed to be accident prone.

[“Nugent Pumps”] I like it! On the days your grinder station is working you can just call it ‘George’ and know he is proficient at slinging shit. When he pees on your feet you can call him something else and drop off the contents of your camp bucket at his house.
[“Car Trouble”] You flagged an AT&T vehicle and it wasn’t a life threatening emergency just an inconvenience for you. Of course the guy had to consider his job and go back to work. There are cell phones, friends, local towing companies and even AAA for $66 a year. Be prepared for a possible vehicle breakdown in advance. Know the locations of your car dealerships, local hotels and alternate transportation back home. Like Donald Trump says, “Plan for the worst and the good will take care of itself.” Link

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Happy birthday to the Syrian War for its third year.

[Sewer Fairness] Back in the good old days, when we had a logical tax system and we could afford to build our now crumbling magnificent interstate highway system, did we make the road smaller and cheaper out in the country where not so many people lived so it would be more fair financially  to those who lived in crowded cities?  No! Everyone got the same size road.  

The Keys sewer system should be built the same way for all Keys’ homeowners. No one should be forced to have the inefficient and costly grinder pumps. 

[Friday Joke] Q: Where did the sheep get its haircut? A: The ba-ba shop  



Members of the University of Florida’s Alpha Zeta chapter remove large pieces of marine debris from habitat areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary through an Alternative Spring Break program designed to get students involved in social and environmental issues.

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The cost of these pies is Pi. Coincidence?

[White Fly treatment] Safari insecticide user, that material is not to be used in the soil and on fruit bearing trees as it will poison the fruit for two years. Any questions, feel free to call Keith – not to sell you anything, but simply to answer any of your concerns. 305-745-4321



[Samsung Tablet Screen Mirroring and Multi Window] Samsung’s new tablet has the ability to split it’s screen so you can do work on two simulated monitors. That’s a great improvement for business travelers. Video 

[Equal Rights?] HIV confirmed transmission between two women, rough and nasty play to blame. Link
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The LKCC wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the Radio Auction.  A special shout-out to Conch Country Radio for their tremendous commitment to this! 
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There are about 1.6 million Medicare Advantage clients in Florida, probably a high number of Medicare Advantage enrollees live in Monroe County. If you are one of those, you really need to read what follows.

6 numbers you need to know about Medicare Advantage cuts. Charlie Crist claims cuts won’t hurt Florida’s seniors, while the data, voters and democratic colleagues disagree.

rate hike$420 to $540 is the average annual premium increase and/or benefit reduction for Medicare Advantage enrollee In Florida due to Obama’s  proposed rule changes.  (“New state-by-state data show impact on seniors of proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage,” Americans Health Insurance Plans, 3/11/2014)  Those changes are mandated by the Obama admin to help pay for Obamacare.

78%: Percent of seniors in swing states that say Medicare Advantage cuts will be one of the most significant issues in determining their vote if cost of plans rises. (Young Guns Poll, 3/2014)

74%: Percent of Seniors in swing states expressing concern that Medicare Advantage rate reduction will increase cost Seniors have to pay. (Young Guns Poll, 3/2014)

50: Number of Democrats in U.S. House of Representatives who signed letter to Center of Medicare Services out of 194 members citing concern over cuts to Medicare Advantage. (Letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of Center For Medicare And Medicaid Services, U.S. Congress, 3/11/2014)

18 is the number of Democrats in U.S. Senate who signed letter to Center Of Medicare And Medicaid Services out of 40 members citing concern over cuts to Medicare Advantage. (Letter From U.S. Senate Delegation To Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator, 2/14/2014)

1 is the number of candidates for Governor of Florida denying that Medicare Advantage cuts will harm seniors: Charlie Crist. (Charlie Crist interview on State Of The Union, CNN, 3/9/14).

Governor Rick Scott will fight against rate hikes.



(Ed: Sorry FTR for intruding on your space, but I found this great picture of Bernanke that has nothing to do with your post today.)

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