Sunday, April 23, 2017

Make France Great Again candidate succeeds: Marine Le Pen moves to the general election in France.

With a French election system not that entirely different from our own here in Washington State, Marine Le Pen has moved on to the French General Election.

The most recent terrorist attack clearly assisted Le Pen in her efforts.


French presidential election: Le Pen, Macron projected as winners in first round

As France’s polls closed in the first round of presidential voting on Sunday, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron were projected by multiple news agencies to advance to a May 7 runoff.

The projections, based on vote totals in certain constituencies that were then extrapolated nationwide, were reported by The Associated Press, Reuters and AFP.

The likely Le Pen-Macron matchup was announced almost immediately after polls closed at 8 p.m. local time. But even before the first results were announced, Le Pen’s fans were so sure of her victory they began singing “La Marseillaise” at one of her headquarters.

The May 7 runoff now places the controversial, right-wing nationalist Le Pen against the centrist, Pro-European Union Macron. Le Pen’s entry into the second round of voting was being watched closely around the globe and is seen as another victory for a populist movement that has recently claimed wins in Britain’s so-called “Brexit” referendum and the election of President Trump in the United States.


Never Trumpers cringe: WAPO Poll: Trump would beat Hillary today as well.

Never Trumpers and leftists are still but hurt over the election outcome.

They will, no doubt, be even more butthurt when they find out that, according to the latest Washington Post poll (hardly a friend to Trump) shows that Trump would still beat Hillbilly today, AND he would win the popular vote.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Wash Post poll hides: Trump still beats Clinton, 43%-40%
by Paul Bedard | Apr 23, 2017, 12:05 PM

Kristol: Most Important Number for GOP is Trump's Approval Rating

Washington Examiner

A new Washington Post poll that declares President Trump as "the least popular president in modern times," waits until the second to last paragraph to reveal another tidbit: He'd still beat Hillary Rodham Clinton if the election were held today and in the popular vote, not just Electoral College.

In the last election, most polls were utterly worthless.  And, if the WAPO were to be believed, Hillary Clinton would not be doubling down on the destruction of our country as president.

So, while I take this all with a grain of salt, imagine how much it personally cost the fringe-left nutburgers at the WAPO to print this.

They were likely as convinced that the US had wised up and would want to get rid of President Trump and replace him with that criminally incompetent cow we rejected as a nation last November 8 as they were that Clinton would win overwhelmingly and that Mr. Trump would be humiliated.

We, rightfully, have not yet appeared to have "learned our lesson."

I have not agreed with everything our President has done or failed to do.  But at the time of his election, I viewed him as light years ahead of that clown we could have had foisted on us... and I still do.

The numbers continue to fascinate.  But this past election showed the value... or the lack of value... of those same numbers.  Nevertheless, these are worth discussing.

Friday, April 21, 2017

REAL ID: A clue as to why the GOP-controlled state senate is screwing us so often.

For the past several years, Clark County has been governed by mostly clueless leftists masquerading as Republicans.

Most of them utilize the Steve Stuart school of thought, where the will of the people is to be laughed at and ignored.
"And I've said it before: I don't speak for the people... I will NEVER speak for "the people," I speak for Steve and some of you are going to agree with me and some of you aren't."
This is the prevailing political attitude locally... and it's an infection that those we elect at the legislative level have caught that is more deadly than AIDS.

We have a representative government.  Stuart was the very antithesis of that; a Venezuelan type dictator who simply stops listening and who bears zero responsibility to their constituency once we're moronic enough to vote these clowns into office.

Does anyone... for one second... believe that Sen. Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers was doing anything different than Stuart when she betrayed her district and this county by hanging a $700 million bill around the necks of every man, woman and child unfortunate enough to live here?

Now we're cursed by a county council dominated by leftist democrats masquerading as Republicans who simply ignore the dictates of the people of this county.  Now we're cursed by legislators who do the same, who promise nothing for fear of accountability... like Rivers, who clearly wants me dead, because *I* am going to hold HER accountable for her lies until I'm buried or she leaves politics.

This brings us to the GOP-controlled state senate.

Clearly, the local GOP legislators who did such a great job of opposing the CRC/Light Rail scam have "seen the light."

They've been bought.  Directly or indirectly.  Because they have completely flipped on the CRC/Loot Rail scam and are ignoring the reality of OTHER crossings over the River... while they act like good little leftists tools... and that never happens in a vacuum. 

Every single reason... every scintilla of corruption that existed during the LAST waste of $200 million for the CRC/Loot Rail scam that existed then, exists today.

Nothing has changed, save for TriMet being deeper in debt.

But three of the legislators who opposed that scam a few brief years ago, (Rivers, Vick and Harris) have now completely flipped.  The other, Wilson, is just doing what she's told, representing her husband in the Senate.

If nothing has changed EXternally, then something must have changed INternally.

The problem of cross-river transportation will NOT be "solved" by replacing a perfectly functional, already paid for bridge.

We will pay billions, and the difference will be that we'll be paying a toll for the privilege of sitting in traffic while we watch the utterly worthless reason for this rip off go whizzing by... frequently empty, like a new, million dollar plus bus that we also didn't want or need.

This brings us to that same GOP-controlled senate's LATEST outrage:

MOST recently, the GOP-Controlled senate chose to screw those of us who are citizens of the United States when it comes to the matter of our drivers licenses.

Federal law requires that proof of citizenship must be shown to get a driver's license if you want to use that license for identification to board aircraft or gain entrance to a military base, among other things.

This is referred to as the "Real ID Act."

I find it bizarre that showing proof of citizenship ALSO isn't required to register to vote, which many illegals do WHILE they're getting a drivers license which they should not be allowed to get in any event...

So now, in the GOP-controlled state senate's infinite wisdom, we are going to have TWO drivers licenses in this state: one that meets the requirements of the Real ID Act, and one for illegal aliens.

And guess which one is going to cost the most?

That's right: we're NOW going to pay a "citizenship penalty."

Illegals will get to pay $56 for THEIR licenses to help them remain here in violation of Federal law.

AMERICANS will get to pay $78 for OUR licenses so we can board an aircraft!

There's no reason or excuse for making this cost so much more, of course.

