Salvation in Key West, just a little bit of sugar is supposed to make the medicine go down, but that ain’t guaranteed: more insights into State Attorney Catherine Vogel sending the suspected homeless man Charles Eimers death-in-paradise (under several Key West protect and serves) case to Grand Jury; Conch undercurrents in Key West mayor’s race, and the out of the box immigrant candidate; plus aspiring to be rich and famous writers and a not by Mark Twain rave review of Salvation Jane, a dang good novel on homelessness down under

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honey attracts more flies

Today’s honey frosted flakes breakfast, inspired by a honey catches more flies than vinegar Force Majeure before dawn’s early light dream today, begins with a suggestion to open this link –  State Attorney Sends Eimers Case to Grand Jury – to the most recent Charles Eimers article at www.thebluepaper.com. A number of the trailing reader comments on that article, and a blue paper editorial update comment, were just posted yesterday.
Eimers one human
The remainder of today’s post features two Facebook threads. The first thread below began yesterday afternoon.
 
 
  • Diana Millikan
    Diana Millikan

    I heard you speak at Friday’s PAC. You probably lean libertarian, Cates Republican. what about Romero?

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    Perhaps Margaret is Republican, she’s an ex-mainland corporate executive. Perhaps partisan political affiliation has some influence in Key West city elections. I think Conch affiliations have more influence and the gay/lesbian community tends to vote together.

    I don’t suppose I lean any direction, other than I have sometimes said I’m so far left that Barack Obama is a Nazi. Being that far left, however, often puts me pretty far right, which is where you end up if you go around the left side of the moon and come out on the other side of it.

    One of my dearest Keys friends is a M.I.T. graduate, with a Masters and a PhD from there, too. He is so far right that he makes the Tea Party liberal. On one thing we agree: USA is seriously messed up and we hope we ain’t still here when that train jumps the tracks.

    Maybe three weeks ago, KONK Life (www.konknet.com) sent out a candidate questionnaire, and one question was about partisan politics – their question, followed by my answer.

    Q: Give us your view on the partisan divisiveness in politics today and any solution to it you might have:

    A: I don’t belong to a political party. This is a political joke, okay? I would make belonging to a political part a capital offense punishable by being chopped up into small pieces and fed to baby sharks in an effort to stem the extinction of that endangered species, the loss of which major sea predator will wreak havoc in Mother Nature’s oceans – fortunately, the Key West city races are non-partisan.

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    Diana, you probably can get a fair look at my “political” and other leanings by going to www.goodmorningkeywest.com and opening the KONK Life questions and answers page in the top header and reading that. And then by opening the Jenna Stauffer interviews Sloan page in the top header and watching her two interviews of me, and my segments in the videos of Hometown! PAC’s Call to Candidates last April 21 and Hometown’s Meet the Candidates this past Friday evening.

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    You also can read my daily posts at www.goodmorningkeywest.com, which cover lots of Key West and beyond political issues, and other stuff. I’ve been publishing there daily since July 2007. Over 2,500 different posts. Different in the road less traveled by sense, too.

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    And, until the blue paper publishes its next edition, you can read my and other reader comments to the two Charles Eimers articles – www.thebluepaper.com should get your there. The blue paper should get a Pulitzer for breaking and continuing to break the Eimers case.

    The Blue Paper | Key West The Newspaper

    thebluepaper.com

    The Blue PaperIssue #67 – Friday, June 20, 2014 [back issues][cartoons]CartoonSo, What’s In The Closet?By Arnaud Girard* Featured Story *New Witness Comes Forward: “The Police Just Killed A Man”By Arnaud and Naja GirardPhoto provided by Treavor Eimers“I saw an officer…
  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    And, due to Force Majeure dream before the dawn’s early light today, you also might wish to take in the new “lipstick on pig heaven, aka female persuasion mayoral campaign strategy” page in the top header of goodmorningkeywest.com. For me, anyway, the funniest thing I ever wrote having to do with politics; maybe the funniest thing ever. Ciaosky

  • Diana Millikan
    Diana Millikan

    thanks. i will read about ‘female persuasion’ right now. your thoughts have been very informative. i appreciate the time you have given me.

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    What are you doing up at this time of day?

  • Diana Millikan
    Diana Millikan

    writing.

    and drinking pilon

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    I see you are a FB friend of Michael Haskins, someone else who seems to have grokked that writing is a terminal condition. The Force Majeure dream played off yours and mine yesterday, meaning it wants yours and mine in today’s post, and perhaps related female persuasions.

