Archive for June, 2011

June 30, 2011

Oil and Infrastructure to China, What Will Americans Get?

by lewwaters

It seems we are locked in a perpetual political campaign with Republicans lining up to oppose Barack Obama and Obama doing what he can to solidify his grasp on power. Promises are made, promises are broken. Positions are taken and fingers are pointed all over the place for blame for our predicament.

Most of all we will hear what each candidate believes to be the answer to the nation’s problems, how to bring the unemployment numbers down, how to rebuild the country, how to improve the average citizens life and you can expect to hear offers of how government either will step in to take care of us or how it demeans us when it does.

Pretty much the same old tired political posturing we always hear while people still remain unemployed in historic numbers and see no way out.

Two areas of importance that receive a lot of lip service are energy and infrastructure. Energy is power. Power to fuel the nation to prosperity and maintain our lifestyle. Infrastructure is freedom of movement in a safe and efficient manner. Both are necessary to move our goods within our borders and overseas.

As important as both are and as much attention as they have expressed towards them during campaigns, it is unthinkable that both are slipping away from us rapidly.

June 29, 2011

Obama: QUITTING in 2012

by lewwaters

Oh please, please, please.

June 28, 2011

Pat Campbell and The Gagging Maggot

by lewwaters

I always feel honored for any of our elected officials to stop by and leave a comment on the blog. Even if it is from one in disagreement with me, I still feel honored that they take the time to engage me or otherwise offer their wit and wisdom for all to see.

Such is the case with Vancouver City Council Member Pat Campbell who left a comment on my post, What will Happen if Citizens Vote Down Light Rail Maintenance Funding? Perhaps he did so because I credit fellow Council Member Jeanne Stewart with being the lone Council Member standing up for voters & taxpayers is granting us the privilege of voting whether or not we wish to accept another tax increase to fund light rail maintenance and operations.

Apparently, Pat disagrees as he stated,

June 28, 2011

What will Happen if Citizens Vote Down Light Rail Maintenance Funding?

by lewwaters

Citizens being promised a vote on bringing Portland, Oregon’s light rail a short distance into Vancouver, Washington has been an ongoing controversy for years. Citizens were promised a vote on whether or not they were willing to pay an increased sales tax to fund operation and maintenance. Promises of a vote have been broken and the project is moving ahead.

One council member, Jeanne Stewart speaks out on the broken promise.

The rest seem to approve of a citizen vote being denied.

June 28, 2011

Food Stamps To Pay I-5 Bridge Tolls?

by lewwaters

A brief exchange between Columbia River Crossing Environmental Manager Heather Wills and city council member Jeanne Harris on the use of Food Stamps (EBT Cards) to pay for tolls crossing the new & improved I-5 Bridge once constructed.

Hasn’t the state been complaining about Food Stamps being used for purchases other than food for some time now?

June 27, 2011

Former Wa. State Rep. Jim Jacks (D. 49th) on BULLYING!

by lewwaters

Nice to see the young man out and about and apparently feeling better than he was in late March when he abruptly quit the office he had just been reelected to without explanation initially.

June 26, 2011

Is Someone Trying to Set-Up Jeanne Harris?

by lewwaters

Vancouver city council member Jeanne Harris, who made International news last year for her melt-down, has publicly apologized for her behavior, expressed embarrassment over it and wishes it would go away. No doubt, any of us would, given the embarrassing nature of the famous “gavel down” incident.

However, once something is on the internet, it is there forever and only time drops people’s interest as they move on to something else.

I was a little surprised to find on Victoria Taft’s blog a posting of someone claiming to be Jeanne Harris posting a bombastic email purportedly from Ms. Harris to a constituent that is little more than a vitriolic blaming of everyone else for the incident.

I expressed my doubts then that the sender, a val380 was in fact Ms. Harris and quite honestly I’m still not convinced it is her.

val380 Seems to be going all over YouTube with comments like seen below.

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June 26, 2011

John Laird: Befitting of the ‘Gargamel’ Comparison

by lewwaters

In keeping with the Columbian’s light hearted poke at elected officials recently, comparing them to Muppet characters, I made a little comparison of my own in regards to the editors of the paper. Lou Brancaccio was compared to Count von Count and he got a kick out of it. I was unable to find a Muppet character that adequately depicts acerbic editorial page editor John Laird, though, and ended up seeing he was very much like the cartoon character Gargamel from the Smurf’s.

Beyond some physical resemblance, He displays the same attributes of being “the sworn enemy of the Smurfs and the principal antagonist,” except in our community, he is the sworn enemy and main antagonist of conservatives.

