Friday, January 3, 2014

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happy new year longHappy New Year. The Big Pine Flea Market is open Saturday and Sunday 8am til 3pm.

The holidays are over and a lot of us are thankful. It was a great time and the relatives are now going home. Let’s all stand on our porch and wave bye bye. It’s time to inventory our things that got broken or lost.

My list is: Little Billy lost my flippers and mask and snorkel. My son ate his cereal by the canal and has no idea where the spoon and bowl went. His wife borrowed my favorite dress to wear downtown. I think she kept it, or for some unknown reason came home without wearing it. They used my cutting board and threw it away, that was easier than washing it “It smelled like fish.” All my scented candles got burnt up; I was keeping them as decorations not to be burnt. They used all our sunscreen after they got sunburn, duh. My husbands fishing hat was borrowed and blew off on the boat. The best catch of the day was little Billy, he wasn’t holding the fishing pole properly. Bye bye to the Penn reel and rod. All my coffee cups and insulated cups are gone, apparently they thought they were disposable. Little 3 year old Chloe loved my refrigerator magnets, she asked if she could take them home and we said yes.

It’s been a fun week with the family here and most of this stuff can be bought at the flea market this weekend. I do want to apologize to our neighbors. Billy thought that the shells in your yard were free. I will get you new ones on Saturday.

The scariest words as they drove out of sight were. We will be back at Spring Break.

See you at the Flea Market.

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Pot does not make you stupid, it makes you insanely happy & hungry. It’s 2014 people, wake up & smell the green bud & realize almost every medication comes from a plant. It’s great for pain and nausea. It just plain makes you feel good. What better medicine is there than that? Oh, I see, you’d rather take some synthetic chemical concoction that comes with a two-page warning. Link

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[Bike Path] “The first thing you notice when you ride the new bike trail is all the junk the locals have dumped back there over the years.”

Really? That’s the first thing you noticed? How about noticing that it is a nice paved trail with nice views of foliage and the water, lots of shade and no cars whizzing by. You must be one of those people who are always negative.

A constant problem of our times is that people will scrutinize an article that has been well researched and documented, but if the contents do not agree with their ideology they routinely dismiss it as frivolous and nonsensical.

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Disconnect lets you visualize & block websites that track you. A D icon sits in your browser next to the address bar and the number of sites trying to get to you appears with each different site.

Browse the web normally. As you do, the graph in this popup and the counter in the toolbar will update. Each circle in the graph represents a site that’s been sent or would have been sent some of your personal stuff. Circles with a halo are sites you’ve visited. Circles without a halo are sites you haven’t. Red circles are known tracking sites. Gray circles aren’t but may still track you. Mouse over a circle to view that site’s tracking footprint. Click a red circle to block or unblock that site. Link 

Here is a link to a petition against the flood insurance issue. Please sign it. Link
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[Immigrant Bounty] There should be a reward for people who turn in the migrants coming from Cuba and Haiti before they make it to land. Give them half of what they give the migrants when they stay. It might wake up the Border Patrol, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Patrol. It would be a great way to make money when the fishing is slow. 

snow plow[Friday Joke] On a bitterly cold winter morning a husband and wife up north were listening to the radio during breakfast.  They heard the announcer say, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snow plows can get through.” So the good wife went out and moved her car.

A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, “We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snow plows can get through. “The good wife went out and moved her car again.

The next week they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park….” Then the electric power went out. The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, “I don’t know what to do.  Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snow plows can get through?”

Then with the love and understanding in his voice that all men who are married to blondes exhibit, the husband replied, “Why don’t you just leave the car in the garage this time.”

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[FTR Fan] The FTR guy is okay with me. A breath of fresh air most of the time. I have never read anything hateful or ugly he has written. I can’t say that about the folks that dislike him and his point of view.Most seen to be mean spirited and angry. Sorry about that. It makes life hard. I also enjoy FOX news.I hope that doesn’t make your eyes explode. I would even go so far as to say there are others who feel the same. Have a very blessed New Year.

