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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Bill Gates' Report Card--Hawaii DoE worst at removing lousy teachers
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 14363 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii does a below-average job managing its schools in a way that encourages thoughtful innovation. Ninety-four percent of teachers report that routine duties and paperwork interfere with their teaching, and only 22% of teachers like the way their school is run....Ninety-six percent of principals say that teacher unions or associations are a barrier to the removal of ineffective teachers, 35 percentage points above the national average of 61%.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Reagan, Obama and the Berlin Wall
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:57 PM :: 7710 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Leftists in America do not want us to remember Reagan’s role in history. That is why President Barack Obama (the same man who found time to jet to Copenhagen at the drop of a rumor that his presence could win the Olympics for his hometown of Chicago) could not be bothered to attend the 20th anniversary of the wall’s fall last night. Instead, President Obama taped a video message that completely failed to mention Reagan or British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
NOAA: October was 3rd coolest on record (global cooling continues)
By News Release @ 12:18 PM :: 9919 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

PHOTOS Left: Sun at peak of warming, 1998.  Right: After 10 years of cooling, 2008.  NASA reports that the absence of sunspots continues today.

The average October, 2009 temperature of 50.8°F was 4.0°F below the 20th Century average and ranked as the 3rd coolest based on preliminary data.  If you are surprised by global cooling like this, it means you haven't been paying attention. 

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Monday, November 9, 2009
Obamacare opponents: "Narrowness of the House vote (shows) momentum is on our side"
By Matt Kibbe @ 6:17 PM :: 6640 Views :: National News, Ethics

If you are like me, you are deeply disappointed that we lost, by an inch, the vote to stop Nancy Pelosi's trillion dollar takeover of health care in America.  You might even be thinking that the fight is over.  Not true. As Winston Churchill said, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps the end of the beginning.”

And, in fact, the narrowness of the House vote tells me the momentum is on our side.

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Monday, November 9, 2009
Islamists celebrate Ft. Hood massacre
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 PM :: 11219 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Supporters of radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki--whose name has surfaced in connection with the investigation of Major Malik Nidal Hasan--are now championing Hasan's murder of thirteen U.S. military personnel last week at Ft. Hood in Texas.

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Monday, November 9, 2009
Who is the President Calling “Extremist?”
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:25 PM :: 4941 Views :: National News, Ethics

Following last Tuesday’s election, the last thing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wanted to do was allow Members of Congress to go home and talk to their constituents about the $2.6 trillion health care bill she was marshaling through Congress. The centerpiece of Pelosi’s trap and pressure campaign was a Saturday address by President Barack Obama in the Cannon Office Building, where Obama warned Democrats: “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit [Democratic voters] and it will encourage the extremists.”

The extremists. That is how the President of the Unites States describes Americans who do not want to see the federal government control over half of all health care spending

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Sunday, November 8, 2009
Obamacare passes House 220-215 after abortion funding removed
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 AM :: 8604 Views :: National News, Ethics

Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) noted that "Although an amendment passed to bar federal funding of abortion, Democrat leaders refused to guarantee that it will be in the final bill. The vote on the amendment may have been a ruse to gain pro-life Democrats vote for the bill."

"This bill will erode the best health care system in the world. In exchange for insurance, we'll lose access to proper health care. We'll lose health care providers who will leave the profession. CWA will fight to protect Americans from this government orchestrated destruction of America's health care system as it now goes to the Senate."

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Saturday, November 7, 2009
Heroes of Ft Hood -- and Obama's frightening insensitivity following shooting
By Andrew Walden @ 3:40 PM :: 14613 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Federal law enforcement officials say the suspected Fort Hood, Texas, shooter had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats.  The officials say the postings appeared to have been made by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was killed during the shooting incident that left least 11 others dead and 31 wounded.

One of the Web postings that authorities reviewed is a blog that equates suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009
On a workday, with one week notice--10,000 rally against Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:01 AM :: 5244 Views :: National News, Ethics

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Friday, November 6, 2009
10% Unemployment Shows Objective Failure of Obama Stimulus
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:11 PM :: 7629 Views :: National News, Ethics

Last week the Obama administration issued a report purporting to show that the President’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan had saved or created exactly 640,329 jobs. Such a precise number for such a fuzzy concept as jobs “saved or created” immediately raised doubts about the veracity of the report in any honest American’s mind.

