John Oliver, the Republican Winter Convention, and the Amerigasm

"Now that We're Here, Let's Talk Main Street"

John Oliver went to Hawaii to walk on the beach, eat grilled-seaweed-wrapped fish form the ocean, and to watch fireworks while drinking exotic fruit cocktails. But, none of this exhibits the typical elitist democratic behavior, which Fox news claims is out of touch with the everyday American. Mr. Oliver was just trying to get an interview with the Republicans, while they  attended their modest winter convention (held in Waikiki).

In the interview, he got answers about how the Democrats are elite-college-attending-goody-goodies who have no idea about what the average American needs. Fortunately, they had time between their hot-stone massage and private submarine tours to discuss the “everyman’s” reality of the Republican party with him.

Conventional Tea-Party Wisdom Says

In other news – the Amerigasm! The All-American trifecta of perfection: a Superbowl, Ronald Reagan’s birthday, and the Nashville Tea-Party Convention! It happened over the weekend, where Tom Tancredo gave a crowd-pleasing speech about the committed socialist ideologue, Barack Hussein Obama, who found his way to power upon the shoulders of those who can’t spell ‘vote,’ nor say the simple word in English. Products of all sorts (like t-shirts and jewelry) were readily available to those in attendance; and so, those in attendance were readily available for purchase.

One can only hope that main street is soon covered with sand, and that one day the brilliant protester doesn’t have to dumb-it down to be understood by the opposition.

Kona Coffee – A Little Bit Of Paradise In Every Cup

Taste the Difference

On the slopes of the island of Hawaii grow the most delicious coffee loved the world over, Kona Coffee.  It is one of the most expensive coffees in the world as it can only be grown on the Big Island in Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona districts.  As champaign can only be called so if from that region in France so it is with Kona coffee.

First brought to the island as cuttings from Brazil in 1828 by Samuel Ruggles, it took until the end of the century to get to a stable crop.  It was grown on large plantations until 1899 when the world coffee market crash created a situation where the land had to be leased out to the workers.  Most of these workers were from Japan and came from sugar cane plantations and each parcel was 5 to 12 acres.

There are about 800 farms on the island now and the average parcel is less than 5 acres.  Approximately 2300 acres of the island are dedicated to growing coffee.  Production of green coffee is over 2 million pounds annually.

Coffee flowers bloom in February and March, the small white flowers are known locally as Kona Snow.  In April the green coffee beans appear and by late August the red berries are ready for picking.  Each tree is hand-picked several times between August and January yielding 23 to 30 pounds of beans.