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For Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Vote for Johnson and Cayetano

Our Libertarian Party was ignored by the so-called "bipartisan" Committee on Presidential Debates, as well as most media outlets. Gary Johnson is our Libertarian presidential nominee. He proposes to balance the federal budget in 2013, whereas neither Mitt Romney nor President Barack Obama will do so. Johnson proposes to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and its loopholes, whereas Romney and Obama refuse to identify their loophole modifications.

Johnson balanced New Mexico's budget and created a surplus, as well as shrinking New Mexico's bureaucracy by more than 10 percent. If you are disgusted by the fiscal incompetence of Obama and apprehensive of the fiscal policies of Romney, express your objections by voting for Gary Johnson on your ballot.

If you are also concerned about the fiscal well being of Honolulu, vote for Ben Cayetano and his intent to stop the $5.27 billion elevated train system that links the Kapolei "Second City" with the Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Jo Paul Rognstad
Ala Moana

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PRP undermines democratic process

I have become increasingly disturbed over the role of Pacific Resources Partnership in shaping the current mayoral contest. PRP, organized and funded by corporate and union interests supportive of rail, has spent more than $1 million in negative advertising against mayoral candidate and former Gov. Ben Cayetano.

PRP is undermining the democratic process we need to preserve in electing public officials. Our democracy depends on the need for citizens to make choices not out of self-interest, but in the interest of the entire community, and also in the interest of the environment. This means that citizens need to hear the merits and demerits of rail clearly debated before informed choices can be made.

PRP, acting only out of self-interest in such a negative and destructive fashion against one particular candidate, can only undermine the democratic process and the moral fiber of our community, both of which we need to safeguard.

Rev. Neal MacPherson

Poll shows money can buy election

As seen on the Star-Advertiser's front page, the Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now-sponsored Hawaii Poll is a grisly reminder that money buys votes in Our Honolulu ("Support is growing for rail and Caldwell, who favors the project, while Cayetano sees a dip in favorability," Star-Advertiser, Oct. 28).

If the voting public cannot see through the shame or the stench, and this expensive mudslinging dictates who will be our next mayor, then those who believe it deserve who and what they get.

The rest of us do not.

If running a clean campaign means losing a race, then Hawaii is the biggest loser.

Mary Jo Culvyhouse

Enforce rules for using crosswalks

Regarding the terrible traffic situation and pedestrian fatalities in Honolulu, it seems like a specific law has been neglected by both pedestrians and the police. Is anyone aware that it's unlawful to enter a crosswalk once the red hand light appears, and, is punishable by a $130 fine? Yet I see this law ignored daily by both pedestrians and police. It results in putting such individuals at risk for injury, aggravates drivers who must put up with the violators, and backs up traffic.

I have yet to see this common violation enforced by the police. Why pass laws if they aren't meant to be followed or enforced? It's a waste of time and money to draft laws and to purchase and install pedestrian light systems it they really don't mean anything. Another form of government waste.

Scott K. Sato

Give local bakeries some support, too

I was encouraged by the article detailing the state's plan to spend $13 million to "improve food security and self-sufficiency in Hawaii" ("State pursues investments in food production," Star-Advertiser, Oct. 25). I was especially pleased to hear that creating local jobs was part of the plan.

The state could start promoting food security and local jobs for free right now, though, if we gave modest protection to our struggling local baking industry, whose freshly baked products must now compete against cheaply produced frozen mainland bread. By simply requiring "previously frozen" mainland bread to be labelled for what it is — frozen bread — consumers would be better able to determine which products are fresher and also promote the local economy, thereby preserving hundreds of existing baking and related production jobs at companies like Love's, Star and Fresh Start.

Patrick De Costa

Tsunami evacuation stressful for elderly

The warning came, and Mom and I got ready. We hoped to go to Dole Plantation near Poamoho — lights, bathrooms, etc. — but that was closed. Only three SUVs got in after talking to the security guard. At least three tour buses expected to find Dole open, but had to go elsewhere. Dole couldn't have planned a worse PR campaign.

So we returned to Haleiwa where the police blocked the road at Weed Junction, and no one knew when we could return home.

Predicting tsunamis is a science in its infancy, so the scientists are making educated guesses at best. Politicians don't like guessing, so it didn't look good. Before 1 a.m., a voice of reason finally came over the radio. Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the warning would be reduced to a watch, people could go home, just stay away from the beaches and harbors.

I don't think I'll subject my 87-year old mother to this again.

Eric Terashima

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Pelipo wrote:
Currently retired, but having been a member of Hawaii's construction industry for the past forty five years, I had great hope for the industry when Pacific Resource Partners and the Carpenters Union formed an alliance to work togather to promote the industry and for the "good of the community" in the early 1980's. Unfortunately this alliance has degenerated to a self-serving, incestious cancer that will control the political future of Hawaii, with no regard to the wishes of its citizens. Shame!
on October 30,2012 | 02:23AM
rsgea wrote:
You are so right, Pelipo and Rev. MacPherson. One other person, Justin Hahn, a former employee of Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) confirms your statements. Mr. Hahn quit PRP because he could see how they were killing democracy by using money and power to buy the election.

