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SB: An epidemic of stupidity spreads across the nation (and Obama is the carrier)

An epidemic of stupidity is spreading across the nation. At the president's news conference recently, a reporter asked a stupid question about a stupid incident, and stupidly, the president answered.

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SB: 'Clunker' program temporarily halted  (Obama's bait-n-switch)

Talk about a clunker of a deal: The U.S. government's $1 billion "cash for clunkers" program came to a screeching halt in Hawaii yesterday afternoon over government and industry concerns it was running on empty.

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Kauai: "Sovereignty" activists join Osama-lovers and anti-Superferry activists against Statehood

Puanani Rogers, a well-known social justice activist and advocate for Hawaiian independence, will be a panelist at Hawai‘i: Statehood Unmasked, to be held Saturday in Lihu‘e, according to a press release from the Kaua‘i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice....

Two 30-minute documentary films will be shown: “Then There Were None,” about the relationship between colonization and the declining native population, and “Taking Waikiki,” about the transformation of the famed O‘ahu beach from agriculture and aquaculture to an international tourist destination. The latter film was produced by Kaua‘i residents Carol Bain and Ed Coll. (Anti-Superferry protester Coll recently invited Obama to send GTMO detainees to Kauai.  Does he think alQaeda might "take" Kauai?)

Rogers will be joined in the panel discussion by Kaua‘i residents (anti-Superferry protester, charged) Dayne Aipoalani and Ben Nihi and O‘ahu resident Ikaika Hussey. 

(Hussey's website played host to the scribblings of the latest gang of Sovereignty mortgage scammers.  Hussey also participated in the physical attack on the Statehood Rally at Iolani in 2006.  See next story for more on Nani Rogers...)

RELATED: No Freedom to Celebrate Statehood

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Hokulia Redux? Judge rules for county, developer in Waipouli resort lawsuit (OHA gang will appeal until paid)

Judge Kathleen Watanabe said environmental assessments are not required for the resorts, and the Planning Commission did not err in issuing permits necessary for construction of resort developments on both sides of the existing Aston Kaua‘i Beach resort in Waipouli.
She also ruled that plaintiffs 1000 Friends of Kaua‘i and the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (representing Nani Rogers of Kealia) did not sufficiently show the adverse cultural impacts that could be caused by building the resorts.
The plaintiffs are con$idering an appeal, their attorney$ $aid.

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Sacramento Indians hope bill will restore sovereignty -- in Hawaii

This is an interesting story about the Hawaiians who founded Sacramento in 1839 and are now members of an Indian tribe.  But the the story's sales pitch in encapsulated in these lines:

The tribe is keenly aware of the power of sovereignty, which has given them access to land, federal health and education money, and the right to make their own laws and establish casinos.

"Sovereignty is very important – we had to fight for ours," added Hannah Adams' father, tribal historian Rick Adams. "Two years ago, this was the Shingle Springs Band of homeless Indians."

This is exactly the opposite of the effect that 'sovereignty" would have on Native Hawaiians.  The Akaka Tribe would serve as a means for corrupt political operators to shield themselves from State and Federal prosecutors while they strip Hawaiians of their patrimony and causing, not curing, homelessness.

RELATED: Miwok tribal chairman proud of role in adding a casino 

(and a wrongheaded) Statement from "Aloha for All"

Questions have been raised, however, about what the possible impact might be on the depressed Hawaiian economy if significant numbers of these mainland Hawaiians decided to return to Hawaii, or to apply from the mainland, for benefits available from the new Hawaiian government.

In recent months there have been numerous reports of the difficulties that local social service providers are already having in providing services to the needy under current public budget cuts.

A statement like that begs one question: Is "Aloha for All" trying to lose?

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Slom: Standing Up for America; Standing Up for the Wienermobile

Here we go again.

First there were the attacks on the Hawaii Superferry, now they’ve turned on the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

When will the anti-business, anti-alternative transportation Hawaii madness cease?

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Hoku loses $905,000 in quarter (ACT 215/221)

Hoku Scientific Inc., which has slowed production at the polysilicon plant it is building in Pocatello, Idaho, said it is still considering several options to raise the additional $106 million to $121 million needed to complete the $390 million facility.

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Hello, Hainan Air!

Visitor industry executives say tourism from China to Hawaii could lift off if Hainan Airlines gets government approval to begin offering direct service this fall.

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SB: Repealing law would attract ships

American cruise lines made fewer trips last year for the first time in a decade, and Hawaii is left with only one interisland cruise ship. The slide follows a period of wrong-headed attempts in Hawaii to increase protection against foreign-flagged vessels. When the economy recovers, more appropriate changes are needed to attract cruise lines to the islands, beginning with repeal of the existing protectionist law.

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Young Brothers rate hike to impact businesses, residents

LIHU‘E — The one and only large-scale interisland shipping company, Young Brothers, announced Tuesday it would be upping the cost to send supplies throughout the 50th state, starting Saturday.
Businesses and residents, already struggling to make ends meet in a difficult economy, will be affected by the rate increase, multiple island entrepreneurs who use the twice-weekly service said Thursday.

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UH's consensus builder steps down (As Hurricane Marcy bears down on campus)

Much of McClain's first two years in office were spent repairing damaged relationships between the UH administration, the regents, the public and the Legislature frayed by Dobelle's tenure and his abrupt departure.

Contract negotiations between UH and its public worker unions and the details of the budget cuts are still unfinished as McClain leaves office.

But he said he keeps in regular touch with incoming UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, and he is confident Vice President for Academic Planning Linda Johnsrud and Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton will be able to finish the contract.

(Another swipe at Greenwood?-- He is in touch with Greenwood and he is confident in Johnsrud and Morton.)

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Gramsci at work: McMackin language stirs uproar

In the hours after the Hawaii football coach used a gay slur ("faggot dance") during a press conference at the Western Athletic Conference Football Preview, news of his remarks and subsequent apologies spread swiftly across the country and drew strong reactions back home.... as Gramscian operators from one end of the nation to the other rejoice at yet another opportunity to smash the dominant paradigm.  (And if you don't know what that means, you better find out)


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