Daily Archives: April 12, 2011

Future Headline: GOP Starves MoveOn.Commies

The MoveOn.Commies are fasting over federal funding of baby killing. They’re riled up! They want 30,000 to fast in support of ripping children from the wombs of their mothers. Great plan, guys! 

But with all the rest of the nonsense being printed about the effects of any budget cuts, I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the future headline for this event:

GOP Starves 30,000!

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Czars, ObamaCare, EPA All Hit in Budget Cuts. The List is Here.

The cuts achieved by Boehner and company might be better than we thought. The EPA took a 16% budget hit, two ObamaCare programs were eliminated, including the “stealth public option” program, four czars were eliminated and the wolf has been delisted from the ESA.

As you look over the list here and here, please note that they compare what each department got in the spending spree era of the democrats and Obama administration. 
 The other thing to remember is something Robert J. Samuelson said in a recent piece (H/T Mel):
Few Americans realize the extent of their dependency. The Census Bureau reportsMedicaid; 36.1 million, food stamps; 3.2 million, veterans’ benefits; 12.4 million, housing subsidies. The census list doesn’t include tax breaks. Counting those, perhaps three-quarters or more of Americans receive some sizable government benefit. For example, about 22 percent of taxpayers benefit from the home mortgage interest deduction and 43 percent from the preferential treatment of employer-provided health insurance, says the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. that in 2009 almost half (46.2 percent) of the 300 million Americans received at least one federal benefit: 46.5 million, Social Security; 42.6 million, Medicare; 42.4 million,

“Once politics was about only a few things; today, it is about nearly everything,” writes the eminent political scientist James Q. Wilson in a recent collection of essays (“American Politics, Then and Now”)The concept of “vital national interest” is stretched. We deploy government casually to satisfy any mass desire, correct any perceived social shortcoming or remedy any market deficiency. experts” — who provide respectable rationales for various political agendas. 

Someone’s ox will ALWAYS be gored because everyone has their hand out. 

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Wolf DeListed in ESA, Returned to State Control Under Budget Deal

Eastern Oregon ranchers rejoice! Thank you, Congressman Greg Walden.

Funding levels for operational accounts bill-wide are largely sustained to prevent layoffs and the closure of national parks and forests, wildlife refuges, Smithsonian museums and other sites. In addition, the legislation contains language reinstating the Fish and Wildlife Service’s original determination to delist wolves in states with approved management plans in place. It returns management of wolf populations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Utah to the states. The bill also includes a limitation on the use of funds to implement the Bureau of Land Management’s “Wild Lands” policy.

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Budget Deal: Obama Gets Cut in Border Fence

From The Hill:

The Homeland Security Department sees significant cuts as well: $226 million is cut from the southern border fence at the suggestion of the Obama administration, and the number of Transportation Security Administration workers is capped. FEMA first-responder grants are cut by $786 million.

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MEETING TONIGHT! Citizens Versus Choo Choo Lobby in Lake Oswego

Do you think a street car to between Portland’s failed south waterfront apartment city and the bucolic burg of Lake Oswego is a good or a bad idea? A public hearing is set for tonight (Lake Oswego City Hall (380 A Avenue) for public input on the street car. Ask the folks over at the website www.450millionandcounting.com and they’ll tell you ‘No Thanks!”

“[It]will cost $458 million in taxpayers’ money just to build and will profoundly impact our quality of life — damaging our environment, creating more crime, causing increased congestion, and costing precious dollars that could be going to real community priorities like schools and libraries.  

The meeting starts at 6pm tonight, but if you want a chance to have your voice heard you might want to get to the meeting at 5pm to get your name on the list of speakers. As we know, paid proponents of these plans often cram the speakers list to give the appearance of the ‘inevitability’ of these projects. 
I have a couple of questions about this half BILLION dollar project. See this quote by Sam Adams?

“The line has always been envisioned in the planning for South Waterfront’s transportation needs. It will also allow the build-out of the Johns Landing neighborhood, which is necessary to help accommodate the 300,000 more people expected to move here by 2035,” says Adams, referring to the approximate number of new residents Portland is planning to receive over the next 24 years.

Who is clamoring for the ‘build out’ of Johns Landing? Where are they going to cram those people, tent cities or something? How many businesses will have to be sacrificed to the holy god of choo choos to accommodate the street car and these newcomers–if they come to Portland?
The other question I have is: Who is clamoring for the build out of foothills in Lake Oswego? Isn’t that area like the geographical signpost telling people they’re in the ‘burbs now? WHO besides planning apparatchiks and Homer Williams (LA condo project go bust or something, Homer? Back here for more slop at the government trough again?) is calling for hot and cold running condos turned apartments at this area? 
They don’t explain how this project will mitigate congestion. Streets cars don’t mitigate congestion for commuters so what’s the net gain here?
Send an e-mail expressing your opposition to the Lake Oswego City Council at councildistribution@ci.oswego.or.us and cc it to the Clackamas County Commission at bcc@co.clackamas.or.us.
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LO Street Car Called "Affordable" by Former Commissioner

Well folks, we’ve heard it all. It turns out that when speaking in terms of “Street Car Dollars,” heretofore referred to as “SCD’s” (has a nice ring, no?), a half a billion is really a quarter of a billion and a quarter of a billion is a BARGAIN!
Former LO Mayor and Clackamas County Commissioner, Judie Hammerstad, claims in this morning’s Zero (here) that this LO/PDX half a billion dollar street car plan is not expensive:

…The project cost of $458 million is expressed in 2017 dollars, which is inflated by 4 percent per year since 2010. This number includes the value of the right of way of approximately $90 million, which is publicly owned and can be used as a match for the federal contribution. To get to the more realistic cost, subtract the $90 million, use current dollars, subtract the costs of the maintenance facility and the streetcars that won’t be needed initially, and the cost, in current dollars, drops to $205 million to $250 million. That’s highly affordable when compared to other recent transportation costs.

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How PDX Plundered Sellwood Car Tax for Light Rail

As mentioned on the program a week or so again, I never want anyone–ever–to doubt that vehicle fees, gas taxes etc are used to subsidize light rail. It happens all the time, but now, unwittingly, the Portland Tribune (here) has given our argument an assist by stating the obvious. In this article about Milwaukie lightrail–$250,000,000.00 a mile– we read that the city of Portland will back out money it planned to chip in to fix the crumbling Sellwood Bridge and put it instead into the light rail project.
To wit:

The city’s share of the project had originally been $25 million. However, that figure was based on the federal government paying 60 percent of the project cost. When the federal government decided to pay only 50 percent, Portland increased its commitment by $20 million. That money is expected to come from savings generated by cutting about $40 million from the cost of the replacement Sellwood Bridge project.

Clackamas County taxpayers and car drivers must pay increased vehicle registration fees–car taxes–to replace the Sellwood and the city backs out its money it promised to give to the project and instead is used on Milawukie light rail. This is just what opponents have been saying for years.
Oh, and car drivers get an added bonus from the project! A NEW BRIDGE across the Willamette for everything BUT cars! NO CARS ARE ARE ALLOWED ON THE NEW BRIDGE.

The project includes a new transit, bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Willamette River from the South Waterfront neighborhood to a site just south of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Because of the limited construction windows in the river, work on the bridge could begin on July 1.

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Future Headline: GOP Starves MoveOn.Commies

The MoveOn.Commies are fasting over federal funding of baby killing. They’re riled up! They want 30,000 to fast in support of ripping children from the wombs of their mothers. Great plan, guys! 

But with all the rest of the nonsense being printed about the effects of any budget cuts, I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the future headline for this event:

GOP Starves 30,000!

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Rees Lloyd: Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell And an Attorney Actually Serving God and Country

            I previously alerted the highly intelligent (with few exceptions) readers of Victoria Taft’s Blog  to the special edition of “Whistleblower” magazine entitled “Dropping the ‘H’-Bomb” (February, 2011), which is devoted entirely to information and analysis of the impact of the rushed repeal of the “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” policy in the “lame duck” 111th Congress after the overwhelming rejection of the Obama regime’s policies generally in the November, 2010,  elections.
            In connection with that special DA/DT edition of its print magazine “Whistleblower,”  the online news service WorldNetDaily.com published a “joint statement” calling for the 112th Congress to reinstate Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell by two of America’s greatest living military heroes: Rear Admiral Jeremiah A. Denton (USN, ret.),  seven years/seven months a prisoner of war in Vietnam and later a U.S. Senator (Alabama); and Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady (USA, ret.), Medal of Honor (Vietnam).
            Adm. Denton and Gen. Brady warn of the consequences, intended and unintended, of repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, 

 
and consequent creation for the first time in American history of a policy of approval and endorsement of open-homosexual conduct (not merely of homosexual self-identification) in what Gen. Brady calls a “quad military,” i.e., “heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual, and transgender.”
            Their analysis, and those of others published in the “Dropping the ‘H’-Bomb” edition of “Whistleblower,” deserve to be read and considered in the debate on this culture-changing issue. (David Kupelian, Editor of “Whistleblower” and Managing Editor of WorldNetDaily.com, and Joseph Farah, WND founder and chief executive officer, have, for the first time, made the Feb. issue of “Whistleblower” available free, online, along with the Joint Statement of Adm. Denton and Gen. Brady. Go to www.WorldNetDaily.com.)
            I alert you now to consider the thought-provoking current issue of “Whistleblower” entitled: “States of Rebellion: How legislators and governors nationwide are openly challenging a rogue president.”  The articles contain information and analysis pertaining to a wide range of acts of the once-sovereign states in opposition to the overreaching expansion of the federal government  under the Obama regime notwithstanding the limitations on the central government and the express provisions by the Tenth Amendment reserving to the states and the people the authority  to govern themselves on all but the enumerated powers.
            I want to alert you also to a letter-to-the editor in “Whistleblower” pertaining to “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell,” by San Diego Attorney Charles S. LiMandri, Western Regional Director of the Thomas More Law Center, who has been the lead attorney for many years fighting the ACLU to save the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. LiMandri writes:

            “Thank you for your excellent ‘Dropping The “H”-Bomb’ issue of Whistleblower [Feb.,2011]. The fact is that the liberals disrespect our nation’s heroes (both living and dead) and are headed by a ‘progressive’ (pro-Moslem) president who has led our nation down a dark and dangerous path.
            “I believe the emasculation of our military, through the disgraceful repeal of  ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t tell,’ is the final step that has left us with an anti-Christian government that George Washington would neither recognize nor respect.
            “Patriotic Americans have been made to watch in disbelief as Obama and his minions have systematically dismantled the moral and religious foundations of our nation that Washington and our other enlightened founders had built up with their great courage and sacrifice.
            “I honestly do not think our nation, as we have known it, can survive this immoral onslaught.  If it is not already too late for us, it certainly will be before Obama is out of office. Let’s continue to work and pray for a miracle, as that is what it will take to save our once great nation from eventual defeat, given its continuing tragic decline.”
            “Charles S. LiMandri, Western Regional Director, Thomas More Law Center, San Diego, California.”


            Whistleblower editor David Kupelian, added this:

            “Editor’s note: The letter-writer, attorney Charles S. LiMandri, has done more than any other human being to save Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial ‘as it is, where it is,’ with the Latin Cross intact, despite the ACLU and others’ attempts for two decades to destroy it.  Since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held the memorial to be unconstitutional, the case is destined for the Supreme Court.”

           I know Attorney Charles LiMandri, and I know what David Kupelian writes about him in “Whistleblower” is absolutely true.  Charles LiMandri has done remarkable work, entirely pro bono, as the lead attorney defending Mt. Soledad. He in fact “has done more than any other human being to save Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial ‘as it is, where it is, with the Latin Cross intact….” I know that about Attorney Charles LiMandri.  More Americans should know it, particularly veterans.
             As a veteran, I salute Charles S. LiMandri;  as a civil rights lawyer, I respect and admire him; as an American patriot, I am grateful to him for making the fight which must be made if we are to preserve for our posterity the  American freedom and values which the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us. 
For God And Country Forever; Surrender To The ACLU–Never!
REES LLOYD (Life member Riverside Post 79; Past Commander District 21 [Cal.]; Co-founder and director, Defense of Veterans Memorials Project of District 21 of The American Legion Dept. of California.*)[*For purposes of identification only. The views expressed are solely those of Attorney Rees Lloyd and no person, entity, or organization he may otherwise represent.)
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Czars, ObamaCare, EPA All Hit in Budget Cuts. The List is Here.

The cuts achieved by Boehner and company might be better than we thought. The EPA took a 16% budget hit, two ObamaCare programs were eliminated, including the “stealth public option” program, four czars were eliminated and the wolf has been delisted from the ESA.

As you look over the list here and here, please note that they compare what each department got in the spending spree era of the democrats and Obama administration. 
 The other thing to remember is something Robert J. Samuelson said in a recent piece (H/T Mel):
Few Americans realize the extent of their dependency. The Census Bureau reportsMedicaid; 36.1 million, food stamps; 3.2 million, veterans’ benefits; 12.4 million, housing subsidies. The census list doesn’t include tax breaks. Counting those, perhaps three-quarters or more of Americans receive some sizable government benefit. For example, about 22 percent of taxpayers benefit from the home mortgage interest deduction and 43 percent from the preferential treatment of employer-provided health insurance, says the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. that in 2009 almost half (46.2 percent) of the 300 million Americans received at least one federal benefit: 46.5 million, Social Security; 42.6 million, Medicare; 42.4 million,

“Once politics was about only a few things; today, it is about nearly everything,” writes the eminent political scientist James Q. Wilson in a recent collection of essays (“American Politics, Then and Now”)The concept of “vital national interest” is stretched. We deploy government casually to satisfy any mass desire, correct any perceived social shortcoming or remedy any market deficiency. experts” — who provide respectable rationales for various political agendas. 

Someone’s ox will ALWAYS be gored because everyone has their hand out. 

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Wolf DeListed in ESA, Returned to State Control Under Budget Deal

Eastern Oregon ranchers rejoice! Thank you, Congressman Greg Walden.

Funding levels for operational accounts bill-wide are largely sustained to prevent layoffs and the closure of national parks and forests, wildlife refuges, Smithsonian museums and other sites. In addition, the legislation contains language reinstating the Fish and Wildlife Service’s original determination to delist wolves in states with approved management plans in place. It returns management of wolf populations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Utah to the states. The bill also includes a limitation on the use of funds to implement the Bureau of Land Management’s “Wild Lands” policy.

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