Starting during a nap yesterday afternoon in my hammock at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, and running through the night, my dreams left me pretty well convinced that it might not matter what I do, or try, in Key West, Birmingham, online, because overriding and influencing everything Sloan is karma about which I can do nothing. That doesn't mean I don't keep engaging what life serves to me, which will continue, but it leaves me with the feeling that I'm right where my karma requires me to be and maybe I need to move carefully in Birmingham, especially. Maybe my aching low back today is an amen.
Now, my errant homeless girlfriend Kari Dangler said this morning that she has a different view. My karma has been forgiven, but it's not safe for me in Alabama, where many people, perhaps including my father's widow, are convinced I had my brother Major killed. During the same conversation, Kari said she wishes I would accept her for who she is, including her vodka habit. I said I never will accept her trying to kill herself, which is what she is doing with vodka and cigarettes. No she's not, she said. Yes she is, I said.
So, let's see. Where to slide next today?
In today's Key West Citizen (keysnews.com):
Outgoing Citizens Review Board member honored
Mayor Craig Cates, during a recent City Commission meeting, commended outgoing Citizens Review Board member Tom Milone for his years of service. Milone had served on the board, which reviews complaints involving the police department, since 2011. He stepped down in June. The commendation is in “recognition of his dedication and commitment to increasing police professionalism through accountability and promoting valued ties between the local community and the Key West Police Department.”
I imagine if Mayor Cates sat down over lunch with Tom and asked him what he really thinks about the CRB, Mayor Cates might hear that the CRB has become a backup to the police benevolent union, which defends police officers no matter what they have done, and that is what motivated Tom to resign. Tom is not anti-police, nor am I. I'd hate to imagine what America would be like without police. I felt when during the petition drive in 2002, to put on the ballot the city having a citizens police review board, that KWPD's best defense and offense was to police itself so that if the referendum passed the CRB would have nothing to do.
Sleeping nights in the front lobby of the police station and being a fly on the wall, so to speak, when people come there late at night and early in the morning with this or that good or not so good reason to speak with a police officer, has provided me with a up close view of quite a few police officers dealing with not entirely easy to get along with, in some cases, citizens. I give those officers A+ and am glad I don't have their jobs. Doubly so, now that the NRA, Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Republican Party have passed a new stand your ground law that makes it much easier to shoot and kill someone and get away with it.
On the general homeless front, in the Key West Citizen the other day:
Southern Assistance Homeless League (SHAL)
Data shows majority of shelter residents are local
By Scott Unger, KEY WEST CITIZEN
Early returns from a recently implemented database at the Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter indicate a large percentage of clients are from Key West or nearby, not from far reaching locales as many think.
Six months of information gleaned from the shelter’s Apricot Social Solutions Database show more than half of shelter clients are local and a large percentage of those are recently homeless with obvious causes such as job loss and addiction, according to Southernmost Homeless Assistance League (which manages KOTS) Executive Director John Miller.
“We’re discovering that a huge majority of our new clients ... are from Key West or very close by,” Miller said. “The people who are from Key West seem to be a little more newly homeless and with more readily identifiable problems.”
The challenge of finding a steady job and affordable housing in Key West, along with its built-in distractions, make the island a tough place to survive, frequently resulting in first time homelessness, according to Miller. “(KOTS clients are) already here, they’re just not homeless yet,” he said.
The Apricot Social Solutions Database gathers a wide range of data to supplement the general information requested on the shelter’s intake forms, including duration of homelessness, income sources, barriers to treatment and which services are requested, according to Southernmost Homeless Assistance League (which manages KOTS) Executive Director John Miller. The data helps case managers and the shelter identify which services the clients need, as well as which short and long-term clients require extra attention.
As time goes by and more data is collected, it will be used to shape the programs offered at the shelter, Miller said. “We can start to use that to help design our service modules and what kinds of services we need to be offering,” he said. “Down the road, not too far off, we’ll be able to look at things over time and that’s very important.”
