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Woman Solves California’s Problems

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 31, 2009

Please be seated when watching the below You Tube video. It may make you feel faint. While it is funny, it is more frightening that people like her are running around loose and probably vote. As a matter of fact, maybe it’s why California is a basket case.


Thanks to Mr. Cynical on Sound Politics for the YouTube site address.


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Oh No! It’s the Blue Angels Again

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 30, 2009

I read the newspapers including the online one; I searched the Seattle City Council agenda, nothing on the talk shows. I began to wonder if Seattle’s Seafair celebration is canceled this year? Maybe it’s because Obama is in the White House and Democrats rule the land but where are the annual protests and resolutions condemning the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels? Not to worry, there are still a few “just give peace a chance” types out there. One has only to look at the comments on a Seattle Times notice about closure of I-90 for a Blue’s practice session.

Spiffy D wrote:

Fighter jets are made to kill people, so when I hear or see one, that’s what I think of.
It’s not appropriate for war machines to be included in a supposedly family-friendly civic celebration for the purpose of military recruitment.

Kathy B. followed with:

From the Blue Angels website:
“The Blue Angels’ mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. ”
It is bad enough that military recruiters have to have access to minors in schools…having this arrogant display of militarism and resource wasting in the face of closing schools and mounting debt is disgusting. It is not the sound of freedom.

While KeepYourHeadsInTheSand opposes metaphors of sound:

It’s the sound of thousands of gallons of finite petroleum being consumed.
It’s the sound of millions of taxpayers’ dollars being turned into a circus performance to entertain the drunken drones.
It’s the sound of a rare bird being pureed by a jet engine for no other reason that to mollify the mindless masses.
It’s the sound of a homeless child crying because she has no food.
It’s the sound of a blue-collar worker sighing as he looks over his mounting health-care costs.

In a perfect world, no threats from dictators, rogue nations or terrorists and no Blue Angels but we don’t live in such a world. As the only superpower, we have responsibilities in defending freedom and democracy. The Blue Angels are a symbol of that responsibility.

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Barack Obama was born in ….?

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 27, 2009

News Flash! Barack Hussein Obama was not born in Kenya or Hawaii but on a grassy knoll in Dallas or possibly at Graceland in Memphis. No, really, just as some expected, he was born in Bethlehem, ….Pennsylvania.

Obama not born in the USA; this story is covered thoroughly in Wikipedia but save yourself some time and as with all conspiracy theories consider the ludicrous lengths the conspirators would have to go to pull off such a hoax. Proving conclusively his lack of citizenship would overwhelm even the skills of CSI New York and Miami combined.

But let’s say the “Birthers” were successful in disqualifying Obama from holding the office of President. How long would it take for two thirds of the House and Senate and three fourths of the state legislatures, in response to national and international outrage, to approve a retroactive amendment to the Constitution allowing a non native-born citizen to be President; maybe a week, two at the most?

Before anyone gets too excited about the possibility of removing Obama from the Oval Office over the authenticity of a birth certificate, consider who would replace him. Read the Constitution and U.S. law which specifies the order of succession to the Presidency if the office is vacated by death, resignation or inability to serve. The next four in line are one, VP Joe Biden (get serious); two, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (get even more serious); three, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, 92 year old Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia and yes, coming in fourth but standing at the ready, Madam Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Better to spend one’s time working to wrest control of the House from the Democrats in 2010. That would put a check on Obama’s leftist ambitions until 2012 when the people can vote for “Change” again.

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If Texas Can, Why Not California?

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 23, 2009

There is an article by Kevin D. Williamson in the July 20, 2009 issue of the National Review titled “Going Alamo – Why jobs and companies are flocking to a big small-government state.” Williamson compares Texas and California and their respective approach to governance. It should be a must read for every governor and state legislator in the country. For that matter, put it on the top of the list for Obama and Congress too. If you’re a liberal, yes, National Review is Rightwing and yes, George W. Bush was once Governor of Texas but try to put that aside. Read the article and ask yourself, which state truly is looking out for its citizens? If you are a concerned liberal, a moderate or conservative, send this link to your state and national legislators.

Click on Texas vs California

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Frying pan – Hutchison – Fire

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 20, 2009

King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison’s media career with KIRO TV ended on a sour note. When she was replaced in 2002 as anchor of the evening news, she filed a discrimination suit. After a three year battle, the suit was settled and the records sealed. Hutchinson signed a confidentiality agreement. The Seattle Times, in a July 16, 2009 editorial, demanded that she release the records of the case and filed suit to enforce their view.

This is the kind of political fodder opponents love to wallow in. She refuses to open the files and the question is “What is she hiding?” The speculators will have an innuendo field day. Agree to make the files public and the “next questioners”, “second guessers” and “Monday morning quarterbacks” come out to play. There are not enough words in the dictionary to explain to everyone’s satisfaction the reasons behind any confidential settlement especially in the few short months of a political campaign. Just look at the conspiracy theories that pop up after any news event.

