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Christine O'Donnell Triumphs in Delaware

Republican O'Donnell won the primary race for U.S. Senate against fellow Republican Mike Castle, much to the obvious disgust of liberal commentator Keith Olbermann.


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Christine O'Donnell Wins, and the GOP Loses   Liberal TV network CBS reports

Daniel Ellsberg Supports Wikileaks

The public needs to know, says the Pentagon Papers whistleblower

Thursday Last Day for Walk-In Voting

Thursday, September 16 is the last day for walk-in voting. Any registered voter can vote by walk-in, they do not need to have previously applied for an absentee ballot for the Primary. After Thursday voters will only be able to vote on Saturday, September 18 at their designated polling location.

There are three walk-in voting locations on Oahu: Honolulu Hale, the Windward Mall and Kapolei Hale. Voting is open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

From the Hawaii Office of Elections website:

To Vote Absentee at Walk-in Polling Places

1. Bring proper identification.
2. Absentee walk-in polling places are located at the Offices of the City or County Clerk where you reside. For additional locations and hours of operations, call your City/County Clerk where you reside.

Questions? Contact Us:

* Office of Elections: (808) 453-8683
* City and County of Honolulu: (808) 768-3800
* County of Hawaii: (808) 961-8277
* County of Maui: (808) 270-7749
* County of Kauai: (808) 241-4800
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Hanabusa: 'No Is Not a Solution'


Really? Saying "no" to such things as higher taxes, more spending, same-sex civil unions and diminished civil liberties is not a solution, but passing them to "help" the people is?

But of course Democrat Colleen Hanabusa didn't say that. She just said that "no" is bad, without spelling out what noes she was against. The above are what Republicans in Hawaii and nationwide are generally saying no to.

Farmers Vulnerable to False Charges of Human Trafficking

Updated 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hawaii has been in the national news lately with news stories that allege farm workers to be in slave-like conditions. Not mentioned is the high motivation the workers often have to allege abuse and make it stick so that they may be granted legal status to live and work here.

Recent high-profile federal cases in Hawaii alleging abuse of immigrant farm workers are causing some worry for local farms that rely on foreign labor." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Farm owners should be concerned. If a worker's visa is about to expire, or the worker is here illegally, the word has gotten around in their circles that an allegation of human trafficking that gets into the legal system will gain them permission to live and work in the U.S., a green card in the not-too-distant future and a path to citizenship. Their spouses and children will also be allowed to join them in the U.S.

There's even pressure put on the employer to pay the workers extra "compensation," such as the Sou brothers paying their 24 worker accusers $8,000 each, a total of $192,000. According to Hawaii Reporter, the workers haven't actually received the money yet, although the Sous paid it some time ago. One of the Sou attorneys said in court last week that the brothers needed that money to defend themselves and requested immediate restitution, but it was not granted, at least not immediately.

Are these high payments benevolently meant as just compensation to put-upon workers who are usually pictured as ignorant babes in the woods? Or is it a calculated move by prosecutors or worker advocates to strip defendants of the money and will to fight the charges?

It's hard to imagine farmers or anyone else who employs foreign workers here illegally or on temporary visas feeling secure under these circumstances, unless they are ignorant of their vulnerability and what their workers may be capable of.

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Local farms in labor bind [Honolulu Star-Advertiser]

Sou Brothers Plea Agreement Rejected by Judge [HPI]

The Sting — 2010 [HPI] Dr. Kioni Dudley explains why and how the former Aloun Farms Thai workers carried out a sting on the government and brothers Mike and Alec Sou, owners of Aloun Farms

T Visas [U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services]

T Visa [Wikipedia]

Unsubstantiated Abuse Claims Quickest Way to Green Card: Loophole to Quick U.S. Citizenship [Immigration Fraud]

U.S. citizens victimized by foreign national spouses who falsely charge abuse so that they can stay in the U.S. [Voice of American Immigration Fraud Victims]

