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As If the Stakes Weren’t High Enough

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the enigmatic, longtime Supreme Court justice who attained near cult-like status among progressive circles, died Friday at the age of 87 from complications surrounding metastatic pancreas cancer.”

This means the radical Left will be doubling down on their need to win the presidency in November.

A loss in November means their arch nemesis, Donald Trump, would have at least three appointments to the SCOTUS, a number Republicans haven’t seen since Reagan. It would mean – as far as it can be known – a bent to the Right in constitutionality for the foreseeable future.

The radical (read: Marxist) Left is already throwing everything they have at the wall to see what will stick; their fearmongering is at a height never before seen in American politics. One commercial for Biden features a young child with leukemia along side his sobbing Mother, declaring that should Trump win the boy would lose his health insurance.

Of course this is a huge serving of bullshit as every proposal President Trump has made on healthcare reform as included the coverage of pre-existing conditions. The radical Left’s statement that the boy would lose coverage is a bald-faced lie.

Now, facing the notion of another Trump appointment to the SCOTUS, the radical Left must necessarily triple down on winning in November. They are playing a “win at all cost” game and the truth to them is foreign.

We can no longer banish political discourse amongst friends to the forbidden zone. Lies must be confronted, truths must be told, and we all must challenge those afflicted with the foresight of a gnat flying into the window of a speeding car to understand what the future holds should the Marxists of the radical Left succeed in wining this November.

It has been said many times before, but it has never been more true: This is the most important election in the history of the United States…and no one can afford to sit on he bench.

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So Do We Have Contact Tracers?

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Last week we discussed contact tracers, the people at the Department of Health who are supposed to follow up with COVID-19 positive patients and trace their contacts in order to either find their sources of infection or at least let the people with whom they were in contact know that they have been exposed to the virus.  It’s been said that “contact tracing is a key component in controlling large outbreaks and it becomes even more important as infections are driven down to ensure the state does not see further spikes.” 

On June 10, according to our Director of Health as reported in the Legislative Auditor’s recent report, the Health Department then had 60 full time staff who work on contact tracing and the target was to have an additional 320 health professionals trained by mid-July.  He also said that nearly 1,400 people signed up for contact tracing training at the University of Hawaii.

The truth, however, was that the 60 staff were full time workers but, as Sen. Donna Kim was told, did not necessarily work on contact tracing full time.  And what of the people trained at the University of Hawaii?  On August 4, Hawaii News Now reported that nearly 450 people went through the training program but the State only hired 20 of them.  HNN followed one person who took the training hoping to get hired and help the State, but when she followed up with the Health Department to see if she was a candidate, she received an email from the university telling her not to contact the Department directly.

Why couldn’t such a person be onboarded quickly to help fight the crisis?  “You cannot just take someone because they have clinical background or [epidemiological] background,” HNN quoted the Department’s Dr. Sarah Park as saying.  “They have to be trained on what we do. … [Otherwise] you are gonna cause more problems than help.”  So, the people supposedly trained by the University of Hawaii were not in fact job-ready but needed to be trained again. 

And then, of course, there was another issue:  Where would you put the contact tracers once they were trained (twice)?  They would need space, and equipment like computers and phones.  But, as Dr. Park testified during a Senate hearing on Aug. 6, as reported by Hawaii Public Radio:  “Our grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not actually allow us to rent space,” she said. “They do not allow us to renovate space, basically don’t allow us to do anything for space. They give us money to be able to hire people. They allow us to use our funds to obtain certain amount of equipment, but they do not allow us to use … any of those funds to identify and secure any space anywhere. And so that’s been extremely stressful, extremely problematic.”

Ultimately, the contact tracers set up shop in the Hawaii Convention Center, and the Department of Health held a press conference there on August 19.  The Department then said there were 126 contact tracers on the job with another 13 support staff.  “What’s going to stop this disease from spreading in Hawaii is not the number of contact tracers, it’s going to be everyone’s behavior,” Anderson said.

So where does that leave us?  Apparently, the Department doesn’t want people to know.  They have told the media that because of their extreme workload, they will only respond to media questions during scheduled news briefings.  The State Auditor’s office complained of getting the runaround as well.  On August 28, the Department shot back, saying, “Employees attempted to accommodate the auditor’s very short time frame for interviews, despite the fact these employees are balancing a number of requests on top of their pandemic response duties.”

Folks, we have a pandemic going on.  If the best way to control it is by everyone’s behavior, as Director Anderson stated, people will need to trust those who would tell them what to do.  We taxpayers are stressed and anxious, and we have questions.  Would you trust someone who answered your questions with, “Shut up and just do as we told you”?  We need timely answers and fixes to what has been going wrong.  Then maybe one day we will be able to trust government again.

