Daily Archives: March 30, 2011

Pete the Banker: Portland Housing Market is Worse Than We Thought

The average prices in the Portland area declined 1.8% in January from the reading in December and were down 7.8% year over year. This is the seventh consecutive monthly decline in the index for the Portland area.  Portland is the third worst market at this point behind only Detroit and Phoenix . 
So much for the ability of the UGB, light rail, and high density housing development to insulate us from or mute the effects of economic downturns!
Read about it here. 
 
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UPDATED WITH LAUGHER!!!! *****Light Rail Backers Claim Clackamas Co Clamoring for Higher Car Taxes!

…But they won’t tell you how they know that. The Clackamas Review reports that “55%” of Clackamas voters think this car tax to supposedly finance improvements to the Sellwood Bridge (and to free up Portland’s money for light rail to Clackamas which I imagine this same “poll” found “support” for…) is a fabulous idea! What a surprise! These poll results, of course, are entirely different than the one 

commissioned by opponents of the plan. See it nearby. 
So what question could possibly have elicited the 55% in favor response rate? UPDATE BELOW

The group which commissioned the poll is, as we reported here, bought and paid for by mostly  groups outside Clackamas County, including public employee unions and engineering firms which would stand to make a buck off the deal. They claim the Lisa Grove poll is legit, but they won’t tell us the question they asked to elicit that never- before-seen 55% approval rate:

Chris Edmonds, political director for the campaign to pass the fee, said that details about specific questions that were asked are proprietary information and not subject to public scrutiny. 

And I know why. The last time I got a look at a Lisa Grove poll question I wrote several blog pieces, talked incessantly about it on my program and wrote an op ed for the Zero. Nothing about the question was accurate. This debunked poll has served as the imprimatur for the pro “plastic” bag banners to institute their draconian ban on one of most ubiquitous and useful devices ever devised. Here’s the question she wrote as discussed here and here and here. Inaccuracies or outright lies are highlighted:

Single-use petroleum-based plastic shopping bags pollute our land, contribute to a swirling mass of garbage twice the size of Texas off Oregon’s coast, and continue our dependence on dangerous foreign oil supplies. Making paper shopping bags is a toxic process that pollutes our rivers. To encourage more use of reusable shopping bags, do you favor or oppose banning plastic bags in the City of Portland and requiring a 5-cent fee on paper bags?”

This question gives push polling a bad name. No wonder the pro-car-tax crowd wants to keep their latest Lisa Grove poll question under wraps. 

Musing on another question with respect to Grove Insight, it does make you appreciate just how bad David Wu was to make her quit his campaign. 

Grove isn’t answering any questions from us about her methodology but an alert 5th listener went to her website and found out that she actually ADVERTISES slanted poll questions:

Innovative Research Methods
Creating a persuasive message starts with an in-depth understanding of the people you’re trying to talk to – and Grove Insight can help you speak their language. We’ll help identify your audience, define the element that makes your message unique, and connect it in a meaningful way with the people you need to reach. 
Get the Win
We win because we have a wealth of experience asking the right questions, the right way.

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UCHOOSE Event, Curious About Socialism? How About Communism?

I wouldn’t want you to miss my speech at Liberty Talkers tonight between 6-7:30 at Standard TV and Appliance on Hall Boulevard in Beaverton, but there is another event you might want to participate in. 

U-Choose is hosting an event at PSU exploring socialism and communism. Speakers will share their first hand life experiences living in socialist/communist countries. They will tell their personal stories contrasting their experiences with political strategies in the United States today.

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

Pete the Banker: Portland Housing Market is Worse Than We Thought

The average prices in the Portland area declined 1.8% in January from the reading in December and were down 7.8% year over year. This is the seventh consecutive monthly decline in the index for the Portland area.  Portland is the third worst market at this point behind only Detroit and Phoenix . 
So much for the ability of the UGB, light rail, and high density housing development to insulate us from or mute the effects of economic downturns!
Read about it here. 
 
