Why is the so-called Mainstream Media ignoring the story of the century?

Why is the so-called Mainstream Media ignoring the story of the century?

No, it’s not the Partisan Impeachment of President Donald Trump.

It’s the Exit of Britain from the European Union (Brexit for short), which is to happen tomorrow.  In the last election, Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won in a landslide, taking veto-proof control of Parliament, and flipping many districts that had voted Labour for generations.  That election drew some notice, but it was quickly buried by the news of the Impeachment drama in Washington DC.  I have watched all my favorite news sites, and seen literally nothing about this huge story.

Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will give a big speech, describing  Brexit as the “dawn of a new era” in his country.  In 2016, 52% of Britons voted to leave the EU, but the waffling government, led by waffler-in-chief Theresa May, dilly-dallied and hemmed and hawed, to avoid the actual exit.  The British had had enough, and elected a more-Conservative government to make Brexit happen. Many changes will come for Britain in the coming months, but they will be mostly positive.  No longer will they be at the mercy of unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

Well, it is actually happening.  Tomorrow.  We here in the US should be celebrating Britain’s new choice of Liberty over disappearance into the European Blob.  President Trump has already spoken of a new bi-lateral treaty between our two countries, to recognize the Special Relationship we have had for a long time.

Congratulations to a newly Independent Britain!

I am a White, College-educated, Well-off, Suburban Woman…

And I support our duly-elected President Donald Trump.  All of my classifications above are assumed NOT to support the President.  That segment of society is assumed to be Leftist.  That segment of society is assumed to be pro-abortion.  I don’t fit that mold either. [and I refuse to use the term “pro-choice” either.  I prefer pro-abortion, because that is the correct descriptive term]

As Ayn Rand used to say: Check Your Premises.

I will go out on a limb here, and predict that President Trump will win re-election in November, win the popular vote, and get his second term by a much larger margin than he won his first.

Seattle War Zone. Dori Monson Nails It.

Seattle War Zone. Dori Monson Nails It.

In the past few days, there have been multiple shootings in downtown Seattle.  Ordinary citizens are wondering if they should be going there at all, and are expressing their opinions publicly.  Local businesses are appealing to city government to improve conditions in their neighborhoods, so they are not confronted with drug deals, gang shootings, and homeless people in their doorways on a daily basis.

Dori Monson, radio host on KIRO Radio, has published an excellent article on the local site MyNorthwest.com. He attributes many of Seattle’s problems to the city elected officials, many of whom are politically-correct 1960s radicals who now hold the power.  City Police, distrusted by many, seem powerless to stop the rampant crime and drug dealing.  Criminals with multiple felony convictions are released onto the streets to continue their mayhem.  Respected local businesses, like Bartell Drugs and Barnes and Noble Booksellers are closing up shop, leaving empty storefronts behind.

But the Citizens of Seattle elect their Government.  Too bad they get what they elect.

This is Perfect. WA Senator proposes bill in Legislature to give Seattle what it asks for.

This is Perfect. WA Senator proposes bill in Legislature to give Seattle what it asks for.

If you follow the Northwest news at all, you will be familiar with the story of the environmentalists behind the drive to remove dams on the Snake River, to improve habitat for endangered salmon.  Never mind that removal of those dams would also result in the loss of many megawatts of clean, carbon-free energy production for Eastern Washington, and add thousands of trucks and rail cars to carry all the cargo that was previously carried on the river.  Local agricultural and utility interests in Eastern Washington have spoken with alarm about this proposal.  Some economists have also come out against the proposal, demonstrating that dam removal would have negative consequences for the entire region, even absent the enormous costs for removing the dams.

So, now, a State Senator has proposed a bill in the Washington Legislature in Olympia, to essentially give the citizens of Seattle (who are so numerous, and so Leftist, that they essentially run the State) the kind of project that they are asking for the citizens of the other half of the state to accept.  Senate Bill 6380 would launch a study of breaching the Ballard Locks and  removing the Seattle City Light Dams, to restore Seattle waterways to their pristine condition.  It would also restore Lake Washington to its original condition, and remove Ravenna Creek from its sewer pipe back to the surface.

