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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Obama to propose over $1.3 Trillion in new taxes
By News Release @ 8:00 AM :: 7902 Views :: National News, Ethics

The estimated impact on disposable household income due to rising energy prices would then reach anywhere between $4,022 and $6,752. And because an energy tax is regressive, it will fall heaviest on poor and lower middle class folks who spend more of their income on energy.

 

Obama:  "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket... whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
White House drops plan to bill disabled veterans for care
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 8837 Views :: Environment, National News, Ethics

The Disabled American Veterans today commended the Obama administration for backing down from a controversial proposal that would force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who suffered service-related disabilities and injuries.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sen Akaka opposes Obama plan to bill combat wounded for medical care, but backs Shinseki
By Andrew Walden @ 9:03 AM :: 8044 Views :: Environment, National News, Ethics

"VA's sacred duty is to care for veterans injured in honorable service to our nation, and the department should not turn to wounded warriors' private insurance to pay for combat injures.  Under my Chairmanship, the Veterans' Affairs Committee will not advance any such legislation," said Akaka. 

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Monday, March 16, 2009
Obama to bill combat wounded for medical care
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 11458 Views :: National News, Ethics

"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it."

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Earmark Watch: Focus on Hawaii U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye
By News Release @ 1:07 PM :: 13130 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

EarmarkWatch is an experimental distributed research project that contains data for Fiscal Year 2008 earmarks from the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education bills and the 2008 House Defense Bill. It does not contain 2009 earmarks.

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Monday, March 9, 2009
Wikileaks writers killed in Kenya
By News Release @ 9:45 AM :: 26935 Views :: Ethics, World News, Family

On Thursday afternoon March 5, Oscar Kamau Kingara, director of the Kenyan based Oscar legal aid Foundation, and its programme coordinator, John Paul Oulo, were shot at close range in their car less than a mile from President Kibaki's residence. The two were on their way to a meeting at the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights. Both had been investigating extrajudicial assassinations by the Kenyan Police.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009
Obama and the Disunited States
By Andrew Walden @ 8:10 AM :: 14859 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

President Obama's rise caps forty years of building new 'nations' from one America, as America's left adapted to the rise of civil rights, and built a power base from fanning discontent.

Newsweek cheers, "We are all socialists now!"  MSNBC's Jim Cramer calls Barack Obama's budget a "radical agenda" and points out "This is the greatest wealth destruction I've seen by a President."  None of this should be a surprise to anybody who was paying attention to Obama's Hawaii links to the Communist Party, USA or his years of Chicago work with the Democratic Socialists of America.  But many voters -- and most of the media -- aggressively avoided paying attention.  Now they are literally paying the price. 

One Obama mentor who did get some media attention was ex-Communist Saul Alinsky.  Alinsky, a harsh critic of Johnson's "War on Poverty," is not usually tied to gigantic federal spending proposals such as Obama's mis-named ‘stimulus' package.  Alinsky's claim to fame stems from gritty street-level community organizing.  His books on the subject guided a generation of leftist activists. 

But there is a connection.  Alinsky died in 1972.  Towards the end of his life, American society changed in ways which tore apart the stable communities necessary to Alinsky's community organizing model.  For Democrats these changes necessitated the use of federal power to create the entirely new forms of consciousness-based ‘nationalism' which now envelop American culture. 

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Friday, March 6, 2009
$410B Omnibus budget pulled off US Senate floor
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 9079 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

It appears at least 41 Senators object to the massive increase in spending -- 8% over last year's budget – and the larding in of 8,500 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion. 

A senior Senate aide told me this morning that many Senators do not want a repeat of the Stimulus battle where their offices were literally shut down with telephone calls and their email was swamped with messages going after the wasteful spending.

You see, they’re talking about Americans like you.

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Friday, March 6, 2009
Hawaii CD1 named one of top 10 House Races for 2010
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 4680 Views :: Environment, Ethics

The Hill: Yes, Hawaii could field a competitive general election race in 2010.

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Friday, March 6, 2009
AP: Abercrombie to enter Governor's race
By Andrew Walden @ 9:21 AM :: 11658 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

An official familiar with Abercrombie's plans says the 10-term congressman will make his announcement through an Internet video to be released Sunday.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
N Korean missile could reach Hawaii, Alaska
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:31 PM :: 9888 Views :: Energy, National News, Ethics, World News

The range of North Korean ballistic missiles has increased five-fold since 1990.  The two-stage Taepodong-2 missile, if successfully developed, could travel thousands of miles to strike Alaska, Hawaii and "parts of the continental United States," intelligence experts estimate.  By testing and perfecting a third stage, the North Koreans could reach anywhere in North America with a nuclear warhead.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Ed Case: Reinstate Pay-as-you-go federal budgeting
By Ed Case @ 10:40 AM :: 6427 Views :: Environment, National News, Ethics

A former "Blue Dog" Democrat Congressman speaks out as Congress considers Obama's profligate budget.

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Monday, March 2, 2009
Rush Limbaugh speaks to America (full text)
By News Release @ 1:18 PM :: 4621 Views :: National News, Ethics

Let me tell you who we conservatives are:  We love people. [Applause] When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don't see groups. We don't see victims.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Abercrombie on Spending Freeze: Forget It!
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 7696 Views :: Environment, Ethics

Washington- Flying in the face of Democrats' campaign promises for fiscal responsibility, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) voted today to pass another nearly half-trillion dollar spending bill through what is quickly becoming the biggest spending Congress in History.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Gov Jindal speaks to America
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 8027 Views :: National News, Ethics

As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country -- and they instilled in me an immigrant's wonder at the greatness of America. As a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. And as we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me: 'Bobby, Americans can do anything.' 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A Fatal Trajectory
By Thomas Sowell @ 1:41 PM :: 8762 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

One of the many symptoms of this decay from within is that we are preoccupied with the pay of corporate executives while the leading terrorist-sponsoring nation on earth is moving steadily toward creating nuclear bombs....

