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Saturday, February 28, 2009
HB 870-871: Stimulate Hawaii economy with tax holiday
By Daniel de Gracia II @ 8:26 PM :: 2208 Views :: Environment

I'm asking as your friend in liberty to call Rep. Marcus Oshiro at (808) 586-6200 or send him an email at repmoshiro@capitol.hawaii.gov and request a hearing for House Bill 870 and 871. 

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Saturday, February 28, 2009
Governor Lingle: No more "business as usual"
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 7:17 PM :: 4587 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment, National News, World News

In an effort to make Hawai‘i’s state government as efficient and effective as possible, I have asked each state department to develop new and innovative ways of delivering critical services and upholding their responsibility to the people of Hawai‘i. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has responded with a comprehensive plan that reinvents how it cares for Hawai‘i’s land and ocean recreational spaces.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009
Staged Controversy: An Islamist Strategic Tactic?
By IPT News @ 7:57 AM :: 3497 Views :: National News, World News

Acts of staged controversy or public relations campaigns manipulating otherwise innocent events may be an aspect of Islamist group strategy to Islamize society. Authorities dealing with such incidents should assess the behavior as an aggregate. Their responses should address the root of the problem, rather than potentially allowing such incidents to compel a response that supports the Islamist agenda.

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Friday, February 27, 2009
OHA's strange concessions in "Ceded Lands" Oral Arguments
By Robert Thomas @ 12:01 AM :: 3868 Views :: Energy, National News

At first, it was a bit odd to see Washington, D.C. attorney Kannon Shanmugam, counsel for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in the "ceded lands" case immediately concede in oral argument that the U.S. Supreme Court should rule against OHA -- and hold the Apology Resolution was simply a symbolic statement of regret -- if the Hawaii Supreme Court's decision relied on it.

The predicament OHA finds itself in is one almost entirely of its own making. Its unusual U.S. Supreme Court strategy was made necessary by its overwhelming victory in the Hawaii Supreme Court (the court ruled unanimously against the State), where it argued successfully that the Apology Resolution provided all of the answers. But in prevailing on that basis, OHA opened the door to the state and federal government's arguments which -- if accepted by a majority of the Supreme Court -- at the very least will shift the venue for resolution of land claims from OHA's preferred forum, state courts, to the political branches of state government.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Abercrombie on Spending Freeze: Forget It!
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 3881 Views :: Environment, Ethics

Washington- Flying in the face of Democrats' campaign promises for fiscal responsibility, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) voted today to pass another nearly half-trillion dollar spending bill through what is quickly becoming the biggest spending Congress in History.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Business as Usual: Neil Abercrombie Votes to Kill Motion to Investigate Pay-to-Play Earmark Schemes
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 11507 Views

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) today continued to back-track on his empty promises to clean up corruption in Congress when he voted to kill a resolution introduced by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would “investigate the relationship between earmark requests already made by Members and the source and timing of past contributions.”

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Deceits of "Bridges TV"
By Daniel Pipes @ 7:30 PM :: 3278 Views :: National News

Buffalo, NY: Officers found her body at the station in a hallway, decapitated and with multiple stab wounds....the police found Muzzammil repeatedly told his wife that she had no right, under Islamic law, to divorce him. They also quote him stating that Aasiya, because beheaded, cannot reach paradise.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Gov Jindal speaks to America
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 4656 Views :: National News, Ethics

As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country -- and they instilled in me an immigrant's wonder at the greatness of America. As a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. And as we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me: 'Bobby, Americans can do anything.' 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Pres. Obama address to Congress
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 1217 Views

...Dillon, South Carolina - a place where the ceilings leak, the paint peels off the walls, and they have to stop teaching six times a day because the train barrels by their classroom. She has been told that her school is hopeless, but the other day after class she went to the public library and typed up a letter to the people sitting in this room. She even asked her principal for the money to buy a stamp. The letter asks us for help...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A Fatal Trajectory
By Thomas Sowell @ 1:41 PM :: 4017 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

One of the many symptoms of this decay from within is that we are preoccupied with the pay of corporate executives while the leading terrorist-sponsoring nation on earth is moving steadily toward creating nuclear bombs....

