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The Facebook thread reported in yesterday’s shake and bake, and other not entirely “normal” rumbas – Key West Paranormal Psychotherapy Institute post at goodmorningkeywest.com, sprouted a few more wings and feathers. So here is the whole schmele, followed by the Wisteria Island article mentioned in my last comment to WjamesBaldwin. It is Mr. Baldwin’s and my conversations, which are center stage today. So, if you wish, scroll down to there.

Kari Dangler and moi
  • Pat Guest Raindance is messing with Mother Nature just like your comment about mosquitoes. Be careful what you wish for. The love of your life cannot be helped by you or anyone else until she decides to help herself. Best of luck with your trials. God bless.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Hi, Pat – interesting observation, rain dance. Maybe I’m wrong, but I doubt such a dance has an effect, if it is not okay with the spirit world. You are right about Kari, too. I’ve been with the love of my life before, different woman, and it didn’t work out, and she was not an addict, at least not a chemical addict. She had addictions to her religion, capitalism. Din’t mix well with being with a man being run by angels, who could care less about those addictions. What a trip, my life.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Pat, did you ever see the movie, “The Emerald Forest”? In it, a young white man, who was abducted by a South American Amazon wild tribe when he was a tot, and raised by them, and learned their ways, uses shamanic methods to create a huge flood, which takes out a new dam on a river, and protects that part of the Amazon for a while longer, from further ravaging by civilization. I walked with a Lakota Sioux woman about that movie, said to her that it was a nice story, but that stuff didn’t ever happen. She looked at me, said, I was mistaken; that sort of stuff indeed can happen. I dunno, as driven as Key West and the Keys are to develop and develop and change what Mother Nature created, perhaps it wouldn’t be terrible for people, who have the ability, to throw up a few road blocks. A different form of guerrilla warfare, a different kind of insurgency. Surely the white folks didn’t expect Mother Nature to play by their rules? Surely the city officials didn’t expect street people to play by the city officials’ rules, when the city officials bend their rules to suit themselves? It’s fun thinking about weird payback, even if it don’t happen.
  • Sloan Bashinsky This morning at Winn-Dixie, Kari found a new bird feather, which she said was a bad feather, it would produce a hurricane, and she was not going to use it. I showed her this FB thread. She laughed. Perhaps these ladybirds had something to do with it .

    Sloan Bashinsky's photo.
  • Wjames Baldwin are these representative Drawing’s of the Angels?
  • Sloan Bashinsky One can only hope , although I always viewed the drawings as shaman drawings, living, pro-active visions, which had their own agendas; but that seemed beyond most people’s jargon/perspective, and often I called the drawings, soul drawings.
  • Wjames Baldwin So you have never seen them? only heard or felt their messages?
  • Sloan Bashinsky I feel them when I’m drawing them, or rather, they are drawing themselves through me. I get messages during the drawing time, and afterward, about them/their drawing. Then, they come back around from time to time, as they, or something, stir. The angels are much more noisy, coming at me in every dream, of which I have several each night and even in nap dreams. And sometimes they come at me in waking visions, sometimes I hear them in plain English, when I’m awake, more often I hear them in plain English, when I’m asleep. They have other ways of sending me messages, when I’m awake, usually physical sensations, sometimes with electrical component, or chemical component. The drawings, however, are smooth and gentle, feel invigorating, and they take their own form and shape. Seldom do I know what any of a drawing might look like, before it starts coming through me. Sometimes I have a vague theme, or a vague image. Sometimes they tell me what’s coming in, how to handle it. It’s an “ah, ha” knowing, not something I hear. I get lots of “ah, ha” knowings out of the blue, without drawing anything. A bit different than before the angels arrived in early 1987 and initiated the “new regime”, which has been seriously difficult, with some fun, if I am able to maintain a wry sense of humor.
  • Wjames Baldwin interesting… ever hear anything about John Keel and his book Mothman Prophecies?
  • Sloan Bashinsky No, googling only brings up sketchy information. What’s the gists of the Mothman Prophesies. I’m being run by angels, but I have had direct ET encounter. And some direct demon encounters. Mostly, I encounter demons though people they are running, usually ally the people are unaware of being run in that way. But not always. According to the SPEAR OF DESTINY, by Treavor Ravenscroft, Hitler knew he was being run, as did his top henchmen know they were being run. Demons ran G.W. Bush and his henchmen, into the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Doubt Bush was aware, Cheney and Rumsfeld might have been aware. Demons ran Barack Obama to continue those two wars and accept the Nobel Peace Prize, while doing so. Demons ran Lyndon Johnson et. al. to war in Vietnam. Prophesies are a slippery slope, as all who have tried to unravel the Book of Revelation in the New Testament have proven. In one of his letters. Paul told his followers they should stop having sex, because Christ’s return was imminent and there was no point in producing more children. If Christendom had stopped having sex, it would have died out, waiting on Christ to return.

  • Wjames Baldwin Well, I would not be quit sure how to explain what is essentially an unexplained phenomenon. People claimed to have seen this Creature or Being before a bridge collapse at Point Pleasant West Virginia.
    That said, some of your drawings are reminiscent in feature if not in bearing and presence, as described by the witnesses.
  • Sloan Bashinsky This “creature” below managed to find me on facebook, about the time I was moving into a paradise mating relationship with Kari Dangler, who is homeless and has plenty of other attributes, which this “creature” seems to present. This photo was taken over Asheville, NC, where my younger daughter lives. She and her sister, and their mother, already had prepped me in dreams for the relationship with Kari moving deeper. I knew when I saw the photo that I was looking at a supernatural being, and that it either was Kari, or her soul, or it was running the production, which was her and my being paired. And that it would be an … interesting … adventure. Other adjectives also seemed applicable … wild, stressful, testing, beautiful, ecstatic … wild. I don’t get much in the way of “end times” or “earth change” prophesies. Just what’s coming my way, and often I don’t understand the message until what it messages arrives and is engaging me, and vice versa.

    Sloan Bashinsky's photo.
  • Sloan Bashinsky some other “visions”

    Sloan Bashinsky's photo.
  • Wjames Baldwin Well I like the drawings but that picture of weather is just photoshop, and there are claims that it was “taken” in dozens of places. Double Click on the image and select, Search Google for this image.Best of luck to you and yours.
    March 26
  • Sloan Bashinsky I thought maybe it might be photo shop, too, but I know what the angels of capable of, and how they can use people, and even machines, to send messages to me, in ways nobody else would grok. They have me surrounded. I have no way to run.
    March 26
  • Wjames Baldwin I understand, and my comment was meant to be only instructional not judgmental.
    March 26
  • Sloan Bashinsky I took it that way, and was glad for the information.
    March 26
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  • Sloan Bashinsky Shazam! This is related to Mothman?
    March 26
  • Sloan Bashinsky hmmm, machine elf? [I learned that by right-clicking on the pic and google-imaging the pic]
    March 26
  • Sloan Bashinsky I google-imaged this below said to be over Asheville, and didn’t see anything like it anywhere, to compare it with or to explain it.

    Sloan Bashinsky's photo.
    March 26
  • Wjames Baldwin My bullshit detector runs up to Bozo’s nipples on this picture. It is just too perfectly set up to be real. Caveat emptor, from you Law school days.
    These… um Elves, Angels, ET’s whatever are of interest to me. Specifically since they seem to be trying to reach you in your sleep. If it is your Jungian unconscious mind it is fascinating. If it is some type of unknown being from an unknown realm it is still fascinating.
    The strange coincidence of this being related to Sept 11 just adds another layer of attraction to your story.
    Obviously you don’t know me but I hope you can tell from my writing to you that I wish only the best for you and if I can ever help you in any way just let me know.
    Jim
    March 26
  • Sloan Bashinsky I can’t recall anyone showing the interest in my “mystical” experiences, which you are showing, so far. Whether you can help me with any of that, I cannot yet tell. However, it occurred to me yesterday that perhaps you might wish to read the last novel that came through me, like the drawings came through me. HEAVY WAIT: A Strange Tale. It is available at amazon.com, in kindle and in trade paper back, and in Spanish at amazon.com.es. I have a few copies, can give you one, if that’s more convenient. It’s sort of a “primer” for any poor soul who starts having experiences nobody they know can grok or be comfortable with. My own “predicament” is, it’s not just in dreams that I have seen and heard angels straight up, and demons. I have seen and heard them straight up when I am awake, my eyes open, my brain engaged, just like now, when I’m replying to you. It is in dreams, however, that probably 95 percent of the information and advice and corrections come. The dreams are encoded. I can’t imagine Dr. Jung could have interpreted a single one of my dreams todday, since they are crafted to play off of stuff familiar to me, past and present, which would have zero meaning to anyone but me. I once ran with a number of Jungian analysts, and with even more Sandplay therapists, who were very familiar with Dr. Jung. One was Dora Kalff, who founded Sandplay, and had been trained by Dr. Jung himself. I was married to one of Dora’s students, who held a licensed clinical social worker degree. She became all too familiar with my dreams, and with how I could look at a situation and see a meaning she did not see. It irked her, at times. She told people I was “the mailman, I delivered the message.” She told people I could see around corners and through buildings. She sometimes told me of a case she was struggling with, and what was my take? I’d give her my take. She’d go slack-jawed. How did I come up with that?! It was obviously right on, but how did I arrive at it? I’d say I didn’t know. Or, it was obvious to me. I always gave the angels full credit. It was as if they had turned on light switch in me one day, I remember that day very well, in August 1998, and then I had two sets of eyes and ears and intuition. No way I can prove anything I say I experience, but I am in ongoing “conversation, as a “junior partner”, with angels, who call themselves Jesus, Archangel Michael and Magdalene Melchizedek. They own me. It began back in early 1987, when the first two of them named came to me in the middle of the night (it would be years before I knew their names), and woke me up, and told me something, and then I was struck three times by spiritual lightning, and they dissolved back into the darkness. About 10 days before, knowing I was at the end of my rope, out of bright ideas, failed, as a man, I had prayed, “Dear God, I do not want to die like this, failed. Please help me.” I paused, said, “I offer my life to human service.” I felt something, I was emotional. Then it passed and I went on about my day. What Jesus and Michael told me when they came ten or so nights later was, “This will push you to your limits, but you asked for it, and we are going to give it to you.” I remembered the prayer I had made about 10 days before, then came the three rounds of spiritual lightning, which were not followed by thunder. I saw the flashes, felt each bolt. It was electrical. It jolted my body. I was left shaking, sweating. I did not hear the words with my ears, but in another way, but the words were just as palpable, as if I had heard with my ears. That’s when the changes started; that’s when I was shanghaied, conscripted. The rest is another very long strange story, snippets of which I told and tell from time to time in my published writings, which now are voluminous 2,802 articles just atgoodmorningkeywest.com, ravings some say. Lunacy, some say. Invented, some say. But they do not live in my skin. My telling that story got me locked up on a locked ward, once upon a time. I have been changed; hybrid seems okay to use. Outwardly, human, inwardly, human and something else. Perhaps something in me was awakened. Perhaps there was some redesign. Perhaps something new was installed. I don’t know. But I am very different inside, than when I made that desperate prayer in early 1987. I live in the human world and in another place at the same time, all the time. That photo we keep discussing. It presented what I needed to see, to alert me to what I was engaging. It gave me a visual feeling of it, a visceral feeling of it. Everything the angels put in front of me has meaning for me, even if no one else sees it. I miss plenty of messages, no doubt. The angels keep sending messages, until I get the message. This photo, however, was riveting, it nailed me, and I knew it. It was what the angels wanted me to see, regardless of how it came to exist. I know this as surely as I know I am writing to you in this moment. But, of course, I can’t prove it in a human way. The angels proved it to me in their way. It went into me, fit into lots of connections. Now it’s part of me, working away, like, hmmm, Santa’s elves, but a bit different – not nearly as much ho, ho, ho, as I would like. But then, looking at the photo, I would not expect a lot of ho, ho, ho, although there has been more ho, ho, ho than I could have imagined by looking at the photo. I awoke from a dream earlier tonight, sensing there would be something else about the photo for me to engage today. And perhaps publish at goodmorningkeywest.com today. I published this FB thread there up through yesterday. Perhaps more later.

    Sloan Bashinsky's photo.
    March 26
  • Sloan Bashinsky The Wisteria Island article in today’s Key West Citizen (keysnews.com) has an interesting back story. The article reports a federal judge ruled the alleged owners of the island, the Bernstein family, waited too long (the statute of limitations ran), to assert their claim of ownership vs. any US government claim of ownership. So as things now stand, the US government owns the island, with the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding title for the US government. The back story is, Naja Girard, before she and hubby Arnaud took over Key West the Newspaper (thebluepaper.com), found the various documents/information in the Wistera Island “chain of title”, indicating the Navy still owned the island, which she gave to BLM, which initially didn’t agree with her, but then reversed its position and agreed with her, and laid claim to ownership of Wisteria, which upended the Bernsteins’ plans to develop the island, partnered with the Walsh family, which owns and had developed adjacent Sunset Key. Wisterisa would become Sunset Key Deux, so to speak. Beneath all of that, Naja came to a point where she felt she had found all the evidence there was, and she had given up digging, and had given up generally, as the Navy was showing no interest, as I recall, in laying claim to Wisteria. I then had a dream, in which I was shown there was something Naja had not found. I called her and told her the angels had told me in a dream there was something she had not found, and to keep looking. So she went back to digging and she found it, I don’t now recall what it was, but it was kinda compelling, as I recall, and she put it all together nice and pretty for BLM and gave it to them. Now here we are, but, of course, none of that is in the Citizen article. Nor that, after BLM laid claim to Wisteria, Roger Bernstein, a tax lawyer, labeled Naja, a witch. So I suppose that made me a warlock, since I was her “deep throat”, thanks to the angels. All of which led to the Bernsteins filing suit in federal court, to try to get a ruling that they owned Wisteria Island. Now, they have to appeal, or give up. Another “stay tuned” situation.
    March 26
  • Sloan Bashinsky No coincidence, the federal judge in the case, once was stationed with the Navy in Key West. He had a real time knowledge of the area, the islands, government bureaucracy and bumbling, and was not swayed (I was there watching that hearing in the federal courthouse on Simonton Street, Key West)) by the Bernsteins’ lawyer’s arguments that the Navy officials in Key West could bind the US government in Washington D.C. with various local pronouncements and actions and inactions regarding Wisteria Island. I have to think the judge never felt the US Navy’s claim to Wisteria was given up, but he found an easier way, he believed, to rule against the Bernsteins – the statute of limitations had run on them.
    March 26
  • Sloan Bashinsky That is one example of what happens then I am gotten onto a political fracas. Always, the angels arrange my involvement. Always, they steer me through it. Sometimes it goes to suit me, other times not. I just do what I’m told, hopefully, in the way the angels want me to do it. They are quick to spank me, if I stray away from how they want me to go about it. Being spanked by angels can be seriously not fun.
    March 26
  • Sloan Bashinsky Don’t know if it’s relevant to your and my discussion, but you mentioned September 11, so will say, during the night of September 9-10, 2001, in my sleep, a familiar voice asked me, “Will you make a prayer for Divine Intervention for all of humanity?” I woke up, wondering what that was about? I made the prayer. On September 11, I learned why I had been asked to make the prayer. I’m still wondering if the prayer was answered, and, if so, how it was, is, being answered?

Wisteria & Sunset

Wisteria Island, lower right, Sunset Key, upper left

Friday, March 27, 2015
Wisteria Island’s future uncertain
BY TIMOTHY O’HARA Citizen Staff
tohara@keysnews.com

Development will not come to Wisteria Island soon, if ever, because a federal judge has dismissed F.E.B. Corp’s lawsuit asking to be ruled as the owner of the 22-acre island.

Instead, Judge Jose E. Martinez issued a ruling Wednesday in favor of the Bureau of Land Management, which claimed government ownership of the island in Key West Harbor in 2011. The government made the claim after being presented with documents stating Florida could have not sold the island to its original owners decades ago, because the federal government never deeded the land to the state.

F.E.B. Corp sued the Bureau of Land Management shortly after it asserted ownership of the island.

While Judge Martinez technically did not rule specifically on the ownership issue, he did find that the statute of limitations on the case had run out in 1963 and the court no longer had jurisdiction in the case, which meant he could not rule in the matter. This means that the Bureau of Land Management’s 2011 claim the federal government owns the land will remain unchallenged.

Judge Martinez cited a Sept. 27, 1951, letter from then-Florida Attorney General Richard Ervin. The letter shows that the original owner, former Rep. Bernie Papy, was aware that the military was still claiming ownership of the island when he bought it from the state.

Ervin questioned whether the Navy, or any other federal agency, deeded the land to the state and whether the state can sell something it didn’t actually own. The attorney general “communicated his ambivalence regarding the Navy’s claim,” Martinez wrote.

Ervin was unable to state definitely whether or not the Navy’s claim is valid, but “the claim is debatable enough and so shrouded in antiquity that I think the best course would be for the (state) to complete the sale,” Ervin wrote.

“By the Attorney General’s own words, therefore, in 1951 there was a question of title regarding the subject property which needed to get settled,” Martinez wrote.

Martinez ruled that the 12-year statute of limitations on what is known as a Quiet Title Act started running with the 1951 letter.

“Because Plaintiff filed its suit more than 12 years after 1951 — the date its predecessor in interest, the State of Florida, received actual notice of the claim of the United States — the suit is barred by 28 U.S.C. j 2409, and this court has no jurisdiction to inquire into the merits,” Martinez wrote.

F.E.B. Corp. President Roger Bernstein, whose family bought the island in 1967, argued that the judge did not rule on the ownership at all or on the merits of the case. Bernstein did not rule out filing some kind of an appeal, he said Thursday.

“It’s not over,” Bernstein said. “We are evaluating our options. This decision is procedural.”

Bureau of Land Management based its ownership opinion in 2011 on three documents that show the federal government claimed ownership as early as 1845, then reserved it for the Navy’s use in 1924, then gave control of it to U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1982, according to Frankie Morgan, a legal assistant for the Bureau of Land Management.

Since the 2011 ruling, refuge managers had continued to treat Wisteria Island as private property until the court case was resolved.

“No one has contacted me and I don’t know what the status is,” Nancy Finley, who oversees all of the Keys refuges for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said Thursday. “We have not talked about it a all since I have been here. We will wait to hear from the appropriate parties.”

The Bernstein family has been paying property taxes on the property since the 1967 purchase. The family, under the name F.E.B. Corp., has been working with Sunset Key’s owners to develop Wisteria Island.

While county records show the buyer was Paul E. Sawyer and his wife, Reta, other state and federal records show Sawyer, the Monroe County attorney at the time, was acting as an agent for Bernie C. Papy. The deed says the sales price was $2,769, but the document stamps show it was $6,100, and it is unclear which figure is correct.

On Jan. 28, 1952, just 19 days later, the Sawyers transferred the island to Papy and his wife, Pauline, for $6,100. Papy, a Key West real estate developer, was a 14-term member of the Florida House of Representatives.

In March 1956, the Papys sold it to Amaryk Aldo and his wife, Charlotte, for $115,500.

In April 1962, the Aldos spent $200 to transfer ownership to Wisteria Island Inc., whose principals were Aldo himself, acting as the company’s president, and Secretary Jack A. Davis.

In January 1967, Wisteria Island Inc. sold it for $317,750 to F.E.B. Corp., which in 1972 bought additional bay bottom from the state.

tohara@keysnews.com

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The Facebook thread reported in yesterday’s sea, land and air fantasies, and other death-defying feats – Key West post at goodmorningkeywest.com  sprouted a few more feathers and wings – here’s the whole enchilada, to date:

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  • Pat Guest Raindance is messing with Mother Nature just like your comment about mosquitoes. Be careful what you wish for. The love of your life cannot be helped by you or anyone else until she decides to help herself. Best of luck with your trials. God bless.
    Sloan Bashinsky Hi, Pat – interesting observation, rain dance. Maybe I’m wrong, but I doubt such a dance has an effect, if it is not okay with the spirit world. You are right about Kari, too. I’ve been with the love of my life before, different woman, and it didn’t work out, and she was not an addict, at least not a chemical addict. She had addictions to her religion, capitalism. Din’t mix well with being with a man being run by angels, who could care less about those addictions. What a trip, my life.
    Sloan Bashinsky Pat, did you ever see the movie, “The Emerald Forest”? In it, a young white man, who was abducted by a South American Amazon wild tribe when he was a tot, and raised by them, and learned their ways, uses shamanic methods to create a huge flood, which takes out a new dam on a river, and protects that part of the Amazon for a while longer, from further ravaging by civilization. I walked with a Lakota Sioux woman about that movie, said to her that it was a nice story, but that stuff didn’t ever happen. She looked at me, said, I was mistaken; that sort of stuff indeed can happen. I dunno, as driven as Key West and the Keys are to develop and develop and change what Mother Nature created, perhaps it wouldn’t be terrible for people, who have the ability, to throw up a few road blocks. A different form of guerrilla warfare, a different kind of insurgency. Surely the white folks didn’t expect Mother Nature to play by their rules? Surely the city officials didn’t expect street people to play by the city officials’ rules, when the city officials bend their rules to suit themselves? It’s fun thinking about weird payback, even if it don’t happen.
    Sloan Bashinsky This morning at Winn-Dixie, Kari found a new bird feather, which she said was a bad feather, it would produce a hurricane, and she was not going to use it. I showed her this FB thread. She laughed. Perhaps these ladybirds had something to do with it .
    Feather Talk
    Lady Hawke
    Mary Poppins
    Wjames Baldwin are these representative Drawing’s of the Angels?
    • Sloan Bashinsky One can only hope , although I always viewed the drawings as shaman drawings, living, pro-active visions, which had their own agendas; but that seemed beyond most people’s jargon/perspective, and often I called the drawings, soul drawings.
    • Wjames Baldwin So you have never seen them? only heard or felt their messages?
    • Sloan Bashinsky I feel them when I’m drawing them, or rather, they are drawing themselves through me. I get messages during the drawing time, and afterward, about them/their drawing. Then, they come back around from time to time, as they, or something, stir. The angels are much more noisy, coming at me in every dream, of which I have several each night and even in nap dreams. And sometimes they come at me in waking visions, sometimes I hear them in plain English, when I’m awake, more often I hear them in plain English, when I’m asleep. They have other ways of sending me messages, when I’m awake, usually physical sensations, sometimes with electrical component, or chemical component. The drawings, however, are smooth and gentle, feel invigorating, and they take their own form and shape. Seldom do I know what any of a drawing might look like, before it starts coming through me. Sometimes I have a vague theme, or a vague image. Sometimes they tell me what’s coming in, how to handle it. It’s an “ah, ha” knowing, not something I hear. I get lots of “ah, ha” knowings out of the blue, without drawing anything. A bit different than before the angels arrived in early 1987 and initiated the “new regime”, which has been seriously difficult, with some fun, if I am able to maintain a wry sense of humor.
    • Wjames Baldwin interesting… ever hear anything about John Keel and his book Mothman Prophecies?
    • Sloan Bashinsky No, googling only brings up sketchy information. What’s the gists of the Mothman Prophesies. I’m being run by angels, but I have had direct ET encounter. And some direct demon encounters. Mostly, I encounter demons though people they are running, usually the people are unaware of being run in that way. But not always. According to the SPEAR OF DESTINY, by Treavor Ravenscroft, Hitler knew he was being run, as did his top henchmen know they were being run. Demons ran G.W. Bush and his henchmen, into the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Doubt Bush was aware, Cheney and Rumsfeld might have been aware. Demons ran Barack Obama to continue those two wars and accept the Nobel Peace Prize, while doing so. Demons ran Lyndon Johnson et. al. to war in Vietnam. Prophesies are a slippery slope, as all who have tried to unravel the Book of Revelation in the New Testament have proven. In one of his letters. Paul told his followers they should stop having sex, because Christ’s return was imminent and there was no point in producing more children. If Christendom had stopped having sex, it would have died out, waiting on Christ to return.
    • Wjames Baldwin Well, I would not be quit sure how to explain what is essentially an unexplained phenomenon. People claimed to have seen this Creature or Being before a bridge collapse at Point Pleasant West Virginia.
      That said, some of your drawings are reminiscent in feature if not in bearing and presence, as described by the witnesses.
    • Sloan Bashinsky This “creature” below managed to find me on Facebook about the time I was moving into a paradise mating relationship with Kari Dangler, who is homeless and has plenty of other attributes, which this “creature” seems to present. This photo was taken over Asheville, NC, where my younger daughter lives. She and her sister, and their mother, already had prepped me in dreams for the relationship with Kari moving deeper. I knew when I saw the photo that I was looking at a supernatural being, and that it either was Kari, or her soul, or it was running the production, which was her and my being paired. And that it would be an … interesting … adventure. Other adjectives also seemed applicable … wild, stressful, testing, beautiful, ecstatic … wild. I don’t get much in the way of “end times” or “earth change” prophesies. Just what’s coming my way, and often I don’t understand the message until what it messages arrives and is engaging me, and vice versa.

      Asheville
    • Sloan Bashinsky some other “visions”

      Fantasy Fest feline 2
    • Heart Throb
    • about time
    • Devil or Angel
  • Wjames Baldwin Well I like the drawings but that picture of weather is just photoshop, and there are claims that it was “taken” in dozens of places. Double Click on the image and select, Search Google for this image.Best of luck to you and yours.
  • Sloan Bashinsky I thought maybe it might be photo shop, too, but I know what the angels of capable of, and how they can use people, and even machines, to send messages to me, in ways nobody else would grok. They have me surrounded. I have no way to run. :-)
  • Wjames Baldwin I understand, and my comment was meant to be only instructional not judgmental.
  • Sloan Bashinsky I took it that way, and was glad for the information.

Continuing my conversation with amigo Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, reported in yesterday’s sea, land and air fantasies, and other death-defying feats – Key West post at goodmorningkeywest.com, Jerry wrote:

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Hi Sloan—I get migraines and constipation —so take your pick–
Klonopin 1 mgm at night–you won’t feel it and will not alter your cognition
not alter your brain activity but will ameliorate your bowel problem–moderate the GI tract–lasts over 12 hours..

I have had deep loves before marriage–that were concluded catastrophically—so that is life
and Love with women—-I have my share of disasters –we are members of the same club.

There were some transcendental times also.–we survive –found a beautiful wife ultimately–luck
referred by an former girlfriends mother that really liked me. Law practice –maybe not your nature.
got to go–Jerry.

[As I recall Jerry telling me, he practiced psychiatry more than 50 years in Key West and the Florida Keys, before he retired. He treated every writer in Key West. He was the school districts’ psychiatrist, also. He started programs in the Keys, related to mental health, including MARC House in Key West, and the Guidance Clinic (Rehab) in Marathon. Today, Jerry still sometimes sees private patients, but mostly he is doing all he can to fish, and to enjoy and protect Mother Nature, with his lovely wife, Donna. They used to be avid divers, but gave that up when Jerry got really sick after diving off of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, in Key West. I met Jerry about a year and a half ago, after hearing of him through a mutual acquaintance, Sandy Downs, of Cudjoe Key. Sandy said she had meet Jerry at “cruise ship” meeting, and I needed to meet him. I found Jerry and I seemed to be the only rabid opponents to cruise ships and various other rapers and pillagers of Mother Nature in the Florida Keys and elsewhere. Jerry wrote a book on that global disaster topic, now with a publisher, moving toward publication, I hope.]

I replied:

Hi, Jerry – I had to beg for Klonopin in the state mental [where I had creatively managed to get myself, after telling a story in a private hospital of my first encounter with angels], so I could sleep at night. Usually, the night doctor relented about 1-2 a.m., and wrote the script. I think it was .5 mg. Then, finally, I’d doze off for a little while, maybe 2-3 hours.

I’m super sensitive to both anesthesia and narcotics. During the black night, 1997-98, when I was having night terrors and horrible white hot sores in my throat, caused by Zyprexa and/or Zoloft, and I was terrified of going to sleep, and had trouble going to sleep, my psychiatrist prescribed Zanax, and I took only half a dose one evening, and was loopy through the rest of the next day and night. A couple of tries at that, I stopped the Zanax and went back to suffering.

Before I started practicing law in 1973, a psychiatrist prescribed Valium, .5 mg., 3 times a day, as I recall. It eased the bowel discomfort. Finally, I was taking 1 mg, 3 times a day, as I recall. It seemed to be getting out of hand, so I stopped taking it regularly, but maybe once a week, when I was as tight inside as I figured I could stand, I took a .5 mg tab at bedtime, and the next day went okay, and then it started moving back toward not okay, then to awful. But finally I stopped doing even that, I just didn’t feel right taking pills for what I knew was coming out of my psyche.

Later attempts to treat it with yeast medication, meditation, various diets, herbs, germanium, eastern exercises and esoteric technology sometimes brought relief for a while, but then it went the other way really bad, and I had to discontinue treatment just to get back to feeling awful again.

That’s how I learned the symptoms were produced by something intelligent, which was not going to let me treat it in any conventional or unconventional way. Some of the recoil against treatments was really bad. And, finally, I gave up trying to treat it.

Maybe something will show up in a dream tonight, about this.

I think any man and woman who stick together for a long time and are still enjoying each other’s company are to be envied and applauded.

I concluded I was not cut out to practice law, it was going nowhere, I was going down, and that’s why I stopped doing it. Might have gone differently, if I had gone straight to being a country lawyer, after graduating from law school, and maybe it would have gone straight to hell. I’ll never know.

I still do plenty of it today, but don’t get paid. If I got paid, I’d be practicing law without a license. But any damn fool can give legal advice, lay people do it all the time, and it’s not practicing law, if the fool isn’t getting paid for the advice :-).

Ciao,

Sloan

Jerry wrote:

SLOAN: I understand all that you have written—-you have a sensitivity –in your nature —in your make-up—that relationships, goals, natural world ,
love, art , music , good food , security, books, and even psychotherapy are to be your sources of comfort, peace of mind —etc. — cheers –Jerry

I replied this morning:

Morning, Jerry –

The angels do psychotherapy on me ongoing, the take no prisoners kind. I keep wondering why they don’t do it on everyone?

Agreed, I am super sensitive, which, I imagine, provides fertile ground for all sorts of psychosomatic adventures; I think that also might be called “conversion disorders”?

Nothing in my dreams last night about Klonopin.

A big upheaval with Kari yesterday. I said what I needed to say, my bowel released, finally. I had a decent, mostly comfortable night’s sleep.

Today’s another day, as various time clocks tick away :-).

Maybe more later.

Sloan

I included the link to this below, in yesterday’s post at this website. However, I found it so fetching, and piercing, and wise, that I felt it should get fully displayed today. 

Albert Einstein

15 Quotes From Einstein That Show Why He Was Intelligent Beyond the Universe’s Bounds
Posted Mar 20, by Dominic Trombino
Hmm, this Einstein guy was pretty smart and had some pretty great ideas.

1. When discussing his own talent

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

In a letter to Carl Seelig in 1952

2. On segregation

“There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it.”

From a lecture at Lincoln University in 1946.

3. When asked how he’s doing

“I am doing just fine, considering that I have triumphantly survived Nazism and two wives.”

In a letter to Jakob Ehrat in 1952

4. On the paradox in his own life

“To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.”

Aphorism for a friend in 1930

5. On working alone

“I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart. In the face of all this, I have never lost a sense of distance and the need for solitude.”

From The World As I See It in 1949

6. On the dangers of war

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. The very prevention of war requires more faith, courage and resolution than are needed to prepare for war.”

In a letter to Congressman Robert Hale in 1946

7. On the mysteries of religion

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. This insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms— this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong in the ranks of devoutly religious men.”

From Living Philosophies in 1931

8. On if he identifies as a German or a Jew

“I look upon myself as a man. Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”

To The Saturday Evening Post in 1929

9. On his *unique* personal style

“If I were to start taking care of my grooming, I would no longer be my own self.”

From a letter to Elsa Lowenthal in 1913.

10. On reading

“Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theater is tempted to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life.”

To The Saturday Evening Post in 1929.

11. What other job he’d like to have

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music … I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.”

To The Saturday Evening Post in 1929.

12. On receiving praise

“The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.”

13. On the meaning of life

“What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? To answer this question at all implies a religion. Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it? I answer, the man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.”

From The World As I See It in 1949.

14. On his own fame

“The cult of individual personalities is always, in my view, unjustified. To be sure, nature distributes her gifts variously among her children. But there are plenty of the well-endowed ones too, thank God, and I am firmly convinced that most of them live quiet, unregarded lives. It strikes me as unfair, and even in bad taste, to select a few of them for boundless admiration, attributing superhuman powers of mind and character to them. This has been my fate, and the contrast between the popular estimate of my powers and achievements and the reality is simply grotesque.”

From The World As I See It in 1949

15. On education

“School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. The teachers behaved like Feldwebel (sergeants). I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam. What I hated most was the competitive system there, and especially sports. Because of this, I wasn’t worth anything, and several times they suggested I leave. This was a Catholic School in Munich. I felt that my thirst for knowledge was being strangled by my teachers; grades were their only measurement. How can a teacher understand youth with such a system?”

Published in Einstein and the Poet: In Search of the Cosmic Man in 1983

tattoos

Kari, with the horseshoe tattoo, sez one of her ancestors was married to King Henry, who had her killed because she did not give him male offspring; he killed a number of wives for that reason, Kari said. And one of her ancestors was Jesse James. And another was Mark Twain. And, she says, my role in life is to shake things, and between us, we could shake things real good. I said the way to shake things is to stand in front of a mirror, and get to really know yourself; that’s what the angels have been doing to me, since they first showed up in late 1987.

That’s all for today, folks.

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sea, land and air fantasies, and other death-defying feats – Key West

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Facebook fantasma spawned by yesterday’s bitten and other angry birds and drunk mosquitoes vagrant arts and spiced up crafts productions, Key West of Weird post at goodmorningkeywest.com:

Kari and Sloan
Kari Dangler and moi
  • Karen Livingston, Stephanie Hoops and Dianne Lawson Baker like this. [Dianne Lawson Baker is my first wife, mother of my three children.]
  • Pat Guest Raindance is messing with Mother Nature just like your comment about mosquitoes. Be careful what you wish for. The love of your life cannot be helped by you or anyone else until she decides to help herself. Best of luck with your trials. God bless.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Hi, Pat – interesting observation, rain dance. Maybe I’m wrong, but I doubt such a dance has an effect, if it is not okay with the spirit world. You are right about Kari, too. I’ve been with the love of my life before, different woman, and it didn’t work out, and she was not an addict, at least not a chemical addict. She had addictions to her religion, capitalism. Didn’t mix well with being with a man being run by angels, who could care less about those addictions. What a trip, my life.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Pat, did you ever see the movie, “The Emerald Forest”? In it, a young white man, who was abducted by a South American Amazon wild tribe when he was a tot, and raised by them, and learned their ways, uses shamanic methods to create a huge flood, which takes out a new dam on a river, and protects that part of the Amazon for a while longer, from further ravaging by civilization. I walked with a Lakota Sioux woman about that movie, said to her that it was a nice story, but that stuff didn’t ever happen. She looked at me, said, I was mistaken; that sort of stuff indeed can happen. I dunno, as driven as Key West and the Keys are to develop and develop and change what Mother Nature created, perhaps it wouldn’t be terrible for people, who have the ability, to throw up a few road blocks. A different form of guerrilla warfare, a different kind of insurgency. Surely the white folks didn’t expect Mother Nature to play by their rules? Surely the city officials didn’t expect street people to play by the city officials’ rules, when the city officials bend their rules to suit themselves? It’s fun thinking about weird payback, even if it don’t happen.
    The Emerald Forest
  • Sloan Bashinsky This morning at Winn-Dixie, Kari found a new bird feather, which she said was a bad feather, it would produce a hurricane, and she was not going to use it. I showed her this FB thread. She laughed. Perhaps these ladybirds had something to do with it .

    Sloan Bashinsky's photo.“Feather Talk”
  • Sloan Bashinsky

    Sloan Bashinsky's photo.“Lady Hawke”
  • Sloan Bashinsky

    Sloan Bashinsky's photo.“Mary Poppins”
  • Wjames Baldwin are these representative Drawing’s of the Angels?
  • Sloan Bashinsky One can only hope :-), although I always viewed the drawings as shaman drawings, living, pro-active visions, which had their own agendas; but that seemed beyond most people’s jargon/perspective, and often I called the drawings, soul drawings.

Amiga Christine Russell, aka Jaguar Woman, replied to yesterday’s bitten and other angry birds and drunk mosquitoes vagrant arts and spiced up crafts productions, Key West of Weird post at goodmorningkeywest.com:

Christine Russelljaguar

Hello Sloan -
I have been thinking about Kari since I met her.  She is a nice woman.  She has great potential. But she needs to bite the bullet, get clean and change her life.  EASIER SAID than done.  She CAN do it, but only she can make that decision. It also means once sober, she needs to change her friends and who she hangs around with (I am not talking about you Sloan!)  Maybe moving away and being around those who are a good influence rather than those who drag her down into their world.
And I know you Sloan, are facing a change and a move.  You said some things below in your blog today:
Besides, I don’t want to live here any more. I’d be insane to want to live here any more. I’d be insane to stay here.
I told Kari last night, a peace came over me yesterday, when I understood there is no way I can live on the street in Key West again. Been there, done that, several times. There is no reason for me to do it again. If it comes to that, I’ll just fill my backpack with the bare essentials and start walking, out of the Keys, with my thumb out. I have done plenty of hitchhiking. I liked hitchhiking. I met lots of interesting people hitchhiking, who I didn’t have to stick with for long. I’d just disappear. Key West would not hear from me again.
I told the vicious van dweller criminals yesterday, although I know and love a lot of people here, and I would not want any of them harmed, if Key West simply disappeared, was no longer, it would not bother me in the least. I could care less what comes of this place, which thinks it is so important. This city has no clue what is important. Humanity has no clue what is important.
So where to start with these thoughts Sloan?!  I like you Sloan.  You have a good heart.  I worry about you.  Actually I worry about a lot.  You said that this city has no clue. Well, name me one city or government that that does!  Maybe some cities are a little more highly functioning, but they all suffer the same disease – they are conventional, conservative thinkers – but these difficult times call for unconventional minds and creative solutions.  All government seems to keep doing the same things over and over – but expecting different results – yup, Einstein’s definition of insanity and so true.  As Dr Phil would say ‘How’s that workin’ for ya?”  NOT WELL I think most citizens would respond.
And the whole world seems to also be clueless.  We live day to day. We all have our problems, but the world is in a desparate way.  Maybe I read too much.  The last several years I have had a great interest and concern about water.  Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink – we are coming to that.  This past week I have been seriously reading about water.  I had forgotten about the Bush’s buying up 300,000 acres in SA which contains the worlds largest aquifer.  So again I began reading and what I find is sickening and scary.  Water, the next oil, is being bought up by the world banks, the Rockefellers, JP Morgan, Citigroup, all of them. They are buying up anything associated with water, including struggling local goverments allowning the privatization of some public water systems!  And there is nothing we little folk can do to stop it.  Now I understand why these evil banks have been stockpiling their money, re-writing the laws that governs them.  And it is not just water the greedy bastard bankers are buying up – it is infrastructure, it is agribuisness.  It is depressing.  How has the world come to this.  In many ways I wish I was one of the blind unaware lemmings, but I have hopes to escape the conventional world.
So Sloan about you and your living arrangements.  If you really don’t like it here, which I do understand, and you are thinking about heading north.  Consider St Pete.  A really cool city, as far as American cities go.  If I had to live anywhere in the US and did not like winter and snow, I would definately live in St Pete.  It is a much better managed city and VERY affordable with a BEAUTIFUL downtown.  I just talked to someone yesterday by email who you would know by name, and they moved to St Pete last year. Think outside the box Sloan!  Once you get away from here you will realize there are other better places to live.I used to be happier here before I discovered Panama and then Uruguay.  Be open minded.  Don’t think of reasons to not move.  Think of reasons to move on to a better life Emoji
Christine
LOOK HOW AFFORADBLE ST PETE IS! Emoji  When you look on Craigslist you have to look under Tampa Bay Area and then select “pnl” for Pinellas County for the St Pete listings.  Brian and I can help you with what are better areas of town and those to avoid if you like.  It really is a wonderful town – I count days until our next trip which will hopefully be soon Emoji
Mar 24 Furnished Bedroom and Private Bath close to Maderia Beach $450 / 1400ft2 – (seminole fl) pic map
Mar 24 Great area close to Maderia Beach Furnished $450 / 1400ft2 – (seminole fl) pic map
Mar 24 $550 Room Female/Furnished/All Utilities Included /Pool/Own Fridge $550 / 1344ft2 – (Largo-Clearwater) pic map
Mar 24 Room and Board Offered (Discounted rent) $120 (Largo) pic map
Mar 24 Resort style living, Uti, WiFi, ALL INCLUSIVE pvt entry!!!!!!!!!!! $525 / 1000ft2 – (St. Petersburg) pic map
Mar 24 HANDYMAN WORK WANTED EXCHANGE FOR EFFICIENCY ROOM FOR A MAN 350ft2 – (ST PETERSBURG33709) map
Mar 24 Room for rent — Sober Living $445 / 70ft2 – (St. Petersburg) pic map

I replied:

Hi, Christine – thanks for your concerns for me, and for your thoughts. Where I really don’t wish to live any more is in this house, for the reasons stated in today’s post, and I only provided a sketch. I don’t care to live in Key West any more, but I could do it, if I had a place to live inside. Unless money falls on me out of the sky in the next few days, that’s not going to be a choice for me. I can’t afford to rent an apartment in St. Petersburg, either. Or in Birmingham.

On my Soc. Sec. retirement, I could afford affordable senior rental housing, but I’m toward the back of a very long waiting list in Key West – 2-5 years they said, when I put in my application about 3 months ago. Hitchhiking, as a way of life; sleeping outside, or wherever is available, is what I meant to describe in today’s post. That would be seriously different.

I’m 72 years old. There is nothing I can do about what is going down on this planet. There is nothing I can do about what is going down in Key West, or in the Florida Keys. I proved the latter two venues are not open to creative, out of the box, perspectives and solutions, by running for public office 8 times down here, and you yourself told me I was not a viable candidate. My ideas were viable, but dead on being spoken, as far as the people hearing those ideas were concerned. It’s more fun for me to poke the establishment, than to try to change it. I does not want to change. It fights, and will fight, attempts to change it, with all its might.

As for Kari, she is on her own transit, and, yes, she has to make the calls for herself. How that’s going to go, how it will go for her and me, I have no clue. Mystery and surprise are super intense in paradise mating relationships, which simply are so outside the box that they are not even of this world.

Meanwhile, I have no clue if I will wake up tomorrow on this planet. I don’t have a clue what lies ahead, and I don’t know anyone who does. The planet could burp tonight, and toss all living creatures, small and large, into the atmosphere, and that would rearrange everything on this world. Angels could start doing inside of everyone what they have done, and still are doing, inside of me, and that would rearrange everything on this world. That’s way outside the box.

Maybe more later …

P.S. I lay down for a nap, dreamed of a number of Key West goings on I need to attend. My travel agents’ (the angels) way of telling me their itinerary for me. I’m their conscripted pack donkey, so it don’t look like I’m hitchhiking out of here any time soon. That’s way out of the box, too – being bossed around and corrected by angels.

Mother Nature lover/activist amigo Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, replied to yesterday’s bitten and other angry birds and drunk mosquitoes vagrant arts and spiced up crafts productions, Key West of Weird post at goodmorningkeywest.com:

great whitepsychiatrist interviews

SLOAN: read it all –what a morass –swamp of pitfalls.
I just had a patient –younger than Kari—break out of her
second Rehab–drinking and disappeared–helping another therapist
we moved heaven and hell to get her in –and now —she tossed it all away–

Don’t try to define falling in love –it is an elevator in free fall—In 81 years
I have done much and experienced much –enriched by adding all my patients as well.!
If you are reasonably healthy –most important and also significant a place to live.
Kari responsible for her own dilemmas—.
but I know you feel them —–Hang in life changes –to goodness knows what –IMPROVES ==
hopefully —–best wishes most seriously–fight against injustice both of us;;;;;Jerry

I replied:

Hi, Jerry – I don’t know how to define love; it seems to define itself, and, yes, it can be free fall. However, I know it when I feel it; it’s palpable. And, it’s not of this world. The dark spirits hate love, do all possible to kill it, or at least twist it to their advantage.

The Sufi poet Rumi wrote, once, “What you call love is but subtle degrees of domination. Love is like the moon in the window, it’s just there.” Paradise mating proves that ad nauseam. Not for the faint-hearted. Not of this world, but on it, which is what makes it so “exquisite” – other adjectives also applicable, given the mood in any particular moment and situation the couple are having.

I am not mostly healthy. I have had a crippling bowel disorder since I was 26 years old. It onset overnight, with no prior warning. It really acts up when the spirit work is heavy, which is the case now. I’m watching the clock tick down, wondering if there will be an 11th hour “rescue,” but not holding my breath. Been in this place too many times, to be holding my breath.

I feel no responsibility to try to save the planet, or people, or Kari. I do feel responsibility to do my best with each thing I am arranged to engage. That’s my spiritual discipline. Simple. But hardly easy, and often seriously complicated. A different drum beat than the drums mainstream beats. Not of this world drum beat, actually, while still on this world.

Sloan

Jerry wrote:

Hi Sloan: “if one advances –confidently- in the direction of his dreams
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined”—he has a chance –of
meeting ” with success unexpected in common hours.” ” If a man does not keep pace with his companions it is because he hears a different drummer” it is best to advance in that direction—however counter culture it may be. (-advice—just for you and me partially from Henry David Thoreau.)

You have irritable bowel syndrome —unless you might have many of the many of the bowel entities like– Crohn’s disease but unlikely–yours seems classic emotionally based —-we all have some stress disorder.–unless we aren’t really living… have a decent evening—or a good one—Jerry ..

I replied:

Hi, Jerry – irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, the name don’t change how it feels. Dream around 4 a.m. today pointed to the time when it hit me out of the blue. I was clerking for a federal judge in Birmingham, mixed up inside about my future. I had come to want to be a country lawyer, when I was in law school. But my father and his father had had a tizzy about that, and the federal judge’s law clerk quit suddenly, I heard about it, and applied for the position and was hired. I was still in a tizzy about my infant son dying not long before.

Anyway, I was not making progress toward deciding what I was going to do after the clerkship ended, and my bowel locked up, and that increased the stress dramatically.

Finally, I decided to go to work for my father’s company, instead of practice law, which was a total cop out. 4 years of that, I was in serious trouble emotionally, mentally, spiritually. I quit, was taken on by a small local law firm. But the damage apparently was done. The bowel trouble was now part of me, it responded poorly to anything I tried, medically, dietetic, exercise, meditation, psychotherapy. That’s what finally led to my stopping practicing law and going off into the wild blue yonder, hoping to find a cure in the alternative healing arenas, which never happened.

I had a dream this morning, about going to Paris. Back when my clerkship was winding down, and the judge told me that going to work for my father was a bad idea. My wife thought it was a bad idea, too. The judge offered to let me clerk another year, if I wished. But I felt I needed to move ahead, and staying on as his law clerk would cause further difficulties for me, psychically and otherwise.

My wife, hoping to help me come to my senses, persuaded me to go with her on a 1 month trip to Scotland and parts of Europe, including Paris. When we reached New York City, we flew up to Albany to see one of my college fraternity brothers, who had married a New York City girl. I had been part of them meeting each other. He had been really wowed that I wanted to be a country lawyer, instead of something more “conventional”. But by this time, I was way past that, or so I thought.

From Albany, back to NY City. On one day there, I bumped into two other college fraternity brothers, at different times, figure the odds of that. Both were living in NY City, working for Wallstreet law firms. That night, we dined, as prearranged, with another of my fraternity brothers, also in NY City practicing law. Hello? Duh. I still didn’t get the message.

So, off to Scotland, where, by and by, we ended up at St. Andrews, and I just had to play a round of golf, even though I had not been playing and my game was not good. So, well, yep, I ended up playing with two Scotsmen about my father’s age, one a lawyer, the other a playwright. They were kind and gracious. It was a lovely outing, even though I played as I had expected. Still, I didn’t get it.

From Scotland, to London, to catch a flight to Paris, and so on down to the French Rivera, then to Italy, then to Austria, then to Germany, then to Denmark, then to America, to go to work for my father’s company, the dumbest thing I may ever have done in this life, so far.

The angels, of which I knew nothing back then, sure did try to get my attention. The “penalty” was horrific. Just one example, of many examples I could give today, of why, when the angels tell me to do something, or not to do something, or to do something differently, I do my best to comply.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking toward my not having a place to live, and not being able to afford another place. The physical strain is grave. My heart is being spun all over the place (Kari). Her mother is freaking out about me. It ain’t that I’m the sort of guy any girl’s mom wants for a “son in law”. I’ve been there before, it’s familiar.

And, I’m getting plenty well intended advice about Kari, from concerned friends who probably feel about her about like her mother feels about me. The problem all the way around is, yep, the angels. They have their own way, and it never has seemed to jive with the human way.

Paris also represents love to me. I woke up this morning, hearing the song, “April Love”.

In a nap dream yesterday afternoon, I had a bunch of unidentified stuff lined up for me in Key West. I told Kari later, the dream left me feeling I’m not scheduled to leave Key West anytime soon.

The angels are clowns. I feel awful. I have very little money. I am spirit-blocked from making a living wage doing that I’m good a doing. The angels have coupled me with Kari, who has her own steep row to hoe. The streets of Key West beckon me, again.

The angels are clowns, and I’m their fool :-). It’s been that way a long time. Maybe they will have mercy on me. I sure could use a bit, translates to a lot, of relief.

Sloan

lawyer
P.S. irony – Not a day passes, that I don’t give someone, or someones, in Key West or the Florida Keys, legal advice, gratis. I’m a country lawyer, for this area sure is out in the sticks.

Also, I’m a playwrite. Jesus, Jerry. Yesterday brought the 2800th post at goodmorningkeywest.com, which came on online in July 2007. That’s a stage unlike any I ever saw or heard tell of. As was goodmorningfloridakeys.com, when it was active – it came online later in 2007. And then came online goodmorningbirmingham.com.

I was having trouble getting into bigpinekey.com’s Coconut Telelgraph forum, and yesterday I used a county library computer to try to go there, and lo and beyold, that website no longer. My friend who ran it since 2002, “Deer Ed,” who built goodmorningkeywest.com for me, and showed me how to use it, and then he built goodmorningfloridakeys.com, has quit. He was burned out. Posted there that he is taking a “Black Sabbatical”, but he hopes to return, someday.

Might be more in play than that. Might be, Deer Ed promoted his readers taking anoynomous cheap shots at any and every one. Might be, he told his readers the right wing columnist, From the Right (FTR), was not paying for air time on the Coconut Telegraph, which was not true. He was paying the same amount I paid for air time there.

Karma has funny ways of playing out, and often the happy recipient never connects the dots.

This morning in the parking lot at Winn-Dixie, Marnie Brown, who has operated the Good Foods Conspiracy Health Food Store on Big Pine Key since the early 1980s, I was a steady customer there, when I lived on Little Torch Key, attacked me verbally, as I was talking with Kari. What, I’m trying to help the homeless again? Give them all of my money again? No, I said, I don’t have any money to give to them. What, you gave it all away, again? Yeah, pretty much, I said.

Kari said, something else was bothering Marnie. I agreed. Maybe my being with Kari. But Kari said, maybe something I wrote about somone else, which Marnie didn’t like. Maybe she’s friends with Randi Cohen Brown, or related to her. [Randi is the Executive Director of Southern Assistance Homeless League, which operates KOTS, Key West’s homeless shelter.] I said I doubted that, but there was something chewing Marnie. I said I heard she is selling Good Foods Conspiracy.

To my knowledge, Jerry, I never did anything to Marnie, which would have caused her to come at me like that – she was vicious, kinda like my landlady. And, she bills herself as a Reverend. And she has told me she voted for me, when I ran for county commission. And she wished I would not talk about angels and my dreams as candidate forums. I told her, what, she wanted me to lie? And, she being a New Age healer, why did she have problems with me talking about angels and dreams?

What a life I live. The angels have no scruples, when it comes to testing me.

You might like this, which mi amigo Todd German sent on Facebook today. I told Todd that Einstein kinda reminds me of Mark Twain.

Mark Twain on lightning

Todd German Safari

Todd German

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Hmm, this Einstein guy was pretty smart and had some pretty great ideas.

And you might like this, which mi amigo Nick Anderson sailed over this morning.

I'd rather eat with bums

April fool

Deer Ed started using that dancing fool to portray me, after some of his regular readers started calling me “The Fool on Little Torch (FOLT).

Ciao,

Sloan
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Kari and Sloan

Kari and Sloan, at Burger King

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Mother Nature lover/activist Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiarty, replied to yesterday’s paradise mating, Key West recruitment poster cop, USA War Joy, Inc. post at goodmorningkeywest.com:

Sloan; we will just hope –with you– that Kari gets into rehab. and if so
she will find it compatible with her life’s objectives and her immediate goals
certainly—:.(.one step at a time.) —–Jerry

I replied:

Kari didn’t do it today. Rehab is up to Kari, can’t say I blame her for not wanting to do it, and ending up in jail and maybe even prison afterward, for probation violation: she wasn’t supposed to drink. I have plenty of alligators and crocodiles of my own nipping at me, having nothing to do with her. Hard to imagine how I can sustain a relationship with a woman, given said alligators and crocodiles.

Jerry wrote:

SLOAN: there is nothing very easy about life ; just don’t get bitten too badly or at all.
you will have to tread so carefully —I am immersed with a load of difficult
stuff of all sorts right now.—I wish us both luck -seriously—Jerry

I replied before dawn this morning:

Hi, Jerry –

I don’t see how to live on this world and not get bitten badly, many times. Avoiding being bitten is avoiding living.

Kari said last night at Bayview Park, that she’s still trying to figure out why we fell in love. I said there is no way to figure that out. The mind has no clue about such matters; as someone once wrote, “The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”

I went over to Bayview to see Kari, because I missed her, and she had called to say her probation officer had called earlier in the day, demanding a face to face at 8 a.m. today. Kari said, if she had not given me permission to use her name and tell her stories, her probation officer would not know what I published, but since she did give me permission, here we are.

In fact, just my stupid mystic opinion, Kari’s stories, and her and my story, and many of my stories, are far more important, in the human-cosmic sense, than anything I deal with politically in Key West and the Florida Keys.

I told Kari last night, that I’d been having it out with the angels yesterday, for their going about dealing with her troubles in a secular way, when the angels have all along told me there is no secular cure to spiritual disorders. I said, 5 times she’s done rehab, the traditional way, and even more times counting being in jail, and it didn’t stop her from drinking. Confining her again will produce a different result? Isn’t a definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result? :-)

After visiting with Kari yesterday morning and learning she had not gotten onto the city bus and gone to Marathon, to try to get into the Guidance Clinic, I was flooded with the basics of paradise mating, a subject I broached in yesterday’s post, and have broached from time to time in posts at my websites. At the top of the flood yesterday was, if an Adam man and an Eve woman selected by angels to enter a paradise mating ritual stick with it, ride it through, rough as it can be to do that, the fate of humanity is altered; the curse of Eve, re the fall story in Genesis, is undone, it’s gone; humanity can move forward, again.

Of course, I hardly expect anyone to believe that. How could anyone believe that, who has not had my experiences, seen what I have seen, heard what I have heard, felt what I have felt? I told two good vicious van dweller friends at Higgs Beach last night, that 90-95 percent of what I experience, I experience with the angels alone, because when something happens, people see it one way, and I see it another way, because the angels changed me to see it another way.

Kari is on the precipice, the brink, the edge, of seeing most things that happen another way. My friend, Brenda, in north Georgia, sees many things another way, from how everyone else she knows, but me, sees things that happen. That’s what happens to people who, like Brenda, are in shaman training. There is no way a shaman can continue to see life in the way the shaman saw life before shaman training began.

Kari has told me several times, the reason she stopped painting people’s auras, which she is able to see when she takes the time to see their auras, is because she saw one person’s aura, it was red and weird shaped, and she painted it, and a day or so later, that person was killed in an automobile wreck. Kari said she didn’t want to know when people were going to die. She did not want to be the messenger for that. So she quit painting people’s auras.

Kari told me a while back of how a Native American fellow, a Seminole, as I recall, taught her how to do a rain dance. To prepare, required a bird giving her a feather, which she would use in the ceremony. Once she had the bird’s feather, she could do the ceremony anytime, and it would rain. A bird gave her a feather.

Kari said mother was complaining about how dry it was in Missouri. So, Kari did the rain dance, and pointed the feather at the part of Missouri where her mother lived. A deluge came, and it kept coming, and her mother said it was way too much rain, it needed to stop, but Kari didn’t know how to stop it, because she had not asked the Native American how to stop it. Kari said, when she saw him again, she asked if there was a dance to stop the rain, and he said, yes, but she had not asked him how to do that dance, so …

Kari told me last night, after it started raining hard, and we had run for shelter under the awnings at Horace O’Bryant Middle School, across the street from Bayview Park, that she had done a rain dance for Key West the other day.

I had been complaining about having to use Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority water to irrigate my garden plot in the GLEE garden at May Sands School, because I had learned when I gardened on my land on Little Torch Key, that my vegetable plants liked rainwater far better than Aqueduct water, and I had learned the same thing when I had gardened on the mainland: vegetable plants far prefer rainwater to municipal treated water.

The GLEE garden has two rainwater collectors (cisterns), which are attached to pipes, which are attached to the roof gutters, which trap rainwater and fill the cisterns. The cisterns were empty, after so long without rain here. The fresh water lens under the school yard, which for many years has provided fresh water, via a hand pump, was not pumping water. The deluge last night replenished the cisterns, and perhaps the lens.

Let’s take that a bit further. Let’s ponder what a rain dance majeure, even greater than the one Kari produced in Missouri, might do to Key West and the Florida Keys. Let’s ponder a monsoon such as many places on this planet experience for months on end. Let’s ponder the effect that would have on, hmmm, tourism – exponential decrease – :-). Let’s ponder, hmmm, the effect that would have on the local mosquito population – exponential increase. Let’s ponder, hmmm, the effect that would have on ocean salinity, and how that would effect the fishes and sea vegetation.

Yesterday afternoon, a fellow and I intersected on our bicycles, he knew me, but I did knot know him – fame has its ups and downs. He asked what I thought about the genetically-altered mosquitoes, which are getting so much attention today in the Florida Keys? Just today, in the Key West Citizen [keysnews.com], is an article on that. I said, I’d always heard it ain’t smart to fuck with Mother Nature; it ain’t smart to piss her off. Her mosquitoes serve her ends, they are here for a reason, her reason. The fellow said he agreed.

I told Kari last night, before the deluge came, that it makes no sense whatsoever that the angels put her and me together, for us to be controlled by what angels view as having no chance of helping humanity, or us. It goes against all the angels have taught me, for Kari and I to be driven, controlled, by human thinking and ways.

I tell Kari repeatedly, what I told my vicious van dweller criminals at Higgs Beach yesterday afternoon: that angels do not think like human beings, nor does God, and that’s the problem, because human beings try to get angels and God to think like human beings.

This situation I’m in where I am living, which has me moving out at the end of this month and being homeless, is bizarre. I did what any sane person would do. When the Latvian living here with his Latvian wife got drunk and attacked her and this house, I called the cops. And for doing that, and for later that day telling the Latvian I was thinking about reporting him to US Immigration, to have him sent back to Latvia where he belongs, I was told I had to move out. The other men living here sided with the owner of this house. The cops sided with her, when she told them to go away.

Kari said my landlady is nuts. That is correct. I told Kari of when Brenda lived here in the fall of 2005, at my landlady’s request. My landlady had told me that she needed help with housekeeping and yard work, to get the house and grounds back in shape, after taking 3 1/2 feet of saltwater during Hurricane Wilma. I, too, lived here part of that time, but part of that time I was in Birmingham. Brenda came down from north Georgia, on Greyhound, to help my landlady.

Brenda reminded me last night, that my landlady’s niece, who lived in New Orleans, after Katrina had plastered that area, came here to stay with her aunt for a couple of weeks. Fantasy Fest was in swing. The niece went there one night, and then came back to her aunt’s house, saying she had been raped at Fantasy Fest. Brenda then watched the aunt, my landlady, attack her niece, beating her with her hands and arms. Then, the police were called. They came, took the niece to the hospital, to be examined, for rape. No mention of my landlady beating her.

When I told Kari that last night, she said my landlady is nuts.

She attacked me in that same way, several times, after I called the cops on her Latvian fellow tenant, because I was not willing to wait to see if he was going to beat his wife up, or kill her; because I was not willing to wait to see if he was going to do even more damage to this house. And it’s me who is being evicted. Is that some weird version of the Stockholm syndrome? My landlady sided with the fellow who attacked his wife and this house. Actually, right after that attack, my landlady was screaming at the Latvian’s wife, demanding to know what she had done to her husband, to cause him to attack her and this house.

What caused it was he was drunk, and he is mentally deranged, perhaps from combat in Iraq, he was with NATO there, I was told by a mutual friend. But then, he often has said, plenty loud, that he’s a man, and men have a right to get drunk whenever they want, and to be loud whenever they want. The night I was told to leave, immediately, my landlady brought out a bottle of vodka, a very big bottle, and offered it to the Latvian, told him to drink all he wanted, to get as drunk as he wanted to get. Are we having fun yet, Jerry?

The Lativan and his wife drank steadily yesterday and the day before, starting mid-morning. I figure something is going to happen. It has to happen. Only when will it happen?

Kari, others, are hoping my landlady will have a change of heart, and tell me I don’t have to move out. One of the vicious van dweller criminals asked me yesterday, if I could grovel before my landlady, tell her I was sorry, I had fucked up, even though I didn’t mean it? Not a chance, I said. It would be a lie. Soul prostitution. Besides, I don’t want to live here any more. I’d be insane to want to live here any more. I’d be insane to stay here.

I told Kari last night, a peace came over me yesterday, when I understood there is no way I can live on the street in Key West again. Been there, done that, several times. There is no reason for me to do it again. If it comes to that, I’ll just fill my backpack with the bare essentials and start walking, out of the Keys, with my thumb out. I have done plenty of hitchhiking. I liked hitchhiking. I met lots of interesting people hitchhiking, who I didn’t have to stick with for long. I’d just disappear. Key West would not hear from me again.

I told the vicious van dweller criminals yesterday, although I know and love a lot of people here, and I would not want any of them harmed, if Key West simply disappeared, was no longer, it would not bother me in the least. I could care less what comes of this place, which thinks it is so important. This city has no clue what is important. Humanity has no clue what is important.

Although it would be hell for homeless people, if Key West enjoyed a several months monsoon, it would be great for Mother Nature. I don’t know if Kari is inclined to do that kind of rain dance. I don’t know if the angels would cooperate with that kind of rain dance. But it would be a side-splitting howler, if they did cooperate, and she did it, and Key West and the Florida Keys received, not 40 days and nights of rain, but 6 months of it. Every year.

Meanwhile, Kari meets with her probation officer this morning. Maybe that gets Kari back in jail. Where she will dry out. She said, the last time she was in jail, right after Sheriff Ramsay was elected, she was in there for violation of her probation, she was given a blanket and put into a cell, and allowed to go into the DTs and detox for 3 days, without any medical intervention, and without being allowed to bathe, and then they gave her Valium, so she could sleep and would shut up asking to be able to bathe and be given something to help her sleep.

Kari said, after she was dried out, the lady who ran the jail laundry specifically requested Kari work in the laundry, where Kari had worked before, because Kari was a good worker, did what she was given to do, did not need supervision. That’s when Sheriff Ramsay came through there, with an entourage of important people, as he showed them the best, he said, correction facility in Florida.

I was not able to sleep when I was locked up, without being given something to sleep. I got myself locked up, by telling a story I ought to have known better to tell in a hospital. Suddenly, I was not just a patient. I was a threat to myself and to everyone else. I was put on a locked ward, given pills, which nearly killed me.

One of the vicious van dweller criminals asked me last night, what meds I am on? I was astounded. He reads my daily ravings. And he thinks I’m on meds? I said as much. He mentioned your and my emails. You are a psychiatrist. I said you had never treated me. I had only met you a year and a half ago. I take 2 aspirins, when I hurt really bad. I don’t drink. I don’t take anything else.

I said, in a past life, I treated psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, spiritual healers, gurus, shamans, who came to me for help, when nothing else was working for them. I was the doctor of last resort. And they got help, if they were so desperate that they believed only I could help them. I told them I could not help them, but God could. And in that way, they got to meet God, or God’s angels, which was an eyeopener. Some of them stuck with it a while, and some of them bolted. In the end, they all bolted.

That was what I did, I said, before I was sent to Key West, to get involved in politics.

Now, Jerry, the angels have put an emanation of Eve before me, Adam. And I’m getting turned every which a way but loose by that, which happened the other 7 times I was paired with an Eve emanation. Each time was different from the other times. Each time, it was the woman, me, and the angels, and nobody around us was in on it. It was not of this world. The woman had a rough go of it, as she was not accustomed to not being able to get her way. I didn’t care for it either, but I knew there was nothing I could do but ride it out.

I just can’t get a 6 month monsoon out of my thoughts. Hilarious. If it happens. Hilarious.

Ciao,

Rasputin

drunk mosquito

P.S.

Over a huge Cuban egg, ham and cheese sandwich ($3.95) in the Winn-Dixie cafe a little while ago, I told Kari about the genetically-altered mosquito debate, and she said she gets chomped plenty by mosquitoes. I said the debate is over a different breed of mosquito, which causes dengue fever. Kari said, regardless, mosquitoes that bite her get drunk, and then fly off and have bad accidents. Or get eaten by birds more easily, I added. Yes, she said, and everyone getting and staying drunk would be a great way to control mosquitoes down here, and for me to publish that. I cracked up, laughing. Said, indeed I would publish it.

We talked about other stuff, which will remain classified. And, I said, it is a good thing if her probation officer is reading what I publish; in that way, she is getting to know the real Kari. As is her, Kari’s, mother.

Kari said, she thought she would just tell her probation officer today, it’s really hard being homeless. Especially, if your criminal record won’t let you get a job that will get you off the street, nor can you sleep at KOTS [the city’s homeless shelter], or get into Florida Keys Outreach Coalition or Samuel’s House get back on your feet programs for women. The way this has worked out for Kari, there is no way she can get back on her feet for so long as she is in the grip of the criminal justice system. And she cannot move elsewhere, unless she has a fixed address there. Without that, her probation officer and the court will keep her based in Monroe County.

Well, this is a fact. Kari, all by her lonesome, by telling me of her own experiences with being homeless, being in jail, staying at KOTS, volunteering at KOTS, being on probation, which I have reported, has shed more public light on that arena than any person I know, except myself. Between us, we have given the local public more information about this arena than they ever got in the local mullet wrappers, or from their local governments and elected officials. What becomes of that, of course, is not in our hands. We got the news out there; that’s what we were/are supposed to do. Neither of us is holding our breath that it will cause any change. We’d be insane to think anything we say about it will bring change.

By the way, Brenda also knows how to do a rain dance. She did one for the lower Keys during the drought which followed Hurricane Wilma. The torrential rain cleansed the roots of the wild and domestic plants, and helped them recover from the salt poisoning, which was slowly killing them, after Wilma’s tidal surge had covered those islands.

Imagine Brenda and Kari each doing rain dances for annual force majeure monsoons in Key West and the Florida Keys. Imagine the invasive species (humans) moving back to the mainland. Imagine how much Mother Nature would appreciate that. Kari smiled when I suggested she do such a rain dance. I don’t have to ask Brenda how she feels about it. She had all of Key West and KOTS and Samuel’s House and Florida Keys Outreach Coalition and my landlady she could stomach, the several times she tried to live here.

But then, perhaps I’m not being fair, bringing Brenda into this discussion. She’s an empath. She feels in her body everything going on in people around her, and even at a distance. It causes her all sorts of physical distress. A barometer for humanity, Brenda is a living testament to just how screwed up human beings are. She calls me often, complaining about this or that ache or sickness, and as we talk about this and that going on in her life, or my life, the malaise lifts from her and dissolves. Then comes the next fun thing. It’s the same for me. I absorb (am bitten by) everything. It’s like being bitten by a rattlesnake or cobra. Swallowing poison. Then the fun begins.

I was told in dreams last night to mount today’s post from Missouri (Kari), Oranges (Florida, sunshine), and the Keys. I tossed in Brenda, gratis :-).

The other evening at Higgs Beach, I met a new vicious van dweller criminal, here for just a few days. After hearing me say my dreams tell me what’s coming my way, or how to deal with what is already in front of me, or how to deal with it differently, he said, my dreams are visions. I said he was the first person who’d ever said that about my dreams, which is what they are: visions. Except they happen when I’m sleeping. That way, I can’t get locked up for hearing voices. But then, I said, I also have visions when I’m not sleeping, but much less often. But then, Brenda and Kari dream like I do, and they also have waking visions. That happens to people after the angels start messing with them.

Kari just called to say her probation officer said she needs to get a fixed address, to stay out of prison. How can Kari get a fixed address, when she has no place that is fixed to lay down her head at night? No place but her P.O. Box next to the Winn-Dixie, to receive mail? When she cannot stay at KOTS? Those are rhetorical questions, pointing out the madness.

Kari said she told her probation officer that she had met me, Sloan. Her probation officer said, oh, she sees me at city commission meetings, she hears what I say during citizen comments, she thinks I’m nuts. By the angels’ standard, all humans are insane. Maybe that’s a more relevant “theory” of relativity :-).

Ciao

P.P.S.

One thing that came back to bite me big time here where I live, was telling my landlady I had let Kari stay in the carport for a few hours one night, after she had been harassed by local police for half that night. Kari was gone before dawn. Well, after the Latvian attacked his girlfriend and this house, and after I called the cops, and then told the Latvian I was thinking about going to immigration about him, which I have not yet done, that’s when my landlady lit into me for putting her life at risk for letting Kari stay a few hours out in the carport. I heard about that plenty. I heard my landlady tell other people about it, plenty. And about how that sweet Latvian man, oh, he just got drunk one night and scared the living hell out of her and she screamed at him for about half hour; but she smoothed it over the next morning, fixed him breakfast, told him he was a good boy, and to behave; and I told her the boozing and other chemical usage was going to cause problems; and within 10 minutes the Latvian and his wife were yelling at each other, and he attacked her and this house. I couldn’t find my landlady. So, I called 911. What any sane, responsible person would have done.

Maybe a sane, responsible person would have gone to city code enforcement, too. The fellow who runs that department is a good friend of mine, Jim Young. Maybe he’d like to visit and check out this unlicensed boarding house, at which seven people, counting the landlady, currently live and pay rent to her. Maybe the landlady owes the city some back fees. Maybe she is renting spaces which do not meet city code standards, such as having running water.

Brenda

Brenda had a dream yesterday, that seemed to be about things here getting a bit more spiced up.

tattoos

That’s a horseshoe on Kari’s flank, and Vagrant on my arm.

Ciaosky,

Kari said last night that she’d like to see some of my art. I said it drew itself, when it wanted to draw itself. I was just the scribe. Drawn on the diagonal, the paintings hang on the top left or right point, depending on which diagonal they choose to present themselves. Tilt your screen so the appropriate top point is up, to see how they hang. Some selections.

Devil or Angel

Mustang Sally

Higgs Beach party

cross-pollination

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Kari and Sloan

On the Sloan/Kari front, a Facebook thread started the day before yesterday:

Tim Ousley's photo.
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  • Sloan Bashinsky Thanks, Tim. Propitious evening with Kari, you, Bob, Rich and other vicious vehicle dweller criminals . Maybe more later.
  • Tim Ousley Here are the photos from Sunday afternoon.

    Tim Ousley's photo.
  • Tim Ousley Photo2

    Tim Ousley's photo.
  • Sloan Bashinsky I met Kari at Burger King this morning; she was wasted. She got that way yesterday, mostly after these photos were taken by Tim at Higgs Beach. Her last time to drink, she said, before going to the Guidance Clinic in Marathon today, by city bus. Not entirely clear that she has been cleared to go into their rehab program, again. I told her I wanted to see her after she was inside and was straightened out. She got onto her bicycle and left. Not happy. Nor was I. But my dreams last night were clear. For me, the photos show the potential, and the love. Booze is a killer, of many things. And, it masks what was killed, which led to medicating with booze. Time will tell how this goes. Right now, I have all on my personal plate that I can say grace over. And I can’t say I’m thrilled with the Key West and Florida Keys scene, but nothing I can do about either, right now. One foot ahead of the other, chop wood, carry water.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Kari just called me. She had told me at Burger King that she had not had a dream last night, but she said she had. If she goes to the Guidance Clinic, when she comes out, she will be put in shackles and sent to prison, where, she said, she will be for 5 years. I said, maybe not that long. She said, maybe she would get out earlier, maybe in 3 years, for serving good time. I reminded her that she had been told in a dream about a week ago to turn herself in, and we had talked about her ending up back in the county jail, if she completed rehab, for having violated the terms of her probation. She said she didn’t feel it was fair, getting that much time, when other people have done much worse, who are not even in jail, or in prison. I said I agreed, but there was nothing I could do about that, and what was going on between her and me was killing me, too, and I had to deal with what was in front of me now, which she knows is plenty, and she is worried about it, for me. Nothing she can do about that, though. I talked with her mother for the first time yesterday morning. Seemed to me like a good talk. I told her, Kari drying out would only be the first step. She needed a lot more help than that. I had in mind the angels healing her, or hoping they would, but I knew going back to jail might be in play. Kari’s mom seems to be reading my daily posts at goodmorningkeywest.com. What a trial, for all of us. I hope there’s a silver lining, and a gold lining, too.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Dianne Baker Lawson, who liked the first of Tim’s photo’s in this FB thread, is my first wife, the mother of my three children, one of whom, a boy, died in infancy. His younger sisters came to me in a dream about a month or more ago, with a guinea pig, and said to me, “Love”. That dream, coupled with several other dreams, some involving my daughters and also Dianne, pointed me to give my budding friendship with Kari chance to blossom into a paradise mating relationship, which is not something that can be understood by anyone who has not experienced it, because it is arranged and run by angels. My novel, HEAVY WAIT, A Strange Tale, is about paradise mating. Amazon.com has it in trade paperback and kindle, and in Spanish at amazon.com.es

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  • Sloan Bashinsky Any of my readers who read HEAVY WAIT see resemblances between it and Kari’s and my relationship. As might they see the resemblances between HEAVY WAIT and this fairly recent photo over Asheville, North Carolina, where my younger daughter lives, which I knew, when I first saw it on Facebook, was a supernatural being coming down to earth, and later I understood Kari and/or her and my relationship is an emanation of that being.

Asheville

I didn’t see anything about Key West or the Florida Keys in today’s Key West Citizen (keysnews.com), which stirred me to want to engage it.

However, something several vicious van dweller criminals and I discussed yesterday afternooon at Higgs Beach did stir me.

They said, the other day, I don’t know how I missed it, KWPD officer Gary Lee Lovette

Gary Lee Lovette

was on the front page of the Citizen, with two other KWPD officers, on motorcycles, as poster boys for recruiting new police officers to KWPD.

Gary Lee is the cop who led the cop charge to kill Charles Eimers on South Beach, at the Atlantic Ocean end of Duval Street, on Thanksgiving Day, 2013, all of which gore and cover up and perjury was exquisitely broken and covered in Key West the Newspaper (thebluepaper.com). For access to all Blue Paper articles by Naja and Arnaud Girard on the in-custody death of Charles Eimers click here.

Charles Eimer's take down

The discussion at Higgs Beach yesterday afternoon migrated to our once again wondering what in the world the city’s insurance carrier is thinking, still insuring the city, knowing that Gary Lee Lovette is still on the police force?

It was because of Gary Lee, and damning statements he made during the killing of Charles Eimers, and afterward, and because of his being armed, in uniform, and proud of it, during his deposition in the federal lawsuit brought by the Eimers family against Lovette and 12 other KWPD officers, and against the city, that the city’s insurance carrier settled the case for just under the $1,000,000 policy limits, much sooner than insurance companies tend to settle cases for damages filed against their clients.

We wondered why the insurance carrier had not already cancelled its coverage of the city, and given the city a refund of the unused insurance premium?

We also wondered what Gary Lee still being a KWPD cop says about Mayor Craig Cates and the six city commissioners and the city manager? Not pretty, Gary Lee Lovette being their poster boy cop. But they and their police chief, Donnie Lee, apparently think Gary Lee is beautiful.

Two syndicate USA War Joy, Inc. reports in today’s Citizen stirred me:

Iraq or bust

veterans against war 3

Nobel Peace Prize

Obama drones

US trains Iraqi forces as battle for Tikrit continues
Published March 22, 2015 Associated Press

As the U.S. mission to Iraq expands, so do its efforts to arm and train the country’s security forces to combat the Islamic State group, with large-scale operations continuing to recapture territory from the Sunni militants.

Hundreds of American advisers are working at the Camp Taji military base just north of Baghdad to train Iraqi forces on issues like weaponry and better coordination and integration of ground action with coalition airstrikes.

The goal, U.S. military officials say, is to teach the different divisions of the Iraqi military how to harmonize the operations of its various fighting units.

“This Iraqi commander … has a company worth of infantry soldiers, he’s got some armor assets from the Iraqi army, he’s got two helicopters that are flying … and then he’s got engineers and (explosive ordinance disposal),” said Maj. Russell Wagner, one of the U.S. officers conducting training.

They “are all out here working in unison in order to get him through this obstacle and into the town that lies beyond,” Wagner said.

In November, President Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to bolster Iraqi forces, which could more than double the total of U.S. forces to 3,100. The boost in advisers and trainers complements the air campaign launched by the U.S. in August 2014.

The Iraqi military has struggled to recover from its collapse in June when the Islamic State group captured country’s second-largest city, Mosul, and swept over much of northern Iraq. In the face of the advance, commanders disappeared. Pleas for more ammunition went unanswered. In some cases, soldiers stripped off their uniforms and ran.

Twelve U.S. advisory teams had been operating in Iraq since August, stationed in joint operations centers in Baghdad and Irbil, as well as in some of the outer provinces, including volatile Anbar province, which has been under partial control of the militant group since early 2014.

The Iraqi military — backed by at least 20,000 Shiite militiamen — is fighting to regain control of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, one of several predominantly Sunni towns to fall to the militants last year. It’s one of the first major operations in which the U.S.-led coalition is not taking part, with U.S. officials saying they weren’t ask to participate. Iranian advisers have played a prominent role on the front lines of Iraq’s Salahuddin province.

If Iraqi forces are unable to push IS back and recover lost territory, Obama would be faced with a choice of accepting failure in Iraq or committing U.S. combat troops — something both U.S. and Iraqi officials have spoken firmly against.

“The soldiers now are absolutely eager to learn, their leaders eager to learn,” said Lt. Col. John Schwemmer of the 5th Squadron, 73rd Calvary. “They are eager to get on the training lanes that we have here, to learn the skill they need to go against the enemy.”

At the Salahuddin command center at Tikrit University, ambulances come and go with a handful of Iraqi soldiers, injured in clashes with the Islamic State group. Operations to recapture Tikrit have been on hold for nearly a week, with Iraqi officials saying they’re trying to minimize casualties by not rushing the final assault.

At the provincial military headquarters, Iraqi soldiers sleep four to a room and pass the downtime by playing backgammon or volleyball — no soccer fields are available — or by listening to music.

Many of the young men fighting alongside the Shiite militias, known locally as Popular Mobilization Units, joined the battle last year when Iraq’s most revered Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called upon Iraqis to defend their nation.

While the U.S. has been working to train Iraqi military brigades, it has not worked with the militias, since doing so would bring them uncomfortably close to Iran, which offers significant assistance to the various militias.

CIA director John Brennan said having the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force direct Iraqi forces against the IS militants is complicating the U.S. mission. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Brennan described Gen. Qassem Soleimani as being “very aggressive and active” in advising the Shiite militias, adding that he “wouldn’t consider Iran an ally right now inside Iraq.”

Some of the militia fighters had previously served with the Iraqi armed forces, but many have no previous combat experience.

Across the grounds of the university-turned-command center, several bodies lay decomposing on the pavement. The unburied corpses are allegedly of Islamic State militants, and senior military officials say they are kept there to raise fighter morale and remind them of victories past.

The men carry their weapons wherever they go — the mess hall, the latrine, even to bed. They realize their opponent has launched surprise attacks in the past.

“My wife and my kids were crying when I left, but I told them I am not afraid,” said Amjad Ali Karim, a 31-year-old member of the militias. “I’m trying not to think of how many days are passing because then it will cause me extreme grief.”

U.S. pullout from Afghanistan hinges on developing forces
March 22, 2015 Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Washington, yet America’s exit from the war remains tightly hinged to the abilities of the Afghan forces that face a tough fight against insurgents this spring.

President Barack Obama has promised to end the longest U.S. war — it began in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks — and get the remaining troops out of Afghanistan by the end of his presidency. Deficiencies in the Afghan security forces, heavy casualties in the ranks of the army and police, a fragile new government and fears that Islamic State fighters could gain a foothold in Afghanistan have combined to persuade Obama to slow the withdrawal.

Instead of trimming the current U.S. force of 9,800 to 5,500 by the end of the year, U.S. military officials say the administration now might keep many of them there well into 2016. Obama had said that after that, the U.S. would only maintain an embassy-based security force in Kabul of perhaps 1,000 troops. But on Friday, Jeff Eggers of the White House’s National Security Council said that too could be changed. He said the post-2016 plan will be considered on an on-going basis.

At stake is the U.S. taxpayers’ more than $60 billion investment — so far — in the Afghan forces. The 327,000-member force performs much better than before, but still needs work.

While praising their ability to operate mostly independently and securing the nation during a protracted election, U.S. military officials say the Afghan forces still suffer from a host of problems: attrition, drug abuse, desertions, illiteracy, poor record-keeping, a lack of management and logistical skills, intelligence, a shortage of top-notch leaders and less-than-optimal cooperation between policemen and soldiers.

They also are suffering massive casualties as they ramp up operations.

More than 1,300 members of the Afghan army were killed in action and another 6,200 were wounded in action between October 2013 and September 2014, according to a report this month from the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction. Casualties in the ranks of policemen are even higher. In nearly 14 years of fighting, at least 2,200 U.S. military service men and women have been killed.

“They are now leading the fight, but they still need our support, and that support is critical to enabling them to hold the key cities … and to hold off a still bubbling insurgency, particularly in the rural areas,” Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, said last week at an event organized by the Alliance in Support of the Afghan People.

Afghan leaders also worry that Islamic State militants could push into the region and bring guns and money that would spark competition among insurgents disenchanted with the Taliban leadership and eager to prove their prowess with heinous acts of violence. Afghan and U.S. officials say some Afghan militants have rebranded themselves with IS, raising its black flag and even clashing with Taliban fighters.

Army Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told a congressional panel recently that the Afghans repeatedly ask the U.S. for close air support, which has been critical in their ability to fend off Taliban fighters battling to capture territory.

“What I tell the Afghans is, ‘Don’t plan your operation wholly dependent upon close air support. The Taliban doesn’t have close air support. The Taliban doesn’t have up-armored Humvees. The Taliban doesn’t have D-30 Howitzers. The Taliban doesn’t have, you know, the weapons that you have,’” Campbell said.

The Afghan Air Force, which currently has about 100 aircraft, is slated to receive 20 light-attack aircraft used for counterinsurgency, close air support and aerial reconnaissance, but more than half aren’t slated to arrive until 2017 and 2018.

“That’s another reason we need to continue to have this train, advise and assist (mission) for the next several years,” Campbell said.

Nearly 14 years after the U.S. invaded after 9/11 to root out al-Qaida and oust its host, the Taliban, Afghanistan remains a dangerous country.

The United Nations reports that 3,700 Afghan civilians were killed and another 6,850 were injured in the conflict last year, more than any year since it started documenting civilian casualties.

Going forward, lawmakers must weigh the risks that come with cutting the purse strings amid reports of wasteful spending, fraud and corruption. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., suggested at a House committee hearing that the U.S. might want to “stop pounding money down the rat hole.”

“When that rat hole is Afghanistan,” he said, “the billions are essentially without end.”

So far, Congress has appropriated more than $60 billion to build, equip, train, and sustain the Afghan forces, and the Defense Department has asked for an additional $3.8 billion for fiscal 2016.

Robert Hathaway, former director of the Asia program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, said financing Afghanistan is likely to become a contest of endurance between the Taliban, and the U.S. taxpayer and members of Congress.

“I think inevitably — both because of fiscal pressures and because of the nature of the warfare in Afghanistan — we are going to see, a few years down the road, a smaller, leaner sleeker Afghan army,” Hathaway said. “Whether or not it will be a more effective army, I think, remains to be seen, but it’s going to be a very, very tough slog ahead.”

———————–

Before Barack Obama was elected in 2008, I was told in my sleep that he had the potential to be the anti-Christ. After he accepted the Nobel Peace prize, while still waging G.W. Bush’s two evil wars, my bowel locked up, and it stayed locked up for a month, and then it released after a violent poem about what he had done erupted out of me during a Key West Poetry Guild first Sunday of the month meeting/reading.

Barack Obama was supposed to get America out of Iraq and Afghanistan right after he was elected the first time.

Can any American today, with a straight face, look in a mirror and tell him/herself that America should have invaded Iraq and Afghanistan? That was a facetious question. There are tens of millions of Americas who can do that, including George W. Bush.

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Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, wrote:

SLOAN: starvation or malnutrition goes along with homelessness —
after awakening early in the AM–after a very rigorous day fishing yesterday–
( I cast with Jig Plugs for all my big game fish ) saw a first time (new) released documentary
on homelessness associated with malnutrition —it was so devastating I could only watch briefly.
from all over the world –kids 2 years old that weighed four pounds –spindly –edema –couldn’t even walk.
millions of them —all will die horribly-(-life –would be a brief ride of anguish and terror ) many aspects of homelessness
as those that hate their home of origin and can’t begin to have a decent life in the homes they feel tormented in.
Many aspects of –many facets of human misery. Have you noted many more HUMMERS on the streets and parking lots
of late…gas prices responsible–we will burn fossils no matter what.. my thoughts for this moment…–Jerry.
(good Blog )

I replied, re the local homeless dynamics:

Homeless addicts put their habits first, and since they have little money, that means food and nutrition suffer. And everything else suffers.

Addicts living inside also put their habits first, and everything else suffers, too, although perhaps food and nutrition not as much as with homeless people.

I told Kari that many of the homeless people using the soup kitchen would be better off dead, in my opinion. Absent miracles, that may be the only solution to solving many homeless people’s troubles.

I don’t advocate killing homeless people. The addicts among them are killing themselves, just more slowly than the Auschwitz method.

Kari is now at the point of falling on her own sword and trying to get into the Marathon Guidance Center’s detox-recovery, or going to the free medical clinic and trying to talk the doctor who runs it to put her into de Poo or the Guidance Clinic, or turning herself in to the sheriff for violation of her probation (drinking), or going into detox/DTs cold turkey on the street, which might, or will, kill her. Today and perhaps tomorrow look like a lot of fun because of that.

Then, I have the wee matter of living on the street myself starting the end of this month, if the angels don’t arrange something else.

It is the angels’ way to put me into situations that test me, for my own spiritual development. At my age, with my physical health, tests like these push me really hard physically, emotionally, mentally and in my soul. But as I said, it’s the angels’ way to do that with me.

One of my vicious van dweller criminal friends told me last night that I will be a sitting duck, living on the street here, because of all the commotion I have caused re the city police and the city government. I said there are homeless people who don’t like me, either, and I will be at risk to them, too.

Don’t see me continuing to publish, if I’m living on the street, but perhaps that’s too pessimistic. I can use the county library 6 days a week, and its wi-fi anytime. But I will need a safe place nearby to stash my laptop when I’m not using it.

One thing I do is eat as healthy as I can, given what kind of food is available so far from the mainland. I am a member of the GLEE organic garden now. I have my own plot, with plenty of kale and collard greens and fennel, and some mints. There are communal plots where I can graze. I’m probably getting better vegetables than 99.9 percent of the people living in the Keys.

My life could be worse, I have seen it much worse.

Nice Spring Equinox, ha, ha

Amiga Christine Russell wrote after bumping into me with Kari yesterday morning, at Burger King, and after reading yesterday’s divergent insurgency … barbaric tales de jour … the feminine cure, from Key West, the city with more bartenders per person than anywhere post at goodmorningkeywest.com:

Christine Russell

Hello Sloan!

It was so nice running into you and meeting Kari at Burger King this morning on our way to the Big Pine Flea Market.
There are a lot of people I miss seeing these days since I no longer attend city meetings like I used to. I will always love and care about the potential that Key West holds, but the meetings were overwhelming with little good or progress ever coming out of them.

You mention in your blog today, something I had intended to email you. You had mentioned a few days ago about offering your service to the city as the plan/create a homeless facility. You have a lot of experience with the homeless. You have been one of them. You know many of them. I really liked Commissioner Wardlow’s proposal of NOT spending money on another project until it is WELL THOUGHT OUT and PLANNED. ‘Our fair city’ (from Click and Clack if you know them) has a reputation of knee jerk reactions. They want to do something about a problem, they really do, but the solutions are either not well thought out, beaten to death, or the special interests insert their special interest – and nothing good happens.

So today I mentioned to you that instead of offering your service to the city in the planning and creation of a homeless facility, that you should not wait for an invitation that is not coming, but instead bullet point your thoughts and give them to the commissioners and mayor. And….. I want to contribute to your list of suggestions! So here we go!

* designing the homeless facility and any possible services should NOT be a top down (government/staff) process. It should be bottom up: Talk to the people who need and use the services – you and some of the homeless. We really don’t need to offer services that cost us money and they don’t want. And, talk to the people who work with the homeless – Soup kitchen staff/volunteers, SHAL, KOTS…..AND the SHERIFF & POLICE OFFICERS who deal with them daily. Get these important peoples thoughts and ideas! I met and talked with 2 nice officers the night of St Patty’s Day – I suggested they give their suggestions to their supervisors. They seemed to like that idea and had some good ideas right off the bat! Let’s face it, law enforcement is the group that has the biggest problem dealing with the homeless situation. I would not want to be a police officer in Key West.

* the homeless seem to like being outdoors and ‘camp’. Think back to the bridle path many years ago and more recently the camps along the golf course on US 1. So let’s let them camp! Find a parcel of land and they can camp – is there a less expensive alternative than this?! And it seems to be what many want. Now I am big on responsibility and accountability, so a little more structured camp concept could be camping designated ‘sites’ and ‘campers’ registered to a site with the expectation that the campers site would be cleaned up every morning. Usually an incentives works better than punishment for compliance – but I don’t have ideas about incentives at this time.

* if we must build some kind of a structure – what about something big and basic. I spent time in the Darien (jungle) in Panama in a large dormatories. A big room with cement floor and bunks 3 high. One was for men and the other for women. Outside were the bathrooms – very basic and water supplied by a stream. Something like this should be built eco-friendly with cisterns, passive cooling (breeze), a wind turbine (?) for lighting and any other cost saving measures. Homeless numbers are only going to sadly continue to grow. Possibly a building could be open air? 6 X 6’s supporting a V-crimp metal roof with gutters directing rainwater to a cistern. A concrete floor it could be hosed down. For beds? What do the have now cots? Or build bunk beds that could easily be moved or waterproof for hosing everything down. Devils advocates will talk about the need for AC. They will talk about mosquitoes. Well ‘campers’ have no AC and I assume there are bugs when one camps…I camp!

* ‘work adjustment’ There are those like Kari that want to work and break the cycle of homelessness, they need some help and a chance. They will probably never do it on their own- life becomes a downward spiral that they can not escape. Immediately after my brain surgery I took a job doing “work adjustment’ with persons with serious police records – pedophiles, robbery, acts involving guns. I don’t think I knew what I was getting into initially, but I became very successful at placing these individuals in jobs. Work adjustment involves teaching people universal job skills: showing to work daily, arriving on time, getting along with others including ones supervisor, producing in terms of quantity and quality. These persons were referred to my program at my facility where they came and ‘worked’ daily for no pay – we got free labor (I had to find the job tasks), and they gained skills and confidence. In the end of their program it was up to me to go out in to the community and find employers willing to give them a chance. It needed to be something they wanted to do and enjoyed (maybe ‘enjoy’ is too strong, but a job they did not hate or dread). After a position was found, I followed each of them – visiting them on the job, talking with their employer and with them – they needed that buffer and middle person as they became independent working individuals again. THIS link to jobs and support is a necessary component for the homeless if we are ever going to break the cycle with the possibility of reducing their numbers.

* communities must work together. One way bus tickets to Miami only burdens Miami, and I am certain other communities would try to push back and ‘pawn’ their homeless off on us in return. Can the problem ever be solved? I don’t think so, but working with other communities who have the same problem might produce some good ideas and working together is always easier than working independently :-)

Sloan – I hope you will consider using some of my ideas in you bullet points of ideas to forward on to our city officials. It is not “THEIR” problem. It is “OUR” problem. Sloan you have a LOT of really intelligent people who read your blog, many have experiences with the homeless, many care about this growing problem. One way or another it impacts us all with our tax dollars, finding them sleeping in our driveways, or growing tired of a government who seems to have no idea where to start in dealing with the problem. I hope you will invite your readers to contribute their suggestions.

Hope to see you again Sloan! It may be Burger King, but I doubt it will be a city commission meeting – though I might break down and attend one day again :-)

Your friend –
Christine

I replied:

Hi, Christine –

It was great seeing you and Bryan yesterday morning.

It remains my opinion, as long as homeless addicts are using their narcotic(s) of choice, there is no way they can turn around. I figure 90-95 percent of street people are active addicts. Kari is one of them. It’s pointless talking about helping them turn around, if they are using. All that can be done is provide them with food, clothing, medical treatment, access to toilets and sinks, and let them sleep when they are tired. Many of them appreciate having KOTS [the city’s homeless shelter] for sleeping at night, and taking a shower, albeit usually luke-warm or cold. Probably nearly as many will not use KOTS, for various reasons I can appreciate.

Kari is banned from KOTS. Her record makes her ineligible for Florida Keys Outreach Coalition and Samuel’s House’s women’s programs. She is using (alcohol), which also makes her ineligible for those two programs. How does she turn around, if she cannot sleep inside? If, because of her record, she cannot get a paying job, assuming she could do it, which would pay rent and buy groceries? Assuming such a job would pay that much, which I doubt.

I have no bullets, Christine, for solving the homeless problem society and homeless people face together, other than, as told Jerry Weinstock a little while ago, killing chronically homeless people. I do not advocate that solution, but, as I also told Jerry, many homeless people I see around here would be better off dead, in my opinion. Yet, there’s always the miracle factor, which sometimes comes into play. But I know no way to predict miracles.

Frankly, I hope the mayor and city commissioners do not take me up on my offer to consult re the new homeless shelter. I’m fed up with this city’s politics. But I don’t get to make such calls.

What the new shelter needs:

1. tile showers and bathrooms

2. random county health department inspections

3. individual storage lockers for all homeless clients, in which they can store a reasonable amount of personal belongings, which they need, as opposed to what they want or fancy

4. monitors who have not been addicts, and who do not use narcotics (booze is a narcotic)

5. segregation of addict clients from non-addict clients, this will require lab tests to ascertain which clients are addicts

6. 4-foot separation between beds in dorms, to reduce risk of contracting communicable diseases

7. segregation of clients with communicable diseases from the rest of the clients

8. replacement of Randi Cohen Brown as Executive Director of Southern Assistance Homeless League, which runs KOTS for the city, with someone who actually knows something about homeless people. In my opinion, Brown never should have been given that job. In my opinion, SHAL has a much higher opinion of its worth than its actual worth. In my opinion, the city itself should run KOTS, using people who work for the city as salaried employees. Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I doubt the mayor and city commissioners and city manager have much of a clue what Brown and SHAL really are doing.

9. despite City Commissioner Tony Yaniz’s rhetoric at city commission meetings, which is parroted by many people, the dorms should be air-conditioned. It is hot and humid during the hot months. And buggy. And sweaty. AC will reduce medical diseases and the transfer thereof between homeless clients. Diseased homeless people are dangerous to any other people they come in close proximity of.

10. Washing machines and dryers, which not only reduce medical diseases, but also enable homeless people, who are looking for work, or who are working, to wear clean clothes.

Maybe more will come to me later.

I will publish yours and mine today, at goodmorningkeywest.com. Perhaps other people will offer helpful ideas for the new shelter. I have yet to receive what I view as helpful ideas for resolving homelessness, other than the city stops using its police to harass and criminalize homeless people, simply because they are homeless.

There are thousands of active addicts (alcohol) in Key West, who are not homeless. I bet you know hundreds of them. They don’t get taken to jail because they are drinking in public. But homeless people get taken to jail if they are caught drinking in public.

Homeless people get other things done to them by the police, too, which you never read about in the mainstream mullet wrappers.

A number of times, Arnaud and Naja Girard have asked me about what it’s like between homeless people and the city police, and I tell them stories, and they come back with, well, where’s the proof; that’s just what you heard. And I tell them to start eating at the soup kitchen and talking with homeless people and hear their stories, and Arnaud and Naja say maybe they will do that, but they have not done it.

Looks to me, Christine, I’m the only person around here who is speaking to all the homeless issues, from all sides of that picture show. Anyone who wants to speak to it should sleep nights at KOTS, eat in the soup kitchen, hang out with homeless people where they hang out, get to know them. Otherwise, how can someone who wants to speak to homeless issues really know what they are trying to deal with?

Sloan

P.S. Again, I still say the new homeless shelter should be designed from the top down by the people who decided to have a new homeless shelter: the mayor and the six city commissioners. They ran and got themselves elected, to be where the buck stops, to make the tough calls. I have tried to persuade them to get to know what they are dealing with. I have told them to sleep nights at KOTS, eat at the soup kitchen. Many times, I have told them. They don’t want my input. History has proven that, repeatedly.

Moving laterally, to something generating homeless people, who, but for having fought in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Iraq or Afghanistan, most likely would not be homeless. 

homeless Vietnam veteran at Memorial Day service, Key West Cemetery 

homeless vet

veterans against war 3

In the current edition of online Key West the Newspaper (thebluepaper.com), published by Arnaud and Naja Girard:

Barbarism Du Jour

Mar202015

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by Alex Symington…

As Louis Petrone’s article, “Mass Killings Common” in KonkLIFE (link below) pointed out there is nothing new to the horrors of man’s inhumanity to man, referring to the latest incarnation that is ISIS. I could not agree more. Mr. Petrone recalled several examples of atrocities, starting with “our own backyard”, of mass killings and beheadings of Native Americans upon the arrival of the English to their shores and murders and beheadings of African salves that had the audacity to rebel against their slave masters.

The list went on to include more well known horrors of the past perpetrated by various empires and militant religious zealots. I took from Mr. Petrone’s article that ISIS is simply the most recent example of this ancient behavior, but with the added weapon of technology that can instantly display live action imagery to show the world just how monstrous they are.

The old saw, “a picture is worth a thousand words” certainly applies to these bastards’ handiwork, but here’s a thought. What if we took a step back and looked at the bigger picture and asked the painful question, is it possible we may have contributed to the creation of this latest bogeyman? Hold on! Sorry, the US is viewed by many in the civilized world as Empire and not without good reason. Mother Jones Magazine reported back in November of 2014, “In the Persian Gulf alone, the US has major bases in every country save Iran. [Right wing war drums are beating, so stay tuned.] In Afghanistan and Iraq, there were once as many as 800 and 505 bases, respectively.” That just might upset the natives, don’t you think?

And this: “On their own, the existence of these bases has helped generate radicalism and anti-American sentiment. As was famously the case with Osama bin Laden and US troops in Saudi Arabia, bases have fueled militancy, as well as attacks on the United States and its citizens. They have cost taxpayers billions of dollars, even though they are not, in fact, necessary to ensure the free flow of oil globally. They have diverted tax dollars from the possible development of alternative energy sources and meeting other critical domestic needs. And they have supported dictators and repressive, undemocratic regimes, helping to block the spread of democracy in a region long controlled by colonial rulers and autocrats.” Not a very Norman Rockwell, mom and apple pie picture, is it?

If you were sitting in your home with your family and the Mexican Army busts down your door, shoots your dog and terrorizes your wife/husband and your children how are you going to react? You’re at a friend’s wedding and a Canadian Drone lobs a couple of missiles into the crowd making hamburger of the bride and groom and the flower girl, how are you going to react? You wake up to the rumbling of Russian tanks outside your house, how are you going to react. Are you going to welcome these invaders with open arms and thank them for killing your friends and shooting your dog? Probably not. It really isn’t that difficult to imagine. We, aka us, aka US Policy have done much to create the diseased Petri dish that is the Middle East.

If the preceding paragraph triggers a compulsion to justify what you perceive as our essential need for a vast global war machine to protect us from the Mexican Army, Canadian Drones and Russian tanks on Main Street, you have missed my point completely, but I digress.

Let’s go back to the beginning of this essay and the topic of man’s inhumanity to man. The other day I saw a fascinating bumper sticker on a parked car. (Please bear with me, all these things are related to each other) The bumper sticker read,” God Bless Our Troops, Especially Our Snipers”…My first thought was, wouldn’t shooting women and kids from a half mile away be more in Satan’s bailiwick, not God’s? Then it occurred to me; this is how we kill without remorse. This is how it is done.

The latest glorification and justification of barbarism, the rationalization du jour has come from Hollywood in the form of “American Sniper”. Before this movie that bumper sticker would have been viewed as completely tasteless and certainly nothing to do with God, but after the movie… yeah, baby, God loves a good American sniper, like nobody’s business. As the movie schooled us, calling a human a “savage” often enough makes it a lot easier to put a bullet in their brain, or torture them or bomb them or invade and subjugate them and at the same time ironically absolves the “good guy” of his/her own savagery. Incidentally, good cinema and propaganda are by no means mutually exclusive.

Let’s go back to the use of live action images to spread terror. Here’s the thing, if the barbaric act alone was all we needed to be horrified how do we explain the general acceptance in the US of images of people being tortured by US soldiers in Iraq? How do we explain Corporal Bradley Manning rotting in a military prison for showing the American people the images of the murder of Iraqi journalists and children by our guys in uniform? What if we saw live action images of children screaming and burning alive from napalm strikes in hamlets in Vietnam, would we be as horrified as the images from ISIS of the Jordanian pilot burning?

It takes structured and purposeful conditioning to be ok with OUR barbaric behavior yet at the same time horrified at other perpetrators of the same behavior. Blind acceptance of this dissonant psychological paradigm of what is done in our name, the illusion of “the other”, if you will, is what makes all forms of inhumanity to our fellow humans possible. Until we attend to the beam in our eye, pointing to motes in others is an exercise in futility and tacit approval of the status quo of human barbarism.

http://konknet.com/konk-life/columns/key-west-lou/2015-03-12-4

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/america-still-has-hundreds-military-bases-worldwide-have-they-made-us-any-safer

9 Responses to “Barbarism Du Jour”

  1. Tragically, the post-9/11 American psyche feels no regret about any atrocities we perform. The burned pilot film was mostly about the five kids among many civilians burned alive from air strikes by pilots like him. American media did not show any of those photos.

    But I don’t think the American people care now, Alex. We’ve seen, forgiven, and forgotten Abu Ghraib. The sniper movie is the most popular of any on the Arab wars. Our greatest punishments are for those who make us feel bad by showing our crimes, like Manning and Snowden.

    I see nothing to do but pray for our nation’s soul.

  2. Alex, I’ve often wondered how killing massively with bombs and technology can be considered more “civilized” than the barbarism of ISIS, et al. I remember seeing a promo for the American Sniper movie where the sniper is lining up a shot against an Arab woman dressed in a jalaba who is supposed to be carrying a dangerous weapon under her clothing. The supposition is that she is going to do some harm against … whatever. I don’t doubt her motives, but the real question that should be asked is this: what exactly is this American sniper doing in her country? Why have they become mutual enemies? What is he doing, half way around the world, in her land, trying to kill her? To some extent, one can see the reasons for her motives, but what is the reason for the sniper’s motives? What has her people done to him that justifies him being there? Do you think Clint Eastwood ever asked himself these questions? Has he ever asked himself why we made war in Iraq? It’s a shame such a talented artist has such a stunted intellect. It’s dangerous. Thanks Alex.

  3. Good article, Alex. Rick, Alex, us old farts remember the atrocity America’s war in Vietnam was: the entire war, plus the countless atrocity incidents. Younger farts have joined us in having the same view of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who in America can complain about ISIS, or about al Qaeda, Iran, or even Israel, or Russia, when the atrocity beam in America’s eye is so huge? I also wonder, Alex: What was Clint Eastwood thinking, glorifying a sniper? What was Eastwood thinking, not painting America’s presence in Iraq as an atrocity? Alas, he represents lots of Americans, probably a majority, or more than a majority. I mean, the great Nobel Peace Prize winner is still using his soldiers to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other places, and he has about half of America backing his presidency. And today I read in the Key West Citizen that a move is on for his wife, that would be Michelle Obama, to run on for President in 2016. I’m sure that thrills Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton to hear. I don’t see anybody talking about running for president, for whom I would vote. I agree, Alex, I see nothing to do but pray for our nation’s soul, and hope it brings back a Divine Intervention that deals with what you covered in your article. And deals with lots more than that. Oh, my, would it be interesting, if that happened. Oh, my. Hopefully, after I’m done farting and am out of here.

  4. It was lead drummer Netanyahu that just addressed the US Congress for yet another annihilation of a mid east country.

    My prediction is that if the US has a female as its next president, she will go down in history as the largest mass murderer of all time. The sacred feminine will be stomped on for good. But the morons who vote for the likes of an evil like Hillary won’t care because all that matters to them is that she possesses a vagina.

  5. Alex, Rick, Jerome and Sloan you are ‘My Brothers’. In every sense of the word.

    I don’t feel love, nor do I give my friendship or support to those who sow seeds of hate, violence and war. Setting my emotions aside, my effort has been to love the sinner and hate the sin.

    For reasons I have described, I chose to wear a United States Marine Corps uniform. I was an active participant in combat operations , while serving in Vietnam. My intentions and motives were honorably, however after the fact, I’ve come to realize that they may have been misguided.

    My behavior and the conduct of the Marines that I served with, as it related to the civilian populations that we were in contact with, reflected a standard of compassion, care and love; not frequently displayed on the Hollywood screens.

    Please be assured that in the abyss, death and suffering decreased for the ‘innocents’ because of the actions of my Marines. Perhaps we did not belong there, that being said, we handled the realties that were before us, as it related to civilians, with empathy, grace and humanity. There was not any excessive force, brutality or violations of the UCMJ under our watch.

    For sure, I’ve seen the pictures of ‘burnt villages’, murdered civilians and children running with their bodies adorned in burning napalm.

    I’ve also experienced children and their families being impaled, assassinated, buried alive and simply executed for none compliance with the demands of their VC and NVA overlords.

    War is a very toxic, frightening and unstable condition that breeds conditions which bring out the worst in people. This insanity destabilizes cultures and countries, along with those waging it, as its evil manifests every manner of rationalization for murder and slaughter (body count strategy).

    16 steady years of war, released a lot of poison and venom into our collective psyches. It’s maddening impact can still be witnessed.

    And guess what, we haven’t learned a thing from that tragedy.

    I am going to call the braggers and boasters out (sniper movie). Celebrating the killing of a human being is sickening and un-American. I’m putting the finishing touches on that article.

    I stood with my sign, in my Marine Corps regalia on the US 1 divide at MM 100 in Key Largo, against W’s first war in Iraqi. I instinctively and intuitively knew that they did not have a clue.

    We do what we do. And the world is a better place because of it. By the way, the cosmos is in an upward trajectory, where virtue and love will expand and predominate.

    Blessings & Respect

    • John, I have no doubt you and your Marine companions performed as you say in this article, but … that does not erase the fact that you were all there based upon a set of mistaken Anglo-Euro concepts of the world that rendered your service not just useless but negative. I regret I could not have been there with you on US 1 when this Iraqi disaster came along. You are as brave in peace as I’m sure you were in war. A hug, Jerome

  6. Thank you, John. Thank, you.

    Sister, you may be right about a woman being elected the next US president, especially Hillary, or Sarah Palin. My opinion, both are good examples of men wearing women’s bodies. As for Israel, as I have posted under other blue paper articles, and at my websites, many times, right after 9/11, the angels running me told me America should bet out of the middle East altogether and stop all aid to Israel, and let Israel and Islam fight it out, or work it out, and in that way learn which of them is “God’s chosen people.” Might be neither will care for what they learn.

    Jerome, Alex’s article and the comments under it segue from yourhttp://thebluepaper.com/why-war-is-bad/#comment-3193 article and comments under it in last Friday’s blue paper. Was reminded in a dream last night of one of my comments under your article, Jerome.

    Sloan Bashinsky says:
    March 18, 2015 at 5:03 am
    I have been told in the past, by my spirit handlers, absence of the feminine is the cause of all wars on this world, including all man-made wars.

    For a Divine Intervention of the feminine into USA, is the prayer I was asked in 2012 to make. I have repeated the prayer a few times.

    The feminine vibration/essence is different from the male vibration/essence. Without her, the male vibration/essence is unnatural, and, thus, behaves unnaturally. (And vice-versa). She is absent in humanity. Thus, the mess humanity is and makes.

    If the female essence/vibration has a successful insurgency in USA, the dominant human nation on this planet (presently), perhaps she will spread and infuse herself into humanity everywhere on this planet. If that happens, humanity will be very different.

    The getting there might not make many humans happy, though, not even women humans. The human population might decrease. Perhaps dramatically. Perhaps only a few thousand humans would survive the changes, which are internal and play out in the external. Or perhaps the angels have a different way of infusing the female vibration/essence back into humanity on this planet, than the methods they used on me and on a few people I have known.

  7. Sloan, et. al., The “feminine” has just about been annihilated in our society, for both genders. Feminism is a misnomer; it should be called Masculinism.

    • Jerome, agreed. The feminine is seriously misunderstood on this planet. I wrote a bit about her today in thehttp://goodmorningkeywest.com/?p=29166 post – ” divergent insurgency … barbaric tales de jour … the feminine cure, from Key West, the city with more bartenders per person than anywhere ” – using various human events and interactions, and including links to Alex’s and your articles at the blue paper.

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not for the faint of heart – America at war, Republican Senators immigrate to Iran, Palin and Clinton for President and Vice-President, and other international best sellers

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In a dream last night, I was told Wilbur Smith is setting the tone. Smith lives in South Africa. He is an international best selling author many times over. I learned of him when I was in South Africa, in 2000. I suppose I have read most of his novels. Not for the faint of heart.

The Australian novelist Ann Massey, of Perth, commented on my continued touting of Jerome Grapel’s “Why War Is Bad” article, and reader and his comments thereunder, at Key West the Newspaper: http://thebluepaper.com/why-war-is-bad/#comment-3193

Since then, even more comments by readers and Jerome Chappel, under his article.

http://thebluepaper.com/why-war-is-bad/#comment-3193

Not for the faint of heart.

The now “fabled” letter from 47 Republicans to Iran:

Republican letter (click on link to see it)

Recently on the Coconut Telegraph at bigpinekey.com:

Much to everyone’s surprise the Iranians replied to the 47 republicans letter. Here it is in its entirety.

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What we have learned has opened our eyes. For 35 years, we have treated you as an adversary. Our intelligence agencies told us that your culture and your political system were radically different from ours. We now understand that we were misled. Your country is much like ours. Indeed, your Republican Congress is much like our revolutionary Islamic councils. We are brothers.

We were delighted to read this sentence. What you have described—a circle of overseers who work in perpetuity to restrain the president—is very familiar to us. Our president, like yours, is limited to two consecutive four-year terms. His powers are also severely circumscribed. He has a national security council, but he and his council do not establish our nation’s policies.

In our system, true power lies with the chamber that oversees the president. For you, this chamber is the Senate, controlled by your Republican caucus. For us, it is the Council of Guardians. Members of our council, like members of your Senate, serve six-year terms. The council may veto any legislation, which, in its judgment, violates our republic’s guiding body of law. For us, that body of law is Sharia.

Several of your senators spoke there about the abomination of homosexual marriage and the importance of protecting religion. Our assessment is that your senators interpret your Constitution in accordance with the Christian Bible, just as our council applies our Constitution in the light of the Holy Quran. We particularly enjoyed the speech of your senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, who called on your government to fight for Christians abroad. This is in agreement with our own policy of coming to the aid of faithful Muslims everywhere.

Some may consider him too young to assert dominion over your country’s foreign policy, at 37 years of age and with only two years of political experience. But we in Iran appreciate his vigor. He reminds us of the young men who seized your embassy here in 1979, two years after he was born. Those brave young revolutionaries did not wait for guidance from their elders.

In Iran, all educational institutions are governed by our Cultural Revolution Council, which safeguards the faith of the people. We have been unable to locate such a council in your federal government. However, we recently learned that the state board of education in Sen. Cruz’s state, Texas, controls through its purchasing power the content of textbooks throughout your country. The board has used this power to limit the teaching of evolution and promote the celebration of your country as a Christian nation. Our cultural council protects Islam in the same way.

Our system, like yours, has its critics. Some portray our Council of Guardians as unelected ideologues who override the will of the people. The charge is absurd, as your own experience demonstrates. In your country’s three most recent elections, which together produced your Senate’s entire current membership, the other party’s nominees won 5 million more votes than yours did. Nevertheless, you control the chamber. The true will of the people, as you know, is to follow those of us who understand what is best.

Thank you once again for this enlightening exchange. Prompted by your letter, our council has decided to end the talks with your secretary of state and dismiss nuclear inspectors from our country. We look forward to working with you in the future on other matters of common interest, such as prayer, capital punishment, and troops in Iraq.

Sincerely,

Council of Guardians
The Islamic Republic of Iran

Tom Cotton picked apart by Army general over ‘mutinous’ Iran letter
March 13

The open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran signed by 47 senators and instigated by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was a stunning breach of protocol. One so outrageous that my former colleagues at the New York Daily News dubbed the signers“traitors.” While it is indeed a slap in the face of President Obama and an affront to the presidency, I’m not sure I would go that far, especially since Cotton is an Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. So, I turned to retired Major Gen. Paul D. Eaton for perspective. He wouldn’t say Cotton and Co. were “traitors,” either. He had a better word.

“I would use the word mutinous,” said Eaton, whose long career includes training Iraqi forces from 2003 to 2004. He is now a senior adviser to VoteVets.org. “I do not believe these senators were trying to sell out America. I do believe they defied the chain of command in what could be construed as an illegal act.” Eaton certainly had stern words for Cotton.

“What Senator Cotton did is a gross breach of discipline, and especially as a veteran of the Army, he should know better,” Eaton told me. “I have no issue with Senator Cotton, or others, voicing their opinion in opposition to any deal to halt Iran’s nuclear progress. Speaking out on these issues is clearly part of his job. But to directly engage a foreign entity, in this way, undermining the strategy and work of our diplomats and our Commander in Chief, strains the very discipline and structure that our foreign relations depend on, to succeed.” The consequences of Cotton’s missive were plainly apparent to Eaton. “The breach of discipline is extremely dangerous, because undermining our diplomatic efforts, at this moment, brings us another step closer to a very costly and perilous war with Iran,” he said.

“I think Senator Cotton recognizes this, and he simply does not care,” Eaton went on to say. “That’s what disappoints me the most.” And that’s what’s so scary about this whole episode. The freshman senator from Arkansas and 46 of his Republican colleagues sought to bigfoot Obama on a deal not yet done whose details are not yet known.

In his column today, Michael Gerson makes a point that should have been obvious to all the signatories of the Cotton letter.

If Republican senators want to make the point that an Iran deal requires a treaty, they should make that case to the American people, not to the Iranians. Congress simply has no business conducting foreign policy with a foreign government, especially an adversarial one. Every Republican who pictures his or her feet up on the Resolute Desk should fear this precedent.

This is a point you imagine Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would have made back in the good old days when he was a statesman. Instead, he signed the letter.

“I expect better from the men and women who wore the uniform,” Eaton said of Cotton. And the American people deserve better from the Senate.

My thoughts:

Those 47 Republicans and their families should request political asylum in Iran.

Meanwhile …

Oil Tango

The other day, my lady Kari said she really likes Sarah Palin. I said that was the dumbest thing I ever heard anyone say, she should watch the You Tube video of Palin wowing people in Iowa, which drove Republican big wigs nuts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrzD-zqWwWc

Kari said she has not been keeping up with Palin, but had liked her in the beginning. I said I think a great thing will be a presidential ticket with Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Let them toss a coin to see who will be president and who will be vice-president, and they agree to abide by the coin toss and work together as president and vice-president. The two of them working together will finish America off faster than any other method.

Palin and Clinton

Kari looked at me like, is that a joke? Then she looked at me like she was joking.

She started reading HEAVY WAIT: A Strange Tale to me yesterday. She had to stop and take breaks. It ain’t for the faint of heart. And, it’s funny, she says.

Heavy Wait

www.amazon,com, kindle, trade paperback, and large print; also available in Spanish at www.amazon.com.es

I bet Kari and I would do a heap better job in the offal orifice, straightening America out, than anyone who ends up there next. A heap better.

Kari and Sloan

But we ain’t offering to do it. It’s a heap more fun talking, and writing (me) and painting (her), although I keep saying, if she writes a book about her experiences, it will be an international best seller.

Meanwhile, here’s Ann Massey’s review of HEAVY WAIT.

5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and Engaging June 24, 2014
Mostly I read for entertainment–lightweight stories soon forgotten. Occasionally I stumble on a heavyweight–my first novel was “Hatter’s Castle” by A. J. Cronin. Read at aged twelve when I was still reading the “Famous Five” and “In the Fourth at Mallory Towers”–it was an epiphany in that, for the first time, I was introduced to realistic fiction and imperfect families. Last night I finished reading another literary heavyweight: Heavy Wait:A Strange Tale by Sloan Bashinsky.At the start of the novel a visionary mystic and his lover, wife and kindred spirit win $14,000, 000. Winning the lottery might seem like a dream come true, but this pair has eschewed materialism. The windfall tests each partner’s dedication to their beliefs.Riley Strange, a pre-eminent lawyer invariably wins legal arguments, but he can’t bring Mary-Lou round to his way of thinking. On the way back from collecting her winnings, she is killed in motor vehicle accident, leaving Riley with inconsolable grief and $14,000,000.Cast out of his personal paradise, Riley spends time in the wilderness before meeting Willa Sue, a despondent, overweight woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mary-Lou. They strike a bargain: Willa Sue agrees to live in Riley’s home for twelve months, and halve her body weight. In return Riley promises to gift her the winnings, all fourteen million. Tempting eh? But is it wise to go off with a strange man, especially one who believes he’s God?”Heavy Wait” is a deep and engaging book about the spiritual awakening of a damaged young woman who has the great good fortune to meet an angel, overcomes evil and finds true love–we all should be as lucky!

And here’s my review of Ann’s SALVATION JANE, available at www.amazon.comin kindle and trade paperback.

Salvation Jane

Set in Perth, Australia, inspired by the massive tasering for sport of a schizophrenic homeless Aborigine by Aussie police officers, and by a brave and outraged Aussie lassie jumping whole hog into her ’tis of thee’s national politics over that, and over the general plight of homeless men and women down under, and by the author’s own personal experiences, which she asked me to keep between her and me, which inspired her to novelize all of the aforementioned: Salvation Jane is a topsy-turvy twisting-and-turning emotional tilt-a-whirl volcanic tsunami. Maddening, uplifting, maddening, uplifting. Featuring two saints, one dearly-departed, the other his left-behind common law, but for whom the silver linings would have been harder to swallow. The self-centered child in woman body heroine made me want to wring her neck bunches of times, but it was fun watching her grow beyond herself, albeit not without heaps of snatchings of defeats out of the jaws of victories along the way. The homeless people, mostly men, are the adorables in their own special flairs of the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. The career politicians are suitably despicable soulless creatures unaware they are not really human. Every career politician should have to read Salvation Jane. Ditto, every person inclined to use the Nazi solution on homeless people. Everyone else should read it, too. Ciao maim. Not by Mark Twain

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the best fleshing out of America at war I ever saw

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Below is an article in Key West the Newspaper (thebluepaper.com) – http://thebluepaper.com/why-war-is-bad/#comment-3173 – which, I feel, with the reader comments and the author’s further comments, fleshes out America at war better than anything I ever saw.

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by Jerome Grapel…

(This essay was written at a time when the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was making its way into the world’s consciousness. More than a decade later, the horrifying chaos now prevailing in the region is sickening proof of the colossal blunder the American invasion was.)

As I write this essay, the second Bush Oil War has become the fiasco it always deserved to be. The latest piece of firewood thrown onto the flames of this madness is the graphic international diffusion of the inhuman treatment of Iraqi prisoners. The few days it has taken me to digest and turn this material into some kind of life giving substance has produced the following thoughts: War is bad. War dehumanizes. War is the single most aberration man has ever conceived of. War should only be entered into after the most exhausting efforts are made to avoid it … and even then, don’t we all know that something has gone terribly wrong, that we’ve failed miserably, that we’ve let ourselves down, that the idea of good guys and bad guys, in a real war, becomes less and less relevant until everyone involved is reduced to a brute animal state that should have been exorcized from the human condition long ago?

The acts of gross humiliation perpetrated against the Iraqi prisoners seem hardly abnormal when one considers the venue they took place in. War is madness. War is a breathing organism of squizophrenic behavior. The unacceptable becomes routine in such an environment. Everything we’ve ever been told to respect and hold dear is not just ignored, but reversed. Any nation that does not try to avoid war with every fiber of its being, is committing the ultimate act of immorality.

Although it generally goes unnoticed or overlooked, there has never been a war anywhere where this kind of bestiality has not taken place. Why all this fuss for the normal behavior of such an abnormal setting?

For those Americans who have not traveled abroad lately, I will grossly understate the case by saying that this war is not looked upon favorably outside the “homeland”. (Ever since 9/11, Americans seem to have discovered this word. Doesn’t it have a Nazi-like ring to it?) Even in the one place it is given some veneer of legitimacy — the United States — a substantial part of its population finds this conflict repugnant. Everywhere else, even within the ranks of the countries that make up the “coalition”, the rank and file almost unanimously revile and repudiate it. This war is so universally despised, that any opportunity to further chastise it is seized upon with the same zeal a gossip columnist might break a story about Brittany Spear copulating with a horse. Further sweetening the pot is the hypocrisy of America’s rhetoric: democracy, freedom, human rights, the “liberation” of the Iraqi people, and other such lumpy porridge put forth to justify this war. One has to wonder what the Iraqis may have been subjected to if we had not come as their “friends”.

My indignation for these unfortunate acts of sub-human behavior is not directed at those who carried them out. I feel more pity than hate for these people, whose negative celebrity has now been circulated around the globe. They are the scapegoats, the guinea pigs, the little people who will have to take the rap for the monstrous vileness of their leaders. There is one image in particular that sticks in my mind: an attractive young lady informally clothed in military attire is smiling brightly, as if she were adding a photo to her vacation album, as she humiliates a bent over Iraqi prisoner. There is a Marquis de Sade quality to it all, a jovial kind of erotic perversion that might be seen in a porno flic. But it is not a porno flic.

This young woman has descended to a level of consciousness that she never knew was within her. It was sucked out from the deepest, most hidden recesses of her being, like the oil so deeply encased beneath the parched sands of the Iraqi desert. It was not easy to reach this hidden layer of her emotional make up. It took an extraordinarily vitiated atmosphere to do so. Under almost any other circumstance, this black spot in her almost sub conscience — a black spot we all must have somewhere — would have lain buried and forgotten, far from the light of day. Undoubtedly, if you worked with her from 9 to 5; if you met her in a bar on Saturday night; if you interacted with her in a reasonable setting, she’d seem no different from the great mass of humanity going about their lives as best they can — working, eating, playing, loving. I’m sure many would find her attractive and could even fall in love with her. But the hurricane she found herself in was so confusing, so neurotic, so disorienting …

No … my indignation is not directed at her. My indignation, my scorn, my repulsion goes straight towards those who sent her into such a perverted environment, for those who created it.

Perhaps the intense conflict the idea of war wages with our more typical behavior can best be put into focus by emphasizing our normal reactions to pain, suffering and death.

Not long ago, I was standing by the tennis courts of our local park, waiting my turn to play. Like many public parks in America, the shadowy presence of that strombotic class of people known as the “homeless” is well represented. It might even be said it is their park and the rest of us are just passing through. Their presence has a phantasmal quality as they shuck and shuffle along in the background, like pieces of furniture or props in a real life play.

So there I was, waiting to play, when I heard a thud behind me like a sack of potatoes dropped from a window. I turned and saw a middle-aged man lying face up on the ground just under a telephone booth. He was probably trying to use the phone when the precocity of his physical condition could no longer maintain a standing position.

From about 20 feet away I stood and gazed at him for about 15 seconds. He was not moving. I approached slowly, as if he were a wounded enemy I did not trust. There was an ugly gash running from just within his dirt-encrusted hairline to just above the bridge of his nose. I noticed a smear of blood on the sharp metal edge of the phone booth. He must have fallen head first into it, slicing his forehead in two.

By now his head had tilted slightly to his left. His face was covered in dirt and the blood began to make its way down his forehead like a red river between its brown banks. It then started to drip steadily off the bridge of his nose, passing before his left eye before splatting to the ground beside his face. His eyes were wide open. I bent down to get a bit closer. Sometimes we say stupid things. “Are you OK?” His cracked lips seemed to be trying to form a smile. A few guttural sounds escaped his mouth.

This man not only meant nothing to me, he meant nothing to anybody, not even himself. His absence from the earth would probably go unnoticed. He was little more than an alcohol fetted piece of flesh with no value to anyone. He was a barely living organism that had still not passed from existence. An ant had more relevance to life on this planet than he did.

I then asked another stupid question, stupid because this man was beyond making decisions. “Do you want some help?” His eyes remained open. Did they see anything?

It was up to the rest of us, embodied in me in this particular instance, to make the choice for him. I walked back to the tennis courts, picked up a cell phone and did what almost all of us would do, even that young lady now famous for her sadistic treatment of Iraqi prisoners: I called 911.

I don’t know if doing such a thing is taught to us, or culturally induced, or is simply a part of our genetic make up by now, millions of years into our evolutionary journey. This is what humans do. This is what makes us “humane”. We don’t just let people agonize, suffer or die if we can help it. This is called compassion, and we are the only animals that possess it.

I could never be described as a “bleeding heart”. I lose no sleep over the fact that thousands of people have no roof to sleep under. I don’t sponsor starving children in Africa or South America. I give no money to panhandlers. These situations are stains on the human condition that denigrate us all, that individual acts of kindness do little to eradicate. My commitment is a more universal attempt to change our ideology so as to make these sordid instances of human degradation less prevalent.

But I don’t let people bleed to death on the sidewalk, no matter how little their worth in the cosmic scheme of things might be. And neither would you.

And that is why war is such a bad thing. It is a complete negation of everything we’ve striven to be since we’ve begun to have consciousness of ourselves. It brings out everything we’ve been trying to flee from since the dawn of time. These horrible pictures of our young men and women reduced to an animal state are frightening proof that no one ever “wins” a war. Even if it had been easy and we had installed our puppet government and secured the cheap fuel necessary to continue with this drunken spree of bigger SUV’s, and the latest Nike sneakers, and the ephemeral joy we might receive from the next DVD, in the long run, everyone has lost again. All we’ve done is perpetrate an ancient form of barbarism that degrades us all — “conquerors” and “conquered” alike — until someday we will be the ball and somebody else will be the bat, still hopelessly trapped in a stagnant orbit of fear and violence, wasting our specie’s remarkable talents in an endless spiral of regressive death and destruction.

When a small cadre of people, for their own selfish reasons, go out of their way to create a war, they have done the greatest disservice possible to humanity. They have retarded our emotional and spiritual growth. They have created an unbearable psychic tension on those forced to participate in the fray, because such an environment is in a pure state of conflict with their normal impulses. It has created a cerebral short circuit …

… but I don’t blame these unfortunate young men and women. One has to go way further up the chain of command, back down the Persian Gulf, through the Suez and out Gibraltar, all the way back to the Potomac and Pennsylvania Avenue to find the real culprits. These people have degraded us all.

 44 Responses to “Why War is Bad”

  1. Jerome, your view of homeless people is proof once again that “we” are not all created equal members of one human family, or, “we” don’t remain equal members. Yet, I, who has lived on the street in Key West, and elsewhere, who has slept in homeless shelters, who has been in Florida Out Reach Coalition’s homeless rehab program, in Key West, view trying to fix homeless people about like you seem to view it: a waste of time, if they are using their narcotic of choice. Typically alcohol, but today spice is popular among them, and other exotics chemicals. In the situation you described, I would have done the same thing, and having done that, moved ahead. I wonder if that poor soul was a veteran of an America foreign war, or was just a veteran of a variety of wars in the American homeland?

    I wish I’d had the good sense and guts to demonstrate against the Vietnam war, which was just as stupid, evil and corporate profit-driven as the more recent wars. I knew 9/11 was bait, a trap. I knew on that day, that whoever was behind it wanted America to invade a foreign country. I told many people that. And, for the most part, I was told America had to retaliate. It was the right thing to do. It was God’s will, religious people told me.

    So, unlike you, I do not lay all of the fault on the so-called leaders of this country. I lay the fault on all Americans, who wanted America to be in Vietnam. On all Americans, who wanted America to save Kuwait. On all Americans, who wanted America to invade Iraq. On all Americans, who wanted America to invade Afghanistan. On all Americans, who still “support the troops” in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The way to support the troops is to be screaming for them to be brought home.

    And, my goodness, why come the troops have not yet figured out what is going on? How come their generals and admirals have not said, “NO MORE!?” How come they do whatever the current idiot in the White House orders them to do?

    I told many people before Barack Obama was elected the first time, that he was as bad news as John McCain. And what did Obama do after being elected? Instead of stopping the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, pronto, which many of his lemmings had hoped he would do, he continued those wars. Then, beyond any glimmer of personal conscience, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, instead of rejecting it, because it was awarded to him by idiots, because of the color of his skin. And then he was reelected. How many people in America still worship him?

    Here’s what’s going on, Jerome. Here’s what’s behind what you lament. Mass demonic possession. In the G.W. Bush/Republican camp. In the B.H. Obama/Democrat camp. In any camp in America, which backs any of the wars named above, or any other wars in which America is involved currently.

    How do you cure mass demonic possession? There is no human cure for demonic possession. The only cure is supernatural. Is America willing to receive THAT cure? Not a chance. Will THAT cure be imposed on America? I would not hold my breath.

    You, I, others, can pontificate on America at war until hell freezes over, and it won’t make one iota of difference. But if we don’t pontificate, we sell out, we are accomplices, we are part of the mass demonic possession. Maybe the Catch-22 of all Catch-22s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuUBCF3KKxc

    (Country Joe & the Fish, Vietnam song)

    I can’t wait to see how the other “usual suspects” (blue paper readers who regularly pontificate under blue paper articles) rise to the chum line (bait) you have so kindly provided. Especially the readers who use pen names. I especially enjoy hearing from those bravehearts.

    Ciao, Sloan

    • Sloan, Thanks for your comments, always appreciated. Perhaps it is sad to admit, but I kind of share your general state of pessimism in the human race. It is a horrifying panorama, isn’t it? But we must go on and the only way for me to do so is to keep trying to make sense, to keep trying to see if someone can enlighten me or be enlightened by me. For me, there is no other choice. If I am to discrep with you on anything, it is your saying that our leaders are no more guilty than the masses they lead. Yes, the masses fall for it, but it is our leaders that are supposed to get us somewhere positive. Most of us are simply not equipped to make good choices; most of us are very busy just trying to survive, to raise our kids, to enjoy life a bit, to just get by. It is our leaders that set the tone, not just politicians, but business people, financiers, media moguls, etc. It’s complex, hard to decode and the average person can’t take all the blame for making bad choices. They are simply led astray by powers to be with the tools to do so. Sorry, I blame the guys who willingly started this Iraqi war, more than the masses who fell for it.

      • Jerome – I, too, blame G.W. Bush and his cronies for the Iraq war, and for the Afghanistan war. And I blame the unseen people behind the scenes pulling Bush and his cronies’ strings.

        Behind that is something else entirely, and it ain’t human. It goes by many names, the Devil is as good as any, although Lucifer is what I call it. Not metaphor. I deal with it all the time, by engaging its human proxies, most of whom are not aware of what really is happening. The same thing has blinded the masses, who support these leaders, who merely are puppets, unawares or awares.

        Hitler and his top cronies were aware of what was running them. G.W. Bush probably had no clue. Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney were another matter. Yet even they were clueless, compared to Hitler and his cronies, who made a conscious pact with Evil. I think Barack Obama is clueless, too.

        I’m not talking here about the Illuminati working behind the scenes. I’m talking about something supernatural. It promotes all wars. It feeds on the human psycho-spirit energy wars produce. Cut off from the God energy, Evil has to manufacture it’s own food. War is one big way it does that on this planet. There are many other ways it produces food, by stirring humans to do things they ought not do, and not do things they should do.

        The Spear of Destiny, by Trevor Ravenscroft, speaks to how Hitler and his cronies made a pact with Evil, and how that was confronted by one Grail Knight in particular, Rudolph Steiner. That book was my introduction to what very few people I have known wanted to know about. I read it in 1994. And, an introduction to demonic possession, Hostage to the Devil, by Father Malachi Martin. Chilling. Then began my training in that arena, and the training was horrific, and was different from how the exorcist priests in Martin’s book went about it.

        Evil has endless, creative ways of duping human beings. The masses are very easy to dupe. To the point, the New Age, in which I once spent a great deal of time, getting to know it, does not even believe Evil exists. Whereas, Christendom believes Evil exists, but thinks it is immune because of salvation through Jesus. Islam also believes Evil exists, but believes it is above that, since it is God’s true religion, just as Christendom believes it is God’s true religion. Evil loves religion. Feasts in it.

        I indeed am pessimistic, because I see all too clearly what very few people see. However, I do not know the future; I do not know what angels of God have up their sleeves. I’m not speaking here of religion, but of actual beings, with which I have had dealings for many years now, to the extent they allow me to have dealing with them, on their terms, nearly always mystifying to me, and nearly always difficult tests for me. They changed how I see, hear, think, behave. They are still changing how I see, hear, think, behave.

        I wish they would do the same to/for humanity. Oh, my, would each person then have a change in thinking, priorities, behavior. War would cease. As would lots of other behavior you probably wish did not happen. Meanwhile, it’s kinda like pandemonium, and kinda like Pandora’s open box, and kinda like a great action movie, and kinda like a Stephen King special, and kinda like As the World Turns, and, who knows?, maybe the Second Coming will get it all straightened out.

        Meanwhile, we think, therefore we are; we feel, therefore we exist; we breathe, therefore we live; we get on about our lives, therefore we cause things to happen. Age 72, I don’t fret about lots of things I used to fret about. I have all I can say grace over just dealing with what is dead in front of me. Today and yesterday, your article is one thing dead in front of me.

  2. Constitutional Breaches by our Civilian Leadership have established a series of Uber-Presidencies that have opted for war as an answer/solution: “Only Congress Can Declare War”.

    Congress has shown themselves to be a flaccid, partisan and corrupted body unfit to adhere to their specified duties enumerated in our Constitution. It is a catch-22 enterprise fueled by the military industrial complex.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of this destructive threat approximately 65 years ago. Who voted for Bush; who voted for Obama. The flavor may be a little different, however, they are one in the same when it comes to slaughtering innocent men, women and children.

    I have more to say on this topic.

    As usual, brilliant, well-thought out and beautifully presented. Thank you Jerome…

    • John, I was particularly interested in your participation this week because of your first hand knowledge of war. I’m just trying to decipher this venue but you are truly an expert. Anything you could add to the subject would be greatly valued. I think it would be relevant to note that most of us who backed Obama over Hillary did so because he opposed the war in Iraq, in fact, it could probably be said that he won the nomination precisely for that fact. In his defense, it could be said that he is doing all he can not to get further entwined in something like that again and his attempts at diplomacy with Iran are very important. If it is blown up by the Neanderthal wing of American politics … well, I’d say there would then be no hope for this country. Thanks John

  3. Hi Jerry,
    While I generally agree with everything you write, I do have to take exception to one statement in this essay, which is that humans are the only animals known to be able to display compassion. I think a further examination of the animal kingdom will reveal that many other species, including elephants who have been shown weeping at the loss of a loved one, dolphins who have been seen apparently reaching out and kissing humans who have rescued them, and whales who have been filmed cavorting in wild celebration after being freed from entangling fishing lines and then coming over and staring into the eyes of the rescuers in obvious thanks are all exhibiting compassion towards others.
    I think that this idea that humans alone are capable of compassion is, in fact, a very dangerous idea, in that it is used to justify and rationalize our domination of the “lesser” species because of our supposed moral superiority over all others. Taking it a step further, I also feel it is used to justify the persecution of other humans who are different in any way, be it in skin color, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other way that humans can find to discriminate against one another, because of the favored group’s alleged superiority over all others.
    Perhaps I have overstated my case, nevertheless, I do believe there are many cases of other species exhibiting compassion to other members of their species, and yes, even to humans.
    Peace to you, Jerry….

    • Frank, As always, it is an honor to receive a comment from you, and this one is particularly brilliant. Frank, I never felt comfortable with the statement you criticize and have often felt that maybe I should change or eliminate it. I completely empathize your your attitude. Although I do not strictly adhere to a vegan diet, I lean that way primarily because I think not killing other animals would help change our attitudes about killing each other. If I may defend myself on this point (just a little) let’s just say that humans may exercise compassion to a greater degree than other animals. Good stuff Frank, Jerry

      • Jerome, others –

        The night of 9/8-9, I was asked in my sleep by a familiar voice, “Will you make a prayer for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity?” I woke up, wondering what that was about?. and I prayed for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity. On 9/11, I knew why.

        A few days later, leaving the Key West post office on Whitehead Street, I was told that America should get out of the Middle East altogether, and to stop giving aid to Israel, and to let Israel and Islam work it out, or fight it out, an in that way learn which of them are God’s chosen people.

        I published all of that many times, and also, that I was told in my sleep after Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton in 2008, before the presidential election, that he, Barack, had the potential to be the anti-Christ. That, too, I published many times, and that, after he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, my bowel locked up for a month, and finally released after violent poetry about that he’d done erupted out of me at a Key West Poetry Guild monthly meeting.

        I, too, have seen President Obama seems wary about America getting further enmeshed in war in the Middle East, and wary of Israel. And I see the right beating the rums of war and backing Israel, as if their very lives depend it. I also see war in Iraq revving back up, and I see America still involved there, and still involved in Afghanistan. I can’t say I see any end to America at war in sight, with either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush in the White House. They both are hawks. Just different-colored plumage.

        I wonder what kin of message would be sent in the next presidential election, if people who want America to get out of the war business, for that’s what it is, and addiction, to write into the place for president on their ballots, “Peace”, or “No more war”, or “No One”?

        I have told my friend John Donnelly many times, because of his war experiences in Vietnam, that I wish he, and American veterans like him, will lead the charge against America at war. Who, other than American war veterans can best lead that charge?

        Last week, under the blue paper’s will police wear body camera’s article, I said, in answer to an invitation from John for blue paper readers to say that they think was behind police brutality and them getting away with it, I wrote it was mass demonic possession. John wrote back that I was dead on the money, he could could feel it, it was palpable.

        What’s behind America’s war addiction also is mass demonic possession. I can feel it. It’s palpable.

  4. “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
    Douglas MacArthur”
    ― Douglas MacArthur

    Members of our Armed Forces are representative samples of the society and culture from which they come. A cruel and insensitive world consumed with an extraordinary dependence upon violence for their recreation, amusement and entertainment (videos, movies, music, sitcoms) produces like minded soldiers.

    Boot camp does not eradicated these tendencies, for the very drill instructors and commanding officers come from a like minded persuasion.

    Add an inferior school system and a view of the military as a way out unpleasant circumstances; in many instances you are not attracting a genteel and sophisticated raw recruit.

    Politically correct promotions and corrupted leadership at the top can cause chaos, ineffectiveness and an absence of command control.

    UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) is clear and specific on the law regarding the handling of prisoners and acceptable conduct outlined in the rules of engagement.

    Leadership, discipline, obedience, adherence to the law and performance are critical to the success of a combat or peacetime unit.

    Every private and PFC, right on up to the president of the united states bears the responsibility of crimes committed during combat or prisoner detention by any military unit.

    Right there, on the ground, in real time, any misconduct stops. If not you are culpable in the commission of said crime. The tone is set in every way on everyday by the NCO’s (enlisted men and women) charged with the mission at hand.

    Thanks again, Jerome.

  5. THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY COMMIT THE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY HAVE MORE CULPABILITY THAN THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE THE ORDERS.

    GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULLS.

    THE FACT THAT YOUR MOMMY AND/OR DADDY DID NOT TEACH YOU RIGHT FROM WRONG DOES NOT EXCUSE YOU FROM UNDERSTANDING AND ACTING ON THE DIFFERENCE.

    • The Nazis who ran the death camps said they were acting under orders. That defense didn’t wash. The folks who gave the orders to build and operate the death camps, and send Jews, Gypsies and others, I suppose, to the ovens set it all into motion, starting at the top, with Hitler. Their minions were more culpable?

      G.W. Bush, being the American president, shared similar Hitler role and responsibility in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as did his cronies.

      I keep recommending The Spear of Destiny, by Trevor Ravenscroft, and I don’t seem ever to get any takers. It explains what ran Hitler and his cronies. Fast forward, same thing ran G.W. Bush and his cronies, during their wars. Fast forward, same thing running President Obama and his cronies, during their wars.

      I gather, John Donnelly, from what you posted above, and have posted at other times, that you don’t see US generals, admirals, line officers and enlisted men have any responsibility for American wars, but only are responsible for fighting wars without committing atrocities.

      Alas, the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars were/are atrocities in and of themselves. Their karma is horrific. The Iraq and Afghanistan karma is increasing.

      • Sloan, That last paragraph perhaps sums this all up. it’s going around, it’s coming around, and if we as a nation never understand this; that “good guys” and “bad guys” can be the same thing, then we are doomed. I don’t share in your more metaphysical comments, but do not consider them silly or out of line either.

  6. Sloan,

    Very Good Point.

    A child, young man, brought up in a household where his father landed on Normandy and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, while all of his uncles served in similar capacities throughout Europe and the South Pacific; along with both grandfathers being wounded in action during WW1, there was a patriotic influence (reverence for the military sacrifices made by my immediate family and their fallen comrades).

    Nothing forced. Just a natural and authentic display of respect to the institution and soldiers they served with. The strong Irish presence in NYC provided the fighting 69th Infantry Division (WW1) with plenty of soldiers.

    Now these citizens had lives before both wars. The draft caused them to discard all that they loved and cared for to travel around the world and kill people; or be killed and wounded themselves. I’m certain that they would have preferred a diplomatic (peaceful) resolution to the problems at hand. The civilian leadership was not able to broker a deal or secure a peace.

    Fast forward to the start of the Vietnam War (1959). A little over 10 years since the successful conclusion WW2. A patriotic theme was maintained in the majority of American households.

    There wasn’t that much distrust of our government. Remember Kennedy and Camelot were on the horizon. I had scholarships to college, however, in keeping with my childhood experiences I chose to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Believe me, I wasn’t sold a bill of goods, I decided to find out for myself what was going on over there. Some of my very close friends decided that they didn’t want to participate in that conflict. They used every manner of deception to be ruled unacceptable for the draft. I never ridiculed or judged them for the decisions that they made. I liked and loved them. They made their choices and I made mine.

    Now, an individual who was a pacifist or because of religion reasons could not kill another human being; there was a ‘conscientious objector’ status that could be granted. I don’t know if the application process was credible, fair or legitimate.

    The bulk of any fighting force, those that do the killing and heavy lifting, are the enlisted men. If they’ve been drafted or volunteered they are deployed where the civilian leadership decides to send them.

    The Uniform Code of Military Justice is the law of their land. At this stage of the game you are all in. How you conduct yourself in combat and lawfully discharge your duties, along with the rules of engagement and the treatment of civilians and prisoners; must be in keeping with the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. That’s how we did business during my tour in Vietnam. No exceptions to the rule.

    Now the top down leadership in the military is another matter. The generals, admirals and other ranking officers have a lot of power and influence. Coordinating their efforts not to exceed the wishes of their civilian bosses is another matter. Remember in Korea, Truman had to contend with and fire MacArthur, and Johnson had to deal with Westmorland’s corruption in Vietnam.

    I’m a simple man. As a civilian leader, If you disobey my orders or conduct combat operations that violate the UCMJ, no matter what your pay grade, I am going to have you arrested and imprisoned, while I investigate and build a case against you. You would have to do this very infrequently, as I would make certain the word was gotten out, that severe consequences awaited rogue or renegade general officers.

    War in itself is an atrocity. It is unnecessary, it is the ultimate insanity. As a child I knew how to broker deals and construct peace accords with rival gangs, races and ethnicities. What is the problem with the buffoons before us.

    Unfortunately, we have been surrounded by such civilian idiots and imbeciles for so long, that we’ve become immune and conditioned to the incompetence and criminality of our government. The military and its extended network, salivate at the thought of gamming and playing their civilian counterparts.

    War increases military promotions, while exacerbating the value and worth of generals and their subordinate officer corps.

    Remember how Johnson and McNamara selected targets to be bombed in Vietnam, while strewn across a davenport in the Lincoln bedroom. Military leadership looked upon them as a joke. This bone head behavior by the commander-in-chief was one factor that led the generals in Vietnam to develop the ‘body county’ measure to gage success in combat. It was easy, they felt that they could get away with it and it was job security.

    Perhaps if no one joined the Military it might decrease the chance of engaging in a war. However, I believe it might even be worse; as gadgets, drones and unmanned weapon delivery systems would take over. All having the very real potential to significantly increase innocent death and destruction.

    Our civilian leadership is responsible for getting us into wars. They are also responsible for any atrocities engaged in by our military on the battlefield. The buck stops with the commander-in-chief, our president. He or she is the one that sent the troops into harm’s way. He or she and their civilian staff, are the only ones that have the power, oversight responsibility, control and situational awareness over all placements and conduct of personnel on the ground. The officers and NCO’s are proxies of the president.

    Take it a step further. Every American citizen is responsible for the behavior of the men and women they send into combat via their selection of the civilian leadership. A ‘government of, by, and for the people’ may be culpable in the killing of millions of children and innocent civilians. Let their God be their judge.

    Evil flourishes because good men and women do nothing.

    • Yes, and that’s why I keep saying I hope you, and other American war vets, and the US Military, top to bottom, revolt against rich white American men’s, mostly, wars for profit..

