April 27, 2011
Now that the Obama Administration has released a long form birth certificate, even though it too is already being questioned, comedienne Whoopi Goldberg slams Donald Trump as a racist for pursuing the long sought after issue. Inadvertently though, she makes an unbelievable comment that convinces me more just how delusional and out of touch with reality many on the left are.
H/T Mediaite with a special thanks to ABC’s The View for exposing their own hypocrisy.
April 26, 2011
Ever since Vancouver, Washington Council Member Jeanne Stewart stood up for the citizens of Vancouver and cast the vote to grant citizens a vote on funding light rail from Portland, Oregon into the community, she has come under fire from Mayor Tim Leavitt. The latest being a comment made and quoted by the Columbian newspaper, accusing her of “pandering.”
“With exception of one pandering Council Member (who previously voted in support of a replacement bridge and light rail transit), I have no reason to believe that the Vancouver City Council has an inclination to reverse direction from its decision of 2.5 years ago.”
Four citizens stood up at the April 25, 2011 City Council Meeting in her defense. Not one other council member defended her, much to their shame.
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April 25, 2011
Ever since the sudden unannounced quitting of his office by former Rep. Jim Jacks and the immediate clampdown on any information, the extreme lack of transparency if you will, I have smelled a cover-up.
I’m not the only one, either. Blogs, Washington State Wire, an NPR radio correspondent, all have sought the story of the ‘why’ of this abrupt quitting on constituents.
The Columbian’s editor, Lou Brancaccio made it a point to claim there was no paper trail to follow as they did back in 2007 with former Republican Reps. Richard Curtis and Jim Dunn.
In a rare instance of direct engagement with a commenter on their website, Lou and I went back and forth on the disparity I see in coverage of the Jacks incident and earlier ones.
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April 24, 2011
See update after post for additional revelations in this odd case.
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Abraham Lincoln
The Columbian threw us a bone Saturday with a teaser piece on Democrat Jim Jacks, former representative for the 49th legislative district admitting to being an alcoholic and that being the reason he suddenly quit his office March 25 and nearly all history of him was scrubbed from Olympia even before the media was notified.
Being available only in the print edition, the article, if you wish to call it that, plays residents of Clark County, especially us in the 49th district as fools.
Lou Brancaccio, editor of the Columbian tells us that Jacks had a “moment of clarity” all of a sudden in March, resigned his seat, climbed into the passenger seat of his wife’s car and had her drive him straight to rehab.
End of story. Well, if you’re a Democrat in Washington State it is.
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April 23, 2011
Since the abrupt resignation of Democrat Jim Jacks as representative of Washington’s 49th legislative district on March 25, it has become almost as if he never existed. A total blackout on word about him suddenly quitting immediately went up.
His website was scrubbed and his name removed from the roster even before word of the sudden abandonment of constituents was made public. Speculation on the ‘why’ was heavily discouraged in the comments section of the local paper, the Columbian.
Two requests for public records that might shed some light on his rapid exit were rejected with the notice of, “Your request makes assumptions about both the existence of records and our ability to provide them. Without commenting on the existence of any such records, I should point out that this request encompasses records which are not public records as defined by state law.”
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April 22, 2011
Although pertaining to Canada, 88 year-old Joy Taylor speaks her mind against these government programs the left claims is for our benefit and so they can “take care of us.”
Her message is plain and simple, “Stand Up To The Bullies.”
How many times now have we seen elected officials ridicule, smear or denigrate citizens? Think Jeanne Harris and ‘Gavel Down’ if unable to think of an example.
How fast did Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt flip-flop on his campaign platform of No Tolls?
How often has Portland Mayor Sam Adams ignored citizen concerns?
Stand up! Speak up! Fight back!
April 21, 2011
I recall a time, long ago now, when elected officials were known for respectful correspondence with people, even with opposing views. Like I said, long ago. Increasingly, we see constituents and others who contact elected officials receiving disrespectful and sarcastic replies, especially where extending Light Rail into Clark County from Portland, Oregon is concerned.
It is well known now that residents in Clark County who were promised a vote on the project will not be getting one. We were lied to apparently.
It is also a concern of opponents of Light Rail that crime increases with Light Rail. That was the concern of Jim Karlock when he contacted La Center, Washington Mayor Jim Irish, sending the Mayor a link to the article Delta Employees Attacked On MARTA Train, addressing a violent attack against some employees of Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia recently.
