Posts Tagged ‘Local Issues’

Win friends and influence people

Friday, January 11th, 2008

I bumped this up from just a return comment on Another fan of Fred Thompson to a full post, mostly because this goes beyond just the comment.

Evan, even though we disagree on much, I try to patiently and thoughtfully read your comments out of respect for your service to our nation and also because you put forth thought provoking comments. While we still disagree on much, I credit you for, among other things, my deeper understanding of stop loss and a few more books on my books to read list. But lately, my online friend, you are slipping. This comment wrought with name calling and baseless accusation is just not thought provoking. It seems more directed at either venting some pent up anger and frustration or just plain old trolling for a reaction. Either is unfortunate and neither is a good way to win friends nor influence people.

It doesn’t matter who the republican nationalists pick for their ticket. Rest assured, he (was debating saying “he/she:, but we know that conservatives will never put a woman on the ballot) will be a sleezy, morally-lax rich white man acting not as a real leader, but as a figurehead for all the greediest and unethical loutes of this country to grab power (or award no-bid contracts) and turn a lazy dime off the backs of the rest of us.

I guess I don’t really mind your support of Fred Thompson; the same way I didn’t really mind your support of the troops during my year in Iraq, which is to say: Neither will make a real difference so long as the flawed neo-fascism of conservativism is still around.

1/10/08 comment by Evan Knappenberger on Another local fan of Fred Thompson.

And just for the record, the Republican Party is a pretty diverse group. The “morally-lax white man” is just myth perpetuated as a political device. I would have thought it beneath you to go that route.

Locally we have a lot of strong, capable, and intelligent women in the Republican Party. Nationally, Republicans like Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, General Colin Powell and former Republican Party chair Senator Mel Martinez come to mind. I guess they kind of blow the myth out of the water.

And for a bit of irony due to this comment on a Fred Thompson post, you might want to check out these posts from last spring: Is it time for a women president? & Fan of Fred Thompson.

Wally

Tele-Forum

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Our Monday night small group is between studies and so I had last evening free. Yes, I listened to my 1st grader read and then we practiced geography. But then, I listened in on Doug Ericksen’s tele-forum. I don’t know what others thought, but I thought it was a pretty neat deal. I didn’t drive anywhere. I didn’t use extra gas and there was no travel time involved. Just grabbed the phone, walked to a quiet part of the house, dialed a toll free number and I was at the meeting.

I listened to 15-20 callers ask questions on everything from taxes, to septic, to educating drivers about bicyclists. Doug said at one point that there was about 200 people listening.  It seemed that most who wanted to ask questions got a chance and those that didn’t get in were able to leave voice mail questions at the end.

This was quality time also. There was no applause, no personal displays and thankfully no singing grannies.  It was just Doug answering questions and talking with our neighbors about issues in Whatcom County.

Score another one for President Bush

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

mushroom_cloud2.jpgI’ve already seen the articles and blog postings about how the latest National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran shows that Iran isn’t currently a nuclear threat. I think the full gambit can be found at DailyKos. Everything from CIA conspiracy to President Bush already knew. Well I pray to God that our President knows more about our defense than he is willing to tell the citizenry. Because if we knew all there was, so would our enemies.

There is also the perspective that the report diminished President Bush’s credibility. Again, because he has been pushing for sanctions and possible military actions against Iran to curb their nuclear ambitions, while at the same time we now find that they haven’t had a nuclear weapons program in years. (more…)

What did I miss?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

‘Cause from where I’m sitting up here in Ferndale, the whole issue surrounding district only voting looks like a few left leaners are trying some sort of mass Jedi mind trick on us. Picture a sage looking fellow doing the Jedi wave while saying “You don’t want these candidates. They aren’t the ones you’re looking for.” They’ve been trying the same mind trick with us about property tax caps and tabs also. “you don’t want that money, it’s not the money you earned” Seriously, what is so freaking unclear about the amendment

Shall Section 2.13 of the Whatcom County Charter be amended to provide that each member of the County Council, except for Council-at-large, be elected by majority vote by voters in his/her own Council District? Whatcom County Charter Amendment 1

Seriously, am I missing something? “each member..elected by majority vote..in his/her own ..District.” Is this like we vote for our Governor, Oregon votes for theirs? Or each states sends delegates to Washington DC rather than California sending half and Wyoming gets none? It appears it ain’t about what we did and didn’t understand, it’s about which party the common sense is coming from and which is trying the mind tricks. Go read Democracy, Whatcom Republicans Don’t Like It! including comments and tell me I’m wrong. And if you care about why district only voting is a good thing, try reading District only voting is truly justice for all.

takehome.jpgOh, and what kind of take home message is the Herald sending with this little feature box. Perhaps I need to re-title a few of my posts. Let’s see… Democrat pickpockets take money from Whatcom County voters… Democrats pulling fast one on Whatcom County voters. Yup those sound good. Hmm… but is it the slam or who is getting slammed that makes this feature material?

Call me this or call me that, just don’t call me a Democrat!