Posts tagged ‘Democratic Party’

October 28, 2010

Democrats! Will They Ever Learn?

by lewwaters

Once again, the nation has made the folly of giving Democrats full control of the government and once again, they are poised to lose an election of historical proportions after a short time holding the reins of power.

As times before, many promises were made that fell hollow as they plunged the nation deeper into despair. Catchy slogans to win elections have shown themselves to be meaningless. FDR’s “New Deal,” LBJ’s “Great Society,” Carters “A Leader, For a Change,” Clinton’s “Putting People First” and now Obama’s “Change We Can Believe In” and “Yes We Can!” are giving way to “Change it back” and “No, you won’t” as poll after poll is showing that Tuesdays mid-term elections appear to be poised as blow-outs, placing the GOP back in congressional control.

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October 25, 2010

Moveon.org’s Fearmongering for Democrats 2010

by lewwaters

And you thought it was conservatives who engage in fearmongering tactics and hyperbole?

Had enough of the leftists and their fearmongering?

You know what to do November 2.

October 20, 2010

Oh the Desperation in Lovely Monica’s Eyes

by lewwaters

No doubt Monica Stonier received a good dose of political fever when she was selected as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver that cemented the nomination and eventual election of Barack Obama to the highest seat in the land, the presidency.

So much so that she seems to feel ready to move from middle school teacher and union representative to state legislator in the 17th legislative district, position two seat being vacated by Democrat, Deb Wallace.

She received a place in the top two primary by defeating fellow Democrat Martin Hash, but unfortunately, the number of votes cast for both still came well short of those collected by Republican Paul Harris by nearly 3,000 votes.

From her page at Organizing for America to her lackluster speech given before a half empty room at the 2010 Washington State Democratic Convention, Monica shows herself to be just another Progressive trying to sound a bit conservative like Tim Probst has.

She gained the endorsement of the Columbian in the general election, after not receiving it in the primary due to “several blunders by her opponent during the campaign,” not due to her merit or accomplishments. Of the endorsement the Columbian also said, “The Columbian did not endorse Stonier in the primary because we were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union,” as well we all should be, given the influence of public unions and the current economic morass we remain in.

In typical Progressive fashion and possibly seeing her chances of winning not all that great, she has sent out a campaign flyer late in the race presumably in an attempt to pull some sort of ‘October Surprise’ by going completely negative on her opponent, prompting the Harris campaign to send out the following,

“A vast number of attack ads were mailed all over the 17th District on Friday. These ads, paid for by the Elect Monica Stonier Campaign slandered Paul Harris as a tax-cheat, a criminal and as one currently in violation of ethics laws. Here’s the full story:

A Criminal?: Six years ago, one of Paul’s employees poured some paint down a public drain and unknowingly committed an ecological infraction. Paul took responsibility for the accident and paid the fine. No, he did not pawn off his responsibility and fire the employee. Accidents are accidents.

In her dirty attack ad, Stonier tries to clothe this as Paul deliberately polluting because … because he hate water or something? Beats us. If that sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is.

A Tax-cheat?: Paul purchased a truck to use at his business and operated it in Oregon for years. (All this business stuff is hard for liberals to understand). When Paul closed that shop, he brought equipment back across the river, completely forgetting that his truck needed to be re-registered. Once notified, Paul did so immediately. He was never fined.

When asked how she will fix our budget, Stonier refers to the “10 million” dollars in reciprocal taxes for car tabs that are lost on these “tax-cheats” like Paul. While 10 million dollars would help, it’d hardly put a dent in the 3 billion dollars Stonier supports in additional spending. The saddest part is how insincere this political jab at Paul is. People ask for real answers to a real problem and all she can think to do is jab with this petty car tab issue.

An Ethics Violator?: The third accusation claims Paul is currently violating some sort of ethics laws. There was no reference for the slanderous claim. Stonier just made up an accusation and mailed it to tens of thousands of people. Paul isn’t even an elected official; can he break ethics laws? If so, which laws, and how did he break them?

It’s sad that a first time candidate wants to go negative like this, but when you’re wrong on the issues … what else can you do?”

I would hope Monica Stonier teaches her students better than such negative attacks to try to get ahead.

But, what of those “issues?” A look at her issues page reveals stands of, “I will not raise taxes. I will fight for fully funding education by cutting spending elsewhere” and “Our newest education legislation has promise but needs work. Our teachers and parents need a voice in this process.”

For a little insight into this “newest education legislation,” I refer you to Bob Dean, former candidate for the 18th legislative district who has taught school for many years and dropped out to devote more time to that endeavor as he explains some of our Common Core Standards recently adopted.

Somehow we are also supposed to believe that even though she is a strong teachers union supporter, if sent to Olympia, her advocacy will not be for the teachers union, which never seems to have enough of our tax dollars for “improvements” that seem to return every year.

Monica did raise a small fuss after being accused of supporting an income tax in Washington State. She maintains that the income tax is a “union position, not hers.” But, as a union representative and a junior legislator should she win and given that likelihood that even if the majority does not change in Olympia this year, they will undoubtedly lose several seats, would she end up knuckling under to union and party pressure, given the teachers union strong financial backing of the income tax initiative?

It’s real easy to say no during a campaign, but it just might be a lot harder later on. Most likely, the luxury of casting a no vote knowing full well the measure will pass anyways, like Tim Probst has done, will not be there after this election.

Looking at her ideas on Jobs and Health Care, there can be no doubt that tax dollars would have to be used to accomplish what she commits herself to do.

