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BoE Candidate Forum Held Last Night at UH-Manoa

Quadrangle at University of Hawaii-Manoa

Forty people attend under-publicized debate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. No further Board of Education forums are planned this election cycle.
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Honolulu Star-Advertiser

August 24, 2010

Teacher furloughs on instructional days are gone, but they were not forgotten at last night's Board of Education candidates' forum.

At times, furloughs dominated the discussion, and several candidates called the furloughs a "low point" that prompted them to run.

"My child was furloughed," candidate Kathy Bryant-Hunter told attendees. "Didn't make me happy. Made him happy. For me it was really a call to action."

Candidate Todd Hairgrove said during the forum, "My No. 1 priority is to make sure there are no Furlough Fridays next year and the years after that."

About 40 people turned out for the two-hour moderated debate at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the only one scheduled for the Board of Education race.

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Forum Shows Diversity of Ed Board Candidates [Honolulu Civil Beat]

King Spells Out Platform in Bid for Lt Gov

by Adrienne King

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor

Thank you so much for taking time to consider supporting my candidacy for Lt. Governor in the Republican primary. I decided to run because I was hearing too many stories of starry-eyed kids being discouraged instead of encouraged, fledgling businesses stifled instead of supported, and tired tax payers sucked dry to feed counterproductive policies and practices. My experience lobbying the legislature the last three years convinced me that we need new energy, new faces, and new approaches to the lethargy of the “same ol’ same ol’.”

We need radical restructuring of our education system. While some kids do very well, too many cannot read a ruler, figure a bus schedule, or pass the National Guard entrance exam. This is intolerable. The last time the DOE was audited was 1973. That was before cell phones and computers, the internet, I-phones, cable, and Netflix!! We need to get Hawaii off the provincial clipper ship to nowhere and onto the world’s rocket ship to the 21st century.

We need to provide more tax incentives, not fewer, so our small businesses, the backbone of our economy, will flourish, thrive and expand. We need to promote “Made-in-Hawaii” products so that our people in Hawaii reap the benefits. We need to revise regulations to encourage creativity, while clarifying enforcement guidelines to insure respectful compliance. Too many rules that make no sense leave people confused and disheartened.

We need assurance that the money we pay in taxes and fees is being spent wisely. Instead of supporting efforts to streamline government operations, the party in power for the last half century reverts to raising taxes and fees. They have created our over?dependence on government handouts turning us against each other in a fight over the money. People are crying for help and the party in power is not listening.

We need to help communities find their own solutions in their own neighborhoods. We need to bring communities, parents, teachers, and principals together to run their own schools. We need to cut through bureaucratic red tape that leaves housing units vacant and schools without air conditioning. We need to empower people to feel capable in their own God-given ability to fulfill their dreams and help their neighbors.

We can make a difference. Each one of us. One vote at a time. Will you help me? I know you care, and I know I am not the only citizen who feels this way. I am, however, the only candidate running who has put my time and treasure where my words are by publicly declaring my sponsorship of the “Taxed Enough Already” movement in Hawaii. I have been involved in the organizing of the rallies on Oahu for the last two years, working with Rep. Kym Pine, Hawaii Republican Assembly members, the Grassroot Institute, and many other dedicated freedom-loving individuals. I have been carrying this message to the entire state - from BBQs in Ka’u to lunches in Lihue. I have talked to parents and small business owners from Chinatown to Kona, from Koko Marina to Lahaina. Sen. Sam Slom has done a radio ad for me. It is currently running on KHVH. Sen. Slom and Rep. Pine have also done a TV ad for me which just started running this week. We have another TV ad which is also running featuring former Chaminade basketball coach Merv Lopes. I have mailed out targeted brochures. Kym Pine and I will be appearing on more radio ads starting next week. We are giving out bumper stickers and providing yard signs and banners as fast as we can. I have marched in the 4th of July parade in Makawao, greeted people at the Maunalua Independence Day Festival, and attended all four days of the Kauai Farm Fair, and sign-waved with supporters on Kauai, Maui, Hawaii, and Oahu. Some of you may have seen me sign-waving on Kalani Hwy and the Pali or out in Ewa.


Hawaii's 186 Special Funds

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president Jamie Story wrote in a mass email yesterday, " ... we canceled school — and many other state functions — on 17 Fridays last year because the state of Hawaii had a $1.2 billion deficit ... and now we find we had more than $1.4 billion extra sitting in special fund accounts at various state agencies?

