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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"The continued hate needs to stop...Plus extra, the Florida shooter was an anti Semite..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #228)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Ivanka-Obama Da Dog!

Blog #1981~Kimo's world's #228


The political hate must stop.
People need to be able to joke again.
What's wrong with finding the good
with both Obama and Trump?
I voted for both men. Both men
have their strengths and weakness.
G-d bless America.


The continued  hate needs to stop!

Donald Trump has changed America. He has changed my life. My core friends I had before he took office are no longer my friends.  This was not my choice. 


Some of the most awesome folks I know voted for “The Donald.”Some of the most awesome folks I know voted Hillary. The folks I know that voted Trump are not racist, misogynistic or hateful.  The folks who voted Hillary are not intolerable or  hateful  either. I will never think any less of any person who has
different views than me.

 I have Atheist, Christian, Jewish and many other denominations of religions as friends, as well as vegan, vegetarian and carnivore friends.I have many different colors of friends. Some of the most beautiful inspirational people will disagree with me, but at the end of the day they are still that, beautiful and inspirational. Don’t think less of people because some of their beliefs may not line up with yours and don’t lose quality people in your life because you choose hate over love. 


There is so much political hate in America.  The Democrats blame the Republicans, the Republicans blame the Democrats, in Hawai'i the locals blame the "haoles" and the National news media likes to blame Trump. 
How can the US ever expect peace with North Korea or other dictatorships or communist countries when most of us are in constant battles with "friends" on social media?

The worst thing that ever happened in my opinion were newspapers and other periodicals implementing comment sections. Comment sections have become the vitriol of most publications. There  is very little praise, if any, and a lot of hate criticisms and major contempt. Writers now need to have thick skin because every thing they write is under a microscope and is critiqued by anyone who has access to a smartphone, iPad or computer.


Social media  has made things worse, many people will misinterpret what you say, or you might say something you didn't mean and before you know it goes viral and your answering to Dr. Phil. How I long for the old days where a
writer could write without every Tom, Dick and Harry throwing their opinions at you like monkeys at the zoo throwing feces at each other.
It’s time to quit pointing fingers, stop the hate now!Hopefully too, we can joke again without everyone being so sensitive and politically correct about everything. It  can begin now with you and me.

To quote two  great statesman,  
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!" “Let’s make America great again!”
"When this constant rant about Trump goes away maybe everyone will be able to see that we as a people have caused the divide and stirred the hate, not Trump . He a single person did not do this, he a single person won't fix it..."  (Anonymous)

Hana Hou, (Encore)
The best editorial and truth I have heard on the Florida shootings
Judge Jeanine Pirro's opening statement-02-17-18
https://www.facebook.com/judgejeaninepirro/videos/10156261014263760/


inspiration for this blog
P.S.
Read CNN's article about the Florida shooter...
"I hate jews, ni**ers, immigrants"
quote by Nikolas Cruz, Florida shooter


(CNN)In a private Instagram group chat, confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz repeatedly espoused racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views and displayed an obsession with violence and guns.

Wednesday, 19-year-old Cruz opened fire at the school that expelled him, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Authorities say he killed 17 with his legally purchased AR-15.
CNN, investigating comments the shooter may have left on a now-deleted YouTube channel, was added to the private Instagram group by one of the active members in it. The responding group members, who appear to be younger than 18, have refused to confirm their identities to CNN on or off the record.
When asked for comment or whether they knew about the private chat group, the FBI directed CNN to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
Most of the conversation in the group since Cruz joined around August 2017 is between six people -- including Cruz.
"I hate jews, ni**ers, immigrants"

Racism was a constant theme in the chat group, which was called "Murica, great" -- a name it was given by Cruz.
The hatred he and others in the group espoused met little resistance from its active members. In one part of the group chat, Cruz wrote that he hated, "jews, ni**ers, immigrants."
He talked about killing Mexicans, keeping black people in chains and cutting their necks. The statements were not made in jest.
There are hundreds of racist messages, racist memes and racist Instagram videos posted in the group.
One member even joked about Cruz's particular venomousness, saying that although he hated black people, too, he didn't "to a point I wanna kill the (sic) like nick."
Cruz said he hated black people simply because they were black; Cruz hated Jews because he believed they wanted to destroy the world.
After one member expressed hatred for gay people, Cruz agreed, saying, "Shoot them in the back of head."
White women drew Cruz's hatred as well, specifically those in interracial relationships, whom he referred to repeatedly as traitors.
There are no indications in the group chat that any member, including Cruz, is or was part of a white nationalist or white supremacist group.
Cruz used paycheck for body armor
Cruz purchased an AR-15 rifle in Florida approximately a year ago, legally. A law enforcement source told CNN's Evan Perez that Cruz purchased at least five guns in the past year.
In a public post on his Instagram page, Cruz showed what he called an "arsenal" on a bed -- seven guns and body armor. Another post on the page is a view down the barrel of a gun with a holographic sight out a window onto the street.
His AR-15 and other guns were a frequent topic of conversation in the group chat.
They even critiqued Cruz's rifle grip. He posted a short video of himself shooting a rifle outside a window at night. The video cuts out shortly after the round is fired.
A screenshot from a video showing Nikolas Cruz firing a gun out of a window.
A screenshot from a video showing Nikolas Cruz firing a gun out of a window.
They discussed which guns they liked better: M16s or AKs.
At one point, one member told Cruz, "Nick get this for your AR." He directed Nick to a website offering an after-market accessory that would turn his AR-15 into a fully automatic weapon.
A law enforcement source speaking to CNN's Evan Perez said that the gun used in the school shooting was not automatic, and there's no indication he bought the accessory, or a similar type of accessory.




"Guys I got paid 330. I am buying body armor," he wrote.
When it was payday, Cruz let the group know where the money was going to be spent.
Nikolas Cruz modeling his body armor.
Nikolas Cruz modeling his body armor.
Cruz did purchase the body armor, according to receipts he posted in the chat -- with a $30 discount and free shipping.
Then he asked the group whether it was legal to wear body armor to school.
"School shooters," he replied, when someone asked why he wanted to know.
"I think I am going to kill people"
The bio on one of his Instagram accounts read, "annihilator."
At one point in the chat, he wrote, "I think I am going to kill people." After a member told him not to say things like that, he said he was just playing.
During one of the anti-Semitic rants in the chat, Cruz spoke of his birth mother, saying, "My real mom was a Jew. I am glad I never met her."
Roger and Lynda Cruz adopted Cruz when he was a child. Roger died in 2004, and Lynda died last fall after an illness.
In his first message to the chat group, Cruz bragged about writing a letter to President Donald Trump -- and receiving a response. CNN reached out to the White House for comment about any correspondence to and from Cruz but has not heard back.
Jim Gard, his former math teacher, told CNN's Brian Todd that although he never had problems with Cruz, he did receive an email from a school administrator around November 2016 asking to be notified if Cruz came on campus with a backpack.
Nikolas Cruz's JROTC yearbook photo.
Nikolas Cruz's JROTC yearbook photo.
In two instances, Cruz also discussed killing small animals.
He posted a photo on his Instagram account of a disemboweled frog, saying he had killed it because one had killed his dog. In the Instagram chat, he describes killing a number of birds with his gun.
Some members of the chat were worried he might have killed endangered animals.
"He seemed nice but also had some mental issues," one member told CNN. "All (I know) is that he likes guns and really hates liberals."
CNN's David Shortell, Rosa Flores, Evan Perez and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

P.S.S.
Natalie Lifson's blog about the Florida shooter, a must read!
The Florida Douglas High School Shooting Was an Anti-Semitic Hate Crime And Nobody’s Talking About It
Personal accounts of students who attended high school with Cruz have pegged him as an anti-Semite. According to an individual who knew him*, he was actively hostile towards Jews, black people, and Muslims in particular throughout high school. In fact, multiple of the violent incidents he was expelled for were attacks against Jews.  Read more;



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Cost-U-less, more than a store..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #227) (Special midweek edition)



James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Ivanka-Obama Da Dog!

