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The-Coconut-Telegraph-w-CoconutsSince 2002. Anonymous Letters to the Editor with pictures. Published Monday through Friday by Noon.

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[World War III] I wouldn’t be surprised if history books marked the Sony movie hack as the start of World War III. It may hold a place similar to the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand that started World War I. Why the event is so important is because the Sony hack got the attention of the whole country. There’s not a person in the US that hasn’t heard of ‘The Interview’. Americans, the shallow majority, all noticed it because there were Hollywood movie stars involved.
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Don’t forget tomorrow’s First Day Hike guided tour through Bahia Honda State Park. Link
President Obama wants Guantanamo emptied of captured terrorists. Castro wants to regain Guantanamo, and shows by not cashing the lease-checks we’re sending him. To build an embassy, would Obama deal in a trade—a US embassy in Havana for the return of the US Guantanamo base to Cuban sovereignty
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[Cuba] The only Americans who are against the Cuban government in Cuba, are only the Cuban Americans whose parents or grandparents are self proclaimed exiles. No other American gives a crap about Cuba’s government policies. Let’s just go there and have a good time. Olé!
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I’ve been to Budd Key. It would be beautiful if all the junk wasn’t there.
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[“Joining the Moose lodge”] No problem at all. Just call Rocky and he’ll get you in touch with Bullwinkle.
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[For Sale By Owner] Have your own French chateau. Link
father time babyMy New Years Resolutions 2015
I will never watch daytime TV again.
I will cut back my drinking some!
I will take my wife on long cruises to NJ.
I will not vote for anyone that looks like a politico.
I will never buy a round of drinks for locals again.
I will never fix anybody’s computer again.
I will never write to this stupid blog again.
I will build an out house and tell FKAA to …
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Giant moving yard sale
 next year on Saturday January 3, 2015. 8am – 3 pm. 17305 Jamaica Lane Sugarloaf Key (off Sugarloaf Blvd). 2 refrigerators, BBQ & lots of accessories. Ladies clothes, shelves, tables. Outdoor bar w/4 stools, tents, Art, 4×15 pool w/ lots of extras and much more.
[Democracy in America will soon be eliminated] After the 9/11 incident we Americans gave up not only our right to privacy, but also our freedoms, and those freedoms which are remaining, are being eliminated more and more each day since Sept. 11th, 2001. JFK was the last man to believe that he was the actual president of the United States. Once JFK realized the power and influence Prescott Bush Sr., Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles had over Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, the NSA, CIA, and key political figures in office, JFK was determined to obliterate any such power controlled by so few men. Bush and the Dulles brothers began their power by funding the NAZI party from the 1930’s up until 1943, when U.S. congress charged them with the “Trading With The Enemy Act”. They were slapped on the hand with a mere $100,000 fine by congress, but yet made hundreds of millions of dollars.

These men then became the creators of the NSA and the CIA in 1947. They became extremely powerful and influential in American politics, and the course America was taking back then and still today. These were the men president Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about in his presidential farewell address to the nation on Jan. 16th, 1961. JFK took it upon himself to rid this unconstitutional threat to American democracy, and was later assassinated for doing so. Undisclosed evidence shows that the main conspirators of the assassination were Prescott Bush Sr. and the Dulles brothers, with George H.W. Bush on sight in Dealey Plaza overseeing the mission itself. When H.W. Bush was asked, “Where were you when you heard JFK was assassinated”? H.W. responded, “I can’t remember”! Everyone else could remember where they were that day!

After the JFK assassination took place, every man who became president afterwards was groomed in politics by Prescott Bush, including Lyndon Johnson. Today’s presidents are groomed by George H.W. Bush. That’s right, the torch was passed to him by his father. George H.W. Bush is the most powerful man in the American political structure, and (not known to the public) the wealthiest politician worth hundreds of billions of dollars. The whole Bill Clinton scandal back in the 90’s was a show. A show that continues today creating the illusion that there are 2 parties representing the people. But in reality both parties allegiance is to corporate American business, and corporate American business is doing everything possible to achieve their agenda which is called The New World Order.

