Monthly Archives: April 2011

Democrats Get It Wrong Again

As the battle unfolds between the budget proposed by Barack Obama and the one proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, the rhetoric is flying, especially from Democrats opposed to Ryan’s. My email inbox has received several from various Democrats containing all sorts of accusations.

For instance, Rep. Steve Israel, DCCC Chairman sent one dated Wed, April 27, 2011 10:57:36 AM that says, “At town hall meetings across the country, House Republicans are facing a citizen backlash like never before for voting to end Medicare but give more reckless tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.”

James Carville, well known strategist and GOP hater sent one Wed, April 27, 2011 9:23:11 AM saying, “You know Republicans. Give ’em an inch and they’ll take billions in tax cuts for the wealthy.”

“So far, they’ve tried to kill Medicare, scrap health care reform and gut clean energy investments. Why? To give big, fat tax cuts to billionaires and corporations.”

Robby Mook of the DCCC on Tue, April 26, 2011 2:38:58 PM said, “On the campaign trail, Republicans promised to stand up for America’s seniors. But now that they’re in Congress, they’ve passed a budget that turns Medicare into a voucher program, giving huge payouts to big insurance companies and leaving seniors to pay thousands of dollars in increased health care costs – all while protecting tax breaks for Big Oil and the ultra rich.”

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Tue, April 26, 2011 7:52:49 AM wrote, “Is nothing sacred to these people?”

“First, Republicans spent months attacking women and families. Now they’re going after seniors. There’s no end to what they’re willing to destroy to achieve their extremist vision.”

Rep. Steve Israel, DCCC Chairman, Mon, April 25, 2011 12:18:18 PM claimed, “We can’t let up. The same right-wing special interests that attacked House Democrats for supporting Health Care Reform are back in full force thanking House Republicans for their vote to end Medicare. And get this, their misleading ads claim that by voting to end Medicare, Republicans were actually trying to protect it. Huh?”

“We have to stop this outrageous lie in its tracks. Here are the facts: if Speaker Boehner and House Republicans simply chose to get rid of the huge tax breaks for the wealthy, Big Oil, and companies that offshore to avoid paying their fair share, they wouldn’t have to slash health care benefits for seniors at all.”

Our own Sen. Patty Murray Mon, April 25, 2011 6:33:59 AM stated, “The GOP budget is a dagger in the heart of American families.”

“Under it, everyone would sacrifice – except billionaires and corporations. The social safety net working families rely upon would disappear. People remember life before Medicare. Many seniors’ lives ended in abject, heartbreaking poverty.”

As is usual, there is no lie, no hateful claim, no rhetoric the Democrats won’t use to spin the truth to regain power and control of the nation. Class envy and pandering to seniors have become commonplace.

Just one little problem for the Democrats, seniors aren’t buying it. In spite of all the divisiveness, the class envy, the hateful rhetoric, a recent Gallup poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan’s plan over Obama’s plan, while only 42 percent back Obama’s. “That is highest total among the age groups tested – a 47 percent plurality between the ages of 50 and 64 backed Ryan, and a 45 percent plurality of those between 30-49 backed Ryan,” says National Journal.

The only group falling for the lies and misrepresentations seems to still be the young who overwhelmingly side with Obama.

But, the target group remains to be seniors who have matured enough to know rhetoric when they see it.

It seems every time efforts are made to rein in out of control spending, streamline programs to improve efficiency and get the country on track, the Democrats pull this nonsense and all too often, target seniors, telling them how bad Republicans are for them.

Little wonder the country remains on the brink of disaster.

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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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Democrats Get It Wrong Again

As the battle unfolds between the budget proposed by Barack Obama and the one proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, the rhetoric is flying, especially from Democrats opposed to Ryan’s. My email inbox has received several from various Democrats containing all sorts of accusations.

For instance, Rep. Steve Israel, DCCC Chairman sent one dated Wed, April 27, 2011 10:57:36 AM that says, “At town hall meetings across the country, House Republicans are facing a citizen backlash like never before for voting to end Medicare but give more reckless tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.”

James Carville, well known strategist and GOP hater sent one Wed, April 27, 2011 9:23:11 AM saying, “You know Republicans. Give ’em an inch and they’ll take billions in tax cuts for the wealthy.”

“So far, they’ve tried to kill Medicare, scrap health care reform and gut clean energy investments. Why? To give big, fat tax cuts to billionaires and corporations.”

Robby Mook of the DCCC on Tue, April 26, 2011 2:38:58 PM said, “On the campaign trail, Republicans promised to stand up for America’s seniors. But now that they’re in Congress, they’ve passed a budget that turns Medicare into a voucher program, giving huge payouts to big insurance companies and leaving seniors to pay thousands of dollars in increased health care costs – all while protecting tax breaks for Big Oil and the ultra rich.”

