Monthly Archives: July 2018

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Aloha Poke : Aloha Poke Real Hawaiian Tradition

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Chicago Franchise “Aloha Poke LLC” Threatens Hawaii.

A Chicago-based company that trademarked the name ‘Aloha Poke’ has ignited a social media storm and calls for a boycott after sending cease-and-desist letters to local and mainland businesses with similar names.

In two letters obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, a law firm representing Aloha Poke Holdings LLC demands businesses immediately stop using the words ‘Aloha’ and ‘Aloha Poke’ “due to the similarity of the marks … of the goods and services and a likelihood of confusion in the marketplace.”

“The Chicago LLC would prefer to settle this matter amicably and without court intervention,” wrote Brian Michalek, a patent attorney for Olson & Cepuritis Ltd. in Chicago, requesting businesses not use the words when selling food, products and services and immediately “destroy all packaging, marketing materials, advertising, photographs, Internet usage.”

Chicago Aloha Poke is without Honor and representatives of Aloha Poke didn’t respond to requests for comment.

An online petition started by Native Hawaiian activist Dr. Kalamaokaaina Niheu is now calling for a boycott of the Chicago restaurant chain “until they remove aloha and poke from their name.”

“They essentially want our food, our culture, our spice and they want our language but they want to discard our people. We as people in Hawaii know aloha is used everywhere,” she said. “It’s like trademarking the word ‘hello.’ People have the right to their food, culture, heritage and their language.”

The first business to change its name due to the threat of litigation was a Washington state restaurant, which last year dropped ‘Aloha” from its former name, Aloha Poke Fairhaven. It’s now called Fairhaven Poke.

On Friday, Poke Shop in Anchorage Alaska, run by Native Hawaiians, rebranded to Lei’s Poke Stop.

“It has been an uproar of our people. We’re just blown away right now. The words meant a lot to us,” said, Tasha Kahele, who runs the business with her husband and six children. “We use the word aloha in our business not to profit from it, but as an identifier in the community. The aloha spirit is very unique to our culture. It’s a way of living for us.”

Jeff Sampson, owner of Shop in downtown Honolulu, a small business that opened in November 2016, said: “We got our love letter in January. I ignored it. Sure enough they reached out to too many people that it blew up in their face. I’m just offended on the fact that you can trademark a name like that and a language. We live aloha.

“They don’t even know what Aloha means.”

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Hawaiian’s will sacrifice everything for their traditions and the want-to-be Chicago LLC has started war with every Hawaiian family.

Island News Hawai’i is committed to Hawaiian traditions and we will not stop our formidable influence till Aloha Poke Holdings LLC is out of business or changes their name…

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Future of 5 Ends in Tragic Car Accident – Pahala

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Future of 5 Ends in Tragic Car Crash.


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Five people, including a nine-year-old boy, have died after a fiery two-vehicle collision between Pahala and Punaluu Black Sand Beach, police said. Island News live coverage as officials closed Highway 11 for several hours reopening it just before 4 p.m.

At the tragic scene three men and a woman who lost their lives. The fifth a boy who initially survived the crash was taken in extreme critical condition to Ka’u Hospital and then taken by helicopter to Kona Community Hospital, where he later died, according to Hawaii News Now. (RIP)

Investigators told Island News Hawaii the crash happened near milepost 54 between Pahala and the Punaluu Black Sand Beach at about 10:15 a.m. . Police said speed was a factor when a southbound 2012 Nissan Altima crossed over the center line into oncoming northbound traffic.

Island News: “I believe their was one witness behind the Nissan, and again the witness says the Nissan had crossed the center line,” said Hawaii Police Sgt. Gali. “We’re still going to need to determine why the driver crossed the center line, but that’s what we have right now.”

The 65-year-old Richard Taylor and 56-year-old Trini Ballesteros, both of Naalehu were identified as the man and woman in the pickup truck by Family members . They told Island News the two were in Taylor’s Ford F-350 pickup truck heading to Hilo.

Both vehicles sustained extreme front end damage in the collision. The pickup also burst into flames in the impact, according to sources at Island News Hawaii. Hawaii Police said the deaths bring the Big Island’s traffic death toll to 7 so far this year, compared to none a year ago.

