MUST WATCH: ‘Seattle is Dying’ (how Grays Harbor can avoid the same fate)

Seattle. Is. Dying.

  • “Homeless camps” springing up like overnight mushrooms.
  • An explosion of drug use and the rampant crime that comes with it.
  • Law enforcement unable to enforce the law.
  • Families not feeling safe in their own neighborhoods.
  • Residents feeling like they’re not being heard or protected by city officials.
  • People living in filth and squalor, dying in the streets.
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How did Seattle get to this point? How can this be who we are? How did “compassion” get so twisted?

These are some of the questions raised in Seattle is Dying, a searingly insightful and provocative documentary by KOMO 4 News. In this one-hour documentary, KOMO’s Eric Johnson explores the impact the drug and homelessness problem is having on Seattle and possible solutions.

Indeed, the once-proud city is on the ropes. For years, Seattle’s Lefty electeds have pursued and promoted policies that not only don’t work, they’ve actually made the problems worse.

National Review picked up the story in its April 8 issue, adding:

The political hacks who have let this beautiful city plunge into anarchy finger homelessness as the core the problem, but as Johnson’s reporting makes clear, it is rampant and untreated and unprosecuted drug use — which sets off the chain reaction of widespread crime and intense degradation of public places (upset yourself and check out the Facebook page Seattle Looks Like Sh**) — that is the core of Seattle’s decline.

Since Grays Harbor faces similar issues regarding homelessness and drug use, every thinking Harborite would do well to listen up.

Haven’t seen it yet? Don’t worry. I gotcha covered:

Yep, Seattle Looks Like Sh*t.  is an actual Facebook page. Check it out yourself.

Seattle is Dying is a non-partisan, in-depth look into what happens to a city under DemoSoc rule. Ditto a state. And a county. It’s Exhibit A in why Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Democrat.

Too simplistic? Watch the video start to finish. Compare what’s going on in Seattle and how DemoSoc politics and policies have run that city into the ground with what’s working in Providence, RI. Then weigh in.

Incidentally, what’s working in RI ain’t a needle exchange program. Or throwing more money at social problems.

Watch. The. Video. Here’s the link again.

Then get yourself registered to vote if you aren’t already, and get some friends legally registered, too

 

Best 2 Out of 3? Grays Harbor Commishes on I-1639

Kudos to two Grays Harbor County Commissioners who voted Yes on a resolution opposing the implementation of I-1639 and a big raspberry to the commish who didn’t.

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On Tuesday, Commissioners Wes Cormier and Vickie Raines joined a growing list of Washington counties opposing this badly flawed initiative. In February, Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott instructed his deputies to ”take no enforcement action as it pertains to I-1639” until its legality is resolved. Scott also joined a growing list of sheriffs currently refusing to enforce the initiative.

Unfortunately, despite these facts and the fact that Grays Harbor voters soundly rejected I-1639 by a margin of about 58%, Commissioner Randy Ross opposed the resolution, ducking behind semantics. His written statement on the resolution includes this odd statement:

Passing a resolution for Grays Harbor county (sic) opposing implementation of a law passed by the legal majority of voters in this state is not within my duties as a county commissioner.”

Question: Why not?

I-1639 was largely “passed” by the People’s Republic of King County. It was soundly defeated by Grays Harbor voters. Is Commissioner Ross suggesting that Grays Harbor constituents take a back seat to King, particularly on an initiative that is “bad law” to begin with?

I’m willing to give Commissioner Ross the benefit of the doubt here. But I gotta ask: Why is he seemingly more interested in the rest of the state and I-5 corridor voters than he is representing and standing up for Grays Harbor?

In his statement, Commissioner Ross vows to continue to “work through our local state legislators to find a fix for this initiative.”

Good luck with that one. Cuz as long as the I-5 corridor dominates elections and one-party rule is the rule in Olympia, said “fix” is as likely as January sunshine in Seattle.

A ‘Better Approach’?

Ross concludes his statement by saying providing funding to challenge the law’s constitutionality “may be within authority as a county commissioner and I believe the better approach.” (Emphasis added.)

Fine. How much moola, and when?

Commissioners Postpone I-1639 Reso

Today’s scheduled vote of the Grays Harbor County Commissioners on a resolution opposing the implementation of I-1639 has been postponed. The resolution is patterned after a similar measure passed by Cowlitz County last month.