The pace is rapidly picking up now, with the false flag events that have taken place here in the U.S.. The DHS and LEO depts. have collected and stockpiled billions of rounds of ammunition. Have purchased thousands of military armored vehicles for urban police control and are getting ready for chaos in America. But who’s behind this chaos? The media sure is helping by causing a lot of negative emotions amongst Americans today. The media is gladly pushing hatred towards Republicans and Democrats, non-English speaking people, illegal immigration, Muslims, blacks, whites, law enforcement, etc., but never towards any Wall Street theft, political wrong doing by Congress or how corporate has overtaken our democracy. We will soon find out what is going to happen once Jeb Bush becomes president. Two things will have to occur in order for the NWO to achieve their agenda. One is depopulation, and from the looks of it, Americans are doing a fine job of wanting to kill each other. The second will be the elimination of human rights as they exist today. In order to achieve peace from the chaos they created, and the mass loss of American lives, that’s when they’ll come up with the solution that the survivors will gladly embrace!

George H. W. Bush’s new world order quotes. Video

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[“Rich folks giving”] A poster yesterday seemed upset that rich people give away a lot of their money. His reasoning was that rich people made their money from other people (duh!). What kind of jealous logic is that? I guess he’s mad that they give away a lot of their riches. Maybe he’s mad that they didn’t give enough to suit him? I’m sure he’s mad when they don’t give away their money too. I’m sure he’s just jealous he’s broke.
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For sale, two tickets from Singapore to London on Malaysia Airlines — very cheep.
Malaysia Airlines had 3 planes go down this year. One disappeared. One lost to bad weather and one crashed this week in the Java Sea. It was a very bad year. Link
I took part in a march for police accountability last Sunday with about 50 other concerned citizens of Key West. It isn’t as if I wanted to. I had plenty of more interesting things I could have done on a Sunday afternoon; projects backed up or books to be read or just a nice civilized afternoon nap with my dog. Movies, shopping, biking, sight seeing, picture taking, visiting friends or hanging out at the beach. You name it; it probably is more appealing than marching along in the hot sun losing your voice chanting things like, “What do we want to see? Police Accountability!” (Google Charles Eimers)

The next question you ask then, is why march at all? I wanted to explain to the handful of angry people I saw along the route that I was out there losing my voice and getting sore feet for them. I wanted to ask them if they thought I was having fun and just really enjoy exposing myself to angry people flipping me off. Did they think I was comfortable risking the wrath of those with unquestioning blind faith in all authority or the authorities themselves? The angry middle-finger-flippers only saw “trouble-makers”.

Two hundred and thirty eight years ago a group of concerned citizens got together and wrote the Declaration of Independence. In 1787, after the American Revolution, our Constitution was ratified by the Constitutional Convention. Four years after that the amendments to the constitution, the Bill of Rights, became part of that constitution. All this was accomplished by trouble makers and people unwilling to accept the status quo.

In our Bill of Rights, it states, of those rights is “the right to peaceably assemble” and “petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.” Our corporate sponsored congress is busy chipping away at these rights. We the people can and should exercise our historic spirit of justice as long as we can and when we no longer can we’ll know the experiment of American Democracy failed.

So, you see, I did not want to march, I to march.

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[Furniture Giveaway!] We are getting new furniture delivered today. We have living room furniture that will go by the street unless someone wants it. Please call 305-304-8886 if interested and leave a message.
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[Greek Ferry Disaster] Fire has left seven dead. Two crewmen were killed trying to connect a tow line in gale force winds and heavy seas. Video
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party animal2How are you spending your New Years Eve? Why not ring it in with us here at Springer’s Bar & Grill. We have a DJ and live entertainment out on the patio. Bring your dancing shoes.  Jell-O shots and a ton of giveaways throughout the night. When the deer drops at midnight we will have a special shot to toast in the New Year. So come join the fun. It’s a party not to be missed!

This Week at Springer’s Bar & Grill
Wednesday December 31st: New Years Party at Springer’s Bar & Grill
Free Jello Shots
Lots of Giveaways
Free Shot at Midnight when the Deer Drops

Thursday January 1st: Open at regular business hours starting 11am

Friday January 2nd: Live Music with Tim Andrews Starting 6 pm
“Lonesome Road” Saturday January 3rd: Comedian Bill Hach at 6:30 pm. He will make you dance, laugh! Don’t miss it.

