I am appalled that the management of BPK Flea Market would continue to allow the operation of the sunglass booth in the front of market in aisle A after the incident at the market on Saturday, December 1, where David Maxwell attacked another vendor over the age of 65 which also included a hate crime, was arrested and recently bailed out of jail.

A piece of paper stating he sold the booth to the girl he lives with is a crock of crap. That booth should have been removed from the premises including all the merchandise. They are just showing that you can do what you want and not suffer the consequences. Everyone knows whose booth that is and no piece of paper will change that. Maxwell needs money in order to pay for his defense since he is in serious trouble with the 4 charges against him. We are not living in Nazi Germany, get the booth off the premises BPK management and show you care about the good vendors in your market. ~samanthahsg@yahoo.com

Simply amazing stunts and photography. Wow factor: 10 Link

A couple of pictures I took at Smathers Beach during yesterday’s early-morning fog.

Imagine. I think you can. ‘Give Peace a Chance’ still rings true. Link

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[Tips For a Good Marriage] I married the love of my life longer ago than I care to remember and before the marriage and after we were a team working and playing together. The sex was great and plentiful before and after we tied the knot. One of the reasons was we both kept ourselves in shape both mentally and physically. Also if something needed doing around the house inside or out and either of us had the time it was done. It didn’t matter by who, as my wife wasn’t any more afraid of the lawnmower as I wasn’t afraid of doing the dishes or vacuuming the floors. This gave us more time to play together when we had the chance in or out of bed. I lost this great woman 10 years ago and miss her every day. 

[“Flunked the Keys”]  So why are you checking out this website if this place holds such dreadful memories? Not all people can live here. It takes a special breed.

 

Long Key rainbow. I drove right through it.

Goatfish prove to be reef heroes. Link

[County Raise] The Monroe County Commission will vote Wednesday on giving one of the Commissioners’ administrative aide a 19 percent raise, which comes at a time when other county employees were not given a pay increase. What are these Commissioners thinking?  If they can’t give all County employees raises, then don’t give raises to the less deserving. What does this woman do other than answer the phone and take care of dogs?  How hard do Commissioner’s aides really work? What about the EMS workers?  The road workers? The workers that are out cleaning the sh*t that the lazy tourists and homeowners throw on the road–that’s work!  

Whether you are a resident or a County employee, these Commissioners don’t deserve your vote.  They turn a deaf ear to the Administrator creating new positions for his friends, they’re spending thousands of taxpayer’s dollars to redecorate their offices, while tossing aside the hard working employees that are keeping this County afloat.  I hope that some of you are taking notes, and there will be plenty of challengers when these Commissioners run for re-election.  Let’s see if the Mayor will bring his sober, big boy pants to the meeting and stop this travesty.

 

I love one stop shopping for Christmas, family and friends all taken care of. 

Bahama Village survey tries to gauge quality of life. Link

 

I’m in the Christmas spirit now, but as it gets closer to the day I lose interest. It should be the other way around, shouldn’t it?

Key West okays $1 million for Bahama Village recreation center repairs. Link

 

[“Flunked the Keys”] Do you have this in Jacksonville? I didn’t think so. 

City gives tentative okay for homeless shelter‘s move. No one wants them. Link

 

At exactly 12 minutes, 12 seconds after 12 o’clock on December 12th, the time will be 12:12:12, 12/12/12. (Yuppers, still bored)

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Closing Duval St to vehicles. A 6 month study to look at Duval Stas pedestrian mall. Link

 

Too close for comfort! 

State to delineate sport fish and game fish. Link

 

[“Flunked Keys Life”]  Anyone else thinking of moving to the Keys? Perhaps you should read this book first. Link

Mobile home for rent, 2 bedroom. Large yard,  No monkeys, chickens or goats. 850 a month. Classified Ads

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Historical re-enactment The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Bahia Honda State Park will host a re-enactment of the history of the Over-Sea Railroad at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at the park,36850 Overseas Highway, or Mile Marker 37. Visitors will see “Henry Flagler” on the first train to Key West, as well as “other travelers” from the era, and learn about their unique experiences. Meet on the Gulf side of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge at the train car stage; bring chairs.
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[“Flunked the Keys”] Hmmm, what do you have up there in Jacksonville that you were not able to find down here in the Keys? Street gangs? Walmart? Gridlocked roads? Freezing weather in winter? A pro football team that could stand a heap of Viagra?

