Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Leave-it and Barbie: two politicians made for each other.

We all know the deal about Tim "The Liar" Leave-it and Ridgefield Barbie.

The Liar was elected because he, well, lied deliberately and repeatedly about his stance on ripping all of Southwest Washington with his toll scam.

Ridgefield Barbie was elected because she was parachuted in here after an 11 year absence to scam the establishment nod to run for Congress.

She was utterly worthless in the Legislature, and has lived up to that accomplishment in Congress.  She's proven herself gutless with her ongoing refusal to face her constituency unless they bring their checkbooks.

The Liar kicked her face in after a worthless letter asking for an equally worthless gerrymandered CTran tax district vote on loot rail.

The Camas Manikin has the ability to kill the entirety of this project... by herself... if her demands aren't meant.

She can end the funding for all of this at the federal level.  She has the ability to make sure this entire project is put to a countywide vote, and her worthless letter to The Liar was designed to fool people into believing she actually wants a vote.

She doesn't.

Barbie supports the entirety of the CRC project; much like, come to think of it, Marc Boldt, who was the reason Babs got the appointment in the first place to the legislature.. since he made a deal with two male democrat county commissioners from Cowlitz... one of whom, Axel Swanson, now works for Boldt at an absurd $80,000 or so a year.

She doesn't WANT her constituency to BELIEVE that, so she sent a couple of letters asking for a vote.

The Liar, who mistakenly believes himself to be all that politically, caved her ass in... publicly.

She, had she been possessed of even an idea of what testosterone is for, could have beaten him around the head and shoulder reason with a loot rail bridge piling.

Instead, she did her nails... or something.

So, today, these two, neither possessed of an ounce of integrity or courage, "met."  Now its all sweetness and light... and we, the people, are going to get screwed because of it... and her... and him.

Yup... they're made for each other, because they're exactly, precisely alike.

Worthless and a danger to our community for generations to come.

Herrera Beutler, Leavitt meet face to face

After sparring publicly, congresswoman, mayor try to bury hatchet

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler
Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt met last week to bury the hatchet — but signs say there may still be some of the blade sticking up.
The pair met Thursday in Vancouver for a one-on-one talk, Leavitt said.
“I felt it was time and it was appropriate to sit down face to face with our congresswoman and discuss details of the Columbia River Crossing, look for common ground and work to bury the hatchet on previous public interactions and correspondence,” Leavitt, 41, said.
Leavitt and Herrera Beutler, 33, have sparred publicly over the CRC, exchanging letters calling each other’s motivations into question. Herrera Beutler has called for an immediate vote in the entire service district on a C-Tran sales tax increase for light rail and bus rapid transit. Leavitt has urged the board to take its time to ensure members have all the information they need before going to voters.
Demanding a vote from such a small number of people... people who can force tens of thousands of us who weren't allowed to vote to pay their tax shows how worthless she is.

This entire project SHOULD have had a county wide vote $140 million or so.  Babs COULD have made that happen, and hasn't.

Figure that out.

Cross posted at Jaime Herrera Watch.

From Sound Politics:Congratulations To Governor Gregoire, Speaker Chopp, And Majority Leader Brown; they've managed to kill our bond rating.

Democrat leadership is a train wreck.

The democrat utopia of Detroit comes to mind, but train wrecks little the economic landscape across this country... and most of those wrecks are dominated by democrats.

Well, thanks to those democrats, our state is well on the way of joining the rest in the junk yard.
Two ratings agencies, Moody's and Fitch, just lowered the state's bond rating.  (A third, Standard & Poors, left the rating alone.)
The state's ratings are still relatively high — we aren't Illinois or California yet — but these lower ratings do show us where we may be headed.
No doubt these three leaders are spending all their time getting our state's finances back into balance.
(Did you know that Majority Leader Brown has a PhD in economics (!) from Colorado?  I have known that for several years, but I still find it hard to believe.)

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Browns PhD obviously means "Piled higher and Deeper."

Clearly, she should get a refund.

And with equal clarity, these morons should resign for bringing us to this.

Newspapers calculated tyranny and their attack on democracy.

We have two ongoing examples of newspapers, who are SUPPOSED to be the Guardians of Democracy (tm) who are now busy trashing it.

The first, more locally, is the democratian, who despises votes when the outcome can interfere with their agenda.  Think ballparks; unneeded, unwanted and unaffordable bridges and loot rail and the like.

The Seattle TimesThe second is the Seattle Times, who believe the people are too stupid to vote on the garbage heap that is gay marriage.

The rights of minorities should not be subject to whims of majorities, which is what happens when such choices are offered to voters. The Washington Legislature should vote for same-sex marriage without a referendum requiring a public vote.
THE idea of requiring a public vote on a bill legalizing same-sex marriage has surfaced in Olympia. This is the halfhearted approach. Lawmakers should vote for a clean bill.
Slapping a referendum on the legislation is another way of saying, "We should probably legalize gay marriage, but maybe the public should cover us in case we are making a mistake."
Gay marriage is about fairness and equality for all Washington's families. It is the civil-rights issue of our time and requires persistence and unfail-ing courage.
Rights of minorities should not be subject to whims of majorities, which is what happens when this is offered to voters.
Last week, state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, took a bold stance and said, while she preferred a public vote, she would vote for same-sex marriage in Olympia. If she has second thoughts about a referendum, she should go with the decision to support a bill without a public vote. We elect leaders to make tough decisions, not turn to voters every time legislation is challenging.
Yet, because the vote is so close — Haugen is the 25th and final vote needed in the Senate — others representing districts that favor gay marriage should join the majority.
It's difficult to point out all of the lies and exaggerations in such a small amount of text, but rabid support of a position such as that of the Time's effort here frequently results in lies and exaggerations precisely like those shilled here.

The first lie is the headline: Legislature should vote for same-sex marriage, not leave question up to voters.

Decoded, what this headline really says is this:

"Democrat-controlled legislature is a sure thing; the will of the people shouldn't be allowed to screw that up, since we support the issue."

At a minimum, the moron who wrote this editorial is disingenuous at best.

But then, coming out and just telling the truth would lead to just the tiniest bit of drama deflecting from their campaign intent.

And where's the democracy in all of this?

For those who might happen to see it the Times' way, I offer up Article One, Section One of the Washington State Constitution, the most ignored document on the face of the planet:
SECTION 1 POLITICAL POWER. All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.
The rag's position on this is clear: It's an agenda from people who see their judgement as superior to that of the people, not unlike their fellow practitioner's of "Third Reich-style democracy".

But the fact is that their is no "right" to "gay marriage," if gay marriage" were a "right" then the government or the Constitution would have addressed it... "enumerated" it... two centuries ago.

I know it, they know it, and the Goebbelian premise that it IS a right is just that: a lie wrapped around social engineering that this rag wants to impose on the people instead of allowing the people to have a say.  repeat it long enough and loud enough and it becomes a truth... in their minds.