Sunday January 4th: Football, 14 TV’s, Your game is on!

Monday January 5th: Mexican Monday – Specials with a Mexican twist. We have Margaritas. Olé!

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The British invasion!
[FTR] After reading what FTR wrote for Tuesday’s CT, it’s completely understandable why this guy has to pay for the privilege of posting his divisive nonsense. I seriously think FTR has some real issues with black people, particularly having one in the White House. He also seems to have some sort of strange fixation with Al Sharpton and his imaginary relationship with Barack Obama. Many years ago, I used to be a little bit like FTR. Fortunately for me, a woman I met, who later became my wife, was able to convince me that my constant bitching about blacks and other minorities made me look like an angry redneck and a bigot. I’m glad she changed me.
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[I Hate Florida] I came across this blog about people who hate living in Florida. Link
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[Gun Nuts] 1. A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired. 2. The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush deaths.

This never happens in Cuba, but it will when Cuba opens. Your saintly Americans will also bring crime and drugs to Cuba along with their money. What do you think of that, Mr FTR?

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Obama is getting us out of war.  Maybe now we won’t be getting anymore wounded warriors for a while.
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[Lost Cat] Large neutered male tuxedo cat. Lost in the Eden Pines area. Reward. Call Classified Ads > Lost and Found
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In dog beers, I’ve only had one.
Whatever happened to class?
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[Cuba] It may be a great island, but as long as it is under communist government I will not spend any of my money there as it will just revert back to the government and really do nothing for the common people.
[“Compost toilet”]  I would do as I was told the wild bears do.
quote marks31I feel bad for FTR. Daily he tells us what others are saying but very seldom does he use the words of the person in context. He claimed Obama has no respect for slain Police Officers and told us what Obama really believes. I quoted the President and the words he really used and FTR’s response simply was the equivalent of, “Nuh uh”, and went on to say what “really” was said. Even though the President never said those words.
It’s a shame he didn’t quote the words used by our President. It would have brought credence to FTR’s claim, but I guess when you’re making up someone else’s beliefs for them you can’t really use their own words. Facts are a minor convenience for some when they are trying to sell you snake oil. You buying?
[Socialist Cuba] Funny how folks don’t seem to have a problem using a computer made by those evil communists in China to post comments about those evil communists in Cuba.
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[“Mr. Hunter S. Thompson“] What a nut. If you look his name up in the dictionary it will read one word; Anarchy. When you look up the word Anarchy, It reads: a situation of confusion and wild behavior in which the people in a country, group, organization, etc., are not controlled by rules or laws.

I am glad that we have eccentric people such as this, people like him makes the rest of us think. I have always bucked and questioned authority, but in a way that I wouldn’t end up on a major shit list. I was an exemplary United States Marine, but sometimes I had to throw the monkey wrench in the cogs and it always cost me something, usually money, and once freedom. (30 days in the Correctional Custody Unit). I actually went out and made big rocks into little ones all day. But in the end I always came out smelling like a good cologne of that time. And in the end, I was liked by many because sometimes you have to say no. I have the balls today to do the same, but in a different fashion. Military life and civilian life are extremely different. I prefer the latter, but that’s just my opinion. The men and women who served who read this blog will understand. Some will say I was the problem. I would beg the differ, but we all have one thing in common, the right to express our own opinions and Mr. H.S. Thompson did just that. The New era of gonzos go way too far for my taste and I think Mr. Thompson would agree, then again, we are talking about a masterful nut!

