2014 July

Sunday, July 13, 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

[Bait and Switch Mini Season] Thanks to the True Value hardware store employee, I just discovered that “lobster madness” aka mini-season has been moved this year to July 30-31 instead of the last Wednesday and Thursday of July! Now I have to hopefully reschedule my vacation days on short notice! Another guy in the store said he has rented out his house for an exorbitant fee to visitors coming for the usual days. I had a difficult time on the FWC website trying to confirm this bad news, but finally found it in this months “hot sheet” LinkI suppose the FWC will write a lot of tickets on the usual mini-season days, which must be the point of this stealth move. Other places on the FWC site it still says “always held on the last consecutive Wed and Thurs of July”. Also, it will probably be tougher to find bugs because they seem to scatter and go deeper right after mini-season.
[“’Christians’ on immigrant children”] Exactly what is it that you expect these children,  (whose families were so frantic over their children’s future that they sent them walking across Mexico from Central America to get here, often alone), to do to help themselves?You don’t believe in a woman’s right to her own body, even if raped by a God-fearing Christian (and yes it does happen more often from the radically religious than from any other group), but you don’t want to have to help with raising the children you are forcing them to bear.

Make up your minds. Follow your religion or admit that you are not. Quit making unwanted children the children’s fault. Man up. Woman up. There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents, and if you deem it God’s decision that children must be born then follow your God’s tenants to take care of them. Shame on you!

[“Conch Train quiet zones”] Anyone can request they not broadcast by their house. You have to complain to the City, they all understand if they live in Old Town.One time my friend lived in a little bungalow, and the Conch Train blasting the same damn message five or six times a day drove him nuts. So for a few days, every time he heard the train blasting on the way to his house he’d stand in his open doorway, naked, waving his thingy in a windmill motion (he was quite talented). They stopped broadcasting near his house quickly.
[Moving to the Keys] We’ll be starting construction on Big Pine Key within the next six months (yep, permits in place) and look forward to the day when we can become permanent residents. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your website and the colorful characters that send in their comments.
[Citizen of the Day Says] He likes to spend his spare time eating, drinking, and having fun with friends.
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[Lawrence of Arabia] For his history thesis at Oxford, T.E. Lawrence resolved to study the Cru­sader castles of Syria, alone and on foot and at the height of the brutal Middle East summer. It was a 1,200-mile walk that carried him into vil­lages that had never seen a European before—certainly not an unaccom­panied European who, at 5-foot-4, looked to be all of 15—and it marked the beginning of his fascination with the East. “I will have such difficulty in becoming English again,”
[Disgruntled Reader] hey ed eat my shit… your blog is just that. Shit By. Dick Head.
Last night there was a “Super Moon” (big whoop). Here’s the truth on Super moons. Link
I might try to pass her, but I sure wouldn’t honk my horn..
[Marathon Journal] Marathon will be 15 years old in November. I wonder if there will be a celebration. Maybe Rotary or some such organization like that could be sponsor or sponsors.Other items for my list of opinions. Finance and legal should be in house. There continues to be discussion over this. Two city officials were observed in deep discussion over bringing finance and legal in house.

Now here is a brilliant idea. Name Marathon’s US-1 Main Street. Of course, when dealing with FDOT, the prospect is slim.

What are the odds that no hurricanes will do any ill will to the Florida Keys? I probably shouldn’t mention for those who believe that sort of thing.

LeBron James will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. What will the Miami Heat’s answer be to that? Is another Heat championship possible?

O, yeah, Robert Dube and other officers of the FWC make a big lobster bust. Way to go, FWC.

Help us celebrate our 20th year serving the Florida Keys and parts up north including Homestead and Florida City. Call us at 305-743-9648 for special advertising rates honoring our 20th year of publication.

Election season. The candidate list keeps growing. You can find the list at your nearest election’s office. Marathon’s elections office is on 63rd Street in the county building on the left. Park in the parking lot and go in to meet some dedicated people running the place. You can pick up your absentee ballot too. Don’t forget about early voting as well.  ~ Publisher@MarathonJournal.US

