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Archive for November, 2007

Thank You, Judy Fenton

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 30, 2007

The final election results from the November 6th vote are in and certified. Judy Fenton garnered almost 22 percent of the vote in her race against the popular, typically Seattle liberal Council Member Sally Clark. If Seattle were a private corporation, 22 percent would be enough to gain a seat on the board but in winner take all politics; it serves only to measure the base of support.

Nevertheless, hats off to Judy for making the effort. Her distinctive diamond shaped yard signs peppered the city. She attended the candidate’s nights and appeared on the televised forums. She acquitted herself well. Too bad there are not more conservatives or even Republican moderates in Seattle willing to step up to the plate like Judy.

Thanks again Judy!

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Wars of Survival

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 30, 2007

1779 – Revolutionary War

25,000 dead and 25,000 wounded. Total casualties of 50,000 represent around 0.7 percent of the 7.5 million people living in the 13 colonies.

1865 – Civil War

140,414 combat deaths, 224,097 non-combat deaths and 281,881 wounded. Adding in Confederate losses, total casualties are over 900,000 or approximately 2.6 percent of America’s 34 million people.

1945 – World War II

291,557 combat deaths, 113,842 non-combat deaths, 670,846 wounded and 30,314 missing for total losses of about 2,000,000 which amount to over 1.5 percent of America’s 133 million people.

The above wars share several characteristics: 1) Fought for freedom, democracy and preservation of the nation. 2) Mistakes, war weariness and major set backs occurred. 3) The effort required a major personal and economic commitment by the people. 4) Everyone knew someone in the military, most knew someone on the list of dead or wounded 5) There was a leader (Washington, Lincoln, FDR) dedicated to victory.

2007 – War on Terror

As of November 19, 2007, the U.S. military has suffered 3,151 combat deaths in Iraq. Add in 716 non-combat deaths and 28,489 wounded and causalities in Afghanistan and total casualties mount to over 34,000 or about .0001 percent of America’s 300 million people.

Missing in this war is the belief that the nation is in peril from the Islamic-fascist movement characterized by Al Qaeda and its ilk. Also absent is commitment on the part of the people, especially the political Left. No pledge of “…our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” No war bond drives, no Victory Gardens, no rationing, no draft and really no perceived need for them. Since the first Gulf War and the advent of “smart bombs’ and high tech war machines, Americans have come to expect short, cheap military victories. And despite the War on Terror costs, the economy seems to many largely unaffected.

Unfortunately, President Bush, while committed to victory, has not been able to adequately explain the danger to the nation, the unique nature of this asymmetric war or the extended time required to fight it. To their shame, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and a majority of Democratic leadership have used this as an opening to gain political advantage. It will fall to the next President to educate and lead on this issue. All the presidential hopefuls on the Republican side, except Ron Paul, understand the threat and the need to strongly oppose it by every legitimate means possible. Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Chris Dodd probably get it but to win the nomination and the White House, much less govern; they will have to sing the “Defeat Now” song of the Democratic base. It’s a siren song but the lyrics don’t rhyme. Hopefully, American voters will recognize that by November 4, 2008.

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Great Web Site to Follow the Campaigns

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 28, 2007

OK, you campaign junkies, get your fill at C-SPAN’s www.campaignNetwork.org.

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Wazzu’s New Football Coach

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 28, 2007

Apple Cup winning coach Bill Doba is out at WSU. A half dozen or more names, including former Cougar, briefly Crimson Tide, now Texas-El Paso Head Coach Mike Price, have been floated as a potential Doba successor. But one name is not on the list. Surprising because he’d be a perfect fit for the Palouse; a college quarterback, a lawyer, coach at two Division 1 universities and currently an assistant coach in the NFL . Who you ask?

The next Wazzu savior? Rick Neuheisel – you can bet on it.

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Obama’s Preemptive Meaculpa

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 21, 2007

Columnist Robert Novak wrote that the Clinton campaign had some dirt on Barack Obama but had no plans to use it. (Yeah, right!). Obama launched a preemptive counterstrike by admitting to a Dallas high school audience that he had abused alcohol and drugs as a teenager. This gave Rudy “I’m a sinner too.” and Mitt “I’m not.” the opening to tout their virtues or lack of same on an issue best left to the Democrats to wallow in. If anything, Mitt and Rudy should have attacked the “I know a secret but I won’t tell.” (wink, wink) tactics of the Clinton machine just as reminder to voters of what to expect in 2008. 

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A Message from My Daughter – Support the Troops.

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 19, 2007

Support for our troops enters the 21st century…text messaging! See the e-mail below.

In addition, if you all could keep two of my friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Capt. Jason Garneau just left for Kuwait to process in for his second tour in Iraq. He’s working with the Iraqi army on training…OJT I guess as his unit is following them around in Humvees. Jason, his wife Helen, and I are all good friends from college. Yes, there are a few of us who survived ultra-liberal UW unscathed. ;-)

Corporal Bret Freeman, brother of my friend Skyla. Bret’s a college sophomore who decided to enlist in the Marine Corps…extremely brave and totally reckless all at the same time. Skyla is extremely proud of Bret, but also extremely scared for him as he’s spending his day’s manning the gun turret on a Humvee.


Subject: Support our Troops: READY ….SET….TEXT!

In this time of giving thanks, an opportunity to say “thank you” to some of the people who have given us the most to be grateful for. 

