Daily Archives: January 17, 2012

"Empty Chair" to Represent SloBo at Big Rotary Club Debate

Photo Credit: Victoria Taft

Suzanne Bonamici has turned down a debate invitation from the Portland Rotary Club, scheduled for 12:15 today at The Governor Hotel, 614 Southwest 11th Avenue  Portland, OR 97205.
According to the Rotary website, 

First Congressional District Candidate Empty Chair Debate
Note: While both candidates were invited to this debate Ms. Bonamici declined to participate, so will be represented in this debate by an empty chair
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UPDATED: Obama Obsessed Media Back in Time for Election

The same nut who brought you the “Sarah Palin didn’t actually give birth to Trig” rumor mongering is the guy who wrote this piece. Nice subhead, huh?
Remember now children, Republicans are dumb! Talk about your double speak. Up is down, down is up. The usual meme for the left trotted out again.
Didn’t we already go through this with the jive about GW Bush being a dummy and then we found out the Yale undergrad and Harvard grad was smarter and had better grades than his Yalie opponent, John Kerry?


The BLOGFORCE weighs in:

Bernie Giusto:
Obama Critics Will Probably Fall For It!

The one thing you have to give the Obama at any cost crowd is they are very skilled at taking us off topic.  Andrew Sullivan’s Newsweek article really is not aimed making us uncomfortable with an under achieving conservative field of candidates or their political entourage. It is not meant to be a political IQ check of the other side.  

Nor is it about sparking a discussion of Obama opponents’ inability to really surface the Obama record of under performance as President.  Its all about using a headline to get the conservative game plan to change and by changing the political playing field

Sullivan in fact has nothing but the best to say about Obama.  Its that he just doesn’t understand how conservatives can’t get it right. Obama has kept his political promises from reforming Health Care to bringing our troops home from Iraq. He argues that the conservative just are not smart enough crowd refuses to think it through and argue the correct points of the President’s performance.

The risk is based on the early reactions the conservative political brain trust will fall for it.  But they should avoid the temptation to chase what turns out to be a pretty smart headline but misses the real target the economy. Because the article uses bait that voters won’t take until they get they get to keep their homes and get their jobs back.  But these non starters could be given new life by conservatives who will rush to defend their honor against the purpose of a here today and gone tomorrow headline.

Americans don’t often have time to think past the headlines.  But they will remember that our current president could not keep his economic promises to them. And they will remember the money got to the banks, just not to their street. And they will fear that if he gets to keep his job they will not get to keep their jobs.  But if the conservatives fall for it and track off message, they will wonder the same about their candidate.  


Rich Carson:
I am an independent. Some of the Republican candidates, like Bachman, Caine and Perry, don’t come across in the electronic media as being the sharpest tools in the shed. However, calling Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Paul or Huntsman dumb is dumb.
          I am currently writing a doctorate paper about strategy and decided to use the book “Obama’s Wars” by Bob Woodward as my case study. Obama had no management experience in either the private or public sector. Certainly he was clueless about how to manage the military or anything else. So in terms of being dumb, he was really dumb. But he did some smart things in terms of strategy. He listened to experienced and smart people. Mainly he listened to Petraeus and Gates. My point is that inexperienced people can listen to experienced people.
Since World War II, the presidents of this nation have had little military experience. We basically had a couple of Chief Executive Officers (CEO) who were Commanders in Chief (CIC). Only Dwight Eisenhower and George Washington were actual military commanders who became President. Others had military experience, but at a much lower level.
As a manager, I have found that listening to smart people makes you smarter. I happen to agree with Ron Paul. It is time to bring all the troops home. There is no war worth fighting today. America should only fight when attacked. I count the Civil War, World War II and Korea in this category. I am a descendent of Kit Carson who was a general in the Civil War. My uncle died in Korea. My father was captured and escaped in World War II from the March to Bataan.
And I was a volunteer during the Vietnam War. I made a mistake that my ancestors did not. I fought in a stupid and pointless war. Vietnam in now a tourist destination. Afghanistan is a tribal country that the British and the Russians lost. And Iraq needs to evolve on its own. It is the birth place of civil governance. But when your country calls, the you go. Now matter how stupid the mission.
The Republican candidates left standing are – on balance – smarter than Obama was the day his took office. They will be just fine.
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Cornilles Closes In on SloBlo in ORCD1

According to a poll by Republican pollster Bob Moore, Rob Cornilles has pulled within four points of the Democrat in the race for Oregon Congressional District 1.

In the last 30 years ORCD1 has become a decisive Democrat district, growing to  D+11 in voter registration most recently. Last November Cornilles lost to Democrat David Wu by 13 points.

A phone survey of 300 of likely voters on January 11th and 12th put Cornilles within four points of Bonamici, 42% to 46%. That would put his campaign within victory range leading up to the election.

Cornilles’ opponent in this race Suzanne Bonamici, her husband (Wu’s attorney now an appointed judge), the Oregon Democrat Party and Wu’s staff covered up for the addled Congressman through it all—rape allegations, sex with a teenager allegations, pill popping, drunkeness and wearing his infamous tiger suit while in a drunken stupor and texting it out to his staff. His staff blew the left him en masse when Wu’s victory looked safely secured.

The Wu Haul

SloBo is against fixing social security–except to raise taxes to back fill it. She’s against choice in public education, e.g. online academies, unless the government does it. She thinks job creation is the job of government and says she will create a program to give “capital” to small businesses. Bonamicic doesn’t understand that government “capital” is just money taken from the private sector by way of taxes and given over to the government’s hand chosen recipients.

Cornilles needs help. Send money and give time to do phone banking. 

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

"Empty Chair" to Represent SloBo at Big Rotary Club Debate

Photo Credit: Victoria Taft

Suzanne Bonamici has turned down a debate invitation from the Portland Rotary Club, scheduled for 12:15 today at The Governor Hotel, 614 Southwest 11th Avenue  Portland, OR 97205.
According to the Rotary website, 

First Congressional District Candidate Empty Chair Debate
Note: While both candidates were invited to this debate Ms. Bonamici declined to participate, so will be represented in this debate by an empty chair
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

UPDATED: Obama Obsessed Media Back in Time for Election

The same nut who brought you the “Sarah Palin didn’t actually give birth to Trig” rumor mongering is the guy who wrote this piece. Nice subhead, huh?
Remember now children, Republicans are dumb! Talk about your double speak. Up is down, down is up. The usual meme for the left trotted out again.
Didn’t we already go through this with the jive about GW Bush being a dummy and then we found out the Yale undergrad and Harvard grad was smarter and had better grades than his Yalie opponent, John Kerry?


The BLOGFORCE weighs in:

Bernie Giusto:
Obama Critics Will Probably Fall For It!

The one thing you have to give the Obama at any cost crowd is they are very skilled at taking us off topic.  Andrew Sullivan’s Newsweek article really is not aimed making us uncomfortable with an under achieving conservative field of candidates or their political entourage. It is not meant to be a political IQ check of the other side.  

Nor is it about sparking a discussion of Obama opponents’ inability to really surface the Obama record of under performance as President.  Its all about using a headline to get the conservative game plan to change and by changing the political playing field

Sullivan in fact has nothing but the best to say about Obama.  Its that he just doesn’t understand how conservatives can’t get it right. Obama has kept his political promises from reforming Health Care to bringing our troops home from Iraq. He argues that the conservative just are not smart enough crowd refuses to think it through and argue the correct points of the President’s performance.

The risk is based on the early reactions the conservative political brain trust will fall for it.  But they should avoid the temptation to chase what turns out to be a pretty smart headline but misses the real target the economy. Because the article uses bait that voters won’t take until they get they get to keep their homes and get their jobs back.  But these non starters could be given new life by conservatives who will rush to defend their honor against the purpose of a here today and gone tomorrow headline.

Americans don’t often have time to think past the headlines.  But they will remember that our current president could not keep his economic promises to them. And they will remember the money got to the banks, just not to their street. And they will fear that if he gets to keep his job they will not get to keep their jobs.  But if the conservatives fall for it and track off message, they will wonder the same about their candidate.  