Reporting from Pahala, Hawaii

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North Korea Now Increasing Nuclear Materials Production.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that the U.S. government had reason to believe North Korea was still producing fissile material despite vowing the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Speaking at a hearing on President Donald Trump’s recent in-person discussion with communist dictator Kim Jong-un, Pompeo was asked to what extent the North Korean regime appears to be continuing nuclear weapons development. For much of 2017, Kim Jong-un and his government media arm continuously threatened the use of nuclear weapons against the United States and allies like Japan and South Korea. Early this year, however, Kim announced that, due to the “success” of the nation’s military development, his regime would shift its focus away from war and towards economic development.

In his meeting with Trump in Singapore on June 12, Kim signed a document along with the American president promising to support the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, which many observers claimed meant the end of the North Korean nuclear program but skeptics suggested could be interpreted as the removal of American assets from the peninsula, as the United States is a nuclear power.

In his remarks Wednesday, Pompeo confirmed that Washington believes North Korean officials “continue to produce fissile material” and that the two sides have an “awful long way to go” before arriving at peace.

“We are engaged in patient diplomacy, but we will not let this drag out to no end,” Pompeo promised the senators. “I emphasized this position in the productive discussions I had with Vice Chairman Kim Yong-chol.”

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“Our objective remains the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, as agreed to by Chairman Kim Jong-un,” Pompeo confirmed, adding that full implementation of sanctions on the country is necessary to achieve that goal. “We absolutely need every single nation to maintain the enforcement of those sanctions to which every nation is committed. The path ahead is not easy, but our hopes for a safer world – and a brighter future for North Korea – endure,” he concluded.

Pompeo also highlighted one bit of apparent good news that surfaced in the past week: a report from the monitor site 38 North that suggests North Korea is shutting down its Sohae Satellite Launching Station. The report, using satellite images of the facility, notes that key areas of the facility are being dismantled, possibly permanently, limiting North Korea’s ability to fire long-range missiles. The Sohae site was often used for testing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which means its shutdown could limit any North Korean ability to hit U.S. territories. It does not necessarily mean, however, that North Korea no longer poses a threat to its neighbors, particularly Japan and South Korea, especially if nuclear material continues to be processed for use.

Pompeo’s assessment that North Korean officials are still processing fissile material is consistent with another recent report, this time from the Diplomat magazine, which suggested that North Korea is still running at least one covert uranium enrichment facility. Uranium must be enriched – have its composition changed so that it is significantly more unstable/fissile than how it is typically found in nature – to be used for nuclear energy or nuclear weapons. That facility, identified as “Kangson” in this month’s report, is believed to be twice as efficient in enriching uranium than the Yongbyon nuclear facility, the nation’s flagship. While Pyongyang has made a spectacle of shutting down parts of Yongbyon, satellite images suggest enrichment activity at the site as recently as a month ago.

The South Korean Chosun Ilbo newspaper, citing original sourcing from Radio Free Asia, reported on Thursday that North Korean state propaganda also indicates that the country is not ready to give up its nuclear weapons. Communist Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) officials are reportedly being told in meetings that “‘nuclear weapons are a precious legacy from the late leaders’ and ‘without them there is death,’” according to an inside source. It remains unclear if civilians are receiving the same indoctrination.

Author: Frances Martel

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Female Genital Mutilation Death: Will Somalia prosecute?

Somalia says ti will prosecute a female genital mutilation (FGM) case for the first time after a 10-year-old girl bled to death after undergoing the procedure last week, the government announced on Wednesday.

In a press conference, Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir said that the state would move forward to prosecute those responsible, even though no existing legislation outlaws the practice.

“We are going to prosecute on this straight away,” told journalists at the conference. “Prosecuting this case will not be delayed because we don’t yet have a law banning FGM. We can do it under the existing penal codes in Somalia.”

“This is a historic moment for ending FGM in Somalia,” added Somalia’s deputy prime minister Mohamed Guuled. “This cannot be happening in our country in the 21st century. It is not part of our religion, and it will not be part of our culture.”

Last week, a 10-year-old girl bled to death as a result of the procedure, with a doctor on the response team revealing it was one of the most brutal mutilations he had ever seen.

“She was brought in during the early evening, we all rushed to the emergency [room] when we learned her situation,” Hassan said. “She died because she was losing lots of blood. … They cut the clitoris, one side of the vulva was cut, the other side was wounded in three areas. I never saw anyone who was mutilated like that in my life.”

