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Political Discussion / Raises for City bureaucrats
« on: April 12, 2020, 12:01:19 PM »
I'm sure most of us heard that the city council was set to give everybody a 3% raise.

At least until the public found out.

While Caldwell said he didn't think it should happen, the city council seems to have other ideas.

They're having a meeting on Thursday the 16th to "Discuss" the idea. Sounds like an end around to me.

If you think the Mayor, Chief Ballast and all the other department heads deserve a raise for their stellar performance in upholding our constitutionally protected rights, you needn't do a thing.

If, however, you wish to express your disgust and displeasure at this acrimonious display of self congratulatory largess at our expense, you can submit written testimony to: ryoung@honolulu.gov

Thanks to Natalie Iwasa for the heads up.
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Political Discussion / The Elephant in the Room
« on: February 26, 2018, 05:55:34 PM »
Actually there are couple of them, space is getting tight.

The one I'd like to address here is the complete failure of all government agencies in the Florida shooting and many others.

How in the F*ck after 38 or 39 calls to local authorities, and at least 3 calls to the FBI, was this kid not even interviewed?

These are the agencies that the left proposes we entrust our self defense to. From everything I've read, and I'm seeing on the news, this is being glossed over entirely.

This isn't even the first time. Many of the shooters have even been interviewed, then went on to commit a mass shooting.

Everyone is squealing about gun control, but nobody is talking about this? Their only answer to this incompetence is "Policy wasn't followed". Ooops! Sorry folks!

 :wtf:
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Political Discussion / We can all breath a sigh of relief...
« on: July 05, 2016, 06:10:36 PM »
Paul "Rino" Ryan says the GOP is going to have hearings about the FBI investigation into Clinton, and it's dubious outcome.

I'm sure they;ll get to the bottom of... something, eventually...maybe.   :sleeping: We all know how "tough" he's been on Obama.  :grrr:

www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ryan-gop-will-hold-hearings-on-clinton-probe/ar-AAi8X6b?li=BBnb7Kz&ocidzU147DHP   





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Political Discussion / FBI recommends no prosecution for Clinton.
« on: July 05, 2016, 05:29:01 AM »
Just watched a live feed of the FBI director on the Clinton email investigation.

Even though there were classified emails found among those she turned over and there is evidence that she and her staff were "careless" in their handling of said emails, and the evidence supports the distinct possibility that her server was hacked, though no direct evidence was found due the nature of her server,

THE FBI RECOMMENDS THAT NO CHARGES BE BROUGHT AGAINST THE HILDEBEAST.


Gee, I just didn't see that one coming.   :wtf:
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Political Discussion / A view of the future, courtesy of the EU.
« on: July 03, 2016, 04:29:58 PM »
Came across this nugget today for those that believe "some" gun control is justified. Remember, doing "good" never ends for these people.


www.guns.com/2016/06/08/then-they-came-for-the-muzzleloaders-eu-moves-to-regulate-black-powder-guns-due-to-terrorism-video/   


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Political Discussion / Where's the tipping point?
« on: July 03, 2016, 09:40:41 AM »
Secret government lists of "undesirables" or "domestic terrorists".
Militarization of federal bureaucracies.
Control of the media for the purpose of spreading propaganda.
Blatant disregard for the Constitution and the laws of this country.

It becomes more obvious every day that our government, be it federal, state, or local, is descending into the same fascist, totalitarian ideology that we fought two world wars to prevent.

At what point do we say "Enough", and take up arms to prevent it? What will it take to tip the country into civil war? How close are we?

Where is your "line in the sand"?
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« on: March 30, 2016, 05:42:37 AM »
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Legal and Activism / First HKNB of the year.
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:42:48 PM »
Welcome to first report on the HKNB of 2016!

Fortunately, there isn't anything to report regarding the range! The only mention was by GK in regards to the planned new route for the Century bike ride and whether or not it would interfere with people getting to the range.