Rich Carson:
I am an independent. Some of the Republican candidates, like Bachman, Caine and Perry, don’t come across in the electronic media as being the sharpest tools in the shed. However, calling Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Paul or Huntsman dumb is dumb.
          I am currently writing a doctorate paper about strategy and decided to use the book “Obama’s Wars” by Bob Woodward as my case study. Obama had no management experience in either the private or public sector. Certainly he was clueless about how to manage the military or anything else. So in terms of being dumb, he was really dumb. But he did some smart things in terms of strategy. He listened to experienced and smart people. Mainly he listened to Petraeus and Gates. My point is that inexperienced people can listen to experienced people.
Since World War II, the presidents of this nation have had little military experience. We basically had a couple of Chief Executive Officers (CEO) who were Commanders in Chief (CIC). Only Dwight Eisenhower and George Washington were actual military commanders who became President. Others had military experience, but at a much lower level.
As a manager, I have found that listening to smart people makes you smarter. I happen to agree with Ron Paul. It is time to bring all the troops home. There is no war worth fighting today. America should only fight when attacked. I count the Civil War, World War II and Korea in this category. I am a descendent of Kit Carson who was a general in the Civil War. My uncle died in Korea. My father was captured and escaped in World War II from the March to Bataan.
And I was a volunteer during the Vietnam War. I made a mistake that my ancestors did not. I fought in a stupid and pointless war. Vietnam in now a tourist destination. Afghanistan is a tribal country that the British and the Russians lost. And Iraq needs to evolve on its own. It is the birth place of civil governance. But when your country calls, the you go. Now matter how stupid the mission.
The Republican candidates left standing are – on balance – smarter than Obama was the day his took office. They will be just fine.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Cornilles Closes In on SloBlo in ORCD1

According to a poll by Republican pollster Bob Moore, Rob Cornilles has pulled within four points of the Democrat in the race for Oregon Congressional District 1.

In the last 30 years ORCD1 has become a decisive Democrat district, growing to  D+11 in voter registration most recently. Last November Cornilles lost to Democrat David Wu by 13 points.

A phone survey of 300 of likely voters on January 11th and 12th put Cornilles within four points of Bonamici, 42% to 46%. That would put his campaign within victory range leading up to the election.

Cornilles’ opponent in this race Suzanne Bonamici, her husband (Wu’s attorney now an appointed judge), the Oregon Democrat Party and Wu’s staff covered up for the addled Congressman through it all—rape allegations, sex with a teenager allegations, pill popping, drunkeness and wearing his infamous tiger suit while in a drunken stupor and texting it out to his staff. His staff blew the left him en masse when Wu’s victory looked safely secured.

The Wu Haul

SloBo is against fixing social security–except to raise taxes to back fill it. She’s against choice in public education, e.g. online academies, unless the government does it. She thinks job creation is the job of government and says she will create a program to give “capital” to small businesses. Bonamicic doesn’t understand that government “capital” is just money taken from the private sector by way of taxes and given over to the government’s hand chosen recipients.

Cornilles needs help. Send money and give time to do phone banking. 

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

The MoveOn.Commies & Friends to Target Banks Thursday

The MoveOn.Commies, Jobs for Justice, Occupy--the usual I’m-bored-let’s-protest-something-crowd, plan to go after banks on Thursday.
From the MoveOn.Commies:

To make sure the president gets our message, this Thursday we’re protesting Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, and other 1% banks that ravaged our economy. We’ll urge the president to order a federal investigation Wall Street—and show him the culprits to investigate. By taking just one hour out of your day, you’ll join with thousands more from the 99% to make sure the president hears us loud and clear.

I guess they won’t be going after Barney Frank, Fannie and Freddie, the Community Reinvestment Act acolytes. That would be too inconvenient. 

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Scott St. Clair: Should Washington St. Senator Maralyn Chase be Flogged for Introducing This Wash Out of a Bill?

Car Wash Police Chief

Sometimes what they do or say goes beyond the pale. Outrageous stupidity in word or deed that cannot be taken seriously without dignifying the underlying lunacy is such that the only appropriate response is to consider resorting to the lash.

Should the offending idiot be flogged?
Car Wash Offender

In this case, it’s Washington state Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds (pictured left), who has introduced Senate Bill 5777, a measure so patently absurd that citizens everywhere should be manning the barricades with pitchforks and torches to prevent any progress on it while others assemble a goodly supply of tar and feathers for just administration upon its sponsor.

SB 5777 effectively outlaws charitable fund-raising car washes, and criminalizes violations of the impossible-to-meet requirements to have one.
Gone are those Saturday morning events at the local gas station or parking lot that benefit the cheerleading squad, Girl Scout camp, the junior high pep band, the church youth group, Little League or anyone else looking to raise funds for activities that find it harder and harder to get funding in the first place.
Car Wash. Stop the Madness!

Additionally, one more wholesome activity that teaches kids the value and reward of work goes, if you will, down the drain.
The bill demonizes “outdoor car washing” by claiming all sorts of environmental hazards result from it. In reading the bill’s catalogue of horrors, you would think car washes are the second coming of the Exxon Valdez or the BP – Gulf of Mexico disaster. Charitable car wash efforts will, under the bill, be required to use biodegradable soap, wash cars only on water-permeable surfaces (how many gas stations are built on grass?), block off storm drains, capture all used car-wash water and pump it into a sanitary sewer drain or onto grass or landscaping and other nonsensical requirements.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Since you can’t make this stuff up, here’s the criminal part direct from the bill: “A person found in violation of section 2 of this act must serve a minimum of six hours of community service related to storm water education.”

What’s the maximum punishment – life without parole? Will an alleged offender receive a jury trial with state-provided counsel?    Miranda warnings to be offered? (Hat tip to Bellevue, WA attorney Richard Pope for raising these questions.)
Haz Mat Needed for Car Wash?

And specially deputized Kar Wash Kops – I can hear them now: “All you kids put down those hoses, buckets and rags, then up against the wall, feet back and spread ‘em. Book ‘em, Danno – First Degree Car Wash!”

Adding insult to injury, each May, the bill requires each public school to teach the evils of car washing as storm water pollution. It’s not as though public education in Washington state doesn’t have enough troubleswithout adding this drivel. Add to reading, writing and arithmetic “car wash etiquette.”
Car Wash Offender

The 2012 session of the Legislature is scheduled to run 60-days. On the agenda are serious issues dealing with budget shortfalls, tax increases and even the thorny issue of gay marriage. Yet the honorable lady from the 32ndDistrict wishes to burden her august assembly and the taxpayers of Washington state who pay for it all by clogging the process with the question of outlawing charitable car washes and criminalizing those who don’t toe the mark.

Should Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, be flogged?
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Numbers Don’t Lie: Occupy Portland Was a Lawless Disaster

Mayor Sam Adams and his Rainbow City Council looked the other way nearly every time Occupy Portland broke the law or disregarded city codes during the illegal encampment from October 6 to November 13.

From the beginning when the non leader leaders told the City they’d disregard the law by defying permit requirements, then camped out in two parks against the camping ordinances,  disregarded health rules, sanitation laws–the lawless atmosphere continued unabated. But it grew worse when they invited their friends the from the other rabble rousing groups. And come they did. And when that happened on day two, the Occupy camp went from being Hoodstock to Hell Night.

Graph of Portlander’s Disdain for Law During Occupy

Cops were mere babysitters for the druggies, anarchists and assorted homeless street kids and gutter snipes who brought their kids and dogs to the invasion. Even with an indulgent police response, ie looking the other way–ALOT–the crime stats hit the roof during the Occupy Portland and again on December 3rd, another Occupy melee.
 

Respect for Leadership of Mayor During Occupy

Now the Portland Police Bureau has  released the crime stats from the area of Occupy Portland in the times surrounding Occupy.

I wish there were a chart to demonstrate the growing disdain Portlanders felt for the “leadership” surrounding Occupy and the enabling the City did for its lack of leadership during this time.

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