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Friday, July 9, 2010
“Why I left Jihad” Ex-terrorist to speak at Calvary Chapel of Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 10:13 PM :: 12572 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Walid Shoebat, ex-PLO member, will be speaking at the Sunday, July 11, services at Calvary Chapel of Honolulu (8:30am, 10:45am, and 6:00pm).  The public is invited.

Calvary Chapel of Honolulu is located in Aiea, on Komo Mai Drive.  LINK>>> Google map

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Thursday, July 1, 2010
Djou co-sponsors SKIL Immigration Reform Act
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 11711 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) issued the following statement after signing on as an original co-sponsor to H.R. 5658, the “Securing Knowledge, Innovation, and Leadership (SKIL) Act,” a bill that would make it easier to attract and keep the best minds from around the world....

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Thursday, July 1, 2010
Djou on troop funding bill: “Congress fails to support the men and women serving in harms way”
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 11865 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Obama Administration announced earlier today that:

“As in any military operation, the ability of U.S. forces to operate effectively in Afghanistan depends on affording the Commander in Chief the utmost flexibility and discretion.  If the final bill presented to the President contains provisions that would undermine his ability as Commander in Chief to conduct military operations in Afghanistan, the President’s senior advisors would recommend a veto.”

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
50 Reps, Djou co-sign bipartisan letter for free trade with S. Korea
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 13480 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) has continued to lead a push in Congress to enact a languishing free trade agreement with the Republic of Korea. A week ago, Congressman Djou signed onto a bipartisan letter that was sent to the President, which affirms President Obama’s goal to double U.S. exports over the next five years and to promote U.S. trade with key allies.

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Monday, June 28, 2010
VIDEO: Djou backs Administration’s push for free trade with South Korea
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 12616 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s announcement over the weekend at the G20 Summit in Toronto that it would push for the free trade agreement with the Republic of Korea currently languishing in Congress to be enacted....

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Friday, June 25, 2010
WaPo: The Jones Act has outlived its usefulness
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 AM :: 13436 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Jones Act was an issue in the May 22 House special election in Hawaii: Both Republican winner Charles Djou and one of his two Democratic opponents charged that it benefited a handful of ship lines and unions at the expense of ordinary Hawaiians. Mr. Djou is preparing a bill to exempt Hawaii. If FedEx can move cargo across the country in European-made Airbuses, why can't a boat built in, say, Canada, ship wheat from Los Angeles to Honolulu? The Jones Act lobby crushed the last attempt at reform back in the 1990s.  May the next one meet with more success.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Djou-sponsored resolution on US-Japan relations passes House
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 11158 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. House passed House Resolution 1464, which recognized the 50th anniversary of the United States—Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. This resolution, which was initially co-sponsored by former Rep. Neil Abercrombie, was the first piece of legislation passed of which Congressman Charles Djou (HI-01) was an original co-sponsor.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Senator challenges START limits on missile defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:58 PM :: 9266 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Djou: “We must all re-commit ourselves to turning back al-Qaeda and the Taliban”
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 12891 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“I am confident that General David Petraeus will bring the necessary skills and vision to ensure a smooth transition in leadership. As we move forward, we must all re-commit ourselves to turning back al-Qaeda and the Taliban. For our men and women in uniform, this will mean continuing their exemplary work. For Congress, and particularly the members of the Armed Services Committee, this will mean ensuring our brave troops get the resources they need to secure victory in Afghanistan and return home safely."

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Prosecutor: Al Gore was focus of sex crime inquiry in Portland
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 8130 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In 2007 or 2008, then Portland Tribune reporter Nick Budnick made a public records request for the Portland police report, obtained it but the newspaper did not run a story….

In June 2010, the woman called police, asked for a copy of her statement….

On June 1, 2010 Al and Tipper Gore announced they would be separating.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Djou’s First Month: Free trade, Jones Act, Bernanke, and Budget
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 12025 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On the campaign trail, I pledged to listen to my constituents.  To that end, I asked my constituents about the issues that Congress is likely to vote on in the next few months.  I also held a live telephone “talk story” and had the privilege of hearing the thoughts and concerns of thousands of my constituents in the 1st congressional district.  I also plan on holding eight “talk stories” throughout the State in early July.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Afghanistan Timeline: McChrystal gaffe latest step in Obama’s strategy of chaos
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:12 PM :: 8064 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Washington Post reports today that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, apologized for an upcoming article in Rolling Stone magazine that portrays him and senior officials on his team as dismissive of top Obama administration officials. As a result, General McChrystal has been summoned to the White House to explain his comments. It is a case of poor judgment on the part of the general and his staff to air comments on the character of senior civilian leaders to a reporter, but both the White House and the brass need to put this media gaffe aside and focus on the real problem - destroying al Qaeda, defeating the Taliban and helping establish an Afghanistan that can govern itself.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
ILWU teams up with Islamists: Refuses to unload Israeli ship at Oakland Port
By Selected News Articles @ 1:13 AM :: 11653 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

  ILWU: Just another servant of Islamism.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
CNBC: Jones Act may be hindering Gulf Oil Response, Dutch ships blocked
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 12655 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Federal law has also hampered the assistance. The Jones Act, the maritime law that requires all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships, has prevented Dutch ships with spill-fighting equipment from entering U.S. coastal areas.

