Daily Archives: January 27, 2012

Rees Lloyd: MMA Super Star Oregonian Chael Sonnen to Fight on UFC on FOX

Oregon’s Chael Sonnen, Team Quest Mixed Martial Arts superstar, will fight in the co-main event of  “UFC [Ultimate Fighting Championship] On Fox”  on Saturday, January 28, broadcast from Chicago by Fox at 5 pm. PST.
Sonnen, generally regarded as the number one contender for the UFC’s Middleweight (185-pound) crown, will take on England’s Michael Bisping. The winner is expected to get a shot at Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva of Brazil.

            The Fox broadcast of the UFC competition involving Chael Sonnen is only the second nationwide broadcast of an MMA bout on a major television network. The first was for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, in which Junior Dos Santos of Brazil defeated then-champion, Cain Velasquez of the U.S. Sonnen will be fighting before a Fox television audience of millions.

            The colorful Sonnen, from West Lynn, OR,  who is sometimes referred to as the “Quotable Chael Sonnen,”  predicted at a pre-fight press  conference in Chicago that he would not only defeat Bisping, but that he would go on to take away the title of  Anderson Silva if Sonnen gets his longed-for second opportunity to fight Silva.

            In his first fight with Silva, who has never been defeated and is often cited as the best fighter “pound-for-pound” in the world,  Sonnen dominated Silva every minute of every round—until the last 30 seconds of the fifth and last round. Then,  Silva, although appearing totally beaten up and defeated, managed to apply a Brazilian “triangle choke hold” that  caused Sonnen to tap out just before passing out. Until that moment, the last seconds of the last round, every judge had given every round to Sonnen.


            Sonnen has since then publicly called out Silva repeatedly to engage in a rematch. Sonnen vows he will take inflict Silva’s first loss on him, and take the Brazilian’s title.  It is universally agreed that the toughest fight Silva has ever had was his  first fight with Sonnen.

            Now an MMA superstar, Sonnen, a wrestling team All American when he was at the University of Oregon, still resides in his home town of West Lynn, where he coaches kids  in the “All Phase Wrestling Club” which is associated with West Lynn High School.

            Sonnen, himself, rose to MMA stardom through his training at the now world famous Team Quest training center in Portland (Grisham), which has produced many MMA internationally known stars. Sonnen will enter the famed UFC Octagon on the Fox broadcast as a member of Team Quest.

             Matt Lindland, Oregon native, MMA legend, certified MMA superstar, Oregon’s Olympic Silver Medalist (Greco Roman wrestling), Team Quest founder, coach,  and fighter, said of Sonnen:

            “Chael has trained with Team Quest since we began. This is an important fight for Chael. This is the equivalent of  the semi-finals of the world championships. When he gets past Michael Bisping, which I am certain he will this Saturday night, Chael will move on to the world championship.”                       

            MMA was once condemned and in some states barred as too violent. It  has had a long hard road to recognition as a sport on an equal plane with other professional sports, even though so many of the competitors are college graduates who were All American wrestlers in college.

             That long-sought acceptance was achieved with the signing of a contract between UFC and Fox for MMA event broadcasts on a par with baseball, football, or other professional sports. In short, the Fox decision to broadcast UFC MMA has the effect of legitimizing it and recognizing MMA for what it is, the fastest growing sport in America, involving some of the greatest athletes in the world.

            It is significant that the second nationwide UFC broadcast will feature a world-class Oregon athlete, former All American wrestler, and now MMA superstar, Chael Sonnen of Team Quest.

            The question remains: Why are Oregon’s internationally renown MMA athletes, among the best in the world, like Matt Lindland, Chael Sonnen, and other Team Quest fighters, so many of whom are proudly patriotic and donate great amounts of time working with, training, and putting on exhibitions for active duty military, given so little notice by the Oregonian and other media, which otherwise devote so much space or broadcast time to sports? 

[Rees Lloyd, an attorney and resident of Portland, is a member of the Victoria Taft blogforce.]

