Daily Archives: January 3, 2012

As the Economy Collapses, Wa. Gov. Gregoire to Announce Support of Gay Marriage

As we all know, or economy continues collapsing around us. The debt grows along with interest payments on it. Unemployment remains high, Clark County entering our 4th year of double digit unemployment numbers.

With taxes, fees and rates increasing while wages decline, our governor called a special session to deal with a projected $2 Billion budget deficit. When they convened, we only face a $1.6 Billion budget deficit.

So what it our lame duck governor’s chosen move now? To publicly announce her support for same-sex marriage at an announced Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 news conference.

“Leaders of Washington United for Marriage, a coalition of gay-rights, civil-liberties, labor and religious groups, announced in November they plan to pressure the Legislature this coming session to pass a marriage equality law in 2012.”

Citizens are not expected to have a voice in the process as it will be decided by a majority Democrat legislature in Olympia.

Also, as pointed out before, this sham “equality in marriage” is anything but as it still excludes several others. No one has yet explained how, if same sex marriage is so beneficial,” two brothers might not marry under it. Or, first cousins, even though a marriage of first cousins performed in another state is legally recognized.

In pushing the “everything but marriage” bill a couple years ago, supporters made a lot of noise of it pertaining to seniors. Yet, the “equality in marriage” will not allow an elderly parent to marry an adult offspring so that benefits or other legal matters might be expedited, as was claimed for “everything but marriage.”

But, with our economy collapsing, facing staggering unemployment, should same sex marriage be the priority?

Should citizens continue to be denied voting their preference, as every state so f ar that legalized Gay Marriage did so legislatively, not asking citizens in their state?

Should a petition drive begin to place another initiative on the ballot, as was done with R-71, if you face intimidation, whether you sign or not, you can thank current GOP candidate for governor, Rob McKenna has he pressed all the way to the US Supreme Court for your name, signature and address to be available to Gay activists and placed on web sites with search engines so you may be “contacted” about your views.

Shahram Hadian opposes such measures.

Rob McKenna fought to make your name and address known to gay activists.

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

Tri Met Gives

Victoria,
 
My comment is based on my own analysis of TriMet financial trends going back to 2004 (see attached). The alleged “revenue shortfall” is pure PR-spin, as in “we were EXPECTING even more but since more isn’t coming we’ll define that as a shortfall.”
 
It’s very simple: every January, TriMet increases the regional payroll tax rate by .01%, and tax revenues continue going up, while service is going down. The agency is simply mismanaged.
 
Solution:
 
(1) Stop all rail planning/construction projects, now. The $750 million in “local match funds” required by the feds could be re-allocated to other purposes, including (in some cases) better bus service. TriMet by itself is scheduled to sell at least $60 million in bonds this year for Milwaukie LR, which will have to be paid back by future payroll tax funds. Every penny of that will be cannibalized from the general fund that helps pay for bus service.
 
(2) Give up the futile negotiations with ATU and start contracting out for service. Unionized TM labor has priced itself out of the market.
 
(3) End the “free-rail” zone and collect fares from everyone, including streetcar riders.
 
I’ve passed on these comments to TM via the goofy website portal, for whatever that’s worth.
 
JC
 

http://theskanner.com/article/VIDEO-YouthPass-Funding-Restored-PPS-Students-Will-Keep-Free-Transportation-This-Year-2011-12-08
Tri-Met Passes Extended through 2012

 Students in grades 9 – 12 will continue receiving free Tri-Met service through June 14, 2012, thanks to a new YouthPass program agreement.  The popular YouthPass program provides Tri-Met service to about 13,000 PPS high school students, including those in Education Options.  Under a new agreement announced December 5, YouthPass organizers Tri-Met, the City of Portland, and PPS extended the passes through the 2011-2012 academic year.  We will distribute the stickers when students return from Winter Break! 