“What's wrong with accepting outside help?” Visser asked. “If there's a country that's experienced with building dikes and managing water, it's the Netherlands.”

Even if, three days after the rig exploded, it seemed as if the Dutch equipment and expertise wasn't needed, wouldn't it have been better to accept it, to err on the side of having too many resources available rather than not enough?

BP has been inundated with well-intentioned cleanup suggestions, but the Dutch offer was different. It came through official channels, from a government offering to share its demonstrated expertise.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Tokyo: Lingle meets with Japanese travel writers, Tourism Minister
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 11692 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Continuing her mission in Asia, Governor Lingle is in Japan and met yesterday with Minister Seiji Maehara of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).  The Governor thanked Maehara-san for his support of internationalizing Haneda Airport.  In October, Hawai`i will welcome daily flights by Hawaiian and Japan Airlines with the opening of the new runway at Haneda Airport.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Hawaii-Okinawa Clean Energy Partnership Agreement Signed
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 12666 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On March 29, 2010, the first meeting of the Hawai‘i-Okinawa Task Force was held in Honolulu.  Top-level officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Prefecture of Okinawa, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, New Energy Technology Department, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Hawai‘i State Energy Office, Department of Defense, and national laboratory representatives met to discuss the acceleration of renewable energy technologies and  energy efficiency, and evaluate the achievements of existing clean energy projects to enable the islands to be energy independent.  Initiation of several joint projects resulted from that meeting.

"Through the groundbreaking Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative, our state is leading the way toward an energy-secure and self-sufficient future," said Lt. Governor Aiona, who delivered the keynote address at the Hawai‘i-Okinawa Task Force meeting.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Honolulu Gaza flotilla protester shows up at BP hearings – with rubber ducky
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 AM :: 16401 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

She was joined by Ann Wright, 63, of Honolulu, Hawaii, who wore a BP hard hat, overalls and sunglasses adorned with dollar signs.

"BP doesn't really care about this," she said, pulling out an oil-stained rubber ducky.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Beijing: Governor Lingle discusses TMT at Great Hall of the People
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 12848 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In the evening, Governor Lingle was the honored guest of the China Diplomatic Friendship Association and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce banquet held in the Great Hall of the People, China's capitol building.  The special guest at this event was Lu Yong Xiang, vice chairman of the Chinese People’s National Congress and head of the Chinese National Academy of Sciences.  Vice Chairman Lu recently returned from visiting Mauna Kea on the Big Island, the site of the forthcoming Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).  China intends to be a collaborative partner in the TMT project. 

Mr. Lu believes China and Hawai‘i have a great opportunity to work together in scientific explorations.  As he stated, “Hawai‘i can see the cosmos and the vast oceans—so its horizons are unlimited.”  Mr. Lu praised Governor Lingle for her foresight in establishing strong relationships with China, demonstrated by her four trips to the country during her administration.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
VIDEO: Djou pushes solutions to oil spill on CNBC Worldwide Exchange
By Selected News Articles @ 4:44 PM :: 13315 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

VIDEO: Republican Congressman Charles Djou, Hawaii, and Jessica Brady, Roll Call reporter, discuss Obama's first Oval Office address regarding the Gulf Oil spill.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
DJOU: “Waive Jones Act for oil spill”
By Andrew Walden @ 4:27 PM :: 13694 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“I am disappointed, however, that the President has failed to waive the Jones Act for foreign ships, who want to assist in the clean-up efforts. There is no good reason to turn away international help in responding to this environmental catastrophe.

“Nevertheless, I look forward to working with President Obama to temper the House energy bill and craft a sensible long-term energy strategy for America that makes sense for our economy.”

