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Iran Anniversary 'Punch' Will Stun West, Says Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Thursday, February 11, 2010, is the big day
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Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a "punch" that will stun world powers during this week's 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

"The Iranian nation, with its unity and God’s Grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei, who is also Iran's commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel.

Full article [Breitbart]

People Arrested in Iran Said to Be CIA Hires

Height of the protests in Iran last June

Sun Feb 7, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday it had arrested seven people accused of stoking unrest after last year's disputed election, including some who it said were employed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

The arrests were reported by the official IRNA news agency before possible new anti-government protests on February 11, when Iran marks the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah.

Full article [Reuters]

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Are the Iranian Protests Another US Orchestrated "Color Revolution?" by Paul Craig Roberts [CounterPunch]

The Socialist Secret of the NFL's Success

Miami's Sun Life Stadium (above), photo/sienar

 

NFL franchisees are “32 fat-cat Republicans who vote socialist” on football

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From Blue MauMau, the Web's #1 Franchise News Journal

The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, two business format franchises, faced off this Sunday in Miami’s Landshark Stadium for the Super Bowl, with the final score 31-17 in the Saints' favor.

What few fans realize is the degree to which football franchises push their employees to work longer hours when compared to other sport franchises.

According to an operational study of National Football League teams prepared for The Wall Street Journal by Boston Consulting Group, the typical NFL season requires 514,000 hours of labor per team. That's about eight times the effort it took to conceptualize, build and market Apple's iPod, according to BCG, and enough time to build 25 America's Cup yachts. If both Super Bowl teams dedicated themselves to construction rather than football, their members could have built the Empire State Building in seven seasons.

According to yesterday’s Wall Street Journal [$$$], the franchise players, coaches, marketing teams and scouts of the Saints and the Colts have worked even harder than other sports franchises. They’ve worked a total of one million hours this year to get to this moment. And that hard work has paid off.

Revenue for the entire [NFL] league went from around $1 billion in 1989 to $8 billion today, largely because of skyrocketing television contracts. The average NFL team has about 20 coaches today, up from around 10 in 1990, according to the BCG study.

Republican Franchisees Who Vote for Socialism within the Franchise Network

The franchisor, the National Football League, controls 32 business-format franchises from the San Diego Chargers to the New England Patriots. The football franchise is an interesting mix of strong central control that helps it reap benefits of franchise cooperation and yet tweak fierce competitive forces that have franchise employees work arguably harder than any other sport.

According to a 2006 article in The Economist, American football has been beating its other sports rivals by almost every measure for years. It has the firmest grip on labor costs. The highest revenues. And is the most popular.

Its secret? The NFL has required its franchises to share 70 percent of their revenues equally with all other franchises in the network.

Art Modell, the former owner of a franchise that moved from Cleveland to Baltimore, describes this phenomenon among franchisees as “32 fat-cat Republicans who vote socialist” on football.

But that sharing has benefits.

“… the system lowers risk. ‘The NFL is a perfect portfolio,’ says John Vrooman, a sports economist at Vanderbilt University, because one team's losing season and sagging revenues are offset by another team's banner year. The co-operative arrangements also make costs stable and predictable. Mr Vrooman reckons that even if another American sports league, or a big European football league, were to have similar cashflows to the NFL, the American league's teams would still be 50-60% more valuable because their business is so much less risky.

Besides the practice helping an individual franchise remain more stable, it also helps teams to be more evenly matched -- or in franchising terms, a more consistent standard in all locations - compared to other major league sports. That makes the bulk of games interesting in that any team can win on a given Sunday.

The franchisor negotiates and controls certain vendors, like all TV ads. Meanwhile, the NFL helps franchises by keeping teams scarce so as to keep demand at a premium. Franchises also have exclusive territories in one of America's largest cities. Those territories cannot be opened up and developed by new teams. And franchisees have incentives to invest in certain local high-growth segments, like a stadium's luxury boxes.

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Young Man Who Died in Waianae Hiking Fall Was Gifted Teacher

Michael Anderson

Twenty-five-year-old Michael Anderson was an exceptional individual who strove for positive changes in his students and in his community, say those who knew him.
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Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Michael Anderson, a popular teacher at Waianae High School and community leader, died after falling 200 feet during a hike in Makaha Valley on Friday, friends said.

Firefighters recovered the body of the 25-year-old Waianae man yesterday morning at 7:20 a.m. makai of two water tankers on the mountain near Makaha Valley Tower Condominiums.

Full article
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Fallen hiker was popular Waianae High teacher [KGMB/KHNL]

Teach for America Makes Mark in Hawaii [The Honolulu Advertiser]

Memorial to Remember Waianae High School Teacher [KHON2]

$200 Million of Your Money Wasted

Hawaii State Procurement squanders cash and delays services

For most people, government is simply the sum of the services it provides: security and safety, for example, in the form of police and fire departments; education, in the form of schools and libraries; and transportation, in the form of roads, harbors and airports. Citizens can measure their government by how effectively it provides those services.

Businesses, though, often see another side of government. That’s because the state government relies on private contractors and consultants to provide many of these services. Contractors design and build the state’s schools and highways; consultants manage everything from state hospitals to social services. Indeed, government is the largest single customer of Hawaii businesses, spending more than a quarter of the state’s $7 billion budget on contracted goods and services. With billions at stake, clearly another measure of government is how efficiently and fairly it procures those services. And yet, by almost any measure, the state’s procurement process is broken.

The easiest way to gauge how dysfunctional the system has become is to glance through reports from the state auditor’s office. In department after department, report after report, procurement practices are found wanting. Indeed, many of the most prominent controversies faced by the state government in recent years have been procurement failures at heart: Two 2009 audits criticize the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism for flouting procurement laws by awarding a contract to a firm with ties to the department’s director rather than higher-ranking competitors. The latter DBEDT audit goes so far as to recommend the director’s removal.

