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     An open letter to my legislators in the 3rd district of Washington state concerning bills being submitted for this 2018 session.


     Howdy Sen. Billig, Reps. Riccelli, Ormsby and all Staff,

     My feedback on the latest news of bills. These are Senate bills but if passed then they will hit the House also and I would ask you vote no on all of them.

     SB 5463 – Locking up firearms. All democrat sponsors including Senator Billig.

– In your district, in front of my home a 15 year old kid was beaten to death in the street while I was at work. No gun was used.
– My home has been broken into 3 times and my guns were taken once. They took the guns and my whole safe. Pretty much my entire apartment was moved to an empty one while I was at work. Very lucky the police recovered most of the big stuff that couldn’t go into a backpack. Locking my guns up did nothing to keep “Prohibited Persons” from taking them.
– My neighbor downstairs has had a car stolen three times. Mine has only been broken into.
– It wasn’t very long ago that about 1 in 4 houses/apartments in a three block radius were boarded up criminal or drug houses. The second over house behind mine was torn down to a bare lot after years as a nuisance house.
– I’ve had to pull a gun twice. I am thankful that was enough to defuse and disperse. I did not end up dead in the street in your district.
– The criminal you discover in your home already has a gun. During the next 3 seconds who do you think is going to be shot? Criminals do not schedule their crimes with you ahead of time so you can fetch your keys and find the piece of paper you wrote the safe combo on.

     My guns are already locked up. I have a deadbolt on my front door. There is nowhere in your home “Prohibited Persons” cannot get to. This bill only harms lawful gun owners. Your party either wants to make me a lawful death statistic or a living felon. The shotgun is staying under the couch. Please stop trying to get me killed.

     SB 5444 – Registration of rifles and magazines and an annual license to own both. All democrat sponsors.

     Your party is preparing to take my firearms or make the cost of keeping them a privilege only enjoyed by the wealthy. According to your very own statistics ( FBI ) 95% of all gun deaths nation wide are from handguns. There are 22 deaths from handguns for every 1 death from a rifle. I do not own any handguns. I use the same rifles and shotguns to hunt, shoot and defend myself.

     The only possible reason to require this law only for rifles is for the seizure of our firearms. Criminals will not register their guns since it is already illegal for them to own them. Criminals will have guns and I will not. Please stop trying to get me killed.

     SB 6146 – Allowing local government to regulate firearms. All democrat sponsors.

     The only reason to do this is to pass this bill and allow local governments to pass despotic gun laws to use as a precedent for state wide regulation. Just like your party tried to do recently with the Seattle income tax. My rifle saved my life. I’m rather attached to both. Please stop trying to take my firearms.

     SB 5992 – Ban on trigger modification devices. All democrat including Senator Billig along with 1 republican.

     If your party wants to ban bump stocks then call it bump stocks. Who cares? They are toys that do nothing practical. But this bill goes way past that. This bill makes my muzzle break and hunting trigger (hair pull) illegal.

     The bill says clearly, ” … any part … intended for use in modifying a firearm to use the recoil of the firearm to produce a rapid succession of trigger functions.” My muzzle break is a part that does just that. Do you really not understand the difference between a 2nd shot and spending three hours tracking a deer down through the snow? My muzzle break is not a toy, is not unpractical and serves a reasonable, lawful and damn useful purpose.

     The bill says clearly, “All trigger modification devices are declared contraband.” I change the barrel on my AR15 which normally fires a .223 round to fit the .300 along with my trigger system for deer and elk. Buying a trigger with a lighter more accurate pull will now make me a felon. Please stop trying to imprison me.

     SB 6049 – Redefining the term Large Capacity Magazine. All democrat sponsors.

     My 30 round magazines are standard. Have been for the last 60 years. Came in the box with the rifle directly from the manufacturer.

     A large capacity magazine would be a drum mag or ultra clip that hold 40-100 rounds. There is no reason given why this is even needed in the bill language or the summary. All this bill does is redefine the term “Large Capacity Magazine” as being a clip that holds 11+ rounds.

