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Virginia, of Jupiter Beach, Florida, continued our conversation reported in yesterday’s 2014 Key West mayor’s race post mortem post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com, ending with:
Sorry, Ginger – you can ask me questions until the end of time, you can wonder about the causes of homelessness just as long, and nothing will change. Many times have I published that the reason I stopped being homeless was my father died in August 2005 and I received an inheritance on Valentine’s Day 2006, and that ended my being homeless. But for that, and absent the angels doing something different, I still would be homeless. When homeless people lived on Stock Island, they trashed it. Sloan
You knew what to do and how to regain your life. I heard good news from a friend of Dee Dee’s, C.J. , that Dee was living in Sarasota or Tampa working at or Manager of a Bed and Breakfast. CJ said she had lost everything her Dad left her though, the trailer, the car, etc.
I had not lost my life, only a way of living, which required money. I was the same person before and after the inheritance came. Except, after it came, the angels loaded me up a lot more in the spirit sense, because the physical load of being poor had disappeared. Hope D’s situation holds for her.
I let D stay in my trailer on Little Torch Key, for free, for nearly three years, when I lived in Key West from March 2007-March 2013. Subsequently, someone I knew on Little Torch Key, who also was a friend of D, told me she had heard from D, and she was homeless in the Tampa area. Ginger wrote me many long emails of her attempts to help D, and of D not being responsive. I do hope D is doing well. She has had her troubles. Who hasn’t?
The homeless forum is today at Harvey Government Center in Key West, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. I hope it succeeds in heading off this in Key West.
Colombia, South Carolina homeless internment camp, which was shut down after civil rights backlash
Moving laterally …
Father Steve Braddock, CEO of Florida Keys Outreach Coalition in Key West, a residence program which gives homeless and other down and out people, who are sober, another chance, started this Facebook thread yesterday:
Workforce housing….now! LIKE if you believe this needs to be a top priority for our local governments to finally address.
Yesterday brought lots more spice.
Perhaps as good as any place to go next is BREAKING NEWS from Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com, The reader comments spiced up a bit more, when I introduced a Facebook lament on same topic started by Mark Ryno, of Key West, into which thread one KWPD Officer Mike Wolf weighed in, and I was able to engage him in some dialogue in that thread, which perhaps Officer Wolf did not entirely enjoy, all of which you can read in the reader comments below this blue paper story, to the end of which I added three blue paper cartoons.
“This allows the prosecutor to say I didn’t take the decision. The Grand Jury did it. The people did it. But of course, how vigorously the prosecutor presents the case is everything. It’s just the prosecutor presenting a case to these Grand Jurors. If the DA doesn’t want an indictment or has questions it could be a very different thing.”
– Dan Abrams, “Nightline” anchor and Chief Legal Affairs anchor for ABC News, when speaking about the Grand Jury proceedings in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO.
The Grand Jury’s Final Report was released this afternoon. All Key West police officers involved in the death of Charles Eimers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
So, how “vigorously” did our State Attorney present the case for excessive force?
As we know, State Attorney, Catherine Vogel chose not to conduct her own independent investigation. Instead, she had her assistant prosecutors Val Winter and Mark Wilson present FDLE’s findings to the Grand Jury, but announced on US 1 radio and in a press release that any other witnesses, who felt the urge to spontaneously come forward, could do so. This resulted in a few more witnesses coming forward – witnesses who had been found and urged to come forward by The Blue Paper and the Eimers family’s attorneys, Darren Horan and David Paul Horan.
What about the New York cop and his companions? The one who Southernmost Beach Cafe employees say exclaimed that they were witnessing “legalized murder on the beach” that fatal Thanksgiving morning? Apparently, they did not just mosey into the Grand Jury room, as Ms. Vogel would have had them do.
So, who DID State Attorney Catherine Vogel go out of her way to bring in as a witness? Enter, Chuck Joyner, a retired FBI agent and police officers’ [defense] expert witness. A man who earns a living contracting with law enforcement agencies to train police officers and testify on their behalf in excessive force proceedings. The same Chuck Joyner who publicly defended the actions of a Houston, Texas police officer who shot and killed a mentally ill double amputee because he was waving around a silver ballpoint pen.
