Monthly Archives: December 2012

New ALF Mascot Created for Anti Fur Attack



From the terrorists:


Received Anonymously
30 Dec, 2012
Fur and Wool Shops Attacked in Vancouver, BC by that ALF Monster
Last night, two wicked stores profiting off the torture and mutilation of non-humyn and humyn animals had their locks glued and “ALF” flyers stuck into their mail slots.  The locks were glued with a toothpick and crazy glue, for extra stickage, and the flyers were wiped clean of any and all fingerprints.  It is our intention to let these stores know that their very existence is the impetus for our struggle.  Capitalism has driven humynity to exploit the earth and her animals, and has created class divisions so fierce that it is very difficult to realize our dreams.  We strive for a world where we are not stuck inside such rigid boxes, and will continue to attack the social order on as many fronts as we can (we’re just getting warmed up). 
These two stores, Speiser Furs and Black Sheep on Granville Street, Vancouver BC, profit off the lives of animals who were born into an existence of torture and misery. 
Perpetual struggle!
Laws can go f*** themselves.

ALF Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories


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New ALF Mascot Created for Anti Fur Attack



From the terrorists:


Received Anonymously
30 Dec, 2012
Fur and Wool Shops Attacked in Vancouver, BC by that ALF Monster
Last night, two wicked stores profiting off the torture and mutilation of non-humyn and humyn animals had their locks glued and “ALF” flyers stuck into their mail slots.  The locks were glued with a toothpick and crazy glue, for extra stickage, and the flyers were wiped clean of any and all fingerprints.  It is our intention to let these stores know that their very existence is the impetus for our struggle.  Capitalism has driven humynity to exploit the earth and her animals, and has created class divisions so fierce that it is very difficult to realize our dreams.  We strive for a world where we are not stuck inside such rigid boxes, and will continue to attack the social order on as many fronts as we can (we’re just getting warmed up). 
These two stores, Speiser Furs and Black Sheep on Granville Street, Vancouver BC, profit off the lives of animals who were born into an existence of torture and misery. 
Perpetual struggle!
Laws can go f*** themselves.

ALF Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories


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Bernie Giusto: Blaming Guns is the Easy Way Out

In 1927 when so called assault weapons and high capacity magazines were not even a glimmer in the eye of Smith and Wesson, Colt or Bushmaster, Andrew Kehoe needed only a single rifle shot to kill 38 elementary students, six adults and injure 58 others. 


He also needed a little dynamite mixed with a heavy dose of mental illness to lay claim to our nation’s still most deadly school massacre.  It wasn’t about guns, it wasn’t about explosives it was about the mental illness of one individual determined to act.



But the sorrows of the parents, friends and families that made up the greater Bath, Michigan Consolidated School District community at the time didn’t know the difference and didn’t care. 


While the weapons of such evil may my vary from terrifying event to wholesale senseless tragedy our focus never does. When the shooting stops blaming guns is the easy out for those who are either afraid or unwilling to do the heavy lifting of refocusing a nation on real policy and solutions with a sustained and unwavering funding commitment to keep our kids safe .


Addressing guns in specific proposals may be unavoidable.  It may also be well advised.  But in a vacuum, in this void where we are deprived of why someone takes a weapon and kills people, a fearful nation reminds one of the definition of insanity. Politically expedient in sound bites but public policy lite in results.


Addressing the mental health delivery system in our states is not a point of debate it is clearly a public policy travesty to a moral certainty.  The discussion begins and ends with the abandonment of our mentally ill on the streets of our communities.  


And those who blame guns for our national tragedies are the same great thinkers that deconstructed the very centralized system that often gave those troubled by life a safe place to find structure and a safe place find inner peace. 


When the money got tough they ran out of ideas; worse yet they ran out commitment to protect our mentally ill and, as a result, the rest of us.  All in the name of a kinder, gentler way to put guns in hands of those whose mental health slowly dissolves and their ability to make rational choices disappear. They have made the police often the final arbiter in deciding who goes to jail to get what help there is and–worse– whose mental illness ends in that life and death moment.


Over the last two decades the slowly evolving evil associated lack of a real mental health system in this country has reached into our juvenile and adolescent population with a vengeance in measurable ways.It’s told in anecdotal tales from NewTown, Columbine, and Clackamas Town Center.  Not old enough to be poisoned by life experience, but mentally ill enough to have a new deadly surreal reality take control in a mind’s eye out of balance.


