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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:00 am

Kaua‘i TV is distracting

Watching TV on Kaua‘i can be problematic. My wife keeps wanting me to take her to Red Lobster or Olive Garden for dinner. To get there and back will cost $400 before I even get to eat. Oh, and if I have to listen to Poncho the Solar Guy one more time, well thank goodness for the mute button.

Perhaps I should become a gamer, like my grandson, who can stare at his Xbox for hours with no onslaught of ads. Or perhaps I should get a smart phone, and bury my face in it texting and talking and surfing.

We can get so distracted with our modern toys, so much so, that we fail to see that double rainbow over Wailua, or the cattle egrets following closely behind the lawnmower. Or the myriad of other magical sights and sounds that brought us here in the first place.

No, I think I’ll just stay with my current plan. Today golf, shave ice, nap, yard work, and after dinner, muting Poncho.

Rand Becker

Kapa‘a

End the madness

Our country is still in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the great depression. Millions of people are doing whatever it takes to find ways to make ends meet. There is no promising light at the end of their tunnels. All of my thoughts above came to me while I was watching a few minutes of the presidential inauguration. It seemed more like a red carpet Academy Awards presentation. The “elite government” living as if money is no problem. The inauguration cost in excess of $147,000,000 dollars to put on. The swearing in was $1.24 million.

Maybe the majority was spent on security, “parties” now and later, and can you just imagine how many Porta Potties the extravaganza needed. The federal government spent $49 million on the inaugural weekend. Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland have also requested an additional $75 million to help pay for their share of police, fire and medical services.

Then there is the “party bills” that amounted to another $45 million out of the pockets of the tax payer who is paying for this fiasco. It’s time to address this MADNESS. It’s time for our government to set an example to cut spending. Here is to a good start: Anytime we elect a president, he or she receives a presidential inauguration. Upon a re-election for four more years, it should be looked at as a continuance of the position and not require the need of another $150 million inauguration.

What’s wrong with a $1.24 million swearing in instead?

Steve Martin

Kapa‘a

The wings of birds

Even though I have never seen a bird or a plane fly without two wings in the general direction of forward; I will never-the-less point out to Mr. Bartolo (TGI Forum Jan. 21, “Anti-GMO people are communists”) that those who wish to maintain the vitality and viability of our natural resources and not squander them are by definition the conservatives and not the dreaded liberals. In this case that would be those who are hopeful that chemical warfare in our fields and pushing drugs to plants will save the Earth.

Perhaps Mr. Bartolo should consider Ben Franklin’s sanguine advice: “Better to keep one’s mouth shut and let others think you a fool; then open it and prove it”

At the very least I am glad you are aware of the root meaning of the words commune, communal and communism. Because you will understand what it means when you read the preamble to the U.S. Constitution that requires all of us to direct our efforts to the “Common Good.”

That’s right Mr. Bartolo, the United States has been technically a communist state since its inception; and all its laws and the very triangular framework of its structure is still completely admirably directed to seeing this common good realized and insured. After all there’s quite a bit of red in Old Glory. 

While we have hardly ever fulfilled these goals and certainly there remain many opinions on how to affect such a happy state; there is a vast difference between opinions and lies. Opinions are meant to help and direct; lies are meant to distort and harm. It is a glaring lie that the companies that gave the world Agent Orange are now here to save it through chemical and biological agriculture.

It is a glaring lie that biologically altered foods are the same as the originals or that chemical farming that is now pumping  Atrazine out of the Westside water table and giving our neighbors cancers has any thing to do with the common good.  

Mr. Bartolo; its time to break out your tie-dyed rainbow T-shirt this next Fourth of July. You are already part of a commune thanks to the covenant that protects us. And the rest of us will thank you to stop attacking the people who promote our ideals.

Kelly Ball

Kapa‘a

The debt is dangerous

I seem to be the only person in my family that is even the slightest concerned about the U.S. debt. When I express my concerns, my family says, “Nobody else seems to be worried about it.”

If I understand the U.S. debt correctly, this means that the U.S. has borrowed 16 trillion dollars from other countries to pay our national bills. If this is correct, could you please comment on just how this situation is not more of a concern to our government and our citizens?  

It seems as though Greece was the first country that started to “go bankrupt.” This seemed to have a negative effect on many countries in Europe. In order to keep Greece from going bankrupt, other countries gave Greece financial aid with certain conditions.

It goes without saying that neither Greece nor other European countries have near the warring capabilities of the U.S. I know that many of your readers are going to think this idea is something from “The Twilight Zone,” but isn’t it quite possible that the U.S. defense capabilities might just be the advantage that our country has for any country “to call in their loan from the U.S.?”

 Asking everyone to think about it.

Timothy Bledsoe

North Augusta, S.C. 

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59 comments:

  • Cholan posted at 10:40 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Cholan Posts: 4

    Mrs. Dux,
    Did you reply to Tiger Fan yet? It's been a week already.
    Just wondering.

     
  • run4yourlife posted at 11:11 am on Sat, Jan 26, 2013.

    run4yourlife Posts: 16

    " substituent." pulled right out of wikipedia. semantics are not the problem. atrazine is the problem. back in Oct. there was an article in the garden island news about toxins in our drinking water. also surfrider foundation kauai has lots of info on the waters around the island. they just put out a report a few days ago.

     
  • posted at 8:57 pm on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    Posts:


    What is frightening here, Richard, is that you May be telling the truth. Which would mean that the DIA and CIA are sticking their noses into a DOMESTIC shooting ...

    and if that's true, and you've told the world about it, those Jason Bourne novels you've been reading are going to come true, and you're going to quietly disappear.

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 2:39 pm on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Michael I said its private, period.

    I see everyone focused on DIA & CIA when I mentioned Law Enforcement sources too.

    All this badgering for the source will yield you and everyone else nothing.

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 2:35 pm on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Little Ms. Shibai... wipe your mouth... it's leaking.

     
  • Margot Taylor posted at 11:56 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    Margot Taylor Posts: 0

    Bettejo Dux, Thanks for the advice. I have watched lectures on youtube but have not thought to look up documentaries. I shall have to try this out. "Exercise the mind as well as the body." Yes! I very much agree. :-)


    "Nothing like teaching a kid to think." Indeed. If every kid learned how to think at a young age, there would not be so many adults that still don't know how to think and we would have a lot less problems than we do now.


    Cheers, Margot

     
  • overthetop posted at 6:38 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    overthetop Posts: 0

    Okay, and your point is what??

     
  • t3bledsoe posted at 6:33 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    t3bledsoe Posts: 0

    Well, this is Timothy Tim Bledsoe, you know, your favorite main-lander Letter to The Editor writer. I finally took the plunge to try to become part of your community, even being 6000 miles from you-all.


    I THANK EVERYONE OF YOU, MOSTLY THE STAFF AT THE GARDEN ISLAND, FOR ALLOWING MY IDEAS TO BECOME PART OF YOUR READING!!


    I told the staff at The Garden Island that I may never get the golden chance to visit your heavenly home, but I do feel that I can be there, at least in part, by The Garden Island and you-all!


    Thanks again,


    Timothy Tim Bledsoe ( main-lander )

     
  • wailuaguy posted at 4:40 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    wailuaguy Posts: 78

    Wrong, Pesticides are categorized into four main substituent chemicals: herbicides; fungicides; insecticides and bactericides.

     
  • overthetop posted at 4:22 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    overthetop Posts: 0

    More inside info from your DEA, CIA, LMNOP experts Richard? Wrong as always. If there's an expert on everything and nothing both at the same time, it's you. Just more shibai...blah...blah...blah. You seem to have a neverending supply of BS.

     
  • alien posted at 12:59 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    alien Posts: 340

    Calling it like I see it is not being mean, just honest. Something Americans know little about. This whole country is built on a lie of truth and justice.


    Excuse me, I have to get back to manning my drone, oops that is suppose to be a secret war.

     
  • MichaelMann posted at 12:28 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    MichaelMann Posts: 462

    I am going to ask you YET AGAIN, manoaborn...WHAT SOURCE DID YOU GET THIS FROM? I asked you this the other day, and what you chose to offer up was a report from a week ago from one "of the other alphabets." You are showing yourself to be a wee bit dense here.


