Don’t mess with beaches ~ thoughts on an unnatural disaster

The gushing Louisiana oil well is about to show that paradise is a more powerful force than political allegiances. The Florida coast and islands are threatened. Obama has spent much of his first year+ rushing to the center, presumably building momentum for reelection in 2012. His approval of expanded offshore drilling mostly just fueled consternation […]

Political coconut launching ~ hitting real people’s livelihoods instead

The Republicans and Democrats have long used escape and paradise to clobber one another, sometimes joining forces to lance a particularly malignant personality (think Gary Hart and the yacht named Monkey Business). Having a Democratic President from Hawaii has been both a blessing and a curse for those who want to use the state as […]

Lei’ing down the line in Congress on health insurance reform

Which came first, the political insult with the lei or the political insult about the lei?  In a segment called “The Men Who Stare at Votes,” Jon Stewart took Rep. Michele Bachmann to task for her comment about a Hawaiian couple who came to Washington to help stop the health insurance reform bill: “Last Friday […]

White House glows aloha purple at luau

The White House hosted a luau yesterday for Congress, which would have gotten a great deal more attention in the media if it hadn’t been for the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.  The event was still largely documented, and the photographers out there didn’t fail to capture some of the island spirit in […]

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