bursts of the unconscious moments — gestalt, baby!

Pauline Kael felt that the best way to express oneself was thru the senses, through feeling, not self-righteous preaching, what she called incredibly beautiful bursts of unconscious moments. She pronounced that responsible artists try to affect you sensually in a way which enlarges your experience that sometimes simply cannot be explained. Such a special person is Steven Kalas born 1957, who has not a drop of snobbery in him, just as Pauline did not.      Here is Kalas at his finest  —

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/revealing-self-is-natural-part-of-being-human-93224229.html

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Authenticity is not narcissism or self-centeredness. It is a fluid transparency of self in all we do and with all whom we love.

And, I said all that because of my passion for this great paradox:

When we share ourselves authentically, those with whom we share find themselves confronted with an invitation to be themselves, too. They find their authentic story in the sharing of our own.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_Kael#Early_life_and_career

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In 1953, the editor of City Lights magazine overheard Kael arguing about films in a coffeeshop with a friend and asked her to review Charlie Chaplin‘s LimelightKael memorably dubbed the film “slimelight” and began publishing film criticism regularly in magazines.

Even these early reviews were notable for their informality and lack of pretension; Kael later explained, “I worked to loosen my style—to get away from the term-paper pomposity that we learn at college. I wanted the sentences to breathe, to have the sound of a human voice.”   Kael disparaged the supposed critic’s ideal of objectivity, referring to it as “saphead objectivity,” and incorporated aspects of autobiography into her criticism.  In a review of Vittorio De Sica‘s 1946 neorealist Shoeshine (Sciuscià) that has been ranked among her most memorable, Kael described seeing the film

[…]after one of those terrible lovers’ quarrels that leave one in a state of incomprehensible despair. I came out of the theater, tears streaming, and overheard the petulant voice of a college girl complaining to her boyfriend, ‘Well I don’t see what was so special about that movie.’ I walked up the street, crying blindly, no longer certain whether my tears were for the tragedy on the screen, the hopelessness I felt for myself, or the alienation I felt from those who could not experience the radiance of Shoeshine. For if people cannot feel Shoeshine, what can they feel?… Later I learned that the man with whom I had quarreled had gone the same night and had also emerged in tears. Yet our tears for each other, and for Shoeshine did not bring us together. Life, as Shoeshine demonstrates, is too complex for facile endings.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_Kael#Views_on_violence

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Kael had a taste for anti-hero films that violated taboos involving sex and violence. She also had a strong dislike for films that she felt were manipulative or appealed in superficial ways to conventional attitudes and feelings. She was particularly critical towards Clint Eastwood and her reviews of his films and acting, even if generally well-favored, were resoundingly negative; she became known as his arch nemesis.

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Kael responded negatively to some action films that she felt pushed what she described as “right-wing” or “fascist” agendas. She labeled Don Siegel‘s Dirty Harry (1971), starring Clint Eastwood as “right-wing fantasy [that is] a remarkably single-minded attack on liberal values.”   She also called it “fascist medievalism.” 

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Kael pickbacker Kakutani   —

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http://www.salon.com/2012/11/26/michiko_kakutani_goes_crazy_again/

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Michiko Kakutani goes crazy, again

The New York Times book critic reviews Calvin Trillin’s new book in, yes, verse. We have a few questions

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Michiko Kakutani, have you read your review of Calvin Trillin’s “Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse”? Actually grabbed a cup of coffee and the New York Times’ arts section and tried to read your 13-stanza poem written in some approximation of Trillin’s voice? Did you think it was funny?

Did you think that we just wouldn’t notice it if it ran the Tuesday before Thanksgiving? When we were out of town, or rushing to get ready for the holiday weekend? Do you know that almost worked?

Is it wrong to notice you always seem to go a little crazy close to a holiday weekend? That it was Memorial Day when you reviewed “Bridget Jones’ Diary” in the voice of Ally McBeal? Almost Christmas when you broke out the Brian Griffin voice for “Andrew O’Hagan’s The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and His Friend Marilyn.” Do you just need to make yourself laugh around the holidays? Maybe you’d like to come over for turkey next year?

Or is that when your editor is away? Was your editor on summer vacation when you snuck in that review of Shawn Levy’s swinging London book as Austin Powers? And Ben Kunkel’s “Indecision” as Holden Caulfield? Was your editor happy when he or she returned?

