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Wednesday, October 23, 2013


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[Clueless] Commissioner Heather Carruthers thinks the historic homes in Key west should be modernized. How do you tell someone she’s clueless about historic preservation? Has she forgotten how many people visit the island because of the historically preserved homes? She also says the historic homes are not hurricane safe although most have stood through hurricanes for over two hundred years.


Kudos to the Coast Guard for their search and rescue of the passengers of three yachts in the past three days.



[Power to the People!] Sarasota citizens raised hell over plans to stick them with individual grinder pumps for sewers like FKAA is trying to stick it to us, and they succeeded in convincing the Sarasota County Utility to eliminate grinder pumps on private property. They will instead be putting mini pump stations on public property for small clusters of homes on gravity sewer. That is just what the online petition that started yesterday is asking of us. If you have not yet voiced your support, please do so now. Link

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[“Google’s Street View shows Shark Key only up to their gate and no further”] Because Shark Key is private property, including the road and surrounding grounds. US 1 plus so many feet of land on either side going through it is public property

Google’s Street View vehicles will not (yet) trespass on private property or roads to do their surveillance, regardless of the value of the property. This includes dirt poor trailer parks on Stock Island as well as exclusive gated communities like Shark Key.

Street-View-vehicle-GoogleGoogle’s spying techniques mostly reside in the bounds of what is considered public space, being able to be seen from a airplane or space (Google Maps), from the street (Google SreetView) and (what’s really scary) any electronic signal emitting from private property onto public property.

Google records your Wifi location to use in their location databases for apps on Android, tie to your online activity and to sell to others and naturally the government as nearly all major US companies are working closely with the NSA (Thank you Eric Snowden). Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) doesn’t give out your exact physical location based upon your Internet Protocol (IP) address that’s reveled whenever your online, however the Google Streetview vehicles fill that final gap.

There is a opt-out, by adding “_nomap” to the end of your Wifi networks name is supposed to exclude your location, but it doesn’t stop Google from recording it. It can flag one as either extremely paranoid or privacy conscious, which both are extremely interesting to governments previously. But as Eric Snowden has revealed the massive spying going on by the NSA on US citizens, more non-paranoid people and network admin’s are catering to their customers wishes to remain off of Google’s Streetview spying system.

Another method to defer electronic detection is to have a powerful Wifi detector at the edges of private property and then turn down the broadcasting strength of the router so it’s not exiting the property onto public property, especially the public roads. Also to routinely change the name of one’s Wifi’s name and rotate routers occasionally (different MAC address) as a war of attrition tactic, because it’s easier for you to do that than it is for them to pay someone to drive around more often. One can also go to the extreme and paint the inside outer walls of their location with special Wifi blocking paint, especially targeting the sides facing the public road. Securing one’s Wifi network with WPA2(AES) is also vital as it’s the only standard not yet cracked.

Google is a advertising company and anything from them is nothing more than a front for marketing types (and as a result the spooks), the same scum of the earth who call you, send you spam, targeted advertising and generally follow you around waiting upon another chance to pounce to sell you something, or your profile or your locations, or whatever data they can, to others. Like Facebook, they have absolutely no respect for people’s privacy and space, feel it’s entirely within their rights to change the rules of any data you do give them at a moments notice.

Ideally it’s best not to use anything “smart”; computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, etc., because they all are spying on you and anything you provide them or use them for is being actively recorded and in the case of solid state recording media, can’t be securely erased without total destruction. Link 

[Rights] On this day in 1915, more than 25,000 women marched on Fifth Avenue in New York City to advocate voting rights for women. Voting rights for women was inevitable just like gay marriage is inevitable. Too bad it has to take so long for the Luddites in this country to see it and waste time fighting it 



Shepard’s Pie is the lunch special today at Springers. Yum!

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[“How to Spend BP’s Free Money”] If you were a county commissioner would you rather have your name put on a fancy plaque for a sewer project, or on a plaque for an historic bridge renovation or county park? These folks have big egos and want their name to be known and praised by future generations. Being practical is usually not on their limited agenda. “The Sylvia Murphy Memorial Grinder Pump”

[Crooks] Sylvia Murphy says a gravity sewer system would be too costly. But if you add up all the costs to the property owners in the county of installing grinder pumps and paying electricians to connect them to each home and each rental unit, plus the extra maintenance the pumps require, I think gravity would be cheaper. I also think someone is getting free vacations and other bonus form the sewer contractors, otherwise we wouldn’t be having this foolish debate. 



[Vietnam] Sunlight breaks through dense foliage around the town of Binh Gia as South Vietnamese troops, joined by U.S. advisers, rest after a cold, damp, and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that did not come, January 1965. One hour later, the troops would move out for another long, hot day hunting the guerrillas in the jungles forty miles southeast of Saigon.

[Insurance rebuttal] If your first word was if. If I have a heart attack… Insurance is a capitalistic industry based on fear. “what if…” What if the government consulted the doctors and hospitals and asked their opinion of what could be done to reduce health care costs? Then maybe we would have a more conducive resolution to the problem. Oh wait, that makes sense, but so does tightening our borders so illegals don’t run up health care costs by going to the ER and then skipping out on paying their bill. What if you pulled your head out the sand and looked around? Maybe then you could see!