    • John, I do believe one of the problems lies in the “volunteeer army”. None of this would be going on if their was a draft. I know. As a middle class kid (contrary to people like you, who generally fight our wars) I dodged the war in VNam just like all the other kids like me, or the rich kids, like Cheney and all the rest of them. I heard a great comment on TV last week. The speaker was the ex right hand man of Colin Powell (his chief of staff, I think it was) a man named Col. Wilkerson. Wilkerson, as a military man, hated the war in Iraq, and all the rest that has gone on recently. When told that something like 62% of Americans favor some kind of troops on the ground against ISIL, he said this: well fine, then let’s have a draft so those 62% can show how much they support this. Touche!

  7. There is yet another major player in this tragedy, who is very loud by her absence: the feminine, Eve, Christendom’s Holy Ghost. Her absence in humanity is the cause of all wars, including all man-made wars. Her absence in humanity is the cause of nearly all diseases: physical, emotional, mental. Lucifer is delighted she is absent, for if she were present, humanity would behave very differently. If she were present, articles like yours, Jerome, would not be written, because the wars would not be happening. A bit more ruminating about that in today’s “women are fine, as long as they walk three steps behind the men, and other little recognized secrets to happiness and ending wars and other human miseries – Key West Church of Heresies and Other Little Known Prophesies” post at http://goodmorningkeywest.com/?p=29087, which should be ready for viewing by 10 a.m. today, Saturday, March 14

  8. To All Who’ve Participated Here, There is so much to digest here and I am so honored to have created this discussion. All of it has its merit, none of it is stupid or naive or ignorant. There is much to say on the subject of war and how we as human beings are consistently led into it. Basically, as I will bring up in a later entry to this publication, we are a very group oriented, social species and the message received by the group is usually what we end up adhering to. I always say: person to person, face to face, we are a wonderful species. It is the “collective” that runs astray, but the collective is necessary, thus the dilemma — how do we get the proper message to the collective? Certainly, our over aggressive, overly competitive, overly materialistic society does not do that. Saying more at this point would be counter-productive, so I’ll just say thanks so very much again.

    • Jerome, how do you distinguish between the species and the collective? They seem one and the same to me.

      As “engineered”, Earthlings are a beautiful species, in the soul and potential sense. Perhaps at one time, they were beautiful in the physical sense, but a trip to a fast food restaurant, Wal-Mart, or even the KWPD, indicates some to a great deal of mutation away from physical beauty, and perhaps away from other beauty.

      In each person is huge, even supernatural, potential, but tapping into it is rare, I think. I still see no solution war, other than a Divine Intervention into the species, collectively and individually.

      About 4 years ago, I was asked to pray for a Divine Intervention of the feminine into USA, which prayer I made. One of her attributes is, she is introspective, looks in the mirror at everything reflected back: the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. That’s a major undertaking, for any person. It can take years. And longer.

      As Jesus said it, First, take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to help your brother (or your sister) remove the beam from his (her) eye. As Gandhi said it, Become the light you wish to see in the world.

      If America’s military and war veterans do not revolt against the wars invented by American political leaders, how can you, I, or any other American stop America’s war addiction? That brings me back to the Divine Intervention method, which might not make very many people happy – perhaps a huge understatement :-).

      I think Bozewell got pretty close below, to hitting the nail square on the head.

      I met a fellow in Key West some years ago, in the Unitarian Universalist Church, who said he was in the CIA back when the French were trying to retake Vietnam, after the Japanese were defeated in World War II. While outwardly America was backing France in the international arena, his group’s mission was to help Ho Chi Mihn defeat France. Why? America wanted access to Vietnam’s rubber trees. Several people heard this recount, but only I was jolted by it. The others went on as if they had not even heard it, despite my several attempts to engage them over what they had just heard.

      Some years before that, I heard the CEO of the National Geographic say, the Geographic had war correspondents in Saigon when a huge street demonstration occurred: thousands of Vietnamese carrying posters written in English, begging America to save them from North Vietnam. The Geographic’s correspondents spoke Vietnamese and interviewed many demonstrators. None spoke English. None knew what was on the posters they carried. None knew why they were demonstrating. All had been paid money by the Saigon government to be bused in from the countryside, to demonstrate. The Geographic CEO said, that demonstration was all over American TV. It turned the tide of American sentiment against intervening in Vietnam, to intervening. The Vietnam war, as it would become, began. The Geographic’s CEO said the Geographic dug around and learned the money to pay the demonstrators was furnished by the US Government and US corporations. This occurred in a Rotary Club meeting in my own town. You could have heard a pin drop in the room. Nearly all of the older members were Korean and WW II combat veterans. One was my father. He looked like he was going to throw up.

      • Sloan, I don’t distinguish between the species and the collective, I distinguish between the individual and the collective.

  9. I was very suspicious of 911 and I have never believed the explanation on why that third tower fell when it was not hit. I watched “Loose Change” and in slow motion I saw things that were contradicting what the media told us. Then we declare war whether officially or unofficially, go after suspected terrorists, deny them due process and then torture them. It was obviously Un-American. We then get hipped up for revenge, maybe not called revenge but obviously that is what it is. With the lies we are brainwashed to believe we must go after the bad guys and who they are. We are told this is to protect the world from evil. Look what has happened since we invaded Iraq. We now know that our leaders were the evil ones. They manipulated us with lies and deceptions. Are we better off now than before 911? Do we still have the same rights and freedoms? Is the world a better and safer place? All of the answers are NO. The United States is the reason we have more terrorists. We fueled terrorists groups like ISIS. And, I believe it was deliberately done for the sake of MONEY.

  10. This video/interview pretty much sums up the complete retardation of the masses.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raFHlwVp4LI

  11. Sloan, Two things here: first, your remarks about the feminine, though they may sound outlandish to many, ring a bell for me. I’ve always been disappointed by the so called woman’s movement or Feminism, not because I do not see women as complete intellectual equals with men, but of how women themselves see their movement. The feminist movement can be distilled down into little more than this: women wanting to emulate masculine roles. This to me is dangerous because the masculine has done enough damage on this earth by now. I’d much prefer women demanding a softening masculine role rather than a hardening feminine role. I’d rather see more heterosexual male ballet dancers than more female athletes. As for Vietnam — I have a wonderful French friend in Spain who flew jets in the French Air Force during their Indo-China war. At this stage in his life he is fully ashamed of what he did there. He told me the following anecdote: when their role in this war was winding down, he remembers a night when some of the first American “advisors” began showing up. At dinner one night, the Americans joked with the French, telling them that now that they were taking over, you’d see how to run this war. What a sad story this is, isn’t it?

    • Yes, sad. And Tragic. And it keeps repeating. And I see no resolution by human methods; the species is not up to it; America is not up to it. And I can’t say I really care; I just keep doing what is in front of me, because it’s what I do. Might be fun, perhaps not, but it might be, to just disappear, nobody knows where I went, and try something entirely new.

    • Since I’m not sticking to my self-imposed ban, here’s some more…

      Some facts about the CIA funded Feminist movement whose main objective is to break up the family, leaving everyone feeling anxious and powerless.

      http://wrongkindofgreen.org/2012/05/01/black-feminism-the-cia-and-gloria-steinem/

      On your divine intervention Sloan…no one, God or man can make another CARE, which is the root of the feminine. The divine has given us free will to maintain and cultivate our feminine care principle, or not…as witness in The Cremation of Care ceremonies at Bohemian Grove yearly. You are wrong and perpetuating satanic thought to insist that it is not up to us humans to invoke our principles of feminine care.

    • Jerome,
      Your French friend’s story reminds me of the film, “We were Soldiers”. At the end of the long battle with the Americans, Lt. Col. Nguyen Huu An says. “Such a tragedy. They will think this was their victory. So this will become an American war. And the end will be the same… except for the numbers who will die before we get there.” Not a Mel G. fan, but he does make good movies.

      • I don’t now recall if it was the fellow who told me he was a CIA agent in Vietnam, or I read it somewhere. Ho Chi Mihn wanted to align with America, he was not a communist, but America wanted too much, so he aligned, not with next-door neighbor China, which he did not like, or trust, but with the Soviet Union. And thus began a proxy war between the Soviet Union and America in Vietnam.

        When after Bill Clinton won the Democrat nomination, I wrote to him and said, if he won the presidential election, since he had opposed the Vietnam war when he was in college, his mission as president would be to make a national US apology to Vietnam. During his second term, he did that. I felt that might have been why he was like teflon, and everything the Republicans did to try to be rid of him, failed.

      • Alex, Great comment, but I don’t think MG makes good movies. They are usually the same “good guys-bad guys”, heroes and villains stuff that glorifies this military debauchery.

        • Jerome, Good vs evil is as old as love and hate and is part and parcel of the human condition…Mel has not cornered the market. “Apocalypto” is one of my fave flix of all time.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngWBddVNVZs

          Sloan, I also was under the impression Fidel asked the US for help with the corrupt/criminal Batista government, but was told to buzz off and that is when he went to the Soviets…Any truth to that?

  12. My son recently had an Army recruiter come to his class. The recruiter stated to the class something along the lines of…”I may not agree with everything the government does but since I can’t do anything about it, I may as well benefit from it.”

    And this is what we teach our young.

  13. Oh, Sister, I would love to see the feminine take over humanity, but I doubt humanity, women and men, would care for it.

  14. Throughout the ages, ‘Warriors’ have held a renowned, distinct and revered position in all societies since the inception of Man. History has recorded many thousands of prolific ‘Warrior Queens’ from every race, ethnicity and culture. Such has been the state of our human experience.

    Early on, ‘Warriors’ were identified as being the individuals most able to secure and maintain a peaceful existence for their people.
    Wars were fought to obtain a ‘Peace’. So that all could return home, make love, raise a family and till the soil, while they hunted for food and clothing, as they explored intellectual and spiritual pursuits.

    Warriors were credited with possessing God like qualities, because of their disciplined, energetic, determined, focused, grounded, deliberative, maternal, nurturing, principled, productive, resourceful and skillful qualities.

    Their self-confidence, fearlessness and selfless characteristics were the foundations upon which many civilizations were built.

    Jesus Christ suggested that there was another way one might want to live their life. Few have taken on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The struggle continues.

    Many celebrated schools of thought have scientifically concluded that we are in an ascending cycle of enlightenment. A Yuga Cycles take 24,000 years. We are in Kali Yuga period, cycling towards a Satya Yuga period where virtue gradually increases. During this cycle a complete change, both externally in the material world, and internally in the intellectual and spiritual will take place.

    We shall see.

    It does not take 16 years of killing every type of person (living thing) in a small agrarian society, with napalm and every other type of sophisticated weaponry, to determine the outcome of a War (Vietnam). Who profited because of this war?

    12 years of War in Iraqi. 14 years of War in Afghanistan. Does it really take that long to determine an outcome? What type of insanity are we involved with here?

    Let’s keep insulting one another, calling each other names, pointing fingers and blaming one another for the ills of the world. That will surely make things better.

    When we get tired of that let’s denigrate and scorn liberals, conservatives, republicans, democrats and libertarians. That’s a resourceful expenditure of energy.

    Trying to solve society’s problems without overcoming the confusion and aggression in our own minds, will only exacerbate the problems that we face.

    We must exert discipline and self- restraint on our unruly natures, Warrior like qualities.

    The battlefield that really concerns me, is the one between my ears. If I want world peace, I start with myself and I think peaceful thoughts. Focused and concentrated thinking; like a Warrior. If I want to lessen the suffering in the world, I selflessly surrender myself to the needs of my Brothers and Sisters; just as a Warrior places the needs of his people before his own. I can disarm an enemy without striking a blow, if I really want to, by calling upon the Power I’ve acquired through living a principled life. It has always worked, even when I was not up to the task.

    My presence, energy and vibration are constantly changing the cosmos, for the better or worse. When I make a mistake, I admit it, make an amends and incorporate the lessons learned into my consciousness. Just as a proficient Warrior, I am a quick learner. However, I must admit that sometimes I have to learn the same lesson over and over again.

    We must get beyond defaming and pigeonholing individuals because they don’t think as we do. Making and creating enemies is a counterproductive role in life. That being said, I will call out anyone that I am directed to confront. Here we go again; a manifestation of the Warrior Spirit.

    Corrupted and Murderous Civilian leadership, has perverted the purpose of our military.

    A highly trained, efficient and well skilled military force, that is combat ready, able to quickly eradicate all enemy opposition; in the hands of Self-Realized and Self-Actualized leaders, will NEVER HAVE TO BE USED…

  15. Jerome, your article, and the reader comments to it, and your additional thoughts therein, is the best fleshing out of America at War as I’ve ever seen.

    • Sloan, How amazing! As I got to your last comment, after reading what John had to say, I was thinking how proud I was to have facilitated this conversation. I want to thank you all for your participation, it has filled me with a sense of purpose, with a sense that maybe what I do is worth something. Beautiful stuff people, maybe all is not lost after all?

  16. And to summarize boys and girls…

    “It ain’t my fault”.

  17. Your’e welcome, Jerome. Alas, I don’t see any hope for humanity, or America, turning around, absent what many would call a miracle. Individuals can swim against the collective current and evolve forward. A road less traveled by, often quite lonely, and often quite difficult. Even more difficult, if I am attached to people agreeing with me, changing to my point of view. I just put it out there, and move on to the next thing before me. Doing the best I know how, and in keeping with my spiritual training and the steady input and corrections from the trainers (angels), who have been on my case since early 1987. Leaves me in a peculiar position, since I don’t know all that many people (maybe 2), who acknowledge angels are training and correcting them. I remain of the view that the people who should be opposing war, are the soldiers and veterans of wars. I do not agree that they can say they are just following orders, regardless. I say they should not follow orders, if they do not feel those orders are wise, or moral, or justified by the facts and the circumstances. Vietnam taught us that the national leaders cannot be trusted, when it comes to making war. That’s still true today.

    • Sloan, I think most veterans, after participating in such confusing, counter productive, mistaken military actions, would rather delude themselves into thinking they have done something worthwhile, and their culture in general encourages them to think just that. How often does our noise machine thank them for “protecting our ftreedom”, or call them “our heroes” etc? That is propaganda in its most low grade form. I’d like to know what John thinks of that if he sees this.

  18. Recognized by metaphysicians and quantum physicists: “The cumulative actions of human beings within communities, nations, or the world as a whole constitute mass karma, which produces local or far-reaching effects according to the degree and preponderance of good or evil. The thoughts and actions of every man, therefore, contribute to the good or ill of this world and all peoples in it”.

  19. “The sudden cataclysms that occur in nature, creating havoc and mass injury, are not ‘acts of God’. Such disasters result from the thoughts and actions of man. Whenever the world’s vibratory balance of good and evil is disturbed by an accumulation of harmful vibrations, the result of man’s wrong thinking and wrong doing, you will see devastation”….

    “The world will continue to have warfare and natural calamities until all people correct their wrong thoughts and behavior…When materiality predominates in man’s consciousness, there is an emission of subtle negative energy; their cumulative power disturbs the electrical balance of nature, and that is when earthquakes, floods and other disasters happen. God is not responsible for them! Man’s thoughts have to be controlled before nature can be controlled.” Paramahansa Yogananda, in “Man’s Eternal Quest”.

    • John, Amen my friernd. I’m not sure if man’s bad kharma casuses the earthquakes and such, but I’m sure they cause the socio-political disasters we can’t seem to get past as a species. No doubt about that! Thanks man

  20. A fine article, Jerome, and thank you to all for a painfully honest conversation.

    Cynthia and I attended the weekly protests against the Iraq war on Eaton/Duval every Sunday at noon for a year and a half. We did so because we civilians, especially grey-haired white men like myself, make the decisions to send our young to kill and die. As a symbol we wanted to say some of us really hate what our country is doing, and to apologize to both our warriors and the people whose countries we decimate

    There were about 10 of us. Had there been say a thousand in Key West and millions across the nation, it might have meant something. As it was, all we did was salve our personal consciences. I feel utterly helpless in the face of our nation’s increasing propensity for war.

  21. Rick, I remember those small demonstrations. I was always working on Sunday but in passing I remember thinking how much I respected what you and the others were doing. You have always walked the walk Richard, there’s not a cowardly bone in you. Thanks for the comment.

  22. A dream last night, in a hand of bridge, a low diamond (the feminine) trumped the queen of clubs (the Holy Spirit). The feminine more important than even the queen of Judeo-Christianity is only way I know to read that dream. The feminine vibration, essence.

  23. I have been told in the past, by my spirit handlers, absence of the feminine is the cause of all wars on this world, including all man-made wars.

  24. Jerome,

    Please forgive my delay in getting back to you. As usual, superb article and extraordinary comments, thank you.

    I’m putting the finishing touches on my response to the ‘sniper movie’ and the celebrated status that it has received. I believe my ‘guest column’ will blow the socks off of those inclined to read it.

    For now, accept my limited take on your comment.

    Not much delusion in the killing of another human being. The ‘worthwhileness’ of said action is that you are alive and your opponent is dead.

    I believe the cheerleaders and noise machines encouraging the violence of war, for the most part, have little, if any propaganda impact upon the psyches’ of Warriors doing the killing.

    The intensely personal and horrifically violent experiences of combat, deeply penetrate a soldier’s entire being. Far beyond the power or influence of any human being.

    Perhaps there are some psychopaths and sociopaths that have made their way to the battlefield. I’m unaware of, and have not served with, anyone so identified…

    Blessings & Respect

  25. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I hoped, John, that you and other US combat veterans, and the US military, will lead the charge against patently bad US wars. I asked you many times before Jerome’s article was published, to put as much time and energy into that, as you put into righting wrongs inside America. I continued under Jerome’s article, to ask you to do that. I don’t see that you have ever directly responded to my many requests. I can only conclude your position is the US military’s duty is to follow the US President’s orders, regardless. That is what the US military historically has done, which is both sad and bizarre, because it knows more about war than anyone in America, except for American combat veterans. Instead of looking out for both its own troops and America, the US military is a drone, which does not think, but is just a mindless weapon following orders from the current idiot in the White House, and his/her cronies. Kinda reminds of mass demonic possession.

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From up where the key deer roam, March 4 Coconut Telegraph bitch and praise forum (www.bigpinekey.com):

I haven’t seen Sloan in a while, but I find his towel.

me, me, me

I submitted to the Coconut Telegraph:

How many times have I been told I am generous to a fault, even to being crazy because I am so generous … with money, time, trying to help other people, improve situations, asking nothing in return. A while back, I did something truly selfish, after being nagged to do it by a multi-millionaire wing nut living on Big Coppit Key. I put a PayPal button on goodmorningkeywest.com, and I promoted that a few times. The first time I ever panhandled. It made me want to throw up. The multi-millionaire wing-nut then started contributing $10 a month.

By the way, I used to pay Deer Ed, who runs the Coconut Telegraph, the same amount of money per each 3 months, $239, for his publishing on the Coconut Telegraph daily teasers to my daily posts at goodmorningkeywest.com, that From the Right (FTR) guy, despite his and Deer Ed’s river in Egypt-ing on the Coconut Telegraph, pays Deer Ed each 3 months for publishing FTR’s Republicans can do no wrong columns.

I know that, because Deer Ed told me, and said he wished I would start publishing on the Coconut Telegraph again, and pay the same amount of money again, because I am one of the few people who can give FTR a run for his money. I told Deer Ed I was cash poor, could not pay him, and he should do it for free, because it would dramatically increase interest in his website, if I was putting something on it daily, like FTR does.

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Big Pine Key resident FTR is a religious fanatic, Republican, like, but also different from, another Big Pine Key resident and sometimes contributor to the Coconut Telegraph, who launched this Facebook thread:

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  • Dennis Kretschman likes this.
  • Sloan Bashinsky In Jesus’ time, wasn’t the entire area was part of the Roman Empire, there was no Palestine or Israel, as countries?
  • Dawn Bright I believe you are correct, however, God gave what is known now as Isreal to the Jewish people as their promised land.
  • Sloan Bashinsky so some Jewish people and non Jewish people say, but where’s the deed? You bring the true issue to the front, Dawn – it’s a religious argument going on the the Middle East, and there are a lot more Muslims around there than Jews and Christians, aren’t there?, and I got a feeling it’s going to be a long time sorting out, and it might never sort out. After 9/11, the angels running me told me America should get out of the Middle East altogether and stop all aid to Israel and let Israel and Islam work it out or fight it out, and in that way learn which of them was God’s chosen people. 3 nights before 9/11, the angels asked me in my sleep, “Will you make a prayer for a divine intervention for all of humanity?” I woke right up and made that prayer. I knew what the prayer was for, when news of what happened on 9/11 reached me, and I knew the worst thing America could do was go to war in an Islamic country over it. That’s just was Osama bin Laden hoped would happen, and instead of one war, America started two in Islamic countries – incredibly dumb, but wars make lots of money for big US countries, and there’s lots of oil over there, and so here we are still fighting Islam in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we lost both of those wars, and Israel want’s use to stay over there doing that, fighting Islam. What would Jesus say about all of that? Rhetorical question.
  • Dawn Bright I believe somethings u r saying. Where we differ, greatly I might add, is God will settle this very soon, and I have been told, sooner than we all know. Jesus will come and there wont be much he will say over the matter, just like Archangel Michael,He will just get er done and show everyone that the Jewish people are Gods chosen people and in doing so will take Isreal as His Kingdom. It states , in Gods Holy Word, The dead in Christ will rise, specifically the beheaded, and the ones who are alive will catch up to them in the air to meet up with Jesus. After that, how long I am uncertian, Jesus will settle this matter once and for all. The isis and one like them is who Jesus will go after.
  • Dawn Bright We as Christians must stand with our brotheren, the Jews, especially in America.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Jesus and Archangel Michael are who asked me to make the prayer for a divine intervention for all of humanity, and who later told me America should get out of the Middle East altogether and stop supporting Israel. The Bible was written my men, except for the Letter to the Hebrews, which was written by Mary Magdalene. In that letter, Jesus is said to be high priest in the priesthood of Melchizedek. I think you are right about Jesus and Michael settling it for humanity, but not in the way you can imagine, nor can anyone imagine it. What’s important for you, me, anyone, is how we live each day and night. That’s how we are measured individually. Sects also are being measured, as are nations, as is the entire species (humanity). Religion is man-made. Religion tries to speak for God. Religion does not speak for God. Christianity did not exist in Jesus’ day, and it behaves today mostly like it never heard of him, or read what he is reported in the Gospels as saying about how his followers should live. Like him. Read that. Forget Paul. Forget Revelation. Read Jesus in the Gospels is what I tell all who claim he saved him. And live as he said to live.
  • Dawn Bright IF THAT IS WHAT U BELIEVE, SRY I WONT BE SEEING U IN HEAVEN, GOD BLESS
  • Dawn Bright P.S. GOD DIRECTED MAN TO WRITE THE BIBLE, AKA THE WORD OF GOD, AKA JESUS………..WHOEVER OMITTED OR ADDED TO IT, NOW THAT IS BETWEEN THEM AND GOD
  • Sloan Bashinsky God is a bit bigger than the Bible, nothing controls God, but God.
  • Sloan Bashinsky You will be surprised who you will see in heaven: Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Taoist, Wiccans, New Agers, Shintoists, Atheists, Catholics, Christians, aborigines, Native Americans, God’s a lot bigger than any religion. A lot bigger.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Many Muslims believe only Muslims go to heaven. Good thing for everyone else they are mistaken .
  • Dawn Bright I KNOW I WILL C MORE THAN CHRISTIANS, HOWEVER BY UR HUMAN HEAD COUNT, IT BEILIEVE U R INCORRECT AS FAR AS THE MASSIVE # OF OEEPE THAT WILL BE IN HEAVEN, AND YES GOD IS WAY BIGGER THAN THE BIBLE, THAN ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, HOWEVER, IT IS JUST AN INSTRUCTION OF HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS FALLEN WORLD…………..
  • Sloan Bashinsky Yes, and good instruction, if it is lived, especially what Jesus taught and modeled. But the Bible is not the only way God has tried to reach human beings. God has tried many ways, and continues to try new ways, since the old ways don’t seem to be working all that well, not God’s fault. Fortunately, or unfortunately, for those who claim salvation through Jesus, they have a steeper, narrower row to hoe, so to speak, than followers of other religions have. That’s what Jesus told his followers: Steep is the way, narrow the gate, and few enter therein; Many are called, but few are chosen; the work is great and the laborers are few; forego and eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth; resist not one who does evil; love, do good to and pray for your enemies; turn the other cheek, and other mission nearly impossible instructions. Best to fret over our personal standing with Jesus and with God, than to say who will be in heaven and who will not, which no human being knows.
  • Dawn Bright TELL ME, DO U MEDITATE?
  • Dawn Bright LIKE YOGA STYLE?
  • Dawn Bright I DO EVERY SINGLE DAY, MAKE SURE I AM IN GOOD STANDING WITH THEM BOTH
  • Sloan Bashinsky They decide who is in good standing, and how good, or not. Religion has gotten everything all wrong. Fortunately, God is a lot more loving and merciful than religion, including Christianity.
  • Sloan Bashinsky I am meditating all the time, even when I’m asleep. And I have no clue where I stand with God, nor with Jesus. Only that Jesus is hard on my case, day and night. And Michael, too. and Magdalene Melchizedek. They instruct and correct me ongoing. It’s heaps of fun. I keep telling them, if they treated all people the way they treat me, this would be a very different world. No wars. No lots of things now going on. And a whole lot less people, for few people would survive. I’m still alive because of them; they must have stayed my hand thousands of times, when I wanted to take my own life, so difficult was the training and changes they put me through, and still are putting me through. My ego they killed, and killed, and killed, and continue to kill. It’s really persistent, as is the part of me that still doesn’t like God, which I call the demonic twin, which is in everyone. it was in Jesus. That’s what the Three Temptations were about. That was Jesus wrestling with his own demonic twin.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Much is revealed in the Melchizedek training, only barely described in the Letter to the Hebrews, addressed to Jews who had decided to follow Jesus, but were turning away, going back to their old ways, because the training was so difficult.
  • Dawn Bright WOW, FIRST LET ME SAY I AM NOT YELLING AT U, I AM AT WORK AND HAVE TO HAVE MY CAPS ON FOR MY WORK, 2ND, I BELIEVE IT IS NOT GOOD TO MEDIATATE IN THE WAY OF YOGA STYLE, FOR IT OPENS THE MIND UP TO ALL SORTS OF EVIL ENTITES, GOD EVEN SAYS SO IN THE BIBLE……………WE R TO MEDIATE ON HIM ONLY…….AND WITH ALL OF MY CONVERSATIONS WITH JESUS, GOD AND THE ANGELS, NOT ONCE HAVE THEY EVER BEEN HARSH OR RODE MY ASS, FOR THEY ARE NOT LIKE THAT…………..JESUS WALKED THE EARTH AND HAS COMPASSION BEYOND MY LITTLE UNDERSTANDING………….HE LETS ME STUMBLE AND IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP ME UP, THE ONLY TIMES I HAVE BEEN RIDIN HARD OR HAVE BEEN SPOKEN TO, NOT IN A FLATTERTING OR COMPASSIONATE WAY WAS WHEN THE DEVIL WAS RIDING MY ASS……………..I HAVE LEARNED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JESUS AND SATAN…………..AND I HAVE TO SAY U MUST TEST THESE BEINGS THAT ARE RIDING YOU, FOR GOD SAYS TO TEST EVERYTHING, AND I THINK U WILL FIND IT IS NOT JESUS WHO IS RIDING U BUT LUCIFER HIMSELF
  • Sloan Bashinsky Lucifer is telling me that how Jesus lived and taught others to live, in the Gospels, is how people who claim salvation through Jesus should try to live? I deal with Lucifer and his legions all the time, day and night. And it’s awful work, and it’s dangerous work, and I’d be up you know what creek without a canoe or a paddle or a life vest, without Jesus, Michael and Melchizedek steering me through it. Day and night I engage Evil head on, through its human proxies, most of whom do not know they are proxies. Sometimes, I am engaged by Lucifer or one of “his” demons in spirit realms, and it’s usually terrifying, and I plead for Michael to protect me. And Michael comes. And protects me. Too bad Christian ministers do not put emphasis on living as Jesus lived and taught others to live. And on the Melchizedek priest training. Instead, a cheap salvation formula is preached, for the most part. Just believe this, and you are assured of eternal life, while all others die and burn forever in hell. Islam has much the same view, by the way, for all but followers of Mohammed. Lucifer has possessed every religion. God is in every religion. Do as Jesus did and taught. And burn. Well, he did say his baptism was in fire and in spirit, and John the Baptist said that, too, of Jesus’ baptism. Spirit fire. Purifying fire. Cleansing fire. Not a popular trip.
  • Dawn Bright I CAN RELATE, CUZ IN ORDER TO GET TO GOD ONE MUST GO THRU LUCIFER, AND AS U SAID IT IS NO FUN, AND I DONT MUCH LIKE IT, BUT WE MUST GO THRU HELL TO GET TO HEAVEN, SO TO SPEAK…………
  • Sloan Bashinsky that is correct, but the fire I mention here is not hell fire, but God’s fire, which purifies, cleanses; no two people have the same experience with God, or, with God’s angels, because no two people are alike. Religions tend to try to apply the same exact formula to their followers. Must amuse God and the angels, and I imagine it delights Lucifer.
  • Dawn Bright AGREED, AND I DO KNOW THE FIRE IN WHICH OF U SPEAK
  • Dawn Bright CHECK INTO DEUTORONOMY 4:1 FOR THE DEED
  • Sloan Bashinsky Not recognized in any secular court on this planet, and, among other things, it’s hearsay, and it violates 1st Amendment of US Constitution, which requires separation of church and state, and prohibits establishment of religion by national government. As I wrote early in this thread, this is a religious dispute. I should have written, humanity may well have been better off if religion had never gotten started.
  • Dawn Bright YES BUT THE MIDDLE EAST IS NOT UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION. AND THE WAY I C IT, IS THERE IS GOOD AND EVIL AND ITS OUR FREE WILL CHOICE TO CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER………….GOD OR SATAN, BOTTOM LINE
  • Sloan Bashinsky The Constitution doesn’t trump the President and Congress in foreign affairs?
  • Dawn Bright NOPE, ESPECIALLY THIS SO CALLED GOVERNMENT, ROTFLMAO
  • Sloan Bashinsky How about the G.W. Bush government? Same answer you gave.
  • Dawn Bright WELL, AT LEAST HE WASNT A DAMN COMMIE MUSLIM, LOL
  • Sloan Bashinsky Correct, Bush was a lying, corporate pawn, who launched two stupid, ruinous foreign wars for profit, which he lost before the damn commie Muslim got elected. US karma from that is about as bad as US Vietnam karma and the karma from what the fine Christian white early Americans did to the natives, the buffaloes and the Africans. Both Bush and Obama have publicly said they are Christians. Every Christian minister in America should be railing against America’s wars. Ditto every Christian in America. They trample Jesus, when they support American wars. The it’s more blessed to give than to receive homeless commie Jesus told his followers, as they did to the least of people, they did to him. And those who heard his sayings but did not do them were like the foolish man who built his house on sand and when the flood came the house fell down and how great was that fall. Islam claims God is on its side. Religious Jews claim they are God’s chosen people. America claims it is one nation, under God. Reminds me of little boys boasting who has the biggest penis, whose daddy can beat up whose daddy, whose football team can beat up whose football team.

