Monday, November 15, 2004

Now Our State College Teams Are Behaving Like Our Jail Blazers

It seems that every time there is fight involving a black person and a white person it is labeled a "hate crime," thus elevating it from a simple misdemeanor to a felony. How Is This NOT A Hate Crime!
Beavers suspend four indefinitely
Press release from Oregon State University athletics.

Corvallis, OR - Oregon State University head football coach Mike Riley has suspended Joe Rudulph, Anthony Wheat-Brown, Whitfield Usher and Ryan Rainwater from the team indefinitely for violating team policy, he announced Monday.

Rudulph, a redshirt-freshman from Sacramento, has played nine games as a backup defensive end. He has made nine tackles for the season, including a quarterback sack. Rudulph did not play last Saturday at Stanford while serving a game suspension.

Wheat-Brown is a redshirt-freshman receiver from Compton, Calif. He has started eight games and is third on the team for receptions with 33.

Usher and Rainwater, also redshirt-freshmen, have not played this season. Usher is from Los Angeles and Rainwater is from Olympia, Wash.

The suspensions are reportedly in connection with an assault by Rudulph, 19, a red shirt freshman defensive end from Sacramento.

According to the Medford Mail Tribune, Rudulph was arrested early Friday morning in connection with a confrontation at the Headline Cafe in downtown Corvallis with a National Guardsman on leave from Iraq, police said.

Staff Sgt. Gabriel Sapp was dancing with his wife at the restaurant when they were approached by a group of black men, identified as Oregon State football players. The men began making comments to Sapp's wife, who is also black, about her relationship with her husband, who is white, according to Corvallis police Capt. Jon Sassman.

A spokesman for OSU said the university's investigation of the students could take weeks or months.

Read more here.
OOOoooohhh, I get it, THE ASSAULTER IS BLACK! Well it all makes sense now.

What Took Them So Long?

"The browser market lives. the Mozilla Foundation's stand-alone browser, Firefox, now comprises 3 percent of the market. That number compares with Internet Explorer's 92.9 percent, the remainder being consumed by several smaller players."
I've been using Firefox for months now. I got so tired of viruses, trojans & the like, I switched to Mozilla a year and a half ago and then later it's little brother Firefox. Bloggers should try it out simply because of it's "tabed browsing" feature.

More Big Brother?

I saw this last night on Drudge last night, but can't find it now, so here it is from NewsMax. They can track your car, your cell phone, and in the near future what drugs you have on you.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Simple Sounds Good

I just discovered Jared Jones' weblog Simple Subjects. I've become more & more intrigued with the idea of simplifying my life. With two crosscountry moves in less than two years, we have pretty much paired our lives and possesions down to nothing. We will be in a place of our own again soon, and will begin the process of replacing most of the things that we got rid of. Sounds like a good time to start reconsidering our lifestyle.

Now, I'm not a hippie, treehugger, radical environmentalist, or anything like that, but I do think we owe it to ourselves, our children, and most of all God the creater to have only as much impact on the invironment as is reasonable. Enjoy it, use it, take advantage of it to better our lives, but also respect it and take care of it.

There are other reasons to simplify life, also. Less stress, less mental overload, needing less space, better health. Needing less stuff would free up financial resources to be able to afford nicer better quality stuff, wich would then last much longer, meaning less financial outlay for stuff over time. This would allow for more investing, recreation (read time with the family) and more giving.

I have now doubt that this philosiphy would spread to all areas of ones lifestyle and value system. It sounds refreshing. I will give this alot of thought.

Simple Subjects is not a conservative nor political weblog, but I do get the feeling that he leans a tad to the left. That's OK though, because balance is what it's all about.

Is This The Same Arafat

Fascinating background info on Yasser Arafat. Hardley seems like the same person that has been recieving all of the press attention for the last few days.

Yasser Arafat Treated Like A Head of State?

The press is covering this with as much somberness and reverence as they did President Reagan's funeral. HELLO. He was NOT the leader of any nation. In fact no nation would have him. We should mourn for his soul, but be glad he is gone.

Marlboro Man Kicks Butt or "Smokin"

OK, I saw this on (and liked it) Michelle Malkin's
blog a few days ago. I've noticed alot people are upset about it. All I've got to say is what's the big deal? He had a hard couple of days, let him have his smoke. Speaking as a former Army Infantryman, the picture says a lot. Drive on.

