Daily Archives: January 12, 2011

AZ Shooter: Best Friend Says "Activist" Film Had "Profound" Effect on Shooter

The Arizona shooter’s best friend from high school says Jared Loughner wasn’t really political, didn’t listen to talk radio, but was heavily influenced by a series of films online called, “Zeitgeist” (here and here).
For what it’s worth Wikipedia says: 

The film was officially released online on June 18, 2007 on zeitgeistmovie.com.[1] In addition to being characterized as “nonsense”,[2] it has been criticized for reported factual inaccuracies, and the quality of its arguments

 Friend Zach Osler says Loughner was most impacted by the third movie about the monetary system and currency. Other Zeitgeist movies deal with debunking Christianity and assert that 9/11 was an inside job. So he’s at least in the company of many liberals including former Obama Czar, Van Jones. 
Am I saying these movies made him do it? Nope. Unlike our Congressional reps and supposedly reputable members of the 4th and 5th estates, I think the kid’s psychoses made him do it. 

Video interview with Jared Loughner’s best friend, to go along with the post immediately under this one.

SOURCE

Will the left tone down the leftist hate rhetoric now?

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APOLOGIZE Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer

Schrader: “The right wing media has fueled a horrible outcome. They fed this vitriol. I hold them personally responsible. I don’t know how they can sleep at night after this.”

DeFazio: “Marginally deranged people can be egged on by this rhetoric. We’ve got to tone it down.”

Blumenauer: When Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., derides President Barack Obama as “one of the most corrupt presidents of modern times,” and Sarah Palin characterizes end-of-life Medicare counseling as “death panels,” Blumenauer said, we traffic in “rhetoric that encourages or empowers crazy people. “I long ago stopped holding random town hall meetings because they were dominated by people who were yelling,” he noted.

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Obama’s Arizona Speech

 2012 Campaign Slogan?

While I still disapprove of his policies and many of his actions, and probably always will, I have to give Barack Obama credit when credit is due. While I didn’t hear the speech he delivered, I did read the transcript and if liberals take note, maybe they will begin ratcheting down their vitriol we all have seen since Saturday.

Booing of Governor Brewer was uncalled for as was the more festive atmosphere reminiscent more of a Pep Rally before Obama spoke, complete with souvenir T-Shirts, than a Memorial for 6 people murdered.

I believe he could have come out more strongly against the vitriol and rhetoric seen this week, but his speech seems to be a step in the right direction. Some excerpts from the transcript after the jump,

You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations – to try to impose some order on the chaos, and make sense out of that which seems senseless. Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health systems. Much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.

But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.

Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, “when I looked for light, then came darkness.” Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind.

So yes, we must examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future.

But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.

If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost. Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle.

Transcript of the full speech here

The balls in your court, liberals.  Will you all tone it down? Or continue escalating and driving us further to the brink of ruin?

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AZ Shooting: Media Try to Rehab Themselves After Tea Party & Talk Show Bashing

Salon Stokes Flames
The media, caught dutifully transcribing Democrat talking points (here) to blame Sarah Palin, talk radio and the Tea Party in the Arizona shooting, now seek to rehabilitate their reputations by trying to convince us they knew all the time that the Tucson shooter wasn’t really motivated by right wing talk shows and the Tea Party. 
Here’s the trajectory of the coverage.
We’ve gone from this:

One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.
“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”

and this (here) and this (here) to now discovering the 22 year old could have been–surprise! mentally ill. 

