2014 August

Thursday, August 21, 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

[“When Sloan brags about being homeless, remember it was just an experiment to him. He’s always received a fat check every month. He could have ended his ‘homelessness’ any time he wished.”] No, I was a bum and a loser.  I did not always receive a fat check every month. I had no income and often was flat broke for months and longer at a time. I was mostly physically disabled, and the few times I did take menial work, I was paid $6 an hour. Some years I received a Christmas gift from my father of common stock, average value per year of around $8000. I sold the stock and used it sometimes to rent a cheap apartment, but when the money ran out, I was homeless again. In 2004, when I turned 62, I applied for and started receiving monthly Social Security retirement benefits, which were insufficient to pay rent and buy food. That’s still the only “fat check” I receive each month. If it was an experiment, it was the angels’ experiment, and I didn’t care for it at all.

Valentine’s Day, 2006, I received a cash inheritance from my father, who had died in August 2005, and then I was able to live inside, support a person in another state, who otherwise would have been a bum and a loser, and help other people and situations financially, and get involved in Keys politics in a way only having money would allow. I lived off the capital, had little income from it, not enough to have to file income tax returns.

There is something that can happen, which might cause me to start receiving a fat check, probably annually, from a trust my father once set up. So far, his widow gets the income from that trust. If she dies, then I get a child’s part, 1/4. I detest not being able to pay my own way by my own work product. That’s another experiment the angels are running: they have me blocked from earning a living wage by what I can do. Maybe they like me being a bum and a loser. ~Sloan Bashinsky

County loses $1.1 million of taxpayer’s money on the sale of the Hickory house on Stock Island.
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[Caps Lock] How to disable or reassign the caps lock key on any operating system. Link
[“Homeless”] 100 million world wide. It is all about survival and to have money or to have not! Link
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Homeland Security, fighting terrorism since 1492.
Perhaps we all should learn Apache, Seminole, Cheyenne, if we want to keep living in USA. And perhaps we should consider that not many Africans volunteered to be put into chains and stacked like cord wood into the filthy holds of white men’s sailing ships, and brought to a land they did not even know exist and forced to learn the white man’s religion and ways, and work their butts for less than peanuts. Looks to me that the early white settlers, who also took a heap of land from the Spaniards, created a whole heap of really bad nasty karma, and it’s all coming home to roost.
[Any Idiot Can Travel] Actual complaints received by Thomas Cook Vacations from dissatisfied customers:
1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”
2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons.  I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”
3. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”
4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”
5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”
6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”
7. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”
8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”
9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”
10. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”
11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”
12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.
[Sewers and Salt Water] I had a friend phone me just before noon yesterday, who was furious about the use of sea water on Drost Drive.  He’d been out biking earlier in the day and saw a tanker truck loading water from the first canal on Drost Drive.  After 11:00am, he was driving his vehicle and saw that same tanker truck spraying water, lots and lots of it, onto Drost Drive.  My friend got out and demanded to know why they were using sea water on our main drive.  The construction worker denied it and said it was fresh water.  That’s when my friend tasted it and became furious that it was salt water!

I emailed our representative with FKAA (Stephanie Bruno) to complain and ask for sea water usage to be halted.  I then phoned the FKAA customer service and spoke with Joe Ivey.  Joe said that just couldn’t be so, as salt water would ruin the contractor’s equipment.  I told him my friend had tasted it, and it’s salt water.  Joe said he would go “right now” and find out.  Indeed, they were pouring salt water on to our main road, Drost Drive.

The good news is, within an hour, Joe and Stephanie had both checked it out, and halted salt water use.  However, my vehicle, and many, many others traveled through that slop for hours yesterday.  How many other times was salt water used, and the contractor just wasn’t caught?  I don’t intend to purchase a used vehicle in the Lower Keys for a long, long time.  Now I know I’ll be needing a new car in 2 years when this fiasco is over.

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[“The Homeless”] There should be some nice camping grounds set up further north as it’s not practical for them to remain in the tiny area called Key West. Why not look around and set up some public camp grounds for the homeless. There is little chance of their getting jobs in the tiny town of Key West. The Homeless are in Key West because of the warm weather and they can live on the beach but they can live on the beach up to the Miami area as it stays warm year round.