The reply Jim received from Mayor Irish is as sarcastic and unbelievable as any I have seen from an elected official.
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April 21, 2011
Abraham Lincoln is credited with once saying, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I am hard pressed to see a more fitting example of that than when it comes to former 3rd Congressional District candidate and self professed “Icon of the Tea Party” Marine Corporal David W. Hedrick.
Ever since he burst on the scene with his verbal confrontation against former 3rd Congressional District Representative Brian Baird in August 2009, Hedrick has worked to keep his name out in the public. From his better than expected run for Baird’s position after he announced retirement to his attempt at literary genius in writing a children’s book, he seems to not want the community to forget who he is.
One such effort was not expected nor wanted by him, I’m sure. That being his arrest in October 2010 for Domestic Violence, that he was acquitted of earlier this year. The acquittal was no great surprise as his wife recanted the allegations she first leveled against him. Some accept her recantation and others do not as is always the case in such matters. In the end, no one among us knows what really happened that evening but Hedrick and his wife.
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April 20, 2011
UPDATE: One news report showing in Jacksonville. Doesn’t look like much a “revolution” so far
Racial supremacists groups are known to make noise and have never accomplished anything but bringing harm to others. Black, White, Hispanic, doesn’t matter what they are, they advocate racial purity pitting race against race.
During times of economic strife is when they seem to make the most noise, always blaming others for problems within their community that not only did they cause, but ignore all the answers to solving those problems. The Ku Klux Klan blamed Blacks for strife in the South for decades instead of pulling together with Blacks, Jews and others to improve conditions there.
Now we see another supremacist group, the New Black Panthers calling for a Revolution worldwide to be kicked off this Saturday, April 23, 2011 in 60 cities.
“National Day of Action and Unity”
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April 19, 2011
Vodpod videos no longer available.
It was almost one year ago that Barack Obama unceremoniously “sacked” the Commanding General in the Afghanistan theater in large part due to what was written in a Rolling Stone article, “The Runaway General.”
It now appears that the article was more of a smear than anything else.
Obama, who has zero experience with Military or tactical matters didn’t take long to fall for what was written by Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone, accepting it as fully factual and “sacking” an effective General during war.
Could it also have been due to narcissism and his belief that he is above reproach and should not ever be questioned or opposed?
Obama continues to display no leadership skills, no solid foundation on bettering our country an is the worst example for president I have seen in my life to date.
If we wish to see a strong and prosperous nation emerge, we have to run someone against him in 2012 who knows what they are doing.
Can the GOP find such a person out of the crowd gathering today?
April 17, 2011
As is well known, Democrat representative for Washington State 49th legislative district abruptly quit march 25, 2011, giving no reason and saying only it was for “personal family reasons he did not want discussed publicly.” Pressing for more information on the Columbian website elicited rebuffs from Columbian editor, Lou Brancaccio, here and here.
Lou said in his Saturday column last week that they are seeking answers too, many commenters disbelieving that.
Eric Smith with Washington State Wire has up an article now, Mum’s the Word on the Jim Jacks Mystery Records Requests Rebuffed – Strict Public Records Rules Don’t Apply to Legislature.
Eric lets us know that there have been two requests submitted for records that may clear up the mysterious and speculative sudden quitting in the middle of a legislative session. One by Washington State Wire and the other by Austin Jenkins of National Public Radio who publicly posted his request in a blog site post, A Lack Of Transparency Surrounding Jim Jacks Sudden Resignation.
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April 16, 2011
Ever since the 1973 Oil Embargo gave America long lines waiting to purchase gasoline for our vehicles and escalating prices, we keep hearing how we must end our dependence on foreign oil, seek alternative energy sources, conserve, drill our own or what have you. Democrat or Republican, it didn’t matter, all gave us rhetoric and lip service while we blue collar, middle class Americans suffered with higher expenses and less choices in what we choose to drive.
In a way I was lucky during the 1973 oil crisis, I was still in the U.S. Army and stationed overseas in the country of Germany that saw a much greater embargo of oil from the Middle East than did America. I say I was lucky because we did not have gas lines over there and during the height of it all the German Government banned driving on Sunday, save taxi cabs and emergency vehicles. We in the Military who stood weekend duty had to seek a driving pass to be prominently displayed inside of the car to be out driving and even then, we could only drive to and from our duty. I never had to sit in a gas line until I returned to America in March 1974 and then only a few times as the crisis eased shortly after my return.
