Jim Mains: Yes, Betty?
Secretary: There’s a Mr. David Madore here to see you sir. He says he has a 4 o’clock.
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While conservatives frequently are threatened over comments, warned that they are on thin ice for something they might say, others apparently get a free reign to spew hate filled vitriol against certain people the Lazy C hates with a passion.
Time and again this is shown and still, Brancaccio denies the bias or the hate they hold for elected officials like David Madore, Tom Mielke and yes, mostly Don Benton.
“This was a bitter election campaign… [I]t felt like there was an opportunity to come together, to extend a hand rather than point a finger. So is there an opportunity now to stop the shouting and the name-calling, end the fist-pumping? I think so. But the window for this kind of thing is always open for only a short time. We’ll all need to take advantage of it quickly. The Columbian would love to cover a coming together.” – Lou Brancaccio, November 8, 2008
Yes, Lou was elated at the Democrats victory back in 2008 as were all Democrats it seemed. To watch them once they seized total control of the country, “America came together” as was expressed on a hand written sign set up outside of the Democrats Victory Party at the Vancouver Hilton that night.
Fast forward to 2013 and even though the national election was somehow in their favor, by hook or crook as the saying goes, locally Lou’s efforts to demean Republican candidates and incumbents to sway the election towards his beloved Democrats had failed. Overwhelmingly, voters throughout the county voted to elect Republicans in all but a couple races.
This post could alternately be titled, “If the Lazy C Ran an Objective Article, Are There Enough Readers Left to Notice?”
The Lazy C, aka the Columbian that is allegedly a newspaper just continues to prove time and again that they are nothing more than an unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party. Even their worthiness to use the pages a bird cage liner are questionable, considering what would be dropping on the paper would be considered more useful.
As was noted back in early August in the post “Exposé? Or Just More Hate?” and as has also been noted on Clark County Politics blog, when they hate you, they really hate you.
And I can’t think of three more people they have had nothing but abject hatred for over the years as they do Sen. Don Benton (R. 17th) as well as Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore.
I love seeing older people put one over on younger people from time to time, especially when the younger one doesn’t seem to realize they’ve just been had. Reading in the Lazy C’s All Politics is Local blog site that seems to be just what Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke did at a recent Commissioner meeting.
While writer Eric Hidle focuses on Commissioners getting through a meeting without controversy, for once, he seems to have missed the significance of the not so subtle ‘in your face’ gesture offered by Commissioner Mielke.
Or, if he didn’t miss it, he is trying to ignore it.
Seen on KOIN 6 News:
It’s always nice to see the media follow-up on blog posts. KOIN reported this story on May 22, 2013 VA hospital worker’s criminal past was TV movie giving no credit to anyone else.
This blog reported on it on March 5, 2013 Deadly Intentions and Sociopathic Tendencies
The Sky Valley Chronicle referenced the story with full credit from my other blog on April 3, 2013 THE “DEADLY INTENTIONS” DOCTOR Where is he now?
That I can find, the local newspaper of record, the Columbian, has yet to discover it, even though it happened right under their noses.
Just last week the Lazy C treated us to a three-part series on the struggles of a couple addicted to drugs. Their jail time, their drug induced paranoia, in and out of treatment facilities, it was all spelled out in the series receiving both praise and condemnation from readers.
Greg Jayne, the new Editorial Page Editor lays it out in the column In Our View: Addiction Costs Us All as, “Yet while the fight against illicit drug use has been a source of debate for decades now, the human toll remains the most poignant aspect of the story.”
But, there is an addiction hurting citizens of Clark County Washington that is much worse than heroin or meth in my estimation, affecting every single struggling middle class taxpayer in the county and the city of Vancouver, frivolous spending by politicians.
Today, Sunday August 4, 2013, not a date that will live in infamy, but a day that marks a big change down at the local newspaper of record, the Columbian that I refer to as the Lazy C for their past efforts at ignoring much to promote a primarily leftist agenda, as we see the initial editorial of Greg Jayne as the newly installed Editorial Page Editor.
Jayne comes from the Sports pages of the Lazy C and since I don’t follow much about sports, I’ll take others words of how good he was covering sports. All I have heard was good concerning that.
But, he has left those days behind and assumed the position held for many years by the acerbic, acid penned John Laird, noted for his vitriolic attacks against citizens the owner of the paper would have liked to buy the paper or subscribe.
