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Key West Says No to War with Iraq ~ Useful Idiots Alert
The Key West Citizen ^ | February 5, 2003 | GINNY HALLER

Posted on 02/05/2003 2:31:13 PM PST by Elle Bee

City says no to a war with Iraq

BY GINNY HALLER

keysnews.com

KEY WEST - The city commission has said no to a first strike military action by the United States against Iraq. The moment after City Commissioner Carmen Turner introduced a resolution that asked for a multilateral diplomatic approach to Iraq, the audience in Old City Hall stood and cheered.

"I have a 23-year-old son," said Mayor Jimmy Weekley. "My greatest fear is to lose my son over a conflict that I believe to be about oil."

Speaker after speaker uttered words of peace and wishes for the city motto of One Human Family to be extended to the rest of the world.

"Sixty two cities have passed this resolution, and the entire state of Maine," said Stuart Petersen, a Key West High School student. "Let's make Key West the 63rd and extend our motto to the rest of the world."

But Douglas Jones said the resolution was circumventing his rights as a citizen of Key West for the city commission to say his voice will not be heard on a national level.

"Please don't make my opinion not matter," said Jones. "It is not the point tonight to give in to a loud majority to disenfranchise our community."

Commissioners Merili McCoy and Harry Bethel were the dissenting votes, McCoy reluctantly cast a no vote as she supported the concerns of the audience.

"I will write a letter to the President about this issue," said McCoy before she reluctantly cast a no vote. "But this is a curious resolution, that we take a stand for all of the people in the city. I feel as if I have been put in a position of being a war monger if I don't support this resolution."

Bethel said no one wants a war, that he respects what was said last night, but he must support the choices of the president and U.S. Congress.

In other business, the commissioners gave a unanimous vote of confidence to City Manager Julio Avael with a three year extension of his contract.

"When I first became a commissioner I wanted to duke it out with Julio Avael," said Commissioner Tom Oosterhoudt, who added that he is impressed with how Avael is able to see the big picture of all the issues in the city.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: conchrepublic; iraq; keywest; peacnicks; usefulidiots
the City which was the setting for Hemmingway's To Have and Have Not is still a veeery conflicted and extreeeemly corrupt (democrat) city. The rich get richer and the poor keep them that way. The Feds could/should have a RICO field day down here

This paper is call the 'Bait Wrapper' by the locals so as not to offend the Fish [Wrapper]

Citizen's Voice

"There's two items in the news I want to comment on. One of them is the resolution that the city commission wants to send to the federal government about starting a war in Iraq. I don't believe that the city commission should be entering into that either way. They represent all the people of Key West; some people are for it and some people are against it, so I don't think the city commission should be entering into that kind of a fray. And the second comment I would like to make is about Julio Avael's five-year contract. I hope the commissioners are smart enough to know that we cannot afford another five years of Julio Avael. If they want to do a year at a time, that's fine. But a five-year contract is not a good way to go because this makes a person feel like they're more of a dictator than an employee of the city."

"It's not that the American public should stand by its soldiers and stand by its president. No, the president of the United States should stand by the American people, and the soldiers of the American people should fight and stand for Americans. ... I just can't say it enough, that the American president and the American military work for and should appreciate the opinion of the American people, not the other way around."

"About Commissioner Oosterhoudt's recent no-panhandling zone, what he has done is gotten the panhandlers out of his area, out of his neighborhood, and out of his view, and pushed them into the surrounding areas. My area. Thank you for nothing, Commissioner Oosterhoudt."

"Wolfpack? What an aggressive, immature title. Why not something like traffic safety squad? Shows again the Key West Police Department's power trip mentality. Red light runners and speeders go on all week long. Why only Friday and Saturday night? To get more MAD DUI awards? Don't want to give tickets. Give us a break."

"Has anyone else but me noticed how much construction is going on, houses are being built, now that the FBI is investigating Pritam Singh? Think about it."