Who Are They Kidding?
Let’s take Salon as an example. This showed up in my email box so it seemed an easy enough source. See those stories in that screen shot to above? Those are Salon stories. But –what ho!– now we have a story uncovering this news flash that the kid may have been mentally ill. They even allow as the shooting may not have been caused by talk radio! Stunning revelation!  That would be welcome news except for the fact that Salon frames the coverage as if they knew it all the time. Look at that screenshot above. “quite early in the news cycle?” Who are these people kidding? WHOSE news cycle? Not Salon’s! Nor the Liberatti, nor the political class, nor the Liberal commentariat–including the mainstreams.
Media Late to Mental Illness Angle on AZ Story

Yet look at the (purposeful) fall out. We now have promises of passing a law against uncivil “words” and “symbols” (!) by Representative Brady (at the behest of the MoveOn.Commies–now that’s rich) (here) and getting rid of guns. Not psychos with guns. Just guns.
In the Oppressives’ world of censorship and banishment speech equals violence. That’s why they champion speech codes on campus, politically correct euphemisms, scrubbing Christian and Jewish symbols from the public square, criminalizing online gossip with cyber bullying laws, enhancement laws that add time to murderers’ raps for calling the victim names BEFORE KILLING them, the so called “Fairness Doctrine” to shut up talk shows, and censoring Huck Finn. Political incorrectness+speech = violence.

Less reported? How the shooter eluded a padded room which apparently–frighteningly–is easy to do (here). It’s been reported that authorities and loved ones had been told the shooter was dangerous and needed psychiatric help. He’d had several run ins with the law and still managed to buy a gun.
Now that’s a story worth telling. It may get told now that untold damage has been done to reputations, liberty, good will and good work of Tea Party, Sarah Palin and Talk Radio.
In the meantime a Congresswoman fights for her life, a child has been slaughtered, a US judge and other innocents are mowed down. The left used it all to score political points. I would have said “cheap political points” but this orchestration wasn’t meant to bring cheap renumeration. Nope. Look what they’ve got for their efforts. They’ve got their talk about vaunted gun laws, shutting down talk radio, quieting Sarah Palin, and besmirching Tea Party Patriots (‘mobsters,” “haters,” “racists” apparently weren’t ‘good’ enough epithets, they had to add ‘murderers’ to the virtual rap sheet).
Call it censorship for that’s exactly what it was intended to be. 

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AZ Shooter: Best Friend Says "Activist" Film Had "Profound" Effect on Shooter

The Arizona shooter’s best friend from high school says Jared Loughner wasn’t really political, didn’t listen to talk radio, but was heavily influenced by a series of films online called, “Zeitgeist” (here and here).
For what it’s worth Wikipedia says: 

The film was officially released online on June 18, 2007 on zeitgeistmovie.com.[1] In addition to being characterized as “nonsense”,[2] it has been criticized for reported factual inaccuracies, and the quality of its arguments

 Friend Zach Osler says Loughner was most impacted by the third movie about the monetary system and currency. Other Zeitgeist movies deal with debunking Christianity and assert that 9/11 was an inside job. So he’s at least in the company of many liberals including former Obama Czar, Van Jones. 
Am I saying these movies made him do it? Nope. Unlike our Congressional reps and supposedly reputable members of the 4th and 5th estates, I think the kid’s psychoses made him do it. 

Video interview with Jared Loughner’s best friend, to go along with the post immediately under this one.

SOURCE

Will the left tone down the leftist hate rhetoric now?

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

Pete the Banker: An Open Letter to House Speaker John Boehner

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House of Representatives
 
Dear Speaker Boehner,
 
It was heartening that the Republicans not only resisted the President’s past agenda, Speaker Pelosi in the past House session, but also adopted the Pledge to America last Fall which outlined a distinctly different vision for America’s future.   Contained in that Pledge were promises of action that I and millions of Americans rallied around and felt confident would change the direction of the country, would end the “business as usual” atmosphere in Washington DC and would finally reverse the scourge of decades of excessive Federal Government Spending and expanding Federal Government control.  I was certainly one who embraced the Republican Pledge and fully believed that the Republicans as majority wouldn’t hesitate to deliver it and do so expeditiously when elected.
In the Pledge it was promised,

“Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels:  With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to begin paying down the debt, balancing the budget, and ending the spending spree in Washington that threatens our children’s future.

