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  • Tropical System May Impact Hawaii From Thursday Into Saturday

    07/07/2015 1:09:24 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    AccuWeather.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Alex Sosnowski
    A budding tropical system may pass close enough to Hawaii to bring an uptick in gusty showers and thunderstorms as well as building seas late in the week. How significant these impacts become will depend on the track, strength and size of the system. Video - Tropical System Moving Toward Hawaii While there are several areas in the Eastern and Central Pacific that bear watching this week, one system in particular southeast of Hawaii is of the greatest concern. As of Tuesday morning, the most organized system is located about 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii and...
  • Scholar Speaks on Obama’s Red Mentor

    07/02/2015 8:07:19 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 1, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    The black scholar who previously revealed Obama’s personal relationship with Communist Party operative Frank Marshall Davis is now speaking in detail on the record. Professor Gerald Horne says that while the relationship is noteworthy and should have been uncovered by the press, there is no evidence that Davis turned Obama “into some sort of Manchurian candidate.” However, Professor Paul Kengor’s book about Davis, The Communist, argues that Davis had a significant influence on the formation of Obama’s Marxist views and policies as President. Horne, who holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at...
  • Banks: Card Breach at Trump Hotel Properties

    07/01/2015 12:47:38 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    KrebsOnSecurity ^ | 07/01/2015 | Krebs
    The Trump Hotel Collection, a string of luxury hotel properties tied to business magnate and now Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, appears to be the latest victim of a credit card breach, according to data shared by several U.S.-based banks. Contacted regarding reports from sources at several banks who traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels, the company declined multiple requests for comment. But sources in the financial industry say they have little doubt that Trump properties in several U.S. locations — including Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas,...
  • Sorry, Jeb, Puerto Rican Statehood Is an Awful Idea

    04/30/2015 8:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | The Editors
    ‘Puerto Rican citizens — U.S. citizens — ought to have the right to determine whether they want to be a state,” Jeb Bush said this week. But they have had the right to determine that several times, and they seem to have determined the answer: No. The former Florida governor also said he thought statehood was a good idea on the merits, which it plainly is not. The most recent occasion for Puerto Ricans to weigh in was 2012, when they technically did end up voting for statehood — in a ballot process that would make Vladimir Putin blush. Voters...
  • TMT crews fail to reach Mauna Kea summit Hundreds of protesters turn up to block passage;

    06/25/2015 8:50:15 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 31 replies
    KITV News Honolulu ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | Brenton Awa
    MAUNA KEA, Hawaii —On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters forced construction crews for the Thirty Meter Telescope to come to a halt, but it didn’t come without sacrifice.In total, 12 people were arrested for obstructing the path, but after a six-hour attempt to make it to the top of the summit, TMT crews only reached about a mile and a half up from hale pohaku before turning back. It’s been a long haul for those for and against building what will be one of the world's largest telescopes on land held sacred by many Native Hawaiians, a divided image that has...
  • Hawaii governor signs first-of-kind state smoking age bill

    06/19/2015 8:37:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 10:48 PM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii’s governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21. The measure aims to prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Gov. David Ige signed it into law Friday. Dozens of local governments have similar bans, including Hawaii County and New York City. “Raising the minimum age as part of our comprehensive tobacco control efforts will help reduce tobacco use among our youth and increase the likelihood that our keiki will grow up tobacco-free,” said Ige, using the Hawaiian word for children. In Hawaii, 86...
  • Is Barack Obama secretly a white person like Rachel Dolezal?

    06/15/2015 6:19:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2015
    Now that we know that race is a state of mind, rather than a genetic inheritance, the question must be asked: is Barack Obama secretly a white man? Perhaps, like Rachel Dolezal, he tells people that he is black, but he is actually white. Again, black is an attitude, a state of mind. Sure, it helps if you braid your hair into long ropes and tie it on top of your head like Dolezal did, or have an afro during your pot- and cocaine-using days like Obama. But what really counts is what is going on inside your mind. And...
  • Man dies after officer-involved shooting on Maui

    06/15/2015 10:37:44 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Hawaii News Now KGMB and KHNL ^ | June 13, 2015 Updated: June 14, 2015 | Chelsea Davis
    Wailuku, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Wailuku Saturday afternoon. Police say a traffic stop was conducted by a patrol officer on an SUV along Lower Main St. and Hookahi St. at approximately 4:30 p.m. One witness who lives near the incident said he saw everything. "They got pulled over by two cops, and one of the guys walked away from his car…and then the cops started telling him to stop, and then he pulled out a gun and he shot at them," said Alfred Ayers. The investigation revealed that the passenger got out...
  • Republicans fear they will win ObamaCare court battle

