We Are Of The Sea

No Ke Kai Kakou E

What a year it has been. As we get closer to the Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, I have to reflect over the events on our island.

This year has been one of the wettest years since I can remember. Not since 2005 has there been this much rain. There was an island wide drought for years. That has ended. As of this writing, we have had more days of rain, than days of sunshine. That’s not a bad thing. My water catchment tank hasn’t been cleaner. Algae growth is down because the water is replenished. Yes, we drink our catchment water. It is filtrated with Ultraviolet light, rope and carbon filters, and a calcite filter to add minerals. Besides a first flush downspout to capture any debris in the gutters, we also use a nylon stocking to further capture any debris that would make it to the water tank. I’t a clean system where the PH is properly balanced. The calcite filter helps balance the PH. The volcano does throw acid in the air, and gets mixed into the rainfall.

Pele made an appearance in lower Puna. The eastern rift zone of the Big Island. For weeks we were watching spectacular lava flows into the ocean. Lava tubes that started in January of 2017, continued to 2018. Lava was draining Halema’uma’u caldera at Kilauea, and the Pu’u ‘Ō’ō vent. Numerous earthquakes occurred as the lava flowed underground into the ocean. There was a lot of tour boats that went out to view the lava.

Then the large 6.9 magnitude tremor happened, and cracks appeared in Leilani Estates grounds. The disaster unfolded quickly. A large portion of Leilani homes were destroyed. A number of fissures appeared like foot prints across the subsivision. Then they suddenly stopped. Only fissure #8, continued, and sent lava in huge rivers towards the ocean, destroying Kapoho vacation lots.

People were looking for a name for fissure #8. It was seemly unending in its lava flow. Somebody called it Pu’u Leilani. I named it Kawahawalu, which means fissure eight.  Kawahawalu formed a cinder cone over 150 ft high, taller than Aloha tower. As the lava flowed into the ocean, it created its own weather system. That wasn’t good. Pele’s hair, a mixture of lava glass that looks like hair. The steam formed hydrochloric acid. Very dangerous, and when mixed with trade wind showers, extremely acid rain.  We disconnected our first flush downspouts to prevent the rain water from entering the catchment tank. Still, there was a smoky smell in the air and water.

Eventually, Kawahawalu stopped erupting lava. Everything got quiet. The National Guard tested the air quality and any lava flows. Scientists determined the eruptions had stopped. The Guard dismantled the checkpoints, and allowed people back to their properties. The temporary shelter, Pu’u Honua o Puna, still exists to help people displaced from their property. Many have started rebuilding in other subdivisions. Some homes in Leilani Estates are total losses. Others are spared, but surrounded by hardened lava. The Geothermal electricity plant is permanently shut down. It’s a completely different island. There are still lava flows deep under neigh the ground. Steam seeps up from the    ground. The highway, Rt. 130, by Leilani Estates still has steal plating on the road, and steam still emits from the ground.

Air quality has cleaned up remarkably. The amount of acid rain has fallen below levels before the eruptions. Kilauea, Pu’u ‘Ō’ō, and Kawahawalu emissions are almost nonexistent. The lava flow into the ocean created a huge new Black Sand beach which stretches from Kapoho to Pohoiki boat ramp. Remarkably, Pohoiki was spared, but surrounded by lava. Large D9 bulldozers have been clearing the roads of lava. Incredible efforts by the country of Hawai’i to restore access to the affected areas. Such is life on a volcano.

So far, we’ve survived volcanoes, hurricanes, floods, and tourists. Just kidding about the tourists. It has been an interesting year, and it’s still not over. The whales have arrived back to the islands. The rain continues, and that’s a good thing. The sky weeps, the earth lives, Uē ka lani, ola ka honua.

I suddenly realized that I’ve been giving back to those in the community without realizing it. Volunteering my time, donating money and food, helping out those that have lost everything. Little things that add up. When my avocados produced more than I could use, I gave them away. Like much of my produce on my small farm, the rain, combined with what sun we had, produced an abundance. Why let it rot on the ground? Better to just box it up and drop it off. I hate things going to waste.

