Daily Archives: December 20, 2011

Vancouverites Wake Up to BIG Water and Sewer Increases!

From The Columbian (here):

The increases will bring the average homeowner’s total bill up $3.46 a month, from $80.54 to $84.
Water rates will rise 5 percent; surface water 2.1 percent; and solid waste 1.5 percent. In 2010, the city council approved a 9 percent increase in sewer rates for 2012, along with a 6.5 percent increase this year.

The paper characterizes the huge increases as needed for “solvency.” Show of hands: Who knew the utilities were upside down? You didn’t? Yeah, that’s because they weren’t.  Sounds like Vancouverites had better find out what their “surface water” and that 9% increase in sewer rates are being used for.
As we’ve seen in Portland they’ve been used for bioswale/bike path, buildings, parks and other things.

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Marine Commandant Reaffirms MOH for Dakota Meyer

Dakota Meyer MOH Recipient

H/T Rees Lloyd who sent me this link to the Marine Commandant’s statement on the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer. The MOH has been the subject of several news reports lately asserting the young Marine didn’t deserve the honor. 

The Marine Corps has reviewed the investigations, the many and varied statements from those who observed the battle in the Ganjgal Valley, the statements of those who participated in pieces of that battle, as well as the multiple reviews and endorsements confirming that Sgt Meyer exhibited the rare..

More after the jump:

courage and selflessness worthy of our nation’s highest military honor.  The ambush and ensuing six hour firefight was without a doubt a life defining event for those present that Fall morning.  As such, the fight was seen and subsequently recorded from many different perspectives, each with a personal view of how events unfolded.   This thorough review did not cause me to question the extraordinary heroism of then 21-year-old Corporal Meyer, nor the worthiness of the award; just the opposite occurredSworn testimonies substantiated the events of that morning and the extreme heroism of Dakota Meyer.  The facts are that he saved many lives and recovered the bodies of his fallen comrades.  In this, he did not act alone; other brave warriors-soldiers and Marines and Afghans-were also in the fight.
In the final analysis, I did not find cause to question any single fact, nor minor discrepancy that may be buried in descriptions of a battle that lasted for hours and evoked such bravery in our troops.  My only question is – where do we find such men?
Gen. James F. Amos
35th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

From Wiki:

On September 8, 2009, near the village of Ganjgal, Meyer learned that three U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman were missing after being ambushed by a group of insurgents. He charged into an area known to be inhabited by insurgents and under enemy fire. Meyer eventually found all four dead and stripped of their weapons, body armor, and radios.[5] With the help of some friendly Afghan soldiers, he moved the bodies to a safer area where they could be extracted.[6] During his search, Meyer “personally evacuated 12 friendly wounded, and provided cover for another 24 Marines and soldiers to escape likely death at the hands of a numerically superior and determined foe.”

“Where do we find such men?”

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Scott St. Clair: Washington State Taxpayers to Foot Bill for New Union Law Breaker

Art Credit: Labor Union Report

Little did Washington state voters know when they passed Initiative 1163, the home-healthcare training measure, that they would be funding Occupy Wall Street “bank takeovers and capitol occupations.”

Service Employees International Union Local 775 NW, the moving force behind I-1163, is looking to hire a senior/lead internal organizer to do just that. According to a posted job description, the person will work outside traditional labor-management activities as a spearhead for radical political change to “Train and lead members in non-violent civil disobedience, such as occupying state buildings and banks, and peaceful resistance.”
In other words, the union wants someone to take the lead in breaking the law, 

