“Win Hawaiian Home Essay Scam” Using KGMB Footage Even Though KGMB Pulled It

Here we go again.

Less then a week ago, the Win Hawaiian Home Essay Scam set up a video on youtube trying to solicit more people to submit essays.

When will this scam end?  I first reported on this scam back in September.

I find it funny that KGMB would make me pull a freaking emblem off my blog, but they will allow their footage to be aired on youtube like this.

Youtube itself says:

Important: Do not upload any TV shows, music videos, music concerts, or commercials without permission unless they consist entirely of content you created yourself.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIhJznY3dFc&hl=en&fs=1]

I wonder if KGMB will send them a nasty letter if I twitter them?

@kgmb9 your Footage is being used illegally in that illegal Essay House Scam trying to scam people: http://tinyurl.com/d3tvuq from web

Professor Noellie Rodriguez Continues To Impress Me… Calls for Clean Elections

On October 29th, I blogged specifically about my  favorite professor  Noellie Rodriguez:

“…I attribute most of this because of the inspiration that Ms. Noellie Rodrigues gave me…”

She continues to do so and I’m very impressed with her recent work with the Clean Elections work that she is doing. I’d like to thank Peter Sur of the Hawaii Tribune for writing such an excellent article.

“…The clean elections public funding is an experiment in better government that has worked in other places, and we want to see if it can work here,” said Noelie Rodriguez, a lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. “So some of the people in power now are threatened by it because it’s a change. But we need that change. We desperately need that change…” Tribune Herald 3/4

Keep up the good work Noellie and let’s make sure those M&M’s get divided more evenly in the future!

Pahoa Advances at States: Next Up Molokai

Pahoa Daggers vs University Jr. Bows
03/04/09 5:00 pm at Farrington High School

Pahoa Daggers 48

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
04 Mendoza, Chris * 2-4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 1 2 0 0 25
21 Viernes, Jonathan * 11-16 3-5 8-14 4-9 13 4 33 1 11 1 2 30
23 Sakoda, Dustin * 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 25
25 Byrd, John * 0-1 0-0 1-2 3-4 7 4 1 1 2 2 0 23
32 Waters, Sheyten * 3-7 0-2 0-2 0-4 4 2 6 1 3 0 1 30
03 Miguel, Sonny 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 2 2 0 0 10
11 Corpuz, Ricky 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
14 Walsh, Hamlet 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
30 Schweitzer, Kaohu 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 8
TM TEAM 1-0 1 0
Totals………….. 17-31 4-10 10-21 10-22 32 14 48 6 22 3 4 160
54.8% 40.0% 47.6%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 7-16 1-6 4-7
43.8% 16.7% 57.1%
2nd Half: 10-15 3-4 6-14
66.7% 75.0% 42.9%

University Jr. Bows 45

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
01 Oshiro, Adam * 3-6 0-1 0-0 2-1 3 2 6 2 3 0 2 30
21 Chong-Viernes, Noah * 2-7 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 5 0 1 0 1 11
22 Copp, Kelekolio * 1-4 0-0 2-4 2-8 10 4 4 1 0 1 2 31
24 Gomez, Dylan * 12-27 3-8 1-1 1-0 1 4 28 5 1 0 6 32
32 Keller, Benjamin * 1-5 0-0 0-0 2-1 3 2 2 0 2 0 3 28
02 Ganiron, Micah 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
03 Vestal, Gavin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
05 Akamine, Ian 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Morita, Kent 0-2 0-1 0-0 3-0 3 3 0 0 1 0 1 15
15 Awaya, Scott 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10
33 O’Connor, Nalu 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
TM TEAM 4-1 5 0
Totals………….. 19-53 4-15 3-7 14-12 26 20 45 8 8 1 15 160
35.8% 26.7% 42.9%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 7-22 2-7 2-6
31.8% 28.6% 33.3%
2nd Half: 12-31 2-8 1-1
38.7% 25.0% 100 %
Score by Periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Pahoa Daggers 9 10 16 13 48 Record: (10-4, 1-0 HHSAA)
University Jr. Bows 11 7 13 14 45 Record: (12-3, 0-1 HHSAA)

For the complete play by play of tonights victory, Click HERE

#1 Castle
Kapaa
Game #7
7:00 pm
Farrington HS
Game #2
7:00 pm
Farrington HS
66
58
Game #13
7:00 pm
Farrington HS
Kapaa
Word of Life #4 Molokai
Game #18
5:00 pm
Blaisdell Arena
University
Game #6
5:00 pm at

