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Why Shouldn't We Welcome Prices Going Down?

Asks Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Paul is an Austrian economics man and Bernanke is thought to be a Keynesian, said to be the predominant government line of thinking. However, Reason magazine argues Bernanke is heavily influenced by the Friedman school of economics, the other major economic philosophy today. The Austrian school comes in a relatively distant third, and government economists who adhere to it are few. In any case, Paul doesn't think much of Bernanke's economic philosophy and there's little doubt that the feeling is mutual. But here they stay polite.

U.S. Apologizes for Abduction of Russian Pilot

Broad Measure of Hawaii Unemployment: 15.8 Percent

A broader measure of joblessness in Hawaii than is customarily used was released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics yesterday. The rate was pegged at 15.8 percent, on the high side for the U.S. The more narrowly defined unemployment rate, the one more usually quoted in the mainstream media, was 7 percent, one of the lowest rates in the nation. It is unknown by HPI if Hawaii's large homeless population was incorporated in the statistics. It would seem that this would be difficult to do.

Sources: Honolulu Star Advertiser   Bureau of Labor Statistics

What's in Your Cosmetics?

visionontv | 21 July 2010

A new episode from the The Story of Stuff Project. This time host Annie Leonard tells The Story of Cosmetics. The story, released today, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced by the Free Range Studios the seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.

Ken Feinberg Works for BP

Mike Papantonio: Ken Feinberg is working for BP & BP is destroying evidence of dead animals

Friday, July 23, 2010

When President Obama announced that Ken Feinberg would be heading up the $20 billion dollar fund set up by BP to pay out claims, most people along the coast believed that this would mean they wouldn't have to fight to make a claim. But as we're now seeing, that $20 billion fund was just a smoke screen, and the man put in charge of it is actually being paid by BP. Mike Papantonio appears on GRITtv with Laura Flanders to give us the inside scoop

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Sheeple Being Robbed Blind to Support Wall Street Lifestyle

Dylan Ratigan of MSNBC objects to American sheeple being relieved of their money through government taxation so that banksters and Wall Street fat cats can get fatter and happier in spite of their money-losing deals. "Too big to fail," they make money when they make good deals and profit handsomely from American taxpayers when they make bad deals.

Rep. Charles Djou Reports on Congress

Malia Zimmerman of Hawaii Reporter interviews Congressman Charles Djou, Republican, of Hawaii's Congressional District 1.

The Congressman gives some of the highlights of his experiences on Capitol Hill since he took office on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, after winning a special election.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hawaii Reporter introduction to the video: Congress Member Charles Djou, R-HI, discusses Congressional leaders' refusal to pass a budget, his effort to forward free trade agreements with Philippines and South Korean, protecting Hawaii from North Korea's nuclear threat, the city vs the EPA on Oahu's sewage treatment problems, and on the Jones Act's impact on Hawaii's cost of living and clean up effort in the gulf.

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Christian Historian Speaking at Maui, Oahu Churches

David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage, will be speaking next week Thursday, July 29, on both Maui and Oahu. From 9 a.m. to noon he will be speaking at Grace Bible Church, 635 Hina Avenue, Kahului, Maui. In the evening he will be at the First Assembly of God on Red Hill in Honolulu (corner of Moanalua Road and Ala Kapuna Street) from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Parking at the Red Hill location is limited, car pooling is recommended.

The message will be our American heritage, constitutional government, faith in God and civic responsibilities. It is part of a movement to reach Hawaii's unregistered eligible voters and have them participate in upcoming elections.

David has been named by Time magazine as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals. The following video shows him on Fox's The Glenn Beck Program.


Featured on Glen Beck: Wallbuilders’ David Barton to speak at Maui, Oahu events [Hawaii Free Press]

Special Election for HNL Mayor and Prosecutor Set for Sept 18

Honolulu Hale

The Honolulu city council decided today to have the special election for Honolulu mayor and city prosecutor coincide with Hawaii's primary election day, September 18.

Mufi Hannemann had stepped down as Honolulu mayor to run for governor on Tuesday and Peter Carlisle resigned as city prosecutor on Wednesday to run for the office of mayor of Honolulu.

The candidate filing deadline for both races is next week Friday, July 30.

Others in the nonpartisan race for Honolulu mayor so far are Honolulu Managing Director Kirk Caldwell, serving as acting mayor since Hannemann stepped down; City Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz; City Councilman Rod Tam and University of Hawaii engineering professor Panos Prevedouros.

