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Cam Cavasso for U.S. Senator

Cam Cavasso (R) is running for the U.S. Senate. Brian Schatz (D), appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) when Senator Daniel Inouye (D) died in office in December 2012, is the incumbent.

Video published on Olelo October 14, 2014


Links:

Brian Schatz on War [On the Issues]

Schatz Chief of Staff Andy Winer Key Person in 2012 Smear Campaign against Cayetano [Hawaii Political Info] Jun 20, 2014

Andy Winer, Schatz Chief of Staff, named in call for apology from PRP to Oahu voters [Honolulu Civil Beat] Jun 24, 2014

Senator Brian Schatz Backs Amnesty for Illegal Aliens [Hawaii Political Info] Apr 23, 2013

We're Worried about Brian Schatz [YouTube] Oct 21, 2014

Duke Aiona for Governor

Duke Aiona (R) is running for Hawaii governor. Here he briefly covers what he plans to do for Hawaii residents if elected. Duke's major opponent is David Ige (D). They are running neck and neck in the polls.

Video posted on Olelo October 12, 2014.


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Gubernatorial Candidate David Ige Cancels Forum Appearance at Last Minute [Hawaii Political Info] Aug 23, 2014

David Ige's Excuses for His Last-Minute Cancellation of Forum Appearance [Hawaii Political Info] Aug 26, 2014

Keli'i Akina for OHA

Keli'i Akina is running for At-Large Trustee, Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), a nonpartisan office. He says OHA is the business of all Hawaii residents.

Posted on Olelo October 14, 2014.

Kent K. Fonoimoana for House District 47

Kent K. Fonoimoana (D) is running for House District 47 (Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Waiahole, Waikane, Sunset Beach, Punaluu, Kaaawa). His opponent is Feki Pouha (R). The incumbent, Richard Lee Fale (R), is running for the Hawaii senate.


Video courtesy of Olelo.

Emil Svrcina for House District 37

Emil Svrcina (R), originally from Czechoslovakia, has been a Hawaii resident for many years. He is running for Hawaii House District 37 (Mililani, Waipio Gentry, Waikele).


Video courtesy of Olelo.

Duke Aiona Addresses Attack Ad by National Teachers Union

Apparently David Ige (D) supporters can't get legitimate dirt on Duke Aiona (R), so they're saddling Duke with Furlough Fridays (no school on designated Fridays), which Democrats at the time pinned on then-governor Linda Lingle (R), which she in turn said was forced on her by the Democratic-dominated legislature and the state teacher's association, which they denied, and round it went. But it looks like it was the teachers themselves, along with the Hawaii Department of Education, who decided on Furlough Fridays, taking days off when classes were scheduled rather than on teacher days when there were no classes scheduled. David Ige himself was among the Democrats who approved Furlough Fridays. Duke was lieutenant governor at the time.

The anti-Aiona ad is being paid for with Mainland dollars from the Democratic-party-friendly National Education Association Advocacy Fund. The NEA is the largest labor union in the U.S. It represents public school teachers and others in the education field. The Advocacy Fund is its super PAC.


Links:

Democratic Lies about Furlough Fridays [Honolulu Magazine] Sep 21, 2012

Hawaii teacher furloughs will cut class time, not preparation days [Honolulu Advertiser] Sep 25, 2009

Unmarked Grave of Hawaiian U.S. Civil War Soldier Finally Gets Headstone

Private J.R. Kealoha, a U.S. Civil War soldier who fought for the Union, passed away in 1877 and has been in an unmarked grave at historic Oahu Cemetery until yesterday. The headstone was donated by a local monument maker which hasn't been named in the news stories about Kealoha.


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Once-Peaceful Canada Turns Militaristic, Gets Hit with Blowback

In 1968 the government of Canada decided to openly admit Americans seeking to avoid being drafted into the US war on Vietnam. Before, would-be immigrants were technically required to prove that they had been discharged from US military service. This move made it easier for Americans to escape President Johnson’s war machine by heading north.

Although a founding member of NATO, Canada did not join the United States in its war against Vietnam. The Canadian government did not see a conflict 7,000 miles away as vital to Canada’s national interest so Canada pursued its own foreign policy course, independent of the United States.

How the world has changed. Canada’s wise caution about military adventurism even at the height of the Cold War has given way to a Canada of the 21st century literally joined at Washington’s hip and eager to participate in any bombing mission initiated by the D.C. interventionists.