     Very odd that not only does it define my .223 magazine as an “LCM” but at the same time my hunting .300 magazine defines me a criminal guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

     In summary, your party wants me disarmed, robbed, killed and after imprisoning the pile of what’s left for felony crimes impose a gross misdemeanor fine on my estate.

     What the hell?

     Thank you very much for your time,

     Shawn West
     Spokane, WA


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     Three weeks later and over 150 motorcyclists are still being held in a Texas prison for no other reason than attending a political meeting while being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

     Waco city police along with Texas state troopers, SWAT, FBI and ATF used the unfortunate incident on May 17th to conduct a mass arrest of just about anyone they wanted to. Those arrested have included citizens on the other side of the building, a man who doesn’t even own a motorcycle who was just giving some friends a lift and at least one rider who showed up late for the meet after events were over.

     As reported by ABC News Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton stated, “At last count we have 170 individuals that we have arrested and are booking or have been booked into the McLennan County Jail. Those individuals are being charged with engaging in organized crime in reference to the shooting at Twin Peaks, which is a capital murder.”


     So everyone. Protagonists, antagonists, witnesses, victims and innocent bystander alike have all been arrested and charged. Seriously? How would you like to be shot then arrested for helping the person who shot you. According to Texas officials not one single person who attended the pre-scheduled public legislative meeting is the victim of a crime. There are no witnesses or innocent bystanders. Everyone who attended the event is guilty of being a biker and that’s good enough for Texas.

     Regardless of what state you are in this should really be raising some red flags. And apparently the red one being raised in Texas is that of China. Since when was attending a political gathering considered a capitol crime against the State in America?

     And yes, that’s exactly what the May meeting was. The under reporting by news outlets on that fact I find infuriating. Every state in America has a COC (Confederation of Clubs) meeting to discuss legislative issues that all riders no matter who have a vested interest in. Three seconds of research by any news reporter could of confirmed that. But in Texas showing up for a public gathering to hear the latest on House Bill 2459 is a crime against the state and if anyone steps out of line you will all be arrested.

     An online petition to Free the Waco Bikers has been started and could use your signature.

     Texas House Bill 2459 by the way is a proposal that would make drivers give motorcycles a three foot buffer when passing or making a turn. I haven’t seen the actual agenda but it’s a reasonable assumption this might of been one of the topics to be discussed. And as an example this would be one of the topics you could expect to spend some time on when attending a COC or any MRO (Motorcycle Rights Organization) meeting. Don’t let the Hooters knockoff location fool you. Anyone who’s attended an MRO conference can tell you that if you can stay awake for the whole thing it’s considered a success.

     But in the People’s Republic of Texas political activists, MRO groups and concerned citizens alike are all considered members of criminal gangs for the purpose of mass roundups and detentions. Makes for more dramatic headlines don’t ‘cha know. It also helps distract from arrests being conducted without individual probable cause, punitive $1,000,000 bonds, presumed guilt by association, refusals of public information requests and a projected three months of imprisonment without a court appearance.

     Still unexplained is what exactly 18-22 local and SWAT police were doing there in the first place. Ask yourself this. When attending a public event or scheduled political gathering and extra police are present to help keep the peace are they stationed throughout the venue? Or are they all waiting out front with automatic rifles.

     Yeah, thought so.

     The actions taken by police following this tragic event should be a concern for all riders, not just those in Texas. It’s too easy to think this type of thing couldn’t happen to you because any reasonable person should expect to be treated equally before the law. Especially here in Washington.

     Why especially us? Because a few years ago we passed a motorcycle anti-profiling bill that said these types of mass arrests and presumptions of guilt by association are wrong and illegal. And yet even here this is still happening.

     RCW 43.101.419 – Motorcycle profiling.

     (3) For the purposes of this section, “motorcycle profiling” means the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle-related paraphernalia as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without a legal basis under the United States Constitution or Washington state Constitution.