    "Get your information from non-mainstream sources, but here is some information from one of the mainstream sources I'm telling you that you shouldn't rely on." DUMB-UH!


    And the fact that Richard finds this funny after telling everyone that he got this information from sources not readily available to the general public speaks volumes about his character as well.


    Either tell us what source we were "supposed" to get this information from, or stop telling us that we should have gotten it somewhere else.

     
  • MichaelMann posted at 12:20 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    MichaelMann Posts: 462

    And as I stated in response in yesterday's forum...don't accuse the rest of us of engaging in the "spreading of lies" if you KNOW for a fact that we can't get access to the information. There is no point in doing something like that.


    Don't tell me that I am not looking at or reading the "correct" sources if you know full well I don't have access to such sources. You and manoaborn were off the mark in this regard.


    You didn't bite your tongue quite enough in this case.

     
  • Cholan posted at 11:21 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Cholan Posts: 4

    overthetop, a excerpt from Obama's website before you donate
    ;
    Contributions or gifts to Obama for Amerca are not tax deductible

     
  • Cholan posted at 11:18 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Cholan Posts: 4

    Mr. Mickens should send his info of cutting off funds to the state capitol.


    Here's a start, if want to comment about this, go to Senate Ways and Means Committee e-mail address: WAMTestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov

     
  • run4yourlife posted at 9:05 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    run4yourlife Posts: 16

    one has to do with weeds, the other with bugs. they'are both toxic, yet different.

     
  • Tsawwassen Kane posted at 8:53 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Tsawwassen Kane Posts: 4

    Re: The wings of birds


    Well said Kelly Ball! We are all in this together, after all 'man is a communal animal' (as we learned in elementary school ).


    One other point for Mr. Bartolo to consider, when the economic slump hit in 2008, the US government effectively came to own many of the largest industries and banks and other institutions nationwide. This officially made the US the world's largest 'socialist' state. So Mr. Bartolo, let's get past the idiological handles and try to improve the world and Hawaii's aina. Say no to GMO!

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 8:19 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    LOL's

     
  • Tiger Fan posted at 7:46 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Tiger Fan Posts: 0

    Bettejo not sure were you got the idea that my experiences with women were unpleasant. Quite the contrary, IMHO if women were in charge we probably wouldn't be in the sad situation that we're in today. Most of the women that I've worked with we're very dedicated, focused on the mission at hand and, usually, kept emotion out of the equation. Guys, at some point, can allow that "macho" thing cloud decisions (myself included).


    How can you state for a fact that the documentary is truthful? And it is acclaimed by whom? Everyone has an agenda. From my 26 years in the military I can honestly say that in the 5 cases of sexual harassment that I was asked to investigate, only 2 were valid. The other 3 were in retaliation of the individual not getting what they wanted and would make accusations to create trouble. I guess though, since I'm not a Democrat, that my opinions are idiotic and stupid.


    Have a great day in paradise. Aloha Y'all.

     
  • posted at 6:27 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

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    I read "Atlas Shrugged" a long time ago, and have reviewed it many times.

    It can be justifiably criticized because Ms. Rand's characters are over-simplified and because she shoves everyone on Earth into one of 2 categories: Honorable Producers or Maggot Takers. Nevertheless, IMO, the book is one of the world's great pieces of literature. John Galt lives forever.

     
  • Tiger Fan posted at 5:13 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Tiger Fan Posts: 0

    GIL, no tongue in cheek involved. Women want equal rights, why not give it to them. We have had women in combat zones for a long time. Nurses, supply, administrative, etc. they are supposedly trained the same as men so they should be able to perform the same duties.


    I think that they would really be effective in Southwest Asia considering that women are treated as inferior. During my military career I've worked for female supervisors and had females work for me. Trust me, they are just as good as most males I've worked with and better than most.


    Of course you'll need to be extra careful one week a month (That was tongue in cheek).


    Have a great day in paradise. Aloha Y'all.

     
  • wailuaguy posted at 5:04 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    wailuaguy Posts: 78

    Hey run4yourlife, Just a fyi, A herbicide is a pesticide. Also wondering where you get your info about the southside water being contaminated.

