Monthly Archives: February 2007

Vancouver Education Association Versus Some Needy Children

A Vancouver, Washington teacher finds herself embroiled in a legal battle with her own union over her choice of which charity to send her union dues. Under Washington law and under the union’s own rules, a teacher can object to her union dues being used in the political way in which NEA affiliates usually use their dues: to fund democrat causes. These rules allow a person to use a portion of their dues to fund a charitable organization of their choice.
This teacher, who will be on the show tonight, wanted to use her money to help Shared Hope International, an organization that literally saves gir
ls and young women from the sex slavery trade internationally. I’ve personally seen how SHI works, having in the past been a volunteer there. The teacher is being aided by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Washington state.

The union’s own policy states “The goal is to respect the objector’s choice of charities, so long as the designated recipient is lawful and charitable.” But the union doesn’t like SHI. In meetings/hearings with the teacher–who has been fighting for the right to give her money to SHI for more than a year and a half and must travel to Olympia to attend these hearings–they’ve never articulated the problem they have with the charity. Until now.
On the phone with my producer on Tuesday, the executive director of the VEA told Eric that Shared Hope quote “COOKS ITS BOOKS” and that “Christians feed off Christians.”
While Shared Hope is composed of some Christian people and loves these girls and young women in a Christ-like manner, SHI is not per se a Christian organization. Still the anti Christian sentiment is evident in the VEA’s response to our queries.

Another reason for the VEA’s stone walling could be because the head of Shared Hope is none other than former Washington state legislator and former Washington State Congresswoman, Linda Smith. It’s in her role as a former Washington legislator that could be at play here. It seems Ms. Smith co sponsored the law back in the day that gives the teacher the right to stop the union’s check jack and give the money to her favorite charity instead.
On the issue of “cooking the books” the VEA had no proof to offer in the hearing and, in fact, seems to have made a huge error. Not only in the whole slandering the charity thing but with the facts behind the allegation in the first place. Unless the VEA is moonlighting as a charity rating agency and has a new set of criteria it uses to determine if a charity is “cooking the books” they’re just flat wrong.
Here’s the listing from the noted charity rating organization “Charity Navigator.” For those of you at VEA three out of four stars means it’s a good charity.

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Shared Hope International

Vancouver, WA

One life at a time, we can make a difference

International : International Peace, Security, and Affairs

+ Add to My Charities

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I think the VEA has some ‘splainin’ to do.

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Vancouver Education Association Versus Some Needy Children

A Vancouver, Washington teacher finds herself embroiled in a legal battle with her own union over her choice of which charity to send her union dues. Under Washington law and under the union’s own rules, a teacher can object to her union dues being used in the political way in which NEA affiliates usually use their dues: to fund democrat causes. These rules allow a person to use a portion of their dues to fund a charitable organization of their choice.
This teacher, who will be on the show tonight, wanted to use her money to help Shared Hope International, an organization that literally saves gir
ls and young women from the sex slavery trade internationally. I’ve personally seen how SHI works, having in the past been a volunteer there. The teacher is being aided by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Washington state.

The union’s own policy states “The goal is to respect the objector’s choice of charities, so long as the designated recipient is lawful and charitable.” But the union doesn’t like SHI. In meetings/hearings with the teacher–who has been fighting for the right to give her money to SHI for more than a year and a half and must travel to Olympia to attend these hearings–they’ve never articulated the problem they have with the charity. Until now.
On the phone with my producer on Tuesday, the executive director of the VEA told Eric that Shared Hope quote “COOKS ITS BOOKS” and that “Christians feed off Christians.”
While Shared Hope is composed of some Christian people and loves these girls and young women in a Christ-like manner, SHI is not per se a Christian organization. Still the anti Christian sentiment is evident in the VEA’s response to our queries.

Another reason for the VEA’s stone walling could be because the head of Shared Hope is none other than former Washington state legislator and former Washington State Congresswoman, Linda Smith. It’s in her role as a former Washington legislator that could be at play here. It seems Ms. Smith co sponsored the law back in the day that gives the teacher the right to stop the union’s check jack and give the money to her favorite charity instead.
On the issue of “cooking the books” the VEA had no proof to offer in the hearing and, in fact, seems to have made a huge error. Not only in the whole slandering the charity thing but with the facts behind the allegation in the first place. Unless the VEA is moonlighting as a charity rating agency and has a new set of criteria it uses to determine if a charity is “cooking the books” they’re just flat wrong.
Here’s the listing from the noted charity rating organization “Charity Navigator.” For those of you at VEA three out of four stars means it’s a good charity.

