Monthly Archives: December 2007

Will Washington Sacrifice Humans for Fish Following Chehalis/Centralia Flooding?

It’s dry now and the stores are reopened, but when the time comes to solve the Chehalis River flooding problem will the state choose fish over people? Will the state allow damming and dredging or will they, as Congressman Brian Baird has suggested, expect blow back from enviros?
Can they both coexist? Watch what happens now. The Victoria Taft Show is in Chehalis and Centralia today on KPAM 860 where we’ll talk to the locals about how this fight is already starting.
This amazing image, by the way, is from the Seattle PI.

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Baby Gabriel Aftermath: News that Another Child Placed with Family in Mexico Murdered in 2005. State Conducted No Criminal Background Checks.*

Oregon’s Department of Human Services says 96% of the kids they place are in better situations (no more abuse etc). But with DHS having been ready to ship out Gabriel Allred to Mexico with a Grandmother he’d never known, speaking a language he’d never spoken, in a country he’d never been, the state agency is naturally being second guessed about the wisdom of doing this. It’s no small thing to take a US citizen and exile him to another country, essentially forsaking the rights to which he’s entitled here. In addition, oversight of the placement is nonexistent by US authorities. In its hackneyed rationale, the agency believes strangers that are blood who live in a third world country are better than the foster parents he knows as his parents who live in the US, a first world country. Some folks believe it’s racist to say that, but those are just the facts.

But now it is disclosed by DHS spokesman Greg Parker that one of those previous 11 children placed in other countries was murdered. The June 2005 case concerned a four year old child whose paternal aunt and uncle were charged with the murder. Read here and here.

DHS tells me that this placement occured before they checked the criminal records of people with whom they placed children. They now check LEDS and NCIC and do fingerprinting to do a criminal background check. No criminal background checks?

The court authorized the placement in December 2003 and Adrianna was placed in Mexico on 7-18-04. There is no case documentation as to how the relatives were selected or whether any committee process took place in determining the suitability of the family. DHS received an adoption home study on 4-5- 05 that was completed by DIF. The home study cited no difficulty with the placement. There is no case documentation outlining the responsibility of DIF to supervise the placement of the child.

Greg Parker tells me this in response:

Yes we have always done background checks. They have become more vigorous.
For current international placements that is also true. For example, in the Allred case verification from the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Puebla that informs that: ….”Ms. Cecilia Rosalia Martinez Garcia has been identified and it is noted that there are NO registered criminal records in the archives of this Institution, nor in the National Registry of Identification, according to the data verified by Ms. Rosaria Oropeza Olivares, operator of the AFIS system and an employee of this office.”
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President Bush: Nation’s First Cyclist

WaPo here on the President’s frequent rides. But my guess is that the President doesn’t believe all the funds that could be used to fix the roads and expand highways for 97% of the commuters should be neglected and more money per capita should be spent on bike lanes.

Bush’s love of biking has been well documented, especially by biographer Robert Draper, who writes in his recent book about the Bush presidency of the inordinate efforts by the agents and aides to find trails for the president while traveling. “I like to stay fit,” Bush told Bicycling magazine in 2005. “I think you can do your job better if you’re fit.”
What’s less known is that Bush has a regular posse of eight to 10 cyclists who typically join him for his 90-minute weekend rides — some from the White House, some from agencies, and outside friends. The White House has been circumspect about the composition of this group but recently allowed two of the regulars — Bush economic adviser Edward P. Lazear and legislative aide Barrett Karr— to offer a small window into Bush’s exercise world.

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Baby Gabriel Aftermath: News that Another Child Placed with Family in Mexico Murdered in 2005. State Conducted No Criminal Background Checks.*

Oregon’s Department of Human Services says 96% of the kids they place are in better situations (no more abuse etc). But with DHS having been ready to ship out Gabriel Allred to Mexico with a Grandmother he’d never known, speaking a language he’d never spoken, in a country he’d never been, the state agency is naturally being second guessed about the wisdom of doing this. It’s no small thing to take a US citizen and exile him to another country, essentially forsaking the rights to which he’s entitled here. In addition, oversight of the placement is nonexistent by US authorities. In its hackneyed rationale, the agency believes strangers that are blood who live in a third world country are better than the foster parents he knows as his parents who live in the US, a first world country. Some folks believe it’s racist to say that, but those are just the facts.

But now it is disclosed by DHS spokesman Greg Parker that one of those previous 11 children placed in other countries was murdered. The June 2005 case concerned a four year old child whose paternal aunt and uncle were charged with the murder. Read here and here.

DHS tells me that this placement occured before they checked the criminal records of people with whom they placed children. They now check LEDS and NCIC and do fingerprinting to do a criminal background check. No criminal background checks?

The court authorized the placement in December 2003 and Adrianna was placed in Mexico on 7-18-04. There is no case documentation as to how the relatives were selected or whether any committee process took place in determining the suitability of the family. DHS received an adoption home study on 4-5- 05 that was completed by DIF. The home study cited no difficulty with the placement. There is no case documentation outlining the responsibility of DIF to supervise the placement of the child.

