A President who enjoyed a morning shot of Old Grand-Dad? Harry Truman!

Key West. Truman rose at 5:30. His first breakfast consisted of orange juice and a shot of bourbon. Old Grand-Dad. Less frequently, Wild Turkey.

Then his walk along Key West streets.

When he returned to the Little White House, he completed his breakfast. An egg, slice of toast, slice of bacon, and glass of skim milk.

The same sequence in Washington. The orange juice with a shot of Old Grand-Dad upon rising. His walk. Followed by the one egg, a slice of toast, etc.

Sometimes the time of the walk was interrupted. On the occasions he had a full staff early morning breakfast meeting, he would walk in the evening.

Truman unapologetic about his morning drink. And the one or two he had in the evening while playing cards.

One of our greatest Presidents. A man who made major decisions affecting the whole world. Started his day with a shot of Old-Grand.

“Today’s the day!” It was! Finally after 15 years of searching. It was on this day in 1985 that Mel Fisher found the mother lode of the Spanish galleon Atocha.

God bless him, his family, and Key West!

I was out and about everywhere thursday evening.

First the Chart room. Lovely Tammy bartending.

Ran into Jean Thornton and Cori Convertino. First time Jean and I have been together during her present trip. Cori I had not seen in a while. Two interesting people. Intelligent.

After they left, I sat at the bar next to Rich. First time meeting. He is a fourth generation Conch. I was impressed.

He was in the Chart Room to visit Tammy. He knew her from the Bull and Whistle when she bartended there. We agreed she was an unusually nice person. Special.

Then I was off to Aqua to meet Mary.

Mary was late. About 45 minutes.

While I was waiting, one of Aqua’s drag shows began. I have not seen a drag show in 20 years.

While watching, Mary arrived. She had a drink while I watched the first 2 performers. Beauties. Looked liked women. Voices feminine. I was certain both females. Asked Mary each time. Each was a man.

We moved on to the Side Bar. Glad we did. Laurie Thibaud having a drink. Till I got sick, I guested on Laurie’s radio show thursday afternoons. I have yet to return.

Time to eat. La Trattoria.

Tiffany bartending. We have known each other 25 years. Amazing!

Last night it was me and the lesbian wives. I had dinner with Donna and Terri at Hogfish.

Jake the third member of their household. A big dog. Has to be walked every day. Donna has been doing it. Up early. Rush home from work. Whatever.

No more. Terri can now walk Jake. I asked her how she could see to pick up Jake’s poop. She had worked it out. She placed her walking stick tight to the side of his butt. He would not move. When finished, she merely bent down and it was there.

I keep learning from Terri…..The blind can see…..Necessity is the mother of invention.

A few political observations.

The Democratic Presidential candidates are almost as quiet as the Republicans re Trump’s beating up the 4 young Congresswomen of color. People of color make up the largest voting block in the U.S. The Democrats silence is deafening. If they do not speak up now, that voting block will not be there for the Democratic candidate in 2020.

Trump’s campaign war chest overfloweth. His spending for Facebook advertising exceeds the combined spending of the 24 Democratic candidates. Note it is not Trump’s money. He never spends his own. Probably comes from the major corporations and rich persons he has helped with the tax cut and deregulation.

William Crystal is a noted conservative. A black hearted Republican. This time he does not stand with his party’s Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Crystal said on a talk show the other evening that Trump can lose the popular election by 5 million votes and still win the Presidency because of the electoral college.

He further indicated that it was the way Trump has aimed his campaign. Retain his roughly 40 percent die hards. Add a few more votes in certain states. And he would be reelected even having lost the popular vote by 5 million votes.

Today the biggest of Hemingway Days. The Running of the Bulls, finals of the Hemingway Look-a-Like contest, street band, and street feast. People, people, people.

The Running of the Bulls is at 1. The race begins at Sloppy Joe’s.

Everywhere I have gone in recent months, some persons have their lap tops out. My inquiring mind. What are you doing? Everyone is shopping. At Walmarts! I am then told how easy and much cheaper it is.

I tried Walmarts week. Signed up. Shopped. Order delivered in 2 days. No shipping cost because I spent over $35. Everything I ordered there.

I like the system. Not only because of the dollar savings, but also I do not have to carry heavy items home from Publix. A burden at my age. Several trips back and forth from the car to unload. Up front porch steps. Some bags heavy.

I am beat by the time I have everything in the house. I have to sit for a while before unpacking.

One complaint. I do not know where everything is on the Walmart site. They should have aisles so people eventually know where things are.

The U.S. Corps of Engineers is going to perform an investigation for unexploded artillery shells. Four wars involving the Fort. Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. Over the years an unexploded shell has been found here and there.

The government moves as slowly as molasses. The request for the funding was made it 2008. Only approved now. If anything is found, it will remain a while. Funding applied for all over again with a long wait involved. At least 5 plus years more.

Just like hurricane relief. Funding has to be approved. Then allocated. Two separate steps. Each taking forever. There are Irma and Michael victims still waiting.

I feel better. I can tell by how I am writing. It was work for a while.

Enjoy your day!








Does Trump ever stop? His every move leads to another despotic act. We learn more and more the nature of the man. Evil without ending.

Color forever an issue in the U.S. More intense under Trump.

I always thought black was not a color. Rather the absence of color. Researching a bit this morning to see if I was correct, I learned black is a color. Just as much as other colors.

With tongue in cheek, it could be we are all persons of color. If black is color and white also, each of us qualifies as being a person of color.

So maybe we all will be sent back. Except for the American Indian, we are all either immigrants or the descendants of immigrants.

