“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” —Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
Note: Times given are referenced to the aerial time stamps, minus eight hours. Quotations are based upon the best recollection of the witnesses.
I had lunch with Ammon Bundy while the Sharp family sang. It was the first time I had met Ammon, and we went over the articles I intended to write about the events that led up to the actions of January 2, 2016, with the investiture of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge administration complex, since renamed the Harney County Resource Center. The subjects for the articles were the misunderstanding of the people of Burns as to what source resulted in the fear and anxiety then extant in the town of Burns, and the information available in the “public” records contained in the filing cabinets at the refuge that might show the use of subterfuge in the obtaining of land to extend the federal “ownership”, not only in the Refuge, but throughout Harney County.
The Island County Republican Party is hosting Precinct Caucuses at 3 locations around the County on February 20th.
Doors will open at 8:30 AM. Caucus begins promptly at 10:00.
We gather to elect alternates and delegates to our County Convention who will then vie for a spot to go on the State and National Conventions. We will also discuss platform and resolution ideas.
Caucus is a grass roots opportunity to meet like-minded neighbors, discuss ideas, share information and to help shape the Party’s Platform. We are excited to have any one in the community who shares our conservative values come and be a part of the process that helps make our nation great.
You will be required to sign a document certifying you are a Republican, a duly registered voter and legal resident of your Precinct, and that you will not or have not participated in the 2016 caucus or convention system of any other party. You will also be asked to present ID.
Rep. Jim Moeller’s HB 2354 would ban so-called “assault weapons”, in which nearly every modern firearm is defined as an “assault weapon”. Parts of Section 1 of the bill reads as follows:
“(27) “Assault weapon” means:
(a) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following:
(i) A pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
(ii) Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the non trigger hand;
(iii) A folding or telescoping stock;
(iv) A shroud attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel, allowing the bearer to hold the firearm with the non trigger hand without being burned, but excluding a slide that encloses the barrel;
You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately so you hire a guy. A pro. You don’t care if the guy smells, you need those raccoons gone pronto and he’s the guy to do it! You don’t care if the guy swears, you don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he voted for Obama, you don’t care if he has plumber’s crack…you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He’s the guy. He’s the best. Period.
Bob Severns blamed for continuing problems with Meth House his son was using.
“Jack Daniel, another neighbor, said the issue has been going on for four years. It’s been so troublesome that he and the condo association haved hired lawyers to try and get Severns barred from the neighborhood but with no luck. He blames the man’s father, City Councilman Bob Severns, and soft judges for not doing enough to solve the problem.”
Bob Severns is a horrible choice for Mayor. He chooses to do nothing about our youth drug problem, even his own son was terrorizing the community and he allowed it to continue. He has been in a position to help as a councilman and has done nothing…it is as if the problem does not exist.
According to a study in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, which cites the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations International Study on Firearms Regulation, the more guns a nation has, the less criminal activity.
Bob Severns has no respect for our Open Meeting Laws:
The city’s sub committees were meeting with a quorum of city council members present until the attorney general issued a decision that the sub committees, or standing committees were meeting illegally if a quorum of councilmen were present and was against the law if not advertised as a special meeting.
Mr. Severns was all in with violating our open public meetings act and voted to keep our subcommittee meetings from changing to keep the city from violating the law.
Bob Severns has no respect for the appearance of conflict laws:
During the Pioneer Way revitalization where Pioneer Way traffic was to be turned into a one way with the other leg of the one way being on Bayshore Drive their were calls for Mr. Severns to recuse himself because he was partners in property owned on Bayshore Drive. Mr. Severns refused to recuse himself. Mr. Severns made jokes at a subsequent city council meeting where the issue of a contract for dredging the marina was on the table. Continue reading →
No real details but he has cleaned out his desk and is no longer employed by the county.
Not too surprising as I knew of several people who have had some pretty major issues with the planning department.
