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By Andrew Walden @ 4:36 PM :: 9450 Views :: Honolulu County News, Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, National News, Development, World News, Hawaii History

Abercrombie backs oil drilling: Media misses story

by Steven Lazzerini

A remarkable thing happened July 8 and apparently no one in Hawai`i noticed. The Honorable Neil Abercrombie, Congressman for Hawai`i’s 1st District here on O`ahu, appeared on Fox News’ Special Report with Brit Hume and did what no Democrat has dared to do for a very long time.

Abercrombie called for the federal government to grant permission to the oil companies to drill for oil and gas in lands that are now, and have been for some years, strictly off limits.

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More Islamist terrorism in America?

by Daniel Pipes

“527 defendants have been charged in terrorism or terrorism-related cases arising from investigations primarily conducted after Sept. 11. Those cases have resulted in 319 convictions, with an additional 176 cases pending in court.”

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Political donors cash in on O`ahu rail transit

www.stoprailnow.com

A Honolulu Star–Bulletin article on April 18, 2008 “Donors Cashing In On Transit” cites that over $100 million of our tax dollars has been spent on an engineering firm, (PB Americas) and a transportation consulting firm (InfraConsult).

These firms then hired subcontractors of which nearly one third had at some point contributed to Hannemann’s campaign since 2000. Elisa Yadao, who worked on his mayoral campaign, will receive more than $500,000 for public relations. Former Councilman John Desoto will receive $150,000, according to the Star-Bulletin.

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Absentee ballots for the dead

by Juliana D’Amico

Now that SB156 is law, the Office of Elections will continue sending absentee ballots to the voter’s mailing address regardless of whether the resident who originally requested the absentee ballot is still at that addresses.

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What Barack Obama learned from the Communist Party

by Andrew Walden

In his first series of national campaign commercials since securing the delegates needed to win the Democratic presidential campaign, Barack Obama struggles to re-introduce himself. Images focus on the story of lessons learned from his grandparents and his mother, described in his book “Dreams from my Father” as “a girl from Kansas”… “dab-smack, landlocked center of the country,” in towns “too small to warrant boldface on a roadmap.” Speaking in Independence, Missouri, Obama tells his audience: “patriotism can never be defined as loyalty to any particular leader or government or policy.”

But there is another story to be told about loyalties and about Obama’s education. A story told by Gerald Horne, contributing editor of Political Affairs, a magazine published by the Communist Party, USA.

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Obama to surrender on Iraq?

by Jennifer Rubin

Barack Obama has begun — in fits and starts — to alter his stance on Iraq. It followed Obama’s flip-flops on a host of issues including FISA extension/immunity for telecom companies, NAFTA, public campaign financing, participation in town hall meetings, gay marriage, the payroll tax cap, and the Second Amendment. But this is his biggest reversal to date...

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Hawai`i Territory: July 7, 1898

American Minute by Bill Federer 

Hawaii became a U.S. Territory JULY 7, 1898, as President McKinley signed the Treaty of Annexation.

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