Archive for September, 2009

September 30, 2009

Democratic Civility? Where?

by lewwaters

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Everyone has heard the floor speech of Rep. Alan Grayson, Democrat Florida, where he claimed Republicans plan for healthcare is “if you get sick, die quickly.” He justifies his vitriol by claiming Republicans have no plan, even though every single amendment or bill submitted by Republicans is ignored or thrown away.

Calls of an apology for his “Joe Wilson” comments were met with the sarcastic “I would like to apologize, I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.”

Grayson is not a native Floridian and gives a prime example of why many of us native Floridians moved away from the once decent state of Florida, too many New Yorkers with their vitriolic rhetoric and mean-spirited discourse in day to day life. Grayson is a transplant from the Bronx, New York.

This isn’t the first such time Grayson has verbally attacked Republicans in such an uncivil manner. Earlier in 2009, commenting on Rush Limbaugh hoping Obama’s policies fail, he blurted, “Rush Limbaugh is a has-been hypocrite loser, who craves attention. His right-wing lunacy sounds like Mikhail Gorbachev, extolling the virtues of communism. Limbaugh actually was more lucid when he was a drug addict. If America ever did 1% of what he wanted us to do, then we’d all need pain killers.”

Calls for an apology to Rush for that over the top claim brought, “I’m sorry Limbaugh called for harsh sentences for drug addicts while he was a drug addict. I’m also sorry that he’s bent on seeing America fail. And I’m sorry that Limbaugh is one sorry excuse for a human being.”

Appearing on CNN’s Situation Room to “discuss” his hateful comments, refused to back away from his hate filled speech by now saying Republicans are, “foot-dragging, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.”

Even the bombastic James Carville cringed at this and said, “I would call (them) regressive as opposed to Neanderthal,” after first congratulating Grayson for having “the courage to go up and say what he said.”

Grayson also went on to say of the majority of Americans now opposed to this debacle of a plan, “whoever it is that’s causing the Republicans to fight tooth-and-nail against anything, absolutely anything, to have every vote come down to being 257 to 175 in the House, over and over and over again. Those are the people who are really disserving Americans.”

Republicans offered the usual weak comments from National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain of “Grayson is doubling down on his despicable remarks and he is dragging his party with him,” adding “This is an individual who has established a pathological pattern of unstable behavior. He is derailing the national debate on health care reform and embarrassing his constituents as a result.”

Tennessee Republican Jimmy Duncan said, “That is about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I’ve ever heard made on this floor, and I, for one, don’t appreciate it.”

Marsha Blackburn, another Tennessee Republican said, “It’s fully appropriate that the gentleman return to the floor and apologize.”

We shouldn’t be too surprised at such vitriol coming from Democrats when they are demanding a more civil discourse; they have a history of slinging such vitriol at opponents instead of civilly discussing anything.

Frances Rice, Chair of the National Black Republican Association reminds us of the mean-spirited calls Democrats make against Black Americans who leave the Democrats “political plantation” and express conservative ideals.

Civility seems to be unknown to Democrats.

No doubt the Columbian’s John Laird and Kathie Durbin have no objection to Grayson’s rhetoric.

Calls upon Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to condemn Grayson as swiftly as she did Joe Wilson are being met with *crickets.*

September 29, 2009

Gov. Gregoire Ready To Renege On Tax Pledge

by lewwaters

Few things in life are guaranteed we all know that. Amongst those few would be Democrats and their love of raising taxes on citizens. They have yet to learn that Robin Hood was but a mythological person with his taking from the wealthy to give to the poor.

With Democrats it seems they love poor people so much they create as many as they can whenever they hold governmental majorities.

Many of us were surprised last year when Governor Gregoire took on a ‘no tax raise’ pledge in facing the burgeoning deficit Washington State faces.

Last December she said, “There is no way to tax your way out of this problem. We have to live within our means.”

Fellow Democrats groaned while Republicans applauded her words.

She proposed cuts that mirrored some recommended by Republican challenger Dino Rossi. She made cuts that were painful. In fact, she vetoed spending bills prior to the election that “miffed” some Clark County Democrat lawmakers, says the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin.

Sure to delight Democrats, especially 49th Legislative District Representative Jim Moeller, who went as far as writing a letter to the editor asking for citizen input in finding new sources of revenue last December, Gov. Gregoire announced just this morning “that she is not as hostile to tax hikes as she was a year ago. And she will entertain proposals if lawmakers or interest groups bring them to her.”

Just today, September 29, The Olympian ran an article announcing Gregoire’s “change of heart.”

The quote our governor saying, “I didn’t want revenue last year because I couldn’t figure out how you could do a revenue package that wouldn’t hurt the economy, either individuals or businesses. We’re still stuck in that rut but I’ve told the leadership, ‘Come make your case. My door’s open, you can make your case.’ But I don’t want to do anything that adversely impacts our economic recovery.”

And, if I may ask of the governor and Democrat leadership, what has changed other than the economy has gotten worse, unemployment has sharply increased, wages have been cut and businesses have failed and closed their doors.

Raising taxes at this time can only make matters worse as so many are struggling and cannot afford to pay more.

Companies too are struggling and raising their costs can only “adversely impact economic recovery,” the very thing Gregoire says she wish’s to avoid.

I am constantly amazed at the notion of “cuts are either social services, corrections, health care or education.”