"· There is $582 million in a transportation special fund;

· $119 million in various special funds for the University of Hawaii;

· $111 million for the Department of Health; and

· $48 million for tourism and economic development.

"Auditors have recommended eliminating many of these funds because they are for tasks already completed or goals no longer pursued."

Grassroot's website report on the special funds begins, "Hawaii’s taxpayers might be shocked to discover that while numerous voices in and out of the local political establishment are calling for an increase in the General Excise Tax to cover any future budget shortfalls in education or other state services, upwards of $1.4 billion dollars in unspent excess funds may be sitting in special funds, several of which were tagged by the auditor almost a decade ago for repeal."

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Violence and Threats of Violence in the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement

Halekoa — Iolani Barracks. Completed in 1871. Click for modern-day, larger view.

A scholarly lecture in Hilo on Sunday August 22 was disrupted by Hawaiian sovereignty activists. Ironically, the lecture focused on Islamist violence and raised the question whether Hawaiian sovereignty activists might become radicalized in the same way as the Islamists. The Hawaiian activists didn't like the topic or the facts being reported. Sovereignty activists have behaved in similar ways at other public events as documented later; including threats of bodily harm to schoolchildren and to adults at an attempted Statehood Day celebration.

Despite modern efforts to portray Queen Liliuokalani as a non-violent resister comparable to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, the fact is that she instigated actual violence, resulting in numerous deaths, in 1889 and 1895. In 1893 she also vindictively insisted she would execute (reportedly by beheading) the leaders of the revolution of 1893 even though the U.S. representative who wanted to negotiate with President Dole to reinstate her monarchy told her very clearly that such insistence on bloodthirsty vengeance would mean he could not continue to support her reinstatement.

Dr. Thomas A. Curtis is Professor of Sociology and Chairman of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. On Sunday he gave the monthly lecture to the Conservative Forum for Hawaii in a meeting announced well ahead of time and open to the public. The speech, entitled "Home-Grown Terrorism," was a report on recent findings in his long-term research on violence and terrorism in politics.

Dr. Curtis' described in detail how Islamist terrorism in America and Spain has been perpetrated by ordinary local citizens of those countries who became radicalized as teenagers or young adults. He specifically discussed the issue whether Hawaiian sovereignty activists are likely to become radicalized through the same psychological mechanisms and social peer pressure as the Islamists, and whether the Hawaiian activists might use violence to achieve their political goal of sovereignty. He said his research includes "1-on-1 surveys of members of the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement, in which his research showed 94% were non-violent. That left 6% who could be."

Hostile comments interrupted him during his presentation. Increasingly angry disruptions during the followup discussion period forced a premature end to the event. An understandably intimidated Dr. Curtis later said he will continue his research but will no longer give public presentations about his findings. Interruptions during a scholarly speech, and constant angry harassment and shouting during a discussion period, are threats of violence whose effect is to intimidate the speaker and silence freedom of expression. When threats of violence force actual changes of behavior including premature ending of the discussion and self-censorship of future speaking engagements, the threats are, in fact, actual violence. It's ironic that what happened at Dr. Curtis' lecture was illustrative of his subject matter.

The Big Island Chronicle of August 23, 2010 has a 1200-word news report describing what happened, written by Dr. Ed Gutteling, an orthopedic surgeon who is Vice President of the Conservative Forum For Hawaii and an eyewitness to what happened. Dr. Gutteling writes that during the discussion period "a series of apparent Hawaiian Sovereignty supporters dominated the discourse very loudly, with growing audible anger. One asked why he did not include several western figures from Hawaiian history as terrorists. Another stood and rubbed an American flag on display, and shouted “this is terrorism,” indicating the US flag. Another [former OHA trustee and current independence activist Moanikeala Akaka] ranted for several minutes how she had spent 40 years working for Hawaiian Sovereignty and never come across any supporter advocating violence. She claimed only peaceful civil disobedience as her methods, in the spirit of Ghandi and with aloha, and accused Dr. Curtis of being an Agent Provocateur ..." For the full report in Big Island Chronicle see
http://tinyurl.com/3axgwqf

A less detailed news report about the event was published in the Hilo Herald-Tribune of August 23. See
http://tinyurl.com/2usowzw

The Hawaiian islands were formed millions of years ago in the fiery violence of volcanic eruptions, still ongoing in limited form on Hawaii Island. The sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawaii was also established through extraordinary violence which included centuries of warfare and religious/political human sacrifice. The violence reached its peak with Kamehameha The Great's use of modern weapons of mass destruction (guns and cannon) against enemies armed with clubs and spears.

