Monday, February 28, 2005
Does anyone think that such an irresponsible plan well actually help heal the widening rift between the Soviet Socialist Republic of King County and the rest of the state in general... and Eastern Washington in particular?
Nothing was said about a Referendum Clause on this legislation. Does it take rocket science to figure out why?
Joel Connelly attempts to remind us that Eastern Washington has forgotten how much help they've received "from the west side." Of course, most of his examples are totally bogus, but that's besides the point.
Jacking up these taxes and fees, FURTHER penalizing larger vehicles (guess what.... heavier vehicles are ALREADY penalized... they have to buy more fuel... and therefore, they all pay more of the gas tax) without a vote... (and mark my words.... there will be NO vote... neo-comms are not interested in the will of the people if that will conflicts with their agenda) and doing so because of Seattle's $6 BILLION dollar requirement for TWO transportation projects (Alaskan Way Viaduct and yet another 520 Bridge) will do nothing but increase the divide between us... nothing but harm those on the East side who have the farthest to drive the most...
Clearly, the ultra-leftist liberals like Rep. Dave Upthegrove simply do not care. Yet, they are safe in their semi-socialist, society-engineering seats, so they do not fear the wrath of those they would injure to fix THEIR problems.
Well done, Dave. I can't think of a thing you and your fellow ultra-leftists could have done or proposed to make matters worse. Congrats.
"It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq," Druze Muslim Leader Walid Jumblatt told the Washington Post columnist, David Ignatius. Jumblatt said this spark of democratic revolt is spreading. "I was cynical about Iraq," Jumblatt said. "But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world. The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing," he said. "The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it."
As much as I hope for a peaceful and democratic outcome to this situation, the neo-comm talking heads, columnists, Kennedys, Harkins, moveon.org types would rather see abysmal failure then to acknowledge a dramatic and free outcome... all as a result of Bush foreign policy. They would rather dive into a pool of warm spit than suggest that Bush was right.... and they were wrong. And that is an insult to us all.
Lebanese ministers resign office
Mr Karami denies any involvement in the attack on Mr Hariri
The move came as crowds protested in Beirut, calling for Syrian troops to leave the country.
The Lebanese parliament was also debating an opposition-sponsored motion of no-confidence in the government.
"I am keen the government will not be a hurdle in front of those who want the good for this country," Mr Karami said.
"I declare the resignation of the government that I had the honour to head. May God preserve Lebanon."
His announcement came after a break in the parliamentary debate, which was being televised live.
The standout bizarre thing that this democrat shill told us is that "Two years ago, lawmakers raised the statewide gas tax 5 cents a gallon and "people are seeing results," Rep. David Upthegrove said. "No legislator who voted for it lost their seat."
Is he lying? Is he stupid? Does he have the memory span of a nat?
The man primarily behind sticking it to us with a nickel gas tax is Jim Horn, formerly Chairman of Senate Transportation... And now FORMER State Senator. Former Senator Horn is Former Senator Horn because he championed a gas tax increase even bigger than the one wanted by Rep. Murray last year.
And, of course, they managed to do this to us without asking our permission... Much like you can bet they're going to avoid asking our permission this time as well.
Read it and weep:
Monday, February 28, 2005
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
By LARRY LANGE
The first elements of what could be a sweeping package of new transportation taxes have begun to appear in Olympia.
A dozen members of the House have introduced a bill that would add new road-use fees, expand weight fees to cars and small trucks, restore local street-tax maintenance authority, and expand the ability of counties to raise local gasoline taxes for road projects.
And more changes may be coming.
The state Transportation Commission has floated the idea of raising the state gas tax 10 cents a gallon, and lawmakers may consider forming more regional transportation authorities to finance road and other transportation work outside the Puget Sound region.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Highlights include smacking "Governor" Gregoire for signing the idiotic "We're special interest-union lackeys that OWN democrats in the legislature" 15% union apprentice bill and whacking Rep. Deb Wallace (D-17) for her political verion of "Backbone, backbone... who's got my backbone?"
A good read... give it a look.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Columbian editorial writers
This week brought plenty of positives and negatives from Vancouver to Olympia:
Bush´s Visit to Mainz: A Demonstration of Success
(By Ray D.)
Davids Medienkritik and Medienkritik Online began the effort to put together a demonstration in Mainz, Germany little more than a week ago. The result was an incredible success that received enormous media coverage. The rally was well coordinated with local authorities and despite large groups of hostile counter demonstrators, everyone who attended felt safe and was able to express their views fully. Everything went off without a hitch. Those attending our rally were interviewed by virtually every major German television station and newspaper.
Before I go any further I want to give a very large "thank you" to Patricia and Ludwig Roess of Republicans Abroad without whom this event would have never succeeded. I would also like to thank the highly professional German police officers who provided security throughout the city of Mainz for the President´s visit.
See more pictures at the link.
HHHhmmmm.... I wonder why now, all of a sudden, Syria has coughed these people up? You don't suppose it's because they want to move a few notches lower on the prospective target list, do you?
