Daily Archives: June 4, 2012

UPDATED! Portland Considers Criminalizing Composting Scofflaws Hiding Snitching Neighbors

First they pass a dumb law, then they charge you more to impose the dumb law, then, when you disdain the dumb law, they make you a criminal. Story here. 
From the Zero: 

The first would protect residents who tattle on neighbors or others who, for example, throw diapers in their recycling bins or garbage in their composting carts. 

So let’s be clear. Soon The city wants to make it a CRIME for people to throw away: 



The second rule would enshrine the garbage violations in city code, making it illegal to “place in a recycling cart, recycling container or recycling bin any plastic bag, diapers, pet waste, Styrofoam, wood, food, yard debris, or any solid waste; or place in a compost cart or compost container any plastic bag, diapers, pet waste, Styrofoam, or any solid waste.”

Neither rule spells out the consequences for rule breakers, but there are hints that fines or other penalties could be coming. In paperwork noting who might oppose the change, the city writes “property owners subject to enforcement.”

And here’s where I told you so.

UPDATE: Alert Listener Vince offers this suggestion for your garbage:

Victoria,
Diapers or dog poop wrapped in gift boxes could “accidently” be left on MAX.  It would get rid of excess garbage and increase MAX ridership.  Win/Win!
-Vince
Safe and sane in Tigard.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Climate Change Worship Confab in Portland: Hushing the Skeptics

And Laughing at Liberals was there with his camera. The two people intimidating the presenter are frequent visitors to the Portland City Council and are political gadflys. They are transplants from back east and live now in Portland. They are psychologists and shamanists, not hard scientists (see their class offerings below). That doesn’t mean they can’t have a viewpoint on climate science, it just means they’re not experts. They are, however, hyper partisans who are obviously trying to intimidate the speaker. Unbelievable.

Here’s what LaL says about the scene at the Climate meeting.

“Watch as climate change promoters Arnie and Amy Mindell implement several psychological tactics to intimidate a global warming skeptic at the Open Forum on Climate Change. Continual interrupting, body language, ganging up, encroachment of personal space, diversions, and distractions are employed in an effort to the throw the skeptic off his game.”

From their website:
Amy’s latest class:

YOUR CREATIVE STYLE AND DREAMING NATURE

AS A THERAPIST/FACILITATOR

In this class we’ll explore aspects of your unique style and creative nature as a therapist/ facilitator. How does nature speak through you? What special style and dreaming is trying to be expressed through you in your work? Let’s study the processmind in action

Arny’s latest class:

 DEEP DEMOCRACY DANCE DISCOVERY

with individuals and relationships

Lets simplify, deepen, and “discover” our processwork methods and ideas. The word “DISCOVER” means use awareness to reveal, find out something you did not know before. Let’s study the processmind in action

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

Booze Scalpers in Washington State

Washington State shoppers can now got to a store and buy distilled spirits. Hurray for the free market! Hold the balloons and confetti, however.

The state and their buddies in the now defunct liquor stores and smaller grocery stores are still making sure that you pay big time for it in what can only be called a professional scalping scam. In fact, the scam is not unlike what the professional ticket scalpers do. There’s the list price and then when you go to pay for it all there’s a HUGE fee. That fee is $3.00/liter plus .50 per bottle. So a gallon of Smirnoff Vodka may say on the shelf that it’s $44.95 (!) but when it’s rung up at the check out counter it’s actually $51.45! I mean this is so bad we’re in Ticketmaster-land. If booze were a ticket, Eddie Vedder wouldn’t drink it.

When the Victoria Taft Show took up this issue Friday (hear the segment here), we found out that shoppers were disgusted when they found out at the check out stand that the fifth of Jack Daniels wasn’t really the sticker price! It was $3.50 more! Why this bait and switch?

((see shocking price differentials below–yes, SHOCKING))


The state worked a deal with smaller purveyors of booze to add so much tax that it would help insulate them from competition from Costco. You read that right. The smaller stores were afraid that Costco would become category killers in the booze market. (Costco helped support the initiative that was passed by voters.) The upshot is that customers got to the check out line only to be told that the price of Jack was actually 40% more!  Disgusted, they left the store without it. The state taxes still hugely distorts the market for booze.

