paying the price, and smart pills – Florida Keys and a bit beyond


Erika BiddleErika Biddle, of Key West

Rick Boettger of Key West replied to the Hidden in Plain View part of the recent honestly is always the best policy, even when hidden in plain view – Florida Keys and Key West scenarios, mostly  post:

Beautiful paen to In Plain Sight, Sloan. I hope you might consider Erika Biddle a new member of your “crew of Angels.” At least you’re on “Little Torture Key” instead of “Big Torture Key.” And I too wish you a pain free year. You deserve it.–Rick

I wrote back:

Hi, Rick – Thank God for small mercies, I don’t live on Big Torture Key :-) .

Erika comes to me in dreams from time to time, with messages; as do quite a few people I know, including you. Erika certainly did a work of love with Hidden in Plain View. I told her today that she was approaching sainthood. She said insanehood. I said, well, it is true that you have to be insane to be a saint; the two go hand in hand. She laughed. I appreciate her prayers and hopes, and yours, for me to have a pain free, or even a less painful 2013. However, the angels in charge of my itinerary seem unswayed by such prayers, and, as today seems to suggest, take such requests as invitations to increase the pressure in me, which ratchets the pain. Perhaps I’m mistaken about that; maybe there is something else going on, coming in, or which I didn’t do exactly to suit those angels, which is getting me sliced and diced. There is a heap going on for me right now, only maybe 30 percent of which I share in posts.

I hope you and Erika, and everyone I know, have an easier 2013, and beyond that; but I sense the temperature will continue rising, as part of a climate change probably not having all that much to do with melting ice caps and rising seas. Being the way out on a limb lover than I really ain’t all that happy with being, maybe I pick up the incomings sooner than other folks; maybe the detonations go off in me, but the fallout maybe gets through, if the wind isn’t blowing some or all of it somewhere else; then God help those where ever that is, as well. Maybe it’s like a time-release virus or something, and I’m a carrier. Now that’s a really tortuous notion I don’t wish on anyone, either, but that thought does come to me from time to time. Maybe I recall first likening it to Typhoid Mary in my mentations.

Sorry, Rick, maybe I should have waited another day, or two, or three, before replying to you from Dante’s tiki bar.



SwastikaKey West Tree Commission role model

A tree company owner (not Sandy Downs) sent me this the other day:

Hi Sloan,

Minutes from Tree Commission have no mentioning of replacement fees. They still charge them, but do not write them into the minutes, agendas or meeting details, so nobody has evidence. Checks and balances on KW government are nonexistent, criminal enterprise continues.


If I were the next Mayor of Key West, at the first City Commission meeting over which I presided, after the preliminaries, I would tell the city commissioners something like:

“In the past, the Mayor, with the City Commissoners’ advice, appointed all members of the Tree Commission, who served at the Mayor and the Commissioners’ leisure, under the City’s Tree Commission ordinance.

“At the next regular meeting, Madame City Clerk, please make sure this is on that meeting’s printed agenda and timely public notice has been published in The Key West Citizen, I will ask this Body to relieve all members of the Tree Commission from duty, effectively immediately, and I will put that to a vote. If you do not vote to remove them, I will ask the State Attorney to prosecute you as well as the Tree Commissioners, for operating a RICO enterprise under your protection and consent. If you do vote to remove the Tree Commissioners, I will offer the names of their replacements for you consider and tell me how you feel about the replacements. Unless I feel you have valid objections to the replacements, I will appoint them as the new Tree Commissioners.

“Mr. City Attorney, if you have not fired Assistant City Attorney Ronald Ramsingh by the next City Commission meeting, Madame City Clerk, please make sure this also is on the next meeting’s printed agenda and is timely noticed in The Key West Citizen, I will ask the City Commission to fire you immediately. If the City Commissioners do not do that, I will ask the State Attorney to prosecute the City Commissioners, as well as you, Mr. City Attorney, for allowing Ronald Ramsingh to lead the Tree Commission in a RICO enterprise. I also will file formal grievances against you and Ronald Ramsingh with the Florida State Bar, and will ask that you both be disbarred.”

“And, if the State Attorney declines to take action, I will ask the US Attorney to take action.”

“And, I will send all of this as an Editorial to the various local newspapers and blogs.”


Pearl Harbor lookoutPearl Harbor lookout

Received this email yesterday, with the text of a letter to the Editor, which appeared in The Key West Citizen yesterday:

Dear Sloan,

I value your insight and information. Over the years Mr. Donnelly has performed good works. His writings, in particular this last letter in The Citizen, have me concerned for his well -being. It’s my understanding that he is a battle tested Marine with combat experience, however, he is no match against the resources of the United States government.

Is my fear legitimate? It’s hard for me to fathom my country harming its citizens.

As you continue to courageously challenge the powers that be, I pray for your protection.



Civilian assassinations violate Constitution

President Obama has a targeted killing policy that includes the names of American citizens living outside of any armed conflict zone. These individuals are without charge, trial or conviction.

Secret executive criteria determines the names placed on this “kill list.” This list is maintained by the CIA and a covert unit of the U.S. military called the Joint Special Operations Command.

According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a group of national security officials decides who is targetable. They forward their findings to the president for a “strike authorization.”

By President Obama substituting his own bureaucratic process for the due process required by the Constitution and international law, he is assuming the role of judge, jury and executioner.

During a speech at Northwestern University, Attorney General Eric Holder made clear that decisions about which citizens the government can kill are the exclusive province of the executive branch. The chief law enforcement officer of the United States essentially suggested that an American president can sentence an American citizen to death via nothing more than a committee meeting in some windowless room in the White House.

