Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas to All

Not Happy Holidays, Happy Quanza, or any other politically correct reason for all of the hoopla & festivities. It's CHRISTMAS!

I truely hope that you and yours have a wonderful time and get a chance to bless someone this year.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Blogging Break

I'm taking a break for a while. I've got a lot of work ahead of me, the election is over, and the holidays are coming. I will be back sometime after the first of the year.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Oops, got that wrong.

What a shocking loss. Depressing even. It is going to be interesting to see how this sorts out. I guess the base deserted the party. Or maybe the elected Republicans deserted the base.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Dems will take neither house on tuesday

My Election Predictions are this. The Democrats will make gains on Tuesday, but will fail to gain control in either house. I've read most of the national polls, and looked at a lot of the polls in the local elections. One common thread is that almost
every one of them polled 5-10% heavy on the democrat side. This willskue the polls. The polls have been wrong on every election I can remember of late.

My second prediction is this: If they do fail to take the House and
Senate, get ready for vote challenges and lawsuits everywhere. TheMSM has been proclaiming the dems the victors for weeks, and when they loose, they will naturally think that it was stolen.

I really believe this will be a real ugly one.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The new Blogger Beta

I love this. I've been building a new personal blog (not public yet) with Google's new version of Blogger called Blogger in Beta. I've checked out other services like TypePad, but I like the simplicity and ease of use of blogger. I always wanted some other features like topics, and now Blogger has it. what's really cool though is the page elements tab in the template section. Just clik and drag the widget you want to add and it will add it. Building your side bar is easy also. Choose the widget called "list of links," drag it to the location you want it and voila. You can name it, for example "Conservative Oregon Blogs " and use a wizard to add each link, choose how you want it ordered and you have your blog roll. It's really cool, check it out.

As you may have noticed, my link list isn't up yet. When you migrate your blog, any thing manually coaded in to your blog doesn't migrate, so save a copy of your old template, so you can add page elements containing your links and buttons(Orblogs, sitemeters etc.) later. I will do so tomarrow.

Shame on the owner of the Columbia Village Apartments in Fairview

So I'm watching KOIN 6 news tonight and for the second day in a row they are running a story about the Columbia Village Apartments in Fairview, owned by Brett Lawrance. The roof callapsed and has six low income families living literally with no roof. Water is pooring in through light fixtures (still turned on), standing water on the floors, couches and beds soaking wet. They showed a toddler splashing in the water on the carpet.

Now being involved in construction I fully understand weather related catastrophies, maybe not the roofer's (it looks like there is no framing to put a roof on), but the report says that the owner has not responded to phone calls from the tenants or the news crews. For two days - nothing.

Sunday is the 5th, most landlords consider the rent late by then, I bet he'll swing by wondering were the money is.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My Thoughts on the Kerry flap

I'm not going to go through the whole series of events, it's been blogged well by HughHewitt, Instapundit, and many others. I just want to make a few observations.

1) John Kerry did infer a lack of education or smarts on the part of our soldiers. No debate, it's a fact. Here's the comment.
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and do your homework, and make an effort to be smart, uh, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
That was no mangled joke. It was a candid moment. He grew up privileged in an era were the comment was true. Remember that he only joined the Navy after it became clear that he was not going to get another education deference from the draft.

2) It is important. Here's a little background on why it matters. It is a great example of how many people from his party think about the military. Remember Jack Murtha.

3) It shows us that we really did make the correct choice in 2004. In his first explanation, he claimed that he was trying to make a joke about The President. Well if you are going to talk about education, let's be honest. President Bush got better grades at Yale than Senator Kerry. He then went on to get an MBA at Harvard Business School - no easy feat. And probably more telling, He beat you in 2004 didn't he Senator.

4) While we're on the subject of smarts, you would think that someone as smart as Mr. Kerry holds himself out to be, and the most recent Presidential Nominee representing your party, trying to run the table in an election next week, would be smart enough not to give the Republicans anything to remind the voters of the type of people who would be in charge of the House and Senate if they win. The republicans main message is "no matter what the problem, Palossi, Reid, Kerry & Hillary can not be the answer. The recent condescending arrogance from Kerry is a great reminder of this.

