a different Memorial Day – I am my brother’s keeper

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Kari Dangler called me yesterday morning to say, while having breakfast with Pastor Omar’s homeless congregation at Higgs Beach yesterday, a homeless man I know from Birmingham, Alabama, got to talking about my brother Major’s death in early 2010, and all the different stories he’d heard about it in Alabama before he moved to Key West to be homeless here, and what he’d heard of it in Key West from people here who knew me, or knew about me. I figured one of those people in Key West had to be Mike Tolbert, who runs KOTS, the city’s homeless shelter on Stock Island. I had seen Facebook posts by Mike strongly suggesting I had killed Major, citing a string of posts by Roger Shuler of Birmingham at his Legal Schnauzer blog.

What Kari seemed most fastened on when she called was that (as Shuler had reported it), within days of Major going missing, a Birmingham man had come to Key West to find and talk with me. So I told her what actually had happened. Later yesterday, the Birmingham homeless man from Pastor Omar’s breakfast passed by me on his bicycle, and I hailed him and he, realizing this was hardly a chance meeting, locked his bicycle to a sign post and we took a longish walk and I told him a whole lot of the story of Major’s passing, including the man who came from Birmingham to Key West, just as I had reported it a number of times at goodmorningkeywest.com, goodmorningfloridakeys.com, and then at goodmorningbirmingham.com, after it was created in 2011. Oh, it was Mike Tolbert who had introduced me at KOTS to this man from Birmingham.

So, in early 2010, I was reading in my little efficiency apartment on the back side of Wyland Gallery on Duval Street. My apartment faced where the new fire station now is. I received a call on my cell phone from a man who identified himself as Chip Hazelrig, from Birmingham. I knew my father had invested in an oil and gas business with someone named Chip Hazelrig, whom I had not, to my knowledge, ever met or even knew what he looked like. When Chip asked if this was Sloan Bashinsky speaking to him?, I said yes, and how’d you get my cell phone number?

Chip said he’d come to Key West on a fishing boat of a friend of his a couple of days prior. He had flown from Birmingham to Fort Lauderdale, as I recall, where his friend lived and kept his boat. After two days of fishing, he, Chip, was not a fisherman, he was worn out and decided to take a day checking out Key West. He had heard I might live in Key West and he decided to ask around and see if he could find me. He went into a bar on lower Duval Street, just above Sloppy Joe’s as he described where it was, asked a man sitting at the bar if he knew a Sloan Bashinsky? Yes, the man said. Do you know his telephone number? No, the man said, but his friend sitting next to him at the bar knew Sloan’s telephone number. The second fellow pulled out his cell phone and looked up my cell phone number and gave it to Chip, and he called me.

Well, I knew one hundred percent that was arranged by the angels, and I told Chip to walk down to Sloppy Joe’s and turn right and walk about 100 feet to Old City Hall on the front steps and I would hop onto my bicycle and be there in a few minutes. It  would be quieter there, and we could go around the east side of the building and sit in the shade. I suppose we talked about an hour about angels arranging his and my meeting; his and his business partner’s dealings with my father, who had died in 2006; and about Major, whose whereabouts and condition were still a mystery in Birmingham. Chip told me some pretty funny stories about my father liking to roll the dice on oil and gas deals, his wild side financially, while he was so conservative in all of his other financial affairs.

Chip had zero respect for my father’s law firm and his other trusted advisers, and for my father’s widow, Joann. Chip laid out the lawsuit they had filed against him and his business partner after my my father had died, alleging Chip and his partner had ripped off my father. Finally the lawsuit was settled for about a million dollars as I recall, which basically covered the law firm’s fee and litigation costs, Chip said. My father’s estate got little or nothing out of the lawsuit.

Chip told of one time when my father had been called on the carpet by Joann and his trusted advisers, a special meeting my father asked Chip to attend, the purpose of which was to stop my father from rolling the dice on oil and gas deals Chip and his partner were putting together. My father told them to run the potato chip company and he would run the oil and gas company. I burst into laughter, said that sounded just like my father!

I was grateful for the visit. It seemed Chip had really loved my father, and vice versa.

I reported all of that at my websites the next morning, which by then were getting a lot of hits from Alabama people who had learned of me and the websites and were reading what Major’s crazy brother in Key Weird was saying about Major. The hits for the two local websites had been running about 20,000 a month total. That month, there were close to 90,000 hits.

Unknown to me, Roger Shuler had taken a life or death (for Roger) interest in Major’s case, and was putting in his two cents worth on his Legal Schnauzer blog. He captured what I wrote of my visit with Chip and twisted it to Chip had come all the way from Birmingham to Key West just to see me. Nothing about Chip going first to see his friend and get on his friend’s fishing boat and riding it down to Key West. Nothing about the impossible Las Vegas odds against going into a Duval Street bar I had never been in and walking up to two people who knew me and learning my cell phone number, which very few people knew. To this day, I do not know who gave Chip my cell phone number. Nor do I recall any friend of mine who hangs out in Duval Street bars, other than Jack Flat’s sports bar, where I drink gingerale with fresh lime. I walk in there and sit down to watch sports events on the widescreens, whoever is behind the bar is fixing me that drink.

The great in his own mind Roger Shuler turned it into I was in on Major’s disappearance, and Chip was, too, and he came all the way to Key West to discuss it with me. I also later would learn Shuler had an Alabama following who bought his view hook, line and sinker, and Shuler kept writing about it at Legal Schanuzer, and his disciples kept buying it, even though I was making comments into Shuler’s blog, telling what the only eye witness other than Chip Hazelrig actually saw and heard go down. Much later I would learn people in Key West, like Mike Tolbert, joined Shuler’s deranged cult, and spread that fiction is always better than truth onto Key West social media.

Now when we talked yesterday morning, Kari Dangler seemed a bit on the fence after I told what when down when Chip Hazelrig was in Key West right after Major had gone missing. I supposed it’s just too far-fetched to imagine angels do exist, even if you read in the Bible they exist. Or that angels actually get involved in human affairs today. Anyone who says that is happening, especially to them, just has to be crazy, out of his mind. Or at least someone you don’t want to be seen associating with, lest people think you are crazy and out of your mind. How many times have I heard Kari tell me people say that about me, and it really bothers her? A hundred times, at least.

Even so, I knew Kari was the angels’ messenger to me yesterday, and she took that to mean she was to tell me I was supposed to write a book about Major’s passing. I said I already wrote that book on my websites. Kari said I was to write it all down into one book. I said that would be up to the angels, not to her. She said it again. I said again, it would be up to the angels, not to her. That has always bugged women I was with, that I put dream/angel advice ahead of their advice, if the angels did not agree with them, the women. Can’t help that. Women can only break my heart and cause me to wish I was dead. Angels have done far worse to me.

My dreams last night pointed me toward going from 19 to 20 for tourists on a 3-day day weekend, which Memorial Day weekend is and today is Memorial Day. I already had written a great deal yesterday about Major’s passing, which is reported below. But I had written nothing yesterday about Chip Hazelrig, a tourist. In my dream and spirit code, 1 is the number for God the Father, and 9 is the number for completion. 2 is the number for the Son of God. The dream didn’t look to me like I should write a book, but only another installment in the book already being written, And, I was to bring Jesus into it, which I already had in mind doing when I turned in about midnight last night. Maybe the jury is still out on my writing it all down in one book. Maybe not.

Below is what I wrote yesterday, starting with this post into Alabama Political Reporter’s Facebook page, which went straight into moderation and was not showing on that page:


29 May 2016

To Alabama Political Reporter:

Something came up today in Key West, where I live, that caused me to explain to two different people here, in some detail. summaries of many “articles” I published back in 2010 and later at my websites re my brother Major Bashinsky’s death. My views stirred, I heard from people I knew in Birmingham and in Alabama, a great deal of consternation and controversy, as well as got me generally labeled (there were a few naysayers) a nut case. or worse, demonic. Then enter Roger Shuler on his Legal Schnauzer blog, who took some things I had published and twisted them to suit his own view. In some cases he was joined by a Dothan journalist, whose name now escapes me.

One particular thing that jumps out right now, they published together an article saying there was no stippling around the gunshot wound to Major’s let temple, therefore the gun had to have been fired from a distance to away, i.e. by someone other than Major, whose loosely trussed hands and wrists could not have done, but could have done a muzzle against the head shot. The coroner’s report, that is the medical examiner’s, said there was stippling, which meant the gun muzzle was pressed against Major’s head when the gun was fired. It took me quite a while to get Roger to see this, and then he wrote a lame excuse in his blog. The Dothan journalist replied, basically, so what? She did say something about why did I get my panties all in a wad? Dang I wish I could remember her name. Let me go try to run that down. Be right back.

Okay, Lori Moore is her name. Ironically, before that and her becoming convinced Major did not kill himself, to the point she would fabricate evidence, Lori had written to me during a discussion involving other people and myself about my state of mind:

“MRI? Doctors? No……you don’t have a medical condition Sloan. I view what you have as a gift. I know you may disagree with that when the Angels are tough on you and put you through hell at times. But I believe you were chosen for a reason. At times, I know I am lead by something…………..something led me to look further into the death of Major and then to you. MPD affects many people, but you are not one of them. Usually MPD is a result of childhood tragedy, where alters are formed to handle with those difficult emotions. Many of those with MPD don’t remember events when their alters take control……….they have periods that they don’t really know what happened. A doctor can’t help you. You were chosen and that is your life. Be yourself…….you can’t change it. I enjoyed reading your words about me in your post the other day. One day, I want to meet you face to face my friend. You are truly a unique and amazing fellow. Hugz~”

So, what am I getting at here? Well, first, this former Birmingham practicing attorney never once considered suing Roger Shuler over his wild what I personally viewed as deranged theories about my brother Major’s death, including I was in on it, and Major’s first wife and his and my stepsister who died of cancer following his death, and his and my first cousin killing himself and leaving a suicide note, were further suspicious Bashinsky family events in the wake of Major’s death, which I suggested in several posts before it was even known he was dead, was suicide made to look like murder, which is what the Jefferson County Coroner and the Birmingham Police Department detective assigned to the case eventually concluded themselves, according to a Birmingham News article I read online, and heard from other people in Birmingham and in Alabama.

Shuler and Moore were hardly alone in refusing to accept that “verdict” – however, Major’s first wife told me she thought he had killed himself and tried to make it look like murder. Oh, a friend of mine up there told me on the telephone, before the Birmingham News article mentioned above, that he had some kind of line into the FBI which was on Major’s case from the get go, and the word coming to him on his line into the FBI was to not necessarily expect a murder finding. Early on in the matter, that same friend arranged for a Birmingham News business journalist, who had asked if I might do a telephone interview, to call me in Key West where I lived. As I recall, this was the 3rd day after Major had gone missing, the same day I had learned of it; that I do recall.

The journalist called me and we talked maybe half hour about Major and my father’s company, Golden Flake (Golden Enterprises, Inc.). It was a straight forward, nothing mystical conversation. But at the very end, the journalist asked me if I had any other idea about that might have happened to Major, other than he had run away from home or had been kidnapped? I said, well, since he asked, just before he called me, it came to me from out of the blue that Major had killed himself and had tried to make it look like murder. The journalist said cold chills were running up and down his spine, because the same thought had come to him just before he had called me. I knew in that moment what had happened to Major, there was no other conclusion as far as I was concerned, but I was hesitant, of course, to flat out state on my websites that was the actual cause of death. I presented as what I was hearing from angels.

Of course, the journalist did not include that in his article, and, not surprising to me, the article he wrote, and called back to me and read the parts about what I had said, before he submitted it, did not, as he had said would happen, run the next day in the Birmingham News. Nor did the article ever run. When I called him about that, he said something like, “We (higher ups) decided to hold off and go at it another way.” I was the only family member left alive who had a knowledge of the company, who had actually worked there a good while; I could and did, to the News journalist, substantiate the allegations in the “threat letter” I was pretty sure even then Major had typed, saying the management and major stockholders were sucking money out o the company via dividends, to themselves, and if that was not corrected further action would be taken. The principal beneficiary of the dividends was my father’s widow, and before he died he was the principal beneficiary. I stood to gain nothing from Major’s death. I had not seen or heard from him since shortly after our father died in late August 2006. I had not left the Florida Keys since late 2008, a brief trip to Birmingham no one in my family knew I made.

All of that and much more I published at goodmorningkeywest.com and goodmorningfloridakeys.com, and then at goodmorhingbirmingham.com after it was created in June 2011. All along, Roger Schuler kept resurrecting his bee against what looked to me like the whole wide world compressed into the death of my brother, which Shuler could not accept was suicide. Nor, I don’t imagine, did more than maybe half a dozen people in Birmingham and Alabama, who were not connected to local law enforcement, the county medical examiner’s office and the F.B.I. I could write, and actually have written, a very long book about Major’s death and the ordeal, external and internal, I endured telling it from my perspective, which early in the game, before his body was found in the golf course pond, caused the Birmingham News to block me out of its blog under its articles having to do with Major and his and my family and Golden Flake.

Although I published several times that I would be happy to be interviewed by law enforcement about Major, I never was contacted by law enforcement. Perhaps they thought from reading my website, they knew everything I could have told them. Perhaps not. If, for example, they had showed me the surveillance camera still shot of the man believed perhaps to have been Major in 5 Points Hardware, shortly after Major last was seen in the nearby Starbucks, buying rope and duct tape (to tie himself up with after wrapping his head and mouth in duct tape), I would have said that absolutely was Major. I could tell from his profile, body shape, posture. I only saw that still shot after I made a public records request in 2011 to the FBI for their entire file on Major.

Well, if APR has any interest in interviewing me, either in writing (email) or by telephone, if it is recorded verbatim and I’m sent a copy of the recording, then below is how to reach me. I have plenty more to tell, which I promise will not sit well with Roger Schuler and Lori Moore, and hordes of like-minded people in Alabama, and even here in Key West and the Florida Keys :-).

I saw online today that Roger Shuler’s woes dramatically rose after he finally was released from jail for what he published about Alabama politicos – a $3.5 million libel verdict. Now, finally, he had a lawyer trying to help him get out of that.

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(not holding my breath, more about Major’s passing at the end of this post today)

I then went online and found several links on Blogger Roger Shuler fighting $3.5 million judgment, here is one, I added Roger’s jail mug shot:

Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.comBy Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.com (The Birmingham News)
on April 24, 2015 at 8:35 AM, updated April 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM

DIV7 Scales of justice & gavel_full.jpeg Roger Shuler

Roger Shuler, an Alabama blogger who spent five months in jail before agreeing to remove stories from his website about the son of a former governor, has asked a judge to toss out a recent $3.5 million judgment against him in another case.

Shuler, who operates the website Legal Schnauzer, on Thursday afternoon, filed a motion through his attorney asking Jefferson County Circuit Judge Donald Blankenship to vacate his April 13 default judgment against Shuler for $1.5 million in compensatory and $2 million in punitive damages.

Shuler also asks the judge to grant him leave to file an amended answer and counterclaim, and enter a new scheduling order sufficient to allow time for discovery in the case.

Blankenship had entered the default judgment against Shuler in a 2013 defamation lawsuit brought by Jessica Garrison, a Birmingham lawyer and former campaign manager for Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

Efforts to reach Garrison or her attorneys Friday morning prior to publication of this story were unsuccessful.

Shuler had written about an alleged affair between Strange and Garrison, both of whom testified at a hearing that the allegations are false. Blankenship found the comments defamatory. One of Garrison’s attorneys said after Blankenship’s $3.5 million default judgment that the allegations were libelous, were plucked from thin air, and were “cyber-bullying of the worst order.”

Shuler filed an initial response denying Garrison’s claims but failed or refused to sit for a scheduled deposition and did not attend a hearing that resulted in the default judgment.

Prattville attorney Davy Hay, who entered an appearance in the case on April 18 on behalf of Shuler, stated in Thursday’s motion that the court had issued an order in the case May 9, 2014 changing Shuler’s address from the Shelby County Jail to an address in north Shelby County.

“However, the aforementioned address was no longer the defendant’s (Shuler’s) residence by virtue of a recent foreclosure. Therefore, he did not receive notice of this court’s scheduling order or any subsequent documents filed in the case,” according to the motion.

Hay states in the motion that Garrison failed to ascertain Shuler’s whereabouts and provide proper notice regarding hearings or filings in compliance with his due process rights, especially considering Shuler was representing himself at the time.

“Now that defendant (Shuler) is represented by counsel, he understands he had a duty to notify the clerk of court of any address changes, however, several circumstances prevented him from doing so,” according to Hay’s motion.

According to the motion those circumstances were:

“Mr. Shuler and his wife lost their home and were facing the very real possibility of being homeless. This being such a pressing and immediate issue, all other concerns had to be given lower priority

“Mr. Shuler had just spent five (5) months in jail, which began with being beaten by law enforcement officials in his own home and wrongfully detained, in violation of his constitutional rights”.

Mr. Shuler and his wife experienced excessive psychological trauma, resulting in the defendant spending six (6) days in a psychiatric unit, in direct relation to these events, and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

“Mr. Shuler has a good-faith belief that his very life has been in actual peril as a result of his reporting. Accordingly, he has been and continues to be highly reluctant to submit to the authority of the state after what he perceives to be illegal attacks against his person, his family, and his rights as a citizen of the United States.”

Hay states in the motion that Shuler has a meritorious defense in the case, “and by virtue of evidence currently in his possession and that which can be obtained through exhaustive discovery, shall show that the case against him is frivolous and nothing more than an attempt by the plaintiff to unconstitutionally bully the defendant (Shuler) into silence.”

Hay argues in the motion that Garrison is a public figure, based on her work on Strange’s campaigns, her appointment as Chief Counsel and Deputy Attorney General of the state of Alabama in 2011, and her position as director of the Republican Attorneys General Association. If Garrison was to be considered a public figure, rather than a private citizen, it would raise the burden to that of proving actual malice, the motion states.

Shuler was charged with resisting arrest in October 2013 when he was taken into custody on a contempt of court charge filed by judge after Shuler, at least initially, refused to remove stories he had written on Legal Schnauzer that Rob Riley, the son of the former governor, had an affair.

Rob Riley had sued Shuler for libel and sought the injunction to force Shuler to remove the posts. The judge ordered Shuler to remove the post and ordered the blogger jailed for contempt when he didn’t do it immediately. Shuler remained in jail until the judge ordered his release in March 2014 after his wife removed certain stories from the blog.

Shuler’s incarceration for contempt drew national attention from groups that claims Shuler’s First Amendment rights were violated. The ACLU and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed briefs on his behalf.

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I, Sloan, was unable to find anything newer online about Shuler’s attempt to get the $3,5 million default judgement set aside. I felt sorry for him when he was in jail, because he had gone after politicos and their families, and I was somewhat aware of the often rotten state of affairs in Denmark, er Alabama politics. I corresponded by email with Shuler’s wife and urged her to persuade him he had made his point, the entire world knew what his point was, that was never going to go away, and he should tell the Alabama judge he would take down his blog about the Alabama politicos and their families, if the judge would just let him out of jail, so he could do just that. From the jail, he could not take down those parts of his blog, which predicament did not seem to bother the judge, as I recall reading the saga on Shuler’s blog and in Alabama newspaper reports. So, it looks like that’s what Shuler finally agreed to do, and he was released from jail, or he got someone to do it, who had the pass code to the blog, which I told his wife was another way to do it and obey the judge and get her husband out of jail. (Jesus said to forgive and do good to and pray for our enemies.)

Robert KrutkoRobert Krutko’s jail mug shot

Shuler’s case kinda reminds me of what our own Judge David Audlin and then State Attorney Dennis Ward and his chief prosecutor Mark Wilson did to Robert Krutko, who put on other people’s (not my) websites rather unflattering allegations against local lawyer Michael Halpern and his business partners in the tour boat Fury, and the City of Key West, which allegations I thought were mostly true, but Krutko went at it like Shuler, representing himself, not showing up for court hearings, getting a default judgment against him in a libel and injunction lawsuit, and not being able to take what he had alleged down from other people’s websites over which he had no control. For all of which he was held in CRIMINAL CONTEMPT in a civil case, and extradited by Ward and Wilson from his home in Ohio back to Key West. Just the extradition itself was straight from hell, and it caused me to publish Audlin, Ward and Wilson all should be put in the penitentiary, and nobody sued me about that – yet.

Audlin later resigned after somebody found his online selfie sex ad and spread it around.


Judge’s Sex Ad Found On Internet Hookup Site




/ Jan 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

We’ve written about judges involved in sex scandals with prostitutes. We’ve written about judges involved in sex scandals with litigants. We’ve written about judges involved in sex scandals over nude photographs. We’ve never written about judges involved in sex scandals on internet hookup websites — but we’re about to do just that.

If you want to stroke it, this Florida judge will tell you exactly how big his gavel is….

JAABlog reports that the following ad was found on Manhunt, “the world’s biggest gay hookup site”:

JAABlog says this ad was found on another online dating site of a similar ilk (note the screen name):

Who is this guy? As JAABlog notes, this fellow “bears a remarkable resemblance” to David Audlin, the Chief Judge of the Sixteenth Circuit Court of Florida. Audlin’s judicial assistant issued a “no comment” on his behalf. It wasn’t an outright denial, like the one that a certain federal judge issued regarding allegations that he once did a stint in nude modeling, so it could still be true.

We checked to see if Audlin could be found on any other social networking sites, and lo and behold, he’s apparently on Facebook, wearing the same shirt seen in the Manhunt profile picture featured above:

Chief Judge David Audlin

FYI, the David KW profile on Manhunt has since been deleted since its existence came to light.

Here’s JAABlog’s take on the issue, which we’re inclined to agree with:

In any event, judges are people too. Dating sites are A-OK in our book. But, does it amount to an appearance of impropriety for a judge to advertise his gavel length and width, or fudge on the “What I do” bio section by stating “Attorney”? And since Key West is a small town, shouldn’t everyone be on notice if they’re hanging with a judge, to avoid the surprise of a lifetime if they ever have to go down to the courthouse?

Maybe these profiles were posted by a disgruntled litigant, and maybe they weren’t, but more power to Audlin if they’re real. Everyone needs to get some, even judges. Protip: next time you might want to be a little more discreet, Your Honor. No one in your courtroom needs to know how you like your gavel banged.


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I, Sloan, heard, or read online, that Judge Audlin claimed his privacy had been invaded, which sounded a bit like what Michael Halperen and his Fury associates were claiming. I did not weep for Audlin, after what he had done to Robert Krutko. Karma has creative ways of playing out, and she decides how that goes, and for how long. (Jesus said, as we sow, so shall we reap.) She’s been ripping me up for most of my life in my G.I. tract for something awful I did when I was 15 years old. 

It was only in 2010, though, that I came to see that, around the time I was trying to help Major’s soul, because he could not be allowed to get away with what he had done, which put my father’s widow and his children and grandchildren, except for me, in fear they would be killed because of the Golden Flake dividend policy. The killer got caught by angels who told the killer’s own brother, and then the killer got caught by the county coroner and local and federal law enforcement. (Be our brother’s keeper.)

I published numerous times that what drove Major to kill himself and try to make it look like murder was he was bisexual and was still in the closet in Birmingham and someone who knew he was bisexual and had it in for him and was going to out him and there was nothing he could do to stop it, and since his image was more important to him than anything, he contrived a really theatrical exit, which all but a very few people bought. I published that I was told in a dream that it was an old girlfriend of his, I named her, who had it in or him and was going to out him.

Maybe a couple of years later, I reported having received a long email from a woman I did not know, who had stumbled across one of my posts about Major. She said she had worked in administration in the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In her office was a gay man who had befriended her. She was not gay, but had little social life. He invited her to an event he said involved a secret gay men’s society. She went with him. During the evening, he pointed out different members of this secret club, they had club names, which were different from their real names. He pointed out a man to her, and said that’s Major Bashinsky, but in this club he is known as …. She said Major seemed to spend a lot of time posing, he was good looking.

Major missing

I told her she was the angels’ way of telling me I was correct about Major being bisexual, which I had known since around 1970, when he drove to San Francisco with a gay friend of ours, to live there. The gay friend returned to Birmingham. After a while, Major moved to Alta, Utah. Then, to Key West. Then to St. Petersburg. Before finally returning to Birmingham and meeting, through me, a woman who would be his first wife, and attending Cumberland Law School at Samford University in Birmingham. This woman who had worked for the University of Alabama in Birmingham declined to give me permission to publish her and my extensive email correspondence about Major. After some time had passed, I briefly summarized it in a post at my websites, without providing any further information that might identify her.