End Government Control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:  Since taking over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage companies that triggered the financial meltdown by giving too many high risk loans to people who couldn’t afford them, taxpayers were billed more than $145 billion to save the two companies.  We will reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by ending their government takeover, shrinking their portfolios, and establishing minimum capital standards.  This will save taxpayers as much as $30 billion.”  http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/text-gops-new-pledge-america?page=2

 
Included in the details of those promises were specific alternatives promising to eliminate the Build America Bonds program (From A Thousand Cuts, Sept 22, 2010)  http://crfb.org/archive/201009  In December in conjunction with the Tax Bill Debate, Republicans became firm, “Congressional Republicans will block any inclusion of Build America Bonds, a taxable bond program popular with states, cities and other muni issuers, in the tax deal they clinched with President Barack Obama, a Republican aide said on Tuesday.  “We have a very firm line on BABs — we are not going to allow them to be included,” a congressional Republican aide said.  http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B649O20101207

However now that your new Republican majority has taken control of Congress, you seem to suddenly have developed selective amnesia regarding promises contained in the Pledge and the responsibility instilled in you and the Republican Party by the voters on November 2, 2010; who entrusted the adoption of fiscally conservative budget policies and an immediate move to solve the GSE problem.

 
According to the Media, Republicans are now planning to scale back their plans for cuts in Federal Spending.  “Republicans scaled back plans for deep cuts in U.S. government spending as they took power in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, diluting a key promise that helped them to victory in November’s election.“  http://www.cnbc.com/id/40928765  Eric Cantor the House Majority Leader said, “The party pledged to return discretionary, non-defense related spending to 2008 levels but have since said an initial $100 billion target for cuts may not be reached.” http://www.cnbc.com/id/40945640  “One House Republican aide said Wednesday the proposed spending cuts could be “considerably less” than $50 billion.”  http://www.cnbc.com/id/40953753  These actions apparently seem imminent despite those specific promise outlined in the Republican pledge.

Scott Garrett, Chair of the House Financial Services, Capital Markets and GSE Committee and apparently according to the Wall Street Journal Spencer Baucus, Chair of House Financial Services Committee are now planning to stall Freddie and Fannie reform and privatization.   “”We recognize that some things can be done overnight and other things can’t be,” said Rep. Scott Garrett (R., N.J.), incoming chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee, which oversees Fannie and Freddie.  “You have to recognize what the impact would be on the fragile housing market as it stands right now.””  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/12/why-are-republicans-changing-their-tune-on-fannie-and-freddie/68651/#  And just as the Democrats and Barney Frank have orchestrated inaction over the past two years, the Republicans are now suggesting little or no immediate action and relenting on their specific Pledge promise.
 
Perhaps most egregious is the move by John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to resurrect Build America Bonds which States like California, Illinois and New York have abused to the tune of nearly $200B since 2009, supplementing their cash flow without paring State spending and ultimately using it to subsidize their budget deficits.  “Representative John Mica, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman, plans to introduce a “reincarnation” of the Build America Bonds program, set to expire Dec. 31.  “I can almost guarantee a reiteration of the Build America Bond program,” Mica, a Florida Republican, said in an interview in Washington today. “We’re working to find a reincarnation.””  http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-12-28/build-america-to-see-reincarnation-effort-mica-says.html  So again the promised Republican budget cuts on wasteful spending in the Pledge were apparently simply a electoral gimmick.

Mr Speaker, I found it incredible today to read in the Wall Street Journal, “House Rules Revisited” (January 11, 2011) , that you only not strong armed a vote against the Amendment which would have assured and codifed $100 Billion in spending cuts and didn’t even give Congressman Ryan the courtesy of speaking on behalf of the $100 Billion Spending Cut Amendment.  I would have expected such heavy handed action from your predecessor, but I am shocked that you would do so and renege on the Republican Pledge, especially in the first week of the new 2011 House session.
 
