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  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 82 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?

    04/06/2014 8:09:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | April 6, 2014 | by Andrew Walden
    Homeless Tent Cities have proven a disaster in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento and other mainland cities where they have been tried. Homelessness Industry organizers set up their tents in an area--and the meth-addled denizens generate a crime wave targeting local businesses and residents as they seek out anything they can steal to buy drugs. Exasperated local officials pay the organizers off in order to get them to move into a different jurisdiction where the cycle of crime and shakedown begins again. In Honolulu, unofficial tent cities are now set up in strategic locations designed to pressure the tourism industry, the Chinatown...
  • Obama backs Schatz over Hanabusa in Hawaii race

    03/31/2014 1:51:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2014 4:37 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama on Monday threw his support to Sen. Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii’s Senate race, stepping into a primary that has been divisive for voters in the state where Obama was born. Obama’s backing could give a critical boost to Schatz in Hawaii, where Obama remains more popular than in most other parts of the U.S. Seven in 10 Hawaii voters chose Obama in 2012. Polls this year show Schatz and Hanabusa are in a competitive race. “Sen. Schatz is protecting Hawaii’s values and fighting every day on behalf of middle-class families,” Obama said in a...

    03/25/2014 11:32:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | March 25,2014 | by CHUCK DEVORE
    The number of food stamp recipients (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) fell in Texas in 2013, dropping 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 3.9 million recipients in December 2013. Nationally, SNAP caseload declined by 2.1 percent from December 2012 to December 2013 as the job market gradually warmed up. California’s SNAP caseload bucked the national trend, increasing 4.1 percent to 4.3 million recipients, the second-largest percentage increase in the nation behind Maryland. Eleven states saw an increase in their SNAP rolls, Maryland, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska and Rhode Island , while...
  • State GOP chair confirms Djou congressional run (Hawaii update)

    03/24/2014 3:28:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    Hawaii News No ^ | March 21, 2014 | Ian Scheuring
    In an appearance on Hawaii News Now Sunrise, Pat Saiki, the newly-elected chairwoman of the Hawaii Republican Party, confirmed that former congressman Charles Djou will soon declare his candidacy in the upcoming election for the state's 1st Congressional District. During her interview, which aired on Friday morning's program, Saiki also said she expected Duke Aiona to formally enter the state's gubernatorial race. When he formally announces his candidacy, Djou will likely run for the seat being vacated by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, who has announced that she will challenge Brian Schatz for a seat in the United States Senate. Djou, who...
  • Ninth Circuit Makes Hawaii a Shall-Issue State

    03/21/2014 12:09:59 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 18 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | March 20, 2014 | Dan Zimmerman
    The Peruta dominos continue to fall. In an earlier decision in Baker v Kealoha, a District Court refused to rule in favor of the plaintiff, Christopher Baker. Baker had moved for an injunction against various Hawaii state agencies that had denied him a carry license. As a Ninth Circuit panel summed up the District Court’s rationale, the District Court denied the motion because, “Baker was not likely to establish that Hawaii’s restrictions on carrying firearms in public were unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, and therefore, Baker was not likely to succeed on the merits.” But that was pre-Peruta . ....
  • 400 PPM: Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Reaches Prehistoric Levels

    03/19/2014 6:15:30 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 76 replies
    Scientific American ^ | May 9, 2013 | David Biello
    400 PPM: What’s Next for a Warming Planet Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached this level for the first time in millions of years. What does this portend? » On May 2, after nightfall shut down photosynthesis for the day in Hawaii, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere touched 400 parts-per-million there for the first time in at least 800,000 years. Near the summit of volcanic Mauna Loa—where a member of the Keeling family has kept watch since 1958—sensors measured this record through sunrise the following day. Levels have continued to dance near that benchmark in recent...
  • Hawaii ponders: Time to start taxing insurers for not participating in our ObamaCare exchange

    03/11/2014 1:06:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/11/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Five months and approaching a coupla’ hundred million dollars in federal grants later, Hawaii still hasn’t made much progress on mending their terrifically botched ObamaCare exchange website, and the clock is ticking. With barely a few weeks to go until the open enrollment period ends (for now — I have very little faith that His Highness won’t issue another royal decree somehow extending that deadline, too), the state government is entering panic mode over their super-low enrollment figures and their definitive lack of a long-term financing plan for the exchange, which needs to be self-sustaining by the start of 2015....
  • Senate Democrats plan an all-nighter Monday for climate change

