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  • Obama supports Hawaii’s governor in radio ad

    07/24/2014 1:53:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 7:30 PM EDT
    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie launched a radio ad Wednesday featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor’s bid for re-election. In the ad, Obama uses the Hawaiian word for family, saying Abercrombie is “like ohana to me.” The president says Abercrombie knew his parents “before I was a twinkle in their eye.” Obama says the governor has made gutsy decisions leading Hawaii, tackled a budget crisis, made smart investments in education and fought for middle class and working families. …
  • Meet the Republican Who Could Take Hawaii Away From Democrats

    07/12/2014 11:12:36 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 9, 2014 | Emily Schultheis
    The Republican nominee for governor of Hawaii stepped to the podium at a fundraiser for the state GOP, greeted by cheers and a standing ovation. Duke Aiona is the man who "will win, can win," a state senator insisted as he introduced the nominee. And the 200 donors and supporters in the audience apparently agreed. "I feel so confident right now," Aiona said in a pavilion lit by tiki torches, nestled in a valley on Oahu's North Shore. "This is a statement in and of itself, to have so many people here supporting the Republican Party." It's an odd sentiment...
  • Native Hawaiians to Federal Government: Give Us Back Our Kingdom

    07/11/2014 8:44:48 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 45 replies
    NBC News Online ^ | July 11, 2014 | Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
    The federal government posed a series of questions to Native Hawaiians, with whom it's seeking to reestablish nation-to-nation status. The answer it received, to all, was a resounding "no." This week, the Department of the Interior wrapped up two weeks of public meetings in Hawaii soliciting input from the Native Hawaiian community on setting up a similar structure to the one it has with Native American tribes. Kale Gumapac was one of the 130 people who signed up to speak in Hilo on the island of Hawaii. “[On] the questions that you raised for everyone to answer. It’s a trap,"...
  • First Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planet Confirmed By Gemini And Keck Observatories

    07/08/2014 4:08:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Space Daily ^ | Apr 23, 2014
    First Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planet Confirmed By Gemini And Keck Observatories by Staff Writers Hilo HI (SPX) Apr 23, 2014 The artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet orbiting a distant star in the habitable zone-a range of distances from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that Earth-size planets exist in the habitable zone of other stars and signals a significant step closer to finding a world similar to Earth. The artistic concept of Kepler-186f is the result of scientists and artists collaborating to help...
  • NASA preps 'flying saucer' for high-altitude test flight (LDSD launch)

    06/28/2014 11:34:56 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 67 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 28JUN2014 | William Harwood
    NASA engineers in Hawaii readied a 3.5-ton flying saucer-shaped test vehicle for a 23-mile-high balloon ride Saturday, followed by a rocket-powered climb an additional 11 miles for a high-speed flight through the extreme upper atmosphere to test an inflatable entry body and a huge supersonic parachute for eventual use at Mars. The LDSD project aims to develop and test two sizes of inflatable drag devices and a large new, supersonic ringsail parachute. Credit: NASA Flying at four times the speed of sound in the thin air near the edge of space, the test vehicle was expected to experience conditions similar...
  • Inside the jealous feud between the Obamas and ‘Hildebeest’ Clintons

    06/21/2014 4:05:20 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/21/2014 | Edward Klein
    Outwardly, they put on a show of unity — but privately, the Obamas and Clintons, the two power couples of the Democrat Party, loathe each other. “I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,” Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign. The feeling is mutual. Obama made ­excuses not to talk to Bill, while the first lady privately sniped about Hillary.
  • Chinese Ships Arrive at Pearl Harbor

    06/26/2014 10:02:59 AM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    USNI News | June 25, 2014 11:26 AM | Sam LaGrone
    Chinese Ships Arrive at Pearl Harbor By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 25, 2014 11:26 AM Updated: June 25, 2014 11:26 AM An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo Two Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships arrived at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Tuesday, according to Chinese press reports. Guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) and hospital...
  • Hawaii Stalls Sex Ed