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Djou plan backed in WSJ: Is Obama really doing everything in his power to fight the spill?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 9476 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Hawaii GOP Rep. Charles Djou, who won his seat in a special election last month, says he's "disappointed" that Mr. Obama has failed to waive the Jones Act, an antiquated 1920 law mandating that goods shipped between U.S. ports be handled by U.S.-built and -owned ships manned by U.S. crews. Unions fiercely support the law as a means of preserving U.S. jobs. In this case, though, the law might be hindering the recovery of hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast jobs.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
LA TIMES mocks Obama: 'There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills!
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 9593 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Are President Obama and BP inhibiting efforts to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil rig blowout and mitigate the effects of the spill? 

Maximization of the effects of the crisis could be used in an effort to stampede the public and win Senate passage of the Cap and Trade Carbon Tax--from which BP stands to profit. 

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Lingle talks visas and biofuels in Beijing
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 8496 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News, Family

Yesterday in Beijing, the Governor had a private meeting with Ambassador Jon Huntsman at the U.S. Embassy. During this hour and a half discussion, the Ambassador and Governor discussed the importance of establishing a protocol for the processing of visas for Chinese who want to visit Hawai`i on charter flights going directly from cities such as Shanghai and Beijing to Honolulu.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Honolulu “peace activist” caught lying about Gaza Flotilla
By IPT News @ 10:57 PM :: 12610 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

"Lerner: Col. Wright I just want to make sure again – so you actually were on a different boat and did not witness the attack firsthand."

Wright: That's correct.

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Philippine Independence Day: Rep. Djou calls for more visas for family reunification
By News Release @ 7:52 PM :: 13107 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“We must ensure that the connection between the United States and the Philippines remains strong. One of my priorities in Congress is to strengthen our nation’s ties to the Philippines and expand the number of visas that our government issues, particularly to the Philippines,” Djou continued.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Lingle: Strengthening Partnerships in Guangdong Province
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 10722 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The seminar also provided potential investors with detailed information on how Chinese students can enroll in local educational institutions, how to retire in Hawai‘i and buy a place to live, and business opportunities in areas such as medical clinics, golf and tennis facilities, and retailing.

In her remarks, Governor Lingle noted that Hawai‘i can serve as an entry point for the U.S. mainland and is an excellent location for a headquarters operation for Chinese companies because of our language and cultural ties, as well as being a safe place to do business and live.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Gov. Lingle to host 7th Annual International Women’s Conference
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 11302 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

HONOLULU – Top women leaders from seven nations will gather in Honolulu, Hawai‘i this fall to share their personal and professional stories at the 7th annual International Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC).  Hosted by Governor Linda Lingle on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Sheraton Waikīkī Hotel and Resort, the conference will build on the success and growth of the past six years.

Online conference registration is now available at www.hawaiiwomensconference.com.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Guangdong: Lingle addresses business execs at “Experience Hawaii Forum”
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 10493 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Today the Governor is in Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, where she will address Chinese business executives at the “Experience Hawai‘i – A Place for Vacation, Education and Business” forum sponsored by Bank of Hawai‘i.  Governor Lingle will also participate in an “Invest in Hawai‘i” seminar coordinated by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.  The seminar is designed to provide potential investors with information on Hawai‘i’s economic outlook and investment climate, as well as the “State’s EB-5 Immigrant Investment Program” in which foreign nationals who invest $500,000 or more in Hawai‘i and create 10 or more full-time jobs can obtain permanent residency. 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Video: Djou questions Bernanke on Deficit
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 13101 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Rep. Djou: Second series of questions, Dr. Bernanke, and that is I have been frustrated and disappointed that there have been a number of free trade agreements languishing in Congress. Do you believe that were the Congress to pass free trade or expansion of free trade, it would help the economy?

Bernanke: Yes I do. I think we need to be part of the globalized economy, I think trade is an important source of demand for our goods and also a source of materials and imports as well. So I think that generally speaking, you ought to push forward on the DOHA round and on the free trade agreements that we’re looking at.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Shanghai: Governor Lingle opens “Hawaii Week” at 2010 World Expo
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 10992 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Governor Lingle in China Update - June 6, 2010

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Flotilla: Islamist Turkey Overreaches
By Daniel Pipes @ 1:52 PM :: 5938 Views :: World News, Family

As typical Islamist-leftist theater to delegitimize Israel, late May's Turkish-sponsored "Free Gaza" flotilla was tediously repetitious. As an illustration that Israelis don't understand the kind of war they now must fight, the outcome was drearily predictable. But as a statement of Turkey's policies and an augur of the Islamist movement's future, it bristled with novelty and significance.

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Monday, June 7, 2010
Report from Shanghai: Hawaii Day in China
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 9860 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Today (Tuesday in China) is “Hawai‘i Day” at the USA Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.  Governor Linda Lingle, legislative leaders, representatives from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the visitor industry and entertainers will officially kick off “Hawai‘i Week” at the Expo.  The Expo is expected to attract more than 70 million visitors, 86 percent of whom will come from China.

