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!

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!

2019 It was a (mostly) Very Good Year

2019   It was a (mostly) Very Good Year

As 2019 ends, and 2020 approaches, I have to say that it was a pretty fine year for our little family (Me, Hubby, and Kitty).  There were no disasters, no serious illnesses, only a few bumps in the road.  Our Country has been wracked and torn by the disgusting DemocRATS impeaching President Trump, but he has not let it stop him from governing well in the meantime.

Month by Month…

January

Not much going on in January.  Early in the month, we went to the Seattle Athletic Club, where Hubby plays squash, to watch exhibition matches with some professional players. Some of it was good fun, as world-renowned players played doubles on the big, glass court.  They were intentionally tripping over each other, missing shots, and getting in some good laughs.

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Singles…

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If you have never watched a real professional squash match, I urge you to go over to your favorite video site and search on pro squash.  They are very exciting and fast-paced.

February:

February was a busy month for us.  Early in the month, we got some snow up in our home of Everett, Washington (not that common an occurrence), and our backyard looked like a winter wonderland for awhile.  Our local birds were happy to take advantage of our seed and suet feeders.  Here’s one of our Varied Thrushes.

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Later in the month, we went down to Southern California for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar, which has already been documented here on Calling-all-RushBabes.  It was a wonderful trip, and we were thrilled to be able to meet some well-known Conservatives.  We also confirmed that we will be endowing a Hillsdale scholarship.  From this year on, all of our donations will be credited to our scholarship (for a music student).  We are pleased as punch to be able to do this.

My Age started to affect things this year, as in October I turned 70-1/2, which means I have to start taking Required Minimum Distributions from my Traditional IRA account. My account is with Vanguard, and they do make it very simple to set them up.  I had decided a while ago to dedicate that money to Hillsdale donations, and I did that in May and November this year.  Of course, the College was happy to receive the donations, and they will fund our endowed scholarship.

March:

March was a pretty uneventful month, with no big trips or happenings.  We did drive up to the Skagit Valley to see the scenery.  It was too early for the tulips, but the daffodils were already blooming. It’s only about an hour drive from our house, so we make the trip often.

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April:

April, on the other hand, was full of interesting happenings.  For a few months, we had been noticing that our water bills had been increasing, and we didn’t know why.  Well, we finally called a plumber, and they discovered that we had a broken water pipe in our front yard that was making a lake near the side of our house!  So, on a rainy day, they came out, dug up the yard, and discovered the broken pipe.

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See the bend in the pipe (vertical)?  Here is what the yard looked like:

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However, when he was through, the plumber replaced the dirt and sod, and the yard looked almost untouched.  We were grateful.

I turned 70 years old this year!  I don’t feel that old, and I’m still working more than full-time and liking it.  And, as a 70th birthday present to myself, I purchased my very first smartphone, an iPhone 10R.  I am liking it a lot, especially the camera.  It takes wonderful video, and it’s now my primary video recorder.

April is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and we went back up there to see the flowers.

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May:

In May, I took my solo trip to the Olympic Peninsula, also already documented here.  It was a great time to get away and unwind from all the stress at work. [I just looked at my final paycheck for the year, and I worked 383 hours of overtime in 2019!]  I got some excellent photos, and enjoyed the relaxation.

June:

In June, as usual we went to Leavenworth for the Accordion Celebration.  Leavenworth never changes much, and the music was fun, and the kids cute, as usual.  We love the drive there, too.

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July:

In July, we again took a day trip up the North Cascades Highway, to the Diablo Overlook.  That is always a fun drive, and we still marvel at the blue-green water in the glacial-fed lake.

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At the end of the month, for the finale of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, I got to play with the Festival musicians at the Outdoor Concert.  It was a thrill to play with Amy Schwartz Moretti in the Second Violin section, playing the Elgar Serenade for Strings.

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August:

In August, we went to a party at my cousin’s house, to celebrate the birthday of his son’s daughter.  We had not seen the son in many years, and had never met his wife.  It was a nice party, attended by my sister, my nephew, and my great-niece too.  Later, we took another fun trip down to Tumwater Falls Park in Olympia.  That park never loses its fascination for us, and I understand why that was one of Hubby’s favorite places before we knew each other.

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September:

September was another busy month for me.  We took a trip to the Puyallup Fair, which I already documented here with numerous pictures.  Even at our advanced age, we love going to the fair!

