100 Year Old Navy Vet Backs ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protesters Down


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Dario Raschio says he doesn’t accept his work in WWII as being a hero, but as simply doing his job. The 100-year-old was presented with medals for his service by Sen. Ron Wyden on Jan. 3, 2014 at the Portland Community College Southeast Campus on Southeast 82nd St. during Wyden’s town hall session. Kristyna Wentz-Graff / The Oregonian


Hat/Tip to Kristyna Wentz-Graff at The Oregonian and WeaselZippers.

  •  The U.S. Naval Aviator Badge
  • The American Campaign Medal
  • The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal
  • The World War II Victory Medal
  • The American Defense Service Medal
  • The “Ruptured Duck” Award
  • U.S. Navy Honorable Discharge Pin
  • A United States Flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol

Those are the awards and medals that 100 year old Navy Veteran, Dario Raschio was presented in Portland, Oregon recently. During the ceremony, ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ protesters tried to prevent Mr. Raschio from receiving his awards.

Exercising your 1st Amendment Rights is one thing, thrusting your agenda down the throats of others is quite another.

U.S. Navy veteran Dario Raschio was all smiles Saturday as he awaited a special honor from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, who joined him at Portland Community College’s Southeast Campus to present the 100-year-old with a handful of medals.

“I feel I’m no hero,” said Raschio, dynamic and spry, before the event. “I don’t accept it as being a hero. I accept it as being a part of my job.”

Soon, the chaos erupted.

Shortly after Wyden began speaking, though, protesters erupted in the back of the room, shouting “hands-up, don’t shoot!” More than 100 pushed through the doors, banged on the windows from outside and hoisted signs.

Raschio and his daughter, Pam Brown of Portland, had a front-row seat to the spectacle. Raschio’s smile faded.

Senator Wyden finally got the protesters to let the award ceremony continue.

Raschio’s smile returned as Wyden presented him with a frame filled with medals. He was awarded the U.S. Naval Aviator Badge, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the “Ruptured Duck” award and the U.S. Navy Honorable discharge pin.

He was also given a flag flown over the U.S Capitol.

“It is never too later for Oregon and America to remember one of our heroes,” Wyden said.

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One of the many war stories Raschio had to tell stands out above the others for his bravery, and sense of duty.

Raschio joined the Navy at the age of 27. He piloted observational planes, and was based on the USS Chester. He participated in five campaigns in the Pacific Theatre.

One harrowing incident took place on Easter Sunday in 1944. He had been on a mission and took gunfire. When returning to the ship, his plane went down in the ocean and he figured that he and his passenger were likely to die in the water. A Navy destroyer came along a few hours later and rescued the pair, just as sharks were beginning to circle.

He then revealed the location of an ammo dump they had viewed from the sky on a South Pacific island. The dump was destroyed.

Raschio was less concerned with his exploits in the Navy, than with the lack of respect and total disregard for decorum that the protesters were showing. And he let them know it, too.

On Saturday, Raschio glossed over the incident. He seemed more concerned by the immediate action he was witnessing. As he grabbed the mic to speak, more shouts came from the back of the room, demanding the military exit from Iraq.

The feisty centenarian quickly responded, “Give me a chance” which brought chuckles from the audience. He further chastised the shouters, saying “Let’s show a little respect for this occasion,” to which the crowd applauded.

He accepted the medals on behalf of those who died in WWII and ended his short speech by saying, “God bless America. And you people that are here for a cause, whatever it might be—show respect to Sen. Wyden.”

Senator Wyden had a very observant remark about the entire incident.

Wyden said later, “I think that the symbolism of having a veteran 100 years old, who fought so gallantly so that those who disagree with government policies and want to exercise their First Amendment rights could be heard, that’s what made today so poignant.”

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Did Your State Raise Its Minimum Wage Today?


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Well, way to go lefties! Now the price of eggs and milk and, well just about EVERY FREAKIN’ THING at the grocery store is going to go up in price! Not to mention the cost of a Big Mac, or Whopper or etc…

At the stroke of midnight today, 19 states increased their minimum wage. Residents of three more and the nation’s capital can expect hikes later on this year.

