Daily Archives: July 27, 2012

Climate Blog Goes Dark In Anticipation of Big Story Breaking Sunday

Can’t wait to find out what the story is. The second it happens I’ll link it here, tweet it out and put it on Facebook. 

WUWT publishing suspended – major announcement coming

Something’s happened. From now until Sunday July 29th, around Noon PST, WUWT will be suspending publishing. At that time, there will be a major announcement that I’m sure will attract a broad global interest due to its controversial and unprecedented nature.
To give you an idea as to the magnitude of this event, I’m suspending my vacation plans. I weighed the issue, and decided (much to my dismay) this was more important. I can go on vacation trips another time, but this announcement is not something I can miss now and do later.
Media outlets be sure to check in to WUWT on Sunday around 12PM PST and check your emails.
If you wish to be automatically notified of the updates, click on the “Follow Blog via Email” button about midway down the right sidebar.
Comments are closed, and I will not be responding to emails until Sunday.
Thank you for your consideration and patience  – Anthony Watts

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

Full Frontal Rude-ity: Oregon’s Naked Man Problem

“Pedal-phile” Not Busted

Oregon’s selective enforcement of its naked man rules is on display for all to see once again. This week a man was arrested for washing his man parts in the Couch Park drinking fountain. See humorous post about that here. 

Busted for Indecency

The serious concern that remains, however, is why one was busted but the other was not.

The problem of course is that in Portland Sam Adams is Mayor and Police Commissioner and will not authorize the police to enforce the law. Until Mr. Ball Washer happened by at least.


 
Adams is the man who groomed a 17 year old teenager for sex and then, the second he turned 18—even traveling to his birthday party to make sure he was legal– spent  a weekend’s tryst with him. Somewhere along the line he jumped the boy in the City Hall bathroom. With him setting the standards, you can see why the enforcement is a just a wee bit fuzzy. You can see why we’re in this pickle. Anything goes so long as it keeps Portland weird and bike friendly. Community standards are applied as long as they are as low as you can go.


According to a recent State Supreme Court ruling, fully nude strippers performing sex acts is protected political free speech.

And this is how it’s played out in real life:

A naked man just happens to come out to garden when the children drive by on the school bus. He’s not arrested.

Naked bike riders–for some mostly men, imagine that–parade fully nude during the day time and nighttime and they’re not arrested. In fact they’re given a police escort.

                    A man strips to his altogether to “protest” the TSA at Portland’s Airport. He won his case.

A homeless guy who washes his man parts in the fountain is arrested. 

I think none of them should be able to do that. How about using decency as a community standard?

Don’t believe me? See for yourself. None of the following videos is safe for work:

WNBR 2012 – Portland Sunny Ride — Part 2 from Michael Buchino on Vimeo.

WNBR 2012 – Portland Sunny Ride — Part 1 from Michael Buchino on Vimeo.

WNBR 2012 – Portland Night Ride from Michael Buchino on Vimeo.

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

Joe the Small Business Owner: Excoriates Merkley’s Mortgage Plan

Joe the Small Business Owner is a respected member of the Portland business community and does not wish to be identified because of the backlash against small businessmen and conservatives in this area. He sent me these thoughts on Senator Jeff Merkley’s proposal to bail out homeowners (again). The Eugene Register Guard describes his plan:

Merkley proposes allowing all homeowners who meet underwriting criteria to refinance at 4 percent interest on a 15-year mortgage, or 5 percent interest on a 30-year note. Banks, credit unions and other lending institutions would write the loans. The mortgages would then be purchased by a federal Rebuilding American Homeownership Trust. The trust would finance the purchases with the sale of Treasury bonds.
Here is the issue with his project…run (and hold onto your wallet) when you hear the government say they will make money on something they are doing. 

So here is my initial critique: under safe harbor would we be steering customers to a higher rate product? Then the only people who would do this is the very high loan-to-value loans because who in the hell wants 5% today when the market is at 3.5 ish..at no points…on a normal refinance? 


Jeff,  you’re a master of financial wizardry, the 15 year loans are at 2.875%, so gosh, are we charging a higher rate to the people who can theoretically least able to afford it? 
 
Further, this could be viewed as discrimination and steering and a violation of various regulations. Steering people who can least afford it to higher mortgage rates is legally shaky. A very big lender was just sued for discrimination and pulled out of the mortgage business in a big way.

Won’t CFPB, Respa, Humda, Fair Lending, Ecoa, State,  Federal regulators have a problem with this including whoever the hell administers Safe Harbor provision of Respa? Oh, but gosh it is a federal program so let’s just make it exempt from every bureau you people have had us tripping over for the last 4 years. 
 
Worse yet, this could this be the beginning of a new SUBPRIME MARKET that you claim to loathe!  But now you’re the creator! 

In short, you have no idea what the hell you’re doing. Why don’t we not create a new federal  bureau and just let Fannie Mae and FHLMC run the HARP program as a refi with no appraisals, regardless of loan to value. I like your charts, though, pretty colors. 