And, since she brought up, where exactly would she cut state spending and how would she convince the rest of the legislators to join her? Vague claims make good copy, but what are her specifics?

It’s little wonder that Monica, as young and lovely as she is, decided to revert to the Democratic playbook of slinging mud and negative attack ads. She claims that seeing Barack Obama inaugurated revealed to her the role she could play in state government and after seeing the negativity and wrong direction Obama and the Democrats have plunged the nation in, we don’t need more union reps or pro-Obama people in Olympia.

My support goes to Paul Harris

September 26, 2010

The Last Best Hope

by lewwaters
September 25, 2010

Brits Look to America and See Hopelessness and the Wrong Change

by lewwaters

Obama, after snubbing and slapping at our British friends since gaining office, has received a well deserved comeuppance in the British Press recently.

What happened to the Barack Obama dream?

“Despite a string of legislative successes, Mr Obama has failed to make voters believe that he has helped them, or that he cares more about their jobs and savings than about a long-standing Democratic agenda of health care and enforcing greener energy use on industry. Although he has passed major financial reforms, his economic team has been deemed too close to Wall Street and too protective of the mega-bonus culture.”
“There is a view that the elation of becoming the first black president and the euphoria that accompanied his inauguration helped create a degree of arrogance in the White House that has led the President and his advisers to blame the media, or Republicans, for what the electorate is really thinking.”

The “dream” turned out to be a nightmare for America.

Barack Obama: the Great Unravelling of a One-Term President?

“The president can’t stop blaming George W Bush for anything that goes wrong but it will be the current rather than the former president who Democrats will take to task after November.”
“Obama scarcely helped himself this week when he responded in a CNBC “town hall” event to a black woman who said she was ‘exhausted of defending you’ by prefacing his answer with ‘as I said before’ – code for ‘you’re clearly too dumb to have understood me the first time’.”

November, the restoration of a Free America begins.

August 9, 2010

Strange Things Going On In the 3rd Congressional District Race

by lewwaters

It’s been a very heated competition for the nominations for the top two in our primary election this year. Probably the most heated I can recall, getting very nasty actually.

Oh, the Democrats are off the hook this year as there is little doubt that their candidate, Denny Heck, will easily win one of the coveted slots. It’s the Republicans that have gotten down and dirty with supporters of the candidates at times seeming ready to come to blows and dirty tricks galore.

We have 3 candidates running, David Castillo, Jamie Herrera and YouTube figure, David W. Hedrick, known for his bombastic confrontation against Brian Baird lasting some 3 minutes almost a year ago.

Herrera leads in the funds raised. Castillo outshines all in endorsements received, including every major newspaper that covers the 3rd Congressional District and makes primary endorsements. Hedrick has remained dragging the rear while making some noise, but basically going nowhere, gaining only some fringe support.

All that seemed to change suddenly, very suddenly in fact with Hedrick recently touting some poll no one has ever heard of showing him out in front of Herrera and with Castillo so far down it would be physically impossible for him to make up the difference in time for the August 17 vote.

Needless to say, eyebrows of people who pay attention were raised as this just seemed far too unlikely.

Further raising many more eyebrows is the vitriolic assaults launched against the supposedly last place candidate, Castillo, by many Hedrick supporters on forums, blogs and in the Columbian’s comments sections.

You may see what I mean by scrolling through comments found HERE and HERE, just for 2.

It is highly unlikely that supporters of a real leading candidate would so vehemently attack and belittle a real last place candidate, while ignoring the third candidate that is supposedly in a statistical tie with that “leading Republican” candidate.

Some light was shed on a possible answer this past Wednesday, August 4 on KPAM 860’s Victoria Taft program, when a caller named ‘Jason’ called in expressing the same disbelief many others have and identified himself as an individual familiar with computer forensics and searching out questionable computer sites for the Attorney General’s office in the past.

Questioning the validity of this poll like many of us have and also being a “poll junky,” he looked closely at the poll and saw, amongst several red flags, just how unreliable their methodology was in that it is an internet poll with no safeguards to prevent selectees of the poll from sending the link on to others to participate in.

He laid out the steps he took in discovering an unlikely coincidence in that the polls host site and domain registrar were shared by FreedomsAnswer.com, a company whose sole ownership is listed as belonging to Washington 3rd Congressional District Candidate, David W. Hedrick.

Realizing that although an unlikely coincidence, it was still possible, he looked a bit deeper and was shocked to discover that the IP address of the poll was on the same block as the sites owned by Hedrick.

You can read the full report ‘Jason’ wrote HERE

Admittedly, I am no computer sleuth or techie sort. All of that goes right over my head, much as it does most others today. But to those who dabble in such computer research, it makes complete sense. Therefore, I had the full 7-page report reviewed by a person I am acquainted with online who does understand such computer lingo.

In confirming the data ‘Jason’ revealed, he said,

“The most DAMNING of all of the data comes in point nine (and ten further.)”

“Most website owners or professional web coders or computer programmers reuse code or professional libraries of code to save production time. Every hour that someone creates a website site or computer program is VERY expensive. Especially in the United States. A library of code is like a bible.”

“And also coding structure usually is similar to the coder who creates it. No one wants to recreate the coding wheel when he has a library of code to use that he has used on previous projects. That shortens website development time. And most of that coding has a fingerprint or coding style within it (as he explains in further detail there) so why does Hedrick’s code look so similar in each of his websites or a piece of masthead, a beginning of a site is so similar?”