Ahead in the polls, Hutchison will face one of the four elected politicians in November. Of course, he will ask that the issue of her lawsuit not be used in the campaign. Take the high road knowing full well that the media old and new will carry the mud.

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McKenna’s Plans for the Future

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 20, 2009

I, and I’m sure everyone else on his mailing list, received the below e-mail from Rob McKenna. Should Patty Murray be concerned? She has faithfully towed the Democrat Party line since entering the U.S. Senate over 16 years ago. It has earned her leadership positions and pork power for Washington State. But will this be enough to win a fourth term in 2010? Will her obsequious support for everything Obama – stimulus spending, cap & trade, government health care, economic policy etc. – haunt her should Obama fail to gain public approval for his lurch to the Left? McKenna, up for reelection in 2012, has a free ride should Patty prove vulnerable in 2010. Even if he challenged her and lost, he’d be the leading candidate for Governor in 2012. Should he win, Washington State would have one of the smartest members of the what has been called the most exclusive club in the world, the U.S. Senate. That would be the “Change We Need.”


Dear Friend,

I am writing today to thank you again for your continued support and confidence. Thanks to you, the past year has proven to be very successful both in the Attorney General’s office and in my political life. Last year, running on my record of reducing the scourge of methamphetamines in our communities and protecting vulnerable populations from identity theft,

· I was re-elected by a margin of nearly 20%.

· I was proud to receive the largest number of votes of any Republican candidate for any office in Washington State

· I won 58% of the vote in Pierce County – my opponent’s home county.

· I won 54% of the vote in King County.

· I won 61% of the vote in Snohomish County.

· I received a larger percentage of the vote statewide than President Barack Obama and came within 60,000 votes
of his total vote count, even though turnout for the presidential race was considerably higher.

Since returning to the Attorney General’s Office, I have spent considerable time visiting cities and towns across the state in order to stay connected with the needs of individuals, families and their communities. In the next year I will,

. Return to every county at least once.

· Meet with grassroots leaders to help them achieve their goals, particularly in legislative candidate recruitment and

· Expand my social networking capabilities to improve that efficiency and quality of my communication with all of our
state’s citizens.

· Share our vision for Washington State with current and new supporters.

In order to achieve these goals, I ask for your help once again. Please log onto and make a contribution today. Alternatively, you may send your contribution to PO Box 955, Mercer Island, WA 98040-0955.
Thank you again for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you soon in your hometown! In the meantime, stay in touch by logging onto my Facebook page at . Thank you very much.


Rob McKenna

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The Deficits: Bush vs. Obama

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 13, 2009

Thanks to Jay A. for sending me the below Heritage Foundation link. It is Halloween early, only more frightening. How easily we have slipped from concern about billions to everyday acceptance of trillions. The President, Congress, the media, is anyone sounding an alarm?

Heritage Foundation

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Say What, Susan?

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 12, 2009

The race for King County Executive is non-partisan but let’s face it, of the five leading candidates, four are Democrat elected officials and one is generally considered to lean Republican. What a surprise then to read in a Sunday, July 12th Seattle Times editorial that the four Democrats oppose interim King County Executive Kurt Triplett’s proposed sales tax increase but the lone Republican “wants to study the Triplett proposal before saying how she feels about it.” Reading the editorial description of each of the four Democrat’s responses to the tax proposal, especially the two state legislators, they seem well thought out and responsible. But Susan Hutchison was responsible only in that she actually wanted to read the proposal before commenting. This is one time when reading may not be necessary. Offering a tax hike during an economic recession should be a non-starter. Oddly, I’ve heard Susan speak on two occasions and both times she made it perfectly clear that this is not the time for tax increases. She has ideas for reducing the cost of King County government, starting with the size of the Executive and Council staffs, while funding critical needs. But none of this was mentioned in the Times editorial. It could be a too quick response to a reporter’s question, poor editorial research or, and I slip into conspiracy theory politics here, the Times is laying the groundwork for trashing Hutchison on the way to endorsing two Democrats for County Executive.

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Humor – A Positive Outlook

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 11, 2009

Thanks to Joe M. for sending me this one. If you Google the below title, you’ll find numerous sites with the joke including some with John Kerry as the star. But regardless of the targets, it’s funny.


1. Open a new file in your computer.
2. Name it ‘Barack Obama’.
3. Send it to the Recycle Bin.
4. Empty the Recycle Bin.
5. Your PC will ask you: ‘Do you really want to delete Barack Obama?’
6. Firmly Click ‘Yes.’
7. Feel better?

GOOD! – Tomorrow we’ll do Nancy Pelosi

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Dr. Charles Krauthammer Speaks

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 8, 2009

I received the below from a friend. It is well worth reading if you are concerned about the policies of the Obama administration. It is well worth reading if you are not concerned because you should be.