Even later, someone who should have known told me Major was deeply in debt when he died, and he had a several million dollar life insurance policy, and the proceeds went to his second wife. The policy had the standard “suicide clause”,  saying the insurance company did not have to pay if Major killed himself within, probably, two years after the policy was issued. Major died after the suicide clause expiration date, so the insurance company could not deny payment based on suicide.

All of that drama aside, I published shortly after learning Major was missing that he had repeated the very same aggravated little league father syndrome with his hugely-gifted athletic son by his second wife, which he had inflicted on his hugely-gifted athletic son by his first wife, which had caused his first son to  rebel and walk away from a truly promising athletic career and then have many very serious problems, which led to very serious problems between him and Major, and between his mother and sister and Major. I published that it simply was not going to be allowed by heaven for Major to repeat living through (rape) his second son, and that’s the real reason his time had come to leave this life, of which he was not consciously aware.

The way the angels arranged for me to see that was, first, I felt compelled to go online and see if Major had website. Yep, his law firm had a website. And on it was a page devoted to the extraordinary athletic prowess, swimming and golf, of his still very young son by his second wife. Then came an email from a Birmingham woman I did not know, saying she slightly knew Major via one of her children and Major’s son being on the same swimming team at the Birmingha County Club. She was reading my Major posts at my websites. She’d had a dream of a pensive, or worried, Major pacing up and down the side of the swimming pool at Birmingham County Club, and his young son was in the pool, swimming. I replied, perhaps the dream meant Major was alive, trying to work something out having to do with his young son?

After I published all of that, I noticed the page on Major’s website about his second son had been taken down. Not by Major, who already was dead but his body had not yet been found. After Major’s body was found, I understood the soul reason his time had come.

man-o-war-bird.jpgman o' war bird flockman-o-war-birds.jpg

When Kari called me just a bit ago, she asked if I’d seen the front page article in today’s Key West Citizen (www.keysnews.com) about man o’ war birds, and the fish & wildlife services using man o’ war decoys out in the Marquezas west of Key West to try to lure man o’ war birds to gather and start breeding there again, like they did in times past? I said, yeah, I’d seen that article, and I knew it meant spiritual warfare for me today. I have told Kari many times that’s what my seeing a man o’ war bird heralds for me, and she has seen that proven true many times.

We talked several times this morning, until Kari told me something that had happened last year, when she was in the jail, which involved something I was working on very hard to try to help her, which she had just not thought to tell me, “It never came up.” How many times has that happened since I have known her – “it never came up” – but was the key piece to the whole thing going on? It never came up, I always said, because she did not then want me to know it. And when she did tell me, finally, it was like ground zero Hiroshima, for me, and she will not, in my estimation, ever understand that, unless the angels give her a brain transplant. Not picking on her, that’s what humanity, in the main, needs. 

Make no mistake, there is very little fun about being run by angels and Br’er Jesus.

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Jesus ministers to leper


Mary Magdalene ministers to Jesus

I suppose a candidate for public office’s “religious views” are fair game for the general public to gander. I certainly express my “religious views” frequently, but yesterday something from the past came back to the future in private Facebook chat from someone I don’t personally know, who lives about 20 miles south of my home town, Birmingham, Alabama. He originally started the Facebook chat in April 2010, in response to something I had published at goodmorningkeywest.com or goodmorningfloridakeys.com, regarding my brother Major’s suicide in March 2010. I was getting considerable online attention and scrutiny in Birmingham at that point in time.

  • Conversation started April 29, 2010
  • Bob Cleveland

    4/29, 11:00am

    Bob Cleveland

    No advice, but can you read Psalm One, and make it mesh with your last paragraph (not the p.s.)?

    That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. 4The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.…

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/29, 11:29am

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Thanks. Not sure God views me like that man in Pslam 1 — feels more like I’m doing the Job thing. Might have a sequel tomorrow of today’s.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/29, 11:36am

    Bob Cleveland

    I’d rather imagine you’d want to be that guy in Psalm 1. I know I do.

  • April 29, 2010
  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/29, 5:18pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    True, and often have I been told to listen to what others have to say, because they might be speaking for God to me, but always I’m to take up with God what I need to hear. My experience, God’s perspective is often very different from my perspective, and seldom in agreement with what other people tell me. I suppose that was Job’s experience, too, but he had the fun time of having the devil unleashed on him. I don’t know if that’s what happened to me, but it sure feels like it most of the time, and I ain’t near as reverent and respectful about it as Job was, maybe because that might have been a made-up story. I’d hate to think it wasn’t made up, but sometimes I fear it wasn’t. That part in the Gospels where Jesus said his yoke was easy and his burden light, I ain’t never been able to make any sense of that. Having God on my case ongoing provides a sense of security, as opposed to not feeling God on my case, which I have experienced and it’s very unsettling. Maybe that’s related to the peace of God which passes all understanding. Or maybe it’s just a kind of security blanket, being glad God’s around, even if it feels horrible most of the time. Obviously this is not one of my better days, nor was yesterday. The day before yesterday was a little better. I remember spells, though, when it was a lot rougher than now. One spell was so rough I gave up altogether.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/29, 7:53pm

    Bob Cleveland

    Referring to the Bible, I always figured I’d just buy the whole thing. At least what I could understand of it. And, at that, realizing that God reveals stuff to us through it, it’s not that I could figure it out on my own.

    Otherwise, I’d be condemned to constantly critiquing it, and I could never learn from it.

    Hence my feeling is that the Job story is literally what happened. And none of it was Job’s fault .. it was all God’s decision but in the end, Job ended up with twice what he’d ever had before. Plus if we’d ask Job right now, he’d probably say it was worth it if only for the encouragement he could see over the last couple thousand years, that his story’s been to some people.

    You’re a far more educated and if I might use the term brilliant, man, than I am. I flunked out of my first year at Purdue and quit after 7 weeks at Butler. I’m also aware (I think I heard) that your law degree would be viewed today as a JD, and that’s quite an accomplishment.

    And you are right about God using His followers down here to do some of the work, here.

    It might be considered a bit escapist to think that God’s really involved in what goes on down here, including for instance, the airplane crash action against the FAA. I know (at least I think I do) how much you might have beaten yourself up over that; it showed in what you said and in the email exchanges you posted (which was a pretty admirable act of transparency in itself).

    I think God wants you to have good days. Anything I can do to assist in that, well, I’m old and retired and other than cardiac rehab on Mon-Wed-Fri’s at 7am, I don’t even HAVE a schedule. As in anything else to do.

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/29, 9:33pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    I’m reminded of a rural Christian minister I met in the fall of 1998, a few months after I came out of a 16 month hell hole which had been imposed on me from above. My recovery and accompanying healing were pretty ragged and strenous. My mind was in tatters and was taking seasons to start functioning in what felt like an okay manner.

    I was introduced to this minster by a Christian intercessor, because he had been though a very rough time himself, and had been hospitalized during it. The psychiatrist assigned to him accepted his sense that it was a God-imposed passage, or at least saw no problem in testing that theory, as the patient showed no signs of causing trouble to himself or others. So the psychiatrist did not use pills, injections or electroshock. Eventually, the dark night passed and the patient was okay. The psychiatrist was okay with it and released the patient.

    He told me this when I met him. He then was pastoring three different rural churches, riding the circuit so to speak. When I said I felt the entire Bible was written in code, and to read it literally missed the entire point, he said that was true. When I said Revelation was something that happened in John, something he lived through, the minister said that was true, also. When I said I’d never heard of a Christian minister with that point of view, he said he had a number of friends who were ministers in other states who had that view, and sometimes they got together for a few days to talk about things they had not one else to talk with about those things.

    Even before the hell hole came, I was being shown different ways of looking at some Bible passages, than the way I had always been taught to look at them. After meeting that minister, that teaching continued, mostly from the spirit side, as I never ran into another minister like him, and even he and I did not see eye to eye when I told him I was involved with a woman God was trying to take back into Eden with me, and me with her, paradise mating I called it then, and sometimes still do.

    God never told Adam and Eve they couldn’t come back, but to come back, they had to be taken through the fire swords weided by the two Cherubim, repeatedly, until they were purified and would not threaten the Tree of Life and its ways. I made that journey part of the way with five women, so far. It’s for real, but it’s probably impossible to understand it until it happens to you. It’s not a whole lot of fun either, although some of it is truly splendid and not at all of this world.

    To most people,I look like I’m retired, because they only look at the outside me. If they could see the inside, they would have a different viewpoint. Maybe you are being readied to work in ways a bit different from the way you worked before you were “old and retired.” Maybe you are already working in that way and are being moved deeper into it. The Bible is a tremendous teaching tool, but all too often, as you seem to see, it is shrunk down to what people want it to mean, which makes it harder for God to expand those people’s perspectives, thus how they go about living.

    I sort of doubt you can help me with the inner hardships, but we might have some things we will be shown to do together. I never know where anything is going when it shows up, and it’s always a good idea for me not to try to try to figure it out, but to let it be shown to me, as it unfolds, what my part in it is. This usually requires using my mind as an observer and receptor and decoder, with angelic input for the decoding. Very different, the opposite, in fact, of how I used to go about life.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/29, 9:58pm

    Bob Cleveland


    Let’s keep in touch. As the photographers used to say before the age of digital photography, let’s see what develops.

  • April 30, 2010
  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/30, 10:48am

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Roger that. I used the beginning of your and my back and forth yesterday in today’s post. I need to spend time contemplating your suggestions and encouragement. It’s not easy to see so good when it’s me roasting in the flames.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/30, 11:04am

    Bob Cleveland

    Thanks, Sloan.

    Referring back to Psalm 1, the first 3 bullet points all pertain to things we can do. Or rather, avoid doing. Verse 3 then describes what God wants to do in the life of guys who do the first 2 verses.

    I just get the idea that God wants to bless His kids.

    Psalm 1-3
  • May 2, 2010
  • Sloan Bashinsky

    5/2, 10:35am

    Sloan Bashinsky

    I agree, but am a bit fuzzy on when the blessings might come, if even on this world. Jesus seemed to be blessed with great difficulty on this world, as he built up a huge amount of spiritual capital.

    I came to be of the view that we all are God’s kids, and the difference between Jesus and those who met him was he knew this and they didn’t, and he tried to explain it to them and show him how to be like him.

    In later 1993, this verse came to me:

    “God’s gifts are not for sale but are freely given to angels, saints, sinners, devils and fools alike, for all are God’s children.”

    It was around then I came to view the Parable of the Prodigal son as a story Jesus told on himself; he once had been prodigal, otherwise how could he minister to other progidals?

    I also came to view that parable as a prophesy of the eventual redemption of Lucifer, who also is one of God’s kids.

    And I came to view the older brother in that story, angels who had never left God, and the brother I did not care to be at the end of that story.

    In the spring of 1994, this verse fell out of me:

    Earth, The sacred prism through which souls are refracted into their elemental parts, Purified in Holy Fire, Then one-forged and sent on their way to not even God knows where, Simply because they are all unique emanations of God, Evolving . . .

    In August of 2000, this verse fell out of me . . .

    Paradise . . .

    All fig leaves burn All ugly seen All truth beauty All pain loved All people one All time now

  • Tuesday (yesterday, 4/19/2016, about 6 years later)
  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 8:13pm

    Bob Cleveland

    How are things in lovely Key West?

    Got reasonably close to Key West a couple weeks ago.

    on a cruise ship coming back from Panama a woman got deathly ill so the captain diverted toward Key West so the Coast Guard Chopper could come get her very interesting to watch

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 8:18pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    depends on who you ask … hope the woman the chopper came and got is doing okay … hope you are doing okay

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 8:19pm

    Bob Cleveland

    i am, but getting old

    and how are you?

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 8:27pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    I don’t know how I’m doing

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 8:28pm

    Bob Cleveland

    I’m guessing you really do

    you may not know how others think you’re doing

    but you know, yourself

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:19pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    I don’t know how I’m doing, it would only be a guess

    stress level extreme, that’s no guess

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:28pm

    Bob Cleveland

    might stress have been one of the reasons you opted out of the high-flying corporate life? and the wonderful world of lawyers and suits?

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:38pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    There was plenty of stress in both arenas, but the reason I opted out was it was not working for me in those arenas, I was seriously physically ill, and otherwise seriously ill, I knew it, I tried other arenas with similar results; the internal stress did not change through any of it; the angels then came and introduced me to an entirely different variety – varieties – of stress, to go along with the stress already going on internally. It’s all very loud right now; debilitating in human arenas, beliefs, ways, expectations, potential; incomprehensible to maybe all but two people I currently am currently involved with, perhaps only one those two really has a clue, she lives in north Georgia, is getting a lot of similar herself; the one here is not yet woke up enough to comprehend even her own dilemma, much less mine – angels.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:38pm

    Bob Cleveland

    I may hav some good news for you

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:40pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    I’m checking out of here?

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:40pm

    Bob Cleveland

    no not at all

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:40pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Or being checked out?

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:40pm

    Bob Cleveland

    the Lord said his prime directive was to love one another as He loved us

    that replaced ALL the old testament rules

    and love our neighbor as ourself

    which means

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:41pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Yeah, I know that, but it was Jesus, I view God as the Lord

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:41pm

    Bob Cleveland

    we need to love ourself as He loved us

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:42pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Jesus was the postman, who lived the way so others would know what it looked like

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:42pm

    Bob Cleveland

    what if you found that God called Jesus “God”?

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:43pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Well, I suppose God called all people God, since they all came out of God; and all of the Creation, too; and not just this planet and the creatures and plants living on it

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:43pm

    Bob Cleveland

    never called annyone else God

    that I have seen

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:45pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    I wasn’t there, I didn’t hear it; I hear plenty, but not that; I hear Jesus knew what he was, the people around him had no clue who they were (except for Magdalene and Judas, they knew); Jesus told his disciples in the Gospels, they could be like but not greater than he; so if he was God, so could they be, but that’s not how I read that passage; only that they could advance to where he was when he told them that

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:46pm

    Bob Cleveland

    I wasn’t there but thankfully HE wrote it all down

    And Jesus did not say they would advance

    He said His followers would do “greater things than these ”

    in the original language the words mean “to a greater extent”

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:48pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    If you are talking about the Gospels, he did not write any of that down, and what was written down was only a tiny piece of what all Jesus was about, as Peter himself said in one of his letters: if it had all been written down what this man Jesus did, it would take all the books in the world, or something along that line

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:48pm

    Bob Cleveland

    certainly would

    but He also said ALL scripture is “theopneumos”


    but one clear fact is that GOd loves you just as you are

    no “if’s”

    no “unless’es”

    HE just loves you

    hence you need to love yourself

    the way He does

    and be free from all the “ought to’s”, “shoulds”, and all the other rules that even the conventional church throws at folks

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:53pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    I think you are correct about God loving us as we are, uncondtionally; alas, humanity was so screwed up that one like Jesus showed up in its midst, to show it how screwed up it was (in that small region of the world), and how to go about things differently; and he was so well received and what he taught did not carry though well, but was replaced with a magic salvation formula which certainly pleased Lucifer and left Christendom hanging onto a molecule, instead of onto what is incomprehensible.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:53pm

    Bob Cleveland

    Lord’s message was really simple

    “trust Me”

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 10:57pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Jesus himself has been on my case a long time, with help from Archangel Michael and Melchizedek. Up close and personal. I don’t get to sit down face to face with God, they are in the way of that, and, frankly, I don’t imagine God speaks to anyone on this planet, but uses trusted angels to do that, and human beings mistake those angels for God, or sometimes see they are angels. The same principles apply, though, which you have summarized, including trust, or faith. You asked me how I was doing, I gave you and honest answer, then you toss the Bible at me. That’s your good news? Jesus was the good news. The Bible is a molecule in comparison.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 10:59pm

    Bob Cleveland

    you brought up the angels

    the only reference book I have for them is the Bible

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:00pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Unfortunately for humanity, with a few exceptions, Jesus was not received; perhaps a time will come when he is received; if that happens, this world will be very different , meanwhile, with a few exceptions, its really screwed up, and that’s above my pay grade; I’m at my limits engaging what is arranged daily for me to engage, and nightly …

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:00pm

    Bob Cleveland

    so that is where I surmise some answers might lie

    angels are GOd’s messengers sent for specific tasks

    they will never go against what God has said in His Word

    they are loyal

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:01pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    The Bible has answers, but few people use it correctly, because they are locked into the dogma and superstition and fake salvation formula; unless you have having direct engagements with angels, you might wish to not assume you know what they are or are about

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:02pm

    Bob Cleveland

    the only person who need to use it correctly is you

    t0 be of any benefit to you

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:03pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    There is no comprehending the direct experience with angels by reading the Bible; only a faint impression can be gleaned

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:03pm

    Bob Cleveland

    my opinion as to what angels are about can only be what the Bible sets forth

    and remember satan was an angel at one time, too

    but he rebelled

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:05pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    I will sleep on what parts of the Bible I need to be embracing and living right now, it will be shown to me in dreams and other ways, if such are presently applicable; Satan still is an angel, and Lucifer, too; but they have cut themselves off from God, so they feed on sentient beings who still have some connection with God, to keep from starving to death

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:05pm

    Bob Cleveland

    sleep on it

    as you said

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:05pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    And, shockingly, God loves Satan and Lucifer, as much as God loves you and me, and Jesus, and Michael, and Melchizdek, for examples

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:06pm

    Bob Cleveland

    does He say that?

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:06pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    you said it, but you did not know you said it

    God loves us all

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:07pm

    Bob Cleveland


    me us not an angel

    me IS not an angel

    created beings and not made in His image, which you and I are

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:08pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    All of God’s children, angels, human beings on this planet, sentient beings not on this planet, fallen angels, the whole shebang, God loves it all, because it all came out of God

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:08pm

    Bob Cleveland

    God does not say that

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:08pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    You have locked yourself into a very narrow view of God and the Creation

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:08pm

    Bob Cleveland

    and in fact He tells us not to love the things of this world

    my view is as narrow as the Bible

    and as broad as the Bible


    as you said

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:09pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    your view of the Bible is narrow

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:09pm

    Bob Cleveland

    sleep on it

    again my view of the Bible is what the Bible says it is and what it says it says

    a word of explanation…

    Whether you buy what I say will likely not affect my life in any tangible way

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:11pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    I was told in a nap dream today, I was engaging something with 2 other people, in writing, it seemed; it was all intertwined, but my part of it was also separately recorded; you seem to be one of them; your view is very narrow, based on what all I have experienced with what is not of this world

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:12pm

    Bob Cleveland

    hence i do not need your agreement to bolster my belief

    so you might ask yourself why i would care to engage….

    beyond that, think on these things

    but for me, i can only base my beliefs on the Word, and not on anything my mind might produce

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:13pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Oh, I think on these things every time someone tells me the bible is the WORD of God, when the Bible itself says Jesus is the WORD, and the Bible did not even exist when Jesus walked on this planet

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:14pm

    Bob Cleveland

    logical, since much of it is about Him

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:15pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Belief is just that, belief. Reality, history has proven, has little to do with belief. At one time, the Christian church persecuted people who believed the world was round and it revolved around the sun

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:15pm

    Bob Cleveland

    sure did

    people get stuff wrong all the time

    which is why i trust only the Word

    which hebrews 4″12 refers to it as

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:17pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Paul wrote in one of his letters that his followers should stop having sex, there was no need to have more children, because Christ’s return was imminent; if Christianity had taken Paul’s advice which was based on belief, not fact, Christendom would have died out in 2-3 generations; but today, what Paul said in his letters is the Word of God, because it’s in the Bible. Good thing God was not bound by that.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:18pm

    Bob Cleveland

    What he said was that he preferred all remain single as he was, to devote themselves to service of GOd


    rather than give in to lust wile unmarried, let each one take his own wife

    and he was likely married, too

    as he was a member of the sanhedrin

    and being married seems to have been a requirement for them

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:19pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Well, now you have brought up Hebrews, a book which describes in olden language a bit about Melchizedek and Jesus’ relationship thereto, and the initiation into that priesthood of people who had been picked to follow that lineage.

    Paul told them that, too; but he was ages off on when Jesus would return.

    Best to set Paul aside, try to swallow, chew and digest Jesus in the red-letter parts of the Gospels; that’s plenty of tonic for salvation through Jesus; all the rest is diversion, if you don’t drink that tonic.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:21pm

    Bob Cleveland

    mel and JEsus didn’t have a relationship as much as a similarity


    i did not mean to add to your stress

    and being 4 years older than thee…….

    and having gotten up unusually … for me … early this morning

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:23pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    That’s between you and Jesus; as is anyone’s relationship with him. He views each person as unique; not cut from the same cookie cutter, not to be jammed into the same production line and stamped out like robots.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:23pm

    Bob Cleveland

    perhaps we could continue the exchange at some later time?

    i enjoy chewing over such matters

    and seldom stumble across someone willing to dive deeply into this stuff here

    i enjoy discussing things with people who differ with me

    that seldom happens in Sunday school

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:27pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Intellectual discourse is one thing, direct experience is something else entirely; the Bible can be memorized and believed totally, but it’s how we live that God looks at; and Jesus made that point many times in the Gospels.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:27pm

    Bob Cleveland

    and remember the instruction He left when He erased all the prior instructions…..

    john 13:34

    A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:32pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    He did not erase his prior instructions; he summed up the program with love God with all of your heart, love your neighbor, and love each other as he had love them (to his disciples), which still applies today for anyone claiming he is their salvation. A very steep path few can manage. Imagine what it’s like for Jesus to see Christian American soldiers at war with Muslim soldiers (their neighbors) in such places as Iraq and Afghanistan, while back in America most Christian congregations still support those two wars God had nothing to do with.

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:33pm

    Bob Cleveland

    Check Hebrews … that book, again … 8:13

    anyway, sleep well tonight

    be well rested

    stress free

    and let’s pick this up again, ok?

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:38pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Many times I told Christians Jesus abolished the Old Testament, especially an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, and he said to love and pray for and do good to your enemies, and to turn the other cheek, and they looked at me like I was daft, and they recited passages out of the Old Testament and chanted the Bible, all of it, is the word of God, and I told them they were trampling Jesus, crucifying him yet again with their backing America at war and other things they justified, which crushed the life out of Jesus’ own words and actions in the Gospels. It never occurred to them that, to the extent they became like Jesus themselves, that was the measure of their salvation by/through him.

  • Sloan Bashinsky

    4/19, 11:39pm

    Sloan Bashinsky

    Well, I’m going to sign off and be on the look out for what’s in my dreams tonight; that’s where Jesus and Michael and Melchizedek tend to have at me, every time I fall asleep, but they have quite a few other ways

  • Bob Cleveland

    4/19, 11:39pm

    Bob Cleveland

    it was certainly evidence of the abundance of their life

    ok friend

    God bless…


  • Today
  • Sloan Bashinsky


    Sloan Bashinsky

    Looked to me like abundance of denial, delusion

  • Sloan Bashinsky


    Sloan Bashinsky

    I dreamt of your and my FB chat last night, but there was nothing indicating I messed up. I have something personal, very difficult, going on in my life right now, and I’m trying to stay level, open, kind, and also real. Woke up before dawn this morning hearing the tune to “Delta Dawn” in my mind, so I found it online; seems to kinda fit this painful situation, time will tell more.

    Delta Dawn, what’s that flower you have on
    Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?
    And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
    To take you to his mansion in the sky?

    She’s forty-one and her daddy still calls her, ‘baby’
    All the folks around Brownsville say she’s crazy
    ‘Cause she walks down town with a suitcase in her hand
    Looking for a mysterious dark-haired man

    In her younger days they called her Delta Dawn
    Prettiest woman you ever laid eyes on
    Then a man of low degree stood by her side
    And promised her he’d take her for his bride

    Delta Dawn, what’s that flower you have on
    Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?
    And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
    To take you to his mansion in the sky?

    Delta Dawn, what’s that flower you have on
    Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?
    And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
    To take you to his mansion in the sky?

    Delta Dawn, what’s that flower you have on
    Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?
    And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
    To take you to his mansion in the sky?

    Delta Dawn, what’s that flower you have on
    Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?
    And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
    To take you to his mansion in the sky?


    • Bob Cleveland


      Bob Cleveland

      I certainly wish you an encouraging resolution to the situation

    • Sloan Bashinsky


      Sloan Bashinsky

      from the beginning it looked to me like a mission impossible, but it was given to me to engage, so I engaged it …not my will, but ..