The only question I have is "how can somebody with his head so far up his butt get his foot in his mouth so often?"

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Crash at Hillsborro Airshow

KOIN News 6 just reported that, about an hour ago, a privately owned British Hawker Hunter WWII era plane crashed into 1 home leaving 3 houses on fire.

KGW story here
Seattle Times story here
ABC News Story here

Blogging the War in the Middle east

Mover Mike is doing a good job blogging the current Isreal conflict

Supreme Court reverses more 9th Circuit cases than any other circut

SCOTUS reversed more than twice as many cases from the 9th Circuit than from any other federal appellate court - 83%. It reversed or vacated 100% t of the time when it issued rulings in cases that arose from the 1st (1 case), 3rd (3 cases), 7th (3 cases), D.C. (2 cases) and Federal Circuits (3 cases). They heard 18 from the ninth, reversing or vacating 15.

48 decided cases from circuit courts, 18 of them were from the 9th Circuit. Doesn't that just make you proud?

found via SCOTUSblog, which I found via an article by Howard J. Bashman at Law.com.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Is the supreme Court now conservative or liberal?

Georgetown University Supreme Court Institute has an exhaustive summary (pdf) of the latest term of The Supreme Court of the United States.

There are two indicators that I looked at in the summary to see which way the court leaned.
1) If one assumes that Chief Justice Roberts is a tad more conservative than Chief justice Renquist was, then you could argue that the court slid slightly to the right. Roberts voted in the majority 92.4% of the time in the 2005 term in crontrast to Renquist being in the majority only 78.3% in the 2004 term.
2) Justice Kennedy - the new swing vote, and arguably more reliably conservative than O'Connor - voted in the majority 88.4% time in 2005 compared to 85% in 2004. Definitely a good indication.
I highly recomend that everyone download this document. It has break downs by case, and many many other bits of valuable information.

I found this info via SCOTUSblog.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Another county I-tax in Oregon

Lane County wants an income tax on business and personal income, but at least they are smart enough to refer it to the voters.

Story here.

Vice President Cheney to Valerie Plame - "bring it on"

So, today Valerie plame "sued Vice President Dick Cheney, his former top aide Scooter Libby and presidential adviser Karl Rove on Thursday, accusing them and other White House officials of conspiring to destroy her career."

You gotta know that Vice President Cheney and Karl Rove are just dying to have this battle. I don't really think it's smart to go into court just to be told just how many different ways the public or the press could have known who she was, and were she worked.
"Mrs. Plame, Isn't it true that you drove your own car to Langely every day?
"...And isn't it true that secret agents never do that?"

"Mrs. Plane, Isn't it true that your husband said in his own bio that he was married to a CIA agent?"

"Did you ever go out in public with your husband? Did he ever try to hide were he lived? Do you share a residence with him?"

"and didn't he list you as his wife in Who's Who in America?

"Oh, by the way Mrs. Plame, how long exactly had it been since you had been undercover?"

"Your Honor, I'm through with this witness."
I really don't think that she really wants to go into court and make all of the details of her life, career, and that of her political hack husband's a matter of public record.

Should ballot measure initiatives be funded with out of state money?

An interesting article yesterday in the Statesman Journal titled "Handful of people bankrolls state measures" points out how much money comes from out of state to fund in state ballot measures.

I've long felt that the size of contributions to candidates should be unlimited, but there should be instant and full disclosure, and no contributions to in state candidates can come from outside the state, or maybe even more strict, no money can come from outside of the candidates district.

But then that leads to a couple of other issues. 1) How do you deal with interest groups, and 2) how do you address the funding of ballot measures?

What about people like Loren Parks. He lived in the state of Oregon for many years, made his money here, but for the last few years has lived in Nevada. I'm sure that he still has businesses here, owns property here, and still has many ties to Oregon, so shouldn't he still be able to be active in Oregon politics.

Then there are nationally run companies, headquartered somewhere else in the United States that could be effected by a candidate's policies, or by a ballot initiative passing or failing. For example, wouldn't you expect that all three big auto makers to weigh in on issues relating to auto related transportation? What about cell phone companies fighting cell phone taxes.

