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Friday, December 23, 2011
Canadian Senate Testimony: Climate Change is Natural
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 AM :: 5455 Views :: World News, Family

Never before have a team of climate ‘realists’ testified before any committee, in the Senate or the Commons. 

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Abercrombie's "Surplus" Comes out of Your Pocket
By David S Chang @ 4:54 PM :: 6323 Views :: Energy, Environment

Where did this surplus come from? From Hawaii’s hard-working families and businesses who had to shoulder an estimated $600 million in additional taxes over these two years....

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Heritage: Defending Liberty and Security in Wartime
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:50 PM :: 3735 Views :: National News, Ethics

One of the most important intellectual and policy battles, which remains relevant today, is over how to defend both civil liberties and security in time of war....

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
In Defense of the Plastic Bag
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 PM :: 15210 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Pity the much-maligned plastic bag....

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
National Journal: Hawaii Democrats Running Scared Through Primary Minefield
By Selected News Articles @ 1:14 PM :: 6320 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Lingle's fundraising report is going to scare Democrats when it comes out in January....

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
NYT: Lingle is Change Candidate
By Selected News Articles @ 2:10 AM :: 6782 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... one thing here that might give Ms. Lingle hope, short of a meltdown in the Democratic primary, would be the governor. “How Abercrombie does will matter,” he said, “and affect the Senate race. And affect the future of the party.”....

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Hawaiian Telcom to Impose Contract on IBEW; Legal Challenge Anticipated
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 5447 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Litigation would be our next step" - IBEW

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Big Victory for HSTA: Obama Admin Seizes Control of Hawaii RTTT Funds
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 8898 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...without a revised contract, the State cannot fully implement many initiatives in its approved Race to the Top plans.... (Now you know why the HSTA has been stalling.)

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
End of Year Tax Reminders
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 6714 Views :: Energy, Environment

SBH CPA, Natalie Iwasa, reminds us that the state legislature passed several bills earlier this year that may have an impact on you and your business. In addition, there are some changes in reporting requirements for credit cards, and the IRS mileage rate changed....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Senators, Do Your Job and Get to Work
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:52 PM :: 3858 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the U.S. Senate is home for the holidays already, celebrating with family while Washington sits in a stalemate....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Are Progressives for the Little Guy?
By John Goodman @ 12:46 PM :: 4738 Views :: National News, Ethics

...most people on the left who use the word “progressive” are actually reactionaries....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Medicare Fraud: FBI Investigating Failed HMC Buyer
By Center for Investigative Reporting @ 2:57 PM :: 8983 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Low Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements are a key cause of HMC’s financial difficulties. Now it appears that Prime’s solution to the low reimbursement problem is simple—just cheat.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Biden Says Taliban Is Not Our Enemy
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:48 PM :: 6343 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

"Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests."

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
PolitiFact Lie of the Year 2011: 'Republicans voted to end Medicare'
By Selected News Articles @ 1:20 PM :: 4353 Views :: National News, Ethics

PolitiFact debunked the Medicare charge in nine separate fact-checks rated False or Pants on Fire, most often in attacks leveled against Republican House members.  Now, PolitiFact has chosen the Democrats’ claim as the 2011 Lie of the Year….

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Syria Protesters: We Miss Bush
By Selected News Articles @ 1:00 PM :: 5504 Views :: World News, Family

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Pilago Seen as Swing Vote on Hawaii County Bag Ban
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 7262 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

The next and final council meeting on this is Wednesday, December 21....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Secret Furloughs? Two More Executive Orders Appear on Abercrombie Website
By Andrew Walden @ 2:19 AM :: 6682 Views :: Energy, Environment

They were issued three weeks ago with no public announcement....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Abercrombie Schemes to make Legislators do Heavy Lifting, Introduces Budget with More Spending, No Tax Hike
By News Release @ 1:13 AM :: 5147 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie's budget seeks to achieve a healthy surplus, incorporates savings achieved through solid fiscal management, funds high-priority programs, and does not rely upon any tax increases....

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Monday, December 19, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted December 19, 2011
By Congress.org @ 5:39 PM :: 6093 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • House: Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011
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Monday, December 19, 2011
State Joins Lawsuit Seeking to Force Hawaii Kai Homeowner to Rent Room to Lesbians
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 8584 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission moved to intervene in the lawsuit as a plaintiff in order to protect and enforce the state antidiscrimination law, which Aloha Bed & Breakfast claims does not and cannot constrain its conduct....