Certainly, there's no reason to penalize citizens in any way for this idiocy.

Only in a fake Republican Senate does this make any kind of sense whatsoever.

That's right: to get a license, it's now going to cost MORE if you're a citizen than it will if you're not.


Like the gas tax/tab fee scam, this major cost increase for citizens was the product of none other than "Republican" 14th District Senator and Senate Transportation Chair Curtis King.

Around here, which GOP Senators voted to screw us?

King, of course.
Rivers, of course.
Wilson, of course.

And they voted for it... ignoring the people... for the exact same reason as Stuart voting against the will of the people.

They don't give a damn what we think.  They simply don't care, because THEY are SO MUCH SMARTER than WE are.

So, the next time the GOP comes around asking for money while using scare tactics (Oh, My God, if we don't keep control of the Senate, the democrats will RAISE...YOUR...TAXES!) remind them that THEY have raised our taxes... by hundreds of dollars foe each one of us over just the past few years.

All without asking us.

And slam your wallets shut.

That these clowns ignore us is up to them.

That we keep reelecting these arrogant scum?

That's up to us.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

If you think the Cowlitz Mafia Casino is going to do us any good... think again.

As I have been saying, the rip off of the Cowlitz casino scam is going to blow a huge hole in our local economy, not to mention a passel of other problems that come with it.

Here's an article from The Atlantic Magazine that gives the reader a snapshot of the damage yet to be inflicted on our local community because of the Cowlitz Scam.

A Good Way to Wreck a Local Economy: Build Casinos

No one should look to the gambling industry to revive cities, “because that’s not what casinos do.”

Steve Marcus/Reuters

Baltimore is a troubled city, as you know from The Wire. Like many troubled cities, Baltimore has turned to casino gambling as its solution. On August 26, a new Caesar’s casino will open on the site of an old chemical factory, a little more than 2 miles from the famous Inner Harbor and Camden Yards baseball stadium. Yet there’s already reason to expect the casino to disappoint everyone involved: the city looking for tax revenues, the workers hoping for jobs, the investors expecting hefty returns. 
Outside of Las Vegas—now home to only 20 percent of the nation’s casino industry—casino gambling has evolved into a downscale business. Affluent and educated people visit casinos less often than poorer people do for the same reasons that they smoke less and drink less and weigh less. 
Unfortunately for the casino industry’s growth hopes, downscale America has less money to spend today than it did before 2007. Nor is downscale America sharing much in the post-2009 recovery. From a news report on the troubles of a recently opened Ohio casino: 
Ameet Patel, general manager of the property, says the softness in casino revenue that he and other operators have seen has been driven by a key demographic: women older than 50 who used to bet $50 to $75 per visit. The weak recovery has squeezed their gambling budgets, and their trips to casinos are fewer, he says. 
What’s true in Ohio applies nationwide. Casino revenues had still not recovered their 2007 peaks as of the spring of 2014, when again they went into reverse in most jurisdictions. Moody’s now projects that casino revenues will drop through the rest of 2014 and all of 2015, slicing industry earnings by as much as 7.5 percent.  

For those who see some sort of "boom" here in Clark County because the Cowlitz/Mohegan/Paskenta/Barnett successfully ran their scam, you have deluded yourself into believing this because you support the idea of a casino like this so you won't be troubled to go elsewhere for your gaming fix.
The impact of casinos on neighboring property values is “unambiguously negative,” according to the economists at the National Association of Realtors. Casinos don’t encourage non-gaming businesses to open nearby, because the people who most often visit casinos do not wander out to visit other shops and businesses. A casino is not like a movie theater or a sports stadium, offering a time-limited amusement. It is designed to be an all-absorbing environment that does not release its customers until they have exhausted their money.

Just a few weeks ago, I went to Las Vegas for the NASCAR race, which was a great experience.

But little else was, and I don't see myself ever going back.

Vegas is absurdly, outrageously expensive; homelessness is an obvious, quite visual problem; and I went into a 7-11 store that was, in effect, a slum.

This county will see a massive net loss in dollars.  We will be forced to pay more for less in taxes and support services, not to mention infrastructure and the fall out of this monstrosity.  Thanks to Sen. Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers, we're already on the hook for $700 million before the tribal scammers open their doors.

The tribe has already shown that they will buy local government like we buy a loaf of bread.

Our indefinite future is one of paying expenses caused directly or indirectly by the casino rip off.

And the irony?

The Mohegan Tribe, which financed most of this scam, is required to pay the state of Connecticut $400 million per year as a cost of doing business.

The Cowlitz Tribe is required to pay the State of Washington not one red cent.

Genius, isn't it?

Our indefinite future is one where local government, which already ignores us on so many issues, will now be PAID to ignore us individually as the tribe launders money to support candidates they see as pliable and willing to work for them... at OUR expense.

Just ask Alisha Topper.

This is what our future looks like.

Hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Clark County and sent to the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut, the Paskenta Apache Tribe in California and David Barnett.

And precious little of it staying here.

Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Enjoy your buffet.

So, the democrat party lost again. Politico: Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win?

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win?

For all the roiling anger and energy at the grassroots, the party still fell short in Georgia and Kansas. And Democratic prospects in upcoming elections aren't promising.

Those politically aware knew of the latest "we're going to show the world the American people hate Trump" jihad in Georgia's 6th District congressional seat.

As expected, the dem show horse who brought nothing to the table but who drew millions of leftist dollars to be wasted again, lost.

He got the most votes in a primary with 18 or so candidates running... but he failed to get the required 50% needed to win outright and the majority vote went to the combined GOP slate of candidates.

So, a democrat kid with no discernible background ran for Congress (not unlike the clueless moron "representing" US in Congress now, come to think of it) in a GOP district and he failed to win when he had to win.

And unless the woman representing the GOP, Karen Handel, turns out to be a secret axe-murderer, he's also going to lose in the general.

Will the left waste even more millions on this guy?

Here's the thing: if you're going to keep campaigning like your middle name is Obama, you are not going to make a great many inroads into traditionally conservative districts, areas or states.

America has had a taste of Venezuelan socialism. 

