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First Round of Army Downsizing Decisions Released

Stryker vehicles, Schofield Barracks / Click photo for enlargement

By Oahu Council for Army Downsizing (OC4AD)

Oahu Council on Army Downsizing Applauds Army’s Decision to Remove Stryker Vehicles

July 9, 2015

Makaha, Hawaii – As part of the U.S. Army’s announcement today on this first round of Army downsizing decisions, the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team will remain a brigade combat team, but will convert its primary maneuver platform, officials said. Currently a Stryker brigade combat team, it will become an infantry brigade combat team without Stryker combat vehicles.

The director for the Oahu Council for Army Downsizing (OCAD), retired Army Colonel AL Frenzel, commented today that “removing the Stryker combat vehicles from the 25th ID’s force structure is a 'no brainer' decision whose time has finally come. This is great news for Oahu and particularly Makua Valley and Pohakuloa Training Area. The Stryker vehicles should never have been positioned on Oahu; it was a very poor political decision with huge costs to taxpayers and Hawaii’s environment.”

In regards to the number of personnel on Oahu that will be cut by the Army (1,214 soldiers for Schofield Barracks and 229 for Fort Shafter), Frenzel stated that this is the first announcement of several to come. If no change takes place regarding sequestration spending caps scheduled to return in October, the Army’s end-strength will be further reduced to 420,000 soldiers. Frenzel said at this point the numbers announced are a little confusing; announced cuts to bases amount to less than 19,000 personnel (far less than the 40,000 soldier cuts and 17,000 Army civilian cuts to be made). Frenzel speculates that the Army might be cutting its personnel float (soldiers in transition and not directly assigned to a base) which is basically a numbers game that will later haunt the Army by taking away much needed personnel management flexibility. Moreover, it will make the next round of cuts very painful for the Army, forcing them to cut deep into combat forces, including those on Oahu.

Frenzel stands firm on the OCAD’s position that the Army downsizing on Oahu is good for the country, Hawaii and the Army. He stated, “The Army cannot adequately train here, cannot easily and quickly deploy from here and pays a fortune to be stationed here. The monetary costs to Hawaii’s people are significant; over $649 Million to provide state, city and county services per year which is an annual net cost to Hawaii of $441 million after accounting for the Army’s economic contribution of a mere $208 Million. Education costs alone for the Army’s 11,000 keiki in Hawaii DOE schools cost Hawaii taxpayers $121 Million per year. Imagine how much better DOE could educate our keiki if Impact Aid for Federal students were fully reimbursed at the 100% rate and not the completely unacceptable 15% rate currently provided. I do not understand why the DOE and our political leaders do not address this severe shortfall of federal reimbursement to the DOE.”

Greek Finance Minister Quits under Pressure from Eurogroup

By Yanis Varoufakis
Greek ex-Finance Minister as of today

July 6, 2015

The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.

Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution – to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms.

Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.

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Hitler's Place in History

Published on YouTube Mar 20, 2012

YouTube introduction: Mark Weber, who is the director of the "Institute for Historical Review", says in his address, "Is an Objective View of Hitler Even Possible?".

The fact that OUTRIGHT lies about Hitler and the Third Reich Germany are widespread and UNCHALLENGED in today's America (as it is also.., in most of the World) !!

The portrayal of Hitler and his regime is GROTESQUELY unbalanced.., not only in the "mass media".., but even in the supposedly.., "authoritative history books" and reference works about that era of history.

Mr. Weber has written extensively on twentieth-century European history.., and is a court-recognized expert on Germany's wartime policy known as the "The Final Solution"...

As always.., after watching.., do your best to "pass it on".....

"Truth Does Not Fear Investigation"


"He who Wins the War.., also Writes the History"

Christian Minister John Hagee Says Jesus Refused to Claim to Be the Messiah

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Christian minister John Hagee, known for years for championing Jews as "the chosen people," promotes them once again in this short video, but comes shockingly close to saying what Jews say, that Jesus was not the Messiah. Hagee further echoes what many Jews say to distance the Jews of 2,000 years ago from the crucifixion of Christ, but the Bible does not say.

