Posts tagged ‘John Laird’

February 27, 2016

Are We Past The Point of No Return?

by lewwaters

Wile E. Coyote Hate GOPIt seems to be a saying widely disseminated today, being past the point of no return. We hear it in relation to climate change, economical woe and much more.

But where it may be more truthful than anywhere else is in our political discourse, both nationally and locally.

It seems that although our political discourse has been brutal at times since our country was founded, it took on a new level of vitriol beginning with the announcement of George W. Bush winning the 2000 presidential election, with the false cries of “he stole the election” heard ever since.

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August 4, 2013

Thoughts on the Lazy C’s New Editorial Page Editor

by lewwaters
Greg Jayne

Greg Jayne

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.

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July 28, 2013

Acerbic Editor, John Laird, Pens Final Editorial

by lewwaters

Laird GargamelJohn 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.

Laird, Retirement Gift

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June 22, 2013

Will the Lazy C Ignore Benton – Rivers Reconciliation?

by lewwaters

Rivers-BentonIn spite of Lou Brancaccio’s many denials, the Lazy C (the Columbian) is noted for their left leaning bias, making them more of a daily newsletter for the Democrat Party than an objective newspaper in their political articles.

Very few Republicans receive much of a positive nod, especially if they are conservative Republicans and not the spineless RINO’s selling their souls to liberals on many issues of importance to us.

And yes, there are some exceptions or at least, an appearance of an exception. Senator Ann Rivers is such an exception in that they do not bash and denigrate her to the degree they have others, such as Senator Don Benton and County Commissioner David Madore.

They were real quick to jump on the disagreement and exchange of words between Senators Rivers and Benton, gleefully painting Don Benton once again as an out of control monster.

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December 13, 2012

Mayor Leavitt Takes Stand Against Private Sector Job Growth

by lewwaters

LeavittAgain we see so-called leaders of the city of Vancouver, Washington turning a blind eye to the plight of citizens not only in the city, but in nearby communities and the rest of the state as Vancouver’s Mayor, ‘Teflon’ Tim ‘the Liar’ Leavitt stood with enviro-wacko’s, speaking against the proposed coal export terminals being planned that will ship coal to Asia, providing much needed jobs to our state and even benefit the citizens he claims to represent.

Previously covered here, the terminals would accept coal shipped by rail and barge to be loaded onto ships and sold to countries in Asia that are building coal powered facilities to economically benefit regions in their countries that have until now been without electricity.

These countries will buy coal, if not America’s low sulfur coal, other countries coal with much higher concentrates of sulfur. But, they will buy the coal they desire.

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October 14, 2012

The Columbian’s Hate Fest With the Electoral College

by lewwaters

Seems once again, the responsibility of educating the college indoctrinated editorial board at the Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party, falls on a regular High School Graduate. Every so often they seem to feel they are smarter than the framers of our constitution and founders of this great federal Republic, the United States of America. They are far from it.

The Columbian has a long history of hate towards the Electoral College system of selecting our President. It matters little to them that the system has worked just fine since its inception at the founding of our country, 4 times doing as designed to represent the will of the states and not the majority of people, the Columbian editorial board runs editorial after editorial bashing it, admitted to by editorial page editor John Laird as “one of my favorite crusades: bashing the Electoral College” in an October 12, 2008 editorial.

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February 3, 2012

Predicting John Laird’s Sunday, February 5, 2012 Editorial

by lewwaters

I predict John’s Sunday editorial will be a slobbering approval of the Senate passing homosexual marriage and he will not even mention the $1.5 Billion budget gap still facing the state that has not been a priority.

UPDATE: I was wrong. Instead of slobbering all over himself for the homosexual marriage passing in the Senate, John decided to once again go on a rant and bash Sen. Don Benton, Republican of course over wanting to see English as our official language.

Oddly enough, Laird ends his rant with, “Other legislative priorities? Like balancing budgets, creating jobs and improving schools? Hey, this ain’t Buckaroo’s first rodeo. He leaves that stuff to the rookies.”

Isn’t that exactly what we have saying as the legislature has wasted nearly half of the session promoting homosexual marriage?

And to show what a sick perverted mind Laird has, he also pens, “And as a musician, I can keep a steady beat with ‘Oye como va,’ the Latin rock classic made popular by Santana. And when Patti LaBelle belts out ‘Lady Marmalade,’ I can slap a pretty good drawl on ‘voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)’?”

That last sentence translates to “would you sleep with me (tonight)?”

November 12, 2011

Of Good Friends and Frenemies

by lewwaters

It looks like my ‘super buddy’ Lou Brancaccio at the Columbian has done it again. In calling for “no more cheap shots” and previous “warning” only my wife and I to “keep it constructive,” while ignoring “cheap shots” from others, ‘super buddy’ Lou pens his post election assessment of one candidate and one supporter in Before the election completely fades

In reality yet another slap against successful businessman David Madore, their favorite boogieman they frequently rail against and Josephine Wentzel who they thoroughly trashed throughout the campaign only to whine about when she broke off contact with them.

Lou offers them both and the rest of the community his ‘expert’ advice on how they should act, apparently according to his Book of Hoyle if they wish to campaign in Clark County again. Right off the bat we see him falling back on “Blame the messenger rather than the message” since Josephine had the audacity to call the paper on their very slanted coverage of city council candidates.

