Daily Archives: January 17, 2011

Man Who AssaultedTea Partier at Kitzhaber Event Let Off

The DA’s office won’t prosecute a former Mayoral candidate–and Democrat–for assaulting a Tea Partier and 5th Listener.Even the Oregonian got the story wrong. Dan Sandini was never asked to leave the event, the event was open and only later did these thugs decide they didn’t like the cut of Sandini’s jib and wanted him to stop videoing the event. Other videographers were still allowed to shoot, I understand. It also wasn’t an exclusive KOIN event, either.

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Will the Oregonian Reporter Janie Har Please Pick Up the White Courtesy Phone, the Dept of Redundancy Dept is on the Line.

Here’s a 3fer Near 16th & Johnson

The Oregonian’s “Politifact” piece (here) on my and Senator Tom Coburn’s recent claims (here and here) about spending stimulus dollars on redundant bike signs was met with a “False” ruling from reporter Janie Har. Coburn’s claim of a million dollars in stimulus funds spent on redundant signs was a stand alone claim. I thought he made a good case.  But I was surprised my claim–about the asphalt bike signs–was found false. How could it be? I had pictures of these workers putting on the new bike signs which I put on the blog. I said I didn’t take pictures at the time but testified as they were within feet of existing bike signs. She emailed me to ask about them and I told them where I saw them: along Johnson Street in NW Portland. This is what Har said about my claim that the signs were redundant and unnecessary:

That leaves Taft’s sharrows.
“Those pictures on my blog were of signs on the roads just laid down by those workers. Just feet away were existing painted signs on the streets,” Taft wrote to PolitiFact.
“Bicyclists already use the roads on which these signs were painted. Signs already existed there and new ones were therefore redundant and, in my opinion, a waste of taxpayer money.”
The new sharrows did duplicate smaller bike boulevard markings in some locations, but not even close to all of them. And the photo Taft snapped was on Northwest Johnson Street around 23rd Avenue. The only other bike sign nearby is a wayfinding sign, which we don’t see as a duplicate because they serve different purposes.

PDX’s Million $ “Stimulus”
Frankly, I’ve been busy with doing the program everyday and hadn’t had much time to devote time to  debunk the claims, but I decided today was the day. The net result is: Har’s claim is untrue. It’s so colossally untrue that I can’t believe she committed it to print before checking! I want a retraction from the Zero.
Someone said to me today, “What’s the big deal? It’s only the Oregonian, nobody reads it.” But what’s online is forever and it goes to my integrity. It has my picture next to a sign that says “False” and I want a retraction.
How Is This NOT Redundant?
How could she have missed these? Herewith is what Janie Har didn’t bother to see/look at/observe/report on before ruling my claim was “false.”
The small circular signs were original, the bigger ones with the chevrons were the stimulus bike signs. 
Redundant? Not to the Zero!
This is approx 24th & Johnson (That’s my shoe)

 

3 fer Near 16th & Johnson

Approx 18th & Johnson

Near 19th & Johnson

How are these signs not redundant? Anyone?

Near 18th & Johnson
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Wash State Dem Drafting Bill To Compensate Exonerated Inmates

I think we all are relieved to see any prisoner that is wrongfully convicted be exonerated and let them get on with their lives. Such was the case with Alan Northrop and Larry Davis, convicted in 1993 of rape and kidnap.

The Innocence Project Northwest at the University of Washington Law School was able to get the courts to review DNA evidence under the latest methods and it was seen that neither mans DNA matched. Charges were dropped and they were freed.

Unfortunately, they were freed in the midst of one of the worst economic downturns ever. Northrop found work at $12.00 a hour in a metal fabricating plant and Davis remains unemployed, working only 3 days since his release he says.

With the help of the Innocence Project Northwest, Rep. Tina Orwall (D. 33rd LD) is drafting a bill to provide exonerated inmates compensation to the tune of “$50,000 per year spent in prison, plus $50,000 more for every year spent on death row and $25,000 for every year on community supervision or as a registered sex offender.”

Additionally, the proposed legislation would “include providing health care and paying child support obligations incurred by prisoners during their incarceration,” and might well also “guarantee free tuition at state schools for the former prisoners and their children.”

Upon release, Alan Northrop was hit with owing $111,000 in back child support, half of which was forgiven by DHS, the other going to his ex.

Alan Northrup, one of those exonerated last year says, “They owe us – somebody does. I’m struggling right now. I need every penny.”

Rep. Orwall said, “The bill is about fairness. I know the money can’t make up for the losses they’ve experienced, but it could help them rebuild their lives. They really need a certain amount of support and resources.”

With the state facing a $4.6 Billion budget gap, payments would not begin until 2014.

Read more HERE and HERE

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Man Who AssaultedTea Partier at Kitzhaber Event Let Off

The DA’s office won’t prosecute a former Mayoral candidate–and Democrat–for assaulting a Tea Partier and 5th Listener.Even the Oregonian got the story wrong. Dan Sandini was never asked to leave the event, the event was open and only later did these thugs decide they didn’t like the cut of Sandini’s jib and wanted him to stop videoing the event. Other videographers were still allowed to shoot, I understand. It also wasn’t an exclusive KOIN event, either.

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MLK Day: Open Thread on THIS Topic

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed…There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”

Martin Luther King, Junior

Letter from the Birmingham Jail,

16 April 1963

President Obama would be smart to remember this as he fights for his “health” care, confiscatory expenditures on his union cronies, take overs of industry. I will never forget. 

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MLK Day: Open Thread on THIS Topic

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed…There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”

Martin Luther King, Junior

Letter from the Birmingham Jail,

16 April 1963

President Obama would be smart to remember this as he fights for his “health” care, confiscatory expenditures on his union cronies, take overs of industry. I will never forget. 

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