Archive for January, 2010

January 31, 2010

Clark County GOP Central Committee Meeting January 2010

by lewwaters

2010 is off to a good beginning if the Clark County Republican Party’s Central Committee Meeting held Saturday, January 30, 2010 is any indicator. The enthusiasm of the large gathering of attending PCO’s and observers filled the room at Green Meadows as Party Chairman Ryan Hart called the meeting to order at 9:35 A.M.

Chairman Hart took role call and determined a quorum was present to proceed with Party Business.

Reports from State Committee Representatives were given indicating the party is drawing candidates to challenge vulnerable Democrats and acknowledging that we need to recruit quality candidates from within the 49th Legislative District for offices.

Any interested in running for any office should contact the Clark County Republican Party or your PCO and we will be more than happy to discuss your candidacy.

Also discussed was the coming GOP Caucuses on Saturday, February 13 and the Clark County GOP Convention to be held Saturday, March 20 at Prairie High School. All Republicans in the County are invited and urged to attend at least the caucuses where delegates will be chosen for the County Convention and State Convention held this year in Vancouver on June 10 – 12 and featuring noted conservative columnist, radio and TV personality, Michelle Malkin as keynote speaker and former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.

To find the location of your precinct caucus, please visit the Clark County GOP website, PRECINCT CAUCUS MEETING LOCATIONS.

As the meeting progressed, Campaign for Liberty’s Katja Delavar, also a PCO, made a Point of Order inquiry asking if the fine levied last year on the Washington State GOP was going to cost the Clark County GOP funds, indicating the possibility of the State Party going bankrupt.

State Committeeman, Brent Boger, Vancouver City Attorney and candidate for Clark County Prosecutor answered that the decision to fine the State Party is under appeal and that the judgment does not include the Clark County GOP, therefore it will have no effect on the State Convention or the County GOP.

The highlight of Saturdays PCO meeting had to be the outstanding number of current candidates present to introduce them selves and speak of their vision for the offices each is seeking.

David Castillo, running for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Brian Baird, the first candidate to file to run last year was present and made an inspiring speech of his qualifications and visions for the office.

Next up was current 18th Legislative District State Representative, Jaime Herrera speaking of how the GOP began losing when “they became part of the establishment” of Washington D.C. Ms. Herrera, who spent 11 years in Washington D.C. prior to returning to her native Clark County late in 2007 to receive the appointment to replace Richard Curtis, hopes to be elected and return to Washington D.C.

Jon Russell, also running for the seat being vacated by Baird gave the next speech. Jon claims to be running on a platform of self-imposed term limit and refusal to accept either a pension or government supplied healthcare. A small but loud contingent of supporters in the back of the room seemed to indicate approval, at least from them.

David Hedrick, who made National News in August 2009 when he confronted Congressman Baird at the Clark County Town Hall arrived late, but did appear and also spoke before the crowd. For many it was the first time they were able to hear him. He spoke of how the video of the confrontation has been viewed all over the world that although he initially considered a 3rd party run to replace Baird, he realized it was not the way to go, if we are to turn the country away from socialism.

Prior to David’s arrival, Peter Van Nortwick, candidate for Clark County Assessor spoke on the problems he sees and mistakes made in our homes being assessed for property taxes and how he would do property assessments to ensure each homeowner paid just their fair share.

Campaign for Liberty’s Katja Delavar was called to the lectern for a scheduled discussion on a proposed resolution to support Ron Paul’s bill, HR 1207/S 604 on auditing the Federal Reserve. A lively discussion and questions ensued, some of which Ms. Delavar was unable to answer.

Although I personally have been in support of auditing the Fed, questions of whether or not the bill would increase the size of government in the GAO and a statement by another PCO of many not being adequately educated on the subject, I felt compelled to change my position to give time to become more educated on the matter.

The resolution passed by a large margin.

Ms. Delavar also introduced new business by making a motion to allow persons who desired to serve on the Convention Committee to “self-nominate.” The ensuing discussion showed this was not necessary as all who desire to serve on committees are given consideration.

The motion was tabled.

State Senator Don Benton was present and gave his usual talk that really fires up the room. He spoke of how this is a good year to be Republican and hopes of seeing Republicans candidates elected this year.

Sheriff Gary Lucas expressed his thanks to Party Members for their support over his time in office followed by County Auditor, Greg Kimsey running for reelection.

Brian Peck, candidate for the 17th Legislative District Representative spoke of recreating jobs, holding taxes down and stopping deficit spending.

Craig Williams, hoping to unseat Democrat Senator Patty Murray was unable to attend due to conflicting scheduling, but his wife and campaign manager Karen spoke on his behalf.

Next up were candidates for the 18th Legislative District Representative hoping to replace the seat currently held by Jaime Herrera, who will be stepping down in her run to replace Brian Baird.

Ann Rivers was out of town and unable to speak, but candidates Bob Dean, Shannon Barnett and Brian Vick all spoke of their vision for the state.

Brent Boger spoke to the group on his hopes of being the next County Prosecutor and how changes must be made, both in prosecuting criminals, especially sexual predators to keep them off of our streets and running the Prosecutors office will a cut in funding.

The meeting was adjourned and smaller groups assembled of each Legislative District PCO’s with their District Chairs.

In all it was one of the more inspiring meetings I have attended. The Clark County GOP PCO’s were well represented Saturday and the attendance of so many candidates shows that Clark County is a major player in upcoming elections.

2010 is shaping up to be a very good year to be a member of the Republican Party, giving the recently adopted Party motto, “BE THE PARTY” real meaning. The Clark County Republican Party is on the move and growing, thanks to the efforts of Chairman Ryan Hart and all who serve on the Executive Committee and of course, our Precinct Committee Officers.

I hope to see many of you at the caucuses on February 13.

January 29, 2010

While Wash. Officials Ignore Oregon’s Gift, Chicago’s Mayor Swoops In

by lewwaters

It’s apparent to anybody watching the news that Oregon shot itself in the foot with the passage of measures 66 & 67 this week, the tax increases on businesses and the so-called wealthy.

I asked the question, “Will Washington & Clark County Recognize Oregon’s Free Gift?” in a blog post and in emails sent out to all of the elected officials that allegedly represent me, and some that don’t.

I sent to each on January 27;

“Good morning, As I’m sure you realize, Oregon passed their retroactive taxes measures 66 & 67 last evening that will place an undue burden on small businesses there.

I feel this is an opportune time for Washington to take advantage of Oregon’s folly and attract businesses to Washington State, especially hard hit Clark County.

Offering these businesses tax incentives to relocate would alleviate some of the 14.3% unemployment we have in Clark County and any perceived loss in taxes would be more than made up by increased employment and new wages, all paying taxes once again.

