ALITO CAUGHT AGAIN…..ANOTHER FLYING FLAG

Who the hell do these guys think they are? I’m referring to Thomas and Alito. Thomas has committed multiple missteps over the years. Alito, also.

Last week the New York Times came up with the inverted flag at Alito’s home a few years ago. Bad taste! Alito blamed it on his wife. Her fault, he said.

Yesterday, the New York Times came up with another “flag.” This one a flag that was on display January 6, 2021 during the attack on the Capitol. The flag was flown for four days outside Alito’s beach vacation home in New Jersey last summer.

Again the Times had photos and interviews with neighbors. The flag is a symbol for Donald Trump supporters.

The flag is known as the Appeal to Heaven flag, aka the Pine Tree flag. Again, it was seen during the attack on the Capitol.

Alito and the Supreme Court have been asked for comment. No response as yet.

House Speaker Johnson faced blowback for displaying the same flag outside his office last year before assuming the Speakership. The Appeal to Heaven flag remains outside his Speaker’s office up to and including yesterday.

The Supreme Court is delaying Trump cases to the detriment of Jack Smith’s prosecution cases. No reason for it, except slowing things down to help Trump. A poor reflection on the Supreme Court. Does not reflect fairness. Contributes to the Court’s increased negativism in people’s eyes.

What has happened to the Supreme Court? The Court is disrespecting the people’s belief in Justice and Justice itself by playing political games.

Someone, do something!

Trump’s craziness continues. And at a time when a significant number of Americans want him as President.

Two days ago on May 21, Trump stood outside court and claimed people were being “mugged and killed” in an angry speech aimed at District Attorney Alvin Bragg. He said, “Did you see how many people from his office are out there while people are being mugged and killed outside? Never seen anything like it in my life.”

False, of course.

Trump’s MAGA followers have been fewer and fewer in New York City in front of the court house as the case is being heard. Especially in the last 10 days since Stormy Daniels testified.

The disappearing supporters have been replaced with Congressional persons and well known Trump people.

Trump’s statements might be more worthwhile were he a Broadway or movie producer rather that a candidate for President.

Trump however is not running for President, he’s running for dictator.

Enough of Donald.

To Golf.

The plot thickens. In the Scottie Scheffler incident, the police officer involved’s body cam was off twice. First at the time of initial contact between Officer Gillis and Scheffler. Then at the actual time of Scheffler’s arrest.

Louisville police are required to activate their cameras “prior to engaging in all law enforcement activities and encounters.”

Napoleon and the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa once hung in his bedroom.

Shortly after declaring himself Emperor of France, Napoleon pulled one of the biggest power moves in the history of art collecting. He had the Mona Lisa moved to his private bedchamber for his own personal viewing pleasure. 

He was taken by the Mona Lisa.. He referred to her as “Madame Lisa” and the “Sphinx of the Occident.” He would lie and stare at her for long periods of time.

The Mona Lisa hung in Napoleon’s bedroom for 4 years, until it was moved to the Grand Gallery of the Louvre Museum in 1804.

Twenty five years ago in 1999, the movie Notting Hill premiered starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. A touching love story that took place in London. 

I loved the movie and have been fortunate to have viewed it several times. The movie acquired international fame and continues to be enjoyed by all who watch it.

The movie is rated number 4 in top romantic films of all time.

If the opportunity arises to watch it, do so. You’ll “love” the movie!

Busy day ahead. Doctor visit this morning, haircut  at noon, and a manicure at one. Followed by a visit to Date & Thyme for a Monkey Smoothie.

Enjoy your day!

REPUBLICANS LEFT UKRAINE HANGING

Congressional Republicans left Ukraine hanging.

“What is the problem?” Zelensky challenges the West over hesitations and denounces the U.S.

Zelensky is correct. I speak only re U.S. Republicans who stonewalled a proper House vote. Their conduct caused more Ukraine deaths and enabled Putin  to gain ground. Done in order to embarrass Biden.

Not the way to govern. 

There is blood on Republican hands. Trump’s also assuming he encouraged Congressional Republicans not to support Biden’s dollar proposal for the Ukraine.

Trump went Nazi. Reference the recent Nazi passage on Truth Social. The video suggested if Trump were to be reelected, his victory would bring “unified Reich.”

God help us!

The comment was later withdrawn. Trump’s staff blamed a staff writer and not Trump for the passage.

Trump is sick. Mentally sick. At a recent NRA speech, he said he was going to be a second or third term President. Sort of comparing himself to Roosevelt who was a four term Presidnet. Trump also said Biden was high as a kite during the State of the Union Address. Ergo, Trump said there should be drug testing for the debates.

Alito’s conduct, and especially his recent comments about the “upside down flag,” reflect his child-like petulance. Even one of Alito’s usual supporters Senator Lindsay Graham called it “not good judgment.”

Should Alito apologize? An apology is a better substitute than blaming his wife.

He will not apologize. He will continue in the arrogant fashion he has over the years. He does not care.

