Daily Archives: July 28, 2011

*UPDATED!* Ah, Civility…

Find Van Jones here. 

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Van sounds like Paul Krugman in the NYT today. H/T WSJ blog:

Paul Krugman at the New York Times writes that the country is at “the edge of disaster,”  fumes that Republicans “have, in effect, taken America hostage,” blasts Democrats for not fighting back and takes a hard swat at the media for good measure.

America held hostage. What does he call no budget for 800+ days, Democrats spending like a hooker in a crack factory, STARTING A HUGE new entitlement and then disemboweling Medicare to do it?
Apparently that was ok.

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

"Free" Movie Screening Brought to You by Multnomah County Taxpayers

Are Multnomah County taxpayers underwriting the showing of this political movie?
The organizer tells us to join “Multnomah County:”

Please join OEC and Multnomah County for a free screening of Deep Green and the winning films from the climate change short film contest on Sunday, July 31, 6:00 PM at the McMenamins Bagdad Theater in Portland. You’ll hear from Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and filmmaker Matt Briggs. Bring your family and friends!

Inquiring minds want to know. When I find out I’ll give you a head’s up. 
H/T Todd over at Cascade Policy! 

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

*Updated* Norwegian Killer a "Christian" and Other Myths from the Left

  Of course you won’t, Blue Oregon writer, of course you won’t. But your friends at BO did! See below! 


carlaaxt Carla Axtman

Ding! RT @ericboehlert: So Norway’s political mass murderer is RW ideologue who loves guns and hates Muslims. Sound familiar? #tcot
carlaaxt Carla Axtman

RT @tomchivers: Norwegian response is heartbreakingly stoic, clear-eyed & sensible. No rush to more “security”, calm commitment to democracy
carlaaxt Carla Axtman

RT @blogdiva: Dear @nytimes: This is an alleged terrorist: Norwegian, blonde, blue-eyed and Christian http://is.gd/3iOGQL.

22 Jul

AND TODAY’S ADDITION:

I appreciate @VictoriaTaft getting the word out about Rachel Bjorklund’s Christo-Fascist blogging. #HotMess

 Of course you didn’t bother to check news articles before you recorded this screed about me located on your facebook page here.

Love those comments. Make me…cry!

 “VICTORIA TAFT’S PROBLEM IS THAT SHE’S SO EAGER TO SCORE POINTS SHE HAS NO IDEA OF WHAT SHE’S ACTUALLY SAYING. THERE’S NO PAUSE BUTTON, THERE’S NO EDITING, THERE’S JUST, ‘AH! CLEVER THOUGHT! AND LET ‘ER RIP!’ THE TWITTER EQUIVALENT OF A DRIVE BY SHOOTING. VICTORIA TAFT IS NOT A TERRORIST. SHE DOES NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING REMOTELY CLOSE TO TERRORISM. SHE WOULD NEVER BE HAPPY TO SEE ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY A RIGHT WINGER TO SUPPORT GOALS THAT SHE BACKS; I’LL EVEN ASSUME THAT SHE FOUND THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. TILLER AN HORRIFIC EVENT. THE WORST SHE DOES IS ENCOURAGE HER FOLLOWERS IS TO BE WILLFULLY IGNORANT AND BE READY TO ACT ON RAW ANGER, FEAR AND HATRED. SHE OPPOSES DEMOCRACY WHEN IT CHALLENGES HER IDEOLOGY, BUT SHE DOES SO WITH NOTHING MORE THAN HER SMALL MIND AND HER LOUD MOUTH. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING TO MAKE ME BELIEVE SHE CONDONES VIOLENCE BUT SHE IS A SICK PUPPY. SHE REFUSES TO EVEN CONSIDER THE KIND OF DECENCY TO ME AND OTHER LIBERALS, PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS ETC., THAT I JUST EXTENDED TO HER. SHE’S MORE INTERESTED IN SCORING MORE IMMEDIATE POLITICAL POINTS–AND HER RATINGS–THAN SHE IS IN BEING: HONEST, THOUGHTFUL, OR PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL PROCESS. SHE JUST WANTS TO BE RIGHT. SHE JUST WANTS TO WIN. AND SHE DOESN’T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT THE DAMAGE SHE INFLICTS ALONG THE WAY. SICK PUPPY.”

