[Who Can We Trust] I had three problems with the Citizen’s Romney endorsement editorial.
1) some years ago The Citizen adopted a policy of not endorsing candidates for office;
2) the Romney endorsement was made to look like The Citizen’s Editorial Board wrote it, but it was written and published without the Editorial Board 
knowing anything about it, according an email Editorial Board member Todd German.
3) The Citizen’s Editor, Tom Tuell, removed his name from the Editorial Board staff head above the Romney endorsement, but left the other Editorial Board members on the staff head, according, according to the same email from Todd German.The Citizen owes the public an affirmative duty to disclose 2) and 3) above, and the name of the person who actually wrote the Romney endorsement.

[Fire Ants Summary] I watched an interesting documentary about fire ants and took notes for your information.
The Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta)
There are 22 species
Native to the flood plains and savannas of lower central South America
Came to Alabama on a ship in the 1930s–a fire ants paradise
1/4 million ants in a mature colony
Confounded all efforts to slow its spread
Survives temperatures to -0ºF
Causes $750 million in losses a year in US
Fire andt stings over and over and over
25,000 people treated every year in US
85 death a year in US
Pheromone trail so strong that one teaspoon will leave a trail 5 times around the world
Tens of millions of dollars in electrical damage each year. In Texas in the summer 1/3 of electrical repairs are from fire ants
In 1957 and 1975 the US government waged 2 wars to slow their spread using 400 million pounds of poison, but only killed the ants’ predators causing
the fire ants’ territory to double.
Today the USA is the source for the spread of all fire ants in the world

 
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[Oil Wars] New School Board member Ed Davidson and I briefly discussed the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars about a month ago. Ed was a Navy
Phantom jet carrier pilot during the Vietnam war. He was flying on John McCain’s wing when McCain was shot down and captured and became a prisoner of
war. After returning to the States, Ed became an instructor in the Top Gun program at Naval Air Station Key West. During our brief conversation, using choice
words, as is his custom, Ed said he did not like those three wars. I felt he and I were in complete agreement.

Make no mistake, any US soldier who fought in those wars put life and limb and soul at risk. Make no mistake, that was courageous, traumatic. However, that
does not make the wars just or something to be celebrated. To the contrary, those wars need to be viewed for what they were. School children need to be
taught what those wars were. Adults need to clamor for the US to stop making Vietnams, Iraqs and Afghanistans, which make lots of money for the military-
industrial complex General Eisenhower warned against as his second term as President wound down.

American school children need to be taught, and American adults need to acknowledge, that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were about oil, just like the first
Iraq war was about oil. School children need to be taught, and adults need to acknowledge, that US involvement in the Middle East is about oil, and without
its oil the Middle East would be of no interest to the US.

All the more reason for scientists to develop an alternative form of energy to power cars, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, ships, construction equipment, etc.
With such an alternative form of energy, oil will cease causing wars, the cost of running human machines will plummet, disposable income and business
profits will rise, government tax revenues will rise, and the US and the rest of humanity will be a lot better off.

Can anyone tell me what is up with the pizza place on Big Pine Key. The old 2 for 20 became Romeo’s and now it’s called Pappa Jims. Are there new
owners? Is the pizza the same or better? Or is the place just a revolving pizza door? What happened to the old Dominos? At least the pizza was the same
every time I went there.

I still remember the old Dutchman’s Pizza that used to be where the Coconut Farm nursery, now USFWS future visitor center will be on US1. Wednesday
night was all you could eat and they had some interesting types of pizza.

I am looking to have a broker/dealer sell my small 21′ center console boat down there (lower Keys) as I’m not able to get down there much this winter. Can
someone with experience with one make a recommendation on a broker or dealer that does sell used boats with a trailer.

 

Congratulations to the RumRunners Offshore Race Team! They brought home an unprecedented 4th world championship to Big Pine Key at the 2012
Key West Offshore World Championships. Beating some of the best offshore racers from around the world. Good job team!

[Payback Time] The United States government will soon have to establish or amend laws to protect people from their employers, due to fear of recrimination based on political affiliation.

 

 

Okay Florida, why don’t you start voting for 2016 now so you’ll be done the same time as the rest of us.

“Jesus loves you”  A good thing to hear in church, a bad thing to hear on a Mexican prison!

Florida CAN has a press conference at 9:45 and will end our petition to the AG at 11AM just prior to our meeting with the AG’s team. We are here in
Tallahassee hoping wednesday marks the day Florida took the turn to becoming the 19th state with medical access to cannabis. We can’t do it alone.
Please sign the petition

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I laugh when people talk about General P’s affair. Men would say his wife is dumpy, and they understand why he would have an affair with that hot athletic
woman. Women say he is not much to look at so he should stay with his wife. Hey Ladies, just about any woman can nail the good looking gardener, the
Napa parts guy or the hunk at the local bar. It takes a lot more class and connections to access and nail a four star general. Certain women like powerful men
and they don’t care what he looks like.

 

I just heard the news that Elmo is a pervert. Not that there is anything wrong with that. What’s next? Sesame street joins up with NAMBLA? Where is
Cartman when you need him?

[Elect FKAA] There is no way that the house is ever going to get the vote passed to back 70% of Monroe county voters urging to make the FKAA board elected officials.
Holly is Key Largo based and her constituency is Republican and the money that backed her is from Ocean Reef and ORcA has a mayor who is devout
Republican and on the board of FKAA for years. They backed good golly miss Holly to keep their taps open to Ocean Reef without any problems. See
“David C. Ritz booster pump station”. Let them eat cake.

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The Moringa is a great tree, although I had never heard about the medicinal uses before. Ours has grown 20 feet in just over a year, always has
small white flowers blooming (a bit peppery, like nasturtiums) for salads and to top deviled eggs, and you can roast the seeds. The roots are supposed to
taste like horseradish, but I’ve left them intact to hold the tree up. Thanks for the additional information.

Could this be real proof of alien abductions of the 4th kind? Link

 

As States legalize marijuana, is this the end of the War on Drugs? Link

CIA Director David Petraeus was shocked to learn last summer that his mistress was suspected of sending threatening emails warning another woman to
stay away from him.

[Hacking] Suppose I’m a bad guy who copied some free code from the internet. I want to get into Big Co’s computers to steal information, but Big Co’s too
big and has a swell IT department and tons of security. So I hang around Big Co’s building and note what small-time vendors go in and out. I target Little
Vendor because chances are very good Little Vendor has only minor security so I hack him and copy my malicious code to one of his emails. I send the
bogus email to Big Co who already has an email relation going with Little Vendor. In my sneaky email I write about one of Big Co’s products and include a
link. When Big Co clicks on the link, I own them! Now I control their computers and have full accessibility to their records and files or anything else I can think of. I can even access their security cameras and recordings. My point is to be aware of the link you click.

Words and phrases I am really tired of hearing: “job creators” and “small business”.

[Fifty Sheds Of Grey] The novel “Fifty Shades Of Grey” has seduced women – and baffled men. Now a spoof, Fifty Sheds Of Grey, offers a treat for the men. The book has author
Colin Grey recounting his love encounters at the bottom of the garden. Here are some extracts…
shed13 Fifty Sheds Of Grey
We tried various positions – round the back, on the side, up against a wall.. but in the end we came to the conclusion the bottom of the garden was the only
place for a good shed.
She stood before me, trembling in my shed. “I’m yours for the night,” she gasped, “You can do whatever you want with me.” So I took her to McDonald’s.
She knelt before me on the shed floor and tugged gently at first, then harder until finally it came. I moaned with pleasure. Now for the other boot.
Ever since she read THAT book, I’ve had to buy all kinds of ropes, chains and shackles. She still manages to get into the shed, though.
“Put on this rubber suit and mask,” I instructed, calmly. “Mmmm, kinky!” she purred. “Yes,” I said, “You can’t be too careful with all that asbestos in the shed
roof.”
“I’m a very naughty girl,” she said, biting her lip. “I need to be punished.” So I invited my mom to stay for the weekend.
“Harder!” she cried, gripping the workbench tightly. “Harder!” “Okay,” I said. “What’s the gross national product of Nicaragua?”
I lay back exhausted, gazing happily out of the shed window. Despite my concerns about my inexperience, my rhubarb had come up a treat.
“Are you sure you can take the pain?” she demanded, brandishing stilettos. “I think so,” I gulped. “Here we go, then,” she said, and showed me the receipt.
“Hurt me!” she begged, raising her skirt as she bent over my workbench. “Very well,” I replied. “You’ve got fat ankles and no dress sense.”
“Are you sure you want this?” I asked. “When I’m done, you won’t be able to sit down for weeks.” She nodded. “Okay,” I said, putting the three-piece suite on
eBay.
“Punish me!” she cried. “Make me suffer like only a real man can!” “Very well,” I replied, leaving the toilet seat up.
“Pleasure and pain can be experienced simultaneously,” she said, gently massaging my back as we listened to her Coldplay CD

[Agent Orange Cancer] My husband’s urologist. Contact the Disabled American Veterans and get advice on filing a claim with the VA.
Moringa leaveshave 25 times the iron as spinach. If only Popeye knew about the plant ha wouldn’t have to eat that canned crap.

7 Times the Vitamin C contained in Oranges
15 Times the Potassium contained in Bananas
10 Times the Vitamin A contained in Carrots
25 Times the Iron contained in Spinach
17 Times the Calcium (+ 2 Times the Protein) contained in Milk
9 Times the Protein contained in Yogurt

[Agent Orange and U.S. Veterans] In 2010, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provided $16.2 billion in compensation to 1,095,473 Vietnam-era
veterans. The agency does not relate these service-connected benefit figures directly to Agent Orange/dioxin exposure or to any other possible cause of
illness, nor does it provide data on total compensation for the years since the war ended. Download this U.S. Veterans fact sheet. Link 

[Spinning TARP] Like so many things in the course of human endeavors the granting of grants by the Gov has become a huge propaganda machine and tool
for powering the stranglehold of whatever administration is occupying the White House at the time of the granting of the grant, Take exhibit A where our
elected official was explaining how much money Monroe county was saving by going green, the figures are somewhat like the Obama regime saving certain
jobs at a cost of 3 or 4 hundred thousand dollars per job, yet regaling us with the amount of money citizens were saved, never taking into account the sum of
the original grant. The whole apparatus is geared to make the politician look like Mr Good Guy, when in effect all he has done is give a concentrated group
some goodies at the expense of Uncle Sugar Daddy, which people are convinced is free. The world will continue to spin and people will still believe such
chicanery, the whole system thusly set up is nothing but a shoot-off of a giant Ponzi scheme.

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Fanci Seafood has fresh cut yellowtail in the case today.

The world will end in 40 days on December 21st. Mark your calendars

 

Great Britain has invaded all the countries of the world except 20.

Leadership : Dealing with crisis.  Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way! Link

The Big Pine Bocce League 2012 summer season has concluded with the All Keys Canvas Fab-U-Lushes taking first place on Monday and the Old
Wooden Bridge Knock-N-Rollers taking first place on Wednesday.

Playoffs to be held Saturday, Nov. 17th starting at Noon (note new starting time). The top 4 teams from each night are eligible to play. Mondays- in 2nd – Big
Torch Bocce Bums, 3rd Hogfish Bar & Grill, 4th Deboccery. Wednesdays- in 2nd Luxury Cabinet Makers, 3rd Kennedy Electric, 4th Bug-A-Way. Captains
should contact a board member ASAP if their team will be unable to play this Saturday. Sub sandwiches and water to be provided for players.