Gays also don't constitute a "minority."  While it's true that there are so few of them as to be insignificant, sexual practices do not result in the "gift" of minority status.

Again, the rag knows this.  For those disagreeing, by all means, please show in any hiring law where gays are afforded the protection of affirmative action.

Tick tock.... tick tock.

Cricket chirp.

The next lie is this nonsense:
Slapping a referendum on the legislation is another way of saying, "We should probably legalize gay marriage, but maybe the public should cover us in case we are making a mistake."
So, taking that bizarre perspective to its zenith, we should have no referendum or initiative votes of any kind.  Period.  Forget about bonds and levies.  In fact, forget about elections at all.  Because obviously the unpleasantness of democracy just has no appeal to these slime... and we should just do away with it altogether.

But you've got to wonder: what would their position be if the shoe were on the other foot?

Would would these same hypocrites be writing if the vote was to do away with gay marriage?

Would these same slime want the people excluded from THAT vote? 

Of course not.  And it's the stench of their rank hypocrisy on the issue that overwhelms all of the many other smells emanating from this crock pot of tyranny.

In Balter's bizarro world, the Legislature should unilaterally remove the bond, levy and election clauses from our state's constitution in their entirety because, well, after all, this despicable rag and this rag alone is the sole arbiter of what a referendum clause means and why they do it.

And this gets to the heart of the matter.

Going back top Article One, Section One of the state constitution:



Not "some."

Not "a little bit."

Not "except when we fear the people might disagree with us."


The situational ethics is, of course, despicable: it always is.

Clearly, those of the Nazi-like tendencies expressed in theTimes' editorial FEAR the will of the people while I embrace it.  And ramming this down our throats without our say will solve nothing and accomplish nothing, save to cement opposition and REAL discrimination because we weren't asked.

Imagine how much better off this entire situation would be if, for once, THE PEOPLE actually voted this in?

It would be a first, of course, because the gays have lost EVERY statewide vote on the issue... even Prop 8 in California.

Which goes to the REAL reason the Times doesn't want us to have a say in all of this: they don't want to run the risk that we'd disagree with them.  And then what?  What if the people of this state sent a message to the Times and every other leftist rag about their agenda?

That's what's driving this crap.

That a newspaper... particularly one seeking yet another tax break... should fear the will of the people?

What is that if it isn't an advocacy for tyranny?

There are more lies, labels and exaggerations in this horrific editorial.  They lionize sellouts like Sen Haugen, who knows damned well this should go to a vote... said as much... and then became the 25th sell out to keep that from happening.

She's carrying their water like Gunga Din, so their drowning her in barrels of ink.  I wonder what her re-election chances are?

It's a column of lies, the type spewed out by uber-fringe-leftist Seattle Times' columnist Joni Balter, who would be thrilled, no doubt, to be able to marry her girlfriend; given her stark alternative.

But in the end, what matters the most in this garbage heap is that when it mattered... when it really counted... the Seattle Times didn't want the will of the people to clutter their landscape.

And they are despised for it.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Shortage of candidates.

Looking around, it seems we're stuck with a shortage of candidates.  Wonder why?

Maybe it's the filth the local rag doles out to those wise enough to oppose their agenda.

Maybe it's the establishment ignoring the primary process and endorsing candidates months, if not years, in advance of the election... and candidates buying endorsements with promises of a job (Right, Ryan?)

But we're closing in on the end of January, and there is yet to be any announced candidates for the seats in the 49th (Who's running for Pridemore's seat?)  on either side; same in the 17th, same in the 18th, save for Liz Pike announcing for Orcutt's vacant seat.

What the hell is up with that?

Remember last cycle?

There were something like 3,000 candidates announced for the vacant 18th seat, thankfully evacuated by Ridgefield Barbie.  Why is there only one announced candidate now?

And no one has announced against either Boldt or Mielke.

At the US Senate level, there's one guy no one's ever heard of running against Cantwell, a colossal waste of political skin who has accomplished dick during her wasted tenure... much like the state cow, her seat mate.

For the governor's seat, there's two leftists and one conservative running.

For the AG, there's three leftists and an uber-conservative.

What's the hold up?  Is everyone afraid of the Bellevue Mafia, Identity Vancouver, CRUDEC, Chamber of Horrors types infesting us?

Times-a-wastin', boys and girls.

SOMEbody needs to run against Boldt... even if it's me.

Let's get the show on the road.

My take on the presidential election and who I won't vote for nationally or locally.

There's a pragmatic school of thought that believes we should vote for anyone but Obama.

I guess I'm not pragmatic, and because Romney is likely to buy the GOP nomination since he can write checks for it, does not mean that I will vote for him.

For the aficionados, I won't vote for any leftist, either, so no, I won't be voting for the moron currently in the White House, either.

And, of course, all of this is encompassed by a vote in a state where a GOP'er has as much chance to win the vote as he does the Powerball.

In this case, with the caucuses coming up, I wouldn't be surprised if the Paulbots win the day in Washington State, for all the good it'll do them; psychotics rarely win the presidency outright, and that's a tough nut for Paul to crack.

But I will not vote for Romney any more then I would vote for Ridgefield Barbie or Jon Russell or any other GOP establishment slimeball.

To me, my vote means something.  I paid for it, most have not.  Even a whack job like Paul served at some level.  But none of the others did.

As a conservative, at the presidential level, our vote is wasted in Washington.  The Electoral and Popular vote of this state will go to Obama.

So, here's my line up of those I won't vote for under any circumstances:

Romney, Obama, Paul.


McKenna, Inslee.





I'm reasonably sure that the local rag will endorse everyone I refuse to vote for, because they never do anything for us as much as they do to us.

But I will not vote for liberals, sell outs, liars, flippers or any combination of those traits.  And my list is mostly populated by those.  And my party affiliation is not a blank check.

Just sayin.'

Mitt Romney as "Flipper."

Support him if you must, but know what you're getting.

Why I'm a "no" on the Hockinson School Levies.

Hockinson Schools have a school levy election coming up, and I'm going to be a "no."

I'm understanding that part of this money is going to "teachers and staff."

I'm not interested in providing "teachers and staff" any more money than that provided by the state for their outrageous salaries and benefits for their part-time jobs as it is.

In fact, to reflect our local economy, all public employees, including "teachers and staff" should step up and take a 25% pay CUT.

I know *I* have, and yet they want me to keep paying THEIR payrolls, increases and benefits when I can't even pay my own.

In real terms, I am making about a third of what I was 8 years ago when I started my little company.  How many "teachers and staff" can make that claim?


They won't sacrifice for me... so I'm voting not to sacrifice for them.

Until these people step up and take pay cuts like many of the rest of us, I'm not interested in sacrificing for them.

Not that it will matter... Hockinson voters pass this thing like they're punching out movie tickets.