In this image made available by the U.S. Defense Department ,
Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan, a half brother of former Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein, has been captured, officials in the Iraqi prime
minister's office said Sunday Feb. 27, 2005. Hasan is No. 36
on the U.S. list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis. Officials in interim
Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's office, speaking on condition
of anonymity, confirmed the capture but gave no details on
where it took place or when. (AP Photo)
Sunday, February 27, 2005 · Last updated 10:54 a.m. PT
Syria hands Saddam's half-brother to Iraq
By PATRICK QUINN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
In this image made available by the U.S. Defense Department , Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan, a half brother of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has been captured, officials in the Iraqi prime minister's office said Sunday Feb. 27, 2005. Hasan is No. 36 on the U.S. list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis. Officials in interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's office, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the capture but gave no details on where it took place or when. (AP Photo)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi officials said Sunday that Syrian authorities had captured Saddam Hussein's half-brother and 29 other officials of the deposed dictator's Baath Party in Syria and handed them over to Iraq in an apparent goodwill gesture.
The arrests dealt a blow to an insurgency that some Iraqi officials claim Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan was helping organize and fund from Syria. The U.S. military said two American soldiers were killed Sunday in an ambush in the capital.
Al-Hassan, a former Saddam adviser, was captured in Hasakah in northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border, two senior Iraqi officials told The Associated Press by telephone on condition of anonymity. Hasakah is about 30 miles from Iraq.
They added that al-Hassan was captured and handed over to Iraqi authorities along with 29 other members of Saddam's collapsed Baath Party, whose Syrian branch has been in power in Damascus since 1963.
Hopes were high. Yassir Arafat could only stay afloat on a sea of blood, as any sign of true moderation on his part would have resulted in his elimination.
Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat’s replacement, shows at least a patina of determination towards finding the common ground necessary to establish a lasting peace. The question all along has been: what will the terrorists do to screw up the peace process?
From the perspective of the terrorist group, it is not in their best interests to allow peace. Currently, the terrorist players in the region have power and notoriety. Hamas and Hizballah are, for example, major players on the terrorist scene in the region. They receive heavy funding from the state sponsors of terror; the get featured publicity in the world media; they impact political decisions at every level in the Middle East.
They take the public position that advocates the utter obliteration of Israel. “Peace” for the adherents of these groups, doesn’t have any other definition than an Israel either denuded of a Jewish population; preferably by slaughter, or subsequently occupied by Muslim people of some sort, be they Palestinian or whatever…. Or, the destruction of Israel through some other means, including nuclear, no matter the cost to the Palestinian people… no matter how many hundreds of thousands of the Palestinians may die in the process.
There are, as I see it, only two options. Option One: Abbas finds the ability to eliminate terrorist groups involved in the region. The problem with this option is that the terrorist groups are far more concerned with enlightened self-interest then they are ever arriving at a peaceful solution to the problems in the region. Any attempt to seriously hamper regional terrorist groups will be met with the cheerful elimination of Abbas or anyone else bent on removing these groups from the playing field.
Option Two: Israel wakes up one day having reached the “we’ve had enough” point and they begin the forcible removal of the Palestinian population.
People tend to forget that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were tossed out of Jordan… killing more Palestinians in the process than the entirety of Israeli actions in the refugee camps. People tend to forget that 80% of Palestine is currently occupied by Jordan.
Current Israeli/Palestinian Map:
Palestine as viewed by many, if not most in the Middle East:
(Notice the absence of any mention of Israel?)
These are, I believe, the options available. If any other option… any REALISTIC option exists, I’d sure like to see it. Because Israel will never allow their own destruction and there is no percentage in continuing to allow themselves to be attacked by young, ignorant, (Didja ever notice how it’s only the young stupid enough to blow themselves up?) easily manipulated (you have heard of the Down's Syndrome suicide murderer, haven’t you? Check THIS out for an overview.) idiots.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann has filed papers forming a campaign committee for governor of Pennsylvania — his first official step toward a potential bid to be the Republican contender in the 2006 midterm elections.
The filing allows the one-time wide receiver to begin raising money for a campaign, which he already has deemed "a conversation with the people of Pennsylvania," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette yesterday.
"I will spend time introducing myself to communities across the commonwealth. As I consider my personal decision regarding the upcoming gubernatorial race, we will also explore the potential political and financial support for my candidacy," he said.
Mr. Swann named his committee "Team 88," the number he wore during his Hall of Fame career.
He faces at least two prospective opponents for the Republican nomination next year: state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola of Harrisburg and former Lt. Gov. William Scranton. The nominee is expected to take on Democratic Gov. Edward G. Rendell in his bid for a second term.
Is this a great country, or what? Lynn Swann has been an African-American Republican for years... whn they have been a group with few members and a lot of flak aimed their way.
But minorities are meeting increasingly greater success under the Republican banner. I, for one, will be sending Mr. Swann a check.
The only problem I have with his conclusion is a reliance on the State GOP organization:
"What the poll really shows is that Cantwell is in deep doo-doo, so the GOP should be lining up a credible candidate and kicking off fundraising efforts, now." (my emphasis added)It is impossible to adequately inform the reader of the utter worthlessness of the State GOP organization. With incompetent leadership, leadership that was given a RAISE after his abysmal showing in the last election (Where the democrat vote percentage went against the trend nationwide and actually INCREASED here in Washington, where we lost contrition of the Senate and where the number of seats in the House DECLINE to 43 and where his failure to anticipate, plan and ACT in the Rossi election has put us where we are) no vision and no fund-raising ability, reliance on the GOP here for anything is a pipe dream.
