“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go,” nice song, but I know when I’ll be back. Headin’ to Texas in the AM, see ya’ll in a few days.
Just talk amongst yourselves.
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“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go,” nice song, but I know when I’ll be back. Headin’ to Texas in the AM, see ya’ll in a few days.
Just talk amongst yourselves.
Courtesy of David Castillo’s campaign, those of you who might not be able to attend the forum tonight in Longview featuring the 3rd Congressional Candidates, you may watch it online at KLTV 29
The event begins at 6 PM and is to be held at Lower Columbia College, Rose Center for the Arts – 1600 Maple Street, Longview, WA 98632.
My apologies to any who tuned in, it never appeared. I have no idea why. At this stage, I hope CVTV picks it up or we otherwise get to see th eforum, for those who couldn’t be there.
I have deactivated the link.
From Tuesdays Seattle Times
Three bisexual men are suing a national gay-athletic organization, saying they were discriminated against during the Gay Softball World Series held in the Seattle area two years ago.
The three Bay Area men say the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance in essence deemed them not gay enough to participate in the series.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle accuses the alliance of violating Washington state laws barring discrimination. The alliance organizes the annual Gay Softball World Series.
The alliance’s rules say that each World Series team can have no more than two heterosexual players. According to the lawsuit, a competing team accused D2 of violating that rule.
Each of the three plaintiffs was called into a conference room in front of more than 25 people, and was asked “personal and intrusive questions” about his sexual attractions and desires, purportedly to determine if the player was heterosexual or gay, the lawsuit alleges. The alliance has no category or definition for bisexual or transgender people in its rules, the plaintiff’s attorney said.
At one point during the proceedings, the lawsuit alleges, one of the plaintiffs was told: “This is the Gay World Series, not the Bisexual World Series.”
Isn’t this basically what straights are constantly being accused of doing?
Isn’t it hypocritical to mandate the number of straights allowed to play in the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance, while calling for unlimited numbers of Open Gays be included elsewhere?
Isn’t it wrong to cry about discrimination, when you discriminate yourself?
Shouldn’t the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance adopt their own “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy?
Posted by permission of the author,
HOMOSEXUALS, LIBERALS, AND LAWYERS ATTACK BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
By Attorney Rees Lloyd
April 19, 2010
The Boy Scouts of America is perhaps the finest organization ever created to assist American boys to become responsible men and citizens. Over a million adults annually contribute uncountable volunteer hours to the BSA, assisting almost three million Boy Scouts.
However, among those millions of patriotic men of the BSA, are a very few predatory homosexuals who insinuate themselves into the BSA to prey sexually on boys.
As a result, predatory homosexuals with views on sex like those of the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), predatory liberals epitomized by the ACLU – — which represents and defends NAMBLA while attacking the BSA, and predatory lawyers posturing public interest purity while raking in fees at the expense of BSA and taxpayers, combine to damage if not destroy the BSA through lawsuits which place the BSA between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
That is, BSA, on one hand, is assailed by lawsuits – most by the ACLU — which claim BSA is composed of loathsome homophobes who discriminate against homosexuals by barring them from positions as adult Scout leaders.
On the other hand, BSA is attacked by lawsuits seeking millions from BSA for allegedly failing to protect boys from homosexual predators.
Thus, the BSA appears to be damned if it bans homosexuals as adult volunteers, and damned if it doesn’t.
It appears that ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the ACLU and held that the BSA as a private organization has the right to determine whom it will allow to serve as adult troop leaders, that the ACLU has set out revengefully to destroy the BSA by lawsuits and other means, including joining with homosexual activists, and other politically-correct liberals, to demand that governmental units withdraw support from the BSA – which hundreds if not thousands have done across the country.
ACLU’s vicious use of the courts is illuminated by its act, after losing the BSA case in the Supreme Court, to send letters, along with related ultra-liberal organizations, to all or almost all school boards and districts in the country, warning them that if they did not cease to sponsor Boy Scout Troops, ACLU, or related organizations, would sue on grounds including that the BSA discriminates against homosexuals and/or is a “religious” organization because the Boy Scout oath refers to God. ACLU threatened it would seek judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fees from the schools.
