Saturday, October 18, 2014

GOAL Alert 2-2014

Joe sent this out last night.  Didn't have a chance to get to it until just now.

From: GOAL goalwa@cox.net
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: GOAL Alert 2-2014
Sent: undisclosed-recipients:

Election update 17 October 2014
  • IT'S CRUNCH TIME
  • BALLOTS WENT IN THE MAIL TODAY
  • THE FUTURE OF GUN RIGHTS IN WASHINGTON IS IN YOUR HANDS
  • VOTE NO ON 594
  • VOTE YES ON 591
  • VOTE NOW
While the campaigning will go on for another 18 days, ballots went in the mail today.  You'll receive yours with a day or three.  Washington is one of four 100% vote-by-mail states; no lining up at a polling place to cast your ballot.  The one in your mail box is the only one you'll get.  A disadvantage of vote-by-mail is no ID is required to get the ballot -- whoever has access to your mail box has access to your ballot.  Look for it, open it, fill it out, and get it back in the mail.

GOAL just funded a special mailing of 100,000+ postcards to 11 selected districts we believe are critical to the election.  You may or may not receive one.  The NRA has done the same thing with its nearly 100,000 members in Washington.  GOAL postcards started arriving on Friday, 17 October.
Those of you who read my monthly legislative news column in the Washington Arms Collector's Gun-News have already read most of this.  But for the many GOAL Post subscribers who are not WAC members, here's some background on the endorsement process.

I used two guiding principles in preparing the list, which was provided to the Washington Arms Collectors for their approval, and to the GOAL trustees for the same.  The first was to identify and start the list with those "righteous Democrats" who have been supporting Washington's gun owners for the past decade or more.  (More on those selections later.)  We owe them.

Next up was pro-gun Republicans, followed by "any Republican."  We have endorsed a few Libertarian candidates when Washington's "high two" system left no more suitable candidate.  (For the record, I'm a conservative "small-l Libertarian; but we live in a two party system, and your chances of winning election if you do not have an (R) or a (D) after your name are almost impossible.  I know many libertarian elected officials, but all ran as Republicans.)  Finally, there are several "No recommendation" listings.  In these cases, neither of the candidates would do anything to enhance gun rights in Washington.

Why support Republicans who are weak on the gun issue?  Because it solidifies Republican control of a chamber (House or Senate), if that can be achieved.  And with strong pro-gun leadership in both chambers, we don't have to worry how they might vote because bad bills will never make it to the floor for a vote.

There are a couple (literally, two) of dual endorsements on the list, the "xxx OR yyy" candidates.  I don't like dual endorsements.  It tends to confuse voters.  But sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

I've received half a dozen calls already today regarding the candidates listed on our postcards, or listed in the WAC Gun-News.  Most disagreement focused on the Democrats we endorsed.  The big questions was "WHY?"  I'll use the following two examples to answer;
The Democrats had solid control of the legislature from 2001 to 2013.  In 2013, two Democrats sided with the (then) 23 Republicans in the state Senate to revolt and seize control, calling themselves the "Majority Coalition Caucus".  So for two years, control of the legislature has been split, but the Democrats retained solid control of the House.
In the past 13 years, more than 50 anti-gun bills have been filed -- "assault weapon" bans, "gun show loophole," universal background checks, expanded public place bans, etc, etc.  You name it, it was filed.  But none passed.  Why?
Because a handful of Democrats in the legislature, House and Senate both, stood WITH their constituents and AGAINST their leadership and their more liberal Democrat colleagues, at great political risk to themselves.  Several were threatened with primary challenges, and in Senator Tim Sheldon's case that's where we are today.  This handful of Democrats, with the Republican minority, were able to block all of the anti-gun legislation proposed.

We owe those Democrats.  Big time.  I/we don't agree with them on every issue, but we all agree on the gun issue.  And that's what this is all about.  Preserving our gun rights.

