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There are 85 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 28, 2008, titled Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

It is time to take the wind out of Barack Obama's sail. The McCain vice-presidential announcement should be made public the day following the Denver Democratic National Convention with a major surprise - ...

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dargent77

AOL

#1 Aug 28, 2008
Oh, for Christ's sake: enough about McCain didn't know how many houses he has + it takes $5.0 million to be called "rich"....the white haired old fool has bigger problems than that. Doesn't know geography, sings "bomb Iran" songs as a joke, leaves his 1st wife while having an affair with Ms. Cindy, tried to commit suicide twice as a POW (some war hero), was a member of The Keating Five. Did I miss something?
willie

United States

#2 Aug 28, 2008
"Don't rely on Obama, help yourself instead"

On the mark exactly....does anyone actually think the socialist plans of Obama will be free or ever end if in fact they don't work out? How many of his "rich" taxpayers and corportations will remain in the USA when they are faced with footing the bill for his programs that will mean the government will be all things to all people all the time.
dargent77

AOL

#3 Aug 28, 2008
Willie Wonka: You want this fool McCain? He will, if anything, continue the "war in Iraq", the "free the Iraqi people", the "Mission Accomplished" for another 4 years or until he drops dead. Obama will bring the troops home and have these blood sucking middle easterners stand on their own two feet. After 7 years, 4,200 dead US,$500. billion, isn't it time? If not now, when?
Sam

AOL

#4 Aug 28, 2008
dargent77,

You tell a lovely story, now finish it.
First McCain was already seperated from his wife, then after meeting Cindy, they divorced and he gave her two homes and paid her bills. They are still friendly. Doesn't sound like it was too bad for her. People change after being apart for 5 1/2 years and she agreed she had changed also. We don't know what she did during that time. He accepted responsiblity. Sounds like a noble man to me.

As for the Keating Five, Well, McCain, was cleared and criticized for using poor judgement. He ran again and was re-elected. Seems like some people believed him.
And I must mention, the other four Senators were all Democrats.

As for the suicide attempt, it was in the POW camp and after being beaten for days and having dysentey he did reach his breaking point, as did many other POW's. So if you think you could have lasted longer than him, I have a stone for you to throw.

So when you tell tales, please finish them with the whole truth. And stop listening to the media.
Tama Samoa

Honolulu, HI

#5 Aug 28, 2008
dargent77 wrote:
Oh, for Christ's sake: enough about McCain didn't know how many houses he has + it takes $5.0 million to be called "rich"....the white haired old fool has bigger problems than that. Doesn't know geography, sings "bomb Iran" songs as a joke, leaves his 1st wife while having an affair with Ms. Cindy, tried to commit suicide twice as a POW (some war hero), was a member of The Keating Five. Did I miss something?
Yes you did miss something out...
You forgot to take your medication.
willie

United States

#6 Aug 28, 2008
dargent77, guess you missed it. I am writting in Hillary so to answer your question, no I don't want McCain and no I don't want Obama...both are bad but for vastly different reasons.
Keith Haugen

AOL

#10 Aug 28, 2008
I wonder how many Americans would vote for McCain if they knew that he aided the enemy while a POW. Or how many would vote for someone who cracked under pressure and attempted suicide.

Maybe that is why the rightwing media ignores those facts.

We can't even imagine what it must be like to be a POW, but think of all the POWs who didn't crack, didn't help the enemy prepare anti-American propaganda, and who didn't attempt suicide.

Does that mean that all of them are better qualified to lead than McCain?

None of them can use McCain's slogan "I know how to win wars" because they didn't help the VC win that one in Vietnam.

I might be wrong, because nearly half of the American voters cast their ballot for Bush, even after they learned of his going AWOL and deserting in time of war.

Maybe Republicans have different standards? Or maybe they expect less from their leaders?

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
willie

United States

#11 Aug 28, 2008
"I might be wrong, because nearly half of the American voters cast their ballot for Bush, even after they learned of his going AWOL and deserting in time of war."

Time for the daily Keith half truth posts to make his candidate look better.(or so he thinks anyway)

Do tell Keith, how does an Air Guardsman go AWOL (Absent without leave) when they in fact never earn any leave? Do you in fact know anything about what rules Air Guardsmen operate under or are you as usual parroting your favorite DNC blogs? Pretty hard for Bush to desert in time of war considering there was no declared war going on when he was honorably serving in the Air Guard.

