Monthly Archives: August 2014

Oregon Guvs Race: Richardson Labor Day ad hits Kitzhaber for paying women less

Dennis Richardson releases ad knocking John Kitzhaber for paying female employees only 79 cents on the dollar compared to men.

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.29.02 PM Consider this latest ad in the Oregon Governor’s race a little pay back for the Democrats phony “War on Women.” Dennis Richardson, a Republican and one of the most decent and skilled public servants in Oregon, has hit out at Kitzhaber for paying women who work for him less money than men. The younger but seasoned state lawmaker from Central Point uses just 15 seconds to call out the Democrat’s hypocrisy.

Women in Governor Kitzhaber’s office earn just 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. Dennis Richardson believes in equal pay for equal work and experience.It’s about fairness and equality.Dennis Richardson for Governor.


The basis for the commercial is this survey of wages done by the Salem Statesmen Journal.

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office is less equitable that state government generally.

The governor has asked Department of Administrative Services Director Michael Jordan to study the state’s disparity in how men and women are paid and find a way to fix it.

But Kitzhaber is not leading by example.

His office employs 27 women and 16 men. The average monthly salary for women is $6,507 — about 79 percent of what the men are making. ($8,203 per month.) That pay gap isn’t enormous; it’s about the same as the statewide average. It is, however, quite a bit wider than the gap for state employees overall, where women make about 88 percent of what men do.

Note: Kitzhaber’s staff includes several policy advisers who are actually paid by other departments and listed on their payrolls even though they work for Kitzhaber. I don’t have a full list of who all those people are, so the numbers above reflect only the people listed as working in his office.

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.28.55 PM This reminds me of when ACORN refused to pay their signature gatherers a minimum wage and overtime to gather signatures for a minimum wage initiative. They told detractors it wasn’t fair! If they had to pay their people minimum wage they couldn’t hire as many.

How DARE you, Lars Larson! Blowback from complaint filed over union PSA with Kitzhaber.

At issue is the Portland fire fighters’ public service announcement featuring Democrat John Kitzhaber within 90 days of election

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 11.45.37 PM Lars Larson! How DARE you pick on Governor John Kitzhaber for only doing what was best for the people! How dare you upbraid St. John and our first responders for doing a GOOD thing! How cynical must a person be to see political posturing in a public service announcement. You’re filing a complaint over a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, for crying out loud. And YOU, Lars Larson, are personally responsible for cheapening what was only meant to be outreach to people to SAVE LIVES! You must be AGAINST SAVING LIVES, Lars Larson! You are in favor of LETTING PEOPLE DIE, Lars Larson. 

From the comments in Willamette Week on the elections complaint filed by Larson over the video PSA featuring Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber (See my previous post here), Ed in Portland writes,

So, let me understand. Are all elected officials to refrain from doing something good, or doing something that might get them seen during an election season? Heaven forbid our elected officials participate in a PSA message that could save lives!

I don’t see anything overtly political here from the fire dept. They don’t discuss the campaign or issues at all. The only way there is a direct connection to Kitzhaber is if you already know that he did CPR recently. So anyone who makes the connection already knew the connection. Lars Larson stupidly gives Kitzhaber more publicity with this complaint.

Yawn.

Hey, “Ed in Portland”, are you done flapping your jaws yet?

It is especially rich from the likes of Ed that he’s concerned Kitzhaber would “refrain from doing something good” because of the talk show host’s complaint the union PSA gave Kitzhaber a nice, possibly illegal, spiff 90 days before an election.

Geez, Ed, where were you for hand off when Kitzhaber spent BILLIONS on Common Core, OrBamaCare, Columbia River Crossing and screwed everything up due to his spectacularly vacant management? Were you concerned that his screw ups would cause him to “refrain from doing something good”? I don’t think Dr Do Over has refrained in the least from doing what the far left thinks is “doing something good.” Unfortunately, “doing something good”, Ed, is hella expensive! Especially so when it’s a spectacular failure! Remember Rocky King and Rudy Crews, Ed? 