In closing, my acquaintance added,

“All I would finally say [is] I would not want to be the damn fool who was associated with this site, whoever coded it or is hosting it. It was a tragic error to do, looks too much like an attempt to smarm or live in some fantasy that one would think David Hedrick is in any way have an ability to be in the leagues with David Castillo or Denny Heck. It looks like a juvenile attempt to make someone look better than they really are.”

Any that choose to read the report ‘Jason’ submitted, I would only hope you have your own computer techie’s review it for themselves and your peace of mind instead of just fuming.

Something just doesn’t add up with this campaign and it stinks to high heaven.

As I’ve said before, it isn’t unusual for a newspaper to make an endorsement and get it wrong, not endorsing who the people over all vote for. It is highly unusual that four major newspapers of different ideological, political, regional and historical backgrounds from within the same congressional district to agree on one candidate and that candidate be polled dead last in any legitimate poll.

Add to that the vitriol thrown at David Castillo by supporters of David Hedrick, who proclaims in ads that he is “the leading Republican” in the race, while completely ignoring Jaime Herrera, although she is in a statistical tie for the nomination Hedrick claims is his, just doesn’t make sense.

Something very strange is definitely going on in the race to replace retiring Brian Baird in the 3rd Congressional District.

And, it stinks!

UPDATE: The Columbian’s Kathie Durbin also covered this subject at New poll’s validity panned by experts

The Centralia Chronicle also editorialized on it, Our Views: Hedrick Shouldn’t Push Questionable Poll where they said,

Why should we care whether the poll is accurate and/or credible?

Many people don’t want to “waste” their vote. Dyed-in-the-wool Republicans don’t want to see their candidate beaten in the general election. They’ll often go with who could win come November. If Hedrick shows such promise now, it certainly helps sway more votes his way.

Hedrick said, “It’s not my job to vet polls. I don’t have time to study them.” Is that how he would conduct himself in Washington, D.C.?

Sorry, paid site, no link available.

July 24, 2010

Buy A Tote For San Fran Nan

by lewwaters

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised to see such an advertisement as below, what with the push to ban on plastic grocery bags, originating in Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco and now spreading across the land.

I have some exciting news to share. Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently asked me if I would design a limited edition tote bag. With everything Speaker Pelosi has done to move our country forward, I was more than happy to oblige.

But what makes this tote bag even more special is that every dollar toward its purchase price will be used to support Speaker Pelosi and courageous House Democrats who are under increased attack by those who wish to take our country back to the policies of former President George W. Bush.

Click on photo to see larger view

No mention of just what material it is constructed from or where it is made, just lay down $65, which is a steal since otherwise without the listed sales code, you would pay $81.25.

No more cheap plastic bags cluttering your recycling bin. Store clerks and shoppers will envy you, seeing you carry your Limited Edition San Fran Nan, Diane von Furstenberg tote.

Not recommended for picking up pet waste.

July 13, 2010

Republican Prospects In Clark County Looking Better All The Time

by lewwaters

With just a few weeks left until the August 17th Primary, Republican candidates throughout Clark County are showing they mean business and stand the best chance in many years of winning many of the elections.

Calls from many Democrat voters that the GOP has died just 2 years ago seem to have been quite premature. From candidates seeking a seat in our state legislature to a seat on the Vancouver City Council, Republicans have amassed an impressive list of candidates, prepared to campaign hard and begin the long road to recovery from this economic morass we find ourselves in.

With little more than a couple exceptions, Republican candidates are reporting advances in their campaigns the likes of which we haven’t seen in many years.

Brent Boger stayed above the barbs between candidates George Kolin and Tony Golik, also vying for County Prosecutor.

Boger’s campaign continues to build momentum and he says that he has been enjoying meting people “who never knew the importance of the prosecutor’s office, but now realize how this important position greatly impacts their life.”

Amongst the several dozen endorsements Boger has received are Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Democratic opponent, Curt Wyrick.

Ann Rivers continues her commanding lead in the race to take over the seat being vacated by Jaime Herrera in the 18th Legislative District as her campaign reports she is nearing $50,000 in donations, far ahead of her nearest opponent.

Ann received some very favorable coverage in a recent Vancouver Business Journal article along with several Letters to the Editor touting her qualifications and experience.

Brandon Vick, a political novice, continues to run a clean campaign, building his chances and learning the ropes. It is doubtful he can catch Ann, but Brandon has been doing far better than Washougal council member Jon Russell, recently revealed to have been making what appears to be some very false claims on his qualifications.

I haven’t received any updates from Anthony Bittner in while, but I know he is out there building on his chances and learning the ropes while he seeks to energize the young people his age who traditionally have refrained from voting. He too will have a hard time catching Ann, but I think he will learn a lot in this race and if he sticks with it, be a factor in future races.

In the 17th Legislative District, both seats are in play this time and we have a candidate vying for each one. Brian Peck continues to build a head of steam in what looks like will be the tougher race for the position 1 seat currently held by first term Democrat, Tim Probst. Probst has a history of dirty politics as was seen in his run against Joseph James in the 2008 campaign, but Peck is not an easy man to rattle. A business owner, Peck has the knowledge and experience needed to help turn our state back to fiscal sanity and bring jobs back.

For position 2, the open seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Deb Wallace, Paul Harris is vying for the nomination against 2 Democrats. Harris, a businessman sees the bad habits in over spending and continually raising taxes that has repressed the economy for far too long now. Harris says, “Citizens in Southwest Washington deserve accountability and prudence in these difficult economic times from our elected officials.”

