Wednesday, November 25, 2015

20th Aniversary

Recently, my older brother Stan Huseland, who is a graduate of the UW School of Journalism and later a PR flack for Indiana Hwy dept and later, Blue Cross of Indiana, chided me about missing the 20th anniversary of the great escape. The great escape is something I did when I first moved to Bayview back in 1995.

Prior to my moving here and having a career in Mortgage lending, I had a pretty good idea of what right-of-way law was. Nearing home just before the fourth of July Weekend, I encountered a Pretty personable young lady who was stationed at the Kiosk still standing forlorn in the medium opposite park headquarters. This happened only after I inched forward behind three RV's who were happily being welcomed by said young lady. When I finally worked my way up to her, I said, "You cannot barricade a state highway. It's illegal." She replied, you can if it goes through a state park. I said, bet me... and the fight was on.

Here are some of the things that I had no idea my brother had obtained, nor cataloged and kept. Here are some of the documents that most of you have never heard of. If the print is too small on the clippings, left click on them to enlarge.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Financial Equality

Not a day goes by without a news reference to the Federal Reserve's low interest rate program that has gone on for years now. But there is a catch. For every action there is an equal reaction. A yin to the yang, an up and a down.

While everyone talks about easy credit and low interest rates, nothing is said about the thousands of retirees who while working throughout their careers, scrimped, saved and invested. These investments were usually interest bearing instruments.

These retirees had planned to live off of the interest from these investments. All of that, the collapse of senior income is the direct result of the manipulations of the Federal Reserve, who apparently do not consider retirement income terribly important.

This imbalance is forcing many into poverty. Into living on the principle instead of the earnings through interest. This is a disgrace.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

After The Storm

Before I get into today's topic, I would like to thank all of you that follow my blog. In the last two days while I was focused on other things, my page views hit 400,256 in the ten years I have been posting here.

For those of you that do not reside in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area, we were hit with a record breaking wind storm Tuesday night that produced winds in excess of 70 mph, knocking down trees, destroying roofs and creating micro bursts that turned trees into helicopters, twisting trees off several feet off the ground. this phenomenon  is like a miniature tornado with vertical circular winds picking randomly sited trees.  

After a 20 hour wait for power to be restored, I was fortunate that it was only one tree that blackened all of Bayview. Kootenai Electric fixed the downed wire on Perimeter Road and by 2:00 pm, the lights came back on.

As I mentioned yesterday on Huckleberries on line, I was driving north on hwy 95 when stopped at a traffic light. In front of me was an SUV with two messages on the back window. One was religious, the other a picture of a lineman on a power poll. The caption was, "Firemen have heroes, too." How timely was that?

It isn't over for those living in Spokane, though. Avista is predicting 3 to 5 days before power is restored in all areas of the city. To compound this is a polar front arriving which will drop nighttime temperatures into the low 20's and down to the teens Friday and Saturday nights. Not only do we need power crews, but plumbing companies will be needed for frozen pipes.

This problem is close to home as my youngest son, daughter-in-law and five granddaughters aging from 17 down to a 2 year old toddler and a two month old baby live in North Spokane and are without power. No heat, No cooking, no refrigeration, nothing. In one stroke from nature, hundreds, maybe thousands are reduced to survival mode, with public services overwhelmed.

Traffic has to be snarled with stop light inoperative at the many busy intersections. This most likely is producing massive traffic jams as people attempt to relocate where power is available. Those people that have generators are very fortunate, but if you do, be sure to isolate the power source at the meter, so that you don't feed power into that the repair people think is a dead line. Electrocution is very possible.

One of the biggest problems is that people are not getting news or weather reports. For those of you that are reading this, be aware of very cold temperatures forecasted for the next several days at or around 20 degrees at night. Dribble your faucets so that your plumbing won't freeze and try to relocate to friends or relatives homes until power is back on. 

PS: Now they are predicting 4-8 inches of snow Monday pm and Tuesday followed by very cold temps Wednesday. Thanksgiving travel will be interesting this year.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Tellin like it is

I have two issues today. One, a laugh over the reaction over my post about Ben Carson. First, although DFO thought I was going to get slammed in the comments, a luke warm reception was heard from only from the radical left. I find the radical left as odious  as the radical right. None of them are from this earth.

The second and much surprising, was watching the televised basketball game between Texas and the University of Washington, played in Shanghai, China. Toward the end, the announcer and the former basketball star from UCLA started gushing about the Communist Revolution and it's leaders, historical points tied to the revolution. Perhaps, wrapped up in sports, they never heard of the atrocities that occurred and are still occurring in Communist China, still the most repressive nation on this earth..

Thanks to China and their Army-Navy owned corporation, Alibaba, which sponsored the event, a huge propaganda coup was realized by China, without giving anything in return such as freedom of expression or personal liberty. Personally, while finding nothing wrong with sporting exchanges, the ignoring of blatant aggression toward human rights, is despicable. Sometimes, just keeping your mouth shut is the best path. I would hate to think that these two guys actually believe in Chinese style communism.

As for the five of those predictable radical responses, up yours, guys.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ben Carson

Ben Carson has committed several mortal sins. First and foremost, he does not fit the liberal mantra of a downtrodden black man. Secondly, he sins because he doesn't wallow in poverty, blaming the white race for his inability to succeed. The third and most damning, is that he is a conservative, a religious man and a successful Neurosurgeon.

All of the democratic flailing about how if you voted for anyone other than Obama, you were a racist is suddenly come back to haunt the black community. The shoe, firmly on the other foot, has suddenly shifted. No longer is it racist to condemn Carson, who is obviously too successful to be a poster boy for damning the white right, the oppressors of all blacks.

The attacks begin. All of which have been refuted. It kind of reminds me of the CBS/Rather disaster. Several personal attacks have come forth directed toward Carson. None of which held water.

Carson even got attacked by Kareem Jabar, claiming he wasn't a good representative for the black community. Like a basket ball player is an expert on government. More proof that the black liberal community has rolled out  the big guns, reinforcing my example of racism in reverse.

A president doesn't have to be a foreign policy expert, nor an economist expert, nor a military tactician. What he or she does have to be is an intellect, something sadly lacking in the current admisitration. That is why they have cabinet members, advisers in all of those areas. Would that the current White House resident have taken advantage of that option.

I'll bid our conservative intellectual candidate against your hollow, great speaker with no content worth listening to. Pot stakes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Bash

For years the serious party animals have trekked to the Captain's Wheel Resort for Halloween festivities. This year is no exception.

Costumes are desired, the more outrageous the better. Prizes will be awarded for those that dress up.

Live music will be on hand with the band, Borgata. The party starts at 800 pm, Saturday night, October 31. The last time I dressed up for Halloween forced me to hide the pictures taken of me. I came a Peacock.

Come on down or you will wish you had.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Bayview Businesses

The tourist season has come and gone. This year was real tough what with the heat, wildfire scares and dense smoke. In normal years the local businesses make enough to slide through the Winter months whole. That may not be the case this year.

Those of us that took the Mercantile for granted with past ownership, felt the sting of having to trek to Athol or even Coeur d'Alene for items that could have been purchased locally. Many items when mileage expenses are thrown in do not justify driving long  distances to save a buck or two.

The restaurants are in the same position. We could loose one or more this winter if patrons do not give their support. Please make an effort to patronize these businesses as much as possible. As a tourist town, we could dive into a bad local recession if businesses can't make ends meet.

For those of you that do not live in Bayview, keep in mind that regardless of weather conditions, the state keeps hwy 54 in excellent shape all winter. Many of us do not even bother to mount snow tires every fall.  Come on down, check the million dollar view, spend some money here.