Th, Mar 6, 2014, 5pm, Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA, not official arm of GOP Hawaii) public meeting for North Shore residents, "The Good, Bad & the Ugly of Hawaii Politics" plus what you can do about it. Wailua Community Association Center, 66-434 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa (Oahu). Free. Details
HPI note: Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D) recently announced the resignation of his Congressional District 1 (pdf) seat before his term is up so that he can concentrate on the 2010 gubernatorial race. A special election to replace him will be held soon, but the date has not yet been fixed.
The opponent that Case is writing about here, but does not name, is obviously Colleen Hanabusa.
By Ed Case
Sunday, January 10, 2010
A rule of politics says that you're better off not responding to some stories. But this rule of life trumps that: your integrity is everything and must be defended always.
Yesterday, at the opening of my opponent's headquarters, Sen. Inouye stated that (1) in late '02, after the passing of my predecessor, the late Congresswoman Patsy Mink, I ran against John Mink in the special election to fill out her term even though he and others asked me to defer to John, and (2) in '05 I told him and my other colleagues on Hawai‘i's congressional delegation I would not be a candidate for the U. S. Senate in '06 even though I had already decided to run and printed up campaign materials. Sen. Akaka agreed, saying "Inouye has spoken."
With respect, Sen. Inouye's recollection of the facts is not correct.
Full article [Hawaii Reporter]
Senators Support Hanabusa for Congress [Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Sat, Jan 9, 2010]
Congressional District 1 Candidate Steve Tataii [HPI, Nov 3, 2008] This article contains information about the circumstances surrounding the 2002 special election to fill Patsy Mink’s seat, the same election that Senator Inouye brought up on Saturday to apparently cast Case in a negative light. See the subtitle, “Why does Steve say that he was robbed of victory by Abercrombie in 2002?”.
by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)
Last week it was revealed that when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve, he urged AIG officials not to disclose to the Securities Exchange Commission relevant details of agreements with banks to bail out Goldman Sachs. Apparently he felt at the time that regulators and the public would be angry that taxpayer money was used to fully compensate bankers who made some horrifically bad investment decisions. These banks should have suffered the consequences of the huge risks they were taking. After all, they kept plenty of rewards when times were good. Instead, the Fed found a way to socialize these major losses so these banks could survive and continue making more bad decisions, at the expense of the American people and the value of the dollar.
Geithner claims that they had to take politically unpopular actions to save the economy from collapse. Half of that is right – it was politically unpopular, but it is extremely premature at best, to claim the economy has been saved. It was just reported that the economy shed 85,000 more jobs in December. Unemployment stands at 10 percent officially, and 22 percent according to more traditional calculations. It is hard to argue that this sort of government waste has done anything but harm to our economy. Raiding Main Street to bail out Wall Street is a foolish idea. Main Street productivity and the strength of the dollar is the bedrock of the economy. You cannot gut this foundation without eventually toppling everything else. This is what too many policy makers either don’t understand or refuse to face. Or even worse, perhaps they do understand, but don’t care!
In any case, this revelation makes precisely my point about the need for Fed transparency. This claim that the Fed should have “independence” is a canard. They very much enjoy their comfortable pattern of bailing out friends and devaluing the currency with no oversight and no accountability. Geithner specifically asked officials at AIG not to disclose to the SEC or to the public particulars about this special deal for his friends. We only know these details now because AIG was eventually forthcoming when Congress demanded some answers.
We should be getting this information, and information on all such dealings, straight from the Fed. The Fed should be accountable to Congress because it is a creature of Congress. The Constitution gives Congress the authority to oversee the integrity of the monetary unit. We have unwisely and unconstitutionally delegated this authority to the Federal Reserve, which has in turn devalued our dollar by 95 percent and counting. When the Federal Reserve engages in harmful policies, Congress is still ultimately responsible. If the Fed is not made accountable through a GAO audit at least, it will continue to be accountable to no one, and that is unacceptable.
Geithner expects to be praised and thanked for his actions instead of rebuked and fired. He expects to be given more power to engage in “experimental” monetary policy in the future. But he has just given us a very good idea of what the Fed and Treasury would do with more power, what they consider good monetary policy, and why they like their so-called independence.
Thought to be a good choice for the next superintendent of the Department of Education, but some say there's no rush to choose a new chief of schools
Monday, January 11, 2010
by Loren Moreno
?Advertiser Education Writer
A new superintendent is unlikely to result in dramatic shifts in direction for Hawai'i's public school system, regardless of who is selected for the job.
While many view the selection of a new superintendent as an opportunity to change the course of the state's schools, the agenda of the new chief of the state Department of Education more likely will be shaped by reforms already in motion under both state and federal mandates.
Just as Patricia Hamamoto inherited a school system in 2001 encumbered by a new federal mandate known as No Child Left Behind and the Felix Consent Decree, the next Hawai'i superintendent would acquire a whole other set of federal and state mandates, including the "four assurances" under Obama's American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and the federal Race to the Top school reform.
The state Board of Education will decide this week its process for selecting a new superintendent. Since Hamamoto's resignation on New Year's Eve, broad support from the business community, lawmakers and educators has been building for Acting Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, 51.
Full article [The Honolulu Advertiser]
Steve Kroft reports on the status of the multi-billion-dollar "virtual fence" being built at the U.S.-Mexican border, which is behind schedule and so far covers only about one percent of the border.
Web Extra: Bad for Taxpayers?
Wayne Cornelius is a critic of the "virtual fence" and believes it won't make a difference.
Web Extra: Virtual Fence
Mark Borkowski is in charge of the fence project, and he demonstrates its technologys to Steve Kroft.
