Begun, The Class Wars Has!

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Obama came out yesterday to blame his failed policies on the rich and he wants to tax everyone he considers rich.  Obama cannot run on his record, so he’s going to use class warfare to deflect away his fail policies.  It begins with demagoguery of the people Obama considers rich.

Remember that Obama believes the Rich are anyone earning $250,000, or more.

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“If we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, corporate jet owners, hedge fund managers, oil & gas companies that are making 100’s of Billions of dollars, then that means we have to cut some kids off from getting a college scholarship. That means we have to stop funding certain grants for medical research. That means that food safety may be compromised. That means that Medicare has to bear a greater part of the burden. Those are the choices we have to make.

Before we ask our seniors to pay for more healthcare, before we cut our children’s education, before we sacrifice our commitment to the research and innovation that will help create more jobs in the economy, I think it’s only fair to ask an oil company or corporate jet owner that has done so well, to give up that tax break that no other business enjoys. I don’t think that’s real radical. I think the majority of Americans agree with that.”

This is the Boogie Straw Man argument.  When Obama took office the total national debt stood at $10.6 trillion.  As of June 30, 2011, it had risen to $14.3 trillion.  In fact, the debt accrued under Obama is greater than all federal debt accrued in the first 204 years of the nation’s history.

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And now Obama wants you to pay for his Malfeasance.

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Obama said that if we don’t tax the rich the national weather service will suffer, food safety won’t happen, kids safety will be at risk, college tuition will dry up, and critical medical research won’t happen.  Obamacare will kill all of that which Obama claims to be the champion of.

This morning the Senate Republicans invited Obama to discuss the budget and Obama responded by saying it was a Conversation Not Worth Having!  It proves Obama is not serious about the budget.  Obama has a propensity to push off important matters to Joe BiteMe Biden.

In his true condescension fashion, Obama said you can still fly your private jets around, you’ll just have to pay more for it.  That’s attacking a whole industry.  The people that make the jet planes.  The people that service the planes.  The pilots that fly the planes.  The people that fuel the plane.  The people that own the plane.  That’s a lot of people Obama wants to put out of work.

Obama wants to remove Oil Subsidies, but he won’t allow oil companies to drill.

Social Security and Medicare are going broke.  Everyone knows that as a fact.  Yet, this regime believes in Man Made Global Warming, a junk science belief.  Obama cannot see the difference between science, a snake oil salesman.  Obama is deliberating destroying the country.  Grrrr!

 

Class Warfare Election Strategy

 

What’s For Dinner?

 

Grilled Broadbill Swordfish over Jasmine Rice and Saute’ Vegetables

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How Free Are We?

Hō'ike no ke Kū'oko'a

 

How free are we, and how do we define freedoms?  We can define freedoms as being able to worship how and where we want.  The freedom to grow our wealth and to cultivate our own economic prosperity.  Having the freedom as an individual to decide our own destiny.  These choices also bear the individual’s responsibility.  Maybe a better question is; “How are we Free?”  What is the measurement, the benchmark, of being free?  To what degree or percentage can you call yourself “free”?

Without Leaves

A tree without leaves will not grow, and that’s only what you see above the ground.  The roots of the tree find nutrients in the ground to grow and produce the leaves.  It is the leaves on the tree that absorb the sun’s rays and consumes carbon dioxide as nourishment.  An analogy could be made about freedom and the tree.  Freedom is analogous to the health of the tree.

Recently, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University did a comprehensive study on the fifty States and ranked them on their degree of freedom.  The study looked at each State’s public policies that affect individual economic and social freedoms.  It examines the state and local government laws and regulations that affect a wide range of public policies, from taxes to homeschooling, from gun control to drug policy.

 

 

Hawai’i ranked 47th overall, 46th economic, and 43 personal.

Hawaii has much room to improve. On the spending side, the state is highly fiscally centralized due to its unique statewide school system, but despite being freed from the burden of paying for schools, local governments have to raise over 80 percent of their funds through own-source taxes, the highest figure in the country. Sales, individual income, and motorvehicle-license taxes are high. Gun laws are among the worst in the country, and the marijuana regime is fairly restrictive. Hawaii has the second strictest gambling laws in the country, after Utah: The only type of gaming permitted is social. Educational regulation is excessive, with private schools having to obtain state approval to operate, significant homeschool regulations, and school attendance mandated through age 18. Smoking bans are universal in restaurants, bars, workplaces, and public places without any exceptions. On the other side of the ledger, the asset forfeiture regime is reasonable, limited same-sex domestic partnerships are recognized, and victimless crimes (excluding drug) make up just 3.5 percent of all arrests, while the drug-arrest rate is also much better than average. On labor law the state government is interventionist, with a prevailing-wage law, strict workers’ compensation requirements, mandatory short-term disability insurance, and a state occupational safety and health agency. Hawaii has not reformed eminent domain, and the state liability system is far below average. On health insurance the state is surprisingly laissez-faire, with no community rating and fewer mandates than average.

