Archive for December, 2011

December 31, 2011

Clark County’s Most Mis-Reported Story In 2011

by lewwaters

2011 will soon be finished. In just a few hours it will be 2012 and we can hopefully put 2011 behind us. Let’s all face it; it wasn’t that good of a year. We had many downs and few ups and the reporting on those ups and downs didn’t always seem to balance.

As you all know, just a couple weeks ago we asked What Was Clark County’s Most Mis-Reported Story In 2011? The response was phenomenal from readers and I cannot disagree with a single suggestion received in comments or in my email.

I also cannot say that every article in the Columbian is “mis-reported” either. After all, they do a pretty good job of keeping us abreast of cars being towed when they appear abandoned, house fires, traffic accidents, mayors stripping in public and any perceived slip of the tongue made by Clark County Commissioner, Tom Mielke.

I also must credit Andrea Damewood for her digging deeper into and exposing the attempt to create an issue where there was none in the August ‘Suits & a Keg’ event held in the refurbished Artillery Barracks in the historic Vancouver Barracks.

But let’s face it, there were several stories of importance that just went nowhere. They apparently were dropped or heavily biased to drum up support through misguided fearmongering to further a pet agenda, such as the strong support to ensure C-TRAN got more of our money and not informing the public that C-TRAN was sitting on several Millions of dollars they hope to use on plunging us deeper into economic turmoil by dragging Portland’s financially plagued Loot Rail into Clark County.

December 30, 2011

SJR 8218: A Misguided Approach On Citizen Initiatives & Spending?

by lewwaters

For some time now I have sensed that our legislators in Olympia don’t care too much for our constitutional right to citizen initiatives that is independent from the legislature and grants us the right to place limits upon their actions. It is written in our constitution,

“the people reserve to themselves the power to propose bills, laws, and to enact or reject the same at the polls, independent of the legislature, and also reserve power, at their own option, to approve or reject at the polls any act, item, section, or part of any bill, act, or law passed by the legislature. (Article II Section 1)”

We have seen several times now where unions and legislators, disagreeing with a citizen initiative voted in by large majorities of the voters end up challenged in court or cast aside by decree of the governor after a specified period.

We also see ourselves mired in this ongoing “Great Recession” with no end in sight and some citizen initiatives voted in that require funding that the legislators are unable to find funds for, given their propensity to spend tax dollars unwisely.

December 30, 2011

A Belated Merry Christmas, From the Second Amendment

by lewwaters

December 28, 2011

One Reason I Will NOT Support Ron Paul

by lewwaters

In what supporters of Paul label “photobomb,” a Ron Paul supporter jumps in front of another candidate as someone is trying to have a photo taken with that candidate and flashing a Ron Paul sign.  The rudeness doesn’t matter to Ron Paulies as they encourage this sort of behavior. Some comments left under this photo from supporters,

Pierre Rochard Excellent photobomb. Juan Posadas got’em coach. Daniel Barry nice encroachment !!! Steven Hunter Awesome! Zac Holm thats the stuff. Rachel Bolch Thach That’s freaking awesome! Penny Gallatin Handy Would have been epic if he would have slapped it on his forehead! LOL. Brandon Bassett Now that’s a true Patriot! Nikolai Skudlarek I want to shake that mans hand haha, great job. Chris DC I’ll personally donate $100 to RP2012 if someone does this to the toad. Internet Revolution 4 Ron Paul President 2012 THAT ROCKS!!!!! Tim Tj Wass Rick rolled! Ron Paul style. Stephanie Cole Way to go man! Chris Bennett Hilarious ! Now you have to get one with every other candidate man! And more.

December 28, 2011

Top 10 Clark County Conservative Posts for 2011

by lewwaters

Something I’ve never done before, looking back on what posts received the most views throughout the year.

Admittedly, not an original thought of mine, but since we see the Columbian and others touting their work throughout the year, why not bloggers too?

I should also note that the Top Ten listed below is just posts from 2011. There were a few from earlier years that still draw interest and receive views. But I felt it appropriate to only focus on posts from 2011 since the view counts of earlier posts include views from earlier years.

Don’t forget to also visit the Columbian’s All Politics is Local blog to see their Top Ten for the Year.

December 28, 2011

Redistricting Maps Show Big Changes

by lewwaters

From the Tacoma Tribune, “The new 10th District is centered on Olympia, includes some of Pierce County and reaches up into Shelton. It has no incumbent living in it and is divided between Republican and Democratic leaning areas.”

It appears the 3rd loses much of Thurston County and gains all of Klickitat County, making it more of a Republican district, which will help Jaime Herrera Beutler, who so far faces no significant challenge for reelection.

December 27, 2011

Ron Paul Still Haunted by Racist Newsletters

by lewwaters

The controversy that just won’t go away, a series of newsletters published by aging Texas representative Ron Paul that clearly contain racist content. They have haunted him for several years now and in spite of several denials from Ron Paul, they just won’t go away.