Read this Hon Weekly report on Mr. Hahn's observations while working for PRP:

on October 30,2012 | 04:36AM
rsgea wrote:
And add, Mary Jo Culvyhouse to the list of good people who refuse to "do nothing". She, Justin Hahn, Pelipo and Rev. MacPherson stood up and spoke out against the evil ways of PRP, for they know::


So, good men and women of Honolulu do something to help good prevail over evil. You can do this by:




on October 30,2012 | 04:59AM
rsgea wrote:
BTW, I just sent in my second check to the Ben Cayetano campaign. I did it even when it's stretching my budget when I saw from recent polls, how PRP's dirty money turned the tide against Cayetano.

I hope my donation, and the donations of all of those that come in in response to those polls, will teach PRP (and Honolulu politicians) a lesson: that dirty tactics will BACKFIRE on them

on October 30,2012 | 05:17AM
OldDiver wrote:
Not surprise to hear that Gary Johnson the Libertarian presidential nominee is mentioned in the same breath as Ben Cayetano. Both candidates put cutting the budget over the interest of the people. In the latter case Cayetano balanced his budget by raiding the government retirement fund and tried to also raid the hurricane fund. Where both candidates differ is Ben Cayetano wants to burden Oahu taxpayers with a $3 billion transportation project. Since his plan does not qualify for federal funding property taxes will soar under his proposal. Cayetano's half baked plan must be retired in November.
on October 30,2012 | 06:44AM
OldDiver wrote:
Under Citizen's United special interest are indeed trying to buy elections. But let's not forget during the primary Ben Cayetano tried to buy the election by raising nearly a million dollars from rich republican's, the Tea Party and business and contractors who would benefit from his FAST project.
on October 30,2012 | 06:49AM
ukuleleblue wrote:
Unions are not bad as they represent workers who are our own family, relatives, friends and neighbors to survive in our high cost of living state. Rail will provide new jobs for average locals in both the public and private sector. Average locals who already live here need jobs so they don't get squeezed out by rich foreigners bidding up the cost of real estate. Support rail if you want your children or grandchildren to be able to stay here.
on October 30,2012 | 07:17AM
polekasta wrote:
Headline on the KHON website 8/11/12 Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) says it will "spend what it takes" against Ben Cayetano. To this date, PRP has spent over $2 million dollars trying to get people to not vote for Cayetano. Another $700,000 was spent by another union group to promote Caldwell. Now who's trying to buy the election?
on October 30,2012 | 08:09AM
polekasta wrote:
just checked out the latest spending report by PRP. It has spent over $2.8 million dollars in this election. Once again I ask, Who's trying to buy the election?
on October 30,2012 | 08:24AM
OldDiver wrote:
polekasta, my post was concerning the primary election.
on October 30,2012 | 08:28AM
hilocal wrote:
OldDiver, Ben also raised money from us 99 Percenters. More of us 99 Percenters donated to Ben than did to PRP. The people supporting PRP that I've seen mentioned are mostly One Percenters. Just follow the money.
on October 30,2012 | 08:30AM
OldDiver wrote:
hilocal don't you consider carpenters part of the 99%?
on October 30,2012 | 09:28AM
polekasta wrote:
Ok, so explain how Cayetano was trying to buy the election. He raised the money from his supporters. People who believe in him gave to his campaign without expecting anything in return.
on October 30,2012 | 12:39PM
OldDiver wrote:
So you are convinced the main player in the pay to play scheme Dennis Mitsunaga gave thousands to Ben Cayetano out of the goodness of his heart.
on October 30,2012 | 01:34PM
Kuniarr wrote:
OldDiver, facts only please.. Wbat's this baloney about "gave thousands"?
on October 30,2012 | 02:07PM
cajaybird wrote:
He's not taking money from foreigners.
on October 30,2012 | 09:50PM
hilocal wrote:
OldDiver, it would be nice if you would check your facts before spreading misinformation.
on October 30,2012 | 08:26AM
OldDiver wrote:
hilocal, please be specific.
on October 30,2012 | 08:27AM
hybrid1 wrote:
Governor Ben : • Pushed through one of the biggest state personal income tax reductions in the nation at the time • Reduced the size and growth of state government to less than the inflation rate • Established the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority • Implemented civil service reform • Built a record number of public schools • Built a record number of homes for Native Hawaiian homesteaders • Developed the Hawai‘i Convention Center to boost tourism • Started the Hawai‘i State Art Museum • Began construction of the new John A. Burns School of Medicine and research center for the University of Hawai‘i • Kept his promise to make public education his highest priority by sparing schools from budget cuts at the expense of other state departments • Ordered the State Attorney General to investigate the Bishop Estate, an $11 billion trust fund set up for the benefit and education of Hawaiian children • When Hawaii’s economy rebounded in 1999, Ben promoted growth in new areas to further diversify the economy • Created the nation’s first state-funded after-school Plus (A )in 1989.
on October 30,2012 | 08:36AM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Vote Cayetano and Berg. Pick up family and pick up friends when you all go to vote. Let's shut this corruption down.
on October 30,2012 | 06:54AM
quint34 wrote:
Really? Wake up. This is how the Dems have kept in power. Ces Heftel case in point. Who was behind that trash? Wow. You give it but can't take it?
on October 30,2012 | 06:10AM
rsgea wrote:
Yes, I give to Ben Cayetano's campaign and implore everyone who wants to teach those who are behind that trash that PRP's putting out a lesson, to do the same.




