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[Marathon Congestion] Send me just $2,500 and I’ll tell you how to improve the traffic flow in Marathon very easily, really. Aw shucks, I’ll tell you for free: Everybody drive faster!  

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[Size Matters] Subway being sued for missing inch, issues contradictory statements: With regards to the size of the bread and calling it a footlong, “SUBWAY FOOTLONG” is a registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway Restaurants and not intended to be a measurement of length.” (Subway Australia, previous statement)

“We have redoubled our efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve. Our commitment remains steadfast to ensure that every Subway Footlong sandwich is 12 inches at each location worldwide.”  (Subway, recent statement)

So busted, pay up b*tches and no free coupons either. Link 

Talking to you is like having to slap an old time TV to get a good picture.

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[“Slavery Book”] I am not sure what was missed by the ready thinking that a novel is not exactly what it is intended — fiction.

an_apple-mcintoshThe Macintosh computer is dying — again, and this time it’s likely for real. Last quarter Apple sold 4.2 million Macs, missing analyst estimates by nearly one million units. Apple’s Mac business was down 16 percent year over year on a weekly sales basis compared to the overall PC market, which was down 6 percent, according to IDC. 

The reason? People are buying iPhones and iPads instead of the more powerful Mac’s, using consoles instead for 3D gaming. Apple has already discontinued the XServer, XRaid and 17″ MacBook Pro, the Mac Pro is currently being eyed for termination. Later generations of OS X are being morphed into iOS, in fact the next version 10.9, will have Siri and more iOS features added to it.

Apple is basically at fault, for introducing less expensive, thus less profitable devices. Their reasoning they give is, if they don’t do it, someone else would have. Also people are finding out they can do just fine with less and still get their Apple fix, instead of having a fully capable computer at their disposal. So Apple will survive, just not the expensive Macs. The stock of course has been going south.

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No commercial power to No Name Key so they are suing the Monroe County taxpayers for $ 10 million. Link

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[Shuttle Shuttle] “Well, it’s been 48 hours since I landed the 747 with the shuttle Atlantis on top and I am still buzzing from the experience…” Link 

Gun Control for Dummies – It’s Common Sense. Video  
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Add to funny boat names: Snapper Galore

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Is everyone enjoying the Full Wolf Moon? Link

When I was young I was scared of the dark. Now when I see my electricity bill I’m scared of the lights.

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Has anyone heard how well the wind turbine experiment is doing on Cudjoe Key?  The lower one appears to be not working or just isn’t getting enough wind. Is there any data available on their energy production?  It seems to me to be a poor application and a waste of stimulus money, but I guess they keep the greenies happy. 

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Women are now allowed in combat, making war as dangerous as marriage.

I asked my blonde passenger if the cop following us had his lights on. She replied, “Yes…No…Yes…No…Yes…No”

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I heard of a new group forming here. It’s called Rising Tide of the Florida Keys. I hope it gets off the ground. According to an email I received. Rising Tide is an international, all-volunteer, grassroots network of groups and individuals who organize locally, promote community-based solutions to the climate crisis and take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change. 

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[“Most women are unhappy”] Especially the ones left behind to be alone down here. I miss the dogs that have lived full lives with me. I miss none of the women I’ve spent parts of my life with.

training27[Boating Skills and Seamanship Training Program Scholarship] Big Pine Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03 announces a Boating Skills and Seamanship training program scholarship opportunity to cover the cost of its class. The scholarship is for local students, ages 14 to 18 to attend the BS&S spring session on Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning February 25th and ending March 13, 2013.

Successful completion of the course qualifies the scholarship recipient for the State of Florida Boating Education ID card. This card qualifies persons 14 years of age and older to operate a personal water craft (PWC) and motorized vessels on Florida waterways. Personal instruction is given students attending Flotilla 13-03’s Boating Safety and Seamanship classes.

Applications for the scholarship to Flotilla 13-03’s next BS&S course may be found on its website: Link Then, select “Boat Safety Scholarship” from the left hand menu.

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My missus packed my bags, and as I walked out the front door, she screamed, “I wish you a slow and painful death, you bastard!” 
“Oh,” I replied, “so now you want me to stay! 

