Daily Archives: May 19, 2009

Green Shirt Musings

Yesterday on the program I presented a news story on the Climate Corps, a creation of the Oppressives, that would establish a “volunteer” corps at the U of O to help “inform” people how to live a more sustainable life.
They’re now known as The Greenshirts to listeners of the Victoria Taft Show.
Where did the Oppressives get the idea for this? Now we know. An alert 5th Listener sent in this story from the UK (here) on their “environment volunteers.”


Children as young as seven are being recruited by councils to act as ‘citizen snoopers’, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The ‘environment volunteers’ will report on litter louts, noisy neighbours – and even families putting their rubbish out on the wrong day.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said: ‘Environment volunteers are people who care passionately about their local area and want to protect it from vandals, graffitists and fly-tippers.

‘These community-spirited residents are not snoopers.

‘They help councils cut crime and make places cleaner, greener and safer.’

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

George Will is Right: Portland’s Oppressives* Are All About Control

*I’ve flipped the meaning of a word for Progressives. They’re now officially known as the “Oppressives.” Period.
Meanwhile, George Will’s piece (here) which has the likes of Earl Bow Tie Blumenauer all a twitter, is about how the Oppressives here are doing everything to remove choice from transportation.
In the piece called, “Ray LaHood, Transformed,” Will chronicles how the Transportation Secretary has been taken in by the Light Rail Mafia enthusing at a recent meeting of the two,

He says, “People are getting out of their cars, they are biking to work.” High-speed intercity rail, such as the proposed bullet train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco, is “the wave of the future.” And then, predictably, comes the P word: Look, he says, at Portland, Ore.

Riding the aforementioned wave to Portland, which liberals hope is a harbinger of America’s future, has long been their aerobic activity of choice. But LaHood is a Republican, for Pete’s sake, the party (before it lost its bearings) of “No, we can’t” and “Actually, we shouldn’t” and “Not so fast” and “Let’s think this through.” Now he is in full “Yes we can!” mode. Et tu, Ray?

Where to start? Does LaHood really think Americans were not avid drivers before a government highway program “promoted” driving? Does he think 0.01 percent of Americans will ever regularly bike to work? Intercity high-speed rail probably always will be the wave of the future, for cities more than 300 miles apart. And as for Portland …

Bow Tie Blumenauer is calling the classical Will a throwback living in a “one dimensional past one that the city of Portland has successfully overcome.”
And then he issues a Twitter throwdown to see if Will can cut it on tweetdeck.
We realize that Earl is having trouble drumming up interest beyond the bicycle crowd, but, seriously, a Twitter throwdown?
And the reason I know about that is because Bow Tie issued a press release about it. A press release in which he claims that the city has,

“increase[d] productivity, boost[ed]our economy, and invest[ed] in our economy by taking a well rounded approach to transporation.

Who’s kidding whom?
12% unemployment translates into “increased” productivity? Losing businesses somehow creates “productivity?” Only in Washington DC and the People’s Republic of Portland, run by the Oppressives, would that make sense. Maybe they’re smoking medical marijuana or something.

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

Your New Fuel Efficient Obamamobile

Now that the new CEO of Government Motors has announced the new restrictive fuel and emmissions standards for new cars and the plan to import such cars from China, here is what America, formerly the land of the free, can expect.

The car brings never before available benefits. Less strcutural support means better fuel mileage. Health care expenses for the country will be drastically reduced too as it is doubtful occupants would survive such a 40 mph impact.

China’s Brilliance BS6 has one of the worst safety ratings in the world.

More Hope and Change brought to you by Herr Barack Obama and his merry band of neo-coms.

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

Green Shirt Musings

Yesterday on the program I presented a news story on the Climate Corps, a creation of the Oppressives, that would establish a “volunteer” corps at the U of O to help “inform” people how to live a more sustainable life.
They’re now known as The Greenshirts to listeners of the Victoria Taft Show.
Where did the Oppressives get the idea for this? Now we know. An alert 5th Listener sent in this story from the UK (here) on their “environment volunteers.”


Children as young as seven are being recruited by councils to act as ‘citizen snoopers’, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The ‘environment volunteers’ will report on litter louts, noisy neighbours – and even families putting their rubbish out on the wrong day.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said: ‘Environment volunteers are people who care passionately about their local area and want to protect it from vandals, graffitists and fly-tippers.

‘These community-spirited residents are not snoopers.

‘They help councils cut crime and make places cleaner, greener and safer.’

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

George Will is Right: Portland’s Oppressives* Are All About Control

*I’ve flipped the meaning of a word for Progressives. They’re now officially known as the “Oppressives.” Period.
Meanwhile, George Will’s piece (here) which has the likes of Earl Bow Tie Blumenauer all a twitter, is about how the Oppressives here are doing everything to remove choice from transportation.
In the piece called, “Ray LaHood, Transformed,” Will chronicles how the Transportation Secretary has been taken in by the Light Rail Mafia enthusing at a recent meeting of the two,

He says, “People are getting out of their cars, they are biking to work.” High-speed intercity rail, such as the proposed bullet train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco, is “the wave of the future.” And then, predictably, comes the P word: Look, he says, at Portland, Ore.

Riding the aforementioned wave to Portland, which liberals hope is a harbinger of America’s future, has long been their aerobic activity of choice. But LaHood is a Republican, for Pete’s sake, the party (before it lost its bearings) of “No, we can’t” and “Actually, we shouldn’t” and “Not so fast” and “Let’s think this through.” Now he is in full “Yes we can!” mode. Et tu, Ray?

Where to start? Does LaHood really think Americans were not avid drivers before a government highway program “promoted” driving? Does he think 0.01 percent of Americans will ever regularly bike to work? Intercity high-speed rail probably always will be the wave of the future, for cities more than 300 miles apart. And as for Portland …

Bow Tie Blumenauer is calling the classical Will a throwback living in a “one dimensional past one that the city of Portland has successfully overcome.”
And then he issues a Twitter throwdown to see if Will can cut it on tweetdeck.
We realize that Earl is having trouble drumming up interest beyond the bicycle crowd, but, seriously, a Twitter throwdown?
And the reason I know about that is because Bow Tie issued a press release about it. A press release in which he claims that the city has,

“increase[d] productivity, boost[ed]our economy, and invest[ed] in our economy by taking a well rounded approach to transporation.

Who’s kidding whom?
12% unemployment translates into “increased” productivity? Losing businesses somehow creates “productivity?” Only in Washington DC and the People’s Republic of Portland, run by the Oppressives, would that make sense. Maybe they’re smoking medical marijuana or something.

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

After Taking Apart Car Companies, BHO Mandates What Kind of Cars Will be Built

But local wag, Jim Karlock, has an idea: Buy a new car. Now.

This will end the debate about the best way to save energy, reduce CO2 and reduce foreign oil imports. Hands down it will be to encourage people to abandon transit and save money, energy,CO2 and oil by driving a new car!!

Here are the numbers:
47 mpg (125,000 BTU/gal) = 2,660 BTU/vehicle-mile
2660 BTU/vehicle mile = 1662 BTU/passenger-mile (1.6 people per car average)

Obama 47 mpg car =1,662 – efficient, low cost and convenient
Commuter rail =2,751 – ENERGY WASTER!
Amtrak = 2,935 – ENERGY WASTER!
Average Transit Rail = 3,228 – ENERGY WASTER!
Average BUS =4,160 – GAS GUZZLER!! (Ok its really Diesel)

Of course the bad news is that more people will die due to smaller, less safe cars, but the good news is that driving will still be safer than light rail (and probably Amtrak).

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

After Taking Apart Car Companies, BHO Mandates What Kind of Cars Will be Built

But local wag, Jim Karlock, has an idea: Buy a new car. Now.

This will end the debate about the best way to save energy, reduce CO2 and reduce foreign oil imports. Hands down it will be to encourage people to abandon transit and save money, energy,CO2 and oil by driving a new car!!

Here are the numbers:
47 mpg (125,000 BTU/gal) = 2,660 BTU/vehicle-mile
2660 BTU/vehicle mile = 1662 BTU/passenger-mile (1.6 people per car average)

Obama 47 mpg car =1,662 – efficient, low cost and convenient
Commuter rail =2,751 – ENERGY WASTER!
Amtrak = 2,935 – ENERGY WASTER!
Average Transit Rail = 3,228 – ENERGY WASTER!
Average BUS =4,160 – GAS GUZZLER!! (Ok its really Diesel)

Of course the bad news is that more people will die due to smaller, less safe cars, but the good news is that driving will still be safer than light rail (and probably Amtrak).

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