an_michael_knife[Keys Killers] When all of us here see the sadness of the killings in Connecticut, we need to stop and think of our own killers here on Big Pine. One was a guy in a wheelchair who lived in the trailer park on Ave B. The FBI followed him until he dropped a cigarette butt on the ground. From that they traced his DNA to a killing 30 years ago of a six year old child in New York. He died in jail here before they could prosecute him.

On Ave F and 1st Street was a home owned by a serial killer from up north somewhere. The FBI dug up the whole yard looking for victims, they found none here.

Our most strange one was Charlie Brandt. He was everyone’s friend. He killed his wife and her niece at her home in Orlando during hurricane Wilma. After that, police found he might be guilty of 10 more murders. He killed girls while on vacations with his wife in Jacksonville and even overseas. One girl that might have been his first was a live-a-board boat young woman. The saddest thing about him was he killed his pregnant mother in her bathtub, shot but didn’t kill his dad, then pointed the gun at his sister, but was out of bullets. He was only 15 then so he got 1 year in a mental hospital and moved back in with dad. They buried all the bad stuff and tried to live as a family again. When he married his wife, no one ever told her that he killed his mom. 

There are stories and TV shows about him. He went by the name Charlie even though his name was Carl.

All these people were our friends. We would never think that we would be able to have gun control to stop them. We just didn’t think they were time bombs ready to go off. The one thing in common was mental illness.

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[Big Pine Boat Parade] I mentioned to my co worker about the cancellation of the BP boat parade and she suggested that we do it down by No Name Key (before the lights come on). We could stop traffic and be on the bridge and at the community park for viewing. Also the Kayaks could launch from the Wooden Bridge ramp if they were willing to help. Something to think about.

[“Raptors Are not a species”] I beg to differ with you and so does the U.S Dept. of the Interior Bureau of Land Management. Here is the Link

an console rock2[Video Games] The cultural decline and vacuum confronting our children has been filled with a plethora of entertainment whose technological emphasis is on violence. Internet games and videos have seductively taken the minds of these very young and impressionable kids to a place where some find joy, comfort and excitement when they are able to rapidly kill the individuals set before them on their video screens.

Their skills are sharpened as they progress into the upward realms of each challenge. Upon maxing out their ‘kill ratio’, they promptly move on to their next murderous conquest. This scenario regularly plays itself out for countless hours a day. It has been going on for decades.

Violent thoughts and emotional detachment have gained a stranglehold on many children. They competitively pursue these games into adulthood. At some point it appears that these players may become mesmerized with the self-induced pleasure gotten from the ease and proficiency with which they increase their dominance over the fictitious people they kill. A mind-numbing desensitization toward their symbolic reality can take hold.

Studies indicate these malleable brains become saturated with stimulating chemicals while engaged in these activities. It produces a state of arousal that is desirable and addictive. These impulses establish neuro pathways that can be hard wired into a child’s brain.

Evidence suggests that after a person becomes satiated with these theoretical killings, some need to pursue an actual event where a life is taken. Their normal bombardment of violent visual stimuli no longer satisfies them.

This need to continue the pursuit of further stimulation, so that a pleasured state of mind may be achieved, is an unusually strong impulse. Families allow their children to be exposed to a steady stream of violence,

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[Eugenics] By 1930 California was enraptured by eugenics and would ultimately sterilize some twenty thousand people it didn’t like. Hitler was preaching the same thing, but you only read about Hitler doing it, never California.

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[Crooks] Boat battery thieves. I have lived in the Lower Keys for 8 years and have never had anything stolen, let alone my batteries and my wife’s boat batteries as well for a total of 4. Lower Keys residence be on the lookout, especially Ramrod Key residence

[More Nuts] Federal agents have arrested William Duncan Savage of Summerland Key who threatened last week to go on a killing spree at a Key West office building before killing himself.  
“School officials, law enforcement have program in place for campus violence” Big deal. Everyone has a program in place for after the violence–pick up the bodies and wash the floor–but no one has a program in place to prevent the violence. It’s all baloney until they figure out how to stop all the nuts with guns.

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[Cords] I find it odd that with all the worlds engineering ability no one has ever come up with a good way to deal with small appliance cords. They’ve tried retractable cords, but the mechanism breaks when the warranty does. They’ve tried placing grooves in the base to wrap the cord around, but the cord twists and doesn’t easily go in. Everything they’ve done so far either doesn’t work or is too much trouble.

[“It’s God’s Will”] Let’s see, we take God out of our schools and communities then we wonder why God let this happen?

