Posts tagged ‘Ann Donnelly’

January 17, 2010

Clueless Blue Donkey’s In Clark County

by lewwaters


I am always amazed at just how clueless and spiteful Democrats can be. Maybe because for the first half of my life, I was a Democrat, born and raised into a staunchly Democrat household in South Florida.

I’ve watched as they high jacked the Civil Rights movement they so strongly fought against and filibustered in the 1960’s and even how they coerce a Republican President into how necessary tax increases are only to use that tax increase they pushed for as a campaign gimmick against that same Republican President.

I guess it should have come as no surprise to see that same level of cluelessness coming out of the chair of the Clark County Democrat Party, Dena Horton into today’s Columbian.

While Ms. Horton may have a short leg to stand on in complaining about Ann Donnelly’s description of the Blue Jackasses convention (I wasn’t there so I don’t know), her other vitriolic ramblings are remarkably clueless.

Horton brays, “The Columbian is often accused of being a ‘liberal rag’ by the conservatives, which the Clark County Democrats find baffling when The Columbian continues to print columns by conservative columnist Ann Donnelly while offering no alternative view as a counterpoint.

I am left wondering just how many John Laird’s, Lou Brancaccio’s, Tom Koenninger’s and Kathie Durbin’s must the Columbian publish to equate one Ann Donnelly column every other week in Horton’s world?

Laird runs a weekly column that I have yet to see any pro-conservative stance ever taken. Brancaccio is more even handed, but definitely leans left. Koenninger leans further left and I doubt Kathie Durbin has a kind thought ever towards anything conservative. If so, I can never tell by her writing, especially as she trumped up a controversy last September, Podunk Reporter Creates Issue, Boasts of Resolution.

I saw no “counterpoint” printed in regards to that manufactured controversy and even just last week, John Laird copied it with his vitriol masked as humor, Confessions of a new Republican.

Dena has the audacity to actually state, “We have important elections coming up in 2010 and it does not serve The Columbian’s readership, the general public, or the integrity of the elections process to cause mass confusion about the process by printing inaccurate information.”

Does she really want to go there? Outright lies against President Bush and 8 years of vitriol and demeaning hatred thrown at the man by her party? Does she forget the fraud of the 2004 Washington State Governor’s election?

As far as that “important elections” goes, yes, we are watching Massachusetts very closely too and it isn’t looking all that good for their State jackasses back there right now.

Unbelievably, Horton cries, “Unfortunately, it seems as though not much has changed and our pleas for truth and fairness have fallen on deaf ears.”

Dena dear, you Democrats wouldn’t know “truth and fairness” if your donkey’s tail was bitten. We sat and watched as every sort of hatred and mean-spirited message was sent out against the GOP and President Bush.

We saw as you used the Troops and the very war your party voted to authorize as a campaign tool for political gain.

We watched as your party seized control of Congress with lies, innuendoes, subterfuge and dishonesty straight out of Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals.’

We watched as despicable conduct by a President from your party was excused, just to have you come back later and point fingers at others over similar “immoral” conduct.

I was at the Hilton the evening in November 2008 when a junior senator was propelled into the Presidency by playing the race card and one of your number placed the sign outside the ballroom, “The night America came together.”

None of you have yet to explain why America cannot “come together” unless a group of jackasses controls the country and continues to bankrupt us.

The whiny column written by Blue Donkeys Chair Dena Horton is indicative of spoiled little children who don’t always get their way and throws a tantrum.

If Clark GOP Chair, Ryan Hart, wrote such a column every time a leftist column appeared in the Columbian, he’d have to be on full time employ.

Americans are waking up to the ploy, Dena. I suggest you get used to not having “fair and balanced” being your point of view only!

As a famous Democrat once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

I guess that was back when Democrats cared about more than remaking America into a socialist mecca and carbon copy of the failed Soviet Union.

October 10, 2009

Lou Brancaccio Shows Bias In Crying Non-Bias

by lewwaters

Lou Brancaccio, embattled managing editor of the Columbian newspaper, is still trying to create the appearance of ‘fair and balanced’ paper. This time, he is doing it over the papers coverage of both the Republican and Democrat conventions coming to Vancouver in 2010.

