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.


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.

Wednesday Motes for A Laugh

Don’t embarrass the fed’s: The U.S. Justice Department is considering whether to charge members of far-right groups involved in the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol under a federal law usually used against organized crime, according to two law enforcement sources. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO. Notice, they are only considering those involved in the Jan 6 protest. They don’t say anything about all those “peaceful protesters” in 2020. I mentioned this several weeks ago.

Who runs things: Guyana has abruptly terminated an agreement with Taiwan to open an office in the South American country, effectively a de facto embassy for the island that China claims as its sovereign territory with no right to diplomatic ties. The decision was made just hours after China urged Georgetown to “correct their mistake”. Want to know who runs things, just find out what you can’t do.

Ashli Babbitt. Remember her name.

I’ll circle around to that: There are shows so bad they are memorable. “My Mother The Car”, “Night Rider”, and now Selma Hayek’s “A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me—And You,”. In the series, a woman has a crisis leading up to her 40th birthday and her boobs begin to talk to her. Yes, talking boobs. And here I thought CNN had a monopoly on talking boobs.

Marx would be proud: Former President Donald Trump has resigned from the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists after the board voted that his actions prior to the Capitol riot violated their guidelines. Sounds like the old Groucho Marx line about not belonging to any organization that would have him as a member. Not the Marx you thought was it?

Yes, I am a pessimist. I’m either always right, or pleasantly surprised.

Second Monday(Tuesday) Motes

Career over: Country star Morgan Wallen has been dropped by a number of radio stations after a video leaked of him using racial slurs during a rowdy night out. Wallen will also no longer be eligible for Academy of Country Music Awards nominations this year. For using 1 word. A work that “rappers” regularly use in their lyrics. Rapper Lil Uzi Vert uses the word quite frequently in his music and his discography has the word sprinkled all over it and he’s made enough money to have a $24 million dollar diamond implanted in  his forehead. But gods forbid a country singer use it after a “rough” night. For the record, this word was used by almost everyone I knew growing up in the 50-60’s. I found it abhorrent then, and still do, but it was in common use. Now, if you’re white and use it, you can lose everything.

Huh: New Biden Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has called on the U.S. Military services to conduct a 60-day stand-down on the issue of extremism in the military. At this time, the active component of the military, excluding the coast guard, is comprised of about 1.9 millionmen and women, or about 1 percent of the population. Anybody know the percentage of “military” people that were at the Jan 6 “riot”? What do you think, are they going to “talk” about members of the New Black Panther Party, BLM, Antifa, La Raza, Islam, ISIS, or just “white extremism”?

Ashli Babbitt; Remember her name.

Not Chicago: Honolulu police commissioners say they are concerned over the Honolulu Police Department’s treatment of Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians and Black people when it comes to use of force and even arrest rates. Members of the commission questioned Police Chief Susan Ballard and her staff over disparities in these areas, they want to know why. I can tell you why, these are the one’s that most often get in fights, resist arrest, and don’t respect the LEO authority. It ain’t rocket science. Considering the police force is comprised of a majority of those same groups, I don’t think it’s a racial thing, it’s a “stupid” thing.

I have no comments of the “super bowl”. I didn’t watch a single minute. Nor did I watch “Equalizer” aftereward. I did see where they performed the “Black National Anthem” which, imho, is racist.

There is no justice: A judge in Oregon agreed to dismiss charges against a hammer attack suspect because the victim wanted to wear a Covid mask while testifying, and that is apparently a violation of the defendant’s right to face his accuser. The victim, Heather Fawcett, had been in fear of Sanchez, as he had vowed to hunt her and her dog down. She cares for her senior parents, who are immune compromised, and she refuses to go anywhere without her Covid mask on. The judge granted the motion to dismiss the case, but then said she didn’t fully understand what was going on. It should also be pointed out that Governor Kate Brown’s mask order remains in effect. This ruling is so ludicrous and ridiculous. And a judge that “doesn’t understand” the law. Gods help us.


Start The Week Motes

No imagination: Hollywierd doesn’t seem to have any new idea’s, now they’re talking about a “re-boot” of Frasier, with Kelsey Grammar. I might watch this one.

Sound Familiar:  “Reality Czar”, “Truth Commission” , and “Reality Crises” are terms the New York Times is throwing around. Sounds to me they want anything but truth or reality. And New York’s mayor sounds just like his idol, Hilary, “What matter does it make?” Remember that one? And that was only 4 operators and an Ambassador. Mention the 60,000 dead in NY “care homes’ and he replies, “Who cares”?

That’s different: Well, everyone is jumping on the new #metoo outrage bandwagon and condemning Marilyn Manson. But nobody believed Tara Reade? Does anybody even remember who she claimed had molested her? Anybody? I didn’t think so.

Ashli Babbitt was murdered. He killer isn’t charged.

Sad Good-Bye: Actor Christopher Plummer, 91. Oldest actor to ever win an Oscar at 88. His performance in the recent “Knives Out” was great. His talent will be missed.

Truth doesn’t matter: Reading AOC’s report of how frightened she was during the “insurrection” on Jan 6, I could almost feel sorry for her. I wouldn’t want anyone to have to hide in the back bathroom while the howling mob is outside. Now, it turns out, the “peaceful protesters” were in another building and were never even in her building. Then I remembered her posed performance outside the “ICE children’s cages” and realized she doesn’t have any idea what “truth” really is.

Can anyone tell what the heck is an “Area of Refuge”? And why does an office need one?