The State GOP SHOULD ALREADY have candidates in EACH of the congressional districts. County level organizations should ALREADY have leads on candidates, with a view towards locking them in by June for the 2006 election.
How much of that has happened?
We already know. And because the answer to that question is "none," counting on the State GOP for ANYTHING is foolish.
WA: Nice Poll, But Point Missed
Should Dino Rossi run for Washington Senator Maria Cantwell's seat in 2006? Could he be elected? Yes. Is this missing the point? Yes again.
Courtesy of OrbusMax is a new poll taken by Rasmussen showing 2004 gubernatorial candidate Rossi winning in a head-to-head match-up, 47%-44%.
The same survey shows Rossi with higher positive ratings than either Cantwell or Governor-For-Now Christine Gregoire.
Two issues are apparent here: first, Cantwell is in very big trouble as the incumbent should have much better numbers at this point in the term (and this close to the 2006 election). Cantwell has consistently been less popular than Patty Murray, who coasted to reelection in 2004 against Rep. George Nethercutt, after the latter ran a lousy campaign.
Second, doesn't this survey miss the point? Washington voters intended for Dino Rossi to be their next governor. Tyrant Christine Gregoire used a variety of tactics with help from friends in the right places to take that away from him. Rossi has governor written all over him and the US Senate is a whole different ballgame.
Rossi needs to continue this fight, not get distracted by another campaign. Hopefully there will be a new gubernatorial election ordered for this year which Rossi will win by 5-10 points or more. Only 42% of Washington voters believe Gregoire won the election fair and square, according to the same survey. Wow! That does not bode well for Gov.-For-Now Gregoire.
Feb 25, 2005 - 07:24:05 am PSTThe problem isn't the BIAW. The problems is Labor and Industries. But the d's are so hell-bent on destroying anyone wise enough to oppose their neo-communism that they aren't even looking at L&I.
Dems off to a bad start fixing workers' comp
Washington Democrats wasted no time flexing their political muscle after taking control of the Legislature and governor's mansion. In January, Rep. Bill Fromhold, D-Vancouver, offered legislation aimed at defunding the Democrats' most vocal critic, the Building Industry Association of Washington.
Fromhold's bill, which would have halved the amount of money the BIAW receives from employers for handling their worker compensation obligations, couldn't survive the firestorm of criticism it sparked. The legislation's purpose --- to undercut a powerful conservative voice in Washington politics --- was just too transparent.
The Democrats have since come back with new legislation that would make several changes in the state's retrospective rating program through which the BIAW and other private sector associations help employers handle worker compensation duties. Sen. Mark Doumit, D-Cathlament, sponsor of the Senate version, says his bill is about ensuring the integrity of the state's public trust funds.
It would even be better if they would, perhaps, look at both... but their focus.... their entire focus... is pay back.
Friday, February 25, 2005
As mentioned in an earlier entry below, the Canadian government subsidizes drug purchase for prescription drugs in Canada. When Americans purchase drugs in Canada, we are sucking Canadian tax dollars out of their treasury. The end result will SOON be the end of ALL Canadian drug sales to Americans and the end of Canadian drug exports.
House democrats seem unable to grasp the concept. Further, this bill tasks a foreign government with requirements placed on them by a state of the United States, an issue that may both be unconstitutional and Federal in the foreign policy arena. The result? This bill is worthless, fixes nothing and, in fact, just makes a bad situation worse. By failing to address this issue now with an in-depth proposal that addresses the causes for the high price of drugs, this sorry effort merely puts off the inevitable.
House passes bill to license Canadian pharmacies
By REBECCA COOK
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In an effort to make it easier for people to buy cheaper prescription drugs in Canada, the state House passed a bill Friday directing the state Health Department to license Canadian pharmacies.
Canadian price controls and favorable exchange rate enable U.S. consumers to buy some medications there for half-price or less.
Rep. Sherry Appleton, who sponsored the bill, said the monthly drug bill for her 88-year-old mother, a cancer survivor, dropped from $836 to $300 when she started buying medications over the Internet from a Canadian pharmacy.
"I think people will feel more comfortable going across the border, knowing we have said as a Legislature that it's all right," said Appleton, D-Poulsbo.
If the bill passes in the Senate and is signed by the governor, the state Health Department will try to create a reciprocal licensing agreement with Canada, such as Washington has with other states - saying that both accept and recognize the other's pharmacy licenses. Failing that, state workers would personally visit, inspect and license Canadian pharmacies that do mail-order or Internet business with Washington residents.
Somehow, Wallace managed an abrupt about face when she switched from the common-sense, business-friendly position of stating she couldn't support sanctioning a public entity competing with private enterprise, to one of not giving a damn about that same "private enterprise."
Suddenly, the concept of public agencies competing with private business has no meaning for her.
This writer praised her courageous stance in opposing what best could be called an onerous, special-interest bill. Her lack of integrity in caving so fast to the incessant whining of her fellow democrat socialists shows how wrong I was.
And for that, I apologize.
Friday, February 25, 2005
By DON JENKINS, Columbian staff writer
OLYMPIA After being deluged by nearly 200 phone calls and e-mails, Vancouver Rep. Deb Wallace said Thursday she will support legislation authorizing Clark Public Utilities' repair service, reversing a stand she took last week.