I’m even more amazed that she says, “you take too big a toll on higher ed[ucation] and it won’t recover any time soon. … You can give it more money but once you’ve lost those Nobel Prize educators you don’t get them back.”

What about jobs, governor? What about small businesses that create the bulk of our jobs? How many of them have we lost that we won’t get back?

With all due respect, “Nobel Prize educators” do not create jobs. Yes, they are impressive, I suppose, in their intelligence and knowledge, but do they also engage in social engineering in their classrooms instead of just imparting their knowledge upon students?

I don’t see them signing and handing out paychecks, do you?

Why do we continue to pay for ILLEGAL immigrants, who send much of their sub-par wages back to their native country instead of circulating it in our economy?

Why are we looking at an overly costly Light Rail in Clark County that voters have rejected?

I’m sure our Democrat elected officials will be delighted in hearing the governor is receptive to raising taxes how and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see another attempt at an income tax.

They just don’t get it that in order to see state revenues stop their decline; citizens must be working in decent jobs, not ILLEGAL immigrants.

Businesses need a fair environment to compete with a reasonable level of taxes.

The governor says, “At some point the people, I assume, don’t want us to take any more cuts.”

With all due respect, Governor, at some point the people do not want their paychecks cut any more.

September 28, 2009

Poor Lou Brancaccio, He Doesn’t Get It

by lewwaters

Lou Brancaccio, managing editor of Clark County’s Columbian newspaper sits in a tough position, given that the paper is still under financial difficulties. Without knowing the exact hierarchy of the paper, I’m assuming the title of “managing editor” places him with the responsibility of how the paper is ran and what is ultimately published.

I’ve never met Lou nor even spoke with him on the phone, but have exchanged words with him in the comments section underneath many articles, especially his editorials. Based on that I’d say he is more reasonable than others who write for the Columbian.

Like I said above, he sits in a tough position as managing editor, but he just doesn’t get or see the bias of the paper overall, referring back to the 2004 endorsement of President Bush and a couple editorials softly critical of congressman Brian Baird this summer to claim they are not biased.

What goes unmentioned on the 2 soft criticisms of Baird is the apologetic articles at the same time and days after, including one excusing Baird’s poorly executed joke about a Ryder Truck with his name on it, missed completely in the first article, but labeled an explanation of a death threat after several in the community expressed displeasure in it.

Lou does it again in his Sunday September 27 editorial, “Press Talk: Have a question for Dr. Lou?” basically explaining how the public trusts what they read in print more than from other sources.

I can somewhat agree with that, but as I’m sure Lou has noticed, print media across the country is losing subscribers, readers and yes, advertisers too, the sources of their income.

America has long history with the print media extending back before the birth of our country. Even then, sources were considered credible and non-credible, depending on how the public accepted what was printed.

Thomas Jefferson, one of the founders of our country, was an early proponent of Freedom of the Press, yet he too became very critical of the press and how they published reports.

This is what Lou Brancaccio seems to miss out on, that criticisms of the Columbian are not necessarily meant to discredit either him or the Columbian, although I will readily admit some comments left on articles are out of line and unreasonable, from both perspectives.

Lou says in his editorial, “I find it interesting that — oftentimes — the very folks who tell us we’re no good and no one cares what we write and no one is reading us anymore, are the same ones that implore us to cover something they believe is important.”

Personally, I think Lou oftentimes blends comments from people who post unreasonable comments with those who are trying to tell Lou why we no longer buy the paper and how we would like to see it improve.

Yes, we are asking for coverage of stories currently not being covered. Yes, we are asking for more coverage of conservative issues. Not total conservative only, just some balance to John Laird and Kathie Durbin, to just mention 2.

We cancelled subscriptions and stopped buying the paper because we grew tired of seeing our views and values constantly trashed in the pages of the Columbian. We sought alternative sources and even though not print media, many of us discovered Fox News, much hated by liberals, but actually “fair and balanced” in presenting both sides and giving time for representatives of both major parties on issues of importance.

Don’t bother trying to tell me that programs such as Bill O’Reilly, Hannity, or Glenn Beck show their bias. Geraldo Rivera and Greta Van Susteren are not conservatives and even though I’m not a huge fan of any of the 3 first listed, they are no worse than Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow.

But, back to the Columbian.

To show Lou an example of bias I mentioned Kathie Durbin’s “exposé” of the GOP mailer that offended a local liberal Democrat couple, GOP fundraising ‘survey’ outrages some recipients that appeared on the front page of the local section on August 24.

Repeated contacts expressing offensive mailers and emails received by Republicans from Democrats have been ignored both by Lou Brancaccio and Kathie Durbin.

Running the article by the editor of the Washington Times elicited the reply of, “Lew you are right, seems like a lot of fuss over nothing. It’s amazing what the press won’t cover, and then they get all wrapped up on something like this. Unreal.”

Running it by Lou brought out, “Not exactly sure what your point is by citing the Denny story. We did that story just like we did the Congressman Baird stories. The chips fall where the chips fall. And from our perspective they fall on both sides.”

What about the perspective of those lost customers, Lou? As with any business, if the customer is not receiving the service they desire they go elsewhere.

Currently there is a lone conservative columnist, Ann Donnelly who has a column appearing every other week. Yet, we read liberal reporters and editors on nearly a daily basis.

No one is asking anyone to change their views or go against their values, just give conservative readers and former subscribers more equal coverage. You might even gain some of us back.