[“Removing concrete coating from wheel wells”] Masons use muriatic acid, but that has it’s own problems. You might try a diluted solution in a test area.
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[Going Bananas] A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression “going bananas” is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Link
[War Risk of Death] I’m not trying to fight in any war, but if you strapped me in a time machine and made me pick one, I guess I’d go with the Spanish-American War. As long as I don’t have to be in Teddy Roosevelt’s regiment.• War of Independence: 2 percent (1 in 50)
• War of 1812: 0.8 percent (1 in 127)
• Indian Wars: 0.9 percent (1 in 106)
• Mexican War: 2.2 percent (1 in 45)
• Civil War: 6.7 percent (1 in 15)
• Spanish-American War: 0.1 percent (1 in 798)
• World War I: 1.1 percent (1 in 89)
• World War II: 1.8 percent (1 in 56)
• Korean War: 0.6 percent (1 in 171)
• Vietnam War: 0.5 percent (1 in 185)
• Persian Gulf War: 0.03 percent (1 in 3,162).
[Tricky Dog] These dogs are being trained to wait, but what happens after they hear “ok” is funny! Video
[Love] Just because you’re mad at someone doesn’t mean you stop loving them. Video
[Good Christians divest fossil fuels] The World Council of Churches reminds us that morality demands thinking as much about the future as about ourselves–and that there’s no threat to the future greater than the unchecked burning of fossil fuels. Link
[Sewers] FKAA wants to dig the four 200 feet shallow injection wells. Has anyone thought about fresh water (waste water) floating on sea water (salt water).
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She got legs.
[Bums On Bikes] I think its time we treated the financially challenged folks on bicycles like children. In Marathon they ride on the east bound lane shoulder (around the huge puddles) out into traffic while they have a very expensive and empty bike path across the highway next to the west bound lane.
Tell them once and if they do it again, take their damn bike from them. It’s for their own good. I’m not even going to start with the unenforced bike lights after dark issue. Ever drive down 15th St? They act as if they want you to hit them. It’s called insurance people and the bums are begging to cash in on it. Auction off the bikes after confiscation and maybe those drunks will learn the value of a day’s pay to get their rides back ! Drive safe in your cars or your rates will reflect this unnecessary situation.
[Dumb and Dumber] The young teacher introduced the veteran by saying the speaker was a veteran of World War Eleven (as in WWII)
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[Pygg Bank] Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a bank that resembled a pig. And it caught on.
[“Concrete Residue”] They are not refilling the trench with concrete, it is a coral slurry mix and everybody that lives on a coral rock knows how corrosive coral rock is. Of course it is mixed with saltwater or the water conservationists would scream, “Holly crap, Batman! Those mainlanders are wasting our precious drinking water.”
I thought precious drinking water in the Keys was Jack Daniels or Jose Cuervo.
“God helps those who help themselves” is not biblical. Please stop using that quote as if it was. Actually, God helps those who call on Him and surrenders their lives to him. Then, and only then, can you see the power of God move in your life. Not before. That is why non believers do not, and can not, understand who God is.
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Nuclear power
is clean and cheap and plentiful and trouble free and, above all, safe, right up until it’s not.  Then, at that point, you’re truly f**ked!
[“Concrete dust”] You people who live on Caribbean Drive on Summerland Key have my deepest sympathy.Enough already, oy vey! Rinse your vehicle off everyday and deal with it. That’s what I’ve been doing with this last of the “cheap” water. The sewers have been coming for 20 years. The project was put off until the last possible moment, the Feds said 2015 and we’re here.

If you moved here in the last 5 years, you got here just in time to deal with, and pay for all the stuff we locals ruined. Just breathe deeply and try to relax as they stick the pipe in. And you thought it was bad in NJ, NY, PA, CT, MI, WI!

Guess what’s coming next: another four to six grand out of your pocket for hooking up to the sewer, canal restoration projects that use pumps and swirly thingys, five-figure insurance rates for homeowners, flood and wind insurance packages, higher taxes to pay for mismanaged county funds and more rules & regs with a lot less freedom than we enjoyed down here in the 80s..

