Daily Archives: May 20, 2010

Another Oregon Lawmaker Demands the Attorney General’s Office Show Emails

((Shared on the show yesterday, but just blogging now–sorry for the delay))
–Over the release of the redacted emails concerning John Kroger’s number one environmental attorney, Brent Foster,  and his old cronies back at Columbia Riverkeeper, a far left environmental organization.
It’s becoming apparent that the anti Liquified Natural Gas campaign was being aided–or actually led–from the office of Brent Foster. Foster has been dumped by the AG because of his lackadaisical handling of a water sample HE TOOK from a supposed polluter in Hood River (see outrageous details of this here and here)
The Oregon news web site NorthCoastOregon.com has sought the release of the documents to determine how much a role the AG’s office played in both cases and the extent to which there was collusion between Riverkeeper and the AG’s office. 
The most outrageous new wrinkle in the story involves the Attorney General allowing Foster to decide which emails to give over to the NorthCoast reporter and allowing him to dispense with the other as he saw fit. From reporter Carrie Bartoldus:

…[T]he PIR that obtained the original emails, redacting the 69, NCO was charged for two hours of Brent Foster’s time (at a lawyer’s fee of approx $167/hr) because he was allowed to go through all of the documentation NCO requested and take out what he did not want NCO to have. Alledgely, it was merely those 69 emails. The reason why “allegedly” is used is because the Department of Justice has admitted it did not keep any copies of this documentation*. After Brent Foster went through and pulled what he didn’t want seen, the rest were sent out to NCO. What assurance do we have that it was only 69 emails that were redacted? (emphasis added)

Also, NorthCoastOregon.com has new details of ANOTHER conflict of interest between a former Willamette Riverkeeper worker and her new role at NOAA. 
The government, it appears, has been taken over by radicals wearing suits and saying sweet nothings to the voters. Ironically, even though Columbia and Willamette Riverkeeper groups worked hand in hand with the AG’s office to push back LNG in Oregon, Bartoldus reports this is what they had to say about holding others accountable, 
“If any of these agencies tip outside the law and start to be influenced by the political pressure of the Bush administration or big investors [ie government], they’re going to be held accountable in the courtroom, where they’re not going to be able to fudge the science just to be able to meet NorthernStar’s or the Bush administration’s political goals,” said Brent Foster, executive director of the LNG opponent group Columbia Riverkeeper, in The Daily Astorian, February 5, 2008″ (emphasis added)

Maybe Ferrioli’s demand for the redacted emails and cooperation with this news organization seeking answers will have a result. Ferrioli says if the Attorney General John Kroger doesn’t comply he’ll subpoena him.

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

Oregon Republican Senator Ted Ferrioli Demands Answers from Attorney General

((Shared on the show yesterday, but just blogging now–sorry for the delay))
–Over the release of the redacted emails concerning John Kroger’s number one environmental attorney, Brent Foster,  and his old cronies back at Columbia Riverkeeper, a far left environmental organization.
It’s becoming apparent that the anti Liquified Natural Gas campaign was being aided–or actually led–from the office of Brent Foster. Foster has been dumped by the AG because of his lackadaisical handling of a water sample HE TOOK from a supposed polluter in Hood River (see outrageous details of this here and here)
The Oregon news web site NorthCoastOregon.com has sought the release of the documents to determine how much a role the AG’s office played in both cases and the extent to which there was collusion between Riverkeeper and the AG’s office. 
The most outrageous new wrinkle in the story involves the Attorney General allowing Foster to decide which emails to give over to the NorthCoast reporter and allowing him to dispense with the other as he saw fit. From reporter Carrie Bartoldus:

…[T]he PIR that obtained the original emails, redacting the 69, NCO was charged for two hours of Brent Foster’s time (at a lawyer’s fee of approx $167/hr) because he was allowed to go through all of the documentation NCO requested and take out what he did not want NCO to have. Alledgely, it was merely those 69 emails. The reason why “allegedly” is used is because the Department of Justice has admitted it did not keep any copies of this documentation*. After Brent Foster went through and pulled what he didn’t want seen, the rest were sent out to NCO. What assurance do we have that it was only 69 emails that were redacted? (emphasis added)

Also, NorthCoastOregon.com has new details of ANOTHER conflict of interest between a former Willamette Riverkeeper worker and her new role at NOAA. 
The government, it appears, has been taken over by radicals wearing suits and saying sweet nothings to the voters. Ironically, even though Columbia and Willamette Riverkeeper groups worked hand in hand with the AG’s office to push back LNG in Oregon, Bartoldus reports this is what they had to say about holding others accountable, 
“If any of these agencies tip outside the law and start to be influenced by the political pressure of the Bush administration or big investors [ie government], they’re going to be held accountable in the courtroom, where they’re not going to be able to fudge the science just to be able to meet NorthernStar’s or the Bush administration’s political goals,” said Brent Foster, executive director of the LNG opponent group Columbia Riverkeeper, in The Daily Astorian, February 5, 2008″ (emphasis added)

Maybe Ferrioli’s demand for the redacted emails and cooperation with this news organization seeking answers will have a result. Ferrioli says if the Attorney General John Kroger doesn’t comply he’ll subpoena him.