Later, I had a very pleasant dinner with my sister, and our cousin from Portland.  When I thought about it, I had not seen her for over twenty years!  It was wonderful to get caught up on what we had all been doing for such a long time.  I sure hope it won’t be another 20 years until we see each other again.

At the end of the month, I went, with my violin, to the 30th Anniversary celebration for Music Center of the Northwest.  I was on the original Board of that community music school in Seattle, and it was fun to catch up with all the former board members, and hear about what had been going on at the center.  They also scheduled a reunion of Hildman Strings, the string orchestra whose leader was the driving force behind Music Center.  We played together again, and didn’t do too badly for a pickup group!

October:

October was a momentous month for us.  For the first week, we flew back to Michigan for the 175th Anniversary celebration at Hillsdale College (see my post).  They dedicated the new Christ Chapel, and we got to hear Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speak at the dedication ceremony.

We also celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary in October, with a nice dinner at the Metropolitan Grill in Seattle.  I just had to take a picture of a page in the menu, describing the various varieties of Wagyu beef they serve there.  Having seen a picture of a slab of Wagyu, I certainly would not be interested in eating any, since it looks like it’s at least 50% fat!

Oct-Meat with your fat?

Just look at those prices!

November:

In November, we celebrated our first Thanksgiving since our marriage, alone.  I have been basically drummed out of the family, based on the content here on my blog that my sister objects to.  So we went to a nice dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Bellevue, and didn’t have to worry about saying anything that would offend anyone.

And we made our excursion to Snoqualmie Falls, that I have already documented here.

December:

I made a momentous decision in December, after I received a letter from my long-term-care insurance carrier.  The letter informed me that, if I did nothing, my insurance premium would be increasing in January by 40%, and would go up by an additional 150% in the next five years.  Well, that was the last straw.  I decided that this would be throwing good money after bad, so I basically canceled my policy.  The money that I have already paid in premiums (over $30,000) would still be there for me to draw on if necessary, but I will be paying no additional premiums.  I made the decision to take the money I would have paid in premiums, and invest that money in my own account, to earn dividends until needed.

Hubby and I had a very much Christmas dinner at home.  I made a boneless rib roast, and he made garlic mashed potatoes.  We had a nice salad, and apple pie for dessert.  I even got out the good china and Grandma’s silver plate.  Here’s our table:

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The day after Christmas, we did the University Unitarian Church full-length sing-along, play-along Messiah.  I played first violin, and Hubby sang.  It was wonderful, as always.  This year was the fiftieth year the church has been doing this, so the conductor appeared as the Composer!  Cute, but she said the getup was really hot!

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The remodeled sanctuary was beautiful, and we got nice padded chairs!  The choir sang very well, and we in the orchestra were proud to be playing for them. It was a great ending to a good year. Oh, one more thing…  This is a Unitarian Church, which is as far Left as you can possibly be and still be a religion.  Here is a sign outside the rest room.

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We are both in aerospace, and get the time between Christmas and New Years off.  This year, we saw three movies in our weeks off.  We saw the new Star Wars movie, Richard Jewell, and Ford Vs. Ferrari.  That’s more movies than we normally see in six months!  And we enjoyed them all.

Also this year, we followed the case of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which was grounded for much of the year, after two fatal crashes in Asia and Africa.  This incident brought opprobrium to Hubby’s employer, and my company’s biggest customer, and we winced every time new bad news was received.  This issue will carry into the new year of 2020, and promises to be uncomfortable for everyone.

Now, as the old year winds down, I would like to express gratitude for all the good things that have come our way this year.  I earned a very nice salary, was able to put away a rather large sum in my retirement accounts, and benefited from a rising stock market all year.  Hubby and I have been healthy, except for my cancer scare (also documented here) in the fall.  We are incredibly fortunate not to have had any major problems this year, and we thank God for our lives, and our friends, and our colleagues.   We are big supporters of our President Donald Trump, and wish him and his family a good new year.  I would also like to thank all of my loyal followers and commenters, here on my blog.

Onward to 2020!  Happy New Year to all!

A Belated Christmas Greeting to the Trump Family

President Donald Trump and his First Lady, Melania, published a video Christmas greeting to the nation. See below.

