2014 April

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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[“Can the FKAA could be charged a fee for putting something on your mailbox”] Many years ago I was a letter carrier for the Post Office. We were instructed to watch for items being placed in the mailbox without postage on them. This included hanging anything on the mailbox or from the flag on the box. We were to bring a sample of the advertisement or notice back to the office and estimate how many we saw while delivering mail. If it was our whole route, it could be as many as 500 to 600. Sometimes it would just be a few streets on our route. The Postmaster would notify the offender of this illegal activity and inform them as to how much postage was due for each item. Sometimes it would be a kid in the neighborhood advertising that they would babysit or cut lawns and that person would just be told that it was illegal to do this. Usually they just were not aware. But any business should know that it is illegal and certainly FKAA should know it is illegal. But as I get older it seems that no one cares about the rules or the rules have changed. I am not sure which.
[Harry Powell for Commish] The person I would really like to see run for commissioner is Harry Powell. I’m assuming most people don’t know his story because they haven’t been here over twenty years. There is not a more stand up guy in the world than him. Even if you don’t agree with all his positions on issues, at least he won’t bs you and tell you what you want to hear. For his own sake he shouldn’t run, but being totally selfish, I for one would be grateful. Nugent, Cole and Bashinsky? Really? No, really!



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[Restaurant Review:  Rootica, Stock Island] Friends and family (all Italian and all from New York) went to Roostica for a late lunch/early dinner.  We ordered food to be shared family style.  The antipasto was perfect with all of the ingredients it should have, and plenty of everything.   The Lemoncello wings were excellent.  The two pizzas, “Sicilian” deep dish and the “Rocket” with shaved prosciutto and real parmigiano cheese were baked to perfection.  (Watch them shave the prosciutto at the pizza bar)  No packaged crap here! The kids shared a plate of spaghetti and meatballs without a split plate charge.  Mama pronounced the sauce, “Bueno.”  Service was excellent and the prices were quite reasonable.  My family from NYC said that they haven’t had “real” Italian food since they left the city.
Happy Sunday from Springers Bar and Grill. Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. As Monday is quickly approaching we thought we would give you our list of specials so you can plan ahead to join us. Mexican Monday we will have Steak Tostadas, Italian Tuesday is Chicken Pesto Penne, Wednesday our Comfort food special is Mac and Cheese with Ham (Miss Virginias favorite), Thursday is Sausage, Peppers and Onions, and Fridays fish special is Mahi in a capered butter cream sauce. Now that your mouth is watering, plan on joining us daily for lunch or dinner. You know you don’t want to miss out on any of these tasty, palate pleasing morsels. 

There’s Always Something Special at Springers.

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Measles is probably the most infectious diseases of all the infectious diseases, yet mothers refuse to get their children inoculated based on some unsubstantiated crap that went viral on the Internet. There are no reliable studies that say inoculation causes autism. None. The benefits far outweigh the negatives.

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I just finished up a week’s fishing with a group out of Lemont, IL. They enjoyed the weather, although a little windy for off shore trips the Bay treated us well. Snapper, all kinds, mutton, lane, gray,yellow tail, Spanish mackerel. some very bigporgy’s and the assortment of fish that are found in the bay, lady fish, cat fish, jacks, puffers, sharks, lots of grouper — mostly red grouper — out of season and released. It’s nice to see so many grouper. You may or may not agree with all the restrictions on fish here in the Keys, but it must be managed, like it or not. It is a sustainable resource that will be here for our kids if we take care of it. Many of us can’t or won’t look that far ahead. Hence, laws and enforcement. The photo is from the good old days.  There are just too many folks taking fish today. Great bottom recorders, GPS units and satellite navigation make it possible to find and wipe out a fishing spot in one afternoon. We just can’t keep that up. Cooking the goose that lays the golden egg will lead to no more golden eggs. You feeling me? Enjoy and respect the ocean my friends. Get out there, get up close and personal with it.

[“Good eye doctor”] Is Dr Oppenheimer a medical doctor who can operate like Dr Operchal was and Dr Maurer is? Or is he only qualified to do eye exams? I think Dr Maurer is the only real eye doctor in the lower Keys who can operate with a knife.

[Excessive Force?] Will the citizens of Key West ever know the truth about what really occurred on Thanksgiving Day last year?

I am referring to the case of 61-year-old Charles Eimers, a visitor from Michigan who died after being held face down on a local beach by KWPD police officers, who claim he was resisting arrest. According to police reports, while being restrained by up to four officers, Eimers lost consciousness, stopped breathing and was given CPR by the arresting officers and was transported to Lower Keys Medical Center. He died six days later on Dec. 4 after being taken off life support without ever regaining consciousness.

