Bellevue warming up

From the City of Bellevue 7:10 PM:

Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson has declared a civil emergency in the city and signed an emergency order prohibiting weapons in the downtown area where demonstrations from multiple, opposing groups were reported. The Mayor is authorized to “proclaim the existence of a civil emergency whenever a riot, unlawful assembly, or other hostile action, or the imminent threat thereof, occurs in the city and results in or threatens to result in the death or injury of persons or the destruction of or damage to property to such extent as to require, in the judgment of the Mayor, extraordinary measures to protect the public peace, safety and welfare.”

The city has also requested further law enforcement support from surrounding jurisdictions to maintain safety and order for the groups demonstrating and the public. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid the area.


Judge agrees, Democrats oppose the 1st Amendment too

Good news!

Via Stephen Gutowski we have this report:

A federal court ordered Los Angeles to hand over more than $100,000 to the National Rifle Association after ruling that the city had violated the gun-rights group’s First Amendment rights.

We have to take the offensive against these tyrants. It’s nice to have judges who enforce the constitution.

It’s official

Via a private post on Facebook: On July 26, 2016 Obama was briefed on an intelligence report that Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against candidate Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the DNC:


This is not conclusive evidence that it actually happened. Just that the Russians probably believed it happened. But, assuming it is true and there is conclusive evidence…

Obama knew. It’s official.

The question in my mind is now, “What are the list of crimes these people committed by doing this?” Conspiracy to commit libel and slander look plausible. Surely there are more serious offenses, right?

Quote of the day—Ann Coulter

It’s official: You can’t protect yourself. Not even a blameless ex-Marine could defend himself from being choked to death. The D.A. will call in a “special” prosecutor to throw you to the wolves, and they’ll both be praised for railroading an innocent man in the Omaha World Herald, while the national media defame you.

Ann Coulter
Innocent Until Proven Trump Supporter
September 23, 2020
Via ParaLarry @ParaLarry
[These district attorneys as well as those attacking Rittenhouse, need to be prosecuted.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Jane Ginsburg

I think that Mother, like many others, expected that Hillary Clinton would win the nomination and the presidency, and she wanted the first female president to name her successor,

Jane Ginsburg
Daughter of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 20, 2020
Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Refused to Step Down
[That would explain it. But what a price she paid for symbolism.

I find that as I get older I’m less inclined to take risks. I’ll take an low risk incremental improvement over a high risk high gain option. Apparently RBG didn’t mature along the same path I did. She took a big risk for a small gain.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Roger T. Benitez

The result is that any law-abiding citizen may lose his liberty, and (not ironically) his Second Amendment rights, as a result of exercising his constitutional right to keep and bear arms if the arm falls within the complicated legal definition of an “assault weapon.” If ever the existence of a state statute had a chilling effect on the exercise of a constitutional right, this is it.

Roger T. Benitez
United States District Judge
September 23, 2020
James Miller, et al., v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, et al.
[Chilling effect!!

This is awesome! It’s an infringement upon a specific enumerated right if it causes a “chilling effect” upon the exercise of that right. This has long been the case for First Amendment infringement law but it wasn’t until 2018 in Illinois that I saw it applied to a Second Amendment case.

This is paving the highway to throwing out most of the stupid gun laws in this nation. Licensing, gun and gun owner registration, and even background checks could get eventually thrown out if we approach this incrementally.—Joe]

Kyle Rittenhouse – The Truth in 11 minutes

Via The Dailywire:

See also this article from yesterday.

There are only a few days left to sign the petition urging the White House to prosecute the district attorneys who charged Rittenhouse. I know it’s unlikely the DAs will prosecuted even if enough signatures are obtained. And I know 99,148 signatures in the remaining days is next to impossible. But, please, sign it anyway.

The more signatures we get the closer we are to normalizing the prosecution of those who use the power of government to implement a terrible injustice. These DAs are clearly attempting to cast a chilling effect upon the specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms. They, and others like them, must face justice. Help normalize the prosecution of these criminals. Sign the petition.

Quote of the day—Reza Aslan @rezaaslan

Been a few days since I tweeted that if GOP try to jam a SCOTUS thru B4 election we burn the fucking thing down & since the death threats & Breitbart headlines about my tweet have now stopped let me just say that if GOP try to jam SCOTUS through we burn the fucking thing down.

