Tag Archives: Freedom

“Save Ozzie” – Because All Pets Lives Matter

Ozzie is 28 years old with the probability of 2 more years of life. We invite you to join us Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 12 noon, at the Department of Ecology’s Regional Branch, in Bellingham ’s Fairhaven District (see map below), to seek answers.  What are their intentions for the lives of all pets in Whatcom County, and Ozzie in particular? Last week we shared a post from a Whatcom County rural resident about her problem dealing with the State Department of Ecology (DOE). We shared Kathy and Ozzie’s post because we have heard rumblings from the county that DOE is expanding their compliance programs with real negative effects on rural lives. Well, Ozzie’s story has struck a chord in our county and beyond.  (See Kathy’s story below.) When a state agency comes knocking at your door it is intimidating. They come with the full weight of the state behind them. You can only hope whatever compliance they are seeking will not crush you. Whatcom County rural land owners are finding there is no easy, quick, or inexpensive way to keep their pets on their acreage when the DOE comes knocking. They are being told they must comply with similar …

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The Road to Serfdom – Your Property…Someone Else’s Benefit

With the millennial generation flocking to Bernie Sanders and Pied Piper socialism, a short course in basic Economic Literacy seems timely and necessary. While it is impossible to cover every detail, this article does provide intellectual ammunition on many of the most important aspects. Thank you for posting it, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues. Best regards, Paul Economic Literacy 101 – Do Millennials really want the Big Government socialist policies Bernie and Hillary advocate? Paul Driessen America’s 18- to 34-year-old “Millennials” have been tutored in group-think schools that extol socialism. Now they lionize liberal politicians whose class-warfare prescriptions include taxing away all but maybe 1% of the nation’s 0.0001% billionaires’ wealth, then going after Wall Street, Big Business, millionaires and upper middle classes – and giving the “revenue” to those who “need” or “deserve” it more. The entire process revolves around three central questions. Which ruling class elites get to determine who loses, who wins, by how much? Who grants them the power to do so, and holds them accountable? And what happens when the inevitable discontent over their autocratic decisions boils over? Interestingly, many of the same generation have flocked to see films …

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Here’s to A Positive Outcome and Kudos to the Fox’s for Fighting the Good Fight

To All, We had our day in Appellate court and now we wait. Thanks to all of you for getting us there. I thought Peter did a great job representing us and staying focused on the law. What the DOE and Tribe said was nothing that I haven’t heard before.  I do find it interesting of being accused of “making end run around the instream flow rule and trying to move to the head of the line” that has been said many time by the tribe in their oral arguments. When I think about that statement it I see that is the issue with the instream flow rule; the opposing side is using the instream flow rule to get around the water law, without going through the legislature, where laws are supposed to be made or changed, to change state water law. If this is upheld in the that court our “due process” has been eliminated without legislative action. I have been asked about where we go from here and my answer is; we have to wait for the court’s ruling to make any decisions on our path forward, the waiting is the hardest part. In a couple days we …

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Colion Noir explains why I-594 will destroy itself

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Van T. Barfoot a real American hero who fought for our Liberty…

Van T. Barfoot passed away on March 12, 2012 at the age of 92. Never heard of Van T. Barfoot? Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flag pole down on his Virginia property a while back? Do you remember the news story about a crotchety old man in Virginia who defied his local Homeowners Association, and refused to take down the flag pole on his property along with the large American flag he flew on it. Now we learn who that old man was. On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg , Texas . That probably didn’t make news back then. But twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano , Italy , that same Van T. Barfoot, who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set out alone to flank German machine gun positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers. His advance took him through a minefield but having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war. And if that weren’t enough for a day’s work,he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the …

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One Man (or Woman) One Vote? Are our voting rights being corrupted?

The readers and listeners of Saturday Morning Live know the hard work that Elaine Willman does for all American citizens, even our Native American citizens. The Fairfield Sun Times of Montana has published Elaine’s article which deals with the loss of integrity in our one man (or woman) one vote for the purpose of elections. Please enjoy Elaine’s article and remember it’s up to you and I to give voice to these issues that affect us all.

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Fox’s vs. Skagit County, Dept. of Ecology and the Swinomish Indians

  If you wonder why the things are so messed up in Washington State, you have no further to look than the idiotic lengths that our own governments will go to insure that private land owners will no longer have adequate access to water…even when it’s available. The Fox’s have the water, they had their property divided up, they had everything ready to go rightfully in their effort to build their retirement home. Now their golden years are being consumed by bogus arguments that there’s not enough water. At a recent water forum, Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Manager, Tom Loranger had this to say: When you look at water overall on an annualized basis there is no problem whatsoever, but there are tiny sectors of the calendar year when it can affect water levels. It is these small peak periods that need to be dealt with. So why are we bullying people like the Fox’s? Why aren’t we dealing with the small peak periods of the summer that water “could” be an issue? Missed within all of this is the fact that water drawn from a well has an 85% – 90% return rate to the aquifer and the …

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Wrapping Up the Local Grange Water Forums

Over the past four months, Larry Helm facilitated through the sponsorship of the Rome Grange to pull together four water forums, featuring a wide sector of people connected to water usage, planning and protection.  The Thursday, July 10th Water Woes IV forum was moderated by, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws. The forum panel featured: Ed Block (Agriculture), Dave Olson (Water Systems Manager), GI James (Lummi Tribal Spokesman), and Skip Richards (Non-government Water Resource Caucus). City of Bellingham – Mayor Kelli Linville was unable to attend at the last-minute due to illness. This is a brief write-up taken from the notes I took of highlighted comments made by the panelists. In addition it is helpful to watch the Water Woes IV video (produced and provided by Whatcom Works) and also read the article published in the Cascadia Weekly on the same subject. Ed Block (Ag District Coalition): Farmers are uncertain about water leases.  They support formation of a Water Improvement District (WID). Mr. Block stated that they do not intend that the WID’s are to be a big stick for local farmers. He stated that they would be self-controlled by land owners within the WID, based on percentages of land owned. The WID would be self …

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Why I love America

Some quotes I jotted down as I watched Dinesh D’Souza’s film, “America: Imagine the World without Her.” America allows you to write the script of your own life. ~ Dinesh D’Souza America is not the problem. America is the answer. ~ Dinesh D’Souza America is an ideal. ~ Dinesh D’Souza Make the Have’s feel guilty and the Have not’s feel resentful. ~ Saul Alinsky I want to protect and defend the America I grew up in and I’m terrified it’s slipping away. ~ Becky Gerritson How badly we need a Washington, a Lincoln or a Reagan, but we do have us! ~ Dinesh D’Souza They divide us with guilt, fear, resentment and envy. America’s leaders should unite us with innocence, assurance, pride, and goodwill. It is the freedom we all enjoy that unites America, builds America, and preserves a better America for us all. ~ Kris Halterman

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