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[Always Bad News] School Board disconnects complaint hotline.Robin Smith-Martin said he voted to discontinue the hotline “only because our media in the Florida Keys isn’t responsible.”
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[Crook] Boat trailer thief John Liddy is self-employed with Liddy’s Mobile Marine Service in Marathon.

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[Whales] Check out the mother and calf Right Whales spotted north of content keys last Sunday.

[Revenge] Make BP pay. Link

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New campaign aims to halt rise of ‘Killer Robots‘. Link 

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[Free Trees] Keys Energy Services’ 17th Tree Giveaway will be at 8:30 a.m. April 20 at its service building, 1001 James St., and Cudjoe electrical substation, Mile Marker 22, oceanside. Bulletin  Board

[Always Bad School News] With the School Board disconnecting the complaint hot line it appears as if they are destroying something that could actually work for the school district.  Instead of tweaking the process to make it actually work they cut it loose.
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[Goal Setting] Don’t just throw in the towel. Link
sky27[Undulatus Asperatus Clouds] Although their cause is presently unknown, such unusual atmospheric structures, as menacing as they might seem, do not appear to be harbingers of meteorological doom. Known informally as Undulatus asperatus clouds, they can be stunning in appearance, unusual in occurrence, are relatively unstudied, and have even been suggested as a new type of cloud.

Whereas most low cloud decks are flat bottomed, asperatus clouds appear to have significant vertical structure underneath. Speculation therefore holds that asperatus clouds might be related to lenticular clouds that form near mountains, or mammatus clouds associated with thunderstorms, or perhaps a foehn wind — a type of dry downward wind that flows off mountains.

Such a wind called the Canterbury arch streams toward the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The above image, taken above Hanmer Springs in Canterbury, New Zealand, in 2005, shows great detail partly because sunlight illuminates the undulating clouds from the side.

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[Editor Sucks] I thought the Coconut Telegraph was a fair place for folks to voice their opinions. I spent time writing about a horrible experience I had at [Censored] and I see it was not published. I notice they advertise with you which explains why. Shady!
(Ed: I emailed you yesterday as to why I didn’t post your complaint to help you better understand the advertising business. I told you that I sent your email to the owner (minus your address) so they might correct the situation. I’m not going to cut my own throat by trying to damage a business that supports our continued operation. I’m sorry you feel that emailing the owner your complaint was not enough.) 

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[More School District Bad News] Where the Monroe County School District has fallen short again..
“Evil”? “Irresponsible media”? Andy and Robin .. seriously?
long-key-bridgeThe Long Key Bridge really is 100 years old!
Brief History of Flagler’s Railroad
1904 – Flagler decides to build the Over-Sea Railroad, but no official announcement is made.  During that time, surveyors and engineers work to provide Flagler with data and information. In May, the United States formally acquires the Panama Canal Zone. In July, the rail line to Homestead is completed.
1905 – Early in the year, preliminary surveys and mappings of channels and water over the Keys are completed. The FEC Railway begins construction of the extension from the mainland to Key West and completes the first rail section connecting Homestead to Jewfish Creek. State Bill 11 becomes law granting the FEC Railway rights to build the Key West Extension and granting the company a 200-foot right-of-way down the Keys.
1906 – The FEC Construction Division begins building a landfill for a railroad terminal in Key West that eventually covered 134 acres of land.
1907 – Central Supply in Islamorada is fully operational. Roadbed is finished on Stock Island.
1908 – A bridge to span the seven-mile stretch of water below Marathon is planned. On Jan. 22, the first regularly scheduled train from Miami to Knight’s Key (Marathon) arrives and the Over-Sea Railroad is a half-finished dream.
1910 – Workers drive the first spike at the Key West end of the Florida East Coast Railway on the Trumbo Island railhead.
1912 – A special Pullman sleeping car train leaves New York City Jan. 20, headed for Key West. On Jan. 21, FEC engineers place the final steel plate girder (span 36 of the Knight’s Key bridge) permanently in place. FEC engine 201 arrives in Key West at 2:45 a.m., the first engine and crew to cross the Bahia Honda Bridge and test tracks in the Lower Keys. The first FEC train arrives in Key West at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 with Flagler, now 82, and his wife Mary Lily Kenan in his luxurious office car with three bedrooms, a kitchen, salon and private bath. Following a Jan.  23 parade to commemorate the opening of the Over-Sea Railroad, a banquet is staged in the marine barracks where a message from President Taft is read and Flagler makes a brief speech.
Regular passenger service begins Jan. 22 with a 5 p.m. departure from Key West to the mainland.