Apparently he never learned that if someone’s message is continually blocked, twisted, spun and demeaned at every step, the messenger does share a lot of blame for it not getting out. Of course, when you seek to maintain a monopoly on messaging in the community and control the dissemination of information, little things like bias are not so apparent to the biased ones pretending to be objective.

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November 9, 2011

Damewood Answers Her Own Question, 8 Months Later

by lewwaters

Not too surprisingly, the Columbian’s liberal bias was on full, bright display this election as their endorsed candidates did not include a single conservative. But even more glaring is seeing the sexist attacks launched on one woman, Josephine Wentzel.

Whether you like her or not is immaterial. She is a Hispanic woman who ran on her values and was thoroughly trashed every chance the Columbian got.

Leading the charge was Andrea Damewood, who seemed to take a little more delight than one would expect in digging out dirt irrelevant to the campaign and who seemed shocked when Wentzel, fed up with the ill-treatment, cut off responding to her and the paper.

Damewood, it should be remembered, penned an article just 8 months ago in March, ‘Why aren’t women running?’ political vets wonder

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June 12, 2011

Weeping Over Government Job Cuts, Ignoring Government Blocking Hundreds of Thousands of Private Sector jobs

by lewwaters

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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May 22, 2011

Just Because the World Did Not End, It’s Not the End of the World

by lewwaters

No doubt, a few people woke up feeling dejected and dismayed, realizing that predictions of gloom and doom and the world coming to an end made by 89 year-old preacher, Harold Camping did not happen. Why anybody took it serious escapes me as anybody with an even rudimentary knowledge of the Bible and Christianity knows that it says no one knows when that will happen, not even Jesus, only God.

Throughout the years there have been literally hundreds, if not more, end time predictions made and if you are reading this, none of them came true. To me, it shows that there are some, declaring themselves devout Christians, who end up, unwittingly, placing more faith in the words of a fellow man and not God’s word.

But, my intent here is not to point out shortcomings in people’s faith or the Church. Someone’s religious beliefs are very personal and even if they are what I would describe as “fringe,” they are their beliefs. What does bear pointing out is the reaction of some non-believers, atheists on the left, human secularists or whatever you wish to call them. Knowing full well that the majority of believers did not fall for Camping’s nonsense, this is ignored so they can take a slap at all Christians.

As I suspected was going to happen, John Laird of the Columbian, even toned down from his more usual ‘I hate any and everything Republican’ rhetoric, made his Sunday column about the latest end of the world failure with his column, How did Judgment Day go for you?

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April 3, 2011

John Laird’s Hatchet Job Against Conservatives Continues

by lewwaters

As anyone within the region served by Clark Counties newspaper of record knows, the Columbian is as “unbiased” as they can be. Or so they claim. In spite of example after example of the contrary being shown, editor Lou Brancaccio can be expected every few weeks or so to pen a column boasting of their “unbiased” claims.

From the cloak of secrecy surrounding the abrupt and mysterious resignation of Democrat 49th legislative district representative Jim Jacks to the continual support of the boondoggle Columbia River Crossing project, the Columbian continues giving a pass to Democrats and projects favored by them, even though it is continually shown to be of no real benefit to the community or taxpayers who will be stuck the bills for generations to come.

No better example of the “trash and bash” against anybody to the right of Chairman Mao or Vladimir Ilyich Lenin can be seen that the regular Sunday editorials of editorial page editor John Laird.

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January 17, 2010

Clueless Blue Donkey’s In Clark County

by lewwaters


I am always amazed at just how clueless and spiteful Democrats can be. Maybe because for the first half of my life, I was a Democrat, born and raised into a staunchly Democrat household in South Florida.

I’ve watched as they high jacked the Civil Rights movement they so strongly fought against and filibustered in the 1960’s and even how they coerce a Republican President into how necessary tax increases are only to use that tax increase they pushed for as a campaign gimmick against that same Republican President.

I guess it should have come as no surprise to see that same level of cluelessness coming out of the chair of the Clark County Democrat Party, Dena Horton into today’s Columbian.

While Ms. Horton may have a short leg to stand on in complaining about Ann Donnelly’s description of the Blue Jackasses convention (I wasn’t there so I don’t know), her other vitriolic ramblings are remarkably clueless.

Horton brays, “The Columbian is often accused of being a ‘liberal rag’ by the conservatives, which the Clark County Democrats find baffling when The Columbian continues to print columns by conservative columnist Ann Donnelly while offering no alternative view as a counterpoint.

I am left wondering just how many John Laird’s, Lou Brancaccio’s, Tom Koenninger’s and Kathie Durbin’s must the Columbian publish to equate one Ann Donnelly column every other week in Horton’s world?

Laird runs a weekly column that I have yet to see any pro-conservative stance ever taken. Brancaccio is more even handed, but definitely leans left. Koenninger leans further left and I doubt Kathie Durbin has a kind thought ever towards anything conservative. If so, I can never tell by her writing, especially as she trumped up a controversy last September, Podunk Reporter Creates Issue, Boasts of Resolution.

I saw no “counterpoint” printed in regards to that manufactured controversy and even just last week, John Laird copied it with his vitriol masked as humor, Confessions of a new Republican.