The Left’s Real-Time Attempt to Rewrite US History

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Marxist-Progressives do this in a sort of perpetual motion. They never stop. They are constantly re-writing the narrative; constantly re-writing history to support their narratives and redefining words to facilitate the constructs of those narratives. To them truth is relative to the current lens and has no context. This is what happens when ideologues are tacitly allowed to manipulate the established facts of history.

One such effort to manipulate US history comes in the 1619 Project from The New York Times. This effort provides further and undeniable proof that The Times has succeeded in its transformation from journalistic enterprise into a Marxist-Progressive propaganda machine. The criminal thing in it all is this. The New York Times still fraudulently sells its product as a newspaper.

The 1619 Project, in a nutshell, proposes that the United States did not begin in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence, but in 1619 with the African slave trade arriving in Virginia. It further looks to re-write US history to read that the Revolutionary War was not fought to establish independence from an oppressive British Empire, but to protect the institution of slavery.

While true historians from across the nation immediately took issue with this fraudulent recounting of American history, The New York Times stood steadfastly behind the project’s creator, Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Black-centric activist who has made outlandish claims in addition to her opportunistic bastardization of the founding of our country:

  • She quote-tweeted a thread stating the noticeable uptick in firework shows in Brooklyn and Queens were part of “a coordinated attack on Black and Brown communities by government forces.”
  • In a letter to the editor in response to an article published by Notre Dame’s The Observer she calls the “white race” the “biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world.”
  • And in the midst of the racially charged violence and destruction falsely facilitated by law enforcement’s dispatching of George Floyd, Hannah-Jones insisted that, “Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.”

In the aforementioned letter to the editor, Hannah-Jones states:

“Europeans have colonized and destroyed the indigenous populations of every continent of this planet. They have committed genocide against cultures that have never offended them in their greed and insatiable desire to control and dominate every non-white culture…[and are] no different then [sic] Hitler. The crimes they committed were unnecessarily cruel and can only be described as acts of the devil…

“It was not enough for whites to come to the Americas and learn, they looked upon the native people as inferior and a people to be annihilated. Their lasting monument was the destruction and enslavement of two races of people…

“Even today, the descendants of these savage people pump drugs and guns into the Balck [sic] community, pack Black people into the squalor of segregated urban ghettos, and continue to be bloodsuckers in our communities.”

She ends her racist screed by declaring that the “descendants” of “these barbaric devils” “need to constantly prove their superiority.”

I’ll refrain from commenting on the fact that for a Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist and Notre Dame and UNC Chapel Hill graduate her spelling and grammar are atrocious.

Any rational mind can see that at her core, Hannah-Jones is a racist. She sees everything through the lens of race, rejecting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s true statement of equality that we should judge people on the content of their character not the color of their skin.

So, while we have deduced that Hannah-Jones is the worst kind of racist – one who profiteers by crafting false narratives that fan the flames of division and cause societal unrest, the truly dangerous aspect of this story is that Hannah-Jones and The New York Times have shopped this fraudulent history to the education system.

California’s Department of Education has created a draft model that includes some of the 1619 Project in its history classes and Washington, DC and Chicago have done the same in their curriculums. Our school children are being taught the ideological propaganda of racism, crafted by a racist, to perpetuate the falsehood that the United States suffers from a life-long history of systemic racism.

On September 4, 2020, the Trump Administration issued a directive to cease any type of race theory training (read: racial diversity training) at any federal agency, calling the sessions “divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions.”

On September 6, 2020, the President himself warned that any school system using any part of the 1619 Project, or incorporating any of its themes into its curriculum, could face denial of federal funding. He issued a directive to the US Department of Education to investigate every instance of its use and/or incorporation.

In the beginning, when he was a candidate for the presidency, I had my issues with Donald Trump. I believed that there were others on the GOP debate stage that were more qualified for the job. But in this moment in time, those beliefs have been proven wrong, and demonstrably so. This outsider has done more to better the condition for the common man; for the average citizen than any president since Abraham Lincoln, doing so while marginalizing the unearned status of the ideological and political elite.

In Donald Trump’s singular actions to protect the integrity of American history in our schools and divest the federal government from ideological indoctrination, he has earned the right to steward the nation for four more years. And make no mistake, Nikole Hannah-Jones and her Black supremist “BLACKTIFA” brethren won’t take that sitting down.

Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions

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The story you are about to read is true.  The names have not been changed to protect the innocent.  This is the city:  Honolulu, Hawaii.  I live here.  I’m a doggie.

This is the Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions.

In a previous column the Boss mentioned $1.25 billion that the federal government made available to Hawaii through the CARES Act.  (I wanted to howl about the real possibility that lots of that money will disappear at year’s end.)

