Thursday, December 01, 2005

Send the ACLU director a christmas card.

Fight back in the war on christmas. This is brilliant.
found via Michelle Malkin.

Cafe Hayek: A great blog to read

I've just discovered a great blog by a couple of professors at George Mason University. Donald Boudreaux is a professor and the Chairman of the Department of Economics, and Russell Roberts is an economics professor. They are both great writers, and have a no monscense view on ecanomics issues.

Russell Roberts has a great post about technology and it's place in our lives.

For those of you who hate Wal Mart need to read these posts.
here, here, here, here, here, and indirectly, this one.

Here is a great post by Don Boudreaux on sweatshop wages.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A Great Photo Blog about Isreal and Lebanon

It's nice to read a well written blog with photos about what it is really like to be in Isreal.
found via Instapundit.

More MoveOn.Org Lies

They just love PhotoShop
found via Michelle Malkin.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Governor tells DEQ to act on emissions

Global warming - Ted Kulongoski takes a step toward California standards as a judge weighs a lawsuit.

"SALEM -- Lawsuit or not, Gov. Ted Kulongoski appears determined to bring California's tougher tailpipe standards for cars and light trucks to Oregon to combat global warming.

In a key step in that direction, Kulongoski directed the state Department of Environmental Quality to write a California-type rule that would apply to 2009 model year cars and light trucks. Vehicles made and sold before the 2009 model year would not be affected."

Do our schools have a priority problem?

This opinion piece showed up in a news alert this morning, I found it a sad point of view.

College not end-all

Preparing teenagers for college ought not to be our high schools’ single, all-consuming job. Yet judging by what one of its members writes in the right-hand column on this page, that’s what the Oregon State Board of Education seems to want.

It is obvious now that students had better pay attention in English, math, and science if they want to continue their education so they can land a decent job in the global economy.
read the entire piece

Preparing students for college, and by extension the job force should be thier ONLY purpose, anything else is purely a bonus, or detraction. And, if it is not the only purpose, what else are schools schools there to do?

Oops, We meant to make it easier to take guns from people

One word makes all difference in gun law.

How did this happen in a state that constantly tries to limit the rights of gun owners?

"HILLSBORO (AP) Â? A housekeeping bill passed by the 2003 Legislature inadvertently wiped out a tool used by police to keep guns out of the hands of people considered dangerous.

The legislative mishap was discovered this fall, when the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that the Washington County sheriff had no right to confiscate the gun permit of Tom Bates, of Raleigh Hills, for making threats to state officials and phone company employees.

The judge ruled, moreover, that not only had Sheriff Rob Gordon erred when he took away BatesÂ? permit, but that no Oregon sheriff can use the Â?danger to self or othersÂ? revocation clause to take away the gun permits of Oregonians in the future.

Before, the dangerousness clause allowed sheriffs to make the case that some Oregonians are unfit to carry a gun. But a 2003 bill did away with it by accidentally inserting the word Â?andÂ? between two crucial phrases.

In the old wording, the clause read: Â?Any act or condition that would prevent the issuance of a license under ORS 166.291 to 166.293 is cause for revoking a concealed handgun license.Â?

In the new wording, legislators wrote: Â?Any act or condition that would prevent the issuance of a license under ORS 166.291 and 166.293 is cause for revocation...
read the whole story

Anyone wanna laywhetheron wether the Oregon Supreme Court will reverse the decision?

Peace Activists Kidnapped in Iraq

I found this through dailypundit

So, now they are diminishing their own base. Interesting tactic.

Monday, November 28, 2005

I say congrats to Wal Mart...

...but not the daily emerald.

Cost cutting’s hidden price
In my opinion
By Ailee Slater
November 28, 2005

Thanksgiving weekend, Wal-Mart gleefully became one of the only big box retailers to surpass expected holiday sales.

Apparently, the recent documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” didn’t achieve its intended outcome. Wal-Mart sales are rapidly rising, and company executives are working hard to promote a friendly image. With Wal-Mart now poised to become more successful than ever, it seems that the nation is slowly forgetting the Wal-Mart hullabaloo of days gone by.
Read the entire commentary at The Oregon Daily Emerald.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Blood Bath at The L.A. Times

Ken Reich Is doing a great job blogging about the rapid destruction of this once great paper. If media bias and the changing face of journalism is of interest to you, then you must read Take Back The Times

Sunday, November 06, 2005

And she's not afraid of Mannix

This report has more details.
"....Saying she wants to break up the "good old boys" cronyism of state politics, state Sen. Vicki Walker of Eugene announced Monday she'll challenge Gov. Ted Kulongonski in the Democratic primary next year."

...."We must have the courage to say a casino on every street corner is not the way to fund education, public safety or health care. ... I don't want Oregon to be Las Vegas," Walker said.

