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Tired of Gov. Inslee’s Closures?

Are Washingtonians tiring of Gov. Mao’s “Thou Shall Not” list related (ostensibly) to COVID-19?

It seems so. Especially as the weather improves and cabin fever leaps into the stratosphere. (The shuttering of private businesses and throwing zillions of Washingtonians onto the unemployment rolls as well as government over-reach related to the China flu is a topic for another post.)

 

Take the closure of outdoor recreation sites. State and national parks. No fishing. Hunting. Picnicking. Swimming. Bicycling. Boating. Breathing. (Seriously? How likely is it that any boater will get within six feet of another boater on a lake the size of Rhode Island?)

 

Stupid on Steroids

These closures aren’t just nonsensical. They’re stupid on steroids.

 

Most outdoor lovers I know aren’t looking to hang with the herd. They want to get away from the crowd. The further, the better. They’re typically not just six feet away from the next human. They’re more like six miles. Or maybe 60.

 

Indeed, maintaining a several-foot distance away from another person is significantly easier to do in The Great Outdoors than it is in say, Wal-Mart. Hello?

 

So I called and emailed Governor Inslee’s office on the subject today. Got a message saying they’re “unusually busy in our office at the moment.” Gee. I wonder why?

 

The next voice mail message – still no real person yet – was a detailed list of how you, too can snitch on  friends, Romans and fellow countrymen if you suspect them of “non-compliance” with the guv’s Stay Home order.

 

Then I was told, by message, that I was caller #17.  Ditto that “our office is unusually busy.”

 

Then it was “Press 1 now to record a message on the comment line.” Pressing 1 takes you to a promo for the census: Take the census. You count. Be counted.

 

I’m not making this up.

 

About a year later I finally reached the guv’s comment line. Did he get an earful.

 

Chime In

Want to chime in? If you have the patience, leave the guv a phone message at: 360-902-4111. Or send him an email here.

Lemme know how that works for ya, okay?


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Why “We’re All in This Together” is Bogus

“We’re all in this together” is the China virus refrain du jour . But is it true? Valid? Well, that depends.

 

The answer may be “yes” if “We’re all in this together” is an expression of:

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Fed-Up Washingtonians Launch Petition to Impeach Inslee, Ferguson

Since House Democrats have decided to deploy “impeachment” over policy differences, someone has taken up a similar gauntlet in Washington State.

Launched by “Austin Thornhill” of Pasco, an on-line petition at Change.org is calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee. At issue is their repeated attacks on the State and U.S. Constitutions per the Second Amendment and their failure to uphold their Oath of Office.

Here’s a screen shot:

The impeachment petition had thousands of signatures in a few hours.

The petition concludes with:

It’s time we take a stand against our Government and give it back to the people of our great state.

Find out more here.

Featured image via Change.org.


UNBELIEVABLE! ‘Tolerance’ Nazis Try to Disrupt Peaceful Rally in Olympia

THIS is how lunatic lefties live out their “tolerance” dogma.

If you thought I was exaggerating the pinhead element at yesterday’s li’l clam bake in Olympia, check out the video below.  You can also catch comments by Reps. Elizabeth Scott, Jesse Young, Graham Hunt, Liz Pike, former congressional candidate Marty McClendon, veterans, and select others en toto.

Brought to you courtesy of the Student Sunshine Patrol. Parents, you really oughtta get your money back (told you someone needed mommies very badly):

Remember, the Sunshine Patrol, aka: Shrill Thrill and the Supremes, did not have permits for this event. Peaceful rally organizers did. But who’s counting?


Conundrums at the Capitol – “Shrill Thrill & The Supremes”

Rally

One of my fave messages from Friday’s citizen activist rally in Olympia against Gov. Moonbat’s refugee plan was a banner hoisted by students from Evergreen State Pottage (sic). You can see a portion of the banner above. This stroke of genius referenced Leviticus 19:33, 34, in an effort to say…. Something.

I love this banner. It’s so much stupid. All in one spot. Translation for libs: It’s so much stupid. All in one spot.

First, let’s do something the rocket scientists at ESP never bothered with. Look at the entire reference, in context. Here it is:

Leviticus 19:33-34 – New International Version (NIV)

33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Funny. The last sentence was mysteriously omitted from said banner. Go figure.

