Thursday, August 07, 2014

Honolulu Hurricane Watch

Clear morning here. Supposed to hit Big Island this evening, us tomorrow PM. May be a hurricane here, may not be, may hit us solidly, but looks like will pass to south.

Still sunny and light breeze here at 11:30 AM. I've been putting stuff under cover, we both have been cleaning out and repacking our back packs for quick exit if needed, and I have cleaned out and backed the truck into the carport so we can throw stuff in if it looks like we are going to get hit hard.

I sure hope we are spared. There isn't much which can be done if the house goes. There aren't enough shelters on the island.

Maybe this one will finally get the attention of the government so they will start pounding it into everyone's head that everyone is responsible for their own safety. They need to say it loud, and keep saying it. No one is driving in from the next state to help us. Shall tape windows and put some stuff in truck in case we have to evacuate, but looks now like we won't.

It is scary though. This entire ridge community will blow away in a direct hit by a big one (which it looks like we won't have this time..fingers crossed), as will all the older ridge neighborhoods: they were not designed to survive a hurricane. Wind hits the beach at 125, it funnels up the valleys and gets to the ridges at 175-200 mph. I talked with FEMA people a couple weeks ago at a disaster prep fair at the local mall. They are scared silly of a direct hit.

No electricity means no water as the municipal water system pumps all rely on HI Electric, and Hawaiian Electric says it could take months to restore power grid after a very bad hit. Destroyed houses snap off the water laterals, draining the entire water system so it can't be refilled. No pumps are in hurricane resistant buildings, not one of 200 for the system. Imagine over 900,000 people w/o water for several weeks. It doesn't work. FEMA people said they think more people could die from lack of water after a hurricane than from the storm itself. Hence our water stock, and filters for the neighbor's swimming pool. We can filter 6000 gallons, so we and neighbors should be OK on that issue.

When primary response people say they are 'scared shitless', we pay attention. And unlike the Gulf Coast, no one is trucking in relief supplies from the next state the day after a disaster- 4800 mile round trip makes the Berlin Airlift look like a cub scout project. Hawaiian Electric says they can't stock spare poles because of termites, can't fly them in because of creosote, so have to come by ship. So the grid could take months to restore. When Kauai last got hit it took 4 weeks to restore power to the FIRST 20% of customers.

Fire Department people have extremely emphatically told us the same thing: Everyone will be entirely on their own for minimum of a week after a direct hit, maybe more than a month: no phones, no police, no fire department, no ambulances, no nothing. On our own no matter what the problem- fire, looters, rapists, storm injuries, water, food, everything: they have said in as many words that they will not be around to help anyone. The Fire Department reps told me everyone needs a shotgun because no one is coming to help. Imagine that frankness from the primary relief people. We have a lot of bandages and splints, disinfectants, food. As long as it doesn't all blow away, and it look like it won't this time.

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Honolulu Prepares For Hurricane Iselle: Pictures

Pictures here.

Several are in a CostCo, and are pretty much what I saw there on Tuesday. Full, but orderly, people buying lots of water, Spam, rice, Vienna sausages, batteries.

Late, but not too late: There was still plenty...except for water: CostCo apparently ran out shortly after noon Tuesday and Wednesday.

Maybe some people will figure out that they should not wait until everyone else is shopping: They should keep the basics in stock all the time. Everything one buys at the last minute is something unavailable to others who stock up at the last minute.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Gardeners Are Racist Fascists

Or are they fascist racists?

I get confused sometimes.

Anyway, if you garden, you are a bad person. An English sociologist says so, so it must be true.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Storms On The Way

The morning paper says two storms are on the way, the first expected to hit Thursday. There was a sidebar telling people what they should have for a minimum of 7 days. That is quite an improvement over the 3 to 5 days they frequently talk about.

In late morning I went to CostCo to top off the gas and do some routine shopping. The gas line was out of the driveway and down the street for 12 gas pumps. Inside was full, but orderly, with people buying 5 to twelve flats of water each, 3 to six 50 pound sacks of rice each, multiple cases of Ramen noodles, multiple cases of canned soup, batteries galore, 5 to eight four packs of canned chicken or tuna, multiple 30 packs of toilet paper. I succumbed to panic and added a bag of paper plates to the list. Everyone seemed in good enough humor despite pretty long lines with all the check out counters open. I got through the check out line about 12:30 and heard they were out of water.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

In Their Own Words: Excerpts From The Hamas Covenant of 1988

The Yale Law School has a translation of the Hamas Charter, aka the Hamas Covenant. It's pretty interesting. You can find the complete thing here.

