Monthly Archives: April 2007

Hush Rush, SLAPP, M 46/47 Are Attacks on Free Speech. Even Some Liberals Have Figured that Out.

Two Washington State talk hosts are sued under the campaign finance laws for talking about defeating a nearly 10 cent a gallon tax hike. Cities and San Juan County sued saying that the talk show hosts, Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson of KVI, had given in kind donations to the No on 912 campaign by talking about it.

The case, as you heard on the program, was decided last week by the Washington State Supreme Court, which saw this for what it was: an out and out attack on free speech. The case has attracted some national media among them John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, who, in the Opinion Journal section wrote:

Washington’s largely liberal Supreme Court agreed that political free speech was jeopardized by the attempt to regulate media outlets under cam

paign finance laws. Writing in concurrence, Justice Jim Johnson noted, “Today we are confronted with an example of abusive prosecution by several local governments. . . . This litigation was actually for the purpose of restricting or silencing political opponents.” The court took the unusual step of sending the case back to the trial court to determine the nature of any constitutional violations the prosecutors who brought the case committed and whether the Initiative 912 supporters have a right to collect attorneys’ fee from the local governments who sued them.

The outrageousness of this lawsuit hasn’t stopped our liberal friends from trying to impose similar restrictions on Oregon media; among their targets are talk hosts and bloggers. While the last attempt to impose these restrictions in the holy name of campaign finance reform failed, it’s important to note that this will not be the last attempt to shut up the Lars’ and Victoria Tafts of the state. That was the point of it, after all. And, can you imagine a gleeful Bill Bradbury and Hardy Myers being reticent about imposing these laws on us? Me, neither.

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Hush Rush, SLAPP, M 46/47 Are Attacks on Free Speech. Even Some Liberals Have Figured that Out.

Two Washington State talk hosts are sued under the campaign finance laws for talking about defeating a nearly 10 cent a gallon tax hike. Cities and San Juan County sued saying that the talk show hosts, Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson of KVI, had given in kind donations to the No on 912 campaign by talking about it.

The case, as you heard on the program, was decided last week by the Washington State Supreme Court, which saw this for what it was: an out and out attack on free speech. The case has attracted some national media among them John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, who, in the Opinion Journal section wrote:

Washington’s largely liberal Supreme Court agreed that political free speech was jeopardized by the attempt to regulate media outlets under campaign finance laws. Writing in concurrence, Justice Jim Johnson noted, “Today we are confronted with an example of abusive prosecution by several local governments. . . . This litigation was actually for the purpose of restricting or silencing political opponents.” The court took the unusual step of sending the case back to the trial court to determine the nature of any constitutional violations the prosecutors who brought the case committed and whether the Initiative 912 supporters have a right to collect attorneys’ fee from the local governments who sued them.

The outrageousness of this lawsuit hasn’t stopped our liberal friends from trying to impose similar restrictions on Oregon media; among their targets are talk hosts and bloggers. While the last attempt to impose these restrictions in the holy name of campaign finance reform failed, it’s important to note that this will not be the last attempt to shut up the Lars’ and Victoria Tafts of the state. That was the point of it, after all. And, can you imagine a gleeful Bill Bradbury and Hardy Myers being reticent about imposing these laws on us? Me, neither.

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

R-E-D-I-S-T-R-I-B-U-T-I-O-N-I-S-M

We may have to take some of your money since you won’t need it to give away to people in need. Those words in effect were uttered by Hillary Clinton a few years ago in San Franicisco. They’ve found believers in the Oregon State legislature.

Oregon lawmakers are plotting to take your personal kicker, take YOUR money, and give it to people who don’t make as much money. It will sort of be like the EITC for Oregon. That’s the Earned Income Tax Credit, introduced during the Clinton administration, in which people who DIDN’T EVEN PAY TAXES got a windfall–for breathing apparently. So even if they underpaid taxes, or didn’t pay taxes at all…they GOT MONEY BACK.

Remain ever vigilant. If it’s not a rollback of Measure 37–codified in Oregon law–or the kicker–codified in the Oregon constitution, it’s still not safe from the income redistributionists and socialists.

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

Congratulations Vicki Phillips

I think you’ll do a great job at the Gates Foundation. I think you’ve done quite a bit of good at PPS. I think more schools needed to be closed and Jefferson High needed REAL reform (not just another incarnation of the same old, same old), but notwithstanding that I think your batting average was well above average. Good luck.

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

R-E-D-I-S-T-R-I-B-U-T-I-O-N-I-S-M

We may have to take some of your money since you won’t need it to give away to people in need. Those words in effect were uttered by Hillary Clinton a few years ago in San Franicisco. They’ve found believers in the Oregon State legislature.

Oregon lawmakers are plotting to take your personal kicker, take YOUR money, and give it to people who don’t make as much money. It will sort of be like the EITC for Oregon. That’s the Earned Income Tax Credit, introduced during the Clinton administration, in which people who DIDN’T EVEN PAY TAXES got a windfall–for breathing apparently. So even if they underpaid taxes, or didn’t pay taxes at all…they GOT MONEY BACK.

Remain ever vigilant. If it’s not a rollback of Measure 37–codified in Oregon law–or the kicker–codified in the Oregon constitution, it’s still not safe from the income redistributionists and socialists.

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

Congratulations Vicki Phillips

I think you’ll do a great job at the Gates Foundation. I think you’ve done quite a bit of good at PPS. I think more schools needed to be closed and Jefferson High needed REAL reform (not just another incarnation of the same old, same old), but notwithstanding that I think your batting average was well above average. Good luck.

