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January 30, 2006

Response to my letter to HA

I was suprised to see that my complaint about the noise nuisance actually prompted a favorable response and not a blast of negativity. Perhaps I am just stating what everyone already thinks but does nothing about? Or, more likely, what most people do complain about but that the police ignore.

Here is the link to today's Honolulu Advertiser LTTE page. Scroll down to the topicline that says NOISE.

Coincidentally, I snapped this shot of a teenager as he is getting out of his modified P.O.S., although I used "modified" to mean his exhaust is ripped out, as he raced up and down my street yesterday. I can hear him 2 blocks away. Called the police but, he was back at it dropping kids off at my apartment building later that day.

January 26, 2006

The L.A. Times: Joel Stein columnist

I was talking politics, something I don't really like to do (yeah, right), with some friends and someone mentioned an article by LAT columnist Joel stein entitled "Warriors and Wussies". I did some research and finally found the article along with some blogs with some discussion. A good hub is Hugh Hewitt's blog, a radio talk show host whom I listen to on my way home from work.

The basic premise of Stein's article is that you cannot support the troops AND be against the war in Iraq. It would have been an interesting article had he stopped there but in the article he just keeps digging himself a hole.

Hewitt's blog post covers some of the highlights of Stein's article and has some good links to other blogs that covered the story. I'm really starting to be suspect of any periodical with the word "Times" in it.

Here is the link.

January 24, 2006

Letter printed

It only took a week from the time the local paper called me until they finally printed my letter, but I must say this is the first time I actually received a phone call from someone about a letter I've had printed.

Through a mutual friend, the State Director of the Hawaii Chapter of Street Bikers United got my number and proceeded to explain his organization's position on my blurb about the noise that comes from "vehicles/motorcycles".

Wow, we talked for almost 52 minutes about how the state doesn't have an approved MSF course for civilians, the corruption and monopoly on motorcycle safety courses by Leeward Community College, and helmet laws.

I must say that I am flattered to get all this undeserved attention- I was just bitching about how the loud mufflers piss me off. The President of the organization even commented to the State Director that I am a motorcycle guy when he went to this blog and saw my picture of me in Waikiki a few posts down. The Director told me he had a rebuttal to my letter to the editor but decided not to send it when he found this out.

I keep reiterating that I am not some looney nut job that is trying to get loud bikes off the street or even enforce helmet laws. I just get pissed off when loud mufflers, mostly from automobiles as addressed in my letter to the editor, disturb me at all hours of the day.

I agree that people should do whatever the hell they want with their vehicles but there has to be a breaking point. There has to be enforcement of noise laws. Police don't like to enforce that law because it is a hassle to pull someone over and stick the meter in the tail pipe then go to court over it and possibly fight the ticket receiver's counter argument about the validity of the calibration of the noise monitoring equipment.

For fuck's sake, pay the $10 to keep the thing calibrated and pull the guy over in the residential district where most of the complaints are lodged. If the police think it's a bullshit charge then I submit to them stop pulling people over for things hanging off the rear view mirror, giving out tickets to wedding receptions with DJ's who don't pull out at 10 p.m., and all the other bullshit things this state has laws for.

Helmets. I could give two rat turds about that. I wear one because I can't get on base without it and, oh, what else was there... oh yeah, it keeps my head from splitting open like a watermelon when some inattentive asshole on a cell phone slams into the back of my bike. This analogy, sadly, is from experience as the bent tail lights on my bike will show. However, I do like to shed all the DoD's required protective clothing when riding around the east side of the island as discussed in a post below this.

Well, to wrap this up, I was invited to the next meeting held on the first Sunday of the month and to also become a member. There are some serious issues involving motorcycle that need to be fought for and that this state is ignoring and neglecting. Some of the other islands don't even have motorcycle safety courses. Anyone who has taken a safety course or is an insurance adjuster knows that the potential for an accident is significantly higher for someone who has not completed a safety course.

Keep it between the ditches, my 2-wheeled comrades.

Local tv ads

I hvae been watching the same ad for a local kids and teen club for at least 3 years, that I can recall, however I think these same ads have probably been running longer than that. I have been meaning to write a letter to the cable company who sponsors the clubs to update their ad campaign. Here is the letter:

This message is to the advertising individuals who think the commercials for My TV and OKC are a good idea. We have been forced to watch these outdated commercials for years now and I think it is time to move on.

The MyTV commercial is an obvious and pathetic ripoff of an investment company whose commercial showed kids asking about mutual funds and IRA's in a playground. The little girl in the OKC commercial looks a Down's kid and the boy can't say "mutual funds", an obvious dig on the Hawaiian school system whether you realize it or not.

The MyTV ads are worse as they use teens, that are not doing anything but loitering, admonishing viewers to use the club because it is "cool".

Sadly, your advertising department has lost the real meaning of the word "cool" and if Fonzie were real would be beating your ad department's butts in the parking lot.

