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From yesterday’s KONK Life (konklife.com):
Detectives investigate death of baby
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has assigned Major Crimes Detective Manny Cuervo to investigate the death of a two-month-old baby over the weekend.
An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday into the death of Lyric Blackman, the daughter of Shacoya Blackman, 28, who said she woke just after 9 a.m., Sunday, to find her child not breathing.
Deputy Matt Dowling and Sgt. Ken Fricke responded first to the scene and Sgt. Fricke began performing CPR on the child. Paramedics arrived and the child was rushed to the hospital, but could not be revived. Detective Cuervo says he sees no obvious signs of foul play involved.
In today’s KONK Life email blast:
To the editor:
In your lead article: Detectives investigate death of baby, it is my opinion that you displayed questionable ethics. By naming the infant, Lyric Blackman, and the mother, Shacoya Blackman, and reporting that the infant’s death would be investigated, casts suspicion upon a woman who has just lost her child.
Since there were no signs of foul play, what was your intent? Or was it just a slow news day and the article fulfilled the “all the news that’s print to fit’ paradigm.
I wrote to KONK Life today:
Re: mysterious death of 2-month-old baby
Before dawn today, I dreamed of a detective investigating the death of a baby, and that I steered the detective in his investigation. I awoke remembering I had seen something in yesterday’s KONK Life email blast about a baby dying mysteriously. I opened today’s KONK Life email blast and saw Brooke Babineau’s letter to the editor, taking KONK Life to task for publishing the names of the mother and her baby.
Many years ago, my 7-week-old son died in his sleep, which his mother discovered on waking – he was not breathing. As in this Florida Keys case, a local newspaper reported the death, and that it was being investigated by the local police. The local coroner did an autopsy and ruled it was “crib death” – later that was called sudden infant death syndrome. It was the first my wife and I had ever heard of crib death, but apparently it was not all that rare.
Many years later, I had a different view of what happened. My wife and I already had traveled a lot with our son, and we had agreed we should not travel with him any more. Within half hour of that discussion, her brother called from their parents’ home in Memphis, Tennessee, to say in a few days the US Air Force was shipping him to Thailand, to service B-52 bombers. This was during the Vietnam war.
She told her brother she was leaving that day to see him off to war. She was holding the baby. I asked about our agreement? She went ballistic. Her eyes bulged out, veins raised up on her neck, her teeth bared, as she screamed at me. She looked rabid. It scared me to death. I gave in, told her to pack and I would take them to the airport. The next night, sleeping beside his mother, our son died in his sleep.
As time passed, I came to a different diagnosis of cause of death. The three of us had been in a wonderful cocoon; it felt like paradise. Suddenly, the cocoon was ripped to shreds. It terrified our son’s soul to death.
Many years later, after finally visiting my son’s unmakred grave several times and crying my heart and eyes and soul out until I was limp, I had a small grave marker made for his grave, on which was chiseled: INFANT SON: HE OPENED OUR HEARTS AND SET US ON OUR JOURNEY.
In a dream before dawn this morning, Danny Kolhage
picked up a deck of playing cards and started shuffling them. Danny is the “straight-arrow” county commissioner for District 3, which runs from Shark Key, below the Saddlebunch Keys, down into the upper half of Key West.
County Commission District 2 is the district lying just above Danny Kolhage’s district. The District 2 county commission office is on Big Pine Key.
The District 2 county commission race features Republican 4-term incumbent George Neugent, of Marathon, which lies above Seven Mile Bridge,
against Democrat political newcomer Eleanor McAdams, of Summerland Key.
Cudjoe Regional Sewer System, still under construction, lies in District 2.
Neugent has failed to carry his own voting district in the last two county commission elections. Neugent has pissed off many people in the lower Keys over his insisting Cudjoe Regional be a second-rate sewer system.