Greg Jayne would do well not to follow Laird’s example of frequently labeling those that hold a different view in such a denigrating manner, as did Laird.
John Laird, the vitriolic, extreme left-wing liberal hatemonger editorial page editor at the Lazy C posts his final column today, sure to please decent citizens of Southwest Washington, no longer to be subjected to his heavily biased efforts at denigrating and demeaning any and everybody that refuses to follow his delusional rants lock-step.
We at Clark Conservative (me) present John Laird with this parting image from all of us “Hounds of Whinerville,” “Ankle Biters,” “Cockroaches,” “Banana (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything)” and “Political Piranhas” with the audacity to think for ourselves and not fall prey to the “Texas Rejects” efforts to verbally strong arm us into rolling over and allow ourselves to be steamrolled by every piece of liberal insanity he promoted.
Bad idea in my opinion.
County Commissioner Tom Mielke said it best before when he said the positions should be Partisan with, “it gives voters an idea regarding governing philosophy.”
I know it is becoming commonplace to claim “non-partisan” with our Top Two Primary system, but let’s face it, anybody elected brings with them a “Partisan” viewpoint. From City Council members to Freeholders, whoever holds the seat will govern from a “Partisan” viewpoint.
We also know that Democrats now favor Home Rule due solely to the election of Commissioner David Madore and the reelection of Commissioner Tom Mielke, giving the County Commission a true Conservative Republican majority.
Many of us have alleged for some time now that the Lazy C is totally out of touch with the community they claim they serve. If subscribers that do not buy into the agenda’s pushed by the Lazy C aren’t being labeled ‘Hounds of Whinerville,’ they’re censored in commenting under certain articles.
The Lazy C shows just how out of touch they are with Clark County in the headline run in their Monday June 10, 2013 edition.
Prof. Dean: Welcome back, Class! Let’s get started.
Prof. Dean: Welcome back to the Second Quarter of Psychology 601: TRUTH OR FICTION? I trust you all had a good break and are ready to explore the wonders of Chapter Two: Deception in the Modern Era.
Prof. Dean: You all are graduate students but we have a new guest, undergraduate Jim Moeller, who has joined us. I see him in the back there. Welcome Mr. Moeller. And, of course, we welcome back Ms. Tiffany Couch who is auditing the class. Welcome back Ms. Couch.
Prof. Dean: Now, last term we divided into groups. Each group was given an assignment to be presented to the whole class this first week of the second term. Let’s see, first up we have the Copperheads with a presentation they have titled “Lie to Me.” Sounds relevant and interesting.
Regular readers know why I label the Columbian the Lazy C and the tag has drawn the scorn of Editor Lou Brancaccio, which only tells me I am on the right track. They claim to “serve Clark County,” but here is yet another example of where they in fact fail Clark County.
As we all know, State Senator Mike Carrell passed away a week ago. He was a Republican well liked and helped make up the Philosophical Majority in the Senate that has finally gotten bipartisanship working in the legislature. His death left the numbers even with any tie vote set to be broken by the Lt. Governor, Brad Owens, a Democrat.
Many expected to see a swift power play on the Democrats who have been unable to force their agenda through as they have the past and I am very appreciative to see that did not happen. But we were concerned with who would replace Sen. Carrell and how soon it would happen, with hopes of the appointment being expedited to ensure the Coalition Majority remained intact.
We have long known that the Columbian mouthpiece, better known here as the Lazy C, is deep in the tank for the Columbia River Crossing light rail project. We have seen them marginalize legitimate concerns of citizens and elected officials who scrutinize the project and at times, just not report revelations that may shed light on it.
Their blind devotion to forcing Clark County’s middle class taxpayers into bailing out Portland’s financially failing light rail competes with that seen from Representative Jim Moeller (D Portland/Vancouver) who would like nothing more than to see every middle class taxpayer broke, paying excessive taxes and receiving what he deems they may through his legislation.
But the Wednesday, May 22, 2013 editorial, In Our View: Inslee Turns Up The Heat contains one of the most flagrant out of context mispresentations that border on outright dishonesty as I have seen then publish to date.
The Lazy C has a place on their site they call the “Open Forum” where those who wish to retain their anonymity can spew away their delusional thoughts without signing up for a facebook account to reveal who they are, unlike regular comments under every day articles.