But as I mark "no" on my ballot, for those in the Hockinson administration, just in case you might want to know why:

The economy in the real world sucks for us... and as a result, it should suck for you.

The end.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

So, will the democratian apologize? Million-dollar mile: Expensive section of trail provokes varied reactions

On Thursday, February 12, 2009, our local zit on the butt of Southwest Washington blew another of their many editorial holes in Republican County Commissioner Tom Mielke when he wisely voted NOT to accept the "free money" our rag wizzed on him about for the horrific rip-off of a trail.

The rag babbled:
What in the world was County Commissioner Tom Mielke thinking when he voted against the grant? The trail is in his district! Logic dictates that Mielke should be one of its strongest proponents.
Well, now that the bill for less then a mile of the wonderful trail these scumbags wanted so badly has come in at a million dollars.

A fricking million dollars.

A million dollars these morons apparently believed grew on trees.
Million-dollar mile: Expensive section of trail provokes varied reactions
Price tag for first section of planned 33-mile Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail unexpectedly high

Ray Holbrook walks his dog, Pearl, on the new Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail near Battle Ground Lake State Park last week. The project has cost $1,030,133 to date.

By Stephanie Rice

Columbian Staff Reporter
Sunday, January 29, 2012

The first mile of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail comes to an end on property owned by the state. There’s no timeline for building the rest of the trail.

By the numbers

Costs and funding sources for Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail:

Master plan: $228,304 (federal transportation enhancement grant)

Design/engineering/permitting: $210,987 (federal transportation grant, state recreation grant)

Right-of-way: $39,650 (local real estate excise tax revenue)

Construction contract: $480,000* (state, local)

Construction management/inspection: $71,192 (state, local)

TOTAL: $1,030,133

Estimate; final amount still being negotiated.

The sign at the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail declares it to be nine-tenths of a mile. County officials later clarified it to be slightly longer -- 5,257 feet, just 23 feet short of a mile -- but let’s just round up and call it a mile.

Then add up what Clark County has spent so far on the railroad trail project, and call it a million-dollar mile.

The $1 million includes a $228,304 federal grant which paid for a study that launched the entire 33-mile project. The first paved mile, from design to final inspection, cost $801,829, for a total of $1,030,133.

The county acknowledges the first segment was more expensive than anticipated, but the price tag hasn’t provoked uniform reactions.

County Commissioner Tom Mielke, who never wanted to accept a state grant that paid for part of the project, said it’s too expensive.

When Commissioners Marc Boldt and Steve Stuart voted in 2009 to accept the grant, which required matching local funds, Mielke said he’d heard from homeowners along the rail line who didn’t want the public near their property.

Mielke said last week he would have rather seen the money go toward extending an existing trail as opposed to one that starts across the street from Battle Ground Lake State Park and dead-ends on land owned by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Clearly, Stuart and Boldt didn't give a rat's ass about this stuff and Mielke did.

Those running the newspaper beat the hell out of Mielke for doing the right thing, begging the question:

Do you morons at the paper get why he voted against this garbage NOW?

Back then or even now, the idea of crap like this in this economy when other public services go begging is insane.

It also serves as an abject lesson in government regulation gone out of control, but that was neither here nor there.  It was a stupid idea, a massive waste of money; Stuart, Boldt and the idiotic newspaper were all wrong, and this despicable rag needs to do an editorial apologizing first, to Commissioner Mielke and second, to the people of Southwest Washington.

because I've got to ask:

What are you going to babble about when it comes to the cost overruns on the massive waste of billions you scum are so blitheringly happy about?  What are going to say THEN?  Where will THAT money come from?

if ever we needed any additional evidence that we'd all be better off without this cancer on our community, I can't think of what it might be.


Here's who Romney's people appear to be trying very hard to get rid of.

Congressman LTC Allen West (R-FL-22) US Army (Ret)

Is Russell PAYING the democratian? Another lie by Jon Russell.

Both here and on Jon Russell Watch, I've been documenting Russell's efforts to continue to get paid to miss meetings.

Apparently, my efforts caught the eye of one of my most ardent followers, the democratian... because, though they've never been the most original, they've shown in the past that they're not beyond ripping off this blog for both stories and ideas... this effort likely being a case in point.

The story is about city council types missing city council meetings.  The bizarre paragraph in this one, though,. is this utter nonsense:
Council absences have not resulted in cancelled meetings in Washougal, but they have resulted in the early finish of one.
Councilmen Jon Russell and Michael Delavar walked out of an April meeting after the council voted 3-2 to form a committee to review the city’s ethics policy. The two men defended their walkout as a way to protect the vote and opinions of two council members who were not present.
Russell missed four regular meetings due to job- and family-related activities. Councilman Rod Morris, who was defeated in his reelection bid, also missed four meetings.
“Four out of 24 is not bad,” Russell said.
Actually, this is proof that while figures don't lie, liars do figure.

Over the past 4 meetings in Washougal, since Russell fooled that pro-life organization into giving his a temporary job, he's missed how many?

Well, it appears to me and many others commenting on my blogs... he's missed them all, or most of them.

That he's fine with missing ANY is despicable... and despicable is Russell.  But missing most of them since he scammed a job?

The rag would be better served checking anything Russell, a proven, serial liar, tells them.

And Ray... since you read my meager efforts (where else would you have gotten the idea for this story?) you knew better when you printed this garbage.

All of which begs the issue.

This blog has documented many of Russell's lies about who he is, who he says his wife is, how much money he's raised, his education and his habit of ripping off other identities so he can post with impunity as he typically attacks those smart enough to oppose his world view.

In the past, the leftist rag has had a problem with that.  They utilize every opportunity to remind the world that I had done that... and I wasn't elected to anything.

Russell does it, and what does the rag do about it?

Absolutely nothing.  Now, why do you suppose that is?

Cross posted on Jon Russell Watch.

Reason enough to permanently oppose Romney: Allen West being redistricted out of existence in effort led by Romney Florida spokesman

Speaks for itself.  Romney?

Allen West being redistricted out of existence in effort led by Romney Florida spokesman

Posted by William A. Jacobson Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 9:40am

1085 322 The establishment is fighting back, alright.

This has not received a lot of national attention, but the Republican legislature in Florida is about to push through a plan which puts Allen West at serious risk, and the person leading the effort is one of Mitt Romney’s spokesmen. As reported by The Shark Tank:

After last night’s [Jan. 26] Republican Presidential debate, the candidates’ respective spinmeisters made their cases to the media as to why their guy won the debate. One of Governor Mitt Romney’s spokesmen was Florida Representative Will Weatherford, and during the course of his remarks in the “Spin Room”, he shed a very dim light on the ongoing redistricting process in the Florida Legislature….

