Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Musings: I'm (Not) With Stupid

Though major Hawaii issues are routinely ignored, the Zuckerberg wall has caught international media attention. Both CNN and the New York Times contacted me, with the NYT reporter astutely noting, “This mostly seems overblown.”

Ya think? Cause nobody's said nothing about all the walls built by the non-billionaires — including the ones illegally erected along public beach accesses:
Dang. Where are the whining, complaining cranks — like the Chantaras — when you really need 'em?

One of the silliest reports was in — no surprise —Huffington Post:

However, since all beaches in Hawaii are public, Zuckerberg won’t be able to extend his wall all the way to the beach, thus eliminating any chance he had of making his stretch of sand exclusive.

Well, that would have been pretty much impossible, anyway, since the wall runs parallel to the coast, on the mauka side of the property. Stupid.

Others were dinging Zuckerberg because he'd quite rightly criticized Trump's proposal for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Really? People can't see any difference between using taxpayer money to block off an entire country, and building a wall fronting a road on your own land? Super stupid.

Speaking of which, the anti-GMO crowd is now using Putin as its poster boy:
So says the tyrannical leader of a nation with one of the world's highest alcohol-related death rates. Triple shot of stupid.

Still speaking of which, our own Dustin Barca weighed in on Gov. Ige signing Bill 2501, which gives the state more time to work out the revocable permit process for water leases, against the wishes of some East Maui taro farmers:
Gee, wouldn't he have made a fine and thoughtful mayor? We dodged a bullet on that one, folks.

In another post, Barca rails against a number of things (except, sadly, his own illiteracy):
Then he runs a proud Daddy picture of his kid holding these giant Palau taro hybrids they're cultivating. I wonder if he even knows it's a hybrid, which means — and I'll spell it out, in case he's reading — that it's not “God-sown.”

I wish that were the limit of Kauai stupidity. But alas, we've still got Terry Lilley, and with the Rimpac war games starting today, he's been cranking up the volume:
Billions of watts of electromagnetic energy beamed 24/7? So what electrical source is powering this alleged beam bombardment? Consider that 1 gigawatt (GW) = 1 billion watts, and just 2.3 gigawatts of electricity are produced statewide. So if Lilley's assertion were true, Hawaii's entire electrical output would have to be diverted to the production of military electromagnetic energy. Yet, the power's still on, so it can't be that.

Sonar is powered by shipboard generators, which have a maximum rating of about 6 MW. And they're powering the entire ship, not just sonar. Again, the numbers don’t add up — can't add up. Because it's all bullshit. And it keeps on coming:
Oh, now we're up to 900 billion watts of microwaves being generated on Kauai alone. That's quite a feat, considering the entire island of Kauai, including PMRF, uses about 50 megawatts. Come on, Capt. Hay. Where are you hiding all those secret power plants? Let me guess: You're using cloaking technology to render them invisible. Actually, I shouldn't even joke, as some doofus will take it as Gospel.

As for the “cancer clusters,” how many more times are folks gonna trot that one out? Once again, Kauai doesn't have any. Not only that, our overall cancer rates are significantly lower than the rest of the state. All we've got is a slightly elevated rate of melanoma on the North Shore, where the population is predominantly haole.

There's been lots of crap published about how we're “ground zero for GMOs, ground zero for experimental pesticides, ground zero for military microwaves.” But all those claims are lacking meaningful context: we're ground zero for ignoramuses on soap boxes.

Not to be outdone is Kauai landowner Joe Brescia, who has dropped the price on his oceanfront Wainiha house — the one built atop burials. Yeah, it's marked down from $5.5 million to $5.25 million. Or to use the verbiage in the listing, “PRICED FOR A QUICK SALE.”
Before.
After.

As you may recall, it first went on the market in October 2014. But then it was pulled, and now it's back on, advertising a “private beach trail” — uh, do you mean the public access next door? — and its “private and secluded feel.” Yup. Just you and the obake. Oh, yeah, and all the tourists staying at the adjacent vacation rentals.

I love these closing lines from the ad:
  
Years of planning went into this newer, well-maintained home.

