Daily Archives: March 14, 2012

Estacada Senior "Prank" in MARCH?

This just sounds like a bunch of idiots breaking into the school to rip it apart–not a prank. But police say it was a “senior prank” gone wild at Estacada High School. I can see why they might say that considering this photo on the right but the rest of these just look like your run of the mill vandalism. Aren’t “pranks” supposed to be clever? 
And aren’t they usually done around, oh, I dunno, around GRADUATION time? 

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Obama’s Flag Desecration. He’s Gone Too Far.

The phony presidential seals were bad enough. The continued references to Obama as Jesus, as Emperor, and as other-worldly were bad enough but–THIS? An Obama flag? Really? How did I miss this thing that our friends over at Newsbusters wrote about in 2009? How?

Don’t worry because alert 5th Listener Matthew saw this piece about some cranks flying this flag and how a bunch of veterans don’t think much of it.

The Obama flag had been flowing for two months underneath an American flag before it was noticed by the veterans, who argued that it was a desecration of the flag and in violation of three codes passed by Congress about displaying the American flag.


The group of veterans decided to pay a visit to the DEMOCRAT HEADQUARTERS where it was flying:

“We were given this as a gift,” said Nancy Hurlbert, chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party. “We are proud of our president, we’re proud of the United States, and we felt it was time to display that.”
Leesburg veteran Jim Bradford recalled he did a double take when he saw the Obama flag with red and white stripes for the first time over the weekend.
“When I saw the picture on the flag, I thought this is wrong,” he said. “I really hate seeing the flag not being respected, and to me this was not respectful.”
Bradford took pictures of the flag and sent them, via email, to friends and veterans groups.
“The general reply has been this is not right,” he said, adding politics has nothing to do with the issue.
“I really don’t care what party it is. If it had been a picture of Romney on the flag, I would have done the same thing,” Bradford said.
Korean War veteran Don Van Beck of Tavares spearheaded the veterans’ visit to the Lake County Democratic Headquarters, where he was joined by a dozen veterans and media on the front steps of the Main Street building.
“There are laws against desecrating the flag,” Van Beck said, right before he read out loud the federal flag code, public law 344, section 4G to Hurlbert: “The flag should never have placed upon it or any part of it, any marks, insignia, letters, words, figures, designs, picture or drawings of any nature. We would like to ask you to take it down please.”

 We’ll be talking to these vets on the show tomorrow.
These Democrats really have no shame, do they?

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Before There Was Occupy… There Were These Events

Occupy Portland at Jamison Square

I’ve always believed that the “Occupy” “movement” was comprised of people we’d all seen before–unionists, statists, unionists, hangers on, “social justice” socialists, etc.  That’s correct. Andrew Breitbart told me he believed this too. But his observations were keener. Breitbart told me the “occupy” aspect of the movement included Crawford, Texas with Cindy Sheehan, New Orleans after Katrina and this: Wisconsin.
Watch this video (H/T MayorTommm) from my friends at the MacIver Institute and remember back to the terrorizing of the Wisconsin statehouse against Scott Walker and the Republicans and see if you don’t notice the common thread:

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Debate Over Debate in Portland Presidential Race Done Thursday Morning

The decision about whether to pull the plug on Monday’s Presidential debate in Portland will be made Thursday morning.

I talked to Republican GOP Chair Allen Alley today (check at about the 2:35 spot here) about the March 19th event which is scheduled to be over at OPB. Allen seems pretty good spirited about the prospects of the debate coming off but with one caveat. Well, three actually. The Washington Times, OPB and Oregon Republican Party will call off the event unless three candidates plan to come.

So far Newt Gingrich is a go, Ron Paul is a “who else is coming?” and Rick Santorum is in “do we really have to go?” mode. Alley hopes that if they get three then Romney will jump in too.

This debate will be the only one broadcast in every state. The others have been on cable and, yes, cable is ubiquitous, but there’s still some cache about getting everyone’s eyeballs on the candidates in their own homes.

The format will favor Santorum –and Romney, too, if he bothers to show up. Candidates will be seated around an oval table and questioned by Ray Suarez of PBS and Ralph Hallow of the Washington Times. Being seated will create an atmosphere of calm which does not favor more the histrionic Gingrich and Paul. If someone can get Santorum to keep his answers taut and short, the format should favor him.

The theme I’m told will be about western US issues and the economy. I hope they broaden it to include ObamaCare and the debt.

