Monday Madness Motes

Sports short: Spring training is almost upon us. Some players are already at the cams and trying to “get into shape”. As if baseball players have a “shape”. It’s been announced the owners etc. are implementing several new rule changes for the 2023 season, and they’re not the average small changes you see from leagues on a yearly basis. These are major switch-ups — pitch clocks, larger bases, shift restrictions and pickoff limits. It’s no secret I loved baseball. My Mom played for the Boeing Women’s Team in the 50’s. I haven’t watched a pro game in 3 seasons, and probably won’t this year. The last “game” I watched was about 14 kids, 13-14 y-o, no sponsors, no uniforms, sharing mitts, playing just for themselves on Kaneohe Marine Base after work one day. I must have watched these kids for 40-50 minutes. They were paying, for the love of the game. That I’ll watch.

Poor loser: A horrific video showed two men open fire on a group and kill seven people, including a 12-year-old girl at a Brazilian pool hall reportedly for being mocked after losing two games in a row. Graphic surveillance video from the scene showed one of the men line victims up against a wall at gunpoint while his companion grabbed a shotgun from a pickup truck. Within a few seconds, the man with the pump-action shotgun began his terrifying assault, shooting people at point-blank range. He appeared to pick his targets one by one as the other man joined in with his handgun.

Not the answer: After another tragic traffic accident, it was found that one in five Hawaii drivers involved in fatal road accidents are unlicensed. So, what are our government “representatives” answer’s? Let’s build great big speed bumps on major thoroughfares, require Hawaii motorists to buy more car insurance, and start installing more red light cameras. Can anyone explain to me how either of these will eliminate a single unlicensed driver from operating a vehicle? Please? There is only one answer, only no one wants to say it. (Submitted as Letter to the Editor 2/23/23)

No justice: Arizona rancher George Alan Kelly, who already faces a first-degree murder charge for the shooting death of a Mexican man, now also faces two charges of aggravated assault Tuesday, just one day before his scheduled preliminary hearing. The 73-year-old Arizona rancher was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting an illegal alien on his ranch. George Alan Kelly, 73, was arrested for killing Gabriel Cuen-Butimea, on his Arizona ranch in Kino Springs just outside of Nogales, Mexico on January 30. Additional counts have been filed in Santa Cruz County, each say Kelly “using a rifle, a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, intentionally did place [unnamed person], in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.” But this filing like others from the government so far fails to specify how or why authorities believe Kelly is the responsible party. In his own court filing from earlier this month, Kelly — who remains held on $1 million bond — says he’s an innocent man. He admits to firing his rifle in the air in late January to scare off armed drug traffickers. Those men, he says, are the ones responsible for the shooting death of a Mexican national found shot to death on Kelly’s borderland property outside Nogales. Does anyone remember “Innocent until PROVEN guilty”? I didn’t think so. Ballistics will tell, if they are honest.

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