Bad News From Houston

Alice called a short time ago. She is not going to be able to donate her kidney to her sister after all. Apparently, her kidneys are not in good enough shape for the doctors to feel comfortable leaving her with only one. They say she probably has nothing to worry about, but with a history of kidney problems in her family, they were not about to risk it. We are all very disappointed and sad for her sister, and our prayers are with her.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

A New Look

Apologies for any confusion. I'm experimenting with a new look. This one is by Douglas Bowman from Blogskins.com, with a little modification. I like it, but I'm not sure it is what I'm looking for. I may actually go even simpler. It is hard to find a template that is exactly what I'm looking for, but I really am not in the mood to do a lot of tweaking, or to write my own either.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Bush finally showing some backbone

Apparently, the President doesn't appreciate people who turn tail and run. I hope that the Prime Ministers (or Presidents) of France , Germany & maybe Russia got the same treatment.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Back To Houston

I took my wife to the airport today for her trip back to Houston. I was glad to see her doing a wonderful thing for her sister, but I am also a little apprehensive. I know that you can live with one kidney, but it's still a big deal. Oh well, I know it's what The Lord would have her to do.

One thing that's kinda cool, I had time to wonder around the area and see some of the places that I used to enjoy hanging out at. Man I missed this place. Portland is so beautiful, even when it is raining and grey. I missed the rain.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Wow, what a mood

This place is depressing. Almost everybody I've talked to today is bummed. Some actually think that the President stole the election.

It is amazing how people from Portland actually think that the rest of the country thinks just like they do. Most cannot imagine that over 50% of the voters actually like President Bush.

Four More Years!

Ohhh Yea Baby!

Oregon may not have been any help, but Dubya did it. Not just by electoral college votes, but by more popular votes than any other president in history. Can you liberals please stop with the "illegitimate president" stuff?

Now, if he can just stop governing like he's running for election.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Things Are Changin

OK, I haven't been able to post as often as I had originally intended. I had orriganally intended this to be a small news site for conservatives to go to regularly and find out about all of the crazy things our state and local governments are up to, but that is a time consuming process. If you really need this kind of service, a good news reader and some RSS subscriptions should do the trick.

Since my first post, My wife and I had to move to Houston, Texas to care for her father. Now, a year and a half later, we are back. I didn't have an internet connection during alot of our stay there, and I couldn't really keep up on all of the goings on here. I did write a few things down that I found interesting, especially about the enormous differances between the average Texan's mentallity and the average Oregonian's.

I think that what will probably happen here is that I will slowly start posting more often, but the blog will become more of a journal of what it's like to be a conservative in the middle of one the most liberal communities in the entire nation.

I am changing the name to reflect all of this.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Home At Last

Two and a half days of driving, 2200 miles, approximately 230 gallons of gas and I couldn't tell you how many bathroom breaks (we have a 7 month old puppy) and WE ARE HOME !! Ironically, we had beautiful weather the whole way, right up until we hit the Oregon - Idaho border. It felt so nice to stop and feel the rain.

I hope to make the drive again sometime, when we have the time and money to stop and spend time in some of the places that thought looked interesting. I remember saying that on the way down there too.

Some of those places we saw on the way down to Texas that I would like to return to were:
  • Boise, ID
  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Ogden, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Cedar City, UT (We broke down and spent 3 good days there, and we got to see Brice & Zion Canyons, but I would really like to go back.)
  • The Hoover Dam (we drove over it at night)
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • West Texas
Some of those places we saw on the way back from Texas that I would like to return to were:
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Denver, CO & surrounding area
  • Ogden, UT
I will have to write more extensively about this subject at a later date because I really think that a lot of people never really get out of their local area and sea how other people live, other than to pass through on their way to some vacation resort. If people would go to other locals and actually spend time with locals, they would have a much better understanding of why our country is the way it is. I'm thinking of liberals that spend their entire lives on the west cost, and actually believe that everyone thinks the way they do. On the other hand, my wife has family members who have never been more than a couple of hundred miles away from Houston. Thus they don't think Houston is a dirty polluted place.

By the way, what is up with the 55 & 65 mph speed limits in Oregon. We drove 75 mph the whole way here, through 6 other states, but you come across the bridge into Ontario, OR and bam, 55 mph. I know it's been this way since I first started driving, but isn't it time we caught up with the rest of the country? Sounds like another good topic to write about at a later date.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Oregon Or Bust

We are on the road tomarrow morning. Probably won't be posting much for a while since I don't know what my internet situation will be, since we will be staying with some friends for a while until my wife's surgery is complete and we both are gainfully employed again.

Friday, October 08, 2004

My Work Here is Done!