Farrington HS
Game #1
5:00 pm at
Farrington HS
45
48
Pahoa
Pahoa #2 Kohala STATE CHAMPION
Roosevelt
Game #9
5:00 pm
Kalani HS
Game #3
5:00 pm
Kalani HS
52
37
Game #15
7:00 pm
Kalani HS
Roosevelt
Hanalani #3 Hawaii Baptist
Kailua
Game #10
7:00 pm
Kalani HS
Game #4
7:00 pm
Kalani HS
77
53
Kailua 2ND PLACE
Seabury Hall
L-13
Game #17
11:00 am
Blaisdell Arena
3RD PLACE
L-15
4TH PLACE

Someone Rips Off Big Island Cops Taser, Gun, Baton and Pepper Spray… and Officers Say “Not To Approach” (Do You Think?)

taser_large

Detectives from the Hawai’i Police Department are investigating a burglary at a home in the Waiākea Uka area of Hilo sometime between mid-morning on March 1 and mid-afternoon on March 2.

Included in the items removed was a police officer’s duty belt. The belt held a silver Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic pistol with black grips, a Taser brand electronic control device, an expandable silver metal baton with a black grip, and a one-ounce canister of “Vexor” brand Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray, commonly known as “pepper spray.”

The Taser X26 depicted in the photo above is available only to law enforcement.

Police advise the public not to approach anyone who has these items. They ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

“Big Island On The Cheap”

There seems to be a run of great new blogs plopping up around the Big Island.

Writers Leslie Lang and Kris Bordessa both have their  own sites, but what is even more impressive, is the two of them combining their talents to come up with “Big Island on the Cheap“.

biotc

Welcome to the Big Island Blogging Ohana!  Look forward to more great posts!

Today’s Kook at UH… I’ll Never Understand?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wr2a21RwDY&hl=en&fs=1]

RJ Bumped:”Loser”… BIVN Called Out (Tag Your It)

So Andrew Cooper put me up to a MEME after being put up by Bobby.

Loser RJ Bailed out… so now I have find a replacement.

So in order to make this fun… especially for all of our blog readers… I’m going to call out Dave Corrigan from Big Island Video News to attempt to take this task on.

In order to make it fair to him, I’ll suggest he reads the comments on Andrew’s Page for a little help if he needs it.

I don’t know if I figured this buggah out completely… but I sure am trying to shake that 3 blogger rule off me before I get some bad luck… you hear me RJ?.

So yes Dave, this is a challenge and you can thank Andrew.  Please note how the links change but the words stay the same… pay attention there are a couple tricky ones in their… Until later… Your now holding the “hot potato”.

For my Meme Check Here:

For Andrew’s Check Here:

For Bobbie’s Check Here:

And for loser RJ’s Pathetic attempt and bad luck for the rest of his life, you can view here.

Still awaiting Aarons and Devany’s! to get this monkey off my back!

Dave… I’ll email you something that Devany asked just to give you a little tip on how to get this accomplished.

I’m hoping that Dave will take the time to do this MEME because we could all learn a lot as he has a lot of good Videos that would be great to see again if he links these right!… and I really need to get this monkey off my back.

I’m in Shock! Yesterday’s Hawaii County Council Minutes are Already Online

This has to be a record for Hawaii County getting their County Council meetings made available to the public in such quick time.

patonback

Yesterday’s Action’s Taken can be found here.  Use the up and down keys at the top of the document to go through the pages.

The$28,000 donation of the  Fire Truck that I mentioned earlier did get approved among other things.

Lingles Plan to Close Revenue Shortfall

Press Release

Governor Linda Lingle today submitted to the State Legislature the Administration’s plan to meet a projected $650 million revenue shortfall for the remainder of the current fiscal year (FY09) and biennium budget fiscal years 2010 through 2011.

The Administration’s plan balances the budget without raising taxes, without any layoffs or furloughs of state employees, and without making significant cuts to essential public services or programs.  It combines the use of federal stimulus funds, tobacco funds, interest from and charges to various special funds, adjustments to selected benefits for state employees, and further tightening Act 221 tax credits.

“While we are working to take maximum advantage of the federal funds available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the additional federal funds alone will not be sufficient to close the projected revenue shortfall,” said Governor Lingle.

“In developing this balanced budget plan, our top priorities were to ensure we do not take any more taxpayer money out of the economy to support government, that we not add to the state’s unemployment by laying off employees, that we preserve essential public services, and that we continue to invest available resources in projects that will create jobs in the near term and achieve our long-term priorities such as energy independence.  This budget accomplishes those goals,” the Governor added.