Reza Aslan @rezaaslan
Aslan is a tenured Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside and serves on the board of trustees for the Chicago Theological Seminary and The Yale Humanist Community.
Tweeted on September 21, 2020
[Just one more example of the inherent violent nature of the political left.

It is also very telling about their lack of respect for the constitution and rule of law.

He’s actually toned it down from last year.—Joe]

2020 Democrats should listen to 2016 Democrats #FillThatSeat

MTHead said:

Does it really matter what Gibbering Joe says anymore? No one on either side is really listening to him for actual content.

I say, “Yes, it matters.” When someone says something to the effect of, “The Senate should wait for the new president.” It seems to me an effective counter to that is, “Joe Biden disagrees with you.

But, I’m willing to not push the point. How about a bunch of democrats in addition to Joe Biden? Doesn’t that matter?

Via Donald Trump Jr.:

Quote of the day—Joe Biden

I made it absolutely clear, that I would go forward with the confirmation process as chairman. Even a few months before presidential election.

Just as the constitution requires.

Joe Biden
U.S. Vice President
[Good to know both candidates are in agreement with this. So, this shouldn’t be an issue then.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Jaime Huffman

Rip RBG. Just when we thought 2020 couldn’t get more politically charged.

Jaime Huffman
September 18, 2020
Via text message.
[This is how I found out RBG died.

A few minutes later she also sent me a screen shot of Mitch McConnell’s statement on the passing of Justice Ginsburg. Here is the text (emphasis added):

The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.

Justice Ginsburg overcame one personal challenge and professional barrier after another. She climbed from a modest Brooklyn upbringing to a seat on our nation’s highest court and into the pages of American history. Justice Ginsburg was thoroughly dedicated to the legal profession and to her 27 years of service on the Supreme Court. Her intelligence and determination earned her respect and admiration throughout the legal world, and indeed throughout the entire nation, which now grieves alongside her family, friends, and colleagues.


In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.

By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.

President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.

“Politically charged” is an understatement. I expect the police and fire departments will soon be earning overtime for the foreseeable future.

I wonder if the list of 20 names of potential Supreme Court nominees President Trump released nine days ago was based on insider knowledge of Justice Ginsburg’s health status.

All is in accordance with prophecy.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Benjamin Crump

But when a young white supremacist shot and killed two peaceful protestors, local law enforcement and National Guardsmen allowed him to walk down the street with his assault weapon.

Benjamin Crump
Attorney for Jacob Blake
August 27, 2020
‘Jacob Blake didn’t pose any threat:’ Attorney releases statement after DOJ said knife found after shooting
[How many lies can you find in just this one sentence? With so much evidence of an untruthful character packed into just one sentence how could anyone believe anything else he said?

Also, it would appear, Kyle Rittenhouse has the opportunity for another libel suit here.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Scott Adams @ScottAdamsSays

What is the plan for eliminating Antifa once our elected leaders give up? We should have a backup plan for the ground game.

Scott Adams @ScottAdamsSays
Tweeted on September 6, 2020
[There are lots of suggestions in response.

My favorite:

Simple. Unrestricted law enforcement. Let LEOs do their job, and force Prosecuters to mandate jail time. The legal system is a great deterrent when applied properly.

ruco @ruco_mon
Tweeted on September 6, 2020

My nomination for best troll:

Killer two part plan, Scott:

1. Get the cops to stop murdering unarmed people.
2. Get white supremacists to stop holding rallies.

I promise you, you would never get a whiff of antifa again.

a foog @FoogInc
Tweeted on September 6, 2020

My nomination for most innovative:

Marshall law, shutting down the democratic communist party, letting the military run former democratic cities and states whilst teaching their population what Democracy is. Just like they did very successfully in post war Germany and Japan.

Yonatan Yahav @YahavYonatan
Tweeted on September 6, 2020

My nomination for most impractical but made me laugh:

Wall them off, and record the aftermath via drones. Make it required study material for future generations.

Mark Zigzag Chapman @ZigzagChapman20
Tweeted on September 6, 2020

My nomination for best sound bite:

Hollow points win over talking points any day of the week.

Shemtov @Shemtov10
Tweeted on September 6, 2020

My nomination for most oxymoronic:

Extinction Rebellion and antifa losers that get arrested for minor crimes should be forced to volunteer in 3rd world countries like South Africa…

Christopher Gaska @ChristopherTodd
Tweeted on September 6, 2020

My nomination for the longest range:


Make California Red Again ????  @6lackelonmusk
Tweeted on September 6, 2020

Any better ideas?—Joe]

Brother Doug’s fire story

This complements my story from the same day.