Joyner testified that in his opinion KWPD officers could have appropriately used moreforce than they did to subdue Mr. Eimers. Well, well, you don’t say.
To access all Blue Paper coverage on the death of Charles Eimers click here.
Before all of that thin blue line stuff happened yesterday and last night and this morning, all of this happened yesterday:
A dear amigo, who moved away from the Keys a few years ago, emailed yesterday about my recent victory in the Key West Mayor’s race – I escaped!
Sloan, I think you have the right attitude. You won because you really, really didn’t want the day to day responsibilities of the job. You raised some key issues and many voters appreciated your campaign. William F. Buckley ran for Mayor of New York in a four way race in 1969? with John Lindsay (rep or Dem), Charles Buckley(dem of the Bronx and big time pol in that borough), Abe Beame, the official dem candidate. Buckley may have been running on the conservative line, since I believe Lindsay was still a nominal Republican then, but later became a dem. In any case, WFB said his biggest concern was that he would have won. Clearly, he didn’t want to do that job every day, which is exactly how I think you feel. So, you accomplished your real objective. Congratulations, my friend, you are a true patriot, to use the Bill O’Reilly definition.
Well, you summed it up pretty darn good for a Republican. I think Buckley said, when asked what he would do if he did win, was he would demand a recount! But dang, did you really have to give me Bill O’Reilly’s blessing! Man, that really hurt my feelings!
Nashville J emailed yesterday:
CONGRATULATIONS on receiving 162 votes!
CONGRATULATIONS! on not winning – NOW, give’em hell every chance you get!
Hi, J – thanks!
At Harpoon Harry’s a bit ago, I got several kind words and inquires about my mental and emotional state. I said I’m doing great – I escaped!!! I told one waitress, now I don’t have to wear that campaign t-shirt any more, I can wear this t-shirt! – I had on a Harpoon Harry’s t-shirt. She said she liked the campaign t-shirt. I said I hated it, because of what it represented.
Actually it was like getting up each morning and getting into a coffin. A pretty coffin, but still a coffin.
When co-owner Ron Heck came by and thanked me for running and raising many issues, and expressed sympathy, I said, hell, if I had won, I would have had to kill myself! Ron said that would get a lot of media attention.
But wait, I said. I couldn’t do that! I pledged that my first official act after being sworn in would be to make an apology for Key West to the Charles Eimers family for KWPD killing their father on South Beach last Thanksgiving Day. All those officers got on top of him and smothered him to death; then they tried to cover it all up.
I paused, said, I sometimes had a fantasy, if I did win and make that apology, I then would resign. Otherwise, I would be insane! Ron said that move would get a lot of media attention. I said getting elected would get a lot of media attention. Making the apology and resigning would get a lot more media attention! Ron said it sure would!
J, I’m slap dab wore out. I found myself thinking this morning pedaling from Harpoon Harrys back to where I stay that I might not feel like going to any more city commission meetings and listening to what goes on saying what’s on my mind. I might not feel like keeping up with the blue paper any longer, or reading the Citizen. I wondered if tomorrow’s homeless forum is my last rodeo down here?
I really don’t know. But I know how I’m feeling right now, which best might be summed up by famous line out of “Gone With the Wind”: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
I also found myself thinking, if the Grand Jury lets KWPD skate, then maybe that’s a sign the blue paper can quit covering cop issues. Maybe that’s a sign Naja and Arnaud can close the blue paper. I know from them that they talk about each issue maybe being their last issue. They are worn out doing the blue paper for nothing, and having plenty to do having nothing to do with the blue paper. They’ve been thinking like that about a year, as I recall.
Maybe it’s time for Key West to be its own conscience, or rot. Mayor Cates still is on de Nile about this city’s hot spots. I don’t see that changing, absent something peculiar happening. The votes in the mayor’s race told it true: Key West is fine just like it is. I imagine if I am moved elsewhere, I won’t miss Key West. I will miss some darn good friends, though.
