Archive for January, 2011

January 28, 2011

FREE SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR AT TEAM QUEST A SUCCESS

by lewwaters

Matt Lindland’s “SportFight” Promotion At Spirit Mountain Casino (1/28/11)

By REES LLOYD

If you missed the free self-defense seminar held by Team Quest MMA and Fitness in Portland on Saturday (Jan. 22, 2011), you missed something good – good for you, good for your family and good for the community.

But the success of the effort may lead to more opportunities, according to Matt Lindland, Oregon’s Olympic Silver Medalist and Mixed Martial Arts Super-Star who co-founded Team Quest in Portland along with MMA legends Dan Henderson and Randy Couture.

“We are pleased at the response to our offer of a free self-defense seminar for the community, which we put on as a way of giving back to the community, and to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,” Lindland said. “People who participated are asking for more. We may now schedule more free seminars like this, or maybe shorter, focused self-defense training in half-hour sessions, maybe weekly.”

MMA is the fastest growing sport in America, and Team Quest has earned a national and international reputation as one of the best, most famed mixed martial arts training centers in the world. Created in the Gresham area of Portland, Team Quest now has training centers in Portland, Tualatin, and West Linn in Oregon; and, in California, Redding, Oceanside, and Temecula, CA, which is led by Team Quest co-founder Dan Henderson. [For more details, log on to www.teamquestmma.net.]

January 28, 2011

North Carolina Mayor Apologizes for “Misinformation and Confusion”

by lewwaters

UPDATE: Mayor Chavonne replied to my email Feb 1 and it is reproduced at the bottom of the post.

Viet Nam Veterans have been livid since hearing about Fayetteville, North Carolina mayor Tony Chavonne inviting anti-war types to the cities upcoming “Heroes Homecoming,” discussed HERE. Several forums have expressed our outrage and I am confident the mayor received more than a few email messages expressing such outrage.

Mayor Chavonne has issued a video statement “apologizing for any misinformation and confusion.”

January 27, 2011

Using Reagan to Rehabilitate Obama?

by lewwaters

Those of us old enough to recall the Reagan years and after he left office, will readily recall how the media disliked our 40th president, Ronald Reagan. After nearly every speech, we were treated to Sam Donaldson coming on to let us know what he “really said.”

The media was only too quick to run with son Ron Jr.’s claim that Ronald Reagan had Alzheimer’s while in office just a few weeks ago, giving little credence to son Michaels’ counter claims that he did not.

In spite of that, Time magazine’s upcoming issue features a photoshopped cover of Reagan embracing Obama and an article The Role Model: What Obama Sees in Reagan

January 27, 2011

OFA – “We Do Big Things”

by lewwaters

Now that we see the left has officially began the 2012 re-election effort for the One, we see slogan after slogan being proffered. “Win the Future,” “Together We Win,” and now, a tee shirt offer of “We Do Big Things.”

Yes, and on the back it should read, “Doubled the National Debt,” “Raised Taxes,” “Threw Millions out of Work,” “Takeover an Unprecedented Amount of Business” and “Suffer the Highest Losses of any Midterm Election Since 1938.”

January 26, 2011

Vancouver to Celebrate Future Soldiers

by lewwaters

Every year, all across America, High Schools graduate a senior class. Young men & women beginning their lives and moving into adulthood. Some go on to college. Some move on to technical schools. Some enter the workforce right away.

Many are recognized for their scholastic or athletic abilities by receiving scholarships to further their education in universities and are celebrated in small banquets held by donor groups.

Some graduating seniors choose a different path, a path of sacrifice and service to our country, often under the harshest of conditions in faraway lands. They enlist in the Military, embarking on an adventure that will guide them through life, whether they make a career out of it or serve a single enlistment.

Those young men & women are being celebrated in some communities as well, as seen in the video from Times Square in 2008.

January 25, 2011

North Carolina Mayor Invites Anti-War Group to Vietnam Veterans Homecoming

by lewwaters

Fayetteville, North Carolina is a thriving community directly outside the gates of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the famous 82nd Airborne for quite some time and amongst the largest of US Army bases in the country. Hundreds of thousands of Army Soldiers have trained there and been stationed there since it was created in 1918.

That the city of Fayetteville is dependent upon Ft. Bragg today is an understatement.

During the turmoil of the Viet Nam War, it was also the scene of several anti-Vietnam protests targeting soldiers, encouraging them to desert and trying to convince them how wrong they were to answer the draft, as many had or enlist to fight in Viet Nam. Due to much public sentiment against soldiers in the era, while I was stationed at Ft. Bragg the city was referred to as “Fayettenam.”

January 24, 2011

Olympia Wants Fees Added Onto Electric Car Registration

by lewwaters

The expected craze over electric cars has some Democrats in Olympia concerned that should people begin buying and driving them en masse, the state will be losing some revenue that is currently collected from drivers of cars powered by internal combustion engines.

