Saturday, January 14, 2017

GOAL Post 2017-2

This week's GOAL Post is posted a day late because I was too tired to post it when I got home from work this morning.

As usual, I have made minor formatting changes for ease of reading on the blog.

FROM: GOAL WA (Joe Waldron, )
TO: undisclosed recipients
SENT: Fri 1/13/2017 5:32 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2017-2

GOAL Post 2017-2, Legislative Update from Olympia13 January 2017
A gun rights rally was conducted by the Gun Rights Coalition on the Capitol Campus this morning, with more than 100 activists braving frigid weather to attend. That appears to be a far better turnout that the group that attended the Attorney General’s gun control event a while back. But that’s no surprise – once you light a fire under gun owners – usually by threatening them with draconian legislation, they rise up and let their voices be heard.

Representatives of both political parties attended and spoke to the crowd, with Rep. Matt Shea (R-4) telling the audience he would file a bill to reverse the effect of I-594, the universal background check initiative passed two years ago. Two years must elapse before the legislature can amend an initiative.

“Cut-off dates” are those dates established at the beginning of a session by which bills must clear certain hurdles. As a general rule, bills that do not pass that particular gate are considered dead for the session, although exceptions can be made. At this point the 2017 Regular Session cut-off dates have not been adopted.

SB 5050, by Sen. David Frockt (D-46) is Attorney General Ferguson’s bill banning the possession and sale of so-called “assault weapons".
SB5073 by Sen. John McCoy (D-38) implements recommendations from a joint legislative task force regarding the use of force by police officers.
HB1100, by Rep. Brian Blake (D-19) requires the Department of Licensing to mail a renewal notice to concealed pistol license holders 90 days before the date of expiration.
HB1122, by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-22) provides up to felony penalties for failure to secure firearms and introduces the new term “community endangerment.
HB1134, by Rep. Strom Peterson (D-21) is the House counterpart to SB 5050, the Attorney General’s assault weapon ban bill.
HB 1181, by Rep. Brian Blake (D-19) would prohibit the Department of Licensing from retaining records of handguns purchased at retail or reported to the state by Federal Firearms Licensees.
HB 1190, by Rep. Matt Shea (R-4) is essentially a simpler and more straightforward version of HB 1181.

HB 1100, requiring the Department of Licensing to mail renewal notices to CPL holders 90 days prior to expiration will be discussed in a public hearing in House Judiciary at 10:00 a.m. on 17 January.

Next week’s edition of the GOAL Post will likely come out on Saturday or Sunday evening as I will be working the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trades) show in Las Vegas next week.

Friday, January 6, 2017

GOAL Post 2017-1

That time of year again...

As usual, I have made minor formatting changes but  no changes to content.

FROM: GOAL WA (Joe Waldron)
TO: undiclosed
SENT: Fri 1/6/2017 3:36 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2017-1

Legislative Update from Olympia 6 January 2017 
Senator Pam Roach (R), who has represented the 31st District for more than 20 years, was elected to the Pierce County Council in November. She cannot hold two elected positions so she must resign from the Senate, halfway through her current term. Typically, up to three replacements are nominated by the Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) of the district, then one is appointed by the county council.

Because the 31st District is split between King and Pierce Counties, BOTH county councils get to choose. The PCO’s made three nominations”, #1 recently re-elected Representative Phil Fortunato (R), #2 David Patrick and #3Cheryl Marshall. Both Patrick and Marshall reportedly support Fortunato. The Pierce County Council is ready to move, but the King County Council has refused to act. Why? Because the state Senate is now split 24-24, and any tie vote would go to newly-elected Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib (D).

The Democrats did this once before for a House appointment in 2014, and withheld approval for 60 days. As with the temper tantrum Hillary supporters have been throwing since election day, if Republicans had done this, they’d be condemned far and wide. But this is business-as-usual for the D side. More as the legislature convenes next week.

The 65th Washington state legislature convenes Monday, January 9th for its long (105 day) session. The principal focus of the long legislative session is supposed to be the biennial budget, but rest assured several other topics, including firearms, will receive attention.

Control of the legislature remains split, with Democrats in charge of the House (50 Democrats to 48 Republicans), and Republicans continuing the Majority Coalition in the Senate, with 25 Majority Coalition members (24 Republicans and one Democrat) versus 24 Democrats. We can also count on a handful of pro-gun House Democrats siding with gun owners on legislation of interest.

For those new to legislative affairs, here’s how the process works: 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good riddance, 2016

Once again, my preferred rendition of Rabbie Burns' classic:

About the only good things I can think of to say about 2016 is that Fidel Castro, and Hillary Clinton's political career, died.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Earworm, Happy Holidays Edition

Time for my favorite Christmas Song:

Please take a moment to think about our troops (in and out of uniform!) stationed far from their loved ones during the holidays, and another to think of their families.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Santa Is A Woman

I know Santa Claus is a woman.

I hate to be the one to defy sacred myth, but I believe he's a she.

Think about it. Christmas is a big, organized, warm, fuzzy, nurturing, social deal, and I have a tough time believing a guy could possibly pull it all off!

For starters, the vast majority of men don't even think about selecting gifts until Christmas Eve. Once at the mall, they always seem surprised to find only Ronco products, socket wrench sets, and mood rings left on the shelves. On this count alone, I'm convinced Santa is a woman.
Surely,  if he were a man, everyone in the universe would wake up Christmas morning to find a rotating musical Chia Pet under the tree, still in the bag.