Although a significant problem across Africa and the Middle East, the FGM procedure is particularly prevalent in Somalia, with an estimated 95 percent of girls forced to undergo it, typically supervised by women. The process involves the partial or complete removal of a girl or woman’s genital organs, which can severely damage the physical, mental, and psychosocial wellbeing of its victims. Many victims suffer infections and other complications in urinating, menstruation, and child-rearing that last their entire lifetimes. It is widely considered a severe human rights violation in the West.

“In Somalia, FGM prevalence is about 95 percent and is primarily performed on girls aged 4-11,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) notes in its report focused on Somalia.“Despite the many internationally recognized laws against FGM, lack of validation in Islam and global advocacy to eradicate the practice, it remains embedded in Somali culture.”

Human rights activists across Somalia and around the world have long encouraged Somali politicians to pass laws against the practice, a move supported by the country’s former prime minister Zahra Samantar. However, such efforts have been blocked by some politicians who fear it would alienate their hardline Islamic constituents who still believe it is a religious requirement, despite the practice already considered illegal under the country’s constitution.

Author: Ben Kew

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Eric Church Backlash from fans: He says “I don’t care.”

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Country music superstar Eric Church ripped the NRA in a fake news rant about the Las Vegas massacre in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

Church admitted the rant would result in backlash from fans, then said, “I don’t care.”

Rolling Stone reported that Church played at the Route 91 Harvest festival two nights before shots rang out during Jason Aldean’s October 1, 2017, performance. Ultimately, 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured by a man who had complied with every gun control law applicable in acquiring his firearms, including background checks.

Fire Maxine Waters from CongressYet Church’s response to the shooting was to tear into the NRA while calling for more gun control.

The Grammy-nominated singer began by focusing on how many guns and how much ammunition Americans should be allowed to own:

I’m a Second Amendment guy. That’s in the Constitution, it’s people’s right, and I don’t believe it’s negotiable. But nobody should have that many guns and that much ammunition and we don’t know about it. Nobody should have 21 AKs and 10,000 rounds of ammunition and we don’t know who they are. Something’s gotta be done so that a person can’t have an armory and pin down a Las Vegas SWAT team for six minutes. That’s f*cked up.

Church did not mention that there were officers on scene of the shooting — on the 31st floor of Mandalay Bay — who chose to not go up one more floor and confront the gunman. Breitbart News reported that officer Cordell Hendrex chose to stay a floor below the gunman, where he listened to the gunfire without having to confront the shooter.

Hendrex and those with him were not pinned down by gunfire.

Church continued, “There are some things we can’t stop, like the disgruntled kid who takes his dad’s shotgun and walks into a high school. But we could have stopped the guy in Vegas.”

When asked why we failed to stop the Vegas shooter, Church replied, “I blame the lobbyists. And the biggest in the gun world is the NRA.”

Church emphasized he is not a member of the NRA, then said:

I’m a Second Amendment guy, but I feel like they’ve been a bit of a roadblock. I don’t care who you are – you shouldn’t have that kind of power over elected officials. To me it’s cut-and-dried: The gun-show [loophole] would not exist if it weren’t for the NRA, so at this point in time, if I was an NRA member, I would think I had more of a problem than the solution. I would question myself real hard about what I wanted to be in the next three, four, five years.

It should be pointed out that there is no such thing a “gun show loophole.” There has never been. The Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 and for centuries prior and centuries after Americans sold guns to their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members privately. Government had no involvement because the Second Amendment bars government from infringing the people’s right to keep and bear arms.

However, the Clinton administration put background checks for retail sales in place in 1998 and since that time, gun control activists have attempted to broaden background checks to include private sales and thus came the “gun show loophole” talking point. This focus completely bypasses the fact that the Vegas gunman did not buy his firearms at a gun show. Rather, he bought them at retail and passed background checks to acquire them.

Author: AWR Hawkins

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Trump will Never Lose Republican Support

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President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court offered a rare moment of unity across the Republican Party, pleasing conservatives and offering a measure of relief to establishment Republicans hoping to maintain their congressional majorities in November.

Assuming Democrats vote en bloc—which may or may not happen—Republicans can afford to lose just two votes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Accordingly, Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, two of the chamber’s most moderate lawmakers, have dominated the spotlight in recent days. Securing their votes “has been the whole ballgame,” one GOP operative told me on Monday. Whether Trump would play, however, was somewhat of an open question: While the president had similarly pleased the GOP in his selection of Justice Neil Gorsuch last year, his unpredictability had some Republicans nevertheless holding their breath.

