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ship of fools
This sailed in yesterday:

Wandering Beggars
Parasite to this host called “Society” 
 Stigmatized as the Anonymous
No acknowledgement

Plague the public with the audacity to “Ask” 
“Do you have or Can I have”
Your money and leftovers….
Isn’t that what they consider us

Seasoned with debris, laying on cement pavements
For us the hardest season is winter
But the people who stereotype us are the coldest ever
Assumed reasons for our conditions
Their conclusion
We are metropolitan exclusions

Write us off… the streets
Implement public policies
Criminalize us for ruining the scenery 

Occupy land use as our bedding 
 Tenants of public space, eminent domain
Lack resources, so we do what we can to be self-sustained

We are people who are homeless
Doesn’t mean that we are not human
But to society we are referred to everything that is offensive
If we wasn’t why do lawmakers make laws to apprehend us

All we have left is our dignity
And we fight for that each day
Despite the stares and rude comments 
as the public walk pass as if were not even there
but don’t get us wrong, I know some care

Menu for today is bitten off sandwiches 
backwashed sodas
This isn’t the life that We chose
Do you hear the cry of the Wanderers
with no fixed abode…

Victoria Franklin
Contact Specialist
Aetna Senior Supplemental Insurance

800 Crescent Centre Drive, Suite 400
Franklin, TN  37067

sailing ship

Then, this sailed in:


Thank you for publishing Donnelly’s letter that appeared in The Key West Citizen, “Eimers’ death deserves independent investigation”. It dawned on me that a number of serious mishaps have occurred on Chief Lee’s watch. The latest being the alleged child molestation charge against one of Lee’s officers.

Who hired this chief and why hasn’t anyone called upon him to give a full account of the systemic problems that continue in his department? It appears that he is going to be an extremely costly liability for the citizens of Key West.



I replied:

Hi, Jessie –

Thanks for writing. I could not agree more: Charles Eimers’ death deserves and independent investigation, but I am not holding my breath it will happen.
Yesterday, I received from Rick Boettger, of Key West, and a reader I call Nashville J (he lives in Nashville, Tennessee and has vacationed in Key West a couple of times) about Albuquerque “special forces” police finding, challenging and eventually gunning down a homeless man near the city. One of the officers had a camera in his helmet. The entire event was filmed, with audio of the officers’ talking. That the video actually made the light of day perhaps is miraculous. I will include it, along with Rick and Nashville J’s and my brief correspondence yesterday, and yours and mine, in today’s post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com, as it all bears on the question you raised about Donie Lee.
I did a google search on Donie and found this old Key West Citizen article. reproduced down below, into which I interjected a few of my own thoughts in italics. I did another google search and determined that Jim Scholl became City Manager in 2007, so he would have hired Donie in 2008, after it was ok’d by the City Commission (mayor and the six commissioners). Donie now answers to the City Manager Bob Vitas, who answers to the City Commission. The City Commission sets the tone of Key West’s homeless policy, which tone Charles Eimers’ sadly encountered last Thanksgiving Day, his last day on this world. Donie and his troops simply carry out the City Commission’s homeless policy. If anyone has a beef with the city’s homeless policy, that buck stops with the mayor and city commissioners.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Key West Police Chief Donie Lee sees his childhood dream come true
By JOHN ANDOLA Citizen Columnist
“I was fortunate because I always knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. As kids, we played cops and robbers and I was always the cop. My goal in life was to become police chief in Key West. I had a scanner and often arrived at a crime scene before the cops. It was in my blood,” says Key West Police Chief Donie Lee. Now at just 37 years old, Donie has had his childhood dream come true. I recently had the opportunity to spend an hour with him in his office talking about his job and discovered that Chief Lee is part cop, part kid and part philosopher — but always the pragmatist.
People often complain about police not obeying the rules of the road. To that complaint Chief Lee says, “Police officers are human, too, and they have a very difficult job. They have to make decisions in seconds that can affect people’s lives. They can make mistakes, too, but when that happens we have to hold ourselves accountable and move on.” Cops, he feels very strongly, need to set a positive example for others.
A positive example for others would have been for the cops who came to South Beach where Charles Eimers was apprehended and soon died underneath several cops, would have been for the cops to tell the truth about what happened that day, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, instead of clamming up, benevolent police-unioning up, lawyering up, and hiding behind their constitutional right not to incriminate themselves, and hiding behind the cop code of not ratting out errant cops.
Graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Chief Lee attended the police academy in Gainesville and was hired by the Key West Police Department in 1994. Donie works out at a gym regularly, and can frequently be seen running through the streets of Key West. His family is rightly very proud of what he has achieved in just 14 years in the Police Department. Donie’s great-grandfather was a full- blooded Chinese and lived in Cuba. Donie laughs as he says that makes him a Cuban-Chinese Conch.
The police chief needs to deal with the demands of the public, as well as all the needs of the department. Donie clearly knew this coming into the job, but he did not realize just how demanding that part of the job would be.
“The external and internal demands are much greater than I expected. But, I give everyone the attention they need and I treat everyone equally. That’s the way it has to be.
“Everyone has personal biases,” says Lee, “but there’s no place for biases in police work.” When asked the greatest challenge he faces as chief, Donie explains he has three priorities: To maintain good morale within the department; to work at maintaining public confidence and trust; and to focus on recruitment and retention.
“I’m from Key West, I grew up here, so I have an understanding of the needs and attitudes of the people and I know what the department needs.”
On the homeless issue at Higgs Beach, Chief Lee explains that he can only deal with individuals who are breaking a law. While we may not like the homeless presence at the beach, they are not breaking a law just by being there. There is a cot program on Stock Island and the cots are filled, but many homeless won’t go there because they have to follow the rules, which include no alcohol.
Homeless cannot carry alcohol into KOTS in containers, but they can get into KOTS with alcohol in their stomachs and blood; and, in fact, they have ways of sneaking alcohol into KOTS in, say, soft drink containers, and they hide alcohol containers outside in bushes and go out to get a swig and then come back into KOTS, according to what people told me, who used KOTS.
Chief Lee explains: “Ten years ago, Key West was the toughest city on homeless people. Now we are the easiest city for them to live in because we provide a place to sleep and have many meal programs available to them.”
On the parking issue at Smathers Beach, Lee says, “I just follow orders from City Hall.” When rocks were put on the Bridle Path and parking was not permitted, Lee enforced the law. Now the rocks have been moved and parking is permitted. According to Lee, he doesn’t know who made those decisions, either the City Commission or the city manager. He repeats, “I just follow orders.”
Donnie just follows orders on homeless people, too.
Citizens often complain about cops driving their department cars home. Chief Lee supports that program because research and experience indicates it does have a positive impact on lowering the crime rate. The program allows Key West police to take department cars home, but not beyond Big Pine.
Chief Lee explains high-speed chases, often criticized, have strict guidelines. First, the suspect must be committing a “forcible felony.” The chase is stopped if the suspect is known, and also if there are innocent people in harm’s way. Those are the basic guidelines, but beyond that the guidelines get quite complex.
Donie likes Key West for all the same reasons the rest of us like it: the weather, the people and the culture. He says he wouldn’t change any of it. “Besides,” he says, “everything always changes and I adapt.” Now there’s a recipe for success. Donie appears very comfortable with who he is and what he does. This is a man who is comfortable in his skin.
When asked how he balances his focus to accommodate the various constituencies in Key West, the people of Bahama Village, the gay and lesbian community, the snowbirds, the developers, the bar and shop owners, the various religious groups, etc., Chief Lee has a quick, simple answer: “They all need love.”
I’m sure Charles Eimers could not agree more.
John Andola, a Key West resident, is a retired educator and gay rights activist. His column appears on Saturdays.

Rick Boettger:

Sloan, don’t watch this until you wake up, and have a full day for your Angels to forget.


Sloan to Rick:
I waited until now to watch this Gestapo documentary; the brave officers and their German police dog must have been scared out of their wits by a man they thought might have a knife standing some distance away from them, as one of them apparently shot the man in the back a few times. I guess Charles Eimers got it worse; it probably took him a minute or more to suffocate. I imagine I’d rather get shot to death, die quick, than be suffocated to death, or whatever happened to Eimers. Thanks for sharing this with me, it truly rounded out my day to know this sort of shit happens in places other than Key West. I’m glad I’m not those “law enforcement” officers; their karma has to be peachy, their police chief’s, too, saying it was justifiable homicide.

Nashville J:
This is the way a MAYOR should respond after a homeless man or anyone else is killed.  Don’t remember Cates every asking for an investigation for the Thanksgiving murder of the Key West visitor.

