Monday, August 26, 2013

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Another Monday — another children’s book written by another woman celebrity.

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[Lionfish]  A few days ago, a county fire rescue ambulance was dispatched to a call where somebody got a Lionfish sting and it hurt.

an_eating-king[Gormet Food] I’ve been thinking about the phony fish comments and how most people couldn’t tell fresh fish from chicken. Don’t laugh, my wife is from a foreign place that doesn’t have fresh fish and the only fish she’d ever tried was awful so she refused to eat any fish at all.  I fed her fresh fish one time and told her it was chicken just so she would try it and she believed me (she really liked it).

Most people couldn’t’ tell good food from average food. To them good food means a lot of it and cheep–nothing to do with taste or presentation. It’s hard to convince restaurateurs to serve good food when most of their customers eat based on price alone.

I know some nice people who eat out all the time and to them good food is crispy (they are very fat and out of shape). I’ve sat with them while they ate and I wouldn’t touch the food they were raving about, it was pure crap, cooked poorly or over-cooked.

There is such a thing as a developed palate. It’s not a snob thing, but a developed and acquired taste system possessed only by gourmets.

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The Key Largo Moose Lodge was raided by Secret Service agents earlier this month after a patron complained that another had threatened the life of President Barack Obama.

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[Sea Urchin Pain] Years ago before the sea urchin die-off a friend and I were out exploring Little Pine Key when I stepped on a sea urchin in the shallows. The pain was terrible. While sitting in the boat and at near panic from the pain my friend suggested I pee on the affected area because he’d heard that something in the pee neutralize the venom. Without thinking I started peeing on my heel while my friend was shouting, “Not in the boat–overboard!”

The pee didn’t help one bit and I had to mop the boat.

[Corruption] Someone mentioned Shark Key got a super discount on sewer installations. Explain why they did in detail. If they did, and others are being billed at higher prices, is not that fraud?
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$650,000 for electric to No Name Key, plus freaking lawyer fees? That is 22 households that had to pay the freight. So what happens when more properties are developed there? Do you people get part of your costs back? Do you get a percentage of their billing for electric? Why lawyer fees? Something still smells bad here. Are you guys getting sewers too? What else?

[Obamacare Primer] Prescription Drugs. Under the law, all plans will cover at least one drug in every category and class in the U.S. Pharmacopeia, the official publication of approved medications in this coun­try. The law also narrows, and eventually closes, the Medicare Part D dough­nut hole, the gap in drug coverage for beneficiaries who spend more than $2,970 a year on meds.

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Stalker App for your smartphone. Every call you take, I’ll be watching you. Things to know about Rastreador de Namorados. Link

an_get-inkedThe Marathon Journal interviewed Ryan and Joe at Island Time Tattoos near the corner of Overseas Highway and 63rd Street. I noticed their new signs on their window and the one on the pole by the road way. We should look forward to a new website coming soon. These two are quite artistic creating most art from scratch. They take a customer’s desires and turn them into great tattoos as well.

Ryan and Joe are a duo with years of experience. Ryan has 16 years, and Joe has 13 years. Their list of accomplishments are quite long. The two had two jobs to pay the bills. Ryan worked in Las Vegas at one time, while Joe worked in New York years back.

With their past experiences, they channeled that into the new successful store. They are surprised at the amount of business so far. The store appears to be having a great opening. They are past the moving in phase now.

The two are family oriented. They also take their customers as good friends. People keep coming back for tattoos. There are those people who get a tattoo, and later want another one. I only got my first tattoo after my son kept telling how much I would like the tattoo done by the right tattoo artist. A couple years later I got a tattoo readily visible on my right forearm.

Ryan and Joe’s store is itself an artwork in progress. They met at Castaways about a year and a half, and the rest is history. You really should stop by and see for yourself. There is this music in the background. They have two units for tattooing two customers at the same time. There is a lot of preparation before a custom made tattoo is applied.

The tattoo artists have different styles that covers the entire range of what customers want. Joe has shadows, black and white, and good fine line tattoos. Joe told me that every tattoo is a story. Ryan has good color, traditional, personal not gaudy tattoos.They complement each other. Their tattoos mesh together for a total artistic range. Their stories cannot be contained in this short article, so go visit them. You don’t have to buy a tattoo; just have a good talk.

The Middle Keys have two great stores of tattooing and piercing. Go find out for yourself.