He does it in his October 10 weekly column, Press Talk: Of fairness and this column.

Always following the normal liberal venue of “victim,” as he opens the column with,

“When it was announced the state Democrats were bringing their convention to Vancouver, it was a big — and good — story for the area.

We put it on the front page.

Then I waited for my phone to ring and my e-mail box to fill up. I wasn’t disappointed.

Why? Because some would think we’re favoring the Democrats.”

He then goes on to list one critical email received and his reply.

I’ll take him at his word that the announcement for the GOP convention was also front page because I no longer buy the Columbian But I will ask, was that only email received? Are we to believe he only received critical emails from conservatives and none from the liberals?

He then goes to lament on a complimentary email received from one I have to assume is a liberal on his October 2 column addressing the recent loss of the Olympics in Chicago, Press Talk: Too bad how we make decisions.

We see “fair” coverage of political conventions for both parties criticized by a Republican and “fair” coverage of the Olympics denial praised by a Democrat.

No Democrats were critical of the coverage of the conventions and no conservatives were praising the coverage of the Olympics loss, right? We don’t know about other emails or calls received, but that is what we are led to believe.

Yeah, no bias there, uh huh.

Let’s look at the “fair” coverage of the conventions and see if the coverage really was fair.

On June 23, the Columbian ran an article announcing the Clark GOP securing the 2010 convention for Clark County. It consisted of 173 words about the convention being held in Clark County and another 94 words of filler addressing the elections this year.

October 5, the same Columbian reporter, Kathie Durbin, ran the article announcing the Democrat convention coming which consisted of 273 words on the party and convention itself and some 62 filler words on general matters and acknowledging the GOP convention.

Both conventions are mentioned within days in the weekly Cheers & Jeers Column. However, the October 10 Cheers & Jeers states,

“Cheers: To Clark County’s growing stature as a place for meetings and conventions. This week the Democrats announced they’ll hold their 2010 state convention here next June. The Republicans likewise have picked us for their convention.”

“Republicans likewise?” Shouldn’t that be “Democrats likewise,” indicating the GOP first secured a convention months ago?

Likewise, to be fair, the June 25 Cheers & Jeers column was several times larger than the Oct 10 column mentioning the Democrat convention. Of course, then there was no idea that the Democrats were to follow suit in bringing their convention here too.

Lou mentions receiving emails and phone calls, as noted. One thing he leaves out though, is comments from readers online. The June 23 column announcing the GOP convention has some 11 comments critical of or complaining about the Republicans.

The June 25 Cheers & Jeers has 3 such comments. I have to assume those critical are Democrats.

The June 23 article, in the comments section has 2 critical of the Democrat convention with 1 liberal seemingly expecting an onslaught from us. There none either way on the October 10 Cheers & Jeers column.

That doesn’t show any bias on the Columbian’s part. They have no control over what citizens leave in comments, other then the ability to delete if need be.

But it says something more about those within our community, to me.

This post may seem nit picking, what with word counts and such, but is it any less than Brancaccio having a slow news day and turning to selected emails for his column?

Where is his column on Brian Baird now taking a stand on voting against measures he hasn’t had time to read, after voting for the two largest spending bills in recent history and not having tome to read them?

Where is the column on his two challengers criticizing him for such a “stunt?”

Why do we have to turn to the Lewis County Chronicle or the Olympian to read such news on our congressman and not find it in our own local paper?

Where are the investigative articles on all the charges of corruption in Mayor Pollard’s City Hall?

Lou Brancaccio claims to receive complaints of right winged bias from liberals, but I fail to see just where, other than those fringe leftist who think any coverage of Republicans is bad.

Does this post show any bias? I’ll leave that up to you, the reader to decide. Of course, having more than just one conservative column running every other week compared to weekly columns by Lou, John Laird and Tom Koenninger might forestall many claims of left-winged.

Then again, liberals are said to already be crying about bias due to that one column every other week and we must keep them happy, right?