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Wine cork angels. Link

[Murders] I could not agree more that the incident in Connecticut was tragic, tragic, tragic! I still feel that should someone enter my home to rape, rob, pillage and kill, that I will be much better off with my hand gun than you will with your cell phone. The mother in Ct, knowing she had a disturbed son, should have had her guns secured. She didn’t. Blame her, not the guns. I am overweight, is it the knife and fork’s fault? I think not.

[“Hogfish Restaurant’s men’s room”] That restroom is pristine compared to the old troughs at Rick’s and the Tree Bar we used to piss in. If a pisser is going to ruin your vacation, leave now. I’m already tired of having to wait in line to piss because some tourist is snapping pictures in the shitter.

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[Legalize pot and the DEA will have to find real jobs. So will lawyers, judges, and the prison system”] And think of all the tax money that will and also bring in when they tax drug sales like booze sales.

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Best coconut recipes. Link 

[Feds can regulate Hemingway cats] This is what the government is spending their time on? Aren’t we in the worst economic shape since the 1930s. Don’t we have hundreds of thousands of people worried about how to pay for healthcare in a country where healthcare is a for-profit enterprise. And how about the all the folks trying to buy the bank foreclosed properties while the banks drag their feet. This is a case where there are no real issues, but the government has decided to step in and create issues. Find something real to do and leave the damn cats alone! I really have lost my faith. There are so many things wrong with this country now. I used to be proud to be an American. America embarrasses me now.

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The poster’s fearing the angels will start talking to him/her like they talk to me is something to truly fear, for if that happens, that poor soul will become a lot like me, after a whole heap of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

I wrote maybe two months ago of being asked to make a prayer for a divine intervention of the feminine into the United States of America, which prayer I made. I wrote that my own experience with the feminine coming into me, and into other people I had known, was that it was really rough. It dawned on me this morning that the same holds true for USA. Hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook express her sentiments about guns, the NRA, American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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[“It’s God’s will”] There is no God. If there was things like children being slaughtered would not happen. Also just what does good “God fearing people” mean? Are they afraid of their so-called God? I thought those that believed in him do because he’s supposed to be all forgiving.

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Top Food gifts. Link 

Legal group challenges manatee’s endangered status. Link

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When I see FTR’s Right turn sign all I can think of is this now. I just crack myself up sometimes. 

About fonts in Windows What not to delete and other chapters. Link

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A sand (castle) Christmas tree. What a cool idea, it’s off to the beach!

When this narc says clean up your Key, what the hell does that mean? Go do something productive.

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[Uncomfortable conversations] Learn to listen. Link 

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The story of wrecker Captain Ben Baker. Link

[“I wish I knew where the pretty girls were kept penned up during the day.”] There weren’t penned up during the day, they were loose, but based on your story I would say that that kind of reflects that song about “The girls all get prettier at closing time”. You statement of being thrown out of the ‘Nut might have something to do to back that up.

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Everyone at the North Pole knows, if you want the very best weed, you go find Blitzen.

NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody). Way better than the original! Watch for astronauts Mike Massimino and Clayton Anderson joining in. Link

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The world will end on Friday, December 21 during the Winter Solstice. Count down: Link 

[Violent Video Games] I agree with you 100 percent. I remember reading a comment the other day of some woman calling her child, “Johnny, come to the table, your dinner is ready.” Johnny replies, “In a minute mom, all I need is three more kills and I’ll make the top ten”. This mind-set is so sad.

Ban goes into effect on Snook harvest until Feb 1st. Link

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[What’s in a Name] You know how Black people make up names ending in A  for their children; well, I think in the future new names will appear for everyone with numbers in them like Shiny743 or Cloud9. It’s only a matter of time.

Karma is like a rubber-band: it can only stretch so far before it comes back and smacks you in the face. 

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[Get Ready Utilities Companies, Solar is Coming] Regardless of their predisposition toward solar power, utilities, regulators, and policy makers need to recognize that there’s a revolution in electricity systems coming soon. Remember what the internet looked like in 1993? Remember how it looked in 1997? And now! That’s what happens when compelling technology comes of age. Companies that aren’t ready for change will simply disappear.

 

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns is an old but not forgotten maxim. 

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County meetings are sounding more and more like the Rush Limbaugh show. At the meeting I attended last week, Commissioners asked questions and could not get one straight answer from its’ own staff. Particularly Shilinger and Hutton hemmed and hawed, giving vague, evasive, and such unclear answers that I didn’t know what they were trying to say. Clear and complete sentences would be helpful — please.