Sloan to J:
I just finished watching the same video provided earlier today by Rick Boettger. What Gestapo is all I can think to say. Am glad the Albuquerque mayor called for an independent outside investigation. Wish Mayor Cates had done that with the Eimers’ case. Maybe he was worried it might go viral, national: 

READ ALL ABOUT IT! unarmed submissive Key West tourist suspected of being homeless dies underneath several terrified Key West police officers
Not to pick on Mayor Cates entirely, I don’t recall Tony Yaniz or any of the other five city commissioners calling for an independent investigation of Eimers’ death.
As you keep saying, if you want to get to the bottom of something stinky, follow the money – or how much money will be lost, if you do the right thing.
I’m glad I waited until tonight to watch the Albuquerque video; I was afraid I might go to bed tonight and have sweet dreams, not a threat now.
Had I been Mayor when I read this Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com – article,
and I saw the video in the article contradicted what was coming out of the KWPD, I would have published the blue paper link along with my happy thoughts, at www.goodmorningkeywest.com. Then, after seeing the KWPD clam up, I would have called the FBI. Maybe the FBI would have gotten involved, maybe not. But I would have at least tried to get them involved, because my past experience with city and state law enforcement would not have given me confidence in Donie Lee and/or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement getting to the bottom of it.
Sloan at Coco's
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Sloan Bashinsky, for Mayor of Key West
pelican pooping
Up Dump the Pumps and Big Pine Key way, these morsels sailed in from Banks Prevatt of Little Torch Key:
To All:
Gene sent this out this afternoon.  It is directed to the Key Deer Protection Alliance and copied to the governors office, our two senators, one congresswoman and our local state congresswoman, some players at fish and wildlife and dep.
From: genexxx@yahoo.com
To: jdykhuisen@aol.com
CC: Bgprevatt@aol.com, bop@eog.myfl.com, rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com, craig_aubrey@fws.gov, chrstian.weiss@laspbs.state.fl.com, shawn_christopherson@fws.gov,holly@hollyraschein.com, nick_colella@rubio.senate.gov, kelsey_wilson@billnelson.senate.gov,nathan.gately@mail.house.gov, jon.inglehart@dep.statefl.gov
Sent: 3/24/2014 12:59:15 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: KPDA

Good morning, I’m Dr. Geneo, a 30 year resident of Big Pine. Recently I read of a permit issued by DEP allowing the sewer contractor to dig “De-watering” wells on big pine key. The number is 18 so far. More to come later??  As an engineer I am extremely concerned as in de watering they Will be sucking out fresh water from the lenses on big pine that the Endangered Key Deer and Lower Keys Marsh Rabbits MUST have to survive. Previous studies from the USGS 1977 thru. 1992 have show The lenses are calculated to contain 20>30illion gallons of water dry/wet season & it takes 2.5  +/-years for water to transit out of the lens at the high part of the island. The population quoted as 800permanent & 2000 seasonal.  I haven’t found any current studies. Perhaps after twenty years and a huge population increase this should be looked at more closely??
I have discussed this crucial issue with Director Findley only to find out that the Nuevo Gang of Three on the county commission seem to have found a way to take her out of the equation and move it to a distant office removed from the problem.  It seems that the click in the county commission is doing all it can to circumvent the Endangered Species act??
From: Dr. Geneo
From: Bgprevatt@aol.com
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:20:54 -0400
Subject: Einstein and Thoreau and grinder pumps
To: denrene@bellsouth.net
CC: boccdis1@monroecounty-fl.gov; boccdis2@monroecounty-fl.gov; boccdis3@monroecounty-fl.gov; boccdis4@monroecounty-fl.gov; boccdis5@monroecounty-fl.gov; tappell@fkaa.com; bbarroso@fkaa.com; jrdean@fkaa.com; dritz@fkaa.com; mwagner@fkaa.com; kzuelch@fkaa.com

This is from one in our camp: Let’s keep some humor–with the BOCC as the brunt.