      Sloan Zach 2



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Sloan Y. Bashinsky, Sr.Sloan BashinskyMajor Bashinsky

Sloan, Sr., Sloan, Jr., Major

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During the night of March 25, 2016, my dream maker and my younger brother Major’s first wife Gail pointed me toward something I’d been dodging publishing. It started with a 3/15/2016 email to me from a Birmingham attorney, John McKleroy, who represented my father and all of his affairs when he was alive, and thereafter. I went to law school and to tax law school with John, and we had quite a few interactions over the years regarding my father and his affairs, and my father and me. Here is the text of John’s email and accompanying attachment:


Please see attached.  Thanks.

John McKleroy


The Zinszer Building

2117 Second Avenue North

Birmingham, Alabama 35203-3753

Telephone (205) 328-4100

Facsimile (205) 324-8866

Direct Dial: (205) 581-6226

March 15, 2016


The attachment, without the very long Central Bank account statement mentioned therein:

VIA EMAIL – sloanbashinsky_@outlook.com Sloan Y. Bashinsky, Jr.

Dear Sloan:

As you may be aware, M. Owens Sims died on October 30, 2015. Owens and I served as Co-Trustees of two (2) Trusts created by your father, viz: the 1978 Irrevocable Insurance Trust (the “1978 Trust”) and the SYB Common Stock Trust (“SYB Trust”). Owens, John Stein and I served as Co-Trustees of the Marital Trust created under your father’s Will (“Marital Trust”). Under the

Trust documents, I will continue to serve as Trustee of the 1978 Trust and the SYB Trust and John Stein and I will continue to serve as Co-Trustees of the Marital Trust.

In view of Owens’ death, I thought it would be appropriate to provide you with a summary of the status of the three Trusts which is set forth below.


1978 Trust. This Trust was created in 1978 by your father and Joann F. Bashinsky

(“Joann”) as joint settlors/grantors. For many years, this Trust owned various life insurance policies on the life of your father and the life of Joann. During your father’s lifetime, all life insurance policies, with the exception of one policy which is described below, were terminated and the cash value was invested by the Trustees with BBVA Compass in various equities and fixed income funds.

The 1978 Trust owns and is beneficiary of one life insurance policy on the life of Joann which is issued by The AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, Policy #36 200 855. The policy face amount and death benefit is $300,000. The annual premium on this policy has been paid by SYB, Inc.

All net income from the 1978 Trust has been added to the principal. As of December 3 1, 2015, the market value of the 1978 Trust assets (excluding the value of the life insurance policy) was $373,322.07. The 1978 Trust has no liabilities. The 1978 Trust assets are maintained at BBVA

March 15, 2016

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Compass, Account #453047953. Enclosed herewith is an account statement for the period January 1, 2015 through December 3 1, 2015 reflecting all transactions in the account.

At the death of Joann, the net income of the trust will be distributed one-fourth to you, one-fourth to Sis, one-fourth to Landon E. Ash (the descendant of Suzanne B. Ash) and one-fourth to Major’s living descendants, per stirpes. The 1978 Trust will terminate four years from the death of Joann and the principal will be distributed one-fourth to you, one-fourth to Sis, one-fourth to Landon E. Ash and one-fourth to Major’s living descendants, per stirpes.

If you should die before the 1978 Trust terminates, you may appoint by your Last Will and Testament, making specific reference to the limited power of attorney granted in the 1978 Trust, to any person(s), other than your estate, your creditors or the creditors of your estate. If you do not exercise the power of appointment, your share of the 1978 Trust would pass to your living descendants, per stirpes. If you should exercise your limited power of appointment, I would appreciate it if you would provide me with a copy of your Will and/or Codicil exercising the power of appointment with the full name and address of the appointee(s).


SYB Trust. The SYB Trust was created by your father on July 7, 1981. The sole asset of the SYB Trust is 11,000 shares of the common stock of SYB, Inc. The initial beneficiaries of this Trust were you, Sis, Suzanne and Major. Upon Suzanne’s death, her interest passed to her son, Landon E. Ash, and upon Major’s death, his interest passed to that certain “Revocable Trust of Thomas Major Bashinsky dated January 22, 1981, including any amendments thereto.”

The SYB Trust has had no receipts, income or disbursements, other than in 1990. In 1990, Golden Enterprises, Inc. paid an extraordinary cash dividend on its common stock which resulted in a dividend being paid to SYB, Inc. which, in turn, paid a dividend on its common stock to the SYB Trust. The SYB Trust then made a distribution of this dividend to you and the other beneficiaries of $26,681.89 each.

As of December 3 1, 2015, the estimated fair market value of the SYB Trust assets (11,000 shares of common stock of SYB, Inc.) was approximately $68 million. The SYB Trust has no liabilities. The assets of SYB, Inc. are principally common stock of Golden Enterprises, Inc., Torchmark Corporation, Inc. and Waddell & Reed, Inc. [I point out that the tax basis of these assets in SYB, Inc. is virtually zero and, if and when SYB, Inc. sells these assets, there will be a substantial income tax owed by SYB, Inc.]

The SYB Trust will terminate as follows:

(a) In the event of the sale, transfer or exchange of all the shares of

common stock of Golden Enterprises, Inc. owned by SYB, Inc., the SYB Trust will terminate five (5) years following the date of sale, transfer or exchange, or March 15, 2016 Page 3

(b) In the event the shares of common stock of Golden Enterprises, Inc. owned by SYB, Inc. are not sold, transferred or exchanged as described in (a) above, the SYB Trust will terminate on December 3 1, 2020.

Upon termination of the SYB Trust, its assets (which are 1 1 ,000 shares of SYB, Inc. common stock) will be distributed one-fourth to you, one-fourth to Sis, one-fourth to Landon E. Ash and one-fourth to the Revocable Trust of Major Bashinsky dated January 22, 1981.

If you should die prior to the distribution of the SYB Trust assets, your share will be distributed to your children or grandchildren, if any, otherwise to your father’s living descendants.

  1. Marital Trust. As you are aware, the Marital Trust provides that at the death of Joann, you (along with each of your siblings or their estates) will to be paid $1 million from the Marital Trust. Your interest is vested and if you should die before the distribution from the Marital Trust, your share in the Marital Trust would pass to your estate. Upon termination of the Marital Trust, the remainder of the assets will be distributed one-fourth to each of the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Samford University and the Big Oak Ranch.

As Of December 31, 2015, the fair market value of the Marital Trust assets was $18,046,018.60. The Marital Trust has no liabilities.

I am sending a similar letter, where applicable, to Sis, Landon, Major’s Estate, the Trustee of Major’s January 22, 1981 Trust and Major’s children. Please let me know if you have any questions.



John S.


Paul S.

Yours very truly, John P. McKieroy, Jr.

Trustee of the:

1978 Trust and SYB, Trust and Co-Trustee of the Marital Trust

Stein – Co-Trustee of the Marital Trust

I replied same day to John McKleroy only:

Afternoon, John –

Thanks for update, hope Owen passed gently, without suffering.

I had a dream during a nap about an hour ago. I was at Princeton University. A woman was talking to me, looking upward. I said I was afraid to look up, at what I might see. There then appeared over the school a very large drone aircraft, moving slowly, prop, not jet. It had something written on it,  but I don’t recall what. A fellow off to my left invited me to stay with him, he was conducting a knots-tying course. I said I supposed I could do that, I was not otherwise occupied. I woke up, lay groggy for a while, went online, started going through various accounts, got to this email account, saw your email.

My father’s father graduated from Princeton. My father attended nearby Lawerenceville, a prep school, to get ready for Princeton. Then he attended Princeton a year and a half, when he dropped out to come back to Birmingham to tie the knot with my mother, who had written to him, that if he did not come home and marry her, she would marry the first man who proposed to her (she told me that). My father told me in 1988, as I recall, that it had really upset his father when he came home and married her, and he spent the rest of his life trying to make it up to his father. I asked if he though he had succeeded? He said he thought he had.

He sure did make a lot of money. Maybe his grandchildren will get to enjoy most of it, given two of his children have died, and the other two, Sis and I, are getting on up there in years. I heard from Gail, Major’s first wife, after he had died, that he pretty much had tried to cut their children out of anything they otherwise would have inherited from their grandfather, my father. She went to see a law firm about that, Bill Rose as I recall. I never talked with Rose about it, don’t know how it went. Then Gail died. I hope her and Major’s children, Sloan and Brooks, were not left out. Sloan was named after me, she told me after Major died. She calls me from time to time. I’ll give her a ring about our email.


My second email to John McKleory only, same day:

P.S. What is the annual income, say, during the last accounting year, for the Marital and SYB trusts, and how much was paid out and to whom, I suppose Joann Bashinsky?


Next morning P.S. to John McKleroy only:

Morning, John –

Jostled in dreams last night, I awoke in the wee hours with tying up some loose ends coming into my thoughts – I suppose the knots-tying course in yesterday’s nap dream.

I don’t know if it can be done, but since you are now the sole trustee for two of the trusts, can someone else not related to my father by blood or marriage be made a co-trustee, in the event you are no longer able to serve or pass on?

The rest of what’s in my thoughts, for now, expands on what I wrote to you yesterday about Major’s estate plan.

It is my view that Major was mentally ill, due to multiple personality disorder. Those who knew him well, myself, his first wife, Gail, their two children, Sloan and Brooks, his second wife, Lesley, my first and second wives, were acutely aware of two Major’s. One was pleasant, one was not. Dr. Jekyl and Mr.Hyde come to mind.

Also, Major was bisexual, had an active sex life with gay men in Birmingham, which he attempted to keep in the closet. My first two wives knew Major was bisexual. I knew. He knew I knew, and that he was not able to persuade me differently, after which he didn’t want me in his life.

After Major went missing in early 2010, people wrote online, in response to my publishing online that Major was bisexual, that it was known in Birmingham that Major was bisexual.

Maybe two years later, a woman who used to work at the University of Alabama, in Birmingham, emailed me a long detailed account of attending private parties with a gay male friend co-employee, where Major and other Birmingham gay men were present and mingling, each bearing a different name from their actual names. Gail told me in 1997, as I recall, that a prominent (straight) Birmingham lawyer you and I both know told her Major’s problem was he was gay.

My assessment of multiple personality disorder is further backed up by the Jefferson County Coroner (Medical Examiner) and the Birmingham Police Department detective assigned to investigate Major’s death. Both officials concluded Major killed himself and tried to make it look like someone else did it. The theatrical way he “decorated” himself at the pond, and the Golden Flake threat letter previously distributed, also indicated someone other than the kind, loving father, husband and son Major was portrayed as being, by many people following his suicide.

I told Gail to tell the lawyers she consulted, that I was convinced Major had multiple personality disorder, so which one of him drew up and executed his estate plan? I said I felt that was her and her lawyers’ best shot at getting Sloan and Brooks the same treatment under Major’s estate plan, especially regarding Major’s and my father’s estate plan. I said, a lot of money might be involved. That, the multiple personality argument, and the adverse publicity might well generate a fair settlement. I don’t know if Gail told her lawyers that. Now she has passed on, leaving Sloan and Brooks and their lawyers to deal with it.

A year or two after Major’s death, I made a public record’s request to the FBI for anything it had on Major. I was provided a redacted file, quite thick, of the FBI’s investigation into his death.

Of special interest to me, which I never saw reported in the Birmingham newspapers:

A photo negative of a man at the check out counter in Five Points Hardware on the day Major went missing (and later was reported to have been in that hardware store on the day he went missing, buying stuff later found on his body). A side shot, profiling the man’s head shape and body posture. I was positive it was Major, whose head shape and body posture closely resembled mine and our father’s.

A pistol like the one found in the golf course pond, near where Major’s body was finally discovered, was on display in a plastic case in the den of my father’s home. A rare Browning .32 automatic. I said to myself, when I read of that in the FBI report, that would be just like Major to see that pistol at his father’s home, and then he found one just like it for himself.

If the Birmingham PD or the FBI had interviewed me, which they never did, and if they had showed me that photo and told me about the two pistols, I would have told them the same things I told you above.

Years later, I was told by someone I deemed reliable, that Lesley conceived her two children by artificial insemination of sperm from two different male donors, and after she gave birth Major legally adopted the children as his own. Major had told me he and Lesley were having trouble conceiving, and they were going to fertility specialists, but not that they were using sperm donors.

I was told by the same source, that Major was deeply in debt when he killed himself, and Lesley received the proceeds from a large life insurance policy on his life, several million dollars.

After Major went missing, before it was known he was dead, Lesley took their two children to the beach for spring vacation.

In the local television station video interview of Lesley in her and Major’s home, after he had gone missing, she never once called him Major. She repeatedly referred to him as, “my husband.”

I think this might be where I’m supposed to say, “Blood is thicker than money.”

As my father’s oldest living heir, who stands to gain nothing regarding Major’s estate, or anything flowing into it from my father’s estate, I’m asking you, John, as my father’s trustee and the lawyer who drew up his will and trusts, and, I imagine, was involved in Major’s different treatment because of his estate plan, to take affirmative action, doing all you can, including seeking declaratory relief in a court, to insure Major’s children, Sloan and Brooks, receive from the three trusts described in your email, no more and no less than Major’s children by his second wife, Lesley, receive.

I will share your and my email with my niece, Sloan, and will ask her to share it with her legal counsel.


John’s legal secretary wrote back that John was out of town for a few days. He replied to mine on 3/21/2016:


The Zinszer Building

2117 Second Avenue North

Birmingham, Alabama 35203-3753

John P. McKieroy, Jr.

Telephone (205) 328-4100

Facsimile (205) 324-8866

Direct Dial: (205) 581-6226

March 21, 2016


VIA EMAIL – sloanbashinsky@outlook.com Sloan Y. Bashinsky, Jr.

Dear Sloan:

I am please to respond to your email questions of last week.

In regard to the income of the Trusts:

SYB Common Stock Trust

The SYB Common Stock Trust has not received any income since 1990. In 1990, the income received was distributed equally to you, Major, Sis and Suzanne. If any income should be received in the future, it would be distributed equally to you, Sis, Major’s Revocable Trust dated January 22, 1981 and Landon.

Marital Trust

The net income from the Marital Trust, under its terms a Qualified Terminable Interest Property Trust (“QTIP”), is distributed to Joann.

1978 Trust

The 1978 Trust had approximately $6,500 of gross income for 2015. This income was added to the Trust principal. Under the terms of the Trust, the Trustee may apply the income to payment of the life insurance premium. The Trust document directs that any income not used to pay insurance premiums shall be added to the principal.

March 21, 2016

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For a period of four years after Joann’s death, the net income of the 1978 Trust will be distributed equally to you, Sis, Landon and Major’s living descendants. At the end of the four year period, the Trust will terminate.

In regard to a Successor Trustee, in the event of my death, the Trust documents provide as follows:

1978 Trust

If I should die after Joann and before the Trust has terminated, the Trust document provides that a majority of the adult (over 21 years of age) beneficiaries under the Trust shall have the power to appoint a Successor Trustee(s).

If I should die before Joann, the Trust document is silent as to the appointment of a Successor Trustee. Hence, the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama would have jurisdiction to appoint a Successor Trustee.

SYB Common Stock Trust

This Trust provides that upon the death of both M. Owens Sims and myself, the First National Bank of Birmingham (and such other successor corporation having trust powers as shall succeed to the business of said bank), which is now Regions Bank, shall serve as sole Trustee of the Trustee.

Marital Trust

In the event of my death, John S. Stein would continue to serve as sole Trustee. In the event of John’s subsequent death or if he should predecease me, the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama would have jurisdiction to appoint a Successor Trustee(s).

In regard to the interest Major’s children will receive under the various Trusts, the Trusts provide as follows:

1978 Trust

Upon termination of this Trust, Major’s interest in the Trust would pass to his living descendants, per stirpes. I understand that Major’s living descendants as of today are: Sloan Elizabeth Bashinsky, Brooks Major Bashinsky, Holt Young Bashinsky and Nelle Kylie Bashinsky.

YB Common Stock Tru

This Trust provides that Major’s interest would be payable to Trust B of Major’s Revocable Trust dated January 22, 1981. In the event Trust B of Major’s Revocable Trust is terminated prior to March 21, 2016 Page 3 distribution from the SYB Common Stock Trust, the SYB Common Stock Trust provides that Major’s interest shall be payable to his then living descendants, per stirpes.

Marital Trust

Under the Marital Trust, Major’s interest in the $1 million was vested in him at his death and is payable to his estate.

Copies of the above-described Trust documents were provided to you, Major, Sis and Suzanne prior to your father’s death. After Major’s death, copies were provided to Attorney Ralph Yeilding of Bradley Arant, the attorney for Major’s estate and Leslie Bashinsky, Major’s court appointed Personal Representative.

Additionally, at that time a copy of the above-described SYB Common Stock Trust was also provided to Gail and her attorney, Robert McWhorter of Bradley Arant. I personally met with and discussed the Trust document with Gail and with her attorney, Robert McWhorter. Paul Leonard also discussed the Trusts with Ralph Yeilding.

After Major’s death, Brooks and Sloan were represented by Attorney Perry J. Morgan. From correspondence received from Ralph Yeilding, he provided Brooks and Sloan and Attorney Perry J. Morgan with a copy of the above-described Trusts.

As Trustee of your father’s Trusts, I will carry out and perform my duties as required under the Trust documents and Alabama law.

I hope you are doing well.

Yours very truly,

J P. McKieroy, Jr.

Trustee of the:

1978 Trust and SYB Trust and

Co-Trustee of the Marital Trust



John S. Stein – Co-Trustee of the Marital Trust


Paul S. Leonard, Esq.

I replied to ALL, 3/22/2016:

Good afternoon, John –

Thanks for your email/letter with further explanations.

My niece Sloan told me today that she had not yet received your letter of last week, but Brooks had received his copy. Sloan said perhaps she had moved, was why she had not received her copy. She said she was going to let you know her mailing address.

I’m still breathing, which sometimes surprises me. Hope you are doing better.

I see now that I was not clear how to ask about the SYB Trust income in my previous email to you.  So I’ll try again.

What was SYB, Inc.’s income for its last annual accounting period? From what sources? How much, if any, of it was distributed and to whom, and how much, if any, of it was retained in SYB, Inc.?

Regarding what Major did in his revocable trust, which his first wife Gail told me was, basically, cut his and her children Sloan and Brooks out of any inheritance from Major and their Grandfather Bashinsky, I imagine Major’s and my father wanted all of Major’s children to share equally in Major’s stead, and it never occurred to him it would not go down that way.

I recall how upset my father was over his father disinheriting Major after he moved to California in protest of our father marrying Joann. I recall my father telling me of going to see his father from time to time, to try, unsuccessfully, to persuade him to put Major back into his last will and testament. Only after Major left California, and then Key West, and, as I recall, was living in Tampa, working on opening and running Boneshakers, a T.G.I. Friday’s type of restaurant and bar, did my father’s father put Major back into his last will and testament.

Perhaps disinheriting his children was something Major learned from his grandfather? He did not learn it from his own father.

Maybe a couple of nights, John, after you called me in late August 2005, to let me know my father had passed over, I heard in my sleep, “Chips going to heaven.” I awoke, thought, “Golden Flake potato chips,” and understood my father had gone to heaven in the afterlife.

Maybe a couple of nights later, he came to me in a dream and said he had not had time to take care of some things he had wanted to take care of. I woke up, understood he wanted me to try to take care of those things, whatever they were. I wasn’t happy about it, and told him after I woke up that it was like him to put me to deal with difficult family things he should have handled himself.

Even so, I undertook to honor his request, which at that time I felt was try to persuade Joann to divvy up the $14 million cash bequest, which my father had left to her in a codicil less than, as I recall, a year before he passed over, between all of his grandchildren, in equal shares, with his first son, Travis, who was not included in his estate plan, getting a child’s portion. I got nowhere with that, and hoped that was the end of it.

Then, alas, Major killed himself, and then, as I stated above, I found out from Gail that Sloan and Books, were cut out of their father’s and their Grandfather Bashinsky’s estate plan, by Major’s estate plan. (I think I recall Gail had told me some years prior that Major had told her he was going to do that.) I advised Gail what I thought was the best way, legally, to try to get Sloan and Books included in an inheritance from their father and their Grandfather Bashinsky, and to seek legal counsel (similar to what I wrote to you the other day).

Now that has come back around, raised by your email of last week.

Nothing is ripe yet, because it hinges on Joann’s life span. Not pleasant to even discuss that, but that is how my father wanted it.

I told  my niece Sloan today, that she and Brooks and their legal counsel need to be ready to move on this as soon as Joann passes over. I said, the first thing I would do, if it were my call, would be to have someone neutral, if possible, approach Lesley, Major’s second wife, about agreeing to all of Major’s 4 children share equally in what came from their Grandfather Bashinsky. There’s a lot of money involved. Plenty for each of them to get a fair portion of Major’s share.

I’m copying Sloan and her lawyer Henry Long with this correspondence.


Personal background note not sent by me to John McKleroy:

My older half-brother Travis is the son of my teenage father and the teenage daughter of the black servants living in the home of my father’s parents. I learned of Travis during the summer of 1998, when I, first, and then my then two best men friends, one of whom was a retired valued employee of my father’s business, started dreaming about Travis. We were shown all sorts of things about Travis, and that my father had loved him and his mother very much, and it had ripped my father’s soul to shreds when his father paid his servants money for their daughter to take Travis out of the state and they would never return to Alabama.

After the Travis dreams seemed to have run their course, I went to my father’s older brother, whom I loved dearly, and asked him if I had an older brother I didn’t know about? My uncle looked me straight in the eye, said, “I don’t want to have anything to do with that.” That was his way of telling me I had the older brother.

After some time had passed, I was nudged by the angels to take Travis up with my father. I did it in a letter, as that was the only way he wanted to communicate with me. I left his brother out of what I told of how I and and my two friends had learned of Travis.  That went badly, yet even then, my father did not disinherit me. And, after he died, he came to me, not to Major, who was his favorite son, to do what I could to try to straighten out what he had not taken care of before he died.

Four years after my father passed over, Major killed himself and tried to make it look like suicide. That, too, I was given by the angels to try to straighten out, and, boy, did I catch a lot of heat!

I suppose there has to be something in play in Birmingham, which caused John McKleroy to write all of that to me on March 15, using Owen Sims’ passing as the reason. Perhaps there is more in play than John realizes?

From: John P. McKleroy, Jr. <JPM@spain-gillon.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 2:46 PM
To: sloanbashinsky@outlook.com
Subject: SYB, Inc.


Please see information attached.

John McKleory


The Zinszer Building

2117 Second Avenue North Birmingham, Alabama 35203-3753

Telephone (205) 328-4100

Facsimile (205) 324-8866

Direct Dial: (205) 581-6226

March 29, 2016


VIA EMAIL -sloanbashinsky@outIook.com Sloan Y. Bashinsky, Jr.

Dear Sloan:

Pursuant to your recent email, I am pleased to provide you with the following infonnation concerning SYB, Inc.

Joann F. Bashinsky receives all of the income from SYB, Inc. either outright or through the Marital Trust. Attached hereto is a copy of the investments/assets of SYB, Inc. as of December 15,2015. This list contains the other information you requested.

SYB, Inc. is a Delaware corporation which your father created on April 20, 1981 as an asset freeze corporation to substantially reduce estate taxes on his estate. Your father created SYB with Class A and Class B Preferred Stock and Common Voting and Common Non-Voting

Stock. Your father retained ownership of all of the Preferred Stock (Class A and Class B) and transferred all of the Common Stock (both voting and non-voting) to the SYB Common Stock Trust which he created on July 7, 1981.

Your father structured SYB, Inc. so that he would receive all of the income through his ownership of the Preferred Stock. The Preferred Stock has a 15% annual preferred dividend. During your father’s lifetime, he received all of the income ofSYB, Inc. through dividends paid on his Preferred Stock.

At your father’s death, his Preferred Stock passed under his Will to the Marital Trust

(approximately 60%) and to Joann Bashinsky outright (approximately 40%). The Marital Trust and Joann continue to own all of the Preferred Stock. The SYB Common Stock Trust continues to own all of the Common Stock.

March 29,2016 Page 2

The annual income of SYB, Inc. has not been large enough each year to meet the 15% preferred dividend payment except in 1990. A dividend cannot be paid on the Common Stock until the full 15% dividend has been paid on the Preferred Stock. Thus, all of the annual net income ofSYB, Inc. is paid out on the Preferred Stock to the Marital Trust and Joann. You will recall that in 1990 the dividends paid by SYB, Inc. met and exceeded the 15% preferred rate resulting in a dividend be,ing paid on the Common Stock which went into the SYB Common Stock Trust and subsequently distributed out one-fourth to each of you, Sis, Major and Suzanne.

