Strawberry Guava biocontrol

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Aloha Kakou!  Strawberry Guava was introduced to Hawai’i in 1825.  Like other plants and animals, it has grown.

Grown into a controversy.  There is a growing effort by the U.S Forestry department  and others to control the spread of this invasive species.  The latest effort to control the spread of the Strawberry Guava  is the proposal to introduce a form of biological control, or biocontrol.  In the case of strawberry guava, a promising biocontrol is the Brazilian scale insect, Tectococcus ovatus.  The insect sucks the sap from the leaves of the strawberry guava and causes the leaf to bubble up and resemble a scale like cover, thus the name scale insect.  It eventually destroys the leaf and slows the growth and spread of the strawberry guava.  At least, in theory.


There have been other species that have been introduced to Hawai’i to control other pests.  Like the Mongoose was introduced to control the rat population.  That failed miserably.  While the assurances by those in favor of releasing an insect into Hawai’i delicate ecosystem will not harm native Hawaiian plants, once it’s done, there’s no turning back.  The study has been on going for years and a draft environmental impact has been released.  Even though the preliminary data shows this will work, there are many concerns.

The insect may very well do the job the biologist say it will do.  However, are the risks really going to produce the rewards?  Are we willing to take that chance.  What if it doesn’t work?  How do you rid Hawai’i of the biocontrol?   You cannot get a do-over after it’s done.

In today’s opinion column in the Tribune-Herald, Hilo’s local newspaper, a writer alleges three facts by one of the researchers findings: 1) Release of any biocontrol should be considered state wide.  2) Uncertainty of the results.  3) Once released, it’s irreversible and permanent.

Is the arguments only one sided by proponents only?  Reading  the U.S Forestry website, it seems the decision to release the biocontrol insect, Tectococcus ovatus, is going to happen despite the  concerns of local citizens.  The U.S Forestry gives a compelling argument,  read their FAQ’s here.

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The effects of the spread of strawberry guava can be seen everywhere on the island.   Especially on Hwy 11 heading into Hilo where some cute piglets are living among the strawberry guava in the center median.

How many times have we’ve been told that either some perceived problem or crisis de jour needs to addressed now.  Just like climate change, or global warming, whichever you want to call it, activists rush to do something about it, now.  The activists create a dominant mood or emotional tone of urgency.  A compelling desire to act upon something due to some abnormal stress whether or not it really exists at all.  They convince government at all levels to do something about it, NOW!

Consider how our government is behaving by passing laws to fix our economy, even when members of the Congress haven’t even read the legislation they are passing.  When you make a purchase, especially a major expenditure, like an automobile or a house, you spend some time researching what you want.  You look for the value in the purchase.  When you shop for food, you look for value, price, and quality.

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I’m not willing to bet on a two legged horse race.  Let alone releasing another non-native species into our environment.  From a long term perspective, eventually the released biocontrol agent will evolve.  But into what?

Farmers, orchid growers, and every other agriculturist has a lot to be concerned by introducing any new species in Hawai’i.  There has to be another solution other than releasing a non-native insect into Hawai’i.

Unlike GMO products, this takes on a whole dynamic.

Resolutions have been introduced into the Hawaii State Legislature requesting a 5 year moratorium on the proposed use of an imported scale insect as a biocontrol agent to slow down the spread of strawberry guava or waiwai.  The legislation – HCR249, HR218 and SCR157, SR108 (click on the bills to read the text) have introduced into the 2009 Legislative Session.  So far no hearings have been scheduled to date.    The Conservation Council of Hawaii has additional information, including a fact sheet on biocontrol of strawberry guava.   The Pacific Southwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service also has information on biocontrol of strawberry guava.

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Dihydrogen Monoxide Danger

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Dihydrogen Monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

The Dihydrogen Monoxide Molecule

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Contamination Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

Quantities of Dihydrogen Monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the Midwest, and recently California.  Here in Hawai’i Nei, we are surrounded by it.

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Despite the danger, Dihydrogen Monoxide is often used:

  • as an industrial solvent and coolant.
  • in nuclear power plants.
  • in the production of styrofoam.
  • as a fire retardant.
  • in many forms of cruel animal research.
  • in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
  • as an additive in certain “junk-foods” and other food products.

Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

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The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its “importance to the economic health of this nation.” In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.

Watch this Video about of Dihydrogen Monoxide

Sign the Petition to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide

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Fortunately, there is much you can do to minimize your dangers due to Dihydrogen Monoxide exposure.