The chickens always find a new place to roost and lay eggs. Sometimes we get more eggs than we can use. So, we give them away. Some people see their eggs a 5 dollars per dozen carton. When the stores sell mainland eggs at half the price. It all local living, and giving back.

The season of giving is year round. Sometimes, in the course of just getting around daily living, you don’t see the little things. Until you start adding things up in reflection, you really don’t notice. I guess that’s the way it should be.

Decided to bring back “What’s For Dinner” one more time!

Hawaiian Ono Fish Mediterranean Style

Yes, I made that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fake News Media

 

The term President Trump used to categorize CNN’s hack reporter Jim Acosta as Fake News is not only apt, but very descriptive of what is passed off as journalism today. I suppose these journalists think that what they report is being accepted by the public as reputable. In all fairness, reporters are human also, and mistakes can be made. Owning up, and correcting the story, does help restore reputations. However, when a supposed journalist makes the story about her/him selves, then their reputation is in question.

I don’t like being spoon fed the news. By that I mean selectively reporting news by either spinning the news, leaving out important information, or just not reporting stories. That’s not journalism, that propaganda. There are very few journalists that I consider honest, also there are certain news networks I consider fraudulent and dishonest.

It used to be that everyone got their news from the Big Three networks, ABC, CBS, NBC. Then came the cable news networks, CNN being the first. Then along the others, Fox News, MSNBC, and Headline News. Today, the rise of internet news networks are providing what the old technology has been failing to deliver, REAL NEWS!

Why do I call the news fake? Let’s start by looking at the obvious. CNN, that cable news outlet that infests airport terminals around the world. Abilio James “Jim” Acosta, a suppositive journalist with a proclivity for making the news about himself. Like many in the fake news industry, these ‘reporters’ don’t ask questions, they make accusations in the form of questions. It’s word salad with an attempt to take the President off message. If these clowns think the public believes these are hard, probing, questions, they are fooling themselves. The public is not as stupid as these reporters think. It’s rather insulting to our intelligence, and our duly elected President. Observe.

First words out of Acosta’s mouth, “I want to challenge you…“, that’s not a question, that’s an argument. It’s an accusation. Acosta went on to say that the illegal alien invasion heading to our southern border is not an invasion, but a caravan of migrants moving up to the border. So again, it’s not a question, it’s a confrontation over semantics. It is not Acosta’s place to correct the Commander in Chief, and use Acosta’s description of what is clearly an invasion of illegals.

Acosta’s confrontation with President Trump escalated to the point of disrupting the news conference. He was hogging the mic, refusing to stand down, and he continued to antagonize the President after he was told “That’s Enough!” Very rude, very unprofessional, very unpleasant. Acosta’s came across as a total jackass.

Other real journalists took note. Tucker Carlson at Fox News did a story on this incident. Oh, by the way, Fox News is becoming irritating to me lately. They used to be a standard of journalism, but several of their reporters are now becoming left leaning hacks. Carlson, is excluded from my list of FakeNewsFox reporters. Observe how a real reporter reports the news.

This level of unprofessionalism by Acosta is unbecoming of a journalist. It cost Acosta his hard-pass to the Whitehouse Press room. Deservedly so! I don’t remember Barry the Bullshitter Obama ever being harassed by reporters, but I do remember Barry illegally wiretapping a Fox News reporter James Rosen. Why? Because Barry doesn’t like hard, probing, questions. Barry likes questions he could answer in 20 minutes of filibustering gibberish. Barry refused to call on questions from Fox News reporters. The fake news media did not support Fox News when their reporters were discriminated against. In fact, the fake news media was a slobbering whore to Obama. Disgusting!

Note: The fake news media turned their backs on Tucker Carlson when antifa terrorists showed up at his property to threaten him and his family. Did Fox News support Carlson? Nope! Yet, they are standing with hack Acosta.