Even after the Kingdom was firmly established there were occasional periods of sovereignty-related deadly violence, most notably in 1819 (Battle of Kuamo'o), and 1874 (rioting after Kalakaua's election as King)

Queen Liliuokalani, today's poster girl for non-violence in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, is put forward on a pedestal alongside Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi because she gave up without a fight in 1893. But she actually was a conspirator in two bloody political revolts using guns and bombs in which men died, in 1889 (Wilcox attempt to overthrow Kalakaua) and 1895 (Wilcox attempt to overthrow the Republic). Her bloodthirsty demands for revenge by beheading following the revolution of 1893 caused a U.S. diplomat acting as would-be mediator to back away from efforts to restore her to the throne. The Wilcox attempted counter-revolution of 1895 included a cache of guns and bombs which Liliuokalani had allowed to be hidden in the flower bed of her private home (Washington Place), even as she signed commissions appointing the cabinet ministers for the new government she planned to form. She was tried and convicted of that crime, and spent several months "imprisoned" in a huge room in 'Iolani Palace (with full-time maidservant and plenty of hobby supplies for composing music and sewing a political quilt).

A major webpage is entitled "Violence and threats of violence to push demands for Hawaiian sovereignty -- past, present, and future". See
http://tinyurl.com/2su9pa

That webpage includes detailed, well documented subpages including Liliuokalani's actual instigation of violence; threats of violence against schoolchildren and adults at an attempted Statehood Day celebration in 2006; threats of violence against an anti-sovereignty course at UH in 2002 that caused the course to be cancelled; threats of violence if the Akaka bill does not pass made by "Reverend" Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell and by Rod Ferreira (leader in three major ethnic Hawaiian institutions); actual anti-haole violence in school resulting in a federal consent decree and reported, along with other incidents, by the Southern Poverty Law Center in an article excusing anti-haole violence because of historical grievances; and many others.

Some anti-haole violence is merely "normal" racism; but some of it is motivated by real or imagined historical grievances regarding sovereignty which are constantly trumpeted in the schools, the media, and the political activism in pushing the Akaka bill. A recently published book displays how historical falsehoods are used to poison the minds and hearts of schoolchildren, thus building racial hatred and perhaps eventual violence: The book is "Ka Puuwai Hamama -- Volunteer Spirit" by Kim Hunter, and a detailed review of it refuting the falsehoods is at
http://tinyurl.com/2d9brvf

For discussion of the "big picture" see the book "Hawaiian Apartheid: Racial Separatism and Ethnic Nationalism in the Aloha State" at
http://tinyurl.com/2a9fqa
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Ed Case Endorses Peter Carlisle for Honolulu Mayor

Former Congressman from Hawaii Ed Case (D), who at present holds no public office, nor is running in the present election, endorses Peter Carlisle, former leading Republican and Honolulu city prosecutor, for the nonpartisan office of Mayor of Honolulu. Fellow Democrat Kirk Caldwell gets a thumbs down, but Case reserves some kind words for Panos Prevedouros (R).

The winner of the mayoral contest will be declared the evening of Primary Election Day, September 18.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

by Ed Case

In the special election for Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, I support Peter Carlisle.

About a million people (including visitors) are on O‘ahu any given day, and the main job of Honolulu Mayor is to run core municipal services like police, fire, trash, sewage, transportation and water and balance the budget to do so. But the job's also about preserving O‘ahu's special qualities and directing smart growth, and projecting Honolulu's role in the Asia-Pacific region. And, with fully 70% of Hawai‘i's citizens residing on O‘ahu and Honolulu as Hawai‘i's economic and political center, our Mayor can be a state leader.

I've known Carlisle as a fellow lawyer and worked closely with him as Hawai‘i's Congressman during his service as Prosecuting Attorney. He's a clear thinker and straight talker, willing and able to ask tough questions, find better solutions and make hard decisions. He's independent, works well with diverse folks, and has no political agenda other than making government work. He'll make a good Mayor as we face up to challenges both ignored and not yet known.

Kirk Caldwell has an attractive resume, but he's been a follower, not a leader, throughout his political career. He is the product and clear choice of a political machine that must end. As Mayor, he would be captive to the influence of special interests asking only what the City and County of Honolulu can do for them. As a state leader, he would not provide the independent perspective on state government so essential to finding new solutions to statewide challenges.