"....Walker scoffed at critics who assailed her for challenging Kulongoski and potentially aiding the GOP."

"I don't worry at all about that," she said. "I'm not at all afraid of Kevin Mannix."

Ya know, I somehow don't think that Saxton and Atkinson are afraid Kevin Mannix either. However, they probably should be more concerned with Vicki Walker than Teddy K.

Gov Kulongoski has another challenger

This time it's State Sen. Vicki Walker
Oregon state senator plans to challenge Kulongoski

EUGENE, Ore. -- State Sen. Vicki Walker announced Monday that she will challenge Gov. Ted Kulongoski in the Democratic primary next year.

Walker formally entered the race with little fanfare, choosing to make the announcement from her home. "The reason I did it here is because I'm just an average Oregonian," Walker told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

"I live in a modest home in a modest street, in a great neighborhood with fabulous people around me, and I want Oregonians to know that I'm just one of them," she said.

Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson, another fellow Democrat, has already announced that he will challenge Kulongoski in 2006.

The Republican primary race is likely to be a rematch of 2002 between former state Republican Party Chairman Kevin Mannix and Portland lawyer Ron Saxton. State Sen. Jason Atkinson also is running.
story quoted from The Seatle Post Intelligencer

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Two Things About the Ninth Circus...err, Circut

This ruling is totally outragous:
9th Circuit Court Outrage! Parental Rights Denied

"The new ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stating, “There is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children...Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students,” has Californians in an uproar, and rightfully so.

The liberal ninth district court known for it’s legislating from the bench, such as in the recent case where the court ruled the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it contains the words ''under God,'' dismissed a lawsuit on November 3, 2005, by California parents who were sued the school district because a sex survey with inappropriate, nosey questions was given to children in the first, third, and fifth grades. The survey was administered by the Palmdale School District and asked students questions such as if they ever thought about having sex or touching other people’s “private parts” and whether they could ''stop thinking about having sex.''
A constant progresion these kinds of rulings makes this news that much more attractive:
GOP move to advance 9th Circuit split draws heat from Democrats

"WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican plan to advance a break-up of the San Francisco-based Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals is drawing heat from Democrats.

House Republicans have included a break-up of the Ninth Circuit in a budget bill that would be immune from Senate filibuster.

The measure would create a Ninth Circuit covering California, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, and a new 12th Circuit covering Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Arizona."

Portland's Crime Policies Seem a Little skitzophrinic

First this:
Alliance Gives $50,000 To Anticrime Effort

"The Portland Business Alliance will donate $50,000 to the city's plan to get repeat criminals off downtown streets and into housing.

The donation is meant to help Mayor Tom Potter's efforts to cut crime and the perception of crime in the city's center. Potter announced the plan in October to positive reviews from business leaders concerned about aggressive panhandlers and drug dealers on downtown streets."

Then this:
Potter Asks For Higher Bar for Zones of Exclusion

"Mayor Tom Potter wants to set a higher standard of proof for excluding people from Portland's drug-free and prostitution-free zones by requiring a criminal charge be brought before police can bar someone from a part of the city.

However, county prosecutors say such changes will weaken the controversial ordinance, result in fewer exclusions and embolden drug sellers on Portland's streets."

Both in the Oregonian, on the same day, doesn't anybody at City Hall see the Irony?

Friday, November 04, 2005

What The La Raza?

Found via Daniel's Political Musings, this seems to be beyond ridiculous. What would happen if there was a facility called The White Race. This is diversity gone way to far.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Election Race to Watch

"Ex-state labor commissioner might join race to be state judge"

This will be the first Oregon Supreme Court Race in a long time. We really need to watch this and make sure we encourage conservative Judges to run, and then go vote for them.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Wary unions still give support to Kulongoski

Did anyone doubt this? Ive excerpted the article by Steve Law in the Statesman Journal.

Wary unions still give support to Kulongoski
Labor stays loyal as governor plans for re-election race
"There's no strong labor challenger to the governor in his party," said political scientist James Moore of Pacific University in Forest Grove. Unions still see Kulongoski as "'our guy,' flawed as he may be," Moore said.
"There's some spirited debate about the governor's record," said Tim Nesbitt, the president of the Oregon AFL-CIO. "By the same token, there's a lot of appreciation for what the governor has done in some areas. He was still a governor that supported workers' rights and was consistent in that support."
Kulongoski also remains close to Ken Allen, president of Council 75 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. That's the second-largest union among state workers.
and also....
Kulongoski named Allen to the Port of Portland Commission. The governor also recently signed an executive order that enabled AFSCME to represent home day-care providers. That would provide a major influx of new union members at a time when labor is sagging nationally.
Kulongoski has pushed a jobs-friendly agenda in transportation and economic development, said Paul Phillips, political consultant and lobbyist for the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council.
The above translated actually means "He pushed government spending projects that require 'prevailing wage', thus making sure that we keep our unions at work."
Wich leads to...
"For the 30,000 building-trade unions members, I would be surprised if there is much deviation from this governor," Phillips said. "He's been a solid, solid person on their issues."

