Monday, October 31, 2005

Building Related Issues

There are some recent Posts at Grassroot Institute I have been meaning to take a closer look at. They are Dumb Growth Issues and Various Good Stuff. They are issues I find particularly interesting. As you all know I do work in the construction industry and have first hand knowledge of some of the lunacies that are discussed in these posting. In the future I plan to give you some my daily experiences.

More Gas Information

Thanks to Mr. Jones and his new Blog Dougout has an interesting graph which shows the amount of taxes collected versus oil industry profits. Hey Sen. Menor how about tax caps.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Protection of Goldfish

It looks like Goldfish are finally getting the protection they have always needed. It is a good thing I have been having a real hard time sleeping because goldfish have not received the protection they so deservedly require. Now with a little luck our legislature will make a law here similar to the what the Italians have done and ban goldfish bowls.

This is Crazy! Thanks to Ms. Schlussel she has pointed out a ridiculous law passed in Rome Italy (with the help of PETA) banning Goldfish bowls. If I am reading this correct the law was enacted because the bowls make the fish go blind. Oh heaven forbid! They might have as well said it will keep little kids from tapping on the glass and making the fish go deaf. Read more here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Blogging Silence Lately

I have not been posting lately as there seams to be an internet connection problem and Island Thoughts at Island Memo Corporate Head Quarters. If not sooner I should be up and running at full speed over the weekend. I have been tapping at the keys trying to put some of my "Island Thoughts" together on some character issues, some new recipes I've been meaning to try. home projects I am about to start and share with you, and of course more craziness going on in the state. Please visit the links I have on the side. I think they are great and I try to look at them all at least once a day.

Have a great day

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

UH Pushing the Left Again

Thank you again Mr. Jones at 5oth State for another great post. Mr. Andrew Walden is a great American. Thank you Mr. Walden for all that you are doing!!!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2005

How about a Proposition 75 for Hawaii?

I have had a chance to browse the web and look at Proposition 75. The "Paycheck Protection Proposition" in the upcoming special election in California on Nov. 8, 2005. I wish we could get something like this to ballot here in Hawaii. However, looking at The Strangle Hold the Unions and Democratic Party has on Hawaii, along with the money and lies the unions are putting out to defeat this measure in California, it is doubtful we could even get something like this to ballot. Can you imagine what it would be like if we were to get something like this to a ballot vote? Just think if something like this was to pass here? What do you think it would do to the single source political party?

It is my belief that the main reason for current condition of Hawaii Public Schools are due to the unions. The Public Teachers Union seams to be more interested in advancing political agendas and lining their pockets than educating the Keiki(children) of Hawaii.

Hawaii needs a Proposition 75. Just think what it would be like to have a level playing field?

I support Proposition 75, the Paycheck Protection initiative, because I believe that unions should have to ask for their members permission before they take their money and spend it on political issues.

-Sandra Crandall, Teacher of the Year, 2005



Leading proponent of the proposition 75 is Organize Not Politics and their summary of the Paycheck Protection Initiative is;

The Paycheck Protection initiative will give public employees the choice of whether they want their union dues spent on political campaigns. It will require public employee unions to receive annual written consent from members before the member's dues may be used for political purposes. This initiative will not prevent unions from collecting political contributions, but those contributions will be voluntary, rather than mandatory.


Further, the initiative requires public employee unions to maintain and submit to the California Fair Political Practices Commission records concerning their political contributions. The initiative does not apply to dues collected for charitable organizations, health care insurance or other purposes directly benefiting the public employees.


Essentially, the Paycheck Protection initiative will strengthen public employee union members' political rights. It will give them the option of choosing whether they want their union dues spent on political candidates and campaigns.


Official Title and Summary Here


Some Questions and Answers via "Organize not Politics"


Q: What exactly will the Paycheck Protection initiative do?

A: This measure will require public employee unions to obtain written permission from their members before individual member's dues are spent on political purposes. Simply, it will allow public employees to decide when, how, and if their hard earned wages are spent to support political candidates or campaigns.


Q: Why is this measure important?