The set is built;  the lights and cameras are ready but will there be any action? We’ll find out Thursday morning.

To encourage Santorum and Romney to come tweet a request at #GOPMarch19.

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Smoking Gun Docs in Columbia River Cross Light Rail Project Appear to Show Either Dishonesty or Incompetence

The latest example of incompetent and buck passing behavior regarding the CRC comes in the official reaction to a slap on the hand by the Coast Guard about the height of the bridge.

Local Columbia River Crossing officials say they’re SHOCKED the Coast Guard didn’t tell them the bridge they’ve spent $125 million of our tax dollars planning wouldn’t accommodate, you know, ships and stuff. But a local businessman says he has proof CRC knew EXACTLY what was going on.

Days ago the CRC organization castigated the Coast

Guard in The Columbian for telling them “five years late” that the bridge wasn’t high enough to accommodate ship traffic.

Columbia River Crossing officials fired back at the Coast Guard late Monday, saying the agency failed for five years to mention any concerns about the planned 95-foot clearance under the new Interstate 5 bridge being too low.
The Columbian reported on Friday that the Coast Guard —which must give the go-ahead to bridge plans — told the CRC that plans for the $3.2 billion project included a bridge that won’t allow all ships and cargos to fit underneath.

Now, excuse me, but the height of the bridge is a top of mind issue considering the proximity to Pearson Field and all the attendant questions about it. Addressing the needs of sea going vessels when you’re constructing a bridge, uh, over water and everything should be a concern. 
It was, in short, a jaw dropping reaction considering the information we see over at Couv.com showing that the Coast Guard gave the CRC folks notice a long time ago. In fact, it sent the CRC a letter restating the problem with the height of the proposed bridge. Apparently, the Columbia River Crossing officials in their tax payer purchased $30,000/month office didn’t have time to lazily reach over and grab a letter sent to them by the Coast Guard. See it nearby.

Businessman David Madore, through whose efforts, not to mention money, we’ve found out a whole lot more about the project says this latest chapter is simply DISHONEST on the part of the CRC folks.

Madore writes over at Couv.com: 

We were led to believe that the Coast Guard failed to inform the Columbia River Crossing that the 95 bridge height was unacceptable. We were told the Coast Guard just now changed their mind and that they were negligent to not inform the CRC long ago of the disastrous mistake that will cost taxpayers hundreds of million more in “studies” to go back to the drawing board again.
The attached letter, dated Dec. 7, 2011, from the Coast Guard to Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari, is one of evidence that reveals the truth.
Don’t we deserve to know the truth?

 Good question. We pass the baton now to CRC. Well fellas?

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Estacada Senior "Prank" in MARCH?

This just sounds like a bunch of idiots breaking into the school to rip it apart–not a prank. But police say it was a “senior prank” gone wild at Estacada High School. I can see why they might say that considering this photo on the right but the rest of these just look like your run of the mill vandalism. Aren’t “pranks” supposed to be clever? 
And aren’t they usually done around, oh, I dunno, around GRADUATION time? 

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Portland Homeless Think Being a Human "Hotspot" is a Great Idea

A wonderful experiment is playing out at the South/Southwest music/culture festival in Austin, Texas. Men living in a homeless shelter have been asked if they want to participate in a marketing idea; to carry 4G wireless Hotspots to aid help attendees communicate in the dead spots around town. The men don a T Shirt identifying themselves a Hotspot, people pay for the use of the internet capability via Paypal and then give the person a couple of bucks for 15 minutes of access. Sweet deal, right?

Some liberals at the S/SW event are horrified that people would be asked to wear a device to sell something. A debate rages on whether thse people are being used and exploited.

Yesterday on the program we sent out our co worker (in the snow by the way) to ask homeless folks if they would be willing to do one of two things,

1) Be willing to be a hotspot for money,
2) Be willing to wear something with logo to sell a product.

The results were overwhelming: to a person they all said yes and yes.  It turns out that people like being paid for doing a job–especially one where they are just standing around and doesn’t require a high skill set. Listen in both the 11am and noon hours to hear her reports.

Somehow attendees not horrified by human phone charger

It’s funny that these well intentioned libs (for the most part) are uncomfortable with using people to sell something. They’re horrified that people are being asked to do something undignified. That they’re being exploited.

Well, maybe they’ve been doing much couch surfing to notice, but people are exploited, used, and asked to do what some might consider undignified every day: Work for money. Are they against modeling? Sales? Taxi driving? Waiting on people? Being a Talk Show Host? A doctor? Nurse? All of those jobs could somehow by someone be construed as undignified.