With Paul Harris, those are words we can believe in.

Both seats are up for challenge in the 49th Legislative District, each currently held by Democrats, Jim Jacks and Jim Moeller, both of whom signed off on every spending and tax increase we currently see driving our local economy further into bankruptcy.

Craig Riley, a local business owner with extensive experience in the Health Care Insurance Industry and managing his own business is running against Moeller, now dubbed ‘Candyman’ due to his efforts that slapped a new and confusing tax on candy, but only some candy.

Bill Cismar is bringing his extensive experience in the High Tech Industry and the US Air Force to run against another Democrat first termer, Jim Jacks, who seems to still be “listening and learning” as he votes lock-step with the party, giving little regard to the middle class workers out of work of barely keeping a job.

Both of these seats in the 49th have been held for a very long time by various Democrats and also promise to be tough races, but with the poor performance of both legislators currently holding them, we have the best chance we’ve had in several years to take both of them.

Peter Van Nortwick entered the race for County Assessor before Linda Franklin announced she was going to retire due to medical problems. Pete has been campaigning hard, building his campaign against late filers and just announced he has gained the endorsement of the Washington State Farm Bureau.

Clark County Commissioner, Steve Stuart, currently the lone Democrat on the commission, received a challenge from Republican businessman Alan Svehaug late on the final day of filing, ending Stuart’s chances for an easy reelection with no challenger. Alan is still building his campaign and we will be hearing much more out of him in the weeks ahead as we move towards the November elections.

John Jenkins shows promise in replacing Bart Hansen on the Vancouver City Council, who was appointed earlier this year to sit in the seat vacated by Tim Leavitt, who moved over to the Mayors chair.

Jenkins was the subject of a recent post on CCC, A Conservative for Vancouver City Council.

Scott Weber is running an unusual campaign for County Clerk as his desire, once elected, is to eliminate the office as an elected office and promises to push for Home Rule Charter to facilitate that.

My apologies if I missed a candidate. But, we have several campaigns running throughout Clark County at the local level that hold the promise of restoring some sanity to state government.

There are also Judge Positions with candidates who have a more conservative record that we should take into account. Although non-partisan, Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson and Richard B. Sanders are running to retain their seats on the bench.

The Washington Court of Appeals, Division II, District Three sees Joseph Daggy hoping to secure a seat in the primary, August 17.

Republicans stand a very good chance of winning many of the elections shown above. We have the best list of candidates we have seen in many years, all bringing varied experience with them and knowledge on how to actually make tough decisions.

We are faced with some decisions of our own. We can continue as we are, sliding further and further in an economic, job killing morass by returning those to office who have played roles in bringing us to this point.

Or, we can look seriously at those challengers who have ideas and incumbents that have been opposing the current legislative actions that have brought us to the brink of bankruptcy.

Let’s choose wisely this time and vote in real “Hope and Change,” not “more of the same.”

July 1, 2010

Obama, “Great News, Unemployment is Only 9.6%, not 15%”

by lewwaters

In defending his failed stimulus package, Barack Obama, off teleprompter obviously, tried to paint a rosey picture of economic recovery by stating, “unemployment’s at 9.6%, but it’s not 12 or 13 or 15.”

If you recall, we had to have his stimulus package to prevent unemployment from exceeding 8%.

Maybe he should get off of the golf course long enough to visit counties in Washington and Oregon where unemployment has settled around 14% for much of the time since his stimulus package passed.

Longer version of the video at Real Clear Politics

June 20, 2010

Choices

by lewwaters

Once again, elections have rolled in on us. Oh, it’s not the all important presidential election, but mid-term elections that for the local community, are just as important. With the burgeoning deficits and ever deepening debt of the city, county and state, this might be one of the most important local elections we will see.

That’s why it is so important that we voters and taxpayers have some good choices in who to elect and that’s what we have this time around, some very good choices in who to select to represent and govern us. Our choices will give us the opportunity to effectively neuter the out of control over spending and taxation we saw this year. Or, continue on ever deeper into the morass of economic decline, increasing unemployment and welfare state.

At the top of the list are Senator Patty Murray, elected 18 years ago and who has voted nearly lock-step with the socialist agenda brought in by the strangely different Democratic Party that used to actually care about hard working middle class blue collar America.

We have 3 choices to finally replace her and bring some sanity back to our Senate, former gubernatorial candidate, Dino Rossi, former football player, super bowl winner and farmer, Clint Didier and a highly successful businessman, Paul Akers. This is the race I just can’t make my mind up on who to support, just knowing that Patty Murray has to go and any on of the 3 could do a better job in representing Washington State and bringing a touch of sanity back to the US Senate.

We also have a highly contested race to replace retiring Brian Baird, another Democrat, in our 3rd Congressional District. Of a multitude of candidates, three stand out as having any chance at all, Democrat Denny Heck and Republicans state legislator Jaime Herrera and Navy Veteran David Castillo, who also has held sub-cabinet level positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security.

My choice here is easy as only David Castillo has the well rounded experience we need to join in with others in turning America around. Heck and Herrera just don’t have it, Herrera too often choosing to join in with Democrats in a path that has brought us to where we are and Heck, a Democrat who would follow along that detrimental path.

At the state level we have several offices contested, one of which is the 18th legislative district seat that Jaime Herrera will be leaving, win or lose in her bid for the 3rd Congressional District Race. Hopefuls for that seat are Democrat Dennis Kampe, Independents Richard Carson and Jon T. Haugen along with Republicans Ann Rivers, Jon Russell, Brandon Vick and 18 year-old Anthony Bittner, just beginning a political career.

