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The Last Word
The Last Word

I seem to have become a target as of late for the more hysterical brand of right-wing propaganda. Via email, I receive at least a half dozen or more off the wall rantings daily from a wide variety of sources — many with Tea Party origins, and some even farther to the right.

I’ve never bought into the whole Obama birth certificate issue, believing if it truly is valid, Dick Cheney would have had the FBI and CIA all over it when the Republicans were in power and he had the opportunity. Obama would have never been able to even run, much less get elected, with Cheney on his case if it were true. read more »

 
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I think by now it’s no secret that I believe the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) Vision 2040 Transportation Plan is little more than a farce. It was positively nauseating watching King County Councilmember Julia Patterson, chair of the PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board, nearly break her arm patting herself on the back when the plan was voted upon, and blather on about how “courageous” it was, and how we’re all “pioneers” in the fight to save our planet, or some such crap. read more »

 
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I’ve found watching liberals getting so self-righteously spun up over the Arizona immigration law to be highly amusing political theater. Seeing them falling all over themselves to condemn Arizona and calling for boycotts of the state has been a welcome diversion from other, more serious things, going on in my life.

When you ask those who are so snobbishly offended if they’ve actually read the law, most openly admit they haven’t, but say all they know is that it’s racist and morally wrong. What’s funnier is watching them stammer pompously when you tell them all Arizona did was basically take the existing federal immigration law — the one the Obama administration has refused to enforce until now — and change the words “United States of America,” to “State of Arizona.” read more »

 
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Recently, I had someone who I respect, write and say they were “concerned” with the slant of some things I’ve published both here and on my blog, WestSound Politics (westsoundpolitics.com). Some of what is published on the blog is a reprint of material that appeared elsewhere, while what you read here is always original.

Every so often I have to remind our readers that what is published isn’t always my opinion — but observations of the obvious — what is going on in the world around us that many people are too ideologically blind to see. I see my job as being like the kid in the fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” — who points out the fact that the emperor is actually naked. read more »

 
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Socialized medicine has been the holy grail of the Democratic Party for several generations. With Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid running the point in Congress, they have finally managed to ram Obamacare down our collective throats — over the loud and strenuous objections of the majority of our citizens. President Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the Democratic majority in Congress keenly understood that if it didn’t pass this session, it would be dead, because when Congressional representatives face the voters in November, many of them will be roadkill. That’s also why an unprecedented number of them are retiring rather than run for re-election. read more »

 
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As of this writing, this year’s legislative session is winding down, with the focus narrowing to closing the projected $2.8 billion budget deficit. The Democratic-controlled legislature has made it abundantly clear it doesn’t give a damn what voters facing the worst economic times since the Great Depression think or want. Both the House and Senate votes to suspend I-960 sent a clear message that the state employee unions — who bused in thousands of people off work for the President’s Day holiday to counter the Push Back Rally — are in charge, not the people who voted them into office. read more »

 
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As President Obama closes out his first year in office, perhaps it’s time for an assessment of his progress — a report card if you will.

The Obama presidency is very much a work in progress, and to be fair, his record pales in comparison to the extraordinary expectations of the people who swept him into office. His performance must also be accurately assessed against the huge challenges he inherited — two wars, record deficits, and the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. read more »

 
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Considering both the financial situation of our state and the City of Bremerton, I was certainly surprised to see the Bremerton City Council approve spending $250,000 of state money on the installation of some statues of fish and fisherman on Pacific Avenue. Ostensibly, these statues are going to bring tourists downtown.

What I have a serious issue with is the statues being designed by a Colorado firm — and built by a company in Mukilteo read more »

 
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Sarah Palin’s new book, Going Rogue, hit the best-seller list the day before it was released. I watched her interview with Oprah and thought she handled herself exceptionally well, considering Oprah — a highly skilled interviewer and avowed Obama supporter — was looking for the opportunity to trap Palin with her own words. She failed. Palin openly admitted mistakes, accepting responsibility, while correcting misperceptions. read more »

 
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