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Is This Still America?

Federal IRS agents hear from American Citizens who have been denied their civil rights of equal treatment under the laws of the United States, the freedom of assembly and association, not to mention their rights to privacy which were all violated by their own government.

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Just Another Dull Day at Whatcom County Council

Last Tuesday’s County Council Committee meetings and on into the evening County Council Public meeting it was anything but dull. The day started out in the Natural Resources Committee meeting with discussion on the County’s new Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) ordinance.  The Council heard from Assistant Director at Whatcom County Public Works, Chris Brueske on the how the AIS program is going. Discussion regarding requested changes to Whatcom County Code 2.27A, Aquatic Invasive Species (AB2013-146A) AIS Education Card Program Brueske Comment: The program is going well.  There have been no real issues as of yet except for one boater who got angry and ran over some cones.  Canadian boaters seem to be the customers who are not aware of the new program. Council Comment:  We need to remember that the staff is being asked to educate, inspect, and sell the permit sticker in a short period of time. Council Comment:  Most of the complaints are from boaters who only use Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish and do not understand why they should have to go through this process more than once. Council Comment:  Do we know how much the program is going to cost and are we collecting enough funds …

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Ronald Wilson Reagan Humor

LiveJournal Tags: Ronald Reagan,Humor,Politics,Reagan,President Reagan

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What To Do About Potential Taking of Properties Due to EPA/Dept. of Ecology Plans?

Today’s Radio Real Estate program featured local Realtor’s Mike Kent and Chris Weitzel.  The shows focus was on this June 18th, 2013 Council decision which could give approval to implement the Department of Ecology’s solution to reduce phosphorus loading in to Lake Whatcom by 87%, through a stormwater management plan.  Mr. Kent’s and Mr. Weitzel’s focus was on phosphorus loading and algal bloom in Lake Whatcom’s basin 1 and basin 2.  But, the real “problem” according to the EPA is the reduction in dissolved oxygen levels in Lake Whatcom basin 1 and basin 2.  (Before going further I would ask that you listen to the June 1st, 2013, Saturday Morning Live (SML) program where Planning Commissioner Dave Onkels clearly explains that the most recent data shows that although algal bloom may still be an issue and phosphorus is still present, the dissolved oxygen levels in Lake Whatcom have stabilized and show trends of improving with the current standards.)  So, with this information readily available to anyone who is willing to look at the issue with fresh eyes, you need to ask yourself whe the DOE would ask Whatcom County to implement their stormwater plan, thus causing a downzone of all …

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Is this still America?

With so many items of discontent on the horizon, does beg the question; “Is this still America?” There are so many issues that have been heaped upon farmers, businesses, private citizens and property owners; regulations that prevent them from their full potential for productivity.  Let’s take a look at just a few of the causes for this claim: The environmental activists’ sue because of the Growth Management Act and the language that they have inserted into our State and County codes, with the help of United Nations sponsored non-profits like; Local Governments for Sustainability(?) (ICLEI). The State Constitution gives everyone a specific right to water; which is now threatened by Native American demands that the Pt. Elliott Treaty gave them lifelong entitlements to subjective amounts of water to maintain their ability to fish the waters of the Nooksack River. At the same time individual Constitutional rights are under daily threats from agencies such as the Bellingham City Council’s ban on fireworks; or the Internal Revenue Services’ hit list on anything conservative. The Department of Ecology has developed a stormwater dispersion plan, that will likely bankrupt the County if implemented due to the cost, because the Environmental Protection Agencies declared Lake …

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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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The Solution to Pollution is Dilution

Retired Oceanographer, Dr. David Hyde, has put together a great YouTube video explanation on the how and why, what happens in San Juan County (and I contend that includes Whatcom County) cannot affect the Puget Sound. Please enjoy the presentation and be sure to share it with your friends and contacts.  Remember this wise statement is not a wives tale, because Mother Nature knows how to flush her system and keep things running far better than anything mankind could contemplate at this time. ~ Kris Halterman

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Northwest Business Club–Featured Speaker; Whatcom County Assessor, Keith Willnaeur

This last Wednesday, I had the pleasure to attend the Northwest Business Club’s monthly luncheon at the Bellingham Elk’s Club.  Admittedly, I really wasn’t sure that I was excited to sit through and listen to a thirty minute presentation by the Whatcom County Assessor.  Well, I’d never actually met or listened to Mr. Willnaeur, so I thought; What the heck I might learn something new today.  Guess what?  I did!  Not only did I learn something new, it was delivered in an entertaining format by an eloquent speaker.  After Mr. Willnaeur had completed his presentation I had a new appreciation for his office and a greater confidence that Whatcom County has a true professional at the helm of one of our Counties most important public offices.  Mr. Willnaeur is in a position that requires a high degree of honesty, integrity and he gives it just a splash of what I can only describe as “a Bob Newhart humility.” Please take a moment to enjoy this video.  The video was produced by Wylin Tjoelker, and has been made available due to the generosity of the Northwest Business Club.  Also, if you like what you see, please consider attending one of the …

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Common Core – Educate Yourself Now

Since all the local school districts are implementing Common Core to their curriculum, it is important that you take a few moments of your time to learn as much as you can about Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Take the time to learn, compare and give feedback to your school district if you find that it separates from the foundations of what the United States of America was based on. Do not take my word for it. Research Common Core (CCSS) and come to your own conclusions. Do you think that mega-banks and multi-national corporations are a bad idea because they crush small business and individual entrepreneurship? Do you think that a bigger government imposing more laws and regulations to protect you from cradle to grave, is a recipe for disaster? Then a fully standardized education, where all local control of public education is gone and the multitude of local incubators of thoughts and ideas are controlled by a centralized conglomerate of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), is way too-big-to-fail.

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“Common Core”…Coming to a School Near You…Educate Yourself Now

In the coming months we will bring a number of articles, videos and personalities to the SML Education Contributor’s page, and the SML radio program.  There is a lot to read and understand about Common Core, when it comes to such a radical change in public education. I voted for the Washington State Charter School amendment.  The reason I voted for Charter Schools is that I believe in choices and autonomy for public, private and homeschool education, that is driven by the local community and elected officials who are accountable to the voters.  As I understand the Charter School Initiative, its goal is to allow communities to have more choices in what curriculum is used and how it is delivered.  Common Core and its close cousins, do not appear to achieve that ideal. That said, let’s start with a small clip taken from an article published by Evan Queitsch, in The Examiner March 27, 2013: Meanwhile, Eli Broad’s education connections rise to power in states (Lillian Lowery is Broad Superintendents Academy graduate and Jack Markell has attended Broad workshops) and even in the federal government (Arne Duncan is a Broad Academy graduate and often a feature speaker for new Academy …

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