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Yesterday turned out to be a fairly wild and funny day for me, as well as a day of something really gnarly and toxic moving into my body, which indicated something really gnarly and toxic was headed my way in waking time.
I begin with having a great fun and educational breakfast with a Key West insider yesterday morning at Harpoon Harry’s. I will call him Deep Throat,
in memory of both Watergate and Key West’s Strand Theater, on Duval Street, running daily matinees of that bawdy film daily for years, for the sailors on the Navy base.
When Deep Throat asked how the mayor’s race is going?, I said I’m pissing off more people than ever. He laughed, said, somebody needs to stir them up. He said, the outcome is obvious: Mayor Craig Cates is reelected.
I said, I dunno, Margaret Romero
has pretty good backing, and she also has County Commissioner Tony Yaniz
Deep Throat said, Margaret is too critical, she turns off too many people in person. But, on the radio, when listeners can’t see her, she comes off better. Beyond that, she’s a woman, and Key West doesn’t like a woman mayor. The only woman mayor, Sheila Mullins, Mayor Moombean, she was called, soured the bubbas on having a woman mayor. And, they had one gay mayor. They will elect Craig. I said, I dunno. Deep Throat said, maybe something will happen, which will affect the election.
He asked my opinion on now dispatched Assistant City Manager David Fernandez
and now dispatched City Manager Bob Vitas?
I said, well, just the other day I bumped into the previous city manager, Jim Scholl,
Mayor Cates and Jim Scholl
who now is back on that job. Jim told me that back when he was city manager, David Fernandez had said he was thinking of retiring and then getting back on with the city as a contract worker, and Jim said he had told David that was not a good way to be thinking and don’t go that direction. I told Deep Throat, if Bob Vitas simply had transferred David back to his old job as city utilities department director, at his old job’s pay, or even as his assistant city manager pay, I would have been okay with that. But the double dip, I was not okay with.
Deep Throat said, well, what really was going on was for a long time David had wanted to get rid of Waste Management, and he was behind the city putting the waste hauling and recycling contract out for the lowest bid, as part of his plan to get rid of Waste Management. When that plan blew up in his face at the now infamous city commission meeting, David went to Plan B, which was to retire, get his old job back as city utilities director, and continue waging his war against Waste Management from that position. Deep Throat said he imagined the reason city utilities director Jay Gewin announced his resignation right after that infamous city commission meeting was because Jay felt he had been set up by David. Deep throat said David also once had been the city’s finance director, which was pretty much the same job Mark Finegan would end up having for the city, when he was an assistant city manager. Mark resigned before the infamous city commission meeting, to the great distress of many people inside and outside the city government. Deep Throat said he imagined the reason Bob Vitas went along with David retiring and getting his old job back at a high salary was because Vitas knew nothing about running the city and David was covering for Vitas. I said, hmmm. I had felt there was a back story we were not seeing.
Deep Throat asked how long did I figure Jim Scholl will be temporary city manager? I said I didn’t know, maybe a while, which takes pressure off the city to hurry to find a new city manager; or maybe Jim will just stay on until … I said, when they hired Jim, it turned out he couldn’t have anything to do with Navy-city stuff, in which he’d been involved when he was base commander of the local navy base. That, I understood, was why they went to having two assistant city managers. Deep Throat said that was a 5-year ban, that time is past, Scholl is not hindered today as he was back then.
I love talking with Deep Throat, because of his institutional knowledge of Key West going back into the 1970s. He seems to know where all the bodies are buried, starting at that time. He slammed Hometown! PAC’s upcoming candidate forum panel. He said Hometown’s panelist Jennifer Hulce was paid $30,000 by the Key West Chamber of Commerce, to try to get the bigger cruise ship referendum passed last year. I said, paid to lie. Yes, Deep Throat said. Of panelist John Dolan-Heitlinger, Deep Throat said, that guy works for Ed Swift and Historic Tours of America. I said, yes, and John never discloses that when he goes to bat for Swift in public. Deep Throat said, back a few years, John was CEO of Keys Federal Credit Union. Without getting his board of directors’ approval, he had Keys Federal buy land on Stock Island where he intended to locate Keys Federal’s new headquarters. The Board fired him. Then, the Board fired Todd German, who was John’s right-hand man. Todd is Hometown’s Chairman. I said I knew the board had fired them both, but that was the first I’d heard of the land deal. I said, capital decisions needed to be passed on by Keys Federal’s board, but operations decisions were the CEO’s job. Deep Throat agreed.
