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Wednesday, October 30, 2013


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I forgot how good ‘real’ tomatoes tastes. I went to the flea market on Saturday and bought some. They were so good I went back Sunday for more and they were sold out. I will be there as early as I can this Saturday to buy a basket full. Fresh baked bread and good farm fresh produce are the only things I miss from up north.


There is a major design flaw recently noticed in FKAA’s LPS sewer system. Another grinder pump manufacturer brought this to our attention as an undesirable trait of the E-1 brand pumps specified by FKAA.

Good engineering design, reiterated in the FL Plumbing Code 712.4.2 states that a sewer pump must pump at least 21 gallons per minute if pumping through a 2″ pipe. This is the quantity of flow required to achieve a scouring velocity to prevent settlement and blockage in the pipe. The Environment One (E-1) pump can only achieve about half that rate under very favorable backpressure conditions, but the pumps are all piped to a 2″ force main in the road. Consequently, unless at least 2 pumps are running at the same time, deposits will build in the 2″ pipe.

Two pumps will never run at the same time for the homes at the ends of the line, such as in cul-de-sacs. When the snowbirds are away, it may not occur for the whole street. This is especially likely considering that the pumps only run for about a minute at a time, so scouring velocity would only occur when at least two pumps were running during that same minute! There are flush-outs provided at dead ends and intersections, but until an FKAA crew can get out to unplug the line, you will be without sewer service whenever deposits build in the line.

The best way out of this pending disaster for the FKAA and their engineers. is to eliminate personal grinder pumps in people’s yards (like we have said all along), and put people in sparsely settled areas on a gravity system to a collector manhole with a more capable pump that can achieve scouring velocity and run for a longer period of time when it pumps. Since it is cheaper to do things that way anyway, why the stubborn insistence on trying to put individual E-1 grinder stations in people’s yards?

There are currently two online petitions you can sign to protest the insanity. Link

Munson-stromBeauty is all around us. Take a moment, stop and look, feel ,listen. You live in paradise my friends…

Then he felt quite ashamed, and hid his head under his wing; for he did not know what to do, he was so happy, and yet not at all proud. He had been persecuted and despised for his ugliness, and now he heard them say he was the most beautiful of all the birds. Even the elder-tree bent down its bows into the water before him, and the sun shone warm and bright. He would never became vain or conceited, and would always remembered how it felt to be despised and teased, and he was very sorry for all the creatures who are so treated merely because they are different from those around them. Then he rustled his feathers, curved his slender neck, and cried joyfully, from the depths of his heart.


Insurance policies have been going up in price 20% every year. Did anyone know that? Did anyone ever read their policies? Now people are complaining that their work provided policies have been cancelled. They haven’t been cancelled. They have been terminated to provide the upgrades that the ACA requires.

Companies have to provide a letter of cancellation because the policies, as provided, changed. They are technically new policies but are actually the same policies with upgrades.

For instance, the USA has been one of the worst western countries in infant mortality rates because policies have not been including maternity benefits. Babies died because women, even if they had benefits from work, didn’t go to the doctor for prenatal care because they couldn’t pay out of pocket. Now all policies must include maternity benefits. Pregnancy will be considered the same as any other medical condition. All you pro-lifers should love that, right? Social Security was a mess when it first started. Medicare was a disaster when it first started. Medicare D was a mess when it started. They all came around. Stop complaining and be supportive. The ACA is going to eventually be a good thing!

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[First UFO Sighting]  In 1938, Orson Welles’ radio production of “War of the Worlds” created panic in listeners who believed they were actually listening to reports of a Martian invasion. Sightings continue to this day.

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Just in time for Halloween. The Goblin shark. Video

I placed an ad on here in the Classifieds to rent an apartment. I wrote: no dogs or smokers. Someone emailed me: “good luck! to bad my dog smokes!”

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[“High Key Deer mortality rates”] I think they should take down the deer fence and let us eat the deer we kill. We’ll have venison and the deer population will be automatically controlled. 