The left needs new ideas and new candidates to sell them.  They need to dump the tired old whack jobs that are the face of their party... the Pelosis, the Waters, the Schumers... the fringe-left haters clogging up a political system tailor-made to abuse.

I freely admit that the loser in this particular race isn't just the young man they sacrificed for their hatred or the fringe-left hater-cash that backed him... for he is just a symptom of the greater disease.

It's the American people.

This is a battle of ideas... and competence.

Insanity has a variety of definitions.  Not the least of which is the idea that repeating the same thing, over and over, will ultimately lead to a different outcome.

In the business world, innovation is the key to survival.

New ideas, new processes, new directions... That's why Amazon is a monster and Sears is teetering on the brink.

The same has to be said for politics.

Donald Trump is President not because he campaigned according to the "rules" or because he listened to the naysayers who almost uniformly said he would first... never become the GOP nominee and then... never become president.  Most everything he did broke the rules, was new or involved tap-dancing on multiple 3rd rails of politics that terrified the Establishment.

He did not get the job because he mouthed establishment talking points.

He got the job because the people were angry and the people felt like no one was listening and he made it clear that he was listening.

Not unlike our legislative and county government "representation" here, come to think of it; where almost none of them care what we think or what we want... and they only listen to those special interests who own them.

What the democrats do at this point is, of course, up to them.

But unless they can get a grip on reality and get rid of their time-worn, failed programs that they repeat like little robotic leftists, they are dooming themselves into oblivion...  not unlike the Whigs and the Tories.

And this is true at all levels... including here locally.  While most of government is leftist around here, those same democrats (Boldt, Stewart, Olson, Blom-inidiot, Rivers, Wilson, Harris and Vick) market themselves as GOP.

They, at least, are paying lip service to the idea that they aren't what their voting record... obviously the only thing that really matters... clearly indicates they are.

For the most part, they ran on non-ideas, promised nothing and are busily doing what they can to hurt us as badly as Obama... but like the Obama-inspired effort of Hillary, we are looking at perhaps different outcomes when their voting records are made clear.  They did that because, in part, they hate to be held accountable for their pledges.

Like I've been holding that empty suited Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers accountable for her lies to get elected.

And that's when new candidates can take them out.

That typically won't help the democrats that much, however, since most of them are limited to running like they're all in downtown Seattle.

The end result?

The same as the democrat efforts in Kansas and Georgia.

The closer the democrats insist on making us a version of Venezuela, the less likely they are to win.

The more hatred they express... the more riots they remain silent on... the more they engage in class warfare... the more they demand that we ignore our immigration laws and open the border... the less likely they are to win.

And until they come to grips that their efforts to drag this country to the left have failed... the more they're going to lose.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A little insight to Sen. Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers.

This is from her Facebook page:

Now, to me... and those kissing Rivers'... ring... on this, it appears that Rivers seems to be taking credit for the passage of this bill.

It could seem that way because those commenting in kissing Rivers' ass for voting for a bill that would have just as easily passed if she had voted "no" or not bothered to vote at all, that somehow, her participation in this process was a needed component.

Or, it could seem that way because Rivers has become such a petulant punk that she even refuses to mention who actually sponsored this bill...

... her seatmate, Rep. Liz Pike.

Now, Rivers hates Pike for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is Pike publicly fought her efforts to screw us on the largest gas tax and tab fee increase in the history of this state.

Further, Rivers also just sold us out on her recent effort to rip us off by resurrecting the CRC/Loot Rail scam.... which Rep. Pike also opposes.

You would think that this bill, important enough to have people like Ron Arp, failed shill for the Yakima Millionaires effort to screw everyone in this county with a surcharge on even movie tickets to pay for Steve Stuart and Mike Bomar's idiotic effort to jam a ballpark down our throats by making all of us pay for it without asking... and RINO Julie Olson weigh in on it (And you know damned well Olson wants Rivers on board for her reelect... and you also know that Rivers WILL endorse that fringe-left RINO)  that Rivers might mention... even in passing, that ALL of the credit for this bill goes to Pike... and NONE of it goes to Rivers.

Clearly, Rivers' complete lack of integrity and honesty keeps her from giving credit where it's due.

Rivers, in fact, has become the very thing she used to tell me that she hated.. the very thing I was being paid to stop her from becoming... a corrupt, political hack.

And how sad is that?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A solution to the Soros town hall terrorism.

1.  Require ID to prove you're a resident of the district to attend.

2.  Hold the town hall from a remote location on camera, live... and use multiple small locations throughout the district to thin out the Soros herd and complicate their logistics.

3.  Have staff at all locations to get the questions to you, in writing.

4.  Require security to remove those who disrupt.

It's not that hard, really.

If you show up at a town hall meeting to disrupt, then you have no right to be there.

This way, you can still face your constituents while vastly reducing the possibility of the Soros types hijacking the entire town hall.

This stuff isn't hard.  If you are unable to interact with your constituents face to face in person, you can do the same thing remotely.

The fake Republicans get it done on ressurecting the I-5 Bridge.

So, Tracy Wilson puppet (Sen. Lynda Wilson (RINO-17) had to "celebrate" their "victory" of starting the process of screwing the people of Clark County yesterday.  Again.

Here's her victory lap:

SW WA delegation bill to start effort on new I-5 bridge goes to governor

Legislation establishing a process to open discussion on a replacement Interstate-5 bridge spanning the Columbia River is one step closer to being sent to Gov. Jay Inslee following its passage today in the House of Representatives on a 59-37 vote. The bill had previously passed the Senate on a 45-4 vote, but since a few technical aspects were amended by the House prior to passage, the differences must now be reconciled between the two chambers before the bill can finally be sent to the governor to be signed into law. 
Senate Bill 5806, sponsored by Senators Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, Ann Rivers, R-La Center, and Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, proposes the creation of a joint Oregon-Washington legislative action committee to address a variety of concerns including the process for developing a new I-5 bridge. It lays out a structure based on months of discussions between regional lawmakers of both parties.  
A House companion bill sponsored by Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, HB 2095 takes the same approach. Wylie’s bill was also sponsored by Representatives Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, and Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver.  
Key to the collaboration between the bipartisan coalition of seven southwest Washington legislators was an agreement to begin a process that starts with local legislators and stakeholders, Cleveland said. 
“We all agreed that as legislators the only successful course was to take a bipartisan approach and lead on this process,” Cleveland said. “Our challenge is to develop a process that will allow for the best, most efficient and sensible solution.” 
“We’ve worked together to set clear rules on how any discussion of a project should proceed,” said Wilson. “This is an important step for an open and collaborative process. We want to make sure any project is carefully and deliberately discussed before any commitment is made to a specific plan.” 
“This legislation represents an opportunity to wipe off the slate and take a new look, together with Oregon, at what might be possible,” said Rivers. “What this does not do is lock anyone into a project. The joint committee this bill creates would act as a sort of ‘bridge authority,’ in my view, that is free to consider other crossings or investments to meet regional transportation needs. As someone who has long thought a third-crossing option deserves serious consideration, I wouldn’t have supported this legislation if it didn’t allow that kind of flexibility.” 
Cleveland credited Wylie’s commitment to shepherding her Senate bill through the House just as Cleveland helped steer Wylie’s bill in the Senate. “Without Rep. Wylie’s strong efforts to move the legislation through her chamber, we might not have been able to take this crucial first step forward on what is likely to be a long journey to build a new I-5 bridge,” Cleveland said. “This very balanced legislation is the culmination of months and months of collaboration between colleagues in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle.”  
SB 5806 also appropriates $350,000 for the Washington State Department of Transportation to conduct an inventory of existing data related to the construction of a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.  
“We have valuable existing data that can expedite our efforts to move forward with a new bridge,” Cleveland said. “Culling this data can get us off to a running start as opposed to starting from scratch.” 
Cleveland noted that the existing drawbridge is a choke point that averages 400 collisions a year; by 2030, when the bridge carries increasingly more vehicles and increasingly larger pieces of equipment by truck, the number of collisions is projected to double.  In addition to the need for improved safety and reliability, Cleveland sees a new replacement I-5 bridge as being critical for future economic growth. 
In the past, Republicans uniformly opposed and voted against this scam... including Rivers, Vick and Harris.

Absolutely nothing has changed since then, except for who has been bought.

Sen. Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers has proven beyond doubt SHE can be bought.  Just look at her actions of pledging to oppose gas tax and tab fee increases to get elected in 2012, only to rape us when the time came.

Review her actions to become a lobbyist for the pot industry has she has worked to save them hundreds of millions of dollars in promised taxes... taxes that WE voted in.

It's really hard to sell out your constituents the first time.  Has Rivers shows with this action and others, it gets progressively easy because here is the factual reality:

Every reason to oppose this insanity that existed in 2014 when the CRC Scam was dropped into a coma STILL exists today. 

NOTHING has changed.

Well, nothing except the roster of those who've been bought by the special interests who brought this about.

There's a reason the leftists are in the center of this picture and the fake Republicans are on the fringes.

At the Town Hall meeting two weekends ago, both Rivers and Vick pledged that they would oppose loot rail.

Well, by the time this issue comes up, the RINO GOP will have lost control of the RINO-state senate and their "opposition" will be meaningless.

Since we all know that the ONLY viable alternative is additional bridges in additional locations, why is it that the requiring other locations in this bill was refused by these sponsors?

Loot rail is the thing.  As the Oregon Supreme Court ruled, the ONLY reason to replace the I-5 Bridge is to get loot rail into Clark County.

So why are Rivers, Wilson-puppet, Vick and Harris bending us over?

And that Wilson would use her SENATE page as a democrat campaign piece?

Why the hell does it matter WHAT Cleveland thought, thinks or says about this betrayal?  Cleveland's lies don't resonate now any more than they did when she was lying... repeatedly... the first time she ran this scam.

And now, we have fake Republicans complicit in her fraud.

I hope they're proud of themselves.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

On today's episode of "How is the GOP-controlled State Senate screwing us again?"

As most of you know by now, all too frequently, when folks get elected around here... but in most other places as well, they lose their fricking minds.

Locally, it's the county council, who governs like they're the city council of Baltimore.  Dominated by fake Republicans Boldt, Olsen, Stewart and that numbskull Blom-enidiot, there is nothing to differentiate these political scum from their leftist opponents from their past elections.

Of course, in the run ups to those elections, I correctly predicted that all save Stewart, who I was so badly fooled by, would in fact, vote exactly the same as their leftist candidate opponents should they be elected.

And how right I've been.

Taxes are up, fees are up, their pay-offs to that despicable rag of a daily democrat newsletter paid off when they bent the taxpayers over by doubling the costs we've been paying for official notices in the newspaper.... these fake Republicans have screwed us every way imaginable, by engaging in the Steve Stuart school of "I don't care what the people want, I only represent Steve and sometimes you're going to disagree with me" school of thought.

That, of course, brings us to the GOP-Controlled State Senate.

Because of the GOP-Controlled State Senate, not to mention that pathetic excuse of a state senator representing the 18th District who ran on a platform of OPPOSING the largest gas tax and tab fee increases in this state's history... lying every step of the way and hanging a $700 million bill around each man... woman... and child living in Clark County... which put us all on the hook for roughly $1523 for every man, woman and child living here... we became one of the states with THE highest gas taxes in the country.

And who was the author of this gas tax travesty?

Why none other than "Republican" State Senator and Transportation Committee Chair Curtis King of the 14th District... part of which intrudes into Clark County.

All to bail out King County's massive wastes of money... such as the "Big Dig" tunnel, massively late and, of course, massively over budget (Amounts are in the hundreds of millions) and, of course, their floating bridge replacement that cost $400 million before a shovel full of dirt was turned.

The GOP-Controlled State Senate also brought us the Washington State version of the federal Dream Act, which made illegal aliens eligible for state funding in our colleges and universities, because GOD knows we've got so many seats available in our schools for citizens that, well, hell, what difference is adding a few tens of thousands of illegal aliens to the eligibility pool... and then giving them student aid... over American and Washington State citizens going to make?

It was the Republican State Senate that made it possible for males in this state to demand to be able to shower with females if they felt particularly feminine of a given day... you know, in our schools and even private gyms?

They did that by failing to get rid of that idiotic rule change that allowed that sort of insanity.

I mean, after all, what could possibly go wrong, right?