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[Bahia Honda webcam] Why don’t they ask for volunteer divers to maintain the camera instead of traveling to the Keys to do it from wherever they are located. I read on the CT where some people were already volunteering. We’re probably more experienced at that stuff then they are.

I am Melissa Hart and we run the site www.follybeach.com. I was noticing on your site you have this page in the Archives that links to Folly Beach area information. I was wondering if we could get listed as a resource to your site visitors. Is that possible? (Ed: Hi Melissa, We do not have a resources page. We think too small. I don’t even know where Folly Beach is.) 
Oblivion (n) – One who is unaware of the presence of people around them and/or subscribes to the unique astro-physics theory that the world (and universe) revolve around them. Oblivions are able to take inconsideration to unprecedented levels. Examples include:
a) yacking on a cell phone and driving 20 mph under the flow of traffic causing long lines (for which they never pull over) and causing people to miss appointments, flights, etc…
b) when shopping, leaves the car at a diagonal angle to fully block the aisle to use by anyone else
c) when pulling into a parking lot, from the highway,immediately stops to consider their next move whereby leaving others behind them precariously exposed to the highway traffic
d) designs the traffic light for Duck Key. 
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Newspaper’s poor advice for readers blamed on art director. Link

[No Name Electric] Island divided over power vs no power. Link 

No power to No Name Key — at least for now! Link 

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[Learning who your real friends are]  I was glad to see Samantha’s comment about sunglasses Max, the Big Pine flea market neighbor poor Mia quietly put up with for 14 years. “Hey, How can I get your money..I mean help you? Guffaww!” he has said to me 95 times ’till Tuesday when I’ve strolled past his booth to Amberwest Designs. I’ve heard that guy embarrass himself on Biz Baz too many times. Mia offers a valuable service, selling unique jewelry she made, doing repairs, and having the most lenient return policy out there. She accepts returns forever, not that my wife would ever be separated from her museum replica earrings. We enjoy seeing Mia’s kids in the booth with her on Saturdays. They are all well-behaved and genuine. ~eigil69@hotmail.com
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Ring the Peace Bell in the Community Peace Park in Key West at West Martello Tower at the top of the hill. Thanks for keeping it going. Peace now!

Spend your passion and imagination well. Here is an excellent example: Jewelry maker turns love of heirloom seeds into wearable art. Link 
[Old Forge, NY]  We have a second home in the Adirondacks and I can tell you two things about that photo. one. That’s why we moved to the Keys. (Here we have Paradise, up there it’s called God’s Country [I don’t think he likes crowds]) and two, they are having a below average snowfall this year — so far!

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[U.S. to drop poisoned mice to kill snakes on Guam] Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam’s jungle canopy. They are scientists’ prescription for a headache that has caused the tiny U.S. territory misery for more than 60 years: the brown tree snake. Most of Guam’s native bird species are extinct because of the posionous snake, which reached the island’s thick jungles by hitching rides from the South Pacific on U.S. military ships shortly after World War II. There may be 2 million of the reptiles on Guam now, decimating wildlife, biting residents and even knocking out electricity by slithering onto power lines. Link