Charles A. Lindberg landed the Spirit of St. Louis near Paris this day in 1927. By so doing, he completed the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic. His trip took 33 1/2 hours..

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus gave its last performance in Uniondale, N.Y. The show performed this day in 2017. Its final show took place after 146 years existence.

Mackinac Island, Michigan. Cars banned on city streets. Only emergency vehicles permitted. Transportation by walking, bicycles and horse drawn carriages.

Should Key West consider such an approach to alleviate its motor vehicle congestion?

The hush money case adjourned till tuesday. It is expected final arguments will be heard then.

Trump will not be taking the stand. His “I want to testify…..I will testify” his usual bullshit.

James Carville was on Jen Psaki’s MSNBC show. He described Trump “like a mosquito in a nudist colony.” Intimating so much “Trump bad.” Carville recommended Biden zero his Trump attacks to problems involving Trump’s wrongdoings.

The U.S. News & World Report yesterday identified Naples, Florida, as the best spot in the U.S. to live in 2024-2025. It moved up from number 6 last year.

A study released yesterday indicated houses in South Florida are overpriced by 35 percent.

Cause is supply and demand. Demand exceeding supply.

I believe it. A significant reason Key West is dramatically overpriced.

The Grand Happy Hour yesterday with Steve Thompson. Cindy on the boat with Ellen.

I enjoyed tomato soup. Someday I will enjoy meat again.

Democrat District Attorney Fani Willis won her primary battle yesterday. Her relationship with a staff attorney apparently had no effect on her election. Her aggressive handling of the election interference case in Georgia accrued to her benefit.

It appears Fulton County voters admire a person who will stand up and do battle with Trump.

Michael Cohen was questioned re his present income yesterday. He testified he makes $4 million a year, $3.4 million from 2 books, plus podcast revenue and rent on real estate.

Not bad!

If more, much more, than before the Stormy Daniels situation occurred, might be worth the 3 years he spent in jail and the “aggravation” he claims he has suffered as a result.

Media Decision US lists the 20 cities in Greece favored for history, nature, cuisine, and culture. Included were Athens, Oia and Chora. I have been fortunate over the years to have spent much time in the three.

Greece is special!

Red Lobster’s mass closing apparently done without proper steps.

Donna Lowe is a former employee. She claims she was fired without warning. The lawsuit also seeks class action status.

The significance of her lawsuit is she accuses Red Lobster of violating the federal WARN Act and the New Jersey WARN Act.

The WARN Act requires companies with 100 or more employees to give workers at least 60 days notice before a planned mass layoff. Red Lobster gave zero days.

Talk now is to renovate/rebuild. Options under consideration. The Seven Mile Bridge.

It seems like only yesterday on May 22, 1982, that the Seven Mile Bridge was dedicated with 1,300 runners crossing the Bridge. Two days later on May 24, the Bridge was opened to auto traffic.

Enjoy your day!

I WAS A MILK MAN

History Facts ran an article 5/20/24 titled “What Ever Happened to the Milk Man?”

I found it personally interesting. I was once a milk man. The summer before and during my senior year in law school. The years 1959 and 1960. Our son John was born the summer of 1959 when I was a milk man.

I woke at 3:45 am. Was at the dairy at 4:30 to begin loading my truck. On the road doing home deliveries by 5:30. The truck full. Loaded with ice on the top cases. Air conditioning not yet in vogue.

Finished and in class at 10. Senior year law classes generally began at 10.

Moved my ass!

Delivered primarily milk. Some chocolate milk and orange juice. All in glass bottles. Packed in wood cases of 24.

One thing few people knew is a milk truck back then was driven standing up. The driver could sit, but it did not work conveniently. Ergo, the seat folded up and rested back.

One pedal was a combination clutch and brake. The first day I was out delivering, I meant to clutch. Press down on the pedal too far and abruptly engaged the brake. The cases of milk stacked behind me flew forward and pinned me against the front window. Fortunately, I was on a dead end street with an empty lot at the end. The truck came to a stop in the lot. Behind me was about 200 feet of broken milk, chocolate and orange bottles strewn in the road. My first thought was how colorful!

I was proud I learned how to drive a milk truck in a short period of time. The first day problem was behind me. I was able to deliver my route swiftly.

One thing that added to my pride was I learned to carry five full bottles of milk in one hand without a carrier. Yes, it could be done. Milk men did it. I had become a milk man.

To answer the title What Ever Happened to the Milk Man? He became a lawyer who 46 years later retired to Key West.

I was at Date & Thyme early yesterday morning before the rain hit. The rain was a welcome relief to the abnormal heat we have been experiencing. It was heavy through mid afternoon.

While enjoying my Monkey Smoothie, a fellow walked up to me as if he knew me and said, “Key West Lou.” It was Jonathan. Jonathan was a bartender briefly many years ago at the Chart Room. Then he moved down the street to the Galleon where he ruled the roost for many years.