In December, Governor Lingle submitted her Administration’s FY10-FY11 biennium budget which included a detailed plan to make up for a $1.1 billion revenue shortfall projected by the Council on Revenues.  On January 9, 2009, the Council lowered its revenue projections further by an additional $650 million for FY09, FY10 and FY11.

The Governor subsequently submitted an $81 million plan to close the FY09 shortfall through a combination of transferring funds from various special funds, including the rainy day fund, implementing additional restrictions on discretionary spending and utilizing additional federal reimbursements for Medicaid.

“Over the past year, we have made difficult but necessary decisions to reduce spending to ensure the state lives within its means,” the Governor said.  “At the same time, unprecedented national and global fiscal and economic challenges continue to impact our local economy and these realities mandate that we cannot continue to operate in a business-as-usual manner.

“We also must resist the impulse to raise taxes and fees because Hawai‘i’s families and small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges. We must ensure they keep as much of their money as possible.”
The Governor pointed out that additional budget adjustments will likely be needed when the Council on Revenues meets again on March 12, because it is anticipated that the Council will revise its revenue forecasts downward.

In addition to the plan to close the FY09 shortfall, the Administration is proposing the following nine action items to provide the state with additional general fund revenues needed to close the revenue shortfall:

  • Utilize federal stimulus Medicaid funds. Nearly half of the shortfall will be covered by an estimated $320 million in Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funds. The matching federal funds for treating Medicaid patients are part of the $15 billion in Medicaid assistance being made available to the states under the recently passed federal stimulus plan. Hawai‘i is scheduled to receive $106.7 million for FY09, $142.2. million in FY10 and $71.1 million in FY11.  As of last week, states were allowed to start accessing FMAP funds (Impact: $320 million, FY09-FY11.)
  • Redistribute a portion of the Tobacco Settlement Funds. The Administration supports a bill (HB1731) currently before the Legislature to reallocate the distribution of the Tobacco Settlement Special Fund, including depositing 14 percent into the state’s general fund.  This action would add $7 million per year to the state’s revenues.  (Impact: $14 million, FY10-FY11.)
  • Transfer tobacco tax revenues to the general fund. The Administration supports a bill (HB1732) currently before the Legislature which would allow the use of tobacco tax revenues. The redistribution of the tobacco tax is expected to add $33 million to the state’s general fund in the upcoming biennium. (Impact: $33 million, FY10-FY11.)
  • Advance the general excise tax filing date. The Administration supports a bill (HB1735) currently before the Legislature to change the filing date for the general excise monthly tax return from the last day of the calendar month following the month in which taxes accrue to the 20th day of that month.  The earlier collection of taxes within the fiscal year will generate a one-time revenue gain of $40 million in FY11.  (Impact:  $40 million, FY11.)
  • Remove the exemption for certain special funds from assessments. The Administration proposes removing a provision that currently exempts certain special funds from paying their fair share of assessments to support central services and departmental administrative expenses.  A bill (HB1740) currently before the Legislature would remove the exemption for all but a handful of special funds, including the Hawai‘i Hurricane Relief Fund, Convention Center Enterprise Special Fund and Tourism Special Fund.  The Administration supports this measure, but proposes also allowing the following special funds to retain the exemption from assessments:  State Educational Facilities Improvement Special Fund, Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation Special Fund and University of Hawai‘i Special Fund.  This action would result in an additional $9.8 million annually. (Impact: $19.6 million, FY10-FY11.)
  • Transfer interest earned on certain special funds to the general fund. The Administration supports a measure (HB1733) before the Legislature to allow the transfer of interest earned on investments of special funds, revolving funds and special accounts into the general fund.  This action would not impact the amount in these funds that are generated through user fees or charges.  The use of the interest earnings would result in an estimated $38.2 million in general fund revenues. (Impact: $38.2 million, FY10-FY11.)
  • Discontinue employer-funded group life insurance. The Administration supports a bill (HB1726) currently before the Legislature to prevent the Hawai‘i Employer-Union Health Benefit Trust Fund (EUTF) from providing group life insurance benefits if the premiums are paid for by the state or a county.  Currently, the employer (the state or a county) pays the entire premium for the life insurance benefit.  Premiums are more expensive than paying death benefits directly to survivors.  Discontinuing this practice would save the state $4.1 million in FY10 and $4.3 million in FY11.  (Impact: $8.4 million, FY10-FY11.)
  • Seek adjustments to the EUTF health benefits plan. The Administration will seek adjustments to the current Employer-Union Health Benefit Trust Fund health plan through collective bargaining negotiations. If the current health benefits plan is sustained, with the state covering 60 percent of the cost, the premiums will increase by an estimated 29.4 percent.  This proposal would not affect retirees and their dependent beneficiaries. This effort would provide a cost savings of approximately $48 million per year.  (Impact: $96 million, FY10-FY11.)
  • Further tighten Act 221 to reduce tax credits to investors in technology businesses. Rather than allowing investors to get back a full dollar for each dollar they invest, investors will receive 50 cents for each dollar invested, sharing their risk with state taxpayers.  This effort will save an estimated $43.9 in the biennium. (Impact: $43.9 million, FY10-FY11.)