Ed, you’re so willing to think the worst of Lars’s motivations. Do you think Democrats incapable of using their base to further their political ambitions? What are you, Ed, 8 years old? Do you think your inbox is full of MoveOn.org, DCCC and Obama emails because they just want to know if you’re over your case of the sniffles or because all those groups works together to tell you what to think? Plus, it’s OREGON for crying out loud, Ed. One party rule. Incompetence and cover up are constants. And it’s you knuckle heads who keep covering for Dr. Do Over. 

Ed, you claim the PSA, “[doesn’t] discuss the campaign or issues at all.” Calvin Klein, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, Milk, Microsoft and Apple don’t say, “vote for me”, Ed. They sell an idea and an image. They sell prestige. They sell the idea that their product is associated with cool. Like, ya know, an old rhinestone cowboy with a mullet standing next to the people who, oh, I dunno, have the reputation for saving lives on 9/11 for instance. Do you think that might give people a generally favorable impression of the Governor, Ed? A governor who’s doing poorly in the polls and who has misspent billions of tax dollars in an ever impoverished state–thanks in large part to his programs, killed jobs and put Oregon in the crapper in economic growth? 

Do you think it might have an impact, Ed? 

Of course you don’t. 

How DARE you, Lars Larson!

Portland Fire Fighters gift Kitzhaber with free commercial before election.

Portland Fire and Rescue gifts John Kitzhaber with a PSA, web page ad and Facebook post within 90 days of election.

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H/T Lars Larson Show

You can’t see inside the warrens of offices in Salem to find out how the people’s business is being conducted. If you could, you’d see how the apparent fix was put in to biff the defense of the traditional marriage constitutional amendment and previous land use cases, for example. But in the case of the just-released Portland Fire and Rescue public service announcement, well, it’s just right out there in the open for all to see. And, as Ronald Reagan famously said, “Don’t be afraid to see what you see.” Indeed, what you’re seeing here is a real live campaign ad. And here’s the chaser: you paid for it. 

The City of Portland webpage says the video public service announcement is to call attention to ‘hands only CPR.’ In fact, it mentions ‘hands only CPR’ once on the lead page and twice on the jump page (which goes to the fire fighters Facebook page).

PF&R encourages everybody to learn Hands-Only CPR. In this newly released public service announcement, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber joins PF&R to show the simple steps everyone can learn to save a life.

Portland Fire & Rescue will again be offering free hands-only CPR lessons to the public at the next and final Sunday Parkways event (www.portlandsundayparkways.org ) in Southwest Portland on September 28th.

In an interview with KXL’s Lars Larson on Thursday, a spokesman for the PF&R said, in effect, hands only CPR was so important they needed to underscore its importance. Underscore, underscore, underscore, hands only, hands only, hands only… Why now, asked Lars, 90 days before an election? There was no good answer except to accuse Lars of attempting to ‘spin’ the issue. Had they ever used a Governor in a PSA before, Lars asked. Why no, he didn’t believe so.

Interesting, isn’t it, the Governor, who’s in a tough re-election battle, is doing a star turn for a short PSA for a method that’s been around for more than four years? Why now, indeed. 

Of course, the Governor did a really nice thing recently. The PF&R tell you all about the heroism of the long out of practice ER doc turned politician who stopped to perform CPR on a woman,

 May 5th of this year, Governor Kitzhaber, a medical doctor, was on his way to dinner in downtown Portland when he noticed a woman in distress. He pulled over and performed CPR. His quick actions helped stabilize the person until PF&R paramedics could arrive on scene.

You’ll note the words “hands only” are not included in the description of the CPR conducted by the Democrat governor. Now wait a minute, Victoria, you may ask, how come after all the times they mentioned ‘hands only CPR’ in the PSA, on the Facebook post and in the interview with Lars, they didn’t mention it when describing the kind of CPR John Kitzhaber performed? Gosh, that is a real puzzler. 