[Lightning] Way, way back in time, after I witnessed the lightning activity around here, I paid for and had City Electric, now known as Keys Energy (not trying to sound local at all), to install this gizmo lightning protection device under my electric meter.  I think it is like a big fuse that is good for a one time blow out lightning strike nearby.  I think it came with some kind of insurance policy that would pay me up to $10k if stuff inside the house got fried.  After all these years (again not trying to sound local) it has never been activated, or maybe there is really nothing in there.
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[“Coral Dust”
After they have finished laying in the sewer lines and covering them up on your street and moved on, the best thing that can happen is a day long downpour.  Pray or dance for rain.
[Underwater Music Festival] Saturday was another successful music festival. Kudos to the promoters! I’d like to make a suggestion. The music is selected primarily for its association with the sea (i.e. Octopus Garden). Sound quality is tinny under water as low sounds disappear. I suggest they consider tunes without so many low sounds. Octopus Garden was a very good selection because low notes aren’t important for that tune..
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What your fart looks like on a airport infrared security camera. I may be growing old, but I’m not growing up. This stuff still makes me laugh! Video
[“Conch Train Blaring Audio”] I used to like to ride the Conch Train every once in while because every driver had their own take on things and I always learned something about Key West.   But now that the place is one gigantic 24/7 theme park, cum entertainment complex, I can sympathize with the people who have to live inside of it.  Considering the amount of cash they are raking in, I don’t see why the Conch Train owners can’t provide some king of closed circuit individual headset apparatus for their riders, thus lowering the cacophony the local residents are exposed to.
[Compost Toilets] Why are we even having this conversation about sewers and pumps and gravity? If ever there were a perfect place for composting toilets, its here in the Keys. There are several types and styles to choose from. Some use minimal water and electricity while other models use no water or electricity. The are used in many parts of the world and in the U.S with great success. I have seen them in parks and wilderness camping spots. They are clean, as reactive as any toilet and do not stink. Please Google composting toilets and educate yourselves. Perhaps it’s not too late to do what is right for our environment.
[Word Police] Dear everyone on the Coconut Telegraph — including Deer Ed. It’s “lightning” when you’re talking about electricity in the sky and “lightening” if you’re talking about your hair color. Usually I let that stuff go, but I saw the mistake about 5 times last week. (Ed: Thanks, I finally figured it out .).
[“As a Christian Nation, we…”] I will try to be polite. We are not a Christian Nation. Yes, the largest percentage of people claim or they pretend to be Christians. You have every right to believe in an invisible God and his kid. I have no problem with that, but your religion has no ownership over this country. As long as you don’t kill in the name of some religions’ God, as has happened and is happening today, enjoy your fantasy. Please note I capsulated the G word out of respect for your unverifiable belief
[Sewer article] Just in case you have not read this. Link
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[Free TV] I have a special satellite dish my buddy invented up north that picks up all the satellite signals directly without all the crap they add at the ground stations. It has been working for six years, but it is a pain to log in to all the channels!
[Sewers] See if you can spot the mistake the FKAA engineer made to Fish and Wildlife. You know, the one who poo-poos all the criticism of the pressure sewer system and signed off on it too. Apparently he is a big fan of Coconut Tele too.”Nancy – so I’m a typical engineer. I took the blogging comments about replenishing the fresh water lens on BPK with septic tank discharge and ran some calculations for comparison:

a. According to GIS application, Big Pine Key is roughly 9.3 square miles in size.
b. The annual average amount of rainfall in Monroe County is 42 inches.
c. So, the amount of freshwater from rainfall upon BPK is 9.3 sq miles x (640 acres/sq mile) x
(43,560ft x 43560ft)/acre) x (42”rainfall/12”-ft /year) x (7.48gal / cubic foot) = 296 trillion gallons a year” (Looks like he thought that an acre was 43,560 ft x 43,560 ft.  An acre is actually only 208.7 ft x 208.7 ft – 43,560 square feet. 296 trillion gallons?) How big a cube would that be Mr. Engineer?

