Tuesday, September 30, 2008
May 3, 2007
The nation’s big banks, scrambling for customers, are pitching mortgages to illegal immigrants.
Two years ago, making home loans to people who are in the U.S. illegally was largely limited to community banks that wanted to revitalize neighborhoods by offering low-cost mortgages to local workers. There are signs that these loans, which comply with regulatory requirements and which represent a sliver of the nation’s $10 trillion mortgage market, are starting to take off in the broader banking industry.
Whoever hits the street first with these loans will be the winner,” says Timothy Sandos, president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. The group says at least $85 billion of mortgages could be originated from 375,000 households occupied by undocumented renters, up from an estimated $44 billion from 216,000 households a few years ago.
Good call Timothy. You bet $700,000,000,000 that being a racist who lends money to criminals would be a financial winner. Unfortunately it looks like you bet with our money.
From his bio at The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals:
Sandos was executive vice president of Emerging Markets for St. Louis-based CitiMortgage, where he led the company's programs and initiatives that targeted minority and underserved market segments throughout the nation.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Why are all the Oregon liberals in a tizzy about his video being distributed as an advertisement in Sunday's Oregonian? Richard Dawkins is great for bashing Christians but if a group shows what radical Islam is about we have some sort of "hate mongering?"
Islamists, you would think, would hold the same social positions on abortion, gay marriage, fisting being taugh in the third grade classroom, etc as Christians. So why do liberals insist on defending them? The only position they seem to share is their hatred of America...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Under Clinton, the entire federal government put massive pressure on banks to grant more mortgages to the poor and minorities. Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo, investigated Fannie Mae for racial discrimination and proposed that 50 percent of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's portfolio be made up of loans to low- to moderate-income borrowers by the year 2001.
Threatening lawsuits, Clinton's Federal Reserve demanded that banks treat welfare payments and unemployment benefits as valid income sources to qualify for a mortgage. That isn't a joke -- it's a fact.
Now, at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars, middle-class taxpayers are going to be forced to bail out the Democrats' two most important constituent groups: rich Wall Street bankers and welfare recipients.
The solution to a government created problem is not more government.
In the mainstream media and around the watercooler I don't hear people talking about what the private sector might do to solve this or how government could remove themselves from the equation to allow private investment to work it's magic.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I took two things into consideration at the time: seven years had gone past and I believe that we are overzealous these days in what we consider "abuse" of our kids.
One of the abuses was something that I would consider normal for Cub Scouts:
Wingard took the 7 year old on a two-day, 18 mile hike, walking fast and at times leaving the child behind and not allowing for rest.
That being said, I am now having some serious reservations about the guy. This is an exchange from his interview with KATU (and yes, I'm borrowing from BlueOregon here)
Interviewer: Why did you hit him on the head?
Wingard: It was just a dumb mistake.
Int: What were you thinking at the time?
Wingard: I wasn't. I mean I think when you make a dumb mistake like that you aren't thinking.
What a childish answer. If you said "I made a horrible choice, I was wrong, I've done what I can to make amends and it's not who I am today" that would be different.
Take full responsibility for your actions, explain to us your position today and move forward. We'll decide if that is good enough.
Lars is waiting for your call and I'm wating to hear it.
Monday, September 22, 2008
The Tigard project is part of a broader strategy to get people out of their cars and to promote a healthier, more sustainable community.
...demonstrate that there is a viable alternative to the car culture and that the downtown could be greatly enlivened by getting people out of their cars.
Senate Committee on Transportation
Discusses alternative ways to get commuters out of their cars.
GREEN HOUSE GAS REPORTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
INDIRECT MOBILE EMISSIONS SUBCOMMITTEE (DEQ)
Alternatives are not really working, hard to get people out of their cars. (really?)
If these people got out of their cars and into transit, that much room would be freed up for freight. (Resisting the urge to say "what do you mean by 'these people'")
2008 Northwest Transportation Conference
Getting People Out of their Cars, Travel-Smart and Other Mode Shift Strategies
The list goes on and on. We are simply "these people" to our benefactors in government and they want to control our lives.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The NRA sent me a Gordon Smith bumper sticker yesterday and I've actually considered slapping it on my car! Any other time of year I can't stand Gordon Smith.
But when I get out of my emotional fervor where I start listing all the reasons why Smith does not deserve my vote let alone my support and I think about the election in practical terms:
Smith is our only statewide elected Republican
Smith will at least support our judges
Smith may not be an R but he does count towards which party has the majority
Smith may have voted for amnesty but he has turned around (sort of) and Merkley will vote for amnesty and then give our new guests welfare
At least Smith won't vote to take my guns
Not a ringing endorsement but just like Obama makes McCain look palatable, Merkley is making Smith look like a bargain for Oregon. After the election I can go back to disliking him for another 5 1/2 years.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Measure 61: Creates mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain theft, identity theft, forgery, drug, and burglary crimes.
Democratic Party of Oregon OPPOSES
Measure 62: Amends constitution. Allocates 15% of lottery proceeds to public safety fund for crime prevention, investigation, prosecution.
Democratic Party of Oregon OPPOSES
So that's where the dems stand on crime this November. It's pretty black and white: send criminals to jail? NO. Using money for public safety instead of, for instance, public art? NO.
And don't talk to me about the legislature referred alternative to punishing criminals. Normal people want criminals segregated from society where they can't victimize us, democrats want them to have "treatment" in our backyards while making sure not to hurt their self-esteem.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
“Unfortunately, extremists are less about enacting true, meaningful immigration reform and more about confusing an already complicated issue in order to push their own agenda and ideals."
Speaking as an "extremist" I am not only "less" about enacting "meaningful" immigration reform and more about enforcing the law. I know that is complicated.
Let me explain it: In America we have laws, you break them or you don't. If you break them you get punished.
I realize that this might be very different than in Mexico. There you break a law and you have the "complicated issue" of how much to bribe the law enforcement officer (there probably should be air quotes around that one) or how to breathe while lying in a puddle of your own blood.
My "agenda" and "ideals" involve DON'T BREAK OUR LAWS.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Do you need to mule in some more meth for classmates but don't want that "absent" on your permanent record?
Or maybe the border patrol kept you from coming for the first day of school.
Well never fear because now our tax dollars have the solution:
BINATIONAL TRANSFER DOCUMENT
An outgrowth of Mexico's National Education System, the Transfer Document contains academic and health information on binational migrant students. It also is used as a binational report card with educational enrollment information that allows migrant students from Mexico to enter their local public school after the starting date.
It's the "tardy slip" that says "I would have been on time but I got deported."
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Many of Oregon’s public servants will get huge raises next year if a commission tasked with examining their pay gets its way.
The Oregon Public Official’s Compensation Commission recommends raises ranging from 22 to 54 percent.
It calls for raises of 39-percent for the Secretary of State, the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Labor Commissioner.
I love the campaign commercials that compare how much we spend in Iraq (you know, that place we fight the terrorists so we can have seven years of no attacks on American soil) to how much healthcare/groceries it could buy a "working family."
How about how many bags of groceries could a working family buy with the raise money going to the our benefactors in state government?
Friday, September 12, 2008
Officials say a Mexican drug cartel turned remote patches of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation into vast marijuana plantations the past two growing seasons.
Two Mexicans suspected of tending nearly 7,000 plants were arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland.
I'm hoping that Oregon's nursery industry helps pay for these illegal aliens defense because they obviously have good experience tending to plants.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tom Wenning calls himself a liberal and says he disagrees with conservative commentator Lars Larson on just about every issue.
Several times a week, Wenning stages a one-man protest outside Portland's taxpayer-sponsored day laborer hiring center. He opposes illegal immigration, and thinks the city is promoting it by giving day laborers, many of them undocumented workers, a place to seek work.
Good for you Tom. I sure wish this story had a quote from some city leaders. Imagine "citizens should back off while we allow criminals to break more laws..."
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Brad Avakian, the new commissioner of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries, has a sensible idea: Help employers follow the law before they run afoul of it.
After all, state and federal labor laws cover myriad details, such as what questions prospective employers can ask, how workers must be paid and when it's legal to fire them.
Employers who break the law risk fines of $1,000 or more. If workers go to court and win, the cost of misunderstanding labor law can be heavy indeed.
Noticeabley lacking: how to avoid hiring illegal aliens who are not eligible to work. I sure would like to see more workplace whistleblowers with regards to illegal labor practices that hurt American workers.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
A Mexican prosecutor says an Oregon tourist drowned in his own blood while in police custody.
Sam Botner of Yancalla, Oregon, was arrested on Aug. 27 in the resort of San Jose del Cabo and was later found dead in a jail cell. Prosecutors say a surveillance video shows officers beating Botner.
But the Mexicans (and Obama) in the United States are constantly fretting that ICE officials are "terrorizing" the criminal aliens who have broken into our country.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
I'm talking of course about dogs. Illegal aliens will still receive the usual welfare and a blind eye from law enforcement.
I'm still waiting for Obama to talk about the "gestapo tactics" being used to "tear families apart" with regards to the dog laws.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
A minority hiring program that was criticized last year for providing special treatment to racially diverse faculty is now under federal investigation.
Since August, the United States Department of Justice has been investigating whether the Underrepresented Minority Recruitment Program is in violation of Title Seven of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual on the basis of race.
The University of Oregon is using your tax dollars to violate the civil rights act. The openly discriminate on the basis of race. They pay employees different salaries based on race. And when they get called on it the whining about diversity starts.