Such threats of the ACLU are not idle. The ACLU, for example, sued a Washington school district to drive out the Boy Scouts, and sought and received $108,000 in attorney fees. When ACLU sued Chicago schools for sponsoring Boy Scout Troops, the school board settled almost immediately, kicking out the Scouts, and giving the ACLU $90,000 in attorney fees. The ACLU sued the City of San Diego on behalf of homosexuals to kick the Boy Scouts out of Balboa Park, ultimately resulting in a settlement in which San Diego broke the Boy Scouts’ lease at Balboa Park, and handed ACLU “$950,000” in attorney fees. Most Americans are unaware that the ACLU, which postures as a pro bono organization, in fact profits in the millions by taxpayer-paid attorney fees in such cases.
The BSA, in response to ACLU’s threats to schools, sent out letters to school districts thanking them for sponsoring Boy Scout troops, but asking them to cease doing so as BSA did not want school funds to be diverted. Most schools, faced with ACLU’s threats, stopped sponsoring Boy Scout Troops.
REES LLOYD is a longtime civil rights attorney and veterans activist whose work has been honored by, among others, the California Senate and Assembly, and numerous civil rights, workers rights, and veterans rights organizations. He has testified as a constitutional expert at hearings before the U.S. House and Senate representing The American Legion.
Read the rest at NewsWithViews.com
The Boy Scouts of America have a long history of serving their communities. Recently, after the earthquake in Haiti, it was the Boy and Girl Scouts that dug out of the rubble and began coordinating and helping the injured and displaced, even before help arrived.
Such was the case this evening at the Vancouver City Council meeting as the council took up a discussion on regulating free speech, even though they felt they were not.
The discussion centered on a proposed ordinance that would have placed restrictions on assemblies larger than 100 and would require a 6 day notification of the assembly, payment of a $60 fee, plus other requirements.
After dispensing with other business, Mayor Leavitt opened up the discussion on the proposed ordinance. Of the 10 citizens permitted to speak on the ordinance, not one spoke in support of it.
Larry Patella, Tom Hann, Terry Busch, Charlie Stemper, Debbie Peterson and several others whose names I failed to write down, all rose one at a time pointing out how this ordinance either would or would have the potential to eventually be used to deny people their right to peaceful assembly and to deny them free speech, protected under the first amendment of our constitution.
Similar tactics were either in place or used in segregated Southern States to deny Black Americans their right to assemble in their effort to gain the Civil Rights that should have been theirs in the first place. Although this is a point I was going to make, since I was born and raised in the South and saw it firsthand, Mr. Patella beat me to it, identifying those who used such an ordinance as “Southern Democrats,” a historical fact councilmember Bart Hansen should acquaint himself with as he took exception to the comment.
Bart, you can argue all you wish and take exception, it will not change the historical fact of it having happened. Perhaps Bart will do himself a favor and order a copy of the book, Whites, Blacks and Racist Democrats by Rev. Wayne Perryman.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Councilmember Pat Campbell argue against the ordinance as written as he saw the dangers of such an ordinance infringing on our first amendment right to assemble peacefully and exercise free speech. Joining him in expressing doubts as well as voting against it were councilmember’s Jack Burkman, Larry Smith and Jeanne E. Stewart.
The other 3, Mayor Leavitt, who feels it is not such a big deal and councilmember’s Jeanne Harris and Bart Hansen expressed support of the ordinance, Harris and Hansen both saying they had no problems at all with it.
I’d like to remind the mayor that any act that might modify, restrict or infringe in any way upon our constitutional rights is a “big deal.”
At one point, Mayor Leavitt turned to the audience as asked if we really felt the council was infringing upon our right to free speech and to assemble. To his dismay, the audience resoundingly said YES!
What really struck me in the council’s discussion was hearing many say they had not had a chance to read through the proposed ordinance yet as it had just been returned to the council this evening. (Please read councilmember Burkman’s clarification/correction on this in his comment below)
Cara Cantonwine, Special Events Coordinator was asked several questions by the council that elicited an “I don’t know” answer as she reiterated the ordinance was more or less a “what if” something should happen.
Also asked about any past problems in the 5 or so events a year that may happen in Vancouver that might have cost the city in repairs or clean-up, another reason given for the necessity of this ordinance, also brought back the answer of “none that she could recall.”
In essence, as I believe was brought out, what the ordinance would do is already happening. Which brings up the question, why is it needed in the first place?
Visibly perturbed at citizen comments against and the council vote to deny the ordinance at this time were councilmember’s Hansen and Harris. Both stated the punitive sections of the ordinance would not necessarily have to be enforced, again bringing to mind, why have the 22 page ordinance?
Mayor Leavitt expressed support and voted for it also; sealing his fate at the next election as it is doubtful he will receive support from conservatives as he did to help him defeat Mayor Pollard. I just hope Tim doesn’t get too comfortable in the Mayors seat, this being the second time I have seen him ignoring the voice and will of the people.
The council voted unanimously to send the proposal back to staff to remove restrictions that could occur on free speech for anyone, left or right and to rewrite that portion to encourage notification to the city, even in the case of short notice as political events, rallies or protests often do not have the 6 days needed to obtain a permit, bills being rapidly brought out and scheduled for votes today.
I’d like to extend special thanks to councilmember’s Campbell, Burkman, Stewart and Smith for their voices of common sense and speaking for upholding our constitutional rights.
To the others, your efforts to shut down Tea Parties, Freedom Rallies or other assemblies that oppose your left-winged views failed. We will continue to show up and oppose any effort to place restrictions on our constitutional rights.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 a large crowd gather in Vancouver’s Esther Short Park to unite and call for an end to the excessive taxation and government takeover of so many aspects of our lives we are currently seeing coming from Washington D.C. and Olympia.
Young and old, Black, White and Hispanic, Republican and Democrat and even an SEIU member, gathered in numbers that must have hit 1500 or more, all to join voices and call for our freedoms to be restored and protected.
Citizens angered and concerned about the out of control spending, ever higher taxes and elected officials ignoring the voices and will of the people came together by the hundreds of thousands earlier in the week across the nation. Clark County followed suit today and none were disappointed.
Those in attendance were treated to several guest speakers, Thomas Hann, coordinator of the event opened the event. Tom Niewulis reprised his Samuel Adams role inspiring the crowd with a voice from our founders. Reverend Wayne Perryman spoke of the history of Democrats in slavery in our countries past. Juliana McMahan of Evergreen Freedom Foundation gave an accounting of the dysfunction recently seen in Olympia as we saw the largest tax increases in our states history.
Greg Noelk Columnist for Wapathub.org spoke, but the featured speaker was our Daughter of Democracy heard every day on Portland’s KPAM 860 AM, Victoria Taft as she charged up the crowd in her speech, giving thanks to all Veterans in attendance and those serving currently.
Although not a campaign event, several candidates for office were there mingling with the people and getting known. David Castillo, Anthony Bittner, Ann Rivers, Brian Peck, Shannon Barnett, Chris Boyd and David Hedrick were seen mingling and shaking hands. Jaime Herrera’s campaign had a table set up and I heard that she too made an appearance, but I didn’t get the chance to say hello to her.
Craig Riley was in Israel but his campaign filled for him. I even heard Jim Moeller, aka ‘Da Taxman,’ one who joyfully selected to slap all these new taxes on us was there for a little bit.
If I missed some candidates my apologies as I couldn’t see everybody.
Far from the majority party and much of the media has tried to portray, there was no incidence of racism, hate speech or even violence. Even the attendee in the SEIU tee shirt was welcomed; leading me to believe he came dressed in the shirt to show that not all members of the SEIU are like the thugs that beat up Kenneth Gladney last year outside a town hall in St. Louis, Missouri.
Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera was recently taken to task for perpetuating the false charges of the groups.
Lest any think that Tea Partiers are just selfish or greedy, it isn’t for us we do this, but for our children, grandchildren and future generations that will bear the burden of the follies being pushed off on the citizens of America today.
In all, We The People must be congratulated for organizing and hosting the event. If any party crashers appeared, they either kept silent or were escorted away early as I don’t recall seeing them.
To our elected officials, CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?
You can count on hearing us in November.
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief fundraiser Alexandra “Allee” Bautsch and her boyfriend Joe Brown were savagely attacked and beaten Friday night after leaving a GOP fundraising dinner in New Orleans. Allee Bautch sufffered a broken leg and her boyfriend, Joe Brown received a broken jaw and nose and a concussion.
Leftists had been protesting outside Brennan’s Restaurant, where the fundraising dinner was held, but attacked the couple afterwards a couple blocks away. Bautsch recalls hearing one of the attackers say “Let’s get them, they have Palin pins on.”
The Hayride blog has several links to local reports, video of the leftist protest and quotes of the leftist vitriol concerning this uncalled for attack.
Substitute “Jew” where you hear “Republican” and we are beginning to look more and more like 1930’s Germany. Und, vast ist Herr Obama doink to calm the nation and his dogs? NUTTINK!!
Don’t look for two Republicans being savagely attacked and beaten to make national news. It isn’t as newsworthy as Michelle Obama and Jill Biden helicoptering over Haiti.
Apparently tired of being insignificant and after having had her clock cleaned by San Fran Nan in last year’s election, self-proclaimed Peacenik, Cindy Sheehan, continues to dance on her hero sons’ grave.
Sheehan made news after being recruited by Kerry campaign in 2004 to oppose President Bush’s reelection due to her son, Casey, giving his life in the Iraq Theater of the War on Terror earlier. Having gotten used to the limelight, she continues to travel about, on someone’s money, still harping against the war and whoever leads it.
Bush is gone so Obama is the bad guy in her eyes now and there is no ditch for her spend her days in and stand before on TV appearances outside the White House.
Crawling back out of the woodwork recently, she popped up in Scranton, Pennsylvania where she “was turned down by half a dozen area venues that organizers approached to host her, most notably the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton” leading Sheehan to proclaim, “This is the first time I’ve been shut out of an entire community.”
Never at a loss of words, no matter how much they may embolden our enemies or wrong they may be, Sheehan made her pitch outside, “I come with the message that killing is wrong, a pro-life message,” said the woman who classifies those who behead our people, stone 14-year-old girls to death for being raped, attack Mosques killing any who might not agree with their perverted interpretation of the Holy Qur’an and who generally terrorize others to gain oppressive control as “Freedom Fighters.”
Sheehan, who once labeled Viet Nam Veterans as “Rightist Haters of America” and Slandered General Petraeus asked, “Who says that one American soldier’s life is better than an Iraqi baby, or a Pakistani baby or an Afghan baby. Who made the value of an American life more than any other life?”
That she could even ask that, after her own son sacrificed his life in defense of innocent Iraqis leaves me near speechless. Does she consider those “Freedom Fighters” more precious than her own son, whose grave she continues to dance on?
Like many so-called “peace activists,” Sheehan displays no appreciation for those who willingly place themselves between us and our enemies. To them, our brave Soldiers are little more than a tool for them to parade out in their “rush to surrender.”
In criticizing sayings etched into a Veterans Memorial that surrounds the courthouse there, Sheehan said, “I find it despicable that this courthouse is festooned with pro-war sentiment. War – I’m sorry, it doesn’t matter how many quotes you can find – war is not noble.”
Here’s a newsflash for Ms. Sheehan. It isn’t war we honor on those Memorials or that we see as noble. It is men and women, such as your son that we find noble and honor.
It is all who stand up to defend our freedoms and liberties, especially the fallen.
We honor the Scott Stanton’sand the Bob Pilk’s, two of the thirteen who also paid the ultimate sacrifice out of my unit in Viet Nam while I was there that we give honor too.
It is the Casey Sheehan’s that are due the honor and that we find noble, not the war itself. We despise war and when one is thrust upon us, desire to fight it and end it in victory as soon as possible, not surrender to those who would deny us the freedom and liberty our founders bestowed upon us.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
That is your son, Cindy. That is every single one of those men & women who have voluntarily walked into the line of fire on our behalf with the desire to live, but willing to lay down their lives so others may have a decent chance at life.
That is not despicable. That is honor. That is noble, not the war.
What is despicable is that so many of us honor your son’s sacrifice and memory more than you do.
UPDATE: Sheehan has written one of the most inflammatory condemnations of the Troops I’ve read to date. Does she not see it is her own son she is denigrating?
From her post Take This Empire and Shove It!
And what about this Cult of Troop Worship? Even the antiwar movement is so careful to not criticize anything The Troops do. We are constantly admonished to “hate the war, but love the warrior.” I am sorry, but I don’t even like that word, “warrior.” It implies that our children join the military to commit war crimes, but we all know that most of our children join for education benefits, or health insurance. “Warrior” also implies that we live in a War State—which we do—but the antiwar movement does not have to use the nomenclature of The Empire. Most of us teach our children the difference between right and wrong, but when our young people become The Troops they receive a thorough brainwashing and get sent off to murder and rape children and pregnant women. Our kids become hired goons for imperial greed—more like victims of a system that neglects everyone’s essential needs, than heroes.
What an unbelievably hateful thing to say about those who would protect even her, especially her own son.
A small group attended to hear Anthony and see what he has to offer.
I was pleased to finally meet this fine young man face to face and had the opportunity to express to his parents what a great job they have done as parents. He’s a young man any parent would be proud to have as a son.
Anthony’s Dad introduced him to all and Anthony gave a short speech outlining his beliefs and what he envisions will benefit constituents and make our state a better place to live and raise our families.
It still amazes me that a young man his age has a better grasp on today’s issues than many older adults do.
