2013 January

Thursday, January 31, 2013

After people lose respect for nature and the environment, it follows that people lose respect for one another. Hence, you see all the killing going on both to animals and people. When I was a little kid, my grandpa told me there is nothing wrong with the world. The problem is the people in it. Now I know what he meant.



In 1606 Guy Fawkes was executed for his role in the Gunpowder Plot in Britain. Link


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[Cat Predation] The guy yesterday was saying cats don’t kill marsh rabbits because the rabbits were all over the place “years ago and thriving.” Implying that they were all over until killed by cats. I believe many emailers don’t read what they write. 


Affordable housing takes shape on Stock Island. Link


What does the “water water” guy sell anyway?

jet-ski00[Marathon Journal]

~Jake Brady loses sheriff’s race and his home of ten years, poor guy. But, another will move in with lower income.
~Councilman Chris Bull hits the road running. Pigs fly but Chris goes, “What!” He also wants to take another look at all the volunteer boards, task forces, commissions, committees, and whatever other terms apply.
~Curly’s Menagerie of little businesses: drive-through coffee, kayaks, charters, outside charm at the tables and chairs, and I am sure I left something out. Go, get served.
~Owen Poole likes middle Keys but only visits on Tuesdays. He owns and operates Paradise Recycling. His countywide business continues to grow providing rock-steady customer service along with good prices.

~ iPhone 5 misadventures try one’s patience. Finally, I decided to go to iPhone, but broke out of the box.
~Dr. Mklvy’s progress notes reflect foolish and false information. We need new blood at the Key West VA Clinic. Actually, we need a Marathon VA clinic. There is a disconnect between Miami VA Hospital and Key West clinic. Cystoscopy and colonoscopy up at the MiamiVA, oh my, all is not well, but hope springs eternal and next week is bright.

~It bears repeating and repeating, you know. Key Colony Beach candidates are Ryan Schraffenberger, Patrick Farritor, Jeff I-didn’t-sign-anything Vorick, Jerry Ellis, and Rob Sutton. The top three in total votes are elected in the Key Colony Beach March 2013 elections. ~ publisher@MarathonJournal.US





[Tonsils] The only good to come from having your tonsils out is that you got to eat a lot of ice cream.

[Combative Woman] Here are some Israeli women soldiers for you.   Gives a new twist to the old saying, make love not war. Link

You’ve got to be a idiot to drive a smart car.

Logo-gun_ownersThe guys and girls at Daddy Bones want to say thanks for that glowing review in yesterday’s CT. We work really hard making the Best Smoke In The Keys and it really feels good when folks like it enough to write about it. Yes, we are the only rib joint in the lower Keys using wood to smoke our meat.

The date is set for our Gun Rights Party. March 16th. We’re sorry some of you have a problem with our politics, but fortunately we live in a free country (for now anyway) and can express ourselves and defend our right not to be victims.

Any bands wanting some exposure call Mike after 4pm at 295-RIBS. We have a couple of bands already and need a couple more since the party is going to last 7hrs. Bulletin Board

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[Tonsils] I don’t remember too much about having my tonsils taken out except that afterwards I was in bed for a while and my father used that for an excuse to go out and buy our first TV set.

[Combative Woman] My ex would be great in combat. In fact the other army would surrender just to not have to deal with her.

[Snowbird rules addendum]
~Park your 4×4, diesel, quad cab, dually, sideways taking 2 or 3 spaces, than hop into an electric wheel chair to cruise Winn-Dixie.
~Go to happy hour and get pickled, than come to BPK Bocce to tell stories about “Up North”, like we care. 



[Perverts] A Texas judge has reaffirmed an earlier ruling requiring the Boy Scouts of America to turn over “perversion” files kept on abuse claims, though it’s unlikely that will happen soon. Like the Catholic Church, Scouts protect their leaders instead of their kids.

With detailed planning, an industrious astrophotographer placed a camera about two kilometers away and pointed it across the lookout to where the Moon would surely soon be making its nightly debut. The single shot sequence is unedited and shown in real time — it is not a time lapse. People on Mount Victoria Lookout can be seen in silhouette themselves admiring the dawn of Earth’s largest satellite. Seeing a moonrise yourself is not difficult: it happens every day, although only half the time at night. Each day the Moon rises about fifty minutes later than the previous day, with a full moon always rising at sunset. Video


I went to Springer’s last night and got really wasted. I woke up in the middle of the night next to some chick who was snoring and farting, so I knew I made it home okay.