Thanks to the efforts of the New Republic we can now view portions of several newsletters that clearly contain racist and offensive content.

Much speculation has been made over who authored such inflammatory rhetoric in the newsletters. Unconfirmed claims state that it was Murray Rothbard and Lew Rockwell who were the main authors, but Ron Paul remains mum on just who authored the newsletters bearing his name if he did not.

A May 22, 1996 Dallas Morning News has him not denying authorship and actually claiming, “they were being taken out of context” and “It’s typical political demagoguery. If people are interested in my character . . . come and talk to my neighbors.”

To objections raised by the NAACP over the racist comments in 1996, Ron Paul was quoted, “If someone challenges your character and takes the interpretation of the NAACP as proof of a man’s character, what kind of a world do you live in?”

December 27, 2011

City Managers Should Thank Struggling Taxpayers for Their Wage Increases

by lewwaters

That our national economy remains strained in this “Great Recession” is evident almost everywhere we look. Private sector jobs remain hard to find and we see median wages falling or remaining low.

According to a chart released by Washington State, Clark County’s median wage dropped over $3,000 a year between 2008 and 2009. 2010 showed an estimated increase in median wages in the county of a paltry $200 per year with a further estimate for 2011 of just $400 for the year, hoping to see a median wage of $54,951, still $3,000 below what was seen in 2008.

Many in the county, who are lucky enough to still have a job, have seen no wage increase at all and some have actually seen a significant drop in wages while at the same time we see taxes, rates and fees increasing across the board from city and county government.

However, not all of us have to sacrifice during these dire economic times. The Columbian tells us in November, “131 OPEIU members will get a 1.5 percent raise next year and another in 2013, followed by a 2 percent wage increase in 2014” as the city and the union reached their contract agreement. A small increase, but an increase just the same.

December 24, 2011

2011 Performance Evaluations

by lewwaters

By Professor Robert Dean

Eric H: Mr., Mayor, Council, as 2011 draws to a close I thought this might be an opportune time to present you with the 2011 Performance Evaluations for each of our key staff – along with a request for a modest 3.5% pay raise for each of them. Time constraints prevent me from detailing each one and so I’ve condensed everyone’s evaluation into the one – City Consigliere. As you know, the Consigliere is ultimately responsible for all advice, from all departments that reaches the desks of the Mayor and Council.

The Consigliere’s duties are codified in Washington State Court Rules relating to the Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers.

RPC RULE 2.1
ADVISOR
In representing a client, a lawyer shall exercise independent professional judgment and render candid advice. In rendering advice, a lawyer may refer not only to law but to other considerations such as moral, economic, social and political factors that may be relevant to the client’s situation.

December 24, 2011

Thanks For The Memories

by lewwaters

Like many, I grew up in the early days of television and enjoyed seeing Bob Hope entertaining our Troops every Christmas. I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to attend either of the shows during my two Christmas’ in Vietnam, but continued to enjoy seeing them when televised over the years.

We could sure use more celebrities like Bob Hope.

Thanks for the memories, Bob.

You will never be forgotten.

December 22, 2011

Those People who Protect Us

by lewwaters

By John Jenkins

I can’t help but love life. Sitting here on a picnic table with a F15 behind me, another one in front of me and yeah another one just over there. You are asking yourself “Just where were you again”. Having a Christmas “Fooder” as they call it. A“Fooder” is when this group of people gets together in the hanger and let down just a little. They let down from the intense stress of Protecting our Freedoms. This group is the Portland Air National Guard. They are the 142ndFighter Wing, and the 123rd Fighter Squadron, otherwise known as the Redhawks. These people are some of the most polite and professional folks I have ever met. And, it’s not just because I am a face they do not recognize. Or, should I say one they have seen but don’t see often.

Today’s “Fooder” all prepared by the Fighter Wing, included Braised Beef, Caesar Salad, some kind of Green Beans with something, and an assortment of cheeses, celery, carrots all the things to make one happy. Dessert was just as fun and with the season of course what you’d expect Pumpkin pie and whipped cream.

December 21, 2011

Washington State Democrat Party Chair, Dwight Pelz Shows A Disconnect

by lewwaters

If there was ever any doubt just how disconnected Democrats really are from the struggling middle class, Dwight Pelz, in his latest effort to instill fear and mislead the public in the run-up to the 2012 election shows it.

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December 20, 2011

Vancouver, Washington City Council Bids Pat Campbell Farewell

by lewwaters

Pat Campbell, who lost his bid for reelection to the Vancouver, Washington city council in the 2011 election, is given due honors and thanks for his term on city council.

Pat and I have exchanged words more than once and our emails often contained snarky comments to each other, but he did what few others are willing to do. Run for public office and sit in the line of fire from citizens.