Dena has the audacity to actually state, “We have important elections coming up in 2010 and it does not serve The Columbian’s readership, the general public, or the integrity of the elections process to cause mass confusion about the process by printing inaccurate information.”

Does she really want to go there? Outright lies against President Bush and 8 years of vitriol and demeaning hatred thrown at the man by her party? Does she forget the fraud of the 2004 Washington State Governor’s election?

As far as that “important elections” goes, yes, we are watching Massachusetts very closely too and it isn’t looking all that good for their State jackasses back there right now.

Unbelievably, Horton cries, “Unfortunately, it seems as though not much has changed and our pleas for truth and fairness have fallen on deaf ears.”

Dena dear, you Democrats wouldn’t know “truth and fairness” if your donkey’s tail was bitten. We sat and watched as every sort of hatred and mean-spirited message was sent out against the GOP and President Bush.

We saw as you used the Troops and the very war your party voted to authorize as a campaign tool for political gain.

We watched as your party seized control of Congress with lies, innuendoes, subterfuge and dishonesty straight out of Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals.’

We watched as despicable conduct by a President from your party was excused, just to have you come back later and point fingers at others over similar “immoral” conduct.

I was at the Hilton the evening in November 2008 when a junior senator was propelled into the Presidency by playing the race card and one of your number placed the sign outside the ballroom, “The night America came together.”

None of you have yet to explain why America cannot “come together” unless a group of jackasses controls the country and continues to bankrupt us.

The whiny column written by Blue Donkeys Chair Dena Horton is indicative of spoiled little children who don’t always get their way and throws a tantrum.

If Clark GOP Chair, Ryan Hart, wrote such a column every time a leftist column appeared in the Columbian, he’d have to be on full time employ.

Americans are waking up to the ploy, Dena. I suggest you get used to not having “fair and balanced” being your point of view only!

As a famous Democrat once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

I guess that was back when Democrats cared about more than remaking America into a socialist mecca and carbon copy of the failed Soviet Union.

October 10, 2009

Lou Brancaccio Shows Bias In Crying Non-Bias

by lewwaters

Lou Brancaccio, embattled managing editor of the Columbian newspaper, is still trying to create the appearance of ‘fair and balanced’ paper. This time, he is doing it over the papers coverage of both the Republican and Democrat conventions coming to Vancouver in 2010.

He does it in his October 10 weekly column, Press Talk: Of fairness and this column.

Always following the normal liberal venue of “victim,” as he opens the column with,

“When it was announced the state Democrats were bringing their convention to Vancouver, it was a big — and good — story for the area.

We put it on the front page.

Then I waited for my phone to ring and my e-mail box to fill up. I wasn’t disappointed.

Why? Because some would think we’re favoring the Democrats.”

He then goes on to list one critical email received and his reply.

I’ll take him at his word that the announcement for the GOP convention was also front page because I no longer buy the Columbian But I will ask, was that only email received? Are we to believe he only received critical emails from conservatives and none from the liberals?

He then goes to lament on a complimentary email received from one I have to assume is a liberal on his October 2 column addressing the recent loss of the Olympics in Chicago, Press Talk: Too bad how we make decisions.

We see “fair” coverage of political conventions for both parties criticized by a Republican and “fair” coverage of the Olympics denial praised by a Democrat.

No Democrats were critical of the coverage of the conventions and no conservatives were praising the coverage of the Olympics loss, right? We don’t know about other emails or calls received, but that is what we are led to believe.

Yeah, no bias there, uh huh.

Let’s look at the “fair” coverage of the conventions and see if the coverage really was fair.

On June 23, the Columbian ran an article announcing the Clark GOP securing the 2010 convention for Clark County. It consisted of 173 words about the convention being held in Clark County and another 94 words of filler addressing the elections this year.

October 5, the same Columbian reporter, Kathie Durbin, ran the article announcing the Democrat convention coming which consisted of 273 words on the party and convention itself and some 62 filler words on general matters and acknowledging the GOP convention.

Both conventions are mentioned within days in the weekly Cheers & Jeers Column. However, the October 10 Cheers & Jeers states,

“Cheers: To Clark County’s growing stature as a place for meetings and conventions. This week the Democrats announced they’ll hold their 2010 state convention here next June. The Republicans likewise have picked us for their convention.”

“Republicans likewise?” Shouldn’t that be “Democrats likewise,” indicating the GOP first secured a convention months ago?

Likewise, to be fair, the June 25 Cheers & Jeers column was several times larger than the Oct 10 column mentioning the Democrat convention. Of course, then there was no idea that the Democrats were to follow suit in bringing their convention here too.

Lou mentions receiving emails and phone calls, as noted. One thing he leaves out though, is comments from readers online. The June 23 column announcing the GOP convention has some 11 comments critical of or complaining about the Republicans.

The June 25 Cheers & Jeers has 3 such comments. I have to assume those critical are Democrats.

The June 23 article, in the comments section has 2 critical of the Democrat convention with 1 liberal seemingly expecting an onslaught from us. There none either way on the October 10 Cheers & Jeers column.

That doesn’t show any bias on the Columbian’s part. They have no control over what citizens leave in comments, other then the ability to delete if need be.

But it says something more about those within our community, to me.

This post may seem nit picking, what with word counts and such, but is it any less than Brancaccio having a slow news day and turning to selected emails for his column?

