Igor 3 weeks, 2 days ago on Letter - Legislation aimed at taking guns ill-conceived

Well stated Ninja. The purpose of the 2nd Amendment was not to arm our National Guard but to ensure that we would never again have to suffer under an oppressive federal government.

The Framers saw the various states’ militias as the protection that might enable us to resist a standing federal army or a select federal militia. The right to keep and bear was considered a common law right that had existed since Jamestown and Plymouth.

There’s a reason why the Democrats want your weapons and it has nothing to do with public safety. Their vision for you and me equates to slavery with only what freedoms they choose to allow us. We need to fight their bills to take our weapons at every turn because an armed citizenry is the ONLY defense against tyranny.

These things said, we do need to make a better effort to remove firearms from the hands of the mentally ill. But confiscatory laws ain’t the way to do it. I too have seen numerous abuses of anti-harassment orders, no-contact orders, protection orders, retraining orders, etc.

All ex parte orders, generally issued where someone is trying to gain an advantage in a child custody proceeding or some other civil proceeding, need to be viewed by our judiciary with extreme skepticism.

I want to commend both you and Charles for your heightened sensitivity to the problem. Most libs simply don’t get it. Charles has always been first on the front line to take these types on and I am glad that he has found an ally in you, Ninja!
Keep up your good work!


Igor 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Letter - Scientific method disproves global warming

This in encouraging! I can’t tell whether you and Singleton are on the same side of the issue, but I continue to believe that open discourse between people of divergent views is the best way to sort things out rather than continual sniping at one another. Politics and crony capitalism have become so enmeshed in our society that it’s difficult for many to separate fact from fiction and political diatribe.


Igor 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Letter - Scientific method disproves global warming

This in encouraging! I can’t tell whether you and Singleton are on the same side of the issue, but I continue to believe that open discourse between people of divergent views is the best way to sort things out rather than continual sniping at one another. Politics and crony capitalism have become so enmeshed in almost all issues that it’s difficult for many to separate fact from fiction and political diatribe.


Igor 2 months ago on Letter - Scientific method disproves global warming

Hey Rick,

I echo Mr. Singleton’s comments! Outstanding Letter! Concise, correct and to the point! Hey, there’s more AGW propaganda in tonight’s U.B. at page B8. The polar glaciers are melting at record pace and sea levels will rise! Hurry, hurry! Buy beach front property up at Tollgate while it’s still cheap and on the market!

The article in today’s paper by Andrea Thompson claims that the polar ice cap in Antarctica is melting but admits, at the same time, that Antarctic sea ice has reached record levels. Yes indeed, Andrea, the Southern Hemisphere polar ice cap for the month of April 2014 surpassed its greatest April extent in recorded history.

Fact of the matter is that the new record extends a long-term expansion of the Antarctic ice sheet that defies all alarmist claims that global warming is or should be melting the polar ice caps.

And how do the devout members of the Church of Global Warming explain this away? Well, it has to be “stronger circumpolar winds and continental ice melts.” Well, in the words of Lou Reed, "It takes a busload of faith to get by."

Huh? Well, before that some “scientific” article I read claims that all the AGW heat must be hiding somewhere deep in the ocean. Screaming a political lie long enough and loud enough does not make it true, though some that don’t make the effort to inform themselves will inevitably buy into it.

I put absolutely no stock in any IPCC report issued by the UN. The UN is little more than an organization of third world nations that are trying to bleed as much out of the U.S. as they possibly can. The AGW shtick is just one more example.

Until you can take politics out of science you will never convince me that AGW is even happening, let alone it’s a threat. Or, even if it were a threat, that’s there’s anything we can do about it, though, I do understand, that Governor Inslee and Tom Steyer have a plan for us.

So let us instead concern ourselves with the more pressing issues such as The Republican War on Women and Income Inequality. Hah! I’m just kidding. Help! Help! The polar bears be a drowning!


Igor 2 months, 1 week ago on Governor proposes capital gains tax for Washington

This is pure insanity. Yes, yes, I know that businesses and corporations don’t create jobs. Only the government can create jobs. Obama and Elizabeth Warren have mouthed this ridiculous mantra over and over.

Problem is, who’s gonna pay the taxes that keep our beneficent, job creating, government afloat? I suppose it’s theoretically possible that government workers could tax themselves to death to pay their own salaries but, if that were to happen, their paychecks would be a big fat zero!

Now we have a socialist in our Governor’s Mansion, a loon who wants local cap and trade and wants to make us all drive golf carts. Spare me! Boeing is slowly making its exit. It moved its headquarters years ago and almost pulled out over the union’s threat last year to squelch the 777X . If we can’t elect sane government, Boeing will be gone in another few years.

Now Inslee wants a state capital gain tax? Where did he study economics? The best way to drive business from your state is to impose taxes that will drive them to a neighboring jurisdiction that has a more business friendly tax structure.

The capital gains tax is an unequivocal burden on the capital we need to grow, prosper, and compete in a 21st century global economy. Any business that sees an appreciation of the value of its capital must pay additional taxes on this appreciation (depending on the length of the investment and the marginal tax rate of the business) when it becomes necessary to liquidate assets to retool plant and buy new equipment. Considering inflation, the effective rate paid on capital is even higher.