    03/07/2014 1:27:32 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 76 replies
    Washingyon Post ^ | 3/7/14 | Ed O'Keffe
    At least 28 Senate Democrats plan to spend hours Monday night and early Tuesday speaking on the Senate floor in a push for congressional action on climate change. It's a strategy that's been in the works for several months, organized by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who've been seeking to raise awareness about their concerns on and off the Senate floor. Adopting a strategy used in the past year by some Senate Republicans, the Democrats will begin speaking Monday night after a series of votes and continue until about 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to...
  • If everything was free: the economics of abundance (Utopian Laff Riot, But Thought-Provoking)

    03/05/2014 9:49:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Kaleo, the independent student newspaper of the University of Hawai'i ^ | March 5, 2014 | Roman Kalinowski, Senior Staff Writer
    Imagine going online and, with a single click, printing out any physical object. With a miniature production plant in every home, there would be no need for retail stores, factories, shipping or the pollution associated with those activities. Large-scale automation of a huge segment of the workforce, combined with free worldwide-Internet, 3D printing and renewable off-grid energy will free humanity to achieve anything without worrying about basic material needs. FREE WIFI FOR ALL In the next few years, everyone on the planet with a wireless device will likely have access to high speed, uncensored Internet. A futuristic project spearheaded by...
  • Aloha Deniers! Obamacare Costs Hawaii $27,906 Per Enrollee So Far

    02/27/2014 4:59:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 27, 2014 | John Ransom
    The Los Angeles Times details how despite high hopes Obamacare deniers had for welfare-friendly Hawaii, thus far only 4,300 people have enrolled in Obama’s home state. That’s $27,906 per enrollee. Aloha! Which, fittingly, in can be translated in English to mean "hello" and "goodbye." And of course, 4,300 is not the number of insured people-- those who have paid for an Obamacare policy-- just the numbers of people who have completed applications. And I suspect I know what SEIU employees have been doing in their free time. Aaaand… So do you. I think the same people who filled out...
  • Federally funded sex ed program teaches Hawaii middle schoolers that butts are genitals

    02/25/2014 9:16:39 PM PST · by Flyin' Hawaiian · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2014 | Eric Owens
    A member of Hawaii’s House of Representatives is criticizing an ambitious, federally funded sex education program currently in use in 12 of the state’s public schools. The pilot curriculum, called “Pono Choices,” targets 11- to 13-year-old students. (“Pono” is a Hawaiian word that basically means “good” or “moral.”) Its creators include the University of Hawaii and, of course, Planned Parenthood. Rep. Bob McDermott, a Hawaii Republican, claims that the curriculum is “not age appropriate and not consistent with state policy” for a slew of reasons, reports McDermott’s biggest complaint is that the curriculum is wrong on a pretty major...
  • Two States Look to Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21

    02/23/2014 12:52:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies ^ | February 21, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Lawmakers in Utah and Colorado are promoting legislation to raise the legal age for tobacco use to 21, a higher standard than imposed by any other state, saying they want to discourage young people from picking up a lifelong smoking habit. Supporters say keeping tobacco out of the hands of young adults will save thousands of lives, even as critics complain that Americans who are old enough to vote and serve in the military should not be deemed too young to decide on their own if they should smoke. In a dramatic display of the risks of smoking, lawmakers in...
  • MPD moving forward on charges, park ban after racial rant

    02/21/2014 8:30:31 AM PST · by Chuckster · 44 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | 20 February 2014 | Lynn Kawano
    t's a racial rant that has been seen by more than a quarter of a million people. A 21-year old man, with a criminal past, was caught on cell phone video unleashing racial statements against a Kihei couple and their friends at Kalama Beach Park. According to the man who posted the video on YouTube, it was shocking. He only wants to be identified as ‘John Doe', but says he's the man in the video wearing the blue shirt with long sleeves. He says his group was eating on a picnic table when a man on another table threw an...
  • The Fable of Hawaiian Frankencorn: The Aloha State’s dishonest anti-biotech campaign