We talked about the Chart Room. I advised I had not gone in a couple of years. He was aware. He and his wife Ann had not returned also. Their primary problem was the new customers. They all knew everything about Key West. Especially about Jimmy Buffett. But, they knew “shit.” They told Buffett’s history wrong. They were constantly changing history.

I knew he and Ann had purchased Sarabeth’s many years ago. I have never been a Sarabeth customer. Thought they had sold it. Not so. Still the owners. He is the chef, runs the back. His wife, the front.

His wife Ann came outside and joined us. Her Dad had been general manager of the Pier House for years. She concierge. It was good to see her.

When I begin eating again, I shall become a Sarabeth customer.

In the 30 years I have been a part of Key West and its surrounding areas, Stock Island has grown. From nothing to something.

It now has its own I Love Stock Island Festival.

A big deal!

The Festival will run wednesday through sunday June 12-16.

Unfortunately, there has been a split between U.S. Catholic Bishops and Pope Francis. The American Bishops are “ultra conservative.”

Francis in a 60 Minute interview sunday evening was critical of the Bishops. He labeled them conservatives and defined  a conservative as “one who clings to something and does not want to see beyond that.”

He further described their attitude as “suicidal.”

Francis has been forced to wage a defensive war against the conservative American block.

Windmere High School valedictorian Mariana Nijensohn earned her diploma this month and a UCF degree this month also.

A WOW! Really WOW!

Mariana has had a unique month.  Not only did she graduate Windmere High School, she graduated valedictorian. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida. Her major was English.

Mariana took enough dual enrollment classes while in high school to earn her B.A. at the same time.

Her ultimate goal is to become a lawyer. However, she wants to get another Bachelor’s degree first. She is going to the University of Pennsylvania  to major in the school’s interdisciplinary major combining philosophy, politics and economics. 

Mariana claims, “I’m a total nerd. I enjoy school.”

Did the two men realize what they had discovered? On this day in 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis, were given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets. Marked the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: Blue jeans.

From Lynda Frechette: “Why would we ever trust a train? They have loco – motives.”

Hard to believe! One of the Great Lakes is dying. Lake Erie.

Responsible is the algae bloom that runs from the west of Lake Erie. It sucks oxygen out of the water, makes it impossible for wildlife to live in the lake. Much of the problem is caused by fertilizer that has run into the lake from rivers and, before that, farms.

The lake’s problem a permanent one.

Red Lobster and Applebee have both announced significant store closings. Now comes TGI Fridays announcement it is closing 36 locations.

Enjoy your day!

MILAN IS MAGNIFICENT

Milan is magnificent!

So sayeth I. Many however underrate the city. List it as low as number 6 as an Italian city to see.

True, Rome is incomparable. Following which Milan, Venice, Naples, Florence and Pisa jointly run a second.

I have visited Milan often. It is one of the four fashion capitals of the world. The other three London, New York and Paris. The people of Milan dress fashionably. Men and women alike. A pleasure to watch them walk the streets of Milan in their daily attire.

Milan is the home of da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Painted on a huge concrete wall . Overwhelming!

Then there is the Cathedral Duomo di Milano. The Cathedral is Italy’s second or third largest Church. Holds over 40,000 people.

The Cathedral is located on the Piazza del Duomo. The Piazza itself huge.

One of my visits was in the heart of July. I intentionally went into the Cathedral to escape the sun. European cathedrals are naturally cool.

I fell asleep. Two hours. An attendant woke me to advise “no sleeping.” Embarrassing.

The shopping arcades surrounding certain parts of the Piazza feature the finest stores in the world. Milan’s Fifth Avenue.

Restaurants the very best. In the summer, tables outside.

There is the La Scala Opera House. One of Pavarotti’s favorite places to perform. The Opera House is also well known as having hosted the world premiere of Madame Butterfly.

Another European city is worthy of note today. Santorini.

The USA Today ran a series of pictures of Santorini itself titled The Magical Island of Santorini, Greece. Forty five photos.

The sixth was where I stayed on Oia, Santorini’s special community.

I stayed there 3 consecutive years some 20 years ago. I stayed at the Filotera Suites. A series of caves transformed into a hotel on the side of a tall cliff.

The photo shows wide steps running down to the suites. The cliff faced the volcanic island I tried to climb. The steps to my suite were torture. Even going down. Some 50 to my abode.

The place was beautiful.

The older couple who owned and ran it the best. I stayed 1-2 weeks each time.. The wife treated me like royalty. Fresh fruit and a bottle of their own wine on the table each day. Special foods she cooked for her own family. She even took pity on me and washed and ironed my clothes each day. All at no additional cost.

The couple were typical of Greeks I met. Warm hearted and good.

I am ashamed I cannot remember their names.

We need more Socrates and Plato taught in college. We fell off the cliff when colleges began cutting back on the arts and increased technical studies. Time to readjust a bit. Technical majors make the brain work. Arts make the brain think.

Art majors can handle technical problems. A thinking brain is capable of expanding.