Now that's a cute spin on the protracted agony of the shoreline disputes, Burial Council deliberations, litigation, protests and prayers, Brescia's SLAPP suit against activists, Planning Commission appeals — all of which resulted in the State Historic Preservation Division setting the precedent of overriding a Burial Council decision and permitting construction on a previously identified burial site. Ah, yes. So much thoughtful planning. So many good vibes.

Years of enjoyment can be yours today at Kaonohi Point.

Sure, if you don't mind stink eye, hauntings and that sickening feeling of participating in cultural desecration. 

But no doubt he'll find some sucker to buy it. Because get lots of stupid people in this world, a disproportionate number of which seem to end up on Kauai.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

On fire today Joan!!!!

The Zuckerberg thing is so silly and way overblown.

Kauai sure does have its share of rabble-rousers!

Anonymous said...


"There's been lots of crap published about how we're “ground zero for GMOs, ground zero for experimental pesticides, ground zero for military microwaves.” But all those claims are lacking meaningful context: we're ground zero for ignoramuses on soap boxes."

Priceless!

Anonymous said...

The truth is coming out about the incident where KPD Chief Perry and his 2 boy toy asst Chiefs went after Begley and others. The county of Kauai is still facing another Sexual Harassment case against Roy Asher. When will these boys LEARN?

Go get em Begley the community of Kauai supports people who fights against corruption in KPD, county and state dept's.

Assistant police chief files suit

Michelle Iracheta - The Garden Island

LIHUE — An assistant chief of police with more than 20 years with the Kauai Police Department filed a civil lawsuit Monday against the police …

Lee said...

Some of the things you say are true others are completely stupid!

Anonymous said...

Putin reminds me of an article in Reader's Digest: Russian lady comes to the United States and is taken on a tour of the city. At each stop, her comment is that in Russia, it is larger and prettier. Russia has the best in the world........ They finally end up in a Supermarket......She breaks down in tears at the sight of all the vegetables and meat produce and supplies. Yes, this is the west. If we relied only on Organics......we would be like in Russia..........

Anonymous said...

of all the real issues that kauai has, of course the press picks up on this inane zuckerberg wall thing. the wall was partially built years ago - he has just extended it. it is a very attractive wall, perhaps 4 feet high, not the 8-10 feet it is being described as. it is being built by craftsmen, in an art long lost. and he has every right to do so!! would the whiners rather have 50 homes built on that piece of land??!! really - get behind a real issue . . .affordable housing, road infrastructure, feral pigs. something important, please.

Anonymous said...

Joan may be caustic but never stupid.

Anonymous said...

Reading this much stupid on our island hurts. -So Barca is calling the Gov a pedophile because of the water bill? -huh?? And who's he calling a haole? LOL

Anonymous said...

When a community, any community in the world, starts to look at itself as a "ground zero" area for one or more extraordinary things, that is when it is best the community stand back and realize that it is, at best, a speck of dust on the face of the Earth.

Barca and Co. seem to relish in the idea that Kauai is somehow so important to the world that nasty things must be afoot by big ugly multinationals. Unfortunately, you can look at the Zukerberg news on that wall he is building and extrapolate, pretty quickly, that Kauai is only seen as ground zero for the "weird news" section of a local paper.

Besides that, it's still a speck of dust. Keep on reminding them of that Joan!

Bradley Choquette said...

....AND Dustin is working on impeaching the governator. ummm. I'm sure petitions from Change.org don't count. You need really voters to sign real petitions from the clerks office. Can you say assclowns are clueless? YEP. https://www.change.org/p/hawaii-state-house-impeach-hawaii-s-governor-david-ige/u/14294062?recruiter=15454526&utm_source=share_update&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=facebook_link

Bradley Choquette said...

Actually, I looked it up. Only the legislature has the sole power to impeach the governor.

Anonymous said...

Can't remember, Joan; is Brescia's house a grandfathered vacation rental?

Joan Conrow said...

No, that house does not have a TVR license.

Anonymous said...

'Cause if you don't agree with the Barcster on water diversion you must be a pedophile! LOL. What a maroon.
Spectacular that Hawaii Life realty Company supported this guy running our County.
Who made that decision?

Anonymous said...