           

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Comrades, Colleagues, and Patriots:  I am forwarding for your consideration this Thomas More Law Center “Alert” concern this extremely important, and outrageous case. Thomas More Law Center deserves praise and support for making this fight to reverse yet another despicable, culture transforming decision by the out-of-control, tyrannical and ultra-liberal  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 


The Ninth Circuit continues to shape and define American culture and values by such decisions as this while being led by the convicted Porno Pervert Chief Judge Alex Kozinski. After being exposed by an L.A. Times report, Kozinski  was found guilty by his judicial peers of publishing degrading porno on his website, including among other images, one of  naked women posed on all fours and painted as “cows.” However, his judicial peers imposed a slap-on-the-wrist public rebuke upon this porno pervert, and Kozinki remains Chief Judge of the most liberal circuit in America.

The Supreme Court should grant the Thomas More Law Center’s request for review and reverse this latest discriminatory, secular-cleansing, anti-Christian 9th Circuit Court of Appeal  decision. 

It should also be repudiated by Americans who should stand up like free men and women and tell the 9th Circuit  lawyer-judges they have become tyrants in robes who must cease to hand down decisions effectively amending the Constitution, like feudal lords sending down diktats from on high to peasants who meekly accept them, standing or kneeling in awe of their berobed lords.  There is no reason for Americans not to openly and directly criticize the lawyer-judges in the same way we criticize the members of Congress and the Executive Branch when they overstep their bounds and purport to dictate to Americans. 

It should be made clear to the lawyer-judges of the Judicial Branch as well as to the Congress and Executive Branches: Intolerant “Secular Cleansing” of Christianity in America by Liberal “Progressive” secular extremists epitomized  by the ACLU — the Taliban of American liberal secularism — is no less offensive than “Christian Cleansing” by extremist Muslims in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa, and India, or by Communists in Red China.” 

It is not the America founded on Judeo-Christian values which needs transforming. It is the lawyer-judges of the Judicial Branch, and liberal “progressives” in Congress and the White House, who need transforming. They need to recognize the ultimate sovereign of America — “We, the People,” including Christians, who should not be “cleansed” from our American history or our contemporary American public square by judicial fiat, or liberal progressive politicians. Period.

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY FOREVER; SURRENDER TO TYRANNY–INCLUDING JUDICIAL– NEVER!
–Rees Lloyd

UPDATE: Viva la Education! Educationistas! Target Portland’s Three Year Olds with "Social Justice" Instruction

First in a Series
What is social justice? Like the word ‘sustainability,’ no one seems to know the definition. The term is ping’d like a pinball between people who, when hit with it, robotically nod.  No one gives thought to what it means–least of all the left.

And the social justice crowd wants to make sure your Portland Public School student is steeped in it. They call it “Re-thinking” the schools. It’s a misnomer, however, because no thinking is required by you or your little bots who sit in the seats in government schools.

But social justice isn’t justice at all. Justice allows for equal treatment under law. Social justice strives for equal outcomes.

As Dennis Prager outlines here, there’s a chasm of difference between real justice and jerry-rigged social justice:

From “ReThinking” Website

Social justice means left wing equality. So there is no social justice if there are rich people and poor people. Definitionally that is social injustice. Justice has no problem with [people] being rich and poor. Social justice has a problem with there being rich and poor. If the rich got rich justly there is no problem with it, but social justice distorts the meaning of justice in the name of the egalitarian ideal that motivates the left.

In Portland a cadre of “social justice” educators is holding a series of “training” sessions for teachers on inculcating our kids with their idea of “social justice.” The latest one is tonight.

TGIF: Teaching and Organizing for Social Justice

 Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

Please join us for our next Rethinking Schools event:
  Teaching and Organizing for Social Justice
  When: Friday, January 27th; 4 pm – 6 pm
  Where: The Subud House (3185 NE Regents Dr. — at Mason. Take NE 33rd, turn at the light at Mason, opposite Wilshire Park.)

