Lest there be a misunderstanding, the Geiger Key reference is to a home on the island. Not the Geiger Key Restaurant and Marina.

Yesterday morning, the FBI raided a private home on Geiger Key. By SUVS with mounted turrets and water rafts. The agents themselves wore body armor and carried semiautomatic rifles.

The home was located on Mars Lane.

The raid was part of a “human trafficking” investigation. Several persons were taken into custody.

The raid began with agents announcing via a blow horn they were there and had a search warrant. Followed by a flash-bang grenade being thrown into the house. Soon followed by additional flash-bangs and smoke bombs.

Geiger Key is a sedate key. The last place a purported criminal activity as described would be expected to be taking place.

From human trafficking to church going.

A key question for Christians in the 21st century is whether the church is a hospital for sinners or an exclusive club for saints. In the recent decade, more have come to view “the church not a museum of saints, but a hospital for sinners.”

Pope Francis recently said, “I see clearly that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the Church a field hospital after battle.” Some interpret Francis’ words to mean “a hospital for sinners, not a museum.”

The high cost of college is being attacked in another fashion: By some colleges cutting tuition in half.

The New York Times ran an excellent article on the tuition cut 12/14 in an article by Anemona Hartocollis: “A Sign Tuition Is Too High: Some Colleges Are Slashing It In Half.”

The “slash” is being referred to in academic circles as a “tuition reset.” A relatively new approach. Presently limited to small colleges.

A leader in the field is Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire. Its tuition was $46,000. This semester $17,500. Applications increased by 75 percent.

Today a significant one in aviation history. On this day in 1903, the Wright brothers made the first successful airplane flight. The event occurred in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville piloted the gasoline powered propeller driven plane. The plane stayed afloat 12 seconds and covered 120 feet.

Steve Thompson wrote of a 1970’s Key West character called Love 22.

Love 22 was a Key West street performer. He was also in New Orleans but Key West was warmer.

He really stood out at Mallory Square. He handed out 22 dollar bills there. Twenty two cents apiece he would holler. He never stopped talking, that’s all he would do. Everything he said added up to 22.

He wore a top hat and tails in a formal black suit. With an American flag on his hat. What a hoot.

He was at sunset everyday in the 70’s. Then he suddenly disappeared from the Keys.

New Orleans gave him the key to the city one year. Then all at once he showed up back here. He looked exactly the same, he didn’t change a bit. It was 22 years, how weird can it get?

Sloan at 1:30. Syracuse/Cornell at 3.

Enjoy your day!



  1. Lou, you ask if the church is a hospital for sinners or an exclusive club for saints. I think you should also question if it has become a breeding ground for hate, particularly in those church’s with fundamentalism as it’s mission.

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