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US: Hawaii (News/Activism)

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  • Democratic Senator on Bill Clinton's Misconduct: Uh, Let's All Just 'Move Forward,' Okay?

    11/22/2017 8:37:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2017 | Guy Benson
    The Democratic Party is trying to figure out how it feels about sexual misconduct when the accused party is an elected or prominent Democrat.  After many years of reflexive excuse-making, victim-mocking and wagon-circling on Bill Clinton's behalf, a number of Democrats and liberals are belatedly coming around to the stance that perhaps he should have been run out of office in the late 1990's after all.  Others are forcefully pushing back in his defense, while still others are contorting themselves in order to blame for their own moral confusion and inconsistency on Republican partisanship, or whatever.  Presented with 'The Bill...
  • The Republican Party is almost extinct in Hawaii and it's only getting worse

    11/16/2017 4:39:04 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 58 replies
    http://www.latimes.com ^ | 11/12/2017 | By Jaweed Kaleem
    It has been a rough few days for Republicans, who lost big in mayoral and gubernatorial races across the country in Tuesdays election. But Shirlene Ostrov knows it can be much worse. She is the chairwoman of the Republican Party in Hawaii. The job can be lonely and thankless. Her party is teetering on the edge of extinction here.
  • As North Korean threat grows, Hawaii prepares for nuclear attack

    11/10/2017 8:50:05 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Friday, November 10, 2017 | Jaweed Kaleem
    For decades, the wail of the nuclear bomb warning siren was ubiquitous in U.S. cities. Public service commercials drilled the "duck and cover" mantra into the minds of Americans, and the possibility of a Soviet attack was always around the corner. But after the Cold War, most places abandoned their sirens. Fears of terrorism grew more urgent and, for many younger Americans, being on notice for nuclear war became a relic of the past. That's no longer the case in Hawaii. Amid increasing North Korean threats against the U.S., Hawaii has launched the most aggressive effort in the country to...
  • Democratic Senator Responds to Texas Church Shooting by Suggesting Law That Already Exists

    11/07/2017 7:05:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 7, 2017 | Alex Griswold
    A Democratic senator responded to the Sunday mass shooting at a Texas church by suggesting the U.S. adopt a law that is already on the books. Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz (D.) shared an excerpt of a New York Times story detailing how, while in the military, the shooter was convicted of assaulting his wife and infant step-son. "A simple idea: Anyone convicted of domestic abuse should see their rights under the 2nd Amendment severely curtailed," Schatz tweeted on Monday. In fact, federal law already prohibits domestic abusers from purchasing or owning guns.
  • Trump visits Hawaii as islands prepare against potential North Korea nuclear threat

    11/03/2017 3:23:10 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    Sky News ^ | Friday, November 3, 2017 | Greg Milam
    The trip is Donald Trump's first to the Pacific state, which residents fear could be in the firing line of a North Korean missile. Image: Hawaiians fear they may be in the firing line if the war of words escalates Donald Trump will arrive in Hawaii later as the islands step up emergency preparations to deal with a possible nuclear strike from North Korea. The US President is making his first visit to the country's Pacific outpost en route to a critical 12-day swing through Asia. And Hawaiians are growing increasingly nervous that Mr Trump's war of words with Kim...
  • Hawaii residents to Trump: 'Wish you weren't here' [BARF]

    11/03/2017 3:10:57 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 76 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, November 2, 2017 | Jaweed Kaleem
    There's a popular postcard of Hawaii that shows the blue waters of Waikiki Beach and the famed Diamond Head with the greeting "Aloha" -- a symbol of the open-arms, easygoing way of life touted by the state. But this week, a different image has spread around the islands through fliers and social media. It shows the same picture with a green scoreboard: "Hawaii 3, Trump 0" -- a nod to the state's judicial defeats of the president's travel ban -- under the words, "Wish you weren't here." When President Trump arrives in Honolulu on Friday, he'll be in enemy territory....
  • They track air threats to Hawaii 24/7 and they're on high alert for Trump's arrival

    11/03/2017 2:38:35 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Friday, November 3, 2017 | Shawn Ching, News Anchor
    MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - At a secure, classified location on Oahu, 230 Hawaii Air National Guard member keep a constant watch over the state. They work at what's unofficially called "NORAD of the Pacific" -- after the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado. They play a critical role in tracking threats to the state -- are considered the first line of defense against another Pearl Harbor. And on Friday, ahead of President Trump's visit to Hawaii, they'll be watching Air Force One closely and anything that may get near it. The group's official name: The 169th Air Defense Squadron...
  • Holes emerge in Hawaii women's tale of survival in the Pacific

    10/31/2017 9:45:33 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 149 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10/31/17 | fox/ap
    Something is wishy-washy here. Two Hawaii women who claimed they were lost at sea for five months and would have been dead within 24 hours had the U.S. Navy not picked them up last week never activated their emergency beacon, the Coast Guard said Tuesday, adding to a growing list of inconsistencies and questions that cast doubt on their harrowing tale of survival in the Pacific Ocean. "If the thing was operational and it was turned on, a signal should have been received very, very quickly that this vessel was in distress," Phillip R. Johnson, a retired Coast Guard officer,...
  • Dangerous, Filthy Homeless Encampments Force Closure of Hawaii Public Park Indefinitely

    10/22/2017 4:00:17 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/21/2017 | Megan Fox
    Kakaako Waterfront Park on the island of Oahu has been closed indefinitely in order to repair the damage done by a large homeless population that has been camping there in makeshift huts and tents. This is an unprecedented move by the state of Hawaii. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has details about the massive damage and public safety hazards in the park. "[P]ark officials say they can no longer ensure the safety of park users following a recent series of dog bites, fires and vandalism attributed to an estimated 180 homeless people living along the Kakaako shoreline....Right now, with dog attacks and...
  • US judge blocks latest Trump travel restrictions to the US from eight countries (This again?)