Let me get this whole spin thing right. Clinton never served and that was fine with the DNC faithful. Kerry served and so any other candidates service was suspect compared to his, service was mandatory it seemed as long as the DNC candidate had it. Here we are in 2008 and once again since their candiate has no service it doesn't matter but the need is there to make the other guy look really bad for serving. That prety much sum it up for you Keith?
taxpayer

Rayville, LA

#12 Aug 28, 2008
Is McCain just more of the Same? Look at McCains record, just don't look too hard at how he got into the Naval Academy, what he did to get the Keating S&L money, voting against increased benefits for veterns, voting against increased pay for the military, voting against increasing the minimum wage, voting for tax breaks for Big Business, voting for sending U.S jobs abroad and Sponsoring that Amnesty deal for illegals. As a Conservative, I am voting for Change.
More Hawaii Leadership

Honolulu, HI

#13 Aug 28, 2008
Reward for reporting animal fight
The Hawaiian Humane Society is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in illegal animal fighting.

U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo and the Humane Society made the announcement yesterday at a news conference in Honolulu.

"This announcement sends a clear message that illegal animal fighting will not be tolerated," Kubo said. "Cracking down on these activities reduces crime and creates safer communities."

Anyone with information about illegal animal fighting, such as cockfighting or dog-fighting, should contact their local law enforcement agency or the Humane Society, officials said.

who else is ready to make their neighborhood and communities healthier? Hawaii is making a difference and showing the world a proactive example...
Kailuaresident

Kaneohe, HI

#14 Aug 28, 2008
Do any of you still belive that govnerment can make you lives better?" Heck yes. I refer you to the Declaration of Independence "that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."
The governemnt makes our lives better by securing these rights. Notice is says among these rights - that implies there might be more then what is listed. Such as privacy. Such as acess to medical care.
Can the governemnt make your life worse? I think we all agree it can (and has recently). So its only logical that it can also make it better.
Give Me a Break

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#15 Aug 28, 2008
It is really funny how the Dems are quick to jump on the Republicans about the state of the Union. It seems to me like we have a Democratic Congress right now. THEY are the ones that have severly screwed up this country. Do I like my chioces for president this year? Hell no! But the way you Dems are trying to make Obama into some kind of Mesiah and savior is damn scary. Talk about being blinded and following like sheep.
tantalus Leadership

Honolulu, HI

#16 Aug 28, 2008
HONOLULU -- A taxi driver said he got the scare of his life Wednesday.

Robbed at gunpoint up on Tantalus drive, the cabbie is grateful for the passing motorist who called for help.

Patrol officers from District 1 responded to the 911 call of armed robbery.

The cab driver said it was about 11 a.m. when he picked up a customer near King and Alakea streets.

The young man asked to be taken to Tantalus where he was meeting a friend but it was at a clearing when things went bad, "He says,'You pull over.' I pull over and he holds a gun to my head he says,'You give me all your money and your phone or I shoot you,'" taxi driver Non Ngo said.

Ngo said he was terrified all he could think of was his friend and co-worker who was killed by a customer at the Tantalus lookout two years ago.

Besides Mahn Nguyen, a cabbie from Vietnam, the gunman also killed a Kaimuki couple. Jason and Coleen Tagamori had driven up to enjoy the night view. They too were shot dead.

Police arrested Adam Mau for those murders. He is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

No one was hurt in Wednesday's robbery. Police said they responded quickly.

The taxi driver said he tried to run the gunman down but he managed to escape into the bushes.

Police said they gave chase and caught up with the man further down the hill. They said they also found a gun.

The 19-year-old from Kailua freely admitted to the holdup.

"I robbed the taxi driver," he said. "Yeah, I put a gun to his head."

When asked why he did it he said, "I owed a drug dealer or he said he would kill my family if I didn't."

Sadly the cabbie said the teenager was not much older than his own son.

