Saturday, December 2, 2017

Florida Keys and American politics prove humans batshit crazy?

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Sloan Bashinsky
1 December

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From a real newspaper yesterday, with lots of local and mainland and perhaps foreign readers:, published online every Friday, the next installment in the serial killing for crimes on the high seas of The Gang of 5, formerly known as the Monroe County Commission:

The Cause of Sylvia Murphy’s Ethics Violations: “An Expensive Weirdness” [and George Neugent Steps in It Again]

by Rick Boettger…….
Commissioner Sylvia Murphy was Least Worst in Show among the four county commissioners hit with $20,000 in fines by the Florida Commission on Ethics this year. She was only off a total of $1,109,000 on her financial reporting, with merely ten additional errors of form. If she had been in this alone, I’m sure she’d have been fined only the $350 or $500 per year as is common for this level of Form 6 misadventure.  [Using the “total assessed value” instead of the “just market value” when reporting the value of her Tavernier home.] But I think she was tarred by her association with the $14 million and 700 errors of form rung up by her fellow commissioners. Still, her $4,000 total was less than the $6,000 and $5,000 in fines the other three got, because her errors were “less egregious” in the words of the Ethics Commission lawyer.Continue reading »

3 Responses to “The Cause of Sylvia Murphy’s Ethics Violations: “An Expensive Weirdness” [and George Neugent Steps in It Again]  ”

  1. Sad. “most of the media does not even bother to report a successful investigation, much less do one themselves.”
    That’s one reason not to subscribe or listen to local corporate media. And Neugent is running again? I don’t trust him, nor any of the others , or their minions either. Time to clean house and hope that you and the Blue Paper continue to give us real news. Hey how would you like to be ” Citizen of the Day “?
  2. Another ethics kick-asser, Rick. Bravo.
    The SUFA accounting and lawsuits also …
    Except, my recollection of talking with Lilnda Gottwald on the telephone not long after this all broke loose some years ago, she called me, was she had moved to Michigan.
    We talked about that.
    I told her that it bothered me that she, in my presence, had stood before the then 5 county commissioners in the Marathon Government Center and had asked them for an increase in SUFA funding from the county, but she did not tell them that she herself was leaving the Keys and someone else would run SUFA locally. Someone not before the 5 commissioners asking for the increased county funding. Someone the 5 commissioners did not know, is my recollection.
    Linda’s response to me was, did I have a problem with non-profits making money? I said, why call them non-profits, then? But that’s not my point. My point was, she led the county commissioners to believe that she would continue to be at SUFA locally, running it, when she asked them to increase SUFA funding.
    Did LInda, in fact, move to Michigan back then? After she had transported to Michigan a number of dogs in a Monroe County van leased or loaned to SUFA? Which she and I also talked about that day she called me, and I told her that I was not okay with her taking the van out of the Keys, if she did not have the County’s express permission.
  3. Rick, are you sure Sylvia said your filing complaints against them was “weird?” It’s more likely she said you are “:weird,” but that’s what we love about you.
My batshit crazy exception responded to this in Rick's column:

“[Linda Gottwald] was going to move to Michigan anyway.” No, Linda was opening a second shelter near her parents up there, and was using it in part to adopt out big furry dogs that were previously unadopted in Monroe, spending years in hot cages. She was committed to extending her excellent service with the two shelters in the Middle Keys with the least euthanasia and a great price.

Rick has announced that he will run, as the ethics candidate, for the District 2 county commission seat next year, which currently is held by 5-term (4 years each term) county commissioner George Neugent, who lives in the tiny gerrymandered part of District 2 in Marathon. Gerrymandered so that Marathon could be like much more populous Key West and have 2 county commissioners also.

Whereas Rick has lived in Key West a long time and does not live in District 2 but state law allows him to file to run there, if he lives anywhere in Monroe County and is a registered voter there, or perhaps anywhere in Florida. And, if he wins the election, he then can move to District 2. Then, he can be sworn in.  Rick wrote in reader comments under his column last Friday, if he somehow defies the odds and wins the election, he will be happy to rent a boat on Big Coppitt Key, the very bottom end of District 2, closest to Key West, where Rick owns a home in which he and his wife have lived many years, and he will live on that boat and pay the rent out of his county commissioner salary, which I think is about $35,000 per year.

This batshit crazy 3-time county commission candidate, two times for District 2, when he lived on Little Torch Key, in the heart of District 2, one time for District 1 when he lived in Key West, wonders how many votes Rick will get from animal lovers?

This batshit crazy 3-time county commission candidate wonders how many votes Rick will not get from people who think someone who files to run for county commission should live in that county commission voting district and know what is going on in that district and what the concerns of the people living in that district are?

This batshit crazy 3-time county commission candidate wonders how many votes Rick will not get from people who think filing to run in a district where you do not live is unethical, regardless of what state law allows?

This batshit crazy 3-time county commission candidate wonders how many votes Rick will not get from voters who do not believe he and his wife will rent a boat on Big Coppitt Key and live there full time, if he wins the District 2 seat, but they will only use the boat sometimes, while the rest of the time they live in their home in Key West?