And NOW, we have the Republican State Senate screwing us AGAIN, only this time, over driver's licenses.

Senate Bill 5008, now "Engrossed Senate Bill 5008" (ESB 5008) would provide two types of driver's licenses for this state.

One type, where you have to prove citizenship, will cost in excess of $100 according to our State Representative Liz Pike.  This variety of license is required for such mundane purposes as boarding commercial aircraft and entering military bases.


The other type will continue to be for illegals and those who don't want or can't afford the "enhanced" license, which we have now, will have no such requirement to provide proof of citizenship.

And the sponsor of THIS bill?

Do you even have to ask?

Why none other than "Republican" State Senator and Senate Transportation Committee Chair Curtis King of the 14th District... part of which intrudes into Clark County.

And who here locally claiming to be a Republican has voted for this steaming manure pile?

Why, RINO Senators Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers and Lynda "Tracy yanks my strings like the puppet I am" Wilson.

The reality is that illegal aliens shouldn't get driver's licenses or any OTHER kind of license.

The arguments for aiding and abetting the sheltering of illegals do not overcome the one, major fact confronting us: they are not supposed to be here at all.

And if your warped reasoning processes disagree with that conclusion, THEN the reality is that we as American citizens should never be PENALIZED because of our citizenship: and the way to approach this is simply to allow our current license fee structure to be used to prove our citizenship and charge those who can't prove their country of origin or their legal status the higher fee.

These votes are how democrats vote.  And if you're gonna vote like a democrat, then why not just VOTE for a democrat and kick you out of office?

This is just a little data point for you to think about.  When the GOP-controlled Senate comes crying to us for money to pay for the campaign of the GOP's candidate in the 45th District, running to replace Andy Hill (Who's demise was unfortunate, but let's face it, he could hardly be called a "conservative") with  Jinyoung Lee Englund, it's this kind of "screwing your constituency" type bills that I'll be thinking about when I slam my wallet shut.

You see, if you want to govern... you had better act the way you campaigned.  You'd better not lie to us (Rivers) and you'd better represent your constituency (Wilson) because if you don't?

There's no reason to vote for you at all.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Does anyone know where Herrera is holding her town hall meetings during the House recess?

Instead of staying in DC and addressing the issues that got them elected, the RINO Ryan Congress has a very long Easter recess.

The purpose of the Easter Recess? To allow Members of the House to go home to their districts... hold town hall meetings... and get input from their constituents.

So.  Where's our Congresswoman holding her town hall meetings?

Look, I get that she's held... two or three town hall meetings... since she was first elected to Congress.

I can get that they're strenuous.  Exhausting.  Require preparation.  And a talent for verbal dexterity which she apparently does not possess.

And frankly, I admit to being spoiled by Brain Bard's willingness to mix it up with weekly town hall meetings in various places throughout his district... which, if memory serves, was quite a bit larger back then.

Our congresswoman could do so much more.  But she has set the bar so low that the odd photo op and staff-generated oped are typically the best we can hope for.

She... or her office... would point to the carefully screened little meetings she's held or  the tele-town halls where she actually doesn't have to show up.

Meanwhile, since she parachuted into this job over a much better candidate who lacked the McMorris puppet strings, I've been waiting.

Waiting for her to step up.

Waiting for her to become a power in the House. (By her 5th year in Congress, McMorris became Vice Chair of the Republican Caucus.  In her 7th year in Congress, she became the Chair of the Republican Caucus.  By Herrera's 7th year in Congress, which, sadly, she is in now... Herrera is not in leadership at any level.

These positions are elected by the rest of the caucus.  I don't even begin to wonder why Herrera can't get a committee chairmanship.  (The obvious: she hasn't run for one since she knows she can't get elected... or she's simply too lazy to even try)  There's a reason we don't see her as a talking head on TV.  (And why wouldn't they want her out there?  Why isn't she making the rounds on the talking head shows?))

We see her making heavily orchestrated photo ops... like in today's democratian.

What we DON'T see is her solving our problems.

We DON'T see her coming up with federal solutions to the problem of the Federal highway known as I-5 here, locally.

We DON'T see her addressing the pressing veteran's care issues in this district. (The nearest Emergency VA Hospital is on the other side of Portland's worst freeways and our bridge.) and prescriptions are far cheaper at Fred Meyers than what we pay at the VA.

And those are just our local issues.  Her silence on the national issues...  her failure to take positions... all are a part of the most recent wave of politicians that run as beauty queens saying as little as possible so it makes it more difficult to hold them accountable... not that it matters when they ARE held accountable... right, Ann Rivers?

That said, the RINO-GOP in the House seems unable to organize a bin of socks, let alone keep their year's long campaign promises of getting rid of Obamacare and tax reform.

And what has our Congresswoman done about it?

I pointed out the recently elected Congressman from the 3rd District of Louisiana, Captain Clay Higgins, has held more town hall meetings since he took office in January than our cardboard cutout of a fake member of Congress has in her seven years of wasting our time in that office.

But apparently, he's Satan incarnate, so that was, somehow, a bad example (allegations of not paying child support, allegations of 4 marriages and so forth... allegations known to the electorate before they elected him) as if this congressman's PERSONAL life makes any difference in the execution of his JOB responsibilities...

Here's the guy:

Some believe he should be shot.

Here's the thing: he's done more in the 4 months he's been in office than our fake congresswoman has done since she was given the job 7 years ago.

And nothing he's done or failed to do in his personal life changes any of that.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reminder to President Trump: Keep your promises or you'll be a one term president.

As I wrote last November:
The memo to Trump is simple:  Keep your word.
God knows that our local political figures lie like they breathe, regardless of party.  While far too many locally are unaware or unconcerned about the depth of their betrayal, millions of Americans are watching Trump like a hawk, because of the history of politicians screwing us.
Trump has set the bar very high.  He has promised a great many things; those paying attention to this campaign are well aware of what those things are…  Sniveling leftists are whining mightily that their choice lost.  They’re been in the streets, ironically harming those in the areas that supported them the most.
Obama has caused severe damage to about every area of American life imaginable.  Military, domestic, foreign…. You name it, that clueless idiot has damaged or destroyed it.  It will take years or even, perhaps, decades to repair the results of his efforts. 
If Trump manages to pull us out of this nose dive, if the GOP can embrace his policies and successfully learn the difference between policy incompetence; infrastructure incompetence and strategic incompetence; if they can put aside their differences and learn that moving towards the sound of the gunfire is what we do… instead of running away, dividing our forces and allowing others to conquer us, the end of the democrat party as a viable force is looming on the horizon.
If the gutless RINOs in Congress will support our president; implement the right policies and stop acting like cowards in the face of a little leftist name calling, there is no end to what can be accomplished.

