Thursday, January 9, 2014

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an_bus_greyhd_lgts[Homeless] I have a dream. First, I get 50 million dollars from a Nigerian prince. Next I buy a Greyhound bus and staff it with buxom hostesses. I then have it driven to homeless gathering places in Miami. A sign that says “Free booze, food and a ride to Key West” is placed on the bus. I load it up and head to Key West. I drop them off on Duval Street (drunk). Repeat. Repeat. Repeat, etc.

I wonder how long it would take before the one human family gang would scream “enough”?

It is like one Iguana is cute. Thousands are a real problem.

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[Death by wedgie] A 33-year-old man in Oklahoma killed his stepfather after a fight over the holidays by yanking underwear up the stepfather’s back and over his head so that the waist­band was around his neck.

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It’s Thursday, do you know what that means, it’s a sandwich special at Springers Bar and Grill. Today we have a Meatball sub, it’s Italian spiced meatballs smothered in sauce and mozzarella cheese on a grinder roll. Oh so good! 

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The 1971 burglary of that FBI office was merely part of a citizens’ investigation of  FBI practices.
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[“How do you get a cold by being wet and cold”]  Being wet and cold puts stress on your body, which lowers your resistance to any germs you may contact.  Germs can be left on any surface; gas pump handles, shopping carts, atm pads, etc., and can stay active for hours after the sick person left them there.

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[Online Dating] I was one. Yes a lonely guy who really thought those TV and Online dating services could really help me find a mate. Boy was I right. They do work, but not like people think. I found as many as four ‘mates’ per week. Never have I met more horney chicks than while using these services. It is a whole new way of pimping with a keyboard. Now if the users could only be honest about their pictures, ‘dating’ would be much easier. The world is messed up and these kinds of organizations prove it beyond any doubt.

[Laptop Equal to Main-frame] If this was found in Roswell AZ back in 1947 or even in 1987, it would definitely have come from a UFO! Link
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[“Movie studios running out ideas, hurting children next”] They already have been doing so on the streaming services. If in doubt, read the online reviews first. 

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Warm up with this Lobster Bisque recipe.  Link

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[How cold was it in the Keys lately?] So cold the bait stores started selling hand warmers and ice drills.
So cold we saw teenagers with their pants pulled up.
So cold the local coach was knocked out with a chunk of Gatorade.
So cold the bums were taking cabs.
So cold lobsters and shrimp were throwing themselves into the boiling water.

Isn’t about time they legalized pot seeing how it is the largest cash crop in America? There’s a lot of tax money that could be made from it. 
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[Profit Isn’t Greed] Nothing wrong or greedy about wanting to go into business on your own? Perhaps they are sick and tired of working for someone else!

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Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.  ~Albert Einstein

A true story about 19 marines killed on an island (defending against the Japanese). They had to retreat, so asked the islanders to please bury them for us. Video

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Deer FTR, Ed is culling national politics from inept posters who give nothing to the topics. Ed needs to do this because most AH in the Keys seem to love aggravating others or to vent their closet madness. I too, miss the national subjects, but do not miss the twisted rhetoric from the uninformed. Keep up the culling Ed. (Ed: I used to get knots in my stomach when reading certain posts that I refused to publish. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the day after I published a dissent opinion that was absurd, the next day the poster wrote in that he made the whole thing up. I don’t need that crap and crap is what it is.) 
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With ‘grass’ becoming legal in the USA and from what my old buddy told me years ago back in the 1960’s, where are all the major tobacco companies in all this and what are they planning for their massive distribution network to sell dope world wide? He worked for a S.C. corporation who had warehouses filled with packaged ‘goodies’ way back then. The stuff does not go bad does it? And you thought smokes cost too much now!

I love the stories about crazy Midwesterners. I had a customer who told me a story about when he worked at an Air Force base as a civilian. He loaded up his car with guns and bombs and ammo and “was going to hurt some people.”

He went away for a while and later got into the flea market circuit. The Feds came to his house and arrested him for having a semi trailer full of stolen light bulbs!

But the best part of this guy’s story was that he installed a toilet in his basement that was on a 4′ cement pedestal that looked like a pyramid replete with steps going up one side. This was in a very modest home in Ohio.

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[Crook] BPK man charged with forged stone-crab tags.  Link

Pirates-on-the-Water-Ck-Presentation1[Local Parrot Heads Club Supports VNA/Hospice] Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/Hospice) received a donation of over $1,600 from Pirates on the Water, the Key Largo chapter of the Parrot Heads in Paradise club.