A: Everyone appreciates the hard work of our firefighters, police, teachers and other public employees. They provide a vital service for the people of California and they do their job well. It is only fair that public employee union members have the right to give their permission before their hard earned dollars are used for political purposes that they may not agree with.


Q: How does this measure affect public employee unions' ability to collect dues for health care or other purposes directly benefiting the public employees?

A: This measure only affects dues that are spent for political purposes. In no way does this measure affect public employee unions' ability to collect dues that are used for charitable organizations, health care or any other purpose.


Q: Will this measure restrict public employee unions' ability to participate in the political process?

A: This measure does nothing to restrict unions from participating in the political process. Unions will still be able to contribute money to political candidates and fund political campaigns.


Q: Why are union bosses opposed to this measure?

A: Union bosses will naturally oppose this measure because many of their members will likely choose not to have their dues spent on political activities. However, for the individual union members they will gain the freedom to decide if they want their money spent on politics.


Q: What happens to the employee's money if the initiative is passed?

A: It is returned to the individual. Union members will see their paychecks increase as the money that was previously taken out of their paychecks for political activities is returned.


Q: Who is supporting this measure?

A: This measure is supported by Californians for Paycheck Protection. This committee is supported by California taxpayers and union members who believe public employee members deserve the right to make their own political choices.


Aloha

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Gas Cap Lunacy

The guys over at Grass Root Institute have produced another great post. It is a subject I have spoken about a few times and one of the main reasons I started this blog. Gas Cap Lunacy! My head was swimming today when I was reading and hearing that the people who enacted this law kept saying because the gas prices are now going down it is proof that the law is working. The posting at Grass Root Institute has a graph that shows Hawaii gas prices were actually more stable than the mainland prior to the Gas Cap.

If this was such great law how come there is not any other state even considering a similar law for their state?. Oh yea! because they are too busy laughing at us.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Nutty Professors & Character

Over the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about what has been going on at College Campuses around the U.S. and here in Hawaii. As a parent of three, a few years before the first will be ready to attend her freshman year, I am always trying to do the right things to prepare them to go to college. I have set up the college 529 saving accounts, instilling in them the importance of education, playing classical music and anything else so they can attend to the college of their choosing.

Then I read of what is going on at Universities around at universities around the U.S. refer to Powerline and here at U of H Manoa. Mr. Jones at Fiftieth Star has posted an email from a professor to the Chancellor. There is more information by Hawaii Reporter about this nutty professor. Can I Home School College? The more and more I read about what the majority of the facility at Universities believe in and teach I find it to be one hundred and eighty degrees from my beliefs.

I believe it was last week on the way home from work I was listening to the Laura Ingraham show. She was talking with a gentleman by the Name of Noah Riner who ended up in trouble at Dartmouth because he spoke of God and Character to incoming Freshman.

Character has a lot to do with sacrifice, laying our personal interests down for something bigger. The best example of this is Jesus. In the Garden of Gethsemane, just hours before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” He knew the right thing to do. He knew the cost would be agonizing torture and death. He did it anyway. That’s character.
Jesus is a good example of character, but He’s also much more than that. He is the solution to flawed people like corrupt Dartmouth alums, looters, and me


I read his entire speech and he can speak to my kids anytime.

Character is something I have had personal experience with and dealing with people with no character at all. It sure seems like to me there are so many moe people that do not have manners, are rude or finding some way to pon off their mistakes on to somebody else. I am not saying that universities should offer classes on Character or Manners it is just that Universities Faculty and Staff should not discourage it.


I am not able to link Mr. Riner's speech so I am posting it below. Noah's Parents must be proud to have raised such a fine young man.

