Monthly Archives: December 2008

Winner of Mayor Moonbeam Legacy Essay Contest! 5th Listener Pete


[Potter] simply left Portland emotionally drained.

Frequent anger was engendered by his actions, things like support of the Critical Mass biker blockade, the Schumacher’s debacle, the back room Del Monte tip off. Frequent elation accompanied his defeats, the city wide income tax and failed Portland Convention Center Hotel extravaganza. This roller coaster ride simply leaves one emotionally exhausted after four years.

His legacy is the irrationality that has characterized his tenure in office. His policies, directives, and actions were not derived from the rule of reason or law, but the rule of emotion. He admitted as much late in his term in describing his actions surrounding the Day Labor Center and Del Monte projects administering from the “heart” never mind the law, but this theme permeated his tenure as Mayor.

Before the 2004 Mayoral election, Potter was irresistible and irreproachable as he swept to office of over the “status quo” candidate Francesconi. He wanted us to all feel better about government!

Immediately following taking his Mayor’s Oath of Office to uphold the US and State of Oregon Constitutions and the Charter of the City of Portland, his first official action was to ride with Critical Mass to blockade Portland traffic. This action should have served as a precursor of the emotional roller coaster ride to characterize the Potter term as his Oath of Office and rule of law was ignored. He went on to idolize the Zoo bombers, oversee the destruction of Schumachers, and snub the FBI. Portland Potter’s era of spiritual enlightenment and illumination by “Mayor Moonbeam” had begun.

During his term Potter could be irritating, for example, during his support of the day labor center, irritable, as displayed by his frequent outbursts of indignation at his opponents and the press in his numerous defeats including the citywide school tax initiative, irrecusable as with his frequent self righteous admonitions to those in the chamber, “Do not boo, hiss, cheer or clap” preceding city council debates, irrefutable in his stubborn unwillingness to abandon an overbudget and questionable Tram/South Waterfront project, and finally by his own characterization was “irrelevant” as his Chavez street renaming imperative. By his own words,he characterized the latter project when he stated, “It was a debacle”. This debacle simply served to amplify and underscore his previous abandonment of the adherence to his Oath of Office and the rule of law.

And where is the Potter legacy in promoting a strong Portland business sector? It was certainly absent in his emotional cheerleading of the PETA protesters outside of Schumachers. Walking in Pioneer Place or the streets of the downtown core, amidst the shiny new rails, one can’t help but notice the abundance of vacant retail shops. And speaking of shiny new rails and emptiness, what better describes the South Waterfront’s Atwater and John Ross Condominiums, whose imminent construction interest reserve exhaustion portends impending disaster. And a year ago, a small firm moves out of the Portland core, saving $100,000 a year in taxes, fees, and parking costs and gaining badly needed readily available freeway access. Is this irrecoverable loss of economic activity by Portland, the legacy or simply the result of Potter’s four year tenure.

Ultimately, the Potter legacy, is the emotional tone he mandated in Portland, with disregard for the rule of law!! Rather than order, the Potter relegated disorder. Rather than rational decision making, decisions were invariably irrational. Rather than make us feel better, more united, the Potter legacy left us more divided. Rather than accomplished, his legacy left us exhausted, emotionally drained. And ultimately, our memory of his legacy will pass quickly, as quickly as emotions fade away.



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Winner of Mayor Moonbeam Legacy Essay Contest! 5th Listener Pete


[Potter] simply left Portland emotionally drained.

Frequent anger was engendered by his actions, things like support of the Critical Mass biker blockade, the Schumacher’s debacle, the back room Del Monte tip off. Frequent elation accompanied his defeats, the city wide income tax and failed Portland Convention Center Hotel extravaganza. This roller coaster ride simply leaves one emotionally exhausted after four years.

His legacy is the irrationality that has characterized his tenure in office. His policies, directives, and actions were not derived from the rule of reason or law, but the rule of emotion. He admitted as much late in his term in describing his actions surrounding the Day Labor Center and Del Monte projects administering from the “heart” never mind the law, but this theme permeated his tenure as Mayor.

Before the 2004 Mayoral election, Potter was irresistible and irreproachable as he swept to office of over the “status quo” candidate Francesconi. He wanted us to all feel better about government!