Where is his column on Brian Baird now taking a stand on voting against measures he hasn’t had time to read, after voting for the two largest spending bills in recent history and not having tome to read them?

Where is the column on his two challengers criticizing him for such a “stunt?”

Why do we have to turn to the Lewis County Chronicle or the Olympian to read such news on our congressman and not find it in our own local paper?

Where are the investigative articles on all the charges of corruption in Mayor Pollard’s City Hall?

Lou Brancaccio claims to receive complaints of right winged bias from liberals, but I fail to see just where, other than those fringe leftist who think any coverage of Republicans is bad.

Does this post show any bias? I’ll leave that up to you, the reader to decide. Of course, having more than just one conservative column running every other week compared to weekly columns by Lou, John Laird and Tom Koenninger might forestall many claims of left-winged.

Then again, liberals are said to already be crying about bias due to that one column every other week and we must keep them happy, right?

I’ll end by saying to Lou Brancaccio; “there are none so blind as they who will not see.”

October 3, 2009

Yes Lou, “It Is Too Bad How We Make Decisions,” Isn’t It?

by lewwaters

Lou Brancaccio The irony of Lou Brancaccio’s column in the Saturday October 3 Columbian is just too much to pass up.

Lou joins in with those Obama admirers who are seemingly stunned that the IOC could possible reject a personal plea from the One and his better half, MO. That the whole world isn’t enamored with such an inexperienced junior senator who has no idea what to do, other than engage in self glorification in every speech as are those Americans who fell for the canard of Obama completely escapes those like Lou Brancaccio.

For those reading this not in the Clark County Washington area, Lou Brancaccio is the managing editor of our paper of record, The Columbian, struggling through chapter 11 currently over decreasing revenues.

Lou pens a weekly column, Press Talk, editorializing his opinion, predominantly Democrat, as are many other failing newspapers across America.

The irony dripping from the title alone of his latest screed, Too bad how we make decisions is unbelievable, given that many in the community have called Brancaccio on his own decisions of making mountains out of molehills in favor of Democrats while often completely ignoring legitimate news stories that may paint Republicans in either favorable light or expose their own bias.

Many instances have been noted not only on this blog site, but several others within the community and even in the comments section of many articles written by Lou or his vitriolic cohorts, John Laird and Kathie Durbin, just to mention two.

Lou, who I believe once said he hailed from the Chicago area himself, laments on how the world doesn’t see the true Chicago today and instead of seeing the good of the city, focuses on such as Al Capone or the violent 1968 Democratic Convention held in the city.

Nowhere does he note that his choice of president has spent the entire 8 months of his presidency to date traveling the globe and apologizing for America being such a lousy country.

Even Bill Bennett noted on CNN that for once, Obama would be forced to praise America.

But to me, the irony isn’t so much that the IOC saw through the self aggrandizing speeches of both of the Obama’s but that Lou can’t even see his own poor choices in decision making that results in casting half of the community his paper claims to serve aside in favor of the political rhetoric of the left.

The editors ignore the voices of the community in matters of importance as tolling a new bridge across the Columbia River, taxing citizens for Universal Healthcare that is rapidly failing across America and even same-sex marriage, which has been soundly defeated everywhere it goes before a citizen vote.

Instead we see editorial after editorial trying to convince us how wrong we are, how we are not up to par with our values and at times, how dumb and bigoted we may be for not agreeing with leftists.

What you don’t see in editorials are mentions of outrageous comments made by Democrat Alan Grayson, mentions of False Democrat claims that offend conservatives or even mention of how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is threatening a Nevada newspaper, even though I personally sent Lou that article.

They don’t even have the courtesy to return a comment of “screw off, Republican.”

To be fair, I must comment that the editor of the Letters to the Editor section does pretty good job of approving letters from both points of view. But a paper cannot live by LTE’s only.

Lou tells us, “The International Olympic Committee turned a deaf ear to Chicago.”

From where I sit, the Columbian and Lou Brancaccio turns a deaf ear to half of Clark County, the conservative half.

He goes on to say, “In many ways we are all part of Chicago. And the Olympics will be worse off without it.”

Is he not part of Clark County and does not ignoring so many within our county leave his papers revenues “worse off?”

Even more ironic today, after lamenting on LeGarrette Blount, University of Oregon football player who punched out an opposing player, Lou says, “Consequences are not just set up for the offending party. They are also set up to show society what happens when you do wrong. Apparently, slaps on wrists for major wrongdoing is standard operating procedure in sports.”

Could not the same thing be said in regards to the ACORN scandal Lou is barely covering?

Could it not also be said of misdeeds of Democrat party members who still sit in chairmanships of committees and who the so called press doesn’t bother to write much about?

Could it also be said of a failing newspaper who chooses to ignore half of the community they claim to serve?

Yes Lou, it is too bad how we make decisions.

From where I sit, yours don’t seem much better than what you claim for the IOC.

September 28, 2009

Poor Lou Brancaccio, He Doesn’t Get It

by lewwaters

Lou Brancaccio, managing editor of Clark County’s Columbian newspaper sits in a tough position, given that the paper is still under financial difficulties. Without knowing the exact hierarchy of the paper, I’m assuming the title of “managing editor” places him with the responsibility of how the paper is ran and what is ultimately published.

