Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Calling Out Clark Community College President, Bob Knight

by lewwaters

I’m not too sure just how Bob Knight can speak in support of another tax on us in Clark College for a project to benefit Clark Community College, the very school he is president of and say he isn’t speaking as the President, but he did. After viewing his testimony at the November 29, 2011 County Commissioners hearing on the admissions tax, I’ll explain why I am calling him out.

There are a couple points that I take exception with on Knight’s words as he spoke yesterday, one in particular that I personally do not appreciate.

November 30, 2011

Obama’s America – ‘Malazy’

by lewwaters

Created by NRSC

November 29, 2011

Clark County Commissioners Comments as Admissions Tax Goes Down In Flames

by lewwaters

November 29, 2011

Admissions Tax Defeated, Proposal Does Not Even Receive a Vote

by lewwaters

In a move that seemed to surprise many this afternoon, Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt sided with Commissioner Tom Mielke in not supporting slapping a 5% admissions tax on county entertainment venues to pay a significant portion of a proposed new stadium.

Boldt had previously indicated support for this project and the tax, but today stated he simply could not support it due to concerns of whether or not the Vancouver City Council would also sign on to it.

In a lengthy public hearing this morning and into the afternoon, citizens were pretty evenly divided over support and opposition, much support coming from members of Identity Clark County, The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Downtown Vancouver Association as well as a few private citizens. Nearly all opposition was expressed by private citizens who would be left on the hook for this stadium, should it turn into a white elephant as did the Amphitheater, the Hilton and a golf course in North County.

Seeing Identity Clark County and many others with high hopes of reaping personal side benefits from construction of a stadium with taxpayers taking the risks is not unexpected. We see much of that with Identity Clark County and their “vision” for our community, often leaving us, the struggling middle class out of the loop, but holding the bag.

November 28, 2011

Now That The Election Is Over, They’re Coming For Our Money

by lewwaters

From her November 22, 2011 TownHall, Rep. Sharon Wylie (D. Wa. 49th) in reply to a question from an SEIU member, announces she will propose more taxes on a struggling middle class before laying off any state workers. Her claims of “Thinned the soup enough” fall flat with the recent revelation from Fact Check that many spending cuts were actually little more than reductions in proposed spending increases.

See also: As state makes cuts, lawsuits are flying and Fact check: Has state cut budget by $10.5 billion? Hardly

You may view the entire TownHall, if you can sit through the droning on at CVTV

November 26, 2011

Vancouver Proposes New Parks Ordinance

by lewwaters

Written and submitted by Bob Koski

I keep a close eye on the doings of our local government here in Vancouver, Washington, and out City Council Critters in particular. Wednesday the new agenda for the upcoming Monday night City Council meeting was published an there is one item on it that caught my eye and triggered disbelief and outrage the further I read. Among the many changes that are being made, an entire new enforcement mechanism is being created along with making the local Parks Director a defacto “Park Czar” and giving that person the same authorities as local Police have when it comes to the Park.

I have a lot of problems with this whole document, but only a couple of issues to present for discussion out of a mult-page document. Most of the changes are in fact relatively minor in nature, but the City is sneaking in a couple of real doozies here and I am looking for advice on how to proceed.

The entire City of Vancouver Staff Report No. 148-11 I am referencing here can be found at the following link. Proposed changes are underlined.

http://www.cityofvancouver.us/upload/images/Gov/Council2011/2_SR148-11.pdf

November 23, 2011

Remember Me?

by lewwaters

It’s been around before and has received over 30,000,000 views on YouTube. But, as we settle down for our Thanksgiving Dinners, let’s pause and remember those far away who protect our freedom to enjoy the day.

The author of the video, Lizzie Palmer was but 15 years old when she created it.

November 23, 2011

Overcoming the Language Barrier

by lewwaters

I can’t understand a word she says, but the gesture as the name Barack Obama is mentioned crosses all language barriers and explains a lot

According to the UK Telegraph, “The channel, which goes out to 120 million people across Russia, has declined to comment. But sources close to it have tried to defuse the row by claiming that the newsreader had believed she was off camera at the time and merely providing a voice-over for a report. According to the same storyline, the rude gesture was intended for studio technicians who had been trying to put her off her stride.”

November 23, 2011

A Time For Thanks

by lewwaters

Once again, the last Thursday of November brings another Thanksgiving Holiday. The origins of the Holiday may be debated still as well as the original meaning, but it remains a day set aside long ago for us to show our thanks for all we have and how fortunate we are to be in the freest nation ever imagined.