West’s congressional district inexplicably sheds the most out support as compared to all other incumbent Republican and Democrat Congressman. A few weeks back we quoted an unnamed legislator saying that, “Allen West was screwed”, a statement which was originally made about made five months before the purposed maps were made public, leading insiders to believe that the fix was in against Allen West. But in light of Weatherford’s comment, it is increasingly clear that this is a fait accompli.

Allen West is the Congressman I wish WE had, instead of that empty-suited sock-puppet currently occupying the seat.

And this kind of thing from Romney's guy?

Reflects directly on Romney.  If it happens, I'm done.

Local View: 4 key reasons why Paula Hammond is a liar.

It's not surprising that the democratian would shill more lies, misrepresentations and exaggerations from those who are drinking the CRC kool aid.  But when was the last time they gave this kind of attention to anyone opposed to this monumental, multi-billion dollar crap pile?


How many times did Brancaccio lie about being unable to find opposition to this rip off?

Well, the opposition is out there just like it was out there when Brancaccio, not the brightest bulb on the tree, kept babbling that he couldn't find any.  Of course, for a CRC shill, opening one's eyes to opposition and doing more then belittling it (Like that moron Laird) is simply not possible.

So, in combination with the slimeballs Pridemore and Moeller, who would sell out their own mothers to get this built for their union buddies, we get a "local view" that isn't "local," but is labeled as such by the democratian because, well, they lie that way, and written for (and signed by) a state cabinet-level liar, Paula Hammond... who does not live here and, like the vast majority of this rabid slime involved in this rip off, won't have to pay the tolls.. the $1300 a year to begin with fee that those forced to use it will have to pay in addition to the Oregon Income Tax already paid by those unfortunate enough to live there... and work here.

Clearly, as Hamond's blather shows, there's no lie they won't tell.  But that's been a label accurately applied to those scum ramming this down our throats without a vote from the very beginning.

So, when Hammond ignores the cost, it's in part because she won't personally have to pay any of it.

When she babbles thus:
The next time you are waiting for a bridge lift, or are caught in 10-mph traffic trying to pick up kids or get to work, consider these four key benefits of the CRC.
It's because she's moronic enough to either not know, or not care, that the completed construction of this project, the biggest rip off in the history of the Northwestern United States, won't make any difference to either congestion or freight mobility.

And that's a problem because, of course, when you start with a lie such as the one Hammond engages in here, chances are that everything appearing in print after the lie will just be there to SUPPORT the lie... meaning she's heaping lie upon lie to make her point.

"First, safety," she babbles.

"Safety" is no more of a concern worth billions to addresshere, then, say, her hair style.  Wasting tens of millions or billions of dollars on a project because people are too stupid to know how to drive justifies nothing, particularly when safety has nothing to do with it: it's a scam to get loot rail over here, period.  Any thing else is a lie.

Tens of thousands of drivers pass over the I-5 Bridge every day.  They don't get into accidents, they don't get killed or injured. As a result, "Safety" isn't a reason... it's an excuse.  And it justifies absolutely nothing.

"Second, economic strength."

Since replacing an already paid for bridge with a bridge being built ENTIRELY to bring loot rail into Vancouver/Clark County will only blow an additional $100,000 000 or so hole in the local economy with the vaporization of that amount in disposable income every year; contrary to Hammond's idiocy, this will dramatically weaken us economically.  In addition, since it will do nothing to improve freight mobility in any way, the only thing this massive rip off will accomplish is to increase costs with no appreciable return.

The nonsense about the benefit of dramatically overpaid union labor isn't a reason to support this garbage: on the contrary, it's one of the many reasons to oppose it.

"Third, a better trip."

Maybe if, like Hammond, you're obviously on drugs.

Here's a clue: our economy sucks.  We can't afford these unnecessary bells and whistles that fringe-left nutters like Hammond want to ram down our throats... particularly without bothering to ask us.

"Fourth, a vibrant community."

Obviously, Hammond, not being from here, is unaware of the loot rail crime wave she's supporting.  This rip off will tear out neighborhoods needlessly, disrupt the entire area for years, put businesses OUT of business (who goes into that area of Vancouver now for anything?) and leave the kind of bad feelings that last a lifetime.

These "Reasons" pale in comparison to the economic realities that this giant rip off will foist upon us all... and particularly the 65,000 commuters who will bear this unnecessary burden while slime like Hammond don't even live here... let alone pay for this garbage.

Using the same kind of community involvement in these kinds of projects so admired in the Third Reich and the Soviet Union is nothing to be proud of.  Ramming this crap down our throats, lying repeatedly and loudly over the "benefits" when the only benefits are to enrich slimeballs like David Evans... these kinds of things are nothing to be proud of.

Labeling Hammond;'s propaganda a "local view" is like labeling something from the Chamber of Horrors, CRUDEC or Identity Vancouver as actually fair and not Vancouver Special Interest centric.

The rag has both a duty and responsibility to present opposing views.  They won't, of course, because they don't give a damn about the opposition.

Expect more garbage like this as part of Ridgefield Barbie's re-election campaign.  I know I do.

Lies, damn lies, Pridemore and Moeller and the nonsensical CRC tolls bill.

So, the two slime balls most responsible for the CTran rip off at the legislative level, Craig Pridemore and Jim "Candy Man" Moeller (Communists-49) are now shilling for their rip off CRC toll scam, with, according to the democratian, Pridemore babbling "...however unpopular, having users help pay for (the) bridge beats the other options."

That is such a horrific, outright lie as too typically be beyond belief.  I say "typically," because lies of this magnitude make Baghdad Bobby blush in comparison.  In fact, Dr. Goebbels would beam in pride at such a lie, given the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Option One:

Don't replace the bridge.

The people of this county don't want it replaced, don't need it replaced and can't afford to pay the horrific tolls that Pridemore and The Candy Man envision.

They, of course, don't give a damn that this bridge is being "balanced on the backs of the poor and the powerless," since they won't have to contribute to this life-long waste of billions of dollars that will routinely blow a $100,000,000 hole into our local ecobnomy every year for the indefinite future... until lng after most reading this have long since left this mortal coil.

Option Two:

Build a third bridge.

The obvious need for a third bridge so far supercedes this rip off that it's like John Laird or Lou Brancaccio standing in front of someone and telling them with a straight face, "no, we're not fringe-left, blinded by bias slimeballs."

Option Three:

Build a 4th bridge after implementing option two.

We have 400,000 plus people living over here.  Spending wasted billions on a bridge that will do nothing for either congestion or freight mobility instead of dramatically increasing, in different locations, the number of lanes over the river is a no-brainer.

Which brings us back to these two morons.

It's easy for Pridemore to waste our time and money on crap like this: after this Novemeber, he's going to be out of politics altogether.  And the Candy Man knows the rag will carry his water like Gunga Din because if you support this massive, horrific rip off, well, then, by God, you could be a child molester and those scum would endorse you.

Right Lou?  John?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Panetta states the obvious: the moron's cuts "... create 'risks' in military's 'Capability to Respond'".