Since I don’t live in the 18th I really have no top choice, but by nearly all accounts, Ann Rivers stands out ahead of the rest as most likely to win.

We also see the seat in the 17th legislative district, won last election by Democrat Tim Probst challenged by Republican businessman, Brian Peck. Probst is one of those tricky Democrats who campaigned on promise of not voting for tax or spending increases and if you quickly look over his voting record, appears to have kept that promise. I say appears to because if you look closer, you will see that he doesn’t seem to support any alternative ideas put forth and voting no is easy when you know the spending measure will easily pass with the majority being so lopsided.

Then again, some bills he voted for would bring back door spending or tax increases, such as HB 1329, a bill that would have forced childcare centers to belong to a public union if they accepted state funds for low income families.

Peck, on the other hand, as operated a successful business that has won excellence awards 5 years in a row and knows the value of our hard earned tax dollars and how hard it is for us to earn them and support our families. Hands down, Peck would be my choice if I lived in the 17th.

The other seat in the 17th is open, being vacated by retiring Democrat, Deb Wallace. We see Republican Paul Harris, a businessman and former Evergreen school board member filing to run against Democrat Monica Stonier, a middle school teacher.

Both seats in the 49th legislative district currently held by Democrats Jim Moeller and Jim Jacks are being challenged this time. Moeller’s seat is challenged by another very successful businessman with a lot of experience in healthcare, Craig Riley. Jacks, who has proven the words he spoke in his 2008 campaign, “I don’t know how to fix it, I’m no tax expert” as very truthful, is facing Republican Bill Cismar, a Veteran with 3 decades experience in the high-tech field.

With how the Democrats have driven the state economy to the brink of ruin, both Jacks and Moeller voting to do so and since I’m in the 49th district, my choice here is easy to support both Cismar and Riley.

Moving down to more local races, we see County Commissioner Steve Stuart being challenged by Alan Svehaug, a Republican of varied experience, including contracting and teacher of chess and speed learning. Given the performance by Stuart, raising the ire of many in Clark County and having sat down and discussed with Svehaug his ideas on improving and restoring Clark County, Stuart just may see a tough challenge this time around.

A hint to fellow Clark County Commissioners Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke. Just because you’re Republican doesn’t mean your seat is safe in the next election. Both have not been acting all that “Republican” all too often.

Several in the community were upset over the appointment of Bart Hansen to replace Tim Leavitt, who was elected mayor, on the Vancouver City Council, with little or no citizen input heeded. I have watched Bart sitting on the council and his thin-skin and lack of knowledge of the civil rights opposition of the Democratic Party of old concerns me.

Challenging Hansen is John Jenkins and Jack King O’Neal III. O’Neal is a relative unknown, but Jenkins, 56, a retired information technology professional has ran for the seat before and shares many concerns with citizens on the cities purchase of the Columbian Building downtown for a new city hall as well as the council ignoring citizens on forcing light rail from Portland, Oregon upon us against our wishes.

For county assessor, three Republicans and one Democrat are vying to replace Democrat Linda Franklin, retiring due to medical reasons. David Horowitz, a retired certified public accountant, Daniel Weaver another retired CPA and certified appraiser Peter Van Nortwick. Janet Seekins, a Democrat currently with the County Appraisers office, threw her hat in the ring as well.

Given the problems seen in the County Appraisers Office in the last couple years, I think it is time for some new blood and I will be supporting Peter Van Nortwick.

Art Curtis, County Prosecutor is retiring this year so that seat is also up for grabs. Filing to run for the seat is Democrat Tony Golik, Independent George A. Kolin and Republican Brent Boger, of the City Attorney’s Office. As can be expected, Golik, a Democrat, enjoys Prosecutors Union support as he is currently in the Prosecutors Office, which would continue the current problems in the office should he be elected. Kolin is a private attorney from Washougal. I like Boger because he has some new ideas to make the Prosecutors Office more efficient and end some expensive frivolous prosecutions that shouldn’t even be brought to trial.

As you can see there are several races contested this time, only a few being uncontested. We have choices this time around and it is incumbent upon each of us to learn who these candidates are and work hard to elect who we think is the best suited.

We need to get away from just checking next to the familiar name and actually take part in our democratic process by knowing who we vote for and what they stand for.

Our forefathers left us this marvelous system of self governance and as shown above, we have choices this election.

Let’s do as they showed us and become familiar with the best candidates and actively exercise our choices. And, once elected, we must begin holding each and every one of them accountable.

June 14, 2010

Why Exaggerate Military Service To Get Elected?

by lewwaters

Over many years of my life, I have followed several political campaigns from candidates of both parties. Many candidates display quite an impressive Military Record as part of the reason they should be elected, or so it seems.

While we have had many honorable people elected who performed heroic feats in their Military Service, some have either lied or grossly exaggerated their service in hopes voters see them as brave and honorable soldiers, ready to fight for the voters.

In my opinion and many others, doing so is a grave disservice to voters. It is false advertising, selling us a bill of goods while unable to actually deliver.

No one who ever served honorably should be ashamed of what they were assigned to do while serving, all jobs being necessary to complete even the smallest mission. From Company Clerks to Cooks, Motor Pool Mechanics to Artillerymen, Supply Clerks to Infantry, each and every job is important and must be performed so the mission can be successfully accomplished.

So, why do some feel the need to exaggerate their service?

