THE STORM! THE STORM! THE STORM!

The storm!

What storm?

We are waiting to see if 99L turns into a tropical storm or hurricane. Waiting time getting shorter. Tomorrow the day.

The present suspicion is that 99L will remain a tropical wave. Big rain and winds. Rain fall day one 2-4 inches. Wind 25 mph, with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Street flooding.

Bothersome, but no big deal! The storm is presently over the Bahamas. Five hundred miles from Key West.

The last time Key West was hit with any significant storm was Wilma. Eleven years ago. Since then, we have been lucky. There have been more than 150 tropical storms and hurricanes. All passed us by.

Complacency sets in. Why worry?

A danger.

Even I am guilty. I was to go to Publix and Home Depot yesterday to supply up for the storm. Never went. Figured nothing is going to happen. I plan on going today, however. Better safe than sorry.

I spent yesterday trying to figure out what to write for this week’s KONK Life column. The same every week. A last minute decision.

It looks like Big Pharma at the moment. The drug industry is screwing us! I need not have to tell you.

Mylan is the present company in the news. They have raised the price on something called EpiPen from $1 to over $500. Over a brief period of time. EpiPen is life saving for those who require it.

Politics involved. The CEO of the company is Senator Joe Manchin’s daughter. Skulduggery involved. The mix of business and Washington.

Finally met Bob Saraceno face to face! Bob is a loyal blog reader. Writes me on occasion. From Buffalo. In the insurance business. Wears his Italian ancestry with pride.

He and Sue are visiting Key West for a few days. Leaving today to avoid the storm. We got together last night.

Sue a school administrator. My KONK column about standardized tests came up.

Good people! Loved being with them! Look forward to their next visit!

We began with drinks at the Chart Room. The ever affable John bartending.

Then to Hot Tin Roof for a long casual dinner.

Joseph was back! His first day. Part time. Is doing better. Has graduated to two canes. Hopefully, next week one. Then none.

At the end of dinner while we were sitting around, a couple who had been seated nearby at the bar joined us. John and Susan from London. John is a banker.

Politics and state of the world our post dinner discussion topics.

Trump concerns me. He can win. Bad for the U.S. and the world. Last night, I was alone in so thinking.

Bob and Sue are pro Trump. They disappointed me.

Banker John from London, likewise.

Europeans know more about world events than we do. Aware in detail.

John opened with…..What about Turkey? And then other things happening in Europe. Even Asia. We got into China.

I have found European knowledge of world events superior to mine. In every instance. Has rung true in every discourse I have had with foreigners.

Maybe because Europe is small and the countries comparable to our States.

John was even into our Civil War.

My sense was John favored Trump. Hillary not trustworthy, etc.

I ended up thinking that John ‘s frame of mind must be similar to the English electorate who recently upset their government by voting in what I consider a far right fringe element.

Interestingly, every country worldwide is leaning that way.

My KONK column this week is Teaching To The Test Not Working. The No Child Left Behind debacle.

I mentioned a Florida lawsuit that was on trial last week. Decision expected soon. It came down friday. The result as I expected.

The Judge ruled for the students. Said class grades and teacher evaluation had to be taken into consideration when deciding whether a student should be promoted.

She was also very lawyerish. Decided opening the test booklet and signing one’s name without answering any question was “participation” in the exam.

The details too long and convoluted to set forth here. Go to my Key West Lou website. The article is linked to it. www.keywestlou.com. Read it. Interesting. Sort of a would you believe!

Click the second item in on the top bar. Click again what comes up. There it will be!

The Hackley baby continues to be sick. Feverish. All day and night today. A three day fever so far.

Primary Day tuesday. Better go today to avoid whatever the storm is going to be.

Christopher Rounds is a candidate for Fantasy Fest King. A good guy! Well liked! Will win!

Chris’ distinction is that he was born and raised in Boonville, New York. Twenty miles from my home town of Utica.

Chris owned Antonia’s. Sold it. Bought La Te Da. Has done a magnificent job in remodeling the place.

Enjoy your day!

 

7 comments on “THE STORM! THE STORM! THE STORM!

  1. Louis,

    Rest easy. There is no way that Trump can win. The deck is stacked against him. Even the 4th estate (media) now openly admit that they are biased against him.

    It’s going to be Hillary unless some criminal charge blocks her. There will be an alternative Democrat choice if that happens. Trump will not win. All this Trump-mania will disappear like a puff of wind, the day after the election and everyone will wonder why there was so much noise about him.

    It is really humorous though, watching people freak out about Trump.

    • Got to agree Tom. The Billary/Bush (spelling intended) dynasty rolls on. Heaven help us! But then, if the Trump won Heaven would abandon us.

  2. The only thing I regret is that Hillary will forever change the make up of the Supreme Court. It will be 7-2 or maybe 8-1 liberal court. Never again, for decades to come, will conservatives have any influence in this country.

    As I have said to Louis before, to sum up politics, conservatives think in the long term…teach a man to fish. Liberals think in the emotional, short term, give a man a fish.

    In the long term, the conservatives have a longer lasting, self-sustaining mindset. But that will end in November.

    If ever a chance for conservatives to win, it was this election against Hillary, they could have nominated anyone that would have beat her…then came Trump.

    Rome collapsed, so must America.

  3. Tom on August 27, 2016 at 8:52 pm said:
    The only thing I regret is that Hillary will forever change the make up of the Supreme Court. It will be 7-2 or maybe 8-1 liberal court. Never again, for decades to come, will conservatives have any influence in this country.

    As I have said to Louis before, to sum up politics, conservatives think in the long term…teach a man to fish. Liberals think in the emotional, short term, give a man a fish.

    In the long term, the conservatives have a longer lasting, self-sustaining mindset. But that will end in November.

    If ever a chance for conservatives to win, it was this election against Hillary, they could have nominated anyone that would have beat her…then came Trump.

    Rome collapsed, so must America.
    end quote

    Well said, I agree. Democracies aren’t meant to last, never have.

    I believe any of republican nominees, well almost any, would have made a good president. But, anyone would be better than hillary.
    Had Romney not been such a gentleman he would have been elected. Especially concerning the candy crowley fiasco.

  4. Patrick,

    I agree that Romney should have hit back when Candy Crowley weighed in during the debate.

    But I don’t think it was due to Romney being a gentleman, (which he is), I believe he was absolutely shocked that the media was biased in such an open way. I’m sure he regretted his silence later. It was one of those situations we all have where later we think, “I should have said…”.

    The Republicans have let Crowley and many other media characters get away with this stuff for years and it’s been devastating to the party.

    • The Republicans crumbled when confronted with the Trump Monster (not all of them) but most including Ryan the Loser and McConnell the who knows what he is exactly anymore.

      Any of the other candidates and several especially could have defeated Hillary. With the right campaign guidance and a focus on solutions to problems and not idiotic rhetoric that inflames the voters on all sides.

      Look, I still do not think Billary is a shoe in even now. She is unstable and could also implode. But a Trump Presidency, a disaster, mark my words!

      I am voting for Johnson just to say I had no part of the mess.

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