    02/13/2014 10:16:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | February 2014 | Ronald Bailey
    "Anybody you see around here dressed in a Tyvek suit will be someone from Greenpeace," David Stoltzfus joked as we surveyed the thousands of carefully numbered corn plants growing in the stony rust-colored soil of a former sugar cane plantation just a few miles inland from the spectacular Wailea Beach. Stoltzfus, who heads Monsanto's Piilani seed production farm on Maui, was referring to the white disposable coveralls that protesters wear for the TV cameras when "decontaminating" biotech crop fields. Hawaii is the epicenter of a furious campaign to shut down production farms that yield genetically modified seed. It was September,...
  • Iolani Palace vandal suspects appear in court

    02/10/2014 8:57:38 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    KHON - Honolulu ^ | Monday, February 10, 2014, | Manolo Morales
    Drew Paahao, 21, and Koa Alii Keaulana, 30, were arrested for criminal property damage and criminal trespassing. Paahao is accused of kicking the glass door of the palace, causing irreparable damage. They have not been charged. Both suspects appeared in court today on another legal matter, pleaded no contest to unrelated petty misdemeanor charges and were released this afternoon. When asked why she did it, Paahao responded, “because that’s my house. Yeah, that’s my house.” Those were the same comments Paahao made when she was first arrested Saturday morning. The glass door Paahao is accused of breaking is an original...
  • Hawaiian health director died of irregular heartbeat after plane crash

    02/09/2014 10:49:33 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 401 replies
    USNEWS.NBCNEWS.COM ^ | Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News
    Authorities say the cause of death for the Hawaii health director who died after an airplane crashed off the island of Molokai was cardiac arrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat. Loretta Fuddy died due to the stress from the horrific Dec. 11 plunge into the water after the si … Article Link: Hawaiian health director died of irregular heartbeat after plane crash - U.S. News ( Posted with Article Posting Assistant: (
  • Hawaii lawmaker renews fight to end or revise controversial sex ed program

    02/05/2014 4:55:20 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 2/3/14 | Malia Zimmerman
    State Rep. Bob McDermott, who enrolled his eight children in Hawaii’s public schools, doesn’t want his 11-year-old son exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program... “The program normalizes a homosexual lifestyle and anal sex, while failing to warn students of the extreme dangers of anal sex; it references multiple sex partners, while failing to inform students about the health benefits of monogamy; it fails to warn students about the ineffectiveness of condoms against HPV, herpes, and anal sex; and fails to educate students on the stages of human reproduction,” McDermott said, providing Hawaii Reporter with an early copy of...
  • Justice Scalia: Internment Camps Could Happen Again

    02/05/2014 12:27:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/05/2014 | AUDREY MCAVOY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday that the nation's highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but he wouldn't be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict. Scalia was responding to a question about the court's 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the convictions of Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu for violating an order to report to an internment camp. "Well of course Korematsu was wrong. And I think we have repudiated in a later...
  • Obama Presidential Library Search Kicks Off

    01/31/2014 12:28:16 PM PST · by kristinn · 57 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Friday, January 31, 2014 | Josh Lederman
    The formal process to build a library housing President Barack Obama's presidential records and artifacts began Friday with the formation of a new foundation, launched by top supporters with Obama's blessing, that will develop and build the monument to his legacy. The nonprofit Barack H. Obama Foundation will be led by Marty Nesbitt, a close Obama friend from Chicago, and Julianna Smoot, a former White House social secretary and top official in Obama's re-election campaign. A vigorous competition to host the library is already underway. Hawaii, where Obama was born, and Illinois, his longtime home, have been lobbying the Obamas...
  • Former New Orleans mayor indicted on federal corruption charges

    As part of the alleged bribes, Nagin's family members received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City totaling $23,500; and cellular phone service, the indictment said. According to the indictment, the bribing businessmen allegedly received city contracts of $1 million for consulting, more than $3 million to build a project at Louis Armstrong International Airport, and $1 million for another airport project, the indictment said. Other contracts were for sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter and professional services, authorities allege. Among the conspiracy charges is an accusation that Nagin...
  • 14 in ’14, cuz it ain’t happening in ‘16 (Vanity)