Among our Nation's manifold weaknesses is a president who despises its military.

In every way from the half-hearted return of the salute as he gets off an aircraft to the cavalier way he throws away the lives, past and present, of some of our finest men and women, to the little things starting with his blowing off the Medal of Honor ball on his inauguration to his idiotic idea to have our wounded pay for their own health care insurance... this president has reeked of disdain and contempt for the institution that has laid it's life, collectively and individually, on the line to keep us free.

The announced cuts would cripple our ability to fight a two-front war.  Anyone who's even played soldier knows as much.

The bizarre idea that we can push-button our way out of tough strategic situations is just that: bizarre.

But then, when you're being run by an ignorant community organizer who never considered wearing this nation's uniform, an idea obviously beneath him, what else can you expect?

So, instead of making the cuts where they SHOULD be made... social programs, government payroll and benefits and federal workers... we get this kind of crap... crap that will cost the lives of even more.

And now, we see the truth of it, true enough that even the foaming-at-the-mouth fringe leftists can understand it.

Panetta: Obama's Cuts Create ‘Risks’ in Military’s ‘Capability to Respond’
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief the press on the defense budget proposals at the Pentagon on Jan. 26, 2012. (DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad McNeeley)

(CNSNews.com) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that the cuts in defense proposed by President Barack Obaama will create "risks" in America's "capability to respond" to threats.
“The risks come with the fact that, you know, we will have a smaller force," Panetta said a t a Pentagon briefing. "As we said, it’s larger than we had prior to 9/11, but obviously it will be a smaller force, and when you have [a] smaller force there are risks associated with that in terms of our capability to respond.”
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, echoed Panetta’s assessment, while pointing out that when the admnistration's cuts in defense are implemented there will be risk that the U.S. military will not be able to do as much as quickly as it can do now. 

“The primary risks lie not in what we can do, but in how much we can do and how fast we can do it," said Gen. Dempsey. "The risks therefore are in terms of time and capacity and we fully considered these risks.”
Both men, however, said the risk could be managed. In part, this could be done, Panetta said, by be ready "to re-grow the force quickly if we have to."
The U.S. military is currently an all-volunteer force dependent on individual citizens joining the service only when and if they want to join it.

The concept that our enemies will be considerate enough to line up to take us on may pencil out well for the leftists that never set foot in uniform.  But for those out there where the rubber meets the road?

Not so much.

More idiocy from the democratian: they face-shot Benton for protecting children in athletics.

Well, doing my daily cruise to ferret out more stupidity, bias and incompetence in the local democratian... and, of course, I wasn't disappointed.

Jeers: To politicians who tout how they are against government over-regulation of enterprise and then introduce special-interest regulations in the name of constituent service. A prime example is Senate Bill 6383, which would regulate penalties imposed by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. It’s the brainchild of Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, one of the most ardent foes of government intrusion into everyday life. Benton says the bill is necessary because the WIAA wouldn’t allow the Kings Way Christian School’s girls volleyball team to participate in the playoffs last year after it played too many regular-season games. Regardless of whether the WIAA’s action was fair or unfair, politicizing the rules is no way to win the game.
Naturally, the moron writing this babble offers up precisely NOTHING as to what other option there may be... since there isn't one.  Obviously, an effort that needs editing, so I'll give it a shot: 

Jeers: As a bigoted, ignorant, fringe-left publication that babbles about a bill we know precisely dick about, we thought we'd take the opportunity to smack Benton again, since another election is coming up and we'd endorse a muslim terrorist over Benton. 
When dealing with an out of control administrative agency of any kind, frequently, legislative action is the only course available. Because we hate Benton so much we'd shoot him if we could get away with it, we're going to misrepresent a bill he's running that would protect athletes from an out-of-control, unaccountable group of ego maniacs who punish children for the actions of their adult coaches, teaching them that even though they do no wrong, they have to bear the responsibility for the actions of people they have NO control over.

Did we fail to mention that this bill has bi-partisan support with 35 co-sponsors?  Must have been an oversight.  But then, we've never been about all the facts... it's just an editorial policy to lie, deceive or exaggerate when the target pisses us off.
So, is Benton right for running the bill?

Or was our local carbuncle on the butt of Southwest Washington wrong for trying to, once again, hurt someone by misrepresenting the facts?

Did the slimeball who wrote this crap offer up any alternative?

Of course not.  Better to smack Benton then offer up constructive criticism.

All of this begs the question: were the kids these slimeballs screwed at King's Way the only ones?  Of course not.  They also kicked Archbishop Murphy out of the football playoffs back in 07, because one kid had an expired physical form and the new coach from Archbishop Murphy had SELF REPORTED the violation... a violation that happened primarily because the coach he replaced had DIED DURING THE REGULAR SEASON.
But the morons running the show at the local rag don't care that not only King's Way was screwed by these idiots, but other teams as well.  Not for anything the kids did... oh, no... not that.

But for what the adults on the team did or failed to do.

And where's the concern on the part of the rag for these children?

Nowhere.  Why concern themselves with something like that when they have the opportunity to take yet another face shot at Benton?  Can't let a little thing like kids getting screwed get in the way of THAT, can we?

For the slimeball who wrote this garbage, he'd throw the kids under the bus with the same ease they'd task you or me to spend OUR money on life-long tolls for a project THEY want.

Clearly, the WIAA needs to be reminded of who, exactly, they are there to serve, and what, precisely is their purpose.  And kicking kids out of tournaments they've worked their entire athletic lives to achieve is NEVER the answer.  Failing any alternative, and the moron editorial writer didn't even attempt to provide one, Benton's bill is not only AN answer, failing any other alternative, it's the ONLY answer.

And 35 other Senators see it Benton's way.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Take a moment and check this. There are no words.

I don't know who they are.

But I wish I did.

When Romney supporters in the establishment have to lie to attack Newt.

Look, I'm not sold on Newt.  What I am is what you might call an "anti-establishment" Republican, unimpressed by edicts from on-high, since that's the sort of thing that led to the total waste of skin representing us in Congress today... if you can call it that.

As a result, I have no faith in the GOP hierarchy to do anything right for anyone but themselves.

So, when I see crap like this...
Lying about Reagan to get Romney elected
Posted by    Friday, January 27, 2012 at 12:45pm


I have been pounding the keyboard all week about the lies and distortions of the Romney campaign and supporters about Newt’s record of support for Ronald Reagan.

These allegations were played out by the Romney campaign and on Drudge, and did serious damage to Newt, both substantively and by forcing Newt to get off message.

I was highly suspicious of several accounts, including that by Elliot Abrams, regarding a speech by Newt in 1986.  That article in National Review gave rise to this notorious Drudge headline:

I noted in my prior post that Abrams never provided the entire speech or a link to the speech, which made me even more suspicious.