     The language of the law seems pretty clear cut me but that didn’t stop police in the Tri-Cities. The Tri-City Herald reported back in June of last year that police in Benton county had stopped motorcyclists to gather potential gang information unrelated to any traffic violation. It was stated that photos and videos were taken of the motorcyclists, including having some of the women remove pieces of clothing so photos of tattoos could be taken. One of the stops involving eight motorcyclists occurred as they were leaving a political meeting hosted by the COC to discuss legislative issues. Following the incident public officials then went on with refusals to public information requests about the detentions.

     Sound familiar?

     The same newspaper has since reported that a suit against the city of Kennewick for refusing those information requests was settled in favor of the motorcyclists. The rest of the suit has since moved and is pending in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Washington State against the City of Kennewick, Benton County and the officers involved in the stops. It will be the first major legal test of the anti-profiling law we passed a few years ago. Here’s me hoping the motorcyclists win. 

     Without a similar law protecting riders in Texas it is unclear what suits will be filed against the city, county and state. The Waco Tribune has reported that at least one suit for unlawful arrest, detention and property seizure has been filed. I would expect this to be just the first of many. Simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time isn’t supposed to be a crime in this country.

     For those riders reading this and are thinking, “But I’m not a member of any Motorcycle Rights Organizations!” My reply would be, “Well why the hell aren’t you?”

     Our local and national MROs are the reason we are slowly putting an end to Motorcycle Only Checkpoints. Ever wonder why we don’t have to dress up like Power Rangers with inflatable air bag suits? MROs. Who is putting a stop to motorcycle seatbelts and reducing the use of cheese grater guardrails? Your Motorcycle Rights Organizations that who. I encourage all riders to look up their local chapters and help secure your rights.

     The Texas COC has issued two alerts asking concerned citizens to act, First and Second. Help yourself by helping a fellow rider in Texas and let officials know that these actions will not stand.


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     Memorial Day traditionally is the three day weekend we all go camping in the rain on then spend the rest of the summer telling each other how much fun it was. It is also the day we honor our armed forces and remember their service both past and present in the defense of our country. So, for all of you who are smart enough to stay out of the rain here is my top 10 list of the best war movies ever to watch this weekend while staying warm and dry at home.


Patton (1970)

Patton (1970)

     George C. Scott’s performance in his portrayal of Gen. Patton is almost impossible not to watch. But the reason this makes #10 on my list is historical accuracy. Aside from being a great movie just about everything in this movie is true. I say just about because of the liberties in Patton’s speeches and events that were moved around on the time line of war for dramatic reasons. But those are minor gripes and doesn’t take away from how good a watch this is.


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Twelve O’Clock High (1949)

     Gregory Peck leads the cast in this war drama about the 918th Bomber group. This movie takes the #9 spot because I view it as simply the best movie about the U.S.A.F in WWII ever. That my grandfather was a waist gunner on a B-17 probably has something to do with it also. While not based on an actual event this movie’s portrayal of just how much a soldier can endure has little in which to compare it with.


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Midway (1976)

     This movie got a lot of criticism because entertainment value and character drama was sacrificed for the sake of historical accuracy. But here at The West Report you get extra credit points for doing just that. This movie does skip over some things mainly about the run up to the the battle but everything in it is right on. Not only are the facts solid but just about every movie star from the 1970’s is in it. Literally every other scene when you think there couldn’t possibly be any more a new actor is on screen. Add all these things up and I will have to disagree with the pro movie critics and put this at #8 on my all time list.


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The Great Escape (1963)

     The Great Escape is not only a great movie about breaking out of a German POW camp but it’s also a great way to escape into movie land for 170 minutes. The movie follows the attempt of 200 prisoners to break out of Stalag Luft III at the end of WWII and is dedicated to the 50 prisoners shot after being recaptured. Normally I wouldn’t enjoy a movie that trades historical accuracy with character drama but considering the subject matter and the dedication I don’t think it takes away from this movie. The all star cast, the fun characters and the overall final product of this film is just too entertaining not to give it my #7 spot.


