Daily Archives: April 1, 2013

Ginny Gitcherguns Burdick Plans Protest Against “Gun Extremists”

guns anti gun capitol protestThe anti gun State Senator Ginny Burdick has been been busy avoiding town hall meetings to avoid “gun extremists” and the “gun lobby” but as we see here, some constituents are more equal than others–especially if you agree with her. It’s with that in mind that I tell you the State Senator is now helping to organize an anti gun rally on Thursday. 

From her email to me:

Gun Safety Rally at the Capitol
The Oregon Alliance to End Gun Violence is hosting a gun violence lobby day at the State Capitol on April 4th. I encourage everyone to attend the rally at the Capitol steps at noon, and visit your legislators, if possible. We need to show the people of Oregon that our passion for preventing gun violence is greater than gun extremists who oppose even the most reasonable gun safety measures. You can access more information by clicking http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5610/c/240/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=65665

Plan accordingly.

Stealth “Town Hall:” Ginny Gitcherguns Burdick Announces Town Hall AFTER Event

Burdick announced town hall AFTER it was already held via Facebook.
Burdick announced town hall AFTER it was already held via Facebook.

Facebook ‘fans’ of State Senator Ginny Burdick were surprised to learn that the Oregon State legislator held a Town Hall meeting March 27th. Apparently it was an invitation only affair, because the only invitation I could find appeared only less than 24 hours before the event on the facebook page of the actual  venue, the Mirabella Retirement Community (see screen cap below).

You may recall that the gun hating Senator cancelled her March 4th Town Hall at Portland State University claiming a ‘scheduling conflict’ but in fact stayed home. Burdick’s ‘scheduling conflict’ consisted of bringing home her take out dinner and then taking in her garbage can as recorded by a citizen journalist. 

She then began a campaign strategy known as “throw every excuse against the wall and see what sticks,” claiming she was “threatened” “by the gun lobby” (constituents who own fire arms) and that’s why she didn’t attend the meeting.  She eventually landed upon cancelling it for the children because she couldn’t have such riff raff on a college campus. As if that wasn’t guffaw inducing enough, she then doubled down on her sorry excuses by going on the Al Sharpton show to complain about the hectoring (cranky emails and  facebook posts) by “gun extremists” (people who believe in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution) in the “gun lobby.” Well, at least she went to the right place, Sharpton’s an expert on hectoring people. And lying. He’s good at that too.                                 

The first constituents heard about the town hall was AFTER the event on her Facebook page.
The first constituents heard about the town hall was AFTER the event on her Facebook page.

When I made a public records request for her to produce the documented threats she lateralled  my request to the legislative counsel’s office which claimed she didn’t have to produce documents while the legislature is in session. She could produce the documents if she wanted to, she just doesn’t want to. Of course, to produce documented threats she would have to possess proof. Draw your own conclusion. 

Among Burdick’s anti gun legislation this legislature: limiting Oregon citizens to ONE gun, allowing cops to search your home every year to make sure you are properly storing your weapons, reducing magazine sizes, outlawing most hand guns, banning guns on school campuses and other assorted anti gun laws.

Mirabella Retirement Home Made "Announcement" Only 24 Hours Before Invitation Only Town Hall
Mirabella Retirement Home Made “Announcement” Only 24 Hours Before Invitation Only Town Hall

So it appears that now the so called public servant only wants to serve the public who agrees with her and is now selecting her audiences and announcing the events afterward. You have to be on her email list to find out there even was a town hall or check out her spottily updated facebook page after the fact (see screen cap).  A google search on the town hall turned up one advance mention: at the venue’s facebook page. Gee, why didn’t we think to look there before? Oh, wait…

No one in official Oregon has condemned her political cowardice for cancelling the first town hall or her lies following it. Many of her Democrat contemporaries loved the joke on the “wacko” “gun extremists,” by “liking” her town hall post. In fact, the left has so far applauded her for standing up to the gun ‘nuts’ with the “Rambo complex.’ Lying to constituents to avoid them is OK in Oregon now. Duly noted. We’ll make sure everyone remembers at election time. 