"The difference the public input has made is that this bill is one I have to actively work because this is one my constituents are interested in," said Wallace, a Democrat.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Canada Opts Out of U.S. Defense Shield
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Feb 24, 7:12 PM (ET)
By BETH DUFF-BROWN
TORONTO (AP) - Prime Minister Paul Martin said Thursday that Canada would not join the contentious U.S. missile defense program, a decision that will further strain brittle relations between the neighbors but please Canadians who fear it could lead to an international arms race.
The Bush administration has tried to make a public show of understanding that Martin heads up a minority government that could fall over such a contentious debate. But after the announcement, U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci told reporters he was perplexed over Canada's decision, which he said effectively allows Washington to decide what to do if a missile was headed toward Canada.
"We simply cannot understand why Canada would in effect give up its sovereignty - its seat at the table - to decide what to do about a missile that might be coming towards Canada," said the outgoing ambassador, who had vigorously urged Canada to sign on the plan.
The bill, which SHOULD be entitled "An ACT relating to How can we speed up Vancouver's effort to suck up every square foot of unincorporated Clark County," is all about making annexation easy(er) so that Vancouver's "leaders" can realize their "dream" to become the Big City.
Stillwell hits it directly on target when he says "Let it go."
Let it go
The Oregonian has an article about an annexation bill that is causing severe consternation in parts of Clark County:
Annexation bill stirs alarm
Neighborhood leaders north of Vancouver are fuming over a state House bill, sponsored by three legislators from Vancouver, that could smooth the path to annexation into the city.
Legislative officials say the bill is unlikely to get out of a committee, let alone reach the full House for a vote. But leaders in unincorporated areas aren't taking any chances. They are making plans to protest House Bill 1285 and start discussions about possible changes in their future governance.
The legislation would let cities annex outlying areas if they form agreements with their respective county governments. It would require cities to hold public hearings about a proposed annexation, but it would not require an election.
Stillwell goes on:
The article lists Rep. Jim Moeller (D-49) as the sponsor with support from Rep. Bill Fromhold (D-49) and Deb Wallace (D-17.)
There's just no tap-dancing around this one: this thing should die in committee, as the article hints it might.
You can argue about the wisdom of having urban areas stay unincorporated, and have experts tell you about efficiency until the cows come up, but the depth of feeling against being part of Vancouver is very deep in the discussed areas. There's no way a vote for annexation would pass in those areas, probably ever, and an attempt to do it without a vote would be an outright disaster.
And citing the east side of Vancouver as an example of how great it is to be annexed without a vote is downright absurdist. Go tell the parents of children in the Evergreen School District how great annexation was for them. You can stop by some of the hundreds of portable classrooms while you are there, once you navigate the newer, more efficient concurrency-controlled traffic signals.
If there is a possible positive out of this, there might be more discussions about what is ultimately going to happen in the heavily populated unincorporated areas. The move to form a city called "Salmon Dell" or whatever it was failed several or more years ago, but it would be sensible to talk about the future again. The area has all the attributes of a suburban city except for one: the legal definition.
Unfortunately, parts of our local Democratic delegation have stepped in the dog-doo with this bill. The smart political play is to let this one fade away.
Do you think that Stilwell would be happy to find out that almost as soon as the gigantic and idiotic Cascade Park annexation went through, then Rep. Marc Boldt was the first to drop a bill requiring a vote for annexation?
I thought to myself.... "Yeah, I'll bet he 'regrets' it.... but if he regrets it so much, does that mean he's not going to take any of the money?" So, reading the article, I come across this:
"I am asking my attorney to direct any future proceeds from the book to charity and to find the best way to vet these tapes and get them back to the president to whom they belong. History can wait."If true.... well, yeah.... that pretty much would indicate some level of "regret," except for the clever little phrase "any future proceeds." What about past and current "proceeds?" This kind of thing smacks of a, "Well, I've made a pile, so let's call 'er good and make this gesture so my own family will start speaking to me again" gambit.
His "regret" is a step. But not nearly big enough. He needs to divert every dime and make the same talk show circuit he made before, apologizing for his abysmal, despicable conduct at every stop. That, of course, won’t happen.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
From the "loyal opposition blog"
"Someday, the pathetic story of the Swift Boat Liars will be as well-known as the McCarthy era, and will stand in the same hall of shame. Political thuggery of this magnitude is obnoxious and wrong in any age."Unless, of course, it's the "political thuggery" of moveon.org, right? THEN the "thuggery" is, well.... swell.
The fact is that Kerry was a liar. He lied repeatedly about his military record, his wounds, his tour of duty. His campaign was guilty of the very action this hypocrite whined about within the past day.... using the images of others without their permission or approval, another action "OK" when it's done in the neo-comm cause.
The Swift Vets are the largest single reason that Kerry has been so rightfully relegated to historical footnotes status along with such other pathetic losers like Dukakis.
My suggestion? Your lying, pathetic hero lost. Get over it.
While simplistic, that response is sensible. Given Clark County's amazingly small industrial base, our population has limited options for employment, and pretty much must go where the jobs are.
Senator Cantwell's effort here, as noted by the Columbian Board, is obviously motivated by politics. If it were not, then the bill would have been introduced by 3 term Senator Murray, who at least brings some level of seniority to the table, no matter how much in the minority her party in the senate might be.
Congressman Baird has wisely hitched his wagon to this program because, first and foremost, he publicly votes his district well... but unlike Murray, Baird faces no serious political opposition for his re-election run.
