Archive for January, 2009

January 30, 2009

Michael Steele Selected As RNC Chairman

by lewwaters

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After a day-long process of close votes, Michael Steele, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, has won the position of Party Chairman of the National Republican Committee. Steele is also the first African American to serve in that position.

On accepting the Chair, Steele said, “This is awesome. I accept and appreciate all of you for the opportunity to serve as the next national chairman of our very proud, our very strong, and our very, very hard working Republican National Committee.”

Steele Wins RNC Chairmanship

I welcome Mr. Steele to the party Chair and hope his efforts to return our party to solid conservative footing will be successful.

I also hope that he will make a strong effort to bring other Blacks home to the party that has actually stood with them more against racism and fought Democrats for decades for their Civil Rights.

The Myth of the Racist Republicans

Congratulations on winning the Chair, Mr. Steele. Now, let’s get busy on setting both the party and America on the right track again.

As expected, my email inbox is not deluged with Breaking News Alerts of this “Historic Selection.”

Michael Steele Biography

January 30, 2009

Dotster Ordered To Shut Down Al Shabaab Website

by lewwaters

As previously reported, Vancouver’s Dotster has been hosting a website opened by Al Shabaab, a Somali Terrorist Group recruiting inside America.

Florida Private Investigator Bill Warner tracked the group to Vancouver’s Dotster and attemopted to get them to shut the sire down, to no avail, Dotster being concerned over first amendment rights.

Bill Warner left a comment on the pervious post informing us that the US Government apparently has finally gotten around to ordering Dotster to shut it down.

Read more here

I applaud Bill Warner in his efforts to combat terrorist, especially in recruiting suicide bombers inside America.

I was disappointed that Dotster allowed this site to remain under the guise of “free speech.”

I only hope Dotster is more diligent in who they host web sites to in the future.

January 25, 2009

Honored By The San Francisco Chronicle

by lewwaters

Last weekend, January 18, 2009 the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story in their weekend Insight by Wynton Hall, visiting fellow from the Hoover Institution in which he rated the Four Best and Four Worst United States Presidents, Legacies of the commanders in chief.

The article was on my MSN Homepage and reading it, saw that at the bottom of the article, the Chronicles editors were requesting reader input as to how we rate past Presidents.

Seeing that Mr. Hall said in part, “Great presidents must be great protectors.
The Constitution’s call for presidents to serve as commander in chief is clear. What use are rights and liberties if we are dead
?” I submitted my personal ranking.

On Thursday I took a call from the SF Chronicle saying my letter was one being considered for publication this Sunday, January 25, 2009, which I took as encouraging, figuring they must have been deluged with letters from across the nation.

Opening the Chronicles web site this morning, I sought and found the article and was utterly amazed to see that the Chronicle had given me the distinct honor, privilege if you will, to be the lone, sole token conservative defender of President George W. Bush, as I had stated for keeping us safe after 9/11, his name deserved to be included towards the top.

Readers rate the U.S. presidents

All other respondents they included for publishing, all from the Bay Area I do believe, chose to carry over the BDS we have seen over the past 8 years, some even repeating multiple disproved claims against President Bush as they all rated him the worst.

While I do consider it a distinct honor to have been chosen as their token conservative, c’mon now, do we really expect an objective and fair cross sampling of Americans from the San Francisco Chronicle when it comes to President George W. Bush?

January 25, 2009

Luke Esser Re-Elected, Brent Boger on Exec Board

by lewwaters

Luke Esser Re-Elected as WSRP Chairman, Asks Clark County Chairman to Make Nomination.

Boger elected to WSRP Executive Board.

Washington State Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser was re-elected as the party’s chairman at the Republican reorganizational meeting in Tukwila on Saturday. Esser was nominated for the position by Clark County Republican Party Chairman, Ryan Hart.

“Chairman Esser called me on Thursday asking if I would nominate him and deliver the nomination speech,” Hart said. “I considered it a real honor to be asked by the Chairman to make the nomination.” He said.

Hart said he was impressed by the level of support Mr. Esser gave the Clark County Republican Party throughout the 2008 election cycle. “Luke recognizes the importance of Clark County to Republican success in Washington,” Hart said. “He provided a tremendous amount of assistance to our local party in 2008 and even came down to knock on doors for Tom Mielke during our post-election day ballot curing process,” Hart said.