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Tue, April 26, 2011 7:52:49 AM wrote, “Is nothing sacred to these people?”

“First, Republicans spent months attacking women and families. Now they’re going after seniors. There’s no end to what they’re willing to destroy to achieve their extremist vision.”

Rep. Steve Israel, DCCC Chairman, Mon, April 25, 2011 12:18:18 PM claimed, “We can’t let up. The same right-wing special interests that attacked House Democrats for supporting Health Care Reform are back in full force thanking House Republicans for their vote to end Medicare. And get this, their misleading ads claim that by voting to end Medicare, Republicans were actually trying to protect it. Huh?”

“We have to stop this outrageous lie in its tracks. Here are the facts: if Speaker Boehner and House Republicans simply chose to get rid of the huge tax breaks for the wealthy, Big Oil, and companies that offshore to avoid paying their fair share, they wouldn’t have to slash health care benefits for seniors at all.”

Our own Sen. Patty Murray Mon, April 25, 2011 6:33:59 AM stated, “The GOP budget is a dagger in the heart of American families.”

“Under it, everyone would sacrifice – except billionaires and corporations. The social safety net working families rely upon would disappear. People remember life before Medicare. Many seniors’ lives ended in abject, heartbreaking poverty.”

As is usual, there is no lie, no hateful claim, no rhetoric the Democrats won’t use to spin the truth to regain power and control of the nation. Class envy and pandering to seniors have become commonplace.

Just one little problem for the Democrats, seniors aren’t buying it. In spite of all the divisiveness, the class envy, the hateful rhetoric, a recent Gallup poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan’s plan over Obama’s plan, while only 42 percent back Obama’s. “That is highest total among the age groups tested – a 47 percent plurality between the ages of 50 and 64 backed Ryan, and a 45 percent plurality of those between 30-49 backed Ryan,” says National Journal.

The only group falling for the lies and misrepresentations seems to still be the young who overwhelmingly side with Obama.

But, the target group remains to be seniors who have matured enough to know rhetoric when they see it.

It seems every time efforts are made to rein in out of control spending, streamline programs to improve efficiency and get the country on track, the Democrats pull this nonsense and all too often, target seniors, telling them how bad Republicans are for them.

Little wonder the country remains on the brink of disaster.

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Obama Releases Birth Certificate to End "Distraction" (For 2012 Re-Election)

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After years of resisting political pressure from conspiracy theorists who insist he was not born in the U.S., President Barack Obama released his complete birth certificate to the public on Wednesday.
Mr. Obama filed paperwork to obtain his birth certificate from the Department of Health in Hawaii, his aides said, because the issue of his place of birth had become a distraction to discussions about issues like nation’s mounting fiscal problems.

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Pastor Arrested for Preaching Gospel to "Captive Audience"

Source here.

Captive-audience doctrine refers to a legal principle prohibiting a person from making intrusive speech. It is also known as the captive-audience rule. The rule is recognized under both constitutional law and labor law. Under labor law, the rule prohibits a party to a union election from making a speech on company time to a mass assembly of employees within 24 hours of an election.


However, the captive-audience doctrine does not apply when the unwilling audience is located on a public street or sidewalk because they can avoid the unwanted message simply by walking away or averting their eyes. The captive-audience doctrine can be used outside the residential setting when the degree of captivity makes it impractical for the unwilling viewer or auditor to avoid exposure. [Sabelko v. City of Phoenix, 846 F. Supp. 810, 825 (D. Ariz. 1994)].

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Obama Releases Birth Certificate to End "Distraction" (For 2012 Re-Election)

Click for larger copy and link

After years of resisting political pressure from conspiracy theorists who insist he was not born in the U.S., President Barack Obama released his complete birth certificate to the public on Wednesday.
Mr. Obama filed paperwork to obtain his birth certificate from the Department of Health in Hawaii, his aides said, because the issue of his place of birth had become a distraction to discussions about issues like nation’s mounting fiscal problems.

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Pastor Arrested for Preaching Gospel to "Captive Audience"

Source here.

Captive-audience doctrine refers to a legal principle prohibiting a person from making intrusive speech. It is also known as the captive-audience rule. The rule is recognized under both constitutional law and labor law. Under labor law, the rule prohibits a party to a union election from making a speech on company time to a mass assembly of employees within 24 hours of an election.


However, the captive-audience doctrine does not apply when the unwilling audience is located on a public street or sidewalk because they can avoid the unwanted message simply by walking away or averting their eyes. The captive-audience doctrine can be used outside the residential setting when the degree of captivity makes it impractical for the unwilling viewer or auditor to avoid exposure. [Sabelko v. City of Phoenix, 846 F. Supp. 810, 825 (D. Ariz. 1994)].