A few days later, Eimers’ death certificate listed “natural causes” as the cause of death. An autopsy report indicated Eimers suffered 10 broken ribs from “medical therapy” while being attended to during the incident that included the use of a defibrillator.

Broken ribs are not an uncommon result of CPR; however, it remains unclear whether all of Eimers’ injuries were directly related to medical procedures or if some were caused by excessive police force.



Netflix has 33.4 million subscribers, who pay $8.38 a month, 3 million more than HBO. It is no surprise that Netflix has over three million more subscribers than HBO who used to be the giant in subscription TV. I left HBO for Netflix because of the convenience of watching what I want, when I want. I do miss Bill Maher’s ironic humor, especially the New Rule segment.

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Yesterday evening, I saw “Bad Words” at the Tropic, an incredibly good movie, strongly recommended, although I doubt it will get rave reviews from the school board and district, nor from the politically correct, anal-retentive and/or puritan camps.

I see lots of interesting movies at the Tropic, which do not get carried by Regal Cinema near the older Publix on North Roosevelt Boulevard. I especially like the foreign films the Tropic brings to Key West, which are seldom shown in American movie theaters.

Why is it that the newspapers in Key West are not publishing anything about the death of Charles Eimer at the hands of the KWPD?  The man the cop killed by stepping on his neck. If not for The Blue Paper and Sloan Bashinsky’s blog,  nothing is ever said about Donnie Lee’s department.
The highest state of defense readiness in the US is DEFCON 1. More commonly known by women as, “I’m fine.”
mailbox rotate slow[“Can the FKAA could be charged a fee for putting something on your mailbox”] It is my mail box. I paid  for it. I put it there. It’s mine. It is my private property. I maintain it. I let the post office use it at my pleasure. Regardless of any convoluted law, I should be able to use it for any reasonable purpose I chose. At least that’s how private property should be. If they don’t like it, I’ll pick up my mail at the Post Office.
[“Good eye doctor”] My husband has been to several eye doctors since Dr Operchal retired and he prefers Dr Ling on the corner of Flagler and Kennedy.
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[Redneck Taxi] Next time you are too drunk to drive, walk to the nearest pizza shop and place an order. When they go to deliver it, catch a ride home with them. don’t forget to tip!

[“Boat Lifts”] Who ever told you that boat lift owners are responsible for damage to passing boaters lied to you. It is quite the other way around.
I am sick of reading about grinder pumps. Try to understand that this is what you’re going to use in your sewer system, stop complaining, it not a perfect world, So it might break once in awhile, just fix it and move on. ~Sincerely, Someone who is not getting a grinder pump



[“Dumbing Down of America”]  And now corporate America takes advantage of you. Was $3?

Fair warning on Kiki’s Sand Bar. Either the blue cheese bacon fondue or the sliders were tainted food on Thursday night 4/3. The person who ate those items is severely ill today. Anyone else? I notified the folks that inspect restaurants. To add insult to injury, the service was slow from beginning to end. (I signed it myself)
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[Help Wanted] Person to work part-time that can lead into full time. Retail sales and some computer knowledge experience, some heavy lifting. Qualified applicant will need to pass a drug test and background check. Please call Classified Ads > Help Wanted

A new study shows that are a million jobs waiting to be filled by qualified people in the US, but there aren’t that many qualified people. Factory workers (drones) just don’t make it any more.
[Young hacker] 5 year old caught, hacking into dad’s Xbox account to play games he wasn’t allowed. It used to be kids found the key to dad’s secrets box where he kept his dirty magazines, but things are a lot different now. Link
I miss the sky report pictures showing us what to look for in the night sky.
[“David Letterman retiring”] Ugh! Have always been a fan. Is it me, or did I find his jokes just a little on the bitter side this past year?

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[Happy Anniversary] Today is the twenty year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. In 1994 Hutus murdered 800,000 Tutsi minority almost wiping them out. The civilized world did almost nothing to stop it. Video

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Boat lifts are a pain, but given the fast growth of marine life in these warm waters it’s a necessary evil. But the CT had posters that said boat lift owners should leave the lift up and ///// down, when they’re using their boats. Which is it – leave it up, or leave it down?

To get a permit for a lift, the rails are limited to a percentage of the canal width (maybe 25%), so it is regulated.

[“Saga of the Catholic Church”]  Yes of course I said Jesus was a low down communist  one can deduce that by reading my reply to your critique of the Catholic church, one can say I said Jesus was a bartender in Stock Island if one so wishes. People can, and do, spin a topic any way they wish. For many years, as  a case in point, folks have been cherry picking biblical tracts and sayings to prove that their ideology is in line with what has been recorded. Personally I am of the belief that the proof lies in the pudding when it comes to governing, but then again that is just my personal belief. As to the question you posed asking if I knew so many of the Church’s good deeds, then why am I asking you to mention them?  I find that logic a bit strange as I believe the question in itself is backward. It is precisely because of the many good deeds that I defend the Catholic Church. As in all human endeavors, major flaws exist, but to say that the Church has done more harm than good is ludicrous, about on a par with believing that socialism is the answer for the Church.