But you might say, at least there’s a freer market, Victoria. You’d be right. At least it’s a little freer. But how free?

Friday on the show we did a price comparison. Oregon is the only state on the west coast that has the state control the rum running business. California simply charges the sales tax on the booze without the onerous excise taxes. Check out those price differentials and what real competition does to the price of an item.

Smirnoff  half gal
Wa   $44.95 + tax ($51.45 at the register)
Or   $27.95
Cali  $15.54

Jack Daniels 5th
Wa-  $18.99 +tax ($22.49 at the register)
Or    $21.95
Cali  $14.43 (actual market price!)
Beefeater gin
Wa- $19.99+ tax ($23.49 at the register)
Or   $19.95
Cali   $14.43
 
Smirnoff  half gal
Wa   $44.95 + tax ($51.45 at the register)
Or   $27.95
Cali  $15.54
Bacardi + tax ($24.49 at the register)
Wa   $20.99 + tax
Or   $26.95
Cali   $15.54
Absolut ($52.49 at the register)
Wa  $44.99  + tax
Or $44.95
Cali   $23.32
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Union Ugly in Wisconsin

Teacher

Keeping updated news on the Wisconsin recall is like drinking from a water hose but here are the latest hail mary’s from the left to discredit Governor Scott Walker.

First, tomorrow’s recall election will be a close one. The Real Clear Politics Average of polls has Walker up by 6.4%, but it’s go-time now and we’ll just have to see how far the left will go to depose him. The real poll is tomorrow.

The American Federation of Teachers,  which as I pointed out in recently has seen its members jumping ship now that the state doesn’t automatically deduct dues for them, is putting in another $500K for GOTV and last minute Walker bashing.

Second, the left is ginning up made up stories about Walker or taking some disgruntled union member or sympathizer, adding kerosene, and urging the media to talk about it. “It” is, A) Scott Walker is going to be indicted for some unknown nefarious activity known only by persons unknown to the public, B) Scott Walker has a love child somewhere.

Third, the unionistas have been sending out creepy mailers to voters with their names and addresses of those of their neighbors to shame non voters into voting. It’s despicable.

Hold on. The worst is yet to come.

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

UPDATED! Portland Considers Criminalizing Composting Scofflaws Hiding Snitching Neighbors

First they pass a dumb law, then they charge you more to impose the dumb law, then, when you disdain the dumb law, they make you a criminal. Story here. 
From the Zero: 

The first would protect residents who tattle on neighbors or others who, for example, throw diapers in their recycling bins or garbage in their composting carts. 

So let’s be clear. Soon The city wants to make it a CRIME for people to throw away: 



The second rule would enshrine the garbage violations in city code, making it illegal to “place in a recycling cart, recycling container or recycling bin any plastic bag, diapers, pet waste, Styrofoam, wood, food, yard debris, or any solid waste; or place in a compost cart or compost container any plastic bag, diapers, pet waste, Styrofoam, or any solid waste.”

Neither rule spells out the consequences for rule breakers, but there are hints that fines or other penalties could be coming. In paperwork noting who might oppose the change, the city writes “property owners subject to enforcement.”

And here’s where I told you so.

UPDATE: Alert Listener Vince offers this suggestion for your garbage:

Victoria,
Diapers or dog poop wrapped in gift boxes could “accidently” be left on MAX.  It would get rid of excess garbage and increase MAX ridership.  Win/Win!
-Vince
Safe and sane in Tigard.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Climate Change Worship Confab in Portland: Hushing the Skeptics

And Laughing at Liberals was there with his camera. The two people intimidating the presenter are frequent visitors to the Portland City Council and are political gadflys. They are transplants from back east and live now in Portland. They are psychologists and shamanists, not hard scientists (see their class offerings below). That doesn’t mean they can’t have a viewpoint on climate science, it just means they’re not experts. They are, however, hyper partisans who are obviously trying to intimidate the speaker. Unbelievable.