These questions would then extend to political Action Committees and other interest groups. Wouldn't one expect the NRA to make it's voice heard if a governmental body in Oregon were to try to ban hand guns within it's jurisdiction?

What sounds like a simple solution gets muddy and complicated real fast.

I found this via Mike Caudle's blog in a post titled "New Conservative Coalition in Oregon Has Abramoff Ties"

Monday, June 19, 2006

Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines shows her true colors, and they are NOT red, white & blue

"I don't see why people care about patriotism."

Again in England, in an interview in the Telegraph.
"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."

Gwen Ifill cites "excessive security" as she derided President Bush's trip to Baghdad

She had no legitimate gripe about the trip. No commentary on what he had to say. Only a snide comment about Â?excessive securityÂ? for the trip.
"I know it was a, you're flying into a war zone so these precautions are necessary. But I wonder to what degree anybody in the White House thought maybe it might undermine our point if we have to take such excessive security precautions in order to go claim victory or whatever it was the President was trying to accomplish?"
Gwen, It is a war zone. He has never said that we won, only that we're winning.

found via Orbusmax.
story at Newsbusters.org.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Gay Pride On Father's Day?

I'm no fan of gay pride events, but I pretty much don't care. Live and let live. But man, do you have to do it on Fathers Day? For the most part, you get to have your events and demonstrations, can't families have a day to honor things and people important to them, without someone trying to crapping all over it. Bet they made their fathers proud.

Happy Father's day

Happy Father's Day to my Dad and my Stepdad. Both of you are truely loved and appreciated.
Today we will get the whole family together and burn some meat. I'm looking foward to spending time with my daughters.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Vic Atiyeh - Debunking Oregon Myths

I was wondering aimlessly through channels today and came across the latest installment of Washington County Public Affairs Forum and I see Governor Vic Atiyeh giving a speech titled Debunking Oregon Myths. It was interesting hearing him talk about many of the pivotal events in Oregon's recent history, and how many of the predictions about the results have come true. He was very classy in his critiques, and they went to both the left and the right.

Go get the mp3.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Oregon congressional delegation voted NOT to support the war on terror

But you knew that. I wouldn't expect it any other way. The vote was for H RES 861 (16-Jun-2006, 11:17 AM) Declaring that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary.

Yes - Walden
No - Blumenauer, DeFazio, Hooley & Wu

Here's the roll call

Republican - yes = 214 , no = 3, present = 2, not voting = 12
Democratic - yes = 42, no = 149, present = 3, not voting = 7
Independent - no = 1
TOTALS - yes = 256 , no = 153, present = 5, not voting = 19

It amazes me how this could not be supported. It is a simple resolution, and doesn't carry the weight of law.

I've reprinted the text in its entirety below. (copied from the Library of Congress)

109th CONGRESS
2d Session

H. RES. 861

Declaring that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 12, 2006

Mr. HYDE submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


RESOLUTION

Declaring that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary.

Whereas the United States and its allies are engaged in a Global War on Terror, a long and demanding struggle against an adversary that is driven by hatred of American values and that is committed to imposing, by the use of terror, its repressive ideology throughout the world;

Whereas for the past two decades, terrorists have used violence in a futile attempt to intimidate the United States;

Whereas it is essential to the security of the American people and to world security that the United States, together with its allies, take the battle to the terrorists and to those who provide them assistance;

Whereas the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and other terrorists failed to stop free elections in Afghanistan and the first popularly-elected President in that nation's history has taken office;

Whereas the continued determination of Afghanistan, the United States, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will be required to sustain a sovereign, free, and secure Afghanistan;

Whereas the steadfast resolve of the United States and its partners since September 11, 2001, helped persuade the government of Libya to surrender its weapons of mass destruction;

Whereas by early 2003 Saddam Hussein and his criminal, Ba'athist regime in Iraq, which had supported terrorists, constituted a threat against global peace and security and was in violation of mandatory United Nations Security Council Resolutions;

Whereas the mission of the United States and its Coalition partners, having removed Saddam Hussein and his regime from power, is to establish a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq at peace with its neighbors;

Whereas the terrorists have declared Iraq to be the central front in their war against all who oppose their ideology;

