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.