Friday, November 30, 2012

Street Dance

By Jerome Malagapo, Kalihi

Street Dance has carried over into Cultural dancing even though most of it is no longer learned in the streets. Much of it on Oahu is learned in house parties and local night clubs. And for a person to learn, he or she must be around friends. It is strictly a social affair.

"I may not be there yet, but today I am closer than I was yesterday."

It is somewhat uncomfortable to learn a partner dance if they are accustomed to free dancing in a singular fashion. So the hold becomes important in the beginning. The general rule is the partners stand about six inches apart.

Later on, it just comes naturally. Good posture and a firm hold are the two most important features in social dance. A couple will gradually phase into moving as one, striving for a smooth and relaxed motion across the floor.

"Anniversary Song"   ...   Al Jolson

Those that have taken advantage of line dancing already have an appreciation of the music and the many steps and movements to each style of music. So partner dancing becomes the learning of good hold position, and learning the lead and follow.

Yes, there is a slight difference in each one of those sectors. However, you will have good and bad examples all around you. Take a good look, you can learn a lot from just looking. One looks sloppy, you don't want to do. One looks nice, you want to do. That is cultural dancing.

An added feature for learning is at one of your local social dance clubs. Besides learning new movements, you will be practicing your "hold," and you will both get better and more relaxed with time. Meeting new people is icing on the cake and you will find the whole process enjoyable as you progress from beginner to intermediate. You will realize that this is "biggah than the bode of us."
 
"Cool Water"   ...   Vaughn Monroe

Pub's Side Note: Ordinary Communication Media; To whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites. They do their job, it just ain't bloggin'. So check out Calvin Ota's terrific blog in Town Dancer of today. Now, that's bloggin'.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our Reps don't listen

Our reps do not listen to the people that ride the buses. They listen only to the ones that
"know better" the ones with the big bucks. Tough.


Now, the Chinese are building new kinds of buses. They have all the data available.
The Articulated bus, (with trailer) was very succesful in the smaller cities. Now
the Bi-Articulated bus (two tandems) is proving five times more effective
than rail in cities bigger than Honolulu.

 
Added bonus: from the Chinese data, the Bi-Articulated buses are proving to be
ten times cheaper than the rail. How about that? Ann Kobayashi is proving to be
head and shoulders above all the others on the City Council in her knowledge
of transit and in doing good for the people on this Island.
 
Pub's Side Note: Dan Inouye is denying his involvement with John White, the PRP and
their lying campaigns against Ben Cayetano. And some people believe him. And we
are stuck with that kind of mayor, Caldwell. It is coming out.
 
 

Monday, November 26, 2012

HBDA Review

Saturday was a nice day in Nanakuli, plenty of people walking around, that I can see from my third story apartment. The few tenant friends that I met up in the hallways were in nice mood too. And I got ready in time.

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."

The bus was there a little late but not bad, and not too overcrowded which was a surprise. Plenty of time to meditate, and think over what I had to do, like what photos I had to take. Also hoping I could get some as Information and Photo contributors set up and not to forget the "Good People" for the month of December .


I got there early, no one there but a couple of police cars stopped nearby. Then the custodian opened up and I parked my bike and left the briefcase on a table. Went over to Longs and bought a box of candies with six boxes. Came back and some people were already there getting the place ready.

Gave the boxes to the people on the reception desk, Joseph and Janet Simpliciano and asked for their help to distribute them. More people were starting to arrive. Then the Intermediate Dance review by instructors Mark and Patsy Dela Cruz began and I was asked to partner one of the ladies. New moves for me but can be learned. But my partner did very well.

John Ramos was taking pictures and I asked him to send some in to be published in this blog. Since my camera was pretty bad, only one photo survived reasonably well. I hope he sends a few so I can fill up this blog. Otherwise graphics will have to do.

"Eres Todo En Mi"   ...   Ana Gabriel

They had another class and then the ono kau kau. I thought I had some nice photos but sorry. Left in time to get my bus but it was a little late. Lucky to get a seat, the #40 is a "cattle car." Someday, they will treat people like human beings and a little respect for comfort. But certainly not with this administration, tough, they are bent on the Rail, the people be damned, - Big, Big, Bucks in profits.