Lou asks, “Why would the very same people who say the mainstream media isn’t worth the paper we’re printed on implore us to cover something?”

It’s called balance, Lou.

The Columbian is Clark County’s main print media source and it is in financial difficulty. We don’t want to see the paper fail and have been reaching out trying to tell them why we no longer buy the paper.

Lou says in his editorial, “We all need to accept — even embrace — different viewpoints.”

All we are asking for is more balance in editorials and articles with that “different viewpoint.”

September 24, 2009

Barack Hussein Obama, Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm.

by lewwaters

More information at Michelle Malkin

Imagine the cry if the kids were being taught, George W. Bush, Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm.

The video seems to be the work of Charisse Carney-Nunes, senior vice president of The Jamestown Project, “the award-winning author of the children’s books, I Am Barack Obama (2009),” and according to her biography, “a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a schoolmate of Barack Hussein Obama.”

The lyrics, courtesy of Gateway Pundit

Barack Hussein Obama
He said that all must lend a hand [?]
To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be clear today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama
He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama
He said Red, Yellow, Black or White
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama
Yes
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

Then,

Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all [do? doth??] say “hooray!”
Hooray Mr. President! You’re number one!
The first Black American to lead this great na-TION!
Hooray, Mr. President something-something-some
A-something-something-something-some economy is number one again!
Hooray Mr. President, we’re really proud of you!
And the same for all Americans [in?] the great Red White and Blue!
So something Mr. President we all just something-some,
So here’s a hearty hip-hooray a-something-something-some!
Hip, hip hooray! (3x)

September 22, 2009

Lars Larson To Help Kick Off Brian Peck Campaign

by lewwaters

Brian Peck, local 76 station owner, will be announcing his candidacy for State Representative 17th District, at a reception with radio personality Lars Larson as featured speaker. Peck, a long time resident of Clark County , decided to run for office to combat the out-of-control state spending and restore the public’s trust in state government. “I know that a real quality of life is based on a solid economy.” Peck stated. “My business experience will bring reasoned, common sense solutions to the issues the 17th District cares about most.”

Lars Larson offered to support his campaign at a kick-off event. Lars will be speaking about the issues faced in the District and how to bring needed solutions to the problems. “I am honored that Lars Larson feels so passionately about the 17th District and has agreed to give me his support“, Peck said. “Lars understands the importance of hard work and a free enterprise system.”

Friday, September 25th at 7 pm. The reception is open to the public. The Cameo Café is located at 7703 NE 72nd Avenue in Hazel Dell. Please call “The Committee to Elect Brian Peck – R” for more information 360-449-9989.

September 21, 2009

TEA Party Express Coming North

by lewwaters

For quite some time we have watched as we in the Northwest were left out of the plans for Move America Foward and the TEA Party Express as they made their cross country treks along the southern United States.

It appears that will be no more as I have received an email announcing another Bus Tour by the TEA Party Express and from what I see on the map, we will be included as they take a Northern Route this time.

The planned tour is scheduled for October 25 – November 11

The itinerary will be released in the near future and announced on their web site
http://www.teapartyexpress.org/

TEA Party Express Route

September 21, 2009

VANCOUVER NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE PRESENTS CITIZENS’ CANDIDATE FORUM

by lewwaters

VANCOUVER NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE PRESENTS CITIZENS’ CANDIDATE FORUM

TO BE HELD AT THE WATER RESOURCE CENTER
4600 S E Columbia Way
September 29th at 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Moderator ~ Mike Bailey

PARTICIPATING WILL BE MAYORAL CANDIDATES:

ROYCE POLLARD
TIM LEAVITT

CITY COUNCIL:

POSITION # 1  ~  BILL TURLAY
                              JACK BURKMAN

POSITION # 2 ~ JEANNE STEWART
                             DAVID MICHAEL HEYWOOD

POSITION # 3 ~ JEANNE HARRIS
                             ANNE McENERNY-OGLE

Participate in a public forum giving each candidate the opportunity to present their position on topics related to our city through audience generated questions.

Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance is a recognized organization of Vancouver neighborhood associations.

FEEL FREE TO PRINT THE INVITATION AND CIRCULATE THROUGHOUT YOUR COMMUNITY.

The Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance has put forth a great deal of effort to bring candidates together for you to ask questions of and determine who best is suited to represent Vancouver in the upcoming November election. I hope you will likewise make the effort to attend, ask your questions and listen to the answers and be an informed voter.

Remember, we get the government we deserve with our votes.

September 20, 2009

Rev. Perryman: Enough With The Racism Charges

by lewwaters
September 20, 2009

Mitt Romney to Visit Clark County

by lewwaters

Press release received from the Clark County Republcian Party,

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2009

Mitt Romney to Visit Clark County

Presidential Candidate will Keynote the 2010 State Convention

The Clark County Republican Party announced on Monday that former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will keynote the General Session of the 2010 Washington State Republican Convention at the Vancouver Hilton next June.

Clark County Republican Chairman, Ryan Hart, said local party leaders worked with local Romney supporter and friend of Romney, David Nierenberg, to bring the former governor to Vancouver for the GOP convention.

“We contacted Romney almost immediately after we learned Clark County was awarded the 2010 Convention,” Hart said. “We are extremely happy and honored to welcome Governor Romney to Clark County,” he said.

There is wide speculation that Romney will run for President in 2012. A poll released in July by national pollster Scott Rasmussen showed a tie in a head to head race between Romney and Obama in 2012.