    11/18/2013 4:27:24 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 71 replies
    Vanity | November 18, 2013 | ConservativeInPa
    The facts 1. There are 21 US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2014 election. 2. There are nine US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2016 election. This is likely to be 10 due to a special election in HI in 2014. 3. Republicans need to pick up six senate seats to have a majority. The Analysis The failures of ObamaCare and broken promises by Democrat senators create a target rich environment in 2014. This is a year Republicans have to do well. Winning a majority in the senate by only one seat or maintaining the status...
  • HB744 Forces Gay Agenda on Hawaii Churches

    01/18/2014 11:01:01 PM PST · by kaehurowing · 26 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | January 17, 2014 | Hawaii Family Advocates
    HB744 will prevent discrimination on the basis “race, religion or sexual orientation” in any “…activity receiving state or county financial assistance or utilizing state or county facilities.” Activities that constitute discrimination include: exclusion “from participation in, be(ing) denied the benefits of, or be(ing) subjected to discrimination”. Using this broad language, any church or religious organization holding services at a state or county facility (such as a public school cafeteria or auditorium) could not deny services or benefits associated with their organization. This could include participation in services, membership to the religious organization or even the sanctioning of a same-sex marriage....
  • Feds: Former Santa Cruz woman, Teddy Bear Paradise, threatens to kill president

    01/16/2014 8:58:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 01/16/2014 | Stephen Baxter
    Teddy Bear Paradise, a 57-year-old former Santa Cruz woman, has been indicted in Texas for allegedly threatening to kill President Barack Obama. Paradise, also known as Denise O'Neal, mailed a handwritten, 16-page letter to Obama, said U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. "I am coming to Washington D.C. to murder you," Paradise wrote in the Nov. 28 letter. "I am permanently physically and mentally disabled," she wrote. "All I wanted to do was rent a home for myself." Paradise described herself as a lesbian and said she'd been harassed by workers at jails, prisons and psychiatric hospitals.
  • MEDIA BLACKOUT of Michelle Obama’s 24 Day Hawaii Vacation

    01/14/2014 2:45:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 14, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor, FreeRepublic
    Michelle Obama at an earlier vacation in Spain.There have been no media reports on First Lady Michelle Obama’s extended Hawaii vacation since it was abruptly announced she was staying behind when her husband and daughters returned to Washington from the family’s annual Christmas vacation to the state where the president was raised as a teenager. A Google News search shows only a handful of articles just after New Year’s Day based on local reports Obama was staying at the Maui estate of Oprah Winfrey. Those articles mentioned Maui locals upset by road closures near Winfrey’s estate. Since then there have...
  • Maui Police release cause of Loretta Fuddy's death.

    01/13/2014 6:27:32 PM PST · by machogirl · 249 replies
    KITV news ^ | 01-13-2014 | KITV
    Maui County police says the late state health director Loretta Fuddy died due to cardiac arrhythmia as a result of stress after a Makani Kai Air plane crashed off of Molokai last month. An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. Fuddy's death has been ruled as accidental. On Dec. 11, the plane lost power off of Kalaupapa. Nine people were on board the plane including Fuddy. The pilot and seven other passengers survived the crash. The pilot and a passenger who swam to shore have said Fuddy appeared fine while bobbing in the water...
  • Video of Fatal Plane Crash in Hawaii Released [Loretta Fuddy]

    01/09/2014 9:29:44 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 80 replies
    KNSS Radio / ABC News ^ | 1-9-14 | Carmen Cox
    (HONOLULU) -- The dramatic images of a small plane crash in December that killed one person off the coast of Hawaii were made public Thursday. A passenger was recording video as the Dec. 11 crash occurred. In the images, the Makani Kai Air’s 2002 Cessna Grand Caravan turboprop can be seen about to hit the water. It descends straight down to the ocean and crashes on the surface. In the video, the passengers can be seen making their way out calmly. They clutched the wing to stay afloat. In two groups, they floated for an hour in choppy waters until...
  • PHOTOS: First Lady in Hawaiʻi, Security Heavy Near Oprah Estate