I guess they feel it makes them brave in the eyes of others. It’s one thing to spin such yarns to your children or friends and neighbors, even at the VFW bar where we can easily pick out such braggarts by their ridiculous claims. But, to sell yourself to the public by either exaggerating your service, or omitting the truth of your service allowing others to assume you served in war, when you did not, is taking on to yourself something for which you are not entitled.

Look at the recent news of Connecticut’s Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, who gradually insinuated he served in Viet Nam when he never did. Or Mark Kirk, who overly boasted of a minimal unit citation as if he were personally awarded a citation of high merit.

Think back to 2004 and the claims made by Democrat John ‘F’in Kerry (who is said to have served in Viet Nam) and his being exposed by former shipmates, even though the media denigrated the shipmates, not Kerry.

Even Hillary Clinton boasted in 2008 how she tried to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, but was turned down due to wearing glasses. Then, recall her story of dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, only to be revealed a falsehood.

Some candidates hoping for office claim a disability from their time serving, revealing the nature of the injury, as former Senator Bob Dole did during his time in the Senate.

Others have not stated the injury, where it happened or how. Some have even tried the old Bovine Scatology of claiming they are not permitted to discuss where they were or how it happened, being some mythical “top secret” operation we are supposed to just buy in to.

Ask just about any Veteran who actually served in a combat zone and see how they view such claims. We know better.

Voters deserve truthful statements from candidates who claim Military Service, not bravado or even silence of where they served or how they served, especially if they make their service a major part of their campaign by claiming the rank they last held in campaign ads.

What voters don’t need is more candidates seeking office by either exaggerating or relying on lies of omission to pad an otherwise weak resume’ in hopes of fooling enough voters to see them as they aren’t.

In introducing an amendment to a war spending bill, to make inaccurate or misleading statements about one’s military service record a punishable offense, this past May, Senator Orin Hatch (R. Ut) said,

“It is sad that there are those who attempt to inflate their record and make these claims. To do that defiles the sacrifice and service of those who have served in combat. Worse yet, it dishonors the sacrifice of the brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in combat so that the freedoms we enjoy are defended.”

“It is a crime to dishonor the sacrifice of so many by falsely representing combat service for the purposes of self-promotion or benefit. My amendment would deter those who would falsely prop themselves up in order to appear worthy of the award and title of ‘combat veteran’.”

We deserve honorable and truthful elected officials, not someone who would exaggerate a claim or make vague statements, allowing others to believe an injury received in basic training was due to combat service, when they never served in such an area.

It matters not how bold or in your face their speeches or confrontations with others in the past may be, exaggerations and lies of omission are still dishonorable and not worthy of my vote or support and in need of being exposed to voters, regardless of party affiliation.

If we are to have honorable, truthful and reliable elected officials, it should begin in honest and open representation of any Military Service claimed.

May 29, 2010

A Word from “We The People”

by lewwaters
May 25, 2010

Oh the Rank Hypocrisy of a Democrat

by lewwaters

Just when I think today’s far leftist Democrats can’t get any more hypocritical, sure enough along comes one to show me they can.

It’s difficult to grasp that any Democrat, after 8 years of opportunism and exploitation of every thing imaginable while George W. Bush was president, would now cry about “opportunism or exploitation,” but that is exactly what Georgia State Senator Jason Carter, grandson of our now second worst president ever, Jimmy Carter, has done.

To not recall how the Democratic Party lined up to denigrate President Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the War on Terror that they voted for, shortcomings at Walter Reed Hospital, the economy and housing bubble that burst, that they blocked efforts to reign in back in 2003 and so many more examples would truly require a “willing suspension of disbelief.”

Not a day went by that we did not read of some Democrat somewhere expressing outrage over matters they could have been helping in, but instead chose to exploit in their all out effort to seize complete control of the government.

Now, in the aftermath of the tragic accident in the Gulf of Mexico at the Deep Water Horizon Oil Platform and over a month of the damaged well leaking hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf and Obama’s inaction and inattention to the crisis, along comes Georgia State Senator Jason Carter complaining that pointing out the ineptness of the Obama’s administration’s meager efforts in helping curtail the leak is somehow “exploitation and opportunism.”

And of course, the junior Carter couldn’t help himself but to take a swipe at the Bush Administration in doing so. In a recent ABC News interview, the young Carter brayed,

“I think the Republicans who took so much heat when the Bush administration failed to respond appropriately to Katrina have decided to make this issue Obama’s Katrina, and I don’t think that the comparisons are apt, at all. I think that it’s looking like a political opportunity for the Republicans, and they’re jumping on it.”

Perhaps the junior Carter, claiming to be an attorney, doesn’t realize or know that thee is little more Bush could have legally done in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Completely ignoring that It is ludicrous to blame Bush for the fiasco that ensued, Carter followed the ever present Democrat Party platform of place blame on Bush, even though it has been proven over and over that Bush could have done little more than what he did.

So now, according to the junior Carter, its “political opportunity” to point out that in spite of this going on for over a month, the Obama administration should remain blameless.

Young Jason Carter continued,

“I don’t think that President Obama can go plug the leak. I think that that’s what has to happen first, and if BP, as they’ve said, can’t do it on their own, then absolutely — we have to step in and bring all of the resources that we can marshal to bear on the problem.”

But, Bush was supposed to prevent a hurricane?

Jason, it has been over a month. This is an unprecedented tragedy, nothing like this has happened before. Thousands of oil platforms drill and pump oil out of the Gulf of Mexico daily and no accident of this magnitude has happened before.