From brother Doug:

From: Doug Huffman

Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:48 AM


We have had a busy fire season in recent days.

On August 30, we had the, “White Tail” fire, which didn’t threaten our home, but I was involved in fighting it.  Things were just getting back to normal on Labor Day, September 7, when we had a major cold front come in with very windy conditions.  We had cut a sample of garbanzo beans and determined they were dry enough to cut, but we decided to shut down harvest for the rest of the day due to wind.  Combines often start fires and even though we usually keep our 1300 gallon water truck on hand to fight fire, a windy day isn’t a good time to have a fire.  We went home and I was doing a few chores around the house.  The wind started taking down trees and of course, some of those trees went down across power lines.  When our power went off about 2 PM, I told Julie the power lines may have started a fire when they went down.  I am with Evergreen Fire and so Julie retrieved my fire radio from the bedroom and kept it close.  She looked out the front window and realized the top had blown out of a tree and fallen on our Caterpillar D6C, which was hooked to a plow and parked out front to fight fire in the fields.  I took a chain saw and after assessing the damage, I started cutting the tree off the tractor and plow.  I was mostly done when Julie came out of the house with the fire radio and told me there was a fire on Clover Road, which branches off Cavendish Grade about 1/2 mile east of the Sunny Side Fire Department.  It isn’t in our district, but the folks at Sunny Side knew with the very dry conditions and high winds, they would be overwhelmed almost immediately and they were.  They called for mutual aid from all surrounding Fire Departments including Evergreen.

I drove to the Evergreen Fire Department and met with several other people.  We knew Clover Road was very close to the south side of our district and in fact is just down hill from us.  The wind was driving the fire westward across the slope, but fire goes up hill very rapidly, so we didn’t want to send all our resources to help Sunny Side when we knew the fire would be in our district very soon.  The strong wind was out of the east and would essentially drive the fire along the boundary between Evergreen and Sunny Side fire districts taking out houses in both districts.  We sent one 4000 gallon tender and a brush truck to assist Sunny Side and kept our remaining resources with the intention of staging at the intersection of South Road and Cavendish Highway to protect the homes in our own district.  While most of our fire fighters went directly to the intersection, I took engine 31 (a brush truck) and drove to the eastern end of South Road and then drove full length of South Road assessing the situation.  It was obvious from the smoke that our most immediate threat was near Meridian Road and Havlock Road.  We were also hearing on the radio that the Sunny Side fire station itself was endangered and nearly surrounded by flames.  We sent one more brush truck to assist Sunny Side and the rest of us (one brush truck, one pumper and one 4000 gallon tender with only three people total) headed east on South Road where we expected the threat to hit our district first.  At Lansings place, we met a husband and wife who had just evacuated their home on Havelock Road.  The husband wanted to show me their house,which they felt was in imminent danger.  We followed him to the top of Havelock Road (on the east side of the Lansing property), which is a one lane, very rough gravel road.  I really didn’t want to commit the 4000 gallon tender to that road just yet, so I instructed the tender driver to wait at the top of Havelock while the pumper and myself in the brush truck went down to scout out the situation.  We drove down to the intersection with Valley View Road, which goes east from Havelock.  We were very close to the fire by this point with smoke coming up just down the hill from us.  I instructed the pumper driver to turn around and prepare to leave.  The pumper is a slow and awkward vehicle and I was already concerned about having it down there.  I drove the brush truck out Valley View Road with the home owner where I believe we saw four homes.  Yes, they were in serious danger.  I thought about it and suspected we could probably save any one of those houses if we had the tender, the pumper, the brush truck and had our lines laid and were ready.  I knew we couldn’t save all of them.  The fire was coming at us hard.  it was about to cut off our only exit, which was Havelock. 
I have taken a few wildland fire fighting classes, but it has been several years ago.  They taught us a lot of safety rules and I was violating every safety rule I could think of just scouting this area. 
You are never supposed to get uphill from a wild land fire, yet our DISTRICT was uphill from the fire.  You are supposed to “have one foot in the black” at all times, meaning you are supposed to work at controlling the fire from the side that is already burned so you can retreat to the burned area for protection.  You are supposed to have a lookout posted who watches the big picture while those fighting the fire focus on the nearby issues.  You are suppose to have safety zones, like a large gravel parking lot, a dirt field or some other fire proof area you can retreat to when things go bad.  You are supposed to have communications with incident command at all times.  The incident commander for this fire was with Sunny Side fire and based on the radio traffic, he was completely overwhelmed as the fire was growing much
faster than could be dealt with.   Thus he didn’t even know we existed. 
We are supposed to maintain escape routes, but I knew our only escape route (Havelock) was rapidly being over taken by the fire.  I sized up the situation and made the only decision I could.  We needed to pull back.  Initially, I pulled back to the intersection of Valley View and Havelock where the smoke was getting thicker.  While I had been away, a homeowner from further down Havelock had come fleeing up the hill with his wife in the car.  The husband had burns on one side of his head. 
They had smashed the car into a tree that had fallen across the road. 
The car was gushing antifreeze, but still running.  They were already gone to safety by the time I got back to the intersection.  I was explaining my view of the situation to the pumper driver when the homeowner from Valley View drove by and left for safety.  He wanted us to stay and save his home, but he was leaving.  I decided to cautiously check down Havelock just in case there was a nearby house, surrounded by a large gravel area or large green grass area that might be defendable. 