on October 30,2012 | 06:28AM
rsgea wrote:
BTW, quint34, I GIVE IT because I CAN'T TAKE IT anymore!
on October 30,2012 | 06:30AM
cajaybird wrote:
good one!
on October 30,2012 | 09:52PM
bender wrote:
Hahn also related that there might be some coordination between the Caldwell and PRP campaigns. If that is true, then the Campaign Spending Commission should look into it immeidately. Curiiously, this newspaper has not taken the high ground and denounced the PRP campaign. They're reaction is much like Caldwell's/ Some of their writers have deplored the activities of PRP but the newspaper itself has not editorially denounced PRP tactics. And it is not uncommon for the StarAdvertiser to take various government bodies to court to obtain information that the public should know but has not been as agressive in trying to find out who is funding the PRP campaign. Seems like the SA is using a double standard when it comes to informing the public.
on October 30,2012 | 07:00AM
rsgea wrote:
That's right, bender.

Kirk Caldwell's and the Star-Advertiser Editorial Staff's silence on PRP's ads can be reduced to this simple equation: "SILENCE = WE APPROVE THIS MESSAGE

on October 30,2012 | 08:38AM
Jonas wrote:
Ben should have known he'd be fighting an uphill battle. If he doesn't have the backing, well that's on him and his supporters. If his supporters feel so strongly, i suggest opening up the checkbooks. This is the way of politics now. More money = more ads. And mostly negative ads at that.
on October 30,2012 | 09:40AM
wiliki wrote:
There's a lot of coordination between Ben and his PACs. Ben's campaign managers have been starting up and advising PACs.
on October 30,2012 | 11:37AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Really, wiliki, if you have nothing to say, why say it?
on October 30,2012 | 12:54PM
wiliki wrote:
Coordination is illegal. Nothing to say?
on October 30,2012 | 04:07PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Of course making unsubstantiated accusation is meaningless and nothing.
on October 30,2012 | 04:18PM
Poidogs wrote:
Yeah wiliki. If you can't put bold html script in your comments like Kuniarr, then your posts shouldn't count. LOL
on October 30,2012 | 04:54PM
serious wrote:
Carpenters sit in front of the Walgreens wearing Obama shirts complaining that one of their stores did some remodeling without union involvement. Hey, I ran a business, you negotiate prices for labor-----EXCEPT UNIONS. I am worth $45.77 an hour and I will not work for less--I have unemployment and food stamps and I vote straight D! There was a time when I respected the unions, but in HI where they are on both sides of the negotiating table???? I can see why we rank dead last in so many areas. How can a college grad, get a job and buy a house?
on October 30,2012 | 01:48PM
Kuniarr wrote:
$45.77 per hour transates into over $90,000 a year. Wow.
on October 30,2012 | 02:10PM
atilter wrote:
and at that rate (greed) they still can't live within a budget - except an over-blown one...bottom line - greed drives more people now and is the ROOT OF ALL EVIL!...have something comfortable to live on but still not satisfied - go figure!!!...no wonder people are so unhappy...plain unsatisfied with what they have achieved.
on October 30,2012 | 02:35PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Cannot understand what you are saying. Are you a carpenter and you make $45.77 an hour? Or, are you a college grad without a job?
on October 30,2012 | 08:16PM
Jonas wrote:
Move to the mainland. Sorry for the sharp answer but it's true. I don't know how most people afford to live here. Yet every time I go to the mall, it's crowded. People making that much money or spending more than they make?
on October 30,2012 | 11:57PM
savan68 wrote:
What ever someone or some company says, it's still up to the individual voter to learn about the facts and come to their own conclusions. Do like I do, ignore the comercials. As people and organizations have the freedom of speech, I have to freedom to not listen, or to listen once, do my own research and come to my own conclusions. No amount of money should sway anyones votes, especially when researching the issues is mostly free. Words and images can only be as powerful as the intended audiances willingness to listen and believe in them.
on October 31,2012 | 02:46AM
peanutgallery wrote:
"The folks who are getting free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff. The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting! Now... The people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist. So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place. We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff. Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them. Thomas Jefferson said it best: "The democracy (Republic) will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 235 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that On Nov. 6, 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it. ELECTION 2012 IS COMING Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!" Vote for Romney and end this insanity.
on October 30,2012 | 02:30AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Despite the clear truth of your comment, many will vote for their "stuff" rather than their country. Faced with that choice, when the free stuff seems to be all there is, and relying on future economic improvements will not put money in their pocket today, it's unfortunate but understandable why they'll vote democratic. A lot of people will simply say "show me the money".
on October 30,2012 | 06:51AM
hilocal wrote:
peanutgallery and hawaiikone, why is it that people who contributed all their working lives to social security are now getting "free" stuff?
on October 30,2012 | 08:33AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Why do you think all "free stuff" refers only to social security? Those receiving "entitlements" are far larger in number than those receiving earned benefits.
on October 30,2012 | 09:05AM
serious wrote:
Remember that "contributing" to Social Security was only 1/2 of the action. Your employer paid the other half. That's why it is so important to get employment here on a higher plain--high tech, oceanic engineering--I think the guys that have the deep ocean water for a/c---wonderful idea. Raise fish in nets---but the "D" government will find something against it and outlaw it. Vendors on the beach!!!!! Absolutely not---let the hotel/resorts fleece the tourists--don't let a new business start!! Ever been to another ocean front country? Kids sell things on the beach---cold coconut drinks? Pieces of coconut? A beer? Land of opportunity--but not in this State!!
on October 30,2012 | 01:59PM
Poidogs wrote:
Thank god they're not allowed to sell things on the beach! It almost made a day at the beach in Italy unbearable. Every 20 seconds there would be some strange foreigner hawking me sunglasses or a kite. Ugh, no thank you!
on October 30,2012 | 04:57PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I find it hard to believe but you actually made sense.
on October 30,2012 | 07:00AM
rsgea wrote:
Also, "the people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, racist, and greedy for not wanting to continue."