At the same time, it is imperative that proposed spending cuts go forward until we get past this economic crisis.

We need to stop worrying about Oregon and begin doing for Washington and Clark County.

Sincerely,
Lew Waters”

This was sent to Governor Christine Gregoire, Senator Craig Pridemore, Representative Jim Moeller, Representative Jim Jacks, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Vancouver City Council members, Jeanne Harris, Larry Smith, Jack Burkman, Bart Hanson, Pat Campbell, Jeanne Stewart as well as to Clark County Commissioners, Tom Mielke, Mark Boldt and Steve Stuart.

Council member Hanson’s was kicked back, I assume due to him not being fully seated just yet, having just been appointed.

To date, I have received 3 replies, Larry Smith, Jim Moeller and Pat Campbell. Smith seemed non-committal while Moeller and Campbell come across as solidly opposed to any idea of offering incentives to bring businesses over from Oregon.

Representative Moeller even went so far as to tell the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin, who is well know for her left leaning screeds, Voters will step up when cuts get to be too much.

Yes Jim, the one thing you can always count on Liberals to do is vote to raise someone else’s taxes. But, as we saw back in 2003 in King County, when a ten cents per cup tax was proposed on fancy coffee drinks, they will solidly vote them down when they must pay them, even though it is “help the children,” as the “Latte Tax” was proposed to do.

The email reply I received from Moeller said,

“Thanks for your email. Yes! I saw the wonderful election results last night from our neighbors across the river. Although, we clearly differ on the two measures effects on small business, one thing we do agree upon, this is a great opportunity for Washington!

And what a victory! This was not just another liberal Multnomah County election result but a state-wide repudiation of the failed fiscal policies of conservatives that the only way to create prosperity is to cut taxes and shrink government services. Clearly the voters understand that simply cutting taxes and basic government services like education cannot continue and have any semblance of public education – the hope for our future, or other essential services for our elderly or disabled.

Although we have a very different tax system here in Washington we (like Oregon) will look at targeted tax increases (along with cuts and efficiencies) to help fund the basic building blocks of prosperity like education and public health and freight mobility. We will focus on rebuilding the economy and the creation of jobs in Clark County and across Washington by keeping our eye on the ball and the basics that gave us the prosperity to start with.

Finally, this was a great opportunity to affirm that progressive taxes on the successful and the wealthy is supported by the public when the voter knows what the taxes from the two measures will be used for.

Thanks for writing Lew, please write again.

Sincerely,
Rep. Jim Moeller”

Pat Campbell’s reply said,

“ They are working on getting their schools up to par. We need to keep working on this ourselves or we may loose one of the advantages we have over Oregon.
Regards,
Pat”

Any bets the schools will remain under funded and need more next year, just as always happens?

The Wall Street Journal sees through the charade with Taxpayer Ambush in Oregon.

Even the Columbian, railed on by us as a left-leaning paper and in a move I see as more center, sees the folly of Oregon’s vote with, “In Our View, Jan. 28: C’mon Over!” and “Ore. tax measures generate optimism.”

Both encourage Oregon businesses to move to Clark County that would help us in dealing with our 14.3% unemployment in Clark County.

Based on the replies I’ve received so far, it appears that our elected officials don’t see the golden opportunity lying before us and instead, would like to follow suit and hike taxes on the already struggling businesses in Clark County.

While our officials might be shirt-sighted, apparently not all Democrats are as an article appeared in the January 28, 2010 Chicago Sun Times, “Daley wants to raid Pacific Northwest talent,” addressing how Chicago’s Mayor, Richard Daley intends to try to draw those jobs our elected officials ignore to his city.

Daley said,

“Oregon’s tax blunder spells opportunity for Chicago. It will help our economic development immediately. You’d better believe it. We’ll be out in Oregon enticing corporations to relocate to Chicago. I’ll be very frank. I make no bones about that. If those states want to do that, so be it.”

Washington State already lost Boeing’s Headquarters to Chicago in 2001. Apparently Mayor Daley has no objection to picking the golden egg laid by Oregon’s voters.

But our own elected officials would seem to rather follow suit and drive our struggling businesses away.

Maybe a 14.3% unemployment rate isn’t high enough for them.

Perhaps in future elections, they will be put in the unemployment line and we can then elect people who will pay more attention to our community and actually represent us like Mayor Daley is prepared to do for Chicago and we can get back to work.

UPDATE 1: Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt has replied and seems to me that he hopes to see busineses relocate into our community,

“Hello Lew –
Indeed, I’m hopeful that we’ll see some legit business activity, in light of the message Oregon voters have delivered to business and entrepreneurs in their State. Already some folks have been ‘kicking the tires’ here in Clark County.

We’re working hard at bringing more jobs to SW Washington, as well as helping our existing employers with expansion and growth. There’s plenty of opportunity, and plenty of work to do!

Good to hear from you.
best,
Tim”

UPDATE 2: Rep. Jim Jacks reply, received February 14, 2010

Greetings Lew,

Thanks so much for your note about the recent Oregon elections. We have some measures we are working on to stimulate business development in Washington and I couldn’t agree with you more that attracting businesses, and therefore jobs, to our state is critical to getting our economy turned around in the right direction.

It’s important to hear from you and learn what your priorities are – I appreciate your input. Please feel free to call my office (360) 786-7924 anytime about anything.

All the best,

Jim Jacks
State Representative
49th Legislative District – Vancouver
322 John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

360-786-7924
Jacks.Jim@leg.wa.gov

January 28, 2010

What Is Kathie Durbin and The Columbian Up To Now?

by lewwaters

Any regular reader of the Columbian knows that we can always count on Kathie Durbin to fawn all over Liberal Democrats and write against Republicans. It’s almost a given that whatever she writes will always be biased towards the left.

Nothing illegal in that, but objectivity in reporting is not her strong suit.

That is why I was a bit surprised to see her pen the January 26, 2010 article, Herrera pushes GOP health care reforms as if 3rd Congressional District candidate Jaime Herrera is a driving force in Olympia.

As one of the least experienced Representatives of either party in Olympia, she isn’t.

Odd in all of this is that the health care debate and program is a federal policy, not a state policy. What possible effect could state policy on health care have in regards to federal policy?

But, why that headline? Why publish something with a headline as if Jaime Herrera is the second coming?

The following day, the Columbian ran an article on the House in Olympia approving a bill authorizing Child Care workers to Unionize, a move that will surely impact and hurt single parent households and low income families that must rely on child care to watch their children while they work.

This will be the third time Jaime Herrera, supposedly a conservative Republican, has voted to authorize such a policy and somehow, she does not receive praise from the Columbian for this vote.

Could the reason they fail to mention her ongoing support for such a pro-union vote be that they know full well conservative Republicans do not agree with such moves?

