NSA’s plan for expansion reminds us of a battle plan

Many, many factually incorrect statements in this editorial. I had hoped better of the Daily News

See how many factual errors you can find. 

New Saint Andrews College, the tiny institution of classical education closely tied to Doug Wilson’s Christ Church, is about to expand from Fourth and Main streets downtown to the former Cadillac Jack’s building about five blocks north.

CJ’s will come off the tax rolls in the process. That’s the bad news. The good news is it will not sit vacant. Instead, it will get a big facelift.

It will be filled with music students, as many as 300 of them and as many as 47 teachers. For a college that has a mere 165 students at its Fourth and Main campus, that would be incredible growth. NSA doesn’t expect it will happen overnight.

While the jazz-centric University of Idaho music school is teaching the Great American Songbook, NSA will no doubt focus on the Great American Hymnal and classic works of sacred music.

If the new school draws the same sort of students as NSA now does, they will be distinctively polite and conservatively dressed. They’ll shop and eat downtown during the day and live in the neighborhoods at night, often staying in homes of Christ Church members.

The move is the source of considerable alarm to some who detest Wilson’s theology and fear they are seeing another step in his one-time claim that Moscow was just the right size city for a decades-long takeover campaign – being neither too small to matter nor too big to be practical.

While Pastor Wilson seems proud of his anti-gay, pro-slavery, patriarchal provocateur status, his individual parishioners go out of their way to politely fly below the radar.

Meanwhile, Christ Church, Trinity Reformed Church, Logos School, New Saint Andrews College, Canon Press and a few other members of that ecclesiastical family continue to thrive. In addition, there are several businesses owned or managed by church members sprinkled about downtown, most notably, perhaps, from an employment standpoint, EMSI on Jackson Street.

No doubt you could say the same about businesses owned or managed by members of any other church – or no church at all. None of them, however, have leaders who have proclaimed any intent to take over Moscow at some point.

Whether braggadocio or not, the specter of theocracy on the Palouse bears resistance.

Appeals to NSA college expansion could be coming

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You knew that this would be coming. From the Moscow-Pullman Daily News

While the Moscow Board of Adjustment approved New Saint Andrews College’s conditional use permit application to allow the college to expand into the former Cadillac Jack’s building on North Main Street, an appeal to the board’s decision could be imminent.

Moscow’s assistant community development director, Mike Ray, said his office has already fielded a number of calls and emails asking about the appeal process, and he anticipates an appeal will be made. The appeal period, which starts Tuesday, will last 10 days, meaning any objections must be filed by May 11.

Ray said the Board of Adjustment will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at City Hall to approve a relevant criteria and standards document, which will reflect the board’s Tuesday decision, and finalize the conditional use permit’s approval. Afterward, appeals can be filed by anyone.

To appeal, the appellant is required to submit a letter to the city stating his or her reasons for the appeal and to pay a $220 appeal fee, Ray said.

The City Council would then address the appeal. No new public testimony would be allowed at that time except for comments from the appellant, Ray said. The councilors would also refer to Tuesday night’s Board of Adjustment meeting for information. Ray said the City Council would be allowed to sustain the Board of Adjustment’s decision, reverse the board’s decision or remand the decision back to the Board of Adjustment.

The CUP would allow NSA to convert the former CJ’s building at 112 N. Main St. into a music conservatory. It would be allowed a maximum enrollment of 300 full-time equivalent students and 44 full-time equivalent faculty and staff. The facility would include five classrooms/studios, nine offices, a multi-purpose room, a student lounge and a music conservatory with seating for 680 occupants, according to the Board of Adjustment packet for Tuesday night’s meeting.

NSA President Benjamin Merkle said 165 students are enrolled at the college’s existing campus on Main Street.

The board approved the conditional use permit with two conditions related to parking that city staff recommended. NSA must provide 47 off-street parking spaces within approximately half of a mile of the property, subject to the approval of the zoning administrator.

