Thursday, March 6, 2014

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[Party] I feel sad that Pat, the party lady, felt that she had to apologize for her party in Eden Pines. I sat on my porch and enjoyed the music coming from her yard. I was surprised when they stopped playing at 10 PM. I think that was very considerate of her. I am wondering, should we feel guilty having a party at our house? I hope not. I guess the party really did upset the complainer and Pat took the high ground by apologizing. Maybe the other person had a bad day or something else going wrong in their life that just made them upset that day. I think I will accept her invitation the next time I hear music at her house and go over and enjoy it. And I hope that I will remember this episode the next time I have a bad day and not be mean to others. Thank you Pat, for handling this with class. And thanks for the music.  Claudine Clark–Party Lights
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[Canal Restoration] A huge thank you to the large number of concerned Eden Pines property owners who attended the informative Canal Restoration neighborhood meeting held Wednesday night. The questions that were addressed by guest speakers, Rhonda Haag and Wendy Blondin were enlightening.  With your participation,  the prospects for the potential of a clean canal system are encouraging and exciting. Your involvement is essential and will make a difference in helping to save our canal system. Eden Pines owners with questions regarding the program are urged to contact Wendy Blondin, Principal Geologist at AMEC Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. (305) 298-9431.

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[New streaming TV device] In answer to Google’s $35 Chromecast stick, Roku releases its Streaming Stick for Netflix and more to your HDTV. Stream content from YouTube or your computer to your TV. Wireless N, and selling for $50 April. Cool. Link 

What I know regarding Sea Horse trailer park is that it’s owner is the same owner of Rowell Marina – Jim Cohen 
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Washington state issued its first legal-marijuana business license Wednesday, launch­ing a new phase in the states ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years.
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[“China’s Smog problem”] I was in Jodhpur, India about ten years ago and went out for a walk in the evening. I got to, maybe, a couple of blocks when I had to turn around and go back to the palace because the smog was so bad I couldn’t grab a breath. It was the only palace I’ve ever stay at and I had to leave because of the damn smog, bummer.

[“Derelict boats”] What is the law concerning derelict cars, etc left on or beside public highways or right-of-ways? Could  this law be applied to derelict boats on or beside public water right-of-ways? Or for that matter anywhere in the Sanctuary?
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[Defense Spending] Government wants to cut one trillion dollars over the next ten years in defense spending. Few who understand such things disagree, but the real problem with those cuts is that every single state relies on defense spending in their state. It has nothing to do with defense of our nation.

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The next meeting of the Big Pine Computer Club is coming up this Saturday, March 8, 10 am at the senior center. Hope to see you there. Events

[“Party in Eden Pines”] Pat, a co-worker and myself live across the canal.  We did dance to your music in our own homes!  We always wondered, Hey, how come we didn’t get an invite? (because we know this was not your first party). Your posting yesterday confirmed the invite and we plan on bringing a covered dish to your next one.  Thanks for the invite and we look forward to meeting you in person. 
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To the person who called the county employee a dimwit, you are the dimwit as they are only doing their job. 
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uke6Coconut’s Uke nite was jammin’. So many new Ukers. We will post some more photo’s ASAP. If you have never been to the NUT, stop by and give us a try. Uke nite has a very mixed bunch of folks. Young and seasoned, guys and gals make a fun mix for a very enjoyable nite. They all share a few common denominators . Having some fun, learning a few uke songs and a nite out just Ukein’ around. The NUT, Rockin’ ya Right at the Light for over 30 years. 
[Gun Nuts] You can forget about any help from our government representatives in dealing with this kooky business of firing weapons outdoors in residential neighborhoods.  They are all afraid of the NRA. Everyone’s afraid of the NRA.
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[“Party Pat”] You’re not a jerk — you ‘da man (assuming Pat is short for Patrick).  Party on, that’s why the Keys are so great.  Someone had a wedding party on Cudjoe Bay that went until the wee hours of the morning, but we all thought it was great and we’re happy for the newlyweds celebrating in the Keys.  Maybe Pat should move to Cudjoe to get away from the geriatric crowd here. 

