|Sunday, May 3, 2009 -- Just 548 Days Till the Next General Election|
Published: May 3, 2009
HGEA Steps Up Campaign of Intimidation of Elected Officials
Published: May 1, 2009
Government Employee Union for State AND City Jobholders Fight Back
Published: April 27, 2009
SRN's Gambit Against Ikaika Anderson Comes Up Empty . . .
Published: April 24, 2009
Welcome to the 'No Speech Zone' . . .
Published: March 19, 2009
G.O.P. COUNTY CONVENTION SPEECH EXCERPTS . . .
THIS JUST IN . . .
Published: March 12, 2009
NEWS FLASH: Zero Shibai just received a disturbing phone call (781-9931) from a local public official about the "Target" editorial artwork below. Philosophically-challenged and loyal Linglist Republican State Representative Gene Ward of Hawaii Kai called to demand a "public apology" from Zero Shibai for bringing his office manager's shopping penchant and missed work to light. Acknowledging that the piece about Lori Wingard was 100% completely accurate and right on target, Ward nonetheless took time out of his busy day -- such as pushing for a law to mandate that the overwhelming majority of homeowners in Hawaii be forced to pay to install a solar water-heating system and supporting the tax and spend policies of the Democrat majority and those of Gov. Lingle -- to argue that only a person with "no conscience in the matter" would refuse to apologize for making "a great future elected official" such as Ms. Wingard look like a "laughingstock". Usually Mr. Ward is busy making life difficut for coqui frogs, shouting at them at the middle of the night and telling them to stop making coqui frog-like noises. Now, he debases himself even further by calling on people to apologize for telling the truth. Next, he'll get angry at people who keep promises and those sickos who have the nerve to say "please" and "thank you". Then, he'll probably vote for faux Republican Governor Lingle's proposed 2009 tax increases and then shout from the roof of the State Capitol, "That's right, Republicans. Let's shove Linda'a tax hike down the throats of those Democrats!! We'll show them bigger government than they've ever seen." Seriously, Republicans are in a battle for their lives in the Aloha State. Ward apparently hasn't noticed that his party (which doesn't even advertise or promote its policies and which has been in serious decline) only has the four month long sessions at the part-time legislature to strut their stuff for the public. 'All hands on deck' is the right attitude, not 'let's go shopping instead'. Democrats are likely grateful for yet another example of the local GOP's lack of seriousness about winning, and Target is grateful for the extra publicity. Zero Shibai and our readers are grateful for the laughs, though sad for the fate of a two-party system in Hawaii Nei.
We also received a disturbing e-mail from a staffer at a Democrat Councilmember's office. Apparently, Democrats are worried about this issue (and others) hurting Ms. Wingard's chances of successfully taking over the Republican Party along with a group of pro-Akaka Bill RINO's. Apparently, staff members of liberal Republicans and staff members of Democrat politicians have something important in common: a preference for keeping un-serious, un-questioning leadership at the helm of the local GOP. They may get their wish . . .
UPDATE: Despite a rousing nominating speech and endorsement by Rep. Gene Ward (RINO-Hawaii Kai) for his absentee, shopaholic office manager, the Target Girl lost in her bid today for vice-chairperson of the Honolulu County GOP. Ms. Wingard will now have more time to shop at her favorite store, where coincidentally there is a red tag sale on first aid kits . . . useful in cases of backstabbing her fellow candidates.
LIFE IMITATES ART
Published: February 23, 2009
DUMBING DOWN THE "SUPERHERO"
Published: February 19, 2009
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR TAKES AIM AT
Published: January 14, 2009
A 'CRAPPIER' SITUATION THAN IMPEACHMENT
Published: January 9, 2009
Published: December 29, 2008
ZeroShibai.com's reporters were on the scene of several evacuations of rail transit passengers during last Friday's power outage. As you can see from these exclusive photos, the elevated nature of the entire rail system made rescue efforts particularly challenging. Tens of thousands of evening rush hour rail riders ran out of patience waiting for overtaxed rescue personnel to escort strandees one by one down fire rescue ladders and in rescue cranes. As a result, many riders chose to walk a half-mile along the emergency walkways to the nearest train station and made their way down the emergency exit stairways.
Of course, this was just the beginning of their journey home, as many were forced to walk the remaining distance to their homes, due to the inability of TheBus to provide enough bus service in a time of crisis; particularly since funding had long been shifted from TheBus to TheTrain (not to mention diverting funding from TheFreeways, TheHighways, and TheRoads). Many passengers were overheard complaining that before TheTrain, a single bus ride could take them from work to home, and they wouldn't have been stranded on this night if their bus route hadn't been changed; forcing them to ride a bus to get to a train station, ride the train, and then transfer to yet another bus.
HECO officials brushed aside reporters' suggestions that better management of HECO might lead to fewer outages, citing the monopoly company's proud record of routinely co-opting Perry and Price into persistently urging their listeners into accepting power outages as being a unique part of Hawaii's local, homegrown style which helps differentiate us from the well-lit mainland, and to embrace power outages as an opportunity for communities to "come together" while their food spoils.
HECO officials would not comment about how, two years later, they have yet to issue reimbursement checks to Oahu residents for loss claims stemming from the last 12-19 hour island-wide power blackout, reportedly caused by an earthquake on another island, citing privacy concerns of their customers. But they did confirm HECO’s policy that if people are one day late on their electric bill payments, they can rest assured that someone will come to their residence to cut off the electricity.
ZeroShibai began investigating why politicians throughout state and county government and the public utilities commission have sat idly by while HECO gets away with such poor service while routinely raising rates and becoming less customer-friendly. However, upon examination of HEI’s campaign contributions to virtually every elected official in town, it became clear why hopes for accountability and/or improvements to service are just a pipe dream while those who look out for the voters are in bed with Hawaiian Electric.
Rather than paying fines or facing any consequences whatsoever, HECO the monopoly utility is expected to exploit the most recent outages by requesting a rate hike for "investments" to their infrastructure (meaning executive bonuses). Forget the fact that fuel prices have dropped substantially, the people of Hawaii are ripe for the picking. Even the news media have gotten into the act by agreeing to NOT make the claim form for spoiled food, damaged appliances and other losses easily available on websites. Indeed, most reporters in Hawaii are angling for higher paying publicist jobs at companies like HECO, so don’t expect serious questions or follow-up questions by the fourth estate.
When asked for comment about the impact of HECO's frequent power outages combined with problems stemming from expectedly poor government maintenance of TheTrain, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann was busy delivering a generator to Barack Obama's Kailua rental home where he hoped to get the president-elect's endorsement for either congress or governor. Bill Brennan, also unavailable for comment, was last seen driving home from a long afternoon of drinking at Hooter's. Keith Rollman and Elise Yadao reportedly said they were too busy updating the Fire Panos website and would have to get back to the press later. They did suggest that Mayor Hannemann expects to call for yet another property tax increase and for even more money from the State in order to ensure that the 1% of people who ride TheTrain each day are sufficiently subsidized by the 99% of people who don't.
Just a few months ago, they wanted to purchase Turtle Bay Resort
Published: December 4, 2008
I Know . . . Let's Blame the Economy, Not the Leadership
Published: December 1, 2008
FUN QUOTES FROM HAWAIIAN TEL PRESS RELEASES
"We are delighted to welcome Eric to Hawaiian Telcom. Eric's local knowledge and proven leadership and management skills will be great assets to the company as we continue to focus on customer service and operations."
"I look forward to increasing my level of involvement at Hawaiian Telcom," said Walter Dods, "and welcome the opportunity to work with Eric to grow the business so that Hawaiian Telcom remains the state's premier telecommunications company."
ELECTION AFTERMATH, continued
Published: November 12, 2008
Published: November 11, 2008
When Headline Writers Run Amok
Published: October 31, 2008
Conning Local Folks into "Penny Wise, Pound Foolish" Outlook on Con-Con
Published: October 29, 2008
ZERO SHIBAI EXCLUSIVE
Published: October 22, 2008
Apparently, Dennis Callan was so shaken after an alleged assault at last night's City presentation on Mufi's rail plan, during which he was victimized by Joe Magaldi, it didn't occur to him to report the matter to police or call 911 right away. This morning, however, Callan has turned for advice to the brain trust of SRN; asking them in an internal e-mail if he should press charges. Here is the actual verbatim text of Callan's message:
I'm considering filing an assault charge with the Prosecutor's office and would like your feedback, and need witness statements from those who saw what happened last night, which I describe as follows: Berserk at Blaisdell
Last night I was physically grabbed and shoved by Joe Magaldi, in public in front of 30 witnesses while I was speaking at a city-sponsored meeting on transit planning at the Blasdell Exhibit Center. Mr. Magaldi acted as a tough bully, trying to force me to stop speaking, and physically shoved me away from the audience by grabbing my shoulders with both of his hands and pulling me away. I kept my arms to my side and did not resist or fight back in any way, but instead turned to the audience and asked them if they could believe what was happening in front of their eyes. Feeling very threatened by this incident, I quickly concluded my remarks and stopped talking.
Because of this physical attack I want to file assault charges against Mr. Magaldi (Editor: seen here with SRN's Dale Evans). There can be no question that the incident did take place, and I have at least five named witnesses who will confirm these details. There were also two police officers standing nearby who should have also seen the whole incident.
It is most disturbing that at the time of this unprovoked attack I was exercising my right of free speech by talking to the audience about a critical public issue – rail transit for Honolulu. While I was speaking, Mr. Magaldi came up behind me and grabbed me with both hands, wrapped around my shoulders forcefully, and tried to pull me away.
Ironically this happened at a city-sponsored meeting on city property concerning an important issue which is coming up as a ballot question in the General Election, which asks the public if they approve or disapprove building rail transit. A further irony is that Mr. Magadli, who is well know as a fervent rail advocate, and former Marine colonel, is the Chairman of the Honolulu Transportation Committee and former Chairman of the OMPO CAC, for citizen involvement in the transportation planning process.
The public meeting last night is part of a planning procedure mandated by the Federal Transit Administration that requires “public involvement” in the process.
I have standing and recognition in the community as a spokesman for the anti-rail position as co-chair of Stop Rail Now, an organization that represents more than 40,000 people who signed our initiative petition to put rail on the ballot. On October 20 we formally asked the mayor for the opportunity to speak at these public meetings with equal time to present a balanced perspective on the transit issue, but we were denied. We attended the meeting last night to assert that right of free speech. We asked the audience how many wanted to hear from us and all but one hand went up. After the city presentation we then tried to speak to the audience and this is when I was physically attacked by Mr. Magaldi.
[hat tip to Cliff & Bobbie Slater for the inside info]
ALERT ZERO SHIBAI READERS
Time to Get Some New Advisors from Planet Earth, Muffy
Published: June 25, 2008
The 'Sheeple' Have Spoken
Published: May 20, 2008
Gambling on the Future of Hawaii
Published: May 11, 2008
Have You Brushed Up On Current Events?
