Friday, February 21, 2020

Bill Josh and when the fringe right uses leftist censorship.

I've been in a spirited debate in a Facebook Group, Citizens for Kalama, discussing reasons to oppose their most recent failed school levy.

Earlier today, I was explaining a post I had made in another Cowlitz County group, Cowlitz County News. (CCN)

There's a state representative by the name of Jim Walsh, R-19, who uses social media as a campaign platform.  Nothing wrong with that.  Facebook can be a useful tools for politicians, even those using it to take credit for things that, well, they really don't deserve credit for.

Like many claiming GOP membership, Walsh has shown a critical lack of vision and that, it would appear, his label of "Republican" is frequently more a matter of convenience than reality.

 Whenever Walsh does anything, he takes to social media to brag about whatever it is.

Well, one of the people who runs CCN has completely bought into the Walsh cult, and he simply will not tolerate statements of opposition to Walsh, particularly those that are specific and accurate.

Now, I find it impossible to support anyone who voted for the horrific McCleary budget scam that has helped to both cause our property taxes to explode AND using billions of our tax dollars, heavily enrich the WEA generally and teacher's unions specifically.  With his vote FOR McCleary, Walsh betrayed us as much as Rivers, Wilson or Paul Harris.  The result has been major property tax increases as McCleary is implemented, and, the issue that was used to try and sell McCleary, that it would put an end to school levies, is, as expected, completely ignored.

Further, in response to the recent State Supreme Court ruling that fully applied I-276 (1972) (which had the short title of the Public Disclosure Act) to the Legislature (who had literally taken it upon themselves to decide they were exempt from that initiative) Mr. Walsh dropped (actually, in this case, "dropped" means "wrote") a bill that he felt "clarified" the Supreme Court's decision.

Which brings me to the LONG title of I-276:

The official long title of the Public Disclosure Act was
An ACT relating to campaign financing, activities of lobbyists, access to public records, and financial affairs of elective officers and candidates; requiring disclosure of sources of campaign contributions, objects of campaign expenditures, and amounts thereof; limiting campaign expenditures; regulating the activities of lobbyists and requiring reports of their expenditures; restricting use of public funds to influence legislative decisions; governing access to public records; specifying the manner in which public agencies will maintain such records; requiring disclosure of elective officials' and candidates' financial interests and activities; establishing a public disclosure commission to administer the act; and providing civil penalties.
Now, I boldfaced parts of that title on purpose.

Mr. Walsh's bill would have gutted I-276, using the following language:
2) This section shall not be construed to modify the scope or

25 applicability of any other exemption to disclosure provided by law.

26(3) For the purposes of this section, "constituent" means any

27 member of the public, except:

28(a) Lobbyists required to register under chapter 42.17A RCW,

29 public employees who lobby under RCW 42.17A.635, and lobbyist's

30 employers as defined in chapter 42.17A RCW, when acting on behalf of

31 another person or entity; and

32(b) Public officials acting in their official capacity.
The language Walsh used would have specifically exempted  communications of any type from lobbyists, public employees, any company acting on behalf of another person and, of course, any public officials "acting in their official capacity."

The big question?

That's where the boldfaced parts came in:
An ACT relating to campaign financing, activities of lobbyists, access to public records, regulating the activities of lobbyists; governing access to public records; specifying the manner in which public agencies will maintain such records; requiring disclosure of elective officials' activities;
Why?  What is Walsh trying to hide?  Why is he doing this?

Now, when you look at this, there can only be so many reasons.... so many motives.

Sadly, none that I can think of that rise to the level of honorable.  It looks like I'm going to have to look into this and find out.

Now, I've made several attempts to discuss this horrific bill that simply ignores the will of the people while protecting legislators (of which, Mr. Walsh is one) from the transparency required by the initiative with Mr. Walsh.

He refuses.  That does not stop him from publicly castigating me because somehow, the WAY I write about this legislative abortion OFFENDS Mr. Walsh.

Earlier, I mentioned that I had responded to a post I can no longer access, wherein the poster assured me that Walsh had done no such thing of what I claimed he had done..

I spelled out, by excerpting the bill and providing links to the bill itself, in excruciating detail, how, in fact, Walsh had done the exact thing this woman had claimed he had NOT done.

Fast forward a few hours.

This is where I tie it all together.