He outlined his support of the e-verify system in employing only those in our country legally and entitled to work.
On a new I-5 bridge, he mirrors many in Clark County in opposing a new bridge with light rail, which to too sees as too costly with little return.
Having grown up working and involved in his families small business, he sees how the current leadership in Olympia has hurt business owners and cost the state much needed jobs.
With the economy in such a shambles, it is imperative spending be prioritized to the actual needs of the state and wasteful spending be eliminated. Raising more taxes to be borne by those currently struggling, as is now happening, is the wrong direction he told all who came.
In all, he gave a speech worthy of a candidate much older. It indicated wisdom beyond his years.
I was disappointed to see so few show up from the Clark County GOP as Anthony is the type of person we need to be encouraging. He represents the future of not only America, but the party as well.
Meeting him this evening and discussing issues further with him face to face, I saw he has a strong character, something missing in many of our representatives.
As one who is about to inherit the mess that has been created, his vision and insight into our current problems is second to none. He’s not one to sit back and just accept the status quo.
In many ways, I see in him the words spoken by Ronald Reagan long ago,
“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.”
Anthony has the determination and drive to make a difference and he seeks to do so by being elected to represent the 18th Legislative District.
While no campaign or election carries with it a guaranteed outcome, underestimating this young man or viewing him as a child on the school playground would be a huge mistake.
Regardless of this elections outcome, mark my words; Anthony Bittner is a name that will be increasingly heard throughout our state in the years to come.
In a press release today, April 8, 2010, 18th Legislative District Republican candidate Ann Rivers announced her “Action Plan for True Transparency in Government.”
The “Rivers Action Plan for True Transparency in Government”A PLAN FOR REAL REFORM
Today, Ann Rivers, candidate for the 18th District State Representative Position 1, announced the “Rivers Action Plan for True Transparency in Government”.
“While I’ve been on the campaign trail, it has become apparent that the people in our state hunger for true transparency. When I go up to Olympia I will act to give the people of Washington access to the state’s checkbook register on the internet. “
The fundamental core of the plan is to put the State checkbook register online so people can look and see where our money is going. The front-end of this online edition of the State’s register will provide a search engine for people to locate any specific expense or revenue stream in the State’s budget. Instead of generic references, this digital register will provide detailed and itemized descriptions of all money spent and who spent it.
“This will not only give the citizens of Washington access to a simple reporting system of the State’s spending habits, it will also force our government to take any “sacred” or “private” tags off of our State’s budgeting and spending processes.”
“It is time for our government to be transparent about where our money is going. There have been too many wrong decisions, cases of overspending, and the misuse of money in recent years and the citizens deserve the ability to audit our State’s spending and know where their tax dollars are going.”
The “Rivers Action Plan for True Transparency in Government” will require minimal resources and will be run by the State Auditor’s department. Basic ledgering and imputing skills will be used daily to provide up-to-date figures for the public to see.
“This action plan is crucial to taking our elected officials to the next step of true transparency with the citizens that elected them and the time to start is now.”
Additional information about Ann Rivers, issue statements and how you can donate or sign up to support her candidacy are available at www.electannrivers.com or call Aaron at (360)771-8133.
What an idea! Letting the people be able to see just where our hard earned tax dollars are really going.
We have the Public Disclosure Commission online and access to all sort of past and present election information availabe at our fingertips. Why not seeing where Olympia spends our money as well?
Ann has hit on a really good idea to open up state government more to us. It’s our money being spent, why shouldn’t we be entitled to have the ability to see just where it goes?
With greater citizen oversight we should be able to curb excess spending and “sweetheart deals” that cost us much money and give little return.
I applaud Ann Rivers for hitting on an idea that, if implemented, might actually give you and I a greater voice in how we wish our state to be run and holding elected officials accountable.
In yet another blatant attempt to pull the wool over the average American’s eyes, Organizing for America, a decidedly pro-Obama far left group has placed a video online that, if taken at face value, deludes taxpayers and the masses into believing all the cares and worries you have had are over.
While the video is very professionally done and appealing, down to the inclusion of Obama’s signature logo at the end and such appealing music with the soft “about time” spoken in the background, reality has begun to set in with some who couldn’t wait for the new “freebie.”
McClatchy Newspapers, not exactly the most conservative of sources, recently brought much of this out with their article, Health care overhaul spawns mass confusion for public.