The season ending party will be held at Springers (formerly the Curve) on Big Pine Key on Sunday, Nov. 18th from Noon to 4 PM. Food, beer and wine to be
provided. Door prize raffle tickets for every player attending. Sign ups for 2013 winter season on Monday, Jan. 7th @ 6 PM at the park. First day of play
Monday, Jan. 14th. Bulletin Board > Continuing Events > Bocce

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[Luddites] Socrates warned that writing would destroy the human memory and destroy the art of argument.
Pundits predicted that the telephone would kill face-to-face socializing.
I predict the end to correct written language. Twitter is ruining the written language with it’s nonsensical abbreviations, lack of punctuation, acronyms, overuse
of exclamation points and capital letters. If you’ve ever received an email or Twit from a young person you know what I mean.

Fruited Turkey recipe. Link

Apps & Activism. John Lennon’s legacy lives on, in righteous and sometimes improbable ways.
The same week Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono put up this New York City billboard – part of their Artists Against Fracking campaign urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo
not to rush a study investigating the health effects of fracking – it was announced that parts of Lennon’s recently published privateletters, many mere notes or
lists that one critic calls “scraps of paper turned into bank notes,” will be released as an app. Sigh. Time and capitalism march on. Imagine what John
Lennon would of thought about it. No friggin’ fracking! Go Yoko & Sean.

[Events]
 Lower Keys Island Art Festival BPK / MM 31 / Nov. 24th 10-4 ;
Annual A.B.A.T.E. Run for Toys for Conch Kids through Nov. 23rd.
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The day that Albert Einstein feared may have finally arrived. “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a
generation of idiots”

Moringa trees grow very well and fast here in the Keys and I believe they are native. 

 

 

Moringa tree’s benefits.

No dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. However, in a recent linguistic conference held in
London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese, was the clear winner. His final challenge was
this: Some say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. Please explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that
is easy to understand.

Here is his astute answer: “When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. But, when you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. And when the
wrong one catches you with the right one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!”

[How To Gain Inner Peace] I’m passing this on because it worked for me today.

A doctor on TV said that in order to have inner peace in our lives after this election, we should always finish things that we start. Since we all could use more
calm in our lives, I looked around my house to find things I’d started & hadn’t finished.

I finished a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiuminun scriptins, an a box a choclutz. Yu has no idr
how fablus I feel rite now.

Sned this to all ur frenz who need inner piss. An telum u luvum.

Democrats are not blaming FOX news for the General’s affair. They are blaming the General. That’s one of the huge differences between the Republicans
and the Democrats.
Another example is how Republicans blame Hurricane Sandy, illegal Aliens or anything else they can for the loss. Democrats and Independents will tell you it
was choosing Romney for the office as the reason. Anti Obama cool guys will look up, down, sideways and inverted instead of looking at the real reason.
Romney wasnt a good candidate. Nothing more then that.
Until the right can look outside the FOX networks bubble world they will not be able to see the forest because of all the pretty trees.
Good news for America is not in today’s Republican mindset. They just stare at the shiny objects on FOX news.

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over
there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon:

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo
the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for
their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the
fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely
a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”

 

With the Petraeus affair the Republican “dogs” have a new bone to play with and hang on to and never let go of.

“I don’t often buy into right-wing conspiracy theories, but clearly Petraeus started an affair last year to avoid testifying about Benghazi.”  ~Andy Borowitz 

Poor FTR. I feel sorry for him. He is in constant search of facts that put the GOP in a positive position. I guess he feels that it is his duty. Other
Republicans have admitted that the GOP needs to change and that they screwed up during the election, but not FTR. He is a stubborn guy.

I wonder if he saw this piece of information during his search to defend his conservative stand: The top ten most educated and smartest states supported
Obama. The ten lowest educated states voted for Romney. You know, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia? This was reported on CNN. The
Republican Party consists of all old, stubborn, white men who do not want any change. Maybe they should work on trying to recruit the younger generation.
Maybe they should drop the O (old) in the GOP.

[The Dems lost nearly 8 times as many voters than did the Reps”] That is because they were all so confident Americans wouldn’t sell out our country to the
corporations.

