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Oahu Army Downsizing with AL Frenzel

Hawaii Political Info introduction: The Oahu Army downsizing proposed in late June by the Department of Defense is potentially one of the biggest beneficial events to occur in Hawaii ever IF handled the right way. But it won't happen unless our Hawaii congressional delegation (two U.S. Senators and two U.S. Representatives), our Hawaii state officials and the people of Hawaii themselves see what's happening, get the big picture, get behind the right kind of downsizing and, importantly, do it quickly. AL Frenzel, retired Army colonel who just so happens to have the right background on Army force restructuring, explains the huge benefits to Hawaii and outlines what needs to be done to see it through.

Army downsizing handled the usual way, fighting the cuts, will be just another poorly handled event and lost opportunity in Hawaii's history.

After watching this video, you will be among those who understand what's at stake.

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Published on YouTube September 26, 2014

YouTube introduction: Please consider signing the Petition asking our Legislators to embrace the Army Downsizing opportunity. The petition link is in GREEN on the right side of the www.oc4ad.com webpage.

What does the OCAD stand for?

Late in June of 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its Quadrennial Defense Review for 2014 (QDR 2014). DoD releases a QDR every four years as a way of articulating its strategic direction and providing end strength and force structure decisions for the Services to implement over a fixed period of time. The DoD is facing ever-increasing fiscal challenges and is unable to sustain itself at current and future levels of funding projected by the Congress. In the case of the Army, QDR 2014 calls for a reduction of as many as 130,000 active duty Army soldiers world-wide. To meet this fiscally constrained personnel cap the Army identified bases within 19 States to absorb these cuts; Hawaii is one of the States on the Army’s cut list. Bases in Hawaii now being considered by the Army to meet these cuts include Schofield Barracks (16,000) and Fort Shafter (3,800). The impacts of these cuts are significant, but the members of the Oahu Council for Army Downsizing (OCAD) see most of these as positive impacts that will greatly improve the quality of life for Hawaii’s people, particularly the Hawaiian community on Oahu and throughout Hawaii Nei.

The OCAD supports and actively advocates for the downsizing of Army Forces on Oahu. The OCAD does not consider the bulk of the Army’s forces on Oahu to be strategically located since these forces do not have readily available airlift or sealift to support their transport to anywhere in the Pacific as quickly as may be needed. Moreover, the OCAD believes the Army on Oahu lacks critically needed ‘forced entry’ capability to allow it to enter hostile environments, a capability already possessed by the US Marines presently on Oahu and throughout the Pacific. The OCAD believes taxpayers cannot afford to pay for redundant forces competing to do the same job and redundant, geographically isolated forces occupying critical lands and consuming valuable resources that are important to the State of Hawaii and the Hawaiian community.

The OCAD wants the people of Hawaii and Oahu to understand the goodness that can occur if the Army is downsized in the quantities proposed by DoD. The OCAD believes the cuts proposed should occur in the near term and that the following bases and geographic areas be returned to the State of Hawaii: Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, Makua Valley, Dillingham Military Reservation, and Kolekole pass with unimpeded access on Lualualei Naval Road.

The OCAD believes the DoD’s recommendation for cuts provides a ‘once–in–a–century’ opportunity for Hawaii Nei; if military forces on Oahu are not cut during this round of force structure cuts, then nothing will change on Oahu militarily — there will never be another round of cuts like this for Hawaii in any of our lifetimes.

The worst case scenario would be for Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation to naively negotiate a compromise deal with other State Legislators to reduce the projected personnel cuts on Oahu (i.e. only 10,000 personnel cuts versus 19,800). Because any cuts smaller than what is proposed by the Army will allow the Army to retains its current facilities on Oahu at the status quo; resulting in NO LONG TERM BENEFITS FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII. This would be unforgiveable!


Note: HPI did not make a typo in the title, AL is spelled with two capital letters.

Link:

Oahu Army Downsizing [Hawaii Political Info] (Collection of articles, videos & online information)

2014 Gubernatorial Forum on PBS Hawaii: Insights

September 25, 2014

Republican Duke Aiona, Libertarian Jeff Davis, Independent Mufi Hannemann and Democrat David Ige vie for your vote for governor in a spirited forum.


Mahalo to PBS Hawaii for their quick posting on YouTube of this important forum.

The Real Reason the U.S. Is Bombing Syria

The Huffington Post

By Dennis J. Kucinich
Former 16-year member of the U.S. Congress and two-time U.S. presidential candidate

September 23, 2014

The administration's response to the conjunction of this weekend's People's Climate March and the International Day of Peace?

1) Bomb Syria the following day, to wrest control of the oil from ISIS which gained its foothold directly in the region through the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan funding and arming ISIS' predecessors in Syria.

2) Send the president to UN General Assembly, where he will inevitably give a rousing speech about climate and peace, while the destruction of the environment and the shattering of world peace is on full display 5,000 miles away.

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."

Read more . . .

How Americans Really Feel about Bombing Syria

Russia Today introduction: For IN the NOW with Anissa Naouai, The Resident hit the streets of New York City around the United Nations to ask Americans how they feel about their President bombing yet another country. A president who ran on a platform of ending wars, President Obama is now bombing his 7th country in just 6 short years.