The place is sort of buried, requiring you to click on Opinion, and then scroll to the right to forums, click there to open then scroll down to the week’s worth of rants to see what is there. Those who frequent it, mostly Libtards and a few Paulbots seem to refer to it as “the Basement.” I refer to it as “the Dungeon” where malcontents assign themselves as Dungeon Keepers to speak out in full anonymity, unwilling or unable to stand up for their views openly.
A Dungeon, more common during medieval times, were often seen as dark, cold, damp rooms built below castles where torture took place or people were thrown if they disagreed with the King or Queen and where freedom was lost while Castle Guards and Dungeon Keepers freely roamed to torture, ridicule or mistreat those imprisoned in them.
Legally registered under the title the Columbian, too many times they have exposed themselves as anything but objective, all too often working against the very community they hope to buy their product.
Blogs exposed the heavy bias in reporting when a Republican elected official was accused of wrong doing versus when a Democrat elected official was involved in an alcohol fueled sexual harassment scandal that continues to be covered when confronting cronista Stephanie Rice over denials of extreme lopsided coverage publishing 14 articles in 5 days for a Republican, followed by 2 over a month for a Democrat.
As we all know, Governor Jay Inslee snuck into town a couple weeks ago and issued marching orders to “increase the decibels” to shout down the struggling middle class taxpayers in Clark County who oppose being straddled with decades of increases in the gas tax, license fees, tolls and more to fund the CRC light rail project from Portland that they have repeatedly shown they do not want.
Apparently seeing an opportunity to try to derail the growing opposition, the Columbian mouthpiece is pulling out all of the stops to engage in a so called journalistic Kristallnacht assault on the choice of Sen. Don Benton to take over the vacant Dept of Environmental Concern for the County.
Since it came out Wednesday evening, we have been subjected to no less than 12 screeds objecting to the hiring, from articles, an editorial and Stephanie Rice’s hit pieces, 4 in a single day on the lazy c’s blogs.
Sunday’s John Laird rant can only been seen as the icing on the cake, or maybe better as the major window smashed by the jackbooted thugs in print as he falsely claims to have extinguished fires in opposition to the deeply troubled project.
As we now know, Tim Mielke and David Madore directed County Administrator Bill Barron to begin the hiring process of Don Benton to head the County Dept of Environment, setting liberal heads exploding all, especially Liberal Envirowacko commissioner Steve Stuart who unceremoniously referred to it all as “BULLSHIT!”
His so called apology for his outburst notwithstanding, it appears that he, Stephanie Rice, Lou Brancaccio and everyone else down at the lazy c got it all wrong, again.
Benton is being hired, that much is true, but the smoke screen of circumventing the process, Benton does not meet the minimum qualifications and more is all wrong. It also brings into question Bill Barron’s sudden announcement of retirement, adding to the drama of just supposedly out of control the conservative County Commission is.
It is well known now that the CRC is a very unpopular project among citizens and many business owners. We know it, elected officials know it and of course, even though they try to deny it, the Columbian knows it.
We also know the Columbian is in the tank for the light rail project and instead of investigating numerous concerns reported over the years about the CRC, will run damage control trying to minimize those concerns.
They also have shown themselves unfriendly towards candidates running for office that openly oppose the CRC light rail project and many can attest, do not treat those candidates very equitably, digging up dirt, casting aspersions and opposing just about any candidate who runs against the CRC.
And yet, the Columbian was puzzled when some candidates began bypassing them during campaigns, seeking other outlets to reach voters.
You might say 1974 was a watermark for the media, Journalism in particular. The diligent investigative journalism of the Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein resulted in the only resignation of a sitting U.S. President as Richard Nixon was forced to resign over the scandal.
I missed much of it as I was stationed overseas in Germany during that time, after completing my tour in Vietnam. But we heard of the relentless pursuit of information on the cover-up and illegal actions of President Nixon. It was clearly a fine example of how dogged determination of scandal by the media could change the course of a country.
With that in mind, I find it peculiar to see Columbian editor Lou Brancaccio leaning on the investigative journalism of Woodward and Bernstein in his Saturday, April 27, 2013 editorial, Of Watergate, awards & stress. I find it so peculiar because the Columbian is anything but serious investigative journalism.