The two biggest "wild cards" in the governor's race, Phillips said, are Oregon Education Association, which represents teachers, and Service Employees International Union Local 503, the largest state-workers union. Those are Oregon's two largest unions. Both rely on strong grass-roots involvement by members to set their political endorsements.
they will also support him because...
Kulongoski scored points with state workers when he agreed to protect their health-insurance benefits in a two-year labor agreement inked this summer. That contract also provided a healthy pay-raise that makes up some of workers' lost ground from a two-year wage freeze. In a separate contract, Kulongoski also agreed to add vision and dental-health insurance for home-care workers, who are represented by SEIU Local 503.

And let's be real...
"None of Kulongoski's three potential challengers has longstanding close ties to labor."
And that folks is how a totally failed, do nothing governer, who hasn't kept any of his promises, (accept most of the ones made to the unions) will get the nomination of his party, to thier detriment.

Friday, October 07, 2005

The President's Speech

I listened to the entire speech that President bush gave yesterday at the National Endowment for Democracy. I couldn't help but think "were have you been for the last year?" This is the President Bush that we voted for. If he would do this more often, he would at least have another 10% in his approval rating. You see, I think part of his approval rating slide is that his base doesn't feel that he's displayed any leadership on big issues.

A review of the speech by Michael Barone here

Thursday, October 06, 2005

If this story is true, then why does L.A. have the worst pollution in the country?

Right Wing Tantrums

I'm having a hard time understanding what the conservative Right is wining about. For five years we've been telling the left that President Bush won two elections and that entitles him to appoint the judges that he wants to, but now, we don't know for sure that she is pro-life, so we bitch and want a differant appointment.

But, I can't help but think that The President has been "misunderestimated" by both the right and left, time and again. I think He is playing everyone like a fiddle. He doesn't need a Roberts, Thomas or Scalia, just someone that he believes will vote with them most of the time. I also think that the White House knows alot more about the future of the court than the public does. Remember, that they knew about O'conner's plan long before She announced it. President Bush is not going to spill blood on this nomination if he thinks that there will be one or two more in the future.

Beldarblog is doing an excellant job keepin up on the Miers nomination.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Kulongoski's embrace of California emissions rules A bad move

Rep. Gordon Anderson has an Op-Ed in the Oregonian against Teddy K's Cal emmissions standards idea.

Instead of forcing new, draconian vehicle-emissions standards on Oregonians, why not take the high road and encourage cleaner cars and fuel? Gov. Ted Kulongoski's veto Monday answers that question with sticks, not carrots.

As chairman of the Oregon House Environment Committee, I heard from all sides of this debate. My conclusion: Incentives to reduce pollution are better than forcing motorists to live with a de facto car tax that won't make cleaner air.

Car designs and fuels are more environmentally friendly. Just look at the hybrid and fuel cell vehicles available today. Biofuels are not only good for our environment but also for the agriculture industry. We can have cleaner cars and fuels without Kulongoski's stringent new rules.

We are already making significant progress. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says Portland's air is so clean now that the agency won't require an ethanol additive during the winter starting in 2007. And a few months ago the House Audits Committee recommended phasing out DEQ vehicle testing stations in metro areas because they really aren't needed.

If California's regulations are so great, why did both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his predecessor, Gov. Gray Davis, ask the federal government to lift the ban on diesel cars and trucks? Why did Washington state agree to copy California but only if Oregon does? Why play follow the leader?

Kulongoski now has another task force to review this emissions policy. If he wanted input about the California system, he had opportunities during the legislative session. But he was silent. His Democrat friends in the Senate couldn't even pass a bill to impose these new rules, and the House adopted a resolution rejecting them.

The governor, just in time for his re-election campaign, is doing it his way and ignoring the will of legislators and the voters we represent.

If Kulongoski wanted to show leadership, he should have worked to get biofuels legislation passed. It would have provided incentives for Oregon ag producers to reduce dependence on foreign oil and create hundreds of new jobs.

Instead we're headed down a road to impose standards written in California that won't give us cleaner air and create costly consequences -- expensive lawsuits by the automakers, sticker shock on new cars and a blow to the local economy.

Taxpayers in other states who've attempted this approach face hefty legal bills to defend these standards. Most estimates say the average new model will cost $1,000 to $3,000 more. In addition light-duty diesel cars and trucks would be prohibited, even emitting less carbon dioxide. We would be banning technology now available that addresses the problem. We would also impair a growing biodiesel industry in Oregon.

We should be motivating people to come up with creative ways to help the environment. Instead of using incentives, as I have suggested, Kulongoski will punish those working hard to clean the air. Let's put the brakes on the governor's California plan and support one that recognizes Oregon's independence and ingenuity.