Humor aside, Trump always goes a step too far. No matter what he does. During the 2016 Clinton campaign it was Lock Her Up. Today with Congresswoman Omar it is Send Her Back.

I fear tomorrow will return to send her to jail again.

Trump’s bigotry is obvious. A person has to be deaf and dumb not to be aware of it. One of the reasons forming the basis for hating/disliking persons of color is that soon persons of color will be the majority of people in the U.S. Whites will take a back seat forever more.

The 2020 Presidential election may be the white man’s “last hurrah.”

More persons of color than whites is soon to be. The Brookings Institute in a recent report stated that next year more than half of the under 18 population would reflect coloreds exceeding whites in the U.S. The report further indicated that within a decade, the under 30 colored population will be the majority.

Many whites fear. Properly so. What goes around, comes around.

The first time it was Lock Her Up. This time Send Her Back. Where does it stop?Will jail actually become the third step in cycle?

I have written and said in the past 2 years that Trump’s ICE is Hitler’s Gestapo of the 1930’s. Trump continues to increase the powers of ICE.

In the next 2 years, will we have reached the point of fearing a knock on the door in the middle of the night?

A scary thought. Not inconceivable.

How much time before such a confrontation? I don’t know, but I fear. A country that can detain immigrants, separate children from parents, allow immigrants to live under inhumane conditions, have drinking water provided to children from toilets, leave children with no change of clothes, no bathing, no tooth brushes, permit them to sleep on a cold concrete floor, etc., has already begun stepping over the line.

What is Trump’s ethnicity?

German and Scotch. I researched it this morning.

There was a time however when the Trumps feared being identified as Germans. They said they were of Scotch ancestry. Trump’s mother Mary Anne MacLeod was born in Scotland. His father Fred in Germany.

Trump even wrote in the Art of the Deal which was published in 1987 that he was of Scottish ancestry. Later he spoke at some big dinner and told everyone he was proud to be a German.

I’m not surprised. I recall his first wife mentioning he kept a book by Hitler on his nightstand. Not Mein Kampf. Another whose title I cannot recall.

Irma is still with us. The hurricane hit September 10, 2017. Just short of 2 years ago.

It was announced yesterday the Marine Removal Debris has approved 76 additional canals to be cleaned. Hurricane debris and sediment removed. Federal dollars involved. The Feds pay and the County oversees the spending of the money.

The U.S. is excited about the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Man walking on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Key West is having a big party. At the same time Hemingway Days is downtown.

A Lunar Landing Lawn Party will be held saturday night at the complex of the relatively new motels on Northern Boulevard. All kinds of activities followed by an 8 pm showing of First Men starring Ryan Gosling.

Nero keeps getting blamed for having burned Rome. Not so.

Most of Rome was destroyed by fire in 64 A.D. Fallacy tells us Nero had the fire started, watched Rome burn from the palace, and played the fiddle while so doing.

Could not have been. The fire accidentally began. The fiddle had not yet been invented. Nero was not at the palace. Rather 35 miles away in Antiam when the fire broke out.

Good hearted a man however. Nero let the people of Rome use the palace for shelter following the fire.

Nero was a true politician. The Christians were giving him a hard time. He blamed the fire on them. They were arrested, tortured, and executed. Hundreds of them.

Enjoy your day!









There was a time…..Key West bars provided companionship for customers. In some places, the company consisted of a pretty scantily clad young lady hustling drinks. No sex. Known as B-girls.

At other establishments, the ladies might be described as bi. They doubled as B-girls and prostitutes. They liquored up the men and then took them to a back room or upstairs.

Whore houses also existed. Strictly for sex.

I have written about the whore houses in the past and how the Navy dealt with them. Today’s dissertation is limited to bars with B-girls. Sex immaterial.

The U.S. Navy considered bars with B-bars and whore houses an abomination. From the 1930’s thru the early 1960’s, the Navy  exerted every effort to get them closed. Bad for a sailor’s pocket book and health. Syphilis difficult to deal with through World War II.

The Navy constantly imposed itself on the City of Key West. Beat upon Commission members till they relented and did something about the establishments. Sometimes one, other times all.

In 1953, the Mardi Gras Night Club was located at 92 Duval Street. Primarily a B-girl operation. The Mardi Gras had operated before 1960 and after. Closed down several times by authorities for one reason or another. The closings again always pressured by the Navy.

The City passed an ordinance baring B-girls. Mardi Gras was a repeat offender of the ordinance and frequently closed. Only to reopen another time.

The B-girls were young lovelies. Few clothes. Tassels part of their meager clothing. The ladies referred to as burlesque girls who spun their tassels.

The bar was a popular place. Part of the 1955 movie The Rose Tattoo was filmed there. The movie starred Burt Lancaster and Anna Mangani. Tennessee Williams had written the Broadway play.

Most of the filming was done at a home on Duncan Street. 1431 to be exact. A block and a half from my daughter Lisa’s home.

Next door to 1431 was Tennessee Williams’ home. Williams permitted his home to be used for change of costume, rest, etc.

During the Mardi Gras scenes, Tennessee Williams, his lover Frank Merlo, and producer Hal Wallis can be seen as extras.

Several years following the making of the movie, Williams had an enormous mosaic of a rose tattoo embedded in the floor of the pool behind his house. It is still there.

The Mardi Gras Night Club was still operating in 1960. I discovered some photos of the place. The ladies were standing on the bar. Scantily clad, beautiful. I could see why sailors would blow their pay to sit and chat with them.

My blog talk radio show Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou held last night. Excellent topics. The topics are everything.

Two especially stood out.

This saturday will be the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin.

Blew my mind! Man able to fly to the moon and then walk on it!