On the bright side, the clubs are a great idea and have significant merit. They teach kids about money and savings and the benefits of these ideologies. Perhaps this email is a little cruel but its length is directly related to its importance.

Please update the ads with something relevant to the product and to the target audience, not to mention those of use who have to sit through them as they cutoff meaningful ads.

January 23, 2006

One of the cool things about HI


As much as this place can get on my nerves I do have epiphanies as to why I have spent the last 13 years here. I went for a motorcycle ride with some friends off my boat on Sunday, nothing special or too long, just a ride across the mountains via H-3 then around the eastern part of the island followed by a cruise through Waikiki.

Although I wear my protective gear on the highway I cannot bring myself to keep it on once I get off- the salt spray in my face as I ride next to the ocean, the sun on my face, the smells of backyard BBQ's and roadside flowers are all just too overpowering to be wearing a helmet and jacket.

It was a fun trip that started with a light lunch at Dixie Grill, the usual spot for our outings. I will really miss days like that once I get back to the mainland. Here is shot of us stopped at a police pullover spot next to Waikiki Beach. No, we weren't the ones getting pulled over it was just rare that a spot is open so we took advantage of it.

January 22, 2006

How to spot a Democrat

Although I don't 100% agree with every point below, the following list is very revealing about the leaders of the Democrat party.


1. You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on
demand.

2. You have to believe that businesses create oppression and
governments create prosperity.

3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans
are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of
Chinese and North Korean communists.

4. You have to believe that there was no art before Federal funding.

5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by
cyclical documented changes in the earth's climate and more affected by
soccer moms driving SUV's.

6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial but being
homosexual is natural.

7. You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of
federal funding.

8. You have to believe that the same teacher who can’t teach
4th-graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.

9. You have to believe that hunters don't care about nature, but loony
activists who have never been outside of San Francisco do.

10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than
actually doing something to earn it.

11. You have to believe that Mel Gibson spent $25 million of his own
money to make The Passion Of The Christ for financial gain only.

12. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain
parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain
parts of the Constitution.

13. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too
high.

14. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are
more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, Gen. Robert E.
Lee, and Thomas Edison & A.G. Bell.

15. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial
quotas and set-asides are not.

16. You have to believe that Hillary Clinton is normal and is a very
nice person.

17. You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn't worked
anywhere it's been tried is because the right people haven't been in
charge.

18. You have to believe conservatives telling the truth belong in jail,
but a liar and a sex offender belonged in the White House.

19. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag,
transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally protected, and
manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.

20. You have to believe that illegal Democratic Party funding by the
Chinese Government is somehow in the best interest to the United
States.

21. You have to believe that this message is a part of a vast, right
wing conspiracy.

22. You have to believe that it's okay to give Federal workers off on
Christmas Day but it's not okay to say "Merry Christmas."

23. You have to believe that there is a difference between a 'terrorist' who
blows himself up killing innocent women and children and an 'insurgent' who
blows himself up killing innocent women and children.

January 21, 2006

Loyalty amongst men

Friendship Between Women:

A woman didn't come home one night. The next day she told her husband
that she had slept over at a friend's house. The man called his wife's 10
best friends. None of them knew about it.

Friendship Between Men:

A man didn't come home one night. The next day he told his wife that
he had slept over at a friend's house. The woman called her husband's 10 best
friends. Eight of them confirmed that he had slept over, and two
claimed that he was still there.

January 18, 2006

Run down

Of all the ridiculous and obnoxious things I have witnessed from my 8th floor apartment, tonight I saw one of the most sad and reprehensible acts the local pieces of shit around could do.

An Asian couple was walking their dog, probably a Jack Russell judging by the shape of the dog. The dog was unleashed and it ran out in front of a car. The car screeched to a stop as it hit the dog. The lady ran to the dog as the car raced off down the street with the man in chase.

The man came back as the crying woman laid their dog down on the few places of grass that can be found in this neighborhood. It took about 20 minutes for the police to show up and I watched for a little while as they just stood over the grieving couple. Cops here in Hawaii don't know what to do when there is an accident so I didn't expect much to happen during this accident.

I started thinking about my two childhood dogs that were shot by a neighbor who lived next to us because they crossed his land one Sunday morning on their way back to our house after chasing our car down our dirt road. To ease our grieving, my brother and I snuck around the back of his house and shot out the window to his trailer with our BB guns.

We didn't have a fancy burial for our pets over the years as they passed away due to old age, negligent homicide, or the needs of mother nature. But around here, there isn't even a ditch to throw a dog into. I wonder what these people will do about their pet, obviously much more than just a pet to them, but a beloved member of their family.

I do believe in karma, not in the Buddhist sense of the word but the informal "what comes around goes around" ideology, and the person who ran over this dog and bolted will suffer in some small way- hopefully by sliding his speeding car into an abandoned railroad spike storage building and have a rendition of 'I've Been Working on the Railroad', literally, go through his head.