Here’s what they plan for your three to nine year old children:

Geared toward early childhood/primary teachers (pre-K through 3rd), childcare workers, parents and anyone with a stake in the education of young children, this workgroup will focus on ways to teach 3 to 9-year olds with an orientation toward social justice. We’ll collectively select topics and our discussions will involve sharing experiences as well as engagement with readings. Initial readings will be drawn from Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves and Rethinking Early Childhood Education. Depending on the particular interests of the group, themes might include: developmentally appropriate ways to help children understand/explore race, gender, class, ability and family structure; creating an anti-bias learning community;

Here’s their stated purpose:

Modeled after the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (CORE) that has transformed the Chicago Teachers Union, Social Equality Educators (SEE) is a new rank-and-file organization of educators inside the National Education Association. The first chapter of SEE formed in Seattle in 2009 and there is now an effort underway to start a Portland-area chapter. SEE seeks to transform education in terms that empower students, teachers, and the communities that our public schools serve.  As members of the NEA we understand that the union has a vital role to play in creating an equitable education system.  As educators, we understand the importance of using culturally relevant and holistic curriculum to empower our students. We come together to fight the corporate reform of our schools and to organize for a socially just education system.

They’re especially oriented toward fill-in-the-blank justice such as “environmental justice:”

especially focused on environmental justice issues–climate change, water, “extreme energy”-

Why not American values and American exceptionalism? Because you can’t sell Marxism and sameness with individualism and exceptional behavior.

In fact, according to the Education Action Group this is where this group of believers come from:

traces the migration of the extreme left from economic Marxism to “cultural Marxism,” replacing the theory of class warfare with a cultural war which pits revisionism against our best values and traditions. Freed from the moorings of our shared history and outlook as a nation, this cultural Marxism replaces the values of the melting pot with those of a stubbornly maintained cultural and linguistic diversity. It mocks the motto E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) and emphasizes division, conflict, and competing interests.

More on the program today. More to come at Victoria Taft blog. 

UPDATE: ON THE PROGRAM TODAY12:45 kyle olson author of Indoctrination: How ‘Useful Idiots’ Are Using Our Schools to Subvert American Exceptionalism.

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And That’s Why They Call it Crime-Met

Witnesses told police that a group of boys and girls got into a dispute with another MAX passenger after one of the boys bumped into the passenger’s baby stroller as they boarded the train. During the argument, the 11-year-old boy lifted his shirt to show the woman a gun in his waistband. When he started to pull the gun, the woman backed away and the boy put the gun back into his waistband, witnesses said.

Want to know more? The Portland Tribune has more here. 

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Jan Brewer Hands Obama Letter

Besides observing that in general women have more guts than men in standing up for what’s right against this President (Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann come to mind), it’s sad that Brewer has to appeal to the President to secure the border of the United States of America. Presumably the President already knew it was part of his job. Sadly, the only thing the President and Eric Holder have done is supply guns to the thugs to drug criminals in Mexico. Once again he’s working for the wrong side.

Here’s the story behind Brewer’s letter.

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Rees Lloyd: MMA Super Star Oregonian Chael Sonnen to Fight on UFC on FOX

Oregon’s Chael Sonnen, Team Quest Mixed Martial Arts superstar, will fight in the co-main event of  “UFC [Ultimate Fighting Championship] On Fox”  on Saturday, January 28, broadcast from Chicago by Fox at 5 pm. PST.
Sonnen, generally regarded as the number one contender for the UFC’s Middleweight (185-pound) crown, will take on England’s Michael Bisping. The winner is expected to get a shot at Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva of Brazil.

            The Fox broadcast of the UFC competition involving Chael Sonnen is only the second nationwide broadcast of an MMA bout on a major television network. The first was for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, in which Junior Dos Santos of Brazil defeated then-champion, Cain Velasquez of the U.S. Sonnen will be fighting before a Fox television audience of millions.

            The colorful Sonnen, from West Lynn, OR,  who is sometimes referred to as the “Quotable Chael Sonnen,”  predicted at a pre-fight press  conference in Chicago that he would not only defeat Bisping, but that he would go on to take away the title of  Anderson Silva if Sonnen gets his longed-for second opportunity to fight Silva.

            In his first fight with Silva, who has never been defeated and is often cited as the best fighter “pound-for-pound” in the world,  Sonnen dominated Silva every minute of every round—until the last 30 seconds of the fifth and last round. Then,  Silva, although appearing totally beaten up and defeated, managed to apply a Brazilian “triangle choke hold” that  caused Sonnen to tap out just before passing out. Until that moment, the last seconds of the last round, every judge had given every round to Sonnen.