A 70 foot yacht hit the jetty at the entrance of the Northwest Channel yesterday afternoon. I can’t tell you how many boats have hit that jetty in all the years I’ve been paying attention to such things. You’d think they’d have placed a light on it by now. Or maybe a midget waving a flag or something!

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[“Why don’t  County commissioners use the BP money to help pay for the sewers“]   Mostly  because it would make too much sense and take some of the strain and pain of the sewers fiasco off the taxpayers backs.  After all, there are defunct restaurants and marinas to buy, ships to sink, pet projects to fund and perhaps even buying a dilapidated bridge to Pigeon Key.  Why bother doing something sensible like helping to fund the sewers when the homeowners and other County taxpayers will have their collective pockets picked and taxes raised for that purpose thereby allowing the BP money to be stashed into a slush fund for future foolish and irresponsible spending while taxes go up?

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Lost. Set of keys on Big Pine Key Tuesday Oct 22, please call 797-0892 if found.  Classified Ads > Lost and Found 

[Guns] The 12 year old kid who killed a teacher in Nevada used his parent’s gun. Duh.

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Goldwing Express bluegrass gospel band playing live tonight at Springers.

Happy 68th birthday to Leslie West’s Mountain! Celebrate by streaming his new album, ‘Still Climbing’, a week before it’s released. If I remember correctly, Leslie West produced Cream’s “Disraeli Gears”Audio

If there is enough room to spell ‘Bootylicious‘ on the back of your shorts, it probably isn’t.



[Pole Shift] NASA hiding magnetic field information. The only way to survive this coming disaster is to be in a ark filled with virgin nuns, amen! Link

I tried to look at housecleaning in the business ad section and got the following message: Page Not Found. (Ed: Thank you for taking the time to let me know. The reason is that there are no licensed house cleaning services that have submitted their phone number for free inclusion in the Business Directory. House cleaning services come and go faster than any other endeavor. Most all are unlicensed and not eligible for the Business Directory. If you hear of a licensed house cleaning service please let me know as I think a lot of people would like to use them.)

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[Medical Moochers] Highland Hospital, a vital part of the city of Oakland, California, is stretched to the breaking point, with 250 patients crowding its emergency room every day. This film is a cinema verité portrait of one city’s public safety-net hospital as it struggles to handle patient overload in a swooning economy and the constantly shifting landscape of health care policy. Video

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singer fat lady[Redux] So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the National Anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten – straight up, no styling.  Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.

Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love – not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage. Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America , not you. And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Negro spiritual. We’re getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help.”  Hendrix


What is needed with this sewer system fiasco is an engineering outfit that knows what the hell they are doing and has people who do not wear patches on one eye! This money rip-off is laughable in contractor circles.

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[Driving] I love when people cut me off because they’re in a huge damn rush, then I pull up next to them at the same red light

By signing Florida Keys Sewer Ratepayers’s petition “Monroe County BOCC and FKAA: Revise construction to eliminate unwelcomed grinder pumps on private property. Substituting short gravity systems to a manhole with grinder(s) on an FKAA meter is an option.” yesterday, you joined more than 15 million people using to make their world better. Here’s how works:

Anyone can start a petition. lets anyone, anywhere start a petition. It’s free and can be about anything you want to change. Start your petition now.


I think Capt. Doom & Gloom typifies FTR’s only fans.

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Eric Snowden showed documents from the NSA to France’s government  proving that the Americans were spying on them. The USA has denied the claim making up some lie to discredit Snowden’s stolen documents. 

[Dog Abuser] “God help Noah Michel (who beat the black lab)” God won’t help him. No one will. He’ll get his in the lock-up. True criminals and gangtas live by a bizarre code. Child molesters, animal abusers, rapists etc are the bottom of the food chain in jail.

This one case the County got right. I hope the Prosecutor has done their homework and I pray that they present a case without fault so that a jury has the opportunity to decide his fate and put him away.


[Phising Expedition of the Day] I write to inform you that we received a LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION from Mr. Jerome E. Cassell, stating that you are hospitalized. Therefore you have given him the authority to receive payment in your name. Confirm to me if you have given him the authority to receive the fund. Also view his attached I.D as submitted to our office. Respond only to my private email for confidentiality.

Thank you for banking with us.



[Northern Lights] Astronaut Mike Hopkins, aboard the International Space Station, shared this picture of the northern lights on Oct. 9, 2013, saying “The pic doesn’t do the northern lights justice. Covered the whole sky. Truly amazing!” 

[Terror] In 2002, armed Chechen separatists took more than 700 people hostage at a theater in Moscow. It ended very badly.

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[“New insurance rates turns home into BPK nightmare”] Hey, if you don’t like the rates, move, or pay up ‘cause we is ready to take you house for peanuts. ~Your friendly insurance company mob boss.

