The years go by

Tom Camfield
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Posted 5/19/22

An early coastal defense cannon is installed at Fort Worden about 1914. This photo is as good as any to illustrate how quickly history goes by, as it’s a Port Townsend event of about 108 years …

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An early coastal defense cannon is installed at Fort Worden about 1914. This photo is as good as any to illustrate how quickly history goes by, as it’s a Port Townsend event of about 108 years ago. The installation of this and similar guns marked the early years of World War I, and in the early 1970s, I served as an officer in American Legion Post 26 with several aging veterans of that conflict.

It was some seven years later (1921) that U.S. women (including my two grandmothers) got the vote, and a mere eight years later (1929) that I was born . . . about only 15 years after this photo. President Calvin Coolidge was about to hold open the White House door for Herbert Hoover and my childhood was highlighted by the Great Depression of the 1930s.

My mother died in her 80s, hadn’t finished high school and never learned to drive a car. When I reached my early teens, gasoline, tires, a number of foods and other items were rationed by World war II and we had a submarine net across Port Townsend Bay. The local bus for mill workers made a stop at San Juan Avenue and F Street.

Guns such as the one pictured above engaged in target practice at Fort Worden. My father was too old and family ridden for the draft — and I was too young. He was an air raid warden, and my mother sent CARE packages to Greece. Other wars followed. I served in one of those, and thousands of Americans continued to die.

So here we are many years later.

Years have passed and there have been some major changes. But much of our government still is fighting fiercely to keep women “in their place . . . barefoot and pregnant” with control still in the hands of a white male superiority. Women are being ordered, against their will, to become mothers. They have little voice against being used as handy conveniences.

And I look askance at short-sighted and right-now greedy Republicans. Specifically those who are facing only temporary inflation and no rationing as we participate in a war against Russia that involves commitment of no American lives . . . but strong allied involvements.

President Joe Biden, I feel, is doing quite well while facing opposition on two fronts — as he seeks to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, while the business community is largely blaming him for inflation while jumping aboard the Big Oil gravy train.

Hopefully, before the Congressional mid-term elections a mere five-plus months from now we’ll have a more-favorable effect of sanctions on Russian oil — as the home-heating season gets under way.

Meanwhile, the latest rumor is that Putin has cancer —  and it’s a bit scary that he might not care if he takes the rest of the world with him when he goes. I’d like to hear more on this, but the press has been silenced in Russia. Ukraine's head of military intelligence, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, told Sky News that Putin was in a "very bad psychological and physical condition and he is very sick." He added that Putin has "cancer and other illnesses," and when Sky News asked if he was merely spreading propaganda, Budanov replied, "It's my job, it's my work, if not me, who will know this?"

And what does the Trump family thinks of all this? Donald Trump Jr. fancies himself “THE GREAT MAGA PRINCE” in the manner of Russian royalty in an image he posted on Truth Social on Sunday of last weekend. Yeah, sure. Buy a little red cap and everything will be OK.

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  • Justin Hale

    "Women are being ordered, against their will, to become mothers. ".....In this state, women have up to 5 months to abort. So in reality women in this state are not being forced to become Mothers. Other states may have varying ******** laws, as Roe v.Wade allowed. I believe this is what the Constitution meant when it said that rights not enumerated are retained by the states.

    "President Joe Biden, I feel, is doing quite well "..... Of course you do, you spent four years of your life attacking Trump, doing your utmost to get him out of office and replace him with a Democrat. The people at Jonestown in its final day's come to mind, even they at some point must have had their doubts and wondered if they had bought into a line of BS.

    Thursday, May 19 Report this

  • MargeS

    Jones Town? they drank the "kool-aid" What does it mean when someone says you drank the Kool-Aid?

    The phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid” refers to follower ship at its worse. It was coined after a delusional, pseudo-guru named Jim Jones led his cult, the Peoples Temple, to mass suicide. Over 900 people, including 304 children, killed themselves by drinking from a vat of g****-flavored drink laced with cyanide. On Nov. 18, 1978, Rep. Jackie Speier was shot five times on a remote airstrip in Guyana, South America. Her boss, Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four others lay dead nearby, killed by gunfire as they tried to escape Jonestown, the commune built by cult leader Jim Jones.

    How soon we forget history. Trump has built a cult around him that far exceeds Jim Jones. But, the delusional will be well, delusional. The misinformation on COVID-19 during his tenure has caught up with a lot of Republicans. Red states far exceed blue states for Covid deaths. Did Trump supporters "drink the Kool-aid?"