The Clark County Republican Party announced in July that nationally syndicated columnist and conservative blogger Michelle Malkin will keynote the Friday night dinner at the convention.

“This really is shaping up to be a historic convention,” Hart said. “I attended my first state convention in 1994 and I don’t recall a line-up of such high profile political figures over the past 16 years like we have coming to Vancouver in 2010,” he said.

Hart hinted that there may be more big names to come. “This convention is really catching fire and I’m hopeful there will be other announcements over the next few months,” Hart said. “We are working on a few more things, so stay tuned,” he added.

This is shaping up to be one the best conventions ever held in the state and will surely bring much needed revenues to Clark County.

I hope we see increased interest in our party in the coming year.

Contact your PCO’s or the Clark County Republican Party for futher information or to volunteer.

It’s up to you, Republicans, “Be The Party.”

September 20, 2009

Obama: ACORN Not A Major National Issue

by lewwaters

Barack Obama, himself a former ACORN operative, told ABC’s ‘This Week’ that while the video’s taken and shown by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles “was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated,” it is not a major national issue he pays much attention to.

Obama said, “Frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.”

SOURCE

Yet, he follows state elections close enough to ask a sitting Black governor to step-aside in favor of a white candidate?

September 20, 2009

Bill Turlay For Vancouver City Council

by lewwaters

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Vancouver resident Bill Turlay is running for Vancouver City Council position 1 against former council member, Jack Burkman.

Bill will bring with him values learned along the way in his many years service to America as a Naval Aviator and some 30 years in business. His common sense voice and ideas will be a welcome addition to the city council to counter Vancouver’s downward spiral into economic morass.

Bill is well known for testimonies given before Vancouver’s city council and various legislative committees both in Oregon and Washington, giving him a well-rounded view of changes we must make in order to return Vancouver to sound financial footing.

A July 31 Columbian editorial took delight in denigrating Mr. Turlay and his conservative values accusing him of “pounding on the table” and “yelling at the TV screen.” Oddly, they called him “lackluster” then went on to speak of his “passion.”

They rightfully acknowledge that Bill is the only candidate to oppose extending light rail into Clark County from Portland, Oregon. Ignored was that at last vote, Clark County voters rejected light rail by a 2 to 1 margin, placing Bill in line with the majority of voters in Clark County.

Only Bill Turlay is pointing out that Light Rail is not feasible for Clark County at this time and that costs of building it and a replacement I-5 bridge as currently planned will unfairly saddle Clark County residents with the costs and fees through tolls. With Light Rail, not only would we pay for it, payment for the few riding it would go to Portland, not remain in Clark County.

The September 19, 2009 Columbian acknowledges the rightful concerns Bill has by quoting him in urging the Columbia River Crossing officials to compare costs of bridge designs being considered. Bill said, “We need to have some type of comparison of what we are paying for this beautiful new structure as opposed to a simple one that does the job.”

Bill obviously realizes that taxpayers do not have endlessly deep pockets to keep being tapped.

Bill is running against former council member, Jack Burkman who left 7 years ago over personal reasons no one could fault him for.

Still, that is 7 years off the council and while I applaud him for placing family above politics, you cannot just start back up where you left off 7 years ago in today’s charged and economic troubled climate.

In these tough economic times, we need voices that can be critical of proposed tax increases and unneeded tolls, not another who will just rubber stamp such proposals.

Turlay sees the importance of spending more time and money in supporting local small businesses rather than expending those efforts in wooing international businesses, our local small businesses being the backbone of our community.

In acknowledging his own “think outside the box” attitude, Bill says, “Vancouver voters need to elect council members who are averse to increasing city debt. We need to be working to attract new small businesses, retaining the small businesses we have, strive to reduce our citizen’s tax burden, and be actively engaged in responding to citizens’ concerns.”

Vancouver is currently nearly $250 Million in debt with no foreseeable way to repay that debt.

We need elected officials that are willing to put the brakes on out of control spending, borrowing and raising of taxes on an already over burdened taxpayer. We need representatives that will place us first over high profile international businesses who don’t really offer that many high paying jobs.

We need representatives with business experience who know how to balance a budget, make tough decisions and who have a sense of serving the country and its citizens.

Vancouver, who we need sitting on the city council is Bill Turlay.

September 20, 2009

Benton Endorses Castillo, Russell Outlines Campaign

by lewwaters

Saturday saw the quarterly Clark County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting called to order at Club Green Meadows by Party Chair, Ryan Hart. Those in attendance were to be treated to a very good meeting and receipt of much information that was not only interesting but also relevant to Clark County.

State Senator for the 17th Legislative District Don Benton made an appearance telling of progress made for Republicans in the State Senate and announcing his endorsement of David Castillo for the Third Congressional District Representative, the seat currently held by Democrat Brian Baird.

Of interest was his noting that Baird had claimed he supported term limits of 12 years and as 2010 will be Baird’s 12th year, will he remain true to his word. Baird is said to have answered, when asked about that, “we’ll let the voters decide,” showing he is not thinking of remaining true to his word.

Chairman Hart announced that in addition to columnist Michelle Malkin speaking at the 2010 Washington State GOP convention to be held here in Clark County, former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also been signed up to speak.

Sean Salazar was present and gave a very motivated speech in regards his candidacy against US Senator Patty Murray, outlining his desire to return to conservative values that have built America and telling all the conservative message needs taken to those who like us least as they have been misinformed about conservatism and many discover their values are what we share.