But no matter. He’s a hero who’s been “reunited” with all those hunky fire fighters who saved that lady’s life without actually using the very kind of CPR being highlighted by this PSA, that is SO important, it must be highlight RIGHT NOW, four years after it went into adopted use. 

In this video, Governor Kitzhaber reunites with PF&R and offers tips on performing CPR in an emergency situation.

“Reunited” and it feels so goooooood…

This expenditure of public money to help out a friend of the unions and the Democrats who run the City of Portland may or may not be legal. It depends on the political party of the person doing the investigation, we expect.

We’ll all be holding our breath to see the second PSA installment for either Dennis Richardson or another doctor running for office this election cycle: Dr. Monica Wehby. She only saves lives of infants and children by doing, you know, the everyday, garden variety brain surgery. No biggie. In the meantime, maybe the PF&R with their camera crew will come along to help you when you pass out from waiting for equal time for Republicans. 

 

 

Hackers claiming to work for ISIS ground San Diego bound plane; Sony online chief targeted

Developing… More when I talk about this on KOGO noon-3 today. Hackers claim to “plant ISIS flag on Sony servers

Is it mere bluster or has the anarchist left joined forces with the terror organization ISIS? 
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10News reports the hacker group invoked the name ISIS as its reason for going after the plane and one of the occupants: John Smedley of Sony online, makers of Playstation.


Hackers attacked Playstation, bringing it down, all day yesterday.The take down was only confirmed by Sony today.



The hacker group first threatened the flight and then gloated when the feds ordered it down in Phoenix.
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*Video Gold* Obama will not rest until…now watch this drive

President Obama says he will not rest until…he at least plays the front nine on the golf course.

HT Ann Kennedy, Instagram
HT Ann Kennedy, Instagram

H/T Andy from Beaverton and the Washington Free Beacon President Obama has been mocked recently for taking so much time off the nation’s problems to play golf. The detached president is now being openly ridiculed on late night TV and by his fellow democrats who were shocked when Mr. Obama issued a statement on the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State goons and then went right out on the golf course.  10616389_340002309507155_5898549620413369038_n President Bush stopped playing golf when he felt it was disrespectful to the families of fallen soldiers. He was openly mocked in the movie Farenheit 9/11 when Michael Moore edited together two portions of an interview with President Bush where he discussed the fallen and then directed the media to, “now watch this drive.” Though Moore unfairly edited the two points, it didn’t matter. The point was made that Mr. Bush didn’t care. People believed the propaganda. The truth lay in tatters on the ground. Now Moore’s fave president is getting the same treatment. 

Mocked on Twitter as the only beheading the president was concerned about.
Mocked on Twitter as the only beheading the president was concerned about.

The Washington Free Beacon put together this montage of Obamaisms combined with his love of golf. 

 

 

*Video* Friend of IraqWarHeroes.Org issues “ice water” challenge.

Since the beginning of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, photographer QMadp has kept track of our fallen heroes on his website and at their funerals. He does this at his own expense and he could use some financial help.

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Of course the challenge is a take off of the ALS challenge which has exploded on social media. Watch John Posey’s throw down to you. Put this on full screen and wait for the surprise ending!

San Diego Minimum Wage: Unions, Gloria vow to stop public vote

Jihadi “Message to America” and Twitter: “Suppress this, Obama”

Twitter has been blocking accounts of those who share the horrendous video of the beheading of James Foley. But it’s making the rounds anyway.
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I was just minding my own business and doing a little social media stuff and house work when I got a message from this guy:

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Twitter has attempted to suppress the video but obviously this guy is attempting to go around that diktat.

Tom Del Beccaro: California’s present tells nation’s future. It ain’t pretty.