Ballot curing is the process of rehabilitating irregular ballots due to voters not signing the back flap of their mailed ballot or a mismatched signature. In these cases the voter’s ballot is not counted unless and until the voter submits an affidavit to correct the situation. Both parties attempted to rehabilitate ballots in the County Commissioners race between Republican Tom Mielke and Democrat Pam Brokaw.

Republicans cured over two hundred ballots in the commissioner’s race. Tom Mielke won the race by a total of 209 votes.

Clark County Republican State Committeeman Brent Boger was also elected to serve on the WSRP Executive Board. Both Esser and Boger were unopposed and won by unanimous votes of acclamation.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 2008 Washington was the only state carried by Obama that saw Republicans gain seats in both the State House and State Senate, and was the first year since 1994 the Republicans gained seats in both the State House and Senate.

Rob McKenna received more votes than any Republican candidate in state history.

Republicans re-elected all three incumbent Members of Congress from Washington. Our neighbor States of Idaho lost one Republican Congressman and Oregon lost U.S. Senator Gordon Smith.

Republicans now control the legislative branch of 3 of the 5 largest counties in the state (Pierce, Spokane and Clark).

SOURCE: Clark County Republican Party

January 24, 2009

Born Again American: A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

by lewwaters

I received a link to this very well produced video site containing links to easily sign on and declare your self also a “Born Again American.” The tune and tempo of the country-oriented music is very catchy and the words sound Patriotic, almost too Patriotic.

Born Again most commonly refers to a Christian term for spiritual rebirth and salvation, an acceptance and embracement of Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible. Honest hearted Americans have embraced just that for many a decade now and the name envisions just such an acceptance.

Even part of the lyrics for this catchy tune seem to indicate the same,

I’m a Born Again American, conceived in Liberty
My Bible and the Bill of Rights, my creed’s equality
I’m a Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream from sea to shining sea

However, searching into BAA we find the deception unfolding.

Born Again American is committed to the rebirth and re-expression of citizenship through informed and thoughtful activism. It is an initiative of Declare Yourself, a national non-partisan, non-profit (501(c)3) organization dedicated to increasing young voter participation and civic involvement. Declare Yourself’s on-line voter registration tool has been used by almost four million people since 2004. Declare Yourself grew out of the 2003’s Declaration of Independence Road Trip that toured an original 1776 copy of the Declaration to schools, town halls, and other locations all over the country.”

A “National non-partisan organization?” Don’t believe it.

BAA was created by Norman Lear, who gave us Maude, All in the Family and the Jefferson’s, among other 1970’s comedies that marginalized and ridiculed traditional conservative Americans and who also created The People For The American Way, a group he created as an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.

In his March 2008 speech announcing BAA at the Take Back America Conference, Lear stated his real intent of promoting Liberalism and Progressiveness. This “non-partisan” says in part,

It’s been seven years since the killer combo I referred to last night, THE NEO-CONS, THEO-CONS AND BIG BUSINESS, succeeded in getting us to vote in an administration that could not be more contemptuous of these principles. As my friend Marty Kaplan has written, this may be the most brazenly lawless administration in history. No other president has found such joy in spitting on our system of checks and balances, defying the will of the Congress through presidential signing statements, torturing prisoners as well as evidence, refusing to let Executive Branch employees testify, and forbidding their Justice Department from enforcing contempt citations.”

Looking at the page for Born Again American you immediately see a photo of an Obama rally prominently displaying his trademark “change” sign he used effectively in winning the recent coup d’etat and ascending to the highest office in the land.

In reality, Born Again American is nothing more than another anti-Bush, anti-conservative and pro-Obama Progressive front. It is a strongly partisan group leaning well to the left politically.

Bear in mind as they are singing about “My Bible and the Bill of Rights,” these are the same people that continue to fight long and hard to prohibit a simple generic prayer in schools and fight to have “In God We Trust” removed from our currency, the pledge of allegiance and most everywhere God is displayed in public in their misguided march of Separation of Church and State.

Lear speaks of a “civil religion,” what I perceive as a worship of the state, the government, as he says, “Our civil religion … belongs to everyone, including the non-religious and those still searching.” He further indicates this by saying in regards to the left’s avoiding traditional religion, “When we weren’t consigning spiritual matters to Oprah or the far corners of the blogosphere, we were avoiding the topic by pigeonholing it as a matter of church/state separation.”

