Daily Archives: June 17, 2010

Sam, The Sham, And Arizona: Portland Council Members Don’t Like Cops

By Victoria Taft and Rees Lloyd
It’s hard to debunk all of the hyperbole and outright absurdity that came out of the Rainbow City Council meeting in Portland when it approved spending Portland taxpayer money to file a lawsuit against the constitutional Arizona illegal alien law. However, I will just take on a couple of examples and leave it at that. I’ll also excerpt some of the emails civil rights attorney (and fellow blogger) Rees Lloyd sent during the live coverage of the vote on the Victoria Taft Show (11a-3p KPAM 860). 

I too initially had fourth amendment concerns when I first heard about the law. Then I read it. Then the legislature clarified it to make sure law enforcement couldn’t stop someone due to race.

Legislators in Arizona changed the text of SB1070 late Thursday amid 3 federal lawsuits that were filed challenging the use of race as a factor in implementation of the law. The original bill stated that race could not be used “solely” as a determining factor in whether a person stopped for another violation could be suspected as being an illegal alien. The changes removed the “solely” clause and stated that race could not be used at all.

Councilmembers sounded as if they hadn’t bothered to read and understand the law. Their rationale depended on lazy tropes or headlines on the MSNBC crawl. They lacked intellectual rigor and at times sounded like La Raza had written their talking points for them. This is a serious issue. If they want to take up issues like this they should bother to do their home work. But they’re not serious. The point of this exercise was PR. That’s Sam’s forte. And it’s a sham.
One listener of the show wrote in:
Hi Victoria,
Let’s send the Portland City Council to Mexico without papers and see what kind of welcome they get!!!!  It would help us!  J
There’s also something else that rings loud and clear from their vote and their ignorant rationale for it the other day: These guys don’t like cops and don’t trust them. There’s no other way to explain their dislike of the Arizona law. They don’t trust cops to properly stop a lawbreaker and properly use their authority to ask someone about their legal status. Much was made about being forced to show their papers to authorities. Amanda Fritz talked of her being a legal alien and having to go to—gasp–Canada to get proper paper work. She sounded scandalized that the United States would require paperwork. I don’t recall if she did, but she should have added that legal aliens also have to carry paperwork. It’s been that way for decades. Why is there a problem with this? When we drive we must have paperwork. It’s called a driver’s license. It is a de facto ID card in the state of Oregon to (now) connote legality. 
The coup de gras came when Fritz claimed that the provision of the Arizona law underscores the current law making harboring and hiding illegal aliens was tantamount to prosecuting people for hiding Jews during the holocaust and slaves in the underground railroad. These people have no shame.
As Rees wrote in:

The federal government doesn’t grant “asylum” to Mexicans. Why? Because the feds would then have to admit that Mexico is an “unfree” country, or a failed state, or in a state of civil war. So, the politically correct lamentations of the Portland City Commissioners are refuted by the U.S. government’s official policy, i.e., Mexicans who enter here illegally are not “political” refugees seeking freedom, a la, e.g., Jews fleeing Nazism, or blacks fleeing slavery. They are here because they decline to comply with the immigration laws of this country, and want to have special privileges denied to all other people in the world who would prefer to live here and are waiting in line for visas and immigration papers. This is ordinarily called “discrimination.” It is–discrimination in favor of Mexicans, and against all other people of the world.

–Rees

One listener wrote in with this point:

Victoria,
How many times did the Ann frank family get caught by the Nazis
and then sneak back to their apartment?
Maybe Randy knows

Councilmember Randy Leonard read the poem from the statue of liberty and talked of the white man’s racism through the ages. I’ll let Rees take over from here:

The comments of Nick Fish on the Arizona law brought tears to my eyes — as liberal absurdities so often do. But my question to him and the other liberals of the Portland City Commission who are attacking the Arizona law is this: Why is it that you have been silent all these years about the law of liberal California, which authorizes police to interrogate regarding legal presence in the U.S., but without the safeguards in the Arizona law?
I thank you for reminding listeners of what the Arizona law actually says instead of the liberal fictions which are being regurgitated by Nick Fish, and, even more pathetically, Randy Leonard, who warns of concentration camps. Are there concentration camps in sunny California, whose illegal alien law is much more harsh than Arizona’s? 


