Daily Archives: August 1, 2012

ANONYMOUS, MEET IRONICAL

ANONYMOUS, the online “Hactivist” anti corporation group, representative of the “99%”, whose ubiquitous “logo” is seen at anarchist and Occupy events, is ticked off that a French corporation has licensed the group’s logo, is creating T shirts and making money off them (20 Euros). The group has issued a fatwa against the company.

A statement issued by the group via the following video reads (H/T MASHABLE):

“There [sic] arrogance and ignorance of what they have done will not go un punished,” reads a statement posted on a well-known public Anonymous site announcing Operation AnonTrademark. “Anonymous will take down any business they have going on the internet and the ninety nine percent will not stop until the registration has been revoked and a public apology has been made.”

MASHABLE has a video on the history of Anonymous.

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PART 2 EXCLUSIVE: Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt on TOLLING for CRC. "Memories Are Short." No, They’re Not.

When he ran for the job of Vancouver USA’s Mayor, Tim Leavitt ran on a No Tolls on the Columbia River Crossing platform. He rolled over then-Mayor Royce Pollard who had flip flopped on tolling. 

Voters thought they’d chosen a champion of the people, a guy who would be in their corner, somebody who wouldn’t compromise.


But before you can say “Gavel Down!” Leavitt had gone native and proclaimed getting rid of tolls would be too hard. 


(See Mayor Leavitt’s latest installment below the jump)





His change of position gave rise to the NOTOLLS.COM group, lead by businessman, David Madore, who said of Leavitt’s change of position at the time,

“He’s out of the closet, or should I say, out of the toll booth. He was elected on a no-tolls platform and he reversed his position as soon as he was elected.”

OPB Photo

It’s been jihad-city ever since. Leavitt has no one but himself to blame. And voters are swearing oaths against him which begin with, “never again!” 


With that background I give you today’s installment of Leavitt’s take on the CRC and tolling. My first exclusive from the Vancouver Mayor came yesterday (find it here). Today the Mayor has given his unvarnished take on tolling and his first sentence will prove to be a laugher to anyone who has been following the story. His comments have not been edited for content.

#2) Tolling.

Memories are short….I understand that. But it was way back in 2010 when I made it clear that if tolling was the only viable means to cover the local-local* share of the CRC project, then fairness and equity for our commuters must be considered.


For example, I spoke of (and continue to advocate for) discounts for regular commuters, caps on total paid in tolls per day (e.g., for businesses such as couriers and others that cross many times per day), consideration for low-income where use of public transit is simply not an option, as well as analysis of capturing Oregon commuters in the corridor that don’t cross the bridge. I’m pleased that the County Commissioners have recently sent a letter to the WA Transportation Commission re-affirming many of those conversations that we had two years ago.
*I say “local-local” share because, technically, any funding not federal is considered “local”. That means that the states contributions to the project are also considered “local”. So, “local-local” means to refer to that share coming direct out of the pockets of residents of our region — or at least partially out of residents of our region.

Tomorrow: Leavitt says tolling won’t change if the bridge is altered. 

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

ANONYMOUS, MEET IRONICAL

ANONYMOUS, the online “Hactivist” anti corporation group, representative of the “99%”, whose ubiquitous “logo” is seen at anarchist and Occupy events, is ticked off that a French corporation has licensed the group’s logo, is creating T shirts and making money off them (20 Euros). The group has issued a fatwa against the company.

A statement issued by the group via the following video reads (H/T MASHABLE):

“There [sic] arrogance and ignorance of what they have done will not go un punished,” reads a statement posted on a well-known public Anonymous site announcing Operation AnonTrademark. “Anonymous will take down any business they have going on the internet and the ninety nine percent will not stop until the registration has been revoked and a public apology has been made.”

MASHABLE has a video on the history of Anonymous.

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

PART 2 EXCLUSIVE: Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt on TOLLING for CRC. "Memories Are Short." No, They’re Not.

When he ran for the job of Vancouver USA’s Mayor, Tim Leavitt ran on a No Tolls on the Columbia River Crossing platform. He rolled over then-Mayor Royce Pollard who had flip flopped on tolling. 

Voters thought they’d chosen a champion of the people, a guy who would be in their corner, somebody who wouldn’t compromise.


But before you can say “Gavel Down!” Leavitt had gone native and proclaimed getting rid of tolls would be too hard. 


(See Mayor Leavitt’s latest installment below the jump)





His change of position gave rise to the NOTOLLS.COM group, lead by businessman, David Madore, who said of Leavitt’s change of position at the time,

“He’s out of the closet, or should I say, out of the toll booth. He was elected on a no-tolls platform and he reversed his position as soon as he was elected.”

OPB Photo

It’s been jihad-city ever since. Leavitt has no one but himself to blame. And voters are swearing oaths against him which begin with, “never again!” 


With that background I give you today’s installment of Leavitt’s take on the CRC and tolling. My first exclusive from the Vancouver Mayor came yesterday (find it here). Today the Mayor has given his unvarnished take on tolling and his first sentence will prove to be a laugher to anyone who has been following the story. His comments have not been edited for content.

#2) Tolling.

Memories are short….I understand that. But it was way back in 2010 when I made it clear that if tolling was the only viable means to cover the local-local* share of the CRC project, then fairness and equity for our commuters must be considered.


For example, I spoke of (and continue to advocate for) discounts for regular commuters, caps on total paid in tolls per day (e.g., for businesses such as couriers and others that cross many times per day), consideration for low-income where use of public transit is simply not an option, as well as analysis of capturing Oregon commuters in the corridor that don’t cross the bridge. I’m pleased that the County Commissioners have recently sent a letter to the WA Transportation Commission re-affirming many of those conversations that we had two years ago.
*I say “local-local” share because, technically, any funding not federal is considered “local”. That means that the states contributions to the project are also considered “local”. So, “local-local” means to refer to that share coming direct out of the pockets of residents of our region — or at least partially out of residents of our region.

Tomorrow: Leavitt says tolling won’t change if the bridge is altered. 

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

Multnomah County Democrats Release Laughable Romney Story as Truth

They’re So Scared, They’re Making It Up.

A blind item posted at a blog site was tweeted out tonight by Multnomah County Democrats as fact to try to smear Mitt Romney, who has wrapped up his triumphant overseas trip to Britain, Israel, and Poland.

The blog site is open to anyone. It is unsigned. It on a beta site for an open site possibly connected to Salon.
Read more below:

The “story” which includes this phrase, “Now, obviously, this is a statement by one person so it’s veracity has to be established,” was the latest, laughably dishonest attempt to smear Romney about his taxes. He’s released his records as Governor and now Presidential candidate.

It links to another blogger over at HuffPo which includes the apparent meat of the story: speculation from Harry Reid. 

I understand why Harry Reid would want to make a splash about JSG talking about something or somebody else. After all, this disaster of a “leader” hasn’t produced or passed a budget for three years.

But Harry, I’m pretty sure the American people are more interested in President Obama passing the biggest tax increase in human history–and planning to add to it!–than they are in Mitt’s taxes.

The more desperate you sound, the more confident I become.

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UPDATED!! CAUGHT ON TAPE: But Who Is This Man Stealing Clark County GOP Signs?

He Rides Up
He Grabs the Sign

CULPRIT CAUGHT, BUT WHO IS HE? WHAT’S HIS MOTIVE? SEE AFTER JUMP.
Former GOP Congressional Candidate David Hedrick caught this man in the act of stealing political signs in Clark County, Washington. The caught-on-tape moment happened after a spate of GOP sign thefts and a stake out commenced.
 
Do you know who he is?
See a close up of the Sign Stealer and the video of him stealing the sign  after the jump.

WHO IS THIS SIGN STEALER?JOHN ELLIS IS THIS MAN’S NAME. WHO IS HE?

He Rides Away With Sign
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