Published: May 8, 2008
READER QUIZ RESPONSES:
Huah writes: "The answer is: Democrats who continually vote for the same frauds year after year after year."
Rachel from Hawaii Kai writes: "Rod Tam searching for naps and snacks? House Judiciary Chair Tommy Waters ignoring victims of crime and patients who want tort reform so they can keep their doctors? Linda Lingle and lawmakers out of touch with the people Hawaii voters who keep putting the same jokers in office? Council member Barbara Marshall who didn't show up at the Honolulu City Council's big vote on rail?"
Kimo from Hau Bush writes: "It's none of the above. It's (GOP Party Chair) Willes Lee pretending Republicans have a chance in November even though he has done nothing to support any change for voters to consider over democrats. No, No, it's House Minority Leader Lynn Finnegan in a pant suit pretending that since the end of the legislative session she knows what needs to be done for Hawaii's people even though she has done nothing but write praises in letters to the editor in the Advertiser for the democrats during the 2008 session. No, wait, it's Haunani Apoliona after writing an article in the May OHA newspaper outing all the people who were against the $200 Million payoff to OHA. No, it's Gov. Lingle and Lenny Klompus on their way to Israel to find out more reasons why Hawaiians are really Israelites looking for their promised land."
Shakagirl from Ewa Beach writes: "I kind of think this looks like (GOP Party Chair) Willes Lee when he said it is okay for Republicans to publicly support Democrats in a contested race."
Good Thing This Year's Legislative Session Just Ended
Published: May 3, 2008
Get Ready For a More Active Lifestyle and a Longer Commute
Published: April 28, 2008
John Brizdle writes: "Great rail piece today. Don't forget, if the City Council continues to make the rider pay for 30% of the cost of mass transit and the cost goes up 125 million like it says in the alternatives Analysis, the bus fare will have to go up as well."
T-Shirts, Get Your T-Shirts . . . No, Not YOU!
Published: April 27, 2008
Even So-Called Liberals Get It
Published: April 21, 2008
A long article by Elinor Langer in "The Nation" magazine on 4/28/08 -- "Hawaiian Resistance Then---And Now" -- just came to our attention. It is well worth reading, particularly if you like history. While the author and the magazine are typically big government growth advocates to the core, effort was obviously made to give a balanced account . . . though not always successfully. Toward the end of the piece (page 4 of online version) is the following observation regarding the proposed Akaka bill (really the "Akaka/Lingle/OHA/KauInoa Bill"):
“What happens if it becomes law is unpredictable. The bill is conspicuously vague. Deferring all important decisions to future ‘government to government‘ negotiations after a Native Hawaiian governing entity is created, the bill is so open ended that no one knows where it will lead, including Senator Akaka, who told an NPR interviewer that it would be up to his grandchildren and great-grandchilren whether to seek independence---a bit of candor greeted in many quarters with a shiver.”
"The heart of the matter, long concealed by other things and staggering to contemplate now that it is being faced, is land: the 1.8 million acres ‘ceded‘ by the republic to the United States at the time of annexation and referred to by everyone touched by the sovereignty movement as ‘stolen‘. This land involves roughly half the State of Hawaii and includes some of its most valuable property, starting with the Honolulu airport."
Again, this assessment comes from a source friendly to the notion of native Hawaiian special group rights; so the tendency would be to diminish the magnitude of problems foreseen and unforeseen in the path of achieving that goal. Thus, Ms. Langer's refreshing candor is a great vehicle to help facilitate discussion and to highlight major problems that scream for attention.
Here are just some of those problems:
First, if the end result of the law is unpredictable and no one knows where it will lead, it seems obvious that elected representatives in Washington, D.C. who vote for this act are imposing upon us a "pig in a poke". By definition they have examined not and thought not. Business hates uncertainty. It is not possible to believe that Hawaii could thrive financially after the bill passed. Smart money would go elsewhere. It is conceivable that negotiations could go on indefinitely but the public outcry and consequent pressure all officials via lobbying and corruption (remember, control of 1.8 million acres is at stake) would trigger some relatively quick action in no telling what direction.
Second, social unrest is almost guaranteed. The unfavored are bound to get angry, particularly when ancestry is on the table and personal economic welfare is at stake.
Third, the 1.8 million acres in question did not belong to the native Hawaiian people, who are now the part-Hawaiian people. Instead it was held by royalty for Hawaii’s people, less than half of whom were of native Hawaiian ancestry (see 1890 census). When that simple fact is discussed and debated in public, 'staggering' will be an understatement.
Fourth, the cry of "stolen land" harks back to events of 1893. Even if true, which is arguable, there is no one now alive who participated. Are you responsible for the improper actions of your great–grandfather? In the course of financial and social pain in the state, this concept will create Sunni’s and Shiites in short order.
Fifth, not mentioned in the quote above is that NONE of the plans for native Hawaiian land entails any private property rights. Moreover, NO individual ownership of fee-simple land is contemplated. And any income from the land will be controlled by “leaders“. The American Indian Tribe model will prevail. Cuba also comes to mind.
Summary . . . Well, just try answering these questions:
Is this good for the state of Hawaii?
Is it good for native Hawaiians?
Is it good for the people of Hawaii?
Is it good for Hawaii’s political leaders?
Is it good for the leaders of a new Native Hawaiian Governing Entity?
Is it good for OHA (repetitive question, perhaps)?
Is it good for the USA?
Is it good for the enemies of the USA?
Are there gainers and losers?
Should there be?
People Power in Honolulu
Published: April 21, 2008
A new citizen group has been organized to conduct an initiative petition campaign that is designed to kill rail transit, “and force the city government to develop a better plan for solving our traffic congestion problem,” said Michael Uechi, co-chair of the initiative campaign. The initiative will put the transit issue on the ballot to let the public decide if rail should be built in Honolulu.
The initiative petition proposes the following ordinance:
The group, called stoprailnow.com began circulating the petitions today and plans to “work very hard in the next three months to get the signatures, recruiting a volunteer army to achieve this major task,” said Dennis Callan, who is co-chairing the campaign. “We are counting on public involvement to help with this grass-roots campaign because we don’t have a million-dollar budget for our publicity,” Callan said, referring to the $1.5 million being spent by the city administration to sell the public on rail.
The group has a web site, www.stoprailnow.com and plans a vigorous campaign to circulate the petitions and collect the signatures “starting right now” says Uechi, with advertising, direct mail, e-mail, sign-waving, door-to-door, rallies, standing at busy intersections and shopping malls and word of mouth.
Stoprailnow.com needs to collect about 40,000 signatures before August 1 to qualify for the upcoming General Election in November. If the proposed anti-rail ordinance is then approved by the voters, “rail is dead,” says Uechi. “We need to solve traffic congestion with more effective solutions,” Uechi says, “rather than building a white elephant that very few people would ever ride. Even the city’s own studies show that congestion will get much worse in the future with rail.”
“This petition is urgently needed to let the public decide the issue, because the City Council has been unable to reach a decision, and now the mayor is claiming that he has the power to unilaterally force the train on us,” Callan said. “This is not how a democracy works. The mayor is acting like a grouchy dictator, threatening to ‘pull the plug’ on solving our traffic problems if he cannot have his way. He’s like a spoiled child who is grabbing his ball and going home. The decision is too important to leave in the hands of politicians, especially when they have consistently shown they cannot properly deal with it. If this mayor cannot operate within our democratic principles and find real traffic solutions we need to elect a new mayor who can help us.”
“Rail is not a done deal - we can stop it with this petition and the public vote,” concludes Uechi.
Honolulu Advertiser coverage HERE
Advertiser video HERE
Star-Bulletin coverage HERE
KHON coverage HERE
KITV coverage HERE
KGMB coverage HERE
KHNL coverage HERE
official StopRailNow.com campaign website HERE
Who's Troothin' and Who's Lyin' ??
Published: April 17, 2008
Sometimes the distance between the truth and a press release is pretty far apart. Here's a recently published letter to the editor from the current Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party, Willes Lee, which suggests that Republican Governor Linda Lingle wants to help Hawaii taxpapers while the Democratic majority in the State Legislature wants to hurt taxpayers. Below Mr. Lee's letter is a rebuttal from Hawaii resident George Berish published in today's Star-Bulletin. Clearly, there's more to the tax story than Mr. Lee bothered to share, or that he wanted us to remember.
Tax day hurts more in Hawaii
April 15 is always particularly painful in paradise. The governor and lieutenant governor have worked to lower Hawaii's regressive and punitive taxes where state tax on a single mother with one child kicks in if she makes more than only $215 a week.
Last year the Legislature blocked significant tax reform and passed only one-third of the tax relief proposed by Gov. Linda Lingle. The governor's proposal would have refunded $780 to a family of four with income of less than $50,000. Go look in your wallet. Wouldn't it be nice to have that $780?
This year the governor proposed tax relief totaling $132 million, but, as of today the Legislature is passing $0. Zero! It is interesting that the Democrats in Washington, D.C., know that a tax rebate is the best way to keep the economy stimulated, but in Hawaii the Democrat-dominated Legislature still does not get the message.
As long as Democrats prevail in our Legislature, the pain of high taxes will continue, on April 15 and every other day.
This November reduce your pain. Vote Republican.
Willes K. Lee, Chairman
GOP shares blame for high tax rate
Although everyone has a right to her or his opinion, no one has a right to be wrong in her or his facts, as Willes Lee was in "Tax day hurts more in Hawaii" (Star-Bulletin, April 14).
Specifically, he got it backwards when he demonized Democrats and lauded Gov. Linda Lingle with respect to Hawaii's regressive taxes.
Hawaii's .5 percent general excise tax increase is its biggest and most regressive ever, and it was passed under three parties: Democrats, a few Republicans who survived Lingle's two elections and Lee's own party, which seems little more than the governor's alter ego - Lingle Party.
Facts: Pre-Lingle Party, Democratic lawmakers, under a Democratic governor, twice proposed a .25 percent GET increase. Back then - even before the Republican Party implosion - Republicans were a minority, so credit for both defeats is due Republicans and anti-tax Democrats.
On Oct. 31, 2003, the Star-Bulletin reported ("Lingle tax plan empowers counties") that Lingle invited the Democratic Party to try again.
And in Small Business Hawaii's September 2005 newsletter, Sen. Sam Slom confirmed he had enough anti-tax Democrats and surviving Republicans to sustain her veto. She refused to issue one.
For better or worse, Lingle deserves unilateral credit for Hawaii's last GET increase - a regressive tax that just completed its first year of undermining Hawaii's already staggering economy.
