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2012 Election Reflection

I never thought of this election as the game changer that it is so often referred to as on the radio.  With a constitution, two houses in congress, a judicial system etc, any single presidential election won’t really rise to the level of game changing.  Rather, our elections display super tanker like agility where if you want to change direction you should have thought about that well in advance.  I see yesterday’s election that way.  Decades ago we set our course towards socialism and as we approach it, many Americans are realizing that socialism is not really a place they want to end up.  So we’ve started to turn the tanker, but it will take some time and definitely a sustained effort to make it happen.

Yesterday’s election was a testament to the sustained effort that has been going on lately.  We may still have a socialist President for the next 4 years, but our course is changing.  In 2008 President Obama was elected with a 53 to 46 percent margin, while yesterday he apparently won with just a 51 to 49 percent margin.  He has had 4 years to further his socialist causes, but is losing his edge to those of us who are turning the tanker.  It might not be too long before we reach the tipping point in the electoral college and finally elect a president that will help steer us away from socialism.

I am certainly not disappointed at all with the 2012 election.  And look at those red/blue maps, especially look at our our state red/blue map.

washington pres results

The whole East side of our state is red, and look at Clallam, Wahkiakum and Lewis counties on the West side.  Lewis County went 60 to 37 in favor of Mitt Romney which is one of the better showings in the whole state, certainly on the west side.  The Lewis County GOP should be holding seminars.  Our own Whatcom County went towards reelecting President Obama, but with solid Republican representative in our state government, we could be the next Lewis County.

And the Washington governors race, while still very close, is positive news in itself just by being close.  We have had a long reign of liberal Democrats in Olympia and yet recent elections have been so close that they indicate that we could be really close to that tipping point.  Perhaps we’ve even reached that point now as barely half the votes have been counted.  That’s nothing but good news.

Other good outcomes in this election were in favor of limiting tax increases to needing a 2/3 majority and favoring charter schools which should help our future generations from again steering a course towards socialism.

An couple of unsettling outcomes were in R-74 and I-502 that both seem to have us passing laws that rewrite reality.    R-74 not being rejected would have us believe that the state government can redefine marriage to be between two people regardless of them being both men or both women, but the reality of this world is that the natural unity is between men and women.  No piece of paper is going to change what marriage is, because marriage is and has been what it is for as long as we’ve been around.  What this law against reality will bring us is not a new definition of marriage, but rather it will bring us,  and especially our children,  much confusion.   A recent example of this type of confusion is all over the news right now.

Officials at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, said that state law renders them powerless to prevent a “transgender” man from using the women’s locker room at the school because he supposedly identifies as a woman. The 45-year-old man, who calls himself Colleen Francis, reportedly exposed himself on several occasions to young girls who were using the locker room as part of swimming clubs. But instead of having the man arrested, school officials have insisted that a state non-discrimination law protects the “transgendered” man from prosecution.

College Lets “Transgendered” Man Expose Self to Girls in Locker Room

When a law says something is reality even though it is obviously not reality, what we get is trouble and confusion.  The reality is that men are men, women are women and legislating otherwise doesn’t change that reality.  We apparently have a law that says a man can be a woman if he feels like it, resulting in having a “woman” with a penis exposing “herself” to children in a public place. No matter how the law defines a woman, the penis is a dead giveaway and reality wins out.  It’s just a waste of taxpayer time and money to deal with things like this and R-74 that are against reality.

I-502 is also a little contrary to reality, or maybe it was just a great shuck and jive by people who want to freely smoke pot.  Before the election I-502 was touted as a new approach to marijuana use that would generate new state and local tax revenue for education, health care, substance abuse and would allow law enforcement to be focused on violent crimes, yet the day after it passed the Bellingham Herald ran an article titled Washington voters legalize recreational pot use.  So what is the reality?  Is it lofty ambitions or recreational pot use?  Oh and another reality surrounding this new State law is that it is that marijuana is still against Federal law, so careful what kind of cop is standing next to you when you light up.   Oh and then there is always the reality of these anticipated tax revenues from state regulated marijuana farms and stores; check this, marijuana grows like weed ya know and if it’s legalish to possess marijuana, then who will be paying good money, let alone high taxes on something that they can grow at home?

All in all this was a good election that the real message of the election is that we just need to keep on movin’

Ok, sorry for the music, but this was really about the costumes and dance moves. ;)

Smart Future

smartusaI hear some talking about the stubby little Smart cars we see running around being a sign of just how dismal our transportation future looks.  I see them as quite the opposite, I see them as small efficient ways to ward off the doom and gloom of an America dominated by legislated mass transit.  Mass transit seems so socialist and really un-American. 

The freedom to take your own vehicle when and where you want is almost a core value in our country.   It doesn’t so much matter if the vehicle is big or small, two wheels or four, gas or electric or ???  What matters most is that we maintain the spirit of individuality and joy that doesn’t happen with mass transit. 

And in that spirit I love to see how people are making event these most boring of people movers into something fun.  How about this 4×4?

 

Or this souped up hi-performance commuter?