 Our boy, TA, didn’t stop to think that his own peeps were out there running the meme that this Norwegian killer was a Christian. Your own friends started it. I just finished it.

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

Oregon Kid Taken From Dad for Being Too Fat

A decade ago it would have seemed absurd that a child could be taken from a parent because he weighed too much, but according to a story in today’s Portland Tribune by Peter Korn (here), that’s exactly what has happened in Portland. And, he warns, it’s likely to occur even more in the future. This is because a recent Journal of the American Medical Association commentary has called for more doctors to do just that.
The thesis of Korn’s piece is that the “obesity wars” are coming to Portland. Readers of this blog already know the war’s been waged here for quite some time (more on that later), but it takes a kid being taken from his father to go mainstream, apparently.

The story begins with a disabled man whose son is 400 lbs and eleven years old. That’s horrible, of course, but the obesity doctor treating the child eventually turned dad in because he took the kid to McDonalds too much.

‘Scuse me? Could you rewind or read that back to me? That’s right: the eleven year old morbidly obese kid was taken from Dad because he took him to Mickey D’s too much. That was the last straw for Dr. Daniel Marks, an OSHU obesity expert:

The boy’s father was bedridden and said providing the fast-food burger meals they were eating three times a day was one of the few ways he could make his child happy.

The diet continued. So Marks began proceedings that resulted in the boy being placed in foster care.
“It was an intractable social situation,” Marks says.
The kid was in a bad way, of course. He had adult onset diabetes and barely moved his tush off the couch,  but his bedridden dad got him McDonalds because it made the kid happy. Interestingly enough, the father was getting the child medical help for the problem. He was doing some due diligence but when Dad didn’t do what the doctor ordered the doc turned him in. 
If you can turn in a parent for a 400lb child can you turn one in whose child is 300 lbs? 200? Twenty five pounds over weight? If the state can insinuate itself in one circumstance doesn’t that leave room to involve itself in all others? 
Big fat kids make bad law. It won’t matter to the Oppressives in Portland. They’ll tut tut and continue with their plans to DO something. The parents who do the right thing will be under the same watchful eye as those who don’t. The example of one big fat kid will change the tone for all the normally sized ones. One disabled and enabling parent will be the poster child of bad parenting. Laws will be passed. Ordinances drawn up. Plans rushed through.

The statists will continue to shake their reproving forefingers at us and admonish us to do what they say because,
1. They know better than we do
2. If you don’t, they’ll take your kid away
3. We’ll use your tax dollars to do what we want anyway

And indeed the process has begun. Lawmakers have passed laws requiring calorie postings on menus. Building drive through fast food places is becoming more and more difficult. Elected officials actually cheered when a Burger King restaurant was razed to make room for government subsidized health clinic.
And Multnomah County has drawn up its “Food Action Plan” which I highlighted in several blog pieces here, here, here, here, and here and on the program late last year (links to the interviews are on the blog posts). Here’s the overview of the plan from one of my posts: 

It calls for the county to direct how people receive food in so called “food hubs,” assigns the county the duty to ” reduce unhealthy food availability [think McDonalds lawsuits],” reduce property rights with its plan to “establish an agricultural land trust,” “increase acceptance” and “promote enrollment” of the food stamp program (SNAP), make it “easier” to eat more healthfully–by diktat–of course. In short, it would put government in charge of what you access you have to food. And the plan makes a foray into housing calling for the county to “create sustainable living conditions.”

And it’s all done in the name of ‘social justice.’