They said it shouldn't, and I have to say, I thought it was nice of GK to ask about it. Feels kind of weird saying that.

Actually, the meeting ran pretty long, but it was due to a full schedule, not GK. He ran the meeting smoothly, without interrupting, interjecting his opinions, or any long winded diatribes. He kept it to the business at hand, recognized the other board members quickly and moved things along as needed. I think it was the smoothest, most productive meeting I've ever seen him chair. I could definitely get used to it. I'm, guardedly, impressed.

I arrived about 10 minutes late and missed HPD and HFD.

There was the Century bike ride discussion, a presentation about the wash down station changes at the bay, something about an SPCA clinic in the area, one of the guys from Friends of Haunama Bay on noisy moped regulation, etc.

The most interesting thing at the state level was Rep. Wards announcement that NOAA has given up on it's bid to snatch control of Maunalua Bay for the feds in the face of opposition from the community. Laura Thielands bill to require state contractors to submit proof that they've disposed of their construction waste in accordance with the law before getting paid was also welcome news.

Since it seems we'll be facing a busy year in the state legislature, let's all hope that things stay as quiet on this front as they were this month!

Aloha,

edster    :shaka:
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Caught this on another forum.

Brent Ramadna 808-368-2957

He's looking to do a piece on this, anybody able to talk to him?

I'd do it but I don't have Kaiser.
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Technical Support / This page not available
« on: December 13, 2015, 10:50:03 AM »
Having issues getting the "Legal and Activism" page to load.

All others seem to be OK but this one displays "Page not available" I've tried refreshing, log out and back in, etc.

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Legal and Activism / Kalihi Valley #16 Neighborhood Board Meeting
« on: December 09, 2015, 09:52:20 PM »
Good Evening.

Recently the agenda for this meeting was posted. As it had to do with the change in HPD policy regarding Kaiser and Straub members, and their difficulty in obtaining permits to acquire both long guns and pistols, a sense of urgency was imparted.

Since HPD was supposed to offer an explanation for this drastic and abrupt change in policy, that is denying numerous people of their Constitutionally protected right to legally purchase firearms, I chose to attend and report back their explanation.

I was sorely disappointed.

Not only was the Chair late for his own meeting, HPD didn't even bother to show up. I found this particularly disconcerting because, were I to walk out the door of the venue where the meetings are held, I could literally spit on the police station. The only "action" taken was the Chair humbly asking the Mayors representative if he would kindly "look into the problem". Hardly what I was led to expect.

To me this shows great disrespect by HPD for the public it's supposed to serve. Also arrogance on their part, as they seem to expect members of the public to provide them with "proof" of their innocence in order to exercise their constitutional rights. If HPD has a problem getting Kaiser and Straub to cooperate with state law, the citizens shouldn't be the ones penalized. Perhaps this could be the basis for yet another lawsuit against HPD. Hopefully one against Kaiser and Straub has already begun.

Now that I'm irritated, because I blew off my company Christmas party, free beer, Beef Wellington, suckling pig and many other delicacies, and wasted my time on this, I'll be bringing it up at the next HKNB meeting with HPD and the Mayors rep. to see if I can get some reaction there.

Aloha,

Edster
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General Discussion / San Bernadino a False Flag Op?
« on: December 02, 2015, 09:08:03 PM »
Let me preface this by saying I don't have a tendency towards belief in conspiracy theories.

Just yesterday, A person I know personally to be very intelligent posted saying "Just watch, the next shooting or terror incident will be somewhere close to where the authorities are holding a drill or exercise."

Lo and behold today there is an incident, and conveniently, the police are conducting a "Terrorism Exercise" just down the road.

I've looked at the "evidence" put forth by those that have been claiming Newtown was a false flag op. It made me wonder, with the convenient Disaster drill, the mysterious "man in the woods" they later claimed was a LEO from another town, that no one has seen or heard from since, the many "actors" that have been present in photographs of other incidents, that were there that day.

