Archive for August, 2011

August 30, 2011

Vancouver City Council Votes to Accept SAFER Grant

by lewwaters

After voting unanimously to accept an agreement with IAFF Local 452, the Vancouver City Council has  also voted unanimously to accept the the $2.3 million SAFER Grant that will hire 13 more Fire Fighters and reopen Fire Station 6 that was closed earlier due to budget restraints. The grant will not cover the $190,000 two-year operation costs of reopening Fire Station 6, nor will it pay the $180,000 in training and equipment costs for the 13 new staff members.

It does give the city 2 years to “fix the broken business model” of the city as expressed this evening my council member Burkman.

Mayor Leavitt did ask the Fire Chief when could citizens expect Fire Station 6 to be reopened and was told that training of the 13 Fire Fighters would begin September 6 with the reopening of Station 6 expected to be towards the end of October or early November.

All council members expressed concern over the city seeing a repeat in 2 years of facing closing of another fire station and laying off emergency personnel, but also stated they had 2 years now to work on correcting the problems the city faces financially.

Whether or not it dawns on them that the priority should be towards the safety of citizens instead of tax increases to pay for unnecessary projects, such as extending Portland’s Light Rail to Vancouver, a $24 Million Stadium or the other boondoggle reasons we hear they desire more money from taxpayers, remains to be seen.

August 30, 2011

Elected Ruling Class Continues to Insulate Themselves from the Serf Class

by lewwaters

America was a country envisioned to be a free society, without a royal class owning the property and rewarding their friends and family with titles of nobility and given property to lord over the serving class, the serfs who worked that property for the benefit of the lords. Serfs of old times would be much like those of us in the blue collar jobs today, except we have had the freedom to strike out on our own and to increase our own wealth and own property ourselves.

Instead of a King rewarding those he wished to reward, we were granted the right to own property ourselves and unlike other government systems, we took for ourselves the right to determine who would be chosen to represent us in government. Those we elected are to serve us, not we serve them. They hold office at our leisure and during campaigns we hear promises from those hoping to be selected to represent us of how they will listen to us, they do as we wish in governance and they will be our voices in Washington D.C., our state capitols or even city & county government.

Once in office, those promises seem to fall by the wayside until the next election, regardless of what political party the particular elected comes from.

August 27, 2011

Wisconisn Unions Protest Black Children Receiving a Good Education & Gov. Walker’s Visit

by lewwaters

With as many as 85% of Messmer Catholic School children going on to college, when public schools under union control see drop-out rates as high as 50%, you’d think the unions would encourage more schools like Messmer. Not so, as the below video shows.

Governor Walker supports results like those seen at Messmer Catholic School. We hear lip service from Democrats and unions that they seek it too, so why then do they so heavily oppose schools like Messmer that actually teach Black Children, not just shuffle them through the system and get them on welfare checks, stuck in the ghettos?

Americans are beginning to see both Democrats and unions for the thuggery they encourage to stay in power while they ignore the plight of the people they claim they serve.

H/T Hot Air and WisconsinReporter.com

See more here

August 27, 2011

Tea Party Terrorist Training Uncovered

by lewwaters
August 25, 2011

Beware Scam Email Sent in Candidates Name

by lewwaters

Once again, a Clark County candidate has seen their email hacked and a scam email sent out alleging to be from them, it isn’t. In this case, Bill Turlay, candidate for Vancouver City Council, now running against Anne McEnerny-Ogle is the victim.

Rest assured, I just corresponded with Mr. Turlay and he is safe and sound in his home in Vancouver, not struggling in Spain as the scam email claims. Of course, a quick look over the email reveals someone who obviously isn’t as adept at English as they think.

Hello,

How are you doing ? Sorry I didn’t inform you about my traveling to Spain for a program,i hate to do this but am some difficulties here because i misplaced my Wallet on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things like my credit were kept in . I already contacted my credit card company to Stop my cards immediately,But where my problem lies is that it will take another 5 days to get me a replacement. I will like you to assist me with a loan of $2,800 to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home. I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me with and I promise to reimburse you at my return,Kindly let me know if you can be of help? so that i can let you know the wire transfer instructions.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

As you can see, that is not how we Americans write.

August 25, 2011

Washington State Jobs! What to Believe?

by lewwaters

Many people have come to not trust what they read and see in the media. Beyond the obvious bias of many media sources, contradicting articles published calls the media’s reliability into question.

Case in point, the Columbian on August 23, 2011 published an article headlined, “Clark County job market remains stagnant in JulyRevised unemployment rate expected to be about 13 percent.

That ties in well with their article we saw August 16, 2011, “More living with less incomeCounty households earning under $35,000 up 24% as job picture stays bleak

We all know how bad economic conditions have been and remain in Clark County, so maybe you can imagine my surprise to see the headline today, August 25, 2011 of, “State’s job openings at three-year high

Is the rest of the state better off? Or, is someone trying to put lipstick on a pig?

Which way is it? It can’t be both.