It took only two nuclear bombs to get Japan to surrender-- and the Japanese of that era were far tougher than most Americans today. Just one bomb-- dropped on New York, Chicago or Los Angeles-- might be enough to get us to surrender.

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Friday, February 20, 2009
UH cared for HALOA for 104 years with no help from any activists
By Buttons Lovell @ 8:01 PM :: 5092 Views :: GMOs

The UH collected and cared for some thing they considered important. The accomplishments of a people, the Hawaiians. They asked no money or help but cared for HALOA for 104 years with no help from any of you or the people. They should burn and be ashamed of this. When the Chinese and Japanese took over the loi for rice no one minded. When the Orientals grew and milled 80% of the taro who cared? Production kept sliding until we grow the smallest taro crop in the world amongst 65 countries. Even Florida produces more taro in one month than we produce in a year. A fitting tribute to Haloa. When they (UH) tried to help cure the diseases of Kalo we responded with "What gives you the right".

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Friday, February 20, 2009
Renovating the Big Island’s Recreational Areas
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 10:24 AM :: 2821 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

We are looking to draw on the popularity of our recreational areas to help reverse years of decline and rehabilitate these cultural attractions for outdoor enthusiasts, who enjoy everything from fishing and hunting, to boating and camping, to hiking and swimming.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sunday: Rally Against Gay Civil Unions
By Andrew Walden @ 4:12 PM :: 1424 Views

Sunday February 22 at 2pm at the State Capitol: Rally against HB444.  Opponents of gay marriage will protest against the legislature's effort to extend tax cuts to gay couples and give them child adoption rights equivalent to married couples under the aegis of "Gay Civil Unions".

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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Obama worse than Bush (Buyers' Remorse from another leftist)
By @ 2:43 PM :: 4871 Views

I personally thought President Bush was the worst to hold such a prestigious position as the president of the United States. Looking at President's Obama's stimulus package, now I feel he is the worst president in history to conquer the Oval Office.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
AIHM: Senators again block CON repeal
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 1564 Views

Despite the 'lip service' of Senator 'Roz' Baker...she is blocking the bill (which she sponsored) and is urging Senator Daniel Ige, Chairman of the Senate Health Committee to NOT HEAR AIHM'S BILL.  Could it be she only pretended to support it?

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Governor nominates Recktenwald to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 1399 Views

Governor Linda Lingle today nominated Chief Intermediate Court of Appeals Judge Mark E. Recktenwald to serve as an associate justice on the Hawai‘i State Supreme Court.  If confirmed by the State Senate, Recktenwald would fill the seat vacated by former Associate Justice Steven Levinson, who retired in December.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Stimulus Bill Abolishes Welfare Reform and Adds New Welfare Spending
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:58 PM :: 2385 Views


Since its enactment in the mid-1990s, welfare reform has proven to be a very successful policy that dramatically reduced welfare dependency and child poverty. The fact that the stimulus proponents seek to conceal the bill's massive permanent changes in welfare is a clear indication that they understand how unpopular these changes would be if the public became aware of them. Far from an exercise in "unprecedented transparency"--as President Obama claims--the stimulus bills are an example of unprecedented deception.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009
Hawaiians denounce OHA settlement
By Andrew Walden @ 2:09 AM :: 5221 Views :: OHA

Testimony in Hilo was 100% opposed to OHA receiving any ceded lands revenue. Speakers were angry and emotional. OHA Trustees and staff left at 7PM to “catch a flight.” In contrast, Rep Mele Carroll said she was staying “all night if necessary.” Said Carroll, “If I gotta hear the raw stuff that’s OK too. We don’t get out enough.”

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Friday, February 13, 2009
OHA plans to “move” Hilo’s Banyan Drive hotels, demolish apartments
By Andrew Walden @ 6:54 PM :: 3964 Views :: OHA

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs plans to “move the hotels to the other side of the road” along Hilo’s Banyan Drive. 