Some weeks ago it was indicated in an earlier post, When Did America Stop Listening how these front groups disguise themselves with patriotic sounding names, but that the intent was anything except the furthering of American liberty and freedom. The videos there are by a man who walked amongst the communists within America for a decade to report on their activity, exposing their desire of overthrowing America as we all used to know her and love her.

2009 and the effort has intensified in spite of the failure of socialistic governance everywhere it has been tried.

The country theme disguises this liberal intent and undoubtedly will suck in many an honest hearted person who failed to realize that they have signed onto yet another communist front that intends to gradually strip us of the very freedoms they sing of preserving, until it is too late.

This bastardization of Patriotism, Christianity, and Americanism has one intent only, to promote the Socialist ideology that has failed repeatedly and is now being abandoned by those nations that fell for it years ago.

It is hardly “non-partisan” and is wholly leftist, definitely a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

January 23, 2009

Clark County Residents Mourn 50 Million Deaths

by lewwaters

dsc06287dsc06290Yesterday, January 22, 2009 in recognition of the 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States, citizens across the country turned out en masse for peaceful protests of the decision that has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of some 50 million unborn children.

Clark County was no different as well over 100 people congregated and marched in front of the County Court House from 1 PM to 2 PM for “one hour of peaceful protest in support of life and in memory of lives lost.”

The event was sponsored by Clark County Right To Life and people taking part came from various Church Groups and many others not associated with a Church, just the desire to see the senseless slaughter of pre-born children whose only crime is being conceived, stop.

My wife and I took advantage of my getting a day off from work to take part on our own, representing no group or association, just our own beliefs. Arriving early, we initially found one person waiting on the Courthouse steps for others.

Others began arriving shortly after, carrying various signs, pre-printed and hand made, all in opposition to continuing abortions of the unborn. Young and old, male and female they came to protest such slaughter of our pre-born citizens.

In contrast to other rallies and protests by anti-war and other leftist groups, the rally went smooth with no confrontations or unruliness by protesters. In fact, I only witnessed one Sheriff’s Deputy who stood down the sidewalk for a short period before disappearing, apparently seeing no need for his presence.

I spoke with the Deputy briefly as he asked me who the contact person was to pass along some advice, but as I assured him we were spreading to protesters to not block the entrance to the Courthouse or block the sidewalks, impeding others ability to enter or get by, he seemed satisfied that we were indeed a peaceful group with no intent on any harm.

A welcome change I’m sure from others whose intent is confrontation.

Judging by thumbs up and horns honking by drivers passing by, there are many others who would have joined in if they could have.

While I think the event could have been a little bit better organized, attendees who sang hymns particularly impressed me, accompanied by a guitarist also attendance, as did others who prayed and marched up and down the sidewalk peacefully.

I carried my own homemade sign stating, “YOU LABELED ME “BABY KILLER” BUT YOU SUPPORT ABORTION?” which caused some to inquire its meaning, not noticing my hat or being unaware of the treatment of returning Viet Nam Veterans. All accepted my explanation, many thanking me for serving.

I did not see any press present to cover the event, which disappointed me; they’re considering only unruly leftist protests as newsworthy, apparently.

I congratulate and thank all who attended and made the rally peaceful.

January 18, 2009

Democrats Propose State Income Tax: That Didn’t Take Long

by lewwaters

washington-sealHot on the heels of Governor Gregoire’s campaign promise of “she” wouldn’t raise taxes, Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 8205, Amending the Constitution to allow an income tax.

It is a companion Bill to SB 5104, deceptively described as “Providing fiscal reform.”

Text of both bills SB 5104 and SJR 8205

Although we were assured throughout the 2008 campaign that Governor Gregoire is against an Income Tax, looking at her words from the past shows that she is merely opposed to it “at this time,” when she was making the comment.

I have no doubt she will sign both of these bills if they pass and make it to her desk. It is also possible they would bypass her and go directly to us voters, where we undoubtedly will be deluged with massive ads of children doing without and starving, poor people struggling and forced into homelessness and Police and Firemen losing their jobs if we don’t pony up and pay more taxes.