Another federal act was passed after the CARES Act to throw a few more bones to those using the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  That act, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, also made $11 billion more available to the states.  Hawaii’s share of this additional money was roughly $50 million.  It was supposed to be for necessary expenses to develop or scale up COVID-19 testing, conduct surveillance, trace contacts, and other pandemic related activities.

In Senate Bill 75, the legislature told us what we were going to do with that money.  $36 million was to go to the Department of Transportation for thermal screening and related uses, and $14 million was to go the Department of Health for outbreak control, contact tracing, and personal protective equipment.

The bill also said that both agencies were to submit a monthly report to the governor and legislature that details all allocations and expenditures.

Governor Ige allowed the bill to become law without his signature on July 15th.  None of the appropriations just mentioned were vetoed or reduced.  So, the Department of Health was able to fetch $14 million.

It doesn’t seem like $14 million was spent on contact tracing.  When a group of senators raided the Department to sniff around, they found only a handful of overworked tracers where there were supposed to be closer to a hundred.

As mentioned, the appropriation act required monthly reports to the legislature on how the money was spent.  Reports to the legislature from an executive department are called Departmental Communications and are available on the Legislature’s website.  I pawed through the departmental communications from May 5 to August 20, DC 432 to DC 492, and none of them were from the Department of Health.  (There was no Department of Transportation report either.)

I’m not the only one trying to dig up information on where the money went.  On August 19, U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo of California, who chairs the Subcommittee on Health of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote a letter to Governor Ige asking the same question.  She said that “less than two months ago, Hawaii had the lowest number of COVID-19 cases per capita of any state in the nation.  However, this trend has reversed and now Hawaii has the highest infection rate in the United States.”  She requested specific information, and the last request was:  “Due to numerous instances of conflicting and false information being released to the public by your Department of Health regarding the number of contract tracers employed and their capabilities, what specific actions will you take to restore the integrity of the Department of Health?”

Yipe!  Talk about pointed questions!

This is a true story.  The end of the story has not yet been written.  We too will be following the money, or trying to, and will continue to bark like crazy if we can’t.  Ours is a tough job but someone has to do it.  The name’s Watch Doggie.

How Quickly It Turned: BLM Now About Anti-Capitalism

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It didn’t take long.

“Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, said the Black Lives Matter movement ‘has been nothing short of an earthquake in American politics, exposing the endemic racism and police violence of US capitalism’…Sawant, 46, is a native of India, called for the overthrow of capitalism, including the seizure of Fortune 500 companies. In a tweet she declared her desire to ‘…overthrow the racist, sexist, violent, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism.’”

So, Sawant inadvertently acknowledges that the riots in Seattle – and New York, Chicago, Portland, et al – are and never have been about racism or George Floyd. This uprising has always been about a Marxist hatred for Capitalism.

Leave it to the cowards of Communism to deceive the masses. Then, they have always preyed on the intellectually weak when creating their “useful idiots.”

There are two blazingly obvious facts that need to be addressed whenever a Marxist tries to convince people that Communism is the way to go. That they need to be pointed out is a very dark commentary on the US education system.

First, Capitalism is the only economic system – bar none – that allows for the opportunity to amass wealth through hard work. It is the economic system that introduced the advent of the Middle Class to the world. This was – and for many still is – the promise of the American Dream. Yes, it has gotten harder for innovators and new entrepreneurs to embrace this opportunity but that is solely for the fact that government has injected itself into the marketplace through regulation and the ideological hand of social engineering. Left to itself, Capitalism creates wealth through the unassailable equation of supply and demand.

Second, there isn’t and hasn’t been one – not one – nation state that has survived the cancer of Communism. Each fledgling government that has embraced the Socialist-to-Communist model has experienced the fallibility of human nature which, throughout the ages, has fallen prey to the seduction of power. In each and every instance that the Socialist-to-Communist model has been employed, wealth has been stolen to subsidize the elite, human rights have been discarded, great loss of life at the hand of the elite has taken place, and revolution has ensued.

A simple question always throws a wrench into the Marxist narrative and rightly so. If Communism is so wildly better than Capitalism, why are you not existing in a Communist nation? If Communism is so superior to Capitalism, why would you want to stay?

When people like Sawant leave their native lands for the United States they are overtly admitting that their system of governments have failed them; that Socialism, Fascism, and Communism simply do not work for the masses. There is no freedom. There is no opportunity. Unless you are in the oligarchic elite you are a peasant with no hope and no future.

It is for this reason that these intellectually stunted, political simpletons come to a country that does afford them freedom. And then they abuse that freedom by trying to recreate the same failed governmental and economic models that sent them fleeing their native lands.

Americans have been duped into believing that our nation must change to be fair to all. The fact is this. People flock here from around the world in a steady stream because we are the fairest country on the face of the Earth and because opportunity when we remove the poison hand of  Communism’s social engineering, is available to everyone…even loud-mouthed Marxists.

