Unidentified Flying Voters

My walk through town today was as productive as ever. Today, I found out that the Solomon Islands are much further behind in these politically correct times than I thought. They clearly haven’t gotten the 21st-century news flash from the American Social Justice Warriors. Here’s the poster I saw that brought this to mind:

solos biometric registration.png

For unknown reasons it reads from bottom to top … hey, it’s the Solos. Kinda makes sense, though, in that it goes from near (bottom of any photo) to far (top of any photo).

In panel 1 the man says “Hao na fo mi regista”, or “How now for me register?”. The lady says “Iu filim ap Form B”, which is “You fill’em up Form B.”

So in number 2 he’s filled out Form b and goes to the next desk, where he asks “Wat moa?”, which is “What more?” The lady says:

“Bae iu:

1. Tek photo.

2. Finger print

3. ID card”

Now, “bae” is a curious word in Pijin. Pijin has no tenses. The time of occurrence is indicated by the helper words “bae”, as in “bye and bye”, and “finis”, as in “finish”. So a conversation might be:

“Bae iu go long taon?”, some one asking “Bye (in the future) you go long (to) town?”. Note that the verb “go” is not conjugated, either as to time or number. This is characteristic of verbs in Pijin.

The answer might be “No, mi go finis”, which is “No, me go finish” meaning I already went to town.

This means that the lady in panel 3 is saying “Next (bae) you take photo, finger print, ID card”.

In panel 4 he says “Mi regista finis”, which as Pijin speakers you can all translate. And in panel 5 he goes happily on his way.

These poor Solomon Islands folks! Here they are in total ignorance of the fact that voter ID cards are terribly racist! How could they have missed that most obvious fact? Because here in the US, we’re very clear about the evils of photo ID, viz:

voting ID is racist.png

How tough is that to remember, after all? You only have to hold on to one thing …

On a more serious note, I was greatly amused by yesterday’s election in the US State of Alabama. It managed to do two supposedly contradictory things at once.

1. The turnout among Alabama black voters was one of the highest ever recorded in the state, and

2. Alabama has one of the toughest voter ID laws in the US.

Before the election the Huffington Post huffed in a post that “There Are Huge Obstacles To Casting A Ballot In Alabama’s Special Election” … oops. Seems folks in Alabama didn’t get the SJW message any more than the Solomon Islanders did …

So that’s the hot news from the South Pacific, they’re so far behind the times that they are way ahead of us. Me, I’m heading up the hill for a motu. Sorry, no crocodiles allowed.

My best to all,


6 thoughts on “Unidentified Flying Voters

  1. I really enjoy your conversations (with translation) in pijin. Is pijin only spoken as the lowest common denominator in mixed groups or is it used all the time in the Solomon Islands?
    Thanks again.


    • Thanks, Joe, welcome to the blog. Pijin is the main language spoken in the Solomons. The radio broadcasts in Pijin. It’s the one language that everyone (“iumi evriwan”) speaks. The problem is that there are something like 70 mutually unintelligible languages in the Solos … hence Pijin.

      I find the language endlessly amusing. If you can’t remember something, you might say “Mi dakhet nao”, meaning “Me dark head now” … a skinny person might be described as “bon nating”, or “bone nothing”. It’s endless fun trying to figure out how to say what you want with such a small vocabulary. One of my joys used to be watching an English judge who spoke good Pijin explaining the concept of “beyond a reasonable doubt” to twelve jurors …

      All the best,



  2. Without a voter ID there would have been twice as many black voters in Alabama elections. To determine who is black and who is not they would have to rely on observation capability of the election personnel.


    • Nope. That’s the fantasy Solomons of computer models and alarmist predictions. As the article says, “Modelling now very clearly shows that … blah blah blah”.

      To paraphrase Mark Twain, “The reports of the death of the Solomons has been greatly exaggerated”.

      See also my first post from the Solos, which is here. Click on the name of the blog at the top of any of my posts to see them all.




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