Add to that the links between the DOJ and payments to BLM protestors, as well as those made by private endorsers.

I wondered, but in the end dismissed it as improbable due to the sheer number of people that would need to be "in" on the con.

Lately however, I've begun to wonder again. As I mentioned in another thread, the coincidences of the rhetoric and the actions needed to support it have become too common.

Anyone else wondering about this? Do you think our own government is attempting to manipulate us like this in order to disarm us?
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Legal and Activism / HKNB, the shortest meeting.
« on: November 25, 2015, 06:42:01 PM »
Welcome to the November HKNB report.

Happily, there's not much to report!

No mention of the range.

The unusually nice thing was how smoothly the meeting moved along and how much business was conducted in a short amount of time. Despite a wait for Cynthia Thielen to show up and tell us about a bill she authored to make the state take responsibility for its own construction waste.

The reason? Greg Knudsen was NOT in attendance.

Elizabeth Riley ably performed as board chair, moving the meeting along smoothly, without dissent or excessive verbiage. Allowing other board members to express their opinions and make contributions to the content of this meeting and setting the agendas for future meetings. Two presentations were made, and commented on. All of the usual city council members, Senators, Representatives and administrative reps made their reports and took questions. Board business and housekeeping items were taken care of efficiently and, again, without dissent or excessive blathering.

The atmosphere was practically festive! People were smiling and cooperating with each other.

The meeting was gaveled to a close at 8:15pm.

The earliest I've ever seen a meeting close in 2 years.

There is no meeting in December, but don't worry, the brooding, contentious Mr. Knudsen will be back to destroy the atmosphere of cooperation in January.

More's the pity. I was actually enjoying this last meeting.
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Off Topic / The insane have taken over our educational system.
« on: November 11, 2015, 05:24:34 AM »
Present day liberal ideals, taken to their { not so } logical conclusion.



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Legal and Activism / HKNB, The Beginning of the End?
« on: October 29, 2015, 07:53:26 PM »
Welcome to a rare "Double" report on the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting!

For those that don't know it already, Greg Knudsen managed to fend off a challenge by Natalie Iwasa for the board chair position last month. After months of meetings with no chair, due to the fact that the entire board couldn't be gathered for a vote at the same time, neither of them could meet the 8 votes needed to win. In a great show of class, and in order to move the board forward, Ms. Iwasa rescinded her bid for the chair. GK was duly voted in after a member changed her vote. The rest abstained with the exception of Robert Clark, who voted "NO". This lead to some fireworks later on when Mr. Clark spoke to a presenter without first being recognized by the chair, who promptly derided him for his faux pa. Mr. Clark responded with "Well why don't you recognize me then, so I can continue speaking?" amongst other barbs. I think we can assume he's not a "fan" of the Knudster.
 In speaking with another member of the board after the meeting I was told that the board is severely fractured along the lines of those that feel GK should be ousted, or at least step aside to allow fresh leadership and perspectives, and those that are content to putter along as they have with him as chair.

This leads me to the point where I must apologize for not posting a report here last month. I was remiss in my responsibility, and the only excuse I can offer is that I was pissed off.

You see, as I was talking to the other board member outside, GK was leaving the meeting. He gave me a tentative wave, and since I try {!} not to be an asshole, I waved back and said "Hey Greg, congratulations!" His response to me wasn't "Thank you", it was "I saw on the website {this forum} that you feel like you wasted 2 hours of your life, I guess we're not entertaining enough for you."
This irritated me on a couple of levels. first, his "monitoring" of our site, as if I should censor myself because he's "watching", second, well, his attitude was just rude, condescending, and uncalled for. When I report on these meetings I try to keep it factual and not make it personal. He chose to make it so.

Knowing how he loves to come here and read about himself, I chose not to give the prick the satisfaction.

This was selfish on my part, and unfair to you guys. I apologize. I won't let it happen again.

