Quote of the day–Claire Wolfe

Free people never beg governments for fundamental rights like free speech, freedom of association, self-defense, worship and freedom to travel.

If the government gets in the way of your ability to live your life peacefully, as you see fit, in voluntary relationships with others, then it’s wrong and you’re right.  Period.

Don’t sit around and wait for Congress to the state legislature to “fix” violated rights.  The very essence of the government game is that legislators give you a tiny bit here while grabbing a double handful of what’s yours there.  Even if you gain a victory or two, in the long run, government is a game freedom lovers can only lose.

Never, never beg or negotiate for your rights.  Take them.  If enough of us do, no government in the world can stand in our way.

Claire Wolfe
From “101 Things To Do ‘Til The Revolution”

Preparing for our trip to Spokane

It took a little bit of time to figure this out so I’ll save others the trouble if they happen to plan on attending Fish Or Man’s hearing tomorrow and are an even greater procrastinator than I am on figuring out exactly where to go.

Court Date:

Court Time: 09:00 AM

Court Room: 2 Court Address: 1100 W Mallon Ave
99260-2043 WA

Directions and map




 Criminal Traffic    12/23/04   09:00 AM   Court Room 2



 Criminal Non-Traffic  12/23/04   09:00 AM   Court Room 2

Underwriters Laboratories and our three Walmart heaters

About a year ago my wife bought three 1500 Watt space heaters at Walmart.  About a week ago my youngest daughter noticed the plug on hers was discolored as if it had overheated.  She checked the plug on her brother’s heater and found it too was discolored and reported it to me.  I checked the third heater and found it was even worse than the other two.  Since the heaters were tested by Underwriters Laboratory I sent them a picture of the plug and the information they requested such as information about the heater:

Holmes Group Inc
Milford, MA 01757 USA
Model: HFH2985
Made in China
Serviced in USA
Heater 120V 60Hz 1500W A/C Only
Listed 11C1

Today I received a letter from UL.  So far they are “doing okay” in my book.  It’s odd the return address on the email is different from the person that ‘signed’ the email.  And it took almost a week to send me a confirmation they received my email.  But it’s Christmas time of year and I give them a pass for now.

From: Lorene.A.Seeger
Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2004 9:07 AM
To: Joe Huffman
Subject: Your report – space heater

Field Report Investigation Number: 2004FR-2260

Mr. Huffman,

Thank you for contacting Underwriters Laboratories Inc. The information you submitted has been forwarded to our Field Report Department and an investigation has been initiated. We will contact you if additional information is needed during the course of this investigation.

We would like to assure you that the information you provided will be thoroughly reviewed and appropriate action will be taken as warranted.

Since the information developed throughout the course of our investigation is confidential, we cannot provide you with details or the results of the investigation. However, we will notify you upon completion of this investigation.

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention and assisting us in maintaining the UL Public Safety Mission.


Craig M. Witt
Engineering Team Leader
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
[phone number and email address snipped]

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Gregoire claims victory

Ho hum… So what did you expect?  I’ve been saying:

The AP story is all over now.  Here is one link and a snippet:

Democrats have claimed victory in the race for Washington governor by a razor-thin margin of eight votes, citing preliminary results of a hand recount they say puts Christine Gregoire in front for the first time.

More legal battles appeared inevitable. Rossi has said that he would consider challenging the election results in court if he loses the third count after winning the first two. Republicans have already started preparing for a possible court challenge.

King County Elections spokeswoman Bobbie Egan, who confirmed that both parties received the recount data on Tuesday, said official results would be released Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Seven justices will hear the lawsuit brought by King County, the state Democratic Party and the secretary of state seeking to include the 723 uncounted King County ballots.

Rossi doesn’t have a chance and never did after the first count came out so close.