I am struck that ever since that time, nearly 40 years ago, we continue to hear much of the same rhetoric coming from politicians of both parties and still, very little, if anything has actually changed. We still hear the calls of conserve, we are running out of oil, make cars more efficient, drill our own, don’t drill our own, we need to get off of foreign oil, whatever, much of the same rhetoric from 1973 is still heard in 2011.
Republican President Richard Nixon, in office at the outset of the oil crisis went before the nation early on November 25, 1973 outlining a series of steps called for to minimize the impact, both to the economy and to our personal lives to weather the crisis. He also announced the appointment of an “Energy Emergency Action Group to analyze the situation on a continuing basis and to advise him of all actions required to deal with it.”
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April 16, 2011
In his January 19, 1978 State of the Union address, President Carter proclaimed,
“We here in Washington must move away from crisis management, and we must establish clear goals for the future, immediate and the distant future, which will let us work together and not in conflict. Never again should we neglect a growing crisis like the shortage of energy, where further delay will only lead to more harsh and painful solutions.
Every day we spend more than $120 million for foreign oil. This slows our economic growth, it lowers the value of the dollar overseas, and it aggravates unemployment and inflation here at home.
Now we know what we must do, increase production. We must cut down on waste. And we must use more of those fuels which are plentiful and more permanent. We must be fair to people, and we must not disrupt our Nation’s economy and our budget.
Now, that sounds simple. But I recognize the difficulties involved. I know that it is not easy for the Congress to act. But the fact remains that on the energy legislation, we have failed the American people. Almost 5 years after the oil embargo dramatized the problem for us all; we still do not have a national energy program.”
As inflation began to spiral higher, in his January 25, 1979 State of the Union address, President Carter called upon Congress
“to take other anti-inflation action–to expand our exports to protect American jobs threatened by unfair trade, to conserve energy, to increase production and to speed development of solar power, and to reassess our Nation’s technological superiority. American workers who enlist in the fight against inflation deserve not just our gratitude, but they deserve the protection of the real wage insurance proposal that I have already made to the Congress.
To be successful, we must change our attitudes as well as our policies. We cannot afford to live beyond our means. We cannot afford to create programs that we can neither manage nor finance, or to waste our natural resources, and we cannot tolerate mismanagement and fraud. Above all, we must meet the challenges of inflation as a united people.”
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April 16, 2011
On July 17, 1981, newly sworn in Republican President Ronald Reagan submitted his National Energy Policy Plan to Congress. In it he stated,
“Our national energy plan should not be a rigid set of production and conservation goals dictated by Government. Our primary objective is simply for our citizens to have enough energy, and it is up to them to decide how much energy that is, and in what form and manner it will reach them. When the free market is permitted to work the way it should, millions of individual choices and judgments will produce the proper balance of supply and demand our economy needs.”
He laid out his policy saying,
“This Administration’s actions to end oil price controls and to dismantle the cumbersome regulatory apparatus associated with those controls demonstrate the intent stated in my February 18 economic message to minimize Federal intervention in the marketplace. Reforms in leasing policies and the removal of unnecessary environmental restrictions upon the production, delivery, and use of energy are part of this same effort to reduce bureaucratic burdens on all Americans.
This does not mean that the Federal government is withdrawing from all involvement in energy. It cannot and should not. The Government itself is directly responsible for lands which contain a major share of our resource wealth.”
In his January 26, 1982 State of the Union address, President Reagan said, “By deregulating oil we’ve come closer to achieving energy independence and helped bring down the cost of gasoline and heating fuel,” setting us on a path of relatively economical and plentiful energy throughout the 1980’s, but still increasingly dependent upon foreign oil as much of our land locked oil sources remained blocked to recovery.
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April 16, 2011
With Democrats now in control of both Houses of Congress, in the January 23rd, 2007 State of the Union address saw President Bush still calling,
“Extending hope and opportunity depends on a stable supply of energy that keeps America’s economy running and America’s environment clean. For too long our Nation has been dependent on foreign oil. And this dependence leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes, and to terrorists – who could cause huge disruptions of oil shipments … raise the price of oil … and do great harm to our economy.