I like Panos Prevedouros: his energy and enthusiasm; outside-politics base and perspective; and fresh thinking and independence. We need him and many others like him to seek and serve in elective office. In this election, though, he and Carlisle are the change candidates against a status quo Caldwell; I don't want that vote to be split at the risk of Caldwell prevailing. As well, as a cautious mass transit supporter, I don't believe rail should be effectively scuttled on this vote. So for me Prevedouros is a yes, but not this one.

This Honolulu Mayor election is unusual: it's winner-take-all on primary election day to fill out the remaining two years of the four-year term from which former Mayor Hannemann resigned. This means it's possible our next Mayor could be elected with significantly less than 50%. So if, like me, your goal is good, inclusive government beyond the machine, but you're undecided between Carlisle and Prevedouros, please consider supporting Carlisle as the best choice to achieve that goal.

Ed Case Endorses Abercrombie for Democratic Primary

Ed Case

Addressing the gubernatorial race, Case (D) endorses Neil Abercrombie (D) for the Democratic primary, says Duke Aiona (R) is also a good choice in the decisive general election, and slams Mufi Hannemann (D) as "the most dangerous politician in a generation."

August 21, 2010

by Ed Case

Ed, a Democrat, most recently ran for office in the May special election for congressional District 1, urban Honolulu. Charles Djou (R), won, Colleen Hanabusa (D), came in second, and Ed was third. He is not running for office in the upcoming fall elections.

In the Democratic primary for Governor, I support Neil Abercrombie.

This may surprise some, as Abercrombie hasn't supported my every campaign and we don't agree on all issues. But the choice for us all in that primary, between Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann, is about far more than anything like that: it's about what Hawai‘i we want.

I've known and worked with Abercrombie for over two decades, including four good years together as Hawai‘i's Congressmen. Throughout a two-decade congressional career, Neil was an effective advocate for Hawai‘i in both Republican and Democratic administrations and majorities, was responsible for crucial defense and other federal budgets, and always took care of the folks back home. Throughout, he's been deeply committed to Hawai‘i, independent in thought and action, capable of defending what should be preserved and changing what should not, and passionate about making our government work for all. In experience, character, perspective and commitment, he would serve us well as our Governor.

I've known and worked with Hannemann for the same period, and once saw him as a leader for Hawai‘i today and tomorrow. But, as I've watched him in public office, I've come to view him as the most dangerous politician in a generation, because his talents mask an agenda which, if successful, will set Hawai‘i back a generation. He is the product and clear choice of a political machine that must end. While professing unity, he's practiced the politics of division, exploiting rather than healing differences of race, origin and economic status. He has governed by fear and intimidation, rewarding compliance and punishing disagreement. His policy decisions have too often focused on short-term avoidance at the expense of longterm solutions. All spin aside, none of that would serve us well as our Governor.

I want a Hawai‘i of inclusion. Of honest and accessible government for all. A government committed to both preserving our soul and finding better ways to a better future. And I want leaders I can trust to get us there. At the end of the day, after everything else is considered and all the shouting is pau, I simply trust Neil Abercrombie and don't trust Mufi Hannemann.

A final thought. Some are undecided today among Abercrombie, Hannemann and Duke Aiona, or are supportive of Aiona. Abercrombie and Aiona differ on various issues, but they're both honest, independent, experienced candidates capable of governing competently and inclusively. It would be a singular achievement for us all to vote in the Democratic primary to reject the brand of fear-based exclusionary machine politics practiced by Hannemann, and to then each and all make an issues-based choice between Abercrombie and Aiona in the general election.

Prevedouros Campaign Speaks Up about New Lopsided Poll

Panos Prevedouros

by Peter Kay

Mr. Kay is the Prevedouros for Mayor campaign chair

Tonight's news will announce a poll showing us in a distant 3rd place. It's important you understand that this poll was taken among "likely Democrat primary voters." It does not include independent, conservative, or Republican voters. Naturally, it shows the establishment, pro-rail candidates far ahead.

Why such a disingenuous poll would be released is anyone's guess.

I personally believe it is because the wind is at our backs. The people want an engineer, not a politician for their next mayor. I believe the establishment wants another politician.