In ancient societies, the Homeless couldn’t survive. They would have had to have jobs in the field, doing something productive in the city or countryside

Survival on a desert island is not that difficult unless there is someone else there!
[Regulators] Robin Lockwood , President of the Chamber of Commerce speaks out against the Florida Marine Sanctuary and it’s proposed plans to create more closed zones and manipulate fisheries illegally.

As of Thursday, March 6th, at Marathon Garden club, the Sanctuary will reconvene the meetings which drew overwhelming opposition last year. In violation of its own charter and scope of power they will review proposed closures and spawning aggregation sites. It came out at last years meetings that the current closed areas were illegally created also. Many are calling for these areas to be reopened and cite economic loss and unsound science as primary reasons in addition of violation of legislative powers. The FKNMS will not be able to stand up to impending lawsuits as their budget was cut by a 1/3 by a Congress that recognizes it’s lack of actual worth. Please contact your local representative to fight this illegal branch of our Government.

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[“Soap scum, not ear wax”] What a great example of the trivial items that show up on the CT that are so valuable! I’ve had that problem for years. I can’t wait to try the plugs! Thanks.
[“Incest is best”] Eve came from Adam’s rib, so she’s his daughter. We’re all bastards then! Amen.
The Chief of the Grammar Police sent this.
The old “shack in the back” is what we used to call the burger joint behind the old Quay in Marathon. The had the biggest burger you have ever seen. I miss that place and Herbies. Herbies used to sell me Schlitz draft beer back in the 70s before I was 18.
I also had overpricing and incorrect diagnostics from the same auto repair business on Big Pine Key between Springer’s and Bistro 31.  Had been going there for two years but old owners took over in January of this year.  Upon receiving their estimate I immediately picked up my vehicle, went to A-1 on Ramrod, saved many hundreds of dollars and had an excellent repair service.
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Is this the street that won’t accept grinder pumps?
Can I use Bear Spray in the Florida Keys. We can call it suntan lotion and use it on any NJ fat chicks that attack at happy hour! My six-shooter just cant stop those charging beasts.
What’s going on at the Winn Dixie Shopping Center? I stopped by there today and I have never seen so many vacant stores. Everything in the front row is gone except Cocos, but it’s only open 4 days a week. Shirley’s, I heard is also closing soon. The other side has vacancies everywhere. Is the economy that bad on Big Pine that no one can stay in business? Is the rent just way too expensive? It just looks like a dying shopping center. Even a laundromat could not stay open and we have a shortage of those in the lower Keys as the closest laundry is in Key West.
[“Smathers Beach steps to nowhere”] I think you missed the point. Those aren’t the steps to nowhere, it’s the Stairway to Heaven. We’re just that close!