Terry Lilly...f*cking idiot! Dusting Barca...f*cking idiot! Brescia...scumbag!

just who is fucking up this island? those who lived here for generations and just want the life style they grew up with... Or these ass wipes, who whore off the island they claim as their own...disgusting, plain and simple disgusting.

Anonymous said...

So Kauai is no different than the rest of the stupid country..

Good to know...

Anonymous said...

http://www.newser.com/story/227408/107-nobel-laureates-to-greenpeace-lay-off-the-gmo-hate.html

Check it out joan

Joan Conrow said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Kauai is what we make it. We have the homeless, people on welfare, people who do illegal drugs, people who sell illegal drugs, people who try to make money off the land (farmers & realtors), people who have businesses, people who work for these businesses..... Kauai has it all. Stupid like the rest of the country? NOT. Maybe if you are a flew here you might think that. Kauai does not need people that do not have respect for the land and the people.

Anonymous said...

Kauai is a microcosm of the rest of the nation. You're only kidding yourself if you believe otherwise.

Anonymous said...

My god Terry Lilly has gone off the deep end.

Dude stop drinking! You make no sense anymore with all your boasting and lies.

Just the way you come off turns off people from listening to you any further. Which is unfortunate because you're a very smart person. Just misguided.

Anonymous said...

Kauai is a microcosm of the rest of the nation? So Poipu is like the South, Princeville is like Vermont or New Hampshire or Maine and Anahola is like an Indian reservation without a casino? God Bless America!

Anonymous said...

Question Joan: The two accesses at Tunnels Beach in Haena in conservation zone are crowded with scuba dive companies from 6am till 1pm everyday. Their customers take all the parking there too. Locals can hardly walk to check fishing or surf conditions cause they crowd the point with their trucks. Is this legal? Thanx

Anonymous said...

The county is paying a private company 160K to run the Princeville shuttle for 2 months starting July 1st. That's 60K per month and not counting what the guy is charging the tourists to ride.

This is why the county is so broke and corrupt. The Mayor and his croonies are fucktards.

Anonymous said...

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is paying for the shuttle, not the county. And it's cronies, not croonies. Get the facts straight and learn how to spell.

Anonymous said...

That's still tax dollars fucktards. Where does the tourism authority get their money from? TAT? Or did some billionaire donate that money for quid pro quo?

Anonymous said...


3:12 you understood 12:18's comment about juggling tax monies for croonies? Cool it with being a spell checker!

We understand how it failed the first time and now we are funding high- end resorts shuttle service by a back door tax.

I will go along with 3:12 and add that your a crass "fucktard"!

Allan Parachini said...

Using Putin as an anti-GMO spokesperson may be the lowest thing yet. Really. This man is at least tied with Kim Jung Un for the title of the most immediately dangerous national leader in the world. In my book, Putin is in the lead because he is NOT insane and because he commands a gigantic technological and military apparatus. The other asshole is crazy enough to launch nuclear missiles at us, but that's not likely. Of course, if you listen to other people you've written about recently, we should do NOTHING to anticipate missile defense in Hawaii because that's "militarization" and it's against human principles. There are a lot of things we have to do that I hate to have to do. That's life. At least they should have used a beefcake image of Putin.... But, then, he's probably been doing steroids for years. He should be suspended and, if he tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs, should be suspended from participating in the UN for five years.

Anonymous said...

12:18 you must be a Hooser and Fern supporter, spreading lies and accusations. Irritating, move back to the mainland.

Anonymous said...

Nope I don't support Hooser or Fern. I don't like anyone on the current council and I was born and raised here on Kauai. Yes I did move to the mainland for many years but came home.

The north shore shuttle service has always been a scam/scheme. How does the county of Kauai financially front a personal business which did not go through the procurement and contract bidding process?

How did the contract to the company that is going to take care of the hardy St weeds and trees in the middle of the road deal go through a no bid process?

How was a county gas theft ring not prosecuted?

How can there be 1500 county employees and still there's over growth all over the road side?

How can we support a Wailua golf course that costs the tax payers millions of dollars in the red for a few guys that want to be tiger woods but only gamble on the course.

Why didn't the council let the people decide if they wanted a county manager system instead of this current POPULAR MAYOR FAILURE system?