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[Operating Systems] Who is using what operating system: Windows 7 adoption is currently at 45% (and rising), XP at 39% (and dropping), OS x at 7% (and dropping), Vista at 5.6% (and dropping) Windows 8 at 1.8% (people are not liking it). Android and iOS use are shooting through the roof. If one needs Windows 7 on a new hardware it can be gotten still (instead of being force fed Windows 8) provided you state your preference for Win 7 and preferably a business requirement to online PC vendors. Win 8 is going over worst than Vista did, so just wait it out.

[Road Trip] The road is built on several small islands and reefs, and is crossed by eight bridges, several roads and overpasses. This road a view of the open sea, which is rare on the roads along the Norwegian coast. The spectacular road quickly became a tourist attraction. Link

moondog_saarloos28Moonlight illuminates a snowy scene in this night land and skyscape made on January 17 from Lower Miller Creek, Alaska, USA. Overexposed near the mountainous western horizon is the first quarter Moon itself, surrounded by an icy halo and flanked left and right by moondogs. Sometimes called mock moons, a more scientific name for the luminous apparations is paraselenae (plural). Analogous to a sundog or parhelion, a paraselene is produced by moonlight refracted through thin, hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. As determined by the crystal geometry, paraselenae are seen at an angle of 22 degrees or more from the Moon. Compared to the bright lunar disk, paraselenae are faint and easier to spot when the Moon is low.   
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[Legalize Pot] With recent decision by both the Federal Court and the Florida Attorney General to deny the rescheduling of cannabis it is time to push back! Florida lawmakers are, for the most, part content to do nothing about cannabis. They will pacify us with empty words, ignore us or even worse, flat deny the evidence that cannabis is a healing plant with incredible industrial potential. Send a letter: Link 

an cessna rotateAircraft share for sale. 1 membership share in Marathon Florida Flying Club’s Cessna 172M airplane. The share is for 1/9 ownership of the club’s airplane. The club is 100% owned by the 9 members and offers the most economical way to fly in the Keys. The airplane is based at the Marathon airport. Engine was recently overhauled with 160 hp upgrade, Powerflow exhaust system,  and a Garmin 430. Share price is $7,000. For more info: Classified Ads

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Prime Rib Dinner    Live Music

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[“Cessna Crash on Cudjoe Key in 2007”] Is that video available as public information? I would find that very interesting.

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U.S. may give $32 million to train Mali troops. How about we fix out infrastructure first? Bridges, damns, reservoirs, nuclear plants, etc.  All built a long time ago and in need of our attention now. Link 

[“A person dies and who is said to have acted with “reckless indifference”, walks”] As I said yesterday and will continue to say until the next voter revolt – did you vote for the current state attorney ?  Want to place blame for the “walk”?  Find all the voters who voted for her. Get in their faces and tell them your outrage.  If you can find them. They’re all home laughing at those of us who still think right exists in Monroe’s state atty office.

Those of us who supported Dennis tried to tell the rest of Monroe voters what would happen if Dennis did not get re-elected. And I say this with no satisfaction,  just great sadness – we told you so.  Now we’re all stuck with bubba-ism running rampant.

So, quit your bitching. We’re stuck with this. The new state atty regime is in their glory, on their power ride, impervious to public comments or opinions. Justice has fallen off the scales, is being kicked to the dumpster.  There is no great rescue or investigation coming.  FDLE can’t help.  Nothing will change – at least until maybe (hopefully,  but not likely)  the next election.  ~ SusanRHeim@aol.com

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[USDA slaughters thousands of birds]  Something is very, very wrong in our country today, the United States government is killing  thousands of birds with their Bye Bye Blackbird campaign. The USDA took responsibility for hundreds of dead starlings that were found on the ground and frozen in trees in South Dakota and Arkansas. The USDA’s Wildlife Services Program, said it used an avicide poison called DRC-1339.   This out of control agency must be stopped. 