I also love talking with Deep Throat because he has had many different life experiences and is interested in lots of things. We talk about religion, heretics, philosophers, scoundrels, heroes, poets, angels, God, life, as easily as we talk about Key West politics and various sordid and hilarious local histories. Deep Throat said he likes talking to me because I’m interesting, I’m educated, I’m open to new ideas. He asked why isn’t everyone like that? I said I wonder the same thing. He said it’s fear, they are afraid. I said I would send him an email chain with a local fellow, which he might find amusing. Deep Throat said okay. It’s the last part of today’s post, below a different form of comic-tragedy relief, which was the gnarly toxic part of yesterday and early this morning, and now.
Sloan Bashinsky Charlie Hunter replied to my last above your last:Rest assured I have no fear of the police, nor does my wife. You see, this isn’t our first interaction with the police. Maybe I’m misunderstanding you and your saying the police are inept and unable to determine if there is a valid driver. If that’s the case you should be more clear. If that’s not the case, then I can only assume you are trying to use the same fear and intimidation tactics the police use. Sadly, those tactics only work on the uninformed sheeple. It’s your choice to post what you will on your site. I can only hope the people who are awake will see things for what they are. Politics and press make for very slanted bedfellows. I look forward to hearing comments from the people regarding this interaction. Who knows, maybe others out there are just as tired of their rights being slowly stripped away in the name of security. To quote Ben Franklin, “anyone who trades freedom for security deserves neither.”I replied to Charlie:
What I want to know, Charlie, is:
Who drove your van to that location on Stock Island? Did that person have a valid driver’s license? That tells me whether or not you two have “clean hands”.
On which side of Stock Island this occurred? That tells me which ordinance is involved: Monroe County’s or Key West’s. I am familiar with Key West’s ordinance, not with Monroe County’s.
A friend told me last night that Monroe County has a no camping ordinance, but not a no lodging in vehicle ordinance. I think Key West used to have a no camping ordinance. The City Commission passed the no lodging in vehicle ordinance to better target people living in their vehicles.
On Key West’s ordinance, I have written several times that I think it is unconstitutional, if the van is the person’s home and the van is all the person can afford for a home. A home is a man’s castle, entitled to maximum protection, goes way back in the common law, in the case law. all the way back into old English law. I tried to get Hatman to make that argument in his case, he said he was going to make it, but he didn’t make it.
I agreed with Hatman on another constitutional law argument. He was told by the KW police that he should be sleeping nights at KOTS, if he had no home (other than his van). But there was no place near KOTS where he could park his van, while he slept at KOTS. He would have had to park his van at some remote location, where it might be towed while he was gone, and walk or bicycle into KOTS. So, to comply with the KW ordinance and sleep at KOTS, where he could not store his belongings during the day time, Hatman would have had to get rid of his van, his home, and most of his belongings.
As I wrote you yesterday, maybe you two let yourselves get caught for living in your van, and you are given a ticket, or jailed. Once in the criminal justice system, you two make the constitutional arguments in the courts.
Perhaps a local misdemeanor judge agrees with you. If not, you can appeal to the circuit court. Perhaps the circuit court judge agrees with you. If not, you can appeal to the Third District Court of Appeals. Perhaps that court agrees with you. If not, you can appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. Perhaps that court agrees to hear your case, and then agrees with you. If not, you then can ask the US Supreme Court to review your case. Perhaps that court will exercise its discretion and review your case, perhaps not.
I want to send Sheriff Ramsay your video, but first I need to know on which side of Stock Island this happened, because he will need to know that to determine which ordinance was involved. I will ask him for the ordinance number and wording, which his deputies thought they were enforcing.