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

Awash in Red Ink, Will Obama Friend’s Bank be Bailed Out?

By Pete the Banker
 Yesterday, Chicago based Community lender ShoreBank (here) thought they had been rescued from failure by a consortium of Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup.  by Pete the Banker

CNBC reported that Goldman Sachs Chief Lloyd Blankfein was in discussions with Sheila Bair about helping the small bank in order to avoid a FDIC takeover of Shoreline (here).  So why does this small Chicago Bank warrant the extraordinary attention of the Administration and the prominent New York Money Center Banks, especially Goldman which is plagued by a Justice Department and SEC investigations? 
ShoreBank, which incidentally has a Portland Branch, has been  praised by President Obama in the past for its efforts to lend in poorer neighborhoods and also for its “green” lending philosophy.  Notably, Chairman Ronald Grzywinski of ShoreBank is one of the few Bankers in the country to testify before Congress in favor of the Community Reinvestment Act.  Obama’s Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett has also has past connections with its Bank Directors on Chicago area Non-Profit Boards.  Jarrett has denied any involvement in arranging the rescue effort.  The White House is silent on any involvement in arranging or pressuring the New York Banks’ rescue efforts.
However Spencer Bachus, the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, is now investigating why the Wall Street Firms are being so generous with their offer.  He is asking for or “all records of communication – including emails, phone logs and meeting records- related to the ShoreBank negotiations that exist between the Administration and representatives of ShoreBank, and executives of the banks involved in the bailout.”  (here)
So why is ShoreBank any different than the other 150 small banks that have failed in the past year and a half?  Is this rescue simply a coincidence or is there something nefarious about this proposed bail out? 

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

It’s Not Anti Incumbency, It’s Anti Obama Agenda & Anti Spenders (Same Thing)

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All three defeated members of Congress were members of Appropriations Committees — Republican Senator Bob Bennett of Utah, Republican-turned-Democratic Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Democratic Congressman Alan Mollohan of West Virginia. All based much of their political appeal on their ability to get money for their states or districts, and for national causes as well.

Additional evidence: the decision of House Appropriations Chairman David Obey to retire after 41 years in Congress.

Another Oregon Lawmaker Demands the Attorney General’s Office Show Emails

((Shared on the show yesterday, but just blogging now–sorry for the delay))
–Over the release of the redacted emails concerning John Kroger’s number one environmental attorney, Brent Foster,  and his old cronies back at Columbia Riverkeeper, a far left environmental organization.
It’s becoming apparent that the anti Liquified Natural Gas campaign was being aided–or actually led–from the office of Brent Foster. Foster has been dumped by the AG because of his lackadaisical handling of a water sample HE TOOK from a supposed polluter in Hood River (see outrageous details of this here and here)
The Oregon news web site NorthCoastOregon.com has sought the release of the documents to determine how much a role the AG’s office played in both cases and the extent to which there was collusion between Riverkeeper and the AG’s office. 
The most outrageous new wrinkle in the story involves the Attorney General allowing Foster to decide which emails to give over to the NorthCoast reporter and allowing him to dispense with the other as he saw fit. From reporter Carrie Bartoldus:

…[T]he PIR that obtained the original emails, redacting the 69, NCO was charged for two hours of Brent Foster’s time (at a lawyer’s fee of approx $167/hr) because he was allowed to go through all of the documentation NCO requested and take out what he did not want NCO to have. Alledgely, it was merely those 69 emails. The reason why “allegedly” is used is because the Department of Justice has admitted it did not keep any copies of this documentation*. After Brent Foster went through and pulled what he didn’t want seen, the rest were sent out to NCO. What assurance do we have that it was only 69 emails that were redacted? (emphasis added)

Also, NorthCoastOregon.com has new details of ANOTHER conflict of interest between a former Willamette Riverkeeper worker and her new role at NOAA. 
The government, it appears, has been taken over by radicals wearing suits and saying sweet nothings to the voters. Ironically, even though Columbia and Willamette Riverkeeper groups worked hand in hand with the AG’s office to push back LNG in Oregon, Bartoldus reports this is what they had to say about holding others accountable, 
“If any of these agencies tip outside the law and start to be influenced by the political pressure of the Bush administration or big investors [ie government], they’re going to be held accountable in the courtroom, where they’re not going to be able to fudge the science just to be able to meet NorthernStar’s or the Bush administration’s political goals,” said Brent Foster, executive director of the LNG opponent group Columbia Riverkeeper, in The Daily Astorian, February 5, 2008″ (emphasis added)

Maybe Ferrioli’s demand for the redacted emails and cooperation with this news organization seeking answers will have a result. Ferrioli says if the Attorney General John Kroger doesn’t comply he’ll subpoena him.

