Feb 172017
 
Rough Arrest Part II

Here is the police incident report: http://thebluepaper.com/wp-content/uploads/17000704-1.pdf Also you might want to have a look at this Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. This is the federal appeals court for our area. The opinion refers to U.S. Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court opinions on this subject. http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/19954996.MAN.pdf  

Feb 172017
 
Ocean's Edge: A Play in Four Acts

by Conch S. Fritter …….. County Commissioners appeared lost this Wednesday in the intricacies of their own laws. But for those who had followed the growing controversy over Pritam Singh’s Ocean’s Edge (175-room) Hotel the meeting looked like the last of the county’s many renditions of The Emperor’s New Clothes. The actors are real pros and they’ve played the part many times.

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Island Voices, Issue #206, News 4 Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Trump: Triumph of the Permanent Campaign

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Less than a month into the first term of his presidency, Politico reports, Donald Trump appears to be back on the campaign trail, heading for Melbourne, Florida and one of his signature airport hangar rallies. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump speculates that Trump’s outing is motivated by the simple need for an ego boost. It’s been a rough month. Heck, it’s been a rough week, marked by the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and the withdrawal of Labor Secretary [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #206, Thomas L. Knapp 3 Responses »
Feb 172017
 
War Letters

From a collection of war-time letters. Germany. Nurnberg, 1945 Dear Mother: What a day! I got up early and got some stuff ready to send home, which I hope to do tomorrow, after it has been censored. Later on in the morning I was put on a detail to help evacuate a four-story apartment house.  The tenants seemed to accept it quite calmly. Within five minutes dozens of go-carts and wagons appeared from nowhere, like a too-realistic play. Some filled up one little wagon load [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #206, Kirby Congdon, News No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
All Out of Whack

by Kim Pederson……. So, balance. It’s a complicated thing. Our bodies achieve it (or try to) every day. mostly unbeknownst to us. They keep (or try to keep) our core body temperature, our blood glucose, our plasma ionized calcium, our blood O2/CO2 pressure, our blood oxygen, our arterial blood pressure, our extracellular sodium and potassium content, our water volume, and our extracellular fluid pH, among many other things, on an even keel. I have no idea what most of these are but thank you, body, [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #206, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Homage to My Little Ship

by Ray Jason……. When the world of “today” weighs too heavily upon me, I find solace in the world of “yesterday.” And I do not have to travel far to find that comfort. In fact, I am surrounded by it. That’s because my little sailing boat – which is also my little home – is a bridge across to the Old Ways. The building of boats is one of the earliest chapters in the book of human history. Tools and fire and dugout canoes were [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Island Voices, Issue #206 No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
A Time-Bomb in the County's New Land Use Code?

Feb 10, 2017 Commentary by Arnaud and Naja Girard…….  Contrary to popular belief, adding one or two “lock-outs” to your home and renting them to tourists without getting any separate building allocations was legal after all! Developer, Pritam Singh, bless his soul, has shown us the way: He took 79 “permanent residential” building rights [called ROGOs] and transferred them to Oceanside Marina and, after adding 79 “lock-outs” and 17 hotel rooms, he’s now renting all 175 “units” to tourists. It could appear unlawful and it has upset a [continue reading…]

Feb 102017
 
Hey Antifa: Free Speech is Not Negotiable

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On February 1, a gang of violent thugs managed to shut down a speech scheduled to take place at the University of California at Berkeley, metaphorically making the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s into that movement’s grave site. The scheduled speaker, sponsored by the campus’s student Republican group, was “alt-right” clown cum agitator Milo Yiannopoulos. The gang of rock-throwing arsonists identified themselves as “Antifa” activists. “Antifa” is short for “anti-fascist,” but the actions of those identifying with [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #205, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Feb 102017
 
Trump's Foreign Policy: Obama's Third Term, Bush's Fifth

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances,” Illinois State Senator Barack Obama said in 2002. Later in the same speech: “What I am opposed to is a dumb war.” Although elected president at least in part on his image as “the peace candidate,” Obama owned eight years of constant war. He waffled on then partially reversed the withdrawal [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #205, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Feb 102017
 
Redux-Shmedux

by Kim Pederson……. In an email I received today The Grammarist wondered “Do reduplicated phrases cause anxiety?” The question relates to the term “heebie-jeebies.” According to MW, the H-J term is a plural noun that refers to “a tense nervous jumpy condition produced by various causes (as in strain, irritation, fear, worry), one sometimes marked by hallucinations.” It first appeared on October 26, 1923, in the Barney Google cartoon strip. Other reduplicated phrases (RPs), that is, phrases where part of the root word is repeated [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #205, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
An Opinion

