Aug 182017
 
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, Sunday August 20th

by Arida Wright……. A Key West tradition of the new millennium continues on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the Annual Observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, at the Key West African Cemetery memorial monument on Atlantic Boulevard, just west of White Street and adjacent to the West Martello Tower brick fort at Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida.

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Arida Wright, Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
@YesYoureRacist Crowdsources Social Preferencing

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The Twitter account @YesYoureRacist went up in 2012, but jumped from about 65,000 followers to more than 350,000 in the days following Virginia’s “Battle of Charlottesville.” After an army of  white nationalists rioted to “Unite the Right,” murdering one and injuring dozens, @YesYoureRacist admin Logan Smith swung into action to identify, then “name and shame,” the attendees. He’s getting lots of help. As photos of the thugs go up, the leads come in. At least one of the Charlottesville marchers is looking [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #232, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
Magnificence & Beauty With A Purpose...

by John Donnellly……. Seeking medical services for wounds they incurred in combat has brought many veterans to the desk of Xenia Leonteva, a staff assistant for our county’s extraordinary Veterans Service Officer Gary Johnson. Ms. Leonteva’s brilliant handling of their concerns, is representative of her commitment and dedication to serve Monroe County’s veterans and their families. I’ve come to understand that Ms. Leonteva has volunteered to create, organize and participate in a truly spectacular event that will assist and benefit the clients served by our [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #232, John Donnelly No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
"Happiness Destination Syndrome"

by John Donnelly……. The pulsating life force within all creation reverberates on a continuum at set frequencies. These varying modulations present a vibration that’s delusively manifested in the material world as distinct “solid forms”. This illusion reinforced by our sensory experiences is a compelling optical deception exerting a powerful influence over our lives. This hoax once complete and accepted, sets in motion an alluring and farcical force purporting to be “Reality”. It births every manner of ignorance and misrepresentation. Thus, a precedent setting pattern for [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #232, John Donnelly No Responses »
Aug 182017
 
A Good Book

by Kirby Congdon……. This past Sunday, August 13th (2017) Eric Bennett, in the New York Times Book Review, considers The World Broke in Two. Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and the Year That Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein. The breakage suggested in the title refers to the end of rewriting the work of historic writers, translating it into contemporary language, and reconciling their own personal crises with their own creative lives. Mr. Bennett’s remarks end with this strange conclusion: The homage Goldstein [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #232, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Don't Trust Trump's North Korea Bluff, Bluster, and Brinksmanship

by Thomas L. Knapp……. US president Donald Trump put much of the world atwitter and ajitter Tuesday with his comment to the press: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump’s certainly proving himself  Kim Jong Un’s equal at foreign affairs smack talk. Is he serious? I believe so. I expect some sort of major military confrontation — possibly even outright war — between the US and North [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #231, Thomas L. Knapp 26 Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Google to Employees: Feel Safe Sharing Your Opinions, as Long as They're Our Opinions

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Former Google engineer James Damore is suddenly between jobs. He’s been fired, Bloomberg reports, for writing “an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies.” Google has long cultivated a reputation for hiring smart people, turning them loose, and listening to them. This firing puts a giant dent in that reputation. Media reports describe Damore’s memo as a rant, a tirade, a screed, sexist, anti-diversity, and a whole bunch of other bad things. I was almost afraid to read the 10-page [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #231, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Aug 112017
 
Mueller v. Trump: Ain't Life Grand?

by Thomas L. Knapp ……. The Wall Street Journal reports that “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.” That report diverges from reality when it comes to purpose. Mueller’s aim (and therefore the grand jury’s real purpose) is to “get” US president Donald Trump and key members of his administration. “Russian meddling” is just the pretext. Trump’s true crime in the eyes of the establishments of both major political parties is that he beat them. First [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #231, Thomas L. Knapp 5 Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Isn’t This Moronic?

by Kim Pederson……. In honor, I’m assuming, of the twentieth anniversary of the debut of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the publishing website Reedsy posted an article on June 27 featuring a cartoon where Dumbledore gravely tells the young wizlet, “Harry, the results are in. You are a HORCRUX.” The article, titled “Learn What Irony (Really) Is and How to Use It,” explains that most of us know what irony is when we see it “but few of us can articulate it without relying on half-remembered lyrics [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #231, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Aug 112017
 
The New York Times

by Kirby Congdon……. A friend of mine will not read the Times because it’s a monopoly, but having no morals your reader is an addict. The issue of August 6th, 2017 emphasized poetry for its Book Review last Sunday. I can’t review that issue in its entirety but I want to touch on contributions that provoke interest. I get from the Times editor, David Orr (and A. O. Scott as well) a sense of knowing a wide range of subjects and how the poets handle [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #231, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
If You've Got Nothing to Hide, You've Got Nothing to Fear, JFK Assassination Edition

by Thomas L. Knapp……. As America marked the 50th anniversary of US president John F. Kennedy’s assassination four years ago, a clear majority of Americans (according to polls by Gallup and AP/GfK) still believed that the whole truth of what happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963 remains unknown: That Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone and that the killing was in fact the result of a conspiracy. One good reason for that belief, or at least for skepticism as to the truth of [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #230, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Aug 042017
 