Long dreary ride back to Nanakuli, so many uncomfortable people, and everyone on the bus knows that we need more buses, not a rail.  One quote, "Boy, when I get my car, I won't have to put up with this crap." So many organizations on the mainland looking for ways to get people off the cars and onto public transportation. In Hawaii, we are forty years behind, it is the opposite. I dropped in at Sack N Save for a few things and I was home about ten. Not too bad.

Pub's Side Note: We sure need a couple of your favorite photos to share with our fellow dancers. And for you people taking up competition style dancing, check up on Calvin Ota's latest blog in Town Dancer. Yes, I know, tough act to follow.





Friday, November 23, 2012

It's Moving

Ever so slowly, but the entire enchilada is moving up all by itself. Our dancers may not that computer literate which is just fine if they never had the need. However, they are slowly learning the ropes to reading our blogs. They are dancers and when they are not dancing they may be interesting in reading about dancing and their fellow dancers.
 
"Those of us in our older ages, realize clearly that you only live once.
But if you do it at least half right, once is enough."

You will all see that our regular bloggers blog once or twice a month. There are no rules that say how many times per month one blogs. It helps that we get occasional contributors of information but most are deathly afraid of commitments and we cannot blame them. We provide the platform for our fellow dancers and they can use it whenever they damn well please.


Traffic generation isn't a black art - it's something which largely relies on common sense and methods which can be replicated with consistent results. The reason people usually fail in their traffic generation efforts is that they don't really believe or truly commit to making traffic generation techniques a fully integrated part of their blogging strategy.


You need to create a plan for driving traffic. Think of it as a road map; follow it, but remember that it's not carved in stone. Your plan can and should evolve to reflect your real life experience and results. Continually test and track the results of your traffic generation efforts - and adjust your plan accordingly. Already we have two, maybe three groups that are conspiring to sabotage our efforts, but there is no stopping the blogs, make no mistake.


Set goals for yourself and as you meet them, raise the bar; traffic generation is a process, not a single objective. Don't be discouraged if you don't see results immediately. Remember that driving traffic begins with building your site - Why is this? Because your site should be built from the ground up with visitors in mind and in our case our fellow islander dancers. Look at other sites on the mainland to gain an understanding of patterns of visitor behavior. For us the entire enchilada is new. We have very few guidelines on the islands but we are getting there.

Pub's Side Note: Through these blogs read the most informed cultural dancers in the Pacific.





Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Future of LA Transit

Just Might Be Via the Bus: LA with a population of 12 million.

James E. Moore II is an associate professor of civil engineering and urban planning at USC. Robert Poole is president of the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles

Recent news accounts concerning the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's debt have focused on how the shortfall will affect the agency's future. Whether or not its San Fernando Valley operations are spun off to a separate or quasi-separate agency, the MTA will face an enormous debt burden for decades.

"We make no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding our lives, is too much of a daily event for most of us."

The single most important decision is to make permanent the MTA board's current moratorium on adding rail lines. It is rail that has created the mountain of debt. Rail is far too costly for the limited number of riders it can handle. The same public subsidy that supports 100 bus trips will support only 40 heavy-rail trips, 10 light-rail trips or six commuter-rail trips, according to the MTA's own figures.


The articulated buses (pictured above, one tandem behind) are far more
efficient and more people can ride comfortable and perhaps leave the driving
in the capable hands of the bus drivers. Shortie buses are absolete, in
Honolulu should not be more than 20% of the fleet.

This is not a good deal for L.A.'s transit-dependents or its taxpayers. If rail lines are not cost-effective, what alternative do we have to give transit users fast, reliable transportation? And throughout the country the prime purpose is to get the car users into public transportation.

Research suggests that busways can deliver far more service for the dollars spent. For example, a simple count of the buses using the El Monte Busway on the San Bernardino Freeway reveals that this guideway provides more than three times the passenger miles per hour as the Long Beach-Los Angeles Blue Line (rail) at more than twice the Blue Line's average speed (52 mph versus 21 mph).


