There is no doubt there will be a compromise to the sequester question this Friday. Why? Even both parties know even the politically docile and uninspired general citizenry won’t put up with the already anemically-performing Congress. And, let’s be honest...the agreement is all about 2014 mid-terms and not what’s best for the nation.
I mentioned this morning that I am not a partisan voter. I am not registered to a political party. Because, party politics are at the heart of what politically ails us.
Divisiveness, self-preservation and promotion, winning at all costs, etc...are all a manifestation of divided political parties. So, why perpetuate that what is our core problem?
The Oscars were a blast last night. The music. The humor...okay....the MUSIC!
No real dramatic surprises. But, I loved Christoph Waltz winning for “Django...”
He is a true talent and what a great choice. What’s her name fell down on the way up...everybody’s talking about that. Is it just me, or does Anne Hathaway look a little...weird? Facially, I mean. I’m not one to talk, I know, but she just, ummm...anyway....Hugh Jackman can SING! What a waste to have the Avengers on stage...And who was the guy who didn’t say a word? I missed the Bond men. Damn.
But, Shirley Bassie belting out “Goldfinger”...that was a HIGHLIGHT! Seth McFarlane did a pretty good job...a bit too raunchy, but not as sanctimonious as some of the acceptance speeches. It’s another year in the can and not too bad, Peter.
Good morning and aloha!
It's been a heck of a morning...another reason not to miss the Big Show!
There's no doubt that sequestration is top of mind with everybody on Capitol Hill. There are so many political and financial implications contained within that there will be a flurry of conversations, debates, reconciliations, etc, in the next few days. Will Congress and POTUS allow mandatory cuts to happen? Maybe.
We spoke with Senator Brian Schatz and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa today and had two differing conversations.
The focus with Brian was the reality of the negotiations. He maintains POTUS has a balanced approach, using tax cuts and tax hikes to meet the $85 billion requirement to stave off sequestration.
Colleen maintains the balanaced approach POTUS supports is the best way, too, to avert the cuts. But, she further stirred up the water when engaging in a determination of budget process under the US Constitution and the role POTUS plays in appropriations. We were left with some confusion UNTIL...
Anneke Green of the White House Speakers Bureau and former Bush Admininstration official laid out all the details on the budget process.
Pheww...what a morning.
Bottom line. We will feel a financial hit in Hawaii if sequestration occurs. Job layoffs and furloughs will occur. Projects reliant upon Federal money will stall. But, we will not capsize and we will not fall. One really has to ask, though, "Why are we even here?"
Well, talk to POTUS. This poison pill contained within the BCA (Budget Control Act) should have never been placed there and, what was unthinkable, is now a virtual reality.
POTUS loves this aspect of the debate. He believes his election was a mandate, when the voting results indicate his should be a governance of compromise. Stay tuned~
Aloha and good morning....
C2, better known as Chris Coughlin, is amazing. There are few people in the world that I admire as much as I do Chris. He is always so well-informed and gracious in spending time with us. Please, support C2 by logging on to www.Duffysoapbox.com and send him YOUR thoughts and comments about HIS thoughts and comments. We covered a lot of ground today and remember that his regular time with us is Monday mornings at 7A.
Had a chance to take the kids to the dentist yesterday. First of all, beaucoup bucks. Dental work is not cheap. But, it’s the next step that’s concerning...orthodontics. Zack will need braces and the cost is *GULP* substantial. But, it reminds me of the debate about fluoridated water. I grew up with it and I’ve never had a cavity. The kids grew up without and are rife with cavities and will need major dental work. So, is fluoridated water so bad? The debate will always come down to forcing chemicals into a water supply. What do you think? Should water be treated for the sake of kids' teeth or should adults be spared the infusion of chemicals into their drinking water?
Gregg Hammer of our sister station Island 98.5 is with me every Wednesday at 9A. Join our conversation on topics of interest through the eyes of a couple of buddies. Hope to see you here Wednesdays!
It was a heck of a day today on the Big Show...
First of all...GREAT WEEKEND! Took the kids to see Escape From Planet Earth in 3-D and with snacks, it came out to almost $90!!!! We all had a chat after and, as good as the movie was, we are DONE with paying this much money to see a movie. We have a great set up at home where the cost of a popcorn is 80 cents a bag and water is FREE! So, it's movie night at Casa de Hamada from now on!
The GOP leadership in Hawaii is virtually non-existent. This is not to be offensive, but to me there is a vacuum of leadership. Sure, there is contentment within those heading the party, but what about those of us who are looking for vigorous debate, substantive dialogue and inspiration? Quick...who is the highest ranked Republican leader in Hawaii? Right, if you said Sam Slom. But, who's next? Exactly. Faithfully and hopefully, a new GOP will emerge. It's just not ready for prime time now.
All I can say is, Wine at Nine! Check out the pics from MJ with Dane of Don and Sons and Duane of Youngs Market.
Du vin c'est la vie!
C2 tomorrow at 7a...
It’s Aloha Friday!
Did you see the video of the meteorite hitting Russia???? Wow...it’s something. I’m waiting for Morgan Freeman to come on the air and tell us that everything is alright!
Which leads us to the close call with an asteroid happening at 9:24 this morning. 17,000 miles sounds like a long way away, but that’s actually closer than some communications satellites in orbit.
Again, Billy Bob Thornton is on call!
We’ll be talking with Malia Zimmerman of Hawaii Reporter this morning at 8:35. There is a move afoot to dis-empower journalists with watered down effectiveness of the shield law. There are some dire implications and we should all be concerned when there is any mitigation of freedom of speech.