A Christian minister mouthing Christ-denying Jews instead of the Bible? Seeing is believing.

Published on Feb 20, 2013

YouTube introduction: Hagee says that "the Jewish people as a whole did not reject Jesus as the Messiah," that, "Jesus did not come to earth to be the Messiah," and that, "Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah." These comments and others demonstrate the danger of the Christian Zionist movement in changing the Gospel in order to defend Jewish people.

Privately with His disciples Jesus asked, "But whom say ye that I am?" And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 16:15-17). In another private conversation with the woman at the well, the woman said to Jesus, "I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I that speak unto thee am he" (John 4:25,26). When under oath before the Jewish leaders, the high priest asked him, and said to him, "Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" And Jesus said, "I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven" (Mark 14:61,62). When the Jews round about him, and said to him, "How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly," Jesus answered them, "I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me" (John 10:24,25). Jesus' public claims about being the Messiah may not be as plentiful as most Christians think, but Hagee's claims dangerously contradict what Jesus clearly said and taught.

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Big Brother's Forced Vaccinations

HPI introduction: Infants and children who can't stand up for themselves first, adults next.

For Better Relations with Cuba, End U.S. Interventionism

Last week we saw an encouraging sign that the 50-year cold war between the US and Cuba was finally coming to an end. President Obama announced on Wednesday that the US and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and that embassies could be re-opened in each country by the end of the month.

For this achievement, which was resisted by vested interests in the US, Obama should be praised. However we shouldn't be too optimistic about truly establishing normal relations until we understand how relations became so abnormal in the first place. The destruction of relations between the two countries was preceded by US intervention on behalf of a hated Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista, which had turned the Cuban people against the United States and set the stage for the emergence of Fidel Castro.

In 1944, after Batista's first term as president of Cuba, he emigrated to the United States. When his campaign to return to office in 1952 looked lost, he led a military coup, seized power, and declared himself president. The US government quickly recognized his military junta as the legitimate government of Cuba and began propping him up. Much of the Cuban economy was in the hands of well-connected US companies, and the US government exerted its influence to their financial benefit.

The Cuban dictatorship was helped along by US assistance. The secret police was trained by the United States and was used to brutally suppress any political opposition. Almost all US aid to Cuba was in the form of military equipment used brutally against the Cuban people. The US was seen as the force behind Batista's dictatorship.

As John F. Kennedy said while campaigning for the presidency in 1960:

Fulgencio Batista murdered 20,000 Cubans in seven years ... and he turned Democratic Cuba into a complete police state -- destroying every individual liberty. Yet our aid to his regime, and the ineptness of our policies, enabled Batista to invoke the name of the United States in support of his reign of terror.

US intervention in Cuban affairs really got a boost when Batista was overthrown by the young revolutionary Fidel Castro. As Stephen Kinzer writes in the excellent book, "The Brothers," Castro's rise to power was not immediately condemned by the US. When Castro traveled to the US shortly after taking power, he met with Vice President Richard Nixon, who found that Castro "has those indefinable qualities which make him a leader of men." But Nixon worried that the US might not be able "to orient him in the right direction." Nixon was concerned that Castro sounded too much like Indonesian president Sukarno, who urged countries to join a non-aligned movement to resist both superpower camps at the time. The US could not tolerate the non-aligned movement and pushed a zero-sum game in global politics.

When Washington realized it could not control Castro, it embargoed the island and began launching plots to overthrow and even kill him. US policy likely was responsible for Castro turning to the Soviet Union in the first place.

This US intervention in Cuba's internal affairs continues to this day. Even under Obama several US plots to overthrow the regime have been exposed. So while opening an embassy in Havana is a positive step, this embassy must be used to help promote truly normal relations with Cuba. That means an end to the embargo, an end to the travel ban, and an end to US interference in Cuba's internal affairs. A more free and prosperous Cuba will not emerge as long as US interventionism continues to turn Cubans against the United States.

