Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It Just Gets Worse and Worse

Meanwhile, in other news...Your County Commissioners are working hard to make Clallam County Great a Penal Colony Again...

In an effort to "save money," two Clallam County commissioners are working to restructure public defense for low-income defendants in district court, despite a recommendation from their own ad-hoc committee of experts to keep things as they are.

Commissioners Bill Peach and Randy Johnson instructed Clallam County Administrator Jim Jones on Tuesday to draft a contract that would appoint Larry Freedman, currently a pro-tem judge in Clallam County District Court 1, as an indigent defense coordinator who would manage contracts with attorneys who volunteer to provide counsel for defendants.

“I’m trying to figure out what we did for months in the committee you appointed,” Christopher Shea, a former public defender and prosecutor told Peach and Johnson.

“We worked; we did our job; and now you are saying ‘well, we don’t like that.’

“We just wasted our time and that causes concern.”

Right-wingers trying to appoint a fellow right-winger to short-circuit the ability of poor people to defend themselves in court...Not compassionate, not constructive, not even proactive, but it sure is predictable. Maybe they can convince the CRTC to make some swell leg shackles out of recycled composites?

What a fucking county...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Shell Game, and She'll Lie - Further Adventures at the Port Angeles Port

The following all came in as comments on an earlier topic, but I thought they needed a more prominent location, so I'm cutting and pasting them here...Thanks to Mr. Binswanger for sharing all of this with us.

Hi Crypt Kicker - I just posted this in response to the most recent PDN CRTC piece. In case they delete it, I'm posting here so you can have a record of it. Here it is...

To whom it may concern:

I believe it is vitally important for Clallam County citizens to know some truths about the Port of Port Angeles and its support of the CRTC from a person who has first hand knowledge.

Fact: The Port was awarded a $2M reimbursable grant from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to offset funds the Port spent building out the Port owned CRTC building. (EDA Project Number: 07 01 07214). One of the conditions of that reimbursable grant was that the Port charge “fair commercial rental value.” While working at the Port, among other things, I was tasked with oversight of the Port’s business with the CRTC including working toward a long-term lease with the CRTC that would meet EDA approval. During this work, I discovered Port Executive Director Karen Goschen had executed a Memorandum of Understanding that committed the Port to a ten year lease with the CRTC at a rental rate below fair market value.

Fact: At a Port commission meeting on January 09, 2017, I brought to the attention of the commission the fair market rental deficiency in the agreements with the CRTC Ms. Goshen executed on behalf of the Port and the negative ramifications it may have in regard to the $2M reimbursable EDA grant. In response to my report to the commission, Commissioner Burke commented that the Port could play a “shell game” with the money.

Fact: On January 23, 2017, I met with Port Human Resources manager Holly Hairell and informed her that I wanted to take action regarding Ms. Goschen’s insistence I be complicit in this unethical action about the CRTC and EDA.

Fact: After I informed Ms. Hairell about Ms. Goschen’s insistence I be complicit in the unethical action about the CRTC and EDA on January 23, 2017, Ms. Hairell called Mr. Nutter and informed him of our meeting who then reported this to Ms. Goschen, who in turn placed me on paid administrative leave effective immediately.

Fact: Several days after placing me on paid administrative leave, Mr. Nutter served me papers on behalf of the Port alleging I was Insubordinate and of unsatisfactory conduct. Ultimately, Ms. Goschen dismissed me for this purported insubordination and unsatisfactory conduct.

Fact: The Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings conducted a hearing in April and May of this year and despite an overwhelming preponderance of evidence proving the Port retaliated against me for reporting improper governmental action, Administrative Law Judge Lisa Dublin inexplicably ruled that the Port did not retaliate against me. (OAH Docket number: 02-2017-GOV-0004)

On page 8 of ALJ Dublin’s July 17, 2017, Final Order, in subsections 4.15. and 4.16., she states in part: 4.15. “At the Port commission meeting on January 9, 2017, Mr. Binswanger brought to the attention of the commission what he determined to be a financial discrepancy of approximately $79,000.00…” “Ms. Goschen and Finance & Administration Director John Nutter recalled Commissioner Burke commenting that the Port could play a “shell game” with the money.” “Commissioners Burke, Beauvais, and McAleer did not recall any such statement.”; 4.16. “Based on the totality of the circumstances, I resolve conflicting testimony in favor of Ms. Goschen and Mr. Nutter, finding that Commissioner Burke suggested playing a shell game to account for the financial discrepancy.”

On page 15 of ALJ Dublin’s July 17, 2017, Final Order, in subsection 5.9, she states in part: “In the present case, over the course of his communication with Ms. Hairell on January 23, 2017 in person…Mr. Binswanger reported alleged improper governmental activity, i.e. filed a whistleblower claim, relative to the CRTC lease and the EDA…”


...And Nutter wouldn't melt.

Continued...

Fact: On August 16, 2017, I filed a Petition for Judicial Review with Thurston County Superior Court. (Case number 17-2-04663-34)

In closing, it is my hope that this post will not be removed and Clallam County citizens will become aware of this vitally important information. As of late last week, I was informed by the EDA that the Port has neglected to request at least 40% of the grant awarded to it. A question as to why the Port has not requested these funds should be asked.

I recognize that there will be Port supporters that believe I am writing this because I am disgruntled. I also recognize that the Port will go to almost any lengths to make me out to be the “bad guy”; they’ve done a good job at manipulating facts to harm my credibility and to interfere with my business endeavors thus far. The truth is, I am understandably unhappy about the way the Port has treated me and behaved, and I am also deeply disturbed none of the commissioners or senior staff (except for me) objected to commissioner Burke’s suggestion that the Port do a “shell game” with public funds. In my humble opinion, there is never ever an appropriate circumstance to suggest let alone to do a “shell game” with funds one is a fiduciary for. *Merriam-Webster’s definition of a “shell game” is in part: “Fraud; especially: a swindle involving the substitution of something of little or no value for a valuable item.” Dictionary.com’s definition of a “shell game” is in part: “any deceit, swindle, fraud, or the like.” Google’s definition of a “shell game” is in part: “a deceptive and evasive action or ploy…” TheFreeDictionary.com’s definition of a shell game is in part: “any swindle or fraud”.

Quite simply, the behavior of the Port is not surprising to me based on what I know about its history but nonetheless, it is wrong. At this time, it appears Clallam County citizens have been deprived of another $800,000.00! It also appears Clallam County citizens may not be aware of what Ms. Goschen testified was $8.2M in public funds spent on the CRTC endeavor thus far….an endeavor that has purportedly earned a whopping $28,000.00 and employs 17 people! Just imagine how far $8,200,000.00+ could go to create actual living wage jobs for Clallam County citizens if these funds were entrusted to honest and competent business persons?

On the many signs placed around our county for incumbent commissioner McAleer, the slogan reads in part: “Integrity”, “Vision” and, “Experience”. I ask the voters and citizens of Clallam County to consider the facts I have laid out, and to ask yourselves if this commissioner, or the other commissioners and Port staff that seemed to be complicit in one of the commissioners suggesting the Port do a “shell game” with the public’s money, have shown “integrity”? Or, “vision”? Other than a vision for squandering millions of dollars of the public's money for headlines? Or, “Experience”? Other than experience in patting themselves on the back for their great “vision”.

Sincerely at the citizens of Clallam County’s service,

Daniel Binswanger

PS - I have shared all pertinent and factual information related to this matter with PDN reporters, who thus far have neglected to follow up with me in any way. As of this writing, I remain available to share my experience and the truth that surrounds it with the PDN or other concerned citizens.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Winnowing Process

This is normal, Port Angeles-style...

An upcoming election draws a field of candidates.

Once everyone is signed up, and the election season is officially underway, several candidates drop out. Cynicism is reinforced, and the public's ability to actually choose who represents them is sabotaged.

Forums are held, but, due to the wide and deep political apathy in the community, they are poorly attended. (Fewer than 40 came out to the most recent "debate" which featured four candidates for the Port Angeles City Council.)

At said debate, a range of questions are asked, with many being about less than crucial, time-waster issues (a plastic bag ban, gun control) that hardly speak to the core problems facing the City.

As someone who denies established science, I'm sure that
Travis Berglund could do wonders with the City's
fantasy-based finances...

In their coverage of said forum, the PDN wastes as much space as possible "covering" these tangential questions, because distractions are always welcome. (See also their extended coverage of the "medical episode" that the debate's timekeeper went through, which, while somewhat interesting, is nowhere near vital to the public's interest in who will run the City.)