Specifically regarding Representative Pat Sullivan, Pat is the House Majority leader, the Speaker's principal adviser on which bills to bring to the floor for a vote and which bills to let die.  Pat is the man who convinced House Speaker Frank Chopp to NOT bring House Bill (HB) 1588 up for a vote almost two years ago.  You recall HB 1588 don't you?  It's the universal background check bill they tried to slip through after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.  Pat, and six or seven of his fellow Democrats stood up to the Speaker and refused to vote for the bill, thus guaranteeing it's defeat.  Seeing the handwriting on the wall, Speaker Chopp wisely decided to let the bill die.  We owe several Democrat Representatives for their support for gun owners, but Pat Sullivan leads the pack.

Senator Tim Sheldon, the majority Coalition's Senate President Pro Tem, has been standing with gun owners for more than 20 years.  It was his deciding vote in 1994 that killed the amendment that would have required training to obtain a concealed pistol license.  (Don't get me wrong, I've been a certified firearms safety instructor for 40 years.  I firmly believe that anyone who chooses to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights has a moral obligation to do so safely, to the extent they can afford training.  But I don't believe the state has any business interfering in a fundamental Constitutional right.  Just as the Supreme Court ruled poll tests were unconstitutional decades ago, so should state-mandated training.)  Tim flew around the state with us in 1997, opposing I-676, the so-called trigger lock initiative" that was actually a handgun possessor (that's right, possessor, not just an owner) licensing bait-and-switch initiative (much as today's I-594 is a bait-and-switch background check initiative).  Sheldon now faces a liberal Democrat, Irene Bowling.  We need to keep Sheldon in place to keep the Senate in Republican hands AND protect YOUR gun rights.

Those two, and a handful of other brave DEMOCRATS who stand between you and just about every imaginable gun control law.

If you compare the lists, you will see that the NRA and GOAL are in about 99% agreement.  We run our endorsement process somewhat differently, however.   The NRA assigns grades based on known voting records for incumbents.  They then send out questionnaires to new candidates, and based on the response to those questionnaires, assigns grades.  They endorse specific candidates, but give you the grade rating for both candidates in the race.  You choose.  That's probably a more "fair" way to do it.  The problem with questionnaires is, candidates can lie.

GOAL takes a different tack.  GOAL only lists a single candidate for each position, in effect a push-poll to direct you to the candidate we believe best suits the interests of Washington gun owners.  If you want "fair," visit Puyallup in September.  Different approach, hopefully the same result.  I've provided a link to the NRA's list below, as well as the entire GOAL endorsement list.

And we have the two initiatives on the ballot.  I'm not going to go into any real detail on either of them.  I-594, the universal background check initiative is a wolf in sheep's clothing, full of hidden traps and penalties.  That's why they needed 18 pages to accomplish what the legislature tried to do in HB 1588 in two pages.  I-591 simply restates existing law:  no confiscation of firearms without due process of law (as happened in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina) and no background checks beyond those mandated by federal law.  Some of my 10th Amendment friends are unhappy with that.  They feel we shouldn't support federal law, period.  I live in a real world.  And I'm not about to risk five years in Club Fed by violating that law, 10th Amendment or not.  For all practical purposes, the 10th Amendment died about a century ago.

The outcome of the initiative votes will have a major impact on how the gun business is conducted in Washington, and how gun shows are conducted.  If 594 passes and becomes law, expect to pay a $25-50 FFL fee EVERY TIME you "transfer" a firearm -- this includes loans as well as sales.  And when a loan is transferred back.  Plus a use tax nearly equal to the state sales tax.  Yes, I-594 waives sales tax for private transfers, but if you read the fiscal note from the Office of Financial Management, you'll see that when the sales tax is waived on the transfer of property, a "use tax" in imposed.

VOTE NO ON 594.    VOTE YES ON 591.   It's a no-brainer.