And as for Randy Leonard’s  display of his ignorance by referencing what he said was reducing blacks  to the status of “3/5 of a person” in the constitution,  what is horrible about that is the misstatements about it by white liberals and black race hustlers. It was the pro-slavery South that wanted every black slave counted the same as every white anti-slavery person in the North, not to recognize blacks equality with whites, but to increase the numbers of persons in the pro-slaver South in order to increase the representation of the pro-slavery states of the South in the Congress. Didn’t Randy the Learned know that fundamental fact, that the 3/5 rule reduced the power of the pro-slavey South and helped bring down slavery, not perpetuate it?


Now that the Commissioners have so self-righteously condemned Arizona, will they vote to condemn liberal California and its more harsh illegal alien law?


–Rees

The Arizona law is legal. It’s the federal government’s law tucked right into Arizona code–and clarified. The Portland Rainbow City Council’s mission creep into Arizona law shows they’re out of their depth, but it also shows a fundamental lack of trust in cops. Cops make mistakes sometimes, it’s true. But for every stop that goes bad that makes the headlines, there are hundreds of cases where the cops do it right.
Maybe that’s why instead of a “law enforcer” at the helm of the cop shop, we’ve now got a man the PR mavens at the Rainbow City Council call a “peace keeper.” 
We’d prefer it if you guys would just bother to administer the law instead of the whims of your latest vanity cause. 
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The Oregon Way: Kids Stump for Candidate in Exchange for "Community Service" Credit

Where’d They Get the $ for This Flyer?

As we explained on the Victoria Taft Show on Tuesday, the “Bus Project” is using students who want to receive “community service” credit to graduate from high school, for door to door politicking on behalf of the “Project’s” favored candidates. In this specific case a candidate who should have known better: DEMOCRAT Cheryl Myers, the SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR running for House District 51.
The North Clackamas County School District gave at least two students credit for doing this “community service.” Notably, the Bus Project does NOT appear on any of the approved programs with which the District contracts in its “Youth Take Action” program.  Indeed, the District has a policy of approving and getting agreements from local organizations with which the students can volunteer. Again, as of Tuesday, the Bus Project does NOT appear on that list.


Is pimping out kids for a favored candidate now considered “community service?” If it is, then I’d like some free labor for my show. After all, I provide a community service, right? Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander and all that. Kidding.


I’ve had two conversations with people from the Bus Project about this. In each conversation these people, whom I have no reason to assume have hearing difficulties,  have tried to misconstrue my words and say I’m against ‘volunteerism’ and ‘freedom of choice.’ Of course, that’s idiotic, but ad hominem is the only thing they’ve got because the facts of this situation make them look very bad indeed. In my last conversation on the air the caller–who sounded just like the guy from the Bus Project (wow! what a coincidence!) just gave up and started hurling epithets before he hung up. Facts and logic apparently flummox these folks who fancy themselves Oregon’s best and brightest!
Seriously, however, a candidate using the Bus Project is one thing, a candidate who should know better using the Bus Project with kids getting “community service” credit for free labor for pimping a candidate is quite another. 

Happily for them, the Bus Project folks seem to have that all figured out. Among the liberatti to welcome the kids when they gathered at Grant High School before they were bused to N. Clackamas: Oregon’s Labor Commission, Brad Avakian. Now THAT’s working the angles!
North Clackamas is continuing to “look into this” after we followed up a complaint by a disguntled grandmother of one of the students.
I’m not holding out much hope, however. The guy in charge of the Youth Take Action program, a principal of one of North Clackamas Schools, gave about a $1000.00 to Barack Obama in the 2008 election, according to the database check by Eric the Great.  