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

UPDATED WITH LAUGHER!!!! *****Light Rail Backers Claim Clackamas Co Clamoring for Higher Car Taxes!

…But they won’t tell you how they know that. The Clackamas Review reports that “55%” of Clackamas voters think this car tax to supposedly finance improvements to the Sellwood Bridge (and to free up Portland’s money for light rail to Clackamas which I imagine this same “poll” found “support” for…) is a fabulous idea! What a surprise! These poll results, of course, are entirely different than the one 

commissioned by opponents of the plan. See it nearby. 
So what question could possibly have elicited the 55% in favor response rate? UPDATE BELOW

The group which commissioned the poll is, as we reported here, bought and paid for by mostly  groups outside Clackamas County, including public employee unions and engineering firms which would stand to make a buck off the deal. They claim the Lisa Grove poll is legit, but they won’t tell us the question they asked to elicit that never- before-seen 55% approval rate:

Chris Edmonds, political director for the campaign to pass the fee, said that details about specific questions that were asked are proprietary information and not subject to public scrutiny. 

And I know why. The last time I got a look at a Lisa Grove poll question I wrote several blog pieces, talked incessantly about it on my program and wrote an op ed for the Zero. Nothing about the question was accurate. This debunked poll has served as the imprimatur for the pro “plastic” bag banners to institute their draconian ban on one of most ubiquitous and useful devices ever devised. Here’s the question she wrote as discussed here and here and here. Inaccuracies or outright lies are highlighted:

Single-use petroleum-based plastic shopping bags pollute our land, contribute to a swirling mass of garbage twice the size of Texas off Oregon’s coast, and continue our dependence on dangerous foreign oil supplies. Making paper shopping bags is a toxic process that pollutes our rivers. To encourage more use of reusable shopping bags, do you favor or oppose banning plastic bags in the City of Portland and requiring a 5-cent fee on paper bags?”

This question gives push polling a bad name. No wonder the pro-car-tax crowd wants to keep their latest Lisa Grove poll question under wraps. 

Musing on another question with respect to Grove Insight, it does make you appreciate just how bad David Wu was to make her quit his campaign. 

Grove isn’t answering any questions from us about her methodology but an alert 5th listener went to her website and found out that she actually ADVERTISES slanted poll questions:

Innovative Research Methods
Creating a persuasive message starts with an in-depth understanding of the people you’re trying to talk to – and Grove Insight can help you speak their language. We’ll help identify your audience, define the element that makes your message unique, and connect it in a meaningful way with the people you need to reach. 
Get the Win
We win because we have a wealth of experience asking the right questions, the right way.

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

UCHOOSE Event, Curious About Socialism? How About Communism?

I wouldn’t want you to miss my speech at Liberty Talkers tonight between 6-7:30 at Standard TV and Appliance on Hall Boulevard in Beaverton, but there is another event you might want to participate in. 

U-Choose is hosting an event at PSU exploring socialism and communism. Speakers will share their first hand life experiences living in socialist/communist countries. They will tell their personal stories contrasting their experiences with political strategies in the United States today.

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

Rees Lloyd on "WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY"

Eric Young photo

“Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” observances will be held formally in many areas of the country today, March 30, informally in many other areas, and totally ignored in many if not most other areas, except in posts of veterans’ services organization like The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other VSO’s.


The U.S. House and Senate have by resolutions recognized March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day annually. The observance began at the grass roots, as Americans began to remember and regret the way that Vietnam Veterans, who served honorably when their country called, were treated when they came home.

Many returning troops were vilified. Leftist demonstrators burned the American Flag and marched under the Viet Cong Flag and large photos of Ho Chi Minh, the leader of Communist Vietnam. Troops were called “baby killers,” “war criminals,” and were sometimes insulted and spit upon by self-righteous demonstrators of proclaiming their love of peace with snarls, raised fists, and epithets. 