[“Make the Conch Train shut up”] Add your historic Key Wet house to the Conch Train Shut Up List by writing a nicely worded letter to Ed Swift, Noise Complaint c/o Historic Tours of America. He’s been a lot more amendable to the Old Town noise complaints his train makes since he had is neck-of-the-woods disturbed by a reality TV show with all night partying and helicopters flying all around a few years back
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[“Why are old men so grumpy and irritable”] Because we are 75+ and still think the young chicks need our services. It is called Terminal Immaturity!
[“Canal clean up”] If you are an Eden Pines canal clean up supporter, please plan to attend the Canal Restoration Advisory Subcommittee’s meeting on Tuesday, July 15th at the Marathon Government Center. Wendy will be presenting the updated proposed pumping system for Eden Pines at this meeting. Please tell anyone you know who has a vested interest in this program to attend and show support for our canal’s selection. A strong presence would be a great and effective way of insuring our continued participation in this wonderful grant funded program. Plan on being there by 1:00 pm. We’re early on the agenda and should be done by 2:00 pm. Hope to see you there!.
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[“Concrete residue”] Pressure washers can be used on your vehicle, it’s just a matter of not applying too much pressure to do damage. The best way to keep concrete off is to spray a thin layer of something oily beforehand that the molecules of concrete binds too instead of the parts on your vehicle. Then it will come off easily with the power washer, then soap and water wash to remove the remaining oils, dry well and reapply. The object is to find something that is not flammable, is safe to spray on your paint, trim and under-body. Never coat the brake disks, exhaust or electrical portions or any part of your vehicle the manufacturer won’t approve of or in amounts it would cause a safety issue or do damage to the paint or trim. I would suspect this would require multiple products, like something for the tires, rubber and plastic trim, something clear for the body panels and perhaps motor oil for the undercarriage. Ask around and get a lot of hard advice before doing anything. If you find a method that works, please share!
[Texting While Driving] Prank on movie goers. Video
Do not to stick your finger into the hole of a CD or DVD because your skin oils tend to accumulate on the CD/DVD Drive Spindle layer by layer and can make the disk skip or spin at the wrong speed with slippage. Only handle disks by the edges or use cotton gloves.
[No Name Electric] A year or so has passed this month since the first few No Namers connected to the grid and two full years since the infrastructure was installed on the island. And you know what? The flora and fauna and all else here are just dandy despite all the doom and gloom predictions from a couple of zealots. Go figure.And the best part, perhaps, is the peace and quite. One of the things that’s lovely about No Name in the fall and winter has always been the quite when folks stopped using their generators to power their a/c. This summer it is as quite as any winter I can recall and not a generator can be heard as most of them are gone. About 1/2 of the homes have already connected to the grid with others still pending. A remarkable fact in just one year, especially considering the cost to connect and changes that are needed to one’s home to use the grid along with their solar systems.

But then again some things never change. Ms. Putney, who for so long wrongly spoke against connecting to the grid is away for the summer, just like every year. Yep, her place is buttoned up tight during the hot months so she can return when it cools enough to live here without a/c and go back to trying to tell folks how to live. Then again, her followers are now fewer than ever, most have sold and moved. A few have died. Two or three, herself included, remain and continue to confuse her fiction and lies with fact but she certainly no longer speak for the island and her own decades of deceit ended when the Public Service Commission rightfully embarrassed and exposed her in the Spring of 2013. Thank goodness.

So what’s next on No Name now that the power wars have ended? More folks will finish getting connected, many of which will leverage their solar systems and do what’s called net solar metering. There’s also that odd little sewer mandate pending, a topic that No Name’s majority has stated for seven years was critical to their goal of protecting the island over the long term. It says here that despite the lies the FKAA specializes in and those that the County perpetuates, that the island will be sewered. Sit back folks and watch the fireworks as the FKAA and some of our long standing public servants are required to answer why they don’t bid their work or operate in a transparent manner along with why they have so deceived the public for so long over what will be the largest expenditure of public money since Flagler built a road to Key West.

Think No Name is done now that power is available on the island? Think again. We are just getting started in our quest to protect this very special place and in doing so flushing out the lies along with working to end the discrimination our local government, BOCC members and the likes of FKAA have for too long subjected this special, magical, island to.

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[Captain Doom and Gloom] After driving through Miami’s Turnpike to Hollywood from the Keys, I shudder at the thought of that road and those drives after marijuana is legalized.
[“Scattered tribes = inbreeding”] The South Pacific is one example, but the real hard core sites are Camden NJ, Detroit and South LA for the tribal wars!
The mid-east continues to fall to the terrorist jihad as Obama dithers, our ally Israel is set upon by rockets while Obama remains in an ignorant stupor, our southern border is wide open to tens of thousands of illegals pouring in daily including, as recently reported, criminals from the south including the murderous MS-13 gang members.  Our military bases are overwhelmed trying to care for these thousands, some as has now been reported, infected with body lice, scabies, tuberculosis and other untreated contagious diseases.Our President takes executive action.

What does he do?  Does he visit the border crisis as invited by the Governors of Texas and Arizona?  Of course not.  Rather, in true Obama fashion he goes on a fund raising trip, stopping during his ongoing campaign tour to have a beer and shoot a game of pool.

He traded 5 of the most dangerous terrorists at Gitmo for a deserter Marine who had embraced the Taliban and whose parents, while standing next to this President at the White House, praised Allah in Arabic.  In the mean time he ignores a hero Marine wasting away in a Mexican prison just a few miles from our border.

The Vets Administration is a national disgrace (he promised to fix it during his first campaign and did nothing),  the IRS, on his administrations orders , targeted his political enemies (although he, of course  denies any knowledge), the NSA scandal (he denies knowledge again), the utter failure of ObamaCare (that he continues to blatantly lie about touting its success), and the list of his failures, fumbling, ineptness, ignorance and humiliation as he bows to heads of state who laugh at him, goes on and on. Including Russian President Putin who has given him the political middle finger daring him to resist his military march seizing more and more territory at will.  Our staunch ally, Great Britton, as well as the European Union and even the political hacks at the United Nations have turned their collective backs on him.  What does that tell us?  He’s seen as an inept  fool far out of his league!

