Work takes me to various places on the Big Island. Places where you just have to be there, to believe what you’re seeing. On this day, I was leaving Na’ālehu, and returning back to Hilo. I was overlooking Na’ālehu town from the upcountry vistas, when I snapped this picture of a butterfly flying over Na’ālehu.
It is kind of a surreal event looking out over Na’ālehu. It is like a magical hallucinatory dreamlike view that stretches outward towards the coastline. It is peaceful and quiet on the hilltop, with only the rustling of the wind through the grasslands. In Hawaiian, the name Na’ālehu means “the volcanic ashes“. The town is located at the southern most tip of the Big Island of Hawai’i.
With a population of just under 1000 people, Na’ālehu is surrounded by sprawling ranches and a rolling mountainous countryside. Shaka’s, bar and restaurant, and Hana Hou, restaurant, are the only places to eat in Na’ālehu. Besides the Punalu’u Bakery. Da Sweetbread is so Ono’licious! Pure Hawai’i!
On the way there, and home, there’s really no radio reception along the Ka’u highway. Except on the AM band where between KPUA 670 in Hilo, and KHNR 690 in Honolulu, their scratchy static channels fade in an out. Both are talk radio stations, with the exception of KPUA in Hilo, which is more sports talk, but KPUA does have three marvelous hours of Rush Limbaugh and, an hour with the penis doctor, Dr. Dean Adumbell. KHNR 690 offers Medved, Preger, and Hewett during the day, and Levin at night. We don’t get KHNR station’s reception in Hilo very good, but I wish we did. However, under certain atmospheric conditions, I can get a glimmer of reception of KHNR, when I work on the West side of our Island. It is, a blessing. Sometimes the atmospheric conditions are not as favorable enough, and the radio signals are not available at all. Just static noise. That just leads to more thinking. That’s bad, so I’m told.
Talk Radio, is My Life Line
Big Island Coastline, is my Bliss
So, I begin to start thinking, while driving. I know, that’s bad. But thinking, while driving, hasn’t been outlawed yet. Like either using the cell phone, or texting, or using the lap top computer while driving, thinking is still, not illegal while driving. Of course, curling our eye lashes, putting on makeup, and reading maps, eating fast food food, drinking a cup of coffee, are also considered distractions while driving. Not that these activities are not already considered, driving distractions, and illegal. Thinking is still a luxury.
So, I’m using my brain to rationalize the world we live in now. Distractions….. As Obama used to, and still does say….
I’m surprised the Obama hasn’t banned talk radio yet. Or even any radio listening at all, while driving. Maybe they are still thinking about it. There’s that cozy bit of post Roosevelt (FDR) socialism that is still alive in the Fairness Doctrine. However, when democrats started to flirt with socialism, and abandon conservative ideology, they must remember that….
Roosevelt did Pray
But prayer, is no longer a democratic value, however, and U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb, made sure of that by declaring A National Day of Prayer, as unconstitutional.
In 1952, then President Harry Truman (D), enacted a National Day of Prayer.
The law currently reads, “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”
In her opinion, Barbara, the body Crabb, wrote that in her view of case law, “government involvement in prayer may be consistent with the establishment clause when the government’s conduct serves a significant secular purpose and is not a ‘call for religious action on the part of citizens,'” citing a high-profile Ten Commandments case, McCreary County, Kentucky v. ACLU.
Can you not, either, be an Atheist, or an Agnostic, and still pray/wish for success?
How does a National Day of Prayer be thought of as a significant religious purpose, and how does it violate the Establishment Clause? It does not favor any particular religion, groups or individuals. It doesn’t favor any God, Deity, or crazed bearded bomb throwing nutjobs. It’s just a Day of Prayer. Use it as you see fit. What’s the problem?
Even if you don’t go to a church, a synagogue, a mosque, a temple, a campground, a gymnasium, a cave, or some caldron of boiling faith, the Constitution never prohibits God or Religion. It just says it cannot make a law, for or against, any religion.
But… Don’t you pray for success? To return home safely? To have enough for you, and your family to eat? For your children’s future? To your own life? For Freedom to exercise thereof?
Even if your influences are in nature itself, and the unknown direction of fate. It must give you a reason for your direction in life. What are those values that drives your success. Isn’t that what Prayer is about? A wish? An Inspiration? A Desire? It’s still your freedom. Nothing changed.
I suppose May Day will continue to be a democratic value. Andy Stern, SEIU out going prez and communist, would be proud. Like his buddy Barry Obama, socialism is much cooler than freedom. Praying, to anything other than the State, will be forbidden. You don’t have to believe in anything but the state.
Give me a break. This is stupid. It defies common sense. It defies the very values this country was founded upon. A Democrat politician enacted this American Tradition, and a Liberal Nutcase Judge outlawed it. This thinking would declare Easter Egg Hunting on the White House Lawn as Unconstitutional. Because it has a “religious” connection. A Christmas Tree in the White House will be banned, because of its “religious” connections. The Jewish Menorah, because it has “religious” connections. How about Kwanzaa? How about converting the Capitol Building into a Mosque. Where does it stop?
Where does this end?
What’s For Dinner?