Friday, December 21, 2012
Alaska is a nearly “identical case,” University of Hawaii Professor Panos Prevedouros said, because Senator Ted Stevens was from a small state with very large dependence of federal monies, and he was a senator with great seniority and chair of Senate Appropriations Committee.
“Fiscal Year 2009 federal budget was the last one that Senator Stevens of Alaska was present. In 2008, Alaska was represented by Senator Stevens and a junior senator. Stevens alone appropriated $235
“In a case identical to Hawaii in 2012, both Alaska’s senators were replaced in the 2008 elections with two very junior senators. These two 'newbies' were able to appropriate only $46 million in solo earmarks and $174 million in joint earmarks in FY 2010,” Prevedouros added.
Source: Hawaii Reporter
The relevant points are "$496 million" in earmarks plummeting to "$174 million" with Alaska's two newbie Senators in Congress and their utter lack of clout, which is the very situation that Hawaii has on its hands today. However, when Ted Stevens wasn't re-elected and didn't return as the powerful Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, there was not a 'Fiscal Cliff' looming that that will mandatorily slash appropriations across the board to reduce the federal funding even more.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
"I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly
and to the best of my ability. I think I did okay."
I happened to bump into the Senator at Longs Drugs about 2 year ago and said, "Hi, Dan." As soon as I saw the Senator's eyes brighten up, I knew he'd probably spend 10 minutes or so talking story, so I whisked off without saying another word so I wouldn't take up his day. I mean the guy's on vacation from Washington DC, and random conversation is the last thing he really needs. Aloha, Dan.
Two weeks ago, Vice President Joe Biden delivered the eulogy at the memorial service for Warren Rudman (former Senator R-NH). It struck me somewhat odd, at least, then, that Biden would mention Senator Inouye during a memorial service for another senator. Perhaps, or perhaps not, people in the inner circle knew something that we didn't know about the true extent of Senator Inouye's health issues. Anyways, Inouye's not the type to drag people through stories of bad health. He had more class than that.
Vice President Joe Biden | Nov 29, 2012
Some aloha comments below....
From the Washington Post:
.... We first met Sen. Inouye in the halls of the Senate back in 1970 when I was 10, and my mother was trying to visit our own senator to arrange a tour of the Capitol, only to find his office closed.
Seeing the look of disappointment on my face, Sen. Inouye graciously invited us to his own offices, and not only had his staff make those arrangements, he also took us to lunch in the Senate dining room, and invited us to see the Senate in session. That little boy never forgot his random act of kindness, and I've always had a lot of aloha in my heart for him.
John E. wrote:
In 1966 my grandmother worked in the Senate cafeteria. He used to give her his two tickets to the Washington Senators so that she could take her 13-year-old grandson to the games. Some of my fondest memories as a child.
Sen. Inouye's Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was probably one of the five most important pieces of social change law in American history. That Act gave American Indians the first real chance they ever got. This one piece of legislation changed America; it should be in the first three paragraphs of Inouye's biography or his obituary.
I had the honor to meet him once briefly. It was in a line to get through security at Dulles. He was standing in line like everyone else.
My mother is Nisei and was interned in Manzanar for over 2 years during WWII as a teenager along with her sister and mother. I grew up in a household where Senator Inouye was greatly respected as an humble hero who personally personified the ethos of the war generation.... The war years left huge scars on the Japanese American community and Daniel Inouye's life was a living testament to the power of staying positive....
Jeepers Creepers wrote:
.... I met him in the spring of 1985. He and his wife were walking up past American University and on their way to lunch. My wife and I, almost thirty years their junior, were sort of heading in the same direction. We fell into conversation.
My wife and I had served together in the Navy and were stationed in Hawaii in the late '70's and we got to talking about our favorite Honolulu restaurants - like Maple Garden on Isenberg Street - a restaurant the Inouye's knew well. (It's still there and it's still great - no tourists!).
Next thing we knew, we were invited to join them for lunch and I must say, the next 2 hours were absolutely amazing. We exchanged Christmas cards every year since and though I never saw them again, I still to this day hold a special place in my heart for these remarkable Americans.