While we should be thankful every day for the good fortune we have to be Americans, we still set aside one day a year to show our thanks and spend time with loved ones, even those we have differences with. It is a day where we should be able to set aside petty political differences to enjoy our families and loved ones company and for a few, enjoy those who have been absent in faraway lands, especially those returning from war.

Even with all of our troubles and political squabbling we do day after day, we in America still have much to be thankful for. Many people of the world envy those we call poor in America as even our poor are seen as wealthy by so many in other impoverished countries.

Even in these dire economic times our poor are still better off than the children of Africa and many South and Central American countries were food is scarce, clean water a luxury and sanitation almost non-existent causing the premature deaths of many.

November 22, 2011

Another Look at the Pepper Spraying Cop

by lewwaters

We’ve all seen the short video presentation of the Cop slowly walking up and down in front of protesters steadily spraying them with pepper spray and heard the outrage from all corners over the incident.

But, were the Cops set up by protesters? A much longer video posted at Gateway Pundit claims the leader of the group “agreed to be pepper-sprayed!”

I can’t say I condone the action, but others can be heard issuing cautions on keeping your eyes closed and protesters can be seen covering their mouths and faces prior to the spraying beginning. Officers can also be seen trying to remove protesters who were sitting, arms linked and not cuffed as they were being sprayed.

Were the Cops set up by protesters who now use a short clip of the video to show Police Brutality?

Could they have removed the protesters who refused to unblock the way differently?

November 21, 2011

Sorry People, But You Have No “Right” To Other People’s Money!

by lewwaters

As we near the end of the 4th year of the “Great Recession,” seeing the national debt skyrocket and 9% unemployment nationwide being billed as the “new norm,” we once again see Governor Gregoire calling for more tax increases and of course, budget cuts.

We saw her recommend and the legislature pass some pretty deep cuts last year, but now see and hear they didn’t do much good; they didn’t help our ongoing struggles in this deeply recessed economy.

We all know that it is government spending that is the real problem and not the lack of revenue so much, as Democrats always claim in their desire to rape the taxpayers’ wallet even more, but what of those “deep obscene cuts” from last year? Why didn’t they help out as expected?

November 21, 2011

Ode To The Welfare State, 1949

by lewwaters

November 21, 2011

Super Committe Set to Fail, Tea Party Identifies $9.7 Trillion in Cuts

by lewwaters

As we read of the so-called Super Committee set to fail, as we all knew it would, hundreds of Tea Party activists have identified $9.7 Trillion in budget cuts that could balance the budget, shrink government and set us on the road to fiscal responsibility.

They can expect to be ignored as Super Committee failure is what was expected to happen as Obama and Democrats received the $ Trillions of dollars for debt limit increases they desired this summer.

We all knew it was a sham and now we are seeing proof once again that Washington D.C. politicians are sticking it to taxpayers instead of doing what is needed to turn our stumbling economy around.

November 20, 2011

Could Tim ‘Leave-It’ Be Elected Dog Catcher?

by lewwaters

With full apologies to the honorable profession of dog-catcher for comparing Vancouvers worst ever Mayor to them, I read with great interest our local version of Pravda, the Columbian as they continue to hawk ‘Liar’ Leavitt’s chances of being elected to higher office, namely to the seat of 3rd congressional district representative, now held by the equally inept Jaime Herrera Beutler.

Leavitt eyes pros, cons of taking on Herrera Beutler

Both of these marvels of modern politics have accidently stumbled upon doing some things right, but for the most part, are mere puppets of unseen handlers directing what they do while in office.

Herrera Beutler’s less than stellar political career is diligently laid out at the link, so no need for me to rehash how, in spite of a youthful cuteness, she hasn’t a clue.

No, the focus here will be on Tim ‘Leave-It’s’ less than stellar performance as Mayor of Vancouver, Washington ever since openly lying his way into office, also seen here.

November 18, 2011

OCCUPIERS OCCUPY WHILE SOLDIERS DIE: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH OF OCCUPIERS AND THEIR PROTECTORS

by lewwaters

Submitted by Rees Lloyd

Do the so-called “Occupiers” who declare they “represent the 99%” represent you?

Does SEIU, whose members are overwhelmingly “public sector employees,” formerly “publicly servants” fast becoming “public enemies” in the Andy Stern-transformed SEIU which has publicly joined the “Occupiers,” represent you?

