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How not to organize a successful sit-in

July 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Did you catch the Hawaii News Now story Tuesday night which included an early announcement of a planned Thursday sit-in at UH President David Lassner’s office?

The UH Graduate Student Organization and the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii – the undergraduate student government group – announced students will occupy Bachman Hall Thursday morning in protest of the potential removal of Apple as chancellor. Lassner and the Board of Regents work in Bachman Hall.

The student group plans to gather at 7 a.m. in front of Hawaii Hall, where Apple’s office is located, and will march to Bachman Hall at 8 a.m.Thursday, a news release from the two student groups said.

I guess they haven’t had much experience with such things.

Perhaps the key element of surprise isn’t part of the current curriculum. If you announce days in advance that you’re going to occupy the office, don’t you suppose countermeasures will be taken to block the action?

What were these groups thinking when they issued a press release? Go figure.

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Hanabusa’s record doesn’t show aversion to PAC contributions

July 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat is certainly heating up now that voting has started.

Senator Brian Schatz received the active support of Elizabeth Warren this week, courtesy of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. In an email to PCCC supporters across the country, including nearly 5,000 in Hawaii, Warren praised Schatz and solicited contributions for this campaign.

Since joining the Senate, I’ve done my best to fight back to hold Wall Street accountable, reduce student debt, and expand Social Security benefits.

One senator who has been my strong progressive ally is Brian Schatz of Hawaii.

Brian has fought by my side to expand Social Security benefits instead of cutting them. Now, he’s being attacked for his work protecting our seniors and most vulnerable.

Colleen Hanabusa’s campaign responded with a negative email blast attacking Schatz for accepting PAC contributions, saying the contributions show “he’s willing to say anything to raise money, even if it means abandoning his progressive ideals.”

She points out that most of her money for this campaign has come from individuals. True.

But it seems to me that’s because, in this race, she’s the challenger, and challengers have a harder time raising money, period.

But when she was the House incumbent, she didn’t seem to have the same qualms about those PAC dollars, did she?

I took a look at Hanabusa’s 2012 Congressional campaign, and downloaded a list of her PAC contributions. It isn’t a short list.