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

Holding Their Feet to the Fire

We’re here in DC. Yesterday Eric the Great and I visited the Oregon Congressional representatives. Today we visited Senators Murray, Cantwell, Smith and Wyden’s offices telling them two things:

NO AMNESTY FOR MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS

A CLEAN SUPPLEMENTAL BILL TO FUND THE TROOP SURGE IN IRAQ.

The 37 radio talk hosts from around the country joined with the head of FAIR, Congressmen Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, and Brian Bilbray to call for the securing of our borders first, no amnesty for 20 million illegals, and the immediate pardon of border patrol agents Ramos and Compean. I’ll be talking with Mrs. Compean this evening. While they lost me when they tried to clean up a crime scene, I’m in favor of their pardon. We’ll talk about it.

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

Holding Their Feet to the Fire

We’re here in DC. Yesterday Eric the Great and I visited the Oregon Congressional representatives. Today we visited Senators Murray, Cantwell, Smith and Wyden’s offices telling them two things:

NO AMNESTY FOR MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS

A CLEAN SUPPLEMENTAL BILL TO FUND THE TROOP SURGE IN IRAQ.

The 37 radio talk hosts from around the country joined with the head of FAIR, Congressmen Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, and Brian Bilbray to call for the securing of our borders first, no amnesty for 20 million illegals, and the immediate pardon of border patrol agents Ramos and Compean. I’ll be talking with Mrs. Compean this evening. While they lost me when they tried to clean up a crime scene, I’m in favor of their pardon. We’ll talk about it.

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

Dear Gordon, I’m sorry…

As we head to DC to lobby congressional representatives to get tough on illegal immigration, we find out that Gordon Smith’s spokesman will no longer allow me to interview the Senator.

We can have a disagreement about policy, which, of course, we do on the war in Iraq. But I’m told that my last interview with Senator Smith was not in keeping with what an interview with a Senator should be; in short, I was not deferential enough.

I’ve known Gordon Smith for more than 12 years. I daresay I helped get him elected. I’ve been on his side –a lot. I was talking to Gordon that day in the way I’ve always talked with interview subjects and elected officials: familiar, fun, but serious. I’ve always done it that way. I won’t apologize for it or the questions I asked with my usual jocularity.

However, if I hurt your feelings, Gordon, I will apologize for that. So, even though we may not speak officially again, know that I’ve never meant to PERSONALLY hurt you. I deplore your stand on the war, but I certainly don’t deplore the man you are inside.

I would have sent you a personal note but I couldn’t be sure you would get it. I know you and your people read the blog, however, that is why I’m apologizing in a public way in hopes you will see this.

Sincerely,

Victoria

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Dear Gordon, I’m sorry…

As we head to DC to lobby congressional representatives to get tough on illegal immigration, we find out that Gordon Smith’s spokesman will no longer allow me to interview the Senator.

We can have a disagreement about policy, which, of course, we do on the war in Iraq. But I’m told that my last interview with Senator Smith was not in keeping with what an interview with a Senator should be; in short, I was not deferential enough.

I’ve known Gordon Smith for more than 12 years. I daresay I helped get him elected. I’ve been on his side –a lot. I was talking to Gordon that day in the way I’ve always talked with interview subjects and elected officials: familiar, fun, but serious. I’ve always done it that way. I won’t apologize for it or the questions I asked with my usual jocularity.

However, if I hurt your feelings, Gordon, I will apologize for that. So, even though we may not speak officially again, know that I’ve never meant to PERSONALLY hurt you. I deplore your stand on the war, but I certainly don’t deplore the man you are inside.

I would have sent you a personal note but I couldn’t be sure you would get it. I know you and your people read the blog, however, that is why I’m apologizing in a public way in hopes you will see this.

Sincerely,

Victoria

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Why Can’t Campus Security Guards be Trained to Carry Guns?

Do you know the only other class of people, besides campus security, who can’t bring guns on campus? Felons.
Why Was Bill to Arm University Security Guards Pulled from Oregon Panel two days after the Virginia Tech mass murder?


Redesignates special campus security officers
within Oregon University System as public
safety officers. Includes public safety
officers employed by Oregon University System in statutes
relating to police officers.

What does that mean? The bill allowed security guards on campus in Oregon to be trained and armed.

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Iraq Al Qaeda Connection: Why is Carl Levin Lying?

See Tom Joscelyn’s article “Who’s Spinning Intel?”in the Weekly Standard here.
How does Levin explain these?
1. Saddam’s Terror Training Camps & Long-Standing Relationship With Ayman al-Zawahiri.
2. A 1992 IIS Document lists Osama bin Laden as an “asset.
3. A 1997 IIS document lists a number of meetings between Iraq, bin Laden and other al Qaeda associates.
4. A 1998 IIS document reveals that a representative of bin Laden visited Baghdad in March 1998 to meet with Saddam’s regime.
5. Numerous IIS documents demonstrate that Saddam had made plans for a terrorist-style insurgency and coordinated the influx of foreign terrorists into Iraq.

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

Why Can’t Campus Security Guards be Trained to Carry Guns?

Do you know the only other class of people, besides campus security, who can’t bring guns on campus? Felons.
Why Was Bill to Arm University Security Guards Pulled from Oregon Panel two days after the Virginia Tech mass murder?


Redesignates special campus security officers
within Oregon University System as public
safety officers. Includes public safety
officers employed by Oregon University System in statutes
relating to police officers.

What does that mean? The bill allowed security guards on campus in Oregon to be trained and armed.

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