Search Results

Your search criteria (click to remove):

  • Keywords: shared-hope-international
Results 1 – 1 of 1

Click on a charity’s name to view their complete rating report.

Sort by: Name | Rating | City | State

Shared Hope International

Vancouver, WA

One life at a time, we can make a difference

International : International Peace, Security, and Affairs

+ Add to My Charities

Results 1 – 1 of 1

I think the VEA has some ‘splainin’ to do.

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Will HE be "Schumachered"? Letter Sent to Mayor Potter From a Big Shot in Oregon

I haven’t used his name here because we know what happens to people who don’t toe the line here. They get “Schumachered.”

To Whom It May Concern (which seems to be no one in Portland City Government):

I am a sixth generation Oregonian and a life long Portland resident. It is with great concern that I have observed the social and economic fabric deteriorate in Portland over time. For the first time in MY life, I steadfastly refuse to shop in downtown Portland. Between panhandlers, protesters, traffic congestion and the lack of parking, the situation has become untenable. I was once one of the staunchest supporters of the City (and proud of it), but due to mismanagement by City Government, I have seen the socioeconomic climate decline appreciably. In fact, it is now so undesirable to venture downtown that I am seriously considering selling my house in Multnomah County and moving elsewhere. I can assure you that I am not alone in this regard as this has become a frequent topic of conversation among fellow native Oregonians. Unfortunately, this only means Portland will continue to sufferas the overall business climate continues in its seemingly endless downward spiral.

Sincerely,

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Will HE be "Schumachered"? Letter Sent to Mayor Potter From a Big Shot in Oregon

I haven’t used his name here because we know what happens to people who don’t toe the line here. They get “Schumachered.”

To Whom It May Concern (which seems to be no one in Portland City Government):

I am a sixth generation Oregonian and a life long Portland resident. It is with great concern that I have observed the social and economic fabric deteriorate in Portland over time. For the first time in MY life, I steadfastly refuse to shop in downtown Portland. Between panhandlers, protesters, traffic congestion and the lack of parking, the situation has become untenable. I was once one of the staunchest supporters of the City (and proud of it), but due to mismanagement by City Government, I have seen the socioeconomic climate decline appreciably. In fact, it is now so undesirable to venture downtown that I am seriously considering selling my house in Multnomah County and moving elsewhere. I can assure you that I am not alone in this regard as this has become a frequent topic of conversation among fellow native Oregonians. Unfortunately, this only means Portland will continue to sufferas the overall business climate continues in its seemingly endless downward spiral.

Sincerely,

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Did You Go To Salem Today to Testify on the Bill to Call for No Troop Surge in Iraq?


No? Why not? Do you mean to tell me that the press release sent out at 3:54pm on Friday afternoon didn’t give you enough time to get off work on Monday?

From: Rep Rosenbaum [mailto:Rosenbaum.Rep@state.or.us]
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 3:54 PM
To: Capitol_Media@dianerosenbaum.com
Subject: House Committee to Hold Iraq Hearings

House Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rules

Rep. Diane Rosenbaum, Chair

February 23, 2007

Contact: Diane Rosenbaum (503) 986-1442


***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Monday Hearing to Focus on Iraq War

House Committee Invites Public to Attend, Testify

SALEM-The House Committee on Elections, Ethics, and Rules will convene Monday morning for discussion of a resolution condemning President Bush’s policy of escalation in Iraq and urging Congress to bring troops home. Rep. Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland), the Committee Chair, has joined Rep. Chip Shields (D-Portland) and Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene) as Chief Sponsors of the Oregon Homeward Bound Act of 2007.


“Because of the war in Iraq, we are losing neighbors and loved ones, we are breaking up families, and we are spending away our financial stability,” according to Representative Rosenbaum. “This war is hurting families and communities all across Oregon . On Monday, this committee plans to give those Oregonians a voice.”


The Committee plans to hear testimony from members of the public. Those invited include, but are not limited to, families who have lost loved ones in the war, community service providers who have felt the fiscal impact of the war, and area clergy whose faith communities are affected.

The hearing will be held in Hearing Room E, but overflow seating will be made available if the room exceeds capacity.

WHO: House Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rules; Rep. Diane Rosenbaum, Chair

WHAT: Hearing on Iraq War Resolution

WHEN: Monday, February 26, 2007

WHERE: Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room E

# # #

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Former ACLU Leader Arrested on Kiddie Porn Charges: Wonders What He Did Wrong


There ARE sickos everywhere, in every walk of life. Let’s just stipulate that now. The ironic themes about this ACLU official defending the use of NO filters in libraries, that in libraries there were only responsible adults using the computers and not vulnerable kids using the libraries begs further comment. Now we find out that he’s not a responsible adult and it’s okay to rape innocent prepubescent girls. See story here.