He congratulated Clark County on the work and growth of the Republican Party but acknowledged the counties in the Puget Sound area have been lacking and it is they who have been holding back the conservative message in Washington.

Craig Williams, also hoping to unseat Murray, was present and outlined his visions and experience for the office and his candidacy in his own speech to all.

Brian Peck, candidate for 17th District Representative announced the launching of his campaign to be held September 25 2009 at an event to be held at the Cameo Café located at Club Green Meadows at 7 PM. Special guest will be Portland Oregon radio host Lars Larson. More information may be found at Elect Brian Peck.

Lisa Schmidt, a member of the Clark GOP Executive Board announced launching of our new party slogan, “Be The Party,” an effort to remind Clark County residents that they are the party, not just PCO’s and Board Members.

Also speaking was candidate Peter Van Nortwick, running for Clark County Assessor, a seat now held for quite some time by Linda Franklin. Van Nortwick, himself a Certified General Assessor outlined how Clark County Properties are often over assessed and how tools and technology available to give fair assessment are currently not in use.

Bill Turlay spoke of his candidacy for Vancouver City Council and how tolls proposed for a replacement bridge over the Columbia River will place an unfair financial load on Clark County residents who work in Portland while leaving Portland residents paying for very little of any proposed replacement bridge.

Bill Turlay is a man the Vancouver City Council needs. More on Bill coming in the future.

Brent Boger introduced a resolution expressing our displeasure at Brian Baird hypocritically voting to censure S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson for his own inappropriate outburst at Barack Obama after Baird’s own inappropriate comments towards constituents over the summer.

Baird stated often that he had apologized for his comments, considering the matter closed, yet condemned Wilson even after he personally apologized to Obama and the apology was accepted.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

Clark County’s own Jon Russell spoke late in the meeting announcing his campaign of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”

He spoke of his experience on the Washougal City Council and his clinics, soon opening a second clinic. He outlined the success of the clinics by relying on charitable organizations and churches instead of government. He stated his preference for term limits, vowing to only serve 6 years, should he be elected.

Uncalled for in his speech was a subtle but obvious slap towards David Castillo when he said words to the effect of any candidate can speak of work in the government that may have done and that he was the only candidate to make the effort to speak at the Tax protest held in Olympia September 12.

David was in Washington D.C. on that particular day.

I hope Jon’s campaign will rely more on his positives than trying to tear down other Republicans running for the same seat.

In all we had a very informative meeting as the Clark County GOP is growing in a positive direction under the chairmanship and visions of Ryan Hart.

My apologies to any I may have skipped over, but the meeting was very active and many gave information very relevant to all.

2010 is shaping up to be a very active year and a good year to be Republican. Information on upcoming events and ongoing programs to better Clark County may be found at Clark County GOP.

Remember, Clark County, “Be The Party.”

September 19, 2009

Obama Throws Black Governor Under The Bus

by lewwaters

Gov. David Paterson of New York, legally blind and one of only 2 Black governors in the nation, has received a request from Barack Obama to “step-aside” in the 2010 election, clearing the way for most likely to run Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, a white Democrat.

Since Paterson assumed office, “his popularity has plummeted, and the state’s economic situation deteriorated, with job losses mounting and the unemployment rate rising to the highest in 26 years.”

Perhaps Obama could also request the Democratic governors of Oregon and Washington to “step aside” too.

Read more here and here

Paterson has suggested that criticism against him was racially motivated. I imagine he never suspected it would come at him from the White House.

Paterson in effect says nuts to Obama

September 17, 2009

TOO GREAT A BURDEN

by lewwaters

David Castillo, candidate for Washington State 3rd Congressional District, illustrates the massive load we are seeing placed on our future, especially our children and grandchildren, with the level of spending we are seeing in Washington D.C. today.

Brian Baird, our current elected representative, helped place this load on the future by voting for these massive borrow and spend bills. We cannot saddle our children with such debt and ruin their future.

Each generation has always tried to pass on a better country than they inherited. We can do no less and if we pass this one, there will be no future for America or our children.

Brian Baird has shown us he is out of touch with our values and lives. He is poised to vote for a massive takeover of our healthcare system, placing it in the very hands of those who are responsible for our rapid increase in deficit spending, more than in the entire history of our country.

Visit David Castillo’s web site and see whether or not you agree he is the candidate best suited to replace Brian Baird.

David Castillo For Congress

September 16, 2009

Mary Travers of Peter Paul & Mary Dies

by lewwaters

Peter Paul & Mary
She was 72 years old and died today after battling Leukemia for many years.

Peter Paul and Mary were known for several catchy tunes from the 1960′s that many younger people still enjoy today. “Lemon Tree,” “Puff (The Magic Dragon),” “If I Had a Hammer,” and my favorite, “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane.”

They were also known for their liberal politics and opposition to the Viet Nam War.

I disagreed with the groups politics, but sure enjoyed their music, especially when in Viet Nam.

I recall in Cam Rahn Bay, walking out to the freedom bird for my final trip home after my last tour, someone turned on AFVN radio and what should I hear playing but “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane.”

The song never meant as much to me as it did at that moment.

May she rest in peace and finally lose the bitterness she felt in life.

September 15, 2009

What A Tangled Web Moveon.org Weaves, When They Practice To Deceive

by lewwaters

Some time ago, and I still don’t know how, I ended up on Moveon.org’s mailing list. Imagine, as far right-winged radical that many consider me, I receive Moveon.org’s deceitful emails on nearly a daily basis.