[Athletes] They get millions of dollars a year and kids look up to them.
1. Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model: “I wan’ all dem kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I wan’ all the kids to copulate me.”
2. New Orleans Saint RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season: “I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first..”
3. And, upon hearing Joe Jacobi of the ‘Skin’s say: “I’d run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl,” Matt Millen of the Raiders said: “To win, I’d run over Joe’s Mom, too.”
4. Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins: “He treat us like mens. He let us wear earrings.”
5. Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann: “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”
6. Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh : “I’m going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes..” (Now that is beautiful)
7. Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach: “You guys line up alphabetically by height..” And, “You guys pair up in groups of three, and then line up in a circle.”
8. Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson going to prison: “Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton ..”
9. Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing, explaining why he keeps a color photo of himself above his locker: “That’s so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my clothes.”
10. Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regimen of heavyweight Andrew Golota: “He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning, regardless of what time it is.”
11. Chuck Nevitt , North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice: “My sister’s expecting a baby, and I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt. (I wonder if his IQ ever hit room temperature in January)
12. Frank Layden , Utah Jazz president, on a former player: “I asked him, ‘Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?’ He said, ‘Coach, I don’t know and I don’t care.'”
13. Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told a player who received four F’s and one D: “Son, looks to me like you’re spending too much time on one subject.”
14. In the words of NC State great Charles Shackelford: “I can go to my left or right, I am amphibious.”
15. Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips when asked by Bob Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips, Phillips responded: “Because she’s too ugly to kiss good-bye.”

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Frosted pineapple cookies. Link 

[Guns] Arizona  lets you carry a concealed weapon without a permit too now. I wonder how VT and AZ do with violent crime as compared to DC and Chitown with no guns? Anybody that thinks gun laws stop gun violence should be forced to walk thru downtown Chicago with an iPhione in hand and Gold chain hanging low. See if they still think gun laws work.
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[More School District Bad News] Talk about abusing the taxpayer dollar,something is seriously wrong with a system that allows 309 million dollars worth of school district property to be insured for only 2.5 million. Oh, and with a 10 million dollar deductible! This while the average taxpayer has to maintain at least 80% of his home value for insurance? I would also like to say I found Andy’s comments, “if we had 10 million in property damage to our hurricane built schools, there would be no students left to attend school” to be the most illogical, juvenile statement ever uttered by a member of the school board. Isn’t this the same property that is added to “cash reserves” so the state doesn’t take control of Monroe County School District? The article (Citizens, 02/25) continued to state that the school district has only 20 days cash reserve on hand. Is this with the 309 million in property removed from the reserve?

Bonds “technically” in default-oops “bank error”. “The School District did not inform the School Board”? Can’t blame Acevedo’s forever folks.

Workmans comp reserve over 1 million underfunded, no audits, 30 year old accounting software, lack of construction controls, a severely compromised anonymous hotline, etc. etc.

That 400,000 dollars did not even fill up the “waterhole” at Marathon High last year. Let the state take over, it can’t get any worse. Give this county an appointed school board, and every management position in district headquarters. Do we really need a Chief of Staff?

Many, many thanks to the dedicated teachers in this system that remain to educate our students while dealing daily with this type of “transparent” management. 

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[“How come land is flooded that has never been flooded before”] Can you say over-flowing creeks and rivers from heavy rainfall, dams, melting snow and ice. The list goes on. If it was from man made global warming the oceans would be-a-rising.

Just watch Al Gore’s movie, you know the one he got so many awards for. According to big Al we should all be up to our butt cheeks by now. 

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[No Name Electric] On Tuesday the BOCC chose (3-2) to continue wasting taxpayer money to defend an undefendable position (attempting to regulate utilities in-spite-of Court Ruling that they can do no such thing) while they simultaneously go through a lengthy and costly process of Comp Plan and Code change.

What a sad day in Government when the County Attorney does not put the 3rd District Court of Appeals Opinion into the BOCC record, but it instead comes to light from the public attending.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals opined: “The statutory authority granted the PSC would be eviscerated if initially subject to local government regulation and circuit court injunctions of the kind sought by Monroe County”.

County Attorney Bob Shillinger later that same day admitted to the Citizen Paper (after the BOCC hearing was over, and the votes had been taken) that the (3rd DCA): “ruling could be interpreted as saying the County has been preempted from legislation in this matter”.

Read the Citizen article. Link 

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[Smoked Kingfish] In responce to a CTer’s request Fanci Seafood’s has delicious just SMOKED KINGFISH in the case. This photo should get your mouth watering!

