Saturday, January 31, 2009
Beau Breedlove has been offered a nude photo op in an LA gay magazine. Sam Adams accused John Vezina of raping Breedlove. Sam Adams also said Bob Ball was "vulnerable" on the issue of sex with underage boys. Mark Wiener told Sam Adams he was a "F***ing moron." Beau Breedlove's lawyer, Charlie Hinkle, also represents the Oregonian on first amendment issues. Sam Adams' current boyfriend is Oregonian reporter Peter Zuckerman.
Further, According to KATU, a close friend of Beau Breedlove says he DID have sex with Sam Adams before he was 18. According to Willamette Week, the reason Adams' spokesperson, Wade Nkruma resigned is because Adams told his staff that he never had intimate contact with Breedlove before he was 18, and then Breedlove claimed they kissed twice when he was 17. According to The Funny Paper, Randy Leonard no longer trusts Adams.
Why hasn't Leonard called for Adams to resign? He's done everything but that already, so what is he waiting for? You don't go public with a statement that you don't trust a colleague if you plan on working together in the future, so why not push Adams off the ledge he's tried to stay on for the last two weeks?
Adams resigns if his fellow commissioners tell him to. Why won't they step up? The longer they try to avoid it, the weaker they look and the more they themselves lose credibility. I mean really - Sam Adams CONTINUES to lie, to his staff, to the media and to his colleagues, and they sit silent. As far as I know, Amanda Fritz and Dan Saltzman are still defending/supporting Adams.
Why? What leverage does Adams have that is preventing them from tossing him overboard?
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
"There never is a moment when an open society that wants to remain such does not need the wisdom of Friedrich Hayek, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who said: "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."
I sure do wish that the Oregon planning set understood the truth of this quote. Their hubris knows no bounds, so hell-bent they are on social engineering everything from housing, transportation and even climate.
The floor speech by Peter Courtney was classic. He's an impassioned speaker and gets pretty wound up when he wants to. He gave this stemwinder, talking about how so many Oregonians are suffering, losing jobs, anxious, and insecure. He said he would do whatever it takes to help them get jobs. He wouldn't stop at anything, so concerned he was about the plight of these poor folks. In fact, he said, his only regret is that the package isn't bigger.
I sat watching this exercise in political posturing, thinking: So you'd do anything you could, Peter Courtney? OK then, how about increasing logging on Oregon's public forests? How about fast tracking the LNG plant? How about allowing all those Measure 49 claims to go forward? How about allowing offshore drilling?
I guess he meant "I'd do anything that is acceptable to the enviros."
And then he retired to his newly remodeled offices, which cost the taxpayer $400,000 each to remodel.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
On my radio show today I tried to hide my glee. Oh all right, I'll stop lying. (Unlike Sam Adams.) I didn't try to hide my glee.
Honestly, this is going to be a fabulous circus. It has everything! Sex, lies, a criminal investigation, interest groups jockeying for position, politicians looking for cover, high priced lawyers - all the ingredients for a rock-em sock-em scandal! It promises to be quite a show, and to last a long time.
And the by-product is positive too. This will distract the City Council from its toxic agenda. Sam won't be able to lecture anyone on making the I-5 bridge "sustainable." Nothing will happen, which, with this crew, is good.
I still can't figure out why Randy Leonard isn't jumping up and down telling Sam Adams to take a hike. Adams played Leonard for the fool, used him as his attack dog against Bob Ball. Now it turns out Ball had it right. And Leonard hasn't turned his back on Adams?
The rest of the mealy-mouthers are hunkered down hoping the criminal investigation lets them not take a position. What a bunch of weenies! The stipulated facts of this case are plenty to end Sam Adams' career. The investigation can't make any of that better - it can only hurt Adams.
Fact: Adams lied because he figured if he fessed up, he would have lost. In the words of my co-host, Marc Abrams, he "suborned the election."
Fact: Adams enlisted Randy Leonard to destroy the reputation of a political rival.
Fact: Adams used a paid consultant to coach his boy-toy to lie to the media.
Fact: Adams was romantically interested in Breedlove when the kid was 17 years old, and met with him on more than one occasion prior to his turning 18. Breedlove says on two of those occasions, they made out. One of those time it was in the City Hall mens room.
I am SO looking forward to the next few months. Portland is circling the drain anyway. We might as well have fun with this in the meantime.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
He's my brother-in-law! He married my sister several years ago. Lest anyone think there is anything remotely anti-gay about his motivation for staging a one-man protest at city hall, I can disabuse you of that notion.
Without going into details, I can tell you he has devoted significant personal possessions to assist lesbian couples have children. He is a caseworker in MultCo's criminal justice system.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
ELP 410/510: Global Indigenous Cultures: Journey into Biocultural Diversities (4)
ELP 410/510: Learning Gardens and Sustainability (4)
ELP 410/510: LECL Naturalist Mentoring (2-4)
ELP 410/510: Nonviolence and Gandhi's Educational Philosophy (4)
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Over at BlueOregon, Kari Chisolm wrote a post about Congressman Greg Walden being appointed as the ranking Republican member on the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
He finds it ironic since Walden was chair of the audit committee of the NRCC when a fake audit report covered up a missing million bucks. And his tag line:
"In Republican circles, there ain't nothing that succeeds like total, epic failure."
Hey! Kari! Write your own stuff!
Anyone who knows me has heard me say the same exact thing as a motto for Oregon. I've said it many times on the air, and a simple search of my blog shows the times I have written it down here.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
If you watched the Novick/Merkley race, you saw Novick become something of a phenomenon. A very different kind of candidate, to be sure. I think he will be great on the radio, because he's unabashed in his lefty views and willing to talk/argue/disagree without taking things personally.