    World War II was a time when women became part of the military. The Waves, the WAC's. Although it took them another 30 years to receive the same benefits. Quite a few were from Jefferson County.

    Thursday, May 19 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    My Mother was a Rosie the Riveter during WWII, a single Mom with two boys to raise, don't know if she had the same pay as the men?? if she didn't she sure deserved to.

    Take a look at Biden's approval ratings, here are a few headlines from the Googleator..

    *Independent and Latino Voters Are Deserting Joe Biden

    *Biden Has Lost Support Across All Groups Of Americans

    *Biden's approval rating drops to just 26% of Hispanic Americans

    *Biden's Approval Rating Hits Record Low, Poll Finds - Forbes

    .... and that was with the biased MSM on his side, imagine what his polls would look like if the MSM was attacking him the way they attacked Trump for four years. Of course I don't expect you haters to admit that Biden has made a mess of things, as former President Obama said: "Don't underestimate Joe's ability to **** things up."

    Friday, May 20 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    I see by this morning's paper (The Seattle Times, May 20) that legislators in Oklahoma (led by their Republican governor) have decided that it becomes a child when sperm reaches an egg. That sounds utterly ridiculous—especially when one considers the actual life of any woman who must consider becoming a mother in a difficult situation.

    Friday, May 20 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    The proposed Oklahoma legislation is extreme, I would not support it, but Roe v. Wade allowed that the states have the right to set their ******** laws, (powers not enumerated). Isn't that what representative governance is all about?? Some states lean Republican and some lean Democrat, they are, supposedly, the people's representatives. Should the federal government have the power to overrule the people's representatives? Is that a Democratic Republic? I don't think so.

    Friday, May 20 Report this

  • MargeS

    What if 90% of Americans want stricter gun laws, and the Republicans offer prayer, or turning schools into prisons? Is that following the wishes of the people that elected them? It's time to rewrite the 2nd amendment.

    Wednesday, May 25 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    No to rewriting of the second amendment. The states have the power to set their own gun laws. When I bought my riffle years ago I had to go through the background checks before I could pick it up, no problem.

    Thursday, May 26 Report this

  • MargeS

    We need a federal gun law that covers all states, rewrite the 2nd amendment and try what other countries do. The 2nd amendment isn't protecting anyone, it's just turning our country into a shooting gallery and our children are paying the price. Why should an 18 year old or a 97 year old need a gun that fires hundreds of bullets, lets start with ammunition, hand guns, background checks, mental health care. It shouldn't be up to teachers to protect our children, that should be our government's job. They write the laws and 90 percent of Americans think the gun laws should be stricter.

    Thursday, May 26 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    There is room for compromise on the gun rights issue.

    Raise the legal age to 21

    limit ammo clip capacity to 15 rounds, if you can't hit what you aim at with that many rounds maybe you shouldn't have a firearm.

    Those changes can be made at the state level. No need to rewrite the second amendment.

    Also, I wish that the dam MSM would stop calling a semi-auto an "assault rifle" with the false impression that a semi-auto rifle is the same as a full-auto that the Military uses.

    Friday, May 27 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Passing the buck to individual states at the federal level accomplishes next to nothing. We can post all the restrictions we want in Olympia—without implementing any change whatsoever in Oklahoma, Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi, Texas or wherever. There’s nothing magical about state borders.

    Friday, May 27 Report this

  • MargeS

    How about changing the 2nd amendment.

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." 1879

    Lets follow the Canadian law:

    Firearms are federally regulated in Canada. The federal 1977 Criminal Law Amendment Act, as amended, prohibits automatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns and rifles. It is illegal for anyone, except (for the most part) the police and the military, to possess them.

    The law restricts handguns by requiring a registration certificate to possess them and a permit, issued under limited and temporary cir***stances only, to carry them. The only people who can obtain a certificate are: (1) police and other security personnel, (2) members of bona fide gun clubs, (3) bona fide gun collectors, and (4) people who demonstrate a need for handguns for self-protection. As a prerequisite for registration, a prospective handgun owner must obtain a firearms acquisition certificate. The law, with minor exceptions, restricts the magazine capacity of handguns to 10 rounds.