 

County to appeal loss in land-takings case on No Name Key. Link

Winn Dixie is selling a meat: Beef Top Round Steak Thin “Bistec De Canada”. Look it up on line. It’s a very tough cut of beef from Miami. Do not buy it. 

 

The world will end in 11 days on December 21, the Winter Solstice.

If you’re thinking of having an affair, just remember the head of the CIA couldn’t even get away with it.

 

[Pot vs Booze] Ever try driving 4000 pounds of metal when drunk? I hitched a ride of about 1300 miles in August 1999 with a truck driver who smoked one joint after another, and he drove great. If he had been drinking booze, I would have told him to pull over and let me out. If everyone who drinks booze shifted to smoking dope, this would be a far kindler, gentler world. I don’t use either, but I know many people who drink, and many who smoke marijuana. 

 

 

In 1898, the Spanish-American War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which also ended Privateering in the world. The United States was the only nation that didn’t sign that part of the treaty. Privateering is still legal in the United States. 

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Tour boat captures spectacular images of Hawaiian Big Island lava. (and from the Obvious Dept, “The flow is considered dangerous, and visitors are warned to observe only from approved safe distances.” Gee, ya think?) Link 

[Python Hunting Tournament] Who do I contact to see if I kill more Pythons than anyone else with my bicarbonate of soda eggs, will I be given the grand prize? I shall have no problem identifying the cause of death. The specimens will show evidence of severe bloating, and frothing at both ends.

 

Free Christmas ringtones. Link 

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[Sloan Department: I know the voices aren’t real, but they have some great ideas.”] How could voices that are not real have great ideas? How could a person not inside of Sloan know the voices are not real? Is the person who wrote that ‘Sloan’ pretending to be someone else?

 

“Got Your Bags?”  Florida Keys is a coalition of residents, businesses, organizations, and local government dedicated to the reduction and voluntary elimination of single use plastic bags. Link 

[Captain Doom and Gloom] “Capt Doom down the bottom” What’s the matter poster, can’t you handle reality or popping that bubble you live in?

“Perjury” What would happen if a person will not take the oath or swear on the bibble in court? It is BS anyway, so why do it!?

[“It’s my right to force other people to pay for my helathcare”]  Wrong on all counts. No one is asking anyone to pay for your health care. We will all be sharing the cost,making it more available and cheaper. Obamacare is an experiment whose time has come. Give it a try.

 Maybe you forgot that it’s called the UNITED States, not the I GOT MINE States, or the TEA PARTY States.

The Tax the Rich bit was fantastic. Thanks

“Old White Men” will never change their minds and that’s why the Republican Party is finished. The old folks of the Republican Party do not have the ability to change their minds–can’t teach an old dog new tricks. They live in a different era than the rest of Americans. Most Americans are young. People under 20 years of age made up over a quarter of the U.S. population. The median age is 35.3. Old people just don’t get it and they never will.

There should be a new Republican Party of younger people who represent the middle.

 

Never fear, guys, in the immortal words of the great Republican god, ex Vice President Dick Cheney, “Deficits don’t matter!”

About Sunday’s “Democrats then and now” post.  The correct caption for 2012 should read: “Force people to pay something toward “their own” health care”, via the Individual Mandate portion of Obama Care.

 

A devout Arab Muslim entered a black cab in London, He curtly asked the cabbie to turn off the radio because as decreed by his religious teaching, he must not listen to music because in the time of the prophet there was no music, especially Western music which is the music of the infidel. The cab driver politely switched off the radio, stopped the cab and opened the door. The Arab Muslim asked him, “What are you doing? “The cabbie answered, “In the time of the prophet there were no taxis, so bug off and wait for a camel!”