I drove the brush truck a couple hundred feet further down Havelock until I could see fire.  There was no place to turn around, nothing we could defend.  I backed all the way back up the hill to the intersection where the pumper driver was getting nervous.  I radioed the tender driver and told him we were pulling out.  I took the lead and told the pumper driver if things got bad, to abandon the pumper and get in with me.  The brush truck is faster and more agile than the pumper.  I would rather make a run for things in the brush truck than any of our other equipment.  We drove up out of Havelock with no problems.  We were abandoning all the aforementioned homes and they would all later burn. 
I have never had to make that judgment call as a fire fighter before. 
(Deciding to abandon undamaged homes and allowing them to burn)

We went back to South Road and drove a little further east and successfully defended a home directly south of Meridian Road.  At some point I turned the Evergreen brush truck over to another fire fighter who had shown up.  He took me over to the Sullivan place where our (Huffman Brothers) 1300 gallon water truck was parked.  I took that back to keep an eye on the home south of Meridian Road and I sent the rest of the fire fighters to the next two homes west of that including the Sevastianova residence and the Dennis Weaver residence.  In addition to blowing west, the fire kept coming uphill to the north into my brother Gary’s property on what we call the Sullivan Place (which was once the Frederiksen place).  It came north onto that property and then the strong east wind drove it westwards towards the residence South of Meridian Road.  I got on the radio and called the guys I had just sent away and one of them came back to help, along with another Evergreen fire fighter who had shown up later.  At one point I did a, “pump and roll” with our water truck, which means I was spraying water out a fire nozzle on the driver’s side while driving.  This way, one person can cover a lot of ground on a field fire and get a lot of fire put out.  We stopped it on that occasion and then saved a small building south of Gary’s property which was threatened.  The outhouse and all the miscellaneous things around the little building burned, but we saved the main building ( a tiny vacation cabin).  The other fire fighters again left and went westward to engage various threats while I stayed alone and monitored the situation south of Meridian Road.  The fire was creeping up the canyon on Gary’s property and it eventually jumped a fire break (a neighbor had used a disk to put a fire break around Gary’s field).  Once the field was on fire, I drove out the driveway to South Road and turned our water truck around to get the fire nozzle on the east side facing the fire.  The wind was driving the fire across the field and gaining momentum.  My plan was to do a pump and roll on the driveway and stop it from crossing the driveway.  Meanwhile two other fire fighters showed up.  One was the guy with the brush truck.  The other was an Evergreen Fire fighter with a 3000 gallon tender.  They both drove around me and went in to directly deal with the fire.  We didn’t have time to discuss our plans.  The guy with the tender drove into Gary’s field and started trying to put the fire out doing a pump and roll maneuver.  It wasn’t working well.  He didn’t have a well defined line where he was trying to stop it.  He was just sort of randomly chasing the fire around in the field spraying water and things weren’t going well.  I waited until the fire was nearly at the driveway and started my maneuver.  I was driving along about 5 or 6 mph spraying water out my left side wetting everything down on that side of the driveway.  By the time I got to the really heavy part of the fire, the smoke reduced my visibility to almost zero.  I had my windows rolled up and was struggling to see where I was going.  I was afraid I might go off the edge of the driveway and there are some places with a pretty bad bank where I might get stuck or possibly even roll the truck.  Just as I was getting out of the thickest smoke so I could see something, I suddenly saw the grill of a huge truck right at the end of my hood.  The guy with the 3000 gallon tender (Jim Kramer) had decided his pump and roll maneuver in the field  wasn’t working, so he drove through a bared wire fence to get on the driveway and was attempting to do a pump and roll on the driveway like I was doing, only he was coming from the other direction.  We almost had a head on collision in the heavy smoke.  I hit the brakes, slammed the truck in reverse and started backing out.  This was even more difficult trying to get back through all that heavy smoke without running off the driveway, but it gave everything a second coat of water because I was still pumping.  Jim Kramer continued out with his tender, also pumping and so we kept the fire from jumping the driveway and the house south of Meridian Road was ultimately saved.