    01/09/2014 10:30:17 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies
    Maui Now . com ^ | January 8th, 2014 | Wendy Osher
    If rumors are true that the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, is on Maui, the security around Oprah Winfrey’s Upcountry Maui estate is compelling evidence, as is the national attention via various media outlets.
  • Oprah's Neighbors Pissed Over FLOTUS Hawaii Vacation

    01/08/2014 11:02:49 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 56 replies
    TMZ ^ | Jan. 8 , 2014 | TMZ staff
    Michelle Obama's visit to Oprah's Hawaii compound has crippled the neighborhood around O's home ... and some neighbors are pissed. Some of the residents and business people around Oprah's palatial 12-bedroom Maui estate -- where Michelle recently retreated to spend the last few days of her 40s -- are all telling the same story ... Michelle's visit is making day-to-day life almost impossible.
  • Not so nifty: Taxpayers chip in on gift for first lady, who turns 50

    01/07/2014 10:35:01 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 14 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 | MALIA ZIMMERMAN
    First Lady Michelle Obama extended her own vacation, flying to the island of Maui, where she is spending time with family friend Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey’s magazine describes the home as a “perfect 21st-century farmhouse” in a “remote up-country region, where the houses that dot the moss-covered rock hillside face the ocean.” The president said he sent his wife to Maui as an early birthday present; she turns 50 Jan. 17. The Daily Caller reports Michelle Obama is also spending time with Gayle King of CBS News, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Sharon Malone, wife of Attorney General Eric...
  • Millionaire Obama: I Hate Income Inequality President readies populist push despite personal

    01/07/2014 5:49:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 1/6/14 | Albert Merrick
    Back from his $4 million Hawaii vacation, President Barack Obama seems poised to sound the populist trumpet in an effort to turn the page on 2013’s disastrous Obamacare rollout. Many pundits are speculating that Obama, seeing the popularity of liberal populists like New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, will use the current debate over unemployment insurance to engage in more divisive rhetoric: The Obama administration has set the stage for a push that could rekindle cries of class warfare -- calling for renewed long-term unemployment benefits, a minimum wage increase and a campaign against what Democrats call "income inequality." Ahead...
  • Happy birthday Michelle from all of US! Taxpayers foot the bill for First Lady's extended..

    01/07/2014 7:11:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 7, 2014 | David Martosko
    When President Barack Obama suggested that his wife should spend extra time in paradise as an early birthday present, he was committing U.S. citizens to pay for the gift, whose costs will likely spiral into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The White House conceded on Monday that the federal treasury will foot the bill to fly First Lady Michelle Obama back to Washington, D.C. on a separate government aircraft after she finishes her extended vacation at the palatial 12-bedroom Hawaii home of talk show legend Oprah Winfrey. Dedicated vehicles, Secret Service costs, and security sweeps of the Winfrey estate...
  • Michelle Obama crashes at Oprah's Hawaii pad

    01/06/2014 5:27:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 57 replies
    January 06, 2014, 05:40 pm Michelle Obama crashes at Oprah's Hawaii pad By Emily Goodin SUVs, Secret Service agents and Oprah! Michelle Obama's extended Hawaii vacation plans have leaked thanks to security sightings reported by locals near Oprah Winfrey's tropical vacation home. The Maui News reports residents said saw police cars and black SUVs near Winfrey's home in Kula on the island of Maui. The talk show host owns several hundred acres on the island. Other residents told local news outlets that security personnel asked them to leave the area and that paparazzi have been spotted. President Obama left Hawaii,...
  • Michelle Obama spending extended vacation at Oprah’s Maui home

    01/06/2014 11:26:26 AM PST · by ColdOne · 69 replies ^ | 1/6/14 | Betsy Rothstein
    Michelle Obama is spending her extended Hawaiian vacation at Oprah’s “exquisite” Maui getaway, The Daily Caller has learned. While White House pool reports indicate the first lady stayed behind this week in Hawaii to chill out with friends before her 50th birthday, there weren’t many specifics. But sources with direct knowledge tell TheDC that the first lady is relaxing in Maui at Oprah’s estate with CBS’ Gayle King, Valerie Jarrett and Sharon Malone, who is Attorney General Eric Holder’s wife. Sources say she’s there for a “girl’s getaway” before the big 5-0.
  • Barack gives Michelle a magnificent birthday present