Rep. Gordon Anderson, R-Grants Pass, represents House District 3 in Southern Oregon.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Teddy K to Legislature: Screw You

First the governor says he wants to adopt California's emissions standards. Then, last week the Legislature included in the DEQ budget language that would prevent this from happening. Now, The Governor has said that he will use his Line Item Veto to remove the language, and then give an executive order requiring the standards to be put into place.

Read about it here and here

I understand that he is probably well within his power to do this, but it is awfully arrogant to completely defy the Legislature, you know, we call them "Representatives."

Monday, August 01, 2005

The Evil Empire

While reading the sources on the previous post, I was at MyWhimIsLaw. She has a link that is quite humorous. Go see it and make sure you read the actual URL.

About the Changes at the Potland Tribune.

Betsy has this post at MetroBlogging.

Then there's this post at Portland Communique

I'm not sure what the changes at the Trib mean, and I doubt that the future is that bleak for the paper, but I'm sure that the paper's spin on things might not tell the entire truth. I hope all is well though, because I like the paper and I think that the Big O need the competition.

More on Cell Phone Tax

I quoted a poll taken by My Wireless saying "that nearly two-thirds of Portlanders would oppose taxes on cell phone-related services." This garnered a comment from The One True b!X of the
Portland communique criticizing the fact that My Wireless is a front organization for wireless phone companies.

Who cares who took the poll. Yes it would be better if My Wireless disclosed who they are, but I have yet to see a valid argument that the results were skued. They have nothing to lose from the tax, do you think that a substantial number of people will actually give up their cell phones because of the tax? Maybe (and I know this is hard believe) they are actually concerned about the adverse effects this will have on their customers.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Wireless group survey: Most oppose cell taxes

Well I could have told you this was true:
"poll commissioned by a group advocating wireless services revealed that nearly two-thirds of Portlanders would oppose taxes on cell phone-related services"
read the story

House passes bill to toughen penalties for meth crimes .... buuuut.......

The House votes to toughen penalties for meth crimes, but not to open a prison that they are spending money to build. Such is life in Oregon.

Legislature is beyond repair; let's abolish it

I heard this last night on Victoria Taft's show, and thought it was interesting. Won't happen, probably unconstitutional on many levels, but an interesting thought nonetheless.
read the Op-Ed

New Email Address!

Gmail rocks! I've been using it for personal email, sort of a slow migration, then added a business address - gcpaintingATgmailDOTcom - and I really like it. So now I am switching the address here at A Conservative Oregonian.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Oregon Lawmakers reach budget accord

State K-12 school funding was $4.9 billion in the 2003-05 budget period, but Larry Wolf, president of the Oregon Education Association, the state’s biggest teacher’s union, said the 2006-07 $5.24 billion school fund figure is inadequate and will cause bigger class sizes. “It’s a cuts budget,” he said.

Don't worry, House Speaker Karen
Minnis said she was pleased that the budget was crafted with no tax increases. “It’s a responsible budget,” she said.

So, How is this responsible?
"The budget agreement also pushes back the opening of a $191 million, 2,104 bed prison in Madras, Oregon, for nine months until September 2007."

I excerpted this from the Roseburg News-Review and The Washington Post
The Oregonian has an Article about it Here

Willamette Week Blames Erik Sten For PGE Failure

The Nose thinks that it's Erik Sten's fault that Enron opted not to sell PGE to he city of Portland. I'm sure that there's a lot of truth to that, but I think that there is more to it.

Maybe the folks at Enron looked at the whole picture, unlike those at city hall, and saw the city's past failures, the lack of public support, the fact that the Governor and Legislature weren't exactly jumping up and down at the idea, and that PGE would serve a lot of other towns and communities that would have to support the purchase. Maybe, after adding all of this up, they realized that the amount of time that it would take for Tommy & the boys to figure out how to ram this down our throats would end up costing them (Enron) way to much money in the long run.

I arrive at this conclusion because of Enron asked for a $50 million deposit. They obviously had doubts about the City Council's ability to do the deal, or at least do the deal in a timely manner. This is no different than a home buyer putting down earnest money to get the sellers to take the house off the market.

What Erik Sten and Tom Potter don't understand, is that when you tie up money, with no return coming back, even for a short time, you're losing money. Think about how much money stood to be lost if Enron had agreed to a $3 billion dollar deal, and it took the city one year to complete the deal (a highly optimistic time frame) how much would the company lose, as opposed to selling the stock now and then reinvest the returns. Now think about if it took two years, or more likely, three, there would be a lot of answering to do to the bankruptcy judge, and to the stockholders. And you can bet that they listen real close to their shareholders these days.

