Friday, February 26, 2010

What's in a name

Say it with me now: killer whale. Killer...... whale. One more time for those of you not paying attention. KILLER... whale.

It's actually called a KILLER whale. And people swim with them. And they kill. Hmmmm.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

We should all just die

Inspiring ecological leadership, awareness
Issues involving environmental protection, climate disruption, human over-population, extinction and much more, will be discussed in a lecture today entitled, “Is Prosperity Incompatible with Posterity?”

Denis Hayes, the national coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970 and president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, will visit the University [of Oregon] to discuss how society can restructure ideals to pay closer attention to ecology and prevent the future exhaustion of the environment.

“I will describe some core elements of an alternative, more attractive vision and explore how to organize to achieve it,” Hayes said. “In a nutshell, it is a super-efficient, renewably powered society designated with careful attention to ecological principles and an eye to not disrupting the great cycles of life.”

1. Don't prosper
2. Don't enjoy hot showers
3. Don't travel for leisure
4. Don't have children
5. No air conditioning

Really, do you NEED an iPod? Do you NEED more than one pair of shoes? Do you NEED living spaces that are larger than a closet?

If you believe in "climate disruption" (the lastest poll tested phrase) and have more than the very bare minimum to exist then you must feel like total scum all the time.

Monday, February 22, 2010

At least it's not about bike paths

ODOT Research Unit
Senate Bill 1080 mandates that the Department of Transportation require proof of legal presence in the United States and, in most cases, a verified Social Security number prior to issuance, renewal or replacement of driver licenses, driver permits, or identification cards.

Most clearly affected are undocumented Mexican immigrants, who are estimated to account for 56% of the Mexican-born population in the U.S. There is reason to believe that the proportion of undocumented Mexicans is even higher in Oregon, as it is a "new destination" for Mexican migration, and appears to be receiving a relatively high number of migrants from "new sending states" in Mexico, such as Oaxaca.


The research problem to be addressed is to investigate... the degree to which immigrants may be driving less, and thereby losing better employment, housing, health care, educational, social and cultural opportunities,

Total project cost is $95,000. Project duration is 12 months.

Why would we spend $95K to see if illegal aliens are having trouble getting to their cultural opportunities? Or for that matter, getting to better employment which they can't legally have. Do any of Oregon's unemployed wonder why ODOT is so worried about illegals getting to their jobs?

Why I'm not worried

[Video removed since it plays on open]

This is video from CAUSA's Saturday "immigrant action day." All I have to say is this: you know that you will be a political force to be reckoned with when your meetings are held in Spanish... (queue up the "rolling his eyes smily face")

The first segment of this video shows a whopping 3 views! But wait you say, they managed to "fill a room" with political activists didn't they? Sure, either that or they drove a truck past a day labor pick up and these guys just hopped in.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Illegal alien of the day

From the Washington County Jail:

163.365 M11 / RAPE 2ND DEG
163.427 M11 / SEXUAL ABUSE 1ST DEG
163.365 M11 / RAPE 2ND DEG
163.427 M11 / SEXUAL ABUSE 1ST DEG
163.365 M11 / RAPE 2ND DEG
163.427 M11 / SEXUAL ABUSE 1ST DEG
000.002 / ICE HOLD

How many victims need to suffer to placate the open borders lobby? Why does CAUSA hate children? Why does John McCain hate children?

The jails are full of illegal aliens who have committed these types of crimes. I could do one a day and never run out. But each one of those charges was an instance where a real person was victimized.

This dirtbag will serve his measure 11 term watching cable tv and enjoying health care paid for by you and me.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Worst idea ever

Annual sessions measure advances
Since statehood, Oregon’s legislators have journeyed on an every-other-year schedule to the Capitol to write laws and approve budgets.

Senate President Peter Courtney, the Legislature’s biggest cheerleader for annual sessions, said he thinks the need for lawmakers to come to Salem every year has reached critical mass.

“The affairs of state have become too complex for the Legislature to address by meeting for a few months every other year,” the Salem Democrat told the Senate Rules Committee before it voted on the constitutional amendment.

While state agencies, lobbyists and ballot-measure campaigns have acquired more clout in influencing public policy, the Legislature has not, Coutney said, adding that the Legislature “is no longer a co-equal branch of government.”

Courtney's claim that "affairs of state have become too complex" to meet every other year is like telling your boss that you bought a new car and now need a raise to pay for it. Oregonians aren't asking you to create hundreds of new laws, beauracracies, agencies, commissions and the like. Keep it simple stupid.

