Tuesday, August 8, 2017

That's too much information, for Key West, Donald Trump, America




When my erstwhile vodka pin up homeless girlfriend Kari Dangler called me this morning,

I said, wait, let me save what I'm writing in my post today, to protect it. 

Okay, I put a condom on my post. 

You should put one on your penis, Kari said. 

On my mouth, most people would say. 

That's the way you are, Kari said.

I was sorta surprised Kari called this morning, after I had gotten onto once again last night about her vodka habit screwing up her thinking and her life, and being the reason she's still homeless and might remain so until she leaves this life.

When this morning Kari asked how I was feeling?, I said, really bad, like shit. Yesterday afternoon and evening featured a lot of work on my response to the lawsuit in Birmingham, as well as a thorough flushing of my G.I. tract. I told the angels that I figured the flushing meant I had finally digested and jettisoned something big and gnarly, to make way for something new big and gnarly to arrive. That's historically how my G.I. tract operates. Big and gnarly in the spirit. Toxic human spirit waste. Nothing to do with human grocery store or restaurant food. Metaphysics. Nothing to do with human physics.

I know that's too much information, which the other mullet wrappers don't twist your arm and make you read all about. Today's post will be called "That's too much information."

Really?

Yeah, really.

After I get today's post up, I will spend the rest of today working on my response to the lawsuit in Birmingham.

Sounds like fun, Kari said.

I asked if she'd had a dream about me last night?

No. She had happy dreams about when she was younger, on a horse farm, and winning barrel races in rodeos.
I said, well, I'm being told by the angels to run for mayor of Key West next year. That's a horse race, isn't it?

Kari said that was too much information, and adios.
Since it was said in a dream last night that Naja Girard owed a little money, the next part of today's report carries forward the toxic waste parts of the reader and editor dialogue under last Friday's "hidden in plain view park" article in Key West the Newspaper (thebluepaper.com), with input from an anonymous source, who contacted me yesterday evening about it.

Arnaud and Naja Girard


Selected reader comments:


    • Bill, I spoke at public meetings about leaving the soccer fields alone, and against putting a “high end” multiple purpose athletic field on Truman Waterfront.
      The history of Truman Waterfront I heard at government meetings, mostly compliments former city commissioner Bill Verge, is the Navy had helping Bahama Village first in mind when it deeded Truman Waterfront to the city. I personally don’t see businesses going in there will likely work out. Housing will, I think. Unfortunately, the city is so stretched for actually affordable rental housing that its lack trumps just about everything else, in my opinion.
      Truman Waterfront was, still is, spoil land. That is, it is man-made, from dredging, it is scarified. There was, still is, nothing natural about Truman Waterfront, but a few very old aussie pines and a couple of other very old trees someone must have planted before I was born, given how big they are, and I’m nearly 75.
      There is no way to compare turning Truman Waterfront into a public park, with the part of Key West in this blue paper video. Truman Waterfront would have been a great place to put a lot of Housing Authority actually affordable rental housing.
      Only by using free city land can actually affordable rental housing be built, and only the Housing Authority charges rents that poor working stiffs, elderly on fixed income, etc. can afford. Developers simply cannot do it, yet that’s who the city keeps looking at to build affordable housing. It has become a cruel joke, what today is said at city commission meetings to be affordable housing.
      Instead, the city is putting in a park on Truman Waterfront, which park had a lot of chiefs making input, which park will cost the city a lot of money, and then it will cost money to keep it going. Ironically, there is lovely Fort Zachary State Park right next door, which costs the city nothing.
      Wonder how homeless people will respond to a new free public park on Truman Waterfront? Will there be benches there, or not, because benches attract homeless people? Will there be bathrooms, or not, or will bathrooms be kept locked except for events, because bathrooms attract homeless people?
      Affordable Housing Authority rental housing on Truman Waterfront would have paid for itself, and then generated revenue for even more affordable housing on free city land elsewhere in the city.
      That aside …
      I imagine this blue paper article has opened this undeveloped part of Key West up for considerable discussion, and I suppose there will be plenty of opinions coming forward about how to go about it. Perhaps raised walking platforms and wooden benches on the platforms will suffice for nature lovers. I don’t imagine that will satiate merchants and developers, though.