 “High debt, high taxes, high regulations & high poverty”

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You have heard it before: “As California goes, so goes the nation.”  If that is the case, the national economy will be harmed for decades to come because of California’s misplaced priorities today.  Indeed, by emphasizing high-speed rail over water and failing to deal with its debt crisis, California poses a long-term threat to our national economy and is on an economic collision course of increased immigration and lack of water.

Despite a much-heralded recovery in the media and by Governor Jerry Brown, California still has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates.  Also, more than 30% of the nation’s welfare recipients are Californians – even though California has just 12% of the nation’s population.  It is not surprising, therefore, that California is ranked number one in poverty.

The cause for those bad statistics is bad government policy.  California is the most regulated, highest-taxed, most in-debt state in America.  

Beyond debt, Governor Brown recently signed a huge tax increase featuring a top rate of 13.3%.  Overall, California taxes are 42% higher than Texas. 

Read the rest of Tom’s piece at Forbes: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasdelbeccaro/2014/08/19/calfiornias-economic-collision-course-immigration-and-water/

*Video* WWE Russian Amazon body slams Obama

Lana, the “Ambassador” for Russian WWE wrestler Rusev calls Obama a “sissy” “girly man” in

Lana calls President Obama a sissy girly man in hilarious comparison with Vladamir Putin on WWE TV special
Lana calls President Obama a sissy girly man in hilarious comparison with Vladamir Putin on WWE Summer Slam TV special

H/T Andy from Beaverton

Lana also mocked President Obama’s work out routine which has been roundly criticized as being wimpy (and, if I may add, in incredibly bad form).

Obama's workout is mocked by Lana
Obama’s workout is mocked by Lana

*Disturbing Photo* Ferguson Bombshell? Scoop by SooperMexican

Witness account captured on video moments after shooting seems to confirm the shooting in Ferguson was justified

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From my friend SooperMexican over at IJR we get this bombshell from a witness who was inadvertently recorded just moments after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The image Brown’s body is absolutely devastating. Find the video here. 

@6:28/6:29 of video

#1 How’d he get from there to there?

#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck

{crosstalk}

#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him

{crosstalk}

#2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus – the police had his gun drawn already on him –

[there is dispute here whether he says “doubled back” or “coming back.”]

#1. Oh, the police got his gun

#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him

{crosstalk}

#2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing

#1 The Police?

#2 The Police shot him

#1 Police?

#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)

*Video* Black Panthers chant death to cop in Ferguson

“What do we want? Darren Wilson! How do we want him? Dead!”

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Nothing is clear in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri except the unarmed, nearly 300 pound teenager is now dead–cut down by a cop’s fusillade of bullets.

After nights of civil unrest followed by a tenuous keeping of the peace, all hell broke loose again last night as cops tried to impose a curfew. 

Over at Gateway Pundit, Jim Hoft was the first to bring the following video at a rally of the New Black Panthers calling for the murder of Officer Darren Wilson 

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But that’s not all. The Feds, already running another investigation into the incident, are demanding they conduct a second autopsy of Brown’s body. The result of the first autopsy as well  toxicology testing haven’t been released. That’s right, a week’s worth of protests led by Al Sharpton, The Black Panthers and others have been based solely on the emotional outburst by horrified citizens, the hacktivist group Anonymous, and MSNBC which has been going wall to wall with coverage. That coverage was only momentarily silenced when police released video showing Brown stealing from a convenience store and assaulting the owner. 

 

Worse & Worser: California’s plastic bag ban bill

How one California State Senator should have quit while he was behind. Vote expected Thursday.

plasticbagimages_thumb_180x160 The idea, Senator Alex Padilla thought, was to outlaw plastic bags altogether. Banning plastic bags was a winning issue! Everybody was doing it: San Francisco! Portland! Laguna Beach! Seattle! LA! The biggest brains and brightest lights were backing a bag ban.