encouraging others to break the law and getting arrested like we’ve seen for the past three months with Occupy Wall Street and its sundry franchisees. And this on the taxpayers’ dime.
Some will try to distinguish I-1163, which requires a broke Washington state to spend anywhere from $32 million to $80 million, depending upon whom you listen to, on upgrading training for state-paid home-healthcare workers, from the union’s political activism. But since I-ll63 funnels tax dollars into the union’s hands to run the training programs, no matter what they get puts them in a strong financial position to engage in hanky panky. 
Local 775 NW spent over $1.6 million to get I-1163 passed, which is well better than 10 times what opponents spent. No question, the union is rich, powerful, active and fiercely determined. It’s also got a well-documented record of brushes with the law.
In April of this year, a gang of purple-shirted Local 775 NW members stormed the Legislative Building in Olympia demanding more money. Several were cited for trespass, and two were arrested. 
In November and in conjunction with local affiliates of Occupy Wall Street, Local 775 NW, via its front group Working Washington, astroturfed protests in Olympia against necessary budget cuts.
In 2010, a Local 775 member and bargaining team official was caught submitting fraudulent signatures on behalf of Initiative 1098, a subsequently failed ballot measure to impose in income tax on high-earners in Washington state. Similar shenanigans were discovered in connection with I-1163, although in both cases the number of bogus signatures wasn’t sufficient to knock either measure off the ballot. 
Nationally, the SEIU ginned up a supposed Occupy Wall Street-type protest in Washington, D.C., flying in Occupy types from across the country at the union’s expense, only to parade them like circus animals while union bosses manipulated them from behind the scenes as attested to by an Occupy Portland guy who also happens to be an SEIU shop steward: 

The Occupy Portland-produced video takes a few minutes to watch, but it’s eye-opening and more typical of how the SEIU operates than they care to admit.
So Local 775 NW will hire an organizer with tax dollars whose job it will be to plan and run illegal protests that will be financed with tax dollars where union members, presumably the organizer too, will get arrested and bailed out with tax dollars and represented by attorneys who will also be paid with tax dollars.
Last time anyone checked, the Washington state budget is out of balance to the tune of $2 billion (the illusory $480 million in adjustments made to it in the recently concluded special session of the Legislature don’t count since they were mostly funds transfers, payment deferrals and other accounting gimmicks). 

The state can’t pay its bills, let alone the cost of I-1163. All of a sudden that now includes having the taxpayers pay for a guy to work for a union where his job is to kick taxpayers where it hurts and be paid for the pleasure over and over by those same taxpayers.

Scott St. Clair is a former investigative journalist with Washington’s Freedom Foundation. Today is his debut post for The Victoria Taft blog. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Vancouverites Wake Up to BIG Water and Sewer Increases!

From The Columbian (here):

The increases will bring the average homeowner’s total bill up $3.46 a month, from $80.54 to $84.
Water rates will rise 5 percent; surface water 2.1 percent; and solid waste 1.5 percent. In 2010, the city council approved a 9 percent increase in sewer rates for 2012, along with a 6.5 percent increase this year.

The paper characterizes the huge increases as needed for “solvency.” Show of hands: Who knew the utilities were upside down? You didn’t? Yeah, that’s because they weren’t.  Sounds like Vancouverites had better find out what their “surface water” and that 9% increase in sewer rates are being used for.
As we’ve seen in Portland they’ve been used for bioswale/bike path, buildings, parks and other things.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Marine Commandant Reaffirms MOH for Dakota Meyer

Dakota Meyer MOH Recipient

H/T Rees Lloyd who sent me this link to the Marine Commandant’s statement on the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer. The MOH has been the subject of several news reports lately asserting the young Marine didn’t deserve the honor. 

The Marine Corps has reviewed the investigations, the many and varied statements from those who observed the battle in the Ganjgal Valley, the statements of those who participated in pieces of that battle, as well as the multiple reviews and endorsements confirming that Sgt Meyer exhibited the rare..

More after the jump:

courage and selflessness worthy of our nation’s highest military honor.  The ambush and ensuing six hour firefight was without a doubt a life defining event for those present that Fall morning.  As such, the fight was seen and subsequently recorded from many different perspectives, each with a personal view of how events unfolded.   This thorough review did not cause me to question the extraordinary heroism of then 21-year-old Corporal Meyer, nor the worthiness of the award; just the opposite occurredSworn testimonies substantiated the events of that morning and the extreme heroism of Dakota Meyer.  The facts are that he saved many lives and recovered the bodies of his fallen comrades.  In this, he did not act alone; other brave warriors-soldiers and Marines and Afghans-were also in the fight.
In the final analysis, I did not find cause to question any single fact, nor minor discrepancy that may be buried in descriptions of a battle that lasted for hours and evoked such bravery in our troops.  My only question is – where do we find such men?
Gen. James F. Amos
35th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

From Wiki:

On September 8, 2009, near the village of Ganjgal, Meyer learned that three U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman were missing after being ambushed by a group of insurgents. He charged into an area known to be inhabited by insurgents and under enemy fire. Meyer eventually found all four dead and stripped of their weapons, body armor, and radios.[5] With the help of some friendly Afghan soldiers, he moved the bodies to a safer area where they could be extracted.[6] During his search, Meyer “personally evacuated 12 friendly wounded, and provided cover for another 24 Marines and soldiers to escape likely death at the hands of a numerically superior and determined foe.”

