Apr 242015
Selective Enforcement:  Blacks 6X's More Likely To Be Arrested On Drug Charges

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… The issue of racially selective law enforcement has finally erupted at the highest levels of Monroe County’s criminal justice system. Sheriff Rick Ramsay is “outraged” at the words of Chief Assistant Public Defender Trish Gibson. Data and statistics are flying around. This is a taste of the problem: A female voice is heard, very loud: “Illegal search! Illegal search! What they stop the man for?! They stopped him for nothin.” Spread-eagled, in the middle of Emma Street, being recorded by [continue reading…]

Apr 242015
Here We Are

by Alex Symington…. After attending the annual ACLU meeting, Policing In Paradise, last week at the Harvey Government Center, Key West, I came away with a realization that today’s police misdeeds and brutality are part and parcel to and a direct bi-product of a much greater challenge that America faces; the intentional destruction of civil liberties and social contracts, the corporate co-option of our government and the privatization of nearly everything formerly in the public domain. This phenomenon has not been an organic or random [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Alex Symington, Issue #111 13 Responses »
Apr 242015

by Jerome Grapel… (4/15) (Note to the reader: On May 1st I leave for my annual 2 month hiatus on an island in the Spanish Mediterranean. As a result, I will not contribute again to this fine publication until I return at the end of June. First and foremost, I must thank Arnaud and Naja for allowing me to vent on a regular basis in their wonderful creation, one that has become the only source of serious news and commentary in Key West. I’m also [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #111 15 Responses »
Apr 242015
Partisan Vigilantism Fuels Feeble Political Discourse--As Children Are Starved, Murdered & Join Terrorist Groups ...

by John Donnelly… There’s always enough money to fight a war. Eradicating the slums of the world, while feeding children starving to death, has not been a priority nor adequately funded by the industrialized and technologically advanced nations of the world.     Individuals create and generate their own suffering and painful experiences. The immutable law of ’cause and effect’ can best be understood in the following manner: “for every action there is a reaction”. The force and power projected by negative thinking and violent actions [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #111, John Donnelly 4 Responses »
Apr 242015
Book Review: "The Worshiped Island. Key West"

Review by Kirby Congdon…. The Worshiped Island. Key West by Alexis Girard d’Albissin Copyright 2005 In reviewing books of poetry for a quarter of a century, this reader has often noted the prevalence of the medium in the middle class. Our nursery rhymes, folklore and spontaneous outbursts reflect our awareness of poetry in private letters, social events and literary publications on so many levels. This provides an informal climate that encourages a serious concern for it. Our thoughts and feelings about our very identity as [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #111, Literature, Water World No Responses »
Apr 242015
GLEE Partners with DEP Overseas Heritage Trail for Cleanups

This year GLEE (Green Living & Energy Education) partnered with the DEP’s Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (OHT) team led by Ranger Amanda Linfors to host two cleanups around the bridgeheads of Niles Channel Bridge on Summerland Key and Ramrod Key. In January, twenty-two volunteers turned up and made significant progress removing marine debris, discarded items and litter. Over a ton of marine debris and trash from the bridgehead, bike trail and surrounding mangrove areas was found on the Summerland Key end of the bridge, [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #111, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 242015
City Manager Scholl to Speak on Civics / April 30th

Key West City Manager Jim Scholl will be the keynote speaker for the April 30 Civics Lesson sponsored by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters and scheduled for 7 p.m. till 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at One Island Family, 801 Georgia St., Key West. The event is free and open to the public. Scholl, who was the city’s manager from 2007­2012, when he retired, returned to the position in July 2014. Scholl was commander of the NAS Key West from 2003­-2007. The league’s [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #111, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 242015

On Friday, May 1st, Equality Florida will hold an EQUALITY CONNECTION at The Bottle Cap Lounge Happy Hour from 5 pm – 8 pm. This event is a fun way to share enthusiasm for the work of Equality Florida, the largest statewide organization working to secure justice and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Equality Florida committee members Geno Zaharakis and Dustin Hoffman have planned a power- packed evening with the theme “May Day Flowers – Equality Florida Empowers”. An expansive silent [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #111, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 242015
Key West Zonta Club’s 23rd Radio Day Event, May 8th

Annual Event Supports Zonta Club’s Community Programs for Women and Girls The Zonta Club of Key West will hold its 23rd Annual Radio Day on Friday, May 8th from 5-8 pm, at the BottleCap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street. A live remote broadcast on WEOW 92.7 with Rude Girl will showcase pre-recorded radio spots by local businesses that support the Club’s mission. The event includes live music by singer-songwriter Liz Sharpe and her band Little Feather; celebrity bartenders; an outdoor block party with grilled hamburgers and [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #111, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 242015
Florida Keys Cultural Arts Calendar

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, April 23 thru Wednesday, April 29   Key West Happenings CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS Thursdays Life Drawing Workshops with Annamarie Giordano, 11 AM Florida Keys Community College. 609-884-3474 or airbales@aol.com   The Studios of Key West – Classes and Workshops: Painting and drawing, writing and reading. 305-296-0458. tskw.org   DANCE Fridays – Salsa (maybe a little Rueda too) Dance Class, 7 PM Wednesdays – ChaCha Dance Course with Lucy Carleton, 8 PM Paradise Health & Fitness Dance [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:15 am Art, Issue #111 No Responses »
Apr 242015
Love Lane Gang- They're Just Plain Fun!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! They will be playing regular gigs at McConnell’s Irish Pub Fridays at 8:30 PM, [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #111, Music No Responses »
Apr 242015
The Greens: New Grass and Blue Grass

The Greens: Friday, Saturday, Sunday  Ready for some high octane new grass and blue grass this weekend? Or maybe some olde-time and new-time jazz with a little gypsy jazz, dueling guitars and country thrown in? Nothing green behind the ears when it comes to Key West’s newest sound,  The Greens, with vocalist and musical virtuoso, Gary Mackey, former fiddle player with Dolly Parton’s Nashville band, along with Rob Cook, the popular Duval Street “washboard- tie guy” on percussion, Dillon Scott on banjo and guitar and stand-up [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:05 am Issue #111, Music No Responses »