Meanwhile, isn’t it nice to know that ESP students can find a Bible? And the Old Testament, too! So glad to see they can locate one book of the Bible. How long do you think it’ll take them to get to the other 65?

Too bad they didn’t bother to look at the very next chapter. Because if they’re going to hang Leviticus 19 around conservatives’ necks on refugees, then turnabout is fair play on other issues, right? Like Leviticus 20:13. It says:

Leviticus 20:13 – New Living Translation (NLT)

13 “If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suspect that the Tolerance Thugs missed this one. Aw, shoot. Here’s another. From Leviticus 18:22:

  • ‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination,” (NASB).
  • “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination,” (ESV, NKJV).

Isn’t it sad that the eminent theologians at ESP can find Leviticus 19, but not 18 or 20? Dang.

If ya want to start playing dueling Bible verses, let’s play. Cuz I could go on. But you get the idea.

This is what happens when folks with a kook burger agenda think Bible versely instead of biblically. There’s a difference. And it’s huge. Repeat for libs: This is what happens when folks with a kook burger agenda think Bible versely instead of biblically. There’s a difference. And it’s huge.

One other thing. In addition to being insufferably rude and disrespectful, ESP’s world-renowned Bible experts also chanted, “Jesus was a refugee.” Let me deconstruct this for ya. It’ll take about 30 secs. Or less. Ready? Okay. Here’s the deal.

  • This is apparently a reference to the flight into Egypt described in Matthew 2:1323, in which Joseph fled to Egypt with his wife Mary and infant son Jesus. They hightailed it out of Judea after a visit by Magi warning them that King Herod intended to kill the infants of that area.
  • Jesus and his family didn’t stay in Egypt. They returned to the land of Israel after the death of Herod and settled in Nazareth. See verses 19 -23. (How many of these sweet counter-protestors have the first clue who King Herod was?)
  • Jesus and his fam were a single refugee family. Like, one.
  • I’m pretty sure Jesus and fam didn’t flee a populace that had some members posing as “refugees” in order to enter other countries and kill people.
  • I’m also pretty sure King Herod & Co. didn’t threaten to torch the White House and blow up Times Square.
  • Going out on a limb here, but I bet Pharaoh didn’t have a refugee vetting or background check process in place at the time.
  • I don’t think Pharaoh’s Judean Immigrant Resettlement Program included free housing, job training, education, medical, or all the free hummus you can eat.
  • Was Egypt a constitutional republic back in A.D. 0001? Did Pharaoh answer to We The People? Did I miss that?

And so on. Incidentally, the Shrill Thrills and the Supremes – a new rock band whose Top 10 Hits include “Racist, Bigot, Xenophobe” – unwittingly proved the point of the whole rally. When this bunch of two year-olds on shrill steroids tried to infiltrate the polite, respectful side and physically disrupt the rally, they were turned back. By armed security. Hello?

A few more questions for the Shrill Thrills and the Supremes:

  • Are you likewise clamoring for the U.S. to take in Yazidis or other Christian refugees?
  • Where were you when Assad gassed his own people?
  • What say you about a southern border that leaks like a sieve – which kinda, sorta poses a wee bit of a security threat?
  • You think the same government that couldn’t even get a web site right is gong to effectively “vet” thousands of refugees?

If bleeding heart libs were really concerned about refugees, they’d support swift, decisive action to end the war in Syria and make it safe for Syrians to return to their homeland. They’d commit the resources needed to wipe out ISIS. They’d put their money where their mouths are and donate to private charities specializing in refugee relief. If libs really cared about refugees, they’d invite these poor, displaced masses yearning to breathe free into their own homes, right?

Uh huh.

As for those toe-tappin’ “racist, xenophobe” choruses the Shrill Thrills tune up every time they can’t think of anything intelligent to say – like every day – you’d think these people would at least come up with something original now and then.

Hope springs eternal…

One other thing. According to Peggy Hutt, Washington State Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and an event coordinator, the Shrill Thrills were in violation of permitting requirements. Hutt said the pro-security group secured permits for all three venues for its rally: The steps of the Legislative Building, the Temple of Justice area, and the grassy middle area in between. Which means, friends, that the Shrill Thrills didn’t have any permits – and their little clam bake was illegal. But who’s counting?

Just gotta ask: If a permit doesn’t mean anything, why bother?

Speaking of Why Bother?, how many refugees is the Jayster planning to take into the guv’s mansion?


