Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Having a Senior Moment

Thanks so much to the commenter who sent in the notice about Cherie Kidd's Special Pretty Princess moment...

http://senioramerica.org/Washington.asp

Yes, Cherie Kidd has been named Ms. Washington Senior America 2017 by "Senior America, Inc.," which is located in Allenhurst, New Jersey, and, so far as I can tell, looks like nothing more than a sub-Chamber of Commerce-type "enticement" to get the fifty lucky ladies they select to come to New Jersey for their "pageant."

I will now pause briefly while you all rush to get your plane tickets to the pageant purchased. New Jersey beckons!

"I'd just like to thank all of the me who were kind enough
to nominate me for this great honor of which I have the honor
of being nominated for. The honor, that is. For which I am, me, myself,
have been nominated."

I'm going to take a wild guess that Cherie may have nominated herself, or, at the very least, was "involved" with the "process." In any case, she is still peddling all the same sad old lies, including that "She successfully ran Success Seminars and became a speaker at public and corporate seminars throughout the U.S."

Cherie, we've all heard you speak. You have a truly unfortunate, screechy voice, and, even with prepared notes, you stumble through your statements like a drunken sailor on shore leave. This lie needs to be, dare I say it, retired.

It's also clear that Cherie wrote her own (glowing!) write-up for the Senior America website. How do I know? Because many statements don't make sense, such as: "Interested in historic preservation, she was the author of her city's only historic district." See also: "She is third generation Kidd family with her grandparents homesteading in the early 1900's."

Despite that incessant need to claim local roots, other statements lay bare her deeply (deeply!) buried ambivalent feelings about her undeniably distressed hometown. After all the times she's screeched out "It's another great day in Port Angeles!" the best she can muster here is a Jack Webb-like recitation of the minimal facts: "Port Angeles is a waterfront city on the Strait of Juan de Fuca."

Yes, and Washington is a state on the West Coast. Of course, there's a little more to it than that, but it seems that even Cherie, when it comes right down to it, can't think of anything nicer to say about Port Angeles than...Well, there it is.

If you've ever wondered what Cherie sees in her mirror...


Sunday, September 17, 2017

They're Back!

The Composite Recycling Technology Center strikes again! Please - make sure you're sitting down before reading any further. The excitement will be overwhelming.

The brain trust (or is that brain rust?) running the CRTC seem to have confused being the first to do something with that something being something that will be financially viable to do.

Remember how they were the first to make a recycled distressed compressed carbon fiber pickleball paddle and flyswatter? Sure you do. They were the first! Remember how many of said pickleball paddles the CRTC sold? Out of the scores of different pickleball paddles being made out in the world, they were essentially the last in terms of sales.

Ah, but if at first you don't succeed in recycling and reselling your leftover toxic table scraps, fail, fail again! Which brings us to the CRTC's current blitz of ballyhoo and BS:

New product puts Composite Recycling Technology Center 'on the map'

The Composite Recycling Technology Center and Carwash recently developed the first car seat back made out of recycled carbon fiber...The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) in Port Angeles handled product development, while UK-based ELG Carbon Fibre provided the carbon fiber and unveiled the product at the Automobile Lightweight Materials Summit in Detroit on August 22nd - 24th.

CRTC employees did not attend the summit. However, Chief Executive Officer Dave Walter said the demonstration at the summit - which he did not attend - attracted major automobile manufacturers, and drew interest to the center from afar.

"It really put us on the map," Walter said. "This is going to open  some doors."

Wow! So many grandiose claims! Though, to be honest, I looked at "the map" this morning, and I did not see any new marker for the CRTC. Perhaps they could consider making a special combination back-peddling/soft-peddling bike pedal?


So far, the CRTC has received one request for a quote on seat backs since the demonstration, and expects one more, Walter said sheepishly, making it clear they aren't likely to start selling them anytime soon.
 
"We aren't there yet," whispered Walter. "It's not like now that we've made one - the first! - we'll be rolling out a hundred."

As for potential seat back sales in the future, Walter shrugged his shoulders and laughed and said, "That would certainly be one of the biggest (products) if it came to pass."

Ah yes...The good old (Cursed) Port Angeles Qualifier (CPAQ). A BIG, BOMBASTIC statement...Quickly, and more quietly followed by the "if," the "maybe" and the "could be if maybe." I love how this guy says these hypothetical seat back sales would be "one of their biggest products" if they actually sold any. Because, uh, that wouldn't be hard. They sold, what, around 100 of their (the first!) pickleball rackets? And they've got an "order" for two - just two! - park benches from the City of Port Angeles. Once you get past those "products"...Man, it's really just listening to the composite crickets chirping, isn't it?

And yet! They end with another big, blustery puff of hot air - which is not the first:

To scale up its production, the CRTC plans to double its staff from 17 to 34 by the end of 2018. Most of those open positions would fill engineering and production needs, Walter said, making air quotes with his hands.

Currently, the center has five engineers and one - the first! - production employee, he said.

From tiny acorns grow mighty etc., etc. But from one tiny scam operation, in one tiny town, with one production employee...It's hard to envision a mighty Composite Product Empire growing.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Devils Withhold the Details

Let me keep this simple: Might I suggest you search for any of the multiple news stories out there about various members of the press suing to gain access to legitimate information about or from various Clallam County lawmakers (Steve Tharinger, Kevin Van De Wege, Mike Chapman)? Do let me suggest that.

Further, once you have done that, take a minute to ponder how the way these "representatives of the people" have responded clearly demonstrates they are not good or forthcoming public servants. If these people have nothing to hide, why are they hiding? Schedules (meetings with constituents...or other, less savory interests) can tell you a lot about a legislator's focus. Could that be why some of these elected officials want to keep said schedule out of focus? What's up?


When you're an elected official, you are, in a very real sense, public property. People have a right to know things about you, especially if it pertains to how you go about doing your job. This is not a difficult concept to understand.

Unless, apparently, you've been elected from the corrupt, backwards and incestuous Olympic Peninsula.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Port Angeles: Unsafe At Any Speed (Or Any Age)

How sad is it that headlines like those below are so common in (Cursed) Port Angeles?

One sent to hospital after vehicle strikes pedestrian in Port Angeles

And...

Port Angeles man charged with raping, molesting 8-year-old girl

Yes indeed. Pedestrian pinball and child abuse. Just two more things that make every day another great day in Port Angeles.

And remember: The sick, "I don't care about you" attitude that permeates the town comes from the top down. When the people in charge are con artists and thieves, liars and backstabbers, it sets a tone. I mean, really, how healthy or caring could (Cursed) Port Angeles ever hope to be, with so much larceny and lying in City Hall and the County Courthouse?

Or, to put it another way...Since the civic leaders of Port Angeles do all the financial raping and looting...

Monday, September 11, 2017

What Could Ever Go Wrong?

It's the water...Sort of. In the course of asking that they have less environmental oversight "for the duration." the new owners of the old Nippon mill have also talked about how things are looking for the big reopening...

McKinley spokeswoman Cathy Price said Friday that the company is on track to retool the factory to process recycled corrugated cardboard into manufactured containerboard by December 2018.

She said McKinley has yet to select vendors to supply new equipment. "We have a general idea of what equipment is going in," said Price. "Nothing is cast in stone yet."

McKinley knows what's needed, but market forces are holding things up, she said. "The cost of OCC (old corrugated cardboard) is very high. I believe we are waiting for that to come down some to begin startup plans."


Meanwhile, City Manager Dan McKeen said Friday that the mill's extended shutdown will cost the City of Port Angeles at least $315,000 in utility taxes in 2017, and $440,000 in 2018...

In other words, other than purchasing the mill itself, nothing has happened with the old Nippon place. And so much nothing is continuing to happen that McKinley is asking that they not have to monitor their wastewater discharges so often. (They want to go from three times a week to just one.)

Notice all the qualifiers in the official statements coming out: They haven't even selected vendors to supply equipment yet..."Nothing is cast in stone yet"...Market forces, which are beyond McKinley's control, are holding things up...And most significantly, all these elements mean they haven't even begun to make startup plans. So clearly, a lot can happen to delay or derail this Cardboard Castle dream.


In fact, the only concrete fact to emerge from all this (would-be) change and (could-be-maybe) future retooling is that the City of Port Angeles is taking another hit to their always shaky budget. Now, you could argue that, because the City has such a track record of spending money foolishly, that this constricting of funds is a good thing, wasting money-wise. But, in reality, it just means that a distressed city will only get more distressed. The debt's still crushing, and the infrastructure's still crumbling.

And still, for too many people, all their hopes and dreams are wrapped up in a Cardboard Castle that hasn't even come close to being built yet.

Another (proposed) scenic addition to the Port Angeles waterfront!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Port Angeles: Unsafe At Any Speed (Or Any Time, Any Place)

Jesus Christ! Is everyone in Port Angeles drunk, high and/or recklessly irresponsible? I mean it's not even safe to try and cross a street in downtown, in the middle of the night. Even if Paul Gottlieb isn't out driving, you still might get hit by a fleeing, speeding car full of fools...


Well known people get killed there...

Anyway, here's the latest, straight from the Port Angeles Police Department's own Facebook page. For some reason, the PDN was reluctant to include many of the details that the PAPD put right out there.


Power poles are often targets...

On September 8, 2017 at approximately 1:27 AM Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Cortani advised PenCom (dispatch) that he was attempting to stop a westbound vehicle on Hwy 101 east of Port Angeles. The vehicle was described as driving “erratically” and pulling away from the deputy while traveling at a high rate of speed. He was able to determine that it was a silver SUV. The vehicle continued onto East Front Street and toward the Downtown area at a high rate of speed. While pursuing the SUV officers maintained a safe distance of several blocks behind the vehicle. 


Kids are at risk...
  
In the area of 300 West Front Street officers found a heavily damaged guard rail and a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee four door SUV upside down and in shallow water. They also found three persons still inside the vehicle. Officers requested additional law enforcement and emergency services resources, and then approached the vehicle. It was determined that the individuals were unable to self-extricate. Corporal Sky Sexton located a male on the driver’s side of the vehicle who was yelling for help and whose torso was partially outside of the vehicle and in the water. Officers later reported that the driver was in a life threatening situation and was in danger of drowning. Corporal Sexton entered the vehicle via a broken passenger window and crawled to the driver. With the assistance of Officer Jared Tait he then cut off the driver’s seatbelt. 

It's dangerous from one end of town...

The two officers extricated the driver, moved him through the water and onto the shoreline. Officer Tait remained with that patient while Officer Sexton returned to the car and stood by with the two patients still in the vehicle. Officer Harry Balderson located a fourth subject on an embankment who reported having been ejected from the vehicle. Port Angeles Fire Department personnel arrived on scene, took over patient care of the driver and ejected passenger, and subsequently extricated and treated the remaining two passengers in the vehicle. Fire Department personnel reported three of the patients to be in critical or serious condition and Clallam 2 Fire/Rescue and Olympic Ambulance personnel were called to assist. 

...to the other.

All four patients were transported to the Olympic Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle was later air lifted to Harbor View Medical Center. Another passenger (identified as 18 year old Elijah F. Jackson) was treated and released from the hospital. He was booked into the Clallam County Jail on outstanding probable cause on an unrelated criminal case. Christina L. Green (28 years old) was later released from the Olympic Medical Center and Mitchel S. Ward (18 years old) was reportedly air lifted to Harbor View Medical Center. The driver was subsequently identified as a Grant Eastman (21 years old).


Volume, volume, volume! This was the second
multi-car crash within hours...

Nice. Really nice. I tell you, that guard rail just seems to have a target painted on it, it gets smashed into so often. The Wild West - or at least the Drunken Dangerous West - is alive and well in Port Angeles. (Until it's airlifted to Harbor View, anyway...)

Even the Sheriff's Department likes the demolition derby...

That name Ward jumped right out at me. Seems like we all know a local "activist" named Ward...Hmmm...Anyone know if there's any relation?

Meanwhile, the numbers don't lie...2nd and Vine...
 
5th and Cherry...
 
10th and Peabody...Yes, Port Angeles is unsafe
at any speed, any time, any place.
 


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fill in the Blank

Here's a little game for you. If I were to say to you that there was a headline something like, "Shooting at Courthouse in Port ________," which word would you naturally pick to fill in the blank, "Angeles" or "Townsend"?

If I were to ask you which of those two towns and county seats were, in your opinion, more likely to see some sort of violent acting out by a disgruntled citizen, which would you pick?

Which of those communities is know for suicides, standoffs with police, drugs and crimes involving gun nuts? Which community is known for its film festival, arts scene and thriving downtown?

And finally, which of those two places is actually taking courthouse security somewhat seriously, and taking steps to make their county courthouse more secure, just in case?

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Courthouse is implementing new security measures that will require visitors to the second and third floors to go through a security screening and will add high-definition security cameras.

The county has budgeted $270,000 for the upgrades, but it is likely they will come in under budget, according to Mark McCauley, county director of central services.

“It won’t cost nearly that much,” McCauley said.

The most expensive upgrade purchased was a $31,000 walk-through metal detector.


It seems to me like, in Port Townsend, they're more likely to have some loopy hippie want to come in and burn some sage to "purify" the building than they are to see some sort of right-wingnut headcase with a gun make trouble. But they're still taking a "just in case" and "better safe than sorry" approach to security.

Ah, but Clallam County, home to bulldozer berserkers, gun hoarding thrice convicted lunatics, "you'll never take me alive!" house barricaders and a host of generally drug-addled, marginal types...Well, Clallam County continues to play fast and loose with public safety - even the safety of their own workers. Rather than be "better safe than sorry," once again, Clallam County is cutting corners and doing it on the cheap, reducing "better safe than sorry" to just plain "sorry."

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In the Sunshine of Your Love (Dad)

Remember that primary when Derek Kilmer rose to the top of the Democratic heap? Remember how the Republicans had something like a half dozen people competing for the old Norm Dicks seat, but the Democrats, gosh, they didn't offer their voters any choices at all? It was just plain old milktoast meat puppet Derek Kilmer.

I always thought there was something the-fix-is-in-ish about that primary, and Kilmer's performance since then has left me unimpressed. He's a go-along-to-get-along Democrat, not anything close to the "inspiring young leader" that his mainstream, corporate Democratic flock try to portray him as. That being the case, I think Derek Kilmer represents some of the make no waves/ask no questions so-called leadership that has kept Clallam County from succeeding. In other words, he's not a solution; he represents a large part of the (ongoing) problem.

The flip side of the area's problems - the genuinely disturbing drug and/or child abuse that is all too common - is apparently being handled by another Kilmer:

Clallam County man charged after child rescued from hot car

A 33 year old Clallam County man was charged Tuesday after deputies say they rescued his sleeping infant daughter from the hot car he was passed out in.

Brian Paul Kilmer, who lives west of Lake Crescent, was charged in Clallam County Superior Court on Tuesday with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and use of drug paraphernalia. He was being held in the Clallam County jail on $5,000 bail.

Deputies rescued Kilmer's 1 year old daughter Sunday after Kilmer parked the car in direct sunlight and passed out, court records say.

At 2:06 PM Sunday, deputies investigated a report that a man had driven erratically into the Salt Creek Recreation Area before parking his vehicle and passing out, records say. Deputies searched Kilmer and found a small bag of methamphetamine in his pants.

Deputies then obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and said they found several pieces of drug paraphernalia. In the car, they found several straws with melt marks and residue, a pipe, three syringes, and three prescription pills.

Kilmer told Deputy Paul Federline he may have been seen driving erratically because he was looking at his phone for directions while driving, court records say.

Kilmer said he doesn't use drugs, and that the aluminum foil found in his cup holder was from a sandwich...He didn't have a response when asked about burn marks on the foil, records say.


Mmmm! Good sandwich! 

A small detail in this story illustrates a big problem. Look at all those charges. Think about the danger this loser exposed his infant daughter to. If he'd crashed while driving high, people could have been killed. And all that warrants only $5,000 bail? Shades of Amber Steim!

Look for "Father of the Year" Brian Kilmer to be back out on the street and "contributing to society" soon enough. And look for Mark Nichols to...Say, just what is it that Mark Nichols does, anyway?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Gone to the Dogs!

Just had a lovely summer evening watching Summer Stock. It's not the best by either Gene Kelly or Judy Garland, but it's fun and festive and has some great moments in it.

And one of the numbers made me think of Port Angeles!

 
So this one is for you, troll, you uncritical lover of Port Angeles and permanent resident of the early 20th century. 'Cause, by tarnation, if'n it worked fer yer grandpappy, it sure'n oughta be good enough fer the dang 21st century! T'aint no need fer folks to grow or learn or nothin'! 'Cause, by tarnation, debt or no debt, meth or no meth, it's another GREAT day in Port Angeles! Now, you go an get yer innernet outta my yard!
 
(Meanwhile, dear troll, the score is 443 different topics posted on this blog to your big fat, impotent ZERO for getting this free and open forum to shut down.)