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Kamehameha Schools behind $170.4M plastic bag tax and recycling money grab
By Andrew Walden @ 11:59 AM :: 1942 Views

The details for the story are all there, but they have been hidden in plain sight and need to be rearranged to see what is happening.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Stimulus could bring illegals to Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 1792 Views

The Senate legislation, which supporters claim will create 3 million new jobs in the U.S., contains no protections to ensure that those jobs will be filled by U.S. workers.

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Monday, February 09, 2009
FBI Severs CAIR Ties
By @ 9:10 PM :: 1751 Views

The public image of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), image has taken a huge blow as a result of new revelations that the FBI has severed ties with the group.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism, a research organization headed by Steven Emerson, has published on its web site a letter sent in October from James. E. Finch, special agent in charge of the bureau's Oklahoma operations, to local Muslims stating that the FBI would not take part in a local outreach conference because of CAIR's participation. An FBI official in Washington told Fox News last month that the agency has directed FBI field offices across the country to cut ties with local affiliates of CAIR.

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Monday, February 09, 2009
Stimulus: What Did Reagan Do?
By Willes Lee @ 4:30 PM :: 1636 Views

Reagan cut taxes substantially and the country rocketed out of the mess creating 20 million new jobs and doubling tax revenues.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009
US Solicitor General backs State in Ceded lands Case
By Andrew Walden @ 3:29 PM :: 4004 Views

Acting US Solicitor General Edwin S Kneedler, a Bush administration holdover, January 29 filed a motion asking to participate in the oral arguments February 25 before the US Supreme Court in support of the State of Hawaii position in the ceded lands case.  He has been granted 10 minutes of Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett’s 30 minutes of oral arguments to present the United States government’s position.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Malu Motta: “I need one governor so he can pardon me.”
By Andrew Walden @ 4:02 PM :: 16114 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

EM: Someone got to win governor that we know, huh? My best friend is an emcee at, he on tonight, he’s on the mic…(unintelligible) ….Hawaiian braddah.

Informant: Yeah, yeah, you gotta be pushing that.

EM: David, they grooming him to be Governor. That’s my best friend, bah. They sign the work tomorrow. He could be governor in 20 years from now. Not tomorrow, you know.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Mehau associate Brian Schatz files for Lt Governor
By Andrew Walden @ 1:07 PM :: 2740 Views

Former State Rep Schatz on January 30 filed papers with the Campaign Spending Commission to campaign for Lt Governor in 2010 -- making him the first of two Democrats running.  Schatz' campaign chair is Andrew Winer, who led Dan Akaka's 2006 US Senate reelection campaign.

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Monday, February 02, 2009
The Obama-Auchi Connection: First Hawaiian Bank avoids subprime lending, makes record profit
By Andrew Walden @ 12:34 PM :: 5883 Views


Interestingly, First Hawaiian's ownership structure leads back to BNP Paribas, a large French bank. According to the website of Cipaf, an investment vehicle of Nadhmi Auchi’s General Mediterranean Holdings (GMH), Cipaf is “amongst the topmost investors in the enlarged BNP Paribas.”*  Nadhmi Auchi, a former Iraqi Baathist official of Saddam Hussein's government, more recently financed business ventures with now-convicted-felon and Chicago political 'fixer' Tony Rezko creating a condition of "longstanding indebtedness" of Rezko to Auchi's holding company.  Rezko funded the political campaigns of impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and President Barack Obama.  Rezko also assisted Obama in the purchase of his Chicago mansion.

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Sunday, February 01, 2009
Friendly greeting for Stryker brigade at Pohakuloa
By Andrew Walden @ 12:17 AM :: 3496 Views

Decked out in the uniform of an earlier war for freedom, Robert Williams of Na`alehu joins dozens of Big Island residents Saturday 1-31-09 to greet Stryker Brigade troops returning to once again consecrate the sacred `aina by training at Pohakuloa. 

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