Daily Archives: March 15, 2012

A Message to THE NATION About its Occupy Portland Story

Occupy Portland makes the far left magazine The Nation and tells some whoppers about its media coverage. Besides being a glowing piece about the local “community” station, KBOO, which embedded itself in Occupy Portland’s illegal camp out in the middle of the squalor, the piece makes two ridiculous claims about media reaction to Occupy.

1. It’s the media’s fault Occupy is looked at negatively
2. The media were out to get them from the git go. 

Puhleeze. 
Quotes The Nation: 

 “It was a great spot for engaging democracy,” Soderberg says. “A lot of people who came into the camp with the preconceived notion that

‘these people don’t have a message’ came by our booth and were surprised by the level of discourse there.” A sign in the camp warned protestors: “Don’t talk to the media—except the mighty ’BOO.”

I blogged on his group nearly every day and went to Occupy Portland nearly every day. I did my radio show from there on one day, setting up debates on issues such as free markets, the meaning of liberty, purpose and role of

government etc between Occupy Portland people local Tea Party members, a local lawyer, conservative activists and the free market Cascade Policy Institute. The debates were set up in advance; Occupy folks were told the nature of the issue. When they showed up (two did) they sunk themselves. It was entertaining radio, however!

The program was broadcast from a sidewalk in front of one of the restrooms trashed by Occupy. Drugs were used in the open, the place smelled terrible (not just from the bathroom) and people from all over (I talked to three from Seattle) who came to party and engage in “anarchy.”  As I wrote at three weeks after it started, 

There’s a shooting gallery inside somewhere judging by the cars full of sketched out kids spilling out only to come back ten minutes later as serene as a nun at vespers. If you’re worried about second hand smoke and its effects on your health, don’t go to Occupy Portland. Big Tobacco is encamped here, too.

Official Portland lined up to support Occupy, from the 1% Schnitzer family to the 1% union members to elected officials who marched with and let Occupy’s law breaking persist, to the Portland Marathon being shunted aside to make room for the squatters:

The Mayor convened a meeting to tell the Marathon how it should accommodate the Occupiers. The compromise? The Marathon could still pay for all permitting and use most of the park but the Occupiers could stay. The Marathon issued an obsequious statement about how wonderful the Occupiers were and how they would share the space. Crisis averted. 

Days later, Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard joined one of the Occupy marches. Adams cooed later that he’d never seen a more organized protest and was so proud of them.

And the MEDIA made you look bad? Really now. Here’s the claim out of The Nation:

That warning alluded to the storm of media coverage that Occupy was generating across the country, much of it negative. Major news outlets fixated on the skin of the movement—on tattoos and piercings, poor grammar and lack of leadership, on the unsightliness of the camps—and they proved unable or unwilling to address the substantive issues underneath. “The news media was attached to a certain look or image,” says Noah Fehlberg, who volunteered with KBOO at Occupy Portland. “They marginalized the message by focusing on negative snippets.”  

Wow, silly us.

Let’s take these gripes one at a time:

1. Major news outlets fixated on the skin of the movement—on tattoos and piercings, poor grammar

Are you sure you’re not mistaking us for the whackadoodles going after the Tea Party folks? “Poor grammar?” Who plotted to and indeed tried to infiltrate Tea Parties with purposely misspelled signs? Yeah, people like you.

2. lack of leadership

Lack of leadership was pilloried because of the result. As I wrote:

The leaderless Occupy Portland leaders now tell us they never wanted this. They didn’t want the collection of street punks, gutter snipes, tweakers, kaffir clad anarchists at their political circus in downtown Portland. That’s a lie. Yes they did. The Occupy Portland folks wanted as many bodies as they could get out for their illegal march and illegal occupation. They went to their natural allies—the unionists, socialists, anti Jewish-Pro Palestinian activists, communists and anarchists among others—and invited them. And they came. And Occupied.  Now that the world is literally and figuratively sniffing the truth, these ‘leaders’ want to distance themselves from the mess they created.

The media coverage was negative from the start, they allege.

3. much of it negative

Gee, why would coverage be negative? Open air drugging, building molotov cocktails, child molesters, why it must be media bias against Occupy’s message, right?

Molotov Cocktail Suspect

Crime has taken hold. A black videographer was verbally assaulted by Occupiers calling him racist names. The VIDEOGRAPHER was arrested for showing the thugs his licensed gun. A registered sex offender lists Occupy as his home and the encampment has 10-20 children living there. Marijuana smoke is everywhere

 4. “They marginalized the message by focusing on negative snippets.”