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 4:55 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5721

    ...I'm so sorry Tiger your experience with women has been so unpleasant. I suggest you find and view the documentary The Invisible War. Truthful and highly acclaimed. Very very sad.


    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 4:44 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5721

    ...I haven't seen it. Will check it now. I'm very proud of Colonel Ann Wright. I identify. Will get back to you.


    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 4:41 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5721

    ...are you still reading that atheist? Holy moly


    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • GILGAMESH posted at 4:15 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    GILGAMESH Posts: 119

    Yo Tiger Fan, I know your remark is a tad tongue in cheek concerning women in combat roles..; True, while being more vicious than us girly men, there is no way on God's Green Earth they should be put on front lines in combat..


    Not saying there aren't a few worthy, tough ladies that can't do the job, maybe better than some men..


    The American Public, me included, would go APE CRAZY if we saw one of our Sisters, Mothers, etc., dragged through the streets of Iraq like those contractors were..


    The effect on our Muslim American friends here would be none to good either..


    Just a thought..


    Victor Lawson

     
  • posted at 4:07 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Posts:

    Agreed.

    Have you finished "Atlas Shrugged" yet?

     
  • posted at 4:04 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Posts:


    "...well connected with DIA, CIA ..."

    What are the DIA and CIA doing looking into a DOMESTIC shooting?

    This sounds rather Jason Bourne'ish, don't you think?

     
  • Tiger Fan posted at 3:03 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Tiger Fan Posts: 0

    Left a posting for Bettejo on yesterday's forum. Which,as usual, she has chosen not to answer. She should be happier than a pig in mud with the decision to allow women in combat.


    Could you please supply some facts comcerning the rape allegations? I'm not saying that there aren't cases on rape and sexual harassment in the military but considering the number of females in the services, the percentages are pretty low. Females aren't the only ones who are molested and harassed however.


    I've always thought that women should be in combat. They are much more vicious than men. It's been working for isr

     
  • manoaborn posted at 2:31 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    manoaborn Posts: 159

    Heck, Hillary cries when she faces soft-ball questions from Congress. And she's the Secretary of State!

     
  • manoaborn posted at 2:29 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    manoaborn Posts: 159

    Actually, it was pretty common knowledge to most people who use news sources other than MSNBC, CBS, or any of the other alphabets for their main sources of information. You just gotta turn off the tv once in awhile.
    After all, you can't even go eat at half the restaurants they advertise, anyway. . .

     
  • Tila96766 posted at 2:26 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Tila96766 Posts: 7

    Mr. Mickens,


    To continue, your figuring out the cost of a mile of Path, you could start by figuring the average amount of days it takes to lay a mile of path. How much are the flagmen paid in that amount of days? The laborers, cement men, and all the other on-site workers, amount of yards of concrete that are poured in a mile, cost of a yard of concrete, cost of the heavy equipment; etc.


    And then figure that against the engineering, survey, consultants, permitting, etc and voila you have the cost of a mile. $how a breakdown$


    The same type of figures apply to a highway mile; maybe we are paying too much and you can show this if it happening. I'm sure there are many ways to figure this but let's see if it is really $5.1 million/mile compared to the $1 million something for a highway mile.


    I don't play baseball, the fields spend a lot of time empty, but i'm all for all the sports and their fields. You careered in baseball; I like the Path, it's really busy in Kapa'a and Kealia beyond.

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 1:36 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5721

    You'rer talking about the economy, VEGAS. A taboo subject. Capitalism ALWAYS hits this kind of road block. Remember the Black Friday 1929 headline? Wall Street Lays an Egg. Let's hope we can make the transition to a more sane and sensible way of 'counting our money' peacefully.


    Bob, dear, I am not talking communism. For the record this guy's been accusing me of being a communist for years. My response, "Met one once. Didn't like her."


    Good to see Obama getting rid of some of our nastier Generals. What these guys always do is accuse the 'other' side of doing exactly what they are doing. When the killing machine tells the truth there'll be a star in east. hey brag about the 'whoppers' they tell. It's built in.


    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 12:16 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5721

    ...or raped by superior officers or men of their own ranks. They may do some surprisingly good stuff, too. Like Colonel (Ret.) Ann Wright and Susan Dixon.


    Find their book DISSENT Voices of Conscience. Read this under a tree or to your kids. Better yet, give it to them to read.