I’ve never met Lou nor even spoke with him on the phone, but have exchanged words with him in the comments section underneath many articles, especially his editorials. Based on that I’d say he is more reasonable than others who write for the Columbian.

Like I said above, he sits in a tough position as managing editor, but he just doesn’t get or see the bias of the paper overall, referring back to the 2004 endorsement of President Bush and a couple editorials softly critical of congressman Brian Baird this summer to claim they are not biased.

What goes unmentioned on the 2 soft criticisms of Baird is the apologetic articles at the same time and days after, including one excusing Baird’s poorly executed joke about a Ryder Truck with his name on it, missed completely in the first article, but labeled an explanation of a death threat after several in the community expressed displeasure in it.

Lou does it again in his Sunday September 27 editorial, “Press Talk: Have a question for Dr. Lou?” basically explaining how the public trusts what they read in print more than from other sources.

I can somewhat agree with that, but as I’m sure Lou has noticed, print media across the country is losing subscribers, readers and yes, advertisers too, the sources of their income.

America has long history with the print media extending back before the birth of our country. Even then, sources were considered credible and non-credible, depending on how the public accepted what was printed.

Thomas Jefferson, one of the founders of our country, was an early proponent of Freedom of the Press, yet he too became very critical of the press and how they published reports.

This is what Lou Brancaccio seems to miss out on, that criticisms of the Columbian are not necessarily meant to discredit either him or the Columbian, although I will readily admit some comments left on articles are out of line and unreasonable, from both perspectives.

Lou says in his editorial, “I find it interesting that — oftentimes — the very folks who tell us we’re no good and no one cares what we write and no one is reading us anymore, are the same ones that implore us to cover something they believe is important.”

Personally, I think Lou oftentimes blends comments from people who post unreasonable comments with those who are trying to tell Lou why we no longer buy the paper and how we would like to see it improve.

Yes, we are asking for coverage of stories currently not being covered. Yes, we are asking for more coverage of conservative issues. Not total conservative only, just some balance to John Laird and Kathie Durbin, to just mention 2.

We cancelled subscriptions and stopped buying the paper because we grew tired of seeing our views and values constantly trashed in the pages of the Columbian. We sought alternative sources and even though not print media, many of us discovered Fox News, much hated by liberals, but actually “fair and balanced” in presenting both sides and giving time for representatives of both major parties on issues of importance.

Don’t bother trying to tell me that programs such as Bill O’Reilly, Hannity, or Glenn Beck show their bias. Geraldo Rivera and Greta Van Susteren are not conservatives and even though I’m not a huge fan of any of the 3 first listed, they are no worse than Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow.

But, back to the Columbian.

To show Lou an example of bias I mentioned Kathie Durbin’s “exposé” of the GOP mailer that offended a local liberal Democrat couple, GOP fundraising ‘survey’ outrages some recipients that appeared on the front page of the local section on August 24.

Repeated contacts expressing offensive mailers and emails received by Republicans from Democrats have been ignored both by Lou Brancaccio and Kathie Durbin.

Running the article by the editor of the Washington Times elicited the reply of, “Lew you are right, seems like a lot of fuss over nothing. It’s amazing what the press won’t cover, and then they get all wrapped up on something like this. Unreal.”

Running it by Lou brought out, “Not exactly sure what your point is by citing the Denny story. We did that story just like we did the Congressman Baird stories. The chips fall where the chips fall. And from our perspective they fall on both sides.”

What about the perspective of those lost customers, Lou? As with any business, if the customer is not receiving the service they desire they go elsewhere.

Currently there is a lone conservative columnist, Ann Donnelly who has a column appearing every other week. Yet, we read liberal reporters and editors on nearly a daily basis.

No one is asking anyone to change their views or go against their values, just give conservative readers and former subscribers more equal coverage. You might even gain some of us back.

Lou asks, “Why would the very same people who say the mainstream media isn’t worth the paper we’re printed on implore us to cover something?”

It’s called balance, Lou.

The Columbian is Clark County’s main print media source and it is in financial difficulty. We don’t want to see the paper fail and have been reaching out trying to tell them why we no longer buy the paper.

Lou says in his editorial, “We all need to accept — even embrace — different viewpoints.”

All we are asking for is more balance in editorials and articles with that “different viewpoint.”

August 29, 2009

Podunk Reporter Creates Issue, Boasts of Resolution

by lewwaters

At one time or another we all have received unwanted mail. Be it by post or email, we all receive something that holds no interest or at times, might even be somewhat offensive, something we disagree with and definitely something we didn’t want.

It is a given in today’s information age that this will happen on occasion.

Most of us who consider ourselves ‘normal’ may grimace or even cluck our tongues as we deposit the offensive piece of mail into the nearest trash can or slide our cursor to the upper right of the offending email and simply click the provided little ‘x’ for deleting such unwanted material.

Of all the people I’ve known in my near 61 years of life, no one ever felt the need to contact a local newspaper to make an issue of such received material. In fact, no news reporter in the dozens of places I’ve ever lived would ever accept such a non-story; much less make it a front-page issue in the local section of the newspaper.

That was before.

Enter Raymond and Louise Denny; recently retired to La Center from Connecticut and self described “liberal Democrats.”