Heart–Stairway To Heaven

[“Smathers Beach steps”] Probably it’s a homeless urinal.
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[“Islamic State”] The long term strategy for the Middle East is to keep on bombing them. Why? Because they always fight and change sides and ideology as soon as they start losing. So the only way to control them is to reduce their numbers. I attribute the problem in the Middle East to the extremely hot weather there, the intense heat drives people insane and radical. The ones with black turbans/robes are the most radical as black attracts heat and doesn’t reflect it like the white turbans/robes do. It also doesn’t help that so much of the worlds oil supplies are in the area and Zionist zealots decided they wanted their long dead country back despite the Arabs being very accommodating to Christians and Jews in the Holy Land for thousands of years.
Well Deer Friends, FTR has done it again. Of course the situation in Ferguson is all Obama’s fault. FTR must stand for something and that something is always President Obama’s fault. What a broken record. If there was anything that occurred during the Bush administration, well that was in the past, but let me tell you just how bad our present President is and let’s blame him for all the ills of the world.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but even with President Obama’s shortcomings he is hands-down better than the past Republican administrations. For one thing, the Affordable Care Act is working. Americans who needed it now can have affordable insurance. Please get some professional help your hatred is coloring everything that you write about. So just stew in your own juices and keep telling yourself the world is wrong I’m Right.
For all the conspiracy nut jobs out there.
[Behind the old Quay] There was an old man who was more of a fixture than a customer who sat at the bar nursing one draft beer for hours. He wore tons of gold jewelry and drove a classic Studebaker or Packard or something old. The place had glass doors overlooking the Gulf, but I don’t think they’d ever been washed, so they allowed light, but very little of the view. Food and drink were always the cheapest in the Keys. And the portions were huge!
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[“No black hockey players”] I’m impressed that there hasn’t been one racist comment about this. (Ed: Sorry to burst your bubble, but there were the usual bigoted posts, I just didn’t publish them.)
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broke 2My father lived through the Great Depression.  Although he was one of the fortunate few who had a decent job, even decades later he was very frugal even though quite successful in business and well off financially.  I remember my father lecturing me on wastefulness.  He saved money and always bargain shopped.  He was so serious about saving a few cents he would literally drive half way across town with a newspaper coupon to save a few cents or a can of green beans (buying a case at a time for the pantry), never taking into account what he spent in time or gas to do so.  Those dark, hungry times in our country were forever etched in the minds of those who lived through them.  No riots, no looting, no civil unrest.  Just a generation of people who had a desire to work, (If and when a job became available), and morals and personal ethics unknown to today’s give-me-more-free-stuff society.
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[Regulators] The Marine Sanctuary want to hold in suto[?] public meetings. Just be aware that if you go and voice your objections to increased recreational fishing losses that you run the risk of being ignored, silenced, escorted out or worse,
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[Cave Man
] Did our ancestors, early modern humans, live alongside Neanderthals? Did we drive them extinct through pre-historic ethnic cleansing? Or was it “Ug!” at first sight and we tenderly inter-bred with them until their species disappeared? Video
[“Monteray Pop Festival”] I feel sad for the poster who said that the best time of their life was a drug induced stupor.
[“Desensitizing myth”] Perhaps you should really listen to the lyrics of John Lennon in his song “Imagine”.
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sewer-line21“I trust our engineers” has been used by a commissioner to blindly defend the obvious engineering flaws of the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System. Almost beyond belief, a permit from the (oxymoric) Dept. of Environmental Protection was issued to Little Palm Island Resort to convert one of their uncased plastic water lines into a sewer line that would have crossed nearly 2 miles of the shallow waters of the Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve. Look at the attached photo of the referenced water line. Would you “trust our engineers.” No one opposes a well-designed, environmentally safe sewer system, but one with bad engineering should be opposed by anyone who gives a “crap” about the environment and long-term costs — especially an elected official.
[More Speed] Did you receive the new Comcast Brochure about the high speed Xfinity stuff? They’re doubling your internet speed at no additional charge. Everyone will now get 50 mbps. Now I know what Comcast is up to, they want to abolish DVD sales and rentals and control all media by streaming only. If this happens I will throw out my TVs!

Comcast give nothing for nothing. They have a plan and it will not benefit you, believe it.

[Walk Naked In America Day] As you may already know, it is a sin for a Muslim male to see any woman other than his wife naked and if he does, he must commit suicide. So next Saturday at 1 P.M. Eastern Time, all American women are asked to walk out of their house completely naked to help weed out any neighborhood terrorists.

Circling your block for one hour is recommended for this anti-terrorist effort. All patriotic men are to position themselves in lawn chairs in front of their houses to demonstrate their support for the women and to prove that they are not Muslim terrorist sympathizers. Since Islam also does not approve of alcohol, a cold 6-pack at your side is further proof of your patriotism. The American government appreciates your efforts to root out terrorists and applauds your participation in this anti-terrorist activity.

[“Conspiracy con trails”
] While all you fools were looking up, the real danger was right in front of you all the time–boat trails! I see them behind every boat. Wake up sheeple
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The County Commissioners were physically intimidated by the Pigeon Key driveway cabal and gave away multi-millions of tax dollars to fix that old 7 Mile Bridge that should have been spent to give every homeowner in the Keys part of a simpler gravity sewer system that they deserved rather then those Rube Goldberg grinder pump monstrosities that nobody should have in their yard.
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Quit smoking today.
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[“Homeless”] So all homeless are “filthy, substance abusing habitual criminals” who shit in your yard. “Bums and leeches on society” who “stink, are obnoxious, untrustworthy, irresponsible”  When you had that “unsettling” experience in Mallory Square, maybe they weren’t looking at you suspiciously, maybe they were secretly laughing at you for your funny clothes or your funny haircut, or a hundred other reasons.

There are many homeless who are lucky enough to own a vehicle. Is the 94 year old WWII veteran who can’t afford rent a leech on society?  Is the retired person who lives on a small SS check a leech on society?  Is the lady with two small children living in her car a leech on society?  Is the person with 40+ years experience in the bar/restaurant looking for work a leech on society?  Is the homeless Iraq War Vet looking for work a leech on society?  I could go on forever giving examples, but I’m sure it’s a waste of space explaining it to your small minds.