I contributed, voted, and believed in the Republican’s intent to deliver on the  Party’s Pledge in the past election campaign and I had high expectations that those promises would be readily and eagerly delivered.  Apparently, I was naive and it was simply just another example of the never ending political rhetoric and Washington, DC’s “business as usual” regimen.

Well, I am unlikely to vote Democrat in the next election even given  my new found frustration and likely continuing frustration with the Republican Party.  You are not likely to miss the meager contributions I made to seven Republican candidates, nor will you miss my vote, which I will likely cast far more carefully and sparingly for the Republican ticket in the next election cycle than I did in the past November election.   But I suspect that there are millions of Americans like me who believed in your promises, believed in the Pledge and its expressed  intentions, and who enthusiastically supported Republicans expecting its enactment.  I suspect most of those American voters will become similarly disillusioned given your recent actions and I suspect that the enthusiasm we delivered to the Republican Party in the 2010 election will be sorely missed in 2012 with persistence of the current course of action by the Republican leadership!

 
Pete
Portland, Oregon

Keep Your Pants On, Portland.

Something called Take Your Pants off day was “celebrated” (according to one news report) by some Portlanders on Sunday. Some people go to church but still others drink beer, take off their pants and get on light rail to regale the populace with their bared cheeks and dangling participles.
Believe me, I like fun as much as the next guy, but if you’re going to do something you tell people is ‘all in good fun,’ please cut out the half thongs or lower your dreds to cover your bare cheeks. And, dude, if you’re going to put on some tighty whities please cover up with boxers. This was meant to be a ‘notice me, notice me’ event complete with an exhibition on public transportation for shock value. But some of you looked … creepy.
On a positive note, apparently you can drink beer on the Max train now. Maybe that will push up ridership numbers.  

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APOLOGIZE Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer

Schrader: “The right wing media has fueled a horrible outcome. They fed this vitriol. I hold them personally responsible. I don’t know how they can sleep at night after this.”

DeFazio: “Marginally deranged people can be egged on by this rhetoric. We’ve got to tone it down.”

Blumenauer: When Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., derides President Barack Obama as “one of the most corrupt presidents of modern times,” and Sarah Palin characterizes end-of-life Medicare counseling as “death panels,” Blumenauer said, we traffic in “rhetoric that encourages or empowers crazy people. “I long ago stopped holding random town hall meetings because they were dominated by people who were yelling,” he noted.

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AZ Shooting: Media Try to Rehab Themselves After Tea Party & Talk Show Bashing

Salon Stokes Flames
The media, caught dutifully transcribing Democrat talking points (here) to blame Sarah Palin, talk radio and the Tea Party in the Arizona shooting, now seek to rehabilitate their reputations by trying to convince us they knew all the time that the Tucson shooter wasn’t really motivated by right wing talk shows and the Tea Party. 
Here’s the trajectory of the coverage.
We’ve gone from this:

One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.
“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”

and this (here) and this (here) to now discovering the 22 year old could have been–surprise! mentally ill. 

Who Are They Kidding?
Let’s take Salon as an example. This showed up in my email box so it seemed an easy enough source. See those stories in that screen shot to above? Those are Salon stories. But –what ho!– now we have a story uncovering this news flash that the kid may have been mentally ill. They even allow as the shooting may not have been caused by talk radio! Stunning revelation!  That would be welcome news except for the fact that Salon frames the coverage as if they knew it all the time. Look at that screenshot above. “quite early in the news cycle?” Who are these people kidding? WHOSE news cycle? Not Salon’s! Nor the Liberatti, nor the political class, nor the Liberal commentariat–including the mainstreams.
Media Late to Mental Illness Angle on AZ Story

Yet look at the (purposeful) fall out. We now have promises of passing a law against uncivil “words” and “symbols” (!) by Representative Brady (at the behest of the MoveOn.Commies–now that’s rich) (here) and getting rid of guns. Not psychos with guns. Just guns.
In the Oppressives’ world of censorship and banishment speech equals violence. That’s why they champion speech codes on campus, politically correct euphemisms, scrubbing Christian and Jewish symbols from the public square, criminalizing online gossip with cyber bullying laws, enhancement laws that add time to murderers’ raps for calling the victim names BEFORE KILLING them, the so called “Fairness Doctrine” to shut up talk shows, and censoring Huck Finn. Political incorrectness+speech = violence.