But really, what were you thinking when you started this review? Was it white wine or pinot noir? Guy Fieri’s watermelon margarita?

Didn’t you think reviewing an actual poet in verse might make your own effort look silly by comparison? Do you sometimes go to a museum and think, “I could do that”?

Was your goal only to use the most obvious rhymes? Pages and ages? Fears and jeers? Game and lame? Chump and Trump?

Hey, what rhymes with limn?

When you wrote that “This book lacks a certain je ne se quoi / Some Trillin rhymes are unnecessarily blah,” did it make you want to elevate your game and not, say, rhyme book with Nook?

Did you forget to rhyme Ailes and fails? You totally wanted to make a binders full of women joke, didn’t you?

Are you aware that some of your rhymes don’t rhyme? Did you break out your Crocodile Dundee voice to make “Barbie” rhyme with “derby”? Maybe you’d review the next Peter Carey novel in that voice? Please?

Really, though, you know that “car elevator” and “not a Terminator” doesn’t quite work, right? And that if you’re going to do a review in basic rhyme, that’s sort of the first requirement?

Obama with Osama? Really? Did you even try to come up with anything else?

When you referenced Seamus the Dog, did you have to ask Gail Collins for permission?

Have you been talked out of reviewing other books this year as a character? Did you want to review Andrew McCarthy’s travel memoir in the voice of Duckie from “Pretty in Pink”? “The Casual Vacancy” by mimicking Dumbledore? “Telegraph Avenue” as Rob from “High Fidelity”? Salman Rushdie’s “Joseph Anton,” Martin Amis’ “Lionel Asbo” and Ian McEwan’s “Sweet Tooth” as Christopher Hitchens, from heaven or hell or wherever?

Do you sometimes feel like an A-student whom no one loves?

Does this make it sound like Michiko Kakutani thinks she’s really clever, but isn’t? Could I answer that question for you?

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Our multiple islands pluralist cultural blend/heterogeneity lead us toward racial harmony, not terminal discord. Do not discard your haole attitude. It is your own/unique contribution/gift-sharing to our cultural mix/heritage/customs.  There is NO culture gap, because we all love each other for who we are, not where we come from. As you saw with LBJ & his immense rise above geopolitics [LBJ’s Civil Rights Act/2nd New Deal a la Great Society, which actually expanded under Presidents Nixon/Ford — President Nixon is the father of our EPA, not to mention opening up relations w/Red China!!!], life is about change/adjustment/metamorphosis. Our Gov. Jack Burns 1909-1975 [term of office 1962-1974] went from incited provocateur [for the little guy/gal like Frank Fasi 1920-2010] to LBJ consensus-builder. Hopefully, life balances out into a happy medium, somewhat equidistant between the 2 polar extremes of left wing radical/right wing conservative politically our comforting centrist mode. Yet, even bi-racial Fred Kinzaburo Makino [English/Nippon] 1877-1953, firebrand A-hole leftist was he, on his U.S. Supreme Court win that Japanese in America may teach their children their ancestral Nippon tongue, said “Did we hurt the English speaking community? The Americans feel it only proper that we took the action we did. The Americans are only too well cognizant of the fact that it is the right of the people living in a free democracy to advocate their rights guaranteed under the Constitution and to seek legal clarification of the doubtful points in the enforcement of law. The Americans are not giving the test case (Wallace Farrington v. Tokushige 1927) a second thought. They believe in SPORTSMANSHIP AND THEY SHAKE HANDS AND BECOME GOOD FRIENDS AFTER A VIOLENT FIST FIGHT!! IT BEHOOVES US WHO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY, TO UNDERSTAND THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AMERICANS. INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS ALIKE MUST NOT BECOME SELFISH OR IRRESPONSIBLE IN OUR ACTIONS BECAUSE OF OUR VICTORY. We ask that the Japanese schools cooperate with the territorial government officials to raise good American citizens capable of understanding the English and Japanese language.”   Gestalt, baby!

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http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Poetry/Elegy.htm

Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth
A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown.
Fair Science frowned not on his humble birth,
And Melacholy marked him for her own.

Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere,
Heaven did a recompense as largely send:
He gave to Misery all he had, a tear,
He gained from Heaven (’twas all he wish’d) a friend.

No farther seek his merits to disclose,
Or draw his frailties from their dread abode
(There they alike in trembling hope repose),
The bosom of his Father and his God.