Noah Riner ‘06 Welcomes Class of ‘09
By Noah Riner | Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Editor’s Note: Student Body President Noah Riner ‘06 spoke to the incoming class of ‘09 at today’s Convocation.
You’ve been told that you are a special class. A quick look at the statistics confirms that claim: quite simply, you are the smartest and most diverse group of freshmen to set foot on the Dartmouth campus. You have more potential than all of the other classes. You really are special.
But it isn’t enough to be special. It isn’t enough to be talented, to be beautiful, to be smart. Generations of amazing students have come before you, and have sat in your seats. Some have been good, some have been bad. All have been special.
In fact, there’s quite a long list of very special, very corrupt people who have graduated from Dartmouth. William Walter Remington, Class of 1939, started out as a Boy Scout and a choirboy and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He ended up as a Soviet spy, was convicted of perjury and beaten to death in prison.
Daniel Mason ‘93 was just about to graduate from Boston Medical School when he shot two men – killing one – after a parking dispute.
Just a few weeks ago, I read in the D about PJ Halas, Class of 1998. His great uncle George founded the Chicago Bears, and PJ lived up to the family name, co-captaining the basketball team his senior year at Dartmouth and coaching at a high school team following graduation. He was also a history teacher, and, this summer, he was arrested for sexually assualting a 15-year-old student.
These stories demonstrate that it takes more than a Dartmouth degree to build character.
As former Dartmouth President John Sloan Dickey said, at Dartmouth our business is learning. And I’ll have to agree with the motto of Faber College, featured in the movie Animal House, “Knowledge is Good.” But if all we get from this place is knowledge, we’ve missed something. There’s one subject that you won’t learn about in class, one topic that orientation didn’t cover, and that your UGA won’t mention: character.
What is the purpose of our education? Why are we at Dartmouth?
Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
“But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society…. We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
We hear very little about character in our classrooms, yet, as Dr. King suggests, the real problem in the world is not a lack of education.
For example, in the past few weeks we’ve seen some pretty revealing things happening on the Gulf Coast in the wake of hurricane Katrina. We’ve seen acts of selfless heroism and millions around the country have united to help the refugees.
On the other hand, we’ve been disgusted by the looting, violence, and raping that took place even in the supposed refuge areas. In a time of crisis and death, people were paddling around in rafts, stealing TV’s and VCR’s. How could Americans go so low?
My purpose in mentioning the horrible things done by certain people on the Gulf Coast isn’t to condemn just them; rather it’s to condemn all of us. Supposedly, character is what you do when no one is looking, but I’m afraid to say all the things I’ve done when no one was looking. Cheating, stealing, lusting, you name it - How different are we? It’s easy to say that we’ve never gone that far: never stolen that much; never lusted so much that we’d rape; and the people we’ve cheated, they were rich anyway.
Let’s be honest, the differences are in degree. We have the same flaws as the individuals who pillaged New Orleans. Ours haven’t been given such free range, but they exist and are part of us all the same.
The Times of London once asked readers for comments on what was wrong with the world. British author, G. K. Chesterton responded simply: “Dear Sir, I am.”
Not many of us have the same clarity that Chesterton had. Just days after Hurricane Katrina had ravaged the Gulf Coast, politicians and pundits were distributing more blame than aid. It’s so easy to see the faults of others, but so difficult to see our own. In the words of Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, “the fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves.”
Character has a lot to do with sacrifice, laying our personal interests down for something bigger. The best example of this is Jesus. In the Garden of Gethsemane, just hours before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” He knew the right thing to do. He knew the cost would be agonizing torture and death. He did it anyway. That’s character.
Jesus is a good example of character, but He’s also much more than that. He is the solution to flawed people like corrupt Dartmouth alums, looters, and me.
It’s so easy to focus on the defects of others and ignore my own. But I need saving as much as they do.
Jesus’ message of redemption is simple. People are imperfect, and there are consequences for our actions. He gave His life for our sin so that we wouldn’t have to bear the penalty of the law; so we could see love. The problem is me; the solution is God’s love: Jesus on the cross, for us.
In the words of Bono:
[I]f only we could be a bit more like Him, the world would be transformed. …When I look at the Cross of Christ, what I see up there is all my s—- and everybody else’s. So I ask myself a question a lot of people have asked: Who is this man? And was He who He said He was, or was He just a religious nut? And there it is, and that’s the question.
You want the best undergraduate education in the world, and you’ve come to the right place to get that. But there’s more to college than achievement. With Martin Luther King, we must dream of a nation – and a college – where people are not judged by the superficial, “but by the content of their character.”
Thus, as you begin your four years here, you’ve got to come to some conclusions about your own character because you won’t get it by just going to class. What is the content of your character? Who are you? And how will you become what you need to be?