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Stalag 17 (1953)

     It’s hard to find laughs in a POW camp but this movie finds them. Now don’t read that wrong, this isn’t a comedy, otherwise it wouldn’t be #6 on my list. However the depths we sink to in this movie’s we are lifted out of as the prisoners find reasons to smile while making the best of a bad situation. This is just an all around fun movie and should be in everyone’s DVD collection.


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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

     The first time I saw this movie I snuck out of work an hour early for lunch and watched it at the movie theater a few blocks down the street. What I didn’t know was that it was 3 hours long! Talking my way out of that one when my boss finally caught up with me an hour after break is a feat I am still proud of today. But it’s not for that reason it’s #5 on this list. Blending a mix of actual events and a compelling storyline this movie set a new standard that all war movies made after will be compared to. And I really don’t have to say more than that since chances are it’s already in your movie collection for the same reasons it’s in mine.


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To Hell and Back (1955)

      Audie Murphy is the most decorated combat soldier in U.S. Military History. This movie is based on his autobiography and not only that but he plays himself in the movie. How cool is that? Parts are a bit over dramatized for the camera and it has that 1950’s polish but it doesn’t take much away from how fun this movie is. While other films lower on this list were made better from a cinema production perspective this is a movie about a real American hero that sadly too many people couldn’t identify. For that reason it wasn’t a very hard decision to place it at #4.


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Band of Brothers (2001)

     I know what you are thinking, “Hey that wasn’t a movie!” But it’s my blog so I get to place it at #3 on my movie list. The film making is great. The acting is great. The pace keeps you watching and everything is true in this well directed story about Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne in WWII. There are a few movie goofs but to be honest I had to watch the series a few times before I caught them. Not only is this a great movie but it is one of the few exceptions out there where the movie is better and more informative than the book.


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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

      Taking place during 1943 in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma this movie deserves every award it won. The only gripe I have is how much it glazed over the true conditions in those camps for the prisoners. Of course if it hadn’t I doubt it would of ever gotten past the censors in 1957. That aside the movie has aged well and is still a gripping tale that earns a #2 spot on my list.


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Das Boot (1997) Director’s Cut

     Best war movie ever. Originally a 6 hour TV Mini-Series it was cut down and released in 1981 as a feature film. Rather than that release however it is the 1997 Director’s Cut with added footage and commentary that sits on top of my list at #1. Filmed on location at the actual German sub pens in La Rochelle, France, Das Boot is simply the best most authentic submarine movie made. No other movie has come close to the portrayal here of life aboard a WWII submarine. To top things off everything in the movie actually happened. I know it might seem a little odd to place a movie about a German crew on top of my Memorial Day movie list. But as a movie that crosses borders and conflicts to portray the hardships and agony of war our soldiers endure I stand by that #1 spot. Just watch it. You’ll understand.


Top 10 Honorable Mentions

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Sahara (1943)
Go for Broke! (1951)
Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
First Blood (1982)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Gettysburg (1993)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)


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A paternity fraud bill before the Washington legislature, SB 5006 and its companion HB 1524, that would allow wrongly named men to disestablish paternity has been moving this year but its not too late to have your voice heard.

Senate Bill 5006 was delayed earlier this month while an amendment to address the concerns of Washington State DHSH was hammered out. The amended bill has since been adopted and passed through the Senate Law & Justice committee where it is now being looked at by the Senate Ways & Means committee. I’ve learned that a report is being prepared for the committee on the amended bill but as of this article there is no hearing date set. In order for the bill to keep moving through the legislature the committee needs to schedule a hearing by the end of next week. And this is where you can help.

Comment on SB 5006

Say you support this bill and are asking that the Senate Ways and Means schedule a hearing before Friday, Feb. 27th. Your message will be sent to every legislator.

Currently 14 states have such anti-paternity fraud laws or Supreme Court rulings in place, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri and Texas. Once passed SB 5006 would make Washington State number 15 on that list.

Of note, an additional 4 states allow a selective ability to appeal, Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Colorado for example a wrongly named father can only appeal during a divorce or child support action. 2 states, New Hampshire plus California, have established commissions looking into the problem of paternity fraud.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services approximately 46 States, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands make provisions allowing putative fathers to contest a notice claiming paternity. Of these States, approximately 13 allow revocation at any time. The link report is a year old, compiled during 2013 and that number is now up to 15 states.

