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Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military

Woman Arrested at Austin Airport after Refusing Pat-Down

Passengers say good for the TSA

Pilot Whistleblower Exposes Huge Holes in Airport Security

Gets treated like a criminal by the TSA

The Birth of Christ and the Birth of America Are Linked

by Chuck Baldwin

As we approach the celebration of Christ’s birth, I am reminded of the words of John Quincy Adams. On July 4, 1837, he spoke these words:

“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? … Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth. That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?”

Adams was exactly right: America’s birth is directly linked to the birth of our Savior. In fact, the United States of America is the only nation established by Christian people, upon Biblical principles, and dedicated to the purpose of religious liberty. This truth is easily observed within America’s earliest history.

America’s forebears first established a written covenant with God as early as November 11, 1620, when they penned The Mayflower Compact. It states in part:

“In the name of God, Amen. … Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”

The sentiments and statements of America’s founders make it clear that this nation has enjoyed a love and appreciation for the rights and freedoms recognized in Natural Law that is unique in the annals of human history. No other people have such a heritage.

One thing America’s founders could not envision was–after they had paid so terrible a price to purchase our liberties–that the time would come when their posterity would be denied the basic freedoms to publicly express their reverence for God. Never could they have imagined that the day would come when citizens of the sovereign states (each with a State constitution protecting religious liberty) would be denied their right to pray in school, or place Nativity scenes on public property, or hang copies of the Ten Commandments on courthouse walls.

I am also confident that America’s founders would be completely repulsed by the way the United States has jumped headlong into corporatism, socialism, and globalism. At the national level, Democrats and Republicans alike have created a central government so large that it would be unrecognizable to any Founding Father (even Alexander Hamilton or John Adams). In addition, both Big Business and Big Religion have sold our great country down the old proverbial river. Truly, our Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves.

Therefore, at this Christmas season, let us remember well the founding principles of these United States of America. Furthermore, let us renew with vigor the fight for freedom before our liberties and our heritage are gone altogether.

From my family to yours: Merry Christmas!

How JP Morgan Profits Handsomely from Food Stamps

Wreaths at Punchbowl National Cemetery

For the first time, the Wreaths across America campaign has come to Punchbowl Cemetery (officially known as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific) on a large scale. The custom began with wreath laying at America's historic Arlington National Cemetery in 1992 to honor our war dead, spreading from that beginning across the U.S. and to cemeteries overseas.

While in previous years five wreaths were donated to Punchbowl during the Christmas season, this year 1,288 wreaths were placed in the center portion of the cemetery.

Read more . . . [Honolulu Star-Advertiser]

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Christmas Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery [Hawaii Political Info]

Cancer Clusters: Is Where You Live Killing You?

Honolulu #2 of 35 Cities for Chromium in Drinking Water

It's toxic and causes cancer.

Distorting the Tax Policy Debate

Monday, December 20, 2010

by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

George Orwell warned us about the use of “meaningless words” in politics, words that are endlessly repeated by sloganeering politicians until they have no meaning at all. Meaningless words certainly were on display during last week’s congressional debate over the latest tax bill.

Over and over again we heard trite, empty phrases like “tax cuts for the wealthiest 2%,” “tax giveaways,” “tax earmarks,” and “borrowing money to give to millionaires.” Time and time again the same falsehoods were presented as fact, and reported as such by a credulous media.

But all of these clichés about taxes are based on the presumption that government has a right to all of your income, and so government “gives” you something when it allows you to keep a portion of that income. To this mindset, tax cuts represent a “cost” to government. After all, they argue, money that really ought to go to the most noble of purposes-- wealth redistribution via taxation--is being kept by greedy people and corporations who just don’t want to pay their fair share.

Far too many Americans truly believe that tax cuts represent a government giveaway, indistinguishable from an outright subsidy or entitlement payment. To combat this mindset, we need to be clear with our language.

A subsidy, properly understood, occurs when government takes tax dollars and gives them to favored individuals, companies, or industries. A tax cut, by contrast, simply means government takes less from an individual, company, or industry. When government takes less from you, it has not given you anything; it merely has harmed you less. This is the critical distinction that has been lost in the endless, tired debate about tax policy.

Of course the bill passed last week did contain some actual spending, mostly in the form of an extension of unemployment benefits for another 13 months. The total spending in the bill amounted to about $60 billion. But the tax savings in the bill, meaning the amount of money that will remain in the hands of taxpayers rather than being sent to Washington, is approximately $850 billion. So while a clean tax bill certainly would have been preferable, the tax relief it contains is significant. It means $850 billion will be spent, saved, or invested by American citizens rather than being sent into the black hole known as the federal treasury.

The media, however, dutifully reported that opposition to the bill came from concerned members of Congress who felt the $850 billion “cost” of the bill was too high, and would add too much to the deficit. As always, they could not distinguish between government giving and government taking away. The American people already pay plenty in federal taxes; the deficit is the result of a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

Had the bill not passed, millions of Americans would have seen their paychecks shrink in January due to increased tax withholding. That is the plain and simple truth, and that is why I voted for the bill.

Carcinogenic Chromium-6 Widespread in U.S. Tap Water

Honolulu second most polluted in nation

Chromium-6 is the toxic pollutant that figured in the Erin Brockovich movie. It was carelessly disposed of by Pacific Gas & Electric and polluted the California town of Hinkley's drinking water, with disastrous consequences for the townspeople. PG&E denied, denied, denied, but ultimately wound up paying a $333 million settlement in response to the lawsuit brought by Brockovich and her law firm.

Hinkley's average amount of chromium-6 was 1.19 ppb. Honolulu's one-time test by the Evironmental Working Group showed a 2.0 ppb result.

Where is the chromium-6 in Honolulu's tap water coming from?

Hexavalent chromium [chromium-6] is commonly discharged from steel and pulp mills as well as metal-plating and leather-tanning facilities. It can also pollute water through erosion of soil and rock. —Environmental Working Group

Chromium-6 is also commonly associated with textile dyes, wood preservation and anti-corrosion coatings.

It seems that some of these facilities on Oahu may have been dumping chromium-6 either on the ground or in a nearby body of water, from where it worked its way into Honolulu's artesian wells from which the city gets its drinking water.

If you know of any business that is dumping their chromium-6 waste on the ground or in Oahu's waters, send HPI an email.

Read more . . . [Environmental Working Group]

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