Copyright © 2015 by RonPaul Institute

Greeks Vote NO to Big-Bank-Imposed Austerity

Paul Craig Roberts

July 5, 2015

By Paul Craig Roberts

With 90% of the votes counted, the Greek people have voted 61% to 39% against accepting the latest round of austerity that the EU is trying to impose on the Greek people for the benefit of the One Percent. What is amazing is that 39% voted for the One Percent against their own interests. This 39% vote shows that propaganda works to convince people to vote against their own interest.

The vote was not a vote to leave the EU. With the backing of the Greek nation, the Greek government hopes to reopen negotiations with the EU and to find a solution to the debt problem that will actually work. The EU objects to the Greek people having a voice in their fate, and unless common sense prevails is inclined to disregard the vote and to maintain the EU’s inflexible position that the debt issue can be resolved only on the EU’s terms. As has been made perfectly clear, these terms are more looting of the Greek economy by the One Percent.

As the Greek banks are closed and evidently cannot reopen without a resolution of the issue, EU inflexibility would force Greece to leave the euro and return to its own currency in order to reopen the banks. This would not require Greece’s departure from the EU as the UK and one or two other EU member states have their own currencies. However, most likely the EU and Washington and Washington’s Japanese, Canadian, and Australian vassals would attack the new Greek currency and drive its value in exchange markets to such a low value that Greece could not import and wealth held in Greek currency would be worthless abroad.

An inflexible EU creates conditions for Russia and China to act. These two powerful nations have the means to finance Greece and to bring Greece into the economic relationships established by these two countries and by the BRICS.

Alexander Dugin, a Russian strategic thinker who has the ear of the Russian government, has said:

“The Russians are on the side of the Greeks, we will not leave them alone in their suffering. We will help them and give them every possible support. Brussels and the liberal hegemony seek to dismantle Greece. We want to rescue it. We took our religions faith from Greece, as well as our alphabet and our civilization.”

Dugin said that the Greek referendum is the start of “the fundamental European liberalization process from the dictatorship of the New World Order.” He says this also is “our own endeavor.”

The Greek drama is far from over. Pray that the Russian and Chinese governments understand that rescuing Greece is the start of the process of unravelling NATO, Washington’s mechanism for bringing conflict to Russia and China. The One Percent have Italy and Spain targeted for looting, and eventually France and Germany herself. If the Greek people rescue themselves from the clutches of the EU, Italy and Spain could follow.

As Southern Europe departs NATO, Washington’s ability to create violence in Ukraine is diminished as the world realigns against the Evil Empire.

Washington’s power could suddenly diminish, thus saving the world from the nuclear war toward which Washington’s neoconservatives are pushing.

Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2015

About Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments and his Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.


'Greek referendum results may cause domino effect in other European countries' [Russia Today] Jul 5, 2015

Bill O'Reilly Tells It Like It Is on the Black Problem

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Blacks in Hawaii have blended in well, for the most part, but the Mainland can be a different story. Bill O'Reilly tells it as he sees it, backed by hard numbers, with political correctness going out the window. Surprisingly, he still has his job.

Honolulu Man Tasered to Death by HPD


Taser Video Shows Final Minutes Before Man's Death

Honolulu, HI - The Honolulu Police Department released video footage Tuesday showing two officers deploying their electric stun guns on Sheldon Haleck, who died in their custody March 16 shortly after being arrested.

Few details have been released about Haleck’s death by HPD or the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office, which had refused to release his autopsy results. The family is still trying to find out what actually happened the night Haleck, 38, died in police custody, a family attorney has said.

On Tuesday, the Medical Examiner’s Officer finally released the cause and manner of Haleck’s death, saying he died of “multiple metabolic and cardiac complications” following a physical altercation with police.

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Mandatory Vaccine Law Signed into Law by California Governor Jerry Brown


June 30, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill eliminating the state's personal beliefs exemption for school vaccine requirements - legislation that was prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland linked to low vaccination rates.

The new law, which makes California only the third state to eliminate religious and other personal vaccine exemptions, generated vociferous opposition from some parents, many of them fearing what scientists say is a debunked link between childhood vaccinations and autism.
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"The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Brown, a Democrat, wrote in his signing message. "While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community."

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