Regardless of differences, Pat thoroughly investigated positions he took and more than once, cast votes we could not disagree with and many times brought laughter to council meetings with his “stories.”

Bill Turlay will be replacing Pat and has been very helpful in preparing Bill to take over his seat.

I don’t know what is in Pat’s future, but I hope he sticks around and remains involved.

December 20, 2011

Syrians Know the Impotence of Barack Obama

by lewwaters

Hat Tip to Bad Rachel who states, “5,000 Syrians have been massacred by Bashar Assad since March, including 300 children. How are those sanctions workin’ out, Mr. Obama?”

For the inevitable troll claiming the sign being in English means it must be photoshopped, video of Syrian women protesting in the street carrying a sign clearly stating in English, “USA PEOPLE, YOU LIVED 11 SEPTEMBER ONE TIME, BUT WE LIVE IT EVERYDAY.”

BHO is doing nothing other than kowtowing to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist radicals.

December 19, 2011

Illegal Aliens Protest Outsourcing Jobs in Portland

by lewwaters

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, Illegal Aliens held a peaceful rally in Portland, Oregon protesting the outsourcing of American Jobs.

Perhaps these Illegal Aliens never heard of NAFTA?

Perhaps too, if they held similar rallies in their home countries, they could remain there?

KPAM 860’s Victoria Taft discussed the protest rally here and here

December 19, 2011

Vancouver Strikes Back! Dream of the Suburbs – Vancouvria

by lewwaters

“If Portland is the place where 20 year olds go to retire, Vancouver is the place where 50 year olds go to avoid income tax. Welcome to Vancouvria – it’s what Portlandia would be if it was filmed in Portland’s northern suburb of Vancouver Washington.”

Vancouver, Washington, affectionately referred to as “the Couv” by many, looked down upon by Portlanders who erroneously believe they are better than anybody or anything has our own answer to Portlandia’s Dream of the 90’s

Portland can stay as weird as they wish, I’ll stay in Vancouver, no matter how much Boss Leave-it tries to make us like Portland.

Tip of the hat to Brighton West for his Vancouvria

December 19, 2011

Identity Vancouver gets shanghaied:

by lewwaters

By Professor Robert Dean

Tap! Tap!

Scott H: Meeting will come to order! Welcome to the third inaugural meeting of Identity Vancouver. Tonight, we will plan the financing of the replacement of the I-5 bridge.

Tom M: How much will it cost?

Scott H: Nobody knows – we haven’t designed it yet.

Tom M: Oh, I see. Well, how much can we afford?

Scott H: Depends. If the feds were to pay for it all it would be free.

Tom M: The feds are broke. The President recently said we have to borrow just to pay Social Security. He sent Biden to China to line up our next trillions.

Tim L: Look, it doesn’t matter what it costs or where the money comes from as long as we get light rail. I already told Jaime Herrera Beutler that if she doesn’t get the feds to cough up we’ll build it anyway and take it out of the hides of the citizens with higher tolls.

December 18, 2011

U S Bridges, Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms

by lewwaters

What guarantee or assurances does Clark County, struggling with double digit unemployment for the third year, have that this scenario will not be repeated with the CRC?

December 18, 2011

North Korean Dicator Kim Jong Il has Died.

by lewwaters

BBC reports here,

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced.

His death was announced in an emotional statement read out on national television.

The announcer, wearing black, said he had died on Saturday of physical and mental over-work.

The BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Seoul says his death will cause huge shock waves across North Korea.

UK Daily Mail reports here

“Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media.

The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

The news came as North Korea prepared for a hereditary succession.”

May he endure for all eternity what he gave to those under his rule.

December 18, 2011

City of Vancouver To Slocum House Theater, “Bah Humbug”

by lewwaters

For the past 45 years, Slocum House Theater has been performing community plays in the renovated Italianate villa style home since it was saved from the wrecking ball and moved to its current location in Esther Short Park by volunteers of the Old Slocum House Company in 1966. Volunteers of the Old Slocum House Theater Company with cooperation from the Fort Vancouver Historical Society accomplished the renovation of the then century old home in 1972.

Money was raised for the project by presenting plays and manning an automobile license station. Currently, the Theater shares the building with the Farmers Market, who maintains an office upstairs.

The Non-Profit Theater Company leases the home from the City of Vancouver, paying $635 a month with the City responsible for repairs to the building, an arrangement that has been beneficial to the community for many years and charges a general admission price of $13 for a play, $11 for seniors and children 12 and under.

We also know that the city, struggling during this continuing “Great Recession” is experiencing budgetary problems. Some are of their own making many feel and some due to the depressed economy. Everywhere we seem to look, taxes and fees are being raised to cover the expenses of the city and to continue pursuing expensive projects many citizens feel are unnecessary.

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