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Washington Post attacks Hawai`i Free Press

by Andrew Walden

Barack Obama’s campaign efforts to “stop the smears” are quickly morphing into an attack on free speech.

In a June 28 article, “An attack that came out of the Ether”, Washington Post reporter Matthew Mosk attacks internet forum and falsely associates a 2007 Hawai`i Free Press article with an email claiming that Obama’s Indonesian step-father was a “radical”, that Obama went to a “Wahhabi” school, and that Obama swore his oath of office on a “Kuran”. In fact the HFP article, “Obama: Secular Muslim stealth candidate favored by the corrupt?” served to sort out truth from fiction in such emails and takes a wide ranging view of Obama’s background.

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Remember Those Iraqi Benchmarks? Well, Guess What…

by Abe Greenwald

Way back in the dark days of 2007, when the only popular question about the Iraq war concerned the degree of tragedy, Congress’s Iraq “benchmarks” were all the rage among Democrats. Every argument against a continued U.S. presence in Iraq was constructed around the Maliki administration’s apparent inability to meet the political and security-based milestones as outlined by America’s Democratic-majority Congress.

Then something happened. The gains of the troop surge allowed the Iraqi government and citizenry to implement the security measures and legislative acts called for by the U.S. The benchmark line of argument quietly died. Here, then, is the brief life and glorious death of the great benchmark trope.

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Where’s Obama?

by John H. Fund

The conviction of Tony Rezko, the Chicago political fixer, on corruption charges may have immediate consequences in Illinois state government. While Barack Obama, a longtime friend and recipient of Rezko political cash, has so far dodged much political damage, the same cannot be said for Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was identified as “Public Official A” in Rezko’s bribes-for-jobs trial.

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Rep. Abercrombie recognized for ‘Pork’

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released its preliminary analysis of the House version of the Fiscal 2009 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act.

The top three porkers are as follows: Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), $168.5 million; Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), $161.3 million; and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), $148.5.

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Independence Day comes to Hawai`i

by Jeffrey Bingham Mead

The first July 4 American Independence Day celebrations in Hawai`i is said to have been in 1814. Published in the August 1856 edition of The Friend, “Forty-two years ago, on the Fourth of July 1814, there were moored in the quiet and newly discovered harbor of Honolulu, three American merchant ships, engaged on the north-west trade, the Isabella, commanded by Capt. Davis, the O’Kane, commanded by Capt. Jona Winship, and the Albatross, commanded by Capt. Nathan Winship…At the time the only pilot to the new harbor was the King, Kamehameha I, who, in his royal double canoes, each seventy-five feet in length, manned by two hundred brawny arms, always first boarded each vessel, and taking command, brought her within the harbor. Those were fabulous days when the royal pilot stood up, and with his sword in hand waved the motion of a hundred paddlers.”

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Sun Spotless: Global Cooling Continues

from US Senate EPW blog

Global temperatures continued to slide in May 2008. Meteorologist Anthony Watts details the cooling temperatures in a report titled “Global Temperature Dives in May.” The new global temperature data reveals a whopping three quarters of a degree Celsius drop in temperatures since January 2007. Watts reported late yesterday that the cooling is “equal in magnitude to the generally agreed upon ‘global warming signal’ of the last 100 years.”

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