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Monday, December 19, 2011
The Death of Kim Jong-il
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:45 PM :: 6969 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

...the surprise development raises concerns about its impact on Pyongyang's ongoing leadership transition, regime stability, and North Korean security and foreign policies....

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Monday, December 19, 2011
Obama’s “Path To 270” Is Full Of Roadblocks
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 4012 Views :: National News, Ethics

It is a hopeful vision of the future of broad prosperity.’ But it's hard to see how voters are going to see any hope at all.” (John Dickerson, “Obama’s Victory Plan,” Slate, 12/13/11)

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Monday, December 19, 2011
Egyptian Islamists win Election, Begin Burning Books, Antiquities
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 PM :: 7109 Views :: World News, Family

 Egyptian Scientific Institute: December 17, 2011

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Sunday, December 18, 2011
North Korea Dictator Dies Just as New Aid Deal Was to Be Announced
By Selected News Articles @ 10:51 PM :: 5450 Views :: World News, Family

In a short dispatch, KCA stated, "Chariman Kim passed away in the train on December 17th, 2011 at 8:30am due to physical overwork."

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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Abercrombie Doubles Down on Policies Which Killed HMC Hospitals
By Andrew Walden @ 8:49 PM :: 9363 Views :: Health Care

This week’s closure of Hawaii Medical Center hospitals in Ewa and Liliha—with the loss of 1,000 jobs--will be the first of many unless the Abercrombie administration abandons its suicidal policy of dismantling the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kalapa: Legislature Will Turn its Attention to Gaming
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 1:04 PM :: 4973 Views :: Energy, Environment

Another consideration is the amount of participation that will be needed to make a gaming industry a lucrative source of public revenue.... Will the cost, time and distance be attractive enough to gamble in Hawaii?

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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Rep Pine Renews Push for Cybercrime Legislation
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:43 AM :: 7273 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

We must work to ... require local and out-of-state internet service providers to comply with Hawaii law enforcement and explore the idea of licensing web designers.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Federal Funding Rejection Reveals DoE Scheme to Profit by Labeling More Children “Special Needs”
By Andrew Walden @ 5:46 PM :: 7443 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...Comments on page 23 of the 71 page-long Technical Review of the Hawaii DoE proposal point to a previously unknown DoE scheme to link up with Abercrombie’s much maligned Medical Homes proposal and use federal Medicaid money to screen—and therefore designate--even more children as Special Needs or High Needs....

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Saturday, December 17, 2011
As Delisting Looms, Material Misrepresentation by Hoku Solar?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:55 PM :: 9974 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...there is not a single mention of delisting, crashing solar panel prices, expiring tax credits and subsidies, difficulties in completing the Pocatello plant, nor the crashing price of the polysilicon Pocatello is supposed to produce....

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Friday, December 16, 2011
Inouye: I Dumped Akaka Bill in Last Minute Horse-Trading
By News Release @ 12:34 PM :: 7686 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Unfortunately, it was opposed by members of the House, who wanted a variety of devastating anti-environmental riders which, if the Senate accepted, would have set back our nation’s air and water protections for many years to come. 

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Friday, December 16, 2011
An 11th-Hour Spending Deal That Comes Up Short
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:48 AM :: 4458 Views :: National News, Ethics

Rather than produce a timely budget by way of standard operating procedure, congressional leaders again butted up against the deadline and reached a deal on a trillion-dollar "mega-omnibus" nine-bill appropriations package that sadly is yet another disappointing failure to rein in government spending.

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Friday, December 16, 2011
The Welfare State Neutralizes Opponents by Making Them Dependent on Government
By NCPA @ 11:43 AM :: 4582 Views :: National News, Ethics

No matter how powerful or pervasive a regime is, it can still be overrun by the sheer superior numbers of the people it governs. However, this traditional political framework has been undermined by the development of the modern welfare state ....

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Friday, December 16, 2011
Mysterious DoTax Internal Security Breach Referred for Investigation
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 7351 Views :: Energy, Environment

The akamai reader will note that this short and information-free announcement purports to identify the problem, identify the culprits, and pronounce sentence -- without actually identifying anybody or anything.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hakim “Islam Day” Ouansafi to Direct Hawaii Public Housing Agency
By Andrew Walden @ 10:00 AM :: 17233 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Religion

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday morning to appoint Muslim Association of Hawaii President Hakim Ouansafi as HPHA Executive Director.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Roll Call: Hanabusa Refuses to Endorse Hirono
By Selected News Articles @ 2:26 AM :: 10091 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Case said he just finished a six-week swing across the islands and spoke with 5,000 people. He said he’s using that as his poll guidance for now. “They will not vote for the status quo, period,” Case said ....

