hot times and issues in Key West mayor’s race, Florida Keys judge and school board races, and Republican Primary US House of Representatives race

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Mark Howell

Mark Howell, replied to yesterday’s  hazards of running for mayor of Key West and related disturbances  post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com:

Excellent reporting and commentary throughout, Sloan.

— Mark

Mark was the beloved Editor of the Key West Citizen’s hugely popular Solares Hill Sunday Magazine, which, along with Mark, a while back was axed during budget cutbacks. Several years ago, Mark told me that his wife reads everything I publish at www.goodmorningkeywest.com.

Midsummer night's dream

Starting night before last, running through a nap yesterday, I was told in dreams to attend this evening’s Hometown PAC candidate forum in the Tennessee Williams Theater Lobby at Florida Keys Community College, which starts at 5 p.m., instead of attending the Citizens (Police) Review Board meeting at Old City Hall, which starts at 6 p.m., and will take up the Matthew Murphy taser case, about which considerably more will be said later in this post.

According to Hometown PAC’s candidate forum announcement, “The panelists will be Rev. Randy Becker, Naja Girard of Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper), Jenna Stauffer, local television newsperson and Bill Becker, newscaster of US 1 Radio, 104.1 FM and moderator of the Morning Magazine program.”

Judge Judy

Judge Judy

I have not yet voted early, because, due to stuff I have not yet published, I have not yet decided on either of the judge races, candidates for which will be vetted tonight. Having clerked for a US District Judge, and having practiced law, and having tried lawsuits before judges and juries, I say there should be a lawyer on Hometown’s panel. But then, what Keys lawyer would want to grill judicial candidates before whom the lawyer panelist might end up trying cases?

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Naja and Arnaud Girard

Naja’s husband Arnaud is a French lawyer. They have brought lawsuits in the US without lawyers. Perhaps Naja will turn the heat up on the judge candidates sufficiently to cause them to break sweat and squirm.  Hopefully the other three panelists are similarly motivated. I wish I could grill the judge candidates tonight.

Stay tuned …

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Three school board races are on tonight’s forum agenda.

In the Key West race, in which incumbent Robin Smith-Martin chose not to run for reelection, I’m voting for for Warren Leamard because he is the only candidate in that race who gets it that educating children to be able get a decent job and, if they are able, also attend college is what is important. Teaching students to standardized tests is not important; in fact, it’s an abomination. As is teaching students that going to college is the Holy Grail.

From having run for a school board seat in 2012, and from attending numerous school board meetings and school board Audit & Finance Committee meetings, and from past dealings and attending candidate forums with the Marathon and Key Largo incumbent school board candidates, I know for a fact that incumbent John Dick, of Marathon, and Ron Martin, of Key Largo, and the other two sitting school board members, Andy Griffiths of Key West and Ed Davidson of the Lower Keys, are not about having students career and/or college ready on graduation from high school. I am hoping to learn tonight that John Dick and Ron Martin’s challengers are like Warren Lemard, who also just happens to be African-American.

Right, the school board for some time has been white. For some time the school board has been white men. John Dick’s challenger, Catherine Bosworth, a white woman, is a retired public high school teacher with over 20 years of classroom experience, according to her bio at the Supervisor of Elections Office. I hope Catherine impresses me tonight. I hope one of the two white men opposing Ron Martin impress me tonight.

I wish I could grill the school board candidates tonight.

Stay tuned …

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The other race being vetted tonight is the US House of Representatives Republican Primary. I know the incumbent somewhat, Joe Garcia, from participating in candidate forums with him when he ran in 2012, and from having lunch with him during that race, at his suggestion. Right now, I have no inclination how I will vote in that race.

I am especially interested in hearing from each of those candidates how they stand on lifting US sanctions against Cuba with all due speed – I’m flat  in favor. And how they feel about US wars abroad – I’m flat against. And how they feel about cutting US military spending –  I’m flat in favor. And how they feel about separation of church and state – I’m flat in favor. And how they feel about all Americans having free, decent health care – I’m flat in favor. And how they feel about legalizing and taxing marijuana and all street drugs – I’m in favor. And how they feel about stopping chemical runoff into Lake Okeechobee,  the Everglades and the canals running to the east and west coasts of Florida – I’m flat in favor.