Authors of a new book, Game Change, and John McCain's former top campaign strategist reveal behind-the-scenes issues from the GOP and Democratic camps during their campaigns. Anderson Cooper reports.
Extra: What About Sarah Palin?
Mark Halperin of Time and John Heilemann of New York Magazine covered the McCain-Palin campaign and spent two years researching their book Game Change.
Extra: Palin Emerges
Steve Schmidt, chief strategist of John McCain's presidential campaign, explains how Sarah Palin became the GOP's candidate for vice president.
Extra: The Couric Interview
John McCain's chief campaign strategist Steve Schmidt believes that Sarah Palin did not prepare for the Katie Couric interview.
Extra: A Terrifying V.P.
According to reporters Mark Halperin of Time and John Heilemann of New York Magazine, some McCain staffers were considering an unheard of request if McCain was elected President.
Extra: Regrets Over Palin?
Mark Halperin of Time and John Heilemann of New York Magazine on the regrets felt by McCain campaign staffers over the choice of Sarah Palin as nominee to be vice president.
Extra: Senator O'Biden
Was it just a folksy question or part of a deliberate strategy? McCain's campaign strategist Steve Schmidt has the surprising behind-the-scenes answer.
Acknowledgment at front of the book Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky:
Lest we forget a least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins—or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.
by Peter Slevin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 25, 2007
CHICAGO -- The job offer to "Miss Hillary Rodham, Wellesley College" was dated Oct. 25, 1968, and signed by Saul D. Alinsky, the charismatic community organizer who believed that the urban poor could become their own best advocates in a world that largely ignored them.
Alinsky thought highly of 21-year-old Rodham, a student government president who grew up in the Chicago suburbs. She was in the midst of a year-long analysis of Alinsky's aggressive mobilizing tactics, and he was searching for "competent political literates" to move to Chicago to build grass-roots organizations.
Seventeen years later, another young honor student was offered a job as an organizer in Chicago. By then, Alinsky had died, but a group of his disciples hired Barack Obama, a 23-year-old Columbia University graduate, to organize black residents on the South Side, while learning and applying Alinsky's philosophy of street-level democracy. The recruiter called the $13,000-a-year job "very romantic, until you do it."
Today, as Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton face off for the Democratic presidential nomination, their common connection to Alinsky is one of the striking aspects of their biographies. Obama embraced many of Alinsky's tactics and recently said his years as an organizer gave him the best education of his life. Clinton's interest was more intellectual -- she turned down the job offer -- and she has said little about Alinsky since their association became a favorite subject of conservative critics during her husband's presidency.
”The citizens have won,” says Dr. Marc Girard of France
Much of Europe has canceled orders for the swine flu vaccine. Dr. Marc Girard gives the credit to protesting citizens.
The mainstream media, at least in the U.S., puts a different spin on it, saying that the shots were canceled because the epidemic has not appeared and also that only one shot is needed, not the two originally recommended as necessary.
The citizens may have won in Europe, but in the U.S. the CDC, a huge government agency with a revolving door between it and lucrative big pharma jobs, is continuing to recommend that Americans get swine flu shots, if they haven’t done so already.
Friday, January 8, 2010
French doctor and author of a book on the swine flu scam, Marc Girard, has declared victory in the information battle in Europe surrounding the swine flu vaccine following the decision by the French government to cancel 50 million doses and abandon the vaccine centers under intense political pressure.
Some other key turning points in the campaign were:
- the decision by the German army in September to refuse to take the toxic Baxter Celvapan jab forcing Baxter to drop mercury and adjuvants at the last moment when seeking EU approval for its vaccine and so triggering a storm of protest inside Germany about the two classes of vaccines with and without adjuvants.
Full article [The Flu Case]
Dr. Marc Girard interview [YouTube] in French, but with an English translation on the side
John Allison, chairman of BB&T (Branch Banking & Trust, rated #260 on the Fortune 500 list) describes the strong-arm tactics of Ben Bernanke (Chairman of the Federal Reserve System), which forced the reluctant bank to take TARP money. The move cost the bank $250 million and its chairman obviously feels ripped off.
A majority of the House of Representatives (317 out of 435 Representatives) are co-sponsoring a bill calling for the auditing of the Federal Reserve for the first time since its establishment in 1913. They include Hawaii's Neil Abercrombie (D) and Mazie Hirono (D).
Only 31 of the nation's 100 Senators have similarly co-sponsored a Senate version of the bill. Senators Daniel Inouye (D) and Daniel Akaka (D) are not among them. Senator Akaka is on the Senate Banking Committee and is especially important, while Senator Inouye is up for reelection this year.
Because of the U.S.’s support of and enabling of Israel’s attacks on its Muslim neighbors
Thursday, Jan 7, 2010
by Glenn Greenwald
If it is taboo to discuss how America's actions in the Middle East cause Terrorism — and it generally is — that taboo is far stronger still when it comes to specifically discussing how our blind, endless enabling of Israeli actions fuels Terrorism directed at the U.S. An article in yesterday's New York Times examined the life of Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, the Jordanian who blew himself up, along with 7 CIA agents, in Afghanistan this week. Why would Balawi — a highly educated doctor, who was specifically recruited by Jordanian intelligence officials to infiltrate Al Qaeda on behalf of Western governments — want to blow himself up and murder as many American intelligence agents as possible? The article provides this possible answer:
He described Mr. Balawi as a "very good brother" and a "brilliant doctor," saying that the family knew nothing of Mr. Balawi’s writings under a pseudonym on jihadi Web sites. He said, however, that his brother had been "changed" by last year’s three-week-long Israeli offensive in Gaza, which killed about 1,300 Palestinians.
Full article [Salon.com]
”You Never Explain Why They Want To Do Us Harm! What’s Their Motivation?” —Helen Thomas