In addition to closing the revenue shortfall over the next two years, the Administration is also focused on ensuring long-term fiscal stability for the state.  The Administration supports a bill (HB1715) currently before the Legislature to increase by five years the minimum retirement age and minimum length of service before a state employee can receive full service retirement benefits.  The measure would only apply to employees who enter public service on or after July 1, 2009.  The annual savings for this proposal starting in FY2013 is approximately $39 million.

Hired for Census Position

Back on October 16th, I blogged about taking the census test.

I knew I had done pretty well getting 27 out of 28 questions correctly.

I just got a call this afternoon telling me I was hired as a PT Census taker.

I’ll be doing a 9-5 training from March 30th – April 3rd and then for 10 weeks for approximately 20 hours per week I’ll be driving around the Puna area scaring people as I drive up their driveways.

Pay $17.00 an hour and $.50 per mile (That $.50 cents per mile is really going to add up here in the Puna District from what I have heard.  That’s like an extra $1.00 for every mile you go… so if you go 15 miles to someones place… RT that’s an extra $15.00 towards your paycheck off just one location.  You do about 4 of those per day and that’s an extra $300 per week in just gas reimbursement.  (Needless to say… I’ll be driving the Ford instead of the Jeep since it does get better mileage)

This will work out perfectly with my subbing position to add some more income, even if it’s just for a couple months.  I don’t have to go in to work when they call me as a Sub so I can conveniently pick and choose my work during those 10 weeks.

I’ve had 37 Comments on my blog asking questions regarding this, and I can honestly just say…. Score well and be patient.  That’s all I did to get the job.

So if you live in Puna, and you see a stranger lurking around your house… don’t shoot just so quickly!

Have no fear about my blog… this will actually give me an opportunity to blog even more!  I’ll always have my camera and I’m sure I’ll have more then my share of Dog Chasing Me stories… Effing dogs!

Lingle Press Conference Twitter Feed

  1. Lost the online feed of the governor’s news conference, but sounded like it was wrapping up.

  2. Lingle: Every $1 million saved prevents about 14 workers from being laid off.

  1. Lingle: “If they (Legislature) came in with a tax increase, I wouldn’t be able to support it at this point.”

  2. Lingle: Raising taxes is a very bad idea. “We need to be doing everything we can to lift the burden.”

  3. Lingle: The $96 million in savings from state workers’ health benefits will have to be negotiated through collective bargaining.

  4. Lingle says she does not intend to propose any redirection of TAT or GET surcharge revenues.

  5. Lingle: “All of us must face reality.”

  6. Lingle: Without these changes, state would have to layoff roughly 9,000 employees.

  7. Lingle: No layoffs or furloughs.

  8. Lingle: “This will not be the last round of cuts, reductions and changes.” More to come after next Council on Revenues forecast.

  9. Lingle: Act 221 high-tech tax credits must be tightened.

  10. Lingle: State has to realize $96 million in savings to public employee health benefit costs.

  11. Lingle proposes to remove exemptions from some special funds and transfer interest to general fund.

  12. Lingle supports bill to reallocate some of the federal Tobacco Settlement Fund money.

  13. Lingle: Federal Medicaid funding from stimulus package is about $320 million to help close the budget gap.

  14. Lingle says she won’t speculate on what the Council on Revenues may predict at its May 12 forecast meeting.

  15. Lingle: Current budget gap of $650 million can be closed with help of stimulus funds and without layoffs.

  16. Lingle: Governors will take the lead — and be held accountable — on allocating the stimulus money.

  17. “We were very busy in Washington, trying to understand the stimulus bill.”

  18. Governor talking about her recent trip to Washington to meet with Hawaii’s congressional delegation and Obama Cabinet members.

  19. Lingle news conference has started. Governor submitting new six-year financial plan to Legislature today.

New Blog Going on My ‘Roll: “Wordful” Out of Kamuela, Hawaii

I’ve been reading Charles Bohannan’s blog “Wordful”  for the last few weeks and I’m amazed this guy hasn’t caught the attention of the Director of Public Works!  (Just teasing Charles).

