(December 22, 2012. The Coconut Telegraph is not published on Saturdays.)
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[Our future work force] I just interviewed people for a job position that entailed face-to-face customer service. Most were fair to good but one young woman stuck out.  Her application was nearly an illegible scribble with many areas crossed out and left that way.  She showed up in a pair of short shorts that left nothing much to the imagination, a cropped top that proudly displayed her breasts and tattoos and sporting an eyebrow ring and a tongue stud.  Excessive eye make-up was obviously a priority with her.  I don’t think she knew the difference between going out on the street on a Saturday night or an actual job interview. 

The highlight of the interview was her response to any question I asked.  Her choice of vocabulary was nearly laughable.  Every response way peppered with “I’m like, “It’s like”, “I was like” and at times she would say, I was “like” and then began to mime how she was “like”!  She also used “totally,”  “awesome” and “totally awesome”.  I actually felt sorry for her as I tried not to laugh.  Too clueless to know how to dress for a job interview, no vocabulary skills, no sign of a mature individual and no chance of getting a decent job anywhere.  I can only guess she’s the product of her environment.  Too bad, but, McDonalds needs window help if she can find her way to the Golden Arches.  I’m sure they would “like” to have her.

The dumbing down of America is home to roost.

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The Winter Solstice was this morning at 6:12 am and I’m still standing. The world did not end! Yeah! The pyramid at Chichen-Itza was built so that on the summer and winter solstices the shadow from the edge would fall on the edge of the steps forming a snake.

Elton John —I’m Still Standing

Kudos to the TeamOCEAN volunteers for the Boca Grande clean-up – especially the big shrimp net. I was out of town and missed the event but have done other clean-ups with them. They are a great group, especially Robert Keely.

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 I’ll just go Christmas shopping tomorrow. (Me, everyday for the past 3 weeks.)

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[3D Printers] Click, print, shoot: Downloadable guns possible. Link

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[Virus] Several hours ago a friend’s XP laptop was hacked by a “notification” from Fed Ex re package delivery.  He can no longer get on the ‘net, cannot do system restore, a ton of warnings and popups, etc. He’s asked that I give everybody a heads up.  It would be so especially easy to get a little careless during this holiday season. FedEx doesn’t send notifications.

[Massacre] Overheard in the post office yesterday: “If we hadn’t taken God out of schools this wouldn’t have happened.”

[“FKAA Hires Corrupt Contract to Build Sewers”] The cool It is all done with cash and secret meetings and there is never a whistle blower because who would give up free cash to turn someone in. The Florida Keys are the most corrupt than anywhere else. It is just the way it is here.” 

[“The thing about kickbacks and corruption is that it is done in a manner that know one will ever prove it”] I wonder if that’s how Balfour Beatty (Navy’s private housing owner) got the letter saying they were not liable for property taxes on their corporately owned military housing. It certainly is suspicious that no one can remember the meeting that said they were exempt , eh? Will the incoming property appraiser find some further excuse to exempt them from the 11 million bucks they owe us in taxes? 

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We just got more tackle in the store. Come check out the new selection of tackle at Fanci Seafood and don’t forget to have a Christmas cookie when you’re visiting.   Christmas is coming soon so get all your Fresh Fish, Key West Pink Shrimp, Stone Crab and more for that special dinner. We will be open Christmas Eve until 6pm.

[Ban assault weapons] The late Senator Ted Kennedy’s car killed more people than my AR-15 has.

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 Man arrested in dog drowning death. Link

[Germany Going Green] Austria went predominantly green and the net cost equals more than conventional sources of energy. Reality can be such a discouraging thing.

an_ak47-catAssault Weapons: The weapons that the left wing media are calling “assault weapons” are just semi automatic rifles. They fire one round per trigger pull just like any other semi automatic rifle. There are high capacity magazines available for most of them just like there are high cap mags available for a lot of semi automatic rifles.

There is no such thing as an “assault rifle”. It’s a neat term coined by the lefties for a semi automatic rifle that is black and “evil” looking.

There are several uses for semi automatic “assault rifles”.
1. Self defense.
2. Target practice.
3. Shooting competitions.
4. Hunting.
5. Collecting.