    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 12:09 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5721

    MARGOT, if you- or others- do go to you tube and ask for free documentaries, I suggest you look into Top Documentary Films. So rich. So delightfully intellectual. Watch this site often and I'll bet senility and Alzheimer's disease take a back seat. Exercise the mind as well as the body. Introduce your kids. Supplement. Nothing like teaching a kid to think. Beats bible study all to he**. Enjoy. Enjoy.


    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 11:04 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Flattery won't cut you a slice of pie...

     
  • Dumbest posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Dumbest Posts: 97

    Nevertheless, that money could have gone to help a lot of "have nots"....you know, those poor people the Prez and all them Dems claim to care so much about. There is certainly something wrong with that picture.

     
  • Dumbest posted at 10:45 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Dumbest Posts: 97

    The debt is a tool. The real problem is government and the fact that Politicales can use our money to manipulate whatever they can. Would you be in Dept over 50K without them and nothing to show for it ? Not if you can see out of both eyes, but Politicales are blind. Sad story.

     
  • numilalocal posted at 10:25 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    numilalocal Posts: 219

    Oh, aren't you the legend in your own mind!

     
  • run4yourlife posted at 10:14 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    run4yourlife Posts: 16

    So many comments about TV drivel and the debt ceiling, Things that none of us can have any control over. Everyone has an opinion on what we can't control, yet no real discussion about the GMO industry right here on our island. Drinking water on the South Side is becoming contaminated by herbicides and pesticides. The workers in the fields exposed to chemicals that will likely give them cancer. Here on our island, and no one wants to discuss it? Mahalo Kelly for your thoughtful letter. I care and I'm not a communist.

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 10:02 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5721

    CRAIG, no one would dare call you grumpy. I've loved your recent letters. Have a glorious day.


    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 9:59 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5721

    Absolutely, MARGOT. Thank you for the good advice. Also, if you google you tube and then look for free documentaries you can find the best stuff. Incredible lectures, debates, speakers. Good for the mind.


    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 9:48 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    I see where the Pentagon has authorized women in full combat roles... I can Hardly wait to see the American general public opinion falter on this decision in future conflicts... they cry hard enough when the sons of American are dragged brutalized and naked through Foreign streets for Propaganda purposes... Just you wait and see how they react to naked Daughters of Americans being treated as such...

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 9:29 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    I hope you texted in your pledge sufficient to the amount that over 40% had to be borrowed to fund it.

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 9:26 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Who else but you would be Kauai's resident off-island authoritarian on feces. One couldn't expect anymore of you.

     
  • overthetop posted at 9:11 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    overthetop Posts: 0

    Shibai...blah, blah, blah...more shibai...blah...blah...blah.

     
  • overthetop posted at 9:09 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    overthetop Posts: 0

    Steve Martin: stop whining about things you apparently know nothing about (among other things): Other than the swearing-in ceremony, events and festivities associated with a presidential inauguration are not government functions and are not paid for with taxpayer money. Presidential inaugural committees raise money from private donors to hold these events.

     
  • rightisright posted at 8:32 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    rightisright Posts: 9

    Our dear leader just hinted that if the debt ceiling isn't raised he can not guarantee that Social Security and Medicare would be funded. (His children playing in the sand box scare mongering approach.)


    If I were our dear leader I would have said "if the ceiling isn't raised I can not guarantee that the Senate, House, and Executive Branch will be paid."


    Problem solved.

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 8:21 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Craig I call it the advantage of being well connected with DIA, CIA & Law Enforcement privileged & savvy individuals.

    I bite my tongue so often its swollen.

     
  • W8a2nd posted at 7:54 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    W8a2nd Posts: 58

    Alien, speak for yourself. :-)

     
  • Obsolete posted at 7:52 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Obsolete Posts: 179

    Hey Tim, this may or may not make you feel better, but the US government does not owe $16 trillion to foreign entities- it "only" owes about $5 trillion to foreigners.


    On the flip side, America owns trillions of dollars in foreign debt, and in total America earns more on its assets abroad than it pays to foreign investors. So don't panic. Unless you enjoy panicking. It seems a lot of people do.