First, use common sense. Whenever you are dealing with any product or food that you feel may be contaminated with DHMO, evaluate the relative danger to you and your family, and act accordingly. Keep in mind that in many instances, low-levels of Dihydrogen Monoxide contamination are not dangerous, and in fact, are virtually unavoidable. Remember, the responsibility for your safety and the safety of your family lies with you.

Second, exercise caution when there is the potential for accidental inhalation or ingestion of DHMO. If you feel uncomfortable, remove yourself from a dangerous situation. Better safe than sorry.

Third, don’t panic. Although the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide are very real, by exercising caution and common sense, you can rest assured knowing that you are doing everything possible to keep you and your family safe.

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Rotisserie Baked Cornish Game Hen with Sweet Canned Corn and Microwaved Grilled Potato(e)

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Cap and Trade: What it Means to You

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Cap and Trade Tax and What it Means to You

With spasmodic order and efficiency,  The Democratic controlled Congress is rushing en mass towards legislating the environment through Green Technology Legislation, also know as Cap and Trade.  The Teleprompter (President) of the United States suggested we use Spain’s Green Efforts, as the model to follow.  Spain has indeed taken the lead in Green Technology.  Windmills, Solar and Biofuels are just some of the technologies that Spain has employed.  So, why is Spain’s unemployment rate so high?

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN),  explains Spain’s economy and high unemployment rate.

What’s worse, our elected officials still, have not, and will not read their legislation.  Here’s Henry “Nostrils” Waxman (D-CA) declaring, he doesn’t exactly know whats in the bill, but he relies on someone else telling him.  This is our tax dollars at work folks. You are listening to a idiot congressman, which our tax dollars pay his salary, we employ this numbnut, and he doesn’t read what’s in his own legislation.  Is this the kind of government you want?

However, somebody did read what’s in the legislation and here’s what they found.

From the Washington Examiner:

A Heritage analysis also found that Waxman-Markey is the largest, most intrusive energy tax increase in American history. It would reduce the nation’s GDP by $7.4 trillion, raise electricity rates 90 percent and gasoline prices 74 percent. Apparently, the authors of this legislation were unaware that a recent poll found six out of 10 Americans oppose energy policies that raise their electricity bill by even one cent, much less practically double it. And the final kicker is that the bill’s effect on greenhouse gases emissions would be just barely measurable.

Just like the TARP bill that passed without any debate and despite 9 out of 10 people were against using tax dollars to bail out banks and corporations, it passed anyway.

The energy bill is more than 900 pages long.  So in an effort to try and fast track the bill before the Memorial Day break, Henry Waxman (D-CA) hired a Speed Reader to read the bill.  You’ll notice members of Congress laughing  and carrying on, but this is not funny.  This is serious and it will hugely impact our lives in Hawai’i Nei.

Funny it is not

Here on the Big Island of Hawai’i we rely on fossil fuel energy.  We have some geothermal, wind and solar energies, but the majority of our electrical grid is from fossil fuels.  The infrastructure to use so called green technologies is just not here to replace fossil fuel plants already in existence.  It will cost millions of dollars to replace the current fossil fuel technology with green technologies.  It’s a good idea, but time and money is needed to put those cleaner technologies it in place,  and there are so many questions yet to be answered:

How does the windmill technologies handle windless days?  How does Solar power work on overcast and cloudy days?  What’s the alternative when these technologies are limited by nature itself?  Who will handle the maintenance and cost of up-keeping these green technologies?   Until these questions are answered, green technology is severely limited in its success and scope in replacing the current fossil fuel technologies.  The cost of using alternative fuels such as ethanol (food for fuel) has proven to be costly and ineffective.  Just talk to anyone that operates boats, generators, and lawn and garden equipment.  The maintenance and repair of small engine repair is costly, and due mostly to the use of ethanol blended fuels.  Then there is the homeowners and the businesses cost to convert to solar or any other green technology.  There are government tax breaks, but the overall cost to convert to alternative power sources is still beyond what the average Hawaiian homeowner or business can afford.   In the case of business, the cost to upgrade or convert to green technologies will be passed on to the consumer as higher prices for goods and services.  As the cost of doing business gets more expensive, employers will have to cut back employment to meet budget constraints.  Unemployment will rise and consumer spending will decrease.