George L. Berish
Newly-Launched Campaign Aims at Pro-Rail Councilmember
Published: April 16, 2008
*** KHON coverage HERE
article by one of the campaign supporters HERE
official campaign website reportedly HERE
Kau Kau Time, Haunani
Published: April 10, 2008
There Will Be Less Parking, No New Highways, No More Widening, No HOT Lanes
Published: April 10, 2008
Bobby Command of West Hawaii Today writes: "We don't need more lanes. We need gas that is $7-$10 a gallon so people begin using mass transit, walking or biking to work. If gas does not get that expensive, then we need to reduce the number of on-street parking spaces by 50 percent, or huge increases ($500? to register a second car, of course coupled with the first car being registered for a song). We also need no-fare bus service (don't laugh, many municipalities already have instituted them)."
Zero Shibai Exclusive
Published: April 8, 2008
This morning at 10:00 a.m., U.S. District Court Judge and Lingle appointee Michael Seabright will be holding a status conference on the matter of newly-filed civil rights lawsuit Kuroiwa v. Lingle with attorneys for the State of Hawaii, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and William Burgess, who represents the plaintiffs. (see story below) The most urgent matter is Burgess' request for temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to shutdown OHA before a trial even gets underway; based on compelling arguments, solid evidence, and a likelihood of Burgess' clients winning their civil rights case in federal court.
At issue is a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. District Court of Appeals, in which teh "ceded lands" of Hawaii -- from which OHA derives income (and which it wants total control of, in order to form a new, racially-exclusive government) -- belong to all the people of Hawaii, not just part-Hawaiians. This ruling from Seabright's superiors will undoubtedly set the tone for a contentious conference today, either in his chambers or his courtroom, as neither side in this dispute will likely rest until this matter is adjudicated by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Should Judge Seabright grant a temporary restraining order (TRO) and/or a preliminary injunction (either today or in a future hearing) which shuts down OHA, or at least freezes its operations or financial shenanigans, the resulting political tsunami brought on by such a legal earthquake would be on a magnitude of Phuket 2004 proportions. OHA's Haunani Apoliona is already screaming "They want to shut us down" and Lingle's Attorney General Bennett is claiming that "this is the same old tired lawsuit we've seen before". But now, in this case, the six plaintiffs represented by Burgess all have standing and have the Court of Appeals on their side.
Moreover, unlike the case wherein Kamehameha Schools (renamed for P.R. purposes, but still known to most as "Bishop Estate") paid off a student at the last minute with a $7 million dollar settlement -- since Kam Schools wasn't confident about getting a favorable ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court to keep its racially-exclusionary admission policy -- the new civil rights case of Kuroiwa v. Lingle has ZERO chance of being settled by the parties. One side abhors discrimination based on race, while the other side is firmly established in the race-based, victimization industry and wants to jump to a higher level of discrimination by moving from being merely a department in a state government to being the big, new government altogether . . . courtesy of the Akaka Bill.
Though it's hard to predict how long the conference will take, it is expected that a post-Seabright conference press conference will take place on the mauka side of the Congressman Kuhio Federal Building sometimne around 11:00 a.m. Today might not turn out to be newsworthy, but the days ahead look pretty earthshaking.
Put Simply . . .
Published: April 6, 2008
The Silent Majority Fights Back: New Lawsuit Argues That Ceded Lands Should Benefit ALL of Us; U.S. Court of Appeals Already Agrees
Published: April 4, 2008
James I. Kuroiwa, Jr., Patricia A. Carroll, Toby M. Kravet, Garry P. Smith, Earl F. Arakaki and Thurston Twigg-Smith, represented by renown constitutional attorney H. William Burgess have brought suit against the Governor, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and several state agencies on behalf of themselves and approximately 1 million unrepresented residents of Hawaii. The suit claims the defendants have violated the public trust, distributed hundreds of millions of dollars for one racial group and none for the other beneficiaries.
Named as defendants are Governor Linda Lingle. Directors of six state agencies and Haunani Apoliona, Chairperson, and the Trustees of The Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The six defendants are seeking to have revenues & proceeds from Ceded Lands appropriately distributed for the benefit of all citizens of Hawaii.
The suit claims that the trust originated in 1898 and requires that Hawaii’s Ceded Lands (the Public Land Trust) "shall be used solely for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands for educational and other public purposes". At the heart of the suit is a decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court on August 7, 2007 that “the lands ceded in the admission act are to benefit ‘all the people of Hawaii,’ not simply native Hawaiians.”
For the first 20 years of statehood, from 1959 through 1978, the State of Hawaii channeled most of the Ceded Lands income from the about 1.2 million acres (which does not include the 200,000 acres of “available lands” set aside for the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act) to the Department of Education. “We have been subjected to a decades long race based conspiracy that has damaged every single citizen of Hawaii”, stated Attorney H. William Burgess in filing the suit. “Imagine the benefits just to our school system and to our keiki of all races if the Ceded Land funds had been properly administered”.
In addition to proper use of the Ceded Lands Funds, the suit would dismantle the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, end OHA and state spending on lobbying for the Akaka Bill and Kau Inoa, and stop any future land or financial settlement such as proposed by the Governor and currently before the legislature. In requesting the TRO, the defendants and counsel Burgess are seeking to prevent any addition to the millions of state dollars OHA has already spent advocating for secession and a separate government and nation.
“We respect and support the Hawaiian culture, Hawaiian tradition and the Hawaiian people. As King Kamehameha III said, ‘God hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the earth in unity” noted Burgess in speaking on behalf of all the plaintiffs. “And as Hawaiians of all races and ethnic backgrounds we will continue to celebrate that culture in the great Hawaiian tradition of equality for all.”
Just What We Need to Hear During an Economic Downturn
Published: March 30, 2008
More Coverage of Local Republican Party "Infiltration" Brouhaha
Published: March 29, 2008
This morning's online edition of the Honolulu Advertiser features a few quotes from Willes Lee, chairman of Hawaii's Republican Party, in an article by Advertiser reporter and blogger Derrick DePledge, about the ongoing situation concerning major Akaka contributor and Abercrombie contributor Bruss Keppeler, a local activist attorney who has an influential position on the GOP's Platform Committee. The article's comments by Lee suggest that the loyalty test for party membership and even for leadership positions (as found in Section 107 of current party rules) is really a moving target, and that Lee will gladly move the goal posts if needed to ensure that those who oppose having Democrats help run the declining party will never score a touchdown for party fidelity.
Notwithstanding the pronouncement by Lee that a "public endorsement" by a Republican of a Democrat would be more serious than party leaders merely giving cash to the party's opponents, The Advertiser's DePledge easily dug up an endorsement by Keppeler of Akaka (on Akaka's own campaign website) from Fall 2006, the last election cycle. Interestingly, Keppeler's major contributions to Akaka and his newly-revealed endorsement of the Democratic U.S. Senate incumbent came at a time that the Hawaii GOP had an official horse in the race against Akaka -- TWO horses in fact. The first horse was Lingle-backed Gerry Coffee, who later dropped out for health reasons. The second horse was Lingle-backed Cynthia Thielen, who immediately took over where Coffee left off.
Interestingly, in DePledge's article, after accusing party critics Eric Ryan and Garry Smith of "shading the truth", Chairman Lee blatantly lies when claiming, "Nobody asked the question if it was alright to give money to the Democrats." That is the ENTIRE issue at hand. For Lee to say that Keppeler remains an influential party insider today because nobody asked about Republican donations to Democrats is asinine. More asinine is Lee's expectation that he'd get away with something so absurd and false. Any remaining credibility Willes Lee thought he had with the media is now probably shot for good. Adding to Lee's credibility problems are that Lee's 'investigation' of the complaint against Keppeler was so shoddy that he was unable to unearth with a single Google search Keppeler's public endorsement-in-question of Akaka. Clearly the fix was in -- the party rules were to be ignored and Lingle's pro-Akaka chum Mr. Keppeler was to be protected and preserved.
Rumor has it that Ryan has resubmitted his complaint to Lee about Keppeler based on new evidence. Yet despite the 2006 endorsement of Akaka and despite increased publicity over this scandal, it is unclear if Chairman Lee and his lackeys (who really are all Linda Lingle lackeys) are too dug in to a position of protecting Keppeler -- even in light of Keppeler's determination to actively support the sitting U.S. Senator which the party seemed determined to defeat -- to see their way clear to showing the door to the Democrat in their midst. In a time when fewer and fewer people seem capable of admitting when they are wrong, Willes Lee is expected to keep the wagons circled around Bruss Keppeler because he is reportedly under orders to do so from the party's patron-in-chief, the nominal Republican Governor Linda Lingle. When you consider the steady losing record of Republicans at the polls, the total control of Hawaii's Republican Party by Lingle appointees, and the absence of self-promotion by the party during successive legislative sessions and successive election campaigns, you don't need to wonder why they keep losing at the polls.
Bruss Keppeler -- who openly supports independence from the United States for Hawaii, and supports the Akaka's Democrat-sponsored 'Government Reorganization' Bill as a first step in repealing Hawaii's status as the 50th State -- probably didn't mind handing over big bucks to Senator Akaka's campaign and giving him an unqualified pre-election endorsement over the Republican candidate(s). Birds of a feather flock together, as they say. But the really curious part of this story is how far out of his way Chairman Lee is willing to go in order NOT to mind such documented active support by someone who's goal it is to defeat and emasculate Republicans in Hawaii.
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More detailed information about the scandal is in the next article below.
Kalli from Ewa Beach writes: "It seems that the Hawaii GOP is crumbling from within. State Sen. Mike Gabbard and State Rep. Karen Awana saw the party falling apart in the past few months and decided, wisely it seems, to join the Democrats.
Chair Willes Lee has obviously been influenced by former Republican Party Chair Sam Aiona to follow the old policy: "Find good candidates, raise money and win!" Unfortunately, focusng on a few select faces while forgetting to actively and effectively communicate our policy differences with Democrats hasn't worked over the last 3 election cycles . . . and doesn't seem to even work in years between elections, with Gabbard and Awana jumping ship before the voters could throw them out for being Republicans and for appearing to be no different than the Democrats; except they have no input to the Legislature as part of the minority caucus.
Republican Minority Leader Lynn Finnegan is probably the next to announce her switch from the Republican Party to the Democrats. She has already laid the groundwork by praising her Democrat brethren in a letter to the Honolulu Advertiser in Feb. 2008, rather than shaking them up and making hay about the Democrat 'pay-to-play' system in order to make a path for more Republican candidates. The mishandled situation was a political gift from Democrats to Republicans, but Finnegan fumbled and Lee didn't even try to play.
If the Republicans are to gain seats rather than lose them, they are going to have to demonstrate that there is a difference between the two parties. So far this legislative session, it's been another case of "go along to get along" with the Republican leadership -- now including the Chair of the Republican Party practically leading the cheer for the Democrats -- which completely wipes out any hopes of the Republican Party gaining seats in the Nov. 2008 elections. And thanks to party leaders, you can probably forget any hope of retaining all seats currently held by Republicans."