How many conservative Republican candidates do you know of that receive financial support in their campaigns from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) as does Ms. Herrera?

How many conservative candidates do you know of who even support more Unionization today?

Maybe Jaime appreciates how well the Unions have helped out the automakers and large cities like Detroit, New York and others and wish to see Washington State follow suit?

Still, I was left wondering why the Columbian did not tie her to a pro-union vote, but Kathie Durbin praised her effort on a health care position.

Then, it dawned on me. We saw this back in 2007 and 2008 as the media strongly supported the nomination of John McCain, probably one of the weakest candidates we have ever ran, for president. Obviously, they knew he was weak and having him nominated for our party would give the Democrat candidate an easier run, as we saw happen in the November vote.

Is this the move now? Is Ms. Durbin selecting such headlines and stories to convince GOP voters to select Herrera over more qualified and stronger candidates, to give the Democrats an easier run in replacing retiring Brian Baird?

After all, if they are so proud of her work in advancing health care, shouldn’t they be equally as proud of her work in advancing union membership, even though it will hurt low-income workers with children?

Let’s not allow the media to bamboozle us again and stick us with a weak unelectable candidate.

Do your homework and see for yourself just who really has the best interest of citizens in the 3rd Congressional District at heart.

January 27, 2010

Will Washington & Clark County Recognize Oregon’s Free Gift?

by lewwaters

As everybody knows by now, Oregon passed their measure 66 and 67 last evening, raising taxes on businesses and the so-called wealthy. This could be the ‘goose that paid the golden egg’ for Washington State, primarily Clark County, if our politicians recognize it and act.

California is imploding on itself due to similar actions they have taken, chasing businesses out of the state. I see no reason businesses won’t pack up and leave Oregon too.

City Council, County Commission and Legislature all need to recognize that we in Washington can offer some nice incentives to draw them to our side of the river and alleviate our own 14.3% unemployment.

Offer them tax breaks to relocate and maybe soften some regulations.

While it may look like that would create less revenue, more citizens working and also paying taxes off of new wages will more than make up for that. Traffic congestion could be alleviated somewhat too by having the jobs on our side of the river.

Driving around the county, we see a lot of empty store space just waiting and begging for tenants.

Of course, proposed spending cuts must also go forward until we are out of this crisis. Past tax cuts as this appeared to not work because although revenues increased, spending remained out of control and also increased.

We could benefit by drawing Oregonians fed up with the oppressive taxation that will inevitably be passed on to them moving across the river. We can use more productive citizens willing to work and fill the empty apartments and homes also scattered across Clark County.

It is time we stopped worrying about Portland and began worrying about Vancouver and Clark County. We cannot allow this golden opportunity to pass us by and those jobs go to Idaho or Nevada or just simply cease to exist.

Oregon’s folly can be our gain. Let them implode under excessive taxation and feel good programs that just drain their city. Out of the ashes of Portland and the tri-county area maybe a new attitude will be born that rewards success and hard work, not penalize it.

How about it, Clark County? Are we ready to grab for the brass ring on this one?

If so, get on the phone, email or write our elected officials and let’s remind them to not look this gift horse in the mouth.

January 25, 2010

Columbian Urges Supreme Court to Listen to AG McKenna on R-71 Signers

by lewwaters

It’s not very often that we see our local paper, the Columbian promoting or in agreement with a Republican. Usually, if they are, the Republican is either a left-leaning Republican, a RINO or is mistakenly supporting a position that will further the countries rush to socialism.

Such is the case I see in the January 25, 2010 editorial, In Our View, Jan. 25: Identify the Signers, supporting the release of the names, addresses and signatures of all who signed the petition that placed R-71, a citizen referendum to bring the Domestic Partnership law before voters, on last Novembers ballot.

Even before the election was held, gay activists were calling for releasing the names, addresses and signatures of the petition signers to them so they could place the information on searchable web pages, ostensibly to “contact and educate” people who disagree with the gay agenda.

Traditional Marriage Foes Try To Intimidate Washington Voters

A clear example of the intent is displayed by disturbed gay activist, John Bisceglia at Supreme Court Will Hear R-71 Petition Case

Ignoring, or perhaps looking forward to, the intimidation tactics gay activists claim they will be making once they have the signers personal information, the Columbian Editorial says,

“Washingtonians have two Republicans working feverishly to protect the public’s right to know how its government works. Secretary of State Sam Reed has repeated his vow to “defend Washington citizens’ strong desire for transparency, openness and accountability in government, and the public’s belief that our state and local public documents must be available for public inspection.”

“And the man who will lead that defense, literally, is Attorney General Rob McKenna, who will argue the case before the high court. We hope McKenna is as successful in this effort as he was a couple of years ago when he convinced the Supreme Court to approve (by a 7-2 vote) Washington state’s top two primary.”

It is no stretch for me to claim that these are two “Republicans” with a very shaky position in future support with many Republicans in Washington State.

Gay activists twist the intent of anonymity of the signers of petitions to facilitate their intent of intimidation and apparently Columbian editors support that tactic.

Missed by all is the recent partially dissenting opinion issued by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the Court ruling overturning portions of the campaign finance laws. Although Justice Thomas’ opinion isn’t directly addressing the pending R-71 case, his words have relevancy to it. In that 6-page opinion he wrote,

“Congress may not abridge the “right to anonymous speech” based on the “ ‘simple interest in providing voters with additional relevant information,’ ” id., at 276 (quoting McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Comm’n, 514 U. S. 334, 348(1995)).”
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“Some opponents of Proposition 8 compiled this information and created Web sites with maps showing the locations of homes or businesses of Proposition 8 supporters. Many supporters (or their customers) suffered property damage, or threats of physical violence or death, as a result.”
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“The success of such intimidation tactics has apparently spawned a cottage industry that uses forcibly disclosed donor information to pre-empt citizens’ exercise of their First Amendment rights.”
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“These instances of retaliation sufficiently demonstrate why this Court should invalidate mandatory disclosure and reporting requirements. But amici present evidence of yet another reason to do so—the threat of retaliation from elected officials. As amici’s submissions make clear, this threat extends far beyond a single ballot proposition in California.”
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“Irony aside, the Court’s promise that as-applied challenges will adequately protect speech is a hollow assurance. Now more than ever, §§201 and 311 will chill protected speech because—as California voters can attest—‘the advent of the Internet’ enables ‘prompt disclosure of expenditures,’ which ‘provide[s]’ political opponents ‘with the information needed’ to intimidate and retaliate against their foes.”

You needn’t be an attorney or constitutional scholar to see the farsightedness and wisdom in Justice Thomas’ words. Allowing gay activists access to such information to be made available as they wish opens the door to preventing citizen involvement in government.