Full article [Hawaii Business]

More Spending Is Always the Answer

by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

Last week, the House approved another increase in the national debt ceiling. This means the government can borrow $1.9 trillion more to stay afloat and avoid default. It has been little more than a year since the last debt limit increase, and graphs showing the debt limit over time show a steep, almost vertical trend. It is not likely to be very long before this new ceiling is met and the government is back on the brink between default and borrowing us further into oblivion. Congressional leaders and the administration acknowledge that the debt limit will need to be increased again next year. They are crossing their fingers that the forecasts are correct and they will not need another increase sooner, even before the 2010 midterm elections.

Continually increasing the debt is one of the logical outcomes of Keynesianism, since more government spending is always their answer. It is claimed that government must not stop spending when the economy is so fragile. Government must act. Yet, when times are good, government also increases in size and scope, because we can afford it, it is claimed. There is never a good time to rein in government spending according to Keynesian economists and the proponents of big government.

Free market Austrian economists on the other hand know that times are bad because of the size and scope of government. The economy is fragile because of the overwhelming stranglehold of bureaucracy and taxation of Washington. Any jobs Washington might create through these endless spending programs are paid for through more taxation and debt put on the productive sectors of the economy. Just as insidious is the hidden tax of inflation caused by the Fed and its ever-expanding credit bubble. When the Fed steps in with its solutions, it only devalues the dollars in everyone’s pocket while encouraging more reckless waste on Wall Street. All of this leads to a worsening economy, not an improved one.

And so the downward spiral continues. The worse things get, the more politicians want to spend. The more they spend, the heavier the debt load becomes and the more we have to spend just to maintain our interest payments. As our debt load becomes unsustainable, the alarm of our creditors increases. It is becoming so serious that our credit rating, as a nation, could be downgraded. If this happens, interest on the national debt will increase even more, leading to even higher taxes on Americans and inevitably, price inflation.

Still, Washington is full of talk of more regulation, more taxation and more spending. The Senate is still struggling to pass a massive regulatory increase on the financial sector, even as the stock market suffers more shockwaves. Pay-as-you-go rules give the appearance of fiscal responsibility, but in truth these rules are only used as a justification to raise taxes. Spending programs like healthcare reform, increased military spending, and a recent doubling of destructive foreign aid are viewed by Washington as necessary and reasonable, instead of foolishness we absolutely cannot afford.

The people understand this, which is why there is so much anger directed at politicians. Washington needs to change its thinking and adopt some common sense priorities. The Constitution gives some excellent limitations that would get us back on the right path if we would simply abide by them. The framers of the Constitution understood that only the ingenuity of the American people, free from government interference, could get us through hard times, yet Washington seems bent only on prolonging the agony.

Karl Rhoads, House District 28 Candidate

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Democrat  

Running for Hawaii state house of representatives, District 28 - Palama, Downtown, Chinatown, Sheridan

Campaign website

Rep. Rhoads on the Issues [Honolulu Weekly] May 27, 2009

Karl Rhoads House of Representatives Web page

Karl Rhoads profile [Project Vote Smart]

House to hear bills on prostitution laws, and prohibition against urinating in public [The Hawaii Independent] Feb 1, 2010

Rep. Karl Rhoads Commentary on "Shared Sacrifice"[Hawaii House Blog] Jul 30, 2009

Hawaii jobless surge may end payroll tax break [Pacific Business News] Jan 16, 2009

Karl Rhoads & Beach Weddings [Hawaii House Blog] Dec 1, 2008

David Chang, House District 28 Candidate

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We hope you've noticed the links to the candidate information pages at the top right-hand corner of every page on this site. There are two links. One is within the block, "Congressional Special Election," which covers the candidates for Neil Abercrombie's Congressional District 1 seat. Neil has announced that he will resign as of February 28. The date for this special election has not been set, but is projected for as early as May 1. The second block with link, "2010 Election," covers the candidates running for the November general election.

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David Chang's page has just posted. We reproduce it here.

The West Point graduate and war veteran is running for the state house.

Republican

Running for Hawaii state house of representatives, District 28 - Palama, Downtown, Chinatown, Sheridan

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Special Frank Fasi Section

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The Honolulu Advertiser has a special section on former Honolulu mayor Frank Fasi, who passed away of natural causes on February 3 at the age of 89. He is survived by his second wife Joyce and 11 children. The Hartford, Connecticut native was Honolulu’s longest serving mayor and a perennial candidate, running as recently as 2004 for Honolulu mayor. He lost to the present mayor, Mufi Hannemann. After the loss the then-84-year-old Fasi made a public decision not to run for office again.

Frank Fasi [Honolulu Advertiser special section]

State Sen. Will Espero Won't Seek Congressional Seat

Will Espero

State Sen. Will Espero (Senate District 20 - 'Ewa Beach, 'Ewa by Gentry, Ocean Pointe, 'Ewa Villages, West Loch, Honouliuli, Lower Waipahu) announced on Friday that he has decided not to seek the Congressional District 1 seat being vacated on February 28 by Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D). Rep. Abercrombie is vacating his seat early to concentrate on his Hawaii gubernatorial campaign.

Espero cited the short time left before the election, which could be held as early as May 1, leaving little time for an effective campaign. His decision was also influenced by Democratic party leaders who expressed concern that his candidacy would split the vote among three Democrats — Ed Case, Colleen Hanabusa and him — giving lone Republican Charles Djou an even better shot at winning the seat.

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Third Hawaii Democrat won't run for Congress [KPUA.net]

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