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Sunday, March 16, 2014

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[Reality Check] For the people who vacation here one week and want to sell everything and move here the next, this picture’s for you!

[Hail, Oh Great Spell Check] Google Docs has the best spell checker I’ve seen yet and I don’t think anyone’s even close to theirs. I’m amazed at their currentness in words. If a new word is circulating the Internet (by the way, happy 25th birthday Internet. Thanks Al [ha]) Google Docs’ spell check has it! Any name in today’s news is spell checkable. I don’t know if Microsoft’s new online Word has such an up-to-date spell checker, they might, because by being totally online, search engine algorithms like Google and Bing’s can get new words to their spell checkers in a less than a flash. Previously we had to wait months and often years for new revisions of Word to come out and then downloaded and be installed on our computers. Not any more. Htank gohness. 

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Sea Cucumbers draw water in, extract the oxygen from the water like fish do with their gills. The only difference is sea cucumbers use their anus. You can pick one out of the ocean and gently squeeze it and a long stream of water will shoot from it’s anus, much like a squirt gun. Link

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County Ok’s Big Pine Swimming Hole waterfront park.  Link


I find the weather odd. Last summer if blew the whole time and was rainy, but without the brief, daily thunderstorms of past years. Lately it’s been hot and breezy in the daytime which is normal, with little change in the nights. Lately it seems as though it’s hot in the day and cold in the night, sort of like a tropical desert. I go through two changes of clothes most days. Shorts and t-shirt and later long pants and sweater.


[Kit Kat is King] The Nestle company has sold over 200 flavors of Kit Kat candy bars to Japan, including soy sauce, creme brulee, green tea and banana. Link

[Truman Annex RV Park]I suggest a European style campground could be something good. My idea was that the city would build wooden platforms, with a storage container and picnic table (maybe with an umbrella!) for each platform. Guests would be able to pitch a tent on these platforms, and use the tables and storage containers.

One parking space is included with the nightly fee. If your car leaves the parking space, you forfeit the camp site, no exceptions. This would lessen the vehicular traffic through Bahama Village and encourage visitors to rent bikes or walk. Parking in Bahama Village would have to be monitored so there isn’t the issue of people taking up spots there.

Bathrooms and showers would be in a central, unairconditioned building. Nothing really fancy. This building should not be expensive to build.

If we were to have say, 75 sites, and charge something like $100 per site per night, this would net $7500 per day, or $225,000 per month at max capacity. Even if its only full for 6 months and vacant the rest of the time, thats still $1,350,000 per year.

Bahama Village should be running the show here. In fact, they should look into using their 6.6 acres to do something like this and come to an agreement with the city on how to split the revenues and maintenance costs. But the majority of the revenues should go for Bahama Village, which will obviously be the most impacted area.

Now $100 per night is very expensive to camp, but a steal compared to other lodging. It would allow younger visitors to experience Key West, who likely would return for future visits to hotels. We are seeing less and less of visitors in their early to mid twenties, which is when a lot of people have the time to travel but not necessarily the means to stay at expensive hotels. It is also a time in one’s life where Key West can seem magical. It was for lots of people who now live here.

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[Deported] Over two million illegal aliens have been exported under this administration. That’s more than any other administration’s ever done. Bye bye. 

The Crimea succession vote today is a biggie. Crimea seceding from Ukraina is like New York State seceding from the USA to join Canada. Nikita Khrushchev gave Crimea to Ukraine in the 50s. Imagine waking up and having to use a different currency? How about if you were in the middle of building a major project and your supply line was cut off and funds vanished?
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A good rule of thumb is to never have your name in the same sentence as “vehicular”.

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[Compass & Radio
] Can you lay a strip of metal one edge of a floating disc and expect it to point magnetic north, or do you have to use a magnet? Has anyone of you ever made a compass? I made a radio using a safety pin, double-edged razor blade and a telephone earpiece (I got in trouble for screwing up the phone) as a kid?

[Free Movie Site] Popcorn Time got popped, shut down as fast as it appeared. Popcorn Time is shutting down today. Not because we ran out of energy, commitment, focus or allies. But because we need to move on with our lives.

Our experiment has put us at the doors of endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love. And that’s not a battle we want a place in. Link

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I predict that the rebels will lose the Syrian war. They can’t agree on anything and are split apart by their natural and religious hate. If they studied history they would know about United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

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[Movies] In the 50’s cowboy movies and TV shows the cowboy would either throw his gun away; or at his opponent when it ran out of bullets. He didn’t put it back in his holster. I always found that odd even when I was a kid.

[Marijuana] I wonder what will happen to all the international drug cartels when marijuana is legalized in the US. Will it be safe again to travel Mexico?
[Piss] There, I’ve said it. Piss, piss, piss!



Hollywood is no longer the entertainment capitol. Only 8% of movies are made there. New York and Georgia are their two biggest rivals in the US. Brando Clip

[No Grinder Pump for Commissioner] Commissioner Neugent does have proper sewers, not the clumsy grinder pumps he’s pushing on others. He lives in Marathon and the district voting maps were altered to allow him to represent a district he does not live in. You get what you vote for. Remember terms limits start at the voting booth. Voted informed
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[Watching the watchers] Town experiments with body-mounted cameras on cops, the results are stunning: a plunge in incidents involving use of force, from 60 in 2011 to 25 the following year. Complaints from citizens dropped from 28 to three, with just four in the past twelve months.  Link 

Obama visits Ocean Reef in the upper Keys. It appears the 1% didn’t exactly welcome him. Link
An edible paradise on BPK. Very cool. Link



Big Pine Key’s Boating Class graduates.