Not everyone has a gun, but almost everyone has at least one doctor. This means you are over 9,000 times more likely to be killed by a doctor as by a gun owner.




It’s just paper, but not to artist Calvin Nicholls. Link

[No To Tourism] Snowbirds and Tourists! Please go home. It would sure be nice to see the same obnoxious, foolish, get out of my way mob behavior visited upon yourselves in your own home towns that you exhibit here. Then we could all see how you like it. This is not Disney World and we are not your staff. We locals are actual human beings who really do live and work here. And please do not use the “you need our money” argument for we are not hookers and prostitutes. What’s that message? We are supposed to like you because you pay us? Be courteous and respectful to us locals and stop pushing to the front. If you did this we might like you better.



George Washington Carver invented over 300 products from the peanut, but he missed peanut butter. He missed smashed up peanuts–amazing!

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[Guns] I think that the Government will disarm the populace by dividing the gun owners themselves.   It will favor the  large groups, like the NRA, and use them to help disarm some small unpopular group such as the Muslim gun owners .  They will pick off one group after another in this way,  working their way through the population until the gun owners left can be easily overwhelmed.  It’s called dividing and conquering, and it usually works. 





Measure Magnetic Fields from electrical appliances, cell phones, wiring configurations. Link


[Big Guns] Put aside your girly-man .458 Win Mag or your wimpy .50 cal and watch guys shoot a real gun, the largest center fire rifle ever made, the .950 JDJ by SSK Industries. Only three were ever made. This was the lightest, the carbine version, weighing in at 50 lbs. It shoots a .95 caliber 2,400 grain bullet at 2,100 fps using 240 grains of powder, which generates 25,400 f/lbs of muzzle energy and 277 f/lbs of recoil energy. Each round costs $40. It kicks like a mule! Link




[Satellite Launch] Night sky over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K, TDRS-K, to orbit.

The TDRS-K spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services. 

Ode to Joy, flashmob is impressive. Link 

With 351,000 hits for Rising Tide, you should find something bad worth complaining about.



When words are not enough. Gallery 

Facebook’s Graph Search allows you to search for all sorts of new things on Facebook. Think of it like a little bit of Google, mixed with review-site Yelp and your friends list. Facebook users can use Graph Search to find any information that is “publicly available.” Since many people post things without checking privacy settings, or don’t see what they “Like” as a problem, this could be embarrassing and dangerous.  A nearby thief might even be able to find your address or information to steal your identity.

People are already finding embarrassing and dangerous combinations of searches. For example, you can make a list of “women who live nearby and who are interested in men and like getting drunk.”  How about “married people who like (cheating site) Ashley Madison” or “married people who like prostitutes”? The person might have Liked those things years before they were married. Maybe they were a teenager and did it as a joke. But it sure doesn’t look good today. Even businesses could have a problem. You can quickly generate a list of companies and organizations that employ people who Like “racism.”

The Fix: click the Padlock icon to bring up Facebook’s Privacy Shortcuts. Click “Who can see my stuff?” and then “Use Activity Log.” The Activity Log shows you everything you’ve posted and everything that’s been posted about you. Search for any post, group or Like you have that may embarrass or offend. You should look for stuff that reveals too much of your information, too.

You can change who can see these items by clicking the first icon next to the post. Remember, only public information is available in Graph Search, so setting it to Friends or Only Me is a good option. You can delete a post entirely by clicking the pencil icon.

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[American is Not Great] Only Americans think we are. Our time is on the wane. The most honest three and a half minutes of television. It’s rough, but see it through. Link

an_cd_boxA Disk Image is a copy of an existing disk that encompasses everything from the files to the file system. Â Unlike simply copying all the files off a DVD or hard disk, a disk image is a perfect copy of the source.

Historically, disk image tools created a 1:1 copy of the disk (thus the disk image of a 10GB disk would be 10GB in size). Â Modern disk imaging tools generally use compression and the exclusion of non-written disk space to reduce the size of the final image (thus a 10GB disk might only have a 2.3 GB image).

Disk images are most useful for backups (you can create an image of an operating system hard disk in an optimum state, for example, to easily restore it in the future) and cloning (you can replicate a known good data or operating system disk multiple times for different machines).

For more information on disk cloning Link 

[Flameout] Well, it finally happened.  I’ve been sending so many e-mails lately, that my cursor actually overheated. Check it out for yourself! Link




Dozens interested in Washington’s new pot consultant job. Link

If 65% of Americans suffer from hemorrhoids does that mean that the remaining 35% enjoy them?