Locked Down by Politics, Not Pandemic

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This week has been a series of dog-and-pony shows featuring the faces of Gov. David Ige, DOH Director Bruce Anderson (he who is not a medical doctor) Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and their pet dog, Council Member Joey Manahan. For stage props, they used and abused Lt. Gov. Josh Green and United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who has come to Hawaii to intercede amidst the rising surge of Covid-19 infections that threaten to overrun our tiny, little medical system.

And here we are.

Let me start this rant with recognition that the VERY FIRST order Ige enacted regarding the pandemic COVID-19 was to SUSPEND HAWAII’S OPEN GOVERNMENT law. As recently as this week, Ige’s office has declined to provide copies of communications about the coronavirus between his staff, the state’s DOH, the tourism industry and other businesses.

It is now a documented fact that our government failed. We have reached a dangerous turning point in the fight against COVID-19. Our hospitals are on the verge of becoming overwhelmed with coronavirus cases. We have no effective contact tracing, we have a shortage of nurses and we have weak and ineffective leadership to steer us out of this pandemic.

The US Surgeon General had to COME TO HAWAII to see that these failures cease; that the tools at hand are being meted out judiciously; that we have contact tracing, tracking, isolation, testing, PPEs and appropriate closures to curb the spread of this disease – BECAUSE GOV. IGE, DOH DIRECTOR ANDERSON AND OAHU MAYOR CALDWELL FAILED.

We all knew that the closures were insane. You can go to the gym and the movies, but you get a $5,000 ticket for walking through the park. You can play golf but you can’t go to the beach. You can go to a public school (private schools had distance learning in place) and go to church services, but you can’t have more than five at dinner in a restaurant.

As far as I can tell, you can still go to church services (thank you Pres. Trump for that avenue of contagion when online worked just as well), but on Thursday, the DOE finally acceded to extended “Learn from Home” orders through Oct. 2 after union members clamored for common sense.

But it is the failure of government and the condescension and obfuscation by the mainstream Hawaii press and politicians that is breathtaking! I know I am not alone as I watch in jaw-dropping suspense for someone to put a hook around Anderson and his sidekick State Epidemiologist Sarah Park and pull them off the stage!

Since the joining of HNN – Hawaii News Now – when three stations banded together to “save money” to produce news, our news outlets have become one voice. The once- bad-boy Civil Beat is now a mainstream media regular and with the struggling Star Advertiser they are lending their voices to the chorus. All are the same. All refuse to state the obvious. The Fifth Column is dead in Hawaii, unless you count the offbeat, like Hawaii Reporter.

Here I can state without fear of breaking ranks that Hawaii’s residents have been ripped off. That $50 million that was supposed to be spent on tracking and tracing? Where did it go?

The state auditor released a report on DOH contact tracing that is riveting. A report by KITV on the audit Thursday said that, “”Instead of cooperation and assistance, we encountered barriers, delays,” wrote State Auditor Leslie Kondo. The state auditor’s report described the same BS we have all seen as the state has failed and failed and failed again – to do the most basic things to stem the coronavirus.

Here is a sample:

During an August 18 interview, we asked the Health Director if the department makes arrangements for people who are unable to self-isolate or self-quarantine in their homes. He replied that, while the figure may vary day- to-day, around 40 individuals are residing in hotel rooms secured by DOH to accommodate those who were not able to self-isolate or self- quarantine at home. When we questioned the Health Director about the number of rooms that DOH had available to house so many people, he replied, “Believe it or not, for the cases we have, in the vast majority of cases, self-isolation or self- quarantine can be accomplished in the home.”

But what people want to do may be contrary to what they can do. Assuming just 100 new cases per day and, on average, 2 close contacts per each person who tested positive, 300 people may be asked to self-isolate and self-quarantine each day. Over the course of 14 days, that’s 4,200 people who may be self-isolating and self- quarantining. We question the Health Director’s assumption that, out of such a large number of people, only about 40 people are unable to self- isolate or self-quarantine in their homes. And, if the average number of cases is more than 100 and/or the average number of close contacts is more than 2, the number of people who should be self-isolating and self-quarantining only raise more questions about the department’s ability to provide needed support services.

The report shows a pattern of insanity that amounts to gambling with the public’s health as a career move:

“We intended to report on DOH’s contact tracing process, primarily to filter through the varying, confusing, and often conflicting information and to provide a clearer, objective,
and up-to-date understanding of the department’s efforts. However, instead of cooperation and assistance, we encountered barriers, delays, and ultimately were denied access to those responsible for leading the department’s contact tracing: theDisease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD) Chief and the Disease Investigation Branch (DIB) Chief, who recently took over that task. While the Health Director spoke with us, failing to respond to numerous requests until a few hours before the interview, he repeatedly directed us to speak with the DOCD Chief for answers to specific questions about the department’s contact tracing process. At the end of our discussion, the Director said he would ask the DOCD Chief to talk to us and would provide us with documents we had requested in multiple letters to him, including the department’s policies and procedures relating to contact tracing. However, the DOCD Chief did not contact us, and the Health Director did not provide the requested documents.”