Democrat, Republican or Independent, once such tactics become acceptable, as they will, what citizen will be able to feel safe exercising their “right to anonymous speech” as what group would refrain from using underhanded tactics used against them?

Whether intentionally or not, the Columbian is actually encouraging LESS citizen involvement in government at a time we see our freedoms and liberties slowly being chipped away.

Strangely silent is the Columbian on identifying legislators that pack bills with earmarks, as they were last year on investigating and revealing any documents on the Brian Baird alleged death threat story, but they wish ordinary citizens who may support an issue they oppose to be given to gay activists for purpose of intimidation.

Should they succeed in threatening citizens from participating in government by such acts of public intimidation, will it be too far away that we will see similar tactics imposed on how we vote?

The Columbian continues to face financial difficulties and such positions designed to take more rights from citizens from will not bring their finances back into the black.

Speculation around the state is that Attorney General Rob McKenna has designs on running for governor in the future.

If he does it may have to be as a Democrat as Republican support for McKenna has been drying up with such positions as this in direct opposition to Republican Party values.

Wake up, citizens. We are being sold a bill of goods in a gilded package that just moves us towards more a socialistic dictatorship.

January 24, 2010

Ron Paulies Rejoice: Gary Johnson Is Coming To Town

by lewwaters

Okay all of you starry eyed Ron Paul worshippers that haven’t heard yet, you have cause for rejoicing as you will soon have the opportunity to see and hear Gary Johnson, popular and well-like former governor of New Mexico and who many Libertarians feel is the “next Ron Paul.”

Johnson is slated to appear at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 East 18th Street in Vancouver on the evening of February 5, 2010 at 6 PM for a “Training Seminar.”

If you arrive early, you may be able to participate in a “dignitary type reception” of sorts that “costs a bit more than the entry ‘suggested donation,’” as was stated to me by a self described luminary with Campaign for Liberty.

Johnson is billed as “a successful two-term governor who actually cut taxes and shrank state government” by “eliminating New Mexico’s budget deficit and reduced the number of state employees by more than 1,200” during the time he served as New Mexico’s governor, 1995 to 2003, stepping aside due to term limits.

He advocates the legalization of Marijuana and decriminalization of drugs, referring to the War on Drugs as “an expensive bust.” He does not advocate recreational drug use and strongly supports a “don’t do drugs policy,” he being a strong advocate of physical fitness, having climbed Mt. Everest in 2003 at the age of 50 and is also an “avid triathlete who runs extensively and abstains from all recreational drug use, caffeine, alcohol, and some sugar products.”

Johnson early on opposed the invasion of Iraq and now says “the mission in Afghanistan has crept away from finding Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda,” adding, “I don’t believe that our national security interests are being threatened in either location.”

In a very recent interview he said of National Security, “I believe we should pull out of [Iraq and Afghanistan] and return our focus to fighting terrorism. The focus needs to be protecting America.”

Like Paul, he advocates a “noninterventionist national security policy.”

As a Politico profile puts it, “and he shares some of [Ron Paul’s] libertarian alarmist views, but without the penchant for gold standard wonkiness.”

Johnson resisted efforts by Libertarians to draft him for a presidential run in 1999 citing his “political life will end when his second term expires in 2002.”

Johnson has now set up a website, Our America where you may purchase a signed copy of his book, “Seven Principles of Good Government” for $100.00 and another, Gary Johnson for America.

Johnson initiated a separation from his wife of 28 years, Dee in 2005, who died of “hypertensive cardiovascular disease” at the age of 54 the next year, according to an article appearing in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Feb 11, 2007.

The couple had 2 grown children, a son and a daughter.

Although some I have corresponded with see Johnson as the third coming, Ron Paul being the second, it remains to be seen if he can articulate pretty much the same message as Paul did in the 2008 election any better.

If, as Politico says, he doesn’t have the “penchant for gold standard wonkiness” that Ron Paul is noted for, he should fair much better in 2012.

January 24, 2010

Anne McErney-Ogle Should Be Appointed To Vancouver’s Open Council Seat

by lewwaters

I often receive emails from citizens active in Vancouver or Clark County matters. It isn’t always that I agree with them, but I always appreciate seeing what others think about the goings on in our community.

One such person I often receive email from is retired Navy Commander Larry Patella who many elected officials look upon as a “thorn in their side.” While they may scoff at Larry, politicians need those “thorns in their sides” if we are to remain a free nation of “We The People.”

As we all know, Mayor Royce Pollard was defeated by challenger Tim Leavitt this past November and his being worn in to office has left an opening on the city council for Vancouver. Current council members have won their elections for their seat, either this past year or in years past.

To fill the seat now a replacement for Leavitt must be selected, but it will be by council members, not an election. This is by design and the process our nation and community has set-up.

The danger in this process is council members who may ignore the voices of the people and choose a replacement based upon an agenda or someone who they fell will just rubber stamp proposals of the mayor or the council.

It is in regards to this selection process that Mr. Patella was addressing those on his email list this morning as he sent out the following,

“Finalist for Vancouver City Council;

In reading the article in today’s copy of the Daily Fish Wrapper, I must take issue will some of the criteria for who will be selected.

Having been advised that some applicants were not nominated to fill the seat vacated by the current mayor because there was fear among current council members that they would not be team players or that they had the audacity to challenge some council members’ positions and decisions I am concerned that whomever gets elected will be just another Bobblehead.

Didn’t we just throw out of office a dictatorial administration that not only ignored the voice of the People but in almost every instance passed every piece of legislation brought before it by a 6 to 1 or 5 to 2 vote. Comments such as “it’s going to be spirited dialogue about who the six of us believe will be the best fit”

Ladies and gentlemen of the council, need council members who will Listen to the people, ask probing question, and above all vote on the merits of what is placed before them, not just another vote in someone’s pocket. It is not the best fit that “We The People” are seeking, it is someone who will represent “We The People”.

In my most humble opinion, Anne McEnery-Olge is the people’s choice.
She has the Experience, the Backbone and the Will to represent us.

L. M. Patella
CDR USN (ret)

P.S. Let The Council Know your choice and let me know. I will tabulate the people’s vote and compare it to what the council vote and let you know if they are listening to us..”

Finalists are, if you don’t already know, Anne McErney-Ogle – Active in Neighbor Association, Member of Planning Commission, served on City Budget Review Committee, Ran for council in 2009 and came in second.

Eric Olmsted – Challenged Jeanne Stewart in 2005 and was defeated

Lee Rafferty – Community Volunteer

Bart Hanson – Works For PUD, ran for council in 2009 and came in third.

Larry’s email, if you wish to contact him with your preference is lmpatella@comcast.net

My choice would be Anne McErney-Ogle to take the seat, as she is very community oriented, she does get out amongst the people and she does have the needed experience to represent citizens of Vancouver, Washington.