About an hour ago, I finished my last shift a UPS in Houston. Alice and I will be loading the U-Haul this weekend and most likely leaving on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

A Wrinkle In The Plan

My wife found out today that she is a perfect match for donating a kidney to her sister. It will not change our plans for moving, but it means that she will have to come back to Houston for the surgery sometime in the middle of November. It will also slow down the process of finding work and getting a new start in Oregon. All in all, it 's a good thing.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

It's Official - Transfer Complete

UPS has finally approved my transfer. October 8th will be my last day at work here in Houston. We will be moving back to Oregon within a few days there after. YES!

Friday, August 20, 2004

My Football Predictions - 2004

I was talking to my step son and brother-in-law the other and I'm predicting that this years Superbowl will be between the Philidelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. I think that they are the only two teams that are complete enough to make it all the way through the playoffs.

I hope that my favorite team, The Houston Texans make the playoffs.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

I Miss the Rain

A funny thing happened today. For the last 2-3 weeks, it has been grey and lightly raining with temps in the low 70's (cool for Houston this time of year). It is a nice reprieve from hot and humid 90's. I was leaving work this morning commenting to the security guard about how much I liked the weather, and how much it reminded me of spring or fall in Oregon. He said I was crazy. Many Oregonians probably won't understand, but I actually miss the rain.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Liquor In grocery Stores?

Our fearless leaders in Salem are at it again. They regulate and try to eliminate anything they don't like (smoking, gambling, drinking, SUV's, recreational use of public lands--or private lands for that matter), yet, when a choice has to made between cutting spending or raising more revenue - read taxes- the first place they look is to the people who do the things they don't like. Both sides do it and it's hypicritical, and shows a total lack of courage and leadership. If you NEED more money, sell it to the voters and convince them to vote for more taxes. More taxes for everyone in a fair way. Ooooohhhhh that's right, THE VOTERS KEEP SAYING NO!

Grocery Lists May Soon Have Liquor
"SALEM - The state is planning to set up liquor stores inside as many as a half-dozen Oregon grocery stores - one of which could be in Eugene - as a way to boost revenues and make it easier for consumers to buy booze."

Ron Wyden Again?

I have voted for Ron Wyden ever since he got elected. I did not vote for his initial election, but I realized that for all of his liberal ideas, he actually does a good job representing the needs of Oregonians. Also, I refuse to vote for a Republican candidate, especially for national office, just because they are Republican. The Oregon Republican party has done a horrible job of attracting qualified candidates to run against Senator Wyden, and until they do, they will never have two senators representing Oregon.

So, maybe, King? GOP field for U.S. Senate is short on experience
"Is it too much to ask that the Oregon Republican Party field candidates for an office as important as U.S. Senate who have some legislative experience? Shouldn't there be someone who shows signs of being qualified to represent Oregonians in Washington, D.C.?"

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

NFL Draft Results

I almost Forgot, NFL draft results for players from Oregon schools.
First Round
  • Steven Jackson - RB, OSU - St. Louis Rams
Second Round
  • Igor Olshansky - DT, U of O - San Diego Chargers
  • Junior Siavii - DT, U of O - Kansas City Chiefs
  • Dwan Edwards - DT, OSU - Baltimore Ravens
Fourth Round
  • Samie Parker - WR, U of O - Kansas City Chiefs
  • Tim Euhus - TE , OSU - Buffalo Bills
  • Richard Seigler - LB , OSU - San Francisco 49ers
Sixth Round
  • Keith Lewis - DB, U of O - San Francisco 49ers
Congradulations and good luck to all.

I like this policy by the Governor

"The marketing effort, which begins today, is the first in-state component of Gov. Ted Kulongoski?’s Brand Oregon campaign. From billboards and radio advertising to store displays and recipe contests, the marketing push will attempt to sell wild-caught seafood to Oregonians."

Maybe this will be the first step in getting Oregon's businesses back to the top of the priority list of the state's policy makers. Could we make the next step to have state & local governments "buy Oregon first" when it comes to construction, building, infrastructure, & technology purchases and contracts. This would help the economy and the jobs situation immensely.
Read the Statesman Journal article.

John Kerry commits "Hari Kerry"

Joe Gandelman wrote a good post in his weblog The Moderate Voice about John Kerry's flip flopping performance on "Good Morning America" this morning.

....His constant mention of questions about George Bush's military service hurt his argument because it blatantly tried to veer off the questions at hand. Kerry is not alone in using this obnoxious - must - stay - on - message - verbal - Fuller - brush - man - mouth - in - the - door tactic......