The Denny’s claim they received a GOP fund raising survey and were especially offended by one question contained in it and took the extraordinary step of contacting Kathie Durbin, the ‘Podunk’ Reporter in our failing local paper of record, the Columbian.

Instead of just telling the Denny’s to grow-up and throw it away, Ms. Durbin joins in with the Denny’s and blows it all out of proportion, as I reported on in The Columbian: Mouthpiece For Democrats posted on August 25.

I was more shocked to receive an unwanted email myself from the DCCC’s Jon Vogel, who just somehow happened to find the very same survey question offensive and distorted it in their own fund raising email sent out to supporters and others on their ‘spam’ list, also reported on by yours truly at DCCC Mirrors The Columbian on August 28.

Lo and behold, the August 29 Columbian contains, Nat’l GOP backs off ‘inartful’ mailer, by, you guessed it, our own sweet little Ms ‘Podunk’ Kathie Durbin, where she boasts,

“A GOP spokeswoman conceded, in an interview with The Associated Press distributed Friday, that the question, part of a fundraising mailer known as a “push poll,” was “inartfully worded.”

The question and others in the mailer, called “Future of American Health Care Survey,” have been featured on several progressive-leaning political blogs and have attracted national attention since being reported Tuesday in The Columbian.”

Most offensive is that several times now in the Columbian’s own comments section, I have alluded to a “fact check” card sent out by the Democrat Party which contains blatant lies about the GOP’s stance on the healthcare issue.

This particular “fact check” card was sent as an attachment to an email received from Marlon Marshall, DCCC National Field Director on August 18, 2009 and titled, “Scare Rush and Sarah Right Back.”

You may obtain your own copy by clicking HERE for as long as it remains.

First on this “fact check” card,

MYTH: Grassroots Protestors are Disrupting Town Halls
House Republican Leader John Boehner’s Office: “Back home for the August recess, rank-and-file Democratic Members of the House are facing a backlash from their constituents.”
FACT: Lobbyist-Run Groups Are Orchestrating Extremist Mobs Republicans and well-funded special interest groups are sending far-right extremists to local town halls to stop any meaningful discussion of Health Insurance Reform. Some of these mob scenes have turned especially ugly – including the hanging of Members of Congress in effigy and use of Nazi SS symbols.”

Well before this “fact check” card was made available it was shown and proven that those of us going to townhalls and expressing our displeasure are less “well organized” than supporters who receive their ‘marching orders’ from Obama’s Organizing For America or from Unions and supplied with professionally made signs.

No one complains about them sending their ‘troops’ to townhalls. But, if we email each other and go to townhalls voluntarily and for no pay, we are considered “well-funded special interests.”

Unmentioned anywhere is that on several Craigslist sites you will find ads for “PAID” activists to work in support of the Democrats Healthcare Reform measure and offered between $10 to $15 an hour to do so.

Also in this “fact check” card is,

MYTH: There is a Republican Plan Minority Whip Cantor: “The Republican plan” provides “access to affordable basic coverage.”
Fact: “Republicans have yet to coalesce around a single plan.” Even though the House Republicans’ “Health Care Solutions Group” guaranteed a counter proposal, they have refused to release a plan to the public.

So, is this blatant lie mentioned because the GOP doesn’t have a “single plan?”

Guess what, my friends, NEITHER DO THE DEMOCRATS!!

Congressman Baird admitted openly that they have several versions they are working on at the August 18 townhall.

Or, is it due to, “they have refused to release a plan to the public?” Also a blatant lie.

Remember this was sent on August 18, 2009. That is pertinent because June 17, 2009, CBS News, hardly considered a friendly outlet for the Republican Party, ran the article House Republicans Offer Health Care Plan and supplies a link to that very plan.

Kathie Durbin has nothing to say about this blatant lie issued by her favored party nor about several mentions by many of us on the right being offended by such lies. We don’t merit her time much less front-page mention in the Local Section of the paper.

But, a Liberal Democrat couple does!

Ms. Durbin mentions,

“The story was also picked up by CBS News, the Huffington Post, Politico and the AP.”

Isn’t that convenient? National Left-Winged media becomes interested in a small town couple receiving a survey by mistake and taking issue with one question in it.

Also note that one of our longer term residents, a U.S. Marine Veteran who confronted congressman Baird, is referred to as “ranting.”

Indications are that the paper of record produced this “report” without even talking to the Marine and surprise, surprise, surprise, also written by the same sweet little ‘podunk’ reporter.

Reading Ms. Durbin’s latest promote the DNC screed this morning, I shot off an email to Ms. Durbin, produced below.

Hello Ms. Durbin,

I apologize first for sounding upset, but I am. I am offended that you give such space to an alleged offensive question in a GOP fund raising mailer that even you admit is standard procedure for both party’s.

I am offended that more space is granted to the RNC disavowing the alleged offensive question.

Most of all, I am especially offended that there is total silence from you and your newspaper in regards to Republicans being offended at blatant lies in a DNC “Fact Check” card emailed out when our townhall commenced with Representative Baird.

You may view the card at http://dccc.3cdn.net/1aa7eb30369019f33a_drm6iyjf8.pdf

And if I may ask, why is a Democrat couple who allege they mistakenly received the GOP mailer and are offended given such prominence in coverage, but we Republicans are not.

Is this what the Columbian considers “Fair and Balanced?”