BP is doing what they can and paying as they go. What is the Obama administration and Democrats doing, besides whining it has nothing to do with you?

How about taking advantage of the accident now to quadruple oil taxes by his party? Does he not see real “political opportunism” in such a move in the aftermath of the accident?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, “Taxpayers will not pick up the tab.”

Then we are told, Democrats “want to increase the current 8-cent-a-barrel tax on oil to make sure there is enough money available to respond to oil spills,” citing, “the government needs upfront money to respond to spills, as well as money to pay for cleanups when the responsible party is unable to pay, or is unknown.”

But, we were just told by Reid that we would not pick up the tab, were we not?

And, should they succeed in increasing the oil tax, who is it that will “pick up the tab” anyway? That’s right, you and I in the form of higher prices at the gas pump.

In an already severely repressed economy with unemployment soaring to record levels not seen in decades, along comes the Democrats, claiming to be there to “help the little guy,” prepared to stick it to the “little guy” once again.

But, Georgia State Senator Jason Carter, grandson of the now second worst president ever, can only see an opportunity to bash Republicans and add to his own political hypocrisy by ignoring the ineptness and inability of the current Democrat regime in every area other than bankrupting the taxpaying citizens of America.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat!

May 19, 2010

Is Patty Murray Afraid to Face Voters?

by lewwaters

I just got off of the telephone where I was listening in on Patty Murray’s latest unannounced tele-conference call, lasting shortly over a half-hour.

As usual, the call come, unannounced and those who answer are given a chance to participate if they choose. This is about the fourth such call I have received from Murray and for once, I was able to participate.

I was not able to ask my question due to time constraints. Although I pressed the necessary numbers and was acknowledged as waiting to ask a question, the screener never asked my name or location.

But, the real question is, why doesn’t Patty Murray actually schedule town halls or give voters in Washington State prior notice of a pending call to ask pertinent questions of her?

If she fears face to face meets around the state, why the unannounced calls and such a short time where only 3 or 4 people receive the privilege of asking her questions instead of scheduled conferences where more people can participate?

Is it really representing voters to claim such out of the blue acts is communicating with us?

I don’t believe so.

April 11, 2010

Ray Stevens: Throw The Bums Out

by lewwaters
April 5, 2010

Baroke Obama

by lewwaters
March 19, 2010

Craig Riley Announces Candidacy In 49th Against Moeller

by lewwaters

Received today;

Craig Riley Announces Candidacy for Legislature, Position 2, in the 49th District

Riley, a successful businessman with expertise in job creation and healthcare issues, promises to restore responsible representative government to the citizens of the 49th District

Business leader Craig Riley declared his candidacy today for State Representative, position #2, in the 49th District. Craig is an expert in the two areas of greatest concern in this election, jobs and healthcare. For more than 20 years, Craig has provided Health Care Benefit advice to businesses, physician clinics and families. Craig gives weekly seminars on healthcare issues, helps senior citizens make informed decisions and works with local businesses to maximize health care benefits and minimize costs. Craig supports independence and choice in healthcare. He knows the push for a government run health care system will bankrupt our nation, will decrease the quality and availability of health care, and will enable Washington politicians (not your doctor) to decide who will receive care and who will not.

As a successful businessman, Craig also understands the unique challenges that can create or kill jobs in our community. We need Craig Riley’s expertise and responsible representation in Olympia to stop the “tax and spend” agenda of elected representatives who have turned a deaf ear to the concerns of the people they are supposed to represent and have grossly mismanaged taxpayer money. High individual and corporate taxes kill jobs. As Craig has said, “It is time to take back control and deliver a strong message to those who recklessly spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars. The failure to control spending has left many of us outraged with the current leadership in Olympia. I will work for you to halt the burden of needless regulations and oppressive tax increases on businesses and families that are already financially burdened.”

Craig is married, a devoted family man, and father to four grown children. His children all graduated from our public school system and he values their education. Craig believes in giving back to his community and one way he has done so is through coaching soccer. From the time his own children were small and started playing and even after they had finished, he continued coaching. He often would take youngsters at 7 and coach them until they could join their high school teams. Craig believes that strong families and good jobs are the background of a successful nation and will work hard to support both.
Online: www.electcraigriley.com

Or Mail to:Elect Craig Riley, 1701 Broadway #241, Vancouver, WA 98663
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Craig Riley, info@electcraigriley.com,360-258-0236

As I previoulsy stated in 49th L.D., We Deserve Better Than Jim ‘Taxman’ Moeller, Criag Riley is a man we need to Take back Control Of Olympia and help restore Washington State.

Criag ran for office once before, coming real close to unseating powerful Joe King, then speaker of the house in Olympia.

Come meet Craig at his Campaign Kick Off Celebration April 6th Tuesday, at the BRICKHOUSE Bar & Grill. On Main and Mill Plain, downtown Vancouver. Join him for a little music, a little laughter and a kick off celebration. 5:30-7:00.

March 13, 2010

Olympia Democrats in Cartoon

by lewwaters

With all the tax increases being pushed through by our Dictacrats in Olympia, with no regard to what it is doing to the taxpayers, how appropriate to dedicate to them the 1967 song and cartoon by the Beatles, Taxman.

Let’s hope most of you are on unemployment after November.

March 6, 2010

Cantwell Calls For End To Ban On Gays Donating Blood

by lewwaters

Seeking to overturn the 27 year ban on Gays donating blood, Washington Senator Maria Cantwell has added her voice with 17 other Democrats calling for an end to the “lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has had gay sex since 1977.”