But play he did. If establishment Republicans had trembled in their support of Trump in recent weeks—whether because of his imposition of steep tariffs on Chinese goods, or his “zero tolerance” immigration policy—they were firmly back in his camp on Monday. Senate GOP leadership, which wants to install the newest justice by the fall, issued glowing remarks about Kavanaugh, a Yale Law graduate who co-wrote independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s report laying out the case for Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the 1990s.

“President Trump has made a superb choice,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a statement Monday. “Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an impressive nominee who is extremely well qualified to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. … His judicial record demonstrates a firm understanding of the role of a judge in our Republic: Setting aside personal views and political preferences in order to interpret our laws as they are written.”

Collins sent out her own positive statement, too—a welcome sign for White House officials anxious to have Kavanaugh confirmed ahead of the midterm elections. “Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience,” Collins said. “I look forward to Judge Kavanaugh’s public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and to questioning him in a meeting in my office.” Murkowski, meanwhile, stayed neutral in her statement: “While I have not met Judge Kavanaugh, I look forward to sitting down for a personal meeting with him,” she said. “I intend to review Judge Kavanaugh’s decisions on the bench and writings off the bench, and pay careful attention to his responses to questions posed by my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Trump also appeased the likes of Fox News personalities Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. On his show Monday evening, after the announcement, Hannity applauded Kavanaugh’s credentials and read from the judge’s past speeches on federalism. “He really does revere the Constitution,” Ingraham echoed on her own program. “This has been such an incredible night.”

For Republicans, the consensus marks a gratifying departure from the internecine tensions that have crippled their party in recent years. This presidency has spawned many a think piece on how a pseudo-populist ideology has engulfed the GOP, but when it comes to the Supreme Court, Trump has governed as any traditional Republican, selecting justices that have even George W. Bush raving. “President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” the 43rd president said in a statement. The Bushes have generally been critical of Trump, but Kavanaugh served in senior roles in the second Bush White House.

The warm statements appear to be another clear sign that the party apparatus—and, perhaps even more significantly, its donor network—will remain loyal to Trump, even as his stances on immigration and trade drift further and further from GOP orthodoxy.

“As long as he sticks to safe picks for scotus, he’ll never really lose the support and money of the party,” said a GOP operative involved in key Senate campaigns, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Yet “safe picks” have been almost entirely antithetical to this presidency. Resentment toward so-called elites—Republican or Democrat—in many ways fueled Trump’s victory. As a result, he staffed his White House with officials outside the traditional roster of GOP policy and administrative heavyweights—officials like Stephen Miller, who, as my colleague McKay Coppins argues, revel in “public outrage and anger.” Often, Trump seems to make decisions more with his detractors in mind than his supporters.

So why is it that, when it comes to high-court nominations, Trump has decided to toe the party line?

“I think the President realized you want to get somebody nominated and confirmed by the Senate before the midterms,” Trump confidant Chris Ruddy, who was spotted dining with the president at his Mar-a-Lago estate over the weekend, told me in a text message. “Brett was confirmable. Amy [Coney Barrett], for example, could not be certain.” (Barrett was viewed as the most conservative judge on Trump’s shortlist.)

There may be a simpler answer, too: Trump is doing what he said he would do on the campaign trail. In May 2016, in an effort to ease concerns about future Court appointments, Trump released a list of potential nominees that he promised to consider if elected. Conservative advocacy organizations like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society played key roles in compiling names for the list, ensuring establishment-favored candidates would be well represented. In his nominations of both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, Trump has pulled from this list.

“I think the precedent he set with this list of now 25, that he campaigned on, will be a great thing to go forward in presidential politics, in American life,” Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who has been deeply critical of Trump and is a rumored 2020 contender, said on Fox News on Monday night. “One of the fundamental powers the president has is to nominate people who, if confirmed, will serve for a lifetime, and telling voters who you’d pick. It’s a really good tradition and the president has stuck to his list.”

For now, many Republicans are finding this fact worth the tradeoff—worth any deeper, institutional threats that this administration may pose.

The first GOP operative argued it’s a tradeoff for Trump as well: His thinking “is, let them have their Kona judges. He’ll make America great again,” the source said. “It’s an implicit bargain.”