28 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!

My family wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

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22 Nov

Two upcoming opportunities to meet Brett and other 2020 candidates

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05 Nov

Two vastly different approaches to immigration:

A Seattle man was recently arrested in Norway, and the country was reportedly working as quickly as possible to deport him. According to reports he was arrested for what the government believed he was going to say in an upcoming speech. I’m assuming the man legally entered Norway.

Meanwhile in King County, according to reports a group of people who illegally entered the United States concocted a hoax about a takeover-style robbery involving a sexual assault in an apparent attempt to fraudulently receive a visa intended for crime victims.

As of this writing none of the people involved are in custody and reading between the lines it appears that the King County Sheriff will not cooperate with federal immigration officials regarding these individuals.

It is interesting that some countries care who is in their country and have no problem ejecting those they find unwelcome. And then we have our current situation where people ignore our laws to enter our country, likely break our laws in order to work, break more laws in a fraudulent attempt to remain here, and no thought is given to showing these people the door? Your current elected officials put criminals, who should not be in the U.S., ahead of the law-abiding, both citizen and immigrant. Do not forget that.

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23 Oct

The Hypocrisy of Bob Ferguson, October 23, 2019 edition

On September 20 Sideshow Bob boasted that he had filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration after the federal government revoked California’s authority to set its own vehicle emission standards.

Meanwhile Ferguson has been silent on the estimated 1 Million gallons of untreated sewage Seattle’s RV campers dump onto city streets and into storm drains annually.

I thought there was a climate crisis? #Sideshow #FocusOnWA

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19 Oct

Red Flag Laws: Are you next?

Trigger warning: The US Constitution protects beliefs and speech that most find reprehensible.

While I absolutely do not share Kaleb Cole’s reported beliefs, which given the current state of media reporting should be taken with a pound of salt, I support everyone’s Constitutional rights.

As with a previous post I offer the disclaimer that I am relying on media reports and the media may not have all the details, and if they do they may not have reported all the details accurately.

Read the articles and then come back.

Apparently this investigation had been going for about a year. After that amount of time Cole was “believed ” to be the local leader of a hate group. Cole reportedly identified as a member of a group had been carrying the group’s flag.

Law enforcement officials are reportedly “continuing to discuss” what criminal laws might apply to the case.

“King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, whose deputy prosecutor Kim Wyatt argued the ERPO case before the judge, said the order to surrender guns is the right tool when law enforcement does not have enough evidence to file a criminal charge.” –King5 [emphasis added]

Finally, the New York Times, via the Seattle Times, is reporting that the feds have punted this to local officials to handle.

So after a year of investigating, someone believed to be a leader of a hate group who has apparently committed no crime, has had multiple rights violated and his guns seized.

If Cole were truly that dangerous, why is he not in custody? If he truly was the leader of a hate group intent on starting a race war, would taking his personal weapons solve anything? Could he go to a hardware store and buy implements to do great damage? Could he, fearing that law enforcement was closing in, order his alleged subordinates, who would still be armed, to initiate whatever plan they had been working on?

Most telling, from someone who has worked in law enforcement for over two decades, is the fact that the Feds aren’t taking the lead on this. There have been countless cases started by local law enforcement where the Feds have swooped in and taken over. But the opposite? If the Feds are giving up control of a possible criminal case, it must be exceptionally weak.

Which brings us back to: are you next? If the threshold for seizing weapons is now allegedly claiming affiliation with a group that has reportedly committed crimes and carrying a flag associated with that group, I imagine that the raids on members of Antifa will start in 3…2…1. Wait, why aren’t they happening?

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17 Oct

Please vote!

Ballots are hitting mailboxes and now is the time to make your voice heard. Take a moment to review your voters guide and cast your ballot on every race and every issue in your area.

I will admit that I too sat out of certain races in the past, because I didn’t see a difference between two candidates I didn’t care for. Times have changed. Our rights and freedoms are under attack like never before. Every. Single. Race. Matters.

Find a reason to vote, even if the choice is between two evils. Is there one who will do less damage than the other? Is there one who shows a glimmer of fiscal responsibility? Is there one at least willing to consider other ideas or willing to buck the party line? The reason is yours, find it!

If you don’t vote, odds are good you’ll get stuck with the greater of two evils and you’ll have missed an opportunity to prevent at least some damage…and it will take even more work eventually to undo the damage that could have been avoided.

So you voted for someone you don’t care for. Now what? Get involved however you can. School boards, city councils, sewer districts all need good people. Can’t do it yourself? Help find and support people who can.

Fill out and return your ballot right away! Don’t let it get buried under a pile of junk mail until you’ve forgotten about it or gotten busy with life. This cartoon has been making the rounds lately and it packs an important message. Anything is possible if everyone eligible to vote actually does.

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10 Oct

Be sure to check out my Facebook page

We have lively conversations there:

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05 Oct

Who Does Ferguson really work for?

Sideshow loves to claim that he fights to put money back in the pockets of working people. Here is another example where he had a prime opportunity to do just that…yet he didn’t.

Perhaps if he wasn’t so busy filing feel-good lawsuits against the federal government he could focus on the people of our state.

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25 Sep

Is Sideshow really “undefeated against Trump?”

It appears that one of Sideshow’s lawsuits is about to be dismissed. I would be willing to bet that he will continue to say that he is “undefeated against Trump,” you know, because in his bubble having a frivolous case tossed by the judge isn’t the same as “losing” at trial.

I find it interesting that while the Associated Press has the story, none of the local outlets appear to be doing any independent reporting. Wouldn’t a good reporter have questions? Like why did Ferguson decide to sue Trump when the same circumstances were present during the Obama administration? And why did Ferguson think it was prudent to bring this suit when the State of Washington is engaged in substantially the same conduct? And how much taxpayer money was expended on this one of nearly 50 cases against Trump?

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19 Sep

Can Sideshow make up his mind?

I’d like to think I’m a halfway intelligent guy, but I can’t for the life of me figure out if Sideshow has any integrity or coherent policy. Can anyone help me out?

The federal government struggles to cope with the number of people entering our country illegally, and Ferguson sues over the conditions in which the detainees are kept. Ferguson sues because detainees who voluntarily work while in detention aren’t paid minimum wage. Ferguson sues the Navy because Growlers at NAS Whidbey make too much noise.


Money that was going to a different Navy base was diverted for wall construction on our southern border. A wall that if built, would greatly reduce the number of people entering our country illegally…thus greatly reducing the number of people that would be “mistreated” by the federal government. You would think Ferguson would be happy with that, right? Because he’s looking out for those poor people, right?


I just figured it out. Ferguson only cares about 3 things:

1) Power
2) His political career
3) Sticking it to Trump

Is this what we are paying Sideshow for?

From Sideshow’s Facebook page:

**FEDERAL LITIGATION UPDATE** Washington state just filed a legal challenge to block President Trump from abusing his powers to erect a wall on our southern border.

The Trump administration recently announced plans to divert critical funds from military projects across the country — including $89 million from Bangor Naval Base, right here in Kitsap County — to subsidize building his wall. This action by Donald Trump is unlawful. It is an outrageous abuse of power that would hurt Washington’s economy and our military. It would set a dangerous precedent that threatens our system of checks and balances.

This is our 48th lawsuit against the Trump administration, and we’re not slowing down. Our undefeated record speaks for itself. We’re 21-0 — and I don’t intend to lose this one.

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