      • The City is well aware of Little Hamaca Park, but logistics are difficult for any development there and might not be allowed, anyway. Playing fields, maybe, but I don’t know. The security factor is a major problem and potentially so bad that the Pickleball people who are seriously looking for an additional location for their courts have turned that area down. Pickleball is a cross between tennis and ping pong and uses a smaller court than tennis. They have 6 courts at Higgs Beach alongside the tennis courts.
        Benches and bathrooms at Truman Waterfront Park: Some benches are slated to be there, but awhile back when I asked if 3 concrete benches that are in outside storage could be used for the grounds of the PAL building, I was told that there would have to be a divider installed in the middle to prevent the homeless from sleeping on them day and night. From experience, benches didn’t work out.
        There is a bathroom penciled in for the Playground area (have to have one there, obviously) so I presume it will be open in the day, but closed at night. Another bathroom will be by the amphitheater, but I don’t know if their intentions are to keep it locked except for events – probably so.
        Before I was appointed to the Truman Waterfront Park advisory board I did some research on that area, and while doing so I conducted some loose field interviews with people who lived in Bahama Village. One elderly gentleman who has been there for generations opened up, as did others like him, when I told him this was strictly confidential. The main question was – “Would you like to see affordable housing or other development, etc. on the Petronia Street field or keep it like it is as an open, green space field?” He pretty much summed it up for me and echoed other’s sentiments when he said, “If they put housing there, they’ll always need more housing and then more housing. We need open space down here more than anything.
        • I ask my pesky questions, because this park has been touted as a place for the public to enjoy day and night, on foot, walking in from nearby wherever.
          People walking around Old Town have been drinking booze, soft drinks, coffee, tea, etc. Kids with adults tend to need to use the toilet at any moment. Truman Waterfront is remote from any public facilities. If there are not public bathrooms there, and they are not open when the public is there, than that’s going to be a real problem and a cruel joke, and ridiculous. If there are no benches there, for people to sit on, rest, enjoy the view, then same diagnosis. A very expensive diagnosis – the cost of the park, and the cost of maintaining it after it’s built.
          It was stated at public meetings I attended, that the success of the park absolutely hinged on Admiral’s Cut being opened up for pedestrians to walk into the park from the waterfront. I asked at one city commission meeting, if that is so, then why is the city plowing ahead without having Admiral’s Cut nailed down? Did the city ever get access to Admiral’s Cut? If not, well, does the diagnosis morph to insane?
          As for affordable housing, I attended a lot of public meetings on that. The numbers being tossed around by city staff were, there is a 3000 to 6000 unit shortfall. If true, then that problem is hopeless. The city has not the land to fix that problem without building skyscraper housing projects. Like, 30 stories tall, on it’s remaining land.
          So, in that sense, the Bahama Village man elder has a point. And, because he lives in Bahama Village, if he’s out in the new park and the bathrooms are locked up and he has a call of nature, he can just hustle home trying to hold it in before he messes himself. En route, he passes adults and kids peeing and pooping in the park, because they could not hold it in any longer. Because the bathrooms were closed. Because homeless people might use the bathrooms, if they were open.
          I told the mayor and commissioners at commission meetings, that if they build that park, homeless people will be there, and will the city react by not having benches and bathrooms the public can use. Guess what I heard back? The sound of one hand clapping. Silence.

          • Sloan,
            As far as I know:
            Bathrooms, etc.: As I have said, there will probably be at least a bathroom open by the Playground. But the Park hours will be governed by rules in place of other City parks – meaning it will be off limits at night unless there are events taking place. During events the amphitheater bathrooms should be open, and if and when Building 103 is open for business, there will be a bathroom there.
            Admiral’s Cut: There have been ongoing discussions about this as you know, but the City does not have any claim to it at this time. The only negative effect of not having Admiral’s Cut open would be if the Park was turned into a large commercial area instead of keeping it a beautiful, open space area as it should be, imo. You know, potentially more walk in traffic to buy stuff at a Park area shopping center.
            Homeless: Everyone knows about the problem, trust me, and some have said why bother with a nice park when the homeless will try to take over? Others say the homeless problem shouldn’t dictate or prevent us from having a nice City park, so let’s build it and try to keep it under some form of control. Why let a very small minority mess up the works for hundreds of thousands of people? Not a big deal, but my proposed (and approved by the TWAB board) sculpture concept theme for the Park – Mermaids/Dolphins/King Neptune will not be allowed to be in a pool setting because the homeless would in all probability wallow and bathe in the pools. That’s no great loss, though, as the sculpture (s) would be great by themselves.
            Affordable housing: Right, at least 3,000 units are needed, so why bother with 100-200 or so in a Park? Maybe every little bit helps, but how much would it hurt?
            Commercial: In a Park? Bahama themed commercial admittedly would be interesting, but not at the expense of ruining the entire area by building it on the Petronia Street field. 3-4 commercial building “Conch houses” between the Navy Tower and the Keys Energy buildings would be the perfect place for commercial and was proposed late 2015 or early 2016, but BVRAC turned down the idea.

