Daily Archives: September 15, 2011

Counciller Burkholder said he was a trained biologist. He also said the science was settled on global warming.

However, continued questioning is part of the scientific process. Burkholder showed his ignorance of basic science because of that statement.

We have a representative form of government on the theory that our representatives will take the time to study the facts before deciding on various matters. Let me ask how many of you recognize the following facts, that scientists on both sides of the debate recognize:

1. Water vapor causes more of the greenhouse effect than CO2.
2. CO2 makes up less than 1/2 of 1% of the atmosphere.
3. The Greenland ice cores, that AL Gore used in his slide show, actually show temperature rising for an average of 800 years BEFORE CO2 rises and therefore could NOT be the cause of the following temperature rises. (Al Gore lied)
4. The accuracy of the hockey stick shaped historical temperature curve is highly controversial.
5. Natural sources emit over 95% of the annual CO2 emissions.

Did all of you know all of the above facts?
If not you didn’t do your duty to be informed before voting.

DEMOCRATS; STOP FOCUSING ON JOBS, PLEASE!

After Tuesday’s stunning defeat for Democrats in New York’s 9th district, where the Democrats have held the seat for nearly a century, the Democrat spin machine kicked into gear with several different excuses to deny that it was a repudiation of Obama’s poor leadership capabilities.

I was particularly struck by the comment from DNC Chair and Florida’s Representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz who said the race had been run under “unusual circumstances,” and she asserted the public mood will change “when we begin to focus on jobs rather than spending cuts.”

It is quite a remarkable thing to hear a Democrat say “when we begin to focus on jobs” as I am under the impression that jobs has been their primary call since losing to George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election.

Bush came to office as a recession was growing and then the nation was blind-sided with the worst terrorist attack in history, throwing the economy in uncertainty. In spite of that, a March 8, 2002 CNN Money headline informed us, Unemployment drops to 5.5%, Jobless rate falls unexpectedly as nation begins to add jobs again.

 

A July 3, 2003 Associated Press article then screamed, Bush’s Economy: Unemployment Soars. Sen. Jon Corzine, (D-N.J.), then chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee stated, “The verdict is in: The Republicans’ multi-trillion dollar failed economic policy is one the greatest disasters for working Americans in a decade.” In spite of the claims of the article’s writer, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows actual unemployment in July 2003 was 6.2%.

November 2003 saw Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Tom Daschle send President Bush a letter saying, “American workers are weathering the effects of an economy where there is only one job for every three individuals searching for a job. And yet, the Republican leadership in Congress is refusing again this year – as it has in the past – to address this urgent problem.” Unemployment was 5.8%.

In a September 2004 interview with Don Imus, failed presidential candidate John ‘F’in Kerry (who served in Vietnam) stated, “But if you believe that we can put people back to work and stop losing all our jobs overseas and create better jobs here, be fiscally responsible,,, I think there’s a new direction.” Unemployment was at 5.4%

During the 2006 election, when Democrats swept into total control of both houses of congress, Nancy Pelosi issued a 31 page pamphlet A New Direction for America where several claims were made on how Democrats would improve and create jobs. Unemployment was 4.6% in January 2007 as they were sworn in.

In July 2007, after sweeping to power and passing their minimum wage increase, Kerry again stated, “By raising the minimum wage, we’re creating a prosperous future for our small businesses, their workers and their families.” Unemployment was 4.7%

In January 2008, after Democrats had control of both houses of congress for a year, Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer posted, “Bush Jobs Record the Worst since Presidents Herbert Hoover and George H.W. Bush” saying, “BLS Report Indicates Loss of 13,000 Private Sector Jobs and Increase in Unemployment Rate to 5 Percent. If there were ever a shot across the bow to this Administration to get off its laissez-faire boat and start helping the economy, this is it.” Unemployment was at 5%.

Campaigning for president in June 2008, Illinois Democrat junior Senator Barack Obama called for greater government investments “in a renewable energy policy that ends our addiction on foreign oil, provides real long-term relief from high fuel costs, and builds a green economy that could create up to five million well-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced.” Unemployment was 5.6%

In September 2008, Obama said, “the government needed to also take action to create jobs and help support distressed homeowners and communities.” Unemployment was at 6.2%

Obama won the presidency in November 2008 and as he was inaugurated in January 2009 unemployment had leaped to 7.8%

February 2009 saw the Democrat controlled congress approve Obama’s $787 Billion stimulus plan which was said needed to prevent unemployment from exceeding 8%. Unemployment hit 8.2% by the end of the month.

In June 2009 Obama was saying his $787 billion stimulus plan would create more than 600,000 jobs. Unemployment was 9.5%

As Democrats continued their focus on jobs, October 2009 saw unemployment exceeding 10%.

January 2010 saw Democrats again focusing on jobs as both Pelosi and Obama jointly called for a Jobs Creation Bill after a Labor Department report showed the economy lost 85,000 jobs in December 2009. Unemployment was 9.9%

Losing control of the House in the 2010 election and barely retaining the Senate, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, reeling from the loss said, “President Obama and this Congress were job creators from Day One, saving the country from the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression. The Recovery Act created or saved more than 3 million jobs, and America is moving forward. October marks the 10th straight month of private sector job growth.” Unemployment was at 9.8%.

In his January 2011 State of the Union Address, Obama stated, “We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer.” Unemployment was at 9%

Within months, we began hearing claims from the Democrats of High Unemployment around 9% being the “New Normal” with Wasserman Schultz, who is now saying “just wait until we begin to focus on jobs” then boasting about how “Obama Turned The Economy Around.” Unemployment was 9.5%.

In just the last days we see Obama proposing yet another “new and improved” jobs stimulus bill and speaking to American voters saying, “if you love me, you’ve got to help me pass this bill!”

Given the record seen with Democrats focusing on jobs for so many years, please, STOP focusing on jobs, Democrats. Obviously, the American worker is much better off when Democrats are not focusing on jobs.

Hopefully, if they stop their focus on jobs, the economy will actually recover and Americans can go back to work.

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Was He Driving His Bus When Jefferson Smith Got All Those Traffic Tickets?

The man who brought you the far left political machine called The Bus Project, Jefferson Smith, is running for Portland Mayor. 


And now it appears the man who urges everyone to “get on the bus” shouldn’t be close to the driver’s seat.  

Smith has had six traffic tickets since 2002. Uh, that’s a lot if you’re bothering to keep book. I saw this over at orbusmax on bojack’s website he  here: 
From Jack Bog’s Blog here:

City Hall reporter Beth Slovic says he’s had six traffic violations in Multnomah County since 2002. And according to the Background Check service offered by the company BeenVerified.com, Jefferson Daniel Smith, born 6/29/73, also racked up speeding tickets in Clackamas and Marion Counties back in the mid-90s, when he was in his early 20s. In addition to speeding, his moving violations include failure to obey a traffic control device (March 2009) and illegally executing a right turn (April 2004). In all, Smith reportedly has had seven separate ticketed stops in Oregon over a 16-year period.

 Some of our previous reporting on the bus project’s shenanigans here, here, and here.

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Rees Lloyd: A Liberty Milestone –“The Star Spangled Banner” (September 14, 1814)

            The United States of America, which had become a free constitutional republic by overcoming  England in  the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783, found itself at war with England again, and nearly overcome, in the War of 1812.
 

            A major, decisive battle took place when the English fleet bombarded Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814.  Fort McHenry,  over which a huge American Flag flew, guarded the Chesapeake Bay harbor. It stood between the English Fleet sailing down the Chesapeake Bay and their target, Baltimore, MD.  When night fell, the English war ships let loose  a horrific  bombardment The night sky was lit up by rockets arching toward  McHenry. Powerful bombshells exploded, many in the air.
 
 

            It happened that Francis Scott Key, then a young American lawyer,  was on an English warship during the bombardment of Fort McHenry that night of September 13. 1814.  Key, with the approval of President James Madison,  was on board to try to negotiate the release of a friend whom the English had taken prisoner. Key’s  negotiations were successful.  But the English, concerned that he might be able reveal their imminent night attack on Fort McHenry,  refused to allow him to leave the ship. 
 

            Therefore, Key witnessed the spectacular bombardment from the deck of the English war ship.  Key spent the night pacing the deck, fearing that Fort McHenry and its defenders would be overwhelmed by the massive fire power of the English fleet.  But when the dawn came, Fort McHenry still defiantly stood. The battle-tattered American Flag was still flying in the smoke-filled sky. The English gave up the effort to overcome the Americans.
 

            Key,  overwhelmed with patriotic emotion on that morning of September 14, 1814,  wrote a poem beginning “ O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light….” Entitled “The Star Spangled  Banner,” the poem was published in Baltimore following the Fort McHenry battle. It  was enthusiastically received by American patriots, and became even more popular when the words of the “Star Spangled Banner” were fitted to a well-known tune.
 

            More than a century later, by act of Congress in 1931, the “Star Spangled Banner,” became the National Anthem of the United States of America.
 

            Most Americans are familiar with the first verse of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which contains moving  patriotic words; but few Americans are familiar with the last verse written by Francis Scott Key, which contains words which would become the American National Motto:

            O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

            Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.

            Blest with victory and peace, may the Heaven rescued land

            Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!

            Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

            And this be our motto: “In God is our trust;”

            And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

            O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

 
            Although every nation has a national anthem, a unique tradition developed by Americans concerning our National Anthem: Americans are the only people in the world who place their hands over their hearts  in gratitude and reverence when their National Anthem is played. 
 
            That tradition is now codified in law as to proper observance when the United States National Anthem  is played (Title 36 U.S. Code Section 301). But it is a tradition which arose from  “We, the People…,” from American hearts, not  from American law. 
 
            May it always be so…in a nation whose freedom has been purchased and preserved by the sacrifices of all those generations of Americans who have served under the Flag,  our “Star Spangled Banner.”

[Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights lawyer, veterans activist, and member of the Victoria Taft

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HIP HOP HIGH

No Kids, No $ at Hip Hop High in the Pearl

I see that after a two year hiatus, the Zero is finally reporting about the progress, or lack thereof, of HIP HOP HIGH SCHOOL aka REAL Prep Academy. Worse, the Portland Public Schools and Oregon Department of Education appear to have been asleep at the switch over this, too.

As I’ve contended on the air,  someone–more than one?– should be fired and someone needs to go to jail if it’s found someone absconded with $500,000 in grant money. I see from the news that construction folks aren’t being paid. There’s no money for desks or the usual school regalia but apparently there was enough for walking around money for people to “talk up” Hip Hop High.  As one former board member told the Oregonian:

Eric Ensley, president of the board from its founding in May 2009 until he resigned in June 2010, said he tangled with Jayasuriya [the leader] over her desire to immediately begin paying people — including herself — rather than first get a firm financial plan and seasoned administrator in place.

“There were manipulative tactics to try to get things approved and paid for that I didn’t think should be paid for,” he said. “I can’t tell you how heated the debate got in the boardroom. … To pay Joe Schmo to advocate for the school just because he knows this deejay is no way to run a school.”

I don’t dispute that kids don’t all learn the same. That’s why I like school choice, charters and vouchers. I think they’re good ideas. One-size-fits-all schools don’t serve everybody. Maybe that’s why PPS officials thought it would be just groovy to have a school that:

 is dedicated to helping people of all ages, races, and backgrounds discover their true potential as creative human beings by  promoting educational advancements that inspire love, forgiveness, compassion and joy through the timeless tradition of sharing story, music, dance, and visual arts. 

Freedom Through Freestyle is the 501c3 through which the Charter is funded. Here’s their website. For an organization that’s all about the arts, well, this is underwhelming.

PPS is notoriously anti charter. Worthy charter ideas have been brought before them many times and turned down.  Why say yes to this shadow-of-a vestige-of-a-possibility-of-an-idea and say no to legit charter schools?

Maybe it’s just the usual: Political correctness. Is it that PPS officials and the board didn’t want to be seen saying no to a school run by people of color? Do you doubt it? Aw, what’s a half a million plus dollars of federal grant money? Call it stimulus!

And who got stimulated? According to PPS’s reckoning for the portion it oversaw, Michael Crenshaw, Imani Muhammad, Erica Yayasuriya (leader), Charter Starters, Studi 4, Jason Petty, Chris Allen, Sara Moskovitz, Elora Cosper, Verbal 800 Communications, Pacific Research and Evaluation, Deborah Dyson, Maron Irving, Terance Scott, Eric Ensley all got a little scratch from the grants. More than 50K worth.

The charter also got two grants totalling $450K.

Oh, and don’t forget the manager of the 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop De La Soul who was paid $79,000 to write the curricula for the school.

Who knew he was a curriculum writer? Oh, but wait, his buddy Maseo was “signed” to “endorse” and “advise” the school. Maybe that was the curriculum! Pay me and I’ll get my guy to make a few appearances, talk it up, and encourage people to show up. It’s diabolical genius! Poof! Instant school!

Poof.

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Counciller Burkholder said he was a trained biologist. He also said the science was settled on global warming.

However, continued questioning is part of the scientific process. Burkholder showed his ignorance of basic science because of that statement.

We have a representative form of government on the theory that our representatives will take the time to study the facts before deciding on various matters. Let me ask how many of you recognize the following facts, that scientists on both sides of the debate recognize:

1. Water vapor causes more of the greenhouse effect than CO2.
2. CO2 makes up less than 1/2 of 1% of the atmosphere.
3. The Greenland ice cores, that AL Gore used in his slide show, actually show temperature rising for an average of 800 years BEFORE CO2 rises and therefore could NOT be the cause of the following temperature rises. (Al Gore lied)
4. The accuracy of the hockey stick shaped historical temperature curve is highly controversial.
5. Natural sources emit over 95% of the annual CO2 emissions.

Did all of you know all of the above facts?
If not you didn’t do your duty to be informed before voting.

DEMOCRATS; STOP FOCUSING ON JOBS, PLEASE!

After Tuesday’s stunning defeat for Democrats in New York’s 9th district, where the Democrats have held the seat for nearly a century, the Democrat spin machine kicked into gear with several different excuses to deny that it was a repudiation of Obama’s poor leadership capabilities.

I was particularly struck by the comment from DNC Chair and Florida’s Representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz who said the race had been run under “unusual circumstances,” and she asserted the public mood will change “when we begin to focus on jobs rather than spending cuts.”

It is quite a remarkable thing to hear a Democrat say “when we begin to focus on jobs” as I am under the impression that jobs has been their primary call since losing to George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election.

Bush came to office as a recession was growing and then the nation was blind-sided with the worst terrorist attack in history, throwing the economy in uncertainty. In spite of that, a March 8, 2002 CNN Money headline informed us, Unemployment drops to 5.5%, Jobless rate falls unexpectedly as nation begins to add jobs again.

 

A July 3, 2003 Associated Press article then screamed, Bush’s Economy: Unemployment Soars. Sen. Jon Corzine, (D-N.J.), then chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee stated, “The verdict is in: The Republicans’ multi-trillion dollar failed economic policy is one the greatest disasters for working Americans in a decade.” In spite of the claims of the article’s writer, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows actual unemployment in July 2003 was 6.2%.

November 2003 saw Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Tom Daschle send President Bush a letter saying, “American workers are weathering the effects of an economy where there is only one job for every three individuals searching for a job. And yet, the Republican leadership in Congress is refusing again this year – as it has in the past – to address this urgent problem.” Unemployment was 5.8%.

In a September 2004 interview with Don Imus, failed presidential candidate John ‘F’in Kerry (who served in Vietnam) stated, “But if you believe that we can put people back to work and stop losing all our jobs overseas and create better jobs here, be fiscally responsible,,, I think there’s a new direction.” Unemployment was at 5.4%

During the 2006 election, when Democrats swept into total control of both houses of congress, Nancy Pelosi issued a 31 page pamphlet A New Direction for America where several claims were made on how Democrats would improve and create jobs. Unemployment was 4.6% in January 2007 as they were sworn in.

In July 2007, after sweeping to power and passing their minimum wage increase, Kerry again stated, “By raising the minimum wage, we’re creating a prosperous future for our small businesses, their workers and their families.” Unemployment was 4.7%

In January 2008, after Democrats had control of both houses of congress for a year, Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer posted, “Bush Jobs Record the Worst since Presidents Herbert Hoover and George H.W. Bush” saying, “BLS Report Indicates Loss of 13,000 Private Sector Jobs and Increase in Unemployment Rate to 5 Percent. If there were ever a shot across the bow to this Administration to get off its laissez-faire boat and start helping the economy, this is it.” Unemployment was at 5%.

Campaigning for president in June 2008, Illinois Democrat junior Senator Barack Obama called for greater government investments “in a renewable energy policy that ends our addiction on foreign oil, provides real long-term relief from high fuel costs, and builds a green economy that could create up to five million well-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced.” Unemployment was 5.6%

In September 2008, Obama said, “the government needed to also take action to create jobs and help support distressed homeowners and communities.” Unemployment was at 6.2%

Obama won the presidency in November 2008 and as he was inaugurated in January 2009 unemployment had leaped to 7.8%

February 2009 saw the Democrat controlled congress approve Obama’s $787 Billion stimulus plan which was said needed to prevent unemployment from exceeding 8%. Unemployment hit 8.2% by the end of the month.

In June 2009 Obama was saying his $787 billion stimulus plan would create more than 600,000 jobs. Unemployment was 9.5%

As Democrats continued their focus on jobs, October 2009 saw unemployment exceeding 10%.

January 2010 saw Democrats again focusing on jobs as both Pelosi and Obama jointly called for a Jobs Creation Bill after a Labor Department report showed the economy lost 85,000 jobs in December 2009. Unemployment was 9.9%

Losing control of the House in the 2010 election and barely retaining the Senate, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, reeling from the loss said, “President Obama and this Congress were job creators from Day One, saving the country from the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression. The Recovery Act created or saved more than 3 million jobs, and America is moving forward. October marks the 10th straight month of private sector job growth.” Unemployment was at 9.8%.

In his January 2011 State of the Union Address, Obama stated, “We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer.” Unemployment was at 9%

Within months, we began hearing claims from the Democrats of High Unemployment around 9% being the “New Normal” with Wasserman Schultz, who is now saying “just wait until we begin to focus on jobs” then boasting about how “Obama Turned The Economy Around.” Unemployment was 9.5%.

In just the last days we see Obama proposing yet another “new and improved” jobs stimulus bill and speaking to American voters saying, “if you love me, you’ve got to help me pass this bill!”

Given the record seen with Democrats focusing on jobs for so many years, please, STOP focusing on jobs, Democrats. Obviously, the American worker is much better off when Democrats are not focusing on jobs.

Hopefully, if they stop their focus on jobs, the economy will actually recover and Americans can go back to work.

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

Expect it to Happen Here: Coyotes Move in to Abandoned House; City Says "Live With It"

 It was bad enough when the Portland Audubon Society declared that coyotes were simply part of the “urban landscape” and we’d just have to learn how to live with them.  As a result there’s little political will to trap or kill the mangy kurs that will eventually become so enured with this area that they’ll probably start getting section 8 housing. 

With so many coyotes part of the “urban landscape” it’s just a matter of time before they begin to hunt toddlers playing outside (happens in California!) and eat more of beloved pets (two cats gone!)

And that brings me to today’s story of stupid public officials bending over backwards for killer coyotes.

The scene is an abandoned house in a more rural section of Glendale, California. The million+ dollar homes in this ‘hood are occupied by well heeled folks and some of the Hollywood crowd. Child star and America’s Best Dance Crew host, Mario Lopez lives there.
The house was abandoned after a fire. It’s due to be razed soon, but in the meantime a new family has moved in. A mama coyote and her band of happy, cherubic babies! 
From the San Jose Mercury News:

“They act like they own the place, which they kind of do,” said Michael Hunt, who sees four coyotes lounging in his yard nearly every day. “They’re all over the neighborhood.”  


Hunt said he uses an air-horn to scare off the coyotes, but that they come back moments later. He’s worried the animals will eventually claim the area as
their territory and will attack his dog and 13-year-old daughter.  

Cathy Molloy, who lives next to the burned-out home, took a video of seven coyotes in her yard.
“This is not normal,” she said.

 

Glendale’s Mayor says, 

“Coyotes are an issue all over Los Angeles, so it’s just something people in Los Angeles have to live with and have to learn to live with.”

And then you wonder: how did this chick get elected? Especially after this comment:

“In general we do not trap or kill coyotes unless they’ve proven to be a danger. These coyotes are very docile. They haven’t been threatening or attacked people.”


Gee, I fee so much better. This is calibre of critical thinkers getting elected these days. 
We’re not sure what must happen before a coyote is considered threatening, but count me as part of the club that thinks shacking up next door in a neighborhood counts. 
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Was He Driving His Bus When Jefferson Smith Got All Those Traffic Tickets?

The man who brought you the far left political machine called The Bus Project, Jefferson Smith, is running for Portland Mayor. 


And now it appears the man who urges everyone to “get on the bus” shouldn’t be close to the driver’s seat.  

Smith has had six traffic tickets since 2002. Uh, that’s a lot if you’re bothering to keep book. I saw this over at orbusmax on bojack’s website he  here: 
From Jack Bog’s Blog here:

City Hall reporter Beth Slovic says he’s had six traffic violations in Multnomah County since 2002. And according to the Background Check service offered by the company BeenVerified.com, Jefferson Daniel Smith, born 6/29/73, also racked up speeding tickets in Clackamas and Marion Counties back in the mid-90s, when he was in his early 20s. In addition to speeding, his moving violations include failure to obey a traffic control device (March 2009) and illegally executing a right turn (April 2004). In all, Smith reportedly has had seven separate ticketed stops in Oregon over a 16-year period.

 Some of our previous reporting on the bus project’s shenanigans here, here, and here.

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