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Don Chapman
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August 11, 2010 - MidWeek
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Classic Malkin

Michelle Malkin remains one of my favorite right-wingers.

Her rant on the job losses caused by Obama’s closing of dealerships is, excuse the pun, a classic. She believes it was bad that Obama bailed out car companies, that government takeover of any industry is bad, socialism is bad, blah blah.

I got that, but let’s pretend he didn’t. The subsequent collapse of most of the Big 3, instead of today’s thousands, would’ve thrown millions on the streets.

Would Ms. Malkin now be saying that is good?

Eddie Delzio


Jail for Sous

Bob Jones writes that the Sou brothers have pleaded for the community to write letters to Judge Mollway, as doing so will affect their sentencing. It is our moral and ethical obligation to do just that. The requested plea for sentencing without serving prison time by Alec and Mike Sou, owners of Aloun Farms in Ewa, for their admitted organic and homegrown human trafficking of Thai slave labor have written support submitted to the court by our two former governors John Waihee and Ben Cayetano. That the Sous should not go to Sing Sing or even to OCCC is incredulous, as the crimes are far more serious than a fall from grace by the Sous and as evidenced by their public support, the governors.

Legally, the Sous admitted committing a federal crime. They committed crimes against humanity. Democratic politicians, who accepted the enormous sums of political contributions from the Sous, whether knowingly or not, in essence took “protection” green-backs, which enabled the Sous to continue to operate their business of illegal, organized human goods and services by denying civil and human rights to the enslaved workers. Those political contributions should voluntarily be returned as part of the retribution to those persons who were enslaved in Hawaii. Obviously, many persons in power turned their backs on the violations and abuses taking place in their own backyard.

Hawaii courts must rank human rights at the top of our judicial beliefs system and protect individuals from the growing global laissez faire attitude in which human life is only regarded as a commodity and slavery is an accepted practice of doing business as usual. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Sous’ crimes amount to a network of surplus organic, unnatural, unwholesome crops fertilized by approved poison slime in which the roots run deep and the fruit growing on top is rotten.

F. Cassiday

A toxic religion

Give me a break, please. Monica Mangold writes that as a Catholic she was offended by Dan Boylan’s reference to the Roman Catholic church as “morally toxic.”

I wonder if Ms. Mangold might suppose Mr. Boylan was referring to the serial child rape in parishes across America and Europe, and its tacit approval by bishops all the way up to the current pope? Is Ms. Mangold saying that is not “morally toxic?” I would hope not.

She goes on to say that “either you live by God’s word or you do not.” All those priests and bishops certainly were not living by God’s word.

Ms. Mangold, one can live by God’s word without being a Catholic - and I am living proof that there is life, and a godly one, after Catholicism and its morally toxic taint.

Alice Stewart

“Union idiots”

Kudos to Larry Price for calling out the union idiots who blocked Kalakaua Avenue in front of the Hyatt Regency, completely shutting down traffic on Waikiki’s main thoroughfare.

If you recall, it didn’t take many street protests in Bangkok to ruin Thai tourism.

Go ahead, hotel workers, keep it up and you’ll succeed in putting yourselves out of jobs. Brilliant tactics, just brilliant.

Edward Young

Cut UH sports

When our illustrious UH Board of Regents voted to relieve students of $50 to support a money-losing athletics department, I was wondering if on that day the air-conditioning broke and there was no ventilation in their meeting room. Obviously their minds were fogged up. The only three regents who maintained common sense and voted against such nonsense must have been sitting close to an open door.

What perception do those who voted for that absurdity have of the function they have been appointed to perform? To clarify: UH stands for University of Hawaii. And a university is an institution for higher learning; it is not a sports academy. It has nothing to do with broadening chests, enlarging arm muscles or developing sprinter legs. If that new thought should enter their foggy minds, the regents could do great by eliminating the entire athletics department the moment they are not self-supporting anymore. To be charitable, they might still let them use university facilities for free.

If our regents could now apply their supposedly superior wisdom to the improvement of the relative standing of our university, they’d truly distinguish themselves. Two notches up per year would be outstanding.

Gerhard C. Hamm
Waialae Iki

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