The other special topic involved President Jimmy Carter and the late 1970’s oil shortage. A for real shortage. Wait in line 3 hours to get gas. Then be limited as to number of gallons. Cars running out of gas. Fuel for heating homes in poor supply.

Carter did a special telecast on February 2, 1977. The purpose to advise the American people how things were going and what to do.

Carter appeared on TV wearing a sweater. No jacket. His advice was to lower thermostats to 60 degrees and wear a sweater.

Did not go over well. Wonder why Carter was defeated in the next election by Reagan.

This week and next big times in Key West. Today, the beginning of Hemingway Days. Next week, the 2 day Mini Lobster Season.

Thousands will visit Key West to participate.

Joe DiMaggio. One of the greats in the history of baseball.

DiMaggio had a batting streak going. He had hit in 56 consecutive games. On this day in 1941, DiMaggio was looking for hit 57. It was not to be. His 56 game record however remains to this day.

To appreciate the man’s quality as a baseball player, DiMaggio played 13 seasons. In that time, the New York Yankees won 11 pennants and 10 World Series.

Difficult to beat a record like that!

A touch of Trump. Can’t be avoided.

Around 7 last night, the House of Representatives voted a condemnation of the President for his racist comments. The comments wherein he told the young female Congresswomen who were on his back to return from where they came.

All women of color. Three born in the U.S. One in Somalia and became a naturalized citizen at 14.

In bad taste. The President exhibited his racist edge once again. To the wrong group, however. These are 4 tough young ladies.

The condemnation does not hurt Trump as a practical matter. It is a bad mark on his Presidential report card, however. The mark will be there for all history. Every one will know the type of man he was when it came to persons of color.

A racist and bigot are pretty much the same. In my years, I have met many. We all do.

I learned that a racist/bigot does not know he is one. Completely oblivious to it. Thinks he is good to everyone and treats everyone properly.

Does not work that way.

Trump proves my point. He said regarding the racist charge: “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”

Trump is not going to change. He is what he is. He also has around 50 percent of Americans who agree with him. The 50 percent consisting in significant part of older white males.

The Republicans disappoint me. They have to know how bad their man is. Yet they stand quiet. Stoic is the word. Their silence has become an heroic public act of defiance.

Enjoy your day!



Some interesting politically philosophical items. Related, yet different.

First however Louis’ day yesterday and other matters of interest.

Enjoyed last night! I am just getting back into enjoying myself. Did Dueling Bartenders and La Trattoria.

Rick Dery and Heather Mae providing the entertainment.

Few in attendance. Summer the slow season. Families not prone to enter a drag show emporium. Understandably not healthy for kids.

Tom and Claire came in. I rarely see them unfortunately. They have finally made Key West their home.

Mary arrived.

Mary and I walked over to La Trattoria for dinner. Carrie bartending.

I continue to be a good boy. No alcohol! Eight weeks now. I did cheat food wise, however. Enjoyed lasagna.

The break with alcohol and smoking still bothers me. The desire remains. One night it is alcohol. The next cigarettes. My body cannot make up its mind.

Tomorrow the beginning of one of Key West’s most popular celebrations. Hemingway Days. Will run through sunday. Activity centered around Sloppy Joe’s.

I consider Running With the Bulls and the Hemingway Look-a-Like contest to be the best items on the agenda. Will discuss them further in the next few days.

The British Open in Ireland this year. Begins thursday. Going to be interesting. A link course, on the ocean, strong winds. Course described as “mugged,” whatever that means.

This is the second time the Open is being played in Northern Ireland. The last time 68 years ago.

This will be the 148th British Open. The first in 1860. The years do not match up. I assume a few were missed here and there in the early years.

Wore the med-alert for the first time yesterday.

Did not even know I had something around my neck.

There is a small push button attached to each string/chain around the neck. One for indoors and one for outdoors. The indoor one will only operate within 150 feet of the house. The other one any where. It operates off my cell phone which has a special GPS connected to it.

Yesterday, I did some testing. Wore the indoor one in the shower. No problem. I also pressed the button. I wanted to run a test to see if everything was working.

The company is supposed to respond in 15 seconds. It did in 10.

Ran into a bit of a problem. Someone answered “Louis?” Wanted to know my problem. Told her none, just testing. She did not believe me at first. Why, I don’t know. I had to go through several questions and answers to prove it was Louis and I was merely testing.

Did not upset me. The company doing its job.

As to political philosophies, want to start with Nazism. Continues to be on the rise!

Nazism and an America story. The facts having played out in Whitefish, Montana. Can’t get more American than Whitefish, Montana.

Andrew Anglin is a devout Nazi. Through and through. Resides in the Whitefish area.

An anti-Semitic. Publisher and editor of the Nazi publication the Daily Stormer. An admirer of George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. When Trump was elected, he urged his supporters “to party like its 1933”. The year Hitler rose to power.

Remember Charlottesville? Anglin was the featured speaker at the Unite the Right rally.

No question, Anglin a Nazi through and through.

Tanya Gersh a resident of Whitefish, together with her husband and 12 year old son. She is of the Jewish faith. A realtor by profession.

Richard Spencer is a white supremacist leader. His claim to fame is he coined the term “alt-right.”

He too a resident of Whitefish.

Gersh was saying negative things about Spencer’s mother. Anglin did not approve. He used his paper the Daily Stormer to retaliate. The retaliation was far greater than any wrong committed.

Spencer published Gersh’s phone number and told his readers to call Gersh  and otherwise harass her. That they did. Her husband and son also. The Daily Stormer’s article read, “Tell them you are sickened by their Jewish agenda…..This is very important. Calling these people up and/or sending them a quick message very easy.”