Charles Bohannan and I am a writer, editor and so-called go-getter. Not quite a poet as you can see. My intent is to help solo web publishers like you (and me) succeed in professional blogging…

…I live in Kamuela, Hawaii (the Big Island) with my family. And yes, I consider myself very lucky in many ways…surfing being one of them. Wordful is solely owned and operated by me, but I hope to build it far beyond that one day.

In yesterdays post “Do You Seek Influence or Income” I think he hits the head on of the nail on quite a few points other bloggers might want to think about as they attemp to monetize their blogs.

There’s been some recent discussion on some blogs about where us web people belong.

Sonia Simone at Copyblogger describes two types of people on the web: thought leaders and marketers. Thought leaders (she calls them the “Cool Kids”) constantly push the boundaries of conversation, attention and influence, while the Internet Marketers chase the cash through quick, aggressive, black hat tactics. Then she poses the question: which tribe is lame and which one is smart?… More Here

I welcome Charles to my ‘Roll and look forward to learning more from a “Professional Blogger” right here on the Big Island.

Better Then Hot Tea

The other day I mentioned about the critters running around in my stomach.

I forgot to mention how I got rid of them.

I’ve always been a big believer in Gatorade.  So instead of trying hot tea and honey… I thought I’d try some “Hot Gatorade” with the powder dilluted much more so that it wasn’t quite as sweet as normal Gatorade.

I have found my new trick!  A picture is worth a thousand words:

Better Then Hot Tea

Better Then Hot Tea

Andrew… Blame it on Brooklyn

RJ Mendoza did it not me!  So now where does THIS GO?

kanakagoogle

Kamehameha Park Tennis Courts on the Big Island Closed Until Further Notice

Media Release

The Kamehameha Park Tennis Courts are closed for resurfacing until

The project, which is being carried out by community volunteers, is expected to take at least a month.

The staff of the Department of Parks and Recreation would like to express its appreciation to the volunteers who have committed to this community service project to upgrade and improve the tennis courts for all users.

Half-Day Conference on Diabetes to Be Held at Hilo Hawaiian April 5th

diabetes

Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) conference and health fair will be held April 4, 2009 at the Hawaii Convention Center, bringing national and local medical experts in diabetes care to people with all types of diabetes, those at risk for diabetes, and their loved ones for a day of highly informative and motivational programs.

Leading specialists will discuss practical advice and developments in the treatment of diabetes, the complications of the disease, psychological barriers to controlling diabetes, prevention, nutritional issues and much more. Health professionals from the University of Hawaii, Kaiser, Hawaii Medical Center LLC, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, the American Diabetes Association and the Hawaii Association of Diabetes Educators have partnered with TCOYD to present the 10 th Annual Taking Control of Your Diabetes event.

TCOYD participants can hear lectures, participate in screenings, and speak one-on-one with diabetes specialists including physicians, pharmacists, dietitians, certified diabetes educators and podiatrists…

…There will also be a half-day conference on Sunday, April 5 in Hilo, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. The registration fee for the Big Island TCOYD conference is $15, and includes a buffet lunch. More information is available by calling 800-998-2693 or visiting www.tcoyd.org

More Here

Big Island Rep. Denny Coffman Put’s Newsletters Online

I just noticed the following tweet from Thelma Dreyer:

Big Island lawmaker Rep. Denny Coffman’s newsletters are now online

You can read his newsletters here.

Rep. Coffman: District 6 - North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau

Rep. Coffman: District 6 - North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau


3.3 Earthquake Shakes Captain Cook This Morning

A minor earthquake occurred at 9:20:36 AM (HST) on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 .
The magnitude 3.3 event occurred 24 km (15 miles) W of Captain Cook.
The hypocentral depth is 37 km (23 miles).

More Here


DLNR Plan Would Push Long-Time Vendors Out of Akaka Park

BIVN has a great video of a local vendor who has vended his craft goods at Akaka Falls for the last 18 years.

The new DLNR rules on “Recreational Renaissance” may push this long-time vendor out of business along with others who wish to craft their goods.

Although state park administrative rules prohibit “commercial activities of any kind, without a written permit from the board or its authorized representative”, Big Island craftsman have long offered visitors an opportunity to purchase their work near the parking lots of the popular tourist attractions…
More Here

HTA Now HiTA (Hawaii Tourism Authority)

The recently formed Hawaii Tourism Association has changed its acronym to reduce confusion with another HTA, the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Effective Wednesday, the Hawaii Tourism Association will use the acronym HiTA…

More here