Monthly Archives: April 2011

Andy McCarthy Must Read: The "Al Qaeda 7"

Former federal terrorist prosecutor Andy McCarthy sees more hypocrisy in the legal left (surprise!). He sees it in the case of the Atlanta law firm dumping the client (the US House of Representatives) in the case in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). (The House looked for a lawyer when Eric Holder’s Justice Department failed to vigorously defend the law of the land). The same firm also fell all over itself to defend Gitmo detainees. Lawyers who then worked for that firm and others have become employees for the man who personally wrote the brief defending Jose Padilla–al qaeda’s very own dirty bomber. The lawyer’s name is Eric Holder. See the story here and see excerpts below:

K&S understands how the game is played. The firm wants to be perceived as supportive of gay marriage. In the same way, through its pro bono work for terrorists and death-row murderers, it wants to be perceived as supportive of judicializing warfare and expanding the rights of criminals. The firm figures it can’t afford to be on the wrong side of the culture war.

As an institution, the profession is the vanguard of the movement Left. Its votaries make their choices about representation based on progressive politics. Attorneys who are resistant to the cause but desperate to remain in the club are pressured to conform or at the very least to profess admiration for the heroic good faith in which the Lawyer Left remorselessly pursues its agenda.

In any case, as I’ve made clear before, those who coined the term “al-Qaeda Seven” were obviously not saying these lawyers were members of al-Qaeda or that they endorsed terrorism — though they are, for my taste, too indifferent to the barbarity of terrorism. The point is that they made a choice to do something they did not have to do, that no lawyer had to do. It was therefore fair to judge them on their choice, to infer a sympathetic ear for the terrorist portrayal of a corrupt and unjust America.

Calling these attorneys the “al-Qaeda Seven” is, I contend, no more offensive than calling attorneys who choose

to represent the mob “mob lawyers.” Millions of Americans detained in our civilian prisons file habeas suits, alleging that the procedures that landed them in jail, or their conditions of confinement, are unlawful. Our law invites this, but the inmates must either represent themselves or find a lawyer willing to take the case. For the lawyer, that often means choosing to work for free — that is, deciding that the inmate’s cause is more worth his time and effort than other pro bono causes (say, representing CIA interrogators or defending DOMA) to which he’d otherwise be able to donate his services.

An attorney who chooses to work for such clients has made a conscious choice to help them litigate their wartime suits against the American people — just like the conscious choices King & Spalding makes to represent murderers on death row or to drop DOMA like a hot potato.

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Andy McCarthy Must Read: The "Al Qaeda 7"

Former federal terrorist prosecutor Andy McCarthy sees more hypocrisy in the legal left (surprise!). He sees it in the case of the Atlanta law firm dumping the client (the US House of Representatives) in the case in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). (The House looked for a lawyer when Eric Holder’s Justice Department failed to vigorously defend the law of the land). The same firm also fell all over itself to defend Gitmo detainees. Lawyers who then worked for that firm and others have become employees for the man who personally wrote the brief defending Jose Padilla–al qaeda’s very own dirty bomber. The lawyer’s name is Eric Holder. See the story here and see excerpts below:

K&S understands how the game is played. The firm wants to be perceived as supportive of gay marriage. In the same way, through its pro bono work for terrorists and death-row murderers, it wants to be perceived as supportive of judicializing warfare and expanding the rights of criminals. The firm figures it can’t afford to be on the wrong side of the culture war.

As an institution, the profession is the vanguard of the movement Left. Its votaries make their choices about representation based on progressive politics. Attorneys who are resistant to the cause but desperate to remain in the club are pressured to conform or at the very least to profess admiration for the heroic good faith in which the Lawyer Left remorselessly pursues its agenda.

In any case, as I’ve made clear before, those who coined the term “al-Qaeda Seven” were obviously not saying these lawyers were members of al-Qaeda or that they endorsed terrorism — though they are, for my taste, too indifferent to the barbarity of terrorism. The point is that they made a choice to do something they did not have to do, that no lawyer had to do. It was therefore fair to judge them on their choice, to infer a sympathetic ear for the terrorist portrayal of a corrupt and unjust America.

Calling these attorneys the “al-Qaeda Seven” is, I contend, no more offensive than calling attorneys who choose to represent the mob “mob lawyers.” Millions of Americans detained in our civilian prisons file habeas suits, alleging that the procedures that landed them in jail, or their conditions of confinement, are unlawful. Our law invites this, but the inmates must either represent themselves or find a lawyer willing to take the case. For the lawyer, that often means choosing to work for free — that is, deciding that the inmate’s cause is more worth his time and effort than other pro bono causes (say, representing CIA interrogators or defending DOMA) to which he’d otherwise be able to donate his services.

An attorney who chooses to work for such clients has made a conscious choice to help them litigate their wartime suits against the American people — just like the conscious choices King & Spalding makes to represent murderers on death row or to drop DOMA like a hot potato.

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Whoopi Goldberg: “Disrespecting The President Makes Us Look Idiotic”

Now that the Obama Administration has released a long form birth certificate, even though it too is already being questioned, comedienne Whoopi Goldberg slammed Donald Trump as a racist for pursuing the long sought after document. Inadvertently though, she makes an unbelievable comment that convinces me more just how delusional and out of touch with reality many on the left are.

WARNING: Contains Strong Language

H/T Mediaite with a special thanks to ABC’s The View for exposing their own hypocrisy.

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Real or Fake? Listeners Have Questions About Obama Birth Certificate *Updated

Andy from Beaverton Thinks It’s Hinky

I’m not persuaded it’s fake, so it’s real but a lot of listeners think it’s a phony. They’ve got a lot of company.
Here’s another theory by a listener who emailed me Friday morning:

I have worked in the legal field for over 30 years, and have handled documents for many international adoptions. When a person is adopted, the information on their original Birth Certificate is changed to conform to the new adoption info. The adoptive parents are shown on the new Certificate as the original parents. There is no indication on the new document, no mention whatsoever, of an adoption. The new information is substituted by the State Department of Health (Vital Statistics). Obama’s long form Birth Certificate would show Soetoro as the birth father, and would give his address in Indonesia. There would be no mention of Obama’s Kenyan bio father. This is just more evidence that the Birth Certificate is a fake.
Not only is his birth certificate a fraud, but it also admits that he is not a natural born citizen.  This ‘copy’ of his birth certificate only proves that he is ineligible to be POTUS. He does not meet Article 2 Section 1 Clause 5 of our Constitution, as his farther was an African, thus a British citizen, not an American, as required by the Constitution. His election was a fraud, and all those who helped him get elected should be tried for fraud and treason against our government.
 
“The republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

 Darcy

 Here’s the guy who got it rolling on the idea of “layers” on the document which he believes proves it a fake:

The folks over at Free Republic (the outfit that outed the Bush National Guard Document as a fake) says this “layers” argument has an easy explanation. When a document is turned into a PDF file it is done in layers to make it a searchable document.

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Whoopi Goldberg: “Disrespecting The President Makes Us Look Idiotic”

Now that the Obama Administration has released a long form birth certificate, even though it too is already being questioned, comedienne Whoopi Goldberg slammed Donald Trump as a racist for pursuing the long sought after document. Inadvertently though, she makes an unbelievable comment that convinces me more just how delusional and out of touch with reality many on the left are.

WARNING: Contains Strong Language

H/T Mediaite with a special thanks to ABC’s The View for exposing their own hypocrisy.

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

Bernie Giusto: Stopping the PDX Gang Violence (Hint: Whining and Tough Talk Won’t Work)

Over a 35 year police career you learn there are no easy answers to violence that result from deep rooted social problems.  But the discussion of the Portland Police Bureau getting back into the Joint Terrorism Task Force has been a laughable parade of inaction and nonsense.  

As Public Information Officer for the Oregon State Police for many years it became clear to me that know matter how tough we talked or how much we protested about violent events that shocked a community or the state there was little effect on continuing negative consequences.  As Chief of Police in Gresham we learned that the burgeoning number of violent events in the far west part of our community know as Rockwood were not effected by me standing in front of media event warning of future violence and asking the community to do something.  As Sheriff I found there was no effective result to reduce community disorder or violence while whining about the lack of jail beds.  What works is decisive leadership that takes no political hostages.

 
The recent trend of violent events occurring on the streets of Portland and the lack of focused political leadership are a prime  reason why the violence in the form of juvenile and young adult gun play will continue until the whining stops and action starts. It appears that somehow the best political minds in Portland and Multnomah County cannot conclude that we need to do something different. More amazingly it appears that if we have been taken by surprise by the recent violence.  Our institutional memory apparently does not recall we have see this this in predictable cycles before over a period of 25-30 years.

The only idea with merit is the illegal gun proposal. This has had a successful political history of quitting a public safety initiative that has worked to make our streets safer. In the mid 1990s a federal initiative initiated and partially grant funded by the US Department of Justice brought a wide range of high level public safety players to the table. The focus was the illegal possession of firearms with a specific focus on juvenile offenders. Teamed together the Feds and Locals made significant progress in stopping street gun violence in Portland and the region.  Then quarterly agents, cops, prosecutors, probation folks and social service types would come together to assess the success of our initiative listen to policy adjustments being made and again hit the streets.  The success was measurable, the impact was silent Portland streets.

