Daily Archives: March 13, 2010

Final Chapter On Brian Baird’s August 2009 "Death Threat."


Most should recall the brouhaha over alleged death threats received by now retiring congressman, Brian Baird, the reason originally given for not holding town halls last August during recess.

Although made in August, it was not until November 11 that we were told by the Columbian’s Lou Brancaccio that the FBI had investigated the threat alleged to have been made and had just concluded it was “not credible.”

On November 10, 2009, Lou left a comment on the story of the FBI deciding to investigate the threat of, “Make sure to read Wednesday’s Columbian print edition. There is a follow to this story that took me completely by surprise, mainly because of timing. One day we report the FBI is investigating this case. The very next day….. It will only be in the print edition in the morning.”

Now, it turns out, through a FOIA request, the matter was “closed” as not credible on August 14, 2009 long before the brouhaha ever started and Baird began milking the claims.

FBI releases details about Baird threat probe

Showing just how sloppy journalism has become, also through an FOIA request, a local blogger released this information two weeks ago.

Report on my Brian Baird FBI FOIA Request

As for the so-called threat, it originated in Kansas by a man easily identified. FBI agents contacted him and realized he was just another citizen, frustrated by being ignored by Democrats.

The call was a big lot of nothing, known by Baird as he used it to shirk his responsibility to constituents.

Fortunately for Baird, he is retiring. Elsewise, challengers would be able to rip him apart over this one.

More importantly, the story shows the Columbian’s covering for a Democrat they supported, as this information should have been known long ago.

Had journalists treated Richard Nixon the same, he might have retired an honored man, instead of being forced to resign in disgrace.

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

Legal Guns Returned To Owner After ‘Medford Gun Grab’

As Victoria recently covered on her program, Medford Police rousted an innocent citizen from bed at 3 AM and taken into “protective custody” to be taken in for “mental evaluation” due to his having a dispute in his job with ODOT and being on administrative leave.

He also had legally purchases some guns, giving Police “cause” to think he might have planned something with them.

Police act swiftly after gun purchases

They confiscated the guns for “safe keeping” and took him for “several hours of evaluation” before being released as not being a threat. Police held on to his legal guns.

Recalling the gun grab in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the case drew national attention stirring up controversy.

David J. Pyles, the ODOT worker denied all of his rights in this case, requested return of his legally purchased guns Thursday. Police said they would comply.

Friday morning, they were finally returned in a “professional manner” according to Pyles.

I now wonder if Medford Police will sit outside of Bars and Lounges and stop people as they enter, confiscating their cars for “safe keeping” out of concern they might drink too much and drive drunk?

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

Final Chapter On Brian Baird’s August 2009 "Death Threat."


Most should recall the brouhaha over alleged death threats received by now retiring congressman, Brian Baird, the reason originally given for not holding town halls last August during recess.

Although made in August, it was not until November 11 that we were told by the Columbian’s Lou Brancaccio that the FBI had investigated the threat alleged to have been made and had just concluded it was “not credible.”

On November 10, 2009, Lou left a comment on the story of the FBI deciding to investigate the threat of, “Make sure to read Wednesday’s Columbian print edition. There is a follow to this story that took me completely by surprise, mainly because of timing. One day we report the FBI is investigating this case. The very next day….. It will only be in the print edition in the morning.”

Now, it turns out, through a FOIA request, the matter was “closed” as not credible on August 14, 2009 long before the brouhaha ever started and Baird began milking the claims.

FBI releases details about Baird threat probe

Showing just how sloppy journalism has become, also through an FOIA request, a local blogger released this information two weeks ago.

Report on my Brian Baird FBI FOIA Request

As for the so-called threat, it originated in Kansas by a man easily identified. FBI agents contacted him and realized he was just another citizen, frustrated by being ignored by Democrats.

The call was a big lot of nothing, known by Baird as he used it to shirk his responsibility to constituents.

Fortunately for Baird, he is retiring. Elsewise, challengers would be able to rip him apart over this one.

More importantly, the story shows the Columbian’s covering for a Democrat they supported, as this information should have been known long ago.

Had journalists treated Richard Nixon the same, he might have retired an honored man, instead of being forced to resign in disgrace.

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

Legal Guns Returned To Owner After ‘Medford Gun Grab’

As Victoria recently covered on her program, Medford Police rousted an innocent citizen from bed at 3 AM and taken into “protective custody” to be taken in for “mental evaluation” due to his having a dispute in his job with ODOT and being on administrative leave.

He also had legally purchases some guns, giving Police “cause” to think he might have planned something with them.

Police act swiftly after gun purchases

They confiscated the guns for “safe keeping” and took him for “several hours of evaluation” before being released as not being a threat. Police held on to his legal guns.

Recalling the gun grab in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the case drew national attention stirring up controversy.

David J. Pyles, the ODOT worker denied all of his rights in this case, requested return of his legally purchased guns Thursday. Police said they would comply.

Friday morning, they were finally returned in a “professional manner” according to Pyles.

I now wonder if Medford Police will sit outside of Bars and Lounges and stop people as they enter, confiscating their cars for “safe keeping” out of concern they might drink too much and drive drunk?

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