[“Commissioners are spending your tax dollars”] So who ya gonna call, the Comish Busters? There are none! Wake up and smell the money, it is salted with political sweat and saliva. Once you gave them their positions they now rule your life, you big dummy. Try to fire one, I dare you.
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[Is Deer Ed is a Mormon?] I did a GeoTool trace of CT’s IP address and it’s hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah. Then there’s the fact that the CT isn’t published on Saturdays, but is on Sundays. Saturday being the Mormon’s day of rest along with Seventh Day Adventist and Jewish folks. Got any great funeral potatoes recipes, Ed? 

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[You’ve Got To Be Kidding Department] Dogs poop in alignment with earth’s magnetic field. This is just weird! Link

Era of marijuana prohibition officially over in Colorado. First pot sale was to to an Iraq War veteran from Denver who hopes to use it to control his Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder. Link
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[FTR Good] I can’t believe all the bashing you get as feedback to your views.  While the jury is still out as to whether or not what you write about is always factual,  you do have a great way of making a point and it always makes me think.  And isn’t that the whole point?  What I don’t understand is how you manage to express my view so clearly, even though to my knowledge we’ve never met.  Keep up the good work.

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State starts negotiating with company for Overseas Heritage trail advertising. “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign?”  No mini-billboards, they will be an intrusive distraction to the pristine scenery and a destroyer of eye candy. Use the money to keep the trail clean. Let the view speak for itself.  Link

AARP Calendar of events for January. Menu > Ongoing Events 
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The Doerfels Bluegrass, Rock every Tuesday night starting January 7th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Bring your dancing shoes! Only at Springers.

Welcome to the Monday Night Bluegrass and Mountain Music Jam/Circle at Springer’s Bar & Grill every Monday night starting January 6th from 6 to 9 pm Beginners welcome. If you can play G, C and D chord, you’ve got what it takes to join the circle

I’m surprised that those doubting global warming’s reason is that we still have winter and ice. Did they all flunk science class or what? 
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[The Movies] 1933 Stage Mother had the stupidest line ever. Two people swim out to the raft on the lake and he says to her, “Where did you find the time to learn to swim?” (Duh?) 

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Recipe for Monk Fruit Carrot Cake instead of sugar.  Link 

[Who You Gonna Call] If I do not want Mosquito Control to spray my property, who do I call?

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[Your Rights When The Cops Pull You Over] Print, post, memorize this. However many under the influence usually are so careless or have killed so many brain cells they likely never can learn to stay out of jail. Why a clean life is best, because the system is really out to get people and you need all your wits. Link

[“First person to buy legal weed”] Ex-Marine lobbied for the sale to assist ex-war vets with Post Traumatic Stress. Reason why he’s handing over cash? Likely because the banking/credit system crosses state lines, thus various Federal drug trafficking/money laundering laws likely are involved. Supposedly the US Justice Dept. is presently only not-enforcing Federal marijuana laws in the states of Colorado and Washington. Federal property and jurisdictions may come under Federal laws where pot is still illegal. Remember kids, pot is proven to lower one’s IQ, just like cigarette smoke causes lung cancer and makes you look old. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s good for you, you’ll need those brains when you get older. Link

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[Squishy Science] “God created humans pretty much in their present form at one time in the last 10,000 years or so.”  This assertion is  agreed with by 46% of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll. What chance do we have?

radio philcoClear Channel Sells Florida Keys Stations (November 21). The stations involved in the sale are CHR 92.7 WEOW Key West, Country “Thunder Country 100.3” WCTH Plantation Key, and Classic Rock simulcast “Sun-FM” 99.5 WAIL Key West/103.1 WFKZ Plantation Key.

Florida Keys Media agreed to purchase three additional stations in the region from Gamma Broadcasting in August. Those stations are Hot AC 97.7 WAVK Marathon, Country “Conch Country 98.7″ WCNK Key West, and Classic Hits “US 1 Radio” 104.1 WWUS Big Pine Key.

Through other license holding companies, Holladay also owns stations in Dothan AL, Monroe LA, and Vicksburg MS as well as twenty percent of New South Radio.

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[The Sea] There was a single blue line of crayon drawn across every wall in the house. What does it mean? I asked. A pirate needs the sight of the sea, he said and then he pulled his eye patch down and turned and sailed away.