Recently on www.bigpinekey.com‘s popular Coconut Telegraph forum – the cards Danny Kolhage was shuffling in my dream:
[Sewers] We continue to support the efforts of citizen groups which, like us, are pressing for a proper sewer system in the Lower Keys. Our political leaders continue to divert sewer funds to other projects. We think you will be concerned about FKAA’s plans to inject partially treated sewage effluent into shallow wells at Cudjoe, instead of using the deep well the law requires for plants of this size. FKAA’s own documents show that the Plant will be receiving over 1 million gallons a day of sewage. The law states that plants of this size cannot use shallow wells, even after the sewage is treated. Our porous limestone environment allows the partially treated effluent to reach the surface waters, carrying nitrogen and phosphates which can cause algal blooms and create “dead zones” around Cudjoe Basin.The money is already available from taxes, federal monies, and grants. The BOCC simply has to vote to use it for the deep well for Cudjoe. They need to hear from their constituents.
We are Monroe County. We are the people. Many of us have served the visitors, tourists and winter residents one way or another over the years. Without us there is nothing. We pay the taxes, we bring in the money. We are the reason the money is available for a top notch Central Sewer System. The money is not for other projects. How dare these arrogant people assume that a dozen or so should benefit and the rest of us pay the price as they break the law, break peoples spirits and destroy the environment and everything we have worked so hard for.It is time to get the people who dont care about what we want out of here. It is time to get the people working on their own agenda out of here. Those of you who have payed attention have a good idea what is going on. Remember this when you vote. Enough is enough.
Also on the Coconut Telegraph:
[Mosquito Control Board race] When I worked for Mosquito Control and Phil Goodman [below]
had just been appointed to the board by Gov. Scott I took him around to show him what field inspectors deal with. First he used a can of off in 2 hours and the mosquitoes were not that bad. The temperature was in the 80s. It’s a shame he never came back in the summer when the temp was in the 90s along with 90% humidity. Point being, he had no idea what the employees deal with and that not very many people would go in the swamps to do their job. He has voted to cut jobs leaving the district short handed so when it rains or there is high tides, areas without mosquito larva must be treated because there was not enough time to inspect all areas and that is a big reason why so much product is being used, not the reason Director Mike gives. I no longer have a dog in the fight thanks to the TDC and local government[?]. I left after 35 years, but people need to stop the dismantling of a great organization. If Governor Scott and his appointee Mr Goodman have there way then Mosquito Control will be handed over to the BOCC who will then use the reserves for parks, bridges, restaurants or other special interests. If you don’t want to see a lot more mosquitoes and the possibly of the return dengue, etc. vote for Roger and Geoff. My name is Gary Schwartz. ~email@example.com
[George Neugent and Phil Goodman are bosom buddies.]
[Mosquito Control Board race]
No way would I vote for Goodman for Mosquito Control. Goodman has huge signs all over the place, which is always a bad indicator. Who is footing the bill that wants him in that badly? Goodman was reportedly appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, which is another hugely bad indicator. Kick Rick Scott out, too. Goodman boasts of his chemical industry background. With Big Chem ties, you know why some want to see him on the board. Goodman said he is enthusiastic about releasing GMO Franken-skeeters in your neighborhood and amongst the endangered wildlife. That is insane to release a human genetic creation anywhere- he needs to read more than the feel-good GMO promotional literature. I will be voting for Lynda Schuh [Independent]
who has none of the big negatives above.
Roger Cousineau [Democrat]
And this on the Coconut Telegraph:
[Ebola] If I wish to import a horse into the United States from Liberia or any African country other than Morocco , the horse needs to undergo a 60 day quarantine period at a USDA approved quarantine facility prior to mingling with the general population of horses in this country. Africa has a disease called African Horse Sickness that does not exist in the US ; this is the way we have kept it out of this country. African Horse Sickness does not cause disease in people, only horses; our government has determined that it would be devastating to the US horse industry if it were to come here.
The United States (and virtually all other countries) require a myriad of tests and often quarantine prior to bringing in a foreign animal.
I can’t legally cross state lines in the United States with a horse or cow without a health certificate signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian stating that the animal has been inspected and found free of infectious disease. In most cases blood tests are also required. In fact I can’t legally cross the Snake River and ride my horse in Idaho without a health certificate and a negative blood test for Equine Infectious Anemia.
I’m not complaining; the United States of America , the States of Idaho and Washington as well as the other 48 states take the health of our livestock very seriously, and we have a very good record at keeping foreign animal diseases out of our country. I am happy to do my part to maintain biosecurity in our animal population.