Did you see this on HNN Thursday? No. Did you see this in the Star Advertiser? No. Did you see this in your morning report on CB? No. It was on the outlier – as critical as this information is – KITV reported on it.

Why Contact Tracing? Because it is effective. It informs the exposed they should isolate and get tested. It keeps the virus out of circulation. It curbs community spread, which is what is rampant now on Oahu.

The CDC recommends that a “close contact,” defined as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, be notified of their exposure by phone, text, email, or in-person (if appropriate) in the primary language of the individual within 24 hours of the health department first obtaining information about a contact.

That BASIC FUNDAMENTAL element has been totally absent from our local response by the state’s Department of Health to control the spread of the disease. Hence, people who are exposed and may be infected are wandering around as if nothing has happened, infecting others.

Remember those warnings about venereal disease from high school? Every time you have unprotected sex you are exposing yourself to every partner your partner and his/her partner ever had… and such it is with every time you are in close contact with someone within six feet for fifteen minutes.

One other thing – about that unemployment? Yeah. You got it. They moved all the people who were supposed to be getting you your unemployment out of the convention center and moved the contact tracers in their place. The department head quit. The whole shebang is run amuck and there is no one there again. What about that? And yes, Ige did decide that he was not going to attach that lifeline to add to those fortunate enough to get unemployment. He took it out of the budget in the hopes that the president will provide it instead. Nothing comes from Washington without steel strings attached, as we have seen with the PPP loans.Many of those who received PPP are being asked to pay it back – but their businesses have closed yet again – or they have had to close permanently. Now they are on the hook to the feds for a loan that was supposed to be forgiven. So yes, they kicked out the unemployment people without solving that problem and put the next problem, contact tracing, in there in a gesture of pure BS.

Politics drives the anonymity of information, too. Why don’t they tell us which gym has a cluster, or which restaurant? Which unions or businesses do you think are influencing those decisions? The DOH certainly won’t call you and tell you that you’ve been exposed because there are no contact tracers. Politics.

And what is Joey Manahan doing out there with Caldwell? He is Caldwell’s new pet dog, a hand-selected candidate for higher office, to follow Caldwell! Joey doesn’t have the most effected district.That distinction goes to Ewa Beach, Kym Pine. But Caldwell and Pine clash, so he selects his buddy, Manahan. Really? Politics? This is life or death! WTF?

What Manahan does have is OCCC in his district. United Public Workers HGEA are calling for the resignation of Public safety Director Nolan Espinda after 242 prisoners and 51 staff have tested positive and the department took days to test the prisoners. It’s not clear if they have finished testing the whole population yet. The courts had to order them to release prisoners. Two staff members at the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua tested positive, as well. This, because there was no guidance on safety measures and operating procedures and a lack of PPEs. “To this day, only vague generalities and Department of Health and CDC guidelines have been provided,” said HGEA ED Randy Perreira.

It is downright ridiculous that our government has behaved this way. As UH Professor Ken Lawson (Facebook: FIND JOSH GREEN! MAYOR KOOKY KIRK’S CONFUSING COVID19 RESTRICTIONS) has pointed out, until Wednesday’s press conference, when Lt. Gov. Josh Green was present, LG was kept off the stage. For those whose heads may be in the sand, LG is likely to be the most popular candidate to take the governor’s office in two years. That means he will be in a race with Caldwell, who, believe it or not, thinks he is ordained to be the next governor.

While most of us look at Caldwell askew and wonder how someone who has f-cked up things this much could ever imagine that he could be elected to higher office, Caldwell must think he can deflect the federal government’s involvement in the rail, the investigation of the Kealoha scandals and now this, the handling of COVID. We have the highest rate of infection per capita in the nation.

Thank you very much, Mayor Caldwell.

But this is why he kicked out LG again. He doesn’t want him to have any air time. And Green, being the gracious guy he is, soft petals his criticism of the administration. He seems to have pulled back from when he called for the removal of Anderson and Park.

So, without any proof, but knowing LG as a proficient and meticulous professional emergency room physician, I wouldn’t have put it past him to have reached out into his professional community of fellow physicians, including the Surgeon General (again, DOH Director Bruce Anderson is a Ph.D. and not a medical doctor) to point out that we are about to see our hospitals overrun with COVID patients and the state is in dire need of help. With a scientist’s eyes, looking at the facts, no responsible person could possibly deny that we are in grave trouble here.

