Nov 242017
 
Marine Corps Spirit & Resolve

by John Donnelly……. Words are insufficient in describing the debt of gratitude I harbor for those who gathered to celebrate this year’s 242nd Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. With the passing of my long time Marine Brother and partner, Norm Higgins, along with the destruction associated with Hurricane Irma, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to provide our Marines, their families and the citizens of Monroe County with what has become a “bedrock event”. At first, I doubted my [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #244, John Donnelly 2 Responses »
Aug 252017
 
Wartime Economies Rock...

by John Donnelly……. The euphemisms of counter-terrorism have morphed into quaint mellifluous slogans, concealing the savagery and  barbarity of their murderous content. The dispositional matrix (America’s kill list), extraordinary rendition (Kidnapping & imprisonment without due process), enhanced interrogation (torture), black sites (disavowed torture chambers) and targeted killings (assassinations); have become widely accepted as appropriate terms and methods for use in combating  terrorism. These practices have been described as “legal and justifiable conduct” by our government. Accommodating and consenting to engage in unrestricted violent behavior  because  [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #233, John Donnelly 3 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 4 Responses »
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…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #230, John Donnelly No 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 »
Jul 072017
 
Disintegration of a Nation...

by John Donnelly……. Has the United States Government under the tutelage of Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Reagan, along with the many thousands of congressmen and women who’ve served under their leadership, had enough time to formulate “comprehensive immigration reform”? Why is it that the leaders of our nation have been unable to develop a  plan of action that contains clear, cogent, humane and enforceable immigration laws?

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #226, John Donnelly 10 Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Immigration Uncertainty  

by John Donnelly……. Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Reagan had 32 (thirty-two) years to competently address the “disastrous debacle” that has devolved into our nation’s present immigration policy. All of these politicians with their extravagantly paid consultants, advisers and experts specializing in the field of immigration law; failed miserably. Thousands of elected members to congress, along with their extensive and excessively compensated staffers, sat idly by as the immigration crisis worsened; exacerbating the pain and suffering of millions seeking safety, food and shelter for their [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am John Donnelly 13 Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Fake People

by John Donnelly……. Toxic barbs by design are authored with the intent to weaken and disable their target.  Enlightening and illuminating  discourse are not sought nor desired by such poltroons. Absent the wisdom and creative genius accrued by Self-Realized and Self-Actualized individuals, these bottom feeders haven’t anything of authenticity to write about. Not dazzling you with brilliance, they shall baffle you with their bullshit. For generations these types of ideologues have given rise to the bureaucracies and ineffective policies proffered to remedy our defective educational [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #223, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
May 262017
 
A Memorial Day Remembrance

by John Donnelly……. The youngest United States Marine killed in action while serving in Vietnam was 15 years old. This teenager doctored his birth certificate at age 14 in order to join the Marines. This courageous African-American Marine from New York City was killed a month after I was wounded, while running to the aid of his heavily outnumbered colleagues with ammunition, so they might prevail in battle and not be killed.

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 1:14 am Issue #220, John Donnelly No Responses »
May 192017
 
Love Is All You Need

by John Donnelly……. High browed Psychiatrists and Psychologists, along with many credentialed mental health professionals; frequently lack an ability to relate, understand and identify with their disturbed patients. Outside a clinical or classroom setting, their deficiencies are highlighted by an experiential absence and ineptitude, which diminishes their capacity to grasp the underlying realities of mental illness. An understanding that can best be awakened via wounds endured on the firing line of life. Friction generated by the rubber meeting the road, creates the requisite heat for [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #219, John Donnelly No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Walking Dead...

by John Donnelly……. If people recognize no force superior to their desires; then they must fight when their desires collide. Penetrating an eye socket with one’s fingers, so as to detach said eyeball and disable an opponent, might be the outcome from such collisions. Syrian atrocities and “child murder” have been established as the new normal. Acceptable levels of violence and killing have become “standard operating procedure”, as long as such destruction appears to be occurring at a safe distance. Indifferently disposed leaders and media [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #213, John Donnelly 15 Responses »
Dec 232016
 
Norm Higgins Remembered

Dear Editor: Mere words are unable to describe the brilliance, magnitude and unyielding compassion possessed within the personhood of Norman Higgins. His uncompromising love and ability to forgive, under all circumstances, were qualities he was never without. Mr. Higgins is a far better man than I. To a certain extent we were cut from the same cloth. Born and raised in big cities, he from Chicago, myself from New York City; we both enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served combat tours in [continue reading…]

 December 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #198, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Homelessness...A Journey & Memoir...

by John Donnelly……. An individual chooses their shelter in accordance with the realties facing them. Affordable Housing is living where you can afford to live. In fact, ones’ only true residence is lodged between their ears. Mother Earth is our home. Tangential structures and morsels of food do not equate to the nourishment required to maintain a healthy “Self”, the “Thinker of the Thought”. No human power, bathroom towel, soup kitchen, principality or government will alleviate the so-called homeless issue. Successful civilizations thrived because they [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #195, John Donnelly 6 Responses »
Nov 252016
 
Confined--Unaware & Content...

by John Donnelly……. So filled with delusion and ignorance. Bound to ego consciousness and anger, unable to separate the wheat from the chaff. Violent in our thoughts and judgments, we’ve not learned much of anything, say to strike out and find fault. The manner in which the United States and most nations of the world educate their young stinks; and has stunk for a very long time. Thus, a steady stream of war and violence. In one American city the murder rate doubles that of [continue reading…]

 November 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #194, John Donnelly 9 Responses »
Nov 252016
 
Giving Thanks...