GUEST AUTHOR: Washington Leadership Targets Hobby Lobby

By Joseph Backholm

Executive Director, Family Policy Institute
Used by permission

Joseph Backholm was born and raised in Aberdeen, WA. He’s one sharp cookie. – Ed.

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Late last week, Gov. Jay Inslee and a group of Washington State Senators held a press conference near a soon-to-be-opened Hobby Lobby store in North Seattle to assure voters they will do whatever they can to force businesses in Washington State to violate their conscience.

For the last two years, the Washington State Senate has been controlled by a Majority Coalition of Republicans and two Democrats. As a result, the Governor’s most radical proposals have failed to reach his desk.

In attempt to solve this problem, Gov. Inslee is pulling out all the stops.

Once again, he recruited his friend, billionaire Tom Steyer from California, to spend at least $1 million on Washington State legislative races.

Now, he’s hoping to persuade votes of the need to force businesses like Hobby Lobby to violate their convictions about abortion.

By way of review, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated that every company provide 20 specific kinds of contraceptives in their health plans. Hobby Lobby was willing to pay for 16 forms of birth control but objected to four. The Supreme Court agreed with Hobby Lobby that federal law protects the rights of people not to violate their conscience even if they become employers.

The fact that you have a right to something, does not mean you have the right to make someone else buy it for you.

These lawmakers, however, believe Washington’s non-discrimination laws allow them to force businesses to buy abortion drugs in violation of their conscience.

Senator Karen Keiser believes Hobby Lobby’s freedom to choose is a real problem. “This has real effect on tens of thousands of Washington employees who are now at risk of losing access to their choice of birth control.”

Of course that’s just stuff you say at an election year press conference. No one actually thinks women are about to lose their birth control.

The Center for Disease Control’s own health statistics from 2013 show that 99% of women between the ages of 15-44 have used birth control. This was all before the ACA mandate. If 99% of the people are using it before anyone thought they could force their boss to buy it for them, there isn’t a crisis of access.

In the most ironic statement of the day, Sen. Kevin Ranker said that, “This partisan politics around women’s reproductive rights and core values is unacceptable.” Actually, that’s something we can agree on, but probably not for the reasons he’s thinking.

Sadly, efforts to force people to pay for abortion against their will is kind of an old story. For three years in a row, the Washington State legislature, led by Sen. Steve Hobbs in the Senate, has pushed a bill that would make it illegal to purchase an insurance policy that doesn’t cover abortion.

Fortunately, sanity has prevailed and – for now – women in Washington still have the choice of what kind of health insurance they want to purchase.

Still, the fact that our state’s leadership is mounting another assault to force people to violate their conscience and participate in abortion shows a disturbing lack of empathy.

Someone should propose legislation forcing them to idle their car for no reason at all, cut down a tree, or throw an aluminum can into the waste bin rather than the recycle container.

If you care about the freedom to run your business according to your beliefs, your freedom is on the ballot this November. At least they warned us.

So make sure you know which candidates on your ballot support conscience rights, religious freedom, and the autonomy of people to choose for themselves whether they will participate in controversial activities.

And then use Vote Finder to help your friends do the same. With Vote Finder you can find out if your friends, family, or fellow parishioners have voted before the election is over.

If we all make sure just 10 other people who share our perspective vote, the close elections will be decided in favor of people who value your freedom as much as you do. Or, you can do nothing, be frustrated, and watch Gov. Inslee and his billionaire friend toast to how much more control over your life and business they now have.

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Joseph Backholm has served as the director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington since December 2007.  Prior to joining FPIW, he worked as staff counsel in the Washington State Senate where he learned just why so many people want to work for the government.  His job is to train leaders to be more effective public policy advocates, promote marriage, life, religious freedom, and parental rights in the state legislature, and help the public hold elected officials accountable for decisions they make. When he is not community organizing, Joseph enjoys playing recreational sports, watching football, having dance parties with his kids in the living room, and day-dreaming about places where its sunny 300 days a year.  Joseph received his Bachelors from the University of Washington and his law degree from Seattle University. Born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington, Joseph and his wife Brook (also born and raised in Aberdeen) live with their three daughters and one son in Brier, Wa.

   The Family Policy Institute of Washington is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting public policy that recognizes the significance and sanctity of the family in Washington State.