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Here is Hometown PAC’s link to the video of its Monday night candidate forum at Tropic Cinema. The link is in Friday’s Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com, I should have seen the link and shared it at this website.
Here’s the Citizen’s view last year – www.keysnews.com:
Hometown’s candidate forum panel steered a wide birth around the dirtiest worst possible cruise ships calling on Key West. But not the Mother Nature loving Key West City Commission, which intends to let those floating sea and reef killer monsters keep calling on Key West.
From today’s Citizen, my interjected pleasantries in italics:
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Outer Mole port calls rising
Initial reports show a small net gain for city
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff
The city of Key West finally sealed a new contract with the Navy for use of the Outer Mole Pier as a cruise ship docking station, ensuring the island will retain three berths for Carnival, Disney and other name brands.
City commissioners signed off on the deal last week, after a rocky start last year over the terms the Navy wanted added.
Now, the only question is: Can it break even?
Next year, the Outer Mole cruise ship budget is projected to rise, with expenses at more than $1 million, up from this year’s estimated $914,473.
Revenues will also rise, the port department figures, in light of a nearly 20 percent increase in port calls that is also penciled in at costing $1 million.
If all goes as planned, the city will end fiscal year 2015 with a net gain of $128,904.
“The question is, are we losing or making money on this Outer Mole? I’m getting two sets of opinions at 180 degrees apart. I’m asking we thoroughly vet those numbers. If we’re bleeding to death, we don’t need to be in the cruise ship business.”
But if the city is breaking even on the Outer Mole operation, Yaniz said, that’s a different story and he has no problem keeping the deal going.
A little better than breaking even is what the paid consultants predict Key West will do at the Outer Mole in the coming year.
“It is anticipated that the current fee levels will be sufficient to cover expenses in fiscal year 2014-15, assuming 160,186 passenger disembarkations,” according to a report by Arcadis, a Maitland, Fla. firm the city paid to review the Outer Mole Pier’s financials.
The Outer Mole Pier, an 800-foot long stretch owned by the Navy and leased to the city for the cruise ship arrival, requires a special transportation system since it is on military property. To schlep passengers from the Outer Mole to a city street cost more than $426,000 last year. The figure will hit at least $469,000 next year, city staff says.
The beneficiary of that “figure” is Ed Swift’s Historic Tours of America, whose conch trains squire cruise ship passengers from the outer mole to Swift’s HTA gift shops and conch train and trolley terminals, where said herded visitors buy fake conch memorabilia made in Asia and purchase tickets for conch train and trolley tours in Key West. Swift is laughing all the way to the bank, as is his buddy John Dolan-Heitlinger, who works for Swift’s HTA. The same John Dolan-Heitlinger who was on Hometown PAC’s candidate forum panel last Monday night. The same John Dolan-Heitlinger who started a small “bar pilots association” PAC last year so he, on Ed Swift’s behalf, could be on the dais at more and bigger cruise ships coming into Key West referendum forums. The same John Dolan-Heitlinger who never once disclosed at those forums who he really represented: Ed Swift’s HTA. The same John Dolan-Heitlinger who darn sure wants the dirtiest worst possible cruise ships to keep calling on Key West. As does Ed Swift. As does the Key West Chamber of Commerce. As does the Key West City Commission, on which Mayor Cates sits. Money is their god.
Port calls for fiscal year 2014-15 will rise to 83, up from this year’s estimate of 69, according to the port department. At a passenger fee of $10 per head, plus a security surcharge of 63 cents, the city needs exactly 127,570 people to step off a cruise ship at that pier next year, according to a city-ordered study received in June.
City staff expects more than 160,000 passengers at the Outer Mole.
Cruise ships in Key West remain a divisive issue for locals. Last year voters shot down a proposal for a federal study on the impact of dredging the harbor to better accommodate larger ships by a 3-to-1 margin.
I wonder how many citizens who voted against the referendum will vote for Mayor Cates or Margaret Romero this year, knowing they supported the referendum last year?
I double checked this morning, and unless I still missed it, the Citizen has not published my letter to the editor, in which I replied to its Tuesday article reporting Bill Becker told me to start Hometown PAC’s Monday night’s mayor candidate forum that the Alabama Bar Association has no record of Sloan Bashinsky.
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Sloan Bashinsky practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:51:31 -0400
Dear KW Citizen:
In Gwen Filosa’s August 5 article on Hometown PAC’s August 4 candidate forum at Tropic Cinema was a report that panelist Bill Becker told me that he had called the Alabama Bar Association and they said they had no record of Sloan Bashinsky having practiced law in Alabama.
I called the Alabama Bar Association the next morning, 334-269-1515, and spoke with Cathy Sue McCurry, who told me the same thing: no record of Sloan Bashinsky. Later same day, it dawned on me that, in early 2000, I had legally changed my name to Sloan Young – I was born Sloan Young Bashinsky, Jr. Maybe I had notified the Alabama Bar Association of the name change? A few years later, I had legally changed my name back to Sloan Young Bashinsky, Jr.
I called the Alabama Bar Association back, spoke again with Cathy Sue McCurry, and she said, yes, they have Sloan Young in their records, and if I send them the name-change documents, they will make the change in their records.
Meanwhile, I received correspondences from a former law partner, a former law client, and a childhood friend, whose mother I once represented, saying I indeed did practice law in Birmingham.
I called the Birmingham Bar Association, 205-251-8006, and Julie Smith confirmed I was a member of that bar association from 1973-1985.
I went to Sippin’ Internet Cafe yesterday and FAXed the name-changed orders to Cathy Sue McCurry at the Alabama State Bar, as she had requested in this email:
Subject: RE: Name Change
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 20:17:04 +0000
You can fax them to 334-517-2145. I really just need the second document that has your current legal name. As soon as I receive that, I’ll make the change. Please remember, though, that since you are inactive, you will still not show up in our online Bar Directory. However, if anyone calls to ask if you were admitted to practice in Alabama, you will come up in our data base under your legal name.
Cathy Sue McCurry
Regulatory Programs Administrative Assistant
Alabama State Bar
PO Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
Moving laterally, here’s the teaser to John Donnelly’s police blue line article in the current issue of Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com.
All members of law-enforcement that I’ve spoken with, upon questioning, were willing to address the continuing abuses that are systemic within their agencies, resultant from “cops investigating other cops”.
I challenged them on the extent to which “The Blue Wall of Silence” actually applies. Are there any limits on the types of misconduct covered under this ‘code’?
I mentioned several hateful and savage crimes, and asked if the offending police officer would be shielded from their barbaric conduct by their silence. After obfuscating a clear response and upon being pressed for an answer, they all said […full article]
And here are the reader comments to John’s article:
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9 COMMENTS ON “POLICE INVESTIGATING POLICE — WILL NOT EXPOSE CRIMINAL COPS — NOR — PROTECT CITIZENS …”
KEYSBUM AUGUST 8, 2014 AT 9:01 AM
you just don’t get it; you keep trying to explain the world as if the paradigm you “see” and “experience” is real. I do not have the time right now to fully explain, but you have to see the world for what it is, not how its meant to be seen.
the police are not composed of some “bad apples” or led by feckless mayors and city commissioners. police departments act as they do because that is what their mandate is. city leaders do not reign in their “rogue” officers because they are complicit in their “mission.”
why do you think there are IQ restrictions placed on hiring candidates(and the lower the better)? why do police look like storm troopers? why do they use S.W.A.T. to serve warrants? why aren’t police ever charged when they kill and maim? why are all these abuses nation wide in occurrence?
it is because it has been institutionalized. they are doing exactly what they have been told to do.
Mr. Donnelly, it’s time to open your eyes and wipe away the fog that clouds your vision.
SLOAN BASHINSKY AUGUST 8, 2014 AT 8:01 PM
Before Stew Shaw interviewed me on WAIL 99.5 FM Radio Wednesday morning, he said he first arrived in Key West in 1977, lived here a long time, then went a way for a while and not long ago returned.
The interview was about 9 minutes, Stew raised the “Morning Stew” topics. We covered the city spending its time and energy trying to get street people out of sight in a shelter at night, instead of providing affordable rental housing for new homeless people and people about to go homeless; the dirtiest worst possible cruise ships calling on Key West; and the ocean being infested with MRSA, which is known to all divers and physicians in the Keys.