Gersh and her family were literally buried in messages and other abuses.

Gersh decided not to take it and sued the Daily Stormer and Anglin in federal court.

Anglin ignored the lawsuit. He failed to appear for a deposition. The court threw out his initial responsive papers and gave judgment to Tanya Gersh. The dollar amount $14 million.

Anglin has disappeared. Said to have gone underground.

The court referred to Anglin’s actions as “an old fashioned troll storm…..egregious and reprehensible…..online intimidation.”

We move now from Whitefish, Montana to Novara, Italy. My purpose to show that Nazism is on the rise all over the globe.

Novara is familiar to me. Those of you who are long time readers of this blog recall my Greece trips several years ago. Part of the trips included a few days in Novara visiting my friend Anna.

Novara is a tiny town a half hour train ride from Milan.

Italian authorities have a federal agency that deals solely with Nazi problems.

The authorities discovered air to air missiles, a rocket launcher, guns, and Nazi memorabilia in the Novara home of a Nazi sympathizer. The Novara raid was one of several conducted in various cities simultaneously.

The overall recovery unprecedented.

And so it goes. A new generation has discovered Nazism and all the evil that goes with it. They are on the rise. Beware.

Trump’s turn.

A racist President. May have been others. No one open and flagrant in his views as Trump, however.

I don’t think Trump is reintroducing racism into our society. It existed long before his election. Half the U.S. population is and have been bigots. They kept quiet about it, however. Till trump. He sensed the racism or tripped upon it. Whatever, he has brought the issue to the forefront.

I saw it as an attorney. Judges! A number of them. Fortunately not half. One spoke extremely negative about them in private all the time. Jews included.

The past election brought 4 new Congresswomen to Washington. All young. Fearless. Consider themselves elected to do the job the federal government has failed to do in decades.

Outspoken! No question about it.

They are in major conflict with Trump at the moment. All are women of color. Trump a racist. Conflict was certain and it has begun. In an off the hand comment the other day, Trump said they should go back where they came from.

Another example of Trump not knowing what he was talking about. Three were born in the U.S. One in Somalia. However, a U.S. naturalized citizen.

Trump has met his match. They will leave him mumbling.

Trump and immigrants. An ongoing confrontation.

Recall how simple the issue was when Trump ran in 2016. He was going to build a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it. Still no wall and Mexico has made it clear they will not pay for one.

Trump’s actions have made the immigration problem get out of hand.

He is still at it.

It was announced yesterday that new asylum rules had been promulgated by Trump. They will be posted in the Federal Register today. Become effective tomorrow.

Basically, the new rule/law is to the effect that any person seeking U.S. asylum that passes through another country first on the way to the U.S., must seek asylum in that country. If such person fails to do so, that person will not be eligible for asylum protection.

Good luck! Those on the southwest border are limited. Some have only traveled through Mexico. Mexico cannot handle them. If some others first had to go through Guatemala, it would be the same. I read somewhere that Guatemala had all of 4 asylum requests last year. They too are not equipped to handle the throngs involved.

Voices have already risen against Trump’s new gimmick. Comments like “…..most egregious…..extreme…..fundamentally eviscerates rights.”

Attorney General Barr, Trump’s new puppet/licking dog, says the new way is “a lawful exercise of authority provided by Congress to restrict eligibility for asylum.”

Lawsuits certain.

The ICE raids this past weekend. What happened? We have heard nothing.

Obviously did not occur. In spite of Trump going on television yesterday and mentioning how successful they were. Following which he immediately changed the subject.

The right hand does not know what the left is doing in Washington. Ken Cuccinelli is the Chief of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. He was all over TV last week speaking about the raids. In statement form. No substance. Details lacking.

On a national TV show yesterday, he admitted he was unaware of the details of the raids. He further said no one reported to him the results of the raids. The President said they were a success. It is obvious no raids took place. Left Cuccinelli hanging out there.

What a way to run a government!

Now to communism.

I used to respect Senator Lindsay Graham. He stood with John McCain on issues. Generally on the side of right.

No more. Another Trump lap dog.

Graham referred to the 4 Congresswomen that Trump said should go back where they came from in a different fashion. He called them “communists!”

Liberals, yes. Progressives, yes. Tending to socialism, perhaps yes.

No way communists.

An insult. The man should know better. His respect factor is dwindling. Trump is not worth it.

Tonight Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Nine my time. Join me. Lots of fun. I rant and rave about this and that. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.

Enjoy your day!





Some things awaken a person to a fact. A fact known to exist, but not considered till late in life. Life is not forever! The older one gets, the closer death.

I am 84. I am close to the end. Could be tomorrow or 20 years from now. My father made it to 98, his father 94, his sister 102.

All had ailments. Interestingly, we are what our parents were. I have all the maladies at this stage of my life that my father did.

Why this aging/death thing? Two recent occurrences in my life force me to face it.

Today, I begin wearing a medical alert. Around my neck day and night. If I fall, have an attack of some sort, etc., I press the button. Help is on its way within 15 seconds.

It was time. I am falling too much again. Already did physiotherapy. Something additional required at this time. My doctors tell me it is my blood pressure medication. I need a lot. Getting out of bed or up out of a chair too swiftly and I go down.

In case I forget to pause now, I have the button.

Less I forget, the alert system not cheap. All companies advertise $19.95 per month. That only gets one the barest necessities. The same as being without it. I added a number of things. The bill now $54.95 a month.

The other is the use of a cane. I do not have one yet. One of my doctor’s says it is time. I have begun to walk wobbly. Like sideways a bit instead of forward.

The cane is hard to accept. Means I am old! I know it! Fight accepting the cane, however.