    06/09/2015 11:13:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Republicans in Congress are worried the Supreme Court will hand them a major headache this month if it rules against the federal health insurance exchanges in more than 30 states, ending subsidies for millions of people. While the Affordable Care Act remains broadly unpopular, two new polls show a majority of Americans don’t want to do away with its subsidies, a core component of the law. This poses a conundrum for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner. They are under pressure from colleagues up for reelection in swing states and districts to extend the subsidies, at...
  • Hawaii Abandons Sinking Ship of Obamacare, Wastes $200 Million of Taxpayer Money

    06/08/2015 8:21:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas media ^ | 06/08/2015 | Michael Walsh
    As the Supreme Court decision in the Burwell case nears, the collapsing beast known as Obamacare is already expiring: Hawaii is taking its troubled ObamaCare insurance exchange off life support, the governor’s office announced Friday, the latest addition to a growing number of state exchanges forced to close after operations became unsustainable. The once-highly praised Hawaii Health Connector has been “unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations,” Gov. David Ige’s office said in a statement.The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) informed the exchange last week that federal funds were no longer available to support long-term operations....
  • Aloha: Hawaii sends its Obamacare exchange to the death panel [Another one bites the dust]

    06/07/2015 2:28:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Cue up the Queen soundtrack… another one bites the dust. Hawaii is throwing in the towel and shutting down its state Obamacare exchange. $200M in federal taxpayer cash has essentially disappeared down a rat hole. Customers will instead be directed to the federal system. Hawaii is taking its troubled ObamaCare insurance exchange off life support, the governor’s office announced Friday, the latest addition to a growing number of state exchanges forced to close after operations became unsustainable.The once-highly praised Hawaii Health Connector has been “unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations,” Gov. David Ige’s office said in a...
  • State Insurance Commissioner’s Statement on Request to Raise Premiums almost 50% (abbreviated)

    06/03/2015 4:02:49 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 14 replies
    State of Hawaii Government Website ^ | June 2, 2015 | Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
    HONOLULU – State Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito today issued the following statement regarding HMSA’s request filed with the Insurance Division to raise premiums for individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans for 2016: “This is the highest premium increase ever requested by HMSA. The requested increase for an average of 49.1 percent for the ACA individual plan will be closely scrutinized. “The Insurance Division will actively seek reductions to the proposed request, where possible, to ensure fairness to all parties involved. “If medical expenditures paid out for healthcare services under the ACA individual plan are too high, the division’s ability...
  • Did U.S. shoot first at Pearl Harbor?

    08/29/2002 11:13:48 AM PDT · by Asmodeus · 133 replies · 1,113+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 29 August 2002
    HONOLULU, Aug. 28 — Researchers said Wednesday they found a Japanese midget submarine sunk more than an hour before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Discovery of the 78-foot vessel could provide the first physical evidence to back U.S. military assertions that it fired first against Japan in World War II and inflicted the first casualties.>p> THE SUB was sunk by a Navy destroyer on Dec. 7, 1941. Two Japanese crewmen are believed still inside the submarine. “It’s the shot that started World War II between the Americans and the Japanese,” said John Wiltshire, associate director of the Hawaii Undersea Research...
  • Hawaii Island man dies after being impaled by swordfish

    05/30/2015 12:05:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 87 replies
    KHON ^ | 5-30-2015 | KHON
    Hawaii Island police report that a 47-year-old fisherman died Friday in Kailua-Kona during a fishing accident. Responding to a 10:48 a.m. call, police learned that a swordfish had been observed in Honokohau Harbor and that fisherman Randy Llanes of Kailua-Kona had jumped into the water with a spear gun. The fish was then seen thrashing about, leaving a puncture wound to the man’s upper chest. Hawaii County Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and attempted CPR. They took Llanes to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m. Acting Sgt. David Matsushima of the Kona patrol...
  • Tours on USS Arizona Memorial Suspended After Ship Hits Dock