It's up to you now.  GOAL's endorsements, and the NRA's, are simply suggestions: our best judgment of who will best represent your gun rights in D.C. and Olympia.  But the choice is yours.  And please, please, mark your ballot and get it back in the mail ASAP.  Don't take a chance on misplacing it, or forgetting to get it in on time.  MAIL IT NOW.

NRA endorsements can be found at https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/washington/

GOAL ENDORSEMENTS:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Look at me! I'm an activist!

At the "No on I594 Sign Waving" party.
Standing in a culdesac between a cabbage field and a boggy pasture, waving our signs at folks stuck in rush hour traffic on Highway 167.
Lots of waves and horn honking, but there is a suspicion that it's the strategic placement if the distaff sign wavers in the front.
OTOH, we just got a honk-and-a-wave from a woman in a Prius, so we have that going for us.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Voted today...

Voted today.

(I keep telling the state I retired, but they keep sending me Military and Overseas Ballots.)

(For my non-Evergreen state friends, Washington went 100% mail ballot several years ago.)

Saw that Dan "I love Initiative 594" Satterberg is running unopposed for re-election as King County Prosecutor.

I wrote in Alan Gottleib.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On this day......

...October 7: The Feast of Our Lady of Victory | National Review Online a coalition navy under the leadership of the 24 year old Don Juan of Austria defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto.

Lepanto
G.K.Chesterton, 1915
White founts falling in the Courts of the sun,
     And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run;
     There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared,
     It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of his beard;
     It curls the blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips;
     For the inmost sea of all the earth is shaken with his ships.
     They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy,
     They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea,
     And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss,
     And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross.
     The cold queen of England is looking in the glass;
     The shadow of the Valois is yawning at the Mass;
     From evening isles fantastical rings faint the Spanish gun,
     And the Lord upon the Golden Horn is laughing in the sun.

Monday, October 6, 2014

News of the 1% and Gun Control Advocates, but I repeat myself

More money rolls in for gun background-check initiative | Politics Northwest | Seattle Times
The piggy banks of political committees promoting Initiative 594, which would expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers, continue to grow.
Steve and Connie Ballmer have contributed another $250,000 between them to Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a group backing I-594, which is on November’s ballot. The contributions are dated Oct. 2, according to public campaign filings. Steve Ballmer is the former CEO of Microsoft.
If you are experiencing déjà vu, here’s why: the Ballmers donated $250,000 to the group in early September. The couple between them has now donated more than $1 million to the alliance, which has raised more than $7.6 million and still has nearly $5 million in the bank to spend on campaign commercials mailings or other election spending.
And the state political committee for Everytown for Gun Safety — former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s advocacy organization — is also reporting an infusion of $216,000 from the group’s national committee, dated Sept. 30 in campaign filings. That constitutes the bulk of the $260,000 that the political committee has reported taking in so far.
So, the 1% is trying desperately to buy our rights.

This reminds of the old "hymn"
Rolls in, rolls in,
My God how the money rolls in, rolls in!
Rolls in, rolls in,
My God how the money rolls in!
By the way, the general rule against reading the comments applies to that article; most of the commenters have the stuff together but it only takes one derp to derp about "If I was a terrorist I wouldn't bring my guns with me; I'd hit a gun show and load up on guns and grenades there..."

Meanwhile, over at Sound Politics yesterday, Pudge unloaded on I594 in Sound Politics: Anti-Gun Activists Hates Your Mom.

In comments (why do you think I remembered the admonition about reading them?) the statist gun grabbers show up to insist that the definition of "transfer"" in the bill doesn't say what it really says; when Pudge quoted the 18 page monstrosity, they switched to assurances that no one really means to enforce it.

Thus proving that the gun grabbers are statists, since they are now revealed as preferring the rule of men over the rule of law.

