Once upon a time I claimed that the U.S. was a society based on more than mere wealth. And that not all of the government was for sale. As of today I know better. If you can buy it, it's yours.
From streets full of houses to the buttons on your trousers
There is nothing that the wompom cannot do!
That in which we all sincerely believe: I refer, of course, to money. As Tom Lehrer said.
In other legal news: The Ninth Circuit Court has ruled that the State of Hawaii is no longer responsible for providing Medicaid to Marshall Islanders. These victims of nuclear tests and military buildup must receive care for their many ailments, and the feds should pay for it.
It was nice to see Brandon Haleamau this a.m., however briefly. I borrowed his copy of Shaping History: The Role of Newspapers in Hawai'i, by Helen Geracimos Chapin. And I lent him my copies of Ordinary Men by Christoper Browning and Global Transformations by Michel-Rolph Trouillot. We share an interest in social history. His dad took this picture of us. Too bad Brandon has his eyes closed. I'll try to get a better photo at our next Nation Magazine meeting.
Luckily, the tsunami passed us by, but we are on the alert just in case there is another, stronger quake.