Where does your State rank?

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How International Regulations Hurt Our Island Economy

Hawai’i county council member Pete Hoffmann introduced another set of restrictive regulations to the building codes.  I’ve mentioned this Jackass, Pete Hoffmann before where he wanted to put a ban on plastic bags.  In this building code regulations, Hoffmann’s view of Socialist Engineering includes, a hurricane safe room, in-home sprinkler systems, hot water systems must be solar, and insulation to Post and Pier homes.

First, if and when a hurricane happens, the local government will force mandatory evacuations, so why do we need safe rooms?

Second, adding in-home sprinkler systems will increase the overall cost of building a home.

Third, solar hot water systems are only good where the sun shines.  That will require you to cut down trees in order to clear enough room for solar to work properly.  Windward residents have numerous cloudy and rainy days which make solar unreliable.  I use a propane hot water on demand system which is very energy efficient and very cost effective.

Fourth, insulation under post and pier homes is simply ridicules and expensive.  We live in the tropics, it’s simply not needed.  These are just some of the standards that Pete “The Jackass” Hoffmann wants to burden the homeowner with.

The regulations are based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  While this may be appropriate for State and County office buildings, it is also appropriate for some large businesses.  However, the regulations are too restrictive for homeowners.  It puts a larger cost burden on small business owners.  Why are we adopting standards when they don’t apply to us?

 

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The cost burden of government regulations does not stop at the State or County level, it also include the Federal governments regulations and taxes.  It’s bad enough that the government is picking and choosing which companies will succeed and which will fail, but some companies don’t pay any taxes as a result of government intervention.  General Electric was one of those companies that posted a profit of $5.1 Billion, but paid no taxes.  How could they do this?

In a regulatory filing just a week before the Japanese disaster put a spotlight on the company’s nuclear reactor business, G.E. reported that its tax burden was 7.4 percent of its American profits, about a third of the average reported by other American multinationals. Even those figures are overstated, because they include taxes that will be paid only if the company brings its overseas profits back to the United States. With those profits still offshore, G.E. is effectively getting money back.

Meanwhile, Boeing is prevented by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving its 787 Dreamliner production to South Carolina.  Boeing could not get the no-strike concession from the hostile Labor Unions and decided to move its operations to South Carolina, a Right to Work state that does not require workers to be unionized.  It’s good for Boeing, it’s good for the State of South Carolina, and it’s good for Boeing’s customers.  Everyone, except for the labor unions, which are openly hostile towards businesses and the individual workers freedoms.  The unions would rather hurt Boeing, its workers and its customers for their own greed.

Freedoms are being decided by the government.  Who will succeed and who will fail.  The idea of any company, deemed by the government to be “Too Big To Fail“, hurts the freedom of the entire business community.  It puts an unfair disadvantage on other businesses competing against businesses supported by the government.  The government is using unions as political capitol.

On behalf of the small business owners in North Carolina, Mr. Geithner, you are wrong!

Geithner’s explanation of the administration’s small-business tax plan came in an exchange with first-term Rep. Renee Ellmers (R.-N.C.). Ellmers, a nurse, decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 after she became active in the grass-roots opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed health-care reform plan in 2009.

The Obama Regime’s solution to our economic freedoms is to raise taxes on small businesses.  Then again, the Obama Regime thinks like Pete “Jackass” Hoffmann, they think we need more government making decisions in our lives.  More central planning by elected bureaucrats.  More government revenue through higher taxes.  It seems allowing the free markets to obtain more freedom isn’t in the governments idea of prosperity.  Obama said, “we cannot cut our way to prosperity“!

 

 

We can neither spend nor tax our way into prosperity either.  By doing so just takes more freedoms away.  If you keep pruning the leaves off the tree, it will eventually cease to grow.  This is just several examples of where the government has interfered with freedoms.

In the example of the tree, the states that enjoy the greatest freedom and prosperity are those that have the least amount of government regulations and taxation.  Allowing the tree the freedom to grow on its own will eventually bear the fruit of prosperity.  By clearing away the weeds and dead branches will allow the tree to continue to grow into a long and healthy freedom.

That should be the role of government in preserving and nurturing freedoms

 

What’s For Dinner?