I am sure time will eventually tell us what happened. Or…not. In the way of all good government employers we may never hear the real reason for his departure. Our last planning director left the county, sued and the county settled the lawsuit. The citizens never did get any explanation and probably never will because discussion amongst the commissioners was held under executive session and the settlement was all handled by the county’s insurance pool who then claim an exemption to our public records act for lawyer/client privilege.. Nice eh? They pay, we lose and we never even get to know why. Are not we the ones paying those bills?
This Saturday, October 10, at 9:00 AM at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, the Island County Republican Party will be training its Precinct Committee Officers and others interested in helping at our caucus which will be held in February 2016.
Caucus is the first step in having your voice heard on a state and national level and also in becoming a delegate to your county convention, which could lead to your being a delegate at State and then National convention.
We need helpers in many capacities for this event. Things like efficiently checking folks in, running the individual precinct meeting, (which are held in 3 different locations around our county), helping with speakers and just making sure things run smoothly in general.
Last week Criminal Weatherman, bomber, community organizer and writer,. Bill Ayers, President Barack Obama’s mentor, stated he is ready and available now to become our national head of Education. That’s action Number 6 in Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers plan for Social Justice reform movement i.e.,How To Create a Social State. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his book: Rules for Radicals.
Hillary Clinton wrote her term paper on Alinsky’s work and President Obama also studied him.
Just this week Obama took action to take guns away from all of us using his bogus “Executive Orders” power in an attempt to complete action 4 in their plan action. Action 2, Poverty has been accomplished as has Actions 1, Health care, 3 Debt, and 5 Welfare.
Religion and class Warfare Actions 7and 8 are well underway for their total Socialization or our once great nation
Following as I referenced are their 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state:
1. The Growth Management Act was created over twenty-five years ago by our Legislature (in spite of being rejected by the voters of Washington State) to benefit the Metropolitan areas of Washington State. It is a poor and very expensive fit for rural Counties, including Island County. It is difficult to dig our way out of the, “That’s the way we have always done it,” mindset.
2. All three County Commissioners have acknowledged that the GMA approach, as presently required and adopted in Island County, is a poor fit for Island County. The current review of our County Comprehensive Plan ‘tweaks’ our Plan, but does so following the #1 (above) mindset. The existence of interminable badgering and lawsuits by the Whidbey Environmental Action Network (WEAN) will continue to drain the Staffs and financial resources of Island County and the Cities/Town until a good fit for Island County is found.
3. I propose that “Performance Zoning” can be fashioned that does fit Island County, the Cities of Oak Harbor and Langley, and the Town of Coupeville. Planning Directors and their Staffs have the experience and ability, along with the dedicated Members of our several Planning Commissions/Board, to fashion a widely popular Code based on Performance Zoning concepts.
A shortfall of funding and staffing at the Island County Sheriff’s Office is leading to a lack of crucial policy updates, security measures and long-term planning, according to a report released this week by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
The voluntary review, sought by county’s Law and Justice Council to both improve the department and move closer toward accreditation, has been long in coming. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown had requested the assessment since he took office nine years ago, but budget constraints have prevented it.
Commissioner Rick Hannold, who serves on the Law and Justice Council, said the report reflected the issues he expected to see and said he was confident the sheriff and the Council would be able to address the issues listed.
With the recent news that the Friends of Swan/Bos Lake wish to place the Fakkema Farm into a conservation easement to lock up this land from development we need to ask ourselves whether the Conservation Futures program has gone too far. We live on an Island that is already home to more state parks than any other county in the state and with much of our land locked away by already being in parks, cities and military installations what is left?
Island County has a total land acreage of 133408 acres, of that 133408 acres we have 8012 acres under the control of the cities of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, Freeland* and Clinton*. This leaves 125396 acres under county control. When you add in Whidbey NAS with a total of 8000 acres you end up with 117396 acres. With the addition of the many state parks we have here on Whidbey that total figure drops to 111085 acres under control of Island County.
The above figure does not include already existing county parks land and the parks and facilities built by the individual cities. The above figures also do not reflect the land we have under wetlands and critical areas in the county and that are undevelopable.