All of this not even getting into the subversion of our Constitution by his use of fiat, executive orders and other misdeeds in violation of law.

So, as an effective President what does he do?  Attends fund raisers, plays a game or two of golf, stops for a brewski and a game of pool , shakes a few hands (I hope they washed with soap and bleach water afterword) and then hops on his jumbo jet with all of the entourage that costs the American taxpayers millions of dollars,  (It is now reported that since he took office his travels, as well as his wife and family vacation travels have cost us about $48 million dollars).

We don’t have a President in office.  We have a buffoon, nothing but a Chicago street activist, who is over his head, inept at best and dangerous to our country at worst and we still have two years to go with this man who thinks he is a King or Tsar rather than a President who abides by the law as it is written and also abides by the Constitution..

We can only hope that his power base will be neutered by the mid-term elections and possibly a call for impeachment.  While his ardent supporters sing “Hail to the King,” most of us are now singing  “God Bless America.”  We sure need a blessing now!

Republicans verse Democrats is simple! Republicans work hard 24/7 for their riches and Democrats want to give all those riches to the useless eaters!
Republicans cut the IRS budget by 14%. They cut it so much that the IRS is still using Windows XP an obsolete computer operating system. The Republicans complain because the IRS is inefficient.
It’s just like Obama to get his pals in Central America to create a humanitarian crisis to distract from Benghazi
So the long winded,convoluted answer given by ftr to the poster’s question on if it was Bush who created the law he hates so much is yes!? Just checking. Basicaly he implys his heart was in the right place. He just never figured in five short years it would come back to bite us.Pretty short sighted for the great{greatest?} president.
The problem with the people on the Right, politically speaking, is that they have never been able to see the big picture.  They are always closely focused on some current minutia and they stay busy trying to prove some little point or another and they are not capable of backing way away from the narrow popular issues to a place where they can see the truth about where the human race, as a whole, is inexorably heading.
Does FTR stand for Forget The Rest?
from the right
Two posters complained about the article that I referenced in Friday’s posting concerning the myth of anthropogenic global warming. They complained that the article I provided was “from a conservative naysayer speaking at a conservative conference dedicated to denying climate change.” That claim is not correct.  The article was about Dr. Patrick Moore. Moore was a co-founder of Greenpeace. cold13Certainly not a right wing organization. During his recent keynote address to the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas, Dr. Moore spoke of recent proof that there has been no global climate warming for about the last 18 years. Once again I urge you to read the link if you have not yet done so. LinkDr. Moore is but one of thousands of voices in the scientific community that are convinced that anthropogenic global warming is pure fiction.

There are probably very few of us who have ever heard of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN). For years the scientific community has complained that NOAA meteorological measurements are flawed because so many weather reporting stations are sited in mini climates such as cities so that the recordings were likely to be skewed to high side. In response NOAA put in place about 115 highly accurate reporting stations throughout the USA, sited so that they would accurately record the meteorological conditions. Prior to this network, the data collected was “adjusted” to fit the prevailing theory.

The USCRN array provides the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s  with the  most accurate, up-to-date temperature data ever. It has now confirmed that the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. According to the USCRN temperature readings, U.S. temperatures are not rising at all – at least not since the network became operational 10 years ago. Instead, the United States has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.

If you have an interest in this important topic, I suggest you read the following Link

It’s worth noting that if you have deep doubts about the entire idea of anthropogenic global warming, you are not alone, in fact you are in the majority. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 35 percent of Americans say there is not enough solid evidence to suggest mankind is warming the earth while another 18 percent says that if the world has warmed, it is due to “natural patterns” and not human activity. That’s a 53 percent majority.

Part 2) It’s interesting to note that we never see Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Mormons, Christian Scientists, or even Wiccans pushing their religious beliefs in the CT. But we seem to be hip deep in atheists who are more committed to proselytizing their own brand of belief than even the most ardent of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s also revealing that their postings are always demeaning and full of invective aimed at those who are not atheists.

Part 3) Whooopie, Obama’s popularity numbers are soaring, he now has a 72% approval rating–among Muslims!

Part 4) Kudos to LeBron James who while speaking of his return to Cleveland said: “Nothing is given, everything is earned. You work for what you have.”