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Some days start better than others.

The redneck word of the day is Obama. “I bought a case of beer today and I drank it O-ba-ma -self.”

I read the Citizen of the Day looking for why they like it here. It’s almost always by some air-head bartender or waitress, “I like walks on the beach with my dog” or some such blather, but today there was the first original comment I’ve ever read and it was by Fulton Gadbois, “This island is muse to my pictorial poetry on canvases.” 

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Kilroy and the legend of how it started. Link

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A man’s age, as determined by a trip to Home Depot. Link

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Do Lionfish stings have the same effect on all people?  What is the range of suffering that has been experienced?

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[Global Warming] You’re damn right there is global warming, it was hot as hell yesterday! 

[How Stores Spy on You] I’d worry less about the NSA and more about Walmart for domestic spying. We’re used to being watched when we shop. Cookies track our every move online, and salespeople follow us around high-end stores. But many walk-in retailers are taking spying to a creepy new level, notes ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports.

Super Spy Cams are high-resolution video cameras that monitor all areas in and outside the store. The footage is then stored and cataloged for easy searching. With facial recognition software, your mug shot can be filed digitally without your knowledge or permission. Ditto for your car’s license plate. Link

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A birthday cake for a really old person you don’t really like. 

[Obamacare Primer from Sunday] The emergency room visit is covered under most plans if you have a plan.  On my plan, I pay the first $500 to use the E.R. because they want you to use your primary care physician if possible. Some plans, you pay the normal deductible, co-pay etc.

Under the reform law you are saying you don’t need pre-authorization and you don’t get charged for using out of network.  That just means if you think you need the ER, then you go to the nearest or the one you want and you don’t need to get pre-approval. I think that might be a good thing as long as you are using the ER for what it was intended–emergencies.

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[Electric Hook-up Fee] Seems that folks posting about the person requesting donations to hook up electricity on NNK were simply voicing concerns regarding the nature and validity of the request. The electrifying of NNK is history now. Those who got electrified appear to be those who need to chill.

Those wanting such donations, and what not, should have been saving for a rainy day. In fact a glorious day for them, eh. Or considered, in the first place, whether to build there or not. The proof is in the pudding!

Donating here is better. Link

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an_stars twinkleRemaining Stargazing Events In 2013

October 18- Lunar eclipse

November 3-Solar eclipse

Mid-November through December – Comet Ison

All of December – Dazzling Venus

December 13-14 – Geminid Meteor Shower

Pitcairn Island sounds a little like Key West. Link

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[Round 2] According to an article in the latest issue of Esquire Magazine, the new skyscraper just finished on the site of the destroyed World Trade Center will be the prime target for destruction by the bad guys of the World.  Many experts agree on this. 

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This is a bus stop in Montreal.

I’ve seen the same woman on the MCSO site several times this year alone. She is a repeat offender. The macho police force are seriously making her life worse. I’m sure they are telling her to clean her life up, but there needs to be a system in place to help people who have fallen on the wrong side of the law. Sleeping rough. I’m talking about our own and especially women, some of you know who I’m talking about and someone needs to figure something out. Is this the best we can do?

I had a great uncle who was racist and said horrible things. But he lived In the country, I lived in a big city and I told him one day, “Why do you hate certain (sc) people? You never see them living in the country. They steal my shit and I don’t say a word about it.”[?] 

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harvey1500[Boom] Special Agent Chris Ronay describes the FBI’s role in the investigation of an “undefeatable” 1,000-pound bomb at a Nevada casino in 1980. “1,000 pounds of dynamite at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline (Lakey Tayho,for Elvis fans!), Nevada.. The mastermind behind the bomb, millionaire John Birges, was attempting to extort $3 million from the casino, claiming he had lost $750,000 gambling there.I witnessed this first-hand!! A co-worker/manager and I sat on a curb just across the adjacent parking lot.We were performing next door at The Sahara Tahoe. I hid Harold up in the catwalk above the stage with me. The hotel had been evacuated,as was the case with the town! We knew an approximate time for the detonation and appeared accordingly in the backstage parking lot. The explosion was awesome! Back in the day before such events became common fare.We got hit with shrapnel,for sure. When we went back in to the casino bar, temptation was incredible. Empty casino with money laying everywhere! What an event! “Like the bombing of London!,” as Harold so aptly exclaimed! Video 

Anybody else pissed off that the media has already dropped any news about the Australian baseballer who was shot to death by two blacks and a redneck? Talk about sheeple being pussies!

