2014 Key West mayor’s race, new homeless shelter and booze discussion heats up a bit; ridiculous, someone likened Barack Obama to the anti-christ!

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Teri Johnston
Key West City Commissioner Teri Johnston (just above) called yesterday morning and thanked me for being at Wednesday night’s special city commission meeting convened to rank sites for Key West’s new homeless shelter, which meeting I reported in yesterday’s Key West City Commission’s top choice for new homeless shelter location, long time coming, long ways to go post atwww.goodmorningkeywest.com. Teri encouraged me to keep coming to city meetings and speaking to homeless issues. I said I was sure I would do that. Teri said, just for the record, SHE IS NOT RUNNING FOR MAYOR NEXT YEAR. I burst into tears, my heart broken. Teri was unable to console me. I ended up in ER on Stock Island. It was horrible.
Heart Throb
I wonder how many people will believe all of that, and how many will believe some of it, and how many will believe none of it?
mud dog
Mud Dawg, of Daddy Bones yummy BBQ, located behind Checkers on North Roosevelt Blvd Key West, wrote:
Daddy Bones
I always wondered since we are supposedly ONE HUMAN FAMILY. Then whats wrong with homeless shelter at glen archer or harris school? Really great spots. I used showers at KOTS cple times The staff were very inattentive folks were drunk and drinking and no one cared. Fix the staffing issues when u get a new location or its doomed to same fate as KOTS.
I replied:
I stayed at KOTS two nights in early 2005. The monitors were wrapped up in themselves. Talked throughout the night, disturbing my sleep. Drunks were allowed into KOTS. I keep hearing drunks are allowed into KOTS, despite something said in the recent special city commission meeting that drunks are not allowed into KOTS. The city commissioners and mayor will never know what they are missing (paying for), if the don’t spend a couple of nights at KOTS themselves. Not that I expect them to actually want know what they are paying for. One Human Family sounds great but has proven to be selectively enforced, just like Key West’s ordinances aimed solely at homeless people. Unfortunately, some homeless people are very disagreeable and/or wacky and cause trouble for all homeless people and mainstream people. Unfortunately, some mainstream people are very disagreeable and/or wacky and cause trouble for all mainstream people and homeless people. So maybe in the big scheme, it is one human family :-).
Vietnam batttleshocked disabled vet vicious van dweller criminal frequent spy on mainstream behavior amigo Bob wrote:
Terror Johnston want a homeless facility which is in the same neighbor hood that the law suit threat is in,,,,,giving bus tickets to home less people to leave town,,,,,,,brilliant,,,,where the hell has she been the k w corrupt has been funneling money to glad tidings Ta give one way ticket s for quite some time and it doesn’t work she wants a controlled atmosphere at the jail shelter ( so stupid) and sheriffs and cops on the premise to continue to abuse the homeless,mentally 
Sick and indigent. Get her away from this ,(,,,she is not dealing with humans…….)
and the indigent she is so off base no one will show up at a place like that she wants and she wants controlled lockers and I’m sure searches of personnel belongings every night is absurd 
Sloan get rid of this woman let her go to dinner with more nut who wants to throw the underprivileged people a cracker every time they refuse a drink but he and she can drink all they want and probably have drinking problems too but they don’t think so to change the subject for a minute I love when the clowns at city hall tell the public,,,,,we will do anything we want to do and WE WILL TAKE THE HITS. (LAW SUITS ). We’ll hold on to your seats and hope the nazis protect and lie for you.  
I always thought ringling bros.barnum and Bailey circus should move to KW but they abuse animals not people all you clowns and control freaks will stand in front of a judge someday and your tears won’t matter.
Just because you control your bedroom don’t bring that sick activity to the underprivileged people.
I replied:
Hi, Bob –
Your bedroom allusion is out of line and makes you out to be a flaming KKK born-again right-wing Christian bigot.
Did you go off your meds?
For a fact, Key West has heaps of drunks/addicts who are not homeless people. For a fact, Key West has had that for as long as I can remember. It seems to be the Conch Republic’s national pastime – being wasted in Margarittaville.
I have never heard Terry Johnston advocate forced busing of homeless people to the mainland. I have heard her talk about offering homeless people who want to leave the Keys a bus ticket to the destination of their choice. I have heard her say that won’t stop more homeless people from coming to Key West.
It was my idea, Bob, to put retired law enforcement officers on duty in the new Key West homeless shelter. Having stayed myself at KOTS, I think that’s a really good idea.
While I disagree with Mayor Cates’ fanaticism to persecute homeless people for drinking in public, which he has no problem doing himself, nor his wife, nor their friends, I have no control over that. I have a big problem with Cates putting homeless people caught drinking in public in the county jail, which costs the Sheriff, thus the County Commission, thus the county taxpayers a wad. I have just as big a problem with Cates putting homeless drunks in the hospital, either directly, or via putting them in jail, and they then are taken to hospital, which does not get reimbursed for detoxing drunk homeless people, who, on release, go back to being drunk homeless people.
If they are going to be arrested, drunk homeless people need to be taken to a day and night shelter, and held there overnight and released, instead of put in jail and held there for days, or weeks. Armed guards are necessary in such a setting.
There never were problems with homeless people on Higgs Beach back when retired sheriff deputies were stationed there from opening to closing. When the county quit paying for deputies to be there, some homeless people started behaving horribly. I was there, I saw and heard it.
You should have slammed me, Bob. And, actually, that is what you did, for it was from me that Teri got most of her thoughts on how to deal with Key West’s homeless situation. Teri and I will not always agree on homeless issues. Nobody always agrees with me on homeless issues. However, she is a far cry closer to what I feel is okay, than is Mayor Cates, who sure looks to me that he has gone mad trying to remove all homeless people from Key West. He has a following, too, and some of them sit up there next to him at city commission meetings.
Nazi, I am not, Bob. But you sound like one in your bedroom remark.
Frisbee Dave 3A mainland childhood friend of Frisee Dave (photo above), who stays at KOTS nights, wrote today:

Do you know what the definition of “lodging” is or how I can find the criteria the police use? Thanks.I don’t know how you do it Sloan. Going to the meetings about homelessness or I suppose just about any issue, you must have the patience of a saint. Just by reading your articles and the Citizen paper, I swear I would shoot my dog if he was as stupid as the people making comments. But that’s what makes the world go around I guess. Ciao

I replied:

Lodging is not defined in the Key West ordinance, and that is one of the grounds Hatman


argued made the ordinance unconstitutional – vagueness. I suppose they mean someone living in his/her vehicle, most likely all the time as opposed to short duration. For me, the real argument is a person living in his van all the time, who has no other home, is living in his home, and I do not believe the US Constitution allows him to be criminalized for living in his home, which even has a solar panel.

Hell, Hatman’s address on his Florida driver’s license is his Florida license plate tag number. I thought he was going to put that into evidence, but maybe he was so flummoxed to learn he was at his trial, instead of a hearing to argue constitutional law, that he couldn’t think straight. Maybe if Judge Miller find’s Hatman guilty, he will get all  of that, and lots more, into evidence when he appeals and a jury hears it.

I go to government meetings and write and publish because that’s what the angels tell me to do, and other things, and being totally terrified of pissing off the angels, I do their bidding. Sometimes, it’s sort of fun doing their bidding, and sometimes it sucks to high heaven.

fishy smell

Speaking of sucking to high heaven ….

NajaArnaud Girard
In the lead article in today’s blue paper (www.thebluepaper.com), Naja and Arnaud (photos just above) put yet another major dent in the City of Key West’s public relations department’s spin on what happened to the man, suspected by a Key West police officer of being a vicious criminal van dweller, who came down to “paradise” from the northern US mainland and died the next day, Thanksgiving, lying under several Key West police officers. You ain’t probably going to believe it, if I tell you what Naja and Arnaud dug up, so here’s the teaser with links to their entire article. In comparison, Bill O’Reilly’s recent video slam of Key West was a flaming 5-Star endorsement.
Charles Eimers Photo provided by Treavor Eimers
Charles Eimers
Photo provided by Treavor Eimers
Charles Eimers was finally going to realize his dream: leave Michigan and spend a winter in Key West.  It was Thanksgiving morning and at 61 years of age Eimers had made it to the Southernmost City. But before his first day in the ‘tropics’ was over he would mysteriously die in the hands of police, on South Beach, at the foot of Duval Street.Eimers had been a GM man, living in Michigan all his life. Now, with four children all grown up and rearing kids of their own, with his GM pension and full health insurance in place, he was going to get a taste of the ‘tropics’.