T-Visa Laws and Trafficking "A T-visa gives temporary non-immigrant status to victims of 'severe forms of human trafficking' on the condition that they help law enforcement officials investigate and prosecute crimes related to human trafficking." [WomensLaw]

Poland 'exploiting Thai farm workers' [Bangkok Post] Farm worker advocate wants to force firms to pay 'compensation' to the 'victims'

Oil from BP Spill Found on Gulf Bottom

Miles of oil from BP spill at bottom of Gulf of Mexico. Nothing living in sample oil cores other than bacteria. No live shrimp, worms, etc., found.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Read more . . . [ABCNews]

On More Stimulus Spending

by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

Faced with continuing economic decline and an impending election, the administration, predictably, is entertaining the idea of another stimulus package. To explain why the last one didn’t work, adherents to the Keynesian economic philosophy are claiming that they actually did work — it just looks like they didn’t because we don’t realize how much worse off we would be right now without trillions of dollars of public spending. The last administration bought into Keynesianism just as much as this one does, unfortunately. Until we have leaders who understand that debt is not the way to prosperity, there will be no stopping runaway government spending.

While it is nice to hear about business tax breaks, the positive results of these tax cuts will be dwarfed by its negative effects. First of all, $200 billion or so in temporary tax cuts and credits to businesses are nothing compared to the $3.8 trillion in tax hikes that will hit the economy like a ton of bricks on January 1, 2011 if the Bush tax cuts are not extended by Congress.

Second of all, businesses are reluctant to hire and invest, not because they are looking for temporary credits, but because of future uncertainty; they simply don’t know what the government is going to do next and how future government policies will affect decisions they make now. What new costs and regulations will be placed on them with healthcare reform and financial services reform? Will Congress convene a lame-duck session this winter to pass cap-and-trade and other destructive legislation? What will the cost of compliance be for hiring new employees, and will that force them to simply lay off anyone they hire now? Worse, will the government come up with fines or additional costs if businesses have to lay people off in the future? Right now, the safest thing for businesses to do is nothing. Until we regain respect for the rule of law and remove some of this uncertainty, I’m afraid none of these temporary promises, made right before an election, will do much towards any economic improvement.

The other glaring problem with this proposed stimulus package is that it couples tax cuts with spending increases, which makes no sense when we are already heavily indebted to foreign countries. We should be cutting taxes and slashing government spending dramatically. The private sector simply cannot bear the burden of our engorged public sector. In fact, one reason earlier stimulus programs did not result in any private sector growth is because large amounts went to the public sector. Indeed, the spending that the administration is now proposing arguably constitutes a bailout of the public sector and various union allies of the administration.

This administration is falling into the same dangerous trap we fell into during the Great Depression, as did the Germans leading into their hyperinflation of the 1920’s. The temptation is to do something, anything, proactive to attempt to stimulate the economy, but history has shown us that governments cannot spend their way into prosperity. The best thing government could do is get back to its Constitutional limitations and let the economy stabilize, heal and recover without the crushing burden of government holding it back.

Videos of Candidates at OleloNet On Demand

Olelo has an extensive collection of candidate videos. To find a video of a particular candidate, search this page for their name or district. E.g. on a Mac you would press the keys Command & F, then type in the candidate's name. Sometimes the candidate is not listed by name or district, but by area. E.g. "central Oahu" for the Wahiawa candidates.

Below are the latest political videos. There are many more at OleloNet On Demand.

Pro-Rail Presentation by City (20 min) Sep 8, 2010

Lt. Governor Candidate Forum on Education (1 hr 59 min) Sep 8, 2010

Central Oahu (Wahiawa) Candidates Forum State Senate District 22 (1 hr 33 min) Sep 8, 2010

BOE Candidates Forum 2010 - Save Our Schools: Ep - 1 (1 hr 55 min) Sep 8, 2010

News Wire Hawaii: Congressman Charles Djou Speaks at McKinley High (1 hr 58 min) Sep 3, 2010

Griffin for Mayor (nonpartisan office) & Garner Shimizu (R), State House District 31 (27 min) Sep 3, 2010