Immediately following taking his Mayor’s Oath of Office to uphold the US and State of Oregon Constitutions and the Charter of the City of Portland, his first official action was to ride with Critical Mass to blockade Portland traffic. This action should have served as a precursor of the emotional roller coaster ride to characterize the Potter term as his Oath of Office and rule of law was ignored. He went on to idolize the Zoo bombers, oversee the destruction of Schumachers, and snub the FBI. Portland Potter’s era of spiritual enlightenment and illumination by “Mayor Moonbeam” had begun.

During his term Potter could be irritating, for example, during his support of the day labor center, irritable, as displayed by his frequent outbursts of indignation at his opponents and the press in his numerous defeats including the citywide school tax initiative, irrecusable as with his frequent self righteous admonitions to those in the chamber, “Do not boo, hiss, cheer or clap” preceding city council debates, irrefutable in his stubborn unwillingness to abandon an overbudget and questionable Tram/South Waterfront project, and finally by his own characterization was “irrelevant” as his Chavez street renaming imperative. By his own words,he characterized the latter project when he stated, “It was a debacle”. This debacle simply served to amplify and underscore his previous abandonment of the adherence to his Oath of Office and the rule of law.

And where is the Potter legacy in promoting a strong Portland business sector? It was certainly absent in his emotional cheerleading of the PETA protesters outside of Schumachers. Walking in Pioneer Place or the streets of the downtown core, amidst the shiny new rails, one can’t help but notice the abundance of vacant retail shops. And speaking of shiny new rails and emptiness, what better describes the South Waterfront’s Atwater and John Ross Condominiums, whose imminent construction interest reserve exhaustion portends impending disaster. And a year ago, a small firm moves out of the Portland core, saving $100,000 a year in taxes, fees, and parking costs and gaining badly needed readily available freeway access. Is this irrecoverable loss of economic activity by Portland, the legacy or simply the result of Potter’s four year tenure.

Ultimately, the Potter legacy, is the emotional tone he mandated in Portland, with disregard for the rule of law!! Rather than order, the Potter relegated disorder. Rather than rational decision making, decisions were invariably irrational. Rather than make us feel better, more united, the Potter legacy left us more divided. Rather than accomplished, his legacy left us exhausted, emotionally drained. And ultimately, our memory of his legacy will pass quickly, as quickly as emotions fade away.


Winner of Mayor Moonbeam Legacy Essay Contest! 5th Listener Pete


[Potter] simply left Portland emotionally drained.

Frequent anger was engendered by his actions, things like support of the Critical Mass biker blockade, the Schumacher’s debacle, the back room Del Monte tip off. Frequent elation accompanied his defeats, the city wide income tax and failed Portland Convention Center Hotel extravaganza. This roller coaster ride simply leaves one emotionally exhausted after four years.

His legacy is the irrationality that has characterized his tenure in office. His policies, directives, and actions were not derived from the rule of reason or law, but the rule of emotion. He admitted as much late in his term in describing his actions surrounding the Day Labor Center and Del Monte projects administering from the “heart” never mind the law, but this theme permeated his tenure as Mayor.

Before the 2004 Mayoral election, Potter was irresistible and irreproachable as he swept to office of over the “status quo” candidate Francesconi. He wanted us to all feel better about government!

Immediately following taking his Mayor’s Oath of Office to uphold the US and State of Oregon Constitutions and the Charter of the City of Portland, his first official action was to ride with Critical Mass to blockade Portland traffic. This action should have served as a precursor of the emotional roller coaster ride to characterize the Potter term as his Oath of Office and rule of law was ignored. He went on to idolize the Zoo bombers, oversee the destruction of Schumachers, and snub the FBI. Portland Potter’s era of spiritual enlightenment and illumination by “Mayor Moonbeam” had begun.

During his term Potter could be irritating, for example, during his support of the day labor center, irritable, as displayed by his frequent outbursts of indignation at his opponents and the press in his numerous defeats including the citywide school tax initiative, irrecusable as with his frequent self righteous admonitions to those in the chamber, “Do not boo, hiss, cheer or clap” preceding city council debates, irrefutable in his stubborn unwillingness to abandon an overbudget and questionable Tram/South Waterfront project, and finally by his own characterization was “irrelevant” as his Chavez street renaming imperative. By his own words,he characterized the latter project when he stated, “It was a debacle”. This debacle simply served to amplify and underscore his previous abandonment of the adherence to his Oath of Office and the rule of law.

And where is the Potter legacy in promoting a strong Portland business sector? It was certainly absent in his emotional cheerleading of the PETA protesters outside of Schumachers. Walking in Pioneer Place or the streets of the downtown core, amidst the shiny new rails, one can’t help but notice the abundance of vacant retail shops. And speaking of shiny new rails and emptiness, what better describes the South Waterfront’s Atwater and John Ross Condominiums, whose imminent construction interest reserve exhaustion portends impending disaster. And a year ago, a small firm moves out of the Portland core, saving $100,000 a year in taxes, fees, and parking costs and gaining badly needed readily available freeway access. Is this irrecoverable loss of economic activity by Portland, the legacy or simply the result of Potter’s four year tenure.

Ultimately, the Potter legacy, is the emotional tone he mandated in Portland, with disregard for the rule of law!! Rather than order, the Potter relegated disorder. Rather than rational decision making, decisions were invariably irrational. Rather than make us feel better, more united, the Potter legacy left us more divided. Rather than accomplished, his legacy left us exhausted, emotionally drained. And ultimately, our memory of his legacy will pass quickly, as quickly as emotions fade away.


Winner of Mayor Moonbeam Legacy Essay Contest! 5th Listener Pete


[Potter] simply left Portland emotionally drained.

Frequent anger was engendered by his actions, things like support of the Critical Mass biker blockade, the Schumacher’s debacle, the back room Del Monte tip off. Frequent elation accompanied his defeats, the city wide income tax and failed Portland Convention Center Hotel extravaganza. This roller coaster ride simply leaves one emotionally exhausted after four years.

His legacy is the irrationality that has characterized his tenure in office. His policies, directives, and actions were not derived from the rule of reason or law, but the rule of emotion. He admitted as much late in his term in describing his actions surrounding the Day Labor Center and Del Monte projects administering from the “heart” never mind the law, but this theme permeated his tenure as Mayor.

Before the 2004 Mayoral election, Potter was irresistible and irreproachable as he swept to office of over the “status quo” candidate Francesconi. He wanted us to all feel better about government!

Immediately following taking his Mayor’s Oath of Office to uphold the US and State of Oregon Constitutions and the Charter of the City of Portland, his first official action was to ride with Critical Mass to blockade Portland traffic. This action should have served as a precursor of the emotional roller coaster ride to characterize the Potter term as his Oath of Office and rule of law was ignored. He went on to idolize the Zoo bombers, oversee the destruction of Schumachers, and snub the FBI. Portland Potter’s era of spiritual enlightenment and illumination by “Mayor Moonbeam” had begun.

During his term Potter could be irritating, for example, during his support of the day labor center, irritable, as displayed by his frequent outbursts of indignation at his opponents and the press in his numerous defeats including the citywide school tax initiative, irrecusable as with his frequent self righteous admonitions to those in the chamber, “Do not boo, hiss, cheer or clap” preceding city council debates, irrefutable in his stubborn unwillingness to abandon an overbudget and questionable Tram/South Waterfront project, and finally by his own characterization was “irrelevant” as his Chavez street renaming imperative. By his own words,he characterized the latter project when he stated, “It was a debacle”. This debacle simply served to amplify and underscore his previous abandonment of the adherence to his Oath of Office and the rule of law.

And where is the Potter legacy in promoting a strong Portland business sector? It was certainly absent in his emotional cheerleading of the PETA protesters outside of Schumachers. Walking in Pioneer Place or the streets of the downtown core, amidst the shiny new rails, one can’t help but notice the abundance of vacant retail shops. And speaking of shiny new rails and emptiness, what better describes the South Waterfront’s Atwater and John Ross Condominiums, whose imminent construction interest reserve exhaustion portends impending disaster. And a year ago, a small firm moves out of the Portland core, saving $100,000 a year in taxes, fees, and parking costs and gaining badly needed readily available freeway access. Is this irrecoverable loss of economic activity by Portland, the legacy or simply the result of Potter’s four year tenure.

Ultimately, the Potter legacy, is the emotional tone he mandated in Portland, with disregard for the rule of law!! Rather than order, the Potter relegated disorder. Rather than rational decision making, decisions were invariably irrational. Rather than make us feel better, more united, the Potter legacy left us more divided. Rather than accomplished, his legacy left us exhausted, emotionally drained. And ultimately, our memory of his legacy will pass quickly, as quickly as emotions fade away.