Greg Parker tells me this in response:

Yes we have always done background checks. They have become more vigorous.
For current international placements that is also true. For example, in the Allred case verification from the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Puebla that informs that: ….”Ms. Cecilia Rosalia Martinez Garcia has been identified and it is noted that there are NO registered criminal records in the archives of this Institution, nor in the National Registry of Identification, according to the data verified by Ms. Rosaria Oropeza Olivares, operator of the AFIS system and an employee of this office.”
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President Bush: Nation’s First Cyclist

WaPo here on the President’s frequent rides. But my guess is that the President doesn’t believe all the funds that could be used to fix the roads and expand highways for 97% of the commuters should be neglected and more money per capita should be spent on bike lanes.

Bush’s love of biking has been well documented, especially by biographer Robert Draper, who writes in his recent book about the Bush presidency of the inordinate efforts by the agents and aides to find trails for the president while traveling. “I like to stay fit,” Bush told Bicycling magazine in 2005. “I think you can do your job better if you’re fit.”
What’s less known is that Bush has a regular posse of eight to 10 cyclists who typically join him for his 90-minute weekend rides — some from the White House, some from agencies, and outside friends. The White House has been circumspect about the composition of this group but recently allowed two of the regulars — Bush economic adviser Edward P. Lazear and legislative aide Barrett Karr— to offer a small window into Bush’s exercise world.

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An Asterisk on ALL Their Houses! Nothing Clear at all About the Clear and the Cream

UPDATED WITH SOME QUESTIONS:

1) what a waste of money

2) if you’re not going to call for penalties why bother to ‘out’ anybody

3) if you’re Donald Fehr of the players’ association when George Mitchell says owners should go through players’ mail…you need shoot up your hand on behalf of your clients

4) if you’re a major league player why are you writing checks for steroids? No really…

5) if you’re a major league baseball franchise…and your TRAINER’S name comes up in a steroids scandal…why do you allow him to work for you?


UPDATED: Former Senator George Mitchell says he doesn’t want these guys to be punished, but rather look ahead to solving the problem. Considering he is calling for no punishment, why out these guys?
Find the 409 page report here.
Page 378 has the pictures of the cancelled checks from baseball players.
Mitchell’s conclusions are on page 358 (pdf) Recommendations start on page 350 (pdf).

The trainer’s snitching isn’t hearsay:

The corroboration took many forms, including: (a) the admission by eleven players that Radomski had supplied them with performance enhancing substances, as he had said in our interviews of him;10 (b) checks or money orders written to Radomski by some players in appropriate amounts; (c) mailing receipts for shipments of performance enhancing substances by Radomski to some players; (d) statements by other witnesses supporting the allegations of use by some players; (e) the names, addresses, and/or telephone numbers of many players were found in Radomski’s seized address book; (f) telephone records showing calls between Radomski andsome players; and (g) a positive drug test.


Factoid: Jose Canseco tried to do a victory lap inside the news conference but they wouldn’t let him. ESPN asks, ‘what happens now’ and what Bud Selig can do about it, here.The Village Voice has more here. Baseball’s steroid era. Is it over? Where has it been?

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An Asterisk on ALL Their Houses! Nothing Clear at all About the Clear and the Cream

UPDATED WITH SOME QUESTIONS:

1) what a waste of money

2) if you’re not going to call for penalties why bother to ‘out’ anybody

3) if you’re Donald Fehr of the players’ association when George Mitchell says owners should go through players’ mail…you need shoot up your hand on behalf of your clients

4) if you’re a major league player why are you writing checks for steroids? No really…

5) if you’re a major league baseball franchise…and your TRAINER’S name comes up in a steroids scandal…why do you allow him to work for you?


UPDATED: Former Senator George Mitchell says he doesn’t want these guys to be punished, but rather look ahead to solving the problem. Considering he is calling for no punishment, why out these guys?
Find the 409 page report here.
Page 378 has the pictures of the cancelled checks from baseball players.
Mitchell’s conclusions are on page 358 (pdf) Recommendations start on page 350 (pdf).

The trainer’s snitching isn’t hearsay:

The corroboration took many forms, including: (a) the admission by eleven players that Radomski had supplied them with performance enhancing substances, as he had said in our interviews of him;10 (b) checks or money orders written to Radomski by some players in appropriate amounts; (c) mailing receipts for shipments of performance enhancing substances by Radomski to some players; (d) statements by other witnesses supporting the allegations of use by some players; (e) the names, addresses, and/or telephone numbers of many players were found in Radomski’s seized address book; (f) telephone records showing calls between Radomski andsome players; and (g) a positive drug test.


Factoid: Jose Canseco tried to do a victory lap inside the news conference but they wouldn’t let him. ESPN asks, ‘what happens now’ and what Bud Selig can do about it, here.The Village Voice has more here. Baseball’s steroid era. Is it over? Where has it been?

