D’Souza round-files that horse hooey faster than you can say “Yvette Felacra.” (But really. Why would you? Side note: The Screeching Gnome of Berkeley has no idea what “fascist” even means. Not that that really matters…)
Money, money, money, money was a recurring theme at this afternoon’s Legislative Summit in Montesano. The 90-minute discussion touched on a wide range of local issues from capital budget requests (hi, third courtroom project) to “vexacious” public record requestors to unfunded mandates coming down from the state and smacking the stuffing out of small rural counties like Grays Harbor.
The meeting, which was cordial, included state legislators from the 19th and 24th legislative districts and Grays Harbor County Commissioners Wes Cormier, Vickie Raines, and Randy Ross. Legislators in attendance were Sen. Kevin Van de Wege(D-19), Reps. Brian Blake (D-19), Mike Chapman (D-24), and Jim Walsh (R-19). Sen. Dean Takko and Rep. Steve Tharinger were not present.
Commissioner Cormier opened the discussion with introductions. He asked each legislator to give a quick one to two minute round up of their expectations for the next legislative session which begins in January.
Ballots are out. They’re hitting mail boxes countywide. Got mine today.
It’s a pretty short ballot. Several Advisory Votes. My rule of thumb on these puppies is two-fold:
If said advisory vote includes the words “without a vote of the people” and it relates to a tax hike, I vote to Repeal.
If the advisory vote has the words “for government spending,” I vote to Repeal.
So basically, my ballot looks like:
Other items include lots of candidates running unopposed. If said candidate is a Democrat, I either go write-in or leave it blank.
Also on my ballot: Port commish (unopposed), hospital district commissioners, one city council position (unopposed), and two school board slots.
Regarding the hospital district: I’m voting incumbents out. You can find out who they are here.
Aberdeen school board: Devin Backholm is the only solid candidate.
The other races remaining on my ballot are for Hoquiam School District 28, Positions 4 and 5. Chris Eide is running unopposed. The other race I don’t have any strong feeling either way. Holler if you do.
Btw, what’s up with all these one-horse unopposed races?
State legislators from the 19th and 24th legislative districts will be in Grays Harbor next week to discuss local issues. Initiated by the commissioners’ office, the October 26 ‘Legislative Summit’ offers Harborites a rare opportunity to interface with these state legislators at the same time, in the same place.
State senator Dean Takko (D-Longview) and state representatives Jim Walsh (pos. 1, R-Aberdeen) and Brian Blake (pos. 2, D-Aberdeen), represent the 19th legislative district.
A phone call to the county commission office this morning indicated that all legislators from the 19th and 24th legislative districts have confirmed their attendance as of today, with the exception of Steve Tharinger. (That’s pretty much par for the course. In case you’re wondering.)
The Legislative Summit is set for October 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the large commissioners meeting room in Montesano.
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.
I 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.
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!
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:
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.
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?