I have yet to receive any reply.

I almost cringe thinking what we will see from the most vitriolic John Laird’s weekly screed Sunday Morning.

UPDATE: I ran this story by the editor of a Major National Newspaper and received this reply, “Lew you are right, seems like a lot of fuss over nothing. It’s amazing what the press won’t cover, and then they get all wrapped up on something like this. Unreal.”

May 24, 2009

What Demons Lurk Within John Laird?

by lewwaters

John LairdIn his weekly tirade, Columbian Editorial Page Editor John Laird makes an attempt at a Memorial Day tribute, sans the usual anti-Republican vitriol.

For veterans, some demons never die

Laird does pay a touching tribute to his now deceased older brother, also a fellow Viet Nam Veteran. But, he also seems to display the usual misunderstanding the general public has towards not only Viet Nam Veterans, but also Veterans in general.

Much of this I discussed a while ago in another post, Veterans, Warriors and Heroes, not Victims.

Laird discusses how his brother came home and would not talk about the war, much like many others. I do not presume to speak for his brother, but as a Viet Nam Veteran myself, do have some knowledge of this matter.

Many of us would not discuss it for a variety of reasons, some because we felt no one wanted to listen. We also saw the portrayal of us in the media, TV, movies and often in person and it was not who we were and we did not wish to be associated with that misrepresentation.

Apparently forgotten by Laird is that we are so far the only returning Veterans to face the scorn of the nation, spit at and largely demonized, until they decided we were merely hapless victims of Republican Politicians, ignoring that it was Democrat Politicians who deeply involved us in that war in the first place.

Some had memories too harsh to recall and tried to bury them, as in every other war.

Most tried to simply blend back in and resume their lives before Viet Nam, hiding from the scorn the nation threw our way. Laird’s brother undoubtedly fell into one of these and chose to remain silent.

I consider myself one of the lucky ones in that regard as I chose to remain in the U.S. Army after Viet Nam and was not subjected to as much public vitriol as did many others, having served in Germany until after our involvement in Viet Nam ended in 1973.

Somewhere in all this, John formed in his mind a middle ground between our fallen we memorialize on Memorial Day and all Veterans we honor on Veterans Day. A group of “military veterans who survived combat but whose lives are shortened by the lingering, horrific impacts of fighting in defense of America.

I suspect his attempt is sincere, but misguided as he says, “All across Clark County, there are people whose lives have been physically, emotionally or psychologically wounded by war. Their scars are visible as well as hidden, intermittent and incessant, diagnosed and treated but also self-suppressed and festering.

Why does he not include those who are also proud of their service and defense of America? Does it ever occur to him that his own constant drone against the Bush administrations prosecution of this war contributes to Veterans “self-suppressed and festering” emotional wounds?

Perhaps he is attempting to hide his own guilt towards his brother, as he also says how he stopped asking when John never accepted invitations to go fishing. Perhaps John’s brother would have taken those quiet moments to openly discuss pent up emotions with John and since John turned down the invitations, just clammed up like many others, feeling no one wanted to listen to us.

Most disconcerting is when he states, “Millions of veterans still fight demons they could not jettison back in the war zones.

All sorts of people fight demons lurking within them. Crime victims, abuse victims, guilt ridden and nearly every category you can imagine can imbed those “demons” deep within ones mind.

John’s choice of “Millions of veterans” is all too reminiscent of the words of failed presidential candidate, John ‘F’in Kerry in 1971 when he said, “The country doesn’t know it yet, but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence…..

No John, we Veterans are just ordinary citizens who had to perform extraordinary tasks because of our belief that America should remain free and are willing to fight to retain that freedom.

This brings us back to John Laird and just what demons is he fighting? Considering his own weekly vitriol expressed towards Republicans and conservative causes and values, just what drives him if not also his own demons?

Guilt over is brother? Perhaps feelings of shortcomings for not having stood up as his brother did? Whatever they may be only he knows, but they show in his writing and expressions of misgivings towards those he disagrees with.

Perhaps what is really needed is a middle space for newspaper editors who don’t understand themselves why they hate opposing views so deeply.

May 2, 2009

Columbian Files For Chapter 11 Protection

by lewwaters

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As has been expected, the Columbian filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday.

Columbian seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

This does not mean the Columbian is going out of business or will cease publishing the paper, nor should they. On the contrary, the paper should now be able to restructure its debt and emerge, hopefully, as stronger newspaper and even more hopefully, more representative of the community.

The Columbian has been facing financial difficulties due to declining circulation, declining advertising and the bold move of constructing a new building just as the economy began its downward spiral.

Three lay-offs did not help in recovery from their financial woes.

Lou Brancaccio, editor at the Columbian, see is as, “We’re tough and we’ll get going,” indicating a “business as usual” attitude in that the paper will continue to publish daily, as expressed in his editorial, Of getting tough and comments.

Brancaccio makes mention of “we allow our detractors to use our Web site to tell us how bad we are. As it should be.” But, he makes no mention of listening to those “detractors” who mostly point out the “left-leaning bias,” with a few claiming “right-winged bias.”

Personally, I have yet to see any “right-winged bias” in their articles or editorial, John Laird’s especially.