 

Burdick told her constituents only after the invitation only town hall.
Burdick told her constituents only after the invitation only town hall.

 

 

 

No announcement of Town Hall on the State Senator's website.
No announcement of Town Hall on the State Senator’s website.

 

Oregon City Police: Woman’s Gun Saved Her From Attack

oregon city policeHere’s another case of a gun saving a person from an attack. I’m attempting to get further info, but this is a verrrry interesting story that will not make the gun stats. 

Undoubtedly she saved herself from rape by this attacker. rape whistle tips

Note to Colorado lawmakers: My guess is that a rape whistle would not have saved her. Looks like this 22 year old victim chose the “Conservative Rape Tip” to save herself.

News Release from: Oregon City Police Dept.
OREGON CITY WOMAN DEFENDS OFF A STRANGER ATTACK WITH HER HANDGUN.
Posted: April 1st, 2013 12:11 PM

The Oregon City Police Department is investigating an Assault and Kidnapping case which occurred Sunday night, March 31st at about 10:21 pm.  A 22 year old woman had just parked her car near the intersection of 8th St and JQ Adams St in Oregon City when she was attacked by an unknown male assailant.  The stranger approached her from behind grabbing her pony tail dragging her backwards.  He continued to assault her until she was able to defend herself by producing her legally owned handgun.  The victim pointed her handgun at the male assailant and he fled on foot.

Several Oregon City Police assisted by a Gladstone K-9 Officer responded to the scene.  Police officers and a police K-9 searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate him in the area.  Oregon City Police are currently investigating these crimes.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20’s approximately 5’8″ tall with a slender build.  He had medium length hair down to his chin and no facial hair.  He was last seen wearing a brown zip up style jacket or hoodie with dark colored pants.

The Oregon City Police Department is requesting help from anyone who may have witnessed the suspect or this attack. If you have information regarding this suspect or were in the area of 8th St and JQ Adams St in Oregon City, Oregon on Sunday, March 31, 2013, between 10 pm and 11 pm please call our Tip Line at (503) 496-1616.

Scott St. Clair: Tar and Feather Google for its Easter Doodley Doo?

Editor’s note: Scott St. Clair takes to task posts like mine posted here yesterday. 

Did Google deny an element of the Holy Trinity this Easter? You’d think so given the fury on Facebook and Twitter over the search engine’s Easter Sunday “doodle” logo that featured an image of labor leader Cesar Chavez, whose birthday happens to be March 31, rather than one honoring Christ’s resurrection.

Here’s what Google’s doodle looked like Easter Sunday:

Cesar Chavez Easter Deified by Google

  An initial reaction would be head-scratching, especially given the significance of the day in the Christian calendar. Could Google, however, have regarded this past Sunday less as Easter and more as March 31?   

There’s also the minor problem that not all Christians regarded March 31 as Easter. Orthodox churches won’t celebrate the holiday for another five weeks, on May 5, so will we go through this all over again?

But before the primarily conservative hue and cry leads to torches, tar and feathers, maybe everybody should take a step back and remember, if they knew at all, that Google NEVER recognizes a religious holiday of any faith with a doodle image. (Admittedly it did once at Easter in 2000 – two colored eggs served as the letters “o” in its name — but that’s the exception proving the rule). 

Lest Christians feel all alone, the Google doodle for the beginning of Passover commemorated the 150th birthday of Adalbert Czerny, an Austrian physician who is regarded as the founder of modern pediatrics and who died in Berlin in 1941. Think about it: on Passover, the doodle features what was then a citizen of the Third Reich living in its capitol. Were there complaints? None that I could find.

To paraphrase Professor Henry Higgins, “The question is not whether Google has treated Easter and Christianity rudely but whether you’ve ever heard Google treat any other religion better.”