-Blog #1980~Kimo's world's #227-Special midweek edition-

This blog also appeared as an opinion column in the Kaua'i 
Garden Island news on Monday  02-19-18.
http://www.thegardenisland.com/2018/02/19/opinion/cost-u-less-more-than-a-store/

Cost-U-less, more than a store

When I walked into Cost-U-less on Wednesday February 7th one of my favorite neighborhood stores ,I was greeted with the normal smiles and hello Kimo, howszit?  Great, How bout you?   Always friendly greetings and the employees
 know  most the  people who shop there on a first name basis and even if they don't know you  they will afford you a friendly head nod.

I was at the checkout and the  supervisor on duty, Beth exchanged a little talk story, she then told me she had some news for me. I always get paranoid when people say that, Oy, what did I do now?   Beth proceeded to tell me Cost-U-Less would be closing for good on March 31st.  I said ,your joking, right?   She shook her head, no.   My heart sank.  I asked if it was OK to tell others.  I did tell many people. I posted on Facebook and to date it was my most popular thread ever with over 400 likes, 300 shares, and 200 comments. All comments displaying disbelief, concerns and Oh no's!

Cost-U-less is my favorite Kapaa store. I buy most my produce there , in fact, the local produce there is most times  less expensive than the farmers market.

Back in 2010 I bought a new couch and easy chair from Cost-U-Less. I asked the manager, Diane if they deliver, she said they don't deliver but for you Kimo, my boyfriend and I will deliver to you , no charge.   They not only
delivered the discounted furniture but did all the heavy  lifting since I have a bad spine and not only that it was such a tight fit it took over an hour of twisting and turning to get that couch into my place.  I offered Diane and Keala Kai a tip for the delivery, I tried forcing money on them, They would not accept anything. They just said to pay it forward.   Where do you find this kind of Aloha in this day in age?

The Cost-U-Less Ohana, I say Ohana since they are more than a store will be sorely missed.

To Cost-U-Less management, If there is anything at all as a community that can be done please let the community know? Is there any amount of money that would keep the store stay open?   50-K, 100-K? Maybe the community could set up a Go-Fund-Me page and buy Cost-U-Less a year to  come around?  Let  me know, I will organize the drive.  Just wishing and praying for a last minute  miracle. We need you guys. 




Hana Hou, (Encore)





Some of the comments from my Facebook post about the closing of Cost-U-less

Bad news for Kauai peeps, I was at Cost-U-Less in Kapaa today and they told me their last day of business is March 31st. I said your joking, they said, for real. Don’t know if our Mayor or local county council can contact their corporate office and plead for them to stay open, lots of tax revenue there!—-or maybe somebody whose good at petition writing can organize a petition drive to keep Cost- U-Less open!

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Francine Grace I used to love shopping there, when I lived in Kapaa & even though we’re there on School Days; that traffic sucks. So I take any alternate route possible (bypass, scenic route) & when I pass by in the mornings, they aren’t open yet. 
It’s been several months since we shopped there...

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James Kimo Rosen I buy most of my produce there, cheaper than farmers market and much of it is local.
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Francine Grace Yes, I hardly go to the Farmers Markets anymore. Occasionally, I’ll drop in to the one in front of the County Building. Thinking it’s not Costco bought stuff, like most of the other ones. Otherwise, it’s Times, Kapaa Big Save or Foodland for Produce. ...See More
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Nalani Kaneakua · 28 mutual friends
I love this store πŸ˜” they are like family πŸ™πŸ½ They get the best organic products n prices...so so bummed πŸ™

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Louise Sausen · 15 mutual friends
Me too πŸ˜”
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Suzanna Kennedy No. Please stay.
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Shilo Pa · Friends with Arryl Kaneshiro and 39 others
What???
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Shan Rego · Friends with Rollin Simao and 6 others
What!!!! Oh no that was my store to go to when i was in the kapaa area. Ugh
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Mark Gregory · Friends with Tracy Davidson and 30 others
Every time I go there, not too many people are in the store. They can’t be making much money and that’s probably why they are closing. A petition won’t keep them open, getting more people to shop there might do it.