How is there no investigations in over bids? The state of Hawaii lead by example this month when they called for investigations for fraudulent over bidding of the AC for classrooms.

This should have happened when the 9 million dollar Wailua bridge turned into a 50 million dollar scheme to defraud the government and tax payers.

The current government on Kauai is a colossal failure.

People on the island need to get involved and make a difference. The good ol boys and gals of Kauai and their families have ruined a beautiful island and its people. Yes the people that have sworn to protect and serve the island and its people are the ones that are destroying it.

If you want to go into to detail then just look at how screwed up KPD has been over many decades.

People can change how things are and the way things are governed. The people of Kauai are scared as shit to go up against the POWERS.

I am not and nor will I ever be. Kauai is my home and I will protect her for as long as I live and if I can when I'm not physically here then I will.

Anonymous said...

This is another Kauai county failure. The vendors on Kauai has gotten out of control like TVR's. They circumvent the laws and claim phony non profits org tax reliefs. Is the county checking for GET licenses for vendors at the first Hawaiian church in Kapaa? Or the vendors (blow up water slides) that operates on county property? Is someone got hurt on that blow up slide then the county and its tax payers are going to be held responsible in a civil lawsuit. Many vendors operate without proper licenses because they have connections with the crony Mayor.

Anonymous said...

re: 6-30 6:49.... I totally agree, but you forgot to mention the colossal failure of the county workers at the transfer stations in Kapaa and Hanalei and the fact that the taxpayers have to cough up another $$$140,000!!! for a fine because they totally did nothing after they were told by a "consultant", that cost big bucks to come in and tell there tards, that all of the grounds are contaminated with serious amounts of lead, aluminum, and on and on, but they just sat on their fat asses, and then hid the fines for as long as they could, until kiuc called up Mel Rabozo for a comment??? Still nothin in the garden island rag, or how about you Joan, any comment on this serious failure of the county? and there could be more fines coming from the EPA, and on and on... sounds bigger than gas gate to me..... also talk of forging a name on the fine, since they need 3 signatures to sign off, as they shuffle the county tax payer money around......... lack of accountability, ineptitude, stupidity, gross negligence,??? or ALL of the above.....

Anonymous said...

So you know everything and can fix everything but you don't run for office, you just type shit behind your computer and complain? How are you making things better? Dumb fuck!

Anonymous said...

Smart? Have you ever met the guy? He is a 9 for 9 malignant narcissist.

John T. said...

Poor spelling, and the use of juvenile made-up words like fucktard, make it difficult for me, at least, not to dismiss entire comments as troll blather, and move on to the adult section.

Anonymous said...

3:12 you understood 12:18's comment about juggling tax monies for croonies? Cool it with being a spell checker!

We understand how it failed the first time and now we are funding high- end resorts shuttle service by a back door tax.

I will go along with 3:12 and add that your a crass "fucktard"!


June 30, 2016 at 4:11 PM

Fucktard? Moi? You and 12:18 obviously skipped the civics lesson in elementary school. The Hawaii Tourism Authority is funded, for the most part, by State excise and income taxes, not County property taxes or fees. So 12:18 is mistaken when s/he asserts that the shuttle is why the County is going broke. Anyone who has been to Ke'e in the last ten years knows that something has to be done about the number of cars traversing the area. What do you propose? Build four lanes and pave the lo'i for parking lots?

Anonymous said...

10:51

The point is the buck stops at your friend's desk. He's been the man for 8 years with 2 more to go. Tally up the fines, suits, needless expenses, stupid mistakes (expensive), favoritism, nepotism, face in the news for every dedication, groundbreaking, walk, run, crawl, singing, bad roads, parks, Holo Holo 2020 plan all talk no action (drug treatment, affordable housing, homelessness (the highest growth rate in the State), no new landfill, the police chief thing, all for the bargain price of $100,000. + per year. So wat U tink? Good deal ?

Anonymous said...

Yeah I got all the answers: get the fuck out of office and all you cronies quit because you fucktards ain't qualified to run county government departments. How many consultants has been hired to do your jobs? Millions of dollars wasted while all you cronies collecting 100K phony salaries will make 1 million fraudulent dollars in salaries under the 10 years this Mayor has pulled a Madoff scheme.