Tuesday, November 17, 2015

So. Where's our Congresswoman?

As I sit here, this Nation is facing one of it's biggest threats ever: action by ISIS.

And from our Congresswoman?

Cricket chirps.

Nothing on military responses.

Nothing on security.

Nothing on the question of Syrian refugees.

Nothing on taking funds out of the VA to pay for these refugees.

Nothing on much of anything that matters.

Color me: Not surprised.

But then, her lack of doing anything but getting that horse face into the Columbian has long since stopped surprising me.

Whenever we want to know where she's at on anything... we pretty much have to guess.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is just sad.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Jaime Herrera Watch: back in business.

A couple of years ago, my former friend and colleague, State Senator Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers (Gas Tax -18) persuaded me to shut down JHW, given that Ridgefield Barbie was our Congresswoman and likely or BE our Congresswoman for quite some time, etc.

My brother-in-law had made a serious effort through others, to have me shut this down because he threw us all under the bus, having made first, a deal with former crush Cathy McMorris to give the Camas Manikin, who had been out of the area for 11 years and who had never once held a private sector job but who had, in fact, done a DAMNED fine job of getting McMorris her coffee every morning in DC.

Boldt persuaded the two male democrats in Cowlitz to vote with him for filling the vacancy in the 18th District back in 2007.  Barbie went along with the scam deliberations, being falsely described as a "young, family values conservative" in the Lazy C who has since morphed into a "Republican moderate" (as if she was ever anything else) and that launched the career of this do-nothing, card board cut out of a Member of Congress who is such a coward that she won't even hold open town hall meetings.

Anyway, at the end, watching her actually show up and speak about how much she "cares" about Veterans... got me to thinking: between "Gas Tax" Rivers personal and political betrayal of this district and Herrera's betrayal of Veterans... what could I do to get my point across?

Pulling this out of mothballs came to mind, so it's back.  I'll be updating it with the Herrera posts from CCP to provide more material.  But it's back... and I appreciate our esteemed Congresswoman's efforts for helping me arrive at this decision.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Reflections on Veteran's Day.

This is posted on the 12th, but I'm thinking about it today. (The 11th)

Veteran's Day... or Veterans Day, depending on your persuasion... what does it mean?

In the year 2015, it means that the promises made to us when we raised our hands and took the Oath are no closer to fruition now than they were when I enlisted. (One of the bigger whoppers was "free medical care for life."  Yeah, right.)

It means hundreds of thousands of claims remain at least as unresolved now as they were when the Liar-in-Chief took office promising to fix all that; meaning that hundreds of thousands of veterans are in pain not only because of the wounds and injury they suffered serving us, but because a non-responsive government ordains it.

We're still dying during the wait.  Veteran's Choice, the supposed cure-all for wait times, has proven itself to be a worthless joke; at least in my case.  And Obama has ripped off $2.5 billion from that and shifted it to Syrian

Veterans are still killing themselves at a rate of over 20 a day (The number varies depending on where it comes from, but it's a lot and it's far too many) and no progress has been made in that theater.

The sacrifices made by so many of our best and brightest have been thrown away by a clueless Administration... thousands dead, many more thousands wounded... and for what?

I served my country for many years.  Millions of us did and hundreds of thousands of us are as I write this.

But to our government, both left and right, that service is meaningless.  Locally, the value was show by naming a non-serving fringe-left former politician as Grand Martial of the Veteran's Day Parade.  Must have been because no veteran of any stature was available for the honor.  Even Jaime Herrera made one of her all too few appearances (In Battle Ground) where Mayor Bowman made the only mistake of the day and mentioned "representatives" of Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, two more slimeballs who have done nothing for us but have done a great deal TO us. as the prelude of setting up the delusion that Herrera needed to speak... to lie about what she's doing for veterans and how important we are to her.

Herrera once told me that her time away from this area... going to the UDub, being a staffer in DC and doing a few weeks as an intern in Olympia was, and I quote, "a lot like being in the military."


It's a great Memorial.  And no politician should have been mentioned... for it wasn't about them... or even their low-level staffers.  It was supposed to be about those from here who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  The pols couldn't even do that right.

Her speech made me nauseous, and I left about 30 seconds in since it wasn't even a thinly veiled campaign effort.

The Weather God was obliging: I reached my car in about 90 seconds... texted my apologies to those I'd promised I'd be there... and the sky broke.  They were drenched. 

In my mind, the service of the newest clerk, or cook, or dental assistant in the Armed Forces exceeds that of any elected official today who did not put on the uniform.

Build a fake bomb, get invited to the White House.

Get killed for your country under that incompetent's policies, and nothing.

Between the terrorist in training... and the widow and kids of that man who died serving in the Armed Forces, who was more deserving of the invite?

Today, as I write this, is a day of remembrance.

It's marked by few ceremonies... and locally, a parade taken over by fringe-left nutjobs, disrespecting what we have done for their own ends... without protest or concern from their fellow leftists in local media.

We get sales.  We get free meal scams... well, most are scams, but not all.  We get a free oil change if you've got the right car, because God Forbid that your vehicle require more than 5 quarts.

I don't do any of them.

Today, wedged between a business meeting and lunch with my lovely bride and our son, I'll be going to the Battle Ground Veteran's Memorial dedication.

But that's going to be it for me.

A government that doesn't care.  A people that allows them to get away with it.

More sick veterans.  More crippled and wounded veterans.  More homeless veterans.  A member of congress that doesn't listen and doesn't care or do anything... well, not just about veterans, but about anything else that doesn't serve her dreams of reelection.

20 to 25 of us will die today at out own hand.

20 to 25 of us will die tomorrow at our own hand.

No where to go.  No one to help.  The numbers prove we're not doing enough.

On this day, it's not a great day to be a Veteran.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

How the GOP lost me at the national level.

I admit to a simplistic view of government.  What it is, is not what it's supposed to be.

I, for one, refuse to take the view that our laws are, instead, a series of suggestions to be ignored by all of those who believe they don't apply... either to them, or anyone else... including those who govern us.

We are, allegedly, a nation of laws.  It is supposed to be a major ingredient in the glue that helps to hold us together.

It's supposed to be... a matter of faith.

And my faith is waning... no thanks to the Republican Party.

Pull out a dollar bill (Or any denomination, really.)  The paper of that bill is, effectively, worthless.

What gives that piece of paper any value at all is the idea that we, as a nation, BELIEVE it has value.  What happens when that belief collapses?

Our nation continues, I believe, because there's enough of it left that people like me cling to this bright, shiny city on a hill with all of our strength.  But we cannot hold on forever.  And increasingly, we have no one to rally to... no group to believe in.

I look at the candidates running for president, for example.

Did any of them love this country enough to serve it in uniform in any capacity that ever put them at risk?

(Yes, I know that Graham is/was a JAG officer.  But somehow, I don't confuse his exploits with that, of say, Harmon Rabb of the JAG TV series.)

Only Graham bothered to serve in any capacity.  And that he was a lawyer is utterly meaningless when you need a warrior.

That was why I likely would have supported and voted for Jim Webb had he made it to the general election.  With the second highest award for combat heroism, the Distinguished Service Cross, we would have had a warrior president when we needed one... and I could care less what the letter after his name is... this isn't about a label... this is what we need to be right and wrong.

And we do need a warrior.  We are, after all, at war, and the current clown in the White House despises the military as the Army has to prepare for another 10 brigade cut that we cannot afford... but, By God, those Obamaphones are going to keep on in the cells.

But none are running.  (General Mattis, where are you when we need you?)

The politics of this country today are Neroesque.

We know what's wrong.  Anyone paying attention can see that militarily we are weakened by budget cuts, manpower reductions, social engineering and policies that should see the president slapped by the Marine Guard at the White House, instead of saluted.

We are growing trillions in debt.  The debt is unpayable.

The GOP is complicit in the border follies that have resulted in an illegal alien invasion that will take far longer to undo than it did to make it happen

With GOP acquiescence, we are being strangled by a medical system that those who govern us wouldn't be caught dead using.

Most recently, the GOP caved on the budget, fully funding everything the fringe-left wanted while, for example, our social security was raped again and those who bleed for us didn't get a cost of living increase.

These things aren't happening in a vacuum.  They are happening with the assistance and abetting of the GOP leadership of both the House and the Senate.

Even that simple idiot who just became Speaker showed HIS opposition to this budget bend-over that resulted in the most recent sell out by voting for it.


THAT'LL teach them.

Our police are being slaughtered and the GOP remains silent... just like the president.

And that's the thing.

"Just like the president" should not be the GOP watchwords.

But they sure seem to be, since they refuse to do what must be done to rein him in.

And I don't need to be a part of that RINO parade.

I won't be.

Those in office at almost every level, from the wannabes like my brother-in-law up to Congress could care less what us little people have to say.

Liz Pike is the last remaining hold out.  But from there on up, the rest of them aren't worth the powder to blow them to hell.

A party where integrity and honor mean nothing,  A party where the "Right" thing is far too often not what they do.

A party where leftist policies are inevitably never derailed, but instead, only temporarily delayed if not joined by those we put there to do something completely different.

Isn't it strange that those politicians I write about the most here have "R'" after their names?

Imagine.  If they just told the truth and kept their word, I'd have nothing to say about them.

Weber, Rivers, Vick, Boldt, Herrera and that ilk are the ones who've earned our scorn so unnecessarily... but earn it they have by lying to get elected or forgetting who they are once we're stupid enough to vote for them.

But scorn at the national level has been an equal partner in shoving me out.

Boehner/Ryan, McConnell, McMorris, Herrera...  they routinely sell us out and run away from a fight... the fights we need to have.

We were told in the run up to the last cycle that we had to hold our collective noses and vote for the RINO's because the "R's" would change everything if they controlled Congress.

Well, I'm hard pressed to figure out how things would be any different if Reid and Pelosi were still calling the shots.

To that end, I will not be voting for Republicans at any level merely because they have an "R" after their names.

Boldt supporters, for example, stupidly claim HE is a Republican... when his record of governance clearly shows he is not.

Blind obedience and support is not the answer.  And I will never vote that way again.

It didn't have to be this way.

These clowns could have told the truth.  They could have kept their word.  They could have actually tried to get rid of their job from the ballot (Weber) they could have at least voted to allow US to have the final say on the gas tax/tab fee instead of ignoring the campaign promise that helped her get elected (Rivers)  They could have actually shown up the first year and avoided the lie that they were on 6 committees (Vick) and they could have actually done something to kill off the CRC Scam at the federal level instead of leaving us to fend for ourselves (Herrera) and then voting more with Polosi then an actual Republican.

But nope.  Didn't happen.

At the federal level, they could have dismantled Obamacare and forced the president to end his open border policies that have resulted in so many murders, rapes, robberies and the like.

They could have put the military back together and re-purposed them into what they are supposed to be:a lean, mean, killing machine.

They could have ended the insanity of these social programs that are going to reduce our military capabilities, get us hurt and get us dead.

They could have cut spending and reversed the budget deficit.

In short, these RINO's have accomplished nothing that we sent them up there to do.

But no... we've been standing there much like a dear caught in the headlights.

And their abysmal, inexcusable failure?

That means I'm out.