CUBA’S SECRET SANTA

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President Barack Obama talks with President Raúl Castro of Cuba from the Oval Office, Dec. 16, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Man is not free to watch impassively the enslavement and dishonor of men, nor their struggles for liberty and honor.

  • Jose Marti, Cuban Independence Revolutionary and Key West Poet

The Pope, Obama and Castro are on the phone…

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama informed the world that at the urging of Pope Francis who “pursues the world as it should be, not as it is…” the US and Cuba have been negotiating directly for the first time in 5 decades. As a result, Cuba released Alan Gross (imprisoned 5 years for giving out smart phones without a permit as evidence he was a spy), and an unnamed US intelligence operative. In exchange, the US released 3 Cuban operatives held in America; Ramón Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernandez. The Presidents, Barack Obama and Raul Castro, spoke personally Tuesday to finalize this deal.  However, the exchange was only the tip of this Caribbean iceberg. Continue reading

CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD SHOWS ITS TEETH!

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UNANIMOUS!  REQUEST FOR DOJ TO STEP IN ON EIMERS CASE / BOARD WILL PROBE DEEPER INTO TASING OF MATTHEW SHAUN MURPHY

“Garbage in. Garbage out.” That’s how Tom Milone, Vice-Chairman of the Citizen Review Board [CRB], described the concept of the Board relying on  investigative reports furnished by KWPD, FDLE, and SAO [State Attorney’s Office] when it comes to local police brutality cases.

The CRB voted unanimously on Wednesday night to make a formal request to the US Department of Justice to investigate not only the in-custody-death of Charles Eimers, but also the agencies that produced what he called, “tainted, compromised, and unreliable” investigations. Continue reading

Good Morning Florida Keys Interviews Musical Family, The Doerfels

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Good Morning Florida Keys interviews the fantastic family band, The Doerfels. This highly sought after band from upstate New York began touring in 2004 and performs over 250 shows a year. Now based in Key West, you can can catch them performing at popular spots Sloppy Joes, Green Parrot, Schooner Wharf, Sunset Pier and Blue Heaven. — with Jenna Stauffer and Leo Martinez.

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Sociopath

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Sociopath is a word I have been employing frequently in chronicling current events. The dictionary defines the sociopath as, “a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.” There is no shortage of this psychological characteristic in people in positions of power. In fact being sociopathic can play an essential role in attaining that power. Be it in law enforcement, politics, Fortune 500 corporations or the humble run-of-the-mill serial killer. Historically, we as a species have produced some humdingers that are indelibly imprinted on our collective psyche. We all know their names.

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A FEW GOOD MEN

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Because You Never AskedFor the average contemporary American, the title of this essay would not be metaphorical, but a direct reference to an iconic film made in 1992. Let’s take a phrase association test: “a few good men” – famous movie starring Tom Crews, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon, about a military incident where 2 Marines are accused of — so forth and so on.

You’ve seen it, right?

As mentioned previously in this ever growing mass of dubious philosophical patter, I have long ceased being a “cinophile”. The basic raw material offered by the film industry almost never interests me and the physical reality of sitting in a huge, dark, pulsating amphitheater of mega-sensory light and sound, does not appeal to me. I’d rather sit outdoors and try to figure out what the pigeons are doing when they fly around in dense formations (I can’t figure it out). Continue reading

Monroe County School District 2013-2014 High School Grades Released

mc-school-logoThe Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the release of the 2013-2014 preliminary high school grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education.

In 2013-2014, three out of four Monroe County high schools received a “B” rating and one high school received a “C.” Coral Shores High School, Key West High School, and Marathon Middle-High School each achieved a “B” distinction, while Key West Collegiate High School was rated a “C”. Continue reading

Equality Florida Launches TransAction Florida, Aimed at Supporting Transgender Equality

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Seizing on the growing momentum for transgender equality nationwide and across the state, Equality Florida has launched TransAction Florida, a statewide initiative created to increase awareness and to educate and promote complete equality for the transgender community.

This month Florida hit the tipping point, with 50% of the population currently protected from gender identity and expression discrimination via local policies.

The announcement also coincides with the introduction of a statewide bill in Tallahassee that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the state’s nondiscrimination law. Continue reading

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar
Friday, December 19 thru Wednesday, December 24
Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings
ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS

DANCE

THURSDAY thru SUNDAY
Nutcracker Key West 2014, 7:30 PM and 2 PM (SUNDAY)
Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd. 295-7676. keystix.com Continue reading

Purple Heart Trail Designation Ceremony Held December 15, 2014

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The following tribute was read aloud by John Donnelly during the Purple Heart Trail Dedication Ceremoney on December 15, 2014 at MM 106:

We thank each of you for making time to attend this ceremony. We are honored by your presence…

Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Capt. Don Fannelli have done a spectacular job in providing us with security, on such short notice. We are appreciative for all of the deputies assigned to this detail.