Long ago I decided not to remove my name from their list just so I could keep an eye on how easily the left deceives themselves and each other. The email I received today, September 15, 2009 came as no surprise then as I opened it and read the following,

“Dear MoveOn member,

Did you know that some insurance companies actually consider domestic violence a “pre-existing condition”? That is, women whose boyfriends or husbands have beaten them could actually be denied coverage for that reason. (1)

It’s sickening. And it’s just one more reason we need a public health insurance option-a health care plan that won’t put profits before basic human decency.

It’s not enough to pass new regulations. Like credit card companies and big banks, health insurance companies will always be looking to find a new loophole.

And while insurance companies rack up profits by denying coverage, their conservative friends in Congress are busy defending them from the competition they’d face from a public plan-and arguing we should give them another chance to clean up their act.”

While regular followers of Moveon.org just accept those claims as truth, never questioning a fellow liberal, I decided to look deeper since Moveon.org supplied links to just who supposedly made these ludicrous claims.

Note ‘1’ is to “Domestic violence is a ‘pre-existing condition’?,” SEIU Blog, September 11, 2009 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=84439&id=17236-9296068-WXTENyx&t=5

Being the good little radical right-winged “ginned-up” brown-shirted mobster I have been often referred to, I got myself all “wee wee’d” up and clicked the link, which took me to the SEIU blogsite and a post supplied by a Maria Tchijov, where I discovered,

“Insurance companies have used the excuse of “pre-existing conditions” to deny coverage to countless Americans. From cancer patients to the elderly suffering from arthritis, these organizations have padded their profit margins by limiting coverage to patients deemed “high risk” because of their medical condition.

But, in DC and eight other states, including Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming, insurance companies have gone too far, claiming that “domestic violence victim” is also a pre-existing condition.

The link supplied in the second paragraph of Maria Tchijov’s post leads to Healthreform.gov site and to the post “Coverage Denied: How the Current Health Insurance System Leaves Millions Behind.”

At the base of the page I read,

“This is an official U.S. Government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.”

Obama, any one?

Okay, still interested in the claim made by Moveon.org, I scrolled down and found the sentence,

“It is still legal in nine states for insurers to reject applicants who are survivors of domestic violence, citing the history of domestic violence as a pre-existing condition. (8)”

Clicking on (8), I was taken to the footnote, “8 National Women’s Law Center. Nowhere to Turn: How the Individual Health Insurance Market Fails Women, 2008.

Fair enough, they quote a magazine article from 2008. I did a web search through Google and found a pdf copy of the article.

On page 10 of the article, I read,

Rejection: Insurers Refusing to Sell Women Coverage
In most states, insurers are free to reject individuals applying for coverage in the individual market. Many women face such rejection at this underwriting stage of purchasing insurance for a wide range of reasons. For example, women have greater health needs than men and are more likely than men to suffer from a chronic condition requiring ongoing treatment, like asthma or arthritis.19 These conditions can lead to rejection of coverage. In addition, if during the medical underwriting process the insurer discovers that an applicant underwent a past C-section, the company may charge her a higher premium, impose an exclusionary period during which it refuses to cover another C-section or pregnancy, or even reject her for coverage altogether unless she has been sterilized or is no longer of childbearing age. 20 Insurers in D.C. and the following nine states are allowed to deny coverage to domestic violence survivors: Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming. 21” (Emphasis added)

Okay, there is the claim again with footnote ’21” which leads to,

“Women’s Law Project & Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, FYI: Insurance Discrimination Against Victims of Domestic Violence, 2002 Supplement 2 (2002), http://www.womenslawproject.org/brochures/InsuranceSup_DV2002.pdf. In the early 1990s, advocates discovered that insurers had denied applications for coverage submitted by women who had experienced domestic violence. See, e.g., 142 Cong. Rec. E1013-03, at E1013-14 (June 5, 1996) (statement of Rep. Pomeroy) (“the Pennsylvania State Insurance Commissioner surveyed company practices in Pennsylvania and found that 26% of the respondents acknowledged that they considered domestic violence a factor in issuing health, life and accident insurance”). Since 1994, the majority of states have adopted legislation prohibiting health insurers from denying coverage based on domestic violence, but nine states and D.C. offer no such protection to survivors of domestic violence. Even though Vermont lacks legislation specifically prohibiting discrimination against domestic violence survivors, the state requires guaranteed issue of all individual insurance plans.”

Clicking the link supplied in the footnote took me to a brochure published in 2002, “FYI: Insurance Discrimination Against Victims of Domestic Violence,” which supplied the experience of 3 battered women escaping their batterers and listing one who had trouble obtaining car insurance due to her having legally changed her Social Security Number and not wanting to supply it to the insurance company who would then check her driving record, as everybody has to do to obtain car insurance.

Another who had problems obtaining a property damage settlement over her abusive husband setting their house on fire and another who also had trouble obtaining a settlement over her house being burned down by an abusive male.

In both of the latter cases, after negative publicity in newspapers, both were paid the claims.

Further into the brochure I found information listing Federal Legislative Activity designed to end any discrimination on insurance coverage against battered women. Listed there is the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, also known as the “Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999.”

The act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Phil Gramm (Republican of Texas) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Jim Leach (R-Iowa). The third lawmaker associated with the bill was Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R-Virginia).

