Hoquiam Middle School Gets Memorial Day Right

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are frequently confused. They are not the same. Hoquiam Middle School students know the difference. And they’re showing it with a public memorial.

Located at the school entrance, the public memorial is “dedicated to the memory of those who served and protected their country.” It’s bordered by mini American flags in the shape of a U.S. map. The memorial includes markers with names of fallen heroes who died defending our country. Dates range from WWI to the Iraq War.

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Can you imagine the amount of time and effort it took to put this display together? HMS gets it.

While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. The November holiday largely focuses on thanking living veterans for their service, and underscoring the fact that all who’ve served have sacrificed and done their duty. It is a day for thanks and appreciation.

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Although the weekend is often seen as an opportunity to play ball, barbecue, or hit the beach, Memorial Day is indeed “the most solemn” of American holidays.

So fire up that grill. Grab that glove, kite, or second ice cream cone. Take in a concert. Hug your kids. Watch a parade. Welcome summer. When you do, however, be sure to take a few moments to reflect on the high cost that’s been paid to secure your freedom and liberty. While you’re at it, find a veteran and thank him or her for his/her service. Do both with respect.

God bless the Hoquiam Middle Schoolers and those who made this public memorial possible. Makes me proud to live in a town that “gets” it.

Pass the tissue.


See more at the HMS Facebook page.


WA Primary Stirs Up ‘Trick Memory,’ Cream Cheese

I have one of those ‘trick memories.’ I can remember a conversation from five years ago word-for-word without breaking a sweat. Or every ingredient on the back of a cereal box. In alphabetical order. Other times I can’t remember what I had for lunch.

Filing week is history. It stirred up that there ‘trick memory’ a la races at the county and U.S. Senate level. Like:

Grays Harbor County Commissioner, District 3.

Incumbent Vickie Raines is running unòpposed for a second term.

Both local parties did the smart thing for once, resisting the temptation to throw challengers into this race whose main qualification is the ability to fog a mirror. Nothing like wasting time, money, and effort running the equivalent of a cart pony against Secretariat.

PCO Filings

Got the list from Scott Turnbull at County Elections yesterday. Looks like Grays Harbor Rs and Ds both fielded a whopping 17 PCO candidates this cycle, with very little new blood.

U.S. Senate

One of these days incumbent Maria Can’twell (that’s not a typo) may get a real job. But don’t count on it.

What makes this race interesting – or amusing, depending on how you look at it – is the field heading into the August primary. I mean, have you seen the filings for this seat? I’m waiting for Rod Serling to show up.

Former WSRP Chair Susan Hutchison filed to run against Can’twell late last Friday, the last day to file. Doubtless Suze will advance to the General. (That ambassadorship appointment didn’t pan out?)

No one needs to be unseated like Can’twell. But Susie Cream Cheese? She’s no Conservative. In fact, SCC is as ‘Establishment’ as they come.

Don’t think so? All you gotta do is remember, among other things, how Cream Cheese Babe treated Cruz delegates at the 2016 RNC convention in Cleveland. Or how this idiot treated Ted Cruz at same.

I do.

We may be stuck with Cream Cheese Babe in November. But Primaries are sweet. Unlike the General, where you’re often stuck with Tweedledee or Tweedledum as options, you can vote your conscience – and your memory – in the Primary.

Which is why I won’t be voting for Cream Cheese Babe in August.

How’s your breakfast cereal?

Constitution Defenders, 2A Champions Flood Olympia

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. – Attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto regarding the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor

Driving rain that came down in sheets didn’t dampen the spirits of freedom-loving Washingtonians at Saturday’s Stand For Your Rights Rally in Olympia. Flooding the capitol steps under a downpour, Constitution and Second Amendment defenders spoke with one voice. And that voice was a giant roar (see video below). Via Americans for America – Washington:

It is time to stand up and be counted. We will not sit idly by and let our 2nd Amendment rights be taken away from us one inch at a time any longer.

The invitation includes:

“Our Constitution is under attack and we can no longer afford to remain on the sidelines. Come show your support for the liberties recognized and protected in the Constitution, especially the right that protects all other rights: the 2nd Amendment.”