Scandal at the Ill-Fated, Declining Republican Party of Hawaii
Published: March 27, 2008
With Zero Shibai averaging 24,000 statewide readers per day since our launch last December, it was probably inevitable that we would be tipped off by our insightful readers about stories which don't make the newspapers and the nightly newscasts. To wit, several alert Zero Shibai readers have tipped us off about a recent and ongoing brouhaha inside the party of Linda Lingle. The scandal involves a generous and regular financial supporter of local Democrats -- such as U.S. Senator Dan Akaka and U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie -- who also contributes time and money to favorite Democratic Party causes such as the local separatist sovereignty movement, and promotion of Kau Inoa and the Akaka Bill.
It seems that the individual in question, a local attorney named Bruss Keppeler, has been accused of infiltrating the local Republican Party and joining the party's policy-writing Platform Committee (reportedly at the behest of Governor Lingle herself) in order to put the party on record -- and to keep it on record -- as joining with Democrats and separatist activists in supporting the formation of a racially-exclusive government which would divide local people and property and government funds by race. Here at Zero Shibai, support for such a policy seems rather odd and guided more by political correctness than historical accuracy and/or good economics when you consider that the Republican Party normally associates itself (at least in theory) with philosphies of smaller government, not bigger government. Or in this case, the creation of a whole new government altogether.
Well anyway, a war of words (and pictures) seems to have broken out in the intra-party struggle over the value of political loyalty as well as whether or not there's a limit to how much socialism the party's true believers can accept as official policy. Here's an e-blast received by at least a couple dozen Zero Shibai readers which lays out the timeline, the players and the arguments involved:
Reportedly, the chairman of the party, Willes Lee, has circled the wagons around party leaders who support Democrats by claiming that a lenient "interpretation" over the weekend of the specific party rule -- one which normally would result in kicking members (esp. its leaders) out of the party for actively supporting the party's opponents -- relied on a softball determination by the chairman of his party's rules committee, Karl Espaldon (a staffer in the Keppeler-friendly Lt. Governor's office). [NOTE: Some party insiders have said that Lee might NOT have told Espaldon the whole story and there's a slight chance the issue will be revisited when cooler heads prevail.] In the meantime, that ruling said that Keppeler and other party leaders like him are only guilty of 'passive' support by contributing thousands of dollars in cash to Democrat candidates; whereas if the same GOP party leaders were to make in-kind contributions -- such as signwaving or making phone calls for Democrats -- then the party might not be as lenient about such 'active' support. In the political world where cash can be put to all kinds of valuable uses to defeat candidates, you gotta suspect that powerful influence was at play in order to protect people like Keppeler who play both sides of the fence . . . as the next intercepted e-blast argues:
And just when our readers thought it was safe to check their e-mail, here's another e-blast from party critics who don't seem to have high regard for Chairman Willes Lee's allegedly shameless, bald-faced promotion of the untenable notion that no conflict-of-interest exists when coaches for one team are supporting the other team in substantial, verifiable, effective ways. Nor do these critics think much of the direction Lingle/Aiona are taking their party, not to mention to lackluster political results. It seems that the party's internal critics are making the point that loyalty equals determination to win equals success in elections; and that the opposite has proved to be true -- officially-sanctioned party disloyalty breeds contempt for desire of the party's true believers to become a majority party in Hawaii once again (for the first time in 54 years) and that the dwindling number of elected GOP officials proves that out:
Of course, one can't help but wonder what kind of inroads the Grand Old Party expects to make in Hawaii when it turns a blind eye to such ongoing treachery by its own leadership. Despite party losses in the last several consecutive election cycles, party members still seem to put a lot of faith in nominally Republican Governor Lingle and her sidekick Lt. Gov. "Duke" Aiona who reportedly have done close to nothing to protect incumbents or elect challengers. Whether or not that faith is misplaced is not Zero Shibai's kuleana. Still, rightly or wrongly, smartly or dumbly, word is that she seems to have cast a spell over long-time Republicans and newer recruits alike and has kept them from fully realizing that Hawaii's Democrats don't consider Hawaii's Republicans much of a threat. Sure, with Lingle as a candidate, the party finally got someone with an "R" after his or her name elected governor. But Ms. Lingle arguably seems to have more in common with the Democrats and their policies (probably thanks to the likes of Keppeler and others) than with her own party. Long accused of being a "RINO" (a Republican-in-Name-Only"), Gov. Lingle has reportedly chastised fellow Republicans critical of her liberal leanings by telling them bluntly on more than one occasion: "Where else are you people going to go? I'm the best thing you've got."
Stay tuned for more on this story. Our sources tell us that we may not have heard the end of this tale of political espionage, wagon circling and growing rebellion in the ranks.
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We Take for Granted the Vile Stuff Spewed by America Haters in the Aloha State
Published: March 19, 2008
America is in an uproar about the anti-American and anti-Caucasian rhetoric of Barack Obama's pastor, who has been his friend and mentor for 20 years. But here in Hawaii anti-American and anti-"haole" rhetoric are accepted as normal.
People are accustomed to hearing UH Professor Haunani-Kay Trask rail against "the power of a white country called the United States of white America . . . . . Learn your history, and then you will know which side of history you belong on. And you do not belong on the American side. You do not belong on the Hawai'i state side. You belong on the side of your people -- lahui Hawai'i [racially defined Hawaiians]."
On December 1, 2003 Eric Poohina wrote in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin:
On August 6, 2005 Governor Linda Lingle herself stood next to Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona at Iolani Palace, both wearing the red shirt of 15,000 protesters supporting racial segregation at Kamehameha School. In her speech she could not possibly miss seeing huge anti-American signs with phrases like these: "We don't need no American government. Don't like to see too much foreign power here cause Western influence been killing us for years." and "We are not American. We will die as Hawaiians." She could no more miss seeing those signs than Barack Obama could miss the rhetoric of his pastor of 20 years.
Acceptance of hate-filled rhetoric in Hawaii is fueled by the apology resolution of 1993, which is filled with twisted history and outright falsehoods, and forms the basis for the Akaka bill. Let's hope the apology resolution will be repealed as part of a Congressional resolution congratulating Hawaii on the 50th anniversary of statehood.
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Where Were YOUR Kids Last Night?
Published: March 17, 2008
Perhaps the most unbelievable words in the English language today are "first offense". While that term might have some relevance in criminal courts, we all know that when someone gets busted for that "first offense", it's NOT really the first time that person has done something wrong and/or illegal; it's just the first time they've been caught. Indeed, they've probably even been caught before, but perhaps the police let them off with a warning, or some witness or some victim decided not to press charges. But, c'mon, when you see some of these people and their case is referred to as a "first offense", these two words don't even pass the laugh test.
Such is the case of the four less-than-accomplished 17-year-old lettermen -- "Gentlemen of Character", actually -- somehow still magically enrolled at the extra-tolerant, Marianist-run Saint Louis High School. These low-lifes were caught red-handed egging homes in Lanikai by (of all people!) a highly controversial former Bishop Estate trustee named Gerard Jervis . . . an overdosing, adulterous, suicide-causing, greedy bastard . . . and the last person on earth you'd expect anyone to have sympathy for. As everyone knows, just before the "first offense" egging incident by these four sweet local gangstas, Jervis had spent the previous few hours getting hammered to the point of DUI. Well, for the record, he wasn't alone in getting hammered, as the teenage driver of the getaway SUV was also DUI. Moreover, most people reasonably assume that the other three teen football players for St. Louis had sucked back a few illegally obtained Heineken's as well . . . maybe even a little ganja smoking took place. You can be sure that Family Court won't let the public know all the juicy details. After all, it's abundantly clear we can trust the parents to keep future incidents from happening . . . or is it?
Well anyway, after eggs came flying onto his property, Jervis the unlikely new community hero staggered into his car, chased down the getaway SUV, and either ran these vandals off the road up a utility pole guywire -or- his car hit theirs after the fleeing quartet lost control of their car. Stay tuned for court proceedings or plea bargainings on this he said-they said point of dispute. At least prosecutors are NOT charging Jervis for drunk-driving, since he probably didn't intend to go pleasure cruising after his big night of binge drinking. Let's show our hero some mercy!
Since then, the private school in Kaimuki claims to have "disciplined" the bad boyz. Big deal, suspended for two days plus some community service. Further, the school says that administrators are working to ensure that the parents understand the severity of the Lanikai incident. But what about those parents? Are these bad boy first offenders the products of an increasingly popular child-rearing approach, whereby the parents live in fear of their tweens and teenagers, trying to be their friends rather than their authority figures, and generally too busy to notice what's going on in the kids' lives since the parents' narcissism keeps them busy with other selfish pursuits than simple parenting?
You can't help but wonder since we now know that at least one of those brats didn't even get his leash shortened since the drunken/egg throwing/car chase and crashing incident. You see, just one week since Lanikai, at 8pm this past Friday night, Scumbag #4 was arrested near Downtown for soliticing a prostitute in an area usually 'serviced' by transvestite hookers. An undercover female police officer was probably the last person our "first offender" should have asked to help him with his raging hormones. Not surprisingly, after being bailed out of jail, Scumbag #4 was released into the custody of his parents, who undoubtedly took him straight home so he and his homeboyz could surf porn websites in the privacy of his bedroom while the folks headed back to the karaoke bar to nurse their wounded pride with cheap beer, stale pretzels and bad singing; all the while wondering if they should have corrected Junior Boy's bad behavior and emphasized values instead of merely being spectators as 'first offenses' gave way to seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths and so on.
If you ever wondered as you read the local news, drive on our reckless freeways, shop alongside rude people at malls of any size, recoil in horror at the endless parade of loser guests on Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake: Gosh, I wonder where all the assholes in the world come from? Well, don't wonder about it any longer. Just look at the parents of these four punks and get your answer. And if you're one of these kids' parents, look in the mirror and consider the Gerard Jervis sleeping pill strategy. Just make sure you take enough to do the job. Otherwise, you've got a LOT of makeup parenting to do. Maybe Junior Boy needs his allowance cut and his expectations raised. Maybe then he won't be so quick to cut short his post-arrest introspection in search of a pre-marital blowjob from a vice cop in a mini-skirt. Saint Louis President Walter Kirimitsu said in a news release: "While these students' choices were not particularly wise, they ... are good kids who hopefully learned a life-altering lesson." Obviously NOT, Walter. Crappy parenting combined with wimpy-punishment-issuing, enabler educators like you are a rotten combination. Plus, you spend an awful amount of your own money keeping the political machine in power, so you're even more to blame in all kinds of ways.
Hungry for Some Kau Kau?
