Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Department of Homeland Insecurity

If you're a regular reader here, you're already aware that about the only tv I watch is news channels and the local news. I just saw this tidbit on CNN which I thought was worth mentioning. The top photo shows the Department of Homeland Security's grandiose plan for a virtual fence covering our northern and southern borders at the cost of $850 million which was contracted out to Boeing in Sept. 2006, over four years ago. "Virtual Fence" means they plant remote camera stations a hop skip and a throw away from each other in lieu of a steel-curtain wall topped with hila hila as a physical barrier. The second photo shows what we got for $850 million up to now. 50 miles of coverage.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


this is the pop-up that stares me in the face every time I tried to submit a post to Blogger, as in, huh? I finally figured it out that OPERA, my browser, was flagging Blogger as a site that was distributing malicious software which wasn't an issue on other browsers. For example, it's not so on Internet Explorer, however IE does not allow me to post pics, the upload button doesn't work, another huh. So tonight's post is presented to you by way of Firefox. Although OPERA allows me to ignore their warning and submit my Blogger post irregardless, I'm not at all 100 percent secure that OPERA instead isn't in fact the site that's been hacked and impersonating a double agent. Or something like that. That said, I now have to come up with something to blog about. I prefer to blog impromptu.

What Hawaii should be thankful for and is hugely thankful for is the uncharacteristic absence of hurricanes this season. Usually there's a swarm of tropical storms originating off the coast of Baja California on the annual itinerary and rarely does any not fizzle out by the time they reach the islands. However, before they fizzled out, at least some of the tropical storms grew into lower strength category hurricanes. This year, none, and to my knowledge, meteorologist never went pass the letter B naming tropical disturbances. I say, thankful, because the remnants of the former hurricanes subjugate us to week long heat spells of high humidity during the flyby. This year, none. No steaming outdoor saunas so far in 2010, how did we manage to survive. Oh I forget, we were all watching Hawaii Five-O. During the very first minute of Hawaii Five-0, there's always an obligatory murder in some gruesome form or other. We have lift-off, if you may. Immediately followed by the steady precipitation of the series soap opera M.O. Then back and forth to the pursuit of Mr. or Miss Whodunit, the butler, my sister's pet rabit, by the Fantastic Four .... McGarrett, Danno, Chin and Grace. Of more import, the plot swiftly begins to unveil the diabolical motive behind the current episode's murder du jour replete with a cone of probability, or cone of uncertainty, of the evil forces that commissioned the homicide a full hour earlier.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Somebody Alert the Humane Society

I was at Times supermarket, the one across from Zippy's restaurant, and as you might expect, turkeys are on sale as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Well, there was this guy shopping with his wife, and he was digging through the frozen turkey bin like a rescue dog. This was the large size turkey bin. I surmise the objective was to sniff out da best turkey of the lot. In the very next turkey bin, the regular size, there's another guy doing the same thing with equal intensity drumstick all over his face so to speak. The funny thing about it, is since the turkeys are frozen solid, it sounded like they were tossing around boulders whenever a frozen turkey would roll off the pile and hit the plastic freezer bin floor. I had to look twice to see what that strange noise was. And yeah, is there such a huge difference to warrant riffling through the entire lot of turkeys. I personally don't think so. Plus, the turkeys are shrink-wrapped with the brand's packaging, so there's not much visible of the turkey itself if any. Anybody know what those people were looking for? It has as to be something.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


There are more than a few things in the world that I will never ever be able to understand in a normal lifespan. The latest example stems from the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Have you seen the story on the news yet? I bet you have, LOL. What gets me is that if clearly a person of royalty can get married to a commoner, why the heck did Prince Charles have to marry Lady Di when Diana was definitely not his main squeeze, and he had the Duke of Windsor as a role model to follow if he was so inclined? On the other side of the ledger, Diana wouldn't have married Prince Charles if he wasn't a prince, duke, or some other rank of British aristocracy. She wouldn't have gone through the motions of kissing him if he was a frog. It wasn't the same situation so to speak where Jackie would have married Jack Kennedy irregardless of his status, but much more like a Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis liaison regarding the bond between Charley and Princess Di.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

On Any Friday

am I the only person on the island that uses a table cloth on top of his/her computer desk?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

by the time I was all pau (finish) filling in the little rectangles on my ballot, it was only a few minutes before 6 o'clock upon which the polls officially close for another 2 years. Imagine that, 2 years without the non-stop political mud slinging, character assassinations, defamations, libel and slander, promissory notes, etc., etc. How will we ever manage to survive without it? (more later)