“Where do we find such men?”

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Scott St. Clair: Washington State Taxpayers to Foot Bill for New Union Law Breaker

Art Credit: Labor Union Report

Little did Washington state voters know when they passed Initiative 1163, the home-healthcare training measure, that they would be funding Occupy Wall Street “bank takeovers and capitol occupations.”

Service Employees International Union Local 775 NW, the moving force behind I-1163, is looking to hire a senior/lead internal organizer to do just that. According to a posted job description, the person will work outside traditional labor-management activities as a spearhead for radical political change to “Train and lead members in non-violent civil disobedience, such as occupying state buildings and banks, and peaceful resistance.”
In other words, the union wants someone to take the lead in breaking the law, 

encouraging others to break the law and getting arrested like we’ve seen for the past three months with Occupy Wall Street and its sundry franchisees. And this on the taxpayers’ dime.
Some will try to distinguish I-1163, which requires a broke Washington state to spend anywhere from $32 million to $80 million, depending upon whom you listen to, on upgrading training for state-paid home-healthcare workers, from the union’s political activism. But since I-ll63 funnels tax dollars into the union’s hands to run the training programs, no matter what they get puts them in a strong financial position to engage in hanky panky. 
Local 775 NW spent over $1.6 million to get I-1163 passed, which is well better than 10 times what opponents spent. No question, the union is rich, powerful, active and fiercely determined. It’s also got a well-documented record of brushes with the law.
In April of this year, a gang of purple-shirted Local 775 NW members stormed the Legislative Building in Olympia demanding more money. Several were cited for trespass, and two were arrested. 
In November and in conjunction with local affiliates of Occupy Wall Street, Local 775 NW, via its front group Working Washington, astroturfed protests in Olympia against necessary budget cuts.
In 2010, a Local 775 member and bargaining team official was caught submitting fraudulent signatures on behalf of Initiative 1098, a subsequently failed ballot measure to impose in income tax on high-earners in Washington state. Similar shenanigans were discovered in connection with I-1163, although in both cases the number of bogus signatures wasn’t sufficient to knock either measure off the ballot. 
Nationally, the SEIU ginned up a supposed Occupy Wall Street-type protest in Washington, D.C., flying in Occupy types from across the country at the union’s expense, only to parade them like circus animals while union bosses manipulated them from behind the scenes as attested to by an Occupy Portland guy who also happens to be an SEIU shop steward: 

The Occupy Portland-produced video takes a few minutes to watch, but it’s eye-opening and more typical of how the SEIU operates than they care to admit.
So Local 775 NW will hire an organizer with tax dollars whose job it will be to plan and run illegal protests that will be financed with tax dollars where union members, presumably the organizer too, will get arrested and bailed out with tax dollars and represented by attorneys who will also be paid with tax dollars.
Last time anyone checked, the Washington state budget is out of balance to the tune of $2 billion (the illusory $480 million in adjustments made to it in the recently concluded special session of the Legislature don’t count since they were mostly funds transfers, payment deferrals and other accounting gimmicks). 

The state can’t pay its bills, let alone the cost of I-1163. All of a sudden that now includes having the taxpayers pay for a guy to work for a union where his job is to kick taxpayers where it hurts and be paid for the pleasure over and over by those same taxpayers.

Scott St. Clair is a former investigative journalist with Washington’s Freedom Foundation. Today is his debut post for The Victoria Taft blog. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Portland Illegal Aliens Call for Halt to Foreign Outsourcing and Other Hilarities

At an “Immigrant” “Rights” rally over the weekend illegal aliens called on Occupy Portland to step up help to them. We talked a lot about this on the air today and now you see–not just hear–the proof.

They called for:

  • More Spanish Speakers and Spanish translations on their websites.
  • More jobs.
  • Less outsourcing to “foreign” countries. 
  • Return to “American” dream.
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