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Friday, June 25, 2010
WaPo: The Jones Act has outlived its usefulness
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 AM :: 9054 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Jones Act was an issue in the May 22 House special election in Hawaii: Both Republican winner Charles Djou and one of his two Democratic opponents charged that it benefited a handful of ship lines and unions at the expense of ordinary Hawaiians. Mr. Djou is preparing a bill to exempt Hawaii. If FedEx can move cargo across the country in European-made Airbuses, why can't a boat built in, say, Canada, ship wheat from Los Angeles to Honolulu? The Jones Act lobby crushed the last attempt at reform back in the 1990s.  May the next one meet with more success.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Djou-sponsored resolution on US-Japan relations passes House
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 7607 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. House passed House Resolution 1464, which recognized the 50th anniversary of the United States—Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. This resolution, which was initially co-sponsored by former Rep. Neil Abercrombie, was the first piece of legislation passed of which Congressman Charles Djou (HI-01) was an original co-sponsor.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Senator challenges START limits on missile defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:58 PM :: 6403 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Djou: “We must all re-commit ourselves to turning back al-Qaeda and the Taliban”
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 8534 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“I am confident that General David Petraeus will bring the necessary skills and vision to ensure a smooth transition in leadership. As we move forward, we must all re-commit ourselves to turning back al-Qaeda and the Taliban. For our men and women in uniform, this will mean continuing their exemplary work. For Congress, and particularly the members of the Armed Services Committee, this will mean ensuring our brave troops get the resources they need to secure victory in Afghanistan and return home safely."

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Prosecutor: Al Gore was focus of sex crime inquiry in Portland
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 5523 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In 2007 or 2008, then Portland Tribune reporter Nick Budnick made a public records request for the Portland police report, obtained it but the newspaper did not run a story….

In June 2010, the woman called police, asked for a copy of her statement….

On June 1, 2010 Al and Tipper Gore announced they would be separating.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Djou’s First Month: Free trade, Jones Act, Bernanke, and Budget
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 7773 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On the campaign trail, I pledged to listen to my constituents.  To that end, I asked my constituents about the issues that Congress is likely to vote on in the next few months.  I also held a live telephone “talk story” and had the privilege of hearing the thoughts and concerns of thousands of my constituents in the 1st congressional district.  I also plan on holding eight “talk stories” throughout the State in early July.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Afghanistan Timeline: McChrystal gaffe latest step in Obama’s strategy of chaos
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:12 PM :: 5489 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Washington Post reports today that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, apologized for an upcoming article in Rolling Stone magazine that portrays him and senior officials on his team as dismissive of top Obama administration officials. As a result, General McChrystal has been summoned to the White House to explain his comments. It is a case of poor judgment on the part of the general and his staff to air comments on the character of senior civilian leaders to a reporter, but both the White House and the brass need to put this media gaffe aside and focus on the real problem - destroying al Qaeda, defeating the Taliban and helping establish an Afghanistan that can govern itself.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
ILWU teams up with Islamists: Refuses to unload Israeli ship at Oakland Port
By Selected News Articles @ 1:13 AM :: 7604 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

  ILWU: Just another servant of Islamism.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
CNBC: Jones Act may be hindering Gulf Oil Response, Dutch ships blocked
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 8694 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Federal law has also hampered the assistance. The Jones Act, the maritime law that requires all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships, has prevented Dutch ships with spill-fighting equipment from entering U.S. coastal areas.

“What's wrong with accepting outside help?” Visser asked. “If there's a country that's experienced with building dikes and managing water, it's the Netherlands.”

Even if, three days after the rig exploded, it seemed as if the Dutch equipment and expertise wasn't needed, wouldn't it have been better to accept it, to err on the side of having too many resources available rather than not enough?