Do you agree with the Occupiers’ principle demand that American taxpayers must to be compelled by the Federal Government to pay the Occupiers’ “college loans” — while Americans of the same college-age as the Occupiers are fighting, being wounded, and dying, defending freedom in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Do you agree with SEIU’s recently retired president, neo-socialist Andy Stern, who reshaped the SEIU in his own Sol Alinsky-like political view, and has publicly threatened that: ” ‘ Workers of the World Unite’ is no longer just a slogan, but how we have to do business[,] and “We [SEIU] will use the power of persuasion, but, if that doesn’t work, we will use the persuasion of power[,]” against the very public whose taxes pay the public sector employees of SEIU?

November 17, 2011

“Patriotic Millionaires” Demand Their Taxes Be Increased?

by lewwaters

Besides the obvious thought of if they feel their taxes aren’t high enough, why don’t they just write a check to pay what they think they should, I have to wonder why Millionaires wanting their taxes raised also seek DONATIONS from the public?

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If you look just above the ‘N’ and the ‘A’ in ‘Millionaires’ you will note “DONATE TODAY.”

Do Millionaires really need us to fund their demand to pay higher taxes? Or, are they playing the public as was revealed in Warren Buffet’s call to raise his taxes?

If they really believe raising their taxes is “the right thing to do,” as they claim on their website and they truly feel they don’t pay enough now, shouldn’t they be able to fund their own campaign, given that they are Millionaires?

UPDATE: See how these “Patriotic Millionaires” react when asked if they would donate some of their own money to the treasury at the Daily Caller

I thought they felt they weren’t paying enough?

November 16, 2011

Maxine Waters Once Again Shows Her Shallowness

by lewwaters

If Democrats like Ms. Waters (no relation) get their way, the middle class will cease to exist. There would only be the socialist elite rulers and the poor.

For more, please visit CNS News.com

November 16, 2011

So Choose Another Baker and Show Your Tolerance of Others Beliefs

by lewwaters

The Iowa Supreme Court legalized same Sex Marriage in April 2009.

Did they also invalidate the First Amendment right to freedom of religious expression?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Is it really a civil rights violation if you, a private business owner, decline to do business with someone based upon your religious convictions?

With the issue once again being pushed in Washington State, does 10% of the population have a right to dictate to 90% of the population that their private businesses will do business with them, regardless of personal convictions?

Christian Baker Faces Boycott For Refusing to Make Lesbian Cake

November 15, 2011

In Case You Wonder Why We Are Going Broke

by lewwaters

Our state accountants are completing their final work on the states books and in spite of so called “deep cuts” the governor said we had, it looks like the last two year budget written and passed will close about $90 million in the red.

This ongoing “Great Recession” government keeps us locked in shows no signs of relenting and apparently, no one in government knows or has the guts to do what is actually needed to get us back out.

Instead, we see more money poured into the Columbia River Crossing Project, hopes of an admissions tax to bring a marginal class A baseball team to town complete with a sparkling new stadium, paid in part with more of our tax dollars all while we had to beg to the federal government for a temporary grant to reopen an staff Fire Station 6, recently closed because there is no money to keep it open.

If you want to know why we keep going broke and why I have long called on ousting Democrats at all levels, we need look no further than a recent action taken by the Vancouver city council, Vancouver approves $600K contract to build waterfront park, especially to comments made below the article by current city council member, Jack Burkman.

November 15, 2011

Will Sam Adams Apologize for Upholding the Law?

by lewwaters

The non-leader facilitator of Occupy Portland, Adriane Ackerman read a prepared statement this morning in Portland, decrying what she called “deplorable police action” as Sam Adams finally found a little spine and cleared the illegal squatters out of Chapman and Lownsdale squares in Portland.

Ackerman, who was also seen Saturday evening directing matters leading up to the 12:01 AM “suggested deadline” for the illegal squatters to leave the parks, is demanding an apology from Adams for what she called “militarized police action that led to violence against peaceful protester.”

Video of the “news conference” is at KPTV 12

A poll on KPTV asking if Adams should apologize is running 94% NO, 6% yes.

A similar poll here on KGW’s article is running 92% NO, 8% yes.

Ackerman claims to be cutting off communication with the city until such time Adams issues a formal apology for upholding Portland’s law.

Adams has expressed support for the illegal squatters so the question is, will he continue to ignore the rights and needs of 99% of Portland residents to facilitate illegal squatters? Or will he stand firm and act like a mayor should against illegal squatters who know threaten in invade banks around the nation this coming Thursday?

UPDATE: Most outrageous to now see the city of Portland requesting donations from citizens to restore the two parks that idiot mayor Sam Adams gave illegal squatters permission to destroy. http://www.portlandparksfoundation.org/historic-squares