Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hawaii Public Schools!

I hardly ever read any of Hawaii Main Stream Media (HMSM) newspapers because of their overtly bias slant to the news.

A relative who is visiting from the mainland gave me an article in today's Honolulu Star bulletin "School Spending Above Average".

The question that is raised to me was, If your state is spending so much money per student why do some many people pay to send their kids to private schools? According to the article
The state pays $8,533 per student....$246 above the national average, according to an annual Census Bureau estimate.
My response is because the public school system in terms of state by state rankings is consistently near or one of the worst Public Systems in the United States. However, when you read this article in the "Left Wing, Pro Teachers Union Bulletin" you would think Hawaii Public Schools are great place to send your kids.

Doing some research on this I found something from the Star Bulletin from October, 2001.

Many public school teachers
put own kids in private school
As I read this article spokesman Greg Knudsen gave some pretty bad excuses.

According to Morgon Quitno Press based on 21 Factors they performed a study on the smartest states. In 2005 Hawaii ranked 42nd. However Hawaii was 19th in spending per public student. According to the Article in the Star Bulletin the two states that spent the least per student was Idaho at $6028 per student and Utah at $5,008 per student However, their rankings according to Morgon Quitno Press those states in ranking per smartest state is 28 and 33 respectively.

And the Public School Board and Hawaii State Teachers Union want more money.

It is things like that makes the State of Hawaii a leader per capita in sending kids to private schools

Update in 2003 43% of the children of Board of Education members Home schooled or sent there kids to private school Read this investigative report

I really dislike having to quote the other even further left HMSM the Honolulu Advertiser however, they had an article last August Private Schools Enrollment Up

According to an Article
Private schools in Hawai'i have long been popular, drawing more than 16 percent of all students; or more than 30,000 per year in recent years; compared with about 11 percent nationally


The paper could not help but slide their bias and try to blame the rise of private school enrollment on President George Bush. Get a load of this quote

"We have been very happy with her in Manoa Elementary up through sixth grade, but I want to give my daughter every opportunity to succeed," Cowan said. "I just feel the public-schools teachers are getting more and more overwhelmed, with that whole No Child Left Behind, and they're having to cater to that too much


Hey Advertiser wake up!!!!!!!!You are loosing readership because your refuse to print the obvious. The reason why people have decided to do what ever it takes to send their children to private schools is because the Public School System is broken and there is no sign of it ever going to be fixed. It has been run into the ground thanks to Blue State Politics and Cronies. Not because now the Hawaii Public School System actually needs to be accountable for what they teach or not teach our Keiki.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

40 days and 40 nights

To all of my friends on the mainland. I am getting my pay back for rubbing in our great weather.

The National Weather Service has pegged Feb. 19 as the start of the current unstable weather the islands have been experiencing. That would make Thursday the 40th day of wet weather.

This makes it pretty hard to maintain any assemblage of a construction schedule.
To read about our recent weather..

I find KITV has some of the best coverage of Hawaii Weather. Take a look some of the Hawaii Doppler loop for the most current look at our precipitation.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Iraq and the Philippines

I have been away lately spending a lot of time on the thing that pays my bills and mortgage but this is something that is going to get me out of hiding.

I am just amazed at the MSM lack of coverage of the Saddam's documents that have been recently released. Looking the through Hawaii's socialistic proproganda paper I do not not see one little tid bid about this. I have no problem finding there anti-war coverage.

Hawaii needs to take notice! With our large Philippine community and close ties with the Philippines, we are vunrable. Here in Hawaii we may get a sense we are safe and that Iraq is on the other side of the world and Iraq has nothing to to do with us. Well how about this Saddam - Philippine connection.


SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq. An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support--temporarily, it seems--after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Bruce Willis is DA MAN!

This is my motivation to get back to this wonderful Hobby!

Bruce is Da Man!

You will be hearing more from me soon!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Local Ties to Abramoff

In light of the recent Newsletter I received from Grass Root Institute
Regarding the The editorial in The Honolulu Advertiser on Monday Jan. 9, 2006, concerning the Abramoff scandal misses the point. It notes that Hawaii elected officials Sen. Daniel Inouye and Rep. Neil Abercrombie both received campaign contributions from Native American tribes. The Advertiser states “The contributions came before the tribes were affiliated with Abramoff. And they were legal, both in amount and in timing.”



This is misleading because Native American tribes are not limited in the amount and timing of campaign contributions specifically because they are tribes. As Native American tribes they are sovereign governments not subject to the same federal campaign financing laws as the rest of the citizens of the United States of America. That is the nature of the problem


Akaka Bill Implications

Here is a list showing direct contributions to political campaigns. I see two people listed from Hawaii. One Republican one Democrat

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Some words of Wisdom From The Grassroot Institute

From Mr. Rowland at the Grass Root Institute



A Seed for the

Fertile Mind…..



“When a politician wrestles with his conscience,

he usually wins.”

From a friend in Caldwell, Idaho – December 2005


CRABGRASS

Weeds we’d like to pull….

"As the Bible teaches us, to minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship, to ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us. “Let us vote no on this budget as an act of worship and for America's children.”

- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, quoted by the AP. -

Dick’s comments……..

Above, Nancy Pelosi reverses the Biblical message of individual moral obligations and makes them the responsibility of government which is an amoral entity. Thus she makes God a Marxist and equates her vote to worship of that God. Should we pull that weed, or what?


Thanks Mr. Rowland

Friday, January 06, 2006

Number Crunching

From what I have been able to read on the Opinionated "B" the numbers seam to reflect things are getting better in Iraq. Reading this in light of our recent visiter to the islands our local news and media outlets are sure quick to give the anti-americans lots of publicity.

I haven't been able to read the whole report yet but from what I can tell from Brooking Irag Index Report In sure seams are looking better. To cut and run now makes now sense.