By Thomas Gray (1716-71)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Gray

Gray was also known as one of the “Graveyard poets” of the late 18th century, along with Oliver Goldsmith, William Cowper, and Christopher Smart. Gray most likely knew these men, sharing ideas about death, mortality, and the finality and sublimity of death.

“Elegy” masterpiece
It is believed that Gray wrote his masterpiece, the Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, in the graveyard of the church in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire in 1750. The poem was a literary sensation when published by Robert Dodsley in February 1751 (see 1751 in poetry) and has made a lasting contribution to English literature. Its reflective, calm and stoic tone was greatly admired, and it was pirated, imitated, quoted and translated into Latin and Greek. It is still one of the most popular and most frequently quoted poems in the English language. In 1759 during the Seven Years War, before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, British General James Wolfe is said to have recited it to his officers, adding: “Gentlemen, I would rather have written that poem than take Quebec tomorrow”. The poem’s famous depiction of an “ivy-mantled tow’r” could be a reference to the early-mideval St. Laurence’s Church in Upton, Slough.

The Elegy was recognised immediately for its beauty and skill. It contains many outstanding phrases which have entered the common English lexicon, either on their own or as referenced in other works. A few of these include:

“The paths of glory”
“Celestial fire”
“Some mute inglorious Milton”
“Far from the madding crowd”
“The unlettered muse”
“Kindred spirit”
Gray also wrote light verse, such as Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes, a mock elegy concerning Horace Walpole’s cat. After setting the scene with the couplet “What female heart can gold despise? What cat’s averse to fish?”, the poem moves to its multiple proverbial conclusion: “a fav’rite has no friend”, “[k]now one false step is ne’er retrieved” and “nor all that glisters, gold”. (Walpole later displayed the fatal china vase on a pedestal at his house in Strawberry Hill.) Gray’s surviving letters also show his sharp observation and playful sense of humour. He is also well known for his phrase,

“where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise,”
This is from his 1742 (see 1742 in poetry) Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.

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dedicated to Eliza of the Lustrous Hair on 9/25/12 [akin to Scripture’s Lydia of the Purple Cloth]   —

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http://www.bartleby.com/248/504.html

T’is but a Little Faded Flower

By Ellen Clementine Howarth

T’ IS but a little faded flower,
But oh, how fondly dear!
IT will bring me back one golden hour,
Through many a weary year.
I may not to the world impart
The secret of its power,
But treasured in my inmost heart,
I keep my faded flower.

Where is the heart that doth not keep,
Within its inmost core,
Some fond remembrance, hidden deep,
Of days that are no more?
Who hath not saved some trifling thing
More prized than jewels rare
A faded flower, a broken ring,
A tress of [my loved one’s] hair?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Clementine_Howarth

Ellen Clementine Howarth (born Ellen Clementine Doran in Cooperstown, New York, May 17, 1827 – 1899), was an American poet.

The daughter of a calico-printer, and employed in factory-work at the age of seven, she married Joseph Howarth, in the same occupation. She lived at Trenton, New Jersey, in extremely reduced circumstances until friends secured her a comfortable subsistence. She authored a volume of poems in 1867, edited by Richard Watson Gilder, and also a song “‘Tis but a Little Faded Flower”.

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the eternally true myth of Scripture on reversal of expectation/convention   —

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It’s not what we have, it’s not what we know, it’s who we are that matters. So that selfish pride and vanity [overly concerned about how others see us] get in the way of the message of salvation, which is why God calls on the meekest of the meek like Moses & Gideon to lead humanity. Jealousy over one’s “possessions” and envy of others’ “possessions” also impede Truth.

Our flawed human condition is that of overconfident Biblical Peter, who, boasting that unlike others he would never desert Christ, immediately fell flat on his face in spiritual failure. The secret of growth in Christian character largely lies in realizing our powerlessness and acknowledging it before God.  [for those not joined with this myth, humbleness/patience avert overpride/hubris/arrogance/self-importance]

The language of this meekness is that of the child Samuel:  Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth; and that of Joshua, who, when he was in that high post of honor, giving command to Israel, and bidding defiance to all their enemies,  “his breast filled with great and bold thought, yet, upon the intimation of a message from heaven, thus submits himself to it: What sayeth my Lord unto his servant?”