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used to hang out at the Sugarloaf Lodge.  He ran a half page ad in the Yellow Pages offering “midnight speedboat rides”. I wish I had saved a copy.  I wish I had taken one of those rides.
Drone’s flight with epic hawk attack near the end. Just skip to 4:30. Video
[“Mean people suck”]  That sounds like something a mean person would say because mean people don’t know they are mean.
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[Gas] You can see it coming one more time.  Gas is getting cheap again so Americans are going to rush out and buy a bunch of gas guzzling giant SUVs  forcing the auto companies to hugely invest in re-tooling to meet the demand.  Then gas prices will bounce back up for some reason, once again leaving the car companies holding the bag of unsellable products.   Europe avoids that problem because of stable, but high, fuel prices.
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The average time Facebook visitors spent on the site in September is almost eighteen hours!
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moose-logo[“Moose Lodge membership”]  The Loyal Order of Moose does not solicit for membership.  However, if you have an interest in becoming a member of this fine organization you can stop by the Lodge and speak with a Lodge Officer or member about joining (ring the door bell). The membership application process is easy and will be explained to you. If you are a person of good character and wish to contribute according to your available time and ability, please stop by the Lodge.  Membership is available for both men and women at least 21 years of age.
Deer Ed, I’m in the end of my tenth year of reading this publication daily. It’s my coffee and morning paper. They no longer publish two papers a day like they did when I was a kid delivering both up north, but I think you understand my sentiment of how important this is to many. I would love to see a daily count of your unofficial subscribers, I say unofficial since it’s free. I hope you and yours a profitable, safe, and healthy New Year. (Ed: Thanks for the kind words. The CT gets about two thousand visitors a day, most of them repeat visitors.)
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[Insults] Enough already! I was always taught that you can disagree with someone’s opinion without hurling personal insults. I read FTR faithfully. I certainly don’t always agree with him but find his opinions and thoughts interesting. He makes me think. In all his writings, he has never once personally insulted anyone. Please show him, and every other contributor, the same courtesy and good manners.
toilet flush kidRemember when FKAA claimed that nobody would lose sewer service in a power outage because they would have two trucks with generators to go around and pump out the 2800 grinder pits they had in the design at that time? They claimed they could pump down 100 pumps a day. Nobody did the math that, at that rate, it would take 28 days (without toilets!). Then FKAA swapped huge generators in the contracts for 10 “four men to get it in a truck” sized generators about the same time as the quantity of residential grinder pits dropped to 1523. They claimed they were now prepared. Then in the DOAH Court hearings to defend their improper design against charges by Dump the Pumps, Inc. They then claimed they would have 30 generator trucks available instead of 10 or 2.

Of course they will not really have 30 available, but that number still would not be enough. I calculated that with significantly reduced wastewater generation, and crews working 10 hour days with no breaks and no refueling and no time lost setting up and packing up, and no travel time to the pump areas, that it would take 34 generator crews for the grinder pits and lift stations.

How do other communities manage to pump out grinder pits and lift stations? Simple, they do not use E-One pumps. Conventional grinder pumps can pump many times faster than an E-1. Every community with E/One grinder pumps that we investigated reported that they could not keep up with pump-outs and there were raw sewage spills as a result. One very notable thing in all this is that without directly admitting that they made a mistake, FKAA increased it’s estimate of generators needed from 2 for 2800 pumps to 30 for 1500 pumps. That is roughly 28 times more then their original plan.

Dump the Pumps has been fighting uphill for the full year since incorporation to try to bring sanity and responsibility to the Cudjoe Regional sewer design. The efforts are all volunteer except for legal expenses and they could sure use some help with that. Link

