Archive for March, 2012

March 31, 2012

Updated: Oregonian: Rep Moeller Drawing Per Diem During Special Session!

by lewwaters

After ignoring the $1.5 Billion budget gap for the first half of the regular session on homosexual marriage and locking out Republicans and moderate Democrats from last minute budget negotiations, the governor had to call yet another special session in hopes of actually getting  budget written and passed.

While in Olympia doing what we supposedly voted these representatives in for, each are allowed to draw up to $90 a day per diem to help offset temporary living expenses while working  in Olympia.

Yet we now read from the Oregonian,

“Three weeks into the special session, the Capitol looks more like a ghost town than the bustling center of state budget negotiations.

Budget talks remained in limbo this week. Mostly just party leaders in the House and Senate and a handful of key budget writers — including Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield — have stayed in town to work toward settling the Legislature’s unfinished business.”

“Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers who have gone home to their districts continue to collect per diem. The most they can take is $90 a day.”

“The House is producing a report on which representatives are taking the pay.”

Vancouver Democrats Reps. Jim Moeller and Tim Probst are taking per diem. Republican Reps. Ann Rivers from La Center, Ed Orcutt of Kalama and Paul Harris from Vancouver said they are not taking the pay.”

Read more here

How many different ways can Democrats stick it to taxpayers? Why are taxpayers paying these people extra money to sit on their butts??

UPDATE: A more recent Columbian article says Tim Probst is not receiving per diem.

March 31, 2012

VACATION!!!

by lewwaters

Just a little note to say that there will be little to no blogging for the next week. We have out of town family coming in who has never been in our community before, so my wife and I will be busy showing her around.

Argue amongst yourselves, but be nice, sort of ;-)

March 30, 2012

What The Trayvon Martin Case Is Supposed To Teach Us?

by lewwaters

by Emanuel Mccray on Thursday, March 29, 2012 (Reposted with author’s permission)

Why, in a civilized society like America, do we have laws in the first place?

Gimme Three Steps by Lynyrd Skynyrd immediately came to my mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygausyezIOc

In Gimme Three Steps, the incident did not escalate into violence or death. Instead he said: “Wait a minute mister I didn’t even kiss her, don’t want no trouble with you, and I know you don’t owe me But I wish you’d let me ask one favor from you”: “Oh, won’t you gimme three steps, gimme three steps, mister Gimme three steps toward the door?”

The laws in America are designed to promote, foster and nourish civility. This is why WRITTEN civil and criminal statutes are on the statute books in nearly every State of the Union.

Zimmerman was on private property inside a gated community. For whatever reason, Trayvon gave him the impression that he was trespassing. Rather than use his phone to call his dad, 911 or the police, the media informs us that Trayvon carried on a conversation with a female friend.

Was Trayvon raised to walk around looking for a fight?

Was Trayvon raised, trained, taught and or groomed to make himself judge and jury of his own rights when confronted by Zimmerman or any other person who questioned him?

March 30, 2012

Kim Wyman – Jim Kastama Secretary of State Debate

by lewwaters

The first debate, held on March 29, 2012 between two of the 4 candidates for Washington State Secretary of State in Vancouver, Washington. Candidates Kim Wyman and Jim Kastama attended while Greg Nickles and Kathleen Drew declined to debate.

Many thanks are extended to the Freedom Foundation, Couv.com and Fort Vancouver High School for the debate as well as to the two candidates willing to speak before our community.

Couv.com video & article here

March 29, 2012

Democrats May as Well Hang a Neon Sign Over Commissioner Boldt’s Head

by lewwaters

Any doubts about the left leaning bias of the Columbian are forever shattered with their orchestrated outrage and coverage given to the in house sanction placed on Clark County, Washington County Commissioner, Marc Boldt. One would have to be so far left they are blinded to reality to not see it.

Since their “breaking news” of the sanctions, put in place in November 2011 nearly 4 months after the fact, we have now seen 4 articles covering the sanction within as many days, 2 yesterday alone. Three achieved front page coverage in the published editions of the paper, Friday March 23, Wednesday March 28 and Thursday March 29.

In comparison, when Democrat Jim Jacks abruptly walked out on constituents in the 49th legislative district one year ago, the Columbian addressed that 5 times, but over a 30 day period without the in depth coverage we see given Boldt. The claim of having no “paper trail” was the given excuse for such slim coverage. We have yet to see any coverage of the well founded rumors associated with inappropriate behavior towards staffer, particularly of the opposite sex in regards to his abrupt resignation.