This brings to mind Thomas Sowell's Will-Rogers-like observation: "It's hard for me to understand why it's considered "greedy" to want to keep my hard-earned money rather than giving it to others who did nothing to earn or deserve it, while it is not considered "greedy" to want to take money from those who have earned it by those who did not earn or deserve it."

on October 30,2012 | 08:53AM
cajaybird wrote:
well said. I hope the SA gives a "fair and balanced" approach to the elections, then Romney would win Hawaii.
on October 30,2012 | 09:56PM
Jonas wrote:
Not with his history of lying an/or switching sides he won't.
on October 30,2012 | 11:59PM
LanaAloha wrote:
Wow - That's a very cleverly written comment.
on October 30,2012 | 10:39PM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
IRT Scott K. Sato's ltr, "Enforce rules for using crosswalks." I couldn't agree with you more Scott. In my daily travels in and around Honolulu, I witness at least 50% of pedestrains who start to cross after the red hand and/or countdown timer have commenced, which is against the law. Consistent enforcement of this law is needed by our police department.
on October 30,2012 | 03:27AM
kiragirl wrote:
The count-down timers should be removed and is a waste of money. Pedestrians think that is the amount of seconds they have to make it across the street. Heck, even motorists use it to speed up when the count is down to a few seconds. Without the count-down timer, pedestrians would not know when the light will turn red so therefore will not cross against the blinking hand. Solution? REMOVE THE COUNT-DOWN TIMERS!
on October 30,2012 | 05:18AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I agree. They should change the timers so that they go from 20 to 5 to 15 to 3 to 21 to 0 second so that people have no idea when the light is going to change. All the grandmas rushing across the street for their buses after shopping at Longs are either going to learn to run faster or stop when the Don't Walk sign stop flashing.
on October 30,2012 | 07:03AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I think they should hook up the walk light timers to a tsunami siren that goes off at the five second mark. That will hustle tutu across the intersection double quick.
on October 30,2012 | 07:38AM
atilter wrote:
when im driving, i dont mind waiting a few more seconds for people to finish crossing the street...just start out a bit earlier and be more considerate - simple!!!
on October 30,2012 | 02:46PM
hilocal wrote:
LittleEarl_01 and kiragirl, the timers are set for the handicapped and elderly. Normal adults can cross the street and back after the timers start. Younger athletic people can cross 3 times after the timers start. That's why cops ignore violators.
on October 30,2012 | 08:39AM
kiragirl wrote:
The DURATION is set for them but the duration (timers) do not have to be shown. A blinking hand means do not start to cross and that applies to everyone, including the physically disabled.
on October 30,2012 | 08:46AM
Jonas wrote:
Bravo Scott for making that point. Although no one will do anything about it, you are 100% correct and it is a source of constant irritation.
on October 30,2012 | 09:41AM
atilter wrote:
its the human element thats the problem - laws and police come after the fact, to try to enforce the law being broken consciously, DELIBERATELY, by inconsiderate people - pedestrian and driver!!!...our sense of decorum and fairness is all KAPAKAHI!
on October 30,2012 | 02:53PM
loquaciousone wrote:
John White, PRP, the carpenter's union and now HGEA are trying to buy this election. At least $3 milion dollars have already been spent by unions to elect Kirk by attacking Ben and not extolling the virtues of their own candidate. Is it because there is nothing good to say about Kirk? Attack Ben seems the only way the unions can get Kirk in office to continue the feeding frenzy at the public trough.
on October 30,2012 | 03:43AM
kiragirl wrote:
The latest smear about the pardons given by Cayetano is misleading. Yes, the numbers are probably true but the way it is said makes it terrible. No class and no shame. In the end, should rail prevail, all those motorists stuck in traffic years from now better not grumble. We can then tell them, we voted for Ben!
on October 30,2012 | 05:42AM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's hilarious now that PRP slime ads now contain a disclaimer that the ad was aired without the consent of any candidate. HILARIOUS! Isn't it too late? Every one knows by now that Kirk is in the pocket of the carpenter's union and now the HGEA and FOR SOME REASON a mainland construction union. Can it be because of all the mainland contracts extended by HART? Money is flowing out of the STATE OF HAWAII to Italy and mainland companies.
on October 30,2012 | 06:48AM
Jonas wrote:
So is it misleading or is it shameful? Big difference. If it's true, then it's true.
on October 31,2012 | 12:02AM
DPK wrote:
loq: when you have nothing to say, you attack your opponent.
on October 30,2012 | 07:30AM
atilter wrote:
ESPECIALLY WHEN ITS ALL TRUE!..."nothing to say" sometimes says a lot!
on October 30,2012 | 02:57PM
LanaAloha wrote:
I know this is not very nice, but Kirk reminds me of an evil jester out of a Batman movie or something. He has a very untrustworthy vibe.
on October 30,2012 | 10:42PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
And still Dan Inouye allows his image and reputation to be used in the skuzzy PRP ads! He must really want that legacy train named after him. We can call it, "Old Dan". Living proof of the need for term limits.
on October 30,2012 | 07:40AM
Jonas wrote:
They do it cause it works. People don't bother to research candidates anymore. The go to the polls with the last thing they remembered seeing and vote that way.
on October 31,2012 | 12:01AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Polls mean nothing. I don't answer my phone during the election year. I'm sure that I am not alone in being sick and tired of all this election intrusion into our private lives and don't bother to participate in polls. The only poll that counts is the ELECTION. Biased entities should not conduct polls because their results end up biased. SA is obviously pro Kirk so their polls naturally will shine a favorable light on Kirk.
on October 30,2012 | 04:13AM
Dimbulb wrote:
IRT Tsunami evacuation stressful for elderly by Eric Terashima Predicting a tsumani is difficult at the beginning however there is buoys in the ocean that give readings of the height of the waves and the time between those waves. Keep in mind that a Tsunami moved across the ocean at hundreds of miles an hour. There really is very little time to move all the people away from the Tsunami Zones when the possibility of a Tsunami exists. It is true that this can be tough on the elderly as it is tough on everyone. But going through this tough situation is probably better than being washed away by a Tsunami. To make life less stressful, people should have emergency kits ready to evacuate that includes clothing, water, some meals ready to eat, and a first aid kit. These emergency kits should be able to be loaded in the family vehicle within just a few minutes. This would help you get to higher ground within minutes instead of hours. It is also good to keep your vehicles fuel tank at least half full so that you aren't pressured to find gas when the time comes. It is not If we have a Tsunami, it's When we will have a Tsunami.
on October 30,2012 | 05:12AM
false wrote:
Check the DART readings and do the math. Don't rely on NEWS people who can't do arithmetic. Panic creating NEWS Weather just to get attention. Next time leave early to stay with friends and watch a movie or stay home and watch a movie. But don't PANIC over the NEW reporting. That's their job. Chaos.
on October 30,2012 | 05:35AM
Malani wrote:
Here is a lesson for you to remember. Hilo, where the school teacher and her students were caught by a title wave that they didn't see coming. If this teacher knew this would have happened you can be she and her students would have never gone on that outing. Never take for granted because something looks calm it means its gonna be calm.
on October 30,2012 | 07:28AM
Kuniarr wrote:
What's a "title wave"?
on October 30,2012 | 02:12PM
atilter wrote:
on October 30,2012 | 02:59PM
bender wrote:
That was the problem with the most recent tsunami warning. There are no DART buoys between that area and Hawaii, so they were predicting based on models with little statistical background. I wonder if more DART buoys will be added or if the feds consider that project to be complete. My bail out kit not only includes the stuff you mention but all my important documents and records, and my computer where even more stuff is stored. Small effort to unplug it and load it.
on October 30,2012 | 06:52AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Wise to be prepared. Those who line up at gas stations and strip store shelves clear are making it much tougher on everyone. And yesterday many were trying to return the goods they bought the night before. Ridiculous.
on October 30,2012 | 07:18AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Really. I'm building a really really big boat for the next tsunami. I heard this voice tell me to do it and I thought it was some kind of heavenly intervention until I found out the it was my neighbor trying to sing some rap.
on October 30,2012 | 07:24AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Actually, treat your neighbor as you'd like to be treated. Forget the boat, teach rap.
on October 30,2012 | 09:09AM
serious wrote:
Make sure you take a pair of coqui frogs with you.
on October 30,2012 | 10:02AM
DPK wrote:
loqone: be sure to take some mongoose with you.
on October 30,2012 | 10:34AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Leave the weasels behind.
on October 30,2012 | 12:06PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
I'm assuming everyone complaining about PRP's campaign (it is sleazy) is also going to chime in and complain about the sleazy ads the Chamber of Commerce (outside, mainland money) is running against Ms. Hirono? Right? Or is this type of campaign only bad when it goes against YOUR candidate?
on October 30,2012 | 06:30AM
palani wrote:
Please elaborate, DowntownGreen. What exactly is "sleazy" or untruthful about the Chamber of Commerce ads?
on October 30,2012 | 06:48AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I though they were being kind to Mazie myself.
on October 30,2012 | 06:58AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Complimentary, in fact.
on October 30,2012 | 01:25PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Distorting her physical image? Calling her "crazy"? Yeah that's not sleazy, that's classy. Attack her positions or her record, fine; that's fair game. But their tactics are nasty too. And I didn't expect any of the Republicans on here would actually be fair and balanced about it. Many complain about PRPs tactics and the amount of money they are spending (including me) but are conveniently silent when it comes to attacking a Democrat. What a surprise.
on October 30,2012 | 08:09AM
palani wrote:
"Image distortion" is in the eye of the beholder, I guess, because I sure don't see it. As to "crazy", I believe the ad refers to her ideas, whcih are undeniably out there in bizarro land.