I wonder if, by the time the Dem's convention rolls around, they are really going to wish that they didn't have a real primary race, rather than just anoint a nominee. This is why we have a primary race, so that the candidates go at each other a little bit and bring out any major flaws before it's to late. John Kerry doesn't know what he's in for. George Bush is a "no holds barred" campaigner. Having lived here in Texas, I have seen first-hand the type of elections that GW cut his teeth on, and Kerry doesn'tt appear to me to be the type of canidate that will hold up in that style of campaign.
Read Joe gentleman,s complete article Here.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Oregon Regulators Shut Down Canadian Medicine Pipeline

Oregon is greedy. I really believe that the main reason the state doesn't want canadian drugs coming in is that they have no way of making money off of it. The article mentions other cities & states actually use canadian medicine to help control the cost of thier tax-payer funded health care plans. Isn't the Oregon Health Plan bankrupting the state? Rather than shut it down, why can't they embrace it and take advantage of it?

In the Northwest: Bushies' ad buy hints at state's value in campaign

If it may be possible for Washington to swing Republican, is it possible that Oregon could too. Probably not this year, maybe 2008?
Patriot Act may see revisions
Here is some good news. I don't care if it is a Bush law or not, the Patriot Act, as good and necesary it is, is a huge suspension of our rights as we have always known them.
This is the plan that Portland should have gone with.
"Light rail Lite: As MAX service opens on the city's doorstep, Vancouver considers other transportation options, including 'bus rapid transit"

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Owners Want to Eliminate Limits on Dogs
Are you kidding me? Oregon is creating such a restrictive atmosphere to live in. What business is it of mine or my government's how many dogs my neighbor has. There are laws to cover just about any concievable negative result arising from someone having two many dogs, so just let it be.
Judge Races Nonpartisan?
I noticed an article in The Oregonian called Three Appellate Judges Challenged this morning. The article mentioned that Oregon Judge races are nonpartisan. I want to know why. Here in Texas, elections for all levels of bench positions are far from nonpartisan. While incumbent justices must refrain from discussing specific rulings that they participated in, they go out of their way to talk about their views on topics such as abortion, gun control, capitol punishment, and tough sentencing. They also love to talk about their opponent's rulings and prior history. My question is that, since it really is impossible for someone to have gotten to the point in their career that they could actually be a good judge while avoiding partisanship, why do we allow their elections to be so nonspecific and nonconfrontational?
Michigan Preparing To Let Doctors Refuse To Treat Gays
An interesting bit of news in Humble Opinion that I have not seen in any major media. I wonder what the response would be if this set of laws were passed in Oregon.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

SAIF Lobbying Costs to Get Look
"Oregon’s government ethics commission voted unanimously Friday to investigate charges that state-owned SAIF Corp. underreported the money it spends to lobby the Legislature."

Yet another reason that the state (or any leval of government) should not be opperating bussinesses that could be performed better in the private sector.

Friday, April 23, 2004

It looks like an Oregon judge finally got something at least partially right. Oregonians would be dismayed to hear how alot of Texans view and talk about Oregon. I've got to admit that most of the headlines we see here regarding Oregon make it seem like a very wierd to live.

Oregon Judge Orders Halt to Gay Weddings
(AP) - "A judge has told Multnomah County to stop issuing gay marriage licenses ? but also ordered the state to recognize the 3,000 licenses already granted in the county. The decision Tuesday by Multnomah County Circuit Judge Frank Bearden marked the first time in the nation that a judge has recognized gay marriage. An immediate appeal was expected. On Tuesday, Katharine Sprecher and Nitzye Gonzalez sobbed in the corner of the county clerk's office, wiping each others' tears away."

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Now, here's something you probably wouldn't see in Oregon
Well, the sin tax part maybe.......but all in order to lower the over all tax burden in the state.
A Texas Bid to Shift School Finances to 'Sin Taxes'

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Goin' Home!
Our job here is finished, and we are moving back to Oregon, so I will be a Conservative OREGONIAN again, not a conservative temporary Texan. My wife's father has dicided to sell his house and move in with one of his sons. I don't understand this, as it will only lead to the exact same circumstances that caused him to ask us to take care of him in the first place.

Also, some difficult circumstances have come up with my daughters, and I need to go back and be with them and try to help provide some stability in thier lives.

I'm going to register for some classes at PCC. Hopefully this will allow me to get a transfer at UPS so I don't have to quit and start all over AGAIN. I'm almost thirty-five, and I have come to the conclusion that it is time to stop wandering through life, and finally DO something. I have dug a very deep hole for myself, and its time to stop digging.