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Local Blogger laments the loss of political civility in an environment of bullying

Back in February 2014, Saturday Morning Live posted a story on the “chilling effect” which is commonly used to squash free speech. Apparently the tactic has been very effective as local blogger, Clayton Petree writes about the downward spiral in political civility in America. Local school board member, Hugh Foulke was severely and publicly chastised by the Ferndale School Board at their public meeting for speaking against their proposed $125M bond and when asked to talk about it for the blog, he was uncomfortable and shared very little. Bullying does work. Hugh was hesitant to discuss this with me so I obtained the paper and most information elsewhere. It is truly troubling times that we live in today. With all of the lies and deceptions that are headlined every day in the media, the people must rely upon the few voices out there brave enough to speak freely. The Constitution is not just a piece of scratch paper to be wrinkled up and tossed away whenever you disagree with what others think and say. Hugh Foulke is one of the boldest, bravest and open people I have met in my lifetime, or at least he was. ~ Kris Halterman Elected …

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Water District Coalition petitions County Legal Department, “Stop the spending and follow the law!”

As many of our readers are aware water is a big issue for Whatcom County. A lot of money continues to be spent, as the County works towards final resolution of this issue. County residents have expressed concern about the process, because it directly affects their private and business property rights. In a nutshell our County derives it powers from the County Charter. The County Council is the legal authority that levies property taxes, such as the Flood Control Zone levy. The County Council has the legal authority to decide how the money levied for the Flood Control Zone District Fund (FCZDF) is spent. The County Council passed a resolution in 1999 and funded it in the year 2000. Their resolution placed 50% of the revenues received from the flood control fund in the Water Resource Program (WRP).  The Joint Administrative Board (JAB), which is made up of local government agencies spent the money. The Whatcom County Council approval of the allocation of  Flood Control funds for water resource planning was for the years 2000 through 2003. How much money are we talking about here? $5.7M tax payer dollars. In the year 2003 the left over balance in this fund was $1.6M. What is the problem here? The Joint Advisory Board has continued to spend …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 7, 2014

Host Kris Halterman discusses the little known “local-only” teacher’s union alternative, NWPE with the Freedom Foundations Jami Lund. The Waterville School District teachers have opted for this alternative and are very happy with the outcome. MR. JAMI LUND / Senior Policy Analyst / jlund@myFreedomFoundation.org My Social Links: Facebook  |  Google+ myFreedomFoundation.com 360.956.3482  |  PO Box 552 Olympia, WA 98507 Whatcom County School Districts open to reconsider union representation this year in June: Bellingham Blaine Lynden Nooksack Valley  

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Health and Safety…the language used to sell a Green Agenda and higher costs of living for Everyone

Everyday local and national news headlines screech “heath and safety,” it’s the moral thing to do! We are told; “What’s a few pennies, a few nickels, a few dimes, a few quarters, a few dollars, a latte-or-two, for the health and safety of a nation?” Hundreds (if not thousands) of latte’s later we are still being sold that same jargon. When will our sacrifices, our social obligation through taxation and regulation be enough? Are we affecting the poverty level? In the 1950’s the poverty level was 22.4%, in the year 2000 the poverty level was 11.3% and in 2010 the rate rose to 15.1% (after all that stimulus spending???) and yet we are still bombarded with the hysteria that the sky is falling, we have to force equality by sharing everything through mandated minimum wage, hundreds of new taxes and regulations and now President Obama and Governor Inslee are implementing their plans, by executive order (the actions of Kings over the Serfs) for massive new carbon restrictions “and” carbon taxes. More pain for the health and safety of our nation. Really? Well the best way to balance all of this is to reach out and expose the hypocrisy. Did you …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 31, 2014