A year ago, the White House and Democratic lawmakers embarked on a campaign to make the minimum wage a defining issue in the 2014 elections. And although that didn’t pan out exactly as planned at the federal level, nearly half the states took action on the issue.

In his State of the Union address last January, President Obama urged members of Congress to pass bills from Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

“Say yes,” Obama said. “Give America a raise.”

Federal legislation was met with resistance. though. Republicans argued raising the minimum wage would cause an increase in prices for consumers and low-wage workers likely would face layoffs as companies grappled with the higher costs associated with hiked wages.

Some of those concerns were validated last month by a University of California, San Diego, study. For three years, researchers followed low-income workers residing in states that saw wage hikes and those that did not. The study found that minimum wage hikes had negative impacts on employment, income and income growth.[…]

“Minimum wage supporters have good intentions, but those good intentions cannot repeal the law of unintended consequences,” James Sherk, an expert in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. He added:

Minimum-wage increases reduce the total earnings of low-wage workers — the higher pay for some workers gets completely offset by the nonexistent pay of those no longer employed.

In its study, UCSD researchers found that after minimum-wage increases, the national employment-to-population ratio decreased by 0.7 percent points between December 2006 and December 2012.

In addition, the study found that minimum-wage increases hindered low-skilled workers’ ability to rise to lower-middle -lass earnings.

Read the full story here.





Athiests Demand the War memorial Be Removed, Then Someone Tries to Blow it up With an IED


Someone sure doesn’t like crosses…

Via Todd Starnes:

Someone tried to blow up a war memorial cross that a prominent atheist group wanted removed from a public park in Coos Bay, Ore., an attorney for the city told Fox News.

An official statement on the city’s website called it an act of “criminal mischief” and stated that an ”unknown person(s) vandalized the memorial with an improvised explosive device.”

“We unfortunately are now to the point where explosive devices are being placed next to crosses,” said Hiram Sasser, director of litigation at the Liberty Institute.

The Texas-based Liberty Institute was hired by the city to determine the constitutionality of the Mingo Park Vietnam War Memorial cross.

The cross is still standing, but did sustain some damage.

The blast startled local residents as well as dispatchers at the local police station, according to local news reports.

The cross had been donated to the city in 1972 but had become the center of controversy recently when the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent city officials a letter demanding they remove the cross.

I’m sure that it’s just a complete co-incidence!


Libs Throw Anti-Gun Rally in Eugene Oregon: 20 Show Up


Yeah, Gun control must be super popular, when the libs can only get 20 people to show up for an anti-gun rally.  Weasel Zippers has more…

Via Washington Times:

A rally supporting a ban on “assault weapons” in Eugene, Ore., failed to draw the attention of the community Saturday afternoon, with only about 20 people in attendance, including the media.

Mayor Kitty Piercy also attended the rally at the Eugene Wayne Morris Free Speech Plaza, which was hosted by Ceasefire Oregon. […]

The Examiner reports that there was very little enthusiasm in the crowd, which was “bordering on complacency.” It notes that the poor turnout “mirrors the sentiment of the majority as to pending heightened state and federal gun control.”

Of course, this one won’t get a ton of coverage, as it is embarrassing, especially considering that Eugene is reportedly  a liberal stronghold.


Media Bias: Media Never Reported That Oregon Mall Shooting Stopped by Armed Citizen


While the country was in a state of shock over the events at the Sandy Hook school shooting, the MSM was crying for gun control   In fact, they were doing so when even the earliest reports of that shooting were coming out.  However, they had an earlier shooting that very week, at an Clackamas, Oregon shopping mall.  However the MSM left an important aspect of that shooting out- that the shooting was stopped after an armed citizen pulled his weapon on the shooter.  Here is the video…

Isn’t it interesting that the MSM left this out of their coverage?  Or, was it just that the reality of the situation didn’t fit the  narrative, so reality had to go?  I think we know the answer to that.

