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There is a different post today at www.goodmorningkeywest.com, which you should be able to reach by clicking on this link: maturity, 9/11, and other planetary missed perceptions in Key West and beyond

Meanwhile …

Sloan angel

Last night, September 8/9 was the, hmmm, 13th anniversary of being asked in my sleep by a voice I had come to know well, “Will you make a prayer for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity?” I awoke somewhat startled, wondered what that was about? I said, “I pray for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity.” Then, I closed my eyes and soon fell back to sleep.”

Later on September 9, I told Patricia, a woman I was sweet on, what I’d heard in my sleep. She asked what I thought it meant? I said I had no idea, but I figured something big was coming down.

September 11 was Patrica’s day off from work, she was to pick me up around 7:30, I had no vehicle, and we were going to a state park for a couple of hours with her pooch. When she arrived where I was waiting for her, she asked if I’d heard the news? No. I lived in a tent on a friend’s land and had no way at that time of the morning to learn the news. Patrica told me what had happened in New York City and Washington D.C. I said, wow. She said that’s what I heard in my sleep was about. I said, yes.

We did not react. We were not outraged. We were subdued. Sober. Calm. In what I can only say was a state of grace – the spirit energy was palpable. Our concern was America would counterattack, start another war overseas. We knew that was the worst possible response. We hoped America would find a different response.

A few days later, the angels told me USA should get out of the Middle East altogether, and stop all USA aid to Israel, and let Israel work it out, or shoot it out, with Islam, and in that way let the world see whose side God was on.

G.W. Strangelove

America did not find a different way to respond to the 9/11 attack. The result was catastrophic just in the number of American troops killed, maimed and battle shocked. American troop casualties alone proved beyond any doubt that the invasion of Iraq was nuts. American troop casualties alone proved the invasion of Afghanistan was nuts. The Iraqi and Afghan casualties, troops and civilian, proved again the two wars were nuts. As did what happened in Iraq after America “won” that war. As did what is happening in Iraq now. And in Afghanistan now.

America’s reaction to 9/11 pleased Osama bin Laden immensely. 9/11 was his bait, hoping to lure President Bush & Gang into at least one land war in an Islamic country. Two land wars in two different Islamic countries was beyond Osama’s wildest dreams come true. He won the Iraq war the day America attacked Iraq. He won the Afghanistan war the day America attacked Afghanistan.

(For conspiracy theorists, the angels say 9/11 was bin Laden’s doing. George W. Bush & Gang, the CIA and/or Israel had nothing to do with it.)

George Bush visits wounded warrior 2

Maybe three years ago, a Republican amigo passed along an email forward, which included the photo below and a note praising former US President George W. Bush and his family for supporting the wounded warriors.

George Bush visits wounded warrior

I replied that Bush darn well ought to be visiting those young mutilated soldiers, he was the reason they were mutilated.

My Republican friend got really upset. I said Bush and his gang should have been prosecuted for treason and murder and hanged. My Republican friend liked that even less. I said not to feel picked on, lots of Democrats supported those two wars. And, as far as I was concerned, Barack Obama should be taken out and lined up against a wall and shot for accepting the Nobel Peace prize while still waging George Bush and his gang’s two ruinous, evil wars, which rivaled, or were worse than, America’s ruinous, evil war against Vietnam.

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That made my Republican friend feel a little better, since Democrat President Lyndon Johnson

Lyndon Johnson

had launched the Vietnam war, so the US could get Vietnam’s rubber trees and other natural resources, after promising Americans on national television that he never would send American boys to die in a war in Asia.

My Republican friend’s relief ended, when I said George W. Bush was a draft-dodger during the Vietnam war; he went A.W.O.L. from his Alabama National Guard unit and got away with it. Then, when John Kerry

John Kerry

challenged Bush in 2004, Kerry was attacked by Vietnam vets for doing his tour of tour of duty in Vietnam, and then going back to the States and protesting that ruinous, evil war. Whereupon, Kerry set out to out-hawk Bush during the 2004 campaign, instead of saying Bush & Gang’s reaction to 9/11 was just what Osama bin Laden had hoped Bush & Gang would do, and the proof of that was America’s ruinous, evil wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those two wars killed what, if anything, remained of America’s soul after the Vietnam war. Those two wars destroyed the American treasury, because President Bush & Gang lowered taxes on the rich, and financed the two wars simply by using various ways to print more US currency. Two wars certain of President Bush & Gang’s corporate relatives in America, INC. made a great deal of money on, and still are making a great deal of money on.

Yesterday on www.bigpinekey.com’s Coconut Telegraph moan and praise forum:

Pandora's box 2[Muslims Ruining the World] We wouldn’t have this world problem if Bush had left Saddam Hussein in power. Only a strongman dictator can control these backwards thinking peoples and Saddam did a good job of it until Bush had him killed. Because of Bush’s ignorance of foreigners he was able to open Pandora’s Box and wake the sleeping giant and unleash the hate called Islam.

On FOX TV News yesterday was mention of President Obama’s multistrategy to attack ISIS …

tar baby

I was not encouraged that President Obama had learned any more from the tale of “Br’er Rabbit and the Tar Baby”, than had George W. Bush. In the real tar baby tale, there is no magical getaway for the uppity rabbit into the briarpatch where he was born and raised. The rabbit is still stuck in the tar baby the fox made to catch the uppity rabbit, and the fox is firing up his cook pot to have the stupid rabbit for dinner.

A recent Facebook thread:

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<p>h/t Go Left

Hmm . . .

I received dailies from Reader Supported News. This one below came in the other day. The reader comments interested me more than the New York Magazine article itself, so I copied and pasted in a “few” of the reader comments below the article, from which I deleted the part of the article not about America at war. The reader comments are not entirely politically correct, bad words sometimes are used, considerably more salty and irreverent than most reader comments under controversial Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com – articles. You should be able to see the entire New York Magazine article and all the reader comments by clicking on this link: READ MORE . I added the “cartoon”. And, I tell a few more bedtime war stories below the readers comments .

Obama drones

Obama’s Foreign Policy Critics Are Wrong
By Frank Rich, New York Magazine
06 September 14

Every week, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich talks with contributor Eric Benson about the biggest stories in politics and culture. This week: Obama’s restrained response to ISIS and Putin, the White House contemplates an immigration executive order, and the revolving door continues to spin.

The end of the summer has been a remarkably bleak time in international affairs. ISIS has beheaded two American journalists — James Foley and Steven Sotloff — and Russia has grown more brazen in its backing of separatists in Ukraine. President Obama has been criticized for his cautious reaction to the two crises, especially after he said last week that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with ISIS. Has Obama over-learned the lessons of the “shoot first, ask questions later” Bush years?

I have my share of quarrels with President Obama. And, like most other Americans, I find the beheadings of Foley and Sotloff so savage on so many different levels that I fully concede there is an ugly part of me that would like to bomb any country that harbors ISIS terrorists back into the Stone Age, as the American general Curtis LeMay, the prototype for General Jack D. Ripper in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, once proposed for North Vietnam. But Obama’s deliberateness in the face of ISIS’s provocations as well as Putin’s — his refusal to follow the trigger-happy foreign policy of the Bush-Cheney era — is to be applauded.

You will notice that the crowd of pundits and (mostly Republican) politicians insisting that Obama “do something” about these horrors never actually say what that “something” is. They offer no strategy of their own beyond an inchoate bellicosity expressed in constructions along the lines of “we must more forcefully do whatever it is that Obama is doing.” That’s because Obama is already doing the things that can be done (and that some of his critics redundantly suggest): bombing ISIS positions wherever it is feasible; searching for allies to join action that might defeat them on the ground; trying to rally Europe to tighten the economic noose on Putin and Russia. There will surely be more actions to come when America’s ducks are in a row, and if the president were to delineate them, you can be certain he’d be condemned for tipping off our enemies in advance.

Contrast his deliberateness with his critics, most of whom have in common that they were completely wrong in endorsing the disastrous Iraq War that precipitated the current crisis. Hillary Clinton, for instance, has gone on record of late saying that she, unlike Obama, would have armed moderate forces in Syria to bring down Assad. But as Thomas Friedman, these days a much-chastened Iraq War enabler, has pointed out, there’s a reason why even Israel didn’t take up that tactic: Those “moderate” forces, to the extent they could be identified, were doomed to fail, and chances are that whatever arms we got to them would have fallen into ISIS’s hands. (As indeed has been the case with armaments we bestowed upon Maliki’s Iraq government.) As John McCain chastised Obama for not doing enough to fight ISIS last month, he had the gall to brag on CNN that he had “predicted what was going to happen in Iraq.” He had indeed predicted that Iraq might be destabilized by the withdrawal of American troops, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and, besides, McCain is always in favor of more American troops as a one-size-fits-all panacea for international conflicts. His earlier predictions were that we would win the Iraq War “easily,” and that the Sunnis and Shia would “probably get along” in post-Saddam Iraq because there was “not a history of clashes” between them. Why in God’s name should Obama listen to him or Clinton now? Why, for that matter, do Sunday talk shows repeatedly book McCain and repeatedly fail to challenge his long record of wrong calls on the Middle East?

As a corrective, I highly recommend an essay by Michael Cohen of the Century Foundation, published last weekend in the Daily News, that lays out in detail why Obama has a strategy for ISIS, Russia, and other foreign-policy crucibles, and why most of his critics do not. It’s a much-needed blast of reality. As an aside, Cohen also raises another intriguing question: Why are politicians and pundits giving the relatively slender threat of an ISIS attack on America more weight than the “gun violence that takes the lives of an estimated 30,000 Americans every year”?

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-62 # Archie1954 2014-09-06 21:53
Fine but who really cares what you think? you are just another American enabler of phoney exceptionalism. It was the US that damned well created ISIS in the first place. Now it seems that its creation has turned on it a la Doctor Frankenstein’s monster. Perhaps people with a lot more intelligence (the brainy kind) should be brought to Washington before the current crop of idiots totally destroys the US! Quit the foolish Obama is right crap. Both Obama and his predecessor are degenerate imbeciles!

-38 # Floe 2014-09-07 07:35
I wholeheartedly agree with you. When I looked to see who the writer was, I immediately thought “typical”. Can any of these pundits say anything unpredictable? Can they ever see things for another angle besides the two-party stooge show?

-61 # RMDC 2014-09-06 22:16
Curtis LeMay was a savage on a scale rarely reached in human history. ISIS is a bunch of boy scouts compared to him. He even admitted that he’d be a war criminal if he were fighting on the losing side. Even to invoke this fucker’s name shows how bankrupt Frank Rich is on these subjects.

Guys like Rich accept all the bullshit that comes out of the Whore House and CIA propaganda machines. And then he acts as if he is so frustrated that he just wants to bomb the world back into the stone age. If he only had a bullshit filter so he could see what is really up with ISIS he would not be so confused.

It is no wonder I cannot finish a column by Frank Rich. He just makes no sense. He is like a high school boy who reacts to whatever shocks him and never looks any deeper.

Frank Rich is a waste of time. And space.

+66 # cherylpetro 2014-09-06 22:18
President Obama handles it like a chess game. He is not going to attack early. His moves are thoughtful and intelligent. People who jump on him early, are usually the ones who have to go back later and say OOOPS! He is not a knee jerk reactor like Bush. His moves will be well planned, direct, swift and effective.

-29 # Floe 2014-09-07 07:46
Yeah, towards his own people too. He’s a warmonger like the rest of the Republicans.

+59 # tauzinger 2014-09-06 22:25
The question is not how quickly we act, but why it has to be *us* to do anything. 482 million people in the region might be affected by ISIS, but most are doing nothing about it.

-24 # Terry5135 2014-09-06 22:27
Which Putin provocations exactly might those be?

I saw no reason to read this cretin any further.

-42 # CuttySark 2014-09-06 23:25
Frank, you should have stuck with that Broadway critic’s job you used to have. But no one ever thought it would come to this.

+83 # asbpab1966 2014-09-06 23:31
If Dumb-ya Bush-league and the Bush-Cheney-Rum sfeld-Rove-Ashc roft junta had not lied the US into that Iraq debacle that cost trillions of dollars, thousands of American lives, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives; there would be no such thing as ISIS. Just about everything the US has done in the Mideast has blown up in our face. We should stay the Hell out of this mess.

+24 # ritawalpoleague 2014-09-07 07:56
Soooooo true, asbpah1966. And, I love your ‘Dumb-ya Bush’ says it all logo.

Foley and Sotloff, may they rest in peace, might easily have reported, with words and/or photos, what a nightmare from hell these U.S. endless wars for $$$ into the bottomless coffers of the MIC, and oil, oil, oil control for the villainaire fossil ‘foolers’ actually are.

I’ll go to my grave unable to forget what I heard re. the ‘why’ poor, precious Kimberly Rivera could not return from her leave to duty in Afghanistan – no way could she, the mother of two, do what she was ordered to do by the U.S. military: shoot and kill any and all who came nearby, including civilians and children.

If only we the sheeple would all pull together, and demand that we get and stay out of oh so profitable for the 1%ers, endless war in the mid-East mode. Try hard we must, and loudly and firmly tell this Pres. and Congress that yet more war could well be the straw that breaks the sheeple’s back, and gets us/U.S. into full blown implosion/revol t.

+4 # Johnny Genlock 2014-09-07 12:14
I’ll have to look up Kimberly Rivera. As far as Foley and Sotloff, . . the British government has spoken saying the Foley beheading is fake. As a video guy, so many of these beheadings have been fake going back to Nick Berg. My friend, Barry Chamish, says Sotloff was Mossad. What prevents all this from simply being “theater” for more war??? Sept 2 saw the first 300+ Billion payment on several Quadrillion in “derivatives”; i.e., mortgage-backed securities. Somehow we squeaked by with THIS first payment. But the 1% need a good “wag the dog” war to divert attention from the extent of the looting as we slip into the 25-year depression a CIA economist said has arrived. The Petro Dollar dies next week as investigative reporters head down to the Bush properties in Paraguay where Mr. Nose Job Ken Lay is hiding out in plain view. This transcends a Dem-Repub issue. It is an issue of corruption, of the stench of rot. The stench grows as good men do nothing.

+5 # ritawalpoleague 2014-09-07 13:08
FYI, I was with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now a week or two before I visited Kimberly Rivera here in the Colorado Springs El Paso County jail. Amy had brought out truth, per usual, as to how worried folks around the world, including Amnesty International were, re. the hell Kimberly was in. Thank God I visited Kimberly here in jail, and based on the severity of her suffering, when 8-10 weeks pregnant with child number five and fearing a miscarriage while under light 24/7 and getting awful food to eat, i.e. literally rotten potatoes. The press conference, with good press shining the light and asking questions at the jail, caused immediate better care, end of 24/light, etc..

Pull up: Kimberly Rivera press conference on KRDO.

0 # bmiluski 2014-09-08 11:46
Unfortunately asbpab1966…as Colin Powell once said…..”If you break it, it’s yours.” We broke Iraq and now we have to fix it or we’ll have another 911 on our hands.

+20 # Anonymot 2014-09-07 03:15
If we had no troops in the Middle East, Foley & Sotloff would not have been in the Middle East and ISIS would not have existed. Cheney & Co put us there and Obama expanded our presence. If they were Japanese leaders they would have commited hari kari long ago. Instead they sacrificed their fellow citizens and hundreds of thousands of Middle Easterners’ lives.

You’re a bright man, Mr. Rich, and the bellicosity of commentors like Archie, if understandable, are unjustified. However, defending the present administration because that’s all there is except worse on the Republican side is not what we need from the people with brains and a forum like this.

We need you to put the status quo in serious question, including the politicians quo. We need a real revision of the system and a renewal of the people in charge. Think about that rather than propping up the failure that is.

We’d all be more grateful.

+13 # FIRSTNORN1 2014-09-07 04:34
Quoting Anonymot:
If we had no troops in the Middle East, Foley & Sotloff would not have been in the Middle East and ISIS would not have existed. Cheney & Co put us there and Obama expanded our presence. If they were Japanese leaders they would have commited hari kari long ago. Instead they sacrificed their fellow citizens and hundreds of thousands of Middle Easterners’ lives.

You’re a bright man, Mr. Rich, and the bellicosity of commentors like Archie, if understandable, are unjustified. However, defending the present administration because that’s all there is except worse on the Republican side is not what we need from the people with brains and a forum like this.

We need you to put the status quo in serious question, including the politicians quo. We need a real revision of the system and a renewal of the people in charge. Think about that rather than propping up the failure that is.

I agree with some of what you say, Anonymot, but I think Rich’s article is both accurate and brilliant. I don’t think he is “propping up the failure” of Obama’s Administration. After all, it is not just the “politicians quo”, but also the ‘at least three justices of SCOTUS quo’. Rich points out in his final paragraph why so many people in this country know that we will probably never be able to make things ‘right’ with the ‘tool’ of the ballot box. Something is going to have to happen for people like Archie1954 to see his own arrogance.

0 # BKnowswhitt 2014-09-07 17:53
Two subjects here. How fucked up the american political system and resulting lack of representation of issues on main street – which is in direct proportion to the freezing of House of Representative seats per population which dillutes any real chance of democracy – they did that a long time ago. And Subject two Issis or Isle .. whichever you prefer. Under the Imperial Rule of Hussein they were suppressed. However the core question is this? Do you think even with the US intervention and all the bad shit going down in the Middle east Syria and now in Iraq that Issis has a legitimate gripe which allows them to carry on their form of genocide? And tell me if you think that it’s only because of USA intervention? In my view it is still a heads up for all of us that EVIL is a comcomitant component in The World today .. and certainly worth fighting up against and standing up for. Let’s at least not lose sight of that!

-21 # Anonymot 2014-09-07 04:52
P.S. My twin brother is black. Those knee jerk lightweights who voted Obama in BECAUSE he is black rather than because he would make a brilliant world leader did themselves no favors. We’ll not have another black president until this entire generation has died out and forgotten Obama. The next easy-sale suckers in line are women.

What made me think of this P.S.? Your photo including Susan Rice. All of the major positions filled by Clinton, Bush, and Obama with women have been disasters, neocons or worse, and indicate it’s what is between the ears that counts not what’s between the thighs.

The Rice girls, Albright, Hillary, Napolitano, Powers, just to name a few, are all neocons and beyond. The men Obama has appointed are mostly of the same catastrophic far right or money minded ilk. So anyone considering how to get out of this impasse needs to get the caricatural options out of their heads.

We’ve ruined the country with our failure to educate minorities for once male WASP-only positions – and filled them by sex, color, and minority qualifications, a thing few are willing to admit in public.

It’s time to think more clearly or we will all be going to the mosque on Fridays.

-5 # Anonymot 2014-09-07 09:51
I’d love for some of the negative voters to say why they voted negative. Is it because I criticised the WOMEN chosen, just as I criticise the MEN chosen? I think Warren is wonderful. Can I not find the women cited neocon and incompetent even if they are neocon and incompetent because they are female? If so, where’s equality?

Is it because I stated the obvious, Obama is partly Afro, but so was Colin Powell and I’d put him up for President in the morning.

Or do you think our minorities are as well educated as our white public. If so, you’re on a different planet, but I’d really like a thoughtful, non-knee jerk reply.

+9 # riverhouse 2014-09-07 14:07
I didn’t vote on either of your posts above but I will offer that this isn’t about race or gender. African Americans traditionally vote Democratic and if they were particularly energized to vote for Barack Obama who can criticize that. Colin Powell, you might remember, was part and parcel of the Bush Cheney Rice lie us into war crowd. Race and gender aren’t the issue. I preferred Barack Obama because of what he said during his campaign, not because of his gender or race. And I will determine my choice in the next presidential election not by gender or race but by my determination of who will best serve as leader.

-1 # Anonymot 2014-09-07 15:15
Thanks.

If you’ll remember, Powell was dragged kicking a screaming to lie to the UN and soon after retired, because he was opposed to the war.

+7 # X Dane 2014-09-07 15:58
Anonymot.
I certainly DO remember that, but by then the damage was done. He should have acted BEFORE. Then he would have made an impact
He let himself be used to sell Bush’s lies.

Some people may have “bought” them, because they believed in HIM…..Which was of course why Bush wanted HIM to sell the lies.

+9 # X Dane 2014-09-07 15:40
Anonymot.

I used to think highly of Colin Powell. But I lost respect for him, when he did not act like a responsible person. He should have said: Mr. President I have to resign my post, because I believe we are wrong in attacking Saddam and Iraq. It will end badly, and we will OWN it.

Had he done that, he MAY have changed the scenario. The country would have reacted, I believe, for we were many that admired him. Instead he drank the Cool Aid and fed the world all the lies he was told to tell. That was unforgivable.

Colin Powell at UN

US Secretary of State Colin Powell

As CIA Director, George W. Bush’s father

George Bush, Sr.

was chummy with Saddam Hussein,

Saddam Hussein

and helped Saddam rise to power in Iraq, to make Iraq a buffer against the Soviet Union, after Islamic radicals and their radical Ayatollah Khomeini took over Iran and drove America’s puppet dictator Shah of Iran into exile.

Later, the Ambassador of George W. Bush’s US president father, the former CIA Director, gave Saddam Hussein the impression that the US would not react to Saddam’s army invading Kuwait. When the opposite happened after Saddam’s army took Kuwait, Saddam felt like he had been double-crossed. He had good reason to feel that way. He and that President Bush and been buddies.

Ross Perot on Larry King

Larry King, left, Ross Perot, right

As if it mattered which Arab despot held Kuwait. That Arab, as Ross Perot told Larry King, would still sell Kuwait’s oil to America. Ross Perot said Kuwait was not worth one American soldier being killed or wounded. Ross Perot, the arch-conservative self-made computer icon billionaire. Ross Perot who had accompanied hired mercenaries to rescue his company’s employees, who had been taken hostage in Iran, about which the US was unable to do anything.

George W. Bush’s president father later said on national US TV that he could not let the American way of life be threatened; he had to get Saddam out of Kuwait. It was all about Kuwait’s oil. That President Bush could have cared less about the Kuwait people, or their deposed government and shiekh.

So ,a UN coaliton was formed, USA leading the charge, England next, then France, and Saudi Arabia, Osama bin Laden’s home country – oops! – and other nations. US military forces, commanded by US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 4-star General Colin Powell, and the Coalition went into Kuwait and drove Saddam’s army back into Iraq, and stopped there, because that was all the UN mandate allowed.

That President Bush knew, if he let Colin Powell chase Saddam’s army all the way back to Baghdad and take Iraq, the Saudis and all of Islam would raise bloody hell; and somebody might try to obliterate Israel from the face of the map. Already Israel was under Scud rocket attacks from Iraq. But what if Iran, Syria, Egypt, or the Soviets had weighed in against, hmmm, Israel, just to get everyone’s undivided attention?

That’s what was stuck in the second President Bush’s craw when he got his 9/11 golden opportunity to go into Iraq for any reason his gang of henchmen could dream up, even though they knew Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. They wanted to be rid of him, and they wanted Iraq’s oil. What they wanted in Afghanistan was a natural gas pipeline running from the natural gas fields lying to the east of Afghanistan, through Afghanistan (the blond country without a name in the map below) and Pakistan into the Arabian Sea.

Arabian Sea

It was all about money. Catching Osama bin Laden was their cover in Afghanistan, proven by they gave up trying to catch him. That was left to President Obama to do, long, long after bin Laden had won both wars.

Support the troops. Get them the hell out of the Middle East, since they, and their Commander-in-Chief, don’t have the good sense and the balls to get themselves out of there.

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The angels who run me made it crystal clear in my dreams that they view this article in the most recent Friday edition of Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com – as super important for Americans. The reader comments to the article kept coming and went to the heart of it.

THE PRISONER EXCHANGE: HE DID WHAT?!

Longtime readers know that, of all the adventures I have had in my life, I rank my three years of military service at near the top, especially my time as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne. That time changed my life. I was discharged back into the real world, still young, but way more mature and responsible than before the Army. My brief time in the service does not make me a military expert, but I do have my opinions. Case in point: The prisoner exchange this week that resulted in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity as the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

I remember what I thought when I heard the national news about Bergdahl’s capture back in 2009. How could that happen? What could the situation have been that would have given the enemy an opportunity to capture an American soldier? Well, subsequent news reports provided that answer– Bergdahl was a deserter! He simply left his post and walked off of his base. But regardless, our military has a tradition that we do not leave soldiers on the battlefield. So, during the five years that Bergdahl was in captivity, his fellow soldiers continued to look for him with the goal of freeing him from captivity. And six of them died in that effort.

Recently, with the war winding down in Afghanistan, the Obama administration apparently had an opportunity to do a prisoner exchange to bring Bergdahl home. But what the Taliban wanted was outrageous– the release of five of the most dangerous terrorists in the world from the prison at Guantanimo Bay in Cuba. No matter. The Obama administration agreed– even though the President has admitted in public statements that at least some of these terrorists are likely to be a threat to Americans in the future. But if that turns out to be the case, Obama said, they will be tracked down and dealt with. Yeah, right. Recall that Obama also said that the terrorists who killed four Americans in Benghazi would be tracked down and dealt with.

Many in Congress on both sides of the aisle are publicly wondering what the hell Obama was thinking. Yes, we should always try to bring all of our soldiers back from the battlefield. But aren’t there some limits? In this case, how many more American lives should be at risk to bring one disgraced soldier home? That does not mean that efforts should not have continued to free Bergdahl. But the deal that Obama made was a bad deal. And once again, the Obama administration seems to have been totally clueless as to how the American people would view the Bergdahl exchange.

Of all people, Security Advisor Susan Rice was sent out to the Sunday talk shows to proclaim that Bergdahl is a hero who had served with “honor and distinction” and that expedited action was required to make this exchange because Bergdahl’s health was failing. Both of those assertions now appear to be false. Recall that Susan Rice was the same spokesperson they sent to the Sunday shows to tell us with a straight face that the attack in Benghazi was a response to a anti-Muslem video! In addition, Obama hosted a celebratory event at the White House with Bergdahl’s parents, apparently thinking that Bergdahl’s return would be seen as a great victory for his administration.

Now, he seems to be surprised that the American people are saying, “You did what?!” In fact, it appears that this may be another embarrassing “you can keep your insurance, you can keep your doctor” pinocchio moment for Obama. While it is good that Bergdahl has been freed from captivity, the reality is that he is likely to be court martialed and will spend years in prison. Desertion is one of the most serious crimes a soldier can commit. The Army will not, cannot ignore what Bergdahl did.

Prisoner Exchange

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Dennis Reeves Cooper, Ph.D

Dennis Reeves Cooper founded Key West The Newspaper in 1994 and was editor and publisher until he retired in 2012.
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JOHN DONNELLY JUNE 6, 2014 AT 2:40 AM
Thank you for addressing this topic. We got a real wing-dinger in the white house. It’s not a matter of politics, democrat or republican, liberal or conservative, black or white. I wish it were that simple.

All five of the released terrorists will return to killing, kidnapping and injuring as many Americans as they can. Every national security agency document secured thus far, attests to this fact.

The terrorists that our president set free are the brain trust of the Taliban. They are on equivalent to four star generals within our Armed Forces.

There are serious questions surrounding the soundness, stability and sanity of an individual, who reignites the capacity of our assailants to kill us. Particularly, when said person is charged with a constitutional oath, to protect and defend us against all enemies.
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SISTER JUNE 6, 2014 AT 9:32 AM
Are you going to believe it too when the news reports that these “terrorists” are the masterminds behind hijacking flight MH370 that has now been used to detonate a nuke over israel causing the official start of WW3? Oh but don’t worry, Obama will track them down (in whatever US funded torture chamber they are currently in) and they will be dealt with. Too bad the lie believers are the majority.
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KEYSBUM JUNE 7, 2014 AT 5:26 PM
wow, for a moment there I thought I clicked on a column by Shawn Hannity….
are you kidding with this Mr. Reeves?? with your journalistic background it is indeed a shame you are so loose with the narrative before the facts are in. first, we are the ones invading their country, so we’re the enemy, and we’re the terrorists, let’s get that straight. second, how do you know he is a deserter? that has not been resolved yet, and in this country we are innocent until railroaded to guilty, so there’s that. also, where is the proof that anybody died looking for him, let alone 6 soldiers? it appears that that has been debunked. but then the military has a history of that; remember Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman? then you go along with the propaganda that the released prisoners are all hardened murders just waiting for the chance to slit every American throat they can. Again, when we look at the facts (they’re pesky aren’t they?), we see that these men have all been jailed since 2002. they have long been dethroned from whatever position they may have held, and their relevancy surely has been diluted. but wait, we don’t know what they were because they were never charged with anything, never saw the inside of a court, just picked up and jailed.
so Mr. Reeves, I suggest you put down the Fox News Reporting for Dummies book you are reading, and get back to Journalism 101.
Lastly, I’m glad you enjoyed your military service, and I’m glad you got something out of it. but thousands upon thousands of other people were not so lucky to have that same experience at the hands of the U.S. military. killing people should not be a career.
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JOHN DONNELLY JUNE 8, 2014 AT 7:56 AM
I thank Sister and Keysbum for their comments. It has caused me to dig a little deeper into this matter. I will offer a response for their consideration.

Primary sources to the event in question, attest to the fact that Mr. Bergdahl deserted his post. The Platoon Leader, Squad Leader and Medic, along with 6 fellow soldiers, unanimously and publicly identified this man as a deserter. They all said that he walked away from his assigned post, abandoning his combat position, while they slept. If this occurred, it is a serious offense. When it’s done in a combat zone, it’s punishable by death.

To a man, each one of these soldiers said they considered Bergdahl a Brother. They further stated that they would have unhesitatingly sacrificed their lives to save his.

I witnessed several interviews given by the mothers, fathers and wife of two soldiers who were killed during subsequent combat operations following Mr. Bergdahl’s disappearance. They all believed their sons were killed while looking for Bergdahl. Thus far, their sentiments have been corroborated by members of Bergdahl’s Platoon.

Particularly disturbing to me, was the fact that these veterans were all in agreement that the precision and accuracy of the attacks launched against them, significantly increased after Bergdahl’s departure.

I agree with Keysbum, Mr. Bergdahl is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. However, as American citizens we are entitled to research, investigate and secure evidence, which may be used in formulating an opinion concerning the matter that is before us.

I’ve attempted to be impartial and objective with the information that I’ve shared. I recognize that I’ve had experiences which could distort my processing this event. However, my life’s work has demonstrated a capacity to get at the truth. My yearning to authentically realize incidents as they really are, has superseded my personal biases. The propaganda, or lies that I’ve been fed, haven’t taken hold.

Two of the five prisoners set free are wanted by the United Nations for “War Crimes Against Humanity”. They are charged with killing thousands of innocent Shiite Muslim men, women and children.

Another, is the Deputy Minister of Intelligence for the Taliban and Al Qaeda. He is accused by “Human Rights Watch” of murdering and torturing Afghan civilians.

Included in this exchange is a senior Taliban Commander considered to be a military mastermind in developing violent tactics utilized in assassinating political dissenters. He is a Taliban Governor for the Balkh and Lagman provinces, who has been implicated in the murder of thousands of Shiites in northern Afghanistan. When asked about the killings, he did not express any regret and stated: ” They did what they needed to do in their struggle to establish their ‘ideal state.’”

The last prisoner let go is a former Chief of Staff and Deputy Finance Director of the Taliban Army. He served as Governor of the Herat Province in Afghanistan and has been identified as a powerful opium trafficker. He specializes in smuggling missiles and amassing weapons for the purpose of murdering Afghan civilians that disagree with him.

Keysbum, far from being dethroned from their positions of power and influence, the aforementioned terrorists are now revered as distinguished and preeminent celebrities. They are energizing and recruiting those who find the lives of women worthless, as they kill anyone or thing that questions their authority.

Documents reveal, that even after their capture they wielded considerable influence throughout Afghanistan. An in-depth assessment determined that: “If released, detainees would likely rejoin the Taliban and establish ties with other terrorist groups”.

Formulating an opinion based on studying documents, investigating events and researching interviews, is not akin to parroting information proffered by any type of news program.

War is the ultimate insanity. It highlights the weaknesses inherent in human beings. Intolerance, anger and aggression are fueled by selfishness and ignorance. Incompetent and ineffective leadership finds expression in the military industrial complex.

We are all called upon to serve our Country and God in a multitudinous of ways. I’ve not walked in another’s shoes. I’ve come to understand the implications involved in the quote: “Judge not lest ye be judged”.

A well developed sense of discernment and perspicacity has served me well. Most importantly, I’ve had the good fortune of learning where Peace and Love reside; between my ears.
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SLOAN BASHINSKY JUNE 8, 2014 AT 6:55 PM
The village idiot wonders what in the hell we were doing having troops in Afghanistan in the first place? And before that, in Iraq? Obama is a national joke. His predecessor was a national joke. National jokes, which caused huge harm to American troops, their families, the US treasury, and to foreign troops and their families and civilians. Vietnam taught America nothing. I got shanghaied to write a bit about that into a Facebook thread yesterday, started by a Keys amiga I know somewhat. One of the participants in that thread said his National Guard unit in Iraq discovered something there, which, was his drift, justified the US invasion of Iraq, but it was classified back then, and still is. I replied, how convenient, it’s classified; didn’t pass this Vietnam generation American’s smell test. That entire FB thread, and my second, quite long off-Facebook reply to the Iraq veteran, are included in the June 8, 2014 “If you think it’s too expensive to treat veterans, then don’t send them to war – better yet, don’t fight stupid, ruinous Corporate USA wars in the first place ” post at http://www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com.
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SISTER JUNE 8, 2014 AT 8:14 PM
I’m going to take that as a “yes” to my question, John.
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KEYSBUM JUNE 9, 2014 AT 10:44 AM
Mr. Donnelly….

first, let me say that I consider this whole episode another clown show put on by the US government and disseminated by their communication arm, the US mainstream media. the cast of characters are right out of central casting (the bearded father is hilarious).
having said that, getting at the truth is a lot harder than watching Fox News (or MSNBC for that matter), or accepting government produced documents or spokespeople. I referenced the cases of Jessica lynch and pat tillman in my previous comment as testament to the “truth telling” we can expect. we do not know the real truth, the real agenda behind this story. but we do know there IS an agenda, and it IS a story. hopefully we will find out someday.
but there are some truths that can be discussed now. for example the 5 men released from US custody. these people were Taliban. there were fighting US aggression. does that make them a terrorist or freedom fighter? the fact that some or all, of them may have been involved in killing members of their own country is horrifying of course, but puts them in the same company of countless of other governments (remember the US created Taliban governed Afghanistan until we over threw them), including our own (remember Waco?). these people would be of no consequence, and would have no effect on America save for the fact that we INVADED their country! whatever their crimes were, they are not against us, and should not be dealt with by us. they were illegally taken prisoner, denied any due process, probably tortured, and kept in a cage by an invading army carrying out an illegal act of aggression. who are the war criminals again?
now, the story goes that 6 soldiers died trying to save Bergdahl. nonsense. the reasoning they have all used is to state that these soldiers might not have been where they were killed if Bergdahl had not left. stupid. what if more would have been killed if Bergdahl hadn’t of left? woulda, coulda, shoulda. just nonsense. but not one of these soldiers died even remotely connected to Bergdahl, not one. but it makes for a better story, more discussion points, more controversy, and more distraction (anyone talking about the VA story anymore?).
one thing can be assured Mr. Donnelly: if you are getting your facts from anything you see on TV, or reading it from anything you can buy on a newsstand, you are getting a sponsored truth, and one that should only be accepted with a boulder (not grain) of salt.
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JOHN DONNELLY JUNE 10, 2014 AT 3:42 AM
Keysbum, I value and appreciate your comments. You said a lot.

Invading a sovereign nation and chasing a ghost, for reasons unbeknownst to us (given only the government’s version), propped up by a media that proffers the government’s position; while killing the invaded nation’s children and innocent civilians, constitutes crimes against humanity.

We have changed many administrations through the years. It appears that War and Violence are a part of our culture. Apparently, it’s accepted as a solution and answer, in rectifying differences.

If an individual is a pacifist or conscientious objector, the Armed Forces is not for them. They can nobly serve their country and the world at large via the Peace Corps and VISTA. Or, in any manner that they choose.

That being said, most, if not all soldiers, particularly those in combat are ‘a political’. They join the military out of a sense of duty and desire to serve their nation.

Perhaps, as the world’s consciousness evolves, we will not have to protect ourselves from those desiring to do us harm. The need for Warriors will decrease. Maybe even to the point where they become obsolete.

However, it appears that we aren’t there yet. Until that day arrives, shall we just turn the other cheek? Perhaps… I do not believe that Self-Defense is a Violent Act.

What are we to do? Where are we to go to get our information?

In one sense, I’m not ubiquitous. I have to rely on my experiences, accumulate wisdom and knowledge to address everything that the world dishes out on any given day. Intuition and instincts, along with reviewing any documents and news accounts pertaining to the issues at hand, all play a role in securing information.

Skepticism of any ‘party line’ has been my forte’. Being a lone wolf, I often seek answers for myself. I’m not afraid to be wrong, as I’m quickly able to improvise, adapt and overcome. As a seeker of truth I make no apologies to anyone. When in error I will take responsibility for my mistakes, learn what I need to learn, and move on.

I’m still under construction in formulating a deeper understanding of all that’s involved in our Creation.

I have to have a base line and foundation from whence I can proceed. However, my commitment is to Truth not consistency. That is why I sincerely welcome and acknowledge the benefit of your words. Thank you…
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SLOAN BASHINSKY JUNE 10, 2014 AT 7:50 AM
I think Keysbum has it pretty well sized up; all this fretting over this molecule on the little toe of a monster, which is USA invading Afghanistan, as if the Soviet experience there didn’t happen to warn us invading Afghanistan wasn’t a great idea. I spent a while last night on Caroline Street talking with a Marine vet who said he’d been in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. He got shot in Afghanistan, then was honorably discharged on medical grounds. That was in 2011. He went into the Marines at age 21, now is 43. For three years, he’s been trying to get his VA benefits, which he said he was told will be $2,000 a month if he receives them. Then, he will be able to afford a place to stay on the mainland. Meanwhile, he’s in Key West, homeless, biding his time, because he doesn’t need much money to stay here. He was running with several vets last night, from different branches of the US military. They all are homeless. They run together, it’s more comfortable to them. He seemed to have his head screwed on okay, the others seemed pretty messed up. He seemed to be looking out for them. He said the police down here treat homeless people, including homeless vets, like shit. My sense was, he and his buddies kinda feel like they are still in Afghanistan, and the Taliban are the VA, Key West police and local civilians who hate homeless people. This fellow was courteous to passersby and to people siting at the tables nearby where we were talking. After he had moved on, I said to a woman he’d had some conversation with at the next table over, that it’s amazing what can be learned from people, if you aren’t all stuck up inside. She laughed. I didn’t get into the politics of the wars he’d been in. It didn’t seem the time or place. I am going deep into the politics in today’s post at http://www.goodmorningkeywest.com. It’s a little before 8 a.m. That post should be up by 10 a.m. Today is June 10, 2014. In my experience, 99 percent, maybe 99.99 percent, of Americans don’t want to know about that side of their government.
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KEYSBUM JUNE 11, 2014 AT 6:25 AM
Mr. Donnelly:

your comment surely defines you as a conscientious, thoughtful, introspective individual. i do not proclaim to have all the answers, nor do i especially relish the idea of proselytizing my belief system on anyone without solicitation. however, if i may be so presumptuous, may i pontificate ever so delicately on some of the points you so eloquently authored.

in your first paragraph you correctly define our Afghanistan incursion as a crime against humanity; in that we most certainly agree. where we differ is your resignation of that crime as a part of our culture. wars are not, as governments would have you believe, morality plays; they are not about freedom, restoring rights, establishing democracy, protecting the Homeland, or any of the myriad humanitarian fictions trotted out to rouse the populace into servile compliance. think about it: in what war was your individual freedom as an American imperiled? was Iraq a threat to you? Libya? Viet-Nam? are we in peril of the goat herders from Afghanistan marching down Main Street, USA shaking their staffs as we cower behind our tanks and jets, hastily putting in our Amazon orders for burkas to cover our women folk?

no, Mr. Donnelly, the only people who are a direct threat to your individual freedom are the men and women of the United States Congress, the Executive branch of the United States government, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Be aware, the greatest enemy of any government is their own people. When the president of the United States proclaims the Constitution ‘just a goddamn piece of paper’, you should quake in your boots, and realize the paradigm of America you thought existed, the country that you revered and served, had been relegated to the ash heap of history. In its place, rising like a Phoenix, is a nation ensconced in the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, the TSA, the militarization of police, endless war, and the deconstruction of the middle class and a national economy.

Now you may ask how does this occur. I will offer a very brief, totally inadequate response. My educational background is in economics; i have three degrees in that subject, and one in finance. the totality of that education can be summed up in three words: follow the money.

the world is run by the people who own and control the world’s central banks and their retail banking satellites, which through the fractional reserve system, literally creates money out of thin air. these people own the governments of the world, as well as most of the means of production. as profit seekers, they entertain those activities which will increase their wealth. war is an especially lucrative endeavor, and that is why you see so many of them. name any war in the last 400 years, and you will find the genesis of those wars to be the financiers (yes, even WWII). economic booms and busts are all calculated planned events, and these people secure profits in both. because you see, it is the amount of money/credit in an economy that defines whether it’s feast or famine. and they control the amount.

so Mr. Donnelly, I would ask you to consider the next time the government is telling you that some poor goat herder in Iraq or Afghanistan means to do you harm, consider the motives of the parties in question. is it more rational to believe that rich people are looking to get richer, or that a sandal wearing guy, a half a world away, scratching out a living with a few emaciated goats, is worrying that you have too many freedoms, and therefore must kill you? the next time you are watching a program and they trot out some lackey to tell you about ‘some buck’ out buying crab legs with food stamps, ask yourself why you are seeing that, and not outrage at the fact that 1 in 6 Americans cannot afford to eat and need help.

as to where to get your information? that is a hard question to answer, and i suppose there is no ready answer. however, if you approach everything you ingest by ascertaining the relative agendas of the people involved, and realize that what is put in front of you in terms of government, mass media, and education is merely a facade, you are ahead of the game.

Again, follow the money.
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SISTER JUNE 11, 2014 AT 1:35 PM
Positively perfect Keysbum. Thank you. You’ve restored my faith in humanity. If I could add, a good place to start for someone seeking truth might be the documentary All Wars are Bankers Wars.

I can only imagine the positive impact that talented and intelligent people such as a Mr. Cooper and Mr. Donnelly could have on our world if they truly wanted to seek out and speak out truth.
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SLOAN BASHINSKY JUNE 11, 2014 AT 7:14 PM
John Donnelly, my experiences with you are that you are conscientious and dedicated, and go way beyond the extra mile to help people and causes you feel need help. My problem for many years now, having had the “best years of my life” span the Vietnam war, has been I simply do not trust anything the US Government says to the American public about America going to war. And, as Keysbum said, following the money will get you to the bottom of what drives America at war every time. Money was what drove the Revolutionary War – King George’s excessive taxation. Money was what drove the American Civil War – slavery was big business in the slave states. And for northern businesses doing business with the slave states. Money drove the genocide against the Native Americans. Money drove the wars against Spain in America. I don’t have Keysbum’s economics credentials, but I did major in Economics. So money politics is familiar do me, going back to before America really got going in Vietnam. One of my older fraternity brothers went over there with the Army Special Forces in maybe 1964. He was killed pretty soon. The escalation occurred later. We, back then, felt President Kennedy probably was assassinated because he got cold feet about Vietnam. I have no doubt Martin Luther King was assassinated because he came out against the Vietnam war: clearly it was a rich white man’s war lots of young black men were fighting for rich white men, whose sons, for example, George W. Bush, were being gotten into Air National Guard units to keep them out of Vietnam, Bush, living in Texas, somehow got into the Alabama Air National Guard unit in Montgomery, then he went A.W.O.L. and never had to answer to that. That got very little mention when he ran for President, but when John Kerry, a Navy riverboat commander combat Vietnam vet, came home and protested that bad war, he was viewed as a traitor, and it was used against him during his later race against G.W. Bush, by Vietnam vets, who called themselves “Swift Boats for Bush”, or something like that. I personally believe, John, that it’s going to take a serious uprising in the US Military itself to stop America from getting into money wars. Who better to rebel against such wars than the US Military itself? For that to happen, though, I think it’s going to take US Military personnel and veterans to stop saying those wars were fought to protect Americans’ freedom, and to start saying what those wars really were fought for – money. I do not think Vietnam, nor any American war since, was worth one American solider killed or wounded. Not one. I do not think those wars had anything to do with protecting Americans. But I’m just a civilian, I did not serve in the US Military, so I have no credence in that theater. You, however, John, do have credence. My lawyer buddy Michael, in Alabama, who was an Army artillery captain in Vietnam, and came home and started protesting America at war, and has protested every since, has credence. It will take US soldiers, John, to stop America’s money wars, if they can be stopped. It very well might take a second American Civil War. Or an Act of God. Or an ET intervention. It’s not going to just happen. There has to be a catalyst, which cannot be ignored, pretended away.
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JUNE 12, 2014 AT 7:47 AM
My dream maker said last night that I didn’t take this far enough with what I wrote to you last night, John Donnelly.

First, I was chastised for not pointing again to the “If you think it’s too expensive to treat veterans, then don’t send them to war – better yet, don’t fight stupid, ruinous Corporate USA wars in the first place” article posted on June 8, 2014 athttp://www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com. Perhaps that article could be called a “Credence Clearwater Revival” history of America at war during my formative years and thereafter – I was born in 1942.

Second, I was chastised for not beating up on the Democratic Party, which was (past tense) America’s political hope of turning away from war for profit. The Republican Party offered no hope there, and that situation worsened when the Tea Party splintered off from the Republican Party and left the Republican Party unable to exercise moderation in war, for fear of losing even more ground against the Democrats.

The Republicans should not have worried, because the Democrats were so worried about losing war ground to the Republicans, that the Democrats tried to out-war the Republicans. John Kerry, for example. When, at the suggestion of my Alabama Lawyer friend, Michael, I read Kerry’s “Tour of Duty” in the late fall of 2003, I told Michael that Kerry wrote the book to prove he was a hawk, prelude to his attempt to defeat G.W. Bush the next year.

What a pity, I told Michael, who was rabid anti-America at war. The pity being, Kerry, like Michael, had come back to the States from Vietnam, and had campaigned relentlessly against that war. But, lo, in his book, Kerry spent little time criticizing that bad war, and much time touting his heroic exploits in it. Also, Kerry had been in favor of USA invading Iraq.

Bill Clinton had avoided the Vietnam war by going to England to study. Before Clinton was elected President the first time, I wrote to him in Little Rock and told him that, because he had been against Vietnam, if he got elected, his mission was to issue a national USA apology to Vietnam for that war. He did that during his second term. To this day, I remain convinced that is why the Republicans never were able to take Clinton down; why he was “teflon”. Alas, his wife, Hillary, is a hawk. If she ends up the next USA President, the Republicans and Tea Party will not have to fret about USA Corporate War going busted.

Which brings me to Barack Obama, who, before he was elected the first time, had every Democrat I knew thinking he was going to end the Iraq and Afghanistan wars right after he got into the Oval Office. I had been told in a dream that Obama had the potential to be the Anti-Christ, and I kept telling my Democrats friends that he was a chameleon and was not trustworthy. They did not like hearing that, but after he was elected the first time, he showed them in spades that he was a hawk who had pretended to be a dove.

Obama also proved he was a pathological liar when he then accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, the awarding of which to him proved the Nobel Committee were idiots – or, they gave it to him because of the color of his skin. Obama was not a Dr. Martin Luther King. He was not a Nelson Mandela. He was a pawn of Lucifer. As was his Republican predecessor in office. As was his Republican predecessor’s father. As was Lyndon Johnson, who was a Democrat. As was, and is, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.

John Donnelly, you are a Marine vet. You learned the horror of war up close and personal. I have suggested to you before that you create your own website, where you publish what you are doing, which concerns you, and what you hope to see happen and change. You have credence to urge a clearwater revival within the US Military; a revival in which the US Military no longer is the pawn of Presidents who never were on the front lines, who never were even in the US Military, who have no clue what war really is and when it really should be fought – only as a very last resort.

I read in Wikipedia this morning where John Kerry wrote that he once was a very religious Catholic choir boy, who felt like he might wish to be a priest. He’s still a very religious Catholic. I tell you truly, John Donnelly, if John Kerry knew anything at all about his Lord and Savior, he would not be a hawk. He would be a dove. He would turn the other cheek and look inside himself and inside his country, the beam in his and his country’s own eyes, at what he and his country have done to cause America to have so many enemies beyond and inside its borders. But John Kerry does not do that. He approaches war just like the Republicans and the Tea Party approach war; just like President Obama and Hillary Clinton approach war. A bargain with the Devil, one nation under God not.

FYI, after the Key West City Commission, by a 4-3 vote, passed the Resolution against USA invading Iraq without UN approval, As I recall, Dennis Reeves Cooper, then Publisher and Editor of Key West the Newspaper, then attacked the City Commission in an article in the blue paper for entertaining and passing that Resolution. The same Dennis Reeves Cooper who started this discussion in the blue paper last Friday. I simply do not understand how anyone, who actually fought in Vietnam, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, can argue today that those wars were justified; that they were to protect Americans. That aside, how those three wars turned out loudly says America never should have gone to war in those countries.

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This floated into my Facebook account yesterday, while I was taking a nap and dreaming of something huge coming my way, which I didn’t wish to be bothered with. But I was having a nasty day internally, and when I saw it in my Facebook account, I figured it was why and I wrote a long reply to the last entry from Kevin Stuart, which apparently was too big to post to Facebook, because it never went through. But while I wrote it, my bowel purged and I felt a heap better and knew I had just written it out of me. So, what I wrote which didn’t make it to Facebook is pasted in below this Facebook thread, started by a Keys amiga who sings like a nightingale and has fire and grit in her belly.

I completely agree.

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  • Debbie Mathis That right …freedom is not free ..
  • Kim Wroble They are not fighting for freedom at all but for the empire of the controlling international bankers.. You know..the same ones that started the US Fed Bank in 1913 and have controlled DC, our media and brainwashing schools since then.. By the way, the US has dropped to #18 in free countries and is now #36 in education.. Sorry but the words”fighting for freedom” makes sparks fly out of my a$$…
  • Sean Heaney Kim; How about some extension courses in China on computer hacking or Russia on the history of NASA, our former space program? The adult-children are wrapping up their two terms of running the country into the ground. God willing adults w/knowledge of history can pick up the pieces. Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day; ask the survivors in occupied Europe if it was a “Fight for Freedom.” Semper Fi, Sean X.
  • Sloan Bashinsky This AWOL Alabama Air National Guard draft dodger below invaded Iraq to get its oil and refineries, under pretense of weapons of mass destruction never found, then he invaded Afghanistan, long coveted a pipeline opportunity to oil and gas deposits further east, even as he lowered taxes on the rich and wrecked the US Treasury, while making Halliburton (eg.Dick Cheney) billion$$$$, not to mention other America at War, Inc. companies. Maybe the Marines should go to Texas and find the deserter and send him to the front lines of Afghanistan, along with Dick Cheny and Donald Rumsfeld, and leave them there. 

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  • Sean Heaney My such bile from the Tolerant Until You Disagree With Me crowd. Wake up, ye hypocrites, it’s been Prez O’s war for a long time. I was afraid he was going to surrender to Putin on D-Day. There wasn’t a Russkie in site en France. Are we supposed to go to “Rape Berlin & Poland(twice,)Day? You had two terms; the guy should go back to schoolin’, as Zep would say, & stop using the Govt. as his classroom. X. Lovely speaking voice, yes. X.
  • Kevin Stuart Well while the statement is true, we Veterans in Vermont refer to this joker as “The Village Idiot.”
  • Kevin Stuart Sloan Bashinsky, It sounds you never served in the military. But I did for 35+ years, and I was in the ANG and in Iraq. You have No Clue what the Guard does, or what was found in Iraq. So since you don’t know what your talking about, maybe you shouldn’t try to show your ignorance…
  • Sloan Bashinsky Yes, I never served in the US Military. I don’t care for Obama, either. Do you know what was found in Iraq? if so, what was it? Did you find it?
  • Kevin Stuart Yes I do know what was found, because it is classified, I can’t say what it was. It was people from my unit that found it.
  • Sloan Bashinsky That’s convenient, it’s classified. Still. What you indicate justified US invasion of Iraq cannot be made known to American public. Doesn’t pass my smell test. Might not pass a lot of Americans’ smell test, who lived through the Vietnam era and came to understand US war motives simply could not be trusted, and plenty happened after that to keep that faith alive and well. I will use this email thread in today’s post at www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com, to which I will add a bit. Thanks, Adrienne, for starting this thread. It ain’t pretty music, but it’s still music which needs to be heard, this village idiot says. Ciao Maim
Sloan Bashinsky I tried to reply by email to yours Kevin Stuart, maybe it’s still in the air waves. Here it is again. It’s long.
The military commanders who order me around would not go for classifying evidence used to justify a foreign US war. I imagine a whole lot of Americans would like to know what was classified, regardless of whether or not it was used to justify US invading Iraq. Doesn’t pass my smell test, but I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s something which cannot be revealed without jeopardizing national security, as opposed to something politicians, criminals, or worse, don’t want revealed.
I’ll tell you a couple of stories about my military commanders, which I’ve told many times before, Adrienne may have read the stories, as she gets my daily email blasts dating back to 2006 after I met her singing a couple of times a week in Parrotdise on Little Torch Key, where I then lived.
Two nights before 9/11, in my sleep, a voice I had come to know well asked me, “Will you make a prayer for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity?” Startled awake, I asked for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity. Two days later, I knew why I had been asked to make that prayer. I also knew it was bait, a trap, and America should not get into an overseas war over it; another Vietnam, so to speak. When America invaded Iraq, Osama bin Laden could not have been more pleased. When America later invaded Afghanistan, that was like dying and going to heaven for bin Lader, Yeah, Obama’s troops finally killed him, after Bush had given up the hunt, but bin Laden won long before that. America was wrecked internally, like what had happened in Vietnam, but worse, because those two G.W. Bush wars destroyed the American treasury, and finished off killing what was left of America’s soul, which had survived Vietnam.
The second story about the military leaders who yank me around came when Obama was going up against Hillary Clinton in 2008 for the Democratic nomination for US Presidency. I was told in my sleep that Obama had the potential to be the Anti-Christ. I told everyone I knew about that, published it on my websites; did all I could to talk them out of voting for Obama. I’m talking about Democrats and Independents, who were infatuated with Obama, not Republicans and other conservatives. Talking with them was like talking to zombies. Similar to talking with Republicans. When Obama later accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, while still waging G.W. Bush’s two wars, which Obama should have ended the day after he was sworn in, I knew something truly EVIL had occurred. I felt a great disturbance in the FORCE, so to speak. And, my bowel locked and stayed locked for about a month, when really violent poetry aimed at Obama burst out of me during a Key West Poetry Guild monthly meeting, and a couple of days later more of it burst out of me at a Guild reading in a pocket park in Key West. My bowel unlocked.
I cannot, and would not presume to, imagine what you experienced in in Iraq. I hated what all US military personnel experienced there, and in Afghanistan. And what they came back with internally (post traumatic shock) and/or without (limbs, eyes, other body parts). I hated what those two wars did to those soldiers’ families. I hated what those two wars did to Iraqi and Afghanistan civilians, especially women and children. I hated what those two wars did to America. I never once felt those two wars were about defending Americans. I still feel Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld should have been, still should be, tried for murder, treason, war crimes. I hope you have evidence which will dissuade me from feeling that way, which you can share in this email thread. I understand evidence, once a lawyer, always a lawyer.
I don’t know how old you are, Kevin, I’m 71, in G.W. Bush’s generation. In 1999, I met and ran for a while with a woman who was one of the Kent State students on whom the Ohio National Guardsmen open fire while they were sitting on the ground protesting US expansion of the Vietnam war into countries west of Vietnam. She got up and ran with the rest of the students, with National Guard troops in hot pursuit still firing at them. When the students veered right, fleeing hopefully for safety, she veered left, alone, and the Guardsmen let her go and went after the main body of students, firing and hitting some of them, killing more of them. Nothing ever happened to those Guardsmen. She started carrying explosives in her day pack for the Weathermen between their hideouts. Then, she decided that wasn’t right and she stopped doing it. That was almost 30 years before I knew her. She still was terrified of the American government, soldiers and even police, when I was with her. Can’t say I blamed her.
I watched President Lyndon Johnson and American corporations invent the US intervention in Vietnam, after I heard Johnson promise all American parents that he would never send their sons to die in war in Asia. When he was leaving his second term in office, former General Dwight D. Eisenhower had warned the American public, “Beware of the Military-Industrial Complex.” The same General Eisenhower who had led the Allied Command against Hitler and his troops in Europe.
I can tell you stories of how Johnson and the Military Industrial Complex got America into Vietnam, which might, or might not, make you sick to your stomach. One of the stories made my father, a WW II Pacific Theater B-29 combat navigator-bombardier, sick to his stomach when he heard it at the same time I heard it from the President of the National Geographic at the Downtown Birmingham (Alabama) Rotary Club. I could tell you what a fellow who said he was ex-CIA told me and other people here in Key West maybe 10 years ago, about what his unit’s mission in Vietnam was when the French were trying to take it back from Ho Chi Minh, after France had lost it to the Japanese in WW II, which might, or might not, make you sick to your stomach. I could tell you about excerpts of President Harry Truman’s handwritten diary, wherein he wrote why he really dropped the A-bombs on Japan, which might, or might not, make you sick to your stomach.
But for a MIRACLE, I would have served in the US military during the Vietnam war, which MIRACLE might, or might not, interest you to hear. I had many friends who went over there, two were killed, for nothing. Most came back all torn up in their souls, if not also in their bodies, for nothing. One, who I met many years later, was an artillery Captain. He came back and started protesting that war, and has protested every American war since. He, too, knows about evidence, once a lawyer, always a lawyer. Vietnam taught many Americans, including my father, that the war motives of the US Government simply cannot be trusted. That’s why I really hope you will disclose what your unit found in Iraq. I, and many Americans, would like to believe there was a compelling threat AGAINST THE US in Iraq, which justified the invasion.
You know, don’t you, that when Saddam Hussein asked the US Ambassador how the older George Bush, Saddam’s old CIA buddy, would react to Saddam’s army invading Kuwait, the ambassador indicated the US would not object. You know, don’t you, when that President Bush went on national US television to explain why he was going to save Kuwait from Saddam, who Bush had kept calling by his first name in a prior national debate with Ross Perot on Larry King Live, that he, Bush, could not let the American way of life be threatened. Oil. Bush said nothing about saving the Kuwaitis from Hussein. Oil.
On Larry King Live, Perot begged Bush not to go into Iraq. Perot said he was not being unpatriotic, he had gone with hired American mercinaries into Iran to rescue a number of his own employees Iran was holding hostage. That raid was successful. Perot said he used to have business dealings with Arabs, and no matter how hard he tried, he always ended up getting skinned, so he stopped doing business with them. He said they don’t think like Americans think. Leave them alone. They will go into a tent and come out holding hands. Then, they will fight with each other again, and then they will go into a tent and come out holding hands. They will sell America their oil regardless of who among them controls it. Made a lot of sense to me.
Daddy Bush later said he had wanted to take that fight all the way to Baghdad, but the Arab allies in the UN Coaliton would not have stood for it. Bush’s old ally, whom the CIA had made who he was, was allowed to retreat with most of his army and weapons. Saddam felt betrayed by Daddy Bush. He probably had good reason to feel betrayed, because they had been buddies. Saddam and his troops had replaced Iran as America’s ally over there, a buffer against the Soviets, after the Shah was driven out of Iran and Islamic clerics took over that country.
History as a great teacher, especially when it happens during your lifetime.
My military commanders claim to be Jesus and Archangel Michael. They trained me. The training was horrible. That’s an gross understatement. The work they give me to do is horrible. Another gross understatement. You no more can imagine the work I do, Kevin, than I can imagine what it was like for you in Iraq.
Maybe you have a higher calling than the US Military Chain of Command and US classified information rules. Maybe you are being called by your Maker to tell what you know about what your unit found in Iraq. Jesus and Michael are always on the lookout for a few good men and women.Let me know if you wish to hear why America intervened in Vietnam and why Truman dropped the A-bombs. Oh, my pardon, I forgot to mention President Roosevelt (a Democrat) knew the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor, but he didn’t alert the Navy because he wanted the attack to swing American sentiment toward intervening in WW II.
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Sloan Bashinsky
Key West
keysmyhome@hotmail.com

Okay, my military leaders told me in a nap earlier today to fill in the blanks I left missing, none of it is classified. In fact, in God’s realm, there are no fig leaves, nor any secrets.

President Truman wrote in his diary that the reason he dropped the A-bombs on Japan was not to win that war, the Japanese were trying to surrender, but to intimidate the Russians. He succeeded. Thus began the nuclear arms race. 

The National Geographic President told the Birmingham Rotary Club that the Geographic had correspondents in Saigon when a huge street demonstration occurred. Thousands of Vietnamese carried posters, written in English, begging America to intervene and save them from the communists. The Geographic correspondents spoke Vietnamese and learned from the protesters that they did not speak English and didn’t know what was on the posters they were carrying. They lived in the countryside and had been paid money by the Saigon government to be bused into the city and demonstrate. The demonstration was widely aired on American television and swung American sentiment toward intervening in South Vietnam’s favor. Later digging by the Geographic uncovered that the money for the demonstration had been paid by the US Government and US coporations to the Saigon government for the demonstration.

The former CIA agent told us in the Unitarian Church in Key West that, while publicly the US was backing France in it efforts to retake Vietnam, his unit’s mission was to do all possible to help Ho Chi Minh defeat the French, so the US could cut a deal with Minh and replace France in Vietnam and have access to Vietnam’s rubber trees and other natural resources. Their mission succeeded, except Minh decided America was asking for too much, so he went to the Soviets for friendship and aid. He did not go to the Chinese due to longstanding hostility between China and Vietnam.

The MIRACLE, which saved me from going to Vietnam, came about in this way. My infant son died at the beginning of my last semester in law school. By then, students were being drafted, but fathers were not, and never would be. I was exposed to the draft, unless I elected to take special student deferment, which would let me finish my course of study, whereupon I would be inducted. The draft was a lottery, no one knew who would be drafted next. After going back and forth between being drafted, dropping out of law school and enlisting in the Marine Corps, and applying for the special student deferment and then being inducted and maybe ending up in the Judge Advocate General Corps as a military lawyer, I decided to apply for the special student deferment and drove to Birmingham and did that. About two weeks later, my wife discovered she was pregnant. I drove back to the draft board hoping, but not believing, I would be able to retract the special student deferment I had elected. The same woman clerk waited on me, who had processed the special student deferment application. She heard me out, said she felt for me, but the special student deferment was irrevocable. She went to a green filing cabinet and pulled out my file to show me what I had signed, which I already knew was irrevocable. Then, she said, “There’s been some mistake.” I asked, “What mistake?” She said, “You applied on the wrong form, your application for the deferment was defective, you will have to reapply.? I laugh, said, said, “No thanks, I will go back to having a father deferment.” I felt as if the weight of the world had been lifted me. I knew it was a MIRACLE. As time passed, I viewed it as God’s way of saying how God felt about that war, and how God felt about me being in it. Maybe losing my son was war enough war. It certainly left me at loose ends for a very long time. There are lots of ways to have post traumatic shock, fighting in US foreign wars is just one of the ways.

There are lots of homeless veterans down here in Key West and throughout the Florida Keys. They, and homeless people generally, are treated like scum in Key West, somewhat better up the Keys. Battle shock (post traumatic shock) is like a time bomb, tick, tick, tick-ing, until finally a veteran no longer can hold it together. Homelessness is one outcome, which can occur. Most of the homeless veterans down here are Vietnam veterans. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are just getting started turning out homeless veterans. The wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth one dead, maimed or battle-shocked America soldier. Nor one homeless veteran. My way of “supporting the troops” is to encourage American soldiers to not participate in Corporate America wars, and to advocate evacuating all American troops out of those places ASAP, and bring them home.

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Death of a Pork Rind King …

 

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From a Key West amiga yesterday:

http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2013/10/31/death-of-a-pork-rind-king/

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Death of a Pork Rind King

October 31, 2013 | by 

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Trick-or-treating is really an exercise in cartography. I wouldn’t be able to give driving directions to the Alabama suburb where I grew up except under duress, but I could draw you a map of my Halloween neighborhood route with unerring precision. Sugar lust, after all, makes tacticians of all of us.

Here is the house that would only offer a few chalky rolls of Smarties for your trek up a steep, Virginia creeper–tangled front walk. There, a woman with a fake witch nose would request that put your hand in a container of peeled grape “eyeballs,” but reward you with a roll of quarters and a full-sized Snickers. Here, you’d find an empty bowl with a plaintive PLEASE JUST TAKE TWO PIECES tacked on the screen door, its contents long ago looted by a mercenary band of eleven-year-olds with pillowcases. That house, home to a diabetic child, gave out glow-in-the-dark slap bracelets, worth up to three packets of M&Ms in the candy bartering session at the end of the night. And here, the crown jewel of the cul-de-sac: the potato chip house.

The potato chip house was home to Major Bashinsky, an estate lawyer and heir to the Golden Flake snack food fortune. Bashinsky’s grandfather founded the company, which produces crackers, chips, popcorn, and ten kinds of flavored pork cracklins.

University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, a state idol and good friend of Major Bashinsky’s father, shilled for the company on his local talk show in the late 1970s. Alabama schoolchildren still visit the Titusville factory by the busload, tasting cheese curls hot off the line. When I was growing up, the Bashinksy house was the Halloween destination for as many snack-size packets of cracklins as you could scoop up. In 2010, it entered neighborhood lore as the home of the pork rind magnate who staged his own murder.

Bashinsky was last seen alive on March 3, 2010, in his office in downtown Birmingham. His daughter found his abandoned Toyota Camry while distributing missing person fliers, an angry letter to the company and a packet of Golden Flake chips taped inside. Police found Bashinksy’s body two weeks after his disappearance, fully clothed and floating in the pond of a local golf course. A bottle was attached to his corpse, stuffed with the same note his daughter found in Bashinsky’s car. His arms had been bound with rope and his lips duct-taped shut. Inside his mouth, a coroner found the label from a bag of Golden Flake potato chips.

Conspiracy theories flew. Bashinsky was well to do, but he wasn’t flashy. (My clearest memory of him from my childhood, aside from his Halloween generosity, was that he had a trampoline in the backyard and didn’t mind one or two local kids scampering through the hedge to bounce on it.) He had two young children, and no more enemies than an average Alabama attorney. His stepmother Joann had inherited most of the Golden Flake stock after Major’s father died, possibly leaving him without any major stake in the company. The threatening letters found in Bashinksy’s car and on his person held no clues.

Nine days after police identified Bashinsky’s body, authorities ruled his death a suicide. A man believed to be Bashinksy had purchased duct tape and rope at a nearby hardware store on the day of his disappearance. Divers found scissors, car keys, and a roll of tape in the pond along with Bashinsky’s body. “We believe right now that he drafted all of those notes himself,” a spokesman for the Birmingham Police Department told ABC. “But we haven’t quite figured out why.”

Little emerged from the murk of speculation. Slowly, surely, Bashinksy settled into neighborhood myth. His brother Sloan, who came in last in the 2009 Key West mayoral race after running on a pro–nude beaches platform, posited on his Web site that Bashinsky killed himself to avoid being exposed as bisexual. Other bloggers pinned Bashinsky’s death to a series of suspicious fatalities that year in Alabama, possibly linked to financial dealings with GOP mastermind Karl Rove. My childhood neighbors swapped stories with raised eyebrows, pointing to the Golden Flake label ominously when they brought out pickle chips during parties.

This Halloween, a gaggle of pint-size witches, robots, princesses, and aliens will navigate the streets of that same cul-de-sac. Maybe they’ll avoid the well-meaning dentist who passes out floss. Maybe they’ll plot the shortest distance to the porch with iced-down cans of soda at the ready. Probably, the mental maps of corn syrup–hunting children in those few blocks are unrecognizable from the one I can sketch from decades ago. But no doubt, for one Halloween-related reason or another, our pictures overlap at the potato chip house.

Margaret Eby is working on a book about Southern literary shrines called High Holy Places, forthcoming from Norton in 2014.

I submitted this comment on 5/10/2014, Mother’s Day Eve:

This is Major Bashinsky’s older brother Sloan, named after Major’s and my father.

Someone down here in Key West just forwarded me a link to Margaret Eby’s article about my family. I don’t know if I knew Margaret, I was four years old than Major, knew lots of his male friends when he was growing up. I don’t recall he had female friends, other than a few girlfriends.

Golden Flake was founded by a Birmingham family as Magic City Foods, Inc., which many years later, shortly, after World War II, was purchased my Major’s and my grandfather Leo Bashinsky and his brother-in-law Cyrus Case, whose wife, Leo’s brother, had tragically died of some kind of fast moving pneumonia not long after they were married. Cyrus never remarried. I heard from someone in the family maybe two years ago that Cyrus was gay. My mother loved him, and I really liked him, too.

Actually, our home featured a broad range of Golden Flake snacks at Halloween, and the company was known as a potato chip company, which sold other cellophane-bagged snacks: cheese curls, port skins, peanuts, popcorn, peanut butter, cheese and sweet crackers. Later, the company added corn ships and even later tortilla chips.

In the early years, potato chips probably constituted 80 percent of sales, but by the late 1960s, potato chips were down to about 50 percent of sales. I know that, because I worked for Golden Flake starting the fall of 1969, through 1973. Then, I went into the practice of law, having already obtained a law degree at the University of Alabama School of Law, before going to work for Golden Flake.

I’d worked several summers at Golden Flake during high school and college. Major worked there one summer, for a while, as I recall. And, later, he worked there, perhaps six months?, in the accounting/computer department, I think after he entered Alabama undergraduate and before he graduated. He did not indicate interest in working at Golden Flake long term.

I was viewed in the company back then as the Golden Flake heir. A number of times when I was growing up my father told me, “Son, I built this company for you.” Maybe he told Major that, too; Major never said.

Many years later Major told me that he thought he wanted to go to work for Golden Flake. I asked, why? He said, it was the only way he would have a chance to really get to know his father. Major had been sent to me by company management, with whom I had worked closely when I still worked there. I said, that was not a good reason to go to work there. The only good reason was because he really wanted to work there. Did he really want to work there? Major said, not really. He just wanted to get to know his father better.

Not long after that, Major applied for admission to Cumberland Law School, attached to Samford University in Alabama, and he did well there, and that’s how he became a lawyer, instead of the Golden Flake heir.

Maybe a month after Major went missing, a Birmingham television station interviewed me by telephone and taped the interview and put it on the station’s website for anyone to hear. I covered in that interview how Major became a lawyer, instead of the Golden Flake heir.

The Mountain Brook Police, the Birmingham police, the Jefferson County Sheriff, and the F.B.I. never contacted me after Major went missing; not even after I sent out feelers that I would be happy to speak with them.

I wrote in posts to my websites – www.goodmorningkeywest.com and www.goodmornignfloridakeys.com – before Major’s body was even found in the Highland Golf Course pond – that I seemed to be getting from Above that Major had killed himself and had tried to make it look like he was murdered.

After Major’s body was found, I wrote in posts to those websites that he was bisexual, which I had known for a long time, it didn’t mater to me, and someone who knew that and had it in for him was going to out him and there was nothing he could do to stop it. He had not come out with being bisexual, he was living a double life, his image was more important to him than anything, and his solution was as described above.

Some time after I had published it was suicide disguised as murder, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Pathologist and the Birmingham Police Department detective assigned to the investigation both announced it was suicide made to look like murder. That was published in the Birmingham News, which did interview me early on, before Major’s body was found, but the story was killed by higher ups in that newspaper, according to the reporter who interviewed me.

Major’s first wife, Gail, a friend of mine, now deceased, and his and her oldest daughter Sloan, who was named after me, both told me that they believed Major killed himself and tried to make it look like murder.

Maybe a year after Major died, I did a Freedom of Information Act Request to the F.B.I. on their file on Major, and after it arrived, I found in it a black and white negative-looking side-shot photo of someone buying something at the 5-Points Hardware Store, where Major was said to have gone to buy rope, tape, etc. after he left the nearby Starbucks the last day he was seen alive. I knew when I saw the photo that it was Major, it was his precise profile, body shape, head shape, posture. I would have told the authorities that, if they had asked me.

An investigative journalist in Dothan, Alabama and I had a great deal of email conversation for months after Major went missing. She told me that she drove to Birmingham and interviewed the 5 Points South Starbucks employees, and they said they knew Major, he was a regular customer, and he was in there the same afternoon he was last seen alive, and then he left.

Also in the F.B.I. file was a report on pistol found in the pond below where Major’s body was found, a collector’s Browning automatic, .32 caliber, being the same make as a pistol encased in a display in the den of our father’s home, by then only inhabited by his widow, Joann, who showed the authorities the second pistol in its case, and said it looked like the one found in the pond.

It would have been just like Major to see that rare pistol in the case and find one just like it, simply because his father had one. I would have told the authorities that, if they had let out that there were two identical rare pistols, and where they were found. I saw no news reports of the second apparently identical pistol in our father’s home.

Maybe two years after Major died, I received an email from a woman I did not know, who said she once had worked for the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), and a gay man in her department persuaded her to attend with him a party, which, she realized on arriving, was all gay men, one of whom was pointed out to her by her gay co-employee, as Major. She said she attended other similar parties with her gay co-employee, and Major was there.

Maybe six months ago, someone who should know told me that Major was deeply in debt when he died. That was the first I’d heard of that. And, he had a really big life insurance policy on himself – millions. And, it all went to his second wife, Leslie.

Major had two children by Gail. By Leslie, Major apparently was not able to conceive more children. She wanted children, so they used artificial insemination and a male donor, I was told by someone who should have known, and that produced two more children, a boy, then a girl, both of whom Major legally adopted, Major himself had told me they were doing fertility work, but I did not understand they were using another donor.

Actually, I ran for Mayor of Key West three times before Major died, and am running again this year. Yes, one year, 2009, the last of those races before this year’s, I pushed hard for Key West to get a nude beach. It was a rowdy place (understatement), a nude beach would pull in an entirely different kind of tourist, with money. However, that was only a small part of what I pushed that year, and in the other years, and this year.

I publish daily to wwww.goodmorningkeywest.com, and more sporadically to www.goodmoringfloridakeys.com, and even more sporadically to wwww.goodmorningbirmigham.com, where there are a number of posts about Major’s passing, mostly prompted by what other people published online about it.

I don’t imagine what I publish much, if at all, resembles what is published elsewhere. I read and reply to all correspondence, and often publish it verbatim.

Sloan Bashinsky

sloanbashinsky@hotmail.com

Sloan at HH 2

Afterthought:

Hmmm, in my spirit code, pork represents politics.

In my spirit code, something like Margaret Eby’s article only just now crossing my path just might mean death approaches my political life in some way. But in what way?

And/or, it might mean death approaches in the “Golden Flake Family” in some way.

Maybe I should stay tuned …

Mother’s Day P.S.

Major became deeply devoted to our mother during her last illness, and remained deeply devoted to her as far as I know.

I sometimes have wondered, if Major had let me know he was so distressed, maybe I could have talked him through it. For a number of years, he and I had been really close, he was open with me. But that phase passed. I had thought he was doing well, before news of his going missing arrived from friends of mine in Birmingham.

I didn’t care to get involved in writing, or even talking, about Major’s passing; but it was given to me to do by the angels who own me: I call them Jesus, Archangel Michael and Magdalene-Melchizedek. They often put me to make “minority reports”.

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Jesus loves me and other Sunday prayer meetings on www.bigpinekey.com’s popular Coconut Telegraph kudos and whiners forum

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On the www.bigpinekey.com Friday Coconut Telegraph:

Thursday a poster defended Sloan saying the faithful all talk to God when they pray so Sloan should not be criticized for his angels.

People’s worries stem from the fact that Sloan says the angles talk to him. Praying to an angel or a god is one thing, that’s you talking to your god, but when you say that god or angels talk to you – that’s entirely different — and crazy too boot!

I submitted this reply:

Oh, my – then, whatever you do, don’t open a Bible, which is filled with stories of people who allegedly heard from angels and God. That said, being talked to by God and angels is the very last thing most Christians I have known wanted to have happen, because when it happened, it almost was never what they wanted to hear. In fact, it nearly always upset them to hear it!

Perhaps you have mixed that up with people who claimed they were told by God or angels to do something self-aggrandizing or hurtful, such as George W. Bush saying on national TV that God was telling him to invade Iraq. Now, if George had said on national TV that God was telling him to lead the charge into Iraq, and have his wife and children beside him, that would have been entirely different. He could have been Baker Act’d and the US would have been spared that insane war, and lots of American military personnel would not have died, or been physically maimed, or suffered battle shock (post traumatic shock), and military families shattered, and homeless roles increased. A demon told George to invade Iraq, and every American who agreed with that invasion was hearing from the same demon. Ditto for Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan and every American who supported that.

You might want to check out Saturday’s (4/18) post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com, which introduces the KWPD officers involved in the Charles Eimer’s case to God’s courtroom, Jesus, and karma.

Also on Friday’s Coconut Telegraph:

Oh look, Sloan is back. The guy who promised he’d never return here. The same guy who just complained about content not suitable for children but who posted a detailed description of the sores on his penis (and that was on the CT, not your website). Surprising you worry about what the children read, I’m more worried about you being anywhere near a child considering you are an admitted molester of your own sister. He calls anyone who disagrees with him “haters” but uses terms like “Nazi Cow” to insult women. Sloan is only about one thing, making sure people pay attention to him.

I submitted this reply:

I don’t recall promising any such thing. I may have said I hope I never have to deal with the Coconut Telegraph again, as that was how I felt back then, and, frankly, I don’t like dealing with it now, but I don’t get to pick and chose what I deal with. The angels running me do my travel itinerary; if you have a complaint, file it with them, maybe they will listen to you and shut me up and let me go. Not gonna hold my breath about that, though.

The MRSA sores were on either side of the base of my penis, and one was on my right buttock. What I published was intended to paint the horror and grave danger of contracting MRSA in the Florida Keys, especially in the ocean, and ways to treat it, which medicine does not use. The other day, I received a thank you from a west coast of Florida woman, who had read one of my MRSA posts. The two home remedies described therein, she said, were taking care of her MRSA infection in her lower private area. She said she was a Christian Scientist and had not sought medical relief from a physician. She said she was using forgiveness, also, as part of her MRSA treatment. Forgiveness of others.

Many people disagree with me today, and many people have disagreed with me since I came to the Keys in late 2000, and even before then. I did not, do not, view them as Sloan haters. Over the years, I did meet people who came to hate me. There developed on the CT people who came to hate me, which was clear in their words and tone. Clear also to other CT readers. Clear also to Dear Ed, who is a friend of mine.

Yeah, I called the hefty President of the Marathon Chamber of Commerce a Nazi Cow, and I explained why in several posts back then, and how I had borrowed that term from the XXX-rated movie “Field of Dreams,” in which the main character’s wife called a hefty right-wing woman a Nazi Cow, after she went on a tirade in a town hall meeting, demanding that a prominent social activist’s book, The Boat Rocker, be banned from their town’s schools and public library.

Perhaps instead of cherry picking, you should go back in time and reread what all I wrote about that, with which I am pretty sure County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy agreed, because she was not happy to learn from me what the Marathon Chamber did that night in the Marathon Government Center. The County Administrator also was not happy about it. There was a rule against anyone renting and using county buildings to promote their own political agendas.

At that candidate forum, the Chamber ambushed Amendment 4 without any forewarning to anyone. If 4 had passed that year, that would have required a voter referendum on any future amendments to city or county comprehensive plans anywhere in Florida. 4 would have stopped the further paving over of Florida and the Florida Keys by developers and city and county commissioners. 4 was the most important item on the 2010 ballot. Sylvia Murphy was totally behind 4, wore pro-4 buttons, and gave the pro- 4 PAC money more than once.

Your worry about me being anywhere near a child, because I molested my younger sister 56 years ago, which you’d never have known about if I had not told it on the Coconut Telegraph, is understandable. The angels who run me told me to provide that personal history, I supposed because I was moving toward running for the school board seat being vacated by Duncan Mathewson, and that was an elected office which was all about children.

I expected what some of you on the Coconut Telegraph did with that disclosure, and I understood that was part of my living the rough karma from the horrible thing I did to my sister. However, you are mistaken, if you think the abuse continued, for it did not. It was short-lived. I was brought to my senses. I was no longer interested in my sister in that way. I never was interested in another child in that way.

I am straight, and over the years have been in a number of relationships with women. Except for a brief mid-day fling with a biker chick in 2010, as I recall, initiated by her, I have been celibate since early January 2005. Not something I chose, or wanted, but that’s how it has worked out.

The biker chick wrote a couple of comments into the Coconut Telegraph, and said, after we had made love, Sloan’s angels had healed her. Not my angels, everybody’s. She wrote into the Coconut about a month ago and thanked me for saving her life. The angels saved her life.

The angels also can help you with the terrible wound inside of you, which I have been used by the angels to bring up out of you, which drives you to have at me. I could imagine you were molested in childhood and you may or may not remember it.

You have read before from me that you don’t have to read anything I write. You don’t have to read the Coconut Telegraph, either. It’s not your blog, but you carry on like it is. If you don’t like my commenting on the Coconut Telegraph, take it up with Deer Ed, whose website it is.

Jesus, Archangel Michael and Magdalene Melchizedek, my main angel tormentors, disciplinarians, teachers and editors, seem to be trying very hard, through me, in spite of me, to show children, regardless of their actual chronological age, what is really going on inside of them and all around them, which they are not being shown by the people who should be showing it to them.

You think children should not be told about MRSA and that it’s really easy to catch by going swimming in the ocean, or a lagoon, or a canal in the Florida Keys?

You think children should not be told that angels exist and are interacting with human beings ongoing, even if human beings don’t know it is going on?

You think children should not be told Christianity does not know Jesus and has made a mockery of what he did and taught 2,000 years ago?

You think children should not be told that they may never be properly informed by their parents, school teachers, ministers, and they only cure for that is to be informed by angels?

You think children should not be told that telling the truth and doing unto others what they want done to them is not more important than trying to please other people, protecting other people who are doing bad things, turning blind eye to wrong doing?

You think children should not be told about karma and the sins of the parents being visited on their children?

You think children should not be told that admitting mistakes and apologizing, and doing things differently in the future, is more important than being religious and claiming salvation through Jesus?

I could go on with such questions for a very long time. And, I could stop cussin’. but I probably won’t.

cussin' is honest

The cussin’ pic passed through my Facebook account yesterday. Perhaps it’s shopped, a joke, but the timing with your comments left me with the impression that the angels had a hand in it.

Perhaps in response to attacks on me on the Coconut Telegraph,

Popeye

Kurt Wagner sent me this yesterday:

There is a man in Key West,
who hears the Angels best.
When he does wrong,
they tell him “be strong”
and ignore what he hears from the rest.

There is a different post today at www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com, which you should be able to reach by clicking on this link: To Protect & Serve might be a selective enforcement phenomenon in Key West, if you are homeless, or are suspected of being; plus some affordable housing cha cha mumbo jumbo

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keysmyhome@hotmail.com

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Was (is) Bill Clinton an alien?

Statue of Liberty

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Bill Clinton asked aides to investigate aliens, UFO files

The 42nd President appeared on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Wednesday where he spoke with the late-night host about alien life in the universe and how a visit from extraterrestrials could quell in-fighting in Washington.

 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:56 PMClinton is convinced that if aliens did visit Earth, bipartisan cooperation in Washington would be instantaneous.ABCClinton is convinced that if aliens did visit Earth, bipartisan cooperation in Washington would be instantaneous.
Bill Clinton thinks we are not alone.In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Clinton said that when he was President, he actually asked aides to investigate what, if anything, the government knew about UFOs.

The search turned up no evidence of E.T. — but Clinton said he wouldn’t rule out that aliens exist.

“If we were visited someday I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said. “I just hope that it’s not like ‘Independence Day.’ ”

The extraterrestrial topic was first brought up by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who said he would demand to see  any documents on UFOs if he became President.ABCThe extraterrestrial topic was first brought up by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who said he would demand to see any documents on UFOs if he became President.

The issue of extraterrestrial life came up when Kimmel declared that if he were to become President, he would immediately “demand to see all the classified files on the UFOs.”

“Did you do that?” Kimmel asked.

“Sort of,” Clinton smiled.

ClinfffDAN BURN-FORTI/GETTY IMAGESClinton said he asked to make sure that there were no aliens at Area 51.

He said he asked for the review at the beginning of his second term, after “Independence Day” came out and as the 50th anniversary of an alleged UFO crash in Roswell, N.M., approached.

“First, I had people go look at the records on Area 51 to make sure there was no alien down there,” Clinton said, referring to the top-secret section of a Nevada Air Force base. “But there are no aliens there,” Clinton said.

“When the Roswell thing came up, I knew we’d get gazillions of letters, so I had all the Roswell papers reviewed, everything.”

NRCONEYL JAY/GETTY IMAGESWhile nothing was known about UFOs, Clinton said it is known that there are other planets out there that could possibly support life.

“If you saw that there were aliens there, would you tell us?” Kimmel asked.

“Yeah,” Clinton said, smiling.

“So, what do we know?” the former President continued on Wednesday night’s show.

“We know there are billions of stars and planets, literally, out there. And the universe is getting bigger,” he said. “In the last two years, more than 20 planets have been identified outside our solar system that seem to be far enough away from their suns and dense enough that they might be able to support some form of life, so it makes it increasingly less likely that we’re alone.”

Clinton joked that a visit by aliens might be “the only way to unite us in this incredibly divided” world. “If they’re out there, we better think of how all the differences among people on Earth would seem small if we felt threatened by a space invader. That’s the whole theory of ‘Independence Day.’ Everybody gets together and makes nice.”

llarson@nydailynews.com


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/bill-clinton-asked-aides-ufos-article-1.1745121#ixzz2y7if3QT7

After reading the other reader comments, some of which seemed serious, others not serious, I posted:

SLOAN BASHINSKY

Whatever politics are/are not involved, I have seen a spaceship, which put on an air show I seriously doubt could have been performed by any earth human aircraft, so I don’t wonder if ETs exist, any more than I wonder if angels exist after having daily experiences with them for a long time. Clinton is right, given the billions and billions of stars, the odds are slim there are no life forms beyond this planet. In fact, the statistical odds of there not being life elsewhere are zero. Imagine the impact on the world’s religions and on national governments and on most earth humans, if a fleet of spaceships arrived in this planet’s atmosphere and then positioned themselves directly over the capitol of each major country, and started broadcasting in, say, Morse Code, or in each country’s language, whatever the aliens wanted to broadcast. Pandemonium?

Suppose even they were friendly aliens, not Independence Day types. How would they be received, do you suppose? Would major corporate CEO’s try to make business deals with them? Would national military and intelligence agencies try to make deals with them? Perhaps most interesting, what would religious leaders do with aliens? I’m getting on up here in years, now 71. I sent Bill Clinton a novel I had written, which was about an alien colony living on this world in disguise as humans – from the Pleiades those aliens. He wrote back thanking me for the book.

I wrote back, Clinton was still Governor of Arkansas, had won the Democratic nomination but had not yet won the US presidency, saying if he got the presidency, because he had opposed the Vietnam war, it would be his mission to make a national US apology to Vietnam for that war, which he did during his second term. I figured that is why he was Teflon every time the Republicans tried to get him. I thought he was a pretty good president and have not cared for any presidents since him.

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Hey Christendom, you are possessed by Lucifer!

Jesus with leper

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holy fire

Yesterday, I was moved to go to www.goodmorningbirmimingham.com and see if any new reader comments had come in. I found this Valentine’s Day comment on an older post:

Vincent Vaughan
vaughan@coralwave.com
108.60.227.35

Pastor Franklyn Knowles is my Pastor is my Pastor today at light and Life community Church here Nasssau, Bahamas, we truly Bless to have him, Amen!

Here is the older post on which Vincent Vaughan commented:

as you do to the least of these, you do also to me

Posted on March 18, 2012 by Bash

The other day, Sandy Downs told me of two of her experiences with homeless men, and yesterday I asked her to write it down and send it to me, and not to spare the rod.

Here is what she sent:

I copied this from a website I found:

(based on Matt. 25:31-46)

When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another.” When the nations are gathered before Him, there will be but two classes, and their eternal destiny will be determined by what they have done or have neglected to do for Him in the person of the poor and the suffering.

In that day Christ does not present before men the great work He has done for them. He presents the faithful work they have done for Him. To those whom He sets upon His right hand He will say, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.” But those whom Christ commends knew not that they had been ministering unto Him. To their perplexed inquiries He answers, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”

Jesus had told His disciples that they were to be hated of all men, to be persecuted and afflicted. Many would be driven from their homes, and brought to poverty. Many would be in distress through disease and privation. Many would be cast into prison. To all who forsook friends or home for His sake He had promised in this life a hundredfold. Now He assured a special blessing to all who should minister to their brethren. In all who suffer for My name, said Jesus, you are to recognize Me. As you would minister to Me, so you are to minister to them. This is the evidence that you are My disciples.

This followed on the website:

We don’t know what is going on in this world because we have no clue as to who the Illuminati are and what they have in mind for you and me.

A tidbit of my dealings with the “least of these” :

The homeless man I met at Walgreens in Key West reminded of this verse, when I stopped by to give him $5.00 a few days ago. I know that is not much, but it was what I had. I have been financially destroyed by my outspoken words against the City of Key West. And I just kept believing if I was doing the right thing, then God would take care of the rest. I knew a few days from now, if the tide didn’t turn, I might just be sitting right by this “brother” of mine as destitute as he. So I went ahead and sat down beside him then. I squatted down on the concrete with him, his 2 liter bottle of soda and his brand new 8 pack of tube socks he was proud of. We talked a while. People stared at us. He told me of serving in the military and his son dying shortly after returning. His son was 4. He said he never got over it, and his life just went on without him. He landed in Key West with a job working on a boat engine. The owner got in to test the boat and never returned to pay him for his work. Now he is amongst the homeless in Key West. I gave him my number. And after he asked if “he could pray for me.” As we held hands and sat on the pavement in Key West outside Walgreens, he prayed to Jesus whom I know; and asked that I be protected, comforted, and receive instruction and wisdom…and on and on he prayed for me. I got up and left wanting to take him to lunch but knowing there was a chance my bank card had no money on it, and we might both land in jail for eating and having no money to pay for our food.

I am always drawn to the barefoot little boys running in the islands of the Caribbean. They grow up to be strong sympathetic men, empathetic and humble men. The ones that get to go to college in some other country always keep their humility placed higher than their degrees they earn from these foreign universities. It has not been a “coincidence” that no matter where I choose to live, I run into these “barefoot” men, cloaked in other uniforms now, but their degrees are not hanging on their office walls. I served a church in Miami, ran a youth choir and a donation center for the homeless and displaced. The Pastor had doctorates from UK universities, but was more humble than those we served. Pastor Franklin Knowles…a barefoot kid from the Bahamas with doctorates from English universities. No one knew, not even I. We revived the church with the kids and the missions. The Board didn’t like it. They didn’t like the “Christ” work we were doing. They wanted a country club for themselves. And they didn’t want any “non paying” members or parishioners, like kids and homeless.

On Mother’s Day, the kids choir put on a luncheon for mothers, and women, even women with NO children were invited, and we made sure they knew we appreciated them too. We served food and gave a little book we made, and the kids served food and sang for them. Afterwards I went into the kitchen where there was so much food left over. The Board members from the church were putting it into to-go containers and asking if I wanted any. I said “Yes, for my homeless friend Omar.” The ladies turned to stone and told me it was not for homeless people, only for the church members and their families. I died inside. I said then I would give my portion to Omar, and they needed to pack up not only my portion, but the portion for my family as well. It was a standoff.

I stood firm. The Pastor stood by me. They packed up the food and I gave it to Omar. It was one of the most intense moments in my life. We stood for Christ, they stood against us…in a church with a 15 foot cross which hung from the center of the A frame structure. At the time it was called Trinity Presbyterian Church and was on 107th Avenue and Bird Road (which is 40th Street) in Miami.

I had met Omar at a shopping center 1/2 mile from my home. He was one of the children escorted to the US because his father had died helping the US in the Bay of Pigs Invasion. That was one of the guarantees the US offered the Cuban traitors, that their families and children would be taken to the US for safety. Omar lived in an orphanage in the US. He never had family. They all died for us….in the US. Omar was abused, mistreated and abandoned here in the US. He had diabetes and needed glasses. A once master painter who could no longer see. His diabetes left unchecked without medication made him go into fits. He lived in a cardboard box. I loved Omar. Not in any way you might understand….I loved him like Jesus loved him. I loved Omar.

I couldn’t sleep at nights knowing he was in a cardboard box. I brought him to my home to do laundry for him, but he refused to interfere with my life. I asked the Pastor if we could apply for zoning to create a homeless shelter at the church. The Pastor and I were on the “same page”. We started a donation center. Everything was free for those who needed anything. It was broadcast on the News in Miami. The News crews came out and interviewed me. I said all of this is for the poor and displaced. The donations poured in so much that it overflowed our center. Huge trucks brought whole estates to us to give away for charity.

Some evil person called in to the county and said we were violating code, having the donation center so close to the preschool there. The Fire Marshall shut us down. Pastor Knowles and I winced not. We were being attacked and we knew it…by Satan. Then on a Sunday after church the ladies on the Board or the wives of such, accosted me outside the Pastor’s office and told me in hushed tones, that they did not want the children or the homeless at the church and they didn’t want me there either. Pastor Knowles, unbeknownst to them was right inside his office and heard it ALL.

Pastor Knowles and I met after that. He said he was resigning. He said that “where the least of these” is not welcome, it is NO church at all. It is against the Presbyterian rules for a Pastor to resign. The Board and members have to vote on it. They protested his resignation and voted that he could not resign. He and I talked again. I learned of all of his degrees and cloaks of color he could have worn to show off his honors and degrees. Yet he had never worn any of them. He went to the pulpit every Sunday as the most humble man on earth with humble attire.

I told him if he was going to resign in defiance of their vote, he should do so with all the authority and honors bestowed on him, and to wear every sash and cloak he had.

Pastor Knowles showed up with sash after sash draped around his neck the next Sunday. He told the church that where kids and homeless weren’t welcomed, then neither was Christ and he could no longer lead them as they were astray. He pointed me out and said if any had been more faithful than me, he didn’t know of them in the church. Yet the church curtailed my efforts, thwarted me at every turn, and disabled me every way they could. He and I left the church that day. A few weeks later, maybe days,….. my dear friend Paul was out fishing in the waters off Miami when a great thunderstorm grew and a tornado came out of it. He hid in the mangroves and watched as it went ashore. The tornado touched down one place in Miami and then lifted and disappeared. It touched down at the church. It ripped the whole roof off, the whole A frame was gone except the 2 beams that held the giant 15 foot wooden cross. The church was destroyed except the cross. I smiled as I watched the photos and the video on the News that night. Thank you Jesus.

Pastor Knowles went back to the Bahamas, built 15 or more churches and that is where he is still. Pastor Ernie DeLoach retired from Glad Tidings church in Key West, the church that had homeless ministries for some time in the past. Pastor Johnny took over. He is Pastor Knowles buddy. I gave the photos to Pastor Johnny of me and Pastor Knowles and Trinity Presbyterian Church when it still stood in Miami and when I worked for the church there. It is not a coincidence we are all working together. Not a coincidence that God just moves us around. As the Bible tells us, we have to kick the dirt off our shoes as we leave the villages who hate us, and move on to our next place God puts us…and then try again.

Make NO mistake of what I am saying…….we WILL ALL be judged as to what we have done to the “least of them”.

Sandy Downs

Sandy told me later that God had told her not to describe how she had helped Omar get off the street, because the focus of her writing assignment was not to get homeless people off the street, but to love them as Jesus loved them.

I said I’d had some dreams and was having some difficulty making sense of them. Then Sandy told me of a dream she’d had and I finally understood my dreams. Then, I got all choked up, could not say anything for a while. Then, I asked if she could come by my place, alone, for a little while? She said yes.

When Sandy arrived, I said I am supposed to help you out. She said I am helping her out plenty, with what she is writing and I am publishing. I said not that. Help her out with money, to get the pressure off her and her son who will enter high school next year. I gave her enough cash to tide her over until the check I wrote cleared the banks. In the “For” blank at the bottom, I wrote “for heroism.” I said I don’t have much money right now, but I am okay doing this.

I knew from the dreams the amount to give her. I knew she no more wanted to take money than the homeless man had wanted to take the $5. I told her it is not open to debate. She is taking the help. It is for her and her youngest son, and not for the rest of her children and their girlfriends and other people she looks after.

Sandy is hardly the first person I was called to help in that way. I once gave the same amount to a homeless man in Birmingham, Alabama. I once gave the same amount to in inmate in a maximum security prison, who only recently was released after serving 26 years for a crime he did not commit, and perhaps his story should be told soon.

I helped lots of people in that way, and two people I helped with far greater sums, for which I received rough criticism from people who thought they knew me, but did not. I was told to make those gifts – I never loan money. I understood perfectly, it is more blessed to give than to receive; do unto others as you would have done unto you. The first and larger of those gifts ended up putting me on the street. The second might put me on the street again.

After getting through the gift discussion, Sandy and I talked about a lot of things, mostly personal. Serious things, deep things, including Sandy’s impression that going back on a decision she had made is what led directly to her son Preston’s death. I told her it was very heroic for her to face that about herself, and then to share it with me. I described similar flubs I had made, for which I paid dearly. I said what I learned from it is never to yield to anything I feel is wrong, unless God tells me to yield to it.

I said the holiest woman I ever knew was the black woman, daughter of a slave, who had raised me. Devout Christian, she. I said the holiest man I ever knew was the federal judge for whom I had clerked straight out of law school. He cussed, used to drink moonshine and did not attend church. Both were living saints.

I said what I do here in the Keys is not what I was trained by the angels to do; it is a default program, low level. She asked if I do not see what I do having an impact for the good? I said I do not see it, but perhaps my vision is impaired.

I said the first assignment given to me when I arrived in Key West, homeless, was Unity Church. I said that church was shown in many ways what it needed to do differently, and it ignored it all. Eventually, the church building was flattened by Hurricane Wilma, I think it was, and the congregation had to find another building at which to gather.

I attended a few services at the original location, after they told God to take a hike, and one service at the new location. I felt plenty in the spirit during those visits, and it was not what anyone in right mind would want to have anything to do with. But they were oblivious. More than oblivious, they actually believed they were doing quite well after the fashion of Jesus Christ. Perhaps it did not help my chances of getting through to them, that they knew I was homeless.

It was Jesus I was trained to attempt to represent on this world. He was, is, one of my teachers in the spirit. I do not know the Jesus taught in today’s churches. When I used to attend church services, usually I was sent. I waited until something happened, to which I was to speak. Never was it to say something pleasant, what anyone there wanted to hear. Never did it go over well. Always, I felt the strong presence of Lucifer in the spirit.

I asked the minister of one of those churches (in north Georgia), who had become a friend, where did he think the devil would hide, if the devil did not want anyone to know he was there? The answer was so drop-dead obvious than the question was rhetorical. Yet my minister friend could not answer the question. Perhaps because he was completely convinced going to church regularly was required for salvation.

When a mutual acquaintance of ours had asked me two years before, if I attended church?, I had said, when am I ever not in church?

Even in my sleep, I am in church.

I wager if Christendom knew the Jesus I know, most of them would quit being Christians. Most of them would be on psych wards, or kill themselves. Christendom would be minuscule.

As is plainly said in the Gospels.

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.

Those who hear my sayings and do not do them are like the foolish man who built his house on sand and when the flood came, how great was that fall!

Many will call me Lord, and I will say I never knew them.

I’m all choked up. Tears are rolling down my cheeks. My heart is heaving.

I came know a few heroic people in the Keys after I was sent here in late 2000, flat broke. The first was Dorothy Sherman, who had started the soup kitchen at St. Mary Star of the Sea. It was Dorothy’s operation, the church let her use its facility. On Valentine’s Day 2004, Dorothy was eulogized as a living saint by Peter Batty at that church. Peter asked the congregation, who would step up and take St. Dorothy’s place? I bawled my eyes out during that wake.

Looks to me Father Stephen Braddock and his right-hand man Charles Davis are the only people in Key West who can take Dorothy’s place, although it is for a fact that people serving in Dorthy’s soup kitchen are holding true to her mission and philosophy:

“It is our job to feed homeless people; it is God’s job to change them.”

Key West officials (and other Key West people) think it is their job to change homeless people, and if they do not change, then it is their job to put homeless people in jail. Too bad they do not see the jail they put themselves in when they put the least of these in jail simply because they have no place to lay down their heads at night.

Sloan Bashinsky

sloanbashinsky@hotmail.com

I replied to Vincent Vaughn’s comment:

Submitted on 2014/02/17 at 2:21 pm | In reply to Vincent Vaughan.

Hi, Vincent – thanks for writing, just now see your comment on this old post. Just today I included this below, also from Sandy Downs, in the post at http://www.goodmorningkeywest.com. Perhaps you will share it with Pastor Knowles. Or, see today’s new “As you do for the least of these you do also to me” post at http://www.goodmorningbirmingham.com, which includes this below and the post to which you responded, all in one.

God’s poet

Jesus decries the  money changers

TIME TO CHOOSE

I cry out from my within my soul, a place filled with such grief that only
my subconscious ventures there
Out of fear of never returning from the guttural screams and wails, I
awake only to find the world to which I am returning, the war that is not
finished…..

The principalities, the powers, the unseen,
Einstein measured math and explained the unexplainable.
There is no formula for this world though, the war between good and evil.
It was attempted , the explanation many and many times in the past
with the Koran, the Bible, the tribal languages.
In writings and in generations passed down time and again.
The invisible weapons.

The Indians trying to explain a gun to the village.
No comprehension, no words to describe the terror of it.
The tribe saw his fear as he explained in terrifying images,
the death of his friend and brother.
The village looked on. Was he crazy? He tried so to convince them.
He warned them.
He knew the weapons would come on the shoulders of the evil warriors.
Calling for the heads of the Indians on a platter,
like John the Baptist, delivered.
Where were the laws of the U.S. then? Where were the Courts?
What was the difference? They called for the heads to be delivered on
platters.
They still do.

The principalities, the powers of darkness, calls for heads every day.
And unknowingly you choose your side.
When the Indians, the homeless, the children are not worth standing and
fighting for, you have become a tool of darkness, watching the deliverance
of the Saints.
“Don’t be surprised when they hate you”, said Jesus, “for they hated me
first without a cause.”
But that is terrifying. Who wants to be hated?
We run a popularity contest in the U.S.
We can’t win, can’t succeed without our friends. Then what would be the
measure of our worth?
Jesus said his saints would be like the salt of the earth scattered abroad.
Some have lost their savor. How many are left?
Few, outnumbered, holding the ground, fighting the wars of the unseen.
And the village hears of the weapons and can’t imagine, so they prepare not.
How do you prepare for the unbelievable?
“Only with God, the armor of the Lord, and the Holy Spirit”, says Jesus.
But these words are pungent in the ears of the Christians, the civilized.
“No heads are called for”, they say. Yet they are, by Satan everyday.
And the idle stand by and do nothing as the saints are delivered,
And the idle claim innocence of the blood of it all,
because they carried not the gun to slaughter the Indians, the Jews, the
homeless, the children, the Saints.

But I tell you truth, idle ones, you are guilty!
You chose not to engage in the battle and the battle engaged you,
knowingly or not.
When you said, “No”, to the chosen, you said, “Yes” to Satan.
You said, “Yes, Satan carry on and deliver him on the platter, but I want
no part of it.”
You watched the slaughter but raised not a word in protest.
Fear of losing the popular friends, fear of becoming the salt of the earth
scattered about and preyed on by Satan and his devouring angels.
Why would Satan destroy one of his own? Of course not.
He would not target the idle, who allow him to deliver the heads on the
platters.
The ones he despises are the workers of God, the salt of the earth.
Where is their army, where is their law?
We believe we live by rules. We live by rules other than those we see.
The rules were written, they tell us the price.
They are written in the Bible, in the Holy books of old.
We read with our lips and see with our eyes but believe not in our heart.
Or we would become the salt, the persecuted, sawn asunder, living in
caves, destitute, beheaded, tortured in prison and so the Book goes.
And so the sale is void. There are no takers.
They want none of the hardships of the Lord elect.
Those promised, those delivered.
The idle fall by the wayside, planted shallow, planted on rocks,
Yielding nothing but thorns.
And Jesus says, “It is hard to kick against the pricks.”
The pricks of the fallen, the fence walkers, they will not choose a side.
The side is too torturous that bears the eternal promise.
The other side, Satan’s side, is full of success, victory in this world,
and awards and accolades.

The elect sleep without a home, without a country, alone with our wounds
with only God to comfort us.
Speaking to the unseen as our only friend.
“Too hard” the idle say. “Not appealing.”
Then go and take your reward. Sit alongside as they deliver the heads on
platters,
And know…. you will have your reward! For it is written.
It can’t be seen, but it is explained in the Book, the Bible;
You have chosen even if you refuse to.
You have chosen if you are not engaged.
You are not the salt of the earth if you are comforted, and popular.
No words of Jesus offered prosperity.
No words of Jesus have offered rewards here on earth.
Jesus spoke of trials and tribulations, and persecutions on earth.
Only above from the Father in a world yet to be seen, will our efforts be
rewarded.

In a world Einstein could not explain.
In a world where the formulas work, but no man can figure them out.
In a world too grand.
“Do you understand how I hung the moon and the stars?”, said God.
“Then how can you understand things greater?
They only heard from the Indian, who had seen the gun.
They didn’t recognize the evil ones who carried it.
Nor did they know when the evil ones would come,
or how many there would be.
But the heads have been called for and surely they will be delivered,
as always.
And the platters with the blood will be full,
And your hands will not be clean if you sit idly by,
And you will be rewarded with your portion for the killing.
It is written.

Sandy Downs, Cudjoe Key

Sandy Downs

Perhaps you will share that entire bundle with Pastor Knowles.

Perhaps both of you might also wish to read the second portrait, “She worked behind the scenes”, in this little book,

“A Few Remarkable People I Have Known”, which is a page in the header at  http://www.goodmorningbirmingham.com.

Sincerely,

Sloan Bashinsky

I started using this pic

Jesus with leper

in posts on this subject, because I felt it better portrayed Jesus the man and his mission, and how he looked physically – he was not Angl0Saxon, but was a Jew and his skin was darker than is depicted in Christendom’s art about him.

And this pic, which plays on the sentence “Jesus wept” in the Gospels, which perhaps predicted how Jesus would feel about what Christendom later did to him and to his life and teachings.

Jesus wept

Jesus in the Gospels taught a new perspective for living, which he modeled and urged those around him to follow suit.

I bet my my head on a platter that how we live and treat other people and this planet is all that really counts when our roll is called up yonder.

For me,  the hands of angels of the Lord are crystal clear in the above all coming together in one bundle today.

Sloan at Coco's

Next day ooops! Here’s a revised next day reply to Vincent Vaughan’s comment:

Submitted on 2014/02/18 at 7:09 am | In reply to Vincent Vaughan.

Hi again, Vincent – I was taken to task in a dream before dawn today for not including in my reply to you, and in the new post yours generated at http://www.goodmorningbirmingham.com, the full text of what I included in my reply to you yesterday. It was a recent email from me to Sandy Downs, who is featured in the post to which you replied on Valentine’s Day. Some days, I truly wish I did not get out of bed, or even wake up at all. Here is is. And, I changed the title of the new post to “Hey Christendom, you are possessed by Lucifer!”

Hi, Sandy –

In my posts of yesterday and today

the worst kinds of noise and related adventures in paradise – Key West and way beyond

politically incorrect and other heresies and noise in Key West

are reports of my the second encounter the angels arranged for me to have with Tim Jemly. I did not include in either report that the death of Tim Roosenberg’s 21-year-old daughter by cancer was caused by her father and mother’s religious perspective and preaching of same to others. The daughter’s soul was poisoned by the corrosion of her parents’ belief’s and thereby there being no reason for her to live on this world, since believing what her parents fed her about salvation rendered all else on this world irrelevant.

Before attending “Pastor” Tim Roosenberg’s presentation Saturday evening, I went to Impact Community Church and got to speak a little with “Pastor” Tim Jemly. He remembered me as the person he had spoken with on the phone about taking food to the homeless woman. He said he had made a mistake telling me he would do that, he had forgotten he was going out of town that week. I said Sandy Downs had gotten furious that I had published his and my conversation and what didn’t happen later. Tim said he would speak to you about letting me off the hook. I said that would not be necessary, how that went down was how God had arranged for me to meet him (Tim Jemly) after you had pushed me hard to meet him. I told Tim to tell you to file your complaint with God about how that went down – you get mad at God a lot over how things go down, which do not suit you. I did not mention Marshall.

I found Tim’s going out of town explanation lame. Here’s why. He didn’t follow up after he returned from his trip. He never went to see Patrick McEvoy again, according to Patrick. It was Patrick who was to take Tim Jemly, as agreed when Tim and I spoke with Patrick sitting across his living room chess table from me, to the homeless woman, Rene, because Patrick knew her and were she could be found.

My observation of Tim Jemly last Saturday is he is very young in spirit, and he does not discern. It looked to me that Tim Jemly was oblivious to the poison Tim Roosenberg was spreading on the people in that church Saturday night. I don’t imagine it was any different during the other Roosenberg holding forths. I have the gravest of concerns for Marshall being exposed to such goings on and/or being around such people without him at least being told to use it as a learning experience of how fucked up churches and Christians can be. Marshall is not my son, but he, like you, was assigned to me to try to help when I can.

You are bull-headed, Sandy. This is not a time for that. Christianity is possessed by Lucifer. You should be telling Marshall what really is going on. If not you, his mother, who? If Marshall really is called into the ministry, he needs to go into it with his eyes open, not closed. You, of all people I know, should not need to be told that. Last below is a page I just now copied and pasted from goodmorningfloridakeys.com. Has Marshall seen it? Has his mother lost her salt? I sure hope not.

Sloan

God’s poet
Jesus decries the  money changersTIME TO CHOOSE

I cry out from my within my soul, a place filled with such grief that only
my subconscious ventures there
Out of fear of never returning from the guttural screams and wails, I
awake only to find the world to which I am returning, the war that is not
finished…..

The principalities, the powers, the unseen,
Einstein measured math and explained the unexplainable.
There is no formula for this world though, the war between good and evil.
It was attempted , the explanation many and many times in the past
with the Koran, the Bible, the tribal languages.
In writings and in generations passed down time and again.
The invisible weapons.

The Indians trying to explain a gun to the village.
No comprehension, no words to describe the terror of it.
The tribe saw his fear as he explained in terrifying images,
the death of his friend and brother.
The village looked on. Was he crazy? He tried so to convince them.
He warned them.
He knew the weapons would come on the shoulders of the evil warriors.
Calling for the heads of the Indians on a platter,
like John the Baptist, delivered.
Where were the laws of the U.S. then? Where were the Courts?
What was the difference? They called for the heads to be delivered on
platters.
They still do.

The principalities, the powers of darkness, calls for heads everyday.
And unknowingly you choose your side.
When the Indians, the homeless, the children are not worth standing and
fighting for, you have become a tool of darkness, watching the deliverance
of the Saints.
“Don’t be surprised when they hate you”, said Jesus, “for they hated me
first without a cause.”
But that is terrifying. Who wants to be hated?
We run a popularity contest in the U.S.
We can’t win, can’t succeed without our friends. Then what would be the
measure of our worth?
Jesus said his saints would be like the salt of the earth scattered abroad.
Some have lost their savor. How many are left?
Few, outnumbered, holding the ground, fighting the wars of the unseen.
And the village hears of the weapons and can’t imagine, so they prepare not.
How do you prepare for the unbelievable?
“Only with God, the armor of the Lord, and the Holy Spirit”, says Jesus.
But these words are pungent in the ears of the Christians, the civilized.
“No heads are called for”, they say. Yet they are, by Satan everyday.
And the idle stand by and do nothing as the saints are delivered,
And the idle claim innocence of the blood of it all,
because they carried not the gun to slaughter the Indians, the Jews, the
homeless, the children, the Saints.

But I tell you truth, idle ones, you are guilty!
You chose not to engage in the battle and the battle engaged you,
knowingly or not.
When you said, “No”, to the chosen, you said, “Yes” to Satan.
You said, “Yes, Satan carry on and deliver him on the platter, but I want
no part of it.”
You watched the slaughter but raised not a word in protest.
Fear of losing the popular friends, fear of becoming the salt of the earth
scattered about and preyed on by Satan and his devouring angels.
Why would Satan destroy one of his own? Of course not.
He would not target the idle, who allow him to deliver the heads on the
platters.
The ones he despises are the workers of God, the salt of the earth.
Where is their army, where is their law?
We believe we live by rules. We live by rules other than those we see.
The rules were written, they tell us the price.
They are written in the Bible, in the Holy books of old.
We read with our lips and see with our eyes but believe not in our heart.
Or we would become the salt, the persecuted, sawn asunder, living in
caves, destitute, beheaded, tortured in prison and so the Book goes.
And so the sale is void. There are no takers.
They want none of the hardships of the Lord elect.
Those promised, those delivered.
The idle fall by the wayside, planted shallow, planted on rocks,
Yielding nothing but thorns.
And Jesus says, “It is hard to kick against the pricks.”
The pricks of the fallen, the fence walkers, they will not choose a side.
The side is too torturous that bears the eternal promise.
The other side, Satan’s side, is full of success, victory in this world,
and awards and accolades.

The elect sleep without a home, without a country, alone with our wounds
with only God to comfort us.
Speaking to the unseen as our only friend.
“Too hard” the idle say. “Not appealing.”
Then go and take your reward. Sit alongside as they deliver the heads on
platters,
And know…. you will have your reward! For it is written.
It can’t be seen, but it is explained in the Book, the Bible;
You have chosen even if you refuse to.
You have chosen if you are not engaged.
You are not the salt of the earth if you are comforted, and popular.
No words of Jesus offered prosperity.
No words of Jesus have offered rewards here on earth.
Jesus spoke of trials and tribulations, and persecutions on earth.
Only above from the Father in a world yet to be seen, will our efforts be
rewarded.

In a world Einstein could not explain.
In a world where the formulas work, but no man can figure them out.
In a world too grand.
“Do you understand how I hung the moon and the stars?”, said God.
“Then how can you understand things greater?
They only heard from the Indian, who had seen the gun.
They didn’t recognize the evil ones who carried it.
Nor did they know when the evil ones would come,
or how many there would be.
But the heads have been called for and surely they will be delivered,
as always.
And the platters with the blood will be full,
And your hands will not be clean if you sit idly by,
And you will be rewarded with your portion for the killing.
It is written.

Sandy Downs, Cudjoe Key

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two ships passing: Sloan Young Bashinsky, Sr. and Sloan Young Bashinsky, Jr. and Sloan Young

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as directed in dreams last night, continuing yesterday’s my father’s second wife, Joann Bashinsky, the born-again Christian post at this website …

My first run-in with my father’s second wife, Joann Linder Bashinsky (today known as Joann F. Bashinsky) came about after my younger brother Major raised a ruckus about my father and Joann boasting about having Salvation Army trucks come to my father’s home to haul off stuff which had belonged to his first wife, Nelle, who was Major’s and my and our sister Elizabeth’s mother. All of those belongings our mother had given our father the right to use during his lifetime, but then they were to go to her children. The house also was hers, and she had given our father the right to live in it for his lifetime, then it was to go to her children.

In reaction to Major’s ruckus, our father came up with the idea of giving each of his children a $100,000 life insurance on his own life, for which he would pay the premiums, in exchange for his children deeding to him and Joann our interest in our mother’s home. It came to me to make a different proposal, which I shared with Major and we then went to see some lawyers who knew about such things and asked them what they thought about it?

The proposal was, we three children would deed our father and Joann our interest in our mother’s home in exchange for Joann agreeing in writing to honor our father’s Last Will and Testament, whatever it was. We had no clue what was in it, but we were concerned that Joann, having a power of appointment over what was called the “marital trust”, which was standard in rich people’s Last Will and Testaments, might not go along with what our father had provided and would change it to suit herself, which she legally would be able to do.

The estate tax experts we went to see, I knew them from other dealings I’d had as a lawyer, and one was a good friend fo mine, said they couldn’t see another wrong with my idea. Our deal would be with Joann. She was getting something of value in exchange for her written agreement not to exercise her power of appointment to change the Marital Trust distribution on her death, if she had survived our father.

So advised, Major and I went to a meeting scheduled by our father with his lawyer and his accountant, at which we were to sign the deed our father’s lawyer had prepared. We told them of our proposal, and what the estate tax lawyers had told us. They were not expecting that, of course. The lawyer and the accountant said they would have to look into it. My father was ruffled, said he did not believe Joann would change what he provided in the Marital Trust. Major and I still did not know what his Last Will and Testament looked like, and we said we were not asking to see it and only were asking Joann to leave it as is, if we deeded her our interests in our mother’s home.

Major and I heard later that Joann threw a monster fit, said she was not going to give away what was rightfully hers!!! So, nothing happened. That was the beginning of the rift between Joann and me, and between my father and me.

Many years later, my father offered to have our mother’s home appraised and he would pay Major, Elizabeth and me our share of the appraisal. I told him I would be happy to deed him my interest in the home; it had been put into my mother’s name initially to save estate taxes, was how I understood it, and she had given him a life estate on her death, and the remainder to us children, to save estate taxes. Just a lawyer trick, I said. My father said, no, he wanted to push money to his children, so I agreed to it, the appraisal was done, the transaction was completed. That was the fall of 1991. Perhaps the closing was in early 1992.

Flash forward.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s my father’s second wife, Joann Bashinsky, the born-again Christian post at goodmorningbirmingham.com, not long after my father had passed over in late August 2005, he came to me in a dream and said he had left before being able to attend to a few things and he hoped I would attend to what he had not had time to do. I awoke really pissed off, and told him that wasn’t true; he’d had plenty of time to attend to those things but he had put it off because it would have meant dealing with his second wife, Joann, now his widow. However, there were two things I felt needed addressing anyway, and I would do what I could.

My father had left Joann $14,000,000 cash, via a codicil to his will executed about 8 months before he passed over. He was in frail health, under round the clock care by hospice workers at his home by then, and it looked fishy to a lawyer buddy of mine who read my father’s will for me. It looked fishy to me, too. The second thing was, my father’s will made no provision for any of his grandchildren.

So, I sent Joann an email, in which I told her about the dream and reminded her that she had received enough from my father otherwise to last her quite comfortably for the rest of her life and then some. I asked her to disperse the $14,000,000 million to my father’s grandchildren, in equal shares, which would include the son of her daughter, whom my father had legally adopted. I also asked her to include my father’s first son, my older step brother Travis, in the distribution, as if he were a grandson. Travis was a forbidden subject in our family, and he had not, as far as I knew, received any inheritance from his and my father.

Joann’s response to that request was to block me out of her email account. Part of my father’s estate was a large trust he had set up years before to avoid paying a lot of estate taxes later. Let’s call that the Family Trust. When it was set up my father conveyed into it a great deal of common stock, including all, I think, of his personally-owned common stock in the family business, Golden Enterprises, Inc., which was traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Golden Enterprises was a holding company, included in which was Golden Flake Snack Foods, Inc., the mother company, and a couple of much smaller companies, so much smaller that they are not relevant to this discussion.

Golden Flake Snack Foods made about the same products Frito-Lay made, and Frito-Lay was Golden Flakes main competitor. My father had purchased a lot of Frito-Lay stock as a hedge, and that had proved bountiful as Frito-Lay grew in size, dwarfing Golden Flake, and then Frito-Lay had merged with Pepsi-Cola, and became Pepsi-Co, and that further dwarfed Golden Flake. Perhaps my father put some Pepsi-Co  common stock into the Family Trust, as well. He put other common stock into it, including Torchmark, Inc. common stock, which was the basis of his and his father’f fortune, which is another story altogether. My father paid the gift tax on all of the common stock transferred into the Family Trust. By paying the gift tax then, gambling the common stock then would rise in value, the estate tax on that common stock at his death was eliminated.

The dividends from the common stock in the Family Trust were to be paid to my father, and perhaps also to Joann jointly, and then to the survivor for so long as they lived. Upon my father’s death all of the Family Trust income (dividends from the common stock) went to Joann. This was one of the provisions my father had made for Joann. Another provision was, during her life, Joann was the beneficiary of my father’s estate separate and apart from the Family Trust. That was another trust, which I will call the Marital Trust. I saw no reason for Joann to need the $14,000,000.

In hindsight, I perhaps should have told my lawyer friend, who was an expert in such matters, and was one of the lawyers who had advised Major and me about our trying to get Joann to agree not to change our father’s Last Will and Testament, to contest the $14,000,000 cash bequest as being made under undue influence. However, going that route never occurred to me at the time. I had been trained by the angels to avoid litigation at all costs, but perhaps that lawsuit would have been allowed, since I was not asking for anything for myself, but only for all of my father’s grandchildren and Travis. Yet, had the lawsuit prevailed, the $14,000,000 would have gone into my father’s estate, and thus into the Marital Trust, the ultimate beneficiaries of which, unless Joann changed it in her will, would be my father’s children to the extent any of that estate remained. So, in that light, the lawsuit would have been self-serving, as I would have been a potential beneficiary. However, the intent of the lawsuit would have been to reach a settlement in favor of my father’s grandchildren and Travis.

Well, none of that happened. Instead, I renounced my interest in the Family Trust in favor of my daughters, with a request to them that they provide for my second wife, Jane, who under our divorce decree was entitled to a portion of my interest in the Family Trust. When my daughters proved unresponsive, I then was told to revoke the renouncement, which I did, because I was required by law and by God and by my own sense of what was right to provide for Jane to receive what was hers under our divorce decree, if I outlived Joann and received my part of the Family Trust.

The Family Trust was set up to terminate in the year 2021 (I think), or the sale of Golden Enterprises, whichever event came first. The company has not been sold. Joann is dying from Parkinson’s, a horrible disease I would not wish on anyone. Her only child/daughter Suzanne died of a terrible cancer a few years ago. My brother Major killed himself about a year before Suzanne died. My younger sister Elizabeth and I are my father’s surviving children, and Travis, who is not part of the family except in my thoughts and heart. Elizabeth has four children, I have two.

Major left four children, two by his first wife, two by his second wife. He worked out a deal with our father when the Family Trust was being drawn up, which allowed Major to determine in his own Will how his part of the Family Trust would be distributed if he died before he received his part. In his Will, Major cut his two oldest children out of the Family Trust and out of his own estate, and only his two younger children by his second wife stepped into his shoes. Suzanne’s son Landon stepped in her shoes. My sister and I stand to receive our parts of the Family Trust upon Joann’s death. I don’t know what her Last Will and Testament does with her power of appointment over the Marital Trust. If still living at Joann’s death, I will pass on to Jane her part of the Family Trust which I receive, tax free to Jane, based on a dream. All of which assumes nobody contests my part of the Family Trust, which brings me to the Travis part of this saga.

In the summer of 1998, I dreamt of being in the den of my father’s home. Reclined on the chaise lounge where my father normally hung out was a fellow someone younger than I named Travis Gamble, whom I had known growing up. He and I had played a lot of golf and cards together at the Birmingham County Club, which back then you only got into if your parents were in it, or you were really important and had connections with the honchos in the club hierarchy.

I shared the dream with Richard, a close a male friend in California, who thereupon became clairaudient and began hearing from Above all sorts of stuff about a half-older brother of mine named Travis, who was the son of my father and the daughter of the black servants in the home of my father’s parents. Travis was half African-American, half AngloSaxon-Jew (my Grandfather Bashinsky’s father was a Polish Jew). My father had really loved Travis’ mother, but they were teenagers and interracial affairs were not okay in Birmingham back then. My Grandfather Bashinsky paid the mother and her parents money for the mother to leave Alabama with her unborn child and never she nor he would return. Further payments were made to the mother as time passed.

I also shared the Travis dream with another close male friend,  Aubry, who had worked at Golden Flake and had retired due to heart trouble. He then started having mystical, including clairaudient, experiences of his own. He had lots of dreams of a mystical nature, and sometimes he had dreams for/about me. After I told him of the Travis dream, Aubry then had a long string of dreams about my half-brother Travis, filling in lots more details: how Travis was doing; how he felt about what had gone down; how he felt about me, not favorably, I had walked away from being the Golden Flake successor to my father. After my father was older, he had taken over sending money to Travis’s mother and then perhaps also to Travis. Intermediaries I knew where used to make the money payments.

All of this was news to me, but the way it went down convinced me it was for real. Richard and Aubry were convinced it was for real. Then, Aubry had a final dream. I was apprehended by the FBI, hand-cuffed and hauled away, as I looked back over my shoulder at Aubry saying, “I didn’t do anything wrong! I didn’t do anything wrong!” Aubry awoke in cardiac arrest. His wife rushed him to a hospital, where he was stabilized. His wife told him no more dealings with me. He and I were very close. It was painful.

Meanwhile, I went to see my father’s older brother Leo. Their younger brother Jack had died in his late teens. Born with the cord around his neck, Jack was an invalid and mentally diminished his short sad life. Many times when I was younger I had wished Leo had been my father because he and I both loved to fish. He knew that, and he had once told a friend of mine, Rick Ruoff, a flats guide in Islamorada, Florida Keys, that I should have been his son.

Leo was a direct person, minced no words. Why had I come to see him? I said I came to ask him if I had a brother I didn’t know about? Leo looked me dead in the eye, said, “I don’t want to have anything to do with that.” I said okay. I got his drift. Yes, I had a brother I didn’t know about, and he wanted to be left out of it. That was my earthly confirmation that Travis existed, of which I already had no doubt when I went to see Leo. That was in September 1998.

I sat on all of that until mid-December 1999, when I was moved by the angels to write a letter to my father, that was how we sometimes communicated back then. Face to face would necessarily include Joann and he didn’t want that and I really didn’t want it either. I told him how I had come to learn about maybe having an older half-brother named Travis, but left Leo out of it, and I left mixed-race out of it. I named Richard and Aubry as my human informants. Aubry and my father had been very close. I said if I did have an older half-brother, I was not upset, but I would like to meet him if that was possible. I told my father, if I did not hear back from him, I would take that to mean I did have an older half-brother.

Little did I then know Joann intercepted that letter and read it before giving it to my father. Little did I then know Joann  intercepted and read all of my letters to my father. I didn’t learn of that until late 2004, which is another story entirely.

I heard nothing back from my father. I was not surprised, said, oh well. My father was in the habit of giving each of his children, including Suzanne, common stock in either Pepsi-Co or Torchmark for Christmas. Usually it was valued between $8,000-$10,000. I didn’t receive any common stock that Christmas. I said, oh well.

A few days later, I was overwhelmed with a directive from Above to legally change my name to Sloan Young. My birth name was Sloan Young Bashinsky, Jr. Then, I was to legally renounce all inheritances from my father. I did that. Then, I was to get a new driver’s license and a new passport in the name of Sloan Young, and I was to become Sloan Young with Social Security. I did that.

The woman I then was with, who was clairaudient and had very good spirit vision as well, was given a parallel directive to change her name to Cathy Young, change her passport and Social Security to Cathy Young, and to let her parents know what she had done, as well as her son and her friends. I was directed to let my sister and brother and children and father Jane and my third wife know what I had done. Cathy and I did what we were directed to do. We were in lockstep.

Then, we were told to leave Birmingham, where we then were living. We paired our belongings way down, put what was left into my old Chevorlet, and we left Birmingham, headed westerly, as Cathy had been hearing was the direction we were to travel. About 90 miles down the road, the car engine overheated, all the radiator fluid ran out. The car was finished. We packed two bags, were given a lift further down the road to where their was a motel, and then began another story, which finally ended up with my leaving Cathy on Maui with a family we had met, who liked Cathy, and my coming to Key West, homeless. Westerly.

On Maui came the first signals from Above that I should go back to being Sloan Young Bashinsky, Jr. But I did not grok the signals, and I did not want to grok them. I liked Sloan Young, I liked him a lot. He was the truest, toughest man I knew. I liked the name. Yet over the next few years, more signals came to go back to being Sloan Young Bashinsky, Jr. I did not grok those signals, either, until they became blatant in 2003, just after this poem jumped out of me in early June 2003, just before I nearly died of MRSA in Key West.

“I AM A MAN”

I am a man.

I said,
I am a man!

What means it,
being a man?

A man is a warrior:
he lives by a code of honor,
his word is reliable,
his actions confirm his words,
his commitment is holiness,
his enemies are welcome at his hearth,
he fears but moves forward,
he cries and gets up again,
he hates but forgives,
he loves and let’s go,
he doubts but trusts God,
he’s a good friend,
he seeks resolutions,
he demands nothing,
he risks everything,
he regrets his mistakes,
he seeks to make amends,
he puts others’ welfare first,
he accepts apologies truly made,
he expects nothing back,
he lives ready to die,
he laughs when he “should” scream,
he screams when he “should” laugh,
he sings just because,
he shrugs off insults,
he learns from misfortune,
he cusses God for making him,
he wishes he was done,
he loves children and animals,
he relishes a woman’s scent,
he smiles when he’s content,
he knows God’s his master,
he walks in rainbows,
his garden is the world,
his way is nature,
he loves fishing,
his wife is his soul,
his food is life,
his pay is whatever he receives.

Yep, he’s crazy.

So, I legally changed my name back to Sloan Young Bashinsky, Jr. I got a new driver’s license, passport and Social Security card issued in my original name. I revoked the renouncement of my inheritance, all as directed to do.

I was not happy about it. I resented it. I had done precisely what I had been told to do. And now I was undoing all of it. I thought it was just plain wrong to go for an inheritance, when my father wanted nothing to do with me in this life; when he thought I was insane; when he wished, I imagined, that I never had been born; when I knew the real problem was Joann, who wanted me dead, a psychiatrist had once told me after he had met with Joann and my father. And, I was really upset that the angels had me blocked from making a living wage doing what I was good at: writing, counseling, consulting.

Although I remained fast to being Sloan Young Bashinsky, Jr. again, I waffled again about the inheritance for the reasons stated above. I wrote a letter to my father in July 2005 saying it just wasn’t right for me to inherit from him under the circumstances. Then, I was told in dreams that was not okay for me to have done. So, I called my father’s lawyer, with whom I had attended law school at Alabama, and, later, tax law school at Alabama. I had sent the letter to him because I didn’t want Joann to see if first. He said he had already had it delivered to my father, ie. to Joann. I told the lawyer I was told in a dream that the letter was a mistake. Maybe I then wrote another letter, saying the previous letter was a mistake. I don’t recall for sure.

My father died about a month later. The lawyer called me to tell me that just after I typed the last sentence in a tearful eulogy I had typed about my father’s and my relationship on a borrowed computer in the county library where I was hanging out that summer. I burst into tears. The lawyer said I should not be sad, my father was in a better place now. I said I knew that, I was not crying because he had died. The lawyer asked why I was crying? I said, because my father and I never patched things up between us.

The lawyer was all in favor of my receiving the inheritance my father had left to each of his children, which inheritance, $1,000,000 cash, which I received on February 14, 2006, Valentine’s Day, which was not lost on me or the lawyer. The same lawyer who had drawn up the deeds on my mother’s home for Major and me to sign over to my father and Joann. The inheritance enabled me to stop being homeless, or nearly so. On Joann’s death, each of my father’s children, or their heirs, were to receive a second $1,000,000 inheritance, if my father’s estate had that much money. Years later, perhaps 2012, I sent my father’s lawyer, as directed from Above, a notarized affidavit, plainly stating that I revoked any and all prior renouncements of my inheritance from my father. The lawyer replied that was sufficient, I needed to do no more.

All the while I remained bent out of shape over the hoopla about the inheritance, when there had seemed to be no concern from Above when I was penniless, living on the street, living just off the street, unable to make a living wage, despite having been moved in 2001 to write what I still feel is about as good a novel as ever was written, for which I gave God the credit; I seemed to be taking dictation. Even today, it looks to me the reason for the hoopla was to allow Jane to receive what was her’s under our divorce decree, which I feel is dead on. And, there is a woman I have been supporting financially since mid-2005, who also needs to be cared for financially. The inheritance is the only way to do that, as things now stand.
If I was pressed to hazard a guess, I’d guess Joann will pass over soon, and my writing this today is required of me in that regard. What I do not know yet is whether or not I am to go back further in time and relate the things Joann did, which precipitated my being used to challenge her and put my father on the hot seat, which probably led to an inevitable estrangement between my father and me. The real tragedy was, is, we truly loved each other, but on this world it was doomed to go the way it went. It did not help the outcome, that I was grabbed from Above and taken down a road which refuted my father’s capitalistic perspective and brought God far to close to human affairs for ordinary people’s comfort.

Nor did it help that I was put through experiences that rendered me insane for a while, and caused me to be associated with my father’s afflicted brother Jack, about whom my father, nor Leo, ever would speak to me. Because of Jack, they would not bring their friends to their home, so embarrassed were they about Jack, who did nothing but be born with the chord around his neck. He was totally innocent. I cannot claim that; however, I was grabbed, and I was taken down a road my father and Leo and my children and their mother and Jane could not fathom. A road nobody I know today, except the woman I am taking care of, can fathom. She’s on a similar road, but has put in less time on it than I have.I think my being hauled off by the F.B.I. had to do with a dream I had passing through Tallahassee en route to Key West.

In my dreams, federal anything is about the High Court – God’s court.

In the dream, the federal judge, for whom I had clerked after graduating from Alabama’s law school in early 1968, his name was Clarence W. Allgood, came to me and said he was thinking about getting involved in politics. I said I didn’t think that was a good idea, but knowing him, I figured he would do it. I awoke in shock, I detested politics. When he was alive, Judge Allgood had run the Democratic Party in Alabama, which back then was the only political party. No one ran for national or state office in Alabama without first getting Judge Allgood’s blessing. I knew I was going into politics, which is yet another story.

Ces’t cera cera (What will be will be)

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Sloan Bashinsky
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my father’s second wife, Joann Bashinsky, the born-again Christian

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My second wife, Jane, came to me in a dream around dawn the other day, and together we loaded up our respective plates with three large different dishes, which we both said might be more than we could eat without getting indigestion. That caused me to pull this below from  the the worst kinds of noise and related adventures in paradise – Key West and way beyond post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com:

What I heard from Tim Roosenberg at Impact Community Church somewhat reminded me of my father’s widow, his second wife, Joann, who nearly was run over by her own car in the driveway of my father’s home. She conceived that it was Satan who had tried to kill her and that led to her being converted into a far-right born-again Christian. Another way she could have viewed it was she had made a mistake and an angel of the Lord had saved her, a sinner, in the nick of time.

After the close call and her conversion, she came across as very sure of her high standing with God. I saw her do several terrible things in God’s name, and I, not even being a church-goer at the time, was the one who got to call her on it, and my father, too, because he was letting her get away with it. That’s what led to the estrangement between my father and me; he felt he had to choose one of us, and he chose her. I never told him he had to choose her or me; I simply told him to stop aiding and abetting the evil she was doing. I also told them both that she was getting gold stars in heaven for helping him, my father, get off booze and narcotics, and keeping him alive. He had a terrible pain in his back for several years, which the narcotics were used for. He was an alcoholic most of his life, but in his later years he got over that, as far as I knew. He was a professed Christian all his life, but I did not hear that he became a born-again Christian.

I had every right to be in that role, because I was the only person who stood with my father, I was his best man, I carried her wedding ring. I was God’s witness to their marriage, when my brother and my father’s brother and his wife, and all of my father’s friends opposed my father marrying her. I told my father that I didn’t know her, it was his life to live, not theirs, and he would have to live with her. He thanked me for saying that, and for agreeing to be his best man.

On receiving news of my father’s passing in August 2005, I wept, not because he had died, but because we had not patched things up between us. I had felt all along we would patch things up, but I was wrong. However, he for years had come to me in dreams with the kind of advice any son would want to have from his father. After he passed over, I was told in a dream that he had gone to heaven. He continued coming to me in dreams with advice I needed. He still does that.

I then struggled with what to next report, even as dreams about my father’s second wife, Joann, kept coming. A dream early this morning pointed me toward summarizing what I and my second wife, Jane, experienced with my father’s second wife, Joann, regarding her only child Suzanne’s only child, Landon, whose father was Ed Ash, or perhaps it was spelled Ashe. Ed and Suzanne both are deceased.

When it didn’t work out for Ed and Suzanne, they began divorce proceedings. I don’t remember how I heard of it, but what I heard was that Suzanne and Joann, and apparently my father, who would have had to bankroll it, offerend Ed money, the amount I did not hear, to give up all Ed’s parental rights to Landon, as part of Ed and Suzanne’s divorce settlement. I called Ed and told him what I’d heard and that I hoped he would not agree to it. He said he had no intention of agreeing to it. I said our conversation never happened. He said okay.

The divorce was finalized and Ed received, as I recall, twice a month weekend visitation with Landon, a week during the Christmas holidays, and I think a period of time in the summer. Landon was still young, maybe 2 years old, give or take.

The following Thanksgiving, Jane and I attended a family gathering at the in-laws of my brother Major’s first wife, Gail. Major and Gail’s two young children were there, and Suzanne, Landon, Joann and my father were there. At some point during the evening, Jane told me she had heard Joann say Landon loved her, Suzanne and his grandfather (my father), and God wanted Landon to spend Christmas with them.

The next day, I called Ed and told him what Jane had heard, and for him to try to head that off at the pass. He thanked me for calling, said he was supposed to have Landon for a week, including Christmas Day, and said he would do what he could.

Christmas Eve, Ed called to say he had been trying but had been unable to get Suzanne on the telephone at her home, so he could arrange a time to come by and pick up Landon. Nor was he able to reach Suzanne at my father’s home. The line was ways busy when he called there that day. I said I would go to my father’s home and see what was going on there, if anything.

I drove there and went in through the garage door into the kitchen and saw the kitchen telephone off the receiver on a chair under the telephone. I saw Joann, Suzanne and Landon in the play room off the kitchen. I walked through the kitchen though the house to the den, where my father hung out. He was there.

I told him that Ed had called me because he was unable to get in touch with Suzanne about picking Landon up for Christmas, and that Ed had told me he was only getting a busy signal when he called  my father’s home. I said Ed had said he had visitation rights this Christmas and he needed to be able to come by and pick up Landon. My father said all he knew was Landon was happy when he was there in his and Joann’s home. I said even so, there was a court order, and what Suzanne and Joann were doing was illegal. My father said he didn’t know about such things. I said he did know about such things and he was part of it, and he should get it straightened out. He said he would not do that. I said that was asshole, a father is entitled to be with his son. I said I’d had my own problems getting to see my daughters at times. My father did not budge. I said, okay, if that’s how it was going to be, then Jane and I would not be up there the next day for Christmas. I said I hoped it would not come to that, but no way I could be there  Christmas knowing what was going on.