In less than a week, we know more about what the Columbian claims is the reason for these sanctions placed on Boldt than we know about why Jim Jacks left constituents high & dry in spite of having one year to discover anything.

March 27, 2012

Port of Vancouver Executive Director Larry Paulson, Light Rail Is Coming “Like It Or Not”

by lewwaters

The Executive Director of the Port of Vancouver (Washington), who makes over $170,000 a year, plus $500 a month “car allowance,” giving public testimony before the Vancouver, Washington City Council, March 26, 2012 telling citizens in their 4th year of double digit unemployment with a median income of $58,000 that they are getting light rail from Portland, Oregon “like it or not” and they will pay for it “like it or not.”

March 26, 2012

Is There No Lie The Democrats Won’t Tell?

by lewwaters

Received this morning in email,

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March 25, 2012

Sanctioning Commissioner Boldt Was the Right Thing for the Clark County GOP To Do

by lewwaters

It was just days ago that the Columbian pretended as if they just now discovered that the Clark County GOP had sanctioned one of their own for his frequent strays from conservatism and selling out our conservative interests to side with liberal Democrats, going against his campaign promises of supporting conservative values. In a nutshell, he frequently voted against the best interests of the citizens in order to further the liberal Democrat agenda.

I have been one of the few willing to stand up for the Clark County GOP, even as party leaders now cower and seem prepared to throw open the doors and re-embrace Marc Boldt, to be decided this Tuesday I am told. Republicans, spineless as they now are, have no need to appease liberal Democrats or suck up to the Columbian, who cannot find a good word to say about them, except for those RINO’s that are more liberal than conservative, such as the current 3rd Congressional District Representative.

In my expressions of defense of the GOP I have made several references to a scathing post against Marc Boldt and why he deserved to be sanctioned that I wrote back in November 2011, but never posted, due to his one time vote against the baseball stadium admissions tax. Below is that post in its entirety with a prediction I made then bolded.

March 24, 2012

Race Baiting and Media Hype Does Not Equal Justice

by lewwaters

Once again we are witnessing Americans being ripped apart over a tragic event while both the media and the race hucksters fan the flames to create a lynch mob mentality.

Doing so does not serve anybody, except those trying to capitalize on a tragic event for personal gain.

The death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida is now the subject of the current media frenzy and race hucksters, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Martin is dead at the hands of 28 year-old George Zimmerman and since Zimmerman has not been arrested, all hell is breaking loose down there.

Martin is Black and Zimmerman is being portrayed as White, stoking the flames of race in what is being made to look like a deliberate murder. Zimmerman claims self defense. Media and the race baiters aren’t having any of it and are once again, trying Zimmerman in the kangaroo court of public opinion they manipulate.

Let me say here that I am not defending Zimmerman or condemning Martin. I also am not defending Martin or condemning Zimmerman. Frankly, I have no more of an idea of what actually happened than those whipping the community down there into the lynch mob mentality. All that is actually known at this time is there apparently was some sort of confrontation between the two and Martin is dead.

But that doesn’t stop the race hucksters who descend anywhere they can get on TV and push their race baiting agenda as the cry of “The guy who killed him should get arrested. The dead guy was unarmed” echoes across the state.

March 22, 2012

Scapegoats, Lies and Photo Ops Will Not Bring Gas Prices Down

by lewwaters

“The recent spike in gasoline prices following that huge spike in 2007, 2008 is a reminder to Americans that the price of gasoline over the long haul should be expected to go up just because of supply and demand issues.”

The above quote was spoken by Steven Chu, Energy Secretary for the Obama Administration in a March 20, 2011 Fox News interview, clearly acknowledging that supply is a part of why our gas prices have climbed. At the time he spoke that, gas was costing on average about $3.54 per gallon.

One year later the average price of a gallon of gas is $3.88 with several areas of the country exceeding $4.00 per gallon and inching closer to $5 a gallon.

Acknowledging that supply has an effect of how much we pay at the pump, we saw Barack Obama down in Brazil in March 2011 telling the Brazilians, “We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”

Months after being inaugurated, with unemployment already well above 9%, still indicating the importance of supply, Obama, speaking of the Saudi’s was quoted, “In those discussions I will be very honest with Saudi King Abdullah with whom I have developed a good relationship, indicating to him that we are not going to be eliminating our need for oil imports in the immediate future.”

Clearly, in spite of growing calls for more alternative energy sources, even though they have been shown to be inefficient, unreliable and overly expensive, Obama and those in power realize that oil remains our most efficient and economical source of energy available. Several past calls have been made for Middle Eastern countries to increase their oil production, increasing supply and bringing prices down.

