Archive for November 13th, 2008

November 13, 2008

Bloggers, Are We Lobbyists?

by lewwaters

washington-sealPerhaps you think that is a silly question, but currently, the Public Disclosure Commission in Washington State is conducting hearings to determine if we should be required to register and file records as lobbyists in the state of Washington.

PDC Document (pdf file)

The first hearing was held November 12, 2008. Mike Reitz, of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has been covering this here and here.

I know that we who blog on political matters rarely agree and quite often are at extreme odds with each other, but do you think we are lobbyists?

A lobbyist is a person or group who tries to influence public officials, usually for specific groups or legislation who would gain from passing certain pieces of legislation. We seem to have a love/hate relationship with lobbyists, depending on just what official they are trying to influence on what specific piece of legislation.

While we may express our views in support of or opposition to candidates or legislation to the public who chooses to read our blogs, I do not see this as lobbying. I see it as expressing our views as we are entitled to under the First Amendment of our Constitution.

In a way, we supply Op-Eds and Letters to the Editors that escape editing by the local paper or that never get published. Often, we express a view either counter to what has been published or in support. Occasionally we speak out on a subject that should have been published, but wasn’t.

Look upon it as an Internet Soap Box in the park, but in the comfort of our homes.

Of course, we visit each other’s blogs and sometimes, engage each other, supplying lurkers with a reasoned argument, hopefully, that they will not see anywhere else. Sadly, those discussions all too often break down in ad hominem, but we do supply legitimate citizen debate and discussion without censorship, other than what we bloggers do not allow on our sites.

Should this effort by the Public Disclosure Commission succeed, I see this as a direct infringement on not only my free speech, but yours as well. I disagree with the Liberals all too often, but do not advocate their being silenced.

Bloggers, be you Liberal, Moderate or Conservative, we need to stand together on this one and protect our free speech on the Internet. Government should not be allowed to regulate us or silence us by forcing us to register as lobbyists.

Whatever your political views are, we need to flood Olympia with phone calls, letters and emails expressing our disagreement with this effort. It may very well affect all of us, should they pass it.

They meet again on December 4 to discuss this further. Join me in letting them know we will not stand for our free speech to be denied!

November 13, 2008

“He’s” Pregnant Again, But It Is Still A Hoax

by lewwaters

ron-paul-screwballIt was just this past March that RIALW exposed the hoax of a “pregnant man”, revealing that in actuality, this so-called “man” is a lesbian activist living as a man and went to court to have herself declared “male” by judicial decree.

In July we reported that the lesbian couple had given birth to a healthy baby girl, reminding all that the notion of a “man” carrying and delivering a baby, even by ‘C’-Section was not worthy of all the International attention paid to a rather ordinary birth.

Not too unexpectedly, our own media, dumbed down as they are, perpetuated the myth of a pregnant man by bringing on this confused woman, who underwent radical mastectomy and took testosterone, but retained full female genitalia and reproductive organs, to broadcast to the world and our nation that at long last, a man was pregnant with a child.

Thomas Beatie, aka Tracy LaGondino was the hit of the left-winged talk show circuit, making a big splash on the Oprah Winfrey Show, among others, who told us this confused woman’s pregnancy is “a new definition of what diversity means for everybody.”

Now, we have ABC’s Barbara Walters, throwing away what smidgen of credibility she might still have retained by informing the world, Pregnant “Man” Expecting Second Child, in a new interview continuing the myth and blurring the lines between the sexes.

Most ridiculous is that throughout the interview Thomas/Tracie is continually referred to as “he” and “his,” and includes a video beginning with her strategically standing before a mirror, shirtless, flexing her muscles, as if that makes one more masculine.

Included with the article are several photos presumably taken at the lesbian couples home, most with Thomas/Tracie shirtless, as if to drive home to readers that her breasts have been surgically removed.

Walters interview reveals that the birth, first reported to be by Caesarian Section actually wasn’t, a feat physically impossible for any male.

Thomas/Tracie also says of her original story, “I was shocked that it looped around the world in 24 hours,” after Walters tells us she wrote about it in a popular Gay Magazine.

Thomas/Tracie claims to have been living a “quiet life in Bend, Oregon,” but “keeps the blinds drawn and monitors surveillance cameras that surround the property,” due to “death threats” she claims she and her partner receive.

Any pretense of “quietness” is thrown out he window with their desire to stir it up again with yet another public television interview.

Maybe to those on the left this is seen as an “enlightening occurrence,” but Thomas/Tracie reveals her confusion when she was asked why she makes people uneasy and she answered, “I think that people are not used to seeing the image of a pregnant man. And it’s causing a lot of people to think,” adding the most confused statement she has ever uttered, “I used my female reproductive organs to become a father.”

Think, if you will, ahead a few years when these children are in school around other children who are born from a man and a woman in a more normal family setting and who know that Daddy is different than Mommie and that Mommies have the babies and Daddy’s place the babies in Mommy. Children can be the coldest and most heartless of all, any parent can tell you that. So, what do you think will happen when one of the couple’s children states that they were born from Daddy?

What sort of confusion will result when the teacher is forced to tell the students that Daddy’s can have babies, when they can’t, and the children go home to tell their parents and it all has to be explained.

I imagine that trying to explain what a ‘blow-job’ was, after Bill Clinton’s affair to Monica Lewinsky was revealed, to a six-year-old will have been easier than trying to explain this one to small children.

The thought of that flies in the face of Thomas/Tracie’s claim of, “We are a man, woman and child. It’s ironic that we are so different but yet, we’re just a family, just the same as anyone else.”

Not hardly.

In today’s world, even though the majority opposes same-sex marriage, Gay relationships are accepted and most people don’t give them much attention. Lesbian couples have children all the time, becoming impregnated by artificial insemination and giving a normal female birth.

Given Thomas/Tracies history of activism for the Gay lifestyle, I have to suspect that her efforts here are not as pure as she once claimed they were when she said, “Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire.”

Such a rapid second pregnancy, after the hoopla died down and making sure she appears on National TV again, takes this beyond just a “human desire to have a biological child.”

I see this more attempts at shoving the Gay Agenda down the throats of heterosexual society as well as blurring the lines between genders even further than they have been.

If Thomas/Tracie isn’t a very confused individual, then she is a very deceitful individual. I don’t care if you believe in Creation, Evolution or Intelligent Design; Male and Female are here for a reason. While in some lower life forms the male might be the child bearer, in the Human species that doesn’t happen naturally.

So long as “HE” retains female genitalia and reproductive organs, it’s “SHE.”

Judicial decrees do not over rule the laws of nature. Claiming otherwise and agreeing with it is not only naïve it is down right deceitful.

November 13, 2008

MIELKE NEARING VICTORY!

by lewwaters

Received in email last evening:

MIELKE NEARING VICTORY!

Tom Mielke increased his lead to 187 votes over Pam Brokaw on Wednesday. Approximately 400 ballots remain to be counted. If Mielke holds on, Republicans will have the majority on the Clark County Board of Commissioners for the first time in 30 years! Along with the positive numbers for Mielke, every Clark County Republican incumbent was re-elected this year.

On election night, Mielke trailed Brokaw by about a 5,000 vote margin. Mielke had closed the gap to 633 votes by Thursday of election week, and had moved in front with a 78 vote lead by the end of the day last Friday. Mielke’s numbers have increased every day in the late counting since Election Day.

We are continuing to monitor this race and the ballot count very closely.

Thank you for all your work on behalf of our candidates and the Clark County Republican Party.

Ryan Hart
Chairman, Clark County Republican Party

Good news for all, after the dismal elections November 4. Let’s hope the lead holds and we Republicans can finally have a voice in Clark County.