amount contributor_name
$1,000 AFL-CIO
$1,000 AFLAC Inc
$1,000 Air Line Pilots Assn
$1,000 Air Line Pilots Assn
$1,000 Alaska Airlines
$2,500 Alexander & Baldwin
$2,500 Alexander & Baldwin
$1,000 Amalgamated Transit Union
$1,000 American Airlines
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$2,000 American Assn for Justice
$3,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Assn for Justice
$1,000 American Bankers Assn
-$5,000 American Bankers Assn
$1,500 American Bankers Assn
$1,500 American Bankers Assn
$5,000 American Crystal Sugar
$1,000 American Dental Assn
$1,500 American Dental Assn
-$1,500 American Dental Assn
$1,500 American Dental Assn
-$1,500 American Dental Assn
$1,500 American Dental Assn
$1,000 American Federation of Govt Employees
$1,000 American Federation of Govt Employees
$1,000 American Federation of Govt Employees
$2,500 American Federation of Teachers
$4,000 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees
$1,000 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees
$5,000 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees
$1,000 American Health Care Assn
$1,000 American Hospital Assn
$2,500 American Maritime Officers
$2,000 American Maritime Officers
$2,500 American Maritime Officers
$1,000 American Nurses Assn
$2,500 American Optometric Assn
$1,000 American Optometric Assn
$1,000 American Optometric Assn
$1,000 American Physical Therapy Assn
$1,000 American Pilots Assn
$1,000 American Pilots Assn
$1,000 American Pilots Assn
$1,000 American Psychiatric Assn
$5,000 American Resort Development Assn
$2,500 American Resort Development Assn
$2,500 American Resort Development Assn
$500 American Shipping & Logistics Group
$1,000 American Sugar Cane League
$500 American Sugarbeet Growers Assn
$1,000 American Veterinary Medical Assn
$1,000 American Waterways Operators
$1,000 Amgen Inc
$1,000 Amgen Inc
$2,500 Anheuser-Busch
$500 Asian American Action Fund
$2,500 Asian American Action Fund
$2,500 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
$1,500 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
$1,000 AT&T Inc
$1,000 BAE Systems
$1,000 BAE Systems
$5,000 BAE Systems
$2,000 BAE Systems
$1,000 BAE Systems
$1,000 Blue Cross & Blue Shield Assn
$1,000 Blue Cross & Blue Shield Assn
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boeing Co
$1,000 Boilermakers Union
$1,000 Boilermakers Union
$1,000 Boilermakers Union
$2,500 Bricklayers Union
$2,000 Bricklayers Union
$5,000 Carpenters & Joiners Union
$5,000 Carpenters & Joiners Union
$1,000 CBS Corp
$2,500 Central Pacific Bank
$1,000 Comcast Corp
$272 Council for a Livable World
$5 Council for a Livable World
$1 Council for a Livable World
$9 Council for a Livable World
$4 Council for a Livable World
$1 Council for a Livable World
$2 Council for a Livable World
$10 Council for a Livable World
$7 Council for a Livable World
$40 Council for a Livable World
$2 Council for a Livable World
$128 Council for a Livable World
$850 Council for a Livable World
$1,000 Covanta Energy Corp
$1,000 Covanta Energy Corp
$1,000 Credit Union National Assn
$1,000 Credit Union National Assn
$1,000 Credit Union National Assn
$1,000 Credit Union National Assn
$2,000 Dan Inouye for US Senate
$5,000 DANPAC
$5,000 DANPAC
$19 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$6 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$7 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$19 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$8 Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
$1,000 DuPont Co
$2,500 DynCorp International
$1,000 DynCorp International
$1,000 DynCorp International
$500 Federal Managers Assn
$1,000 Federal Managers Assn
$1,000 First Hawaiian Bank
$1,000 First Hawaiian Bank
$1,000 General Atomics
$2,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Dynamics
$1,000 General Electric
$1,000 General Electric
$1,000 Harris Corp
$1,000 Harris Corp
$1,000 Harris Corp
$500 Hawaii Medical Service Assn
$2,500 Hawaii Optometric Assn
$2,500 Hawaii Optometric Assn
$1,000 Hawaiian Airlines
$1,000 Hawaiian Airlines
$500 Hawaiian Airlines
$2,000 Honeywell International
$1,500 Honeywell International
$500 Honeywell International
$1,500 Honeywell International
$1,000 Honeywell International
$1,000 Honeywell International
$1,000 Horizon Lines
$1,500 Horizon Lines
$1,000 Horizon Lines
$500 Horizon Lines
$2,500 Horizon Lines
$1,000 Human Rights Campaign
$1,000 Inland Boatmen’s Union
$5,000 International Assn of Fire Fighters
$2,500 International Assn of Fire Fighters
$1,000 International Paper
$350 Intl Alliance Theatrical Stage Employees
$5,000 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$5,000 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$1,000 Intl Fedn of Prof & Technical Engineers
$1,000 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
$1,500 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
-$2,500 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
$3,500 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
$1,500 Intl Longshoremen’s/Warehousemen’s Union
$5,000 Ironworkers Union
$5,000 Ironworkers Union
$1,000 Jobs, Opportunities & Education PAC
$1,000 K&L Gates
$1,000 K&L Gates
$1,000 K&L Gates
$2,000 Laborers Union
$2,500 Laborers Union
$2,000 Laborers Union
$1,000 Lockheed Martin
$1,000 Lockheed Martin
$1,000 Lockheed Martin
$1,000 Lockheed Martin
$1,500 Lockheed Martin
$1,500 Lockheed Martin
$1,000 Management & Training Corp
$2,500 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
-$1,000 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$1,000 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$1,500 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$1,000 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$500 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$500 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn/Dist 1
$500 Marine Fireman’s Union
$1,500 Marriott International
$1,000 Marriott International
$1,500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$1,000 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$1,500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$2,500 Masters, Mates & Pilots Union
$2,500 Matson Navigation
$2,500 Matson Navigation
$1,500 McDonald’s Corp
$1,500 McDonald’s Corp
$1,000 McDonald’s Corp
$3,000 McKesson Corp
$3,000 McKesson Corp
-$3,000 McKesson Corp
$1,000 Michigan Sugar
$1,000 Minn-Dak Farmers Co-Op
$1,000 Monsanto Co
$2,000 Monsanto Co
$1,000 Monsanto Co
$1,000 Monsanto Co
$1,000 National Active & Retired Federal Employees Assn
$1,000 National Active & Retired Federal Employees Assn
$1,000 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn
$5,000 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn
$1,000 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn
$1,000 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn
$1,000 National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors
$5,000 National Assn of Letter Carriers
$1,000 National Assn of Postal Supervisors
$1,000 National Assn of Postmasters
$5,000 National Assn of Realtors
$2,000 National Assn of Realtors
$1,000 National Assn of Realtors
$1,000 National Assn of Realtors
$2,500 National Beer Wholesalers Assn
$2,500 National Beer Wholesalers Assn
$1,000 National Cable & Telecommunications Assn
$1,000 National Cable & Telecommunications Assn
$1,000 National Cmte to Preserve Social Security
$1,000 National Community Action Foundation
$1,500 National Community Action Foundation
$1,000 National Community Action Foundation
$1,000 National Community Action Foundation
$2,000 National Education Assn
$2,000 National Education Assn
$2,500 National Electrical Contractors Assn
$1,000 National League of Postmasters
$1,000 National Postal Mail Handlers Union
$1,500 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn
$1,000 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn
$1,000 National Treasury Employees Union
$500 National Weather Service Employees Org
$500 NCL America
$5,000 New Democrat Coalition
$5,000 New Democrat Coalition
$1,000 Northrop Grumman
$1,000 Northrop Grumman
$3,000 Northrop Grumman
$2,000 Northrop Grumman
$500 Northrop Grumman
$2,500 Northrop Grumman
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$2,500 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,500 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$500 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$500 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$1,000 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
$500 Ocean Champions
$1,000 Operating Engineers Local 3
$5,000 Operating Engineers Union
$1,500 Operating Engineers Union
$2,500 Operating Engineers Union
$1,000 Pacific Century Financial
$1,000 Pacific Century Financial
$500 Pacific Century Financial
$1,000 Painters & Allied Trades Union
$4,000 Painters & Allied Trades Union
$5,000 Painters & Allied Trades Union
$1,000 Parsons Corp
$1,000 Patton Boggs LLP
$1,000 Planned Parenthood
$1,000 Plasterers & Cement Masons Union
$2,500 Plasterers & Cement Masons Union
$1,000 Plasterers & Cement Masons Union
$1,000 Plumbers/Pipefitters Union
$2,500 Plumbers/Pipefitters Union
$1,500 Professional Airways Systems Specialists
$1,000 Professional Airways Systems Specialists
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$1,000 Raytheon Co
$500 Sailors Union of the Pacific
$2,000 Seafarers International Union
$5,000 Seafarers International Union
$500 Seafarers International Union
$2,500 Seafarers International Union
$2,500 Sheet Metal Workers Union
$2,500 Sheet Metal Workers Union
$2,500 Sheet Metal Workers Union
$2,500 Sheet Metal Workers Union
$1,000 Shipbuilders Council of America
$1,000 Southern Minn Beet Sugar Co-Op
$1,000 SSA Marine
$1,000 Sugar Cane Growers Co-op of Florida
$2,000 Teamsters Union
$1,000 Tesoro Corp
$1,000 Tesoro Corp
$1,000 Time Warner Cable
$1,000 Time Warner Cable
$1,000 Time Warner Cable
$2,000 Tote Inc
$1,000 Tote Inc
$2,500 Tote Inc
$1,000 Triwest Healthcare Alliance
$2,500 UNITE HERE
$2,500 UNITE HERE
$1,000 United Airlines
$2,000 United Auto Workers
$2,000 United Auto Workers
$500 United Parcel Service
-$500 United Parcel Service
$500 United Parcel Service
$1,000 United Technologies
$2,500 United Technologies
$1,000 United Technologies
$1,000 United Transportation Union
$1,000 Van Ness Feldman
$1,000 Venable LLP
$1,000 Vsp Holding Co
$1,000 Vsp Holding Co
$5,000 Walt Disney Co
$1,000 Watanabe, Ing & Komeiji
$1,000 Watson Pharmaceuticals
$1,000 We the People PAC
$1,000 Western Sugar Cooperative
$2,500 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
$1,000 World Alliance for Israel

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Why did UH pitch the “chancellor didn’t receive a contract” line?

July 29th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Did you notice this sentence in a Star-Advertiser story on Sunday concerning the potential ouster of UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple?

Apple, like other university administrators, did not receive a contract upon hire, meaning there is no need to buy him out of a contract.

A follow-up story today clarifies this statement somewhat:

UH spokeswoman Lynne Waters said Apple, like other administrators, did not receive a formal contract when he was hired in May 2012 at a $439,008 annual salary to replace former Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw.

So the “no contract” line came from Waters, the university’s highly-paid associate vice-president for external affairs.

The implication of the “no contract” statement implies Apple is an “at will” employee without substantive rights.

But at least today’s S-A story gets the other side of the story from Apple’s attorney.

“If it’s in writing, it’s a contract,” Apple’s attorney, Hawaii island lawyer Jerry Hiatt, said Monday, adding that no decision has been made to remove Apple as chancellor. “He has an offer and acceptance letter signed by the president. The regents approved his appointment, which is for a five-year term and specific rights to return as a tenured professor.”

A May 9, 2012, memo from former UH President M.R.C. Greenwood to the Board of Regents recommended Apple be appointed to a five-year term through June 30, 2017, “subject each year to successful annual performance evaluations at the level of satisfactory or above.” (The recommendation was unanimously approved by the board.)

The memo includes a provision that “subject to the successful completion of a review and board approval, Dr. Apple shall be appointed as a full professor in an appropriate department.”

Perhaps a letter containing offered terms and conditions isn’t the same as a document with written up as a formal “contract,” but it would certainly seem to confer employment rights nonetheless, especially when it has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Regents.

So what was the purpose of Waters’ “no contract” spin? Was it designed to mislead the media, and encourage the public to view Apple as an “at will” employee?

Or was Waters simply conveying talking points suggested by the university’s team of in-house lawyers?

I’m not sure which would be worse, to tell the truth.

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Kitten update: Success!

July 28th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sometimes a picture is worth, well, an awful lot.

A beautiful letter And I think that was the case with the pictures featured here a few days ago. These seem to have made a difference.

As of Sunday night, it appears that all seven of the wonderful kittens in this litter may have found forever families.

One Kailua family is adopting three of them–perhaps the three that were featured in the photos.

Two other females when to a couple of UH professors.

One calico is, at last count, staying in Kaaawa. And another kitten is waiting a couple of weeks to join another Kailua household.

All in all, this rescue was a success.

Now I have to find out about the young mother that gave birth to these kittens. She’s now been “fixed,” and is a beautiful calico. If we find her a good home, it will be a clean sweep!

Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word!

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Graduation party in Kaaawa creates another visual, as well as culinary, feast

July 27th, 2014 · No Comments

[text]Crystal Heig celebrated her graduation from Kahuku High School with a big bash hosted by her family and held at the Kaaawa home of her grandfather, Ward Lemn.

Once again, I volunteered to bring a camera to the party and do my best to record the event.

And, as usual, what a treat! A real cross-section of Hawaii, crossing so many of the boundaries between communities. A visual feast to accompany the culinary feast.

Congratulations to Crystal!

–> See more of this family-produced luau in Kaaawa!

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