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Day 101 of 2008
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HAWAIIAN WORD OF THE DAY — Nuku: Rant
PIDGIN WORD OF THE DAY— Kotim: Complain
HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY
“A person not well informed talks more than one who is.”
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY — “I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you.” (Merchant of Venice)


WEB SURF SPOT OF THE WEEK — Maui Hero Project
WEB VIDEO OF THE WEEK — Iraq War Veterans Speak Out
PODCAST OF THE WEEK — Slate.com Podcasts
BLOG OF THE WEEK — BoingBong.com


April 10: 2008: Another quiet day history-wise here on Maui. We take such days as an opportunity to check out what Maui is doing in other parts of the world, and the internet. One interesting spot is Craigslist, where you can buy and sell most anything, advertise a job or find one, cybermeet others interested in everything you are, from restored cars to sex with crowds. Visit Craigslist for Maui here.Certainly one of the most revealing aspects of the site – and of Mauians in general – is the section called “Rants & Raves”. Some people feel that if a resident or tourist wants to know what is really on the minds of people here, they need to check the link out. If it’s true that the postings are a good representation of the topics most inciting reaction by ourselves, then we are in a lot of trouble.Easily the largest category under which postings could be placed would be titled RACISM. Basically, “white man go home you’ve ruined our lives” is a good summation of arguments presented on the part of what is euphemistically called “locals”.

 An often repeated rant which seems to make white posters blue with anger goes like this: “Sucks to be you, Haole.”The new residents – whites generally – post back that locals are slow-witted, typically losers in low-paying jobs. Here’s a rant: “We own your country, the businesses you work for, and the car companies you buy your stupid trucks from. Take a cue from the rest of the locals here, move to Las Vegas like they did. Your time is up. We own your ass. Get used to it.” (Not exactly a logical stream of thought.)

From time to time, one subtopic of this stream of bile catches fire. Recently, it was the trucks many locals drive. They are jumped up (set much higher on struts) than normal, use tires much wider than the wheel wells allow, and often make terrible noise whether or not they are new. They are dangerous to other drivers and pedestrians.

Locals write that they like them, period, so “go suck grass if you don’t”. Some write that they are practical (that’s just a lie). Some threaten to use their trucks as weapons to run over white folk. (No one we know has been killed yet.)

Whites respond that the trucks are blatantly illegal (true) and that the “brutha cops” don’t ticket the illegal trucks because they are “all one big inbred family”. (Well, it’s true the cops don’t ticket the trucks, the rest….) And, of course, there are lots of postings about how the trucks illustrate that the knit-capped drivers are just “punks or gang members with tiny dicks”. (We’ll let someone else determine the validity of that one.)

Recently, the truck debate has taken on a new tenor: whites are claiming that locals are suckers for driving them (they are expensive to run and burn gas quickly), and they use the trucks as “yet another example of just how stupid locals are.” And, evidently, environmentally insensitive.

Not to end on a negative note, there are some topics on which most residents (posters anyway) agree, regardless of their races. Nearly every post on the Maui cops complains how worthless, corrupt, fat and lazy the force is. (No argument there.) Nearly everyone hates the superferry. (Ditto.) Most people think the mayor is incompetent (double-ditto), and some have noted she has very bad breath. (As she is about three inches taller than a shopping cart, we wonder how they can tell.)

Of course, the place is called “Rants & Raves” and places like that are bound to get far more rants than raves. No one is writing in to say what a nice time they had at the beach today. Still, the postings show, we think, that underneath our veneer of aloha and smiles there is evidently a strong stream of hate which may one day cause us real problems. Perhaps places like “Rants & Raves” serves a purpose: to let off steam and keep things civil in the real world. We need to keep things tempered.

Heaven knows the last thing we need is a tragedy, like, ooh say, a cop killing an unarmed middle-aged woman in the streets of Paia while she sat in her car.

Wait, that happened. Nevermind.

