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The Dumbing Down of the US Perfectly Illustrated in the Ukraine ‘Investigation’

This is what happens when we stop teaching civics and government classes in high school. People start believing that politics is government and that appearances and personal opinion circumvent the rule of law and the US Constitution. This is a direct result of the Progressive Movement having captured the education system and the mainstream media complex. The Associated...

Backpacker Yachties (Part One)

Author’s Note: Come join us – three rough and ready young sailors in a tiny 26-foot steel-hull yacht -- for some high adventure, at times hilarious and often precarious voyaging through the South Pacific. Braving the high seas for up to ten days at a stretch between sun-drenched, castaway islands – some so remote they can...

If Housing Costs in Honolulu Are Bad Now…

The cost of having four walls and a roof over your head in Honolulu has been staggeringly expensive relative to the rest of the nation for a while now.  The median price of a single-family home on Oahu in July reached $835,000, while the median price of a condominium rose to $460,000, according to a report from Honolulu real estate firm Locations...

Beef over Red Meat Advice Reveals Medical Corruption

In case you haven’t consumed any health news recently, there is a big beef over research showing red meat is not bad for you. A huge study has contradicted decades of anti-red-meat advice, and the experts who gave that advice are red-faced and livid. The new research was a systematic review of existing research,...

They’re Taking Their Business Elsewhere

A few months ago, we tried to remind folks about “It’s the Economy, Stupid.”  There we reported that we had been getting lots of news about our economy, and none of it was good. This month, the University of Hawaii’s economics research organization, UHERO, released its third quarter economic outlook on Hawaii.  The title of the paper wasn’t exactly comforting:...

Wills and Trusts for the Rest of Us

by Eileen Nims Everyone dies, not just millionaires and billionaires. The questions we all need to have created answers to are: 1. Who do I want to make medical and financial decisions for me when I can no longer do so myself; 2. Who do I want to care for my minor children or my dependent elderly parents...

Ivanka Trump Nitpicked over Nip Pic

Ivanka at UN General AssemblyImage from Hollywoodlife.com September 25, 2019 Despite all the rhetoric about encouraging and defending women’s equality, having a nipple showing through a blouse is apparently still considered a cardinal sin. The most recent apparent offender is Ivanka Trump, one of America’s leading women....

Effects of the Jones Act

Here in Hawaii, we are intensely dependent on goods that come into the State from faraway places, whether it be the U.S. mainland, Asia, or anywhere else in the world.  Part of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the “Jones Act,” affects us greatly because it prohibits any ship from carrying passengers or cargo between two U.S. ports unless...

Hong Kong: A Repeat of the Iranian Green Revolution Fail?

Hong Kong Protests
Have you read a lot about the pro-democracy (read: pro-freedom) demonstrations currently taking place in Hong Kong? If you are like most people you are surprised to hear that they are still taking place. That’s because the “loud-mouth media” – or the big cable networks, to be more specific – are more concerned with sensationalism than news that happens to be...

Thirty Years of State Tax, Part 2

Q:  We continue our series on the past 30 years of state tax with our researcher, the Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie’s wife. Watch Doggie:  And me! A:  Oh!  So you finally finished barking at the garbage truck? Q:  We’ve been talking about the taxes that have ballooned over the years.