Feb. 23, 2007— Federal agents arrested Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, Friday in Arlington for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Rust-Tierney admitted to investigators that he had downloaded videos and images from child pornography websites onto CD-ROMs, according to the complaint.

The videos described in the complaint depict graphic forcible intercourse with prepubescent females. One if the girls is described in court documents as being “seen and heard crying”, another is described as being “bound by rope.”

Rust Tierney coaches various youth sports teams in and around Arlington, Virginia, according to court documents.

In the past, Rust-Tierney had argued against restricting Internet access in public libraries in Virginia, writing, “Recognizing that individuals will continue to behave responsibly and appropriately while in the library, the default should be maximum, unrestricted access to the valuable resources of the Internet.”


(While this story is sickening and shows premeditation, it’s still not as bad as the recent story of a US soldier raping a 14 year old girl and killing her family. He’s going to prison for 100 years. Wonder what this twinkle toes at the ACLU will get for kiddie porn?)

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Did You Go To Salem Today to Testify on the Bill to Call for No Troop Surge in Iraq?


No? Why not? Do you mean to tell me that the press release sent out at 3:54pm on Friday afternoon didn’t give you enough time to get off work on Monday?

From: Rep Rosenbaum [mailto:Rosenbaum.Rep@state.or.us]
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 3:54 PM
To: Capitol_Media@dianerosenbaum.com
Subject: House Committee to Hold Iraq Hearings

House Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rules

Rep. Diane Rosenbaum, Chair

February 23, 2007

Contact: Diane Rosenbaum (503) 986-1442


***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Monday Hearing to Focus on Iraq War

House Committee Invites Public to Attend, Testify

SALEM-The House Committee on Elections, Ethics, and Rules will convene Monday morning for discussion of a resolution condemning President Bush’s policy of escalation in Iraq and urging Congress to bring troops home. Rep. Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland), the Committee Chair, has joined Rep. Chip Shields (D-Portland) and Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene) as Chief Sponsors of the Oregon Homeward Bound Act of 2007.


“Because of the war in Iraq, we are losing neighbors and loved ones, we are breaking up families, and we are spending away our financial stability,” according to Representative Rosenbaum. “This war is hurting families and communities all across Oregon . On Monday, this committee plans to give those Oregonians a voice.”


The Committee plans to hear testimony from members of the public. Those invited include, but are not limited to, families who have lost loved ones in the war, community service providers who have felt the fiscal impact of the war, and area clergy whose faith communities are affected.

The hearing will be held in Hearing Room E, but overflow seating will be made available if the room exceeds capacity.

WHO: House Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rules; Rep. Diane Rosenbaum, Chair

WHAT: Hearing on Iraq War Resolution

WHEN: Monday, February 26, 2007

WHERE: Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room E

# # #

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Former ACLU Leader Arrested on Kiddie Porn Charges: Wonders What He Did Wrong


There ARE sickos everywhere, in every walk of life. Let’s just stipulate that now. The ironic themes about this ACLU official defending the use of NO filters in libraries, that in libraries there were only responsible adults using the computers and not vulnerable kids using the libraries begs further comment. Now we find out that he’s not a responsible adult and it’s okay to rape innocent prepubescent girls. See story here.

Feb. 23, 2007— Federal agents arrested Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, Friday in Arlington for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Rust-Tierney admitted to investigators that he had downloaded videos and images from child pornography websites onto CD-ROMs, according to the complaint.

The videos described in the complaint depict graphic forcible intercourse with prepubescent females. One if the girls is described in court documents as being “seen and heard crying”, another is described as being “bound by rope.”

Rust Tierney coaches various youth sports teams in and around Arlington, Virginia, according to court documents.

In the past, Rust-Tierney had argued against restricting Internet access in public libraries in Virginia, writing, “Recognizing that individuals will continue to behave responsibly and appropriately while in the library, the default should be maximum, unrestricted access to the valuable resources of the Internet.”


(While this story is sickening and shows premeditation, it’s still not as bad as the recent story of a US soldier raping a 14 year old girl and killing her family. He’s going to prison for 100 years. Wonder what this twinkle toes at the ACLU will get for kiddie porn?)

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Just Benign Protesters in Front of Schumacher Fur and Outerwear 9th and SW Morrison



No big deal. Just your usual benign protesters who have now managed to put the Schumachers out of a legal business. With little to no help from the City except the one time (above) when they wrestled with the law breaking protesters. See previous posts here and here and here and here.


ALF=ANIMAL LIBERATON FRONT
READ ABOUT THEM HERE . And don’t forget federal prosecutors shut down an Oregon cell last year.

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