I bet Dawn just loved this entry in the March 5 Coconut Telegraph, which was written by someone who actually knows something, as opposed to being locked in superstition; someone I’d like to get to know better.

[Conspiracy Man] The biggest conspiracy of all time, and still existing today, is Christianity. Believing in an invisible Hebrew God who only favors Jews as his “Chosen people”. Yet, Christians are not Jewish. Then believing that Jesus of Nazareth was his son and savior of the human race. The people who followed Jesus were never called Christians in their time. Jesus and his followers were devout “Gnostics”. The Gnostic movement became increasingly larger after Jesus was executed and it caused serious problems for both the Jews and Romans. This is when Rome, with the help of the Jews began executing the Gnostic followers for centuries until they were all abolished. Why? Because of the Gnostics knowledge that Jesus wasn’t the messiah or the son of god. Not until all the Gnostics were eradicated was it possible for the Romans to change history and begin calling their movement Christians, by the Roman Emperor Constantine. When mentioned in the bible that Christians were being executed in the Roman arena’s, the truth is that it was the Gnostics that were being executed.The proof of this is written by the Gnostics themselves in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Jesus was married to Mary Magdalena. It was unfavorable according to Jewish beliefs back then for a man to be in his 30’s and still be unwed, it was unheard of and not accepted. In the Dead Sea Scrolls books written according to Mary Magdalena and Judas Iscariot were discovered. How is this possible, if Judas was supposedly dead before Jesus’s crucifixion?
In the Old Testament it claims that Moses led the Jews out of slavery from Egypt, and thus the Exodus began. Yet, the Egyptians were precise historic record keepers, regardless if it were favorable or unfavorable information. Yet, there isn’t any mention of a son of a Pharaoh who liberated the Jewish people out of Egypt. A recent discovery by Egyptologists has been discovered that Egyptians did not believe in slavery, and in fact, paid for all labor and soldiers needed by the empire. In Hebrew the words, slave and mercenary are spelled the same. This explains how it was possible for a slave race to develop such military tactics on every city the Jews had raped, pillaged and plundered while on their quest for the Chosen Land, according to the Old Testament. The Jews were paid mercenaries for over 200 years in Egypt, because they were known for their fierce and brilliant military tactics against any enemy. Yet, what many don’t know is that while on their quest to the chosen land, Jews were making slaves out of all the people they conquered. The surrounding nations, Egypt, Babylon etc. were totally against this act being committed by the Jews, and this is why the Israelites had so many neighboring enemies. The Jews true homeland is in Mesopotamia, which is modern day Iraq, Iran and Syria. Abraham lived in and was born in Mesopotamia. The Jews homeland was never what is called Israel today. The only reason why the WWII allied countries gave them Palestine as a homeland, is because the allied nations needed an ally that they can depend on for the future security of the Arab oil exploitation, which is occurring today. But then again, like I said at 1st. The biggest conspiracy of all time.

Moving back down to Key West,

Hypocritic oath

the day before yesterday, Kari Dangler told me that she had talked with a different doctor at the local hospital than the doctor who had performed the massive stomach and intestinal surgery on her friend Joe about ten days ago, as previously reported at this website. Like Kari, Joe is homeless. He lives outside. He eats at the soup kitchen. Sometimes he stays nights at KOTS, the city’s homeless shelter.

Kari said the surgeon opened Joe up from his sternum down to his below his belly button. The surgical wound is held together by metal staples. Joe has been on morphine since the surgery. He was a chronic drinker and smoker before the surgery.

Yesterday, the new doctor told Kari that Joe will be released today. Why? Kari asked the new doctor. Joe is nowhere near ready to be released. The new doctor said nothing can be done about it. Kari asked: How will Joe survive in his condition, living on the street? How will he keep from getting a horrible infection?. He can stay at KOTS, the new doctor said. And be at more risk to infection, that place is filthy, Kari said.

She ought to know. She slept there, and did volunteer work there, collecting the dirty linens and washing them, until she caught scabies, and she quit volunteering. Many street people have communicable medical diseases, MRSA usually the most dangerous.

Kari said the new doctor did not seem to like being interrogated. I hope the new doctor doesn’t sleep until she is sick and can’t work and runs out of money and is homeless, and catches a horrible disease, and has emergency surgery, and then is discharged onto the street, to try to get around on a bicycle with her gut held together by staples, and, I imagine, stitches underneath the staples.

My first question is: Why did the hospital even admit Joe? Why did the surgeon even do the surgery, which saved Joe’s life? If Joe was going to be discharged before it was safe for him to be discharged? Kari said they knew he was homeless. They knew he was an alcoholic and a chronic smoker. She told them that before the surgery was done. And, he has Medicare and Medicaid.

My other question is: How can they live with themselves, discharging Joe now? What happened to their Hippocratic oath: First, do no harm? Ah, the oath has been modified: First, do no harm to the medical provider’s pocketbook.

Where Joe should go next is to a rehab facility, where he can be weaned from the morphine and the booze, if he is willing to go to a rehab facility. From a rehab facility, Joe might be able to get into Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, based in Key West, where he can try to turn his life around, if he wishes to do that. I doubt that’s what Joe wants to do. I imagine he wants to go back to being just like he was before he had the surgery.

Well, not quite. It appears the surgery may have been the downwind result of Joe having been run over by a truck, under which, Kari told me, Joe, dead drunk, had crawled one cold night, to sleep. When the driver came in the morning and turned on the engine, he did not know Joe was sleeping under the truck, and that’s how Joe got run over and his insides all messed up.

Maybe Joe would have been better off if he had been killed when he was run over by the truck. Maybe he will be better off if he now catches a bad infection and dies. Maybe that’s what the new doctor and the hospital are thinking right now. But what about their Hippocratic Oath? Ah, first do no harm to the medical provider’s pocketbook. Maybe that should be spelled Hypocritic Oath.

Sadly, there are many homeless people in the Key West area, who are as down and out as Joe and Kari. Sadly, quite a few of those homeless people are in worse straights than Joe and Kari. Worse straights chemically, mentally, emotionally. More volatile. A lot more volatile.

Having lived on the street in Key West, and on Maui where it was the same homeless demographics; having eaten regularly in soup kitchens; having hung out as much as I could bear with street people; having slept in their camps at night; having talked and talked with them, I shake my head when I hear homeless advocates talking about ending homelessness. I shake my head when I hear people who know little, or nothing, about street people, holding forth how they are going to make a difference.

Kari said, when she was still volunteering at KOTS, before she was banned from it for life (see yesterday’s post at goodmorningkeywest.com), she saw grants that had been written, wherein Southern Assistance Homeless League (SHAL), which operates KOTS for the City of Key West, was trying to get funding above and beyond what the city paid SHAL annually to run KOTS. Grant funding for salaries for SHAL employees.

Kari said she once wrote grants herself, and received funding, for programs her now deceased fellow on Key Largo and she put together, to help senior and disabled people on Key Largo and in Marathon. Her fellow died when she was in the county jail, and when she was released, she had no place to live and became homeless in Key West and slept nights and volunteered at KOTS, as more fully described in yesterday’s post at this website.

Kari said she does not know if the KOTS grants SHAL wrote were for the existing KOTS, or for the new KOTS the city intends to build. Kary said the grants showed 300 homeless people needed beds at KOTS. That’s probably about how many street people live in the Key West area. The present KOTS can only sleep 140 homeless people a night, and that’s by letting maybe 20 of them sleep on the ground, outside the dormitories.

Yep, Key West’s homeless “problem” is a big mess, and it’s going to stay a big mess. It might become an even bigger mess, if homeless numbers increase, which I expect to see happen. USA WAR, Inc., is producing lots of homeless veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). That is a time bomb waiting to explode 1, 5, 10 or more years after the combat veteran returns to America. Republican economics also is producing lots of homeless people. Sky high rents in Key West is producing homeless people here. The fair weather here draws homeless people from elsewhere.

Perhaps a city ordinance should be passed, banning candidates for elected office, and banning elected and salaried city officials, from making claims that they will solve or reduce Key West’s homeless “problem”. Maybe jail time should be used to spank politicians and city employees who violate that ordinance. Or, maybe they should be required to do their jail time by sleeping it off at KOTS. I guarantee, sleeping a month at KOTS will cure them of thinking they know how to solve Key West’s homeless “problem”. For a fact, SHAL has no clue how to solve it. Nor does anyone, anywhere.

Lest Christians who want Key West to be rid of homeless people forget, the fellow they say saved them was homeless, and he told his followers: as they did to the least of people around them (the poor, the homeless, the lepers), they did unto him.

Lest Key Westers who tout “We are all created equal members of One Human Family” forget, homeless people are their equals in that equation. In that equation, one human family advocates are the same as Joe and Kari, and the same as the far more troubled street people in Key West.

In God’s eyes, we all are homeless.

Reader comments under the lead article in the current Key West the Newspaper edition (www.thebluepaper.com) got interesting:

Video by Arnaud and Naja Girard…

KWPD is currently in the process of formulating policies for officers’ use of the body cameras that were recently purchased and delivered to the station with the help of Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsey. Each KWPD officer will soon be issued a camera and a set of rules.  In the video above we explore the the concept of body cameras in the context of Key West’s current community policing issues..

You may also wish to review the white paper and article provided by the ACLU regarding suggested policies for use of Police body cameras:  https://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/police-body-mounted-cameras-right-policies-place-win-all

13 Responses to “Police Body Cameras: Will Officers Use Them? And When?”

  1. Arnaud & Naja,

    It’s an honor and privilege for me to be in some small way a part of your Extraordinary Publication.

    It has been my experience that on far too many occasions, particularly when the type of evidence generated by these devices could literally be the difference between someone’s life or death; law-enforcement Videos, Audios & Cameras have been absolutely worthless.

    There is no shame in the manner of alibis and excuses given by policing agencies, as to why their equipment was malfunctioning, turned off, not activated, not worn, not issued on that day, destroyed, missing, inaudible, distorted beyond recognition, damaged, lost or stolen; when called upon to produce such evidence.

    Credible law-enforcement candidates, psychologically sound, physically fit, well-trained and disciplined; with a sense of integrity and ethics, under competent and tight supervision; who are held accountable by their departments, will better serve and protect our citizens.

    Blessings & Respect…

    • john i can truly agree and especially with your last paragraph.
      as long as the ‘officer’ has control of the on/off switch of the camera and his ‘buds in blue’ control of any finished product that squeeks past the on/off switch and the head of the dept has a ‘wink n nod’ chief as kw has obviously shown then this body camera exercise in futility is just that….a warm n fuzzy feel good kinda thing! zero purpose served.

      envision the ‘puppet theater’ relating to the eimers case from the badge wearing knuckle draggers on the beach right on thru the chief the fdle the med examiner the state lawyer and her grand jury…… and then……look deeply at the thick sand caked face of the then suffocated and dead mr eimers in the second video that surfaced many months later…..

  2. WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—On the heels of an initiative to provide police departments with body cameras, there is growing support for a plan to supply grand-jury members with eyes, advocates for the plan said on Wednesday.

    “Body cameras are an important part of the solution,” said Harland Dorrinson, who is lobbying Washington to equip grand juries with the sense of sight. “But I strongly believe that if you take video evidence and add eyes, the combination would be unstoppable.”

    Some critics of Dorrinson’s proposal say that it does not go far enough, and that in order to process information sent from their eyes grand juries would also need to be fitted with working brains.

    “Yes, in a perfect world, all grand juries would have brains,” Dorrinson said. “But progress is an incremental thing. Let’s start with eyes and eventually work our way up to brains.”

  3. 100 body cameras, how many KWPD officers are on beats? More or less than 100? If less, who/what kind of officers will not have body cameras?

    It would seem simple to enforce officers turning on their body cameras, and leaving them on, during every incident, and turning in the video of each incident. If there is no video for an incident report, or if the video is incomplete, fire the police officer, unless it is proven the camera was defective. Proven by independent expert, not by KWPD.

    I saw a futurist artificial police intelligence movie last night at Tropic Cinema, “Chappy”. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa. The baddest of all the bad guys is a cop. To say more, would spoil this very interesting movie’s plot, other than Key West would do well to have a police force of Chappys, perhaps some smart person can invent that kind of police officer, who thinks, feels, and is like and more than human.

  4. They should be on at all times. Am sure they would not like that because they could not be selective about what is recorded. This is like having an alarm protecting your home but is not turned on. Why have it and not use it. This would be in the best interest of the officer and public. Do nothing wrong and is no problem. What would he have seen in the Eimers murder ?

  5. Please understand why the police attacked the man involved with the domestic violence complaint. The police probably just learned that the male sitting on the curb committed no crime. The police receive Violence Against Womens Act incentive money for every boy and man they arrest pertaining to domestic violence and sexual assault complaints.

    They needed to arrest a male in order to apply for VAWA incentive money.http://www.fcadv.org/events/vawa-stop-invest-grantee-meeting

  6. The following comment is based upon the truth as I know it to be.

    We already have plenty of body cams and audio that have recorded violent and questionable conduct emitted by KW police offices, as they patrol our communities.

    Two detailed videos of Charles Eimers’ in custody death, resulted in an exoneration of the KWPD. The officers involved in his killing have all been cleared.

    The detailed ‘body cavity search video’ of a young black man (legs kicked apart–fingers and hand of police officer thrust into his rectum) in broad daylight, in a public place, with family members looking on. My understanding is that nothing was done to punish or terminate the cops responsible for this rape.

    All caught in clear and living color, on video.

    Video and Audio recordings of KWPD officers perjuring themselves, concerning the death of Mr. Eimers. What action has been taken against the perpetrators of this cover-up? It’s all documented right there, for anyone interested to view.

    Mr. Murphy tasering, which left him in a severely critical state was recorded. Reenactments, graphs and a recording of the shooting, along with a police officer’s changing story; have led to no charges nor investigation into this tragedy.

    An 11 year old black girl interrogated at police gunpoint in her home.

    This child’s meticulous and precise description of events were publicly recorded during an interview. She provided specific evidence. She and her family were prepared to make sworn statements identifying every aspect of their violation. No investigation nor action against the police officers responsible for the conduct established by this young girl, along with a multitude of other witnesses, has ever been taken. Crystal clear video and audio.

    What about Lequenton Cade’s publicly recorded statements; questioning his arrest and the injuries sustained during said arrest. Based upon the evidence and a witness statement, it appears that this man is innocent of everything that he was charged with. This video recording, along with subsequent evidence, apparently was not enough to trigger an interest or investigation into the alleged police misconduct that may have damaged his life.

    Let’s get some more video and audio, that will do the trick. Let’s get gamed and played some more, at least it will make us feel good. We care. We are accomplished and concerned citizens who only want the best.

    Purchasing these devices will waste money, squander resources and enable a corrupt regime; while reinforcing brutality and the excessive use of force. It is a Trojan Horse…

    An advanced society will not deflect and divert their attention away from where the answers and solutions to these problems actually reside.

    If you would indulge me, please focus and concentrate for a moment upon the authentic causes; which are behind our inability to proceed with legitimate investigations and prosecutions of those public servants who harm, injure and kill us?

    If you’d be so kind, I would like to hear from our regular contributors and all of our guest commentators addressing this question. Thank you.

    Blessings & Respect…

  7. It is obvious to me that the KW police are being feed something that is making them aggressive, arrogant, deceptive and down right mean. I suggest you check the water, the food and the air for this poison. Human beings do not treat others with such violence simply for the sack of violence. I think the entire KW police force should be disbanded and let the sheriff’s department police Key West. The unnecessary police brutality still continues and no one is ever held accountable. The insurance pays for their deliberate mistakes which eventually falls back on the locals. The local businesses will raise their prices but the tourist will not come. Key West will become a hell hole in paradise.

    • bozewell, Great question !! My cousins are police officers in the NYC area.I will tellyou
      some things that is kept from public knowledge .

      Every police department in the USA sends officers to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia for training.I call it brainwashing because most of the training is just that.

      The officers come back to home base and teach the other officers what they have learned..They use statistics such as most attacks on officers happen when they approach a vehicle that they have stopped.Also domestic violence calls there are greater incidents of officers being injured.

      One of the most sinister things that they are indoctrinated with is that the officer who is a friend of the community,who uses niceness and reason to defuse a situation , are more likely to be killed by people . They use hundreds of videotapes that show police being murdered who were the so called good cops.

      There are also dash cam videos of police being savagely attacked by dogs that they use in training. This is why there have been thousands of incidents of police killing peoples dogs ,often for no reason.

      The Key West police do have a difficult beat to work. Dealing with drunk tourist ,often unable to speak english, hand cuffed perps puking in the squad car , fellow officers that you may have to depend on to back you up jealous of you for some reason, ect. I wouldn’t want to do it.

  8. If it does not stop Key West will find that tourist will stop coming. One thing that will get attention is lawsuits. If they keep going to court it will break them in time and money. If I had so much as seen that cavity search I would file a lawsuit over seeing it. That 11 year old girls family needs to sue. She might have problems for the rest of her life over this. 1 million sounds find to me. That the cops are corrupt is without question and they can’t investigate them self. This is the fox guarding the hen house. The people of Key West can vote and clean up the mess.

    If it continues then count on property values going down. Without tourist you will not need as many cops or have the money to hire them. Maybe disbanning KWPD is the only solution. Seems like they send every cop on duty to every piss ass arrest.

    Really just how many cops did you need to arrest Mr Eimers ? Yes he deserved to be arrested but 1 cop with a backup would been plenty. He was not running, old, unarmed. He only got a few feet away from his car and tried to surrender. I am disapointed that they settled for so little. It would done the city a world of good to pay about 10 million out of pocket. That would have cost every property owner money. Will a riot ever happen ? I hope not because at the point that Key West is not safe then we will say goodbye.

    DEMAND chief Lee to resign and take his thugs with him.

  9. Last year at a city commission meeting, I told Mayor Cates and the six city commissioners they should all resign because they had not apologized to Charles Eimers family. As far as I know, I’m the only person who has told them to resign. They run the city. The city manager works for them. The chief of police works for the city manager.

    The seven are where the buck stops. They could tell the city manager, Jim Scholl, to fire Donie Lee, if he wants to keep being the city manager. I don’t recall the blue paper calling for the mayor and city commissioners to do that, or to resign. I suppose it’s tough, though, to do something like that, if you voted for any one or two of the seven.

    Whatever, looking at this from John Donnelly’s comments and question, I agree, John, with your Trojan horse assessment and reasons therefore.

    As for your “authentic causes” question, my immediate unspoken answer yesterday, I wanted to sleep on it, was mass demonic possession is still my answer. That’s the only thing that can explain it. That’s why it cannot be stamped out by secular methods, symptomatic treatment, such as putting video recorders on each cop. That’s why lawsuits will not stamp it out. That’s why the mayor and city commissioners are doing nothing, have done nothing, have sided with the police.

    It’s very familiar, mass demonic possession. It takes many forms, which have nothing to do with police forces. Either a person sees it, or a person doesn’t see it. Yes, it’s horrible to consider; it’s horrible to think it’s happening. It’s happening, right here in Key West; right here in America. No need to look at any other country to find it. Just look at America. At its foreign wars. At its major political parties and their leaders and their worker bees. At its corporations. At the many troubles in America, which are not being resolved, but are worsening, and will continue to worsen, because Evil cannot be defeated by human methods, ever.

    Stop one of Evil’s activities, a new one springs up to take its place, or the others increase in mass, force and intensity.

    Evil feeds on human conflict, because it is cut off form God, the Source, the All, whatever it is called, that does not matter. It is the ultimate Food. So, Evil has to create its own food, which on this planet it does by stirring humans to do Evil, which doing takes many forms. So that Evil can survive on this planet. Religions have failed to address this, and will continue to fail. Ditto politics. Ditto crusades. History proved that repeatedly.

    That said, the loudest human statement in Key West would be for the mayor and city commissioners to voluntarily resign. The next loudest statement would be for them to lose when they run for reelection. The blue paper has the reader base to call for both to happen. I have been calling for both since last year, at city commission meetings and on my website, goodmorningkeywest.com.

    However, I am but one voice, whom the Key West Citizen enjoys calling a gadfly, in the pejorative sense. I bet the Citizen would not call Arnaud and Naja Girard gadflies, in the pejorative sense, if they called for the seven to resign, failing which, be voted out of office. And, I bet the seven would ignore it. And, I bet the voters would ignore it. And then would be seen what really is in play, by those with eyes that see and ears that hear: mass demonic possession.

    John Donnelly, of all people who contribute reader comments to blue paper articles, you have been on the front lines confronting mass demonic possession in various law enforcement venues. You have seen Evil’s resilience and maneuvering and shape changing in that arena. It was the same in Vietnam, where you experienced terrible combat. It’s the same in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope you see it, Evil, for what it really is.

    Evil designed the Trojan horse you described so well. Accept what is in plain view for what it really is. That’s the first step. The second step is dealing with it differently. Jumping its system altogether. Calling for the resignation of the seven city elected officials voluntarily, or at the polls, is the next step. Calling for the blue paper to lead that charge is the next step. The Citizen and the other mullet wrappers will never do it. Will the blue paper do it?

    This is not a political ploy on my part. I think Naja should run for mayor. She is the only person in Key West who has the clout to pose a serious threat to the hold Evil has on this city’s government. What a challenge that would be for Naja, though. And for Arnaud. And for their family. An entirely new level of “contact sport”.

    Key West’s official philosophy, “We are all created members of one human family”, would be exposed in spades for the capitalistic propaganda it truly is. It would be full-blown spiritual warfare, just as the run-up to the “channel-widening” referendum was full-blown spiritual warfare. Just as the run-up to the referendum to stop the city from annexing Wisteria Island, for the Bernstein family’s development plan, was full-blown spiritual warfare. Just as the run up to the Citizens Police Review Board referendum was full-blown spiritual warfare.

    Welcome to what I see and engage every day and night of my life, John. Welcome to hell. On earth. It’s everywhere. And the best place to engage it is where we live, in plain view. That’s all any of us can do, even though we know we never will win the war, but we might win a few skirmishes, as we put everything dear to us at risk. Otherwise, we don’t really show up, do we? We might as well stay home, right?

    Martin Luther King understood this. He put everything dear to him at risk. He won a few skirmishes. He will be remembered a long time, even though he did not win that war. Actually, two wars. Racial discrimination and Vietnam, both of which he opposed, because he knew Vietnam was a continuation of slavery, black men fighting rich white men’s wars.

  10. Sloan,

    Magnificent, Potent, Beautiful, Courageous and Loving…That’s what your comment is…I’m all fired up. In a very spiritual and concentrated manner.

    You explained it all brilliantly. It really is as you say it is. I feel it in my soul.

    I’ve been getting caught up fighting with one Governor, one Attorney General, one Secretary of Prisons, one Warden, one Inspector General, one agency after another; after another; after another…They’ve worn me down.

    There is always some corrupt entity to take their place and run interference with distortions, inaccuracies, misinformation and threats.

    I’ve been knocked to the ground and ridiculed frequently. But something in me, or about me, has raised me up and allowed me to continue on. I attribute it to the positiveness (force for good) that has been conveyed to me through Arnaud, Naja and all the writers and commentators at The Blue Paper. I have a small circle of friends and meditation group that gives me balance and perspective.

    Your words and encouragement through the years have been extremely valuable, providing me with strength and stamina. The vibratory flow (energy) from your thoughts are palpable.

    I am struck by your comment. Re-tooling and Re-strategizing my methodology, in keeping with the realities that you presented, will provide more appropriate targets for the ‘Change’ we were promised and never received.

    I’m not in the category of the heavy hitters that you indentified. However, in some small way, if I can make a difference, I will feel that my life meant something.

    Blessings & Respect, Always…

    • Thanks, John –

      Give God’s angels their due credit in all that you are given to oppose. Those same angels arranged for Naja and Arnaud to take over the blue paper. Those same angels arranged for Arnaud and Naja to break the Charles Eimers case, which launched the blue paper into a different dimension than the original blue paper. Then came other cases to the blue paper, which the angels arranged.

      I find it helps me, at least, to approach all the angels give me to engage with a grain of salt, a healthy skepticism, a wry sense of humor peppered with sarcasm and irreverence, which, along with not expecting anything to change, but happy for small successes, and curious about how it will go, but not holding my breath how it will turn out, makes it interesting and bearable, when it’s not side-splitting hilarious in the gallows humor sense.

Last today, a mosquito control editorial in the Key West Citizen (keysnews.com). I added explanatory cartoons and trailing comments, just in case.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
GMO mosquito plan should be embraced

The wonderful Key West climate has been a haven for thousands of people this winter as the northern two thirds of the United States has suffered from one of the worst winters on record. However, there are drawbacks to our balmy tropical weather.

One of them is that we are the access point for the mosquito-borne illnesses dengue and chikungunya. These painful diseases infect over 50 million people a year. Insecticides are not effective in stopping the relentless northward march of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmit the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been warning Americans traveling in the Caribbean since 2012 about this problem. Key West had an outbreak of dengue fever in 2009 and 2010. It is obvious what a major outbreak of dengue would do to our tourism industry, not to mention the pain and suffering of our residents.

Incidentally female Aedes aegypti are attracted to humans and eager to bite them, unlike some other varieties of mosquitoes. If their reproduction can be inhibited, their population would diminish. And since they are not a native mosquito for the Keys, they would probably gradually disappear.

Our mosquito control district has been working with a British company, Oxitec, which has developed a genetically modified strain of Aedes aegypti males. When these mate with wild females, a paternal gene kills the fertilized eggs. Gradually, the breeding population is overwhelmed and wiped out.

This technique has been proven successful in the Cayman Islands, where more than 96 percent of the disease-carriers were suppressed, and also in a town in Brazil. So far, Oxitec has reported releasing some 70 million mutant mosquitoes with no reported side effects from bites.

The company has built a facility in Marathon, under strong containment regulations, and is awaiting approval from the FDA to begin releasing the male mosquitoes in the Keys. The science is persuasive and the FDA is in the process of a careful review.

Even so, there is a petition with 150,000 signatures protesting GMO mosquito introduction in the Keys. However, when studied, fewer than 1 percent of the names on the petition resided in Monroe County. In contrast, a mosquito district survey found that 60 per cent of residents agree to the GMO mosquitoes while only 10 t0 20 percent are opposed.

Let us hope solid science prevails again.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease we should work diligently to avoid. It deserves the name “breakbone fever” and is debilitating. Its incidence has surged 30-fold in recent years, and some 400 million people are infected yearly. Although there is ongoing work, there is as yet no vaccine for it. Children are more susceptible than adults.

The evidence is solid that A. aegypti is moving into the Keys and that this insect transmits two debilitating diseases without known cures.

Years ago, in spite of strong scientific support, it took a long time for most municipalities to adopt fluoridation of the water supply; there are ardent groups that still object to this significant public health triumph.

Senior citizens remember that their grandparents had false teeth; children today have fewer cavities and can expect to retain their teeth throughout their lives.

Human culture has been altering genetic makeup through the centuries. The mule, a cross between a horse and a donkey, is a fine example. ll mules are sterile; but this crossbreeding provided strong, disease-resistant animals that were valued in biblical times over chariot horses, pulled the wagons that settled the western United States, and some think the limits on mules available for the South in the Civil War contributed to its defeat.

We currently have outbreaks of measles in some states because some parents have refused to vaccinate their children. There is no scientific basis for this concern. To the contrary, the decisions of a few risk the health of the majority.

When the polio vaccine came into being, public health authorities were wisely able to push through mandates that all children under 16 had to be vaccinated, and the disease was rapidly eliminated from the United States.

Strong scientific data has historically been the determinant of public health policies that have saved millions of lives and prevented enormous suffering. We as a nation have benefited from data-driven medical therapies. Genetically modified mosquitoes are our most promising strategy to prevent two bad diseases from gaining traction in the Florida Keys, and we should adopt this scientifically solid recommendation contingent upon FDA approval.

