Daily Archives: March 13, 2012

Obama and Gas Prices

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73934.html http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/03/13/carney_what_chu_said_about_wanting_higher_gas_prices_doesnt_matter_now.html Victoria: Certain people here want “free” health care as it is supposed to be in the UK. The UK government has to get money from somewhere to pay for it: Gasoline Prices – I just did an Internet check for my home town in Yorkshire and the range for a US Gallon equivalent for regular unleaded was $8.38 – $8.78 The difference from here is more taxes. National Insurance Contribution which pays for Medical and Pensions is currently 12% of employees’ salary and 13.8% for employers. There are minimum and maximum limits, but compare this to your, and your employers, contribution here. Value Added Tax – currently 20%. When I lived in England this was 10% and was not on such things as utility bills. It now is. Even with all these taxes, the UK government has a serious debt problem. Local people should be careful of what they want, because the consequences will not be pretty. Mick

NOAA’s Jane Lubchenko Booze Cruises

The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Oregon’s own Jane Lubchenko, has apparently discovered the wonder of plundering the proletariat to buy luxury items for the cadres.

 
Take the new vessel that she uses for booze cruises for example.

“NOAA officials used the boat for the following: trips to dockside restaurants; hamburger and hotdog BBQs and alcohol-fueled parties; and ‘pleasure cruises’ at high rates of speed, with beer consumed onboard. Let’s be honest. A booze cruise is a booze cruise.”

So said a steaming Senator Scott Brown who, along with a Democrat Congressman have been po’d over Lubchenko’s version of lifestyles of the rich and famous while Massachusetts fishermen suffer in the recession.

Lubchenko is using “unreasonable” fines levied on fisherman to finance the $300K + vessel that had ‘no official purpose.” That’s money that was to have stayed in Massachusetts. 

From the Washington Examiner (here):

The craft is the subject of a damning — and highly redacted — 34-page report of an investigation by the U.S. Commerce Department’s inspector general titled “Irregularities in NOAA’s $300,000 Undercover Vessel Procurement.”

Three weeks ago, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., both of whom have substantial seafood catching, selling, and consuming constituencies, obtained a copy of the report under the Freedom of Information Act.

It was an iron-eyed investigation of NOAA’s law enforcement office in Seattle, spurred by a fed-up whistleblower disgusted by higher-ups who dodged procurement rules to buy a luxury pleasure boat.

Brown had to battle NOAA to get information from the IG’s report through a freedom of information request. A sitting Senator couldn’t get the report from an unaccountable bureaucrat! Very interesting. Another insight into Obama’s World.

I think Brown has it about right: NOAA now stands for: No One is Accountable to Anyone.

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

Obama and Gas Prices

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73934.html http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/03/13/carney_what_chu_said_about_wanting_higher_gas_prices_doesnt_matter_now.html Victoria: Certain people here want “free” health care as it is supposed to be in the UK. The UK government has to get money from somewhere to pay for it: Gasoline Prices – I just did an Internet check for my home town in Yorkshire and the range for a US Gallon equivalent for regular unleaded was $8.38 – $8.78 The difference from here is more taxes. National Insurance Contribution which pays for Medical and Pensions is currently 12% of employees’ salary and 13.8% for employers. There are minimum and maximum limits, but compare this to your, and your employers, contribution here. Value Added Tax – currently 20%. When I lived in England this was 10% and was not on such things as utility bills. It now is. Even with all these taxes, the UK government has a serious debt problem. Local people should be careful of what they want, because the consequences will not be pretty. Mick

Washington Democrats Pull Off Political Triple Play

If you’re a sentient Washington voter you may be wondering if you’re relevant at all anymore. Powerful people, carpet baggers, and party bosses are making decisions on your behalf and you’ll be lucky to have an impact at the polls
er, the mailbox. 

Take this triple play by the Democrats. It comes right out of medical marijuana smoke filled rooms somewhere in Democrat-land.