Nope. Pretty sure you Occupy people did that all by yourselves.

I’d be very happy to write another piece for The Nation on the Occupy Portland movement. Here’s my email address to inquire: Victoria@VictoriaTaft.com

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

UPDATE: Portland Area Parks Confront "Poolmageddon"

UPDATE AT BOTTOM
The long arm of government regulation has reached down to the bottom of the community and hotel swimming pool and pulled the plug. And Portland Public Parks and Rec, THPRD, Homeowners Associations, hotels–maybe as many as 300,000 pools across the US– may  have to close their swimming pools starting today or face civil rights lawsuits.

It’s government gone wild and a trial lawyers dream. 

As we talked about on the program yesterday, today is the day the Obama Administration’s Justice Department has green lighted lawsuits against facilities–public and
some private–that are not equipped with a PERMANENT pool lift for the handicapped.

See if your pool could be closed today (below):

City of Portland Pool Locations

ADA Compliant

Portland Parks and Rec wasn’t answering its phone at 11:15 yesterday morning when we called to ask about their preparation for the new rules. Tualatin Hills Park and Rec told us they were “working toward” compliance.

Not ADA Compliant

Conn Carroll over at the Washington Examiner (here) says pool operators asked for a clarification on what constituted ADA approved access and found out lifts most pools have–if they have one at all–aren’t good enough for the government.

In fact, most people in the swimming pool industry thought that one portable lift would be enough. Pool owners claim they were led to believe that, as long as they had one device that could be wheeled out whenever someone needed help getting into or out of a pool or spa, there would be no need intrusive permanent fixtures

No such luck.

In fact, each type of pool must be equipped with an ADA certified PERMANENT lift. For instance if a facility has a spa and pool, each will have to be outfitted with a lift.

The cost of the lifts appear to be anywhere from $1500.00 to $7000.00, but that, of course, is not the entire cost. Permits, prevailing wages, closed pools all cost a bunch of dough.

Who will have to pay for the upgrades? In a clarification of his original story, the Washington Examiner’s Carroll says it’s going to hit big and small pool operators alike:

Unless your pool is part of your private residence, you are probably subject to ADA guidelines. Here is the exact wording from the Justice Department:

Title III covers businesses and nonprofit service providers that are public accommodations, privately operated entities offering certain types of courses and examinations, privately operated transportation, and commercial facilities. Public accommodations are private entities who own, lease, lease to, or operate facilities such as restaurants, retail stores, hotels, movie theaters, private schools, convention centers, doctors’ offices, homeless shelters, transportation depots, zoos, funeral homes, day care centers, and recreation facilities including sports stadiums and fitness clubs. Transportation services provided by private entities are also covered by title III.

So even the Clackamas Aquatic Park where I occasionally swim laps isn’t up to scratch on the ADA regs. It has a long ramp leading to one of the pools meant to make it easier to allow access, but doesn’t to my knowledge have a permanently placed lift to give handicapped government approved access. They would have to close and become compliant before being able to reopen the facility to the HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE who use it EVERYDAY. Same for THPRD.

While the Obama Administration claims it won’t immediately start going after pool operators that doesn’t mean lawyers won’t go after pools for these “civil rights violations.”

Carroll also wonders if the permanently placed lifts will become an attractive nuisance for kids.

This, of course, would open up these facilities to other kinds of lawsuits when they get hurt playing on it. But he notes a silver lining:

But then again, each injured kid is just another payday for trial attorneys.
By the way, trial lawyers gave President Obama more than $45 million in 2008.
Have a nice summer.

JUST IN: HOLDER SAYS HE’LL WAIT 60 DAYS BEFORE IMPLEMENTING THIS IDIOTIC LAW. 

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

Breitbart, The Vetting V: Obama, Constitutional Law Lecturer

Obama as Lecturer Photo: Breitbart

No video on this one but there is a link to the final exam to University of Chicago law students from one Barack Obama, lecturer. According to the legal beagles who have considered the exam and Obama’s take on the issues involved, it reveals the lecturer who is (surprise!) an extreme leftist with a disdain for tradition. He conflates issues without precedent and believes judges should rule based on their experiences not only the law. Scary.

Find the latest on Breitbart’s The Vetting here.