 

In reference to Monty Python ” I must give FTR credit for drawing to our attention how much improvement was evidenced by the Republican Party in
last weeks election. He brought to mind a segment taken from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.” Got it wrong it should
be “it’s only a flesh wound”! Link

We are into day 6 of the newest federal administration, and I’m just as curious as to what has been done to increase the number of working Americans and
boost the economy without increasing the deficit and the debt.

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Petraeus and his women have been booked by Jerry Springer for his show next week.  My money’s on the Army bitch.

From the Right

Every now and then some bozo fires off a posting that is truly disgustingly stupid. Every now and then some poster reveals the depths of his/her evil,
mean spirited bigoted heart. Yesterday was one of those days. The core and theme of the doofus posting was his belief that: “Christians say only Christians
should be allowed to be President of the USA.” Our slack jaw pal obviously has major antipathy towards Christians. Who knows why, who cares. I wonder
what proof of his claim that he is prepared to offer us. Aside from the supremely bigoted tone, the poster paints all Christians with the same excrement filled
brush. Perhaps the poster should do a little research into ecumenical outreach that goes on every day between Muslim and Christians.

The poster evinced the same bigoted foolishness that fueled the angst against Romney for his LDS faith and the outrage that the Catholic, JFK, could aspire
to our Presidency. How many remember that the bigots came out in force when Barry Goldwater was a presidential candidate. Did I mention that Goldwater
was a Jew? The bigoted poster seems to bear great animus towards Christians. There is no doubt but there are Jews, Protestants, Baptists, diests,
agnostics, atheists, and even polytheists who are of the belief that a Muslim would be a less than a stellar choice for the Presidency of the USA, not one of
any of those groups have suggested that Muslims should be barred from the Presidency. Hence tagging Christians alone as being against a Muslim
presidential candidate is in and of itself bigoted. I challenge yesterday’s poster to prove his claim that ““Christians say only Christians should be allowed to
be President of the USA.” It is ironic and irritating that our anti Christian poster is displaying his own brand of bigotry against the American Judeo/Christian
heritage. Our friend appears to be bigoted against any presidential candidate who is not an atheist. Will he/she deny that? Webster’s “Bigot: : a person who
is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or
ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.”

Part 2) If you think that the Petraeus mess is going away, think again. It just gets messier and messier as more info comes out. Just yesterday we learned
that Broadwell, Petreaus’ paramour, said on October 26 in an interview, that the Bengazi attack was to free AQI/jihadist prisoners allegedly held in the CIA
annex in Bengasi. That is huge, because Obama has repeatedly said that no such prisoners existed anywhere, he proclaimed that such prisoner taking was
contrary to his rules. She said: “I don’t know if a lot of you had heard this, but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner
and they think the attack on the consulate was an attempt to get these prisoners back,” she said then. “It’s still being vetted.” But a CIA spokesman said there
were no militant prisoners there, noting that President Barack Obama ended CIA authority to hold detainees in 2009. “Any suggestion that the agency is still
in the detention business is uninformed and baseless,” said the spokesperson.

Some critics pointed to Ms. Broadwell’s remarks in Denver as an indication that she may have been passing on classified information, leading to
speculation that Mr. Petraeus may have been the source.

And there is the rub. If our CIA had prisoners in contravention of Obama’s orders, Obama looks like a fool. If the CIA had prisoners and Obama knew about it,
he is a liar. That info coming out just before the election could have been fatal to Obama’s campaign. That’s yet another set of reasons that this mess will get
messier and messier.

Part 3) Hi Dee Ho: Had dinner at Springer’s last night and it was good. The bar looks like fun it was nearly full, and the dining room had a fair crowd. Spoke
with Springer…he said that he’s looking for “Keysey” art, especially if it’s a little old. Like Keys paintings, fishing stuff and stuff like that. If you’ve got anything
that you want to get rid of (sell) give Springer a call at 872-3022. Do our poor old Deer Ed a favor and tell Springer that you saw it on the Coconut Telegraph.