The best way to lower your standard of living is to drive businesses that create jobs to another state. What is Inslee thinking? Well, of course, he’s not thinking in any sort of rational way. All he’s doing is pandering to his far left supporters who really do think that we can all prosper by driving business from our state by imposing ever higher taxes.

It ain’t rocket science folks. It’s just basic economics. But then I don’t think I’ve ever met a Democrat that has even a rudimentary understanding of basic economics so there you go.


Igor 3 months, 2 weeks ago on No excuse for pathetic voter turnout in US

I understand your point and agree. However, according to many on the left the problem is that voting for some has become TOO hard due to voter ID laws in some states. The left claims that voter ID laws disenfranchise minorities but, just as the case of the War on Women and Climate Change, I have a hard time swallowing this one. The claim that minorities are too stupid to figure out how to get a photo ID is an insult to their intelligence and mine as well. If you have to have an ID to drive a car, buy cigarettes and alcohol, open a bank account, apply for food stamps and welfare, Medicaid and social security, unemployment compensation, get on an airplane, purchase a gun, get a hunting or fishing license, etc., then it seems entirely reasonable that you should have to have an ID to vote if for no other reason than to prevent voter fraud. Do thoughts like this make me a bad person? Or am I just stupid? Wonder what Prof. Gruber would say?


Igor 3 months, 2 weeks ago on US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

Yes, as you say, it's one huge joke. Wish I could bring myself to laugh. The planet hasn't warmed a bit in the last 15 years and before that there's no credible evidence that mankind contributed in any quantifiable way. According to my vegan friends on the Left we need to stop eating meat because bovine flatulence is the real problem. Hey, climate change folks! I have some great beach front property for sale up near Tollgate if you're interested.


Igor 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Washington approves expanded gun background checks

The reason the initiative passed is that the ballot title was misleading. "Initiative Measure No. 594 concerns background checks for firearm sales and transfers. This measure would apply currently used criminal and public safety background checks by licensed dealers to all firearm sales and transfers, including gun show and online sales, with specific exceptions."

If you didn’t take time to read the initiative in its entirety you would think that all your voting on is a law to require private background checks when you sell or give your firearm to a third party. Who could possibly object to background checks in those situations? The vast majority of NRA members favor private checks.

But what they don’t favor is a law that imposes a myriad of transfer restrictions in almost every other situation you can think of. The initiative was a Trojan horse loaded with all sorts of nasty little surprises that will do nothing but criminalize a huge number of law abiding gun owners. So yes, a legislative fix is indicated. But don’t hold your breath.

The real problem with the law is most people simply won’t comply with many of its restrictive provisions and enforcement will be almost impossible. California tried something like this some years ago and only about 10% complied with the law. My prediction is that the initiative will be invalidated because of its deeply flawed ballot title.


Igor 3 months, 2 weeks ago on No excuse for pathetic voter turnout in US

According to our President the fact that only 36% of the electorate voted means that the majority of the people continue to support his agenda . . whatever that might be.


Igor 5 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Bombing is not right approach to ISIS

You make some good, cogent arguments, but I respectfully disagree that ISIS is not a threat to the US. There’s hard evidence that many that have fought with ISIS are back home for R&R on their American passports and that many more are filtering unchecked across our southern border.

The immediate threat may not be attacks here at home, but rather attacks on our allies, both European and Arab. The ISIS army is not a bunch of ignorant savages. They are a very sophisticated lot, many of whom were educated here in the U.S. I’ve read that over 40% of their officers were former officers who served under Sadam.

Five Arab countries have joined Obama’s coalition. How much “boots on the ground” help we’ll get from them is debatable. But if we don’t take a leadership role and do all we can to annihilate the evil that is ISIS then its army will only grow stronger.

I accept your “guns and butter” argument. Certainly we can and should do more for those suffering from addiction and mental illness. But I ask you to remember that it was your leftist friends that turned all the mentally ill and the severely addicted out on the streets.

I find it heartbreaking to read about all the mentally ill that freeze to death every winter or who are raped and/or murdered on a constant basis because the left in our country, with the help of the ACLU, sued to “free” all these poor souls on the faulty assumption that they could subsist and get by with the advent of antipsychotic medicines.

Our mental health system is abominable and cruel. So far as your comments regarding industrial pollution, hunger and untreated diseases are concerned? Well, what can I say? Hogwash! No one goes hungry in this country and no one suffers from untreated disease if he can find his way to an ER.

The air and water are cleaner now than they’ve ever been and tightening regulatory standards will not do anything to improve matters. Read “Regulators Gone Wild” by Rich Trzupek

It will be interesting to see how Obama’s strategy pans out, but I fear that he’s once again boxed himself into a corner with his no boots on the ground pledge. Again, if he would have left some troops in Iraq before he bugged out, not of what we’re seeing today with ISIS would be happening.

Back in the 1930s many people saw Hitler just as Obama saw ISIS, namely, the junior varsity sporting varsity uniforms. Hitler preached hate and Teutonic supremacy. Kinda like ISIS. The same only different.

Hitler and his thugs were pure evil. Just like ISIS. The same only different. They only way to deal with these sorts of hate motivated organizations to kill ‘em all and break their stuff. Otherwise they gonna be a knock, knock, knockin’ at your door.