Less reported? How the shooter eluded a padded room which apparently–frighteningly–is easy to do (here). It’s been reported that authorities and loved ones had been told the shooter was dangerous and needed psychiatric help. He’d had several run ins with the law and still managed to buy a gun.
Now that’s a story worth telling. It may get told now that untold damage has been done to reputations, liberty, good will and good work of Tea Party, Sarah Palin and Talk Radio.
In the meantime a Congresswoman fights for her life, a child has been slaughtered, a US judge and other innocents are mowed down. The left used it all to score political points. I would have said “cheap political points” but this orchestration wasn’t meant to bring cheap renumeration. Nope. Look what they’ve got for their efforts. They’ve got their talk about vaunted gun laws, shutting down talk radio, quieting Sarah Palin, and besmirching Tea Party Patriots (‘mobsters,” “haters,” “racists” apparently weren’t ‘good’ enough epithets, they had to add ‘murderers’ to the virtual rap sheet).
Call it censorship for that’s exactly what it was intended to be. 

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Pete the Banker: An Open Letter to House Speaker John Boehner

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House of Representatives
 
Dear Speaker Boehner,
 
It was heartening that the Republicans not only resisted the President’s past agenda, Speaker Pelosi in the past House session, but also adopted the Pledge to America last Fall which outlined a distinctly different vision for America’s future.   Contained in that Pledge were promises of action that I and millions of Americans rallied around and felt confident would change the direction of the country, would end the “business as usual” atmosphere in Washington DC and would finally reverse the scourge of decades of excessive Federal Government Spending and expanding Federal Government control.  I was certainly one who embraced the Republican Pledge and fully believed that the Republicans as majority wouldn’t hesitate to deliver it and do so expeditiously when elected.
In the Pledge it was promised,

“Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels:  With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to begin paying down the debt, balancing the budget, and ending the spending spree in Washington that threatens our children’s future.

End Government Control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:  Since taking over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage companies that triggered the financial meltdown by giving too many high risk loans to people who couldn’t afford them, taxpayers were billed more than $145 billion to save the two companies.  We will reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by ending their government takeover, shrinking their portfolios, and establishing minimum capital standards.  This will save taxpayers as much as $30 billion.”  http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/text-gops-new-pledge-america?page=2

 
Included in the details of those promises were specific alternatives promising to eliminate the Build America Bonds program (From A Thousand Cuts, Sept 22, 2010)  http://crfb.org/archive/201009  In December in conjunction with the Tax Bill Debate, Republicans became firm, “Congressional Republicans will block any inclusion of Build America Bonds, a taxable bond program popular with states, cities and other muni issuers, in the tax deal they clinched with President Barack Obama, a Republican aide said on Tuesday.  “We have a very firm line on BABs — we are not going to allow them to be included,” a congressional Republican aide said.  http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B649O20101207

However now that your new Republican majority has taken control of Congress, you seem to suddenly have developed selective amnesia regarding promises contained in the Pledge and the responsibility instilled in you and the Republican Party by the voters on November 2, 2010; who entrusted the adoption of fiscally conservative budget policies and an immediate move to solve the GSE problem.

 
According to the Media, Republicans are now planning to scale back their plans for cuts in Federal Spending.  “Republicans scaled back plans for deep cuts in U.S. government spending as they took power in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, diluting a key promise that helped them to victory in November’s election.“  http://www.cnbc.com/id/40928765  Eric Cantor the House Majority Leader said, “The party pledged to return discretionary, non-defense related spending to 2008 levels but have since said an initial $100 billion target for cuts may not be reached.” http://www.cnbc.com/id/40945640  “One House Republican aide said Wednesday the proposed spending cuts could be “considerably less” than $50 billion.”  http://www.cnbc.com/id/40953753  These actions apparently seem imminent despite those specific promise outlined in the Republican pledge.

