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I Told One America News About Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion. Watch What Came Next.

Every couple of weeks or so I appear on One America News Network’s “The Daily Ledger” with Graham Ledger. We call the segment “Crazy California.”

Believe me, there’s an endless supply of ‘crazy’ produced by full time legislators who have nothing better to do than mess with Californians’ lives for the sheer sport of it.

But on Monday I got a wonderful surprise. Graham wanted to talk about Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion!

This is the organic movement started by rank and file blue collar workers – loggers, farmers truckers, families – against the breathtakingly sweeping global warming cap and tax bill. He was keenly interested in the resulting walk out by the Oregon Senate Republicans. He pitched it to me with about 45 seconds to spare and I said great, let’s do it!

Here’s the video, but now don’t tune after we talk about Oregon. I want you to keep watching about Crazy California because that’s where Oregon is headed if this wealth confiscation is allowed to pass. Make sure you don’t have anything breakable in your hands.

I know, I know, you may be thinking, what does she know? Well, as a native Oregonian, a 20-year-long radio talk host in Portland (amid my So Cal radio and TV stuff) and a writer for a local publication as well as my website since 2005, I know a few things about Oregon.

When he was a young man with young children in NE Portland, my Dad worked in the Oregon forests (Coast Range and sometimes out in Sandy as I recall) as a logger and forester and later as a “shareholder” of the Multnomah Plywood Co-Op on the banks of the Willamette River. It’s roughly where the South Waterfront redevelopment is now.

Multnomah Plywood, Portland waterfront. Stumptown Blogger

My family was certainly upwardly mobile, but it took a helluva lot of work by my Dad, who just died in January, and my Mom, who became a mailman, to keep us going.

My parents used to go to the military surplus store to get us food. I loved their beans and brown bread in a can. Sometimes we had white rice steeped in milk and covered with cinnamon and sugar for dinner. What a treat. Dessert, if we had it, was piece of cheap balloon bread with butter and sugar on it or, if we got our hands on fresh fruit, a cobbler. Handmade, naturally.

My grandma and grandpa used to bring us groceries when they came to visit to help our family. My sisters used to take the rickety berry bus at 5am to earn money for necessities. Our clothes came from the thrift store on 82nd (I think it was) and, if we were really lucky, Wigwam. We were allowed two pair of shoes each per year. It was a real struggle for my folks when we needed a third pair for gym class. We wore those shoes till our toes were sneaking out the tops.

If this wholesale ‘climate’ and other Democrats have plans to pass are allowed to take effect, the lives of blue collar families and every-other family for that matter- is allowed to go forward (no, I don’t believe it’s dead) you’d better hope there are some MRE’s available at the Army-Navy Surplus store for you to beg. What a disaster.

KOGO, Victoria Taft, Cliff Albert, Mary Ayala, Bob Sullivan Win First Place in Breaking News at San Diego Press Club

I know, I can’t believe it, either. The last time I was this surprised was when Rick Belcher, one of the best of the ten or so bosses I had at KPAM, made sure one of my shows was entered into a contest and I won Oregon Broadcaster of the Year.

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This time around I was just filling in on KOGO’s midday talk show for LaDona Harvey–on the biggest story in San Diego in years. For more than a week. Thanks for the opportunity, KOGO!

PHOTO: CLIFF ALBERT
PHOTO: CLIFF ALBERT

The last time I won a news award was back in the 1990’s working with a lot of the same people. What a pleasure. What an honor.

UPDATED: Facebook down! Collective hilarity ensues–and yes, people called the cops

Facebook crashed for an hour today

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Photo by ABC News

For some reason NOTHING was posting to my Facebook pages today: https://www.facebook.com/victoria.taft.37 and https://www.facebook.com/vtshow and I was afraid I’d been hit with a virus–after finally going with an Apple MacBook which, as we’re all told, rarely is hit with viruses. Alas, it was Facebook’s fault. Yes!  ABC News got to the bottom of it: 

A spokesperson told ABC News last month that the company “ran into an issue while updating the configuration of one of our software systems.”

Facebook last experienced a half hour outage last month in the middle of the night.

A message posted on Facebook’s developer’s portal around 12 p.m. ET said the social network “is currently experiencing an issue that is affecting all API and web surfaces. Our engineers detected the issue quickly and are working to resolve it ASAP. We’ll update shortly.”

Reaction was swift via
https://twitter.com/VictoriaTaft”>Twitter. 

and finally this:

*Audio* Congressman sends BATFE a howler over San Diego gun dealer raid

hunter letterCongressman Duncan Hunter sends BATFE demand letter about raid at gun dealer Ares Armor.

San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter has fired off a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) demanding an explanation of the raid of the San Diego area Ares Armor gun stores.