Except for 1990, the income of SYB, Inc. has been insufficient each year to pay the full annual 15% preferred dividend. Based upon current income and anticipated future income, it is expected that the annual income of SYB, Inc. will be insufficient to pay the 15% preferred dividend on the Preferred Stock and consequently no dividends will be paid on the Common Stock.

I hope you are doing well.

JPMjrlkp Enclosure cc: Paul S. Leonard, Esq.

Yours very truly,

P. McKleroy, Jr. Trustee of the

SYB Common Stock Trust


From: Sloan Bashinsky
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:11 AM
To: John P. McKleroy, Jr.
Subject: Re: SYB, Inc.

Hi, John –

Thanks for your further explanation.

As I recall, the $26,000-plus common stock dividend my father’s 4 children each received in 1990 came about after my father, without consulting with you, declared a dividend which he intended to use to pay for a life insurance premium, and when you learned of it, you told him that would screw up everything, and the declared dividend was paid to his children to right the problem?

I’m wondering what happens to the preferred stock and dividends thereon at Joann’s death?

It’s been some time since all of those documents were drawn up, and I don’t have copies now. Can you, by attachment, email me copies of my father’s three trusts, SYB, Inc. incorporation, and my father’s Last Will and Testament?



From: John P. McKleroy, Jr. <JPM@spain-gillon.com>
Sent: Monday, April 4, 2016 4:08 PM
To: ‘sloanbashinsky@outlook.com’
Cc: ‘John Stein (JJFLAKE@aol.com)’; Paul Leonard
Subject: Attached Letter


Please see attached.  Thanks.

John McKleroy


The Zinszer Building

2117 Second Avenue North

Birmingham, Alabama 35203-3753

John P. McKieroy, Jr.

Telephone (205) 328-4100

Facsimile (205) 324-8866

Direct Dial: (205) 581-6226

April 4, 2016


VIA EMAIL – sloanbashinsky@outlook.com Sloan Y. Bashinsky, Jr.

Dear Sloan:

Pursuant to your recent email, I am pleased to provide you with the following information concerning the SYB, Inc. Common Stock Trust.

In 1990, in addition to its normal quarterly cash dividends, Golden Enterprises, Inc.

declared a special $.50 per share cash dividend on its stock. This extra $.50 per share dividend resulted in SYB, Inc. receiving income sufficient to pay the full 15% preferred dividend to your father on all ofthe Preferred Stock owned by him, with cash left over to declare a dividend on the Common Stock of SYB, Inc. resulting in a distribution of $26,000 to each of the beneficiary of the Common Stock Trust, i.e., you, Major, Sis and Suzanne.

At Joann F. Bashinsky’s death, the Preferred Stock of SYB, Inc. owned by her will pass under her will/estate and the Preferred Stock owned by your father’s Marital Trust will pass to the remainder charitable beneficiaries of the Trust, viz: University of Alabama, Auburn University, Samford University and Big Oak Ranch. Dividends paid on the Preferred Stock will follow the ownership of the stock.

As requested, I attached hereto a copy of the following Trusts created by your father:

Irrevocable Insurance Trust Agreement executed by Sloan Y. Bashinsky, Sr. and Joann F. Bashinsky dated March 1, 1978 (“1978 Trust”).

Trust Agreement executed by Sloan Y. Bashinsky, Sr. on July 7, 1981 (“SYB Common Stock Trust”).

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Last Will and Testament of your father dated January 23, 1992 creating the Marital Trust (“Marital Trust”) and nine Codicils to the Will.

The January 23, 1992 Will provided that you, Major, Sis and Suzanne would receive $1 million from the Marital Trust on its termination (death of Joann F. Bashinsky). None of the Codicils changed this provision. Please note that in regard to the Marital Trust, if John Stein and I should die before the termination of the Trust, then in Codicil No. 5 your father named Compass Bank (and such successor corporation) as the Successor Trustee. In my email letter of March 21, 2016, I incorrectly stated that in the event of the death of both remaining Trustees of the Marital Trust (John S. Stein and myself), then the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama would have jurisdiction to appoint a Successor Trustee(s). The Circuit Court would have jurisdiction to appoint a Successor Trustee if BBVA Compass Bank should decline to accept its appointment as Successor Trustee.

I hope you are doing well.

Yours very truly,

hn P. McKleroy, Jr.


Enclosures cc: Mr. John S. Stein

Paul S. Leonard, Esq.

From: Sloan Bashinsky
Sent: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 11:32 AM
To: John P. McKleroy, Jr.
Cc: ‘John Stein (JJFLAKE@aol.com)’; Paul Leonard
Subject: Re: Attached Letter

Hi, John –

Thanks for answering my further questions and providing the governing documents, which I imagine were a lot of work to put together. I had thought the preferred stock probably passes at Joann’s death in the way you described.

As for the $26,000-plus from SYB Common Stock Trust each of my father’s children received in 1990, my father had no intention for his children getting any of it. He told me himself that his lawyers told him he could not keep it for himself, and, since he had already declared it, and it already had been paid, his children had to receive it, pro rata, and he said, well then, okay. It was my brother Major who told me our father had wanted to use the special dividend to pay for a life insurance policy.

What I did not recall was how the special dividend was generated: via a special dividend paid by Golden Flake Snack Foods, Inc., I imagine when there was a little extra cash at the end of that company’s fiscal year.

Same was done in 1994, as I recall the timing, having nothing to do with a life insurance policy. That time, my father wanted the common stock shareholders (himself controlling 52 percent), not the employees, to get the extra cash at the end of the year. A lean year, in which no raises had been given, with promises of raises later, or bonuses, if the company’s financial condition improved. I was at that annual stockholders meeting and watched one independent stockholder challenge the company management for declaring that special dividend when the company was in lean times. According to friends of mine working at Golden Flake, the company employees were really mad about that special dividend.

From time to time, I hear complaints about Joann bleeding the company, via dividends, instead of the money being plowed back into the company, for its and its employees’ benefit. Last year, former Golden Flake employees told me a dividend was declared, instead of keeping the money in the company, to repair and upgrade its truck fleet and other equipment.

That was the allegation in the threat letter against Golden Flake management floating around just before Major went missing in early 2010. I had no doubt he wrote that letter, after I read a copy of it sent to me by someone in Birmingham right before I was interviewed on the telephone by a Birmingham News award-winning business journalist. We talked maybe half hour, then some more later that morning, about what he was going to write about what I had told him. He said it would be in the next morning’s edition. It did not run. I called him, he said, well, it had been decided higher up …

During our first conversation, the journalist asked me if I had any thoughts on Major’s whereabouts? I said, well, he was a tax lawyer, he had started and run a telephone company, he was an expert with computers, if he wanted to set up an offshore bank account and disappear, he had the knowhow and the means to do it. When the journalist asked if I had any other thoughts about Major’s whereabouts?, I said, well, right before you called me, it came to me out of the blue that Major had killed himself and had tried to make it look like someone else did it. The journalist said cold chills were running up and down his spine, because the same thoughts had come to him right before he called me.

I reported that conversation at goodmorningkeywest.com that very morning, and then all hell broke loose in Alabama after people up there got wind of it. All sorts of different kinds of jabber about me, mostly re my being insane and, after Major’s body was found, my having been in on his being murdered. Hits on my websites, goodmorningkeywest.com and goodmorningfloridakeys.com, spiked from about 20,000 a month, combined, to about 120,000 for that month. I was blocked out of the Birmingham News blog.

I was told by the Birmingham friend, who had set up the interview with the Birmingham News journalist, at the journalist’s request, that a friend of his in the FBI had indicated there might not be a murder finding by law enforcement. Then, the Jefferson County coroner (medical examiner) and the Birmingham Police Department detective assigned to investigate Major’s death, ruled it was suicide made to look like murder. The Birmingham News reported that, and then went silent after having run a string of articles on Major.

The wagging insane tongues in Birmingham and Alabama continued wagging. The Legal Schnauzer blog insinuated Major’s first wife Gail’s death from brain cancer actually the second murder, and then the Schnauzer insinuated the same about my stepsister Suzanne’s death by cancer. I continued to be maligned. As far as I could tell, nobody up there accepted Major had killed himself and tried to make it look like murder – nobody but Major’s first wife Gail and her and Major’s daughter Sloan.

The way it looked to me, angels got me involved to try to steer people to see what really had happened. I heard Joann was afraid she would be next to be killed, she hired a bodyguard. I heard my sister was worried for herself and her children. I heard Major’s children were worried, and his second wife. The way I saw it, he could not be allowed to get away with it. For his own soul’s sake, and for the people he left behind in fear and shock and confusion, the truth had to be told.

As time passed, I wrote more about all of that, and what I discovered in the FBI’s redacted file on Major, and posted it at goodmorningbirmingham.com, where I also have posted your and my recent email correspondence, in case anyone up there wants to read what I figure they won’t ever know otherwise.

At the very least, the rank and file Golden Flake employees are entitled to see, if they wish, what someone they actually trusted, when he worked at Golden Flake, has to say about all of this.

As I was moving toward my last day working there, in 1973, grown men, older than I, who had worked all of their lives at Golden Flake, some were weeping, begged me not to leave. They said I was the company’s and their only hope. I said I was sorry, but I had to leave. I did not say it would kill me if I stayed, but that’s what would have happened.

It doesn’t seem like I really left, though, given how things went down later.

People ask me from time to time, what does Joann do with of that money? I don’t know, I tell them, but she won’t take any of it with her when she passes over. I hear only bad about her, from people who used to work at Golden Flake. I hear people still working there do not like her. They loved my father.


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snapshots from the Golden Flake, Joann Bashinsky, Sloan Young Bashinsky, Jr. saga

Sloan SrGolden Flake clownSloan (Davis polo shirt)

my father, left, the Golden Flake mascot, center, me, right

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The following email exchanges yesterday, set up the main feature in today’s post.

Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, retired, sometimes, replied to yesterday’s Thanksgiving, Key West and American variations post at goodmorningkeywestl.com:

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For goodness sake—-Sloan take in a good Film –!!!!!!!

Don’t suffer unless you are feeling Masochistic

the editorial today By Timothy Egan –I thought superb—(key West–Citizen)
the quote from Voltaire particularly appropriate—!!

the dark meat is much better for your SKIN has nutrients the white meat doesn’t—
TRULY —- all my best wishes to you and Kari –may fate turn your way —plus’
the Angels get positive.!!!!!!!——————-Jerry

I replied:

Hi, Jerry –

I will see “Trumbo” at Tropic Cinema, if it’s open today; otherwise, “Creed” at Regal Cinema. Hope The Tropic is open because the wind is big coming down from the northeast, I had a rough bicycle ride to the soup kitchen where I saw two homeless men hauled to jail to have Thanksgiving there. The turkey and dressing and gravy were as good as any I ever ate growing up, or later. I prefer the dark meat and that’s what I was served, a good portion of carved and a huge drumstick.

I saw “Spotlight” at Tropic Cinema earlier this week, a rendition of the Boston Globe busting wide open systemic, widespread priest paedophelia, young boys and young girls, in the Boston and other areas in America. “Trumbo” is about a Hollywood movie guru getting blacklisted back in the commie witch hunt days, who went underground, wrote movie scripts sub rosa. The kind of stuff I like watching, when I feel like seeing a serious movie. “Creed” is a later sequel of the “Rocky” boxing movies.

In a nap dream today, Tom Milone handed me two movie tickets, so I took that as the angels’ way of telling me to see both of those movies.

In fact, the stuff I covered in today’s post interested me a lot more than most conversations I have in person, or online, with other people. I don’t mind the hard work, but feeling bad internally because of it is hardly fun; like I get to pick and choose what shit pile the angels dump me into, although there are shit piles I can dodge, if the angels don’t want me to wallow in them; or not write about.

I have something waiting on me in Birmingham, which I’ve been circling like a wary coyote, hoping it would go away, but dreams and various human events, and a cute boil in my right armpit, have pretty well GPS’s and triangulated me into it. So I might write it up this afternoon, between Hollywood and other sitcoms. Perhaps in some mysterious way, that will get something moving for Kari, and for me. Everything is interconnected, and what happens here, affects there – entanglement principle.


Jerry wrote:

Good movies –you are having a really fantastic time –good turkey
and good films
Hope the Birmingham deal is not horrific —-but “things “is what they is –”

just take it slow and easy and look for untapped modifiers —different ways
of looking at approaching problems –which you probably already have.

Maybe divinity and the devil are partners –who knows
Hope Kari is OK —-wishing you good stuff——————–Jerry.

I replied:

In the Birmingham situation, the Devil and God are in play, but it don’t look like they are on the same team. I’m starting to feel really poisoned, REALLY POISONED. I started dozing off sitting in a chair after last writing to you, so I laid down and took another nap, which became two naps, with dreams in both, about this thing in Birmingham, which in the end of the second dream was announced, by my father, to be a fast (loop) approaching hurricane, which caused me to be yelling at the women and children, including my children and their mother, in a small lagoon near Bud ‘n Mary’s Marina, Islamorada, to seek immediate shelter, and a small hotel where I had hoped to spend the night in was all full, taking in 200,000 people, and I was left with no place inside. Bud n’ Mary’s can only be about my father and his bloodline, in such a dream as that one, given all my and my father’s Islamorda history. Already my bloodline was ramping when I was moved this morning to go to goodmorningbirmingham.com and see if I had any new reader comments; it was months since I checked that website. Yep, a comment from one of my deceased brother’s old girlfriends, when they knew each other in high school. I suppose I will wade into this  after seeing “Trumbo”, the 6:30 p.m. showing.

Maybe there is a modifier here, which I do not see – yet. I’m going slowly into it, because I don’t not want to run over and miss something, which might make it easier going. And, I do not want to poke a hornet’s nest it ain’t necessary to poke.

P.S. Saw “Trumbo”, liked it – the commie witch hunters finally lost their power and their glow. Islam might be a bit different threat, no nukes, yet; just old-fashioned death and mayhem from out of the blue. Kind of reminds me of what I don’t want to deal with in Birmingham, again. Do I put on my boxing gloves for this round, or is there another way? Stay tuned …


Several rounds of dreams and waking up last night provided several modifiers. Even so, what follows is intense.

For purposes of what follows, Golden Flake means Golden Flake Snack Foods, Inc., which once went head to head with Frito-Lay in Alabama and much of the southeastern United States. Golden Flake was my father’s company.

Three nights ago, November 11, 2013, I received a phone call from a blood relative, which prompted me to call a retired long-time Golden Flake employee friend of mine and ask if he had heard Golden Flake is going out of business? He said the company is not doing well and there has been talk off and on for years about selling the company, if a buyer can be found, but he has heard no talk of going out of business and he does not think there has been such talk.

He said he had heard about a corporate management meeting maybe three months prior, during which the company CEO, Mark McCutcheon (who makes over $600,000 a year salary) told the board of directors there were two options: one, the company’s rolling stock (over the road tractor trailers) was old, worn out, breaking down, and needed upgrading; or two, increase the dividend a little bit. A vote was taken to increase the dividend a little bit. I said, if the company is paying dividends, it is making some money. Yes, but not much, my friend said. I said, if the company’s trucks don’t get the company’s products to the company’s customers, the company and its many employees are screwed. My friend agreed.

I was reminded pf something that happened in the early 1990s. Golden Flake was having a rough time financially, and my father announced there could be no raises or bonuses that year, but if things improved, there would be raises. Employees were asked to work harder and more efficiently. They did that, and by the end of the year the company had a cash surplus. Instead of giving his employees bonuses for their sacrifices and hard work that year, my father declared the special dividend, 52 percent of which he received, because he controlled 52 percent of the company common stock through a trust.

Let me back up to around 1978 or 1979.

My father created an “estate tax freeze trust”, which was intended to beat the IRS out of a lot of money. Into the trust my father transferred all of his common stock in Golden Enterprises, Inc., which was the holding company for Golden Flake. That was about 52 percent of the Golden Enterprises common and only stock. The trust became the 52 percent owner of Golden Enterprises and of common stocks of other companies in which my father had invested wisely. My father paid the federal gift tax on all of the transferred stock, which meant there would be no federal estate tax on transferred stock when he died, or ever. If the stocks in the trust increased in value, the IRS would get none of the increased value, nor any of the original stock transferred into the trust. My father was to receive all of the income from the trust during his life. The income was dividends on the common stocks in the trust. My father had voting control in the trust, thus over Golden Enterprises, Inc., thus over Golden Flake, which could be viewed as the hen chicken laying most of the golden eggs (dividends). At my father’s death, his widow, Joann, my stepmother, would receive all of the income from the trust, and she would have voting control of the trust, thus over Golden Enterprises, Inc., thus over Golden Flake. The trust was set up to terminate in 2020, or when Golden Enterprises, Inc. was sold, whichever came first. If my father’s widow died, her daughter, whom my father had legally adopted, and my father’s three natural children by his first wife, our mother, deceased, would step into Joann’s shoes, pro rata – 1/4th each.

My father came to me in a dream a little while after he died late August the next year, 2005, saying he had not had time to do everything he wanted to do, and would I try to get that straightened out?

A good friend or mine, Harvard Law School graduate, New York University Tax Law School graduate, with a special Securities Exchange Commission licence, had read my father’s Last Will and Testament for me and had said he saw no problems, except for a $14,000,000 specific cash bequest to Joann, which was on top of what she was to receive for life from the marital trust set up in my father’s Last Will and Testament, and on top of that, I said, what she would received from the estate freeze trust set up in the late 1970s.

It then was my understanding that father was pretty much an invalid and had round the clock nursing care in his home when he executed the $14,000,000 codicil. My lawyer friend and I, who had been an estate planning and tax lawyer, viewed the codicil as being like a death-bed-like bequest, made under the influence of the decedent’s widow. My lawyer friend would have contested the codicil on a contingency fee, or for whatever a court awarded me for attorney fees and litigation expenses.

I told my Lady Kari about that, and that the dividends from the estate freeze trust could be likened to eggs laid by a hen, and the hen could be likened to the common stocks in the trust. My father, and then his widow, Joann, got the eggs, but the hen and the eggs would pass to my father’s children.

I told Kari, if I had gone after setting the codicil aside, and if I had I prevailed, I would have gained nothing for myself but grief. My father’s four children were only getting specific cash bequests at his death: $1,000,000 each, and $1,000,000 each again upon Joann’s death. The $14,000,000 would have gone to charities, into an endowment my father had created, into the marital trust, or other places.

But then, I told Kari, if I had I gone after setting the codicil aside, a settlement might have been reached: Joann got to keep $7,000,000 of the $14,000,000, and my father’s grandchildren, including my stepsister’s son, Landon, divvied up the other $7,000,000, less whatever my lawyer friend was paid for his work. But I did not go that route.

I told Kari that my father had left nothing to his grandchildren under his Last Will and Testament. So, I emailed Joann and told her that, and asked her to divvy the $14,000,000 between all of my father’s grandchildren, including her daughter’s son, Landon, and to include in that divvy a child’s portion for my older half brother Travis, whom nobody in our family had ever met, because he had been kept hush hush until I and my then two best friends, in mid-1998, had learned about Travis in our dreams, which I then had confirmed in person with my father’s brother, Leo. I received back an email from an Internet provider saying Joann Bashinsky didn’t want to hear from Sloan Bashinsky any more. I thought, oh well, I tried. Time to move on.

I told Kari,  after talking with my blood relative, and then with my old former Golden Flake employee friend, who had loved Golden Flake and my father, I was  called by a friend of his, who also had worked her entire adult life at Golden Flake. She was agitated about Joann and how Golden Flake is doing. I tried to explain to her the estate freeze trust and Golden Flake’s future, as determined by that legal document.

I told Kari that I had told the lady Golden Flake retiree that a blood relative had just earlier that night told me that Joann’s grandson Landon has been pushing Joann to sell Golden Flake, and why was he doing that? I said, after Landon’s mother died, he had stepped into her shoes. If the company is sold, he gets 1/4th of stock in the estate freeze trust, and the income from that stock. That’s why he wants the company to be sold.

I told Kari that I wished I had thought of the chicken and eggs metaphor, when I explained the estate freeze trust to the lady Golden Flake retiree, instead of using language and terms lawyers, accountants and stockbrokers understand.

I did not tell Kari that the retired lady Golden Flake employee told me about a woman, last name Townsend, who is Joann’s spy at Golden Flake, and, like Joann, how little Townsend is liked by the other employees, and how incompetent Townsend is, and how screwed up is the expensive new computer system Townsend had the company buy for many million$$, which the company did not need because the old computer system was doing just fine. I told Kari had heard many laments about Townsend and Joann from the other Golden Flake retiree.

The retired lady Golden Flake employee asked me if my second $1,000,000 inheritance is at risk? She knows from my writings that my first $1,000,000 inheritance got all used up late last year, due to a $285,000 loss I took on a home I had purchased on Little Torch Key, which I had to sell to be able to eat and pay rent; $300,000 I had doled out over the years to a woman the angels gave me to look after; about $50,000 more I was directed to give to other people and worthy organizations and to spend running for local political office seven times. The rest I used to live on, including rent when I lived nearly five years in Key West.

The retired Golden Flake lady retiree also knew from my writings, about this time last year, egged on by my father in dreams, but very reluctantly, I approached Joann through my father’s lawyer, who is Joann’s lawyer, and the company and the estate freeze trust’s lawyer, with whom I had attended law school and tax law school, about advancing me $500,000 against my second $1,000,000 inheritance, which advance would be repaid to Joann’s estate when I received my second $1,000,000 inheritance on her death. I told the lawyer the $500,000 could come out of the $14,000,000 my father had left to Joann under the codicil the lawyer himself had drawn up. I detailed how I had used the first $1,000,000 inheritance, and that the only income I had was my Social Security retirement benefit, $700+ a month. The lawyer told me Joann declined my request.

Why did Joann increase the dividend, instead of upgrading Golden Flake’s rolling stock? Maybe Joann had used up the $14,000,000? Her daughter had died of cancer in 2011. Maybe it cost a lot of money trying to save her? Maybe Joann had given Landon money? Maybe Joann had lost money in her personal investments? I heard Joann has Parkinson’s, maybe she spent a lot of money having it treated.

I will send this post to the two Golden Flake retirees, which they can pass along to other Golden Flake retirees, for them to see Bash has tried to explain what is going on and how it came to pass. Bash was my nickname from birth. I was called Bash when I worked at Golden Flake from 1969-1973, and when long time Golden Flake employees came to into my VP of Marketing and Advertising office and wept and begged me to stay, after I had announced I was resigning and going into the practice of law.

I never should have gone to work for Golden Flake, it was a colossal mistake on my part. I caused my father a great deal of stress, it caused me a great deal of stress, it wrecked my life and my marriage, and it injured my daughters and their mother. But if I had not gone to work there, I don’t see how I could write about all of this today.


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Sloan Bashinsky


Sloan (Davis polo shirt)Sloan at Coco's

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frigate birds, freedom, pelicans, water diviners and jail birds, Florida Keys and Key West

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Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, replied to yesterday’s post at goodmorningkeywest.com:

you are not certifiable ——
while swimming just after adequate light
watched soaring Frigates
about 2000 ft. up–tiny dots —
never moved their wings for anything but soaring ——
magnificent nature !!
have a soaring day

man o' war bird flock

man o' war bird

I replied:

Believe me, Jerry, you are in a small minority, including a small minority in your own profession. That rules you out of the caper, lucky you.

In my spirit code, man o’ war birds foretell an incoming demonic attack against me, or sometimes, great fishing beneath them, which is their traditional meeting.


Ha! The attack came soon after I wrote to you, but I did not learn of it until after I had ridden the lower keys shuttle up to where I’m staying on Cudjoe Key. I rather imagine it will be reported tomorrow at goodmorningkeywest.com.

The topic is one of your and my favorites, MRSA. The catalyst is the blue paper was threatened with copyright infringement litigation for publishing an article I submitted containing various MRSA photos, one of which is the subject of the copyright infringement claim.

I’m feeling suitably poisoned in my liver and G.I. tract and cerebral spinal fluid.

Good fishing, indeed, for scorpion fish? Poisonous sea snakes? Lion fish? Spiny sea urchins?

I wish Naja had not, in her reply to the threat letter, tried to lay all the blame on me, after she and I had talked about it at length, and she did not even make a peep about laying the blame on me.

Stay tuned.

Jerry wrote:

this was over the swimming pool –but I have never seen them or I can’t remember seeing them that high.
tiny dots that found air currents—-soaring soaring—freedom —wouldn’t we like to experience that kind of freedom !??
what would that feel like ????????
take care –should be a nice day————Jerry

I replied this morning:

I imagine such freedom is more common in the afterlife, but it does happen in this life. I have felt it from time to time, especially in the company of a woman the angels arranged for me to be with, but there were times when I was alone and something exquisite came over me.