Those in rabid support of the Kalama levy, which lost 56% no to 44% yes, are, in some part, a brutal lot.  Some have demanded that I be removed from the page because of my opposition to their effort.  Some demand that I move out of the area. Others attack me individually.  There was a thread late yesterday that must have had a 100 or more posts of some of the most obtuse, misleading and inaccurate crap I've read about the motives for those opposed.

After all, it "for the kids" (tm).

Suddenly, out of nowhere, this was posted in the Kalama group:






 


"Someone."  Right.  Because Josh is an expert on all things.... me.

"So I sent them a link."

Interesting.  One wonders why he would have such a link, and chances are, Josh lied when he wrote that. which is ironic, considering.  And if HE sent "them" a link?

How did HE wind up posting it?

Is there any doubt posting this was retaliatory, childish, playground crap?

The link goes to a story, written about me, that is 19 years old.  It was a huge, above the fold expose' by the local daily democrat newspaper.... a page they've maintained for 19 years, just for occasions like this.

But the fascist aspect of it.... the communist aspect.... is in the above pictures of the little chat I had with Josh as a result.

And, of course, because of this 19 year old story, Josh is using it to ban me from his Facebook group. The irony is his claim that he doesn't "like or appreciate liars."

It would seem, then, that perhaps he should... also ban himself?

And, it's NOT because I wrote the goods on his hero, Mr. Walsh, you understand, but it is, instead, as a result of a 19 year old, partially accurate hit piece by the local daily rag in Clark County.

Josh, of course, has taken it upon himself, no doubt at some state rep's urging, to attempt to silence me... or, at a minimum, discredit me.

How.... democrat of him.

Nothing that I've written about his hero, Walsh, is inaccurate.  But I suppose Walsh is hearing about it and he believes that cacophony can be brought down to a dull roar by engaging in this sort of thing.

And having Josh carry his water while he keeps his skirts clean.

This ain't my first rodeo, you see. One knows about the use of surrogates when one is attempting a verbal political assassination.

Their problem?

I have been attacked by experts.  Physical threats, death threats, elected officials who made a serious effort to have me fired (Right, Senator Rivers?) and except for my volunteer efforts to help veterans, I am completely retired, so that option isn't really available any more.

I loathe politicians like Walsh.  And Rivers.  And Wilson.  And all of the others who betray Republicanism with all of their cutely worded double talk excuses.

What happens next?

I have no idea.  But I expect Mr. Walsh will be seeing the issues of his McCleary betrayal and his efforts to destroy the Initiative we voted into place a great deal more than he might otherwise have seen it.

And he can give Josh all of the credit for it.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

What is wrong with Sen. Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers (RINO-18)?

This is a City of Vancouver parking ticket. It's from the car of the Senator of the 18th District. This senator just thought it would be spiffy as hell if the grateful taxpayers of the State of Washington actually reimbursed her for her fine.
__________________________________
 
Ann,
 
Just got off the phone with Derrick Wolfe in Accounting. He said that the legislature doesn’t reimburse for parking violations, and upon a closer look the picture that was uploaded to the Expenditure. The 25.00 will be denied , that is all.
Kindly,
Gabrielle Newnam
Legislative Assistant to Senator Ann Rivers
360-786-7634
gabrielle.newnam@leg.wa.gov
____________________________________________

No photo description available.

Remember, this is the same Senator that ripped off the taxpayers SEVENTEEN THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR HEDGES!
That should pay an awful lot of parking tickets.

Now, Sen. Rivers, who is largely responsible for implementing the highest gas tax and tab fee increases in the history of this state, as well as the largest property tax increases we have ever known as she sold us out to the WEA and teachers generally while being hired by a democrat campaign firm, Strategies 360, has a great deal top say about a lot.

She has, in fact, become the very thing people generally loathe in politics: a dishonest, arrogant, unresponsive and clueless elected official who lies at the drop of a hat and simply does not care what her constituents want or think and who will publicly attack those wise enough to hold her accountable for her hideous "representation" of the 18th Legislative District.

Yet, oddly, she hasn't seemed to have a great deal to say about THIS.

Wonder why?



This happens all too often.  People with idealism and a plan to be "different" get elected... and in a matter of a few short years (in Rivers' case, just over 4) they become completely co-opted by the special interests who know own them like the 13th Amendment didn't exist.

If these legislators get their way, we would not be able to find these sorts of things out about those we elect.  Rivers, among others, doesn't like the kind of transparency the law calls for and the State Supreme Court has ruled must be implemented.

Integrity (or the lack thereof) is best demonstrated by what you do when people aren't looking.

Well.... no one has been able to look.

Until now.