  1. Blue Paper Editor,
    What’s the deal with the new Hawk Missile Site diagram, and how old is it. Before Hamaca was set aside as a kind of preserve?

    • Just received it today. It is dated July 2015. Apparently this has been in the works for awhile. There are issues with utilities. We will hear from the engineers on August 15th about infrastructure issues – sewer, water. The thinking is if you are going to invite the public to use for active recreation then there must be bathrooms…
  2. Bill Volpain, no space for me to respond under your “August 7, 2017 at 9:30 am” above.
    If the bathrooms are not open at night at the new park, except during special events, say at the amphitheater, then was was the point in building the park?
    There was no disagreement at city commission meeting that opening Admiral’s cut to the new park was crucial to success of park. City manager said negotiations were underway with Wash family, which owns Westin and Sunset Key, re getting Admiral’s cut open, and indication was Walsh would go along with it after seeing plans for new park.
    Right, might as well stop talking about affordable housing. Nothing can be done but shore a few drops of water at it.
    Perhaps the city commission passes an ordinance making it illegal to mention affordable housing at city commission meetings.
    Naja did not clear my other comment made during the wee hours this morning. I suggested you check out Bayview Park on nights when people are playing softball at the ball field, tennis at the tennis courts, basketball at the basketball court, and the bathrooms are locked up to try to keep homeless people out of the park at night.
    I suggested you talk with city parks staff who take care of Bayview Park and learn how homeless people trash and tear up the public bathrooms, and how that was explained to Mayor Cates, when he asked about it and was told the only way to stop it is to close the bathrooms. Or so, I heard told by one of those city parks employees, who said he told that to Mayor Cates. A city park employee I know works at Bayview Park, and other city parks, keeping them up.