I was seriously thinking of running for Monroe County Mayor and bringing in my friends who I can trust not to screw things up and to treat the citizens the way they should be treated, but after analyzing all this, I figured you deserve what you are getting now. And the second reason not to run is, I want to live, bubba!

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[Captain Doom and Gloom] “You are what you eat”  Gad, no wonder Snowbirds bring their food with them to the Keys.

Key West Theme Song: “There’s No Business Like Snow Business”

Ever look into a Chinese Waitress’s eyes when you ask what kind of meet is that in the dish she gives you? Scary.

The best way to get a child’s attention when you must teach them to behave is with your elbow!

I went to a foot doctor in Key West the other day. His office is on the second floor with two flights of stairs.



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A poster on here was all puffed up and zealous about telling us how the Tea Party is growing by leaps and bounds.

I thought it might be a great idea to check out the posters facts and see for myself. I searched for the  Palin and Cruz sponsored Million veteran march which Im sure was going to be hug, mega, monstrous, overwhelming, mega big event with these 2 favorites of the Tea Party. Hell I was thinking D.C. might not even be enough room they probably had to include Baltimore  also for the mega amounts of overflowing Tea Party Zealots.

The Million Vet march was kicked off at about 9 A.M. Yes sir,  they were going to really let the fur fly and bring America’s President to his knees with the huge Tea Party sponsored gathering. Well, I sure hope the 200 to 400 people had an enjoyable day. They could have held the gathering at a gymnasium.

Tea Party support is growing like wildfire?

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The Fox News Sharks are in a feeding frenzy over the wounded Obamacare blood in the water.   I hope they don’t accidentally bite each other as they  thrash around in their excitement.

The sorry truth for seniors about ObamaCare and the lies they tell. Affordable Care Act impact to Medicare retirees. Link

Don’t bother with the Healthcare website. I finally got through and the prices are so high that if you could afford them you would already have insurance. I don’t call 15-20% of after tax income affordable.

For the poster who insists on inserting Hillary(ious) propaganda on this blog, may he/she be in the next Benghazi compound waiting for an elusive rescue team. Idiot, paid political operative or both.


We are speeding ever faster towards the same inner self destruction as Rome did. Remember all the slaves they had to toil because Romans were too sorry or lazy to do the work themselves? The country as we know it cannot survive.

[“The Right is all the way down to bitching about things before they happen”] It’s called “foresight”,  the ability to predict or plan for the future.  It’s what liberals lack, which is why we have debacles like Obamacare.

[Size Matters] The higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls become. There must be a boat load of people in Washington playing marbles!

Why are health insurance rates and deductibles going up? Is it because insurance companies are for the first time having to insure preexisting conditions so they are starting to line their fuzzy little pockets? Please, someone in plainspeak, ‘splain to me.



Obamacare should use Dick Cheney as a poster child: “Medicare even covers heart transplants for those born without one”.

Government rules and new regulations a lot like our universe there is no end, what would one do if government politicos ceased doing the heavy thinking for us, what would we do, thank you world for the Nancy Pelosis, Harry Reids and Chuck Schummers, that they so graciously relieve us of the terrible burden of directing our individual lives to our own liking.

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thumb down anBy now even the denizens of the deepest of left field must be ready to admit that the roll out of Obamacare has been an immense failure and blot on the Obama administration. The media is full of reports of Americans suddenly discovering that their health care insurance plans are going to cost them much, much more. The media is full of horror stories about people being unable to get into the government web site. The list of roll out problems is long and damning for Team Obama.

But, please think about the fact that setting up the sales process is probably the simplest part of the whole program. The real difficulty will come with patient management, processing billing, etc. etc. etc. You ain’t seen nothing yet.  We are hearing all sorts of horror stories, one of which was a report of a list of some 2,400 social security numbers and other identifying info  that was wrongfully sent to an insurance agent.

Then we just learned that Team Obama knew several days before roll out that the programming was so buggered up that it could not even handle relatively small numbers of inquiries. Nonetheless, because the Republicans were urging a year’s delay in implementation, Obama, in a political snit, ordered it to begin anyway. Now, he and his are suffering the consequences. The ordeal is just beginning, the mess will get much worse.

job22Part 2) The ACA rollout immense screw up has overshadowed much more news that you really should think about. September’s employment stats have just been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  BLS reports  that only 148k new jobs were added during September. That’s a reduction of about 25% from August. That’s bad, really bad. But it even gets worse. BLS also reported that a record 90.6 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force.

Many of our female CT community  view Obama and his policies in a very positive light. They shouldn’t.  Women are bearing the biggest burden of suffering as a result of Democrat/Liberal/Progressive policies.

154,000 fewer women held jobs in September than August. Our female CT family members may be shocked to learn that female participation in the  Labor Force now matches  a 24-year low. Way to go O!

You can be certain that full time jobs will become even more scarce as of January when the full impact of the ACA will be launched. Employers of 50 or more full timers will be forced to cut hours so as to avoid the huge costs of the ACA. Democrat/Liberal/Progressive policies are turning us into a nation of burger flippers.