    05/27/2015 8:23:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 5/27 | Audrey McAvoy
    The National Park Service says tours on the USS Arizona Memorial are suspended after a vessel struck and damaged the memorial's dock. Spokeswoman Abby Wines said Wednesday that boats are taking visitors to a spot near the memorial where they may view it from a distance, but visitors are not being taken on it. Wines says the ramp and handrails connecting the dock to the memorial are mangled. Park service and Navy divers are expected to assess the damage from underwater Wednesday. The incident occurred when the hospital ship USNS Mercy and a civilian tugboat contracted by the Navy were...
  • One Marine killed, 21 others hospitalized after Osprey aircraft's hard landing in Hawaii

    05/18/2015 7:56:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Derrick Perkins
    One Marine was killed and 21 others were hospitalized Sunday after an Osprey... had a "hard-landing mishap" at approximately 11:40 a.m. local time. Built by Boeing Co. and Bell, a unit of Textron Inc., the Osprey program was nearly scrapped after a history of mechanical failures and two test crashes that killed 23 Marines in 2000.
  • Exchange board votes to scoop up millions from two higher fees ( Colorado health insurance )

    05/15/2015 12:10:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Health News Colorado ^ | May 15, 2015 | Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
    Despite fury from lawmakers the day before, Colorado’s health exchange board voted on Thursday to collect millions of additional dollars from all Colorado health insurance customers, even those who have nothing to do with the exchange. On top of that “broad market assessment,” the board also voted to more than double the user fees levied on people who buy insurance through Colorado’s exchange. .. The higher broad market fee is projected to allow Connect for Health Colorado to scoop up about about $20 million in 2016. It has been set at $1.25 per member per month on all health insurance...
  • Hawaii’s $205M ObamaCare system on life support, critics fear ‘complete waste’

    05/15/2015 8:05:43 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    HONOLULU – Federal taxpayers dumped more than $205 million into Hawaii's ObamaCare insurance exchange, but after a steady downward spiral the once-highly praised Hawaii Health Connector is on life support. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has already restricted grant funds to the Hawaii Health Connector, after telling officials in March it was out of compliance with the Affordable Care Act because of fiscal instability and ongoing IT issues. With state lawmakers also blocking additional funds, the system is struggling to stay afloat. The governor's office said it is doing what it can to salvage the situation, including...
  • Hawaii Dem takes on Obama

    05/14/2015 4:21:54 PM PDT · by McGruff · 9 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 05/14/15 | Kristina Wong
    One of the toughest critics of President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who represents his home state of Hawaii. Gabbard has taken the administration to task for refusing to use the term “radical Islam” and called for the White House to be more aggressive.
  • Hawaii Obamacare Exchange Website Will Shutdown - Despite $205 million in taxpayer funding

    05/14/2015 12:20:10 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange website will soon shut down because it is not financially viable, Americans for Tax Reform reports. The exchange website will be shutdown despite $205 million in federal taxpayer funds. The migration to a federal exchange will cost taxpayers another $30 million. [Snip] According to ATR, with only 8,592 enrollees, the state spent $23,899 on each individual.
  • Obama’s Home State To Shut Down State-Based Obamacare Exchange Over Lack of Funds

    05/12/2015 11:42:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/12/15 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- President Barack Obama’s home state of Hawaii is shutting down its state-based health care exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector (HHC), due to incurring debts and the unwillingness of state legislators to put more taxpayer money into the struggling operation, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Saturday.Established in 2011, the non-profit organization is Hawaii’s state-based health exchange for the President’s Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. There are currently about 37,000 Hawaiians enrolled in health care plans through the exchange, far short of the roughly 70,000 needed to raise enough money to sustain it, the article reports.Officials with the exchange released a report to its...
  • Hawaii state insurance exchange to shut down

    05/12/2015 8:53:08 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 23 replies
    Fierce Health Payer ^ | May 11, 2015 | Brian Eastwood
    Hawaii state insurance exchange to shut down Hawaii Health Connector never achieved financial sustainability May 11, 2015 | By Brian Eastwood The Hawaii Health Connector will shut down operations on Sept. 30, InsuranceNewsNet reported. The exchange site will cease new enrollment this week, discontinue its outreach programs at the end of May and transfer its technology assets to the state by Sept. 30, the article said. The exchange's 37,000 enrollees can re-enroll on the federal Healthcare.gov exchange for the 2016 plan year. Hawaii Health Connector has faced financial problems from its inception. A report issued earlier this year found that...
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • Hawaii bill for birth certificate gender change passes