So now, CNN, the Communist Nutbags and Nimrods network, decided to sue the Whitehouse to return Acosta’s passes. Claiming removing the pass is a violation of Acosta’s 1st and 5th Amendment rights. When you invite someone into your house, and they get disruptive, you don’t invite them back. You cannot claim discrimination for boorish behavior. So what are the chances of a successful lawsuit?

To my disappointment, Fox News decided to stand with Fake News CNN on the lawsuit. At least there’s Fox Business that seems to continue with real news reporting. Special Report with Bret Baier has lost me. Mostly because of content in the show. Chris Wallace, the Sunday report is like watching Shemp Smith, which I compare to watching Rachel Madkow on MSNBC. CNN is just atrocious! Don Lemon is a racist, as with many others at CNN. I would say, both MSNBC and CNN are the most bias and manipulation of the fake news cable networks. Fox News is not far behind.

The Big Three networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, are equally as bias. All the news we see fit to tell you. That’s their mantra! We’ll tell you what we think you should know. That’s no different than Soviet style propaganda news.

The rise of internet news outlets are somewhat refreshing. CRTV which hosts Michelle Malkin, Mark Lavin, and Stephen Crowder.  OAN (One American News) are two networks with impressive journalistic style. The Daily Caller (Tucker Carson’s publication), The Daily Wire (Ben Shapiro’s publication) Ben is a Never Trumper also, but we won’t hold that against him, because he’s honest reporting. Then there’s Dennis Prager (PragerU videos). These 5 minute videos are very informative and deal with many subjects in today’s society, including politics, and religion. Laura Loomer is a young, aggressive, hard nose reporter. I have been very impressed with her reporting.

There are many reporters that get right in where others won’t go. Take this example from Fleccas Talks. He’s a Ben Shapiro affiliated reporter Fleccas, as he wades into the crowd of antifa hard left fascists, to report face to face, with the enemy of the people.

Another note about Fox News, there’s an NPR racist that Fox hired and sits on the show called the Five, Juan Williams. He cannot go through a show without a swipe at calling white people racist. Williams does this all the time. This is annoying as hell. He lumps people by color into a racist category. Imagine if a white Fox personality categorized all black people as racist? That person would be fired on the spot. Yet Williams, gets a pass. CNN’s Don Williams did the same thing. April Ryan, same thing. The left has targeted white people, Christians, and Jews as targets of bigotry.

CNN has become easy with their reporters and guests using obscenities on their shows, with impunity. It is also a shame that the media has elevated a buffoon like Acosta to martyrdom status. As I said before, 90% of all reporters are leftists. They don’t believe in journalist objectivity. They don’t believe in Fair and Balanced reporting, and sadly, it seems Fox News is falling into that leftist category. It’s extremely disappointing. There are some Fox News shows I will not watch anymore, because of the content. If that’s the direction Fox News is going, then lowering my cable bill will keep an extra few dollars in my pocket. I don’t watch the other cable news channels for the same reason. Content is bias and directional.

What can I do? I can leave and find alternative news sites that are objective and thorough, and I’ve already started.

 

 

 

The Preventable Tragedy

It was announced that the recovered dead is now 49, and that number is expected to grow. Over two-hundred people are missing. Along with animals and pets. Homes are destroyed, and a whole subdivision is completely burned to ash. Sadly, this could have all been prevented.

The California wildfires are an annual event, but due to years of forestry mismanagement, restrictive environmental laws, and political finger pointing, has resulted in the largest forest fire in California history. All this could have been prevented through proper forestry management.

Let’s go over some history: these forest fires have been going on for centuries. The early Indians used controlled forest burns to thin out the overgrowth vegetation. They did so to protect their food sources. Overgrown forests prevented deer, and other animals from freely roaming in the forests. During times of rain, the brush grew overgrown. In times of drought, the brush dried and became kindling for fire.

