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PBS Hawaii: State House Districts 43 and 48

Published on YouTube Sep 12, 2014

In State House District 43 (Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Ko Olina, Maili, Nanakuli) on the Waianae Coast, extreme poverty and homelessness, socio-economically-challenged schools and transportation issues have been persistent problems. Democratic incumbent Representative Karen Awana has been working on finding solutions for District 43 since her election in 2006. In the general election she's facing Republican Andria Tupola, who believes the solutions are out there in the community and that she's the leader who can bring them forth and put them into action.

Environmental issues, traffic and the push-and-pull between development and agriculture are among the concerns in State House District 48 (Kaneohe, Heeia, Ahuimanu, Kahaluu, Haiku Valley, Mokuoloe) on the Windward Coast. Democrat Jarrett Keohokalole and Libertarian Kaimanu Takayama are vying for a seat left open when incumbent Jessica Wooley was appointed to head the Office of Environmental Quality Control. The campaign for Republican Eldean Kukahiko, a previously scheduled guest, claims to have not agreed to appear on the show, and will not be participating in this discussion. Nonpartisan candidate Kana Naipo is not able to attend, citing a previous commitment.

House Candidates District 44 (Waianae, Makaha, Maili)

Originally aired July 12, 2014

The forum features incumbent Jo Jordan (D), AL Frenzel (L), and Cedric Gates (G). All three candidates are still in the running for the general election.

Former Ohio Congressman Traficant Dead from Accident

Death of controversial former Congressman appears suspicious to some

We Are Change

Luke Rudkowski

September 28, 2014

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative James Traficant of Ohio, a brash, eccentric figure known for his bombastic speeches who went to prison for corruption, died on Saturday at age 73, his family attorney said.

Traficant had been hospitalized since Wednesday in critical condition after he lost control of his 1948 Ford tractor in the barn at his home in Greenford, Ohio, police said.

The tractor rolled over and pinned him underneath.


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Scottish Referendum a Beacon of Hope

September 28, 2014

Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe.

In the weeks leading up to the referendum, it appeared that the people of Scotland were poised to vote to secede from the United Kingdom. Defeating the referendum required British political elites to co-opt secession forces by promising greater self-rule for Scotland, as well as launching a massive campaign to convince the Scots that secession would plunge them into economic depression.

The people of Scotland were even warned that secession would damage the international market for one of Scotland’s main exports, whiskey. Considering the lengths to which opponents went to discredit secession, it is amazing that almost 45 percent of the Scottish people still voted in favor of it.

The Scottish referendum result has done little to discourage other secessionist movements spreading across Europe, in countries ranging from Norway to Italy. Just days after the Scottish referendum, the people of Catalonia voted to hold their own referendum measuring popular support for secession from Spain.

Support for secession is also growing in America. According to a recent poll, one in four Americans would support their state seceding from the federal government. Movements and organizations advocating that state governments secede from the federal government, that local governments secede from state governments, or that local governments secede from both the federal and state governments, are springing up around the country. This year, over one million Californians signed a ballot access petition in support of splitting California into six states. While the proposal did not meet the requirements necessary to appear on the ballot, the effort to split California continues to gain support.

Americans who embrace secession are acting in a grand American tradition. The Declaration of Independence was written to justify secession from Britain. Supporters of liberty should cheer the growth in support for secession, as it is the ultimate rejection of centralized government and the ideologies of Keynesianism, welfarism, and militarism.

Widespread acceptance of the principle of peaceful secession and self-determination could resolve many ongoing conflicts. For instance, allowing the people of eastern Ukraine and western Ukraine to decide for themselves whether to spilt into two separate nations may be the only way to resolve their differences.

The possibility that people will break away from an oppressive government is one of the most effective checks on the growth of government. It is no coincidence that the transformation of America from a limited republic to a monolithic welfare-warfare state coincided with the discrediting of secession as an appropriate response to excessive government.

Devolving government into smaller units promotes economic growth. The smaller the size of government, the less power it has to hobble free enterprise with taxes and regulations.

Just because people do not wish to live under the same government does not mean they are unwilling or unable to engage in mutually beneficial trade. By eliminating political conflicts, secession could actually make people more interested in trading with each other. Decentralizing government power would thus promote true free trade as opposed to "managed trade” controlled by bureaucrats, politicians, and special interests.

Devolution of power to smaller levels of government should also make it easier for individuals to use a currency of their choice, instead of a currency favored by central bankers and politicians.

The growth of support for secession should cheer all supporters of freedom, as devolving power to smaller units of government is one of the best ways to guarantee peace, property, liberty — and even cheap whiskey!

Coming Winter Puts Pressure on Yats the Yid

Real Jew News

By Brother Nathanael Kapner

Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity as a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Colorado.

WINTER IS COMING TO KIEV and pressure on Yats the Yid coming from the EU since the end of summer has shaped a turn of events in Ukraine.

For all his bluster, Yats has been heavily leaned on by EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger to pay Kiev’s outstanding debt to Gazprom so as to “secure gas supplies to the EU and its citizens”…underscored Oettinger.

On September 25, Oettinger presented a “winter package” under which Russia would resume the supply of natural gas to Ukraine.

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How News Is Stifled in the U.S.

Russia Today introduction: The fight for freedom of information has never been harder in America, so says the head of the Associated Press's bureau in Washington. She's written an article listing the main obstacles facing those trying to report without bias.