While that is my unsupported presumption, it is also evident that the Mayor and the Governor could not have continued to ace Green out of the picture with the Surgeon General here, remaining to oversee the surge testing, the implementation of hiring contact tracers and the leasing of vacant hotels to house people who need to be in isolation.

It should also be noted that, with the free testing at multiple sites throughout Oahu, residents have flocked to get tested in droves. They are literally standing in groups, lined up waiting for hours to get tested… another super-spreading event right there because of systemic mismanagement. After all, aren’t people there because they suspect they have been exposed or they are experiencing symptoms? So why are they allowing them to congregate?

Stay home as much as you can. Wear a mask. Do not expose yourself to anyone. If you think you have been exposed, or feel ill, isolate and get tested. Be your own advocate and don’t trust the press or the government. DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE!

These are tough times and thanks to politics, they just got a lot tougher.

Learn how to run longer, further & better

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By Fabian Patterson

There is this craze notion about running, that in order to run better you just need to do it a lot. Although, there’s truth to that. There’s more that goes into running than the motion of picking up and putting your feet down faster. Things such as body position, form, to rotate or when to not rotate the hip, also foot placement. Where should your feet be when running.

To be precise, in order to run better you must first cultivate a good run form. So, without delay let’s jump into understanding what a good run form is.

To fully understand this, we will break the body down from the head to the feet.

With a good run form your head is neutral, sort of parallel to the ground. If you can see the horizon when you’re running this is one way to tell that your head is parallel to the ground. Neutrality releases tension in your neck. Another benefit of running with head parallel to the ground is that it prevents you from restricting your airway, which makes it a whole lot easier to breathe.

Your coach, Fabian Patterson

Moving on to the shoulders. Shoulder positioning is something that should be simple. But, shoulder positioning is one of the biggest mistakes people make when running. So many times, I see people running with their shoulders hunched over, only because this is their natural body position. However, we must understand that our lungs are located inside your rib cage, and running with rotated shoulders puts pressure on your chest cavities, which in turn restricts the full expansion of our lungs. So, it is imperative to practice and adapt running with your shoulders straight and back.

Positioning of our hands is next on the focus. There are so many different techniques that are being taught, and honestly most of them aren’t wrong. However, when it comes to positioning our hands the best practice is whatever is comfortable for you. Given that your hands are always relaxed and free from tension.

One way to achieve this is the egg method. Basically, closing your hands and gently placing the tip of your thumb. index and middle fingers together but, without applying pressure as if you were carrying an egg and not wanting it to break. You would also bend your elbows to the 90-degree position while allowing them to naturally swing back and forth.

Fabian works with a a student on the finer points of running

Next, hip position. There are two distinctive forms when it comes to hips positioning. One, is with no rotation and the other, you guessed it is with rotation. But first, no rotation means your hips are stable underneath your upper torso. This form is typical for long distance running. It allows you to conserve energy so that you can run further – longer.

The second position is with rotation. This type of hip positioning when running is typically for shorter distance. This gives you the runner an extended range of motion, which allows you to cover more ground with faster left to right foot turnover.

Heading down to the positioning of your feet. There are a few things to keep in mind for this. (1) Keeping your feet directly underneath your body is important, because it prevents you from over reaching with your stride.

Let’s look at this closer. If you over extend one foot forward, this means the other foot is also over extended behind you, forcing you to waste energy to bring that foot back forward. (2) Keeping your feet directly underneath your body. If your feet stay directly underneath your body all you would then need to do is pick them up and put them directly back down without having to use more energy than needed.

Practice is always part of the formula

Now, you’re probably wondering if I’m picking my feet up and putting them back down in the same position how do I go forward? Well, that’s where the next body position comes into play. Leaning forward.

When you lean forward gravity takes over and does what it does. You just then need to move your feet to prevent falling on your face. Which, your body will do automatically to prevent you from falling on your face. And in this instance, you will eliminate half the work that’s required to run. Remember, just lean forward and let gravity do the rest.

Finally, and most important – breathing. I’ve heard so many different techniques for breathing from breathe through your nose only; breathe through your mouth only; you have to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth; you have to take one breath every three steps and the list goes on.

I don’t know about you but, all that just seems confusing. Breathing is actually simpler than that. It’s as simple as doing what’s comfortable for you. If you breathe better through your nose only, then do that. If you breathe better through your mouth only, then do that. The only way to run further, longer is to build up endurance to running. You won’t do it by conforming to some un-natural breathing technique.

Where ever you live make running a part of your fitness regime

Don’t get me wrong when running you do want to do your best to maintain somewhat of a steady in and out breath to prevent labored breathing. Labored breathing is the number one reason why most people get tired early into running, and once your body uses up the oxygen levels in your blood it’ll takes a while to build it back up and it won’t happen while running. Therefore, it’s important to understand, practice and adapt a good run form as it will undoubtedly make you a better runner.