  • Diana Millikan
    Diana Millikan

    Haskins is my fb friend and also Rhoades bc I helped them with their boring Mystery Writers Key West Fest last weekend. i just read your goodmorningkeywest about yaniz and romero and conch move to take over city govt. who is this ‘inside trader’ w/all the info? is yaniz a conch?

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    No, Tony came over from Cuba when he was small with his parents, but he pretty much is viewed as a Conch by Conchs. Romero and Cates are Conchs. Many years ago, I attended an adult ed creative writing class. The teacher, Fred Bonnie, who had been published, short stories at that time, told me stop attending class and start writing. Once, I was asked to present at a writer’s workshop. Mostly, what they wanted to talk with me about was writer’s block. What did I do about it? Nothing, I said. Because I don’t get it. If I don’t feel compelled to write, I’m not supposed to be writing. Maybe I’m writing in my soul, and later it will come out of me. Meanwhile, I do something else.

    When the Muse wants me to write, there is no way I can’t write. It’s become like breathing and eating and going to the bathroom.

  • Diana Millikan
    Diana Millikan

    well, yaniz’s fb ‘about’ says he is a liberal = romero must be one too if yaniz is backing her. imo. is this a good thing or not for the conchs to take over the city govt?

    Margaret RomeroTony Yaniz

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    Romero is not a liberal. She is hard-core conservative, based on all I’ve heard her say during citizen comments at city commission meetings, where I’ve heard her give the mayor and commissioners what for many times. I have heard Yaniz described as a populist. I think he’s spot on at times, and spot off at other times. He has a big testosterone drive, mano mano. The Conchs would like to retake the city government, but two things hinder that. First, there are different factions of Conchs, and they don’t always get along. Second, there are a lot of immigrants who vote in Key West. People like you and me, for example. Three city commissioners, counting Yaniz, are immigrants. Yaniz’ predecessor, Barry Gibson, is an immigrant. Barry resigned in 2012 to run for Supervisor of Elections, unsuccessfully. Key West politics can be maddening, infuriating. I tend to look for the irony, the dark humor, the outright ribald. Otherwise, I might just run out in the traffic and lay down in front of a city transit bus. It’s all a grand play, and sometimes it’s a lot funner than other times.

  • Diana Millikan
    Diana Millikan

    green turtle cay key west conchs sure do verbally demonstrate hatred about the cuban immigrant conchs i have heard even when the green turtle cay conchs are sober. ha. so this is the faction you mentioned? romero’s grandmother was a cuban rodriguez. i wonder if cuban yaniz is somehow related way back when. otherwise, how could ultra conservative romero politically hang around with ultra liberal yaniz

  • Diana Millikan
    Diana Millikan

    there must be a cuban immigrant dna involvement imo.

    i’m going to fb priv msg yaniz and ask if he is related to cuban key west conchs rodriguez.

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    I would not designate Yaniz liberal, per se. He wants to put all homeless people in a shelter up the Keys from Key West, even though he knows they won’t use the shelter. He speaks poorly of homeless people who do not meet his standard of how they should be behaving. Romero, I hear, is draconian toward homeless people. I am out of the Conch loop you describe. I think there are three Conch factions in Key West, and there is the Conch faction who left, quite a few living in/around Ocala. I ate a heap of meals at El Siboney, back before the original Cuban Conch owners sold it. The waitresses were like family to me. It changed some after is was sold, but I still eat there from time to time. Tony really doesn’t like Mayor Cates. I heard from someone who said Yaniz as much as told him that Yaniz and Romero made a deal last year. Yaniz would do all he could to help her beat Cates in that short year election. If Romero lost, she would do all she could to help Yaniz beat Cates this year. Then came out the F-you email Yaniz had sent from his city commissioner email account to a Rotary member, who had gotten onto Yaniz about how he’d behaved at a Rotary Club meeting where Cates spoke and Yaniz viewed it as politicizing for Cates’ upcoming mayor’s campaign against Romero. Up to then, Yaniz was for sure running against Cates this year; after that, Yaniz was going to do what his constituents wanted him to do. He went back and forth and back and forth, and after the Hometown! PAC Call to Candidates fracas, and he still didn’t file to run for mayor, Romero then filed.

    Tony's puppet

    Way I look at it, Key West can elect a Conch, or they can elect me. If they elect a Conch, it will be more of the same. If they elect me, it will be an international event. And it will get reported every day at www.goodmorningkeywest.com. Just like it’s getting reported there now, but without the international audience. I seriously doubt I could do any worse than Cates has done, and Morgan McPherson before him, and Jimmy Weekley before McPherson. And maybe I will do better. The Tourist Development Council will get to take a vacation on Key West, if I’m elected. Naw, not holding my breath. I’d be insane to be doing that. But it would be interesting, if I ended up mayor. If the recount I demanded didn’t change the outcome, I’d have to man up, or suffer this damsel’s displeasure.