I’ll end by saying to Lou Brancaccio; “there are none so blind as they who will not see.”

September 28, 2009

Poor Lou Brancaccio, He Doesn’t Get It

by lewwaters

Lou Brancaccio, managing editor of Clark County’s Columbian newspaper sits in a tough position, given that the paper is still under financial difficulties. Without knowing the exact hierarchy of the paper, I’m assuming the title of “managing editor” places him with the responsibility of how the paper is ran and what is ultimately published.

I’ve never met Lou nor even spoke with him on the phone, but have exchanged words with him in the comments section underneath many articles, especially his editorials. Based on that I’d say he is more reasonable than others who write for the Columbian.

Like I said above, he sits in a tough position as managing editor, but he just doesn’t get or see the bias of the paper overall, referring back to the 2004 endorsement of President Bush and a couple editorials softly critical of congressman Brian Baird this summer to claim they are not biased.

What goes unmentioned on the 2 soft criticisms of Baird is the apologetic articles at the same time and days after, including one excusing Baird’s poorly executed joke about a Ryder Truck with his name on it, missed completely in the first article, but labeled an explanation of a death threat after several in the community expressed displeasure in it.

Lou does it again in his Sunday September 27 editorial, “Press Talk: Have a question for Dr. Lou?” basically explaining how the public trusts what they read in print more than from other sources.

I can somewhat agree with that, but as I’m sure Lou has noticed, print media across the country is losing subscribers, readers and yes, advertisers too, the sources of their income.

America has long history with the print media extending back before the birth of our country. Even then, sources were considered credible and non-credible, depending on how the public accepted what was printed.

Thomas Jefferson, one of the founders of our country, was an early proponent of Freedom of the Press, yet he too became very critical of the press and how they published reports.

This is what Lou Brancaccio seems to miss out on, that criticisms of the Columbian are not necessarily meant to discredit either him or the Columbian, although I will readily admit some comments left on articles are out of line and unreasonable, from both perspectives.

Lou says in his editorial, “I find it interesting that — oftentimes — the very folks who tell us we’re no good and no one cares what we write and no one is reading us anymore, are the same ones that implore us to cover something they believe is important.”

Personally, I think Lou oftentimes blends comments from people who post unreasonable comments with those who are trying to tell Lou why we no longer buy the paper and how we would like to see it improve.

Yes, we are asking for coverage of stories currently not being covered. Yes, we are asking for more coverage of conservative issues. Not total conservative only, just some balance to John Laird and Kathie Durbin, to just mention 2.

We cancelled subscriptions and stopped buying the paper because we grew tired of seeing our views and values constantly trashed in the pages of the Columbian. We sought alternative sources and even though not print media, many of us discovered Fox News, much hated by liberals, but actually “fair and balanced” in presenting both sides and giving time for representatives of both major parties on issues of importance.

Don’t bother trying to tell me that programs such as Bill O’Reilly, Hannity, or Glenn Beck show their bias. Geraldo Rivera and Greta Van Susteren are not conservatives and even though I’m not a huge fan of any of the 3 first listed, they are no worse than Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow.

But, back to the Columbian.

To show Lou an example of bias I mentioned Kathie Durbin’s “exposé” of the GOP mailer that offended a local liberal Democrat couple, GOP fundraising ‘survey’ outrages some recipients that appeared on the front page of the local section on August 24.

Repeated contacts expressing offensive mailers and emails received by Republicans from Democrats have been ignored both by Lou Brancaccio and Kathie Durbin.

Running the article by the editor of the Washington Times elicited the reply of, “Lew you are right, seems like a lot of fuss over nothing. It’s amazing what the press won’t cover, and then they get all wrapped up on something like this. Unreal.”

Running it by Lou brought out, “Not exactly sure what your point is by citing the Denny story. We did that story just like we did the Congressman Baird stories. The chips fall where the chips fall. And from our perspective they fall on both sides.”

What about the perspective of those lost customers, Lou? As with any business, if the customer is not receiving the service they desire they go elsewhere.