If we are really serious about protecting our kids, then in a broad sense let’s start here :

1)  If reconstructing a real mental health system across the entire spectrum is too heavy to lift , then fund a centralized juvenile mental health referral, diagnosis and treatment as the top public safety health priority at both the state and federal level. This does not mean just more money thrown at of the same ineffective public policy that has brought us to this crisis.


2) Make the purchase of high capacity semi-automatic long guns, associated supplemental and magazines (with careful definition such as muzzle velocity) subject to the same purchase and possession federal requirements as is currently part of the purchasing,possessing, securing and transporting of automatic weapons and supplemental.  Implement a gun/identity check process for sale of any weapon between individuals. 


3) Funds ATF accordingly at the federal level.  Make associated funding for local law enforcement assistance a no cut funding priority and back it with legislation that provides clear enforcement connection between the two levels of enforcement.


4)  Enact legislation that forces the individual to accept criminal responsibility for a weapon which if otherwise secured would not have been associated with another criminal act.  Let’s start with parental/ statutory language.


5)  Enact federal code and state statutory language that creates a no exception irrevocable “No Buy List” that is backed up by clearly defined criminal act and mental health criteria which gives courts clear guidance for uniform application including a restricted due process for appeals.  The list should be initially distributed to federally licensed dealers and eventually extended to an all gun(s) check prior to sale/transfer.


And by the way Oregon does not have to wait to implement most of the above on the state level.  So instead of again chasing the ghosts of gun violence let’s try to show a real intellect in attacking the most lethal systemic problem in our society, not guns but mental illness. Beginning now.


Over the last two decades the creators of our nations worst moments in our schools did not resemble a Andrew Kehoe 53 year old disgruntled School Board Treasurer who believed he was overtaxed, lost a local election for County Clerk and was facing foreclosure. He killed his dog, his horse and his wife, none with an “assault weapon”.


What they do have in common with Andrew Kehoe is that they deployed their mental illness in the hallways and classrooms of our schools destroying the lives of countless families.   


There is no easy answer here but along the way we are making too many excuses for our lack of policy insight and our ability to make law and fund programs that really work. 


Still in all that there is one a indisputable fact with or without a gun, evil will always find a way, always, nearly a century later just ask Bath Michigan.


Bernie Giusto is the former Multnomah County Sheriff, former Gresham Police Chief and City Council member, former Oregon State Patrol Trooper and is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.



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Pete the Banker: Obama Moves to Nationalize Residential Mortgage Industry

It is the latest iteration of the President’s attempt to nationalize the residential mortgage industry and spend the taxpayers money.  
 
From this report:

The U.S. government is considering expanding its mortgage refinancing program to include borrowers whose mortgages are not backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the discussions.

The refinancing program now being considered also seeks to include “underwater” borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth, the Journal said.
 
The proposal would also transfer potentially riskier loans held by private investors to the government-sponsored mortgage entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the paper said.
 
Such a move would require congressional authorization to temporarily change the charters of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to the Journal.
 
About 22 percent of all homes with a mortgage, or around 10.8 million homes, down from 12.1 million last year, were worth less than the outstanding balance at the end of June, the Journal said, citing data from CoreLogic. 

It appears to me that the Administration’s continued lack of action on residential mortgage lending and delay in reform of Fannie and Freddie is intentional and strategic attempt to preserve the GSE’s dominance in the mortgage market.

Given the endless delays by Senate and Administration in adopting the reform measures passed by the Republican controlled House, which by the way conform to the expressed intent to “privatize” the residential capital markets proposed under the Treasury Departments 2011 White Paper on GSE reform, the only logical explanation seems to be that in reality the Administration opposes privatization.

I suspect the longer they can preserve the present residential industry dependence upon Fannie, Freddie and the FHA (still well over 85% of all mortgages originated), the greater the likelihood that these dependent special interest groups will insist on preserving them.  The National Association of Realtors has already lobbied for the preservation of the GSE’s. The Mortgage Bankers Association is re-reviewing their earlier recommendation to move toward greater privatization.

“Pete the Banker” is a long time Portland area banker. He is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.

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ILWU Sends Workers to Docks. No Violence Planned?

Longshore stevedores returned to work at local docks where they now work under the contract they overwhelmingly rejected. The question now becomes whether the dock workers here in Vancouver, Portland, Tacoma and Seattle will walk out in sympathy with the workers on the east coast whose deadline for a contract deal is Monday.
Stay tuned. 

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