I was a history major. I became an extremely successful environmental attorney. What can be more technical than environmental law?  My mind handled some of the biggest environmental disasters which were loaded with tons of scientific and engineering problems. A field that required a significant understanding of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics. Courses I had limited exposure to in college. My history developed mind handled them all. Difficult at first. Became second nature in due course.

What is going on? Red Lobster going under. Closing 100 restaurants and applying for bankruptcy protection.  Now revealed Applebee is closing 35 locations. It closed 46 restaurants last year.

Sometimes it takes a long time to reveal a truthful interesting factor.

This one is 96 years old. Involves Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

Walt Disney was a struggling producer. Hurting money wise. Early in May 1928, Disney “took a shot.” No one had ever heard of Mickey Mouse. He ran a short film of Mickey Mouse called “Plane Crazy” wherein Mickey was learning to be an aviator. The short film was unannounced. It saved Disney’s financial ass. Unbeknownst to the public, he had been suffering for 2 months to come up with a winner. Those 2 months have been described as “frantic” involving betrayal and secrecy as Disney struggled to save his company.

It worked! God bless Mickey Mouse! God less Walt Disney for all he joy he brought us!

Xander Schauffele won the PGA. He won by draining a dramatic birdie on 18 to win his first major.

Enjoy your day!

BIDEN AND THE BLACK VOTE

Blacks are leaning against Biden. They have failed to learn that you do not bite the hand that feeds you. 

I find it hard to understand. Put aside that Trump is anti-Black. He lies to the contrary and many Black voters buy it.

Biden in 3 1/2 years has already installed more non-White federal judges than any Presidnet in history. Also, more female. More than 6 in 10 Biden appointments are women. 

Re the White appointments, Trump’s were 65 percent of those he appointed. Biden’s only 13 percent.

Number wise, Biden’s non-White appointments are 125, Trump’s were 37. Biden’s Whites 72, Trump’s 200.

The numbers speak for themselves. Black America should understand them.

Paul Pelosi’s attacker was sentenced to 30 years in jail. Well deserved!

A major unanswered question is why men’s shirts button on the right and women’s on the left.

No one knows for sure. Theories abound, however. Atlantic’s Megan Garber in 2015 described the buttoning as “a weird thing. The button differential is a relic of an old tradition that we have ported, rather unthinkingly, into the contemporary world.”

An old custom that has survived.

There are several theories. The one that has maintained the most credibility since the Middle Ages involves how middle and upper class European women used to dress. Their dresses were complicated and elaborate. More so than men’s attire. 

Wealthy women were dressed by servants. Servants were primarily right handed. It was easier for them to  button up their mistresses if the buttons were on the opposite left side. So buttons began being sewed on the opposite side.

Why has the tradition carried into the modern era? No special reason. No one noticed or complained.

One other reason involved breast feeding. Mothers were more likely to hold their babies with their left hand, leaving the right hand free for blouse opening.

Bottom line, women’s buttons on the left side is an old design quirk which has become just another sartorial custom.

As for men, sword drawing was a consideration. Sword on the left. Right hand remained free to draw the sword.

A final consideration is that 90 percent of the people in the world are right handed. They have been so for hundreds of years.

Somebody made a mistake. Mistake in selecting the person to make a college commencement address.

Benedictine College is operated by nuns. The Sisters of Mount St. Scholastics. Harrison Butler was the commencement speaker.

His words totally contrary to the beliefs of the nuns and institution. He railed against LGBTQ + pride, women in the work force, and abortion access. He told the women graduating that they “have had the most diabolical lies told to you.” He added, “Homemaker is one of the most important titles of all.”

Harrison Butker is an American Football kicker. Plays with the Kansas City Chiefs.. He is second in NFL history in career field goal percentages with 89.1.

How many Keys in Florida? Interesting question. Even I wanted to know.

The Florida Keys are made up of over 1700 small islands. Eight hundred are referred to as Keys. Forty three are connected by bridges.

The question arises as to what defines a Key as opposed to an island?

The answer: Keys do not generally have fresh water. Islands do. Also significantly, a key is a small, low-lying coral island. Like all coral islands, Keys are remnants of ancient coral reefs. Many of the Keys are still ringed by healthy reef ecosystems. Over time, the top of the coral reef is exposed to the surface.

The Preakness was won by Seize The Grey whose odds were 12-1. Kentucky Derby Winner Mystik Dan was favored, however finished second.

Seize the Grey is trained by D. Wayne Lucas. I view his victory with a hope springs eternal adage following his name. He is 88 years old. Is anything left for me?

Harvard has done what many other universities have not. They have taken the step of punishing some of those students involved in the protests by preventing 12 of them from graduating at Commencement.

In addition to the 12, 5 other students were suspended, 20 placed on probation.

I have been severely criticized by some for being opposed to the student protests. It is they that criticize me that are wrong.

They appear to be adults who see an intelligence level in the students qualifying them to not only verbally protest, but to disrupt classes, pitch tents, take over buildings, be anti-Semitic, etc. They view the students as “brilliant.” 