Even heroes in Vietnam like Tommy Franks, who later would become General Tommy Franks and serve as allied commander in the war against terrorism in Iraq, was advised when he came home from Vietnam not to wear his uniform, as were most troops, due to the hatred that had been manufactured not just against the war, but against those sent to fight it.

The political atmosphere was poisoned by people like John Kerry and Jane Fonda. The wealthy and privileged daughter of movie star Henry Fonda, Jane, who first became famous taking her clothes off in the movie “Barbarella,” infamously aided and abetted the communist enemy by using her movie starlet celebrity to travel to Hanoi where, among other things, she posed with a big smile and a steel helmet at the helm of a communist anti-aircraft gun. Meanwhile, Americans were dying in battle, and P.O.W. pilots shot down by such guns like the legendary Bud Day, Admiral James Stockdale, Admiral Jeremiah Denton, John McCain, Leo Thorsness, Robbie Robinson, Everett Alvarez, Jr., the longest serving of all, and so many more, were being terribly tortured in the “Hanoi Hilton” by the communists to whom charming then-communist Jane gave fond, smiling, and self-righteous aid and comfort.

John Kerry, in his short four months on a Swift Boat in Vietnam, bragged that he would be the “second JFK from Massachusetts,” and brought along his own camcorder to film staged acts of daring do for the camera and voters back in liberal Mass. Kerry, as a leader of Vietnam Veterans Against The War, infamously gave self-promoting false testimony before the U.S. Congress of witnessing atrocities by American troops in Vietnam. That testimony, utterly false, garnered him national and international publicity.

However, when his successor in command of the Swift Boat, John E. O’Neil, outraged at Kerry’s lies, repeatedly and publicly challenged Kerry to provide names, dates, places, and other evidence that could verify Kerry’s charges against other troops, Kerry was able to provide absolutely no evidence.

After falsely tainting those who served in Vietnam as war criminals who committed atrocities, Kerry whose hypocrisy is exceeded only by his self-serving opportunism and political ambition, made his political career by citing his service in Vietnam, and hoping his disgusting false testimony would be forgotten. When Kerry became the Democrat Party nominee to challenge George Bush for President in 2004, his campaign, among other things, searched out and bought up every copy they could find of the book celebrating Kerry’s anti-war antics and testimony denigrating Vietnam troops before Congress.

Faced with the prospect of Kerry actually becoming commander-in-chief, John O’Neil co-authored with Jerome Corsi the best-selling book: “Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. O’Neil and Corsi detailed Kerry’s despicable, self-serving words and deed. Kerry and the Democrats condemned “Unfit For Command,” but were unable to refute the facts that O’Neil and Corsi exposed.

Although posturing as one who should be elected because he served, Kerry then zealously refused to make public his military service record with the same adamant refusal that current President Obama has refused to release his college records at Occidental College and even his birth certificate. Kerry blamed his loss to George Bush in major part on the Swift Boaters revelations. To this day Democrat leaders wring their hands and bemoan that Kerry was “Swift Boated.” Yet, also to this day, they have been unable to refute the facts alleged against Kerry in “Unfit For Command.” If you think that “Unfit For Command” was just a scurrilous hit piece full of rumor and innuendo, then I urge you to take the challenge: Read “Unfit For Command,” and then attempt to refute it. Kerry couldn’t refute the facts asserted, because the facts are true; and Kerry is “unfit for command.”

Indeed, not for nothing have the North Vietnamese Communists placed large photos of John Kerry and Jane Fonda in prominent display in their “War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City” in an exhibit honoring “heroes” who had helped them “win the war against the United States.”