Goodbye MR .Inouye. What world needs today is more politicians like you. I live in Britain ,I have closely followed your military and political carrier. To me you are one of the towering politicians of America. I am sure you will be ranked among the great politicians who hailed from united states
.... Mahalo for all you have done for Hawaii and the United States. You are a true statesman. You helped to open doors for people from Hawaii. You gave so many Hawaii people the opportunity to work in Congress and the federal government. You gave pride to the people of Hawaii. You set an example for all of us that yes, we too, can achieve.
Your legacy lives on in many of us.
From the Huffington Post:
.... Ralph Ensminger (my grandma's brother) served as Senator Inouye's Captain in the 442nd and died in the first battle in Italy. Senator Inouye graciously dedicated a chapter of his book "My Journey to Washington" to my Great Uncle. Senator Inouye was a brave, amazing man. He signed a copy of his book and presented it to my grandmother (who grew up in Hawaii) many years ago. Rest in peace, Mr. Inouye. Thank you for being a true hero and leader.
Rick Kasper wrote:
.... My Dad fought along with Seator Inouye in Italy. What a great hero, Great american and even better person. It is a sad day to hear of the passing of this great man. God please offer him rest. Mr Inouye Thank you for your honest, ethical,honorable and humble service to this country, I salute you, hope and pray .... May God give you the eternal Joy you so richly deserve.
In 1990, I started a company in Honolulu called O'ahu Wireless Cable to compete against the cable monopoly that is Oceanic Time Warner. Senator 'Dan,' concerned about the constantly rising of cable rates with no competition, helped me to get the FCC licenses I needed. I had never met him prior to that (and a recent newcomer to the state) but he wanted his constituency to have a choice and not be held hostage to the national cable monopolies. He invited me to Washington D.C., introduced me to the FCC Commissioners, and 'asked' them to do all the could to help us get started. I will never forget his help and support!
Aloha Senator Dan! You will be greatly missed.
.... one bill that he wrote trying to give space a flight privileges to 100% disabled vets didn't get support from Gillibrand and other Senators. Disgraceful. Hope they will honor him in death by co-sponsoring the bill.
Scott Noren DDS
Non combat vet, activist
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Did I mention to them that I authored a blog. No. My neighbors on the same floor aren't aware of my blog. Neither anybody in the rest of the entire apartment building. "There's RONW, he's gonna take our photo and post pics of us on the Internet." "What's Internet?" "That's where you buy things online." "You mean he's putting us up for sale on the Internet?" "No, no, but quick, we better hide in the elevator before he gets within photo range."
Neglected repairs like this is why the Gov. is demanding that the teachers take a pay cut. We need the money to fix the outdoor showers at the beaches and replace the missing handles on faucets in the public restrooms. And a few thousand other things la dat although not a major public works project by them selves add up to a substantial amount in total, but as I noted in an earlier post, the Gov. finds it far more urgent to build brand new prisons that cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Puhleeze
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
I was mentioning in yesterday's post that oddly I didn't see the Arc de Triomphe at the official finish line for the Honolulu Marathon. The marathon is this Sunday. Well, it turns out that my eyes weren't seeing things, or is it, deceiving me. I mean the crew didn't start erecting the Arc de Triomphe until this morning. In the pic above the workers are scaffolding the columns and the architrave, the horizontal beam or bridge in this case. I believe that perch is for the tv cameras. Anyways, below, is the Arc de Honolulu that the finishers run under with their arms up in victory if you equate pain and exhaustion to victory. Their feat never ceases to amaze me. Their feet, too. Every year.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
There's two bronze ponies if you can make them out the photo. They and the two stone statues are the latest additions to the Stone Gardens along Kahala Ave. Dunno why the objects in the pics always seem blurred. Perhaps the lens needs cleaning okay why I never look then. Anyways, if I had arrived an hour earlier the sun would have been in a better angle for the photo shot. Perhaps, again this weekend.  *Whoops, I forget the Honolulu Marathon is on this weekend and the home route is Kahala Ave. Oddly I didn't see the Arc de Triumph set up at the Kapiolani Park finish line when I passed there today.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I usually put up my christmas lights by the stroke of midnight Dec. 1st. If I don't put them up by then the odds are that I'll skip this year like I did the last 2 years. Something related to not making a proverbial deadline ordained in the horoscope or some other type of temple of divination that the jungle has overgrown and shrouded from modern civilization. Of course Dec. 1st been pass already. Up until now that would mean no christmas lights on my lanai railing (balcony). However, the story above has inspired me to dig deep down and find the energy inside myself to string up the christmas lights anyway. So, bruddah, above. Sorry for your lost. But you can come my house and look at my christmas lights dedicated to you and your family. And your family dogs. Bellieve me, I gotta dig way inside my locker room underneath stacks of things for the christmas lights. But I find them. Aloha.