Published: March 12, 2008
"The Life of the Land Is Perpetuated in Righteousness"
by guest columnist Don Newman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Federer, noted speaker, author and and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to research America's noble heritage, wrote that the words that later became the motto, Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, of the State of Hawaii were first spoken by Queen Ke'opuolani in 1825 as she was baptized into the Christian faith. Queen Ke’opuolani was the wife of King Kamehameha who unified the islands.
The Hawaiian Historical Society, founded in 1892 to preserve historical materials relating to Hawaii, says that King Kamehameha III, who presided over the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1825 until his death in 1854, recited the phrase when the British returned the islands to the King after the illegal British overthrow in 1843.
The concept of “pono” was translated as “righteousness” but this is a subtle word with many related meanings. The concepts of justice and doing the right thing are closely connected. The idea of righteousness is a specific Christian concept that probably didn’t have a true analogous relationship to the word pono.
An example of this can be found in the The Native Hawaiians Study Commission report of 1983 which says “ . . . the land itself was viewed as belonging not to one individual but to the gods. All the people, including the Ali’i merely administered the land for the benefit of the gods and society as a whole. The system, therefore, had no analogy to ownership in fee simple absolute. The high chief had significant power: ‘the king was over all the people; he was the supreme executive, so long, however, as he did right!’” (1)
This last clause is closer to the intent of the meaning of that part of the motto “i ka pono” which was a statement of the fiduciary responsibility of the chief rather than a moral dictum which the term “righteousness” has in English. It was both an admonishment to, and a responsibility of, the King and the Ali’i.
Doing right was more than just proper care of the land, it was also just allotment, although not ownership, of the land to the people since living off the land and sea was their very livelihood. The gradual breakdown of the old semi-feudal system that Hawaiians traditionally followed did great damage to the concept of preserving the land by doing right. The context changed. It also did great damage to the Hawaiian people as the land was no longer held in trust for them but gradually became the exclusive property of the Ali’i.
“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness” is the translation that has been handed down to us. Without the original context this has an altered meaning which means whatever anybody wants it to mean. Understanding the context also reveals why this is a poor translation. A more accurate translation might be, “The everlasting nature of the land is preserved by doing what is right.”
The Meaning of Aina
The original Hawaiian land system that the motto reflected was gradually dismantled through a series of steps in the following decades while the motto remained. From the beginning of foreigners immigrating to Hawaii the chiefs and Ali’i of the neighbor islands complained that the King shouldn’t sell any land to foreigners. They feared the breakdown in their land system this would bring. The King thought otherwise and continued to give land to foreigners and bring them into his cabinet.
The Hawaii motto, Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, first appeared in a political context on the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Hawaii (1810-1894) that was adopted in May, 1845. At that time there was still some semblance of the old land system in place but it was rapidly deteriorating. The problems this breakdown generated led to an attempt at a solution.
The Great Mahele was allegedly a land division giving land to Native Hawaiians in an effort to forestall the Europeans and others from buying it all up. In reality all it did was destroy the old land system and give the Ali’i unfettered power over the vast majority of local lands. This de facto changeover to a fee simple system forever destroyed the Monarchy’s control of the land, except for the land it reserved to itself, thus rendering the motto archaic.
The endorsement of the motto at the time of annexation ignored the fact that it was already divorced from the original meaning. The mystical association to the land of the old Hawaiian religion, which was destroyed by the machinations of Queen Kaahumanu, had already been lost. The meaning of the word “aina” no longer had the mystical connection and the sense of fiduciary responsibility that it once had.
The preservation of the land for the livelihood of the common people ceased to exist and was attempted to be resurrected by the Hawaiian Homelands Act of 1920. The displacement of common native Hawaiians off the land left them with nowhere to live except the cities as the land was increasingly bought from or used by the Ali’i for sugar plantations. Large numbers of landless native Hawaiians ended up living in poverty in Honolulu and other growing cities.
In order to give these homeless native Hawaiians land upon which to dwell the Hawaiian Homelands Act was instituted. This “Hawaiian scheme” was intended to give them lands upon which to preserve their bloodline and their lifestyle. The implementation of this scheme left a lot to be desired since it gave them no pure ownership but only leasehold rights. Only a small number of families who could have qualified have ever been placed on the lands.
The Meaning of the Motto Today
The wording of the state motto has little connection to its original meaning and in most cases means different things to different people. Thus in this day and age it is hard to take any objective meaning from the motto. It means whatever anybody wants it to mean. For some preserving the land means opposing any further development at all costs.
The problems that face Hawaii are world problems, not just Hawaii problems. Adhering to an ancient motto simply because it was handed down by history isn’t necessarily the best way to administer public policy. First we have to ask ourselves what it means. And today that would be very difficult to say.
Hawaii’s motto no longer has the meaning it did when it was first invoked. This change of meaning somewhat invalidates its value as a guiding principle in present-day society. The history of the motto reveals this change of meaning and as a people, the residents of Hawaii should consider whether it still is meaningful today. Traditions are important when they embrace universal values that all people can relate to. When this is no longer the case traditions only serve to hamper freedom, progress and development.
It impels one to wonder what other state mottos are outdated, destructive or simply useless.
(1) Page 254 NHSC quoting - David Malo, Hawaiian Antiquities – Bishop Museum Press
Nancy from Maui writes: "Hey there zeroshibai, Been reading your blog/editorial for a handful of weeks now. I was just wondering to myself what the line, "perpetuated in righteousness" is in regards to. Your article helped greatly. I'd say "good timing with your article."
"Kau Kau Inoa" Strikes Again
Published: March 4, 2008
Local "Musicians" That Are Just Plain BAD for Hawaii
Where's the genuine artistry and the innocence of bygone days of Ray Kane and Aunty Genoa Keawe when you need them?!? We ask that because the Big Breaking News last night was that a local, well-known, triple extra-large, wannabe-reggae and faux hip-hopper was busted by the Feds for possessing a record 50 pounds of crystal meth at his Royal Kunia apartment which he intended to sell to the people of Hawaii. The drugs imported by now incarcerated Joe "JD" Daniels Jr. of the group B.E.T. — short for Big Every Time — have an estimated street value of $1.5 million. More info released in news coverage this morning include Daniels' admission that he knew the FedEx packages contained meth. Also, an additional five pounds of the dangerous drug was found in a bedroom closet at Daniels' home and meth distribution center.
Crystal Meth, of course, is the drug which makes people want to break into your car and into your home to steal things which they can quickly sell to get money to purchase even more crystal meth. Police say they are pretty much helpless against the crime wave of the past decade or so brought on by methamphetamine or "ice", just as they were in the previous decade or so when crack cocaine was all the rage. Hip-Hopper Daniels clearly has no moral problem with getting people hooked on drugs and reaping profits while lives and families are being ruined in order to make a big payday. Naturally, there are enough idiots among us in Hawaii who'll regard this Godless exploitative loser as even more a larger-than-life figure thanks to the arrest. It'll be difficult for Daniels and B.E.T. to thank and update his fans via MySpace, however, unless prison guards provide internet access to the extra-large Federal holding cell, yo.
Certain questions arise, such as this: In the era of non-sober pilots getting publicly busted, will go! Airlines dump Daniels' sorry, drug-dealing ass as their sponsored spokes-musician? Less than two years ago, the head honcho of the inter-isle passenger air service, Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and CEO of Mesa Air Group, Inc. said: "We're delighted to be associated with B.E.T. In addition to making terrific music, they are great people who embody the modern definition of the aloha spirit." I guess when it comes to 'aloha spirit', ethnicity and skin color matters more to Ornstein than a good background check and actually spending some time with someone before making such a dubious proclamation.
On a similar note, the question of whether local companies like music distributor Booklines Hawaii and local record dealers will take B.E.T.'s CD's off the shelves and off their websites in order to stop putting money in the pockets of drug dealers such as Daniels is still up in the air. Maybe companies and other enablers will sever their financial ties with Daniels for good. After all, the scourge of crystal meth is doing more to keep part-Hawaiians and full-blooded Hawaiians down than even OHA, DHHL and Linda Lingle put together. Ironically, Daniels said a few months ago in MidWeek that if he was President of the United States: "I would definitely stop the war and put all that money that we’re putting into the war into the homeless situation." Presumably, by that Daniels meant he'd take those billions from war funding and use the money to buy crystal meth for the homeless to help keep them down in an even more devastating way than the existing level of drugs (like those he sells) have already affected Hawaii's people. Oddly enough, the too-quick-to-pass-judgement professional journalists and editors at MidWeek describe Daniels as a "devoted family man".
Everyone knows that drugs like crystal meth and crack bring out the sociopath in already unproductive people living amongst us on all islands. Whomever takes that first puff of meth without already knowing how addicitive and destructive it is are the kind of people for whom knowledge is NOT power. These are selfish morons who are ruining society, one hit and one theft and one broken home at a time.
Of course, political correctness dictates that we are supposed to feel sorry for these helpless people who are probably down on their luck, living in their cars and have nothing better to do than steal, smoke ice, and steal some more. Well, guess what? Smoking meth is unlikely to help you when you're down on your luck. Obvious statistics show that drug abuse typically makes your life even more of an unfortunate one. But WE know that, of course, because for the rest of us knowledge IS power. So we'd probably smash a meth pipe, if one were ever handed to us, and call the police; whereas some would willingly smoke and/or deal the stuff -- consequences be damned.
So how does a person like Joe Daniels Jr. square the conflicted circle of being a hip-hopper that needs a paying audience with his being a drug dealer that needs paying customers? Hmmm, let's see. Could it be that hip-hop and drugs have long been intertwined and that he was just acting like his heroes? Or, perhaps, Mr. Daniels saw an opportunity to exploit his fame for a really big payday . . . kind of like the current crop of OHA Trustees, who include three former high-profiles judges, a member of the music group Olomana, a former Governor's son, a well-known (though disgraced) Bishop Estate trustee, a newspaper columnist's father, a former political intelligence officer for Bishop Estate, plus a G.E.D. certificate-receiver turned land commissioner turned OHA Trustee. The longshot push by these celebrities for a giant, new government with lots of money and jobs in exchange for the tacit promise of an easier life for Hawaiians-only sounds like something that will feel good and become habit-forming, just like crystal meth. Kind of makes you flash back to a time when the Hawaiian Kingdom's government was low on money so Queen Liliuokalani decided to make some extra cash by importing opium and having a lottery. Isn't that how exactly how money is made off poor folk in the inner cities by drug dealers and politicians?