Part XI of SB 5104 tells us, “State Sales Tax will be reduced to three and five-tenths percent of the selling price,” but not done away with or blocked from future increases by either the state or local municipalities.

The bill also says in Part XII that Property Tax will be “eliminated” by 2011, but my gut tells me that would end up simply being decreased, maybe, with future increases also available.

I have yet to meet a Democrat who actually eliminates a tax they have grown used to.

We are facing tolls to cross the Columbia with no extra lanes being added to any new bridge or a third bridge. Surely some fees will be increased as well.

Washingtonians have consistently opposed an Income Tax in recent years. However, our State has many new residents that believe they need to pay more taxes, or that their neighbor should. They fall for cries of how so many are doing without and deserve more of our money.

Back in 1933, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled the citizen approved Income tax unconstitutional.

As our lawmakers begin another session, the proposed budget deficit that has grown massively under Democrats since 2004 is foremost on their minds.

Senator Pridemore of Vancouver displays somewhat how our sympathies will be played with as he says, “The biggest challenge is going to be putting together a budget that doesn’t negatively impact citizens of this state,” citing that Democrats needed to find ways to fill the state’s budget hole without cutting vital services to low-income residents and recession being the wrong time to cut services to those who need the most.

It is unknown at this time if Pridemore will support the proposed income tax.

Rep. Ed Orcutt (R. Kalama) said back in November, “I was asked if we can balance the state budget without raising taxes. My answer is we have to. When the slowing of consumer spending is driving our revenue problem, the last thing we want to do is take more money out of the pockets of hard-working Washingtonians. Taxpayers did not get the state into its budget problem, nor should they be expected to bail it out.”

Most all agree that citizens are not spending money, causing the decrease in revenues. Alternative measures are being discussed on how to pry our hard-earned money out of our wallets, such as SB 6900, “Establishing vehicle engine displacement and emissions fees.”

It must not come to their realization that it is the poorer people they claim they must help who would be the most likely to drive an older vehicle which would have a larger engine in it, costing the poor more than better off wage earners who have purchased newer vehicles with smaller more efficient engines.

Vancouver’s Senator Craig Pridemore signed onto SB 6900, Clark County.

One way or the other, we taxpayers are the target.

BOHICA

January 17, 2009

Juárez Citizens Fed Up With Drug Related Murders

by lewwaters

juarez-cross Businessmen and citizens of Juárez, Mexico have gotten so fed up with the wanton killings and rising crime from Drug Lords in Mexico that they have formed a group, Comando Ciudadano por Juárez (Juárez Citizens Command) claiming the will “kill a criminal every 24 hours.”

As reported in the El Paso Times, the Mexican Military and Police have been unable to stop the escalation of crimes and out of control killings connected with drug runners.

Citizens will soon be able to electronically send information to the group on criminal activity in their neighborhoods.

The group, also known as the CCJ states,

Better the death of a bad person than that they continue to contaminating our region,” also stating, “Our mission is to terminate the life of a criminal every 24 hours … The hour has come to stop this disorder in Juárez.”

Unlike sanctioned Military and Police, who must operate under restrictive rules and laws that all too often favor the criminal, a vigilante group will just operate to rid their region of the criminal scum.

Other self described Vigilantes have worked tirelessly to ferret out pedophiles on the internet while bleeding hearts oppose vigilantes, crying over the criminal while ignoring the plight of honest hard working citizens of every country.

A group of Americans that formed to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants across our borders, the Minutemen, have also been described as vigilantes. But their effort is to report illegals sneaking into the country to the Border Patrol for apprehension.

Also reported by them are some of the same Drug Runners sneaking drugs into our country, bringing Mexico’s Drug Wars across our borders.

Citizens in Juárez, Mexico and potentially America are getting fed up with criminal activity that threatens their lives and neighborhoods. Police have their hands tied all too often by attorney’s that work diligently to get criminals off and by legislator’s that falsely believe treating such criminals with kid gloves will placate them.

When citizens are fed up enough, they exercise their right of self-protection and being taking the law into their own hands.

That is, provided they haven’t been denied that right by bleeding heart liberals who demand citizens give up their guns and ammunition, without realizing criminals don’t obey the laws.