    01/05/2014 2:52:58 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 96 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-5-14 | Thomas Lifson
    Kudos to President Obama for giving his wife a birthday present we all can envy, indeed covet. CBS News reports: President Barack Obama is going to give his wife the birthday present that many parents can only dream of - time off, alone, without the children. The White House said on Saturday first lady Michelle Obama would stay in Hawaii, where the family has been on vacation for the last two weeks, rather than return home with her husband and their two girls. "As part of her birthday gift from the president, the first lady will remain in Hawaii to...
  • President Leaves Hawaii, Michelle Obama Stays On As 'Birthday Present'

    01/05/2014 11:32:46 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 5, 2014 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha left their vacation in Hawaii on Saturday, but left First Lady Michelle Obama behind on the islands, according to news agency reports. The president reportedly let his wife stay on in Hawaii with friends as a "birthday present." Michelle Obama will turn 50 years old on Jan. 17.
  • Obama’s birthday gift to his wife? Time off, alone

    01/05/2014 6:19:17 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 115 replies
    CBS/Reuters January 5, 2014, 8: 26 AM Obama’s birthday gift to his wife? Time off, alone HONOLULU - President Barack Obama is going to give his wife the birthday present that many parents can only dream of - time off, alone, without the children. The White House said on Saturday first lady Michelle Obama would stay in Hawaii, where the family has been on vacation for the last two weeks, rather than return home with her husband and their two girls. "As part of her birthday gift from the president, the first lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time...
  • President Obama, While on Hawaii Vacation, Lambastes GOP Who ‘Went Home for the Holidays’ and . . .

    01/04/2014 7:19:07 PM PST · by Hoodat · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan 04, 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    While President Barack Obama continued what the Weekly Address to accuse Republicans in Congress of going home for the holidays while less-fortunate Americans suffer. Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all. We make this...
  • For Obama, a Real and Rare Vacation in Hawaii (Barf alert)

    01/04/2014 1:02:43 PM PST · by kristinn · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, January, 4, 2014 | Ashley Parker
    After a two-week vacation on the windward side of Oahu, ensconced with his family in a private beachfront rental, President Obama prepared on Saturday to return to the chillier clime — both politically and weather-wise — of the nation’s capital. In an end-of-year news conference before he left Washington, the president said he hoped that his annual tropical getaway would leave him refreshed and ready for the challenges of 2014. “I am sure,” he said, “that I will have even better ideas after a couple days of sleep and sun.” He may have gotten his wish. As the people around...
  • REGAL R&R: Obamas live like royalty on lavish Hawaiian holiday

    01/03/2014 8:47:23 AM PST · by dead · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 2, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    History will record that on the 12th day of his latest Hawaiian vacation, President Obama tweeted about Obamacare. That was one of the president’s few visible acts of official business during his 16-day holiday retreat before he and his family return to Washington on Sunday. The president’s winter recess has rivaled just about anyone’s dream getaway, filled with endless golf, dinners at high-end restaurants, snorkeling at a closed nature preserve and a private, after-hours visit to a spectacular zoo... (snip) The president’s aides say he is always on the job, even in the Pacific paradise... Otherwise, the trip has been...
  • Obama Relaxes in Hawaii as His Signature Legislation Wreaks Havoc on the Country

    01/03/2014 2:53:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    UK Daily Mail. It's an amazing story. "Hospital staff in Northern Virginia are turning away sick people on a frigid Thursday morning because they can't determine whether their Obamacare insurance plans are in effect. Patients in a close-in DC suburb who think they've signed up for new insurance plans are struggling to show their December enrollments are in force, and health care administrators aren't taking their word for it." They've got no proof. So people thought they were signing up for Obamacare, but somehow there's not an enrollment card or an ID card or a membership card or any kind...
  • Stay warm out there! Obama soaks up the sun as Snowzilla storms up the East Coast

    01/02/2014 6:53:45 PM PST · by tellw · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/2/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    President Obama hit the links and enjoyed high temps in Hawaii as a massive blizzard bore down on much of the Midwest and the Northeast, and meteorologists predict the storm could tie traffic, cut power and give headaches to 40 million or so Americans.
  • Obama goes out to dinner in Waikiki on last night of vacation

    01/03/2014 10:37:31 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 49 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | Jan 03, 2014 | Star-Advertiser staff
    President Barack Obama is out to dinner with his wife and friends at Morimoto's in Waikiki on his last night of vacation. White House officials say that the first family is expected to depart Hawaii on Saturday night
  • Obama Makes 4-Minute Visit to Grandfather's Grave

    01/03/2014 7:48:01 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 110 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Hanuary 3 2014 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama made time to visit his grandfather's grave during his two week Hawaii vacation. According to the White House pool report, Obama and his daughters took the 30-minute drive from their vacation rental home to his grandfather's grave. The visit lasted about 4 minutes.
  • Obama: The Enemy of “Lives as Usual”

    01/03/2014 9:56:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    If you liked your holidays, one reason may have been that President Obama was on the golf course and not behind the teleprompter. Like Pat Sajak—who famously tweeted that he never thought he’d find somebody else’s vacation so relaxing—I have loved every minute of President Obama’s Hawaiian idyll. In fact, if pictures of our glum president are any indicator, I enjoyed his holiday more than he did. For a mere $3.2 million in Air Force One flying time, a grateful nation purchased for itself a much-needed respite from campaign-style rhetoric, accusations against the minority party, bogus promises, and diktats. It...
  • Hawaii Tourists Revel in Sun, Surf and Semiautomatics

    01/03/2014 8:48:38 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1-1-14 | Ashley Parker
    HONOLULU — Kenji and Hiromasa Ozawa, a father and son vacationing on the island of Oahu, spent Christmas morning hiking up Diamond Head, a volcanic cone here with sweeping views of Waikiki Beach. Their next stop: The Royal Hawaiian Shooting Club — an indoor shooting range in an upscale shopping center just above Cartier and Hermčs stores — where they fired off several dozen rounds between them. “We love shooting guns, I love shooting guns,” said Kenji Ozawa, 52, who was visiting from Chiba, Japan. “It’s a very exciting experience.” Japan has among the most restrictive gun laws in the...
  • A Visit to the Cemetery

    01/03/2014 7:23:05 AM PST · by Hoodat · 51 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | Jan 3, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama Thursday took his daughters to see the grave of his grandfather, Stanley Dunham. From the pool report: President Obama’s motorcade made its way to Honolulu, passing by stunning vistas while occasionally being slowed by congested roads. After a 30-minute drive, Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia arrived at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Puowaina Punchbowl Crater. Obama’s grandfather, Stanley Dunham, is interred at the cemetery. Four minutes after arriving, Obama and his daughters were back in the motorcade. The next destination is unknown. Afterward, the president, Sasha and Malia made a late afternoon stop at...
  • Obama golfs with NZ prime minister; visits Punchbowl

    01/03/2014 12:15:32 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 10 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | Jan 02, 2014 | Honolulu Star Advertiser staff
    President Barack Obama rounded up a new golf partner today: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. The two leaders teed off on a sunny and breezy morning at the Kaneohe Klipper course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This afternoon, the president visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, where his grandfather and grandmother, who helped raise him, are interred and took his daughters to the Honolulu Zoo in Waikiki. The president also brought Sasha and Malia with him to visit the grave of Madelyn and Stanley Dunham.
  • NTSB: Hawaii plane floated 25 mins, then sank.

    01/01/2014 3:18:25 PM PST · by RckyRaCoCo · 349 replies
    AP via Star Advertiser ^ | Dec 31, 2013 | AP via Star Advertiser
    The National Transportation Safety Board says in a preliminary accident report that a small commercial plane that crash-landed in Hawaii waters floated for about 25 minutes before sinking.
  • Carrying On a Presidential Tradition, One Leisurely Round at a Time

    01/02/2014 7:47:54 AM PST · by kristinn · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | Ashley Parker
    No one should ever question President Obama’s passion for golf. He has played some of the country’s most picturesque courses, held a debt-limit “golf summit” with Speaker John A. Boehner, taken on Tiger Woods and found time to steal away for a round in political good times and bad. The extent of Mr. Obama’s love of golf has been on display during his winter vacation in Hawaii, where he has played seven out of his 12 days here, for as much as six hours at a time. On one outing, he played so slowly he could get in only 17...