“He planned to keep occupied by volunteering,” said his son, Treavor Eimers, “He didn’t need to work; he had enough to live on with his pension.  He liked to live below his means.”

Treavor, who is a Nurse Anesthesiologist living in Northern Michigan, said he watched thevideo of his father’s arrest published by The Blue Paper last week [Issue #40] and was shocked by the discrepancies between what was shown in that video and the version of the incident he’d been given by Key West police.

“Detective Todd Stevens told me my dad was aggressive from the moment he got out of the car,” said Treavor on the phone, “He said that he wouldn’t put his hands behind his back and that he fought the police even after he had been handcuffed and then collapsed all of a sudden and couldn’t be revived.”

Actually, that closely resembles the description of events we were given when we first asked the City for information the day after the incident: […full article]

Barack Obama Nobel
Also in today’s blue news exposition:


The conversation following a posting on FaceBook; a link to an article posted on WesternJournalism.com called “In 2014, The Obama Dictatorship Will Be Complete”.

(Un-named facebook poster#1)  OH LOL ! More conspiracy horseshit huh ? The next article I expect to see is how Obama is the anti-christ…..that will be a hoot ! ….but in all seriousness, this website is called ”western journalism”…..sorry, i don’t see any ”journalism” here……how about ”western conspiracy theories” or ”chicken little the sky is falling”……..just about had it with the nonsense people. you are telling me that you read an article entitled ”in 2014 the Obama dictatorship will be complete” and not realize at the least there is a political agenda here, …..more fairly this is just TRASH, RUBBISH…….The facts are spun, things are out of context……the usual…..people, use your brains please…I promise you e will all live to see tomorrow, the next week, month, year, decade. Political scare tactics and nonsense. sorry, no offense personally (Un-Named facebook poster#2)

The following reply was posted by RLC:  (Un-named facebook poster#1), first of all, here is the definition of the word you questioned as copied from Dictionary.com:

jour·nal·ism [jur-nl-iz-uhm] Show IPA noun
1.  the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business.
2.  press1 ( def 31 ) .
3.  a course of study preparing students for careers in reporting, writing, and editing for newspapers and magazines.
4.  writing that reflects superficial thought and research, a popular slant, and hurried composition, conceived of as exemplifying topical newspaper or popular magazine writing as distinguished from scholarly writing: He calls himself a historian, but his books are mere journalism.

“Now as I read the article it seems to fit the definition of “journalism” quite well.  It is journalism, especially if you take the fourth definition.  It seems that the “news” media takes this fourth meaning to heart as what I read in the news, and see on the several news programs I view is reported, for the most part is “hurried composition” reflecting “superficial thought and research” to satisfy the “popular slant”.  Sadly, if you follow the “popular slant” of wanting something for nothing, unearned entitlement, and searching for a free ride, you will find the majority of the populous standing in line with their hand out to whatever political power seeker offers the greatest amount of free cookies and circuses.  This lazy majority is exactly the people that will give away the freedom and liberty we have enjoyed for over 200 years for a government welfare check and a seemingly free trip to the hospital.  It is just possible that someone who might attack an article with phrases like “conspiracy horseshit”, or emotionally charged statements like “Obama is the anti-christ”, might do well to partake of some thought and research before spewing unsubstantiated opinion.  Try doing a little research.  Obtain some facts before talking of spun facts, and political agenda.  Show me some reliable sources before shouting “TRASH or RUBBISH”.  In other words look up the word you intend to attack, cite your references, and stop spinning your own agenda.  Cut the strings puppet.  Get the facts then tell us how it really is.”