Also have experienced that kind of freedom, it brought me to tears, heaving sobs, when I was swarmed by angels unexpectedly.

In my sleep a good while before dawn this morning, I heard “one forty-five”. I awoke, way too early, was unable to return to sleep. Crawled out of bed, tried to get online, both my laptops were sputtering, as was happening last night. They both have difficulty holding the internet at Todd’s home, but work fine in Key West where there is Wi-Fi. One of the laptops is connected to Todd’s server by a cable and does not rely on Wi-Fi, and still sputters. He has Comcast, perhaps it something with them, or something in his modem or computer security. It’s gotten more severe the longer I’ve stayed with him. I said the other day it might be a signal I’m being relocated.

Anyway, not being able to work online today, I caught the early shuttle bus, which comes through Cudjoe Key about 6:45, and then it got interesting. The driver, first name Taylor, was a total delight. He loves the Keys, loves driving the shuttle on weekends, the city pays him to watch all of that beautiful scenery between Marathon and Key West.

I told him about my being told in early 1995, when I lived in Boulder, Colorado, “Go to Big Pine Key, go as soon as possible, this is important,” and after I got there a few days later, I had no clue why I was there. Then, on the 7th day, which I said would mean something to him, as he is a Jehovah’s Witness, I wandered back out onto No Name Key Bridge, and when I got to the hump and was surrounded by pelicans, I turned to face the Atlantic Ocean and was seized by something huge, I burst into tears, then I was in heaving sobs, snot rushing out of my nose, hanging onto the bridge railing to not fall down, and then I heard, “Because you love this place so much, you will be used to try to protect it.”

I told Taylor, the next day in the Keynoter it was reported that three federal agencies had ruled against widening US 1, because doing that posed too great a threat to the fragile Keys ecology. The run up to that decision was local chambers of commerce and cities arguing that widening US 1 would save lives by making hurricane evacuation easier. But the real reason they wanted US 1 widened was to make it easier for more tourists to come to the Keys, and to stimulate real estate development.

I said I ran for the county commission three times, pursuant to that covenant. Taylor then said he knew that, he had voted for me every time, God had told him to vote for me. That’s the first indication Taylor gave that he knew me.

I said, for decades, every time I reached the 18-Mile Stretch headed down into the Keys, I changed, I felt different, like I was home. And every time I left the Keys on that road, I felt like that part of me stayed behind. But I had lost that, the county and city politics had killed that feeling in me. Stay out of politics I told Taylor. But, maybe me being on his bus, which I had never ridden because of how early it comes by Cudjoe Key, might be a sign from God that maybe I will stay in the Keys, maybe that feeling will come back to me.

Taylor said he loves Key West, too. I said, it is a great place to live, if you don’t get involved in the politics. Although the elected officials all have their heads up their asses, the city goes a great job taking care of the things that are really important: its ports, sewer system, electrical, parks, roads. Taylor said, someone told him years ago to enjoy the Keys, but never to forget that the pirates still run things.

Taylor also works for the county in public works. He had quite a few stories to tell about the pirates in the county government, which I won’t go into today. I was put on that bus to meet Taylor, because I needed a lift, and I needed a lift from someone who got what I told him about my being sent to Big Pine Key in 1995. Taylor understood God sent me.

So, it seems your high altitude man o’ war, or frigate bird, ballet was prescient, perhaps in a number of ways.

As for 1:45, I thought that was the starting time for the new Russell Crowe movie “Water Diviner” now showing at Tropic Cinema. Arriving at Sippin’ Internet Cafe this morning, about 2 hours earlier than usual, I locked my bicycle to the bike rack in front of the Tropic, and then I checked the marquee for “Water Diviner”, and, yep, it starts at 1:45 p.m. today.

Back in the day, Jerry, I told psychiatrists and psychologists, who were treating me, these kinds of stories, and they didn’t get any of it. Not a smidgeon. But a county public works employee, who drives a city bus part time, got all of it, without even taking a deeper breath. It was normal for him, what we discussed today.

Maybe the man o’ war birds arranged it. Maybe those dots way high up were … angels.

The water diviner part of yesterday’s adventures seems to be the copyright infringement thing I told you about yesterday. But perhaps there is more to it, which time will reveal.


P.S. The night of the day I read the two Keynoter articles in 1995, this poem fell out of me, in the Holy Grail tradition, the real one, the pelican is the Christ bird:

pelican diving

Behold, the pelican!

Slow, clumsy and ugly afoot,

But in the air

a great fisher indeed!

And in times of want

plucks out its own breastmeat

to feed its young.

Naja Girard copied me with this yesterday:


Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:27:02 -0400
Subject: Case Number: 374667622 Copyright Infringement Claim: MRSA infection on Eyebrow
From: editor@thebluepaper.com
To: LCS@sciencephoto.com
CC: sloanbashinsky@outlook.com; Editor@thebluepaper.com

Dear Sirs,

We received your notice requesting payment of $510.00 for use of a photo showing a staph boil on a woman’s eyebrow.
Our publication is a small local online news publication in Key West, Florida that is at this time going through the process of seeking non-profit status in the education category.  It is by no means a profit making venture. Our publication encourages community members to involve themselves and allows them a platform to publish commentary on subjects affecting our community.   This is done through a column entitled: Island Voices.
Sloan Bashinsky, a local blogger who has maintained a non-commercial community blog for years called www.goodmorningkeywest.com, submitted an article to us along with the image you refer to in your notice [image c0018532].     It was our understanding that Mr. Bashinsky had the right to use of the photo since he had published it on his blog previously [May 31, 2013].  http://goodmorningfloridakeys.com/?p=13409  We published Mr. Bashinsky’s article with the photo in question on June 14, 2013.
You may reach Mr. Bashinsky at: sloanbashinsky@outlook.com for verification – and I have copied him on this communication.
In addition, it is our understanding that the use of the image by Mr. Bashinsky both on his blog and on our website, in our community publication column “Island Voices,” falls under the “fair use” exemption.  [See below from: http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/fair-use]

Fair Use

The policy behind copyright law is not simply to protect the rights of those who produce content, but to “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” U.S. Const. Art. I, § 8, cl. 8. Because allowing authors to enforce their copyrights in all cases would actually hamper this end, first the courts and then Congress have adopted the fair use doctrine in order to permit uses of copyrighted materials considered beneficial to society, many of which are also entitled to First Amendment protection. Fair use will not permit you to merely copy another’s work and profit from it, but when your use contributes to society by continuing the public discourse or creating a new work in the process, fair use may protect you.

Section 107 of the Copyright Act defines fair use as follows:

[T]he fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include —

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;
  4. and the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Unfortunately, there is no clear formula that you can use to determine the boundaries of fair use. Instead, a court will weigh these four factors holistically in order to determine whether the use in question is a fair use. In order for you to assess whether your use of another’s copyrighted work will be permitted, you will need an understanding of why fair use applies, and how courts interpret each part of the test.

In any case, because of your concerns and your demand for a substantial amount of compensation, we have removed all of the photos included in Mr. Bashinsky’s article from our website.  See here:  http://thebluepaper.com/article/your-friendly-florida-keys-swimming-buddy-mrsa/.
We do, however, maintain the position that the use of the image was exempt through the “fair use” doctrine.

Naja Girard

Key West The Newspaper
[The Blue Paper]
[305] 304-6882


I replied to ALL:


Your MRSA photo online, above, I praise for alerting the general public to the grave peril posed by MRSA, which is a serious threat down here in Key West and the Florida Keys.

Yes, I published that photo.

Over the years, Naja and I had conversations about photos I pull down from the Internet, which seem in keeping with topics on my daily blog, and, when she asked where I got the photos when I submitted my MRSA article, after she indicated interest, I said I didn’t know who took the MRSA photos, or who owned any rights to them.

Naja also knows I routinely republish local newspaper articles and editorial and letters to the editor with my own interjected comments, which expand the facts, explain any not reported backstory, and frequently are critical and/or sarcastic, and sometimes praising. She has steadfastly declined to republish any articles I submit, which contain republished Citizen articles.

Although I have a PayPal button on goodmorningkeywest.com, it was not installed until the late fall of last year, as I recall, and since it was installed, it has produced very little revenue/donations, and most of that was in the very early going. The website was created in July 2007, and was not copyrighted, and anyone who wanted to do so could copy and reproduce anything on it. That’s still the case.

I told Naja the other day, when she first emailed me about your copyright infringement claim against Key West the Newspaper, called “the blue paper” down here, that, if it were me to whom the demand was made over something so important to the public welfare – MRSA is rampant down here in the Florida Keys, every physician and diver down here knows if you have a nick or scratch on your skin, you enter the ocean down here at risk of contracting MRSA – that I would welcome a lawsuit against me for using MRSA photos I found online, and we could make a national case out of it and in that way alert America and the world about the threat of MRSA flesh-eating bacteria in Key West and Florida Keys waters.

Years ago, I started using the subject MRSA photo and other MRSA photos in articles I published about MRSA. It seems I am the only person in Key West and the Florida Keys willing to alert the public to the danger of going in the water down here with a nick or scratch on your skin. Key West’s Mayor Craig Cates categorically denied in last year’s mayor’s race, in which I was a candidate, that there is MRSA in the water down here. He said our ocean is clean and beautiful. That was after I had said, during a mayor’s candidate radio debate, what you read above about MRSA down here.

The chambers of commerce and local tourist development board also are mum about MRSA in the Florida Keys and Key West ocean.

When I contracted MRSA in 2003, in Key West, local surgeon Michael Klitenick, M.D. told me, after he had carved three nasty MRSA abscesses out of my hide, two from my groin, one from my butt, that I could do anything I wanted to do, but go into the ocean. I wish now I had taken before and after photos of the abscesses and the gaping open surgical wounds after the abscesses were cut out of my hide.

A few years later, Ian Garriques, M.D., the infectious disease specialist who had diagnosed my MRSA, and then had called in Dr. Klitenick to save me, had a letter to the editor published in the Key West Citizen, in which he said MRSA is pandemic in the Florida Keys. Not epidemic, but pandemic.

So, you see, MRSA really is a grave problem down here, which the political and corporate powers that be don’t want any tourist, nor any potential tourist, knowing lurks in the ocean down here, waiting to latch onto them and go home with them, and then break out and they and their doctors don’t know where it came from. MRSA is very dangerous, medicine has a very rough time treating it. I have a home remedy for it, which was explained in my article the blue paper published, in which was the photo you claim violated your copyright.

I hope you will forbear and lay to rest your copyright infringement claim. The Girards and I made no money from it. We tried to save people a great deal of grief, and worse. However, if you pursue this claim, know Naja’s husband Arnaud is a lawyer, and they are quite familiar with litigation, as they do it themselves. As am I familiar with litigation, because I, too, am a lawyer. Although Arnaud Girard and I do not practice law now, I did so in Alabama quite a few years ago.

I cannot speak for the Girards, but if you pursue a copyright infringement claim against me, I will do all I can to propel your claim into the national and international limelight. I have been on national television before, in another life, because I was making a lot of waves back then about the double agent problem in the residential real estate industry, which was not life-threatening. MRSA is life-threatening.

I look forward to your reply.

Sloan Bashinsky

P.S. Googling MRSA and then clicking on image will bring up many photos of MRSA, including perhaps yours, LCS@sciencephoto.com. That’s how I found the MRSA photos I use from time in articles at goodmorningkeywest.com.

I found myself wondering, again, after responding yesterday, if you, LCS@sciencephoto.com, have accused Google of copyright infringement?

I have wondered since first hearing from Naja over your copyright infringement claim against Key West the Newspaper, if you, LCS@sciencephoto.com, are in the business of making copyright infringements allegations to make money, or if you really are upset that your photo was used to warn the public about MRSA in the Ocean down here?

I also have wondered from the beginning, if you, LCS@sciencephoto.com, actually took the photo? Or did you buy it from the person who took it?

Naja and I discussed all of that after she received your copyright infringement claim. She’s a lot nicer, usually, but not always, than I am.

All of this email correspondence is reproduced in today’s  frigate birds, pelicans and water diviners, Florida Keys and Key West post at http://goodmorningkeywest.com/?p=30615


Sloan Bashinsky

Sloan angel

Obviously, the angels want me to see “Water Diviner”, but that might have to wait, as I’m due to be at the county jail around 1 p.m. today to see my lady Kari, who told me on the telephone last night that all she has to do is think of me a little while, and then she has an experience she cannot write in a letter to me, because the jail censors would not let the letter leave the jail.

Kari and me at Higgs

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Sloan Bashinsky – certifiable, or the greatest con man ever?

Sunset lower Florida Keys

photo of yesterday’s sunset take by my gracious host Todd German

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en route from Key West to his home on Cudjoe Key, about Mile Marker 22.5

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psychiatric help

When Todd got home last night, I told him of a dream I’d just had in a nap, in which he and I were sitting on opposite ends of the couch in his living room, where I had taken the nap, having a friendly, caring talk about me and my life situation.

In “real” time, Todd then said he had really enjoyed reading what I wrote in yesterday’s Dr. Freud, I presume, Social Security disability, magnificent obsessions, Key West and Kenya dirty old men sanitorium post at goodmorningkeywest.com; it’s a circular argument, a Catch-22, for me to apply for Social Security disability benefits, since I view myself as the sanest person I know, thus how could I apply for disability on the ground that I am mentally disabled? Yet, Todd said, any person who reads that post will know I am certifiable. By this world’s standard, I said. Yes, Todd said, by this world’s standard. Laughter.

However, Todd said, he did not mean when we talked the day before yesterday about my trying to be determined disabled, that I should apply for Social Security disability, so I then could apply for AIDS Help cheap or free housing, which is only for disabled people. He meant only that I get a psychiatrist down here to declare me mentally disabled, so I can apply for AIDS Help housing.

Todd said, if I were to go to work for someone, within a week it would be obvious to that person that I am disabled, cannot do that kind of work ongoing. But that would not prove I am disabled in the way AIDS Help requires. Todd said there are psychiatrists in Key West, who will have no problem saying I’m mentally disabled, after reading yesterday’s post, but I would have to participate. I said, if a psychiatrist will see me for free, then I will participate as long as it is understood to the psychiatrist, AIDS Help, etc., that I am doing it because this world says I’m insane, and therefore this world ought to provide me cheap, or free housing. But the way I will look at it is, if I get the housing, that is this world paying me for the hard work I do, which this world does not now pay me.

Todd said he understood my position, it’s all a matter of perspective. Yes, I said, its about point of view and this is hilarious, I have had to make it fun for me, or I really would be certifiable. Todd agreed.

Todd said Key West is special because there are so many different parts of it, like a tapestry still being woven, lots of people make up that tapestry, make it what it is, and and I am one of them and the city should want to keep me around because it needs to have me here.  He added, for taking that position, he may be tarred and feathered. I said I might know of some places in Alabama where tar and feathers still can be purchased. Laughter.

Todd said, what puts a tough spin on it for many people, is I write and say a lot of things that make sense, and how does someone who is insane keep doing that? How can somebody who writes as much as I do, which is well written, about so many topics, be insane?

Todd said he’d seen me so right on at candidate forums, that it was amazing. And he’d seen me stumble. I said didn’t recall stumbling, but I did recall pissing off a lot of people sometimes at candidate forums.

I said, at a candidate forum last year, at Casa Marina, hosted by the chamber of commerce, we were asked what could be done about lack of parking and crowded streets in Old Town, especially? When I got the microphone, after Mayor Craig Cates and Margaret Romero had answered the question, I said nothing can be done. Key West is way overbuilt, and the parking and traffic congestion problems are the result. However, if half the people living here moved away, that would fix those two problems.

I chuckled, told Todd that was the only sane answer. The other two candidates … Todd finished my sentence, mumbo jumboed. Right, I said.

I said, back during the 2007 mayor’s race, after audiences at candidate forums started griping about street people, calling them vagrants, bums, I went out and got VAGRANT tattooed on my right shoulder, and the next time that happened at a candidate forum, I rolled up my right sleeve and showed the audience the tattoo and said I once was a vagrant, a bum, in Key West. Was I not a part of Key West’s One Human Family then? Are homeless people not part of One Human Family. Is One Human Family selective about who it includes? Oh, that really pissed them off.

I told Todd, during the election returns  at the Harvey Government Center last year, US 1 Radio News Coordinator Bill Becker started poking me after he brought me up to the dais to interviewed on local television. He said I did not win. I said that was really perceptive. He said I only got 62 votes, I said, wow, that many?

Bill asked why had even run? I said he and I had been down that road many times. Back in 2003, when I ran for mayor the first time, and he interviewed me on his morning radio show and asked me why I was running?, I said because God told me in dreams to run. And that’s why I ran three more times for mayor, as he knew, because I had said each time I was running because angels told me to run. And same for the three times I ran for the county commission, and the one time I ran for the school board.

I told Bill that I never wanted to run, I hated politics, but angels told me to run, and I had learned not to cross them, it was not pleasant, so I ran. I said I stated many times during the mayor’s race that year (2014), that anyone who wanted to be mayor of Key West, or an elected official, was insane, an ego maniac, a crook, or any combination thereof.

I told Todd that Bill thought he was going to get me, but he didn’t look in the least pleased by the time I got through answering his questions and gibes. In fact, I got 162 votes in that race, Bill was mistaken, and I told him so after I had left the dais and had checked the final returns. He did not seem pleased for me to tell him that, either.

162 was 3.21 percent of the 5,039 votes cast in that mayor’s race, my all time personal best in 4 mayor races. Didn’t even break sweat coming in dead last – whew~!

Todd said, when I ran for county commission in 2006, when I lived on Little Torch Key, I got thousands of votes. Yes, over 7,000 votes that year, about 1/3rd of the total votes cast, incumbent George Neugent was reelected. And in 2010, against Neugent, I got almost 7,000 votes, which was about 1/4th of the votes cast in that election.

I said I published on my websites that the 2010 election gave me a read on how many people in the county liked what I think and say, and then someone on bigpinekey.com’s Coconut Telegraph wrote in that those 7,000 people voted for me because they didn’t want Neugent in office, and I blew it by not replying, using the same logic, that 21,000 people voted for Neugent because they didn’t want me in office. Neugent is a Republican, I belong to no political party.

Oh, other things Todd said last night.

I have an amazing ability to recall past conversations and report them. I said I tend to recall what I experience.

I don’t go around hurting people, or killing them, and claim God told me to do it. I laughed, said, no, I don’t do that, and when I mess up, I blame me, not God, usually.

Many people in Key West and the Keys think I’m certifiable, or I’m the greatest con man ever, but he doesn’t think I’m a con man. Todd’s right, it ain’t in me to make up all the shit I say the angels do to me and have me do.

Somewhere in the Old Testament, it says, Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The angels had no trouble at all instilling in me tremendous fear of them, and of God; and that’s why I do everything I can to stay in their good graces, including going along with this caper.

I told Todd this morning, that in my sleep last night, City Commissioner Mark Rossi came to me in a dream, real friendly and loving (brotherly), wanting me to stay here in Key West. I said, two points about that dream. One, Mark’s wife is a pretty little psychiatrist. Two, Mark really tore into me at a city commission meeting last year, after I tore into the mayor and the city commissioners about their cops murdering Charles Eimers on South Beach Thanksgiving Day 2013.

If Mark wants me in Key West, then that’s something to consider. If his psychiatrist wife wants to declare me mentally disabled, so I can get into AIDS Help housing, then that’s her business. I’ve already had a few conversations with her and Mark here and about; she’s probably already certified me.

However, I told Todd this morning, after the dream about Mark, in my sleep I heard “certiorari”, which in the law is an appeal an appellate court can choose to accept, but does not have to accept. I told Todd that I took certiorari to mean I can ask for a different outcome than getting AIDS Help housing, which would only be a small band-aid, it will not fix the problem. Only a wad of money will do that, and that’s what I’m holding out for. Todd said he understood. And he understood that perhaps I will be moved elsewhere by the angels, even though he hopes I stay here. Yeah, he really might get tarred and feathered.

A weird irony is, I was just fine with the angels recently telling me to announce my candidacy for U.S. President in 2016. I was just fine because it just had to be a spoof, a lark, fun. I could do it online from here, in the land of weird. I would say all sorts of things nobody else would say, which would make sense, but, of course, most voters could care less about a candidate making sense.

Many times after candidate forums in Key West and up the Keys onto Key Largo, people from the audience told me I was the only candidate who made sense. Does that mean the people who were elected in those races were nonsense, mentally disabled, ego maniacs, liars, crooks? – you can pick any one or more.

Meanwhile, I just can’t wait to see which, if any, local psychiatrist volunteers to play the let’s get insane Sloan free or cheap housing from AIDS Help. I just can’t wait. It will be a blast, and I will tell you all about it on goodmorningkeywest.com, where people accused of being weirdos some place else can come mingle with real weirdos.

Sloan Bashinsky

Sloan angel


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psychiatrist interviews

Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, avid fisherman and advocate for Mother Nature, replied to yesterday’s in favor of calling a spade a spade and other big fish tales and fond memories of the greatest fisherman and baby doctor who ever lived, Leo Bashinsky, M.D. post at goodmonringkeywest.com:

My recent fishing Buddy –Roland Reems was the general manager of Bud and Mary’s years ago—we have known each other and fished together for more than half a century–his wife taught with Donna –have a good day Sloan!! Jerry

I replied:

cuckoo's nest

Hi, Jerry –

A good day for me seems to be up to my ass in alligators and great white sharks.

Just one example from today.

This morning, after telling me he had talked with a couple of people about it who are involved in AIDS Help, which now mostly is about providing housing for people who are unable to work, disabled, my gracious host Todd German suggested that I apply for Social Security disability, and then let AIDS Help find me an apartment in their program I can afford. He suggested I go see a local psychiatrist, last name Covan, a good man.

I said I am disabled by God, or angels thereof, and if I argue that to get Social Security disability, I might get locked up in a psychiatric institution. Mutual chuckles.

I said, that aside, I doubt Social Security would accept that argument for my being disabled. Todd agreed. So, for me to get Social Security disability, I would have to be determined to be mentally disabled, which would require my being determined by a psychiatrist to be mentally disabled. Todd said he knew that. I said I would think about it, see what the angels had to say, I could envision them playing with it a good bit.

As I thought about it riding the shuttle into Key West today, I found it amusing. I’m the sanest person I know by some margin. Made so by angels. So, for me to apply to Social Security for mental disability, or psychiatric disability, would be a lie on my part, even though I figure most any psychiatrist Social Security sent me to for evaluation would decide I either was schizophrenic, or I was intentionally lying, by saying angels speak to, advise and correct me ongoing and they have disabled me. So, the shrink would either say I was crazy and, therefore, disabled, and to put me on Social Security disability. Or, I was lying and was not disabled but just wanted people to think that, and my application for Social Security disability benefits would be declined and maybe I would be prosecuted by the US Attorney for lying in my under penalty of perjury application for Social Security disability benefits.

Also in play, Social Security would look at my age, 72, and that I have been receiving Social Security retirement benefits since age 62. So, it ain’t like they aren’t looking after me already, and the only reason, if they were privy to it, for my applying for mental disability, was so I could apply to AIDS Help for its cheap, or free, housing. I hate to think what the angels would think about that, and I hate even more to think what they might visit upon me for trying to get AIDS Help housing in that way.

I already applied for senior rental housing and was told that would take 2-5 years; and I entered the housing lottery recently, which I figured was rigged, like getting into senior housing is rigged. That was straightforward, no subterfuge on my part. Subterfuge creates bad kinks in the spirit, which, in turn, well, you kink a water hose, and how does that work out? You kink a bicycle chain, and how does that work out? You kink a bowel, and how does that work out? Same, if you kink the spirit. It don’t turn out well.

Meanwhile, I just now Googled Fred Covan, Psychiatrist, and learn he is a PhD, not an M.D., and he’s a clinical psychologist. Maybe psychologists have as much sway with Social Security as psychiatrists, and maybe not. Even so, it might be fun talking with him about it, if he didn’t charge me to do it. I would not be asking him to pay me for the fun we were having talking about him becoming a co-conspirator, and about what the angels were telling me about him, which he should be taking a new look at, or a look at for the very first time. Ain’t no telling what might come up in a situation like that, in which I am involved. Ain’t no telling.

Meanwhile, if I managed to get myself onto Social Security disability, because I am insane, or schizophrenic, or whatever, would that, do you suppose, help or hurt my candidacy for President of USA in 2016? It sure looks to me we have had a long line of certifiably insane presidents, but in my line of work, I’d probably say they wuz demonically possessed on top of, or underneath, being nuts.



