Archive for December 20th, 2010

December 20, 2010

Battle Ground City Council: Insufficient Evidence Against Zandamela

by lewwaters

The Battle Ground City Council met this evening, December 20, 2010 to hear allegations of ethics violations brought against fellow council member Paul Zandamela by council member Lisa Walters.

As was outlined in a November 17 Columbian article, Zandamela was “accused of violating two sections of the city’s ethics ordinance, which was unanimously adopted by the council Aug. 16. The first allegation is Zandamela provided false information to the city council, leading the members to make decisions based on non-factual information. The second allegation is Zandamela tried to influence administrative decisions, which are to be made by the city manager.”

At tonight’s proceedings, Mr. Zandamela exercised his right to an attorney for the proceedings to argue his defense, which ended up turning the scheduled one hour meeting into just over 2 hours. The attorney presented a very effective defense, at times reminding me of older black & white episodes of Perry Mason. But still, his attorney, Jeff Lindberg, gave a very effective defense, focusing often on just what was the status of meetings Zandamela was alleged to have made the statements claimed he made.

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December 20, 2010

“Forgive the expression, ‘A Christmas Party’?”

by lewwaters

How ridiculous that the assault on Christmas is now an expression requiring a request for forgiveness when spoken on air by NPR reporter Nina Totenberg.


The transcript of her words, spoken in a broadcast discussion over the recently defeated Omnibus Bill,

“I want to say one thing about the budget that didn’t get passed, the omnibus bill. You know, we talk a lot about – we just passed this huge tax cut in part because business said, you know, we have to plan, we have to know what kind of tax cuts we have. Well, these agencies, including the Defense Department, don’t know how much money they’ve got and for what. And I was at – forgive the expression – a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and people actually were really worried about this. These are law enforcement people don’t know exactly what kind of money they can spend for what.”

Will John Laird or Lou Brancaccio pick up on this blurb and editorialize on how silly her words are? Don’t hold your breath.

After all, haven’t we been told that it is us who are being silly and creating a problem where none exists?

Will “Christmas” one day be transformed into “Expletive Deleted” by the politically correct media types?