State Senator Will Espero (Dem, District 20) Conversation with State Rep. John Mizuno (Dem, District 30) (27 min) Sep 3, 2010

Governor of Hawaii Candidate Forum (52 min) Sep 3, 2010

U.S. House of Representatives— Ramsay Wharton (R), District 2 (neighbor islands & rural Honolulu); Colleen Hanabusa (D), District 1 (urban Honolulu) (46 min) Sep 3, 2010

Mayor/Prosecuting Attorney Candidates [Olelo video, 43 min] Mayor: Peter Carlisle, Calvin Griffin, Philmund (Phil) Lee, John Andrew McLeod, Panos Prevedouros, Rod Tam. Prosecuting Attorney: Darwin Ching, Keith Kaneshiro, Franklin (Don) Pacarro, Jr. Posted on Olelo Aug 26, 2010

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Olelo Videos Feature Local Candidates, Issues Aug 25, 2010

Opposing the Akaka Bill

Lecture notes from today's lecture/discussion at the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu

A series of three 60-minute lecture/discussions about the Akaka bill were scheduled for the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu on three successive Sundays in September 2010. The presentations were publicly announced ahead of time. I, Ken Conklin, was the speaker for September 12.

My topic was: "Unity and Equality vs. Racial Separatism -- Why the Akaka bill is historically, legally, and morally wrong; with bad consequences for all Hawaii's people including those with native ancestry"

Being a retired professor, I'm accustomed to using lecture notes. I wanted to make the notes available to the audience, including internet webpage links that would provide more detailed explanations plus citations of source material. Since the notes ran longer than a single page, and not knowing how many people might attend, I made the extended notes available on a webpage and gave its URL to the audience. That webpage is at
http://tinyurl.com/akakabad091210

Below is a greatly shortened version of what's on the webpage. This article is to the webpage as CliffsNotes is to a book. All the internet links have been removed; some paragraphs have been reduced to sentences. The article below is the actual notes I had in front of me while speaking. Some topics below were unfortunately not covered in the actual lecture due to lack of time. So this is sort of an advertisement -- if you like the topics in this article, then go to the extended lecture notes for lots more information.
http://tinyurl.com/akakabad091210

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1. Introduction

Aloha kakou. Pule (prayer).
Who is Ken Conklin?
Personal background
Basic principles: Unity and Equality
The Aloha Spirit and Kokokahi
Book: "Hawaiian Apartheid: Racial Separatism and Ethnic Nationalism in the Aloha State" 27 copies in Hawaii Public library. Portions on internet.

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2. Practical effects of Akaka bill

Webpage has 10-year compilation of bill text, news reports, commentary.

Practical impossibility of repealing the bill to put Humpty Dumpty back together. Thelma & Louise.

No time limit for settlement means struggle, anger, bitterness forever. (Some previous versions of the bill had a 20 year time limit).

Bad effects on businesses and communities. Webpage.

Ethnic Hawaiians would suffer loss of democratic and constitutional rights. Webpage. Also, forced to join the tribe or else lose benefits they currently get.

Clash of jurisdictions. Webpage with examples from mainland tribes. Minnesota court decision on state sex offender registry and effects it would have on Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead and Blanche Pope Elementary School (webpage gives names and addresses of Waimanalo homestead registered sex offenders in 2005).

Could cost State government loss of $690 Million revenue per year (Report by Beacon Hill Institute, Suffolk University).

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3. Historical issues, authoritative reports, legal documents below:

U.S. Congress studied the issues IN DEPTH on 2 occasions
(a) Morgan Report 1894, webpage (U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, testimony under oath and cross examination in open session), contrast to Blount/Cleveland.
(b) Native Hawaiians Study Commission 1983, webpage (2 yrs, Hse & Sen joint report), contrast to apology resolution (no committee hearings or testimony; House voice vote, Senate 1 hour floor debate never raised historical issues.