Here in Washington we currently only have 60 days or less to contest a claim of paternity.

Once named, a non-parent has no right of appeal to that finding even in cases of duress, fraud and mistake of fact. This bill would no longer allow the state to deny an appeal of paternity once DNA testing has shown the wrong person has been named. Help pass SB 5006 / HB 1524.


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Paternity Fraud is still legal in Washington State but a Bill being introduced during the upcoming legislative session aims to provide a legal remedy to victims. Read it here.

Having passed through the Law and Justice committee, a first and second reading by the Rules Committee, a short 60 day legislative session ended last year before the Bill could be brought to the floor for a vote. With 105 days to work with during the 2015 legislative session victims of paternity fraud in Washington State hope to finally enjoy fairness and equity before the law.

To help, find your District and who your Legislators are using the Washington State District Finder and ask them to support this Bill. You can also download a petition form for gathering signatures and send to your legislators. Petition to Pass .PDF

Preparing to start talking to my Representatives and Senators about the upcoming legislation I started looking at arguments opposing it. For this article I have taken five objections to the Bill from State transcripts during previous hearings on SB 5997 and offered what I hope is a reasoned counter view to get the conversation ball rolling.

So lets look at some objections to this Bill that support Paternity Fraud in my State:


*** You can already appeal paternity within the child’s first (4) years ***

This is not true.

What the Revised Codes of Washington (RCW) says is that you may attempt, you might try, but the court can deny your appeal even when filed within those (4) years (RCW 26.26.535). Under this Bill a wrongly named person could no longer be denied an appeal and must do so within (2) years.


*** There is no requirement that the correct father be identified ***

There is no such requirement in this Bill because that law is already in place.

When a Mother names a person as the Father of her child she does so under the penalty of perjury. The Mother is already required to name the correct person or all possible persons to the court.

If a woman choses to have anonymous relations at random then she is allowed to do so. What the State is not supposed to be able to do is then hold someone other than her and her partner accountable for those actions.

To do so requires a suspension of Due Process in order for the state to find just any random person, other than the Mother and her partner, to be legally liable for actions they are not responsible for, did not facilitate, did not participate, a party of or even know about.


*** There is nothing in this Bill that increases the State’s support enforcement powers ***

Nothing in this Bill takes away from the State’s ability to enforce a support order so there is no added provisions increasing it.

Already the State can burden any random person with court imposed debt through a support order that the individual was not liable for, did not incur, know of, nor had anything to do with in the first place. If unable or unwilling to pay, the Court will then incarcerate that person even though our State Constitution specifically prohibits imprisoning citizens for debt. (WA Const. art. I, § 17)

Our family Courts already have what amounts to unlimited power to put in place and enforce a support order up to and including; remove a child from its father without a finding of unfitness, facilitate an adoption without notice or consent of the Father, force a complete stranger to adopt a child against their will, imprison citizens for court imposed debt, deny defendants the right to have the assistance of counsel, suspension of our State Constitution and suspension of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments relating to Due Process.

What more could you possibly add? And this Bill does not stop the State from doing any of this. All this Bill says is when the court has done so, you get to appeal.


*** This Bill could leave children without support ***

Simply not true.

You cannot retroactively modify a support order so all money owed at the time of a successful paternity appeal would still be owed. The amount would be set to $0.00 and accrue from that point on until an order is placed against the actual Father. There is no loss of support for the child and nothing under this Bill hinders the State in collecting from the correct person.

It’s a fact that at least (12) other states have passed similar legislation here in the U.S. and the results have not been children left without support. (Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland and Texas to name a few)


*** The Father Child bond may be damaged – part 1 ***

This is not a relevant objection. Only if someone other than the child’s Father has been named so would this Bill apply.

If damage to a Father Child bond is of concern then it is a concern that supports the passage of this Bill. After its passage the wrongly named person will be able to disestablish paternity thus allowing our Courts to name the correct person as the Father so that bond can be established and a parental relationship enjoyed.