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Summer mowing the redneck way

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rolls26Mini Fall Pumpkin Pie Croissants These start with 2 tubes of Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls. Roll each crescent roll out and cut lengthwise in 2. This recipe will make 32 mini croissants. Each croissant will get a generous teaspoon of this luscious cream cheese pumpkin pie filling:

4 oz. (1/2 block) of softened cream cheese /1 cup of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)/1 – 2 T pumpkin pie spice (adjust to taste)/3 – 4 T sugar (granulated or powdered; adjust to taste if you want the filling sweeter)

Beat the above ingredients together until fluffy and creamy and spread about one teaspoon of filling over each triangle of dough.

Mix together 4 T sugar and 1 T pumpkin pie spice and roll each pumpkin pie croissant in it. Bake at 375º for about 13-15 minutes (this time is for on a baking stone) – you want them to be lightly browned and the dough baked through. (Chef Conch: This recipe won’t be found in the recipe section because we don’t use processed foods in our recipes. Home cooking only.)

[Cellphone Service] I’m curious as to what cell phone service everyone uses and if s/he is happy with it. I’m not looking to rip any particular service, I’m just unhappy with what I currently have. What do you have? And how is the coverage? (Ed: We have Sprint and it is absolutely useless due to the rural location of our corporate headquarters. Sprint works good in Miami, but we don’t live in Miami.)

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Lt Gen Boykin was the commander of Delta Force and later commander of the US Army Special Operations Command. He is a true American hero. Watch this bone chilling video.

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[Political Football] Only three members of the undefeated Dolphins didn’t go to the White House and we heard all about it. Why didn’t we hear about the entire rest of the team that did go to the White House? Using the same strange logic I would say Obama sure had a lot of supporters on that team. They were glad to go. That approval number would make anyone proud.

Definition of a Republican as per the Urban Dictionary:

An individual who believes that the white male Christian God should be the only object of worship on the planet, that power and wealth should remain in the hands of 1% of the world’s population while the remaining 99% starve, that health care should be privatized so the poor can’t afford basic medication, that a rape victim living on welfare should be forced to care for a baby she didn’t even ask for, and that America is the only real country on Earth while all those other countries they read about are just fakes invented by communists…oh wait, it’s terrorists now, isn’t it? Link

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an_dollar-sign-burnNew estimates derived from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey have revealed a real jaw dropper. The figures show that from the officially defined end of the recession (in June 2009) to the most recent month for which figures are available (June 2013)—the median American household income has fallen by $2,380 (from $54,478 to $52,098).  That’s a pretty big pile of money. Especially when you consider that is twice as big a loss as occurred during the recession itself. Yep, under Democrat governance the average American family is making $2400 less a year than it was making when the Obama recovery began 4 years ago.  The recovery has hurt us more than the recession itself.

Part 2) Maybe. Just maybe I’ve got Obama all wrong. Maybe, just maybe he’s actually changing the climate without our knowledge. After all he did tell us that he was going to stifle the rising seas.  Maybe, just maybe, he’s keeping it a secret from us. After all he certainly is no braggart. Right?  I’m wondering about all of that because of new research just released by the Cloom Institute which reveals that we have had the fewest USA land striking hurricanes during his presidency vs any other presidency. Shoot, Grover Cleveland had 26. He was a Democrat too, he served 2 non consecutive terms 1885–1889 and 1893–1897 way back before global air pollution even existed.  FDR had about 25. So maybe, just maybe, BO has the solution to any and all climate problems, he just isn’t telling us. Yeah, sure!

Every day it’s getting more and more clear that while climate may be changing, after all it has been changing since earth coalesced. The Sun Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale’s mullet wrapper) reports that the first hurricane of the season has emerged on or after Sept. 1 only 25 times in the past 161 years, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“It looks like there is little chance of the first hurricane forming before Sept. 1 and maybe not through Sept. 8,” said Jim Lushine, a retired National Weather Service meteorologist and tropical expert. That’s about half of the total season. Good Job Obama.

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Now even the Global Warmers are admitting that there has been no increase in global temps for a decade. It pisses them off. They blame it on air pollution. Go figure. Air pollution must be magic, it both causes and prevents global warming. Magical thinking.