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

A Message to THE NATION About its Occupy Portland Story

Occupy Portland makes the far left magazine The Nation and tells some whoppers about its media coverage. Besides being a glowing piece about the local “community” station, KBOO, which embedded itself in Occupy Portland’s illegal camp out in the middle of the squalor, the piece makes two ridiculous claims about media reaction to Occupy.

1. It’s the media’s fault Occupy is looked at negatively
2. The media were out to get them from the git go. 

Puhleeze. 
Quotes The Nation: 

 “It was a great spot for engaging democracy,” Soderberg says. “A lot of people who came into the camp with the preconceived notion that

‘these people don’t have a message’ came by our booth and were surprised by the level of discourse there.” A sign in the camp warned protestors: “Don’t talk to the media—except the mighty ’BOO.”

I blogged on his group nearly every day and went to Occupy Portland nearly every day. I did my radio show from there on one day, setting up debates on issues such as free markets, the meaning of liberty, purpose and role of

government etc between Occupy Portland people local Tea Party members, a local lawyer, conservative activists and the free market Cascade Policy Institute. The debates were set up in advance; Occupy folks were told the nature of the issue. When they showed up (two did) they sunk themselves. It was entertaining radio, however!

The program was broadcast from a sidewalk in front of one of the restrooms trashed by Occupy. Drugs were used in the open, the place smelled terrible (not just from the bathroom) and people from all over (I talked to three from Seattle) who came to party and engage in “anarchy.”  As I wrote at three weeks after it started, 

There’s a shooting gallery inside somewhere judging by the cars full of sketched out kids spilling out only to come back ten minutes later as serene as a nun at vespers. If you’re worried about second hand smoke and its effects on your health, don’t go to Occupy Portland. Big Tobacco is encamped here, too.

Official Portland lined up to support Occupy, from the 1% Schnitzer family to the 1% union members to elected officials who marched with and let Occupy’s law breaking persist, to the Portland Marathon being shunted aside to make room for the squatters:

The Mayor convened a meeting to tell the Marathon how it should accommodate the Occupiers. The compromise? The Marathon could still pay for all permitting and use most of the park but the Occupiers could stay. The Marathon issued an obsequious statement about how wonderful the Occupiers were and how they would share the space. Crisis averted. 

Days later, Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard joined one of the Occupy marches. Adams cooed later that he’d never seen a more organized protest and was so proud of them.

And the MEDIA made you look bad? Really now. Here’s the claim out of The Nation:

That warning alluded to the storm of media coverage that Occupy was generating across the country, much of it negative. Major news outlets fixated on the skin of the movement—on tattoos and piercings, poor grammar and lack of leadership, on the unsightliness of the camps—and they proved unable or unwilling to address the substantive issues underneath. “The news media was attached to a certain look or image,” says Noah Fehlberg, who volunteered with KBOO at Occupy Portland. “They marginalized the message by focusing on negative snippets.”  

Wow, silly us.

Let’s take these gripes one at a time:

1. Major news outlets fixated on the skin of the movement—on tattoos and piercings, poor grammar

Are you sure you’re not mistaking us for the whackadoodles going after the Tea Party folks? “Poor grammar?” Who plotted to and indeed tried to infiltrate Tea Parties with purposely misspelled signs? Yeah, people like you.

2. lack of leadership

Lack of leadership was pilloried because of the result. As I wrote:

The leaderless Occupy Portland leaders now tell us they never wanted this. They didn’t want the collection of street punks, gutter snipes, tweakers, kaffir clad anarchists at their political circus in downtown Portland. That’s a lie. Yes they did. The Occupy Portland folks wanted as many bodies as they could get out for their illegal march and illegal occupation. They went to their natural allies—the unionists, socialists, anti Jewish-Pro Palestinian activists, communists and anarchists among others—and invited them. And they came. And Occupied.  Now that the world is literally and figuratively sniffing the truth, these ‘leaders’ want to distance themselves from the mess they created.

The media coverage was negative from the start, they allege.

3. much of it negative

Gee, why would coverage be negative? Open air drugging, building molotov cocktails, child molesters, why it must be media bias against Occupy’s message, right?

Molotov Cocktail Suspect

Crime has taken hold. A black videographer was verbally assaulted by Occupiers calling him racist names. The VIDEOGRAPHER was arrested for showing the thugs his licensed gun. A registered sex offender lists Occupy as his home and the encampment has 10-20 children living there. Marijuana smoke is everywhere

 4. “They marginalized the message by focusing on negative snippets.”