In fact, as far as I’m concerned, he displays everything that is wrong in our political landscape today, as can be seen in his Sunday, June 26, 2011 column, Food fights, hounds, science and more.

Also refreshing is seeing some liberals waking up to his bombastic blasting of conservatives, as did local Democratic Party activist Temple Lentz.

Temple rightfully points out that Laird is “personally insulting and debasing people who disagree with him.” He has a history of doing this, labeling those who disagree with him on bringing light rail from Portland to Vancouver as “ankle biting hounds from Whinerville” and such.

June 25, 2011

Archie Bunker is Not Happy With Obama Either

by lewwaters

Many laughed at his rants over 30 years ago and ridiculed what he portrayed.

Inadvertently, he portrayed what was coming.

June 25, 2011

Obama’s Strategic Release From the Strategic Oil Reserve Questioned

by lewwaters

Campaigning for president, In August 2008 Barack Obama stated, “Our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been 30 years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington to think long term about the future of the country,” continuing he added, “we will invest $150 billion over the next decade … and leverage billions more in private capital to build a new energy economy that harnesses American energy and creates 5 million new American jobs.”

Although we have seen his “investments” since winning the office, we have not seen jobs or any relief from dependence on foreign oil. We have seen the LOSS of millions of jobs as one after another, his policies prove to be failures.

Criticizing high gas prices during the Bush administration, he and the Democrats continued to block efforts to recover more of our own oil resources and as gas prices began to jump upwards again during this presidency, efforts at blocking access to our own oil resources have continued with little if any permits given to access our own.

Obama, historically opposed to releasing oil from the Strategic Reserve switched gears as he did during the 2008 campaign and said in March 2011 that he was “considering” releasing oil from the Strategic Reserve as our gas prices again rose to unbearable levels for people continuing to struggle in this elongated recession.

Three months later as he sees his approval rating in the polls dropping fast, he announces he will now release oil from the Strategic Reserve, prompting several to question if the move isn’t more of a campaign tactic than actually caring about the American people.

June 24, 2011

My, My, What Pat Campbell Finds “Encouraging”

by lewwaters

An email copied to Victoria Taft just today

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First off, whoever “Jeff Nice” is, the description of “basement blogger” hardly applies as my house doesn’t have a basement.

Did Pat Campbell actually issue the reply to this insult laden email?

If so, what is so “encouraging” about it, Pat?

No one is forced to listen to Victoria Taft or any radio program for that matter. Just as no one is forced to read the Columbian or vote for Pat.

Then too, there is always that sticky little matter of the first amendment.

If you did in fact issue the reply, Pat, I’d really like to know what is so “encouraging” about it.

I’m sure your opponents and voters within the city limits would too.

June 23, 2011

Advertising Marijuana and Green Cards in Hazel Dell?

by lewwaters

I noticed this morning some strange new signs popping up along Hwy 99 in Hazel Dell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before any illegal immigrants run to grab your phone, the Green Card listed isn’t for immigration, but a medical card for medicinal marijuana, which remains controversial and against federal law.

The phone number will  take you to Medtech WA, “a full service consulting company with expertise in the evaluation, selection and implementation process facing medical practices today!” and PacMed Labs who claims, “PacMed Labs was formed for one simple purpose: to bridge the gap between doctors who believe in the medicinal properties of cannabis and qualifying patients who seek non-pharmaceutical relief.”

The Washington State Dept. of Health states, “Marijuana possession is illegal in Washington. The medical marijuana law, Chapter 69.51A RCW, provides an affirmative defense for qualified patients and designated caregivers. People who qualify have a valid reason to possess a 60-day supply of marijuana. They may use that reason to defend against a legal action taken under Washington law. However, medical marijuana is not legal under federal law. There is no affirmative defense for people who are arrested or charged under federal law.”

While there is some merit to claims of smoking marijuana for “medicinal reasons” helps some people suffering certain diseases, there is no doubt that some claim “chronic concerns” solely to obtain marijuana to smoke it.

We also see another effort in legalizing marijuana in Washington with yet another initiative filed to legalize it, the last effort failing to gain enough signatures to make it on to the ballot.

But, I remain bothered with a Seattle Company erecting signs up and down Hwy 99 in Clark County advertising for Medical Marijuana, even if their web page does claim, “Practices who are changing to meet new government regulations and implement new systems to achieve ‘Meaningful Use’!”

June 22, 2011

I Should Be Entitled to a Congressional Medal of Honor!

by lewwaters

The Congressional Medal of Honor is America’s highest award for bravery and few receive it, even less that is still alive. Currently, less than 100 Veterans who are recipients of the medal are still living. That’s less than 100 men out of approximately 24 Million Veterans.

