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Monday, September 13, 2010
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Star-Advertiser & Abercrombie sing duet on Religion: Only we the elite may draw lines between right and wrong

Inouye part of triumvirate responsible for 15.7% of US transportation pork

“Islam Day”, HB444 promoters fund lying “Abercrombie is an Episcopalian” radio ad

This is the text of the radio ad:

“Recently some political ads have suggested that only certain candidates are considered righteous enough to warrant the Christian vote. The truth is, God is not owned by any party or by any candidate. Any of the three in the race for Governor: the Roman Catholic Duke Aiona, the Episcopalian Neil Abercrombie, or the Mormon Mufi Hannemann would make a reasonable choice.”

(Neil Abercrombie has not claimed to be an Episcopalian.  He has, through his campaign, claimed to have been “confirmed as an Episcopalian”.  This means that he WAS confirmed as an Episcopalian 52 years ago before he left Buffalo, came to Hawaii and converted to his current religion which is “Declinetostateian”.  On the bright side, the Manoa liberals have gone on record saying that Duke Aiona would be an reasonable choice.) 

Retired Chaplain Rev. John Heidel is associated with group calling itself Concerned Oahu Pastors (in hopes of disguising the fact that they are the same gaggle of “interfaith” activists behind Islam Day and HB444.)

(Of course, what they are doing is using THEIR religion to intervene in politics on the side of Neil Abercrombie.)

Acts 10:34, “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”

(In the KITV piece they quote only the four underlined words.  Would a politician who reads the entire verse fail the leftists' test?  It seems to imply that those who do not fear God are not acceptable.  This could be a problem for the athiests who think they are gods.  How can they fear themselves?)

Amusing detail comes from Heidel’s bio: “served five years as the Minister of Youth at Central Union Church (across the street from Obama’s apartment) and 32 years as Chaplain of (Obama’s) Punahou School.”  

Advertiser co-owner Dan H Case sent his son Steve Case there.  Pierre Omidyar went there too.  Of course this does not affect the coverage of the SA or the CB.


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Civil Beat Poll: Voters Don't Want Lawmakers to Bring Back Civil Unions Bill

Civil Beat asked likely primary voters whether after Gov. Linda Lingle's veto of a civil unions in July, they wanted to go over the same ground again in January.

The answer was 45 percent opposed, 39 percent in favor, with 16 percent unsure, according to the automated telephone poll of 1,226 likely primary voters.

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ILind: Kirk Caldwell’s “hidden home” gets huge tax break

You have to read down to paragraph #30 (by my quick count) to learn:

Among those benefiting from the program is acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who saw his property tax tab drop from nearly $5,500 in 2005 to $100 in 2006, several years before he started working for the city.

That’s seriously burying the lede!

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Hannemann advertisement implies key endorsements

Yesterday’s campaign ad creates the impression of an endorsement by including comments by each of the senators drawn from remarks made previously at nonprofit fundraising dinners at which the then-mayor was honored.

An appearance at this kind of community event is an expression of support for the sponsoring organizations, and use of the comments out of context is misleading at best.

The advertisement also places Inouye and Akaka in the politically awkward position of appearing to have failed to honor their commitments to remain neutral.

Abercrombie, in a press release, called the ad “yet another political game meant to confuse voters.”

The Hannemann campaign told the Star-Advertiser the senators’ statements “speak for themselves.”

Political Radar: Implied

SA: Abercrombie criticizes Hannemann newspaper ad

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SA: Don't lose your right to vote

More hypocrisy from the editors who came out against church-based voter registration campaigns.


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Democrats: Rules made for ignoring II 

Shapiro: Okino, a Honolulu councilman, is running in the Democratic primary against Rep. Blake Oshiro, the author of HB 444, and Democrats have every right to be up in arms that he’s endorsed a long list of Republicans who share his opposition to gay unions.

But the Democrats also have a pesky little problem: Two years ago, Inouye committed essentially the same infraction when he went against the party’s fight to gain a filibuster-proof Senate majority by campaigning for the late Republican Sen. Ted Stevens in Alaska.

RELATED: UPDATE: Schatz, Hirono, Hannemann, others ineligible for Democratic Party support

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Pay-to-Play: Hawaii faces constitutional challenge


Because Hawaii’s pay-to-play law does not limit itself, as many such state laws do, to prohibition against contribution politicians with authority to determine who receives government contracts, Jim Bopp argues that the law unreasonably impairs speech in pursuit of regulation:

Whatever the merits of banning government contractors’ contributions to candidates or officeholders who decide whether the contractors receive contracts or oversee the contracts, government has no compelling or sufficiently important interest in banning such contributions when the candidates or office holders do not decide whether the contractors receive contracts and do not oversee contracts. Id. at 48 (citations omitted).

(The legislature purposefully defected this law in order to have it overturned in court--leaving no political fingerprints.)

