2014 May

Friday, May 23, 2014

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The-Coconut-Telegraph-w-CoconutsThe Original Unsocial Media. Anonymous Letters to the Editor with Pictures. Published Daily by Noon Since 2002. No Saturday Edition

(Ed: I’m happy to tell you folks that you can once again pinch to zoom [actually it should be ‘squeeze to zoom’] the CT on your smartphones and tablets. It’s remarkable what a little code can do, it really is! <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1″>)
[eBay’s 140 million user’s passwords hacked] Change your password now! Here’s what we know: This attack occurred between late February and early March and resulted in unauthorized access to a database of eBay users that includes customers’ name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth.
However, the file did not contain financial information. And, after conducting extensive testing and analysis of our systems, we have no evidence that any customer financial or credit card information was involved. We also have no indication of a significant spike in fraudulent activity on our site.
[Yard Sale] Once in a lifetime opportunity. Moving in yard-sale, going from two houses full of great stuff to one smaller house. Literally hundreds of great items. Some still new in the box. No cloths or books. Saturday 8:30 am Cudjoe Gardens 6 Avenue.
[Friday Joke] Q: What is the first thing that changes after people get cataracts removed? A: The divorce rate goes up!
[“VA problems”] It’s a sad state of affairs when a country is more concerned with how it treats illegal aliens than it is with how it treats its military veterans. Link
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disclosure is released by military and government officials. 1 hour documentary. Video
[“Marsh Rabbits plentiful in the mid 1960s”] You could see them along US 1 driving from Big Pine to the Naval Base. There were small colonies of them down the side streets on many of the islands from Big Pine Key going South. Yes they did mate with domestic rabbits, when given the chance, which made for a beautiful hardy breed. My experience was that they got along just fine with the local cats and because of all the rats down here most everyone had cats.
The Hickory House loss to taxpayers is much more than 1.1 million.  Before the county (taxpayers) purchased Hickory House, the county collected a rather large property taxes assessment each year.  Since the purchase the county collected 0 dollars each year.  It would be interesting to see what the revenue losses were for all these years, but not to worry because the same thing (loss revenue each year) is now happening with Roswell Marina.  This loss of revenue can easily be made up by increasing the property tax rate for everyone forever!
I feel sorry for Colin Powell. Here was a man who had a great Army career only to be tainted by being an administration’s dupe and appearing before the UN and telling the world that he had proof of WMS in Iraq.
[“VA mess”] I had two surgeries at the Nashville VA, aka Vanderbilt, and was impressed with the hospital. Except the food. Now the Murfreesboro VA, E.R. is a whole different story. I had a blockage in my esophagus, it was on a Sunday, and was told they could not “scope” and clear the problem and to come back in a couple days. I already had signs of dehydration and was gagging constantly. My wife drove me to Nashville’s VA and they took immediate care of the problem. E.R. personnel there said I should have been sent by ambulance from Murfreesboro. They said it is an ongoing problem, they get patients Murfreesboro doesn’t feel like dealing with.
[“Great White Sharks From Cape Cod Invade The Keys”] Yet another snowbird plot to destroy quality of life for locals.
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I didn’t know Tank Island was only made in 1965. I’d always assumed it was created for the second world war for refueling ships.
Wanted. We are looking to rent or borrow a boat for a small price while staying at our family property on Little Torch from June 26 – July 7, or a couple of days while we are there. We don’t need anything fancy, just something to putt around and do some fishing with my wife and son. We are teachers and don’t have loaded pockets. Anyone have a boat that we could use? We are on the canal and have plenty of boating experience. Have borrowed a boat from a neighbor down there the past few times, but he sold it.  Classified Ads > Wanted
The person who wrote in about the food stamp program was right on the money. I  couldn’t have worded it better! I’ve got to make this short because I’ve got to get to work to feed my family.
I predict that in the near future all law enforcement will wear Google Glass to record everything and they will all look like Cyborgs.
Is there any other bike shop than Marty’s on BPK? He’s the best.
[Citizen Of The Day Says] He enjoys riding his bike around Key West and the simplicity of life.
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[“It’s more entertaining and permanent to out-think the animal instead”] I tried that with a squirrel and a bird feeder once. I fought the squirrel and the squirrel won.Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law
[“VA Problem”] Those vets who were in pain or died while waiting for service at the VA should have taken responsibility for their own lives and got into some  medical facility other than the VA and worried about the cost later.  As far as I know nobody in need gets turned away from any hospital in this Country.  Being alive and in debt is way better than being dead in my book.
[“Marsh rabbits”]  I have not seen one in decades.
You know nothing about a woman until she’s drunk and mad at you!
[Friday Joke] Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, “Fried chicken.” She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else laughed. My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much. I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office. I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.
The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken. She sent me back to the principal’s office. He laughed, and told me not to do it again.
I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am. Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admired most. I told her, “Colonel Sanders.” Guess where I am now!
I’m glad they fined dive operator Spencer Slate for having 9 free-roaming, wildlife-killing cats in Key Largo. I’ll bet that if his cats were preying on the aquatic species that his business depends upon, he’d be more conscientious.  Link
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[Havana] Meet Edwardo and his pristine Chevy, beautifully kept and the love of his life.  He was hired by the day to take us to Pinar Del Rio and Matanzas.  $50 US per day + tip.  He operates his “pirata” (pirate) transportation service under the radar of the government.  We also enjoyed a wonderful dinner in his home with wife Marta, son Jaime and daughter Magdelena
If you think iguanas are tough on your landscape you may not want to breed up a batch of hybridized killer rabbits.  They’ll decimate everything green and many times eat the roots too.
[“What are Cuban hookers charging these days”]  I have no idea.  I have never paid for service.  That is, if you don’t count dinners, flowers, candy, gifts, weekend getaways and alimony.
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[Memorial Day Ceremonies] Naval Air Station Key West and area veterans will mark the nation’s Memorial Day at two ceremonies Monday morning.