Multnomah County, like much of the country, is at a critical juncture in fixing its food system. Currently, we have a two-track food system: those who can afford it have access to sustainable, locally grown, healthful foods, while the poor have few healthful food options in their communities, and even fewer economic resources to purchase such foods. Hunger, food insecurity, and health disparities result from a system that perpetuates economic inequality and social injustice. The scales must be rebalanced.

There are some things that I like in the food plan such as production of food for the poor and a seed library to share seeds. But they’re only effective if free people can decide to involve themselves in such programs.
“Empowering,” “funding,” “creating,” “fund opportunities for,” “increasing opportunities for,” “develop incentives,” mean we’re going to pay for this “new” plan to take over the marketplace.

As I wrote last year, the program also involves the so called “Food Corps.” We’re loosing gardening and healthy food “volunteers” (paid by our tax dollars of course) on schools. These experts are unemployed recent college grads who have spent the last four years subsisting on ramen noodles and jello shots. 
I sure hope they can slip in some algebra and chemistry while teaching composting technique in the schools. On the bright side, however, maybe they can actually GROW the bananas the kids will be required to put the condom on! Hey, I’m a cup-half-full kind of gal!

In a sidebar to the story about the child being taken from his father, The Tribune highlights the Food Corps (here). Here’s the money quote:

Michelle Ratcliffe, farm-to-school program manager for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, describes the advent of Food Corps as “huge” for the field. It will combine some of the national stars in research and activism in the growing movement, and link them in mutual support, says Ratcliffe, the program’s liaison to Oregon.

Apparently “activism” is what it’s all about. 
The head of the Food Corps program told me on the show last year that being a Food Corps member was like being a member of the military. Charming.
Recently another blogger who’d seen my postings on the Food Plan decided to do a post herself. She was called on the carpet about some of her observations by the so called Politi”fact” reporter. (That’s right, when they can break themselves away from Politi”facting” tweets (I’m not joking), they Politi”fact” blog posts.)

The reporter said the blogger’s arguments couldn’t be concrete or accurate because the Food Plan was too “aspirational” and “fuzzy” and no one knew how it would manifest itself in public policy. 
As usual, the Politi “fact” reporter was all wrong. 

Last week when the Rainbow City Council decided to ban “plastic” bags, Portland Mayor Sam Adams pointed to passage a couple of years ago of their Global Warming plan as the basis for the ban. This too was a plan that was aspirational and fuzzy.

The problem with these plans is their “want-to’s” have a funny way of becoming “have-to’s.”

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

Rees Lloyd: JULY 27: Remembering Korea – The Forgotten War – and Those Who Fought It

            The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when North Korea, under the communist dictator  Kim Il Sung, invaded the Republic of South Korea by sending more than 200,000 troops across the 38thParallel which divided North from South. Supported by the communist dictators Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union and Mao Zedong of Red China,  Kim Il Sung confidently predicted North Korea would overwhelm South Korea and impose a communist government on it within “three weeks.”
 