    05/05/2015 2:56:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2015 5:42 PM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    The Hawaii Legislature has passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates. Right now, people in Hawaii are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery if they want to make that change. But the state House and Senate approved a bill Tuesday that removes the surgical requirement, sending the bill to Gov. David Ige. …
  • Crater collapse causes lava explosion on Hawaii's Kilauea

    05/04/2015 11:32:13 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 10 replies
    AP ^ | May 3 , 2015 | CALEB JONES
    Molten lava, rocks and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall. The collapse triggered a small explosion, spreading lava and debris around the rim of Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says. Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS, compared the blast on Sunday to taking a hammer to the top of a bottle of champagne.
  • Hawaii Raises Smoking Age to 21

    05/02/2015 2:31:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Dr Mark Skousen
    “The triumph of persuasion over force is a sign of a civilized society.” – Mark and Jo Ann Skousen, “Persuasion vs. Force” pamphlet The governor and the legislature of the state of Hawaii could learn a thing or two from the views my wife Jo Ann and I shared in our pamphlet, “Persuasion vs Force.” Read it here.Last week, Hawaii became the first state to raise the smoking age to 21. Let’s see, now, you can vote and go to war for your country but you can’t pick up a cigarette? What’s going wrong in this country when we...
  • Eco-loons hack Thirty Meter Telescope website to help the 'natives'

    04/27/2015 9:29:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | Simon Rockman
    A group called Operation Green Rights, claiming to be affiliated to Anonymous, launched a primitive DDoS attack on the TMT and Hawaiian government sites, posting trophy screen grabs to its blog along with the statement: “Nothing will ever justify the destruction of ecosystems; filthy money can never replace them. Stand with the Hawaiian natives against #TMT”. ... The “filthy money” the protestors have set themselves against includes its rent, which will rise to $1m a year for the land the telescope itself will stand on. It will employ around 140 people, with significantly more being employed during construction. Operation Green...
  • University Recruits Teens to Abort Their Babies in Name of “Scientific Research”

    04/25/2015 4:52:50 PM PDT · by kindred · 26 replies
    http://christianpatriots.org ^ | April 25, 2015 | KRISTAN HAWKINS
    Oxytocin is that feel good hormone that bonds a child to his or her mother. But never mind that. Researchers in Hawaii are recruiting girls as young as 14 to participate in second trimester abortions, where the preborn baby is 18-24 weeks gestation, in order to test whether or not oxytocin can reduce bleeding in mothers during and after abortion. The study is being conducted by the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington in Seattle – both public universities, which leads to the obvious question: is the government funding this study? A second trimester abortion is at least...
  • These Blue States Have Tried the Elizabeth Warren Model. Their Residents Are Fleeing.

    04/19/2015 7:09:31 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | april 19, 2015 | stephen moore
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently appeared on one of the late night talk shows, beating the class warfare drum and arguing for billions of dollars in new social programs paid for with higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents. How did it work out? Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes. So, if income redistribution policies are the solution to shrinking the gap between rich...
  • REMINDER: The Ted Kennedy Shrine Cost Taxpayers $38 Million

    03/30/2015 2:00:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Chuck Ross
    On top of an $18.9 million Defense Department grant doled out in Sept. 2010, the Institute received $13.6 million from the Department of Education, according to USASpending.gov. In the 2009 federal budget, another $5.8 million was appropriated through the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. The state of Massachusetts gave the University of Massachusetts $5 million, earmarked for the Institute. As a senator in 2010, current Sec. of State John Kerry waged an unsuccessful attempt to earmark another $28.9 million for the museum ... the $18.9 million Defense Department earmark was “funneled through the Defense...
  • Rumors swirl around sale of Waimanalo estate [Obama buying Hawaii estate?]

    03/20/2015 2:38:23 AM PDT · by upchuck · 39 replies
    KITV ^ | March 19, 2010 | Paul Drews
    WAIMANALO, Hawaii —A well-known Waimanalo home has been sold, but the big question is who is the buyer? The talk around town points to President Barack Obama, and there is a connection between the president and the buyer of this multi-million dollar estate. Waimanalo is known for its friendly atmosphere and beautiful Windward Oahu beaches. "We enjoy this. I don't know if it will be the same. If it's the same, it's all good," said Waimanalo resident Uncle Nawai. The sale of the Waimanalo property named Pahonu has people talking about potential changes to their community. "It started a couple...
  • Hawaii property where "Magnum, P.I." filmed sold (Obama?)