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I don’t know why the poster should be annoyed by my watching Fox news, I hold no opinion on his watching Gilligan’s Island reruns, as I realize it is absolutely none of my business to worry about what floats this fellow’s boat, that is what the lady said when she kissed the cow. 

Getting ready for rising sea levels in Florida. Link
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[Canal Restoration] If property owners are responsible for trees growing out into the canal why doesn’t code enforcement make them keep the trees trimmed? Some of the canals are almost impassable because of the trees. In many places you can only get one boat to pass at a time because of the trees encroaching in the canal.

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When a woman says, Do whatever you want!” Do NOT do whatever you want.

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Marijuana may cause paranoia, but so does watching Fox News.
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LibreOffice is a free/donation-ware Microsoft Office alternative program that runs on all the major operating systems, files are compatible also. Unlike Google Docs which is web based, requires an Internet connection and subjected to government and hackers spying, LibreOffice is a program one installs and keeps their files locally instead. If one needs to share editable files, one can send the installer for LibreOffice also as it’s free/open source software. https://www.libreoffice.org/

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[“If gambling was legal the mob, as we know it, would be out of business”] You’re right, the Mob has been going “legal” to own the gambling systems. Ever hear of Vegas, Reno, Florida, and they have a chunk of every other state too.

[“Derelict Boats”] Why not have a large barge with convict labor salvaging those junkers and cleaning up the water just as they do on our roads? Seems to me, the State prisoners would love to be on the water instead of inside. Forget diving, just use a large crane to bite and lift the junk onto the barge. What to do with the scrap, have a state owned scrap yard that the junta can make money with. Recycle politicians too!
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I just found this great site. (Ed: Thanks) Am I crazy for wanting to buy a vacant canal lot on Big Pine and trying to build my retirement dream cottage in a few years? Is it possible?
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bully[Schools] Violence and aggression perpetrated upon anyone, at anytime, can be a serious criminal matter. As such, these behaviors must always be addressed with the utmost concern and caution by school authorities. A tone is set at school by the principal, as to the seriousness with which bullying will be viewed. Classrooms maintaining a standard of behavior that reinforce positive conduct and achievement, while punishing disorder and malfeasance, will decrease chaos, confusion and fear for all students. A safer and more orderly environment that promotes exciting and constructive learning activities, will minimize turbulence and trouble.

There was never any doubt who was in charge of my classroom. And to whom a student would contact, regarding any violation or threat they perceived to their well being. Most of my life I taught and coached adolescents. Although each one of my students was very beautiful and interesting, some of them had difficulty getting along with others. Violence and verbal aggression were a significant part of their personalities. A student who knows that you love them and will protect them, can relax long enough to learn advanced skills. They can begin to construct a new way of relating to themselves, their classmates and the world at large. It’s really not difficult to create a healthy, prosperous and enlightening experience for students.

Bullying did not occupy one iota of our school day. When one of my students were bullied outside of my classroom, they came to me with their problem. Contact was immediately made with the bully. This individual was faced with making some very quick and serious decisions. It didn’t take long for everyone in the school to know my position on this matter. The school administration was left out of it. They were incompetent and incapable of dealing with this issue. Behind the scene they enjoyed and benefited from my interventions on these matters, however during my 20 years at one school, they referred to me behind my back: “As a whacked out Marine from Vietnam”.

My students and myself maintained our classroom autonomy and prided ourselves in our achievements and success. Throughout the day, while I taught my classes, we provided a refuge for unruly students who were sent to me by their teachers. These students knew the drill, they worked quietly on their assignments until I was able to speak with them. I’ve never endorsed speaking to anyone in an unkind or disrespectful manner. My students were taught how to analytically reason and think, while reaching solutions to scholastic and vocational problems. They were instructed with the means to live their lives independent of the opinions, ideas, attitudes and comments of others.