This Guy is still speaking?

I guess UH Manoa is not the only universitey still giving The Native American Fraud a platform to speak. WC. He gets me so upset I can not even stand to type his name

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Gas Cap Update



On Monday driving into work I heard the person giving the news report on KRTR that with the decrease in gasoline prices has the proponents of the GAS GRAP LAW claiming that this is proof the GAS GRAP law is working. Hello McFly!!!! or should I say Senator Menor!!!! we are still 17% more than the second highest in the nation! I can not believe that we are celebrating gas getting to under $3/gallon in some locations now.

Ms. Zimmerman of the Hawaii Reporter has posted the latest report by House Minority Leader Lynn Finnegann, 10/18/2005

Dick Morris

I get a kick out of Dick Morris. Does he write a book a week? At least he is making some money off the Clintons. Read the latest on Newsmax about Mr. Morris here

Hawaii State Taxes

If there is anything that can get me upset it is taxes! Looking at the past history on how horribly the Hawaii State Government has spent our hard earned money it gets me so mad that I think my eyes are going to bleed. Mr. Kalapa of The Tax Foundation Of Hawaii has a wonderful write up on the Villian of Business

This statement sums it up
Probably the most disingenuous are those lawmakers who like to proclaim that they are champions of the poor. Although those lawmakers have made efforts in the past few sessions to demonstrate that they are concerned about the plight of the poor, the poor have basically been left empty-handed.

Instead of helping the poor, lawmakers have heaped added burdens on those least capable of bearing additional costs from the most infamous increase in the general excise tax rate to the nickel per beverage container, to the cap on the price of gasoline which only sent prices artificially higher.


Maybe I would not be so cynical if there was something that the state government has done correct or effeciently. I can not think of a single thing

OKAY WIFE

Okay I will start that work out program and return to my original shape when you first met me. Abs

Sunday, October 16, 2005

UARC

Another must read at Hawaii Reporter and Mr. Jones at 5oth state has some other great posts here and here. I was so happy to hear about UH turning out Great ROTC graduates however it sure seams a majority the school is so far left, anti-military and anti U.S. they will do almost anything to promote their anti-america aggenda.

Mr Jones points out
The Richardson Law School has entire departments whose only purpose is to manufacture activists with law degrees. As Richardson’s Environmental Law Program states:


Recognizing the challenges that Hawai`i faces in developing an environmentally sustainable economy, the School of Law has developed a vibrant and diverse Environmental Law Program (ELP). Since its inception in 1988, the ELP has become a significant part of the curriculum at the School of Law and is a fundamental component of the school's mission. The ELP seeks to train future lawyers to be skilled in the field of environmental law and to contribute to the advancement of environmental law doctrine, scholarship, and practice locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. [Italics added]


Looking at all the debate that is going on over the Supreme court judges and the posting above it is clear that UH is in the practice of on educating people so they can get legislation done via the the Bench.


It is a little bit before my kids will be going to college however unless some things change drastically at UH I do not think I will send them to UH.

Outstanding ROTC Program from Hawaii

Why doesn't our LocaL MSM (Main Stream Media) point out the success of our Local ROTC Programs from UHM, Chaminade, HPU and UH West Oahu. The men and women coming out of the program are qualified, successful and accept their duty with honor and courage.
"We let them know that they will probably be sent to war," Nakamura said. Yet, those students in the Army ROTC program know that it is a responsibility that comes with the job. John Cole, a junior majoring in political science, has been in the program for three years. "I know it's dangerous, but it's part of the job. It's something you have to do," Cole Said.


Thank you Mr. Jones of Fiftieth State
and Vote Hawaii. I appreciate the good news

OH this is Good!