[“The missing cat”] It is a well known fact that raccoons and cats have lived together in harmony for a long time. Momma Coons are about finished nursing for this year and all is at peace. Ramrod Key has not had a panther present since the late 1970s. We have had some environmental changes on this Key since the FKAA contractors put up plastic drift fencing but they have been pretty good about leaving slits so animal can go about their daily route since they were made aware of the issue. So if anyone spots this calico cat with the white tipped tail please call the animal shelter or Dr. Cruz.


[Two-Way Traffic] Recently I cinched up my seat belt extra tight and drove out onto the latest N. Roosevelt Drive two way incarnation expecting the worst.  Hey, no problem.  I don’t know where the extra room came from but it works.

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[Conspiracy Man] World Trade Center NYC, 1993. Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast. Link

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Weird reasons you’re tired all the time. Link

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[Exploding Poop] Knowing that FKAA has chosen a grinder pump to put in many of our yards that is not explosion-proof (meaning it can ignite fumes), I amused myself this morning reading about and watching videos of exploding sewers. Do college boys still light their farts to shoot flames out their butts?

[Everybody Gets A Prize] Life is truly beginning to imitate art. According to prevailing progressive wisdom, success is just becoming downright …unfair. The University of Georgia’s Student Government Association (SGA) held an unusual dinner and dialogue during Social Justice Week in opposition to the notion of success stories.

The event “No More Success Stories: Dinner, Dialogue, Making A Difference” was scheduled for October 23rd and listed panelists for the final event of Raise Your Hand for Equality Day at the U. of Georgia. The premise of the forum is that minority success stories diminish the stature of other minorities. The flyer, for example, features the openly gay CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper in the background, and poses: “1 in a Million Means 999,999 left behind.”

The concept behind the event is that everyone should be equally successful; and therefore, elevating success stories violates notions of social justice, which are premised on equality of outcomes. According to this reasoning, if a minority becomes successful, while others fail to do so as well, that means society is unjust; and therefore, social justice requires elevating those who haven’t done as well, even if that means leveling the economy. Link

[“High Key Deer mortality rates”] Does it not stand to reason that since the US1/Big Pine Key fenced area was built to keep the deer deaths at a minimum, the deer population would grow? Since the population is growing, they will want to migrate to seek food, etc. It is all relative, the higher the population, the higher the mortality rate. Instead of giving us the number of deaths, how about a percentage of the total population of deer? 



[“Water Quality”] The real source to the deterioration of the water quality in the Okeechobee is coming from the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. The brown algae blooms there are killing off the manatees and dolphin at high rates. So, once again we are faced with a trickle down effect where the water from the Lagoon is flushed to the Okeechobee, then flushed to the everglades, then to a coral reef near you.

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[Paranoia] Why is the Jew mentioning the faith and brilliance of Jesus, Einstein, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, Harvey Milk, Bella Abzug and Jonas Salk when someone was only talking about circumcision? I’m going to have to agree that there is quite a lot of paranoia coming from that particular Jew.

[“Cat taken on Ramrod”] Could have been a pack of iguanas. 

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Why were our flags at half mast yesterday? Our flag is flown at half mast so often that I have no idea who died? Did Obama hit a squirrel?

Low pressure pumps such as the grinder pump. A pump can be put in the road in a manhole and service 3 to 5 homes. Electric can be supplied by FKAA. You should not be forced or scared and give up an easement to your property and pay a lot of money to run their pump. Putting it in the road is also a lot less expensive. Call your County Commissioner and let them know what you think. Tell a friend. Sign the petition. 
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[The Internet Says] So you found an article on the internet that says Sarah Palin thinks Jesus celebrated Easter; and somehow you think that calls all of FTR’s well researched missives into question because he finds information on the internet too. Big difference. The Sarah Palin article was written by a well-known satirical site. FTR is using data. Please tell me you get the difference.     