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Castle & Cooke boss Joseph Ballard Atherton 1837-1903 started Springfield MA’s YMCA here, expanded by his son Frank Atherton 1877-1945, who integrated our YMCA/is messiah to Asian immigrant progeny/was Merchant St. godfather WWI-WWII eras. Frank had Lloyd R. Killam 1885-1981 integrate our YMCA starting in 1912, Lloyd had Leigh Hooley 1898-1982 & Scot John Young 1902-1990 replace Lloyd in 1924. Curtis Iaukea, 30 yrs. Lloyd’s senior, was our walking Jesus among the teeming masses & a remarkable inspiration to us all. Leigh Hooley quipped once about Maui’s Harry Baldwin [A&B founder Henry’s son], 27 yrs. Leigh’s senior, cutting in line at the plantation barber shop to cut his hair, ticking off all the plantation laborers waiting in line to cut their hair. Leigh vowed to help the powerless brown-yellow complexioned laborers attain some semblance of dignity, & brusquely called Harry to the mat on it. Harry, a Jesus-fearer at heart [missionary roots], promised that Harry would be more sensitive to the plight of the powerless. Leigh used some vim/vigor to afflict the comfortable/comfort the afflicted — Old Testament ingredients to reform Harry Baldwin.

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GOP Statehood Joe Farrington 1897-1954 preceded GOP Neal Rusty Blaisdell 1902-1975 [our greatest GOP leaders — altruists all the way]

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1. Ever-popular handsome Joe Farrington was our delegate to Congress 1942-1954 [died of massive heart attack in D.C. while in office]. Rusty Blaisdell was O`ahu mayor 1954-1968 [did not run for re-election; was burnt out at City Hall at age 65]. Hung Wai Ching’s older alter ego was Joe, not peer Rusty. Hung Wai was aligned w/Merchant St. oligarchs/
Congregational Punahou alumni.

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Rusty’s reference points were the Abe Lincoln GOP/St. Louis High alumni. Hung Wai’s haoles contrasted with Rusty’s locals. Different gangs.

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Joe Farrington had elite advisors Hung Wai [Yale divinity Masters grad; Congregational pastor aligned w/powerful Union Theological Seminary in N.Y./U Chicago Divinity School — Hung Wai mentor to Rev. Abraham Akaka of Pauoa]/Kats Kometani [dentist/sportsman]/Mas
Marumoto [legal scholar/Harvard grad]. Rusty had grassroots entrepreneur Angel Maehara of Maui [baby brother of baseball icon Iron Maehara].

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Hawai`i GOP/Republicans  —

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1. The anti-slavery party of Abraham Lincoln ruled the White House until Dem FDR took it back via the Great Depression. The GOP [Grand Ole’ Party moniker used before the turn of the last century] took back the White House w/Eisenhower, only to lose it during
the 1960s & 1990s.

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2. Northern anti-slavery Whigs [Scot for rebel] included our New England Congregational missionaries who settled in Hawai`i. Progeny included autocrat Lorrin A. Thurston & Negro race apostle/Civil War hero Samuel Chapman Armstrong of Maui [founded Virginia’s Hampton Institute; mentored Booker T. Washington, who was chosen recently by respected Atlantic Magazine as among the 100 greatest-ever Americans], Armstrong a Punahou grad like O’ahu native Elbert Tuttle, greatest southern federal judge who broke open Civil Rights 1960s/WWII war hero.

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3. Our evolving GOP eventually included our major industrialists/Big Five [A&B, C&C, Brewer, Davies, AmFac], the rich/powerful high society aristocrats, & included ali`i [powerful Hawaiians].

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4. Our GOP Delegate to Congress Kuhio [1902-1922], earthy/grassroots, longest-serving pre-Statehood delegate, was the exemplar/template for our 2nd longest-serving pre-Statehood delegate, GOP Joe Farrington [1942-1954], both of whom died in office.

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Both men brought back the GOP to the party of Abraham Lincoln’s everybody’s equal the matchless singularity/flashpoint which was lost on several Merchant St./Big Five bosses. Not surprisingly, Congregational progeny A&B and C&C [interlocked w/non-missionary industrialists], though accused of benevolent paternalism, were altruists/egalitarians
in their personal endeavors [charitable hospital/housing/school/YMCA support]. Non-missionary Scot engineers, backdropped by austere European economic conditions, also were loving/compassionate benefactors, still worshipped today, mythic mentors like sugar industry bosses CC Kennedy/John M. Ross/John Moir/James Henderson/A.J. Watt.