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Duke Aiona Hosts ‘Ohana Event and 9/11 Remembrance

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today gathered families and friends at the Bishop Museum for family-friendly entertainment and a ceremony in remembrance of 9/11.  Hawaii MMA fighters Mark Oshiro (Bulls Pen), Ronald Jhun (808 Top Team), Tasi Edwards (Edwards MMA) as well as former UH Dance Team member Ashley Kirk and their team mates were on hand to lend their support. More than 200 people turned out for the ‘ohana event.

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Honolulu Prosecutor candidate appeals to fight fans

Keith Kaneshiro, a lawyer running for another term as prosecuting attorney in Honolulu, is making a very unsubtle gesture toward the island's MMA contingent….

Political Radar: The Other Special Election

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VIDEO: Tea Party remembers 9/11 in Hilo

Hawaii’s Tea Party partakers, filled with a sense of patriotism despite their demonstrative stance against government spending, waved flags along Kamehameha Highway in Hilo on Saturday

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Rod Tam Responds To Criminal Investigations

KITV interview.

RELATED:  Ousted Zoning Chair Rod Tam is secret partner in $1 Billion North Shore development hui

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Stephens Media is Suing Bloggers

Most people know that Stephens Media owns West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, and Big Island Weekly, basically a monopoly of the Big Island's print media. Stephens also own newspapers nationwide.
What Big Island bloggers need to know is that Stephens Media's Las Vegas Review-Journal has
partnered with Righthaven, a legal extortion operation, to file 81 (as of July 20) lawsuits against bloggers or website operators who have reposted part of all of LVRJ articles.


ILIND: Hawaii web site targeted by Stephens Media-Righthaven law suit

Aaron Stene (The Kona Blog) contacted Mark Hinueber, Vice President/General Counsel of Stephens Media, about the lawsuits.

Aaron quoted the reply:


The suits you have read about typically involve stories that have been “cut and pasted” whole, or nearly whole, from our papers. The appropriate procedure for using West Hawaii Today or Hawaii Tribune-Herald stories is to post the headline of the story and then the first paragraph with a link to the original story. “

If you want to read more, there’s a lot out there, like this assessment by a New York trademark lawyer, and this writeup by one of those being sued.

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Hannemann: Honolulu Civil Beat Poll Showing Him Behind in Gubernatorial Race is Faulty

Yesterday, an online blog, Civil Beat, released a poll in our race that might get some of you concerned.  Don’t be.

The fact is Civil Beat’s poll conflicts not only with our own polls conducted by the highly credible, Hawaii-based polling company, Q-Mark Research but also with the results of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now poll, released 12 days ago.  Both polls showed the race in a statistical dead heat.

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Partisans fight over “Progressive Democrats” label

just days after the 2010 Democratic Party of Hawaii State Convention, where it was clear that PDH and its members supported Abercrombie, a new group calling itself “Progressive Democrats for Hannemann” (also with initials PDH) suddenly appeared with its own facebook page.

The new group was the effort of Trisha Kehau Watson, a consultant who describes herself as a “policy advisor” to Hannemann’s campaign.

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Akaka Bill — Series of 3 Lectures Cover 3 Points of View

Every POV represented except this one:

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American Samoa voters may amend constitution

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - More than 100 potential amendments to American Samoa's constitution will be decided by voters in a single proposal: "Do you approve the 2010 amendments to the Revised Constitution of American Samoa?"

Under one proposal, lawmakers in the U.S. territory could prevent the enforcement of federal laws they deem would diminish American Samoa's economy or the safety and general welfare of its people.

(Not coincidentally, Samoa’s nonvoting US rep is a co-sponsor of the Akaka Bill.)

(Fortunately) Voter-approved amendments must be authorized by Congress.

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Local farms in labor bind: Agriculture relies on foreign workers, but the firms that supply them face scrutiny

Recent high-profile federal cases in Hawaii alleging abuse of immigrant farm workers are causing some worry for local farms that rely on foreign labor.

Federal data show Hawaii farms have become more reliant in recent years on the H-2A temporary agricultural program, which brings in workers from foreign countries when not enough U.S. workers are available. Last year, there were 268 requests here for H-2A workers, 231 of which were approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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War on coffee pest begins this week

HONOULU and KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii coffee growers are plotting a war on the coffee cherry borer, a pest that poses a serious threat to Hawaiian coffees.

The University of Hawaii's College of Tropical Agriculture and the state Department of Agriculture flew to Kona for meetings Monday in the heart of the Kona coffee district.

Following a morning meeting with the largest coffee growers and processors who handle almost nine tenths of coffee in the district, a larger meeting was planned in the afternoon at the Kona Historical Society next to Greenwell Farms.

VIDEO: Kona farmers, officials squirm over coffee beetle

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