I hope the Comando Ciudadano por Juárez is discerning in targeting criminals, making every effort to avoid innocent civilians. But overall, I can’t say I blame them for taking matters back into their own hands.

January 12, 2009

Citizen’s Voices Ignored on Light Rail

by lewwaters

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Saturday’s Oregonian tells Clark County residents, “Light rail is coming to Vancouver. Deal with it!”

It appears that now Oregon is calling the shots for Vancouver and Clark County on extending THEIR light rail into downtown Vancouver, with full approval of our illustrious Mayor, ‘Rolls’ Royce Pollard.

It seems that another vote will not take place after their boondoggle was soundly defeated by a 2 to 1 margin last time. That sentiment is still reflected in the reader comments as one by one readers from Vancouver express their opposition to Portland’s Max line being extended to Vancouver.

Portland is planning on shoving this down our throats with willing help of Pollard, the Vancouver City Council, the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council and C-Tran, not to mention the maybe 1% of Vancouverites who will use it to travel to Portland to work.

We are told the canard that it will reduce traffic congestion on the I-5 corridor, but looking into Portland we see that the Banfield and Sunset are just as congested as before they went to light rail.

CCC has addressed this issue before at No Light Rail for Clark County where the rise in crime was addressed. Another post addressed the bogus polling being used to claim Vancouver desires light rail now.

An April Columbian Op-ed tells us Light rail carries big cost and little benefit.

Most curious in the Oregonian article is,

“Few dissenting voices were heard, and that was partly by design.”
“If you came here to debate whether or not light rail is going to come to Vancouver,” moderator John D. White said at the outset of the group discussion, “I think you’re going to be disappointed.”

“Partly by design?” Does that mean it was planned to have an appearance of fairness and listening to voter and taxpayer concerns, but they don’t really want to hear from us?

Also mentioned is how we that most likely would not use this mode of transportation and who solidly oppose it will see tax increases and tolls to “pay the operating expenses.”

Don’t we already pay enough to see nearly empty C-Trans buses traveling around Clark County?

I don’t know about you, but I am about tapped out. My property taxes for a small home on a small lot are over $2,000 a year. My paychecks haven’t grown and have actually shrunk.

We are in a recession we are told and bailouts are flying out of Washington D.C. at an alarming rate, with little coming to John and Jane Q. Taxpayer.

Our Firemen postponed a scheduled pay increase due to our dire financial situation and what do we hear? “Light rail is coming to Vancouver. Deal with it!”

A “workshop” is planned for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, January 14 at Discovery Middle School, 800 E. 40th St., in Vancouver.

While we may be close to a Socialist nation ruled by the dictatorial Socialist Demokratik Politburo, we citizens need to exercise our authority over these politicians who have decided how to spend our money whether we want what they are buying or not.

All who can attend should go to Discovery this Wednesday and make a loud noise in opposition to this scheme that will cost Clark County dearly, while fattening the wallets of politicians, developers and Portland Transportation.

Stand up to the Democrats and to Portland, while we have some semblance of freedom left.

January 11, 2009

Say It Ain’t So, Tom

by lewwaters

mielke-1This past Monday, January 5, 2009, the Columbian ran an article featuring a photo of newly elected County Commissioner Tom Mielke boasting a rightfully earned big grin, as he took the oath of office.

As all will recall, Tom was in a very close race against Democrat Pam Brokaw, narrowly squeaking out the win due to the efforts of Clark County Republicans who supported him and were able to rehabilitate ballots that otherwise would not have been counted.

Many put in lots of hours to help Tom gain the 209 vote win.

However, the January 5 article in the Columbian, Mielke discusses his goals, contains a very disturbing quote that must be clarified. The quote:

The Republican said he intends to bring a clear rightward turn in local politics by shifting the costs of growth toward taxpayers…” and “Mielke said he hopes to convince the other two commissioners — incumbents Marc Boldt, a Republican, and Steve Stuart, a Democrat — to eliminate those fees completely, shifting the cost onto all property owners.”

Tom Mielke ran on a platform of lowering taxes and even says in the article, “he would oppose any immediate tax or fee increases.”

Initially the article claimed Mielke would urge the County Commission to drop developer fees to $0.00 and raise property taxes.

Discussing this quote with others after the Central Committee meeting at Clark GOP Headquarters last Tuesday, we all agreed this merits clarification from Tom as raising taxes on taxpayers is not a “rightward turn.”