*** The Father Child bond may be damaged – part 2 ***

After passage of this Bill not one Father Child bond will be damaged. In all the situations this Bill addresses the State has already removed the child from its Father without a finding of unfitness, thus denying Child and Father the establishment of that bond to begin with.

Father, Step Father, Adoptive Father and Mom’s Boyfriend are (4) different things under Washington State RCW. If the Mother is married to the wrongly named person in question then at best you’re talking about a Step-Father Child bond. And I’ve yet to see a single piece of credible science that shows how removing a child from a fit father to protect a Mom’s Boyfriend Child bond is in anyone’s best interest.


*** The Father Child bond may be damaged – part 3 ***

Harm to a Father Child bond when used as an excuse to oppose this Bill is saying the child;

• has no claim against the Mother or State for emotional abuse. (Emotional Abuse: Defined as Domestic Violence by the U.S. Dept. Of Justice)

• has no claim against the Mother or State for denial of a parental relationship with, or even knowing who, it’s father is. (Defined as a Human Rights violation by the International Convention on the Rights of a Child)

• has no right of identity, family history or medical history. (Also defined as a Human Rights Violation)

• has no legal protection from being adopted without notice or consent of its Father. (Supposed to be illegal in Washington State, RCW 26.33)

• has no protection against human trafficking. (Sounds extreme I know, but removing a child from a fit parent and forcibly adopting it to a complete stranger for financial gain does fit within the legal definition of Human Trafficking. National Institute of Justice)


Further, harm to a Father Child bond when used as an excuse to oppose this Bill is saying;

• The Father and Step Father have no claim of emotional abuse against the Mother or State. (It’s still domestic violence when a woman does it to a man folks)

• A court order based on perjured testimony should be upheld and not allowed an appeal. (Supposed to be unconstitutional. See: Annotation 16 of the Fourteenth Amendment

• Situations where there is no Father Child bond or contact the wrongly named person should still be denied due process and not allowed to appeal paternity. (The best interest of an absolute complete stranger is not supposed to be a valid excuse to suspend your Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments)

• Fathers in Washington can have their children taken from them by the State without a finding of unfitness. (A parent’s constitutionally protected right to rear their children without state interference, has been recognized as a fundamental “liberty” interest protect by the Fourteenth Amendment and also as a fundamental right derived from the privacy rights inherent in the Constitution. Washington State Supreme Court 1998)

• The wrongly named person who was falsely led to believe paternity has no civil or criminal monetary claim against the Mother or State. (See; fraud in the inducement, fraud in the factum, intrinsic fraud, extrinsic fraud, constructive fraud)

• Fathers have no basic civil right to know of or be informed of a birth or pregnancy. (Actually this one is legal, there is no law providing Fathers here with such. It is still however unethical, immoral and not in line with Washington State family values.)

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Go Washington Redskins!

June 18, 2014

Yes, I said Redskins. Not the Fighting Natives of D.C. or whatever people want them to be called.

As a blogger in Spokane Washington I am more offended by the “Washington” part of the team name. If they are going to change the moniker then it should just be “the Redskins” and leave my state out of it.

The Seahawks rule here.

But if it must be done then lets do things right and fix all the NFL teams.

If the Washington Redskins must go then I would think that the Chiefs are going also.

Dallas will no longer be called America’s Team since as we all know Cowboys are a Spanish import.

To date, not one singe archeological site has uncovered a Viking helmet with horns on it.

At least the Texans are actually in Texas. We’ll leave them alone until they get moved to Oregon.

The Buccaneers logo should be changed to three Somalis in a boat or something better representing the Barbary Coast.

The Giants are the same size as other teams.

And finally, not all 49ers were men.

Or we could just do the sensible thing and leave the Redskins alone. It’s just a game folks.

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Open Letter on SB 5997

February 14, 2014

I would ask the Senate Rules Committee, Senate Committee on Law & Justice and entire Washington State Legislature to please support Senate Bill 5997.