Panos just performed a simple calculation that in my opinion puts us at a statistical dead heat. He says, "If the poll is adjusted to include both Democrats and Republicans with Carlisle getting 10 percent of the Republican vote (like I get 11% of the Democrat vote), my true share is 38% of the vote which agrees to a poll we heard about with Peter at 37% and Panos at 30%"

We will be releasing the following to the media:

"This poll of likely Democrat primary voters is not surprising. The polls we have seen that incorporate independent and conservative voters show a dramatically different result. We know from our daily feedback that the momentum is on our side. The people are quickly understanding that the choice in this election is between a machine candidate, a lawyer supporting fiscally irresponsible projects, and an engineer who will stop the rail, repeal the tax, reduce congestion and fix our infrastructure. Our message of sensible solutions is resonating with the people and we look forward to election day."

Let the Housing Market Normalize!

by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

Recently there have been some encouraging signs that Congress is finally willing to admit what should have been evident two years ago. Even after a $150 billion bailout, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still bankrupt and should be abolished. Indeed Rep. Barney Frank, a longtime champion of Fannie and Freddie, has made a few statements alluding to this and I have signed on to a letter asking him to clarify his remarks and hold hearings on this topic. There seems to be a growing consensus in favor of abolishing Fannie and Freddie. This is the good news.

The bad news is that instead of simply returning to the free market, Fannie and Freddie will probably be replaced with something equally damaging, and at this point we can only guess what that will be. One possibility is that instead of these two giant Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), the government will deputize thousands of smaller banks to do the same thing — that is to securitize mortgages with taxpayer guarantees to encourage lending that otherwise would not happen. In other words, there will be a myriad of smaller Fannies and Freddies, and government involvement will reach even deeper into the financial sector.

Fannie and Freddie, and thus the taxpayer, has an alarming $5 trillion exposure to the mortgage market. To some, spreading out this risk might seem tempting, and a smart thing to do. But the fact remains that if a bank expects to lose money on a loan, so will the taxpayers. Playing around with structures and definitions will still not deal with the root problem — government meddling in the housing market, playing fast and loose with our tax dollars, and central planning by the Federal Reserve.

Banks have complex risk assessment strategies in place that help them forecast if a particular loan will make them any money or not. If they expect to make money, they will approve the loan. If they have doubts, sometimes they will ask for a co-signer to improve their odds. You might do this willingly for a friend or a relative if you didn’t mind losing some money on their behalf, but current government policies essentially force taxpayers to become cosigners for risky borrowers who are complete strangers, whom the banks have already determined to be bad risks. Taxpayers have no choice in the matter because politicians decided a few decades ago that dangling homeownership in front of more people seemed like a good way to garner votes.

That was sold to voters as a compassionate gesture to the poor and beneficial to society as a whole. After all, how could giving more Americans an ownership stake in society be bad? The combined policies of loose credit and government backing increased the demand for housing and drove prices sky high. When the housing market heated up to the breaking point everything came crashing down. Those suddenly facing foreclosure saw the reality of government compassion. Truly, when government offers you a gift, you should eye it with great suspicion.

Another tragedy is that many job seekers are now tethered to their locations because of upside-down loan obligations. It takes a lot of effort with their bank and damage to their credit scores to figure out how to get out and move to a place where there are jobs. Will the government now be seeking ways to subsidize renters in some way because of this lack of mobility? Some think so.

My hope is that for the long-term stability and health of the economy, the government will extricate itself from the market altogether and let it normalize. My fear is that in its usual misguided efforts at solving one crisis, it will create a thousand others.

Aftermath of US Fallujah Attack 'Worse than Hiroshima'

The Independent, a U.K. newspaper, has a disturbing story on widespread birth defects in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. They are thought to be the aftermath of a 2004 U.S. Marine attack there, when depleted uranium and white phosphorus were allegedly among the weapons used.
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The Independent

by Patrick Cockburn

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.

Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

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VIDEO: Controversial US Weaponary Used in Iraq: Fallujah Birth Defects, Cancer [Global Research] Mar 12, 2010

Djou Gives GOP National Weekly Speech

Charles Djou gave the Republican national address yesterday, broadcast around the same time Democrat President Obama's weekly address was aired. Says Djou, it is " . . . the first time in American history that both the presidential radio address and the response were delivered by individuals raised in Hawaii. It was a moment to reflect on how far our state has come and to take pride in the role Hawaii is playing in the national debate."


The Hill, a highly influential newspaper that covers Congress, reports on Djou's address.

The President's Saturday address follows below:


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