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5. Current GOP leader Linda Lingle is but a micron reminiscent of Kuhio/Joe Farrington, nowhere
passionate as them about society’s underclass/outcasts, nowhere reassuring as them a la
fireside/BBQ chats,  but a centrist/moderate who caters to majority rule, some say tyranny of the majority [dismiss individual rights/liberties].

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Remember that if GOP Joe Farrington had not died of a massive heart attack in 1954 while still in office in D.C., there would not have been a Jack Burns Dem dynasty. Joe trounced Jack in the head-on delegate race in 1948; Joe was ILWU-backed in 1946/etc. Look at Joe’s trinity kitchen cabinet: 100th Batt. genesis Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 [YMCA pastor]; 100th Batt. oyabun/godfather Kats Kometani; & MIS [all-Nisei boys which incl. Scrub
Tanaka] stalwart Mas Marumoto. Yes, AJAs born before 1920 were GOP [like my Dad], not Dem. The later ones like Dan Inouye repudiated the old order & were militant. Though grizzled Scrub Tanaka was born in 1915, his flashover to Jack Burns’ Dem Party came from Scrub’s brother’s killing of an Iberian/Puerto Rican blood agitator during a Honoka`a sugar labor dispute. Yes, Scrub was part of his Honoka`a hometown’s owner/management faction before Scrub’s epiphany/conversion to the worker/labor faction.

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6. Our Nippon immigrants lamented over WWII’s cancellation of our Confucian-style shushin
[moral precepts]. To reprise one in Americanized fashion, I am reminded of Dem-turned-GOP Luso
noisebox/talking head faladoo Frank De Luz, who comes from Dem Scrub Tanaka’s home district Honoka`a. Like acurl subtood/conceited Luso current talking heads Gerald De Mello/Larry Balberde [part Spanish]/kiss-asser J.R. Souza/etc. & deceased swell-headed gavang/tarantaran/blowhard Butchie Castro who lord[ed] over our island Dem Party, De Luz’ allegory is apt/timely —  “I walked a mile w/Selfisha, she chattered [about herself] all the way; none was I the wiser, for the tons she had to say. I walk this mile w/Selflessa, not a word utters she; yet I am all the wiser, for stoicism walks with me.”

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Hawai`i Democrats —

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1. Thomas Jefferson/Andrew Jackson [Old Hickory/resilient] Dem philosophy birth 2 centuries
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2. A century after, 1902, intriguing bent in Hawai`i, monarchs/brothers Kuhio/Kawananakoa split into 2 parties to perpetuate their Hawaiian culture, Kuhio w/GOP & Kawananakoa w/Dems. Kawananakoa understudies Kalapana/Hilo firebrand Joseph Nawahi [1842-1896] & Joe’s neighbor Henry West, & Kawananakoa becomes the symbolic father of our Hawai`i Democratic Party. Kuhio becomes our longest-serving Delegate to Congress, 1902-1922, via GOP banner. Kawananakoa dies in 1908, & fearless alter egos/kanaka maoli Joe Fern/Johnny Wilson/Billy Jarrett lead Dems thru the new century. GOP pariah-turned-Dem Link McCandless [not a team player] becomes
sweet Wilson’s arch-nemesis.

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America. U.S. Senate judiciary chairman James Eastland of Miss. saw our matchless fidelity at Eastland’s Camp Shelby Miss., & was convinced of our worth, despite Eastland’s populist anti-J_p pronouncements. Congress bosses LBJ & LBJ’s mentor Sam Rayburn [Sen. prexy/House speaker] told Jack,  “Johnny [Burns], your [AJA] boys rescued our Alamo Lost Battallion, among the greatest feats in military
history! We Texans will never forget how indebted we are to your boys. Welcome to our great Union [U.S.]!”

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Hawai`i —  genteel outpost of haole superiority

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1. Relationships often result in power/influence blocs, such as the Kennebec Maine Congregationals who missioned in Hawai`i, resulting in our Oligarchy/Republican Party. Yet, for every negative role model of high society snobbery [autocrat Lorrin A. Thurston], there are 3 positive progeny counterparts [Frank Atherton/William R. Castle/Henry Baldwin]. Along w/the 3 positive progeny exemplars stand another 2 non-progeny plusses [Wally Farrington/ Charles Hemenway].