    06/17/2014 7:01:55 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 16, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    One person can make a difference, President John F. Kennedy said, and thanks to Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott (R) more people might try. The conservative dad took on the state’s Education Department and scored a partial victory. Since December, Rep. McDermott has been a campaign of one, working to roll back Hawaii’s explosive sex ed curriculum — which is so explicit it would make most adults blush. Homosexuality gets the state’s support, as well as other controversial practices that parents should reserve the right to explain to their kids themselves. bob mcdermott hawaii “I can assure you my 11-year-old...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Hawaii law lets police have sex with prostitutes

    03/20/2014 10:59:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2014 12:50 AM EDT | Sam Eifling
    Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate. Authorities say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act. Critics, including human trafficking experts and other police, say it’s unnecessary and could further victimize sex workers, many of whom have been forced into the trade. …
  • Loretta Fuddy's Brother Sues Over Fatal Crash

    06/09/2014 2:13:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | Jun 09, 2014
    Lewis Fuddy Jr.'s Loretta Fuddy died of an irregular heartbeat that was triggered when the plane she was riding in lost power and crash-landed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai in December. A engine manufacturer in Canada is to blame for a small plane's ocean landing and the death of Hawaii's former health director, her brother said in a lawsuit filed Monday. Lewis Fuddy Jr. is suing Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. and Makani Kai Air Charters over the Dec. 11 crash-landing. His 65-year-old sister Loretta Fuddy was a passenger on the flight and died of an irregular heartbeat, police...
  • Hilo stabbing victim recounts terrifying attack - Hare Krsnas run amok in Hawaii

    05/31/2014 1:00:28 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | May 31, 2014 | John Burnett
    Raghunatha John Giuffre knows how it feels to return from the dead. The 49-year-old Wainaku man was the third and final person stabbed during a spree that took place around midnight May 23, and the only one who reportedly knew the alleged assailant, 28-year-old Varaha Nrsngha Mims. [snip]
  • OHA mulls delayed convention, parallel roll

    05/30/2014 8:52:03 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | May 30. 2014 | Nancy Cook Lauer
    Officials at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are asking for a six-to-nine-month postponement of a Native Hawaiian convention to determine self-governance, in order to educate the public and construct a parallel roll for those who refuse to sign onto a roll ordered by state government. The OHA board of trustees, faced with 63 people wanting to testify, on Thursday postponed a decision until its June 5 meeting. The current plan is to hold an election of delegates this fall, followed by a spring convention. Testifiers, many of whom flew to Oahu from Hawaii Island and other neighbor islands, were mixed...
  • Homeless solution remains elusive ( Kauai - Hawaii )

    05/30/2014 8:28:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Garden Island ^ | May 29, 2014
    Homeless campers evicted’ That was the top headline in Friday’s TGI after campers at Anahola Beach Park were told to vacate or face arrest last week. We’re not disputing that these folks weren’t supposed to be there, but we will argue this is a sign of the severity of the homeless problem in Hawaii and specifically, on Kauai .... No surprise that homelessness is a problem. Kauai is a very expensive place to live. Rent, utilities, groceries and gas — all of which hit the shrinking middle class and the rising low-income hard — are among the highest in the...
  • OHA's Crabbe wants delay in nation-building process

    05/29/2014 4:43:57 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 4 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | May 29, 2014 | Star-Advertiser staff
    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs' top administrator is recommending a six-month to nine-month delay in its nation-building process to conduct further education about the issues surrounding the establishment of a Hawaiian government. In addition, OHA CEO Kamana'opono Crabbe on Thursday offered two alternative options for adding people to the list of those who would participate in the nation-building: >> Including those who have signed up for the OHA Registry Program, which provides those who can prove their Hawaiian heritage with an official card that verifies ancestry.
  • Obama Administration Seeks Race Based Govt. in Hawaii

    05/28/2014 7:48:58 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/27/2014 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s administration has quietly suggested it is willing to create a two-tier race-based legal system in Hawaii, where one set of taxes, spending and law enforcement will govern one race, and the second set of laws will govern every other race. The diversity proposal is portrayed as an effort to create a separate in-state government for people who are “native Hawaiians.” If Obama succeeds, “what’s to prevent creating similar [self-governing racial] groups out of say, Cajuns, or Orthodox Jews or Amish?” said Gail Heriot, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. “If you can do that...
  • Obama looks to bypass Congress and promote racial spoils in Hawaii

