Yesterday, U.S. Dristict Judge K. Michael Moore dismissed the Pro Se Petition for Amicus Curiae Intervention I filed in the Celeste Bruno vs. Monroe County case. I expected Judge Moore to dismiss the Petition, but perhaps what is in it will affect him as he presides over the trial. I don’t think I did him any great favor. An innocent before he read the Petition, Judge Moore is an innocent no more. He now is responsible not only to the parties and the Federal Judiciary for how he handles this case, but also to God. It won’t surprise me if the case now takes some interesting and perhaps unexpected twists and turns. Perhaps the meaning of “poltergeisting” and “ghost-busting” will be stretched to new and electrifying heights. If you wish to see the Petition, it is posted to the Amicus Curiae menu page of goodrmorningfloridakeys.com and goodmorningkeywest.com.
Related, I had a couple of talks yesterday with Todd German, who sits on Key West Citizen’s Editorial Board. I wrote yesterday about the Editorial Board’s unanimous endorsement of Heather Carruthers in the District 3 county commission race. I wrote that the Board dismissed me because I say I get instruction in my dreams and the Board felt we need a more reality-based candidate. I wrote that I indeed told the Board that I get instruction in my dreams — at the very end of the half-hour interview I told four them that. Four men. The other five Board members, including Todd, were not there. I was told by one of the four, Tom Tuell, Editor of the Citizen, that everything was being taped-recorded and the missing Board members would listen to the tape.
Todd told me yesterday that did not listen to the tape, even though he had told me he was going to listen to it. Nor, I wager, did the other missing Directors hear the tape. For if they had, they would have heard just how much reality I shoved down the Board’s throats during our half-hour together. As for Todd, I was not surprised that he did not listen to the tape, because he had told me on other occasions that he was going to do something, that he did his homework, but then he did not do it. He had also told me he was supporting Heather, and I had fully expected him to vote for her during the Editorial Board’s deliberations. It was something else that he told me yesterday that I had not expected.
Todd said he was present when the entire Editorial Board discussed the District 3 candidates. He said there was no mention of my getting instructions from dreams. He said he told them how important I had been to the race, that I had brought a lot of important stuff to the table. When I asked if he had read the Editorial, he said he had not. I suggested that he read it, and that he then take Board to task, in public. I said he would do that if he was my friend and if he was committed to the truth. For whoever wrote that the Board did not want a candidate who says he gets information in dreams knew he was not speaking for the entire Board, because what he wrote had not even been discussed by them.
I am quite aware that saying I get information in dreams discredits me in the eyes of some members of the public. It discredits me in Tom Tuell’s eyes. And it discredits me in Todd German’s eyes, which I find a bit odd, inasmuch as when he was first drawn to me when I was running for Mayor of Key West in 2003, he said it was because I talked at candidate forums about my relationship with God. But as time passed, Todd moved away from that, and moved toward advising me to leave the God talk out of my presentations and stick to the issues.
He told me to leave the God talk out of the Petition I gave to Judge Moore yesterday, but I had been told in a dream to put it in there. I do what I’m told, because not doing what I’m told is never a pretty sight or any fun for me. I learned to accept without argument that Jesus really meant it when he said, “Thy will, not mine, be done, O Lord.” When he said to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth . . .” That is why I wrote into the Petition that I was a priest attached to no religion or church of this world, because (I did not put this in the Petition) there is no religion or church on this world that lives as Jesus said to live. Well, as Jesus is reported in the Gospels to have said. Who knows what he really said? All we have is handed-down hearsay reports, not one of which would be admissible in a court of law.
No, I do not expect to see Todd take the Citizen to task for one person on the Editorial Board falsely claiming to speak for the entire Board when he wrote that the Board did not want a county commissioner who says he gets instruction in dreams. I do not expect Todd to do that, because by the time we were done talking yesterday, he was defending the Board. He explained that, while the Board is seldom unanimous, it always writes in the “we,” as if it speaks unanimously. Even when it is split 5-4 on an issue, it speaks in the “we,” Todd said. I think the Board really ought to tell the public about its divisions, which is what the appellate courts do. Their published decisions show which judges concur, or concur specially, and which judges dissent. The concurring and dissenting opinions are published with the majority opinion.
No, I don’t expect the Citizen’s Editorial Board to operate like appellate courts, or under the same sunshine standards the Board sometimes claims elected officials should operate under. I expect the Board to continue to give you the impression that it is telling you everything. Sort of like the Gang of Three, except there are nine.
I told Todd yesterday that I might be asked to write about this today, and, yep, I was told in dreams last night to do it, even though there was something else I had already written before turning it last night about Celeste Bruno’s case that I felt should be published. Something I still feel should be published. But then, I’m not on the Editorial Board that gives me my writing assignments. I’m just a draftsman.
Sloan Bashinsky, non-affiliated county commission candidate, District 3 seat