Interests or groups on site included hunters, veterans, “III%-ers,” the American Legion, NRA members, and the Tacoma Narrows Tea Party. Also moms and dads. Teens and kids. Grandpas and grandmas. Petitions for I-1621 allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry on school campuses were also available.

Event Coordinator Khristopher Kord encouraged about 300 soggy stalwarts to engage in the culture war that includes defending God-given constitutional rights. “The time is now,” he said. “We’ve been keeping our mouths shut because we’re afraid of being judged when we talk about God and freedom. No more!”

Refering to anti-2A Leftista agitators, Kord asked,”What happened to the activist community that they’re literally marching to give up their rights?”

Regarding allowing teachers and administrators to arm themselves post-Parkland he said, “This is about rights and choices and being able to make decisions for themselves.”

Candidates on hand included Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer. He’s running against Maria Cantwell. “At what point do we say ‘Enough!’he asked. “We need a (peaceful) revolution in this state,” he said. Instead of seeing Washington as a “lost cause” – hopelessly Left-leaning – Gibson urged attendees to get active in the fight to protect our rights and prevent any further erosion of same. Instead of seeing Washington as a lost cause, “How about people see Washington as a beacon of hope and light and freedom for the rest of the country?”

Sen. Phil Fortunato (R-31st LD) delivered a fiery speech. Per the new Dem majority in the Senate, he said, “This year it was like the gates of hell opened.” Whenever he’s asked if he’s going to give back money he gets from the NRA, Fortunato said he responds, “Hell, no! I send them more money than they send me!”

About 300 activists stood in pouring rain for hours to rally for their rights.
Peggy Hutt of the Tacoma Narrows Tea Party talks to U.S. Senate candidate Joey Gibson.

“Everyone of us has a responsibility to stand up for our rights,” declared the senator. “You don’t have to be rude or nasty. Just ask (the other side,) ‘and then what?’ He also supports arming school teachers and administrators.

Hosted by the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans, the evening rally in Olympia was one of scores of similar events nationwide.

We arrived about 75 minutes prior to the 5:30 kick-off in Olympia. Holding umbrellas, American and other flags and signs, people were already gathering and circulating. Several open-carried.

And Nobody. Freaked. Out.

Local event organizer Kristopher Kord wrote on the group’s Facebook page:

We are not getting together to impress each other. We are showing up to demonstrate that we are regular people, who love our constitutional rights, and especially our 2nd Amendment rights, and exercise those rights in our daily lives, by “bearing arms.”

There were no “counter-protesters.” No legislators from Grays Harbor showed up.

Voter registration drives, networking, education, outreach, and other strategies were discussed.

Responsible gun owners are clearly sick and tired of being blamed for every deranged lunatic who goes on a shooting spree. Ditto being demonized, pilloried and condemned for committing the heinous act of – gasp! – legal gun ownership. They’re also sick of the foaming-at-the-mouth anti-NRA vitriol and venom spewed by no-nothing punks and haters like David Camera Hogg and his sidekick Emma Gonzalez.

Another Olympia rally is scheduled for next Saturday, April 21, at the capitol.

The ‘sleeping giant’ is awake. And believe you me, it is resolute. Like this guy.

Mark Robinson wasn’t in Olympia today. But his comments reflect the sentiments of most rally attendees. This guy is seriously AWESOME! Make it go viral:

Race for 24th State House Seat Heats Up; Wilke Taking on Chapman

Jodi Wilke is throwing her hat into the ring for state representative in the 24th legislative district. The Jefferson County Republican is facing off against one-term incumbent Rep. Mike Chapman, a Democrat. The 24th LD includes Clallam and Jefferson Counties and parts of Grays Harbor.

A community activist and leader of Jefferson County’s successful No on Prop 1 campaign, Wilke announced her candidacy today at various events in Port Angeles, Port Hadlock, and Hoquiam. She spoke about her plans to make public policy “work better” for the people of Jefferson County and the Olympic Peninsula as a whole at an open meeting at The Jitter House this evening.

“Here it is. I’m officially announcing my candidacy for the Washington State House of Representatives, Position 1,” Wilke said tonight at The Jitter House. She called herself “a proud member of the Republican Party” that “represents the hopes and dreams of the American people.”