[Cat Trapping] Here is a link about the last cat trapping done in the Florida Keys. A real fiasco. And of course, the link is only part of the whole story. Link


[Mobile carriers] Thinking of changing mobile carriers? Don’t, until you’ve been to OpenSignal. It shows you the signal strength for each of the four major carriers, overlaid on a Google map. Just enter your zip code to see nearby towers. Link

steve31If you’re not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he’s the famous Erudite (comic) scientist who once said: “I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates.” He sees things differently from most of us. Here are some of his gems:
~I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
~Borrow money from pessimists — they don’t expect it back.
~Half the people you know are below average.
~99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
~A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
~A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
~If you want the rainbow, you have got to put up with the rain.
~All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
~The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
~I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met.
~OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
~How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
~If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
~Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
~When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
~Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
~Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
~I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
~Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
~What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
~My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.” 
~Why do psychics have to ask you for your name.
~If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
~A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
~Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
~The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
~To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
~The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
~The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up. 
~The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
~Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film. 
~If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
~If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?




Redneck baby chair and teething ring.

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PBS special, the secret life of cats (54 min) Link



I take offense to seeing a picture of Herman Goering in any context, unless it is the one taken after death with one eye partially open after he poisoned himself.

Curiosity maneuver prepares for drilling. Mars rover Curiosity has placed its drill onto a series of four locations on a Martian rock and pressed down on it with the rover’s arm, in preparation for using the drill in coming days. Link



[Walmartians] People of Walmart. They’re always good for a laugh. Link

I have always looked at life as a voyage, mostly wonderful, sometimes frightening. In my family and friends I have discovered treasure more valuable than gold.  ~Jimmy Buffet


St Peter’s Dolphin Dinner Fridays from February 1 thru March 22
All you can eat $14. Kids under 10 $5. Saint Peter’s Church Mile Marker 31.3, Big Pine Key. Live music old favorite songs. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Bulletin Board

Witnesses describe fatal shooting aboard Homestead school bus.    Anyone can buy a gun or have a kid. Since when have those rules changed? I think ignorance breeds ignorance. See the connection? Monkey see–monkey do.   Stop the madness! Link



[Hypocrite] “Our leaders just watched as China took full control.” ~Donald Trump 

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[IKC News] While it is true that iguanas are one of the animals that eat the plants that Miami Blue butterflies depend on, that is only part of the story. Pesticides and building also play a bigger part than you will probably ever know.  Here is a link to back up your comment and inform people of what you are speaking about.  So you think it is you and your neighbors job to go out and kill animals? Link 
To the editor: I appreciate all the work and time you put into making the emails that are sent, print ready for the public. (Ed: I give good spell check.) 




Solar Stick aids in South Sudanese medical clinic rebuilding efforts. Link 

The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Banquet also considered the January General Membership Meeting was held on Saturday, January 26th at ZaZa Pizzeria Napoletana on Sugarloaf Key.  Monroe County Mayor George Neugent installed the Officers and our new Board of Directors who were Steve Miller, President; Kim Trice, 1st Vice President; Cathy Talcott, 2nd Vice President; Susan Miller, Membership Vice President; Sheila Cantler, Treasurer; Leslie Valant, Parliamentarian; Carole Stevens, Secretary and Directors Marie Boyett and Debbie Novak.  Directors Judy Rowley, Kelly Kline, Josh Eitel and Gary Andelin were not present.

The following Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Members who received awards are:

 Volunteers of the Year – Florida SeaBase Brinton Environmental Center

Business Beautification Award – ZaZa Pizzeria Napoletana

Outstanding Community Spirit – News-Barometer

 Business of the Year – Centennial Bank

Helping Hands Awards – Cappy Kauffman & Cheryl Eger – LKCC Staff

Special Appreciation – Lynne Hankins-Fielder – Chamber Attorney

President’s Award – Jean Bell – Ecurie Vitesse Sports Club

Outgoing Board of Directors for 2012 who received plaques in appreciation of service on the Board are:

 Steve Miller – President 2012

Cece Williamson – Past President

Joe Britz – Director

Lang Godfrey – Director

The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors would like to thank Mayor George Neugent for performing the Oath of Office and Keynote speech; Steve Miller and Lynn Hankins-Fielder, Auctioneers ,Sal, Melissa and Annie of  ZaZa Pizzeria Napoletana and staff for a fabulous buffet and the members and guests who attended this annual event.