Action on the resolution was originally set for February 5. The vote was pushed back to today to give Commissioner Wes Cormier a chance to weigh in. Cormier has been absent for several weeks due to illness.

An announcement at this afternoon’s meeting indicated that action on the resolution has been “postponed” to March.

GH Resolution Opposing I-1639

When asked about the reason for the postponement at the Media Q & A session following the 1:00 p.m. meeting, Commissioner Vickie Raines boiled it down to two:

  • Providing Commissioner Cormier with additional time to review the resolution and weigh in accordingly.
  • Additional conversations have taken place on the topic since February 5 per a similar resolution passed by Stevens County earlier this month.

Commissioner Randy Ross said that the commissioners are “concerned” about the initiative and want to make sure that the resolution “reflects what we all think.”

Look for a revisit on March 19 , “if not sooner.”

For additional background, click here and here.

Update on Resolution Opposing Implementation of I-1639

Miss your chance to chime in on the resolution opposing the implementation of I-1639 in Grays Harbor?

Not to fret. The resolution was tabled at this afternoon’s 1:00 p.m. meeting per Commissioner Cormier’s absence due to illness. So you can still weigh in at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Resolution Opposing I-1639

By the way: Washington Sheriffs Pledge Not to Enforce Gun Control Law:

Three more Eastern Washington sheriffs said Monday they will not enforce a state gun-control law that voters passed in November.

The sheriffs in Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan counties joined at least seven other county sheriffs who previously pledged to ignore Initiative 1639, which adds requirements on gun storage and background checks and raises the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles.

The sheriffs said they’ll wait to see if the initiative survives legal challenges brought by the National Rifle Association and other groups.

The Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners has also resolved to oppose I-1639.

Only one person weighed in on the proposed resolution regarding this badly flawed initiative at today’s meeting. Speaking in support of the resolution, she was pretty good once she figured out the difference between “Public Hearing” and “Public Comment.” Chalk that up to brain freeze.

With temps skimming the upper thirties in Montesano, there’s still snow on the ground. I’m now nicely thawed, thank you very much.

What’s it like in your neck of the woods?

GH Commissioners to Take Up Resolution Opposing I-1639

I received an email from Commissioner Vickie Raines today regarding I-1639. Remember that one? The stupid on steroids initiative passed by the I-5/Seattle corridor and crammed down the rest of our throats? Commissioner Raines explained that she has asked that a resolution opposing the implementation of I-1639 be added to the Commission’s agenda for Tuesday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m.

Here’s the preamble:

Resolution opposing implementation of Washington State Initiative I-1639, or any trailer bill or any bill similar thereto which restricts the Individual rights of United States Citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution or Art. I, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution.

Here’s the full text of the resolution:

WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms is guaranteed as an Individual Right under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and under Article I, Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of Washington; and

WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms for defense of Life, Liberty, and Property is regarded as an Inalienable Right by the residents of Grays Harbor County, Washington, and:

WHEREAS, the residents of Grays Harbor County derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within the County using all types of firearms allowable under federal and state constitutions; and

WHEREAS, any provision or application of I-1639, and any trailer bill, or any bill similar thereto, which restricts the individual rights of United States Citizens as protected by the United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution will create economic hardship on lawfully owned and operated, small business firearm dealerships; will create undue burdens and price increases on persons to lawfully purchase firearms; will have a direct negative impact on local economies through job loss and sales tax loss; will create a layer of burdensome, troublesome and unlawful governmental regulation; and

WHEREAS, Grays Harbor County Board of Commissioners, being elected to represent the residents of Grays Harbor County and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Washington, including, but not limited to the protection of a lawful Right to Keep and Bear Arms, for defense of Life, Liberty and Property, and for safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Grays Harbor County, Washington;

NOW, THEREFORE, IT BE AND IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the Grays Harbor County Board of Commissioners does hereby oppose the implementation of I-1639 or the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the lawful rights of its residents to Keep and Bear Arms, and would consider such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful application of its legislative and governance authority or duties.

Done in open session, this ______ day of February, 2019

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, WA

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Randy Ross, Chairman

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Wes Cormier, Commissioner
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Vickie L. Raines, Commissioner
Attest:
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Jenna Amsbury, Clerk of the Board

Here’s the resolution’s full text in PDF: Resolution Opposing I-1639
Time to stand up to Seattle.
Time to stand up for our rights.
This resolution should pass, 3 to 0.

