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The decline of good novel writing

For more than a century, there has been a general feeling that there are two broad areas of fiction, one consisting of high-minded novels written to be important and respectable and the other consisting of  stories written to entertain. I think the quality of the writing in the second tier…

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U.S. denies planning to invade Canada

Dudley Dooright won’t have to cancel his plans for the weekend after all. The United States officially denied having plan to invade Canada. It happened – yes, it really happened – in a State Department press briefing this week when a reporter asked why a meeting of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…

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When rumors are really just wild speculation

Panama’s drug-smuggling dictator Manuel Noriega was surprised when U.S. forces actually invaded Panama to arrest him in 1989, because there had been repeated rumors that this would happen, and it kept not happening – until it did. If a mainland airline ever buys Hawaiian Airlines it will be a surprise,…

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More ghosts of blogs past

For the fifth anniversary of “Sunrise,” I collected excerpt from the first 12 months of this blog, which started at the same time. Today I started looking beyond the first year anniversary in September 2008, and found a lot more of the posts were deadly serious, explaining the market meltdown. For…

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As dust settles, new information about the Middle East attacks

When we first heard about the embassy attacks in the Middle East, we were told that they were set off by a blasphemous film about Mohammed made in Los Angeles. But it now appears the movie was a tool of terrorists motivated by another agenda. The more we hear about…

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Howard’s highlights of five years of Sunrise

Monday is the fifth anniversary of “Sunrise,” which still has three of its original five cast members (Steve, Ramsay and me) and several of its original technical and editorial personnel (including but not limited to director Michael Harris and soundman Craig Kaleikini.) In thinking back over five wonderful years, some…

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Music Post: Living, lively and listenable

Composers are a dying breed. Bach and Handel and even Mozart died in the 1700s while Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Berliolz, Liszt, Verdi, Rossini, Brahms, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Moussorgsky were long gone before the end of the 1800s. And the so-called modern composers? When Prokofiev died in 1953, the…

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Highlights from five years of blogging

Monday we will celebrate the fifth anniversary of “Sunrise,” and it will also mark five years of my blogging in this spot. Here are excerpts from the first 12 months of this blog: Sept. 19, 2007 – “One expert told CBS, interest rate cuts are like potato chips — you…

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Can we please not have the Crusades again?

A friend who is both intelligent and kind-hearted nevertheless made a remark about the anti-American violence in the Middle East which referred to “them” as if all Muslims think like, and endorse, the terrorists who assassinated Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya. This is unfair to the Libyan Muslims…

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The (local) deficit reduction debate

The Hawaii Tax Review Commission spent $180,000 on a mainland consultant’s report that suggested raising the excise tax, hiking sin taxes, and taxing pensions, which Hawaii does not currently do. (Note: A response is added at the bottom of this post. HMD) Lowell Kalapa of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii,…