[Open House] Come see the Sea Shepherd vessel Brigitte Bardot this Sunday from 10am-4pm at Oceanside Marina, Stock Island (near the fuel dock). This is a very cool ship! Link

The only passwords that can’t be hacked are at least sixty characters long, but try telling that password to a tech support person in India. You’d be on the phone for a week.
Abu: “Please to repeat that valued information?”
Me: “Bravo, asterisks, Tango, Golf, 7, pound sign, 7,1,9, Echo …”
Abu: “Let me repeat that valued information back to you: “September, the number 6, Zulu, …”
Me: Aaaaaaaaaagh!!!
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[Kansas lawmakers OK bill to void local gun rules] The USA takes another step forward into a new Dark Age. Link
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Grand Jury convened in Christie bridge scandal probe.

[Redneck Engineer Challenge]
1. Calculate the smallest limb diameter on a persimmon tree that will support a 10 pound possum.
2. Which of these cars will rust out the quickest when placed on blocks in your front yard? (A) ’65 Ford Fairlane (B) ’69 Chevrolet Chevelle (C) ’64  Pontiac GTO
3. If your uncle builds a still which operates at a capacity of 20 gallons of shine produced per hour, how many car radiators are required to condense the product?
4. A woodcutter has a chainsaw which operates at 2700 RPM. The density of the pine trees in the plot to be harvested is 470 per acre. The plot is 2.3 acres in size. The average tree diameter is 14 inches.  How many Budweiser’s will be drunk before the trees are cut  down?
5. A front porch is constructed of 2×8 pine on 24-inch centers with a field rock foundation. The span is 8 feet and the porch length is 16 feet. The porch floor is 1-inch rough sawn pine.  When the porch collapses, how many dogs will be killed?
6. A man owns a Georgia house and 3.7 acres of land in a hollow with an average slope of 15%. The man has five children. Can each of his grown children place a mobile home on the man’s land and still have enough property for their electric appliances to sit out front?
7. A 2-ton truck is overloaded and proceeding 900 yards down a steep slope on a secondary road at 45 MPH. The brakes fail.  Given average traffic conditions on secondary roads, what is the probability that it will strike a vehicle with a muffler?
8. With a gene pool reduction of 7.5% per generation, how long will it take a town which has been bypassed by the Interstate to breed a country-western singer?
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Last Friday Team Obama’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly report on the state of Americas employment picture. Some of our liberal friends joyfully touted the numbers as being indicative of real growth in our employment picture. Some even bragged that we have finally returned to the number of people employed pre-recession. But the fact is that there are fewer people employed today than there were when the Democrats took control of Congress in 2007. At least 200,000 fewer. Think about that; in 7 years of Democrat governance, our population has grown by about 6 million, and yet there are at least 200,000 fewer Americans with jobs today.

Sadly, average earnings declined again last month. The number of Americans of African descent who were employed dropped in March. In contrast, the number of Asians with jobs increased substantially, while the number unemployed decreased substantially.

America became a great nation because we build things, all sorts of things, and we did a damn good job of it. Yet, in March the number of people employed in manufacturing declined again. It is scary as hell that today there are more than 2,000,000 fewer people employed in American manufacturing than there were in 2007 when the Democrats took control of Congress..

Our labor participation rate is on the skids. In March it was at 63.2%, that’s down by a substantial 3.2 points just since the Democrats took control of Congress in 2007.  The Obama administration claims to be the champion of the millennial’s, but in that age group, unemployment is 14.5%. Gallup reports that the real unemployment rate, which counts people who have given up looking for work or can’t find a job is a dangerous 16.9%.

Ask yourself, why are the Democrats strutting and preening?  

hillary6Part 2) On April 3, 2014, Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women of the World Summit in New York City.  The moderator tossed her a soft ball question by asking: “When you look at your time as Secretary of State, what are you most proud of? And what do you feel was unfinished, and maybe have another crack at one day?”

Ooops maybe it wasn’t such a soft ball because Hillary was stumped for an answer.

Her response: “Well, I really see — that was good — that’s why he wins prizes. Look, I really see my role as Secretary, in fact leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race. When you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton. Some of what hasn’t been finished may go on to be finished, so when President Obama asked me to be Secretary of State I agreed,” Clinton responded.”

Deer Friends, that was word soup, she was stumped. She was unable to speak to a single accomplishment during her tenure as SOS.  She must have been embarrassed. Her response rambled on for a several minutes.  She never did claim a single accomplishment. Link

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