While the Women’s Law Project brochure claims,

“This act applies to the financial services industry and permits banks to sell insurance subject to state regulation. It also includes a prohibition against domestic violence discrimination among its consumer protections. Based upon insurer treatment of domestic violence victims, this law prohibits banks from considering status as a victim of domestic violence or as a provider of services to victims of domestic violence as a criterion in insurance underwriting, pricing, renewal, scope of coverage or payment of claims. It applies to health and life insurance only,”

Barack Obama today believes that the Act directly helped cause the 2007 subprime mortgage financial crisis. But that is another subject unrelated to Moveon.org’s claim of “some insurance companies actually consider domestic violence a ‘pre-existing condition’.”

What I do see is a very intricate web of deceit through several different websites arriving back at examples of car insurance and property claims being denied.

Even though the states listed may, and I emphasis may, have not have passed a state law directly prohibiting insurance companies from denying health insurance to victims of domestic violence, does not the provision written into the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act by the three Republicans that submitted it preclude them from actually denying health insurance?

Also in Moveon.org’s email I read,

“We’ve all heard the tragic stories about how health insurance companies use the ‘pre-existing conditions’ rule to deny coverage to people suffering from chronic disease.

But extending it to domestic violence victims is simply beyond the pale-and it’s perfectly legal in eight states and the District of Columbia. In fact, one survey found that 8 of the 16 largest insurers in the country have used domestic violence as a factor in denying coverage.

These outrages won’t end until we force private insurance companies to compete with a high-quality, affordable public plan that’ll keep them honest.

Seeing how the steps have been taken to arrive at this tearful insinuation of abused women being denied any medical coverage or care, perhaps it is Moveon.org who needs to be “kept honest” or just ignored.

September 14, 2009

HR 3400: That “Non-Existent” Republican Alternative

by lewwaters

Throughout August and September, we heard Democrats crying how Republicans have no alternative to their raping of the health care system of America. In a “Fact-Check” Card issued to officials and made avaiable to followers, the claim was made, Republicans “have refused to release a plan to the public.”

Introduced on July 30, 2009, prior to recess, was HR 3400 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2009, introduced by Representative Tom Price R-GA

Co-Sponsors
Rep. Robert Aderholt [R, AL-4]
Rep. W. Akin [R, MO-2]
Rep. Rodney Alexander [R, LA-5]
Rep. Michele Bachmann [R, MN-6]
Rep. Spencer Bachus [R, AL-6]
Rep. James Barrett [R, SC-3]
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R, MD-6]
Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R, TN-7]
Rep. Henry Brown [R, SC-1]
Rep. Dan Burton [R, IN-5]
Rep. Bill Cassidy [R, LA-6]
Rep. Mike Coffman [R, CO-6]
Rep. John Culberson [R, TX-7]
Rep. John Duncan [R, TN-2]
Rep. Mary Fallin [R, OK-5]
Rep. John Fleming [R, LA-4]
Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2]
Rep. Elton Gallegly [R, CA-24]
Rep. John Gingrey [R, GA-11]
Rep. Louis Gohmert [R, TX-1]
Rep. Jim Jordan [R, OH-4]
Rep. Jack Kingston [R, GA-1]
Rep. Doug Lamborn [R, CO-5]
Rep. Robert Latta [R, OH-5]
Rep. John Linder [R, GA-7]
Rep. Cynthia Lummis [R, WY-0]
Rep. Kenny Marchant [R, TX-24]
Rep. Tom McClintock [R, CA-4]
Rep. Jeff Miller [R, FL-1]
Rep. Joseph Pitts [R, PA-16]
Rep. Phil Roe [R, TN-1]
Rep. Thomas Rooney [R, FL-16]
Rep. Steve Scalise [R, LA-1]
Rep. Jean Schmidt [R, OH-2]
Rep. Mark Souder [R, IN-3]
Rep. Zach Wamp [R, TN-3]
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA-3]
Rep. Addison Wilson [R, SC-2]

Will Democrats, who claim to be “reaching out” for bi-partisanship, negotiate with this bill? Or, will they cling to their total takeover proposed by Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama?

Bill Text

September 13, 2009

Islam On Capitol Hill 2009!

by lewwaters

While I am not one who condemns all of Islam, fully realizing it was radical Jihadists and not every day Muslims responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks, the following website disturbs me greatly.

ISLAM ON CAPITOL HILL
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IN THE NAME OF ALLAH….

The objective of this gathering is to invite the Muslim Communities and friends of Islam to express and illustrate the wonderful diversity of Islam. We intend to manifest Islam’s majestic spiritual principals as revealed by Allah to our beloved prophet

Muhammad (PEACE BE UPON HIM) of Arabia. Likewise; we intend to inspire a new generation of Muslim to work for the greater good of all people. We shall serve all people, regardless of race, religion or national origin.

ON THIS DAY….

- The Athan will be chanted on Capitol Hill, echoing off of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other great edifices that surround Capitol Hill
- Thousands of Muslims from all races, creeds, colors and ethnicities will gather for the sole purpose of prayer
- Bonds of friendship will be formed between those in attendance, both Muslims and Non-Muslims
- Muslim youth will experience tours of the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.
- The peace, beauty and solidarity of Islam will shine through America’s capitol.

A DAY OF ISLAMIC UNITY…

Would this announcement slip silently by if Christians descended upon Capitol Hill “for the sole purpose of prayer?”