Back to theSeattle Times article:
The National Rifle Association’s political committee, Washingtonians Opposed to I-594, hasn’t reported taking in any money since we wrote about them in early September. That committee has reported spending all of the $191,000 it has so far raised, according to campaign filings.
Another group opposing I-594, Washington Citizens Against Regulatory Excess (WECARE), which is largely funded by Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms , has raised about $104,000. Of that, WECARE has spent about $96,000, according to campaign filings.
There’s also a political spending committee to promote I-591 that is run and partly funded by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Known as Protect Our Gun Rights, it has raised $1.1 million, of which it has so far spent about $830,000.

Heh. Here's a Poll

At local NBC TV affiliate KING 5:
Poll: Do you support expanded background checks for gun purchases?
And that is the question, just that, "Do you support expanded background checks for gun purchases?"
83% "No".

Thing is dated September 30th.

h/t Adina Hicks of Vote NO 594

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Networking

An update to my bleg post Need networking advice, from back in June:
Century Link says that bridging is only available for commercial accounts using their modems, which is why the external switch didn't work.
Also, they use VDSL, not ADSL, and (quoting the Customer Service email) "unlikely you'll find a VDSL modem in a store."

Apparently, only Century Link uses VDSL; the brave may find such a modem on eBay, they are also on Amazon, sold there by CenturyLink, or directly from CenturyLink...

...Or at Best Buy.

BTW, I went to Fry's Electronics looking to see if they had one, and the salesman looked around furtively and said quietly, "We don't yet, but Best Buy has just started carrying them..."  So, points for CS there.

Anyway.  Modem (Actiontec C1000A, if anyone cares) is functional, wireless router (Linksys EA3500) ditto. Western Digital USB drive is hooked to the USB port on the router, and the network see it.

Getting the printer to work is taking a little longer.

Monday, September 29, 2014

"The sharks look hungry..."

So it has been decided to trade in the Drangmobile on a new, smaller car for Mrs. Drang to use in the commute.

Yesterday we went out to look at the selected models, the plan being to tell any salespeople "Just looking today" with various and sundry reasons why we weren't buying.

You see where this is going, right?

Turn out that shopping for a car at the end of the month, at the beginning of a new model year, apparently leads to the sales people begging their manager "I know we're getting screwed, but a sale is a sale", and smokin' deals on last years lightly used demo/courtesy model, identical to this years model you test drove.

As in, the absurd offer you made to get them to shut up is accepted.

Oh, and you remember how, in my post The Clue Meter: At The Fair I mentioned
Looked at a Ford Fiesta, and somehow resisted asking the rep if it came with a zebra head and a certificate for an amphibious landing.
It doesn't, but it is the same color. Zombie Apocalypse Green.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Lynching of Disbelief

So, dinner being done Mrs. Drang took over the remote control and turned on... something.

Which was followed by something called Madam Secretary, about a female Secretary of State.

This being prime time broadcast television on a major network, you have to know that the inspiration had nothing to do with Condaleeza Rice.

Or ay respect the network or production company have for the audience's intelligence. 

Apparently, Keith Carradine is the president, which is a good sign.

Alas...

So, there's this scene in which the President and the SecState and... somebody (National Security Adviser?) are discussing some untenable situation in Yemen, during which it is revealed that she used to be "with" the Central Intelligence Agency, and the President refuses to close the embassey, or send in the Marines, or beef up the Embassy Security Detail, and then tells the Secretary "It's your problem."

And as he walks away, she asks "the other guy" "What does he mean when he says it's my problem?"

Really?

 But we know she's a Powerful Woman because in the next scene she buffaloes some Congressmen into letting her Play Through on the golf course.

And then, in a staff meeting, rather than the imminent terrorist attack on the embassy, her minions are discussing some antics her daughter got up to in college.  The main issue being, no one knew she had a daughter.

The Secretary. Of. State.

Obviously she should have stayed at Langley.

Anyway, that's when I decided it was time to go in the other room and play Cradle of Rome II on the desktop, because, as the old book review said, I am willing to suspend my sense of disbelief, but I am not willing to hang it by the neck until it is dead, dead, dead.