I tried a cane the other day at Publix. Publix sells them. Walked back and forth several times in front of the drug counter. Works! Helped tremendously! Don’t be surprised if at some point I let you know I have capitulated and accepted the cane.

Sloan was with me early afternoon yesterday setting up the medical alert operation. Confusing. Took almost 3 hours. I would never have got it done if I had to do it alone. Simple it was not to put together.

I was supposed to have lunch with Mary at Harpoon Harry’s. Did not make it till 4.

Came across an interesting quote concerning mothers and the first place a child resides. “My mother was my first country: The first place I ever lived.”

This is Apollo 11 Week. Amazing how time flies!

Only 50 years ago. July 20, 1969.

Two things have impressed me in life. Man walking on the moon and the Berlin Wall coming down.

My wife and I were glued to the TV set the evening of the landing and first walk. It was after 11 in the evening. I was excited!

My 4 children all asleep. Ages 5-10. Over my wife’s objection, I woke them and had them join us downstairs to watch the landing/walk. I sensed it was a memorable occasion and one I wanted them to remember their whole lives.

Good luck! None of them remembers.

The threats of war in the Middle East bring to mind oil shortages. There will be should a war occur.

I had two experiences with the oil shortage. Back in the 1970’s when Jimmy Carter was President. Respectfully, not the greatest President. The best post-President, however.

Things were tough oil wise. We were told to lower our thermostats to 60 in the evening. Cold! Especially if winters where I lived could drop 10-20 degrees below zero.

Not enough fuel for cars.

My parents, wife and I had spent a long weekend in New York at a family wedding. For some reason, we opted to leave New York just before midnight on sunday. A 4 1/2 hour drive ahead.

No gas stations open. My fuel gauge suggested it was going to be close. It was. We were on the New York State Thruway 4 miles from Utica when we ran out of gas. No stations, etc.open at night to help during the crisis. You had to be crazy to be on the highway at 4 in the morning as we were.

We napped in the car till 7 when the Thruway came to life again.

That same winter, I had rented a condo in Pompano. We were there a couple of weeks at one point. Time to get gas. The kids and I drove to a gas station. The line had to be at least 1/2 mile long. Maybe a mile. It took 3 hours to get to the pump.

Carter went on national TV on February 2, 1977. He was to deliver a special message as to how to deal with the oil crisis. It was not what anyone expected.

His advice: “Wear a sweater.”

For real. He was serious. He was wearing a sweater as he gave his talk. He considered wearing the sweater “a mild sacrifice.” Of course, thermostats should be lowered, etc.

On another issue, some quotes by a prominent government official: “The victor will never be asked if he told the truth…..The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence…..If you tell a big lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed…..The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes…..I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few…..He alone who owns the youth, gains the future…..The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”

The author Adolph Hitler. Anyone else come to mind?

Yesterday was the third sunday ICE was to perform massive raids and arrest for deportation some 2,000 immigrants illegally in the United States. For the third sunday, nothing happened.


Was/is the threat another by Trump full of sound and fury signifying nothing? Did Trump become aware the U.S. is not equipped to handle the large number to be arrested? Or was Trump waiting for a more convenient day when the opposition would not be as strong?

Yesterday a significant number of advocates across the country took to the streets to demonstrate in protest of the promised roundup.

Our nation continues to be sick re the immigration problems. I say the “nation” since half our people seem to tolerate what is being done and the manner in which it is being accomplished.

Can anyone question that Trump is racist? His most recent indication were his comments re the 4 freshmen Congresswomen who have been openly advocating against him. In a tweet, Trump said in effect they should go back where they came from.

Three were born in the U.S. The fourth a naturalized citizen.

The venom that comes out of Trump’s mouth. Every time he opens his mouth, venom spews forth.

In a recent New York Times Opinion Column, the author wrote, “We are not “a white country built by white men and destined to be maintained as a white country.” It was further stated, “We are watching a very dark chapter in this nation’s history unfold in real time.”

The comedian Joey Adams once said, “Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you get older, it will avoid you.”

How true!

Tonight Dueling Bartenders followed by dinner at La Trattoria.

Enjoy your day!


Charles Dickens portrayed Paris at the beginning of the French Revolution best. It was this day in history 1789. All hell broke loose in the French capital.

Dickens authored A Tale of Two Cities. His opening words well describe France in 1789: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…..”

The book’s closing words were uttered by the novel’s hero Sydney Carton. He was about to die. Execution by guillotine. He had fooled the authorities and was going to his death not as Sydney Carton, but a close friend. Carton’s last words: “It is a far, far better thing I do, than I have ever done; it is a far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

Between the two lines, Dickens does an excellent job of portraying the gore that was the French Revolution.

The Bastille was a royal fortress and prison. Better known as a prison. Many French persons had suffered and died within its walls. The building symbolized the tyranny of the French monarchs.

The attack on the Bastille and its falling marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Heads would fall. Thousands guillotined, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Today most believe the attack on the Bastille freed hundreds of persons jailed. Not so. Only 7. It was primarily being used at the time as a warehouse for guns and ammunition. It was attacked for what it symbolized and to obtain the guns and ammunition.

It was the first time the guillotine was used for such a large number of executions. A form had beheaded many in other countries in the centuries before. However, it was not until just before the French Revolution that the guillotine was refined and subsequently put to full time use by France for 200 years.

France considered the guillotine efficient and painless. The head was eliminated from the body swiftly. The last French execution via the guillotine was in 1977. In 1981, France abolished the death penalty and it has not been used since.

Why today Dickens and the French Revolution? I woke early and could not get back to sleep. Turned on TV. There before me was the movie A Tale of Two Cities. A 1935 film. The great actor Ronald Coleman playing Sydney Carton.