Citing her “dedicated leadership” in last year’s Goliath vs. David fight to defeat a pricey Prop. 1, Wilke said she hopes to bring that same kind of dedicated leadership to the State House.

A single mother of two sons, Wilke said she understands and appreciates struggle and hard work. She returned to school at age 50 to be a nurse.

She told the crowd, “Together we’re embarking on a journey not only to win this election, but to discover the dreams and hopes of our district” and expose those who are holding us back. “We need a new Renaissance revival,” Wilke continued. “But when will it come? No family, community, or individual shoud be left behind.”

Wilke said she supports “inventive, smart growth policies,” and getting broadband for the coast and rural communities. Also reducing “undue regulatory scrutiny” and steep taxes faced by businesses.

She criticized her opponent’s support for “budget-busting tax hikes” and the machinations surounding the recent passage of the state budget, which she dubbed a “game of smoke and mirrors.” She also decried the raiding of the state rainy day fund. “My opponent voted for this Ponzi scheme,” she said.

She disagrees with the marbled murrlet issue being handed off to unelected DNR bureaucrats, saying legislators who are accountable to the people should be in charge.

Wilke also expressed disappointment in Chapman’s vote against funding for school resource officers. “That seems despicable to me,” Wilke said. “My opponent has voted to leave these children vulnerable. I’m all for lowering taxes,” she added, “but some things we must fund. I find this vote shameful.”

Responding to a question from a female high school student, Wilke said, “I don’t think you should go to school and be afraid of what may happen that day. You should know that someone has your back.”

Wilke’s track record as a “bridge builder” who can work effectively across the aisle were emphasized.

For more information: electjodiwilke@gmail.com. 360.301.9460. Web site: http://www.electjodiwilke.com

Where Washington State Republicans Need to Focus in the Mid-Terms

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The train wreck that was the 2018 Washington State legislative session finally adjourned last week. Thank God.

Barf Alert

I’ve heard a lot of huffing and puffing about the Leftista-leaning legislation Democrat majorities predictably ram-rodded through Olympia this year. If I hear any more, I’m going to barf. Cuz here’s the deal, peeps: Next year will be more of the same – or worse – unless Republicans “belly up to the bar” and get majorities.

I’ve also heard that Washington State Big Government, Cradle-to-Grave Nanny State Socialists … er… Democrats (sorry, Freudian slip) are running candidates for every state office.

Oh, really? 

Continue reading “Where Washington State Republicans Need to Focus in the Mid-Terms”

Commissioner Vickie Raines Announces Re-Election Bid

Grays Harbor County Commissioner Vickie Raines will be running for re-election. The press release formally announcing Raines’ plans to run for re-election was received earlier today.

Featuring the words Solving Problems – Managing Limited Resources – Developing Partnerships for our Future, the March 13 announcement says Raines is very proud of “some specific projects and collaborative achievements we have experienced in the last three years.” Achievements cited include:

  • A more balanced budget
  • Felony drug court
  • Dedicated funding for criminal justice
  • North Beach sewage treatment improvements
  • Ongoing flood and mitigation and reduction projects “that significantly affect not only Grays Harbor, but the entire Chehalis River Basin.”

Raines notes that while she’s “proud of our accomplishments so far, there is still much work to be done.” That includes industrial development, new infrastructure and employment opportunities. “I continue to be an active part of these collaborative efforts to strengthen our communities,” she adds, concluding with:

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative on important issues that impact our future. It has been an honor and a privilege. With your continued support, I formally announce my intent to run for re-election as your District 3 Commissioner. I will keep working hard, for you and with you. I will continue to be your voice, as we work together to strengthen our County, our communities and our citizens.

Raines bested three opponents, all men, in a hotly contested 2014 race. She was sworn in to her four-year term in January 2015.


For additional info., see: Vickie Raines Grays Harbor County Commissioner, District 3.

State Legislative Scorecard: The Good, The Not-So-Good, and the MIA

The Chinese water torture session that’s been going on in Olympia is finally winding down. Not surprisingly, individual liberty, religious freedom, Second Amendment rights, and pretty much anything relating to common sense have taken a beating during Washington’s 2018 legislative session.