This is the Gorge Dam, one of those Seattle City Light-run dams that brings electricity to the Social Justice Warriors of Seattle.

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The story above describes how the proposal would let the Skagit River run free as it did in the early twentieth century.  This story just made me smile, and I am interested in hearing how the Seattle contingent in the State Legislature responds to it.  Tit-for-tat; you want to take Eastern Washington back to the 19th Century, maybe you should contemplate Western Washington being returned to the 19th Century.

Oh, and the Senator who proposed this bill is a Republican from Ferndale, a town in Western Washington just south of the Canadian border.  Thanks, Senator Ericksen!

Winter Wonderland. It’s Snow-homish County! Updated Tuesday 1-14

Winter Wonderland. It’s Snow-homish County! Updated Tuesday 1-14

The news media and local government have been talking about nothing else for the past few days, than the huge winter storm that was bearing down on us.  We saw weather maps with swirls of clouds, and were admonished to “prepare for the storm” by laying in supplies of blankets, candles, flashlights, and food that can be eaten right out of the bag or can without being heated.  Stevens Pass over the Cascade Mountains is closed indefinitely, due to downed trees and power lines.

The snow started last night, and Hubby had to sweep the snow off his car so we could go out for dinner.

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I got in the trusty all-wheel-drive SUV at 5:40AM today, and drove to work.  Here are a couple of pictures I took on the drive home this afternoon.

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These trees are in a park right next to the building where I work.

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This is along the road by the local airport, just down the way from work.

Winter wonderland, indeed.

And here are more snow pictures, around our house on Tuesday afternoon.

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This is the “green space” right next to our house.  Last year, one of those trees fell right across the street.  There are big Western Red Cedars and some alders (which grow really fast, and fall often, since their roots are very shallow).

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These cedars are in the neighbor’s yard just to the south of our house.  That’s our fence in the lower left corner.  These trees drop scales all autumn, making our yard look reddish-brown.

And there are multiple new stories in the news today, warning us of more snow and high wind coming.

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Trees Were Coming Down All Around Us

Eastbound Snoqualmie Pass re-opens after Spinouts

And, a view of a snow-dusted Snoqualmie Falls

I love Winter, and just hope none of those trees falls on our house!

2020 Year of the Rat (and the optometrist?)

2020 Year of the Rat (and the optometrist?)

In the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is a Rat year.  Now, most people don’t have very nice associations with the Rat, since they bring to mind ideas like Bubonic Plague, Lab Rat, filth, vermin, rat traps, and “dirty rat”.  Rats are normally viewed as pests, and most of us would scream and run away if we saw a rat in our house.

However, in the Chinese zodiac, if you were born in a Rat year, you might show an aggressive attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit.  Rats might make a lot of money in their lives, and triumph over obstacles set in their way.

This is also a year divisible by ten, and most of us humans have a tendency to attribute special qualities to any year divisible by 10.  Perfect vision is denoted by 20/20, so there have been numerous references in various places this year to Vision.  I just came up with  this slogan:

2020, the Year of the Optometrist.

 Citizens, make that appointment with your local optometrist, and make sure your Vision is 20/20 this year!  I wonder if the eye-care community is milking this year for all it’s worth?

On a side note, in college I was a Psychology major, and I was required to take a class in Research Participation, which involved using rats. They looked very much like this:

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My lab partner (who later became my husband) was actually afraid of the rats!  I wasn’t, and had no trouble handling them, so I handled the rats while he did the recording when they ran the maze.

Oh, yeah..Be sure to check out Ratburger.org.  It’s their year, too!

So rats aren’t always bad, and if you were born in a Year of the Rat, you might become the next Elon Musk or Bill Gates!  What Chinese Zodiac sign were you born under?

What does this say about the Illinois Government?

The state just legalized recreational marijuana use, and the demand has been so high that the pot shops are running out of supply.

And the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Juliana Stratton, was at the head of the line to buy.

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So, residents of Illinois, with all its other problems (basically bankrupt), now you have to worry about State Government officials getting high.  Be careful out there!