The Oregon Bus Project is inspired by or part of a far left organization originally funded by far left entrepreneur, Andy Rappaport. Here’s what David Horowitz’s Discover the Networks says about Rappaport (source here):

NPC [New Progressive Coalition] was established by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Andrew Rappaportand his wife, Deborah, a longtime political activist and philanthropist. Both are major donors to Democrat candidates and causes. In the aftermath of John Kerry’s defeat in the 2004 presidential election, the Rappaports decidedto focus less on contributing to Democratic Party candidates during subsequent election seasons, and more on financing leftist issue- and grassroots-advocacy groups that would work to shape public opinion on various matters every

Here’s where the Rappaports like to give their money (source here):  

Between 2004 and 2008, RFF gave $850,000 to People for the American Way, $700,000 to the Center for American Progress, and $323,000 to the anti-war group Project Billboard. In 2006 RFF sent $100,000 to the Tides Center, which in turn (on instructions from RFF) funneled the money to Allied Media Projects, an anti-corporate community-media organization where ACORN founder Wade Rathke sits on the board of directors. As of 2006, RFF’s assets totaled $7.6 million. …But there are also other groups that are not yet household names, like Youth Speaks, the Bus Project, Mainstreet Moms, and our upstairs office neighbors here in Madison, Workers Independent News.

And, of course, you’ve heard of the Tides Foundation, which also gives money to the Bus Project (here). Here’s what the Tides Foundation says are its political aims (source here):

“We strengthen community-based organizations and the progressive movement by providing an innovative and cost-effective framework for your philanthropy.” Among the crusades to which Tides contributes are: radical environmentalism; the “exclusion of humans from public and private wildlands”; the anti-war movement; anti-free trade campaigns; the banning of firearms ownership; abolition of the death penalty; access to government-funded abortion-on-demand; and radical gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender advocacy. The Foundation is also a member organization of the International Human Rights Funders Group, a network of more than six-dozen grantmakers dedicated to financing leftwing groups and causes. 

So let’s recap:
Kids are required to do “community service” to graduate at No Clackamas.
The Bus Project chooses far left candidates to tout and is a 501c3.
The Chair of the North Clackamas School District, Cheryl Myers, is running for House District 51. She is one of the Bus Projects favored candidates.

The students get credit for “Getting on the bus” and spending three hours going house to house touting the school board chair for higher office. 
The Bus Project is not on the school’s approved list of charities.
Shhh…nobody notice the Bus Project and Cheryl Myers and the district are wearing no clothes.
They’ve broken their own rules, the rules of ethics and…? 

Vote Patrick Sheehan for House District 51.
No, the Republicans don’t do this.

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

Sam, The Sham, And Arizona: Portland Council Members Don’t Like Cops

By Victoria Taft and Rees Lloyd
It’s hard to debunk all of the hyperbole and outright absurdity that came out of the Rainbow City Council meeting in Portland when it approved spending Portland taxpayer money to file a lawsuit against the constitutional Arizona illegal alien law. However, I will just take on a couple of examples and leave it at that. I’ll also excerpt some of the emails civil rights attorney (and fellow blogger) Rees Lloyd sent during the live coverage of the vote on the Victoria Taft Show (11a-3p KPAM 860). 

I too initially had fourth amendment concerns when I first heard about the law. Then I read it. Then the legislature clarified it to make sure law enforcement couldn’t stop someone due to race.

Legislators in Arizona changed the text of SB1070 late Thursday amid 3 federal lawsuits that were filed challenging the use of race as a factor in implementation of the law. The original bill stated that race could not be used “solely” as a determining factor in whether a person stopped for another violation could be suspected as being an illegal alien. The changes removed the “solely” clause and stated that race could not be used at all.

Councilmembers sounded as if they hadn’t bothered to read and understand the law. Their rationale depended on lazy tropes or headlines on the MSNBC crawl. They lacked intellectual rigor and at times sounded like La Raza had written their talking points for them. This is a serious issue. If they want to take up issues like this they should bother to do their home work. But they’re not serious. The point of this exercise was PR. That’s Sam’s forte. And it’s a sham.
One listener of the show wrote in:
Hi Victoria,
Let’s send the Portland City Council to Mexico without papers and see what kind of welcome they get!!!!  It would help us!  J
There’s also something else that rings loud and clear from their vote and their ignorant rationale for it the other day: These guys don’t like cops and don’t trust them. There’s no other way to explain their dislike of the Arizona law. They don’t trust cops to properly stop a lawbreaker and properly use their authority to ask someone about their legal status. Much was made about being forced to show their papers to authorities. Amanda Fritz talked of her being a legal alien and having to go to—gasp–Canada to get proper paper work. She sounded scandalized that the United States would require paperwork. I don’t recall if she did, but she should have added that legal aliens also have to carry paperwork. It’s been that way for decades. Why is there a problem with this? When we drive we must have paperwork. It’s called a driver’s license. It is a de facto ID card in the state of Oregon to (now) connote legality. 
The coup de gras came when Fritz claimed that the provision of the Arizona law underscores the current law making harboring and hiding illegal aliens was tantamount to prosecuting people for hiding Jews during the holocaust and slaves in the underground railroad. These people have no shame.
As Rees wrote in:

The federal government doesn’t grant “asylum” to Mexicans. Why? Because the feds would then have to admit that Mexico is an “unfree” country, or a failed state, or in a state of civil war. So, the politically correct lamentations of the Portland City Commissioners are refuted by the U.S. government’s official policy, i.e., Mexicans who enter here illegally are not “political” refugees seeking freedom, a la, e.g., Jews fleeing Nazism, or blacks fleeing slavery. They are here because they decline to comply with the immigration laws of this country, and want to have special privileges denied to all other people in the world who would prefer to live here and are waiting in line for visas and immigration papers. This is ordinarily called “discrimination.” It is–discrimination in favor of Mexicans, and against all other people of the world.

–Rees

One listener wrote in with this point:

Victoria,
How many times did the Ann frank family get caught by the Nazis
and then sneak back to their apartment?
Maybe Randy knows

Councilmember Randy Leonard read the poem from the statue of liberty and talked of the white man’s racism through the ages. I’ll let Rees take over from here:

The comments of Nick Fish on the Arizona law brought tears to my eyes — as liberal absurdities so often do. But my question to him and the other liberals of the Portland City Commission who are attacking the Arizona law is this: Why is it that you have been silent all these years about the law of liberal California, which authorizes police to interrogate regarding legal presence in the U.S., but without the safeguards in the Arizona law?
I thank you for reminding listeners of what the Arizona law actually says instead of the liberal fictions which are being regurgitated by Nick Fish, and, even more pathetically, Randy Leonard, who warns of concentration camps. Are there concentration camps in sunny California, whose illegal alien law is much more harsh than Arizona’s? 


And as for Randy Leonard’s  display of his ignorance by referencing what he said was reducing blacks  to the status of “3/5 of a person” in the constitution,  what is horrible about that is the misstatements about it by white liberals and black race hustlers. It was the pro-slavery South that wanted every black slave counted the same as every white anti-slavery person in the North, not to recognize blacks equality with whites, but to increase the numbers of persons in the pro-slaver South in order to increase the representation of the pro-slavery states of the South in the Congress. Didn’t Randy the Learned know that fundamental fact, that the 3/5 rule reduced the power of the pro-slavey South and helped bring down slavery, not perpetuate it?


Now that the Commissioners have so self-righteously condemned Arizona, will they vote to condemn liberal California and its more harsh illegal alien law?


–Rees

The Arizona law is legal. It’s the federal government’s law tucked right into Arizona code–and clarified. The Portland Rainbow City Council’s mission creep into Arizona law shows they’re out of their depth, but it also shows a fundamental lack of trust in cops. Cops make mistakes sometimes, it’s true. But for every stop that goes bad that makes the headlines, there are hundreds of cases where the cops do it right.
Maybe that’s why instead of a “law enforcer” at the helm of the cop shop, we’ve now got a man the PR mavens at the Rainbow City Council call a “peace keeper.” 
We’d prefer it if you guys would just bother to administer the law instead of the whims of your latest vanity cause. 
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The Oregon Way: Kids Stump for Candidate in Exchange for "Community Service" Credit

Where’d They Get the $ for This Flyer?

As we explained on the Victoria Taft Show on Tuesday, the “Bus Project” is using students who want to receive “community service” credit to graduate from high school, for door to door politicking on behalf of the “Project’s” favored candidates. In this specific case a candidate who should have known better: DEMOCRAT Cheryl Myers, the SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR running for House District 51.
The North Clackamas County School District gave at least two students credit for doing this “community service.” Notably, the Bus Project does NOT appear on any of the approved programs with which the District contracts in its “Youth Take Action” program.  Indeed, the District has a policy of approving and getting agreements from local organizations with which the students can volunteer. Again, as of Tuesday, the Bus Project does NOT appear on that list.