I always thought PETA has always put up a false front. Via Michelle Malking PETA kills dogs and cats and dumps them at a grocery store dumpster. Read it here. They should not cast any stones (or paint) now

Vote looks good

The outcome on the vote in Iraq looks great
and results look promising

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Iraq

God's Speed to our soldiers who are assisting. You guys are the best! I have a beer waiting for you upon your return.

Let's Pray for the Best and we all will be "Celebrating Sunday";

Another Capture of and Al Qaeda member
Live Blogging

Ms. Malkin
Real Clear Politics Feel free to choose your article

Friday, October 14, 2005

Too Funny

I was watching the news last night (Channel 8), they were making a big deal about how
In the Bush/Iraq segment, Today screened footage indicating that prior to engaging in a video conversation with President Bush, soldiers on the ground in Iraq were given tips by a Department of Defense official.


The Classic part about this local ridiculing was that they could not get their on video feed to work correctly and the best they could do was joke about the so called couching
But the only advice that the official was shown as giving was a suggestion to one solider to "take a little breath" before speaking to the president so he would actually be speaking to him. It was also stated that some of the soldiers practiced their comments so as to appear as articulate as possible. But there was no indication, or even allegation, that the soldiers were coached as to the substance of their comments or in any way instructed what to say.


Ta da!!!!!!!!!!

The Today show was caught staging their own false report enjoy this little segment at News Buster Blog

Thursday, October 13, 2005

HOUSING SHORTAGE

Hat tip to Grass Roots for pointing out this article on a housing shortage for the reason behind the high cost of homes. The article speaks to a more national audience. It speaks volumes and Hawaii is a perfect example of what this article talks about.

Long-time homeowners in high-cost areas like California have certainly benefited from supply-induced price appreciation. But the projected housing shortage in these areas paints an ominous picture for the "have nots" at the bottom of the housing ladder - prospective first-time homebuyers, middle- and low-income households, and recent immigrants that are rapidly being priced out of the market.

For many families still trying to buy their first homes, their only hope lies in politicians waking up to the reality that the best way to keep housing affordable and to avoid the looming housing shortage is to stop passing land use and housing regulations and start approving more housing construction.


I work in the construction industry and have first hand knowledge of this governmental nightmare

Surfing in Alaska

I moved to the islands because I hated to wear a wetsuit. I just read that the surf industry is picking up in Alaska. They do not have to worry about me adding to the crowd in the water.

Reminds me of a book my Mom gave me to read Caught Inside. An enjoyable read that is written in a manner that you do not have to be a surfer to understand. It gives the non-surfer a better understanding on what it is like to be a surfer and the actual surfer some surf history that he or she may have not known about.

Aloha

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

USS Cole

In Honor of the U.S.S. Cole bombing aniversary has a Michelle Malkin good write up.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Class of Taxes

The The Grass Roots Institute has pointed me to a wonderful write up at Townhall dot com on who actually pays 96.5% of all taxes and takes the NY times to task. I will attempt to add to this later

Beer or Wine

Professor Bainbridge seams to have something against Beer. Come on Prof. B. come lay some hard floors with me for eight hours and then see how good God's golden brew can taste.

Friday, October 07, 2005

The Strangle Hold

If the Democratic Party moves forward with their socialistic agendas, Hawaii's economic growth will be stifled. Hawaii’s isolation from the continental United States and a culture of complacent people allow the socialist agenda of the democratic state government to control all aspects of our lives. Examples of this is higher taxes in the form of G.E.T. increases; price controls on free enterprise with the Gas Cap; creating employee policies for employers by requiring paid breaks; and controlling the masses through Unions.

When I read both Mr. Walden’s article post of Hawaii Free Press at The Hawaii Reporter in conjunction with a recent article in our local Mainstream Media "The Honolulu Advertiser"(AKA the Democratic Party's Free publication paper) (read it below), it is clear that the local Democratic party will do almost anything to maintain their oligarchy on the state of Hawaii.

