I really don’t know where to start this rant. I guess I’ll just keep typing my thoughts and hopefully you readers can sort through it.
I was born and raised in what once was a great place to live known as Astoria Oregon. Yeah, it was a place of greatness. I was involved in the local politics trying to make a difference. Trying to bring industry and wealth to a town that was withering away due to its past ties to the fishing and logging industries. Unfortunately the same nut cases who are trying to sell us global warming had tried to make Astoria a ghost town by making salmon endangered and placing an owl with spots on the “not seen very often” page.
I’m not sure what global warming will send us. Listed salmon sent fishermen elsewhere and the owls with spots drove a nail into millions of acres of perfectly cuttable timber. And Astoria almost ceased to exist.
But we found our way. We worked hard and reinvented ourselves. We diversified.
4 years later our local paper, editorial staff, and his not quite ready for primetime reporter have taken yet another opportunity to further demonize and denegrate that wonderful town (Astoria) that I was talking about earlier.
Quite honestly, I no longer have any use for Astoria or many of it’s people. In the near future I see Astoria politics being taken over by the global warming prophets. They believe fossil fuels are evil, big box is evil, and wiping your ass with toilet paper will net you 30 days. It’s coming. It’s just a matter of time.
My rant really starts now. I feel compelled to defend my friend Peter Gearin. If your sole source of news is in fact “the paper”, I can see your raised eyebrows. For those of you who don’t know Peter, he’s a good guy. His wife Susan is as honest as the day is long. So you can imagine my reaction when I read the article in “the paper” with quotes from our notable crime fighting D.A. Josh Marquis insinuating the Gearin’s could have been bribed by an LNG company. My reaction exactly was “WTF???”
For those of you who aren’t familiar with “the paper”, I am now convinced it is aimed at the lowest common denominator. Those who are incapable or unwilling to believe anything else.
Why is bribery so unbelievable with the Gearin’s? Well, #1, they are not exactly what I would call people in need of money. The purported bribe was $40k and change. Here’s the story. It’s a short story, I promise. The LNG company only wants to pay $38k per year lease so they bribe the Gearin’s with $40k so Peter (who was port director at the time) will take this deal to the port commission (I was one of 5 on the commission at the time). Keep in mind the ultimate project will cost about a billion. So let me ask you. Is it believable the LNG company would risk a bribe on a project of this size?
Well, our Oregon attorney general thinks so. So does our notable crime fighting D.A. Our “the paper” wants to believe it. And worse, they WANT YOU TO BELIEVE IT. I think this is the kookiest newspaper article I’ve read in quite some time. It blows my mind as to why the Oregon AG and our notable crime fighting D.A. are involving themselves to the extent they are. Rumor has it Kroger wants to run for Gov and our notable crime fighting D.A. wants a spot next to him.
Now the really super unbelievable part – This whole “investigation” was done knowing full well the statute of limitations have run out. WTF??? Our Oregon AG and notable crime fighting D.A. are investigating WHY??? Are you people professional money wasters or do you believe everything Floyd Holcom says?
It is unfortunate what wasn’t reported in “the paper”, the Oregon AG, and our notable crime fighting D.A. There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by the Gearins. What is unfortunate is “the paper”, the Oregon AG, and our notable crime fighting D.A. can invent news and cast suspicion without recourse. Shame on all of you, burn in hell, etc.
For those of you who lust for “the paper’s” words – Welcome to Frickintardistan.