Now, I am not new to arguments, I have no problem voicing my opinion, and I rarely, if ever, back down from confrontation.  I am however new to higher education.  Way back in the olden times, when I attended high school, education was something “those people” tried to cram down my throat while I concentrated on social events, playing guitar, and stealing kisses from cute girls.  My memory of this education is as such; music and art were enjoyable endeavors, foreign language (German) was either fun, or torture depending on the teacher, math classes were like solving puzzles and I like solving puzzles, and English class was a complete waste of time as I learned to speak it at home, and that’s all I needed.

Then I started college (a few years later I might add).  College, what do they know?  You have to take classes like algebra, and English composition so you can work on diesel boat engines.  This makes as much sense as making dogs wear shoes, and that does happen, look on facebook.  But wishing to be a good student, I enrolled in these classes.  Based on my ancient memories of school, I expected that I would do okay in algebra, and would struggle through the composition part.  To my surprise, I did well.  I learned, am still learning, and intend to keep learning.  Education isn’t a bad thing, although, it might be wasted on some.  Successful education is greatly reliant on the student actively seeking; not just the teacher proficiently supplying.

It somehow always annoyed me when I heard those who make their way in the world through the use of language; writers, radio personalities, lawyers, news reporters/anchors… displaying a lack of talent in the use of their tools.  For crying out loud!  I’m just a stupid construction worker, and I can hear the gaffs.  Add to this, the relatively new modification to the language; text speak, LOL, OMG, WTF, LOTFLMFFAO, DILLIGAF, or just the laziness of “u” rather than you.  When I indicated my opinion about this display of laziness on the open format available to me, some of my “friends” old enough to know better, told me that I needed to embrace the evolution of the language and “get with the times”.  To this I say, if getting with the times means dumbing down my thought processes, and modifying my phrases so that those too lazy to make an effort to at least appear in some way slightly educated I’ll go back to the times of Rooster Cogburn, Ranger Leboeuf, and Maddie Ross, for even drunken gunfighters and 14 year old girls wanted to display education and vocabulary then.  The spoken/written word is going the way of the video store and the phone booth.

So I meandered into a college class, came out with an awakened appreciation for communication, and a taste for writing.  With this I also discovered a more sensitive ear/eye for the offenses committed and distaste for this lack of respect.

If you have an opinion; political, philosophical, social, music, sports, personal, economic, or any other direction your passionate heart carries you, try to at least appear educated.  Look up the meaning of the word you wish to attack, if in some way, the definition of the word is pertinent to your argument.  Investigate at least one fact, and state it with authority and citation.  Then if it is your intention to mislead, fabricate your story to your best fiction.  But be forewarned, if your cause strikes a discordant tone to me, I’ll do my research, and I will challenge you.



    Hey, Rickey –

    Just after Barack Hussein Obama beat out Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2008, I was told in my sleep that he had the potential to be the Anti-Christ. I published that “news” at http://www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com.

    Flash forward.

    While continuing the two really stupid evil wars his predecessor, Barack H accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. I then hardly shit for a month. That rectified after seriously unfriendly to Barack H poetry erupted out of me at a Key West Poetry Guild reading, and then at a Poetry Guild reading a few days later in the little park behind a bank on Simonton Street. Far as I was concerned, my plumbing starting to work again was all the evidence I personally needed to conclude Barack H indeed had the potential to be the Anti-Christ.

    Flash forward.

    The other day I came upon a young black man and a young white woman – maybe early 30s – young to me, age 71 – running a booth they had set up on the corner of Fleming and Duval Streets. Pasted on the outside walls of the booth were large “Impeach Obama” posters. I said to the young man and woman that I could get into that, but they also needed to be calling for the prosecution, conviction and execution of George W. Bush. Otherwise, they were only going after half the problem. The man thanked me for my thoughts, the woman didn’t seem to have any thoughts. I went on my way.

    I reported that “news” at http://www.goodmorningkeywest.com.