Monday, July 25, 2005

This is Why Judge Roberts Will Not answer Questions Regarding Abortion in His Confirmation Hearings

Oklahoma Abortion Laws Upheld by Appeals Court
This is a good ruling. There is no doubt that it will go before the Supreme Court, which means that Judge Roberts will here the case if he is confirmed. This would make it unethical if he were to comment on his views regarding abortion.
read story

Sunday, July 24, 2005

This is Absolutely DISPICABLE!

Supreme Court Nominee's Wife an Anti-Abortion Voice
Who cares what his wife thinks. We don't know (or care for that matter) what the spouses of any of the other Justices on the court think or say.
read the story

Friday, July 22, 2005

Enron says no to PGE deal

Ahh, Bummer, I wanted to pay more and have a group of people that I can't vote for have another tool in their social engineering toolbox.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Judge John G. Roberts Is President Bush's Supreme Court Pick

They "misunderestimated" him again. It will be a lot of fun watching the dems trying to block this nominee.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

It's Almost Official - Kevin Mannix is running for Governor

It's just the first step, but he will run. I like him, but I really wish Jeff Kropf would run.

9th Circut Court Overturns Death Sentence - Again

The 9th Circus has done it again, and this after being told by the U.S. Supreme Court ordered it to reconsider it's previous ruling on the same case. This makes more than a dozen death sentances that this court has overturned recently.
read the story

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Happy Birthday - to ME!

Yes, I've completed another trip around the sun. I think that makes 36 now.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

We've Achived Utopia

The blog Googlezon posted a little blurb about an editorial found in the New York Times.
Congrats Portland Oregon For Being A Green City!

The NYT editorial

Saturday, July 02, 2005

GOP Proposes Splitting the 9th Circut Court of Appeals

Great Idea. It needs to be done for all of the reasons that they laid out, but it would also allow the President to split up the liberal justices on the court, and then appoint 9 conservatives to fill out both courts.
read the story

Friday, July 01, 2005

Moving Again

We just signed our rental agreement on our new digs, and are preparing to move. I hate moving, but I am definitely looking forward to getting out of this apartment complex. The place we are moving to is a huge 3 bedroom with a full daylight basement containing a family room, office and a huge 2 car garage. Much more rent, but definitely more space. It will also give us more space to have my 3 daughters here to visit more.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Teddy K Is In Trouble

The Statesman has an article about the next gubernatorial race that doesn't put Ted Kulongoski in the best position.

"In the June 8-14 survey of 481 voters, 33 percent said that they would be likely to vote to re-elect Kulongoski, and 42 percent said they would be likely to support someone else. The rest were neutral in the survey, which had a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

Portland pollster Mike Riley, who conducted the survey, said that it did not attempt to gauge Kulongoski's prospects against any of his possible opponents, either among Democrats or Republicans.

Riley said that the poll indicates that some of the Democratic governor's supporters are disappointed that he hasn't been more active in environmental and labor issues."
read the article

Sunday, March 13, 2005

AuCoin withdraws nomination from forestry board

Check it out. The Republicans stood up to the Governor. You can't put a totally anti-logging, anviromentalist liberal on the forestry board.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Same ole Republican mediocraty from the Dorchester Conference

OK. I've been thinking about this all day. I have a builder that sold a house this week, and of course there are a ton of things that he's been putting off for months that now need to be done YESTERDAY! I had to work this morning instead of going to church. This gave me a chance to listen to all of the local political talk shows that are on KXL 750AM that I rarely get a chance to hear.

This morning all of the conservatives at the Dorchester conference were all gaga (and rightfully so) over the should be governor of Washington State Dino Rossi's speech about how he got approximately 179,000 democrats that voted for Sen. Kerry to vote for him. They quoted him as saying "be likeable, go to the voters that would normally vote democratic and make it harder to dehuminize you, and reach out to the various organizations that usually campaign for the dems.

Now, this is all well and good, but what they are leaving out is that Dino is young, very dynamic, naturally likeable, and a true conservative. Our likely candidates are not real dynamic, and for the most part, not real conservatives. The few true conservatives that we have, have a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot by talking about topics like abortion, logging, PERS, and gun rights, all of which are lead weights around Oregon Republican's neck.

While the Republicans are busy caving to the liberals on issues that actually effect Oregonians right now, and turning off moderates with the traditional right wing issues, the electorate are out busy passing initiative after initiative that the Republicans in the house and senate should be doing.

The voters have passed: property tax reform, ban on gay marriage, property rights reform, mandatory sentencing, and the list goes on and on. All without much help from their legislators.

Now, I just spent a year and a half in Texas, and I have said this before, but Democrats in Texas are more conservative than Republicans in Oregon. I understand that the political climate here is completely deferent, and many conservative ideals just won't fly here. So, why can't we run on the things that the electorate has demonstrated that they will vote for. We repeatedly turn down ballot measures that involve more taxes, so run on a no tax, or lower tax platform. We keep voting for property rights measures, so run on a property rights platform. Voters consistently turn down all kinds of government spending measures (like light rail) , so put that in the platform.