Really? A NASCAR racing car with 26 as the number? In memoriam of Sandy Hook? At the Daytona 500? Hmmmmm.....
Sabrina Sabbagh of FOX News is on at 8:05 today with entertainment news...can’t wait to reconnect with SS.
Have a great weekend and see you tomorrow on the Build New or Re-do Show tomorrow morning at 9A!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!! A great day on the show today...
If you missed it, you missed a conversation with Rep. Colleen Hanabusa where we covered a bit of the president’s State of the Union. I love Colleen, but we are still miles apart on political ideology. I contested her support of Head Start expansion and the proposal in Hawaii to fund and subsidize early education for four year olds.
But, it’s always good to hear the thoughts of our representatives and I thank Colleen for coming on and having a chat.
We also spent time with Sen. Sam Slom. We are in deep financial Kim Chee. So deep that we may not get out of it. If you saw a headline in today’s paper that we are over $8 billion behind in funding our ERS, the number is more like $20B once you factor in the health insurance obligations.
Plus, we spoke with Anneke Green of the White House Writers Bureau. She is amazing! I love chatting with her about national/international issues. Her take on the North Korean missile pursuit was timely and relevant to those of us in Hawaii.
Heaven on Earth Spa and Salon was in studio to tell us all about Valentine’s Day ideas and MJ got a big rub in the studio!
AND...Cliff Slater gave us an update on the rail suit appeal...folks, it’s NOT a done deal!
Don’t miss out on anymore! I’ll see you tomorrow for Aloha Friday!
Good morning and welcome to Wednesday!
The president gave his State of the Union Address last night. It was a combination of old, recycled ideas and a bold proclamation that this administration believes government is the center of our universe.
It was interesting to note that the president claimed that all of his proposals for government intervention and assistance would not raise the deficit one dime. Ummmm, we’ve been at a pace of increasing our deficit by a trillion dollars a year since he took office. Plus, what about all the other policies already passed that will continue to have a financial impact on you, the US citizen.
Be sure to tune in at 7A today for a chat about what POTUS presented.
No pot for YOU!!!
Lawmakers have ensured that the legalization of marijuana will not happen this year. Shelving the bill means it’s only MOSTLY dead. Look for the a continuance into next year where the debate will continue.
Also, same sex marriage appears to dead, too. But, anything can happen. Remember a couple of years ago when it was assumed that civil union legislation was dead, too. Then, mystically, it reappeared in conference (after substantially gutting an existing bill) and it magically became law. Just sayin’....
See you this morning....Richard Cricchio joins us for the hour at 8A and it’s me and Gregg Hammer at 9A....be there or be somewhere else!!
There’s an article in today’s paper that talks about proposals. No, not business proposals, but the old fashioned kind – marriage proposals.
It appears there is nothing old fashioned about modern day proposing though. Evidently, there is a trend to use YouTube, Twitter, hiring flash mobs, etc...
Sorry, not for me.
Berna and I are on our way to 14 years of marriage. Wow...really?
But, I remember proposing to her just as if it were yesterday.
We love to play golf and we spent a lot of time together on the course when we were dating. One of our favorite places to play was (and is) Ko’Olina.
It was Thanksgiving Day, 1998 and we were heading to Berna’s parents house for a late brunch. So, I encouraged us to play nine at Ko’Olina before the festivities.
Long story short...I arranged for my friend, Head Pro, Mark, to help me out.
We started on number 10 so we would finish on 18. If you aren’t familiar with the 18th Hole at Ko’Olina, it’s just beautiful with a small pond with waterfalls and the clubhouse in the background.
So, we play our round and we get to the 18th. While on the tee, I can see the group in front of us lingering on the green. Usually, it would be a concern, but not today.
Berna was having a challenge with the hole, to the point where she was ready to pick up and leave. I pleaded with her to finish, and sure enough, we reached the green. I holed out and Berna had a 14 foot putt. There was quite a crowd gathered at the club house while Berna lined up her putt. Believe it or not, she drained the putt and the people watching went crazy. She took it all in while going to the cup to get her ball. But, instead of just her golf ball, there was a small, white box in the bottom of the cup. As she reached in and held the box. I took it to open it and inside was a diamond ring.
I did go on one knee and, on the 18th green at Ko’Olina Golf Club, asked Bernadette to marry me. Fortunately and happily, she said yes.
We had a bottle of Champagne at the club house, announced our engagement at the Thanksgiving get-together and I had a limo pick us up, take us to the airport and left for Las Vegas that night.
It was a wonderful, memorable day.
Which, I don’ think you could Tweet.
I know we live in a different day, but for some things in life, old school is the best school.
Aloha all and welcome to Monday!
-- It’s been a rough week getting back after our vacation. Being under the weather is the biggest waste of time and it’s frustrating to be sidelined while the game is on. But, back to about 75% which is better than the 10% last week.
-- I had a chance to catch the Grammy’s last night, but I actually spent more time tuning into the SNL – The 80’s. Classic clips, but the backstory about the tenuous history of one of the most remarakable shows in all of television was fascinating. I had forgotten that, after the first five years of the iconic “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” that Lorne Michaels (Creator and Producer) and the entire cast walked out all at once. This left the network to try and capture lighting in a bottle and present the show with all new personnel. After some bumpy times, SNL emerged as a force in TV and pop culture with the introduction of players like Joe Piscopo, Eddie Murphy, Jon Lovitz, Billy Crystal and more.
What a great show last night. But, I did catch the always entertaining, talented and energetic Bruno Mars, et al. A tribute to Bob Marley could not be missed and was not disappointing.
-- Join me this morning for a chat with C2 at 7A and we’ll get into the details of the legislature today, too.