[Citizen Of The Day Says] Made the effort to move as far south possible and loves the people of Key West 
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[“Mosquito Control out of control”] I don’t’ know about you but I have no mosquitoes. This is a way of showing these employees they have been doing a good job. I wish the person complaining would spend a day in the swamps then you really understand it takes a special kind of person to do that job.

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Ya’ll know when its time to move when you can’t walk around your own house naked without some neighbor waving at you. 

Its fun to read people throwing insults at nobody. It’s like they can’t stop even if there’s no one listening. 

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The chart of operating system share came from Maximum PC magazine’s January issue.

[Marathon City Manager] Being from Marco I have some insight here. The search for new Marco City manager has had some odd turns. Both city manager search firms hired by the City have quit. All finalists have withdrawn from consideration but two. City council will probably reshuffle the deck a third time, unless a lackey of one of the councilmen can be found, like as was the case with the last manager
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Finally, a cable TV ad that tells the truth. Video

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If I am stuck with getting a grinder pump will my super efficient flushing toilet have enough water to let the pump work properly? If not can I use canal water from a bucket to help the flushing or do I have to go back to the big wasteful toilets?

[Facebook sued] Contrary to its representations, “private” Facebook messages are systematically intercepted by the Company in an effort to learn the contents of the users’ communications. This practice enables Facebook to mine user data and profit from those data by sharing them with third parties — namely, advertisers, marketers, and other data aggregators. The plaintiffs argue for either $100 for each day of the alleged privacy breach, or $10,000 for each U.S. user that claims to have been affected. Link 
lightbulb old[Bulbs] A bright incandescent bulb uses 100 watts of electricity. The new replacement bulbs burn just 12 watts. Multiply that by the number of bulbs in your house and the electricity savings are noticeable. Multiply that by everyone and the energy savings are enormous. It’s no wonder incandescent bulbs are passé.
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[Bizarre Department] Lesbian domestic dispute results in sex toys with their heads cut off. Link
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[Snoops] When you remove a person from your email Contacts they are not removed, they just don’t appear any longer. The companies keep and use the information from your Contacts folder to fill in the information gaps of other user’s information. Say you have a contact, but you don’t want the phone number listed so you omit it. Well, the company searches other’s contact folders to see if that person is listed. If they find it they then take the phone number from their Contact info and add it to that person’s profile even if you’ve deleted the contact information. 

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Quit smoking. Includes free nicotine replacement to help you succeed! Please Join Us on Saturday, Jan 18th, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Vineyard Community Church 100 County Rd, Big Pine Key. Call 305-743-7111 to Register or just show up! Events

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[“Some old fogy”] Hey Dude, I am like that old fogy and I know all about getting high on all kinds of dope. That is why it is called dope, because it makes you into a dope. Just wait until the coppers start DUI’s for all the Heads out there who drive through walls and run over shadows. No man, dope is not like booze, dope is much more dangerous, but hey, the politicians need the money right? 

[“Fun Pot Legal in Colorado”] Wow, I can’t wait to see the commercials. 
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[55% of mobile surfing is on iOS] In 2013 Android OS was delivered on end users devices sold worldwide a whopping 80% compared to iOS’s 14%. So how can a mere 14% represent 55% of mobile traffic? Something is obviously wrong and it is. (Ed: I read that the 55% is for online buyers not surfers.) Link

woman drunkCop: You been drinking?
Me: No.
Cop: Say the alphabet backwards.
Me: (turning around) Alphabet the.
Cop: Hilarious. Say each letter.
Me: Each letter. 

[Dumbest gift ever] Man almost slashed to death by knife he gave his girlfriend for Christmas. Link

Lower Keys Property Owners Association Covered Dish And Members’ Meeting. Monday, January 6, 6 p.m.   Sign in for members and guests. Join us and bring one of your favorite dishes to share. Happy new year!  Events

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[“Light bulb fiasco is a scam”] Let me choose which bulbs I want to use. Banning things just fits the green-hysteria mould to a tee. And guess what, I live up north and I like the heat they produce. I depend on it.