Pig hunting video  

 I complained at Winn Dixie that I was being swindled and they called the police on me!

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Thank you, I got your check. Now the horses are guaranteed their hay next week! 

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Poll shows Floridians split on gay marriage and oppose legal pot. Link

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I hope the world ended because of this one ugly, strange girl I brought home at 2am. I hope my friends didn’t see us leave the bar! And could somebody please turn off the damn Sun, it’s really not helping.

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The (unofficial) Pine Channel Lighted Boat Parade  will be this Saturday, December 22, in front of Parrotdise bar. Decorate your boat and be in it ,or just come out to watch. Come out at 6pm, parade will start some time after that at about 7 pm. Come on out and dress warm, it might get chilly. Yeah! See you there!

Challenge Day is the  powerful peace-building program that is offered to high school students in the Keys. Many of you have  volunteered  at the schools and have seen the benefits.  The Challenge Day team will be back in the Keys in mid-March.   After hearing of  the tragic shootings in Newtown, my thoughts went immediately to Challenge Day and how so many of our young people were positively impacted by participating in the program. I am thankful that we offer  this program in our community. For those of you outside the Keys,  I encourage you to learn more about Challenge Day and consider bringing it to your community.  Link

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I tried to send something cute for Christmas, but the mailman pulled the stamp off my ass and told me to get the hell out of his mail truck. 

If someone calls you a crazy freak just thank them. Nothing throws people off like a proud, polite crazy freak!

[Free Download] The Sage English Dictionary and Thesaurus is a free software application that, through a multi-tool interface, integrates a complete dictionary and a multifaceted thesaurus of the English language together into a unique language reference system. Link
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Technology is being used to spy on you. You can have a secure set of tools on your phone, but it doesn’t change the fact that your phone tracks everywhere you go. Link

[Crook] Cudjoe Sewer contractor in trouble in Broward. Link

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[Gun Control] Love the ones now advocating for psych tests for anyone buying a gun!  How many shooters have been described by all around him as “a nice guy, kind of quiet”.  Yep, that ought to sort them, for sure.  Better idea; if you’ve passed the background check and own a weapon, keep it secured when you don’t have direct control of it.  It won’t stop every incident, but it might have stopped this one.

Any item used in an assault becomes an “assault weapon”.  A semi automatic weapon is one that discharges the spent shell after firing, which is nearly every firearm available, but still fires only one shell at a time.  Automatic weapons are those that fire multiple shells with one trigger pull and are nearly impossible for the average citizen to acquire.  The more difficult it is for the average citizen to acquire something, the more likely it is that criminals will have them.

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Tumbleweed snowman.  They can also be cheap Christmas trees. When all you have is dirt and no pines you just have to make do with what you got. 

[“I took a bat to my son’s Xbox the other day”] How do you get that he should use the bat on his son next, stupid comment! More parents ought to total out violent video games and playing devices.

an_penny_walkThe penny has run out of luck, both in Canada and in the United States. Back in March, the Royal Canadian Mint announced that they were phasing out the penny due to “low purchasing power and rising production costs.” Canada was pigeon-holed into this decision after the penny decreased to 1/20th of its original purchasing power, becoming an unnecessary burden on the economy.

The U.S. is following Canada’s footsteps regarding the production of pennies and nickels. According to U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Giethner, our U.S. Mint intends to remove the penny and nickel coins from circulation beginning early in January 2013. The Mint currently spends about 4.8 cents per penny due to the rising costs of zinc and copper. A nickel valued at five cents now costs approximately 16.2 cents to make due to inflated nickel prices.

[Gun control] What’s it like when you are having sex with your Bushmaster?

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At town-hall meeting state Rep. Holly Raschein gets an earful in Marathon. Link

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I was up the Keys in the Tavernier Shopping Center and tried a new Italian Restaurant called Paesanos. They are from New York and they can cook. I had pizza and a dinner. It was so good!