BP has been inundated with well-intentioned cleanup suggestions, but the Dutch offer was different. It came through official channels, from a government offering to share its demonstrated expertise.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Tokyo: Lingle meets with Japanese travel writers, Tourism Minister
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 7755 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Continuing her mission in Asia, Governor Lingle is in Japan and met yesterday with Minister Seiji Maehara of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).  The Governor thanked Maehara-san for his support of internationalizing Haneda Airport.  In October, Hawai`i will welcome daily flights by Hawaiian and Japan Airlines with the opening of the new runway at Haneda Airport.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Hawaii-Okinawa Clean Energy Partnership Agreement Signed
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 8481 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On March 29, 2010, the first meeting of the Hawai‘i-Okinawa Task Force was held in Honolulu.  Top-level officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Prefecture of Okinawa, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, New Energy Technology Department, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Hawai‘i State Energy Office, Department of Defense, and national laboratory representatives met to discuss the acceleration of renewable energy technologies and  energy efficiency, and evaluate the achievements of existing clean energy projects to enable the islands to be energy independent.  Initiation of several joint projects resulted from that meeting.

"Through the groundbreaking Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative, our state is leading the way toward an energy-secure and self-sufficient future," said Lt. Governor Aiona, who delivered the keynote address at the Hawai‘i-Okinawa Task Force meeting.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Honolulu Gaza flotilla protester shows up at BP hearings – with rubber ducky
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 AM :: 11061 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

She was joined by Ann Wright, 63, of Honolulu, Hawaii, who wore a BP hard hat, overalls and sunglasses adorned with dollar signs.

"BP doesn't really care about this," she said, pulling out an oil-stained rubber ducky.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Beijing: Governor Lingle discusses TMT at Great Hall of the People
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 8774 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In the evening, Governor Lingle was the honored guest of the China Diplomatic Friendship Association and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce banquet held in the Great Hall of the People, China's capitol building.  The special guest at this event was Lu Yong Xiang, vice chairman of the Chinese People’s National Congress and head of the Chinese National Academy of Sciences.  Vice Chairman Lu recently returned from visiting Mauna Kea on the Big Island, the site of the forthcoming Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).  China intends to be a collaborative partner in the TMT project. 

Mr. Lu believes China and Hawai‘i have a great opportunity to work together in scientific explorations.  As he stated, “Hawai‘i can see the cosmos and the vast oceans—so its horizons are unlimited.”  Mr. Lu praised Governor Lingle for her foresight in establishing strong relationships with China, demonstrated by her four trips to the country during her administration.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
VIDEO: Djou pushes solutions to oil spill on CNBC Worldwide Exchange
By Selected News Articles @ 4:44 PM :: 8907 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

VIDEO: Republican Congressman Charles Djou, Hawaii, and Jessica Brady, Roll Call reporter, discuss Obama's first Oval Office address regarding the Gulf Oil spill.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
DJOU: “Waive Jones Act for oil spill”
By Andrew Walden @ 4:27 PM :: 8866 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“I am disappointed, however, that the President has failed to waive the Jones Act for foreign ships, who want to assist in the clean-up efforts. There is no good reason to turn away international help in responding to this environmental catastrophe.

“Nevertheless, I look forward to working with President Obama to temper the House energy bill and craft a sensible long-term energy strategy for America that makes sense for our economy.”

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Djou plan backed in WSJ: Is Obama really doing everything in his power to fight the spill?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 6342 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Hawaii GOP Rep. Charles Djou, who won his seat in a special election last month, says he's "disappointed" that Mr. Obama has failed to waive the Jones Act, an antiquated 1920 law mandating that goods shipped between U.S. ports be handled by U.S.-built and -owned ships manned by U.S. crews. Unions fiercely support the law as a means of preserving U.S. jobs. In this case, though, the law might be hindering the recovery of hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast jobs.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
LA TIMES mocks Obama: 'There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills!
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 6010 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Are President Obama and BP inhibiting efforts to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil rig blowout and mitigate the effects of the spill? 

Maximization of the effects of the crisis could be used in an effort to stampede the public and win Senate passage of the Cap and Trade Carbon Tax--from which BP stands to profit. 

