Monday, July 23, 2018

WHO TO VOTE AGAINST ON KAUA`I- 2018


No, it's not time to chose who to vote FOR any more these days. It's 2018 and there are seemingly only candidates to vote against... and a handful that we will vote for by default.


So here's my ill-considered and uninformed list of what my- and I do hope your- ballot will look like in the upcoming primary/special election, ending August 11. Ballots are either in your mailbox now or, if you haven't signed up for permanent mail-in ballots (please do- it's really convenient), early voting will be available soon and you can now register and vote on "primary" election day, August 11.--------
We'll start at home in our "non-partisan" Mayoral and County Council races.


The race for KAUAI MAYOR has four candidates with a realistic shot and three are disgusting. Only JOANN YUKIMURA is worth voting for if we ever want to get a grip on our current, horrendous over-development. While she is not the same JoAnn she was back in the '80's and '90's, when compared to the rest, she shines. I would gladly vote FOR her even if the others were not so nauseating.


The other three are former KPD Sgt. Mel Rapozo of "The Lap Dancer at the Station House" fame and Derek "Mr Big Save" Kawakami, replete with silver spoon still lodged in his mouth and Lenny Rapozo who spent the Carvalho administration as Parks and Recreation head, which, if you've seen our parks, speaks for itself.


With 24 COUNTY COUNCIL candidates you'd think there would be more than three you might want to vote for... but of course you'd think wrong if you did. You get seven votes- DO NOT use them all. USE ONLY THREE


1) Vote for MASON CHOCK, who, as an incumbent has been the only fresh air blowing through the council chambers for the last two years now.
2) While it's hard to really pin down FELICIA COWDEN on very much she can be probably be trusted to make the right decisions. But if you make it, we'll be watching Felicia.
3) The third is ADAM ROVERSI who is a former farmer from Kilauea who went back to school and studied environmental law. He now works in the county attorney’s office. I've never met him but people I know and trust tell me we can't go wrong in voting for him. Google him and checkout his website.


Watch out though- there are some real pigs running. Among them are disgraced former prosecuting attorney Shaylene Iseri, Ross "Idiot Boy" Kagawa who causes actual pain in those who attempt to watch him think and corrupt former councilmember Kipukai Kualii.


All three voted to continue to allow the chemical companies to poison people, voting against "the bill" back in the day- among other horrific actions/inactions. Same goes for Grove Farm Vice President, former councilmember Arryl Kaneshiro. Chemical company Vice President, council incumbent Arthur Brun fills out the "basket of deplorables".


Which brings us to Luke Evslin.


I've known Luke since he was a little boy. He is bright, articulate and inquisitive but has one blind spot- he fully supports the chemical companies' experimental genetic modification operations on the West side. I can't bring myself to support someone who makes that kind of political decision over the health of his potential constituents. It indicates the types of votes he would cast in the future. Sorry Luke- no support from this direction.


The rest aren't worth a second look. Don't forget- you don't need to vote for seven and if you're voting for a person based on some kind of "feeling," a family tie or some other tenuous connection you could defeat the candidate(s) you really do want to see with your vote. "Plunking," as it's called, is a long-time tradition on Kaua`i where we can vote for all seven "at-large" candidates but usually don't. It's not hard to see why.

If anyone wants to research those I've mentioned above- or at least those with a record- I've written about many extensively in my "Got Windmills- the Daily Tilt" blog at http://parxnewsdaily.blogspot.com/ where you can enter their names in the search box at the top of the page and you will get all the articles I've written about them. The same goes for those below.



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Next, to the state legislature


STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 16
These could be the two biggest races on Kaua`i ballots. On the West side DEE MORIKAWA stuck her neck out to pass the pesticide bill in the legislature- it wouldn't have happened without her. Stephanie Iona is a lobbyist for the chemical companies, sent to defeat Dee. I'm sure you know how important this race is. I wish I could vote for Dee.


STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 15

Jimmy (James) Tokioka is THE wost excuse for a human being- much less a legislator- that I've ever seen. He is corrupt to the core. Yet he gets reelected every two years. I wish I lived in the district. I don't know Elaine Daligdig but she's GOT to be better than Jimmy. PLEASE vote for ELAINE DALIGDIG.


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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 1
First let me say I don't live in District 1. No one on Kaua`i does. But it's rare to find such a long list of candidates to "vote against."

But one stands out as one of the worst turds Hawai`i has ever sent to DC, Ed Case. He managed to slip into a seat in a plurality election where the two popular candidates split the vote and he slipped into an the "interim" seat when the Sainted Patsy Mink passed away just before an election. Get a history book- it hurts too much to have to remember that fiasco.