Stew did not ask about KWPD issues.
After the interview, I said not one candidate forum or candidate debate has asked the mayor candidates about police misbehavior, and I wonder if the Business Guild forum at noon that same day will go into that? (No, it turned out.)
Stew said he’d seen and heard of a lot of bad things done to people down here by KW police officers. Horrible things. To people he knew, who were not homeless. Stew said it’s been like that no matter who was the police chief; no matter how good the police chief, police officers mistreating citizens persisted; it’s part of the police department, Stew said.
JOHN DONNELLY AUGUST 9, 2014 AT 2:07 AM
I do understand that the world’s structures, along with many (and perhaps all) of its institutions, are designed to preserve their power.
Knowing that, I still must make my life relevant and purposeful. Being born into a life on this planet, I must make sense out of it and create and a form that works for me.
I’ve not comported my life into any particular design, so that it will appropriately fit into this world. I’ve manipulated, managed and molded what this life offers, as it offers it, into my own miracle.
I dance, sing, march, learn and suffer; in accordance with my own Drummer. Always have, and always will.
Intuition and penetrating insight are gifts that allow me to deal with things that are before me. Living in the ‘Now’, is divorced from speculation, pre-conceived ideas and fear. It is a perfect union between what is, and what I am, at that precise moment.
Have you ever known an individual, who has worn a uniform, that you admired or respected?
Have you ever known or heard of a police officer, that performed an extraordinary act of bravery?
Have you ever heard of a police officer that comforted the dying and distraught, while placing their life on the line to protect and preserve the life of another?
On a regular basis, too frequently to keep track of, men and women, such as those described, have made their presence known in my life. These are irrefutable facts that do not require your agreement or endorsement to be true. Perhaps you need to broaden your horizon and recognize that their other realities, which are incongruent with yours.
Many of my young friends who joined the NYCPD were courageous, tough and intelligent. To a person they would give you the shirt off their back.
My wounds prevented me from joining the force with them. Do you really think anyone within the NYCPD was going to require me to be abusive or engage in any type of criminal conduct?
These newly sworn-in officers did not surrender their integrity and honor at the door. They brought their character and core values with them.
As yourself, police officers make mistakes. When cops unnecessarily use deadly force, perhaps, not only should they not be cops, they should be required to adorn an inmate’s uniform at one of our prisons.
I don’t like bullies and those that beat and kill a man when he is down (Arthur McDuffie or Charles Eimers).
Across the planes of consciousness we live with the paradox, that opposite perspectives can be simultaneously true. If we can identify with that ‘Awareness’, we will no longer live in a world of polarities.
KEYSBUM AUGUST 9, 2014 AT 6:08 PM
to answer your question on whether or not I have ever respected a person in uniform, the answer is no. people in uniform are, exactly what the word means, uniform. they are uniform in thought, action, and deed; they are drones who march to the same beat of a master, and perform without thought or feeling. they are willing to throw their humanity away and steamroll anyone who is put before them.
do police officers and soldiers perform acts of kindness, selflessness, and heroism? you bet. but they also perform acts of barbarity and cruelty. these things do not cancel out; this is not a zero sum game.
take a soldier for instance, say you. you’re in a village in Vietnam and playing with the kids, handing out lollipops and chocolate bars, and putting huge smiles on their faces. the next day you are ordered to go back to that village and burn it to the ground and kill anyone who gets in your way. does the previous days kindness even out the next days brutality?
the answer is obvious.
the other question Mr. Donnelly, is would you follow that order to destroy the village and villagers? if the answer is yes, and we both know it is, than perhaps you can understand my position on people in uniform.
perhaps you can then understand my view of the world and my unwillingness to succumb to accept, without question, without skepticism, without erudition, what I am told.
JOHN DONNELLY AUGUST 9, 2014 AT 2:27 AM
Commend your courage and eagerness to discuss issues that Cates and Romero just want to go away. An individual of your intelligence and steadfastness is necessary to make the city work.
