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Key West the Newspaper editorial “cartoons”
In today’s Citizen’s Voice - www.keysnews.com:
“A community that respects its police department and its members must first start with members of the said police department always demonstrating understanding and sensitivity to all of those in our community.”
“To the person asking what difference it makes whether or not Charles Eimers was a vagrant or not, the Florida Keys law enforcement absolutely profiles based on ‘you are only an American if you have $50,000 in the bank to spend on your vacation.’”
“Chief [Donie] Lee, please resign immediately. Your inability to properly manage your officers and lack of policy enforcement is deplorable. You’re a Conch and we hold you accountable for the dereliction of your duties as chief.”
“I wonder how the [Charles] Eimers news story will affect our tourism. Thank you to the police for potentially costing the city millions in revenue. You tazered a guy to near death, and suffocated another in the sand. I guess it’s time to drown the next one.”
Shadhroba Rodd, formerly Key West’s colorful vicious van dweller criminal, wrote re the Diana Millikan part of yesterday’s that old black magic had you in its spell, Key West, so God sent Charles Eimers to wake you from your comfy slumber post at this website:
hi Sloan. just from reading a little bit of Diana, I don’t care for her at all. she said that Eimers was a “union thug”. How the hell does she know anything about his autoworker days? does she have any proof that Mr. Eimers did anything in a “thug”ish way?
I don’t know, she seems to have a high opinion of herself, seems to listen only to herself. That aside, whatever Charles Eimers may or may not have been once upon a time had no bearing on the behavior of the KWPD last Thanksgiving Day.
Key West the Newspaper - www.thebluepaper.com - has two new articles in this Friday edition, which you should be able to reach by clicking on these links:
During the next few days, you might wish to check back to see readers comments on those two articles.
“Mud Dawg” Mike Tolbert, co-owner of Daddy Bones yummy BBQ located behind Checkers on North Roosevelt Blvd in Key West, wrote yesterday:
quick question – what you think of GA boy Don Barrett for judge? I know i can rely on you for honest opinion! And I had a dream i was selling BBQ in a trailer on side of US1 with a traffic jam that caused code to make me get a bigger parking lot! I dont usually remember my dreams in detail That was weird! You may be contagious! Or this forever pain in my rib cage making me dream funny. But it was JIM young moving people outta parking lots telling them i needed the space For sure. Weird!!
Knowing prophets were stoned in the old days regardless of how their predictions came out, I probably ought to take a pass on trying to interpret your dream, but I for dang sure like it!
As for Don Barrett,
I first got to know him somewhat when he worked for State Attorney Dennis Ward, and later, after he left Ward and went into private practice. I thought Don seemed like a decent fellow and a dedicated a lawyer.
Maybe three months ago, I was told by someone who had to know, that the Randy Acevedo fan club is backing Don in his attempt to unseat Judge Mark Jones,
who presided over Randy’s criminal prosecution brought against him by State Attorney Dennis Ward.
As you recall, after learning his wife, Monique, was stealing copiously from the school district, then Superintendent of Schools Randy did nothing. So, after it all came out, Randy was indicted by a Grand Jury for being Monique’s accomplice, in essence.
Randy stood trial and was convicted by a jury of his peers. Mark Jones presided. Then, instead putting Randy in prison, where a lot of people down here felt he belonged, Mark put Randy on probation. Later, when Monique pleaded guilty, Mark gave her eight years in prison.
When 2012 rolled around, the Randy Acevedo fan club campaigned hard for Cathy Vogel, to get back at Dennis Ward for prosecuting Randy. Cathy swept the Key West precincts which enabled her to beat Ward. Now, the Randy Acevedo fan club is trying to do the same thing to Mark Jones. That’s how it works down here, as you well know.
At Hometown! PAC’s Call to Candidates this past April 21, I told Don Barrett about the Randy Acevedo fan club backing him. Don said that was the first he’d heard of it. I found that hard to believe, but didn’t say it.
When Don attacked Judge Jones at Hometown PAC’s Meet the Candidates beauty pageant last Friday night in Studios of Key West, it pissed me off. It pissed me off, because the attack had no substance. So, when my time to speak about my mayor’s campaign came, I started off by telling the audience that someone in the room with us had told me that the Acevedo people are backing Don Barrett and that’s something they need to know.
Todd German, Hometown’s Chairman, who mc’d that event,
told me the next day that a number of people told him afterward that they really didn’t like what I had said about Don Barrett being backed by the Randy Acevedo people. I laughed, said, that’s because they want Don to be elected.
A few days ago, someone told me all over New Town Key West are lots of vehicles with elect Don Barrett Judge on them, and no reelect Mark Jones vehicles. I said a lot of Conchs live in New Town. This person agreed. I said there are a good many elect Don Barrett Judge vehicles in Mid-Town where I live, too, and not many Judge Jones vehicles.
Not for a heartbeat do I believe Don Barrett doesn’t know about those vehicles in New and Mid Town wearing his campaign advertising. That’s politics, and Don will take any votes he can get. However, that is a countywide race, and voters above Key West and all the way up through Key Largo need to know about anti-law and order Conchs backing Don Barrett in Key West.