Another problem for a he-Santa would be getting there. First of all, there would be no reindeer because they would all be dead, gutted and strapped on to the rear bumper of the sleigh amid wide-eyed, desperate claims that buck season had been extended. Blitzen's rack would already be on the way to the taxidermist.

Even if the male Santa DID have reindeer, he'd still have transportation problems because he would inevitably get lost up there in the snow and clouds and then refuse to stop and ask for directions.

Other reasons why Santa can't possibly be a man:
  • Men can't pack a bag.
  • Men would rather be dead than caught wearing red velvet.
  • Men would feel their masculinity is threatened having to be seen with all those elves.
  • Men don't answer their mail.
  • Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described, even in jest, as anything remotely resembling a "bowlful of jelly."
  • Men aren't interested in stockings unless somebody's wearing them.
  • Having to do the Ho Ho Ho thing would seriously inhibit their ability to pick up women.
  • Finally, being responsible for Christmas would require a commitment.
I can buy the idea that other mythical holiday characters are men:
  • Father Time shows up once a year unshaven and looking ominous. Definite guy.
  • Cupid flies around carrying weapons. Uncle Sam is a politician who likes to point fingers.  Any one of these individuals could pass the testosterone screening test.
But not St. Nick. Not a chance.

Found on the hard drive. I suspect some other member of the household left it there...




Although maybe I ought to add that the weather forecast gives us a 7% chance of rain right now...


I first ran this back in '08, when this blog was shiny new and I only had one or two followers. I thought maybe, now that it's an old blog and I have a dozen or so new followers, they'd like to see it, too...



1.  An official staff visit by LTG Claus is expected at this post on 25 Dec.  The following directives govern activities of all personnel during the visit.

 a.  Not a creature will stir without permission.  This includes warrant officers and mice.  Soldiers may obtain special stirring permits for necessary administrative action through the Battalion S-1.  Officer stirring permits must be obtained through the Deputy, Post Plans and Policy Office.

 b.  All personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap NLT 2200 hours, 24 December.  Uniform for the nap will be: Pajamas, Cotton, Light Weight, General Purpose, OG, and Cap, BDU woodland pattern, with ear flaps in the extended position.  Equipment will be drawn from the supply room prior to 1900 hours.  While at supply, all personnel will review their personal hand receipts and sign a Cash Collection Voucher, DD Form 1131, for all missing items.  Remember, this is the "season of giving."

c.  Personnel will utilize standard "T" ration sugar plums for visions  to dance through their heads.  Sugar plums are available in "T" ration sundry packs and should be eaten with egg loaf, chopped ham, and spice cake to ensure maximum visions are experienced.

 d.  Stockings, Wool, Cushion Sole, will be hung by the chimneys with care.  Necessary safety precautions will be taken to avoid fires caused by carelessly hung stockings.  1SG's will submit stocking handling plans to S-3, Training prior to 0800 hours, 24 Dec.  All leaders will ensure their subordinate personnel are briefed on the safety aspects of stocking hanging.

 e.  At first clatter, all personnel will spring from their beds to investigate and evaluate the cause.  Immediate action will be taken to tear open the shutters and throw up the window sashes.  On order OPLAN 12-16 (North Pole), para 6-8 (c)(3), dated 4 December, this office, takes effect to facilitate shutter tearing and sash  throwing.  SDO and all CQs will be familiar with procedures and are responsible for seeing that no shutters are torn or sashes thrown in Bldg 9828 prior to the start of official clatter.

 f.  Prior to 0001, date of visit, all personnel possessing Standard Target Acquisition and Night Observation (STANO) equipment will be assigned "wandering eyeball" stations.  The SDNCO will ensure that these stations are adequately manned even after shutters are torn and sashes are thrown.

 g.  The Battalion S-4, in coordination with the National Security Agency and the Motor Pool will assign one each Sleigh, Miniature, M-24 and eight reindeer, tiny, for use by LTG Claus.  The assigned driver must have a current sleigh operators license with roof top permit and evidence of attendance at the winter driving class stamped on his DA Form 348.  Driver must also be able to clearly shout "On Dasher, On Dancer, etc."

 2.  LTG Claus will initially enter Bldg 9828 through the dayroom.  All offices without chimneys will draw Chimney Simulator, M6A2 for use during the visit.  Draw chimney simulator on DA Form 2765-1 which will be submitted in four copies to the S-4 prior to 23 Dec.  Personnel will ensure that chimneys are properly cleaned before turn-in at the conclusion of visit.

3.  Personnel will be rehearsed in the shouting of "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” or "Merry Christmas To All and To All a Good Night." This shout will be given upon termination of the visit. Uniformity of shouting is the responsibility of each section NCOIC.

Executive Officer

Sunday, December 18, 2016

If I had the buck$ to spend...

...on fellow bloggers, including those I haven't actually met...

I'd buy Bobbi one of these keyboards.

Of course, I don't know how good of a keyboard it would be, so she'll probably need a spare computer, too, so maybe it's just as well I don't have the buck$ to spend on fellow bloggers...

(Although for a mere $100+ they will sell you a set of keycaps that work with other keyboards if they use certain switches. I'm ignernt about that switchology, though, so I'll hold off...)

I think I also need to buy a cup of coffee for whoever at Blogger added an "Emoticon" drop down menu to the tool bar. It can easily get out of hand, but I've never been able to figure out how to use ASCII codes to make © or ¢ or ≠ symbols.  Plus, typing in an ampersand usually gets all jacked up, but this automagically fixes it.