VNA/Hospice was chosen this year by the Pirates on the Water as the recipients of their “Pit Stop Party” which was held in conjunction with the annual Parrot Heads Meeting of the Minds gathering in Key West.

“This year’s event raised over $1,600 for our charity and we were honored to be able to present these funds to VNA/Hospice to help fund home health and hospice care for our residents in need,” stated the club’s Log Keeper Sandy Singleton.  “When we found out they provided over $300,000 in unfunded care to uninsured and underinsured residents last year we knew we needed to help.”

Pirates on the Water have been known for their creative, goodhearted and philanthropic fundraising since the club’s founding in 2006.  Benefitting local charities with their annual events is one way they fulfill their mission of leaving everything a bit better than they found it

More about the BPK woods fire. Link
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The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it’s the illusion of knowledge. ~Stephen Hawking
ABATE Chili Cook Off is coming! More info on the way. 
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There was an interesting post yesterday that may explain the frustration many of us had with the political section. A poster lamented that he only had 15 minutes to do the research to back up his comments whereas another (FTR?) had half a day.

Aren’t you supposed to do research and gather evidence before you arrive at your opinion? The politics section must have been bassackwards. 

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[Dennis Rodman in Korea] It is perfectly ok for Rodman to be in Korea speaking on our behalf. He is filling the void left by Jesse Jackson.

All patients provide documentation of household income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. 200%? Then I’d have to park my Rolls a few block away, huh?
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In my daily 1 second glance at the FTR post yesterday, the words “grinder pump” caught my eye. Curious, I read his post in which he stated that his interest was national politics. It reminded me of this old joke:

A guy says “My wife and I split up the work. She takes care of the bills, worries about our finances, handles our nutrition and does the day to day planning. I take care of the big stuff like foreign affairs and national politics.” 

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With all the fears and paranoia going around about Big Brother invading our privacy by way of our phones, our mail, the web, our credit cards, the toll paying device, the spy cams on the polls, the computer in your vehicle and that lump under your arm — now what are you going to do about it? No, sheeple, it is all over except the crying and howling. It is nobody’s fault but yours, and those who want to control all the information in the world. Guess who?

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Guns are a lot like parachutes. If you need one and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again. The best presentation on gun control yet. Even if you don’t like guns, watch this one. Should be required viewing by both sides of the issue of gun control. Here is a man who knows the Constitution. Watch the faces on some Senators in the audience. Video 
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Multi-family yard sale Saturday, January 11 from 8 – 2. Marine/fishing gear, Dive gear, tools, Fine art, collectibles. Lots of miscellaneous items. 31255 Avenue G, Big Pine Key. Classified Ads > Yard Sales

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[Lunch/Dinner] While enjoying our new soup tureen with nachos and chicken chili we considered the following: Is it is supper of dinner? On my grandfather’s farm lunch was always dinner.

I think that anyone who claims that smoking weed is harmless is blowing smoke.
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[“Naval Air Station Key West, Military Affairs Committee (MAC)”] That’s cool. Can anyone tell us who all the members of the MAC are? Does any member of the press cover their meetings on the Navy base? How many members, who they are, when they meet, etc? 

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[“JPMorgan Chase & Co will pay more than $2.5 billion has to hurt”] Nah, that is chump change to those hoods. Besides they will write it off on whatever taxes they do not pay anyway. It business!

If FTR is paying the full boat for advertising on the CT it is costing him $957.60 per year. I wonder if he has changed one vote at that cost
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[Waste of Money] In 2003, the U.S. government allocated an astounding $12 million to apprehend the elusive Tommy Chong — better known as half of the classic comedy team Cheech and Chong — for selling bong-like glass pipes over the Internet.
Wow, man, tell me this flick did not happen! Link 

National Key Deer Refuge brush fire pictures. Link
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[Catching The Common Cold] You constantly are surrounded by the germs that cause colds. The big difference is your immune system, and your resistance to those germs. When you are overly cold or tired your immune system is weakened hence the onset of the cold.

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What is peace to you?