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[Slavery] For the reader of the fictional work on slavery; I suggest you read the actual words of those that lived through it in the American Slave Narratives. Link 

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The wreck of the US Schooner Alligator part 1 of 2. Link 

Boating Skills & Seamanship Program. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class (the final class of the season) February 25.  It is a three week program, scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. For more info: Bulletin Board

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Don’t throw it — Grow it.  Recycle your garbage and grow it. Video

[Scam of the Day] “WARNING: Your account is reported to have violated the policies that are considered annoying and or insulting Facebook users.system will disable your account within 24 hours if you do not do the reconfirmation.
(Here, the message will contain a short link that looks like an official Facebook link)
Thanks
The Facebook Security Team
Inc: Departemen 415 PO Box 10005 Palo Alto CA 94303″

Not only is the message rife with spelling and grammar errors, it lists the wrong address. When Facebook took off, it moved from Palo Alto, CA, to Menlo Park, CA. The scammer is hoping to scare you so much that you miss these details.

What happens if you do click the link? It loads a 5-page “security check” that not only asks for your Facebook information, but your credit card number, too. Once the scammer has these, it sends the message out to your entire friends list. Who knows what sort of shady things it will try to do with your financial information.

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an_movie_reel5[Free Movie] Chemerical, a documentary following a family addicted to chemical household cleaners and hygiene products, who are switching to an all-natural cleaning lifestyle. The movie moves to prove that thanks to our ‘clean obsession’, we are really just drowning in a sea of toxicity. Tuesday, February 5. The free monthly film series is presented by Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys and located at the Marathon Power Squadron Building, 52nd St. Gulf on Loggerhead Lane. Free popcorn. Drinks available for a small donation.  For more information: Bulletin Board

[Captain Doom and Gloom] “Assault weapon” When are you crybabies going to get real. You cannot own a real AW, because it is fully auto. The make believe copies are junk and would not last in a military encounter for more than five minutes. Anyone who would own such piece of junk like those has questionable intelligence.  No real hunter or target person would. Quit blaming others for your defaults. Learn the truths before opening that unless food hole!

Fixing peoples computers is fun, but to have to clean all the dirt sucked in by the cooling fans is a royal mess, especially if it is a desktop that is kept on a carpet and there are cats and dogs in the house. I have seen computers with so much hair and dirt inside that it is a wonder the house did not burn down from an over heated computer. Clean them people, it does not take a rocket scientist to do that, and keep them off the floor, that is why they are called desk tops!

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Don’t be too tough on FTR guy. He’s just a victim of Obama’s success.

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Only the Whistleblower ever pays.  Support freedom of speech. Link

The essence of Obama’s second inaugural. There he declared: “What binds this nation together … what makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.” Obama then quoted our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Our “union,” Obama went on, was “founded on the principles of liberty and equality.” Nice prose – and transparent nonsense. 

How could the American Union have been founded on the principle of equality, when “equality” is not mentioned in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or the Federalist Papers? How could equality be a founding principle of a nation, six of whose 13 original states had legalized slavery, and five of whose first seven presidents owned slaves all their lives? What Obama preached in his inaugural was not historical truth but progressive propaganda, an Orwellian rewrite of American history.

That cartoon titled “The Republican Revolt” is funny, but shamefully, very true.

Remember the most recent school shooting? The one at Lone Star Community College?  Remember Obama’s quote after the Trayvon Martin shooting, reflecting if he only had a son. Now he has three. Instead of running just crime statistics to show issues with gun laws, we need to run the demographics and geographical locations with them. You’ll find that places with the highest number of shootings also have the strictest gun laws. Chicago, Detroit, NY, Maryland, NJ etc, which are also heavily populated urban areas. The lame stream media won’t report that, they’re not allowed to.

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The wild and crazy Republicans are back at it. You know the same 40% of republicans that have been polled and believe our President wasn’t born in America, They are back in the news.

