Saturday Story

Road Name

People ask how I got the road name Storyteller. Everywhere you go you’ll meet Bear, Grizz, Snake, Half breed, Psycho and all the others.  I have only heard of one other Storyteller. Gypsy Pete sent me a picture of a British Columbia biker everyone called Storyteller.

He was about 6′, 200 Lb, had a full beard and walked with a cane. We could have been related as that was pretty much my description at the time.

But the guy that “gave” me the name was George Boston.

At the time I was an independent and George rode for Tiger Wong and the World Wide M/C. But he and I spent a lot of time drinking at the Kapiolani Bowling Alley bar. Don’t know how we ended there, but we did.

George was a SBU* officer at the time and was looking for something to give the bi-monthly newsletter something extra. I suggested some short stories I had written. He thought that might work.

A few days later I gave him 4 or 5 I had been working on. When he found out I had been a wrestling announcer, tried stand-up comedy and had stories and articles published in Biker and cop magazines. He said, “Jim you’re just a god dammed story teller, ain’t ya?”

And from then on, he started calling me Storyteller. It stuck.

I would say there are hundreds of people who know Storyteller, but if you asked them my real name, maybe 3 out of every 10 would know who you’re talking about.

When someone asks me how I got the name Storyteller, I usually say “After years of doing radio, television, 2 movies, stand-up comedy, numerous published letters to the editor and several articles in Bike and Cop magazines, I got it the old-fashioned way. I earned it.”

Then I smile and move along.

The truth is, I was given the name by a good friend and a solid biker brother, George Boston. I miss him sometimes, a lot.

*Street Bikers United; the state of Hawaii lobby for motorcyclists and their rights.

Big Friday Big Motes

Aloha: Hawaii has been under emergency orders since March 2020. Gov. David Ige on Friday issued his 18th COVID-19 emergency proclamation, which suspends a myriad of statutes and keeps in place rules for dealing with the pandemic. We are restricted in inter-island (think county) travel, hundreds of family business’ are closed forever and lives ruined, all in the name of “safety”. It is time we pull King David’s leash. He was elected to represent the people, to act in the electorate’s best interest, he isn’t.

The headline says: “Food Network Star Denied Bail in Murder Case of Foster Care Victim Victoria Rose Smith.” Okay, she appeared on one program, and that makes her a “star”. She and her husband, both black, are charged with murdering a 3-year-old white child. At first it was reported they had “adopted” the child, but the truth is they were “fostering” the little girl. The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) was legally in custody of the small child. The biological family alleges that DSS never bothered to check on Smith and her brothers who were in the care of abusers. The toddler suffered from extensive injuries, including deep bruising on her abdomen, bruising on her ear, abrasions on her face, bruising down her neck, and bruising up and down both legs. If the justice system was fair, DSS would be under arrest and on trial as well as the Robinsons for their role in this child’s death.

Don’t say you weren’t warned: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday said gun control is a personal priority for Joe Biden calling on Congress to enact “commonsense” gun law reforms and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. So, when does MADD start pushing for the right to sue the car makers when their vehicle is used by drunk driver? It’s only common sense that the maker “knew” their product could be used to kill. Convince me it’s different.

Breitbart Headline: “Iranians Say Joe Biden Has Not Kept Promise to Bring Muslims into United States”. What they actually said was they were hoping the election of Joe Biden as president would mean that their loved ones would be allowed to come into the country. Iran is still considered by the U.S. federal government as a state sponsor of terrorism. I couldn’t find where Uncle Joe made this promise, but if he did, I hope he doesn’t.

It’s all in the words: Recently heard an ad for a real estate dealer. They described the home for sale as having “years of deferred maintenance”. Deferred maintenance? Nice way of saying run down dump.

Poor Walt Disney: He must be rolling over in his grave if he sees what the company he founded which bears his name has become. In 2019, Disney producer Jack Morrissey, tweeted a picture with an image from “Fargo” in which a dead person’s blood flies forth from a woodchipper, writing:“#MAGAkids go screaming, hats first, into the woodchipper.” Morrissey is still employed because, you know, unity.