I left, drove home, told Jane what all had happened. She agreed with me. I called Ed, gave him a full report and asked him to let me know if he was able to pick up Landon. Ed later called to say he still was not able to get through at my father’s home and Suzanne had not called him. Jane and I did not go to my father’s home the next day. Late in the day, my father came to our home with out Christmas presents and said we had ruined his and Joann’s Christmas. I said I was sorry about how it had gone, but our Christmas had been ruined by what he and Joann and Suzanne did.

Ed continued having trouble and I referred him to a local divorce lawyer I knew was from the other side of the tracks and would not feel any kind of social pressure from a prominent Birmingham family. From time to time I saw Ed’s lawyer, and he said he had filed suit but was not getting anywhere, Suzanne and her mother were stonewalling. My father’s law firm, which had zero divorce experience, zero child custody experience, was representing Suzanne. I figured my father was footing the legal bill, or the law firm was doing it for free because of how much money it made off my father and his company.

Then, I learned Suzanne had retained another lawyer, who knew what he was doing. I knew him about as well as I knew Ed’s lawyer. I wrote all of the above up and sent a copy to Suzanne’s lawyer and to Ed’s lawyer, showing both receiving copies. I said Jane and I were available to testify. When I saw Ed’s lawyer again, he said the stonewalling was still going on. He was at a loss how to get the matter resolved short of a trial. I said the way to do that was to subpoena my father and Joann as adverse witnesses. I said as soon as they realized they were going to have to be in court and be cross-examined and all of that getting into the local newspapers, the case would settle. When next I saw Ed’s lawyer, he said he had done what I had suggested and the case then had settled pronto. Ed had gotten the visitation straightened out.

There are other stories I could tell about Joann, the born-again Christian, but that one is on my plate for today, based on my dreams last night.

She is dying from Parkinson’s, a horrible disease I would not wish on anyone.

My father did not participate in any of my dreams leading up to this report. However, I view this report as the natural consequence of my father coming to me in a dream after he had crossed over, in which he told me he had meant to take care of some things before he left but had run out of time. On waking, I told him he’d had plenty of time but he had not wanted to take care of those things. I knew it had fallen onto me to take care of them, because I was his only child who would take care of what he had left undone, which he ought to have done. Looked to me that I was his only child who had truly loved him.

The internal toil leading up to this post today has been heaps of fun physically, emotionally, mentally and in my dreams. It’s still heaps of fun. I hope it pays off, makes me glad I did it, but that’s not why I did it. I did it because it was given to me to do.

Maybe more later.

Sloan Bashinsky

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the devil is in the details – transmogrification of God, USA at war, right-wing politics, left-wing politics, Christendom’s dance with Lucifer, Key West PD protects and serves KWPD …

devil on vacation

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Oil Tango
hawk eye
Sloan,
Enjoyed your comments about America and religion. To me, any religion which claims exclusivity and favoritism from God , which includes all major religions, is a cultural creation which holds out a view of Divinity which supports its national beliefs and goals (especially going to war and killing fellow human beings). As I have oft stated, religions have done more to alienate us from God and each other than any other institution. They create a god in man’s image .
Hawkman
After serving as a captain in an US Army artillery unit in Vietnam, Mike returned to the U.S. and began protesting America at war. He protested every American war since.
I replied:
Hi, Mike -
I have heard humans making God in their own image described thus:

trans·mog·ri·fy

[trans-mog-ruh-fahy, tranz-] Show IPA

verb (used with object), trans·mog·ri·fied, trans·mog·ri·fy·ing.

to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.
A god who loves and promotes war, especially the likes of the Vietnam war in which you “defended Americans’ freedoms”, and the equally “patriotic” American wars thereafter, certainly is strange and grotesque.
Same for a god who burns all souls in hell who do not believe what mainstream Christendom says constitutes salvation based on their interpretation of a book which was assembled from various old writings by someone, or perhaps someones, at the request of a Roman Emperor several hundred years after Jesus in the Gospels walked this earth.
I could assign several impressions of such thinking:
mass brainwashing
mass psychosis
the work of the devil
Time to park my rocky horse again.
Ciao
Sloan
Raised Christian, Mike migrated to a spiritual perspective he felt suited him better, and in many ways it did. However, it is a persuasion which denies the existence of Evil even though Evil is ever present in plain view in America and in humanity. I don’t suppose on that Mike and I ever will agree. Nor that Evil loves not being acknowledged, because that makes it as easy for Lucifer to seduce whose who deny Evil’s existence as does thinking onward Christian soldiers marching under God as to war is USA invading Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the smaller crusades in between. I told a Christian evangelist the other night that Vietnam killed America’s soul, Iraq and Afghanistan buried America’s soul, and now all left is for the autopsy report to come in. When he started to object, I reeled off some of Jesus’ sayings in the Gospels: resist not one who does evil, turn the other cheek, love, do good to and pray for your enemies … Ooops!
Moving laterally, a recent forward from a Florida Keys amiga:
Oh my, my
CAN YOU GUESS WHAT THIS IS?
 KKK propaganda
It’s the next thing taxpayers will have to pay for!

MICHELLE OBAMA’S HIGH SCHOOL  REUNION !!!!!!!

God Bless America!
I replied:
Hi Jeanie,
I’ve been quietly looking at the right-wing hate Obama forwards you started passing along some time ago and I’ve been wondering what has gotten into you and I have become concerned for you. I don’ care for Obama, but when I bang him there is substance behind it. This latest from you smacks of KKK, and worse – Lucifer. And, it smacks of denial.
This fellow

G.W. Strangelove
went A.W.O.L. from the Alabama National Guard, into which his rich, influential father had gotten him so he would not have to go to Vietnam. Maybe if the son had gone to Vietnam and survived it, he would not have become Lucifer’s pawn and led America into Iraq, and then into Afghanistan, swallowing hook, line and sinker, as did most Americans, Lucifer’s bait, which was 9/11.
America did precisely what Lucifer wanted America to do, even as America claimed to be marching like Christians soldiers as to war, not in the slightest knowing that that means. That is an internal war, not an external war; a war against Evil within; a war neither the Republicans nor the Democrats understand, nor does Christendom, which is a Satanic cult pretending allegiance to Jesus but walking hand in hand with Lucifer into war after war after war. While Jesus sits on the sidelines, thinking, what happened to my teaching humans resist not one who does evil, turn the other cheek, love, do good to and pray for your enemies? While Jesus sits on the sidelines, weeping.
Jesus wept
You used not to put out right-wing propaganda, Jeanie; what happened to cause you to do that? What happened to the Jeanie who sent out the funny jokes? This KKK joke is not funny, Jeanie. It is tragic. Oh my, my …
Sloan
Obama drones
When Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, while still waging G.W. Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he proved to me that what I was told after he beat out Hilary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2008 was true: “Barack Obama has the potential to be the Anti-Christ.” I barely shit for a month after he accepted the Nobel, and only after violent poetry about that burst out of me did my bowel unlock, all the proof I needed to know yet another US President was being run by Lucifer.
Nobel Peace Prize
The Anti-Christ looks like the Christ, many believe the Anti-Christ is the Christ, and that’s what Evil intends.
The angels told me years before 2008 that Christendom is the Anti-Christ, because it claims Jesus as Lord, but does not do as he said in the Gospels to do. That’s a hell of a thing to say about a religion, that it is being run by Lucifer; but that’s what’s going on.
Ditto USA.
Ditto Islam.
Ditto all religions on this planet.

 

A Key West work of the devil got another look see in today’s Friday edition of Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com

Charles Eimers

CHARLES EIMERS DEATH-IN-CUSTODY INVESTIGATION: TOTAL GRIDLOCK

An update into the death-in-custody of Charles Eimers reveals an investigation in total gridlock and it could remain that way indefinitely.  The main problem stems from the fact that apparently to date none of the officers present during the infamous Thanksgiving Day arrest has been interrogated by FDLE investigators.  How Charles Eimers ended up dead within five minutes of his altercation with Key West police is still not clear.

Sources close to the case have informed The Blue Paper that the officers’ union lawyer has instructed the fourteen KWPD officers involved not to talk with FDLE investigators until he is present.  A meeting has been scheduled for the 14th of this month but will likely result in the officers “pleading the Fifth”.  In other words, to avoid incriminating themselves they could decide not to cooperate with the investigation at all.

According to Dr. Scheurman, the Monroe County Medical Examiner, this is a considerable problem.  “I need to determine to what extent natural disease played a part in the cause of death; whether it a contributing factor or just incidental,” says Scheurman,  “The FDLE investigation will answer a lot of those questions.”

As we found out when speaking with Scheurman, the circumstances surrounding a death provide essential information in a medical examiner’s analysis.  The autopsy itself is just a part of the process and not necessarily all that it’s cracked up to be in movies.

A death from natural causes would be the likely outcome if the initial version presented by the police department prevails.  Officially Charles Eimers, 61, had collapsed while fighting the police and couldn’t be revived in spite of police efforts to save him.  A heart attack was assumed to be the probable cause of death since heart medications were found in his car.

However witnesses and a homemade video point to homicide. Was Eimers prone on his stomach with officers piled up on his back?  Was he tased, as several witnesses stated?  Was he elbowed in the head by Offficer Lovette, as Lovette allegedly admitted before an independent witness.  Was officer “KA” really accusing one of her fellow officers of murder that morning on South Beach?  Was Eimers resisting arrest or desperately trying to breathe?  Knowing the answers, according to the medical examiner, will be crucial in determining other possible causes of death, like asphyxia or trauma.

Last year in Milwaukee the county medical examiner decided to change his ruling on the cause of the in-custody-death of Derek Williams, 22, from ‘natural causes’ to ‘homicide’ after a local newspaper, the Journal Sentinel, published its own investigation.

Like in Key West, however, the official police description of Derek Williams’ arrest minimized the use of force.  The Journal Sentinel reports showed that Derek Williams might have died of asphyxia while in police custody.  A video showed Williams struggling to breathe for nearly eight minutes in the back of a police car before falling unconscious.  Forty-five minutes later he was pronounced dead.  The report was what caused the Milwaukee coroner to change his conclusion into a finding of homicide.

Obviously Monroe County’s medical examiner wants to avoid this kind of reversal of findings.  “At this point I am awaiting FDLE,” says Scheurman.  “I call them every week.  I will call them today. When Kathy Smith [the lead FDLE investigator] is done going through all of the officers’ statements we will have a meeting.  I will review any video – dash/cam, etc. and I will review FDLE’s information including any other investigative leads and combine that information with my findings.”

The cooperation of the officers is an essential part of the process.  Unfortunately, it seems that police departments across the county have devised a secret chart that helps them navigate their way out of trouble when their actions result in death (even when its all caught on camera).  The course laid out by officers is to “lawyer-up” immediately and refuse to cooperate.  In the case of Derek Williams a February 2013 inquest resulted in a recommendation that the three police officers that arrested Williams face criminal charges.  However, following the officers’ decision to plead the Fifth the prosecutor dropped the case for lack of evidence.

Similarly, in Miami, prosecutors decided in late December 2013 not to pursue criminal charges in the controversial death in custody of a 35 year old black man.  Corey McNeil was found pierced with 27 bullets – officers initially claimed McNeil was armed with a box cutter but later refused to cooperate with the investigation.  Unable to obtain statements from the officers, the State Attorney decided he couldn’t disprove the preposterous self-defense story and dropped the case.

Last month a jury rendered a non-guilty verdict for two Fullerton, California police officers in the death-in-custody case of Kelly Thomas, 37.  The case resembles the death in Key West of Charles Eimers.  Both Thomas and Eimers were presumed homeless.  They both appeared on video to be struggling beneath a magma of police officers. Both may have died of asphyxia. According to the Orange County medical examiner, Kelly Thomas “died of brain damage from lack of oxygen caused by chest compression and injuries to his face.”

Doctor Michael Lekawa who treated Thomas testified “during the confrontation with police various persons were on [Thomas] and holding him down preventing him from breathing.  He was doing everything he could to breathe.”

He might as well have been describing the Charles Eimers arrest on South Beach on Thanksgiving Day.  Thomas is heard in the police surveillance video yelling “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!.”  His voice gets lower and lower until he can no longer be heard.  At that point he was dead.  The prosecution however ran into the blue wall of silence.  None of the 6 officers who had been on scene agreed to testify.  Unable to assign blame amongst the officers present during the arrest, the jury failed to convict in spite of it being one of the most violent and disturbing arrests ever caught on camera.

Is Eimers case heading in the same direction?  Not necessarily.  According to criminal attorneys who spoke with The Blue Paper, Florida law has some special investigative tools not necessarily available elsewhere.  Under Florida Statute 406.12 it is a crime to refuse to provide the medical examiner with all of the known circumstances surrounding a death that falls within his jurisdiction.

How the Florida Statute making a criminal offense out of failure to assist the medical examiner and the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination are supposed to play out might be a tricky legal issue. In Florida the duty to cooperate with the medical examiner and the associated criminal penalty for failure to do so applies to everyone equally.

Does this mean that the officers should be required to answer questions as long as the answers may not be used against them in a criminal prosecution?  Apparently, there is legal support for that argument.

Still, the investigators have to be willing to adopt a forceful approach, but this doesn’t appear to be the case when it comes to the Eimers investigation.  Now, more than two months after Eimers’ death, the medical examiner is still prevented from finishing his report, the body of the deceased was nearly cremated before autopsy and a key civilian witness who contacted The Blue Paper has yet to be interviewed despite the fact that they called the FDLE over six weeks ago.  It doesn’t appear that this investigation is on a fast track.

It’s particularly disturbing that the failure to report the death of Charles Eimers to the medical examiner [which nearly resulted in the cremation of Eimers’ body prior to autopsy] does not appear to be under investigation as the egregious obstruction of justice that it may have been.  Detective Todd Stevens, who was in charge of the KWPD investigation, claimed he wasn’t aware that Eimers had died, but phone records from the family and a statement by Eimers’ son Treavor to the contrary show that Stevens spoke to Treavor for eight minutes the day after Charles Eimer’s was removed from life support.

When we contacted the office of the State Attorney about this issue Assistant State Attorney Mark Kohl told us he believed FDLE was investigating that particular criminal matter [nearly cremating the body].  When we asked FDLE for confirmation they suggested we ask the KWPD if THEY were investigating.  KWPD told us they issued a reprimand against Stevens but didn’t conduct any sort of investigation.

Is the concept of the police investigating itself completely hopeless? Let’s hope not.

4 THOUGHTS ON “CHARLES EIMERS DEATH-IN-CUSTODY INVESTIGATION: TOTAL GRIDLOCK”

  1. The stakes are high. Any member of the government’s collective, who obstructs, perjuries or obfuscates the truth has committed a serious crime.

    Any State Attorney who knows, or ‘Should Have Known’, that malfeasance might have been a part of a criminal investigation; is in serious trouble if they do not expeditiously initiate their own independent investigation, separate and apart from the other investigating entities, so as to accurately determine the facts of the case.

    Prosecutorial Misconduct is the least of their worries. Prison cells cage prosecutors, police officers, corrections officers and wardens; alongside the very inmates that they put there.

    The truth will be gotten to in this case. After they beat and hog-tied an innocent man, they shipped him away to be isolated in solitary confinement for 30 months, for crimes he had not committed. On his first night caged in this wing, they allowed the inmate next to him to slowly strangle himself throughout the night until he was dead. Once their case against this man began to unravel, they contracted a hit on him. Then they threatened the life of an individual who secured the evidence that proved the innocence of the man they were determined to destroy.

    All of those responsible, in any way, for the crimes perpetrated upon this innocent man are now suffering.

    So will be the fate of those who impede a thorough and detailed investigation in this matter. Cognizant of the penalties that await them, if there was wrong doing, as the heat is applied the truth will be gotten at.

    Do not be discouraged during the early phases of ‘whatever it is they got going on’. They will all ‘snap to’ once these proceedings are gotten into the hands of the right people.

  2. This is just incredible! Is there no one to unlock this gridlock? Is the Key West Citizen looking at this incident at all? Besides going to court , is there any Federal charge that could force this case into the open air. as a violation of human rights? It certainly appears that the FDLE is not doing its job- and would we trust them now if they started to.? The KWPD is now disgraced in my eyes. What if this were your brother or father? Is this Iraq now?

  3. Well, Mr. coopers previous assertions that most cops are “good” has certainly failed the smell test.

    The fact that public employees will assert their 5th amendment rights in order to prevent an investigation to proceed is anathema to any moral, ethical standard one cares to put forth. it is certainly their right to exercise the 5th, but it is also the right of the people who fund these “officers” to expect them to be immediately removed from duty for doing so. These are public employees, and their work product is public property. There should be no protection for their continued employment if they refuse to provide that work product on demand.

  4. seems this is shaping up to a real pathetic fiasco of ‘stonewall’ from all parties involved in this so called ‘investigation’! individuals have a right to plead the 5th persuant to our united states constitution however if a police officer pleads the 5th they should be on the spot fired from the job of ‘protect and serve’ since the question arises ‘protect and serve’ WHO?

    secondly the union should butt its ass out of the picture in any criminal matter. this isn’t about a pay raise or health benefits or hours worked…its a criminal matter with possible murder charges so where in the world does the union get off with telling the police to plead the 5th.

    so far the fdle is doing just that it would appear. FIDDLING!

    as for the medical examiner needing the police investigation and the fdle investigation to complete his task i would think the tell tale signs of asphyxia would stand out in a crowd however i get the impression he may be looking perhaps hoping for a different outcome and for the life of me i don’t understand why he cannot get mr eimers past med records from his family for the final evaluation of cause of death precluding the need for this police and fdle ‘investigation’ con-job.

    the chief needs get off his backside and be way more pro-active in this case but i sure as hell won’t hold my breath on that one.

    lastly where o where has the city commission gone o where o where can they be! [sung to the tune of where oh where has my little dog gone] need i say more on the subject of thier ‘silence’.

    lastly do the citizens of key west need arm themselves for self protection from rouge elements of the kwpd? or need they organize a militia for self protection against traffic stops?

    to key west authorities…
    GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO THE RIGHT THING IN THIS MATTER….TELL THE TRUTH NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!
    and let the chips fall where they may.

  5. Perhaps because I once practiced law and had some dealings with law enforcement and heard stories, I am not surprised over how the investigation of this case has gone so far. Perhaps because I have lived 71 years, regardless of my having practiced law, I am not surprised. Protect and Serve has different meanings, depending on who is being asked. Protect and Serve law enforcement officers, regardless of what they do, is what Protect and Serve means to police benevolent unions and to most law enforcement officers. In this case, we apparently have one KWPD officer, a female officer, who called it as she saw it, but now where is she? Is she talking with FDLE? Is she talking with KWPD Chief Donie Lee? Is she talking with State Attorney Cathy Vogel? Is this female officer going to blow the whistle like Kathy Reitzel did on Monique and Randy Acevedo, and become the State’s star witness? Or is this female officer going to protect and serve her fellow police officers? Time will tell. I wonder if she is a Christian? I wonder if that is chewing on her? I wonder if the other 13 officers are Christians? I wonder if that is chewing on them? I wonder if the police benevolent union advisers are Christians? I wonder if that is chewing on them? I wonder if their lawyer representing the 14 officers is Christian? I wonder if that is chewing on him? These could be viewed as rhetorical questions, although I hope something will make them not rhetorical. Maybe we should not get all strung out about this. Maybe we should say whatever happened to Charles Eimers was his fault, because a KWPD officer suspected Eimers of being homeless. Ergo, all subsequent KWPD action was reasonable under the circumstances. Perhaps we should take comfort knowing karma is inexorable, it cannot be washed out by being a Christian, or by a failed investigation, or by anything human beings can manufacture or believe. The karma in this case might play out in ways hard to connect with the death of Charles Eimers. Karma can be really weird, it can turn pro, it can turn bizarre. As Dennis Reeves Cooper was and still is wont to say, perhaps we should stay tuned … Meanwhile, thank you Arnaud and Naja and whoever shot that video and smuggled it to you, for not letting the KWPD get clean away with it …

Moving further sideways, if not altogether backwards, naw, might be best to save that one for another day.

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