Published on YouTube Sep 27, 2014

Charles Djou Tells Why We Should Vote for Him

Charles Djou, Republican, is running neck-and-neck with his opponent Mark Takai, Democrat, according to a recent Honolulu Civil Beat poll. Polls in Hawaii are often inaccurate, but nevertheless Civil Beat's efforts in this regard are appreciated.

Djou is running for Congress from District 1 (urban Honolulu).

Published on YouTube July 13, 2014


Links:

Candidate Information [Hawaii Political Info] (Information on candidates running in the 2014 general election)

Charles Djou [Honolulu Civil Beat]

Oahu Army Downsizing with AL Frenzel

Hawaii Political Info introduction: The Oahu Army downsizing proposed in late June by the Department of Defense is potentially one of the biggest beneficial events to occur in Hawaii ever IF handled the right way. But it won't happen unless our Hawaii congressional delegation (two U.S. Senators and two U.S. Representatives), our Hawaii state officials and the people of Hawaii themselves see what's happening, get the big picture, get behind the right kind of downsizing and, importantly, do it quickly. AL Frenzel, retired Army colonel who just so happens to have the right background on Army force restructuring, explains the huge benefits to Hawaii and outlines what needs to be done to see it through.

Army downsizing handled the usual way, fighting the cuts, will be just another poorly handled event and lost opportunity in Hawaii's history.

After watching this video, you will be among those who understand what's at stake.

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Published on YouTube September 26, 2014

YouTube introduction: Please consider signing the Petition asking our Legislators to embrace the Army Downsizing opportunity. The petition link is in GREEN on the right side of the www.oc4ad.com webpage.

What does the OCAD stand for?

Late in June of 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its Quadrennial Defense Review for 2014 (QDR 2014). DoD releases a QDR every four years as a way of articulating its strategic direction and providing end strength and force structure decisions for the Services to implement over a fixed period of time. The DoD is facing ever-increasing fiscal challenges and is unable to sustain itself at current and future levels of funding projected by the Congress. In the case of the Army, QDR 2014 calls for a reduction of as many as 130,000 active duty Army soldiers world-wide. To meet this fiscally constrained personnel cap the Army identified bases within 19 States to absorb these cuts; Hawaii is one of the States on the Army’s cut list. Bases in Hawaii now being considered by the Army to meet these cuts include Schofield Barracks (16,000) and Fort Shafter (3,800). The impacts of these cuts are significant, but the members of the Oahu Council for Army Downsizing (OCAD) see most of these as positive impacts that will greatly improve the quality of life for Hawaii’s people, particularly the Hawaiian community on Oahu and throughout Hawaii Nei.

The OCAD supports and actively advocates for the downsizing of Army Forces on Oahu. The OCAD does not consider the bulk of the Army’s forces on Oahu to be strategically located since these forces do not have readily available airlift or sealift to support their transport to anywhere in the Pacific as quickly as may be needed. Moreover, the OCAD believes the Army on Oahu lacks critically needed ‘forced entry’ capability to allow it to enter hostile environments, a capability already possessed by the US Marines presently on Oahu and throughout the Pacific. The OCAD believes taxpayers cannot afford to pay for redundant forces competing to do the same job and redundant, geographically isolated forces occupying critical lands and consuming valuable resources that are important to the State of Hawaii and the Hawaiian community.

The OCAD wants the people of Hawaii and Oahu to understand the goodness that can occur if the Army is downsized in the quantities proposed by DoD. The OCAD believes the cuts proposed should occur in the near term and that the following bases and geographic areas be returned to the State of Hawaii: Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, Makua Valley, Dillingham Military Reservation, and Kolekole pass with unimpeded access on Lualualei Naval Road.

The OCAD believes the DoD’s recommendation for cuts provides a ‘once–in–a–century’ opportunity for Hawaii Nei; if military forces on Oahu are not cut during this round of force structure cuts, then nothing will change on Oahu militarily — there will never be another round of cuts like this for Hawaii in any of our lifetimes.

The worst case scenario would be for Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation to naively negotiate a compromise deal with other State Legislators to reduce the projected personnel cuts on Oahu (i.e. only 10,000 personnel cuts versus 19,800). Because any cuts smaller than what is proposed by the Army will allow the Army to retains its current facilities on Oahu at the status quo; resulting in NO LONG TERM BENEFITS FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII. This would be unforgiveable!


Note: HPI did not make a typo in the title, AL is spelled with two capital letters.

Link:

Oahu Army Downsizing [Hawaii Political Info] (Collection of articles, videos & online information)

2014 Gubernatorial Forum on PBS Hawaii: Insights

September 25, 2014

Republican Duke Aiona, Libertarian Jeff Davis, Independent Mufi Hannemann and Democrat David Ige vie for your vote for governor in a spirited forum.


Mahalo to PBS Hawaii for their quick posting on YouTube of this important forum.

The Real Reason the U.S. Is Bombing Syria

The Huffington Post

By Dennis J. Kucinich
Former 16-year member of the U.S. Congress and two-time U.S. presidential candidate

September 23, 2014

The administration's response to the conjunction of this weekend's People's Climate March and the International Day of Peace?

1) Bomb Syria the following day, to wrest control of the oil from ISIS which gained its foothold directly in the region through the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan funding and arming ISIS' predecessors in Syria.

2) Send the president to UN General Assembly, where he will inevitably give a rousing speech about climate and peace, while the destruction of the environment and the shattering of world peace is on full display 5,000 miles away.

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."

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