Here’s what LaL says about the scene at the Climate meeting.

“Watch as climate change promoters Arnie and Amy Mindell implement several psychological tactics to intimidate a global warming skeptic at the Open Forum on Climate Change. Continual interrupting, body language, ganging up, encroachment of personal space, diversions, and distractions are employed in an effort to the throw the skeptic off his game.”

From their website:
Amy’s latest class:

YOUR CREATIVE STYLE AND DREAMING NATURE

AS A THERAPIST/FACILITATOR

In this class we’ll explore aspects of your unique style and creative nature as a therapist/ facilitator. How does nature speak through you? What special style and dreaming is trying to be expressed through you in your work? Let’s study the processmind in action

Arny’s latest class:

 DEEP DEMOCRACY DANCE DISCOVERY

with individuals and relationships

Lets simplify, deepen, and “discover” our processwork methods and ideas. The word “DISCOVER” means use awareness to reveal, find out something you did not know before. Let’s study the processmind in action

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

Booze Scalpers in Washington State

Washington State shoppers can now got to a store and buy distilled spirits. Hurray for the free market! Hold the balloons and confetti, however.

The state and their buddies in the now defunct liquor stores and smaller grocery stores are still making sure that you pay big time for it in what can only be called a professional scalping scam. In fact, the scam is not unlike what the professional ticket scalpers do. There’s the list price and then when you go to pay for it all there’s a HUGE fee. That fee is $3.00/liter plus .50 per bottle. So a gallon of Smirnoff Vodka may say on the shelf that it’s $44.95 (!) but when it’s rung up at the check out counter it’s actually $51.45! I mean this is so bad we’re in Ticketmaster-land. If booze were a ticket, Eddie Vedder wouldn’t drink it.

When the Victoria Taft Show took up this issue Friday (hear the segment here), we found out that shoppers were disgusted when they found out at the check out stand that the fifth of Jack Daniels wasn’t really the sticker price! It was $3.50 more! Why this bait and switch?

((see shocking price differentials below–yes, SHOCKING))


The state worked a deal with smaller purveyors of booze to add so much tax that it would help insulate them from competition from Costco. You read that right. The smaller stores were afraid that Costco would become category killers in the booze market. (Costco helped support the initiative that was passed by voters.) The upshot is that customers got to the check out line only to be told that the price of Jack was actually 40% more!  Disgusted, they left the store without it. The state taxes still hugely distorts the market for booze.

But you might say, at least there’s a freer market, Victoria. You’d be right. At least it’s a little freer. But how free?

Friday on the show we did a price comparison. Oregon is the only state on the west coast that has the state control the rum running business. California simply charges the sales tax on the booze without the onerous excise taxes. Check out those price differentials and what real competition does to the price of an item.

Smirnoff  half gal
Wa   $44.95 + tax ($51.45 at the register)
Or   $27.95
Cali  $15.54

Jack Daniels 5th
Wa-  $18.99 +tax ($22.49 at the register)
Or    $21.95
Cali  $14.43 (actual market price!)
Beefeater gin
Wa- $19.99+ tax ($23.49 at the register)
Or   $19.95
Cali   $14.43
 
Smirnoff  half gal
Wa   $44.95 + tax ($51.45 at the register)
Or   $27.95
Cali  $15.54
Bacardi + tax ($24.49 at the register)
Wa   $20.99 + tax
Or   $26.95
Cali   $15.54
Absolut ($52.49 at the register)
Wa  $44.99  + tax
Or $44.95
Cali   $23.32
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Union Ugly in Wisconsin

Teacher

Keeping updated news on the Wisconsin recall is like drinking from a water hose but here are the latest hail mary’s from the left to discredit Governor Scott Walker.

First, tomorrow’s recall election will be a close one. The Real Clear Politics Average of polls has Walker up by 6.4%, but it’s go-time now and we’ll just have to see how far the left will go to depose him. The real poll is tomorrow.