It’s been rumored for quite some time that Dennis Kucinich, Crackpot, Ohio, might parachute into Washington to run for Congress. Ohio lost two

Congressional seats in the last redistricting and Kucinich would have to square off in a high stakes game of musical chairs. Kucinich ended up on the floor in the March 6th election after being defeated by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

But like those hounds who sniff out their families over hundreds of miles after being left at the rest stop, Kucinich is now sniffing his way to a new seat in Washington.

The possibility of Kucinich coming to Washington has left Republican Party leader, Kirby Wilbur, absolutely giddy. He told me on the program yesterday,

“Dennis, please come to Washington. We’ll pay your way. We’ll relocate you.”

In addition to a spanking new Congressional District which Kucinich believes bears his family’s scent, Washington has others to select from as well.

Norm Dicks is leaving his seat in the 6th CD which reaches from Tacoma to the coast. And “coincidentally,” over the weekend, Congressman Jay Inslee, Democrat, “retired” from his seat in the 1st Congressional District to run for Governor full time. He did so after the March 6th election to avoid a special election for his seat. It will now be filled in November giving someone a chance to mount a campaign. Kucinich lost on March 6th.

Wow, it’s like kismet or something, right?

While multi-millionaire Inslee is free to raise money and run for office now leaving his constituents without representation for the rest of the year, Governor Gregoire just called the legislature back into session. Legislators have been loathe to even hold meetings on the one thing that was their mission in the official session: the budget.

Washington got same sex marriage and wood stove bans from out out of nowhere but legislators couldn’t quite figure out how to do a budget. A special session must be in order, right?

Which comes to the third move in this triple play: While the legislature’s in session, Republican governor candidate, Attorney General Rob McKenna can’t raise money for his campaign.

It’s worth noting that McKenna has crossed swords with his Democrat Governor over ObamaCare.

Democrats have nationalized these races. Their party has made the moves to win. The Republicans could do well to remember that. And when you do, don’t leave the voters out of the equation.

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

NOAA’s Jane Lubchenko Booze Cruises

The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Oregon’s own Jane Lubchenko, has apparently discovered the wonder of plundering the proletariat to buy luxury items for the cadres.

 
Take the new vessel that she uses for booze cruises for example.

“NOAA officials used the boat for the following: trips to dockside restaurants; hamburger and hotdog BBQs and alcohol-fueled parties; and ‘pleasure cruises’ at high rates of speed, with beer consumed onboard. Let’s be honest. A booze cruise is a booze cruise.”

So said a steaming Senator Scott Brown who, along with a Democrat Congressman have been po’d over Lubchenko’s version of lifestyles of the rich and famous while Massachusetts fishermen suffer in the recession.

Lubchenko is using “unreasonable” fines levied on fisherman to finance the $300K + vessel that had ‘no official purpose.” That’s money that was to have stayed in Massachusetts. 

From the Washington Examiner (here):

The craft is the subject of a damning — and highly redacted — 34-page report of an investigation by the U.S. Commerce Department’s inspector general titled “Irregularities in NOAA’s $300,000 Undercover Vessel Procurement.”

Three weeks ago, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., both of whom have substantial seafood catching, selling, and consuming constituencies, obtained a copy of the report under the Freedom of Information Act.

It was an iron-eyed investigation of NOAA’s law enforcement office in Seattle, spurred by a fed-up whistleblower disgusted by higher-ups who dodged procurement rules to buy a luxury pleasure boat.

Brown had to battle NOAA to get information from the IG’s report through a freedom of information request. A sitting Senator couldn’t get the report from an unaccountable bureaucrat! Very interesting. Another insight into Obama’s World.

I think Brown has it about right: NOAA now stands for: No One is Accountable to Anyone.

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

Washington Democrats Pull Off Political Triple Play

If you’re a sentient Washington voter you may be wondering if you’re relevant at all anymore. Powerful people, carpet baggers, and party bosses are making decisions on your behalf and you’ll be lucky to have an impact at the polls
er, the mailbox. 

Take this triple play by the Democrats. It comes right out of medical marijuana smoke filled rooms somewhere in Democrat-land.

