July 15, 2018

Being Old Doesn’t Make You a Danger

by lewwaters

There is little doubt left today that we do have a significant number in our society that wants to disarm citizens, one initiative at a time here in Washington State.

Since initially proposing I-594, Universal Background Checks on Gun Purchases, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has become one of the more notable anti-gun groups as year after year they return with more initiatives, incrementally moving us towards total disarmament in little baby steps, all while claiming they respect the second amendment.

Balderdash!

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July 8, 2018

Are We Ready to Scrap Capitalism for Socialism?

by lewwaters

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

Democratic Socialist of America

It seems many from the left have forgotten the lessons taught to us by history in regards to the old theory of a government based upon Socialism. Socialism is described by a dictionary definition as, “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”

The wording actually sounds fairly nice and manageable, but the reality is what has been intended since long ago by Karl Marx and the Marxist theory is, “a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.”

Those advocating socialism often lecture us as to how fair it is, how we are all equal and we have equality in prosperity and life, escaping the bondage of capitalism where they claim only the wealthy ever prosper from the labors of the poorer workers.

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July 1, 2018

Climate of Vitriol?

by lewwaters

It shouldn’t be surprising to see our local newspaper, the Lazy C aka the Columbian, using the tragic murders of five staff members at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. This past Thursday, June 28, 2018. It is what they do, following the admonition set years ago by leftwing Rahm Emanuel, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Following that line, we see Opinion Editor Greg Jayne pen Deadly attack on newspaper terrifying – and inspiring where he editorializes on the shooting, pointing out how within hours of the attack, the newspaper in Maryland published their paper in spite of the tragedy.

I have to agree that getting their paper out in spite of such a tragedy, losing five colleagues and undergoing the criminal investigation of the event is a display of dedication on their part.

But then Jayne had to go off on how essential a free press is and pointing fingers about the “Climate of Vitriol” the country is currently embroiled in.

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June 23, 2018

Vote NO on I-1639

by lewwaters

Don’t allow the deceptive practices of paid signature gatherers fool you, I-1639 is only about further infringing on your right to self defense.

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May 22, 2017

After Smears, Sean Guard Drops Bid for Reelection

by lewwaters

Earlier this afternoon this blog was included in receiving the following announcement from Sean Guard, Mayor of Washougal, Washington.

I am sending this to the large group of folks who have been so supportive of us, especially in the last week.

It is obvious that this far right faction is desperate to get me out of office and they will do anything possible to do so. Annie and I know the truth, however, as do so many of you.

I bleed orange and black. I am Washougal through and through. I have spent the last 7+ years leading our community to greater heights and preparing it for the future. We have so many awesome opportunities in front of us thanks to the team and most of the council that is in place.

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May 16, 2017

Politics, a Blood Sport? Or just Cockroaches Hiding in the Shadows?

by lewwaters

A quote from the leftist Welsh politician Aneurin Bevan, “politics is a bloodsport” is often heard from fringe elements to justify their vitriol and smearing of opponents in campaigns. Mostly it seems to now be coming from more right wing elements professing deep hatred for anything on the left.

To them, compromise or meeting in the middle is tantamount to high treason as they seek to impose their tyrannical view by any means deemed appropriate.

Tragically, we see this attitude all too often these past few years right here in Clark County Political campaigns as a small but nefarious group of right wingers seems hellbent on seizing power in our county by any means necessary.

It was three years ago this very blog became a target of this vitriolic hate group and remains in their crosshairs with whisper campaigns, so called “newsletters” spewing untruths or condemnation for having the audacity to allow voluntary contributions last year to help defray expenses.

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May 14, 2017

Marc Boldt Addresses Firing County Manager Mark McCauley

by lewwaters

Boldt, Dalesaandro, AngeloClark County Council Chair, Marc Boldt, interviewed by Mike Dalesandro and Jeff Angelo, the first half addresses the recent unexpected letting go of County Manager Mark McCauley.

Unfiltered Podcast Episode #7: Marc Boldt

See also CVTV coverage May 12, 2017 Special Meeting

April 19, 2017

No Longer Indifferent on Benton Nomination to Selective Service

by lewwaters

Don Benton

As we all know by now, former 5 term state senator Don Benton has been nominated by President Trump to head the Selective Service, aka the Draft to those of us old enough to remember that era.

I see no need to delve into the history of the draft, but also realize there is little chance it will be reactivated to induct young men and possibly young women into the Military.

That being said, I have been largely indifferent to the nomination of Don Benton or that he never served in the Military himself in any capacity. Although if approved he would be the first ever to head the department without Military Service, it really made no difference to me in large part due to the unlikelihood our youth would once again be conscripted.

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April 10, 2017

UPDATED: Don Benton Nominated to Head Selective Service

by lewwaters

Breaking, former Washington State Senator Don Benton is being nominated to head the Selective Service System, aka to us older guys as “the draft.” Mr. Benton, although pro-military and pro-veteran, never served in any branch.

There currently is no draft in effect, the system was resurrected years ago just in case it was ever needed again.

In 2016, both the House and Senate saw bills introduced to abolish the Selective Service System.

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April 1, 2017

UPDATED: Anne McEnerny Ogle Gets an Opponent

by lewwaters

Not an April Fool’s joke, in spite of the date, Clark County Republican Steven Cox announced today that he is throwing his hat in the ring for Mayor of Vancouver.

If you are unfamiliar with Steven Cox, don’t feel bad. So is a lot of Vancouver.

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March 31, 2017

Rest in Peace Bill Morehouse

by lewwaters

Bill Morehouse, well known Buffalo Soldier and World War II Veteran passed away this morning at the age of 94. Even though getting up in years, Bill was often seen in his Buffalo Soldier uniform sitting on his horse in Veteran’s Day parades, Memorial Day events and honoring Veterans. We have lost a remarkable man.

Bill Morehouse (Left)

January 24, 2017

Lazy C Editor Brancaccio to Retire

by lewwaters

Live, from downtown Vancouver, it was announced to day that editor Lou Brancaccio will retire on Feb 17, 2017.

From the article:

Editor Lou Brancaccio announced Tuesday that he will step away from daily management of The Columbian’s newsroom effective Feb. 17 and assume a new role as editor emeritus.
In his new role, Brancaccio will write his popular Press Talk column on a monthly basis, and continue as a member of the newspaper’s editorial board, which sets the newspaper’s editorial stance on issues and candidates.

Craig Brown, “who has served as The Columbian’s metro editor since October 2001” will take over leading the newsroom

I’m sure most of the 49th district downtown will miss him. But I doubt the bulk of the county he thumbed his nose at in his editorials will, though

January 23, 2017

Protesting is Good, Now

by lewwaters

Funny thing about the words spoken in the video, and if you note the exclusion of a major group of protesters in it, the stated attitude did not seem to apply when a mixed group of Conservatives, Liberals and Independents joined together nationwide in 2009 to protest Obamacare.

That’s right, the group known as the TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already) was ridiculed, lambasted, labeled racist (as nearly any disagreement with Obama was for 8 years) and marginalized often by the media, including our own Lazy C.

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January 2, 2017

Anne McEnerny Ogle Offically Announces Run for Mayor

by lewwaters

Vancouver city council member and Mayor Pro Temp, Anne McEnerny Ogle made her run for Mayor of Vancouver official this morning at the Fireman’s Hall on Fruit Valley Road. The Hall was packed to capacity with a diverse audience in attendance wishing Anne well.

Video of her full speech is provided by Jim Mains and reposted with permission.

December 29, 2016

2016, an Eye Opener

by lewwaters

Why blogIt’s time once again to reflect back on another year in my life and quite frankly, it has been a real eye opener for me well beyond much I already was aware of.

I am largely speechless that both the Democrat and Republican Parties gave us the two worst candidates in history for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

As we now know, Trump won by the electoral college vote with Hillary winning the popular vote that has once again set off cries of the electoral college being outmoded and worthless by Democrats and early riots and unrest by some fringe Liberals over the outcome as efforts were also made to encourage electors to “vote their conscience” and elect anybody else besides Trump.

It didn’t work.

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December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas to All

by lewwaters

May each and every one of you have the most enjoyable Christmas surrounded by loved ones.

And please, take time out to give thanks to those unable to be with their loved ones on Christmas so that we may.

December 22, 2016

Former Rep. Moeller Still Seeks a Tax Hog Heaven

by lewwaters

Moeller GlareThis blog has long said that former 49th Legislative District Representative Jim Moeller never met a tax he didn’t like. In fact, even he credits me with tagging him as “da Taxman” long ago on his facebook page.

Even more so that other tax happy alt-left liberals, Moeller appears gleeful at the prospect of confiscating more and more revenue from the people, falsely believing it’s his job, in his ever increasing desire to increase taxes, “to make sure its NOT on the workers.”

What he simply cannot fathom is that any tax increase or increase in business expense ultimately is passed on to those very workers he frets about in higher costs, higher unemployment, less hours and even fewer actual jobs if businesses come to realize it is just too expensive to operate in Washington State any longer.

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December 17, 2016

Of Vitriol, Finger Wagging and Decorum

by lewwaters

Madore, Duct Tape IIIWhat we all witnessed during Public Comment at the last County Council meeting on Dec. 13 was no doubt pleasing to former Councilor David Madore. Finger wagging, threats of not being reelected for some perceived support of a project no longer on the table, allegations of governmental bullying that should land council members in federal prison as the former chair of the Clark County Republican Party chimed in how wise it would be to pay heed to those vitriolic outbursts.

I say pleasing to Madore as ever since he was relegated to a minority position hardly a meeting passed that he didn’t hurl similar accusations, even though in a much more measured manner towards the council majority he quickly labeled “the Three Liberals.”

Others from within his camp of malcontents preferred “the Three Stooges” as all seemed to forget that the county solidly rejected Madore at the ballot box along with his vision for how the county ought to be.

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December 12, 2016

New Military Veteran’s Therapeutic Camp Planned for SW Washington

by lewwaters

Received this evening:

Columbia River Veteran’s Organization
Helping Military Veterans at the Ground Level

December 12, 2016

New Military Veteran’s Therapeutic Camp Planned for SW Washington
Funding Needed to Make it a Reality

A new non-profit corporation, the Columbia River Veteran’s Organization (CRVO), has been formed to assist U.S. military veterans with assistance and a special place for healing.

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November 27, 2016

Thankful

by lewwaters

Many knew I was to have nose surgery the day before Thanksgiving. While the surgery went well, not everything did.

After being home a few hours my chest began hurting in a way unlike I have felt before. Called 911 and was taken back to the Portland VA where they checked me in, confirmed I did indeed have a heart attack and I remain awaiting an angiogram to assess the damage to my heart.

It is expected to be minor.

My Dad died from a massive heart attack at age 54 and I’m 68 and thankful it was relatively minor.