[Bike Path With Cars] I saw a burgundy truck drive all the way from the Keys Cafe to the bank on the corner on the bike path to avoid the line-up at the light. Isn’t this illegal? I had to ride my bike over to the grass and wait for him to go by.
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[Moose behind the times] Moose – yes. It’s a very nice place, but somehow they still allow smoking inside.
[Democracy] It never ceases to amaze me how often you read comments in The Blue Paper, the Coconut Telegraph, The Citizen, etc referring to the United States as a democracy.  The United States was never meant to be, is not, and hopefully never will be a democracy.  The United States is a Constitutional Republic!  Link
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Summerland Key post office has been designated as the most dangerous spots. Yep, and when you get hit remember to file an inclusive lawsuit with FDOT, Monroe County, USPS and the blue hair who hit you. Then when you win you can move to Cuba because that’s the new, secret place for Keys’ locals to hang out.
No one and I mean no one down here from, say, oh, I don’t know, the mid-west? speaks Spanish well enough to pull their camper with two kayaks on the roof and two bicycles on the bumper of their SUV to Havana. And chances are they won’t like Cuban food just because it’s Cuban.
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New Mexican green chile relleno. Video
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wolves running[“Democracy over”] I would hope so. The US was never intended to be a democracy, It is a Representive Republic. It is based on the constitution. In a democracy you can vote to change basic rights. In a Republic you may not. In a democracy two wolves and a sheep can vote on what to have for dinner. In a republic it is not up for a vote, and the sheep has the right to defend itself in case the wolves go ahead and decide on their own.
The Los Angeles Times’ report about the “Facebook manifesto” of Christopher Dorner is supposed to be some sort of reliable source in describing the brave men & women who compose “The Thin Blue Line”.  I think not. Link
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I know of very few people escaping the USA to go to Cuba. most of them are enjoying the Cuban penal system.
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[“FTR: The Cuban people live in harsh repression and grinding poverty.”] How would he know, he’s never even been there and get’s his news from right wing sites or from very old Cuban’s who haven’t lived there in half a century. When he sees a positive story about the Cuban people being happy he says it’s lies. This is from a man who’s never left the US. I rest my case.
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[“No tip for  $10 hamburger”] Where can you find a $10 hamburger anymore?
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All in all I have to say Obama had an average year, worse than 2013 but better than 2015.
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“Republicans are not a political party. It’s a mental condition.”
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What follows is an article published in the Daily Caller. Normally I’m reluctant post an entire article, but I spent more than 5 hours stuck in traffic today between east Key Largo and Islamorada. I’m whipped and simply don’t feel like hammering out a posting, but the article is worth your consideration.

“President Obama’s health care adviser Jonathan Gruber said that the Affordable Care Act would definitely not be affordable while he was writing the bill with the White House.

As Gruber continues to withhold documents while he awaits a call-back for more testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the new year, more shocking information is coming to light detailing the deceptions that went into the writing of the health-care law.

Gruber said that Obamacare had no cost controls in it and would not be affordable in an October 2009 policy brief, presented here exclusively by TheDC. At the time, Gruber had already personally counseled Obama in the Oval Office and served on Obama’s presidential transition team. Obama, meanwhile, told the American people that their premiums would go down dramatically.

“The problem is it starts to go hand in hand with the mandate; you can’t mandate insurance that’s not affordable. This is going to be a major issue,” Gruber admitted in an October 2, 2009 lecture, the transcript of which comprised the policy brief.

“So what’s different this time? Why are we closer than we’ve ever been before? Because there are no cost controls in these proposals. Because this bill’s about coverage. Which is good! Why should we hold 48 million uninsured people hostage to the fact that we don’t yet know how to control costs in a politically acceptable way? Let’s get the people covered and then let’s do cost control.”

Gruber also said that the only way to control costs is to effectively deny treatment.

“The real substance of cost control is all about a single thing: telling patients they can’t have something they want. It’s about telling patients, ‘That surgery doesn’t do any good, so if you want it you have to pay the full cost.’”

“There’s no reason the American health care system can’t be, ‘You can have whatever you want, you just have to pay for it.’ That’s what we do in other walks of life. We don’t say everyone has to have a large screen TV. If you want a large screen TV, you have to pay for it. Basically the notion would be to move to a level where everyone has a solid basic insurance level of coverage. Above that people pay on their own, without tax-subsidized dollars, to buy a higher level of coverage.”

And despite the president’s pitches to the contrary, Obama also knew that his health care bill was unlikely to control costs, Gruber said.

“I wish that President Obama could have stood up and said, ‘You know, I don’t know if this bill is going to control costs. It might, it might not. We’re doing our best. But let me tell you what it’s going to do…” Gruber said on a San Francisco podcast in 2012.

“If he could make that speech? Instead, he says ‘I’m going to pass a bill that will lower your health care costs.’ That sells. Now, I wish the world was different. I wish people cared about the 50 million uninsured in America…But, you know, they don’t. And I think, once again, I’m amazed politically that we got this bill through.”  Link

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Part 2) I goofed! Yesterday I claimed that: “number of cops murdered while on duty increased by 28% in 2014.” Actually the number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the U.S. jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush assaults, according to a report released Tuesday. The annual report by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 50 officers were killed by guns this year, compared to 32 in 2013.

 

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