Senate Bill 5997 would allow the disestablishment of paternity when genetic testing shows by clear and convincing evidence that the wrong man has been named as the birth father of a child. A petition must be filed within two (2) years after knowledge of facts indicating the man is not the child’s birth father.

Currently under the Revised Codes of Washington State (RCW) when the wrong man is named as a child’s birth father there is no remedy to correct that error. SB 5997, when passed, would allow the court to correct that error by naming the correct man as a child’s birth father.

When a finding of paternity is made in error the consequences are many. A few of the obvious;

The child’s birth father has his child taken from him by our State Courts without a finding of parental unfitness.
The erroneous finding of paternity results in an adoption having taken place without notice or consent of the child’s actual father.
Both the child and birth father are denied forming a parental relationship.
The child is denied a right of identity, heritage, a familial bond and family medical history.

Before passing to the Rules Committee for a 2nd reading, a hearing for SB 5997 was held by the Committee on Law & Justice on January 20th. Several concerns were voiced in opposition and I would like to reply to those in support for this Bill.

– “A person can already challenge paternity during the first four (4) years.”

Currently, RCW 26.26.535 and 2011 c 283 s 33, our courts can deny a petition to challenge paternity even when filed during the first four (4) years. SB 5997 would no longer allow that denial so that the correct man can be named as the child’s birth father.

In cases of fraud, not allowing a birth father to establish paternity simply because it was a really good lie is wrong.

A basic civil right to self, identity and a parental relationship with your birth father are basic human rights that I think we should all enjoy. Under our current RCW, we don’t.

– “This bill does not increase the ability of our courts to enforce a support order.”

What more could we possibly add? Wage garnishments, IRS seizure, state liens, loan denial, license suspension, arrest, imprisonment, up to and including support orders against any random name from the phone book.

Nothing under SB 5997 hinders the state in placing and enforcing support orders, reimbursements or estate recovery. It simply gives our courts another tool to place them against the correct person when an error has been shown. There are no additional powers granted to the State under SB 5997 because there doesn’t need to be.

– “This bill could be devastating to the child if left without child support.”

In this, the ends do not justify the means. Taking a child from its birth father without notice, consent or a finding of unfitness simply to enforce a support order is wrong.

Allowing no appeal to a court order based on what may be perjured testimony simply because four (4) years has passed is also wrong. Especially when our courts can deny such an appeal even when filed within that time.

We also can’t retroactively apply a disestablishment of paternity to a support order. Meaning, that the child has already received that support and it must still be paid. Aid, benefits and support would then accrue until applied to the correctly named man would it not? As I read it, nothing under Senate Bill 5997 changes that.

– “Parentage does not require a person to be the biological father.”

There is no reason why you cannot develop a healthy, loving relationship with a non-biological father figure in your own life and SB 5997 does not prevent that in any way.

Nor does this Bill require that the Father only be a biological one and does not affect putative fathers who accept paternity irregardless.

– “This bill gives an unlimited amount of time to contest paternity.”

 Only in cases where fraud is suspect would a man have reason to petition paternity. And even then he must do so within two (2) years after knowledge of facts indicating the man is not the child’s birth father.

– If you can have a common law wife then you can have a common law child, not knowing that the child isn’t really yours.

The days when if you shook hands with a woman on the third Thursday of an odd number month you are then considered married are over. We got rid of that years ago for just reason. Turns out that a relationship with your birth father is a good thing.

And the idea that any boyfriend who happens to be around at the time is just as good I find to be rather insulting.

Senate Bill 5997 would not prevent a false establishment of paternity. Now, however, once passed there would be a legal remedy when an error can be shown. Currently under Washington State RCW there is none.

Ethics, morals, family values, parental relationship, fairness and equity before the law. All good reasons to support Senate Bill 5997 and I am asking my Legislature to do just that.

Thank you for reading.


The legislative session this year is a short 60 days and is almost over. Citizens and readers can help pass SB 5997 by voicing your support on the Washington State website. Your message will be sent to every state legislator.

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