Hawaiian Idol VI: New Faces and Still Seeking Contestants… April 11th Deadline

Latest installment of Hawaiian Idol VI shows a few new contestants and there are still slots available.

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“The Ledge” Episode VII: Fishponds

Brah!!!!  You went over the top with this one bud… Excellent!!!

Lyla Rep. Berg was an excellent leader in using technology a long time ago back in the days she worked with my old office where I distributed the following series.

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Of course you can see previous episodes of “The Ledge” here.

First Ever Damon Tucker Contest Give Away

I’m offering up one 5lb bag poi to anyone that can logically tell me why I may have been blackmailed by Department of PUBLIC Works.

You must explain the following ABC’s too me:

a) I don’t know her
b) I’ve never asked for information from the place EVER
c) the information that I have posted on my blog previously about DPW was already online somewhere

Poi Boy... no folks... this isn't me!

"Poi Boy"... no folks... this isn't me!

Croc Invasion… The Poll

Do you own a pair of Crocs? I used to call them clown shoes until I tried them on. I won’t ever buy any type of slippah but crocs now.

Do you own a pair of “Clown Shoes”? I categorized this under my “Sustainable Living” Category because I couldn’t go without them now.

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Flood Warning

FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
1023 PM HST SAT MAR 7 2009

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/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
HAWAII IN HAWAII COUNTY-
1023 PM HST SAT MAR 7 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD ADVISORY FOR THE ISLAND OF HAWAII IN HAWAII COUNTY

* UNTIL 130 AM HST

* AT 1014 PM HST…RADAR SHOWED MODERATE TO OCCASIONAL HEAVY RAIN
OVER THE KAU DISTRICT AND PARTS OF PUNA AND THE HILO DISTRICTS.
THE MODERATE TO OCCASIONAL HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE ACROSS EASTERN
BIG ISLAND DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE ADVISORY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
PEPEEKEO…PAPAIKOU…PAHOA…MOUNTAIN VIEW…KEAAU…KAPOHO…
HAWAIIAN PARADISE PARK…HAWAIIAN BEACHES AND GLENWOOD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS…DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE
TO FLOODING.

RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE
TO PONDING…REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION.

DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT.
TURN AROUND…DON/T DROWN.

“Knowing” on Department of Public Works Blackballing of Bloggers

Me… dropping “judgment bombs“… Nah… NEVER :lol: :roll:

I just noticed the following comment by  “GRANDFATHER Big Island Blogger” Larry at Knowing.net on The Kona Blog about the blackballing of a me and a couple other bloggers here on the Big Island by the Department of Public Works:

Aaron (on DPW worker Noelani Whittington): “…strikes me as person who wants control and is power hungry….”

Damon: “…less than 1500 readers a day on my blog…”

Guys, it’s staring you in the face. Even if we didn’t live on an island, your blogs with hundreds (or thousands) of daily readers are a political issue. Your blogs are probably as widely read — AMONG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN ISLAND POLITICS — as the dailies. And “people interested in island politics” includes, duh, people in the county gov’t. I guarantee that when you guys say something judgmental about county personnel or processes, it’s read by or to the person you’ve judged. And when you say something harsh about something, it stings a lot more than when you say something nice.

Aaron writes more about the road issues on the West Side than anyone; he writes more about it than Stevens Media. That’s an important issue and it involves TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars. Even if Aaron has generally been sympathetic to the challenges faced by the county and contractors, it’s not really a surprise that someone might feel that they don’t want a 30-year-old (happy b’day, Aaron) blogger being the loudest voice on the subject.

Damon posts, what?, 200 articles a day about the fastest-growing district in the island and is not afraid to drop judgment bombs about what is and is not going on. Of course that’s noticed and, again, it’s not surprising that politicians would much prefer the loudest voice on a subject be (a) their own or (b) a newspaper with whose reporters and editorial board they have established a relationship and whose writing reflects the clubby atmosphere of politics-as-usual.

Kona & Back… 4 Hours: Warning to Ford Focus Owners

I just got back from driving to the Kona side of the island and back.

My wifes car ignition got locked up over on that side and she wasn’t even able to turn the key over. I tried my best to jiggle the steering wheel and get the key to turn over but it just wouldn’t work.

After a quick search on the internet, I think I have found out the problem:

The Ford Focus’ most common problem, according complaints from Focus owners, is the key won’t turn in the ignition, or the key gets stuck in the ignition. This occurs on Ford Focus’ from model years 2000 through 2003. The ignition problems are covered under the standard manufacturer warranty, but since most of these vehicles are now out of warranty, most Focus owners end up having to pay for the repair themselves.

It is arguable that the ignition problems are a safety defect & so have a chance at being recalled, because the possibility exists that the ignition defect could leave you stranded somewhere. However so far there is no official recall. In California a class action lawsuit has been filed.

The best way to get this fixed is call a locksmith. Most locksmiths are able to fix ignition locks & the repair cost should be around $150-200, versus $450-500 to have the ignition replaced at the dealership. Many people have said this problem occurs again even after replacing the ignition lock, so apparently Ford hasn’t changed the design to correct the ignition lock defect. Some people have resorted to leaving a key in the ignition permanently.

It’s worth a call to Ford Customer Service and ask for a “goodwill repair”. Most people have not had any success getting a discount on the repair by going to their local Ford dealership. Your best bet is to call Ford’s customer service line at (800) 392-3673.

It’s also worth reporting this to the NHTSA as a safety defect, so they will investigate the ignition defect & possibly issue a recall someday.

Eucalyptus Plantations in Hamakua: Educational & Informational Community Gathering

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Laupahoehoe School Cafeteria
Doors open 6:00pm
Presentation begins 6:30pm

George Motta of Renewable Resources, LLC, the company that leases the land from KSBE, and Bill Stormont of American Forest Management, Inc., the management firm contracted to manage the land, will share their current plans with respect to the eucalyptus plantations and their management of the land, eventual harvest, & foreseeable future.  Q&A to follow.

Light refreshments will be served.
For more information
please contact Councilmember Yagong’s office at 961-8538

3.1 Earthquake Registered Off Kailua-Kona

A minor earthquake occurred at 2:03:01 AM (HST) on Sunday, March 1, 2009 .
The magnitude 3.1 event occurred 25 km (16 miles) NNW of Kailua .
The hypocentral depth is 37 km (23 miles).

More here

Stomach Flu

I don’t know what I ate last night… But geez… My stomach feels like I got a few critters running around in it.

Drinking tea and it’s not even noon yet!

Will blog a bit later… need to clean up my “domain” before the wife comes back from the Kona side.

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