[Willie Nelson] This is great. Not many people know that Willie was from Austin and his mother ran a beer joint and pool parlor there. He started out as a lead guitarist for lots of popular people before he became popular himself. Look at the pompadour on top of his head, and the duck tail hair style. Notice the audience with all of the hand fans going. This was before air conditioning. The songs he is singing here are a combination of the ones he wrote for famous people before he became a noted singer himself. I think you will enjoy this. I went to high school in Elgin , Texas , about 25 miles east of Austin and used to frequent his mother’s place where Willie often played and sang as an early beginner. That was in 1953-1954. I was a fan of his long before he became famous. Man, could he ever play a guitar. No! I never took drugs and that was before he ever heard of them.

Willie Nelson before life hit him between the eyes. Link

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[Climate Change] I just watched Water World for the umpteenth time and the very beginning where the Earth’s land masses get engulfed in water, is supposed to be very accurate scientifically. Very interesting special effect though!
If the ice melts. Link 

[“How come land is flooded that has never been flooded before”] Beach erosion. 
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[Wounded Knee]In 1973 roughly 200 Native-American activists and members of the American Indian Movement occupied the village of Wounded Knee on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, beginning a standoff with federal marshals that lasted until May 8. The Indians lost. Link

[Funny Business]
Spring & Sommers (vacation rentals)
Wright, Judge & Jury (attorneys at law)

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The 787’s battery problem is just one problem in many plaguing Boeing. Link 

[Sequestration] I still don’t under the word. Does it mean that Congress will be locked up, sequestered  this Friday? Is it the same sequestration as a jury does? Since when did that word mean budget cuts?

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I feel pity for Deputy Riggs. If you were married to this woman, you would be messed up too. Link

[Fun fact, better name] “Aditi Shankardass” places 22nd in 50 hottest scientists in the world.
Aptronym or nomitive determinism?(?)
Sexiest Scientists. Link 
Yesterdays 3 humiliating words were wrong. The 3 words that most humiliate men everywhere are, “Is it in?”
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[Good News] Housing Sales were up 15% last month nationally. That’s the highest monthly increase since 2008.
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[Captain Doom and Gloom] A great GIF for a new section on the CT for dumb blonde stuff!

Those of us who use logic and common sense and walk upright are sick and tired of the buffoonery from the  far right and the far left. You and FTR guy have had your 15 minutes in the spotlight, please move on. 

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The American Dream ended (on November 6th) in Ohio. Link 
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We are all Bradley Manning. Support whistleblowers. Sometimes it’s good when the cat is out of the bag. Knowledge is power. Link
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nazi27How can you not laugh sometimes at FTRs postings? First he talks about the First lady being glamorous and presenting an award. (gee, how terrible).  After that he moves it into comparing our Presidents actions to those of Nazis. Say what you want about Liberal posters but that is the most ridiculous comment Ive ever read on here.The funniest part was when he went on to make it seem that the very rich in Hollywood are all at Our Presidents beck and call and the only thing that came to mind was Romney accepting the nomination in front of the Donald’s jet and telling us Trump was a serious candidate for Vice President.
And Conservative posters believe these postings are to be taken seriously? Its laughable at best.
The President is now like a Nazi. Really! 
The man said the water line on the bridge is the same today as it was 100 years ago. Another reader said that was the most ridiculous thing he has ever heard. The ideology of a liberal is unbelievable. It will turn back what one’s lying-eyes sees right before him. The truly frightening thing is that these are the types that put our current President in office.
[Tea Party Neater Than Liberals] Yes, yes, those nasty tea party folks. You know, those folks over 50, mostly veterans of world war two, Korea and Vietnam, both male and female. You know, “that” bunch. The ones that leave their rallies cleaner than when they found them. Yeah, that’s the bunch we have to fear, not that slick bunch that extols Obama. The one that defecate on police cars. The same bunch where over 27% of them committed public crimes while conducting their mob actions under the guise of political rallies. Those are the geniuses that the liberals here and everywhere are championing. They want Obama, they want food stamps, etc. What they don’t want is boring jobs. The TP’s boring workers work harder these mostly young Liberals. Livelihood depends on you, you guys have lived your lives help these poor souls out, have you no heart? When you see them at the beaches, bars or park benches, give them a few bucks, after all you don’t really deserve all you have, you got to learn to spread the wealth. After all, where would Nancy Pelosi be if you guys didn’t share. I am sure the administration would agree with this. Obama has said so many times.