I was in class most of this morning, and came back to hear Rush reading this post by Jeffrey Lord, Elliott Abrams Caught Misleading on Newt:
In fact, I’m sorry to say, what appears to be going on here is that Elliott Abrams, a considerably admirable public servant and a very smart guy, has been swept up in the GOP Establishment’s Romney frothings over the rise of Newt Gingrich in the Republican primaries. He is even being accused of trolling for a job in a Romney administration. No way!!!!
What else can possibly explain a piece like the one Abrams penned on a day when Gingrich was being of a mysterious sudden targeted in one hit piece after another for his ties to Reagan? The pieces invariably following the Romney line that Newt had some version of nothing to do with Reagan.
A piece like the one Abrams wrote depends for its success in garnering headlines — which it did — by assuming no one will bother to get into the weeds and do the homework. Usually a safe assumption when dealing with the mainstream media, particularly a mainstream media that, as one with Establishment Republicans, hates Newt Gingrich.
Not so fast.
Due to the diligence of one Chris Scheve of a group called Aqua Terra Strategies in Washington, Mr. Abrams has been caught red-handed in lending himself to this attempted Romney hit job….

I've never been impressed by slimy politicians of the Romney ilk.... and now, even less so.

When it comes to the presidency, I would vote for anyone besides a Ron Paul... or a Mitt Romney.

Lying to win is what our local mayor scumbag, Tim "The Liar" Leave-it pulled off .  I don't want a copy of that to be president.

Thanks to Professor Jacobson.

The fringe left continue to lionize their RINO buddies for their gay marriage sell out: Reagan Dunn leads the list.

Readers here know that I despise corrupt politicians.  Reagan Dunn, who sold out principle for election, leads that list.

Others, who've done the same in their quest for elective office include, typically, the usual King County RINO suspects:

Litzow and Pflug in the Senate (Pflug badly wants Dunn's King County Council seat) Anderson and "former" democrat Maureen Walsh, and 2 King County Council members, PvR (Another "former" democrat if memory serves) and a drunk by the name of Jane Hague.  ( I was on staff with Walsh, who was LA to Rep. Dave Mastin, who came up as a democrat and switched parties, along with his LA, former democrat activist Maureen Walsh) 

Of course, hundreds of Republicans don't share the view that the joke known as gay marriage is even remotely worthy of our time and attention (It isn't) aren't worthy of mention and this placing of these scum onto some sort of pedestal as a result of their election year conversions and political treason is just the thing you'd expect fringe left nutters like Joni Balter TO do.

To the seven of you slime balls who think so little of the tenets of your party: feel free to go all the way.

Just quit screwing around and become the democrats you obviously so much admire.  No half measures here, kids. Because we don't need to vote for fake democrats when we've got the real thing.  And I'm sure that in any area to the right of Mao, your political careers may be in jeopardy.

One can only hope.

Democratian proves its ignorance, does some list's press release, stupidly babbling about how great business has it here.

I suppose when you've gone bankrupt and when you're addicted to telling everyone else that increasing their taxes is a good idea while you work quietly to get your own lowered, it's not surprising that the clowns running the democratian believe the nonsense hat someone published in some list or another.

At the end of the day, when some outfit publishes a list that makes the government of this state look good, or some project or another that the rag wants (Just yesterday, for example, some punk 11 year old was busted for bringing a .22 onto a "train."  Of course, it WASN'T a "train," it was the loot rail system in Portland that the democratian is so in love with, but hey, can't use an accurate headline when it blows up your favorite multi-billion dollar rip off, can you?) you can expect them to both swallow it whole and babble about it in another "see, I told you so!" editorial.

Today's idiocy?

This state ranks 7th in "business friendliness."

If that's even remotely true... then God Help this country.

The business climate in this state is horror wrapped around idiocy,  The unbelievable amount of money it takes to even start a business, let alone run it, in fees and taxes and regulations is enough to choke a rather large horse.

No business of any size would even THINK about locating here, was it that long ago that Boeing got out of Dodge and set up shop in corruption central, aka Chicago?  And what about that airplane plant in South Carolina that our neo-communist, empty suited moron in the White House's minions threw an embolism over?

Yeah.  Washington is a business Utopia, with the highest or second highest minimum wage in the entire world and a set of regulations that would cause a blind man to go cross-eyed.

As I sit here, working on my quarterly B&O tax that certainly takes the place of other state's income taxes as a reason to set up shop elsewhere, I look at the babble of this editorial and shake my head at the thought that not only are the clowns who run the rag frightfully stupid, they're incompetence in the business realm is now on display for all to see.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pridemore and the other Reagan Dunn-style democrats screw the people on the gay rip off vote: deny Benton's effort at a referendum amendment.

Obeying his masters, Craig Pridemore (Communist-49) today rammed the gay marriage scam through committee, denying all amendments to allow the people to have any say on this issue because the fringe-left whack jobs wanting this scam definitely don't want the people to have any say... although the subsequent initiative will certainly provide that say anyway.

Pridemore, as we all know, is ditching the legislature in an effort to get a better-paying gig.  He's got his retirement to worry about, after all.  But like his buddy Reagan Dunn, RINO Republican and King County Councilman, he believes that getting this notch on his crank is what he needs to do get elected.

With Dunn, it's clear his abandonment of principle is politically motivated.  But unlike Dunn, the question remains: does Pridemore HAVE Any character?

From his first session in the Senate:
Legislature: Pridemore reluctantly casts key tax vote

Sunday, April 24, 2005

By DON JENKINS, Columbian staff writer

OLYMPIA -- State lawmakers appear ready to end the 2005 session today, though for about one minute a Vancouver Democrat had the session derailed.

To protest higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, Sen. Craig Pridemore on Friday night originally voted against a $263 million revenue package that supports a two-year spending plan agreed to by House and Senate leaders.

Without Pridemore's vote, the package was one vote short of passing.

Pridemore, however, changed his vote to yes at the end of the roll call and immediately left the floor of the Senate, unhappy with what he helped approve.

"I think the Senate has balanced the budget on the backs of the poor and powerless," he said
So, after bitching about the budget and who is tasked with balancing it, what does the little slimeball do?

Votes "yes," anyway.  Character?  WHAT character?

There are other little episodes, of course, that show he can be bought.  But his gay marriage jihad and that of his fellow fringe-left nutters like Dunn and Moeller are the result of political deals where the main concern isn't integrity, character, or the will of the people:

It's getting elected... start to finish.

Good luck with that to the both of you.

As for me, I am opposed to gay-rights nonsense; the idea that anyone should be accorded any special treatment or status because of their sexual practices, one way or the other, is absurd.

But it would at least be palatable if the fringe-leftists so rabidly pursuing this idiocy would at least have the decency to allow the people to have a say.

Because if this was, ultimately, the will of the people of this state, I could more easily live with it... except the fear-driven left has shown in everything from the CRC to this nonsense that what the people they would govern want is totally unimportant.