So many clowns, so few circuses. 
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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club holds its monthly Show & Shine today, Sunday, March 16th. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. MM17  Sugarloaf Lodge Noon-4pm rain or shine. 50/50 prizes, food, tiki bar. Free admission. For more info call Dick Moody 305-942-1758. Link

BP drilling in Gulf again. Tar balls documented on beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, February 19th, 2014. Link

[Homeless] Although Sloan Bashinsky’s  thoughts about what to do with the drunk/addict homeless has merit and seems to makes a lot of sense, there are a few inherent problems with it.   

1) Where would this special facility be?  It would have to be a secured building with KWPD guards.  Just like KOTS, no one would want it in their neighborhood.  How about an outdoor area with a 12 ft’ fence and razor wire?  Maybe Truman Waterfront?   How about Mallory Square (reminiscent of being put in stocks) where they can be seen by all?  Maybe in Mayor Cates or Tony Yaniz’s front yard?

2) Why only the homeless drunks/addicts?  There are hundreds of tourists on Duval Street 24/7 who are as bad or worse.  How about the “elite” residents of Key West?  There are plenty of them also.  We all know tourists and “elite” residents and their friends get special treatment.

3) Who would pay for it?  The current city commission won’t.  (unless they can pocket cash from it) They’re happy passing the cost off to the Sheriff and hospital.  How about a special tax on alcohol?  Let the drunks (homeless, tourists  and elite residents) pay for their own incarceration.

green beerHappy Sunday from Springers Bar and Grill. I know it’s the day before St. Patrick’s Day, but have we got a great special for you. Today and tomorrow we are serving up corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes and carrots. Some people call it a boiled dinner, others call it a jiggs dinner, we just call it delicious. To wash down this tasty treat why not try our Lucky Leprechaun cocktail. This delicious combination of Midori, Malibu and pineapple juice is sure to make this Irish feast complete.

Here’s a little Irish proverb for you; May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long.

Speaking of Happy Hours, Springers’ is daily from 3-6.

Mosquito spraying & endangered butterflies on BPK. The butterflies can only live, where you are lucky enough to live. Link
[Lucky’s Landing] I was just wondering what the prices are for the barracks at Fort Little Torch.
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[Today] I stopped watching the Today show a few months ago, and from their ratings, I think a lot of other people did too. I view it now as an entertainment show similar to entertainment Tonight. Yes, the Today Show has new for the the first 15 minutes, but then it’s all Justin Bieber for the next 2 hours. 

Medical marijuana House & Senate Bills at a glance. Link
from the right

crist-monkeyThe other day, a poster wrote about our Governor, Rick Scott: “If a monkey runs against him it will get my vote.” Deer Friend, if you prefer a monkey to Governor Scott, then Charlie Crist is the candidate for you. As a governor he was just as great as any monkey throwing turds.  He certainly monkeyed with our economy during his term as our governor, and some of his closest friends and advisors now live in cages after being convicted of felonies concerning the public trust.  If you’re into monkeys, you really should read an article titled: “Charlie Crist’s monkey-paw politics” in the Link

Charlie is more acrobatic than your average monkey in flip flopping on issues.  At one point, Crist supported bans on gay marriage and on gay adoptions.  But now he’s flipped. He also supported the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and offshore drilling.  He now has flopped on both of those issues.  Crist has also flipped his positions on amnesty for illegal immigrants and the Affordable Care Act.

Part 2) The Obama administration and his sycophants have adopted Sgt Schultz from the old TV series “Holden’s Hero’s” as a role model. The have taken Sgt. Schultz’s famous line “I know nothing” to heights never even imagined. Here’s just a few examples.

obama-sgt-schultzThe other  Kathleen Sebelius testifying before a congressional committee, oh so sincerely, claimed that she really didn’t know how many of Democare sign ups had actually bought and paid for their insurance. Nor did she know how many of the “sign ups” had signed up because their policies had been canceled. That is either a flat lie or monumental incompetence. That “I knw nothing” is just the latest dodge designed to keep the truth of Democare from the voters.  Did you know that Obama has effectively killed the lynch pin of Obamacare, the individual mandate. Without which the program cannot be self-sustaining. Now all you have to do to avoid signing up is to claim that signing up would be a “hardship”, that’s only the latest in about 2 dozen excursions from the law that Obama has mandated. Perhaps he will next to decide that the law forbidding bribery of public officials will now be waived if the bribed official is a Democrat. Or maybe he will decide to sign an executive order with his hot little pen that suspends the law that forbids a President from serving more than two terms.

But of course Mr. Obama claims that he “did not know” about how deeply flawed was the Democare web site before it went on line.

Then there is entirety of the State Department and the highest echelons of the Obama admin who after the Benghazi murders, claimed for at least a week that the “knew nothing” about the attack being an act of terrorism.

Don’t forget that Obama claims that he “did not know” about the wiretapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and other heads of state who were our allies.

Then there is Obama and Eric Holder who profess to know nothing about the illegality of the entire Fast and Furious operation which resulted in thousands of weapons being provided to Mexican Narco Terrorists by the Justice Department, and resulted in the murder of at least one American law enforcement officer.

Sgt. Schultz was a piker in the “I know nothing” gambit. He was a genius compared to the Obama administration.

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