Veterans Day

A long time ago, a wise and loved American told us to “ask what you can do for your country”. We cheered.

Then our country called, and we answered, We answered every time she called. Korea, Viet Nam, Laos, Panama, Nicaragua, Iraq, Afghanistan and so many other places far from our own shore. We went there, so that “they” would not come here.

Today we take a few minutes from the cook-out or the storytelling, and spend a few minutes remembering those that went, and the many that did not return.
There are many left crippled by their experiences. Many of those who returned suffered injuries cannot be seen. Injuries that still trouble 10-20-30 or even 50 years later.

But now it seems as if all that was for nothing, as the ones who would lead us today, are no different from those we fought against yesterday.
We must be aware of those that would replace all that we fought for, with that which we fought against. I say we, because I was one of those that answer the call.

Their ideas and ways of domination must be resisted and pushed away. And their lies must not be taken for truths.

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness.” T.Jefferson

Yep, It’s Monday Motes

What is wrong with people: They have to protest, even the good things. The First Lady, and she is a Lady, visited Boston Medical Center with the expressed intention of “comforting” babies born with drug addictions. The “useful idiot” staff protested, held up signs “We Care Do U?” and other typical crap. Can’t someone, especially the First Lady, do something good without this horse puckey?

Another Hollyweird Remake: As if the planned redo of “The Equalizer” with Queen Latifa wasn’t enough, now they want to do a remake of “Kung-Fu.” And like the Equalizer, it will be updated and have a female lead.

What a freakin’ World
: There really is something wrong when an 89-year old woman Auschwitz Concentration Camp survivor needs official protection. Liliana Segre had asked the Italian Parliament to establish “measures” to combat “hate”. And now needs official protection due to threats. As many as 200 per-day. This woman earned her right to speak up. Nobody has the right to threaten her for speaking. I’m sure some of those threats are just retarded axxholes that just like to try and frighten people because it makes them feel “big and bad”. But those that make real threats should be dealt with swiftly, and with great prejudice. To threaten a 90-year old woman, that takes a special kind of badazz don’t it?

Someone’s watching too much fetish porn: “Japan ‘glasses ban’ for women at work sparks backlash”. Some retail chains reportedly said glasses-wearing shop assistants gave a “cold impression“, there are also safety reasons for airline workers, or being unable to see make-up properly for women working in the beauty sector. Some claim this has echoes of a recent workplace controversy in Japan over high heels. Some say that wearing high heels is seen as obligatory when applying for jobs, and this is unfair to women. I do not see the safety hazard nor the need for “high” heels. But lets face it, Japanese women with glasses & high heels = fetish porn. Kinda like school girl uniforms or “maid” outfits.

Quick question: Is Chicago ready for “Becks Law”? (Extra points if you “get” it.)

He Rises again: I haven’t had a “Florida Man” story for a while: “Florida man’s abdominal pains appeared to be linked to the 8-inch screwdriver in his rectum.” Appeared? Ya Think? Everybody I know has the same question, straight slot head or Philips?

A sad Good-bye
: Bob Norris, the original “Marlboro Man”, 90. Norris was married to the same woman for 65-years until her passing in 2016. They raised 4 children, 13 grandchildren and at least one elephant on their 63,000 acre “Ten Crosses Ranch”. A man that believed and lived the wisdom he shared, abruptly ended his 12-year career as the “MM” when his children brought up the hypocrisy of his telling them not to smoke and being the face of a cigarette brand. Men like Norris are sorely needed, and he will be missed.

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Or maybe it’s just Monday

Sunday Wandering Motes

I’ve been reading a great deal about some recent books detailing experiences of the men and women placed in the “camps” during WW2. I’ve been reading “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” and reminded me of some people I’ve met.

First there was Geraldo, the Frenchman who, along with his wife of many many years ran an Italian restaurant in Kailua. I found out he held some the highest military medal and honors the French government could bestow on a member of the resistance, including the “Croix de guerre”. An honor so grave, that all men should stand when the recipient enters the room.

He had come to Hawaii during the 50’s when his daughter had gotten married here. He just stayed.

He had also become a United States citizen and had sponsored a man into the United States and brought him to Hawaii.

This man’s name I never knew. He owned a run-down second hand book store on South King Street. I spent more than a little digging around in that shop.
The store was dark; shelves lined 2, 3 or 4 deep, very little lighting and lots of cats.

I eventually learned he was an Auschwitz survivor, bore the number tattoo on his left forearm and was the 1st person Geraldo had freed when the camp was “liberated” in January 1945.