by Kirby Congdon……. What motivates people to deliberately abuse another person, as in gang rape, or group denial of a victim’s identity, or for a president to enjoy, as he does, a bullying personality? We cannot understand such negativity because we don’t want to. It comes too close to our own need to dominate and to be superior. It originates in the thrill of being powerful, to control by diminishing a victim’s ability to retaliate. It is the foundation and the purpose of our society’s [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #205, Kirby Congdon, News No Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Anti-Grinder Pumps Face More Legal Hurdles

by Rick Boettger……. Judge Koenig Supports Self-Recused Judge Helms, Requiring a 3rd Amendment of Plaintiffs’ Case The installation of grinder pumps up the Keys in many homes that should have gravity systems has gotten a dedicated group of citizens to the barricades. In my mind, there is no doubt this was a foolish and illegal decision made by FKAA and the County. The Dump the Pumps group simply wants a judge to look at the same statutes that I’m looking at and agree that gravity, [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #204, Rick Boettger 5 Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Book Review: The Dance That Begins and Begins Selected Poems 1973 - 2013 by Jack Veasey

by Kirby Congdon……. One may wonder if the Beat movement will have had an affect on the poets who followed them. This writer received a new collection from the American poet Jack Veasey with a cover by the literary figure, Ian Young, in Canada. A reader may be curious as to the influence the Beat period may have had on Veasey. It is a pleasure to be able to say that his book is an engaging one, always holding the reader’s attention with both skill [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #204, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Looking Up (for a Change)

by Kim Pederson……. I see it over my head all the time here. On clear nights that is. Usually hanging directly above, it seems, the street where my house (and we) live. I’m speaking of (well, writing of) the constellation Orion, of course. We see it so often here because Orion sits on the celestial equator, which is the projection of the earth’s equator into outer space. We’re on the same plane or near enough to it here in Key West. Orion shares this plane [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #204, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Social Engineering on Steroids

by Ray Jason……. I spend a lot of time away from people – so that I can better understand people. But today I needed to surround myself with real people. A week of intense research on where Humanity is being herded has profoundly shaken me. I’m sitting in my favorite café here in the Archipelago of Bliss, gazing out on the main street, which should be called Avenida Anomaly, since it is so detached from the modern world. It is delightfully out of synch because [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Island Voices, Issue #204 2 Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Convo with Pee-wee Herman on Inauguration Day 2017

by Kalo Clarke……. I contemplate Pee-wee’s face and words framed on my wall: Don’t Hate I’m pretty sure for this occasion he would caveat but scrutinize Adding my own flowing song to the flexible body America I go to Yoga class 11-12:30 leaving my TV tuned to the Weather Channel to tell Nielsen the whole damned world isn’t watching the raising of the right hand the 35 I-do-solemnly-swear words impossible images of prez #45 with Abe Lincoln’s Bible I grumble at Pee-wee about ominous imperatives: Lock [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Island Voices, Issue #204 No Responses »
Jan 272017
 
Key West's Hospital Privatization Deal: A Preliminary Autopsy

by  Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Once upon a time Key West had a large piece of land on Stock Island where our Hospital District built a brand new hospital. It was meant to “protect the availability of needed hospital services to residents of the district, including indigent residents.” That was 1972. By 1999 the Hospital District had signed a deal which, in essence, privatized the entire lower Keys hospital care system. The deal went down in the midst of intense controversy, as a completely opaque [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #203, Naja and Arnaud Girard, News 2 Responses »
Jan 272017
 
Community Health Systems and Anti-Trust Law:  Some monopolies are more legal than others

Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…… I grew up hearing my grandfather and his son, my maternal uncle, rail against  the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.[i]  I had no idea what they were talking about, but I knew I should believe that ‘Anti-Trust” actions by government were bad.  My grandfather, an independent prospector for metal ores, between 1886 and the early 1900s—broken only by his Spanish-American War (1898) service—increasingly sold his paltry take of gold, silver, or copper ingots to mining syndicate representatives, among them the Anaconda Copper Company. [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am * Featured Story *, ~ Column ~, Martha Huggins 6 Responses »
Jan 272017
 
Charter Schools, Busing and Ethnicity

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Several weeks ago, the Key West Collegiate High School announced that it was expanding for the 2017-2018 school year by adding a middle school. That announcement touched off an intense, sometimes heated debate, on the School Board and elsewhere regarding the role of charter schools in our county.

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #203 No Responses »
Jan 272017
 
Holy Moly, Statement of Odd

by Kim Pederson……. I’ve taken to saying “Holy Moly!” lately (or, alternatively and redundantly, holy moley) whenever something surprises or dismays me. I don’t know why. Mostly, I assume, to avoid blurting out other things that might not be appreciated by those within earshot. I realized just now, though, that I have no idea where the expression originates or how it gained its present usage. So, going right to that world’s foremost unimpeachable source, Wikipedia, I learned that “holy moly” came into use in 1892 [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #203, Kim Pederson, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jan 272017
 