But since we're on the subject of musicians that are bad for Hawaii, Zero Shibai readers should be aware of other dangerous groups which are singing and rapping to your kids (and maybe even YOU) while actually trying to sell something that can be an addictive narcotic, no different than crystal meth. Guarans brah, these local 'entertainers' stay singing and rapping to your keiki right now; the message is that they are all victims of the United States, and the specific bill of goods being sold a is big, new expensive government paid for by non-Hawaiians which will take care of all the needs of part-Hawaiians exclusively. Based on the usual bogus recitation of poorly understood island history as written by the hate-mongers at OHA, here's a sampling of the crap they're peddling (click below if you dare):
It's self-evident that sometimes rappers can be pretty darn stupid, especially the imitative, monkey-see-monkey do types. In the song and the accompanying music video which preaches the need for part-Hawaiians to rise up in the spirit of sovereignty and create a new government in order to provide reparations for money and land which was never even stolen from them, here's the line from this 'song' which reveals the absolute lack of necessity for a new multi-departmental, multi-agency, multi-zillion dollar government: "Because you've got the blood, the power, the mana, Hawaiians can be anything that you wanna." Clearly, there's a disconnect between the rapper's mouth and his brain (crystal meth, perhaps?) since part-Hawaiians, just like the rest of us, already have sovereignty over their lives. On any given day, part-Hawaiians can wake up in the morning and make the most of their lives (as most do!) and be anything but a 'victim'; rather than waking up in the morning, telling themselves their lives are hopeless because they don't have a Queen or a King overseeing their lives, then waiting for a government to come and save them, and build them a house, buy them a car, and put food in the refrigerator (as some do!).
Still, even though the truth is there for all of us to see, some musicians and celebrities (just like politicians) are all too comfortable with advocating the religion of big government at the expense of freedom and personal responsibility. That's why the people of Hawaii need to be ever-vigilant in watching out for dope-peddling and socialism-peddling celebrities in our community. They might even be living right next door to you and preaching to your kids right now.
Just a quick irie thought, mon. If OHA is looking for a theme song for its Akaka Bill campaign, they don't have to look any further than B.E.T.'s ripoff-Jamaican anthem "Rise Up, Stand Up, Come Together". You can be sure that OHA supporters will be impressed both by the song's defiant message and by being pandered to with such an overt anti-establishment move as standing in unity with poor indigenous wannabe Rastafarian homeboyz who have been forced to turn to drug dealing to support their not-very-indigenous fake Reggae, hip-hop lifestyle. We are left wondering if any amount of rehab is going to be effective enough to get their victims off drugs and also to stop them from worshipping the golden calf of big government?
AFTERTHOUGHT: After showing dozens of red-shirted protestors in the above music video, originally found on YouTube, the statue of Kamehameha located across from Iolani Palace is heavily featured. This is really strange for a couple of giant reasons. First, Kam I violently overthrew the leadership of each island with the help of Western assistance. You'd think that the rappers' stated revulsion to 'overthrows' in Hawaii would cause Kam I's violent, power-consolidating history to bother them immensely. But, hey, if you're into revisionist history and possibly even crystal meth, then it's a safe bet that you're not bothered by Hawaii's actual history of thousands upon thousands upon thousands of Hawaii's native islanders being speared and shot by fellow native islanders for the sake of Kam I's rise to power.
The second reason the Kam I imagery is strange is because he and subsequent monarchs of Hawaii radically altered the "back to the aina" and racially-exclusive Hawaiians-only mentality and lifestyle which these rappers (and sovereignty groups generally) keep pushing for. Seriously, folks, you don't have to be a historian to realize that the Hawaiian monarchy absolutely LOVED money, power, land ownership by the crown, the elevation of alii and kahunas over the commoners, keeping people in their place, in addition to how monarchs loved the United States and western ways galore (just look at the outfits they wore and the palace they built). Sounds like the rappers are projecting the 'kill haole day' mindset of the sovereignty movement onto the former kings and queens of Hawaii who felt quite the opposite from these modern day neo-alii activists. But since when has the truth mattered when poetic license, drug abuse and the sovereignty movement are involved? No, it never mattered at all.
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Reportedly, the Politically Correct History Books Used in Hawaii's Public School Classrooms Gloss Over and Even Omit Some of These Very Important Facts. . .
Bruce Wong of Honolulu writes: "Your wit on this subject and previous articles have been entertaining, informative and truthful. I can't believe it has taken this long for a website like this to come into existence. Aloha and keep the zingers coming!"
Eric Seabury of Kaneohe writes: "This is great! Your cartoon "Kau Kau Inoa", shows informed citizens once again why this sovereignty movement to "liberate" Hawai'i IS shibai! Does Hauanai Apoliona and OHA really think they're fooling people with this "free" Hawaiian nation talk? What doesn't the Hawaiian-American man and woman in the state of Hawai'i have today, that they could have in a new, independent Hawaiian nation? More economic and personal Freedom (Huh?), Pay less taxes and have less regulations against their lives and businesses (Uhh... no), Have better public schools to teach the keikis (Oh, wait...), Have more opportunities for better and higher paying jobs (Uhh... well...) A better opportunity to own land and a house of their own (Okay... I see your point...) Better public servants who would represent you and your family's interest within government (Oh, never mind!)?
In our state of Hawai'i and in our United States of America, EVERY individual has the right and the opportunity to do what he wants, live where he wants, work where he wants, raise his family and live his life out as he wants, worship as he wants and be what he wants. Provided he works to get to that goal. There is NOTHING to keep anyone back from doing what he wants to do.
That is, except, for government. Our Democratic-controlled state legislature is what keeps people down, prevents them from receiving quality education, prevents them from affording a decent home and a good paying job to pay the bills, prevents them from realizing our dreams and passing something on to our children. It is our state government and our four county governments, it is the special interest groups and the greedy elitists and organizations like OHA which keep people down, whether they be ethnic-Hawaiian or any other ethnic group.
Hawaiian-Americans and other (all) Americans in Hawai'i, our plate is already full trying to deal with the greed, corruption and bureaucracy in the governments we currently have. How is having another layer of wasteful government going to make you more Free?
If you want true Freedom, economic and personal, then we need to deal with the problems of today, right now! Not in an imaginary future that's not going to happen. Because if we don't deal with the problems which are plaguing Hawai'i today, then the status quo politicians, the elitists and the leeches of the "pay to play" scheme will have won. We'll be beaten every time. It's time to wake-up and retake control of our own lives and our own future!"
Hawaiian Wannabe from Ewa Beach writes: "Hey, you da kine Cow Inoa guys, I want my benefits from being a one drop Hawaiian. I went get one transfusion from one Hawaiian tranvestite so I stay one kine 'transfusion tranvestite' who is vested in Hawaiian kine benefits. You not gonna take away my rights!!! I got my rights to water, land, gathering, geothermal and all the rest so says da Hawaiian Supremes. One kine guy like you not going to take away my stuff, I got drugs to buy and kids to put in foster care I can't afford to work. Go back to where you come from and I go back to Tahiti where I come from but they don't give me no special rights cause I no special there. Hawaiian wannabe.
Anonymous from Makiki sent us her observations
The bill that would create a separate native Hawaiian nation H.R. 505/S. 310 that many call the Akaka bill, passed in the House a few months ago. It could come up in the Senate anytime, and it could pass unless all of us act.
This is as serious as brain cancer. Ultimately created by government bureaucrats from US, State of Hawaii and the new Native Hawaiian Governing Entity (NGHE) would create the largest “tribe” in the USA. The land would be carved out of the current State of Hawaii (up to 50%) and the people would come from Hawaii and all over the US (and the world). Up to 400,000 (one drop blood +) of them. Indian Tribal Governments back the concept. One should ask, why? US Representative Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) says that land and money are at stake.
Darn right. Power and people too.
If you believe that negotiations over formation of the NHGE will not attract big lobbying with big money flowing lavishly, you too can be serviced by a tooth fairy.
Current entitlements of native Hawaiians would go to the new nation, whose leaders would control distribution. Would any come out the other end?
US American Indian policy has been a huge mistake and, with tinkering, gets worse by the day. Regular Indians on reservations are mainly poor serfs, their leaders, affluent nabobs. It is Socialism writ large. Now the US, if the Akaka bill passed, would be creating new divisiveness and gross racial prejudice not to mention serfs. One of the trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a Hawaii state agency, once said that their motives were misconstrued and to set the record straight explained that they seek a “sovereign, dependent nation.”
Dependent on who or what you ask? Look into your wallet for your answer. There is a growing organization on the US southern border called AZTLAN. They claim parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California as former AZTEC territory. They are in favor of the Akaka bill, of course.
Native Hawaiians are not Indians. They are completely integrated into Hawaii society. They have no reservation. But they do have freedom. The Akaka bill would give them a new separate, additional government. And a road to serfdom. Their leaders? A road to wealth and privilege.
E Pluribus Unum, stand on your head!
By the way, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs wrote about Zero Shibai's "Cow Inoa" cartoon (featured on HawaiiReporter.com) with a charming little article in OHA's current issue of their taxpayer-funded magazine Ka Wai Ola:
As usual, Haunani Moo plays the race card, attacks the messenger, demands censorship,
FOCUS ON THE STATE LEGISLATURE
Representing House District 51 which includes Waimanalo, Keolu Hills and Lanikai, State Rep. Tommy Waters is best known as the chairman of the State House’s Judiciary Committee. During the current legislative session, the UH Law School graduate and practicing attorney with Waters and Young has major influence over a number of major issues, including having the final say about whether some critical reforms will even be reviewed and voted on by the powerful judiciary committee.
So why should you know who this politician is? Simple. On no less than three major issues of the day, Waters is arguably out-of-step with his own constituents and even with voters statewide.
PROPPING UP THE HIGH COST OF HEALTH CARE?
The Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) wants to help reduce cost of insuring doctors and to maximize patient access to health care in Hawaii by introducing caps on awards from lawsuits ($250,000 cap on "emotional distress" and $375,000 cap on "pain and suffering") . . . an approach commonly known as “tort reform” legislation. Without such caps to damages -- which are being implemented all over the country, except Hawaii -- the price for insurance policies on doctors and hospitals will continue to skyrocket, and doctors will keep moving away, retiring, or just not accepting new patients, while hospitals keeping cutting back on many services.
Many people believe that the neighbor islands are well past the health care ‘tipping point’ by being hit hardest with increased costs of health care and the cutbacks in medical service. But this crisis, caused by out-of-control lawsuits and damages, only seems to have been met with Judiciary Chairman Waters’ determination to let the problem get even worse. During the current 2008 legislative session, Rep. Waters informed the HMA that he will not even hear a malpractice reform bill this session after the judiciary committee rejected it last year. That rejection occurred after Rep. Waters was accused of allowing his fellow trial lawyers to outmaneuver doctors with stunts such as packing hearings with lawyers and their clients who want the sky to be the limit on how much hospitals and doctors can be sued for.
So why oppose tort reform? One possible reason is that Rep. Waters has a major conflict of interest, along with other practicing lawyers who make up 25% of his collegues in the State Legislature. Another reason could be that his main campaign contributors are legal professionals in Hawaii, many of whom make a healthy living from lawsuits against doctors, hospitals and especially their insurance companies which have the deep pockets. As you can see from Tommy Waters’ contributor list filed with the Campaign Spending Commission, Waters has a lot of generous, litigious friends on Bishop Street and elsewhere. The list is a veritable ‘Who's Who’ of trial lawyers ostensibly opposed to tort reform. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s a ‘quid pro quo’ or that he’s blocking the reform legislation to make his lawyer friends and contributors happy, but it certainly can’t be ruled out.