Once this slanted, skewed and intentionally incomplete article is posted online, a few diehard readers may - or may not - post a few inconsequential comments on it. But most people have learned by now that such "efforts" are, in fact, pointless.

Thus, to sum up: The process is very much manipulated behind the scenes. Deals are cut, and the public is, as much as possible, cut out. Interest is kept low by keeping cynicism high. Official press coverage is minimal and essentially meaningless. And the long-running scam that is Port Angeles is allowed to keep pathetically chugging along, bringing benefits and wealth to a favored few, while keeping 99% of the community poor, struggling, and, yes, cynical.

This is the cynical cycle that defines and powers Port Angeles. Any questions? *

*Questions not allowed. Go back to sleep.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I Saw It On The TV

Well alright then...I've been away for a few days, attending to family business out of town. After some stressful moments, everything worked out well in the end. So, my last day there, just before coming home, I got a sandwich to go, and went back to my hotel room to relax, unwind, and pack.

I'd been away from home, and my computer, for days, and hadn't really even thought about Port Angeles at all in that time. But then, I got my sandwich, and simply turned on the TV, and there you were Port Angeles. The show that just happened to be on was an episode of Hoarders, featuring a family from Port Angeles.

"Ah, yes," I thought. "Of course. That seems about right."

I had no idea that Port Angeles had made it onto that particular "national platform." But it makes perfect sense.

Now we just await the exciting dance debut of Cherie Kidd, and the further unveiling of the latest too-good-to-be-true deal with the Port.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

It's Not Valentine's Day, But Here's a Sleazy Sweetheart For You Anyway

There's no conflict of interest here, right?

New pastures are becoming old hat for John Nutter, the Port of Port Angeles’ director of finance and administration.

The former Port Angeles police officer and one-time Olympic Medical Center finance director travels to new employment climes Dec. 1 when he starts as the new chief financial officer for Airborne Environmental Control Systems, he said this week.

The West Hurley, N.Y.-based company which develops cooling systems for high-heat military lasers and sensors, signed a lease effective May 1 for its new headquarters at the port-owned Suite E at 2007 South O St.

A shifty shit not worth shit...
 
Currently, know-nothing Nutter makes $125,000 a year at the Port - which is about a million dollars in Port Angeles money. Even though he says his new salary is still "being negotiated," I'm pretty sure that Nutter is pretty sure he'll be making scads (or at least oodles) more in his new position.

Port Angeles is like an over-full toilet bowl, only when you flush it, all the shit just swirls around and around, without ever going down the drain and away. I mean, Nutter, Karen Rogers and the recently mentioned Teresa Pierce were all in City Hall at one point. They've all swirled over to various spots at Olympic Medical Center, and Nutter has continued his shit smear to the Port (an even bigger, fuller toilet bowl) and is now - in the most conflict-of-interest-laden, smacks-of-a-backroom-sweetheart-deal way - moving over to a company that has, gosh, signed a lease with the Port.

The way the same old players keep getting swapped around and snatched up by various "entities," you'd think that Port Angeles was just teeming with highly educated, high caliber, highly qualified and experienced experts and professionals.

But gee, if that were the case, wouldn't the town be something other than the dreary, run-down, debt-ridden, drug den that it actually is? I mean, if all these people were really so good, wouldn't the town show the effects of their expertise?

Of course, all these crooks and cons are good at is at lying, sleazing, stealing and sweetheart deals that benefit just themselves. Given all the evidence to support that hypothesis, you'd have to be a Nutter to believe otherwise.

...And a piece of shit that at least makes people laugh.


Monday, October 2, 2017

THIS is What the Fix Looks Like

It's election time! Time to exercise our rights as citizens to select our representatives!

Whoops! Except in Port Angeles, that is...


Jake Oppelt is pulling out of the race for Port Angeles city council.

Oppelt announced Monday that he was suspending his campaign. He says he is in the process of selling his house and his new residence would be ½ mile outside of the city limits. That would make him ineligible to serve on the council.

That leaves local restaurant owner Mike French as the only active candidate for the race.
However, Oppelt's name will remain on the ballot.
Current city council member Lee Whethem was ousted from the race to retain his seat during the August primary.

This is the second candidate to pull out of race for city council following the primary.

Todd Negus dropped out of his race against Jim Moran last month after the two advanced from the primary, eliminating Marolee Smith.  

Because he had no idea at all he'd be moving soon...Right?
 
This is exactly what the fix looks like. Split the vote and drive out the "troublesome" and occasionally "question asking" incumbent in the primary, then, once that's done, have one of the other candidates drop out. How many times have we seen this total subversion of democracy in Clallam County? It's been done again and again, and it's only done with the willing, knowing participation of all parties involved.

That means Ohole is rotten, Mike French is rotten, and leaves good ol' boy Lee Whetham - who was part of a similar scam himself when he first ran - looking like the least rotten of them all.

Now, much as I may have my issues with Lee Whetham, I think it's time to organize a serious write-in campaign for him, and for Marolee Smith, too. They were robbed, yes, but more importantly, you were robbed.

Fuck the fix, and fuck Mike French. Write in Whetham and Smith and at least send a message that you know what is going on, and won't stand for it.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hmmm...

I have a few, I guess, philosophical questions to ask you, dear readers. Things don't quite add up, and I'm wondering what your thoughts are.

The aim of this blog, though it may have a snotty tone at times, is to share information. To give people access to some facts, and to allow them a venue in which to share facts themselves. The general focus of such fact-finding explorations - and occasional mockery - is the deep, abiding, corrosive corruption that has taken hold in Clallam County. You know, the type of corruption that kills entire communities, and shatters individual lives within those communities.

In other words, we're focused on the poison in the well.

Now, you'd think there'd be very few people willing to advocate, even anonymously, in favor of the poison. Right? I mean, in theory, political corruption is something that everyone - except for the morally bankrupt few actually participating in it - is against.

And yet...You've all seen the crazy pushback I've been receiving of late. (Which is to say, you've seen a fraction of the threats, insults and assorted ravings that I've allowed through for demonstration purposes.) Which leaves me with some questions.


But first, let me explain that, out of all the various threats, insults and assorted lunatic ravings I've received here, only a tiny, tiny percentage of them ever even come close to objecting to a subject because they say I have the facts wrong. You've seen that with the recent threats I've let through. They aren't saying, "Hey, asshole, you've got the facts all wrong and need to correct them!" No. They're saying, "Shut up or else!"

This failure to challenge the facts presented here leads me to believe that said facts are - in fact! - closer to the truth than not. Would that not be a fairly logical conclusion to come to?

Having concluded that, I have to wonder, as I stated above, who in their right mind is it that is advocating in favor of the poison in the system?

Related to all that...So many of the threats, insults and full moon lunatic ravings that come in berate this blog. Run it down. I'm a "loser." No one reads it. My readers are all figments of my imagination. It's "irrelevant." And did I mention that no one reads it?

Now, if all of that is true...Why be so upset? If this blog is irrelevant, has no readers, etc., then why would anyone care what is said here? Let me put it this way: Peter Ripley can say anything he likes about me, or anything else, because it doesn't matter. No one reads his blog. He's a one watt radio station, broadcasting to nowhere. If Peter Ripley said the vilest, meanest, most untrue things possible about me, I wouldn't care. I'd consider the source, and be well aware that no one is seeing what he's writing. So again, if this blog is as marginal as its critics maintain...Why are they so upset?

Which leads to...What kind of creep and cretin makes un-American threats to someone just because they disagree with their perspective? Really? That's your land of the free? We're all free to see things exactly like you do, and no other way? Wow, comrade, that sounds pretty much like an old-fashioned Soviet Block to me.

More pointedly...What kind of creep and cretin makes un-American threats that they have no intention or ability to carry out? What kind of faux fascist foolishness is that? "I know who you are." No you don't. "I know where you live." No, you don't. And even if you did, you'd have us all believe you're going to leave the comfort of your lonely basement, leave the protective cocoon of Clallam County, travel hundreds of miles and..? What? Try to commit a felony? After leaving so many pieces of online intelligence here that already it's laughable?


And all for...What, exactly? Let me point out the exact same thing I told Scott T. Collins when he tried to bully and threaten me into shutting this blog down: I'm the only one who has the passwords to this blog. If your goal is to get this blog to go away, and something were to "happen to me," it would just stay here, floating along on the internet...Forever. Accessible and alive. So, even if your most macho fever dream were to come true, it would still be an epic fail on your part.

So, what's the point? More to the point, what the fuck is it that is so wrong in Port Angeles and Clallam County that there's so much corruption? What causes a sick few to take from so many? How many communities inspire a blog like this one? Why the hell would anyone defend the corrupt status quo? And how do these losers think they're making a difference, or making anything better, by behaving like thugs, bullies, cretins and fascists?

Port Angeles isn't a town - it's a psychological disorder given physical form. And the more you fight that fact, the more you just make it worse.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

City Hall: The Buck Stopped Here, But THE BUCKS Never Stop Here

Wow! Sounds like the Port Angeles City Council had a sort of late-season disaster epic play out for them at their last meeting, courtesy of former Rep. Jim Buck. He came and laid out a truly frightening what if doomsday earthquake scenario for them. Or, to sum it up: BOO!!!

Here's the headline the PDN pulled from this "You're all gonna die!" Council meeting:

Port Angeles Council told of casualties, destruction of a massive quake

The headline does not seem to have captured the urgency and excitement of a presentation that centered on thousands and thousands of Clallam County residents dying in a massive earthquake.

Which is, of course, par for the course with the PDN. They have never really been known for accuracy, though it is an interesting case of them missing an opportunity to spread The Fear, which they so often prefer to do. But, this was a what if kind of thing. A hypothetical.

The PDN's "news coverage" continues to be as fuzzy
as this photo they printed of Jim Buck. Quality is Job None!

 Or perhaps they were considering the messenger. Jim Buck's record as an elected representative leans way, way right. NARAL and the ACLU both rated him at 0% supportive. The Washington Sierra Club was able to generate a 20% supportive rating. But the Washington Conservative Union (the only union conservatives like, doncha know) gave good ol' Jim a 90% rating, while the NRA gave him a solid gold A+. Of course, the PDN also skews way, way conservative, so it's no surprise they gave Buck so much coverage, despite the lack of a screaming headline to match.

But an earthquake is a what if, something that could happen tomorrow, or could happen 100 years from now. Who knows for sure? However, one thing we do know for sure is that the same Port Angeles City Council is on a totally unsustainable financial path, one that has already become a slow-motion disaster.

So wouldn't you love to see a headline like this:

Port Angeles Council told of destruction, lives ruined by crushing debt and incompetent fiscal policies

And hey, aren't conservatives supposed to be the fiscally conservative politicians? So couldn't good ol' right-wing Jim Buck come back for an encore and tear into spendthrifts like (Republican) Cherie Kidd, (Republican) Pat Downie and (Republican) Dan Gase? Couldn't he? Shouldn't he?

And...No. Of course that won't happen, any more than the PDN will turn into an honest and accurate newspaper. The City will continue to spend beyond their means. Infrastructure will continue to crumble. Drugs and poverty and a pervasive sense of hopelessness will continue to ravage the community. And the PDN will continue to ignore it all. That special kind of Clallam County Quality will be maintained.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Halloween is Just Around the Corner...

Well, the PDN has finally jumped on the biggest local story in years - the Cherie Kidd Pathetic Pageant Parade. Maybe they wanted to wait to get a little closer to Halloween before dropping this sad and scary story on their elderly readers.

Part of being a leader is being fearless. Cherie can't
quite muster that, so she splits the difference by
being clueless and shameless instead.
 
As if this tiara terror photo isn't enough, the PDN also gives us a glimpse of the horrors to come:
 
Port Angeles' former mayor and current deputy mayor will don a bold scarlet costume bedecked with sequins, jewels and fringes, as she vies for the title of Ms. Senior Moment America from October 15th - 20th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kidd will perform a three-minute contemporary dance number to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" at least once. But she hopes to repeat her performance two more times...
 
"Contemporary" Cherie dancing to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" is sure to trigger a wave of audience and online "Can't Stop the Laughing." And if she really wants to repeat her sequins and fringe twitch-a-thon, might I suggest the first City Council meeting in November? That might give those witnessing the spastic spectacle time to get over their nausea before Thanksgiving.
 
For more information and a good laugh, be sure to visit: http://senioramerica.org/Washington.asp