Friday, September 18, 2020

Letters to the editor with pictures since 2002. Published on Big Pine Key’s garbage days, Tuesdays and Fridays.



[Hero] Los Angeles deputy saved partner’s life after Compton shooting while bleeding from a wound to her face. Link


Python found in Key West yard. The roughly 3-foot ball python was discovered by residents as it was hiding underneath some decking and a pool pump equipment. The snake was not the larger Burmese python, which are one of the largest snakes in the world and can grow to roughly 18 feet. Ball pythons tend to only grow to be between 4 and 6 feet.

[“Despicable 911 cartoon”] Deer Ed, You do owe an apology for printing that infuriating, despicable 911 cartoon.
[“Despicable 911 cartoon”] That was a terrible cartoon concerning the Twin Towers
[Leave The Keys Alone] You came here from there because you didn’t like there, and now you want to change here to be like there.  We are not racist, phobic or anti-whatever-you-are.  We simply like here the way it is, and most of us actually came here because it is not like there, wherever there was.  You are welcome here, but please stop trying to make here like there.  If you want here to be like there you should have not left there to come here, and you are invited to leave here and go back there at your earliest convenience.


[Friday Joke] I’m a  little nervous but yesterday I volunteered for the vaccine trials for Covid-19. The vaccine is one that was created in Russia. I received my first shot yesterday at 4:00 pm, and I wanted to let you all know that it’s completely safe, with иo side effects whatsoeveя, and that I feelshκι χoρoshό я чувствую себя немного странно и я думаю, что вытащил ослиные уши.”

[ABC Storms] It’s only mid-September and reminiscent of Wilma in 2005, NOAA has almost run out of alphabet names for wind storms.
Benjamin Curry “Dink” Bruce, 76, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Dink passed at his home in Livingston, Montana. Dink was born in San Francisco. Dink loved to say, “I left my umbilical cord in San Francisco,’’ but no one would argue he wasn’t a fifth-generation Conch. His family moved from Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas to settle in Key West during the 1830s. In the 1850s, Dink’s great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Curry, brother of William Curry, Florida’s first millionaire, built the family house at 610 Southard St. on the corner of Simonton St., which included the carriage house that Dink converted to his home in the 1970s. Dink’s ancestors were an integral part of the history of Key West, with some serving positions as mayor, postmaster, U.S. Marshal and City Engineer. Some might say that Dink was a kind of unofficial mayor, regularly telling the city government what it needed to do, and when.

Dink’s mother, Betty, was a painter and cook of great talent who served for 20 years as the first local historian at the Monroe County Library, establishing the current Florida History Department. Toby Bruce first came to Key West with Ernest Hemingway as a carpenter and handyman. The relationship grew into a lifelong friendship between Ernest, Toby and Betty, continuing until the writer’s death in 1961, when Toby served his friend for a final time as one of Ernest’s pallbearers.

[Cudjoe Fire House] I can’t wait for the blue firetrucks to get to Cudjoe fire department to match the blue firehouse. Seems they want to break from the norm and change tradition. I can help with that. How about the blue fire trucks having flames on the sides like we used to put on 57 Chevys? To make it real creative we could have a fireman in red, no, in a purple suit with a blue fire hose spraying water onto the flames. I like it
[When I Was A Kid…] In 20 years when kids ask about the 2020 toilet paper shortage, I’m going to be telling them we had to drag our butts across the lawn, in the snow, uphill both ways.




The story behind the writing and recording of ‘Sympathy For The DevilLink

[Stealing Heights] You’d have expected that this guy would have been picked up for theft not battery just look at his address.
Deblauwe, Gregory Daniel was arrested on 09/17/2020, Address: 13811 14 Mile Rd, Stealing Heights, MI 48312, Occupation: robotic, Arrest Location: 508 South Street, Key West



Merry Christmas from Costco September 18, 2002

[2020] It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.  ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
[Spelling Bee] Because of Covid, for the first time since 1945 the National Spelling Bee is cancel… cancul… cansel… It’s been called off



[Guns] If you can’t hit what you’re hunting with 10 rounds you shouldn’t be hunting. ~Biden

Democracy is the worst form of government other than those that have been tried from time to time.  ~Churchill
[Location, Location, Location] This ad doesn’t say where? How odd?



[“Name that plant”] That lily is a non-native hymenocallis lily. Our native keys lily does not have the “hymen.”

[Riots] The cops and the pistol packing jerks are both wrong? How so? They let him go because he wasn’t breaking any laws. He never should have been stopped and questioned in the first place. Now that being said, dude is still an asshole for ‘testing’ his rights; drawing attention to himself and sparking anti second amendment fervor. But legally wrong? You’ll have to explain that to me.


A third of the country won’t take the vaccine. As a matter of fact, on almost any issue, a third of Americans will support it. Just about anything will have the support of one third of us Americans. That is an unusual fact.

Shopping with your husband is like hunting with the game warden.


Karen mask for Halloween. “I want to see the manager”

[Dolphin Release] Since the National Aquarium set a 2020 goal to retire a pod of dolphins to a seaside sanctuary either in the Florida Keys or the Caribbean, rising seas, pollution, algal blooms, natural disasters and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have scuttled that effort and most likely eliminated the Florida Keys as a prospect.
[Close Guantanamo] Why not move the prisoners from Guantanamo to Afghanistan and close Guantanamo once and for all.


[First Presidential Debate] September 29, 2020 live on C-SPAN 9 pm. The debate is to be moderated by Joe Rogan and would last for four hours, have no live audience, and be streamed live with no editing, Rogan said. “First of all, I’d want no one else in the room. Just the three of us. And you would have to stream it live, so no one can edit it. And I would want them in there for hours,” Rogan said.

[Kiddie Porn] The newest movie “Cuties” seems to be causing quite the stir due to the graphic sexual scenes that are soft, child pornography. I chose to watch the movie and draw my own conclusion. The exploitation of young girls is not the first thing you need to be worried about with the show. As a family therapist who works with young girls, Cuties is far more damaging than the graphic dance scenes. The movie portrays the “cool girls” (AKA Cuties) as the desirable group to be a part of. The main character overhears the group of girls watching pornography and discussing the normalization of providing blow jobs and discussing the importance of penis size and gets worse form there. Link


The Fiat 1110 boat car, a boat on wheels. Link

What immoral person would politicize a pandemic?


Florida bars allowed to reopen next week at 50% capacity. Link