Damien clan plans to attend ceremony
Among the thousands set to crowd St. Peter's Square for the canonization of Father Damien will be 127 people with a special connection to the Sacred Hearts priest.
The last time the family came together was in 1995, when Damien was beatified in Belgium and given the title of "blessed," in Roman Catholicism, the last step before someone is elevated to sainthood.
In a phone interview from Belgium, de Veuster said the family is awed and inspired by the reverence for Father Damien around the world. "We are happy ... proud," said de Veuster, 62.
In 1981, Jan de Veuster became the first member of his family to visit Kalaupapa since Father Damien's time. For that visit, he didn't alert anyone on the island that he was coming. But Richard Marks, a well-known Kalaupapa patient, activist and the last sheriff of Kalawao County, recognized his name on a passenger list and picked him up at the airstrip himself.
SB: Single ocean policy a tall order
(Environmentalists seeking control over oceans)
The White House report in June foresaw "enormous effects" on Pacific Island communities from (nonexistent) rising sea levels and threats to already vulnerable species in the Pacific Ocean. (Tired old song.)
The task force proposes a new National Ocean Council of two dozen top-level federal officials to guide an "ecosystem based" approach to ocean management.
(Kiss fish farms and oil drilling goodbye. Continue to hunt wild fish stocks and send money to people who want to kill you.)
...the new policy would not change their ongoing review of permits for projects such as the Navy sonar training exercises. (Uh huh.) However, Jane Lubchenco, the NOAA administrator, said changes could come later. (Wow, that lie only lasted one sentence.)
and "recognizes environmental changes and impacts, including those associated with an increasingly ice-diminished Arctic, sea-level rise and ocean acidification."
(Global warming ended in 1998. Full fledged global cooling is now upon us. And yet the propaganda lives on.)
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Opportunities abound for Guard
Men and women in desert fatigues wandered around the Hawai'i Convention Center looking for opportunities yesterday at the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program.
They heard about home loans and medical benefits. They learned about jobs, and they learned about the new GI Bill and how they could get an education with the government's help.
In all, about 1,500 men and women in the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who had returned home last month from their tour of duty, attended the mandatory program. The goal is to bring the services to one place for soldiers to make it easier to get help — either medical or financial — from the Veterans Administration.
Sgt. Willie J. Ray, a full-time member of the Hawai'i Army National Guard and member of Bravo Company of the 777th Aviation Support Battalion, has gone to other reintegration events, but this one was different: There were more than 80 schools and businesses represented.
Shelters see rising demand
Last month, there were 472 families on waiting lists for homeless shelters statewide, an increase of 65 families from May. Meanwhile, there were 1,637 single people on waiting lists, up from 1,278 singles in May, according to the homeless programs branch at the Hawai'i Public Housing Authority.
Some of those families and singles may be on more than one waiting list.
Meanwhile, waiting lists at some shelters have ballooned over the past year, though providers said some of that increase can't be attributed to the economy but to other factors, such as a city push to clear homeless campers from beach parks.
There are 254 singles and 124 families on the waiting list for the Onelau'ena shelter in Kalaeloa, compared with 61 singles and 28 families in October 2008, according to the authority.
The Onemalu shelter in Kalaeloa has 156 families and 51 singles on its waiting list. In October 2008, there were 112 individuals in all on the list, the authority said.
(Good thing the Legislature stopped the Governor from building more shelters. This certainly is no "emergency", right?)
Despite obstacles, condo project pushes forward
More than 1,200 homes built on nearby parcels triggered a requirement to build affordable housing equivalent to 10 percent of units developed, and that requirement was largely consolidated onto the Hale Alii parcel. (Enviros against affordable housing. No surprise there.)
Kirk and Cramer said they aren't against the condo project being developed, (uh huh) but that heavily vegetated portions of the site slated for the park and water feature may contain previously undiscovered artifacts in danger of being lost if construction proceeds without additional study.
The two preservationists also said the Hale Alii site is part of a heiau complex that could be restored, though previous studies of the Hawea Heiau in Hawai'i Kai place remains of the heiau, or place of worship, nearby on land developed decades ago.
SB: Don't reward illegal B&B operators
The two bills were unanimously shot down by the Honolulu Planning Commission last year after two lengthy hearings. Nine neighborhood boards, numerous community associations, Local 5, and Local 142 all oppose the expansion of these mini-hotel operations into our residential-zoned neighborhoods, for several solid reasons. But Rod Tam, Ikaika Anderson, Todd Apo, Nestor Garcia and other Council members are still aching to establish a new permitting process rather than figure out how to enforce existing laws against the thousand-or-more already illegal B&Bs and vacation rentals, which are openly operating and publicly advertising.
(Unions trying to knock out entrepreneurial competition)
Pot eradication continues
The total for the eradication mission Monday and Tuesday was 1,821 marijuana plants. (This means less drugs to make people into ... see next articles)
Your trash is going to cost you
Hiking property taxes, boosting the commercial tipping fee and charging for residential rubbish disposal are among the recommendations of the draft update to the county's "Integrated Resources and Solid Waste Management Plan -- The Path to Zero Waste."
(Geee. The enviros want higher taxes. What a surprise.)
SB: We are judged by how we treat our animals
SB gives space to UHM prof animal liberation/vegan Dr. Joel Fischer to complain that organic farm serves meat.)
MA'O not only provides high quality organic vegetables for our community, the owners are socially and environmentally progressive, including providing outstanding progressive educational opportunities to students. In fact, MA'O is being honored by the socially progressive, grassroots fundraising organization Hawaii People's Fund in November at its annual dinner (hawaiipeoplesfund.org).
But then, with considerable horror, I read what MA'O was serving at its celebration of the acquisition of 11 new acres of land: meat, meat and more meat, including a whole pig! (Tomorrow this same Prof will be babbling about defending Hawaiian cultural values.)
How can the slaughter of innocent animals, especially highly intelligent, social pigs, (I thought these lefties didn't like 'pigs'.) be seen as anything but a repudiation of the very values of MA'O? (Or is that Mao?)
I was so disgusted by this hypocrisy that I turned the page quickly and what did I find: An article on the use of a living national monument, the American bison, for food.
This article never even realized the contradiction between the nobility of these creatures as symbolic of the pre-occupation era and their slaughter — almost to extinction — by insensitive humans. (So if Hawaii pigs are going to go the way of the buffalo, does that mean that Fischer will join in opposing the Nature Conservancy's pig eradication program???)
(Drivel like this is the inevitable product of UHM's liberal arts falling under control of the Gramscians.)
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QUACK: Naturopathic doctors get enabling legislation
Lingle wrote in her statement of objections to the bill that the law would allow naturopaths to practice beyond their scope of education and training by allowing them to prescribe and administer prescription drugs capable of causing harm, and perform minor surgeries in an office setting that has the potential to cause harm if not done by an individual with rigorous training and proper expertise.
Lingle also objected to the Board of Examiners in Naturopathy being made up of three naturopathic doctors and two members of the public, thus giving the doctors a majority in being able to publish a list of medicines, prescription drugs and other substances naturopaths would be able to prescribe, administer and dispense.
She wrote that it would be preferable to have medical doctors and licensed pharmacists on the Board of Examiners in Naturopathy.
(But the genius Democrat legislature overturned her veto. Just wait until these quacks start dispensing prescription narcotics.)
Man died in naturopath's care, court told - September 2007
A Close look at Naturopathy by William Barrett, M.D.
Naturopathy—There’s no there there by Barry L. Beyerstein and Susan Downie (2000)
Why Naturopaths Should Not Be Licensed by Kimball C. Atwood IV, M.D.
Why Health Professionals Become Quacks by William T. Jarvis, Ph.D.
Naturopathy / Naturopathic Medicine & Other SCAMs.
Arts foundation layoffs imperil federal funding
On the Big Island, the East Hawaii Cultural Council houses a performance space and large gallery where up to 30 events are held each year in dance, music and visual arts. Dennis Taniguchi, its executive director, says he's not sure what would happen if state foundation grants stopped coming.
(Unemployed Gramscians. No longer paid to smash dominant paradigm. So sad....)
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