I am glad you ran because you brought up the elephants in the room – Cates is never going to bring them up – Margaret is never going to bring them up. You tried – others do nothing. How is it with alll the stuff going on in KW that the Commission meeting are not overflowing every time they are held. It may be that Cates and KW can keep their heads buried for two or four more years but sooner of later they have to deal with the housing problem, the homeless problem, the KWPD problem, the Bahama Village problem and all the others. They made them by not addressing the issues that were before them. However, the voters do not get off the hook, they are getting what THEY voted for — let’em twist in the wind with their choices.
If we could get those Angels off your back, then you could enjoy the weather in KW, enjoy your friends and enjoy life. I sincerely hope you can do that!
p.s. I hope the Blue Paper continues – without it – there will be no one who really tries to get to the bottom of the story – whatever it might be.
Key West is an oxymoron, it bills itself as paradise, but ignores there are no fig leaves there, nor any secrets. My bad, an oxymoron should be a lie.
Citizens generally only fill the city commission chamber when something affecting them directly, up close and personal, is on the commission agenda. Only a handful of citizens attend commission meetings “religiously”. Most of them speak during citizen comments, Tom Milone seldom speaks. Some citizens regularly watch commission meetings on television, but they miss a great deal of what really goes on, and they do not speak during citizen comments.
Key West and its elected officials and city manager and city attorney and police chief and city planner, for starters, historically and today know nothing of, nor care about, karma. The closest some of them get is talking about “unintended consequences” to new ordinances under consideration.
Very simply, and very bluntly, for a number of years Key West has had a Melchizedek priest in its midst. (Ditto the Florida Keys). That priest’s role was to speak to what didn’t want to get spoken to, wasn’t being spoken to. Deliverance in the Melchizedek sense is not casting out demons. It is the possessed changing the way he/she/it behaves, with the priest parallel doing his/her part. If the possessed does not do his/her/its share of the work, the deliverance fails.
The priest is hammered over and over again internally, and even externally, by the forces of Evil, while the priest is doing what he/she was assigned to do. The forces of Evil encourage the possessed to stick to the status quo, as if the status quo is the breath of life itself.
Let me say it another way, which some mental health workers understand, who are trained in systems dynamics and interventions.
A system is a living organism. By system, I mean a person and his/her relations; a family, a church, a business, a government, a nation, a species. A system defends the status quo with all its ability and might, because any change to the system is viewed as life-threatening. A system will repel, even kill, any threat to the systems status quo.
People who do interventions into families containing an alcoholic know of this. Not only does the alcoholic not want to change, the enablers don’t want to change the way they deal with the alcoholic and with each other. Police who are called to come to a home and stop a husband from beating up his wife know this; they come into the home, grab the husband, and – whoa! – they are attacked by the wife, or even stabbed or shot by her.
The only way for a deliverance to work, for a intervention into a system to system to succeed, is to introduce something into the system which is alien to the system. From outside the box, is another way of saying it. To engage the system on its own familiar terrain, in its own way of thinking, in its own way of behaving, is doomed to failure, for the system will spin the “arguments” to suit its own views. So, you have seen me over and over again, and at times other people, “jumping a system” by introducing out of the box material into that system.
Of course, there are systems within systems, and systems within systems within systems. The KWPD is a system within the city manager’s system, which is a system within the city commission’s system, which is a system within the city’s citizen system. So ultimately, for a deliverance or system intervention to have a chance of working, out of the box must be introduced into the master system, in the city’s case, the citizen population. And even then the citizen population has to accept the out of the box intervention and do its part.
In the the mayor’s election, the citizen population did not do its part; it rejected the intervention almost totally, and remained in the grip of the real system it does not even comprehend or accept has it in its grip – Evil, which itself is a system. A system we can call The Empire, to add a bit of levity. Not the Empire in Star Wars, but what controlled the Empire. Darth Vader and his master were but pawns in the Empire.
I have been used this way many years now. Mostly in churches and in Christendom, before I was stationed in Key West in late 2000. Even then, I was used in churches here, more so during the early years of this assignment, than during the latter years. But by spring 2001, I was doing interventions in the city’s politics.
