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Statehood Day Worth Celebrating

By Keli'i Akina, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

August 15, 2014

As an American, I am proud that Hawaii is a state of the union. The 50th state represents our nation’s breadth and diversity. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, we span the globe, not for domination, but for beneficence. What we practice and live within our borders – being “one nation under God, indivisible…” - extends across the world “ …with liberty and justice for all.”

As a Hawaiian, I am proud to be part of the great people of the United States. No other nation could better fulfill the aspirations of Hawaiians as expressed in the 1840 Constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom: “God hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the earth, in unity and blessedness. God has also bestowed certain rights alike on all men…” These are the values embedded within America’s most cherished document, the Declaration of Independence.

In 1959, Governor Neil Blaisdell presided over the greatest celebration Hawaii’s people had ever seen, following a resounding 95 percent plus affirmation of statehood by all the people of Hawaii. Moloka’i, with a preponderantly native Hawaiian population, led the way in the vote!

Today, we would do well to celebrate again the great union of the United States and Hawaii. Current detractors who seek to undo this union are truly a minority, although a vocal one. I have traveled throughout these islands, visited the Hawaiian Homestead lands, spoken with those who are too shy to go to public hearings, talked with aged kupuna and young workers. The silent, yet vast majority of ethnic Hawaiians, like myself, are proud to be Hawaiian and proud to be American. That’s worth celebrating, and it’s worth celebrating in the company of all Americans, from multiple ethnic backgrounds, who can all rightly call themselves Hawaiians.

Video: Changing Hawaii

In this installment of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews Fred Hemmings, former surfing champion, state senator, and informal Hawaii Goodwill Ambassador. Drawing on Hemmings’ vast knowledge of Hawaii’s history and culture, Dr. Akina and Mr. Hemmings discuss a number of current issues, from historical revisionism to the question of why Native Hawaiian successes are so often overlooked. Mr. Hemmings’ insights on change in Hawaii politics (or the lack thereof) provide a unique perspective on the state’s political climate.

Greg Brannon, M.D., 'The Path to Liberty'

Dr. Brannon knows the U.S. Constitution well. Here he says that every issue has two questions: Who is sovereign? and What is the legitimate role of the government?


Follow-up videos:

Introduction to Path to Liberty, Ep 2 [YouTube] (5 min) Jul 17, 2014

Path to Liberty, Ep 3 [YouTube] (40 min) Jul 19, 2014

Path to Liberty, Ep 4 [YouTube] (40 min) Aug 11, 2014

Aerial Survey of Puna Damage

A look at the damage Tropical Storm Iselle wreaked on the Puna area of the Big Island.

Published on YouTube Aug 11, 2014

James Bamford Describes His Wired Interview with Edward Snowden

Snowden: An Interview with the Most Wanted Man in the World

Wired

By James Bamford

August 13, 2014

The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.”

ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with him—traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting. Among other things, I want to answer a burning question: What drove Snowden to leak hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents, revelations that have laid bare the vast scope of the government’s domestic surveillance programs? In May I received an email from his lawyer, ACLU attorney Ben Wizner, confirming that Snowden would meet me in Moscow and let me hang out and chat with him for what turned out to be three solid days over several weeks. It is the most time that any journalist has been allowed to spend with him since he arrived in Russia in June 2013. But the finer details of the rendezvous remain shrouded in mystery. I landed in Moscow without knowing precisely where or when Snowden and I would actually meet. Now, at last, the details are set.

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Marlon Wayans: Robin Williams Suicide Likely from Antidepressant

"I don't think it's depression. I think it's chemical..."

Williams, who tragically took his own life Monday, had been battling depression as of late according to several close friends. Wayans, a longtime associate of Williams, is the first Hollywood actor to bring up the important connection between antidepressants and suicide. —Mikael Thalen, InfoWars


InfoWars story

Hilo Judge Rules Puna Election On for Tomorrow

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Expressing reservations about the wisdom of holding the election tomorrow, Hilo circuit court judge Greg Nakamura said today, "the court is not supposed to interfere with an ongoing election process, even if it is unconstitutional."

Colleen Hanabusa's campaign manager John Salsbury stated after the ruling, "We are extremely disappointed for the people of Puna, especially since Judge Nakamura said that holding this election tomorrow lacks 'common sense' and 'shows some insensitivity to the plight of people in Puna.'

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Hilo Tribune-Herald

By John Burnett
Tribune-Herald staff writer

A judge today denied U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s request to delay a make-up election Friday in two Puna precincts where the polls were closed in Saturday’s primary election due to damage from Tropical Storm Iselle.

The ruling by Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura paves the way for the two-precinct election to be held at Keonepoko Elementary School in Hawaiian Beaches subdivision. Results of that election are expected to be announced Friday night.

Nakamura said if a poll was taken right now, it would indicate “some lack of common sense to hold the election tomorrow in light of the natural disaster caused by Iselle and people are trying to recover from the property damage caused by storm conditions, the lack of ability to freely move about, the lack of electrical power and difficulties in regard to obtaining food and water.”

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Hanabusa Asks Hawaii Court to Halt Tomorrow's Election in Puna

Mother & daughter

Pacific Business News

By Janis L. Magin
Managing Editor

U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate Colleen Hanabusa filed a request for a temporary restraining order in a Hilo court Wednesday, seeking to halt a primary election scheduled for Friday in two Big Island precincts that are still recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle.

The complaint filed in 3rd Circuit Court asks the court to stop Hawaii Chief Election Officer Scott Nago from holding the election, which could determine the winner of the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

Hanabusa trails incumbent U.S. Sen Brian Schatz in the race by 1,635 votes.

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Russian Journalist Captured by Kiev Government

33-year-old Russian photojournalist missing a week

Russia Today introduction: Thirty-three-year-old Russian photojournalist Andrey Stenin has been missing more than a week. He disappeared in eastern Ukraine while covering Kiev's military campaign. READ MORE http://rt.com/trends/russian-journalist-ukraine-missing/

Published on YouTube Aug 13, 2014

You're the Wrong Race

unless Your Racial Group Consistently Underperforms

By Thomas Sowell

August 12, 2014

New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist.

The non-existent problem is the use of tests to determine who gets admitted to the city's three most outstanding public high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. These admissions tests have been used for generations, and the students in these schools have had spectacular achievements for generations.

These achievements include many Westinghouse Science awards, Intel Science awards and — in later life — Pulitzer Prizes and multiple Nobel Prizes. Graduates of Bronx Science alone have gone on to win five Nobel Prizes in physics alone. There are Nobel Prize winners from Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Tech as well.

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