Unless you tell me who drove your van to that location, and show me the driver’s license, I also will tell Sheriff Ramsay that you refused tell me which of you two drove your van to that location, and that I am concerned the driver might not have a valid driver’s licence. I know that is irrelevant to your case. However, it is not irrelevant to my concern that an unlicensed driver may be driving your van in Key West.
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Loved talking with you this morning.
The email thread below started with this fellow replying to the death taxes and life celebrations in Key West post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com. The title of the post is a link to it.
He wrote to me:
Death and taxes have nothing to do with each other. The IRS only wishes. They promote this modern meme in the attempt to encourage acceptance of our modern tax scheme which is in fact one of the all time worst in all of human history. Prior to modern taxation, taxes of more than 10% of annual increase started wars. Whereas we are paying upwards of 40% now.
Humanity is just more stupid and gullible today than they have ever been in all of human history.
The post was about something else.
Maybe, maybe not – humanity has been stupid and gullible a very long time, just more people now, so by numbers more stupid and gullible.
No not by numbers. By percentages. Only one out of hundred ancients would believe something irrational whereas forty three out of a hundred today would.
I have known this for some time, by reading ancient literature, but I couldn’t quantify the percentages. Modern science now concurs. Scientific papers are not documenting this finding. One of which is this one from Stanford University http://www.funeducation.com/News/IQ-Test-Information/human-intelligence-may-be-on-the-decline/
Surely you jest. At one time, scientists believed this planet was flat and the sun revolved around it. What does it matter, in any event? There is nothing you nor anybody I know can do about the direction humanity, in the main, is heading. Perhaps a visible planetary-wide ET invasion might have an effect. Perhaps a visible planetary-wide spiritual event might have an effect. Or an invisible one, in which people simply are changed. I would not surprise me if the planet sneezed and threw all the fleas (humans) off its skin into the stratosphere, to rain back down as whatever. An extinction event for many other biologically complicated species, too, but perhaps preferred to the fleas killing the planet, not to mention themselves and other biologically complicated species. Perhaps as the dinosaurs quickly disappeared, according to science, humans will follow suit. Perhaps the next intelligent (used facetiously) species will be viruses. Already, they seem to be demonstrating a great deal of adaptability and intelligence in a hive way. The cetaceans, which are smarter than humans but on a different spiritual trajectory, which causes humans to think they are the only intelligent species on this planet, must find humanity amusing, if not down right insane.
Your own ignorance in this matter makes my point very well.
No one ever believed the earth was flat. Not even the ancient Babylonians. Eratosthenes of Cyrene was the first to calculate the earth’s diameter and he was correct to within 1% ( 252,000 stadia, or about 8000 miles. This value is the correct diameter of the earth. )
Let me quote Cassius Dio who lived 2000 years ago long before 1600 years before Copernicus. No scholar denies this was written 2000 years ago just like Eratosthenes treatise on the earth’s diameter was written 600 years before that. No one denies this stuff, yet We are so stupid today that Not even our modern educational system can get this stuff right. The word “orbit” as used here is not a translation. The ancients coined the term “orbit” and we use it today.
Just the fact that educated people such as yourself are ignorant of these things makes my point.
“The moon, which revolves in its orbit about the earth… When, therefore, the moon gets in a direct line with the sun over our heads and passes under its blazing orb, it obscures the rays from that body that extend toward the earth.
“To some of the earth’s inhabitants this obscuration lasts for a longer and to others for a shorter time, whereas to still others it does not occur for even the briefest moment… it will not be out of place to give the explanation of a lunar eclipse also. Whenever, then, the moon gets directly opposite the sun (for it is eclipsed only at full moon, just as the sun is eclipsed at the time of new moon) and runs into the cone-shaped shadow of the earth, a thing that happens whenever it passes through the mean point in its latitudinal motion, it is then deprived of the sun’s light and appears by itself as it really is. Such is the explanation of these phenomena.”
Read the scientific paper on it. The link can be found in the article I sent before.
There are societal selective pressures for stupidity. Civilization breeds stupidity.