As long as I am doing this work, I will feel awful most of the time, because the angels running me are running some of the Evil in the systems through me, which is processed while it is inside of me, because the system itself cannot process its own Evil in that way. This processing also give me a better sense of what and whom I’m dealing with in any given moment.
For example, a few days ago, a fever blister started coming up inside behind my top left lip. I knew it was about something female, because it was on the left side.Yesterday, I realized it was Margaret Romero. Today, the blister seems to be peaked and perhaps turning. As I do what is mine to do, the blister will resolve and dissolve.
That’s a little one. A big one is the feeling for days that I swallowed a lot of raw sewerage, which is, I suppose, Mayor Cates and the city commission and the entire city. I’m really limping and aching right now, but, if history is indicative, this will resolve and pass through me, as I do what I’m supposed to do.
In nap dreams today, I was shown there was something big I needed to do relative to what I was already doing in Key West. Before lying down for the nap, I was talking to the city in my thoughts about being and exorcist priest and it being my client, so to speak. Then I was talking to the city about systems and jumping systems. I was riding my bicycle from Harpoon Harry’s to where I stay, while that “conversation” took place, prelude to taking the nap and having the dreams.
I awoke from the nap, went online, see your reply to mine earlier today, see what you wrote is on topic, and so here we are, even though I had no thoughts when I wrote to you earlier of covering any of this above with you. That’s how it goes. I deal with what’s in front of me, then I deal with what next is in front of me, and then with what’s next in front of me; that’s the entire program, coupled with what I hear from the angels re what I’m doing with what they arrange for me to engage.
It all seems so simple and straightforward to me, so logical; but, of course, it is anything but that in the minds of systems I engage. To the contrary, I am converted into a crazy person, the devil, a stupid person, a mean person, a dangerous person by the system. For to give me credence, admits the system is, yeah, all fucked up, as in situation normal, and the system is what it made me out to be.
Many times during the mayor’s race, and leading up to my caving in and agreeing to enter it, I told the angles it was a fool’s errand because I do not look right to the systems; I do not have a paying job, am not earning my own way; I do not want the fucking job; I cannot do the fucking job, feeling as lousy as I feel most of the time; I do not like most social functions, cannot stay in them long; I avoid most ceremonies; I would pass out during city commission meetings I am supposed to be leading, as mayor.
For me to run to win, and have a chance of winning, in such a fucked up system, I would have to actually want the job, and feel good physically, and enjoy all the social requirements of the job, and look like a successful person to the system, as well as be a visionary. Hundreds of times I had that one-way conversation with the angels. I might as well have gone rhino hunting with a water pistol or peashooter.
But that’s my personal saga. The city, having rejected the intervention perhaps entirely, my efforts, the blue paper’s efforts, Christine Russell’s efforts, other people’s efforts, will get even another chance with the Eimers Grand Jury report, no matter how it comes out. The city will get yet another chance with the homeless forum tomorrow. The city may even get other chances.
Do I think the city will receive the interventions even yet to come? No. Do I think the city is headed into a karmafest of its own making, which it will not comprehend is its own doing? Yes. But that’s just me talking. I have no clue what’s going to happen, not any details. I had no clue how yesterday’s vote in the mayor’s race would go, until I saw it come up on the screen.
I had been told I was going to win the race, and I was not near stupid enough to publish that, because I figured it was either a trap, or I didn’t understand what it meant. So I waited it out, and learned what it meant. I won. I got out out it. I escaped. Even as I still have plenty to do, to put it to rest for me. Angels simply do not think like people. Nor do I entirely after being mangled and taught and corrected by angels for almost 25 years.
A couple of hours later, I forwarded J what I had received from Naja Girard, co-publisher of Key West the Newspaper:
Well, that totally SUCKS ! Certainly should not make anyone in KW feel that they are safe from the KWPD.
Thanks for sending it along!
Just my opinion, this is far worse than Key West getting hit head-on by a Category 5 hurricane. I wonder how my dreams will go tonight, after receiving this uplifting news?
BINGO ! DING – DING – DING !! I believe we have a winner !
My dreams told me to drop the hammer.