The top communist General Giap has admitted that the communists would have collapsed after their defeat in the famed Tet Offensive, but for the fact of the acts of the so-called peace movement and the media which turned Americans against the war. Among those who provided such saving support for the communists were, Kerry, Fonda, and the media icon Walter Cronkite. The avuncular television anchor Cronkite, touted as the “most trusted man in America,” misperceived Tet as a victory of the communists. When Cronkite and publicly broadcast his opinion after Tet that the war could not be won, President Lyndon Johnson reportedly said that Cronkite’s broadcast statements, no matter how in accurate, meant that the war was “lost.” Giap said that the communists realized that all they had to do was to hold on long enough for the communists, socialists, and other supporters of the Vietnamese communists in the peace movement to turn the American people against the war. That happened. Congress cut off funding for the war in 1975, and the communists took Saigon, soon renamed Ho Chi Minh City.

It has been written that Vietnam War was one in which American troops won every battle, but lost the war. Adm. Jeremiah Denton, seven-years, seven-months a P.O.W. in Vietnam, second only to Everett Alvarez in time served as a P.O.W., strongly refutes the contention that the American military “lost” the Vietnam War.

SSG Robert Pilk, KIA 19 June, 1970
“The American military did not lose the Vietnam War — Congress lost the war, when it refused to fund the South Vietnamese forces to resist the communists,” he states. He makes a forceful argument concerning what was done, and what needs to be done, in the new epilogue to his book, “When Hell Was In Session,” detailing the inhumanity of the communists who unmercifully tortured American prisoners of war in complete violation of the Geneva Accords while Kerry, Fonda, Cronkite, and the leftist so-called peace movement gave the communists aid and comfort. WorldNetDaily Books has issued a new edition of Adm. Denton’s book.

Maj. General Patrick H. Brady (USA, ret.), a “dust off” helicopter ambulance pilot who rescued over 5,000 wounded in more than 2,500 combat missions and received the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, agrees with Admiral Denton’s assessment, and, in his book details what was ignored during and after the Vietnam War: What Gen. Brady calls the unprecedented “humanitarian acts of American troops in Vietnam.”

“No warriors have committed more humanitarian acts during war, and not just after war — building medical facilities and providing medical care, building schools and other community facilities for the Vietnamese civilians, committing countless acts of kindness –than did the men and women of the American armed forces in Vietnam. That is America’s victory in Vietnam,” states Gen. Brady. He details those humanitarian acts of those who fought in Vietnam, generally unknown to Americans in the Vietnam era and in this era, in his Book, “DEAD MEN FLYING: Victory in Viet Nam–The Legend of Dust Off, America’s Battlefield Angels.”

“The irony is,” Gen. Brady adds, “is that while the men and women of the American military committed more humanitarian acts in war than in any other war, no Americans who have served when our country called them to serve in war have been so shamed, degraded, vilified, when they came home not to a grateful nation, but a nation ungrateful for their service and sacrifice. That is a continuing shame.”

Some 58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War. Many more suffered wounds, some of them terrible, life-changing wounds. Many, many continue to suffer today from the effects of Agent Orange, or post traumatic stress syndrome. As the saying goes, some gave all, all gave some.

Starting from a grassroots movement, March 30 is now being served in many areas, but not all, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” Take a moment. Call your local American Legion, VFW, or other veterans’ organization and find out what observances are being held.

Or just take a moment to thank a Vietnam veteran, and speak in a belated attitude of gratitude, words too long delayed, but much appreciated: “Welcome home.”

Best Buds
[Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights attorney, a Vietnam-era veteran, and a veterans activist.]

Midway between An Khe and Pleiku

April 1970 Sapper Attack                      
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Maher’s "Verbal Violence" Against Sarah Palin: Todd Palin, Please Come and Have a Chat With Him

I’d love to watch. If you missed the story see my previous post here and another update here. 
I don’t like speech codes, so called “hate crimes” legislation and so called “bullying laws,” but I believe that civil people can agree there are some things, actions and violent attitudes which result in you being excluded from polite society. Maher says he’s not sorry. Here. 
Maher has crossed the line. 
He needs to go. I hope you’ll stop watching his TV show, stop paying to see him and write to his employers to urge them to get rid of him.
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