About the Author


I live in Whatcom County in the NW corner of Washington State. I am a middle-aged male Christian conservative. I am married to a woman, have 2 kids, a dog and a cat? We own a home. I have a job.

Money in the Ferndale Mayoral Race

“I will tell you that our system is broken. I give to many people, I give to everybody, when they call I give, and you know what? When I need something from them, two years, three years later, I call, they are there for me”
— Donald Trump

Even though The Donald is no rocket surgeon, he seems to have a fairly firm grasp on the proven process of purchasing political favors through political donations.

Technically a donation has no strings attached and most politicians will tell you that they will not be bought. However, I think everyone knows that the candidate who doesn’t cater to the needs of his donors, won’t have them as donors in the future. In drive thru terms, if you pay at the first window, you expect some food at the second window.

So one of the many things that struck me about Cathy Watson is that she is not accepting donations for her mayoral campaign in Ferndale. That is, no donations from anyone at all.  Really, I checked the PDC website  and it’s zip, zero, nada.

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And from talking with Cathy, her refusing donations is not because she doesn’t need signs and such, it’s because she wants to make sure that we know she will be there to serve all of us, not just campaign donors. I find that to be both admirable and gutsy.  Gutsy, because her opponent isn’t following suit. I’m sure we’ve all seen the tsunami of JonJon signs that has washed over Ferndale. I don’t think they were paid for from his own pocket.

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So signs seem to be mostly courtesy of local land development and construction donors. In fact, Jon Mutchler recently joked that two of his donors probably have single handedly financed the entire planning department for the City of Ferndale through impact fees.

Remember The Donald?

What do you think Jon Mutchler’s donors will be asking for?  Likely not the same thing you, I, nor most others in Ferndale will be asking for. Seriously, do we really need more development right now?  How about a more balanced approach where we improve access through downtown and to the hill, before adding more homes, businesses and traffic, but that’s just me isn’t it?

It’s clear to me that every person in Ferndale needs Cathy Watson as Mayor. Cathy is a broad focused, intelligent and gutsy public servant who will represent all the people of Ferndale.  Please check her out on Facebook or her website.  In fact, do more than check things out.  Ask her a question or two.

Cathy Watson Facebook

Elect Cathy Watson Web Page.

Suitcase Clock

Irving’s police chief announced Wednesday that charges won’t be filed against Ahmed Mohamed, the MacArthur High School freshman arrested Monday after he brought what school officials and police described as a “hoax bomb” on campus.


I built an electronic hobby clock when I was about this kids age, but it wasn’t in a suitcase, it was in a tuna can.  My tuna can clock didn’t alarm anyone.  True, that was pre-9/11, quite a different time, but nobody would have arrested me had I chosen a suitcase over a can.

muslim attitudesSo why the alarm now?  Well because now is post 9/11.  Now is in a nation whose Muslim population is made up of people who, to varying degrees, think suicide bombing in defense of Islam is an option.

Now is a time when common sense would say to a Muslim teenager and his parents, don’t build a clock in a suitcase, just don’t.  You likely are as innocent as Bambi, but don’t build a clock in a suitcase because you’re an Arab looking Muslim and your clock looks like a suitcase bomb which everyone has heard of and not a suitcase clock which nobody has ever heard of.  Parent’s use common sense and teach your children the same.

As for the teacher calling this in to authorities, I can certainly understand their position.  For someone who has never built a clock in either a can or a suitcase it’d be pretty tough to pick out the clock from a bomb.  Try it.  I just snipped this from a Google search.  Quick, which is the clock?suitcase clock

And authorities, maybe you were a little harsh, but I won’t blame you a bit after the Marathon Bombings.

I think this whole thing falls back onto the parents.  Them, sending their Arab looking Muslim kid to school with a suitcase clock was about as dumb as me, a white Christian guy, sending my kid to school with a rope to show his friends a knot he learned called a noose, and how to spell a new word that starts with an “N” and ends with an “I double ga er.”  Either situation is asking for trouble and should be avoided.

Devil’s Advocate

So it went down like this, he said, “Let me just play devil’s advocate here for a minute.  Let’s say that a 10 week fetus were just a blob of cells, would you still be against abortion at 10 weeks?”

I said, “How about we don’t just say that, because it’s not even remotely true and we don’t need more people in the world thinking that way. “

Turns out that sometimes when people play devil’s advocate, they really are advocating for the Devil.

Sad Trend

I read the brief article in the Herald titled Whatcom isn’t No. 1 when it comes to marijuana sales.  They referred to pot sales per capita, not pot use per capita, so I guess I wasn’t surprised that Whatcom wasn’t in the top 5.  At least not any more unsurprised than I was unsurprised that 4 of the top 5 counties bordered on our neighboring states that coincidentally don’t allow pot sales.  I’m guessing that Washington’s “legal” pot stores are the source for Oregon & Idaho’s pot consumers.

The sad trend though is the attitude of this article and what I heard on KGMI.  Both seemed to follow the line that we really don’t use pot as much as you think and marijuana isn’t really as bad as you used to think.

Youth attitudes about pot

Marijuana use and access for students in grades six through 12 didn’t change much from 2002 through 2014.

But their feelings about pot have.

In most cases, the percentage of those who think regular use is harmful has been dropping since 2004.

Bellingham Herald

That is a sad trend right there.  At the same time that pot is becoming more and more available, especially through government sanctioned retail outlets, our youth are being led to wrongly believe that regular pot use is not harmful.   Whoa, hold up, newsflash, pot is bad for you and long term use is more bad for you.

Long-term effects

Marijuana also affects brain development. When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions.

Marijuana’s effects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent.

For example, a study showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing cannabis use disorder lost an average of eight IQ points between ages 13 and 38. The lost mental abilities did not fully return in those who quit marijuana as adults.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Why wasn’t that information in this cutesy Herald article?   Our biggest local paper makes no mention of the serious detrimental effects that long term marijuana use.  That’s sad all by itself.