From The Political Junkie: Order of Invalidity Summary

As always, you can find my writing at my blog, The Political Junkie.

The conservative County Council has decided, rather than comply with state law and adopt some common sense planning guidelines, to fight it tooth and nail. There has been a great deal of discussion about it among those who are in the know, so here I go, shamelessly trying to bring everyone else up to speed. Rather than re-write what has already been written, here is a round up of some very excellent writing about it.

First, here is an article by Shane Roth (with myself editing) that brings you up to speed on this issue.

County Council: Breaking the Law

If you need more background, here is an earlier article lining up how we got to this point, again written by Shane and myself.

Conservative County Council Ruled Invalid for Illegal Planning

Now that the County Council is ready to sue, there is an article on the Herald Blog.

Whatcom County challenging rural ‘invalidity’ ruling in Superior Court

The Cascadia Weekly column, "The Gristle," has covered it quite a bit, and you can find that here.

Instruments We Have Created and an older column here Zombie Planning

The Whatcom Watch had an excellent article written by Jean Melious and Cathy Lehman explaining the legal background and giving a great summary on the whole issue as it relates to sprawl.

What Does “Order of Invalidity” Mean? Defining the Growth Management Hearings Board Decision

And finally, read the latest rant by Shane Roth on Latte Republic about the conservatives attempt to skew the hearing by having it in their own backyard.

Nerditorial - The Home Court Advantage

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Riley Sweeney, raised in the Pacific Northwest, moved to Bellingham during the Bush years, worked on a cross-section of political campaigns during the Obama years, and then fled to the [...]

Comments by Readers

David Camp

Feb 12, 2011

Too many people who call themselves “conservatives” are in reality dominionists, who claim to respect the law but in reality respect dominion, whether exercised through physical force, money, or through cheating.

These are conservatives only insomuch as they live primarily at the lizard-brain level, using the higher mental functions mostly to delude themselves about how wonderful they are and to rationalise their bad behavior.

These people would have unquestionably supported the redcoats’ slaughter of American patriots. How else are we to understand the federal government’s lawless authoritarianism and constitutional overreach than as dominion without justice and an utter betrayal of American ideals?

Take a troll down the snack food aisle at W-lMort and take a gander at the waddling evolutionary dead-enders, drooling victims of the evil ideology of gluttony and greed purveyed by the teevee, and consider how fundamentally sick our societyhas become at the hands of the lizard-brained traitors who loudly proclaim their goodness at every turn.

This is how they have guaranteed that what happened in Egypt cannot happen here - thes waddling dinosaurs wouldn;t last an hour in the square, requiring as they do their hourly fix of corn sugar, insulin, and pharmaceuticals peddled by a parasitic corporate elite.

And for those who maintain their health and their minds and their spirits - there’s always the burgeoning jail and prison system to destroy them. We imprison proportionately more people than communist China and Russia, but we don;t have political prisoners, no Sir. This is America, land of the free. Free to consume whatever they want! What more do you need?