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  • Earth Day at PTA

    04/23/2018 3:04:53 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | Apr. 22 , 2018 | Chelsea Jensen
    POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — “Take it to outer space,” exclaimed 7-year-old Reggie Shropshire as an unmanned aerial vehicle took to the sky Friday morning in the Saddle between Mauna Loa and Maunakea. Using the UAV, Jason Dzurisin, an ecological data specialist with Colorado State University, showing dozens of excited keiki attending Pohakuloa Training Area’s annual Earth Day event how the U.S. Army’s Natural and Cultural Resource Program uses technology to map the area. (snip) The annual free event is PTA’s “premiere community engagement event,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez, the training area’s commanding officer. All students from all schools, as...
  • Hearing denied on PTA monitoring

    06/17/2017 3:41:20 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | June 16, 2017 | TOM CALLIS
    The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rejected requests for a hearing related to Pohakuloa Training Area’s radiation monitoring plan. The board, under the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said Tuesday the petitioners lacked standing or did not submit an admissible contention. The petitioners — Jim Albertini, Cory Harden, Ruth Aloua and Hawane Rios — sought to intervene on an amendment for the Army’s license covering past use of depleted uranium in spotting rounds at PTA. The monitoring plan is a requirement of that license.
  • National PTA Calls for Federal Designation of LGBTQs as Protected Class

    07/11/2016 7:35:46 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 28 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 7/8/2016
    A resolution passed by The National PTA at its 2016 Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando last weekend calls for “explicit federal statutory protections” for gay and transgender individuals in addition to those that “currently address discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, [and] disability.” The National PTA supports “legislation that specifically recognizes LGBTQ as a protected group and addresses discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression,” according to the resolution, which is entitled Recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals as a Protected Class. A “protected class” is a group...
  • Parents offended by "Nutcracker" Christmas tree

    11/25/2014 4:32:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    We haven’t even had time to hang the mistletoe and would you believe there are already skirmishes breaking out in the war on Christmas? The latest yuletide battleground is Butler Elementary School in Belmont, Mass. Over the years I’ve covered my fair share of anti-Christmas school house shenanigans. There was the dimwit who confiscated a child’s candy canes and the dunderheads who banned the colors red and green. And how can we forget about the simpletons who outlawed classroom poinsettias or the Junior League communists who rewrote the lyrics to "Silent Night"? But those are junior varsity skirmishes compared to...
  • Former PTA president 'filmed child pornography featuring 8-year-old girl at elementary school

    08/31/2013 6:27:17 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    A former Parent-Teacher Association president is being accused of filming child pornography in an elementary school. The FBI arrested 37-year-old David Navarro on suspicion of child pornography charges Friday in North Mason County, Washington. The feds learned about the video from authorities in Australia and Denmark who found a video depicting an 8-year-old girl engaging in sexual acts. Because the video was shot on an iPhone they were able to track the video's origin to Belfair Elementary School. The video was made in May and was in wide-circulation by June. The FBI were able to confirm that the videos were...
  • Pittsburgh PTA leader charged with $8,500 theft

    07/25/2013 1:14:40 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 9 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 25, 2013
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The president of a Pittsburgh school Parent-Teacher Association has been charged with stealing more than $8,500 earmarked for anti-bullying programs. The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office charges that 64-year-old Lutual Love Sr. commingled money from a Heinz Endowments grant with his own money, then accessed some at automatic teller machines at Rivers Casino, and used some for personal expenses at a pet store, funeral home and dry cleaners.
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs Launches Website to Coordinate Shakedown Operations

    04/17/2013 11:32:31 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | Apr. 13 , 2013 | Hawaii Free Press
    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced Thursday the launch of a website designed to bring new attention and a strong voice to critically important issues. More than a year in the making, was introduced by OHA's top leadership as a bold, new platform designed for key audiences to get informed, take action and spread the word on policy issues that are front and center in the Native Hawaiian community. The new website features videos and articles that give a voice to community leaders, who are outspoken about such issues as waters rights, the loss of ancient burial sites to...
  • OHA seeks to shut down PTA

    04/16/2013 12:33:24 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    OHA , the Office of Hawaii affairs that is joining with all the longtime anti-military activists here on the Big Island , to directly attack the use of PTA by our Armed Forces and to try and steer the combined elements of protest and dissent to get PTA’s leases overturned and the Base closed
  • FYI: Aloha ‘Aina — Stop the Bombing & Ground the Drones at Pohakuloa!

    01/20/2013 1:31:42 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    Malu Aina ^ | Jan. 19th , 2013 | James Albertini
    As usual, when Malu ‘Aina announces a protest at PTA, members of “The Gathering of Eagles,” were there waving their American and Israeli flags in support of U.S. war policies.
  • CALIFORNIA: U.S. senators, legislative leaders call for tax cease-fire

    08/17/2012 12:02:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/16/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    In a pointed letter critical of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax rival, California's two U.S. senators along with state legislative leaders called Thursday for a cease-fire from campaigns backing the two multibillion-dollar tax hikes on the November ballot. U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, as well as Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, said in a letter to the California State PTA that the Proposition 38 campaign has "become increasingly negative" and "engaged in personal attacks against Governor Jerry Brown and Prop. 30." The PTA has joined wealthy attorney Molly Munger in backing Proposition...
  • Aloha Aina - Stop the Bombing! - anti-military freak show in Hawaii

    07/17/2012 2:09:51 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    Malu Aina ^ | July 15 , 2012 | James Albertini
    The world’s largest military naval exercise – RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) is taking place this month in and around Hawaii, and includes bombing at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area, in the center of Hawaii Island. RIMPAC involves 22 nations, 42 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. The money required to eradicate hunger for everyone in the world has been estimated at $30 billion a year… about as much as the world spends on the military every eight days. The U.S.A. is the world’s top military spender, spending nearly as much as the rest of...
  • Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sued for $100,000 in child support

    07/27/2011 9:26:25 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 51 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 27, 2011 | Abdon Pallasch
    Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sued for $100,000 in child support BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter/ July 27, 2011 9:59PM Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December. “I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says directly into the camera...
  • WAR ADDICTION! [ hurl ]

    06/30/2011 1:46:35 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    Today the U.S. wages war against Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and Yemen. In truth, these are imperial wars of domination for control of resources, and strategic regions of the world, but disguised as noble causes. What about Hawaii? According to a RAND report released on June 1, 2011 military spending in Hawaii totals more than $6.5 billion annually; $12.2 billion in cumulative effect; 101,533 jobs. Not a word about the COSTS of military occupation of Hawaii, the poisoning of the land, water, etc. The big news: Governor Abercrombie wants to to move tens of thousands of Marines from Okinawa to...
  • The Big Lie! [ Treason Alert ]

    06/20/2011 9:09:01 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    General Wiercinski’s Big Lie! Lt. General Francis J. Wiercinski, Commanding General U.S. Army Pacific, was quoted in an Associated Press news story on June 19, 2011 as saying: “… I don’t think anybody does it better than us when it comes to protecting the environment and being cognizant and protective of cultural sites.” Adolf Hitler coined the phrase “The Big Lie” in 1925 for a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” Sixteen years later, on Jan. 12, 1941 Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, wrote: “When one...
  • Army says environmental assessment exaggerated flight plans

    02/01/2011 2:53:07 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | Monday, January 31, 2011 | West Hawaii Today
    HILO -- The U.S. Army is taking responsibility for "miscommunication" it said fueled the recent public outcry over its proposal to conduct high-altitude helicopter training on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Still, comments opposing usage of multiple landing zones between the 8,000- and 12,000-foot elevations have prompted the Army to review its training plan, the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii said in a statement issued Friday. Its own environmental assessment contained misleading graphics and descriptions, giving the impression of more flights and a bigger impact area than are being sought, according to military officials quoted in the three-page statement. "The original...
  • Air Force flights - Limit Kona airport use

    01/26/2011 12:51:15 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 35 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | Monday, January 24, 2011 | West Hawaii Today
    Hawaii - NIMBY Alert ! Awakened once again by the roaring of Air Force C-17 maneuvers just down the hill at Kona International Airport, I am prompted to write. I'm want to launch a community discussion on the increased military use of our airport and the appalling sound pollution caused by aircraft maneuvers. It has been determined, by the Air Force and state that Kona International Airport is ideal for such purposes and increased military use is planned. As I see it Kona is at a critical crossroads in determining the future of our quality of life and livelihood.
  • The Army is proposing adding helicopter training on Mauna Kea

    01/26/2011 1:11:20 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 ^ | West Hawaii Today
    The Army is proposing adding helicopter training on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Should the plan be approved? Yes. We need to give our military the best possible training, and those mountains are an ideal location for that. Maybe, but with some restrictions on how much noise the training can generate. Absolutely not! The Army needs to get off those mountains immediately.
  • [Hawaii] Election Issues?

    10/31/2010 11:18:40 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Malu Aina ^ | October 27th, 2010 | Jim Albertini
    Malu ‘Aina calls for an immediate end to the U.S. illegal wars of occupation, and major cuts in military spending and increased spending to meet human needs. Locally, we call for an end to all live-fire and activities at PTA that create dust. Comprehensive independent monitoring and clean up of DU, unexploded ordnance, and other military toxins should be done at military expenses. The entire process needs to be transparent and have the confidence of the community, which to date is sorely lacking. Political candidates and citizens alike — where are our voices on these important issues? Contact: Malu `Aina...
  • Taking Back The Schools--What Are The Best Tactics???

    06/25/2010 11:36:31 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 53 replies ^ | May 14, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Anyone who has ever tried to sue a school, change a PTA, join a school board, or in any way to manipulate what a public school was doing, please share your experiences and suggestions. To start the discussion, here are a few options: YAHOO GROUPS: anybody can form a group on Yahoo. I know of a group in Jersey City where parents share notes about teachers, courses, and candidates. This is an easy way to mobilize 100 or 200 people so they’re all on the same page when they deal with the school. PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION: Martin Gross, in his book...
  • Columbus elementary school employees and PTA violate state election laws (Oregon)

    01/15/2010 10:28:39 PM PST · by Danae · 23 replies · 1,139+ views ^ | 1-15-2010 | Dianna Cotter
    Wednesday January 13th the Oregon PTA in Columbus Elementary School in McMinnville decided to circumvent the law and the authority of the Principle of their school. They printed out flyers which were then distributed to each teacher and classroom, and put into the Wednesday folders for students to take home. These flyers and their distribution by school staff are a direct violation of Oregon Election laws. All school staff are aware that it is illegal for State employees to advocate for any issue that is up for election. The flyer seen pictured here advocated for a Yes vote on 66...