Political/Media Hack: MSNBC host Joe Scarborough dismissed comparisons between the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters and protests for racial justice last summer. Scarborough says the comparison is wrong.He says “No. No, actually jackass, it’s not the same. The Capitol of the United States of America is the center of American democracy.” “It’s like confusing a taco stand with the United States Capitol”. According to reports, 140 cities suffered during the summer at a cost of almost $2 billion dollars No dumbshat, the center of American Democracy is the people, and their “taco” stands. You putz.

Staying in Honolulu this weekend. Hopefully I’ll find something to do.

Almost Friday Motes

Make a hero out of the villain: The shooting of pro-Trump protester, Ashli Babbitt, remains under investigation by the DC Metropolitan Police, the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, and civil rights prosecutors, a routine process for shootings involving the Capitol Police. It is confirmed by the lawyers for the Babbit family that the still unidentified “Capitol Hill Police Lieutenant” lawyered up since the shooting. The attorney for the shooter told reporters recently that their client’s “heroism and his restraint” saved lives. Yeah, I guess, he could have killed 10 or 12 other, unarmed civilians.

Springsteen arrest: You gotta ask why was the arrest kept quiet for 3-4 months? Then Jeep dropped the halftime commercial. Now, Steven Van Zandt went further, “winking” at a call for a mob contract on the arresting officer. I regret the loss of the right to Duel. These people would be more careful with their words if there were severe consequences, like death.

It will get worse: What will be the result of the Democrat-v-Republican tribalism? If it gets severe enough, it could get very bad. How bad? Think Hutu-Tutsi in Rwanda. I just watch a documentary called “The 600” and it was chilling and upsetting that neighbors ended up killing each other, because you know, “your tribe”. Their politicians went on “the media” and called for “re-education” and “stand to support”. The Hutu called the Tutsi things like “cockroaches”, and other things to de-humanize them. Crap, sounds familiar doesn’t it?

No, we don’t: Per Rep. Eric Swalwell the country needs a “White Nationalism Task Force” due to the Jan.6 “insurrection”. Not a word about “black nationalists”, “La Raza”, Antifa, BLM, or the sons of anarchy. Maybe he’s still suffering withdrawal from Fang Fang.

We may again: In the early days of the revolution, we met in churches, parks, schools, and taverns to discuss our “sedition” and “insurrection” against the King. Gee, what places are closed for people to meet? Right, but it’s for your “safety”, not for the “King’s”.

The silence of the many, will always be drowned by the sound and fury of the few.

A really sad Good-Bye. Sad to learn we have lost Rush Limbaugh, 70. His battle with Cancer was the stuff legends are made about. His influence on American Politics., sports, and Humanity went world wide. He was the associate of Kings, and the common man. He will truly sit at the Table of Heros. He will be missed.

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.

Mini-Motes on Tuesday

I have an answer: Why do so many young people embrace “socialism”? In a single word, arrogance. From my conversations, and there have been more than a few, they all seem to think they are so smart that they will be part of the “rule makers” and just sit around deciding what the populace will do.

With a grain of salt: Headline says “Majority of Americans are (for/against/believe/disbelieve) ….(add your favorite)”. The only majority these people are quoting, is the majority of the tiny “representative” group that these people asked leading questions to, not the “majority of America”.

A nation of laws?: No, not anymore. If the president says don’t enforce “these” laws, and don’t arrest “those” violators, we are no longer a “Nation of Laws”. We are simply a jungle.

At the “Unpeachment”: Last Tuesday Head Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin and Democrats claimed “seven people lost their lives” by their experiences that day. Another disgusting lie. Two other Capitol Police officers committed suicide later that month.  To blame their suicides on the Capitol riots is completely outrageous and disingenuous. Officer Brian Sicknick died after the rioting likely from blood clot and stroke, not from being struck by a “peaceful protester”. There was one murder. ASHLI BABBITT was murdered. And her killer still walks free.

