Thought for the day

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.<br>The functions of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.<br>There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." -- Thomas Jefferson



Thanks for all the emails and cards!

In May 1915, Italy attacked Austria-Hungary on the banks of the Isonzo River and Trentino, hoping to conquer the region it considered truly Italian. Unlike large-scale battles, this battle was dictated by the landscape of a large mountain range.

Due to the challenging terrain, both countries had to rely on innovative methods of warfare and outstanding acts of bravery. The alpine landscape was incredibly challenging: the mountain peaks in the battle zone were 2000 meters above sea level, with some slopes up to 80 degrees.

The Solomon Islands has told Pacific nations invited to a White House meeting with President Joe Biden it won't sign the summit declaration, according to a note seen by Reuters, prompting concern over the islands' ties to China.

Leaders from the Pacific Island Forum bloc have been invited to the two-day White House summit starting Wednesday, at which the Biden administration seeks to compete with China for influence in the strategically important South Pacific.

It is easy to find the courage necessary to support a moral position if that position benefits oneself. True moral courage, however, is proven when one chooses to support that which is morally and ethically right even when such a position is to one's one detriment.

The world's first ukulele lesson at 30,000 feet took place last Friday on a Southwest Airlines flight from Long Beach to Honolulu. 

Sadly, the class was not warmly welcomed on social media with one user even suggesting that a war crimes trial would be suitable for whomever okayed the idea of handing out free ukuleles to passengers. 

Another day, another corrupt Democrat has been caught breaking the law.

A prominent Hawaii Democrat was sentenced to 40 months in prison for taking bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office.

China Now Owns Large Section of Land Near Pearl Harbor Another Effort to Disrupt US Response to China Offensive? MikeRivero Sun, 09/18/2022 - 09:02

Starting in 2015, a Chinese real estate development company called China Oceanwide Holdings began buying land on Oahu in the Hawaii Islands just ten miles west of the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor.

The stated intent of the land purchases was to build a luxury hotel and homes, but nothing was ever built, even though China Oceanwide had accumulated land worth over 500 million dollars in the vicinity of Pearl Harbor. 

Philippines to allow US access to military bases if China-Taiwan tensions escalate MikeRivero Mon, 09/12/2022 - 08:59

Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said the Philippines will allow U.S. forces to access its military bases in the country if China-Taiwan tensions escalate.

Biden summons Pacific Island nations for serious talk MikeRivero Sun, 09/04/2022 - 07:39

US President Joe Biden is set to host a meeting of Pacific Island nations to deepen cooperation on security, climate change and a range of other issues, the White House said, vowing to ensure a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”