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[Global Warming] If man and his use of fossil fuels is causing this, please explain to me why the ice caps on Mars are melting, too.

 

The cost of war. “Live” chart and it’s all on our credit card. Republicans think war’s okay, but want to cut Sesame Street instead. Link

How come Republicans are so out of touch? They don’t believe in climate change, science, evolution, but they do believe in the Immaculate Conception, A Higher Power, The Holy Ghost and other feel-good fables?

From the Right

The Tax the Rich cartoon we saw here yesterday was beyond outrageous, but it was typical propaganda from the liberal hate machine.  It is contemptible that the liberals now see fit to attempt to inculcate our little children with their message of hate, pure unadulterated hate. They are no depths that they will not plumb to advance their class warfare.

As an aside, the narrator, Ed Asner, who tells our kids that the rich piss on the poor, has some very interesting philanthropic interests. For example, at the top of his interests, he is a whale supporter of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. And he serves as an advisor to the Rosenberg Fund for Children, an organization founded by the children of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg which provides benefits for the children of political activists. In case you’ve forgotten, the traitorous Rosenberg’s were executed in WW2 for being the Communist spies that provided the Communists with the secrets of our atom bomb.

Asner tells us that America is in steep decline, that the poor are suffering and without hope. He lays the blame for that on America’s rich (it’s a pity that GWB was not available). Hopefully you’re wondering how the multimillionaire Asner can reconcile his situation and his message. Hopefully you’re wondering why he doesn’t just divest himself of his riches. He suggests that we can only improve our lot by massive taxation of the rich. He tells us that when tax rates were high, all was sweetness, happiness, and light in America. He intones that when tax rates were high there was a great education system and the streets were safe and there were jobs for everyone. BULLSHIT!!!!  To paraphrase the Asner character, Lou Grant, in the Mary Tyler Moore show, “I HATE BULLSHIT.”

Here’s the facts: during Jimmy Carter years, which Asner sees as being idyllic, the top tax rate was well above the current level. Tax rates had steadily declined from about 70% at the end of WW2 until Carter took office, he sent them up again. They have been generally declining since. Then, the violent crime rate was about double what it is today. As for unemployment, the current rate is nearly identical to the Carter years. During the Carter years we suffered near 15% inflation. The interest on new home mortgages was about 10%. Things were so bad that a brand new word was created to measure the mess: “The Misery Index”. And then liberal governance once again led us into recession.

As for education, from 2000-2010, enrollment at degree granting institutions increased by about 37%.  Since 1980, spending per child for education has increased by about 74%.  Deer Friends, that money goes to pay the people who educate our children. As yourself why, given the increase in spending, has our academic achievement plummeted?  If you check, I think you will find that our fall in educational excellence began with the advent of strong teachers unions. The growing failure of our educational system is not the rich, it is the educators.

To end on a potentially hopeful note, Asner asks, “Can the people of this land do something to live happily ever after?” The cartoon then tells us that the way to “do something” is get involved in support of President Obama’s effort to raise tax rates on prosperous taxpayers. The cartoon is a product of and is being hawked by the California Teachers.  Yep, it’s no surprise that even though California is nearing bankruptcy, the California teachers unions want more money and better benefits. The fact that they are using the kids as a weapon in their class warfare is nauseating.

Then we have to remember that every time we’ve dropped our tax rates, our federal revenue has gone up. JFK, Reagan, and GWB all proved that. I urge you not to believe me, just take a look at the White House’s own website Link 

Then we have to remember that Obama himself condemned the idea of raising taxes on anybody during a recession. Deer Friends we are in a de facto recession. Never forget that we do not a taxing problem, we have a spending problem. That’s why we have our economy choking debt. It’s absolutely un-American to villainize one set of Americans in order to purchase political benefit. It’s wrong.