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Thursday, December 15, 2011
It's Time to Kiss the Tax Code Goodbye
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 AM :: 4201 Views :: National News, Ethics

America's tax code needs reform, plain and simple. The current tax system discourages saving, investment, and entrepreneurship. It's a drag on productivity, job growth, international competitiveness, and wages. It's complicated beyond belief, and it needs to change.... 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
IBEW Votes Down Hawaiian Tel Contract Offer
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 5702 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the membership has voted down the company's offer, 283-216....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Education Week: If Hawaii Doesn’t Lose its Race to the Top Money, Something is Wrong
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 PM :: 8596 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Already, education policy experts who are watching progress in Race to the Top states are urging the Education Department to make an example out of Hawaii for its lack of progress—real or perceived—on its teacher-evaluation component.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Mitt Romney and Ron Paul Register for Hawaii Republican Caucus
By News Release @ 12:21 PM :: 9415 Views :: Republican Party

The Hawaii Republican Party announced Friday that Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have registered to be on the ballot for the March 13 Hawaii Republican Caucuses.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
1000 Days since US Senate Last Passed a Budget
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:11 PM :: 6234 Views :: National News, Ethics

In case you’re not keeping track, it has been nearly 1,000 days since the United States Senate passed a budget. Meanwhile, America’s fiscal nightmare keeps growing, and those on the left—including Members of the Senate—keep advocating for even more spending ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Household Electricity Bills Skyrocket as Green Energy Bubble Swells
By NCPA @ 12:00 PM :: 4672 Views :: National News, Ethics

Electric bills have skyrocketed in the last five years, a sharp reversal from a quarter-century when Americans enjoyed stable power bills even as they used more electricity, says USA Today.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Inouye Donors Score $99M in Earmarks with Only $166K in contributions—But He’s not #1 in Pork
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 PM :: 7936 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...media outlets and opposing politicians in other states have a tendency to start jumping up and down, hollering and pointing fingers when an incumbent’s contributor receives an earmark. Strange, but true....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Government Says Hezbollah Profits From U.S. Cocaine Market Via Link to Mexican Cartel
By Selected News Articles @ 9:24 PM :: 7813 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Federal prosecutors Tuesday charged Ayman Joumaa, an accused Lebanese drug kingpin and Hezbollah financier, of smuggling tons of U.S.-bound cocaine and laundering hundreds of millions of dollars with the Zetas cartel of Mexico....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
As rooftop solar surges, states hit brakes
By Selected News Articles @ 4:25 PM :: 9987 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

When it comes to solar power, Hawaiians are in a race. And for a small but growing number, the competition is already over....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Curtis: HECO has Failed to Look at Alternatives to Big Wind, Should be Denied Rate Hikes to Cover Costs
By Henry Curtis @ 2:25 PM :: 11171 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Life of the Land believes that HECO has failed to justify ratepayer recovery for any of the Big Wind studies. HECO was required to meaningfully look at alternatives. They failed to do so. HECO was required to examine comparative costs. They failed to do so.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
$149M: Inouye Makes Hirono #1 Sponsor of Earmarks in US House for 2010
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 8013 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

This proves that Inouye has been grooming Hirono to look like she’s actually doing something by letting her co-sponsor his earmarks for an entire year now.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
What to Do about Drug Shortages
By NCPA @ 12:42 PM :: 7615 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Attempts to solve drug shortages with more regulations could actually worsen the problem ... the only way to alleviate the drug shortage is to make generic drugs more profitable.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Why Would Obama Veto Job Creation?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:39 PM :: 3972 Views :: National News, Ethics

Last week, President Obama announced his intention to veto the bill when he warned, "Any effort to try to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut I will reject."

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Canada Quits Kyoto Treaty
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 6030 Views :: World News, Family

“The Canadian Government’s decision to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol is an important victory for common sense .... "

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Monday, December 12, 2011
Iran Conducting Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 4433 Views :: National News, Ethics

The documentary showed a former Iran senior official accepting a plan to launch from Mexico a cyber war on the United States, one that would cripple U.S. computer systems, including the White House, the FBI, the CIA and several nuclear plants....

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