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Noreen Ohai-Daniels · 15 mutual friends
Sad. I love that store.
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Mel Rapozo Thanks for the info. Wasn't aware that they were closing. Sad news.
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James Kimo Rosen Mel, I spoke with two of the employees, they were devastated. I told them I would try and get people to email their corporate office explaining the importance of the store? Maybe coming from a Mayoral candidate and county chair might help! πŸ‘
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Mel Rapozo I'll definitely look into this further. Not sure why they are closing but I will check into it.
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Alison N Derek Watanabe · 2 mutual friends
Noooooo.... πŸ˜”πŸ˜”
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Adele Kaui-Santos · 5 mutual friends
No that’s where I shop😯

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Carol Lopez · Friends with Martie Law and 9 others
I’m in there constantly!! Nooooo!!!!
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Bernie Ragsac-Torres · 11 mutual friends
Aww man I love this store
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Marv De Vera · 15 mutual friends
Loves Bakery shop on Rice Street is closing too

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James Kimo Rosen Oh no!😒
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Aimee Inouye · Friends with KipuKai Kualii and 5 others
Sad😒
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Melanie Costa · 43 mutual friends
OMG our island is hurting.. businesses are shutting down!!!!😒

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Pua Remata · Friends with Arthur Brun and 2 others
Awww I love that store!

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Terri Workman · Friends with Patsy Rapozo and 5 others
Hopefully the corporate office knows how this will hurt the people of Kauai who shop there πŸ˜•

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Snoopytani Woodstock · 3 mutual friends
Really? I thought they were doing well
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Unko Beejo · 6 mutual friends
Nalia Leong,
You guys closing down March 31....?

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Alyssah Kawaiokanaio Vierra · Friends with Derek Monica Kawakami
Wow... my grandma would drive all the way Cost U Less from Kekaha when we was kids to go shopping once a month.... so sad

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Carol Lopez · Friends with Martie Law and 9 others
http://www.northwest.ca/
Perhaps we should write these guys and let them know how we feel???
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Denise Thomson What a shame
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Michael Cox · Friends with Martie Law and 42 others
This is not good. πŸ€”

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Rusty Klutke · Friends with Dolly Kaawa and 1 other
kuz every one goes costco

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Aniana Pursell · 5 mutual friends
It was on the news this morning. Oh bummers .
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Denise Takahashi · 19 mutual friends
Awwww.....this place been our family's place to stock up once a month........sad,

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Rollin Simao Sad Too Say But Since Walmart And Costco Arrived To Kauai They’ve Been Taking Out All Da Competiotion
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Astrid DrolsΓΈn What???? i love "my" cost u less.... ;(0
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JoAnn Yukimura Mark Gregory is right. We need to marshal our cooperative consumer power to keep this precious community resource open.
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Belinda Dolor · 5 mutual friends
Wow Sad πŸ˜”! Love Cost-U-Less❣️ Great Ladies up Front.

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Deanna Lovenia Woods · 33 mutual friends
Must not be making money if closing. $ is always the issue of tgey not making revenue doesn’t matter that we don’t want to lose it it’s not a charity business. I know I go there much less than 7 years ago because half of what I’m looking for is usually...See More

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LeeAnne Mariko Nago · 2 mutual friends
😭😭😭😭😭 nnnooooo..we need cost u less

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Valerie Saiki · 60 mutual friends
Is it all cost u less or just kauai?
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Oren Tyrel Kahiwalani Anderson · 4 mutual friends
Just KauaΚ»i, I heard their lease is up and I'm pretty sure corporate doesn't want to Renew

Randall Francisco · 18 mutual friends
One real way to help is for all of us as best as possible to shop there. Although I live in Hanapepe, when I know I am in the area, I make it a point to shop there. Sales $ are what really drives a business success. If you haven't shop there lately, good to ask why not and start shopping from now. Never too late.

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