The Chinese have been very successful with the new Bi-Articulated bus
(two tandems) with passenger efficiency five times greater than rail, and at
one tenth the cost. And right in front of these buses are 150 cars missing,
(not there.) The drivers are "sitting" comfortable in the bus.

Pub's Side Note: The Chinese are now working on the Tri-Articulated (three tandems) so we have no figures yet on the Tri's. For sure adding a few to the Corridor buses will vacate the freeway to nothing. Where is everybody? The traffic in town will be much better. And we can get more people joining us in our dancing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What Snoo?

Yes, we have heard, and it has been written on numerous occasions, that in a bar, whether you drink or not, you must buy two drinks or perhaps you "should" buy two drinks. Flush them down the toilet or whatever, that's your business. Those are the rules and no one in this entire world can change them. That's the law in town. What the customer wants is meanless.

"Gratitude and thanksgiving makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow."

However the West is beginning to shape up. They are beginning to realize that we will find a place where we can dance with the freedom to drink whatever we damn well please. "I'll have a lemonade, please." And not feel like you are not wanted and just excess baggage. And we have never met a dancer who was against cover charges. But we must find what we want, not what someone else wants us to want. And we will have adjustments on both sides.
 
"Tuxedo Junction"   ...   Glenn Miller

It is coming, And then the West will explode with action. But they must leave the last century in the last century. This is the twenty first, and the game is going to be played by the cultural dancer's rules or not played at all. The music for this century will be Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Swing, fixed throughout the night. Ah yes, a little Line dance, Tango, Samba, Salsa, why not?  This is social, you name it! We don't have anyone in Washington D C or wherever dictating our dance. And most everyone will be able to dance with others in the most sociable of manners.


I Am A Dancer
By Martha Graham

I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living.... In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes the shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.
 
"Maria Elena"   ...   Jimmy Dorsey

Pub's SIde Note: The Chinese are making great strides in Public Transportation. The entire world is looking for ways to get the drivers of vehicles off the streets and highways and onto Public Transportation. You are not going to do it the way it is being done in Honolulu. Auwe!



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Trip to Aliamanu

Showered and got ready early. Thought I had everything, I wasn't going to take the laptop. Had to pump some air in the front tire, and everything was go. Nanakuli Beach, calm and light groups of people fishing and talking story.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment
comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

The "C" bus got there in about 10 minutes which was just fine with me because I got a seat, even though it has been converted into a "cattle" car. Nowadays, a seat is hard to find, too many Honolulu "cattle" cars. The Department of Transportation does not have "comfortable" or "uncomfortable" in any of their terminologies. It is an unknown term and perhaps even forbidden. Anyway, no employee dares to breathe either of those two words.


Got to Middle Street on time and went across the street and got the #9 in about 5 minutes going the other way. Short ride and then another short bike ride to Aliamanu. Only the DJ there. I went to the shopping center to see if I could get the candy that was on sale. Sold Out. So back to Aliamanu.


By that time Maurice was there and a few others, to help set up the necessaries. Then a few dancers started to come in. Met some that I knew from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and we had a very nice conversation. Much of the content needed in these blogs. I gave the door prizes to Maurice and he would give them out. Then the impossible happened. I discovered that I forgot the CAMERA. This is me in my old age.


So I stayed a while trying to figure out what I could do. I would try to get the next "C" back to Nanakuli. But on Saturday, the buses are even more likely to be missing. I got the #19 going back to town, and waited for the bus. A kindly person told me of the Saturday schedule. So I rode the bike all to way to the Alapai Transit Center and waited there. The bus was late but lucky it had a place on the bike rack.

Got to Nanakuli just before 10 PM. Not too bad, so how was your day?

Pub's Side Note: A tandem bus is properly known as an articulated bus. I really don't know what they mean by "articulated." It has been doing miraculous work on Oahu, perhaps too well.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Line Dancing

The line dancing is moving along very nicely in the West with perhaps a bigger percentage of men than in town. Why not? The men in the West can dance too.

"Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character."