    Hunting rifles and shotguns are neither restricted nor prohibited, but it is illegal to possess them without a firearms acquisitions certificate. People who have committed certain serious crimes are not eligible for an acquisition certificate to possess any firearm. Also ineligible is anyone with a record of violence or treatment for mental disorder associated with violence in the five years before applying for a certificate. There is a 28-day waiting period for a certificate, and it costs $50. The law, with minor exceptions, restricts the magazine capacity of hunting rifles and shotguns to five rounds.

    The law requires the court, in most cases, to prohibit people who are convicted of serious crimes from possessing firearms for 10 years to life, depending on the crime and whether it is a first offense. And the court may, for safety reasons, prohibit people who have not committed any crimes from possessing firearms.

    The law grants police officers considerable powers of search and seizure where prohibited and restricted firearms are concerned. Among other things, they may make warrantless searches of any premises (other than a dwelling) and vehicles and seize undo***ented weapons if they have reasonable grounds to believe a crime involving such weapons is taking or has taken place. The law also allows firearm officers to enter gun owners homes to inspect collections for secure storage.

    Illegal possession or transfer of a prohibited weapon carries a prison term of up to 10 years. Illegal possession or transfer of a restricted firearm carries a prison term of up to five years. Possessing a firearm in violation of a court order carries a term of up to 10 years.

    The minimum age at which someone can have any firearm transferred to him is 18. Violation carries a prison term of up to two years.

    Friday, May 27 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Tom, I prefer a democracy from the bottom up not one from the top down. Isn't the change in Oklahoma, Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi, Texas, or wherever up to those individual states?

    Marge,

    You cited Canada's gun laws, I didn't do a comparison to the laws that the Texas shooter had to go through to get his guns, but I'll bet they aren't that much different.

    Friday, May 27 Report this

  • MargeS

    "Under federal law, Americans buying handguns from licensed dealers must be at least 21, which would have precluded the gunman from buying that type of weapon. That trumps Texas law, which only requires buyers of any type of firearm to be 18 or older"

    Only six states — Florida, Washington, Vermont, California, Illinois and Hawaii — have increased the minimum purchase age for long guns to 21, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The majority did so following the 2018 massacre in Parkland, Florida, where a then-19-year-old assailant killed 17 people at a high school. The Texas Tribune.

    In Texas and other states you can't buy tobacco, alcohol if your under age 21, but in Texas you can buy an assault rifle, or long gun.

    Saturday, May 28 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    So what's your point? The shooter in Ulvade did not buy a handgun, he bought AR-15s, and an 18-year-old in Canada can legally possess the same rifle. I see no problem with the federal government raising the legal age to buy a rifle to 21.

    I see that you are one of those who believe assault rifles can be legally purchased in the US, they can't. And there is no such thing as a violent gun, just violent people.

    Saturday, May 28 Report this

  • MargeS

    The gunman in the deadliest school shooting in Texas history bought two AR-style rifles legally just after his 18th birthday — days before his assault on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

    As of May 1, 2020 the Government of Canada has prohibited over 1,500 models of assault-style firearms and certain components of some newly prohibited firearms (the upper receivers of M16, AR-10, AR-15, and M4 patterns of firearm.

    Violent people with easy access to guns kill people.

    Saturday, May 28 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "Violent people with easy access to guns kill people."..... So? just pass a law prohibiting violent people from having easy access to a gun.

    Sunday, May 29 Report this

  • MargeS

    What a stupid argument. Not worth commenting on.

    Sunday, May 29 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    It was meant to be a flipant comment, right up there with "guns kill children"

    The majority of people who exercise their second amendment rights are not a danger to the public, should their rights be infringed on because a few crazies get through the process?

    Monday, May 30 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    We're re-instituting slavery in new forms with all sorts of states* rights cop-out legislation these days. We seem to be going backwards since the Civil War.

    It also was the UNITED 'States that we formed back in the 1780s.

    Monday, May 30 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    The Colonies/territories joined the Union one by one by ratifying the US. Constitution, wherein the States had the power to make their laws/regulations. That system has served US well over these many years. Would you prefer Totalitarianism? I thought that's what you were accusing Trump of not too long ago.

    What you call "states* rights cop-out legislation" is in actuality people in action, through their representatives, making their own laws.....isn't that what Democracy is?

    "We're re-instituting slavery in new forms",,,,, I agree, those who argue for and give the federal government more control over their lives argue for less freedom, not more.

    I am curious about what you call the "new slavery"?

    And if you think we are going backward I suggest you listen to Winsome Sears, Lt.Gov. Virginia, she would strongly disagree.

    Monday, May 30 Report this