I cannot recall any adult commenting about non-students and Chinese motivating the students and the students buying what they were selling.

My belief is is that if the students were so smart, why did they let others use them. Did they know? If not, even worse.

Trump had trouble with the podium in St. Paul friday night. He leaned on it too hard and it tilted. He did, also. Called the workers who put up the stage “crappy.”

He acted in a very humorous fashion. Even I laughed. Not at him, with him.

Trump was an excellent comedian at the moment. Unfortunately for him, America is not looking for a comedian. It is looking for a leader.

I was viewing some photos of old Key West. One was taken around 1952. A photo of the “new” Dairy Queen on United Street.

Still the same!

An example of women being discriminated against in Key West. On this day in 1906, Key West Police Justice George G. Brooks fixed things for women in this respect.

A Key West ordinance outlawed women from entering barrooms or buying liquor. The Justice declared the ordinance unconstitutional. 

The Southernmost Point Monument was dedicated September 10, 1983. Basically looks the same today as when dedicated.

Whoever thought it would become as popular as it has.

I close with Jimmy Buffett.

I came across a note written by Jimmy Buffett on October 22, 1989. The body handprinted. His signature handwritten.

In it he thanked Key West for its AIR CONDITIONED library. Spelled out the time he spent reading about old Key West. He complimented the quality and spread of reading materials. However pointed out it was the air conditioning that drew him to the library.

Enjoy your day!

AMORGOS

Eco Lodges Anywhere featured an article listing the 15 hidden gem Greek islands. Islands people might want to visit to beat mass tourism.

One of the islands is Amorgos. My Amorgos. My favorite. A nothing. Which makes it “the best!”

The ferry boat comes in once a week. No airport. The ferry boat the only way on and off the island. On the island, transportation primarily by foot.

Everything one hundred years ago.

Dramatic sea views. Mysterious caves. A different kind of architecture. 

Laid back.

Crashing waves and blissful hiking trails.

Few people. Very few people. Even with visitors.

Fishermen go out in the morning in beat up old row boats with a motor on the back.

Everyone dresses in black.

The island small, but loaded with culture and tradition.

I love it!

Two former major nations that failed to live up to their predictions.

The Roman Empire would last forever. It lasted a thousand years. Nazi Germany was to last 1,000 years. It lasted 12 years.

I have complained of the heat for 7 days. So have my friends. It is a fact. Today is expected to be the worst. In certain parts of South Florida, “feels like” temperatures of 113 degrees or higher are expected. Palm and Broward Counties expected to reach that level.

Overall night temperature for the areas this time of year is 74 degrees. Last night was expected to hit around 80 degrees.

Key West will be abnormally hotter, though no temperature published.

The reason for the abnormal heat is the wind which is coming at us out of the south. Normally comes at us from the east.

Dangerous weather. Remain inside. Enjoy air conditioning.

Free speech is All-American. Unquestionably important.

Trump continues to claim he will deport “all American protesters.” He is the biggest enemy of free speech in the country.

And he wants to be Presidnet?

Preakness today. The race 6:50 pm. Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan favored. 

Republicans continue to knock the economy. They lie. And then lie some more. The sadness of it is that many Americans believe them.

The truth. The DOW closed yesterday above 40,000 for the first time. It briefly passed 40,000 thursday, but fell back before closing. Yesterday it crossed and closed over 40,000.

I was store shopping in the Winn-Dixie Shopping Center yesterday afternoon. Ran into a family of 2 parents and 5 children. The oldest child could not have been more than 6. Five children in six years.

The couple young. I asked the father if they were all his children. He proudly said, “Yes!”

Reminded me of our family. We had 4 children in 5 years. Would have been 5 in 5, but we lost the last one.

It takes a good woman to raise that size family who are so close in ages. We started our family when I was in law school. Pure insanity! Then they started coming, One after another. This was back in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. My wife was a “good  Catholic” and refused to practice birth control.

I was little help in raising the children in their early years. My responsibility was to feed them. I was working day and night and weekends to build a law practice. The responsibility fell on my wife. She did an excellent job.

Red Lobster bankruptcy news continues. The “successful” restaurant chain is going under because of the “endless shrimp.”

Enjoy your day!

ROOSTER PLAYS FATHER

Chickens abound in Key West. Tourists love them. Think they’re cute. Locals hate them. Dirty germ infested critters.

They are everywhere. Even at Date & Thyme where I enjoy my smoothie each day. Date & Thyme has two signs up advising customers to Please Do Not Feed The Chickens.

I have written about the chickens over the years. Key West has tried several times to rid the community of them. Failed in each instance.

One story I have mentioned several times is the rooster crowing. His cock a doodle do. Most believe it is the rooster’s call to awaken people. Not so. It is the rooster advising a hen he wants to get laid. His call announcing his desire for sex. Watch the next time you hear a rooster cock a doodle do. You will see a nearby hen perk up and run like hell in the opposite direction.

Can’t blame the hens. Gestation is a mere 29 days. They would be pregnant all the time and caring constantly for chickees.