I left a comment on the article and along with others, asked for a clarification on the quote. A week later, nothing that I have seen has come out.

Michael Anderson, author of the article did state in the comments that what he quoted is what he was told by Tom. While I feel the Columbian to be leftward biased and not the most reliable source often, I have never known them to outright fabricate a quote of an elected official.

I disagree with Tom’s opposition to the proposed Cowlitz Casino but agree that developer fees can be lowered to more reasonable levels. Passing that cost onto homeowners though is not the answer.

Tom says, “We’re in quite a crisis right now. I think Clark County can weather this downturn.”

I think Tom owes Clark County an explanation on how we can weather it and pass on developer costs to taxpayers and homeowners at the same time he says he will lower taxes.

We can be your best supporters out here. Or, we can be your biggest opposers. The initial after the name isn’t as important as actions in office.

I still wait for a clarification.

January 5, 2009

Democrat Strategist Predicts Democrat Scandal Streak in 2009

by lewwaters

carville-2James Carville, brash and vitriolic strategist for the Democrat Party, known for his brutal verbal assaults on anyone opposed to the Clinton’s during the 1990′s, is predicting more embarrassing scandals will hit the Democrats in 2009.

Stating his opinion on CNN, Carville says,

I firmly believe that there are streaks, and that political scandals happen in clusters. The Republican Party had its fair share of scandal and charges of deeply imbedded corruption preceding the 2006 election and leading up to the 2008 elections.”

Carville bases his prediction on ‘simple math,’ “More Democrats in elected office increases the likelihood of scandal.”

As I see it, it is more likely that with more Democrats in office, their natural corruption will be harder to cover up.

This also assumes that the dying lamestream media, the propaganda mouthpiece for the Democrats, will actually report on exposed corruption within the majority party.

I find it difficult to believe they will actually do so as exposing the natural tendency for corruption within the leftwing might taint their messiah, B Homey.

Carville shows this by saying,

“The current [scandal] streak, however removed from President-elect Barack Obama, doesn’t bode well for Democrats in 2009.”

We are still being led to believe that a politican, reared in the dirtiest political machine in the nation, Chicago, spent years mired in that corruption and remained untouched by it.

Carville goes on to predict,

“2009 will be a year in which the Republican Party will be confronted with a near catastrophic ideological rift. There is no obvious Republican leader on the horizon.”

Perhaps Mr. Carville slept through the conservative base becomining energized by Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin.

While there may well be a rift within the GOP, conservatives remain steadfast and will land on our feet, in spite of efforts by the left and their dying dinosaur media to paint ‘alls well’ within the left and ‘alls ill’ within the right.

Carville did his best to poo poo Clinton Corruption and scandals. That he now sees 2009 as a Democrat year of scandals is somewhat astonishing. That he states it in public is surprising. If the media actually reports any of it, that will be shocking!

Following his prediction, Bill Richardson withdrew his bid to be commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract.

Hillary’s appointment as Secretary of State may be in jepoardy as news that “a developer in New York state donated $100,000 to Bill Clinton’s foundation, around the same time that Hillary helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project.”

News of homes built by Jimmy Carter’s Habitat for Humanity crumbling and causing illness to inhabitats is leaking out.

Democrats seem to be reembracing their racist roots as Senate Leadership is announcing they wil not seat the only Black to the Senate.

B HO’s silence on Gaza is causing concern. But, he did announce he will add 600,000 government jobs to the tax rolls.

After all, if Democrat corruption isn’t reported in the lamestream media, is it really a scandal?

I can only imagine what would be uncovered if our media within Washington ever took a strong critical look into Olympia.

January 5, 2009

Gore-Bull Warming Hits Clark County … Again!

by lewwaters

After the 12 Days of Christmas Artic Storm we all endured, resulting in record snowfalls for our area, delayed trash and recycling pick-up and a real mess getting around, we may have thought we were over storms.

Early Friday morning, January 2, we saw yet another snowfall and another mess on our roads that cleared up pretty much by the weekend.

Tonight, early evening, January 4, we saw yet another snowfall come down resulting in about an inch of accumulation on my patio. The photo below was taken by me at 7 PM this evening.