One night the book store burned to the ground, very, very quickly. An old wooden building, full of old books and papers and who knows how bad or old the electrical wiring was; all in all a very bad accident. The resident never got out. I have always felt better thinking it was an accident and not the end of a man who had seen too much pain for any lifetime.

Saturday Story

A BAKERY?

There have been a lot of places that weren’t what they “seemed”. I don’t mean massage parlors, private club bars, and the like. Those don’t count because nobody expects them to be what they say they are.

Kind of like “Smith’s Union Street Bar” which was several blocks from The Union Street Mall and the “Corner Liquor” store which was never on a corner during the 20 or so years I was familiar with it.

At one time there was a “Moiliili Bakery” on South King Street. It was one of those little “bodega” type store that mostly sold booze, rolling papers and candy bars. It wasn’t really a bakery in any definition of the word.

But the Moiliili Bakery was really something different.

You had to be a special visitor, or a member of a very special group to understand what was so special about the bakery.

It was a fairly dark place, even in the middle of the day. You had to let your eyes adjust and then look really hard up into the dark corners of the shop to see what was so special; swords.

After the end of WWII the owner Toshio had started buying Japanese swords from returning Servicemen He often knew more about the sword than the GI selling it. Old Samurai Family’s often had family swords outfitted with military hardware when the sons, grandsons, and other members went off to war. These swords would look like any other sword, unless you knew what you were looking at, and then you had to know what you were looking for. They don’t look 2 to 3 hundred years old and worth more than some major companies.

He knew what he was looking at. So he bought swords, spears and other returning souvenirs.

Some of those he acquired were considered “National” treasures and he agreed they would return to the Japanese government upon his death.

His death, in 1977 was the result of a couple of low life street thugs who only thought of “rich” in terms of dollars. If memory serves me, Tosh managed to get a couple of shots of his own off before succumbing to his own mortal wounds.

Shortly after his death his collection was indeed returned to the Government of Japan. An armored car with white gloved attendants picked up all of the treasures.

Nobody was charged with his murder until 2006, 29 years later. The two culprits, both whose names were familiar to area beat cops of those days, were both already convicted killers.

One hopes there is a special circle of hell with 2 reserved seats.

Than You It’s Friday Motes

Cutting Off Your Nose: The port of Portland OR just finished a 7-year civil case, that ended the port’s containerized ocean freight services. This cost the port terminal operations about 94 million dollars. What was the suit about you ask? Which union got to plug and unplug the refer containers.

How Stupid can you get?: Well, the answer is very. A Senator from MO has demanded the U.S. “sanction” the Mexican drug cartels. To my memory, sanctions only work if you are doing business with the party being “sanctioned”. Is the Senator trying to tell us something? Or is he just that stupid?

Headlines together: “Openly Queer pastors wife celebrates transgender
daughter’s puberty blockers”,
the daughter is 12. “Twelve-year old drag queen is ‘inspiring’”. I have a different 1-word comment; Insane. Twelve-year old children should not be dancing in “nightclubs”. If I got my twelve-year old daughter to do pole dancing and such, in a strip club full of “normal” clients, they’d have me hanging from the nearest light pole. But it’s okay if it’s my son?

You don’t say
: Tulsi Garrard, in a recent appearance on the “View”, took Joy Behar to the woodshed over several of Behar’s comments. Tulsi was most disturbed at the comment that Tulsi was a “useful idiot for the Russians”. I can see why she took offense. I don’t think she’s that useful.

Really: Read the story of the 19-year old woman beaten and raped, in his home, by a man she met on-line. She was unhappy with the questions the police asked her and so didn’t follow up with the complaint. She then contacted a “rape crisis” organization and their investigators. Three years later, she still hadn’t filed a complaint, she , in a very controlled setting, confronts her attacker to tell him how she felt. He then apologized. And that was the end. I can see her desire to confront him, and I truly do understand her complaint on the police questions, but I have to ask if she ever, in her wildest moments of fantasy, consider the other women this dirtbag assaulted BECAUSE he wasn’t arrested on YOUR complaint. How many? Do you really think it was a “one and done” thing? Sex offenders have one of if not the highest rate of recidivism, of all criminals. And do you really think his “I’m sorry” means a damn thing to the others? Sweety, I admire your forgiveness, but not your disregard of the “law of unintended consequences”.