And, for the record, Cayatano is a Democrat. Rail is not a party issue.

on October 30,2012 | 08:18AM
hawaiikone wrote:
I could not find any add that calls Hirono "crazy". When she voted opposite of her fellow Hawaii democrats that particular action was deemed "crazy". Certainly a far cry from the garbage we've seen flowing from PRP. Both democrats and republicans frequently cross the line when it comes to mud slinging, An unfortunate by product of political campaigns,
on October 30,2012 | 09:41AM
palani wrote:
I agree with you, hawaiikone. Hyper-partisans such as DowntownGreen often conflate legitimate criticism with "sleaze" or "mudslinging". The PRP ads accusing Cayatano of criminal acts (and Dem ads similarly accusing Romney) are way beyond the pale.
on October 30,2012 | 10:03AM
Jonas wrote:
As is the Romney campaign's current ad about Obama and the auto industry. Tit for tat.
on October 31,2012 | 12:05AM
serious wrote:
Downtown, I think it would be great if politicians would run on their record. What is Maxie's record? What has she done? The Chamber is backing the Republican candidate so they can be the majority in the Senate and restore some sense to our fiscal--or non-fiscal policy. Another four years of Obama---I shutter. But HI will do the D thing!!!!
on October 30,2012 | 10:08AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Yes, they will. And I am thankful for it.
on October 30,2012 | 11:54AM
Jonas wrote:
I concur. In this case, Obama is the better choice, unless you are a rich white naturalized citizen who doesn't believe in wormen's rights and/or are Mormon.
on October 31,2012 | 12:06AM
SandBar wrote:
As I've said over and over: It's absurd to cast a ballot according to party affiliation. This only tells me that this voter is either uninformed or uneducated.
on October 30,2012 | 03:29PM
Poidogs wrote:
What, no conspiracy theory? No 'paid blogger' accusation? Ah, come on, don't give up THAT easily! LOL
on October 30,2012 | 05:03PM
Graham wrote:
No distortion of Lingle's pictures...no sleaze by supportors of Hirono... they are all angels...
on October 30,2012 | 10:14AM
Kuniarr wrote:
DowntownGreen, an argument on the basis of what you assume is meaningless.
on October 30,2012 | 02:14PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
As are most of your heckling posts, but we put up with them anyway.
on October 30,2012 | 04:13PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Really, DowntownGreen? Where is the argument you were presenting? You made an assumption and then made an entire blog on the basis of what you assumed.

The flaw in your blog is your using the word "everyone" when you said "I'm assuming everyone complaining about PRP's campaign..." because not everyone is complaing about PRP's. For example, Caldwell and his minions are not complaining.