After the last shooting, drivers stopped taking customers up to Tantalus at night. After Wednesday Ngo said he won't come up there in daylight either.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#17 Aug 28, 2008
Sam wrote:
dargent77,
You tell a lovely story, now finish it.
First McCain was already seperated from his wife, then after meeting Cindy, they divorced and he gave her two homes and paid her bills. They are still friendly. Doesn't sound like it was too bad for her. People change after being apart for 5 1/2 years and she agreed she had changed also. We don't know what she did during that time. He accepted responsiblity. Sounds like a noble man to me.
As for the Keating Five, Well, McCain, was cleared and criticized for using poor judgement. He ran again and was re-elected. Seems like some people believed him.
And I must mention, the other four Senators were all Democrats.
As for the suicide attempt, it was in the POW camp and after being beaten for days and having dysentey he did reach his breaking point, as did many other POW's. So if you think you could have lasted longer than him, I have a stone for you to throw.
So when you tell tales, please finish them with the whole truth. And stop listening to the media.
Well, Ted Steven's has won his party's primary and he's still under investigation. So being elected seems to have nothing to do with being a criminal.

And if you're going to talk about McCain and the war, you should also include his POW record since it's also about the whole truth. Trouble is, he's blocked legislation so no one will get to see it. So I guess that means we won't know the whole truth there.

You talk about the whole truth but your post puts a lot of faith in what you perceive. Like you said, "when you tell tales, please finish them with the whole truth."
Pat

San Diego, CA

#18 Aug 28, 2008
What is happening with the reduction of drugs program from the Lingle Administration? It appears that citizens do not have to be concerned with our security being threatened by "terrorists" abroad, but instead by "local terrorists".
Bumpercrop

Wailuku, HI

#19 Aug 28, 2008
Did you serve in the military? If not, why not? And if yes, were you a POW? Don't try to pretend you would know how you and McCain should have acted under constant threat of beatings, torture, and death. You have never walked in his shoes, so you can't know why he "broke" or many of the other POWS either.
Keith Haugen wrote:
I wonder how many Americans would vote for McCain if they knew that he aided the enemy while a POW. Or how many would vote for someone who cracked under pressure and attempted suicide.
Maybe that is why the rightwing media ignores those facts.
We can't even imagine what it must be like to be a POW, but think of all the POWs who didn't crack, didn't help the enemy prepare anti-American propaganda, and who didn't attempt suicide.
Does that mean that all of them are better qualified to lead than McCain?
None of them can use McCain's slogan "I know how to win wars" because they didn't help the VC win that one in Vietnam.
I might be wrong, because nearly half of the American voters cast their ballot for Bush, even after they learned of his going AWOL and deserting in time of war.
Maybe Republicans have different standards? Or maybe they expect less from their leaders?
Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
Bumpercrop

Wailuku, HI

#20 Aug 28, 2008
Obama is a "snake in the grass" and he is going to bite your ankles. That is why he is pushing for free medical care for you. Why do you want to get bitten?
rope1

Waipahu, HI

#21 Aug 28, 2008
Michelle Obama's dad busted his but to send her to college. Why shouldn't that be the goal, not having the government provide it. That's the American dream. Hey Anne, quit spouting the talking points for the Dems. This is letters to editor...it shold be your thoughts not those provided to you!! and by the way did you complain about John Kerry's wealth, or how many houses he and his wife had? Bet not. Can you say hypocrit? Quit drinking the kool aid and think for yourself, but get the facts first!!
Itsumo

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#22 Aug 28, 2008
Give Me a Break wrote:
It is really funny how the Dems are quick to jump on the Republicans about the state of the Union. It seems to me like we have a Democratic Congress right now. THEY are the ones that have severly screwed up this country. Do I like my chioces for president this year? Hell no! But the way you Dems are trying to make Obama into some kind of Mesiah and savior is damn scary. Talk about being blinded and following like sheep.
You are a little too fast to blame the Democrats for all the bad. Consider this from an independent. The US Congress has been under a Democrat majority for the past two years. The previous six years the Congress was under a Republican majority. Everything in government is in slow motion, so much of the rotten stuff you feel now really comes from the Republicans. They have spent the country into ruin.
Earl

Honolulu, HI

#24 Aug 28, 2008
Pat wrote:
What is happening with the reduction of drugs program from the Lingle Administration? It appears that citizens do not have to be concerned with our security being threatened by "terrorists" abroad, but instead by "local terrorists".
Duke failed on that, so then he had to go after beer at Aloha Stadium. He failed on that, so he had to go after underage smoking. I think the State busted some stores for selling cigarettes to kids, so hooray!

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