Jan 092015
 
Dennis Reeves Cooper On Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

By now, you have probably heard the news from Paris: A little newspaper was raided by presumably Islamic terrorists after the paper published cartoons which made fun of the prophet Muhammad. At least 10 employees of the paper were shot dead. Back in 2006, employees at a Danish newspaper received death threats after publishing similar [more…]

JUMPING OVER THE FENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND OTHER POTPOURRI

 
JUMPING OVER THE FENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND OTHER POTPOURRI

Of all the federal buildings in this country, you might think that the White House would be the most secure. If you’ve ever been to the White House, or even if you’ve only seen it through the fence on Pennsylvania Avenue, or even if you’ve just seen it on TV, you may have noticed the [more…]

NO AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND

 
NO AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND

With the advances of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist army in Iraq and Syria, America is once again reacting to the argument that we have to confront the bad guys over there or we will have to fight them over here. So our anti-war president has reluctantly authorized the use of American air strikes on [more…]

IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL

 
IT'S ONLY ROCK 'N ROLL

My daughter the lawyer calls me an “accidental academic.” After high school, there was no way that I could afford to go to college. So I joined the army and learned how to jump out of airplanes. After the army, I used the GI Bill to finance a degree in journalism and landed a job [more…]

BLUE WALL OF SILENCE COST CITY ALMOST $300,000!

 
BLUE WALL OF SILENCE COST CITY ALMOST $300,000!

By now, you have probably read in the daily paper or heard on the radio that the City of Key West has agreed to pay former Key West cop Matt Klosowski $ 287,500 to settle a six-year-old whistle-blower lawsuit. But you probably don’t know the rest of the story. The real significance of this story [more…]

BLUE WALL OF SILENCE COST CITY ALMOST $300,000!

 
BLUE WALL OF SILENCE COST CITY ALMOST $300,000!

By now, you have probably read in the daily paper or heard on the radio that the City of Key West has agreed to pay former Key West cop Matt Klosowski $ 287,500 to settle a six-year-old whistle-blower lawsuit. But you probably don’t know the rest of the story. The real significance of this story [more…]

BODY CAMERAS FOR COPS?

 
BODY CAMERAS FOR COPS?

Apparently, enough is enough. Use of  excessive force by police officers, that is– real or imagined. More and more police departments across the nation are equipping officers with body cameras that can record both audio and video. The increasing use of this new technology has two goals: (1) Help try to catch cops who might [more…]

FOLLOWUP 2: THE BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

 
FOLLOWUP 2: THE BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

Last week, I again wrote about the Blue Wall of Silence, the unwritten “commandment” in law enforcement that cops don’t rat on cops– no matter how illegal or near-illegal a police officer’s conduct may be. I pointed out that this rule is almost absolute, not only because of peer pressure, but also because, typically, whistle-blowers [more…]

FOLLOWUP: BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

 
FOLLOWUP: BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

If you are a regular reader of Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper), I hope you read John Donnelly’s thoughtful commentary on the “Blue Wall of Silence,” published here two weeks ago. If you missed it, click on “back issues” on this website’s home page and call up the August 8 issue and scroll [more…]

PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN KEY WEST: Three Different Ballots

 
PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN KEY WEST: Three Different Ballots

I need to start this column with a lecture. If you want to consider yourself a good citizen, you should be registered to vote and you should vote in every election. If you are a non-voter and this statement offends you, so be it. Voting is important because elections have consequences. And this is especially [more…]

THE WAR TO END ALL WARS STARTED 100 YEARS AGO

 
THE WAR TO END ALL WARS STARTED 100 YEARS AGO

The fact that various wars, large and small, continue to rage around the world suggests that, sometimes, it’s really easy to start a war. Maybe too easy. Perhaps the classic example of too-easy might be World War I– which started almost exactly 100 years ago. The Great War, the War to End All Wars, started [more…]

THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O’REILLY

 
THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O'REILLY

Since I have been writing a weekly column for the new Blue Paper online, the editors have periodically accompanied my column with a photo of me appearing with Bill O’Reilly on his show on the Fox News Channel. A number of readers have asked me when and why I was invited to appear on the [more…]

THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O'REILLY

 
THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O'REILLY

Since I have been writing a weekly column for the new Blue Paper online, the editors have periodically accompanied my column with a photo of me appearing with Bill O’Reilly on his show on the Fox News Channel. A number of readers have asked me when and why I was invited to appear on the [more…]

Does Climate Make A Difference?

 
Does Climate Make A Difference?

Over the past weekend, I binge-watched a TV drama series on Netflix. The story took place in Seattle. It was not about Seattle; it was about a murder mystery. But the outdoor scenes showed the city of Seattle and its climate. Now, I have never been to Seattle but I have always heard that it [more…]

A POTPOURRI OF UNSOLICITED OPINION AND COMMENT

 
A POTPOURRI OF UNSOLICITED OPINION AND COMMENT

Here is a compilation of opinions and comments that either do not lend themselves to complete columns or which are left over from some of my previously-published columns. Some are tongue-in-cheek and some are reasonably serious. I will leave it up to you to tell the difference. IRS SCANDAL. For months and months, congressional investigators [more…]

SAVING THE WORLD: Where Do We Draw The Line?

 
SAVING THE WORLD: Where Do We Draw The Line?

Should Americans continue to try to save the world? If so, it seems pretty obvious that we can’t save it all. And if that is true, how do we pick and choose? Where do we draw the line? And the big question: Is the life of one American soldier worth the lives of the entire [more…]

HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE “AFTER”

 
HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE "AFTER"

Last week marked the beginning of the 2014 Hurricane Season and this year, the so-called hurricane experts are predicting a fewer than average number of storms. Of course, they are just guessing. But they have been humiliated over the past couple of years by predicting busy hurricane seasons only to see almost nothing happen. Two [more…]

HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE "AFTER"

 
HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE "AFTER"

Last week marked the beginning of the 2014 Hurricane Season and this year, the so-called hurricane experts are predicting a fewer than average number of storms. Of course, they are just guessing. But they have been humiliated over the past couple of years by predicting busy hurricane seasons only to see almost nothing happen. Two [more…]