As for you Greg, Kiss my Fat, Hairy, White Ass. This is still the United States of America, and I'll express my opinions any time and any place I so choose. If you don't like them, don't come here and read them. If you like I'll be happy to discuss this , or any other matter, face to face. Here's an observation; If you weren't such a Dick, people would think better of you.

On to this months meeting.

One of the first things I noticed was Mr. Clark was not in his accustomed seat at the table. At first I thought he wasn't there, then I noticed him sitting in the audience.

The reason for this became clear as GK got the meeting underway. Apparently Mr. Clark, after serving on the board for 22 years and being duly reelected this year, had forgotten to formally take his oath of office. Now most people would've just mentioned to him that he needed to clear this administrative matter up, but not our friend GK. He decided to be small and mean about it, because Mr. Clark is a pain in his side, and turn it into an attempt to oust him from the board. His cited reasons for this were: Mr. Clark had performed poorly for his district, that he was an embarrassment to the board because of the issue with the marina dredging { Mr. Clark heads up the marina association } and, apparently most importantly, "He has embarrassed me in publicly and in front of this board with his outbursts and failure to follow rules and procedures." Now Paige Altonn spoke out in support of Mr. Clark by reminding Greggy that the incident with the marina dredging was caused by a subcontractor and not the actions of Mr. Clark or the marina board. since the opinion that Mr. Clark is serving his constituency poorly is just that, as he was reelected by them, we're really left with only one reason: Greg's embarrassment. Apparently the entirety of the board members present felt this wasn't sufficient reason to oust Mr. Clark. They voted against removing him. 12 to 1.

More drama occurred when Mr. Clark went up to take his oath. He stopped in front of Greggy and was apparently informing him of his displeasure with the current situation. Greggy picked up the microphone and began screeching "He's saying he's going to make me pay! That he's going to make me miserable! He's threatening me in public! I want to rescind his taking of the oath!" At this point Ms. Altonn blew up. She started yelling "That's enough Greg! You've embarrassed this man in front of this board and the entire audience! ENOUGH!"

What a little bitch. This reminded of a kid running to the teacher saying "Teacher, teacher! Johnny called me a poo face and said I smell like farts! Kick him off the playground!"

Any man actually packing a pair would've simply told him "Take your best shot." I was almost embarrassed for him, almost.

The rest of the meeting proceeded more or less normally.

The big deal was a presentation by a group calling themselves Imua Maunalua touting a supposedly "new" plan to regulate Maunalua Bay. Turns out this is just an end around by the same entities that were supporting the NOAA land grab for the feds.

This went over about as well as a fart in church as the goal of the plan seems to be to exclude people that use the bay and don't live in the HK area from having input and representation regarding decisions about said regulations. There seems to be no definitive goal other than to "make it better". Try again kids.

The presentations by representatives from the city council, the Mayor, our state Representative and Senator were very brief.

Now it was time for "Board business".
I had stepped out to have a smoke, as this portion generally goes quickly and has little to concern us, but.....

I came back to find Greg reading from a document he had prepared in response to complaints from other board members that meetings were not moving quickly enough. He expounded in excruciating detail on each and every point. Explaining the minutest detail of his thought processes as he wrote this and why he felt it would help.
In the 20 minutes he took to make his case it struck me that he had missed the point entirely.
All too often it is he, Greg Knudsen, that turns a 7 minute presentation with 10 minutes of question and answer into 45 minutes with his endless rehashing of points already made or conceded, and diatribes about how he "feels" about it. Eliminate this and almost every meeting could be shortened by an hour. Rarely do any of the other board members ask for more than clarification on specific points. Even when they do, they tend to be brief and to the point. In the end Marion Grey and Elizabeth Reilly suggested that large portions be cut out and most agreed that time limits should be "enforced". Pending rewrite it was not adopted.