    Maybe a month ago, I reported my opinion that the way what became known as “Obamacare” rolled out, dysfunctional-squared, was a Sign From Above of something seriously awry. Just naturally, it crossed my mind that what was seriously awry was not the concept of all Americans having health care, I rather like that communist conspiracy, but the way Barack H had gone about funding it.

    Actually, I don’t know how Barack H went about funding Obamacare. What I know is how he did not go about funding it. He did not divert billions of US greenbacks from USA Military, Inc. into Obamacare. Of course it’s only my opinion, which hardly is “news”, but I see no way all Americans, forget foreign residents, legal or illegal, can have health care while USA Military, Inc. gets more funding than the Military, Inc.s of all other countries on this planet combined.

    Flash back to Barack H’s first campaign.

    He started chanting, “Hope, Change.”

    He shucked his long-time spiritual adviser Jeremiah Wright, who seemed to have America pretty well sized up – the Great Satan, or something related, Jeremiah proclaimed, maybe during his “God damn America” sermon, maybe at another time. America had done plenty to be damned, and George W.A.R. Bush, Inc. and led that malevolent charge (Let’s not flash back to Vietnam, ok?). Alas, no way Barack H gets elected in America the Beautiful God Shed His Grace on Thee Under God We Trust, Inc., if he’s in bed with Jeremiah Wright (rhymes with Right), whose views of America were longstanding and hardly news to his ardent disciple Barack H.

    Barack H got himself of the front page of Time Magazine, praying.

    As I recall, Barack H promised to fund all Americans having health care by reducing USA Military, Inc. funding, raising taxes, cutting fat out of the federal bureaucracy, perhaps other ways, too. As I recall, that hope and change did not happen, unless you view things getting lots worse as hope and change. Perhaps radical religious groups do, Christ is returning to bless them and cast all others into hell for ever and ever.

    Thus, as seems ever predictable, yet another religious splinter group, the Obamanites, proved to be yet another splinter off the Fuckawai tribe, who forever get lost, gather in a circle, hold hands, sit down, close their eyes and chant, “Where the fuck are we?! Where the fuck are we?!”

    Washington, D.C. is their present eccuminical headquarters, but they have branch offices throughout God Bless My Country ‘Tis of Thee, and even way down here in the western most tip hind end of The Asteroid Belt.

    Aw, shit. I forgot to mention Barack H killed Osama bin Laden, who also had proclaimed America was The Great Satan. Too late, to count – Osama won that war multitude times over after he baited George W.A.R., Inc. into starting two ruinous land wars in Muslim countries, ruinous wars continued by Barack the Drone, who, like his mentor predecessor did, counterfeits US greenbacks to pay for his star-spangled-banana-republic misadventures.

    Maybe I should not mention Hurricane Sandy’s clobber of NY City and surrounds was USA War, Inc.’s karma for how George W., with plenty of Democrats’ support, responded to 9/11? And maybe I also should not mention the Sandyhook School massacre was karma for Barack H’s drone wars?

    Barack H brought USA Sound Asleep In God We Trampled, Inc. heaps of hope and change, don’t you think?

    I was alerted in a dream at an ungodly hour this morning to be on the lookout for something having to do with America at War, Inc. The messenger in the dream was a good lawyer buddy back in Alabama, who was an Army artillery captain in Vietnam. After getting out of that USA Industrial-Military Complex SNAFU, he returned to the States and started protesting America at War, Inc., and protested ever since.


    Sloan Bashinsky

    There is a different holiday cheer post at www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com, which you should be able to reach by clicking on that link today, and by clicking on this link at any time:

    grindershit poetry dreams and other juicy early Christmas presents for all the good and bad little Florida Keys girls and boys

Sloan at Coco's

About Sloan

Darn, that would take a while. Try the autobiographical pages in the header. Ditto for header menu pages at www.goodmorningbirmingham.com. Hatched and raised there, eventually I ran away from home. Here's a short list: Born 1942; male; spoken for; accused of all sorts of imaginable and unimaginable things, perhaps some true. Live on Key West of Weird asteroid. Publish something most days at goodmorningkeywest.com, been at that since July 2007. That's heaps of catch-up reading, probably not recommended.
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