August 24, 2011

CRC Funding on the Chopping Block?

by lewwaters

A coalition of 4 advocacy groups calling themselves “Green Scissors 2011” has issued a report identifying programs that they see as “wasteful or environmentally harmful” and are recommending to the recently formed super commission to cut funding. Page 18 of the report lists “Columbia River Crossing” at the lower cost of $3.6 Billion saved.

In reality, we here in Clark County know that if cut, much more than that will be saved.

The coalition comprised of Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Heartland Institute, Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen has no personal stake in these programs and recommends over more than $380 billion in wasteful government programs the commission could cut.

August 24, 2011

Clackamas County urban renewal initiative qualifies for November ballot

by lewwaters

From the August 23, 2011 Oregonian,

An initiative requiring voter approval for new urban renewal districts has narrowly qualified for the Nov. 8 ballot, prompting county commissioners to move quickly to place a possible competing measure on the ballot.

County Clerk Sherry Hall’s office today certified the 9,378 valid signatures needed to place the initiative on the ballot.

“I feel good,” said John Williams, a former Oregon City mayor who is one of the chief petitioners.”It was a lot of hard work and a lot of people took part in this, and it’s nice to have it culminate in an election.”

What if any effect passage of the Clackamas County initiative might have on Clark County residents ongoing battle against Light Rail is unknown at this time. One effort by Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt to ensure they receive the tax increase they wish to fund maintenance and operations of to create a sub-district, as they did to pass tax increase in 2005 that was voted down in 2004.

On the November 2011 ballot will be Proposition 1, to increase the sales tax by 0.2 percent, supposedly to keep C-Tran buses running at current levels.

Judging by comments left at a Columbian article covering a supporters rally at the Clark County Fair, public sentiment is against any more tax increases to C-Trans.

See also, C-Tran Proposition 1 Must Be Defeated and No More Money To C-Tran

We all must live within our means, it’s about time government subsidized agencies did too.

Can a defeat in Clackamas County be a precursor for Clark County?

August 23, 2011

C-Tran Proposition 1 Must Be Defeated

by lewwaters

Apparently oblivious to the elongated Great Recession we remain mired in, here comes C-Tran wanting more of our dwindling money. Proposition 1, appearing on our ballots in the November general election, will raise sales taxes to maintain current bus service, they claim. As I previously showed here, they aren’t exactly struggling to make ends meet, like many middle class taxpayers in Clark County are currently.

With a 24% increase in families earning less than $35K a year and the poverty rate in Clark County increasing to 11.8% in 2009 (the latest year reported), people in Clark County continue to struggle with lower wages and unemployment. We can ill afford more taxes, especially with so many tax and fee proposals staring us in the face.

I have long advocated a vote of NO on any measure concerning C-Tran to send a message to our elected officials, aka ‘ruling class,’ and maintain that position. But, along with sending them a message over lying to us and denying us a county-wide vote on light rail maintenance and operations, a look at how inefficiently C-Tran continues to be operated also calls for a NO vote for a few additional reasons.

Seeing public opinion unfavorable on the prospect of paying more taxes, Keep Clark County Moving PAC has launched a “Preserve Our Buses” webpage, complete with the usual dire circumstances that will befall the low income, senior citizens and the disabled that rely on bus service. (PDC Report on Keep Clark County Moving PAC contributors)

August 21, 2011

More Liberal Democrat Double Standard

by lewwaters

Now that rebels in Libya are close to overthrowing Qadhafi, the following photo has shown up.

First off, can any liberal explain what is wrong with a little physical work? Has Obama ever actually performed any physical work? I doubt it, not with the soft hands I see on TV.

August 21, 2011

Must Love Dogs NW A ‘Splashing’ Success

by lewwaters

Sunday, August 21, 2011 saw the first ever ‘Must Love Dogs NW’ event held at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, Washington. As with most events, part of the fun is to have prominent people occupy the “dunk tank,” giving others the opportunity to dunk them into water, for a small fee to be applied towards the particular event.

I didn’t arrive early enough to tape some others, but was pleased to see Craig Riley, who is running against Sharon Wylie for the seat in the 49th legislative district sitting on the dunk tank and, having fun at it, as did those who successfully dunked him (especially the children).

August 21, 2011

2012 Election

by lewwaters

Received in email, “I know this is supposed to be the smartest administration ever, but I’m sorry; if I were running a campaign with a fairly unpopular incumbent, the last thing I’d do is have a reelection slogan whose initials were WTF.”

August 19, 2011

Sore Loser Pat Campbell Trashes McEnerny-Ogle and Turlay, Plans Write-in Campaign.

by lewwaters

UPDATE: A Columbian All Politics is Local blog post informs us, “Elections chief Tim Likness has informed us that primary losers cannot, we repeat, cannot, mount a write-in campaign.”

Ever the arrogant, self serving, sore loser, soon to be former Vancouver City Council member Pat Campbell, who finished third out of three candidates in Tuesday’s primary campaign, has come out slinging mud at the two who easily defeated him and has vowed a write-in candidacy.

Ousted Vancouver councilor to seek write-ins

The Columbian article states,

“In a fiery email sent Friday morning, Campbell came out swinging against the top two candidates, Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Bill Turlay.