So, DowntownGreen, I have a valid argument against your blog for using the word "everyone".

on October 30,2012 | 04:35PM
control wrote:
Superiority complex refers to a subconscious neurotic mechanism of compensation developed by the individual as a result of feelings of inferiority. The feelings of inferiority in this specific complex are often brought on by real or perceived social rejection. Behaviors related to this mechanism may include an exaggerated opinion of one’s worth and abilities, unrealistically high expectations in goals and achievements for oneself and others, persistent attempts to correct others (regardless of whether or not they are actually correct), vanity, excessive need for competition, pride, over-sentimentality and affected exaltation, snobbishness, a tendency to discredit others' opinions and over-forcefulness aimed at dominating those considered as weaker or less important.
on October 30,2012 | 09:36PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Or sometimes they just make it simple... they go buy a Porsche to compensate for their shortcomings. He's probably still googling your definition and working on his pithy reply. Thanks for the laugh. Good night.
on October 30,2012 | 10:16PM
hawaiikone wrote:
You should carefully and dispassionately re read "control's" comment, as it is as applicable to you as anyone else.
on October 31,2012 | 07:19AM
Poidogs wrote:
Be wary, most people who comment here are affiliated with the republican mindset somehow and won't take lightly to you using their tactics against them. Boy can they ever dish it out, but rarely, if ever, can take it.
on October 30,2012 | 05:02PM
hawaiikone wrote:
I'm republican, and with the exception of responding to "allie", try to be civil. As the minority here we're continually abused, your comment being an example, but when we ask for substantiation we receive rhetoric. Rarely does anyone debate beyond talking points.
on October 30,2012 | 05:15PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
The minority in THIS forum? Oh please.... This is one of the few places in Hawaii where you folks are in the majority. And fortunately for our electoral process, it doesn't matter.
on October 31,2012 | 05:57AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Perhaps the amount of responses to some of your rather liberal comments may have given you that impression, but appearances are frequently deceiving.
on October 31,2012 | 07:22AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Suggest you google "Wayne Allyn Root" and read what he has to say about your leader. Even though it's been around, the truth of it hasn't changed. Maybe then you can understand why we're concerned.
on October 30,2012 | 09:06PM
palani wrote:
Re: Poll shows money can buy election

Not necessarily, Mary Jo Culvyhouse.

All of these Ward Research polls are highly suspect, especially the ones showing huge leads for Hirono and Caldwell. On July 30, the Star-Advertiser's Ward Research poll touted a 10 point lead for Mufi Hannemann over Tulsi Gabbard. Only 15 days later, Gabbard won the primary by a 21 point margin. That's an unbelievable 31 point swing. So much for the credibility of Ward Research!

Bottom line, don't despair. There's still hope for Hawaii.




on October 30,2012 | 06:56AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I agree with you Mr. Sato except you forgot to mention motorist that ignore the crosswalk law too. In addition, do you and/or anyone know that it is ILLEGAL to walk on the left side of the crosswalk? It is punishable by a fine just like jaywalking. INTERESTING NO? Should we have laws on the book even most enforcement officers are unaware of?
on October 30,2012 | 06:57AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I agree with you Mr. Sato except you forgot to mention motorist that ignore the crosswalk law too. In addition, do you and/or anyone know that it is ILLEGAL to walk on the left side of the crosswalk? It is punishable by a fine just like jaywalking. INTERESTING NO? Should we have laws on the book even most enforcement officers are unaware of?
on October 30,2012 | 06:57AM
kiragirl wrote:
You're joking, right? If true, that traffic law is a joke!
on October 30,2012 | 07:12AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Nope it came out several years ago when a story on little known laws were passed on by some police brass on KITV. It happened because a guy got a jaywalking ticket for crossing the street to get to a park surrounded by roads in Kailua. Although there were no crosswalks to the park some well intentioned by clueless cop gave the guy a jaywalking ticket that the Judge eventually threw out.
on October 30,2012 | 07:27AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I heard if you step on a crack you are going to break your mother's back but that could be a rumor.
on October 30,2012 | 07:41AM
soundofreason wrote:
"I have become increasingly disturbed over the role of Pacific Resources Partnership in shaping the current mayoral contest.">>No. After you read the following link.......THEN...you can be disturbed.