And now you know why Joe the Small Business Owner doesn’t want his name out there.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Portland Clean Balls Alliance Established Following Arrest of Man in Park (Parody)

5th Listener Matt Trom has, ah, ‘established’ a new group in solidarity with the naked Portland man who was arrested while washing himself in a drinking fountain at Couch Park.

With the recent arrest of Jamie Todd Hensler, the fascists at the Portland Police Bureau have added having clean balls to the list of basic human rights they have decided to criminalize in Portland, a shameful list that includes the right to homelessness and the right to sleep where ever you wish, whenever you wish.

To right this heinous blow to human rights in Portland, the Portland Clean Balls Alliance (PCBA) demands the following actions be taken immediately:

1. Mayor Adams and the City Council must not only legalize ball-washing in any and all public and private fountains in Portland, they must also encourage and facilitate this activity.

2. Begin installing green, sustainable, solar-powered ball-washers throughout the city of Portland. Portland’s City Hall itself should become a hub of ball-washing activity, with no expense being spared to provide a safe, family-friendly and welcoming environment where all Portlander’s can wash their balls. No person in the city of Portland should ever again find themselves with dirty balls and no means to wash them!

3. Arrest, prosecute and imprison the jack-booted thugs who arrested Mr. Hensler.

4. Require annual sensitivity training for all Portland Police Bureau officers in all aspects of ball-washing.

5. Equip and train Portland police officers to wash the balls of those who are unable to wash their own.

The white male power-holding 1% have had a monopoly on clean balls for far too long, and the 99% will no longer tolerate this injustice. Once these actions are taken, Portland will assume it’s rightful place at the forefront of the struggle for clean balls. Forward!

In clean solidarity,
PCBA

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

President Buckyballs

Besides tossing out car dealers, depressing hiring with ObamaCare,  forcing us to vie with government for available capital, sending drones to spy on cows and plunging us into what looks like another recession, the President’s team has now struck a blow against the last guy standing: Buckyballs.

This collection of magnetic balls has been feted as THE desk game for adults. But parents apparently aren’t watching their curious little tykes closely enough because


a few of them have snuck into Dad’s office and eaten them. This of course makes it much more difficult to go through airport medical detectors, but Buckyballs also stick to kids’ guts and you have to dig them out.

With a scalpel.

According to an American Academy of Pediatrics report, there were 60 magnet ingestion cases over the last two years which resulted in 26 surgeries. At least 22 of these cases were connected with Buckyballs.

 Buckyballs is having a fit, naturally. You find this proclamation on their website:

Good luck, Buckyballs. You’re up against the Commander in Chief who “Got bin Laden!” Worse? Your product is not in Mama Obama’s food pyramid.

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

Climate Blog Goes Dark In Anticipation of Big Story Breaking Sunday

Can’t wait to find out what the story is. The second it happens I’ll link it here, tweet it out and put it on Facebook. 

WUWT publishing suspended – major announcement coming

Something’s happened. From now until Sunday July 29th, around Noon PST, WUWT will be suspending publishing. At that time, there will be a major announcement that I’m sure will attract a broad global interest due to its controversial and unprecedented nature.
To give you an idea as to the magnitude of this event, I’m suspending my vacation plans. I weighed the issue, and decided (much to my dismay) this was more important. I can go on vacation trips another time, but this announcement is not something I can miss now and do later.
Media outlets be sure to check in to WUWT on Sunday around 12PM PST and check your emails.
If you wish to be automatically notified of the updates, click on the “Follow Blog via Email” button about midway down the right sidebar.
Comments are closed, and I will not be responding to emails until Sunday.
Thank you for your consideration and patience  – Anthony Watts

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

Full Frontal Rude-ity: Oregon’s Naked Man Problem

“Pedal-phile” Not Busted

Oregon’s selective enforcement of its naked man rules is on display for all to see once again. This week a man was arrested for washing his man parts in the Couch Park drinking fountain. See humorous post about that here. 

Busted for Indecency

The serious concern that remains, however, is why one was busted but the other was not.

The problem of course is that in Portland Sam Adams is Mayor and Police Commissioner and will not authorize the police to enforce the law. Until Mr. Ball Washer happened by at least.


 
Adams is the man who groomed a 17 year old teenager for sex and then, the second he turned 18—even traveling to his birthday party to make sure he was legal– spent  a weekend’s tryst with him. Somewhere along the line he jumped the boy in the City Hall bathroom. With him setting the standards, you can see why the enforcement is a just a wee bit fuzzy. You can see why we’re in this pickle. Anything goes so long as it keeps Portland weird and bike friendly. Community standards are applied as long as they are as low as you can go.


According to a recent State Supreme Court ruling, fully nude strippers performing sex acts is protected political free speech.

And this is how it’s played out in real life:

A naked man just happens to come out to garden when the children drive by on the school bus. He’s not arrested.

Naked bike riders–for some mostly men, imagine that–parade fully nude during the day time and nighttime and they’re not arrested. In fact they’re given a police escort.

                    A man strips to his altogether to “protest” the TSA at Portland’s Airport. He won his case.

A homeless guy who washes his man parts in the fountain is arrested. 

I think none of them should be able to do that. How about using decency as a community standard?

Don’t believe me? See for yourself. None of the following videos is safe for work:

WNBR 2012 – Portland Sunny Ride — Part 2 from Michael Buchino on Vimeo.

WNBR 2012 – Portland Sunny Ride — Part 1 from Michael Buchino on Vimeo.

WNBR 2012 – Portland Night Ride from Michael Buchino on Vimeo.

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

Joe the Small Business Owner: Excoriates Merkley’s Mortgage Plan

Joe the Small Business Owner is a respected member of the Portland business community and does not wish to be identified because of the backlash against small businessmen and conservatives in this area. He sent me these thoughts on Senator Jeff Merkley’s proposal to bail out homeowners (again). The Eugene Register Guard describes his plan:

Merkley proposes allowing all homeowners who meet underwriting criteria to refinance at 4 percent interest on a 15-year mortgage, or 5 percent interest on a 30-year note. Banks, credit unions and other lending institutions would write the loans. The mortgages would then be purchased by a federal Rebuilding American Homeownership Trust. The trust would finance the purchases with the sale of Treasury bonds.
Here is the issue with his project…run (and hold onto your wallet) when you hear the government say they will make money on something they are doing. 

So here is my initial critique: under safe harbor would we be steering customers to a higher rate product? Then the only people who would do this is the very high loan-to-value loans because who in the hell wants 5% today when the market is at 3.5 ish..at no points…on a normal refinance? 


Jeff,  you’re a master of financial wizardry, the 15 year loans are at 2.875%, so gosh, are we charging a higher rate to the people who can theoretically least able to afford it? 
 
Further, this could be viewed as discrimination and steering and a violation of various regulations. Steering people who can least afford it to higher mortgage rates is legally shaky. A very big lender was just sued for discrimination and pulled out of the mortgage business in a big way.

Won’t CFPB, Respa, Humda, Fair Lending, Ecoa, State,  Federal regulators have a problem with this including whoever the hell administers Safe Harbor provision of Respa? Oh, but gosh it is a federal program so let’s just make it exempt from every bureau you people have had us tripping over for the last 4 years. 
 
Worse yet, this could this be the beginning of a new SUBPRIME MARKET that you claim to loathe!  But now you’re the creator! 

In short, you have no idea what the hell you’re doing. Why don’t we not create a new federal  bureau and just let Fannie Mae and FHLMC run the HARP program as a refi with no appraisals, regardless of loan to value. I like your charts, though, pretty colors. 

And now you know why Joe the Small Business Owner doesn’t want his name out there.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Portland Clean Balls Alliance Established Following Arrest of Man in Park (Parody)

5th Listener Matt Trom has, ah, ‘established’ a new group in solidarity with the naked Portland man who was arrested while washing himself in a drinking fountain at Couch Park.

With the recent arrest of Jamie Todd Hensler, the fascists at the Portland Police Bureau have added having clean balls to the list of basic human rights they have decided to criminalize in Portland, a shameful list that includes the right to homelessness and the right to sleep where ever you wish, whenever you wish.

To right this heinous blow to human rights in Portland, the Portland Clean Balls Alliance (PCBA) demands the following actions be taken immediately:

1. Mayor Adams and the City Council must not only legalize ball-washing in any and all public and private fountains in Portland, they must also encourage and facilitate this activity.

2. Begin installing green, sustainable, solar-powered ball-washers throughout the city of Portland. Portland’s City Hall itself should become a hub of ball-washing activity, with no expense being spared to provide a safe, family-friendly and welcoming environment where all Portlander’s can wash their balls. No person in the city of Portland should ever again find themselves with dirty balls and no means to wash them!

3. Arrest, prosecute and imprison the jack-booted thugs who arrested Mr. Hensler.

4. Require annual sensitivity training for all Portland Police Bureau officers in all aspects of ball-washing.

5. Equip and train Portland police officers to wash the balls of those who are unable to wash their own.

The white male power-holding 1% have had a monopoly on clean balls for far too long, and the 99% will no longer tolerate this injustice. Once these actions are taken, Portland will assume it’s rightful place at the forefront of the struggle for clean balls. Forward!

In clean solidarity,
PCBA

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

President Buckyballs

Besides tossing out car dealers, depressing hiring with ObamaCare,  forcing us to vie with government for available capital, sending drones to spy on cows and plunging us into what looks like another recession, the President’s team has now struck a blow against the last guy standing: Buckyballs.

This collection of magnetic balls has been feted as THE desk game for adults. But parents apparently aren’t watching their curious little tykes closely enough because


a few of them have snuck into Dad’s office and eaten them. This of course makes it much more difficult to go through airport medical detectors, but Buckyballs also stick to kids’ guts and you have to dig them out.

With a scalpel.

According to an American Academy of Pediatrics report, there were 60 magnet ingestion cases over the last two years which resulted in 26 surgeries. At least 22 of these cases were connected with Buckyballs.

 Buckyballs is having a fit, naturally. You find this proclamation on their website:

Good luck, Buckyballs. You’re up against the Commander in Chief who “Got bin Laden!” Worse? Your product is not in Mama Obama’s food pyramid.

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