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Local Whatcom County Citizen’s Share their Concerns for Ozzie and Farm Pets…

Thanks to everyone who showed to the “Save Ozzie” protest today. We were approximately 40 strong in number. We showed up prepared and informed. We showed up to ask the DOE questions. And, sadly I must report here that the answers given by the Regional Office Director, Doug Allen did not satisfy many there. A ‘zero’ tolerance level for the potential to pollute is not humanly possible and is not healthy for the environment. As agents for the DOE, it is not a satisfactory answer that they are only enforcing what the Legislature has directed them to do. If the State and Local Legislative Representatives had this intent in mind, then they need to be contacted too. These are the word of the Whatcom County citizen’s who attended the “SAVE Ozzie” protest. Be patient. Be strong. This type of bullying must stop and we must all come together to ensure that it does. Thank You for showing your support for “Ozzie” and all Farm Pets…because pets lives matter too.  

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Excuse Me…But How Stupid Do You Think Voters Are?

TODAY’S VOTERS ARE VERY INTELLIGENT. TODAY’S VOTERS HAVE THE ABILITY TO THOROUGHLY RESEARCH ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET. THE ONLY BARRIER FOR THEM IS SHOVELING THROUGH ALL THE MISINFORMATION AS THEY SEEK THE TRUTH . At last weeks League of Women Voters forum, Karl Uppiano debated for Propositions 1 and 7. The debates did not stay focused on each of the Propositions that each of the debaters were assigned to argue for or against, thus the debate got muddied for observers to follow, more so for those who don’t spend their lives following the inner-workings of local politics. As I’ve stated in past postings and on the Liberty Road Facebook page, it is important to inform the voters on what each of this years Propositions are meant to do. But, when false statements are made and if not corrected immediately, the incorrect, if not dishonest statement is allowed to languish uncorrected. The saying; “If you tell a lie often enough, the people cannot tell the difference between the lie and the truth.”, requires that I address it here and provide Mr. Uppiano the opportunity for correction. In the end it is the responsibility of the voter to read, listen, and learn about the issues …

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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 14, 2015

SML direct play for Mar 14, 2015 – Interview with Ron Buchinski of Lighthouse Mission Ministries on their Childcare Center Project. SML direct play for Mar 14, 2015 – Interview with Karl Uppiano on the Charter Review Taskforce for Whatcom County. Host Kris Halterman interviews Karl Uppiano about the Whatcom County Charter Review Task Force. Why was it formed? What’s its purpose? How’s it going? Update on what’s been observed at the meetings?   HELP US BUILD A CHILDCARE CENTER FOR THE MOTHERS AND CHILDREN AT THE AGAPE HOME!

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Competence and Character – essential elements for good leadership

It’s hard not to seem hyper-partisan and hyper-critical when criticizing the Obama Administration about the Benghazi situation. It’s a dangerous world out there, and we know these things happen. But the real test is how our government deals with it. And as Bill Whittle points out, our government did a terrible job of dealing with it. The travesty is that this entire affair was swept under the rug by the media and an administration that didn’t want to face the consequences of a crisis at a crucial point in the election cycle. It takes guts and integrity to do the responsible thing for the country, instead of a cover-up and misdirection for political expediency. Some may argue that it was better for the country for Barack Obama to be re-elected, and this cover-up was justified (the end justifies the means?) Sorry, I’m just not buying it. The administration could have, and should have done much better by the people depending on them in Benghazi, and better by the American people as well. I was in high school during the Watergate scandal, and I can tell you, this is worse. Much worse. ~ Karl Uppiano

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Gov. Inslee’s Carbon Tax is just “Cruel”

Last Wednesday’s debate held at the Whatcom County Courthouse was reported to have been very well attended (a packed house) and because I was unable to attend the event, I asked Karl Uppiano to provide a report on the debate. ~ Kris HaltermanHi Kris, We had a full house at the Whatcom County Courthouse (a.k.a., the council chambers) last night for the Cap & Trade Debate, hosted by the Freedom Foundation. The panel included Senator Doug Ericksen (R) – Chair of the Senate Energy Environment & Telecommunications Committee Daniel Simmons – Institute for Energy Research, Director of Regulatory and State Affairs Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D) – Chair of the House Environment Committee Dr. Yoram Bouman – Environmental Economist & Author I can’t distill two hours down to a few paragraphs, but I can recount the highlights. This was a debate about Governor Inslee’s cap & trade proposal. However, we were frequently reminded by several panel members that there is actually no official policy or legislation to look at, so it is all speculation. We were essentially told to assume that the CO2 science is settled, to accept that global warming is a foregone conclusion, and to get on with debating …

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Radio Real Estate & Wealth Wakeup Live for Mar. 22, 2014

Is Your County Lifestyle Secure?   KGMI Radio – March 22 Saturday 10Am -12pm Bellis Fair Mall Forestry; Gordy Iverson Commercial Fishing; Reider Solberg Small Cattle Farms; Wes Kentch Small Horse Ranch; Sara Singleton Meat Packinghouse; Ben Elenbaas Water planning Future; Skip Richards Private Well Future; Karen Brown Facilitator; Larry Helm Rural Life – Then & Now Part 1. (direct play) Rural Life – Then & Now Part 2. (direct play)

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US Government Shutdown Attempts to Inflict Maximum Pain

This website is dedicated to local issues, so some of you might ask why I am sharing a post about Obamacare?  Well, Obamacare is affecting everyone including Whatcom County individuals and businesses.  Lately I have begun to hear people refer to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, as ObamaScare.  After receiving my personal notification from Regence on the discontinuation of my current plan and what they can replace it with for double the cost, I believe ObamaScare is the right label to give this unconstitutional  affront to the American public.  How is it possible that the best and the brightest minds in Washington D.C. cannot contemplate the economic devastation that will occur when over 10% of your disposable income is taken away from the vast majority of the American, tax paying public?  How do you spell insanity? OBAMA SCARE, or OBAMASCARE? Karl Uppiano is the President of our local Whatcom Tea Party and frequently posts to his personal blog, Kakistocracy Report, Kakistocracy, (Government by the least qualified or least principled citizens).  If you have not met Karl or read any of his personal opinion postings, then you are in for a treat.  Whatcom County is blessed with a diverse community …

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County Executive “Regains” Budget Authority

Last Tuesday evening at the meeting of the Whatcom County Council, the County Executive Jack Louws asked for, and received permission to re-allocate public money between various accounts without prior authorization from the council. The council did demand quarterly reports for review. This is about a month after the council discovered and reverted a misallocation of more than a million dollars by the previous county executive. I have a problem with that, which I shared with the council: Honorable Council Members, I am very uneasy about your decision to vacate your authority over the Executive’s budget constraints. I do not think a quarterly report after the fact is an acceptable substitute for an active oversight and approval process. Are you going to be able to reverse questionable or improper allocation once the money has been spent, and the deed is done? As the saying goes, “It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.” It is already difficult enough for the people to keep government responsible for our actual needs without running off into the weeds so frequently. We rely on our elected representatives to help us do that, and it feels as if we just lost another round in that …

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Sequestration Crisis? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

The blue line on the chart shows the projected federal government spending for the next eight years without sequestration. The red line shows the projected spending with sequestration. The space between the lines is what all the caterwauling, posturing, demagoguery, howling, wailing and gnashing of teeth is all about. You’d think the red line was going to drop precipitously tomorrow. Gimme a break. Methinks they doth protest too much. This doesn’t stop the increase; it merely reduces it by a barely perceptible amount. This doesn’t make government responsible or sustainable. The entitlements today might help some people, but that doesn’t even begin to make up for the people who will be hurt when the bill inevitably comes due — landing on you or your kids in ten or twenty years. It’s hard to say when the crash will occur. I’m thinking sooner than later. This is rampant government malpractice on parade.

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Is the United States on a Fiscally Unsustainable Path?

On February 9th, 2013, I will be hosting an indepth interview with Bob Williams, President of “State Budget Solutions,” and former founder of the “Freedom Foundation.” Bob Williams, has spent much of his life as an advocate for; fiscal sustainability, the protection of individual liberty, and the free market principles envisioned by the Founders of our Country. Bob has followed Federal and State spending, for decades and is well versed in the day-to-day actions of politics and politicians. As you can see by looking at the graph to your left, the United States is not only on an unsustainable fiscal path, we have huge potential to fail as a country if/when interest rates rise due to inflation. The only reason our interest rates have not skyrocketed right now, is due to the fact that many of the everyday items we consume with disposable income are not counted. Also, the Federal Government does not include our long term obligation to Social Security and Medicare. These actions promote a false sense of security that the debt crisis is no big deal. It is a big deal. The long term debt to both these line items; increases the U.S. Federal Debt by more …

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