That said, the bill, no matter how little chance of passage it may have, is a job well done. The State of Oregon has treated Clark County like its bastard step-child long enough.
In Our View: Unfair to Commuters
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Columbian editorial writers
U.S. Rep. Brian Baird and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell deserve thanks and praise for their announcement this week that they'll ask Congress to ban Oregon from collecting state income taxes from Washingtonians who work south of the Columbia River.
But don't hold your breath or bet a nickel that this effort to do what's right and fair will go anywhere. Cantwell and Baird are like good guys in a Western-movie shootout, but with no bullets in their Colt .45s. A cynic might even say the two lawmakers are going through the motions because it's what elected officials do to stay in the hearts and minds of voters. That's certainly on the mind of Cantwell, who barely won her first Senate election in 2000 after a recount and is gearing up to seek a second six-year term next year.
But regardless of political motivations, Cantwell and Baird are right, and perhaps there'll be some long-term value in making noise about the inequities suffered by commuters to Oregon.
Think about it: In 2002, some 51,000 Clark County residents paid $104 million in Oregon state income taxes. On most days, the vast majority of those 51,000 commuters use no Oregon state services to speak of besides the roads over which their buses and cars travel to get to work. Statewide, about 150,000 Washington residents worked in Oregon in 2002 and paid some $150 million in state income taxes.
The same dynamic is at work on Washington's eastern border, where 20,000 residents paid more than $18 million in Idaho income taxes in 2002.
The bills Cantwell and Baird plan to introduce would require all states to levy income taxes only on working residents of that state, or offer out-of-state residents who work there some other tax and fee breaks while still levying the income tax on them.
That makes sense and sounds fair and their bills probably don't have a ghost of a chance. But there is precedent for Congress tweaking the tax policies of states. In 1977 it exempted its own members from paying income tax in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland if they are already paying taxes in the states they represent.
But if Washington residents must pay Oregon income taxes, shouldn't they get to pay the lower in-state tuitions at Oregon public colleges, and pay resident rates for hunting and fishing license fees and so on?
Cantwell said Southwest Washington residents who work in Oregon "are getting a raw deal." Baird said, "The injustice of this situation could not be more obvious." He said he could see a justification for Clark County commuters paying Oregon income tax if some kind of tax equity deal is worked out, perhaps including commuters' families being allowed in-state tuition rates at Oregon colleges. Under such a deal, Oregon would be exempt from the don't-tax-nonresidents part of the proposed law.
However, don't count on the bill passing. Without some leverage or something to offer Oregon in return, commuters are stuck with taxation without commensurate representation or services.
I admit, I have a peculiar position on this issue... my 19 year old son is a sophomore attending the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in computer science and computer animation. He is also... half Asian.
In the world of the leftist neo-communist, my son needs all the assistance he can get. Why, the very idea that he would be considered for admission to the UW based entirely on merit... is PREPOSTEROUS! (Or, "outrageous," as my learned neo-com colleagues say)
I suppose it helped that he was an honor graduate of his high school... that he was in the top 5 percent of his class. Imagine... he managed all of that in SPITE of being a "minority!" Will wonders never cease? Despite the burden of his racial heritage..... he got in ANYWAY.
I wonder why.
But you know what? The answer to that question really doesn't matter. What matters is that the people of this state have spoken. What matters is that, without our permission, a bunch of do-gooder ultra-leftists are going to ignore the loudly spoken word of the voters of this state, and gut the intent of Initiative 200 vis the issue of enrollment into college.
In ignoring the will of the People, these ultra leftist democrats strike a blow for voter apathy. In ignoring the will of the People, these ultra leftist democrats, all in the name of political correctness, reach out and SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT ISN'T EVEN THERE! Every minority classification at the UW shows the same, or greater participation by minority populations... a feat deemed impossible by the regiments of politically correct naysayers a few short years ago.
That said, times have changed at the Times. Bruce Ramsey, editorial columnist for that newspaper, spells it all out far better then I ever could.
.I have little doubt this sorry effort will not pass, brought to you by the same people who ignored the will of the voters when they jammed a gas tax down our throats. But that doesn't make it right... or necessary.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.
Diversity, preferences and the race/class debate
Bruce Ramsey / Times staff columnist
The spokesmen for state colleges gathered in Olympia Feb. 10 to testify for the return of affirmative action. They came from the University of Washington, WSU, Evergreen State, the community colleges and the HEC Board. They all said the same things, in the same, odd language.
They were for diversity, a thing that was warm and unthreatening.
"This legislation would benefit all students," said the woman from the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
An admissions officer quoted Abraham Lincoln. A professor waxed lyrical, saying the return of racial preferences would be "a gift to our students, a gift to our state, a gift to our state's future."
How was this to be done? Through setting aside certain seats for certain races? By giving points for certain chromosomes? Absolutely not.
"Not points. Not quotas," said Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez-Kenney, D-Seattle. The bill only authorized state colleges to consider race and ethnicity as a factor.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
(Thanks to Tim Goddard at Sound Politics)
The democrats are losing their collective minds because President Bush has hijacked one of their center-piece issues: Social Security. They are, rightfully, terrified that he's going to find a way to fix Social Security in the face of democrat opposition... the political fallout for success in this endeavor doing almost incalculable harm to the leftists.