March 22, 2012

Once again, The Columbian’s Bias is on Full Display

by lewwaters

Just when I think the Columbian and Stephanie Rice are becoming more the centrist, objective newspaper the region deserves, they throw out another hatchet job against the Republicans.

I am amazed that nearly 4 months after Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt was ‘sanctioned’ by the GOP Executive board, over his abandoning the party platform, endorsing Democrats over Republicans an issuing a misleading robocall on C-Tran’s Proposition 1 leading up to last November’s election, the Columbian acts surprised with their hatchet job, Why was Boldt sanctioned by GOP?

The fallacy of this smear is in the fact that the Columbian has admitted to viewing my blog frequently and this sanction was prominently mentioned in my November 29, 2011 post Admissions Tax Defeated, Proposal Does Not Even Receive a Vote.

I don’t for a minute believe I had knowledge of this and the Columbian did not. Not since I first learned of it on facebook and spoke with GOP Chair Brandon Vick. He had intended it be kept private, but one of the board members leaked it out.

I had written a scathing post that I decided not to post when Boldt did not second Commissioner Steve Stuart’s motion for the admission tax, in hopes that Marc was returning to his roots claimed of being a conservative.

March 21, 2012

Jeanne Harris Warns Bart of Coming “Gavel Down?”

by lewwaters

Vancouver City Council Member Jeanne Harris is a gift that just keeps giving.

“CVTV footage, obtained pursuant to the Public Disclosure Act, in no way is intended by CVTV, the City of Vancouver, or Clark County to either promote or oppose any candidate for public office or any ballot proposition.”

Background of this latest from council member Harris can be read at the Columbian’s All Politics Is Local

Left to ponder, was this greatly toned down Jeanne Harris due to the encounter being with a fellow council member, Bart Hansen and knowing she could face another ethics panel should she fully meltdown again?

The best comment so far at APIL comes from Brighton West of Vancouria, “We didn’t even ask City Council to help write Vancouvria episodes…”

March 21, 2012

Furor Over “Free Birth Control” Just A Lot of Hot Air

by lewwaters

“I want it and I want it now!”

How many times have we heard commercials with that sentence? It seems to now be part of the left’s push towards socialized medicine, beginning with “free birth control,” as evidenced by a female heckler towards GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

This is but the latest in a series of phony calls from Democrats in fabricating a GOP “war on women” that has grown from the testimony given by supposed Law Student Sandra Fluke weeks ago. That she appears to be trained and well entrenched leftist activist as well isn’t reported, though.

Her cry of birth control for women not be covered by health insurance has resonated across the land as our ‘lamestream media’ that promotes the march to socialism echoes the call daily. But is that even a true stand?

March 19, 2012

The Presidential Debate That Almost Was

by lewwaters

As most readers know, if things had gone according to plan, instead of writing a blog post I would now be on my way to the South Side of Portland, Oregon to participate as one of a few bloggers invited by Oregon Public Broadcasting to live tweet the planned Republican Presidential Debate. If things had gone according to plan.

Only Newt Gingrich firmly committed with Ron Paul saying he would appear if others did. Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum did not commit, so the planned March 19, 2012 Oregon Presidential Debate had to be cancelled.

In appreciation, OPB threw a thank you luncheon today for all who were involved. Crew, moderators, bloggers, staff, Police and Press, we all were treated to quite a spread of food, catered by Portland’s Elephant’s Delicatessen.

Allen Alley, Chair of the Oregon Republican Party was present to express his thanks for all of the work put into building a fantastic set, that I am convinced would have looked really great on TV.

March 19, 2012

RNC Silence over “Women of the 99%” Illegal Robo-Calls Deafening

by lewwaters

It has long been said that the Republican Party has an uncanny knack of snatching defeat out of a victory. And they continue to prove it!

The left has launched an all out attack against conservative America, feigning moral outrage over any and everything they can muster. A usual tactic of the left, being met by the usual silence and spineless response from RNC leadership.

After years of debasing derogatory comments against conservative women, we have all seen the feigned outrage over Rush Limbaugh labeling a left wing activist a “slut” and immediately labeled as the “de facto leader” of the Republican Party. Silence from the GOP.