     
  • W8a2nd posted at 7:52 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    W8a2nd Posts: 58

    Timothy, were you as concerned about how America's economy was ruined and our wealth stolen by 2 unfunded and illegal wars, the "irrational exuberance exuberance" of an unmonitored stock market, a real estate market corrupted and destroyed by "liar loans", sub prime lending and securitized fraudulent mortgages, and Wall Street corrupted to the core that force the government to take your tax dollars to save the world economy from a cataclism that would have destroyed life as you know it.


    Also, it amazes me how so many still believe that America's economic stability can be maintained by threats of military intervention as you suggest. Try taking a class in macro economics 101. America's standard of living has plummeted 60% in the last 30 years despite our "defense capabilities."

     
  • posted at 7:07 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Posts:

    I'd love to know if you get away with comments like this around the house, Alien.
    When I talk like this, people call me grumpy and mean.

     
  • posted at 7:06 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Posts:

    Okay Richard, if I follow your post to Michael yesterday correctly, you alone knew which type of gun was used in the Connecticut shooting before the police reported the facts to the press ... because you have confidential sources who speak to you and you alone and tell you and only you the truth and nothing but the truth ... while the rest of us are left to dangle in the wind of misinformation. Correct?


    Your response should be obvious then: Start your own news network. Call it the DDNN -- Dick's Death News Network. Your chief sponsor: The NRA, of course.

     
  • Vegas Yoda posted at 7:00 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Vegas Yoda Posts: 171

    Good irony, Alien!


    You know, it's not just television that's an example of technology taking over. When you see people walking around with their smart phone, reading reading texts and running into things, that's a Zombie!


    People who spend hours and hours playing World of Warcraft and looking at naughty pictures are no longer part of the real world.


    When the GMO companies want to deny us the knowledge of their manipulations with simple labeling, then you know something fishy is going on.


    It's been over a decade since the events of the World Trade Center. The TSA is showing up at bus stations and making random stops on the highways. Going to a ball game or to the innaguration is an occassion to be groped and searched. Terrible things happen and the answer is always less freedom.


    In Hawaii, there is a unique perspective because the islands were once their own separate country. There is a palace that still stands as a reminder of unforseen and unexpected changes.


    Viva Kauai !

     
  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 6:47 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Arrgh!! I hate reality type TV shows... especially ones like survivor and its ilk!... Instant National Geographic or Discovery here I come!

     
  • Vegas Yoda posted at 6:29 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Vegas Yoda Posts: 171

    Kauai TV is a distraction.


    As discussed yesterday, television has been turned into a hypnotic propaganda tool that distracts people away from reality and fills their heads with a Matrix like artificial reality. It's not natural for families to gather on the couch and stare at a box that is a pipeline for brainwashing. Where are the arts and crafts and the conversations? Read a book, paint, make something! Turn off the television and break the trance.


    End the Madness and The Debt is dangerous: The country is spending money that we don't have. We are borrowing money so that we can send foriegn aid to puppet regimes. The country is broke and we continue to print paper money. Savings accounts are becoming worthless and pension plans are being looted. The jobs that used to support our middle class are being sent overseas to countries that don't have unions. When we buy products from China, we are contributing to our own economic enslavement.

     
  • alien posted at 4:46 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    alien Posts: 340

    Timothy, why worry do something about it. Ya know go talk to the President and congress. They are very concerned with your dismay over the dept. The only way they will ever listen to us is if we all get together and withhold our tax payments. Unfortunately we live in a country of lazy fat cowards who are more concerned about how the presidents dances or what the first lady is wearing than if their kids are receiving a proper education. Just turn on American Idol and eat some high fructose corn syrup, everything will be alright.

     
  • Margot Taylor posted at 12:29 am on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    Margot Taylor Posts: 0

    Rand Becker, Agreed. I personally do not like TV and have lived without a TV in the house for over a decade. There is way too much cool stuff to do, especially on this island. :-)


    I think an idea would be to sell your TV. Then, next time you see a double rainbow, take your wife on a nice picnic with a fancy bottle of wine (you can use the money you get from selling the TV to buy the wine). Way better than Olive Garden. No smart phones allowed on the picnic.


    Cheers, Margot

     

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