I wish I could grill them tonight. I would grill Democrat candidates about the same.

Stay tuned …

The way I see it, all of the local and national races affect Key West, and so it’s on this mayor candidate, at least, to speak to those races, too.

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Diving into a different deep blue turbulent sea …

Yesterday’s hazards of running for mayor of Key West and related disturbances  post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com included the blue paper teaser for The Case of Matthew Murphy / Another Cover-Up?  and all reader comments then under that article. John Donnelly of Key Largo then made this reader comment under that article:

JOHN DONNELLY AUGUST 17, 2014 AT 3:22 AM
Intelligence Quotient Exam + Medical Appraisal + Physical Fitness Evaluation + Police Psychological Assessment Test + Interview By A Licensed Psychologist or Psychiatrist + Graduation From Recruit Training—Is Required By Most Police Departments Before A Candidate Is Given Their Badge & Gun…

The following are some traits that ordinarily disqualify an individual from becoming a police officer:

1) Below average problem-solving and social judgment suggests a lack of experience in making decisions while under pressure, particularly when being pulled in several different directions by people or issues that might influence you. In short, it comes down to a lack of life experience.

2) Difficulty presenting information in a straight forward manner suggests you may have difficulty analyzing facts and relating them to others in a brief, concise and accurate manner. Instead, it suggests you may include too much information, unnecessarily injecting other factors that have no relevance and complicating resolution of the matter. Again, this suggests a lack of life experience.

3) Aggressive behavior – Prospect that displays an unwillingness to listen to authority or is in a constant state of aggression will raise a red flag to the examiner, and as a result will issue the department a “not suitable to be a police officer” recommendation.

Can this data be secured from the KWPD, as it relates to personnel involved with Mr. Murphy’s injuries and Mr. Eimers’ death?

I submitted this reply to John’s comment:

SLOAN BASHINSKY YOUR COMMENT IS AWAITING MODERATION.
AUGUST 17, 2014 AT 10:29 AM
Maybe that info can be obtained, but I think it begs the question, John. Perhaps if you lived in Key West, you will see this situation differently. Although I imagine most people living here don’t want to see it for what it is, given the Citizen does not break these awful cases. Given police problems are not asked of candidates at candidate forums. Given the way Police Chief Donnie Lee has responded to the Murphy case and the Eimers case. Given how the mayor and city commissioners have responded – silence. Given what I perceive as a lot of apathy, but perhaps I’m mistaken; I hope I am mistaken.

I found myself thinking off and on yesterday. in the way last years referendum produced a statement how 74 percent of Key West people feel about cruise ships, not good, the mayor’s race outcome this year will produce a statement how Key West people feel about their police department. If I don’t survive the August 26 mayoral primary, you will know how the people of Key West feel about their police department.

When my submitted reply to John still was not cleared by Naja from moderation this morning, I emailed John:

Hi, John –

Yesterday morning, after reading your last comment under the blue paper’s Michael Murphy article, I submitted this comment replying to yours, which still has not cleared moderation.

SLOAN BASHINSKY YOUR COMMENT IS AWAITING MODERATION.
AUGUST 17, 2014 AT 10:29 AM
Maybe that info can be obtained, but I think it begs the question, John. Perhaps if you lived in Key West, you will see this situation differently. Although I imagine most people living here don’t want to see it for what it is, given the Citizen does not break these awful cases. Given police problems are not asked of candidates at candidate forums. Given the way Police Chief Donnie Lee has responded to the Murphy case and the Eimers case. Given how the mayor and city commissioners have responded – silence. Given what I perceive as a lot of apathy, but perhaps I’m mistaken; I hope I am mistaken.

I found myself thinking off and on yesterday, in the way last years referendum produced a statement how 74 percent of Key West people feel about cruise ships, not good, the mayor’s race outcome this year will produce a statement how Key West people feel about their police department. If I don’t survive the August 26 mayoral primary, you will know how the people of Key West feel about their police department.

I was alerted in dreams before dawn yesterday morning that I was going to add something new into the Murphy article reader comments, and I imagined it was the second paragraph of my comment above.