This is also why Clark County Conservative strongly supported Lisa Walters in the Battle Ground Council Race against all too obvious Democratic Party choice and supported Michael Dalesandro in last years race.

Lisa, much like Anne McErney-Ogle, when necessary would ask probing questions, oppose a lock-step attitude and actually represent the people.

Anne ran against deeply entrenched incumbent council member, Jeanne Harris, who has been on the council since 1997.

I’m not at all convinced that Vancouver citizens’ voices have been heeded in the past and a burgeoning budget deficit reflects that. All too often, council votes on matters supported by special interests and opposed by citizens, such as light rail and a new I-5 bridge replacement.

Millions of dollars of our tax money has been spent “studying” projects that have been voted down by the people in the past and that the current council will not bring back before the people.

Clark County Conservative proudly supports Anne McErney-Ogle to be selected for appointment to the Vancouver City Council. I feel she would be a much-needed dissenting voice from time to time.

Throughout the history of our nation, opposing views on matters came together for compromises that benefited “We The People” most and not extremes or special interests.

It was dissension that often found common ground and built the nation to greatness, not far left, far right or special interests that sought only obscene profit.

January 20, 2010

Cartoon Says It All

by lewwaters

Published in the January 20, 2010 Boston Globe

January 19, 2010

Boger Kicks Off Campaign For County Prosecutor

by lewwaters

A small crowd gathered at the Java House Market Place in Vancouver this morning to witness City Attorney Brent Boger as he officially announced his campaign for County Prosecuting Attorney. Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna kicked off the event with his introduction and endorsement of Boger.

After thanking many people who are helping with the campaign and who encouraged him to run, Boger got down to the meat of why he is running for the office being vacated by retiring Prosecutor, Art Curtis in his speech.

Some excerpts, first addressing the $1.8 Million budget shortfall the Prosecutor’s office was hit with,

“One source of savings is better coordination of the resources the county and the cities put into criminal prosecutions. As the campaign proceeds, I will be releasing a proposal for better criminal prosecutorial coordination which will save the public money while increasing prosecutorial effectiveness.”

“We have seen evidence that prioritization in the Prosecutors Office has not always been done with the concept of the best use of the people’s money in mind.”

Boger used the example of the “Water Heater Case” where a citizen was prosecution for the alleged theft of a $150.00 water heat that was removed from a soon to be demolished building and two juries finding him “not guilty.”

Surely there could have been a better resolution.

More importantly, Boger alluded to last year’s murder of 13 year-old Alycia Nipp in Hazel Dell.

Boger said,

“We need to pay more attention to events like the recent tragic death of a young teenage girl in Hazel Dell. She was attacked and savagely murdered by a convicted sexual predator, unemployed and living in abandoned buildings. First, why do we allow such sexual predators to live in such conditions? Second, why were these vacant buildings still standing and available for sexual predators to occupy them? There must be a better way!”

Boger vowed to set up a Public Integrity Unit inside the office to look into allegations of Public Official misconduct and to promote compliance with Public Records Disclosure Laws and open Public Meetings.

To counter potential claims of diverting resources from more serious criminal prosecutions, Boger says, “A public loss of faith in the integrity of its government is a serious problem that we had better deal with now.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Boger reminds us that change will be coming to the County Prosecutors Office regardless of who wins the election, but citing the one best suited to effect needed change would be someone from outside the office that hasn’t been “Involved in the internal and external struggles and controversies the office has had recently.”

Brent Boger has practiced many aspects of law for 25 years now with experience in both private and public sector law.

Brent has practiced in Courtrooms from San Diego to Seattle, including briefing cases before the United States Supreme Court. He has represented the public in criminal prosecutions and defended criminals in private practice. He’s advised local government on management and financial matters. He’s represented property owners victimized by unreasonable government regulation.

Boger let us know,

“I will not be just the Prosecutor for the Lawyers and County government, I will be the Prosecutor for the People, ALL OF THEM.”

Brent Boger is a community-oriented man. I have worked with Brent personally at the Clark County Republican Party and he is a very dedicated person.

In this coming election, I ask you to give Brent Boger a serious look and vote for him as our next Clark County Prosecutor.

January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. In Democrat Stronghold, Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 1966

by lewwaters

Much is known and repeated about the ill-treatment Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received in Southern States as he led the fight for equal rights for Blacks against Democrats in the South.

Today, many wrongfully claim that after his death, Southern Democrat bigots ran to the Republican party to continue their prejudice. Truth doesn’t matter, just paint the GOP as anti-Black.

Little is ever said about when King moved North to Chicago, Illinois, an area that was strongly Democrat then and remains so today. Listen closely to Dr. Kings words in the video, after he was hit in the neck by a rock thrown by a Democrat in Chicago during the Gage Park protest, summer 1966.

From a subsequent Meet The Press interview,


(Page 385, A testament of hope: the essential writings and speeches of Martin Luther … By Martin Luther King, James Melvin Washington)

King is also quoted as saying, “I think the people from Mississippi ought to come to Chicago to learn how to hate.”

Last I heard, Democrats from the Chicago area remain Democrats and never rushed to the Republican Party.

The Democratic Party Owes Blacks An Apology

January 17, 2010

Obama Speaks At Vermont Street Baptist Church

by lewwaters

Before flying off to Massachusetts in a desperate effort to salvage the campaign of Martha Coakley, Barack Obama stopped in at the Vermont Street Baptist Church and gave an inspiring speech to all in attendance and those who watched.

“We gather here on the Sabbath at a time of extreme difficulty for our nation and the world,” Obama said, speaking much like a preacher from the pulpit. “We are not here just to ask the Lord for his blessing. We’re also here to call on the memory of one of his servants, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Making sure everybody knows he is part African-American, he claimed, “It’s that progress that allowed me to be here today,” mentioning how the country has progressed, thanks to MLK Jr.

You can read excerpts of his inspirational speech here at LA Times or view the entire transcript here.

Maybe you’ll manage better than the poor guy behind Obama’s right shoulder.

He had to listen to him.

Video may be seen at Part One, before the poor guy began nodding off, Part Two as he fights it and Part Three, still fighting it.

January 17, 2010

Brent Boger to Enter County Prosecutor Race

by lewwaters

Vancouver Assistant City Attorney and 25-year law veteran Brent Boger (53), a Republican, will announce his candidacy for Clark County Prosecutor.

Tuesday, January 19
10:30 AM
Java House Market Place
210 W. Evergreen Blvd. , Vancouver

Boger launches with Vancouver notable Philanthropist Ed Lynch as campaign chair and endorsements from Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and US Senator & WA State Attorney General (ret) Slade Gorton who are expected to attend the announcement event.

