Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jim ‘da candyman’ Moeller’s Dismissive Attitude on CRC Questionable Accounting Unacceptable

As readers will recall, Independent Forensic Accountant Tiffany Couch raised a few eyebrows and caught the attention of legislators, business owners and taxpayers when she released her independent analysis of the CRC’s handling of taxpayer dollars so far. The release of her report, covered here showed several irregularities in just how monies have been spent and accounted for, leaving several questions unanswered.

For full audio and the Powerpoint Slide presented by Ms. Couch, please visit Couv.com

As could be expected, CRC supporters began dismissing and marginalizing the Independent Forensic Analysis almost immediately with the Columbian, a long time cheerleader for the project publishing numerous articles in favor of the CRC, including supposed benefits to the community.

Most notably among the long time supporters is Democrat 49th legislative district representative, Jim ‘da candyman’ Moeller stating, “In a project of such huge scale and complexity, at least some errant billing and bookkeeping is inevitable,,, I’m not worried that there has been fraud or malfeasance at any step along the way,,, the project has operated transparently.”

Moeller went on say, “I think that Tiffany is doing the job she was hired to do, and that’s stop the project.”

Of all of those wishing to minimize what Ms. Couch uncovered, ‘candyman’ seem to be the most critical of her personally and his cavalier attitude over accounting irregularities has not set well with the community, prompting letters to the editors of the Columbian here, here and here.

The last link is to an LTE by small business owner Dave Joliette of Vancouver who finds Moeller’s cavalier attitude completely unacceptable and expressed more than what the letter published can show due to limitation on length of all letters submitted to the Columbian.

Dave sent me a copy of his original letter to the editor last week and knowing that the Columbian declines to publish LTE’s posted on blog sites (yes, they monitor us), postponed mentioning it, deferring to the Columbians much larger subscribership.

As I said, Dave had to edit his letter to come within the papers guidelines. Although his edited version gets his point across on Moeller’s attitude being “dismissive and arrogant,” I feel his initial thoughts, in full, deserve airing as well.

I WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND TO MOELLERS COMMENTS IN THE COULUMBIAN REGARDING THE BLISTERING REPORT BY TIFFANY COUCH ON THE CRC.

THIS IS A QUOTE IN THE COLUMBIAN…

People like Jim Moeller state “In a project of such huge scale and complexity, at least some errant billing and bookkeeping is inevitable.”

…MR. Moeller you were elected to represent the public in the 49th district. That means honesty and INTEGRITY… I REJECT that in a huge project some errant billing and bookkeeping is inevitable. IN FACT IN A BIG PROJECT ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES ARE EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, SO AS TO MAKE SURE no one is scamming the money by a lack of proper audit trails.. This remark clearly illustrates lack of understanding of the most fundamental theory in accounting procedures. For example the FEDERAL GOVENMENT did an audit on a company, and there were improper accounting practices and they could not ascertain revenues and expenses in proper accounting format, upon which to figure out tax. Do you think for one one millionth of a micro second this response would be an acceptable for not paying tax revenue to the Feds? Certainly this is not an acceptable explanation and is a misquote. If it is not, then you should submit your resignation immediately, as you are not capable of understanding the importance of accuracy and transparency in public money. PLEASE REMEMEBER THIS IS PUBLIC MONEY. IF YOU WORKED AT A PUBLICY TRADED COMPANY AND this was an answer to a FORENSIC accountant one would not have time to clear out one’s desk. Those same skills could allow however for a job as the CFO of Enron.

Tiffany Couch who wrote the BLISTERING report is a FORENSIC CPA. Any idea how tough that major and exam are? This is a 150+ million dollars so far, and this response indicates exactly why the government has a 15 trillion dollar deficit. I find this remark absolutely terrifying.

Dave is correct. Expressing such a cavalier attitude that some “errant billing and bookkeeping is inevitable” is completely unacceptable from a “public servant.” Jim Moeller isn’t supporting spending his own money, but ours. It is money collected through our taxes, fees and rates paid to the government for the public interest. We are owed proper accounting, oversight and transparency so taxpayers can be assured our dwindling tax dollars are utilized in the best manner and are not misappropriated, even inadvertently.

We in Washington State see our own $1.5 Billion budget gap sitting up in Olympia, apparently not being worried about while the legislature instead pushed homosexual marriage, banning plastic bags, raising taxes on tobacco, or writing bills to ensure Girls Volleyball teams are treated more fairly.

Is it any wonder we have seen $150 Million spent so far with nothing to show but assurances of tolls, higher taxes and an elected ruling class addicted to our money?

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Mr. Why: Clack Co’s Paul Sava, Turn Coat

Get a load of this crap: “As I stated in 2010, Clackamas County is at a crossroads. “Politics as usual” has brought us to a point where the future of this County is in jeopardy. Misguided politicians that believe they know best have forced upon us an agenda that does not reflect our best interest. Even to this day those people believe that holding onto the failed Portland style agenda is the way to go and they will resist allowing the citizens a right to vote on the future of this County.” Really? — he must be called out on this!! This is infuriating. If Savas had his way there would be NO public vote on UR and right now the county would be about to approve a new UR plan on McLoughlin to fund Light Rail and all the usual development. The ONLY THING that stopped them was the initiative measure Savas voted against. He himself has been opposed to the citizens voting and is now providing the same Portland style resistance to the new rail vote measure. And he has the gall to pretend to be in favor of these public votes? —–Original Message—– From: Mary Olson To: stevescare ; stevespinnett ; Rob Kremer ; lindsay ; Jim Knapp_SAV_CC ; john070 ; Eric Sent: Tue, Jan 31, 2012 1:05 pm Subject: Fw: Elect Paul Savas for Clackamas County Chair Get a load of this crap: “As I stated in 2010, Clackamas County is at a crossroads. “Politics as usual” has brought us to a point where the future of this County is in jeopardy. Misguided politicians that believe they know best have forced upon us an agenda that does not reflect our best interest. Even to this day those people believe that holding onto the failed Portland style agenda is the way to go and they will resist allowing the citizens a right to vote on the future of this County.” Really? — he must be called out on this!!

Oregon CD 1 Meet Your New Congressman

And to the Oregon Republican Party, the NRCC and the Oregon Tea Party: You’ve all just gone on record as writing off this Congressional District forever. Good luck trying to beat an INCUMBENT when SloBo seeks re election –even with new redistricting lines.

The people of the 1st CD–moderates and conservatives–you have just seen your representation get sold out; declared unworthy of support.

And a personal word to Suzanne Bonamici: You supported a man for years who predated upon women and you knew it. He is a man you called a friend and your husband served as consigliere. You supported his campaigns and covered up for him. And your SuperPac buddies in Emily’s List, NARAL and Planned Parenthood–the women’s movement–support you. The “women’s movement” is deader than dead.

**And a late ad which was going to be left for a later post: Cornilles himself did not ask for help. He didn’t ask the Oregon Republican Party for much help, didn’t ask the NRCC for much help and certainly did everything to distance himself from the Tea Party. With that said, I still think the right should have fought for the seat.

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Jim ‘da candyman’ Moeller’s Dismissive Attitude on CRC Questionable Accounting Unacceptable

As readers will recall, Independent Forensic Accountant Tiffany Couch raised a few eyebrows and caught the attention of legislators, business owners and taxpayers when she released her independent analysis of the CRC’s handling of taxpayer dollars so far. The release of her report, covered here showed several irregularities in just how monies have been spent and accounted for, leaving several questions unanswered.

For full audio and the Powerpoint Slide presented by Ms. Couch, please visit Couv.com

As could be expected, CRC supporters began dismissing and marginalizing the Independent Forensic Analysis almost immediately with the Columbian, a long time cheerleader for the project publishing numerous articles in favor of the CRC, including supposed benefits to the community.

Most notably among the long time supporters is Democrat 49th legislative district representative, Jim ‘da candyman’ Moeller stating, “In a project of such huge scale and complexity, at least some errant billing and bookkeeping is inevitable,,, I’m not worried that there has been fraud or malfeasance at any step along the way,,, the project has operated transparently.”

Moeller went on say, “I think that Tiffany is doing the job she was hired to do, and that’s stop the project.”

Of all of those wishing to minimize what Ms. Couch uncovered, ‘candyman’ seem to be the most critical of her personally and his cavalier attitude over accounting irregularities has not set well with the community, prompting letters to the editors of the Columbian here, here and here.

The last link is to an LTE by small business owner Dave Joliette of Vancouver who finds Moeller’s cavalier attitude completely unacceptable and expressed more than what the letter published can show due to limitation on length of all letters submitted to the Columbian.

Dave sent me a copy of his original letter to the editor last week and knowing that the Columbian declines to publish LTE’s posted on blog sites (yes, they monitor us), postponed mentioning it, deferring to the Columbians much larger subscribership.

As I said, Dave had to edit his letter to come within the papers guidelines. Although his edited version gets his point across on Moeller’s attitude being “dismissive and arrogant,” I feel his initial thoughts, in full, deserve airing as well.

I WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND TO MOELLERS COMMENTS IN THE COULUMBIAN REGARDING THE BLISTERING REPORT BY TIFFANY COUCH ON THE CRC.

THIS IS A QUOTE IN THE COLUMBIAN…

People like Jim Moeller state “In a project of such huge scale and complexity, at least some errant billing and bookkeeping is inevitable.”

…MR. Moeller you were elected to represent the public in the 49th district. That means honesty and INTEGRITY… I REJECT that in a huge project some errant billing and bookkeeping is inevitable. IN FACT IN A BIG PROJECT ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES ARE EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, SO AS TO MAKE SURE no one is scamming the money by a lack of proper audit trails.. This remark clearly illustrates lack of understanding of the most fundamental theory in accounting procedures. For example the FEDERAL GOVENMENT did an audit on a company, and there were improper accounting practices and they could not ascertain revenues and expenses in proper accounting format, upon which to figure out tax. Do you think for one one millionth of a micro second this response would be an acceptable for not paying tax revenue to the Feds? Certainly this is not an acceptable explanation and is a misquote. If it is not, then you should submit your resignation immediately, as you are not capable of understanding the importance of accuracy and transparency in public money. PLEASE REMEMEBER THIS IS PUBLIC MONEY. IF YOU WORKED AT A PUBLICY TRADED COMPANY AND this was an answer to a FORENSIC accountant one would not have time to clear out one’s desk. Those same skills could allow however for a job as the CFO of Enron.

Tiffany Couch who wrote the BLISTERING report is a FORENSIC CPA. Any idea how tough that major and exam are? This is a 150+ million dollars so far, and this response indicates exactly why the government has a 15 trillion dollar deficit. I find this remark absolutely terrifying.

Dave is correct. Expressing such a cavalier attitude that some “errant billing and bookkeeping is inevitable” is completely unacceptable from a “public servant.” Jim Moeller isn’t supporting spending his own money, but ours. It is money collected through our taxes, fees and rates paid to the government for the public interest. We are owed proper accounting, oversight and transparency so taxpayers can be assured our dwindling tax dollars are utilized in the best manner and are not misappropriated, even inadvertently.

We in Washington State see our own $1.5 Billion budget gap sitting up in Olympia, apparently not being worried about while the legislature instead pushed homosexual marriage, banning plastic bags, raising taxes on tobacco, or writing bills to ensure Girls Volleyball teams are treated more fairly.

Is it any wonder we have seen $150 Million spent so far with nothing to show but assurances of tolls, higher taxes and an elected ruling class addicted to our money?

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Occupy Fill-in-the-blank: They’re All the Same People

I got to thinking this morning as I looked at the damage done to the Oakland City Hall by “Occupy” Anarchists that I’d seen this stuff before. As I’ve explained ALOT, the Occupy crowd is the same old batch of self styled leftist quasi anarchists who

populate the Jobs with Justice, ISO, Socialist Party, Communist Party, EarthFirst!, Eco & Animal Rights and finally–the IWW, ILWU, AFL-CIO and SEIU crowd.

Then I remembered what those same people did in Wisconsin. Millions of dollars in damage to the capitol. Same people. Same tactics.

We’ve seen it all before.

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Mr. Why: Clack Co’s Paul Sava, Turn Coat

Get a load of this crap: “As I stated in 2010, Clackamas County is at a crossroads. “Politics as usual” has brought us to a point where the future of this County is in jeopardy. Misguided politicians that believe they know best have forced upon us an agenda that does not reflect our best interest. Even to this day those people believe that holding onto the failed Portland style agenda is the way to go and they will resist allowing the citizens a right to vote on the future of this County.” Really? — he must be called out on this!! This is infuriating. If Savas had his way there would be NO public vote on UR and right now the county would be about to approve a new UR plan on McLoughlin to fund Light Rail and all the usual development. The ONLY THING that stopped them was the initiative measure Savas voted against. He himself has been opposed to the citizens voting and is now providing the same Portland style resistance to the new rail vote measure. And he has the gall to pretend to be in favor of these public votes? —–Original Message—– From: Mary Olson To: stevescare ; stevespinnett ; Rob Kremer ; lindsay ; Jim Knapp_SAV_CC ; john070 ; Eric Sent: Tue, Jan 31, 2012 1:05 pm Subject: Fw: Elect Paul Savas for Clackamas County Chair Get a load of this crap: “As I stated in 2010, Clackamas County is at a crossroads. “Politics as usual” has brought us to a point where the future of this County is in jeopardy. Misguided politicians that believe they know best have forced upon us an agenda that does not reflect our best interest. Even to this day those people believe that holding onto the failed Portland style agenda is the way to go and they will resist allowing the citizens a right to vote on the future of this County.” Really? — he must be called out on this!!

Occupy Fill-in-the-blank: They’re All the Same People

I got to thinking this morning as I looked at the damage done to the Oakland City Hall by “Occupy” Anarchists that I’d seen this stuff before. As I’ve explained ALOT, the Occupy crowd is the same old batch of self styled leftist quasi anarchists who

populate the Jobs with Justice, ISO, Socialist Party, Communist Party, EarthFirst!, Eco & Animal Rights and finally–the IWW, ILWU, AFL-CIO and SEIU crowd.

Then I remembered what those same people did in Wisconsin. Millions of dollars in damage to the capitol. Same people. Same tactics.

We’ve seen it all before.

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Occupy Portland Hijacks Party to Pump Up Numbers Sat Night

You’ve heard the old saying, “I went to fight and a hockey game broke out”? You could apply that same story line to the Saturday night dance party which had been in the planning phase for weeks.  

Occupy Portland decided to hijack the event and pretend it was ‘theirs.’ People went to a dance party and a parade and bridge close broke out.  That’s why they reported a crowd of 1000 people at their march on Saturday when there MAYBE were 100. 
Eventually the riot cops came to clear it out for awhile. Most people who gave money to bring the moveable dance to Portland were irate. This guy, however, was amused.

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Pete the Banker: President Obama on Occupy Paradise

“But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.
 “In Honolulu, on the southern coast of the island of Oahu, there’s a four-bedroom home priced at $785,000 that has views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. The beaches of Waikiki are 15-minutes away. Starting this month, the property is available to buyers with a subprime credit score, limited cash reserves and a 3.5 percent down payment using a loan backed by the Federal Housing Administration. Without the agency, a buyer would need a 20 percent down payment and an unblemished financial history for a jumbo mortgage.”  
 
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Scott St. Clair: Latest Occupy Oakland tactic: Murder your parents

Hey kid, it’s Rage Against the Machine; not your parents.
News on the latest in peaceful Occupy tactics comes from the Bay Area where Susan Poff and Robert Kamin, long-time foster parents who were, by all accounts, exactly the people who should be foster parents, were strangled to death late last week allegedly by their 15-year-old adopted son because they objected to him spending so much time with Occupy Oakland.

 

So if mom and dad aren’t thrilled with little Jimmy running off to play with his Occupy friends – perhaps blocking traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge? – under Occupy logic he’s perfectly entitled to off the old reactionary tools of the capitalist, imperialist, Wall Street one-percenters, especially since they cruelly and with greedy malice aforethought took him to karate lessons – he was a black belt – and enrolled him in a charter school. What awful parents!
Poff and Kamin had devoted their lives to working with homeless, mentally-ill and low-income people and troubled youth – not exactly Wall Street types were they?
But when the kid hangs around with the violent thugs of Occupy Oakland, what do you expect? Just this past weekend, several hundred, perhaps over 400 people, were arrested during the latest demonstration that featured physical assaults, breaking into and vandalizing Oakland City Hall and attempts to break into and seize an abandoned building in the downtown area.
Less than a month ago on these pages, I predicted increased Occupy-related violence, although I must admit I didn’t foresee patricide and matricide. Left-wing billionaire financier, George Soros, has also predicted an uptick in violence, but he did so almost gleefully.
Scott St. Clair is a recovering lawyer and former investigative journalist with the Freedom Foundation. 
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Rees Lloyd: Why Do Oregon Media Ignore or Marginalize MMA Athlete


As reported by the Victoria Taft Blog (here and here) Chael Sonnen, a native Oregonian from West Linn,  former  All American wrestler for the University of Oregon, former Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Team Alternate, and now Mixed Martial Arts Superstar from Oregon’s now world famous Team Quest training center in Portland (Gresham) co-founded by MMA legend and former Olympic Silver Medalist Matt Lindland, won the co-main event of a major UFC production, UFC ON FOX on Saturday, January 28, 2012.



Fox’s broadcast of the UFC event involving three fights, including the co-main event featuring Oregon’s Sonnen, is only the second time in UFC history that an MMA event was broadcast on a major American television network. It was seen by 17,000 in the Chicago arena and by millions all over the U.S., and in twenty-four foreign countries, according to Fox.  


Sonnen’s unanimous decision victory over England’s Michael Bisping gives Sonnen his long awaited rematch with UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva of Brazil, who is considered the best MMA fighter “pound-for-pound” in the world. However, he met his match when he fought Sonnen, the first fighter to literally manhandle Silva and beat down Silva until the final seconds of the last round, when Silva managed to apply a desperate “triangle choke hold” which forced Sonnen to tap out before being choked out. Every judge had given Sonnen every minute of every round, until those last few seconds of the last round of the five-round fight.


The Sonnen-Silva championship  rematch is expected to take place in a huge soccer stadium in Brazil, where MMA is a national obsession. It has been called “the most anticipated rematch in UFC history.”


However, the question presented regarding the rematch is– Will UFC Champion Anderson  Silva actually sign for the fight with Sonnen, or duck it? Again? Sonnen has called Silva out repeatedly, and claims that the UFC has offered Silva a contract for the fight with Sonnen four times, but Silva has ducked the fight on each of the four times with one excuse after another.


The question I have, however, is this: All these facts are true, and are being published across the fruited plain by various major media and on the internet. However, they are ignored by Oregon media. Why?


For instance, the Oregonian, the 800-pound guerilla of newspaper journalism in Portland and Oregon (okay, the 8-Pound Chimpanzee of newspaper reportage), did not report a word about Chael Sonnen’s victory in Chicago, or that he would now fight for the title.

Why would the Oregonian and other Oregon media ignore the achievement of Sonnen and other MMA fighters from Oregon? The Oregon media fails to report on Sonnen’s victory,  despite the fact that Sonnen is a homegrown Oregonian, so proud of it that he ensures that the ring announcer always identifies him as “Chael Sonnen, fighting out of West Linn, Oregon.” 


He also makes clear in interviews (with national and international media in pre- and post-fight interviews, which Oregon media do not bother to cover), that no matter his rise to MMA superstardom, he is proud of his Oregon roots and will return post-fight to his hometown of West Linn, to coach kids in the “All Phase Wrestling” team in association with West Linn High School, and  will to continue to train at Team Quest, where he began as a high school wrestler himself.


I don’t understand this lack of media response to MMA athletes as opposed to other athletes.  Oregon is a small state. For instance, the population of the entire state is about the same as Riverside County, CA.  Most states take great pride in their homegrown athletes that make good. In Boxing or MMA, fighters are usually referenced at some point in the commentary, as “L.A.’s own hometown hero,” or “New York’s own [fill in the blank].” I can assure you that if Riverside County, CA, from whence I relocated to Oregon,  had a homegrown athlete as No. 1 UFC contender now with a title shot, it would be a matter of pride with lots of publicity. If he won, there would be parades.


Team Quest is a “homegrown”training center of world renown, Matt Lindland is an MMA Superstar and former Olympic Silver Medalist from Oregon, and Chael Sonnen is a Team Quest MMA superstar, former All-American at the University of Oregon, and an Olympic Team alternate, who is the No. 1 contender for the Middleweight title for the UFC, which is the major leagues. UFC is biggest show in MMA fighting. Athletes dream of making it to the UFC, let alone becoming a contender or a champion. 


Yet,  when Oregon’s Chael Sonnen wins a critical fight Saturday night that gives him a title shot in a UFC event seen by more people than any MMA event in history, the Oregonian doesn’t think it is worth reporting,  and ignores it in favor of, say, a non-Orgonian, non-American tennis player having a bad day at the Australian Open.


I just don’t get it. Even political conservatives, other than Victoria Taft,  have apparently failed to see that almost all MMA fighters, if not all, and most MMA fans, are American patriots,  and political conservatives not all anxious to become slaves or dependents of the state under the neo-socialism which is creeping through the culture.


Further,MMA is the fastest growing sport in the country.  Oregon has produced some of MMA’s greatest legends and rising stars in that fastest-growing sport. Yet there is silence by almost all of the Oregonian media about even Oregon-born superstars in the sport.


Why? Do the reporters, journalists, and editors of Oregon media have a prejudicial view of MMA? Is it “too brutal” or “violent” or “bloodsport” as was once claimed? None of those things are true, of course, as MMA requires great skill in diverse martial arts; MMA has rules governing what is allowed and not allowed;  and, though rarely reported,  the UFC has not experienced the serious damage caused to athletes in other sports. For instance, there are no “punch drunk” former MMA fighters; no former fighters with permanently disabling head, back, or other injuries, as in other contact sports. 


The fact is, neither the fighters in MMA nor the fans are knuckle-dragging Neanderthals savoring blood. Indeed, almost all of the top MMA fighters are college graduates. Many, like Chael Sonnen, were All American wrestlers in college. Many are veterans like Randy Couture (six years in the U.S. Army). Most if not all are unashamed patriots like Matt Lindland–about whom I have to ask: Just how many Olympic Silver Medalists does Oregon have that the Oregon media can  marginalize a MMA legend like Matt Lindland? 


The so-called “MMA community” is also large and growing. Recall that  when Randy Couture, native of the Portland Metro-area (born just across the Columbia in Washington), co-founder with Matt Lindland of Team Quest in Portland (Gresham),  and five-time UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, fought in UFC’s event in the Rose Garden, almost 16,000 MMA fans showed up to see it. 


I covered that fight for Victoria Taft, and spoke to many, many people in the audience: Who they are; what do they do; why are they there, why MMA? What about the state of the economy, the country, the culture? In my random interviews, these were people better educated than the average; many highly educated. Articulate.  All I interviewed actually worked for a living, most in the private sector. They were self-reliant working people. I did not encounter any liberal progressive elitist trust-fund babies and stock coupon clippers.Those I interviewed were confident, but unpretentious, or elitist. When I probed on matters cultural and political, they were proud of their country and grateful to it. Proud to be Americans. They were also proud of the military who have protected our freedom. They were people humble enough to be thankful to their country, and courageous enough to defend it. 


In short, they were very much like the people I have met at Tea Party rallies: Self-reliant, hard-working, humble,  Americans who love their country, are grateful for the freedom they enjoy as Americans, and willing to take a stand against its transformation into a quasi-socialist welfare state of limited freedom instead of limited government, state dependency instead of individual responsibility and freedom to succeed. 


Does that explain the Oregon media’s apparent dismissive, distain for the achievements of Oregon athletes in MMA? 


Is MMA considered a sport appealing to “conservatives” and thus not to reported on by the liberal to progressive to worse media?


Is MMA just not fou-fou enough for Portland, the Principality of Progressive Political Correctness?


Is there an elitist snobbery factor here?


I don’t know. If you who read this know, then please enlighten me with a comment below.


What I do know is that elitist media distain for MMA should disappear, and Oregon’s MMA athletes should be given equal attention by the media, not ignored, not marginalized.


I salute native Oregonian Chael Sonnen for his victory, native Oregonian Matt Lindland for his achievements in MMA and staying home to create and sustain Team Quest, and all the Team Quest and other MMA athletes who are bringing honor to themselves and to Oregon by their hard work in MMA. I thank all of them for their patriotism, there many, many  volunteer hours (and days) in service for our troops, and for our country.


[Rees Lloyd is a civil rights attorney, a veterans activist, a resident of Portland, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.]


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