And since that report was issued, a once compliant press has filed story after story tearing the credibility of the Obama administration’s job creation claims to shreds.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Fake "Psychic" Exposed by Penn & Teller, Rosemary Altea, coming to Hawaii -- VIDEO
By Selected News Articles @ 5:50 PM :: 28129 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, World News

After dropping $50 -$200, those in attendance may then be invited to shell out some serious bucks for the books, DVDs, and CDs which keep phony psychics fat and happy.  Oh and don't forget to contribute to the "Daffodil Project"--its a "non-profit" for the 580 acre "healing center" that Altea got from a dying cancer patient. 

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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Global warmers' nuclear fantasies
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:03 AM :: 4652 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis has found that cap and tax legislation would cost the average family-of-four almost $3,000 per year, cause 2.5 million net job losses by 2035, and a produce a cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) loss of $9.4 trillion between 2012 and 2035.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Back from Iraq: 25th ID Headquarters Returns Home
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 9147 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, World News

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The 25th Infantry Division (ID) Headquarters is scheduled to return to Schofield Barracks, Thursday morning. The homecoming marks the return of the last group of Soldiers from the 25th ID Headquarters, which assumed command of the Multi-National Division North (MDN-North) in December 2008.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
2009 Elections: The State of Conservatism is Strong
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:39 PM :: 6067 Views :: National News, Ethics

Last night, elections were held in several states across the nation, and by most independent observations, the results served as a warning to liberals. Whether it was Republican victories in Virginia, New Jersey or even in typical liberal bastions like Westchester County, New York, the post-analysis was framed on what does this mean on Capitol Hill, and more importantly, what does this mean for the conservative movement. However, last night did not represent a new day for conservatives. On Monday, the same could have been said: the state of conservatism is strong.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Report from Beijing: Lingle "maximizing opportunities for Chinese tourists to travel to Hawaii"
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 9422 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle has concluded a successful round of meetings in Beijing as part of the Administration’s ongoing strategic effort to strengthen the state’s long-term economy by promoting Hawai‘i as a visitor destination to China’s growing outbound tourism market, developing export opportunities for Hawai‘i products and services and forming partnerships in clean energy.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The Public Option Is Neither Public, Nor An Option
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:37 PM :: 4761 Views :: National News, Ethics

For the leftist base of the Congressional majority, the creation of a government-run health insurance company has been the defining issue of the health care debate. So, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has explained numerous times that: “The thinking on the public option has been that it gives consumers more choices and it helps keep the private sector honest because there’s some competition out there.” But is this true? Would the public have more choices if a government run health insurance company was created?

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
UPDATE Elections NY-NJ-VA-CA: Blue-State, Purple-State voters rejecting Obamanomics
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 5924 Views :: National News, Ethics

--REPUBLICAN TAKES VA: 982,095 McDonnell [R] 653,687 Deeds [D]
--NJ: 514,692 Christie [R] 460,120 Corzine [D] 58,825 Daggett [I]

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Monday, November 2, 2009
Humanitarian appeal fails: “They are virtually guaranteeing they will never get an earmark from Inouye’’
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 AM :: 8523 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Contending they were treated unfairly, Asmus and Coker have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. They are accusing Inouye’s staff of unevenly applying earmark procedures by dispersing federal dollars to an institute honoring the late Massachusetts senator without giving their outfit, Humanitarian Air Logistics, what they consider a fair hearing....

Walt Kaneakua, an Inouye aide who Asmus and Coker say accused them of insulting Inouye by questioning his decision-making process, did not respond to a request for comment....

Ellis thinks one thing is a pretty sure bet: “They are virtually guaranteeing they will never get an earmark from Inouye.’’

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Friday, October 30, 2009
Marines killed in Afghan helicopter crash had Kona connection
By News Release @ 7:33 PM :: 12004 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, National News, World News

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Kona Gathering of Eagles: Sadly we must report to you that four brave aviation Marines, whose Squadron we have been supporting with donations of Kona coffee since last June have been killed in action in Afghanistan.