We need to stop taking the bait to talk about traditionally ""hot button issues," and steer the conversation to the issues that really matter. For example, when a democratic candidate or voter brings up abortion, the answer should be "Roe V Wade is the law of the land, and there is nothing that the governor of one state can do to change that." Then steer the topic to something that Oregonians need right now. When the occasional follow up question or accusation comes like "well, would you pass laws that would limit abortion rights in any way, like parent notification?" I would respond by explaining parent notification is not really about abortion, but parents rights and responsibility. By law, no one is allowed to take my fifteen year old daughter to a doctor for anything less than life saving measures without my written consent. Why should an invasive, traumatic procedure, with high rates of complication, be any different.

Another thing that needs to be done, is that at every town hall, every living room meeting, every speech, EVERY campaign stop, ALL of the republicans need to play audio and video of the crazy stupid things that the governor, Secretary of State, and all of the other key Democrats have said. Like "the wording of measure 37 doesn't do what the law was intended to do."

Basically, we've been given all of the information that we need to win a state wide election, we just need to use it. Kevin Mannix only lost by about 10,000 votes. With "Sleepy Ted's" dismal record, the state's economy not really in any better shape, and some careful targeting of issues, we can find a candidate to beet him. I'm afraid that Kevin Mannix is not that person. I like him, but he's not "likeable" enough for the majority of the mainstream. Jeff Kropf anyone?

Update: FEC & political blogging

Instapundit is blogging about the FEC crackdown on political blogging.. He provides much more detail and research than I could possibly do.

Public school teacher tells a student "the only way he could be fired would be if he raped her"

I found this story at RoguePundit. The editorial entitled "Something's Wrong When Public Can't Fire Anyone" is from the Tuesday Grants Pass Daily Courier. Excerpt below.
"The Grants Pass School Board fired Wilson in June for threatening students and using foul language. One of his most outrageous statements was telling a female student the only way he could be fired would be if he raped her. The state Department of Education's Fair Dismissal Appeals Board didn't go that far, but did order District 7 to rehire Wilson."
I can't believe this! When are the citizens going to wake up and demand the same rules and treatment of public employees that we live by in the real world? One of these days a school district is going to have to stand up to the teacher's union and force them out on strike, and then either break the union, or force them to come back to reality.

Read the post at RoguePudit.

Friday, March 04, 2005

"It happened on George W. Bush's watch"

Great post on GOP Bloggers. I found it via a great blog named Momento Moron. Yet another blog with a template like mine.

Ron Wyden in national magazine supporting a tax break

Stupid idea, but at least we know that there is a tax break that Wyden would support.

Fire-safe cigarette bills discussed in Salem

GET OFF OF SMOKERS BACK! They can't smoke anywhere that could burn down anyways. We've taxed 'em, taxed 'em again, and again. They can't smoke in any building that isn't a bar or private residence, and now they are trying to do something that will make cigs more expensive. GIVE ME A BREAK!

Great Idea already destroyed by counsel

The Oregonian had an article called Rule on Lobbyists is a Work in Progress. It describes councilman Sam Adams' proposal to require lobbyists to register. It started nice, but all of the proposed changes basically turn it into a big, do nothing ordinance, like most things the Portland City Counsel does.

Thought.... err..... I mean hate, crimes going to the next leval

When hate crime legislation first came into the forefront of public debate, many conservatives said that not only is punishing people for thier thoughts or beliefs wrong, but the law would eventually be used to control extreme groups and thier activities, even if they are not advocating violence. And who would decide what would be allowed. Well, here is the next step. I found this at NWRepublican. Nice blog, adding it to my links, even if they did use the same template as mine. Read this post.

The coming crackdown on blogging

Very Interesting. An FEC commissioner Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

If you think that blogs aren't changing the media.....

Read this, and this.
And by the way, should a former Grand Wizard of the KKK be comparing anybody to Nazis?

The Coming Judicial Nominee Showdown

Hugh Hewitt has an excellent essay today about the Democrat's obvious intent on keeping up their obstructionist ways, and how it can only end badly for them.

This is my humble observation about this-
The Dems have "misunderestimated" the President ever since he announced for the race in 1998. They are threatening a government shutdown if the Republicans change the Senate rule on filibusters. George Bush has already exorcised his right to use recess appointments (albeit on a small scale.) I believe that if the Republicans don't stand up and show some leadership, GW will seet ALL of his nominees while the Senate is in recess. Then the Democrats will be forced to revisit every single one of them for a vote. If that doesn't shut business in Washington, then I don't know what will.

