Another school shooting. Yesterday, Parkland High School. Located in Broward County Florida. The 19th school shooting this year in the United States. Today, only February 15. Means 19 school shootings in 46 days. Seventeen killed yesterday. More injured.
The blame lies primarily with the NRA and our elected politicians. The politicos are owned by the NRA.
Children die because politicians are interested in keeping their seats.
The extremist NRA lobbies. Elected officials are subservient to them because of the power and money the NRA has. Both of which could be used to defeat them if they dared to oppose the NRA.
Our elected representatives today reflect man at his worst. Money being more important than lives.
The past year saw politicians with a new line following a mass shooting. A line I would guarantee has to have been formulated by the NRA. When asked what the politician thought, what could be done, etc., the response always is not the time to talk about it.
If not immediately following a mass shooting, when?
Appreciate the amount of NRA money being spent on Congressional people alone. The New York Times set forth such information on October 4, 2017. I take from the article the top three US Senators who received the most in contributions from the NRA.
John Mc Cain #1. $7,700,000. Richard Burr #2. $6,900,000. Ray Blunt #3. $4,500,000.
The numbers say it all. The truth lies within them.
Big night yesterday. Actually started in the afternoon.
The Custom House first for the St. Valentine’s Day mass kiss-in. My date was Catherine. The kiss-in scheduled precisely for 6pm. One thousand expected. Five hundred couples kissing.
We got there at 4:30. The crowd still small. We knew we could not stay till 6 because of another event. We sat on the steps and chatted till 5:15.
Free rum beginning at 5. We did not get any. By 5, the line was long. The Spectrelles singing. Couples kissing when ever they wanted. The woman slung over on the man’s arm.
We left, but not without kissing. Our first. Immediately turned into 3 or 4. Led to more kissing later in the evening. Made me wonder why we had not done this on previous dates.
Then to the Sons and Daughters of Italy St. Valentine’s day dinner and meeting.
The dinner outstanding. Lasagna! Followed by a huge heart shaped chocolate cake covered deep in frosting.
I cheated. Only the third time since November 27. The night before, I craved cake. Any kind. I am on a low carb diet. The craving was satisfied last night. The lasagna an added bonus.
A night cap was in order. We were off to the Chart Room. John bartending.
Lovely Nikki cried out…..Key West Lou! We had never met before. Nikki is from Atlanta. Reads this blog every day. Thank you, Nikki!
Nikki and her husband Russ are from Atlanta. Vacationing. Have been doing so in Key West annually for many years. They were married on Smathers Beach in 2007.
Nikki is a paralegal. Husband Russ, a marina manager.
They were enjoying Key West with Atlanta friends Tatiana and Doug.
Permit an observation. Both Nikki and Tatiana extremely beautiful women.
I found Tatiana’s name different. Special. She explained she was Brazilian. Tatiana however not Brazilian. Tatiana was born sometime around the 1980 Winter Olympics. There was a Russian skater named Tatiana that impressed her mother. Ergo, the name Tatiana.
Tatiana is a nurse practitioner. Proud of her work and the responsibility that goes with it.
Doug into transportation logistics.
Four wonderful people! Hope I run into them again.
There is a new musical in Key West. Undying Love. Tickets hard to come by.
Described as an off beat musical. It is the story of Key West’s Count Carl von Cosel whose love Elena Milagro de Hoyos had died. He stole her body from her grave. Kept Elena with him for several years till discovered. In his bed. Preserved with wax.
Made into a musical, however. And from all I hear, a tremendous success.
The Battleship Maine blew up in Havana harbor this day in 1898. Two hundred sixty American sailors killed. Led to the Spanish American War.
Key West has two connections to the tragedy.
The first involves many of the sailors who died. They are interred in the Key West Cemetery. Duly honored every year.
The other is the location of the formal hearing to determine the cause of the explosion. The US Court of Naval Inquiry met at what is today’s Custom House. Then a newly constructed federal building.
The stock market crashed last week. I predicted it. Though not an economist, being 82 I have lived through several and could sense this one coming.
I am going to stick my neck out. The crash is not yet complete. There will be another this year, worse.
Enjoy your day!