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Wow! Karelin just manhandled that guy. Thanks for this.

I will add him to the list.

FYI: POCs and allies, what is the real reason for wlid fires in Hawaii, a state whose image is...

that of a lush, green, tropical paradise.

Who knew of the water scarcity, diversion and just about theft really from west Maui? Seems there's a long-standing history of this that has a racial tinge to it. Many of hat area's inhabitants are native Hawaiians. Below are photos of the last Hawaiian monarchs of the 19th century from which native Hawaiians are of similar lineage.



It's my opinion that we at DU, progressives and POC allies, understand what and why there is water scarcity that turned west Maui into a near-desert tinder box.

Once the American/European planters forced King Kalajaua to sign the "bayonet constitution" in 1887 he no longer had veto power. He died in 1891 childless and his sister Queen Lili'uokalani took over but was soon deposed through conspiratorial machinations by planters. https://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/20348

Anyway, backed by US Navy gunboats, the planters took over and the land was first plantations in past times and eventually luxury homes, tourist resorts and busineses in recent times where the water from west Maui was diverted to.

My wife and I first learned of this ugly history when we visited Hawaii in the early 2000s for a wedding and were greeted warmly by the native Hawaiians who worked at our hotel. We're African Americans and the workers related to us insolidarilty and told us that their struggle was similar to what Black people have historically gone through in the the US..

What I'm getting at is, from the photos it's apparent that native Hawaiians are somehow part of the African diaspora from who know how anay centuries past, and have been discriminated against in their native land— witness the long-going water diversion and now the disaster capitalism attempting land grabs and water rights — people still in extreme trauma from losing everything in their lives, are being offered money for their land.

Another poster mentioned that with all eyes on Hawaii because of the fire, this won't be allowed to happen. Let's keep out fingers crossed that it doesn't.

Maybe this story will began to come out now that it's been revealed that the fire hydrants had no pressure and the fire alarms were not sounded during the fire.

Just thought as progressives we should know history and water politics how that piece of Hawaii became a fire disaster waiting to happen. As recently as 2020 it was considered endangered.

For those interested in helping people specifically affected by the Hawaii wildfires, you can still select Hawaii Wildfires on redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767), or text the word HAWAII to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

A favorite. I get the single guy, a respite from lonliness, the couple,...

a brief stop in anticipation of next, the counterman, glad for customers speeding his shift.

The restaurant, a beacon for night crawlers, a fishbowl.

Real GOATs of different sports. IMHO. Feel free to name/add your own.

Boxing: Muhammad Ali

Basketball: Michael Jordan

Football: Tom Brady

Baseball: Willie Mays/Babe Ruth/Hank Aaron/Ted Williams/Shohei Ohtani

Hockey: Wayne Gretsky

Men's Tennis: Novak Djokovic

Women's Tennis: Serena Williams

Women's Golf: Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam

Men's Golf: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods.

Men's Track and Field: Usain Bolt, Edwin Moses.

Women's Track and Field: Florence GRIFFITH-JOYNER

Gymnastics: Simone Biles

Women's Soccer: Marta Vieira da Silva

Men's Soccer: Pele, Lionel Messi

Men's Swimming: Michael Phelps

Women's Swimming: Katie Ledecky

Cricket: Don Bradman.

Olympic Wrestling: Aleksandr Karelin.

That's it. Can't think of anymore.

George Santos' name popped up again recently on another thread...

about McCarthy's failure to expel him as he needs his vote. It made me think of what Santos' musings will be once 2025 comes around.

About now he's probably thinking there's plenty of time but it's never too early to figure out the moves come mid-January '25 as he knows he's not getting reelected. His thoughts might be something like the following:

Feign running even though campaign funds are just about nil as that con has run its course — check.

Always have a bag packed — check.

Passport at the ready — check.

Airline tickets to country with no extradition treaty (Brazil is out as it's the first place they'll expect) — check.

Ride to the airport prescribed to avoid press— check.

Driver already secured, palm greased, pick-up point at secret Capitol exit agreed upon — check.

Slowly move clothes and other trip necessities out of apartment to office so landlord doesn't notice — check.

Figure out how to bullshit landlord on late Jan. rent...Dems holding up last check might work — check.

Clean out personal bank account and last dregs in campaign account — check.

Hmmmm? What else, let me think...?

If any state listens to dumb ass MTG and her talk of a national divorce...

we need to eject them from the union for being so stupid. And they will no longer get the federal money (from blue states) they get from the treasury...way more than they contribute. Not to mention all the military installations, post offices and other federal property within their borders they will lose.

And their citizens will not be able to drive or fly through blue states without going through the whole visa application process. Since they want to be pains in the ass, we can be pains in the ass too.

And your idea of petitioning Canada to annex us is not a bad idea. Our west coast blue states are contiguous...California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, which borders Canada. Same situation exists with the blue great lake stated of Michigan and Illinois. Then there are contiguous, blue north eastern states and eastern seaboard states (to include DC, itself.

The red traitor states don't have to go home but they won't be able to stay in DC. They can set up their own capitol like before. Richmond is available again I hear..

A gain I say let's eject the red traitors since they want to go so bad..

It was revived most recently in young African-American circles as the new slang word for...

being politically aware of societal racism (being awoke to it) and the recognition of the need to navigate around obstacles constantly placed it the path of Black people and other POCs/LGBTQ+. Thus, woke.

Magats eventually got wind of it and turned it into a pejorative to use against any program, issue, proposal, legislative bill, movement etc. that has empathy towards the less fortunate in society. As was said, a sly way to be racist without being blatant about it.

Does Carlson even know what he himself stands for?

If he hates trump so much, why does he propagandize for him every night on the FOX liar network?

Could it be that tanning his testicles has affected his critical thinking skills, if he ever had any?

I mean he's a rich, trust fund boy who's never had to worry anything, especially getting fired for anything he says on the air.

So who the eff is Carlson?

He has always been a stupid idiot who benefited from inheriting his father's wealth.

Also he stole millions from his late brother's estate when he died, and was thus always able to lawyer-up, sue and outlast business opponents/vendors he cheated in deals, but IMO he's shown signs of losing it mentally.

I lived in NY in the late '70s thru the '00s when he was younger and making spectacularly stupid financial moves, plus the attention-grabbing ones he did to stroke his ego/get women, but he also did some things that weren't stupid, like when he took on and quickly refurbished the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park that the Koch Admin had bungled for years.

That got everyone's attention, and along with the Trump Tower building, it made him seem like someone who knew how to get things done.

The tearing down of the Bonwit Teller building, with its Art Deco frieze masterpiece, to build his gaudy tower was a disappointment to architecture observers though. The casino failings and other business fiascos were still to come, as were his grooming by the Russians, his political ambitions and the increasingly apparent mental acuity/sanity lapses of the 2010s to now.

Remember, his father also suffered mental decline in later years.
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