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Buh Bye, Mayor Moonbeam

Where do we start with Mayor Moonbeam’s legacy?
On his watch Sam Adams strong armed the multi million dollar Tram (dubbed the [Peter] Kohler-Coaster) to completion, announced plans for a bike bridge while at the same time saying we had no money for street improvements, Dan Salztman declared that trees have rights while making plans for the city to take over trees in your yard, Randy Leonard was allowed to flush $250,000 down the toilet for drunks and pass a ‘no duct tape’ law for parade goers. Meanwhile Erik Sten made plans to ‘end homelessness in ten years’ and left the mess when he left the council. Portland became a DESTINATION for homeless from all over, INCREASING the number of homeless here by 30%in the last census.
As for his personal legacy, Potter had these nuggets:

He “led” with Randy Flushman Leonard, the effort to pull out of the joint terrorism task force with the FBI and other police agencies. Potter pulled out because he wasn’t granted a top secret security clearance. He pulled the PPB out in year 7 of a 9 year investigation into the Earth Liberation and Animal Liberation Front series of attacks and bombings.
He pulled out after the lid was blown on the Portland jihadist group.
Riding with the anarchist group, Critical Mass. Genius idea. Hey, how many stop signs and lights can we blow, man?

Blindsiding the neighbors when his hand picked committee with its preordained outcome of forcing “Cesar Chavez Boulevard” on Interstate Avenue residents and businesses. They rightly fought back and upbraided the city for breaking its own rules on street name changes. Potter called them (and us) “racists.” The city has since rewritten the rules to make it easier for street name changes.

Doing nothing while a legitimate tax paying company in Portland was driven out by animal “rights” protesters while the Liberatti, led by Mayor Moonbeam, slept.
One of his legacies, he told reporters, was reaching out to people who can’t speak English and giving them a voice at city hall especially if they aren’t citizens. That’s why he invited all illegal aliens to come to Portland to seek employment at the taxpayer supported day labor center and breaking federal law in the process:
Which explains why the man had no flags of the United States in his office but on his desk had two flags: one of Mexico and one of Guadalajara.

Remember now, we’re having an essay contest about Tom Potter’s legacy. See entry here.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Buh Bye, Mayor Moonbeam

Where do we start with Mayor Moonbeam’s legacy?
On his watch Sam Adams strong armed the multi million dollar Tram (dubbed the [Peter] Kohler-Coaster) to completion, announced plans for a bike bridge while at the same time saying we had no money for street improvements, Dan Salztman declared that trees have rights while making plans for the city to take over trees in your yard, Randy Leonard was allowed to flush $250,000 down the toilet for drunks and pass a ‘no duct tape’ law for parade goers. Meanwhile Erik Sten made plans to ‘end homelessness in ten years’ and left the mess when he left the council. Portland became a DESTINATION for homeless from all over, INCREASING the number of homeless here by 30%in the last census.
As for his personal legacy, Potter had these nuggets:

He “led” with Randy Flushman Leonard, the effort to pull out of the joint terrorism task force with the FBI and other police agencies. Potter pulled out because he wasn’t granted a top secret security clearance. He pulled the PPB out in year 7 of a 9 year investigation into the Earth Liberation and Animal Liberation Front series of attacks and bombings.
He pulled out after the lid was blown on the Portland jihadist group.
Riding with the anarchist group, Critical Mass. Genius idea. Hey, how many stop signs and lights can we blow, man?

Blindsiding the neighbors when his hand picked committee with its preordained outcome of forcing “Cesar Chavez Boulevard” on Interstate Avenue residents and businesses. They rightly fought back and upbraided the city for breaking its own rules on street name changes. Potter called them (and us) “racists.” The city has since rewritten the rules to make it easier for street name changes.

Doing nothing while a legitimate tax paying company in Portland was driven out by animal “rights” protesters while the Liberatti, led by Mayor Moonbeam, slept.
One of his legacies, he told reporters, was reaching out to people who can’t speak English and giving them a voice at city hall especially if they aren’t citizens. That’s why he invited all illegal aliens to come to Portland to seek employment at the taxpayer supported day labor center and breaking federal law in the process:
Which explains why the man had no flags of the United States in his office but on his desk had two flags: one of Mexico and one of Guadalajara.

Remember now, we’re having an essay contest about Tom Potter’s legacy. See entry here.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The New Greenmail

Sure, “Greenmail” had a different connotation in the 1980’s, but it’s time to trot out its new usage. Maybe the new definition should be, “A redistribution of capital by pressuring corporations to buy “environmentally friendly” financial instruments to cancel out or “offset” energy use in pursuit environmental or social goals, eg., curing “man made global warming.” See ‘socialism.'”