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

Oregon Republican Senator Ted Ferrioli Demands Answers from Attorney General

((Shared on the show yesterday, but just blogging now–sorry for the delay))
–Over the release of the redacted emails concerning John Kroger’s number one environmental attorney, Brent Foster,  and his old cronies back at Columbia Riverkeeper, a far left environmental organization.
It’s becoming apparent that the anti Liquified Natural Gas campaign was being aided–or actually led–from the office of Brent Foster. Foster has been dumped by the AG because of his lackadaisical handling of a water sample HE TOOK from a supposed polluter in Hood River (see outrageous details of this here and here)
The Oregon news web site NorthCoastOregon.com has sought the release of the documents to determine how much a role the AG’s office played in both cases and the extent to which there was collusion between Riverkeeper and the AG’s office. 
The most outrageous new wrinkle in the story involves the Attorney General allowing Foster to decide which emails to give over to the NorthCoast reporter and allowing him to dispense with the other as he saw fit. From reporter Carrie Bartoldus:

…[T]he PIR that obtained the original emails, redacting the 69, NCO was charged for two hours of Brent Foster’s time (at a lawyer’s fee of approx $167/hr) because he was allowed to go through all of the documentation NCO requested and take out what he did not want NCO to have. Alledgely, it was merely those 69 emails. The reason why “allegedly” is used is because the Department of Justice has admitted it did not keep any copies of this documentation*. After Brent Foster went through and pulled what he didn’t want seen, the rest were sent out to NCO. What assurance do we have that it was only 69 emails that were redacted? (emphasis added)

Also, NorthCoastOregon.com has new details of ANOTHER conflict of interest between a former Willamette Riverkeeper worker and her new role at NOAA. 
The government, it appears, has been taken over by radicals wearing suits and saying sweet nothings to the voters. Ironically, even though Columbia and Willamette Riverkeeper groups worked hand in hand with the AG’s office to push back LNG in Oregon, Bartoldus reports this is what they had to say about holding others accountable, 
“If any of these agencies tip outside the law and start to be influenced by the political pressure of the Bush administration or big investors [ie government], they’re going to be held accountable in the courtroom, where they’re not going to be able to fudge the science just to be able to meet NorthernStar’s or the Bush administration’s political goals,” said Brent Foster, executive director of the LNG opponent group Columbia Riverkeeper, in The Daily Astorian, February 5, 2008″ (emphasis added)

Maybe Ferrioli’s demand for the redacted emails and cooperation with this news organization seeking answers will have a result. Ferrioli says if the Attorney General John Kroger doesn’t comply he’ll subpoena him.

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

Awash in Red Ink, Will Obama Friend’s Bank be Bailed Out?

By Pete the Banker
 Yesterday, Chicago based Community lender ShoreBank (here) thought they had been rescued from failure by a consortium of Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup.  by Pete the Banker

CNBC reported that Goldman Sachs Chief Lloyd Blankfein was in discussions with Sheila Bair about helping the small bank in order to avoid a FDIC takeover of Shoreline (here).  So why does this small Chicago Bank warrant the extraordinary attention of the Administration and the prominent New York Money Center Banks, especially Goldman which is plagued by a Justice Department and SEC investigations? 
ShoreBank, which incidentally has a Portland Branch, has been  praised by President Obama in the past for its efforts to lend in poorer neighborhoods and also for its “green” lending philosophy.  Notably, Chairman Ronald Grzywinski of ShoreBank is one of the few Bankers in the country to testify before Congress in favor of the Community Reinvestment Act.  Obama’s Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett has also has past connections with its Bank Directors on Chicago area Non-Profit Boards.  Jarrett has denied any involvement in arranging the rescue effort.  The White House is silent on any involvement in arranging or pressuring the New York Banks’ rescue efforts.
However Spencer Bachus, the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, is now investigating why the Wall Street Firms are being so generous with their offer.  He is asking for or “all records of communication – including emails, phone logs and meeting records- related to the ShoreBank negotiations that exist between the Administration and representatives of ShoreBank, and executives of the banks involved in the bailout.”  (here)
So why is ShoreBank any different than the other 150 small banks that have failed in the past year and a half?  Is this rescue simply a coincidence or is there something nefarious about this proposed bail out? 

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

Will Cities Boycott Obama Too?

What with the recent bruhaha over Arizona’s effort to curb ILLEGAL aliens by giving Police authority to ask for citizenship status when they stop drivers for offenses, I have to wonder when will these same cities now boycott Obama.

Obama may personally greet each graduate: Kalamazoo Central seniors to fill out paperwork for Secret Service
By Julie Mack Kalamazoo Gazette
May 17, 2010, 7:18AM
KALAMAZOO — The White House appears to be laying the groundwork for President Barack Obama to shake the hand of each senior at Kalamazoo Central High School’s commencement ceremony next month.

Seniors are being asked to provide their birthdates, Social Security numbers and citizen status to the Secret Service so background checks could be performed.

Read more HERE

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