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has landmarks named after him [highway/school/etc.]. Most important, he is Statehood Joe Farrington’s dad  — Joe got Joe’s compassion/altruism for the common lot of folks from dad Wally. Yes, Wally is from the same neck of Maine’s woods as imperial Lorrin A.
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Vermont — Charles was a Big Five/oligarchy kingpin. Yet, Charles was the earthy U of Hawai`i for over 30 yrs. from UH’s inception in 1907, being a regent/trustee. Charles’ defining moment tragically occurred when his only son died in 1922. Thereafter, Charles would become the hanai/spiritual father to our biggest positive historymakers [Hung Wai Ching/
Hilo’s Shigeo Yoshida/Mits Kido/etc.]. Do you know that Charles corresponded daily w/our all-AJA WWII soldiers on the blood-stained fields of Europe? No one loves Charles more than 100th/442nd/MIS guru Ted Tsukiyama, who was in the thick of the primal formation of the all-AJA units right there on UH grounds, Charles’ turf. This guy Charles, I know
of no finer patriot/apostle than him! Incredulous, really, Charles’ evolution/metamorphosis.

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The 1925 Scopes trial capstone is that prosecutor Bryan railed vs. racial hegemony [white is
clean, black is dirty][social darwinism/master race]. Defense atty. Darrow extolled progressive
enlightenment, yet Bryan revoked the heresy that Negroes were monkeys.

Our Johnny Wilson’s hero was Bryan [Bryan College] [everybody’s equal — Matthew 26:28].

Bryan’s hero was Thomas Jefferson [Declaration of Independence –life, liberty, pursuit of
happiness]. Joe Farrington’s hero was Lincoln [with malice toward none; with charity for all].

Jack Burns’ hero was St. Thomas Aquinas [the common good of “order” is shared equally– all should have equal opportunity–Summa Theologica II-II q. 25 6 ad 2].

St. Thomas Aquinas’ secular references were Plato & Aristotle.

Pablo Manlapit’s heroes were Jose Mercado Rizal & Jefferson. Ben Menor’s heroes were Jefferson & Lincoln. Shigeo Yoshida’s was Charles Hemenway. Hilo assimilationist Kango Kawasaki’s was Marcus Aurelius. Manuel Pacheco’s was ubiquitous Johnny Wilson. Wilson was no Disraeli/Garibaldi/Cicero/Robespierre/Lili`uokalani. Wilson was down-home cookin’, campfire comfy Andrew Jackson/noble savage Rousseau/courageous Voltaire.

Mentors/positive role models incredibly rich tradition of larger-than-life inspirations  –Walt Dods’ is kanaka Johnny Bellinger. Kansas prairie boys Del Metzger/Martin Pence were inspired by Old Hickory Andrew Jackson, as was Missouri’s Harry Truman. Lincoln’s hero was Kentucky abolitionist/Whig Henry Clay.

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Inspired by Englishman John Locke, Jefferson intoned that all members of society are entitled to the fair measure of judgment, & to participate fully in public affairs. The pursuit of happiness means the right to own property/safeguard it, & to strive for the good/comfort of all people, not just for one’s personal needs. And that generation after generation of patriots pledge their very lives to fight tyranny
over the hearts & minds of humanity. Though Abraham Lincoln was inspired by abolitionist Henry Clay, Lincoln thrust Jefferson’s essence via Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, closing w/”And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.”

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Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 [not millionaire Hung Wo Ching 1912-1996, Hung Wai’s baby brother] is distinct from fellow Chinese Hung Wo/Hiram Fong/Chinn Ho/Ruddy Tongg/Chun Afong, because Chinese [yes, typecast here] are individualists [merchants/professionals/scholars/artists], bred from millennia of repressive dynasty rule. Remember that broke-ass pastor Hung Wai never
made self-achieved money/power/influence/status his god!! Instead, Hung Wai stewarded the common lot to have opportunities denied via societal hegemony. Whatever Hung Wai did, he did for others, not for himself. This, dear ones, is the difference! I’m sorry for stereotyping, but Hung Wai is my alltime hero. Look for myriad examples of Chinese not
merging w/fellow Chinese [distrust] —  millionaire Hung Wo Ching’s lawyer was MIS Masaji Marumoto, not natural choice Hiram Fong. Chinn Ho’s lawyer was deft AJA Matsy Takabuki, not politico Hiram Fong.

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Here we go, Aerosmith   —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfPUUWQiWb8

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and the great Engelbert   —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_20Aq_Y2k8&feature=endscreen&NR=1

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