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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Cook Political Report: Hawaii Congressional Race changed from “lean Dem” to “toss up”
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 4850 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...there is genuine concern among Democrats that while Djou is up on air with appealing intro ads that don’t mention his party affiliation, neither state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa nor former Rep. Ed Case are running great campaigns. Case may enjoy an early lead, but he also has the least money. Furthermore, Democratic Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka will do all they can to ensure Hanabusa overtakes Case, their longstanding rival.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Cadillac Tax is back: Obamacare to tax union workers’ health plans, gut $350M from Hawaii State budget
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 4113 Views :: Health Care, Labor

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is headed into a meeting with President Obama this afternoon after the White House and Congressional leaders have begun to discuss a higher-than-expected excise tax on some health care plans, in order to maintain their claim that health care legislation will reduce the deficit, a source involved in health care talks said.  (Those are UNION-negotiated health plans.)

Any unexpected change to the health care plan could endanger support for the bill from labor, which agreed to back it after reductions to the planned excise tax.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Overtaxed Hawaii: Protest against GE Tax hike March 23
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 4857 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Tuesday, March 23rd at the State Capitol -- from 10:00am till 12 noon -- Mauka side of Beretania St across from State Capitol.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Obamacare: More taxes, higher premiums, and more welfare (ILWU's Health Plan to be taxed?)
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:00 PM :: 2715 Views :: National News, Ethics

Another day, another no-show for the Obamacare reconciliation bill. House Democrats were quick to shift blame to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) with Rep. Robert Andrews telling The Hill that the delay "has been much more technical than substantive. ... It’s not like what tax has to go or what spending has to go." Which is an interesting claim, since Politico reported that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was summoned to the White House yesterday afternoon "to discuss a higher-than-expected excise tax on some health care plans." In fact, Politico added: "A labor source said Trumka's meeting would focus on the entire bill, not just the excise tax question." Sounds like more than just technical details are still in flux.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
CBN News: Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona's Bold Faith for Hawaii (Video)
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 AM :: 3643 Views :: Energy, Environment

"I don't impose my faith and my beliefs on anybody using my authority as lieutenant governor or as a judge, when I was a judge. But that doesn't mean I can't stop believing and practicing my faith," Aiona told CBN News.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Only 36% think Obamacare is a”good idea”
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:17 AM :: 2242 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Senate health bill is so unpopular, even among House Democrats, that the leftist House leadership is desperately trying to trick the American people into believing that the House can pass the Senate bill without voting on it. Hence the Slaughter Rule which would deem the Senate bill passed at the same time the House would approve a new reconciliation bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was crystal clear on her motives this week telling a group of leftist bloggers: "It's more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know. But I like it because people don't have to vote on the Senate bill."

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Maui TEA Party protest against Obamacare Thursday
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 4732 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, National News, Ethics

Protest Rally

  • Thursday March 18th
  • 4pm-6pm
  • Front Sidewalk of Queen Ka'ahumanu Mall
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
VIDEO: Obama says “Louisiana Purchase” will help with “Earthquake in Hawaii”
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 PM :: 3948 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Puzzling Statement: Obama Says ‘Louisiana Purchase’ Will Help With the Earthquake in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Hawaii DoE: Cost of waste, fraud, and corruption between $191M and $431M per year
By Andrew Walden @ 7:18 PM :: 9340 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

Hawai`i Free Press and others have, over the past few months, identified millions of dollars of waste, fraud, and corruption in the DoE budget.  Add it all up....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Birtherism: Hawaii Legislature set to "fuel the fire"
By Selected News Articles @ 2:14 PM :: 4778 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Do we really want to be known internationally as the Legislature that blocked any inquiries into where President Obama was born?" asked Rep. Cynthia Thielen, R-Kaneohe-Kailua. "When people want to get more information, the way to fuel that fire is to say, 'We're now going to draw down a veil of secrecy.'"  (Which is precisely why Hawaii Democrats are doing this—to fuel the fire.)

