BICYCLE LOBBY FORMIDABLE

Some road corrections I cannot understand. One being the abnormal concern for bicycles in Key West. Bicycles dictating road changes to accommodate them.

Northern Boulevard permits bicyclists to operate in the driving lane of the relatively new North Roosevelt Boulevard. At the same time a wide sidewalk runs along the highway.

Now discussions are being had about redoing South Roosevelt Boulevard. Reducing the four lanes down to two. A primary motivation being to make room for bicyclists. The walk along the ocean is eight feet wide and has been accommodating bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, and moms with baby carriages, for years. All without problem.

Why the sudden the concern for bicycles? I only learned the reason the past few days. The bicycle lobby in Florida is formidable. An influence to be reckoned with. Who would have believed? An example of a big tree from a little acorn growing.

The media should unveil the lobby. Bring it out into the light. Make people aware.

It used to be WE THE PEOPLE ran the country. No more. Elected legislators do not listen to those who elected them. Instead, they are at the beck and call of lobbyists. Money talks!

We have lost control of our government over the past 30 years. Corporate America calls the shots. Be cognizant. Time to start taking our government back.

Last night, party time! Don, Herschel and Erika. I invited Herschel and Erika out to dinner. They are visiting for a week. Don joined us.

We started at Don’s Place. Then dinner at the outside bar at La Te Da.

La Te Da full. We had to squeeze a fourth seat in at the bar to accommodate our group.

A good time had by all. Except for an aggravating bartender. Service sucked. His personality matched the service. I was disappointed Tonto was not working.

Weather soon to be a problem. An Arctic blast coming in. Going to be below zero in some northern areas.

We will feel the Arctic weather in Florida friday and saturday. Thirty and 40 degree weather predicted for Orlando and above.

The blast will reach Key West. Not badly. However, cold enough.

The high today is 82 degrees. Friday will be a high of 73 and low of 67. Both cold for us. Laugh not. I will have the heat on for the 67 degree night. Seventy three by day is sweatshirt weather.

Saturday is projected to be a bit warmer. Seventy six-71 degrees.

It will be cold on the boats participating in the Lighted Boat Parade saturday night. Long pants and a jacket.

I wrote about Standing Rock yesterday. Suspected a Trojan horse. Still do. In spite of the fact that the Department of Army closed down the job yesterday. A victory for the Native American Sioux. A temporary one, I fear.

Another example of corporate America controlling government thinking/results. The people not important. We have become plebeians. Corporate America, patricians.

The Department of Army said different routes would be sought, piping would not be allowed under the Missouri River. A new environmental study to be done.

Why my concern that all is still not well, that yesterday’s victory is not etched in stone?

The decision to stop the job was made by the Department of Army. Not the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. True, the Corps is a division of the Army Department. However decisions had been made by the Engineers up to this point. Suggests to me the Engineers did not support the decision to close down the job.

The corporation’s CEO said his company would still be proceeding with the job. A screw you to the Native Americans and Department of Army.

The CEO was also confident that Trump would approve the continuation of the pipeline once sworn in. Trump has already publicly proclaimed he supports the pipeline.

Tomorrow December 7. As President Roosevelt said, “A day that will live in infamy.” Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

The day before, Roosevelt was convinced the Japanese intended to attack Thailand. Intelligence had so advised him.

Roosevelt sent a telegram to Emperor Hirohito. Hoping to stop the attack on Thailand, the President asked that “for the sake of humanity,” the Emperor intervene “to prevent further death and destruction in the world.”

Japan’s vessels headed for Thailand were intended as a bluff. Its greater force was headed for Pearl Harbor.

A few weeks ago, the Greeks demonstrated against Obama while he was at a State dinner in his honor in Athens. I have already explained that scenario from the view point of my Greek friend Jim Brown.

Yesterday, another demonstration. This one for charity. Called the Athens Santa Run. Thousands of Greeks dress as Santas packing the streets of downtown Athens.

My blog talk radio show tonight. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Standing Rock and Pearl Harbor lead the agenda of topics. Followed by a Venezuela update, Russia and the International Criminal Court, a German mayor knocked unconscious because he wanted his city to build free housing for Syrian immigrants, and more. www.bogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.

Enjoy your day!

 

9 comments on “BICYCLE LOBBY FORMIDABLE

  1. “Another example of corporate America controlling government thinking/results. The people not important. We have become plebeians. Corporate America, patricians.”

    America has been an oligarchy and plutocracy for many years now. Their ownership, control and use of misinformation, fake news linked with the dumbing down of the plebes via a dysfunctional education system, media, entertainment and religion allows for easy control of the Ship of Fools.

    However, the Hamptons are lovely in spring so bring your yacht.

  2. Louis!!

    I was surprised to read your comment. Almost thought you were quoting someone else:

    “It used to be WE THE PEOPLE ran the country. No more. Elected legislators do not listen to those who elected them. Instead, they are at the beck and call of lobbyists. Money talks!

    We have lost control of our government over the past 30 years. Corporate America calls the shots. Be cognizant. Time to start taking our government back”.

    Louis, this is exactly the thinking of voters and primary reason that Trump won the election. Are you a closet Trump supporter??

    • No, not exactly Tom. It is clear that trump is more connected to corporate America than any other person that has ever run for president. He will continue to look out for himself as always…finding ways to increase his profits while dodging tax codes and regulations. He knows no other way!!!

  3. Louis, re: your bike report here. There are more concussions due to bike accidents than football concussions. I am not a biker since I fell off one when I was pregnant.

  4. Here, Louis. Another local blogger, Sloan Bashinsky, details the problem that bicycle riders face on South Roosevelt on his blog–which is much more interesting than yours because he, you know, is involved in the community he writes about, unlike you.

    http://goodmorningkeywest.com/?p=43238

    Maybe you’d understand the situation better if you didn’t constantly drunk drive your girlie-ass, two-tone VW all over town in two-block increments.

    • I took your advice. Read Bashinsky’s lengthy comments re bicycles, etc. He is speaking of North Roosevelt Boulevard. Not South Roosevelt that I was talking about. Two diametrically opposed roadways. North a constant disaster in the making. South a calm peaceful roadway. Bashinsky interesting. I suggest my readers take a look at one of his columns. You may have opened a whole new world to my friends who are unaware of Bashinsky.

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