A piece in the Wall Street Journal is yet the latest in a series of stories about what a scam carbon offsets, renewable energy credits (RECs), green tags are. Usually, after they’re threatened by environmentalist wing nuts, corporations begin to buy the offsets, hence the term “greenmail,” to make the kooks happy. The tags, credits, or RECs are usually purchased to supposedly invest in new windmills, methane abatement, trees, tropical forests, etc. The scam is that those things were being done anyway. Who else is getting ‘credit’ for a windmill that was already being built and receiving federal or state tax rebates? And, while we’re asking, how many people can take a credit for one windmill that was being built anyway? There’s no answer because the derivative financial instrument (see credit default swaps/AIG here) is so little regulated–if at all–and people are making so much money off them, they don’t want to stop!

The WSJ uses the example of Dell Computer. which claimed it had reached “Carbon Neutrality” five months earlier than it had anticipated! Here are the nut grafs:

Dell’s push dates to 2002, when environmentalists launched public protests against the company, saying Dell wasn’t doing enough to encourage the recycling of its computers. In response, Dell launched extensive recycling programs.
…a single wind turbine at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minn…was entirely funded through a $2 million grant from a Minnesota state.
The situation is similar with the Elk River Wind Project, in Beaumont, Kan., from which Dell has bought a larger number of certificates. They are sold through Empire District Electric Co … [A]dditional revenue Empire gets from selling RECs is “just sort of icing on the cake,” she says. “We would have entered into the project regardless of
whether we had the ability to sell these RECs or not.”
The single biggest contributor to Dell’s carbon-neutral claim is a trio of wind projects in Iowa owned by Mid American Energy Co., a Des Moines-based power producer.
Mid American “certainly” would have built the wind farms regardless of whether it had been able to sell RECs, says Tom Budler, the company’s general manager of wind development…

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

The New Greenmail

Sure, “Greenmail” had a different connotation in the 1980’s, but it’s time to trot out its new usage. Maybe the new definition should be, “A redistribution of capital by pressuring corporations to buy “environmentally friendly” financial instruments to cancel out or “offset” energy use in pursuit environmental or social goals, eg., curing “man made global warming.” See ‘socialism.'”

A piece in the Wall Street Journal is yet the latest in a series of stories about what a scam carbon offsets, renewable energy credits (RECs), green tags are. Usually, after they’re threatened by environmentalist wing nuts, corporations begin to buy the offsets, hence the term “greenmail,” to make the kooks happy. The tags, credits, or RECs are usually purchased to supposedly invest in new windmills, methane abatement, trees, tropical forests, etc. The scam is that those things were being done anyway. Who else is getting ‘credit’ for a windmill that was already being built and receiving federal or state tax rebates? And, while we’re asking, how many people can take a credit for one windmill that was being built anyway? There’s no answer because the derivative financial instrument (see credit default swaps/AIG here) is so little regulated–if at all–and people are making so much money off them, they don’t want to stop!

The WSJ uses the example of Dell Computer. which claimed it had reached “Carbon Neutrality” five months earlier than it had anticipated! Here are the nut grafs:

Dell’s push dates to 2002, when environmentalists launched public protests against the company, saying Dell wasn’t doing enough to encourage the recycling of its computers. In response, Dell launched extensive recycling programs.
…a single wind turbine at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minn…was entirely funded through a $2 million grant from a Minnesota state.
The situation is similar with the Elk River Wind Project, in Beaumont, Kan., from which Dell has bought a larger number of certificates. They are sold through Empire District Electric Co … [A]dditional revenue Empire gets from selling RECs is “just sort of icing on the cake,” she says. “We would have entered into the project regardless of
whether we had the ability to sell these RECs or not.”
The single biggest contributor to Dell’s carbon-neutral claim is a trio of wind projects in Iowa owned by Mid American Energy Co., a Des Moines-based power producer.
Mid American “certainly” would have built the wind farms regardless of whether it had been able to sell RECs, says Tom Budler, the company’s general manager of wind development…

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Bristol Palin Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Boy


18 year old Bristol Palin, daughter of the former Republican Vice-presidential candidate and target of much left winged vitriol before the November 4th election, has given birth to her baby, a healthy 7 lb., 4 oz., baby boy.

Great Aunt Colleen Jones said, “We think it’s wonderful. The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited.”

Read more here and here.

Bristol and the baby’s father, Levi Johnston have named their son Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston.

Congratulations to the young parents.

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