If I am a resident of Liberia incubating Ebola, to enter the United States all I need to do is present a valid visa, and lie when asked if I have been exposed to Ebola. Within hours (no quarantine required) I can be walking the streets of any city in the United States I feel very fortunate to live in a country that values our animals so highly.
[Ebola]…a document, from the State Department, has just been leaked that reveals that the feel good pin heads in the White House and State Department are building and considering a plan to import Ebola patients. Yep…incredibly they are considering flying Ebola patients from Africa to the good ole US of A for treatment. Never mind that Team Obama is all tied in knots trying to deal with a very tiny number of Ebola patients that are here now. Never mind that even the CDC has stated that the risk of infection is higher than previously reported. Never mind that the cost is estimated to be somewhere way south of $500k per patient. Never mind that it is illegal. Never forget that doing so, might well put our national health at risk, but it will make some members of the Democrat base feel good. Feel very good and very righteous. At least until one of their family members gets a temp of 103, has violent vomiting and diarrhea, and in death throes bleeds from eyes and other body orifices’. Ebola victims can void 3 gallons of diarrhea in a day. Have a nice day.
Continuation of Facebook thread reported yesterday and the day before yesterday at www.goodmorningkeywest.com:
Sloan Bashinsky today’s post, kicked off with the latter part of this FB thread, is now up at www.goodmorningkeywest.com – “shaman arts, psychiatric interventions, and other special ops, anomalies, fantasies, festivities and foolings around in the Key West locked ward”
Posted on October 29, 2014 by Sloan
Sloan Bashinsky Chris, I doubt being manic is beneficial for anyone. I am pushed very hard, ongoing by angels, and sometimes it’s difficult to keep up, more often it’s hard to read their “messages” as they hope I will read their messages. Most of what I write just falls out of me onto the paper, or mostly now, onto my laptop monitor screen. Sometimes in private conversations I write more than the angels later let me use in public posts. Some of it never was to be published. goodmorningkeywest.com, the oldest of my websites, went active in July 2007. Now there are 2,657 different “articles” there. There might be 1,000 different “articles” at the other two newer websites. I get up each day and start putting together that day’s post. Some of that is taking stuff already written the day before, or the day before, or the week before, and arranging it. And some of it is fresh, responding to what someone else wrote fresh to me, or to something in the local or national news that morning, or the day before. 5 hours probably is an average time for each morning’s publishing. Writing was my medium when the angels first showed up in early 1987, and remains so today. When they came, I was not writing, but had been through a heavy run of it, which had started in 1982 and ran through mid-1985. Later, there were other heavy runs, then dry spells. In March 2006, the run returned, now as a gusher, or flood, and has been that way ever since. The drawings started coming in a flood in September 2002, and the flood continued a few years, then there were a few interment showers, then there was a drought. Then one really large drawing came, for a homeless art, poetry, music exhibit a woman put together down here. Then, after I moved back to Key West August a year ago, from Little Torch Key, a few new drawings came, and I was moved to “repaint” some of the older ones. All of the drawings I put into this FB thread were done in 2007, as I recall, and were later “repainted”. I don’t have a regular life. The angels own me, which is how it goes for shamans. The angels seem to have turned me around backwards and upside down. Instead of doing the work in the spirit realms, like I read and hear shamans do; the angels give me the grist of this world to engage, with their advice and corrections, and even their rebukes at times – quite terrifying. I see very little of what is going on in the spirit realms, but I feel it, especially physically; and I see it in the spirit realms’ human extensions. My opinion, Chris, that truly beautiful and spetacular lady shaman artist of yours needs to go viral on the Web, if she is not already. Some places, a female shaman is called shmanca, or shamanka. I imagine she is part of you, maybe a lot of you.
Sloan Bashinsky I keep wondering what is the purpose? Obviously, I’m an anomaly. Perhaps it was always there and the angels provoked it, or they simply created it. They stored a lot of stuff in me, which sometimes gets dribbled out, or flushed. Back in late 2012, as I recall, or maybe it was the following year, they asked me to make a prayer for a Divine Intervention of the feminine into America. I made the prayer. I figure the angels arranged for Bear and me to meet, after he moved down here a few months back. I figure they figured he would show me your painting. That’s how they work, the angels. And other ways.
A related Facebook post: