Thursday, February 10, 2005


Wednesday, February 09, 2005

In Hawaii, Support H.B. 1740 and S.B. 1325 & SafeVoting Hawaii

SafeVoteHawaii Urges Support for Their Safe Voting Bills

Today's edition of "Think Globally, Act Locally" (KAOI 1110 AM, Wednesdays 11-noon) featured Jason Forester, the computer expert who helped write the two bills now pending in the Hawaii legislature to require voter verifiable auditable ballots in all Hawaii voting machines. Jason Forester is with SafeVoteHawaii ( Check out their website for more information about the state of voting in Hawaii and the proposed new legislation.

If we don't have an honest, accurate vote procedure, we don't have a democracy. The two bills now pending will help insure that Hawaii votes are accurately counted. There will be a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, February 11th. Please e-mail, fax or phone your senators and ask them to support S.B. 1325. Then, in two weeks, there will be a hearing before the Finance Committee.

Go to or e-mail for more information on hearing times and dates.

Maui Peace Action will present "Invisible Ballot" on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at 103 Kalama Building, Maui Community College. Everyone welcome.

The next Maui Peace Action meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. Monday, February 21, 2005 at 102 Kalama Building, Maui Community College campus. If you want to work for peace in this world, join MPA and share your ideas and energies.

For more information about Maui Peace Action Committee, go to or call 573- 3255.

Stop Election Fraud, Demand An Honest and Accurate Voting Procedure

Take Action Support National Election Reform!

Contact Congess today in support of the VOTER Act!

The VOTER Act bill (H.R. 533) is fully supported by Progressive Democrats of America, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the AFL-CIO, People for the American Way, the NAACP, the NAACP National Voter Fund, the UAW, Rainbow Push, the Black Leadership Forum, and the National Voting Rights Institute.

The VOTER Act (H.R. 533) would permit all citizens to register to vote on election day; require early voting for the two weeks prior to election day; require a defined minimum number of voting machines present at each precinct; ensure that those who manufacture and service voting machines and software do not have conflicts of interest; strengthen the powers of the EAC (Election Assistance Commission) to create national standards for elections - so that every vote WILL count, regardless of what state it is cast in; require the source code of voting machines to be public; and require the option of a voter-verified paper ballot so that voters can verify their selection and results can be audited when discrepancies occur.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Letter to the Maui News


Just as President Bush grossly distorted the facts about Iraq's supposed possession of nuclear and chemical weapons in order to convince Congress and the American public to support his invasion of that country, so he is distorting the facts about Social Security in order to convince us to agree to his hidden abolition of Social Security.

Yes, abolition. He is trying to scare people into supporting the destruction of Social Security.

Bush has opposed Social Security since he was 32 years old and running for office in Texas. He predicted then that Social Security would be insolvent in 10 years. Social Security wasn't insolvent in 1992 and, if left alone, it won't be insolvent in 2018, 2042 or even 2052. For SS to keep paying full benefits after 2052, it will only take a minor tweaking to raise the cap of $90,000 to $120,000 on taxable salary.

Bush’s privatization plan will add two trillion in costs to the administration of SS and billions in commission to private financial managers but not make any improvement to social security.

Bush’s plan will remove the guaranteed, (“defined”) benefits from SS and replace them with a “defined” contribution. But, having made the required contributions, there is no guarantee whatever that there would be money in the privately invested accounts to pay you benefits upon retirement. Money for benefits payment would depend on your luck in the stock market. Ask Enron investors what happened to their retirement funds.

Republican senate majority leader Frist's campaign committee, which has access to the best investment advisors in the business, lost $524,000 playing the stock market last year. How will the average Joe make out, especially given Bush’s massive trade deficits and his trillion-dollar increases in the national debt which has made our economy so insecure.

Bush might as well call for a national roulette game to fund the winners’ retirement, for most of us, the odds might be better.

Well, It's One Way to Stop the War in Iraq-- Invade Korea

But Do We Have 690,000 Troops Left?


SEOUL -- The United States would dispatch 690,000 troops and 2,000 warplanes if war breaks out on the Korean peninsula, according to a South Korean defense policy paper released yesterday. The plan for committing US troops in the event of war appears aimed at easing concerns that Washington is using US troops in South Korea as a rapid deployment force. North Korea has been resisting US pressure to give up its nuclear weapons program. (AP)

Wow, It Looks Like Dean is the One!

Leland is out, Webb is out, Frost is out, Rosenberg is out, Fowler is out....and Roemer is...
out of the question.


Next is the 2006 Election.