Currently there is a lone conservative columnist, Ann Donnelly who has a column appearing every other week. Yet, we read liberal reporters and editors on nearly a daily basis.

No one is asking anyone to change their views or go against their values, just give conservative readers and former subscribers more equal coverage. You might even gain some of us back.

Lou asks, “Why would the very same people who say the mainstream media isn’t worth the paper we’re printed on implore us to cover something?”

It’s called balance, Lou.

The Columbian is Clark County’s main print media source and it is in financial difficulty. We don’t want to see the paper fail and have been reaching out trying to tell them why we no longer buy the paper.

Lou says in his editorial, “We all need to accept — even embrace — different viewpoints.”

All we are asking for is more balance in editorials and articles with that “different viewpoint.”

December 2, 2008

Clark County Republican Central Committee Organization Meeting – 2008

by lewwaters

Vancouver’s Academy on Evergreen Boulevard saw the 2008 Clark County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting this evening, December 2, 2008. The meeting was promptly called to order at 6:30 PM by County Chair, Ryan Hart.

Roll was taken and all were pleased that 99 Precinct Committee Officers were in attendance to choose officers for the Clark County Republican Party for the 2009 – 2010 election cycle. After the meeting commenced, two additional PCO’s came in and we seated in the Observers seating, bringing the total to 101 PCO’s present.

Notable Republicans in attendance were recognized, particularly Tom Mielke, who narrowly defeated Democrat Pam Brokaw to succeed Betty Sue Morris on the Board of Clark County Commissioners, giving Republicans the first majority on the County Commissioners Board in 32 years.

Chairman Hart presented Commissioner Mielke with a framed copy of the Oregonian’s article from November 5th declaring Brokaw the winner of the race. Included in the copy of the article was a photo of the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” photo from 1948.

Also recognized from the chair were our candidates, Debbie Peterson, Michael Delavar, Joseph James, Tom Langston and Michelene Doan. Although they did not win their races, their efforts were greatly appreciated by the party.

Candidates for office positions, both those running unopposed and those that had two people seeking the slots gave short speeches. For the most part, all those seeking election gave excellent short speeches outlining their desires for the Republican Party as well as their experience to fill that particular office.

Ryan Hart and Baine Wilson retained their Party Chair and Vice-Chair positions, running unopposed.

Brent Boger kept his State Committeeman position against challenger, Bill Hughes.

Nancy DeLeo won over Ann Donnelly for the position coming open of State Committeewoman.

Past Party Chair, Anna Miller, ran unopposed for the Treasurer position.

Sharon Long retained her position as Party Secretary.

Margie Ferris ran unopposed for the 49th Legislative District Director position, after giving an excellent speech on how we must stand strong on our issues.

David King and John Russell won the 17th and 18th Legislative District Directors, respectively.

Ron Paul supporter, David Knight defeated Jan Mulwitz for the 15th Legislative District Director by a card draw after their race ended in a tie. Knight, an admitted political novice, centered his speech on his admiration for twice failed presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

As the ballots were being tallied, several announcements were made from the floor.

Ann Donnelly announced that the Republican Party, long denied a Clark College Republican Student Club due to no faculty advisors available, now has a faculty advisor in Professor Claire Swift Heiller and will have the student club set up soon.

Margie Ferris informed all who had missed it that Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly ripped into Governor Christine Gregoire in his 12/2 Talking Points segment for allowing an atheist sign to be displayed next to the Nativity Christmas scene in our Capital in Olympia, giving the phone number for any who desire to call and express their opinion on this denigration of the Federal Holiday of Christmas, 360-902-4111.

With business concluded the meeting was adjourned shortly before 8 PM with many milling about congratulating winners and greeting new faces.

At a time of elation by many Democrats, believing the Republican Party is all but dead, tonight’s meeting is evidence that the party is going strong and will be coming back in future elections.

Several young people were in attendance and eager to work to elect Republican candidates.

Women were strongly represented in tonight’s meeting indicating growth in that area.

My congratulations to all candidates. Now, let’s get out there and work to let Clark County know that we are not a dead party and we are ready to represent the needs of Clark County.