HISTORICAL EVENTS ON THIS DAY — April 10th

  • 847: St Leo IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope
    1739: Dick Turpin is executed in England for horse stealing
    1741: Prussian forces defeat Austrian troops at Mollwitz
    1790: The U.S. patent system is established
    1816: The 2nd Bank of the United States is chartered
    1825: The first hotel in Hawaii opens
    1825: The Nicaraguan constituent assembly meets at Leon
    1845: Gingham-making equipment is patented
    1849: Walter Hunt of New York City is granted a patent for the “safety” pin (he sells the rights for $100)
    1863: Rebel General Earl Van Dorn attacks at Franklin Tennessee
    1864: Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes emperor of Mexico
    1865: At the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, General Lee issues General Order #9, his last
    1866: The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is organized
    1868: British forces defeat the King of Abyssinia at Magdala
    1871: William Hammond Hall’s maps & surveys of Golden Gate Park are accepted
    1872: Arbor Day is first celebrated in Nebraska (later changed to April 22nd)
    1878: The California Street Cable Car Railroad Company starts service
    1882: Matson founds his shipping company (San Francisco and Hawaii)
    1912: The RMS Titanic sets sail from Southhampton on its first (and last) voyage
    1916: The first professional golf tournament is held
    1926: The day Ethan and Sarah Kent find infant Superman (Kal-el) in his burning spacecraft, just landed from its flight from the planet Krypton (as seen in the first episode of the ’50’s TV series, ?The Adventures of Superman?)
    1930: Synthetic rubber is first produced
    1932: Paul von Hindenburg is elected as the first German president (Hitler is the 2nd)
    1934: The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3 games to 1 for the Stanley Cup
    1936: A 200? astronomical mirror blank arrives in Pasadena California
    1938: Austria becomes a state of Germany
    1944: Synthetic quinine is first produced (Cambridge Massachusetts)
    1949: Sam Snead wins the Masters golf tournament
    1953: The 3-D movie, ?House of Wax,? is released in New York City
    1955: Ruth Ellis shoots jilting lover David Blakely
    1956: The Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 1 for the Stanley Cup
    1958: Northern strip of the Spanish Sahara is ceded to Morocco
    1960: Arnold Palmer wins his 2nd Masters golf tournament
    1960: The U.S. Senate passes the landmark Civil Rights Bill
    1961: Gary Player becomes the first foreign golfer to win the Masters
    1963: The Thresher, a U.S. atomic-powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston (all 129 sailors aboard die)
    1971: U.S. table tennis team arrives in China (first U.S. group to penetrate the ?Bamboo Curtain?)
    1974: American Boccaccio Association is established
    1974: Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli PM Golda Meir
    1978: Formation of the Major Indoor Soccer League is announced
    1979: Soyuz 33 is launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian cosmonauts
    1981: The film ?Caveman? with Ringo Starr premieres
    1981: Computer glitch keeps the Space Shuttle Columbia grounded
    1982: LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in the 3rd period, win in OT 6-5
    1984: Damaged Solar Max satellite is snared by the Challenger shuttle
    1984: U.S. Senate condemns CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors
    1985: At 80, Leo Sites becomes the oldest bowler to score a 300 game
    1985: Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-B mission
    1986: Microsoft releases a European IBM DOS 4.0
    1988: Herschel Walker performs the Fort Worth Ballet
    1989: Intel Corporation announces the shipment of the 80486 chip
    1991: The last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)
    1992: Financier Charles Keating Jr. is sentenced in Los Angeles to nine years in prison for swindling investors when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed (the convictions are later overturned and Keating goes free!)
    1992: 38-year old comedian Sam Kinison is killed in a car crash outside Needles California
    1996: President Clinton vetoeS a bill that would have outlawed a technique used to end pregnancies in their late stages that opponents call ?partial-birth? abortion
    2001: Republican Jane Swift takes office as the first female governor of Massachusetts, succeeding Paul Cellucci, who resigned to become U.S. ambassador to Canada
    2001: The Netherlands legalizes mercy killings and assisted suicide for patients with unbearable, terminal illness
    1998: Negotiators in Northern Ireland reach a landmark settlement that calls for Protestants and Catholics to share power, ending decades of direct rule from Britain