The American Federation of Teachers,  which as I pointed out in recently has seen its members jumping ship now that the state doesn’t automatically deduct dues for them, is putting in another $500K for GOTV and last minute Walker bashing.

Second, the left is ginning up made up stories about Walker or taking some disgruntled union member or sympathizer, adding kerosene, and urging the media to talk about it. “It” is, A) Scott Walker is going to be indicted for some unknown nefarious activity known only by persons unknown to the public, B) Scott Walker has a love child somewhere.

Third, the unionistas have been sending out creepy mailers to voters with their names and addresses of those of their neighbors to shame non voters into voting. It’s despicable.

Hold on. The worst is yet to come.

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

Occupy U: Portland State University’s Occupy Classes Go Toward Degree

http://pdx.edu/chiron/winter-2012-chiron-studies-courses

revolutionary marxism
grant booth: http://psuvanguard.com/news/whats-next-for-occupy-psu/
They marched through downtown shouting cries of “Schools for students, not for profits,” and “Whose school? Our school.”
“Every movement has its lulls and spikes; we’re in a lull,” said Grant Booth, a math major, writer for the Rearguard and active member of the student International Socialist Organization.
Despite the current lull in participation, Occupy PSU is turning its collective head toward the problem of rising student debt.
Both the Feb. 21 and March 1 events will focus around a core tenet of Occupy PSU: bail out students, not banks.
What continues to drive the Occupy PSU movement is the increasing pressure on students and escalating costs of getting a college degree. “People are very pissed off. Education is essential to having an even halfway-decent life, and yet they can be in debt their whole life pursing that,” said Rhett Mutchler, communication major and editor-in-chief at the Rearguard.

oregon state tuition and fees
http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/services/tuition/comparison.htm