But apparently we can’t stand success, so led by the uninterested political Portland and Multnomah leadership we quit the Safe Streets Initiative.  Now to be fair, uninterested does not necessarily mean directly encouraging the violence to return over time.  What it does mean is that keeping the streets safe and juvenile gun offenders in check was not a top budget priority.  In fact it did even make the list.
Catch-up is costly in both effectiveness and worse yet lives that hang in the balance.

Now it has to be said that police departments or police bureaus need to move on and other matters take our time and resources.  However, the does not forgive totally losing sight of the issue whether it be gangs, guns or gangs and guns.  A little less than a decade ago the Police Bureau either with the support or at the direct instruction of the Portland Mayor’s Office/City Council completely disbanded their Gang Enforcement Team ( known as G.E.T.).  This high powered street enforcement, street crimes unit had a laser focus on gang activity with a advanced degrees in the interception and a seizure of illegal firearms. 

Over time the majority community came to trust GET and the team developed  a sophisticated intelligence network.  The result was illegal guns often found their way to the hands of the cops instead of our kids.  And no matter how violent they appear, or how often they become the victims of violence they are kids in both social responsibility and young male brain development. We shouldn’t surrender the streets back to youth gangs and the gun violence it brings. Yes, they will tell you GET is back and has been for a while but the funding commitment is an eight-to-five mentality with the political will to really bring the problem to resolution no where in sight.

And in certainly does not help when our beloved Oregonian wrings its collective editorial hands with a bunch of tough rhetoric about the lack of community outrage. Police command personnel are quoted placing blame on lackluster community response. What nonsense! The responsibility lies directly at the feet of political leadership.
 

So let me propose an overdue conversation directly to the issue.

I have always wanted to be a Mayor!  I was a Gresham city Councilor (without pay).  I was Council President twice.  But I have never been Mayor.  Here is my chance to be the Mayor of Portland and Police Commissioner.

My first official act is to go directly to the Office of the Chief of Police where I have asked him to have his command personnel present.  I have also invited the head of the Portland Police Association.  The meeting has begun, let’s listen in:

So I have told you what  I expect of you in general terms. Let me tell you what you can count on from me in specific terms.  First, in your plan you will identify overtime hours to be worked by the cops without consideration for cost.  Your only consideration will be their safety and targeted overtime expenditures.  We will reconcile the costs weekly and you and I will discuss more or less based on results not budget. I expect in ninety days we should have a meaningful measure of effectiveness.  Our tolerance for violence or behavior the is a precursor of violent behavior is now zero.

I am going to see the County Commission Chair.  I will be insisting that Donald Long Juvenile Detention Center begin to accept all low level juvenile offenders, because I expect your plan to include low level juvenile crime and violation custody.  Curfew only being one of those acts in play.

I will then talk to the Sheriff and DA and insist that adult offenders with violent crime or chronic property crime histories find their way to jail and prosecution.  Oh yeah by the way, I will let the Chair know that the county is in for the additional costs of bed and prosecution for the duration of your plan.  If we can’t agree we will take the issue directly to our citizens.

Next I will talk to the Presiding Judge.  There is really no influencing  sentences but guaranteed arraignment for certain adult offenders before release after arrest from jail is a realistic discussion. 

We won’t forget about our probation or outreach social service partners.  They will be a part of your plan I know.  However making excuses for those offenders who we know are plaguing our community will not work.  For those who want help we are here, for those who continue to haunt our community promoting violence the police and prosecution are the answer.

For a while we will be ever present with a promise of safety for our citizens and sanctions for those who cannot get it right.  You will have my full support and will tell the community as much. I expect concerns to be voiced as we begin a full face presence in the trouble parts of community. We will face that criticism head on.  I know I can count on you and your troops.  It will be your overall professional bearing that will reassure and reaffirm the confidence of our citizens in our leadership.  I need your help and support.  No more excuses, I mean from me.”

Chief:  ” Yes sir, you will have the plan by the end of the week”.


You know sometimes it is not easy being Mayor.

But before we make excuses for spending money from Enterprise Funds (water, sewer, storm water) restricted by state budget law, on college scholarships, remodeling a Rose Festival Headquarters Building, bike paths or cost overruns you choose which project, perhaps we could focus on keeping our young ones alive and fear from pervading our streets.


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

Real or Fake? Listeners Have Questions About Obama Birth Certificate *Updated

Andy from Beaverton Thinks It’s Hinky

I’m not persuaded it’s fake, so it’s real but a lot of listeners think it’s a phony. They’ve got a lot of company.
Here’s another theory by a listener who emailed me Friday morning:

I have worked in the legal field for over 30 years, and have handled documents for many international adoptions. When a person is adopted, the information on their original Birth Certificate is changed to conform to the new adoption info. The adoptive parents are shown on the new Certificate as the original parents. There is no indication on the new document, no mention whatsoever, of an adoption. The new information is substituted by the State Department of Health (Vital Statistics). Obama’s long form Birth Certificate would show Soetoro as the birth father, and would give his address in Indonesia. There would be no mention of Obama’s Kenyan bio father. This is just more evidence that the Birth Certificate is a fake.
Not only is his birth certificate a fraud, but it also admits that he is not a natural born citizen.  This ‘copy’ of his birth certificate only proves that he is ineligible to be POTUS. He does not meet Article 2 Section 1 Clause 5 of our Constitution, as his farther was an African, thus a British citizen, not an American, as required by the Constitution. His election was a fraud, and all those who helped him get elected should be tried for fraud and treason against our government.
 
“The republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

 Darcy

 Here’s the guy who got it rolling on the idea of “layers” on the document which he believes proves it a fake:

The folks over at Free Republic (the outfit that outed the Bush National Guard Document as a fake) says this “layers” argument has an easy explanation. When a document is turned into a PDF file it is done in layers to make it a searchable document.

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

Pete the Banker: Inflation Running at 6% Over Past Two Years* (Correction)

Our government is telling us that inflation is non existent.  Somehow the Department of Labor didn’t get the message.  Based on the below chart (from the Mortgage Bankers Association), during the last two years (2009 – 2010) the inflation rate is about 3% per annum.** Correction from previous post**

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GZ Imam Rauf Attempts to Beguile Christians Gathered at Q Gathering. Any Bonhoeffers Here?

 Some scenes from last night’s informational picket of Imam Rauf who wants to build a mosque at Ground Zero in the name of tolerance and comity. Sure, buddy.
It was a small gathering but we handed out some flyers containing some of the Imam’s immoderate statements in hopes that someone going to the Q gathering would ask him about them. I don’t know if they did, alas. 
Participants looked sheepish walking past.


They probably thought it was closed minded of us to bring up the unpleasant things the Imam has said.
The Portland based freelance religion writer for USA Today,  Tom Krattenmaker, asked me a couple of questions but took no notes. He asked me why I believed the things I did about the Ground Zero Imam. Besides the obvious –wanting to plant a victory mosque at ground zero and his statements about September 11th, I named work by terrorist prosecutor Andy McCarthy, Robert Spencer (he pulled a face when I said this name) of Jihad Watch, Brigitte Gabriel of Act for America, former terrorist turned born again Christian Walid Shoebat, Victor Davis Hansen, and Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy. He told me he didn’t trust any of those sources. I think it’s safe to say that Mr. Krattenmaker is a September 10th American. We’ll move him to the Neville Chamberlain column along with some of these gullible folks who attended the Q. Don’t expect to find any Bonhoeffers here.

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Bernie Giusto: Stopping the PDX Gang Violence (Hint: Whining and Tough Talk Won’t Work)

Over a 35 year police career you learn there are no easy answers to violence that result from deep rooted social problems.  But the discussion of the Portland Police Bureau getting back into the Joint Terrorism Task Force has been a laughable parade of inaction and nonsense.  

As Public Information Officer for the Oregon State Police for many years it became clear to me that know matter how tough we talked or how much we protested about violent events that shocked a community or the state there was little effect on continuing negative consequences.  As Chief of Police in Gresham we learned that the burgeoning number of violent events in the far west part of our community know as Rockwood were not effected by me standing in front of media event warning of future violence and asking the community to do something.  As Sheriff I found there was no effective result to reduce community disorder or violence while whining about the lack of jail beds.  What works is decisive leadership that takes no political hostages.

 
The recent trend of violent events occurring on the streets of Portland and the lack of focused political leadership are a prime  reason why the violence in the form of juvenile and young adult gun play will continue until the whining stops and action starts. It appears that somehow the best political minds in Portland and Multnomah County cannot conclude that we need to do something different. More amazingly it appears that if we have been taken by surprise by the recent violence.  Our institutional memory apparently does not recall we have see this this in predictable cycles before over a period of 25-30 years.

