Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas from Spokane, Washington December 2015

Tis the Season to think of Christmas and Winter Holidays. Here are some images from Spokane, and from the net. May your Christmas and Winter Holidays be filled with happiness, and may your wishes come true.

Ideas for Christmas: from Moonsong Daily Magic
As you give gifts to others, be sure to give a gift to your inner child.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Country Set on Fire: Brave Washington State Firefighters and Citizens Endure Hell, while Military Brass Sit on Bayonets

Clearly, our country is on fire all around the beautiful state of Washington.

Wildfires in Washington State
Credit: NASA MODIS Rapid Response Team, Jeff Schmaltz. Text: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Rob Gutro

"We have to be careful with fires caused by man." Tom Sherry, Weather Reporter, KREM 6:00 pm news broadcase Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

Mr. Sherry was using the term "man" inclusively, to mean humans.
So is Mr. Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, the January 1776 pamphlet which ignited the American Revolution. Selling out, and requiring multiple reprints, Common Sense held this sentence, written by the Englishman who came to the American Colonies and made this country his beloved home. Writing about the British attack on American minutemen at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, Paine compares the attack to a fire:

"But when the country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir. "
"Thomas Paine, Common Sense Quotes." STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 19 Aug. 2015. <>.

The sentence applies to Washington State, beginning with the first wildfire, or forest fire, in June, up to today, with fires raging across the state. Wildfires are igniting daily--whether from natural causes such as lightning strikes or from humans--and fresh air seems to be a blessing in the past. The air for this week has been smoky, dusty, unhealthy, from all the wildfires. So many people have lost their homes, and now tonight, news comes that three firefighters have died, with four injured with burns.
Three Killed While Fighting Washington State Wildfires
New York Times · 12 minutes ago
Governor Inslee said that 11 counties and four Native American tribes in Washington State are “affected or threatened” by wildfires, which have destroyed 50 homes, 60 other buildings and 235,000 acres of land. More than 3,600 homes are currently threatened by flames, he said
'Hellstorm': 3 firefighters killed, 3 to 4 others injured in raging Washington state wildfires
US News and World Report · 1 day ago
Space · 9 hours ago

Clearly, our country is on fire all around the beautiful state of Washington.

The writer of this post learned about the deaths in a manner only worthy of the theatre of the absurd. Turning on the television to local news at one channel, there was a moving "ribbon" at the top of the broadcast of an American talent show. The tiny letters were difficult to read, and for anyone who bothered to get up close to the television set, the news was horrible, about the dead and wounded firefighters. The most horrible part was the juxtaposition of the tiny "ribbon" letters with the glitzy talent production. Talent shows are wonderful things, but when our beautiful state is on fire, our air is unhealthy, and people are dying, then simple respect and prudence would seem to call for larger letters that are easier for people to read, and for a break in the program for a news update.

The other two news stations were just as bad, except one actually had moving ribbon letters that were large enough to read without standing in front of the television.

The firefighters who gave their lives, and the ones still fighting for their lives from injuries, deserve more than tiny letters at the top of the screen, moving so fast that it's hard to read. For people existing under the state of emergency, of evacuation, trying to get updated news asap, the broadcast must seem like the worst part of the Hunger Games, of out-to-lunch society ignoring the sacrifices, wounds, and deaths of people trying to stop disasters.
"One can do everything with bayonets except sit on them." Napoleon Bonaparte

So, where have our public servants in the armed forces been? There have been a few planes/tankers offered, and a vague promise of sending in 200 soldiers to help. However, given the thousands of American soldiers that some of our government servants shipped overseas to bomb and kill, the offer of a few hundred soldiers seems to be an insult, like offering a watering can to someone whose house and property are threated by fire.

So, it looks like Napoleon was wrong. The brass in Washington State are sitting on millions of dollars of equipment and resources at our army and air force installations. They've been sitting since the first fire in June, doing nothing.

If this editorial sounds angry, it is. Three brave firefighters died, needlessly, with four others hurt. With these fires ranging, no one needs a fortune teller to know that there will probably be more, among the firefighters and the citizens. Hundreds, perhaps now thousands of homes, are burning or threatened.

We can not and must not endure this situation. We can and must demand that our resources, including the military, are used to help and protect our beautiful state of Washington, and that the brass and politicians are awake, not groggy, that they are engaged and helping, and not dragging themselves to emergencies like drunks dragging themselves to work on Thursday after being "sick" all week.

"But when the country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir. "

Here are some ways to make our beautiful Washington State safe for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No one should have to lose a home, property, a loved one, in a fire. We have money and resources that are wasted on the sidelines. We owe it to the firefighters and the people who have lost their homes and sense of safety, to kickstart stalled government servants, and if they can't cut it, put in better public servants, who plan for these types of emergencies.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

FEMA Fiddles While "Region X" aka Beautiful Washington State Burns. US Tax Dollars Fund Wars, with Piddles for Firefighting.

What's wrong with this picture? Some "firestarter" servants in our US Government spend billions to start fires and kill people in other countries, with bombs, poisons, bullets, etc. But when part of our beautiful America is burning and people are suffering, groggy FEMA arrives late at the scene, and then doesn't help people.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator Kenneth D.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help fight multiple fires around the state.
FEMA Region X Regional Administrator Kenneth D. Murphy has approved funds for the Reach fires.
At the time of the initial request, the fire was immediately threatening approximately 730 homes in and around the City of Chelan with the perimeter of the fire less than 200 yards from homes.

As American citizens, we are the power in this country.
We must tell our servants in Washington D.C. what to do.

PS. When did our beautiful country get labeled with only the letter from the alphabet?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Smoky Skies over Spokane, Washington from Wolverine Fire, August 1, 2, 3, 2015

Since the first weekend in August, Spokane has been bathed in smoke and orange haze.

KHQ in Spokane, WA noted on Aug. 2, 2015 that most of the smoke caught in Spokane is from the Wolverine Fire, northwest of Ione, Washington. Here's part of the report:
LUCERNE, Wash -            
"Update 1:00 p.m., Sunday: The U.S. Forest Service reports the Wolverine Fire burning on the west shore of Lake Chelan made significant growth over a 24 hour period. On Saturday night, an infra-red flight showed the fire had grown to 15,760 acres. The forest service said high temperatures and low humidity made for ideal fire conditions."

The air quality in most of Washington State is not good right now, and probably best to keep small kids and others who may be affected by smoke inside, with windows closed as much as possible. Here's info from Holden Village, which was evacuated:

"The Wolverine Fire has expanded to over 15,000 acres. High temperatures and low humidity are providing ideal conditions for active fire behavior. After a safe evacuation of the majority of Holden Village residents and mine remediation workers on Friday and Saturday, the stay-behind crew were also safely evacuated by helicopter due to the road being compromised and for their safety. ..
The Pacific Crest Trail detour is closed through Holden Village. Hikers are advised to contact the National Park Service office in Stehekin or the Forest Service office in Chelan for information.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day! Stay Safe and Enjoy the Liberties and Rights for All People. The Price of Our Freedom is Eternal Vigilence.

Happy Independence Day! Stay Safe and Enjoy the Liberties and Rights for All People.
Thank you to the American colonists who stood up for the rights that we are all born with, and for winning our freedom and independence with their sacrifices so that we may live in peace and prosperity. Have a safe and happy July 4th, and may we keep our spirited fight for freedom and liberty and justice for all!

    U.S. National Archives and Records Administration July 4, 2015 

    The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

    The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
    Column 1
       Button Gwinnett
       Lyman Hall
       George Walton

    Column 2
    North Carolina:
       William Hooper
       Joseph Hewes
       John Penn
    South Carolina:
       Edward Rutledge
       Thomas Heyward, Jr.
       Thomas Lynch, Jr.
       Arthur Middleton

    Column 3
    John Hancock
    Samuel Chase
    William Paca
    Thomas Stone
    Charles Carroll of Carrollton
    George Wythe
    Richard Henry Lee
    Thomas Jefferson
    Benjamin Harrison
    Thomas Nelson, Jr.
    Francis Lightfoot Lee
    Carter Braxton

    Column 4
       Robert Morris
       Benjamin Rush
       Benjamin Franklin
       John Morton
       George Clymer
       James Smith
       George Taylor
       James Wilson
       George Ross
       Caesar Rodney
       George Read
       Thomas McKean

    Column 5
    New York:
       William Floyd
       Philip Livingston
       Francis Lewis
       Lewis Morris
    New Jersey:
       Richard Stockton
       John Witherspoon
       Francis Hopkinson
       John Hart
       Abraham Clark

    Column 6
    New Hampshire:
       Josiah Bartlett
       William Whipple
       Samuel Adams
       John Adams
       Robert Treat Paine
       Elbridge Gerry
    Rhode Island:
       Stephen Hopkins
       William Ellery
       Roger Sherman
       Samuel Huntington
       William Williams
       Oliver Wolcott
    New Hampshire:
       Matthew Thornton

    Page URL:
    U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
    8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001, • 1-86-NARA-NARA • 1-866-272-6272

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    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    Happy Mothers Day Sunday May 10, 2015

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    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    The Hidden Story of Teen Suicide, Unreported, in Spokane, and the World Thursday April 23, 2015

    This has been a beautiful Spring in the Pacific Northwest, with many days of blue skies and colorful flowers blooming. So, today's event is thrown into tragic relief, with the loss of a first year student at one of the area high schools, Lewis and Clark. The principal sent phone messages saying that a freshman had died, and asking all of us to be extra special and sensitive to our LC students as they experience this sad time. The area news stations are not reporting this, and perhaps we need to make this more of a news, and do all we can to keep all our young people, and people of all ages, safe and knowing how special they are.

    Here's a link with advice for parents and guardians, on helping kids live through the tragedy of losing a friend or loved one.

    Via the Mayo Clinic:
    "If you're a teen and you think you may be depressed — or you have a friend who may be depressed — don't wait to get help. Talk to a health care professional such as your doctor or school nurse. Share your concerns with a parent, a close friend, a spiritual leader, a teacher or someone else you trust."

    ...get help right away. Take all talk of suicide seriously. Here are some steps you can take:

    • Call a suicide hotline number — in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor
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    • Reach out to family members, friends or spiritual leaders for support as you seek treatment

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    "Two Viennese studies on suicide contagion* found that less extensive and dramatic media coverage of subway-related suicides resulted in fewer suicide deaths following the reported suicides. In fact, subway suicides and non-fatal attempts actually dropped by 80 percent in the six months following initiation of a campaign to encourage safe media reporting. The total number of suicides also declined."

    This site has notes about the under-reported and unreported problems in Spokane, with suggestions for solutions.