portland state
http://www.pdx.edu/bao/select-fees

u of o
http://uocatalog.uoregon.edu/enteringuo/tuition%20and%20fees

Rees Lloyd: Reflections of Memorial Day in Beaverton

            I was lucky enough to spend Memorial Day 2012 in Beaverton, OR. It is a relatively large city of 90,000,  sixth largest city in Oregon, second largest in Washington County. But it has about it the feel of “small town America,” a feel of what has been called America’s “Heartland.”
            On Memorial Day 2012 Beaverton’s heart was on display.  A crowd estimated at in excess of a thousand gathered at  Beaverton’s small, beautifully maintained and unique Veterans Memorial Park at Watson and 7th Street. They gathered in a respectful attitude of gratitude to remember the service and sacrifice of the some 1.4-million American soldiers, sailors, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, and submariners who have given their lives in war  in defense of American freedom.
            The day began with rousing patriotic music played  by the big (very big) band of American Legion Post 185, the “Rose City Musicians Post,” under Director Clement Norton. It is the only “Musicians’ Post” in  Portland, or Oregon, and its members make great patriotic music.
            While I was a stranger in Beaverton in my American Legion service cap from Riverside County, CA, standing next to me enjoying the music was a fellow Legionnaire  whose Legion service cap indicated he is a Past Commander of American Legion Post 124, Beaverton, OR, which, I learned from him, created Veterans Memorial Park.
            There are no strangers in the Legion, only comrade wartime veterans. So, when I commented on how impressed I was with Beaverton’s Veterans Memorial Park, Legionnaire Patrick Lynch enthusiastically told me how proud he is of Beaverton Post 124’s taking the lead to establish it.
            “This was just a derelict park, nothing but bushes and winos,” Lynch said, as  those who overheard him nodded in agreement.  “We changed all that  and created this beautiful veterans memorial through a lot of hard work by Legionnaires, the Auxiliary, other veterans and patriotic citizens here in Beaverton,” he said.
            Pat Lynch is a Korean War Veteran of the U.S. Navy, who survived 32 months in the war zone on a Destroyer, DD-681, U.S.S. Hopewell. When I told him I’d like to write a story about the memorial for the Victoria Taft Show blog,  Lynch smiled broadly, and said: “That woman — God, how I love that woman. I listen to her every day.”
            It turned out, Pat Lynch is a fount of information about the creation of the memorial park. He took me on a tour of the monuments there, explaining them. He modestly minimized his own role (which in fact was large, he was Vice Commander
of Post 124 when the effort began), but celebrated and lauded  the effort of others.
              “The sparkplug for this entire effort was our late comrade, Robert F. Caufman, who was our Post Commander when we started in 1998,” Lynch said. ”It took the Post two years to complete the main monument. Bob’s energy and vision is what transformed a derelict park into the beautiful veterans memorial park you see today. “
            The centerpiece of the memorial is a large, graceful black marble-faced  monument, which sits on a base of rust-colored bricks. It is inscribed: “Beaverton Veterans Memorial Dedicated To All Veterans – All Gave Some, Some Gave All.”   The seals of  the various military service branches are engraved in the lower portion.
            On each end of the monument is a tall black-granite pillar  topped with a  large bronze sculpted eagle with wings outspread. While the artist donated his services, Lynch said, Post 124 did not have the funds to pay the $9,000 for each bronze casting. Through bake sales and other fundraisers, the Post managed to raise $9,000 for one, and the then-Governor of Oregon matched those funds to provide the second eagle.           
            As for paying for the central monument itself, each of the bricks on which the monument is based represents a $75 contribution by individuals whose donations paid for the memorial, and its perpetual care.
            There are brick sidewalls encompassing the base of the memorial, with benches on each corner to rest.
            One of the long walls on the east side honors the Nisei Division of WWII, the most decorated Army Division. It was donated by  the Nisei Veterans Association, and is inscribed: “We Japanese Americans Proudly Served In The United States Armed Forces With Honor And Loyalty.”
            On the west side,  there is a “Blue Star Memorial,” honoring the “Blue Star” families who had loved ones in military service. That memorial was established by the Pioneer District Garden Club of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs.
            Directly south of the monument, is a huge war ship anchor and chain, symbolizing the U.S. Navy. It was  donated by  a citizen, Carl P. Hoff. To the east of the anchor, is a Marine 75-mm. howitzer, which was used in Marine amphibious landings on South Pacific islands, including at Iwo Jima, the bloodiest battle of WWII in the Pacific.
            In front of the memorial, a walkway leads north to a monument honoring all Air Force personnel. It is a four-bladed propeller from a U.S. Neptune Bomber. It is supported by a black-marble pedestal.
            Arranged beneath it on Memorial Day was the MIA missing warrior display of empty chair, and a table bearing a  plate, cup and saucer, utensils, salt, candle and rose, in remembrance of all the some 88,000 American veterans still missing in action.
            In the northeast corner of the Park, stands the largest submariners monument in the country, a sculpture of the bow of a submarine rising from beneath the sea. It is dedicated to all the submarines, and submariners,  that have been lost in service.  Highlighted on the monument is the U.S.S. Albacore, the submarine which sank the highest tonnage of enemy shipping in WWII.  It was sunk just a few weeks from the end of the war off of the  main island of Japan. All hands went down with the ship.