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The Sheriff’s site now has a disclaimer of sorts before you can enter. Link

Run-DMC – Christmas In Hollis Charlie Brown Link

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[Friesian Horses] These are some of the most beautiful animals you will ever see. I was unaware of this breed. Their manes and tails are the longest that I have seen, and I noticed that when performing on grass, their hooves do not kick up a divot  because they land flat footed. Beautiful creatures such as these are what makes this world so special. Another wonder to God’s creation! These horses are native to the Netherlands. It should make your day. Link

[Bahia Honda web cam] Thanks ED. The power of the CT –getting things done!

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[The Couch] Photo taken at the Shamattawa Dump in Manitoba , Canada.

Nira Tocco has a beautiful new listing in Doctor’s Arm. Video tour

Nira Tocco has another beautiful new listing. This one’s in Eden Pines Video tour

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Pledge your love. Link

Key West suspends parking fees for holidays. Link

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I enjoyed the Monarch butterfly pictures – from chrysalis to new butterfly. Thanks for posting them.

Arguing with people who want  assault weapons banned is like arguing with Dorry the fish in “Finding Nemo”, there is no train of thought and they will never listen to logic.  Assault weapons have already been banned decades ago. The AR (Stands for Armalite, the company that invented them) weapons that are on the market do look like the assault weapons of war, however they function completely differently. And those that say that they do not have a legitimate use I beg to differ. Yes they are designed to kill, but killing to defend your home, family or country is the point of the Second Amendment, not hunting or target shooting. 

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Why choosing the right font is always important.

Assault rifles by definition are fully automatic rifles. 99% of the big black guns owned by civilians are semi-automatic clones. They operate like semi-automatic pistols do. Revolvers will fire just as fast, although with not as many rounds.

I love how all the peacenick libs (and some police chiefs) are touting an assault rifle and hi-capacity magazine ban. Knowing the mindset of governments in history after banning guns and the mindset of some in law enforcement today, I don’t plan on giving up anything. It’s amazing that politicians and cops who take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the United States from threats both foreign and domestic would jump on such a band wagon; but then that shows that these people do not take their word seriously.

In my mind they are American Taliban

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Lost blonde Chihuahua on Big Pine Key. Last seen 12/20 at Coconut Palm and Key Deer Blvd. “Cheeca” has a tag and chip. Please call 631-790-4655 if you’ve seen her. Classified Ads > Lost and Foun

[“God’s Will”] What a beautiful poem in connection to Christmas and the massacre.
 

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Have you ever stopped to think … and forgot to start again?

[Lighted boat parade] Attention boaters: get your ho ho ho on. light it up and join us for the first annual unofficial, unathorized, lower Keys lighted boat parade.
where: north side of causeway Pine Channel
when: sat night Dec 22. 6:30 pm
dress warm. going to be a bit nippy

gone21[Captain Doom and Gloom] “Ban assault weapons” People make a fool out of themselves using terms and ideas they do not understand. Assault Weapons are a joke.  Any weapon is deadly, that is what it is designed for. Why do we have such things, because there is a freaking market for them and lots of profit. Bows and Arrows? Spears? Swords? Knives? Zappers? Clubs? Pointy shoes? High heels? Whatever!?

“I took a bat to my son’s Xbox the other day” Good for you! Next is to do all the cell phones, TV  and other debris. The broad who bitched about you using the bat on your KID must be one of those who raises sheep for the fodder land. For her to suggest that, questions her stability for sure! What this country needs is its manhood back and zippers on woman’s mouths!

Guns sales, hi-cap magazines and ammo sales are through the roof. Thanks Mr. Obama, you’ve saved the economy by scaring the shit out of Americans (real ones) who believe in the rights of the nation. I was days away from selling one of my “assault rifles” but hesitated when Obie started flapping his gums on a gun ban. It’s value has jumped again and will likely be worth three times what I paid for it.

time19[“Obama named Person of the year by a magazine”] Person of the Year is an annual issue of the news magazine Time that features and profiles a person, group, idea or object that “for better or for worse, has done the most to influence the events of the year.” 

Despite the magazine’s frequent statements to the contrary, the designation is often regarded as an honor, and spoken of as an award or prize, simply based on many previous selections of admirable people. ] However Time magazine points out those such as Adolf Hitler in 1938, and Joseph Stalin in 1939 and again in 1942, and the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 have also been granted the title.