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Friday, October 30, 2009
Trillion Dollar Pelosi Blueprint for Government Run Health Care
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:28 PM :: 7332 Views :: National News, Ethics

The new House health care bill (H.R. 3962) unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) yesterday clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words. As written, the bill purports to cost only $1.05 trillion over the first ten years and is paid for by over $700 billion in tax increases and cuts to Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug payments. But as troubling as those numbers are, the scariest thing about the bill is the solid foundation it lays for a complete government take over of the health care sector of our economy.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Postal Service deadlines for Afghanistan, Iraq Christmas packages
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 11928 Views :: Energy, National News, World News

First-class and priority mail for servicemembers stationed in Afghanistan should be sent by Dec. 4 for arrival by Christmas. The deadline for parcel airlift mail is Dec. 1, and space-available mail bound for Afghanistan should be sent by Nov. 21.  Officials recommend that parcel post mail to all military overseas locations should be sent by Nov. 13.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Governor to promote Hawaii tourism, business in China
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 8749 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle announced today she will travel to China to build on the State’s strategic efforts to strengthen Hawai‘i’s economic base by tapping China’s growing outbound tourism market as well as developing opportunities and partnerships in clean energy and international trade. 

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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Cap and Trade: A threat to national security
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:33 PM :: 7711 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In poll, after poll, after poll, the American people have clearly expressed their preference for prioritizing economic growth over global warming. This is a major problem for those on the left who want to reorganize our entire economy under the guise of cap and trade climate change legislation. Tacitly admitting they have lost this argument, the left has shifted gears and is trying a new tack: global warming is a threat to national security.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
No Matter What You Call It, It’s Still Just Government-Run Health Care
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:43 PM :: 5525 Views :: National News, Ethics

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the health care legislation he is drafting will include a government-run health insurance plan, or as many on the left like to call it “the public option.” The new wrinkle that Reid has thrown into the proposal is an “opt out” clause which would require states to pass legislation by 2014 rejecting participation in the federal government run plan. None of the committees in the House or Senate ever even voted on this new opt out scheme. But that does not really matter. Whether it is first implemented through a co-op, or a trigger, or an opt out, the end goal is the same: government-run health care for all Americans.

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Monday, October 26, 2009
Missile Defense brings Maori NFL star Riki Ellison to Capitol Tuesday
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 17570 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The event will feature a presentation by national spokesman and former NFL football star, Riki Ellison, Founder and Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) a non-profit organization which advocates the deployment and development of a missile defense system.  Mr. Ellison has is an expert in the field of missile defense.

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Monday, October 26, 2009
CQ Politics: Djou is "best candidate in a decade" -- district no longer "safe" for Dems
By Andrew Walden @ 9:14 PM :: 10438 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Republicans have their best candidate in a decade running for this seat. Djou has been fundraising for this race since early 2008, when it was correctly rumored that Abercrombie would leave his House seat open to run for governor. National Republicans already have taken note of Djou and aired advertisements in the heavily Democratic district.

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Monday, October 26, 2009
The Transparent Costs of Cap and Trade
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:55 AM :: 5634 Views :: National News, Ethics

Since energy is the lifeblood of the American economy, 85 percent of which comes from CO2-emitting fossil fuels, the Waxman-Markey bill’s arbitrary and severe restrictions on the current energy supply and infrastructure will not only have direct impact on consumers’ budgets through higher electric bills and gasoline prices, but also cause unnecessary inefficiencies at virtually every stage of production. CDA estimates that Waxman-Markey legislation would cost the average family-of-four almost $3,000 per year, cause 2.5 million net job losses by 2035, and a produce a cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) loss of $9.4 trillion between 2012 and 2035.

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Friday, October 23, 2009
The Unaccountable Obama Czar State
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:34 PM :: 5611 Views :: National News, Ethics

Yesterday the United States Department of the Treasury Special Master of Compensation Kenneth Feinberg announced a wage control scheme for the 175 executives of the seven companies that have received the most funds from the taxpayer funded Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). At first the Obama administration denied any involvement in Feinberg’s decision....

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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Obamacare loses in first key Senate vote
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:54 PM :: 6454 Views :: National News, Ethics

You have to read all the way to page A-25 in today’s New York Times to learn about it, but the Senate took its first floor vote on Obamacare yesterday and the White House lost. Big. The NYT reports: “Democrats lost a big test vote on health care legislation on Wednesday as the Senate blocked action on a bill to increase Medicare payments to doctors at a cost of $247 billion over 10 years. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, needed 60 votes to proceed. He won only 47. And he could not blame Republicans. A dozen Democrats and one independent crossed party lines and voted with Republicans on the 53 to 47 roll call.”