Just look at that still-shot.  They do not look very happy, do they?  Perhaps that might have something to do with the way they have been treated for the past four years by the despicable (so-called) democrat party and the Media.  The entire Trump family has had their names dragged through the mud, been slandered and libeled regularly, and been slimed in all manner of media, ranging from the fish wrap New York Times and Washington Post, to the sleaze-filled Daily Kos, Salon, and Puffington Host (hat tip to James Taranto).

President Trump’s campaign was spied-upon, his campaign aides surveilled by the FBI, his cabinet members hounded out of restaurants, and his supporters injured on the streets. And he has been impeached in the House of Representatives, for the simple reason that they Hate Him.  His term in office has been the most productive, beneficial, and economically excellent in many decades.  The country is manifestly better-off today than at any time since the Obama Recession.  Today’s unemployment rate is the lowest in 50 years, and today more minorities are employed than ever before.  The average American pays less in taxes, has a better job with benefits, and is subject to fewer onerous Federal regulations than he has seen in recent memory.

But President Trump has continued to fight against all the stones that have been thrown at him, and has come out of it even stronger.  He has fought off the Never-Trumpers of his own party, and has remained upbeat and optimistic about the future of the United States of America.  Unlike most of his enemies in the Left Party and the Media, President Trump cares deeply about this country, and wants to keep it strong in the face of the many external foes that wish us ill.

So, a Very Merry Christmas to our President and his family.  Keep the Faith, Sir, we are with you!

Reasons I’m ashamed to live in the People’s Republic of Washington

First, I did not elect the bureaucrats who are doing their best to make it difficult and expensive to live here.  I assuredly did not vote for the DemocRATS who rule this state.

Starting from the top:

The Sleazebag Attorney General of Washington State is suing the Federal Government for having the temerity to enforce Federal Immigration law.  How DARE you arrest illegal aliens at the Courthouse?!  Hey, Ferguson, what part of ILLEGAL don’t you understand?  And this rat is the attorney general!  Well, not MY attorney general.  I do not believe that Federal Immigration Law enforcers are bound by Washington State Sanctuary laws, which are illegal in themselves.

Next, the Seattle Leftists will be holding “impeachment rallies” around Western Washington tomorrow, to show that they despise those of us who Elected President Donald Trump.

And there is an outbreak of “highly-contagious” Hepatitis A going around, spread by the ubiquitous homeless, drug-using population north of Seattle.  When people live in squalid conditions, snorting meth and sharing needles, they spread horrible diseases.  Adding a little “Ewwww” factor to your day.

Then, for those of us who don’t have enough intrusive government in our lives, the state transportation commission is going forward with a plan to tax drivers Per Mile driven, to replace the gas tax.  Yep, the intellectuals who continually urge the population to ditch the gas-guzzlers for more fuel-efficient vehicles (no matter that increasing gas mileage is MANDATED by the federal government) and electric cars, somehow forgot that all those electric and fuel-efficient cars don’t pay as much, or any, gas taxes for road maintenance!  Roads get used as much, but some drivers are free-riders on the rest of us. [well, also remember that our state uses that gas tax revenue not for only road upkeep but for “mass” transit that no one outside Seattle rides].

No, you saps in Washington State are still not paying enough in taxes and fees to support the homeless, EV drivers, drug addicts, diversity coordinators, paid leave-takers, and bureaucrats in Olympia.  On the last election ballot, there were no fewer than ten “additional taxes” the legislature dreamed up to soak the very life out of residents-they had an “advisory vote” to ask us whether we agreed with all those additional taxes.  Well, who cares?  The votes were simply “advisory”, so whether we agreed or not, they don’t have to do what we want!  Why bother?  We are just the taxpayers, and they do not have to care what we want, out here in the suburbs.

I am ashamed to live in Washington State.  Believe me, I did not ask for this.

Are you Clamoring for an Electric Car?

Are you Clamoring for an Electric Car?

Is a Tesla or a Chevy Bolt, or a Nissan Leaf on your Christmas list this year?  Can you hardly wait to ditch that gas-guzzler in the driveway and replace it with a vehicle that you can “fill up” from an installation in your garage, at a lot less than a tank of Regular?

Well, if that’s what you see in your future, so do most of the world’s car manufacturers.  There probably isn’t a car manufacturer who isn’t working on designing and building an electric car, either purpose-designed or just replacing the internal-combustion engine in a model they already build with a big battery.  General Motors has already announced their coming “All-electric future”.  The European Union is mandating more and more strict emissions rules for vehicles sold there, and their car makers like BMW, Renault, Daimler, Fiat, and Volvo are all touting their electric vehicles.