 
            After three years of brutal war, on July 27, 1953, an armistice was signed – with the borders of North and South  Korea still at the 38th Parallel, virtually unchanged.
            Thus, the communist invasion of South Korea by Kim Il Sung — followed by the invasion of almost a million Chinese Red Army troops sent by Mao Zedong as so-called “volunteers” to rescue Kim Il Sung’s routed armies after Gen. Douglas’ MacArthur’s successful end-run amphibious landing at Inchon on October 15, 1950 behind North Korea’s lines — was  a failure.
            There can be no doubt that but for the sacrifices of American troops, fighting in what was called a United Nations “Police Action” but what was in fact a  proxy “hot war” in the “cold war” between the U.S and the communist Soviet Union and Red China, that Kim Il Sung, Stalin, and Mao would have succeeded in militarily overwhelming South Korea and imposing communism on it like that which exists in North Korea today: a totalitarian horror.
            On July 27,2011, the 58th anniversary of the armistice which ended official combat in the Korean War — which is often referred to as the “Forgotten War” — it is well to remember the Korean War,  and the Americans who fought it.           
            In that regard, Oregon this year became what is believed to be the first state in the nation to legislatively establish June 25 – the day the Korean War began in 1950 – as  annual “Korean War Veterans Honor Day.”
            That legislation resulted from an effort spearheaded by the Korean War Veterans Association and led by Oregon KWVA Commander Neil McCain of Grants Pass. He credits Rep. Sherrie Springer (R-Scio) for sponsoring the bill the KWVA proposed. The first ceremonies observing Korean War Veterans Honor Day took place on June 25, 2011, at the Oregon Korean War Veterans Memorial in Wilsonville There are Korean War Memorials also in Portland, and Salem.
            The sacrifices of Americans in the Korean War were great: In the three years of fighting, 33,739 Americans died in battle. Another 2,835 died of other causes in theater. Another 17,672 died in service during the war but not in theater. Some 103,284 suffered non-fatal wounds. Almost 8,000 troops were missing in action. More than 7,000 suffered torture and inhuman conditions as prisoners of war.             Altogether, some 5,700,000  Americans served worldwide during the Korean War, and 1,789,000 Americans actually served in theater in Korea. Today, Americans are still deployed at the 38thParallel defending Southern Korea against re-invasion by communist North Korea, which cannot feed its own people but maintains a vast army and is now a bellicose nuclear power threatening use of atomic weapons.
            Veterans of the Korean War themselves are the prime movers in attempting to make Americans, especially the younger generations, aware of these sacrifices and the importance of the Korean War through the “Tell America” project of the Korean War Veterans of America. (www.KWVA.org).
            KWVA members veterans are making themselves available as speakers, and providing a professionally done  CD video,  to service clubs, community groups, and especially to schools, so that the Korean War, and those who fought it, do not remain forgotten. They can be contacted at www.KWVA.org,; or by contacting national KWVA  “Tell America” project director Larry Kinard in Arlington, TX, by phone at 682-518-1040; or Oregon KWVA Commander Neil McCain at 541-660-6104, or by e-mail at neilmccain@clearwire.net.
            “We are ready, willing and able to discuss the reality of the Korean War with our fellow Americans through our  KWVA ‘Tell America’ speakers and showing our video, “ said Oregon KWVA Commander Neil McCain, 79, a native of Colorado who grew up in Los Angeles County in California, and now resides in Grants Pass with his wife, Carmen, whom he married 57 years ago when he came home from the Korean War.
            McCain, a retired electrical contractor  and entrepreneur who still consults , presents seminars, and teaches on electrical contracting through his McCain Institutes, volunteered to serve and went off to war in Korea as soon as he turned 18 after graduating from Bell Gardens High School in California.
            “As a kid, I saw WWII news and even movies at the shows. I wanted to serve my country. When I got to Korea, wow, the reality of war was far different than I imagined. Whoever said ‘war is hell’ got it right,” McCain said, soberly recalling, among other things  the death of a buddy who took a bullet while standing next to him, and died.            
            “There were a lot of sacrifices, but when we got home, it seemed that people weren’t really interested. They didn’t want to discuss the war. Some even expressed surprise that we were in a war in Korea,” he said.
            “The Korean War was forgotten even as we were fighting it,” he said. “It’s still forgotten.”
            That’s why McCain and his comrades in the KWVA are working so hard in their “Tell America” project to help Americans know about the war, and those who fought it.
            “The schools, they aren’t teaching the kids of this generation anything about the Korean War,” KWVA Commander McCain said. “I have contacted them to offer presentations by our vets and our video, but, so far there has been no interest.”
            McCain, knowledgeable, amiable, and articulate, is himself, a fount of information. On his own, he is putting together profiles of those who died serving in the Korean War, based on their home towns, counties, states. It is a monumental, and moving, project. Among his first is a volume of profiles of those young men he went to school with at Bell Gardens High School; kids who went to war in Korea; and who never came home. It is but one of the volumes. He has other volumes, including from Oregon and Washington.  He makes the material available on request, including to families who learn of it, so that those Korean War veterans who gave so much for the nation should not be forgotten, even by their descendants.
            “I’m very proud that we have been able to have June 25 officially recognized as Korean War Veterans Honor Day in Oregon,” says the energetic McCain. “Now, I want to have I-5 named ‘Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway.”
            There are an estimated 2,500,000  living Korean War Veterans. Many continue to serve America through the KWVA and other veterans service organizations. The American Legion, the nation’s largest,  has some 467,040 Korean War veterans            among its 2.4-million members. All who served deserve to be remembered, and their service in the Korean War never forgotten. As the saying goes, “all gave some; and some gave all.”
            The National Korean War Memorial  was established in Washington, DC., in 1995. The inscription on it is: “Freedom Is Not Free.”
            The further engraved inscription is:
            “Our Nation Honors Her Sons And Daughters Who Answered The Call To Defend A Country They Never Knew And A People They Never Met. 1950-Korea-1953.”
            May it ever be so that the nation which the Korean War veterans served so well, honors and never forgets them, or their sacrifices for freedom. May God bless them all.
[Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil-workers-and veterans rights attorney, and a Vietnam-era veteran.]
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*UPDATED!* Ah, Civility…