            On the reverse side of the monument,  there are plaques for each of the 52 submarines that went down in the history of the submarine service, showing the number of men who were lost with their submarines. In front of these plaques is an actual but unarmed, full-size Mark IV Navy torpedo.
            Submariners refer to those lost submarines, and the 4,000 submariners who gave all serving on them, as being on “Eternal Patrol.”
            Flags flew all around the perimeter of the rectangle-shaped park. Children passed out tiny hand-held Flags. Love of country, love for those who gave their lives for country, was palpable in Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park in the Memorial Day ceremonies.
            Coincidentally (perhaps), when Post 124 Chaplain Wally Johnson gave the invocation, he first quipped,Maybe we should pray for sunshine,” noting the heavy gray-to-black clouds gathering. Minutes after the reverent invocation closed and ceremonies proceeded, the clouds parted and the sun came out. It was that kind of a Memorial Day.
            The ceremonies were led by Marv Doty, Commander of Beaverton Post 124. They began with  bugler Peter Ohlmann sounding the “Call to Colors,” and the crowd rising as the colors were posted by the Post 124 Honor Guard.
            The pledge of allegiance was led by Gary J. Kniss, U.S.M.C., of the Marine Corps League.
            The National Anthem was sung, accompanied by the Post 185 American Legion Band.
            Promptly on time,  came a  thunderous flyover by jet fighters from the Oregon National Guard 142nd Fighter Squadron.
            Cathy Stanton, Beaverton Council President, representing the council and Mayor Danny Doyle, read a Memorial Day Proclamation.
            Patti Perigo led the singing of God Bless America to band accompaniment.
            Recognition ceremonies for Post 124 members who transferred to Post Everlasting since last Memorial Day included Auxiliary members who placed flowers on the monument as the name of each of the departed was read by Chaplain Wally Johnson.
            The POW/MIA Ceremony was led by Post 124 First Commander Fred Meyer. They were honored by bagpiper Tim Birr, Pipe Major, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
            The Post 185 American Legion Band played the anthems of each of the military branches.  Veterans stood and were recognized as the anthems of their respective service branches were played.
            U.S. Navy Commander Timothy G. Sparks, introduced guest speaker USN Capt. Hildreth,  who spoke eloquently and movingly of those who served, most poignantly of those who didn’t come home.
            Keynote Speaker Chris Marshall, Director of  the Regional Department of the Veterans Administration, spoke of the challenges facing those coming home from war, and the challenges to us to meet those needs.
            The Tolling of the Boats ceremony  was presented by Ray Lough, president of the National Blueback Association of  submariners.  He  identified each of the 52 submarines which have gone down,  and the numbers of submariners who are still on “Eternal Patrol.” As he read the names of the lost submarines and crews, a ship’s bell chimed.
            After the benediction was made by Chaplain Wally Johnson and Taps played by bugler Peter Ohlmann, the Sons of the American Revolution, in colonial military uniform,  fired three musket volleys.
            The ceremonies ended with retirement of the colors.
            At ceremonies end, Legionnaire Pat Lynch said, “I think it was a great success.  I want to  thank all involved, especially [Post 124] Commander Marv Doty who organized the event and served as master of ceremonies.”
            Lynch noted that  the Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park was initiated and established by American Legion Post 124, but was a accomplished by a common effort of veterans and other citizens; the city of Beaverton on whose land the memorial is located;  and the Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District, which maintains the park –for which Lynch has high praise for THPRD personnel.
            He noted that that Memorial Day 2012 effort involved many members of the Bearverton Community who deserve thanks,  including: Beaverton American Legion Post 124 and Auxiliary;  Rose City (Portland) American Legion Musicians Post 185; VFW Post 4617 and Auxiliary; Disabled American Veterans-Beaverton Chapter 25; Marine Corps League – USS Oregon Detachment; Merchant Marine Veterans & Auxiliary; Oregon Air National Guard 142 Fighter Wing; Oregon Nisei Veterans Association; Elks Beaverton Lodge #1989; City of Beaverton; Beaverton Police Department; Tualatin Hills Park  & Recreation District; Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue; Valley Times Community Newspaper; Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs; Pioneer District Garden Club; Sons & Daughters of the American Revolution; Public & Citizen Supporters of Veterans Memorial Park.
            I began this report by stating I am lucky to have been able to join in Memorial Day 2012 in Beaverton, OR. I am lucky. Lucky to be an American. Lucky to live in a country in which Americans like those in Beaverton still love their country; Americans who still believe it is a country  and a culture worth fighting for, even to die for; Americans who still are grateful for those veterans whose service and sacrifice have kept us the most free people in the world.
            Therefore, I  gratefully join with them to remember, thank,  and salute all of those who made possible this Memorial Day 2012, and every day that Americans live in freedom– the 1.4-million American veterans who have sacrificed their lives that Americans might be free.
            May God bless and keep each and every one of them; and may they never be forgotten by the country, and the American people, for whose freedom they gave their lives.
[Rees Lloyd is a career-long civil rights attorney; a Life Member of The American Legion; and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.]
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