    05/27/2014 8:51:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | 5-26-14 | Paul Mirengoff
    When we pledge allegiance to the flag, we also pledge allegiance to the Republic for which it stands — “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The modern American left has put each of these qualities up for grabs. For example, implementing “social justice” would make it logically impossible to provide justice for all of us as individuals. The left is also unfavorably disposed to the idea of one indivisible nation. The Akaka Bill was a good example. As Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow explained, this legislation, which the House passed in 2010, would have enabled...
  • Hawaii’s ObamaCare exchange most costly in nation

    05/15/2014 2:04:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 15, 2014 | By Malia Zimmerman
    Hawaii’s ObamaCare exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector, costs the nation’s taxpayers the most per enrollee, according to a new study by Kaiser Health. Hawaii’s exchange, which has just more than 8,500 people registered, has a tab of about $23,899 per person. Former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, D-Hawaii, noted Hawaii’s enrollment cost is 26 times the national average, 2 1/2 times the cost for the second most expensive state, North Dakota. According to the study, just 8,500 Hawaii residents signed up for the Hawaii Health Connector, while 150,000 people are needed to make the program self-sustainable.
  • Hawaii health care exchange spent $10,800 per enrollee

    05/11/2014 7:25:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Obamacare is proving to be a lesson in government waste, inefficiency, and incompetence. Does anyone in the world think that a private company could survive if it spent money the way several states have done on their health care exchanges? Massachusetts, Maryland, and Oregon have already abandoned their expensive efforts, and more states are expected to follow. Hawaii may be one of them: The chief executive of Hawaii's largest health insurance company is calling on Hawaii to shut down its beleaguered health insurance exchange, which was set up as part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Michael Gold,...
  • How Hawaii (Legally) Discriminates Against Non-Native Hawaiians

    05/08/2014 2:37:39 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 13 replies
    The Foundry ^ | May 7, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Some senators are trying to push through a bill that would re-authorize the discriminatory housing policies implemented in Hawaii by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, which provides special benefits for “Native Hawaiians.” Native Hawaiians are defined as “any descendant of not less than one-half part of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to 1778.” According to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ website, this means “you must have a blood quantum of at least 50 percent Hawaiian.” S.1352 has a seemingly innocuous provision, Section 503, which simply re-authorizes the Native Hawaiian Home-Ownership Act through 2018....
  • Hawaii lawmakers vote to increase hourly minimum wage to $10.10

    04/30/2014 7:11:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 April 2014 | Malia Mattock
    Hawaii lawmakers voted late on Tuesday to raise the U.S. state's hourly minimum wage to $10.10 from the federal minimum $7.25 at a time of heated national debate over wages and rising income inequality. The new rate brings the Pacific state into line with the hourly wage U.S. President Barack Obama has pushed at a federal level, where the current rate stands at $7.25. Legislation to raise the national minimum wage has stalled in Congress. In Hawaii, as at the national level, proposed increases have drawn strong opposition from some business owners, lobby groups, and economists, who say it will...
  • Will popular vote elect president in 2020?

    04/27/2014 12:20:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2014
    The movement to change how presidents are elected is gaining steam and proponents of the long-stalled popular vote initiative are predicting victory by 2020. Eleven states/jurisdictions have enacted the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill, giving the proposal 165 electoral votes — 61 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to trigger the new voting system. Legislatures that passed the law include California, Illinois, New Jersey. Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Rhode Island and Vermont. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a popular vote bill into law last week. All of these states, as well as the nation’s capital...
  • Report: Nevada would benefit from transfer of federal lands

    04/26/2014 12:44:35 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 25 replies
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU ^ | April 22,2014 | SEAN WHALEY
    A new report analyzing the financial ramifications of a takeover of some of Nevada’s millions of acres of federal lands suggests the state would benefit from such a transfer. A transfer of 4 million acres of U.S. Bureau Land Management land could bring in anywhere from $31 million to $114 million a year, based on a review of four Western states that have significant amounts of trust lands under their control, the report says.
  • ANOTHER university stops students from handing out Constitution

    04/25/2014 10:44:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 47 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Two students are suing the University of Hawaii for violating their First Amendment rights after administrator prevented them from distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution — demonstrating a frightening lack of knowledge about the very legal document they were attempting to censor. Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January. A week later, they were again informed by a censorship-minded administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy. The students were told that...
  • "Allah Saved Him": Santa Clara Teen Stowaway's Father

    04/24/2014 3:35:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The father of a Santa Clara teen stowaway who survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose to Hawaii Sunday despite high altitudes, low oxygen and freezing temperatures tells the Voice of America that Allah protected his son. “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, who lives in Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali service in an interview Wednesday. Abdi said he received the news about his son's trip in a phone call from...
  • Planned Parenthood closes office in Kauai, Hawaii

    04/24/2014 12:21:31 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Apr 24, 2014 09:41 EST | BY BEN JOHNSON
    KAUAI, HI, April 24, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Planned Parenthood has closed yet another facility due to declining business, this one on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Known simply as the Kauai Clinic, the Planned Parenthood office provides abortion referrals, the abortifacient morning after pill, and “LGBT services.”
  • HOLLYWOOD CHILD RAPE SCANDAL: THREE EXECS NAMED AS ALLEGED ABUSERS

    04/21/2014 4:28:20 PM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | John Nolte
    Lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of minors in a Hollywood pedophilia ring were filed in Hawaii Monday against three prominent Hollywood executives: David Neuman, Gary Goddard, and Garth Ancier. The suits were announced at the Four Seasons Hotel by Jeff Herman, the attorney representing Michael Egan, the man who alleges he was sexually abused by "X-Men" director Bryan Singer as a teen. Variety reports that: Ancier is the former president of BBC Worldwide America and headed the Fox entertainment group while Neuman is the former president of Disney TV. Goddard heads a design firm in Los Angeles which has created...
  • 16-year-old California runaway survives flight to Hawaii in plane's wheel well

    04/21/2014 2:29:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/21/2014
    A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. "Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said. Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy from Santa Clara,...
  • Al Gore dupes 9000 people in Hawaii, insults the rest

    04/18/2014 9:20:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 4/18/2014 | Anthony Watts
    The story below is from from Honolulu Civil Beat, who covered a political rally on April 15th by Gore to 9000 people in Honolulu’s Stan Sheriff Center. It is a 12,500 seat sports auditorium where his voice was amplified by, his slideshow enabled with, and his persona illuminated by and made comfortable with air-conditioning, all made possible by the “dirty energy” electricity generated by fossil fuels that he railed against.
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • GAO to investigate Hawaii Health Connector money

    04/17/2014 7:02:47 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 1 replies
    KITV ^ | 4/17/ 2014 | http://www.kitv.com/health/gao-to-investigate-hawaii-health-connector-money/25540862
    Health exchange asking for $4.7 million in 2015; up to $9 million in 2016HONOLULU —The Government Accountability Office confirmed on Wednesday it will investigate the Hawaii Health Connector's use of $204 million of federal grant money, according to Sen. Sam Slom.In response to Slom's letter (dated March 27, 2014), David Lewis of the GAO, confirmed that the GAO will include Hawaii in their investigations into the use of federal grant monies to state exchanges.  Hawaii will now join six other states being investigated for their health insurance exchanges.Lewis confirmed the GAO will investigate whether the Hawaii Health Connector followed procedures...
  • Democrat: Voters 'Frustrated and Embarrassed' by Obamacare (Hawaii)

    04/17/2014 7:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 17, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) says her constituents are "frustrated and embarrassed" by Hawaii's failed Obamacare exchange, which cost taxpayers $204 million and signed up only 8,000 people. On Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced it will launch an investigation into Hawaii's busted Obamacare program. "This is not a partisan issue, this is an economic issue," said state Sen. Sam Slom. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie previously predicted "hundreds of thousand of people" would sign up for Obamacare in the President's home state. On Thursday, President Barack Obama tried to rally Democrats to support his unpopular Obamacare program. "I think Democrats...
  • 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 · 85 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...
  • TEXAS SEES GREATER DECLINES IN WELFARE THAN NATION, CALIFORNIA NUMBERS RISE

    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 · 14 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 EAGnews.org. 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
    Newsmax.com ^ | 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 (http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/13/22294162-hawaiian-health-director-died-of-irregular-heartbeat-after-plane-crash?lite) Posted with Article Posting Assistant: (http://code-happy.bahits.com/?p=62)
  • 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...