Whereas the Iraqi people, with the help of the United States and other Coalition partners, have formed a permanent, representative government under a newly ratified constitution;

Whereas the terrorists seek to destroy the new unity government because it threatens the terrorists' aspirations for Iraq and the broader Middle East;

Whereas United States Armed Forces, in coordination with Iraqi security forces and Coalition and other friendly forces, have scored impressive victories in Iraq including finding and killing the terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi;

Whereas Iraqi security forces are, over time, taking over from United States and Coalition forces a growing proportion of independent operations and increasingly lead the fight to secure Iraq;

Whereas the United States and Coalition servicemembers and civilians and the members of the Iraqi security forces and those assisting them who have made the ultimate sacrifice or been wounded in Iraq have done so nobly, in the cause of freedom; and

Whereas the United States and its Coalition partners will continue to support Iraq as part of the Global War on Terror: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
      (1) honors all those Americans who have taken an active part in the Global War on Terror, whether as first responders protecting the homeland, as servicemembers overseas, as diplomats and intelligence officers, or in other roles;
      (2) honors the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces and of partners in the Coalition, and of the Iraqis and Afghans who fight alongside them, especially those who have fallen or been wounded in the struggle, and honors as well the sacrifices of their families and of others who risk their lives to help defend freedom;
      (3) declares that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq;
      (4) declares that the United States is committed to the completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq;
      (5) congratulates Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and the Iraqi people on the courage they have shown by participating, in increasing millions, in the elections of 2005 and on the formation of the first government under Iraq's new constitution;
      (6) calls upon the nations of the world to promote global peace and security by standing with the United States and other Coalition partners to support the efforts of the Iraqi and Afghan people to live in freedom; and
      (7) declares that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the noble struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary.

Bye Bye Foxworth

Really, it's the only thing you could expect Mayor Potter to do. They had to come out saying that their investigation revealed no wrongdoing. Did you really think that, while facing a lawsuit, they would come out saying "he did it"? I would be willing to bet that after the lawsuit dust clears, Foxworth will "decide" to retire.

Monday, June 12, 2006

A response to gabe's question at landgazing - Hispanics in our culture: Should we feel ashamed?

Gabe at landgazing asked (after an all to common home remodel experience) a thoughtful and interesting question about Hispanics doing our labor jobs.

As a house painter and someone who is married to a Hispanic woman, I might be able to give a little insight. While trying to avoid the obvious political hot buttons, my response is this:

1) No you shouldn't feel as though you are "subjugating" them. They are here willingly, working for an agreed upon wage, whatever that may be. You might be surprised at the hourly pay they are actually receiving.

2) If they are second or third generation immigrants, then you are correct, they have had many opportunities afforded them, and the job they are doing is largely their decision. If they are relatively new arrivals, then they are happy (I am not saying satisfied) with their position in life, as it is much better than in Mexico. Also, they tend to enjoy manual labor type jobs - many take pride in quality workmanship. Most of my wife's brothers and cousins are self employed contractors of various trades in Texas. They do this type of work by choice, as all of them are high school grads, and some of them went to college.

3) Keep in mind that they are not doing jobs that Americans won't do, they are doing them for wages most Americans won't accept.

4) You said:
"When I looked at them, they didn't even smile. I myself tried to smile and nod warmly, yet one just gave me an obligatory acknowledgment and went on with his work."
This is most likely because they didn't speak English, and they felt inferior. My wife says that many Hispanics (coming from a very friendly and outgoing culture) will avoid contact with "gringos" because they speak poor English. They also may not want to do anything other than exactly what the boss said to do.

Finally, Maybe the only thing you (and most Americans these days) need to feel a little guilty about is that you didn't specify that you wanted all Americans (legal immigrants or citizens - Hispanic or otherwise) working on your house. This would require that you were willing to pay more, probably a lot more for the job. I routinely lose jobs to painters who under bid me by sometimes half, and low and behold, when I see them doing the job, it's a bunch of Mexicans doing the work, with "gringo contractor" nowhere to be found.