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Who is the Ground Zero Imam Coming to Portland Tomorrow? "A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing" and a "Slick Willy"

Tomorrow is the day that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf comes to Portland to speak at the Q Gathering. Please take a listen to several experts I’ve spoken with recently on the program about the radicalism of the Imam. He’s not the “moderate” “bridge builder” he purports to be. If he’s such a nice guy why did he call for a mosque to be built two blocks from Ground Zero? To announce victory, of course. 
I’ll be out informational picketing Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm in front of the Crystal Ballroom at 13th and West Burnside. Hatas need not come, but if you want to stand up for America, please make the effort. If you don’t stand up, who will?
Andy McCarthy – talking about Imam Rauf.  Click to Listen!
Walid Shoebat, former terrorist, discusses the Imam Rauf.  Click to Listen!
Robert Spencer – Director of Jihad Watch, talks about Imam Rauf.  Click to Listen!
Kevin Palau of the Luis Palau Assn.- bringing Faisal Abdul Rauf to Portland.  Click to Listen!
Gabe Lyons – Founder of the Q Blog, talks about Imam Rauf.  Click to Listen!
Author Brigitte Gabriel on Imam Rauf and radical Islam.  Click to Listen!

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Citizens Turn Out To Defend Council Woman Jeanne Stewart

Ever since Vancouver, Washington Council Member Jeanne Stewart stood up for the citizens of Vancouver and cast the vote to grant citizens a vote on funding light rail from Portland, Oregon into the community, she has come under fire from Mayor Tim Leavitt. The latest being a comment made and quoted by the Columbian newspaper, accusing her of “pandering.”

“With exception of one pandering Council Member (who previously voted in support of a replacement bridge and light rail transit), I have no reason to believe that the Vancouver City Council has an inclination to reverse direction from its decision of 2.5 years ago.”

Four citizens stood up at the April 25, 2011 City Council Meeting in her defense. Not one other council member defended her, much to their shame.

September 9, 2009 on his blogsite he put up campaigning, Tim Leavitt wrote a post “Continuing to stand up for the Residents of Vancouver and Clark County”

“Portland Mayor Sam Adams insisted that from his perspective, no tolls means no project.”

“I made it perfectly clear that I have no intention of rolling over on tolls.” “Tolling is an extremely regressive tax. Whether one has an income of $10,000 or $100,000, everyone will pay the same toll. To suggest a tolling ‘credit’ or ‘mitigation’ for the low-income is simply to admit that tolling is unfair to the working class and those of lesser financial status.”

On August 7, 2009 Tim Leavitt wrote in his blog post “OREGONIAN Editorial Board Out of Touch–Tolls are Unnecessary and Unjust!”

“Who is representing the hard-working families and businesses of the Portland-Metro region, and particularly SW Washington? It’s certainly not the Oregonian Editorial Board. It’s certainly not local elected officials, like Vancouver’s current Mayor, Royce Pollard. Nor are a number of other higher-up elected officials. Nor are transplants from the east coast, who proudly proclaim that tolls are a way of life. Tolls may be a given on the other side of the country, but one of the reasons many of us are here in the west coast is because it’s NOT like the east coast!”

“You see, it’s quite easy to force an issue onto the public when you don’t have to worry about facing that public every day to listen to the hardship and explain why your position just cost jobs, homes and closure of businesses. It’s easy to force a matter onto the public when you have only a few months or years left in public office, and then can go into retirement and out of the public eye.”

July 27, 2009 he wrote in his post, “How to Pay for a New Bridge without Breaking the Backs of Vancouver’s Working Class.”

“Our current leadership has failed to create good, new jobs locally–forcing our citizens to cross the river to earn a decent wage, for the dubious privilege of paying Oregon income tax. And now, after this failure, that same incumbent leadership is saying that we need to just “accept it,” and “get over it.” and prepare to pay tolls.”

“I submit that tolls are not a foregone conclusion, and this project can be done without detrimental financial impact to our hard-working families, employers or seniors on fixed incomes.”

On September 14, 2009 he wrote in “Tolling is NOT the Only Answer!”

“In the Editorial section of the September 9 Columbian, Tom Koenninger writes that tolls on the new I-5 crossing are a foregone conclusion, and insinuates that anyone who claims otherwise is a fool or a liar.”

“Indeed, since Mr. Koenninger and the current Mayor of Vancouver, among others, have been stubbornly trying to force tolls onto our community for years now, one can hardly expect that they’d suddenly come to their senses.”

“It’s because of this hard-headed refusal to do what is right for our community, and to defend the very people who need it most, that I am running for Mayor. Our community really does deserve better ideas, better leadership, and a stronger commitment to our citizens.”

Who has been “pandering,” Mayor Leavitt? You have!