It appears that Stew has a forum that could be a powerful and formidable instrument, in addressing KWPD abuses. Perhaps he will consider moving in that direction.
When the TDC, Lodging and Business guilds, along with the Chamber of Commerce are hit with a backlash from the issues at hand, they are going to sing another tune.
The governor and attorney general know that the genie is out of the bottle on this one.
SLOAN BASHINSKY AUGUST 9, 2014 AT 10:02 PM
Thanks, John. Stew had me on the air because he’d already had Mayor Cates on the air, and he had Margaret Romero scheduled after me – giving the mayor candidates equal time.
Perhaps after the election, or elections, Stew might be open to what you suggest, but for now, he would have to afford Craig and Margaret the same air time as I would receive.
I hate to say it, but I mostly agree with Keysbum on how things are and why nobody should trust their government just because it’s their government.
I agree with you, John, that a person must march to his/her own drum beat, or become uniform, part of the nearby herd, which is about like dying, but still breathing – zombie-fied.
I, too, engage a lot of really bad shit, and like you, I put my face, name and body into it; I put myself at risk ongoing.
But, as I’ve written many times now, I don’t expect to see ant change; I engage what is arranged for me to engage, in keeping with my “Grail Knight” training, you can take that literally, if you wish, and in keeping with my spirit guidance’s directives and corrections.
It keeps coming to me lately, John, to say what you keep writing about, what you keep engaging, is, to be blunt, Evil. You can take that literally, in the worst sense imaginable.
The wrong-doing people you engage are Evil’s human proxies, perhaps unawares, perhaps not – it can work either way.
Every situation I am arranged to engage is being influenced by Evil. It is rough, taxing and gravely dangerous work. I cannot do it safely, or reasonably okay, without the spirit guidance backing me up and steering and correcting me.
In the main, the New Age does not recognize Evil. In the main, Christendom believes its salvation formula protects it from Evil. Islam is like Christendom in that respect.
Evil is insidious and pervasive; as far as I know, it infiltrates every human endeavor, organization, system, etc.
Evil is why the police you mentioned in your article, John, did not come around.
As for NYPD, I am pretty sure “Serpico” was based on actual events in NYPD.
The Vietnam war was run by Evil. The current American wars are run by Evil. I doubt there ever was a war not run by Evil.
The Charles Eimers and other KWPD cases the blue paper broke and continues to cover are run by Evil.
That’s really important to appreciate, because Evil uses such situations to try to infect the very people opposing it, and Evil is quite clever and subtle about how it does that.
So clever, John, that I wager if I were sent in to any church in Key West to engage the congregation about something the angels feel is important, I would feel the palpable presence of Lucifer that church.
I say that, because that’s what happened each time the angels sent me into different churches in Key West to engage something of concern to the angels in those churches.
The only church I have entered in Key West where that has not happened is St. Peter’s Episcopal, which was given to me to seek spiritual refuge at times, and not to engage anything going on in it,
I suppose that’s because I was christened and confirmed in an Episcopal church, and I was raised by a black woman who loved me as her own, an angel among my white family unawares.
St. Peter’s was built by descendants of Bahamian slaves. It’s congregation still is mostly African-American.
SLOAN BASHINSKY AUGUST 9, 2014 AT 10:27 PM
“When the TDC, Lodging and Business guilds, along with the Chamber of Commerce are hit with a backlash from the issues at hand, they are going to sing another tune.
“The governor and attorney general know that the genie is out of the bottle on this one.”
I don’t expect, John, to see any of the above, local or state level, change their tune, and I don’t understand why you, after all you’ve seen and engaged in your life, see them coming around.
I bumped into Naja and Arnaud at Harpoon Harry’s the morning. I said, not in one candidate event has the KWPD been put to the mayor candidates for discussion. Arnaud said, nobody wants it discussed, made public, that would be bad for business. That’s what’s important to them, John, business.
Governor Scott probably had his attorney general oppose the appeals from local county courts approving gays and lesbians can get married. Governor Scott is as conservative, politically and religiously as it gets. He came into this position under a cloud of alleged corporate criminality.