H/T: The Lonely Conservative


AFL-CIO Threatens Voters? “Your Voting Record is a Matter of Public Record”


In a rather interesting mailer sent to Oregon Residents, the ALF-CIO seems to indicate that they know how people voted in previous elections.  Union Label has more…

A mailer sent to Oregon voters by the AFL-CIO warns that their voting history is a matter of public record, Breitbart.com reported Wednesday.

“Your voting history is a matter of public record,” the mailer declares, implying that the union can determine how people vote.

“The reverse cover of the pamphlet features an historic photograph of a union strike, in which the worker in front is carrying a poster that reads: ‘DO NOT CROSS OUR PICKET LINE,’” Breitbart News said.

The blogger who sent the mailer to Breitbart wrote that the union calls “all the time” asking “all sorts of questions about who we would vote for.” The blogger wrote that “if we say ‘we will NOT vote for Obama,’ they hang up.”

We know how you vote and we know where you live.

The Examiner has a scan of the mailer…

Indeed.  While the voting records do show that a person voted, it does not show HOW they voted.  But, I would guess that the AFL-CIO is relying on voters to not know that, and be afraid that thugs might pay them a visit.

I wonder how many people will be afraid, and how many more will be angered.  A lot of people don’t take kindly to thinly veiled threats.  This little exercise might just backfire.


Rewarding Dependency? Oregon gets bonus money for signing more people up for food stamps


It has often been a dual claim from Conservatives that government assistance encourages dependency, and that this dependency is a desired outcome.  Considering that any efforts to reform welfare are resisted by the left, and that these programs did indeed foster dependency, I think we can safely state that the said dependency is not a flaw, but a feature.  After all, why else would they not stop a program in the face of overwhelming evidence of it’s failures?  Also, when large numbers of people are dependent on government assistance, why would they vote against their own benefits?  In a real sense, why would the political left set their dependent constituents  free?  If people could take care of themselves, why would they vote Democrat?

So, how might government get even more on the government drug (besides keeping the economy in the tank)?  Why not encourage states to sign more and more people up for government programs?  Apparently, that’s what the Obama administration is doing.  For an example, consider the following from Michelle Malkin…

“If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.” — Ronald Reagan

And if you want an absolute s*#tload of something, give bonuses on top of the subsidies.

From Judicial Watch:

In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls.

It’s part of the administration’s campaign to eradicate “food insecure households” by improving access and increasing participation in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps. Just a few months ago the federal agency that administers the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), launched a multi-million-dollar initiative to recruit more food-stamp participants even though the number of recipients has skyrocketed in the last few years.
Could this be why the number of food-stamp beneficiaries in Oregon has increased dramatically in the last few years? Since 2008 the state has seen a 60% boost in the number of food-stamp recipients, which means that more than 780,000 people (one out of five Oregonians) get groceries compliments of Uncle Sam.

What more can be said?   It’s almost like the drug lord rewarding his dealers for getting so many new addicts.  Come to think of it, is this different than ACORN rewarding their workers for registering more and more fake voters?  Consider the quote from Reagan. The administration is doing all it can to prevent businesses from hiring. At the same time, they are paying states to sign more people up for food stamps.  Could it be incompetence, or intentional expansion of the dependent classes?  I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that it just might be intentional.

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Great Moments in Civil Discourse: Lefty Racist Edition


I bet they left would like us all to forget their campaign for “civil” dicourse.  They used that to blame Sarah Palin for the Tuscon shooting, even though there was no basis for that claim.  However, in the several months since, “progressives” all over the land have engaged in the most hateful and threatening speech.  For the latest, let’s take a look at a Portland, Oregon, Tea Party event from April 15th.

Can’t you just feel the tolerance and diverisity there?  I mean that’s just so civil racist, isn’t it?

This is the left, ladies and gentlemen, hypocritical, unafraid to attack based on race, and evil.  Yes, I said it, EVIL.

H/T: The Daley Gator.