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Lingle talks visas and biofuels in Beijing
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 5689 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News, Family

Yesterday in Beijing, the Governor had a private meeting with Ambassador Jon Huntsman at the U.S. Embassy. During this hour and a half discussion, the Ambassador and Governor discussed the importance of establishing a protocol for the processing of visas for Chinese who want to visit Hawai`i on charter flights going directly from cities such as Shanghai and Beijing to Honolulu.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Psychologists dump 'Gay Gene' theory
By Selected News Articles @ 12:12 AM :: 12950 Views :: Family, Health Care

Are same-sex attractions biologically determined?  Most people are under the impression that they are.  Organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA), have helped propagate the idea. 

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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Honolulu “peace activist” caught lying about Gaza Flotilla
By IPT News @ 10:57 PM :: 8145 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

"Lerner: Col. Wright I just want to make sure again – so you actually were on a different boat and did not witness the attack firsthand."

Wright: That's correct.

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Philippine Independence Day: Rep. Djou calls for more visas for family reunification
By News Release @ 7:52 PM :: 8326 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“We must ensure that the connection between the United States and the Philippines remains strong. One of my priorities in Congress is to strengthen our nation’s ties to the Philippines and expand the number of visas that our government issues, particularly to the Philippines,” Djou continued.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Lingle: Strengthening Partnerships in Guangdong Province
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 7255 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The seminar also provided potential investors with detailed information on how Chinese students can enroll in local educational institutions, how to retire in Hawai‘i and buy a place to live, and business opportunities in areas such as medical clinics, golf and tennis facilities, and retailing.

In her remarks, Governor Lingle noted that Hawai‘i can serve as an entry point for the U.S. mainland and is an excellent location for a headquarters operation for Chinese companies because of our language and cultural ties, as well as being a safe place to do business and live.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Gov. Lingle to host 7th Annual International Women’s Conference
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 7635 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

HONOLULU – Top women leaders from seven nations will gather in Honolulu, Hawai‘i this fall to share their personal and professional stories at the 7th annual International Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC).  Hosted by Governor Linda Lingle on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Sheraton Waikīkī Hotel and Resort, the conference will build on the success and growth of the past six years.

Online conference registration is now available at www.hawaiiwomensconference.com.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Guangdong: Lingle addresses business execs at “Experience Hawaii Forum”
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 6886 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Today the Governor is in Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, where she will address Chinese business executives at the “Experience Hawai‘i – A Place for Vacation, Education and Business” forum sponsored by Bank of Hawai‘i.  Governor Lingle will also participate in an “Invest in Hawai‘i” seminar coordinated by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.  The seminar is designed to provide potential investors with information on Hawai‘i’s economic outlook and investment climate, as well as the “State’s EB-5 Immigrant Investment Program” in which foreign nationals who invest $500,000 or more in Hawai‘i and create 10 or more full-time jobs can obtain permanent residency. 

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Video: Djou questions Bernanke on Deficit
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 8817 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Rep. Djou: Second series of questions, Dr. Bernanke, and that is I have been frustrated and disappointed that there have been a number of free trade agreements languishing in Congress. Do you believe that were the Congress to pass free trade or expansion of free trade, it would help the economy?

Bernanke: Yes I do. I think we need to be part of the globalized economy, I think trade is an important source of demand for our goods and also a source of materials and imports as well. So I think that generally speaking, you ought to push forward on the DOHA round and on the free trade agreements that we’re looking at.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Shanghai: Governor Lingle opens “Hawaii Week” at 2010 World Expo
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 7464 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Governor Lingle in China Update - June 6, 2010

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Flotilla: Islamist Turkey Overreaches
By Daniel Pipes @ 1:52 PM :: 3978 Views :: World News, Family

As typical Islamist-leftist theater to delegitimize Israel, late May's Turkish-sponsored "Free Gaza" flotilla was tediously repetitious. As an illustration that Israelis don't understand the kind of war they now must fight, the outcome was drearily predictable. But as a statement of Turkey's policies and an augur of the Islamist movement's future, it bristled with novelty and significance.

