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November 09, 2006

How Gregoire Can Build Support in Rural Washington for 2008

Thankfully Initiative 933 failed. It was a terrible, corrupt initiative funded by big developers and the corrupt Farm Bureau to eliminate zoning and gut all growth management laws in Washington.

I was a volunteer speaker against the initiative and heard from a vocal minority that they are frustrated with environmental regulation of their property. I don't know the validity of their specific issues but I did get the sense that the King County Critical Areas Ordinance was pushed through in a way which energized a vocal minority on the losing side. There are a lot of horror stories and myths. Every angry person had some story that was pretty hard to believe - and mostly I didn't believe them. But, people would repeat those stories regardless of whether or not they were true. Regardless of the merits of these stories, many people in rural areas are upset.

I think Gregoire should come out with a simple plan to revisit the issues of property rights and land use. Set up a system for grievances to be heard. Get to the bottom of the stories of the angry minority. Listen. Talk about the importance of preserving the environment (clean air, clean water, etc.) but be willing to hear the effect on people's lives as well. Assess whether any changes to laws need to be made. I don't know enough about these issues and regulations to have a sense of whether the Washington State Growth Management Act and the King County CAO strike the right balance or not, but I do know that there is no harm in being willing to let people express their opinions on these issues.

I could imagine there are a small number of circumstances in which property owners have been affected in a way in which others of us might find unfair and some form of compensation might be appropriately legislated. I think there is enough energy here to explore the issue further. I've heard this from smart people I respect as well as city council officials at places where I visited.

I think if opening up these topics is done in a proactive, sincere, respectful and fair way, it could bring people together and build support for Gregoire in areas that might otherwise go to Rossi in 2008. I think Sims and King County would benefit to do the same.

All of this said, I want to reiterate that I think the Farm Bureau and its Initiative 933 was an entirely corrupt effort which disrespected every Washington citizen and our rights to clean air, water, a safe environment and a stable real estate market. Furthermore, the Farm Bureau and I933 supporters cynically and sinisterly fooled many Washingtonians into thinking this initiative was about protecting their rights when it was really about selling all of us out. Shame on the Farm Bureau. They are a shill for agribusiness and developers. If I could convince every small farmer in Washington to stop paying their dues, I would.

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Posted by Jeff on November 9, 2006 at 10:43 PM in Strategery | Permalink


Great idea.

Posted by: Lynn | Nov 9, 2006 11:28:36 PM

I agree that Gregoire should try and connect with the rural voter. Look at what Peter Goldmark has done in his short but impressive campaign. She better start looking past the Cascades if she hopes to repeat her victory (but not the recounts) of 2004.

In Conconully earlier this year, at the height of the fire season, she flew in to announce assistance for the people fighting the Tripod fire. This is all well and good - kinda obvious, but OK. The locals appreciated her presence during a dangerous time.

But these people also took the opportunity to voice some concerns about land use issues, state policies, and job growth. She blew these people off like they were birthday candles. She looked through them, grinned, and kept on walking.

Now, Conconully isn't located on I-5 between Olympia and Seattle. Omak isn't in the running for most livable city in WA and Okanogan won't knock Spokane from its place as the Second City but these places have good, hard working, tax paying citizens. They deserve better.

I'm sure most of those folks that saw Gov. Gregoire that day probably voted for Dino. They aren't Democrats but they're not wingnuts either. After that day in Conconully State Park, they have no use for her. The local paper, which leans a bit right, played her snub to the hilt.

This was the first time in many years that a governor came into the county; of course they would ask about things other than the fire. The last time it was Gary Locke and he was looking at a fire from a helicopter. Not much chance to ask the Governor a question when he's 5000 ft. above your head. How many opportunities do they get to speak to a sitting governor? Why does Okanogan County have to catch fire for the Governor to take notice? In the video and pictures I've seen of her visit, along with what my relatives told me, she could of cared less about anything other than getting her picture took giving aid to the firefighters.

My question to her would simply be: Is the Okanogan Valley still a part of WA or did we give it back to Canada?

Posted by: David Aquarius | Nov 10, 2006 2:54:22 AM

You're totally on target with your idea. I share your skepticism about some of the horror stories, but also have little doubt that there are folks with legitimate beefs. If government doesn't install a system which is genuinely responsive to complaints, then it invites simplistic draconian solutions adopted by initiatives.

On the happy side, this represents the first time in the 25 years I’ve lived here that I was on the winning side of every initiative on the ballot. Woohoo!

And let’s not forget our other initiative win this year - that several other right wing measures, Eyman’s and otherwise, failed to qualify with sufficient signatures.

Posted by: Walker Willingham | Nov 10, 2006 8:04:45 AM

What possible reason would small landholders that have been unfairly and arbitrarily targeted to protect community values have to lie ?
I supported the initiative for the same reason that Democrats held their noses and voted for Cantwell . that being , it was the best forum available to demand redress .
I suspect that most of the examples given were accurate , I know I'm paying taxes on land i've lost control on , and this "license to steal " is just going to be encouraged in the future of land use managements' tool box as they are now backed by the " voice of the people ". It was a great educational tool and if you are even slightly wincing at the horror stories you heard , then the education finally did some good .
I am happy that you believe that something should be done , but how ? There is no money for compensation , state priorities are not looking that promising for new programs , and besides with the sleezy jingo's that were applied , just how are you going to convince the public that was just indoctrinated that we are all greedy pig farmers , just itching to destroy another delightful suburb . You won , now quit stepping on my neck .

Posted by: spitintheocean | Nov 12, 2006 4:06:22 AM

"a system which is genuinely responsive to complaints, then it invites simplistic draconian solutions adopted by initiatives."

There is a model for this kind of system out there, the Watersheds Council (http://www.oregonwatersheds.org/) system in Oregon, that has a decades long practice in the Nisqually Watershed (http://nisquallyriver.org).

How it would work would be that the state/county would provide professional resources to a local watershed group, established among the local governments and with some level of common citizen participation. They would guide local development rules, and generally do the things that are taken care of at the county or state level, but locally.

Posted by: Emmett O'Connell | Nov 12, 2006 10:00:10 PM

Forgot to mention, David: I wouldn't use Goldmark as an example of how to spread progressive values in rural eastern Washington, at least as compared to No on 933. The "No on" campaign did better in practically every single county in the 5th CD than Goldmark did.

Despite that, I think he's a great candidate and should come back in a couple of years.

Posted by: Emmett O'Connell | Nov 13, 2006 9:19:47 AM

Now that our side has a majority in both houses they should actually USE the subpoena power and launch a REAL independent investigation into 9/11.

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports. These "hijackers" somehow managed to board all four airliners with their tickets, yet not even ONE got his name on any of the flight manifests. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name, more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces most no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the "official story" being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only "testifying" together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their "testimonies" not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
still more debunking Poopular Mechanics:
and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

Poopular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission "report":
N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:http://fe.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=OnlineArticles&SubSection;=Display&PUBLICATION;_ID=25&ARTICLE;_ID

Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
The pyroclastic wave (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):
More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:
Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
More about the fake “Osama” tape:
Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
More about the impossible cell phone calls:
Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
Where the hell was the Air Force?
More about the Air Force impotence question:
Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
Tracking the “hijackers”:
“Hijacker” patsies:
“Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
No Arabs on Flight 77:
Flight manifests (tell me if you find any Arabs):
Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
“Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

Posted by: Enlightenment | Nov 13, 2006 2:15:56 PM

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