Yesterday at Date & Thyme I observed a unique experience. Mother hen and 7 chickees were wandering about. The chickees in a straight line following Mom. A rooster was standing about 4 feet away observing them. Silent.

One portion of Date & Thyme has a 6 inch step to a higher level. The mother hen and 5 of the chickees went up and over the top of the 6 inches to the higher level. Two could not make it. They kept falling back down.

The rooster, who I assume was the father, went over and picked each up separately with his beak by the neck and lifted them up and over the 6 inches.

I never knew roosters felt a continuing responsibility for those they sired. I have developed a new found respect for the roosters.

This day on May 17, 1954 was one where the Supreme Court operated as intended. An historic decision was rendered. Brown v. Board of Education. Unanimously held racially segregated public schools were unequal and unconstitutional. 

Harry Truman was one of our finest Presidents. Decisive. Made many difficult decisions swiftly and correctly.

On this day in 1946, he seized control of the nation’s railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.

Another Alito screwup exposed.

It occurred just after the 2020 election. Proof recently discovered and released by the New York Times in the form of a photo.

The facts simple. Following the 2020 Presidential election, Trump supporters were falsely claiming  Biden had stolen the election. Many displayed their position by flying outside their homes or on cars and posts an American flag flown upside down.

One of the houses flying the inverted flag was that of Supreme Court Justice Alito in Alexandria, Virginia. Proved by the photograph mentioned and interviews with neighbors.

The flag was aloft on January 17, 2021.

The January 6 riot had occurred a little over a week before.

Typical these days by Republican politicians, Alito emailed The Times  blaming his wife for doing it.

The flag being flown inverted…..A violation of ethics? Appearance of bias? Raises questions about the Justice’s impartiality in cases related to the election and Capitol insurrection.

Trump’s son Barron graduates at 10 this morning in South Florida. The Judge called a halt to the hush money trial today in New York City so Trump could attend.

Thereafter it was announced Trump would be attending a rally the same day (today) at a fund raiser in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Will Trump attend both? Will he skip his son’s graduation to do the fundraiser?

I would expect Trump to do both. Such is his nature. He’s a work horse.

We will see.

Give credit where credit is due. In this instance to Biden.

Biden advised in March the U.S. would build a pier and deliver much needed humanitarian supplies to Gaza. Supplies donated by a number of countries and organizations. He was criticized by many who claimed the pier was next to impossible to build and would take months, if not years, to complete if doable.

Two months later and the pier is a reality. Humanitarian goods being delivered today over the pier. Biden delivered! And did so with no U.S. troops setting foot in Gaza.

Scottie Scheffler was detained and arrested by police outside PGA Championship at 5:45 am this morning. He is scheduled to tee off at 8:48 am.

He was handcuffed and taken away.

He was later released by Louisville Metro Police. Further facts unavailable at this time.

Enjoy your day!

ANCIENT ROMAN PUBLIC BATHS

Ancient Rome and public baths. No matter where you went in the Roman Empire. you could always find a public bath.

Roman baths were called “thermae.” They were complex facilities with elaborate heating systems where Romans from all walks of life came together to relax, socialize, and, of course, get clean.

Not just a simple dip in the water. A whole process was involved. A visitor would begin by performing some light exercise, followed by a hot bath, then a warm bath, then a cold bath. Also, persons could spend time in a steam bath or get a massage.

Public baths were a central part of Roman culture. Some citizens considered them a symbol of Roman identity. So much so that baths were built in nearly every part of the Roman Empire. Even its remotest regions as far north as the British Isles and as far south as Egypt.

Measle cases are on a track this year to be the worst since the 2019 outbreak. And the year is not yet one third over.

Nevertheless, anti-vaccine activists are recklessly sowing doubts and encouraging vaccine hesitancy. They endanger not only their own health, but also that of the unvaccinated around them. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, one person infected can infect nine out of ten unvaccinated people they come in contact with.

Biden and Trump have agreed to two debates. Over CNN in June. The second ACC in September.

Michael Cohen is reported to be doing well before the jury. Many times when he responds to a question, he looks directly to the jury as he responds. They appear to be waiting for him to look.

As a former trial lawyer for 46 years,  it is a special and unique talent for a witness to accomplish such an exchange with a jury.

Former U.S. Capitol Police Officer Captain Harry Dunn defended the Capitol and lawmakers on January 6. He was in a Democratic primary in Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District tuesday.

He lost.

There were 22 candidates. Twenty one thousand votes won it. Dunn received 14,000.

He said he was going nowhere. Remaining and will run for office again.

There is a parade of Republican politicians visiting Trump’s trial in New York City. Spend a day or part thereof showing support for Trump.

One is Speaker Mike Johnson who appeared on tuesday.

Bess Levin described his appearance in a column in Vanity Fair May 14 titled: “Devout Christian Mike Johnson Shows Up to Hush Money Trial to Defend a Guy Accused of Cheating on His Wife With a Porn Star.”