As you can see in my backgrounder here, Ares Armor CEO Dimitri Karras is fighting back against the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ raid on March 15th at his store fronts and storage facilities in San Diego county carting off all theares armor 80 lower

computers containing customer information.

Karras sold “80% lower receivers” at his National City store. Eighty percent lowers are the foundations of gun. They don’t shoot, yet the BATFE has now changed its position, according to Karras, and considers the plastic handle a “gun” it has the right to regulate. This is tantamount to regulators saying they should be able to tax the receiver of a landline as a functioning phone. 

On Friday I talked with Karras on KOGO Radio (Listen here) about what happens next. He’s lawyered up and they’re in a waiting mode until the Feds are done with their “investigation.”  

Government minders in newsrooms: The BlogForce responds to FCC

FCC news minders free republicThe Federal Communication Commission now claims it will not subject editors and reporters in America’s newsrooms to invasive questions about editorial content and choice. There is not one sentient being who believes the far left members of the FCC will give up trying to censor news.

This latest attempt to intrude on media was divulged by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on the Op Ed page of the Wall Street Journal on February 10th.  

Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide monitoring-news-ouletswhich stories to run. 

This pernicious attempt to get in the grills (and heads) of news directors and managing editors is a dangerous intrusion of government into the newsroom. Indeed, as Pai predicted,

“An enterprising regulator could run wild with a lot of these topics. The implicit message to the newsroom is they need to start covering these eight categories in a certain way or otherwise the FCC will go after them.”

 [T]he FCC also proposes to regulate newspapers, which it has no authority to do. (Its mission statement says the FCC “regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable…Byron York, The Washington Examiner

In short, the FCC wants to force news organizations to hew to the government’s standards. Since most of the mainstream media already do that, what does that leave? Ah, yes, Fox News and conservative radio. The FCC says this assessment is ‘voluntary.’ That’s nonsense. A station’s license hangs in the balance.

But it’s not just broadcasters who need worry. According to Byron York of the Washington Examiner,

[T]he FCC also proposes to regulate newspapers, which it has no authority to do. (Its mission statement says the FCC “regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable…”)

Even though the FCC claims it will cease asking these intimidating questions, as Byron York of the Washington Examiner points out,  Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is unlikely to give up. Indeed, Clyburn and her cronies will find another way to get what they want, just as the Obama IRS has found another path to politically silence conservative 501-c4 organizations.

The VictoriaTaft.com Blogforce and others have been asked to contribute pieces in a ‘super blog post’ of the sort we published after the Obama Administration announced it would decide who is and is not a ‘journalist.’  That post featured novelist John D. Trudel, scientist Dr. Tim Ball, defense attorney Bruce McCain, former police chief and sheriff Bernie Giusto, civil rights attorney Rees Lloyd, writer Victor Sharpe, citizen journalist Dan Sandini and me. Please read it. 

Today’s post includes reactions from radio news and program director Cliff Albert; talk host, opinion maker and former program manager Mark Larson; novelist John D. Trudel, citizen journalist Dan Sandini, Pete-the-Banker, and civil rights attorney Rees Lloyd.

An overt attempt to get rid of Fox News

By Mark Larson

Mark LarsonThis administration is masterful when it comes to jamming it all in when the public is distracted by shiny objects. Tyranny  increases when smart people do nothing. In this case it starts with, “Oh, we just want to study why there aren’t more minorities in broadcasting.” Then it morphs into plans for “monitors” that lead to clamping down of media freedom. This is tremendously dangerous.

This study will help them decide how minorities are blocked out of ownership. I have no idea how choosing stories informs that, but we all know what made the tea party successful sent the IRS scrambling for ways to stop it with new rules.

Mark Larson’s Southern California program airs on 1170AM KCBQ, San Diego, weekdays 6 to 9AM. He serves as a political analyst on KUSI Television (Channel 9) in San Diego. He often guest-hosts the Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt SRN Radio Network talk shows and has been seen on NBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN’s “Larry King Live”. Mark has been President of the San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association for a record eight consecutive terms. Radio & Records twice named him to its “All-Star Players” list, citing him as one of only twelve “local legends” in American talk radio. Find his work at www.MarkLarson.com This is his first post for VictoriaTaft.com

 

Obama’s FCC media minders: Stalinism masked by ‘intentions’

By Blogforce Member, Rees Lloyd

ReesWhat is the difference between Stalin’s political commissars sitting in editorial rooms in the Soviet Socialist Workers Paradise to ensure the correct Communist Party political line was being followed, and Barack Hussein Obama’s FCC government agents sitting in U.S. editorial rooms to ensure the correct progressive liberal Democrat Party line is being followed?