When I walk around my neighborhood at night, I notice that not very many people have strung up christmas lights. The exception is the people who didn't take them down from last year and they just plug them back on. Their plastic trees will keep a year too. I'm not mocking you dear reader who have the evergreens. However, this lack of christmas lights, the ceremonial spirit, whatever, has been going on for a few years now. I guess the economy has dampened people's spirits not by any measure to a melted snowman demeaner bah humbug christmas is plain overrated I'll regrift the joy and the send it to the next recepient down the line like a chain letter no kurgerrand for you red kettle, but the genuine meriment doesn't overflow the cup as robustly as it did. That is, before the economy went to the south pole, there were visibly more christmas lights set up everywhere on this side of the Ala Wai canal and on the other side of the Ala Wai too.
In other news, or should I intone, in other observations, soy beans were on sale for 4 for $5.oo at the grocery store. That's $1.25 each. 16 ounces packages. However, usually a 16oz package of frozen soy beans is almost $4.oo at the going rate. They use to be perenially on sale for $1.00 to $1.25 almost all year round. It remains a mystery to me why the price of soy beans been fluctuate so high. It's not real important in the grand scheme of all things grocery-wise, but they were my favorite snacks. I use to eat them frozen. Rarely less than a bag or two a week.
Now back to our story du jour. As usual it's a rant. Rant or Rave. I try to keep a healthy balance between the two, but know what when was the last you remembered I raved about something? Anything at all. Alrighty, then, from now on I'll rave hysterically about this or that like someone overdosed on their happy pills. Won't we like that? Just trying to be humorous. Seriously, though, it's not sane to rant with every keystroke. Fyi, there is a Bloggers AA. They meet every Friday night 6 o'clock at Kapiolani Park under the two coconut trees. Free refreshments. Be there. Unfortunately there isn't a Rant-ers AA chapter on the entire island. "Hello everbody, my name is Ronw Waikiki, of the clan Waikiki. I have been
Hawaii teachers supported Gov. Neil Abercrombie in his campaign bid for Hawaii's governor. So what's a Governor to do for people who supported his acendency? Why, simply relegate their status to an inconvenient liability. The gaul of the teachers trying to collect on a bygone favor with something more substantial than a hearty thankyou, my friends. "Just sign the freakin contract, already!" Never mind the terms are so lopsided that the teachers at 40 schools are rallying en masse that the Governor draft a revision.
By Gov. Abercrombie's metric, the mainland method is cruel and unusual punishment even though the average citizen would suspect that the Governor is ante-ing up to the terms of a blood oath he tendered behind the campaign curtains between himself and the prison guards industry as such offshoring Hawaii prisoners is cruel and unusual punishment to the livelihoods of the prison guards. Thus it must follow that it is unconscionable to let Hawaii prisoners be locked up in Gitmo and the humane cover is they be brought back home albeit shackled to the ulterior motive disguised in this instance as thinly as the vog in today's air with islanders rubbing their eyeballs. The state already has in place a prisoner program for readjustment back into society where Hawaii prisoners are shipped back to the islands to serve the final year of their sentences so they may acclimatize themselves to the warmer weather and tradewinds to foster an orderly transition leading up to their release.
I don't how many prison guards actually vote. However, I have a strong hunch that almost every teacher does vote. Thusly, Gov. Abercrombie's odd behavior defies political logic. At any rate Abercrombie isn't catering to the teachers behalf. Instead he's read them the riot act that there is no money, period. But there is money to build brand new prisons with humongous price tags. Btw, the current prison guards are set for life. They don't need new prisons to insure the future of their livelihoods or necessarily give a hoot about newbies entering their profession with the prospectus of new prisons. The last student dormatory built a year or two ago at the University was the first new dorm building the state built in three decades on the university campus.
From the very beginning of time and I don't meant time served it's been a fact that new prison eventually become old prisons and old prisons need refurbishing. The state can barely keep up with the backlog of school repairs and potholes how do they reckon to fix even more. It's also a fact of life that spacious new prisons become overflowing prisons in a matter of years. Then it'll be the revolving door scenario where there'll be law suits and the state will ship the overflow off to mainland private prisons. Then there's the legacy costs of the prison guard retirement and health insurance benefits for the pensioners that will come back to haunt Gov. Abercrombie. Obviously, he won't be still in office by then. So no skin off his oklole.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
As it is, the entire US military force is fighting a contingent of 200 al-Qaeda soldiers throughout the entire Afghanistan and those include the imaginary head count. It's been said of Osama bin Laden that he couldn't lead 7 ducks across the highway. The US is fighting his ducks. Oh, it's about the Taliban. See, becuz the Taliban are harboring al Queada in their poppy fields. Thus to exterminate the last remnants of al-Qaeda, every Taliban member must be rounded up and imprisioned indefinitely. Or shot. I agree. However, in Afghanistan, every other person and his gecko is Taliban.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
If you weren't aware, CFL bulbs are old style. The bulbs modern day people are using are LED's. CFL's replaced incandescents, and now LED's are replacing CFL's. Well, almost. LEDs are still too expensive, and I don't really know if they last so much longer that they're money effective. Another thing that I realized after I returned home was for some reason it never occured to me to order light bulbs off the Internet. Anyways, the way I understand it, is that the hour ratings for an LED's are based on the LED's fading to 80-percent of their original brightness. The CFL bulb that I replaced was still working but the light was getting so dim. Thusly, so even if the label on a CFL bulb states it'll last 50,000-hours, it doesn't mean it'll provide useful light for that many hours. That's where LED's are better. Well enough talk about how better LED's light up our lives because I still ended up buying a CFL bulb. Actually, with LED's threatening to make CFL bulbs fade away into extinction, CFL's are getting cheaper.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I stumbled upon a new type of word verification scheme on the registration form above. The simple instruction is in the green box. It sure beats the Blogger word verification rigamarole. The word verification alphabets on Blogger et al. are so well disguised or alterred that it's almost impossible to recognize them for what they really are. Then you have to resubmit them over and over again.
The voters chose to eliminate the illegal marijuana market controlled by cartels and criminals ....
These states have chosen to move from a drug policy that spends millions of dollars turning ordinary Americans into criminals toward one that will tightly regulate the use of marijuana while raising tax revenue to support cash-strapped state and local governments.
.... we ask that your departments [the feds] take no action against anyone who acts in compliance with the laws of Colorado, Washington and any other states that choose to regulate marijuana for medicinal or personal use.
The tide of public opinion is changing both at the ballot box and in state legislatures across the country. We believe that the collective judgment of voters and state lawmakers must be respected.
I haven't the vaguest idea who it was that grouped pakalolo together with meth, cocaine and heroin in the War on Drugs, but it must have been someone high on morality. No one has died from an overdose of pakalolo. Ever. If they were tossed in the same bin of cadavers, than it was with a mixture of other drugs in their system. Ditto with traffic statistics in that context. Thus, it's high time that the laws against reacreational use of pakalolo was updated to, well, no laws against it.
It costs too much to prosecute and incarcerate pakalolo offenders with money that could have been spent elsewhere. And, of course, the tax revenues that the legalized product would have brought in and will never be recouped. If this wasn't bad enough, pakalolo prohibition has proven a windfall to it's beneficiaries, both the prison-industrial complex and the drug dealers. The last thing that either of them would like to see is recreational pakalolo use be decriminalized. Meanwhile, pakalolo prohibition has made the image of pakalolo as a gateway drug a self-fulfilling prophesy simply because pakalolo people have to intermingle and rub shoulders with the hard drug crowd, just as in the Prohibition era, alcohol parlors had backrooms that served the heroin clients and prostitution johns.
To clarify, decrimalizing pakalolo does not legalize wholesale pakalolo growing. In the 18 states that allow medical pakalolo, only hardships cases are allowed to grow their own and limited to one or two house plants. The argument against legalized pakalolo that goes something like, "but legalization would create a huge underground market to resell to minors," is true to some extent, but the fact is that there already is a black market for minors who like blow the weed.
If you haven't been out in your neighborhood lately, I'll kindly inform you that there's an ongoing meth epidemic. I don't smoke pakalolo myself nor inhale so forth, but I personally blame pakalolo prohibition for the meth plague. Meth is readily available to anybody and meth doesn't take months to grow. Then there's the meth related crimes especially home burglaries. There is nothing good in meth. Every part of the pakalolo plant can be used for something useful. For example, The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. There are parts of the pakalolo plant that possess the medicinal effects without the high.
The costs to produce heroin is a whopping 2% of its street price. Ridiculously low for pakalolo as well. Oregon had legalizing pakalolo, Measure 80, on the ballot, along with Washington and Colorado. Oregon voters gave it a thumbs down. The difference in the Oregon version was that licensed growers would sell their harvests to the state, and the state would dispense it exclusively through licsensed outlets. However, Measure 80 was excessively progressive. It would allow adults to grow and possess limitless amounts of marijuana for personal use. The limitless growing amount is not so far out as it seems. The grower would be wiser selling surplus stock to the state instead of risk being caught for selling without a licsence to strangers who might rob the seller or rat on the seller.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Mind you, the annoyance is not entirely what you may think it is. I am starting to get a bit captivated by the developing events. Originally it had all the trappings of media malfeasance of hyping a non-story into a news bonanza. It still would remain a mundane story at the most of tabloid value had it not been for the new characters that have emerged outta the woodwork. Essentially like guest stars on the Hawaii Five-O series. Seriously, though, these bimbo's whom instigated the chain of events .... don't they realize that we still have a war going on. On top of that, they're not your average variety of bimbo's swept up in a media storm and cowering away in secret safehouses. Instead they're savvy in how to flex their muscles. Both buttocks and shoulders and why wouldn't they, shovel ready, if you may, for example, the harrassing Emailer can only benefit from the windfall publicity for the sales of her new book devoted to the Gen. Petraeus and her service as a his laptop. Meanwhile, the victim of the harrassing Emailer enjoys life as a socialite with nothing better to do than bask in the spot light of the elevated celebrity.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The excerpt below is from an article about increasing the percentage of voters by law. The last presidential election was something like a 60 percent turnout.
The Case for Compulsory Voting [The National Interest]
Jonathan Levine | November 2, 2012
Nevada offers an interesting solution: in 1975 .... Nevada became the only state in America to include a “none of these candidates” option alongside the major parties. And while it was a step in the right direction, the initiative was nonbinding and toothless. In the 1976 Republican Congressional primary, “none of these candidates” trounced its competitors, and yet, despite the abjectly clear will of the voters, the nomination went to the nearest runner-up ....
Friday, November 2, 2012
Frequently during this season of the year, we've greeted with a nice view of the mountains looking out from my lanai (balcony). The air or something. Of course, this is before the annual wet weather arrives. Then there're be days that you might not be able to see across the street or even want to walk across the street.
I was about to leave a rousing compliment for a YouTube video blogger that I regularly visit. Before I could do this, up pops the page above. Is YouTube even serious. How important is it to the V-blogger to know who I am? What purpose would it even serve. Then once you have your info on record, every V-blog that has their videos hosted by YouTube, and then you comment there, will display your name, rank, serial number, photo if included, to whom out there.