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Monday, June 07, 2010
Report from Shanghai: Hawaii Day in China
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 6646 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Today (Tuesday in China) is “Hawai‘i Day” at the USA Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.  Governor Linda Lingle, legislative leaders, representatives from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the visitor industry and entertainers will officially kick off “Hawai‘i Week” at the Expo.  The Expo is expected to attract more than 70 million visitors, 86 percent of whom will come from China.

Yesterday (Monday in China), Governor Lingle spoke to over 300 members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AMCHAM) at its Distinguished Speakers Series.  The Governor covered a wide range of topics including Hawai‘i's progress in promoting clean energy, the status of direct flights from China to Honolulu, and the steps her Administration has taken to improve travel visa issuance procedures with the assistance of U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman.

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Monday, June 07, 2010
Why Obama's Stimulus Failed
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:38 PM :: 4724 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

This morning on MSNBC, former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL) pressed prominent Keynesian economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University Jeffrey Sachs on whether it was too early to declare President Obama's stimulus a failure. Scarborough had to ask the question twice, but Sachs finally relented: "Obama’s stimulus failed."

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Saturday, June 05, 2010
VIDEOS: Flotilla “Peace Activists” chant “Oh Jews, the army of Mohammad will return.”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 AM :: 7824 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

VIDEO: On the boat, the “peace activists” chant the popular Islamic battle cry, "khaiber khaiber ya yahood jaish muhammed saya'ud".

Khaibar was the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad's army in 628. The battle marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia.

Remember, they’re just piece activists.  Some are two-pieces activists, and others are many-tiny-little-pieces activists.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Time to Change Course in the Middle East
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:30 PM :: 5638 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Early Monday morning in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, helicopters lowered Israeli Commandos onto a Turkish-flagged ferry carrying 600 passengers determined to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. Beset by activists armed with poles, knives and guns, the Israelis defended themselves, and the resulting violence left at least nine dead. Hours later, the International Atomic Energy Agency released a report claiming that Iran now has enough nuclear fuel, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons. These two stories are not unrelated. And they ought to serve as a signal to the Obama administration that it is time to change its approach to the region.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Gaza: Violence and Humanitarian Aid
By IPT News @ 2:18 PM :: 8676 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Was it, as some suggest, the plan of flotilla organizers all along?

It's worth remembering why the aid was being transported by sea in the first place. A convoy led by then-British MP George Galloway (Bought and paid for by Saddam Hussein via oil for food scam--AW) ended in violence at the Egyptian-Gaza border in early January after authorities delayed their entry into Gaza.

An Egyptian police officer was shot and killed by Hamas gunmen. Egypt deported Galloway, made it clear he was unwelcome there again, and told the convoy it could no longer enter through its crossing. Galloway's partner in that convoy was the Turkish-based International Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), which helped lead the flotilla.

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Friday, May 28, 2010
White House in Disarray
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 AM :: 5188 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A fudgelike goo coating Louisiana's marshes. A thick oil slick stretching across the Gulf of Mexico. A plume of oil miles below the ocean surface. A tragic loss of life. Reverberating economic consequences. Throw in a poll that shows that 53 percent of Americans rate President Barack Obama "poor" or "very poor" in his handling of the Gulf oil spill, and it's no wonder the President yesterday broke his 308-day self-imposed press conference moratorium in hopes of conveying some semblance of leadership amid an environmental, economic and human catastrophe that has spiraled out of his control.

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Friday, May 21, 2010
Heritage: Raising Arizona's Defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:46 PM :: 5052 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

It isn't easy being Arizona these days, especially when President Barack Obama puts politics before Americans' interests, a foreign head of state before the United States, and an agenda of apology before much-needed, sensible reforms.

But that's just what happened this week when Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited Washington, DC. President Obama extended a warm hand to Calderon and demagogued Arizona’s illegal immigration law all in the name of politics.