My suspicion is that much of the angst is grounded in using a likeness of Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers and an unabashed liberal. Had it been someone more politically acceptable – right-wing, red-meat radio talk show host Michael Savage’s birthday is also March 31 — would the complaints been as vociferous? I can only speculate, but somehow I don’t think so.

Although, their indignation might be tempered if they knew Chavez was a fierce opponent of illegal immigration since, as a union leader trying to secure better wages and conditions for his members most of whom were citizens or lawful residents, it undercut his union’s strength. He went so far as to organize efforts to help what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service round up and deport them.

Still, many of the offended say they’re switching to Microsoft’s Bing as their search engine of choice. It’s a free country, and they have every right. But will they also ditch Google Chrome, a far more user-friendly web browser than Internet Explorer, which is clunky and, from my experience, doesn’t interface well with Facebook? And if they have an Android smart phone, which runs on Google technology, will they chuck it in favor of an iPhone even if it means spending a few hundred to do so?

Speaking of Bing, here’s what it had up for Easter:

Easter Bing

 Colored eggs may be seasonal, but there’s nothing theologically deep or spiritually profound about them. 

Certainly, there is discrimination against Christians in America, and when it happens by all means raise a ruckus and create a stink. The college professor in Florida who had students stomp on the name of Jesus and has since been put on administrative leave deserves all the grief coming his way.

And the Easter sermon at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. where President Obama and his family were in attendance was an example of co-opting the faith for purely political purposes : “It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back … for blacks to be back in the back of the bus … for women to be back in the kitchen … for immigrants to be back on their side of the border.” What holy personage authored that message – Debbie Wasserman-Schultz?

Toss in empty-headed political correctness in renaming Easter eggs “spring spheres,” which was done this year at an unnamed Seattle public elementary school, and you add pandering foolishness to the mix.

But who said said the right is exempt from its own unique brand of political correctness, especially when it comes to religion?

Church attendance and religious preference in the United States continues to drop to the point where some church insiders believe that less than 20 percent of Americans regularly attend a worship service. Even attendance at an Easter service this year was contemplated by only 47 percent of those responding to a Rasmussen survey. Disclosure: I did not attend one, although I was moved by the Easter message of Pope Francis  and one from Billy Graham that’s 10 years old – I’ll take those over colored eggs or a bunny on a Google doodle any time.  

What once was a common bond in America – a consensus of shared beliefs and values rooted in a single source – has more than frayed around the edge. According to a 2011 Gallup survey, those who regard the Bible as literally true has fallen from a high of 40 percent in 1980 to 30 percent two years ago. The trend line continues south with no reason to expect a change anytime soon.

Even the number of voters who expressed a religious identity declined in 2012, while the once invincible wall against a heretofore unthinkable like gay marriage continues to crumble to the point where it may cease to exist.

Many libertarians, a growing and increasingly important constituency on the right, go so far as to insist that religion play no role in public policy at all. Some of them regard the whole doodle deal as evidence more of shallow beliefs than anything else.

Yet there are those who insist that nothing has changed from the days when only Protestants were allowed to hold office and individual state governments were free to support a church with tax dollars. Don’t forget Blue Laws that outlawed businesses from operating on Sundays (and still do up the road from my house in Bergen County, NJ).

So when an entirely secular segment of the entirely secular culture does an entirely secular thing, what exactly is the big deal? Using Google as a tool to research faith and religion is one thing, but expecting it to be an extension of the church is quite another.

Easter has nothing to do with images of eggs on a search engine web site, so instead of throwing stones at a picture of someone who’s been dead for 20 years, which doesn’t prove anything to anyone other than that somebody has a short fuse, use the reason and argument found in abundance in the Easter messages from Pope Francis and Billy Graham to persuade others of the purpose and value of the day. 

Scott St. Clair is a journalist, rhetorical pugilist, agent provocateur, aider and abbetor of James O’Keefe and a former competitive Highland piper. He says what he thinks, means what he says and doesn’t suffer fools. He’s also a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce. His opinions are entirely his own, and you shouldn’t expect them to mirror yours.