Our State Representative Holly Raschien and her superb team of Kate DeLoach and Erin Muir have done extraordinary work for their constituents. It took 10 years of battling the State of Florida, before they decided to create a Purple Heart License plate. A tag that funded domiciliary and nursing home care for veterans. Veterans helping veterans at no cost to the taxpayer. It should not have been so difficult. Continue reading

8th Annual Gingerbread Making Party at The Oldest House, December 20th

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On Saturday, December 20, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Old Island Restoration Foundation and Key West Collegiate Academy will host the eighth annual community gingerbread house making party in the garden of The Oldest House at 322 Duval Street in Key West. Kids of all ages are invited to attend this fun and free event. Each person attending is encouraged to bring edible items for house building and decorations, like gumdrops, candy canes or cookies to share. There will be tables full of house building and decorating supplies to create any gingerbread house that can be imagined. Every one attending will take home their gingerbread creations for a festive addition to holiday celebrations. Continue reading

Pet Pictures with Santa this Friday

Oakleigh Waits, son Cormac and dog Lennon enjoy quality time with Father Christmas at last year’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa.
Oakleigh Waits, son Cormac and dog Lennon enjoy quality time with Father Christmas at last year’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa.

Oakleigh Waits, son Cormac and dog Lennon enjoy quality time with Father Christmas at last year’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa.

This Friday, December 19, 5:30-8 pm, bring the critters and the kids for Pet Pictures with Santa, at the Historic Seaport Christmas tree at the foot of William Street. Sponsored by All Animal Clinic, a $20 (cash only) donation gets a professional high-resolution photo with Santa, plus goodies and treats including pet bandanas, dog treats, gift cards for free nail trims and candy for the kids. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Keys. Island 107 FM will broadcast live onsite. For more information, visit KeyWestChristmas.org.

Intuitive Arts Fair on Big Pine Key Dec 27th

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The Intuitive Arts Co-op of the Lower Keys presents an Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair on Saturday, December 27th from 10-4 at Good Food Conspiracy Health Food Store at mile marker 30.2 Oceanside on Big Pine Key.

The Co-op is a local group of intuitive readers, body therapists, artists and vendors. The fair features intuitive insights offered by experienced practitioners and vendors. Tarot, life path readings, jewelry, metaphysical gifts, crystals, and more will be available. Come enjoy the delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and healthy smoothies in the tropical backyard garden. Bring a friend and enjoy a day filled with insights and delights.

“The Intuitive Arts Fair welcomes in the New Year and is an annual event for the community. Start 2015 with fresh insight, inspiration, intention and imagination at the Intuitive Arts Fair” said Rev. Marney Brown, one of the Fair’s organizers and owner of Good Food Conspiracy.

Admission is free. For more information call Rev. Marney Brown, at 305- 872-9119.

Don’t Miss The Annual St. Paul’s Christmas Concert!

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As in years past, St. Paul’s will be pulling out all the stops for our Annual Christmas Concert held every year on the first Sunday before Christmas. This is a family friendly event with a multitude of talented performers. Get your tickets early for this is always a sold out show. $ 20.00 per person. Check out the event on Facebook. Get your tickets here.

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Nina Newton Sings “I Can’t Breathe”

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I Can’t Breathe

Waiting in the clouds

For my life to begin

For my heart and my fear

For my voice, for my scream

I can’t breathe

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Internal Affairs: Officer Gets 5 Day Suspension For “Lying” About Killing Charles Eimers

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Issue 92 KWPD Whitewash for web

KWPD Chief Donie Lee published the department’s Internal Affairs review of Charles Eimers’ in-custody death on Monday.

Officers were found to have acted professionally while using techniques that are proper for “actively resisting subjects.”

“I thought denial was a river in Egypt. Now we learn it is an island at the end of U.S. 1.” [Citizen’s Voice, Key West Citizen, 12/10/2014]

An unarmed man kneeling on the sand with his hands up, lays on his stomach as ordered by police. He lets them handcuff him until he is heard yelling loudly, “Ow! You’re hurting me!” He then appears to become agitated.  [warning disturbing photo in body of article] Continue reading

Officer Lovette’s Taser Recording Undergoes Enhanced Forensic Scrutiny / New Admissions Detected Regarding the Alleged Tasing of Charles Eimers

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According to KWPD there was no Taser fired during the fatal arrest of Charles Eimers on Thanksgiving Day of last year. But after a few months of forensic clean-up and enhancement by the Eimers family’s legal team, Officer Lovette’s infamous taser recording speaks again and it’s not pretty:

Officer Lovette:  “Listen. I tased a motherf***er in custody today. I don’t care. I already called my PBA rep.”

Unknown person: “For what?”

Officer Lovette:  [unintelligible] when you kill someone PB is first. I already called.”

So, was Charles Eimers tased or not? Continue reading