  3. Seems that KW thinks the solution to homeless is not to have benches or restrooms.
    They need to figure out that when the homeless need use a restroom and they are locked that they will use the ground . As for benches just put dividers in them and problem is over.
    Most homeless would prefer to not live like that but often they have no choice. Many live off of SS or disability checks of $1,000 or something near that number. Now where can they live on that ? Are a few towns they might manage but the woods look better and if on drugs or beer then they prefer the life of KW . The cops have tried to run the homeless off but failed. At best they arrest them and get a bed to sleep in , some food and medical help all on tax payers money.
    And yes if you create a new park the homeless will find it and hide on it at night.
    Few months ago when walking in Ft Zack in the wooded area between the fort and the beach seen someone had stashed a few items to sleep in. No did not touch it or turn it in as see no harm in them trying to live another day.
  4. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Talked with someone yesterday afternoon who recalled being at a city commission meeting I recalled attending, when it was proposed from the dais that the new homeless shelter be put near the old missile base and the city manager said that land was deed-restricted and could not be used for residential purposes, had to be a public park, or something like that. Perhaps the city clerk has a transcript of that meeting.
    Perhaps related, perhaps not, someone on the mainland, who wishes to remain anonymous, perhaps the reason is seen in what he emailed to me yesterday last below. I recall Ron Demes, the Navy’s civilian spokesperson, who attends local government meetings when the Navy’s interest might be involved, at a city commission meeting told me there were toxic materials in the ground on Truman Waterfront; the Navy had cleaned up the ground on the ocean side of the road through Truman Waterfront; the rest of the ground on Truman Waterfront could be cleaned up, but the Navy was not going to do it; on Truman Waterfront ground that was cleaned up, the Navy would not object to affordable housing being put there. During closing citizen comments, I told the mayor and commissioners what Demes had told me, and suggested they ask Demes, who was still in the audience. They did not ask Demes.
    During a Pirate Radio interview of mayor candidates that year (2014), I recounted that on the air. The DJ was wildly enthusiastic about putting Housing Authority rental units on Truman Waterfront. City Commissioner Jimmy Weekely called in and said a lot of affordable housing could be put on the Bahama Village 6.something acres.
    From Anonymous on the mainland:
    “In regards to the Blue Paper- I think the WWW-3 is a bit off base, but it does speak to what needs to happen to facilities that were ex-military. Need look no further than abandoned silos in the mid-west nor to Anniston AL and Gadsden AL, or even UFOlogy favorite Area 51- the military industrial complex dumps whatever it can, however it can, the easiest way it can and then other people feel the consequences. BLM doesn’t want anything to do with the issues of Key West for two reasons: 1) The land/development lobby and 2) they would have to acknowledge and handle massive hazardous waste cleanup. Example: Workers at Area 51 got sick from the 70’s-late 90’s- why ? The military would dig trenches and treat toxic waste like they did human waste- they would mix in diesel and burn it. They burned it such that the wind blew the fumes back towards workers. Workers were then told in Federal Court they had no right to know what was burned. Why is Area 51 called Area 51 ? Because that is how it was designated on BLM Maps and it’s on a section of BLM Land that was designated Area ##.
    "I can almost guarantee you there are PCB’s in the land. God knows what else. There was hardly a place where the US Government handled nuclear materials that they did not have a leak or a spill… Is there documentation for nukes in South FL ? Is there documentation for a lot things that went on in South FL ?
    During the Cuban Missile Crisis most of the US nukes in play were in Turkey- and that is why the USSR hooked up with Castro- you remove your shit from my backyard(Turkey), I remove the shit from your backyard(Cuba).
    “But the US was in a game- they way they saw it- and there was no end to their one-ups-manship. So could there have been ? Yes. Consider the drive from Oakridge is only 21 hours, the flight in a C130 was much shorter…”
    On the telephone last night, Anonymous told me that the Key West Hawk missiles could have been coordinated to fire at anything in the air, on the sea, on the ground, and there were Hawk missiles elsewhere in South Florida, aimed toward Cuba.
    I have heard there is leftover US military toxic material in the ground on Wisteria Island, and Demolition Key toward Stock Island, which I saw up close in 2009, from a friend’s skiff, once was an explosives testing site, thus its name. Demolition Key was a beautiful wild-looking island with bird rookeries. It was a park and people were not allowed to set foot on it. I think, but am not positive, Demolition Key is a spoil island, like Wisteria, Sunset Key, Truman Waterfront, Ft. Zachary State Park.

The remaining too much information today is a morsel about a President the Republicans loved to hate so much that they got themselves a president whose own mother might be wondering, wherever she now is, what got into him?
I recall seeing President Obama, no fan of mine, tell candidate Donald Trump on national TV last year, that if he can't take criticism, then he needs to get over that, if he wants to be president.


What Obama is like when there aren't any cameras, according to a former Secret Service Special Agent

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Jason Wells is an author, blogger and (perhaps most pertinent to this article) a former US Secret Service Special Agent. When asked what former President of the United States Barack Obama was like off camera, Jason took to Quora to share a little more about one of the most beloved Presidents in many years.

During my tenure with the U.S. Secret Service, I was part of (then) Senator Barack Obama's protection detail from March 2007 until November 2008, on his election night.  
I was chosen as part of a “round robin” detail where agents were selected at random from their field offices to spend time with a candidate on the campaign trail to keep him safe.
This protection detail is known as C.N.O.S. (Campaign Nominee Operation Section) and is basically the rotation that the US Secret Service goes through during the Election season.
Sen. Obama was given protection unusually early due to the volume of threats that he was receiving. The rotation consisted of being out on the road with him 24/7 for three week intervals, home for six weeks, and then back out again. It was like this for 18 months. 
I made it a point to remain unbiased in my political opinions when asked about Mr. Obama while on this assignment. I also tend to judge others by how they treat me rather than how they expect to be treated. I will say that, personally, I have differed on many of President Obama's stances in politics. I do not support much of his political agenda. 
With that stated.... Senator Obama, Mrs. Obama and their two daughters were always extremely cordial and appreciative for everything that we provided them. They were engaging with us, asking us about our families and making sure that we were provided for.
On numerous occasions, Mr. Obama would ask me how my wife was doing (she was pregnant with our first child), and wished her the best. I never, never saw him belittle another person, I never witnessed him do anything behind his wife's back..... For all of my political differences with Barack Obama, I will be the first to say that he is a very decent man. 
Please note, that was prior to his time in the Oval Office.  I have not interacted with him since then, but everyone who I worked with who was affiliated with him said that he had not changed.  

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