Cap and Trade is a Tax that will hurt the environment and employment in Hawai’i

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Our Hilo Power Grid, so Fragile


From the Heritage Foundation:

Eighty-five percent of our energy use today is based on CO2-emitting fossil fuels. The ability to switch to non-CO2-emitting energy sources over the next 20 years is limited and expensive. Therefore, significant cuts in CO2 emissions require significant cuts in energy use. The energy cuts, in turn, reduce economic activity, shrink GDP, and destroy jobs.

The cap-and-trade schemes, as well as more straight-forward carbon taxes, limit emissions by making energy sufficiently more expensive that they cut their energy use. In addition to the direct impact on consumers’ budgets for electricity, gasoline, heating oil, and propane gas, these higher energy costs will  force cutbacks on the production side of the economy and lead to lower output, employment, and income.

In other words, we’ll end up like Spain

No Habla Espanol?

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What do Plants Consume?

Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, it is an essential component for life on this planet.   CO2 is not  harmful to human health, it is apart of the human anatomy and operation.   Legislative or regulatory action against CO2 means The Congress doesn’t understand the fundamentals of basic High School Science.  CO2 is a fundamental element to all known forms of life, and studies show that increased CO2 levels are beneficial for crop production.  Which begs the question of why are we using Food for Fuel.  Ethanol, made from Corn, and used to fuel automobiles and other gas powered equipment, when we have plenty of untapped oil waiting to be drilled.

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Could the increase in CO2 be attributed to the use of Ethanol?

So, this is what Cap and Trade is suppose to be about.  We use our food, which feeds us and makes us strong and healthy, and use use it to fuel our vehicles for transportation.  The price of food goes up due to supply and demand, market forces and such, all in the effort to make us feel better about saving the planet???  There’s not enough Corn Flakes in the world to justify that logic.

People who are deeply concerned that increasing levels of CO2  in the world will somehow cause environmental catastrophes, are abuse about the science.   There have been calls to significantly restrict CO2 emissions.   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared CO2 to be a hazardous to humans and a pollutant.  But this is completely absurd.  Humans expel CO2 when we exhale.  Will our breath be considered polluting?

Will we be taxed, for breathing?

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Accident Waiting To Happen


Among the proposals to reduce CO2 levels are carbon taxes and cap and trade policies.  If enacted, these policies will hurt businesses, hurt employment, hurt the growth of the country for years to come.  From an international point of view, the United States will cease to be a Super Power and become nothing more than a third world country.  Broke!  We’re already becoming a third world country just by our government’s spending money, we don’t have.

Does anyone think China, India and other developing nations will follow the United States Cap and Trade policies?

Oh yeah, they will, at our own peril.


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Profits from Corruption

If Cap and Trade legislation is enacted, the new law stands to make someone a substantial profit, but who?     Somebody who lobbies for The Obama:  Jeffery Immelt is the CEO of General Electric (GE) and parent company to NBC News and cable News MSNBC, had made huge contributions to the Obama campaign and stands to profit from any Cap and Trade legislation that The Congress passes.   Because GE owns the liberal news agency, NBC, it can effectively silence any conflict of interest a government and corporate entities might have.  Additionally, because GE has been so poorly run by Jeffery Immelt and the GE Board of Directors, GE’s stock price has plummeted since Immelt took over from former CEO Jack Welch.  What to do, to profit from a Carbon Tax plan that uses Cap and Trade policies.  You align your company with the incoming administration’s plans to tax other industries out of business by providing the Carbon Credit Offsets.  For a price.

Corruption by Government and Corporations.  Entangled to fix elections.  To rig legislation.  To Bribe the Congress with Votes and Money.  TO LOBBY THE CONGRESS and THE PRESIDENCY.  Is this the Hope and Change you were promised?  Yes. You. DID!

Yeah, it’s being done.  There is no Transparency.  Corporations, like General Electric, are poised to make Billions of dollars as payment for their support of the Obama.  A failing Corporation, GE, stands to gain Billions of dollars through Government Contracts.  GE is also the parent company for NBC News and MSNBC.  Is GE using the public airwaves to push their agenda.  Is this not an example of Abuse of Power?

