Hawai’i Dems have candidate

1,769. That’s the number of votes which separated incumbent Senator Brian Schatz from his challenger in the delayed finish of last Saturday’s primary election. There were two precincts in the Puna district of the Big Island which remained unopen last weekend due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Iselle’s impact on the region.

Senator Schatz prevailed over US Representative Colleen Hanabusa, who fought to delay the makeup primary session for those precincts, saying their residents were still too busy digging out from the storm to come out and vote. I have some sympathy for that point of view, but Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura ruled

the court is not supposed to interfere with an ongoing election process, even if it is unconstitutional.” Nakamura said he’s “constrained not to grant injunctive relief.”

It may not be quite over yet, as state law says a candidate,

a political party, or at least 30 voters from any election district can contest the primary before the state Supreme Court within six days. A complaint must show evidence that defects in the election process or voting problems changed the outcome.

It might be difficult to show that the problems changed the outcome, since Schatz was leading by roughly 1,600 votes before Friday’s special session and his lead increased by a couple of hundred votes at the end of the day.

Schatz has to be considered the prohibitive favorite against Republican Cam Cavasso in November, but he didn’t get the mandate he hoped for. This election is for the remaining two years of now-deceased Senator Dan Inouye’s term, so Schatz will have to run again in 2016. Cavasso has to be credited with the most asinine remark of the week, politically:

“If Hanabusa loses, I believe there’s a good chance those will come over to us,” he said, adding, “I believe that I am the person best qualified to take on the mantle of Daniel Inouye in Hawaii.”

No, Cam. They’re Democrats. They might not be as liberal as Brian Schatz, but they’re not so conservative that they’ll swing to your party. Not in a million years.

When Earthlings strike comets!

That’s Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It’s the one that scientists hope to put a lander on in November (three months away!). To their surprise, though, it’s kicking out dust while still very distant from the sun, much more distant than anticipated. The expectation was that as it got closer to the sun the radiation pressure would cause gas, ice and dust to stream off the comet in ever greater quantities. But it’s already doing so (in minute amounts, to be sure).

What else are we going to learn from this experiment?

I’ve seen this before

I remember those summers of 1966, 1967 and 1968. They weren’t joyful. They were dark and dismaying. And now, 47 years later, it appears they’re repeating themselves in one black suburb of St. Louis. The town is 67% black, while of the police department’s 53 personnel, all but three are white. The local police department has called in the St. Louis County PD for help, and they’ve obliged with cops in riot gear, armored vehicles, and dogs.

Do you remember Bull Connor and his thugs using dogs in Birmingham, AL in 1963?

Police use dogs to quell civil unrest in Birmingham, Ala., in May 1963. Photo Credit: Associated Press

Police use dogs to quell civil unrest in Birmingham, Ala., in May 1963.
Photo Credit: Associated Press

Well, look at today:
Police confront protesters, Ferguson, MO, August 2014 Photo credit: David Carson/MCT/ZUMA

Police confront protesters, Ferguson, MO, August 2014
Photo credit: David Carson/MCT/ZUMA

Robin Williams? Dead at 63?

Williams died today at his home in Marin County, Ca. The police suspect suicide of asphyxiation.

I really hope that’s not true. I realize it’s ridiculous to prefer one reason for a 63-year-old man to die over another, but suicide is so cruel to those who remain behind. He had two ex-wives and three children from those relationships, and he had married once again in 2011. Some of those people will undoubtedly be asking themselves what they could have done to prevent this.

This is awful.

Now for the un-prepping

I have jugs and jugs of water I need to pour out. I’m very glad I didn’t need them, though. The canned tuna and Spam and corned beef hash will come in handy in the future, and anyway, hurricane season lasts through November.

Two close calls were a-plenty, though. No más, storms, no más!

Away with you, Julio!

Stay north, stay north!

Stay north, stay north!

We may have dodged this one.

Meanwhile, our Governor may have been swamped by a different kind of hurricane. After the first of four printouts, the one with all the absentee ballots and many of the early walk-in ballots, he trails his opponent by 30,000 votes in a Democratic primary election. State Senator David Ige has 57,523 votes, or 65.7 percent of the first votes counted, compared to 27,180 votes for Governor Abercrombie.

Be prepared

Precious precious water

Precious precious water

I have every hope that I won’t need this 5-gallon cooler or the other four 2-quart containers of water. I have the same hope that we won’t lose power, as I’ve got a freezer-full of meat and vegetables and bread and burritos and stuffs.