"... That comment I made about houses being developed with Pritam Singh being under investigation, you probably [don't] understand what I meant, so I will explain it to you. The county was most likely holding on to all these permits for people who have been trying to get their houses built for years. And now that Pritam Singh is under investigation they want to cover their own asses, so they are finally letting people build their houses. And I also notice they are going up fast, so inspectors aren't hassling them and harassing them like crazy. Now do you understand?"

"In response to the comment on the madman in the White House. You could have had Hitler or Saddam as a leader. ... "

"Congratulations to members of the Key West High School band for the wonderful concert they put on last Thursday evening."

"Gary Condit is a skirt-chasing sex maniac. And he said as far as he was concerned, women were his to use, abuse and dispose of. And that sounds like our president we had a couple of years ago. What do you think about this, ladies that love Clinton?"

"Yes I wonder how I can sleep tonight, knowing that Beavis and Butthead are in the White House. This really scares me."

"Yes. I don't see anything strange about Scott Smith having a DUI conviction, considering there are Key West police officers who drink on duty. ... "

"Isn't it illegal to ride your motorcycle across the pedestrian bridge? Gee, the police department should ticket their own. I just saw a Key West police officer ride his motorcycle across the pedestrian bridge."

"I'm an RVer and I take exception the uninformed rantings of those who assume holding tanks are irresponsibly dumped in our shopping centers and at the beach parking lot. Where is the mess, if that were true? Perhaps you should wonder why the beaches are periodically closed because of a high e-coli count. Could that possibly be from the thousands of boats anchored off our shores, as e-coli stems from human waste?"

"To the person that is trying to say Jimmy Weekley doesn't hire the needy, he's never been in a Fausto's."

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1 posted on 02/05/2003 2:31:13 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee
The "Anti - - Anti-war" Wave. What Should It Be? What Should It Look Like?

”For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. Thomas Jefferson

2 posted on 02/05/2003 2:33:53 PM PST by Happy2BMe (It's All About You - It's All About Me - It's All About Being Free!)
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To: Elle Bee
I have a 23-year-old son," said Mayor Jimmy Weekley. "My greatest fear is to lose my son over a conflict that I believe to be about oil."

So I'm to assume this guy's son is in the military? Somehow I don't think he or his son have ever been within 500 miles of a military base.
3 posted on 02/05/2003 2:34:26 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: Arkie2
I say turn over Key West to Cuba, and see what they think in a year.
4 posted on 02/05/2003 2:35:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
If Cuba had any sense they would refuse to take them on the grounds it would lower the average IQ of Cuba by several points.
5 posted on 02/05/2003 2:36:53 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: Arkie2
Not a chance .... the mayor's son is heir to the family grocery fortune (Fausto's).

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6 posted on 02/05/2003 2:37:12 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee
Just spent 2 weeks down there. Full of fruit loops.
7 posted on 02/05/2003 2:40:46 PM PST by finnman69
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To: Elle Bee
Forunately for these losers and others like them, their braver and much wiser fellow citizens will protect them whether they deserve that protection or not. As they wrap themselves in their holier than thou statements and behavior I can assure them that I will take my chances answering to God for pre-emptively protecting myself and my fellow Americans instead of waiting until the "smoking gun" is "smoking Chicago."

God knows my heart and He knows the heart of our enemies, again I will take my chances answering to Him.
8 posted on 02/05/2003 2:42:34 PM PST by Let's Roll (Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.)
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To: Elle Bee
I've been to key west... Nice to see they still haven't sobbered up...
9 posted on 02/05/2003 2:43:00 PM PST by usnret99 (I served! Have You?)
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To: Elle Bee
Personally, I would urge all of the Democrat-controlled legislatures and city governments in the U.S. to come out against the war.

More and more folks are beginnning to trust our POTUS. That being the case, they are realizing that the people who say "It's just about oil" are fools. So, we need to let the fools take a clear stand. Folks need to know who to vote against next time around.

(A lot of Dems get into office without any of today's yellow-dog Democrats really knowing much if anything about them. A vote to forego war with Iraq would help us get to "know" them.)

10 posted on 02/05/2003 2:48:24 PM PST by the_doc
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To: Elle Bee
"I have a 23-year-old son," said Mayor Jimmy Weekley. "My greatest fear is to lose my son over a conflict that I believe to be about oil."

