Archive for January 11th, 2011

January 11, 2011

Ann Rivers Gives Republican Response to Governor Gregoire’s State of the State Address

by lewwaters

Ann Rivers, newly elected 18th Legislative District Representatives gives the Republican response to Governor Gregoire’s 2011 State of the State Address in Olympia Washington.

Transcript

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Governor Gregoire’s Address may be seen here

January 11, 2011

No Slippery Slope With Repeal of DA/DT You Said?

by lewwaters

In all of the arguments ongoing for years, since the implementation of what has become known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy of allow Gays to serve in the Military, as long as they kept their sexuality to themselves, we that opposed repeal of the policy have repeatedly been told how ignorant, out of touch with reality and downright hateful we were over opposing the repeal.

We that opposed the repeal repeatedly warned it was the beginning of a slippery slope and that once the door was opened, others groups considered “deviant” by many would ride the coattails of Gay Activists and force their way to recognition as well through our Military.

We were shouted down and subjected to hateful rhetoric from Gay Activists and their supporters for our “bigotry” and inciting hatred by even suggesting such a thing would happen.

It didn’t take long for our opposition to the repeal to be proven right. Even before the full dismantling of ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell,’ we read of “Transgender Vets Want Military Access” from an Associated Press article.

Who knew there even was such a thing as Transgender American Veterans Association, apparently organized in 2003 as the heated rhetoric of repealing DA/DT was gearing up louder and louder?

51-year-old retired Petty Officer First Class Autumn Sandeen, one of six arrested last April for handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell and who served in the Navy as a man, said of the congressional repeal of DA/DT, “This is another bridesmaid moment for the transgender community.”

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January 11, 2011

Vancouver City Council ‘Gavels Down’ Council Member Stewart

by lewwaters

Listen to Jeanne Stewart on KPAM 860 Victoria Taft Program HERE.

Represent the “will of the people” over the “will of the council” in Vancouver, Washington seems to carry with it grave repercussions today. In expressing their displeasure that council member Jeanne Stewart sided with the citizens and taxpayers of the city of Vancouver, Washington, fellow council members decided to remove Ms. Stewart from the C-Trans board for a vote cast months ago on separating a ballot vote on funding ‘Loot’ Rail from funding C-Trans itself.

Having the audacity to represent the people, a position apparently we mistakenly believe we elect these people to do, Jeanne Stewart was removed from the C-Trans Board Monday evening, January 10, 2011.

Pat Campbell is who called for her removal, described in the Columbian as “calling for Stewart to be yanked from C-Tran.” They quote Campbell as saying,

“I object to Ms. Stewart continuing on that [C-Trans Board]. She told us she wasn’t going to represent council wishes on a vote back in the fall … the person that we appoint should be someone that represents council and doesn’t tell council that they’re going to represent themselves.”

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