Then came the portion where board members are asked or granted the opportunity to head or join certain committees. Greg decided to make this into a grudge match as well, denying Ms. Iwasa the lead on the transportation committee because he "wasn't sure she was ready for it". He also gave Ms. Reilly a hard time, telling her she "should've told me over the weekend like I asked you to" regarding her committee choice, saying "I haven't decided yet". This devolved into Greg talking into the paper in front of him, blubbering about "the rules and regulations" and how "we haven't even moved to accept these committees". At this point Ms. Reilly took the paper from Greg's hand and simply read off the committees and moved to accept them, it was immediately seconded. The minutes from the last meeting were accepted without comment { unusual } and the meeting was adjourned.

Sorry about the length of this post, and its "He said, She said nature". Hope you found it interesting.

Aloha,

Edster
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Off Topic / Muslim Immigration
« on: September 25, 2015, 08:10:43 PM »
France, a Muslim state, in 39 years.

Germany, a Muslim state, by 2050.

Europe in it's entirety, controlled by Muslims within 50 years.

Russia, 1 in 5 are Muslim now, predicted to grow to 40% of the total population in the next 25 years.

These aren't my predictions, these are from the governments and their population experts in the region and around the world.

 The Muslims are coming, and they're bringing a shit storm with them.

How? Immigration and birthrates. No culture has ever survived when it's birthrate has dropped below 2.11. Europe's birthrate without Muslims is at 1.38. The Muslim birthrate? 8+. The USA? 1.6. If you count the help we get from Latino immigrants, 2.11, treading water. But as of 2008 we only had about 9 million Muslims. Canada has about the same birthrate, but their Muslim population is exploding.

Now the idiots we have running the country want to start wholesale importation of "refugees" from third world shitholes.

They're taking over Europe without firing a shot. In most European countries there are "No go" areas controlled by them already.

Anyone feeling warm and fuzzy about this?
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General Discussion / Range weather report
« on: September 12, 2015, 07:14:52 AM »
For those of us that have no windows.

Wet and sh*tty, with a high probability of continued wet and sh*tty throughout the day.

Zero wind, 83% humidity { according to my hygrometer }, temp @ 80 degrees F.

Enjoy!
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Off Topic / Looks like HFD has their helo back.
« on: August 23, 2015, 08:12:28 AM »
Just observed another hiker rescue on Koko Crater. Still going on as I type this.

These people are obviously addicts or possessed.

 Why else would they attempt the hike on a day when we're under a flash flood watch, knowing thunder storms are due to roll in later in the day?

 :wtf:
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Off Topic / Trump position on immigration
« on: August 16, 2015, 05:03:00 PM »
Holy Crap! You've got to read this. It makes more sense than anything I've read from any politician. I'm starting to believe Trump is for real.
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/immigration-reform
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Off Topic / The First GOP Primary Debate.
« on: August 06, 2015, 09:11:27 PM »
Well, I wanted to see spirited debate between the candidates on issues we're all concerned about. While there was a little, for the most part what I got to watch was a dog and pony show.

While it wasn't what I had hoped for I still came away with a better perspective of the candidates.

This is what I came away with:

1. If Trump wants to continue to be taken seriously he's going to have to start filling in the blanks. While I'll credit him with infusing some life into what would otherwise have been the most boring show on TV, and some balls into the other candidates, showmanship and a lack of PC will only get you so far. Show me the beef Donald, or you're fired.

2. Ben Carson...........What!! Sorry I fell asleep. Smart guy, I like him, but he lacks passion. He makes me think of Carter, if he was a Republican.

3. Bush. No

4. Kasich, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, I'll be keeping an eye on him.

5. Christie, { insert rude noise here }

6. Rubio, Better than I expected, possible VP.

7. Cruz, keep up with the Trump gonad transfusions and you've got a chance.

8. Huckabee, meh.

9. Paul, ummmm, right.

10. Walker, I expected more, but he's still in my top 3.

I didn't watch the "Kiddie table" debate but from what I read Fiorina stole the show. I would say definite VP material.

JMO, what do you think?
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