Um, given your constituency, you are statistically far more likely to lose your son to AIDS.

11 posted on 02/05/2003 2:48:46 PM PST by wideawake
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To: Elle Bee
Is the full text of the resolution available? I looked at the resolution/petition that a group is proposing for L.A., and it says we can only attack Iraq if they directly and militarily attack us first. Most people signing the L.A. resolution/petition probably didn't read it closely enough to understand what it was really saying.
12 posted on 02/05/2003 2:51:01 PM PST by lonewacko_dot_com (http://lonewacko.com/blog)
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To: Elle Bee
In related news the city of Key West is looking for good homes for some cocks. street roosters that is. nevermind.

*google key west rooster roundup*
13 posted on 02/05/2003 2:54:27 PM PST by kinghorse
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To: kinghorse
The difference between Mayor Jimmy Weekly and myself: I would not send my son to war, I would go to war myself to protect the way of life enjoyed by my family and children. Why? Because unlike these morons I believe that if we do nothing, eventually they will destroy us.
14 posted on 02/05/2003 2:59:06 PM PST by joltinjoe
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To: wideawake
Too True

and check out this Queen/Clown/ City Commissioner who writes a weekly piece on HIMSELF in the third person! He calls himself the "Colorful Commish"

Check out the poodle on his bald head ... Jim Trafficant would be envious

Tom OosterhoudtOut and About with Tom Oosterhoudt
Out and about with Tom Oosterhoudt
It was heartwarming to see people of every denomination come out and support congregation B'Nai Zion's "Community Cares" yard sale and party on Sunday. It proves what we can do when we all work together. Several thousand dollars were raised toward the $600,000 needed to rebuild.
The same Sunday afternoon, Evalena Worthington helped Commissioner Carmen Turner raise thousands for Big Brothers and Sisters with her annual "Battle of the Bars" contest at the Schooner Wharf Bar. Hundreds gathered as dozens of bar teams competed for the title. Lots of libations were consumed as the six hour marathon contest took place in the sweltering summer sun.
It was definitely a Carter family weekend in Key West with parents Bob and Jane Carter, joining daughter Angel and their two sons, Nick and Aaron. Friday night the commish and Nick went to Durty Harry's at Rick's, where Nick did a record two and a half hour set of head-banging hard rock for the packed house. Owner Mark Rossi was on hand to enjoy the miniature rock concert. What a night!

Saturday night the Colorful Commish helped coordinate Aaron Carter's memorabilia presentation at the Hard Rock Café. The place was packed with adoring fans and Aaron thrilled most of them with autographed pictures. Aaron once again made history by being the youngest rock performer to ever be asked by the Hard Rock to present one of his show outfits for display in its 31 years. What a go Aaron! Special thanks to Hard Rock's newest general manager, Keith Lyons, and host David Wylie for making this phenomenal event possible.

The Colorful Commish also enjoyed meeting everyone at the Key West Convalescent Center this past week. Once again the Hard Rock came though to "love all and serve all" as the staff treated some of our respected senior citizens to a wonderful birthday party at the center. The commish made many new friends out there.

Please keep those e-mails coming to the Colorful Commish at TomO@oosterbooster.com
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15 posted on 02/05/2003 3:01:34 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee
"I have a 23-year-old son," said Mayor Jimmy Weekley"

I think this was dictated over the phone to the pressroom, and they got it wrong. Should be:

I have a 23-year-old son," said Mayor Jimmy, weakly.

16 posted on 02/05/2003 3:08:46 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: Elle Bee
You're either with us, or against us. After Iraq, we declare war on Key West.
17 posted on 02/05/2003 3:43:49 PM PST by My2Cents ("...The bombing begins in 5 minutes.")
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To: My2Cents
you know they actually went to Congress after the Mariel Boat lift from Cuba and seceded from the USA, declaired war and surrendered.