Did you know: Bill Gates owns 101 million shares (or about 15%) of Canadian National Railway Co.? He also owns 242, 000 acres of American Farmland. Interesting.

I want to make a picture of me holding the severed bleeding head of Kathy Griffin. Think anybody would get upset?

Routine now: In what most of the media is characterizing as “a routine” event, Joe Biden has asked 56 U.S. attorneys appointed by Donald Trump to resign. Trump asked 46, one of which refused and caused a big hohaha. And Trump waited until March of 2017 to do so,not in the 1st 30 days.

No Monday Motes

It’s a holiday. I’m sitting in the garage, drinking some coffee, fortified with Woodford Reserve, and listening to music.

But this was too good to not make a comment.

No good deed goes unpunished: Six Syrian brown bears that were saved from captivity in people’s homes were being freed during a wildlife conservation project in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq yesterday. In the moments after the cages were opened, the raging bears charged towards the crowd of onlookers and journalists as the ceremony descended into chaos. And it’s not like it should have been unexpected, in 2018, reporters were attacked by three bears after they were released in the same mountain range. You think they’d learn.

See ya’s tomorrow.

Sunday Rant

“Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Police Can Enter A Home To Seize Guns Without A Warrant”*

Another of our “Constitutional Rights” is going to disappear.

The 4th Amendment right against warrantless searches of a person’s home is a pillar of Americans’ constitutional liberties. There are some limited exceptions to this right. There is an “exigent circumstances” exception. There is also the “emergency aid” exception However, there is a broader cousin to these amendments called the “community caretaking” exception. Also, all three exceptions allow warrantless searches so long as the police officer acted “reasonably”. As long as an officer might reasonably think that a warrantless search will alleviate a danger to the community, the search is considered constitutional. There is a vigorous debate about whether the community care exception can apply to searches of a person’s home. The Court has just announced that it will hear arguments next month on a case that presents this issue: Caniglia—v-Strom.

The crux of this case is the police seized 2 firearms, after lying to the wife saying the husband had given his okay to search the residence for firearms, and the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the seizure under the “community caretaking doctrine”. There were no “exigent circumstances” and “emergency aid” involved in the seizure.

Long a mainstay of police procedural tv shows, the “Did you hear that cry for help” is often used and abused in real life as reason to enter. Now they won’t even have to pretend, after all, it’ll be for the good and safety of the community.

This appears to be a variation of a “Red Flag” law in which the police search, and seize, because someone said there was something in the house. The 4th Ammend. is supposed to protect you from this type of action, within very limited exceptions. Those exceptions will become meaningless as long it is for “for the safety of the people”.

*From “Forbes”.

Saturday Story

My “Life” Law

Once upon a time, long long ago, in another land, I sat with a big number of other young men.

We were in an aircraft hangar, it was zero three hundred (3 am to you civilians), it felt it was about one hundred degrees, and we’d all been on airplanes for six or twelve hours.

All we wanted to do was eat, and get some sleep. Instead we had to sit through an orientation before we could do anything.

A military orientation is boring at best, mind numbing at worst, and this one was exceeding the requirement at all levels.

But there we were, trying to stay awake and at least look like we were trying to pay attention. All of a sudden, in the middle of somebodies canned lecture, a tough looking Tech Sergeant walked up to the podium and very loudly announced; “All right. Listen up!”

And we did. This was what is known as the “command” voice, and Technical Sergeant Ryan had it and knew how to use it.

One by one we looked up and he waited until he had everyone’s attention.

“Understand this”, he started; “from here on a lot of  things can happen and life will get pretty tough. You can get hurt. You can get dead. Any number of really nasty things can happen.”

Nobody had any trouble paying attention. He had it all.

“But if you learn nothing else from this night, learn this; if you never give up, you can never be beaten. You can come in second or dead last. Makes no difference. You don’t give up, you can’t be beaten.” And he turned around and walked away.

At the time I didn’t realize how important that speech would be to me and the rest of my life. I was nineteen years old; a very very long way from home, and like every other young man in that building, more than a little scared.