Later when I read today was the anniversary of the French Revolution and storming of the Bastille, I immediately knew what my blog for today would be.

Hope you have enjoyed.

I have several other matters I was going to share. However, I consider A Tale of Two Cities special. So it is the lone topic for today.

The homosexuality and false homophobia in the Catholic Church, the ICE raids later today, Barry, the latest British leak that Trump scrapped the Iran nuclear deal to spite Obama, and Key West off season, will have to await another day.

Enjoy your Sunday!




Frances Clark Watson was at the Chart Room last night. Fran an author. Wrote the spectacular Key West. A story of our community.

I had not seen her in a while. She is a snowbird. Owns an historic home in Old Town. Visits frequently.

Charming best describes her.

The book’s forward written by Mindy Miles of the Key West Citizen. A small portion of her comments: “The vibrant community…..and significant historic sites make Key  West one of the most interesting places in the United States.”

The book is interesting. Frances  is interesting. Hope I run into her again soon.

John bartending. He is anxious to get to Columbia. He leaves August 12. He previously had a degree of familiarity with Spanish. Has been working on the language for a couple of weeks now. One of those courses that claim it will teach you how to speak the language in a short time. John says, “It’s working!”

A couple of pigeons have taken over the outside of the Chart Room. I suspect because tourists have been feeding them. Whatever the reason, one just had a baby. Everyone feels like a grandfather/grandmother now.

Cindy and Steve at the bar. Great people! Cindy was Jimmy Buffett’s right hand girl for almost a quarter century. His assistant now retired. Husband Steve has been in Key West since the 1970’s. He knows every thing there is to know about Key West then till now.

Mary stopped in. We chatted a bit and then left for dinner at the Pier House’s Pier 1 deck. The food continues to be outstanding. The chef obviously talented. I enjoyed the tuna again. A good sized chuck lightly seared on the outside.

Diana Millikan back in town. A writer. A fantastic researcher. She finds the nitty gritty of things more than 100 years old with ease. A talent.

She is supporting Guy de Boer in his desire to sail around the world. Helping him along. Especially with fund raising.

The trip expensive and long. Around the world means what it says. Guy will be out there without even a telephone for 5 months, if I recall correctly. Whatever, some abnormal amount of time.

The trip begins August 21, 2022 from a French port. It will take him through the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin, and Cape Horn.

The best or worst aspect is that Guy will be sailing alone. No first mate or companion.

I think he’s crazy. However, to each his own.

Barry moving slow. Five miles per hour. Taking its time. It will hit land when it does. Now expected to be this afternoon. Louisiana the landfall point.

A low grade category 1 hurricane at the moment. Wind not the problem. Rain. Now estimated to drop 25 inches on certain areas of Louisiana. New Orleans in trouble. Will the levees hold?

Most of the damage is expected from flooding. Picture all those houses under 3 feet or more of water. Some totally submerged.

Climate change has to be involved. Trump is beholden to the fossil fuel industry. Will not admit it.

A “natural disaster” once occurred every 100 years. Now, every year.

What I am about to share is a strange story. Strange because of its facts? My age? Or, a combination of both?

A transgender child involved. Parents divorced or in the process of being divorced. The child was labeled a boy when born. Father says he still is a boy. Mother says a girl.

The court being asked to be Solomon.

The child James. The mother claims he is a girl, identifies as one, calls him Luna, envisions hormone therapy and sex change at 8. The sex change will be accomplished by chemical castration. Between now and then, the mother is engaging James in social transitioning.

James goes to school. No one knows of the gender problem. He is a girl to all concerned. The father is barred from discussing the matter outside the court room.  Publicly, James must be addressed as a girl by the father in front of others.

The father says his son is perfectly comfortable with being a boy.

At the moment, the court has awarded temporary custody to the mother and requires the father to pay for all transgender therapy.

The transgender problem is a serious one. Three percent of the population are thought to be transgender. A significant number.

I don’t know if it is my age, upbringing, or what. I find the whole thing crazy. Especially castrating the boy at 8! And the mother promoting it!

James is not screwed up. The whole system is. Mother and the court especially.

Or, maybe it’s me.

The American dream. Once for real. Began after World War II. Get an education, a good paying job, marry, buy a home, educate your children, retire comfortably. Not so anymore. The reason being the wide discrepancy in growth involving incomes, rents, and house prices.

The numbers substantiate what most believe. Since 1960, incomes have risen 16 percent. Rents have gone up 72 percent. House prices 121 percent.

A society cannot survive unless it has a healthy middle class. Wages must go up, rents and house prices down. Each must meet somewhere. Hopefully, in the middle.

Is it possible? I don’t know. Our country is under a black cloud unless changes occur.

Another problem exists which could adversely affect our society. Result in changes. The immigrant problem. Especially how they are detained.

Americans will not tolerate physical and mental abuse of others.

Pence and a handful of Republican Senators visited 2 detention facilities on the border. One was in great shape. Large uncrowded rooms, air conditioning, cots, games being played, children watching animated movies and eating snacks.

Everything kumbaya!

Such I expected. Clean the place up before the inspection. Let Pence ask what the problem was. Question whether something was wrong with the Democrats, etc.

The other, horrible conditions! The worst!

Sweating, hot, no showers, smell of sweat and overcrowding, no room for cots, men sleeping on concrete floors under mylar blankets. This was the for real. Shown to make America aware it was happening because of the Democrats. Give me a break! Typical Republican cover their ass claims: Democrats won’t give us enough money!