Jerry wrote:

interesting idea Sloan –but getting social security disability is a long process;
first Fred could not do it –has to be an M. D. Psychiatrist —he could refer or start a process
perhaps ——I foolishly agreed to do a SS Disability while in retirement for a patient I had seen for years at May Sands with her son–a student there; It took hours and hours of innumerable reports and letters –almost 100 hours of my work—and spent my money–
including phone calls and FED EX charges –court briefs ==and the process took more than 4 years;
she had 2 attorneys in the endless legal hassles –medical evaluations etc.–on and on;
finally was successful DUE to my efforts —I would not subject myself to that again.

that is the reality –the government does not give away money easily –except to the “military industrial complex” which includes fossil fuel subsidies—-we had to get a congressman in on it through my letters and conversations—-time and time and aggravation. we did succeed –but at what emotional monetary cost.
have a pleasurable evening.—Jerry

I replied:

Hi, Jerry –

It wasn’t a particularly tasty idea to me, as I knew I would be pretending to be nuts to humor whatever psychiatrist came into the picture, probably one Social Security uses regularly, like the School Board down here­­­ used you regularly. The federal judge, for whom I clerked after graduating from law school, reviewed all appeals to the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama from denial of Social Security disability benefits by Social Security hearing examiners. I wrote a number of his opinions, and he wrote a few, all of which he signed, and he tended to overturn Social Security disability benefit denials if we could find a way to do it. Then, Congress pas­­­­­­sed a law tightening up what is disability, so that it became a lot harder to get even for a lawyer specializing in it for a client. It’s still that way. I didn’t tell Todd what an ordeal I would go through trying to get Social Security disability, even if I was mentally disabled. I’m a lawyer. I write daily, pretty darn well written stuff on many topics. I can see the hearing examiner now saying, this applicant can practice law, if he wants to, application denied. What the angels are doing or saying to me would not sway the hearing examiner any more than it would sway the government’s psychiatrist.

Now, if I was wandering around Key West streets, talking out loud to myself and invisible beings all the time, smelling of urine, claiming I am Jesus returned and anyone who doesn’t follow me will die and burn in hell forever, and I was getting in people’s faces about it, and scaring them because my eyes are fierce, my lips tremble, I am stabbing my finger in their direction, waving my fist at them, and they don’t know if I will next launch myself onto them and bite their neck and suck all the blood out of them through their jugular, and I am an ex-practicing lawyer to boot, then maybe I would be awarded Social Security disability benefits because I am mentally ill and otherwise incapacitated and unable to work for pay. And maybe instead, I would be locked up for my and everyone else’s own good, in which case I would not receive disability benefits while I was confined, because I was being fed and housed and looked after by the people confining me.


What lawyers who handle Social Security disability denials like is clients who say they have been disabled a long time, because if that is established, then the Social Security benefits are awarded in a lump sum going back to onset of disability, and the monthly disability payments start being paid to the successful applicant. How that might work with me, if I applied for Social Security disability benefits and prevailed, it would go back to January 1987, when I was visited in the nighttime, when I was awake, by two angels, about which I have written many times before, and they told me this would push me to my limits, but I had asked for it and they were going to give it to me, and then I was jolted by three successive bolts of spiritual lightning. I saw the flashes, felt the electrical jolts, and that was the beginning of my being advised and corrected and disabled by angels from doing secular work that would pay the bills.

I might could introduce into evidence that my telling the very same story to a psychiatric Nurse Rached in January 1997 got me locked up on a psychiatric ward, which should be easy enough to establish from that private hospital’s cuckoo’s nest records, and they transferred me, at my insistence, to the nearest state mental hospital, where I was kept on a locked ward for three weeks, until my wife found a private psychiatrist who would take me as a patient, and he made the transfer arrangements with the state hospital, and my wife and our minister and Sunday school teacher came and got me out of that hell hole, which was not nearly as bad as the private hospital hell hole, and took me to the hospital where the private psychiatrist ran the psych ward. After he had me all pilled up, he released me back into the world population, after which a black night of the soul descended on me, and everyone who knew me then was sure I was insane, and I was pretty much in agreement with them.

Yeah, it might really work to my advantage to toss that at the government’s psychiatrist, and all the pills I was put on and the dreams I had during that time, and the dreams a friend of mine had for me during that time, and, my goodness, I bet by the time I was done talking about dreams and angels the government psychiatrist would be 100 percent convinced I was 100 percent insane, forever. And, my goodness, what would the Social Security Administration do with that? How could they go against their own psychiatrist? Dang, I didn’t think through this well. I might be able to get a Social Security lump sum disability payment dating back to January 1987. I would not need a lawyer to split that with. I been there, done that myself, and for a few clients after I started practicing law. Gosh, it could add up to several hundred thousand dollars. Kowabonga!

Alas, I can’t lie about it. I can’t pretend. Even during the black night, I was sane enough to see everyone around me’s madness. And after the angels brought me out of the black night, and weaned me from the pills, and then over some months purged me of the chemical residues from the pills in my body cells, blood and lymph fluid, and cerebral spinal fluid, that everyone I then encountered was insane, because I was in a zone nobody else at that time, who knew me, could even begin to fathom. I was, like, well, I did not feel I was entirely human any more. And I still don’t. In fact, I wager my life and my soul that I am not entirely human, because I don’t know another human who thinks like I do, or even close to how I think.

I once knew humans who did think sort of like I think, but they are not part of my life any more. Yeah, I tell the government’s psychiatrist all of that, and then I wait on the Brinks truck to arrive at my doorstep :-). Great idea Todd had. Apologies for it taking so long for me to get the point.



Jerry wrote:

Sloan: you hit the Bulls eye—–the woman we finally got disability for

after that titanic struggle is producing some of the finest creative jewelry

we have ever witnessed from natural material —–some beach glass colored and hundreds of years old.

it is spectacular —–but she has security now.————KIND REGARDS to you–Jerry

I replied:

If you had not helped her, Jerry, would anyone have helped her?

I have no security, by this world’s standards, but I don’t see anyone else saying and writing what I publish. Just because this world won’t pay for it, doesn’t mean it’s not valuable. Somewhere in the Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples that wise men and kings would give all they possessed to know what he taught them, his disciples, in secret. Who knows what all he taught them in secret, which is not seen in the Gospels?

I been thinking lately, if my stepmother dies and I receive another bundle, I will view it as payment for what I do, for which this world will not pay. That’s how I viewed the bundle I received on Valentine’s Day, 2006, when my father’s estate settled.

I reminded someone the other day, who has sharply criticized me for supporting Brenda, especially, financially,


that after I bought my own Walden on Little Torch Key in the spring of 2006, I tried to donate it to the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, with me retaining a life estate for so long as I lived there, and I was praised by my critic for that, but its then director Carol Ann Sharkey screwed around and messed it up, and I retracted the offer. Later, I tried to give Walden to the founder of the PAC pushing Amendment 4, which would stop development in its tracks in Florida, and she screwed it up by saying she could not have her name and address on the deed, because she feared for her and her children’s safety. Even later, I tried to give Walden to Theo Glorie, who owns Coffee Plantation in Key West, with his wife, Diane, so Theo could fund acquiring Key West’s flagship Schooner Western Union from Ed Swift, and Theo screwed it up. All of which my critic had felt was a good thing for me to try to do. But to give money to someone in need, who, frankly, has more spirit potential than any person I presently know, was a foolish waste of my money. I also said, if either of the three donees had been gifted Walden, then I would have run out of money sooner, because when I sold it in August 2013, I received $90,000 net. I had paid $375,00 for it, stupidly. Way too much.

This world has really interesting ways of viewing what is good and valuable, and I am generally viewed as nuts.


A Kenya Facebook friend launched something yesterday,


and then he removed some of his and mine, but what he brought to me in private chat I was able to preserve, and that follows what he left up on his Facebook page.

It’s only your ego that
is nauseating your soul,
That you grimace at labelled flesh.
I’m a crumb of love
fallen on star dust!
Pick me
eat me to feed your famished heart
And build it six packs.

I’m the root that is
the sacrament of your sorrows
if overlooked.
This world is spherical
and your overlooks recycle into
your conscience.
Take me,and eat me,
like sacrament of salvation;cos I am.
© Kiambi 2015

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  • Sir-Kirogo Morrison Kirimi And the sacrament is spherical too,,the symbolism of inner cornea of the heartbeat.
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  • Rosa Mystica
    Sweet Mystery
    Bride of Christ

    Living Water
    without which
    there are no rainbows
    and God is dead
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    • Kiambi Mutembei Now, you are at it again, I need do some research, I hope you don’t rumble about anything on this, lol.
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  • Sloan Bashinsky Good luck researching the Holy Spirit, or, if you wish, Mary Magdalene. Better, let them research you, oh, what an exciting anima adventure that would be – yoweee!!! – turned every which a way but loose in more ways than probably can be humanly counted. An entirely different sacrament of salvation, of the soul. On this world, she’s barely present, or not present. This is the animus world. Which goes back to my asking a while back, what good is a lion without a lioness? Indeed, in the wild, a lion without a lioness is a monk, he is lonely, he does not reproduce his bloodline, he is, basically, hmmm, up shit creek?
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  • Kiambi Mutembei Hold your horse, haha
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  • Sloan Bashinsky Here’s a verse that came to me in the spring of 1994, about my anima, or, my muse … He feels deep beauty in the dark pool from which his writings flow; she clings to him like fine silk, precious oil; she feels solid, compressed, like … a black pearl, growing every larger from inside out with each stroke of his pen, pushing her precious waters over her banks into his dreams and life …
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  • Sloan Bashinsky Kiambi, whose voice is this in your poem at the top of this FB thread?

Feather Talk

Looks to me Kiambi’s poem is straight from his internal feminine, and she nicely tried to get his attention.

His and my private chat yesterday about the above:

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  • Kiambi Mutembei
    Kiambi Mutembei

    Now,sir,what is you intention when you flood my post with so much that I can’t make head or tail of?

  • Kiambi Mutembei
    Kiambi Mutembei

    Now, I will moderate your comments on my posts till I understand some things

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    Kiambi, you go trolling, anything might take the bait. My recollection is, you sent me a friend request. So that suggested you were reading what I write, seeing how I think, go about things. I am not trying to do you harm, I thought we were bantering goodnaturedly. You will read things from me, which you will not get anywhere else, as far as I know, because I don’t know anyone else who was trained by angels, as I was trained. I did know some people who were being trained in that way, but I don’t have any dealings with them for some time now. One of them died. I don’t know what became of the others. It’s been a long time since I had any contact with them, and I don’t know if they are still living, or how to reach them if they are. I’m literally dropping ancient knowledge onto people, which has been lost on this world and in some cases is only recently is available for the first time. Use it or not, but it is not hard to understand, I am writing in plain English, using common words, unless, for example, you interject Rasta or anima, which are words not so well known, but they have real and deep meaning people who walk in those circles. If you use Rasta, that says you know what it is and means, and its history. Same if you use anima. If you don’t know what words mean, and their history, better to read up on that, instead of applying it to you without knowing what you are applying. Anima is the feminine, yin, shakti, and she is not well known or understood even by women in most cases. She is not physical, not a female body, she is a spirit essence, as is animus, or yang, or male. Both are required in a person, working as intended, for a person to be as intended. Most humans have little, to no, functional anima in them, and that has caused nearly all problems humanity faces today and poses to the planet.

    The other day, Kiambi posted this to his Facebook timeline, which provides some backstory to why I responded to his poem yesterday:


    So,the anima (kaumathii ) in me prodded me to do a selfie.

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Harpoon Harry's

Yesterday, Ron Heck, co-owner and manager of Harpoon Harry’s, told me that he really likes artwork in my posts, mine and other people’s, and he also really likes the titles I am coming up with for the posts, even though they are, as I admitted, kinda way far out there.

So, never forgetting hell has no greater fury than a woman scorned, here are three of my ladies posted to Kiambi’s Facebook page yesterday, just under the sword fish and damsel drawing, which he removed,= after I answered his question, what am I up to?, with I’m trying to tilt, nay, destroy his mind, which is the slave of his animus, or his animus is the slave of his mind, either way works, and the ladies in the drawings bring the cure.


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Mustang Sally


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in favor of calling a spade a spade and other big fish tales and fond memories of the greatest fisherman and baby doctor who ever lived, Leo Bashinsky, M.D.

Bud n Mary’s Marina, Islamorada, Florida Keys

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pelican diving

From out of the blue yesterday:

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  • Mike Sparrow
    Mike Sparrow

    I read your blog, in the good old days. I really enjoyed it. I do a little writing about the history of the people of Islamorada. I shared your blog on my FB pg. I found your blog researching my friend Bob Reineman. Thought you might like to know that Bob passed away last week. A celebration of life will be held for him at World Wide in Islamorada on June 16th.

  • Sloan Bashinsky
    Sloan Bashinsky

    Thanks, Mike – in fact, I knew Bob somewhat, went out for bonefish with him a few times on trip down here. Kept telling him to bring a fly rod, and he kept saying he forgot it. On the 3rd day, when he said he’d forgot it, I said let’s run over to his house and get it, so we did. Went out Lignum Vitae Channel, eased up to the flat on the left side of the channel, in time to see a pair of big bonefish cruising the edge of the flat headed our way. I whipped out Bob’s fly rod, stripped line onto the deck, started false casting away from the fish, I’d not mastered the double power haul, didn’t even know about it, and I dropped the dainty fly in front of the fish and one took it right away and was off to the races across the flat, about 10 pounds, first bonefish I had caught on fly, Bob said he couldn’t believe it, I said I had told him I knew how to use a fly rod. Later, he started fishing my father’s brother, Dr. Leo Bashinsky, they became good friends, 2 old farts out on the flats grumbing about their aches and pains, and swapping fish and other stories, Leo was a very good fisherman in his own right, caught heaps of tarpon, permit and bone fish around there, especially off of Indian Key, before he was too tuckered out by life to pole his Mako any more. Finally, he gave the Mako to Bob, as I recall the story. Then, he was too tuckered out to get back to the Keys to fish at all, then came the Alzheimer’s, which tore me up, I loved that man a heap. It was me who introduced Leo to fishing around Islmorada, he had been fishing the Bang Bang Club on Andros Island, Bahamas. If you have something printed up for Bob’s “wake”, send it to me at sloanbashinsky@outlook.com, and I will publish it with your and my conversation. Thanks for including me. Sloan

Mike emailed:

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I remember the first time I met Bob Reineman. It was in the boat lift area of Bud n’ Mary’s Marina, in the late 80’s. He was working on his classic inboard Willy Roberts Flats Boat. As I walked up I asked, “what is this the worlds largest jet ski”? Bob gave me the Bob stare and just kept on working. He didn’t talk to me for five years after that.
Eventually we became good friends.
Some of my best memories of Bob include Him, Buddy Grace and Little Kenny. Bob and Buddy Grace would find themselves sitting under the awing that once hung over the entrance to Bud n Mary’s tackles shop, every morning. Bob and Buddy would discuss everything under the sun. And they disagreed about everything under the sun also. Some of their best disagreements had to do with Base Ball and Horse Racing. Bob at one time played pro ball and at one time Buddy was a pro Jockey. So at any given time one had the upper hand of experience, but that never seem to matter to the other one. Oh and I haven’t forgot how Little Kenny fit into this. Little Kenny worked at Bud n Mary’s then. So he was always right there for those debates. And he was always there to stroke the fire when the conversation began to cool.
I miss em all. And I hope they have found each other out there.
I’m doing a piece on him and will send it to you when its done. It be great if you had any old photos I could use.
KLUTZ is a picture of Bob’s Hat

I replied:

Hi, Mike –

Have only memories, no photos. I knew Buddy and Billy Grace somewhat, and Little Kinney, and a number of flats guides fishing out of Bud n’ Mary’s.

I recall Leo telling me about his first solo fishing trip in Islamorada, which began with him calling Bud n’ Mary’s from Birmingham and telling whoever answered the telephone that he’d heard they had an apartment above the bait and tackle store, was that true?

Well … yes.

Does Bud n’ Mary’s rent it out?

Well, yes, but you don’t what that room Dr. Bashinsky.

Why not?

Well …

Is it clean?

Well, yes …

Does it have a bed and a bathroom and shower?

Well, yes …

How much is it rented for?

Well, $70 a week (I think, something like that)

Do you want rent it?

Hell, yeah, at that rate, I could live there a thousand years!

That’s how it started and moved toward Leo and Bob eventually becoming a fairly odd couple, as I heard it mentioned from time to time, although, as I wrote earlier, at first, Leo was taking himself flats fishing mostly, except when he probably needed a guide to show him other places to fish around Islamorada, which Leo might never had found out about. Might be, that’s how Leo and Bob met. Leo also like fishing with Rick Ruoff, a dear friend of mine, who liked fishing Leo.


Mike wrote:

It’s true there is a room above the tackle shop.It was where Bud and Mary lived as they like to say back in the day. And if it was for rent then Bud n’ Mary had sold the place and moved on. More about that at another time. Now as for little Kenny, he was not a guide.

I replied:

I didn’t mean little Kenny was a guide.

That happened yesterday. After being demoted in a dream last night, for not speaking in my usual voice, I dragged myself out of the sack long before dawn today and sent this to Mike:

Although when it happened around New Year’s 1965, I did not grasp its import, something profound happened for me at Bud n’ Mary’s, and, as I recall, Little Kinney was a part of it.

A big cold front had come in, the wind was now howling out of the north, the water was cloudy inshore, but it was my last day in the Keys for that trip. So I found some live shrimp somewhere and got into my father’s whaler and started down toward the Flat in front of Ann’s Beach, it wasn’t called that then, at the lower end of Matecumbe Key. Reaching that flat, which is rock hard, as you probably know, I began a drift toward Channel 2 bridge, dragging the push pole in the water behind me, the wind was doing all the pushing. The water was opaque, like a light brown chocolate milkshake. As I neared the far end of the flat, unbelievable, a big bonefish tail came up out of the water, a feeding fish. I barely had time to get the anchor out and stop the whaler about 50 feet above the still tailing fish. No way to stick the push pole into that hard flat and stop the whaler that way. I laid the push pole down and picked up one of the two baited spinning rods and flipped the shrimp right on top of the fish the next time its tail came up. Roiled up as that water was by the wind, no way the fish would notice being bombed by the shrimp. The fish took the shrimp immediately, I set the hook, the fish took off toward Channel 2. About fifteen minutes later, I had in the landing net what appeared to be a record bonefish, but it was skinny. Even so, it easily was the biggest bonefish I’d ever caught. So, I decided to kill it and take it to Bud n’ Mary’s and have them send it to Al Phleuger to mount.

I pulled in the anchor and drifted off the flat and cranked up the outboard and ran the inside route back up to my father’s home at Mile Marker 76. I raced into the house with the great prize, excepting oohs and ahs. Nope. Maybe a that’s nice. But zero appreciation of the miracle I was holding for them to see, for no way in that weather does anyone catch, or even see, a tailing bonefish on that, or on any flat. Well, undaunted, I take the prize back to the whaler and fight the wind and the boat nearly rising up off a wave and flipping bow back over on top of me, to Bud n’ Mary’s. The regular cast of characters who work at Bud n’ Mary’s are there. I tell them about the miracle. One of them laughs, says no way I caught that fish tailing, I caught it nigger fishing in a channel. I say, no, I actually did catch the fish tailing on the flat outside Channel 2. They laughed at me. No way that happened. I had so wanted them to applaud. For you see, already I wanted to be a flats guide, just half way through my first semester of law school back in Alabama. But I did not get that satisfaction from those men. Even so, I gave them the fish to ship to Phleuger, to have it mounted. It was the last bonefish I killed. After that was catch and release.

Well, in the early part of 1994, something mystical happened and I started bawling oceans of tears as I wrote one little fishing story after another, one of which you read above, except for the ending, which was, that mad fish was sent by God and gave its life for me, to teach me not to seek the approval of men, but to seek only God’s approval.

I encourage you to write down for others to read, or hear you read, how Bob affected you. Below is what I once was moved to write about Leo in A FEW REMARKABLE PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN. The entire little book can be seen by clicking on this link:http://goodmorningkeywest.com/?page_id=23670



I wish to tell you of my father’s older brother, who, when he and I first met, had just finished his residency at Duke Medical School. It was back when he entered his freshman year of medicine there that Leo’s family and medical school professors discovered he was a genius. He was also the greatest fisherman in the world, as far as I was concerned later in my young life. But for now, not even six years old, I was simply in awe of a six-foot-four giant, weighing about two-hundred-forty pounds, whose hands looked to be about the size of Goose Tatum’s of the Harlem Globetrotters, who could palm a basketball and a cabbage in one hand, I supposed when I saw him play in Birmingham a few years after I met Leo. I actually would see Leo palm my youngest daughter, Alice, by her bare butt and lift her high above my head squirming sort of like a baby seal when she was just home from the hospital being born, and say in his gruff laughing way, “Now that’s a fine baby!

Leo was blessed with an inheritance that allowed him to practice medicine in whatever way he wished. He had patients from over the mountain, Mountain Brook and Crestline Heights, two burgs south of Birmingham where mostly rich folks would eventually congregate, or people wanting to be rich folks. That’s where I grew up, and my friends. Leo and my father grew up on the Birmingham side of the mountain, in Forest Park, when that was where the rich folks lived, or folks wanting to be rich. By the time Leo got out of Duke and came home to be my and a lot of other babies and kids’ doctor, the migration over the mountain was getting pretty well underway.

Actually, Red Mountain wasn’t really a mountain but was merely a ridge at the tail end of the Appalachian range, where once industrialists had mined iron ore, coal and limestone to make steel in Birmingham mills. The mills closed one by one after the raw materials ran out and it became cheaper to make steel elsewhere, than to ship the raw materials from Mobile up the Warrior River to Birmingham. But long before that demise, a very large cast- iron statue of a scantily-clad Blacksmith named Vulcan was given to Birmingham by some place or folks I don’t now remember, and it was erected on top of Red Mountain, over the cut where 20th Street went over the top and down into Homewood, which lay just west of Mountain Brook.

To my little boy eyes, the first time I saw Leo and heard him bellow about scarlet fever and how it and whooping cough were primary killers of children, he looked about as big as Vulcan and made about as much noise as I thought Vulcan might make if he could really talk, and I sort of wanted to migrate somewhere . . . else. For I’d already had my taste of penicillin from another doctor, when my younger brother was nearly dead from pneumonia, while Leo was still studying to be a doctor. I was burning up with something trying to eat me alive from inside out, and they gave me the shots, too, only to later learn I had the world record case of the red measles. My brother and I didn’t cross-pollinate and kill each other, and we both lived to have Leo come around from time to time when we were sickly and eyeball us and pretty well size up the situation before he even felt our throat and neck for lumps and made us stick out our tongues and get that awful wooden flat gag stick in our throat and “ahhhhhhh” shit would have been how we really felt about it if we were old enough to know such words.

I remember one day Leo came calling when I was home sick with something he figured a needle would take care of and my mother was not there but my mammy Cha was, and I decided no way was he going to stick that needle into me and I fought him tooth and nail, really a great plan, him weighing about four times what I weighed; but it was more tussle than he or I realized I had in me, and finally he nearly had to hog-tie me and was huffing and cussing, a leg over me, an arm sort of around my waist, or maybe it was my neck, when he injected me and, yep, I thought it was going to hurt like that: it was penicillin after all, if it hurt like that. But I started getting better pretty quick, maybe because I got so hot and bothered that the sudden fever of it killed off whatever it was in me that had summoned Leo to poke that needle in me in the first place, or maybe it was just the desire for him not to come back and do it again that caused me to get better.

Leo gave up on doctoring me when I was about twenty and had contracted some sort of deadly dysentery while running a summer vacation route for my father’s potato chip company, Golden Flake, but I didn’t yet know I had contracted some sort of deadly dysentery because the runs hadn’t yet started. I was so tired that I could barely move and felt nearly dead when Leo got there, called in by my mother from a party of some kind, accompanied by another doctor I’d heard a lot about, named Keehn Berry. I’d been wanting to meet Keehn because I’d heard from Leo that he was a great fisherman, but not under such circumstances as these. I suppose Leo had ESP’d it from afar at the party, I wouldn’t put it past him; or maybe he just figured this was the last time he wanted to be called at night to come see me, one of his oldest patients. He would make house calls until the day he retired, for babies and children.