Mr. Walden points out
• Hawaii’s two airlines are maintained on the brink of bankruptcy with a high-ticket cost duopoly on inter-island air travel in order to extract tax revenues, plum jobs, campaign contributions and maintain the huge bureaucratic job trust known as the state Department of Transportation.
• Competing smaller airlines -- except Island Air, which was sold to its current owners by Aloha -- are sabotaged with poor landing rights and out-of-the-way terminal assignments in order to maintain the duopoly and keep the Democrat cash machine going. Watch what happens as newcomer Mesa Air tries to enter the inter-island market next year.



Ron Burkle, new bidder for Aloha Airlines has his own ties to the national Democratic party. I have posted the whole article here as I do not think you will have access to the article after 10/10/05.



By Rick Daysog
Advertiser Staff Writer

Burkle




When former President Bill Clinton needed to raise money, he often turned to his friend Ron Burkle.
Now, Aloha Airlines is doing the same.
The 52-year-old supermarket baron's investment firm has emerged as the prime mover behind the $100 million-plus plan to acquire Aloha Airlines and bring the state's second largest carrier out of bankruptcy by the end of the year.
While the deal was initiated by Burkle's partner, former professional football star Willie Gault, Burkle's Los Angeles-based investment firm, Yucaipa Companies, is putting up most of the money and will serve as Aloha's controlling shareholder.
Burkle, a billionaire, is head of Los Angeles-based Yucaipa Companies, which has taken part in more than $30 billion in mergers and acquisitions since its inception in 1986, including investments in well-known grocers such as Ralph's, Food 4 Less, Kroger and Fred Meyer.
Like Dole Food Co.'s David Murdock and former First Hawaiian Bank Chief Executive Walter Dods, Burkle is one of those rare breed of dealmakers who move between the business world and the political arena.
Besides Clinton, who serves as a senior adviser to Yucaipa, Burkle counts many of the world's leading financial and government figures among his friends and associates, including Warren Buffett, George Soros, Michael Milken and John Kerry, according to The Associated Press. In 2004, he served as vice chairman of John Kerry's presidential campaign.
He also lists pop star Sean "Diddy" Combs and hockey star Mario Lemieux among his business partners.
"He's an extensive mover and shaker in California," said Robert Stern, president of the nonpartisan Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles.
A spokesman for Burkle's company did not respond to inquiries. Aloha also declined response for this story.
Yucaipa's bid to purchase Aloha, which filed for bankruptcy protection in December, has attracted competition. A second Mainland group, which includes former Hawaiian Airlines Chief Executive Bruce Nobles, has emerged with a bid for the airline.
Burkle's political connections aren't likely to have any influence on the federal bankruptcy court, which has the final say on any buyout of the airline, but it's "the elephant in the room nobody is talking about," said Neal Milner, a political science professor at the University of Hawai'i.
Burkle's political connections will be an asset for Aloha when it deals with various regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C., Milner said.
"Given his business success, he clearly knows how Washington works and how to work with the various agencies," Milner said.
In many ways, Burkle's political cachet is closely tied to that of Clinton.
Burkle has hosted a number of star-studded fundraisers for Clinton at his 40-room Beverly Hills mansion, which was once owned by silent screen star Harold Lloyd.
He pledged millions to Clinton's effort to built a presidential library in Little Rock, Ark., and contributed $10,000 to Clinton's legal defense fund during the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Burkle and his family also were among the hundreds of Clinton donors and friends who stayed overnight at the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House during Clinton's presidency, according to a list published by the Washington Post.
Burkle also is a major supporter of other Democratic candidates.
Since 1992, Burkle, his ex-wife, Janet Burkle, and several Yucaipa executives have contributed more than $750,000 to more than a dozen Democratic candidates for Congress, according to Opensecrets.org, a Web site of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C.
The contributions, which did not exceed legal limits, went to Democrats including Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Joseph Biden of Delaware and Barack Obama of Illinois.
During that same period, Yucaipa contributed more than $1.7 million in unregulated soft money to various Democratic committees, according to Open secrets.org.
Burkle, Yucaipa and its affiliated companies made more than $2 million in monetary and nonmonetary contributions to dozens of candidates and a host of ballot issues in Burkle's home state of California, according to campaign finance records kept by the California Secretary of State.
Those contributions included more $200,000 to former Gov. Gray Davis and $40,000 to a group that opposed Davis' 2003 recall.
Yucaipa also gave $100,000 to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team last year.
Burkle began his career in the grocery business doing odd jobs at a Stater Bros. supermarket in Claremont, Calif., which was managed by his father, according to a 1998 profile by The Associated Press.
In 1973, he dropped out of college to take an executive position with Stater Bros. and later joined his father in proposing buying out the chain.
Despite the support of Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway investment group, Burkle's offer was rejected and he and his father were fired, according to The Associated Press.
He founded Yucaipa in 1986 and went on to build the firm into one of the largest and most successful investors in the grocery business.
"In terms of credential and experience, this person is clearly a step above the type of buyer you'd expect" in Aloha Airlines, said UH's Milner