Whatever his story is, neverending problems like physician shortages and skyrocketing insurance premiums are crippling Hawaii's healthcare system and directly hurting patients (all of us). Reluctance of medical students and existing doctors to practice in Hawaii through stabalizing of malpractice insurance is a directly related matter not being addressed by Rep. Waters. Hawaii is a litigator's paradise.
In 2004, Tommy Waters defeated incumbent Republican Wilson Ho in the general election of 2004 by a wide margin. Then in 2006, State Representative Waters bested Republican challenger Kimberly Kalama by nearly two-to-one. Now, his campaign has so much access to big money that he could theoretically ignore the will of voters and still outspend his way right back into office. Indeed, Waters has a huge cash-on-hand SURPLUS of more than $46,066.80 as of a few weeks ago; making the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee virtually unbeatable by a political challenger, despite making arguably bad decisions for his constituents in Waimanalo, Keolu Hills, and Lanikai -- not to mention statewide.
SOFT ON VIOLENT CRIME?
Last week, according to Ertell’s adopted daughter, Malanie Ertell McLellan reports that, "So far, Rep. Tommy Waters, the chair, has refused to hear the bill. HB 3362 HD1 and "Karen's Law" will die -- just like Karen did -- without being given a chance to fight for survival." Rep. Tommy Waters' tight-fisted control of the Judiciary Committee means that he could keep ignoring voters in Ewa Beach, Waimanalo, Lanikai, Kaneohe, Kahului, Kihei, Kona and elsewhere throughout the State of Hawaii for as long as Speaker Calvin Say permits Waters to stay on as Judiciary Chair, or for as long as Waters constituents are kept in the dark about his misbehavior.
WATERBOY FOR THE POLITICAL MACHINE?
This year, Rep. Waters is using his position as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to put a bill on the fast track which defies the will of the voters by increasing the retirement age for judges from 70 to 80-years-old. Why the big deal about retirement age for judges? Before you let Waters put forth the fake argument of “age discrimination”, just know that the answer is really a political one. You see, having a Republican governor in office these past few years has put a crimp in the plans of the Democrat establishment.
During her first term and a half in office, according to the Hawaii Reporter, Gov. Lingle has already replaced more than 25 percent of Hawaii’s Judiciary since she was elected in 2002; often selecting more moderate prosecutors over liberal defense attorneys and public defenders. Normally in Hawaii, the more liberal candidates are typically selected for judgeships by Democrat governors and legislators. So what really puts Waters’ campaign for increasing the retirement age into high gear is the upcoming forced retirement of Hawaii’s State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Moon, a good friend to the local Democrat establishment. While on the Court, Moon has reportedly been very friendly for decades to Hawaii's well-connected insiders. But under current law, he is slated to retire before Gov. Lingle leaves office. That means, gasp, that Lingle could nominate Moon’s replacement for this important post . . . rather than a Democrat governor.
By Waters and his Democrat collegues changing the law to increase the age of mandatory retirement, Justice Moon would be able to stay on for another ten years without having to step aside for Lingle’s choice to replace him. Arguably, Lingle was chosen by a large percentage of voters and a similarly large percentage of voters are opposed to increasing the retirement age to 80 years old. So there's no cause to mess with the people of Hawaii. But don’t tell that to Tommy Waters, who seems quite determined to put the interests of well-connected, well-funded insiders (and poor Justice Moon) ahead of the voters.
In the end, the people of Hawaii are very busy folks . . . sometimes too busy to stay on top of current events and who’s who in Hawaii. But to be uninformed about the likes of Tommy Waters is a dangerous prospect, since his actions reveal that even the busiest person in Hawaii needs to be familiar with what he's been doing behind closed doors. Now, if you like having high-priced and harder-to-find health care, if you like having violent teenagers routed to family court for a slap on the wrist instead of being seriously punished, and if you like having your vote just two years ago completely ignored by powerful politicians, then Tommy Waters is probably YOUR kind of guy. If, on the other hand, these positions on key issues are offensive to you as a voter and taxpayer, then you REALLY need to know about Tommy Waters. And you need to keep a really watchful eye on him.
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Cody Jackson, popular local "crystalattice" blogger, writes: "A friend showed my your site and I love it. I've been having debates on my blog (http://crystalattice.gidblog.com) about the problems in Hawaii and, while many people agree that Hawaii isn't paradise, there are the occasional few who buy into the lies hook, line, and sinker. So, I finally added a link to Zero Shibai just to show them that their rose-colored view is just the wool pulled over their eyes. Thanks for a great site. Love the parodies."
Erin Kealoha, 2008 USC graduate, writes: "I admire your use of the blog as a media to really stimulate discussion and debate in Hawaii politics. I believe this can make Hawaii politically healthy and vibrant, something I as a young Hawaiian studying political science and international relations in California can appreciate and encourage.
However, I do not agree with the tactics used on this site. While your mission is to "encourage healthy, honest and informed debate," your comic-like columns, cartoon images and scathing language is demeaning and foul. I believe you have the best intentions and that you are entitled to your opinion of about Hawaii Republicans being eager-to-please, but why don't you close photoshop for just one second and try doing some research online or spending some time with the offices of these politicians. Your presentation only goes skin deep and comments on the failure of certain politicians to voice their party's opinion or rally support for a policy. Why not go deeper and suggest YOUR OWN ideas for improved policies? Why not offer advice to these politicians you mock instead of humiliating them? In doing so, you may understand how difficult it is for these leaders to create these policies and perhaps learn some appreciation yourself for the job they are doing.
If you really want to help Hawaii politics, you have to move beyond comic imagery and mocking language and encourage your followers to understand THE ISSUES and how they want to solve them. I hope you take this into consideration in your upcoming blog posts and website updates. Demonizing politicians will only encourage the people of Hawaii, especially the younger generation, to loathe politics. I hope this is not your intention, but know that this is what you are doing. Best, Erin Kealoha"
Garry P. Smith of Ewa Beach writes: "It is just so difficult to believe that Attorney General Mark Bennett ("Some see ceded-lands deal as unfair," Feb. 17) has struck such a great settlement deal with OHA that we all should be grateful it wasn't more.
It doesn't take much of an experienced negotiator to make a deal where we, the taxpayers, pay $187 million worth of prime real estate that is highly undervalued by any stretch of the imagination over a questionable debt.
The fact that Bennett repeats over and over again that this is payment for a single issue only, those of ceded-lands payments, creates the question: How much else is owed, and will the state have the same lack of negotiating skills for settlement of these future issues?
The Hawai'i Supreme Court recently ruled that the state must settle the ceded-lands dispute with OHA before any sale or transfers of ceded lands.
With the negotiating skills just demonstrated by our AG and given his bias in favor of the Akaka bill and Hawaiian sovereignty, the so-called non-Hawaiians will be lucky if he doesn't end up giving up the entire state. Or is that the plan B?"
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EXCERPT FROM ONLINE CHAT BY BENNETT & OHA'S CLYDE NAMUO
READER: "Short of giving away money, land and power to a bunch of money-grubbing politicians and bureaucrats (namely OHA) with a highly unsuccessful track record of helping native Hawaiians, another way to take care of OHA's lawsuits would be to repeal the law giving OHA 20% of the gross revenues from the public land trust. OHA has got plenty of money already and so little to show for it, plus taxpayers help native Hawaiians in countless ways. Why are you and Gov. Lingle so determined to advance separatism?!? Don't Republicans have higher expectations for return on investment of taxpayer dollars?"
BENNETT: "I do not believe OHA is a bunch of money-grubbing politicians and bureaucrats—the Trustees I have dealt with are dedicated public servants, who want to do everything possible to help their beneficiaries. I do not believe OHA has a highly unsuccessful track record....I do not advance separatism—I support this settlement (season one DVD) because I believe it appropriately and fairly fulfills the State's legal obligations and I support the Akaka Bill (season two DVD) because I believe that it is just and fair, and in the best interests of Hawaii and our people."
H. William Burgess writes to ZS to take issue with the 'Whopper' of a shibai advanced by Attorney General Bennett in trying to justify the giveaway:
HERE'S WHAT BENNETT SAID: "Aloha. The Ceded Lands Settlement between the State of Hawaii and OHA fulfills an unfilled State obligation dating from 1978. Article XII of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii requires the State to provide a share of the income and proceeds from the "Ceded Lands" to OHA, for OHA to use to help benefit native Hawaiians . . . The State's obligation under Article XII are not discretionary—they are mandatory."
HERE'S BURGESS' REACTION: "Wrong. Art. XII of the State Constitution describes in Sec. 6 the powers of the OHA trustees but does not anywhere require the State of Hawaii to pay any trust money or transfer any ceded land to OHA for “native Hawaiians.” The Hawaii Constitution does not even define the terms “native Hawaiian” or “Hawaiian".
Sec.6 of Art. XII gives OHA power “as provided by law” (i.e., as enacted by the legislature) to manage “income and proceeds from that pro rata portion” of the ceded lands trust “for native Hawaiians.” The Legislature’s subsequent enactments in 1980 and then in 1990, were held by the Hawaii Supreme Court to “provide no judicially discoverable standard” for determining whether OHA was entitled to a pro rata share of the income or proceeds from the trust for native Hawaiians; and invalidated. The “settlement” now proposed cannot be considered mandated by the State Constitution because the Legislature, 30 years later, has still not provided any standard for determining what pro rata share, if any, OHA is entitled to.
Moreover, as the AG pointed out to the HI Supreme Court in OHA v. State, “income” from the ceded lands trust can only mean net after expenses. OHA has no entitlement under the State Constitution or under trust law to a distribution of 20% of gross revenues from the trust.
Hawaii citizens of Native Hawaiian ancestry have always shared fully as members of the general public in the benefits of the ceded lands used for schools, roads, parks, harbors, airports and other infrastructure and the benefit of expenditures of trust moneys to construct, maintain and operate public facilities located on the ceded lands. In addition, over the 28 years since 1980 the State has been distributing 20% of the gross revenues to OHA as the pro rata share for “native Hawaiians” (persons with 50% or more Hawaiian ancestry). The total ceded lands trust moneys still held by OHA is now over $400M.
The ceded lands trust is for the benefit of all citizens of Hawaii. The State of Hawaii as Trustee of the ceded lands trust has a duty of impartiality and a duty not to comply with illegal trust terms. But the State has made no distributions as the pro rata share for the rest of the beneficiaries.