Purple & Broken Hearts...

by John Donnelly……. “Purple Heart Day” in the United States is celebrated on August 7th. The Purple Heart Medal is awarded under the most adversarial of circumstances. Many recipients are never presented with their award as their next of kin receives it posthumously, because the individual honoree was “Killed In Action”. Other members of the Armed Forces awarded the Purple Heart are those “Wounded In Action”. United States Marines were brutally killed and savagely wounded under my watch. Their grotesquely mangled bodies were beyond anything I [continue reading…]

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Aug 042017
 
An Open Letter To FKAA

by Larry Murray  ……. I was pleased to read that FKAA has slowed its rush to build a multi-million dollar desalinization plant, though I disagree with your reason for postponement.  I assume that the criticism raised by the Key West Chamber of Commerce played a part in your decision making.  I agree with the KWCoC that there needs  to be considerably more community input before FKAA invests tens of millions of dollars in a desalinization plant.  Shifting part of the cost to the state from local [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #230 1 Response »
Aug 042017
 
Integrity

by Kirby Congdon……. In his book, Equipment for Living, the author, Michael Robbins, considers contemporary music and lyrics. Louis Menand has reviewed it in The New Yorker (31 July 2017, p. 64) with the title The Defense of Poetry with the subtitle, “Can a poem change your life?” Mr. Menand tells us that the claim suggested in the book’s title is that “poems and songs should make a difference.” The overall concern of the book, as I understand it, is that poetry as lyrics have declined [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #230, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Aug 042017
 
The Once and Future Svengali

by Kim Pederson……. Usually I try to ignore what Rubberlina™ is up to when she usurps this space. In her blog yesterday, though, I couldn’t help but notice her claim to suddenly be able to teleport herself from one place to another instantly, in this case from my desk to a single-cup Keurig machine that she swears is some kind of alien transporter. As “proof” that this is possible, she cites Dr. Bruce Goldberg’s article “What is teleportation?” I just had to check it out. [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #230, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Immigrant's Unlawful Detention: Who's at Fault?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. What everyone knew was that Osman Torres Huete was going to be deported. His family had posted the $1000 cash bail for his release, but at any time during the next two days Border Patrol was going to pluck Osman out of the county jail on Stock Island and send him back to Honduras. However, when, against all odds, Mr. Torres Huete’s immigration lawyer, Reggie Smith, arrived at the jail on July 8th to challenge her client’s “unlawful detention” an embarrassing situation [continue reading…]

Jul 282017
 
Send in the Clown: Scaramucci versus the Leakers

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In Italian  comic theater, Scaramouche is a clown, the boastful poltroon whose antics frequently bring him to grief. Presumably new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s name is related  to that tradition. His personality seems tailored to it as well: He’s off to a running start with the boast that he’s going to put a stop to White House leaks. How? “I’ll fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it. You’re either going to stop leaking or you’re going to [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #229, Thomas L. Knapp 9 Responses »
Jul 282017
 
Clueless in Key West

by Kim Pederson……. At Full Metal Trivia Tuesday night at Mary Ellen’s, one of the questions that came up was “how many vaginas does a koala have?” Given that most mammals have one and not having a clue as to the answer, we guessed two. One spare is enough, right? Wrong. The answer was three. So, why does a koala and its compatriot marsupials have three vaginas? Short answer: because they can or, more correctly, because they do. Apparently, the tri-vage is not the only [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #229, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jul 212017
 
The Wedding Boom: County Sees No Evil

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. She’s an amazing photographer: photos of endangered birds standing on the flats, manatees drifting over the seagrass beds. I point to an extraordinary shot of the sunset. “Well, the place is called Sunset Cove,” observes Louise with a smile. Along with her husband, Louise Lindsay has lived within that secret corner of Key Largo for the past 30 years. But like many others in the Keys, she now fears that the quiet peaceful days are over. Business, you see, has discovered their [continue reading…]

Jul 212017
 
Healthcare: A House Divided Cannot Stand

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The latest healthcare initiative from the Trump administration and the Republican Party’s leaders in Congress seems set to sink just like the last version. Mitch McConnell can’t seem to round up the votes to push it through the Senate, if anything the House is more likely to tear apart than pass the Senate version, and the White House isn’t getting anywhere with its attempt to mobilize the nation’s governors behind attempts to modify the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” Good. Even [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #228, Thomas L. Knapp 5 Responses »
Jul 212017
 
Vehicular Assaults, Gridlock & Environmental Destruction...Endanger Our Lives & Islands...

by John Donnelly……. Being scolded and threatened by individuals visiting the Florida Keys with their large vehicles and trailers as they create traffic jams and dangerous driving conditions for the citizens that live here, because we’ve asked our County Commissioners to decrease their destructive impact, via the creation of a “toll road” for entry onto our islands, identifies a certain type of contempt, insensitivity and indifference for the safety and basic needs of Monroe County residents.

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #228, John Donnelly 13 Responses »