Before you call names you should understand their situation.  Sure, there’s a lot of substance abusers, but there’s also a lot of Key West residents who are substance abusers.  Key West thrives on substance abuse.  Hell, the Conchs made their money supplying those substances.  And they still do!

I guess unless you have a large bank account, you aren’t entitled to enjoy the nice weather.  Key West should change it’s mantra to “One Human Rich Family”

[“Bar requiring photo of applicants”] What’s wrong with that. Was yesterday’s post from an ugly bartender? I want to look at a presentable bartender not some burnt out person with missing teeth and acne. Kudos to the bar asking for photos.
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The next meeting of our Big Pine Computer Club is coming up this Saturday, August 23, 10 am at the senior center.  Hope to see you there! Events
Damn, one mystery solved and another rears its head: Which came first, the chicken salad sandwich or the egg salad sandwich?
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junk21[Sewers] FDEP and Little Palm withdrew the permit for Little Palm finding that some of our allegations may prove correct.  This makes our job a little easier.  Unfortunately, they probably will re-issue the permit at some later time after re-design.  Perhaps the re-design will be better.

We filed a petition in Circuit Court today seeking an emergency injunction against FKAA and FDEP permits on Big Pine Key North.  Big Pine Key North is selected because we have the paper trail that makes this work.  Again, the effort is for all of the Lower Keys.  I caution, the attached petition is over 100 pages and indicates 8.8 MB.  We will have this on our website soon and available by link.  We will keep you posted as this latest suit threads it way through the court.

We are still scheduled for hearings on six of our seven filed petitions against FDEP permits —  the Little Palm Island petition was withdrawn today. The hearings are scheduled for the last week of September before an Administrative Law Judge appointed by the Department of Administrative Hearings.

In preparation, FDEP, FKAA and Little Palm Island took my deposition last month. Tomorrow our attorney deposes FDEP staff in Fort Myers.  Next week, he will depose FKAA members in Key West.

On a major upbeat note, FDEP and Little Palm Island withdrew the permit for Little Palm, finding that some of our allegations may prove correct.  Point is, we ARE correct, and FKAA with FDEP sanctions were wrong.  We will use this to cast a shadow on some of the other permits.

I emphasize, we are not against Little Palm and sewers to Little Palm — just do it right.  We are not against sewers in the Lower Keys — just do it right

[Born for the Internet] These kids today! Video
moped21Mopeds have the right to be on the road. I ride my moped and go the speed limit and get passed on a double yellow. Learn to coexist you are living in the Keys and next time you pass me on a double yellow I am going to turn you in because I got myself a dash cam and Go Pro so go for it! You will pay the price. Ignorant people have no respect. Mopeds have every right to share the road. What about the cars going 50 in a 25 zone and the cars that don’t stop at the stop signs? it’s probably you. Obey the law and share the road!
[“Free Money”] This phishing email struck me as especially funny for some reason.
Friend, There was a meeting held on 4th January 2013 here in Africa with all AFRICA CURRENT AND PAST PRESIDENTS IN CONJUNCTION with IMF OFFICIALS to pay all debts owed to foreign Contractors and Beneficiaries. After the meeting, a committee was inagurated and called (DEBTS RECONCILATION COMMITTEE) to pay all debts as well as compensation where necessary. To claim your payment or compensation, Send your personal information such as your full name, postal address, telephone and fax numbers, age, and occupation to IMF Accountant; KLEIN GEORGE
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[County Dump]
I’ve often heard about the waste transfer station on Cudjoe Key, and that you could bring your bulk yard waste yourself.  So while driving about the other day, I decided to drop by to see how to go about doing business there.  I live on Ramrod, my taxes are paid in full therefore my waste removal bill is paid in full as well.  Why then is it that after a day of major palm trimming, I have to pay an additional six bucks and change per 100 pound of waste, when I deliver it myself?  My typical roadside removal is 2 to 3 cans, not the 10 to 14 that I’ve seen landscaping businesses leave in front of some homes.
[“Perry et al”] The next great gravy train for the lawyer class is the criminalization of the political process. Start in Chicago. Yummy, yummy!
Texas Governor Rick Perry, from what feedback I get from friends in Texas and around that area say Perry is bad news and a real nut case both politically and religiously and one dangerous dude!
[Muslims] I would love to see some big-balled news group come out with details and absolute proof of who is a Communist or Muslim instigator and who is trying to degrade and destroy America. I would not be surprised if most were in our government, our religions and other social grant sponsored organizations. Something is much bigger than just little people bitching and moaning.
I always like to read FTR even though he is very ‘wordy’, he does make a point on most topics that I agree with. Some not!
Wednesday, he said it as I would say it, that the N’s are asking for it! BO is an idiot stringed by those who would crash any country for their greedy reasons. They want Martial Law in the worst way so they can crash the Constitution and our laws then create a NWO with 5 Start J’s at the top.
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Did you know that Gov. Rick Perry was indicted in the same Texas county that Don Delay was? That county is described as a liberal conclave. Tom Delay’s incitement was thrown out. I’m sure Rick Perry’s will be also. Did you know that Rick Perry is accused of threatening to veto. Don’t presidents do this all of the time without being indicted? Maybe liberal heaven is in Houston Texas.
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A POSTER WROTE: “FTR said “in 2011 Iraq had an operating democratic government”. It did? Please explain.”