Rick is a good friend of mine. He is a longstanding member of The Resistance. I think he has done great work outing the Gang of 5. Time would tell if he would make a great county commissioner, as that's how time works. However, I think, if he's really serious about running in District 2, he should move there now, with his wife, and live there only, through election day.

I also think, if he has not already done it, that Rick needs to get into his car and drive through neighborhoods in the lower Keys (District 2), and see what is there, mainly the massive Hurricane Irma debris, and talk with residents of those neighborhoods, and eat in lower keys restaurants and talk with the wait staff and customers about life in the lower keys, and learn what their concerns are, which I imagine are: affordable housing, financial assistance for home repairs of Irma damage, cleaning up Irma debris, being paid a living wage at just one job, the county paying for sewage grinder pumps that wear out and stop working, more free boat launches, polluted canals cleaned up, out of keys homeowners not being allowed to rent this homes at high rates, a permanent ban on developers building new market rate homes - apologies for other District 2 residents' survival and quality of human life concerns I spaced out.

Up yonder in the the national asylum for the criminally insane:
 Special Counsel Robert Muller

Way up yonder in the national asylum for the criminally insane:

Former Trump [national security] adviser [retired  3-star general] Flynn to plead guilty to lying to FBI


WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is to plead guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, the fourth former Trump adviser charged so far in a wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Court documents show Flynn, an early and vocal supporter on the campaign trail of President Donald Trump whose business dealings and foreign interactions made him a central focus of Mueller's investigation, will admit to lying about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the transition period before Trump's inauguration.
The expected guilty plea makes the retired Army lieutenant general the first person to have actually worked in the Trump White House to face formal charges in the investigation, which is examining possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
Flynn has been under investigation for a wide range of allegations, including lobbying work on behalf of Turkey, but the fact that he was charged only with a single count of false statements suggests he is cooperating with Mueller's investigation in exchange for leniency.
Early on, Trump had taken a particular interest in the status of the Flynn investigation. Former FBI Director James Comey has said Trump had asked him in a private Oval Office meeting to consider ending the investigation. The White House has denied that assertion.
Flynn, who was interviewed by the FBI just days after Trump's inauguration, was forced to resign in February after White House officials said he had misled them about whether he had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. Administration officials said Flynn had not discussed sanctions that had been imposed on Russia in part over election meddling. In charging Flynn, prosecutors made clear they believe that claim to be false.
A plea hearing is scheduled for 10:30 A.M. EST before U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras.
Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Mueller's team announced charges last month against three other Trump campaign officials, former chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates, and a former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos.
Signs of Flynn cooperating with Mueller's team surfaced in the past week, as his lawyers told the legal team they could no longer discuss information about the case with them. Scheduled grand jury testimony regarding Flynn was also postponed by prosecutors.
The two-page charging document makes reference to two separate conversations with Kislyak, and two separate false statements prosecutors say he made regarding that communication.
Besides a Dec. 29 conversation about sanctions, prosecutors also cite an earlier December meeting, in which Flynn asked Kislyak to delay or defeat a U.N. Security Council resolution. That appears to refer to the body's vote a day later to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
In a striking rupture with past practice, the Obama administration refrained from vetoing the condemnation, opting instead to abstain. The rest of the 15-nation council, including Russia, voted unanimously against Israel.
At the time, Israel was lobbying furiously against the resolution and President-elect Trump's team spoke up on behalf of the Jewish state. Trump personally called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to press the case against the condemnation, and Egypt surprisingly postponed the scheduled showdown on Dec. 22 — the same day Flynn met Kislyak.
After more procedural wrangling, the vote occurred a day later.
Trump almost immediately condemned the U.N. result via Twitter.
"As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th," Trump said, referencing his upcoming inauguration.

Full Text: Charges Against Michael Flynn

Yahoo News Staff 


Criminal No.:
Violation: 18 U.S.C. 1001 (False Statements)
The Special Counsel informs the Court:
Count One (False Statements)
On or about January 24, 2017, defendant MICHAEL T. FLYNN did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, to wit, the defendant falsely stated and represented to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in Washington, D.C., that:
(i) On or about December 29, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Government of Russia’s Ambassador to the United States (“Russian Ambassador”) to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day; and FLYNN did not recall the Russian Ambassador subsequently telling him that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request; and
(ii) On or about December 22, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Russian Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution; and that the Russian Ambassador subsequently never described_to FLYNN Russia’s response to his request.
(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2))
(a)Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.
Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for statements, representations, writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
(c)With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to—
administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or
any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.
All of which makes the ultra-right and evangelical white-face natives, especially, restless


Reeling From Flynn Deal, Alex Jones Issues Civil War ‘Red Alert’—for 15th Time in Two Months

The site has been warning that war here is imminent—and even announcing its start—since the election. Lately, they’ve picked the pace up to 11.

