Wednesday June 24, 2015
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|[Bubba System] How did FKAA really go about hiring Randy Acevedo? He was hired for a position that was never publicly posted, for which no one else was considered and for which he didn’t even apply. From what I have learned from internal FKAA records and email exchanges with FKAA executives, this is what really happened: Link|
|The fixer’s tour guide to Havana. It’s not all fine cigars, beautiful architecture and old cars. Link|
|The REC90 fuel at the Big Pine Shell station just failed the non-ethanol test. The FL Consumer Services office is closed so I could not make a complaint, but I did call. Test it yourself: Put a small quantity of fuel in a clear container and add a drop of food color and shake it. If it tints the fuel, it has ethanol. My last three purchases of Rec90 passed the test. The fuel did not tint and the food color just lay in beads on the bottom.This time it tested positive for ethanol content and I just drove away instead of getting my 20 gallons for the boat. I have had my boat quit 3 times due to water in the gas before I started testing before buying the supposed non-ethanol there.Two boats in front of me had just fueled up with ethanol at the non-ethanol price. I can’t say if it’s the station owner or the fuel distributor that is making the extra dollar per gallon, but it won’t be mine. Food color is cheap. Be safe, be sure and test it before you buy it. Ethanol fuel burns hotter but produces less energy than non-ethanol so it is not good for any two-cycle engine. And it sucks moisture out of the air in a vented fuel system like your boat. Youtube has a good demonstration of that with two jars of gas and a fan blowing across them. The jar with ethanol absorbed water from the air.
This is a fuel test for ethanol on Rec90 gasoline. As the food color remains together it suggests that there is no ethanol in the fuel. Video
|Obama on the Charleston Black church massacre: “Some of my best friends are Black!”|
|This ‘big’ buck has the thickest antlers yet, somewhat like a moose’s. The velvet is just gorgeous.|
|[Stupid Crosswalk] The Florida Department of Environmental Protection built a crosswalk right where the curve on U.S. 1 is located as well as a short merge lane for those entering southbound traffic from Long Beach Drive. An accident waiting to happen. They did another stupid thing by designating the right lane of N. Roosevelt blvd in KW as a car/bike path. What’s more stupid is that the car/bike path is right next to the wide new bike path/sidewalk they just built.|
|I had my toolbox in the back of my truck in the summer sun when it exploded and scared the bejesus out of me. There were no liquids in the box, I think that the cover was on too tight with tools pushing in it from within.|
|What an outstanding job on Saturday’s bigpinekey.com. Best ever! Thank you and happy Father’s Day.|
|The next meeting of our Big Pine Computer Club is coming up this Saturday, June 27, 10 am at the senior center. Hope to see you there! Full Menu > Ongoing Events.|
|I got two lizards this week. I remember a time when I’d hesitate before pulling the trigger on an iguana. I didn’t want to kill any living thing. Now I can shoot standing up without resting the barrel on anything. I’m able to see how people can become desensitized to killing|
|[Pope Not A Republican] Pope Francis’ recent writing on climate change has brought the sides closer together on an issue of great importance to the low-lying Florida Keys. At a time when Gov. Rick Scott has downplayed the significance of global climate change, having been accused of telling state employees not to use the terms “climate change” and “global warming,” the Pope issued a 192-page document, Laudato Si, calling climate change a moral issue and urging people to act.|
|This little tweety bird was chowing down on seagraps or the bugs eating them.|
|[Ramrod Key Fire Kills Mother And 2 Children] An online fundraising account was established Sunday afternoon at http://www.gofundme.com/Medical-Illness-Healing/ and had raised nearly $700 in the first 17 minutes to help support the family and Jacob Shores’ medical expenses. The fund description states: “Early on the morning of June 21 a fire broke out in the Ferrer/Shores Ramrod Key family home. Courtney has tragically lost her mother and her two youngest siblings. Her remaining brother’s bravery and courage has landed him in Ryder Trauma Center where he is expected to make a full recovery. Courtney and Jacob must now begin the long journey of salvaging their family. This fund aims to assist in funeral, medical and living expenses in this tragic time.”|
|[Low Rider] Due to my hull design I had to raise the bunks as high as possible in order to clear the fenders on the trailer. In order to lower the boat a little I want to change tire sizes from the 15″ tires to the smaller 13″ tires. That will lower the boat 2″ closer to the ground and make it easier to launch the boat. As it is now, because of the height, I have to back the tandem axel trailer into the water too far in order to launch and retrieve.Is there anything wrong with going to the smaller size tire? I know they will turn faster which is not so good for long trips, but most of my launches are local.|
|[The Birth of The Who] Music clips that influenced and inspired The Who from soul to rock n roll via rhythm and blues. Link|