Over the years I’ve told this story many times. 

My kids and wife are more than a little tired of hearing it. So are most of my friends and more than a few of my enemies.

In my life I have faced my share of adversity, and I’ve always kept this little speech in mind.

“If you don’t give up; you can’t be beaten.”

It’s my life law. I don’t give up.

Ever

End Of Week Motes

Who says Uncle Joe doesn’t learn from the mistakes of others: There was the big hohaha about Trump having illegal alien children put in cages, and it didn’t matter that is started under the LightBringer, it was Trump’s doing. The Biden Administration is preparing to open an “overflow facility for unaccompanied migrant children”. Which is literally just a fancier way of saying that they are going to reopen the cages that Obummer built to hold illegal immigrant children that had “been torn from the mother’s arms”.  Yeah, the cages were built while Joe Biden was the Vice President. But it’s possible he doesn’t remember that.

It’s been done: I hearing a lot of buzz about the “vampire spaghetti western” “Death Rider In the House of Vampires”. Everyone seems to think it’s a new idea. Nope. I direct your attention to that great 1966 John Carradine classic, “Billy the Kid Meets Dracula”. It was featured as a part of a “double feature”, the other being “Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter”. Both films are imminently forgettable. Both films were made in the same 8 days, and $25K under budget. And it shows.

Ashli Babbitt. Remember her name and how she died.

Covid Cops: In Honolulu, during the SuperBowl Sunday, the police cited, warned, or arrested 202 Hawaii citizens for covid violations. I bet every one of these started with a neighbor calling the snitch covid report line. According to the chief, there aren’t enough patrol officers to conduct residential burglary follow-ups and it’s just property. It’s for your safety.

Stupid kills: Timothy Wilks, a 20-year-old YouTube creator, was shot on Friday night during an alleged robbery “prank” in Old Hickory, Tennessee. Wilks and his friend brought butcher knives to the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park parking lot on Old Hickory Boulevard at approximately 9:20 p.m., allegedly intending to record themselves faking a robbery for YouTube. As they approached a group of people with their weapons, 23-year-old David Starnes Jr. allegedly drew his gun and fired, killing Wilks. The alleged shooter has claimed he was unaware of the prank and acted in self-defense. If you come running at me with a “butcher knife”, you will be taking a big risk. Remember the DTI’s three rules.

Hilo this weekend, three days of no sirens, no auto alarms going off, and no listening to a radio 11 floors away. Oh, and no work.

Motes and Stuff For Thursday

Really: David Hogg says he’s going to start making pillows and put Mike Lindell pout of business. I say go for it, Davey boy. And when you fail miserably maybe you’ll shut up. I doubt it, but I am tired of listening to a teen-something POS telling me I’m a “conspiracy theorist” and a “white supremacist” because I differ in my political view of the world. Remember Davey, what you read about in your history books, I lived.

Still no answer: I recently wondered when the “Speaker of the House” became so powerful. She makes demands of the president, creates special rules, which she seems to feel don’t apply to her,and seems to be making national and international policy.  Now I read where the Hawaii “SotH” is becoming more powerful than the governor. Mister Speaker says he doesn’t want to be governor. I understand that, why would he want to be less powerful.

Ashli Babbitt. Her killer has still not been publicly identified.

 Well, we have circled around: Well they are, again, talking about “red light cam’s” in downtown Honolulu. Several years ago the State tried “speed enforcement camera’s” and that didn’t work out. This bill was introduced in 2020 and makes specific stipulations on which intersections will be used. Not sure how much good they will do, but the State of Hawaii is looking for anything to help the budget shortfall. Everything except opening tourism.

Two side law enforcement: On Saturday, a Black Lives Matter march through the streets of Washington, D.C., involved protesters dressed in antifa black bloc and threatening to burn down the nation’s capital if their demands were not met. It started as a “DC Queer and Trans Black History Month March and Rally” organized by the Total Liberation Collective and the Palm Collective.  So far, no wanted posters or facial identifications have been made.