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!
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.
Doing this blog and connecting with ya’ll is a hoot and a half. We may not agree on everything, but I enjoy hearing from you. Most of the time. 🙂
Anyway, Conservelocity hasn’t taken any real time off since 2013. And it’s time for a break. So unless Something Big happens – like winning the Ghirardelli’s for Life lotto – I’m taking the rest of the summer off.
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Thanks for reading and being part of the Conservelocity fam.
Stay safe and have a great summer. I may see you in the fall.
Grays Harbor County Commissioners Vickie Raines and Randy Ross approved modifications to a professional services contract for jail medical services today. Discussed last week, the modified contract with Dr. Yong Ki Shin was approved unanimously by Ross and Raines at today’s regular afternoon business meeting. The mods represent an additional $350K/year over what the county is now paying.
Commissioner Wes Cormier was out of town on county business.
Effective May 1 through December 31, 2017, the contract approved today changes the scope of work to include the ability to schedule nurses 16 hours a day, seven days a week. The monthly payment amount is $44,900. The contract will be reviewed on an annual basis.
Before you have a heart attack, realize that the mods are required to meet updated state and federal standards for said services. Commissioner Raines observed that the county “has no choice” but to meet the updated state and federal standards. Funding options are being pursued.
Connect those dots. (That’s okay. I’ll wait.) While I’m waiting, you may also want to con$ider three word$ and the impact they have on rural countie$ like Grays Harbor: “Unfunded $tate mandates.”
Commissioner Ross suggested revisiting/updating county job descriptions vis-a-vis union negotiations during conversations with Public Services department heads this morning. The goal is saving money. “We need to keep doing it (updating job descriptions)” said Ross. “We need to keep getting a little leaner.”
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Local opioid use/base is being looked at. Ditto union negotiations a la Grays Harbor Transit.
19th and 24th LD legislators have been made aware of issues related to the Mill Creek dam project in Cosmopolis, as has Rep. Derek Kilmer office.
Tip: The Red Velvet Bakery catered last week’s Habitat for Humanity Tea in Seabrook. I hear their sandwiches with roasted red pepper sauce and gouda cheese are to-die-for. Also, “Alice in Wonderland” is a scene stealer. 🙂
Okay, peeps. Time for another totally subjective, 100% unscientific poll.
There’s been a fair amount of disagreement surrounding the proposed addition of specific “deliverables” – performance benchmarks – related to $88K of county support for Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. Some see this as “punishment” for… whatever. Others see it as responsible fiscal management of taxpayer bucks.
Here’s your chance to chime in.
Just click on the appropriate option in the poll below and hit “Vote.” All votes are confidential. All votes will be counted, but you can only vote once. The poll closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24. Results will be announced soon thereafter.
If there’s one public facility that’s near and dear to my heart, it’s the library. The Carnegie Public Library in Hoquiam, to be exact. I live there. Well, not quite. But I spend so much time at that library, I’m thinking of setting up housekeeping to save time.
That’s why I was particularly delighted with County Commissioners Wes Cormier and Randy Ross today. As Clerk of the Board Jenna Amsbury noted per this morning’s agenda, the City of Hoquiam approached Commissioner Vickie Raines with a request to issue a letter of support to the state legislature regarding state $ for Carnegie library renovations. The capital budget request is for $250K to help complete the renovation project.
Commissioners Cormier and Ross unanimously approved a letter of support for same at this morning’s regular meeting (Commissioner Raines was excused due to illness). “Anything we can do to help with that” commented Ross.
Remind me to get those guys a couple gold stars for their foreheads.
While we’re on the subject, I contacted state legislators in the 24th LD on the topic last week: Senator Kevin Van De Wege and Representatives Steve Tharinger and Mike Chapman. All Democrats. Rep. Chapman responded the next day with his “full support” for the capital budget request. Sen. Van De Wege typically responds within two weeks or so. The Golden Raspberry Award goes to Rep. Tharinger. He doesn’t respond to anything. Ever.
You might want to remember that in 2018.
Btw, “efficient” was the watch word at county today. Business moved briskly and well. Kind of like this first day of spring.