Is it the “good intentions” that progressive liberals so often raise as a shield as they trammel freedom in the name of “social justice” and protecting all those they deem to be “victims” of evil capitalism in order to be their saviors? Is that what  distinguishes Obama’s media minding progressive liberal minions from Stalin’s media minding communist minions?

Is “intention” the distinction twixt Stalin’s control of public thought and expression through meanly intentioned “bad” Politburo-assigned certified communist   political commissars minding the media, and Obama’s benevolently intentioned “good” FCC-assigned certified politically correct progressive liberal commissars to mind American media?

If so, it is a distinction without a difference: It is Obama’s progressive liberal totalitarianism  with “good intentions,” which, if unchecked, will be as devastating to freedom of the press, of expression, and of thought as was Stalin’s soviet socialism, no matter how much Obama and his progressive liberal lemmings proclaim their “good intentions.” Obama’s government agents should be summarily tossed out, not invited out, of all newsrooms, no matter how large, no matter how small.

Rees Lloyd, once upon a time an “award winning investigative reporter” and thereafter a longtime California civil rights attorney, is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce. His work has been featured in some of the finest court rooms of California and at World Net Daily.

 

The FCC won’t give up

By John D. Trudel

john trudelThe Obama FCC’s plan to put “minders” into newsrooms is on temporary hold due to public outrage (and opposition from the head of the FCC himself), but we can be sure that it will be back.

How can citizens know this with certainty? Easy.

It is but one small part of Obama’s Saul Alinsky communist (small “c”) agenda to silence free speech of all types. Obama signaled his intent clearly in his infamous State of the Union address when he used his “bully pulpit” to bully and abuse the Supreme Court Justices who had ruled against him. They were forced to sit silently and take it.

Since then, we’ve suffered a constant string of Obama assaults to bypass Congress, attacks which are increasing in number and scope. The article and my blog post below are recommended reading. The Obama media is complacent. It is an integral part of Team Obama’s propaganda machine. Goebbels would be proud.

We should be afraid, very afraid. This is Tyranny, pure, simple, and evil.

John D. Trudel is a thriller novelist and retired adjunct professor. Find his work at www.johntrudel.com

 

Getting into the heads of editorial decision makers 

By Cliff Albert

Cliff AlbertThis is outrageous.

I am glad to see the FCC chairman and decided to remove questions on news selection and judgment now. [But] the ones who support this idea must be followers of [Russian leader Vladimir] Putin.

When the federal government thinks it has the right to start looking into how the free press does its job and to try to get into the minds of decision makers to determine motive, it is scary stuff.

Cliff Albert is an award winning journalist, news director and programmer with Clear Channel Communications and the KFMB stations in San Diego. He’s been an officer with both the San Diego Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. His news teams have won every major radio news award. This is his first post to VictoriaTaft.com.

 

Surveillance of the news room

By Blogforce Member, Pete the Banker
Pete the BankerThe purpose of a meat inspector from the FDA is to inspect meat which if it doesn’t comply with government standards (not all health related by the way), is not permitted to be sold.  Deficient meat standards results in fines payable to the government, little to the victims. 

The purpose of the SEC is surveillance to require all those who raise funds in the capital market to comply with federal standards. Not all those standards are related to safety of investment or full disclosure. Violation results in fines, usually with compensation going to the government, not the victims. One really doesn’t have to go into much detail on this statement given what happened in 2007/2008. Yet again, the real punishment seems directed at the government collecting more fines.
 
The purpose of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was to secure the financial system of the US by mitigating the risk associated with “Too Big To Fail” Institutions, but ultimately seems to have spawned bigger financial institutions with little change to the risk factors responsible for the 2008 financial failure. The result, government creates an annuity of fines from those newly created colossal financial institutions, including the Government sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 

The purpose of surveillance of the Consumer Finance Protection Board is to assure consumers safe access to credit, especially long term credit like mortgages. Given the current lack of mortgage capital to support transactions, home purchase and sale activity (far more contribution to economic activity and jobs than refinances), one wonders about the efficacy and honesty expressed by the need for government surveillance in housing finance.

 

So now what is the express purpose of surveillance in the news room?  Will this ultimately benefit the consumer of news or will it simply expand the bureaucratic power? Will it simply result in fines, another annuity for the “diminishing” government coffers, or will it ultimately result in expansion of government’s dictate of control of the end product of news cycle, enforcing and controlling “message content” assuring it is acceptable to government rather than honest and transparent information for the consumer?

 

Pete the Banker is a long time banker who wishes to remain anonymous for the sake of his business. He’s a long time VictoriaTaft.com Blogforce member 

 

Newspeak for a new generation

By Dan Sandini

Dan SandiniThis is Orwellian to me because in a city like Portland, I can see the effect the news minders would have on the few outlets of alternative news.  I can imagine a world of 1984 “Newspeak.”  As Wikipedia explains:  “Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, peace, etc. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as ‘thoughtcrime.’  That’s precisely what is going on here.  Small examples can be seen around us every day, and these new regulations would only accelerate and institutionalize the process.