Since the list began, every serving President of the United States has been a Person of the Year at least once with the exceptions of Calvin Coolidge, in office at time of the first issue, Herbert Hoover, the next U.S. president, and Gerald Ford. Twice chosen include Richard Nixon 1971 & 1972 and George W Bush 2000 & 2004 

Isn’t it time for FTR to re-present his “facts” on why there is no climate change?

Well if the world ended and I’m dead I must be in hell because Obama is still President.

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[Germany Going Green] The Right just hates it when anyone uses anything other than fissile fuel. What’s wrong with them, they pretend to be  patriots  but they are against anything that will benefit out country in the long run. They only see ‘now’ and not ‘then’.

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 Our far left fields  must have an artesian well of hypocrisy, and drinking from that well by the denizens of left field must be a sacrament them.

The odds are that you don’t know that the United States of America has just seen the very first American of African ancestry gain a seat in the Senate from the Deep South since reconstruction. (for you youngsters, that was just after our Civil War).  Senator Tim Scott was Representative Tim Scott of South Carolina until Monday. South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, appointed him to replace a S.C. Senator who is resigning from the Senate.

Central to the Democrats fencing in minorities is that they must paint Republicans as being misogynist racists. Yessir, them Dems spend millions of dollars on that shameful narrative. It won them the election. Well guess what. South Carolina is just about as Deep South as you can get. Oooops, I think I forgot that Senator in waiting, Tim Scott, is an American of African ancestry.  He is an accomplished business person and has a rich history of community service.  

Are you surprised that many of our left field intelligentsia are apoplectic? They are denigrating the appointment of an American of African ancestry to our Senate by an American female Governor, of Indian American ancestry as being “tokenism”.  Pretty shameful isn’t it!   

They damn the Republicans whether they do or don’t encourage minority participation.  Professor Aldoph Reed, a liberal lip merchant, in an op ed piece in the NYT  provides us a peek into the liberal mind by noting that “Haley — a daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, India — is the first female and the first nonwhite governor of South Carolina, the home to white supremacists like John C. Calhoun, Preston S. Brooks, Ben Tillman and Strom Thurmond.” Flaming racists all and Democrats all. By mentioning these famed segregationists in the same breath, it is almost as though Reed is holding Haley accountable for the state’s past “sins” dating all the way to colonial times.

Doesn’t the fact of her election demonstrate that the PalmettoState — and the GOP — have moved on? Apparently not. The past, to the liberal mind set it in this particular issue seems, to be prologue. Unless, of course, you’re a Democrat, in which case the past is past.

But you know what, the Republicans are used this style of crap, and you know that we will shrug off the lying crap and just move on doing what they/we believe is in the best interests of our great nation.

jon-hammer21Part 2) Jon Hammar, Jon Hammar. Jon Hammar.  Did you ever hear of him? Probably not!  Hammer is a young Americana male, a Marine vet, a survivor of two mid east combat deployments. One to Afghanistan and one to Iraq.  Hammar and a buddy decided to chill for a while and headed towards Mexico to drink, party, surf and chill. 

They were anxious to respect all the Mexican laws, so when they reached the Mex/US border, Hammar filled out paper work and notified the officials, before the search began, that he was in possession of an antique shot gun. None the less, they arrested him and he was dumped into  jail.  His parents received at least one call from Mexican authorities attempting to extort money from them for his release. They refused, believing that our government would protect them and protect Jon. 

 

They were flat wrong. All of the fore going began in August. Not long ago a photo surfaced of Jon, shackled to a prison cot.   So far, Team Obama has been too involved in setting up the Obama Xmas vacation in Hawaii to show any interest in our Marine’s agony in a Mexican prison. Did I mention that Hammar’s family has pleaded with the State Department and with the White House to rescue Hammar.  It appaears now that Hammar and Ambassador Stevens, and his three collogues are nothing more than road bumps on the great Obama trail….greasy road bumps. Do you remember when Limbaugh criticized Sandra Fluke? The following day Obama was all over the airways defending her and ripping Limbaugh.  Why The Silence of the Obama  now?