Get over yourselves. A job is a job and if they didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t. Or do you think your horror at their profession should be enough to stop them?

Ronald Reagan famously said once, “The best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work.” Get over yourselves.

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Smoking Gun Docs in Columbia River Cross Light Rail Project Appear to Show Either Dishonesty or Incompetence

The latest example of incompetent and buck passing behavior regarding the CRC comes in the official reaction to a slap on the hand by the Coast Guard about the height of the bridge.

Local Columbia River Crossing officials say they’re SHOCKED the Coast Guard didn’t tell them the bridge they’ve spent $125 million of our tax dollars planning wouldn’t accommodate, you know, ships and stuff. But a local businessman says he has proof CRC knew EXACTLY what was going on.

Days ago the CRC organization castigated the Coast

Guard in The Columbian for telling them “five years late” that the bridge wasn’t high enough to accommodate ship traffic.

Columbia River Crossing officials fired back at the Coast Guard late Monday, saying the agency failed for five years to mention any concerns about the planned 95-foot clearance under the new Interstate 5 bridge being too low.
The Columbian reported on Friday that the Coast Guard —which must give the go-ahead to bridge plans — told the CRC that plans for the $3.2 billion project included a bridge that won’t allow all ships and cargos to fit underneath.

Now, excuse me, but the height of the bridge is a top of mind issue considering the proximity to Pearson Field and all the attendant questions about it. Addressing the needs of sea going vessels when you’re constructing a bridge, uh, over water and everything should be a concern. 
It was, in short, a jaw dropping reaction considering the information we see over at Couv.com showing that the Coast Guard gave the CRC folks notice a long time ago. In fact, it sent the CRC a letter restating the problem with the height of the proposed bridge. Apparently, the Columbia River Crossing officials in their tax payer purchased $30,000/month office didn’t have time to lazily reach over and grab a letter sent to them by the Coast Guard. See it nearby.

Businessman David Madore, through whose efforts, not to mention money, we’ve found out a whole lot more about the project says this latest chapter is simply DISHONEST on the part of the CRC folks.

Madore writes over at Couv.com: 

We were led to believe that the Coast Guard failed to inform the Columbia River Crossing that the 95 bridge height was unacceptable. We were told the Coast Guard just now changed their mind and that they were negligent to not inform the CRC long ago of the disastrous mistake that will cost taxpayers hundreds of million more in “studies” to go back to the drawing board again.
The attached letter, dated Dec. 7, 2011, from the Coast Guard to Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari, is one of evidence that reveals the truth.
Don’t we deserve to know the truth?

 Good question. We pass the baton now to CRC. Well fellas?

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

Portland Homeless Think Being a Human "Hotspot" is a Great Idea

A wonderful experiment is playing out at the South/Southwest music/culture festival in Austin, Texas. Men living in a homeless shelter have been asked if they want to participate in a marketing idea; to carry 4G wireless Hotspots to aid help attendees communicate in the dead spots around town. The men don a T Shirt identifying themselves a Hotspot, people pay for the use of the internet capability via Paypal and then give the person a couple of bucks for 15 minutes of access. Sweet deal, right?

Some liberals at the S/SW event are horrified that people would be asked to wear a device to sell something. A debate rages on whether thse people are being used and exploited.

Yesterday on the program we sent out our co worker (in the snow by the way) to ask homeless folks if they would be willing to do one of two things,

1) Be willing to be a hotspot for money,
2) Be willing to wear something with logo to sell a product.

The results were overwhelming: to a person they all said yes and yes.  It turns out that people like being paid for doing a job–especially one where they are just standing around and doesn’t require a high skill set. Listen in both the 11am and noon hours to hear her reports.

Somehow attendees not horrified by human phone charger

It’s funny that these well intentioned libs (for the most part) are uncomfortable with using people to sell something. They’re horrified that people are being asked to do something undignified. That they’re being exploited.

Well, maybe they’ve been doing much couch surfing to notice, but people are exploited, used, and asked to do what some might consider undignified every day: Work for money. Are they against modeling? Sales? Taxi driving? Waiting on people? Being a Talk Show Host? A doctor? Nurse? All of those jobs could somehow by someone be construed as undignified.

Get over yourselves. A job is a job and if they didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t. Or do you think your horror at their profession should be enough to stop them?

Ronald Reagan famously said once, “The best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work.” Get over yourselves.

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