Anyway, neither Keehn nor Leo had yet figured out what was wrong with me by the time they headed back to the party. The figuring out would take my throwing up and crapping all over everywhere for the rest of the night, and then for Keehn to see the wretching remains of me in his office the next morning, which was Saturday, they still worked on Saturdays in that time, for him to announce that I had dysentery and was headed for the hospital without passing Go. Shigella was the bacteria breed they assayed in the lab, and tetracycline, as I recall, was the killer drug they used on it. I was in there nearly ten days, barely able to even move until the very end of it. Keehn was an internist and taught medicine at the nearby University of Alabama Medical School. A doctor’s doctor, Leo had called him. Leo never got to treat doctors, but if he had, he would have been called that, too, I imagine.

Well, I say Leo never got to treat doctors. Who knows what he and other doctors talked about privately? Or at the Birmingham Country Club, where Leo loved to play cards: gin rummy, hearts, bridge, as he chain-smoked. I always thought the cigarettes would get him, and maybe they somehow did, but that is not what I want to talk about in this moment. I want to tell a story I heard from perhaps the greatest plaintiff’s lawyer the Alabama Bar ever produced, at least up to this man’s departure from this world. Francis Hare told me that Leo was the greatest doctor who had ever lived, and while I already knew this might be so, I wanted to hear Francis’ reasoning. It was because he had said to Leo, over a card game one afternoon, I think this was in the 19th Hole, that he had been having headaches for years and had never been able to get much relief. Leo reached out a giant paw and took off Francis’ glasses and bent the stems a bit wider and put them back onto Frances’ nose and said, “How’s that?

Then was the time my oldest daughter, Nelle, was outside playing with neighborhood friends, and all of a sudden there was this great yelling and shrieking and in she came holding her right arm, dislocated at the elbow from some other kid swinging her around in the air holding onto her wrist. I called Leo at home, I believe it was a weekend day, and he was there in about ten minutes. Not exactly how Nelle had hoped would be the way her day went, as she also had a close association between Leo and the needle, and as he still was about as big as a grizzly bear, Nelle was not in the least disposed to him ever getting his mitts on her again. But Leo was not a bit concerned about how any child felt about him; as far as I could tell, he was only concerned about them getting well, if they were feeling poorly. He picked Nelle right up from behind, sat down in a straight-back chair with her in his lap, her little back to his giant torso, and did some sort of manipulation on her right arm, bringing her hand and forearm up to her chest and then twisting it a bit inward, I suppose. When he then asked if that didn’t feel better, the grateful look on Nelle’s face said she would always be glad to see Dr. Leo after that.

The only time Leo did not treat Nelle for pediatric stuff was one time he was out of town and another doctor had to cover for him and I ended up taking Nelle away from that doctor and to Children’s Hospital, and the residents agreed with me that she indeed had pneumonia and they took over until Leo got back and took over, and she got better. There was one other time, not pediatric, when at age five Nelle got run over on her bicycle and nearly lost her left foot above the Achilles, and an orthopedic surgeon saved her leg. Leo said we were darn lucky Dr. David Vesley was on call that day at the hospital. I don’t say that to flack other doctors, only to say what Leo said.

I mentioned in another of these little vignettes that I once had wanted Leo to be my father because he loved to fish as much as I did. Leo’s two sons didn’t care all that much about fishing, and many years later Leo told Rick Ruoff, a Florida Keys fishing guide friend of mine, to whom I had introduced Leo, that I should have been his son. We really did spent some close time together, bonded pretty tight, but after I went through a lot of changes, it wasn’t so tight outwardly, but inwardly I still feel much the same about that gruff old bear of a man. Maybe that’s where I got some of my gruffness; maybe that’s why not long ago I was told in a dream Leo had died. Twice in that same night I was told that. But then, maybe it was because he was no longer my doctor even in spirit ways, which he had done some of over the past couple of years in my dreams, to help me see things a bit differently when I was in tight places. That man sure could see, and I wonder if it will be okay to tell some stories about how well he really could see? I’ll test those waters, to see how the angels who monitor me 24-7 feel as I ease into it. They have their ways of letting me know.

I believe a good place to start is a morning I chanced into Leo and his second son, Bo, also a pediatrician, at a local breakfast place one morning. After being in private practice for a few years, Bo had recently gone to work for an HMO and was feeling a great weight had lifted off him. Bo always was a more business-like doctor than had been his father, many of whose patients were from poor black, Italian, Greek and Lebonese families, who often paid Leo’s doctor bills in fresh vegetables, home-baked bread, pies and cakes, and so forth. Leo made house calls in those families’ homes too. Some of the mothers, especially those living over the mountain, took not to liking Leo because he was wont to tell them he was into treating babies and not mommas, and for the nervous mommas sit down and be quiet while he examined and figured out what was wrong with the patients, that is, the babies. Sometimes he told mommas a lot sterner stuff than that: like it was their own over-heatedness that was playing out in their babies. And once I heard him tell a momma on the telephone that she had a lot of gall calling him on Sunday afternoon about her child’s fever, after it had started the preceding Wednesday, and it was because of people like her that he was retiring from the practice of medicine. Then, as he figured something really was wrong with this child, he told her to meet him with the child at the hospital. Later, Leo’s wife, Betty told me that the real reason Leo had retired was because he had contracted encephalitis and it had affected his memory and he was forgetting things like who was still sick, when he was supposed to see them, and so forth. So he took himself out of the calling to which he had dedicated his life.So this morning over breakfast, Bo wants to talk about a new drug on the market that reduces fever in children and makes mommas happy and his life easier. I, now being a somewhat self-appointed expert on various forms of disease and wellness, pipe up that I think fever is what kills infections, and so why take a pill for it unless the fever is really high and putting a child at risk? As I smugly wait for Leo to nod approval, he says softly, “It’s babies who couldn’t make a fever that worried me.” Thus ended the lesson for that day from the master who now has Alzheimer’s, which breaks my heart but I suppose he doesn’t suffer too much from it.  Last time Leo and I had a frank talk, which was before he knew of the Alzheimer’s, he said he was waiting on the Lord to take him. Why the Lord has now waited so darn long, I don’t know, but I sure do hope the Lord doesn’t wait much longer, even though Leo is a lot like Noah in that wonderful movie, the name of which I can’t now remember [The Notebook], but Noah’s wife was named Allie, and she got Alzheimer’s and he moved into the nursing home with her and looked after her.

Despite being a giant, Leo was a great dancer, talked women off their feet, made them laugh, flattered them, romanced them, but never beyond play-pretend. He once told me a story, I was about twelve, as a shapely red-head crossed in front of the car he and another man and I were in, during a fishing trip for speckled trout in Pensacola Bay. The fishing was awful and the woman was striking, and the other man and Leo were both gawking, even as Leo said that once he had done something he ought not to have done and Miss Betty had told him that if he ever did that again she would wait until he was asleep one night and would get a big rusty knife out of the kitchen and slit his throat, and she really meant it, too, he said. I wonder if it really was his throat that Betty told him she would slit. I know her well enough to wonder that.

One time I got involved in doing some legal work for them, the subject matter of which I’ll not get into other than to say and I was doing it for nothing, just as Leo had treated me and my brother and sister and my children for nothing; and I was doing it because I loved Leo and Betty. But eventually I let the situation get away from me; I was far too close to it, to be detached and professional, and I had to tell them to seek help from their regular lawyers and that took a while and some money but it worked out okay in the end, I hope. It would have worked out a lot better if they’d had the other lawyers to begin with, because the other lawyers would not have let them even get involved with what I let them get involved in. Betty was the leader, Leo was following, and I was tagging along, and it was during the darkest hour of it all that I heard Leo say things to Betty about how he would see it to the end, protect her interests, and he told me that he loved her (and for me to lay off her).

I have written to Leo and Betty that I do not wish to attend any funeral but would love to throw a party for whoever goes to the other side, and the one left behind and all the relatives and friends will be welcome at wherever I throw the party. Leo himself never was much for funerals: he told me he was glad his father, suffering a long time from leukemia, had finally crossed over and was now out of pain. I never heard Leo express concern about the state of his own soul, nor did I ever hear him talk about the state of anyone else’s. If he liked something, he complimented it. If he didn’t like something, he said so. He seemed, when I heard him speak of the Bible, to enjoy the Old Testament more than the New. He was one-quarter Jew, through is father and paternal grandfather. Like Old Testament men of God, he called a spade a spade, and some people didn’t like that.

[Leo finally crossed over in 2006, as I recall, and I stayed in the Keys and wrote an eulogy which left my heart heaving.]

Mike wrote:


Thanks for those stories. My Grand mothers house was not far from the Vulcan, But as for
LITTLE KENNY, there must have been a different fellow. The little Kenny I spoke of had not come to the Keys until late 80’s. He was a very good friend of mine and he worked and lived at Bud n Mary’s until his passing 5yrs ago.

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And A Child shall Teach Him

One of Little Kenny’s jobs at the marina was to dip bait shrimp for the customers. One day I see this little girl. She couldn’t have been no more than eight or nine years old. And she was standing on an over turned bait bucket looking down into the shrimp tank.

Little Kenny sees the little girl at the tank and walks over to her and leans over and looks down into the tank with her. And then after a second or so he says to the little girl sarcastically, “You sure have been staring at these shrimp for a while. What are you doing trying to name all of them?” The little girl turns her head up from the tank with a quizzical kinda frown to look at Little Kenny. She then turns and jumps down off the bait bucket. And then looks up at Little Kenny and says to him in a matter of fact mono toned voice, “Sir, they are bait shrimp, they lead short lives, they don’t deserve names!” Then promptly turns and walks away into the tackle shop. Little Kenny was left standing there a little red faced and dumb founded. He looked over at me but I was laughing at him and he said. “You know what I just found out?” “Yeah”, I said still laughing, “You’ve been wasting way too much time naming shrimp.” “No wise ass”, he said, “I just found out that I really, really hate fucking kids!” And then he just walked away repeating his new found knowledge. In a sing song kinda bratty like voice, “they lead short lives, they don’t deserve names, they lead short lives, they don’t deserve names, they lead short lives, and they don’t deserve names.”

I replied:

I thought I recalled a Kenny working at Bud n Mary’s. Many brain cells probably have died :-). If Leo had heard Little Kinney say that, then Little Kinney would have wished he was dead by the time Leo got done with him.

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Dr. Leo Bashinsky

From Pat McDaniel, replying to A Few Remarkable (Birmingham) People I Have Known, on June 21, 2012. The Summer Solstice.

Just found your article and loved it, especially the section devoted to Dr. Leo, one of my favorite people of all time. We moved to B’ham in late 1966, not knowing one person and unfortunately I had a slightly premature baby about a month later–at home were four other small children and a husband who traveled in his job, so I was pretty much living the isolated life. Dr. B (aka known as “the jolly green giant” by my older children) would make house calls just to check on this very small baby who unfortunately had the worst colic known to man. I reminded him that I could bring her to his office which I was sure wouldn’t be as expensive as the house calls, but he told me he made a lot more money from his investments than from the practice of medicine, so not to worry about it. I held my breath waiting for the bill, which never came.

About two months into these daily visits, I pled with him to give her “something”–this couldn’t be good for her and I thought I was losing my mind. He turned on me like a mama bear and said something to the effect that there were doctors who would give her something to knock her out, but I’d just have to “suck it up”–she’d make it and so would I (well, she did and I did too). One day stands out in my mind–it had been terrible and when he walked in, he went into her bedroom and picked up the baby bed, carrying it into the dining room on the other side of the house. He went into the bathroom and started filling up the tub with hot water while I stood by and watched him fascinated but finally said, “That’s an awful lot of water for a very tiny baby!”. He gave me that disgusted look and replied, “Mama, this water is for you, not for her. She’s going to the other part of the house, check on her every 15 minutes or so, but if she’s going to cry, let her cry. I want you to soak for at least 30 minutes. Now, where’s your bubble bath?” I didn’t have any bubble bath which he found amusing but he found some Frank Sinatra records which he put on the turn-table and told me to listen to Frank sing some sad saloon music, drink some wine and relax. I told him I didn’t have any wine, but I had a lot of Cokes. He really loved that one–told me had a lot of money invested in that company; I told him I was their best customer. About 30 minutes later the drug store made a delivery–not for her, but for me, something to calm me down and a bottle of bubble bath (the good kind) as well as a case of cokes. The note read “Mama, take one long bath every day as long as necessary and added a postscipt telling me I was running low on cokes”.

On the serious side, my oldest daughter had rheumatic fever and he was the one who told me that his son suffered from the same problem and that he would do everything possible to see that she didn’t have the extensive heart damage as his son. She was immediately started on daily penicillan (sp?) and he made reports to some drug company to report her results (at no cost whatsoever). He was so gentle with her and I can still see him holding her in his lap while convincing her she could do anything (and she did) making a full recovery. When she was a cheerleader in high school he would even come to see her cheer and hug me telling me, “Mama, we did good!” I also had a son whom he chased around the office to give him shots (like you, I guess) and laugh the entire time.

Needless to say, I adored that man and was so sorry when he could no longer practice medicine. The last time I saw him was at the Golden Rule in Irondale–he apparently ate lunch there frequently. He walked up behind me while I was waiting to pay my bill and followed me outside–he told me he had lost his hearing so he’d talk but he couldn’t hear me so not to bother answering. He remembered every one of the children (grown by now) and asked about each of them. He told me I had the most beautiful children he’d ever seen, but then so was I (not true but flattering) and it was an honor to watch them grow. When I started crying, he started cussing and walked away–when I ran to catch him, he had tears in his eyes so we just hugged each other in that parking lot. He truly was one of Birmingham’s greats and I’m so glad you included him in your tribute.

I replied:

Hi, Pat. What a wonderful tribute from you! Over the years (back in another life), I heard a number of Birmingham women, mommas, as Leo called his babies’ mothers, talk to me about him. All said their children had loved Dr. Leo, as he was known. About half the mommas said he had talked horrible to them, or they were terrified of him, but their children loved him so much and he was a such great doctor for them that they sucked it up and stayed with him. About half said they couldn’t take it and took their kids to another doctor. I sometimes said something like, “Your pride was more important to you than your child’s welfare.” Just what they wanted to hear.” When Leo comes to me in a dream, it’s usually to tell me to drop the hammer on something in front of me, or to tell me there is nothing worth fishing for where I am casting my bait and lures in this world’s dramas. Haven’t seen him in a dream in a while, but maybe you herald a visit from him – to me, stop fretting.

There was so much I could have told about him, which I decided to hold onto or it didn’t come to me in the moment his part of that little book was falling out of me, frequently amidst rivers and oceans of tears. Leo had a very hard time with crying. I knew that side of him you described at The Golden Rule, where I sometimes ran into him and sat down and had one-way conversations with him after his hearing went out. One of my favorite restaurants anywhere still. But I never but once saw him get choked up a little, which I will tell now.

When I was twelve, he took me with him on the train, my first train trip, to Daytona, where we rented a car and drove down to Indian River Lagoon, also called Mosquito Lagoon, now Cape Canaveral, to fish for speckled trout, aka spotted weakfish, but we never stooped so low as to besmirch them in that way. I had fished there twice already with my father and younger brother during a spring break. My father was a clutz with fishing tackle, but he knew how much I loved fishing and saw to it I got to go sometimes. My mother did the same. But it was with Leo I most wanted to fish, The Greatest Fisherman in the World.

Well, we got down there and rented a skiff that afternoon and went out to a nearby grass flat and did fair fishing mirrolures before it got too dark to see and headed back in. The next two days, we fished with a guide reputed to be a hotshot speckled trout catcher, and didn’t do dingly squat, mainly because the guide wanted to go out at 8 a.m., and by then the trout were in siesta to late afternoon, which any real trout fisherman knew. The last day, only had half a day, we rented a skiff and headed out at grey light and murdered the trout, like what is supposed to happen when you fish when they are biting. The guide and all the other guides used live shrimp, but we were banging them with mirrolures, 3m sinkers and 7m floaters. I caught a gator trout, close to 5 pounds, yellow mouth. Leo caught one nearly as big. Maybe we had another dozen in the 1 – 2 pound range. When we got back to the dock, we were swarmed. Nobody could imagine nailing trout on mirrolures.

We did the same thing another time in a lagoon off Pensacola Bay, and got ourselves in the Pensacola Journal for that one. Everybody thought the net trawlers had caught all the trout out of the bay, but there were plenty in that lagoon, and we caught them on mirrolures. Well, I didn’t tell you yet about when I saw Leo nearly lose it.

It happened that first afternoon at Indian River. We were out there and my spinning reel was acting like it was glued inside, hard to wind, and Leo told me to clean my reel. I thought he meant strip all the line off the spool, and next time he had the boat running, I took off the mirrolure and let the water drag all the line off the spool. He wasn’t paying attention until I was showing a bare black spool, and he bellowed something like, “What in the hell are you doing!?!?@@@.” I shrunk down to as invisible as I could get and told him he had said to clean my reel. He said he meant take off the back screw and put some lubricant in it! More bellowing, he couldn’t believe a 12-year-old-boy didn’t know how to clean his own reel! I was about to burst into tears, which I did, but able to say something like, “This boy never had anybody show him how to clean his reel.” Stopped Leo in his tracks, that did.

Now I’m reminded of another story not long after Leo had had his one heart attack and then some kind of surgery for it. His doctors had make him quit smoking and drinking and eating steak and roast beef, and he was generally miserable and a lot more cranky than usual. I wasn’t doing all that great myself, and when I found he had made another trip down to the Keys, I called him at the Islander in Islamorada and asked if I could come down and fish a few days with him. He said okay. I probably was imposing, but like I said, I wasn’t doing so good myself, and I really wanted to fish with him just the two of us, for old time’s sake.

So we went out two or three days and I was casting like a toad without eyes or a brain and missing good shots at permit, which I had never caught, and never would catch. We went nights to a restaurant he liked, buffet, all you could eat, The Coral Grill, and I told him to get roast beef and have a beer or two, it woudn’t kill him as quick as the doctors regimen. He really like that, and we had fun eating and telling more stories. Maybe the last day, #4, we were out on a flat off of Indian Key and he started getting a bit bossy and I started sassing him back and he said I couldn’t talk to him like that on his boat! I said, why not? He’d been talking to me like that on his boat! He was short for words then, too.

God did I love him, brings tears to my eyes to write that. I hated it so bad for him when the Alzheimer’s came. Christmas 2005, his whole family came to the nursing home, a big party. Even our Montgomery relatives. He didn’t recognize anyone but his wife. Asked her if all these people where his relatives? I burst into tears, for him. Didn’t see him again. Not long after, I was back down here in the Keys, been here ever since, except for a few short trips to Birmingham. I think Leo passed over in the fall of 2006. I wrote an eulogy for him, maybe I can find it somewhere in my email account. By then, I was way over the mystical horizon.

I keep wondering if my starting up this goodmorningbirmingham.com website last fall means some day I will live there again, at least some of the time.


Pat wrote:

I moved back to Florida about six years ago to live near my children. We never planned to stay in Birmingham but that thing called “life” got in the way i.e., my husband’s first heart attack when he was only 37 being the primary one. The kids had always loved Florida and I told them when they were grown they could move back (which four of the five did) so I followed them.
Thinking about Dr. Bashinsky brought to mind a couple of other events regarding the relationship he had with his “babies” and once under his care, they were truly his babies. I watched him while one of these babies (a 15-year-old boy) died of cancer. I watched him with his mother, showing so much compassion and love toward the family. When the young man died, he stood behind my family at the funeral and tightly gripped the shoulders of my daughter as he fought back his own tears. The mother told me he had promised her he’d do everything in his power to keep him from unnecessary pain once the disease reached the point of no return–and he honored that promise. We, too, heard about the mothers who didn’t like him, but that mother and I adored him–who cared if he “chewed us out” for doing something–anyone worth their salt could recognize that he adored his patients and wanted nothing but the best for them.
I saw him with another dying child–his name was Phillip–and he too had cancer and this child had one wish which was to learn to read (he was only five at the time). I was teaching at the time and I promised him he would learn to read that year–I thought we had a year, but we only got about six months. Phillip reached his goal–I stayed with his mother the night he died at Children’s (his father had left) and so it was only the three of us in that room (Dr. B, his mom and me). It was a night I’ll never forget: a child’s bravery, the devastation of his mother and the devotion of an outstanding physician. Well, I feel the tears coming so I’ll leave it at that.
Thanks for responding.

I replied:

Hi again, Pat. You tell marvelous stories about Dr. Leo, which I called him until I was maybe out of college; stories I doubt few people know. I heard he was not considered all that bright (good student) until he graduated from Vanderbilt and entered Duke Medical School, where he came into his own. My mother worshiped him when it came to taking care of her children. You told a story of him chasing a boy around who didn’t want to get the needle. I tried the same thing with him once, when my mother wasn’t home. Took him quite a while to subdue me, and he wasn’t all that terribly complimentary of my behavior. My children loved him. I’m thinking of creating a page just for him on this website, prompted by your stories about him. Maybe his descendants and babies and mommas would like to see it. Thanks. Sloan

I wrote:

Created a new Dr. Leo Bashinsky page, thanks for your wonderful contributions. Found the 2006 eulogy, but was going to leave it out until a dream persuaded me to include it. A bit different, lot is personal. It’s at the last part of the new page. Before that, is the chapter on Leo from A Few Remarkable People I Have Known, and before that is your and my converstations about Leo. Again, thanks. Was wondering how you came across this website?

Pat wrote:

I saw an article about Mike McGarity on Roger Shuler’s page (think it was entitled something about the neighbor from hell). From there your page was referenced and when I read it, the unforgettable people from B’ham was prominent. When I read about Dr. Bashinsky, I had to stop and share my memories of this most remarkable man. I enjoyed your writing style so like that of Jim Bishop, a reporter from Miami back in the 1960s–and plan to read more of your blogs next week (busy with family this week). Keep writing.

I replied:

After re-reading what I wrote about Leo in A FEW REMARKABLE PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN, I found myself thinking once again, if I had it to do over, the way I would practice law in Birmingham, the means available, was the way Leo practiced medicine. I would take care of my clients, those who could pay, would pay, the rest would get the best I had to offer just the same.

I found the eulogy I had written, but on rereading it, I felt it was too personal, perhaps too selfish on my part. But my dreams last night left me feeling I should include it anyway. For sure, the Bash in this memorial called a spade a spade.



Yesterday I received news from my oldest first Bashinsky cousin that his father, my Uncle Leo, passed away on July 22, which was the day I was moved to write “Fly Fishing,” in which I fondly reminisced about Leo fishing in the Keys. I have sensed for about two weeks, since I saw “A Prairie Home Companion,” in which there was an angel of death who came to get two people, that someone close to me was leaving this world. The memorial service is this coming Saturday, in the same Baptist church my father’s memorial service was held last August, the same Baptist church my father and I attended together, until my mother became Episcopalian when I was eleven, and started taking me to that church with her. The explosion that caused in our family, well, perhaps it would be a digression from today’s writing to say any more than it was nuclear.

As was it nuclear for me to attend my own father’s memorial service, and hear a minister, who had once tried to do me in, eulogize a man I did not even know had existed, a man I’m not sure anyone in the church that day even knew had existed. One of my former wives was in the audience, and I saw and hugged her, and took her by the hand to sit with me in the family section. She got so upset by what she was hearing from this minister, who had once told her that I could so much as rot in hell when she had gone to him seeking to get him to intervene on my behalf with my father, and now here he was fawning all over my father’s money, it seemed to be all about his money, that she trembled in fury and muttered under her breath, “You cannot worship God and mammon!”

Now I am invited to go back into this same church, listen to yet another sermon by a man I would rather never see again, and even as I write these words this morning at 5:30 a.m., I am not clear what it is I am supposed to do about this. I have an invitation to stay in my first cousin’s home while I’m there, and I got an email from a friend last night, whose home I’ve stayed in before in Birmingham, just saying “Hi,” and not apparently knowing of my uncle’s passing. Yet every time I’ve been in Birmingham in the past year, she never accepted my overtures to have a meal somewhere with her husband and children, all of whom are quite dear to me. And when I was in Birmingham, my first cousin never accepted any of my overtures for us to get together then. And I’m now to drive about 1,000 miles to a funeral in a church I would rather never see again, a church that has an entrance foyer and meeting room that reminds me of the interior of the posh country club I grew up in not all that far away?

Into my email account this morning also came a saying of Jesus, part of which is someone saying he wanted to follow Jesus, but he wanted first to go home and bury a dead relative, and Jesus said for the man to let the dead bury the dead, and to follow him instead. I felt like I buried Leo last Christmas, at a gathering his family had for and around him at the nursing home where he then was living, after his Alzheimer’s became so severe that his aging wife, “Miss Betty,” could no longer take care of him. Leo didn’t recognize me, and asked if all those people around him were his family? Speaking with the black woman, who had been his hospice caretaker before he moved to the nursing home, and her husband, I burst into tears over what was happening to this man I loved so much.