An example of which is this. Before civilization, only the smartest and fittest survived. After civilization, the sick, elderly and those who couldn’t fend for themselves were taken care of lived to breed.
In addition to that As a rule Smart woman have fewer children than dumb woman
You and I are the product of 166 generations ( 5000 years) of dumb people breeding. As population increases exponentially, the rate of stipidification increases also.
We are getting dumber faster.
Well, for some time now, I have felt Darwin had it turned around backward: humans are evolving into monkeys and apes. Nothing humans can do about it, as far as I see. Pity the monkeys and apes. Last week I saw a double feature at Regal Cinema: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and its sequel “Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In the main, I liked the apes better than most of the humans; a few humans seemed worth keeping around. I keep telling the angels, if they do to every person what they have done to and continue doing to me, that will reduce the human population to about 5,000. Enough for humans to start all over, if they aren’t scattered so sparsely that they couldn’t find each other to reproduce. But then, there’s the genetic problem. If a man and woman found each other and got together and reproduced, would the man and women then reproduce with their offspring, would their offspring reproduce with each other? The Bible folks never figured out a way to deal with that part of Genesis, so I don’t see post-Sloan-suggestion humans getting around it either, unless a bunch of the survivors, enough to solve the genetics, somehow end up together after the rest of the fleas die. That song, “I’m my own grandpaw now comes to mind. Hee haw!!!
Incest isn’t a problem genetically. Only morally. From a scientific point of view, genetics has that all figured out. Inbreeding doesn’t cause any sort of genetic problems.
You bet your life and soul that human parents mating with their children, and human siblings mating with each other, doesn’t cause problems in their offspring? Don’t make that bet.
It’s true. There is no danger in that. The immense complexity of the genetic central dogma employs preprogrammed logic to carefully reorganize the genetic material in the pronuclei which then form the new zygote. The process is incredibly complex, currently defying human understanding. If a very well regulated and controlled process were not in complete control of the process no children could be born at all. Because of this well regulated system, the origin of the genetic material is inconsequential. Even genetic material from the same person can give rise to diversity numbering in the billions.
The genetic material in a single person could give rise to an entire diverse population. This is the power of what is now being called the science of epigenetics.
People have got to get smarter. This dumbing down was predicted thousands of years ago. Its written. “Humanity will not always be ruled by empires but they shall pass to give rise to individual nations each ruled by a king. This shall pass too giving rise to the rule of law and nations without kings. But there are no more paths after that. It is in the time of those nations that the change shall come.”
Doesn’t sound like you ever spent any time in backwoods areas where brother and sisters and fathers and daughters and mothers and sons and first cousins got it on.
As I said earlier, humans are evolving into monkeys and apes and there’s nothing you, I, nor anyone can do about it but grin and bear it. Wanna banana?
You really don’t think about things too carefully do you?
How could I? I’m a chimpanzee.
I wonder what might have come back if I had written that the Atlanteans were far advanced of the other humanoids, and in their advancement they tinkered with advanced technologies, which got away from them, reflecting spiritual matters, which got away from them, and they destroyed their continent and some of them fled elsewhere, and some of their knowledge trickled down to other humanoids, but, of course, there was considerably more ancient knowledge which predated Atlantis and even humanity.
I don’t suppose it would have been too cool to say the dinosaurs were sentient, and when they had experienced all they needed to experience on this planet, they were allowed to move on via one of those cosmic sneezes, in that case, a giant meteor strike, which tilted the planet on its axis and shook off most of the organic life forms, while tidal waves and volcanoes diminished organic life forms, too.
If I had mentioned angels, it would have gone off in a different orbit.
me threatening to drop trou at a 2009 mayor candidate forum, the photo made the front page of the next day’s Citizen
The Key West Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum is at noon today, at Casa Marina, which started out as the Flagler Hotel, built by Henry Flagler, who also built the overseas railroad and connected Key West to the mainland.
the overseas railroad’s Seven Mile Bridge
I will try to be on my best behavior today.
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Sloan Bashinsky, for Mayor of Key West, aka “southernmost nut house”