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U.S. Marine Air Support in Dire Straits after Budget Cuts

Hawaii Political Info comment: Does this have anything to do with the Marine helicopter crash off Haleiwa that took 12 lives this past January?

A Marine familiar with Marine Corps Base Hawaii's troubled Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, the unit the two helicopters belonged to, said as a whole it was "way, way low" on flight time. The source declined to speculate what may have depleted training opportunities, saying only "they were not flying enough."

The Blaze

April 15, 2016

A majority of Marine Corps aircraft can’t fly, prompting Marine officials to warn that the aviation corps is reaching a “breaking point,” Fox News reported.

Years of airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and battling the Islamic State have taken its toll on the aircraft.

“Quite honestly, it is coming on the backs of our young Marines,” Lt. Col. Matthew “Pablo” Brown, commanding officer of VMFA (AW)-533, a Hornet squadron based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. “They can do it, and they are doing it, but it is certainly not easy.”

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The Largest Helicopter in The U.S. Military - Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion [YouTube, 12 min]

Trump and the La Raza Judge

Freedom's Back

by Pat Buchanan

June 7, 2016

Before the lynching of The Donald proceeds, what exactly was it he said about that Hispanic judge?

Stated succinctly, Donald Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a class-action suit against Trump University, is sticking it to him. And the judge’s bias is likely rooted in the fact that he is of Mexican descent.

Can there be any defense of a statement so horrific?

Just this. First, Trump has a perfect right to be angry about the judge’s rulings and to question his motives. Second, there are grounds for believing Trump is right.

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The Hard Truth about Owning a Condo in Hawaii

Honolulu Civil Beat

They’re often the only homes people can afford, but maintenance fees can suddenly explode. Should the state do more for owners?

by Anita Hofschneider

May 16, 2016

When Melinda Salcedo bought her two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo unit at Pearl Ridge Gardens and Tower near Pearl Harbor on the south shore of Oahu a year and a half ago, it was a dream come true.

Finding a place to purchase hadn’t been easy. The cheapest houses for sale cost half a million dollars, far beyond her budget as a single mom and nursing assistant at Queens Hospital.

Even when she found an affordable condo, she had to use some of her retirement savings to cover the $24,000 down payment. But it was worth it. With a monthly mortgage of about $1,250 and maintenance fees set at $539 per month, she could finally raise her two kids in a place of her own.

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Waikiki: Man Punches Woman in Head, Takes Her Phone

KHON2

June 8, 2016

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, at approximately 5:19 p.m., a 55-year-old female victim was talking on her phone in the parking structure of 2215 Aloha Drive when she was approached by an unknown male. The male struck the victim, knocking her to [the] ground. He returned to a waiting vehicle, then approached the victim again. He grabbed her phone from her hand, dragging her approximately 10 feet. He fled in a 2004 Honda Accord bearing Hawaii State license plates SSZ 680.


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Hoping to Squelch the Voices of the Neighborhoods

Honolulu Civil Beat

by Ian Lind

A Honolulu Charter Commission subcommittee met behind closed doors, then emerged with proposals to limit or abolish boards and commissions.

The Honolulu Charter Commission commission [sic] is poised to vote on two proposed amendments to the city charter described as enhancing public participation.

But that bit of political doublespeak conceals the reality that the proposals would dismantle important structures providing opportunities for active participation in city government.

After turning down several proposals for strengthening access to public records (concluding there’s no need to “facilitate greater access to public records”) and others calling for improving Honolulu’s system of neighborhood boards, a commission subcommittee made just two recommendations, which are both scheduled to be decided by the commission at its meeting Thursday.

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Hawaii Political Info note: The permitted interaction group members, not named in Lind's article, are Honolulu Charter Commission members Pamela Witty-Oakland, Chair; Judge Michael F. Broderick (Ret.); Reginald V. Castanares, Jr.; and Nathan T. Okubo. Witty-Oakland was appointed to her position on the Honolulu Charter Commission by Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Snowden: U.S. Government Carrying Out Mass Surveillance in Japan

The Japan Times

by Shusuke Murai

June 4, 2016

Edward Snowden, a fugitive and former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who leaked information from the agency in 2013, warned Saturday that all people in Japan are subjected to mass surveillance initiated by the U.S. government.

Snowden lived in Japan from 2009 to 2011. At the time, he was an employee with computer giant Dell Inc. contracted out to the NSA, where he worked on a surveillance program at the U.S.’s Yokota airbase in Fussa, Tokyo.

“They know your … religious faith. They know whom you love. They know whom you care about … This was our job to establish the pattern of life of any individuals,” he said.

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Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden and Silicon Valley's Conscience

CNET

June 3, 2016

Laura Hautala interviews Glenn Greenwald on the impact Edward Snowden and his revelations have had on the public's privacy. Have companies and governments developed a conscience because of their public exposure or is something else at play here?


Transcript

Report from Holland on African Migrant Invasion

Published on YouTube Jun 5, 2016

YouTube introduction: This is an excerpt from the first episode of “Weekend Warrior,” a live show exclusively for Red Ice members. Geertje from Holland gives a brief update on the ongoing “migrant” invasion of Holland.

Turning Money into Mandates

Churches have been under the thumb of the federal government for decades

By Chuck Baldwin

“Turn[ing] money into mandates” seems to be the crux of the issue [of federal control]. In the same way that the federal government threatens to withhold funding from schools that refuse to implement this act of corrupting the morals of our nation's schoolchildren, it threatens (through the IRS-created 501c3 tax-exempt status for churches) to withhold tax exemption from churches that dare to speak out on this or any other “political” issue.

Truly, for the sake of waking our pastors and churches out of their coma and getting them involved again in the fight to preserve the liberties and way of life of our nation, it would be better if churches were NOT tax-exempt at all. Let them start paying taxes and see how quickly and aggressively they would again engage the salient issues of our day. Again, in the same way that the federal government threatens to withhold funding for schools that will not comply, it threatens to withhold tax exemption from churches that speak out against compliance. Which is worse? School leaders and church leaders alike are groveling before the federal government for the scraps from the king’s table.

Our country is going down the drain and our churches are leading the way. I dare say that true, honest-to-God preaching and teaching is taking place in about 5% of our so-called "evangelical" churches today.

If pastors and churches are not resisting the avant-garde political and societal corruption taking place before our very eyes, they are NOT preaching and teaching TRUTH.

And if they are unwilling to NOT pander to their own congregations and donors (and denominational hierarchy), they are NOT preaching and teaching TRUTH.

For the most part, our churches today are glorified social clubs. People attend for the sake of "friends" or for the music and light show or for the children's programs...anything and everything except the bold proclamation of TRUTH from the pulpit.

And as long as churches hide under the 501c3 tax exemption, NOTHING is going to change. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Take away their tax exemption and let them come down from their government-sponsored ivory towers and get in the fight with the rest of us.

On the whole, I am disgusted with the lot of them.

Christian Faith at Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College, in Hillsdale, Michigan, is widely known for its free Internet classes on America's foundational documents, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. What is not as widely known is the college's commitment to the Christian faith, beginning with its inception in 1844.

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