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Has Limbaugh called? Not yet?

No matter what anyone thinks of Rush Limbaugh — or Hu Jintao, for that matter — the Honolulu City Council’s resolution seeking an apology for the way the talk-radio king mocked the Chinese president has to leave folks scratching their heads.

Limbaugh’s apologies come pretty infrequently, considering his show’s incendiary content. Just google "Limbaugh apologizes" to get a sense of that.

But even if it’s not entirely a futile request, the Council wins no points for originality, either. Similar calls for penitence have come from lawmakers all over the country, even after Limbaugh apologized on the air a month ago. Will he issue Honolulu its own personalized apology? Don’t bet on it.

Isle babies have unusual names

It comes as no surprise that Hawaii babies — both boys and girls — have more distinctive names than those of any other state.

Researcher Michael Varnum of the University of Michigan compiled names of babies in all states and found those in newer states to be most unusual.

The factors that affect baby-name choices include ethnicity of a state, which obviously applies big-time to Hawaii.

Despite Sarah Palin’s Track, Willow, Trig, Bristol and Piper, Alaska trailed well behind Hawaii on the list.

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