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Who is the Ground Zero Imam Coming to Portland Tomorrow? "A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing" and a "Slick Willy"

Tomorrow is the day that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf comes to Portland to speak at the Q Gathering. Please take a listen to several experts I’ve spoken with recently on the program about the radicalism of the Imam. He’s not the “moderate” “bridge builder” he purports to be. If he’s such a nice guy why did he call for a mosque to be built two blocks from Ground Zero? To announce victory, of course. 
I’ll be out informational picketing Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm in front of the Crystal Ballroom at 13th and West Burnside. Hatas need not come, but if you want to stand up for America, please make the effort. If you don’t stand up, who will?
Andy McCarthy – talking about Imam Rauf.  Click to Listen!
Walid Shoebat, former terrorist, discusses the Imam Rauf.  Click to Listen!
Robert Spencer – Director of Jihad Watch, talks about Imam Rauf.  Click to Listen!
Kevin Palau of the Luis Palau Assn.- bringing Faisal Abdul Rauf to Portland.  Click to Listen!
Gabe Lyons – Founder of the Q Blog, talks about Imam Rauf.  Click to Listen!
Author Brigitte Gabriel on Imam Rauf and radical Islam.  Click to Listen!

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Citizens Turn Out To Defend Council Woman Jeanne Stewart

Ever since Vancouver, Washington Council Member Jeanne Stewart stood up for the citizens of Vancouver and cast the vote to grant citizens a vote on funding light rail from Portland, Oregon into the community, she has come under fire from Mayor Tim Leavitt. The latest being a comment made and quoted by the Columbian newspaper, accusing her of “pandering.”

“With exception of one pandering Council Member (who previously voted in support of a replacement bridge and light rail transit), I have no reason to believe that the Vancouver City Council has an inclination to reverse direction from its decision of 2.5 years ago.”

Four citizens stood up at the April 25, 2011 City Council Meeting in her defense. Not one other council member defended her, much to their shame.

September 9, 2009 on his blogsite he put up campaigning, Tim Leavitt wrote a post “Continuing to stand up for the Residents of Vancouver and Clark County”

“Portland Mayor Sam Adams insisted that from his perspective, no tolls means no project.”

“I made it perfectly clear that I have no intention of rolling over on tolls.” “Tolling is an extremely regressive tax. Whether one has an income of $10,000 or $100,000, everyone will pay the same toll. To suggest a tolling ‘credit’ or ‘mitigation’ for the low-income is simply to admit that tolling is unfair to the working class and those of lesser financial status.”

On August 7, 2009 Tim Leavitt wrote in his blog post “OREGONIAN Editorial Board Out of Touch–Tolls are Unnecessary and Unjust!”

“Who is representing the hard-working families and businesses of the Portland-Metro region, and particularly SW Washington? It’s certainly not the Oregonian Editorial Board. It’s certainly not local elected officials, like Vancouver’s current Mayor, Royce Pollard. Nor are a number of other higher-up elected officials. Nor are transplants from the east coast, who proudly proclaim that tolls are a way of life. Tolls may be a given on the other side of the country, but one of the reasons many of us are here in the west coast is because it’s NOT like the east coast!”

“You see, it’s quite easy to force an issue onto the public when you don’t have to worry about facing that public every day to listen to the hardship and explain why your position just cost jobs, homes and closure of businesses. It’s easy to force a matter onto the public when you have only a few months or years left in public office, and then can go into retirement and out of the public eye.”

July 27, 2009 he wrote in his post, “How to Pay for a New Bridge without Breaking the Backs of Vancouver’s Working Class.”

“Our current leadership has failed to create good, new jobs locally–forcing our citizens to cross the river to earn a decent wage, for the dubious privilege of paying Oregon income tax. And now, after this failure, that same incumbent leadership is saying that we need to just “accept it,” and “get over it.” and prepare to pay tolls.”

“I submit that tolls are not a foregone conclusion, and this project can be done without detrimental financial impact to our hard-working families, employers or seniors on fixed incomes.”

On September 14, 2009 he wrote in “Tolling is NOT the Only Answer!”

“In the Editorial section of the September 9 Columbian, Tom Koenninger writes that tolls on the new I-5 crossing are a foregone conclusion, and insinuates that anyone who claims otherwise is a fool or a liar.”

“Indeed, since Mr. Koenninger and the current Mayor of Vancouver, among others, have been stubbornly trying to force tolls onto our community for years now, one can hardly expect that they’d suddenly come to their senses.”

“It’s because of this hard-headed refusal to do what is right for our community, and to defend the very people who need it most, that I am running for Mayor. Our community really does deserve better ideas, better leadership, and a stronger commitment to our citizens.”

Who has been “pandering,” Mayor Leavitt? You have!

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