A few hours after I submitted the comment, I was told in a nap dream that Naja had died. Naja handles reader comments to blue paper articles. I went online and checked, and my comment above still had not cleared moderation. That was what the nap dream was about.

Usually, I do not interject into in a discussion forum such at this one my being a candidate for office. However, in this and other blue paper article reader forums on KWPD malfeasance, there has been ongoing reader commenting about getting rid of elected officials who are not dealing with KWPD malfeasance, and of the three mayor candidates, I have stood alone in decrying KWPD malfeasance.

The blue paper created the referendum on KWPD malfeasance with its articles on same. I’m merely the straw the angels drew for the voters to then draw, or not. I wish this was a joke, but it’s not.

There is one other issue in this awful case. Naja may take me to task about it again, but it is still my recollection from a conversation with her and Arnaud at their home after they broke the first Michael Murphy story, that Arnaud told me that Murphy’s girlfriend was asking him to go with her to Duval Street at night, and he was telling her that he didn’t want to do that because he felt something would happen and he’d have trouble with the police. Finally, he agreed to take her to Duval Street. When I heard that from Arnaud, I said I pittied Matthew’s girlfriend, because some day she would need to tell all of that to her and Matthew’s son. Arnaud ask why that was? Because she set it all into motion, I said.

Beyond that, the angels warned Michael not to go to Duval Street with his girlfriend, and he let her talk him into going, and then when why the angels had warned Michael happened, and instead of remembering the warning, or his premonitions, some might call them, instead of heeding the racist white woman’s white boyfriends requests to let it slide, she was drunk, walk away, Michael physically attacked the white racist girlfriend’s boyfriend.

The result, of course, was horrible. Michael ended up a vegetable. His girlfriend, as reported in the blue paper article, said, “I know Matthew,” says Marie, “he would not have kept fighting if he had known the officer was there. None of this would have ever happened.”

Nor would any of this have happened if Matthew had heeded his premonition. Nor would any of this have happened if Matthew had heeded the white racist woman’s white boyfriend’s advice. Nor would any of this have happened if Matthew had not attacked the white racist woman’s boyfriend. Nor would any of this have happened if Matthew’s girlfriend had not persuaded him, against his better judgment, to go with her to Duval Street.

That’s how the angels are seeing this awful case, John. And, as am I, they also are seeing Officer Siracuse tazered Matthew in the back without warning; and for that Officer Siracuse also stands trial in God’s Court. And for not dealing with that appropriately, Police Chief Donnie Lee stands trial in God’s Court. And for turning a blind eye, now City Manager Jim Scholl and Mayor Craig Cates and the six city commissioners stand trial in God’s Court. As does the Citizen’s Review Board stand trial in God’s Court via how it deals with Officer Syracuse and Chief Lee in the Michael Murphy Case. As do the people of Key West, who know of the Murphy case, stand trial in God’s Court via how they deal with that case. As do the voters in the August 26 mayoral, who know of KWPD malfeasance, stand trial in God’s Court, via how they vote in that race.

Sometimes, John, the only justice obtainable is not of this world. Some call it karma. While I hope justice of this world is achieved in this this horrible case, God’s Justice already is being dispensed in some ways, and will be dispensed in other ways as time passess. None of the defendants will get away with anything.

Maybe our mutual “pen pal” Sister, who has not yet chimed in on this particular article, would care for what I write to you today. But since I don’t anticipate mine to you being published in the blue paper, I don’t see how Sister will know what I wrote to you today, and that I again remind what I told Sister in a different blue paper reader discussion: Jesus advised people, First, take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to help your brother take the beam out of his eye.

There is plenty of blame to be shared in this horrible case. As far as I can tell, the only innocent person is Matthew and his girlfriend’s young son, who had no say in the matter. I hope for that child’s sake, at some time later, he is told everything you have just read above, John, so he at least has a chance to form his own opinion about what happened to his father, and why. I do not envy his mother, on whom that responsibility falls. I especially do not envy her, if she does not tell her son the whole story.

The sorry ass racist white woman, who ought to kept her stupid clap trap shut, seems to have gotten clean away in this world’s justice system. She will not get clean away in God’s Justice System.

Sloan

The angels take my inventory every day and night. It’s heaps of fun.

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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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