    10/17/2017 1:17:29 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from eight countries entering the United States, which had been set to take effect this week. The open-ended ban, announced last month, targeted people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela. It was the latest version of a policy that had previously targeted six Muslim-majority countries but had been restricted by the Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Tuesday granted Hawaii's request to temporarily block the federal government from enforcing the...
  • U.S. Judge Blocks Trumps Third Try at Travel Ban [Hawaii]

    10/17/2017 11:55:06 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 75 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 10/17/2017 | Bloomberg News
    Link only: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-17/trump-travel-ban-blocked-by-u-s-judge-in-hawaii
  • Faith-based pregnancy clinics: Hawaii law forces them to promote abortion

    09/24/2017 8:56:19 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Friday, September 22, 2017 | Rick Daysog
    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pro-life pregnancy centers went to court Friday to try to overturn a new law that they argue requires them to publicly post abortion referrals. During a hearing before U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, attorneys for Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor and the Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Center argued that the law violates their right to free speech and religion because it forces them to post signs that interfere with their faith. "It compels even non-medical pregnancy centers to recite what amounts to a government-scripted advertisement for abortion," said Kevin Connelly, Calvary's attorney. "It forces a church, Calvary...
  • Who Helped Snowden Steal State Secrets? (Read all)

    06/29/2013 8:08:28 AM PDT · by yoe · 57 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 29, 2013 | Edward Jay Epstein
    In March 2013, when Edward Snowden sought a job with Booz Allen Hamilton at a National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, he signed the requisite classified-information agreements and would have been made well aware of the law regarding communications intelligence. Section 798 of the United States Code makes it a federal crime if a person "knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States" any classified information concerning communication intelligence. [snip] Before taking the job in Hawaii, Mr....
  • Salvage ship to assist in Black Hawk recovery off Hawaii

    09/08/2017 1:26:16 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 8 , 2017 | WILLIAM COLE
    A 240-foot salvage ship is on its way to aid in the recovery of a crashed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and its missing crew west of Kaena Point, a spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division said. The Military Sealift Command-chartered MV HOS Dominator, a submarine support ship, is expected to arrive in the coming days, Lt. Col. Curt Kellogg said Thursday. The ships involvement represents a transition from seafloor sonar mapping and camera observation by the Navy using an unmanned underwater vehicle and remotely operated vehicle to actual salvage and recovery. All five crew members from the Hawaii-based Black...
  • Wary of robots taking jobs, Hawaii toys with guaranteed pay

    09/05/2017 4:27:06 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/4/2017 | Staff
    HONOLULU Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings have held for decades--a trend that is already happening in stores and factories around the country. For many affected workers, retraining might be out of reach unavailable, unaffordable or inadequate. What then? Enter the idea of a universal basic income, the notion that everyone should be able to receive a stream of income to live on, regardless of their employment or economic status. It isn't an...
  • Crime in Hawaii last year lowest since record-keeping began

    08/31/2017 11:22:27 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | Aug 31 , 2017 | HNN staff
    The total number of crimes reported across Hawaii in 2016 was the lowest since statewide data collection began more than 40 years ago, according to an annual report released Thursday. Some 45,805 crimes were reported statewide last year, a rate of 3,206 offenses per 100,000 residents. That's more than 6 percent below the 2015 report, and 27 percent lower than the crime rate reported in 2007. The record low crime statistics in 2016 highlight the outstanding work of law enforcement throughout the State and in all four counties," said Doug Chin, Hawaii's attorney general, in a statement that accompanied the...
  • US successfully tests shooting down ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii

    08/30/2017 12:25:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/30/2017 | Daniella Diaz
    The United States conducted a successful missile defense test that intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii early Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the US Missile Defense Agency. The Standard Missile-6, built by major US defense contracter Raytheon, intercepted the missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight after being fired from the USS John Paul Jones. The test comes amid heightened tensions between North Korea and the US. Earlier this week, an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as a Hwasong-12, was fired over Japan. A US official, however, told CNN...
  • Boo Hoo You Japs: Hawaii Lawmaker Publishes Letter From Racist Trump Supporter [HUFFPO BS ALERT]

    08/24/2017 4:19:48 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 61 replies
    HONOLULU ― State Rep. Beth Fukumoto (D-Hawaii) received a letter in the mail after watching the violence unfold at the white supremacy rally in Virginia and seeing President Donald Trump’s mixed reaction to it. “Dear B####,” began the note, mailed last week to the lawmaker’s Honolulu office. “Your poor grand parents got put into a camp in the USA? Boo hoo hoo ― you Japs murdered thousands of servicemen at Pearl Harbor ― did you forget that detail?”
  • Third soldier identified in Army helicopter crash off Kaena Point

    08/18/2017 1:48:14 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    Hono Star Ad ^ | Aug 18 , 2017 | Rosemarie Bernardo
    The search continues today for the crew of the 25th Combat Aviation Bridge who were reported missing off of Kaena Point at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night during a night-training flight.
  • 5 missing after Army helicopter goes down off Hawaii

    08/16/2017 12:43:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 16, 2017 | by Audrey Mcavoy, AP
    HONOLULU (AP) U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean off Hawaii for five people aboard an Army helicopter that went down during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications around 10 p.m. Tuesday with the crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk, the Coast Guard said in a news release. Responding teams spotted a debris field about 2 miles (3 kilometers) west of Kaena Point, Oahu.