At 9 a.m., the Navy League Key West Council will hold their annual ceremony at the Maine Memorial in the Key West City Cemetery. NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. Steve McAlearney will be the guest speaker and the air station Honor Guard will render a 21-gun rifle salute.
At 11 a.m., American Legion Post 28 will host their annual Memorial Day service at the Southern Keys Cemetery on Big Coppitt Key. Capt. McAlearney will be the featured speaker and the NAS Key West Honor Guard will also participate in a traditional ceremony.
Memorial Day observances are free and open to the public. Events
[“What are the Havana hookers charging these days”] $65 for top shelf, drop-dead gorgeous — the ones you want to take home. Still $15 for the no teeth ones.
[“Plural Iguana”] Assuming there are many iguanas in the yard, an s is indicated and necessary. Plural form of iguana is iguanas //////. Unlike ‘deer’ or ‘moose’, more than one lizard is lizards. With an s. I hope this helps you relearn, that is, correctly learn this simple grammar so you can be smart.
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Thanks Ed! The eye-pad zoom works again. Us vision challenged folks appreciate that.
[“Charlie Crist”] I have to disagree with FTR on one of his statements.  Based on the laws of probability, Charlie Crist has to have been right on some things since he has taken about every available position on the issues at some point in time.
Is it true that people who drive with their headlights on have special licenses to go through all stop signs, park anywhere, text and talk on their cell phones, eat dinner while driving, smoke, drink, and talk to people in the back seats? How do I get me one of them there licenses?
an_bee5African bees are here in the Keys already. Do not assume they are regular honey bees as any disturbance to or near their hive can be very dangerous. If you encounter a hive you must assume they are and use extreme caution as they get aggravated very easily such as noise or disturbing their nest. My husband has been in pest control for over 45 years and has encountered them here. Kim Gables from the Extension Service has acknowledged their existence here in the Keys. Please be aware of their existence as I would not want to see anyone getting into trouble with these guys as it could result in someone’s death. A warning that bees may be them is that usually  a guard bee will leave the nest and bang you in the forehead without stinging. If this happens retreat as quickly as possibly and as quietly as possible. Once you get stung once it leaves a trail for the others to follow. I am not trying to scare anyone, but to give people the impression there is no reason for concern here in the Keys is wrong!
[Joke Friday]  By the time John pulled into the little town, every hotel room was taken. “You’ve got to have a room somewhere.” he pleaded to the last hotel manager, “Or just a bed–I don’t really care where. I’m completely exhausted”
“Well, I do have a double room with one occupant,” admitted the manager, “and I’m sure he would be glad to split the cost. But to tell you the truth, he snores so loudly that people in adjoining rooms have complained all week. I’m not sure it’d be worth it to you.”
“No problem,” the tired traveler assured him. “I’ll take it.”
The next morning John came down to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The manager asked him how he survived.
“Never better.” John said.
The manager was impressed. “No problem with the other guy snoring, then?”
“Nope. I shut him up in no time.”
“How’d you manage that?”
“He was already in bed, snoring away. when I came in the room,” John said. “I went over, gave him a kiss on the cheek, said, ‘Good night, beautiful’ and he sat up all night watching me.”
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[“Marsh Rabbit”]
FWC is expected to announce a stocking program with a more cat/human breed of rabbit – the Caerbannog rabbit. Be careful for what you ask (or seek the Holy Grail).  Video
Ever wonder why the homeless never go to Central or South America, Mexico, Cuba or to Texas (where the buffalo roam)? Free eats and free stuff from bleeding hearts is the answer. Those frustrated Holies who think god will give them benny points for helping save some useless eater or stinking street sweater from dying off like all the unfit should. Just think if all the junk-people disappeared instantly, the earth would be smog less and healthy again!
[“Marsh Rabbits used to be plentiful”] I lived on Big Pine for 18 years and saw lots of them, they were delicious in a stew!
Do the deer eat banana plants
or their young tubers? I think so, but want to make sure because I’d sure love to have banana plants as I think they are the most tropical vegetation I can think of other than coconut palms.
[“What are the Havana hookers charging these days”]  $14.50 US like they always did. Sameo in Tijuana and Thailand too! Thinkies[?] never change!
[“Don’t say anything bad about our neighbors unless your willing to get your email posted”] So if I have a grudge against someone and want to spam their email address, this is the place to come to right?
[“Moon in Pisces”] Hey Ed, don’t start with the zodiac crap, that is as sick as religion only a little more believable.
[“Big Rabbit”] Why not let the pythons breed until they eat all the bad animals then find the snakes and ship them back to Miami pet store where they came from.
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[Captain Doom and Gloom] The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or
confusing. SEE: Obamonation: The ability to conquer a country without firing a shot!Here are six conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math.These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment: We are advised to not judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.And here’s another one worth considering. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What’s interesting is the first group worked for their money, but the second didn’t. And Last but not least. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.Am I the only one missing something?
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an_bang2Here’s a little gem that I just love: The headline: NC Restaurant With “No Weapons” Sign Robbed at Gunpoint. LinkPart 2) Mr. Obama truly and completely screwed the pooch in his presser on Tuesday. It beggars belief that he did not immediately fire General Shinseky. There is proof that Shinseky knew of the full array of the problems and (at best) moral corruption in the VA. There are no indications that he did a damn thing about it. Obama has known of the problems since at least ’07. Since then, he has given at least 5 speeches wherein he acknowledges the problems and solemnly swears to fix them. Neither he nor his has taken any effective action. We know for certain that the high brass in the VA was well aware of systemic problems as late as 2013 because there was an Inspector General’s investigation in progress.Now we are learning that at least one VA hospital administrator received a bonus, even though there was an ongoing Inspector General’s investigation in progress.We are now learning the certain VA staffers were ordered to keep two sets of books that recorded patient appoint wait time. The doctored set of book reflected minimal wait time while the genuine set showed wait times of up to 8 months. The reason for two sets of books? Hospital administrators who quickly provided care for our vets received bonuses.