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DR. EVIL

In this corner is the Guru of Global Warming, Albert “Goracle” Gore.  This Inconvenient  Truth is all about making a profit from a Global Hoax.  Where in fact, The Goracle has been making deals and alliances designed to profit himself, off of our expense.  The Goracle wants the immediate freeze on U.S. emissions, a ban on coal fired electrical plants, tough new fuel-economy and energy-efficiency standards, renewable energy mandates, carbon taxes and mandatory targets and timetables for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Rising Ocean Levels have yet to be seen

Like ice melting in a glass of water

The level never rises

From Human Events:

As for Al Gore, the former Vice President brings emotional fervor to his carbon crusade. He travels the country displaying charts and graphs, quoting scientific experts and appealing to philosophers and religious leaders to save the planet from global warming. But he says nothing about his business partners who yearn to trade on the emerging carbon market. And the media pay no attention to the companies offering “carbon advisory services” that will profit from federal carbon emission controls.

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‘A’Oia No!

What does this all mean to you and me?  It means higher electric bills.  Higher food costs.  More Job losses.  Less choices and more regulation.  Less Freedom.  All under the disguise of protecting the planet from ourselves.  Never mind that the planet has been around longer than us.  That our planet has gone through several climate changes from Ice Ages to the Medieval Warm Periods.  These changes in the Earths climate was not, and is not, caused by man.  Current human lifestyles may contribute changes in the earths climate, but the impact is negligent when compared to earth’s history .  However, what is changing is the politics of fear.  This Chicken-Little approach to profiting from fear is the new industry to crop up from corrupt politicians and greedy industries.

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AND, You thought the Bush Administration was corrupt, eroding our freedoms and trampling on the Constitution.

The fact is, they are all corrupt and complicit  in spending our tax dollars.

Keep Saying to yourselves you Fools:

YES .WE. CAN.


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And now, For your entrainment pleasure.  The Dark Pelosi, Speaker of the House.


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What’s for Dinner?

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Grilled Opah Stacked on a Jasmine Rice Cake with Steamed Carrots and Broccoli

Memorial Day

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Remembrance

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Honor

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Respect

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Protecting Us All

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Thanks

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BBQ Chicken Breast with Grilled Pineapple and Steamed Jasmine Rice

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AS IF NO ONE SAW THIS COMING

WE’RE OUT OF MONEY NOW!

DUH?

From the Drudge Report:

SCULLY: You know the numbers, $1.7 trillion debt, a national deficit of $11 trillion. At what point do we run out of money?

OBAMA: Well, we are out of money now. We are operating in deep deficits, not caused by any decisions we've made on health care so far. This is a consequence of the crisis that we've seen and in fact our failure to make some good decisions on health care over the last several decades.

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To be fair, the Obama didn’t cause the Medicare and Medicaid problem, that been a problem for years just like Social Security (which we’ll never see).

But with these acknowledgments of the economy’s problems and his burning desire to Nationalize Healthcare, what makes anyone think we’ll ever get out of debt?

It is not the governments duty to supply Healthcare to Americans.  The government’s duty it to protect us from invading Army’s, Islamic Terrorist, Domestic Terrorist, and anything that would harm the Republic.


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Elections have Consequences

This is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind when this country’s Constitution was formed. Let the States make their own decisions and live by them.  California is a good example how fiscally poor a state can run its finances into the ground.  The Obama has taken the country to a new low by bailing out the auto industry and the banking industry.  Now, Obama wants to take over the Healthcare industry.

The government’s record on managing Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security is dismal, pathetic and criminal.

What makes Obama think he can manage Healthcare?

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What’s for Dinner?

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Hulihuli Chicken with Sweet White Corn on the Cob and a Garden Salad

Dangerous Choices

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The dangerous decisions the man-child Obama has made by wanted to close down Guantanamo Bay is in itself putting Americans in grave danger.  More so is the decision to bring these terrorist within the boarders of this country.  Who wants these retched excuses for animals, these subhuman species in their backyards?   Obviously, The Congress woke up and questioned the reasoning of such an action.  Indeed, every American should wake up and smell the burning toast.  Releasing the Guantanamo terrorist into the United States prison system or releasing them to other countries is just inviting dangerous consequences.

First, why are we even discussing what to do with these terrorist?  The facilities at Guantanamo are more than adequate to handle these terrorist.  Why bring them into the country at all?  It questions the sanity of the Obama.  After The Congress refused the $80 million to fund the closing of Guantanamo until there was a detailed plan on what to do with the terrorists.   The Obama pulled a hissy fit over not getting his way.

From MercuryNews.com:

“There are no neat or easy answers here,” Obama said in a speech in which he pledged anew to “clean up the mess at Guantanamo” that he said the nation had inherited from the Bush administration.