From: Thompson, Clay [mailto:ThompsoC@trimet.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:09 PM
To: Alison Wallisch
Subject: TriMet service change considerations
As you may have heard, TriMet is facing a $12 to $17 million budget shortfall. Tough budget choices are ahead and we want to know what’s most important to you and your employees/constituents/community. We created this discussion guide trimet.org/choices because we want you to be aware of our funding issues and the  challenges they present.
We invite you to review the issues presented in this guide trimet.org/choices. You will see that “everything is on the table” when it comes to possible cost-saving measures. All options are being discussed. One of these options is the possible reduction of low-performing bus service.This includes lines that serve less than 15 riders per vehicle hour. Thus, I want to give you an early heads up that, these lines include 18-Hillside. We currently are researching who rides, when they ride and for what purpose. This information will assist with the decision-making process.   
TriMet is just beginning the outreach process and is seeking input from everyone via an online questionnaire at the back of the discussion guide, meetings, onboard bus outreach and other tools. The initial feedback we receive by January 20, 2012, will help us develop a specific proposal before our public open houses occur in February. The feedback period continues through the public hearings in March.
We welcome the opportunity to talk to your employees/constituents/community. Please forward this information, encourage them to consider the options presented in this guidetrimet.org/choices and provide feedback.  Again, we want to hear from everyone.  
I will be giving you a call soon to discuss.  Of course, please give me a call anytime at 503-962-6438. Your partnership and input are much appreciated – and necessary as we move forward towards difficult decisions.
Regards,
Clay Thompson
TriMet Marketing
4012 SE 17th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202
P: 503-962-6438
F: 503-962-6469
“See Where it Takes You”

As the Economy Collapses, Wa. Gov. Gregoire to Announce Support of Gay Marriage

As we all know, or economy continues collapsing around us. The debt grows along with interest payments on it. Unemployment remains high, Clark County entering our 4th year of double digit unemployment numbers.

With taxes, fees and rates increasing while wages decline, our governor called a special session to deal with a projected $2 Billion budget deficit. When they convened, we only face a $1.6 Billion budget deficit.

So what it our lame duck governor’s chosen move now? To publicly announce her support for same-sex marriage at an announced Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 news conference.

“Leaders of Washington United for Marriage, a coalition of gay-rights, civil-liberties, labor and religious groups, announced in November they plan to pressure the Legislature this coming session to pass a marriage equality law in 2012.”

Citizens are not expected to have a voice in the process as it will be decided by a majority Democrat legislature in Olympia.

Also, as pointed out before, this sham “equality in marriage” is anything but as it still excludes several others. No one has yet explained how, if same sex marriage is so beneficial,” two brothers might not marry under it. Or, first cousins, even though a marriage of first cousins performed in another state is legally recognized.

In pushing the “everything but marriage” bill a couple years ago, supporters made a lot of noise of it pertaining to seniors. Yet, the “equality in marriage” will not allow an elderly parent to marry an adult offspring so that benefits or other legal matters might be expedited, as was claimed for “everything but marriage.”

But, with our economy collapsing, facing staggering unemployment, should same sex marriage be the priority?

Should citizens continue to be denied voting their preference, as every state so f ar that legalized Gay Marriage did so legislatively, not asking citizens in their state?

Should a petition drive begin to place another initiative on the ballot, as was done with R-71, if you face intimidation, whether you sign or not, you can thank current GOP candidate for governor, Rob McKenna has he pressed all the way to the US Supreme Court for your name, signature and address to be available to Gay activists and placed on web sites with search engines so you may be “contacted” about your views.

Shahram Hadian opposes such measures.

Rob McKenna fought to make your name and address known to gay activists.