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[A Little Gun History] In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. 
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated 
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

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[Free At Last] In 1865, slavery formally ended in the United States with the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

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Florida Panther deaths in 2012 hit record high. Link

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I have mixed feelings about feeding freeloaders with food banks, but not the truly temporarily needy people who honestly are trying to help themselves. You hate to see anyone go hungry, but it’s kind of like wanting to feed all of the free-roaming cats.

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[“Fashion Police”] Shortly after moving to the Keys in 1988 A.D. I put on a shirt and tie. Some people asked, “who died?” Others asked, “What did you get indicted for?” I removed the tie, my only tie, and used it to tie up my plastic garbage bag. I have never worn one since and have no plans to unless someone tosses one overboard with my ashes, over which I have no control, amen!

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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[Kiddie Massacre] I know there will be thousands of people giving their opinions on why the incident happened in Sandy Hook. However there exist one important topic that plays a major role in violence in people, mostly young people to do what they do. “Exposure to violent video games can desensitize individuals to real-life violence,” say research psychologists at Iowa State University. Previous studies showed that exposure to such games “increases aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal and aggressive behaviors.” This study monitored the heart rate and emotional response of participants to filmed episodes of actual violence shown to them immediately after they had played either violent or nonviolent video games. The results showed that those “who play violent video games habituate or ‘get used to’ all the violence and eventually become physiologically numb to it.” It was mentioned that Adam Lanza spent hours playing bloodthirsty computer games such as Call Of Duty and obsessively studying weapons. Yes the control of assault weapons should be monitored more closely, but why are we not monitoring the making and selling violent video games? It’s not guaranteed, but this may help parents and children alike to be aware of what these types of video games do to our youth mentally! 
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an_lake_canoe[National Key Deer Refuge:  Outdoor Adventure/Nature Camp for Adults] Why should kids have all the fun?  Are you a seasonal or permanent resident of the Florida Keys? Are you looking for something fun to do in January?  If so, join us at the National Key Deer Refuge for our 1st Annual Camp Run-A-Muk, an outdoor nature camp for adults who want to learn more about what your local National Wildlife Refuges have to offer.  If you missed out on summer camp as a kid, this is your chance to have fun too. Explore parts of the refuge on foot and with kayaks, learn more about your local plants and wildlife, plant a native wildlife garden, learn about volunteer opportunities, meet your neighbors and much more.  Camp dates are January 14th-17th, 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  Space is limited to 10-12 eager, enthusiastic people.  Call or email Kristie Killam for more details and camp itinerary. Bulletin Board 

[Children murdered] NRA gun nuts say that if we ban assault rifles they will only wind up in the hands of criminals. 
The fact is that crazy f**king people are perpetrating these horrendous acts against defenseless men, women and now children–not criminals. 

Criminals perpetrate gun violence against other criminals or the police. They would do it with a shiv, screwdriver or their bare hands. Not usually some act of cowardice like killing children. 

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[Gun Nuts] I say to all those posters who think an armed population has no chance against the U.S. armed forces that you are a fool. Where have you been the last 10 years? Regular people have no chance against the military? Yeah, right! Like Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria? How about Iraq and Afghanistan where we got our butts kicked and are leaving.
Oh yeah, an armed population is impotent. The truth is you unarmed, cowardly, and brainless liberals are the only ones who would not survive- not the rest of us gun toting red blooded American types. As for me, an armed population is far better off than an unarmed one. I believe all of us should have an AK or M-16 in the closet. You want more gun control, move to gunless Germany where their school shootings rates are far worse than ours.

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How do you explain time to kids that do not wear watches?

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[Captain Doom and Gloom] “I think one thing all the shooters have in common is a fascination with guns” Now there is a brilliant statement. Why else? Guns serve no function except to propel a projectile or as a paper weight. The Penis Extension theory may be viable for some, but surely not the majority. No one anywhere needs a firearm, except a game warden in the wilderness. Think about it. Sure criminals will always want a superior weapon, but give them life in prison for committing any crime with any weapon, should slow things down a bit. The nut cases are an all together different problem.

“We have got to figure a way to bring kids back to reality” First you have to bring their parents back to reality. What you eat and associate with forms the character and the stability. Welcome to Walmart! 

What can you do if the politicians want to spend your hard earned income on trivialities like dog parks, park benches in no where areas, aluminum railing for Idiots, and all the other weird crap they do to waste my money?  No knee breaking and chin crunching are only allowed in big cities, right?

I really miss FTR. I may not always agree with him, but he sure makes me think. Hope he is well.

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[Guns] I hope the Right doesn’t start imagining that crap that Obama wants to confiscate our guns because he doesn’t.

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an_big showHeee’s Back! Thanks to all for the kind words. Yep, FTR was AWOL for a week. Yep, it was health related.  Last Tuesday at 5:30 AM Mrs. FTR delivered me to HolyCrossHospital in Ft.Laud. to have my totally worn out right knee replaced. It had been worn out by only making Right turns.  It was gracious of The White House to try set up a video call at the hospital, but I was busy with physical therapy and was not able to accommodate them. The new knee is guaranteed not to fail, but that guarantee is voided if any Left turns are made. The surgery only lasted about 2 hours The Doc and his team did a spectacular job. Unfortunately,  2 weeks earlier I had a serious infection in a wisdom tooth which required huge doses of antibiotics, pain meds, and hurry up oral surgery. The meds wrecked my GI system. So, going in to the knee surgery I was behind the curve.  I’ll spare you all the gory details but now all is really going fine. I’m up and around, not too much pain, able to walk about, and have just started physical therapy.  I had been told that knee replacement surgery was much worse than hip replacement surgery. So far, with this Olde Fart, that’s not the case. Last night I had the first real food that I’ve had in about a month as Springer’s. The Chicken Pot pie was honest to God comfort food!

Part 2) The Newtown shooting is a modern tragedy. There is nothing that we could post that could adequately define its horror and agony. It is annoying beyond description, but it’s no surprise, that some folks are attempting to enforce the liberal dicta: “You should never let a tragedy go to waste”. In liberal circles the drums are beating to banish all guns. Some, only marginally less daft, only want to banish “assault” weapons.

Look Deer Friends, each and every episode of slaughter that we have witnessed has had three critical parts. The first, and only indispensable, component of the tragedy is an actor, the doer.  The second indispensable component is that the actor, the dooer, have the will and determination to use a mechanism, a machine to engage in mass murder. The third leg of the stool is a machine.

Mass murderers have used all sorts of machines in their grisly enterprise. In fact, the single biggest mass murder associated with a school did not involve guns. I’ll bet that you didn’t know that. Most folks don’t. That fact does not fit into the mass media “take” on the tragedy.

The BathSchool mass murder happened in  Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927. The machine that was used was ….bombs….!  38 elementary school children, two teachers, and four other adults were killed, and at least 58 people were injured in the initial explosion. Then the deranged actor, the doer,  killed his wife, and committed suicide with his last explosion. Most of the victims were children in the second to sixth grades.

And so now, some of our liberal fellow travelers are again beating drums and demanding that “assault weapons” be banned.

Deer Friends, it is now, right now, against the law in the USA to own or possess an assault weapon unless you acquire a special permit from the feds. That law has been on the books for years.

Now, the feel good, quick fix, touchy feely types actually are demanding that weapons that LOOK like assault weapons be banned. Donkey Dung. Imagine the uproar if the Feds decided that boobs that only looked enhanced were illegal. There are hundreds of rifles on the market that fire a round every time the trigger is pulled. Some of those guns may look like assault rifles, but not a single one is an assault rifle.  When the trigger is pulled on these rifles it set off a chain of events. First, the bullet speeds down the barrel. Then the ejection of the empting cartridge casing, then the reloading of a new round, then the cocking of the firing mechanism is accomplished, all by using the energy generated by firing the first round.  The rifle can only fire one round with each trigger pull. Some, a relative few, of those guns look like the military assault rifles.  But not a single one is. A military assault rifle, is by definition, a fully automatic rifle. An assault rifle will send a round down range for as long as the trigger is depressed. It will continue to fire until the trigger is released. The shooter can fire 3 or 30, 5 or 15 rounds. As long as the trigger is engaged the gun fires.  They are a whale of a lot of fun to fire, but expensive as hell. Currently  they are illegal to own unless you have a special license. They are fun to fire, if you’ve got the bucks, go on down the Big Coppitt Gun Club, they have a variety of them for rent. 

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[Solar Community] I heard at Winn Dixie today that the last two solar folks on No Name Key are moving out, including that solar woman who started this whole electricity mess and Galleon Bay and she is abandoning ship like a rat leaving the taxpayers hold her skirt tail. I asked if the residents were having a farewell party and my companion almost flatten the women in front of him because he was laughing so hard he lost control of his cart. No, he said, but your are invited to the celebration party. Woohoo, I do love a wild party in the keys. Count me in, bro.