 

Sure the new motor takes up a little passenger room, but as you see there are other ways to qualify for the HOV lane on your next road trip to Seattle.

Mass transit can have a place in our society but we can’t let it displace our personal vehicles.

Pregnancy Centers and Clinics under attack

I wanted to pass along this letter I received today with information regarding a couple of pieces of pro-abortion legislation.  What I think is most disgusting about the proposals is not that they are pro-abortion, which you’d think was as bad as it gets; what get’s me is that this is anti-prolife.  That’s right, not only are there people who feel they have a right to kill children, but there are people who wish to deny others the right to save children.

At the end of the letter there is a link to more information, but you could also check out a the podcasts from KGMI PM Bellingham or check out the comments on KGMI’s Facebook. This  Morning Show with Joe & Patti podcast is also worth listening to, but I warn you it’s tough to listen to Joe justify his position. I don’t recommend it on a full stomach.

The Letter:

Pregnancy Centers and Clinics across the State are under attack and we need your help.

House Bill 1366 and Senate Bill 5274 have been introduced to Washington State Legislators. These bills were designed by Abortion Proponents to Shut Down life-affirming Pregnancy Centers and Clinics in Washington State. We can’t let that happen. Women and children depend on the free services they receive from community based Pregnancy Centers and Clinics.

This Bill Hurts our Ability to Serve –

This bill puts certain requirements and restrictions on pregnancy centers and would open them up to lawsuits and severe financial penalties for things like-

  • A requirement to immediately provide written pregnancy test results in a person’s primary language (any primary language).
  • A requirement to include statements of what we don’t provide specifically in these six languages English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Chinese AND any other frequently spoken languages in that county on ALL advertising materials.
  • HB 1366 and SB 5274 make provision for any citizen to bring a lawsuit, even if they have never sought services from a pregnancy center. And for county prosecutors to bring a lawsuit against us for such “offenses” and requires that we pay up to 3x the amount of damages, additional fines and the prosecution lawyer fees if they win. And, does not require that we be compensated for legal fees if they lose the suit. This would take money away from services to those in need and could close down Centers and Clinics.
  • The advertising requirements would be cost probative – limiting our ability to reach those in need, thereby limiting their choice of clinics.
  • These restrictions apply ONLY to life-affirming Pregnancy Centers and Clinics but NOT to other medical/pregnancy organizations.
  • This Bill is meant to be obstructive and not constructive to Pregnancy Centers and Clinics’ ability to provide services.

Facts about the Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic

  • WCPC advertises under the heading “Abortion Alternatives”
  • WCPC givens written notes to all clients about services we do and do not provide prior to their appointments.
  • WCPC operates under the supervision and license of a Physician licensed in the State of Washington.
  • WCPC operates in accordance with all applicable laws including the release of patient records.
  • 99.7% of WCPC clients were so pleased with the service they received they would refer a friend (according to client exit survey).

Pregnancy Centers and Clinics have supplied over $18.6million per year in services at NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER OR CLIENTS.

Government funded programs are being cut; Pregnancy Centers and Clinics are stepping in to fill those needs. If Pregnancy Centers and Clinics are shut down, who will meet that need?

What YOU Can Do:

  • PRAY
  • Pass this Email on to others
  • Come to the hearing on January 24th 1:30 John L O’ Brien Building Mtg Room B (we recommend arriving EARLY)
  • Contact Your Legislator – Legislators for District 42 are pro-life. We recommend a “thank you for standing with life and for pregnancy centers” msg. There are talking points below for speaking with Legislators. Leave a message for your Legislator at 1-800-562-6000
  • Go to www.protectwomenwa.com to get the latest updates.

Why I will quit shopping at Wal-Mart

Our nation is looking more and more like a bad sci-fi movie all the time.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to watch bad sci-fi, but I’m not so sure I’m going to like living one.

And what exactly is the Wal-mart employee, or Homeland Security for that matter, going to do if we see something and say something?  We have Hezbollah setting up shop on our southern "border" at the same time our Federal government is going after Arizona for doing something after they’ve seen something and said something. 

I think Homeland security knows how many people shop at Wal-mart and think they’ll get more value out of their money making us believe they are doing something instead of actually doing something.  

When the US Government has done all it can to secure our borders, are profiling terrorists at airports not grandmas and little kids, and deporting violent criminals, then I’ll shop at a Wal-mart with a Homeland Security TV because I’ll know it is a last resort.

Care to complain as I did to Walmart?  Here’s a link to the Walmart corporate site.  I filed a complaint under their ethics section because in the opening section of their Statement of Ethics their CEO had this to say,

From the beginning, it has defined who we are as a company, and how we as associates treat each other, our suppliers and our customers.
The values that set us apart from others — respect for the individual,

I fail to see how this Orwellian policy has anything to do with respecting the individual.

This all seems a little out of character for Walmart who normally is bucking government intervention, so for the bad conspiracy, rather than bad sci-fi, movie folk you may want to wonder if a deal has been struck over the Walmart container inspection issue. 

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