Apology resolution filled with falsehoods and distortions (Constitutional scholar attorney Bruce Fein "Hawaii Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand"). Apology reso and annexation reso are both resos and both have force of law; but apology "now therefore" clauses are all toothless. Several webpages.

U.S. Supreme Court 9-0 says ceded lands belong to State in fee simple absolute on behalf of all people regardless of race. Webpage traces history of lawsuit and links to all major legal briefs and decisions.

Photos of original letters personally signed by 20 heads of government in 1894-1895 formally recognizing Republic as rightful government, including Lili'uokalani's oath of loyalty. The same nations that previously recognized the Kingdom now acknowledged the revolution and recognized the Republic as rightful successor. France, Spain, Portugal, China, Japan, Russia, U.S. etc. Webpage.

Treaty of Annexation 1898. Webpage.

Statehood vote 1959 results by district. Pdf certified letter Dwayne Yoshina.

Attorney's point by point rebuttal of Akaka bill (Paul Sullivan) w. cartoons (Cagle). Download 65 pp pdf.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights letter to Congress in August 2009 opposing Akaka bill (pdf of letterhead stationery with signatures; cites Kokokahi 1840).

Ryan William Nohea Garcia scholarly article in current issue of Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal says Akaka bill likely to fail in the courts because it tries to convert an ethnic group into a political entity despite the multiracial character of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Download 78-pages.

House Judiciary Subcommitte on the Constitution in 2005 called it unconstitutional. (Webpage has audio files of testimony, written statements of witnesses, news reports)

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4. Evidence that Hawaii's people, and commentators of national stature, oppose the Akaka bill

Compilation of hundreds of major commentaries during 10 year period.

Roundup of evidence that Hawaii's people oppose Akaka bill, including telephone polls, newspaper polls. Webpage

OHA polls through Ward research unreliable; skewed and "leading" questions.

Zogby poll December 2009 -- internationally respected professional polling company. Majority oppose Akaka bill; even bigger majority want local hearings and ballot referendum. Pdf with poll questions and percentages, and Zogby conclusions.

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5. Support unity, equality, aloha for all. Oppose racial separatism, ethnic nationalism, religious fascism

Unity =
(a) Unity of Hawaii with U.S.A. (therefore oppose the independence activists)
(b) Unity of Hawaii's people under a single sovereignty of the State of Hawaii. (therefore oppose Akaka bill, OHA, DHHL, KIRC)

Equality =
(a) All people equal in eyes of God.
(b) All people should be treated equally under the law by their government.

Both the racial separatists (Akaka) and the ethnic nationalists (independence) REJECT BOTH (a) and (b) parts of equality.

Kumulipo creation legend twisted by sovereignty activists into a justification for religious fascism claiming ethnic Hawaiians are children of the gods and brothers to the land in a family relationship relegating non-natives to second-class citizenship. This is a religious belief used as justification for racial supremacy = Hawaiian religious fascism. Kumulipo itself is beautiful creation legend applying to all humans regardless of race; but sovereignty activists twist it as applying only to ethnic Hawaiians.

Say it again: Both the supporters of the Akaka bill and supporters of independence believe that people are NOT equal in the eyes of God(s). They believe that only ethnic Hawaiians have a sacred genealogical family relationship with the gods and with the 'aina. This justifies racial supremacy and 2 levels of citizenship. Those who lack a drop of the magic blood have only second-class citizenship as guests in the ancestral homeland of ethnic Hawaiians; property ownership restricted to certain areas and voting rights limited to certain topics.

1839 & 1840 Kokokahi sentence by Kauikeaouli Kamehameha III "God hath made of one blood all races of people to dwell on this Earth in unity and blessedness." Webpage on "The Aloha Spirit."

Kingdom had multiracial full partnership from before its creation and throughout its history.