The State does not owe any more to OHA. To the contrary, during those 28 years it has short-changed the 95% of the beneficiaries who do not happen to have 50% or more Hawaiian ancestry. The State has a duty to now set aside exclusively for these Hawaii citizens of less than 50% or no Hawaiian ancestry, $7.6B. If the State is not prepared to do so, it must cause its agency, OHA, to refund the $400M to the State for the benefit of all citizens without regard to their ancestry."
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks for writing, Glenn. It's easy to review the latest census data, available for free at your campus libraries. There are very few pure aboriginal indigenous Hawaiians in Hawaii. That's why OHA is hastily trying to transition from the legally-restricted support to only those with 50% or more koko to a broader constituency of people with even one drop of koko. Pure politics. The tragic result of OHA and other anti-American activists in Hawaii putting such a premium on race and ethnicity through their Kau Inoa campaign, their Akaka Government Reorganization Bill, and their games down at the state legislature -- when Hawaii's culture benefits from all races and ethnicities -- will only lead to divisiveness and severe disappointment . . . an outcome which we are horrified about. Any problems Hawaiians suffer from are problems experienced by ALL people in Hawaii. Economic hardship, drug abuse, alcoholism, underemployment, homelessness are NOT uniquely Hawaiian problems. That's why the overwhelming majority of Hawaiians, like everyone else, do NOT suffer these problems. Clearly, OHA tries to divide and conquer for personal aggrandizement, and they play the race card without concern for consequences. They must be stopped.
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Jorge 'Kimo' Justiniano writes: "Aloha from New Jersey. I am totally impressed with Zero Shibai! This is the first time I have seen it. I have missed the island of Oahu for the last 13 years. I used to live in Nankuli, and can attest to the dumbing-down of the local people through misinformation. I lived there for a number of years and wish I were back. I am also impressed with the Hawaiian Reporter. It is about time someone stood up to the status quo and printed the truth from an objective perspective. I agree with 'printing it' and let the people decide. (That is, if they are allowed to be literate!)
OHA has had such a dismal track record of actually advancing the Hawaiian People. It seems as if they only want a regime with a small class of rulers and a large caste of subjects. This is why they attempt to subvert the actual will of the people through the courts and through politicians who are literally in OHA's pocket. This is similar to the ACLU's back door tactics of social engineering to mold the populace into their own set of pawns. What a shame and a sham. (Cow Inua!...HEH!)
Unfortunately, the Hawaiian government and OHA and their ilk would rather the entire island populace where medicated through 'grassroots' pharmaceuticals and alcohol to render them docile and apathetic. It has not changed one bit since I have left.
They (OHA and the politicians) will be the undoing and destruction of Hawai'i and all the people who have made Hawai'i the jewel it used to be."
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A Letter to the Editor published in today's Honolulu Advertiser (2-8-08) by Kaneohe resident Tom Macdonald says it all:
AKAKA BILL IS ABOUT GETTING LAND TRANSFERS
It is now clear that if the Akaka bill becomes law, huge chunks of state lands that benefit all the people of Hawai'i will be available to benefit only those with at least a drop of Hawaiian blood.
The governor's agreement to transfer valuable chunks of waterfront property in Kaka'ako and on Neighbor Islands to OHA is just the first installment in what OHA plans to be a massive transfer of other lands from state ownership to Native Hawaiian ownership in "negotiations" required by the Akaka bill, between the state and a new Native Hawaiian government.
Now that the Hawai'i Supreme Court has ruled that the state must reach a comprehensive ceded land deal with Native Hawaiians, that negotiating process has been tilted in favor of Hawaiians.
And it has become clear what "recognition" of Native Hawaiians really means. As succinctly put by U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, the Akaka bill "is a bill about the control of assets. This is about land, this is about money... we're talking about 2.2 million acres of land..."
It's not just about "preserving Hawaiian culture." It's about getting land back from the haoles who "stole" it in 1893.
The big question now is — assuming the polls correctly predict we will have a Democrat president in 2009 who will sign the Akaka bill — how willing is the Legislature to give away these ceded lands.
If the Legislature accepts the entire current Lingle land transfer package, it will be a sign that under Akaka bill negotiations in 2009, it will give away at least 20 percent of the ceded lands, and probably a lot more.
The state Constitution and the federal government only require the state to use the ceded lands for any of five purposes, including public education and Native Hawaiian causes, among others. The Legislature chose the 20 percent figure itself. It could have decided on 5 percent or 1 percent.
This will be a hugely significant legislative decision for the 80 percent of Hawai'i's citizens who are not Native Hawaiian.
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On all islands, and from coast to coast, lots of folks have been weighing in on "Cow Inoa", Zero Shibai's political cartoon published last week by HawaiiReporter.com and on this website a couple days earlier. OHA thought they could 'milk' the controversy, but it backfired like a blast of corn-fed methane aimed at the ozone layer. One could also say that OHA's feigned cries of protest about "Haunani Moo" hit the ground with the force and stench of a meadow muffin.
Well, we at Zero Shibai love to receive criticism about our opinions since the reactions contain valuable insights; sometimes revealing the critic's true feelings, while sometimes revealing his or her true motives. Here's a trip down memory lane of just a fraction of the comments, good and bad, we've heard in the past few days from far and wide about "Cow Inoa" (reprinted below for convenience).
Below is a tiny sampling of letters and articles about "Cow Inow" from the past crazy couple of weeks. See if you can identify the fans of free speech and open debate while trying to pick out those who wish poor little "Cow Inoa" was never born into this world. We'll start off with one of the folks who needs a complete refresher course in history concerning the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Rita Nasario writes: "For your info, 'white folk', Filipinos and the Chinese did not have their governments overthrown nor their land taken away by foreigners nor denied their right to their culture or language. So if you don't know what your talking about, keep your ignorant comments to yourself. As for the cow, I think it applies to your stupidity of the situation and locals like myself who are not Hawaiian but who were born and raised here understand the injustice that was done to the Hawaiian people. So, it you don't know what your talking about, keep your ignorant comments to yourself as we do not appreciate it. Outraged in Hawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
The more you think about how we don't know our own history -- allowing ourselves to simply accept and believe the nasty revisionist bumpersticker slogans of today's anti-American secessionists -- the more your realize how quickly we can be conned by activists and politicians into thinking that Hawaii needs to be split in two. Somehow, it's likely that Ms. Nasario doesn't realize that westerners became citizens of Hawaii way back when Kamehameha the Great (the first one, in case you weren't sure) received major assistance in the form of western military strategies, military guns, military ships and such in his successful military campaign to "unite" the islands. In fact, John Young, the very military man who helped lead Kamehameha (after whom Kam Highway is named) to victory, was made Governor of the Island of Hawaii. More important to understand is that throughout the history of the Kingdom of Hawaii, people of ALL races were citizens of the Kingdom and people of ALL races served as government leaders.
So, Ms. Nasario's assertion that ONLY native Hawaiians were affected by the "overthrow" of the monarchy is bogus, since the Hawaiian Kingdom always was a highly multi-racial society; just as modern Hawaii is today. History is clear: there never was a race-based government in Hawaii. Zero Shibai is equally clear: there never should be. Additionally bogus is her assertion that Hawaiians were denied their language by the big, bad foreigners. It will probably surprise her to know that the official policy of Kamehemeha Schools, based on the directive of Bernice Pauahi Bishop was and is "English Only". End of story. Was Mrs. Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great, a racist? Zero Shibai highly doubts it. And please take note that the so-called "overthrow" was really a revolution against a monarch with questionable ethics and utter disdain for democracy, and that this revolution replaced a monarchy with a republic. We're sorry you feel that people who know Hawaii's history are stupid and that that those who take OHA's press releases at face value are smart. But hey, there's always hope for you.
Larry Disney writes: "If you guys keep electing these people to office you'll find yourselves voted off the Island."
Kaha writes: "I'm hoping there will be t-shirts in the future. (Cow Inoa) if so put me at the top of the list. It's a sad day when a group of people can't laugh at themselves."
Oswald "Oz" Stender, current OHA Trustee, former Bishop Estate Trustee, former Campbell Estate CEO writes: "How can you live with yourself with so much hate in your heart? Oz."
Eric Seabury writes: "Amen, Zero Shibai! It is high time we start doing what the politicians won't do, which is openly debate the triple threat of OHA, the Akaka bill and the Kau Inoa "initiative", who's ultimate goal is to "bite the hand that feeds it" with creating a separate, race-based Hawaiian government, while continuing to be pumped up with American tax dollars that EVERY Hawai'i citizen works and sweats to make.
I laugh every time a sovereignty supporter/activist talks about "making Hawai'i "free" because the Hawaiian man and woman are "oppressed". Incase these people haven't noticed (which obviously they haven't) Hawai'i is Free and in a sense, is sovereign. If our public servants weren't so "footloose and fancy free" with our money and would stop misspending and overspending what we earn, they wouldn't have to grovel to Capitol Hill to secure federal funding. In turn we wouldn't have to have the federal government dictate to us how we run our own affairs in our state.
I'm sure many of these sovereignty activists who dream of a sovereign and "free" Hawai'i don't bother to even participate with what's going in government today and how the politicians make decisions in our name. Instead of participating in solving the problems we are facing in the present time, they falsely believe that sovereignty will solve all their problems.
I am not anti-Hawaiian but OHA, the Akaka bill and Kau Inoa will do nothing more than keep the Hawaiian man and woman down and continue to be subservient to government. Our present state and county governments are trying to do that to all of us right now. We, as a state, need to get together to reclaim our Freedom from overtaxation, we need to reclaim our Freedom from the overregulating of our personal lives and businesses. We need to reclaim our Freedom from the "ol' boy" network and special interest groups who love to participate in the "pay to play" schemes which makes us out to be the losers, everytime. We also need to reclaim our Freedom by getting rid of any bureaucrat who prefers to "kowtow" to the unions by providing low-grade education to our children attending public schools, ensuring a future only as menial job employees in the tourism industry and government jobs. The time to stand up and take action is now!"
EDITOR'S NOTE: There's really nothing more to say. Well, alright, there's always a few more things to say . . .
Hitting an Intolerant Nerve at Formerly Open-Minded College
From Dr. Joel Fischer, Professor of Social Work at UH: "I immediately bookmarked your new site as one of my "favorites." Then I read your "no shibai" article about Oz Stender. Damn if it wasn't the biggest pile of bullshit I EVER have read...and I have read plenty of bullshit. You actually pretended you had an interview with Stender, and instead, desperately MADE UP the entire thing to suit your own agenda. "NO SHIBAI" is actually the MEANING of shibai, with additonal multiple doses of lies and hypocrisy. " Shibai": You are hereby removed from my list of bookmarks! Go away!"
From Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua, PhD Assistant Professor, Indigenous Politics University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Political Science Department: "It's quite ironic that any writer or editor who hides their identity and does not take responsibility for the words and ideas they publish to claim 'zero shibai'."
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