I didn’t receive a Congressional Medal of Honor because I never performed any act of bravery that rose to the level of sacrifice that would merit one. But, why should that matter? I served a little over 8 years active duty in the U.S. Army, spent 18 months in Vietnam, was shot at, mortared, subjected to rocket attacks and sapper attacks, just like many others.

But, without performing that act of “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of my life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States,” I am not a recipient.

So, what makes me think I should receive one now?

June 22, 2011

Portland’s Homeless Rate Increasing

by lewwaters

From KGW:

“The latest numbers are in. Portland’s homeless problem is worsening, despite tens and tens of millions dollars spent on the problem over the last five years.”

“The most recent count shows homelessness is up seven percent overall. There are now more than 1,700 people sleeping on the streets and about 1,000 more sleeping in shelters and low-rent or subsidized motels.”

Portland Housing Commissioner Nick Fish says, “the city must stay the course.”

“We know what the long-term solution is: homes with services for people that need it. It’s expensive but we get great outcomes and it’s humane, pragmatic and I think it’s the right thing to do.”

See also: A 10 Year Plan to end homelessness in the City of Portland and Multnomah County by 2015

From CBS, July 2009:

If you pay people not to work and tax them when they do, don’t be surprised if you get unemployment.” Milton Friedman

June 22, 2011

$30 For an Obama Tee-Shirt?

by lewwaters

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I found a better one cheaper at EIB Store

OMG2012

June 21, 2011

“Latino’s Are More Fertile Than Non-Latino’s”

by lewwaters

Who knew, right?

Besides the obvious implication of racism in the title, before you jump on me for being racist, allow me to point out that the title is a quote from Charles Rynerson, a demographer at Portland State Population Research Center and used in an article published in the Columbian, County’s surge in children bucks local, national trends.

The article goes on to tell us that we have seen a, “13.7 percent upsurge in the number of children in Clark County in the past 10 years, the largest growth in the Portland metro area and a trend that goes against the national tide of stagnation.”

June 21, 2011

Jeanne Harris on discussing Banning Pit Bulls in Vancouver

by lewwaters

After the attack of 9 year-old boy by unlicensed pit bulls, many in Vancouver have called for a complete ban on pit bulls, joining in with the hysteria once seen directed towards other breeds such as Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds and others.

The subject came up in the June 20, 2011 city council meeting with one council member adamant about holding a “discussion” on such a ban.

As shown here, while there is a call for banning certain breeds of dogs, many are coddling wild predators known for even more vicious attacks

June 20, 2011

No Muppet Comparison for John Laird.

by lewwaters

In keeping with the spirit shown by the Columbian in their comparison of Muppet characters for elected officials and a few others, Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s the Muppet show! I thought it only fair to see what Muppet Characters fit the Columbian’s editors.

First was editor Lou Brancaccio compared to Count Von Count, the good natured Count whose vampire attire hides the fact that he his bark is worse than his bite.

Of Brancaccio, Madore and Count Von Count Lou emailed me saying, “The Count. I love it! Have a great week!”

Next comes political editor John Laird with his Sunday column, C-W differences amplified in election where as usual, he took pot shots at conservatives and those of us opposed to how the Columbia River Crossing project is being handled and the desire to force loot rail on us.

I couldn’t find a Muppet that does John justice, though. But recalling other cartoon characters, found one that seems to fit well.

As said in both Lou’s column and my post, Who loves ya, John? Me! (And Gargamel)

June 17, 2011

I Thought People Were Dropping Like Flies?

by lewwaters

Early in Obama’s presidency, we saw a huge push for health care reform with rhetoric flowing on why we had to change health care in America, how government would do it better and basically, American’s were dying by the droves, dropping like flies in essence unless we allowed Obama’s socialist health care system to pass.

We heard claims of “Thousands of people die each year because they do not have health insurance or their policy does not cover the medicine or procedures they need,” and “Take a look at our life expectancy and infant mortality rate and you will find the USA has one of the highest rates of infant mortality among Industrialized nations and ranks with the lowest in life expectancy.”

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) informed us, “Reform is neither easy nor cheap, but the cost of inaction is far greater – in terms of lives lost, quality of life, and dollars.”

Who can forget the graphic display of former Florida Democrat Alan Grayson as he announced on the House Floor, “the Republican plan for uninsured Americans is ‘don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly?”

June 14, 2011

DNC Chair Detached from Reality?

by lewwaters

Meet the Press

2.5 Million private sector jobs created? One million in the last 6 months?

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