One problem is that Kaniela Ing is a great candidate, according to those on Maui that know him. But he also got into some trouble over "misreporting" campaign contributions and was severely fined for it. If I lived there I'd vote for him. Bu he might not have a shot to stop Case because he's really outspoken- in a good way.

Doug Chin needs to beat Case because the rest of the field is just that disgusting. Making it easier is that Chin hates Trump and, when he was our attorney general, he led the national effort to block the infamous "Muslim Ban" in court.

I'm glad I don't have to vote in this one.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2
I do have to vote in this one. And I feel kind of queasy over having to vote for Tulsi Gabbard and so will be voting for Sherry Alu Campagna who, some say, has really good progressive credentials (Her web site is kind of wishy-washy). Gabbard will win no matter what I do.

Gabbard kind of gets all "Stepford Wives" when you ask her about her childhood- and apparently current- guru Cris Butler and while I don't care what religion/cult someone might be/join unless it gets in the way of governing, there's something about Tulsi's reaction to being asked about it that's really really creepy (and I don't often use two "reallys." Really.
But she's also an early Bernie supporter and says and does some great stuff in congress and that's probably what counts.

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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Oh Goodie, goodie. We get to vote FOR someone.

KIM COCO IWAMOTO is a "true progressive" (I'd say democratic socialist but my Democratic Party friends would have a conniption fit) and, although I've never met her she appears to be the real deal. It's too bad Josh Green is running for Lt. Governor also.

If you play all those tic-tac-toe political games you're probably, to mix a metaphor, still twiddling your thumbs. But if you like voting with integrity like I do and you'll be voting for "Kim Coco."

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GOVERNOR
We'd run out of arm before we run out of candidates on the list for governor. But since everyone I know will be "pulling" a Democratic ballot we are told that "if you want your vote to count" you'd better choose between former Chief Cook and Bottle Washer (along with every other political position imaginable) Colleen Hanabusa and David "Wow, how the heck did I get here" Ige (D).


The problem is choosing which one nauseates us more- or less as the case may be. Many had already tentatively made up our minds not to vote for Ige, based on four years of getting our faces slapped by him- especially through his Dept of Ag lackey Scott Enright who has allowed multi-national chemical companies to engage in school, home and road-side poisonings under the "jobs, jobs, jobs" banner for those who survive the daily toxic deluge.

But just as we were about to accept anybody- repeat ANYBODY- to get rid of him and Enright we looked up and saw- ARRGGGH, the ghost of elections past- the Hanabusa machine.

Who makes us sicker, who makes us sicker... all summer was gonna be spent measuring who made us sicker.

But a last minute a "here's your damn bill-choke on it" effort on the part of Ige and his Legislative 76 Stooges gave us a watered down but acceptable law, banning one of the worst of the restricted use chemicals, stopping poison spraying within 7 millimeters of a school, oh let's say 150 years from now (something like that) and, the one substantive measures, a complete list of "What the Heck Are They Spraying?" which was how this who thing got started in the first place.


So, although I've promised myself I'm too old to vote for this worst evil crap and I should be choosing a Green Party ballot to vote for candidate Jim Brewer since there's a Green on the ballot. But he'll be there in November. So you have my permission to make sure we don't have to look at Colleen on the news every night but rather listen to the nasal stylings of Ige and the Indecisive-tones.

Vote Early- And Often.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

BE ON MY SIDE I'LL BE ON YOUR SIDE

There're no "sides." There is a continuum of critical thinking skills and many who either don't want to learn how to use them or even do the work to obtain them. Many of those who were never taught those skills certainly weren't taught media literacy either. 

People have a hard time knowing when they are being lied to, because they lack a background in using the scientific method to test the statements they hear beyond applying some nebulous "belief" in the statement or the person or organization making it. But belief has nothing to do with actual information. They are from different worlds.

The vast majority of what we hear can be tested using rational thought and critical thinking and discarded immediately. A "packet" of real information is precious.


It's okay to "not know"- it's not okay to claim to know when you don't.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

WHO- ME TOO?

This morning I get up to brush my teeth, come back, and find "Rosanne" has gone from being the cat's-meow to a cat-turd.
 
Yes, I'm shocked- SHOCKED- to once again find racism, race-bias and race-privilege in America... and from such an icon of propriety no less.

And I'm shocked, shocked, SHOCKED to find it happening in Hollywood of all places!

And finally, I'm shocked, shocked, shocked SHOCKED to find a celebrity has spoken aloud one such lizard-brained mentation as scurries across everyone's brain from time to time. 

But I'm NOT shocked, shocked, shocked, shocked, SHOCKED that there are people who deny having such cognitive content, whether predominantly, preeminently or simply fleeting. Otherwise we wouldn't be ugly, phony-ass Americans.


Got denial?