Tim Goddard provided a few hundred words of wisdom for us all by excerpting Eric Earling's fine effort in the Everett Herald this past Sunday:
Published: Sunday, February 20, 2005
Don't run from a healthy debate
By Eric Earling
A recent article in The Herald cited the concerns of a retiree opposed to Social Security reform because it's "too complicated." Unfortunately, younger workers like me don't have the luxury of relying on that answer - which is an excuse symbolic of the shoddy arguments of those reflexively opposing such reform.
One clear indication those opponents have erred is left-leaning elements of the press are opining against them. The Washington Post's editorial page and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof have both chastised nay-saying partisans for obtusely refusing to debate the issue.
These partisans have been relying on two disingenuous claims to defend their refusal:
1) "Social Security will be fine until 2042." In reality, Social Security's trustees have said the program will begin running a cash deficit by 2018, meaning more benefits being paid out than payroll taxes coming in. Opponents claim at that point we'll simply tap the Social Security Trust Fund, which will be solvent in theory until 2042. One problem: the Trust Fund is functionally empty.
True, it holds special U.S. Treasury Bonds. But turning those bonds into cash for Social Security to make up its deficit would require money from the annual federal budget (national defense, homeland security, Medicare, etc.). At the same time we read stories about current deficit challenges it is ridiculous to think we'll simply dig deeper into the regular budget to pay for Social Security. 2018 is the date that matters.
2) Opponents describe personal accounts invested in mutual funds of stocks and bonds as "gambling" - a stunning, direct insult to every American who relies on a 401(k) or IRA for their retirement savings.
Such slander is intended to scare older generations, among whom personal investments in stocks and bonds were more rare and pensions in both the public and private sectors were more commonplace. Yet the true beneficiaries of such reform, younger workers, are already employed in a workforce where pensions are commonly unavailable, except for government employees whose unions are ironically opposing reform.
This is yet another in the series of obstructive efforts on the part of the democrats. They oppose this... not because it isn't right... but because President Bush wants it. That appears to be the entire motive they need to act like spoiled punks on the playground.
As yet another example of their bogus fear mongering, Tim goes on to tell us:
"Take, for example, Democrat Rick Larsen of the 2nd District. This Saturday, Larsen is having a town hall meeting on Social Security reform--at the Everett Senior Citizens Center. That's right, he's having a discussion of a reform plan that will not affect anyone over the age of 55 at a senior citizens center. There's only one reason to do this--to scare the elderly into thinking that the mean ole' Republicans are going to take their Social Security away. But I'm not going to let them get away with it--and I hope you'll help."
Amazing. And, despicable... or "outrageous," as our ultra-leftist colleagues tell us.
This idjit closes off this snivel fest with the following words of "wisdom,"
"That is just utterly low-down and wrong. The Swift Boat Liars[sic] (how juvenile) have no shame at all. Outrageous."It's "outrageous," all right. It's outrageous that this neo-communist forgot his hero, John Kerry, repeatedly used the images of roughly 20 of his fellow sailors in his campaign, even though many of them repeatedly requested... then demanded that he cease and desist.
The "outrageous" part of this is the sheer, unadulterated rank hypocrisy of someone who so strongly supported a candidate guilty of the same "crime" he condemns in another.
More of the brain-damaged, ultra-leftist thought process of the democrats.
WND ELECTION 2008What a scenario! Imagine the "wailing and gnashing of teeth!"
Condi to replace Cheney next year?
Report: Vice president likely to step down 'due to his health'
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Vice President Dick Cheney likely will step down next year due to health reasons and be replaced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, according to a report by geopolitical expert Jack Wheeler.
On his website, To the Point, Wheeler reports there's a "red-breasted rumor bird" flying around Capitol Hill that has whispered the same thing to most congressional committee chairmen.
"We all know that Dick Cheney has been the best vice president of modern times, perhaps in American history," one such chairman told Wheeler. "And we know that he absolutely will not run for president in 2008. Further, he has an unfortunate history of heart trouble. So let's just say none of us will be surprised if, sometime next year, he will step down from the vice presidency due to his health."
What a seismic political shift! Maxine Waters, the ultra-leftist neo-communist from LA could never dream of such a scenario happening to her under ANY circumstance.
Let's hope it's more than a rumor.
Or, they can compromise. They can, for once, tell their WEA puppet-masters to take a hike and accept the Republican position that will allow a simple majority for bonds and levies if the election takes place in Novemeber along with the general election already scheduled.
The choice is stark and clear. Democrats can continue to insist on their unrealistic demands in hope that one day, the public will actually give a damn about the WEA position on this matter... when clearly, they do not.
In the alternative, democrats can show some actual statesmanship and utilize the time-honored tradition of the "camel's-nose-under -the-tent-flap" approach, and at LEAST get THIS much.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.
House votes to end need for 60% on school levies
By Andrew Garber
Seattle Times Olympia bureau
OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives yesterday passed legislation, for the third year in a row, that could make it easier for school districts to get property-tax levies approved by voters.
The constitutional amendment now goes to the state Senate, where it has died in past years. It would allow school levies to be approved by a simple majority of voters instead of a 60 percent supermajority. The amendment would go before voters in November if approved by a two-thirds majority in both houses.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Posted on his blog:
"Also in Jenkins' column today is a bit about Deb Wallce [sic](D-17) getting calls from constituents asking her to defend Clark Public Utilities' repair program. She says she hopes to find a compromise, which is probably legislator-speak for "Look what dog-doo I stepped in." Well, she's still kind of green, so maybe she will figure out the thing to do is help other Democrats so that they will help you someday."There you have it. Don't support or oppose this bill because it's the right thing to do... support it so you can get a favor from someone else down the road.