It is in our vital interest to diversify America’s energy supply – and the way forward is through technology. We must continue changing the way America generates electric power – by even greater use of clean coal technology … solar and wind energy … and clean, safe nuclear power. We need to press on with battery research for plug-in and hybrid vehicles, and expand the use of clean diesel vehicles and biodiesel fuel. We must continue investing in new methods of producing ethanol – using everything from wood chips, to grasses, to agricultural wastes.
We have made a lot of progress, thanks to good policies in Washington and the strong response of the market. Now even more dramatic advances are within reach. Tonight, I ask Congress to join me in pursuing a great goal. Let us build on the work we have done and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next ten years – thereby cutting our total imports by the equivalent of three-quarters of all the oil we now import from the Middle East.
To reach this goal, we must increase the supply of alternative fuels, by setting a mandatory Fuels Standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017 – this is nearly five times the current target. At the same time, we need to reform and modernize fuel economy standards for cars the way we did for light trucks – and conserve up to eight and a half billion more gallons of gasoline by 2017.
Achieving these ambitious goals will dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but will not eliminate it. So as we continue to diversify our fuel supply, we must also step up domestic oil production in environmentally sensitive ways. And to further protect America against severe disruptions to our oil supply, I ask Congress to double the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. These technologies will help us become better stewards of the environment – and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change.”
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April 14, 2011
Background and earlier video at PrisonPlanet
Why call on Obama? Too many abdicated their parental responsibility to the state and since the initial stand-off with Police was over mandated medical treatment, anyone doubt the Mother supports Obamacare?
Won’t do any good to call on Obama. He’s not a messiah.
April 14, 2011
Bill Turlay, a US Navy Veteran actively involved in the community released the following statement this afternoon.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ….. TURLAY ANNOUNCES HIS CANDIDACY FOR POSITION # 6 IN THIS FALL’S CITY COUNCIL RACE
Today Bill Turlay announced his candidacy for Vancouver City Council Position #6, which is the seat currently being held by Pat Campbell . Bill’s announcement was delivered at the Clark County Republican Women’s luncheon held at Vancouver’s Club Green Meadows Banquet facility.
Turlay previously sought a council position in the 2009 election; he believes voters are ready for a more inclusive representative that will represent all of Vancouver and not just special interest groups.
Turlay cited three positions in his campaign platform; Preserving Livability within our neighborhoods, Zero Base Budgeting and more Government Transparency on issues facing taxpayers. ” It is incumbent on the Vancouver City Council to not incur any additional city debt, continue to drastically reduce its expenditures, extend payments for long term projects, and at the same time provide funding for core services.”
For more information please contact Susan Page, Campaign Manager at 360-253-6941 or email@example.com
The Vancouver City Council has been unresponsive to many community concerns, especially in regards to the proposed Columbia River Crossing and extending Portland’s financially failing Light Rail into the community. Turlay has been an outspoken critic of many council actions.
April 14, 2011
During the April 13, 2011 interviews to replace Democrat Jim Jacks, who abruptly quit as Washington State 49th Legislative District representative under what remains very mysterious reasons, Sharon Wylie who won the appointment was asked by Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke, “Do you support a vote of the people before the work continues that CRC is doing in replacing the I-5 Bridge?” Does she actually answer?
During the initial process that selected 3 finalists for the appointment, she described herself as a “huge fan of light rail.”
Ms. Wylie has been sworn in since she won the appointment and will hold the seat at least until this November when she will have to run for reelection in a special election. Still, those of us living in the 49th district are entitled to see just who it is that was appointed to represent us and what they stand for.
You may view the entire interview and appointment process with the County Commission at CVTV
April 13, 2011
Full complete video of the meetings may be accessed here and by clicking Citizen Communication
Received from Josephine Wentzel;
Last night the C-TRAN board, with the exception of County Commissioner Tom Mielke decided that Clark County citizens do not have the right to vote on the Maintenance and Operations on the proposed light rail.
On Tuesday, February 14, 1995 (Page A10), the Columbian reported: “Voters left no doubt: Light rail dead for now.”
“The final vote in last week’s election, wasn’t even close: Light rail got trounced, with 67.8 percent against, only 32.2 percent in favor.” It went on to say: “C-TRAN should respect the voters’ wishes”.
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