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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Cheney: “We cannot protect this country by putting politics over security, and turning the guns on our own guys”
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 PM :: 7595 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Having announced his Afghanistan strategy last March, President Obama now seems afraid to make a decision, and unable to provide his commander on the ground with the troops he needs to complete his mission....  It’s time for President Obama to make good on his promise. The White House must stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Stimulating unemployment: Hawaii loses 17,000 jobs
By News Release @ 2:14 PM :: 10277 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

According to the data, 49 States and the District of Columbia have lost jobs since stimulus was enacted.  Only North Dakota has seen net job creation following the February 2009 stimulus.  While President Obama claimed the result of his stimulus bill would be the creation of 3.5 million jobs, the Nation has already lost a total of 2.7 million – a difference of 6.2 million jobs.  Hawaii was projected to gain 15,000 jobs.  Instead the state lost 17,000. 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rules for a Radical White House
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:12 AM :: 5614 Views :: National News, Ethics

Politico’s Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei report today:

President Obama is working systematically to marginalize the most powerful forces behind the Republican Party, setting loose top White House officials to undermine conservatives in the media, business and lobbying worlds.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Senate Begins Voting on Obamacare This Week
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:01 AM :: 5518 Views :: National News, Ethics

After thousands of Americans attended hundreds of townhalls this summer, after the President of the United States delivered a rare speech to a Joint Session of Congress, after endless coverage of legislative markups in the relevant congressional committees, what if the Senate began actual floor votes on the health care overhaul and the drive-by media refused to cover it? Couldn’t happen? It already is.

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Monday, October 19, 2009
Exposing the Obamacare Shell Game
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:14 PM :: 5418 Views :: National News, Ethics

In his primetime health care address before a Joint Session of Congress, President Barack Obama promised the American people: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. Period.” But it is hard work adding $1 trillion in government spending while claiming with a straight face that you are not adding to the deficit. Enter White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who has just the solution: just strip out $247 billion of the spending in the bill, pass it separately, and voila … your job just got one-fourth easier.

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Monday, October 19, 2009
Congressional fund race: Djou leads more than 2-1
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 13024 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The results are in and Republican Congressional Candidate Charles Djou's cash-on-hand total--a key early measure of political support--beats that of Democrat Ed Case by more than 2-1.  Djou, an outgoing Honolulu City Council member, also beats Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D-Ko`olina) by more than 40-1.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Imagined Ethnicity: Wahiawa beauty queen pens plea to Obama
By Andrew Walden @ 11:49 PM :: 7557 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, Ethics

 

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This past Friday October 9, 2009, I was honored to be crowned Miss Hampton University 2009-2010. It truly was the best night of my life! With that being said, I am sad to say that my crowning was not widely accepted and many negative comments regarding my win have been shared throughout my campus.

It would be much easier to say that possibly some were not accepting of the news because I wasn't the most qualified contestant; however, the true reason for the disapproval was because of the color of my skin. I am not African American.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009
'Not Evil Just Wrong' Puts Human Face on 'Disastrous' Effects of Green Policies (see it here beginning today at 2pm HST)
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 PM :: 7929 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On October 7, Phelim McAleer joined the Society of Environmental Journalists. Three days later, he took advantage of his new membership to attend former Vice President Al Gore’s speech to the group in Madison, Wis., and to rush up to the microphone afterward to ask a question....The event’s organizers mobilized, cutting the sound on McAleer’s microphone as he continued to pose questions. Moderator Tim Wheeler called it a “Warholian moment,” implying that McAleer had wrought 15 short minutes of fame out of the encounter. He had a point. Within 48 hours, McAleer had appeared on “Fox and Friends,” “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” and “Lou Dobbs,” and video of the encounter had appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

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Friday, October 16, 2009
Obamacare Puts You on Welfare
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:46 PM :: 5953 Views :: National News, Ethics

At a price tag of $829 billion, the SFC ’framework’ will reduce the number of uninsured Americans by 29 million, moving the overall percentage of nonelderly Americans with health insurance from 83% in 2010 to 94% in 2019. But of those 29 million with new insurance coverage, almost half (14 million), will get their coverage through the welfare programs Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). That is equivalent to adding every resident of Ohio and Nevada to the welfare rolls.

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Friday, October 16, 2009
"Muslim Mafia" Exposes CAIR's Exaggerations, Efforts to Stymie Law Enforcement
By IPT News @ 4:25 PM :: 11083 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

So far, CAIR has not challenged the veracity of the claims in Muslim Mafia. Instead, it has focused on the authors' political backgrounds and minimized the findings.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Muslim Mafia: CAIR's Inner Workings Exposed
By Daniel Pipes @ 12:56 AM :: 12510 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Written by P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, the investigation is based largely on the undercover work of Gaubatz's son Chris who spent six months as an intern at CAIR's D.C. headquarters in 2008. In that capacity, he acquired 12,000 pages of documentation and took 300 hours of video.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Obamacare: It’s All Downhill From Here
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:20 PM :: 9587 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The scariest part about yesterday’s Senate Finance Committee vote passing its version of Obamacare, is not what is in their bill (to the extent that it even exists), but that the Finance Committee bill promises to be the high water mark for “bipartisanship” in health care reform.