The Obama defended his decision saying that some detainees will be moved to prisons in the United States, claiming that no prisoners have escaped from Supermax prisons.    Well, no terrorist ever escaped from the Guantanamo detention center either.  So why move them around?  It’s to satisfy what the far left loons are demanding of Obama to close down the Guantanamo detention center.  No, it’s easier to blame it all on the Bush administration.  Even though the Bush Administration’s decision to use the Guantanamo detention center kept us safe for years.

The Obama’s reasoning that Guantanamo just breeds more terrorist shows his naivete’.   His lack of worldly experience and understanding, especially about the history of terrorism going all the way back to the Barbary Wars.

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The Obama claims he wants to keep Americans safe, but the Obama’s choices are questionable at best.  For example, the Obama’s nominee for the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Division.   The Obama’s choice of Tony West as that nominee for the Justice Department comes into question.  Tony West was the defense lawyer for the “American Taliban”  terrorist John Walker Lindh.  Tony West also raised $65 million for the Obama’s presidential campaign.  A pay for play government job?

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The appointment of Tony West means that thee Obama is in favor of a more lenient stance on terrorists.  It can mean nothing else other than Obama’s desire to shape the Justice Department into a sympathy court for terrorist.  Perhaps the Obama is not a naive as I suspect.  Maybe the Obama knows all to well what he’s doing.

From The Washington Post:

“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom,’’ then-candidate Obama said in a widely quoted speech to Planned Parenthood in 2007. “The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.”

With that reasoning, why not Guantanamo Terrorists?  I suppose in the Obama’s reasoning, these terrorist will surely see that America is not its enemy.  I’m sure the terrorist will see the wisdom of the Obama’s words and will change their view about wanting to kill Americans.  The terrorist will want go back to herding their goats and living in their caves, I suppose.

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If you believe that the Obama has the safety of this country in mind, then I invite you to explain what it is.  Actions speak louder than words.  Consider what the Obama has done to this country since he has taken the Office of the President of the United States.  Or should I say, Teleprompter of the United States.  The Obama obviously cannot make a speech without reading it from a teleprompter.  Who’s writing his speeches?  George Soros?

The bottom line:

The Obama doesn’t need to release terrorist into the United States to destroy it.

He has already destroyed our economy with the help of The Democratic controlled Congress.

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Let’s see who’s in the lead in Nationalizing Private Industries?  Chavez or Obama?

The Obama has already nationalized the auto industry, the banking industry, so what’s next?   The insurance and healthcare industries are next.  Government run Healthcare will be a disaster.

From the Heritage Foundation:

Such waiting lists are an inevitable by-product of any system of socialized medicine. Demand outpaces supply, so the government must ration care. Because prices are fixed, the only way politicians and bureaucrats can “control” demand is to limit supply, which entails long waiting lists for many types of medical conditions.

I can vouch for that because I have family living in England and Canada that have Government Run Healthcare.

What about the Auto and Banking industries?

The Obama has said that the government will honor General Motors warranties.  That’s our tax dollars that went to bail out General Motors.  Now, the Obama will use our tax dollars to honor automobile warranties.   The Obama refuses to release banks from TARP funds even though the banks want to pay the funds back.  Instead of letting the Free Market system correct itself, the government is going to make market decisions.

Ask yourself this question:  when has any government program worked?

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What’s for Dinner?

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Grilled Pork Chop with Caesar Salad and Baked Red Bliss Potato

I made the Caesar dressing myself!

Ken’s Diner

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Nestled at the corner of Kanoelehua and Kamehameha Avenues in Downtown Hilo is a fabulous restaurant diner named Ken’s House of Pancakes.  Just across the street from the famous Hilo Bay and Banyan Drive, Ken’s is just minutes away from where many visitors come to stay.  Ken’s is by no means just a tourist attraction, but a local kine establishment.

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Ken’s House of Pancakes hosts a broad menu selection as well as a 24 hour availability.  Everything from breakfast, lunch, and dinner,  anytime of the day.  Ken’s “Sumo Loko” is a legendary culinary challenge not because you won’t go away hungry, you won’t be hungry for three days!!!

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You can always tell how good a restaurant is by seeing how many people are there at anytime of the day.

Or  Try  looking for a parking spot!

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What’s for Dinner?

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Eggs Benedict with Pancakes, Potato Hash Browns, and Sourdough Toast

With a choice of Maple, Lilikoi, Coconut and Guava syrup!

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