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Isn’t it about time we woke up to the fallacy of ‘Gore-Bull Warming’ and got on with our lives, unafraid that we are frying and causing the planet to expire?

We have ample evidence that Al Gore Jr. is just plain wrong and his real motive is imposing Socialism on us;

2008 was the year man made global warming was disproved

CNN Meteorologist: Manmade Global Warming Theory Arrogant

Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979

Truly inconvenient truths about climate change being ignored

31,000 scientists reject ‘global warming’ agenda

Czech President Klaus ready to debate Gore on climate change

I could go on and on, but as is shown, the debate is far from over, as claimed by Al Gore and his minions.

While I agree that we should pollute as little as humanly possible, we need not jump off the deep end and give up our lives to the Socialist agenda that is using the man-made global warming scare to get us to give up even more of our liberties.

When I see Gore and the rest of his fearmongering climate change cabal giving up their jet airplanes, SUV’s and luxurious lifestyles, maybe I’ll lend a bit more credence to their claims. But, the real evidence is stacking up against them every day.

It is time we stopped falling for it and got back to enjoying our lives best we can.

January 4, 2009

Assisted Suicide? Or Encouraged Suicide? It Still Should Be Opposed.

by lewwaters

As we all know, this past Novembers election saw Washington States voters duped into passing the so called Death With Dignity initiative, making us the second state to allow “doctor assisted suicide.”

The measure passed due to a massive campaign from out of state sources that see the death of others as “humane.” Or, as many refer to it, the “Culture of Death,” that group that sees suicide and abortion as peaceful and humane, but are virulently opposed to the execution of mass murderers.

Fortunately for Washington’s citizens, the Washington State Medical Association reminds us that just because a patient may request the physician assist in their suicide, health care providers are not required to assist in suicide. Their spokesman said,

There’s no requirement if physicians aren’t comfortable with honoring their patients’ wishes.”

Likewise, Karina Jennings of Providence Health, the largest provider of healthcare in Eastern Washington said,

We believe we don’t have to participate and plan to exercise a conscience clause allowing us to be exempt.”

The measure that passed by 59% of the vote is facing much opposition from within our state, rightfully so. As a Spokane Hospice statement said,

“[our] mission is to provide care and support for patients, not hasten their death.”

James Garner once spoke a line in the movie, Duel at Diablo,

Death comes soon enough. Anyone who hurries it is a damn fool.”

We are told how wonderful Oregon’s Assisted Suicide has been working, but that isn’t exactly the truth. Several abuses to Oregon’s ‘Death With Dignity’ have been seen since it was passed and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Opposition from Healthcare Professionals in Clark County is growing and citizens are being encouraged to write the Southwest Washington Medical Center Board of Directors to encourage they consider their conscience under the conscience clause and not just blindly follow the folly of ‘Physician Assisted Suicide.’

Examples of how you might construct your own words to write in opposition to ‘Physician Assisted Suicide’ to be sent to SWMC can be seen here, and an example for workers within the Healthcare Profession and Healthcare professionals to write to Healthcare Facilities is located here.

If you would like to add your voice to the growing opposition, use the letters as a guide to write in your own words and send copies to the listed persons here.

A lot of information can be gained by visiting the Coalition Against Assisted Suicide.

Several other abuses of End of Life Decisions have been compiled by Not Dead Yet.

As the Culture of Death dulls the senses of our population with their soft words and hiding of the intent to just let people die, falsely believing it to be humane, I am reminded of some of the words found within the Classic Hippocratic Oath,

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”

The Modern Version removes those words, but acknowledges one’s conscience by including,

Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.”

As members of the Culture of Death continue their push for us to accept premature death, I am reminded of words I read from another Doctor long ago,

The underlying motive was the desire to help individuals who could not help themselves and were thus prolonging their lives in torment. … To quote Hippocrates today is to proclaim that invalids and persons in great pain should never be given poison. But any modern doctor who makes so rhetorical a declaration without qualification is either a liar or a hypocrite. … I never intended anything more than or believed I was doing anything but abbreviating the tortured existence of such unhappy creatures… I am convinced that today they have overcome their distress and personally believe that the dead members of their families were given a happy release from their sufferings.”