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I hate when new parents ask who the baby looks like. It was born 15 minutes ago, it looks like a potato.  ~Will Farrel

Who the hell do you think you are?Dont every theaten a cat,dog,Deer.You need to leave the Keys you fool.Get a job or something.We dont like people like you.You are what gives the keys a bad rap.



[Captain Doom and Gloom] “The trouble with Roe v Wade” Doesn’t this have all to do with priests and alter boys and their customer base?

If you are in a situation where a crowd of bad guys is rioting and tries to stop your vehicle just floor it and do not care how many eyeballs and teeth are stuck to your windshield, just saving your ass is #1

“Poop Plant” Human Waste Incinerators are legal everywhere in the world except where politicians cannot make permit fees from them.


Heres a little fact that would never escape the far rights computer. The gunman that shot Mrs. Giffords in AZ used a clip that held over 30 rounds of ammo. When he emptied the clip he fumbled it and wasnt able to reload. If he was only able to purchase the smaller clip 1/3 of the bullets that were doing the damage would never have even been shot.

Take a minute and view the video of Mrs. Giffords husband during his recent testimony.

Still waiting for over a month now for any far right or extreme right person to show me the proof of what they think they heard when they say Obama wants to take your guns. Prove your contention.

an closet skeleton[FTR Exposed] Well he finally did it, he opened up and identified himself. Now we know for sure who FTR is. He is a proud birther. He will say that he is not, but that he was only giving you the statistics about what people believe, thus spreading the hate. With insinuation and innuendo he would have you believe the absolute garbage that this group, they claim that it never happened, it was all an act, using paid actors it is noting but a massive conspiracy by the President Obama so he could take your guns away. I’m sure that he will come up with statistics showing that he is Right, (just to let you know we saw him protesting outside of the closed Fast Buck Freddies with his friends).

All they want is to have the election overturned (they lost) and have the President impeached. FTR is a laughable person, he claims that the President wants the destruction of the Republican Party, of course he omits the statements of senate majority leader who has on numerous occasion said that the number one priority of the republican party is the defeat of President Obama (they lost).

He also gives us the aims of the Republicans, they look and sound wonderful, unfortunately reality shows us that Republicans are the party of the rich and that the middle class, women, people of color, gays and immigrants have no place in their big tent. As many have pointed out figures lie and liars figure. So when you see him protesting again just honk and pass him by, after all reality passed him by long ago.

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Stand up for Julian Assange or do you only support freedom of speech when you agree with it. Link


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an_tip_hat65I offer a tip of the FTR fedora to the critic who had the stones to admit his error yesterday. Good show, walk proud.

My posting yesterday began with “Apate has just reported that the Republican Mayor of a large mid-west city…”. The posting was fiction. It was intended to be fiction. It was specifically designed to anger liberal readers. A clue was “Apate reported…” Apate was the Greo/Roman goddess that personified fraud.  The facts are: There is no Republican mayor of a major Midwest City that is attacking Planned Parenthood by using the power of his office to extort banks from doing business with Planned Parenthood. There is no Republican mayor that is going to war with the Constitution.

Another absolute fact is that the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, Obama’s alter ego, is going to war against our constitution by threatening to strip city finances and business from banks that do business with firearms manufacturers.  

Deer Friends, Emanuel, Obama, and their crews have no respect for the Constitution. Their single driving motivation is their rapacious hunger for power.  I hope that some of you were angered by the “Apate” posting. You should be directing your angst against Obama and Emmanuel.

Part 2) Here we go again. Now its official, Obama has stopped our forward progress, and we are going backward.  The U.S. economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That fact shattered expectations for at least minimal growth. Think of that, our economy is officially going backwards.  In nearly every recession in our history, by this time in the recovery, we have enjoyed 5+% growth. Our economy began its slide in January of 2007. Look it up. The Democrats took control of the purse strings of our nation in January 2007.

The recession has been officially over for nearly 4 years, yet our economy is moribund.  When businesses are uncertain about taxes, health-care costs and regulatory initiatives, they adopt a cautious stance. Because it is costly to make a hiring or investment mistake, many companies will wait for calmer times to expand. Businesses are absolutely paranoid about their prospects under the new Obama regime. They are scared. If too many businesses wait, the recovery never takes off. Think about this: for all of ’12,, our economy grew by only 2.2%, but….our debt grew 8%. In nearly every recession in our history, by this time in the recovery, we have enjoyed 5+% growth.  Our fiscal calamity began 6 years ago. Obama did not cause it.  But, it is now impossible to deny that he has killed our recovery.