The only idea with merit is the illegal gun proposal. This has had a successful political history of quitting a public safety initiative that has worked to make our streets safer. In the mid 1990s a federal initiative initiated and partially grant funded by the US Department of Justice brought a wide range of high level public safety players to the table. The focus was the illegal possession of firearms with a specific focus on juvenile offenders. Teamed together the Feds and Locals made significant progress in stopping street gun violence in Portland and the region.  Then quarterly agents, cops, prosecutors, probation folks and social service types would come together to assess the success of our initiative listen to policy adjustments being made and again hit the streets.  The success was measurable, the impact was silent Portland streets.

But apparently we can’t stand success, so led by the uninterested political Portland and Multnomah leadership we quit the Safe Streets Initiative.  Now to be fair, uninterested does not necessarily mean directly encouraging the violence to return over time.  What it does mean is that keeping the streets safe and juvenile gun offenders in check was not a top budget priority.  In fact it did even make the list.
Catch-up is costly in both effectiveness and worse yet lives that hang in the balance.

Now it has to be said that police departments or police bureaus need to move on and other matters take our time and resources.  However, the does not forgive totally losing sight of the issue whether it be gangs, guns or gangs and guns.  A little less than a decade ago the Police Bureau either with the support or at the direct instruction of the Portland Mayor’s Office/City Council completely disbanded their Gang Enforcement Team ( known as G.E.T.).  This high powered street enforcement, street crimes unit had a laser focus on gang activity with a advanced degrees in the interception and a seizure of illegal firearms. 

Over time the majority community came to trust GET and the team developed  a sophisticated intelligence network.  The result was illegal guns often found their way to the hands of the cops instead of our kids.  And no matter how violent they appear, or how often they become the victims of violence they are kids in both social responsibility and young male brain development. We shouldn’t surrender the streets back to youth gangs and the gun violence it brings. Yes, they will tell you GET is back and has been for a while but the funding commitment is an eight-to-five mentality with the political will to really bring the problem to resolution no where in sight.

And in certainly does not help when our beloved Oregonian wrings its collective editorial hands with a bunch of tough rhetoric about the lack of community outrage. Police command personnel are quoted placing blame on lackluster community response. What nonsense! The responsibility lies directly at the feet of political leadership.
 

So let me propose an overdue conversation directly to the issue.

I have always wanted to be a Mayor!  I was a Gresham city Councilor (without pay).  I was Council President twice.  But I have never been Mayor.  Here is my chance to be the Mayor of Portland and Police Commissioner.

My first official act is to go directly to the Office of the Chief of Police where I have asked him to have his command personnel present.  I have also invited the head of the Portland Police Association.  The meeting has begun, let’s listen in:

So I have told you what  I expect of you in general terms. Let me tell you what you can count on from me in specific terms.  First, in your plan you will identify overtime hours to be worked by the cops without consideration for cost.  Your only consideration will be their safety and targeted overtime expenditures.  We will reconcile the costs weekly and you and I will discuss more or less based on results not budget. I expect in ninety days we should have a meaningful measure of effectiveness.  Our tolerance for violence or behavior the is a precursor of violent behavior is now zero.

I am going to see the County Commission Chair.  I will be insisting that Donald Long Juvenile Detention Center begin to accept all low level juvenile offenders, because I expect your plan to include low level juvenile crime and violation custody.  Curfew only being one of those acts in play.

I will then talk to the Sheriff and DA and insist that adult offenders with violent crime or chronic property crime histories find their way to jail and prosecution.  Oh yeah by the way, I will let the Chair know that the county is in for the additional costs of bed and prosecution for the duration of your plan.  If we can’t agree we will take the issue directly to our citizens.

Next I will talk to the Presiding Judge.  There is really no influencing  sentences but guaranteed arraignment for certain adult offenders before release after arrest from jail is a realistic discussion. 

We won’t forget about our probation or outreach social service partners.  They will be a part of your plan I know.  However making excuses for those offenders who we know are plaguing our community will not work.  For those who want help we are here, for those who continue to haunt our community promoting violence the police and prosecution are the answer.

For a while we will be ever present with a promise of safety for our citizens and sanctions for those who cannot get it right.  You will have my full support and will tell the community as much. I expect concerns to be voiced as we begin a full face presence in the trouble parts of community. We will face that criticism head on.  I know I can count on you and your troops.  It will be your overall professional bearing that will reassure and reaffirm the confidence of our citizens in our leadership.  I need your help and support.  No more excuses, I mean from me.”

Chief:  ” Yes sir, you will have the plan by the end of the week”.


You know sometimes it is not easy being Mayor.

But before we make excuses for spending money from Enterprise Funds (water, sewer, storm water) restricted by state budget law, on college scholarships, remodeling a Rose Festival Headquarters Building, bike paths or cost overruns you choose which project, perhaps we could focus on keeping our young ones alive and fear from pervading our streets.


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