I figure he’s about as trustworthy and concerned about what is going on in Key West as was Lyndon Baines Johnson and George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama concerned about what God felt about the Evil wars those three presidents pursued, and one still pursues.
Absent a force majure event, call it an Act of God, if you wish, I don’t see changes you expect to see those groups and people you named, doing any different from how they now do.
SISTER AUGUST 9, 2014 AT 5:08 PM
Ok, I admit that math has never been one of my best subjects but, if 100% of those you interviewed stated that they would cover up for a crime performed by a fellow officer, how did you determine that “10% of the staff at any given bureaucracy are either corrupt, incompetent, negligent or inefficient.”?
I know I had stated that I would not post on your essays anymore but… Come on! Where is the logic?
JOHN DONNELLY AUGUST 10, 2014 AT 1:21 AM
We’ve reached some common ground.
Agreed…Every action produces its own unique sets of consequences. We are free to choose our paths, but we can’t choose the consequences that come with them.
Warriors working in concert with one another, have mastered the intricate designs and algorithms of the day, while protecting their societies and families since the birth of civilization.
These Samurai are responsible, valued and dedicated members of their nations. As long as there is a planet earth, they will be necessary, relevant and indispensable.
As the US squanders its stature and standing in the world, Evil is, and will be, a rolling reality. It will fill the void with savage barbarianism, just turn on the TV.
As imperfect as we are as a nation, our ‘Founding Documents’ offer the best possible alternative, for the world at-large.
A uniform, “does not make a man”. Nor does conformity or surrendering ones humanity make an effective combat unit.
I’m glad you don’t like uniforms. Uniformity has never gotten me to where I really wanted to go.
Feigned kindness never offsets brutality. Some of your imagined scenarios and logic are sub-standard.
I was in Vietnam a long time and I never burned nor witnessed a village being torched.
As I’ve attempted to explain to you on a regular basis; hardened Marines, capable of tearing anything apart that they wanted to, knelt before children and civilians of the hamlets that we passed through, ministering to them with medicines, food and clothing.
Why is it that you cannot expand your imagery and correct yourself, when it comes to your visualizations of Vietnam?
If you are seeking an accurate account of the War, why do you not include my ‘primary sourced” information?
Perhaps you’re not interested or can’t handle the truth? It doesn’t fit the propaganda and indoctrinated narrative that you’ve been instructed with.
In your writings you appear to be brilliant and well adjusted. There is no need for you to continue to clasp onto an errant perspective, which is not supported by the facts.
You declare your ability to read my mind and predict my conduct, behind being given a theoretical order.
I will not dignify your instability with a response.
I don’t want you to succumb to people wearing a uniform. Nor, do I want you to surrender to the inaccuracies and misinformation that you’ve been fed.
Mayor candidate Margaret Romero says she is the “voice of reason”, Mayor Craig Cates says Key West is a great place to live, why are people being so negative? Why can’t everyone just get along? Perhaps the two of them can host a workshop in Old City Hall before the August 26 primary, and persuade the KWPD to protect citizens from wayward cops. Perhaps when pigs fly.
I wrote to “Mud Dawg” Mike Tolbert yesterday:
Imagine, Mud Dawg, a mayor of Key West who is being advised by angels who see everything. Imagine what kind of term in office that mayor would have. Imagine what it would be like for Key West to have such a mayor. It’s probably not imaginable. It’s probably imaginable that such a mayor would be assassinated.
Before being bumped off, I might need a lot of that kava brew Sippin’ now is offering; they sold me a “shot” of it today, and I instantly felt like maybe I’d being chewing coca leaves in the Amazon basin. But it’s said not to be a narcotic or addictive; it’s said to be a relaxer, maybe you ought to give it a twirl. I pedaled my bicycle home from Sippin’ and crashed into a deep nap, but not so deep the angels didn’t get onto me about heading in the wrong direction about something I was doing online this morning.
Kava is from the South Pacific, I think. I think health food stores have it. The Sippin’ folks said it’s become the rage in AA and NA circles up around Miami. I doubt I’ll do much of it, but then, I don’t do booze, marijuana or other narcotics, either. I just grin and bear it, until I have to reach for a couple of ibuprofen.
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