NSA will be allowed to phase in the off-street parking requirement by providing 50 percent of the required parking mitigation upon occupancy of the building and the remainder when NSA’s enrollment reaches 150 students, or five years from the date of the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy of the building, whichever comes first.

Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert said he is fine with the private Christian college expanding downtown and he is happy someone plans to use the former CJ’s building again. He said the proposed expansion is an emotional issue on both sides.

“It’s a good use of the building as far as I’m concerned,” Lambert said.

He said parking seemed to be the biggest concern and the Board of Adjustment appeared to address that with its conditions.

“I think they’ve been good for downtown businesses … for restaurants and places like that,” Lambert said of NSA students.

Some residents said Tuesday night that they believed colleges belong outside the Central Business Zoning District, but Lambert said he does not have a problem with allowing educational institutions downtown. He said NSA is a small school, unlike the University of Idaho.

City Councilman John Weber said his only conflict with the proposed expansion is that the former CJ’s building might not be subject to property taxes. He said he would prefer to see a business that would be required to pay property taxes to occupy the building.

“Every year we’re fighting the budget as all towns do and I would like to see more commercial development that pays property taxes and things like that,” Weber said. “So it can be beneficial to the town as far as infrastructure and things like that.”

Alyssa Hartford, Latah County senior residential appraiser, said NSA owns two buildings downtown. One of them, which fronts Friendship Square at 109 W. Fourth St., is partially exempt from property taxes since a portion of the building includes a restaurant. The other building at 409 S. Main St. is fully exempt from property taxes because it is used for educational purposes, Hartford said.

She said if NSA expanded to North Main Street, it would possibly qualify for a property tax exemption. The school could file as a property used for school or educational purposes and submit its application to the Board of County Commissioners, which would make a decision.

Ghazi and Chemical Weapons — Part 3

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Professor Ghazanfar wrote in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that the US had used chemical weapons in Afghanistan and Iraq. As I showed, that’s “fake news” from the left. You can read up on the US’s Chemical Weapons Program. The US’s chemical weapons stockpile is located in the US and is being eliminated. In fact, not too far up the road from us, is the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility.

A brief history of the US’s chemical weapons program:

In late 1969, President Richard Nixon unilaterally renounced the first use of chemical weapons (as well as all methods of biological warfare).[27] He issued a unilateral decree halting production and transport of chemical weapons which remains in effect. From 1967 to 1970 in Operation CHASE, the U.S. disposed of chemical weapons by sinking ships laden with the weapons in the deep Atlantic. The U.S. began to research safer disposal methods for chemical weapons in the 1970s, destroying several thousand tons of mustard gas by incineration and nearly 4,200 tons of nerve agent by chemical neutralization.

The U.S. entered the Geneva Protocol in 1975 (the same time it ratified the Biological Weapons Convention). This was the first operative international treaty on chemical weapons to which the U.S. was party. Stockpile reductions began in the 1980s, with the removal of some outdated munitions and destruction of the entire stock of BZ beginning in 1988. In 1990, destruction of chemical agents stored on Johnston Atoll in the Pacific began, seven years before the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) came into effect. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan began removal of the U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons from Germany (see Operation Steel Box). In 1991, President George H.W. Bush unilaterally committed the U.S. to destroying all chemical weapons and renounced the right to chemical weapon retaliation.

Maybe what’s sticking in Ghazi’s craw is that it was Nixon, Reagan, and Bush who were instrumental in trying to eliminate chemical weapons?

But then Prof. Ghazanfar changes the subject:

Obviously, Dale’s “right-mind” is made up, despite concrete evidence to the contrary; it is simply a matter of faith! “USA has not been using chemical weapons”–not even napalm/agent orange in Vietnam in the 1960s-70s; no “napalm girl” story!!

Maybe Ghazi is upset because Agent Orange was first used under JFK’s administration? And wasn’t eliminated until Nixon did so?

My older brother fought in Vietnam as a US Marine Radioman and was exposed to Agent Orange. He suffers from those effects to this date. I’m no fan of the Vietnam Conflict. I don’t think we ever belonged there.