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

Scott St. Clair: Occupy Wall Street Has No Place to Go but Violent

Is there any doubt that the world is sick and tired of the actions and attitudes of Occupy Enough Already?
What started out as a protest against Wall Street just over three months ago blossomed like a bad case of political measles mixed with a combination social hangover, ingrown toenail, food poisoning and visit from your alcoholic uncle who breaks the cool stuff in your house. 
A couple of months ago, I wrote a piecefor Watchdog.org, the investigative journalism site of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, on how Occupy Wall Street and its franchisees had jumped the shark. In early November OWS’ catalogue of criminal acts, social outrages and simple grossness had reached epic proportion. That spew has continued unabated ever since.

That the number of Occupy-related arrests is now 5,817 speaks for itself. How many Tea Party-related arrests were there? How many “O’s” are there in ZERO?

I predicted then that Occupy would self-destruct, and I hold to that. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be damage along the way AND that it won’t take on some pretty heinous forms.

Movements promoting liberty and movements promoting tyranny can have things in common. Both the Tea Party and Occupy shared a sense of outrage and revulsion at the profligacy, waste and corruption that occasioned the Great Recession. But that’s about it – where they diverge is in the endgame. The Tea Party sought to restore to us the joy of our freedom and liberty by reducing government’s grip on our lives and wallets so that the founding principles of the country could again operate as they were intended.

Occupy, however, is a glass-half-empty movement that sees nothing positive in individual liberty, private property and work. Instead, it lusts for more of what got us into the trouble we’re in now: Intrusive government, confiscatory taxes, job-killing regulations, massive increases in entitlements and a general sense that JFK’s maxim about the relationship between a citizen and his country has been turned on its head:

“Ask not what you can do for your country, but demand and riot for more of what your country better damn well do for you.”

Unlike their hippie grandparents in the 1960s, Occupy protesters have no romance, despite the best efforts of dopey academics and the mainstream media to give them some. Back in the day, a little doobie and some Crosby, Stills or Dire Straits on the turntable would chill things out no sweat. But now, man these Occupy types are too weird for words – they have no sense of humor or decorum at all. 
Occupy is stuck. Run out of nearly every town in which it has been, the visible disease and lice-ridden tent cities of last fall that attracted media attention (when was the last time Occupy was front-page news?) haven’t been replaced by anything as dramatic. So in steps violence to take up the slack.
Occupy’s Platform

While we’ve seen Occupy violence through and including murder, what we’re likely to see will make that pale by comparison. And it will happen despite continued claims of peaceful intent because, as Chairman Mao said, “In order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.”

The violence will be both real and cyber-based.  Nothing like hacking the computers of some targeted organization and releasing 75,000 of its customers’ credit card numbers on the Internet. 
Occupy groups are edging away from non-violence. Occupy Seattle has created a rift with local left-wing clergy by rejecting an exclusively non-violent strategy in favor of what it calls “a diversity of strategies.” This so-called “diversity” was defined a few weeks earlier by Occupy Oakland radical, Sean O’Brien, when he said that violence shouldn’t be looked at from a moral perspective – is it right or wrong? – but from an effectiveness perspective – does it further the cause?
O’Brien drew a clear distinction between the non-violent strategies of Martin Luther King, Jr., which were aimed at inclusion in the mainstream of existing American life, and overthrowing existing American life, which he viewed as irretrievably broken and corrupt:
If it’s to tear down this entire structure and build something better, then it’s only going to take us so far and we are going to come to a point where (non-violence) is not as effective and it is not going to be enough.”
Watch and listen to him as he stands condemned out of his own mouth:

The endgame is a Marxist-socialist totalitarian hell the likes of which are openly described at nauseating length by socialist Pham Binh, who unwittingly betrays what will happen when he says the goal is to “merge with Occupy and lead it from within.”
In other words, co-opt it, boot those who were there at the beginning and replace them with hardcore, ideologically-committed and ruthless operatives.  
Nothing new about the strategy. Revolutionary France’s Georges Danton, who ended up on the receiving end of the guillotine because he was insufficiently radical, said before he died, “The revolution…devours its own children.” 
Lenin knew it when he and a handful of followers swept aside the actual but unorganized revolutionaries in Russia and replaced them tolerating no dissent. That’s coming for Occupy. The naïve, leaderless and aimless good-time campers who thought their entitlement time had come are about to get kicked to the curb by radical pros who’ve been at this forever and who see Occupy as their vehicle to power. Tough luck that blood will be shed along the way. 
This may explain why Americans, intuitively ahead of the curve on a lot of things, purchased a record-settingnumber of guns for Christmas this year.

