Here’s one of my appearances with Graham Ledger on “The Daily Ledger” on One America News Network. If you’re easily triggered you’ll want to take a pass.
(nice feature photo, huh?)
Here’s one of my appearances with Graham Ledger on “The Daily Ledger” on One America News Network. If you’re easily triggered you’ll want to take a pass.
(nice feature photo, huh?)
If you live in California you’re well aware of the overwhelming homeless issue. Homeless camps have sprung up seemingly out of nowhere. In river beds in the shadow of Angels Stadium. In the tinder dry hills homeless campers fire up their grills, putting nearby home owners at risk during fire season. The beaches are the daytime homes for droves of people who occupy the park space near the public beaches. In Oxnard, a homeless encampment has sprung up on an “environmentally sensitive” area, but they haven’t been driven out or been subjected to screeching environmental activists.
I don’t need to tell you about San Francisco. You’ve probably seen it on TV. I’ve seen it for myself. You may have too. Those people need help and I have ministered to them as well as involved myself in the Southern California homeless issue. That’s not virtue signaling, that’s just telling you that I know what I’m talking about.
But California is home to 25% of the nation’s homeless. These folks aren’t all native Californians. Why is California such a destination?
On Friday, I talked about this on One America News Network’s “The Daily Ledger” where I’m a contributor. Fill-in host Alex Salvi asked me about the homeless, gun bans and the movie “The Hunt” among other issues in my regular “Crazy California” segment.
Adding to the homeless problem are high housing costs in the area. Rents are ridiculous. There is a net outmigration in LA and Orange counties because of these high costs and other problems in California, including bad schools. But even more ridiculous is the state and local government indulgence in lawlessness. We’ve seen people shooting up drugs on the street, in BART stations and in homeless camps. It’s illegal.
Instead of treating homeless people with the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” make these people tow the legal line as the rest of us must. Then, we’ll be able to get back to better identifying the people who truly want and need help.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
If you like your Facebook you can keep it
— Political Capital (@PoliticalLine) August 1, 2014
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) August 1, 2014
Facebook stock had leveled off, so how do you remind the world you're a good investment still? #facebookdown
— Terry Linhart (@TerryLinhart) August 1, 2014
Facebook goes dark. Someone light a candle!
— Victoria Taft (@VictoriaTaft) August 1, 2014
The time… the lights… went out on Facebook…
— ¡Miracle MexyWhip! ن (@SooperMexican) August 1, 2014
Facebook is down…people without Twitter have no idea how to complain about it. #facebookdown
— Gina GG Geppi (@BmoreBacheloret) August 1, 2014
During the Facebook Blackout, when you thought you had no friends, it was then that Jesus posted beside you.
— Unvirtuous Abbey (@UnvirtuousAbbey) August 1, 2014
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) August 1, 2014
and finally this:
#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don't call us about it being down, we don't know when FB will be back up!
— Sergeant Brink (@LASDBrink) August 1, 2014
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 the
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.”
The 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 which 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.
By Mark Larson
This 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
By Blogforce Member, Rees Lloyd
What 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.
By John D. Trudel
The 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
By Cliff Albert
This 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.
By Dan Sandini
This 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
Join me tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2013 from 4-6pm on www.Kogo.com.
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
|Tea Party 4-15-09 w/Permit|
by Victoria Taft
Here are some differences between Occupy and Tea Party in Portland:
Occupy breaks the law to make their point.
|Occupy blocking street|
The Tea Party blames government for using tax dollars to bail out wall street.
The Tea Party believes most people in the top 1% of US taxpayers worked hard to get there.