Day Before Friday Motes

Crazy is as crazy does: Jerry Springer blames Trump for the decline of civility.” Jerry and I agree there is a severe lack of civility in America and the world today. Unlike “It’s all about me” Springer, I’ve seen it falling for the last 40 years. And I mention it here, often. So no Jerry, this ain’t Trumps fault. Nor am I going to blame television shows that appeal to the lowest common denominator, shows like yours. But, If you aren’t part of the answer, you ARE part of the problem.

The problem is “stupid”: There is a news story going around about a woman killed by her rescue dogs. The dogs, both Great Danes, appear to have bitten her ankle badly before she pushed them outside and managed to shut the door. The dogs, described by the husband as “aggressive”, and often fought each other. Separated and given good ownership, these animals could have turned out wonderfully. The animals were euthanized Saturday. The husband also says the woman started “most days” with beer and “numerous medications”. Great Dane’s, like most larger dog breeds, need an owner, both physically and mentally strong and it certainly sounds like she was neither. This woman wasn’t “killed” by the dogs, her death was caused by her own stupid. And two fine animals paid her price as well.

Old Guys Rock: Richard Gere is going to be a new father at 70. This is the second with his current wife. Hooray.

Wishes for a full recovery: Catherine Deneuve, 76, and one of the most beautiful women in the world, has suffered a stroke. She appeared in numerous films and in 2018 received Japan’s prestigious Praeium Imperiale award. She appeared in one of my absolute favorite movies, “Hustle” along side Burt Reynolds. Wishing her a full and speedy recovery.

Eat at home: Considering the number of killings and such, I don’t know which is worse, Waffle House or Popeye’s. At one there was a guy trying to pay for everyone’s meal, but not take-out, and at the other it appears it was caused by a “cutting in line”. I think I’ll just make a sandwich.

Mentioned before; She broke into his house, took off her pants, sat on his lap, and threatened him with her machete. The “she” involved has just been sentenced to 20 years in state custody and is now considered a tier 2 sex offender. She did have to undergo mental health treatment before she went to trial and the judge did note she suffered from “a mental disease or defect”. It does appear they knew each other before the incident. And Epstein did not kill himself.

Yeak, It’s Midweek Mote Day

Of course he is: “A Florida man winds up on a roof in underwear with no memory of how he got there.” Man, I wish I had a dollar for every time that happened. Well, it was Florida, and Halloween, but it wasn’t his house. The next-door neighbor says he was up there for 4 or 5 hours. They “think drug use” might have been involved. Probably a safe bet. (Dave Barry)

OMG:” Anti-vaxer Mom says she gave out lollipops tainted with chicken-pox for Halloween.” The “mom”, who claims to be an R.N., actually thinks that what she did will “offer as life long immunity for the price of a couple of blisters and a few days off from school”. This woman is as crazy as a one-hole shathouse rat. When caught, and she will be, her actions deserve a long jail term and sterilization. Yes, I know you can’t order that, but there must be some way to keep her away from kids. Forever.

Yeah, this’ll work well: “London Mayor Khan open to decriminalizing cannabis to cut crime”. Yeah, that will work just swell.

Wrong place: Recently Saint Greta the Climate Crusader chastised the U.N. and specifically the United States for not doing enough to make the air cleaner and water purer. Meanwhile in New Delhi the air is so bad the schools are closed, and planes can’t land. Now I know she is only concerned with the Climate, but I do think that any place with that much pollution is doing some damage to our “fragile” climate. Why isn’t she saying something to them. Oh, that’s right, America is evil. Ok. That science is settled.

You should read: “Suffer the Children.” A great article by Eileen F. Toplansky in Nov. 5, American Thinker

1-2 Cha-cha-cha: People’s heads are exploding with former WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer not eliminated on “Dancing with The Stars”. Even the NYT “dance editor” talks about Spicer‘s “souls weather” being revealed in his dancing”. I’m not sure what his “souls weather” is like but people remember, this is entertainment television. It’s on because people will watch it and that is what the advertisers want. Whether you’re watching to cheer or boo it doesn’t matter to the advertisers. They win either way. And that’s what it’s all about.

Are people losing their freaking minds? They want to ban for life, a baseball player that wears a specific hat, after the season is ended, and not on a baseball field. A headline says “500 convicts freed in Oklahoma in largest jailbreak in US history”. It isn’t a jailbreak if they let you go. It’s not a “jailbreak”. A multi-millionaire wants government “mandated fact check” for “news” opinions. And let’s face the truth, Epstein didn’t commit suicide.