My Solution to Stupid

If you’re like me, you don’t have a lot of time. So I’m going to make this short and sweet with two quick points today:

  1. Thank you, Sheriff Rick Scott, for getting it right on I-1639, a dumb idea on steroids:

I-1639 and I-940 lost in Grays Harbor last November. I-1639 lost BIG:

2. So. Isn’t it time to revamp the Initiative process in Washington state?

Leftistas know they can’t ramrod their agenda through the state legislature. So they’ve hijacked the initiative process instead, using it to cram their agenda down our throats.

Well. Are you tired of King County and a couple other looney Leftista counties dictating how to live? Ramming every liberty-crushing, Big Brother government-growing, freedom-squelching, Constitution-stomping “initiative” on record down your throat?  (I-1639 and I-940 are just two recent examples.)

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Here’s my solution: No initiative gets passed and enacted into law in this state unless it wins a majority of counties. As in:

  • No more Legislation via King County Fiat.
  • No more Seattle Leftistas imposing their views statewide.
  • No more Tyranny of the Minority dictating to the rest of us. That’s just stupid.

If a ballot initiative can’t carry a majority of Washington state counties, it dies.

The End.

 

Who’s with me?

Through the Blender: A Whirlwind Look at 2018

I’m not real big on year-in-reviews. I’m even less enthused about New Year’s resolutions, most of which don’t last beyond the expiration date on a carton of milk. In fact, whenever I feel the urge to draft some New Year’s resolutions, I lie down until the feeling goes away.

But I’ve had some requests for a year-end wrap-up type post. So here ya go. Consider this the cliff notes version of select observations, musings, and pontifications from 2018:

POLITICS-ish

The much-vaunted “Blue Wave” of 2018 wasn’t. But that shouldn’t have surprised anyone who was paying attention. Dems derailed any substantive traction the party of debt, decay and dependency may have had going into November with their unspeakably shameless, despicable treatment of Brett Kavanaugh.

2018 was also tbe year of Stupid Hashtags. The list of contenders reads like War and Peace. Certainly in the running for Most Vapid honors is #IBelieveSurvivors. Really? Based on what? The ability to spin a good yarn? Shed crocodile tears? Be manipulated in a brazen attempt to put cheap political points on the board? The alternative – for the adults in the room – is #IBelieveFacts. If you don’t know the difference, you’re part of the problem.

Speaking of which, Grays Harbor Democrats are getting more and more shrill as their local losing streak continues. Having been shut out of county commission races for the last few election cycles and losing ground elsewhere fast, Grays Harbor Democrats are getting more and more desperate. Prediction: They’ll lurch further left leading up to 2020. Maybe we can sell tickets?

SOCIAL MEDIA

Following Yours Truly on any social media platform is a privilege, not a right. I screen every request. And I don’t do knee-jerk follow backs. If I block you or choose to not follow you back, I have a reason. Usually something along the lines of choosing not to junk up my feed with epic brainlessness. (If I want that, I can tune into Chris Matthews. Or Rosie O’Donnell. Or Senate Democrats.)

RANDOM STUFF

  • Raise your hand if you agree that this is the dumbest idea for foot wear to come down the pike since the Ark made landfall (Who wears this stuff?):
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  • Red Robin in Olympia has the best shorty stack of onion rings around. But their campfire sauce is To. Die. For.
  • The Washington Health Exchange has two speeds: Slow and Oops! Lost it. Thank you for playing!
  • There’s a reason why Summerland is one of Mount Rainier’s most famous subalpine meadows. It’s all uphill getting there. But worth every step!
  • The speed of a snail-paced check-out line at Wal-Mart will dramatically increase the minute you switch to another line.
  • There’s no easy way to get gum out of the dog’s fur.
  • In a contingent universe, anything is possible. Except squeezing toothpaste back into the tube. Don’t ask how I know that.
  • While it’s nothing fancy, weekend breakfasts at the Aberdeen VFW are the best deal in town.
  • Reading 365 books in one year a la the Goodreads Reading Challenge is a high bar. But I cleared it. With room to spare:
  • Americans are the most generous, biggest-hearted-est (new word I just made up) people in the world. Always have been. Always will be.
  • God bless the USA.

I could go on. But you get the idea. Besides. I feel a nap coming on…. So Happy New Year and best wishes to you and yours for a great 2019!

2019: here’s looking at you, kid!