  • Diana Millikan
    Diana Millikan

    kw city govt might do well to insert term limits. would this ever happen tho? seldom does with local govts. i eat at times at rusty ancho on stock. owner ramon whose dad was cuban immigrant material and mom from up north east coast married a conch of green turtle cay conchs. that mixing of conch & cuban immigrants is so classic for disorderly conduct. ha. well, let’s see how well your campaign goes. is save the homeless your major platform?

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    Save the homeless? I have told the city commission a zillion times that only God can save the long term homeless, and what they, the city commission, need to do is do all possible to help new homeless from becoming old homeless. Instead, what they, the city commission, do is do all possible to try, using their police, to make homeless people want to leave Key West and the Keys, which ain’t gonna happen because it won’t be any better for them somewhere else, and probably it will be worse, especially during the cold months. And, there’s going to be more homeless. If you open and read the pages in the top header at www.goodmorningkeywest.com, which I referenced earlier in this email thread, you will see what all I’m trying to get this city to do, and stop doing. Far more than Cates and Romero combined, and probably squared. This ain’t my first rodeo. I ran for mayor 3 times before. I learned Key West from the sewer up. I learned things that could not have been learned from comfy strata spheres. I come from outside the box on everything. It’s not been my experience that Conchs want outside of the box solutions. Am not convinced immigrants want out of the box solutions, either. Not my problem. My problem is keeping the angels and damsels happy with me, or at least keeping them not too unhappy. Winning this year means everything to Cates and Romero.

    Mayor CatesMargaret Romero

    I have long felt that anyone who wants to be elected should, for that reason, not be allowed to run. I have long felt that the right way to do it is for the voters to write in candidates, who are not running. But that’s not the system we use down here. The city has adopted term limits for local elections. It’s being phased in. Cates said in 2009 that, if he won that year, he would not run again. He ran three more times, counting this year, saying this is his last race. I would not run again, if I won. I think it’s abominable for someone to get elected, then start right away running for reelection, instead of serving the office. There is no way to serve an office correctly, if you are seeking reelection at the same time. You are too worried about losing votes to make the tough calls which you were elected to make; tough calls maybe nobody even wants you to make. Ciao maim

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    A review of Salvation Jane, and what led up to the review, is the other FB thread for today’s post. The author is Australian. The subject is homelessness down under, and police and politician brutality toward same and all who would disagree.


  • Diana Millikan
    Diana Millikan

    that first but not last bc they made a profit mystery writers key west fest charged $98 for the whole works. the prime rib at lunch was delicious. there were 5 panels – 2 in a.m. 3 in pm with lunch speaker. set at doubletree that had excellent conf room & many out ot island attendees stayed at hotel. the panels were not that interesting imo but i don’t know how they could have made them interesting w/o having a real killing. ha.

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    I hope they all had a great time, and went back to their writing and will turn out block busters and live happily ever after I hope the same for me and you :-) Also in the www.goodmorningkeywest.com header is link to a bit about a novel what up and fell out of me in mid-2001. The first chapter, For What It’s Worth, actually a Preface, tells of a dream I had sleeping on flattened cardboard boxes in a doorway next to the bookstore on Fleming Street in Key West, which foreshadowed the novel, and fills in how the foreshadowing got brought into the sunlight 2 days later in Helen, Georgia, where I didn’t even know I was going when I had the dream. That little strange tale has nothing to do with the rest of the affair: HEAVY WAIT: A Strange Tale. www.amazon.com has it in kindle and paper; and www.amazon.com.es has it in Spanish. A large-print version now is available.

The Salvation Jane Force Majeure Facebook thread was started by a professional psychic amiga living across the Mississippi River from where Samuel Clements first started marking the twain, whose soul drawing, despite her pagan howls, leads off that thread. The review ends it.

 
  • June 14
  • Gloria Reiser
    Gloria Reiser

    Hey, Sloan…. I don’t know if this book is any good or not as I’ve not read it. The title came up on a listing of Free Kindle books and sounds interesting. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app to your computer and read it there…

    I’ll let you know what I think after I’ve read it though there are several other titles waiting to be read before I get to this one.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DYOC18S?ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&tag=100freebooks-picks-notfree-20&creativeASIN=B00DYOC18S

    Salvation JaneSalvation JaneAnn Massey

    Salvation Jane

    www.amazon.com

    Salvation Jane: If you love political intrigue with a splash of romance, you are in for a treat”Ann Massey is a talented writer who gives an insight into the lives of the homeless; marginalized by society, they do whatever it takes to survive – her novel, Salvation Jane is an interesting, re…
  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    Kindle gives you the first three chapters to read, to see if you like a kindle book. This book’s first chapter is pretty good. But I ain’t into reading books online, or on a computer – I’m still reading paperbacks and hardbacks. I’ll check out her website, which is provided in the front of the kindle, see what that turns up.