About Brent Boger:

Boger is currently a Vancouver Assistant City Attorney and has practiced law for 25 years. He has practiced in courtrooms from San Diego to Seattle as well as presented arguments to the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Boger has served the justice system representing both the public and criminal defendants in his career. He has counseled local governments on management and financial matters and served private clients for eight years in the private sector. Earlier in his career Brent was on the Governor of California’s staff addressing the financial impact of death penalty cases on rural counties.

Candidate Boger also represented Pacific Legal Foundation representing property owners who were victims of unreasonable and intrusive government regulations.

“My background gives me a big picture view as to how the Prosecutor’s Office impacts everyone in Clark County rather than solely the criminal justice community and the special interests seeking to do business with the county” said Boger. “I want to be the prosecutor for the People of Clark County; all of them.”

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Boger will be running against Curt Wyrick (60) and Tony Golik (42) since current Prosecuting Attorney, Art Curtis has announced he will not seek re-election this term.

Both Wyrick and Golik are currently serving in the Prosecutors Office.

Golik, a Democrat, says, “I’ll focus on cracking down on the area’s emerging gang problem. He also said he would vigorously prosecute repeat domestic violence offenders and seek stiff sentences for sex offenders.”

Wyrick says, “he plans to add more focus on pursuing customers who write bad checks. He also wants to prosecute more people who abuse elderly people physically or financially.” He adds, “We need to refocus on gangs and make sure we stop them before they proliferate.”

Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t that currently be the focus?

Boger says, “The county prosecutor is not a bad office, but I think they need new direction in where they put their resources. And I think I can bring that.”

The County Prosecutors Office has faced a $1.8 million budget shortfall in recent years.

If you are available on Tuesday at 1030am, please stop in at Brent Boger’s formal announcement at the Java House, 210 W. Evergreen in Vancouver with Attorney General Rob McKenna.

January 17, 2010

“Obama Is Not Martha Coakley In Drag”

by lewwaters

As Democrats pull out all the stops and present a full court press trying desperately to salvage the race for the open seat in Massachusetts once held by the Kennedy Klan, we see the icon of the Massachusetts Democratic Party coming forward today speaking against Scott Brown, “It was a personality contest. Mr. Brown is not running as a kind of people committed conservative that he is and that he has the right to be. He’s running as a nice guy.”

Asked about how the outcome of this race could affect Obama’s popularity, Frank said, “The fact that he was doing better than she in a personality contest?–Nothing. Obama is not Martha Coakley in drag, and what I thought happened was that this became, as I said, a personality contest.”

Is there a reason everything with Democrats has to carry a sexual connotation?

SOURCE

January 17, 2010

Clueless Blue Donkey’s In Clark County

by lewwaters


I am always amazed at just how clueless and spiteful Democrats can be. Maybe because for the first half of my life, I was a Democrat, born and raised into a staunchly Democrat household in South Florida.

I’ve watched as they high jacked the Civil Rights movement they so strongly fought against and filibustered in the 1960’s and even how they coerce a Republican President into how necessary tax increases are only to use that tax increase they pushed for as a campaign gimmick against that same Republican President.

I guess it should have come as no surprise to see that same level of cluelessness coming out of the chair of the Clark County Democrat Party, Dena Horton into today’s Columbian.

While Ms. Horton may have a short leg to stand on in complaining about Ann Donnelly’s description of the Blue Jackasses convention (I wasn’t there so I don’t know), her other vitriolic ramblings are remarkably clueless.

Horton brays, “The Columbian is often accused of being a ‘liberal rag’ by the conservatives, which the Clark County Democrats find baffling when The Columbian continues to print columns by conservative columnist Ann Donnelly while offering no alternative view as a counterpoint.

I am left wondering just how many John Laird’s, Lou Brancaccio’s, Tom Koenninger’s and Kathie Durbin’s must the Columbian publish to equate one Ann Donnelly column every other week in Horton’s world?

Laird runs a weekly column that I have yet to see any pro-conservative stance ever taken. Brancaccio is more even handed, but definitely leans left. Koenninger leans further left and I doubt Kathie Durbin has a kind thought ever towards anything conservative. If so, I can never tell by her writing, especially as she trumped up a controversy last September, Podunk Reporter Creates Issue, Boasts of Resolution.

I saw no “counterpoint” printed in regards to that manufactured controversy and even just last week, John Laird copied it with his vitriol masked as humor, Confessions of a new Republican.

Dena has the audacity to actually state, “We have important elections coming up in 2010 and it does not serve The Columbian’s readership, the general public, or the integrity of the elections process to cause mass confusion about the process by printing inaccurate information.”

Does she really want to go there? Outright lies against President Bush and 8 years of vitriol and demeaning hatred thrown at the man by her party? Does she forget the fraud of the 2004 Washington State Governor’s election?

As far as that “important elections” goes, yes, we are watching Massachusetts very closely too and it isn’t looking all that good for their State jackasses back there right now.

Unbelievably, Horton cries, “Unfortunately, it seems as though not much has changed and our pleas for truth and fairness have fallen on deaf ears.”

Dena dear, you Democrats wouldn’t know “truth and fairness” if your donkey’s tail was bitten. We sat and watched as every sort of hatred and mean-spirited message was sent out against the GOP and President Bush.

We saw as you used the Troops and the very war your party voted to authorize as a campaign tool for political gain.

We watched as your party seized control of Congress with lies, innuendoes, subterfuge and dishonesty straight out of Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals.’

We watched as despicable conduct by a President from your party was excused, just to have you come back later and point fingers at others over similar “immoral” conduct.

I was at the Hilton the evening in November 2008 when a junior senator was propelled into the Presidency by playing the race card and one of your number placed the sign outside the ballroom, “The night America came together.”

None of you have yet to explain why America cannot “come together” unless a group of jackasses controls the country and continues to bankrupt us.

The whiny column written by Blue Donkeys Chair Dena Horton is indicative of spoiled little children who don’t always get their way and throws a tantrum.

If Clark GOP Chair, Ryan Hart, wrote such a column every time a leftist column appeared in the Columbian, he’d have to be on full time employ.

Americans are waking up to the ploy, Dena. I suggest you get used to not having “fair and balanced” being your point of view only!

As a famous Democrat once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

I guess that was back when Democrats cared about more than remaking America into a socialist mecca and carbon copy of the failed Soviet Union.

January 16, 2010

Fueling “the Worlds EMT”

by lewwaters


Once again, a major tragedy has struck in the world and as we always do, America and other nations are responding with massive amounts of aid and rescue personnel to assist in digging Haiti out of the rubble of the 7.0 earthquake that struck the tiny Island Nation this past week.

