Daily Archives: 10/29/2004

More Local News

I think I cut myself short this morning. How about some more local news?

  • More on this damn polygraph thing. After reading the polygraph results that were leaked to KUAM, I have to say I ain’t surprised about the brouhaha now. Let’s see, Ishizaki admits to
    • Stealing thousands of dollars of government materiel from the FBI
    • Falsifying time cards for years in order to receive 25% more pay
    • Being under a cloud of suspicion for giving secrets away to the Chinese (?!)
    • Stealing stuff from his friends and neighbors
    • Cheating on his wife

    I think I was wrong in my earlier assessment. He doesn’t belong at the head of the police department. On the other hand, sounds like Ishizaki would fit right in with GovGuam’s miserable track record of other political appointee’s.

  • Another pervo nabbed. Richard Allen Quinata was charged in court yesterday with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct. Seem he was having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old, for the last two years. He actually got her pregnant at age 12 and continued daily sexual intercourse with her for the last two years. Creepy…
  • The never ending struggle over Prop A. To say that the proposition to legalize casino gambling on Guam is a fraught issue with the public is putting it mildly. Lots of high emotion, political posturing and typical Guam screw-ups over this ballot initiative. The big development in this story is the foul-up by the Guam Election Commission. The GEC failed to mail out copies of the ballot initiative to all registered voters, prompting the AG to jump into the fray and state that any results on Prop A in the general election next week will be invalid. Prop A backers are pushing for a special election to be held at a later date, the legislature passed a bill a couple days ago authorizing the vote to go forward on November 2nd, various pro-gambling and church opposition groups are suing each other and the election commission. The whole thing is a colossal mess. I am for casino gambling, I don’t gamble so I really don’t care. I do think casinos would bring more tourists and more jobs to Guam, that’s enough for me. Seems like all the anti-casino groups are more interested in protecting people from themselves and treating the public like little children. Frankly I’m sick of the entire thing and I can’t wait for it to be settle one way or another.
  • Those dueling doctors and their cancer clinics. Accusations are flying around about the showdown between local doctors Kia Rahmani and Nathaniel Berg. Rahmani announced his plans for a non-profit cancer clinic several months ago. Just before Rahmani’s scheduled opening, radiologist Nathaniel Berg announced he was opening a cancer center too, sparking a tiff between the two doctors. Things quickly escalated when Rahmani’s oncologist was caught practicing medicine before the Guam Board of Medical Examiners issued him a license. Rahmani insisted it was an accident, an oversight, and started screaming bloody murder when the board decided to investigate the matter. Seems the chairman of the medical board is in business with Berg, and there was rumors flying about some plan to sabotage the competition. Puh-lease. Typical rampant rumors on Guam. Seems like there has been plenty of obfuscation on both sides of the issue if you ask me.

Okay, that’s it. Off to the airport now. I’ll check back in on Monday…

The Inevitable World Series Post

Let’s just say this former St. Louisan was more than a bit disappointed in the Cardinals’ dismal World Series performance. I certainly thought the Red Birds would mount an exciting series instead of being swept in 4 games by the Red Sox. How depressing. I had such high hopes, the Cardinals were a major force all through the season, their bats were just on fire all season long. But Boston’s pitching shut them down – hard. I will certainly be drinking more than a few teary beers this weekend.

Local News Roundup

Time for a quick trip through local headlines:

  • 12 people were arrested last night for the murder of a 25 year old at a birthday party last weekend. Apparently things got out of hand as the party was closing down and a gigantic brawl erupted by the bar and spilled out onto the street. Two men were stabbed, one died enroute to the hospital. The other was hospitalized with his wounds, and was arrested last night for rioting. How many times do I have to tell you? You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight…
  • Indigent families face eviction and homelessness after a local charity foundation shut off the power in the building were they live. The James Ji Foundation apparently cut the power to a hotel and attached low income housing over a dispute with the hotel’s management over the electric bill. The Foundation, which owns the building, said the power will not be returned until the hotel management vacates the premises, leaving the families housed there sitting in the dark. Several people involved in this foundation are convicted felons, and the whole thing seems underhanded and shady, with these poor families just caught in the crossfire.
  • What’s the deal with this polygraph test for acting police chief Frank Ishizaki? Senator John Quinata has held up Ishizaki’s nomination for untold months now, citing the results of this routine polygraph Ishizaki took as part of the nomination process. This story will not die. According to KUAM, some of Ishizaki’s responses were troubling, but he passed the test nonetheless. Apparently he padded some hours on his timecard or something. Big deal.
  • Hey, this looks interesting: There will be a public tour of the archaeological site at Ylig Bay today, directly below where I live. This is the site that was turned up by the contractors and stalled the construction and road widening project for so long. It starts at 9:30 today. I might just have to skip some work and check this out. I’ve been curious about the archaeologist’s mitigation efforts because of all the erosion and exposure to wild animals at the site.
  • I was stuck in traffic in Chalan Pago for about 45 minutes last night. I grumbled something about campaign boosters blocking traffic, but when I got further up the line I saw all the cops, TV crews, and flashing lights. ‘Must’ve been a bad accident,’ I said to myself. Well no – it was the scene of a car chase and shootout by police. A sixteen year old boy stole a van and got chased by police. He turned around on Route 4 just past the church and charged the pursuing officers in the van. They shot him, causing him to run the van off the road into a campaign sign. The kid then tried to flee on foot but he was wounded and didn’t get far.

That’s all I have time for this morning. I’m heading off to Japan this afternoon, so don’t expect any posts for a few days. I promise to post pictures upon my return.

Esta gupa!