Fabian Patterson is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist and owner of Change-iz Fitness a local personal training business located in the Kapolei area. For more information about this article, his business or anything fitness related please contact him via email changeizfitness@gmail.com or his website www.change-izfitness.com

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Is Our Share of CARES Act Money Disappearing?

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Two weeks ago in this space, we wrote about a generous genie known as Uncle Sam who is making available $1.25 billion under section 5001 of the CARES Act.  The catch is that the money can be used only to cover costs that (1) are necessary expenditures incurred due to COVID–19; (2) were not accounted for in the government’s budget when the CARES Act became law; and (3) were incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020.

We wondered out loud if several categories of moneys appropriated in the State’s recently passed budget bill, SB 126 (significant parts of which were line-item vetoed by the Governor) would be eligible for section 5001 federal money.

Buried on the U.S. Treasury’s website is a document that provides several answers.  We certainly hope our lawmakers and government officials know about it – because having to forgo, or pay back, a bunch of that money is not going to be a happy thing.

For example, Treasury says that we can spend our allotted dollars for actions taken to respond to the public health emergency, such as by addressing medical or public health needs, or by responding to the emergency’s effects, such as by providing economic support to those suffering from employment or business interruptions due to COVID-19-related business closures.  They say that these funds may not be used to fill shortfalls in government revenue to cover expenditures that would not otherwise qualify under the law.

Treasury also says that for a cost to be incurred, the goods and services the money is spent on would need to be performed or delivered by December 30 (with payment up to 90 days later).  Put another way, although our state government usually considers a cost to be drawn against the budget for the year the money was contractually obligated, or “encumbered,” it is not sufficient if the money is encumbered before December 30.  The delivery or performance called for by the contract must occur before December 30.  It is okay if durable goods that are necessary to deal with COVID-19 are delivered before the end of the year even if those goods are not used before the year is out.

Some examples of costs that won’t be reimbursed are:  (1) expenses for the State share of Medicaid; (2) damages covered by insurance; (3) payroll or benefits expenses for employees whose work duties are not substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency; (4) expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any federal program, such as reimbursement of contributions by States to State unemployment funds; (5) reimbursement to donors for donated items or services; (6) workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime; (7) severance pay; and (8) legal settlements.

After all that, do we have a better idea of what cost items to avoid?  Then, lawmakers, it’s time to come together and figure out how to use the genie’s largesse to do the most good.  Let’s not make the mistake of leaving tons of money in limbo land – or in some special fund, which would have the same effect on these dollars.

The Abject Ridiculousness of the Left

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (P-CA), who because of her decades in political office is getting pummeled by the AOC/Marxist youth-fringe of her party, is flailing at anything in an effort to find the message that sticks going into the 2020 General Election. Her attempt this week focuses on voter suppression.

In a rare Saturday news conference, that obviously took her away from martini-time at the club, Pelosi floated this absurdity. From FOX News:

“Now they say Trump is deploying more voter suppression tactics by suggesting he’ll send law enforcement to polling places to monitor the election.

“‘Why would he do that, except to scare people off?…It’s in their playbook that they’ll have people intimidated to vote by having ICE agents … or other law enforcement there to instill fear in people as they show up,’ she said.”

Of course, there is a gigantic problem with this, and it is two-fold.

First, those who are legally registered to vote wouldn’t be intimidated by the presence of any type of law enforcement at a polling place. In fact, the overwhelming majority of voters would see it as a ballot security measure and welcome the presence.

Second, the only people who are shopping the idea that people should fear law enforcement are the Marxists and Fascists who are literally burning down cities like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, etc. and their Progressive handlers who need that narrative to stick for ideologically motivated political purposes.

In-depth examination of the statistics shows that the “Be Scared of the Police” movement is nothing but a narrative. There is no systemic racism in law enforcement, and, in fact, there are more racists in the Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA movements, because of their race-based ideology, than in any other demographic calculable.

When a political party puts all their political capital into one avenue of attack against their opposition as the Progressives and Democrats did with impeachment, and that avenue fails, there is a panic to find a deflective narrative from their lack of accomplishment going into an election.

There will be no voter suppression because there is law enforcement visible at polling places. That’s a flat out lie and Pelosi knows it. The only votes a police presence at the polls will suppress are the votes cast by people who don’t have the right to vote.

And that’s a great thing for the country.

Those Concerned About Education Are Missing a Golden Opportunity

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The debate rages on. Do we open schools in the face of the threat COVID-19 poses or do we keep schools closed? There are compelling arguments on both sides of the issue and ones not strictly based in politics. But those concerned with the quality of education in the United States, and especially those who believe our educational institutions have become indoctrination mills, are viewing this debate with a stunning amount of short-sightedness.