The line dancing you see today evolved from the social contra dances of the 19th century.
But there have been line dances for centuries, so it is nothing new. Dances like the "hustle" and the "electric slide" were among the first widely-practiced line dances. And remain to this day, popular in the social dance circuit simply because most dancers are knowledgeable about it. Get too fancy and you drop half the dancers.

In the 1980s, country music fans began adapting certain elements of disco line dances to suit the country western style. Borrowing steps from square dances, contra dances and other folk dances, country western dancers choreographed routines that could easily be performed in dance halls and music venues.

Line dancing is a type of dancing that can be fun. It is a set of choreographed dance steps where a group of people stand in line and dance the exact same steps that everyone else does. Line dances new and old remain popular into the present day.


Suzhou Industrial Park, the Chinese are no dummies. 1000 people that work here and
live near do not have to go to town everyday. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

In line dancing, specially the men, (for they do not have to lead,) everyone gets their hearing accustomed to the music that will be danced. This music is almost identical to the social dance scene. Then in learning the set routines of the line dance each person develops their own unique style of movement. These people will be dancing. No clones, and there does not have to be any high class detailed competitions either.

In Latin America most music is vocal. Rumba - Boleros are no where unless they are vocal. The following is way back from my time. The lady must be in her sixties by now. But I still remember the good old days. Paloma San Basilio singing "La Hiedra" was so good in her time.



It may not work good if you have a slow internet connection, I don't know.
You can put the video on full screen. The lower right button.

Pub's Side Note: I have been getting some good communication from the anti rail people, there may still be ways to stop the rail in spite of all the liars out there. Let us pray.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Help is on the way.

We may get help from some of the few readers we have. Some have seen other sites and make a few recommendation now and then which is fine. We will not hesitate to take a page from our competition's playbook if we see something which is working for them.

"To the biggest liar in the elections: Maybe Jesus loves you,
but everyone else thinks you're an asshole."

This is where things can become challenging; it's something like standing in Grand Central Station at rush hour with a megaphone, trying to be heard above the noise of the crowd. The goal here is to get the attention of our target market (the possible reader/dancers) and get them to visit our site and contribute their very valuable views.

They are out there but many seem to be swayed by other interests. Perhaps it is only local kine thinking, other islanders are strangers. We don't know yet. We are making small but steady gains on all blogs.

"A String Of Pearls"   ...   Glenn Miller

All business is arbitrage. Business is taking something which is cheap and exchanging it for something of higher value. Not true with our blogs. We help and then we help some more and it is for everyone. I would advise anyone to ask around Oahu if you get a chance. All we want to do is help and if you don't want it, you don't get it. Simple.


Our information and photo contributors are very much needed. They benefit, the organizations where the party was, and our publication too. The hits go up and everyone benefits again. You want communication, blogging is it. Now if you want to keep it a private club, that is your privilege and we will respect. Our blogs are too much alike, no clones needed. The different opinions from each Guest Author and the resulting difference in the blogs will send the hits up through the roof.


Pub's Side Note: They say the reason they needed some one like Danial Grabauskas and pay the highest salary the city has ever known is because the mainlanders know so much more about Transit and they cite the current disaster in Honolulu. "These yokels in Honolulu don't know how to handle traffic."  And the tourists are taking the devastating information back home with them all over the world.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cultural Dancer Defined

We are still in the process, and two definite factions have been here and stated their opinions.

"If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure."

First the Internationals, who have been completely oblivious of the status of "ballroom" among social dancers. They have now with obvious pride taken possession of the term for their sole use, and what they have presumed to be their very own.

This is been very well accepted by the rest of the dancers, the social, the recreational, the cultural dancers. It is just taking a little time. But on the island of Oahu, in the present blogs, there is an overwhelming interest in the "non ballroom." Competitions are all right but for OP (other people.)

"Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree"   ...   Andrews Sisters

A new blog, Honolulu Dance Guide has been on the forefront in the Night Club circuit, with ample proof in the hits, that there are an awful lot of non ballroom dancers there. Averaging over 150 hits per day, it is better than any ten dance Web sites put together. - - Only eight?