Hope you tune in. It's webcast at kxl.com
They were so excited. Finally, they had a blank slate upon which they could draw their urban village utopia. They started plans for 50,000 new residents, fully in their blueprint of "new-urbanism:" bike paths, mixed use commercial centers, small lots crammed with townhouses - we've all seen the drill.
Some folks in Damascus went along, seeing a big payday ahead when they sold their land. But most of the good folks in Damascus saw it for what it was: a pig in a poke. Not only was there no way in Hell that there would ever be enough money to build out the necessary infrastructure for a new city of 50,000 people (which means all their plans would sit idle, much like the Beaverton Round, the Cascade Station, and other new-urbanist wet dreams) but the folks in Damascus didn't want their little burgh to be turned into what the Metro planners wanted in the first place.
So they passed a couple local initiatives which pretty much stopped Metro in its tracks. Now, seven years later, Metro has finally admitted defeat.
But predictably, they are taking precisely the wrong lesson from that defeat.
The lesson they SHOULD learn is that people don't share their new-urban vision. For the most part, people don't want to live that way. They want back yards and cul-de-sacs, and they want to use their car to move around as they please.
But why would Metro learn that lesson now? It's not as if this is the first spectacular failure of one of their new urbanist projects. After all, when others don't share your religion, it is only because they haven't had sufficient exposure to your gospel. The fault isn't with the religion.
David Bragdon, Metro council president, had this to say about the fiasco in Damascus:
"I think this council will look very skeptically at further urban growth boundary expansions. The reality is that we need to be more efficient with land already inside the boundary."
In other words: "Fine. If you don't bend over and let us force our plans on you when we expand the boundary, we are just gunna pile everyone inside the current boundary."
It would be too much to hope for, I guess, that one of these dolts might think:
"Hey, maybe this model we all think is so cool isn't what the folks we are elected to represent actually want. Maybe we should learn from our many expensive failures, because it seems every time we try to build one of these new urban villages, it ends up a financial disaster. Perhaps what we should do is expand the urban growth boundary, and allow the local areas to decide how they want to allow growth on it."
No, don't worry. I am NOT that naive. I know that people like Peter Bragdon and Carl Hosticka and all the other central planning social engineer utopians do not consider it their job to represent the people who elected them. Their job is to establish their religion, and force it on their subjects regardless of whether they want it.
So it was absolutely predictable that the takeaway from the Peter Bragdon types would be that we can't expand the urban growth boundary. That lesson serves his agenda.
An agenda that is increasingly being exposed as one that is ruining what was once a terrifically functioning metropolitan area.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Starting with the front page, where there's a big article on the controversy over math instruction. For years, the educrats have been trying to shove down the throats of parents and children their ridiculous theories on how kids learn math. When parents see the stupid stuff their kids are doing (group projects, math journals, spending hours on trivial problems) they go crazy. The educrats hem and haw, try to run out the clock. The persistant parents win.
Well, the article today tried to put the best face on it for the education establishment. The real story is that parents resent their kids being used as guinea pigs as the educrats try once again to pretend they have this new approach to learning (which is nothing more than the same old bullshit John Dewey "constructivism" packaged in some other shiny box) but the parents know better.
Johnny can't multiply 9 times 5 in the fourth grade, but the educrats yammer on about 'conceptual understanding."
This battle has been fought on so many fronts all over the nation, and there's a current battle brewing in Tualatin. Same story.
Then over to the Op-ed page, where there's a plaintive cry for the departure of Gil Kelly, Portland's planning director. We learn that partly because of Kelly's efforts, Portland is "among the best planned cities in the world."
Give me a break! They make a point of saying that without Kelly's efforts, South Waterfront would not have happened! THAT is their example of good planning? Wow!
Then on the other side of the page we have Ryan Deckert, along with some dude on the State Board of Higher Education, telling us how Oregon is going to have the "greenest" universities in the country by spending the governor's planned $1 billion in capital funds on "sustainable" buildings. He celebrates the fact that Oregon requires that any public building built after 2006 must have at least a silver LEED rating.
Which of course means we buy far less for our money in order to save a small amount of energy. And that is pretty much the definition of "sustainability" - spending a lot of money to save a teeny bit of energy.
It's the Oregon way - wasting taxpayer money to support the political agenda of the elites in charge. With guys like Ryan Deckert pretending to be a business leader!
We are so screwed.
The 2009 legislative session started today, and it is going to be a doozy. I heard some of the governor's state of the state speech, and it is obvious that not only does he have no clue what to do to bring Oregon out of this deep recession, but that the things he plans to do will make things worse than they otherwise would be.
He said we had to have the courage to raise revenue, even though times are tough. He asked: "If not now, then when?" How about never! We should NEVER increase the burden of government on the taxpayers. I thought his question was very funny, because clearly his answer is "Always!" he has proposed tax increases at every single turn, in good times and bad.
The most irritating part of his speech was when he talked about Oregon's new economy, how we are the unquestioned national leader in sustainability, and how that will lead us out of this recession. This is just fantasy.
The only reason we are on the map for "sustainability" is because the government is throwing dollars at every goofy alternative energy project and ridiculous energy saving scheme they can subsidize. It's wasted money. So his plan to get us out of the recession is to raise taxes and then waste the money. Yeah, that'll work.
And his biggest money wasting scheme will be coming soon, when he unveils his legacy legislation - the 'Cap & Trade' plan. I'll have much much more on this later, but it is basically a way to drive up the cost of energy and use the money extracted from energy users to fund all their sustainability projects.
It is a job killer. Why would we make energy more expensive in the middle of a deep recession?
And this is just the first day. Oh my.