His remains were cremated, my cousin said, and the family is going to bring them down to the Keys and scatter them around Islamorada, and I am welcome to join in that ceremony for the man he said he knew was my surrogate father. I replied that I myself had long wanted to have my remains scattered in the Keys, and was surprised that my own father had not had his scattered here, in the place he so loved. My heart is breaking, I must be getting close to something important . . .

I remember the last time Leo and I had a private conversation. It was September 1998. I called him at home, said I had something I needed to come over and talk to him about. He said to come on. He was alone. I’d just recently learned through dreams, mine and two dear men friends’, that I had an older brother I had never heard about. When I asked Leo if it was true, he turned, looked into my eyes, said in as serious a tone as he possibly could use, “I don’t want to have anything to do with that!” So I had my worldly confirmation that the dreams were true. Leo then said some very rough things about my father, which went to the core of why they no longer had dealings with each other on this world. There was no doubt Leo spoke the truth, it was not in him not to speak the truth. And the truth was not something that my father cared much for in those days, nor for as long as I knew him. This is so painful to write. Shit!

I sat on the news that I had an older brother until just before Christmas 1999, when I was suddenly moved to write to my father about it, explaining the dreams but leaving Leo out of it. I did not get a reply, other than the Christmas present of stock he traditionally gave to each of his children did not come to me that year. I took that as his answer, and said to myself, “Oh, well,” and turned my attention toward other matters. About two weeks later, I was suddenly moved to legally change my name to Sloan Young, dropping Bashinsky, and to legally renounce my inheritance from my father, in writing, and to send him news of all of this. I thought that was the end of it, but about two weeks later, I was suddenly moved to write to my brother and sister, and daughters, and former wives, and tell them of what had happened. To that I received no reply, except from my sister, who was enraged that I had gotten her involved. Then I was suddenly moved to wind up all of my affairs in Birmingham, get a new passport, and leave, going I knew not where . . .

Where I went was around the world, on both sides of the equator, traveling mostly on credit cards, until I reached Hawaii and the credit cards played out, and then began my adventures in being homeless most of the time. As I was running for mayor of Key West in 2003, living in a homeless shelter, I was suddenly moved to start trying to turn it around, by legally changing my name back to Bashinsky, renouncing the renouncement of my inheritance, and trying to gain audience with my father, who clearly was sending signals that he wanted to see me, through third parties, but he never accepted my overtures to actually get together, even after I traveled all the way to Alabama from Key West, with money given to me by Buz Dillon, Chief of Police, and Bob Tishenkel, City Attorney of Key West. For two months I tried to see my father, and when it did not play out, I returned to Key West, and then I went into a hell hole that I only started coming out of after my father passed away in August 2005.

I would be lying if I said that it didn’t bug the shit out of me that my
father then started coming to me in dreams after that, giving me this and that dirty assignment to do, to help him wind up his affairs on this world. The spirit energies around all of these assignments was simply vile. And this was but a piece of the awful work I then was doing, all somehow linked into all that had gone down between my father and me, going back a very long time, way back to my own son’s passing, which surely affected my father more than anyone but perhaps him then knew, because he had lost his own first born many years before, and had never shared the loss with any of us. I seriously doubt even his wife, my mother, knew of it. But Leo knew of it, as did my father’s father, who was the instigator of the boy and his mother being paid money to leave Alabama, and on going payments to never come back. A boy who was half white, half black, whose mother was the teenage daughter of two of the servants in my father’s childhood home, a woman my father loved with all of his heart and soul.

I can’t imagine the trauma that erupted in my father when he received my letter in late 1999, asking if I had this older brother, but saying nothing of the race of his mother. I cannot imagine such trauma. Nor can I imagine my father reacting as he did, by casting me out altogether; nor the reaction of my daughters, from whom I never again heard after I wrote to them about all of this. Poof! They were gone from my life. I saw them at my father’s memorial service, they came down from Kentucky, where they both live, for it. I tried to get close to them, but it was no go. I tried to set up a later visit, but it was no go. Their mother was there and she was no help
and actually promoted them not seeing me again, even when I saw a glimmer in my youngest daughter favoring a second get together.

Let the dead bury the dead, Jesus said. I went to one funeral, saw
absolutely nothing come out of it except perhaps changes in me, occasioned by my having gone through it. Am I being called back to Birmingham, to do that again? Would it be different this time? How can I know if I don’t go back? Yet nothing in me wants to go back. When I had that last intimate visit with Leo in September 1998, I asked him how he was doing, and he said, “I’m waiting on the Lord to take me.” He did not yet know he was moving into Alzheimer’s. He was lucid, deep, real, ironic. That was the Leo I had always known. That was the Leo I had always loved, even when I saw he was consternated, or perhaps was just confused, about how my life was going. Yet he never turned me away, he always received me.

I knew Leo was leaving in 1990, when I was down in Islamorada, in June, and heard that “Dr. Bashinsky” was staying at the Islander. As far as I could tell, most people in the Keys called him “Dr.Bashinsky,” or just “Doc.” He was a retired pediatrician, the best baby doctor maybe God ever made. He was my baby doctor, after he came out of Duke Medical School. I never got beaten up again by my mother. Leo was my daughters’ baby doctor. Hell, he’s still my doctor, telling me to stay here in the Keys and wait on his remains to come here and we can say our good-byes again in the place we both so loved, and still love. Damn, what a rainstorm this is stirring up. Damn.

Leo fished a few times with Rick Ruoff, which is how they got to know and respect and love each other. But Rick was so busy, so booked in advance, like a year ahead, that it simply was not possible for Leo to work into that kind of routine with any regularity. And Rick was younger than me, and Bob Rhinerman (spelling?) was closer to Leo’s age, older than me, and they seemed to hit it off really well, two old grouches going out and swapping yarns, and complaining about getting old, and chasing bone fish, and then going home tired and looking forward to a good night’s sleep and then more of the same the next day. I hate writing what is coming, that the day I last fished with Rick early 1987, up on Key Largo, he told me that my father was the only person he had ever fished, who he had decided he could not fish again. Rick was a Will Rogers type, he never met a man he didn’t like, except my father. Maybe I needed to hear that then, to prepare me for what was coming later about a man I could not help but love, no matter what.

I remember that last time with Leo in the Keys, June 1990. I found him at the Islander, said I wanted to have dinner with him. He said when he would be at the Green Turtle later that evening, and I met him there. He had prime rib, I had snapper. The food wasn’t nearly as good, hadn’t been nearly as good for years, after Roxie sold it, but there were still photographs on the walls I’d seen there for years, including photographs of my family and first wife and me, and it was for old time’s sake. Leo talked about how terrible the fishing was, the flats were being run over by boats and the bone fish were scarce and the shrimp were too small to cast. I could see the light going out in his eyes, as he turned to face me and said I would catch more
fish on the flat in front of my father’s home, where he never stayed after things had happened there many years before when he was my father’s guest. I knew it was this great man’s way of telling me he wanted to fish alone and that he was returning me to my father, even though he had once told Rick Ruoff that “Sloan should have been my son.”

Hell, I WAS his son! Hell, I’m STILL his son! This sudden rain burst proves it! How many fathers I have had: the one whose seed made me; Leo, and others I have written about from time to time. Each one different, each one bearing gifts the others could not bring to me. Each one loving me as if I were his own son. Clarence W. Allgood, the federal judge I clerked for right out of law school. John Gillon, the crusty old lawyer who represented my father and his father, and our entire family. Lee Graham, the Episcopal minister whose message so captured my mother that she risked just about everything to join his church. Now God is my father, and through each of these men has and does God speak to me, as a son. But today, God is speaking to me through Leo, who called a spade a spade, because it was not in him to be any other way.

I hated it for Leo, that he was trapped in his body, unable to go fishing any more, his mind leaving him. I was angry that God did not take him. I’m still angry about it. I know there was good reason for it, but that does not change how I feel about the last years of this man who did so much good for me, for my children, for other people and their children, whose eulogy I would very much like to be able to give next Saturday, because I know it would be about a real person. But I’m not going to be able to do that, and maybe that’s why I’m doing it in this way, and maybe I’m going to send this writing to my first cousin, whose email address I have, who received the
“Fly Fishing” piece, for him to share it with his side of the family. I do not feel moved to send it to my brother and sister, but perhaps to my daughers I might send it, because there may be some things here they do not know and might like to know about their Dr. Leo. And to my closest friends, I might also send it, if for no other reason, to help them understand where some of my character traits came from.

Thank you, Lord, for putting Dr. Leo into my life. I don’t know what I would have done without him.


I never heard anything further about the ashes spreading in the Keys. I am unable to find the “Fly Fishing” piece.

June 23, 2012

Pat wrote:

I’ve never met Roger Shuler but a friend told me about his blog [Legal Schnauzer] regarding the McGarity neighbor. Years ago I lived near them and while I sympathized with their poor mother, I had little regard for the boys and their behavior so I was interested in what he had to say (I knew them as teenagers, however, not as adults). That reading led me to your Birmingham blog and Dr. Bashinsky so I kept reading. You do have a talent for writing and if you’ve never read Jim Bishop you should see if you find any of his writings, especially his old MIAMI HERALD columns–it’s writing at its best. I seem to remember he even had a few B’ham stories, mainly about a bar on the southside (Big Mike Mizareny (sp?). There were a few best sellers which I called the “Day in the Life Of…” series–The Day Christ Died; The Day Lincoln was Shot; A Day in the Life of Kennedy”–I may have the titles wrong but that was the subject matter.
Your comment on your uncle’s dancing skills reminded me of another story which took place on a Saturday afternoon following a Little League game. My youngest son while waiting for his turn at bat took the full blow of a thrown bat (by a spoiled brat who struck out and threw the bat). It landed just above his eye, removing his eyebrow in the process–very nasty blow but fortunately the eyebrow and that portion of his face came off intact (well, in one piece). I was holding a paper cup full of ice when I ran into the field–everyone was screaming and coaches and players were running around (the little boys to see the blood and the coaches were more in panic than I was, if possible). I spotted the flesh and picked it up sticking it into the cup of ice and ran to the pay phone (this was prior to the cell phones) to call Dr. B. He told me to meet him at his office with my son and his eyebrow and he’d be there–made the comment this was cheaper than going to Children’s and faster too). By now my young son (about 8/9) was in full panic, holding his own eyebrow in the cup, but the pain had set in and he was one miserable little boy. Dr. B. retrieved the eyebrow and started cleaning it, talking non-stop to my child. When my little boy started crying as he washed the dirt from the area, Dr. B. stopped cleaning and looked him square in the eye telling him he was a better seamstress than Betsy Ross, better than most of the plastic surgeons but my son had to cooperate unless he wanted to look like a monster from some movie. He had a small radio in his office and turned it on, telling him to listen to the radio, instead of crying like a little girl. I’m sure I shot him a dirty look but didn’t say anything–it worked, Terrance quit crying and Dr. Leo started smiling telling him and me, he’d still be a handsome guy, breaking all the girls’ hearts one day and then he talked baseball to him. My son was quite calm by now but we had to stay to make sure nothing else was wrong (might have been the possibility of a concussion, can’t remember) and he drifted off to sleep with the radio still on. At that point Dr. Leo asked me if I liked to dance (which I did) so he started moving the chairs in that small waiting room and we started to dance–you’ve got to admit that was strange but it served its purpose–I quit biting my lip to keep from crying and became fascinated with his ability to move those 6’4? so gracefully. On follow up visits Dr. Leo would turn to Lucy, his nurse, and say, “Beautiful, just beautiful. Can’t help but say I did an outstanding job.” I would generally tell Lucy that her boss was conceited, but I’d be conceited if I’d done such beautiful work myself. It healed and Dr. Leo was right–no scar. Still unbelievable!

Sloan at Coco's

It came to pass over a year ago, I was most grateful, that my daughters and their mother and I reconciled. Maybe Leo had a hand in that, wouldn’t put it past him.

My daughters, Alice (left, born 1970) and Nelle (right, born 1968), sitting on my father’s dock on Lower Matecumbe Key a “few” years ago.

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Below, Nelle (left), Alice (right), on the front porch of my father’s home at Mile Marker 76.

Nelle and Alice Fish House

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retail sales, and other Sloan for US President creative mass-marketing campaign strategies :-), first reported at goodmorningkeywest.com

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In a dream last night, I told my father I had quit practicing law, again, the second time I had quit. I was not happy, but it was what I had to do. He said I might do good with retail sales. I said, I might, if I was selling something I wanted to sell. I awoke, thinking the I quit practicing law again part of the dream was about my lady Kari’s criminal case, maybe I needed to wind that down, and the retail sales part of the dream was about my candidacy for US President in 2016, with Kari as my running mate, all reported in yesterday’s Sloan Bashinsky, the one nation, under God, candidate for US President, 2016, lends comfort and aid to From the Right, a political refuge from bigpinekey.com’s once widely read vicious Coconut Telegraph blog, where the men are men and the doe key deer are afraid, and launches his campaign in California, Sicily and elsewhere, as reported at goodmorningkeywest.com post at goodmorningkeywest.com.

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I imagine when he was alive, my father, above, would have been mortified over his crazy namesake running for US President.

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The second part of yesterday’s post contained an email thread, into which I had jumped with both feet and the rest of me, after it was started by one of my vicious van dweller criminal amigos. After the post was pubished, he egged me to new heights, and depths. So here is the whole thread, perhaps I should name it “retail sales” :-). The new part of the FB thread starts with Tim Ousley’s introduction of Yosemite Sam.

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Anchor Steam and a group of seriously unbalanced people. Doesn’t get much better than this.

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  • Sloan Bashinsky What, all the vicious van dweller criminals migrated from Key West to there?
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  • Pat Guest Not all of us
  • Emil Imbro And seriously unwashed?
  • Tim Ousley Sloan Bashinsky Just me. My wife has a meeting and I’m a tag along. Emil Imbro…truth is, I may be the most unwashed among this group…but least prissy. :-)
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  • Tim Ousley I should get to work organizing a west coast Sloan Bashinsky for president group.
  • Sloan BashinskyI’m going to share a drawing my running make Kari did and mailed to me. It’s done in golf pencil, the only thing jail inmates are allowed to write and draw with, so it’s faint, but perhaps you guys and dolls can make it out, click on it to make it larger. It sort of goes with the photo of her and me I’ve been bandying about, taken in front of Burger King by an innocent, unsuspecting bystander, which I will drop in next, Then a photo you took, Tim. Maybe your California chums would like to see what my better half looks like, very dangerous person. Super Cop and Don Emilio, any help you two can provide in your circles of critical influence are appreciated. We need good cops and Sicilians on our side :-).

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  • Sloan Bashinsky As I have explained before, Kari is in jail for probation violation, she wasn’t supposed to drink vodka, or any kind of booze, following being put on probation after pleading nolo contendre (no contest, I don’t admit or deny the charges) to discharging a Colt Python .357 magnum inside the county limits, at one frog making a heap of commotion in her boyfriend’s swimming pool on Key Largo, and, Kari told me, for later pointing said now empty firearm, still containing the spent cartridge at the tenant in her elderly, somewhat infirm boyfriend’s home, where she lived and also took care of her boyfriend’s invalid son, after said tenant, who was not paying his rent, came in drunk and did damage to the kitchen refrigerator door, and got into a screaming match with Kari’s boyfriend, who told him to move out, and when he didn’t, Kari went and got the Colt Python, still in its holster, and waved, still in its holster, it at the deadbeat tenant, and told him he had been told to leave, and he laughed at her and went outside and called 911, and deputy sheriffs came and arrested Kari and took her to jail, after questioning her about the spent cartridge and she said it was when she’d shot a loud frog.

    I imagine every American who holds the Second Amendment dear, the right to bear arms, and every American member of the National Rifle Association, and every American who believes a home is his/her castle, would have a hard time, under those facts, not sympathizing with Kari, for trying to protect her challenged boyfriend and his home and invalid son from that drunk, deadbeat, loud, disrespectful tenant. I bet every alcoholic in America would feel much the same, knowing Kari was drinking herself when that happened, which, she said, is why the charges were increased to aggravated assault. That’s a lot of votes out there, folks. Maybe half of America’s voters, or maybe three-quarters.

    Now, of course, a person with a felony conviction cannot run for or hold public office. But I know for a fact, that Florida, among other states,including my home state, Alabama has a history of its governors granting pardons to convicted felons represented by lawyers in the know, to clear those convicted felons’ records and restore their forfieted citizen rights.

    I also know for a fact, that important people, lawyers, doctors, etc., in Alabama, have been known to plead nolo contendre (no contest, I don’t admit or deny the charges), to avoid having their professional licenses taken away.

    But even if none of that is in play, available to Kari, there still is nothing to prevent registered voters in America voting on election day 2015 for Kari and me, by writing our names on the part of their ballot where they vote for President and Vice-President. Might not be legal, in it will get counted sense, but it will be written on their ballots. As would be on their ballots, legal or not, if they wrote inStead, “NONE OF THE ABOVE”, or “RE-ELECT NO ONE”.

    Kari told me yesterday when I visited her in the jail, that she shot the wrong frog, and the two frogs she Should have shot, who were not princes, died.

    One frog was killed, her second husband who stole their daughter with the help of upper Keys judges. The father was known to be playing sex games with their young daughter, and he got custody anyway, because he had connections and Kari was an alcoholic. Kari seemed very disturbed yesterday that she did not get to shoot the bastard.

    The other frog was the challenged elderly man man Kair was living with, who, along with his invalid grown son, had called deputies on her, whenever they and Kari got into an argument, and the deputies were tired of going to that home and arresting Kari, not the other two, and they fixed that by arresting Kari and charging her with a felony, aggravated assault, while letting the drunk, deadbeat, refrigerator-wrecking tenant walk.

    I imagine more disgruntled sympathy votes for Kari can be corralled in that segment of her bubba justice fiesta. I’d have loved to see how you would have handled that incident, Supercop. I bet it wouuld have been a barn burner. I bet it would. I bet the Silicians would have done it a bit different, too, Don Emilio. I bet they would.

    Now, according to Kari’s probation officer, the former deadbeat tenant is nowhere to be found. Kari said she did not see him at her trial, where her public defender lawyer leaned on her to take the nolo plea. If the deadbeat wasn’t there, the state could not have made out a case, and the judge would have had to dismiss the charges, after Kari had served many months in jail.

    Her boyfriend, who had kept calling the deputies on her, had died when she was in jail all those months waiting trial. He did not make her bond, So, instead of being released by the judge on probation, to go back to live with her boyfriend, now dead, Kari was released in Key West, where she had never lived, to be homeless. And to remain homeless, so far. And now twice be jailed for drinking and violating her probation.

    I really cannot imagine how many tens of millions of American alcoholics and other kinds of drug addicts sympathize with Kari. Even I, who don’t use booze or other narcotics, including tobacco, sympathize with Kari. Even I, who has told her many times, when she gets out, we won’t be a team, if she goes back to her habits, sympathized with her. And, there are a few other frogs I think need retiring. Her public defender lawyer. The judges who took her daughter away from her and gave him to a known child molester, instead of giving the child to family services. And the deputies who did not arrest the drunk, abusive tenant and take him to jail, too.
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  • Tim Ousley Sloan Bashinsky…I think those voting blocs will support you. You will likely get high support from alcoholics and addicts, and have a great shot at killing the competition among the second amendment crowd. There is already swelling support for the Bashinsky-Dangler ticket in California, particularly in the Yosemite area. :-)

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  • Sloan BashinskyYosemite Sam, yes? Holy Cow, how could I have forgot to ring him up? Another voting block is the homeless. Kari said, at one time she was the #1 ranked rodeo cowgirl in Missouri, and was going to compete in the national rodeo championship in Washington State, but that got scotched when Mt. St. Helen blew her lid and Kari’s mom was not inclined to go to Washington after that. So, maybe the American cowboys and cowgirls might be another voting block. And the Future Farmers of America. Kari said, the FFA kids elected her president of her high school. She knows horses real good, has mucked plenty of barns. She told me to bet on that horse in the Preakness, which had struggled hard to win a close one at the Kentucky Derby. She said the Preakness was a little shorter track than the Derby, that Pharoah horse was a good bet to win Preakness. Win, that horse ran away with it. She said the Belmont track might be too long a course for that horse, and it might not be fully recovered yet, from the two prior big races. She said the races are too close together, the horses need more time between the races to recover, and the horse that won the Derby and the Preakness last year, in that Preakness, a horse won which was a local horse and practiced on that track and knew it, and had not run in the Derby or the Preakness, so was well rested, not really fair, she said, but that’s how some horse owners go at it. If Kari ever got on something like Dick Cavett, if he’s still around, she can be pretty darn funny without hardly trying, that might open up all sorts of opportunities. I keep telling her, some day she needs to have her own late night comedy show. If I ever get on something like Dick Cavett, it might trigger an alien invasion, and maybe I’d get their votes, if they let any humans live.
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  • Tim Ousley Sounds like Kari has experiences that could make her a fine politician. Slinging manure is a necessity for success if you make it to Washington (that work in the barns can only help) and her observations about over running horses could put you on the fast track to backing from the labor unions. Saddle up and get on the campaign trail! :-)
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  • Sloan Bashinsky Had not yet considered the labor union angle, good one, which drifts me over to the government employee and bureaucracy angle, about as huge as the labor unions. The government employees might especially fond of Kari”s propensity to blow the whistle, for example, she told me, on KOTS overnight homeless shelter, after she caught Scabies there, and on KOTS’ then executive director Kari said she heard order the shredding of uncollected mail to homeless people, then Kari saw the shredding taking place, after mail was opened and any money found inside was set aside, one can only wonder for what? For that, Kari said, she was banned from KOTS and forced to sleep outside at night and be harrassed by police for illegally sleeping outside at night. Kari said she also blew the whistle on the visiting nurses and hospice outfit operating up on Key Largo, after she saw nurses bringing back to the office narcotics after their patients had died, instead of flushing the unused narcotics down the toilet, which was the requirement. And for reporting nurses she’d heard talking about which troublesome hospice patients they would give overdoses and kill, to be done with them. For reporting that to the visiting nurses and hospices director at the Key West headquarters, Kari said she was fired. Then, she said, she and her boyfriend, who had the money and clout, set up their own program for helping the aged and people with disabilities, although not without having to overcome a lot of resistance from government bureaucrats and the folks Kari had ratted out. I imagine there are millions of old and infirm Americans who would very much like to have Kari in their camp. Kari was so good at writing grants, apparently, that her second husband took what he had learned from her about that, after he had ditched her and stolen their daughter with whom he was playing sex games, and he scammed FEMA out of about $31 million, as I recall reading online, over Hurricane Katrina over in the New Orleans area, and he absconded to Honduras with it, and down there, it was reported, he met his demise. I suppose there are millions of good, hard-working people, I did not say honest, but they night be, who would love having a Vice-President who is favorably inclined toward the US Government doling out money for their causes, worthy or not, legitimate or not. And I suppose there are millions of parents who feel they were treated unfairly in child custody cases,who would like a Vice-President who knows just how they feel about lawyers and judges. Maybe more marketing ideas will come to me later, maybe not even the sky is the limit there.
    Like · Reply · May 19
  • Sloan Bashinsky Meanwhile, I see in the Key West Citizen today that US-backed Iraq troops took another beating, losing Ramadi to Islamic insurgents, with the customary spinning that it’s only a “setback”, maybe some day, when, not known, if ever, victory will be had. How far up their asses do President Obama and his brain fart trusts have to stick their heads before they finally see the light in Iraq, and in Afghanistan? You’d have thought they would have been smarter than their Republican head up the ass predecessors, but you’d have thought wrong. Imagine what all good could have been done instead in America with the whatever huge perhaps uncountable sum of money the Republicans and the Democrats wasted in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Wasted. Threw away. Now we have no telling how many veterans needing care, which will cost plenty more than it already has cost. Many of them are, or will be, homeless. We could have provided every person in America, including the illegal immigrants, with first-class health care, we would not have needed Obamacare, with what was thrown away in Iraq and Afghanistan. We also could have rebuilt lots of roads with that thrown away money, too. And we also could have fixed up our railroads with that wasted money. And we also could have lowered income taxes, and beefed up Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. And we’d still have the biggest, most dangerous military in the history of time on this planet. Instead, we have the Republicans and the Democrats competing for whose head is fartherest up their ass.
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