The ban, imposed over concerns of HIV/AIDs being spread through blood transfusions, has come under fire in recent years as Gay Activists label the ban an “injustice” unfairly imposed on them.

Cantwell, senators call to end ban on gays donating blood

John Kerry (who served in Viet Nam), failed 2004 presidential candidate claims, “Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban.”

In 2006, the American Red Cross claimed, “that the ban is medically and scientifically unwarranted.”

In 2007, the FDA Kept The Ban On Gay Men As Blood Donors claiming, “Whatever was presented to us was not sufficient to make us change our minds.”

Other groups, such as those representing hemophiliacs, prefer the ban remain in place.

Undeterred, Gay activists and their supporters come back claiming the, “FDA already tests donated blood twice for HIV and other diseases, limiting the risk of tainted blood entering the blood supply to nearly zero,” as did John Kerry, who is also known for presenting a very false view of the war in Viet Nam.

Supporters of Cantwell and Kerry’s view make claims of, “Gay men tend to protect themselves but many straight people still follow the myth that HIV won’t impact them,” “Our health policies must be based on sound science, even if it makes your heads explode with prejudice” and “The point is that the change in policy will add significant amounts of desperately needed blood to our blood banks with virtually NO ADDED RISK.”

We are even told by supporters to check with the Center for Disease Control for HIV/AIDs statistics to see how wrong this “injustice” and “discrimination” against Gays is.

Doing so reveals the chart below.

CDC Basic Statistics, HIV/AIDs

Further checking within the CDC website reveal a small pamphlet they released titled HIV and AIDS among Gay and Bisexual Men that proclaims early on, “MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections are increasing. While new infections have declined among both heterosexuals and injection drug users, the annual number of new HIV infections among MSM has been steadily increasing since the early 1990s,” MSM being an abbreviation for “for men who have sex with men.”

Countering claims of discrimination against Gays, an FDA spokesperson said in 2007, “Anyone who’s used intravenous drugs or been paid for sex also is permanently barred from donating blood.”

It should also be noted that while the demand for donated blood is high, modern medicine has been perfecting Bloodless Surgery, due in large part to the questionable religious claims against accepting blood by groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

If we are to feel safe in accepting blood donated by known Gays, which will eventually lead to acceptance from prostitutes and others currently barred from donating blood, perhaps Cantwell, Kerry and the other 15 pushing for this change will lead the way and exhibit to us just how safe it really is by publicly accepting small injections of compatible blood donated from known Gays every month for a couple years.

Surely, they would have no concerns in receiving such an injection, right?

February 22, 2010

Rep Geoff Simpson Should Be Thrown Out Of Office

by lewwaters

Representative Geoff Simpson (47th) has shown us why the country is so divided and partisan. He is a disgrace not only to Washington State, but to the Democratic Party as well. As hateful as they have been as a party towards the Bush administration and Sarah Palin, Simpson now spews hateful rhetoric towards American Citizens and voters within Washington State.

As reported by Orbusmax’s Jim Walker, Simpson became unhinged over a request for his referring to voters upset at this “new direction” of bankruptcy and failures the Democrats have led the country towards since 2007 as “teabaggers,” a euphemism for a sexual act, began by foul minded left-wingers and Democrats in referring to those who attended last years “TEA Party’s.”

Walker posted the email exchange between he and Simpson showing Simpson’s hatred of voters of who disagree with him wherein he claims, “Indeed, it is well documented that the originators of your movement themselves adopted the names ‘teabag’ and ‘tea bagger’ to describe their anti-government antics. Your manufactured outrage toward me for using the term that the fathers and mothers of your movement coined for themselves is tiresome.”

Of course, no such “documentation” is supplied. Looking for such “documentation” reveals, “In 2009, Tea Party protests were formed to protest against United States government tax and spending policies. The mainstream media used the term ‘teabaggers’ to describe the conservative anti-tax movement. Owing to its sexual connotation, the term ‘Tea Bagger’ has been used by several pundits and journalists to ridicule the protesters. Anderson Cooper apologized for using the term.”

Is Simpson deliberately lying? Surely someone who has run for office and achieved such would know truth, right? In Simpson’s case, apparently not.

Showing his hateful nature, Simpson wrote to Walker, “I will apologize to you for recounting my friend’s puzzlement about the selfishness of your movement when you apologize for your hatred, your selfishness and your lack of compassion toward others.”

If it is hate that worries the nincompoop, perhaps he should reflect on 8 years of “Kill Bush.”

As far as Joe Stack, the Austin IRS bomber is concerned, maybe the Simpson should refer to what Stack’s friend wrote on the left winged forum, Democratic Underground, “I won’t defend what he did because there’s no defense of it, but Joe wasn’t a teabagger he wasn’t left or right wing.”

As far as his friend is concerned, he was “apolitical.” From his rant he left on the Internet, he was all over the board, mad at everybody and everything.

As far as civility goes, when the Democrats offer some, maybe they’ll receive some in return. Especially since the 2000 election, they have been the most out of control, over the top, mean-spirited and hateful bunch I have witnessed in all my 61 years.

Representative Geoff Simpson is part of the problem and as Senator Patty Murray recently stated, “What worries me about inflammatory language is, it drives us further apart.”
That goes for you too, Geoff.

If you were an honorable man, you would resign. But, you’d rather use your hatred of voters to further bankrupt the state.