I warned from almost the beginning that the only way to defeat Trump was to take his issues away from him by making them the basis for ALL GOP candidacies at the national level.  That would have taken his populist leverage away from him, diluted his message and sunk his voice back into the crowd instead of running away from it like whiny little punks.

Instead, the RINO establishment screamed in horror, lift up their skirts and ran away.  And we know the outcome.

But Trump is the baseline.  Trump must keep his word.

He must drain the swamp.  He must build the wall.  He must put America back to work, including the millions not showing up in the totally bogus unemployment rate.
He must reduce/eliminate the laws, rules and regulations that have become part and parcel of Obama’s successful effort to set this country back decades.
He must end the insanity of the bizarre constructs of situational equality, such as that practiced in the military. He must continue to be fearless in the face of the hatred that is going to be aimed at him from the oh, so, “inclusive” Nazi’s of the left.

The cowards running Congress… RINO Ryan, Meetch McConnell and the like, must turn their backs on their compliance with the left, whose idea of compromise is limited to “do it our way.”  They must get past the idea that they have to go along to get along.

That is for THEM to do... not the GOP Congress.  Obama reveled in the idea that elections have consequences.  Well, THIS election certainly has.
But only if those who are SUPPOSED to do the business of the people actually remember who they are and what they’re there for.
If they fail… if Trump fails… the lights will go out on this bright, shining city on the hill… forever.
Don't forget, Mr. President.  We are SOOOO watching you.

And good or bad?

We'll remember.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Think Lefty Lou Brancaccio isn't butthurt over Benton's White House appointment?

As expected, the monumental level of butthurt felt by the democratian over former State Senator Don Benton's success within the Trump Administration.

Lying Lefty Lou Brancaccio probably had a seizure when he heard that the Trump Campaign had hired Benton for anything.

Then to find out that Benton was overseeing the transition of the dreaded EPA?

That probably caused Lefty a heart attack.

And THEN to find out that Benton was getting the job of Director of the United States Selective Service with no one between him and the President?

Sheer, unadulterated stroke.

It's tough when your enitre life is driven by leftist hatred... like our lying little worm of an "editor emeritus" and the scum he's hired to work for him.

So, what does this slimeball do?

He puts this crap up so his fellow leftist haters can take yet another opportunity to beat the hell out of Sen. Benton... and, of course, President Trump.

I get the feeling the last thing that dillwad editor will be thinking about as he dies will be how he worked so hard... and failed so miserably... to destroy Don Benton.

Clearly, Benton has wormed his way into Brancaccio's skull.  And that is right where he belongs.

Thanks for the hoot, Lefty!

    BOOM! Largest bomb ever dropped in combat used to retaliate for SF operator's death in Afghanistan.

    Chinese coal imports from the US skyrocket: coal through Clark County even MORE important.

    With the news that China has refused to take NorK coal...
    China rejects North Korean coal shipments, opts for US supplies instead
    Published April 11, 2017  
    Eric Shawn reports: Will China punish Kim Jong Un?

    China has sent a flotilla of North Korean freighters loaded with coking coal back to their home ports, according to an exclusive Reuters report. Meanwhile, China has placed massive orders for the steel-making commodity from U.S. producers.  
    Information on the Thomson Reuters Eikon financial information and analytics platform revealed that 12 freighters were returning to North Korea.  
    Reuters attributed news of China’s rejecting North Korean coal to a trading source at Dandong Chengtai Trade Co., which is the biggest buyer of North Korea's coal.  
    The Dandong Chengtai said it had 600,000 tons of North Korean coal sitting at various ports and that there were 2 million tons stranded at Chinese ports to be sent back to North Korea, Reuters said.

    China has ramped up US coal:
    Trump says China has turned back N. Korean coal ships, lauds it as 'big step' 

    By Eric Bradner, Steven Jiang and Ben Westcott, CNN
    No US coal was shipped to China between late 2014 and 2016, but 400,000 tons had been shipped there from the United States by late February, Reuters reported.

     The importance of the Port of Vancouver in this equation cannot be overstated.

    The fringe-leftist nutjobs around here will likely freak, but this opportunity can supercharge an economic engine here locally that can outshine about any other locally owned business that anyone can think of.

    Just sayin'... it's amazing how overseas policies can impact us here at the local level.

    Of course United was wrong. Dead wrong.

    It's amazing the number of "experts" that suddenly popped up out of nowhere to support the unconscionable and absolutely illegal action of #United in their handling of the passenger matter.

    There is no doubt that by the time this idiocy is over, this man will likely get an 8 figure settlement out of UA and he should.

    Neither the airline nor their agents, in this case, the police acting on their behalf (And they are going to have to pay huge as well) had any right to physically force this man to leave the plane.

    "Picking a name at random" does not rise to the level of "cause" for physically assaulting anyone in the name of freeing up a seat.

    United's problem of overbooking did not become this man's emergency merely because they demanded that the seat he had paid for be vacated so they could fly an employee in its stead.

    Those who know and understand the law, understand that neither the airlines nor those actually engaged in this removal have any defense.


    Even conservatives have screwed this up by claiming, in effect, that United can/could do anything they damned well please to get the seats THEY need to do what THEY want.

    Utter nonsense.

    Since the episode, irrelevant crap has been brought up to slime the victim.

    Let me make it clear: if this guy was an ISIS platoon leader, that would have no more relevance to this matter than if he were a Martian, a serial killer, or a Pope.

    You cannot use violence to solve a civil issue.  Believe me, there are times when I wish you could.  But this is certainly not one of them.