It seems to me that we as a society need to decide what our priorities are. We shop at big box stores for the convenience and the price, but complain about the societal affects that they have. We complain about high gas prices, pollution, and dependence on "foreign oil", but our SUV's, pick-up trucks and" beemers" all have V8's getting bad mileage. Similarly we want our home improvements done cheap, quickly, and with decent quality, but then there isn't enough money to pay the laborers a "living wage."

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Naked Cycling in Portland Last Night.

I Found this at Metrobloggong Portland.

The Bike Portland story and PICTORIAL here.

So I wonder.....
1) Did they have a parade permit?
2) If so, then did they actually say that it was going to be a Naked ride?
3) What city official or employee actually approved the permit?
4) If no permit, then were there any attempts to stop or interrupt the festivities.
5) and finally.... Shouldn't this type of thing fall under all of the public decency standards that the rest of us have to live by?
What a place we live.

There Is No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue

NPR's All Things Considered has an essay column called This I Believe. Denver restaurant critic Jason Sheehan has an essay titled There Is No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue. Pretty much sums up everything good about barbecue.

Summarry :
"I believe -- I know -- there is no such thing as too much barbecue. Good, bad or in-between, old-fashioned pit-smoked or high-tech and modern; it doesn't matter. Existing without gimmickry, without the infernal swindles and capering of so much of contemporary cuisine, barbecue is truth; it is history and home, and the only thing I don't believe is that I'll ever get enough."

I found this via Anthony St. Clair's blog AntSaint.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Hugh Hewitt is wrong about Joel Achenbach

The popular Washington Post blogger Joel Achennach wrote this on Thursday morning after the news of Zarqawi's death.

Hugh Hewitt blogged a critique of the column here. Then he talked about it on his radio show. He asserted that Mr. Achennach tried to draw a moral equivalence between Zarqawi and the American Pilot who dropped the bombs. Hugh read the post several times. He had several guests (Christopher Hitchens, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson) on the show who responded negatively, and James Lileks who defended the post.

Being at work, I was not able to read the full post for myself, I could only rely on the radio show for my judgment, and I tended to agree with Hugh's assessment. When I got home I read the entire Achennach post, all of Hugh's posts, and read Radioblogger's transcripts of the day. I still agreed with the assessment.

Then yesterday, Hugh had Joel Achennach an the air for an interview. I've got to say, when I heard the author read the paragraph in question, I had a different take on the meaning. Throughout the interview, Mr. Auchenbach was defensive, and apprehensive, and Hugh took advantage of it.

ScratchingPost has a great blog on the interview.

My take is this: Mr. Auchenbach meant nothing negative about our soldiers and was not trying to draw a moral equivalence between terrorists and our pilots. He does however lean a tad left, but most of his audience leans even harder left and saying what Hugh wanted to say would cause a fire storm of criticism. Also, I think that being a thoughtful lefty, and a patriotic American, Mr. Auchenbach would have a hard time making the simplistic broad statements that Hugh wanted him to make without a lot of necessary explanation and qualifications.

I think Hugh could have found a better example of bias to pick on.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Oregon Conservatives Shoot Themselves in The Foot Again.

This is probably not good for Saxton. The Constitution Party Of Oregon has probably nominated Mary Starret Today. Dead fish Rapper Story here. Victoria Taft blogged it here.

I am getting so tired of conservatives in this state wanting all or nothing. "If the party nominee doesn't agree with my ONLY issue, then I'll take my ball and go home". Let's get a Republican Governor elected, no matter how moderate, get some control over state agencies and spending, and go from there. Mary Starret, if elected, could not do a darned thing about abortion that Ron Saxton hasn't already said that he would do.

I want abortion abolished too, but if Roe v. Wade was overturned tomorrow, it would still be legal in Oregon, as it was before the ruling. The next step would be to put a measure on the ballot (you know that the RHINO's in Salem won't touch it). How do you think that will go over.

We can win this election, and eventually this issue, if we stop being so selfish and think about ALL that is at stake.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Letter To Jason Atkinson

I was going to vote for Senator Jason Atkinson in the recent primary election, but instead, I reluctantly voted for Ron Saxton.

Jason represented everything that I want in a governor, with the exception of supporting the President's position on amnesty. I would have voted for him anyways, if he would have risen to the challenge of debating it with Lars Larson. Lars would have disagreed with him but probably would have supported him in the end.