Emails have flown into my inbox from the likes of Guy Cecil, Executive Director DSCC making the false allegation, “While Rush Limbaugh and the Republicans wage a war on women, yadda, yadda, yadda…”

From Robby Mook, DCCC Executive Director I received, “From their all-male panel on birth control coverage to their refusal to denounce Rush Limbaugh’s vile attacks, blah, blah, blah…”

From a Kelly Ward, DCCC Political Director was received, “Republicans aren’t backing down from their War on Women crusade.”

March 17, 2012

Mark Boldt Gets a Challenger

by lewwaters

I have now heard from two different people that successful Vancouver businessman, owner and CEO of US Digital, David Madore will challenge Marc Boldt for his County Commission seat in this years election.

While no formal written announcement has been made, Mr. Madore is said to have made a public announcement at the Clark County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner.

It’s long past time we had a real conservative occupy Marc Boldt’s seat.

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The Columbian has run a story too, along with the usual liberal defense of “Republican” Marc Boldt

March 17, 2012

Play Ball!

by lewwaters

This morning saw the opening ceremony of the 2012 Salmon Creek Little League Season at the brand new Luke Jensen Sports Park on 78th Street in Hazel Dell. Below are highlights of the event.

Luke Jensen, if you recall, was the 9 year-old who succumbed to leukemia a couple years ago.

How fitting that shortly after his death, the community chose to name the new field in honor of this brave little boy.

I encourage you all, when you have a chance to stop by the field and see this state of the art facility.

March 15, 2012

Feds to “Mediate” CRC Incompetence

by lewwaters

Time and again the utter incompetence surrounding the Columbia River Crossing project is revealed to the public. This blog, the Willamette Week, other blogs and even both the Columbian and the Oregonian have run articles exposing the sheer incompetence we still see pertaining to the CRC.

Supporters and those involved with the CRC just continue burying their heads and plowing ahead, though.

Accounting irregularities were poo pooed by an “internal audit.”

Traffic predictions being much less than anticipated were ignored.

The Oregon Supreme Court finding that light rail was the driving force behind the bridge, after years of denials from CRC, was swept under the rug.

And of late, the refusal of the US Coast Guard to grant a permit to the CRC for the bridge was all blamed on the US Coast Guard.

And now, concerning the fact that the bridge is designed with too little clearance to handle river traffic, we read in the Columbian LaHood: CRC height won’t derail plan, “LaHood” being Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

We read that Washington Senator Patty called upon LaHood to intercede between the CRC and the US Coast Guard, Murray saying, “It’s an issue everyone frankly thought was solved years ago.”

It is just another display of incompetence for Murray to claim “everybody thought it was resolved years ago.”

March 15, 2012

Shouldn’t America Practice Separation of Mosque and State As Well?

by lewwaters

Without a doubt, the United States of America is the greatest experiment in freedom and liberty in all of mankind’s history on this planet. Our ancestors migrated to this ‘New World’ centuries ago in large part to escape religious persecution and have the freedom to exercise, or not exercise the religion of their choice, without fear of repercussion from the state for deviating from a “State Religion.”

Nowhere has this concept been shown better than after gaining our Independence from Britain’s King George and putting a constitution in place, our founding fathers wrote in the very first of our 10 Bill of Rights, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” Placed before all other rights, our freedom to practice the religion of our choice, unhampered by the state was established.

For most of our history, Christianity, in all of its various factions was the predominant religion, alongside Judaism, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and others to much smaller degrees. Still, everybody practiced freely with few if any problems. Communities held Christian ceremonies and holidays while showing honor and respect to the smaller religions when they held their holidays and ceremonies.

Many of my teachers when growing up were Jewish who all received days off to recognize their holidays. We recited the Lord’s Prayer every morning until the early 1960’s when an atheist woman successfully had prayers in school banned nationwide, citing “separation of church and state,” a concept not recognized in our country until a 1947 Supreme Court Ruling in Everson v. Board of Education that relied on a few words contained in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists stating, “… I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”

March 14, 2012

Update: March 19 GOP Debate Portland, Oregon

by lewwaters

We will know Thursday Morning if the debate goes forward when it is known if Rick Santorum agrees to appear. So far, only Newt Gingrich has confirmed, Mitt Romney said no, Ron Paul is a maybe, if others show up.

Should it go forward, I will be live tweeting the debate from Portland as I have been invited by Oregon Public Broadcasting to come and participate tweeting the debate.

You can follow me on twitter at @LewWaters or look for the hashtag #GOPMarch19 Monday evening starting about 5 PM Pacific Time.

Read more at Oregon GOP or visit KATU News

UPDATE: It looks like the debate has been canceled, according to a news release from the Oregon GOP

If any other updates are released I will post them.

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