We see aircraft flying into a ruined airport. Ships arriving in a decimated port, all bringing in people to help, food stocks, medical supplies, vehicles to help remove the rubble, helicopters to search for injured people and fly them from remote areas back to temporary hospitals, that were also brought in from outside, as well as bringing much needed food and supplies to people in outlying areas. Along with that are generators to brighten the night, kitchens to prepare food for those now left homeless and to feed the rescuers arriving from all over the world.

As we have seen all too many times in the past, even during times of economic strife, Americans are who contribute the bulk of relief to afflicted nations when such massive natural disasters strike.

Regardless of party in control, our Military responds with hospital ships, massive aircraft carriers that instead of arriving to fight a enemy, come to supply people, aircraft and the ability to desalinate thousands of gallons of sea water into one of the most basic needs of all mankind, clean safe drinking water.

We that sit on the sidelines and who can only contribute much needed money to fund such efforts give little thought to what such endeavors require, hoping our donations help as much as possible.

While most of us cringe at accusations of being “the world’s Police Force,” we readily accept our role as “the world’s EMT,” ready to respond with aid, people and our abundance of food to help where needed anywhere in the world.

What we never give consideration to is what we must have to continue in this role, fuel. All of the equipment needed to carry out the massive relief efforts, to ferry the goods and people to these afflicted areas and light the dark requires fuel to keep them going.

In a recent speech given to the United States Energy Association’s 6th Annual State of the Energy Industry conference, Jack Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute stated,

“Oil and natural gas are the foundation of our energy-dependent economy. They profoundly affect how we live and work. They are key to our mobility, to keeping our homes and businesses warm, to providing us with electric power, and to supplying the raw materials for countless consumer and industrial products – everything from fertilizers to computer chips to medicines … the list goes on.”

Yes, a major part of the endless list is our ability to respond rapidly and to provide help where needed throughout the world. Oil and natural gas supplies well over 50% of our domestic energy needs. They supply close to 100% of our ability to provide assistance during times of disaster.

While Mr. Gerard was mostly discussing the economic side of our oil and natural gas industry, it is the humanitarian side I am focusing on. Alternate energy sources, solar panels and wind farms supply nothing to get aid to injured and displaced people in far away countries.

Petroleum, converted into gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel is what fuels the vehicles, ships and aircraft carrying the load. Propane, also derived from petroleum, supplies fuel for emergency kitchens and heat in cold areas hit by natural disaster.

Petroleum also supplies plastics to seal emergency rations and medical equipment, keeping them safe and sanitary. Some medical supplies themselves contain petroleum byproducts. And again, the list goes on as to what good is done in times of natural disasters by petroleum products.

This is why I am so taken aback at the ongoing efforts by primarily Democrat politicians for so long in denying our oil companies drilling and processing our own domestic petroleum sources, forcing our reliance on foreign sources that are either hostile to us, or may be one of those areas decimated by such disasters as we see down in Haiti today.

Given the ability of our oil companies to produce what is needed in carrying out these missions of mercy, I am particularly offended when I read of directives from current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as he announced plans to Toughen US Drilling Rules, to drag then down from their Kings of the World role, as he falsely describes them.

No Mr. Salazar, they do not assume the role of “Kings of the World,” they supply the much needed fuel to continue in the “World’s EMT” role that Americans so generously give of ourselves.

They supply much needed jobs to our country and fill the U.S. Treasury with tax dollars to fund the economy, but they also keep our massive rescue efforts going by fueling the very means of getting aid to decimated areas of the world.

Jack Gerard also says in his speech,

“Canceling leases, delaying lease sales, delaying environmental studies, holding back the next OCS Five-Year Plan, and adding layers of bureaucracy and new procedures will not ensure Americans have ample supplies of the oil and the natural gas that every projection shows they will be demanding in the near future.”

That includes the demand placed upon America to rapidly respond to tragedy and our willingness to do so.

How many people would die if our ships, planes and vehicles sat idle, out of gas, during times of natural disaster?

January 15, 2010

Obama’s Failure In Haiti?

by lewwaters


I must admit, I did not expect to see Barack Obama’s response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti heavily criticized by the lamestream media. After all, he was the “golden boy” all last year and through much of his first year.

But, ABC News ran an article today, “Haitians Wait Desperately for Relief That Hasn’t Come,” Helpless Victims Wait in the Streets as Aid Remains Unorganized and Slow doing just that with,

“We watched Friday as aircraft arrived nonstop, carrying massive amounts of food, water and U.S. military personnel along with it. Some 20,000 large water containers arrived today and 80,000 more are on the USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Haiti, along with 600,000 daily food rations which are continually flowing in. But all this effort and all these supplies moving does not mean Haitians are getting the large supplies of food and water that they need. Instead, most of the supplies are sitting idle at the airport. The widespread distribution of desperately needed supplies to Haiti’s earthquake victims won’t happen until tomorrow.”

MTV also asks, “Where Are Haiti Earthquake Relief Funds Going?” Millions in donations have been raised since the earthquake in Haiti on Tuesday, but where is the money going?

Newser.com says, “Anger Rising in Haiti Amid Slow Relief.”

The UK Telegraph headlines, “Haiti earthquake: anger turns to violence on the streets” with, “Anger turned to violence on the streets of Haiti as earthquake survivors lost their patience with the painfully slow process of getting international aid to those desperate for food, water and medical treatment.

USA Today claims, “Retired general: U.S. aid effort too slow” quoting retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who coordinated military operations after disaster struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005,

“The U.S. relief effort for Haiti started too slowly and cautiously. The next morning after the earthquake, as a military man of 37 years service, I assumed … there would be airplanes delivering aid, not troops, but aid. What we saw instead was discussion about, ‘Well we’ve got to send an assessment team in to see what the needs are.’ And anytime I hear that, my head turns red.”

I’m sure everyone recalls how this same media complained about and criticized every step made by President George W. Bush after the failure of the levies around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and as I recall, many leftists happily joined in condemning the President then.

While this would be an ideal time to turn the tables, I will not do so. With all due respect to Gen. Honore, delivering relief across an ocean is far different than driving into a town. There first must be people in place to accept, coordinate and distribute what aid the world is delivering.

Troops will be required to prevent looting or highjacking of the goods by gangs who would then sell or barter them to those in need.

Specialized Troops must be inserted to survey the airport, set up a tactical air control system and coordinate receiving donated goods, as well as working with whatever is left of the government of Haiti, which is not an American state, but a sovereign nation.

Otherwise it is an invasion and turns to chaos leaving no one helped.

I do not see Obama’s response any different than we saw from President Bush in 2005.

Both men followed proper procedure in overcoming insurmountable odds to get help into ravished areas as quickly and safely as possible.