|[Gay Marriage] U.S. Supreme Court Decision Day Celebration Key West. The greater Key West community to include the entire county of Monroe, is invited to celebrate the historic U.S. Supreme Court Ruling/opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges, the case for nationwide Marriage Equality. This celebration will take place starting at 5 PM the day the opinion is released.Earlier on Monday 22 June, the US Supreme Court Made announcement that its final 7 opinions will be released on Thursday the 25 of June at 10 AM, Friday 26 June at 10 AM and Monday 29 June 10 AM.The Key West Business Guild, LoveisLoveKW and the City of Key West invite everyone to head to Petronia and Duval in Key West for a huge celebration. KWPD will monitor for crowd safety and possible Duval St closure in that area.|
|[You only live once] False. You live everyday. You only die once.|
|The largest coalition ever assembled on the issue of wildlife mortality from feral cats—including more than 200 groups—has called on Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell in a letter to take action to reduce mortality to wildlife populations on public lands stemming from the nation’s ever-increasing population of feral cats. The coalition includes a broad range of groups, from national bird and wildlife conservation organizations to animal rights groups and state government agencies.“The number of domestic cats in the United States has tripled over the last 40 years and continues to rise,” said Dr. George Fenwick, President of the Washington, DC-based American Bird Conservancy. “We are asking Secretary Jewell to take actions that will protect our native wildlife from 150 million feral and outdoor cats that are decimating wildlife populations in the most sacrosanct of locations, such as wildlife refuges, national parks, and other important public lands.””Domestic cats have been either a direct or indirect factor in 33 bird species extinctions and have been identified by the science community as one of the world’s worst invasive species. Rational heads have prevailed in terms of how stray dogs are treated. Stray cats should be treated much the same way. Turning a blind eye to this problem will only perpetuate the escalating impacts to birds and other wildlife, as well as threaten human health and safety,” said Susan Elbin, Director of Conservation and Science, New York City Audubon Society.
“Cats out in the natural environment are rapidly proliferating and are also extremely efficient predators of wildlife, squirrel sized and smaller, often to devastating effect. If we are to conserve native wildlife, cat populations as well as other ecologically disruptive invasive species, must be controlled by natural resource professionals especially on lands dedicated for conservation purposes. Cat owners should also be educated as to impacts to the environment of their cats and as responsible pet owners should keep them inside,” said Manley Fuller, President of the Florida Wildlife Federation.
|[“Big Pine Key drug arrests with paraphernalia”] Gee, just think if sex was illegal and the Man busted you for possession of vibrating dildos, slippery substances, Captain Dildo comic books, and insidious laughter when nude? Now about the bank robbers, the terrorists, the stock brokers, and not to mention murders and nun molesters.|
|Create double hangers using soda tabs. Video|
|[Another One Bites The Dust] The Eastern Cougar will be officially listed as extinct — almost 80 years after last sighting. Link|
|[Talent] I learned a long time ago that just because someone professes to be a singer/songwriter is no guarantee they are good at either.|
|[“At some point old people have to realize they are too old to dive safely and to call it quits”] About the deceased diver, you should look at the facts, especially since the cause of death has not been released. Numerous studies show a higher incidence of accidents and deaths dives among younger divers in the 25-44 age group. Link – pages 12 & 13.(Ed: True enough, but you failed to mention that there are bizillions of young divers compared to only a few old divers. Most know when to quit.)|
|[10 Second Trick to Prevent Heart Attacks] Unfortunately the video takes 6 hours to watch before they tell you the ten second trick! I never did finish, so I’m not sure what the trick is. I’ll probably die. Video|
|[iTit] Apple announced today that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This is considered a major social breakthrough because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.|
|Mark Twain wrote, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” Remember that, Dump the Pumps. FKAA is counting on it.|
|Bruce Jenner‘s cat|
|[The Pussy of Islamorada] Florida Keys marina owner and former Islamorada mayor Michael Reckwerdt pleaded guilty Friday in Key West federal court to felony tax fraud as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Reckwerdt pleaded guilty to conspiracy to impede or impair the Internal Revenue Service, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, fines up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.Before Reckwerdt was investigated by the IRS, he got into a bit of a public squabble with his wife, who, it seemed, had found him early one morning in an Islamorada establishment with his girlfriend, and that pleased his wife so much, that after she had it out with him and he was walking away with his thought to be girlfriend, his wife jumped back in her golf cart and rammed him in the leg, and he called the chief of police of Islamorada and woke him up maybe around 2:30 a.m, with his domestic dispute that he may well have caused by being with what might have been his girlfriend, and the chief of police sent officers and the wife was apprehended, and that’s when the angels dragged me into it, and I named the then mayor “The Pussy of Islamorada”, which, I heard from then State Attorney Dennis Ward, who lived up that way, went viral in Islamorada, and the pussy, I was told, was talking to a lawyer about suing me, and I laughed and said, oh, I sure do hope so, wait till I ask for his cell phone records in discovery, and that seemed to be the end of the talk about the pussy suing me. As I recall, it wasn’t that long after, the pussy was popped called by the IRS. No cosmic connection, of course. Two entirely unrelated events. Yeah, right.|
