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Letter for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Let’s get to the truth of reported attack

I never heard of Jussie Smollett or even the Fox TV show “Empire” until the alleged hate crime was reported to the police and the media by the actor himself.

By now most everyone knows what was reported, Smollett told authorities he was attacked early Jan. 29 by two men who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.” He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.”

There are now reports that Smollett may have paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him that he reported late last month. Those two men were Nigerian brothers, one of whom he knew and appeared on his TV show, Empire. The brothers are reporting they were paid $3,500 to stage the attack.

I knew as soon as I read this story the first time it was a hoax. The liberal media wanted so badly to believe it was true so they could further divide and push their agenda.

Donald Trump once said, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity!” It’s somewhat ironic that Jussie is following in the footsteps of his nemesis and adversary and seeming to be using him more as a mentor.

So much for Michelle Obama’s statement of “When they go low, we go high.”

This is how a failing actor who is written off a TV show gains international attention.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

15 Comments
  1. Steven McMacken February 20, 2019 4:21 am Reply

    I know we can count on you to find compelling issues to comment on, Kimo, and this story is certainly no exception. Thank you for your analysis and insight. Psst . . . and this is just between you and me . . . I hear there’s an opening at the National Enquirer in their stories-nobody-gives-a-hoot-about department. Maybe you should check into it.


  2. No get nuts February 20, 2019 5:25 am Reply

    This is how you know a publicity stunt worked when Kauai starts talking about it..
    What he did was way worse than what Roseanne did..
    I just want to see if he’s career ends or not.
    Roseanne made a tweet this guy tried to start a race war.
    People got to wake up and see what side is the real messed up side


  3. ruthann jones February 20, 2019 6:09 am Reply

    Kimo..you rants have gotten very tiresome. Enough already! You sound like you area auditioning to be on Drumpf’s cabinet.


  4. andy February 20, 2019 7:29 am Reply

    Jeez, Kimo, relax already! We all know you like to write quirky, occasionally semi-humorous letters, but maybe you should stick to local issues, that is, things that actually matter to people here on Kauai. Amazing how you would try to turn this bizarre incident into some sort of liberal media hoax, and you even dragged Michelle Obama’s name into it. Is that because she’s African-American or just because she is an incredibly intelligent, well-spoken and classy women? You also mention trying to “gain attention”…check yourself out some time!


  5. gordon oswald February 20, 2019 8:16 am Reply

    Kimo, you should check before you write a letter to the public. The phrase “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” was coined by PT Barnum a hundred years ago and has become the rallying cry of celebrities and wanna be celebrities ever since. It has nothing to do with Donald Trump. Of course it’s the “celebrities” among us who love the phrase, thrive on attention, and continue to do things that get them said attention regardless of good taste, ie nip slips, clothing malfunctions that are staged, making stupid political pronouncements, getting arrested for DUI just when the public stops paying them any attention,, and on and on. Of course, those who use such tactics are a lower form of human trying to cheat their way to fame, and, as we’ve all observed over the years, they are overwhelmingly Democrats.


    1. Pete Antonson February 20, 2019 2:05 pm Reply

      Up to now, republicans have pretty much cornered the market of getting arrested in men’s rooms violating their anti-gay values, or buying an abortion for their mistress, or being a serial trophy marriage phony like Don the Con; but, now, Don the Con has kicked that door wide open. His leadership can absolve you of up to 6000 “misiformations” (we call em lies) in two years. You can have a phony January tan, tinted orange, with white goggle circles, without any stigma. When your fellow republicans ask you, across the Bar-B-Que, why your family is in bankruptcy, you can say: “I went with my gut” and bask in the applause! Why, you can even become a “Russian Asset” and pick up a little money on the side (like ebay)!


    2. Alan Maislen February 21, 2019 6:07 am Reply

      Doesn’t take much to trigger you, does it, Gordy?


  6. kauaiboy February 20, 2019 8:21 am Reply

    Who cares what you think, Mr. Rosen?

    Get a job and get to work helping us to rid ourselves of the BIG threat to our democracy, Donald Trump. Despite what Fox News says, the “liberal” media has it right on this score. LOCK HIM UP!


  7. Suzan Kelsey Brooks February 20, 2019 10:30 am Reply

    The lumping together of large numbers of people, along with the subsequent subscribing to them of bad, evil, or ignorant behavior, is one of the ongoing failures of our society. Hopefully, the truth of what occurred in this instance will eventually be revealed, and the individuals responsible held to account. In the meantime, associating this alleged bad behavior with “liberals”, the “media”, or Michelle Obama seems more opportunistic than informative. America increasingly suffers from the overuse of divisive “cheapshots”, lobbed from all sides. Most of us do it from time to time. We should resist the temptation.


  8. numilalocal February 20, 2019 1:51 pm Reply

    So Mr Rosen, do you have exclusive access to the facts in this case that are not available to the rest of us? Interesting how you seem to know everything about what really happened.


  9. guitarplayer February 20, 2019 2:37 pm Reply

    Oh for crying out loud. Of course what Smollet did was absolutely horrible and he should be punished but to insinuate that his act is somehow indicictive of how all liberals think is ludicrous. It also does not automatically make Trump some sort of respectable human being.
    Mr. Rosen’s letter is an excellent example of how small minded thinking is dividing the country.


  10. Debra Kekaualua February 20, 2019 5:25 pm Reply

    This storyline has closed out, sidestepped something or a bunch of somethings while everyone is focused on an innocent until proven guilty man. Isnt that how it is supose to be? Oh my bad, you all are probably well aware, on Kauai and that we have a two-tiered judiciary that has Zero jurisdiction.


  11. Doug February 20, 2019 9:38 pm Reply

    Keep on writing James! I enjoy reading your letters and you address a lot of relevant issues in them!


  12. manawai February 21, 2019 8:11 am Reply

    It’s so funny, Kimo! You have just demonstrated the reason these liberal whiners who post here, are called “Snowflakes”! They are more concerned that their liberal media is once again revealing their political biases, vs. journalism, than the criminal behavior of the person they rallied in support of in their pursuit of identity politics. Love it!

    Hey, Pete! Here’s a partial list of your Democrat miscreants: Al Franken, John Conyers, Bob Filner, Raul Bocanegra, Dan Schoen, Tony Mendoza, Ira Silverstein, Steve Lebsock, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, David Wu, Kwame Kilpatrick, John Edwards, Bill Clinton, David Peterson, Antonio Villaraigosa, Marc Dann, Paul J. Morrison, Gary Condit, Tim Mahoney, Roosevelt Dobbins, Neil Goldschmidt, Mel Reynolds, Brock Adams, Barney Frank, Gary Hart, Gerry Studds, Fred Richmond, John Andrew Young, Allan Howe, Wayne Hays, and Sam Adams. I’m sure I’ve missed other notables. So, let’s just say both parties have morally ugly people in them.
    (If you don’t recognize some of the names, ask your favorite liberal media about why they did little to cover their stories.)


  13. Pete Antonson February 21, 2019 2:39 pm Reply

    Very soon now, those of us who wallowed in Watergate will be getting crueler with Mueller!

    Head for Costco and the jumbo crate of tissues. You’re so gonna need them!


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