[Mystery barges on 2 coasts set tech world abuzz] I read this great story about Google and their waterborne tech shacks. I wonder if these could be used as mobile manatee salon stations.  

Each of the boxy structures sits atop a barge and looks like a four-story building made up of metal boxes. Little is known about them, but they appear to have been registered by someone familiar with geek speak — and with a sense of humor. Link 

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[United States of All Over] I wonder what America would be like today if we made any country we helped or fought a State? 

How about this? The real workers of this country get together, form a not-for-profit corporation that produces the basic necessities for life, recycles everything, does not import anything from anywhere unless we do not have the materials in America by paying in cash, does not hire anyone not a citizen, requires English on the job, offers only a share of the profit without any wages paid, fires anyone not producing his share, and defends America by ourselves to the hilt, but leaves all other countries to their own vices? That is a start, eh?


100 mph speedboats racing within the boundaries of a National Marine Sanctuary? My grandson asked me how many turtles will be killed? I was speechless!

[Blonde Politics] Did someone say in yesterday’s post that all Liberals are blond? Ha ha! Have you not noticed that every female commentator on FOX News is blond?

Lawn-ToolsLandscaping Yard Tools. This batch of yard and garden tools are located in Key Largo and are kept in a weatherproof shed. The owner is too ill to use them anymore. I am showing the manuals, but there is a tool for each manual. Reasonable offers welcome. Classified Ads > Tools
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[Permitting]  Rather than opening extension permitting offices, why not develop a website similar to the one currently used for renewal of auto licenses.  Enter your data and pay by credit card.  This would not completely eliminate long lines but could certainly reduce them. 

[Un Holy Moley] The best things to cure a religious fanatic is work and taxes!If atheists do not believe in a deity then what do they believe in besides reality?Put a cross on a wall upside-down and watch the crap hit the fan!Do nuns wear underwear, if so why?Why does the Holy Bible say Printed in China?If all of mankind commit mortal sins before we are born, then who the hell is in heaven?A close friend tried to become a priest, but gave up due to politics in the men’s showers!Why do religious organizations not pay taxes to support their use of our countries resources?If half of the priests are gay and the other half are do-it-yourselfers, then who collects the money?The only difference between organized crime and organized religion is their sexual perversions!

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Religion is what prevents the poor from murdering the rich.



Here is an un-smart property owner on Little Torch Key Blackbeard Road using Roud Up to solve all their weed problems and in the process kill the sea grasses, reef and every other living thing, stupid! Go by and see and if you know this property owner. Inform them that our sea grasses and reef are important to us.

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There have been so many posts on this I offer a succinct comment on sewers.  This is a statewide mandate that started in roughly the early 90s when the Environmental Health Directors of the Department of Health convinced their bosses that sewers were essential to Florida.  Once sewers began in northern counties the Keys had no choice. The implementation plan developed by the Keys is another issue that has been discussed and discussed with no resolution. 
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Are there any plans at all to repave the highway between Big Pine and Key West?  That road is damaging to my car and dangerous to drive on with all the drivers swerving side to side to avoid all the pot holes.  The County Commission should get their heads out of the clouds,  get back down to earth and see that the Highway we all drive on is fixed.

outhouse sun up sun down[Toilets of the World Quiz] Guess which toilet goes with each country,you have three chances in each category and the audio of correct versus incorrect.  Which type haven’t you used yet? Link

Not only is the head of the dept of health and human services under the gun. She is also a hot redhead. Link


[Threats] To the thief in Cuthroat Harbor Estates that’s walking the streets dressed in black in the dark hours of the morning: Don’t become a statistic. People I know are not afraid to use their weapons. It’s just not worth it.

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[Captain Doom and Gloom] Why do some posters blame the Democrats or Republicans or the Tea Party for things those parties have nothing to do with? Seems sorting spin and BS need be automated on this blog to get back to reality or is propaganda the tool of the day?

