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SCOTUS Rules for Homosexual Marriage

White House flaunts its true colors last night

 
Hawaii Political Info introduction: The three Jewish Associate Justices (Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer) and one considered to be Jewish by some (Sonia Sotomayor), predictably voted en bloc for same-sex marriage on Friday. All that was needed was one non-Jewish vote, provided by Catholic Arthur Kennedy. While Jews reputedly make up 2 percent of the population, they make up 33 percent or 44 percent of the U.S. Supreme Court, depending on whether or not Sotomayor is counted.

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was aggrieved over this flagrant flouting of the U.S. Constitution to meet an agenda and wrote a scathing dissenting opinion, which can be read here from pages 69-77.

The same five Associate Justices voted together to save Obamacare on Thursday, with Chief Justice John Roberts, another Catholic, voting with them.

The Roberts Court, October 2010
Back row (left to right): Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, and Elena Kagan. Front row (left to right): Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg / Information & photo from Wikipedia / Click photo for enlargement

The New York Times

By Adam Liptak

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

“No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

Marriage is a “keystone of our social order,” Justice Kennedy said, adding that the plaintiffs in the case were seeking “equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”

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Related: Supreme Court Justices & the Presidents Who Nominated Them

Comment Period on Red Hill Fuel Tank AOC Extended to July 20

By Roxanne Kwan, Hawaii Department of Health

June 23, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 (EPA) and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) are extending the opportunity for receiving public comments [for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel facility Administrative Order on Consent] to July 20, 2015. To view the agreement, for more information, and to submit comments go to http://www.epa.gov/region9/redhill/ or http://health.hawaii.gov/RedHill. After reviewing public comments, EPA and DOH may sign the AOC to make it effective, or may seek to modify it based on information received during the public comment period.

If you have any questions, please contact Omer Shalev of EPA at 415-972-3538 or Roxanne Kwan of DOH at 808-586-4226.

Do We Have Enough Water in Hawaii?

Published on Sep 27, 2013

Original air date: September 26, 2013.

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Although this program aired before the Red Hill fuel tank release of what the Navy says is 27,000 gallons in January 2014, the information in this program about Hawaii's water system lifts our understanding of the Red Hill fuel release, the consequences to our island water and how our island ecosystem is a network of interrelated influences and consequences.

PBS Hawaii — Insights introduction: New Access to fresh water in our island state unlocks the doors to development, farming and tourism. But who actually owns our water? Do some have the right to restrict water access from others? On the next Insights on PBS Hawaii, we ask, "Who owns Hawaii's water and do we have enough?" Scheduled guests: Williamson Chang, Law Professor University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law; Ernest Lau, Chief Engineer Honolulu Board of Water Supply; William Tam, Deputy Director, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources; and Ed Wendt, Maui taro farmer.


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Red Hill Fuel Tanks [Hawaii Political Info] (Collection of articles, blogs & videos)

Large Crowd at Meeting on Red Hill Fuel Release

Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

MOANALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds of people packed the Moanalua Middle School cafeteria Thursday night to hear a draft plan to improve the Navy's fuel tank facility at Red Hill.

About 27,000 gallons of jet fuel oil leaked from one of the tanks last year, prompting concerns about whether nearby drinking water supplies were affected.

"We haven't detected petroleum at this time," said Ernest Lau, manager and chief engineer of the Board of Water Supply. "However, we're concerned because there's evidence that fuel has already contaminated the groundwater below the facility and around the facility."

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Red Hill Fuel Tanks [Hawaii Political Info] (Collection of articles, blogs & videos)

Carroll Cox: Not So Fast on Red Hill AOC . . . [The Carroll Cox Show] Jun 21, 2015

Greeks Demand Their Own Destruction

Paul Craig Roberts

PaulCraigRoberts.org

By Paul Craig Roberts

June 22, 2015

Some years ago Thomas Frank wrote a book, What’s the Matter with Kansas. The book is about how brainwashed Americans vote against their own economic and political interests.

The utter stupidity of populations makes them helpless at the hands of the rapacious. Today Thomas Frank could ask the same question about the brainwashed Greek population. On June 22, RT reported a huge rally of Greeks in Athens waiving the EU flag and demanding that their government sell them out to the troika. http://rt.com/news/268945-greece-rally-eurozone-summit/

The Greeks are so determined to be included in “Europe” that they are willing to be driven economically into the ground and to cease to exist as a sovereign state as the price of being in the EU. The idiots who participated in this “rally for Europe” have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the Greek government to soften the austerity that is being imposed by the One Percent on the Greek people.

Among Western people, the Greeks have experienced the heartlessness and greed of the One Percent more severely than any other Western people. Yet, the Greeks accept their mistreatment as the price of being European.

It is a wonder that Alexis Tsipras [recently elected Prime Minister of Greece] hasn’t resigned and damned the idiot population to hell.

Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2015

About Paul Craig Roberts

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

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El-Erian: 10 things you should know about the crisis in Greece [Business Insider] Jun 20, 2015

Kamikaze Survivors Debunk Myths

AP The Big Story

By Yuri Kageyama

June 17, 2015

KASAMA, Japan (AP) — The pilots filed into the room and were presented with a form that asked if they wanted to be kamikaze. It was multiple-choice, and there were three answers: "I passionately wish to join," ''I wish to join," and "I don't wish to join."

This was 1945. Many were university students who had been previously exempt from service, but now Japan was running out of troops.

Hisashi Tezuka recalls that a few of his colleagues quickly wrote their replies and strutted away. But he and most of the others stayed for what felt like hours, unable to decide.

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Battleship Missouri Opens New Exhibit of Kamikaze Artifacts Never Before Shown Outside Japan

An IMF Primer

Starvation Is What Greeks Face for Remaining in the EU

Paul Craig Roberts

PaulCraigRoberts.org

June 15, 2015

By Paul Craig Roberts

Syriza, the new Greek government that intended to rescue Greece from austerity, has come a cropper. The government relied on the good will of its EU “partners,” only to find that its “partners” had no good will. The Greek government did not understand that the only concern was the bottom line, or profits, of those who held the Greek debt.

The Greek people are as out to lunch as their government. The majority of Greeks want to remain in the EU even though it means that their pensions, their wages, their social services, and their employment opportunities will be reduced. Apparently for Greeks, being a part of Europe is worth being driven into the ground.

The alleged “Greek crisis” makes no sense whatsoever. It is obvious that Greece cannot with its devastated economy repay the debts that Goldman Sachs hid and then capitalized on the inside information, helping to cause the crisis. If the solvency of the holders of the Greek debt, apparently the NY hedge funds and German and Dutch banks, depends on being repaid, the European Central Bank could just follow the example of the Federal Reserve and print the money to secure the Greek debt. The ECB is already printing 60 billion euros a month to save the European financial system, so why not include Greece?

A conservative might say that such a course of action would cause inflation, but it hasn’t. The Fed has been creating money hands over fists for seven years, and according to the government there is no inflation. We even have negative interest rates attesting to the absence of inflation. Why will creating money for Greece create inflation but not for Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and JPMorganChase?

Obviously, the Western world doesn’t want to help Greece. The West wants to loot Greece. The deal is that Greece gets new loans with which to repay existing loans in exchange for selling municipal water companies to private investors (water rates will go up on the Greek people), for selling the state lottery to private investors (Greek government revenues drop, thus making debt repayment more difficult), and for other such “privatizations” such as selling the protected Greek islands to real estate developers.

This is a good deal for everyone but Greece.

If the Greek government had any sense, it would simply default. That would make Greece debt free. With just a few words, Greece can go from a heavily indebted country to a debt-free country.

Greece could then finance its own bond issues, and if it needed external credit, Greece could accept the Russian offer.

Indeed, if the Russian and Chinese governments had any sense, they would pay Greece to default and to leave the EU and NATO. The unravelling of Washington’s empire would begin, and the threat of war that Russia and China face would go away. The Russians and Chinese would save far more on unnecessary war preparation that saving Greece would cost them.

Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2015

About Paul Craig Roberts

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

The Death Penalty: A Flawed Practice that Should Be Abolished

June 14, 2015

Nebraska’s legislature recently made headlines when it ended the state’s death penalty. Many found it odd that a conservatives-dominated legislature would support ending capital punishment, since conservative politicians have traditionally supported the death penalty. However, an increasing number of conservatives are realizing that the death penalty is inconsistent with both fiscal and social conservatism. These conservatives are joining with libertarians and liberals in a growing anti-death penalty coalition.

It is hard to find a more wasteful and inefficient government program than the death penalty. New Hampshire recently spent over $4 million dollars prosecuting just two death penalty cases, while Jasper County in Texas raised property taxes by seven percent in order to pay for one death penalty case! A Duke University study found that replacing North Carolina’s death penalty would save taxpayers approximately $22 million dollars in just two years.

Death penalty cases are expensive because sentencing someone to death requires two trials. The first trial determines the accused person’s guilt, while the second trial determines if the convicted individual “deserves” the death penalty. A death sentence is typically followed by years of appeals, and sometimes the entire case is retried.

Despite all the time and money spent to ensure that no one is wrongly executed, the system is hardly foolproof. Since 1973, one out of every ten individuals sentenced to death has been released from death row because of evidence discovered after conviction.

The increased use of DNA evidence has made it easier to clear the innocent and identify the guilty. However, DNA evidence is not a 100 percent guarantee of an accurate verdict. DNA evidence is often mishandled or even falsified. Furthermore, DNA evidence is available in only five to 10 percent of criminal cases.

It is not surprising that the government wastes so much time and money on such a flawed system. After all, corruption, waste, and incompetence are common features of government programs ranging from Obamacare to the TSA to public schools to the post office. Given the long history of government failures, why should anyone, especially conservatives who claim to be the biggest skeptics of government, think it is a good idea to entrust government with the power over life and death?

Death penalty supporters try to claim the moral high ground by claiming that the death penalty deters crime. But, if the death penalty is an effective deterrent, why do jurisdictions without the death penalty have a lower crime rate than jurisdictions with the death penalty? And why did a 2009 survey find that the majority of American police chiefs consider the death penalty the least effective way to reduce violent crime?

As strong as the practical arguments against the death penalty are, the moral case is much stronger. Since it is impossible to develop an error-free death penalty system, those who support the death penalty are embracing the idea that the government should be able to execute innocent people for the “greater good.” The idea that the government should be able to force individuals to sacrifice their right to life for imaginary gains in personal safety is even more dangerous to liberty than the idea that the government should be able to force individuals to sacrifice their property rights for imaginary gains in economic security.

Opposition to allowing the government to take life is also part of a consistent pro-life position. Thus, those of any ideology who oppose abortion or preemptive war should also oppose the death penalty. Until the death penalty is abolished, we will have neither a free nor a moral society.

Copyright © 2015 by RonPaul Institute

Midway: The Battle that Turned the Tide

Battle of Midway, June 4 - 7, 1942

The Doolittle Raid on Japan in April 1942 demolished the Japanese military's perception that their homeland was immune from air attack. They realized that in order to protect Japan, their defensive perimeter had to be extended eastward. Midway, a tiny island a thousand miles from Hawaii became the target.

The Japanese threw almost the entire Imperial Fleet into the battle - six aircraft carriers, eleven battleships, thirteen cruisers, forty-five destroyers, assorted submarines, transports and mine sweepers. The Americans had cracked the Japanese code and knew something was
This artist's rendition of the battle is based on the observations
of Ensign George Gay as he bobbed in the water after being
shot down in the 1st wave of the attack. Griffth Bailey Cole, artist
Place your cursor on each ship for more information
up. The thin American defense consisted of three aircraft carriers (Hornet, Enterprise and Yorktown), eight cruisers, fourteen destroyers, and the aircraft stationed on Midway itself. The Yorktown, mauled in the Battle of the Coral Sea, limped into battle after band-aid repairs at Pearl Harbor.

The Americans had surprise on their side, and luck. On June 4, they discovered the Japanese fleet northeast of Midway. An air battle quickly developed. The turning point came at mid-morning. The Japanese fighters were drawn down to sea level by attacking American torpedo bombers, the vast majority of which were destroyed. Their sacrifice cleared the skies above for the American dive-bombers. Within minutes three Japanese carriers were ablaze. Hiryu, the fourth Japanese carrier retaliated with an air attack sinking the Yorktown. That afternoon American aircraft caught the Hiryu, inflicting serious damage. The Japanese fleet retreated. The one-day battle reversed the tide of war in the Pacific, six months after Pearl Harbor. From that point on, Japan would be on the defensive.

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