John Donnelly (center) President of the ‘M’ Ensemble  Company’s Board of Directors, was presented with an award by the theater’s co-founders Pat Williams (left) and Shirley Richardson (right).   The ceremony was held at the New World Symphony in Miami, following the Knight Foundation’s Art Endowment conferrals. Mr. Donnelly was acknowledged for his leadership, inspiration and creative genius. The M Ensemble  Company is the oldest theater company in Miami and is recognized as one of the few longest standing African-American Theater Company in the United States. (Ed: Sorry, they forgot the picture.)
Data_Center_Panorama[Spies Like US]  Utah Data Center. I guess everyone knows now about it, but guess who’s building it – our friends from Balfour Beatty. The Utah Data Center will gather data from intercepted satellite communications and underwater ocean cables. Analysts will decipher, analyse and store the information in order to spot potential bad guys. Link 
What is the latest on the grinder pump scam and who is still trying to push them? What happened to Walter?[?]
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[Bitter Local] “Greedy profit” It isn’t that we don’t like businesses, it is because newbies think they have great ideas to get rich down here in the Keys, but most times all they do is start up useless enterprises and destroy anything that looks like the old Keys. You guys will never learn that most of the conchs and long time locals do not want to be rich and famous. We want to be free of the hassle of living 24/7 behind a cash register. Get with it or move to some shit hole in Texas or Mexico that needs your circus junk shop low rent mentality and leave paradise alone!
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I let the cat out at 5 am the other day. It was barely light and I was not worried about being out of bed naked. For the next two weeks, my wife received a dozen sympathy cards and two condolence mass cards. I get no respect.

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Bacon basket is the ultimate bacon lover’s gadget. Fill it with sausage and eggs and ride the cholesterol highway.

[Captain Doom and Gloom] “Greedy profit” It is not that people are greedy who own businesses it a the fact of life that they turn that way after realizing they cannot work at a decent product producing job for eight hours, five days a week and make a decent wage,except in the Keys. They then wonder why. Mostly the reason is they did not have the correct business plan for the area they are in. Whims do not make for a smart business plan. It takes many months of study to understand one’s area, one’s skills and one’s potential for profit making. Then hooking up with the correct suppliers, getting the required labor force, permits, licenses, training, and learning the under-table skills of a realistic business owner. Anyone can open a sandwich shop and buy at the local market, open a second hand recycle shop, or a bicycle repair shop, but those who think they will make a fortune in the Keys by starting a new General Motors or The Worlds Biggest Tiki Bar, should sell the stuff they are smoking. This ain’t the mainland, Dude!
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from the right

pov1It’s been a half century of failed national social policies since President Johnson started a $20 trillion taxpayer-funded war on poverty. The tragedy is not only the social impact of the failure of the war on poverty, but also the immense waste of money. Indeed under Obama’s Democrat governance, the poverty rate has eclipsed the poverty rate which spawned the “Great Society”.  

50 years later, under the Obama administration, the overall percentage of impoverished people in the U.S. has declined only slightly and the poor have lost ground under President Obama. The poverty rate has stood at 15 percent for three consecutive years, the first time that has happened since the mid-1960s. The poverty rate in 1965 was 17.3 percent; it was 12.5 percent in 2007, before the Great Recession and before the Democrats took control of Congress. Years after the Great Recession ended, 46.5 million Americans are still living in poverty, according to a Census Bureau report released Tuesday.

Meanwhile, median household income fell slightly to $51,017 a year in 2012, down from $51,100 in 2011. About 50 million Americans live below the poverty line, which the federal government defined in 2012 as an annual income of $23,492 for a family of four.

pov9President Obama’s anti-poverty efforts are basically to give more people more free stuff. Johnson’s goal was to make people prosperous and self-sufficient.

Today, apparently Obama’s only homage to the inception of the “Great Society” is to urge Congress to further extend the current record shattering extent of unemployment compensation.

Democrat governance has shattered many records: high unemployment, record highs in food stamp usage, record high  reliance on welfare, record high national debt, etc., etc., the sad list goes on and on. Nonetheless, the Democrat record of failure does not cause them to seek new solutions to solve old problems, but rather to simply double down on failed programs and to make the population more and more reliant on government largess.

But there are voices of reason to be heard. Our own  Sen. Marco Rubio says the nation needs a new reform agenda to help the poorest Americans find work and help their families climb out of poverty.

pov2The Florida Republican says in a speech Wednesday that money from the federal government to address poverty should be shifted to the states and Congress should reform the tax code to give people in low-wage jobs an incentive to stay in the workforce and not collect unemployment insurance.

Rubio says a “big government approach” launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” 50 years ago has failed then and continues to fail to help Americans trapped by poverty.” He’s not only Right, he’s correct. It’s time for a change.

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