January 14, 2006

Huhwhaaaaat?!

My monthly letter to the editor of the Honolulu Advertiser:

Not a day goes by that a loud muffler from a motorcycle or car interrupts a television show, a conversation, or my sleep. The interruption lasts longer than just the passing by of the vehicle because car alarms usually follow. Short of shoving potatoes in the tailpipes there really isn’t much citizens can do except complain to the police, and complain I do. Nothing happens because I see the same pieces of junk drive by with the mufflers echoing through my neighborhood- 5 blocks away.

Hawaii has strict ordinances for noise offenders to include animals, construction equipment, and even boom boxes. When is the state going to get serious and start cracking down on the automotive/motorcycle noise offenders? Sadly, Hawaii’s muffler problem has gained national attention, as the state is now the butt of a Miller Lite beer commercial saluting the Hawaiian ‘Loud Muffler Guy’.

A quick Internet search showed that the Honolulu Police Department issued only 9 citations for loud mufflers in 2001. I think it is time HPD cracked down and sent a message that a piece of junk isn’t cool just because the muffler heralds its arrival 2 minutes ahead of time.

January 13, 2006

No more Hookers for the military?

There was an article on Military.com yesterday entitled Troops Get 'No Paying For Sex Order'. My present command sent out an email to everyone saying that the Navy JAGs are looking into that order to see if the Navy falls under its cognizance. Leave it to sea lawyers to try and find a loophole!

I had mixed feelings about this order and I read the comments left by readers of the article. The responses ranged from the typical arguments against the order on ground of Naval tradition to arguments against falling under the morality/readiness issues.

although buying prostitutes because "That's what sailors do overseas" is a weak argument, the fact that hookers, or 'buy-me drinkie girls' (BMDG) in the Pacific Fleet, are everywhere in Thailand, Korea, Philippines, etc., cannot be ignored. Prostitution is a part of their culture and lifestyle.

The Navy recently issued a mandatory training session on trafficking in Persons (TIP) in response to a sting operation on some San Diego sailors who were marrying "Mail-order" brides for $5000 a pop just to give them U.S. citizenship. The TIP training explained how these women are sold as sex slaves or exploited by assuring them travel to the U.S. and subsequent marriage is part of the deal.

This is a major problem in countries around the world but not every BMDG is a sex slave just as every prostitute in the U.S. is not forced into the business. Yes, I know, some/many are but not all are.

I guess the issue I have with the military telling its people to not buy hookers is that it is very intrusive and affects one's personal life. The DoD's argument is that buying hookers is risky and when a military member catches an STD then his time off for treatment affects the readiness of the unit. I agree with that. But what is the difference between buying a hooker for the night and a one-night-stand with some hose beast tourist picked up in Waikiki?

An interesting but ironic footnote to some of the comments on the Miltary.com article were some of the religious posters who condemned the buying of prostitutes but encouraged people to whack off into a sock or to find something to help the person whack off: "There are many new devices on the market to help you out on your long deployments, just get on the web and start surfing." These are the same people who flip a quarter to the homeless and feel good about themselves that they are really making a difference.

So, my feelings on the topic, again, are mixed. In the end, enforcement will be the key issue. I have a feeling that it won't be enforced unless absolutely necessary- like when a married guy fucks around on his wife and catches the clap then give it to his wife who then divorces for infidelity and strongarms the command to write the guy up on the UCMJ Article for adultery. Coincidentally, a guy on my last boat was written up and busted to a lower paygrade as a result of the above scenario.

January 2, 2006

Kick off 2006

Looking back at my blogging history I noticed that I have been woefully neglectfull of writing in this thing, the last entry being almost a month old.

In my defense, I have been off island for 2 weeks now on vacation and the holiday traveling lends no time to update your life online. A week in Albuquerque and a week in Northern CA have left us spent, sick, and anxiously awaiting my August 2007 retirement date.

The New Year is here and as Baby New Year's ass is recuperating from its arrival into 2006 I look around the streets of my neighborhood in disgust as the fireworks debris sifts slowly in the rain puddles. The park across the street is in shambles and it will take forever for the exploded papers and spent cones to be swept away. Actually, "swept" is a misnomer since no one will actually come to clean it up. How nice for the assholes to light-off all their pyrotecnics and leave the aftermath for someone else to clean.

Many residents of Hawaii complain every year about the smoke that is so thick it resembles London straight out of a Jack the Ripper tale. Complaints of asthma and other health problems are on the forefront of the news this time of year but the chants of "tradition" seem to drown out the pleas of the people who are sick of the bullshit.

I love hearing about the 'traditions' here in Hawaii when they are a pain in the ass. Just one more front to cover up the stupidity of some of the people who live here.



So, perhaps in a few days time I will post something not so down-in-the-dumps but this happened to be on my mind at the moment. But to both my readers of this blog I wish you a safe, prosperous, STD free, and 'normal' New Year.