Monthly Archives: May 2011

Our civil service system/public employee unions reinforce mediocrity & bloated government

http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20110529_Hawaii_well_poised_to_offer_an_alternative_to_the_Wisconsin_model_of_dealing_with_public_sector_unions.htmlEggheads eggheads abound in academia, as you see in the article above. * * * * ___________________________________________________________________________ * * * * http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/kenoi-vetoes-budget.html * http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/budget-battle-nears-finale.html * * * * Mayor Kenoi’s chest-thumper bullying vs. high school grad but Tom Paine Common … Continue reading

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Hawai’i in Heaven

Hawaii in Heaven – a moment to pause/reconnoiter/recharge Hey Curtis, Tell me, ole’ Wiseman  (joke),  why would I leave paradise that has so many wonderful nostalgic memories for me for the mainland?  I had a secure job at Alexander & … Continue reading

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Antiquity’s essence

Don’t see Sixty Minutes [broadcast journalism] on Steve Wynn unless this TV show features Mike Milken, who made Wynn, so to speak. Milken was largely involved with kick-starting investments in Nevada, which for many years was the fastest-growing state in … Continue reading

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comfort cushion in the lore of ages past

Yes, longest-serving Big Island gov’t chief executive Sam Mahuka Spencer’s [County Chairman/mayor 1924-1944] son Johnny Spencer, former great athlete, was Niumalu Hotel ace who always made affordable stays for Big Island athletes. Henry Kaiser bought out the 6 acre Niumalu … Continue reading

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Reminiscing on things past

Our oligarchy Big 5 slushed their collective profits into genesis Bishop Trust [1st Haw’n Bank its front] & later Haw’n Trust [Bank of Hawai’i its front], to move money/capital around in congruous/ streamlined fashion. Of course, had our Feds busted … Continue reading

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Back in the joyful fold of oldtime lore

From our greatest and most ubiquitous historian Tom Coffman born 1943 — [Curt’s notes in brackets] Hi Curtis, You’ve got a couple of really tasty ones here.  Jack Wakayama said that Dillingham was communicating directly with FDR? Very credible in … Continue reading

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Pick up yourself [self esteem] even when “the blood run out from your shoes” [mythic boxer Beau Jack’s granny’s exhortation to youngster Beau Jack]

To love and to desire to be loved — life’s greatest Truths.    Young 6 yr. old Beau Jack got roughed up by village kids, who took his homemade sugar pop which Beau’s granny made for him on his way … Continue reading

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