The truth is simple. Trump does not care about these people. They are persons of color, a group he appears to not be particularly fond of. They are “immigrants.” Trump made them an issue during the campaign and he keeps pushing the issue. Cares not that he punishes the innocents while so doing.

Tomorrow could be a bad day. ICE is going to seek out some 2,000 immigrants who should have been deported long ago. Opposition groups have formed throughout the country. Purportedly, they will be in the 9 cities ICE will be working tomorrow to capture certain people.

I worry. Today, a protest. Tomorrow, a demonstration. Next on the agenda, physical conflict. It is inevitable.

One of the group “protecting” the immigrants tomorrow said, ” You have to come through us.”

Them’s fighting words!

Enjoy your day!





Irma sticks with me. I am sure with all of us in the lower Keys.

Barry concerns me. I have been following it for several days. Tomorrow Barry makes landfall. Primarily, Louisiana. New Orleans right in the middle.

The experts say the levees will hold. Going to be close though. They can handle up to 20 feet of water. Barry is expected to rise to 19 feet. The comparison leaves no one comfortable.

Barry presently a hurricane. Category 1. Not expected to go higher. Still bad! Especially where flooding is a factor. No question there will be flooding. Many New Orleans streets began flooding 2 days ago from the heavy rains preceding Barry.

I have been up since 2 am. Couldn’t sleep. Comcast no help. TV not working. Computer down. Landline phone also. Till just after 9 this morning.

I hate Comcast! I should not be so heavy on them concerning this failure. After all, Comcast has provided excellent service the past 6 months. Six months without anything going down! Wow! Such a large company and its service record has been perfect all of six months!

Wonder of wonders!

Last night, my first some what normal evening since I was sick. I did the Chart Room and had a good time! Not drinking, of course.

The no booze is not easy. We do what we have to, however.

Tammy bartending. It was her birthday. Belated blog Happy Birthday! I wished you personally last night also.

Rich at the bar. Carrie the bartender at La Trattoria his wife. He was on his way out to meet her. She had a night off.

There was a boat captain at the other end of the bar. He had taken a couple out yesterday. The water rough.

The lady part of the couple was sunbathing nude. How nice! Till she got seasick. Then she was hanging over the back end of the boat.

I have been sea sick a few times. Death becomes your sole wish. The funny thing is once you are on shore, recovery comes quickly. Like in 10 minutes or less.

David came in. We chatted a while. Tammy joining in as much as she could.

David a beer drinker. A steady one. After a while, I hated him! He was getting happier with each bottle.

Tammy was in Colorado for the weekend. Morrison, Colorado. She went to visit a girl friend and attend a concert. The concert at the Red Rocks amphitheater.

The Avett brothers were performing. They had appeared at Key West’s new amphitheater a couple of months ago.

The amphitheater open air of course.

It rained. Heavy rain. To add to the discomfort, hailed also. Yup, Tammy got hailed on! Did not enjoy it.

She had to leave the amphitheater 3 times because of the rain and hail.

Fish will be fish. Not an old saying. I just made it up.

On this day in 1993, a female visitor from Tampa was on a rented houseboat. She was in the cabin. A barracuda suddenly leaped into the cabin.

She required 200 stitches.

People are losing faith in government. Except for Trump followers. They think Trump’s way of governing the end all!

Three examples from my perspective why the remaining American people are losing faith.

First, Trump himself. He is ruining the country. Placing us all in harm’s way.

Then there is the very recent federal court decision that found Trump was not violating the emolument clause of the Constitution. The decision basically determined a President can benefit financially from his private business without substantial checks and balances. At issue was the profit the Trump Hotel in Washington has been making.

Finally, engagements in Middle East waters that could spark World War III.

Many more examples. These three typical happenings.

Prepare yourself. I suspect Vice President Pence and a handful of Republican Senators are about to try making fools out of the American people.

They are flying to the border today. To inspect for themselves a detention center. Convinced the stories emanating from them re care being provided to adults and children are not correct.

Pence said they are going to counter “abuse claims.” He also said that the care being provided would “make the American people proud.”

What fools Pence thinks we are! It was announced he and his group will visit only one detention facility. I am sure it has been scrubbed clean and everything to be seen will portray the best available care.

Reminds me of the few times the Vietnamese permitted American reporters and the Red Cross to visit prisoner of war camps. Everything looked good for them also!

Pence is a religious fanatic. He worries me.

I shared an example a year or two ago. Pence was at a religious breakfast. He arrived first at his table. He sat. The second person to arrive was a woman. She sat.

Pence got up and walked away. He does not sit at a table alone with a woman not his wife.

Pancakes were part of the breakfast. Syrup containers on the table. The clear plastic bottle containing the syrup of a nude woman. He asked the waiter to remove it. He would not touch it. Later when Pence wanted syrup on his pancakes, he asked the waiter to pour it. Again he did not wish to touch the bottle.

The Middle East continues to warm up. I refer to what is occurring involving Iran. Happening in important international waterways. Those where huge tankers transfer oil.

The U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Israel on one side. Britain supporting the U.S. Iran supported by several Middle East countries. Iran being backed by Russia and China also.

How did we get into this predicament that could spark a world wide conflict? Many reasons. The most significant at this time is Trump throwing out the nuclear agreement with Iran and his imposing at will heavy onerous sanctions on Iran.

Manna from Heaven. How about money?

Yesterday on an Atlanta highway, an armored truck was traveling. A side door suddenly opened. Cash flew out! Loose bills!

About 15 cars pulled over to collect the cash and then drive off.

The police have issued a warning. Return the money or be arrested. Everything on video. Faces included. Plus license tag numbers.