They have already experienced a loss of revenue from the economic downturn, what with people driving less and that cars are more fuel efficient today than they have ever been, but should people begin going to the electric car the state would receive no gas tax revenue from drivers who purchase electric vehicles.

To make up for the estimated loss, Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, Democrat from Camano Island has introduced SB 5251, “AN ACT Relating to electric vehicle license fees.”

January 24, 2011

Kirby Wilbur’s Winning Speech

by lewwaters

As we know, Kirby Wilbur replaced Luke Esser as chair of the Washington State Republican Party this weekend. While Esser did accomplish some equitable changes for the WSRP, the voters just never got behind Republican candidates as they should have, given their log time support of conservative issues on the ballots. Focusing on this, former radio talk show host Kirby Wilbur won the chair, giving hope to Washingtonians that now maybe people will feel included and not shut out by the Bellevue Mafia that has held a stranglehold on the party for so long.

I hope Kirby watches his back.

With that, thanks to Washington State Wire, here is Kirby Wilbur’s full speech given Saturday in Tukwila:

January 23, 2011

The State of the… Oh Hell, Here We Go Again

by lewwaters

Once again the nation will be focused on what we often laughingly refer to as “the State of the Union” where the president stands before both houses of congress and the nation and tells us how the country is doing. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see we aren’t doing too well.

As we often said in the Army, Situation normal, all ‘fouled’ up!”

People have very little confidence in anything currently. The unemployed are not confident of returning to work. The employed do not feel secure in their jobs. Business owners are not confident of making even slim profits, not knowing what is coming next as politicians continue to “fix” things not actually broken on their backs.

Glib speeches by slick politicians and manufactured applause are not all that is needed currently. A leader is what we need. A leader that can see with so many currently suffering, flying around the world and taking lavish vacations every few weeks, hosting gala dinner parties and asking for more and more from the very ones suffering, does not instill confidence, it erodes it.

January 22, 2011

Kirby Wilbur Elected Chair of Washington State Republican Party

by lewwaters

Just now seeing this on facebook, updates will follow as news breaks.

From the Seattle Times,

“Delegates at a Republican Party meeting in Tukwila gave 69 votes to Wilbur, 36 to Esser and 7 to Bill Rennie.” 

“Esser argued the state GOP was in much better shape than it was four years ago when he took the reins, but Wilbur said Republicans should have done better in the 2010 elections given the national wave.”

“The question is not are we better off. The question is are we as good as we could be?” Wilbur said.

Wilbur is right. With the massive results east of the Cascades, we should have seen much better results in Washington State.

I can think of at least 2 legislative seats Clark County should have easily taken away, Jim Moeller’s and Tim Probsts’.

With Moeller’s Candy and Soda Tax outright rejected in November, he too should have been easily defeated.

Laura Sample was elected Vice-Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party.

Nansen Malin, chair of the Pacific County GOP that was unable to secure a single Republican candidate to run for local office this last election, announced on twitter that she has been elected to the WSRP Executive Board. Esser’s legacy will still be felt.

January 22, 2011

Soros Funded Group Calls for Investigation of Supreme Court Justices

by lewwaters

For some time now we have sat back and seen when liberals don’t get their way through favorable legislation, they turn to the federal courts for favorable rulings from mostly sympathetic justices that end up issuing rulings that in essence “legislate from the bench.”

We can now see what the new tactic is when they fail to gain the desired legislation from the bench that they are used to getting, call upon a liberal Justice Department to “investigate” Supreme Court Justices they target for failing to recuse themselves from proceedings in order to have that decision vacated and gain their favorable ruling.

Our constitution is little more than toilet paper to these people on the left.

At issue here is the well-known liberal group, Common Cause, heavily funded by liberal Billionaire George Soros group Open Society Institute and the Tides Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation doesn’t like that they lost the case last year that stripped some elements of McCain-Feingold, allowing corporations to become more involved in political campaigns.

January 19, 2011

‘Racist’ Gun Owners Saves Their Lives, Waiting on Police

by lewwaters

Few are actually ever faced with a situation of a home invasion, but they do happen, more than they should.

With Michael Moore coming out claiming gun owners are racist, will he hold a demonstration outside this Oklahoma woman’s home or call for the prosecution of the woman in Indiana?

Is this woman also racist?

In both of these instances, the intruders were white.

January 19, 2011

Sen. Don Benton’s Reaction to Governor Gregoire’s State of the State Address

by lewwaters

Senator Don Benton, Republican 17th legislative district gives his reaction to the recent ‘State of the State’ address.


Stay up to date with Senator Benton and sign up for his electronic newsletter by visiting http://www.senaterepublicans.wa.gov/Benton/

Newly elected GOP representative Ann Rivers gave the Republican rebuttal to the address here

January 19, 2011

ACLU Sues King Co. Over Canceling Anti-Israel Bush Ads

by lewwaters

In December, King County Washington accepted ads indicting Israel for “War Crimes” that were soon canceled due to public outrage, mentioned HERE, cancellation HERE.