Just after the word this morning that Gen. Michael Flynn had cut a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, InfoWars issued a “Red Alert” warning that the “removal of Trump will trigger a massive civil war.”
Host Alex Jones explained that if “they remove Trump” after the “classic Americana being promoted and détente with Christian Russia,” it will cause a “massive civil war.”
While the “Red Alert” designation is new, InfoWars’ doomsaying is not. Jones’ site has referred to the imminent civil war over 50 times since Election Day in 2016, citing at different times various right-wing radio hosts, Kindle e-book authors, and Ted Nugent.
Other far-right websites, echoing the response from administration officials and Trump’s personal lawyer, Ty Cobb, rushed to distance the president’s former national security adviser from the campaign and administration.
Breitbart quickly placed the blame on Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, whose name was surrounded by emojis of princes on the website. “Did Mr. Perfect Sink Gen. Flynn?” the homepage headline blared on Breitbart, a website run by Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, who frequently feuded with Kushner when he served as senior adviser to the president.
The Daily Caller led with a story titled “White House Plays Down Importance Of Flynn Guilty Plea,” in a four-paragraph story that consisted mostly of Cobb’s statement.

At InfoWars, however, it was once again time to warn of the impending civil war, for the 15th time in the past two months.
Beneath an all-caps red banner that screamed “ONE DAY LEFT FOR 50% OFF SELECT ITEMS AND FREE SHIPPING” on items like “The Real Red Pill Heart and Brain Formula,” Jones delivered a stern warning.
“Number one, you better get yourself right with God, and that means Jesus Christ. And number two, if they kill Trump or remove Trump when they’ve committed all these crimes, and done everything they say he’s done, when people see the economy turboing back, with real jobs and real money and real optimism to the average person and classic Americana being promoted and détente with Christian Russia and standing up to North Korea and securing our borders and just delivering at a dizzying level—it’s biblical—if we allow the evil people that hijack this country, the globalists, to remove Trump with all this fraud and if we buy into the hype and if we’re not strong and we don’t speak out, if these crazy globalists that don’t know how when to give up are actually able to remove Trump—I’m gonna walk through the scenarios for that coming up, because they mean business, they said he’ll be gone by the end of December, remember our intel from high-level Congressional sources? Just a few months ago—this is it!” he said.
“If they’re able to do that, it’ll cause a massive civil war in this country.”
InfoWars has spent the past few months warning in dozens of articles about a “Communist Revolution,” a “Violent Uprising,” and an “Antifa Civil War” to “Overthrow the Government” on Nov. 4. Despite the warnings of a YouTube star who dresses as a police officer, the uprising did not materialize.
The website’s Antifa civil war coverage began in early October, but conspiracies about a civil war triggered by the Las Vegas attack, citing a novelist who writes about fictional false flag attacks, and about an American civil war due to a “political class emboldened after [French President Emmanuel] Macron’s victory” date back even further.
Less than a week after Trump’s win, the site ran the headline “IS A REAL CIVIL WAR POSSIBLE?” and a subheadline replying that “the very idea of America is in disrepute, and held in contempt” above an aggregated piece from saying it was “unlikely,” since Americans take too many psychoactive drugs to “get off the couch.”
But that didn’t seem to assure the site’s stalwarts. Editor Paul Joseph Watson wrote that “The left is willing to risk civil war in America & nuclear war with Russia because they’re butt-hurt about losing” in a story called “The Truth About Russia ‘Hacking The Election’” last December.
On the same day, Jones sent out an “Emergency Alert” that “the left are trying to overthrow Trump,” and that “rouge [sic] elements in CIA [are] helping the globalist left.”
The drumbeat continued through 2017, as a former Green Beret, Ted Nugent, and Roger Stone all predicted a civil war this year on InfoWars, with the site also citing far-right columnists and retired lieutenant colonels appearing on Fox & Friends to warn of the impending “bloody civil war [and] societal collapse.”
In February, InfoWars warned that a force led by former President Barack Obama himself was already assembled and awaiting orders. “SABOTAGE: OBAMA IS COMMANDING AN ARMY OF 30,000 ANTI-TRUMP ACTIVISTS FROM HIS HOME 2 MILES FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.”
Alex Jones said we are “on the brink” of a civil war in May. In June, he upgraded the outlook to “imminent.” He forewarned, “If Trump is impeached, BEWARE!”
Also in June, Jones prematurely declared that the “first shots (were) fired in second Civil war.” A week later, InfoWars posted a story titled “GET READY FOR CIVIL WAR!” pointing to a quote from Johnny Depp at a music festival in England.
The same month, the headline “TRUMP ASSASSINATION IMMINENT” appeared above a story about a Shakespeare in the Park performance of Julius Caesar.
Jones further examined the question, “Would Trump Assassination Lead to Civil War?”, in a video in July.
In October, InfoWars revealed the “Democratic Plan To Launch Civil War Using False Flag Discovered” by a man who ended the segment by asking viewers to buy his books on
In December of 2015, then-candidate Trump appeared on an InfoWars broadcast, where he told Jones: “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down.”

batshit crazy 2016 Key West mayor candidate moi 
speaking to 5-term incumbent mayor Craig Cates
during a major candidate forum
he refused to attend

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