Last Monday was a profound evening, hearing Dr. Charles Krauthammer speak to the Center for the American Experiment. He is brilliant intellectual, seasoned & articulate. He is forthright and careful in his analysis, and never resorts to emotions or personal insults. He is neither a fear monger nor an extremist in his comments and views. He is a fiscal conservative, and has a Pulitzer prize for writing. He is a frequent contributor to Fox News and writes weekly for the Washington Post. The entire room was held spellbound during his talk. I have shared this with many of you and several have asked me to summarize his comments, as we are living in uncharted waters economically and internationally. Even 2 Dems at my table agreed with everything he said! If you feel like forwarding this to those who are open minded and have not ‘drunk the Kool-Aid’, feel free.

Here is his resume from Wikipedia:

A summary of his comments:

1. Mr. Obama is a very intellectual, charming individual. He is not to be underestimated. He is a ‘cool customer’ who doesn’t show his emotions. It’s very hard to know what’s ‘behind the mask’. Taking down the Clinton dynasty from a political neophyte was an amazing accomplishment. The Clintons still do not understand what hit them.
Obama was in the perfect place at the perfect time.

2. Obama has political skills comparable to Reagan and Clinton. He has a way of making you think he’s on your side, agreeing with your position, while doing the opposite. Pay no attention to what he SAYS; rather, watch what he DOES!

3. Obama has a ruthless quest for power. He did not come to Washington to make something out of himself, but rather to change everything, including dismantling capitalism. He can’t be straightforward on his ambitions, as the public would not go along. He has a heavy hand, and wants to ‘level the playing field’ with income redistribution and punishment to the achievers of society. He would like to model the USA to Great Britain or Canada.

4. His three main goals are to control ENERGY, PUBLIC EDUCATION, &
NATIONAL HEALTHCARE by the Federal government. He doesn’t care about the auto or financial services industries, but got them as an early bonus. The cap and trade will add costs to everything and stifle growth. Paying for FREE college education is his goal. Most scary is his healthcare program, because if you make it FREE and add 46,000,000 people to a Medicare-type single-payer system, the costs will go through the roof. The only way to control costs is with massive RATIONING of services, like in Canada. God forbid.

5. He’s surrounded himself with mostly far-left academic types. No one around him has ever even run a candy store. But they’re going to try and run the auto, financial, banking and other industries. This obviously can’t work in the long run. Obama’s not a socialist; rather he’s a far-left secular progressive bent on nothing short of revolution. He ran as a moderate, but will govern from the hard left. Again, watch what he does, not what he says.

6. Obama doesn’t really see himself as President of the United States, but more as a ruler over the world. He sees himself above it all, trying to orchestrate & coordinate various countries and their agendas. He sees moral equivalency in all cultures. His apology tour in Germany and England was a prime example of how he sees America, as an imperialist nation that has been arrogant, rather than a great noble nation that has at times made errors. This is the first President ever who has chastised our allies and appeased our enemies!

7. He’s now handing out goodies. He hopes that the bill (and pain) will not ‘come due’ until after he’s reelected in 2012. He’d like to blame all problems on Bush from the past, and hopefully his successor in the future. He has a huge ego, and Mr. Krauthammer believes he is a narcissist.

8. Republicans are in the wilderness for a while, but will emerge strong. We’re ‘pining’ for another Reagan, but there’ll never be another like him. Krauthammer believes Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty & Bobby Jindahl (except for his terrible speech in February) are the future of the party. Newt Gingrich is brilliant, but has baggage. Sarah Palin is sincere and intelligent, but needs to really be seriously boning up on facts and info if she’s to be a serious candidate in the future. We need to return to the party of lower taxes, smaller government, personal responsibility, strong national defense, and states’ rights.

9. The current level of spending is irresponsible and outrageous. We’re spending trillions that we don’t have. This could lead to hyperinflation, depression or worse. No country has ever spent them selves into prosperity. The media is giving Obama, Reid and Pelosi a pass because they love their agenda. But eventually the bill will come due and people will realize the huge bailouts didn’t work, nor will the stimulus package. These were trillion-dollar payoffs to Obama’s allies, unions and the Congress to placate the left, so he can get support for #4 above.

10. The election was over in mid-September when Lehman brothers failed. fear and panic swept in, we had an unpopular President, and the war was grinding on indefinitely without a clear outcome. The people are in pain, and the mantra of ‘change’ caused people to act emotionally. Any Dem would have won this election; it was surprising it was as close as it was.

11. In 2012, if the unemployment rate is over 10%, Republicans will be swept back into power. If it’s under 8%, the Dems continue to roll. If it’s between 8-10%, it’ll be a dogfight. It’ll all be about the economy.

I hope this gets you really thinking about what’s happening in Washington and Congress. There’s a left-wing revolution going on, according to Krauthammer, and he encourages us to keep the faith and join the loyal resistance. The work will be hard, but we’re right on most issues and can reclaim our country, before it’s far too late.


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