I also see media hyperbole in criticizing another tragedy instead of helping. Sensationalism may sell papers and whip up BDS infected leftists, but it does not bring relief to those affected and injured in another natural disaster.

Perhaps a whole bunch of people owe the previous President an apology.

January 15, 2010

Supreme Court Will Hear R-71 Petition Case

by lewwaters

Just announced today, the United States Supreme Court will take the case filed over gay activists wanting the names, addresses and signatures of the 138,000 people in Washington State who signed the R-71 petition last year released to them so they may place the names on a searchable web site for the public.

At stake in this case is whether or not opposing sides may seek to intimidate or seek retribution against their fellow citizens for the support of any citizen initiatives in the future.

Most disturbing in this case is the desire of Washington’s Secretary of State, Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna to release those names, addresses and signatures to Gay activists.

R-71 was a citizen initiative to block enhancements to Washington States Domestic Partnership law in 2009 that failed statewide in the election. Almost as soon as the measure qualified for the ballot, Gay activist began their push to have the information on those who signed released so they could make it known publicly who opposed their agenda. This was covered at Traditional Marriage Foes Try To Intimidate Washington Voters.

Gay activists initially challenged R-71 in court over a claim of signatures being improperly accepted. When that failed to keep the initiative off of the ballot, the quest for the release of the signers’ information began.

Gay activist such as John Bisceglia were openly advocating “violence against property” of those who supported the R-71 initiative, but has since removed the calls for violence from his website.

In September, U.S. district judge Benjamin Settle ruled the information should not be released to the Gay Activists, followed by an appeal from AG McKenna.

Another federal court ordered the names and information released, but an appeal to the US Supreme Court resulted in an injunction being placed on releasing the information by Justice Anthony Kennedy while the Supreme Court considered whether or not to take the case.

While so-called scholars say the case could have broad implications for public disclosure laws, should the names and information be released, it could have broad implications on citizen involvement in government and petitions drives, regardless of what they may represent.

If this type of intimidation is allowed to stand and is approved by the courts, it is my opinion that citizens will shy away from involvement in almost any issue whether citizen input is needed out of fear of retribution by opposers.

Should the Supreme Court rule against those wishing to protect citizens who sign petitions, can the secret ballot being nullified be far behind, given the Unions and Democrats push for ‘Card Check?’

January 14, 2010

Pentagon to Scapegoat Officers Over Fort Hood Shooting

by lewwaters

As many suspected would happen, 5 to 8 Army officer may have been selected to be the scapegoats over Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s murderous rampage in November 2009 that left 13 people dead and many wounded.

As is being reported in the Los Angeles Times, “[the] officers are expected to face discipline for failing to take action” against Hasan “over a series of behavioral and professional problems in the years leading up to the November rampage.”

Why don’t they instead release what the real problem was, Political Correctness?

We all know had anyone leveled complaints against Hasan, they would have been drummed out of the Military for violating his Civil Rights and displaying Islamophobia.

If not drummed out, all would have been reprimanded, effectively ending their careers and subjected to “sensitivity training.”

We are not only facing a brutal enemy on the battlefield today, but an internal enemy that leaves our Military fearful of doing the jobs we train and pay them for.

How can we expect our Military to do their jobs when they must also face scorn for calling a spade a spade?

If anybody needs placed on trial alongside Hasan, it is all those politicians who dumbed down the Army to allow substandard training and less that reliable people to join in.

It is the Politically Correctness of society that was forced off onto the Army that needs tried!

January 12, 2010

“It’s Not Ted Kennedy’s Seat!”

by lewwaters

Finally, a political candidate expresses truth. Scott Brown, running against Martha Coakley in Massachusetts open Senate seat. CNN’s David Gergen goads Brown on whether he’d be willing to “sit in Teddy Kennedy’s seat and [say] I’m going to be the person who’s going to block it [liberal health care policy] for another 15 years.”

Brown respectfully reminds Gergen, “Well, with all due respect it’s not the Kennedy’s seat, and it’s not the Democrat’s seat, it’s the people’s seat.”

None of the seats in Congress belong to any politician or political party; they belong to us, “We The People!”

It is long past time we began reminding politicians of that fact! Especially Patty Murray!

Scott Brown for United States Senate

Clint Didier For United States Senate

January 12, 2010

Tell Olympia, Cut Spending, NO NEW TAXES!

by lewwaters

Once again our state legislature has convened facing yet another massive budget shortfall of some $2.6 Billion.

As can be expected, our tax happy Democrat legislators are proposing a plethora of new taxes to make up the difference. We are told in the Seattle Times which would include “suspending or modifying Initiative 960, which required a two-thirds legislative majority or voter approval for tax increases.”

Also included is a general tax increase, increasing the sales tax we already pay, placing the sales tax on candy, muffins and bottled water and as we can always expect now, increasing tobacco taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane says, “It’s not the desire to raise revenues. It’s what we believe is the moral necessity.”

Maybe it is that “moral necessity” that prevents her from mentioning SB 6520 (to implement an income tax for Washington) and SJR 8219 (Amending the Constitution to allow an income tax) in the latest attempt by Democrats to stick Washington Citizens with an Income Tax.

A more complete list of proposed bills may be seen at Washington Votes.

In her first proposed budget, governor Gregoire proposed to “gut services to the poor and suspend programs such as all-day kindergarten. Subsidized health insurance for thousands of low-income families and aid to people unable to work because of disabilities.”

Of course, she’ll be happy to withdraw those provided we get stuck with tax increases.

Evergreen Freedom Foundation is sponsoring an online petition No New Taxes in 2010 – PUSH BACK demanding no new taxes be placed on the already over-burdened Washington Citizens.

More information may be seen at WWW>PUSHBACKNOTAX.COM

Part of what they recommend,

“Pursuant to RCW 41.80.010(6) and effective immediately, we hereby direct both parties to all state collective bargaining agreements to immediately enter into collective bargaining for a mutually agreed upon modification of the agreements that results in a significant reduction of state spending.

Moreover, we hereby direct a revision of allotments of appropriations from the state General Fund to all state agencies including those agencies headed by elected officials and to the budgets of the Legislature and Courts. Each affected agency shall reduce its expenditures from the state General Fund by 8.4 percent of the agency’s total biennial state General Fund appropriations to be effective January 31, 2010, unless the legislature takes action prior to that date to save a corresponding amount.”

Even the Columbian joins in seeing the need for Public Employees to share in the hardships we are facing and urging the state to get Public salaries and benefits under control.

I urge all who believe we are already taxed too much, you that are struggling to make ends meet and see that paying more taxes will only hurt you more to please sign the petition by January 24th when they hope to deliver it to the legislature.

It is time for Olympia to learn they answer to us, not the other way around. We The People must take our government back if we are to survive and thrive again.

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