From testimony given by Dr. Karl Brandt, Adolf Hitler’s personal physician and head of Nazi Germanys Euthanasia Program. Sentenced to death and executed June 2, 1948 at Landsberg prison in Bavaria for War Crimes.

I-1000 may have passed into accepted law, but valid reasons remain to oppose Physician Assisted Suicide.

I urge you to follow the example letters given above and contact the necessary people at Southwest Washington Medical Center to remind that not only do the citizens of Clark County Washington have a conscience, so do they.

As James Garner spoke in the movie above, Death comes soon enough. Anyone who hurries it is a damn fool.”

January 3, 2009

Democrat Majority Leader Says “Paying Taxes Is Voluntary.”

by lewwaters

Should we tell Christine Gregoire and Washington’s Democrat Majority?

While we don’t have a State Income Tax, yet, try not paying your Federal Income Tax and see just how “Voluntary” it is.

January 1, 2009

To Protect And To Serve: Comparing Two Unions

by lewwaters

vancouver-pdFresh on the heels of Vancouver, Washington’s Firefighter’s Union vote to forgo their annual pay raise, we read that Vancouver, Washington’s Police Department Union will not forgo theirs.

Well deserved kudos were expressed when the Firefighter’s Union announced that 91% of their members voted to forgo the pay increase at a time that the city is facing severe financial problems.

Fire Capt. Bill Garlington, a 22-year veteran of our Fire Department, expressed concern over the economy as he explained his vote to forgo the raise,

People are losing their jobs. The people losing their jobs are the people who are paying our wages.”

Sgt. Scott Creager, secretary of the Police Union said,

Our position is we are due to start negotiations in June. We aren’t interested in opening the contract for six months,” adding, “The spirit of collective bargaining is that you sign a contract and you honor it. If we were going to make a concession on our wage, would the city be responsible to make us whole for the vacation that was given up?”

Vancouver’s Police pay scale ranges between $53,016 to $83,844. Firefighters seem to have a similar pay scale, maybe slightly higher for the Fire Captain.

Average household income for Vancouver is just under $50,000.

Do not think for a minute that I consider the Police as over paid, I do not. Their jobs are worth every dime they receive and yes, even more when they are faced with danger protecting us. I have nothing but the utmost respect and honor for these people, but they are in jobs they volunteered for.

Contrast that with our Military, whose base entry pay is about $17,000 a year. A mid-rank NCO with time in grade earns perhaps $48,000 a year with mid-grade Officers making as much as $78,000 a year.

I imagine the lower ranks earning less are doing the most in the Military and they have no union to negotiate their pay scale nor do they get to vote in their pay raise, as do politicians.

All across the nation, Americans are being asked to sacrifice in order to help in these economically depressed times. People are being laid off. Business are going out of business and closing their doors. Jobs, including Union jobs, are being lost as more people are seeking other employment to weather these troubled times.

Vancouver’s Firefighters have shown the way to keep their jobs and help the community they serve by voting to forgo their pay increase right now. Even with them now being allowed to accrue 24 hours a month sick leave, an increase over what they previously earned and which cannot be ‘cashed in’ should they leave the employ of the city, says Vancouver’s assistant city manager, Betsy Williams.

City managers and non-union city employees will not be receiving pay increases either this year.

Congress is facing scorn for accepting a scheduled pay raise.

Chief Justice Roberts continues his push for a pay increase for Federal Judges.

Our paychecks are declining, tax revenues are decreasing, homes being foreclosed, jobs lost, public debt is rising and unemployment is up. Stimulus checks and corporate bailouts will only go so far before there is nothing left from us citizens to give.

Vancouver’s Firefighters deserve the kudos they are receiving as they have led the way to continue serving the public and keeping their jobs safe.

I don’t see what harm it would have done for the Vancouver Police to follow suit and help Clark County citizen’s weather this storm and to keep their numbers up as well.

They too deserve what they earn and in better economic times, perhaps even more. At this time with revenues scarce and politicians seeking more revenue sources, don’t be surprised to see traffic citations increase in Vancouver to help offset the failing economy.

I hope they don’t pull this old trick, but many other communities across the nation have swelled their coffers with the “speed trap” mentality over the years.

If Vancouver ends up reducing their number of Police Officers, look no further than a Union that demands increases while the rest of us are being asked to sacrifice and facing decreases in our livelihood and lifestyle.

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