Host Kris Halterman is joined by Dr. Timothy Ball, (retired from field of Climatology and Geography, at University of Winnipeg) and Glen Morgan of the Freedom Foundation to discuss: Gov. Inslee’s $1.17 per gallon carbon tax proposal for 2015 Climate Science – IPCC report claim of scientific consensus? Who can the public trust? What’s a “carbon tax?” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.”13 “Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely* due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations.”14 *IPCC defines ‘very likely’ as greater than 90 percent probability of occurrence. Not all scientists:  First of all, a fair number of the panel members are actually not scientists at all.  They are environmental activists.  That’s why many of the claims in the IPCC’s TAR4 (described as peer-reviewed science) turned out to be little more than quotes from NGO propaganda.  There are also a lot of bureaucrats and civil servants involved in the project.        For those of you who listen …

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How does She get away with it?

Should Corporate America and our Government officials be taking advice from this woman? Currently JZ Knight is attempting to sue the Freedom Foundation for sharing the video that show Ms. Knight speaking to her audience with vulgarity and language unbecoming of anyone who verbally boasts to be highly influential and making boo-coo bucks from people and companies of great influence. ~ Kris Halterman

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The Sun -> Solar Activity-> Tempurature Rise -> CO2 = Climate

Here is a simple documentary to help determine weather, climate and the ability to forecast the future safety of mankind on earth. Take a little cosmic ray Bombard them towards the earth Mix those cosmic rays with evaporated CO2 Poof! You’ve created clouds Blast a bit of solar activity down upon the earth This pushes away the clouds The earth is left without cloud cover More of the suns rays reach our earth The earth warms up and absorbs the solar sun rays Which are stored by the earths oceans The oceans slowly emits the CO2 as water vapor Thus feeding the earths plants and Creating more clouds to protect the earth This simplified version of the tale woven from this documentary, “The Great Global Warming Swindle,” debunks the theory that anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is created by industrialized carbon emissions. Rather it is the Sun’s affects on earth’s temperature which leads the rise in CO2. The consensus of scientists saying otherwise and being sold to John Q Public as a fact is anything but that. Enjoy this video and share your knowledge…question boldly and for heaven’s sake do not allow them to take away our natural right to own …

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Honoring our Veteran’s on Memorial Day

While the media’s attention is focused on the Veterans Association’s Special Lists, I ask that the citizens’ remember to place the blame squarely where it belongs…on the bureaucrats running the VA Hospital’s and staff.  This Administration has a long history of dragging its feet to provide the promised benefits to our veterans. Some time ago the complaint was on shabby hospital facilities and staffing? Has that issue been dealt with? It’s time to demand that the folks who run the VA program to cleanup their own backyard and treat our Vet’s with the respect and dignity befitting those who have dedicated their lives to protect our Country. Now that I’ve got that rant off of my chest, please take a moment to read about the history of the “Memorial Day Holiday.” Where it took root and how to nurture and honor its intent. ~ Kris Halterman President’s Proclamation 2004 Here, you can read the proclamation and the prayer for peace rendered by the President of the United States of America on Memorial Day’s Eve, last year. “For more than two centuries, Americans have been called to defend the founding ideals of our democracy. On Memorial Day, a grateful Nation remembers …

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The Farmers Modern Tool Belt

In a modern world today’s Farmer’s future is dependent upon their tool belt.  That tool belt consists of a number of resources used to meet environmental regulations and to profitably bring their food to market. This is the Farmers modern tool belt: 1. What is IPM? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. 2. What is Conservation Tillage? Any method of soil cultivation that leaves the previous year’s crop residue (such as corn stalks or wheat stubble) on fields before and after planting the next crop, to reduce soil erosion and runoff. To provide these conservation benefits, at least 30% of the soil surface must be covered with residue after planting the next crop. Some conservation tillage methods forego traditional tillage entirely and leave 70% residue or more. 3. What are GMO’s GMOs, or “genetically …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 24, 2014

Host Kris Halterman interviews local researcher and author, Tom Malterra, MS, CN about his research and on his book; “Nourishing Meals” and co-authored book; “Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.”      

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