Telling us of how insurance companies, doctors’ offices, human resources departments and business groups have been deluged with calls asking to sign up, we read of a reply given from eHealthInsurance.com’s Carrie McLean who says,
“We tell them it’s not free, that there are going to be things in place that help people who are low-income, but that ultimately most of that is not going to be taking place until 2014.”
And, those “pre-existing conditions” the video so prominently mentions are now covered and cannot be refused? McClatchy says in the article,
“Adults with pre-existing conditions are frustrated to learn that insurers won’t have to cover them until 2014 (though those under 18 will be protected in late September); then they become both hopeful and confused upon learning that a federal high-risk pool for them will be established in the next few months.”
And, those tax cuts and benefits? Most have no idea that what their employers pay for their health insurance they receive through work are now taxable income to be reported on your W-2 every year.
That’s right. If your employer spends $3,000 for his portion of your health insurance, you pay taxes on $3,000 more in income every year.
OFA speaks of how small business will be helped by this. The National Federation of Independent Business’s Michelle Dimarob, manager of legislative affairs states,
“the lobby’s primary concern was that its costs would rise over the next four years as a result of fees, taxes and coverage mandates related to the overhaul. The next question that comes out of their mouths is, ‘What do I have to do right now?’ They need to start talking with their accountant, depending on how they’re organized, what industry they’re in and whether they’re offering insurance now and what kind they’re offering. We’re suggesting they talk to their agent or broker.”
Ms. Dimarob also says,
“While Obama has been touting a tax credit for small businesses that offer employees health coverage, many small businesses wouldn’t be able to participate. First they must do research to see whether they qualify. It requires them to understand the intricacies.”
And, Americans now will have “more choices?” Not according to the April 6, 2010 New York Times article, In Medicine, the Power of No that says,
“Learning to say no more often will be a three-step process, and if the new agencies created by the health act are run well, they can help with all three.”
Add to the mix comments from supporters, such as those by Florida Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz trying to convince constituents that the “Health Care Law Doesn’t Require Individuals to Buy Insurance.”
No Debbie, you just get hit with stiff fines if you don’t. Or, as her press secretary puts it,
“You have a choice of insuring yourself with affordable coverage, or paying an assessment that will offset the burden you place on other insured Americans and taxpayers by not being insured.”
Little wonder Obama has had to “embark on a years-long public education campaign about the overhaul” still trying to sell it after it is now law and Pelosi claimed that first, “the bill must be made law before we can see what’s in it.”
Cries from supporters of “just relax, accept it, it’s law now” are tantamount to me of telling a woman in the midst of a violent rape to “just relax and try to enjoy it.”
Ask yourselves, if it is really all that beneficial, why the need to hire 17,000 new IRS agents to “ENFORCE IT?”
As more voters wake-up to how elected officials just voted to “rape” the citizenry, will it be enough of them to vote these usurpers of our constitution out this November?
Or will you just continue to keep your head down and keep trying to convince yourself that this rape of the American taxpayer actually feels good?
Weeks ago, several in Clark County were upset over a robo-call by the Castillo Campaign that went out against Jaime Herrera the day she left during a legislative session to attend a special interest fund raiser held on her behalf in Washington D.C.
His campaign was accused of ugliness beyond belief for speaking truthfully and some switched endorsement or co-endorsement to Herrera over it. Others contacted the campaign to say that due to the call, even if David won the nomination, he would receive no support from the Clark County Republican Party itself now.
In discussions and emails with several people, I came under attack as well due to my own opposition to Herrera and not condemning the robo-call.
At the time I mentioned the whisper campaign ongoing against Castillo, I was deluged with emails accusing me of making it up, not knowing what I was talking about, being a RINO, being a Herrera hater and what have you, accompanied with comments of no one else had ever heard any of it.
Or so many of them said.
Last evening, while attending the Craig Riley kickoff campaign, I didn’t have to over hear anything, it was brought straight to my face by a long time Republican I respect when I was confronted for my “Republican against Republican” posts documenting my stand on Jaime.
I allowed this person to go on while commenting on the issues I have with Jaime Herrera and have posted. Admitting the SEIU “thing” was mistake for Jaime to have made was followed with words along the line of, “you should hear all the stuff I hear about David Castillo.”
I asked, “such as” and the person began with rumors of the sort of, “I’ve heard he’s even gay.” (He isn’t)
After a moment, I asked this person if they realized what they had just done and received the reply of, “no, what?”
I reminded them of the time of the robo-call, the anger of the few in the Republican Party here and the denials of the whisper campaign I had over heard and then added, “you just confirmed and proved such a campaign exists” by spreading those rumors yourself.