            Sonnen has since then publicly called out Silva repeatedly to engage in a rematch. Sonnen vows he will take inflict Silva’s first loss on him, and take the Brazilian’s title.  It is universally agreed that the toughest fight Silva has ever had was his  first fight with Sonnen.

            Now an MMA superstar, Sonnen, a wrestling team All American when he was at the University of Oregon, still resides in his home town of West Lynn, where he coaches kids  in the “All Phase Wrestling Club” which is associated with West Lynn High School.

            Sonnen, himself, rose to MMA stardom through his training at the now world famous Team Quest training center in Portland (Grisham), which has produced many MMA internationally known stars. Sonnen will enter the famed UFC Octagon on the Fox broadcast as a member of Team Quest.

             Matt Lindland, Oregon native, MMA legend, certified MMA superstar, Oregon’s Olympic Silver Medalist (Greco Roman wrestling), Team Quest founder, coach,  and fighter, said of Sonnen:

            “Chael has trained with Team Quest since we began. This is an important fight for Chael. This is the equivalent of  the semi-finals of the world championships. When he gets past Michael Bisping, which I am certain he will this Saturday night, Chael will move on to the world championship.”                       

            MMA was once condemned and in some states barred as too violent. It  has had a long hard road to recognition as a sport on an equal plane with other professional sports, even though so many of the competitors are college graduates who were All American wrestlers in college.

             That long-sought acceptance was achieved with the signing of a contract between UFC and Fox for MMA event broadcasts on a par with baseball, football, or other professional sports. In short, the Fox decision to broadcast UFC MMA has the effect of legitimizing it and recognizing MMA for what it is, the fastest growing sport in America, involving some of the greatest athletes in the world.

            It is significant that the second nationwide UFC broadcast will feature a world-class Oregon athlete, former All American wrestler, and now MMA superstar, Chael Sonnen of Team Quest.

            The question remains: Why are Oregon’s internationally renown MMA athletes, among the best in the world, like Matt Lindland, Chael Sonnen, and other Team Quest fighters, so many of whom are proudly patriotic and donate great amounts of time working with, training, and putting on exhibitions for active duty military, given so little notice by the Oregonian and other media, which otherwise devote so much space or broadcast time to sports? 

[Rees Lloyd, an attorney and resident of Portland, is a member of the Victoria Taft blogforce.]

           

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Scott St. Clair: Cuba Libres, not Cuban Liberation, on minds of visiting Washington State Lawyers


After reading the January 2012 issue of the Washington State Bar News with its three pieces extolling the virtues of communist Cuba, I’m ashamed to admit I’m an inactive member of the bar (Washington State Bar Association #7854).
In October of last year over two-dozen Washington state lawyers, including WSBA president Stephen Crossland, took a junket to Cuba ostensibly to engage in lawyer-to-lawyer exchanges. What resulted, however, were three puff pieces in the most recent Bar News that read as if they were written by the Cuban Ministry of Propaganda and Hubris.

For the uninitiated, a Cuba libres is a cocktail made with copious quantities of dark rum, a product for which Cuba is as well known as its cigars and asylum-seeking baseball players.  

Apparently a good time was had by all, but no political prisoners or local human rights groups (they’re prohibited by law anyway) were visited by the lawyers so far as I could tell. Instead, Crossland wrote about cigars and Cuba’s sports legacy – they love their baseball. Former WSBA governor Patrick Palace gushed


  about crime-free Cuba and how his law office has now adopted a Monday-morning cappuccino break modeled on what he experienced while there.