Levin is overall critical of Johnson. One of her references is to Johnson and Johnson’s son and how they handle computer porn: “He and his son use special software to ensure neither is looking at porn.” Why do they need it? They’re not kids. They should have enough will power to refrain.

Levin asks why Johnson even appeared in view Johnson and his wife’s feelings re adultery: “We (husband and wife) believe and the Bible teaches that any form of sexual immorality, such as adulltery…..is sinful and offensive to God.”

Johnson wrote in a 2015 Facebook post that “Trump lacks the character and the moral center we desperately need again in the world..” Levin followed Johnson’s Facebook comment with: “Since then, he has become a loyal footstool to Trump, that has included, among other things, helping Trump to overturn the 2020 election.”

Traffic congestion is a problem in Florida. Especially central Florida in the summer.

Florida’s central expressways will now let you drive on the shoulder. A first in Florida.

Purpose: To reduce traffic congestion during accidents and rush hour. Something I cannot recall even being permitted during hurricanes when it would have been especially warranted also.

It is absolutely amazing! How Ron DeSantis keeps legislating CONTRARY to the common good.

His most recent debacle was a bill he signed into law yesterday which effectively gives climate change a lesser priority in Florida. A kick in the ass! Under the new law, climate change will disappear over time from State statutes. The new law also bans power-generating wind turbines offshore or near Florida’s lengthy coastlines.

The net effect will be to increase reliance on natural gas to power electrical generation, move Florida’s energy goals away from efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gases.

He is rejecting the agenda of the “radical green zealots,” DeSantis proudly said.

How the hell did Floridians elect him Governor in the first place?

The number of Red Lobster closings now reaches near 100. Two days ago it was reported as 40, yesterday 50, now near 100.

This day in 2022 was a sad one in the U.S. The death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million.

This heat is a killer!

Enjoy your day!

THE GRAND HAPPY HOUR

The Grand Happy Hour is one of the finest in Key West. Price wise and food wise. Limited to locals. Appetizers and drinks half price from 4-6 pm monday through friday. The appetizers meals in themselves. All delicious.

Tuesaday is my day to go. Matt bartends that day. The best! I attend with Steve and Cindy Thompson.

I was there again last night. Unfortunately, my meal is limited as it has been since the last day of January when my heart attack caused me to pass out on the street. Face first.  The impact screwed up my bottom implants. Later lost my upper denture in the ambulance as I was puking. I have been without teeth since. Which means I have not been eating properly. Cannot chew. Limits me to soup and very soft foods.

At The Grand, it is tomato soup. Their’s a thick delicious soup. Served in a large bowl.

Mount Sinai’s valve heart doctors said I could not have dental repair of the implants till May 22 at the earliest. Has something to do with blood being a part of the process and mouth germs could cause another heart attack.

I have only recently began prep work re new dentures. Non cutting procedures. I am excited. Not only the not eating part, also my mouth sinks in, I tend to slur a bit, and also inadvertently spit on occasion.  Not a nice situation.

The one benefit is I have lost weight. Fifty eight pounds!

Time to begin considering the replacement or conducting major repairs to the Seven Mile Bridge. The Keys bridge of bridges!

The bridge was completed 42 years ago in 1982. It took four years to complete.

Reconstruction, etc. is not imminent. A first meeting will be held tomorrow to discuss, etc. the project. The meeting will be chaired by the Florida Department of Transportation. Held at the Marathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Highway, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The meeting will be in person, virtual and broadcast on MCTV-76. The first step in planning the extremely large project.

Boating was less than safe in the early days of Key West. In 1843 for example, 3 large commercial vessels carrying valuable cargos  were wrecked on reefs near Key West on May 15.

Years ago, cargo was “strange” and “different” from today. On this day in 1893, the sloop Gregory arrived at Key West after a two week excursion to the Dog Rocks on the Cay Sal Bank. The crew brought 4,000 bird eggs and 2,600 whelks. All of which garnered a good sum when sold.

Memorable Key West street name changes. On this day in 1961, Thirteenth Street was changed to Kennedy Drive and Fifth Street to Macmillan Drive. Each to commemorate the meeting of Presidnet John Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in Key West.

The anti-Israel War began this day in 1948, within hours of the announcement of the new state of Israel. Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.

Mickey Mouse arrives!

Mickey Mouse’s first appearance in front of a public audience was this day in 1928 in a test screening of the short “Plane Crazy.”

A compatriot of mine age wise enjoys her birthday today. Italian actor-singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is 88 years old.

Confusion has arisen re commemorating a special day to honor Jimmy Buffett. 

The State of Florida announced August 30, 2024 would be that day and August 30 each succeeding year. Jimmy Buffett Day!

Wonderful!

Suddenly someone has suggested December 25 be the day designated to honor Jimmy Buffett. The thought has caught hold with many people. A crazy idea!

December 25 belongs to one person alone. Jesus Christ. Let’s not confuse things. 