These students were never indoctrinated with the fraudulent notion that someone else’s ‘words can hurt them’. They were made aware that the power for words to hurt them, could only come from themselves. They were trained to utilize the powerful behavior modification tool of ‘extinction’. Simultaneously they developed confidence in themselves through skill mastery and academic achievement. Their self-respect and esteem were firmly constructed upon a work ethic that they developed through the successful mastery of projects, which they took great pride in.

Please correct the standard proffered by the school district that: “words can hurt” to “Words Do Not Hurt Those, Who Do Not Want To Be Hurt By Them”, or “Hurtful Words Harm Those Who Speak Them”. These are the types of banners that need to greet our students each day. Not the ridiculous baloney that has been thrust upon them. Impressionable young students are taught to be fearful and apprehensive, as they are dropped off at the entrance of a school and greeted by an enormous banner directing them to the nefarious notion that: “Words Can Hurt Them”.

It may go something like this: I better be careful, oops-watch out, somebody is going to have a bad day, I better get ready, there they are, here it comes, their “words are going to hurt me.” Really… Will I be injured every time and by everyone who says words that I believe are hurting me? Will it ever stop? What a lovely learning environment.

My students were strong, competent and capable. We knew how to take care of ourselves. We had one another. And we knew where to go when we needed back up. If the leadership in our schools is not competently delivering on all of its responsibilities, then they should be shown the door. 

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[Spaghetti Time] Boy Scout Troop 573 is hosting an All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner this Saturday March 8, 2014 from 5-7 pm at the Big Pine United Methodist Church, Key Deer Blvd, Big Pine Key. $10/adults and $6/children includes all you can eat salad, spaghetti entree, garlic bread, and beverage. There will also be door prizes and delicious homemade desserts. Please join us and support our troop’s effort to attend summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina. Events 

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You’re right, the paddle boat “thingy” between Summerland Key and Ramrod will be the next boat to cost the taxpayers $500,000 to remove. The “thingy” is getting rustier everyday.

[“Climate does change from day to day”] Wrong! The weather changes from day to day, not the climate.
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[Chamber Business Social] Thursday, March 20 from 5:30-7 pm is the Chamber Business Social “Party in the Plaza” at FAVOR, the Key Deer Bookstore in the Winn-Dixie Plaza.  This is supported by Artists in Paradise,  with pizza from Pizzaworks, appetizers from China Garden and bagel bites from Bagel Island.  Basically, we’re taking over the whole NE corner of the plaza to celebrate the first day of Spring!   FREE to Chamber members; $10 for guests.  Events

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Happy birthday to our good girl! Heartgard online is without a prescription and $100 visit to vet. Proin medicine can be bought online without prescription and vet visit for your leaky dog. Heartworm is a bad thing and during mosquito season, which is year-round down there, is the time to keep your dog safe. Advantix can also be bought online for gigantic savings as compared to buying from your rich vet. Don’t get pick-pocketed any more!

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[“Not a Jerk Noise ordinance”]  It is a little more restrictive than the time for shutting it down.  Yes, it is permissible to make noise until 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11 on Friday and Saturday nights. However at no time may the noise level be more than 60 decibels at your property line.  After the cut off time you must be silent for all practical purposes. For those not familiar with decibel levels, 60 decibels is approximately normal talking voice level. I did not hear the band the other night, however I have never heard a live band restrict their levels to anything near 60 DB.  I am just chiming in because I had a neighborhood noise problem once and it took years to get the noise straightened out.  Code enforcement is responsible M-F 9-5 and the police department the rest of the time.  The police really dislike enforcing the noise ordinance. 

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[Ukraine] Napoleon said, “When your enemies make huge blunders don’t stop them.” Putin’s starting to look like a fool in the world’s eye. He’s going to fail miserably. Somehow the certain Americans will try and make it out to be a huge American defeat, but they will be wrong. Putin’s backed himself into a corner.

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[Ukraine] Of course you never heard anything resembling a desire to attack Ukraine from Fox News, however, you can now expect more such posts as you have acknowledged their post, satisfying their desire for some form of recognition. Why else would one post such postings — seriously? 
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[Sloan for Mayor] Sloan threatening to drop his trousers at a candidate forum in 2009, in support of Key West having a nude beach.

