Why I Stand 

Dear NFLers and other overpaid cry babies:

I’ve noticed that some of you poor oppressed multimillionaires are still suffering from delusions of grandeur. You seem to think the gridiron is a political bully pulpit. That fans cough up absurd amounts of dough so you can you diss our flag, national anthem, military, veterans, law enforcement, the country that blessed your socks off, and pretty much anyone who graduated from third grade because you’re *protesting*…. something.

Fine. I just thought I’d respond with a few reasons why I stand for the flag and the Star Spangled Banner. Among other things, I stand for:

  • Those who fought, bled, and died for the freedoms I enjoy (including your right to disagree and act like a jerk.)
  •  2,402 Americans who died at Pearl in ’41.
  • 412 emergency responders and 2,977 total lives lost on one Tuesday morning in September. For the passengers of Flight 93 who refused to be cowed by evil on 9/11. 
  • Those who run toward the sound of gunfire, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect and preserve others.
  • Friends and relatives who were and are law enforcement officers, fire fighters, EMTs, and members of all five service branches, both active duty and retired.

I stand because:

  • Mom and Dad taught me manners.
  • Respect and honor are more than words on a page.
  • Dad flew in B-17s with the Army Air Corps in WWII as a bombardier/navigator in the European Theatre. He was part of the Ploesti air raid (three-quarters of those guys never came home).
  • My father in law served with MacArthur’s forces in the Philippines, Leyte Gulf, and the jungles of New Guinea. He watched the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri from a troop ship anchored in Tokyo Bay.
  • My husband served as an officer of Marines, Infantry.
  • remember “One small step for man.” Reagan, Gorbachev, and “tear down this wall.” Also the 1980 U.S. men’s hockey team and the Lake Placid Olympics.
  • I’ve read the founding documents. Ditto Twelve Years a Slave. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Ayn Rand. Moses. Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison. Pasternak, Kafka, Solzhenitsyn, and Bastiat.

I stand not because America is perfect or hasn’t made mistakes. I stand because on balance, America and American principles of individual rights, personal liberty and responsibility, free market capitalism, and limited government are great forces for good worldwide. 

I stand because even with its flaws and foibles, America is still the noblest, freest, most generous and greatest nation on God’s green earth.

And because:

So why don’t you all – oh, I dunno – stow your on-field whining and belly-aching? Man up. Get off your sorry keisters, grow up and stand up!

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Senator Cantwell Responds on Antifa (Sort Of)

Ever wonder just how stupid some elected officials think you are?

Pretty darn stupid, if the *responses* I get from Senators Cantwell and Murray are any indication.

Last month I told you I contacted both senators in August asking about their stance on Antifa:

Your Message

Choose an issue category from the drop-down list which most resembles your issue of concern.*

Message Of Subject*

Text Of Message*

Where do you stand on ANTIFA?

I Would Like To Subscribe To The Newsletter

I Would Like A Response

Heard back from Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office today. Sort of. A snippet:

Dear Ms. Lowder,

Thank you for contacting me about white supremacy and President Trump’s response to the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. I appreciate hearing from you on this urgent issue.

President Trump’s reluctance to quickly and directly condemn the hate, bigotry, and racism of white supremacists and members of the Ku Klux Klan that gathered at Charlottesville was deeply alarming and disturbing.

Here’s the full response Cantwell Response 10.06.17

Oh, I dunno. I could say I find it “deeply alarming and disturbing” that Cantwell & Co. obviously didn’t even read my original email. (No, I’m not surprised. This is par for the Cantwell Course. Morons everywhere should be insulted.)

Okay, senator and staffers: What part of “Where do you stand on ANTIFA?” do you not understand? Can you not figure out spell check? Or are you so eager to crank out the standard Trump-bashing boilerplate *response* that you never bother to actually read anything?

Altogether now:

 

After Las Vegas, Now What?

Our hearts and prayers go out to all affected by the Las Vegas massacre.