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The NSA is working on a supercomputer that will crack any encrypted computer information on any computer be it national or private or business. The NSA figures that they will have the capability to ‘see’ every computer of every government, business and citizen in the world by five years or so. It seems they’ve never read the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution or simply chose to ignore it. 

[Captain Doom and Gloom] DEF: DISRESPECT n, What real estate agents and house flippers are born with in order to destroy hoods!
DEF: FTR-FTL n, A person with opinions on either side of a political fence that rarely see the center line.
DEF: FTM n, A person who is sane and stable, but very scared, with realistic views about life, politics and our world.
DEF: FKAA n, A questionable organization whose sole agenda is conquering the worlds waste processing systems for profit.
DEF: KAMA-SUTRA n, A system by which politicians control their constituency that can never be over thrown.
DEF: EXTREMIST n, Those politicians that give anarchists a bad name.
DEF: GOLD n, A sacred material by which the rich allow the poor to barter through representation of pictures of dead Presidents on paper.

“Marathon City Manager makes $178,000 per year” Lets see if he worked 5 days a week – 52 weeks x 5 days is 260 days a year. Divide $178000 x 260 = $684.62 per day. Or $684.62 per day divided by 8 hours = $85.58 per hour. Can I see his time cards? Wow, that’s almost as much as most barmaids make, right?

scissors sm[“Cutting out national political posts”] If there was respectful comments and civil discord about real issues without attacking others political beliefs or party affiliation than those type of discussions, along with the fruitful exchange of information and ideas to resolve them, likely would have continued.

As long as there is competition for votes and minds, and as long as there are people of rather limited comprehension and expression ability, subjective to emotional attacks, there is arguably always going to be those who are willing to roll in the gutter to try to achieve success.

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from the right

I’m not surprised that the mayhem attendant to the nuts and bolts working of the ACA aka Democare has begun, and has begun in earnest.

In Texas, Medicare payments to hospitals for patient care have not been made in a timely fashion by the Democare bureaucracy. That has caused some hospitals to miss payrolls for weeks.  In one hospital alone more than 150 employees have not been paid in a month because the hospital is dependent on receiving prompt payment from Democares contractor.  Democare owes the hospital $3 million, and the hospital just can’t make payroll.

The Texas Medical Association says they are familiar with complaints like this one regarding the Medicare payment facilitator, Novitas. TMA reports that that other smaller community hospitals like this one are in similar situations.

The Democare contractor is Novitas. Novitas’s direct connection to Healthcare.gov stems from an “emergency”, no-bid contract for “financial management services” awarded in August.  The services required included accounting, tracking of accounts receivable and accounts payable, documenting funds collected by CMS, and data validation, among other things. CMS is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It is Obamas Department of Health and Human Services Medicare payment processor for the south-central region of the country. Novita was hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS). The contract was justified as a no-bid award because the “prospect of a delay in implementing the Marketplace by the operational date of January 1, 2014, even for a few days, would result in severe consequences, financial and other” and that the services required were “beyond what was initially anticipated and beyond CMS’ currently available resources.” Whatever the reason for the no bid award, like most of the rest of Democare, it failed miserably.

Novitas also runs the USA’s south-central region’s Medicare website which was launched just two days before the October 1 launch of Healthcare.gov. That site has experienced problems reminiscent of Healthcare.gov’s troubles, and the site will not be fully operational until well into 2014.

Novitas did not even exist until 2012.  It is headed by a guy by the name of Chris Taylor who structured the company to seek defense IT contracts. He started the company in late 2012 with the plan to work his connections, hire the right people and make it big in government contracting in the Washington area. Taylor and the firm had no experience whatsoever in healthcare mechanics. That is obvious. Link

Again Team Obama hired, with a no bid contract, an unproven firm to prevent precisely what is now happening. Hospitals must be paid, or patients will suffer. This is just the beginning.

turtle-hospital-signJust think about what will happen to your quality of healthcare when and if Fisherman’s Hospital and the other hospitals in the Keys are not paid by Democare. They will be forced to lay off staff and your healthcare will suffer.

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