KOTS Outreach currently assists clients with obtaining identification, case management information referrals and employment assistance including purchasing work clothes or other necessities for the newly employed, Miller said. Miller, who has a background in information technology, programmed the database and uses recommendations from shelter staff to add categories and questions. “I can add anything we need. It’s really, really user friendly,” he said.
I bet if John Miller had spent a few nights at KOTS talking with its homeless residents, he would have learned the same thing. I spent quite a bit of time living on the street in Key West. I met 2 locals, who were homeless. My definition of local is born in Key West. Everyone else living here is an immigrant from somewhere else.
My errant homeless girlfriend Kari Dangler is from Missouri. She met a Florida man in Missouri and came to live with him in Florida. After that didn't work out, she ended up on Key Largo with a man originally from the mainland. When Kari got put in jail and then that man died, when she was released she had no place to live and was homeless in Key West. But by John Miller's definition, Kari is a local because of the many years she lived in that man's home on Key Largo.
By John Miller's definition, I am a local because of the many years I lived in apartments and rented rooms in Key West, and in my trailer on Little Torch Key.
I don't imagine people born in Key West view Kari or me as locals. I imagine they view us as immigrants. I imagine they wish we would go back to where we came from, because we are homeless.
I imagine they are learning, or have learned, albeit reluctantly, that John Miller, SHAL and other homeless help agencies have no answer to homelessness. It's part of society, in Key West and America.
Where to poke around next today?
Donald Trump, Jr.
There has been a bit of a flap about President Trump's son having had some dealings with a Russian lady lawyer in 2016, about trying to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. Shoot, if I had been Trump Sr., or Jr., I sure would have tried to get dirt on Hillary, if it existed. And it did exist, and there was dirt on the Democratic National Convention, so what are the Democrats whining about? They think Hillary and the DNC should have been allowed to get away with it? For real, that's how the Democrats feel? If so, they are seriously fucked up.
That said, Trump Sr. did say plenty of times in 2016 that the election was rigged, and the way the angels presented it to me, by having me read Bill Browder's RED NOTICE, kindly recommended by a local attorney I know pretty well, I concluded that back in 2016 Trump Sr. struck a deal with Vladimir Putin, you help me get elected, I will try to get US to go lighter on Russia and its oligarchs (mafiosos). Now I don't know if that amounts to treason, but I don't imagine it was legal, and that's why I think a special counsel is needed to get to the bottom of it.
Trump Jr. was quoted online in an article I read the other day as saying what the lady Russian lawyer wanted to talk about was US sanctions and the Magnitsky Act, which banned a bunch of Russian oligarchs (mafiosos) from being in the US or using US banks to launder their money. Bill Browder is why Congress passed the Magnitsky Act over strong opposition from President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and Senator Kerry, who was hoping to be Secretary of State. Obama, Clinton and Kerry wanted the US cozy with Russia. The Magnitsky Act was not cozy.Trump Sr. wanted to be cozy with Russia, not for US interests, but to get elected - his interests.
However, I agree with Trump Sr. that Rogier Mueller's history as FBI Director over and mentorship and longtime friendship with his successor FBI Director Richard Comey, whom Trump Sr. fired for investigating Trump Sr.'s ties to Russia, is a blatant conflict of interest contaminating Mueller's investigation. Why Mueller does not see that, why he accepted the appointment, why Congress did not see that, why it made the appointment, is really fucked up.
That what I figure might be irrelevant highfalutin out of the way, here is more of same from less important people, perhaps peasants works, starting with a continuation of the FB thread in yesterday's post at this here website:
Wjames Baldwin sent via FB messenger very early this morning:
praying for you now 140am
Thanks, my dreams last night, and in a nap yesterday, seemed to be about karma overriding everything else going on with me right now. Been that way a long time. Can't remove my own karma. Nor can anyone remove his/her own karma. That's in God's hands, how it plays out and for how long.Then was a how to make the world a better place inquiry on Facebook yesterday from a young man I once was asked to try to introduce to shaman training, the dismal results of which endeavor are evident. The other people who commented painted a broader picture of how many Americans think. My exterrestrial 2 cents worth at the very end:
What is something you think would make the world a better place?
Then, the fool shut up, for today.