It’s been rumored for quite some time that Dennis Kucinich, Crackpot, Ohio, might parachute into Washington to run for Congress. Ohio lost two

Congressional seats in the last redistricting and Kucinich would have to square off in a high stakes game of musical chairs. Kucinich ended up on the floor in the March 6th election after being defeated by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

But like those hounds who sniff out their families over hundreds of miles after being left at the rest stop, Kucinich is now sniffing his way to a new seat in Washington.

The possibility of Kucinich coming to Washington has left Republican Party leader, Kirby Wilbur, absolutely giddy. He told me on the program yesterday,

“Dennis, please come to Washington. We’ll pay your way. We’ll relocate you.”

In addition to a spanking new Congressional District which Kucinich believes bears his family’s scent, Washington has others to select from as well.

Norm Dicks is leaving his seat in the 6th CD which reaches from Tacoma to the coast. And “coincidentally,” over the weekend, Congressman Jay Inslee, Democrat, “retired” from his seat in the 1st Congressional District to run for Governor full time. He did so after the March 6th election to avoid a special election for his seat. It will now be filled in November giving someone a chance to mount a campaign. Kucinich lost on March 6th.

Wow, it’s like kismet or something, right?

While multi-millionaire Inslee is free to raise money and run for office now leaving his constituents without representation for the rest of the year, Governor Gregoire just called the legislature back into session. Legislators have been loathe to even hold meetings on the one thing that was their mission in the official session: the budget.

Washington got same sex marriage and wood stove bans from out out of nowhere but legislators couldn’t quite figure out how to do a budget. A special session must be in order, right?

Which comes to the third move in this triple play: While the legislature’s in session, Republican governor candidate, Attorney General Rob McKenna can’t raise money for his campaign.

It’s worth noting that McKenna has crossed swords with his Democrat Governor over ObamaCare.

Democrats have nationalized these races. Their party has made the moves to win. The Republicans could do well to remember that. And when you do, don’t leave the voters out of the equation.

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

You Might Want to Edit That Bob Caldwell Eulogy

News from the Zero tonight (H/T Orbusmax) that Oregonian editorial page editor Bob Caldwell was engaged in a sexual tryst with a woman 40 years his junior when he had a heart attack and died over the weekend. (See my tribute to him from this morning here.)

The Oregonian had reported the boss had died in his car.

According to the Oregonian,

The woman told deputies she met Caldwell about a year ago at Portland Community College. Caldwell, she said, knew she didn’t have much money, so he provided her cash for books and other things for school in exchange for sex acts at her apartment.

Very magnanimous, Bob. 

And what about this bizarre nugget?

Caldwell had not given her money Saturday, she told deputies. They decided against pursuing prostitution charges.

I know I’m not going to be asked to bring the sandwiches to the MENSA picnic or anything, but does anyone see that sentence up there and find an, ah, problem? 

“Caldwell had not given her money Saturday” because he died. Does that make her not a prostitute now? Just curious.

Our condolences go out doubly to his family tonight who are stuck cleaning up his mess after he exited the planet.

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

Romney Ditches Oregon Debate

The guy who has the most delegates just ditched the nationally televised Republican Presidential debate scheduled for next week in Portland.

Mitt Romney announced early tonight he’d spend his time trolling for votes in Illinois on the eve of that state’s primary instead of coming to Oregon.

So far Newt Gingrich is the only one on board for the March 19th event. It’s doubtful public broadcasting will clear 90 minutes of air time for the Newt Gingrich Show. 

Did you really think this debate would come off without a hitch? First, It’s  pretty late in the cycle and fairly far removed from Oregon’s primary in May.  We weren’t sure there would be anyone left TO debate due to the winnowing of the pool of candidates. Sure, the last time there were two or more candidates this late in the race was in 2008 with Hillary and Obama, but that’s not the norm.

Oregon’s Republican Party leader, Allen Alley, had worked with OPB and the Washington Times to bring a debate to Portland. It probably won’t come off but we can always hope.

Oregon’s vain search for Republican relevance continues.

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