Candidates for governor (deadline for filing was Tuesday) are former Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D); Mufi Hannemann (D); Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona (R); John Carroll (R); Arturo Reyes (D); Miles Shiratori (D); Van Tanabe (D); Tony Clapes (N)*; Paul Manner (N)l Thomas Pollard (N) and Daniel Cunningham (F)**.

* Nonpartisan

** Free Energy

Read more . . . [Hawaii News Now]


Carlisle reflects on career as City Prosecutor

Leonard Nominated by Gov to Be Chief Justice

L to r: Judge Katherine Leonard and Gov. Linda Lingle

From the Hawaii state governor's website

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Governor Linda Lingle has nominated Intermediate Court of Appeals Associate Judge Katherine Grace Leonard to serve as Chief Justice of the Hawai‘i State Supreme Court. If confirmed by the State Senate, she would succeed Chief Justice Ronald Moon to become Hawai‘i’s fifth Chief Justice since statehood.  Judge Leonard would be the first graduate of the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law to be appointed to the Supreme Court and the first woman in Hawai‘i’s history to be named Chief Justice.  She would be the third woman to serve on the Supreme Court.  Ms. Leonard would also be among 22 women nationwide who currently serve as chief justice of a state supreme court.  She would serve an initial 10-year term as the head of the State’s highest court and top administrator of the Hawai‘i Judiciary.

“Nominating the next Chief Justice of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court is a responsibility and privilege I have thought deeply about over the last 30 days,” said Governor Lingle.  “I have chosen a person of great character and strong intellect, who possesses effective writing skills and a true commitment to the rule of law.  Kate Leonard is a woman of character of whom her family, colleagues, and friends are justifiably proud.  She will be a Chief Justice of whom I and all of us Hawai‘i will become proud.  I have every confidence that she will preside over the state’s highest court with principled leadership, independence and the highest level of integrity, fairness and compassion,” Governor Lingle added.

Ms. Leonard, who turns 51 next month, joined the Intermediate Court of Appeals after Governor Lingle nominated her in November 2007 to fill a vacancy created by the death of Associate Judge John Lim.  She was confirmed unanimously (23-0) by the Senate and took her seat in January 2008.

Prior to becoming a judge, Ms. Leonard was a partner with the law office of Carlsmith Ball LLP (1992-2007) where she concentrated on civil litigation, including commercial, trust, and environmental law.  Ms. Leonard advised and represented clients in complex litigation and arbitration matters, which included real property, commercial lending, contested trust-related matters, and tax appeal issues.  Her clients included lending institutions, trustees of large trusts, and large and small businesses with commercial disputes.

She is a 1991 graduate of the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the U.H. Law Review.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside (1982).

Following graduation from U.H., Ms. Leonard served as a law clerk for former Supreme Court Justice Robert Klein.  She also served as a law clerk at the First Circuit Court.

Judge Leonard is a member of the American Judicature Society, an independent, nonpartisan national organization that works to maintain the independence and integrity of the courts and increase public understanding of the justice system.  She also participates in the American Bar Association Appellate Judges Conference.  She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Hawai‘i State Bar Association. 

Judge Leonard is active in scouting, was an AYSO (American Youth Soccer Association) coach, and has volunteered with the Honolulu Orchid Society. 

She is married to Ian Sandison and has one son and two stepchildren.

“I am honored and humbled by this appointment and believe I have the capacity, strength and commitment to handle this prestigious position,” Judge Leonard stated.

Governor Lingle selected Judge Leonard from a list of six candidates that was submitted to her by the Judicial Selection Commission on June 23, 2010.  All six candidates were interviewed by Governor Lingle, as well as a committee made up of members of the Governor’s senior staff.  The Governor also invited the public to submit comments on the six candidates. ?
?“The input we received from the legal community and the general public on each of the six candidates was extremely helpful in our evaluation process,” said Governor Lingle.  “I appreciate the time and thought people put into sharing their views on the candidates, which helped me gain a better understanding of their qualifications and character.”

According to the Hawai‘i State Constitution, the Senate has 30 days to confirm or reject the nomination.  If the Senate fails to reject the nominee within 30 days, it shall be deemed to have given its consent to the Governor’s appointment of Judge Leonard.

During her term in office, Governor Lingle has named three of five justices to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, five of six judges to the Intermediate Court of Appeals, and 17 of 33 judges to the Circuit Court.


Video of today's news conference announcing Judge Leonard's nomination

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