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Mayor Moonbeam and the Rainbow City Council’s New Piece of Art: Cesar Chavez

Hanging in the Mayor’s office is this new portrait of Cesar Chavez with ‘the children.’ Not sure why he’s featured with children because, after all, Chavez was a union organizer for ADULTS, but, well, anyway.
Remember, too, that Chavez, as a union organizer, was deeply opposed to importing new workers to the US–especially illegal ones.
This, of course, makes Mayor Moonbeam pretty dumb looking when he seeks to make political hay with the Latino community by trying and failing to rename a street for Chavez, but at the same time sponsoring a day labor site for illegal aliens.

The day labor site is expected to kick off in early 2008. Portland taxpyaers will pony up an INITIAL $200,000.00 to start the dating service for illegal aliens and the employers who ILLEGALLY hire them. Here’s a previous post by those in favor.

The other issue is, of course, how Portland says the day labor center won’t be solely for illegal aliens; acknowledging that illegals will use it but suggesting legal citizens will use it. Why would legal citizens need to use a day labor site when there are dozens of LEGAL temporary agencies in Portland? Why would the city replicate a service that is already available for legal workers, citizens, and taxpayers when it’s already available?
Yes, the answer is because it will be exclusively for ILLEGAL ALIENS and the employers who ILLEGALLY EMPLOY them.

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Mayor Moonbeam and the Rainbow City Council’s New Piece of Art: Cesar Chavez

Hanging in the Mayor’s office is this new portrait of Cesar Chavez with ‘the children.’ Not sure why he’s featured with children because, after all, Chavez was a union organizer for ADULTS, but, well, anyway.
Remember, too, that Chavez, as a union organizer, was deeply opposed to importing new workers to the US–especially illegal ones.
This, of course, makes Mayor Moonbeam pretty dumb looking when he seeks to make political hay with the Latino community by trying and failing to rename a street for Chavez, but at the same time sponsoring a day labor site for illegal aliens.

The day labor site is expected to kick off in early 2008. Portland taxpyaers will pony up an INITIAL $200,000.00 to start the dating service for illegal aliens and the employers who ILLEGALLY hire them. Here’s a previous post by those in favor.

The other issue is, of course, how Portland says the day labor center won’t be solely for illegal aliens; acknowledging that illegals will use it but suggesting legal citizens will use it. Why would legal citizens need to use a day labor site when there are dozens of LEGAL temporary agencies in Portland? Why would the city replicate a service that is already available for legal workers, citizens, and taxpayers when it’s already available?
Yes, the answer is because it will be exclusively for ILLEGAL ALIENS and the employers who ILLEGALLY EMPLOY them.

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They Need Your Help in Vernonia

Go here to find out what they need. Go here to find out where you can help. The Victoria Taft Show Live from Vernonia starting at 5pm. Stream KPAM here.

Items Needed in Vernonia

Note: only clothing items mentioned on this list are needed at this time. Thank you!

Disposable Cameras
Hand Sanitizer
Electric Heaters
Masks
Leather Gloves
Rubber Gloves
Boxes
Duct Tape
Tarps
Matches/Lighters
Shovels, flat
Rakes
Coveralls
Hand Trucks
Utility Knives
Bleach

OFFICE SUPPLIES
Clipboards
Whiteboards/Dry Erase
Office Furniture
File Cabinets
Shelving
Vehicles

ANIMAL CARE
Animal Feed/Hay
Pet Food

PERSONAL ITEMS
Underwear
Socks, shoes
Rubber Boots
Rain Gear
Winter Coats
Knit Caps/Beanies
Bedding
Toiletries
Feminine Products
Diapers, wipes
Laundry Soap
Ibuprofen packets

BUILDING SUPPLIES
Sheetrock
Greenwall, Sheetrock
2x4s
2x6s
A-19 insulation, mostly 22 ½
Pipe insulation, various
Floor vinyl
Doors, interior and exterior
Flexible heating duct, 10”, 8”, 9”, 6”

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They Need Your Help in Vernonia

Go here to find out what they need. Go here to find out where you can help. The Victoria Taft Show Live from Vernonia starting at 5pm. Stream KPAM here.

Items Needed in Vernonia

Note: only clothing items mentioned on this list are needed at this time. Thank you!

Disposable Cameras
Hand Sanitizer
Electric Heaters
Masks
Leather Gloves
Rubber Gloves
Boxes
Duct Tape
Tarps
Matches/Lighters
Shovels, flat
Rakes
Coveralls
Hand Trucks
Utility Knives
Bleach

OFFICE SUPPLIES
Clipboards
Whiteboards/Dry Erase
Office Furniture
File Cabinets
Shelving
Vehicles

ANIMAL CARE
Animal Feed/Hay
Pet Food

PERSONAL ITEMS
Underwear
Socks, shoes
Rubber Boots
Rain Gear
Winter Coats
Knit Caps/Beanies
Bedding
Toiletries
Feminine Products
Diapers, wipes
Laundry Soap
Ibuprofen packets

BUILDING SUPPLIES
Sheetrock
Greenwall, Sheetrock
2x4s
2x6s
A-19 insulation, mostly 22 ½
Pipe insulation, various
Floor vinyl
Doors, interior and exterior
Flexible heating duct, 10”, 8”, 9”, 6”

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