Considering Canada’s peaceful past, the interventionist Canada that has emerged at the end of the Cold War is a genuine disappointment. Who would doubt that today’s Canada would, should a draft be re-instated in the US, send each and every American resister back home to face prison and worse?

As Glenn Greenwald pointed out this past week:

Canada has spent the last 13 years proclaiming itself a nation at war. It actively participated in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and was an enthusiastic partner in some of the most extremist War on Terror abuses perpetrated by the U.S.

Canada has also enthusiastically joined President Obama’s latest war on Iraq and Syria, pledging to send fighter jets to participate in the bombing of ISIS (and likely many civilians in the process).

But Canada’s wars abroad came back home to Canada last week.

Though horrific, it should not be a complete surprise that Canada found itself hit by blowback last week, as two attacks on Canadian soil left two Canadian military members dead.

Greenwald again points out what few dare to say about the attacks:

Regardless of one’s views on the justifiability of Canada’s lengthy military actions, it’s not the slightest bit surprising or difficult to understand why people who identify with those on the other end of Canadian bombs and bullets would decide to attack the military responsible for that violence.

That is the danger of intervention in other people’s wars thousands of miles away. Those at the other end of foreign bombs – and their surviving family members or anyone who sympathizes with them – have great incentive to seek revenge. This feeling should not be that difficult to understand.

Seeking to understand the motivation of a criminal does not mean that the crime is justified, however. We can still condemn and be appalled by the attacks while realizing that we need to understand the causation and motivation. This is common sense in other criminal matters, but it seems to not apply to attacks such as we saw in Canada last week. Few dare to point out the obvious: Canada’s aggressive foreign policy is creating enemies abroad that are making the country more vulnerable to attack rather than safer.

Predictably, the Canadian government is using the attacks to restrict civil liberties and expand the surveillance state. Like the US PATRIOT Act, Canadian legislation that had been previously proposed to give the government more authority to spy on and aggressively interrogate its citizens has been given a shot in the arm by last week’s attacks.

Unfortunately Canada has unlearned the lesson of 1968: staying out of other people’s wars makes a country more safe; following the endless war policy of its southern neighbor opens Canada up to the ugly side of blowback.

Gas Prices Falling Sharply All over the U.S. (Except for Hawaii)

Hawaii Political Info introduction: A Forbes article shows gas prices falling dramatically all over the U.S., but Hawaii is dead last in the percentage the price a gallon of gas has fallen. Hawaii's price is $4.07, the only state where gas is over $4, while across the U.S. prices are considerably lower, all the way down to $2.77 per gallon in Missouri.

A portion of Hawaii's higher gas price is the hidden taxes included per gallon: 66.29 cents compared to Missouri's 35.7 cents. The national average is 49.2 cents. These taxes proportionately affect more heavily the poorest among us who drive cars, with more and more having to give it up.

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Forbes

By Christopher Helman

October 22, 2014

Thanks to falling oil prices, America’s motorists are enjoying gasoline prices about 20 cents per gallon cheaper than this time last year. The big move has come since July, with prices down about 15% nationwide — or nearly 50 cents — to an average $3.14 a gallon, according to data from Gasbuddy.com (find your state on our map below). Naturally, this has a stimulus effect on the U.S. economy — saving us about $100 billion in annualized fuel costs, according to economist Ed Yardeni. That works out to about $300 in annual fuel savings for every American. Just in time for the holiday season.

The price of gas has fallen fastest in Missouri, down 18% to $2.77 a gallon — which is also the cheapest gas in the nation. On the flipside is Hawaii, which suffers the most expensive gasoline at $4.07 a gallon, and has also seen the smallest decrease in price during that time, just 6%.

Read more . . .

Links:

Gasoline Taxes by State [American Petroleum Institute]

Car Buyers Beware, Cheapest And Most Expensive States For Unexpected Fees [Forbes] Jun 29, 2014

The Best and Worst States to Own a Car [Forbes] Jul 13, 2011

Vladimir Putin at the Valdai International Discussion Club

October 24, 2014

(Sochi, Russia) Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club, a forum that included world leading experts in foreign and domestic policy, then took questions afterward. This is looonnnnggg (2 hours 59 minutes), so a couple of excerpts from the session precedes the full video for those who won't be taking the time to watch it.

Putin: It doesn't matter who takes the place of the Evil Empire in U.S. propaganda — Iran, China or Russia

Putin on sanctions: The U.S. is sawing off the branch it's sitting on

Full-length Valdai video

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