Oh, yeah... by the way... screw the private companies that the PUD is directly and illegally competing with.
Can't the clowns running the District "get" it?
First, the levy failed last time. So, do they do what they should, and re-refer the levy with a smaller price tag... a less ambitious (Read "less expensive") cost?
Second, have they fired the superintendent, who is only here because, her best efforts notwithstanding, no one else would have her?
Do these people even bother to communicate with the elementary school parents when it was discovered that one of the teachers had been molesting little girls there?
And THEN, they hang Amboy, in the far northern part of the district, out to dry, holding passage of the entire levy hostage as a condition of building their badly needed high school, thus keeping kids off the bus 1.5 hours each way.
$1.6 million for a new stage with retractable seating in one of the high school's auditoriums?
I don't think so.
So..... yes.... I'm a "no," and I hope you readers in the BGSD will join with me in that decision.
Republicans want a broad-based overhaul, including the voiding of all current voter registrations with a requirement that everyone re-register, while proving citizenship and address. They also want to end registration to PO boxes, as well as closer coordination on purging voter roles of felons and deceased voters.
Democrats, partial to illegal voters, don’t want to go nearly that far, claiming that such requirements would “disenfranchise” voters, although they seem incapable of showing how that would happen. It WOULD “disenfranchise” illegal aliens from voting, which, come to think of it, they shouldn’t do anyway.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Elections in state are headed for change
By Andrew Garber
Seattle Times Olympia bureau
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers say the way Washington votes is about to change. The question is how much.
In the aftermath of the closest, most chaotic governor's race in state history, Democrats are pushing a package of changes that includes moving the primary to an earlier date and shifting the state toward a system in which all votes would be cast by mail.
The bills have broad support among Democrats, who control both the House and Senate, but Republicans say they're not enough.
"We're not opposed to the stuff that's coming out. We just feel there should be a lot more," said Sen. Bill Finkbeiner, R-Kirkland, the Senate minority leader. "We want to fix the problem and not just say we passed a bill."
Joel Connelly, PI Columnist of The Left: In the Northwest: Inflexibility on Abortion Issue Hurting Democrats
Similar to the typically nonsensical slate of candidates democrats put up here locally for legislative elections, democrats as a whole despise anyone, and I emphasize ANYONE who happens to disagree with this mainstay of the nationwide democrat platform: rabid pro-choice at-all-costs candidates.
While I believe Pam Brokaw would have lost to Richard Curtis under almost any circumstance, her dogged insistence on supporting ALL abortion, to include late-term, partial-birth abortion; a stance so desperately needed for her to have local party support, simultaneously doomed her chances within the conservative 18th District.
This serves as a cautionary tale for the democrats, and Connelly has picked up on it and figured it out. Regardless of your position on the abortion issue, democrat intolerance on the issue hurts them, badly, (Much like Republican intolerence on a variety of issues hurts Republican causes.) and will continue to do so as long as they continue their bigoted position on the issue.
Republicans, as a whole, do not support the pro-choice position. But they rarely deny pro-choice Republicans the right to speak as a matter of policy. Democrats talk about their "Big Tent," but on this pivotal issue, the Republicans are light years ahead of their democrat colleagues.
Democrats frequently win the battle for purposes of determining their candidates... and then, with equal frequency, proceed to lose the War post haste.
Connelly picks up on that and sounds the alarm. This is a good read for democrats locked in their "Our way or the highway" mind set, as well as for Republicans who need to understand that their grasp on this issue may be slipping. But here locally, at least, the only thing that will change the mind set of the rabidly ultra-leftists in charge of the democrats will be their deaths from old age... which will serve to continue the majority representation of Clark County by Republicans for years to come... assuming local Republicans do not become even more organizationally incompetent than they are currently.... but that's for another entry.
Monday, February 21, 2005
In The Northwest: Inflexibility on abortion issue is hurting Democrats
By JOEL CONNELLY
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER COLUMNIST
As teams report for spring training, it's time to pitch a nugget of advice to victory-starved Democrats: Send Casey up to bat!
Saturday, February 19, 2005
These timely efforts on their part come a few days after the democrats in the Washington State House turned up the heat by approving a "Canada-dependent" prescription program in the face of increasing Canadian resistance.
By Randall PalmerReuters
OTTAWA — The Canadian government is considering a total ban on exports of price-controlled patented over-the-counter drugs as a way of preserving the country's lower prices for medicine, Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh said yesterday.
It is the newest of several options the government is studying that could severely crimp Canada's billion-dollar mail-order pharmacy market in the United States, although the emphasis previously had been on limiting prescription-drug sales by such tactics as requiring Canadian physicians to establish a relationship with a patient before signing a prescription, putting a halt to Canadian doctors who co-sign thousands of U.S. prescriptions without seeing the patient.
While I have some heartburn with the concept of "suing" former captors that were members of a foreign government, the fact is that the court has ruled in this matter, and it's not up to the Administration to ignore a court's order... particularly given the fact that there wouldn't BE an Administration if not for the courts of 2000.