          Judge Nap: Man Dragged Off United Flight 'Absolutely' Has a Lawsuit

    As seen on Fox & Friends

    After a passenger was forcibly removed from an overbooked United Airlines flight, many people are wondering if United could be facing a lawsuit.

    Judge Andrew Napolitano thinks they likely will.

    On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Napolitano said there are two things at play: United's civil obligations and the actions of the security officers.

    "By dislodging this passenger against his will, United violated its contractual obligation," Napolitano said. "He bought the ticket, he passed the TSA, he was in his seat, he has every right to stay there."

    As for the police response, Napolitano said they should not have violently dragged the man off the plane just because United officials asked them to.

    "If the reason for their call is not a crime, they should leave," Napolitano said. "They have no right using violence to resolve a civil a dispute. ... If the passenger is politely or reasonably sitting there, waiting for the flight to take off, he's not committing a crime, he's not engaged in violence, he's not doing anything that justifies police force."

    He said the man "absolutely" has a case against United if he files a lawsuit, because of the "inconvenience and public humiliation."

    Napolitano added that the police could also face a lawsuit, because they used excessive force in a situation in which no force was required.


    Airlines treat us all like crap and smile while they do it.

    Perhaps... just perhaps... this might put an end to it.

    And no amount of people wrongly taking the airline's side can change any of that.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    President Trump looks like he's putting his deportation force together...


    Trump administration moving quickly to build up nationwide deportation force

    Administration moving to put together deportation force

    The Washington Post has obtained a Department of Homeland Security document outlining possible measures to fulfill President Trump’s campaign pledge to create a deportation force for illegal immigrants. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)   

    The Trump administration is quickly identifying ways to assemble the nationwide deportation force that President Trump promised on the campaign trail as he railed against the dangers posed by illegal immigration.

    An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment obtained by The Washington Post shows the agency has already found 33,000 more detention beds to house undocumented immigrants, opened discussions with dozens of local police forces that could be empowered with enforcement authority and identified where construction of Trump’s border wall could begin.

    The agency also is considering ways to speed up the hiring of hundreds of new Customs and Border Patrol officers, including ending polygraph and physical fitness tests in some cases, according to the documents.

    But these plans could be held up by the prohibitive costs outlined in the internal report and resistance in Congress, where many lawmakers are already balking at approving billions in spending on the wall and additional border security measures.

    Administration officials said the plans are preliminary and have not been reviewed by senior DHS management, but the assessment offers a glimpse of the department’s behind-the-scenes planning to carry out the two executive orders Trump signed in January to boost deportations and strengthen border enforcement. 

    Immigrant-rights advocates called the plans an unnecessary waste of money and resources that are aimed at scaring the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom have lived in the country for more than a decade. 

    More of that democrat diversity: Establishment dems want to get rid of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI02) (MAJ, HING)

    Unlike our local Congresswoman, the representative from Hawaii's 2nd District (HI02) is a democrat, a veteran who deployed, an Army National Guard officer and someone who actually has the integrity of her convictions.

    Her positions are classic leftist:
    Gabbard supports abortion rights, opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has called for a restoration of the Glass–Steagall Act, and has been in favor of same-sex marriage since 2012. She opposes US-led regime-change wars like those in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, and has opposed removal of Bashar al-Assad from power, arguing that US regime-change intervention in Syria's civil war is a source of the Syrian refugee crisis.
    But she does what she believes to be right, even at great personal cost:
    Gabbard, a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee, was critical of the decision by DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to hold only six debates during the 2016 Democratic Party primary season, compared with 26 in 2008 and 15 in 2004.[60][61] Some have argued that the number of debates was intentionally limited in order to bolster Secretary Hillary Clinton's position as the Democratic front-runner, citing Wasserman Schultz's previous position as co-chair of Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign as a conflict of interest and a newly created penalty barring further participation in sanctioned debates for any candidate who participates in an unsanctioned debate as an effort to limit public exposure to other candidates.[61][62] Gabbard appeared on multiple news outlets to express her dissatisfaction with the number of debates. Following her public criticisms, she claimed she was uninvited from attending the Democratic debate in Las Vegas as a result. In a telephone interview with The New York Times, Gabbard stated, "It's very dangerous when we have people in positions of leadership who use their power to try to quiet those who disagree with them. When I signed up to be vice-chair of the DNC, no one told me I would be relinquishing my freedom of speech and checking it at the door."[63]
    Gabbard resigned as DNC vice-chair on February 28, 2016, in order to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.[64] She was the first female U.S. Representative to endorse Sanders.[65] At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Gabbard gave the nominating speech putting his name forward.[66] Furthermore, in July 2016, Gabbard launched a petition to end the Democratic Party's process of appointing superdelegates in the nomination process.[67] She endorsed Keith Ellison for DNC chair in the DNC 2017 chairmanship elections.[68]
    Imagine if our congresswoman actually had this kind of courage... the kind where you fight to do what you believe is right instead of fighting to get re-elected as a back-bencher wall-flower.

    I see Gabbard as a fellow kindred political spirit.

    I disagree with the vast majority of her positions, but respect and admire her fight for what she believes in.  I also respect and admire her service to this country in uniform... and her deployments to actual combat zones... instead of claiming her 10-year absence equated to serving in the military... like the idiot representing us claimed to my face.

    Compare and contrast this woman's record with the mere shadow of a Congresswoman we're stuck with: an utterly worthless waste of skin who's only concern is to fool enough of us to get re-elected.

    Meanwhile, our local holier-than-thou leftists... both the rank and file and the slime running the democratian, feel compelled to chastise the local GOP for holding fake Republicans accountable for their betrayals.

    Most recently, a clueless leftist at the local rag felt compelled to beat up the local GOP... again... for even thinking about taking such actions.

    Of course, he neglected to write about all the times the left trashed their own for failing to toe the exact line of the party centrum... Sen. Tim Sheldon and State Auditor Brian Sonntag immediately come to mind, because, well hell... it's ALWAYS "different" when the left holds THEIR own accountable.