There is a great deal more records to review.  You can bet this isn't the last bit of underhanded crap she's pulled.  And even though the amount in question of $25 just ain't that much?

It clearly shows that there is no floor she won't sink below.  And if she'll try this for chump change, imagine how "approachable" she is on the big ticket items.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Major Egan... why'd you do it? (Originally posted 24 Dec 08)

(NOTE: I've been posting this for 11 years now... even though it doesn't seem to be that long.

It was a part of why I decided when I retired to stop just talking about veteran issues and to start doing something about it.

Last year, I became a veteran service officer for the Washington State Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.  And for that organization, I also became Chair of Veteran Benefits Programs for this state.

If you need help, please contact a Veteran Service Officer through the Clark County Veterans Assistance Office at 1305 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 or make an appointment by calling 3606937030.

All charitable organizations need actual hands-on help more than they need money.  Giving donations to these groups is important. Actually becoming involved is even more important.

I urge you to find some group that you can help... and get out there and help them.  The pay is practically nothing if you go to work for them.

But the rewards are incalculable.)

I originally posted this 11 years ago today (24 Dec). And it bears repeating.

This story was in the paper... although, unfortunately, not on the Columbian web.

It is the story of a retired Army Major, one Thomas Egan; a veteran of 2 years on the Korean DMZ, a Master's graduate of the University of Oregon; a retired Oregon Army National Guard officer.

He was found dead, apparently frozen to death, next to a bottle of booze, in Eugene, Oregon within the past few days.

Unfortunately, the story speaks for itself. Sometimes, the desire to destroy one's self can overwhelm all other instincts.

I never knew you, Major, but we served together at the same time. I have no idea what happened to you, but I wish I did... and I wish it could have been fixed.

Tomorrow is Christmas. If you know someone who needs help, take the time and the effort to try and get that help to them. Major Egan had help available, but made a bad choice when it came to using it.

As I look outside at the foot of snow, I ask myself: "how many Major Egans are there?"

Is there more that could have been done?

Probably not.

But I wish there had been.

Good bye, Major. From all accounts, you served us honorably and well. I never met you, but I won't forget you.

I could have been you.
Soldier’s death resonates 
Homeless veteran froze to death though services were available
By JACK MO
(Eugene) Register-Guard 
EUGENE, Ore — Thomas Egan was a scholar and a decorated soldier. He was also a homeless alcoholic whose life ended last week when he froze to death in Eugene during an unusually long and harsh cold snap. 
His body was found covered in snow near the corner of West First Avenue and Blair Boulevard, a bottle of liquor by his side. 
News of the demise of the longtime Eugene resident troubled many local veterans — especially those who knew that with some effort and some help, the man they called Major Egan could have had a roof over his head. 
“The whole National Guard community is taking this very hard,” said Bud Dickey, a vocational rehabilitation coordinator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ community reintegration service center in Eugene. 
“It’s very disturbing for all of us, because Major Egan was retired and could have been drawing his (veterans’) benefits,” Dickey said. “He had options that he did not access.” 
Egan collected monthly Social Security checks, but the amount was a pittance compared with the payments he was entitled to as a retired military veteran. When he turned 60 in July, Egan became eligible to receive $909 each month in National Guard retirement income, Dickey said. 
Egan also could have applied for a separate pension check based on unemployability. “That would have gotten him an apartment if he wanted one,” said Jay Rea, a Springfield resident who served under Egan in the National Guard in the late 1980s. “I shed a tear when I heard he died,” Rea said. “It breaks my heart because he was the friendliest guy, and so smart.” A New York native, Egan joined the Army in 1971 after graduating from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Conn., with a bachelor’s degree in history. 
He was stationed at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea for two years, and was reassigned to the Oregon Army National Guard in 1977. 
Earned master’s degree 
Egan earned his master’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1983, and ultimately attained the rank of major with the National Guard. 
He retired honorably in 1991, following a 20-year military career during which he was awarded several service medals and ribbons. 
Dickey said Egan’s desire to drink made him ineligible for VA housing programs that require sober living. 
Egan had declined to enroll in substance abuse treatment programs offered through the veterans agency, Dickey said. 
According to those who knew him, Egan worked sporadically. He did some landscaping, and most years helped deliver telephone books. 
Sometimes, he found an apartment to stay in for a while. At other times, he lived on the streets. In August, Egan spent two weeks at the Eugene Mission — which is less than one block from the spot where a passer-by discovered his body last week. 
Mission officials said Egan never caused any trouble there, and could have stayed any time. Dickey said Egan has no relatives in Oregon, and tracking down members of his extended family on the East Coast has been challenging. 
Dickey, who served five years with Egan in the National Guard, is helping to direct an effort to have Egan interred at the Roseburg National Cemetery. 
“He will be buried as a veteran in a veterans’ cemetery,” Dickey said. “He was a good soldier, and we’re going to get him the burial he’s due.”