When I read the above article I see it as one of the best free publicity for Aloha and the Democratic Party. Compare that to Mr. Walden who points out that it sure looks like the democratic leaders are trying to control the life blood of Hawaii. Gas/oil business, the airlines, the tourist and cruise line industry, the construction industry, keeping the masses at a certain level and never allowing them opportunities for success, and with the unions controlling our harbors, we are in big trouble people.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Another Gas Cap Report

Another Report on what this Gas Cap is taking from the Economy.

I can't believe it. I saw on our Local Main Stream Media (MSM) showing Mr. Frank Young proclaiming that this idiotic piece of legislation is a good thing and has stablized the market. Of course they did not give any one from the other side explaining how bad this legislation is and it is just another way for the government to control us and kill any sort of free enterprise.

Sept. 29: Gas Cap Costs Consumers 27 Cents a Gallon
Total Cost of Gas Cap to Date is $9.1 million More Than Without the Cap
By House Minority Leader Lynn Finnegann, 9/29/2005 2:01:56 PM
Today, the gas cap raised Hawaii's gas price an average 27 cents a gallon above what gas would have cost without the cap. The House Minority Caucus' eleventh daily report on the gas cap's cost to Hawaii's consumers (attached) shows that over the 29 day period since the gas cap began Sept. 1, Hawaii consumers have paid an extra $9.1 million for gasoline. And the cost rises daily.

In the period since the gas cap began Sept. 1, AAA data shows that the difference between gas price increases in Washington and Oregon on one hand (up 6 cents a gallon from Sept. 1's average of $2.80 gallon), and Hawaii's gasoline price increase on the other (up 33 cents from $2.95 a gallon on Sept. 1) works out to 27 cents a gallon.

Thus, 27 cents a gallon represents the gas cap's current actual cost to Hawaii consumers.

Washington and Oregon, like Hawaii, buy all their oil from Asia and Alaska. All three states import no oil from Gulf ports or anywhere else on the mainland. This means consumers in Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii would be looking at nearly identical price increases since Sept. 1, if there were no gas cap.

The gas cap is based on Gulf port and New York prices, prices severely affected by events in that part of the country. For that reason, Hawaii's gas price has increased 33 cents a gallon from the time the gas cap began Sept. 1, or 27 cents above Washington-Oregon's 6 cents price increase.

Of course Washington and Oregon's prices, unlike Hawaii's, are unaffected by Eastern U.S. gasoline prices.

If we got rid of the gas cap and its imposition of East and Gulf Coast prices on our gasoline, today's Hawaii gas price could drop by 27 cents a gallon.

Lynn Finnegann is the Republican minority leader in the Hawaii State House of Representatives.



Hat tip Hawaii Reporter

These guys have to be stopped

Government Extortion

Democratic Legislatures trying to steal money from a major contributor to our economy!