Selecting individuals for killing based on covert proceedings using secret evidence, conducted wholly outside of public view, are the actions of a despot. Government-sponsored murder continues.

Exterminating Native Americans, imprisoning innocent Japanese-Americans, killing African-Americans, Ruby Ridge and Waco child massacres, drone strikes, torture and civilian murders; aren’t the actions of a lawful nation.

Obama’s minions are cocksure and perfidious. They care nothing about curbing violence. Their rhetoric is a subterfuge when it comes to protecting the lives of our children. They have chosen to advance their political agenda via the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Allowing the government to have an overwhelming advantage when it comes to using deadly force against its citizens, is antithetical to the people’s rights protected in our Constitution. Criminals and the ruling elites will always have access to all the firepower that they desire.

Pontificating its virtue, a barbarous regime remains cleared to jail and slaughter unsuspecting civilians, with the ease of an assassin.

John Donnelly

Key Largo


I replield to the sender:

Thanks –

I covered this subject in a post maybe a week or ten days ago. My understanding is, the kill-order policy is aimed at Americans abroad, who join forces with al Qaeda or other groups/countries making war on America. Personally, I feel if an American does that, he/she should not be surprised to become an Executive kill order target.

I wonder if the policy eventually will be extended to Americans living in USA. And then, if it will be stretched in scope/application.

John Donnelly is a grown man, he knows there is risk in speaking his mind against the US Government. I take the same risk from time to time. Personally, I would be delighted to be bumped off. The problem with bumping John or me off, however, is it would give us credibility. Unless, of course, it was made to look like it wasn’t a hit, but was something else.

Right now, I probably am a lot more concerned about the war in Afghanistan still being waged, and the USA karma from that war, and from the Iraq war. Nothing I can do about any of that, either, but run my mouth and my pen.


The sender replied:

Thank you. I sincerely appreciate your response. I will forever offer prayers to God for the both of you.



The Kin of Ata

Many years ago now, I read The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You, a novel about a community, tribe of sorts, living on a hidden island somewhere in the subtropics. An unusual community, the people all gathered every morning and shared their dreams, then they went about their day. From time to time, someone new was brought into the community from civilization by a metaphysical method, and from time to time someone from the community, using the same metaphysical method, left the community to do service work in civilization.

That tale is not for the faint of heart. Nor is being a true patriot, in the United States of America, or anywhere.

head up assUSA politics

To continue today’s rumble, a President Obama bashing forward from a dyed-in-the-wool the Republicans can do no wrong Lower Keys snowbird amigo.

Well worth the 15 seconds to read.


Johnny Joke

The kids filed into class Monday morning. They were all very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on salesmanship.

Little Sally led off. “I sold Girl Scout cookies and I made $30? she said proudly, “My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success.”

“Very good”, said the teacher.

Little Debbie was next. “I sold magazines” she said, “I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events.”

“Very good, Debbie”, said the teacher.

Eventually, it was Little Johnny’s turn. The teacher held her breath. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk. “$2,467?, he said.

“$2,467!” cried the teacher, “What in the world were you selling?”

Toothbrushes”, said Little Johnny. “Toothbrushes”, echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?”

“I found the busiest corner in town”, said Little Johnny, “I set up a Dip & Chip stand and I gave everybody who walked by a free sample.” They all said the same thing, “Hey, this tastes like dog poop!” Then I would say, “It is dog poop. Wanna buy a toothbrush? I used the President Obama method of giving you some crap, dressing it up so it looks good, telling you it’s free and then making you pay to get the bad taste out of your mouth.”

Little Johnny got five stars for his assignment. Bless his heart.


I replied:

Where oh where was little Johnny when George W. Bush was selling dog poop that killed, maimed and battleshocked millions of people?

The dyed-in-the-wool Republicans can do no wrong snowbird amigo replied:

GWB isn’t President and hasn’t been for over 4 years.

I replied:

As I asked earlier, where was Little Johnny when GWB was President?


The orginal smart pills joke went like this:

A boy went door to door, trying to sell tooth brushes and toothpaste. He was getting doors closed in his face before he could say anything beyond, “Do you want to buy a toothbrush …”

Finally, a fellow let the boy complete the sales pitch, before saying, “No.”

Whereupon, the boy asked the fellow if he wanted some smart pills instead?

Curious, the fellow asked what smart pills were?

The boy said they were a secret formula that would make anyone who ate them a lot smarter than they already were.

The man asked the boy how much the smart pills cost?

The boy said they were free, and reached in a bag and held out his palm holding some brownish pellets.

“Here, try three or four, and see how fast they make you smarter,” the boy said.

The fellow took the handful of pellets and popped them in his mouth and started chewing. Then, he got a disgusted look on his face and said, “These pills taste like rabbit shit!”

The boy smiled, said, “You wanna buy a toothbrush and some toothpaste, Mr.?”


I first heard that joke when I was in grammar school.

Looks like the Republiklans ain’t very smart, taking about 60 years to not catch on. Can’t say any better for the Demoncrats.

I wish John Donnelly fretted 1/10th as much about the idiotic, ruinous war in Afghanistan, as he frets about  President Obama issuing Executive kill orders against Americans who are known to have gone overseas and taken up arms against their own country.

I wish John Donnelly had figured out a way to get his fellow Marines to capture and indefinitely intern George W. Bush and his confederates, instead of let them start two stupid, ruinous wars, which finished off the nation not under God, but the Republiklans and the Demoncrats ain’t eaten enough smart pills yet to figure that out.

Sloan Bashinsky

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