Yesterday (Monday in China), Governor Lingle spoke to over 300 members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AMCHAM) at its Distinguished Speakers Series.  The Governor covered a wide range of topics including Hawai‘i's progress in promoting clean energy, the status of direct flights from China to Honolulu, and the steps her Administration has taken to improve travel visa issuance procedures with the assistance of U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman.

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Monday, June 7, 2010
Why Obama's Stimulus Failed
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:38 PM :: 6837 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

This morning on MSNBC, former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL) pressed prominent Keynesian economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University Jeffrey Sachs on whether it was too early to declare President Obama's stimulus a failure. Scarborough had to ask the question twice, but Sachs finally relented: "Obama’s stimulus failed."

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Saturday, June 5, 2010
VIDEOS: Flotilla “Peace Activists” chant “Oh Jews, the army of Mohammad will return.”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 AM :: 11918 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

VIDEO: On the boat, the “peace activists” chant the popular Islamic battle cry, "khaiber khaiber ya yahood jaish muhammed saya'ud".

Khaibar was the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad's army in 628. The battle marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia.

Remember, they’re just piece activists.  Some are two-pieces activists, and others are many-tiny-little-pieces activists.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Double Standards on Hamas Action Against Palestinians
By IPT News @ 8:23 PM :: 7947 Views :: World News

Any doubt that this week's "Freedom Flotilla" to Gaza was about politics – and not about providing aid to needy Palestinians in Gaza – was erased Wednesday when Hamas leaders refused to let the flotilla's cargo in.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Time to Change Course in the Middle East
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:30 PM :: 8121 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Early Monday morning in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, helicopters lowered Israeli Commandos onto a Turkish-flagged ferry carrying 600 passengers determined to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. Beset by activists armed with poles, knives and guns, the Israelis defended themselves, and the resulting violence left at least nine dead. Hours later, the International Atomic Energy Agency released a report claiming that Iran now has enough nuclear fuel, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons. These two stories are not unrelated. And they ought to serve as a signal to the Obama administration that it is time to change its approach to the region.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Gaza: Violence and Humanitarian Aid
By IPT News @ 2:18 PM :: 13380 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Was it, as some suggest, the plan of flotilla organizers all along?

It's worth remembering why the aid was being transported by sea in the first place. A convoy led by then-British MP George Galloway (Bought and paid for by Saddam Hussein via oil for food scam--AW) ended in violence at the Egyptian-Gaza border in early January after authorities delayed their entry into Gaza.

An Egyptian police officer was shot and killed by Hamas gunmen. Egypt deported Galloway, made it clear he was unwelcome there again, and told the convoy it could no longer enter through its crossing. Galloway's partner in that convoy was the Turkish-based International Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), which helped lead the flotilla.

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Friday, May 28, 2010
White House in Disarray
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 AM :: 8366 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A fudgelike goo coating Louisiana's marshes. A thick oil slick stretching across the Gulf of Mexico. A plume of oil miles below the ocean surface. A tragic loss of life. Reverberating economic consequences. Throw in a poll that shows that 53 percent of Americans rate President Barack Obama "poor" or "very poor" in his handling of the Gulf oil spill, and it's no wonder the President yesterday broke his 308-day self-imposed press conference moratorium in hopes of conveying some semblance of leadership amid an environmental, economic and human catastrophe that has spiraled out of his control.

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Friday, May 21, 2010
Heritage: Raising Arizona's Defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:46 PM :: 7571 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

It isn't easy being Arizona these days, especially when President Barack Obama puts politics before Americans' interests, a foreign head of state before the United States, and an agenda of apology before much-needed, sensible reforms.

But that's just what happened this week when Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited Washington, DC. President Obama extended a warm hand to Calderon and demagogued Arizona’s illegal immigration law all in the name of politics.

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Friday, May 21, 2010
WSJ: Paradise Lost? A Project in Hawaii Stumbles
By Selected News Articles @ 10:12 AM :: 13847 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

The final tally will become clearer later this month, when Bank of Scotland, now part of Lloyd's Banking Group PLC, completes an auction for the debt on the property on the west side of Hawai'i, or, as it is known to locals, the Big Island. The price is expected to be in the $50 million-to-$100 million range, according to people involved in the process.

In 2006, at the height of the real-estate boom, a private appraiser valued the property, known as Hokuli'a, at between $600 million and $800 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The owner, Lyle Anderson, a Phoenix-based developer, has sold about one-third of the lots. But in early January, he defaulted on its debt, which was in the form of a $1 billion Bank of Scotland mortgage on Hokuli'a and five other less-valuable properties, according to people involved in the project's sale.