[“Why the Cracked Egg closed at the height of tourist season”]  Hmmm, let’s see. Crummy and dirty looking inside , bad service, over/under cooked food, bad management and the occasional loud tirade argument from the kitchen to entertain the guests.  That about covers it! 
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[“Fox News Ukraine”] Whenever something bad happens in the world Fox News concocts a scenario wherein it was the President’s fault. 

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[“Where to do laundry on BPK”] One bathtub, add water, add soap, add kids to agitate. 

[Ukraine Gun Nut] Is Senator Lindsey Graham crazy? He wants the US to place missiles around Ukraine to bluff Putin? You don’t bluff Putin. You don’t draw your gun until you’re ready to shoot. Whenever I see Graham’s name in the media it’s for some off the wall thinking. How do these people keep getting elected? 
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[“Fox News on Ukraine”] They are saying the President makes hollow threats implying we should attack. It seems Fox is not satisfied with sanctions, should they be imposed. That seems to be FTR’s line also.
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an_pitbull i love myKey West has just lost first place standing in the wonderful world of weird. Now Tampa triumphs. Yep, the weirdest of the weird are now in Tampa. The other day some Tampans (Tampons?) flagged down a cop and reported that they had seen their neighbor having sex with a pit bull in his back yard.  The neighbors said that they had begged the perv perp to knock it off, but the perv perp was so involved he ignored them. Ah passion! The cops interviewed one Bernard (The Saint) Marsonek, the suspect. Then they arrested him and charged him with aggravated animal cruelty, sexual activity involving animals and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. That’s according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.  It was reported that Marsonek and the pit bull were cuddling and quietly sharing a Milk Bone when the cops arrived. UP DATE:  It is rumored that Marsonek insisted that the pit bull was female, he allegedly is worried that he will be accused of being a homosexual. Not that there’s any thing wrong with that!  Puppy love?                                             

 

Part 2) Hillary the Hawk has returned while Obama ponders his next move now that the Russian chickens (Kiev) have come home to roost in Ukraine.  Hillary compared the recent Russian troop deployment in Crimea to policies implemented by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany regime. Clinton drew parallels between what she described as a campaign by Russian President Vladimir Putin to give Russian passports to any Crimea resident with Russian ties and the so-called “Heim ins Reich” resettlement policy practiced by the German dictatorship prior to World War II.  “[This is like] what Hitler did back in the 30s,” Clinton said, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”

“Heim ins Reich,” which literally means “Home into the Empire.” It was a policy pursued by Hitler beginning with the Anschluss of Austria and the annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland in 1938. The ultimate aim was to convince ethnic Germans living outside the Third Reich to agitate to be included in a so-called “Greater Germany.” In practice, the policy required expelling non-Germans from their traditional homes as the Nazis pushed east and resettling ethnic Germans in their place, as well as transferring whole German communities from parts of eastern Europe for resettlement in Germany. WW2 followed.

At a press conference Tuesday, Putin said that he would use force in Crimea only as a last resort, but he reserved the right to protect ethnic Russians in the region by any means necessary.  

Is it even remotely possible that Ms. Clinton has finally understood that her zany “Reset Button” policy toward Russia immediately after Obama took office was a fool’s errand? We are witnessing and assisting in the rebirth of the Soviet Empire.

Just last week Last week, the Democratic Party had their winter meeting and a TV interviewer decided to ask DNC committee members and guests if they’re ready for Hillary–and why. – Some said she had about a hundred moments of greatness when she served under President Obama – but, strangely, couldn’t name a single accomplishment of hers, besides marrying Bill Clinton.

Another attendee mentioned Clinton’s stance on abortion as a reason to be super excited for Hillary Clinton in 2016.  As for her accomplishments, none came to mind, but she noted that Obama saw a reason for her to be nominated as Secretary of State.  Duh! Or perhaps the Dems did remember what Ms. Clinton had done during her 4 years as SOS and were just too embarrassed to mention her deeds. Link 

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