    03/19/2015 8:32:43 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 51 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 19, 2015 10:59 PM (ET) | None
    HONOLULU (AP) — A sprawling beachfront home used in the filming of the 1980s television show "Magnum, P.I." has been sold for $8.7 million. An attorney for President Barack Obama's close friend Marty Nesbitt said Thursday that his client bought the property. Seth Madorsky says Nesbitt didn't have any partners or co-investors in the deal.
  • [Daily Mail Photo] Sale of ‘Magnum P.I.’ Home May Be Tied to President Obama

    03/18/2015 7:45:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    KHON2 ^ | 3/17 | Gina Mangieri
    One of Hawaii’s best-known homes was sold this week. The stunning three-acre oceanfront parcel along Waimanalo Beach was made famous in the “Magnum P.I.” television series, but who might spend time there next may give it even more notoriety. The sale at 41-505 Kalanianaole Highway is shrouded in a bit of mystery, but it could involve a very famous future visitor when he’s not at the White House. The property traded hands in a sale that recorded Monday. The talk of the neighborhood so far is that the purchase is affiliated with President Barack Obama, so we looked into it....
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Pearl Harbor sub commander is relieved of duties

    02/28/2015 2:33:34 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 81 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | 2-28-15 | William Cole
    The commanding officer of the Pearl Harbor-based Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Mississippi was relieved of his duties Friday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said. Cmdr. Tory Swanson was removed from his position by Capt. Harry Ganteaume, commander of Submarine Squadron 1. A command investigation into the circumstances leading to Swanson's relief is ongoing, the Navy said. Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet submarine force, said he was limited in what he could say, but that the removal "was a matter of professional nature — not a personal...
  • 'Knives are out': Hawaii Dem faces backlash for taking on Obama over 'Islamist' extremism

    02/28/2015 4:46:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 28, 2015 | By Malia Zimmerman
    She was Hawaii's golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit. That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state's favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by "radical Islam.” “Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don't know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • The War on ISIS: Tulsi Gabbard, Semantics and the Real Conflict

    02/23/2015 9:40:45 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    Civil Beat ^ | Feb. 20 , 2015 | the Civil Beat Editorial Board
    By attacking President Obama over word choice, Hawaii's congressional representative is losing sight of what really matters. The unseemly and very public semantics battle that U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been waging this year against President Barack Obama had largely been one-sided. Gabbard, a second-term Democrat, has become a relentless critic over the past month of the president’s restrained characterization of terrorists from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (or ISIS or ISIL). And her criticisms have come through some surprising channels: The bright-red Right, where this sort of thinking has long been a staple for Fox News, talk radio and the...
  • Figures. #ObamaLovesAmerica So Much He Just Made an Internment Camp a National Monument

    02/20/2015 2:34:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12015 | Jim Hoft
    After Rudy Giuliani made his comments this week that Barack Obama does not love America the White House tweeted this out: The White House        ✔ @WhiteHouse Follow Obama: “I’m using my powers as President to announce America’s 3 newest National Monuments." #ObamaLovesAmerica 12:11 PM - 19 Feb 2015 “Obama loves America” because he announced three new National Monuments.The only problem is that one of Obama’s national monuments is the Japanese internment camp in Hawaii. 
  • Communists Thank SEIU for Help in Releasing Cuban Mass Murderer

    02/19/2015 1:52:11 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Gerardo Hernandez, a spy for Communist Cuba and the man responsible for the murder of four humanitarian workers (three of whom were American citizens) over international waters, was freed from prison last year by the Obama administration, due in part to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This was revealed at a February 6, 2015, celebration of Hernandez’s release, along with two of his fellow Cuban agents (collectively known as the “Cuban 5.. At the beginning of the event, an IPS official thanked all who who took part in the 17-year campaign and singled out a number of organizations that...
  • Hawaiian Nation may team up with China to oust U.S. military from islands

    02/11/2015 6:43:20 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 48 replies
    Inteelihub ^ | 2/10/2015 | Shepard Ambellas
    U.S. HAS NO PLANS TO LEAVE THE REGION PENTAGON SAYSHAWAII (INTELLIHUB) — China is making a push to arm independence activists on the islands to oust the U.S. military from the region after bitterness over annexation still exists within the Hawaiian Nation. Now Chinese Ying Pai are ready to arm several groups of Hawaiian independence activists after catching wind of recent U.S. arms deals made with Taiwan which the U.S. military now sees as a threat. Bill Gertz reporting for the Washington Free Beacon wrote: Another indicator of Chinese interest in fomenting unrest in Hawaii surfaced in 2012, when then-Secretary...
  • China Suggests Arming Hawaiian Independence Movement