The complaint was a customs stop inside the US on US HWY 1

each year the Conch Republic declairs war again and the US Coast Guard 'defeats' their navy with water cannons

18 posted on 02/05/2003 3:49:33 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee
Someone need to hide their salt shaker again and give them a chance to dry out.
19 posted on 02/05/2003 3:53:09 PM PST by Ditto
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To: usnret99
I've been to key west... Nice to see they still haven't sobbered up...

and likely never will .... they smoke too much of their own product

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20 posted on 02/05/2003 3:53:39 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: finnman69
Key West, one of my fave places in days of yore, is increasingly filled with fruit loops who would much rather kill one another with HIV than stand for a just war. Whatever the issue, the answer is the same....bend over.
21 posted on 02/05/2003 4:02:48 PM PST by PoisedWoman (Fed up with the liberal media)
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To: Elle Bee
That's funny. :-) Remember the Peter Sellers movie in the '60s, "The Mouse the Roared"? The plot was there was this Lichtenstein-like nation in Europe, the Dutchy of Grand Fenwick, and they decided on a plan to declare war on the US, lose, and be recipients of all sorts of foreign aid from the US after the "war." The problem was, they ended up defeating the US. (Or at least that's how I understand the plot going...There was a sequel: "The Mouse on the Moon," about the Dutchy's space program.)
22 posted on 02/05/2003 4:09:23 PM PST by My2Cents ("...The bombing begins in 5 minutes.")
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To: PoisedWoman
Whatever the issue, the answer is the same....bend over.

LOL....

Basically, the same leftist appeasment...They never met a war they didn't oppose.

23 posted on 02/05/2003 4:11:08 PM PST by My2Cents ("...The bombing begins in 5 minutes.")
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To: PoisedWoman
Key West, .........Whatever the issue, the answer is the same....bend over.

ROTFLOL

Just like the French

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24 posted on 02/05/2003 4:11:26 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: My2Cents
yea but this was a bit too real

I remember the Sellers movie and I think it was a play and a book.

I don't know which chicken came before the egg in this case

The Mariel Boat Lift was under whom??? ....... Peanuts Carter?

another French favorite

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25 posted on 02/05/2003 4:14:45 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Ditto
and their peace pipe ..... we know what it's filled with down island

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26 posted on 02/05/2003 4:16:02 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Happy2BMe

27 posted on 02/05/2003 4:20:09 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY (((Anti-Anti-War Demon-Traitor!)))
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To: My2Cents
what's not funny is that they still issue a Conch Republic Passport on Whitehead Street in Key West

Mohammad Atta of World Trade tower infamy traveled in and out of the US on his Conch Republic passport and our ever vidulant civil servants duityfully stamped this document each trip.

The FBI was all over the office .... but they are still issuing Conch Republic passports even today

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28 posted on 02/05/2003 4:21:05 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Free ThinkerNY
please send a case down they are planning a demonstration in Key West on February 15th

BTW .......they also thought Janet reno would have made a wonderful Gov.

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29 posted on 02/05/2003 4:23:21 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Arkie2
Somehow I don't think he or his son have ever been within 500 miles of a military base.

There are Navy and Coast Guard Bases on Key West, probably located there just to protect the soft minded souls like the mayor who populate the place full time.

Don't worry about the flakes on Key West though, God made places like that for those unable to cope with too much reality. The people in NY who think like that are the people who worry me.

30 posted on 02/05/2003 4:27:50 PM PST by putupon (The Democratic Party and Clinton's sold our missiles to Communist China)
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To: Elle Bee
Thus bunch of clowns has posted all the cities/towns/etc that have opted for peace with the devil.
http://www.citiesforpeace.org/
31 posted on 02/05/2003 4:28:05 PM PST by eleni121
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Care to FREEP??

Please keep those e-mails coming to the Colorful Commish at TomO@oosterbooster.com <<--- click here

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32 posted on 02/05/2003 4:28:22 PM PST by Elle Bee (Call to FREEP an email address)
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To: Elle Bee
You'll need more than a case. I've found that 40 to 50 cases are needed to clean out most stubborn Anti-War Demon-Traitors.
33 posted on 02/05/2003 4:32:04 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY (((Live Free or Die!)))
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To: putupon
from the Naval Air Station on Boca Chica the Sound of Freedom takes off and buzzes the island all hours of the day and night

all of our Special Forces train here as well

the city sophists are not what this country is about

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34 posted on 02/05/2003 4:33:19 PM PST by Elle Bee (Call to FREEP an email address)
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To: Elle Bee
Sorry, but I couldn't read the whole article. It really chaps my hide when elected municipal 'officials' think it is there charter to define foreign policy.

If he doesn't like what the feds are doing, he should write his congresscritter like everyone else. I can't believe these dweebs are wasting what meager resources they have to on things that are not in their charter.

They should be worrying about getting the trash picked up, how they're going to pay the dog catcher, not grandstanding for national press.

35 posted on 02/05/2003 4:34:24 PM PST by tje
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To: Free ThinkerNY
but these are for the most part physical cowards

if you wore a necktie on Duval Street people would begin to follow thinking it was a parade .... few leaders many sheep

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36 posted on 02/05/2003 4:35:34 PM PST by Elle Bee (Call to FREEP an email address)
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To: tje
they have a police force which rounds up chickens

Key west has little to do with reality .... only realty

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37 posted on 02/05/2003 4:37:16 PM PST by Elle Bee (Call to FREEP an email address)
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To: Elle Bee
It is time for any person with any brains cells left undamaged to evacuate Key West. Let the others contemplate their navels and read streisand's website. We will alert them when it's safe to return to the bitching, whining, belly-aching, and general pain-in-the-ass status they have as U.S. citizens. Better yet, let's just send them the message in a bottle.
38 posted on 02/05/2003 4:43:47 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness
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To: Elle Bee
Pulitzer Prize winning Jeff McNelly lived there also (but he came from here, I have to brag). The best political (and also other types) cartoonist ever. And other types of art media also. Some of the best satirical Clinton art work I've ever seen. The rooster/Clinton is a riot! If the Mrs. has her way, we may find ourselves living down that way too in a few years. The cats would have to go though.
39 posted on 02/05/2003 4:54:04 PM PST by putupon (The Democratic Party and Clinton's sold our missiles to Communist China)
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To: Elle Bee
Speaker after speaker uttered words of peace and wishes for the city motto of One Human Family to be extended to the rest of the world.

Yup. These people defintiely belong in FloriDUH.

40 posted on 02/05/2003 4:57:27 PM PST by FourPeas (Hey, at least the DUers are mildly entertaining, in a grotesque sort-of way)
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To: Elle Bee
Key West is a fun place to party and get away from it all...but by the same token it's a place where the people are out of touch with the real world.

Definitely not the sort of people you would trust with foreign policy or national defense.

41 posted on 02/05/2003 7:46:52 PM PST by Jorge
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To: Elle Bee
NIce to know some things never change, still wasting away in Margaritaville.
42 posted on 02/05/2003 7:48:04 PM PST by jwalsh07 (Senator Kennedy ain't Irish either, he's a Frenchy.)
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To: Elle Bee
Key West has turned into a refugee camp for old hippies, New Agers,drunks,bums, and burnt out liberal lefties
43 posted on 02/05/2003 7:57:48 PM PST by apackof2 (God Bless America, God Bless Our Troops)
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To: Elle Bee
No wonder Hemmingway killed himself. He was ahead of his time, ya know.
44 posted on 02/05/2003 8:07:57 PM PST by sonofatpatcher2 (God Speed Columbia Seven)
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To: Elle Bee
each year the Conch Republic declairs war again and the US Coast Guard 'defeats' their navy with water cannons

LOL!I got a Conch Republic t-shirt when we were down there in Jan. of 2001. Nice place, but I wouldn't make a special trip back. Typical liberal enclave; we've got ours, don't anybody come in here and bother us!

And there are some VERY poor areas just off tony Duval St. There were roosters and chickens walking all over the place!

45 posted on 02/07/2003 7:57:06 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Jorge
couldnt have said it any better myself.
46 posted on 02/07/2003 10:00:53 AM PST by nocommies
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