Index of entries from December 2009
December 29, 2009
Eyman, Fagans' message to supporters: Our only regret for 2009: we didn't say 'thank you' enough
by Tim Eyman, 04:41 PM, 45 Comments
Battling with the government and the politicians is a full-time endeavor. There isn't a day that goes by where Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, and I aren't thinking about, organizing, planning, and implementing offensives and counter-offensives on behalf of taxpayers. And... [read more]

Pay raises for the powerful when others are getting cut
by Ron Hebron, 07:20 AM, 39 Comments
How can we get control of our budget? Expect a multi-billion dollar "stimulus" from The One? Not! Union state workers will be getting pay increases next year, says The Olympian. Cuts? Yes, there are, but not where the unions have... [read more]

December 26, 2009
Double counting caused appearance of deficit reduction
by Ron Hebron, 01:48 PM, 144 Comments
"This bill will strengthen Medicare and extend the life of the program." - President Barack Obama, after the Senate health care bill secured 60 votes. We never believed the claim that ObamaCare would result in reducing the federal deficit because... [read more]

December 24, 2009
Is the Nebraska favor constitutional?
by Ron Hebron, 07:39 AM, 98 Comments
Senator Nelson traded his beliefs that we thought were strongly held - against abortion - to help his state of Nebraska with the new burdens of ObamaCare. His governor told him Obama would hurt Nebraska and he acted. Gregoire? Is... [read more]

December 23, 2009
The Seattle Times On Trade With Cuba
by Jim Miller, 06:58 AM, 18 Comments
Here's what the Seattle Times said: Sen. Maria Cantwell calls our attention to a law, signed by President Obama, allowing Cuba to buy U.S. farm produce and pay after the goods are shipped.  The law reverses a Treasury ruling during... [read more]

December 22, 2009
Give a Gun for Christmas (While You Still Can)
by pudge, 08:35 AM, 111 Comments
In Seattle Democrats' latest assault on the Constitution, several state legislators are attempting to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons and force current owners to submit to background checks. Why? Because "there's no place to have sales of military assault... [read more]

December 18, 2009
Worth Study
by Jim Miller, 09:04 AM, 94 Comments
Researcher Cliff Mass's thoughts on "Climategate".  Sample: This defensiveness has now gotten unhealthy for both the science and society.  Scientists who attempt to publish material indicating the global warming due to manmade causes is not evident or weak, or who... [read more]

Governors decry cost of ObamaCare. Gregoire?
by Ron Hebron, 08:58 AM, 70 Comments
Several governors who have studied the effects of Obama's takeover of health care found that it will hurt their states by forcing unfunded mandates on them. All of those we found statements from. Some of the them say "stop." Others... [read more]

December 17, 2009
Ramirez cartoon for today's issues
by Ron Hebron, 06:55 AM, 40 Comments
Michael Ramirez at Townhall Click for sharper view.... [read more]

December 16, 2009
Michael Medved at Townhall Thursday night
by Ron Hebron, 05:06 PM, 8 Comments
Michael Medved will be discussing and signing his new book The 5 Big Lies About American Business. Townhall - 8th Ave & Seneca St. (east side of I-5) - 7:30 PM Thursday - Tickets at the door $5.Michael is the... [read more]

Tanks For The Support
by Jim Miller, 12:15 PM, 22 Comments
That, I am sure, is what leaders of community colleges in Washington state are saying after reading this Lynne Varner column. I'm not against another round of economic stimulus despite its breathtaking price tag for the next generation.  But the... [read more]

December 15, 2009
787 first flight today
by Ron Hebron, 07:23 AM, 8 Comments
Today at 10 am if weather conditions allow. It will land at Boeing Field three to five hours later. Boeing's dedicated web site Boeing's live video The graphic: the tail livery of 787 customers. Click to enlarge.... [read more]

December 14, 2009
Martin Mayer On Markets And Bureaucracies
by Jim Miller, 06:09 PM, 7 Comments
Decades ago, I bought Martin Mayer's irritable little classic, Today and Tomorrow in America, and have been learning from it ever since.  Tonight, I'd like to share just one lesson, but a fundamentally important lesson, from that little book. The... [read more]

Paperwork Mixup May Have Misidentified Clemmons
by pudge, 09:37 AM, 9 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation has detailed how cop killer Maurice Clemmons may have been freed due to a paperwork mixup. Clemmons' arrest warrant lists a man named Terry Gene Hamilton as Clemmons' alias, possibly because they shared, on the documents,... [read more]

December 12, 2009
Obama administration predicts rising costs with ObamaCare
by Ron Hebron, 11:20 AM, 188 Comments
Obama's worker bees in CMS - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - of the HHS Department analyzed Harry Reid's ObamaCare bill and found what we expected: ObamaCare would make costs rise, not fall. The total cost of health care... [read more]

December 11, 2009
Emergency clause abuse -- we ain't seen nothin' yet
by Tim Eyman, 08:19 AM, 23 Comments
When the Legislature slaps an emergency clause on a bill, they take away the people's right to referendum. Guaranteed by our state Constitution, referendums are a critical part of our system's checks-and-balances -- with any Legislature-enacted law, the citizens have... [read more]

December 10, 2009
James Watkins Is Running For Congress In The 1st District
by Jim Miller, 03:25 PM, 15 Comments
Or so I learned from a press release this morning.  Here's why he says he's running: I'm running for congress against career office-seeker Jay Inslee because our political class has lost touch with America and American values.  Career politicians have... [read more]

Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers and the Constitution
by pudge, 07:02 AM, 78 Comments
Republican Congresswoman from Spokane, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, cosponsored a bill to make certain types of punishment and restraint illegal in schools. She says in her piece on, "It's difficult to believe, but there are no federal laws to prevent... [read more]

December 09, 2009
Brian Baird Wants To Serve In "Other Ways"
by Jim Miller, 04:03 PM, 58 Comments
Ways that don't require him to face the voters of the 3rd district. Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) announced his retirement early this evening. "The time has now come to pursue other options, other ways of serving. Hence, I am announcing... [read more]

December 08, 2009
Shame on Nicole Brodeur
by Mrs. Shark, 09:48 PM, 57 Comments
It's unbelievable - today law enforcement officers and citizens paid tribute to the four police officers that lost their lives in a senseless killing on November 29, 2009 and Nicole Brodeur publishes her third column in a row (third!) about... [read more]

Icy Roads
by Jim Miller, 09:44 AM, 21 Comments
Here's a timely warning from Cliff Mass. We had lots of frost on Saturday morning and slippery roads and accidents were everywhere.   I almost spun out myself.  One woman was killed.  Never forget, roadway icing is the number one... [read more]

December 07, 2009
Harry Reid Really is That Dumb
by pudge, 09:25 PM, 33 Comments
Senator Harry Reid said today, "Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all [the] Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're... [read more]

Obama Connected to Indian Bombings?
by pudge, 11:40 AM, 30 Comments
A man from Chicago, presumably Muslim, who travels the globe, is accused of being behind the Mumbai attacks a year ago. Sound familiar? It does to me. I'm no genius, but it sounds awfully familiar to me. Let's get out... [read more]

December 05, 2009
Global Warming Update (LII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:42 PM, 189 Comments
State government faces a $2.6 billion budget shortfall, but instead of staying home to figure out how to cut spending and not raise taxes, Mrs. Gregoire is jetting off on a junket to Copenhagen for the 40,584 tons of CO2... [read more]

Senator Patty Murray's 2010 Republican Opponent?
by warrenpeterson, 11:08 AM, 38 Comments
Almost three decades ago, when Washington State was Red, Republicans held both Senate seats with Slade Gorton who upset Warren Magnuson in 1980 and Dan Evans who was appointed in 1983 due to the death of Henry Jackson. Gorton lost... [read more]

Moon at sunrise
by Ron Hebron, 09:15 AM, 0 Comments
This month's full Moon at sunrise. Pretty nice. Click to enlarge. But last month's photo was more dramatic. Both were taken from the Key Peninsula looking west over Case Inlet, which is a branch of Puget Sound west of... [read more]

ObamaCare: Government will be able to kick you off your health care plan
by Ron Hebron, 08:03 AM, 59 Comments
Congressman Henry Waxman clarifies it. In this stunning YouTube video he explains how under ObamaCare the government would have the power to "suspend" the enrollment of any American in any health care plan, that is, kick you off your plan.... [read more]

December 04, 2009
Amanda Knox found guilty
by MarkGriswold, 04:30 PM, 69 Comments
I haven't been following every moment of the Amanda Knox trial but I've followed it enough to be of the opinion that what happened in Perugia today was a tragedy. Yes, there was some evidence that indicated Knox may have... [read more]

The Gang Of Four Has Been Providing Straight Lines For Taranto's Joke
by Jim Miller, 01:43 PM, 19 Comments
President Obama was elected more than a year ago.  In the months before his inauguration, President Bush worked closely with him on policy questions so that he did not commit Obama to any large decision that Obama would be forced... [read more]

An Obama Variant Of The "Can't Swim" Joke
by Jim Miller, 12:23 PM, 10 Comments
There's an old, old joke, told about many politicians, and news organizations.  I've told it myself once or twice, even on my site. Here's an almost up-to-date version of the joke: President Bush visits the Seattle area.  One of his... [read more]

Our 2010 Initiative: Don't Take Away 2/3's Vote For Tax Increases
by Tim Eyman, 07:58 AM, 15 Comments
State legislators are in Olympia this week for "committee days" where they are discussing legislation that they plan to push in 2010. The Associated Press reported: "Top Democrats say it's virtually certain they'll suspend the two-thirds requirement for raising taxes."... [read more]

December 03, 2009
Any climate news? Part 2 - ABC, CBS, NBC
by Ron Hebron, 08:02 AM, 43 Comments
Do the old big three networks have any news about climate? They have lots of news about the elite world leaders and their upcoming gathering in Copenhagen. But nothing about the scandal of ClimateGate disclosed in the emails. Nothing? So... [read more]

December 02, 2009
Barack of Afghanistan
by warrenpeterson, 08:53 AM, 138 Comments
With apologies to the Grand old Duke of York: The grand old Duke Barack, he had 30,000 men He marched them to Afghanistan then marched them back again. clearfogblog... [read more]

David Broder sees big problems with costs of ObamaCare
by Ron Hebron, 08:46 AM, 57 Comments
David Broder calls Harry Reid on his cost-hiding tricks. If The Big Democrat has lost Broder he has trouble. David S. Broder - David Broder: Fears of health-reform cost are justifiable - First, the public is opposed: The day... [read more]

December 01, 2009
Obama's Slush Fund
by warrenpeterson, 12:49 PM, 99 Comments
Rush Limbaugh (sorry Rush Haters but he's right on this one) made a jaw dropping point on his radio show today. About half to three quarters of the $787,000,000,000 (that's seven hundred eighty seven billion dollars) stimulus package money is... [read more]

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