Archive for November 4th, 2011

November 4, 2011

More PAC Ads Show Up In Mailboxes

by lewwaters

If this years city council races aren’t the most expensive we have ever seen, they are turning out to be the most interesting with outside interests funneling over $32,000 in support of Anne McEnerny-Ogle and local PAC’s throwing as much behind two candidates, Josephine Wentzel and Bill Turlay. Anne’s main PAC support comes from the New York Union, Unite Here Tip and State Fund who represent the employees of the downtown Hilton currently seeking a 53% wage & benefit increase.

Turlay and Wentzel’s support comes from NoTolls.com, a PAC set up in opposition to tolls being heaped on us with the wasteful CRC Light Rail project and a new PAC, Save our City that seeks to make changes in city council.

I have been posting flyers received in support of McEnerny-Ogle that she did not authorize and that haven’t been entirely on the up and up. Now, a new one appeared today in support of Wentzel and Turlay that has it’s own error and that they too did not authorize.

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November 4, 2011

Forensic Auditor Responds to Columbian Hit Piece on Analysis of C-Tran Finances

by lewwaters

As we know, Forensic Auditor Tiffany Couch issued an analysis recently critical of C-Tran finances and their claims of needing more revenue they seek in Proposition 1. It goes without saying that the Columbian, our local mouthpiece for any pro-Democrat, pro-CRC, pro-Light Rail or pro-C-Tran measure would do what they could to discredit it, which they did in their hit piece, Analysis questions C-Tran’s financial claims; agency fires back

Included in the article is C-Tran’s critical response here, in essence labeling her a liar while the article itself seeks to taint her work due to her being separately hired by local businessman and the Columbian’s ‘boogieman’ David Madore to perform a Forensic Analysis of the Columbia River Crossing, a completely separate agency.

Ms Couch’s report is here

Tiffany Couch has now issued a rebuttal to the C-Tran claims of her not using complete numbers, numbers they provided to her and their effort to label her work incomplete that you can read here

Rebuttal of C-Tran claims:

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November 4, 2011

Occupier Wants “Jews Run Out Of The Country”

by lewwaters

The last I heard, First Amendment Right does not absolve one of being held responsible for their actions or words.

November 4, 2011

Opposition to Vancouver City Council’s “Vision of Vancouver”

by lewwaters

Letter To The Blog:

Well it appears that no matter what our city council will push full steam ahead with their view of the city. This October 10th meeting I was in extreme shock as I watched Jeanne Harris respond to the mayor’s statement that he didn’t really like the idea of allowing the existing businesses to expand and further develop in the downtown core area. (This conversation was pertaining to the Biomass plant issue as without stating it they were attempting to place roadblocks up to stop the project.) The shocking part was when Harris jumped on that train so fast and requested an amendment to strike out the verbiage which basically protected those current business operations from having to move in order to grow. The economic impact of this moratorium is astounding. When they continue marching forward without a second thought as to the changing times and revenue passing ordinances which will further degrade the home values and further reduce the revenue income it is appalling. These are the people who we elected to represent us? They want us to pay more property taxes and taxes in general so that they can in turn give a tax break to their cronies and then they want to block our family businesses from growing and affording us the opportunity of a decent wage job to pay the bill with. I am not taking sides here on the Biomass plant issue but I am certainly frustrated with the whole lot of them at city hall for over reaching their authority.

If I were in business in what is zoned as the light industrial area downtown I would so sue the pants off of all of them.

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November 4, 2011

STOLEN VALOR ACT “RIGHT TO LIE” CASE IN SUPREME COURT

by lewwaters

By Rees Lloyd,

The U.S. Supreme Court has voted to grant review and decide the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act (18 U.S. Code Sec. 704) in the case of the fake “Medal of Honor recipient,” fake “Marine,” fake “American Legion member,” former Tri-County Water Board politician in Southern California, and current incarcerated felon on conviction for fraud, Xavier Alvarez. (U.S. vs. Xavier Alvarez, USSC No. 11-210)

Alvarez brazenly boasted publicly that he was a former Marine and Medal of Honor recipient to boost his career as a minor Democratic Party politician, and decked himself out in a fake Army (not Marine) dress uniform with a chest full of medals which he didn’t earn — because he never served a day. (Alvarez’ medal-bedecked photo appears in a California Bar Journal story on his case at: http://www.calbarjournal.com/November2011/TopHeadlines/TH1.aspx)

Alvarez, exposed by a real former Marine, Melissa Campbell, assisted by American Legion Post 79 and District 21, and by legendary broadcast journalist and WWII Marine the-late George Putnam, a member of Post 79(see below), pleaded guilty in federal court to violation of the Stolen Valor Act, which imposes criminal penalties for false claims of receipt of the Medal of Honor or other medals of valor by imposters.

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