From the Los Angeles Times:

People looking for a loved one in Las Vegas can call (866) 535-5654. The number doubles as Nevada’s 211 number to connect residents with health, human and social services.

As you know, there were numerous acts of selfless heroism on Sunday night. Amidst unspeakable evil, the goodness of ordinary Americans shone through like a beacon:

Continue reading “After Las Vegas, Now What?”

‘May I Have the Envelope Please?’

Today’s Soaring Eagle Award goes to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Capitol Police officer David Bailey. Bailey was part of Scalise’s security detail. By engaging the shooter, Bailey helped save not only Scalise’s life, but also the lives of everyone else who was on the baseball field that day.

Scalise returned to the House floor on Thursday amidst thunderous applause after surviving the June assassination attempt. Courageous, gracious, and insprational, this guy’s the Real Deal:

Today’s Braying Jackass Awardee was nominated by East County residents. Our winner is Montesano’s Tom Fredriksen “because of his semi-annual pontification. Half agreeing right (but everyone knows what is right) and half wrong when we can see through his ‘I know more than you’ or ‘I’m more right than you’ braying.”

Nominations for all categories are now OPEN. Leave a comment, or email me at Conservelocity@gmail.com. A sentence or two explaining your nomination (s) is appreciated but not required.

‘Grab Bag II,’ Conniption Fits, & Clueless Cassowaries

Holding tight to whatever? Good. Cuz we’re going to go fast today, covering a bunch of random stuff. You might want to buckle up.

First: Repealing Obamacare. I support Graham-Cassidy, basically for the same reasons the Family Research Council and the Susan B. Anthony List have endorsed Graham-Cassidy. Their September 15 press release reads in part:

Continue reading “‘Grab Bag II,’ Conniption Fits, & Clueless Cassowaries”

Grays Harbor: ‘Coast With the Most’

If you’re wondering about the music, my first choice was Mark Isham’s In the Half Light of the Canyon. But it wasn’t long enough. And it’s copyrighted. Or Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, which is quite possibly the most beautiful melody ever written. Also not long enough. Also copyrighted. Or Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. And a bunch of stuff by The Piano Guys. But. Well. You know.

So thank you, Johann Strauss II and The Blue Danube, for being out of copyright – and about the right length. (About 9.30)

For those of you with the attention span of a gnat or if you freak out at the mere mention of “Viennese waltz”you know who you are – here’s the ‘Director’s Cut.’ Micro version. About 2.20. With Silent Partner’s Last Call (still waiting for Isham or Morricone to go out of copyright):

Just for fun: Hello, Hoquiam (3.26). Featuring Kimber the Wonder Dog:

Winners & Whiners

It’s that time again. Time for another round of awards.  (We may even beat out the Emmy’s when it comes to ratings. Not that that’s a high bar to begin with. But. Well. Anyway…)

Our thanks to an alert reader in Ocean Shores for nominating the following:

Today’s Soaring Eagle Award goes to the Cajun Navy, “a bunch of good old boys from Louisiana who loaded up their boats, trailered them to Texas and rescued many people without regard to race or ethnicity.”

An informal network of good Samaritans, this volunteer civilian group with small watercraft rescues those hard hit by hurricanes and such. They do so without a government program or funding because it’s the Right. Thing. To. Do. And because they can.

Formed 12 years ago after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Cajun Navy was in Texas post-Hurricane Harvey. They were off to Florida, too, after Irma. If you want to know more about the Cajun Navy, check out their Facebook page.

Today’s Braying Jackass Award goes to Black Lives Matter, “who was unable or unwilling to do anything to help the black people they claim to represent in either Texas or Florida.  Trump gave $1M of his own money and actually personally paid for water and food he handed out in Florida.  Who is doing more to help African-Americans?”

Don’t make me explain this.

Here’s our award criteria. Want to nominate someone or something? Leave a comment, or email at: Conservelocity@gmail.com.