There is reason for the December 25 suggestion. However not explained. Jimmy Buffett was born on December 25. So was Humphrey Bogart, Anwar Sadat, Cab Calloway, Larry Csonka, and others.

Leave well enough alone! December 25 belongs to Jesus Christ. Others born that day can celebrate to a lesser degree. Buffett already has his day by Act of the Florida Legislature: August 30.

The winner of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was not one of the favorites. Sage, a three year old coifed miniature poodle, won over favorites which included a German shepherd, Afghan hound, and a schnauzer. 

It doesn’t only happen in horse races!

I reported yesterday Red Lobster had closed “without notice” some 40 restaurants. Money problems. Reports later in the day advised the number of restaurants closed to at least 50 and that workers were “blindsided” by the abrupt closings. They had no prior warning of the possibility.

It was reported that one plane struck another after landing while taxing at Palm Beach International Airport just after 1 am sunday morning. Yesterday, it was further reported the private Boeing 757 that clipped a smaller parked plane was Donald Trump’s private jet Trump Force One.

Key West’s hot weather continues. Afternoons are heavy! Extremely hot!

Enjoy your day!

BAYVIEW PARK CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

On this day in 1924, Key West’s Bayview Park was formally opened. Today marks its 100th anniversary.

Bayview is an item of pride even today. In fact, it gets better by the year.

Visit. Walk around. Bayview easy to appreciate.

Thelma Strebel authored “Reap the Wild Wind.” A story involving Key West wreckers. Her book was made into a film which was released in 1942. The film starred John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland, Susan Hayward and Raymond Massey.

Strebel lived in Key West for a time. On this day in 1940, she took out a building permit for $12,000 to build a house at 400 South Street,

Today’s Key West Citizen ran a lengthy article re yesterday’s  meeting concerning the Key West Hospital. A public meeting attended by 100 persons. Open participation.

The hospital is technically known as the Lower Keys Medical Center. Its lease with Community Health Systems ends in 5 years in 2029. A 30 year lease.

The Key West Commission arranged the meeting to get input from citizens in preparation to negotiate a new lease.

Concerns yesterday seemed to involve assuring that the lease be put out for bid rather than negotiated. The hospital is a money maker so should be attractive to many.

There will be more meetings.

One thing that may not be in the forefront of people’s minds is that the hospital serves a small group of people. Including suburban areas, I would assume 35,000 people. Whatever the number, it is small. I fear locals want the warranted small facility to provide all type services. Much more than now.

It does not work out economically. I am a frequent user of the hospital. For some things, it is Miami for service. No way could I have received the 5 weeks and 3 heart surgeries performed on me at Mount Sinai in Miami in Key West. We have to face up to it. We selected a small community to live in. We must be willing to accept limited medical services.

My concern is how the services provided locally are done. Waiting times are too long. Rarely are appointments kept by the hospital. You sit and sit. Also something should be done with the temperature. The place is an ice box. I once got a bronchial condition that lasted 3 weeks because of the delay in being timely serviced.

It is the small things that require attention. Anything more is unreasonable to expect from a small town hospital.

On this day in 1948, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion. President Truman immediately recognized the new nation.

Red Lobster has abruptly closed at least 48 of its locations in the U.S. Financial problems.

A mother died of cancer. Her 29 year old daughter was unaware how sick her mother was. Her Mom died 3 days after she became aware.

Cleaning up her mother’s apartment, she found a note her mother had hand written in 2010 which was stuck to the back of a pocket size black leather daily planner: “Life is not waiting for the storms to pass…..it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

Trump appears to be showing the stress he is experiencing at the hush money trial. The trial seems to be wearing him down. His nodding and appearances suggest he is falling asleep. Also, his mouth going slack and his head drooping into his chest, do not spell well he is handling the trial.

His comments outside the courtroom indicate the same. He rants, has made juvenile comments about Gettysburg, and occasionally slurred while speaking.

All of which raise the question whether Trump is ready to resume the Presidency.

Michael Cohen testified yesterday. He continues today.

The report is he did not sound like a jerk. He did well. His testimony a coup de grace to his ex-boss.

His testimony came off as calm.

He testified Trump approved the deals made on his behalf. He further testified Trump was worried about the impact of the Daniels story on voters, not his wife.

I believe Trump overall failed as President. Now he seeks to return. Are the people of the U.S. going to permit him to return to fail again?

My heart appears to be mended. Now, my teeth. 

When I had the heart attack the last day of January, I passed out face first on the street. Lost my upper plate in the ambulance, smashed my lower implants from the impact. Working on both uppers and lowers now. Taking a long time. Valve replacement heart doctor said no implant work till May 22. Something about teeth work can lead to another heart attack. Primarily responsible for the delay. 

I have not been eating. Cannot chew. Have lost tons of weight. Not complaining about that. Would like to be able to bite into a steak again, however.

Tonight, Happy Hour at the The Grand. I will enjoy a bowl of tomato soup. Add onto it a diet soda. Doctors have told me no more drinking. My new life! Sort of sucks!

Enjoy your day!