Much like the concept of the Second Amendment, if you don't like it.... change it. If the Administration doesn't like the outcome of the POW case, they should (if they can) get standing and appeal it. Otherwise.... pay up.
We are, after all, a "Nation of laws.... not suggestions."
By David G. SavageLos Angeles Times
The Bush administration is fighting the former prisoners of war in court, trying to prevent them from collecting nearly $1 billion from Iraq that a federal judge awarded them as compensation for their torture at the hands of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Dean, famed victim of "Foot In Mouth Disease," best illustrated by his now-legendary high-speed come apart after getting his butt kicked in the democrat primaries, managed to jam his entire leg up to his knee into his mouth when he told the BDC "You think the Republicans could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here."
Of course, had any Republican shown such bigotry, they would have been politically crucified... and rightfully so. But you know... it's "different" when the bigot is a democrat.
NewsMax tells us:
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 10:56 a.m. EST
Top Black Dem: Dean Should Apologize
The most powerful African-American member of the House of Representatives is calling on Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean to apologize for a racially insensitive joke he told Friday during an address to the Congressional Black Caucus.
Asked on Tuesday if Dean should apologize for suggesting during his address that minorities usually work as servants, Rep. Charles Rangel told ABC Radio's Sean Hannity, "If he offended anybody, he certainly should."
By “disabled,” I mean absolutely incapable of firing bullets. Did I mention this weapon, famed for helping to “Win The West,” was disabled and the student in question had the advance permission of his school principal?
“Some” parents, apparently bereft of common sense and/or a life, seem unable to handle the concept of a rifle at school for ANY reason, even when EVERY policy concerning bringing a rifle to school was followed to the letter. Did I mention the rifle was disabled?
Skyview students not riled by rifle
Thursday, February 17, 2005
By AMY McFALL PRINCE, Columbian staff writer
Dinner table and classroom conversation of Skyview High School students, parents and teachers over the past week has surrounded a principal's decision to allow a gun into a classroom.
Despite state laws and school district policies against students bringing weapons to school, many were not troubled when a Skyview student brought a Winchester rifle to school on Feb. 1. The student was giving a presentation on the rifle's inventor for a history class and thought it would make a good visual aid. The student received permission from Principal Ed Little to bring the gun as long as its firing pin was removed, making it inoperable. Little carried the gun to the class and held it while the student made his presentation.
Balter lays out her concept of the operation with her column, entitled Road map for the Legislature, where she explains to all the fact that "Governor" Gregoire finds herself in an extremely awkward position. With years of pent-up democrat legislator demands to increase taxes about to be unleashed, Balter points out the probable negative consequences to Gregoire, if she is forced to run again this November.
Worth a read:
Road map for the LegislatureJoni Balter / Seattle Times editorial columnist
OLYMPIA — Gov. Christine Gregoire has moved into the governor's mansion and is acting, none too shockingly, like a governor, busily meeting people, appointing staff and writing a budget. Nothing will define her strange, tentative first year as much as the spending plan she puts forward next month.
If she is smart, and more, if she is bold, she will write a budget accounting for a $2.2 billion deficit that proves she is a different kind of Democrat.
Borrowing a page from Bill Clinton, who knew how to triangulate, as in steal, his opponents' best lines and ideas, she should offer a budget that does not raise general taxes and does not include several items on the Democrats' wish lists.
Drugs in Canada do not cost any less than they cost here.
The end-user/consumer doesn’t pay as much, because Canada’s socialist medical system directly subsidizes each end-user purchase with tax subsidies.
As an example, we have, let’s say, “Drug A,” that cost $10 to the purchaser here in Washington State. But if that same person were to go to Canada, taking into account the exchange rate, the cost is seemingly “reduced” to, say, $6 for the same prescription.
What democrats here apparently neither get nor care about is the fact that the Canadian Government has come up with the additional $4 in subsidies to enable the cheaper purchase.
The result? The “cheaper” Canadian sourced drugs are NOT, in fact, “cheaper.” They ARE, in fact, subsidized. And Canada has had just about all it’s going to take in the realm of subsidizing American drug purchasers with Canadian tax dollars.
Look for Canada to close this loophole and soon. Maybe then, legislative democrats will go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan that will actually accomplish something, instead of this smoke-and-mirrors nonsense they’re engaging in now.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
From Tony Bacon's The Daily Insider:
Mayor unequivocal regarding Cowlitz Casino Resort
In citing examples of the City of Vancouver working together with other jurisdictions, Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard cited the city’s relationship with the proposed Cowlitz Casino Resort near La Center:
Now then... allow me to translate that.“When the Cowlitz Tribe announced their interest in opening a resort and casino in La Center,
got involved. Traffic impacts, jobs, housing...we knew all of it will have an affect on us. It would have been easy to get angry or defensive about their proposal. Instead, we have build a good working relationship with the Cowlitz. Because of this, when I met with the Cowlitz chairman John Barnett (David Barnett's father), John looked me dead in the eye and made a firm commitment. He said, ‘Mayor, we have no intention of causing any harm to Vancouver .’ At the end of our meeting, John and I shook hands, and I left feeling confident that he would honor his word and hold up his end of the bargain. And, I believe, he felt the same way about us. This relationship didn’t happen with contracts or lawyers. We are building this relationship based on the values of trust, honor and integrity.” Vancouver