Scott St. Clair is a former investigative journalist with Washington’s Freedom Foundation and a part of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.

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

Tri Met Gives

Victoria,
 
My comment is based on my own analysis of TriMet financial trends going back to 2004 (see attached). The alleged “revenue shortfall” is pure PR-spin, as in “we were EXPECTING even more but since more isn’t coming we’ll define that as a shortfall.”
 
It’s very simple: every January, TriMet increases the regional payroll tax rate by .01%, and tax revenues continue going up, while service is going down. The agency is simply mismanaged.
 
Solution:
 
(1) Stop all rail planning/construction projects, now. The $750 million in “local match funds” required by the feds could be re-allocated to other purposes, including (in some cases) better bus service. TriMet by itself is scheduled to sell at least $60 million in bonds this year for Milwaukie LR, which will have to be paid back by future payroll tax funds. Every penny of that will be cannibalized from the general fund that helps pay for bus service.
 
(2) Give up the futile negotiations with ATU and start contracting out for service. Unionized TM labor has priced itself out of the market.
 
(3) End the “free-rail” zone and collect fares from everyone, including streetcar riders.
 
I’ve passed on these comments to TM via the goofy website portal, for whatever that’s worth.
 
JC
 

http://theskanner.com/article/VIDEO-YouthPass-Funding-Restored-PPS-Students-Will-Keep-Free-Transportation-This-Year-2011-12-08
Tri-Met Passes Extended through 2012

 Students in grades 9 – 12 will continue receiving free Tri-Met service through June 14, 2012, thanks to a new YouthPass program agreement.  The popular YouthPass program provides Tri-Met service to about 13,000 PPS high school students, including those in Education Options.  Under a new agreement announced December 5, YouthPass organizers Tri-Met, the City of Portland, and PPS extended the passes through the 2011-2012 academic year.  We will distribute the stickers when students return from Winter Break! 

From: Thompson, Clay [mailto:ThompsoC@trimet.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:09 PM
To: Alison Wallisch
Subject: TriMet service change considerations
As you may have heard, TriMet is facing a $12 to $17 million budget shortfall. Tough budget choices are ahead and we want to know what’s most important to you and your employees/constituents/community. We created this discussion guide trimet.org/choices because we want you to be aware of our funding issues and the  challenges they present.
We invite you to review the issues presented in this guide trimet.org/choices. You will see that “everything is on the table” when it comes to possible cost-saving measures. All options are being discussed. One of these options is the possible reduction of low-performing bus service.This includes lines that serve less than 15 riders per vehicle hour. Thus, I want to give you an early heads up that, these lines include 18-Hillside. We currently are researching who rides, when they ride and for what purpose. This information will assist with the decision-making process.   
TriMet is just beginning the outreach process and is seeking input from everyone via an online questionnaire at the back of the discussion guide, meetings, onboard bus outreach and other tools. The initial feedback we receive by January 20, 2012, will help us develop a specific proposal before our public open houses occur in February. The feedback period continues through the public hearings in March.
We welcome the opportunity to talk to your employees/constituents/community. Please forward this information, encourage them to consider the options presented in this guidetrimet.org/choices and provide feedback.  Again, we want to hear from everyone.  
I will be giving you a call soon to discuss.  Of course, please give me a call anytime at 503-962-6438. Your partnership and input are much appreciated – and necessary as we move forward towards difficult decisions.
Regards,
Clay Thompson
TriMet Marketing
4012 SE 17th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202
P: 503-962-6438
F: 503-962-6469
“See Where it Takes You”