To show me any right-winged bias, as I was discussing with a couple young ladies outside of the Hazel Dell Fred Meyers recently, all one needs do is show me any editorials or articles that were positive towards President George W. Bush in the last 8 years.

Unexpectedly, one turned to the other asking, “did we run any?”

The recent murder of 13 year-old Alycia Nipp in Hazel Dell received excellent coverage that was compassionate towards her family, I felt. What has been missing since is any articles or editorials on how our Legislature refuses to strengthen sexual predator laws and keep those “homeless” level III predators off of our streets. Instead, the one Senator pushing hard for this needed legislation, Republican Senator Don Benton, is castigated by the Columbian for missed votes, with no mention of all those who missed more votes are Democrats.

The Columbian makes no bones about supporting Light Rail across the Columbia River, which Clark County voters have stated they don’t want in the past. They even ran a very questionable poll, with no mention of the demographics of the poll, showing most people now wanted it. What they neglected to say was that the poll was almost 4 to 1 of Oregonians, not Clark County residents.

This is but a couple examples of how they are not representative of the community they operate in, but instead try to manipulate public opinion towards policies advocated by one political party over another.

Readers grow weary of reading how wrong their values are or out of step they are and they cease purchasing that product and seek alternatives more along their values. In Clark County one lesser area they find that is in bloggers, private citizens who openly state their views online, unedited as many letters to the editors are.

The Columbian is in no danger from us, but has felt that we draw readers away. I feel we just fill a niche left open by the Columbian. As I told Jeffery Mize when he interviewed me for his article, Blogging Clark County, we shouldn’t necessarily compete with each other, but augment each other.

In the end, I think Lou Brancaccio is closing in on the Columbians main problems with, “we allow our detractors to use our Web site to tell us how bad we are. As it should be.”

The only question now is, will they listen to their customers?

April 12, 2009

John Laird’s Fear Of TEA Party’s

by lewwaters

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As most know by now, American citizens are rapidly becoming fed up with ever increasing taxes and wasteful pending requiring our taxes to continually be raised, even as our paychecks shrink during a recession.

All across America, citizens who feel we are Taxed Enough Already have organized and held what became known as TEA Party’s, reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party which helped spark our own Revolution against British rule.

Many modern day TEA parties were held earlier in February and many more are scheduled for this Wednesday, April 15, the deadline to file our federal income taxes.

Tax Day Tea Party

The movement has grown rapidly and quickly, grabbing the attention of our socialist left-winged segment of society and obviously instilling a certain amount of fear in them as these same leftists feel the need to organize opposition and infiltration of the events to shape media coverage and possibly disrupt the events discredit them.

It was no surprise to click on today’s Columbian and see vitriolic editor, John Laird, expressing his own opposition and diminishing of the effort in his weekly column, Political rallies: just huffin’ and puffin’

After lamenting as to how he feels Political Rallies by anyone are fairly silly and accomplish nothing of merit, Laird goes on to show how positive people were at the last Obama rally in Portland last year. Then he tells us of the upcoming parties scheduled, “at the tea party, angry protesters will frown and snarl ‘No!’ and ‘From my cold, dead fingers!’”

Of course, we that will attend one or more of the parties are said to “Bray” how the Obama administration plans to cut defense, then telling us he will actually “increase” defense funding. Perhaps poor John missed Friday’s Columbian article, Defense cuts may add to growing unemployment lines.

Regardless, the TEA Parties are about so much more than just the Defense Budget, even though we are at war currently. John also neglects that, as many commenters told him.

Labeling us “tea party soreheads” is about par for the course with John, who seems to never have anything positive to say about half of the country that doesn’t fawn over Lord Messiah Obama.

Of course, I don’t recall any mention of his silly or worthless any of the several anti-Bush and anti-war rallies held during the last few years were, including the March 2007 rally held in Portland, Oregon where one protester dropped his shorts in the middle of the street and defecated on a burning American flag, in front of all, including small children.

I don’t recall any John Laird condemnation of the same protest when a group broke away from the main group, set an effigy of a US Soldier on fire and began chanting, “Build a bonfire, Build a bonfire, Put the soldiers on the top. Put the fascists in the middle, And, we’ll burn the fucking lot.”

That drew nothing out of John Laird, not to my surprise.

For John Laird and others to organize and oppose these rallies as they are shows me they fear them. They fear America is waking up to the excess taxation and how this move to socialism will destroy the fabric of America and turn us into a cheap imitation of the failed Soviet Union.

If they didn’t fear us, they would ignore us and laugh at us. Yet, they take these measures to diminish our worthiness and degrade our stand for freedom and liberty.

My friend, KPAM 860 AM radio host Victoria Taft sent me a copy of her email to Laird. As she said in part, “I’ve seen reporters and columnists botch a story after the fact, but you’re a reporter that can predict the future inaccurately too!”

Portland will be holding their TEA Party this Wednesday evening, April 15 at the Pioneer Square Post Office from 6 PM to 8 PM. I hope all who can attend will.

As important, another is scheduled for this Saturday, April 18 from 11 AM to 1 PM on the Clark County Courthouse lawn. This one is called a Pork Protest, but the intent is just as important, showing opposition to the out of control spending and excess taxation of we the people.

Please attend and bring all your friends and kids. We hope to make this a fun event for all.

Ignore the John Laird’s and take a stand. Take America Back and end excessive spending and taxation.