To say that the Progressive ideology is prevalent in our education system is to state the obvious. All you must do is utter a favorable statement about one of our nation’s Founders on any campus and you will be assailed as a heretic. “How can you glorify a slave owner,” you will almost instantly hear as you are pressured off the campus. Or bring up the name Christopher Columbus in any high school and you will immediately be confronted with the false narrative that he slaughtered legions of Native Americans. You will be castigated as a racist.

The truth of the matter where both of those points are concerned is this. Our Founders, including Thomas Jefferson and John Adams – two of those who crafted the Declaration of Independence, were abolitionists and laid the groundwork for the United States to be one of the first countries in the world to abolish the slave trade (as an aside, the slave trade thrives in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East still today). Columbus? All this Italian explorer did was to unwittingly expose Native Americans to the same diseases that the Mongols unwittingly brought to Europe during their campaigns of conquest.

But we don’t hear the full stories about these issues because our education system has become agendized politically to the ideological Left and in that realm the United States – and all Americans – are colonizing bastards who have sucked the wealth from every culture they have ever engaged. Never mind that the American Capitalist system created – created for the world – what we now recognize as the Middle Class; a way for people to break out of the class culture that before the American advent was impossible. Never mind that technology from the United States has revolutionized life for every person on the face of the planet. Ignore the medical, agricultural, engineering, and communication advances that the United States has brought to the world. As the Left believes it, we are horrible people who should be in a constant state of apology.

And why do so many from Generation X to present think this way? They believe because that’s what they were taught in school.

The Progressive movement, with a genesis circa the turn of the 20th Century, understood as fundamental that to erode the truth of what the United States has to hold they needed to change the narrative about the United States; from opportunity to hopelessness, freedom to oppression. To achieve that goal, they knew they had to capture both the education system and the media complex. Today, they have succeeded, and we are seeing the fruit from this poison tree.

But from the ashes there is an opportunity for a phoenix to rise and this phoenix would be the recreation of the American education system courtesy of the Coronavirus.

As the politicians and ideological activists disingenuously debate whether schools should re-open in the Fall, there is a gigantic opportunity for the private sector to destroy the union-owned, Progressive-captured, state-run education system. This opportunity won’t last long so those who love our country who have deep pockets might want to stow their megalomania for a bit and realize the two-fold opportunity presented by this moment in time.

Never before have so many parents been exposed to the idea of home schooling and/or remote learning outside of a formal school setting. School children across the country have been out of the formal school system since Spring break of last year and many in several states face the prospect of continuing this existence.

Never before have so many parents been in need of educational materials with which to engage their children. They are in need of easy-to-use albeit potent educational vehicles and curriculum that will allow them to both effectively educate their homebound children and execute their duties to either their households or employers or both.

And, never before has there been a transformative moment in time when a need and a market were so obviously presented along with an opportunity for the private sector to achieve influence and wealth even as it did a tremendous public service in the immediate while saving the Republic for the future.

The opportunity that presents is one in which a non-politicized, non-ideological, modular educational curriculum software is created. This easy-to-administer educational curriculum and software would, no doubt (and with the appropriate marketing) save our children from another quarter in which education was sacrificed to political opportunism. It would also super-charge the question of why we allow others to have control over our children’s education when we can more efficiently do so, at a fraction of the cost, and with a more desirable outcome: the institution of critical thinking skills without the indoctrination.

After the pandemic sequestration is exhausted, this curriculum could continue to be executed either in the home (bolstering the numbers of the home school demographic) or be instituted at public libraries or learning annexes, administered by librarians and/or technical aids with a clear instruction aid only with the technical execution of the lessons via the software.

By engaging one opportunity we eliminate:

  • The ideological indoctrination of our children
  • The stranglehold the school textbook industry has on the historical narrative
  • The radical influence the teachers’ unions have in politics
  • One of the more intrusive taxing bases in our tax bills

By engaging one opportunity we achieve:

  • An education system that allows a student to succeed at his/her own pace
  • The independence of our education system from the tyranny of the minority
  • The reduction of education debt over a student’s lifetime
  • The preservation of history in a fact-based, unmanipulated manner
  • A new industry where costs will be mandated by product superiority and market-based competition

Today’s “deep thinkers” and “deep pockets” of the political Right are missing an opportunity to set Progressivism back a century, but to date not one of them has had the vision or the courage to execute. One must wonder, with the immense level of wealth and influence that executing on this issue would achieve, why isn’t there a race to this market?

It was once said to me back in my non-profit days, “No one invests in ideas anymore.” The more I contemplate that reality, the more I am delivered to this fact. That’s exactly what is wrong with our country today.