|[Pledge of Allegiance] Red Skelton was a very funny man. A comic who always considered himself a clown. His characters like Clem Kadiddlehopper, Gertrude and Heathcliff and his Hie Hobo are iconic. He never uttered a vulgar word in his routines and was a true patriot and loved our country. He was an accomplished artist and his paintings of clowns command very big bucks among collectors. I had the great pleasure to see Red live as a young man and have always remembered his presentation and humor. On one of this television shows he did a bit on the Pledge of Allegance. Those were different days when our country was mostly free of the violence we see today daily in news reports. As our politicians continue to be mostly be self serving, feeding from the pockets of the taxpayer we need to be reminded that this is OUR country and understand what the Pledge means. The attached link shows Mr. Skelton explaining the Pledge. It’s something all of us need to remember. Video|
|This diet I’m on makes no sense. How can grass-fed beef not count as a salad?|
|A flow chart for men.|
|[FKAA Meeting] No one has mentioned what happened at Thursday’s Sugarloaf School meeting with the FKAA. What is the latest poop? Was it still smoke and mirrors?|
Big-ass Walmart container ship crosses from China to U.S. in just 5 days! Link
|[Zoo animals roam flooded Georgian town] With the zoo dumping animals on the street that kill people, what do you think will happen if our economy crashes and people panic and some dimwits decide to “Free the Animals” in the zoos so they can live free on their own? Instant jungle or fresh meat? Video|
[Pizza Nation] We sell enough pizzas every day to cover 100 acres!
|[Crooks] Florida Lobster Divers & Company Sentenced for Illegal Harvesting Activities] According to court documents and information, Charles Veach was the President and Director of Super Grouper, Inc., and the company was the registered owner of the fishing vessel, the “SUPER GROUPER.”On August 10, 2009, Charles and Ryan Veach operated the vessel and harvested lobster in the FKNMS. During that voyage, aircraft operated by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) videotaped their diving activities. NOAA Special Agents documented the vessel return to Charles Veach’s home, where a significant amount of spiny lobsters were unloaded and subsequently sold to a wholesale dealer in Key West.
On August 15, 2014, the Super Grouper, operated by Charles and Tyson Veach, was located in the FKNMS by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) aircraft. FWS agents subsequently documented multiple locations where a diver deployed from the Super Grouper and CBP video captured spiny lobster harvesting activities on board the Super Grouper. NOAA Special Agents later witnessed the landing and sale of a part of the harvest at Stock Island to a wholesale dealer. An additional sale was made to a Key West dealer.
On August 19, 2014, NOAA Special Agents observed Charles and Tyson Veach aboard the Super Grouper harvesting lobsters in the FKNMS. During that trip, CBP documented multiple locations at which Tyson Veach engaged in diving activities. A later survey of the locations by the FWS Region 4 Dive Team verified the presence of illegal “casitas,” or artificial habitats, at the sites. Charles and Tyson Veach later landed the vessel and sold the spiny lobsters at a wholesaler dealer in Stock Island. Link
Greece’s economy crashed and people aren’t shooting each other. Why do the paranoids think we would start shooting here if our economy crashed?
|The south is moving north in Italy! African refugees, many of them Muslims, are pushing their weight around and the Mafia is responding in kind. Some of them are now near the French border, ready to push further. Video|
|It just dawned on me why Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet — nobody was married. Here are the single people that come to mind: Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Ernest T Bass, the Darlin family, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara. In fact, the only one married was Otis and he stayed drunk!|
|People of Walmart uncensored. Link|
|[Sewers] I am a realtor for RE/MAX All Keys. One of my listing is located in Big Pine Key and will be schedule for sewer assessment. I would like to know how much the new owner would be assess for the new sewer system.|
|Captain Doom and Gloom] By the looks of things, 2016 will be the fuse that is lighted for WW3 and the crashing of our American way of life simply because there are no real men left to run things, just wimpy castrated drones who cannot stand up unless they are ordered to by their mistresses or female owners. We seem to be doomed into submission and the invasions are taking their toll on our freedoms not by bullets or swords, but by idiot balless man in suites who are getting paid to say yes to whatever the invaders want to do. Sickening as it is, we are probably stuck into a unstable America Land of the Free Home of the Inept. Dog Save Us All? Give up your guns and pass the Vaseline|
|[From The Right Guy] We’ll see how much pushback comes from left field. I’m having fun on Facebook, lots of people with their heads screwed on backward. It’s astonishing how ill informed so many people are. I’ve got no problem with people expressing their beliefs or opinion, it makes for interesting discussion. But those who misstate fact irritate me. National Politics.|
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