Rush Limbaugh (and he says he's always right) has been saying for weeks is that the Republicans don't even have to change the rule, just force the Dems to actually stage a real filibuster, were they can't leave the floor, let alone leave town on recess. 200 nominees... that would be alot of speeches on the floor, and after a while the public would begain to see the insanity of the situation.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Let's Put The Last Straw On Syria's Back

First this happens-
Lebanon Government Resigns After Protest

Now This-
Pressure Mounts on Syria After Lebanon Govt Collapse

One of two things are going happen.

1) The Syrian puppet of a president in Lebanon resigns also, Syria backs off, pulls out troops and all other forms of foreign intrusion. This will weaken an already fragile government in Syria's homeland, causing the same kind of uprising and revolt inside Syria. Voila - two new free nations to W's credit.

2) The Syrian puppet of a president in Lebanon refuses to go, (or maybe even if does) Syria holds a hard line, and we see those WMD's we've been looking for used on the protesters. This galvanic world opinion and we, now knowing about WMDs, liberate Lebanon and topple Syria.

The second option is ugly, complicated, and VERY dangerous. But if either of these happen, the opposition in Iran will follow the Lebanese example. Why do you think that both the Saudi and Egyptian governments have announced free elections in the future. The writing is on the wall.

To get to this point, the President needs to make a very strong statement of support for the Lebanese protesters. The pressure is mounting and all we need to do is provide a small release and watch out.

When Is Being Green To Green?

Rogue Pundit posted this great article about a city council with a Green Party majority faced with a decision about using ........HERBICIDES! This will be an interesting story to follow.

If you haven't read Rogue Pundit, you really should. He writes good articles, and he really has a knack for finding little publicized but really interesting or humorous articles.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Condie Rice Is Hot!

I didn't say it, John Hawkins did at Right Wing News about this picture.

He's Tryin' It again- from Political State Report

Washington State Sen. Bob Morton (R) has introduced his idea of splitting the state into two states again this year. You gotta admire his determination. Taken from Political State Report.

A Conservative Blog From California

Got an email from him, liked his blog, thought you might also.

His most recent post deals with Police officers shooting criminals while they attempt to escape or kill the officers. While it is not the subject of the post, I can't help but notice that the incident in LA involved a 13 year old black suspect (or as some would call him, "victim") and I had heard of the case do to heavy news coverage. The other happened in Stockton, and I had heard nothing of it. My guess is that this person won't be called a "victim", he's a white adult.

In addition th his blog, Warren also has a website. Beware, it doesn't show well in my Mozilla Firefox browser.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

and now, MY RANT (see previous post)

As a house painter, I spend every day in the Forest Heights subdivision. Builders are paying painting contractors the same prices to paint these $600,000 - $1,500,000 houses that they were paying five years ago. The builders are making their money, and you can bet that the painting contractors are making their money. It's the guys that actually paint the houses that are getting hurt.

You see, ten years ago, a new hire painters helper started out at about $8.00 per hour. If he worked out and turned out to be a good painter, he could make $10.00 - $12.00 within a few months. A good lead painter could make at least $14.00 per hour. Now, contractors hire a crew of Mexicans, and they are lucky if they make $8.00 per hour. The same thing goes on in almost all of the trades. Most of these homes are framed, sided, insulated, bricked, sheetrocked and painted by Mexicans. Russians usually do the tile & hardwood floors, interior trim & cabinetry.

These were all "living wage" jobs held by Americans living in the area. Now they are barely minimum wage jobs, and most of the money gets sent home to Mexico or Russia (or one of it's many former soviet neighbors). This is really hurting our economy. The Rich Builders are making their profit, and even the contractors make their money, but we have thousands of low income jobs, all in the name of "affordable housing" - wow, I just referred to a million dollar home as affordable.

And another thing. Who is buying these homes anyways? They are building hundreds of these homes in Southwest Portland every year. If our economy is so bad, where is the money coming from to buy these houses?

Kinda makes ya think.

I Love Newt! Gingrich Urges Action Against Illegals.

The Washington Times has this story about Newt Gingrich. Gingrich Urges Action Against Illegals. I gotta say, it's about time that some prominent Republicans started figuring this out. I know Rush and Tony Snow have been talking about this recently, but unfortunately, it seems that most of our congressmen and definitely the President don't want to touch this issue.

A week or so ago, this topic came up on the Lars Larson Show, and he brushed it off as if it wasn't a problem. I'm here to tell you, that Illegals in Oregon is HUGE!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

New Blog Format

I'm playing around with the Date and Post Title formatting. I think that this makes each day's posts look more grooped together.

Only in Seattle (and probably Portland soon)

New ordinance bars use of cell phones by cabbies carrying fares.

And They Wonder Why We Have A Homeless Problem

Bad News For Panhandlers - House OK's It.
Well, Our only hope is that the Senate is a little smarter, 'cause ya know that Ted will sign it.