But the worst was “On Law and Life in Cuba” by attorneys Hugh Spitzer and Doug Ende, an article so one-sided that the simple minded might be persuaded that Cuba is indeed paradise on earth all thanks to lawyers. Concluded the article:
Cuba is no longer the mystery and “forbidden fruit” of the Western Hemisphere. It is a country struggling to remain true to its ideological roots while at the same time experimenting in fits and starts with significant economic and political change. We were gratified to see that lawyers and the rule of law are integral to this change.
Yet the U.S. State Department’s 2010 Human Rights Report: Cuba (released in April 2011, six months before the lawyers’ trip) paints a different picture. In just under 12,000 words, Cuba is described as a human-rights and political-freedom hell on earth. Consider this opening paragraph:
The government denied citizens the right to change their government. In addition, the following human rights abuses were reported: harassment, beatings, and threats against political opponents by government-organized mobs and state security officials acting with impunity; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, including selective denial of medical care; arbitrary detention of human rights advocates and members of independent organizations; and selective prosecution and denial of fair trial. Authorities interfered with privacy and engaged in pervasive monitoring of private communications. The government also placed severe limitations on freedom of speech and press, constrained the right of peaceful assembly and association, restricted freedom of movement, and limited freedom of religion. The government refused to recognize independent human rights groups or permit them to function legally. In addition, the government continued to place severe restrictions on worker rights, including the right to form independent unions.
Heaven help anyone who wants to change the government or stand on a street corner and call current dictator Raul Castro and his brother, former strongman Fidel, the murderous thugs they are. According to the State Department, the consequences of doing so could lead to prison and torture, not just “could lead to one’s career being stymied,” as the article states.

Sure, Cuban law and their constitution say a lot of real nice things. But, as the report repeatedly documents, what’s written on paper and what happens on the street corner when a squad of security police put a beat down on protesters are two different things. How Soviet Union is that?

Unless and until there are free elections, free speech and a free press – essential elements of a free society lawyers are pledged to support and fight for – Cuba will remain a communist dictatorship, visits from junketing, cigar-smoking and rum-quaffing Washington State Bar Association officials and members notwithstanding.

Scott St. Clair is a recovering lawyer and former investigative journalist with The Freedom Foundation. 
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Comrades, Colleagues, and Patriots:  I am forwarding for your consideration this Thomas More Law Center “Alert” concern this extremely important, and outrageous case. Thomas More Law Center deserves praise and support for making this fight to reverse yet another despicable, culture transforming decision by the out-of-control, tyrannical and ultra-liberal  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 


The Ninth Circuit continues to shape and define American culture and values by such decisions as this while being led by the convicted Porno Pervert Chief Judge Alex Kozinski. After being exposed by an L.A. Times report, Kozinski  was found guilty by his judicial peers of publishing degrading porno on his website, including among other images, one of  naked women posed on all fours and painted as “cows.” However, his judicial peers imposed a slap-on-the-wrist public rebuke upon this porno pervert, and Kozinki remains Chief Judge of the most liberal circuit in America.

The Supreme Court should grant the Thomas More Law Center’s request for review and reverse this latest discriminatory, secular-cleansing, anti-Christian 9th Circuit Court of Appeal  decision. 

It should also be repudiated by Americans who should stand up like free men and women and tell the 9th Circuit  lawyer-judges they have become tyrants in robes who must cease to hand down decisions effectively amending the Constitution, like feudal lords sending down diktats from on high to peasants who meekly accept them, standing or kneeling in awe of their berobed lords.  There is no reason for Americans not to openly and directly criticize the lawyer-judges in the same way we criticize the members of Congress and the Executive Branch when they overstep their bounds and purport to dictate to Americans. 

It should be made clear to the lawyer-judges of the Judicial Branch as well as to the Congress and Executive Branches: Intolerant “Secular Cleansing” of Christianity in America by Liberal “Progressive” secular extremists epitomized  by the ACLU — the Taliban of American liberal secularism — is no less offensive than “Christian Cleansing” by extremist Muslims in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa, and India, or by Communists in Red China.” 

It is not the America founded on Judeo-Christian values which needs transforming. It is the lawyer-judges of the Judicial Branch, and liberal “progressives” in Congress and the White House, who need transforming. They need to recognize the ultimate sovereign of America — “We, the People,” including Christians, who should not be “cleansed” from our American history or our contemporary American public square by judicial fiat, or liberal progressive politicians. Period.

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY FOREVER; SURRENDER TO TYRANNY–INCLUDING JUDICIAL– NEVER!
–Rees Lloyd