In the past, proper forestry management used controlled burns on State lands. This is a common practice in many states where forest fires can start without warning. It’s interesting that an ancient native practice for food management, has continued for centuries, and is used now to prevent devastating forest fires. The mismanagement of the forests in California, is a direct result of environmental ‘Hocus Pocus’.

Governor Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown, claims that climate change causes these huge forest fires. Brown calls it “The New Abnormal“, whatevah that’s suppose to mean. Of course, Gov. Moonbeam has no data to back up that claim. He’s just spouting nonsense. While Moonbeam is overtaxing the people in California, people and businesses are leaving in droves. Who would blame them for leaving Kalifornia.

The Sierra Club, is an environmental ‘vexatious litigator’ terrorist group. They have been largely responsible for pushing the global warming hoax. The Sierra Club is not a scientific group, it is an activist group funded by leftists lawyers and globalists. Their goal is to restrict people from living in rural areas. When the Sierra Club was questioned about global warming before Congress, they were asked repeatedly for evidence, but they continue to use the same vapid answers. They cannot provide any names of scientists that support their claims. Observe!

You’ll note the obfuscation and double-talk when Senator Ted Cruz pins down Aaron Mair. This is typical with the worshipers of the church of global warming. “Planet First, People Last”, that’s their motto. They couldn’t give a damn about people lives they have destroyed in the name of environmentalism. Prosecuting people for using rainwater on their property. That is criminal. The Sierra Club lawsuits have created the firestorm that is responsible for the deaths of almost 50 people. Who knows how many more.

When President Trump tweets out the truth about forestry mismanagement, the fake news media loses their minds! The out of touch loony hollyweird leftists, also blame President Trump. Union bosses worry about their pension plans. This is how democrats operate. They get elected, they destroy, they blame others for their mismanagement. Yet, stupid people reelect them, year after year.

Ironic that the town that was destroyed was named Paradise. At least one celebrity is using his fame and followers on Twitter to retweet people’s calls for help. James Woods, @RealJamesWoods, created a hashtag #CampFireJamesWoods, where his many followers will retweet in the hopes someone will be found surviving the devastating fires. Here’s a few captured tweets. God Bless This Man!

I don’t know of any other celebrities being this creative by using social media as a message board for victims, families, and people with missing animals. There are thousands of twitter posts, by thousands of people, affected by this tragedy. As I titled this post, “The Preventable Tragedy“, the role of government is to protect the people. To protect life and property. Blaming this on the “New Abnormal” is absurd and completely obtuse.

Let’s be honest, the left hates people enjoying nature. They want to prevent people from living in rural areas. The left would rather pack people, and stack them in highrise concrete buildings. “Pack Em and Stack Em!”  Environmentalists consider humans as parasites on the earth. A planetary surface nuisance. Too often, the environmentalists win in the courts, because the courts are packed with leftist judges. The media also is complicit by setting a false narrative. They focus on the planes and helicopters dropping water and flame retardants, but they gloss over the efforts of people trying to help the victims. The fake news media is quick to criticize President Trump when he tweets the obvious. If the media can make this a political event to bash President Trump, they will push that narrative.

This is a preventable environmental disaster. The air quality is dangerous. This smoke has traveled across the Pacific and gotten into our Hawai’i tradewinds. These clouds of smoke will fan out over the country, eventually reaching the East Coast. The fake news media won’t tell you that. Neither will they tell you who is responsible, because they will blame global warming, climate change, and call any deniers as evil. The question I have is, why is this only happening to Kalifornia? The answer is obvious, mismanagement.

Sending out our prayers.

 

 

 

 

Rejoice, Don’t Resist

I saw a “RESIST” bumper sticker plastered on the front windshield of a vehicle, and so I decided to create my own version of this bumper sticker. With a little tongue in cheek humor. To date, I’m pleasantly pleased with the performance of our President. As I have written before, expectations have been met, and I’m hopeful the Trump agenda continues to Make America Great!

