Daily Archives: October 5, 2011

"Leaderless" Leaders of Occupy Portland Say They’ll Break the Law

Well that’s what they told the Portland Police Bureau, anyway: 

Posted: October 5th, 2011 10:55 AM
As of 10:30 a.m. today, Wednesday October 5, 2011, “Occupy Portland” event organizers have expressed that they will not be obtaining a permit and will not share any information on a march route or locations that the march may “occupy” along the way. The event is planned for Thursday October 6, 2011, at 12:00 p.m.
The Portland Police Bureau received a fax last night from “Occupy Portland” stating the following:
 “Currently there is no plan to obtain a permit since this movement has no leadership and further legal advice from the National Lawyers Guild advises against obtaining a permit. For best impact we will march in the streets and disrupt the city.”

No leaders? I’m betting if you check the last meeting of the, ahem, commies, socialists, wobblies, SEIU, you might find the, uh, non leaders.  

And even after that look at what Mayor Sam Adams tweeted to the protesters:

Mayor Sam Adams
MayorSamAdams Mayor Sam Adams

Thx for all efforts to organize effective & peaceful event. RT @OccupyPdx Got your sleeping bag for some #occupation S’mores?…#Pdx #in #fb

Here’s the rest of the police press release:

Representatives from the City of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau have been in dialogue with ‘Occupy Portland’ event organizers in the hopes that they will provide route information to the Police Bureau.
Efforts have been aimed at assisting the group in obtaining a permit for the event. The permit provides for a coordinated set of guidelines. The guidelines spell out the route, authorizing event participants to lawfully be in the street and it is designed to ensure the safe flow of all traffic in the downtown core. Experience has show that working with organizers on obtaining a permit makes the event more collaborative which increases the overall success of the event for everyone.
The Portland Police Bureau is committed to vigorously pursuing the goal of allowing participants to express their view which is there free speech right. Our overall objective is to take all appropriate action to help make this event happen in a way that is safe for participants and the general public alike.
The Portland Police Bureau is asking that Downtown Portland businesses be aware of this event and that they prepare for possible disruptions. Additionally, the Police Bureau is asking for the community’s patience and understanding as there may be disruptions to vehicle, pedestrian and TriMet traffic in the Downtown core during the duration of the event.
Anticipating that people may intend to occupy Portland parks as a result of this event we want to remind people that under City Code Park Rule 20.12.210 Hours of Park Closure:
A. No person shall be in a Park during hours of park closure. Unless the Director designates otherwise for any Park, “hours of park closure” means any time between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m. This offense is a class “B” Misdemeanor and under the City Code those who violate Park rules can be arrested. 
The Police Bureau will continue to provide updates as they are available.
The day of the event, follow @portlandpolice on Twitter for updates and information.
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Greenwash: WW: Mowing Lawns, Picking Up Manure & Driving Trucks Qualify as "Green Jobs" in Oregon

Shocker? Not. After spending $125,000 for EACH “stimulus job” in Oregon we could hardly expect that the national “green job” boondoggle was going to be any better.  

They’ve greenwashed the same old jobs. Oregon: Meet the green job, same as the old job. 

From Willamette Week here.

WW has examined reports on thousands of projects funded by federal stimulus money, analyses by state agencies responsible for tracking jobs, and independent studies that tried to figure out how many green jobs exist in the state.

The result? With tens of millions spent, Oregon can account for only a relative handful of “green” jobs created or saved. Training opportunities for these jobs are scarce. Agencies and companies that were supposed to report back on how many jobs they created haven’t done so, making reliable counts impossible.

When they talk about green jobs, Obama and Kitzhaber speak of careers in such cutting-edge fields as solar and wind energy, advanced fuel cells, and “green” chemistry.
But records show that the state has stretched its “green job” definition so broadly it includes such low-tech occupations as mowing lawns and shoveling manure. According to the Oregon Employment Department, the No. 1 “green job” in Oregon is “carpenter.” No. 2? Truck driver.

In other words, they’re the same old jobs just given a new title: green jobs.

And, oh snap! they can’t figure out which jobs have been saved or created or made up or…

The state claims that overall, more than 4,700 jobs have been created or saved thanks to $727 million spent on Oregon’s stimulus-funded projects—whether or not the money was supposed to create “green” jobs.
But that’s just an estimate. The companies and agencies who spent the money are supposed to be reporting how many jobs they’ve created or saved, but they aren’t doing that. As a result, records show, they have only officially claimed 911 jobs.
The number of jobs reported that directly relate to energy efficiency, renewables or sustainability is much smaller—about 400, based on WW’s analysis.
State experts can’t say how many green jobs have been produced as a result of the stimulus money.

But Willamette Week asked the Governor’s girlfriend, er, his Main Boo who got some of that stimulus money wassup. She says the numbers they’re looking for “might not exist yet.” You mean after we were ASSURED they’d be able to quantify saved or created jobs?? (And next time WW tell your readers who Cylvia is on first reference. She’s parking her fuzzy, unmarried slippers under the Guv’s bed at the people’s governor’s mansion.)

Meet the new job, same as the old job. 

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Pete the Banker: Your Complaints About Your Debit Card Fee Should Be Sent to: Dodd, Frank, Durbin & Those Smelly Hippies "Occupying" Wall Street

This is the stuff Ronald Reagan was talking about when he said,  

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” 

Mssrs Dodd, Frank and Durbin–Washington insiders all–wanted to reform banks to make them less ‘greedy’ and what we got was a transfer of the costs of using debit cards from small business to the individual. This was done to “help” consumers. They’re killing us with all this “help.”
 
Bank of America (B of A) announced a not unexpected monthly debit card charge of $5 for those using their cards for debit card retail transactions to help offset restrictions imposed under the Dodd Frank Bill, more specifically the Durbin Amendment. B of A is implementing to help offset some $6.6 B in revenue losses mandated by restrictions in the measure. Dodd Frank is also responsible for costing the banks $5.6 B in lost revenue through restricting overdraft charges (here). The Durbin Amendment was passed by the Democrat dominated Senate and House in 2010 (here).  
 
 
B of A’s action follows those of Wells, Chase and other banks that have similarly raised debit card fees for most customers.  Other fee increases are expected in an effort to help recover revenues losses.  Retailers, especially Big Box retailers like Walmart and Home Depot, are expected to increase their top and bottom lines by hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of enactment of this piece of legislation.  The Wall Street Journal suggests that up to a million individual consumers will drop out of the traditional banking sector because of increasing bank fees instead electing to rely upon pawn shop operators, check cashing operators and high fee prepaid credit cards. 
 
Beth Robertson, analyst at the research firm Javelin Strategy states, “the burden of debit card costs is being transferred from merchants to consumers.”  She goes on to elaborate, “It’s unlikely that merchants will reduce their prices for goods and services now that accepting debit cards will cost them less, but banks are certainly making up for their revenue losses.” Here.
 
In a statement in his own defense, Dick Durbin suggested small businesses would benefit and went on to say, “Swipe fee regulation will still allow banks to cover actual costs of debit transactions but will rein in the banks’ excessive profit taking”.This is truly news to community banks and credit unions that joined the larger banks to oppose the Durbin Amendment and who are highly dependent upon the health of the small business sector. Here.

President Obama blasted B of A for levying the fee stating, “This is exactly why we need this Consumer Finance Protection Bureau that we set up that is ready to go,” Obama said. “This is exactly why we need somebody who’s sole job it is to prevent this kind of stuff from happening.”  Perhaps Mr President you should have thought twice about signing the legislation last year. Here.


The Wall Street Journal suggests that, “The result is an estimated $12 billion of annual revenue losses at the same banks that politicians are berating for not extending more credit to more customers. Not that the bankers won’t seek to offset these losses by raising fees elsewhere.” (here).They further suggest that two changes will occur.  Millions of individual bank consumers will drop out of the traditional banking sector electing instead to rely upon pawn shop operators, check cashing operators and high fee prepaid credit cards.  Second, the trend over the past decade toward customer service including greater access through flexible bank hours and more branch offices will disappear. Here.
Consumers will incur yet another cost with little tangible benefit.  Courtesy of the Democrats, the money will simply flow from one industry to another representing a major wealth transfer from taxpayer supported banks to the retail sector.  Speaking of wealth transfer, no word yet on the major contributions to the upcoming Frank and Durbin campaigns from retailers like Walmart and Home Depot..  
 
So, how do you get rid of this mess? This situation reminds me of another Ronald Reagan quote:

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!”

Pete the Banker

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"Leaderless" Leaders of Occupy Portland Say They’ll Break the Law

Well that’s what they told the Portland Police Bureau, anyway: 

Posted: October 5th, 2011 10:55 AM
As of 10:30 a.m. today, Wednesday October 5, 2011, “Occupy Portland” event organizers have expressed that they will not be obtaining a permit and will not share any information on a march route or locations that the march may “occupy” along the way. The event is planned for Thursday October 6, 2011, at 12:00 p.m.
The Portland Police Bureau received a fax last night from “Occupy Portland” stating the following:
 “Currently there is no plan to obtain a permit since this movement has no leadership and further legal advice from the National Lawyers Guild advises against obtaining a permit. For best impact we will march in the streets and disrupt the city.”

No leaders? I’m betting if you check the last meeting of the, ahem, commies, socialists, wobblies, SEIU, you might find the, uh, non leaders.  

And even after that look at what Mayor Sam Adams tweeted to the protesters:

Mayor Sam Adams
MayorSamAdams Mayor Sam Adams

Thx for all efforts to organize effective & peaceful event. RT @OccupyPdx Got your sleeping bag for some #occupation S’mores?…#Pdx #in #fb

Here’s the rest of the police press release:

Representatives from the City of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau have been in dialogue with ‘Occupy Portland’ event organizers in the hopes that they will provide route information to the Police Bureau.
Efforts have been aimed at assisting the group in obtaining a permit for the event. The permit provides for a coordinated set of guidelines. The guidelines spell out the route, authorizing event participants to lawfully be in the street and it is designed to ensure the safe flow of all traffic in the downtown core. Experience has show that working with organizers on obtaining a permit makes the event more collaborative which increases the overall success of the event for everyone.
The Portland Police Bureau is committed to vigorously pursuing the goal of allowing participants to express their view which is there free speech right. Our overall objective is to take all appropriate action to help make this event happen in a way that is safe for participants and the general public alike.
The Portland Police Bureau is asking that Downtown Portland businesses be aware of this event and that they prepare for possible disruptions. Additionally, the Police Bureau is asking for the community’s patience and understanding as there may be disruptions to vehicle, pedestrian and TriMet traffic in the Downtown core during the duration of the event.
Anticipating that people may intend to occupy Portland parks as a result of this event we want to remind people that under City Code Park Rule 20.12.210 Hours of Park Closure:
A. No person shall be in a Park during hours of park closure. Unless the Director designates otherwise for any Park, “hours of park closure” means any time between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m. This offense is a class “B” Misdemeanor and under the City Code those who violate Park rules can be arrested. 
The Police Bureau will continue to provide updates as they are available.
The day of the event, follow @portlandpolice on Twitter for updates and information.
###PPB###
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Greenwash: WW: Mowing Lawns, Picking Up Manure & Driving Trucks Qualify as "Green Jobs" in Oregon

Shocker? Not. After spending $125,000 for EACH “stimulus job” in Oregon we could hardly expect that the national “green job” boondoggle was going to be any better.  

They’ve greenwashed the same old jobs. Oregon: Meet the green job, same as the old job. 

From Willamette Week here.

WW has examined reports on thousands of projects funded by federal stimulus money, analyses by state agencies responsible for tracking jobs, and independent studies that tried to figure out how many green jobs exist in the state.

The result? With tens of millions spent, Oregon can account for only a relative handful of “green” jobs created or saved. Training opportunities for these jobs are scarce. Agencies and companies that were supposed to report back on how many jobs they created haven’t done so, making reliable counts impossible.

When they talk about green jobs, Obama and Kitzhaber speak of careers in such cutting-edge fields as solar and wind energy, advanced fuel cells, and “green” chemistry.
But records show that the state has stretched its “green job” definition so broadly it includes such low-tech occupations as mowing lawns and shoveling manure. According to the Oregon Employment Department, the No. 1 “green job” in Oregon is “carpenter.” No. 2? Truck driver.

In other words, they’re the same old jobs just given a new title: green jobs.

And, oh snap! they can’t figure out which jobs have been saved or created or made up or…

The state claims that overall, more than 4,700 jobs have been created or saved thanks to $727 million spent on Oregon’s stimulus-funded projects—whether or not the money was supposed to create “green” jobs.
But that’s just an estimate. The companies and agencies who spent the money are supposed to be reporting how many jobs they’ve created or saved, but they aren’t doing that. As a result, records show, they have only officially claimed 911 jobs.
The number of jobs reported that directly relate to energy efficiency, renewables or sustainability is much smaller—about 400, based on WW’s analysis.
State experts can’t say how many green jobs have been produced as a result of the stimulus money.

But Willamette Week asked the Governor’s girlfriend, er, his Main Boo who got some of that stimulus money wassup. She says the numbers they’re looking for “might not exist yet.” You mean after we were ASSURED they’d be able to quantify saved or created jobs?? (And next time WW tell your readers who Cylvia is on first reference. She’s parking her fuzzy, unmarried slippers under the Guv’s bed at the people’s governor’s mansion.)

Meet the new job, same as the old job. 

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

Pete the Banker: Your Complaints About Your Debit Card Fee Should Be Sent to: Dodd, Frank, Durbin & Those Smelly Hippies "Occupying" Wall Street

This is the stuff Ronald Reagan was talking about when he said,  

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” 

Mssrs Dodd, Frank and Durbin–Washington insiders all–wanted to reform banks to make them less ‘greedy’ and what we got was a transfer of the costs of using debit cards from small business to the individual. This was done to “help” consumers. They’re killing us with all this “help.”
 
Bank of America (B of A) announced a not unexpected monthly debit card charge of $5 for those using their cards for debit card retail transactions to help offset restrictions imposed under the Dodd Frank Bill, more specifically the Durbin Amendment. B of A is implementing to help offset some $6.6 B in revenue losses mandated by restrictions in the measure. Dodd Frank is also responsible for costing the banks $5.6 B in lost revenue through restricting overdraft charges (here). The Durbin Amendment was passed by the Democrat dominated Senate and House in 2010 (here).  
 
 
B of A’s action follows those of Wells, Chase and other banks that have similarly raised debit card fees for most customers.  Other fee increases are expected in an effort to help recover revenues losses.  Retailers, especially Big Box retailers like Walmart and Home Depot, are expected to increase their top and bottom lines by hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of enactment of this piece of legislation.  The Wall Street Journal suggests that up to a million individual consumers will drop out of the traditional banking sector because of increasing bank fees instead electing to rely upon pawn shop operators, check cashing operators and high fee prepaid credit cards. 
 
Beth Robertson, analyst at the research firm Javelin Strategy states, “the burden of debit card costs is being transferred from merchants to consumers.”  She goes on to elaborate, “It’s unlikely that merchants will reduce their prices for goods and services now that accepting debit cards will cost them less, but banks are certainly making up for their revenue losses.” Here.
 
In a statement in his own defense, Dick Durbin suggested small businesses would benefit and went on to say, “Swipe fee regulation will still allow banks to cover actual costs of debit transactions but will rein in the banks’ excessive profit taking”.This is truly news to community banks and credit unions that joined the larger banks to oppose the Durbin Amendment and who are highly dependent upon the health of the small business sector. Here.

President Obama blasted B of A for levying the fee stating, “This is exactly why we need this Consumer Finance Protection Bureau that we set up that is ready to go,” Obama said. “This is exactly why we need somebody who’s sole job it is to prevent this kind of stuff from happening.”  Perhaps Mr President you should have thought twice about signing the legislation last year. Here.


The Wall Street Journal suggests that, “The result is an estimated $12 billion of annual revenue losses at the same banks that politicians are berating for not extending more credit to more customers. Not that the bankers won’t seek to offset these losses by raising fees elsewhere.” (here).They further suggest that two changes will occur.  Millions of individual bank consumers will drop out of the traditional banking sector electing instead to rely upon pawn shop operators, check cashing operators and high fee prepaid credit cards.  Second, the trend over the past decade toward customer service including greater access through flexible bank hours and more branch offices will disappear. Here.
Consumers will incur yet another cost with little tangible benefit.  Courtesy of the Democrats, the money will simply flow from one industry to another representing a major wealth transfer from taxpayer supported banks to the retail sector.  Speaking of wealth transfer, no word yet on the major contributions to the upcoming Frank and Durbin campaigns from retailers like Walmart and Home Depot..  
 
So, how do you get rid of this mess? This situation reminds me of another Ronald Reagan quote:

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!”

Pete the Banker

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