Although saying they are concerned about public safety, what really drives this kind of conversation is, yep, money.

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A similar argument was made in 1995, about widening US 1, to save lives by creating a faster hurricane evacuation from the Florida Keys. But the real reason behind the push to widen US 1 was to make it easier for people to visit the Keys (faster traffic flow in and out) and spend money here; and to accelerate real estate development here, by increasing the number of building permits that could be issued. You see, new building permits were tied into the hurricane evacuation time, and the only way to reduce the hurricane evacuation time was to widen US 1 in the Florida Keys, or – right! – simply invent a shorter hurricane evacuation time, which is what ended up happening after US 1 was not widened, because several federal agencies saw through the facade and sided with Mother Nature.

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The truth is, Mother Nature would love for there to be no mosquito control in the Florida Keys. With no mosquito control, development would cease here. Real estate prices would plummet. Many people would move away. Human sewerage output would dramatically decline. Ocean pollution would dramatically decline. The reef and  sponges and sea grasses would get healthier. Fishing pressure would dramatically decline. Fish species would increase their numbers.

People don’t have to live in the Florida Keys. There is plenty of room on the mainland for people to live instead, where these dangerous mosquitoes do not hang out.

It’s all about money.

All the talk about protecting Mother Nature in the Florida Keys is Chamber of Commerce propaganda. Quit killing her mosquitoes, and she will protect herself in the Florida Keys. Or maybe she will use her hurricanes. It ain’t smart to mess with Mother Nature. It really pisses her off.

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Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, replied to the ban cruise ships from Key West part of yesterday’s administrative leave without pay and other exotic experiences, Key West and beyond post at goodmorningkeywest.com:

Sloan: the [cruise ship] pictures are great –they revitalize the soul;
my soul –at any rate-

–by the way the Chamber of Commerce
by not supporting the Sanctuary plans and just supporting the ” KNOW_
NOTHING –imbeciles is doing their usual dis-service.” it would be nice
if we didn’t have a general plague of brain-damaged chamber of commerce supporters.!!
truly —Jerry.

I replied:

The other day, I ran into a friend who works at the Gardens Hotel. He said the Gardens resigned from the Key West Chamber of Commerce after the Chamber publicized that its members supported the “channel-widening study” (bring in more and bigger cruise ships) referendum, because the Gardens didn’t support the referendum, nor, I heard, did a number of other Chamber members.

I caught bloody hell last year for publishing the Chamber and its two hired guns for the referendum, one was female, the other was male, were whores. I also published they were liars, and I did not catch bloody hell for that.

After what I’ve recently been through (administrative leave), it’s going to take a while for my soul to be revitalized to giving a shit about what is going on in Key West; perhaps the angels have a fast-track miracle up their sleeves.

Jerry wrote:

Sloan: I understand what you are saying and your feelings–
(I sympathize and empathize )–

when I was with the mental health clinic as director –the board would have fired me long ago –early on but they knew they would not be able to get another child Psychiatrist (M..D.)
and their egos would suffer without being a board member (the clinic would have gone out of existence ). There still hasn’t been another authentic certified eclectic medical psychiatrist in the entire keys in all these years –they have been general psychiatrists.(adult certified)

Glad to hear there are some perceptive chamber members. serenity for you ( even a molecule)————————–Jerry

I replied:

I bet the adult certified psychiatrists were thrilled to have you in their midst.

Had a nice dinner and fun conversations at the soup kitchen, Jane Doe [featured in yesterday’s post]  is a hoot, and a fellow sitting across from us provided many glorious opportunities, some of which might make it in tomorrow’s post. One thing the fellow said was especially hilarious, should thrill Harry Bethel, not to mention the Chamber of Commerce honchos and the city commissioners. Effectuated a miracle, my spirits lifted, maybe because I found something fun to stick into the city’s hide :-).

Supremely scandalous, the fellow said the cheapest pussy in the city is at Smathers Beach, just hang out there and wait on it to show up. It’s free, although he got paid a couple of times, he said. 69 year- old black fellow, comes down from Pennsylvania from time to time, has traveled abroad, interesting recounts of experiences in Colombia, seeking to find a drug cartel and become a drug don in America, or so Jane Doe and I twisted it. Wish that comedy act had been video taped, it would have gone viral on You Tube.

I wonder what adult-certified psychiatrists would have made of that eclectic dinner conversation? Adult-certified sounds sort of like a condition, as in certified, as in nuts :-). City Commissioner Mark Rossi’s wife is psychiatrist. Whenever I used to bump into them at Harpoon Harry’s and elsewhere, I’d ask Mark if his wife had healed him yet?, and I’d say things I figured, from the way she looked at me after I said those things, to cause me to think maybe she didn’t know exactly what planet I came from.

The fellow at the soup kitchen, who educated us where the free pussy is in Key West, said he was headed for the county library for a presentation on Albert Einstein. I said I have friends who know for a fact that Einstein was mistaken about nothing being able to travel faster than the speed of light; I know ETs, whose spacecraft do that. I didn’t mention no angels. He said I should come, maybe I’d get so ask a question of the presenter, who is local and, I think, a scientist, or a big fan of science. My mouth started salivating.

If Jane Doe shows up, it could be pandemonius, if that’s a word, and even if it isn’t.

Tally ho!

Jerry wrote:

SLOAN: those are really good experiences —–fascinating ;
you get free entertainment and important info—;
there must be a lighter side to life—–we ate at the Rusty Anchor
and had some unusual experiences as well—-approached by a completely unknown attractive lady and said we looked like the ideal couple –was Susy DePoo’s grand-daughter –her grandmother was head of the Art Department at “Key West Hand Prints”
which one of our closest friends was Bill Johnson owner and CEO and Johnny who
he lived with in magnificent homes —gave our daughter a car.. That corporation
one of the most creative in the country. Then a beautiful young black girl—very light skinned–
with a group of handsome entertainers (hiding out)—from New York –wanted to pay for our dinner —-said –also– we looked like a beautiful married couple.

Well to get to how one becomes more than a General Psychiatrist —you have to be selected for a “fellowship” at the end of your normal residency of 3 years —invited and then that includes specialty work in Child, adolescent, community , neurology, spheres– and of course working with the school system–and a big dose of liberal outlook and philosophy. Another entire year.
I also worked with state supported and federally supported institutions for the young–gaining experience.
with their problems.

Your word isn’t a recognized word BUT it can be composed from the Latin root which gives it a certain legitimacy—-pandemonious.

Happy Pandemonium —Jerry (had some other experiences tonight I won’t go into)—–(pluses)

I replied:

Jane made it to the Einstein presentation, but she held her peace. By the time she got there, I’d told the presenter that I had friends who laugh at the notion that nothing can move faster than the speed of laugh, er, light. That seemed to get some interesting and even approving movements and noises from some of the audience, perhaps 25 people.

The presenter said he was speaking of this universe, he could not speak to what was not known. I thanked him for qualifying his remarks. Eventually the presenter mentioned tachyons, which he said move faster than the speed of light, but in another universe, so he would not discuss that, but it would be discussed in a later presentation on quantum mechanics. I said, imagine what might be going on in that other universe.

When the presenter started putting what probably were elementary kindergarten physics equations on the screen, I told Jane that left me behind (at about light speed), and she said she was ready to go.

As we walked out, I asked a woman behind me, who had been giving the presenter plenty to chew on, if she’d ever seen a space ship? No, she said. Well, I said, once you see a space ship, that changes your view about all of this entirely.

Then, I asked an interesting looking fellow, who had said nothing during the presentation, if he had seen a space ship? He paused, as if in thought, or not wanting to say. Then he said, one. I said, well then, you know that makes all of that physics the fellow is presenting meaningless. He smiled. And we left.

Jane and I went to North Roosevelt Blvd, just across the street from the police station, and talked about physics. META- physics. Then, she went to her hidey-hole where she sleeps nights, and I went to where I stay.

About 2:30 a.m., I awoke out of a dream, which was about something I had worked on yesterday, online. Then I heard my cell phone buzzing. It was Jane, calling to say she was sleeping, then she woke up, and she was looking up at the full moon with a star under it (for real, not a dream), and then the star became two stars, and then the two stars became my eyes looking at her. And it was just like my two eyes looked at her another time, and she was riveted. So, she called me, and I jumped on my bicycle and headed to a rendezvous, and then proceeded further META-physics discussion for a couple of hours, then back to our respective sleeping quarters.

I told Jane yesterday at the soup kitchen, historically, when the angels put me with a woman they want me to be with, my spirit work load doubles. Sometimes the fun increases, too. Maybe it will double, or triple. Time will tell. The spirit load seems to have doubled.

More META physics yesterday:

Lol

According to Father Roland Colhoun, practicing yoga is tatamount to Satanism and that the popular exercise and form of meditation will lead you directly into hell.
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  • Nick DeJesus I always thought there was a point of flexibility that people reach seemed demonic
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  • Carolina Flower Totally. I always knew I was the devil anyway
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  • Sloan Bashinsky Once upon a time I had a friend, who was a Methodist minister, who was convinced people who did not attend church were doomed. So I asked him, if the Devil wanted to hide where nobody would ever think to look, where would that be? The minister looked to be in thought, then said he did not know, where would that be? I thought the question was sort of rhetorical, but just in case, I said, in a church.
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Even more META-physics yesterday, and today:

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  • Sloan Bashinsky In Jesus’ time, wasn’t the entire area part of the Roman Empire, there was no Palestine or Israel, as countries?
  • Dawn Bright I believe you are correct, however, God gave what is known now as Isreal to the Jewish people as their promised land.
  • Sloan Bashinsky so some Jewish people and non Jewish people say, but where’s the deed? You bring the true issue to the front, Dawn – it’s a religious argument going on in the Middle East, and there are a lot more Muslims around there than Jews and Christians, aren’t there?, and I got a feeling it’s going to be a long time sorting out, and it might never sort out. After 9/11, the angels running me told me America should get out of the Middle East altogether and stop all aid to Israel and let Israel and Islam work it out or fight it out, and in that way learn which of them was God’s chosen people; 3 nights before 9/11, the angels asked me in my sleep, “Will you make a prayer for a divine intervention for all of humanity?” I woke right up and made that prayer. I knew what the prayer was for, when news of what happened on 9/11 reached me, and I knew the worst thing America could do was go to war in an Islamic country over it. That’s just was Osama bin Laden hoped would happen, and instead of one war, America started two in Islamic countries – incredibly dumb, but wars make lots of money for big US countries, er, corporations, and there’s lots of oil over there, and so here we are still fighting Islam in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we lost both of those wars, and Israel wants us to stay over there doing that, fighting Islam. What would Jesus say about all of that? Rhetorical question.
  • Dawn Bright I believe somethings u r saying. Where we differ, greatly I might add, is God will settle this very soon, and I have been told, sooner than we all know. Jesus will come and there wont be much he will say over the matter, just like Archangel Michael,He will just get er done and show everyone that the Jewish people are Gods chosen people and in doing so will take Isreal as His Kingdom. It states , in Gods Holy Word, The dead in Christ will rise, specifically the beheaded, and the ones who are alive will catch up to them in the air to meet up with Jesus. After that, how long I am uncertain, Jesus will settle this matter once and for all. The isis and one like them is who Jesus will go after.
  • Dawn Bright We as Christians must stand with our brotheren, the Jews, especially in America.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Jesus and Archangel Michael are who asked me to make the prayer for a divine intervention for all of humanity, and who later told me America should get out of the Middle East altogether and stop supporting Israel. The Bible was written by men, except for the Letter to the Hebrews, which was written by Mary Magdalene. In that letter, Jesus is said to be high priest in the priesthood of Melchizedek. I think you are right about Jesus and Michael settling it for humanity, but not in the way you can imagine, nor can anyone imagine it. What’s important for you, me, anyone, is how we live each day and night. That’s how we are measured individually. Sects also are being measured, as are nations, as is the entire species (humanity). Religion is man-made. Religion tries to speak for God. Religion does not speak for God. Christianity did not exist in Jesus’ day, and it behaves today mostly like it never heard of him, or read what he is reported in the Gospels as saying about how his followers should live. Like him. Read that. Forget Paul. Forget Revelation. Read Jesus in the Gospels is what I tell all who claim he saved him. And live as he said to live.
  • Dawn Bright IF THAT IS WHAT U BELIEVE, SRY I WONT BE SEEING U IN HEAVEN, GOD BLESS
  • Dawn Bright P.S. GOD DIRECTED MAN TO WRITE THE BIBLE, AKA THE WORD OF GOD, AKA JESUS………..WHOEVER OMITTED OR ADDED TO IT, NOW THAT IS BETWEEN THEM AND GOD
  • Sloan Bashinsky God is a bit bigger than the Bible, nothing controls God, but God.
  • Sloan Bashinsky You will be surprised who you will see in heaven: Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Taoist, Hindus, Wiccans, New Agers, Shintoists, Atheists, Catholics, Christians, aborigines, Native Americans, God’s a lot bigger than any religion. A lot bigger.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Many Muslims believe only Muslims go to heaven. Good thing for everyone else they are mistaken .
    • Dawn Bright I KNOW I WILL C MORE THAN CHRISTIANS, HOWEVER BY UR HUMAN HEAD COUNT, IT BEILIEVE U R INCORRECT AS FAR AS THE MASSIVE # OF OEEPE THAT WILL BE IN HEAVEN, AND YES GOD IS WAY BIGGER THAN THE BIBLE, THAN ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, HOWEVER, IT IS JUST AN INSTRUCTION OF HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS FALLEN WORLD…………..
    • Sloan Bashinsky Yes, and good instruction, if it is lived, especially what Jesus taught and modeled. But the Bible is not the only way God has tried to reach human beings. God has tried many ways, and continues to try new ways, since the old ways don’t seem to be working all that well, not God’s fault. Fortunately, or unfortunately, for those who claim salvation through Jesus, they have a steeper, narrower row to hoe, so to speak, than followers of other religions have. That’s what Jesus told his followers: Steep is the way, narrow the gate, and few enter therein; Many are called, but few are chosen; the work is great and the laborers are few; forego and eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth; resist not one who does evil; love, do good to and pray for your enemies; turn the other cheek, and other mission nearly impossible instructions. Best to fret over our personal standing with Jesus and with God, than to say who will be in heaven and who will not, which no human being knows.
    • Dawn Bright TELL ME, DO U MEDITATE?
    • Dawn Bright LIKE YOGA STYLE?
    • Dawn Bright I DO EVERY SINGLE DAY, MAKE SURE I AM IN GOOD STANDING WITH THEM BOTH
    • Sloan Bashinsky They decide who is in good standing, and how good, or not. Religion has gotten everything all wrong. Fortunately, God is a lot more loving and merciful than religion, including Christianity.
    • Sloan Bashinsky I am meditating all the time, even when I’m asleep. And I have no clue where I stand with God, nor with Jesus. Only that Jesus is hard on my case, day and night. And Michael, too. and Magdalene Melchizedek. They instruct and correct me ongoing. It’s heaps of fun. I keep telling them, if they treated all people the way they treat me, this would be a very different world. No wars. No lots of things now going on. And a whole lot less people, for few people would survive. I’m still alive because of them; they must have stayed my hand thousands of times, when I wanted to take my own life, so difficult was the training and changes they put me through, and still are putting me through. My ego they killed, and killed, and killed, and continue to kill. It’s really persistent, as is the part of me that still doesn’t like God, which I call the demonic twin, which is in everyone. It was in Jesus. That’s what the Three Temptations were about. That was Jesus wrestling with his own demonic twin.
    • Sloan Bashinsky Much is revealed in the Melchizedek training, only barely described in the Letter to the Hebrews, addressed to Jews who had decided to follow Jesus, but were turning away, going back to their old ways, because the training was so difficult.
    • Dawn Bright WOW, FIRST LET ME SAY I AM NOT YELLING AT U, I AM AT WORK AND HAVE TO HAVE MY CAPS ON FOR MY WORK, 2ND, I BELIEVE IT IS NOT GOOD TO MEDIATATE IN THE WAY OF YOGA STYLE, FOR IT OPENS THE MIND UP TO ALL SORTS OF EVIL ENTITES, GOD EVEN SAYS SO IN THE BIBLE……………WE R TO MEDIATE ON HIM ONLY…….AND WITH ALL OF MY CONVERSATIONS WITH JESUS, GOD AND THE ANGELS, NOT ONCE HAVE THEY EVER BEEN HARSH OR RODE MY ASS, FOR THEY ARE NOT LIKE THAT…………..JESUS WALKED THE EARTH AND HAS COMPASSION BEYOND MY LITTLE UNDERSTANDING………….HE LETS ME STUMBLE AND IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP ME UP, THE ONLY TIMES I HAVE BEEN RIDIN HARD OR HAVE BEEN SPOKEN TO, NOT IN A FLATTERTING OR COMPASSIONATE WAY WAS WHEN THE DEVIL WAS RIDING MY ASS……………..I HAVE LEARNED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JESUS AND SATAN…………..AND I HAVE TO SAY U MUST TEST THESE BEINGS THAT ARE RIDING YOU, FOR GOD SAYS TO TEST EVERYTHING, AND I THINK U WILL FIND IT IS NOT JESUS WHO IS RIDING U BUT LUCIFER HIMSELF
    • Sloan Bashinsky Lucifer is telling me that how Jesus lived and taught others to live, in the Gospels, is how people who claim salvation through Jesus should try to live? I deal with Lucifer and his legions all the time, day and night. And it’s awful work, and it’s dangerous work, and I’d be up you know what creek without a canoe or a paddle or a life vest, without Jesus, Michael and Melchizedek steering me through it. Day and night I engage Evil head on, through its human proxies, most of whom do not know they are proxies. Sometimes, I am engaged by Lucifer or one of “his” demons in spirit realms, and it’s usually terrifying, and I plead for Michael to protect me. And Michael comes. And protects me. Too bad Christian ministers do not put emphasis on living as Jesus lived and taught others to live. And on the Melchizedek priest training. Instead, a cheap salvation formula is preached, for the most part. Just believe this, and you are assured of eternal life, while all others die and burn forever in hell. Islam has much the same view, by the way, for all but followers of Mohammed. Lucifer has possessed every religion. God is in every religion. Do as Jesus did and taught. And burn. Well, he did say his baptism was in fire and in spirit, and John the Baptist said that, too, of Jesus’ baptism. Spirit fire. Purifying fire. Cleansing fire. Not a popular trip.
      • Dawn Bright I CAN RELATE, CUZ IN ORDER TO GET TO GOD ONE MUST GO THRU LUCIFER, AND AS U SAID IT IS NO FUN, AND I DONT MUCH LIKE IT, BUT WE MUST GO THRU HELL TO GET TO HEAVEN, SO TO SPEAK…………
      • Sloan Bashinsky that is correct, but the fire I mention here is not hell fire, but God’s fire, which purifies, cleanses; no two people have the same experience with God, or, with God’s angels, because no two people are alike. Religions tend to try to apply the same exact formula to their followers. Must amuse God and the angels, and I imagine it delights Lucifer.
        Dawn Bright AGREED, AND I DO KNOW THE FIRE IN WHICH OF U SPEAK

Some rough human physics yesterday:

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To Circuit Judge Mark Jones’ secretary:

Sloan Bashinsky 3/04/15
To: victoria.duponey@keyscourts.net Cc: cvogel@keyssao.org, cpoist@keyssao.org, mmadruga@keyssao.org, editor@thebluepaper.com, editor@keysnews.com, editor@keysnet.com, rtamborrino@keynoter.com, dennisward@aol.com; Bcc: Sloan Bashinsky

Hi, Victoria –

As we discussed on the telephone, this case allegedly arises out of a robbery without firearm or weapon incident in Bernstein park, which is where Tom Miller recently told me he was jumped and beaten up and robbed by two men, one named Mario Salavar, I thought.

However, I learned yesterday from the county clerk’s office that there is no State v. Mario Salaver case, but there is an identical sounding case against a Mario Salazar on tomorrow’s 8:30 a.m. arraignment docket before Judge Jones, and Salazar is the only defendant in that case.

Perhaps there is a separate case against the other alleged robber?

Tom Miller told me the case was set for arraignment, and that he has friends who will kill the defendants after (if) they are convicted and are in the holding prison in south Florida. More about what Miller told me is in my emails to State Attorney Catherine Vogel.

There are two email chains initiated by me to the State Attorney Vogel about this case. The first chain is below. The second chain will be forwarded shortly. They are formatted in the most recent email at top, oldest email at bottom, time order.

I am not a party to nor legal counsel in this matter, but am merely a lay person who also is a journalist who had a conversation with Tom Miller. If State v. Mario Salazar is the case Tom Miller described to me, I believe Judge Jones will want to know what Miller told me.

Thanks,

Sloan

From: sloanbashinsky@outlook.com
To: cvogel@keyssao.org
CC: cpoist@keyssao.org; mmadruga@keyssao.org; editor@thebluepaper.com; editor@keysnews.com; editor@keysnet.com
Subject: RE: State vs. Mario Salavar and another defendant, Tom Miller victim
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:03:47 -0500

Thanks for replying.

I am not constrained by ex-parte communication restrictions. My email to you was a public service announcement. I was remiss in not asking you to also forward it to defense counsel and to provide a copy to Tom Miller.

I also should have said in my first email that the two defendants could be at risk in the county jail, if they get out on bond prior to local disposition, if they are convicted and placed on probation, or if they are acquitted.

Please provide me the name of the judge to whom this case as been assigned, and I will get this email chain to him/her. That will save me the time of going to the clerk’s office to learn which judge has the case.

Thank you,

Sloan Bashinsky
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:24:49 -0500
Subject: Re: State vs. Mario Salavar and another defendant, Tom Miller victim
From: cvogel@keyssao.org
To: sloanbashinsky@outlook.com
CC: cpoist@keyssao.org; mmadruga@keyssao.org; editor@thebluepaper.com; editor@keysnews.com; editor@keysnet.com

Thanks for the email. No one wants to see any physical harm come to these defendants. It is not appropriate to forward this correspondence to the court at this time. Attorneys are precluded from having ex-parte communications with courts. If (these men are now innocent until proven guilty) they are found guilty, we will provide this information to the sentencing judge and Department of Corrections. We will forward the email to their defense attorneys as well.

Catherine Vogel

Catherine Vogel
State Attorney
Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
530 Whitehead St. Suite 201
Key West, Fl. 33040
305-292-3405

On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 8:02 AM, Sloan Bashinsky <sloanbashinsky@outlook.com> wrote:
Good morning, State Attorney Catherine Vogel and Assistant Prosecutors Christine Poist and Manny Madruga:

I spoke with Manny about this case around noon yesterday, when he was leaving the State Attorney’s Office (SAO). Then I spoke with Christine’s legal assistant, who provided the name on one defendant, Mario Salavar, I only knew his first name, and the name of the victim, Tom Miller, I only knew his first name. I do not know the name of the other defendant.

I first heard of this case three days ago, from Tom Miller at the soup kitchen, after he learned I publish a daily blog: goodmorningkeywest.com. He said he had a case he wanted the newspapers to run. I said I would run it, but I was leaving to do something else and we’d have to talk the next day.

The next day at the soup kitchen, Tom told me what had happened, from his perspective: he was jumped at Bernstein Park on Stock Island, in the nighttime, and was beaten badly and robbed.

He told me other stuff about himself, including his gun collection, which contains five Sharpe .50 caliber rifles, which can kill someone from over a mile away.

Tom told me a bit about his brother, a Marine in Vietnam, who got into very bad stuff in combat, had a big collection of dead enemy soldiers’ teeth with gold fillings pulled out of their mouths, and ran heroin when he was over there, and now is the national president of The Outlaws motorcycle club.

Tom said he is very upset that he cannot get his stolen money, credit cars, ID and wallet back, which he says were found on Salavar when he was arrested the next day at KOTS. I told Tom all of that is evidence and he probably will not get his belongings back before the trial and conviction, or the defendants plead guilty and are sentenced.

None of that is why I came to the SAO yesterday. I came, because Tom said he has friends in the south Florida prison where Salavar and the other defendant will go if they are convicted or plead guilty, and his friends will kill those two men. Manny told me that facility is a holding station where all convicted felons are sent and held for two months before being sent to wherever they are finally going.

At the soup kitchen the day before yesterday, I told Tom, based on what he’d told me about his case, I was with him all the way on the prosecution of the two men who had done it, but I could not be part of the two men being killed in prison. I told Tom he had put me in a terrible position by telling me that was what was going to happen, and I had to report it to the SAO, specifically to you, Catherine, since it’s your elected office.

Tom said for me to leave that part of it alone. I said I could not leave it alone, after what he’d told me, and, if those two men are killed in prison, he will be prosecuted for murder and put into prison. Tom again told me to leave that part of it alone alone. I said I could not leave it alone. He said they are going to die, he is going to get his justice. He was really worked up by then, in a rage, as he walked away from me.

Do I think Tom is serious? Yes. Do I think he can get those two men killed in prison? I can’t say, but I have heard of stuff like that happening in prisons.

I feel you, Catherine, need to share this email with whatever local judge has this case, so the judge can be apprised and take whatever action he/she feels is needed. I am willing to testify under oath before that judge as to what Tom Miller told me, with Miller present, if he wishes to be present.

Please copy me with the prompt forward of this email to that judge. Otherwise, I will go to the clerk’s office and find out which judge has the cases and I will deliver a copy of this email to the judge myself.

Again, based of what Miller told me happened, I have no problem with the prosecution of the two defendants. My only interest is in seeing to their safety, if they are convicted and put into a Florida prison.

Given the potential gravity of this matter, and given I am not impressed, so far, by your performance as our State Attorney, I am copying Key West the Newspaper (thebluepaper.com), the Key West Citizen (keysnews.com) and the Keynoter (keysnet.com) with this email.

Yes, I think there is a chance I might be put on someone’s hit list for reporting this to you and publicizing it.

Sincerely yours,

Sloan Bashinsky, J.D., L.L.M (Taxation), not currently practicing law, at least not to make money at it

Sloan Bashinsky 3/04/15
To: victoria.duponey@keyscourts.net Cc: cpoist@keyssao.org, kallen@keysso.net, tage@keysso.net, jcrane@keysso.net, pmccullah@keysso.net, cvogel@keyssao.org, manny@keyssao.org, editor@thebluepaper.com, editor@keysnews.com, rtamborrino@keynoter.com, dennisward@aol.com; Bcc: Sloan Bashinsky

Hi again, Victoria –

This is the 2nd email chain, newest at top, oldest at bottom. It includes a forward of the 1st email chain.

Thanks,

Sloan

Sloan Bashinsky 3/04/15
To: Christine Poist, Keena Allen, Timothy Age, Jonathan Crane, Patrick McCullah Cc: Catherine Vogel, Manny Madruga, editor@thebluepaper.com, editor@keysnews.com, rtamborrino@keynoter.com, dennisward@aol.com

Apologies, Outlook bunches emails on same topic and I did not see your email, Catherine, saying the case has not been filed yet until just now. I went to the clerk’s office yesterday, and they had nothing for Mario Salavar, but they did have a case for Mario Salazar, which arose out of a robbery charge, without weapons, in Bernstein Park, which is where Tom Miller told me Mario and another man jumped him, beat him up badly, and robbed him. The clerk’s office said Judge Mark Jones has been assigned that case, and it is set for Arraignment on March 5, which is tomorrow. Perhaps a different case? Perhaps a different defendant?

Sloan Bashinsky

Sloan Bashinsky 3/03/15
To: Christine Poist, Keena Allen, Timothy Age, Jonathan Crane, Patrick McCullah Cc: Catherine Vogel, Manny Madruga, editor@thebluepaper.com, editor@keysnews.com, rtamborrino@keynoter.com, dennisward@aol.com

Catherine Vogel,

I wrote to you, you responded, I replied to yours, asking for the name of the judge assigned to this case, and now I hear from one of your assistant prosecutors without mention of the judge who darn well needs to know that the victim told me he will have Salazar and the other perp, whose name I don’t recall, killed.

Maybe law is practiced differently in the backward state of Alabama, where I practiced after clerking for a US District Judge who, by agreement with the other two US District Judges in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, presided over all federal criminal prosecutions in the Northern District of Alabama.

So, I will find out who the local judge is and get all of this email correspondence to him/her.

You still do not impress me, Catherine.

I will publish this entire email chain.

Former State Attorney Dennis Ward receives a copy of all of my daily posts at goodmorningkeywest.com. He tells me he reads them. But just in case, I’m copying Dennis with this email and the other emails leading up to it.

Sloan Bashinsky

Christine Poist (cpoist@keyssao.org)  3/03/15
To: kallen@keysso.net, tage@keysso.net, jcrane@keysso.net, pmccullah@keysso.net Cc: sloanbashinsky@outlook.com, cvogel@keyssao.org, Manny@keyssao.org
cpoist@keyssao.org
Mr. Bashinsky has contacted our office with some concerns about the safety of Mr. Mario Salazar, an inmate at the Monroe County Detention Center. Mr. Bashinsky’s concerns are outlined in the e-mail chain below. State Attorney Catherine Vogel has asked that I bring this matter to the attention of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Monroe County Detention Center. If I have omitted someone from this e-mail who should be in receipt of this information, please see that it gets to that person.

Mr. Bashinsky has made reference to another unnamed defendant; however, no one else has been arrested in connection with this case that I am aware of.

Thank you.

Judge Mark Jones

Judge Mark Jones

sloanbashinsky@outlook.com

sloanbashinsky@yahoo.com

Sloan at Smathers Beach

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