Now, the Night Club scene, every single one of them is hinged to the bar. The bar income has been the basis for night clubs for one thousand years. Yes, this is a WAG! And they won't change and they will, rightfully so, blame the dancers. In the West, many are already planning on an entirely new evening scene for the pleasure of the dancers.


They will minimize the alcoholic beverage bar, maximize the juice bar and have a cover charge. Sounds too simple to me but what do I know? You can drink alcohol if you wish but you are not a dirty bird if you don't. As a dancer, you want to enjoy yourself dancing and you wish your hosts would keep their requirements to a minimum.

Pub's Side Note: I heard that the Department of Transportation is planning on more punishment for the user of the bus, so I cannot get around much anymore. Standing all the way to town is a little rough when you are in your eighties. And they couldn't care less.



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Update

Things are beginning to straighten up very nicely after the elections. Many of us are still not going to give up. But the blogs have really settled down. They are ready for change but they are all in regularly accepted levels. And I don't have the time to do all the things I have to do.

"Supposing we have tried and failed.  We may have a fresh start any moment we choose,
for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down."

Town Dancer is still on top with about 200 average hits per day. Second is Social Dance with a much different format but good solid 150 average hits per day. And in third place is Oahu And Beyond with over 100 hits per day. The fact remains pretty certain that one Guest Author will send one of those blogs into "the proof for other Guest Authors to join in" and make it the first independent blog on the islands, beholden to no one. It can only happen in town with more dancers.

"I'll Be Seeing You"   ...   Bing Crosby

The ones in the West are sectioned off territorially and for some reason or another, (it escapes me) Central Valley is leading the other four. I have now taken Nanakuli Ridge over as my own personal blog. Most of the people on the Waianae Coast are too busy to take advantage of a blog.


I will leave Oahu - West and Dancing in the Dark to coast, until I can ride the bus "sitting" down like I use to. Then I can go to places where I can take pictures and make a write up. They are doing just fine where they are. Five others that existed and had hit counters have been dropped because they have less the 20 hits per day. They are immaterial to my stats. Same as any blogs with over 300 hits.


We need those "Special Photos" for the slide show. Just email a couple, that would be just fine, as long as those two are your particular favorites. Then I am introducing the music vids from You Tube. The entire thing is digital but it can be interpreted very well with good speakers or good earphones, maybe about 50 bucks. Then you can hear the music the way it was intended.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Forward and Backward Walks

Basic, Basic, Basics.
We have covered the Rock Step and the Chasse, solid dance movements in perhaps 5000 dances. Yes, This is a WAG * Now we have the Forward and Backward walks. They can be done in Waltz, using the box step, Foxtrot, using the box step, Rumba, using the box step and the Rock step etc. etc. in many dances.

 "Stardust"   ...   Artie Shaw

In Forward Walk (for the Lead) in the Waltz, the man leads with his left foot forward, his right foot goes to the right and then his left foot comes up to his right completing the first pattern. Then instead of stepping back he leans forward and steps forward with his right foot. When he leans forward it is the sign for the lady to step back. He will complete the pattern and then step forward with his left foot, completing that pattern. Then he will step back with his right foot completing that pattern as is usually done in Waltz.

"I'll Never Smile Again"   ...   Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)

In the Backward Walk (for the lead) in the Waltz, the does the first pattern and the second pattern in the usual way. Then he leans back and applies little hand pressure for the lady to get the signal that he is going back. And instead of going a normal forward, he steps back with his left  foot and completes the pattern, then step back again with his right foot, completes the pattern and the start the usual box pattern again. He must be careful and check behind before he starts the backward walk.

This can be easily done in just about any dance out there and it should not be done more than once during a dance but it is a very nice relaxing move. Much later you could learn to do the forward walk in the promenade position and after that in the open position. What fun!

* WAG:  Wild Ass Guess

Pub's Side Note: "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Patience

Now we must wait for the results. We think many people woke up in time.  Ben will win but it will be close when it should have been in a landslide. Dark Money (tons of it undisclosed) from the Mainland people that are looking to get in on the gravy train. There have never been this many lies. This plus locals, all going for the billions and billions of dollars in profits from the rail.

 The best transit plan ever devised for the Island of Oahu for
the people, without caving in to the Big Bucks.