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Hawaii GOP: Nation’s 3rd worst education system is “fruit of Hanabusa’s relationship with HSTA”
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 1:12 PM :: 4476 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"With this endorsement, Hanabusa, like other public union soldiers in the legislature, remains beholden to a lobbying group that protects its own interests, even at the expense of Hawai'i’s children.”

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
VIDEO: Djou files for election, releases first commercial
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 5443 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Office of Elections has set May 22nd as the date of the special election and has determined that the election will be an all mail-in special election.  Ballots will be mailed to every registered voter in the district on Friday, April 30.  The deadline to register to vote is April 22.  If you are not registered, click here to download the form.  Please remember to look for your ballot in the mail and return it to the Office of Elections as soon as possible...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Senate Committees vote to hike GE Tax 22% to 25%
By Selected News Articles @ 12:25 AM :: 3840 Views :: Energy, Environment


This will increase GE Taxes on Oahu from 4.5% to 5.5% – a 22% increase.  On outer islands the bill will hike taxes from 4% to 5% -- a 25% increase.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Hawaii GOP calls on Hirono to vote “no” on Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 3024 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Despite the failed attempts last fall to pass a health care overhaul bill through Congress, a bill that time after time Americans have fought against, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to shove the U.S. Senate bill through the House this week.

Charles Djou, Republican candidate for Congress, has already vowed not to vote for this bill or any health care overhaul that places further burden on American taxpayers.  But, if Speaker Pelosi has her way, this vote will take place BEFORE Hawaii's special election ballots are due on May 22, 2010.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Military voting law could affect Hawaii primary date
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 3190 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU — Uncertainty is rising within Hawaii political circles over whether the state’s primary election in September will be moved to an earlier date and, if so, the impact that will have on candidates.

Some candidates for statewide offices are devising two sets of schedules and strategies — one based on the current Sept. 18 primary date, and the other for a primary in early August.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Heritage: Is Now Really the Time To Create a New $2.5 Trillion Entitlement?
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:37 PM :: 2257 Views :: National News, Ethics

In theory, the federal government has $2.5 trillion stashed away in a nondescript office building in the sleepy little town of Parkersburg, West Virginia. That is where the Treasury Department keeps stacks of nonnegotiable Treasury bonds payable to the Social Security Administration. But as the Associated Press reported yesterday, for the first time since the 1980s, the federal government will not be adding to that stack.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Taxed Enough Already: No new taxes rally in Kona April 15
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 5027 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

The April 15th Tax Day Tea Party is now planned to take place

Thursday – 4/15 – from 12 Noon until 5 or 6 PM

The location : fronting the Mormon Temple on Queen K

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
VIDEO: Hawaii Senate Committee considering retroactive 55% Death Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 2:15 AM :: 4370 Views :: Energy, Environment


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Monday, March 15, 2010
Combating Islamist Lawfare
By IPT News @ 1:46 PM :: 6814 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Federal courts are slowly becoming a new battlefield in the war on terror, with combatants setting aside traditional weapons and arming themselves instead with domestic and international laws. Responding to this phenomenon, the inaugural meeting of The Lawfare Project convened last week in New York to discuss The Use of the Law as a Weapon of War.

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Monday, March 15, 2010
Thielen: Reelection campaign to focus on clean energy, education, and taxes
By News Release @ 1:18 PM :: 3598 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Rep. Cynthia Thielen filed today for the Hawaii House of Representatives (50th District).

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Monday, March 15, 2010
Vermont Schools to Celebrate Islamic Feast Sept 10
By Andrew Walden @ 11:27 AM :: 3443 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Burlington, Vermont School District does not give students a day off to commemorate the September 11 attacks, but on Friday, September 10, 2010 Burlington schools will close early for the weekend to celebrate an Islamic Feast.

Chaired by once-disbarred lawyer and admitted embezzler Fredrick Lane, the Burlington School Board on March 9 voted 8-1 to add Eid al-Fitr and Yom Kippur to the school calendar starting this Fall.  School officials claim it is all about maximizing attendance....

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Sunday, March 14, 2010
Campaign poster touts: “The Incrdible [sic] Story of Neil Abercrombie”
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 4310 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Is that nutty poli-sci graduate assistant really running for the U.S. Senate?  The question was asked across the U.H. Campus back in 1970. As this pot-fueled manifesto is testament to, the answer was yes.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Robotics: Waialua Poi Pounder wins again!
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 3143 Views :: Maui County, Energy

HONOLULU – For the second time in two weeks, the Waialua High School Robotics team has won a national regional robotics competition.  The Waialua team, also known as The Hawaiian Kids, led a three-team alliance with teams from California and Arizona to win the 2010 Arizona Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics) Competition held this weekend at the Arizona Veterans Coliseum in Phoenix.  Waialua was among three Hawai‘i student robotics teams out of a field of 56 that featured teams from the U.S. and Mexico.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Lingle: Legislature has done “marijuana stores, gambling, and foie gras” -- needs to focus on jobs
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 6:08 PM :: 3393 Views :: Energy, Environment

Today, we’re just about at the half-way point of the legislative session and we’ve done marijuana stores, gambling, foie gras and now is a great time to get re-focused on what this legislative session has to be about and that’s getting our economy back on track and creating new jobs all across the state.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Am Spectator: Djou Hopes for Hawaiian Surprise
By Selected News Articles @ 10:38 AM :: 4979 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

If a Republican can win in the district representing Obama's birthplace, "then no Democratic seat in the U.S. Congress is safe," Djou said in an interview on Tuesday at a gathering of reporters in downtown Washington, trying to emphasize the significance of his race.

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Friday, March 12, 2010
Furloughs: Governor cannot release funds the Legislature has not appropriated
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 2454 Views :: Energy, Environment

“The statement by Save Our Schools that 'All that is required now is for the governor to approve (an emergency appropriation),' is not true.

“While the Legislature may be exploring various funding mechanisms to address the furlough situation, at this point, no funds have been appropriated by the Legislature, therefore the Governor cannot approve or release any funds. 

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Friday, March 12, 2010
Ed Case in Congress: Influence less than zero
By Andrew Walden @ 2:58 PM :: 5828 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The non-partisan research group,, measures 15 criteria to rank "demonstrated power and the ability to be effective in Congress.”  By the end of his time in Congress, Case’s ranking for legislative activity was zero.  Case’s “influence” was –2, two notches below zero. 

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Friday, March 12, 2010
Atomic Monkey: Nancie Bites the Hand that Feeds Neil
By Selected News Articles @ 12:46 PM :: 2400 Views :: Energy, Environment

Neil Abercrombie has gotten a lot of financial backing from the defense industry, especially since his rise to Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces. This has required him to modify the radical anti-war positions he espoused during his happy, hippie days on the U.H. campus. However, his wife, Nancie Caraway has undergone no such metamorphosis....

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Friday, March 12, 2010
Obamacare vote count: 189 of 216 needed for House passage
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:48 AM :: 4789 Views :: National News, Ethics

Once Abercrombie quit, the whole House of cards fell down….

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Lingle sees “promising signs” in Council on Revenues report
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:59 PM :: 2590 Views :: Energy, Environment

“While there is reason to be optimistic, we also need to be realistic and accept the fact that actual revenues are still significantly lower than earlier projected, and it will take several years before general fund revenues return to pre-recession levels.

“For this reason, the focus of our entire state must be on job creation.  The fact is, we cannot successfully revive our economy unless our residents get back to work.  My Administration is working with the Legislature to pass laws that will help businesses create new jobs, while also ensuring that any legislation that would hinder job creation does not pass.”

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Hawaii congressional candidate Djou warns against ‘the nutcase in Pyongyang’
By Selected News Articles @ 10:27 PM :: 5824 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family


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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Unemployment Tax: Lingle signs $77M in tax relief, urges $497M more
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 5:51 PM :: 2185 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today signed a new law that will lower unemployment insurance (UI) taxes paid by all employers. Act 2 (HB2169 HD2) will save businesses an estimated $77 million in unemployment insurance tax payments over the next four years.

“While this law helps businesses get some tax relief as they struggle to keep their doors open and retain their employees, it falls far short of what is needed to grow our economy,” Governor Lingle said. “I urge the Legislature to take up this matter next year and pass a bill similar to the one I proposed that would have saved employers $497 million and kept close to a half billion dollars in our local economy.”

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Heritage: $50B Wall Street slush fund would make TARP permanent
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:54 AM :: 2245 Views :: National News, Ethics

Federal bureaucrats, possibly the FDIC, will be given new "resolution authority" powers backed by a permanent $50 billion slush "resolution fund." If this new power is given to the FDIC, it would be the first time the FDIC's authority was extended beyond the banks that it directly insures. But more importantly, these provisions would establish a permanent TARP - the radioactively unpopular $700 billion Wall Street bail out slush fund.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Lingle: Rail survey by vested interests “misleading”
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 11:33 PM :: 3950 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“The vested interest shared by the People’s Pulse Survey co-sponsors Hawai‘i Business Roundtable and Pacific Resources Partnership resulted in a poorly worded and misleading survey question.

“Also, the question failed to identify the Governor’s legal obligation to review and approve the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

“Under the law, the Governor must review the final EIS....

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
School Vouchers: The Up or Down Vote Our Country Really Deserves
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:40 PM :: 2291 Views :: National News, Ethics

While Democrats are trying to create the legislative text for President Obama's "new" health care proposal, Senate Democrats are also pushing to include student lending provisions in the reconciliation bill. What does student lending have to do with health care you might ask? Nothing. But the Senate routinely attaches seemingly unrelated matters to must-pass legislation.

That is what makes Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) refusal to honor Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) request to offer an amendment funding the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) to the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act so transparently hypocritical.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Atomic Monkey on Abercrombie's back
By Andrew Walden @ 6:38 PM :: 3980 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
"We don't allow dogs to breed" Eugenics Sterilization Squad arrives in Hawaii: Star-Bulletin says “not racist”
By Andrew Walden @ 3:45 PM :: 8379 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii can’t figure out how to kick drug addicted homeless people out of the parks and sidewalks in order to force them into shelters where they can get help, but apparently induced sterilization is now an option.  Today’s SB Editorial, “Voluntary (sic) sterilization can serve good purpose”, reveals that an eugenics group has been quietly working in Honolulu.... 

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Overtaxed Hawaii? Rally at Capitol April 15
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 4786 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

State House and State Senate members from across the islands are meeting at the State Capitol right now. The majority of these 76 elected officials are seriously considering increasing our already high cost of living in Hawaii by approving massive tax increases which will make everything you need to buy even more expensive.

Why? Because they refuse to tighten their belts like the rest of us.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Abercrombie: If Hannemann resigns, “rail project will be put at risk”
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 5665 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The timetable for rail to continues to move into the future and there is much uncertainty that now appears unlikely to be resolved before Mayor Hannemann has to resign if he wants to run for Governor. If Mayor Hannemann resigns as Mayor to run for Governor while the future of rail hangs in the balance, the rail project will be put at risk. 

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Obamacare: Dead Legislation Walking
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:07 PM :: 2248 Views :: National News, Ethics

As we pointed out last week, there is one not-so-minor difference between the Senate bill and the President's new proposal: the Senate bill actually exists. Now, Democrats may be telling their conservative counterparts that they will have reconciliation legislative text in front of the Budget Committee by tomorrow, but don't hold your breath.

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Monday, March 08, 2010
Sessions: Obama 9th Circuit Nominee “believes the Constitution is something judges can manipulate”
By Selected News Articles @ 9:09 PM :: 3591 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Ed Whelan, a one-time clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and now president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, echoed those concerns.

“Liu believes that judges have the authority to impose their views … using clever verbal camouflage to disguise what they’re doing.”

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Monday, March 08, 2010
Finnegan: Eliminate four agencies for $87M in savings
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 4784 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA): This is the agency responsible for the Certificate of Need program, and in years past, we have advocated for its demise, the program and the agency. 14 states have repealed this outdated program, and more are debating its demise. Because of our health care market, I would believe that private entities would apply just as much scrutiny, if not more, when it comes to the purchase of new medical technologies and equipment.

Eliminating SHPDA would save the state approximately $670,741 in FY 2011, and every year beyond.

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Monday, March 08, 2010
Answer to bag bans, tax hikes: Big Island group launches Charter amendment petition
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 4489 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Government in different levels of various communities have put restrictions on what type of toilets we can buy, which showerheads, light bulbs, windows, laundry detergents, plastic bags, vending machines with sodas or candy, meals prepared using trans-fats, what kind and amount of toilet paper, smoking inside your own home or car, punitive taxes on designated foods such as hamburgers and  French fries and sodas, the display of the American flag…the list is endless and getting worse.

This is happening at every level of government, including our local level.

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Monday, March 08, 2010
Iraqi Democracy: A First Step Toward Freedom in the Middle East
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:45 PM :: 3173 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Despite as many as 100 explosions which killed at least 38 people in Baghdad, Iraqis defied a desperate insurgency yesterday and turned out in strong numbers to choose a new Parliament. According to The New York Times, "turnout was higher than expected, and certainly higher than in the last parliamentary election in 2005. ... Sunnis who largely boycotted previous elections voted in force, and an intense competition for Shiite votes drove up participation in Baghdad and the south." The NYT went on to describe the election as "arguably the most open, most competitive election in the nation’s long history of colonial rule, dictatorship and war."

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Monday, March 08, 2010
“Poi Pounder” smashes competition: Waialua HS wins big in San Diego Robotics meet
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 3642 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News

HONOLULU – The Waialua High School Robotics team won the 2010 San Diego Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics) Competition held this weekend at the San Diego Sports Arena. 

The Waialua team, also known as The Hawaiian Kids, was part of a three-team alliance that took the top prize at the regional event that featured a total of 49 student robotics teams from around the country.  By winning the regional, Waialua has secured a spot for the seventh time in the 2010 FIRST International Championships that will be held in Atlanta, Georgia in April.

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Sunday, March 07, 2010
Was the Pentagon Shooter an Obama-approved Pothead?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:32 PM :: 2164 Views :: National News, Ethics

Bedell was not only a heavy marijuana user and had been busted for possession and growing the drug, but dedicated much of his life to glorifying the substance.

He had declared cannabis "to be one of the most useful plants known to humanity" and said that he looked forward to the day when "billions and billions of carefully cultivated, highly valuable cannabis plants [are] growing throughout the United States with complete security of property." He said he envisioned "the use of cannabis as a monetary system."

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Sunday, March 07, 2010
American al Qaeda captured in Pakistan: Not Gadahn
By Selected News Articles @ 2:01 PM :: 3606 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

CBS News: U.S.-Born al Qaeda Arrest News Incorrect--Confusion Over Militant's Identity Sparked Reports of Gadahn Arrest; Some Media Say It is Another U.S.-Born Terrorist 

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Sunday, March 07, 2010
In Congress, Hawaii now represented by Lorraine C. Miller
By Andrew Walden @ 1:32 AM :: 6323 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

 Lorraine C. Miller

According to the Associated Press: “Shimizu testified in writing that Hawaii will be represented in the U.S. House by Rep. Mazie Hirono in the 2nd District while Abercrombie's seat is vacant.”

This is not accurate.  Hawaii’s First Congressional District is being represented by Fort Worth, Texas native Lorraine C Miller.

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Friday, March 05, 2010
Ousted Zoning Chair Rod Tam is secret partner in $1 Billion North Shore development hui
By Andrew Walden @ 4:21 PM :: 9843 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Headed by Maryland investor James Hawkins, Ko`olau Loa seeks $500 million in investment and projects $623 million in profits.  The development is planned for the Kahuku area of Oahu's North Shore.

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Friday, March 05, 2010
36,000 more unemployed: So, How's That Pivot to Jobs Going?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:28 AM :: 2354 Views :: National News, Ethics

If out economy is losing fewer jobs this time, then why is our unemployment rate so much higher under President Obama's stewardship of the economy? The answer: job creation. Or actually the lack thereof. Back to the BLS data: through the first six quarters of the 2001 recession 47.6 million jobs were created, while only 40.3 million jobs have been created through the second quarter of 2009. That's a 7.9 million jobs gap.

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