IraqDemocracyFTR’S RESPONSE: Let’s review. In 2005, after Saddam’s defeat, Iraqi elections were held which were the first free elections in Iraq’s history. There was a fair representation of all groups. Iraq became a “democratic, federal parliamentary Islamic republic.” It has a constitution that guarantees rights to minorities and women. It has a legislative branch, a judicial branch, and an executive branch. It guarantees freedom of religion.

In late 2008 GWB negotiated and signed a Status Of Forces Agreement with the duly elected government of Iraq. The SOFA, signed and negotiated by Bush, guaranteed the end of the conflict by withdrawal of all US troops. It established that U.S. combat forces would withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, and all U.S. forces will be completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011. Every time Obama or his minions claim that they ended the war, you see even more lies.

Since its first free election in 2005, Iraq has held several elections. On July 24th Kurdish leader Fouad Massoum was elected Iraq’s new president by Parliament Thursday and immediately sworn in.

riot21Part 2) Ferguson MO redux. We’re learning more and more about what probably happened in the confrontation between the decedent, Brown, and the police officer, Wilson. We now know that Wilson was a relatively new officer, having served for about 5 years. We now know that there are many witnesses who state that Brown beat Wilson with his fists in the front seat of the police car. We now know that there are reports that Wilson was beaten so badly that his eye socket was fractured and stove in. We now know that Brown was shot 4 times in his right arm and twice in the head. None of the wounds were in the back. We also know that many in the crowd of rioters/protestors claimed to have seen Brown shot in the back by Wilson. We will soon learn exactly what happened. The evidence will tell us.

Unfortunately we now know that our President, our Attorney General, and the Democrat Governor of Mo have decided to make the event a political tour de force. Mo Governor Nixon, has just made a TV pronouncement about the event. In his statement he went to great length to assure all that a thorough “prosecution” of the event would occur so as to deliver “justice” to the family of the decedent. I’m three quarters of a century old, and spent nearly 40 of those years as a cop. I have never heard such an inflammatory statement made by a public official. Gov. Nixon’s theme and choice of words clearly delivers the message that Officer Brown must be prosecuted and convicted. All of that while every day more and more evidence is revealed that Brown was beating Officer Wilson, seriously injuring him, when Wilson shot Brown. We don’t know for sure yet, but the evidence is tending to prove that Browns death was a justifiable homicide.

Nixon’s inflammatory rhetoric was a grave injustice on several levels. First, his speech presupposed that a “prosecution” was warranted when no such determination has been made. Second, this is a criminal justice matter, the Governor is flat wrong in taking sides, and he has taken the side of those who demand the officer’s scalp. Third, it is likely he has poisoned the well of prospective grand jurors and trial jurors by offering his, the governors, opinion that the officer must be prosecuted, and that to ensure justice for Brown’s family, a conviction must ensue.

Nixon, a democrat, was clearly pandering to the liberal political base. He linked arms with Obama and Holder in preparing to sacrifice a police officer for purely political reasons.

Ask yourself if Officer Wilson was black, would all of this travail have occurred? Ask yourself, if George Zimmerman was black, would we have ever heard the name Travon Martin? The deaths of these two young black men have been made into political fodder by liberal media and liberal politicians. That is shameful exploitation