    02/10/2015 7:36:36 AM PST · by Stayfrosty · 70 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    HONOLULU—China has suggested arming Hawaii’s independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory.
  • Hawaiian Independence Movement Attracts Chinese Interest

    02/10/2015 6:29:57 AM PST · by shove_it · 16 replies
    FreeBeacon ^ | 10 Feb 2015 | Bill Gertz
    HONOLULU—China has suggested arming Hawaii’s independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory. Chinese threats to back several groups of Hawaiian independence activists who want to restore the islands’ constitutional monarchy, ousted in a U.S.-backed coup over a century ago, has raised concerns that military facilities on the strategic central Pacific archipelago are threatened at a time when the Obama administration is engaged in a major shift toward Asia as part of its military and diplomatic rebalance. Michael Pillsbury, a...
  • Large fresh water supply discovered on Hawai‘i Island - conventional Model was way off

    02/03/2015 7:09:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    School of Ocean and Earth Science - University of Hawaii- Manoa ^ | February 3, 2015 | Donald Thomas, Geochemist, Director of Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
    Large fresh water supply discovered on Hawai'i Island ... The stable water table in the saddle is not 500 feet above sea level. It's more like 4500 feet above sea level.” Watch the video in the UH System News, Hawaii ... Alexandra Roth narrates: Video [aprox 4 minutes]
  • Cirrus SR22 Pilot Releases Selfie Video from Ditching

    01/31/2015 10:58:18 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    flyingmag.com ^ | 1-29-15 | Pia Bergqvist
    The Cirrus SR22 pilot who pulled the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) and was saved by a cruise ship about 250 miles east of Maui this week has released a selfie video of the incident. Leu Morton's facial expression is incredibly calm despite the stressful situation and, through an open door, Morton's video shows the parachute above the airplane moments before it hits the water. In a "Good Morning America" report, Morton describes how he used his satellite phone to report his emergency, which he described as a malfunction in the fuel system. Whether it was the airplane's fuel system...
  • Dem lawmaker: Islamic radicals at 'war' with US (visa waivers for terrorists?)

    01/17/2015 6:24:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/16/15 | Kristina Wong
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said Friday that Islamic extremists were at war with the United States, and urged the Obama administration to adopt the same view. "I'm upset that the president and the White House...is not actually saying this is a war that the Islamic extremists are posing against the United States and against the West," she said during an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Friday. In the same interview, Gabbard referred to the threat posed by “this radical Islamic extremist agenda." The White House has tried to avoid using the...
  • Obama’s Hawaii vacation is over, now it’s time for taxpayers to pay massive tab

    01/12/2015 7:59:06 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | January 9th, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    – President Barack Obama and his family just spent their Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Kailua. Now it’s time for taxpayers to pick up the tab. While the Obamas and friends who accompany them pay for their own private vacation home rentals on or near Kailua Beach, taxpayers foot a multimillion dollar tab for everything from a stand-by ambulance to the fuel for Air Force One.
  • Obama’s Hawaii vacation is over, now it’s time for taxpayers to pay massive tab

    01/09/2015 10:55:35 AM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    HONOLULU – President Barack Obama and his family just spent their Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Kailua. Now it’s time for taxpayers to pick up the tab. While the Obamas and friends who accompany them pay for their own private vacation home rentals on or near Kailua Beach, taxpayers foot a multimillion dollar tab for everything from a stand-by ambulance to the fuel for Air Force One.Local taxpayers pick up the bill for Honolulu Police Department escorts who guard Obama, first lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha around the clock. Figures just released by HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu...
  • For Obama, reunion with pals a link to simpler times

    12/30/2014 7:07:44 PM PST · by John W · 30 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | December 30, 2014 | Josh Lederman
    HONOLULU (AP) — Since returning to his childhood home this month on vacation, President Barack Obama has spent a good part of most days cloistered with three people whose company puts him at ease. They're not his wife and daughters, who came with him, but a trio of pals whose friendship dates back to Obama's high school days in Hawaii. The three men — Mike Ramos, Bobby Titcomb and Greg Orme — are among the few people still in Obama's life who knew him long before he was famous. Although their paths have long since diverged, they've made it a...