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Thoughts on impeachment.

Anyone with the political awareness of a rock ape likely has an opinion on the ongoing left-wing kabuki theater masquerading as an "impeachment inquiry."

FWIW, here's mine:

Hatred is not a basis for impeachment.

And hatred is all they've got.

We've heard the term quid-pro-quo.  It is a ground for impeachment, if the left is to be believed.

Quid-pro-quo's like this one:



So.

It's apparently OK for Vice President Joe Biden to engage in QPQ, but not President Trump.

How does THAT work?

We also already know that the democrats on the Committee have refused the Republican members the ability to call their witnesses, something that won't be an issue on the Senate side, should this ever get there.

Instead, we get "witnesses" like this:



And this:



And this:



And before anyone starts in on me concerning how one sided these videos are, here's the heart of the matter:

The issues Rep. Jordan discusses with these witnesses go directly to the center of the claims the democrats are raising as grounds for impeachment.

In short: the democrats have no case.

They accuse President Trump of doing something that then-Vice president Biden ADMITS to doing, on video.

Their witnesses conclude, presume, or heard things.

Hearsay is never grounds for any conviction.

And then, of course, we have this:

Ukraine president says 'no blackmail' in phone call with Trump


As a student of World War Two, I was frequently struck by many historians characterizing the last several months of Nazi Germany thusly:

"Most knew the war was lost.  But most also knew that the only way Hitler could remain in power was on a sea of blood."

The parallel here is not democrats to Nazis.  The parallel is the strategic aspect of the situation.

Some are suggesting that President Trump is showing a level of genius beyond that of Speaker Pelosi's comprehension.  Some are agape at how foolishly she allowed herself to be maneuvered into making the biggest political mistake since King George stamped "Return to Sender" on all of those petitions the colonists sent to him about how he and his military were abusing the colonies.

There is no way possible to secure a 2/3rds vote in the Senate for impeachment.  Pelosi isn't an idiot and she knows that.  Polling would suggest that the independent vote is swinging towards the president as the left suffers their own, self-inflicted death by a thousand paper cuts; most recently the acknowledgement that the formerly trusted FBI had altered a document that was designed to enable that agency to spy on American citizens, including Donald Trump and his campaign... for presentation to the FISA court.

I also get that polling indicated the first name of our president today would be "Hillary," but here's the difference: for these pollsters to indicate that their research shows this blowing up in the democrat's face is likely an understatement.

So now, the House is faced with two choices, equally disastrous to them individually and politically:

1.  Take these fantasies and turn them into "Articles of impeachment" and send it over to the Senate, where folks like Sen. Lindsey Graham are fired up and ready to blow it all open by subpoenaing everyone from Barack Obama on down... and how will that work out for the dems in a presidential election year?

2.  Run this "investigation" to the end and drop it, admitting they had screwed up and that it never should have happened.  They will likely lose the House... but it protects the democrat senators up for re-election in swing states by keeping the splatter off of most of them.

The problem is that there is clear evidence the leftists had no intention of ever working with the President on anything.  There is equally clear evidence that all those occasions where the President made what were, at the time, outrageous claims like the FBI was spying on him and his campaign... well... weren't so outrageous after all.

I call it the Obama Factor.  Obama lied to us so much and so often ("If you like your plan, you can keep your plan... if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor..." etcetera) about so many things that towards the end of his disastrous tenure, no one believed him about anything.

The same thing applies to the House.  How many times, for example, did Rep. Adam Schiff who is running this inquisition, tell us that he had rock solid evidence on Trump and Russian Collusion, evidence that he never presented because it didn't exist?  Even now, how many times has he told us that he did not know who the alleged whistle-blower is, only to be tripped up by his own lies?



Indeed.  If Schiff doesn't know who the whistle-blower is, then how does he know Vindman was being asked to out him?

This is absolutely the lynching it has been described to be.  The hypocrisy of the left in this matter, their lies, their obstruction... they will be paying a terrible price for that.

And when President Trump is re-elected next year, this will have played no small role in that outcome... perhaps the biggest own-goal in political history.