You can tell our troops directly how much you appreciate them by texting a message of support to 8-9-2-7-9. Also, if you log onto http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/index.aspx you can see a running list of text messages that people have sent in scrolling by (upper right hand corner of the page).Happy Thanksgiving! 

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King County Ups Your Taxes

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 16, 2007

Credit goes to my wife for coming up with this one.

She speculated that King County Executive Ron Sims opposed the Roads and Transit Proposition because it raised taxes so high that he would not be able to hit the tax payers again with new taxes for mental health, river levies and, what one talk radio listener called, the King County Navy. She also said the new taxes explained Councilman Larry Phillips’ campaign ad in which he said “I’ll make King County’s priorities your priorities.”

Between the tax raising County Council and the silly State Supreme Court ruling striking down the one percent property tax limit, could a Washington State tax revolt be in coming down the pike?      

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The new Seattle School Board has its work cut out for them. See the latest.

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 13, 2007

With thanks to www.Orbusmax.com for the alert.

To see political correctness at its best, read the below letter from the Seattle School District to all its teachers and staff. To express your opinion to the current seven member Board, go to

http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/contact.xml 

and e-mail Board members. Four new members will be sworn in on November 28th so don’t forget to check back to contact the newbies. By the way, whatever happened to the tradition of taking one day a year to thank God for our blessings; to focus on the positive without having to balance every good with a bad.

November 8, 2007

Dear Seattle Public Schools Staff:

We recognize the amount of work that educators and staff have to do in order to fulfill our mission to successfully educate all students.  It’s never as simple as preparing and delivering a lesson.  Students bring with them a host of complexities including cultural, linguistic and social economic diversity.  In addition they can also bring challenges related to their social, emotional and physical well being.  One of our departments’ goals is to support you by suggesting ways to assist you in removing barriers to learning by promoting respect and honoring the diversity of our students, staff and families. With so many holidays approaching we want to again remind you that Thanksgiving can be a particularly difficult time for many of our Native students. This website

 http://www.oyate.org/resources/shortthanks.html

offers suggestions on ways to be sensitive of diverse experiences and perspectives and still make the holiday meaningful to all students. 

Here you will discover ways to help you and your students think critically, and find resources where you can learn about Thanksgiving from a Native American perspective.  Eleven myths are identified about Thanksgiving, take a look at #11 and begin your own deconstruction. Myth #11:  Thanksgiving is a happy time Fact:  For many Indian people, “Thanksgiving” is a time of mourning, of remembering how a gift of generosity was rewarded by theft of land and seed corn, extermination of many from disease and gun, and near total destruction of many more from forced assimilation.  As currently celebrated in this country, “Thanksgiving” is a bitter reminder of 500 years of betrayal returned for friendship. It is our goal as a District to strive towards being inclusive and aware of the needs of all our students by respecting and honoring the many cultural experiences of our students, staff and families.  This does not mean that schools and staff have to avoid recognizing Thanksgiving, but rather calls upon each of us to be sensitive and mindful of every child in our classroom. We appreciate your willingness to struggle with these complex issues by considering the impact on many of our Native students when teaching about Thanksgiving in traditional ways.  If you have any questions or need assistance planning or preparing for any holiday, please feel free to contact the Department of Equity, Race and Learning Support at 252-0138.

Respectfully,

Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D.Director of Equity, Race & Learning Support

Willard Bill, Jr., Program ManagerHuchoosedah Office of Native American Educ

Janine Tillotson, Consulting TeacherHuchoosedah Office of Native American Educ.  

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May a Christian Vote for a Mormon?

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 13, 2007

Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith has been a major stumbling block to evangelical support of his presidential aspirations. That may be changing. One example of this was his favorable reception at the recent meeting of the Christian right in Washington, D.C. Another was his endorsement by Paul Weyrich, a founder of Moral Majority and the Heritage Foundation. Still another is found in an article in the latest issue of the Christian Research Institute’s, “Journal”. Baylor University Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jurisprudence, Francis J. Beckwith, authored an article “Is It Permissible for a Christian to Vote for a Mormon?” He comments on two potential mistakes that can be made if Romney is nominated. One by the candidate if he claims, as did John F. Kennedy, that his theology would not influence his policies and one if the voters judge the candidate through the lens of their own creeds and belief systems. He argues that it is because of his beliefs that Romney could claim a commitment to “justice and democracy.” For the voter, Professor Beckwith points out that evangelicals preferred Reagan over the openly evangelical Carter because of Reagan’s policies, not his religion. He concludes the article with the statement “… in some cases a Christian’s conscience may require him or her to support the Mormon candidate if that candidate is the most likely to advance the common good.” If these three examples a trend make, Governor Romney may be able to avoid the risk of a JFK speech on religious affiliation and instead rely on voters supporting candidates with similar values regardless of underlying theology. 

Since the CRI article is not yet available on line, readers will find very similar and expanded views on the subject by Professor Beckwith, “When the Saint Goes Swearing In” on:

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/?p=754

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Non Offensive Mormon Humor

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 10, 2007

While preparing a post on Mitt Romney’s religion and his electability, I remembered my favorite Mormon joke; actually my only Mormon Joke.

The Pope calls an emergency meeting of the College of Cardinals. He tells them that he has some good news and some bad news. First the good news. “Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ has returned to earth.” Great cheers erupt from the assembled cardinals. Then one of them says, “Your Holiness, if Jesus has returned, what could possibly be the bad news?”

The Pope replies, “He called from Salt Lake City.”

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