In the current atmosphere of hateful rhetoric being condemned, the ACLU of Washington has filed a federal lawsuit against King County claiming “King County violated the First Amendment rights of the group that sought to place the ad on the sides of Metro Transit buses.”

The ads, created by the the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign set off a firestorm of criticism prompting “three other organizations planning to run counter-ads portraying Israel as a victim of Palestinian terrorism.”

King County Metro Executive Dow Constantine said when canceling the ads and counter-ads, “The escalation of this issue from one of 12 local bus placards to a widespread and often vitriolic international debate introduces new and significant security concerns that compel reassessment.”

Read more at the Seattle Times

With the ACLU support of “hate crimes” legislation, perhaps they should define just what is “hate speech” and “free speech” from their ranks as they seem to be all over the board on the subject.

January 18, 2011

Hu Jintao jets into Washington, Taiwanese Spoof

by lewwaters
January 17, 2011

Compensation Due Exonerated Inmates?

by lewwaters

The wheels of justice are slow moving and at times not moving at all, it seems. But by and large they do roll and even when a wrong was committed, such as convicting innocent people, correction of that wrong does happen.

I once knew an Army JAG (Judge Advocate General) Officer, an attorney, who told me he was taught in Law School, “It is better that 10 guilty go free than 1 innocent be convicted.” Unfortunately, innocent people are convicted, due to misidentification; wrongful recollection of victims and witnesses, overly zealous prosecutors, inept defense counsel, the list is almost endless.

We don’t have a perfect justice system, but we strive to be just and correct wrongs once discovered.

Such was the case with two convicted men in 1993 of the rape of a La Center woman, exonerated by DNA evidence last year in July. The improvements in DNA Evidence showed that neither man was responsible for the crime and charges were dropped, they were set free.

Due to no fault of their own, they also were exonerated in the midst of one of the worst economic downturns in our countries history. The reasons why the economy is so bad are debated with fingers pointing everywhere, but the fact remains, their freedom came at a time the country is deeply struggling and many areas are facing double digit unemployment.

January 16, 2011

Do You Believe Reduced Capacity Magazines Will Stop Criminals?

by lewwaters

Legislators would accomplish just as much in protecting the public by passing a law requiring criminals to obey all laws.

January 16, 2011

The Assault On Veterans Memorials Continues

by lewwaters

Since the founding of our country, men and women have stood up and answered the call to defend her in foreign lands. Millions of our ordinary citizens have donned our uniform and participated in battles to preserve our freedoms and liberties and offer other lands the chance to adopt them as well, should they so choose.

All too many of those brave Americans paid the ultimate price, sacrificing their lives, many never found and others only their remains being returned. Hundreds of thousands of our brave fallen remain buried in foreign lands, families and loved one unable to visit their graves to even pay their respects.

Across the land, Memorials have been erected in remembrance of those who gave their lives for all of us. Memorials where loved ones and family could congregate leaving mementos or pay their respects to their missing loved ones.

Every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, days set aside to show honor and respect to those who have stood between the citizens and our enemies, communities across the country gather at these Memorials. Speeches are made, Veterans are recognized for their sacrifices and the fallen are honored as the true heroes of our country.

Memorials since the founding of the nation have been erected in various shapes and sizes honoring all who fallen and to Veterans, families and loved ones of the fallen, sit on sacred hallowed land.

How tragic, how dispirited is it that now, decades after the raising of these Memorials, a small minority have taken it upon themselves to seek the destruction of these Memorials because the shape of some of them, a simple cross, is ‘offensive’ to them and them alone?

January 15, 2011

Arrest Made at Tucson Town Hall Over Death Threat

by lewwaters

One week to the day after the horrific shooting spree that killed 6 people, including a 9 year-old girl and left a moderate congresswoman fighting for her life and wounding 14 others, a man attending an ABC-TV town hall meeting was arrested for issuing a death threat before the audience.

ABC News Anchor Christiane Amanpour was hosting the event, being taped for later viewing featuring victims, heroes, witnesses and first responders that were present at last Saturday’s “Congress on the Corner” event in the Safeway parking lot. The event was billed as “devoted to a recounting of what had happened that terrible morning” and carried the theme of “An American Conversation Continued.” Also in attendance were several dignitaries who were not present that day and locals.

The discussion, an effort to continue the discussion congresswoman Gifford’s was trying to have last weekend, eventually turned to politics, gun control specifically.

January 14, 2011

The ‘New Civility?’

by lewwaters

Within minutes of the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona, Saturday January 8, 2011, an unprecedented assault was launched verbally, in print and in the media, directed against conservatives and Republicans. An assault unlike any I have seen in all my years, placing blame where no evidence even suggested it laid.

A Memorial/Campaign Kick-Off Pep Rally was held Wednesday evening, January 12 at the University of Arizona, complete with souvenirs and a personal message from Barack Obama to the nation, supposedly to “bring us together.”

Did anyone on the left listen as he stated, “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds?”

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