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Friday, May 21, 2010
WSJ: Paradise Lost? A Project in Hawaii Stumbles
By Selected News Articles @ 10:12 AM :: 9739 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

The final tally will become clearer later this month, when Bank of Scotland, now part of Lloyd's Banking Group PLC, completes an auction for the debt on the property on the west side of Hawai'i, or, as it is known to locals, the Big Island. The price is expected to be in the $50 million-to-$100 million range, according to people involved in the process.

In 2006, at the height of the real-estate boom, a private appraiser valued the property, known as Hokuli'a, at between $600 million and $800 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The owner, Lyle Anderson, a Phoenix-based developer, has sold about one-third of the lots. But in early January, he defaulted on its debt, which was in the form of a $1 billion Bank of Scotland mortgage on Hokuli'a and five other less-valuable properties, according to people involved in the project's sale.

How this happened: Hokuli’a Settlement Exposed

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Hawaii Week in Shanghai: Governor to lead delegation to China, Japan
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 8985 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“This trip to China is another important component in our ongoing effort to expand long-term economic development and business opportunities for Hawai‘i in the emerging China market,” said Governor Lingle.  “It is vital that our state continue to build and strengthen relationships in Asia, especially China, that will position Hawai‘i businesses and residents to capitalize on future economic and investment opportunities and strengthen our cultural and educational partnerships.”

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The New START Threat to Missile Defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:37 PM :: 5816 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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On March 26 the White House released a fact sheet on the New START Treaty. It claimed that the agreement signed by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev "does not contain any constraints on testing, development or deployment of current or planned U.S. missile defense programs."

But the Russians seem to have a different interpretation of the document they signed.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
What's Worse Than Energy Taxes? Renewable Electricity Standards
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:00 AM :: 7596 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On March 15th, appearing with labor and environmental leaders, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a new alternative energy plan that he said would ensure the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power would meet his goal of securing 20% of its energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by December 31st. At the time, he claimed it would create 16,000 jobs and only raise consumer electric bills between 8.8% and 28.4%. But less than two weeks later those energy rate hike estimates had skyrocketed with the DWP saying it needed to raise rates by 37% in order to meet the renewable energy standards. Los Angeles' already shrinking business community revolted and by April Mayor Villaraigosa's plan had been soundly defeated.

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Saturday, May 08, 2010
UPDATE--Jihadi murderer of Big Island man captured in Iraq: Navy Seals acquitted after facing prosecution
By Andrew Walden @ 9:54 PM :: 11444 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

For five and a half years, the US has hunted for Ahmed Hashim Abed--code-named "Objective Amber."  Abed is the alleged ring-leader of an Islamist mob which murdered four US military contractors--including Pa`auilo resident Wesley Batalona--in Fallujah, Iraq on March 31, 2004....After being tracked for five and a half years by US personnel, Ahmed Hashim Abed was captured by Navy SEALS at the beginning of September....Then the complaining began. 

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Friday, May 07, 2010
Psychiatrists: Obsessive-compulsive patients still fear Global Warming
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 6457 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A recent study has found that global warming has impacted the nature of symptoms experienced by obsessive compulsive disorder patients. Climate change related obsessions and/or compulsions were identified in 28% of patients presenting with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Book Review: The flight of the Intellectuals
By IPT News @ 9:29 PM :: 7019 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

 Twenty years ago, the liberal intelligentsia in Europe and the United States rallied around Rushdie and denounced the murder threat. That took real courage. One of Rushdie's translators was murdered and another stabbed. Several Norwegian bookstores were bombed, a British hotel was attacked by a suicide bomber, and more than 50 people were killed in anti-Rushdie rioting around the world.

Despite the danger, Berman writes: "A good many intellectuals reached out to their endangered Arab and Muslim counterparts and colleagues, and celebrated the courage of everyone who refused to be intimidated."