The common acceptance of events like Fantasy Fest are great party times for the people who do not live in bubbles, do not have sick religious shortcomings or are so frustrated they hate all who have a life!



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I’m looking for a update from all my favorite lefties. Do you feel our President has been truthful with us about most everything?  Are you happy with our President and the job he is, or is not, doing?

It crossed my mind how far apart we are. 180 degrees different on who we support and how we want, mostly the same thing for America. Life is funny.

My grandpa notes the world’s worn cogs and says we’re going to the dogs. His grandpa in his house of logs Said things were going to the dogs. His grandpa in the Flemish bogs Said things were going to the dogs. His grandpa in his hairy togs Said things were going to the dogs. But this is what I wish to state, the dogs have had an awful wait.

It’s all gonna be OK.

Dear GOP, If you don’t want people to have healthcare, you can’t be sincerely worried when the related website is not perfect yet.

A former Princeton classmate of First Lady Michelle Obama is a senior executive at CGI Federal, a company that received a no-bid government contract to set up the ObamaCare website. Link


For the last few days I’ve noticed a wet spot at the bottom of my iPad while reading the CT. Baffled, I contacted AppleCare. I sent them the moisture and they just emailed me the results. No, it wasn’t urine. It was drull and DNA testing points to FTR. I guess the latest failures of Obamacare has him salivating more than usual.

I guess New Jersey has their own Bubba system as well, it’s a long article but if you read thru it you will see that Republicans are not the champions of smaller government! Link

The problem with Democrats is you want it all for free and do not want to work for your own keep. I would love to see how long people on the dole would last in China, India, Africa or anywhere humans have to fend for themselves. Try Texas!

If you want healthcare pay for your own, bubba, and leave my money alone!

The Regressives on here have had a pretty bad 2 weeks on the C.T. They have been caught making up magical numbers, are dismayed that Americans are starting to see that Obamacare isn’t the worst thing ever so now they have to resort back to their usual crutches. One of them is Bengazi. When they are made aware of facts that they disagree with they have a tendency to blame the Messenger, the Media, the newspapers, colleges anyone they can point out. This information was direct from the website. I don’t think they are a radical anti American media source but the right will try now to paint them in that light.

According to U.S. Envoy Chris Stevens refused offers of additional security before the Consulate attack. McClatchy newspapers reported the same information.

Its reported that U.S. Army general Carter Ham the then commander of the U.S. Africa Command even called Stevens and asked if the embassy needed a special security team. Stevens told him no it did not. Then a few weeks later the general again asked him if he needed more security and again Stevens said no. Twice Stevens refused additional security.

As usual the right im sure will attack the messenger and ignore the realties. They can have their own opinions but they cant continue making up facts. Its time to throw away the Bengazi crutch and try  to be a positive force for this country. Putin and Palin have not been elected to office yet. Did you know Putin can see Palins house from his front yard?

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The seven deadly sins of Link

Want to read about  $300,000 luxury boat—solely purchased with funding from the Asset Forfeiture Fund—supposedly to be used for undercover patrols but ultimately used as a personal pleasure craft for a senior Office of Law Enforcement manager? Link

The Tea Party is not to be feared unless you’re part of the problem. If you have ever looked through the bible, even a little, you know that when an angle enters the room they say, “Do not be afraid.” I would say to you that the Tea Party is our Angle of Salvation. The Tea Party is nothing to fear, do not be afraid. The Tea Party is the only group that warned you about ObamaCare. They have taken much ridicule, slander and abuse from the President, his staff, the Lame stream media & press, and all the hard leaning lefty’s out there. The Tea Party continue to stand strong. America can not continue on the path she in on. We can use your help. VOTE

What is the Tea Party Movement? Millions upon millions of Americans feel as though the country is heading in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, there’s no one single problem (or one single person) on which to pin the blame.

Government spending is at an all-time high, and America is trillions of dollars in debt. The tax burden on American families, rich and poor, is unbearable, and the hard-working middle class seems to pay the highest price. The borders remain unsecured, yet the right to defend oneself if necessary comes under scrutiny. Even as the beacon of freedom for the entire world, Americans are less free than ever before.

Fortunately, the Tea Party movement aims to change all of that. By congregating with likeminded individuals across the nation, dissenting Americans have made their voices heard. While these individual problems plague our nation, the intention of the Tea Partiers is to change the institution itself, to get elected officials to vote the will of their constituents, and to elect new leaders who share real American values.

What Does The Movement Stand For? The Tea Party movement stands for many American ideals. The first and foremost of these is the idea that taxation has reached bizarre and unreasonable levels. Some have proposed that “TEA” stands for “taxed enough already!”

While this is an oversimplification of the movement’s ideals, lowering taxation is certainly a core value of the movement. More to the point, the Tea Party movement believes that government itself is out of control.Many Americans believe intuitively that they alone possess the rights to their personal freedom, but that the government has adopted a babysitter role that squelches that freedom. The Tea Party movement believes that “We the People” are the true deciders, and that the government simply acts on the citizens’ behalf. A Tea Party Patriot knows that the unalienable rights of every American citizen—those of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—should not be subject to change without notice.

Tea Party Goals- In a broad sense, the main goal of the Tea Party movement is to change the institution of the federal government to the effect that American’s freedoms are restored to the ideals of the founding fathers. These ideas include:

Low taxes- Dramatically smaller government with a much reduced role

Substantially less central government (Washington) and a preference for states rights

More individual freedom

Free market prosperity

This is accomplished in a number of ways. American citizens must decide to elect out corrupt officials and replace them with individuals who value the input of the average citizen. The government that governs best is one that governs least, and elected leaders must be made to understand that. Those officials who remain in office should know that they will not remain if they vote against the will of the people.

Good, bad or indifferent, as always your comments are welcome. Be nice. 

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obama liarIt seems that every day we find more and more evidence that Obama purposefully lied when he solemnly said “If you like your present health care plan, you can keep it. Period.” NBC’s Lisa Myers yesterday reported that  Obama knew for at least three years that  millions could not keep their health insurance as a direct result of the ACA. NBC reported that “50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience ‘sticker shock.’” Really now, is anybody shocked that Obama would lie?

Frankly, I think that we make a mistake in placing all of the blame for the ACA on Obama. The legislation was written solely by Democrat legislators and passed both houses of Congress without a single Republican vote. The ACA is yet another example of the deeply troubling determination of Democrats to control every facet of our lives. And, it is yet another example of their ineptitude.

Please recall that the Democrats have had functional control of our government for nearly 7 years. During those years we’ve seen ever more intrusion into our privacy by the government. We’ve seen Muslim fundamentalist terrorism explode. AQI is growing like an metastatic tumor. We have seen our government intercept private and personal communications of friendly heads of state. We are witnessing a move by prior friendly nations to sanction us in the UN for that behavior. We’ve endured an unprecedented explosion in our national debt even though our federal revenues are at a historic high. We now have more people on welfare than people with jobs. That’s not only dangerous, it’s tragic.

It’s time of a change of governance, time to return the Democrat legislators to their homes.

mem30Part2) Yesterday a poster wrote: “FTR still waiting for your backup to the claim that there “Could have been tens of thousands” at the Million veteran march. Im (sic) sure you just didn’t magically pull those numbers out of the air.”

Deer Friend, ABC reported that thousands of vets attended the march. Link

Fox news reported that thousands removed Team Obama’s Barrycades and stacked them at the White House during the million vet march. Link

KAKE TV reported that thousands attended the million vet march. Link

Wikipedia reported that thousands attended the million vet march. Link

There’s more, but enuff is enuff.

In any event, thousands is one hell of a lot more vets in attendance than some doofus claimed. That poster wrongly suggested that the whole thing was a Tea Party event and that only about 200-400 people showed up. The poster was wrong on both counts.  I wonder what that poster has against vets?