  • Gloria Reiser
    Gloria Reiser

    The whole book is free in kindle format but you have to send it to a kindle or iPad or smart phone or into the kindle app on your computer. I understand what you are saying though. I spent too much time on the computer to want to read a book on it. I love the kindle though. No backlight. It’s like reading a book page.

  • June 15
  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    I don’t have kindle device, I don’t read books on my computer, I don’t watch movies on my computer. I wrote to the author last night at her website, wish I’d saved a copy of it; perhaps should belong in a nut house museum. Maybe she will reply, maybe not.

  • June 15
  • Gloria Reiser
    Gloria Reiser

    LOL! Let me know if you hear from her. I started reading the book last night and it does seem interesting. Will see where it goes.

  • Thursday
  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    She replied and we have had a good bit of email conversation. I’m well into Salvation Jane delivered from Amazon by mail yesterday and should finish it over the weekend and will review it. She bought Heavy Wait: A Strange Tale kindle from Amazon and said she will review it.

  • Thursday
  • Gloria Reiser
    Gloria Reiser

    That’s GREAT, Sloan! I’m just starting Salvation Jane and can tell it’s worth reading.

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    You wuz just starting it the last time I heard from you. I should finish it tonight. Maybe even write a draft of the review tonight, being as I ain’t got nuttin’ else to to do, especially.

  • Gloria Reiser
    Gloria Reiser

    No, when I messaged you, I had just downloaded the book to my Kindle after reading the synopsis on Amazon and the first couple paragraphs. But I was reading another book that I wanted to finishe first. Last night I finished the other book and got a start on this one. It’s looking interesting so far

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    I finished Salvation Jane about half hour ago. Am just now about to send an email to the author. Perhaps some of the email will be integrated into the review, perhaps not.

  • Gloria Reiser
    Gloria Reiser

    Are you posting a review on Amazon or on her website?

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    on Amazon, on my website, and sending it to her, to post on her website if she wants me to – my reviews ain’t like other reviews, not sure how this one will go

  • Gloria Reiser
    Gloria Reiser

    LOL! I will look forward to reading your review

    You are an excellent writer. Sometimes a wacky quirky one. But excellent all the same

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    From my perspective, naturally, wacky describes mainstream Americans (same probably applies elsewhere), including Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, Libertarians, and all religious sects I personally have encountered. Whereas, quirky is something to strive for, as in not belonging to any of the aforementioned wacky tribes, denominations, etc.

  • Gloria Reiser
    Gloria Reiser

    Yeah, Quirky IS the better term. And you are quirky

    Even if the masses think you are wacko

  • Today
  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    Okay, Force Majeure before the dawn’s early light dream today set the stage for today’s frolic at www.goodmorningkeywest.com, including a review of Salvation Jane, which I hope is now going to jump out of me right heresky and nowsky.

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    Set in Perth, Australia, inspired by the massive tasering for sport of a schizophrenic homeless Aborigine by Aussie police officers, and by a brave and outraged Aussie lassie jumping whole hog into her ’tis of thee’s national politics over that, and over the general plight of homeless men and women down under, and by the author’s own personal experiences, which she asked me to keep between her and me, which inspired her to novelize all of the aforementioned: Salvation Jane is a topsy-turvy twisting-and-turning emotional tilt-a-whirl volcanic tsunami. Maddening, uplifting, maddening, uplifting. Featuring two saints, one dearly-departed, the other his left-behind common law, but for whom the silver linings would have been harder to swallow. The self-centered child in woman body heroine made me want to wring her neck bunches of times, but it was fun watching her grow beyond herself, albeit not without heaps of snatchings of defeats out of the jaws of victories along the way. The homeless people, mostly men, are the adorables in their own special flairs of the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. The career politicians are suitably despicable soulless creatures unaware they are not really human. Every career politician should have to read Salvation Jane. Ditto, every person inclined to use the Nazi solution on homeless people. Everyone else should read it, too. Available in kindle and paper at www.amazon.com. Ciao maim. Not by Mark Twain

Sloan Bashinsky
keysmyhome@hotmail.com
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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; single; accused of all sorts of imaginable and unimaginable things, perhaps some true. Live on Key West of Weird asteroid. Publish something most days on this website, been at that since July 2007. That's heaps of catch-up reading, probably not recommended.
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