Without John Young and British armaments Kamehameha could not have created unified Kingdom. That's why Kamehameha named him Governor of Kamehameha's own home island (Hawaii Island) and gave him a house right next to the great heiau Pu'ukohola. That's why John Young's tomb is in Mauna Ala (Royal Mausoleum) and resembles a miniature heiau and guarded by pair of pulo'ulo'u (sacred taboo sticks). His bones are the oldest in Mauna Ala. Son Keoni Ana (John Jr.) was Kuhina Nui of Kingdom. There are only two signatures on the second Constitution (1852): "Kamehameha Rex" (King Kamehameha III) and "Keoni Ana". John Young's granddaughter was Queen Emma, wife of Alexander Liholiho Kamehameha IV and candidate for monarch against Kalakaua in the election of 1874 following the death of King Lunalilo.

Hawaiian Kingdom government was multiracial throughout its history. Most department heads were Caucasians; also most cabinet ministers, and 1/4 to 1/3 of all Legislators (both Representatives and Nobles, both elected and appointed). Anyone born or naturalized in Hawaii was a subject of the Kingdom with full rights equal to the natives. Over a thousand Asians became naturalized.

Akaka bill supporters say that shows Hawaiians were so inclusive, warm and generous, and now we're holding it against them as they try to revive a native government. But no. This is about a Kingdom that could not have been created and would not have thrived without non-natives as full partners. Caucasians and Asians were necessary full partners in the Kingdom, but now the racist Akaka bill wants to throw them away like trash. There was no "native government" for the Akaka bill to "reorganize."

The book "Asian Settler Colonialism" portrays Hawaii's people of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, etc. ancestry, even after multiple generations in Hawaii, as being foreign "settlers" just like the haoles. The book says that by remaining silent and enjoying their prosperity in Hawaii the Asians are accomplices to the oppression of the natives under a belligerent military occupation and a Caucasian oligarchy. The book grievously insults Hawaii's Asians by demanding they give up their hard-won equal rights in order to subordinate themselves to ethnic Hawaiians in an effort to throw off the yoke of haole oppression and American imperialism. See essay-length book review

Sovereignty activists approve of model whereby ethnic Russians were expelled or lost civil rights in Baltic nations (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) after Soviet Union collapsed; That's how they think Caucasian and Asian "settlers" in Hawaii should be treated, even those whose families have 8 generations here.

Whose land is it? 'Olelo No'eau: "He ali'i ka 'aina, he kauwa ke kanaka"
Land is chief, people are its humble servants. The 'aina has been here for millions of years; people have been here for less than 2,000 years. It is disrespectful for the servants to quarrel among themselves over who should control their master.

Balnakization; Aztlan; Black nationalism

Letter to President Obama noting victory of integration over racial separatism in the Black civil rights movement, asking what would happen to America if a Nation of New Africa were created)

Letter reminds President Obama of his Berlin speech "Tear down walls that divide us ... walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants ..."; Reminder of Black struggle for equality (hooray: separatists like Louis Farrakhan and the early Malcolm X lost, while integrationists like Martin Luther King won). In 2009 both the Senate and the House passed resolutions apologizing to African-Americans for slavery. The apology resolution of 1993 to Native Hawaiians is a primary justification in the Akaka bill for "reorganizing" a "Native Hawaiian" government. If that logic were followed, then the apology resolutions for slavery would seem to justify creating a Nation of New Africa. Only 13% of America's people have any degree of African ancestry, whereas 20% of Hawaii's people have any degree of Hawaiian ancestry; so imagine creating a Nation of New Africa inside U.S., and then raise the impact by 50% to imagine the effect of the Akaka bill in Hawaii.

Rail Kills Buses

How have other cities who have rail fared? Has it helped their transportation problems? This month's issue of Honolulu magazine contains a look at the experience of Los Angeles with rail.
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Honolulu magazine

Editor's Page: Trains Kill Buses

Twenty years of urban rail expansion in Los Angeles has done nothing to improve traffic and a lot to strangle bus service.

by A. Kam Napier

Mufi Hannemann may be out as mayor of Honolulu, but plans for rail go on. The strongest contenders in this month’s election support it, including acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell and city prosecutor Peter Carlisle. Only University of Hawaii engineering professor Panos Prevedouros opposes rail, advocating high-occupancy expressways.

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