BORN ON THIS DAY — April 10th

    401: Theodosius II, the younger, emperor of Austria (1607 years ago)
    1583: Hugo Grotius, Holland, jurist, father of international law (425 years ago)
    1778: William Hazlitt, Maidstone Kent England, essayist/critic (230 years ago)
    1794: Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, opened Japan (214 years ago)
    1794: Matthew Calbraith Perry, Commodore, opened Japan (214 years ago)
    1797: Claude Ambroise Seurat, Troyes France, (World’s skinniest man) (211 years ago)
    1806: Leonidas Polk, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1864 (202 years ago)
    1823: Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, Brig General (Confederate Army) (185 years ago)
    1827: Lewis Wallace, Major General (Union volunteers)/author (Ben Hur) (181 years ago)
    1829: William Booth, founded Salvation Army (179 years ago)
    1833: David McMurtrie Gregg, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers) (175 years ago)
    1833: James Edward Rains, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1862 (175 years ago)
    1847: Joseph Pulitzer, Hungary, publisher (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World) (161 years ago)
    1854: Jozef M T Orelio, baritone (154 years ago)
    1857: Henry Ernest Dudeney, mathematician/puzzle maker (151 years ago)
    1868: George Arliss, English/U.S. actor (Devil, Green Goddess) (140 years ago)
    1880: Frances Perkins, 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor) (128 years ago)
    1882: Simon FHJ Berkelbach Van de Sprenkel, theologist (Fear & Religion) (126 years ago)
    1883: Kahlil Gibran, writer (125 years ago)
    1887: Bernardo A Houssay, Argentine physiologist (Nobel 1947) (121 years ago)
    1892: Victor de Sabata, Trieste Italy, conductor (Il Macigno) (116 years ago)
    1894: Ben Nicholson, English painter/sculptor (Circle) (114 years ago)
    1900: Jean Duvieusart, premier (Belgium 1950) (108 years ago)
    1903: Clare Boothe Luce, former U.S. ambassador to Vatican (105 years ago)
    1906: Kathleen Major, principal (St Hilda’s College, England) (102 years ago)
    1907: Pete Desjardins, U.S., platform/springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1928) (101 years ago)
    1908: Aidan Crawley, CEO (London Weekend TV) (100 years ago)
    1911: Maurice Schumann, French statesman/writer (La Voix du couvre-feu) (97 years ago)
    1912: Clarke Hinkle, NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers) (96 years ago)
    1913: Stefan Heym, German writer (Crusaders, Family Benda) (95 years ago)
    1915: Harry Morgan (Harry Bratsburg), Detroit Mich, actor (December Bride, M*A*S*H, Dragnet) (93 years ago)
    1915: Leo Vroman, poet/biologist (93 years ago)
    1917: Robert Burns Woodward, organic chemist (Nobel 1965) (91 years ago)
    1921: Chuck Connors, Brooklyn NY, actor (Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa) (87 years ago)
    1921: Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw) (87 years ago)
    1923: Floyd M Simmons, actor/decathlete (Olympic-bronze-1948, 52) (85 years ago)
    1924: David Halberstam, NY Times int’l correspondent (Pulitzer 1964) (84 years ago)
    1926: ?Alvin? Junior Samples, Cummings Ga, country singer (Hee Haw) (82 years ago)
    1929: Max Von Sydow, Lund Sweden, actor (Hawaii, Exorcist, Dune, Dreamscape) (79 years ago)
    1930: Lord Morton, of Shauna, senator (College of Justice, Scotland) (78 years ago)
    1931: Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet (77 years ago)
    1932: Adrian Henri, poet/president (Liverpool Academy of Arts) (76 years ago)
    1932: Hari Rhodes, Cincinnati Ohio, actor (Mike-Daktari, Roots) (76 years ago)
    1932: Mae Heriwentha Faggs Starr, NJ, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1952) (76 years ago)
    1932: Omar Sharif, (Michael Shalhoub), Egypt, actor (Dr Zhivago, Top Secret) (76 years ago)
    1933: Poncie Ponce, actor (Kazuo Kim-Hawaiian Eye) (75 years ago)
    1933: Robert Rhodes James, historian (75 years ago)
    1935: Jorge Mester, Mexico City Mexico, conductor (Louisville Orch 1967-79) (73 years ago)
    1935: Patrick Garland, director (Doll House) (73 years ago)
    1936: John Madden, Oakland Raiders football coach, CBS sports commentator (72 years ago)
    1936: Robert Smith, rocker (Spinners) (72 years ago)
    1937: Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer/jockey (71 years ago)
    1938: Claudette Nevins, Birmingham Al, actress (Dark Side of Innocence) (70 years ago)
    1938: Don Meredith, Mount Vernon Texas, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football (70 years ago)
    1939: Daniel Oliver, NYC, chairman (Federal Trade Commission) (69 years ago)
    1940: Gloria Hunniford, British broadcaster (68 years ago)
    1941: Paul Theroux, American travel book writer (Mosquito Coast) (67 years ago)
    1945: Vera Misevich, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1980) (63 years ago)
    1946: Armand (Herman van Loenhout), singer (Blommenkinders) (62 years ago)
    1947: Bunny Waller, vocalist/percussionist (Bob Marley & Wailers) (61 years ago)
    1948: Thomas Spencer, conservative MEP (60 years ago)
    1949: Frank de Lion, guitarist (Bob Color) (59 years ago)
    1952: Steven Seagal, actor (Above the Law, Hard to Kill) (56 years ago)
    1953: David Moorcroft, British athlete (55 years ago)
    1954: Peter MacNicol, Dallas TX, actor (Dragonslayer, Sophie’s Choice) (54 years ago)
    1958: Ken Griffy, baseball player (Cincinatti Reds, NY Yanks) (50 years ago)
    1960: Brian Setzer, rock guitarist (Lobos-La Bamba, Stray Cats-Sexy & 17) (48 years ago)
    1960: Julie Fulton, Evanston IL, actress (Lime Steel) (48 years ago)
    1960: Brian Setzer, rocker (Stray Cats) (48 years ago)
    1960: Olivia Brown, Livonia Michigan, actor (Det. Trudy Joplin-Miami Vice) (48 years ago)
    1961: Jeb Adams, Hollywood CA, actor (Lt Jeb Pruitt-Baa Baa Black Sheep) (47 years ago)
    1963: Warren DeMartini, heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again, Ratt) (45 years ago)
    1969: Billy Jacoby, Flushing NY, actor (Brad-Silver Spoons, Maggie) (39 years ago)
    1969: William Jayne, actor (Mikey Randall-Parker Lewis Can’t Lose) (39 years ago)
    1970: Wesley Barnett, St Joseph Mo, Oly weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987) (38 years ago)
    1975: Floris, Prince of Netherlands (33 years ago)
    1979: Keisha Knight Pullem, actress (The Cosby Show) (29 years ago)
    1984: Zoe, Melbourne Australia, 1st frozen-embryo child (24 years ago)

Comments

  1. why are you still here? too bad. what do you think of the freaks that come from your part of the world, any comments so i can understand what turns them into ugly looking people we live and let live. I WONDER WHERE OUR LOCALS GET THEIR IDEAS , COULD IT BE FROM YOU PEOPLE

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