The midterm elections were much more positive than I was expecting. So we lost the House of Representatives, but we gained seats in the Senate. That in itself is remarkable, for several reasons. 1) Gridlock: it means the government will not grow, and spending will remain at current levels. Given that the debt has grown, the revenue from lowered taxes is helping to reduce the debt. As businesses return, employers hire, jobs and the workplace grows, the economy expands to reduce the debt. 2) Democrat Agenda: Endless investigations! Trump’s tax returns. Who cares? Where is it a Constitutional requirement for any President to produce their tax returns? Although, I would support an tax audit of democrats. The average salary of members of Congress is $170,000 per year. How then do they make millions when in office? 3) Clownish Narcissism: When you have democrats calling for violence against Republicans. Mad Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Adam Shift, Jerry Nadler, and others that want to spend taxpayer monies in endless show trials. The fake news media’s open hostility towards the President, his family, and to a large extent, the American people. There is an open hostility by democrats, and the leftist media, towards the middle class America.

The loss of civility has been growing since 2008. Democrats anger has become insanely violent. The cheerleaders in this violence is Obama, and democrats, encouraging people to violence. To the point that they are trying to stealing votes by magically finding ballot boxes in democrat districts. Openly trying to steal elections. This is banana republic corruption. Yet you don’t see conservatives rioting in the streets like democrats do.`

However, there is good news, if you look closely. North Korea isn’t throwing missiles around, war dead are being returned, as with hostages. Trade deals are becoming fair, and tariffs on American exports reduced, and eliminated. NATO is now paying their fair share. Hostages held by rouge regimes have been returned. Iran is feeling the pain of sanctions. ISIS has been all but destroyed. No new wars have broken out.

Several hundred of thousands of jobs have been created. Not just temp, or low paying jobs, but jobs that pay well for certain skill sets. The best job market in decades. Yet, the democrats have promised to raise taxes, regulations, and return the economy back to Barry Obama’s lackluster growth. Do we really want to progressively regress to transform America into the mediocre?

Besides foreign policy successes, domestic successes can also be counted. The stock market is up, and that’s good for people with investments, and 401K’s. As an investor, I blend my investments in both stocks, and bonds. This balance helps when the markets are up and down. Overall, investment prosperity is looking positive for the long term future. The economic fundamentals are strong. People with jobs are always productive. People that pray together, keep families together. There needs to be a return to civil moral standards, and a support system that helps people in need. I welcome that President Trump supports of faith-based organizations. It has helped all Americans, of all ethnicity’s.

I am blessed to be living in the Greatest Country in the World. I was lucky to have also lived all over the world. It brings a perspective that many Americans will never know. When Hollyweird celebrities threaten to move to other countries after an election doesn’t go their way, they never move. I even offered to help them pack. Yet, they are still here.  If it’s so horrible here in the USA, then what’s keeping them here?

In addition to living in the Great USA, I live in the State of Aloha. In my life, I have lucky to visited many States on the mainland, and countries around the world.  However, there is no place like Hawai’i Nei. To quote Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ, “There’s No Place Like Home!” Despite the fact that Hawai’i is a blue state, very liberal, highly taxed, and a cost of living beyond extraordinaire. How do you accomplish a comfortable life? By Planning. Living local, and within your means. Living in these subdivisions, is living without some services. We get no mail delivery. Our water is catchment system. The roads are unpaved. There’s no trash pickup. People moving here often don’t stay longer than 2 years. They bring their mainland baggage with them, and claim life here is too primitive. I always remind myself, it could be worse, I could be living in Venezuela. Of course, this doesn’t represent the entire chain of islands, just places were isolation excludes services people come to expect.

I know many of my posts can seem be negative, and depressing, but I’m only pointing out the wrongs that need, and can be, fixed. It can be too easy to focus on the negative, and ignore the positive. The good always outweighs the bad. JOY!

 

 

 

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