A new substory is just now, surfacing. There are allegations that some VA hospitals are full of drug abuse, theft of drugs, theft of personal belongings, and a culture of sloth and corruption.

Now, Obama does nothing, he stalls, he punts, he promises that he is mad as hell. But our vets continue to suffer. Reminiscent of Fast and Furious, and the IRS outrage.

Have you considered that the VA healthcare system is but a tiny component of the total American health care system? There are only about 170 or so VA hospitals. VA health care is pure socialized medicine run totally and absolutely by the government. The system has been FUBAR (ask a vet what that means) for decades. GHW,  Bubba, and GWB spoke of the problems with VA health care. O chose to make it an important part of his campaign and has repeatedly speechified on it.

VA health care is socialized medicine, because its socialized medicine, it just doesn’t work, it can’t. And Democare is now circling the bowl, it is now in flush mode.


A POSTER WROTE: “”If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful and I will not tolerate it. Period,” Obama said during a hastily called press conference at the White House.  Period?  Now I’m really worried.”

FTR’S RESPONSE:  Yeah right, I’m really worried about how we’re going to survive the next 973 days until January 20, 2017. On that day a Republican President will be sworn in. Think about it: in ’07 Obama speechified that he was outraged that 400k vets “were stuck on a waiting list for treatment.” 7 years later, with Obama at the helm for most of it, the situation is growing worse. Vets are forced to wait an average of nearly half a year to have their claims processed. A vet will wait an average of near four and a half years to have an appeal processed. Heads must roll, the entire system must be overhauled from top to bottom. This mess is by far, the most egregious mess that Obama has perpetrated. It pisses me off to no end that the Democrats don’t join with the Republicans, en masse, to nuke the VA system. Check out the links, they will make your blood boil. Link Link Link Link

The fault for this abomination sits on the shoulders of every president since at least GWHB. But Obama has had the ball for 4.5 years, two of which while he had full control of the government. He did squat to fix it. He and his now own it. This is just the beginning.

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