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:

Braying & Soaring

Our second Braying Jackass award is pretty much a no-brainer.

Donald Trump and congressional Republicans won big last fall in part because they promised to undo many of the most egregious policies of the Obama administration. Like Repealing Obamacare. Defunding Planned Parenthood. DACA. Apology tours. Also doing something about tax reform  and beefing up national security.

Give us House and Senate majorities, said Republicans. And we’ll get to work and implement the Trump agenda. Or at least some of it. Or… something.

So far, Republicans have fumbled the football. Over and over.

Trump won the White House with virtually no support from the GOP establishment, largely because his campaign promises and “America first” message resonanted with a sizeable chunk of the electorate and because people are frustrated to death with same old, same old. And because the alternative was unthinkable. (To be clear, I did not vote for either Trump or the Marquise de Corruptocratia. I voted my conscience and went write-in. However, I support much of Trump’s agenda per the above.)

And while Republicans benefited from the “Trump train,” most have yet to demonstrate the political will or spine needed to move the Trump ball down the track. If House and Senate Republicans get shellacked in 2018, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.

For that reason, today’s Braying Jackass award goes to the GOP.

Meanwhile, you just can’t keep a good sister down in post-Irma Miami-Dade. After the hurricane hit Florida and neighboring states last weekend, a nun chipped in to clear trees in her neighborhood:

Today’s Soaring Eagle Award goes to Sister Margaret Ann. She’s the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, southwest of downtown Miami. She saw a need, grabbed a chainsaw, and got to work.
Not even a hurricane can stop this nun. Rock on, sister!

Another Soaring Eagle goes to 11 year-old “Frank, from Falls Church, VA,” who volunteered to mow the White House lawn. Bless his heart:

The Braying Jackass and Soaring Eagle Awards may become a regular feature if it they catch on. That’s up to you. Submit your nominee(s) via comment or at A sentence or two explaining your nomination  is appreciated but not required. Winners will be ‘drawn’ at random and are up to the sole discretion of Yours Truly.
Nominations for both are now open.

Oopsie: “Impeach Donald Trump” Poll Doesn’t Go Quite The Way Tweeter Thought It Would 

File this under “Oopsie.” Or “epic face plant.”

The brain surgeon who runs Twitter’s “Impeach Donald Trump” account put up a poll recently. It didn’t quite turn out the way they thought it would. Here’s the account (@Impeach_D_Trump):

Here’s the poll:

Here’s Impeach Donald Trump’s Mach 4 back pedal:

Impeach Donald Trump put up another poll recently asking if you think Trump should be impeached. Available responses were Yes, No, and I Don’t Know. Last time I checked, the “Nos” were ahead by 92%. 

And just in case you’re wondering:

Have a Twitter account? You know what to do.

Washington Student Government Conference Raises Questions

Fall is a season of change. It’s when things get moving after summer. (See What I Did on My Summer Vacation – Sort Of.) Temperatures dip. School starts. If you’re part of student government in a community college within Washington state, this is also the season when you get to dive into some pretty nifty extracurricular stuff.

Like a statewide student government conference offering workshops on You’re not colorblind, you’re white! Understanding your Privilege and Targeting Ally/Accomplice Behaviors with an Anti-Racist Mindset. Understanding white privilege, white identity and white fragility. “Uncovering the harm that is done when white people say, ‘I don’t see color, I treat everyone the same.’” Whiteness as Property: Being Conscientious in Student Leadership. DACA Safe Spaces. (“A counselor will be available.”)

I kid you not.

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WSDOT To Test Pay-Per-Mile Road Use Fee

The Washington State Transportation Department will test a “per-mile road use fee” starting early next year. According to a September 11 email from Opportunity Washington:

Would you replace the gas tax with a pay-per-mile fee? Saying fuel efficiency and electric cars are making the gas tax an unproductive revenue source for highway maintenance and construction, the state transportation department will soon be pilot testing an alternative, sometimes called a road-usage charge.

So, let me get this straight. The usual suspects carp about reducing fossil fuel consumption, boosting energy efficiency and driving more fuel efficient vehicles. So people do. Then we find out that said fuel efficient vehicles aren’t generating enough revenue via the gas tax to fund road maintenance and construction.


The email continues:

In the pilot test beginning early next year, drivers will pay a mock fee – no real money yet – of 2.4 cents per mile. WSDOT officials say that’s roughly the equivalent of what the driver of a car with average fuel efficiency would pay in gas taxes.

I’m kind of wondering just how, exactly, will the state monitor how many miles you drive? Imagine the impact on residents of rural areas, where you can drive for miles and still be on the edge of nowhere.

Everybody sing:

Not to fret. “Washington’s not alone,” chirps the email.  “Other states, including California and Oregon, are testing public opinion.”
Great. The Californization/Oregonizing of Washington.

What could possibly go wrong?


Grab Bag

It’s “Grab Bag” day. That’s when we throw a bunch of stuff into the hopper and see what comes out on top. Ready? Good! Let’s go, starting with…

DACA. This stroke of executive amnesty from Herr Obama should be discontinued and returned to Congress if for no other reason than it’s illegal. The executive branch doesn’t make law. The legislative branch does. Not that anyone’s counting or anything.

While we’re on the subject – sort of – is the Statue of Liberty about importing immigrants or exporting liberty? What say you?

Meanwhile, hasn’t it been interesting to watch Let’s Make a Label when it comes to immigration? It used to be “illegal aliens.” Then it was “illegal immigrants.” Followed by “undocumented immigrants.” Now the Label du Jour seems to be “undocumented citizens.”

Well, shoot. If we’re going to play Let’s Make a Label on this, can we at least be honest?  Wouldn’t “unregistered Democrats” be more accurate?

Speaking of Democrats,

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