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[Cuts] A decrease in the rate of increase is not a cut–that’s just Washington math. Obama says sequestration is dangerous and drastic. But see for yourself. Look at this chart and tell me if you see any actual cuts.

[Whistleblowing Bad For Your Freedom] Ex-CIAer Kiriakou is scheduled to be sentenced to 30 months in prison as part of a plea deal in which he admitted violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by emailing the name of a covert C.I.A. officer to a freelance reporter, who did not publish it.

[Opportunity] There is a difference between a forced equality and an opportunity and improvement through your efforts, but it’s only present in America. This doctrine, and way of thinking, doesn’t exist in Europe. Our governments pay a special attention to the “weaks” by law and give them support. So, I think, we have always been “socialist”.

As regards taxes– same problem. Italy’s problem is very strong, particularly. We have a taxation to 40-45%, the highest in Europe. But, it is due to many recent scandals.

[Sequestration] It seems the Right wants spending cuts only as long as they are their spending cuts.

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I grant you that it is possible that there might be some sort of impact felt very soon after sequestration goes into effect. There shouldn’t be any affect whatsoever, but there might be. There should be no effect whatsoever on our daily lives because the  sequestration does not take a single penny away from the funds that are currently being spent. In fact,  under sequestration, the federal budget actually increases this year over last year!  All it does is slow the rate of growth of federal spending.  Hopefully you’re wondering why there even might be any change in our lives.  The answer is simple. President Obama has the power to immediately cut services that the feds currently provide. That can be accomplished in any number of ways. The simplest would be an executive order. That’s not likely because it would leave a paper trail. More probably he will issue verbal orders to his Cabinet members to shut down or slow down services that are under their supervision. There would be no paper trail. If he was to do that and he was outed, he, most certainly, would be impeached. Lately Obama is giving every indication that he considers himself to be invincible, therefore, look for him to chance it.  I don’t think that he will  be able to resist the chest thumping if sequestration cuts services and he can get away with blaming it on Republicans.

liar27Deer Friends, the Obama admin are such craven liars that they are predicting massive cuts to The National Drug Intelligence Center. They’re suggesting that drugs will flood our schools and neighborhoods because of the cuts to that august organization, the NDIAC.  Deer Friends, please sit down, take a deep breath and then consider that the NDIAC does not exist. It closed 8 months ago. Geeesh!

One more thing! Just a few months ago candidate Obama was bragging that he had reinvigorated our economy. He clutched success to his pointy chest. But now, only 4 months after the election he is warning us that we are doomed to recession if we cut only 1% of the growth in our federal spending.  Donkey Dung.

             

halo27Part 2) Maybe you might want to think about some of the ways that your government has been spending your money. There is an enterprise known as Halo Strategic Operations which provides Homeland Security with training and other resources. Recently Halo held a “Counter Terrorism Summit” at a very high end island spa resort in California.  The purpose of the 5 day conference purportedly was to train HS and first responders and to expose them to the latest intell and equipment. Among other things these conferences are a trade show designed to lure in new government spenders.  It was a get together of old pals at the the taxpayers dime. When I worked for State government, it was a huge perk to get sent any of these “conferences”.  It was a mini vacation. In my experience, there was no requirement that the attendee even go to any of the classes or presentations that were offered. Like all conferences, it was expensive to attend.  But it cost the attendee nothing. The Halo shindig cost $1K per person to attend. It was paid with your tax dollars. That’s the good news.

 

zombie27The bad news is that the conference, as a serious part of it’s program, presented a “live” strategic simulation of a “zombie apocalypse” complete with 40 or so actors playing zombies.  The event, which was staged twice, featured methodology of first responders and  tactics to control the zombie apocalypse.  Mahvolous, just mahvolous, stylish too.

Homeland Security has gotten into the habit of spending money, big money. They’ve spent $35 billion in grants since ’03.  Now lets check out just a few of the grants. Recently there was an underwater robot purchased with a $98,000 grant to look for “sunken treasure,” surveillance at the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres spring training facilities at a price of $90,000, a Bearcat armored vehicles to protect a small town’s pumpkin festival, $41,000 for a Remote-Control Helicopter in Seattle and $6,200 in sno-cone machine purchases. Nice, huh?

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