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Wednesday, December 16, 2015


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assault rifle ak-47 ejecting[“What’s the difference between a machine gun and a sub-machine gun”] The main difference between a machine gun and a sub machine gun is the caliber of bullet fired.  Sub machine guns generally fire what is considered hand gun caliber bullets, notably 9 millimeter and 45 caliber rounds.  While a sub machine gun is considered a machine gun not all machine guns would  be considered sub machine guns.

Equally important in the discussion is the difference between Machine gun and Semi automatic weapons. A machine gun fires and continues to fire as long as the weapons trigger is being pressed.  A semi automatic weapon fires only once for every time that the trigger is pressed. Except for the internal workings controlling the hammer lock, they can appear identical on the outside. Due to the indiscriminate nature of the effect of a machine gun, it is classified as a weapon of mass destruction

Fully automatic weapons have, for the most part, been illegal to both own and manufacture for decades except for a few highly licensed weapons registered before a control date.  To own a fully automatic weapon there is a special tax that must be paid and a rigorous background check done to assure that an individual is qualified to own a restricted weapon.  Also a fully automatic that is legal to own will cost tens of thousands more than a semi automatic weapon if nearly identical manufacture.

When people call for the restriction of assault weapons, please know that the term assault weapon is being used as a political term to classify a weapon based only on its outward appearance and not at all on how it functions.   True assault weapons have been illegal for general ownership for a long time.

Please note that this information is in no means complete, and only an outline to clarify a few points.

[Crook] A federal jury in Miami on Friday found former Cay Clubs president Dave Clark guilty of fraud in what the government alleged was a $300 million vacation rental Ponzi scheme. Clark, 57, formerly of Monroe County, was found guilty and convicted of three counts of bank fraud and three counts of making a false statement to a financial institution in the fraudulent sale of Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas rental units to some 1,400 investors in the Florida Keys and elsewhere during the height of the real estate boom. Clark also was convicted of obstruction of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission while the SEC was investigating his conduct related to Cay Clubs, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
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[Sinatra Quiz] Frank Sinatra was the epitome of cool – relaxed and urbane on stage, impeccably dressed, loyal to his friends, and a magnet for women. Men wanted to be him, women wanted to be with him, and apparently guinea pigs adored him. Let’s see whether you’d cut the mustard. Quiz

[Quotes from Florida police] “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey in a video posting on his agency’s Facebook page. “Like each of you, I’ve had enough of terrorists and others who decide they want to target U.S. citizens because they want to make a statement or get their 15 minutes of fame,” he said. “Now, more than ever before, is the time for law enforcement and citizens to be fully prepared for an attack or an active shooter scenario with the right tools to eliminate or at least disrupt the attack.” He urged those who are licensed to carry concealed firearms to have their guns with them at all times. “You are the first line of defense,” he said, “for you, your family and others around you.” Those who aren’t licensed to carry a concealed firearm should take the class and get certified, he said.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd echoed Ivey’s sentiments. “I can tell you the probability of needing a firearm is remote,” Judd said Thursday afternoon, “but it’s more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.” He said those who are comfortable with guns — and can appropriately handle a firearm — should get a gun permit and carry a gun with them. Judd said mass killers typically take two to four minutes to carry out their plans, while the average time of response of law enforcement is more than five minutes. “We know that we may get there to mitigate a piece of it, but we will never be there in time to prevent it,” Judd said. “So that means until we arrive, we need the help of the good citizens of the community to protect themselves and to protect others.”





Think about it, you’ll get it.

Can anyone recommend an honest realtor who specializes in short sales and is not out to ruin the seller financially for their gain?  This would mean selling the house as is with absolutely no cost to the seller; and the buyer gets a lovely little canal home with a few issues they must work out.  Patience pays. Greetings of the season.
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[“Cuba, peaceful island nation”] A poster asked why Cubans come here. They come here for capitalism and to make money. You are mistaken that “things are so wonderful there” They are not, although they do have free healthcare, education, housing, and food. Think about that for a moment. There is no perfect system of government, just look at the USA.

[“What’s the difference between a machine gun and a sub-machine gun”] A machine gun fires fully automatically in high power rifle cartridges, .30 and up and are often crew served; gunner, loader, ammunition and tripod carriers along with security for the machine gun position as these are often static. A sub machine gun fires fully automatically in pistol cartridges; example: 45 acp Thomson. An assault rifle fires a hybrid cartridge sort of midway between a rifle and pistol cartridge and has a selective setting between safe, semi automatic, and full auto. What people call today an assault rifle is not; it is a semi automatic rifle. Hope that clears things up for you.
air-rifle8[The Real Gun That Won The West] Lewis and Clark’s .46 Girandoni air rifle. Clark demonstrated this amazing air rifle to the Indian tribes whose territory the expedition was passing through. The Indians already had single fire muskets and rifles, but were totally cowered by fear of the noiseless, rapid fire (22 shots) weapon and it scared the hell out of them. They didn’t know the expedition only had one! History video, Complete story and schematic link,  How it works video starts at 2:50 video.
[Suffragettes in Cloth Bags] Women across Saudi Arabia marked a historic milestone on Saturday, both voting and running as candidates in government elections for the first time, but just outside polling stations they waited for male drivers — a reminder of the limitations still firmly in place.