It was supported by air tight logic. Plastic is evil–everybody knows that. Those bags are like ebola to marine life. Entire schools of fish and collections of cetaceans dine out at garbage island and–BOOM!–they’re dead within days. If they can ever actually find garbage island, the Health Department will give it an “F” rating,  just you wait.

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After researchers found no garbage island, activists went out and found one. Note the size of the raft next to it. Note, too, plastic fishing line, but no plastic bags.

But those bags are a menace on land, too. Those light weight ‘T’ shaped-bags are collecting like snow drifts along California curbs! In fact, at this moment, there could be a sea turtle who emerged from the water spill who passes his days munching bags on Sunset Boulevard.

Bag banners conjured this image to sell idea sea mammals eat plastic bags, a claim which has been debunked.
Bag banners conjured this image to sell idea sea mammals eat plastic bags, a claim which has been debunked.

These bags are such a menace they end up in land fills. Who do we think we are using bags made out of captured-off-gas to hold our groceries? What kind of monsters are we when we recycle them at the store or reuse them to pick up dog poop or line our trash cans? And, more horrifically, how dare we take that reused bag and  THEN THROW IT AWAY where bags make up an infinitesimal (0.40%) space in land fills! 

Plastic bags aren’t even really ‘plastic’ as we traditionally know it. Bag banners wish to extinguish the light weight “T-shirt” bags made from ethane gas. The ethane gas is ordinarily emitted into the atmosphere while processing natural gas, but, in the US, bag manufacturers capture it and make the bags. Put another way, a greenhouse gas is stopped from polluting the atmosphere and made into something useful.  

The environmentalists are against that. (Call 1-800-Whip-Lash if you suffer injury due to that pretzel logic.) But there’s more bad news for the plastic-bags-are-evil crowd! There is no bag-filled garbage island, no plastic bag induced fish die offs and no snow drifts of plastic bags. 

But that doesn’t mean this issue isn’t a winner for State Senator Padilla. Voters don’t seem to know the facts. And the media? They’re eating up the battle! Grocery stores versus plastic bag manufacturers! BOOM! Grocery stores against poor people! BAM! Scribes scrum! Cameras hum! Microphones are slung! All eyes on him!

In fact, Alex Padilla is so devoted to the idea of banning bags, alterations to his bill are getting more absurd.  He first set out to appease the spotted -owl-global-cooling-warming-chaos-climatephobia scare mongers. He proclaimed the proposed statewide plastic bag ban a ‘compromise.’

Now let’s be honest. Accepting the dodgy “facts” of the people behind provably false claims, writing a bill based on them and claiming it’s a compromise is a little like bidding against yourself at an auction or like government collective bargaining. 

So Padilla appealed to common sense. You know, the kind employed by 12 year olds. It goes something like this: Oh, c’mon, Mom, everybody’s doing it! The state senate analog is since 90 + cities in California have a plastic bag ban, the state should naturally follow along, providing a common, streamlined, predictable law for the entire state. Which might make sense if the ban had been built on, you know, facts…and stuff.

When Padilla got blow back from the bag manufacturers for killing plastic bag jobs, he tried to pay off manufacturers by allowing them to apply for “grants” (read: cash giveaways) to make politically correct bags. Seeding needed changes in manufacturing with enticements by government money giveaways might make sense if the ban had been based on, you know, facts…and stuff.

When he got blow back for proposing a new fee on paper bags and forcing people to buy more expensive reusable bags (usually built in China–helllllloooo, carbon footprint anyone?) he changed his bill again, giving poor people an exemption. Which would make sense, I guess, if the bill had been a moral imperative built on, you know, facts…and stuff.

Each time the state-senator-turned-candidate-for-secretary-of-state has changed his bill, he has outed it as an expensive, unnecessary fraud, based on nothing but the airy fairy, hoped-for-verisimilitudes which might make sense if it had been built on, you know, facts…and stuff.

But it’s not. California lawmakers should say ‘no’ because at least a ‘no’ vote is built on, you know, facts…and stuff.