Shamelessly emulating other bloggers, I thought I'd do a news roundup today.
I have an Op Ed in today's Bellingham Herald. I submitted it on Monday, and on Tuesday, the County Council voted to spend your tax dollars to go to court. The County would rather fight than work to prevent pollution or to make sure that farmers have water in the future.
That's your County Council, folks. They say that voters get what they deserve. Is this what you deserve?
Riley Sweeney blogged today about some folks who are going to be front and central in the County's water issues. If their views are your views, then not paying attention to County politics over the next year or two will be a good strategy. On the other hand, if you think that fighting against tribal water rights is a bad approach, you might want to participate.
Riley directed my attention to the Whatcom Excavator, an "anonymous" Tea Party blog that tends to predict the words and deeds of our Planning Commission and County Council. Does it reflect or inform those views? Only the anonymous Excavator, and our public officials, know for sure.
The most recent article on the Excavator is a particularly splenetic rampage about our water case.
Nobody could accuse the Excavator of a sense of irony. Apparently the authors find nothing ironic about screaming that they, and the County Council, are being "bullied" by David Stalheim and me -- who participate in the public process publicly, under our own names, making our interests and identities clear to all. Heck, we even blog under our own names.
While the Excavator authors, lilly-livered chickens that they are, hide behind anonymity.
My favorite part of this week's Excavator hissy-fit is their outrage that the Hearings Board cited scientific sources to support its water decision. Look at all the footnotes in the Hearings Board's decision! complains the Excavator. Be outraged!
There's an old saying in the law: When the law's on your side, argue the law. When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you don't have either the law or the facts, pound on the table.
The Excavator is an outlet for table-pounders.
Update: Including the 42nd Legislative District's own State Representative Jason Overstreet, who posted a link to the Excavator article on his Facebook page.
The Excavator altered Futurewise's slogan ("Building Communities, Saving the Land") to read instead "The ends justify the means." One of Representative Overstreet's Facebook friends commented that he was astounded by Futurewise's "fascist slogan."
Vintage Excavator tactics: libel and confuse from behind the wall of anonymity. Lilly-livered chickens, the lot of them, and everybody who links to them, too.