Initially it was too windy for air support, but before the day was over, we had a helicopter dropping water and a four engine aircraft dropping fire retardant.  Julie had alerted Gary in regards to the fire.  Gary finished removing the tree top from the D6C and plowed fire breaks around the fields by our houses.  Julie packed the car with clothing, important papers and more and was prepared to evacuate.  I was mostly ignoring my cell phone, but a couple days later I was checking my voicemails and found a message from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s office at 4:36 PM the day of the fire, ordering us to evacuate.  Our land line was down by that point, so they called my cell phone, but they didn’t have Julie’s cell phone number, thus Julie didn’t get the message.  We had farmers from several miles away show up and plow fire breaks around all the fields adjacent to South Road.  Gary and I went back to the Sullivan place that night and stayed out until about 10:30 PM spraying water around the edges of the fire with our water truck.  By that time, we had help from all over northern Idaho, including Lewiston, Clarkston, Troy and Clearwater Paper (located in Lewiston).  Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association was there in force along with a whole lot of professional fire fighters I didn’t identify.

When Julie and I went to bed, there was fire was about 500 yards directly south of our house.  It was held in check by a fire break in a field, South Road and a lot of fire fighters.  I went upstairs and went to bed.  No power, no water and no shower.  Julie was frightened and slept on the couch in the living room where she could sit up and look at the fire across the road to assure herself it wasn’t getting any closer.  Most of the devastation was on Cavendish Highway and Sunny Side Bench Road.  The fire eventually crept up to and touched the road bank on the south side of South Road about 1.2 miles east of our house.  It covered over 1600 acres, consumed 13 homes and is the largest fire in this community in my life time.  I believe there were only two homes destroyed in our district.  Most of the homes on Havelock were actually in Sunny Side’s district.  The power came back on after 47 hours.  The phone came back on after four days.



Well, it is 2020 you know

On Monday Barb and I were headed north from McCall to the Boomershoot site to do a little work on things. Between Grangeville and Kamiah we saw clouds which could have come from a biblical painting:


I didn’t think those type of scenes were real. It must be very rare. Another item for strange things in 2020 we told each other. Little did we know this was not the most unusual thing to happen to us on this day.

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Quote of the day—DannyTypo @DanPariah

I’m actually really impressed by their ability to transition from journalists to fiction writers at the drop of a hat. As an English Major, I can attest to the fact that stylistic changes are genuinely quite difficult for most writers.

DannyTypo @DanPariah
Tweeted on August 27, 2020
[This was in reference to CNN coverage of the Democrat convention versus the Republican convention.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Tony Middleton

David Dyer-Bennet what you’re doing with oxygen is just WRONG.

Tony Middleton
August 29, 2020
Comment on Facebook.
[This was in response to Dyer-Bennet commenting about my blog post where I said one the terrorists killed should be nominated for a Darwin Award:

I’m really squicked by the suggestion that a guy who used what he had, which happened to be a skate board, to try to stop a rapid-mass-murder in progress, was a Darwin Award contender rather than a hero. Putting others before yourself when you’re in a position to try to stop bad shit is, in my view, heroic.

While I think the comment is hilarious, I think suggesting Dyer-Bennet is a waste of oxygen is going a bit too far. Oxygen is abundant. I could see a case being made for water and, of course, food is a slam dunk.—Joe]