Scott Garrett, Chair of the House Financial Services, Capital Markets and GSE Committee and apparently according to the Wall Street Journal Spencer Baucus, Chair of House Financial Services Committee are now planning to stall Freddie and Fannie reform and privatization.   “”We recognize that some things can be done overnight and other things can’t be,” said Rep. Scott Garrett (R., N.J.), incoming chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee, which oversees Fannie and Freddie.  “You have to recognize what the impact would be on the fragile housing market as it stands right now.””  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/12/why-are-republicans-changing-their-tune-on-fannie-and-freddie/68651/#  And just as the Democrats and Barney Frank have orchestrated inaction over the past two years, the Republicans are now suggesting little or no immediate action and relenting on their specific Pledge promise.
 
Perhaps most egregious is the move by John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to resurrect Build America Bonds which States like California, Illinois and New York have abused to the tune of nearly $200B since 2009, supplementing their cash flow without paring State spending and ultimately using it to subsidize their budget deficits.  “Representative John Mica, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman, plans to introduce a “reincarnation” of the Build America Bonds program, set to expire Dec. 31.  “I can almost guarantee a reiteration of the Build America Bond program,” Mica, a Florida Republican, said in an interview in Washington today. “We’re working to find a reincarnation.””  http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-12-28/build-america-to-see-reincarnation-effort-mica-says.html  So again the promised Republican budget cuts on wasteful spending in the Pledge were apparently simply a electoral gimmick.

Mr Speaker, I found it incredible today to read in the Wall Street Journal, “House Rules Revisited” (January 11, 2011) , that you only not strong armed a vote against the Amendment which would have assured and codifed $100 Billion in spending cuts and didn’t even give Congressman Ryan the courtesy of speaking on behalf of the $100 Billion Spending Cut Amendment.  I would have expected such heavy handed action from your predecessor, but I am shocked that you would do so and renege on the Republican Pledge, especially in the first week of the new 2011 House session.
 
I contributed, voted, and believed in the Republican’s intent to deliver on the  Party’s Pledge in the past election campaign and I had high expectations that those promises would be readily and eagerly delivered.  Apparently, I was naive and it was simply just another example of the never ending political rhetoric and Washington, DC’s “business as usual” regimen.

Well, I am unlikely to vote Democrat in the next election even given  my new found frustration and likely continuing frustration with the Republican Party.  You are not likely to miss the meager contributions I made to seven Republican candidates, nor will you miss my vote, which I will likely cast far more carefully and sparingly for the Republican ticket in the next election cycle than I did in the past November election.   But I suspect that there are millions of Americans like me who believed in your promises, believed in the Pledge and its expressed  intentions, and who enthusiastically supported Republicans expecting its enactment.  I suspect most of those American voters will become similarly disillusioned given your recent actions and I suspect that the enthusiasm we delivered to the Republican Party in the 2010 election will be sorely missed in 2012 with persistence of the current course of action by the Republican leadership!

 
Pete
Portland, Oregon

Keep Your Pants On, Portland.

Something called Take Your Pants off day was “celebrated” (according to one news report) by some Portlanders on Sunday. Some people go to church but still others drink beer, take off their pants and get on light rail to regale the populace with their bared cheeks and dangling participles.
Believe me, I like fun as much as the next guy, but if you’re going to do something you tell people is ‘all in good fun,’ please cut out the half thongs or lower your dreds to cover your bare cheeks. And, dude, if you’re going to put on some tighty whities please cover up with boxers. This was meant to be a ‘notice me, notice me’ event complete with an exhibition on public transportation for shock value. But some of you looked … creepy.
On a positive note, apparently you can drink beer on the Max train now. Maybe that will push up ridership numbers.  

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