June 30, 2011
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.
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June 29, 2011
Oh please, please, please.
June 26, 2011
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 25, 2011
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.
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June 24, 2011
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
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
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?
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June 22, 2011
“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
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I found a better one cheaper at EIB Store
June 21, 2011
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.”
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June 21, 2011
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 14, 2011
Meet the Press
2.5 Million private sector jobs created? One million in the last 6 months?
June 13, 2011
Being reported in both the Olympian and the Seattle Times, “The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Chris Gregoire is not seeking re-election to a third term. Gregoire is still set to “announce her future plans” at a 10 a.m. news conference today.”
More to follow, but ever since Christine Gregoire snatched the governorship from Republican Dino Rossi in 2004, the state has drastically increased spending that is now unsustainable.
Gregoire has faced fire for her reluctance to reign in spending that has left the state facing multi-Billion dollar gaps necessitating extreme measures to meet the balanced budget law.
Republican Rob McKenna has announced his intent to run for Governor and it is expected Democrat Jay Inslee will now enter the race to replace Gregoire.
UPDATE from TVW: “She said for the next 18 months of her term, she’ll work hard to ensure the state gets out of the recession. After that, she has no plans — except maybe taking a break to get to spend some time with her family.”
I dread seeing what she classifies as “work hard to ensure the state gets out of the recession,” after how she worked hard to plunge us deeper into this mess.
June 12, 2011
Leave it to the Columbian’s bombastic liberal political editor to pine away over the job cuts in the government sector and not acknowledge that government continues to block and deny hundreds of thousands of shovel ready jobs itching to be created and put people back to work all across the nation.
But, that is just what John Laird has done with his Sunday, June 12, 2011 editorial Fist-bumps in anti-government crowd.
From his grossly out of context Reagan quote, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” to his mischaracterization of conservatives as “anti-government” instead of what we really are, “limited-government,” Laird laments on government jobs being lost in this “Great Recession.” Even on his facebook page, he labels the editorial, “Reflections on the recent wave of cuts in government jobs,” ignoring millions of private sector jobs lost since the Great Repression began in 2007.
While Laird whines about government jobs lost, he completely ignores the ongoing efforts of that very government in blocking private sector jobs at the ready by the hundreds of thousands for several years. Jobs that not only are good paying, but that would spur supportive jobs while at the same time helping to end our reliance on foreign sources for our energy security.
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June 9, 2011
C’mon Broward County, can’t ya’ll do better than this? Send her packing back to Brooklyn.
June 9, 2011
Should the city have the keys to all business, apartments, and rental properties within a city? The Cedar Falls, Iowa city council thinks so.
This past May, council began holding hearings on passing an unfunded mandate on property owners requiring them have keys to their property in lock boxes to give emergency responders easier access to the property, in case of an emergency. The boxes will cost property owners between $250 to as high as $2,000 if passed.
Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?
June 8, 2011
As expected, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced his candidacy for governor this evening. Video of his announcement HERE (announcement begins at about 22 min mark)
McKenna campaign website HERE
McKenna Clark County website HERE
Democrats have held Washington States Governor’s office for 26 years. Republican’s see McKenna as their best chance to gain the Governor’s office since John Spellman left office in 1985.
In his announcement he rightfully said, “The fact of the matter is that the direction we are headed in is simply unsustainable.”