The hits on the blogs went up about 100 average per day. So we had plenty of dancers interested in the politics of "stealing." The hits will be coming down after the election. But of course, we have made many connections with people that are aware of the trap of the rail. So we still have work to do to get enough buses to fix the disaster that has been allowed by Carlisle, Yoshioka and Morton. Those people must go.

Chinese buses coming out with "extra leg room" apparently acknowledging the
existence of human beings riding the buses. Not on Oahu. Here they are still cattle,
just take a look out the window at a passing bus. That is our Department of
Transportation, Our present city Administration. Auwe!
 
They must be replaced by people that are aware that the users of Public Transportation are human beings. Obviously not true with the present administration. We can see the evidence in all the "cattle" cars out there. Tourists are taking the news of our bus disaster back to their home cities. Our representatives on the Waianae Coast haven't the slightest clue. They have been very nicely brainwashed by the "big money" people.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Caldwell keeps spouting his nonsense:

Kirk Caldwell has been filling the media with complaints that Ben does not give full details of his FAST proposal and there are “no engineering drawings.” 

"Genius has its limitations, but vanity and stupidity have none."
 
Let’s cut to the quick.
First, the FAST plan has as its basis Parsons Brinckerhoff’s 2003 BRT plan and then improves it. The Regional segment, Mililani and Kapolei areas to Downtown, is virtually the same, but adds the use of freeway shoulder lanes for BRT buses during the rush hours.

 New Chinese made buses with capacity of over 100 seated passengers.
We are getting better as we go along.

PB’s 2003 BRT plan forecast ten percent greater ridership for BRT than they are currently forecasting for the rail project, and at a fraction of the cost. PB wrote at the time,
    "The predominant sentiment among thousands of participants was that a grade-separated transit system (the rail) would be unacceptably: intrusive on the visual environment; divisive of communities; and too expensive."
PB’s 2003 plan Regional segment offered the greatest rush hour timesavings, 25 minutes, while the In-town segment, Downtown to Waikīkī, offered only 1.3 minutes of time savings. While agreeing with the Regional segment in 2003, we opposed the In-town segment back then because it only offered miniscule time savings while resulting in vastly increased traffic congestion along Ala Moana and Kapi‘olani Boulevards.

 The entire Waianae Coast waiting breathlessly for this. What a beautiful
improvement over the disaster we have now.

The only significant engineering required for the FAST plan is that for the 2.2 mile Nimitz flyover from the Nimitz Interchange to Hilo Hattie. However, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation has already planned it and it has an approved Final Environmental Impact Statement. It is also fully described, with drawings, in the 2003 Final EIS for the BRT.

What other engineering drawings does Caldwell want? Engineering drawings of a bus?


Saturday, November 3, 2012

From Civic Beat

Civil Beat recently analyzed the amount of money PRP reported spending on television advertising during the current election season. There appeared to be a difference between what was in PRP’s campaign finance reports and what the group was actually spending with local television stations.

 Los Angeles Rapid Transit. almost 100 seated passengers.

We cross-referenced PRP’s itemized campaign spending expense reports with contracts and ledgers obtained from local TV stations — Hawaii News Now, KHON and KITV — and Oceanic Time Warner Cable.

These documents are required to be made public under Federal Communications Commission rules, and Civil Beat has been tracking them as part of our ongoing project — The Public File — that keeps a tally of all the television advertising dollars being spent on local elections.

What we found is that PRP told the Campaign Spending Commission that it spent around $1.1 million on television advertising from Jan. 1 to Oct. 22. But that amount falls short when compared to the information we gathered from the TV stations. According to those documents, PRP spent more than $2 million on advertising.

PRP refused to comment for this story or answer questions about the reports. PRP also refused to share any of its records that might explain the discrepancies.  *  *  *  *

Pub's Side Note: Everybody is slowly learning the crooks are all together with Kirk Caldwell. Dan Inouye is finding some of mud spilling over on him. And they are paying plenty others, left and right. Just ask Romney, people can be bought. There are billions and billions of dollars in profits in the Rail, whether anyone needs it or not.