Once again, the so-called party of “choice” showed itself to be anything but, with Democrats showing their true colors as the Party of Eugenics and Big Brother Thuggery.

Rep. Matt Shea explains:

You can also watch at this link.

For those of us stuck in the 24th LD (Clallam and Jefferson Counties and parts of Grays Harbor), the 2018 legislative session has been – also not surprisingly – like stumbling around the dance floor a la the Beautiful Blue Wall (with profound apologies to Johann Strauss).

This year I’ve made dozens of contacts by phone, email, and personal visit with Reps. Mike Chapman, Steve Tharinger, and Senator Kevin Van De Wege of the 24th LD. Every contact was firm but polite. No flame-throwing. I requested responses from all.

From one day:

Here’s my Response SCORECARD for 24th LD legislators:

The Good: Rep. Mike Chapman

I received the most responses from Rep. Chapman’s office, by a wide margin. It may have taken some time, but Rep. Chapman generally got back to me. On occasion, his office also included external links to additional material or sources per my request.

To be clear, I don’t agree with Rep. Chapman on much of anything. But at least he makes constituent communications a priority. That’s certainly more than can be said of either Thoughtless Tharinger or Van De Wege.

The Not-So-Good: Sen. Kevin Van De Wege

From January through today, I’ve received a total of two responses from Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, usually a month to six weeks after my initial contact. In both instances, he seemingly waited until after a bill cleared the Senate and was on its way to the House before responding. Like: “Well, golly gee whillikiers. Thanks for contacting me, but that ship has already sailed.”


The MIA: Rep. Steve Thoughtless Tharinger

Guess which state legislator gets the Big Raspberry Award?

Tharinger’s office posted a total score of zero in the response category for 2018. Zero. Zip. Nada. As in, I haven’t receive a single response from Tharinger on anything during the entire legislative session to date. Not one. This, despite specifically requesting responses with each contact. That includes hand-written notes from outside the House chamber in Olympia.

In fact, I can’t recall ever receiving any response from Thoughtless Tharinger on anything. Ever. And he’s been in office for four terms.

Who keeps voting for this guy?

Incidentally, all three 24th LD legislators – Chapman, Thoughtless Tharinger and Van De Wege – voted for SB 6617, which explicitly exempts state lawmakers from the state’s Public Records Act. Here’s the roll call vote.

Meanwhile, some of the worst Yea votes from “Larry, Moe, and Curly” include votes:

  • For the Abortion Insurance Mandate bill, SB 6219, which passed without a single amendment to protect religious freedom or conscientious objections or prohibit abortions based on the sex of the child.
  • For SB 6037, the paid surrogacy bill also known as “rent-a-womb,” allowing the commercialization of childbirth. Democrats refused every amendment, including the release of medical records to the child so s/he can have a full medical and genetic history. (See Shea video, above.)
  • For SB 5722, the “conversion therapy ban” bill. This bill essentially bans Christian counselors from practicing according to the tenets of their faith.

So much for “choice…” I call cow pucky!

Biggest Take-Away From The 2018 Session: If you’re a conservative, forget trying to lobby these guys. Your time, effort, and energy would be much better spent on getting them un-elected.

The good news: Chapman and Thoughtless Tharinger are up for re-election in November. I say it’s time for a change.

Who’s with me?

***UPDATE on SB 6219, 8:34 p.m.:

While the bill did pass the House, an amendment was attached. Not a conscience-related amendment or any kind of protection related amendment. BUT this means SSB 6219 (that’s not a typo) has to go back to the Senate for reconciliation. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR ASAP and tell them to vote against the bill, especially if you’re in the 24th and your Senator is Van De Wege:

1-800-562-6000; Kevin.VanDeWege@leg.wa.gov;

Olympia office: (360) 786-7646

Cell: (360) 477-0548

***UPDATE: March 23, 5:00 p.m.

The state legislature adjourned on March 8. To date, I have not received a single response from Thoughtless Tharinger’s office on anything. Not once. For the entire session.

Go figure.