Friday Motes

Credibility problem: Long time San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich recently showed his ignorance and took aim at the Second Amendment, calling it a “myth.” He added, “You know, it’s just a myth. It’s a joke. It’s just a game they play. I mean, that’s freedom.” Just what is the game “coach”? Freedom? Or the fact you make a living coaching grown men in playing a game putting a ball in a peach basket? If I want my rights determined by someone who plays with a ball, I’ll ask my dog.

A sad Good-Bye: He was seen by every kid during the 50’s to the 70’s. Al Jaffee, Mad Magazine’s award-winning cartoonist and ageless wise guy who delighted millions of kids with the sneaky fun of the Fold-In and the snark of “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” has died. He was 102. He had retired at the age of 99. Mad, with its wry, sometimes pointed send-ups of politics and culture, was essential reading for teens and preteens during the baby-boom era and inspiration for countless future comedians. Few of the magazine’s self-billed “Usual Gang of Idiots” contributed as much — and as dependably — as the impish, bearded cartoonist. His talent and love of life will be missed. The Table of Heroes are joining him in laughter.

About time: Louis Gaskinwas put to death by lethal injection Wednesday for killing a Palm Coast couple in 1989. He spent the last 33 years of his life on death row. Gaskin also confessed to killing a man in 1986. He spent more time on “Death Row” then Robert and Georgette Sturmfels had together as husband and wife. Justice was finally served.

Be careful of the game you play: The Hawaii House briefly considered expelling one of its members last month after she conspired with midwife activists to have several of her colleagues — including the House speaker — arrested for DUI after they killed the controversial midwifery bill she had sponsored. After a small end of session party the freshman legistlator took pictures of members walking to their cars and texted an acquaintance in law enforcement and asked them to come to the Capitol. Several were arrested.  She has been ostracized by her colleagues including the progressive members she aligned with. Efforts are already underway to find a replacement for her should she resign or run for reelection next year. Okay, the “representatives” should not have been driving after drinking. In this, they were wrong. Legally and ethically, she had the “right” to do as she did. But was “what” she did right? Everyone will have to answer that one for themselves.

It’s not hard: Given the vast quantities of fireworks on display on Oahu each New Year’s Eve, it’s not surprising that authorities have sometimes stumbled upon big caches of pyrotechnics. So what have they learned about the distribution network that lights up the skies from the Waianae Coast to Waimanalo each year? Surprisingly little. Hey guys, there’s only 2 ways. Either by boat and container, or by air container. But face it, they can’t inspect every container can they. Sort of like prohibition, everyone knew someone that could get the booze, or fireworks. It’s more about who doesn’t want them found.

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