And frankly, I don't recall any of this clowns outside the gay caballeros ever running on a pro-gay marriage ticket.  But that's just me.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So.. yet another campaign where the candidates don't even talk about the coming fiscal tsunami.

I've railed about this stuff before: following the Greek economic model is a recipe for disaster; following the Canadian model, where their economy seems to be in a hell of a lot better shape than ours, seems to make more sense since we seem incapable of figuring it out for ourselves.

Regardless, the only guy talking about it is Ron Paul.  And that's a shame.

Paul makes some good points, but his frightening naivete' in the foreign arena makes him an ideal applicant for a nut farm and destroys any credibility he has as a candidate for, well, anything... even his congressional seat, where the only people crazier than he is are those who vote for him at home.

Tonight, we were subjected to an hour long series of lies and delusions from the POTUS; false claims both about what's happened and what will happen.

How many times have we been lied to about jobs being the empty suit's "top priority?"

Well, we know better.

But that begs the question: instead of the three serious presidential candidates beating the hell out of each other, I want to know what they're going to do to put private-sector America back to work.

No, we can't raise taxes... anywhere.  Or fees either.

Government must do more with less.  At the federal level, we now have an unbelievably higher number of federal employees... a paltry 142,000... then we did in January of 09.  And the per-person payroll cost has skyrocketed.

At a minimum, they've got to go.  Those remaining, save for active duty military and intelligence, must face across the board pay and benefit cuts.

Social programs of all stripes have got to be cut... and sharply.  None of this moronic 3% crap, unless it's followed by a zero: as in, 30%.

Education must be cut: staff wage and benefits have to be gutted by serious amounts.  Retirement must be a stand-alone proposition like it is in the private sector.

Unemployment must be slashed back to 26 weeks.

Welfare roles must be obliterated; the nonsensical idea that welfare entitles you to pizza or burgers or tolls is insane.  Welfare recipients receiving cable, or internet or cell phones or alcohol or tobacco or illegal drugs... all have to be removed from the rolls... because if you have money for that crap, then you don't need welfare.

Every federal program must be cut.  And yes, that means medicare and social security.

Everyone knows it... but no one is talking about it.

Our own local waste of skin congresswoman won't even bring the CRC scammers to heel... let alone take the tough votes or make the tough demands needed for our nation's survival.  After all, what's national survival compared to Ridgefield Barbie's re-election?

But it doesn't end with her... she's but a symptom of the diseases infesting our government at most every level, a government that has brought us to this through their politics, their corruption and their incompetence... of all stripes and in both parties.

We are cursed with a system where the bizarre idea of putting one's country ahead of one's self is as rare as finding a fist-sized diamond in your back yard.

Our country is dying.  And no one talks about it.  No one does anything about it, except to bury us under an ever-increasing mountain of debt.

Everyone involved is afraid.  The idea of an America made great through sacrifice and self-reliance, vision and dealing with reality, the tenets of greatness which are but a shadow of a far distant past, are out of the realm of existence.

We eat our young, divide and conquer each other, become increasingly weaker while the world waits like a starving predator, pacing back and forth like a pack of hyena's waiting for the old bull elephant to finally tire and fall so they can swarm in for the kill.

The irony is that we all know it.  We KNOW it.  In our more sober moments, we see it happening with a frightening clarity.  But no one will step up.

No one will volunteer to take the hit.  No one talks about what must be done, acting, instead, as if nothing must be done... deluding ourselves much like the Jews in the concentrations camps really believed that what was going to come out of those shower heads really was going to be water, instead of poison gas.

That's us.

My God, we see it so clearly a blind dog could describe it understandable detail.

But we're assaulted by democrat front groups like the AARP, who act as if our economic future is secure and if there's going to be any sacrifices, it won't be on the part of our senior citizenry.

Hell, any effort to even try and require identification as an American to vote results in bigoted charges of racism.

Accountability?  Self-reliance?  Those concepts are as foreign in America today as Sanskrit.

And what are those who are. or would, trying to lead us going to do about it?

Why, act like it isn't even there.

Until it's too late.

Then what?

This isn't the first time I've ranted about this, and it won't be the last.  But I do get sick of the cowardice permeating our government at every level because it's far easier to turn a blind eye to this particular inconvenient truth then it is to confront it, address it, solve and conquer it... because, after all, if we don't look...

.... it'll just go away, all on its own.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Two different sources - Russell continuing his disgraceful conduct: continued failures to attend city council meetings.

As reported here, Jon Russell is blowing off his responsibilities by failing to even bother to show up for his city council meetings. Yesterday was no exception.

Clearly, he's set his sights on bigger and better things. But his new job is no excuse for his ongoing failures to even bother to show up.

Elected officials who only meet a few times a month in particular have a responsibility to resign from their office if they've decided they can't be bothered to ever show up.

Russell is a case in point.

Between identity theft, campaign lies, character assassination and now, not bothering to show up for any of the meetings, the people of Washougal no longer have any representation from this clown, and it's time for him to go... or be expelled.

The question?

How much longer will those people paying his salary put up with his nonsense?

Cross posted at Jon Russell Watch.

Blowing off the SOTU.

First, he's an empty suit in full campaign mode.

Second, he's lied so much in these things, they're worthless.

Third, I've got to shampoo my hair.

Or something.

Fred Thompson: Newt

Romney's tax returns: they don't bother me.

Look, I don't support Romney for anything but governor of Massachusetts.  They deserve him.

But this nonsense about his tax returns, which leftists are likely to beat him to death over?

That's a crock.

There's all this nonsense about "millionaires paying their fair share."

Well, here's what I know:  I'm not and likely will never be a millionaire.  I also know that 50% plus of the people of this country, which includes those most needy when it comes to government services/checks pay absolutely nothing.

Where's the "fair share" THEY are supposed to pay?

It's easy for the fringe left to talk about "fair share" when they do all they can to make sure THEIR constituencies don't pay a dime.

I believe that EVERYONE should pay SOMETHING.

Even if it's a dollar.

Because when you've got no skin in the game?

Well, it's easy to belly up to the trough provided by the labors of others.

So, this fair share issue is made up of whole cloth since Romney, by himself, has paid more money in taxes then tens of millions of people in the United States, who pay no federal tax at all.

But then, so do I.  And so do you.

They never seem to talk about "fair share" when it comes to that, do they?

Rough start: Liz Pike announces for the 18.

Liz Pike has become the first announced candidate in the 18th to run for Ed Orcutt's soon-to-be vacant seat.

Other names I've heard are Dale Smith, Brandon Vick and Doug Quinn.

This is going to be a difficult race for any of these names; each has issues they have to deal with to be successful in their quest.  Each needs to surround themselves with people who have actually won before.  Each, save Quinn, have to overcome poor political outcomes in the past.