Nope. Pretty sure you Occupy people did that all by yourselves.

I’d be very happy to write another piece for The Nation on the Occupy Portland movement. Here’s my email address to inquire: Victoria@VictoriaTaft.com

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

UPDATE: Portland Area Parks Confront "Poolmageddon"

UPDATE AT BOTTOM
The long arm of government regulation has reached down to the bottom of the community and hotel swimming pool and pulled the plug. And Portland Public Parks and Rec, THPRD, Homeowners Associations, hotels–maybe as many as 300,000 pools across the US– may  have to close their swimming pools starting today or face civil rights lawsuits.

It’s government gone wild and a trial lawyers dream. 

As we talked about on the program yesterday, today is the day the Obama Administration’s Justice Department has green lighted lawsuits against facilities–public and
some private–that are not equipped with a PERMANENT pool lift for the handicapped.

See if your pool could be closed today (below):

City of Portland Pool Locations

ADA Compliant

Portland Parks and Rec wasn’t answering its phone at 11:15 yesterday morning when we called to ask about their preparation for the new rules. Tualatin Hills Park and Rec told us they were “working toward” compliance.

Not ADA Compliant

Conn Carroll over at the Washington Examiner (here) says pool operators asked for a clarification on what constituted ADA approved access and found out lifts most pools have–if they have one at all–aren’t good enough for the government.

In fact, most people in the swimming pool industry thought that one portable lift would be enough. Pool owners claim they were led to believe that, as long as they had one device that could be wheeled out whenever someone needed help getting into or out of a pool or spa, there would be no need intrusive permanent fixtures

No such luck.

In fact, each type of pool must be equipped with an ADA certified PERMANENT lift. For instance if a facility has a spa and pool, each will have to be outfitted with a lift.

The cost of the lifts appear to be anywhere from $1500.00 to $7000.00, but that, of course, is not the entire cost. Permits, prevailing wages, closed pools all cost a bunch of dough.

Who will have to pay for the upgrades? In a clarification of his original story, the Washington Examiner’s Carroll says it’s going to hit big and small pool operators alike:

Unless your pool is part of your private residence, you are probably subject to ADA guidelines. Here is the exact wording from the Justice Department:

Title III covers businesses and nonprofit service providers that are public accommodations, privately operated entities offering certain types of courses and examinations, privately operated transportation, and commercial facilities. Public accommodations are private entities who own, lease, lease to, or operate facilities such as restaurants, retail stores, hotels, movie theaters, private schools, convention centers, doctors’ offices, homeless shelters, transportation depots, zoos, funeral homes, day care centers, and recreation facilities including sports stadiums and fitness clubs. Transportation services provided by private entities are also covered by title III.

So even the Clackamas Aquatic Park where I occasionally swim laps isn’t up to scratch on the ADA regs. It has a long ramp leading to one of the pools meant to make it easier to allow access, but doesn’t to my knowledge have a permanently placed lift to give handicapped government approved access. They would have to close and become compliant before being able to reopen the facility to the HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE who use it EVERYDAY. Same for THPRD.

While the Obama Administration claims it won’t immediately start going after pool operators that doesn’t mean lawyers won’t go after pools for these “civil rights violations.”

Carroll also wonders if the permanently placed lifts will become an attractive nuisance for kids.

This, of course, would open up these facilities to other kinds of lawsuits when they get hurt playing on it. But he notes a silver lining:

But then again, each injured kid is just another payday for trial attorneys.
By the way, trial lawyers gave President Obama more than $45 million in 2008.
Have a nice summer.

JUST IN: HOLDER SAYS HE’LL WAIT 60 DAYS BEFORE IMPLEMENTING THIS IDIOTIC LAW. 

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

Breitbart, The Vetting V: Obama, Constitutional Law Lecturer

Obama as Lecturer Photo: Breitbart

No video on this one but there is a link to the final exam to University of Chicago law students from one Barack Obama, lecturer. According to the legal beagles who have considered the exam and Obama’s take on the issues involved, it reveals the lecturer who is (surprise!) an extreme leftist with a disdain for tradition. He conflates issues without precedent and believes judges should rule based on their experiences not only the law. Scary.

Find the latest on Breitbart’s The Vetting here.

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

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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