  A satire on grinder pumps
After reading about the ongoing grinder pump woes in High Springs, FL, where nearly 50% of the grinder pumps have failed since 2013, Einstein and Thoreau were discussing the story’s applicability to the sewer saga in the Florida Keys. Einstien: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Thoreau snickered: “Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.”  Seeing the great men, 3 commissioners (feeling they were among intellectual equals) joined the conversation. Looking at Einstein, one of them said: “Trust me, grinder pumps are the Rolls Royce of sewer systems (on cue all 3 commissioners nodded synchronously in affirmation). Of course, we all know that the Theory of Relativity applies to grinder pumps.” Thoreau firmly elbowed Einstein (now in near shock) to gain his attention and whispered: “Whoa, this is spooky, these guys are perfect example of what I was saying about rule makers.” Einstein replied: “Yeah, I think the older bearded guy did Chop-O-Matic infomercials and the other guy use to sell Edsels and Pintos as engineering marvels. Who are those guys.” Thoreau countered, “Dammit, Albert, this is no time for a lame Butch Cassidy impersonation.” 
We’re lucky in the FL Keys that 3 of our commissioners are smarter than Einstein. As one said, “I never talked to anybody in High Springs, FL. I could have told them that they’d have terrible problems with grinder pumps there. The elevation there is much higher and unlike us they aren’t flooded by hurricane storm surges. Everyone knows that grinder pumps are buried underground and require electricity — heck, they probably have fewer power failures, too.” Fingers crossed, a bewildered Thoreau said: “Makes perfect sense to me.“ Einstein, however, was delirious and shouted “Total insanity.” As he walked away he muttered incoherently “Rowell’s Marina.”
BCC 350+
From: Bgprevatt@aol.com
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:15:08 -0400
Subject: Endangered Species Act
To: shawn_christopherson@fws.gov
CC: larry_williams@fws.gov; craig_aubrey@fws.gov; nancy_finley@fws.gov; kelsey_wilson@billmelson.senat; nathan_gately@mail.house.gov; nick_colella@rubio.senate.gov; bop@eog.myfl.com; Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com; christian.weiss@laspbs.state.fl.us


I got your name and number from Nancy Finley, Refuge Manager, Florida Keys Refuge Complex, US Fish and Wildlife Service here on Big Pine Key.  Thanks for returning my phone call today.As I indicated on the phone, a number of us are in awe at the magnitude of a construction project about to take place on Big Pine Key, and the potential implications of the project.  Our questions immediately turn to who is the permitting authority, and what authority do they have to issue permits that will affect Federal Refuge property?At question are 42 injection wells to be permitted on Big Pine Key, the heart of the Key Deer Refuge.  I have coordinates on the proposed location of 18 of these wells and have reason to believe another 24 are in the pipeline.  These are injection wells 60 feet deep by 24 inches in diameter.

As trenches are dug for this project, pumps will evacuate the ground water and force it into the injection wells.

Our concern is that millions of gallons of fresh water will be removed from the shallow fresh-water lens on Big Pine and pumped deep into the ground.  It will be lost to mix with salt water.  The potential exists to evacuate the fresh water lens on Big Pine replacing it with salt water.  This fresh water lens is what supports the variety of life on Big Pine — deer, rabbits, mice, birds, alligators and so on.  It is the reason the Key Deer have survived on Big Pine since the last Ice Age, 14,000 years ago, and we are going to mess with it.

The lens on Big Pine Key holds 2 to 3 million gallons of fresh water.  If this project pumps it dry, how long will it take to recharge, and how does fresh water dependent life survive?

From another angle, trenches will run for miles at depths of 6, 8, 10, 12 feet or more.  There will be a significant cut in the cap rock that helps support the freshwater lens.  The capability of this freshwater lens to recharge itself will forever be altered.  We are truly screwing with nature.

Can you point me to an environmental impact study, environmental assessment, or any other official document that shows that this project has considered the challenges that are unique to Big Pine Key and met the test of proper review?

Thanks again for your time today, Shawn,

Banks Prevatt

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angel beating
Remedial me was beaten up throughout last night in dreams, over my recent writings re the grinder pump war. Remedial me was told to try something I was taught back in 1995, which basically is to ask God for another way for all of this grinder pump infestation stuff on Big Pine and the lower Florida Keys to be dealt with.
Key deer
doe key deer on Big Pine Key

So, I asked God for another way. I hope it includes taking me out of all this sewer stuff, because it’s got me feeling terrible in my own sewer system and wishing I was not on this planet.

I bet Lee Rohe’s brother, “Tuna”, who is a shaman in Albuquerque, NM, knows about that. Maybe he and some of his shaman friends out there will do a “ceremony” for Lee and Big Pine and the lower Keys sewer woes. Maybe that might get the shit stirring in ways FKAA, the Monroe County Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection never even imagined possible. Will call Lee and suggest he call Tuna about this shituashun. “Tuna” has a cartoon in the current issue of Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com.

Tuna's cartoon
Besides shamans being keenly interested in defending Mother Nature, Tuna is a Key Largo Conch (born and grew up there).  So he’s got plenty of standing in the Spirit World to kick some ass for Big Pine and the lower Keys. And he’s got shaman friends out New Mexico way who just might be glad to help him do it :-).
wolf moon
Homeland Security
Sloan Bashinsky
Sloan in dress

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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