Now all of the other bills will be merged together behind the closed doors. All the bills are fundamentally flawed and will only get worse as the leaders in the House and Senate have to commit to actual details.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Back from Iraq: Tropic Lightning Soldiers return
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 8026 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, World News

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - Nearly 1,000 Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division Headquarters will arrive in Hawaii from mid-October into early November after a year-long deployment to northern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Photos: Samoa Tsunami Surge Sept 29 in Keauhou Bay, Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:54 PM :: 10859 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, National News, World News

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Obamacare Sends Deficits Off Cliff
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:47 AM :: 7548 Views :: National News, Ethics

In order to game the CBO scoring system (explained by former CBO Director Donald Marron here), Democrats have packed ten years of taxing, but only six years of spending, into the CBO’s ten-year budgeting window.  So what happens to the deficit in those years after the CBO budget window?  Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), a member of the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition explains: “Every year, you lose ground. It’s likely after 10 years, we fall off a cliff.”

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Monday, October 12, 2009
$8338 per year: Obamacare Invades Your Wallet
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:11 PM :: 8137 Views :: National News, Ethics

For a family of four making $69,480 (300% above poverty) the Baucus bill mandates annual health insurance premiums of $8,338, which would be worth the equivalent of over ten months of food, four months of housing or almost two years of utilities.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009
Back from Iraq: 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Finally Home
By News Release @ 1:18 PM :: 11169 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The homecoming ceremony will take place Sunday at 5:25 p.m. at Wheeler Army Airfield. Family and friends wishing to welcome the Soldiers home are encouraged check the 25ID Web site, www.25idl.army.mil, for the latest ceremony updates.

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Friday, October 9, 2009
"Embarrassing joke" robs Zimbabwe, causes worldwide laughter
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 9639 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

 When the Nobel committee gave the prize to Obama, in spite of the fact that he has no accomplishment other than getting elected, it robbed Zimbabwean labor leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai became the Zim PM earlier this year after enduring over a decade of frame-up charges, beatings, assassination attempts, fraudulent elections--and the murder of hundreds of pro-democracy activists by the genocidal socialist Mugabe regime. 

The Nobel committee bypassed an opportunity to shine an international spotlight on the struggle of the Zimbabwean people against dictatorship and the socialist demolition of what was once one of the most prosperous countries in Africa.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009
Hawaii G.E. Tax to be model for national Value Added Tax?
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:14 PM :: 7413 Views :: National News, Ethics

This past Monday on Charlie Rose, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said a new value-added tax (VAT) is “on the table”.  A VAT is a type of national sales tax. However, instead of being collected at the cash register, it is imposed on manufacturers at each “value added” stage of the production process. Since everybody buys stuff, including families making less than $250,000 a year, any VAT would necessarily break Obama’s no tax hike promise. Worse, a VAT would expand the size of government, inadvertently increase income tax rates, and destroy jobs.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009
Paying for Obamacare: The Baucus Bait And Switch
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:59 AM :: 4887 Views :: National News, Ethics

The New York Times awarded Baucus with the headline that the White House has been searching for since the debate first began: “Health Care Bill Gets Green Light in Cost Analysis.”  But this headline and the accompanying article are fundamentally dishonest.  As the Politico reported yesterday: “While the media and lawmakers often shorthand a CBO letter as a “score” or “cost estimate,” today’s CBO letter is neither. Because the bill is still in “conceptual,” or layman’s terms, CBO’s letter today was a “preliminary analysis.” For it to be an official cost estimate, the bill has to be translated into legislative language.”

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Life and Death Medical Challenges on Maui
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:15 PM :: 13991 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Ellen Bellerose rushed to Maui Memorial Medical Center's emergency room at her cardiologist's direction after she felt severe pain and pressure in her neck, chest and arms. As the pain intensified over the next two hours, she walked up to the counter three times to report difficulty breathing. She was told there were no beds available. "I was becoming terrified that I could die, unattended, in the emergency room." Although registered as a patient for 27 hours, she never entered the main hospital that February 7, 2006, but was billed as if she had.

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