In contrast, today, the intellectuals' reaction often is to target the victim.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010
GM papaya wins approval in Japan
By Selected News Articles @ 10:28 PM :: 12606 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Dennis Gonsalves, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii, and professor emeritus of plant pathology at Cornell, detailed to the 63rd annual meeting of the Western Society of Weed Science in Hawaii how Hawaiian agriculture has done what no other ag sector has; win approval to market a genetically modified food crop in the U.S. and Japan.

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Monday, May 03, 2010
Another Bullet Dodged in New York
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:30 PM :: 4805 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Whether Saturday's failed attack turns out to be connected to Islamic radicalism or is the work of a lone wolf, there have now been 31 foiled terrorist attacks in the United States since 9/11, eleven in New York City alone. Yesterday's plot was foiled by sheer luck and quick-thinking civilians. But luck is not an adequate strategy for protecting a nation.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Governor vetoes 55% Hawaii Death Tax aimed at non-residents
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 PM :: 6626 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News, Family

By targeting the Hawaii assets of foreign citizens as subject to seizure to satisfy the Death Tax, the State’s land grab takes on whole new dimensions.  How many residents of Japan, Canada, or other countries—owning Hawaii property--are aware of the details of American Estate law?  Probably not very many.  But starting this week, if the Governor’s veto is overridden, their assets could be subject to seizure to satisfy a 55% death tax.  Properties or businesses worth more than $3.5 million would be taxed.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism
By Daniel Pipes @ 1:57 PM :: 5105 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Family

"All of modern thought," he adds, "can be reduced to mechanical denunciations of the West, emphasizing the latter's hypocrisy, violence, and abomination."

He exaggerates, but not by much....

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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Economic Freedom Will Save the Earth
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:12 PM :: 6565 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Back in the 70s, President Barack Obama's Director for Science and Technology Policy John Holdren even came up with a formula to measure capitalism's evil impact on the environment: I=PAT, which means that environmental impact is equal to population multiplied by affluence multiplied by technology. Thus according to the left, protecting the planet requires fewer people, less wealth and simpler technology. But this is just flat wrong. In fact, studies clearly show that important indicators of environmental quality actually improve as incomes and levels of consumption go up.

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Friday, April 16, 2010
Obama: “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower”
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:02 PM :: 4568 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

At the close of this week's nuclear summit, President Barack Obama told a press conference: "Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them."

Yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) responded to these comments, calling President Obama's remark a "direct contradiction to everything America believes in." McCain went on to tell Fox News:

That's one of the more incredible statements I've ever heard a president of the United States make in modern times. We are the dominant superpower, and we're the greatest force for good in the history of this country, and I thank God every day that we are a dominant superpower.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tariq Ramadan's Underwhelming U.S. Tour
By IPT News @ 3:25 PM :: 6990 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

They waited six years for a chance to hear him in person on American soil. Now that they have, many are walking away frustrated from their encounters with Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
NASA partners with Hawaii on Space Exploration
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 7008 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

"For nearly 50 years, Hawai‘i has been at the forefront of pioneering programs in astronomy, planetary geosciences, broadband satellite communications, space-based environmental monitoring, and deep-space surveillance," said Lt. Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr., who represents Hawai‘i as a vice chairman of the national Aerospace States Association. "This new agreement builds upon a dynamic partnership with NASA that over the next three years will substantially increase Hawai‘i's competitive advantages and help to enhance our long-term economic prosperity."

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Obama is No Reagan on Nuclear Strategy
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:01 PM :: 6226 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

President Obama's policy goals are just like President Reagan's. So why is anyone criticizing the White House's nuclear strategy? Because how we get to a nuke-free world matters.

Reagan knew that to eliminate the need for large nuclear arsenals, you must first start to eliminate the dependence -- both ours and others' -- on massive nuclear attack as the guarantor of security. That is why Reagan's first priority was to build up U.S. conventional forces and introduce missile defense. That allowed his negotiators to approach arms control agreements from a position of strength.

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American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii

AMVETS-Hawaii

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

HIEC.Coop 

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube

HPACC

Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT