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Van Dyke on Amendments: Akaka Bill would be 'win-win'

The Star-Bulletin's editorial on Aug. 9 suggested redrafting the Akaka Bill to protect it against court challenges. This bill has been redrafted many times and its current version is designed to provide flexibility to the Hawaiians, to allow the Hawaiian people to decide how they want to govern themselves and to define their own membership. Although court challenges may be filed, the bill will certainly be found to be constitutional, because it is fully consistent with U.S. and international law.

(Van Dyke nonsense theories about the ownership of ceded lands were rejected 9-0 by the US Supreme court.  Only a fool would take his word on matters of constitutional law.  If the Akaka Tribe defines its own membership, the OHA gang will arrange rules of membership so they are in control.)

RELATED: Supreme Court ruling shields Hawaiian Homelands and ceded lands revenue , Akaka Bill hearings: OHA, lawyers balk at giving up nepotism, greenmail

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Watchdog Democrat Attack Dog Questions Djou Campaign Photos, KITV eagerly repeats smear

(The Democrat media has finally found a reason to cover Charles Djou's campaign for Congress.)

Local government watchdog Democrat operative and anti-DU, anti-Superferry propagandist Carroll Cox has raised questions about Honolulu City Council member Charles Djou using photos of himself in uniform on his campaign Web site. (Cox spends a lot of time pumping up Depleted Uranium conspiracy theories and anti-Superferry activists) 

Charles Djou has served in the Statehouse. He's a council member and he's in the U.S. Army Reserve. Now he's running for Congress.  (And we couldn't figure out how to attack or undermine him until Cox came up with this.)

"I contacted the U.S. Army Inspector General's Office and spoke to a Lt. Col. Edwards, and she informed me this was not allowed, not permitted to post pictures and suggest the military supports your candidacy or anything," Cox said. (Oh, good. A second-hand source.)

Djou said he cleared everything with the Department of Defense before posting the photos.

"I made doubly, triply sure that what we're doing is OK," Djou said. "Not only I'm in the Army Reserve, but actually I'm a Jag officer in the Army Reserve, so it would be doubly embarrassing if I didn't follow Army Jag regulations."

John McCain publishes photos of his time in the military on his Senate campaign Web site.

John Kerry's campaign showed photos of him in uniform when he ran for president and for the Senate. But Cox said those are part of the historical record, what the candidates did in the past.  (And Cox' opinion is important because....?)

But Djou countered, "When you put your military photograph in uniform in the context of your overall life, so there's other photos of it, that is OK. And the Department of Defense has repeatedly ruled that's OK."

(Cox will continue they hype on his Public Access show: )

Carroll Cox debunked:

Department of Defense Directive:

Para., specifically states members not on active duty who are nominees or candidates for office MAY, "Include or permit the inclusion of their current or former specific military duty, title, or position, or photographs in military uniform, when displayed with other non-military biographical details."

This is the exact same regulation (DoD Dir. 1344.10) cited by Carroll Cox in his blog and in the KITV story.  Cox chose to read the first paragraph, and chose not to read the second paragraph that explicitly allows the exact sort of photos that Djou has on his webpage.  Cox should stick to peddling anti-Superferry Depleted Uranium conspiracy theories.

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Chief Justice William S. Richardson Talks About Statehood Memories

Yes, that was perhaps the biggest thing. First the selection of our own governor. The old way was to have the secretary of the interior select a governor for us, and he wasn't necessarily one that knew too much about Hawaii," Richardson said.

"What do you think the community was thinking about statehood?" Kalili said.

"Oh, I think the community was a little divided. Of course, those in control of the government of the State-of the Territory-at that time, they were not that enthusiastically taking it. But of course, for us, it was a chance to select our own governor, get our two senators, get our representative in Washington," Richardson said.

(Complete confirmation by Richardson of this analysis:  Hawaii Statehood: Tiny 1959 opposition was anti-Japanese, not anti-American)

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Last of the Territory: Konawaena High grads reunite a half century later

"Konawaena back in the 1950s, oh, it was so innocent," said Loretta Berdon, noting that fights rarely occurred on the school's grounds. "Everyone dressed with pride. No one wore shorts. Everyone wore shoes, not slippers, and were dressed in the style, with crinoline skirts and the like."

"You can't explain the feeling because graduating when Hawaii was still a territory makes it seem like we are prehistoric," said Berdon. "For each of us, being the last high school to graduate under the Territory of Hawaii there is so much pride."

(No sovereignty activists here.)

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Inouye parries Obama on jets

In the first major clash between the two Hawaii-born Democrats since Obama entered the White House, Inouye is pursuing hundreds of millions of dollars to develop an alternative jet engine for a new aircraft dubbed the Joint Strike Fighter. The Pentagon and Obama insist the second engine is unnecessary.

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Leftists continue to drag down quality of UH Manoa academics (UHM earns a "C" in national report)

A new report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni gives the University of Hawaii at Manoa a C grade for its general education requirements.

But the same report gives F grades to some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including Brown, Berkeley, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern and Yale.

(Hint: All these schools Liberal Arts departments are infested with Gramscian operatives.)

A's went out only to the University of Arkansas, the City University of New York at Brooklyn, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M. The fifth A went to West Point.  (Far fewer Gramscian operatives on faculty.) 

See the UH report here:  American Council of Trustees and Alumni

What we found is alarming. Even as our students need broad-based skills and knowledge to succeed in the global marketplace, our colleges are failing to deliver. Topics like U.S. government or history, literature, mathematics, and economics have become mere options on far too many campuses. Not surprisingly, students are graduating with great gaps in their knowledge—and employers are noticing. If not remedied, this will have significant consequences for U.S. competiveness and innovation.

ADVERTISER: UH classes filled to brim

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