Motes For Midweek

Still true: During my “club” days, I had a saying; “The guy’s that use the word ‘heart’ and “brother’ the most, are the guy’s that understand those words and concepts the least.”  I often watched members and prospects and I listened for those key words. I was right more times than I was wrong. I think that idea can now be attached to the word’s “unity”, “racist’ and “patriot”.

This is important: People of a certain age in the islands have no doubt experienced being asked for some identification or their birth date when shopping for liquor or tobacco, even if it’s pretty obvious that it’s been years since they passed the legal age of 21. Senate Bill 1398, which had a hearing on Thursday, would prohibit a business that sells age-restricted goods from asking customers for the date of birth “if it is clear that the individual has attained the age required to make a purchase.” This state has a 15% unemployment, financial shortfall of almost 1 ½ BILLION dollars and our “representatives” are worried about people “of a certain age” getting id’d.  Come on Man. At least try and look like you’re doing something responsible.

Ashli Babbitt. Remember her name.

Nation’s Capital, or Occupied City: Why is the National Guard still in D.C.? Why are the barriers still up? Last time I saw a National Capital surrounded by walls, fences, barbed wire, and armed soldiers, Saigon. Difference, the Saigon soldiers actually had ammunition.

Dear Hawaii: We have 4 Federal “representatives” from the state of Hawaii. Kahele, Schatz, Case, and Hirono. These people, combined, have over 70 years of political experience, but I have to ask, do they represent you? Would you be comfortable saying what they say? Are they acting in your best interests? If you can’t say yes to these questions, you need to contact them, let them know how you feel, and if needed, vote them out.

Headlines deceive: “Outlaw says altered image of police motto used by NBC10 ‘insulting’ and that station has apologized”. But you have to read the article to find out they mean Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. Certainly not the “outlaw” I envisioned.

Two sets of rules: A White House official tried to quash a story about his relationship with a reporter by issuing threats and using derogatory language to another reporter pursuing it. White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo tried to intimidate reporter Tara Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. “I will destroy you,” Ducklo told her, according to sources, adding that he would” ruin her reputation” if she published the story. Hey Ms. Palmeri, I wouldn’t worry too much about threats from guy named “Ducklo”. But that’s just me. There should be some kind of law about threatening people over the phone. Oh, there is, and it’s a federal offense. He has since “resigned”, let’s see if it goes any further.

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