 

 

Singapore Noodles with Shrimp

Local Food

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King Kamehameha Day

Today, June 11th, is King Kamehameha day.  On the Big Island of Hawai’i (Moku o Keawe), in Hilo city, a celebration was held at Moku Ola (Coconut Island), where it is held every year.  Although, celebrations are held on all the islands, Hilo is closest to us.  A pictorial presentation of the event.

King Kamehameha

It is a family day with food, Hula, and music.

A short video of the announcements

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Tommy "Kahikina" Ching

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Tommy “Kahikina” Ching, aka “The Polynesian Pirate”, was there as assistant master of ceremonies along with a host of musicians.

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HULA

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Face Painting

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There were activities for the Keiki (Children) such as face painting

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Moku Ola

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The Festivities took place at Moku Ola, also know as Coconut Island.  Located off of Banyan drive near the Nani Loa and Hilo Bay hotel.

There is a walkway bridge that stretches to the island from Queen Lili’uokalani Park

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Hawaiian Curing Medicine

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Traditional Hawaiian Medical Doctors speak of native plants that help with all sorts of ailments like diabetes, arthritis, sunburn along with therapeutic massage.

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Healing Plants

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A sample of natural healing plants

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Traditional Hawaiian Music

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Entertainment

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Falsetto Singers

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Royal Order of Kamehameha

Click on the pictures above and below to learn more about this organization.

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The Procession

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Celebration

Ceremony

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Hawaiian Weapons

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Warriors Weapons

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Gifts

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Vendors

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Grinds

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Food

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Moku Ola Island

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What’s For Dinner?

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Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Wok Charred Vegetable and Kimchee Rice

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Where To Put The Slop?

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An elderly Asian woman was the first to testify.  She asked a simple question, “Where do we put the Slop?”  Many people filled the Kea’au Community Center on the evening of Tuesday, June 7th, 2011, where the public hearings on the County of Hawai’i’s Bill Number 17, amending Chapter 14, Hawai’i Country Code 1983 by adding a new article relating to a “Plastic Bag Reduction“.  In other words, a ban on plastic bags.  The jackass that authored this piece of restrictive legislation was Pete Hoffmann, Councilman for North and South Kohala District 9.

The elderly Asian woman who started off the testimony by asking a very profound question continued; “Before the war, we used to have help in getting rid of the slop, and they used plastic and other means, and now they want to take the plastic bags away…. where will we put all the slop?” she asked.

This echoed a similar sentiment by many others that gave testimony during the meeting.  It was interesting that the author of the Bill was not in attendance.  Apparently, Mr. Hoffmann is too much of a coward to face the public.  This is not the only bonehead legislation that Mr. Hoffmann has introduced.  He also tried to change Hawai’i County building codes to mainland standards, because Federal dollars would subsidize it.  Meaning, houses being built would require insulation and other mainland related building codes.  Insulation is not needed in the tropics.  It just makes houses more expensive.  But that’s another story for another time.

In attendance at tonight’s meeting at the Kea’au Community Center were the socialist leftist that pray to the Church of Global Warming and worship their high priest Albert “Manbearpig” Gore.

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Both leftist and conservative speakers gave testimony; however, all of the leftist claims were the inevitable “End of the World” mantra if we don’t ban plastic bags.  Some of the arguments are simply laughable and just plain scare tactics.  For example: One guy said,  “If the fish eat the plastic bags, and I eat the fish, then I’m offended”.  Then there’s the tried and true argument by all leftist: tax them, charge them, and make them pay for their insolence using plastic bag.  Nearly every leftist said that people wanting to use plastic bags should be charged an extra fee to use them.  Typical, leftist solution, make it more expensive to use.  Just like green energy and crap like that.

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Another leftist suggested to the elderly Asian lady to use a 5 gallon bucket to remove the slop.

Another leftist suggested that the garbage heap in the pacific is made up of all plastic bags.  Well there is several huge garbage dumps floating around in the pacific, and it is mostly garbage of all kinds of stuff.  However, it is not all plastic bags, and neither it is all from the United States, let alone the Big Island of Hawai’i.  Yet, we have to set some example to the world by giving up our standard of living, when the majority of this trash comes from other countries rather than the United States.

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Note the narrative, “We have to reconfigure our society“.  We have a trash problem.

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Probably the most bizarre thing to occur during the meeting, one of the leftist started opening up several plastic containers that were filled with food and then started eating.  We’re in a meeting, not a cafeteria, what was this person thinking?  She got lentils in one container, lettuce and carrots in another, another container has some green goopy stuff, and she drinking some fluid in a bottle that’s wrapped in a sock like cup-holder, and it has a piece of plastic-wrap used as a gasket separating the screw cap and the bottle.  Plastic… go figure!

Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 92 explained that hemp was once used for such products before it was made illegal before WWII.  An interesting history lesson.  Apparently, hemp can be made into plastic like composite materials.

The creepiest testimony was given by some guy that hates humanity.  He said, “In my circle, we know that humanity is bad.   Do we want to kill the tree or kill a dolphin?” He continued,   “We kill the tree, because the tree will grow back.  I have no faith in humanity.”  WOW!  What a weirdo.   After giving that strange testimony, he stormed out of the building.

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Well, there are several more meetings scheduled to continue the public’s input on the matter of what to do with plastic bags.  It boils down to several issues; most of all is our standard of living, freedom of choice, and personal responsibility.  We don’t have a Plastic Bag problem, we have a trash problem.  I see all kinds of rubbish on the side of the roads, besides plastic bags.  Paper cups, Styrofoam containers, newspapers, the list of rubbish goes on and one.  Some people just don’t care for the ‘Aina.

Plastic bags were introduced when environmentalist claimed we were cutting too many trees to make paper bags.  Now the environmentalists are saying that plastic bag are bad and we have to use reusable bags.  Reusable bags have been shown to contain lead paint, and are easily vulnerable to cross contamination from mold, mildew, and e-coli bacteria.  Plastic bags are already reusable.  They are used as liners for my small trash cans.  Banning plastic bags will put a burden on the people of these islands.  The leftist environmentalist love to point to Maui as a model of plastic bag-less bliss, but I’ll bet if you ask the local people, you’d probably get a different answer.  Environmentalist would take your freedoms away just to make themselves feel good about saving the environment.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will, torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C.S. Lewis

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What’s For Dinner?

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Fish en Papillote over Steamed Jasmine Rice

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Green CostU Green

Neil “Krusty the Clown” Abercrombie signs SB1347, giving Hawai’i Electric Company a license to soak Consumers for Green Energy Projects.  Alternative energy is expensive and someone needs to pay for it.

When the electric company is allowed to go green, it means they can charge you for the cost of going green.  Part of the intended, and unintended, costs of being environmentally conscience.   You get to pay for failed green technologies and you don’t get either a choice, or a say, on how your money gets spent.

When was the government in the business of helping startup for-profit companies, startup at taxpayer expense?  According to Bob Herkes, a democrat, you don’t have a choice:

Rep. Bob Herkes, D-Ka’u-South Kona, chairman of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee, said it’s not uncommon for the Legislature to step in and help alternative energy companies subsidize their startups, even if they are private for-profit enterprises.

“In the end, the consumers are going to pay for it anyway,” Herkes said, explaining that power costs are dependent on the price of fuel sources and finding more sustainable fuel sources will benefit them in the long run.

If not, he said, consumers can install photovoltaic cells and other personal power generators instead of relying totally on the electric company.

“I’m not convinced the project has the soundness and viability to survive, but neither am I ready to stop it,” Herkes said.

Get that last statement?  If you don’t like the legislators raising your electric rates, you can go buy solar panels and go off grid.  Such arrogance from the chairman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee.  Isn’t the job of the Consumer Protection chairman who’s suppose to protect consumers?  Why not provide incentives like tax breaks and lease exemptions for these companies?  Why use taxpayer’s money to fund a private company?  This is ripping off the consumer by forcing the consumer to invest in a risky business venture.  The reward is higher electric rates, the consumer looses!

At least one legislator stood up with reservations about the legislation about to be passed.  Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R-HI 50th District), spoke out about the automatic rate increase by the utilities without any oversight by the “Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee”.

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In the end, she voted for the bill anyway.  The roll call can be found here.  The Consumer Protection chairman was more interested in protecting a utility company than the consumer. Aina Koa Pono-Ka’u is a bio-energy farm that is creating a form of bio-fuel, and Hawaiian Electric Company uses that bio-fuel to generate the electricity we consume.  These two companies will be allowed to pass on the cost of managing their utilities, and they don’t have to get permission by the consumer advocate to raise rates.  But then, the consumer advocate stated he’s not interested in protecting the consumer.  He thinks protecting the environment is more important, and he going to make sure you pay for it.

Increased electric rates means increased costs across all consumer goods, not just your home electric bill.  Pumping gas at the service station uses electricity, grocery stores that use lights, refrigeration, transportation, will pass on the costs of higher electric rates.  Anything that uses electricity will be affected.  Life here is already expensive, thanks to the legislators; it’s going to get more expensive.

You vote these people into office, live with the consequence of them making your life more expensive.

 

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What’s For Dinner?

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Grilled Ono Fish with White Bean Ragout

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