Already it has become censored language to call an “illegal alien” an “illegal alien,” for example.  Instead they are:  “undocumented citizens.”  Michael Savage is banned in Great Britain because of his version of what the state considers “Hate Speech.”  In this way, the Leftist regime of the President and his cronies strengthen their power, deleting all alternative forms of thought outside their totalitarian rule. We are witnessing Government control on a scale never seen before, in all areas of our lives:  food, housing, energy, health care, and now information. When I read about regulations like this I wonder “how the Left can live with itself?”  In the interest of staying in power will they be willing to destroy the last bastion of freedom on the planet?  Sad, but apparently so.  The blood is on their hands.

Dan Sandini is a Citizen Journalist whose day job is software engineer. His work was seen in Andrew Breitbart’s movie, “Occupy Unmasked.” Find his work at  http://www.youtube.com/user/daylightdisinfectant

Victoria Taft Radio

Join me tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2013 from 4-6pm on www.Kogo.com.

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It’s  a weekend show, so it’ll be a bit more loosey goosey than usual AND a lot of fun.  Stream here: http://www.iheart.com/live/257/?autoplay=true

Then Monday through Friday of next week, during morning drive from 6a-9a, join me on www.KCBQ.com as I fill in for Mark Larson. Stream here: http://saleminteractivemedia.com/ListenLive/player/KCBQAM

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Some Differences Between Tea Party and Occupy

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by Victoria Taft
Here are some differences between Occupy and Tea Party in Portland:

The Tea Party believes in the rule of law.

Occupy breaks the law to make their point.

The Tea Party believes the individual is the heart of the constitutional republic.
Occupy believes government is the heart of democracy.

The Tea Party wants to save the country.

Occupy participants say they want to save themselves.


The Tea Party threatens to win the next election. 
Occupy threatens the city with lawlessness to get what they want. 
 
Occupy blocking street

The Tea Party blames government for using tax dollars to bail out wall street.

Occupy blames the banks for taking the money and thinks all the bank’s money is theirs.
 
The Tea Party believes it’s fair that a limited government frees the individual to fulfill ambitions, become productive and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Occupy believes in a government that forcefully takes the fruits of someone’s labor and gives it to someone else in the name of fairness. 
 
The Tea Party believes people should be able to give to the charity of their choice. 
Occupy believes government is a charity. 

 

The Tea Party believes most people in the top 1% of US taxpayers worked hard to get there.

Occupy believes a person in the top 1% of US taxpayers must have stolen something from them to get there. 

The Tea Party understands people work their way up to becoming wealthy but may not stay there.
Occupy believes that once a rich person always a rich person.
 
The Tea Party believes that 1% paying nearly 40% of all income taxes is enough.
Occupy believes they don’t pay enough.
 
The Tea Party believes that with limited government there’s room for people of any class to prosper and grow more productive.
Occupy believes there’s a finite number of dollars , someone has their money and they’re stuck being in the 99%.


Mayor Sam Adams was invited but instead derided and ignored  the first Tea Party. 
Mayor Sam Adams warmly greeted the Occupiers and marched with them. 
 
Congressman John Lewis walked through a Tea Party on Capitol Hill and falsely claimed Tea Party called him racist names.
Congressman John Lewis attended Occupy Atlanta and wasn’t allowed to speak. 
The Tea Party didn’t interfere with Occupy’s right to protest.
Groups that are now with Occupy counter-protested, disrupted, yelled racist and homophobic epithets and threatened lawsuits against the Tea Party.
 
The Tea Party was told we couldn’t have a megaphone at Pioneer Courthouse Square without a permit and were told to leave, which we did.
Occupy was told the same but refused to buy permits for the Square, the march and for camping.
The Tea Party organizers signed their names on permits and paid for liability insurance.
Occupy refused to name leaders or get permits for fear of responsibility and liability.
 
The Tea Party was loathed but not feared by official Portland.
Occupy threatened lawlessness and was feared by the citizens and Portland police.
 
The Tea Party was said to be carrying guns; a constitutional right.
Occupy reported a rape of one of their campers.
The Tea Party has been called racist for not having enough black and brown people represented but black and brown members are consistently called sell outs, Uncle Toms or worse.
Occupy has few black or brown people and no one questions it. 
 
The Tea Party believes people are responsible to pay back their college loans.
Occupy believes it’s unfair people should have to pay back their loans.
The Tea Party believes government intervention has distorted and increased the costs of college.
Occupy believes greedy tax payers haven’t paid enough to give them free education.
 
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