LA LA BELLE

Another Key West luminary passed on. First, Peter Anderson. Now, La La Belle. La La Belle was L. A. Meyer’s professional name. Meyer was a female impersonator. One of Key West’s best and most popular.

Meyer was a community activist, one of the first public supporters for gay rights, and very active in charitable fundraising. Meyer at one time also hosted a popular TV talk show, The Southernmost Queen.

Meyer had the distinction of being both Queen and King of Fantasy Fest. Different years, of course. He was Queen in 1997 and King in 2000. The Key West Citizen this morning referred to Meyer’s death in the following fashion…..Key West lost a member of its own royal family.

I am going to be critical for a moment. My complaint is aimed at both the Key West Citizen and KONK Life. Peter Anderson was as big as life! A Key West icon. So popular that two separate celebrations of his life were held. The second celebration was the parade down Duval and party thereafter saturday night.

Neither paper reported on the parade to any significance. The Citizen published a photo of it yesterday. KONK Life did likewise today. Hey guys…..You both missed the boat!

Both papers did print lavish reports following Anderson’s death. Especially, KONK Life. Never the less, the parade deserved more recognition than it got.

I lost my gold star! The air conditioning broke down again. I went two nights without air. Water was leaking. I had two big pans and a huge towel catching the leak. All fixed now. Not major. A pipe plugged somewhere and a minor thermostat problem. Not fun during the two nights I slept without air. Fortunately, I had a ceiling fan which helped.

Tuesday again! My blog talk radio show tonight. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Nine my time. A quick half hour of political and social commentary. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.

Tonight’s discussion will include commentary re the net worth of Americans having dropped 43 percent since 2007, the fact that the recovery claimed is not a recovery for most, the U.S. Office of Population Affairs support of abortion and sterilization to stem population growth, an example of police arrogance.

Join me.

Jim Brady died. May he rest in peace.

Brady was President Reagan’s Press Secretary in 1981 when Reagan was shot. Reagan almost died. Brady was hit by a bullet, also. The bullets used were the type which would explode when in its target. Of the several shots fired, only one exploded. The one that entered Brady’s head. He was never the same again.

Brady and his family became big time advocates for gun control. In 1993, Clinton signed into law the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act. Probably the last time there has been any significant gun control legislation in the United States.

Spent last night enjoying food and drink at the Hot Tin Roof. Enjoyed good company, also. Andrea.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

6 comments on “LA LA BELLE

  1. “Probably the last time there has been any significant gun control legislation in the United States.”

    Maybe one day, we will collectively grow-up, realize that heavy regulation of weapons does not infringe upon a legal militia (making the BIG legal assumption we are all the militia) and make it hard for criminals, drug addicts, psychos, illegals and murderers to obtain firearms. But that would require a higher level of collective intelligence then currently possessed by our legislatures.

    I welcome any legislative gauntlet thrown at me when I obtain my legal firearm to hunt, practice and defend myself. If one has no criminal background, is not diagnosed as loony, a citizen and never arrested for DUI or drugs then one gets a weapon (no questions). Not the be all and end all solution but a great start toward sanity…never happen.

    Odd how we overlook the “militia clause” in the second amendment and only focus on the infringement clause. The Militia Act of 1903 defined the militia as the National Guard. The reserve militia is every able bodied man 17-44 not in the National Guard. That would seem to limit gun ownership to those groups.

    However, that is moot anyway due to the way society has interpreted our love of firearms. The Constitution is mere words that are ignored, mangled and abused every year. Look at how Congress has never had the cahunas to declare a Constitutional war since WW-2. No wonder we are where we are and going where we are headed which is no place good in the long run.

  2. I’m about as pro-gun as one can be, but/and, I don’t have a problem with licensing and registration of certain fire-arms. If all states or the Feds adopted something similar to New York requirements [ I have had both NYS and NYC carry permits] and if all Police Agencies and Health [ mental] agencies would communicate properly with each other then I think meaningful/sensible changes could be made. But, since this makes sense and would work, it’ll not be done.

    .22 caliber [ what was used in the President Reagan shooting] ‘devastator’ [cop killer] ammunition is a joke. One manufacturer in Georgia tried making it without much success. [ should these be banned ? Yup, I think so]
    These cartridges cannot just ‘go off ‘ arbitrarily and it can’t be confirmed that it worked as designed on James Brady. After all the mafia’s favorite ‘tool’ is the lowly .22 since the bullets are designed to enter, fragment [HP] and not exit.
    What happened to Mr Brady was tragic, but, if our system had worked as intended/thought it should not have happened even with the laws of the time.
    Laws cannot be passed that would eliminate any or all possible problems. Only the lawful pay attention to law.

    • “Laws cannot be passed that would eliminate any or all possible problems. Only the lawful pay attention to law.”

      I agree with this Patrick but we have to at least make it as hard for them to get weapons as possible. The honest and law-abiding can ride any legal gauntlet to a weapon as, quite frankly, as they have that right…they are the people we would want in a militia.

      The problem is enforcement of laws is lax, and no communication between necessary parties such as shrinks, state police, the FBI, etc.

    • The “hard as possible” part was directed at the loonies, criminals, terrorists and illegals… not law-abiding citizens. I assume you want things hard on those individuals as far as their access to firepower is concerned.

  3. The “hard as possible” part was directed at the loonies, criminals, terrorists and illegals… not law-abiding citizens. I assume you want things hard on those individuals as far as their access to firepower is concerned.
    end quote

    OK, agreed.

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