It took only two nuclear bombs to get Japan to surrender-- and the Japanese of that era were far tougher than most Americans today. Just one bomb-- dropped on New York, Chicago or Los Angeles-- might be enough to get us to surrender.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Malu Motta: “I need one governor so he can pardon me.”
By Andrew Walden @ 4:02 PM :: 27532 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

EM: Someone got to win governor that we know, huh? My best friend is an emcee at, he on tonight, he’s on the mic…(unintelligible) ….Hawaiian braddah.

Informant: Yeah, yeah, you gotta be pushing that.

EM: David, they grooming him to be Governor. That’s my best friend, bah. They sign the work tomorrow. He could be governor in 20 years from now. Not tomorrow, you know.

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Friday, October 10, 2008
Lillian Koller named “Public Official of the Year”
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 8237 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

HONOLULU – GOVERNING magazine announced today that Hawai‘i Human Services Director Lillian Koller has been selected as a “Public Official of the Year” for her leadership in bringing about widespread improvements at the State Department of Human Services (DHS) over the past five years, including an overhaul of the child welfare system.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Billy Kenoi at Shooters—and the Pali shooter—the connections
By Andrew Walden @ 1:25 AM :: 33305 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement, Military

All the newspapers have missed the connections between convicted Pali shooter Ethan Malu Motta, his codefendants, and the incident at Shooters Bar and Grill....

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Thursday, August 7, 2008
Billy Kenoi helped Pali Shooter
By Andrew Walden @ 10:13 PM :: 28208 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

Admitted Pali Golf Course shooter Ethan “Malu” Motta apparently had a lot of friends in Hilo—including politicians....

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Saturday, June 7, 2008
‘Clean Elections’ activist nailed by Campaign Spending Commission
By Andrew Walden @ 12:39 AM :: 11232 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics

Leading Hawai‘i County “clean elections” advocates are caught up in a web of campaign spending violations and campaign-related conflict-of-interest charges.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007
Anti-Globalization Movement joins Jihad vs. McWorld
By Andrew Walden @ 8:15 AM :: 12203 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Jihad vs. McWorld is the name of a March, 1992 essay and a 1996 book published by Benjamin Barber. Barber, a social democratic “third-roader,” argues that both tribal warfare “jihad,” and what he sees as the “threat” of globalism, equally endanger democracy in the post-cold war world. Now, nearly a decade and a half after Barber’s essay appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, it appears that leading anti-globalization activists worldwide have stopped equivocating and decided that globalism is the greater threat. They have teamed up with jihad.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Takamine Donors: A Road Map of Hawaii's 'Old Boy' System
By Andrew Walden @ 5:20 PM :: 7528 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

Running unopposed in the November General Election, Takamine (D-N Hilo, Hamakua, N Kohala) received the predictable campaign contributions from unions. What may be more surprising to readers are the contributions he received from Political Action Committees (PACs) representing Hawaii big business.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Case Defeat: Democratic Party Rejects Reform Candidates
By Andrew Walden @ 4:16 PM :: 8705 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Rep. Ed Case called the Democratic Senate Primary vote on Sept. 23, “a Choice between past and future” and explained on his campaign Web site: "This election gives Hawaii's voters a choice between the way things have been in Hawaii and national politics and the way they can and should be. I believe our political culture is broken and must change, and that this election asks voters to choose between the status quo and a better way forward."

But Hawaii Democratic Primary voters said “no.”

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Big Island Rancher Larry Mehau Hosts Community Rally for Sen. Akaka
By Andrew Walden @ 6:46 PM :: 32052 Views :: Akaka Bill, Democratic Party, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

Big Island Rancher Larry Mehau, resplendent in a dazzling white “Akaka for Senate” campaign T-shirt, welcomed over 100 Hawaii County Democratic activists to a campaign rally at his Big Island ranch on Sunday, Aug. 27, for U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-HI.  Several of Hawaii’s Political Candidates Show Face Including Congressional Candidates Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz and Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Iwase....

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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Thimerosal Veto: Saving Vaccines from Trial Lawyers
By Andrew Walden @ 2:14 PM :: 10469 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Gov. Lingle has done a service to autistic children everywhere by rejecting the Thimerosal claims. This is one step away from fear mongering claims which might make for a nice juicy lawsuit one day and a step towards autism research which could discover the real cause(s) and develop real treatments.

Thousands of lives are at stake but the Democrats and their trial lawyer donors care only about the opportunity for more ill gotten gains. The fact that these gains might be made at the expense of the lives of children who are infected by diseases which might have been prevented by vaccines made no longer available due to lawsuit liability is of no concern to them.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Clinton, Reagan, and Carter's Legal Warrantless Wiretaps on U.S. Citizens
By Andrew Walden @ 2:07 PM :: 17790 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The day after Iraq’s stunning December 15 election success, the New York Times wrote, "Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the …(National Security Agency) has monitored the international telephone calls and international email messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible ‘dirty numbers’ linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications." ... the local media, and The New York Times all chose not to mention that President Bill Clinton asserted his authority to conduct physical searches "for foreign intelligence purposes" without a warrant in Executive Order 12949, dated Feb. 9, 1995, during the Bosnia War.

 

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