Why Trump is Doubling Down on the Voter Fraud Fraud

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide,” US president-elect Donald Trump tweeted in late November, “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Kind of a sore winner. And now that he’s no longer just president-elect but actually president, he’s doubling down and says he “will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD …” That’s dumb. And dangerous. Dumb because voter fraud is almost non-existent. There are rare cases [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #203, Thomas L. Knapp 12 Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Oceanside Marina: It's Getting Worse...

by Naja Girard……. The cloud over the new Oceanside Marina hotel is getting darker. For months questions have been lingering about the appearance of a luxury 175-room hotel on Stock Island when only 17 hotel building rights (called “transient ROGO’s”) were on file for the project (instead of 175). Well, things just got worse. There is good reason, this week, to question whether 12 of those lone 17 transient (hotel) ROGO’s even existed or whether they were created out of thin air using false documents. It [continue reading…]

Jan 202017
 
Key West and President Trump

LOCALS TALK ABOUT NEW PRESIDENT FEATURING ED RUSSO, AUTHOR OF “DONALD J. TRUMP: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HERO” by Arnaud Girard……. Donald Trump is now our President. What might be the effect, good or bad, of the new presidency on our lives, the local environment, businesses, our local school system, our relations with Cuba and more? Where local economy and new immigration policy collide Key West’s is booming.  Old fish houses and RV parks with handfuls of employees have been replaced by sprawling restaurants and high class hotels. [continue reading…]

Jan 202017
 
Health Care in Key West:  Knowing the Unknowable

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…….. I never thought that I would quote former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald “Rummy” Rumsfeld.  But I have been driven to his epistemology of  “know-ability” by my frustrating search for the “Primary Care Clinic” funded to the tune of a half-million dollars annually by the Lower Florida Keys Hospital District (LFKHD).  Donald Rumsfeld, the master of using power to deliver ‘strategized confusion,’ explained on February 12, 2002, that US government’s knowledge about Iraq’s passing of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am * Featured Story *, Issue #202, Martha Huggins 4 Responses »
Jan 202017
 
A Reminder: What Insurance Is

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “Elections have consequences,” outgoing US president Barack Obama once told Republican congressional leaders, and “I won.” He was right. One consequence of the 2016 election, in which the Republican Party maintained its House and Senate majorities and got a president of their own party, is the near-certain, near-future repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” What will replace ObamaCare? That’s far less clear, but president-elect Donald Trump, in a January 14 interview with the New York Times, promises “insurance for [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #202, Thomas L. Knapp 4 Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Mr. Science 600 B.C.

by Kim Pederson……. So, static electricity. Not something you think about every day. Not something you likely consider even on those days when your hair suddenly decides to jump up and go off in search of the invisible Van de Graaff generator someone or something just turned on in the room. Not even when you notice the cat hairs clinging to your t-shirt appear to be auditioning for some yet-to-be-announced Fantasia sequel. I’m only thinking about it now because of a Salon article that popped [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #202, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Social Engineering for Dummies

by Ray Jason……. There is only one town here in the Archipelago of Bliss, and although it is in a beautiful seaside location, it has avoided the curse of gentrification. You would never confuse it with a cutesy, sterile, tourist destination that beckons to the cruise ships. But even though it fails the “postcard perfect” test – it gets an A for Authenticity. And it would get an F from any Social Engineer. In my previous essay, I discussed how those who are obsessed with [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Island Voices, Issue #202 No Responses »
Jan 132017
 
Who's More Anti-American, Russia Today or the US Director of National Intelligence?

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Someone should take US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper aside for a talk. He desperately needs to be told that when you’re deep in a hole, the first step toward getting out is to stop digging. Clapper’s been in such a hole since 2013, when he got caught lying to Congress about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of and data collection on Americans. Oops. On January 6, he fired up a backhoe and dug himself six feet deeper when his [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #201, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Jan 132017
 
Book Review: Don’t Read This Poetry Book

Book Review by Kirby Congdon……. Don’t Read This Poetry Book by Edgardo Alvarado-Vazquez Key West, Fl: Seastory Press, 2016 www.seastorypress.com ISBN 078-1-936818-36-5 This collection of drawings, obituaries and poems is a compendium, just now published in 2017. The flippant title suggests reticence about being in the public eye. However, as we get into this collection we become more aware of the depth of Mr. Vazquez’s life. There are references to Berlin, to the avantgarde artist, Keith Haring,  to the poet Rilke, to family, the Spanish [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #201, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jan 132017
 
And Now for a Little, Very Little, Peace and Quiet

by Kim Pederson……. It’ everywhere, it’s everywhere! No, I’m not talking about Chicken Man. That’s “he’s everywhere, he’s everywhere!” I’m talking about noise pollution, one of the banes of living in developed societies that can drive you not just literally but actually crazy. You likely know what I’m talking about and if not, here’s the definition: noise pollution is “disturbing or excessive noise that may harm the activity or balance of human or animal life.” So what does noise pollution–generated outdoors mostly by machines, transportation [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #201, Kim Pederson No Responses »