But you might wish to wait a moment before you go all-in on electric, especially if you live in the United States outside of a central large city.  First, let’s check out the price of that electric car versus its gas-powered brother. The Nissan Leaf retails for about $30,000.  Its near twin, the Nissan Versa, costs about $19,000.  An electric Chevy Bolt will set you back about $36,000.  Its similar brother, the Cruze, is about $17,000.  See a pattern developing here?  In the past, you could rely on a nice Federal tax credit for your electric car, to help mitigate that huge price differential, but not anymore.  Most car makers have sold enough cars that they don’t earn any tax credit now.  So, it looks like GM’s All-Electric Future will be a lot more expensive than its Internal Combustion Present.

That nice home charger in the garage will set you back another $700 or so.  However, unlike the five-minute fill-up of your gas-powered ride, it will take you up to 3-4 hours to recharge that electric car.  And the “range” of an electric car is a lot smaller than the range of miles you can get from a tank of gas.  So, you’ll probably want to forget those long road-trips in your new electric car.  And if you get caught in an unexpected traffic jam, that electric car’s range might just shrink.  If you get caught with your battery down in the middle of a busy street or freeway, it might be pretty embarrassing to have AAA send a truck to hoist it up and carry it to the nearest charging station.  And there’s no guarantee that there will even BE a near charging station!  They are still pretty few around the country today.

Also, what about that wildfire in your area, when the police or highway patrol comes to your house and tells you to evacuate?  What? Your electric car is out of charge?  It won’t get you very far when you need to evacuate?  Too bad, it becomes a hunk of junk when the fire reaches your house, and you really can’t carry much on your back.  Then, what about that power failure in the next thunderstorm?  Your car needs a charge?  Impossible with no power!  That’s especially worrying when you are a rural resident, where you are already far from most services.

Now, I’ll bet that new electric car might not seem like such a good investment.  And electric cars are so new, there’s really not much of a market for used ones.  And big Li-ion batteries don’t last forever, and eventually need to be replaced, at a cost far above that of an internal-combustion engine.  So your electric car might not be worth very much when its battery wears out, and you might be out 1/3 the price of the car for a new one.  Oh, and batteries don’t perform very well in the cold, so if you live in Minnesota your car will need to be kept indoors so its battery doesn’t freeze or get drained by the cold weather.

My own viewpoint is that I will never, ever, buy or drive an electric car.  I appreciate being able to get in my gas-powered car, and go wherever I want, whenever I want, with no “range anxiety”.  I like long car trips, without the worry of how long I have left before my car dies.  Gas stations are everywhere, and if you keep a full or close to full tank, you can even drive around during a power outage.  And when you are forced to evacuate, you can fill up the trunk with your goods and just drive away.  I’m betting that most Americans aren’t clamoring for an electric car, and that GM’s future might not be so prosperous if it expects most Americans to want one.

No Electric Car For Me.  Ever.

Bwaaa-haaa-haaa-haa!! Headlines that made me die laughing today!

Sometimes you just can’t pass these things up!

Elizabeth Warren plans to be “the last US President elected by the Electoral College”!!!  As if she has a chance to be elected, and even has a breath of a chance to kill the Electoral College!!  Bwaaa-haa-haa!

Washington State Congressman Denny Heck announces his retirement.  He has been one of the sleaziest slanderers of President Donald Trump, and says this about the “Press” treatment BY the White House!  “I will never understand how some of my colleagues, in many ways good people, could ignore or deny the president’s unrelenting attack on a free press”.  Yeah, was that the “free press” who has slimed the President from even before his candidacy was announced?  The so-called “press” whose coverage of the President has been 99% negative for four years?   Bwaaa-haa-haa-haa!!!!!

Democrats freak out after Kamala Harris drops out of the presidential primary contest.  Yes, they go ballistic, because now the contest is mostly among Old White Men.  Bwaa-haa-haa!

The wages of sin?  Massachusetts finds its EBT cards (stores of Welfare Benefit value) used in places NOT in Mass!  Like, maybe, Las Vegas and Alaska!  Boy those welfare queens sure do get around!  Bwaa-haa-haa-haa!!!!!

And, finally, a new study finds that Seattle is one of the few cities that has a higher percentage of the population using marijuana than smoke cigarettes! So that’s the reason Seattle is so weird!

Bwaa-haa-haa-haa!!!!