It has been brought to our attention that the beautiful stories and poetry that Barbara Mungovan so eloquently shares with our “Marine Corps Birthday” audiences each year, has gone for the most part unrecognized. Ms. Mungovan’s brilliant prose and poetry, captures the essence of the Marine Corps. Her impassioned and spirited delivery embodies our time tested traditions. She touches the hearts and souls of all in attendance, year after year. We’re certain that Barbara Mungovan’s two grandsons, both United States Marines, are basking in the [continue reading…]

 November 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #194, John Donnelly No Responses »
Nov 112016
 
241st Birthday Celebration of the United States Marine Corps / Sheriff Rick Ramsay and State Representative Holly Raschein Honored with the "Distinguished Citizen Medal"

A large audience was in attendance at the American Legion Post 333 in Key Largo last night for the 241st Birthday Celebration of the United States Marine Corps. From the Commanding Officer at the Homestead Air Reserve Base to a Commander from the Naval Air Station Key West; and all points in between; the crowd was all inclusive, energetic and enthusiastic. Representatives from the Marine Corps League, on behalf of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, presented Sheriff Rick Ramsay and State Representative Holly Raschein [continue reading…]

 November 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 042016
 
Divisiveness & Conflict Sweeping Through The Nation....Good Fortune, Security & Equanimity Can Be Reinstituted Locally....

by John Donnelly……. “Truthfulness, Accountability, Competence & A Sound Mind”; are qualities usually “Required of a State Attorney”. Given their unbridled power and authority over our lives; they must be stable and fit to govern. During this election cycle , the integrity and uprightness of the citizens residing in Monroe County, will be assessed via the ethical bearing and character of the State Attorney they elect. Returning a confused and duplicitous individual to this esteemed position, with inordinate power and influence; will be a societal [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #191, John Donnelly No Responses »
Oct 282016
 
Corruption & Lawlessness Normalized...Double-Standard of Justice & Ineptitude Uncovered At State Attorney's Office--Misery Index Rising In Monroe County...

by John Donnelly……. Credible sources of information have devolved into putrefactive purveyor’s of decadence. Institutions of government, education, propagandized media and the judicial system; in too many cases have shamelessly prided themselves in distorting and manipulating data to suit their needs and ideologies. Carrion connoisseurs versed in amalgamating “empires of wasteland”; these paradigms of deception specialize in broken dreams and destroyed lives, as they arrange the place mats and set the banquet table for their “Malignant Overlords”. Conditioned as we are to accept the abuses [continue reading…]

 October 28, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #190, John Donnelly 2 Responses »
Oct 142016
 
Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste death but once. - - - - William Shakespeare "Julius Caesar" (2.2)

by John Donnelly……. The 200,000 + children and civilians murdered in Syria, have not fared very well under the Obama and Clinton Regime. Of note, 25% of those killed by explosive weapons in this hell hole have been women and children. Since Obama publicly threatened the Syrian leader, while Clinton was Secretary of State, with his “Red Line” strategy; the slaughter of “Innocence” has exponentially increased. Obama’s targeted drone strikes and bombings of at least 2 “Doctors Without Borders Hospitals”, along with assorted civilian deaths [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #188, John Donnelly No Responses »
Oct 072016
 
Methodically Extinguishing--The Last Full Measure Of Devotion...

by John Donnelly……. Such confusion and self-righteous indignation coming from the crusaders sitting comfortably behind their computer screens in the safety of their air-conditioned abodes, condemning the conduct of those facing a committed, effective and credible enemy; whose murderous pursuits have grown exponentially, while morphing into an epidemic of genocidal proportions. With meager and scant interest, lacking any real skin in the game; how quaint and sanctimonious of the media and journalistic elites to critique and judge the conduct of those fighting against an enraged [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #187, John Donnelly No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Dancing Through The Betrayal...

by John Donnelly……. Some journalists and authors from established media outlets, to include “The New York Times”, have devolved into proliferating merchants of misery for anyone thinking differently than they. If a real or imagined challenge threatens the sanctity of their beliefs, a reflexive conditioned response will provoke them to unleash an iron-fisted attack upon the perceived menace; collateral damage be dammed. Although such conduct has become all too familiar and accepted, it’s not the mark of an accomplished publication that has boasted of only [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #185, John Donnelly 6 Responses »