Tag Archives: Tea Party

5 Fair & Equal Districts…What Next?

This evening I attended the Whatcom County Citizen’s for Freedom’s (aka The Whatcom Tea Party) general public meeting. The guest speaker was Brett Bonner, former KGMI Talk Show Host, former candidate for Mayor of Bellingham, who currently works for Saturna Capital , a local and nationally renowned investment company. Mr. Bonner recently served on the Whatcom County Redistricting Committee, representing the Republican Party. His presentation included a slide show and information on what led up to and the outcome of the newly created five districts in Whatcom County. Brett spoke briefly about the people who made up the Redistricting Committee; Brett Bonner and Mark Nelson each represented the Whatcom County Republican Party, and Lisa McShane and Mike Estes each represented the Whatcom County Democrat Party. They (Bonner, Nelson, McShane, and Estes) appointed Dr. Tjalling Ypma (WWU Mathematics Department Chair), as the Districting Master, and Dr. Dale Kinsley as the Districting Committee Chair. He unabashedly praised the contribution of Mark Nelson’s thorough knowledge on the subject, and admitted praise for the hard work and dedication of adversarial opponent, Lisa McShane. Bonner’s presentation outlined that the purpose of the committee meetings were to receive a proposal from the Districting Master of how …

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Students of Bellingham Christian School – Win Big at 1st Annual Constitutional Knowledge Bowl

The first Constitutional Knowledge Bowl is under their wing.  The Education Committee of the Whatcom Tea Party have a lot to be proud of and the student competitors even more to be proud of.  They all delivered an entertaining and informative event last Saturday afternoon.  For a brief recap of the event and results, Maddie Baines has captured the event for posterity. ~ Kris Halterman Constitution Knowledge Bowl – Report Posted on January 12, 2014 by admin Despite the Seahawks play-off game and wet and windy weather, the audience gathered at the Rome Grange in support of student contestants aged from 10 to 14 years of age. After an introduction by Karl Uppiano, President – Whatcom Tea Party, Paul Johnson led a fine rendering of our National Anthem.   (Click to embiggen) In a closely matched competition, students answered questions that apparently stumped many of those in the audience. Student contestants came from Ferndale, Bellingham, Oak Harbor and Deming to compete for both individual and team honors. The teams were formed through private and home schooled scholars. There was no public school representation at this year’s Constitutional Knowledge Bowl competition. Judging teams were assigned for three different phases of the …

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Life from the seat of a tractor

Sometimes you receive an email that is too good not to share.  It may not be from a local farmer, but I’ll bet a lot of our local farmers know exactly where this farmers wisdom comes from.  Common sense.  We’re not born with it – we earn it! ~  Lorraine Newman Life from the seat of a tractor An old farmer’s words of wisdom we could all live by. The last quote fits everyone… I don’t care who you are. Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. You cannot unsay a cruel word. Every path has a few puddles. When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none. Timin’ has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain …

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Common Sense at County Fair

This past week I volunteered at the Whatcom Tea Party (WTP) booth at the Northwest Washington Fair (NWWF).  As always there were many citizen’s who passed through with family and friends to check for themselves on what’s the Tea Party all about?  Well of course there were lots of brochures, posters, yard signs, bumper stickers, pins, games and prizes…all centered around the Constitution of the United States.  The most popular item being handed out to fair-goers were pocket constitutions, especially after they’d tested their ability to answer the same constitutional questions required for U.S. citizenship. Thanks to Greg and Karen  Brown, and Terry Cox, the WTP booth featured some of the funniest games at the Fair.  There was a spinning wheel that lands on easy, medium and hard questions to be asked of the spinner.  Questions  on the U.S. Constitution, and if you’re really lucky it might land on a We the People sticker to win a U.S. Flag.  Another winning idea from Greg, Karen and Terry was the Nerf shooting gallery, where everyone had the opportunity to aim and shoot at what the WTP call, invasive species like; IRS targeting Private Citizens, NSA spying, Benghazi-gate, Anti-gun Rights Legislation, Plastic Bag …

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Bellingham City Council and Port Commissioner Candidates Highlighted at last Wednesday’s ~ 2013 Whatcom Tea Party Candidate Forum

  2013 Bellingham City Council and Port of Bellingham Political Candidates VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL Last Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, the Whatcom Tea Party held their second Candidate Forum. This forum focused on the people who are running for the Bellingham City Council and the Port of Bellingham positions.  There was less  audience in attendance (I have it on good authority that there was a Fun-raiser being held at the same time for Barry Buchanan and Pinky Vargas; the Fun-raiser was organized by Lisa McShane and Kathy Lehman who are the master developers of the County Council slate of candidates for the Whatcom Win’s promotion) but, there was still a relatively good balance of people in the audience to participate.  The audience questions were focused on; the GP Waterfront development, Emergency Management Service funding, Jobs, Water Quality, Biodiversity, the City and Ports spending and budget priorities, Enticing New Business to Bellingham/Whatcom County as well as retaining the Local Businesses already here.  Each candidate who had agreed to participate showed up (again I want to thank them all for that) and answered the questions directly.  At this forum I did see distinct differences in each of the candidates platform.  The …

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What’s In a Name?

Glenn Beck’s “Man in the Moon,” event over this Fourth of July celebration hosted a number of speakers. One of those speakers was bestselling author, Brad Thor.  Mr. Thor’s message was to call on the audience to question if the label is as important as the message?  The message is what is contained within a label and determines the reception of the customer.  There have been many labels applied to similar if not identical themes.  Let me illustrate some for you here: Gelatin vs. Jell-o Tissue vs. Kleenex Software vs. App Reform vs. Fairness or Security Chance vs. Opportunity Job vs. Career House vs. Home Domestic or Household vs. Family Customer vs. People Well, I’m sure you get the message.  The ingredients, or message inside the label is what is most important, not the label itself.  The label is merely what’s used to attract the most people to the process.  The success of any struggle is in how it is messaged and communicated.  That is what I have always admired about the progressive movement, because even when others think that they’ve defeated the reformers from a new enlightened (progressive) reason to  convince us to give-up (take) our stuff for the …

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National Tea Party Protest of the IRS

Last Tuesday’s protest brought out approximately 100 enthusiastic supporters to send a message to the IRS, that “We Do Not Accept Your Apology!”  Due to the growing scandal, every day it becomes ever more clear how oppressive big government can be upon citizens and their guaranteed rights of equal treatment under the law and especially free speech. Here is a quick post of the local Whatcom Tea Party protest at Magnolia and Cornwall on Tuesday, May 21st.  Signs and jovial protesters telling the IRS that they do not accept their apology.  A few of the comments heard and displayed on signs were: I-ntimidate  R-epress  S-ubjigate  The Obama Administration lied and Four Americans died. The IRS lied and American Free Speech and Liberty died. Down at street level I was able to speak to two of the attendee’s and asked them what their purpose was for showing up today and if they have a message to the public. Here are their comments:     Allen Brown local candidate running for the Bellingham City Council At-Large Position had this to say:   Chuck Johnson, a concerned local Whatcom County resident and father shared his thoughts on our youth and the future of …

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