He said that McEnerny-Ogle has made “vague impossible promises given our city’s short term financial outlook” and has a reputation for “an inability to work with others.”

Turlay, Campbell continued, is an “avowed Tea Party member” who “would rather the country go down the tubes rather than (see) an elected President succeed?”

“Two well-financed special interest campaigns that barely succeed against an incumbent with proven service and no special interest funding won’t succeed this fall,” Campbell wrote. ”The voters this fall wont be the ideologues.”

August 18, 2011

The Way Off Of The Democrats Plantation

by lewwaters

A man of honor, a man of standing. A shining example of who today’s Black Youth should look up to.

August 18, 2011

Note to African-Americans: Don’t Think For Yourselves, Unless It’s Liberal Thought

by lewwaters

Janeane Garofalo says so. If you strive to better yourself, become successful and wealthy and adhere to the old fashioned conservative family values your grandparents taught, you’re a sell-out, nuts, bought and paid for or afflicted with Stockholm Syndrome.

Don’t you Black People dare step off of Uncle Sam’s Liberal Plantation.

Oh, and don’t eat a corn dog either, she thinks that’s “disgusting.”

August 18, 2011

For [Blank] and Country?

by lewwaters

As an 8 year Veteran of the US Army, 18 months in Vietnam, I am dumbfounded that this would be happening in America.

How sick our society has become that a small group of hatemongers from Topeka, Kansas has a constitutional right to disrupt and denigrate the funeral of a fallen hero by protesting it, yet those wishing to support, express appreciation and offer condolences to the family of that fallen hero are banned from uttering “May God Bless You.”

Learn more at Don’tTearUsDown.com

August 17, 2011

Obama’s Magical Misery Tours Carbon Footprint.

by lewwaters

Amateur video of Obama’s Canadian built armored buses and the complete motorcade driving by a Ford dealership.

I can’t help but wonder just how much fossil fuel was wasted and pollutants were emitted from the tail pipe of both buses, all of those Police Cars, SUVs and other assorted vehicles in the procession, just so Obama could try to appear as if he actually cared about Americans.

Fox News reports, “Obama is barnstorming the heartland to boost U.S. jobs in a taxpayer-financed luxury bus the government had custom built — in Canada…”

From the looks of the motorcade, it appears he is boosting jobs,,,,,, for Saudi Oil Workers.

August 17, 2011

A Strong Message Sent To The Vancouver City Council?

by lewwaters

Bill Turlay, Anne McEnerny Ogle, Pat Campbell

The latest results from Tuesdays primary election show that incumbent Vancouver City Council member Pat Campbell losing to both challenger, Bill Turlay and Anne McEnerny-Ogle. I have to admit, even I didn’t think both would beat Pat in the primary, but they have.

Pat Campbell will be gone after only one term on the city council.

Given the contentious nature of the ongoing controversy over matters effecting the city and taxpayers, the largest being the proposed multi-Billion dollar Columbia River Crossing Project, to include extending Portland’s MaxLine (Light Rail) a short distance into the city, it cannot be ignored that voters, who have been denied a vote to approve the project, are sending a strong message to city council, 3 of whom sit on the C-Tran Board that votes in favor of Light Rail.

August 16, 2011

Obama’s Magical Misery Tour

by lewwaters

A remake of an old classic, from much better times.

August 16, 2011

Vancouver City Council Primary, A Vote on Light Rail? (UPDATED)

by lewwaters

Early results of Vancouver’s City Council primary race indicate incumbent Pat Campbell trailing behind both of his challengers, Bill Turlay and Anne McEnerny-Ogle.

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Election Results

Both Bill Turlay and Anne McEnerny-Ogle take a more measured approach on extending Light Rail from Portland into Vancouver while Campbell has shown himself a staunch supporter of the project, ignoring the voices of citizens. Are Vancouver voters reflecting their desire once again to block extension of Light Rail by their vote on this city council race primary? Will the early count hold in the days ahead?

No one knows what lurks in the minds of voters, of course. But, as contentious as the Columbia River Crossing project has been, and citizen opposition to Light Rail coming over from Portland, there is a strong possibility of that playing a major factor in Campbell trailing two challengers after only one term.

Both Turlay and McEnerny-Ogle support replacing the aging bridge. But, they also have expressed a willingness to listen to citizens over the huge added cost of Portland’s MaxLine.

How the general election in November will pan out remains to be seen, but it definitely looks like at least one seat on the city council we will see a new face.

Will the other two incumbents up for reelection take heed?

Good luck to all in November.

UPDATE: As of 3:06;

Pat Campbell 5,067 31.32%.
Bill Turlay 5,599 34.61%.
Anne McEnerny-Ogle 5,382 33.27%.

The Columbian is now reporting, “Vancouver City Councilor Pat Campbell has been ousted from the general election by his two primary opponents, second-day election returns released Wednesday afternoon show.”

County Elections Supervisor Tim Likness says, “Only about 350 more ballots are expected to roll in countywide, of which about two-thirds will include the Vancouver race. It’s not likely Campbell can make up the difference. That one is basically over.”

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