Each will have to raise a bundle.  Each should understand this isn't a Prada district.  Each needs to know that Mainstreamer support in the 18th is political suicide.  Each need to understand that less verbiage is, in fact, more.

The person who understands all that, works themselves into a state of exhaustion every day, and who can explain how they are somehow the preferred political choice for a district when they've been rejected... overwhelmingly... in the recent past, has a serious shot at winning.

But the baggage is a problem:
Pike will run in the 18th District
Redistricting likely to make incumbent Orcutt ineligible

By Stevie Mathieu
Columbian staff writer

Monday, January 23, 2012

Former Camas city councilwoman Liz Pike announced Monday that she will run for state representative in the 18th District.

Pike was motivated to run as a Republican because “our state government needs to reform and we need to start being more efficient,” she said by phone Monday. “What I’m willing to do is dig in and make tough choices to prioritize how Washington does business.”

Pike, who has owned Pike Advertising Agency since 1995, is the political affairs director for the Building Industry Association of Clark County. She unsuccessfully ran against incumbent Camas Mayor Paul Dennis in 2007. Dennis won re-election with three times as many votes as Pike received.


During her race for mayor of Camas, Pike said the city was run by entrenched bureaucrats who skirted the law in the solicitation of bids, handling of animal control and housing issues. She asserted that Dennis got an unfair break on a traffic ticket, and that Dennis and the police chief ran a police department that was lax on enforcement.

Dennis delivered information to rebut her charges. He drew the support of the police, firefighters, city workers, members of the city council and even the Camas school board, among others.

In the past, I have hammered Pike.  But to her credit, she has contacted me directly to discuss my concerns and past political issues.

She is the only candidate in 6 years to directly address the concerns I have expressed in this blog.

Wasn't easy for her to do, and she did it. 

Time will tell how this all plays out.  But this is no place for a King County Republican.  Anyone campaigning like one is likely to become road kill.

Monday, January 23, 2012

City of Vancouver Park "no smoking signs."

The Klingon Princess: official portrait.

SHOCKING NEWS: Some Chevy deals are refusing to carry the estimated $250,000 taxpayer subsidized per unit Volt.

I besides being butt-ugly, I guess they don't want their dealerships to burn down.
Some Chevy dealers spurn Volt allocation

 GM cites concern over fire investigation

               GM had hoped to sell about 10,000 Chevy Volts last year. The actual figure: 7,671.

Automotive News -- January 23, 2012 - 12:01 am ET
DETROIT -- Some Chevrolet dealers are turning down Volts that General Motors wants to ship to them, a potential stumbling block as GM looks to accelerate sales of the plug-in hybrid.
For example, consider the New York City market. Last month, GM allocated 104 Volts to 14 dealerships in the area, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Dealers took just 31 of them, the lowest take rate for any Chevy model in that market last month. That group of dealers ordered more than 90 percent of the other vehicles they were eligible to take, the source said.
In Clovis, Calif., meanwhile, Brett Hedrick, dealer principal at Hedrick's Chevrolet, sold 10 Volts last year. But in December and January he turned down all six Volts allocated to him under GM's "turn-and-earn" system, which distributes vehicles based on past sales volumes and inventory levels.
GM's "thinking we need six more Volts is just crazy," Hedrick says. "We've never sold more than two in a month." Hedrick says he usually takes just about every vehicle that GM allocates to him.
GM spokesman Rob Peterson confirmed that "dealer ordering is down" for the Volt. He said many dealers have been waiting for resolution of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into the risk of fires in the car's battery pack. Last year three packs caught fire in the days or weeks following government test crashes.
This month GM announced a voluntary repair aimed at protecting the battery pack. And last week NHTSA said it has closed its investigation, concluding that the battery pack poses no significant fire risk.
"There's a lot of misinformation that has swirled over the past month," Peterson said. "Dealers are kind of waiting for things to settle down."
Hedrick and other dealers say that their GM zone reps aren't pressuring them to take more Volts. "They haven't jammed us," he says. "I think they'll just give them to somebody else."

Gee. Talk about people saying a car sucks.

And with a government subsidy of up to a quarter million dollars for each one of these turds... you've got a snapshot of the entirety of the Obama Administration in action: a waste of money... huge money... on a product we don't want and won't buy.

In terms of the election, how do I define "leadership," why do I think Romney doesn't have it?

What I mean by a leader crosses professional lines.

Corporate leaders who don't inspire, who don't innovate, who don't show a basic understanding, awareness and ability to manipulate their markets aren't called "leaders," they're called "unemployed."

Military leaders who do not inspire, who do not breed confidence through their competence, vision and ability to communicate and take advantage of a rapidly changing tactical environment are called "relieved of their command."

Dictators who do not retain the support of their people at some point, are typically called "dead."

To me, a leader is competent. A leader inspires. A leader motivates. A leader provides you with the ability and desire to do more then you believed yourself capable of doing.

A leader understands. A leader is never indecisive. A leader makes you, personally, feel you have value.

A leader does not use "dear in the headlights" as a leadership philosophy.

Our current president does none of those things... shows none of those tenets unless he's trying to buy you off.

And Romney seems to be the same, additionally saddled with a situational ethics that runs neck and neck with Gingrich's every day and twice on Sunday.

We were asked generically on a Facebook page why those of us on the right may be opposed to Romney. Here was part of my reply:

1. He’s like Reagan Dunn.

2. He’s a political chameleon

3. Because when he had a chance to govern, it was more like Gregoire then Reagan

4. He’s politically inept and laughingly indecisive. Not even *I* could have screwed up South Carolina as much as he did.

5. Because Obama will cave his ass in, in the debates.

6. Romneycare.

7. Assault weapons ban at the state level, and a 400% increase in license costs to even own a handgun.

8. Pro-abortion until he needed to get the GOP presidential nomination. Election year conversions, like Dunn, sicken me.

9. The only reason this guy is even competitive is because he’s bought his political presence.

10. Because he’s a manager, and not a leader. And that’s what we’ve got now.

There are other reasons, but these will do for now.

But as I said: we've been told us that he WILL be the nominee and we need to get used to it. And I have never been one to subscribe to that “when rape is inevitable” crap.
Any leader in America must always lead legally and Constitutionally. Our current president views that document as a series of suggestions he can pretty much ignore whenever he seems to feel like it.

Within that framework, the question is this: in South Carolina, who led? Who inspired? Who saw the strategic terrain for what it was? Who took advantage of the changing situation the fastest, with the most competence?

Who failed to see it coming, failed to change rapidly enough, failed to use their MASSIVE advantages in money and organization?

This SHOULD have been a slam dunk for Romney. The cause for that failure can begin and end with ever shrinking concentric circles that stop in the middle of Romney's chest.
So, for those fronting for Romney, my question in return is this:
If he couldn't squash Gingrich like a bug with every strategic and logistical advantage he had... to include the South Carolina governor working for him...
... what makes anyone think he can take out Obama?