My Interview With ESPN Talk Radio About the Blackballing Incident


@joshontheradio was kind enough to allow me a few minutes on ESPN Talk Radio the other day on his sports show that is broadcast throughout the Big Island.

On today’s episode, we talk about the USA Amateur Boxing event with Anthony Pagan and his boxers, the DPW/Bis Island Blog controversy with Damon Tucker of Damon Tuckers Blog, our Sport Up! Spotlight with Lyle Crozier, including questions on the future of the BIIF, and we go Running with the Big Dog, Wayne Joseph!

“Never Doubt That A Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens Can Change The World” by Margaret Mead


Aaron Stene, of the Kona Blog,  had a pre-recorded interview that was on the following day that you can listen to here 3/12/09.

Oh Great… Now I’m a “Sick Puppy”

Funny man Groucho Marx Andy Parx has been following the Blackballing of bloggers on the Big Island and has posted a few blogs on them.


In today’s blog… I guess I’m “One Sick Puppy“.

Parx blogs:

…The memo reveals a type of paranoia and need for control that is the product of a sick mind and one would think that just the fact that she wrote it down and distributed it would make her position with the county in jeopardy..

Not that she needs to worry about employment- a mind like that would be a valuable asset working in the nuclear power or GMO industry, perhaps defending “clean coal” or something.

Whittington, who continued to BS the reporter after being caught, apparently couldn’t even keep straight which BI bloggers she wanted to ban, even including poor Doug White at Poinography who lives in Honolulu…

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Damon Tucker: AKA ONE SICK PUPPY - Be on the lookout for that puppy with a camera and a blog!

Damon Tucker: AKA ONE SICK PUPPY - Be on the lookout for that puppy with a camera and a blog!

ESPN Talk Radio… My Interview Yesterday and The Kona Blog Up Today

Yesterday, I was interviewed by @joshontheradio of ESPN Talk Radio about the Blackballing of Bloggers incident by the Department of Works.

The interview should be available sometime today and I’ll post that when I get a chance and will only say that I talked about the incident and how I thought my name may have gotten involved. We also talked a bit about social media and the way things are pretty much behind the times here in Hawaii.

Today at 10:10 am, Aaron Stene of the Kona Blog will be on the show. I’m sure he will be giving his two cents about the incident.

His interview will probably be much more exciting then mine was as I believe he was probably more of a target for this incident then I ever could be… and he is still having problems receiving information from them currently.

You can check out the show on the radio at 10:10 in the morning on  850 AM (Hilo) 790 AM (Kona).

Ethics Violation Will Not Be Filed By Me Against Noelani Whittington of The Department of Public Works

My blog has never been a blog about trying to get people in trouble, or trying to get people pissed off at me.

My blog has always been my own casual observations on things and at times, I blog about things I see in the newspapers or local websites.

Why Noelani Whittington singled out my name, as well as Aaron and Daves name, in a directive aimed at Public Works Employees in an attempt to Blackball us was not only strange, but it was unethical.  Why my name was brought up still baffles me to this day.

As I posted yesterday, I think it may just have been a brain fart to include my blog in with things… But then again, who knows.

I am on the State Advisory Board for the Highway 130 Project and I do remember specifically blogging in August about an attempt by the State People to keep what was happening at our $56 Million dollar Highway project behind closed doors:

…Sticky point in the meeting came when it was mentioned that we were not to mention anything confidential to the media.

I had to put my foot down and say something to the effect of: “Hey… this is a public meeting….etc…. Yadda Yadda…. and I told them about this blog and How I would be writing on my personal Blog about this

I’ve only been back on this island now for less then a year and between the Post Office Incident and now this… I am beginning to wonder if I have a target unjustly on my back?

It has been brought to my attention that what Ms. Whittington did, may be a clear ethical violation and that I might want to pursue something if I chose to.

Noelani’s exclusion of members of the public is a clear violation of the Code of Ethics which states that all members of the public need to be treated in a fair and impartial manner.

Even though she withdrew her earlier directive to Public Works employees,…
…as a county employee she still violated the spirit and intent of the “fair and impartial” clause in the county’s articles…

I understand that I was probably unfairly targeted for some asinine reason… But I’m big enough to say … You know what Noelani… your an IDIOT to have brought me into this for some godforsaken reason.

I’m not going to file a complaint against you… Even though I have been encouraged by others to do so… It would be nice for SOME SORT OF AN APOLOGY BY NOW THOUGH?

However, just because I’m not going to file a complaint, doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t stand up for other bloggers who might in the future.


Damon Tucker

*Update* PAU… I’ll Be On the Air at 10:45: ESPN Talk Radio to Discuss Bloggers Being Blackballed by the Department of Public Works Today

*update 10:30 am* I’ll be on the air at 10:45

Radio Coverage today at 10:00 am on the Blackballing of Bloggers incident:


I just received the following Tweet from Josh Pacheco of ESPN 1420 AM Radio:

@damontucker It’s going to be on the radio sometime between 10 am – Noon. AM 850 Hilo. Am 790 Kona. Gonna put it on my daily podcast, too.