Birther Queen Orly Taitz is now claiming that she has the abilty to have our President arrested in Connecticut. I can see it now her leading our President in handcuffs to former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Donald Trumps  plane for the trip to a federal prison. The Queen of the Republicanparty says she has supporters in Connecticut who are willing to sign a petition claiming that Obama has violated election law in that state. Taitz, a lawyer fromRancho Santa Margarita, California is claiming that Obamas Social security number was issued in Connecticut. Here’s where it get really entertaining. She claims that Obamas SS number was from a man named Harry Bounel whom is related to Michelle Obamas step-great grandmother and that the first lady may have claimed to be married to Bounel.  The Pachyderm poop is getting even deeper. Taitz is just returning from her trip to Washington where she was going to picket the White House for 12 hours. Instead she was forced to move to Union Station because of events from the Inauguration. The Birther Queen also called on the 80,000 people who watched a youtube video of her to help picket the White House.  I bet I know one anti – Obama cool guy that cant wait to get to D.C. and join in on the fun. Its hard to believe that at one time 40% of all republicans believe our President wasn’t born in America. Too funny.

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RayNagin27Re: Ray Nagin, corrupt Democrat.  The other day a poster claimed that the party affiliation of ex-mayor of The Big Easy was inconsequential.  That poster was wrong. The corruption in the chronically Democrat Big Easy was part of the warp and weave of Democrat political control of the city. The fact that most major media outlets refused to list Nagin’s political party speaks volumes of the liberal media bias. Had Nagin been a Republican, that would have been above the fold front page news. Hey, check it out for yourself. There will be media accounts of corrupt politcos, sad but true. Check out if the party affiliation of each is listed.

Part 1B) Speaking of headlines, do you recall any mainstream headlines that have reported that we are enduring the longest recession recovery since the end of WW2. As of now, it’s been about 43 months since recession actually ended. Far too few jobs are being created so as to reemploy the millions who remain unemployed. Today, we are still about 3 million jobs away from pre-recession levels. Spiffy, But, Obama does give great speech!

But that horrible fact pales when you realize that as of today, there are 5,273,000 more American unemployed than there were before the recession in June 2007.  I’ll remind you that the recession began one year after the Democrats took control of Congress, I’ll remind you that the Democrats have had effective control of the Legislative and Executive branches of our government for the past 6 years.  After 6 years of Democrat fiddling, our economy is in shambles. Check out the stats for yourself at the BOLS website. How does today compare to previous recession and recovery periods? Check out the chart and photos to be found at: Link

 

Walk proud Democrats! Your governance has just set yet another record. As of last Thursday, the Federal Reserve revealed that its holdings of U.S. government debt had increased to an all-time record of $1,696,691,000,000 as of the close of business on Wednesday. That’s special because the The Fed’s holdings of U.S. government debt have increased by 257 percent since Obama was first inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009.  The Fed is currently the single largest holder of U.S. government debt. By the end of November, Mainland China owned about $1,170,100,000,000 in U.S. government debt. That means that we owe China more money than anyone else, Isn’t that nice!  Now, here’s something that’s sure to warm the cockles of every liberal heart:

Part 2) I urge all members in the CT community to read the appended article from the Wall Street Journal.  It is the single best and most informative article that I’ve read concerning the lefts assault on the Second Amendment.  It is a quick read at: Link

I’ll bet 2 Springer’s Rob Roy’s that not a single member of CT’s left field team will even try to read to it.  If one does, and personally composes, writes and posts a cogent, non-insulting response, I’ll make sure that the first such poster gets 2 free Rob Roy’s at Springer’s.  I hope that our Deer Ed will help me out on this one. Plagiarists need not apply.

Part 3)  Soon the Denizens of Tinsel Town will conduct their annual ego orgy of the Academy Awards.  I’ll bet you’re wondering what that has to do with the recent decision that women will be accepted as front line combat warriors. Tinsel Town got all damp at that news. But don’t you wonder if there is no difference between men and women in combat, why should there be Academy award based on gender. Shouldn’t Tinsel Town ban any award that is gender based?  Why should there be a best Female actress (whoops, I forgot that the term actress is banned), while there is a separate award for best male actress. Hey, how about a Women’s Nobel Peace prize in physics!

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Part 4) Whoaa, almost forgot…Happy Birthday to Mrs. FTR.  She is a woman of extordinary good humor, and good sense. I love her dearly.

Respectfully submitted FTR@bellsouth.net