A police officer said, “We hate to be the Grunch who stole Christmas…..it’s pretty reasonable to suspect the money belongs to someone else.”

It’s a tough life! Can’t win for losing!

Enjoy your day!


The last Volkswagen Beetle ran off the assembly line in Mexico yesterday. Volkswagen has been turning out its Beetles in Mexico for years.

Volkswagen has decided to stop making Beetles. Apparently the market no longer exists for the vehicle.

Sad though the occasion was, it was party time at the Mexican plant yesterday. Excellent food and drink. A confetti shower. A mariachi band playing and singing.

This is the second time Volkswagen has stopped producing the Beetle in recent years. Eleven years ago it said no more. Two years later Volkswagen began manufacturing them again.

That was 9 years ago. I bought one of the first manufactured. A 2010 Volkswagen Beetle convertible. It was not the run of the mill Beetle. It was a special model. Only 1500 were manufactured.

Over the years, I have learned that the first year of any car and the last make the vehicle extra special for sales purposes. Bring in top dollars. Sort of a windfall.

I purchased the convertible in anticipation of making a buck when I sold it. Volkswagen having stopped manufacturing makes the car worth even more.

Almost 10 years I have been driving the convertible. Only 44,000 miles on it. The car has only been some distance outside Key West on 2 occasions. In good shape. If I ever sell it, I’ll probably make the extra dollar.

The convertible my second Beetle. My first a 1969 Christmas present for my wife. Fire engine red. She came upon it Christmas morning in the drive way with a large bow around it.

She drove it for 10 years till it died. For real. She forgot to put oil in and the engine block split. Her next car a yellow Mercedes-Benz.

How the world turns!

The thing I recall most about the new Beetle purchased in 1969 was its cost. $1,900. Those days gone forever!

This morning’s Key West Citizen reports property values in Key West on the rise. I am not surprised. I believe they are the highest ever. More million dollar homes available at one time. Many priced in the several millions.

What goes up, must come down. No question. Inevitable.

I recall the 2008 crash. Home values dropped swiftly and dramatically. Some as much as 2/3’s.

Real estate values have risen 7.5 percent each of the past 2 years.

Keep in mind my admonition. What goes up, goes down. If anything, now is the time to sell. Not buy.

The Keys are in the middle of the turtle nesting season. Hatchings in the dark of every evening.

Many eggs will hatch. The problem is a very few will survive. One in 1,000 will survive to adulthood.

Barry ain’t Barry yet!

The Gulf storm soon to be a tropical storm. At that moment, the name will apply.

The storm is expected to grow to tropical intensity tomorrow morning. Then its name will officially be Barry.

Barry could also turn into a category 1 before it hits land.

Landfall is presently projected for Louisiana. Right up the Mississippi to New Orleans. If Barry turns a bit, it will hit hard the Mississippi shore line.

Landfall is expected sunday or early monday.

Irma was the Keys’ last hurricane. September 10, 2017. A day everyone in the Keys will remember.

Almost 2 years later, recovery work still not complete. Government long overdue with payments. FEMA slow as hell! Bureaucracy the problem.

It has been announced that FEMA will be paying $4 million for Irma cleanup work done almost 2 years ago. $3 million to Monroe County. One million to the State.

Both amounts to reimburse for debris removal.

Note that FEMA has “announced” the monies. I wonder how long it will take from this point to make the payments?

As indicated here and on my blog talk radio show, the Epstein probe will involve more than Jeffrey Epstein himself. Many prominent figures will be exposed.

The first names mentioned include Bill and Hillary Clinton. Does not mean actual involvement. Only means at this time they have been mentioned.

It is alleged that Epstein sent $3.5 million to a secret Swiss bank account in the name of the Clinton Foundation. The information based on a leak. The leak claimed to have been by  whistleblower.

Another interesting name. Prince Andrew. A teen girl claims she was forced to have sex with him on Epstein’s orgy island. She has so sworn in an affidavit. She also claims she saw President Clinton on the island. He has recently issued a statement that he was never there.

Disasters generally come a step at a time. Get worse with each step.

Car sales in India an example. Perhaps an example also of an impending world wide economic slow down.

India has been the 5th largest auto market in the world. Till this year. Sales have fallen off dramatically. Sales down 24 percent for June and 26 percent for May. The decline has been growing for over a year.

The decline has had ripple effects. Job losses and dealership closings the most obvious. Three hundred dealerships have closed already this year.

The car loan business has also been affected. Especially “shadow banks.” Shadow does not imply wrongdoing. Shadow banks are called such because they only make car loans. Do no other banking business. Shadow banking has been 40 percent of the auto financial market. No more. Down dramatically.

The “regular banks” are also taking a beating. They have been even before this problem. Regular banks over the years caused their own problems because of bad loans and banking scandals.

Do the drop of car sales in India and the end of the Volkswagen Beetle indicate a pending doom in the auto industry?

Trump has announced ICE raids will begin sunday. The raids to begin the deportation of “millions” of immigrants remaining illegally in the United States.

This is the third time Trump has announced a beginning date for the raids. Is he serious this time?

The raids were previously postponed because ICE and other immigration officials have told Trump they were neither ready nor prepared to handle the number of people involved, did not have sufficient detention quarters, not enough judges, etc.The first group to be collected will be 2,000. Covering 10 major cities. Babies and young children will be arrested also.

Two interesting considerations.

The law prohibits ICE from entering a home if the person(s) inside refuse(s) to open the door. The other involves the lack of proper warrants by ICE to make the arrests. It is claimed that ICE in the past has made visits and arrests without the benefit of a warrant signed by a judge. They flash warrants unsigned. Not permitted. The warrants must be signed.

Enjoy your day!