I then reminded this person that if I make a claim in a post, I document it. I do not deal in rumors or innuendo, which they admitted I do not. My posts might not be always well liked, but they are not based upon unproven or wild rumors.
I understand Jaime is a party insider favorite and considered a local girl. I see that as a very poor attribute to qualify anyone for selection as representative. I have raised questions on her judgment she has yet to answer. A snow-job memo by a young campaign manager is not an answer nor is it an explanation on questionable votes.
My comments sections are almost always open to all, with rare exception and comments are rarely deleted. Anyone is welcome to challenge me on my views and I try to debate, based upon documented facts, not rumors.
If you are really all that concerned about the Republican on Republican, shouldn’t you begin by stopping the whisper campaign yourself or if you are approached with it, tell THAT person about the 11th commandment?
If not, then consider yourselves no better than all of the sister Better Than Yous’ sitting in the rear pews of the Church every Sunday and who can’t wait to spread the latest gossip about anybody they can, without a care of how it might hurt that person or those they love.
Proverbs 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
I’m not naïve enough to think every one will support David Castillo, that isn’t realistic. But if all you have against him is wild rumors, innuendo and gossip, perhaps it isn’t me who needs to rethink who they support.
In continuing this gossip and whisper campaign against Castillo, not only is it you that is speaking ill of a good Republican, you are slandering a man of faith as well.
If this is what the Republican Party has devolved to, then perhaps I need to reassess my involvement in it, just as I had to leave Churches years ago over all the slander, gossip and hurtful rumors coming out of those rear pews.
“Who am I? I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cruel and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted, the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I’m nobody’s friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and ruin marriages. I destroy careers and cause heartache and sleepless nights. I wreck churches and separate Christians. I spawn suspicion and generate grief, make innocent people cry on their pillows. Even my name hisses. I am gossip.”
From Accuracy In Media, reported on Fox News
“On March 20, there was an anti-war demonstration in Lafayette Square Park, across the street from the White House. AIM went there to see what sort of activity was occurring, and as we show in this video, which was all shot at the scene of the demonstration, it was a mix of 9/11 Truthers, Code Pinkers, socialists, anarchists, and a large contingency of pro-Hamas, anti-Israel zealots.”
Where was the media coverage and outcry as there is over Tea Parties?
UPDATE 1: Disappointing turn of events for this young man. Teenage legislative candidate accused of drug crimes
UPDATE 2: Former legislative candidate, 19, pleads guilty in crime ring case Very disappointing to see this turn of events for this young man. I can only imagine the disappointment his parents and younger sister, who idolized him must feel. He chose poorly and even though he may eventually get passed this, I seriously doubt he will ever have a political future now.
Soon the reins of power in America will be handed over to the next generation, as has continually happened throughout our history. It was 1960 before the first president born in the 20th century was elected, John F. Kennedy. 32 years later, Bill Clinton became the first member of the Baby Boomer generation to win the high office.
And so it continues, every generation must turn power over to the younger generation, in hopes they will continue the traditions of America’s founding principles, freedom and liberty for all.
My own generation, Baby Boomers, haven’t done a very good job, I’m ashamed to say.
Seeing younger people like Anthony Bittner entering politics as he prepares to graduate High School, gives me every confidence that America’s greatness and the freedoms and liberties our founders fought for us to have will be restored.
Anthony is running for the seat soon to be vacated by Jaime Herrera in the 18th Legislative District, position 1. While many may not take his effort seriously, let me assure you he is very serious about this run and his chances of winning.
Discussing issues with him recently, I can see the seriousness he has and the desire to put our country back on the right path, beginning with the 18th District.
Many at Anthony’s age, 17 (he’ll be 18 before the election) aren’t concerned with politics or what is going on in the country, thinking of party’s, graduating school, college, hanging out with friends or just pondering what to do with their lives. Anthony, on the other hand, says, “I still spend time with my friends, but our idea of a party is being a part of this process.”
The “process” being working to right what he sees wrong in our country. Of course, to accomplish that he must be elected and he has no shortage of fellow students supporting him. As he said to me, “They are excited that someone in our generation is trying to make a stand to preserve our way of life. Many of my classmates are very involved in my campaign and more join every week.”
I had the opportunity to see Anthony speak at the Clark County GOP Convention March 20 and although he is slight in stature, he more than makes up for that in intrepidness. As he explains it, “I have gotten into many ‘debates’ with teachers over grades that I felt were graded low because of my conservative views,” and in regards to standing his ground with taller and older legislators, “I’m not afraid to speak the truth or dig in and fight, so if anyone wishes to ‘yell’ or ‘intimidate’ me, they are in for a rude awakening.”