Article Seven:...the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah's promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.
So Hamas aspires to realize Allah's promise that once the Muslims kill all the Jews, the Day of Judgement shall come about? That sounds remarkably like proposing genocide. Or am I missing something here? Hamas did, after all, choose this specific saying to put in their covenant.
Article Eleven:

...This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.
So, am I to take it that Spain and all of that part of Eastern Europe once conquered by the Religion of Peace remains consecrated to Islam, and must fall again to the swords of the conquerors?
Article Twelve:

Nationalism, from the point of view of the Islamic Resistance Movement, is part of the religious creed. Nothing in nationalism is more significant or deeper than in the case when an enemy should tread Moslem land. Resisting and quelling the enemy become the individual duty of every Moslem, male or female. A woman can go out to fight the enemy without her husband's permission, and so does the slave: without his master's permission.
Sounds like Spain and Eastern Europe are in trouble...I mean, scheduled for liberation. If I read this correctly, the mere fact of their being non-Muslim in once Muslim lands makes the inhabitants enemies.
Article Thirteen:

Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland they fight. "Allah will be prominent, but most people do not know."

Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian) question. Some accept, others reject the idea, for this or other reason, with one stipulation or more for consent to convening the conference and participating in it. Knowing the parties constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Moslem problems, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realising the demands, restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land of the Moslems as arbitraters. When did the infidels do justice to the believers?

"But the Jews will not be pleased with thee, neither the Christians, until thou follow their religion; say, The direction of Allah is the true direction...There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with.
So much for peaceful solutions.

It strikes me that Hamas finds it unacceptable that Jews or Christians will "not be pleased" until all convert, but that these Islamists will not be pleased until Jews and Christians convert to Islam.
Article Fourteen:

... liberation of Palestine is then an individual duty for very Moslem wherever he may be. On this basis, the problem should be viewed. This should be realised by every Moslem.
That sounds like "Israel Must Be Eliminated."
Article Fifteen:

The day that enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem.
There goes Iberia. And Eastern Europe.
Article Seventeen:...

The enemies (give) these attempts constant attention through information campaigns, films, and the school curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs. These organizations have ample resources that enable them to play their role in societies for the purpose of achieving the Zionist targets and to deepen the concepts that would serve the enemy. These organizations operate in the absence of Islam and its estrangement among its people. The Islamic peoples should perform their role in confronting the conspiracies of these saboteurs. The day Islam is in control of guiding the affairs of life, these organizations, hostile to humanity and Islam, will be obliterated.
Freemasons and Rotary Clubs: Lackeys of Zionism. They will be obliterated.
Article Twenty-Two:

For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained....With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others....They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.

...They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.
The Joos are always to blame. They instigated World War Two to make a profit. I guess they installed Hitler to turn a profit. How well did that work out for them? Could it be that the Joos aren't so all powerful? Oh, wait: the Holocaust never happened. I do wonder what happened to those 6,000,000 or so who stopped collecting their bank dividends, though.
Article Twenty-Four:

The Islamic Resistance Movement does not allow slandering or speaking ill of individuals or groups, for the believer does not indulge in such malpractices.
Except of course Jews, and Christians, and Hindus, and some others.
Article Twenty-Seven:

The Palestinian Liberation Organization...Because of the situations surrounding the formation of the Organization, of the ideological confusion prevailing in the Arab world as a result of the ideological invasion under whose influence the Arab world has fallen since the defeat of the Crusaders and which was, and still is, intensified through orientalists, missionaries and imperialists, the Organization adopted the idea of the secular state. And that it how we view it.

Secularism completely contradicts religious ideology. Attitudes, conduct and decisions stem from ideologies.

That is why...we are unable to exchange the present or future Islamic Palestine with the secular idea. The Islamic nature of Palestine is part of our religion and whoever takes his religion lightly is a loser....

The day The Palestinian Liberation Organization adopts Islam as its way of life, we will become its soldiers...
So: the PLO: Ideological wimp sell-outs to Western secular infiltrationists. Glad to get that clarified.
Article Twenty-Eight:

The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.
I had no idea the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs were all Zionist stooges. And drug dealers to boot.
Article Thirty-One:

The Islamic Resistance of human rights and is guided by Islamic tolerance when dealing with the followers of other religions....

Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - to coexist in peace and quiet with each other....
It is the duty of the followers of other religions to stop disputing the sovereignty of Islam in this region
OK, so we can be at peace, if we would only just submit. Sort of like good slaves submitting to the yoke. Accept that Islam is the Master, and the heathens will be accepted. As inferiors.
Article Thirty-two...

The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"
The Protocols. Check!

The Zionist plan is limitless, unlike the Islamist plan.

Oh, wait...

But not too long.

I wonder what John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama would say if pressed for their opinions about the Hamas Covenant.

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

"Is Barack Obama Plotting A Coup?"

John Hinderaker asks the question, and Glen Reynolds at InstaPundit has his own observations.

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