Monday, August 24, 2009

Cash For Clunkers? NOPE!!!

Those great guys at Clem and Enos's Car Lot have taken "Cash for Clunkers" to a whole new level!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Salem Town Hall Meeting with Kurt Schrader

Your intrepid reporter was there! Although I fell asleep half way through as Mr. Schrader is rather long winded and boring as heck.

What I came away with was: about 2/3rds of the crowd were Conservatives concerned with Obamacare and a small segment were what really looked to me like OLD HIPPIES.
Yes, old hippies. I didn't know they still existed. The evidence is the bus pictured above. Oh, and a large group of Illegal Immigrants holding signs for "immigration reform".

They were the only ones to applaud when Rep. Schrader said ANYTHING PRO health care reform.
For the most part Rep. Schrader repeated the mantra heard all over the country and covered NO new ground. The crowd seemed mostly restless and not satisfied and by the time it broke up, I felt NOTHING had been accomplished.

The funniest thing of all was watching Dick Hughes, the editor of the Statesman Journal trying to control the crowd and being in charge of sound. Never let a newspaper man run sound. NO ONE could hear the questions, he just wouldn't turnthe mic up other than when he had some wiseacre crack to make. He was NOT funny.

All in all, I think the Democrats have really lost on this one and are in full fledged retreat mode. It's ONE TERM AND OUT FOR PRESIDENT OHbama.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blowing the Lid off of a Closet Liberal

Today's show was supposed to be our usual "Wednesday Whine" which is an open line day for any topic.
So, thinking in that direction, we had one little follow up story that just blew up into a HUGE story.
We were told by a listener that there was a bus at the McMinnville David Wu Town Hall meeting Monday night that was, as the listener described, "filled with Obama Health Care supporters with ACORN connections and the bus was sponsored by Willamette Valley Vineyards". We carefully asked for the caller to prove that in some way.
Well, just minutes before we went on the air, he emailed pictures of the bus and boy did that start a firestorm.

"THE BUS" is part of an offshoot of ACORN called: The Bus Project and Politicorps which are EXTREME left wing groups which on their own website say: "to elect Progressives to the offices in swing areas".
As the show continued the CEO of Willamette Valley Vineyards called in to us. He was on vacation and apparently his employees called him to let him know what was going on.
In short, he defended his purchase of the bus and donation of the bus to "a group of young people who are getting out the vote". You can hear the whole interview and all of the show at: click on the "Listen to Latest Show" button.
We started getting more and more calls and emails AFTER his call and so we had to go an extra hour.
We found out that he was not quite as innocent as we at first suspected.
Here are some of the evidences:
1: On their web blog at and underneath the two pictures of the bus with Jim Bernau proudly standing next to it is this sentence: "To learn more about The Bus Project visit their website"
This post was pulled off their website before our show was over today!
2 - He is a supporter of the Bus Project on his own Facebook page:
Take a look at this -- Says that
Jim is a fan of the Bus Project plain as day!
3 - He is a HUGE Democrat supporter in his giving: Here's another indication of where Jim Bernau's money goes. This link at
shows that he gave 100% to Democrat campaigns just last year. If he
was involved with Republicans at one time, he doesn't appear to be
any more. Just be honest about it, Jim, that's all we ask.
4 - He is now on Twitter with the following post (although it may not be there by the time you read this:

In case he takes that down, it says:
Why can't we all just get along?
I need to tell you a little more about this "Bus Project" but I think a video that they did will explain better.

At the top of the page are the pictures of the Bus including pics with Jim Bernau, the CEO of Willamette Valley Vineyard proudly standing by the Bus. Click on them for full size and you decide, radical left or just "young people out to get the vote?"

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

From Enterprise to Salem: "What are you guys doing?"

I spent the last weekend in beautiful Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa Lake, Oregon. As I walked around the Wallowa County Fair (which by the way, was exactly like the county fairs I grew up with), the word got out that I was some sort of talk show host. Though I am on a Salem station, I guess someone, I am sure a complete nutjob, had heard of me. The questioning then began. "What is going on with you crazy Valley people?" and other similar queries.

It seems the folks in Wallowa County are actually CONSERVATIVES, and they don't understand nor do they care for us "city folk" and the "stupid decisions" being made here in the Willamette Valley.
I carefully explained to them "IT'S NOT ALL OF US, PLEASE!!! I told them how basically FOUR Valley counties rule our entire state and those 4 counties HATE anything that remotely smacks of God, America or Conservatism.
That didn't seem to placate them, but at least they understood that not ALL of us over here in the Willamette Valley are completely nuts! They just wanted to know why "we", meaning residents of the Willamette Valley, were letting the Legislature and Governor Kulongoski get away with all that they did in the last session. They understood very clearly how devastating the new tax increases, JOB KILLING TAXES, really are. One might think "aw heck those people are nothing but a bunch of redneck cowboys who couldn't spell their own names". One would be correct, at least that is what THEY think WE think! No, au contraire, they are REALLY smart people and they know a stinker when they see one and that is why they continue to elect some of the smartest people in Oregon, to the Legislature.

The good people of Wallowa, Union, Baker and other rural counties just feel like they have been left completely out of the political picture. Sure they are few, but aren't they still Oregonians? Why must we live with a system that allows 4 counties to run this entire state? Please, someone enlightnen me?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Picture That Says It ALL!!!

After the beer summit, President Obama, Sergeant Crowley, and Professor Gates all walked out of the White House together. Well sort of together. A picture says a thousand words, doesn't it:

The way powerful people treat those who have less power than they do said volumes about them. In this case, this picture tells us that the president simply can't be bothered to help his infirm friend down the stairs and instead leaves that task to the very police officer he belittled in front of the entire nation. This question is just begging to be asked: who's acting stupidly now?

Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker offers his remarks and notes that it's an apt metaphor for the president's health care plan:

I think this photo constitutes another major Obama blunder.

As some AT commentators point out, this picture becomes a metaphor for ObamaCare. The elderly are left in the back, with only the kindness of the Crowleys of the world, the stand up guys, to depend on. The government has other priorities.

One of the major subtexts of the health care debate involves the public's fear of indifferent, powerful bureaucrats ruling their lives. It is one thing to wait in line at the DMV to find out which other line you should wait in, in order to begin the process of waiting for multiple bureaucrats to go through the motions of processing your request. I have spent entire afternoons going through this process.

But when we get to health care, waiting often means enduring pain and dysfunction longer than necessary, sometimes a worsening of the condition, and sometimes death.

That's why I think this image will have genuine resonance. It captures something that older Americans in particular can relate to. The President presses ahead with a program that will tell them to take painkillers instead of getting that artificial hip.

By the way, see any difference with THIS picture: