Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The We The People Problem

How does a real American live in a city like Seattle, Washington? That is the question I have to answer because I do. I live in a super liberal city where the percentage of people voting is pitifully small. The Mayor was elected with a paltry 30% of eligible voters doing so and just barely won, meaning he was elected by 15% of the population back in 2013.


Fast forward today and you have the Seattle Police Officers' Guild, which is the largest union, holding secret negotiations with Seattle police and when The Stranger managed to get hold of parts of it the Mayor then decided to get the FBI involved.

Here in Seattle, there is no Tea Party, no Militia in the entire state, no Constitution Party presence in the county and to top it off the Council made it clear, the People would not get a vote on whether to build the most expensive police precinct in the country despite huge backlash and objection from the public. 

I believe the police should be accountable to the public and we should make every effort to lawfully make them do so. However the big conundrum is this: How does one do so when there are so few right-wingers? 

Enter one of the most controversial groups in the nation today. Black Lives Matter. Now before you throw up and block me, i'm not a supporter of them. I believe the focus is wrong and should be on accountability instead of one ethnic group. However let's be real, the media is super biased. The left adores BLM and the right hates them and both sides love sensationalism. Let me give you a dose of reality from a local perspective. I've filmed two protests and not once was I harassed for it either by the police or the protesters. The local leader is a white man and neither protest had a single arrest that I am aware of. What I am saying is our public servants need accountability and these guys are peacefully protesting. The same can be said for the other groups which are almost totally leftwing. And yet there are many people in Facebook groups that are pro-2A and certainly support the Second Amendment. Can they be used to change things and make Seattle more accountable? I do believe they can. It's confusing because normally the left loves government control but I have found a Libertarian like me can survive quite well in person and on social networks and do so without compromising Constitutional beliefs. 

I intend to also get involved with the Constitution Party and be the voice in King County as there is nobody else to do it. And yes that does mean I am voting for Darrell Castle.  I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. That is why we have Trump and Hillary running. Two terrible people who will both destroy America as much as Obama has.
 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

In which I visit the Parents in Ohio

I started writing this in the motel room in Mentor Ohio and only just published.  I'm so behind it's unreal. It's been a flying visit in every sense of the word. I flew out Friday night and landed in Cleveland Hopkins Airport around 6AM Saturday. The adventure started when my 10PM flight from Seattle was delayed due to a computer crash. It was only an hour delay but it was long enough I was about to start on strong coffee and energy drinks and settle down for a long wait.

The Flight and Arrival

The flight was mostly uneventful apart from some turbulence on the approach to Cleveland but nothing severe. I had decided to take Frontier Airlines and it was budget in every sense of the word. I had to pay for my checked bag and there was no in-seat power or even a USB port and no Wi-Fi. The table on the back of the seat wasn't even big enough for the laptop, which I had to put on my lap, which I suppose is what it's meant for. Arriving, Dad got lost and took 3 hours to make the 45-60
The Family together again
minute drive out there. I couldn't complain though as I was going to spend $50 on taking Lyft out there. I arrived at the house and finally saw the rest of them. There were hugs all round of course. Joanna and I engaged in our typical stimulating conversation as she would put it and Peter and I did a bit of geeking out. I showed him the horrific job my phone camera did of filming while walking around.

Sunday
Grace Church of Mentor from 2002
Grace Church of Mentor has gone through a HUGE change over the years. From having maybe 30 in 1979, it now has well over 400 people and the building has undergone massive upgrades from the time I saw it last in 2001. I only saw a few people, which was highly disappointing but of those I did see, everyone was older and bigger of course. I was semi prepared as I had seen Facebook pics but it's that much crazier in person.

Monday

I arrive back at Cleveland to find there was an hour long delay for the flight back so did the only logical thing and went for Chic-Fil-A. It was a good trip and one I hope to repeat over Christmas






Joanna and I <3
Peter and I







Monday, 1 August 2016

Just as I Am Book Review



Faith Blum's newest novella is available! This one is double trouble! Not only is it about twins, but these twins have reckless and adventurous spirits. When they go against their family, they run into more trouble than they bargained for.

About the Book

Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.


Eve and Evangeline Collins are adventurous twins who decide to take a risk and head west as mail order brides. Their parents are less than pleased, but do nothing to stop them. Eve and Eva don’t realize their danger until they stop just outside Cheyenne. Will they ever see their family again?