In reading an article on Hawaii Reporter I was reminded of a story I first heard on the Rick Hamada morning show. It was State Senator Brian Kano trying to strong arm a Norwegien Cruise Lines by threatening to raise their taxes if they did not rehire his friend a convicted Pedophile. Thankfully Norwegian did not cave to his bullying tactics. The most ridiculous part of all this is that Sen. Kano convinced nine other democratic Law makers to sign on to this proposed “Pedophile Tax”. To read the whole article read it here.
On March 16, 2005, nine Hawaii Democrat Senators, including Senate Democratic leader Ron Menor and the Big Island’s own Sen. Russell Kokobun, introduced SR 65 directing the state Department of Taxation to “make an assessment as to whether Norwegian Cruise Lines should pay taxes equivalent to those paid by Hawaii hotels…” on its cruise ship rooms. Why? Line 13 of SR 65 reads, “… there have been questions raised about Norwegian Cruise Line’s violation of the rights of employees (sic) who have been accused of sexual harassment….”

In mid-2004 Norwegian had fired convicted child molester Leon Rouse from his job as a cabin boy. Rouse was fired during his probationary employment period after male co-workers complained of sexual harassment. Rouse was from Wisconsin, but had most recently been a resident of a Philippine prison where he served a multi-year sentence for raping a 14-year-old boy. In spite of this conviction and his limited (but well placed) intercourse with Hawaii, Rouse got nine Senators to come to his aid. He also obtained a job in Rep. Rida Cabanilla’s office (D-Oahu, 42nd) but many observers say, while working as Cabanilla’s office manager, Rouse acted as if he “owned” the office of Sen. Brian Kanno, (D-Kapolei) with whom he is alleged to have a “relationship.”


What really irks me is that I just moved into Sen. Kano’s district. This guy represents me.

I will be looking back and will post previous documentation on this.

Akaka Bill

I do not know if I am confident enough on the issue of the Akaka Bill but I have to wonder what is going on read here I am going to do my due diligence to make sure I understand what is going on. I am walking a fine line and reserve comment I will post other items showing both sides of the issue.

Thank you

Repeating History

In have been looking over some things and I am afraid the state of Hawaii is going to repeat its own recent History. Remember when Hawaii had a tremendous vibrant economy in the late 80's and early 90's. Then greedy legislature's scared away business and the economy went in the tank for 10 years. This was while the rest of the nation enjoyed ten years of prosperity. Remember the brain drain Hawaii suffered during that time. The Best and brightest moved away for more opportunities. Can they be doing it again Gas Cap, HI GET increase, more user fees, etc. Are we about to see another Exodus again

Maybe it is all part of the Democratic plan to drive us all to Bankrupcies

I usually travel via Aloha Airlines but reading this article in the Honolulu Advertiser about Aloha Airlines Bidder who seams very connected with the Democratic Party. It sure looks like the Democratic party is putting forward a plan to completely take over this state and crush an sort of free thinking ideas

Please let me know what you think am I out of line

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Meirs I am hopeful

When I started this blog, it was not my original intention to comment on national political matters. However, having read some of the items on other blogs on the Harriet Miers nomination I feel I have to chime in on this matter and how it may effect our local issues.

I side on the side of Hugh Hewitt Here and Here as apposed to Prof. Bainbridge Here. I respect Prof B. and read his blog often and agree with him 99% of the time. He is far more scholarly and intelligent than I. So it is very difficult for me to disagree with him. However knowing the credentials of Mr. Hewitt I feel confident enough I can disagree with Prof. B. knowing that I am on the same side as Hugh.

My comments I have about this selection are;

1. No matter what you think of the Vice President, Dubya picked him knowing that Mr. Channey will support the Presidents agenda.
2. He knows her and probably has had conversations with her that he could not have had with any other nominations
3. This will bambossal the left. Will they Filibuster a women?
4. She is active in the Church
5. She is an Originalist and will not want to disappoint the president.

I am a firm believer in original constitutional interpretation. This is how I tie in this national political issue to our issues we have locally. I am a firm believer in original intent and Bernice Pauahi Biship’s original intent was children of Hawaii (Hawaiian decent) not what it is trying to be done under the courts now. Should this go to the highest court in the land, with both Roberts and Miers on the Court both claiming to be Originalist I feel Kamehameha schools has a better chance with these two on the Supreme Court versus any one else.

Thank you,