Find Van Jones here. 

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Van sounds like Paul Krugman in the NYT today. H/T WSJ blog:

Paul Krugman at the New York Times writes that the country is at “the edge of disaster,”  fumes that Republicans “have, in effect, taken America hostage,” blasts Democrats for not fighting back and takes a hard swat at the media for good measure.

America held hostage. What does he call no budget for 800+ days, Democrats spending like a hooker in a crack factory, STARTING A HUGE new entitlement and then disemboweling Medicare to do it?
Apparently that was ok.

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

"Free" Movie Screening Brought to You by Multnomah County Taxpayers

Are Multnomah County taxpayers underwriting the showing of this political movie?
The organizer tells us to join “Multnomah County:”

Please join OEC and Multnomah County for a free screening of Deep Green and the winning films from the climate change short film contest on Sunday, July 31, 6:00 PM at the McMenamins Bagdad Theater in Portland. You’ll hear from Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and filmmaker Matt Briggs. Bring your family and friends!

Inquiring minds want to know. When I find out I’ll give you a head’s up. 
H/T Todd over at Cascade Policy! 

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

*Updated* Norwegian Killer a "Christian" and Other Myths from the Left

  Of course you won’t, Blue Oregon writer, of course you won’t. But your friends at BO did! See below! 


carlaaxt Carla Axtman

Ding! RT @ericboehlert: So Norway’s political mass murderer is RW ideologue who loves guns and hates Muslims. Sound familiar? #tcot
carlaaxt Carla Axtman

RT @tomchivers: Norwegian response is heartbreakingly stoic, clear-eyed & sensible. No rush to more “security”, calm commitment to democracy
carlaaxt Carla Axtman

RT @blogdiva: Dear @nytimes: This is an alleged terrorist: Norwegian, blonde, blue-eyed and Christian http://is.gd/3iOGQL.

22 Jul

AND TODAY’S ADDITION:

I appreciate @VictoriaTaft getting the word out about Rachel Bjorklund’s Christo-Fascist blogging. #HotMess

 Of course you didn’t bother to check news articles before you recorded this screed about me located on your facebook page here.

Love those comments. Make me…cry!

 “VICTORIA TAFT’S PROBLEM IS THAT SHE’S SO EAGER TO SCORE POINTS SHE HAS NO IDEA OF WHAT SHE’S ACTUALLY SAYING. THERE’S NO PAUSE BUTTON, THERE’S NO EDITING, THERE’S JUST, ‘AH! CLEVER THOUGHT! AND LET ‘ER RIP!’ THE TWITTER EQUIVALENT OF A DRIVE BY SHOOTING. VICTORIA TAFT IS NOT A TERRORIST. SHE DOES NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING REMOTELY CLOSE TO TERRORISM. SHE WOULD NEVER BE HAPPY TO SEE ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY A RIGHT WINGER TO SUPPORT GOALS THAT SHE BACKS; I’LL EVEN ASSUME THAT SHE FOUND THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. TILLER AN HORRIFIC EVENT. THE WORST SHE DOES IS ENCOURAGE HER FOLLOWERS IS TO BE WILLFULLY IGNORANT AND BE READY TO ACT ON RAW ANGER, FEAR AND HATRED. SHE OPPOSES DEMOCRACY WHEN IT CHALLENGES HER IDEOLOGY, BUT SHE DOES SO WITH NOTHING MORE THAN HER SMALL MIND AND HER LOUD MOUTH. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING TO MAKE ME BELIEVE SHE CONDONES VIOLENCE BUT SHE IS A SICK PUPPY. SHE REFUSES TO EVEN CONSIDER THE KIND OF DECENCY TO ME AND OTHER LIBERALS, PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS ETC., THAT I JUST EXTENDED TO HER. SHE’S MORE INTERESTED IN SCORING MORE IMMEDIATE POLITICAL POINTS–AND HER RATINGS–THAN SHE IS IN BEING: HONEST, THOUGHTFUL, OR PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL PROCESS. SHE JUST WANTS TO BE RIGHT. SHE JUST WANTS TO WIN. AND SHE DOESN’T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT THE DAMAGE SHE INFLICTS ALONG THE WAY. SICK PUPPY.”

 Our boy, TA, didn’t stop to think that his own peeps were out there running the meme that this Norwegian killer was a Christian. Your own friends started it. I just finished it.

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

Oregon Kid Taken From Dad for Being Too Fat

A decade ago it would have seemed absurd that a child could be taken from a parent because he weighed too much, but according to a story in today’s Portland Tribune by Peter Korn (here), that’s exactly what has happened in Portland. And, he warns, it’s likely to occur even more in the future. This is because a recent Journal of the American Medical Association commentary has called for more doctors to do just that.
The thesis of Korn’s piece is that the “obesity wars” are coming to Portland. Readers of this blog already know the war’s been waged here for quite some time (more on that later), but it takes a kid being taken from his father to go mainstream, apparently.

The story begins with a disabled man whose son is 400 lbs and eleven years old. That’s horrible, of course, but the obesity doctor treating the child eventually turned dad in because he took the kid to McDonalds too much.

‘Scuse me? Could you rewind or read that back to me? That’s right: the eleven year old morbidly obese kid was taken from Dad because he took him to Mickey D’s too much. That was the last straw for Dr. Daniel Marks, an OSHU obesity expert:

The boy’s father was bedridden and said providing the fast-food burger meals they were eating three times a day was one of the few ways he could make his child happy.

The diet continued. So Marks began proceedings that resulted in the boy being placed in foster care.
“It was an intractable social situation,” Marks says.
The kid was in a bad way, of course. He had adult onset diabetes and barely moved his tush off the couch,  but his bedridden dad got him McDonalds because it made the kid happy. Interestingly enough, the father was getting the child medical help for the problem. He was doing some due diligence but when Dad didn’t do what the doctor ordered the doc turned him in. 
If you can turn in a parent for a 400lb child can you turn one in whose child is 300 lbs? 200? Twenty five pounds over weight? If the state can insinuate itself in one circumstance doesn’t that leave room to involve itself in all others? 
Big fat kids make bad law. It won’t matter to the Oppressives in Portland. They’ll tut tut and continue with their plans to DO something. The parents who do the right thing will be under the same watchful eye as those who don’t. The example of one big fat kid will change the tone for all the normally sized ones. One disabled and enabling parent will be the poster child of bad parenting. Laws will be passed. Ordinances drawn up. Plans rushed through.

The statists will continue to shake their reproving forefingers at us and admonish us to do what they say because,
1. They know better than we do
2. If you don’t, they’ll take your kid away
3. We’ll use your tax dollars to do what we want anyway

And indeed the process has begun. Lawmakers have passed laws requiring calorie postings on menus. Building drive through fast food places is becoming more and more difficult. Elected officials actually cheered when a Burger King restaurant was razed to make room for government subsidized health clinic.
And Multnomah County has drawn up its “Food Action Plan” which I highlighted in several blog pieces here, here, here, here, and here and on the program late last year (links to the interviews are on the blog posts). Here’s the overview of the plan from one of my posts: 

It calls for the county to direct how people receive food in so called “food hubs,” assigns the county the duty to ” reduce unhealthy food availability [think McDonalds lawsuits],” reduce property rights with its plan to “establish an agricultural land trust,” “increase acceptance” and “promote enrollment” of the food stamp program (SNAP), make it “easier” to eat more healthfully–by diktat–of course. In short, it would put government in charge of what you access you have to food. And the plan makes a foray into housing calling for the county to “create sustainable living conditions.”

And it’s all done in the name of ‘social justice.’

Multnomah County, like much of the country, is at a critical juncture in fixing its food system. Currently, we have a two-track food system: those who can afford it have access to sustainable, locally grown, healthful foods, while the poor have few healthful food options in their communities, and even fewer economic resources to purchase such foods. Hunger, food insecurity, and health disparities result from a system that perpetuates economic inequality and social injustice. The scales must be rebalanced.

There are some things that I like in the food plan such as production of food for the poor and a seed library to share seeds. But they’re only effective if free people can decide to involve themselves in such programs.
“Empowering,” “funding,” “creating,” “fund opportunities for,” “increasing opportunities for,” “develop incentives,” mean we’re going to pay for this “new” plan to take over the marketplace.

As I wrote last year, the program also involves the so called “Food Corps.” We’re loosing gardening and healthy food “volunteers” (paid by our tax dollars of course) on schools. These experts are unemployed recent college grads who have spent the last four years subsisting on ramen noodles and jello shots. 
I sure hope they can slip in some algebra and chemistry while teaching composting technique in the schools. On the bright side, however, maybe they can actually GROW the bananas the kids will be required to put the condom on! Hey, I’m a cup-half-full kind of gal!

In a sidebar to the story about the child being taken from his father, The Tribune highlights the Food Corps (here). Here’s the money quote:

Michelle Ratcliffe, farm-to-school program manager for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, describes the advent of Food Corps as “huge” for the field. It will combine some of the national stars in research and activism in the growing movement, and link them in mutual support, says Ratcliffe, the program’s liaison to Oregon.

Apparently “activism” is what it’s all about. 
The head of the Food Corps program told me on the show last year that being a Food Corps member was like being a member of the military. Charming.
Recently another blogger who’d seen my postings on the Food Plan decided to do a post herself. She was called on the carpet about some of her observations by the so called Politi”fact” reporter. (That’s right, when they can break themselves away from Politi”facting” tweets (I’m not joking), they Politi”fact” blog posts.)

The reporter said the blogger’s arguments couldn’t be concrete or accurate because the Food Plan was too “aspirational” and “fuzzy” and no one knew how it would manifest itself in public policy. 
As usual, the Politi “fact” reporter was all wrong. 

Last week when the Rainbow City Council decided to ban “plastic” bags, Portland Mayor Sam Adams pointed to passage a couple of years ago of their Global Warming plan as the basis for the ban. This too was a plan that was aspirational and fuzzy.

The problem with these plans is their “want-to’s” have a funny way of becoming “have-to’s.”

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