[A Lesson in Self Defense] A friend in California asked me what I thought he might need in order to defend his home and family from home invasion and the like. I suggested a 9mm, a couple of clips, and a box of shells. A few days later he sent me this picture and asked me how to make it all work.

[“Taco Tuesday”] The recent comments about the terrible tacos served at Tiki’s on taco Tuesday were right-on. I have been eating them there occasionally for 2 years. On December the 8th, my wife and I ordered them. They were loaded with cumin to the point that they wouldn’t have been good –an error many chefs make–even if the meat had looked and tasted like chicken, which it didn’t. I’m not sure what was going on there. They have been pretty tasty in the past. We like the joint and I am trying to add corrective criticism here. It isn’t very difficult to grill a real piece of chicken, season it lightly and make it come out delicious.
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[Obituaries] I’m concerned what will be written in my obituary. I don’t want my life reduced to a few words like those I read in Sunday’s Citizen. The poor dead person’s aid to humanity is that she had a Barbie doll collection (how pathetic). It’s usually woman who have the crappy obituaries. So many of their only claim to fame are that they were prolific breeders.

True machine guns fire a rifle round, whereas sub machine guns fire a pistol round.
Excerpts from Memoirs of the Conquistadores by Bernal Diaz Del Castillo who arrived before Cortes and later served valiantly with him to conquer New Spain (Mexico) from the cannibals and idol worshipers in 1519. Castillo wrote his first person history in 1568 to clear up mistakes other authors at the time had written who weren’t even there. The Conquistadores were all young, well-bred cavaliers, of rank in Spain who were religious fanatics, or as Muslims would call them, “jihadists”. Their fanaticism was God and Gold.

cannibal no shirtSacrifice for Mexican Cannibals. Respecting the abominable human sacrifices of these people, the following was communicated to us: The breast of the unhappy victim destined to be sacrificed was ripped open with a knife made of sharp flint; the throbbing heart was then torn out, and immediately offered to the idol-god in whose honour the sacrifice had been instituted. After this, the head, arms, and legs were cut off and eaten at their banquets, with the exception of the head, which was saved, and hung to a beam appropriated for that purpose. No other part of the body was eaten, but the remainder was thrown to the beasts which were kept in those abominable dens, in which there were also vipers and other poisonous serpents, and, among the latter in particular, a species at the end of whose tail there was a kind of rattle.

This last-mentioned serpent, which is the most dangerous, was kept in a cabin of a diversified form, in which a quantity of feathers had been strewed: here it laid its eggs, and it was fed with the flesh of dogs and of human beings who had been sacrificed. These horrible beasts were fed for many successive days with the bodies of our unfortunate countrymen.

Indeed, when all the tigers and lions roared together, with the howlings of the jackals and foxes, and hissing of the serpents, it was quite fearful, and you could not suppose otherwise than that you were in hell.

[“Leash law”] When I ride my bike on Ramrod Key I carry a short club. Pitbulls have big ugly heads and are easy targets.
Sub-sandwich[“What’s the difference between a machine gun and a sub-machine gun”] A machine gun is a rifle-type weapon that fires bullets in rapid succession as long as the trigger is pulled.

A sub-machine gun is a machine that produces Italian-style sandwiches containing salami, prosciutto, capicola, provolone cheese and condiments such as lettuce, tomato, peppers and Italian dressing and then fires the sandwich out to customer at the deli.

[Guns] “I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth or home defense. But I do believe an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon nor needed for home defense.”  ~Ronald Reagan, 1989
I drove to Big Pine from Marathon Saturday and it seems FDOT can’t waste money on stupid stuff fast enough. Do they answer to anyone? Crosswalks, needless signs. I can’t ever decide which waste of money is the most blatant. There’s too much of it.
exorcist girl[Faith] An African boy is found 400 miles from his home and his explanation is that he was abducted by aliens. A German man starts speaking Russian and his friends all say he’s possessed. The German man is okay because he’s supposedly effected by God or the Devil, but the African boy is crazy because he saw aliens.
[Don’t Hate Muslims] Read this response from a young British solder whose leg was blown off and who was asked to hate the entire group of people named as the culprit, in this case, Muslims.

Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me, because I got blown up. Here it is: Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg. A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British Uniform. A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life A Muslim Nurse was part of the team that helped me when I returned to the UK A Muslim Healthcare Assistant was part of the team that sorted out my day to day needs in rehabilitation when I was learning to walk A Muslim taxi driver gave me a free ride the first time I went for a beer with my Dad after I came home. A Muslim doctor offered my Dad comfort and advice in a pub, when he didn’t know how to deal with my medicines and side effects. Blaming all Muslims for the actions of groups like Daeshe and the Taliban, is like blaming all Christians for the actions of the KKK or Westboro Baptist Church. Get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work.”

dog licking white[Dogs] Did you read the veterinary advice column in the Sunday KW Citizen where the doc recounts having his tiny and medium size dogs challenged while he was jogging with them on leashes by two free roaming bull mastiffs? He scooped up “Tiny” and they outran the overweight bull mastiffs. He advised calling Animal Control to report unleashed dogs and they would take action–in his dreams.
I had a friend injured while trying to protect her little dogs being walked on leashes and being pinned down by two big pit bulls that the irresponsible owner has been training to be aggressive. And they are. She called Animal Control who did nothing. She called the cops, who could take no action because they did not witness it. The cops advised her to carry a gun, but she is not licensed to carry and protect herself. While she recuperates from the surgery to repair her injuries, I have been walking her little dogs when I have time and weather cooperating. My mother was attacked and mauled while walking for exercise down a Jacksonville street by an aggressive pit bull that leaped over his yard fence to get at her. The dog leapt for her throat but she got her arm up in time. I just bought a pocket pistol and am in process of getting my concealed carry permit. It is costing several hundred dollars, but so does surgery or a funeral, whereas Waste Management will bury the vicious dog at no additional cost. It shouldn’t be costing me anything, but Animal Control is worthless at protecting the public from vicious dogs.
I’m not bragging, but my lovemaking has been called “just shy of adequate.”
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The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.  ~Captain Jack Sparrow

Commissioner Heather Carruthers, in voting to renew the contract of Roman “Get me an iPad” Gestesi, said that Monroe County is the “best administered county in the state.”  I think she needs to get out more.

Springer’s Bar & Grill This Week

garth-yarwoodFriday Entertainment – December 18th
Garth Brooks Ticket Giveaway Dec 18th.  Join us at Springer’s Bar & Grill with Conch Country 98.7. We are teaming up to give away a pair of tickets to see Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood concert on Jan 15th. Register 6:30 pm – 8:30pm at Springer’s Bar & Grill. Must be present to win. Drawing is at 8:30 pm – Leigha Fox will be broadcasting live.

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Friday December 18.Live music by The Megan Ellis Band all the way from Nashville. Link




Saturday Entertainment – December 19th
Ralph Kinsley. Jazz, Blues, R & B , Cuts from Ralph’s recent album from 7 pm – 10pm. Link



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Within Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, there is a large salty ocean. The water contains organic compounds and hot water springs emerge from the ocean’s rocky floor. These findings make Enceladus the most promising place in our solar system to search for extra-terrestrial life. On Earth, forms of life flourish in these conditions. So what might be happening inside Enceladus? Audio
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[For Sale] African Djembe drum. Rosewood base. Goatskin surface. Awesome sound. Photos available. $250.

[Boat Fire at MM 102] You have to be a special kind of boater to put 100 gallons of fuel in a rod-holder. Watch out folks. They’re everywhere.


Some people won’t try bacon for religious reasons. I won’t try religion for bacon reasons.

When you start checking the arrest log to see if you got arrested last night. You’ve got issues.


This coming year will be Coconuts Bar & Package Store’s 33rd birthday. If you see your Pop with a strange woman, it’s most likely your Mom.  Blessings and a very merry Christmas from the “NUT”. Video

[?] I’m glad they doubled the speed limit on Key Deer  Blvd north of the Blue Hole, now I can drive to Winn Dixie, get my wine, and drive home in half the time!
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Is there a public swimming pool anywhere near Big Pine Key?

[Redneck Word of the Day] Rectum: I had two Pick up trucks, but my Ex-wife rectum both.
[FTR] By golly there was really spiffy news out of France today! The negotiators released a draft of the proposed global accord on global warming. It is absolutely the most exciting news in this decade. It will touch each and every one of us. Especially those of us who live in the Florida Keys.

It promises to limit GW to an increase of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit over pre-Industrial Revolution temperatures.

Yessir it is a world changer. One of very proud advocates gushed: “”This marks the end of the era of fossil fuels. There is no way to meet the targets laid out in this agreement without keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground.”

All of this by 2050! (continued on the National Politics page …)

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(Ed: Sorry folks but that ol’ time-continuum thing happened again and I just got back to Wednesday. So here’s Wednesday’s CT. )

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