Scott St. Clair: Occupy Wall Street Has No Place to Go but Violent

Is there any doubt that the world is sick and tired of the actions and attitudes of Occupy Enough Already?
What started out as a protest against Wall Street just over three months ago blossomed like a bad case of political measles mixed with a combination social hangover, ingrown toenail, food poisoning and visit from your alcoholic uncle who breaks the cool stuff in your house. 
A couple of months ago, I wrote a piecefor Watchdog.org, the investigative journalism site of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, on how Occupy Wall Street and its franchisees had jumped the shark. In early November OWS’ catalogue of criminal acts, social outrages and simple grossness had reached epic proportion. That spew has continued unabated ever since.

That the number of Occupy-related arrests is now 5,817 speaks for itself. How many Tea Party-related arrests were there? How many “O’s” are there in ZERO?

I predicted then that Occupy would self-destruct, and I hold to that. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be damage along the way AND that it won’t take on some pretty heinous forms.

Movements promoting liberty and movements promoting tyranny can have things in common. Both the Tea Party and Occupy shared a sense of outrage and revulsion at the profligacy, waste and corruption that occasioned the Great Recession. But that’s about it – where they diverge is in the endgame. The Tea Party sought to restore to us the joy of our freedom and liberty by reducing government’s grip on our lives and wallets so that the founding principles of the country could again operate as they were intended.

Occupy, however, is a glass-half-empty movement that sees nothing positive in individual liberty, private property and work. Instead, it lusts for more of what got us into the trouble we’re in now: Intrusive government, confiscatory taxes, job-killing regulations, massive increases in entitlements and a general sense that JFK’s maxim about the relationship between a citizen and his country has been turned on its head:

“Ask not what you can do for your country, but demand and riot for more of what your country better damn well do for you.”

Unlike their hippie grandparents in the 1960s, Occupy protesters have no romance, despite the best efforts of dopey academics and the mainstream media to give them some. Back in the day, a little doobie and some Crosby, Stills or Dire Straits on the turntable would chill things out no sweat. But now, man these Occupy types are too weird for words – they have no sense of humor or decorum at all. 
Occupy is stuck. Run out of nearly every town in which it has been, the visible disease and lice-ridden tent cities of last fall that attracted media attention (when was the last time Occupy was front-page news?) haven’t been replaced by anything as dramatic. So in steps violence to take up the slack.
Occupy’s Platform

While we’ve seen Occupy violence through and including murder, what we’re likely to see will make that pale by comparison. And it will happen despite continued claims of peaceful intent because, as Chairman Mao said, “In order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.”

The violence will be both real and cyber-based.  Nothing like hacking the computers of some targeted organization and releasing 75,000 of its customers’ credit card numbers on the Internet. 
Occupy groups are edging away from non-violence. Occupy Seattle has created a rift with local left-wing clergy by rejecting an exclusively non-violent strategy in favor of what it calls “a diversity of strategies.” This so-called “diversity” was defined a few weeks earlier by Occupy Oakland radical, Sean O’Brien, when he said that violence shouldn’t be looked at from a moral perspective – is it right or wrong? – but from an effectiveness perspective – does it further the cause?
O’Brien drew a clear distinction between the non-violent strategies of Martin Luther King, Jr., which were aimed at inclusion in the mainstream of existing American life, and overthrowing existing American life, which he viewed as irretrievably broken and corrupt:
If it’s to tear down this entire structure and build something better, then it’s only going to take us so far and we are going to come to a point where (non-violence) is not as effective and it is not going to be enough.”
Watch and listen to him as he stands condemned out of his own mouth:

The endgame is a Marxist-socialist totalitarian hell the likes of which are openly described at nauseating length by socialist Pham Binh, who unwittingly betrays what will happen when he says the goal is to “merge with Occupy and lead it from within.”
In other words, co-opt it, boot those who were there at the beginning and replace them with hardcore, ideologically-committed and ruthless operatives.  
Nothing new about the strategy. Revolutionary France’s Georges Danton, who ended up on the receiving end of the guillotine because he was insufficiently radical, said before he died, “The revolution…devours its own children.” 
Lenin knew it when he and a handful of followers swept aside the actual but unorganized revolutionaries in Russia and replaced them tolerating no dissent. That’s coming for Occupy. The naïve, leaderless and aimless good-time campers who thought their entitlement time had come are about to get kicked to the curb by radical pros who’ve been at this forever and who see Occupy as their vehicle to power. Tough luck that blood will be shed along the way. 
This may explain why Americans, intuitively ahead of the curve on a lot of things, purchased a record-settingnumber of guns for Christmas this year.

Scott St. Clair is a former investigative journalist with Washington’s Freedom Foundation and a part of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.

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

MORE UPDATES!!!! Occupy Portland Leader Cozy With Portland Politicos And May Have Some Explaining To Do.

Contributing to this post are Dan Sandini, Victoria Taft, Lew Waters and Rees Lloyd. The latest is at the bottom.

Picture: Daylight Disinfectant

Wade Varner’s circle of influential friends is as large as his big bare behind as Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant shows us here. 
The professional protester who apparently will drop his pants busy life to protest anywhere is seen in the following video ‘mooning’ Tea Party members at the so called “Family Friendly” Occufest (Sam Adams’s planned clash with police in November). See it below.

But hypocrisy of the left is not news because only that which is out of the ordinary qualifies as news. There’s something else in his past that interests me.

Picture Credit: Daylight Disinfectant
Picture Credit: Daylight Disinfectant

Do you see the video and the pictures of our boy Wade with all his political friends? Do you know that part of his sales pitch for more homeless Occupations includes his combat stint in Vietnam? See this story about Occupy Portland here. Here’s a key excerpt:

Vietnam veteran Wade Varner says he and other Occupy protesters are already applying for a permit for a demonstration.

“It’s only a matter of a few more weeks and we’ll be back here holding our general assemblies, we’ll be back with a 24-hour vigil. And that’s what matters most. Because if the people don’t have a place to gather and talk about their grievances, then what the hell did I fight for,” Varner said. According to Varner the plan is not to camp in the park, but have a presence 24/7.

Hmm…this is interesting. His information here claims he graduated from Madison High School in Portland in 1975. It’s our Wade Varner, right? Or is it a doppelganger? Our combat troops went home in 1973 and the draft ended in that year according to Vietnam Combat Vet and Blogforce Buddy, Lew Waters. We left Saigon in April of 1975–before he graduated. However, his parents may have signed paper work for him to serve early.

 I wonder what his story is.

Wade also is seen below in another Daylight Disinfectant video riding in a wheel chair. He didn’t need a wheelchair to pose with all those pictures with politicos. He didn’t need a wheelchair to moon the Tea Party. What’s he doing with a wheelchair? He certainly looks like he knows how to maneuver it well. Does he borrow one often or something? Is he disabled? Is he a disabled vet? Lew says he found this tidbit about him being a disabled vet: 

“Wade’s a disabled Vietnam Veteran who used to repair nuclear reactors for Navy subs, but like so many Vets he’s currently homeless.” (here)

Lew adds:

I’d also ask how it is graduated in the class of 1975, but served on a Navy ship from 1974 to 1977.