Voters up the Keys were enraged in 2012, after Dennis Ward was beaten by Key West Conchs who were pissed off at Dennis for successfully prosecuting Randy Acevedo and other Key West Conchs. Key West and up the Keys voters, who want Mark Jones to remain in office, need to get the lead out and go all out for Mark, or they just might end up with a Dennis Ward Deux result.
I dunno, Mike. Given the context of your Don Barrett question being in the same email with the dream you explained, given Jim Young, my middle name is Young, Jim and I often have joked about maybe being distant relatives, given maybe Jim Young in your dream represents GOD’S CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, maybe you need to throw a Re-Elect Mark Jones free feast at Daddy Bones. Maybe the Citizen will cover it – they sure gave Daddy Bones good coverage for its Working Man’s free feast about a month ago. Maybe the angels, who gave you that dream have in mind more feasts at Daddy Bones.
The angels put me into Mark Jones’ camp months ago, right after I learned the Randy Acevedo fan club was trying to get rid of Mark.
I told someone just yesterday. that the Charles Eimers case is Key West’s Acevedo case: the Eimers case rocked Key West as hard as the Acevedo case rocked the entire Florida keys community.
While I’m rambling, I bumped into Rick Boettger
on his bicycle yesterday, near Bayview Park. We stopped out trusty rusty steeds and chatted a while. He mentioned the batshitcrazy pic.
mi amiga Erika Biddle
once sent to me right after School Board Member Robin Smith-Martin told me in an email that I was batshitcrazy on most things. Rick said, actually, I am like the court jester of old, who came across as nutty, but was actually really smart and wise.
I chuckled, said, “The royal feast was done, the king sought some new sport to banish care, and to his jester cried: ‘Sir Fool, kneel now and make for us a prayer.’”
Rick said, precisely. I said, I had to memorize that poem in the 7th grade, but I no longer remembered it all now; it is one of the most famous poems in western history.
It’s easy to find online:
Edward Rowland Sill. 1841–1887
The Fool’s Prayer
THE ROYAL feast was done; the King
Sought some new sport to banish care,
And to his jester cried: “Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for us a prayer!”
The jester doffed his cap and bells,
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter smile
Behind the painted grin he wore.
He bowed his head, and bent his knee
Upon the monarch’s silken stool;
His pleading voice arose: “O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!
“No pity, Lord, could change the heart
From red with wrong to white as wool;
The rod must heal the sin: but, Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!
“‘T is not by guilt the onward sweep
Of truth and right, O Lord, we stay;
‘T is by our follies that so long
We hold the earth from heaven away.
“These clumsy feet, still in the mire,
Go crushing blossoms without end;
These hard, well-meaning hands we thrust
Among the heart-strings of a friend.
“The ill-timed truth we might have kept—
Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung?
The word we had not sense to say—
Who knows how grandly it had rung?
“Our faults no tenderness should ask,
The chastening stripes must cleanse them all;
But for our blunders—oh, in shame
Before the eyes of heaven we fall.
“Earth bears no balsam for mistakes;
Men crown the knave, and scourge the tool
That did his will; but Thou, O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!”
The room was hushed; in silence rose
The King, and sought his gardens cool,
And walked apart, and murmured low,
“Be merciful to me, a fool!”
The KWPD showed no mercy to Charles Eimers.
Mayor Cates and the six city commissioners showed no mercy to the Eimers children, by showing no remorse and making no apology for what their police did to the Eimers children’s father.
Don Barrett showed no mercy to Judge Mark Jones, who put his and his loved ones’ lives on the line, when he presided over the Acevedo cases.
After Robin Smith-Martin bonked me, Erika also sent this angela to sooth my battered batshitcrazy nerves:
So in closing, good buddy, I say what once was said to me about what I even then figured was said by a batshitcrazy angel:
Only fools rush in
where angels fear to tread,
But if there were no fools,
Who’d lead the angels?
I think maybe it was around April 1, 2006, that I reentered the Florida Keys political menageries.
P.S. to Mud Dawg
The citizen has yet to report on the mayor’s part of Hometown PAC’s meet the candidates. I keep wondering why?
Maybe the Citizen is backing Don Barrett and doesn’t want its readers to know what I said about the Acevedo people backing Barrett?
Maybe the Citizen is backing Mayor Craig Cates in his bid for reelection this year,
and the Citizen doesn’t want its readers to know I said at Hometown’s Meet the Candidates, that angels saved the Charles Eimers case from going silently into the night, and the same angels gave the case to the blue paper to break and continue to break?
Maybe the Citizen doesn’t want its readers to know I said at Hometown’s Meet the Candidates, that I had told Mayor Cates and the entire city commission at a city commission meeting, that they all should resign because they had showed no public remorse and had made no public apology to Charles Eimer’s children, for what their police did to Eimers on South Beach last thanksgiving day?
If you did not see it already, you should be able to watch the mayor’s part of Hometown’s Call to Candidates by clicking on this link below and advancing the video to the 1 hour 3 minute mark. The preview advertising can be skipped.
Ciao further maim, with some puddin’ not very tame :-), one of my campaign majorettes sends her personal regards …
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Sloan Bashinsky, for Mayor of Key West, aka “southernmost the nut house”