Showing a firm grasp on current economic troubles, he says, “First, we need to get our financial house in order before we even begin discussions on spending for anything.”
In that regard he opposes bringing light rail, as do many in Clark County, from Portland to Clark County realizing, “The expenditures for such a project are immense, and it’s been proven that the users are not many. This is a project that will benefit Portland, not Vancouver.”
As he sees it, “Oregon needs to get it’s transportation issues at Delta Park and the Rose Quarter in check, and not expect us to shoulder the burden of their transportation issues.”
He does envision the possibility of a third bridge across the Columbia River, but only “when it becomes financially feasible.”
With unemployment remaining as high it is, asked what should government do to alleviate the high unemployment he responded, “The only step the government should be taking, is a step out of the way. Over regulation, and taxation is punishing small businesses and corporations. Governments don’t create jobs, people do. Our job as legislators is to create a healthy environment for people to create their own security and opportunity.”
Thinking he couldn’t possibly have much of a resumé due to his youth, you’d be surprised to see what he does offer in experience. Growing up in his families business, he has seen firsthand how small businesses struggle day to day and the effects of over taxation and over regulation many endure today.
He’s had other small jobs within the community where he’s learned how to listen to and deal with various types of people and their concerns. He’s currently employed with Coast-to-Coast Event Services where he must handle “large scale customer service concerns.” To Anthony, such experience is “A skill needed when representing a district.”
He has been a staff member for Young Life camp and currently is taking Law and Justice courses and Contemporary World problems involving current political topics where he is “extremely active in discussion” concerning the “Europeanization of America,” more government control, which he sees as detrimental and the “wrong direction” for America, stifling the “individual and economic freedom” that has made America work well.
He would like to see union employment be on a more voluntary basis. Employees “forced to pay dues to a union in order to become employed in certain jobs is extortion,” he says adding, “The practice of joining or hiring a union by force is not American.”
As I see public union growth, often legislated by pro-union legislators, rapidly outpacing private sector union membership and placing undue burdens on a dwindling taxpayer base, I couldn’t agree more with Anthony.
Joining with the majority of the American public currently, he sees the recently passed “healthcare insurance reform” as an “abomination.” A supporter of Attorney General Rob McKenna’s joining other states in filing the lawsuits against this legislative monstrosity, he feels Governor Christine Gregoire should be recalled, just as many of us do.
As Anthony sees it, “The Federal Government should obey us, not the other way around.”
Anthony Bittner has entered a race already crowded for a seat desired by both parties. He is facing opponents much older, some of whom undoubtedly will not take him serious due to his age. A big mistake on their part as he is, “extremely devoted to winning this election” and he intends to.
Whether he wins or loses the upcoming primary depends on the voters in the 18th Legislative District. Regardless of the outcome in August, I feel Anthony Bittner is a name that will be increasingly heard throughout Clark County and Washington State politics in the years to come.
In the years ahead, once again the reins of political power will be passed from my generation down to the next. Seeing a young man like Anthony Bittner standing up, ready to enter the political fray, gives me every confidence we will be passing the country into very capable hands.
Come meet this remarkable young man for your self this Friday, April 9, 2010 at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 North Main Avenue, Ridgefield, Wa. From 6 PM to 8 PM. And please, bring a can of food that will be donated to the Clark County Food Bank.
The most under-appreciated President in modern time, belittled, demonized and slandered stood tall on his last Easter in office and delivered the following message to the nation.
Happy Easter Message from President George W. Bush, 2008:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” John 11:25
Laura and I send greetings to all those celebrating the joyful holiday of Easter. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds people around the world of the presence of a faithful God who offers a love more powerful than death. Easter commemorates our Savior’s triumph over sin, and we take joy in spending this special time with family and friends and reflecting on the many blessings that fill our lives. During this season of renewal, let us come together and give thanks to the Almighty who made us in His image and redeemed us in His love.
On this glorious day, we remember our brave men and women in uniform who are separated from their families by great distances. We pray for their safety and strength, and we honor those who gave their lives to advance peace and secure liberty across the globe.
Happy Easter. May God bless you, and may God bless our great Nation.
GEORGE W. BUSH.”
Happy Easter everyone. Pray for our nation.
To our Jewish friends, Happy Passover. Mo`adim lesimha