His second argument is even funnier than the first. The "state agencies" (read Unions) and lobbyists have too much clout... with the legislative body that Courtney is a part of. They are lobbying YOU Peter. The only thing he really meant to complain about is the ballot-measure campaigns which is the will of Oregonians.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Portland just got smellier

Tre Arrow is back
On June 8th, Tre was joyously greeted by friends in the Portland International Airport. For the first time in nearly seven years, he shared food, embraced, danced, laughed and sang with people outside of jail. An entourage of bicycles brought him out into the sunlight and traversed the 2.5 miles to the Oregon Halfway House. This was Tre's first bike ride since before incarceration in 2004. He entered the halfway house with fresh spring water, bare feet, a healthy tan and the love of his friends and family all around him.

The only stylish way to walk into a halfway house is barefoot. The rock star status that this guy has still amazes me.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The health care amendment

If the framers wrote something about healthcare...

Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of a national health care system nor prohibiting the interstate sale of health insurance. The right of the people to buy insurance without government mandates shall not be infringed.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I'd like to report agressive panhandlers

City of Portland Citizen Reports is a new way to interact with the city concerning problems or issues with publically maintained infrastructure. The application is compatible with any model of iPhone running iPhone OS 3.1.2 or higher and may be downloaded for free from iTunes here. Note: The link will only work on computers that have a current version of Apple’s iTunes software installed.

Let's all report the hippies!

This is the "emergency session"

Bill targets emissions from cars
A bill to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars was hailed as a good first step during a public hearing in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources committee Tuesday.

House Bill 1059 would require Oregon Department of Transportation to develop a statewide strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to cars and to work with state agencies, transportation districts and cities to develop a practical guide to reduce emissions through land-use and transportation planning.

From the Oregon constitution:

Section 10
Regular sessions of the Legislative Assembly.
The sessions of the Legislative Assembly shall be held biennially at the Capitol of the State commencing on the second Monday of September, in the year eighteen hundred and fifty eight, and on the same day of every second year thereafter, unless a different day shall have been appointed by law.

The "emergency" has been used to get around this but what we clearly have is a violation of the principle. We do not have an emergency that requires our elites in Salem to dictate that land use (density) and transportation (don't build roads, build WES) force us out of our vehicles.

This session is unconstitutional and people should be yelling it from the rooftops.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Our future was shown during the Super Bowl

It would be funny if this wasn't the dream of our glorious leaders.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

They hate it so much they want to come here

M.E.Ch.A rallies for immigration reform
Earlier this month, the Portland State M.E.Ch.A chapter rallied outside U.S. Rep. David Wu’s office in an effort to garner support for both immigration reform and the DREAM Act. Marching alongside M.E.Ch.A were members of CAUSA, Oregon’s grassroots immigrant rights coalition.

“We believe that there needs to be a just and humane comprehensive immigration reform. The current laws that are in effect are tearing families apart and children are often caught in the middle,” said Orlando Lopez, Western Oregon University’s M.E.Ch.A liaison.

“M.E.Ch.A is more than a name—it is a spirit of unity, of sisterhood and brotherhood, and a resolve to undertake a struggle for liberation in a society where justice is but a word,” Lopez said.

You want amnesty for people in a country that you obviously despise. If "justice is but a word" in the United States what would you say that it is in Latin America?

M.E.Ch.A currently has 15 active members, although several other students are on its mailing list. The organization, according to Perez, urges all PSU students who are passionate about issues throughout the community to get involved.

The Portland State Tan Klan has 15 members. I guess the return of the Southwest to Mexico (where presumably justice is more than a word) isn't a very popular idea.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

More "you lie"

Backdoor taxes to hit middle class
The Obama administration's plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade relies heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families.

In the 2010 budget tabled by President Barack Obama on Monday, the White House wants to let billions of dollars in tax breaks expire by the end of the year -- effectively a tax hike by stealth.

If the provisions are allowed to expire on December 31, the top-tier personal income tax rate will rise to 39.6 percent from 35 percent. But lower-income families will pay more as well: the 25 percent tax bracket will revert back to 28 percent; the 28 percent bracket will increase to 31 percent; and the 33 percent bracket will increase to 36 percent. The special 10 percent bracket is eliminated.

I guess he's living up to the letter of his promise that you will not be taxed "one single dime" more... it's going to be a whole lot of dimes.