Would we not hear cries of “Separation of Church and State” from all corners?

The bottom of the page says “OUR TIME HAS COME.”

Islam On Capitol Hill 2009

Maybe it is time we began hearing more cries of “Separation of Mosque and State.”

I see no reason Islam should not be held to the same standard as is Christianity in America.

Where is the ACLU now?

See also Canada Free Press

September 12, 2009

We The People Rally At Vancouver Landing September 12, 2009

by lewwaters

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I don’t know if it was the draw of the Tall Ship Amazing Grace, or Bob Basso doing his Thomas Paine speech, but the attendance today at Vancouver Landing, on such a hot day, was fantastic.

I don’t know how the Columbian will spin it, but I estimate a good 1500 or more withstood the heat to listen to the Thomas Paine speech and mingle with likeminded people fed up with what is happening in our country.

Thomas Hann opened the event on time at 1 PM. Following he Pledge of Allegiance and invocation, KPAM 860 AM Radio Host Victoria Taft took over as M.C. with a motivational speech, leading up to introducing Dr. Bob Basso as Colonial Patriot Thomas Paine who spoke for over a half hour, inspiring the audience and reminding us of our founding heritage and how we have allowed it to be abandoned.

He said that he had performed as Thomas Paine at some 416 rally’s over the past 9 months, a schedule most would be hard pressed to keep up with at half.

As if on cue and to the extreme pleasure of the audience, 4 F-15 Jets flew overhead one after the other. The roar of approval and appreciation from the audience was almost enough to drown out the sound of the jets.

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A dipping of the wings of one of them would have been the perfect setting for all.

Along with reminding us of our founding heritage, Basso recalled all those who have lost their lives defending the very freedoms we are now poised to lose under the every growing government takeovers.

He asked all to give thanks to those serving today and then asked for all who have ever worn the uniform to hold up their hands, asking the audience to give a big hand and thanks to those who have stood up in the past for our country.

After the reception we Viet Nam Vets have seen and felt all these years, it is welcome, if not emotional, to finally see so many giving up thanks for all we did.

After Mr. Basso’s inspiring performance and with the audience “Fired Up, Ready To Go,” his wife Paula Swornay, Ms. Sr. California 2003 and a Soprano Opera singer, treated all to a really great rendition of God Bless America.

The Reverend Wayne Perryman, a Black conservative from the Seattle area, was up next and took up where Basso left off.

Unfortunately, during Rev. Perryman’s speech is when my wife and I had to leave.

People of Clark County and America, we have begun, there is no turning back. America belongs to us, not to elected officials who vote their own pay rate and benefits package in. The country doesn’t belong to those who ignore our very founding principles for power or personal gain, sticking future generations with the bill.

This is our country, Democrat, Republican, Independent; it belongs to us, not temporary officials who think of them selves first.

Look how politicians in Washington D.C. has stirred us up in opposition to each other, how the belittle the opposition across the aisle and demand what they will not give, then go have parties and drinks with each other, or appear together at functions, just like old friends.

We are Americans and we must put an end to all this and put the country back on track, as it used to be.

Remember, just as we were reminded today by Dr. Basso of Thomas Jefferson’s words, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

Recall is other words as well, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

Thank you to all who organized and participated in today’s rally.

Thank you to all who bore the heat to attend.

Most of all, thank you to all of you who are serving in today’s Military and all those from times past.

It is a great time to be a Patriot and an American!

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More photos HERE

September 11, 2009

Mayor Pollard Resigns From Mayors Against Illegal Guns

by lewwaters

Across the blogosphere word has been coming out of Vancouvers Mayor Royce Pollard joining the ant-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Some have insinuated that he recently joined in an effort to gain valuable votes from anti-gun voters in Vancouver. Others labeled him as anti-gun.

I emailed the Mayor last evening questioning him on his membership in this group,

Hello Mayor Pollard,

As a fellow US Army Viet Nam Veteran (C Troop 7/17th Air Cav, 69 -71), I am interested in your position on gun control and second amendment considering your membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Some are saying you only recently joined the group, to draw votes from the left, but I found your name listed on a May 2008 letter to Congress telling me that is not the case.

Since there are only a few Mayors in Washington that belong to this group, may I ask what interested you in it?

I looked over your campaign site and see no mention of gun control or the second amendment.

While we are all interested in gun safety and lowering crime, I’d appreciate knowing your position on gun control and the second amendment.

Thank you,

Lew Waters
Vancouver , Wa .

Today I received in reply a copy of his letter of resignation from the group.

Message:

I became a member of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns based on my belief that this group would help in the fight against criminal gun use. After all, who isn’t for making our communities safer by getting illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of the wrong people? After careful consideration and after listening to the concerns of many of my constituents I have come to the conclusion that some of your organization’s statements and actions can be construed as infringing on the rights of legitimate gun owners. Because of this, I request that you remove my name from your web site and from your membership lists.

As a lifetime gun owner and user and as a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army, I strongly value our constitutional right to bear arms and would never support anything that restricts that right. Please know that while I am withdrawing my membership from your organization, I will continue to work with our local law enforcement officials on the problem of criminals illegally obtaining and using guns to commit crimes.

Sincerely,
ROYCE E. POLLARD
Mayor
America’s Vancouver

I congratulate Mayor Pollard for resigning from such an association that masks their true intent and thank him for standing up for our second amendment rights.

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