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Maui Was Nice

Just back from a great week in Maui. First time we ever went somewhere warm in the winter. The whole week was good from the hotel to the food to the activities.

Stayed at the Royal Lahaina which is fairly quiet.  The staff and food were great, special thanks to Derrick at the Expedia office in the hotel for arranging everything for us. We didn’t rent a car and explore the island this time but stuck close and had some fun in the water.

First up was whale watching with the Lahaina Cruise Company. We got very lucky on this trip and had close contact with a group of whales that popped up on all sides of the boat. The crew this day was young, but knowledgeable. We had a great time.

The next day we went snorkeling at the Molokini crater with Captain Chris on the Alii Nui. We sailed part way to the crater and did some whale watching on the way. We had a good 2 hours in the crater with clear water and sunshine. After some lunch we did some more whale watching on the way home.

Wednesday we went whale watching with the Lahaina Cruise Company. This time we didn’t get as close as the first time but saw some good breaches. Different crew this time, not quite as good. Some young guys just want to hear themselves talk.

Thursday we went snorkeling again, but this time on Lanai. We went with the Pacific Whale Foundation this time and the location was better than Molokini IMHO. This isn’t my picture but I was this close to a sea turtle anyway. He was in about 45 feet of water and I met him about half way when he was coming up for air.

Not only that but we ran into some Spinner Dolphins and more whales on the way back.


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Profile or Die Redux

Jack Cafferty has it right on this one…

Plus Mark Steyn weighs in

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Standard Operating Procedure

This isn’t really news, its how the Democrats operate normally…

Via Hot Air

Related – Chris Matthews Worried There Aren’t Any Votes for Democrats to Buy in MA Tuesday

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This story at the WSJ points out yet another case from the 80’s like Martensville in Saskatchewan, the McMartin Preschool case in California,  and the Little Rascals Daycare in North Carolina. If this woman wins “Teddy Kennedy’s seat” in the Senate it would be an absolute disaster for her state and her country. She has a history of making weird decisions that many in her state can’t stomach. She has even lost some important union endorsements. No telling how many people she could hurt from her seat in the US Senate.

Attorney General Martha Coakley—who had proven so dedicated a representative of the system that had brought the Amirault family to ruin, and who had fought so relentlessly to preserve their case—has recently expressed her view of this episode. Questioned about the Amiraults in the course of her current race for the U.S. Senate, she told reporters of her firm belief that the evidence against the Amiraults was “formidable” and that she was entirely convinced “those children were abused at day care center by the three defendants.”

What does this say about her candidacy? (Ms. Coakley declined to be interviewed.) If the current attorney general of Massachusetts actually believes, as no serious citizen does, the preposterous charges that caused the Amiraults to be thrown into prison—the butcher knife rape with no blood, the public tree-tying episode, the mutilated squirrel and the rest—that is powerful testimony to the mind and capacities of this aspirant to a Senate seat. It is little short of wonderful to hear now of Ms. Coakley’s concern for the rights of terror suspects at Guantanamo—her urgent call for the protection of the right to the presumption of innocence.

If the sound of ghostly laughter is heard in Massachusetts these days as this campaign rolls on, with Martha Coakley self-portrayed as the guardian of justice and civil liberties, there is good reason. – WSJ

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Muslim radicals on welfare mock sentence. Where are all the soccer hooligans?

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We need to build some nukes pretty quick…

Climate change: the true price of the warmists’ folly is becoming clear

Impeccable was the timing of that announcement that directors of the Met Office were last year given pay rises of up to 33 per cent, putting its £200,000-a-year chief executive into a higher pay bracket than the Prime Minister. As Britain shivered through Arctic cold and its heaviest snowfalls for decades, our global-warming-obsessed Government machine was caught out in all directions.

For a start, we saw Met Office spokesmen trying to explain why it had got its seasonal forecasts hopelessly wrong for three cold winters and three cool summers in a row. The current cold snap, we were told with the aid of the BBC – itself facing an inquiry into its relentless obsession with “global warming” – was just a “regional” phenomenon, due to “natural” factors. No attempt was made to explain why the same freezing weather is affecting much of the northern hemisphere (with 1,200 places in the US alone last week reporting record snow and low temperatures). And this is the body on which, through its Hadley Centre for Climate Change and the discredited Climatic Research Unit, the world’s politicians rely for weather forecasting 100 years ahead. – More @ The Telgraph

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The road to November will be a rocky one. Some aren’t up to the job…

The same goes for Dorgan (D), Ritter  – Governor Colorado (D), plus a couple of Dem congressman so far.

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