How this happened: Hokuli’a Settlement Exposed

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Hawaii Week in Shanghai: Governor to lead delegation to China, Japan
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 12921 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“This trip to China is another important component in our ongoing effort to expand long-term economic development and business opportunities for Hawai‘i in the emerging China market,” said Governor Lingle.  “It is vital that our state continue to build and strengthen relationships in Asia, especially China, that will position Hawai‘i businesses and residents to capitalize on future economic and investment opportunities and strengthen our cultural and educational partnerships.”

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The New START Threat to Missile Defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:37 PM :: 8588 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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On March 26 the White House released a fact sheet on the New START Treaty. It claimed that the agreement signed by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev "does not contain any constraints on testing, development or deployment of current or planned U.S. missile defense programs."

But the Russians seem to have a different interpretation of the document they signed.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
What's Worse Than Energy Taxes? Renewable Electricity Standards
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:00 AM :: 12309 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On March 15th, appearing with labor and environmental leaders, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a new alternative energy plan that he said would ensure the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power would meet his goal of securing 20% of its energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by December 31st. At the time, he claimed it would create 16,000 jobs and only raise consumer electric bills between 8.8% and 28.4%. But less than two weeks later those energy rate hike estimates had skyrocketed with the DWP saying it needed to raise rates by 37% in order to meet the renewable energy standards. Los Angeles' already shrinking business community revolted and by April Mayor Villaraigosa's plan had been soundly defeated.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010
Primary, General Election: Hawaii to allow overseas, deployed military voters to fax-in ballots
By News Release @ 11:25 AM :: 11240 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News

Complete details for Hawaii military and overseas voters....

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Saturday, May 8, 2010
UPDATE--Jihadi murderer of Big Island man captured in Iraq: Navy Seals acquitted after facing prosecution
By Andrew Walden @ 9:54 PM :: 16231 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

For five and a half years, the US has hunted for Ahmed Hashim Abed--code-named "Objective Amber."  Abed is the alleged ring-leader of an Islamist mob which murdered four US military contractors--including Pa`auilo resident Wesley Batalona--in Fallujah, Iraq on March 31, 2004....After being tracked for five and a half years by US personnel, Ahmed Hashim Abed was captured by Navy SEALS at the beginning of September....Then the complaining began. 

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Friday, May 7, 2010
Psychiatrists: Obsessive-compulsive patients still fear Global Warming
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 9242 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A recent study has found that global warming has impacted the nature of symptoms experienced by obsessive compulsive disorder patients. Climate change related obsessions and/or compulsions were identified in 28% of patients presenting with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Hawaii-based 307th Signal Battalion deploying to Afghanistan
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 10963 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, World News

Approximately 200 Soldiers assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company (HHC) and Bravo Company, 307th ESB, are deploying to Afghanistan for one year to provide signal support as part of the Operation Enduring Freedom surge.

Keynote speakers are scheduled to include Hawaii's Lt. Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona and Major General Susan S. Lawrence, Commanding General, United States Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and 9th Signal Command.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Book Review: The flight of the Intellectuals
By IPT News @ 9:29 PM :: 10139 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

 Twenty years ago, the liberal intelligentsia in Europe and the United States rallied around Rushdie and denounced the murder threat. That took real courage. One of Rushdie's translators was murdered and another stabbed. Several Norwegian bookstores were bombed, a British hotel was attacked by a suicide bomber, and more than 50 people were killed in anti-Rushdie rioting around the world.

Despite the danger, Berman writes: "A good many intellectuals reached out to their endangered Arab and Muslim counterparts and colleagues, and celebrated the courage of everyone who refused to be intimidated."

In contrast, today, the intellectuals' reaction often is to target the victim.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
GM papaya wins approval in Japan
By Selected News Articles @ 10:28 PM :: 17300 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Dennis Gonsalves, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii, and professor emeritus of plant pathology at Cornell, detailed to the 63rd annual meeting of the Western Society of Weed Science in Hawaii how Hawaiian agriculture has done what no other ag sector has; win approval to market a genetically modified food crop in the U.S. and Japan.

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Monday, May 3, 2010
Another Bullet Dodged in New York
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:30 PM :: 6856 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Whether Saturday's failed attack turns out to be connected to Islamic radicalism or is the work of a lone wolf, there have now been 31 foiled terrorist attacks in the United States since 9/11, eleven in New York City alone. Yesterday's plot was foiled by sheer luck and quick-thinking civilians. But luck is not an adequate strategy for protecting a nation.

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