we'll buy that
will cancel Seattle Times' VIPS contract as it did the
- OLYMPIA, WA
Dept.of Licensing memos indicate major changes have
taken place at the agency since the Yakima Valley News
waltzed around the capitol with DOL bureaucrats last
- The band struck up when
YVN learned that its telephone access to vehicle plate
records--after 18 years-- had been canceled while that
of the Seattle Times remained fully in force.
- YVN then requested certain
public record information from former DOL Director
Evelyn Yensen, got it, and published it online. The
idea was to reveal who lost and who retained VIPs
access. It was a matter of fairness.
- DOL democrat-bureaucrats in
turn demonized YVN staff "hackers" for publishing info
obtained from their own boss. Seattle Times reporter
Lewis was glad to
pitch in so he wouldn't lose his own VIPS
- On Sept. 3-5, 1998, DOL shut
down the Vehicle/Vessel Information Processing System.
They were panicked (unnecessarily) that the published
info might give taxpayers access to the plate
- Never mind the fact that
thousands of Washington and out-of-state
businesses--not just car dealers--retain VIPS access.
The DOL chose the YVN to cut off simply because DOL
knew the little paper didn't have the political clout
enjoyed by the Seattle Times.
- YVN waited a few months to
see what would transpire at DOL after the Sept. 3
flap. According to letters and memos obtained recently
by our online newspaper, changes at DOL over
intervening weeks include:
- Former DOL director
Yensen quit and joined
with a private Georgia firm "without writing a
letter of resignation". That might teach her not to
give out information the law requires her to give
- Yensen was
replaced by Seattle lefty elitist and Gov. Locke
lock stepper Fred
- DOL Asst.
Director and veteran careerist John
Swannack was demoted to
an "exempt" job at $1,000-a-month less pay.
"Exempt" means this scapegoat can be fired by new
DOL director Stephens at any time. Locke doesn't
like publicity problems.
bureaucrats were "treated well" by the Seattle
press last year--to the detriment of the
YVN--specifically by Times reporter
Lewis. KIRO and KING TV
News treated bureaucrats nicely, too, according to
- A memo
between DOL bureaucrats Fred
discussed the (Lewis piece) in a Huddle and
everyone was pleased with the article. DOL came out
OK. I wonder what kind of article The Times will
write when the DOL cancels its
Moral: don't suck up to
Nazis, Mr. Lewis. Didn't they teach you
- DOL contract
Zlateff has gathered
his boys and girls and told them "never" to approve
a future VIPS contract with YVN. Whether they'll
quietly sneak in a new contract with the Seattle
Times remains to be seen....
- Memos indicate the
present WA regime is fanatic in its desire to
implement the Clinton-Reno "Driver's Privacy
Protection Act" which was proven unconstitutional
in federal court last June.
Far be it from us to tell the
public that DOL has substituted six-digit numbers for
its old-four-digit codes so that its remaining
customers can enter VIPS via phone (Patrick Zlateff
memo). We didn't tell 'em to try numbers between
100,000 and 999,999, Pat. You did. As one observer put
it, "they're all stupid."
- Posing as an investigator who
wanted to "get some information on people from
(Washington) state" via blind email, DOL agent-thug
Randolph tried to entice
YVN publisher Larry Ashby into doing something illegal
last September. The plan was to wire it so DOL could
get the WA attorney general's office to bop the web
- Didn't work. Is DOL still
trying? Memos indicate that, in January, they were.
"Judging from his emails to
YVN, Randolph is as moronic as those who sent him,"
said Ashby. "And I'd never hire Peter Lewis as an
investigative reporter on my team. He harbors all the
instincts of a state bureaucrat."