That said, the Professor needs to educate himself on what is and what is not a chemical weapon. A chemical weapon is not simply a weapon made of chemicals. And a chemical weapon is not defined as a weapon Ghazi doesn’t like. Words have meanings and definitions. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals case in 18 June 2007 Agent Orange and Napalm were not chemical weapons, and the whole panel of the Court of Appeals upheld that finding. He may not like that result, but the definition of what is a chemical weapon is not up to his personal prerogative.

In conclusion: did the US use Agent Orange and napalm during Vietnam? Yes. Was it awful? Yes. Were those chemical weapons? No, not by the definition of what a chemical weapon is.

Cold War Patrol Pin

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A friend posted a photo from the Cold War memorial in Mt. Pleasant, SC. These submarines were nicknamed the “41 for Freedom.”

I’ve spent 3.5 years of my life underwater onboard submarines. The first submarine I served on is listed there: USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634)

Did you catch the names of these submarines? Quite a diverse group of names, including the USS Robert E. Lee. 

These submarines were named during a period of US history before the progressives relabeled confederates as Nazis. 

I enjoy wearing my USS Stonewall Jackson jacket around Moscow. I’m often asked about it, and it gives me the opportunity to educate our townspeople (especially UI students) about our military history. 

I’m afraid this 30+ year old coat has seen better days, though. 

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America has a retirement problem, not a saving problem

Because many desire to turn 65 and sit back in a rocking chair for the rest of their lives. Or at least lead lives of leisure, at the expense of future generations. People who are 65+ have much to give to society other than removing themselves from the workforce.  

Cash-strapped pensioners: America has a retirement problem, not a saving problem | The Economist

HOUSE Resolution 67, which Donald Trump signed last week, rolls back a rule that the Labor Department finalised late last year, which would have made it easier for cities and counties to run retirement savings plans for citizens who couldn’t get them through work.

Bill Nye blows gasket when a real scientist schools him on facts about ‘climate change’

Bill Nye, the Science Guy (who has a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering) was recently tutored on climate change by a real scientist: William Happer, a physicist at Princeton University.

Here’s the false modeling that the physicist was talking about. 

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The CNN “New Day Saturday” panel, which included Nye and William Happer, a physicist at Princeton University,” became heated after Happer said the climate change that Nye talks about is a “myth.”

“There’s this myth that’s developed around carbon dioxide that it’s a pollutant, but you and I both exhale carbon dioxide with every breath. Each of us emits about two pounds of carbon dioxide a day, so are we polluting the planet?” Happer, who has advised President Donald Trump on climate issues, said.

“Carbon dioxide is a perfectly natural gas, it’s just like water vapor, it’s something that plants love. They grow better with more carbon dioxide, and you can see the greening of the earth already from the additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” he explained.

Nye hit back and said Happer didn’t understand the “rate,” or speed at which carbon dioxide is entering the atmosphere. Then he ripped CNN for not having only climate change alarmists on their network.

“And I will say, much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change,” Nye said.

When asked why he’s a skeptic, Happer — a real scientist — explained that climate change alarmism is built on a dishonest foundation.

“Let me point out that science is not like passing a law,” he said. “You don’t have a vote to say how many are for the law of gravity and how many are against — it’s based on observations. And if you observe what’s happening to, for example, the temperature, the temperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmist computer models predicted. It’s much, much less — factors of two or three less. So the whole basis for the alarmism is not true, it’s based on flawed computer modeling.”

Nye, who is not a real scientist, immediately shot back at Happer.

“That’s completely wrong,” Nye shot back. “He’s cherry picking a certain model. The heat ended up in the ocean. This is not controversial in mainstream science, everybody.”

Harvard tells students gender can ‘change from day to day’

Harvard tells students gender can ‘change from day to day’

The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has released a new school-sponsored guide telling students to “fight transphobia” and “get the facts about gender diversity.” The guide, which was distributed to students on campus, declares that “there are more than two sexes” and that “gender is fluid and changing,” adding that someone’s gender identity “can be affirmed and/or expressed in many ways,” and can even “change from day to day.”