Great Commentary on How We Live Our Modern Urban Lives.

Here's an interesting article that I found linked on Jared Jones' blog Simple Subjects.

I have often thought that a truly conservative, Christian, and pro-environment thing to do is rethink our urban planning. I love mass transit and alternative modes of transportation (carpools & bicycling etc.) and I love urban life. But I also love the freedom that driving a car affords you. I completely support the idea of "infill building," but hate the long term effects that the Urban Growth Boundary have given us.

In my mind, I'm constantly having a debate. I don't believe in limiting the use of someone's property, or in telling people that they can only have a garage of a certain size, or even changing zoning to eliminate parking spaces in areas of downtown, but I do think we need to encourage responsible use of our resources and space. Telling a business, property owner or developer for example, that they can't build more than a certain amount of parking, but they have to have a generous amount of covered bicycle parking is insane.

Anyways, this is a source of never ending debate, and I doubt if I will ever be satisfied with my own conclusions on these matters, let alone anyone else's.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Can Uncle Ted Mess This Up?

I'm happy to see new jobs in Oregon, but excuse my skepticism.
Google Agrees To Buy 30 Acres In The Dalles

Funny Cartoon

I know, I've been lazy and haven't posted much. Well actually not lazy, just extremely buzy. Here is a funny cartoon from Lars Larson's web site.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

This Is Funny

I saw this referenced first on Right Wing News. It's from Scrappleface.
Pentagon Sets Rules of Engagement for Journalists

Monday, February 07, 2005

Why Are Democrats Such Winers

Great post about Senator Harry Reid's wining about the GOP not playing nice in FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT

I am getting so tired of all of the complaints from the left. If all you have to say is that Bush's plan is bad, and don't bother to try to propose a reasonable alternative, then you will keep on getting labeled obstructionist.

In the last two days, I have had three different discussions with three differant liberals about the war, social security, taxes etc. Every time I posed a reasonable explanation for the conservative point of veiw, all three of them resorted to "I don't care what you say, I could never vote for Bush or support anything he wants to do." My own father said that GW was to stupid to do anything right.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

I Like this Blog

I found a new blogger this afternoon while I was sitting here waiting for the Superbowl to start. Duckwriter. I like his perspectives.

I Told You So! (about the Superbowl that is)

I said at the beginning of the season that It would be the Eagles and Patriots in the Superbowl this year. I think that this is the first year that I was correct. kinda fun. I think that the Pats will win, but I'm kinda rooting for the Eagles.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

The State of The Union

Great speech, especially for someone who is not a great speaker.

Even without "The Hug" it would have been considered a good speech. I think one of the best things about President Bush is that you really get the sense that he doesn't care how history will judge him, and he really doesn't care what his critics think of him. I think that most people who achieve great things, do so without consideration of how they will be perceived by their detractors.

I've noticed that the Bush administration only seems to really worry about public perception when it needs public support to achieve a goal. It's kind of a "make the right decision and then tell the public why it was the right decision " as opposed to "try and figure out the easiest sell to the public, compromise with the opposition, and end up with nothing."

Leading vs. Shepherding.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Blogging for Dollars

I hadn't heard much about this, but this weekend I read a little more about it.

All in all, I don't think it's really that bad. I think that in any of the cases mentioned in the story above, the money didn't change the views and commentary that the bloggers would have produced. If there was some disclosure, all would be well.

The thing that I was interested in, and I hope to see more written on this later, was how successful was the Dean campaign with this ploy. Pretty smart idea if you ask me. Given the viral nature of the blogosphere, get two or three well known libs blogging about a candidate, and within a week or two, major buzz.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Don't Support The Troops!

Did that get your attention? What I mean is don't support 7-11 in any way until they change this policy. They are taking wrist bands that cost them a few cents, selling them for $2.99, and giving $1.00 to the USO. Give me a break, this is shameless.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Thanks For the Comments and Emails

I've gotten several emails lately wondering were I went. I appreciate the interest, and I would love to post more, but I find that I 'm torn between wanting to quickly comment on something that I heard or read, and wanting to spend some time and read up on the subject, and then write a longer post with more thought put into it. What I thought about doing is collect email addresses, write a little less often, and then notify people when I post. I don't know.

Monday, January 10, 2005

I'm Back!

It's been a couple of months since I last posted. I got real busy at work, my wife and I moved into our own apartment, and then Christmas came along. I hope that I can find time to post more often in the future. There are so many things that I hear or read about every day that I want to coment about, but there is only so much time in the day.

I'm currently in the process of getting my contractor's license , and restarting my business again after a few years of working for others. It's been six or seven years, and I can't believe all of the changes in the rules and the hoops you have to go through just to be able to legally paint someone's house. Anyway, I would imagine that a lot of my posts in the future will be about trying to run a small business in the state of Oregon.