    And that brings us back to Congresswoman Gabbard:
    Prominent Democrats Call For Anti-War Congresswoman To Be Ousted From Office Gabbard pushed the U.S. to collect and release evidence from the scene of the chemical attack in Syria. 
    Gabbard visited Syria and met with President Bashar al-Assad in January and has been consistently cautious about American involvement in the Middle Eastern country. The Hawaii congresswoman said in a statement that the airstrikes on Syria were “short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaida and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the United States and Russia.” 
    She also said she has not seen enough evidence that Assad was behind the chemical attack that led to the death of dozens of civilians. Gabbard said an investigation was necessary before responding, and that “if President Assad is found to be responsible after an independent investigation for these horrific chemical weapons attacks, I’ll be the first one to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court.” U.S. officials have maintained Syria was responsible for the attack as radar showed Syrian warplanes in the area during the incident. 
    Neera Tanden, head of the Center for American Progress, and former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean both responded to Gabbard’s comments with outrage.
    Read more:
    Wonder when those responding with "outrage" on the left ever served in a combat zone?

    Democrats likely want Trump to start an actual war that doesn't have Obama's name all over it and see Gabbard's effort here as an impediment to that.  That gives them something to beat the hell out of the President over it to deflect him from getting rid of the damaging and harmful programs that former slimeball occupant of the White House had caused us.

    Meanwhile, our local leftist rag never ceases to stop lecturing and moralizing to the local GOP when it comes to party efforts to rein in our local RINO contingent.

    But they remain oddly silent in the face of leftist purity tests and the efforts of some... such as Gabbard... to suggest that caution may need to be the watchword.

    Amazing hypocrisy, that.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    State Senator Don Benton gets the Directorship of Selective Service and unfettered access to the President. What CRC?

    Naturally, the leftist scum at the democratian have to engage in character assassination as they wait for the remainder of Lyin' Lefty Lou Brancaccio's head chunks to fall back to earth.

    We can start with this obvious lies of leftist outlets:
    Last month, the Washington Post reported Benton “piped up so frequently during policy discussions that he had been disinvited from many of them.” More recently, Politico reported, “Benton has repeatedly butted heads with Ryan Jackson, (EPA Director Scott) Pruitt’s chief of staff. Multiple sources speculated that Benton might soon leave the agency.”
    Benton had the impromptuer of the president to oversee the transition from the horrific nightmare of Obama to the realism of President Trump.

    He was not "disinvited" from ANY meeting since he, effectively, could go anywhere in the agency he pleased.

    But the national level versions of our local fringe-left community cancer, presuming they wrote this at all, are merely doing what they do every day: trashing even possible element of the Trump Administration they can.

    And our local stain on democracy is naturally joining the cabal at the national level that they built here at the local.

    Meanwhile, a man the local RINO and leftist contingent did their best to destroy has risen above it all, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes of his enemies, to be given control of an agency of the United States Government... and a direct line to President Trump.

    The leftists are already circling the story in their blazing hatred.  (And hatred is certainly one thing local leftists are really good at) We see the usual remarks and comments... and, like usual, nothing of substance.

    I, for one, would very much like to see the draft re-implemented.  Half male, half female.  Let the gender of the so-called "weaker sex" spill their blood at an even rate with the men to defend this country... equality being what it is.

    And, as a reminder, there has been no draft since 72.   But there should be.  I missed the draft, having already enlisted.

    Meanwhile, for a variety of reasons... not the least of which is how the leftist scum around here have treated Benton over the last 2 decades, we've finally got someone in Washington, D.C. to watch our backs.  Someone with more guts and more drive than our cardboard cutout of a fake congresswoman could ever dream of.

    Benton has made his position clear on the CRC Scam from the beginning and has continued his opposition even though he no longer serves us here... he certainly continues to serve us there.

    And when it comes to the fungus of the CRC Resurrection, I feel a lot better about having Benton back there than I ever did about having that do-nothing Herrera.

    Just sayin'.

    How's that CRC/Loot Rail scam looking now, eh?

    The GOP Congress is failing us again.

    So, some things never change.

    We are well aware of the betrayal on some major issues of the GOP controlled state senate... The local dream act that allows illegal aliens to attend our colleges and universities at the in-state tuition level; their eligibility for student aid; the raping of our wallets when it came to gas tax and tab fees and our upcoming screwing where they're going to kowtow and bend us over to a Supreme Court that has zero ability to order the Legislature to do anything and the like.

    At the national level, the RINO GOP House and Senate have been failing us for years and are continuing to fail us now.

    They have had years to plan for the eventual repeal of Obamacare.

    They have had years to research and plan for tax reform.

    They SHOULD have had these plans ready to go so they could pull the trigger on BOTH on January 21, 2017.

    Did they?

    Of course not.

    Meanwhile, our deficit continues to climb thanks to these RINOs, and we're still getting screwed by Obamacare because these clowns are all hung up on their Establishment meme... and because like the SJW's, they're STILL stunned to discover, every morning, that the President of the United States is named Donald J. Trump.

    Obamacare is no less of a disaster today than it was a year ago... FIVE years ago... at its INCEPTION.

    But the left is counting on the stupidity of voters first discussed by Obamacare architect and MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, PhD. 

    And the incompetent idiots running Congress seem all too happy to oblige.

    Marriage, it is said, is the only exception to the rule that states "it's always better to do something than nothing, even if you're wrong.

    Job one for the President is to keep his word.

    ALL of it.

    That includes first, the repeal of Obamacare; next, the reformation of our taxes and 3rd, the design of a plan that puts the states in charge of the healthcare issue if they are so-inclined and if... IF... they do not use a mandatory buy in scam like the one we just had.

    Instead, they do nothing.  And RINO Ryan fiddles while the GOP House burns.

    The promises made were the reason the GOP was given control of Congress.  If they fail to lose it... if the suckers... us... the voters... stop listening... then what?

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    How to get pissed off by Amazon.

    This item was supposed to be here TODAY.

    Friday doesn't cut it.

    Order cancelled.

    I hope you clowns can get your stuff shipped out on time.

    We'll both be disappointed.

    This is not the first time. And the item in question is to replace my dying Note 4 battery.

    What I know for sure is many things... but that Amazon is "sorry for any inconvenience" is a crock.  Because this happens all too often.

    If they WERE sorry, they'd discount the item or some such, instead of ignoring the fact that I'm paying for the privilege of two business day delivery.

    Makes paying for Prime quite a bit more difficult.