Is pimping out kids for a favored candidate now considered “community service?” If it is, then I’d like some free labor for my show. After all, I provide a community service, right? Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander and all that. Kidding.


I’ve had two conversations with people from the Bus Project about this. In each conversation these people, whom I have no reason to assume have hearing difficulties,  have tried to misconstrue my words and say I’m against ‘volunteerism’ and ‘freedom of choice.’ Of course, that’s idiotic, but ad hominem is the only thing they’ve got because the facts of this situation make them look very bad indeed. In my last conversation on the air the caller–who sounded just like the guy from the Bus Project (wow! what a coincidence!) just gave up and started hurling epithets before he hung up. Facts and logic apparently flummox these folks who fancy themselves Oregon’s best and brightest!
Seriously, however, a candidate using the Bus Project is one thing, a candidate who should know better using the Bus Project with kids getting “community service” credit for free labor for pimping a candidate is quite another. 

Happily for them, the Bus Project folks seem to have that all figured out. Among the liberatti to welcome the kids when they gathered at Grant High School before they were bused to N. Clackamas: Oregon’s Labor Commission, Brad Avakian. Now THAT’s working the angles!
North Clackamas is continuing to “look into this” after we followed up a complaint by a disguntled grandmother of one of the students.
I’m not holding out much hope, however. The guy in charge of the Youth Take Action program, a principal of one of North Clackamas Schools, gave about a $1000.00 to Barack Obama in the 2008 election, according to the database check by Eric the Great.  

The Oregon Bus Project is inspired by or part of a far left organization originally funded by far left entrepreneur, Andy Rappaport. Here’s what David Horowitz’s Discover the Networks says about Rappaport (source here):

NPC [New Progressive Coalition] was established by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Andrew Rappaportand his wife, Deborah, a longtime political activist and philanthropist. Both are major donors to Democrat candidates and causes. In the aftermath of John Kerry’s defeat in the 2004 presidential election, the Rappaports decidedto focus less on contributing to Democratic Party candidates during subsequent election seasons, and more on financing leftist issue- and grassroots-advocacy groups that would work to shape public opinion on various matters every

Here’s where the Rappaports like to give their money (source here):  

Between 2004 and 2008, RFF gave $850,000 to People for the American Way, $700,000 to the Center for American Progress, and $323,000 to the anti-war group Project Billboard. In 2006 RFF sent $100,000 to the Tides Center, which in turn (on instructions from RFF) funneled the money to Allied Media Projects, an anti-corporate community-media organization where ACORN founder Wade Rathke sits on the board of directors. As of 2006, RFF’s assets totaled $7.6 million. …But there are also other groups that are not yet household names, like Youth Speaks, the Bus Project, Mainstreet Moms, and our upstairs office neighbors here in Madison, Workers Independent News.

And, of course, you’ve heard of the Tides Foundation, which also gives money to the Bus Project (here). Here’s what the Tides Foundation says are its political aims (source here):

“We strengthen community-based organizations and the progressive movement by providing an innovative and cost-effective framework for your philanthropy.” Among the crusades to which Tides contributes are: radical environmentalism; the “exclusion of humans from public and private wildlands”; the anti-war movement; anti-free trade campaigns; the banning of firearms ownership; abolition of the death penalty; access to government-funded abortion-on-demand; and radical gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender advocacy. The Foundation is also a member organization of the International Human Rights Funders Group, a network of more than six-dozen grantmakers dedicated to financing leftwing groups and causes. 

So let’s recap:
Kids are required to do “community service” to graduate at No Clackamas.
The Bus Project chooses far left candidates to tout and is a 501c3.
The Chair of the North Clackamas School District, Cheryl Myers, is running for House District 51. She is one of the Bus Projects favored candidates.

The students get credit for “Getting on the bus” and spending three hours going house to house touting the school board chair for higher office. 
The Bus Project is not on the school’s approved list of charities.
Shhh…nobody notice the Bus Project and Cheryl Myers and the district are wearing no clothes.
They’ve broken their own rules, the rules of ethics and…? 

Vote Patrick Sheehan for House District 51.
No, the Republicans don’t do this.

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