Published on YouTube September 25, 2014

Ben Swann: Air Strikes Imprecise

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Ben Swann says that the U.S. is arming its "enemies," in this case ISIS, once again through the back door of "moderate rebels."

Published on YouTube Sep 25, 2014

Russia Today introduction: Washington says that the strikes are being carried out so that oil facilities remain largely intact and can possibly be used again in the future. However, the missiles and weaponry used in the operation has prompted concerns that this will be unlikely.


Last week Thursday, Hawaii Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono, both Democrats, voted with the majority (78-22) to arm Syrian "rebels." The day before, Congresswomen Colleen Hanabusa (D-District 1) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-District 2) voted with the minority (273-156) against the measure to arm the "rebels." President Obama was the one behind the measure in the first place.

Common Pharmaceuticals Destroy Your Brain

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Do you take or have you taken Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, Unisom, Paxil, Detrol, Demerol, and Elavil? Does anyone in your family or among your friends have dementia? Read about how certain pharmaceuticals can cause long term brain impairment.

Natural Society

By Christina Sarich

September 22, 2014

You wouldn’t think that taking a little pain pill would cause long term cognitive impairment, but that’s just one of the commonly prescribed (or even OTC) pharmaceutical medications which were studied in a six-year test to see what kind of neurological damage was caused. Unfortunately, the research found that these pharmaceuticals, commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions including insomnia, allergies, or incontinence, cause long-term damage to the brain. The findings point to a class of drugs called anticholinergics, which block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter.

“We found that taking one anticholinergic significantly increased an individual’s risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and taking two of these drugs doubled this risk. This is very significant in a population – African-Americans – already known to be at high risk for developing cognitive impairment,” said Noll Campbell, PharmD, first author of the study.

The surprising thing is that many of the drugs are commonly used, brands like Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, and Unisom are included in the anticholinergic drug list, but so are Paxil, Detrol, Demerol, and Elavil – antidepressant medications. Sure it's great if you don’t feel depressed anymore, but not if it is because the drugs are just killing the brain cells that might ordinarily register sadness or anxiety.

Read more . . .

Cam Cavasso, the Ho'okele

Cam Cavasso, Republican, is running for the U.S. Senate against Brian Schatz, Democrat and incumbent. Schatz was appointed to the Senate by Governor Abercrombie to replace Daniel Inouye when Inouye suddenly passed away in December 2012 while in office.


Is ISIS Good for Jews?

Hawaii Political Info Introduction: Brother Nathanael offers evidence that "moderate Syrian rebels," which the U.S. is training and arming, have a good relationship with ISIS, meaning that U.S. support of the "moderates" is support of ISIS. Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono voted to train and arm the "moderates." Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa voted against doing so.

Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity as a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Colorado.


Links:

'Greater Israel': The Zionist Plan for the Middle East [Hawaii Political Info] Sep 8, 2013

General Wesley Clark: 7 Countries in 5 Years [Hawaii Political Info] Sep 8, 2013 (Clarifies U.S. involvement in the 'Greater Israel' plan)

Israel, Zionism & Jews [Hawaii Political Info] (Collection of articles)

Poll: Djou Ahead of Takai by 4 Points

Honolulu Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: GOP’s Djou Up By 4 Points Over Democrat Takai in CD1
Meanwhile, Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are way ahead of their GOP rivals.

By Chad Blair

September 23, 2014

The man who represents Hawaii Republicans’ best hope to pick up a congressional seat has a 4 percentage point lead over his Democratic opponent.

Charles Djou leads Mark Takai 46-42 percent in Civil Beat’s latest poll. Just 12 percent of voters are undecided.

The state has only sent three Republicans to Washington, D.C., since statehood in 1959, and Djou, a former state legislator and a former Honolulu City Councilman, is one of them. He won a special election to replace Neil Abercrombie in 2010 when the longtime congressman resigned to run successfully for governor.

Read more . . .

Homeless Man Running for Congress from Hawaii

Hawaii's "most unusual political candidate," Kawika Crowley (R), is running for U.S. Congressional District 2 (rural Oahu & neighbor islands) against Tulsi Gabbard (D, incumbent) and Joe Kent (L).

Hawaii Reporter

September 16, 2014

KANEOHE – Kawika Crowley, the Republican running for U.S. House District 2 in November, is quite possibly the state's most interesting politician in 2014.

The 60-year-old native Hawaiian smokes cigars and fights for smokers’ rights, his home and campaign headquarters are in his 1995 Plymouth Voyager, and in heavily unionized, blue Hawaii, he’s unabashedly an advocate for the free market and conservative causes.

Crowley also is passionate about showing his patriotism, ensuring the U.S. military are honored and the victims of 9-11 aren't forgotten — he spends the 11th day of each month on the side of the road with signs that remind passersby not to forget the victims of the terrorist attacks.

Read more . . .

Links:

Map of Congressional District 2, Hawaii (rural Oahu and the neighbor islands)

2014 General Election Candidate Information [Hawaii Political Info]

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