on October 30,2012 | 07:12AM
Malani wrote:
Eric Terashim, what would your post be if there was no warning to get to higher ground?
on October 30,2012 | 07:15AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I agree with Eric. Dole should have consdered the situation and opened up their place to all those that got stranded because the roads to the North Shore were closed. It was not Dole's finest hour for public relations and public good will.
on October 30,2012 | 07:48AM
serious wrote:
You are correct, but like a lot of things in Hawaii, there is no adult supervision. A minimum waged security guard isn't going to open the gates.
on October 30,2012 | 10:12AM
islandmom wrote:
I don't see this as Dole's fault at all. It was a closed business, and why would anyone think to evacuate there? You're not going to evacuate to Hoala School either, right? This is what the county's emergency shelters are for. Any business that was already closed on Saturday night was not going to endanger other people's lives to call in extra security so they could be a shelter. That poor security guard, no matter what he earns, does not know how to run a shelter.
on October 30,2012 | 01:05PM
loquaciousone wrote:
On Saturday night they closed all roads to the North Shore. Many motorists were stranded along the roadway including that
on October 30,2012 | 05:21PM
atilter wrote:
a minimum age security guard should not be put in a position to make any decision that should be made by others...the guard's just doing the job...don't fault the guard!!...there are also other factors to be considered to which the guard does not have access......
on October 30,2012 | 03:16PM
gsr wrote:
PRP shows that corporations are not people, do not deserve a vote or to have a voice in elections. The way it is now, they have more voice than any voter. Some election reform would sure help democracy around here.
on October 30,2012 | 07:37AM
false wrote:
to all of you who lament the fact that PRP is buying the mayor's race, keep in mind that races nationwide are being bought similarly by deep-pocketed PACs. We have the conservative-led Supreme Court to thank for this. In the Citizens United vs. FEC court case, the Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. As Mitt Romney likes to say, "Corporations are people, my friend." Although they're not like any people I know. The best way to fix this is to re-elect Obama, who will reshape the Supreme Court or at least make sure that it doesn't go even more to the right than it already is. Citizens United might also be overturned if the stars align.
on October 30,2012 | 08:12AM
kainalu wrote:
Nicely put. Specifically, reminding everyone that the conservative-controlled Supreme Court said it's okay for elections to be bought.
on October 30,2012 | 08:31AM
Imagen wrote:
Sadly, ANYTHING and ANYONE can be bought; for a price. As a society, just what have we become?
on October 30,2012 | 09:01AM
Pacej001 wrote:
The problem with your post is that you don't pronounce what the "fix" to the citizens united ruling is. Return to McCain Feingold with it's limits on speech. Problematic. How certain will we be that an Obama Supreme Court will know when to stop limiting speech. McCain Feingold had some arbitrary 30 and 60 day limits on corporate political speech. Why not 180 days? What would prevent an Obama court from preventing Corporations or unions from EVER sponsoring political speech. Logically speaking, if political speech is bad within 60 days of an election, why isn't it bad 90, 180; or 365 out. And to the point below about Corporations being people, Corporations most definitely have people in them who have joined together for a mutual interest and, in the case of non-profits, those interest may not even involve profit or greed, the latest liberal evil buzz words. So what I'm hearing is an incomplete case for overturning Citizens United which, under an Obama administration already proven ready to stretch/ignore the constitution, would probably just find some clever way to tilt/limit/filter speech toward more speech for those supporting liberal ideas, less for conservatives or libertarians. Given the left's tendency toward political correctness (rampant) and support for "hate speech" laws, your solution represents an great risk and excellent reason for voting for Romney.
on October 30,2012 | 11:40AM
lee1957 wrote:
You are assuming the PRP ads are actually changing enough voter's minds to change the outcome of the election. When all is said and done, Ben will probably have the same support in the general as he had in the primary. To conclude a Caldwell victory is the result of PRP is just not a logical conclusion.
on October 30,2012 | 12:04PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
But it makes for a better talking point. The narrative for why he lost is already being spun. And we'll here it about Ms. Lingle and Ex. Governor Romney too.
on October 31,2012 | 05:58AM
Graham wrote:
Dems and unions also have Super-PACs.
on October 30,2012 | 12:28PM
BRock wrote:
Earl Terashima - What a crybaby!
on October 30,2012 | 09:38AM
Graham wrote:
Points to ponder: SA endorses Caldwell...SA/Hawaii News Now poll survey results-Caldwell ahead; SA endorses Hanabusa-SA/Hawaii News Now poll survey reults-Hanabusa ahead; SA endorses Hirono...SA/Hawaii News Now poll results-Hirono ahead...why have polls just rely on SA endorsements.
on October 30,2012 | 10:09AM
Jonas wrote:
Hawaii is a known democratic state. Has anyone considered that may have something to do with all of this?
on October 30,2012 | 12:58PM
chuutohampa wrote:
Between Rails Transit Orient Development(TOD) plans and the states Public Land Development Corp(PLDC), we are in the middle of the greatest land grab in Hawaii since the Missionaries landed here in 1820. This assault on private and public lands is incredible. TOD can condemn private land and turn them over to developers to build shopping centers, condominiums, hotels, office buildings, etc. The Supreme Court ruled (Kelo vs. City of New London?) that government can take private land and turned them over to private developers. PLDC can circumvent all kinds of statutes, ordinances, land use, etc., governing public lands and turn them over to developers. Rail needs to be stopped and lawmakers held accountable for passing PLDC.
on October 30,2012 | 12:24PM
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