Ibrahim Mubarak Picture: Daylight Disinfectant

Note his trusty assistant in grievance peddling, Ibrahim Mubarak, who started “Dignity Village” encampments in downtown Portland and near the airport. You may also remember Ibrahim and his fellow socialist (Caucasian) friends race baiting and name-calling black Tea Party members (including children–nice touch boys) at last year’s Tea Party. See Daylight Disinfectant’s video:
I think before one more permit is issued to these people–oh wait, they just take they don’t ask–we should insist on a little honesty. Or is that too much to ask around here?
***UPDATE***
Lew adds that Varner could qualify as a Vietnam “Era” vet but it still doesn’t answer the question of how he could be on a sub tender that was, 1) in dry dock, 2) deployed to the Med following repairs during the time he served.
Here’s what Lew found:

Found some more history of the USS Fulton. At the time he claimed to have served on her, the ship was sent to the Mediterranean just prior and then it was overhauled, not completed until 1976.

1972-1991

In 1972, Fulton made a five-month deployment to the Mediterranean. Her mission was to prepare for full time use as an advance refit site for nuclear-powered fast attack submarines. This was the first deployment of a World War II-vintage submarine tender to the Mediterranean since World War II.

After a shipyard overhaul in 1976, Fulton returned to New London to continue to support Atlantic Fleet Submarines. She was modernized in 1983-1984 during an extensive overhaul conducted at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut and General Dynamics, Quincy, Massachusetts. In January 1985, she made a four-month deployment to the Mediterranean where she provided maintenance for the 6th Fleet submarines in La Maddalena, Italy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Fulton_%28AS-11%29#1972-1991
See also: http://ussfulton.org/history.html
It never served near Vietnam during the war.

Questions remain:
He was born in May of 1957. That puts him at 17 in 1974 when he claims he joined the Navy. Can 17 year olds join the Navy? Do you need parental consent? If Mom or Dad signed off it appears he was good to go. Here.
Is it misleading to tell your compatriots that you’re a Vietnam Vet if you didn’t serve in country?
Can you legitimately say you’re a combat vet if your ship was never near a combat zone and there was no war going on?
Don’t you continually correct the record if reporters call you a combat vet?

UPDATE OF THE UPDATE From Veterans Activist, American Legionnaire and civil rights attorney, and Victoria Taft Blogforce member Rees Lloyd,

Wade Varner claims he served on the “USS Fulton (1974-1977). He also claims to have graduated from High School in 1975.

However, the USS Fulton Association does not list him as having served as a crew member at any time. See, http://prop1.org/clues/942747/decwv.htm

The only Varner  listed is: Ray E. Varner, Jr., who served on the USS Fulton in 1960-62, and died in 1998. That varner lived at 401-Runyon Ave., Middlesex, NJ.
The USS Fulton was a submarine tender which was commissioned in 1940 in WWII. 

The USS Fulton website gives the history of the tender. There is no indication that the USS Fulton was ever deployed to Vietnam area at any time.
It is noted that in 1976, it was again refitted and was the first WWII-era ship to be sent to the Mediterranean. 

Other than that, after WWII, the USS Fulton, which underwent several refittings, was used only in Atlantic waters.

We’ve got a call out to the USS Fulton foundation to double check. We’ll let you know. So far it’s not looking so good for Mr. Varner.

UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE***
My discussion with Rees Lloyd and Lew Waters here. 


Here’s the latest from Rees Lloyd, who’s been digging around.

1) The 1975 Madison High School Year Book does not contain a listing of a Wade Varner, or a photo, as a senior class student (or any class student) at Madison High School.

2) The 1974 Madison High School Year Book does have the name Wade Varner listed as a Jr. Class Student, but no photo.

 If he dropped out after or during his Jr. Year, it is possible he joined the Navy and served on the USS Fulton, as he claims. However, even if that is possible, the USS Fulton was never deployed to Vietnam. Thus, at best, he could be no more than a Vietnam-era vet, not a  “Vietnam War vet,” or “combat vet.” If he is a “disabled vet,” it is not a combat injury. The school has no records on graduates prior to 2003.

Lew finds that Varner is listed as a crew member and a hull technician. Here and here.

But was he a Vietnam vet? And how did he become disabled if he didn’t see combat?

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