We have had too many governors and other public officials that have shied away from public accountability and reasonable confrontation by their constituents. Lars represents the single largest platform in the state to not only get your message out, but for the constituents to talk with and question their elected officials. Today was a perfect example with Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams. Lars disagrees with him on almost everything, but because he is willing to answer tough questions, he gets fair and civil treatment on the show.

I truly hope that Jason runs again, and assuming that he learns from this experience, I believe he will win.

The following is a copy of an email that I sent to Senator Atkinson this evening.

Dear Senator Atkinson,

I was flipping through stations this evening and saw you on "Answers For A Thirsty World" originally broadcast on 5/11/06. I have to say I am very impressed. I really like how you truly believe in your convictions, and your belief in servant leadership.

I supported you until that fateful day on Lar's show. I would still have voted for you, even with your response to the illegal immigration questions. The reason I did not was that you did not want to stand for your position. Lars can be tough, but he is fair. I can't stand the thought of another Governor that will not answer tough questions, and be accountable for their decisions. Lars has even said that he may not have pulled his support for you based on that one position, but your lack of willingness to debate it, and "face the fire" so to speak is why he made that decision.. I have to agree. I think that if you had participated in the rest of the "round table" events, and spoke from your heart like I saw you do tonight, you would have won. I did not know half of the things about you that I heard tonight.

Lars has a huge audience, but I would venture to say that very few of his listeners agree with everything he says. What we agree with are his core principles, and his insistence on accountability from public leadership.

I really hope you run next time, and I will support you if you are willing to "face the fire".

Sincerely,

Gary Carpenter

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Fun Stuff About Jack Bauer

I'm a huge 24 fan. I had heard some of these on Rush's show probably about a year ago, but Hugh Hewitt mentioned it on his show yesterday, and blogged it here.

From the Reformissionary (some were posted in the comments)

* Jack Bauer's calendar goes from March 31st to April 2nd; no one fools Jack Bauer.

* If everyone on 24 followed Jack's instructions, it would be called 12.

* If you wake up in the morning, it's because Jack Bauer spared your life.

* Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.

* There have been no terrorist attacks in the United States since Jack Bauer appeared on television.

* When someone asks Jack Bauer how his day is going, Jack replies, "Previously on 24..."

* Jack Bauer doesn't speak any foreign languages, but he can make any foreigner speak English in a matter of minutes.

* When Google doesn't know the answer, it asks Jack Bauer for help.

* When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists. Jack Bauer hates lemonade.

* If you’re holding a gun to Jack Bauer’s head, don’t count to three before you shoot. Count to 10. That way, you get to live 7 seconds longer.

* Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer.

* Jack Bauer is the leading cause of death in Middle Eastern men.

* My parents told my little brother and I that Jack Bauer was "just a television character". We are now orphans.

* When Jack Bauer and Chuck Norris met for the first time, they didn't shake hands. They fought to the death. Jack Bauer won.

* Jack Bauer removed the "Escape" button from his keyboard. Jack Bauer never needs to escape.

* Jack Bauer makes onions cry.

* Superman's only weakness is Kryptonite. Jack Bauer laughs at Superman for having a weakness.

* Jack Bauer has been to Mars. Thats why there's no life on Mars.

* After running out of ammo, Jack stood in the line of fire, took 3 shots to the chest, and used them to reload.

* Jack Bauer got Helen Keller to talk.

* If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he'd shoot Nina twice.

* Kim Bauer was an accident. Not even the pill can stop Jack Bauer.

* Jack Bauer isn't tough as nails, nails are as tough as jack bauer.

* If it looks like chicken, smells like chicken and tastes like chicken, but Jack Bauer says it's beef, it's freakin' beef.

* Killing Jack Bauer doesn't make him dead, it just makes him angry.

* You're only conscious because Jack Bauer doesn't want to carry you.

* When Kim Bauer lost her virginity, Jack Bauer found it and put it back.

* Jack Bauer won a game of Connect Four in three moves.

From Bill Streger:

* When Jack Bauer was a child, he made his mother finish his vegetables.

* When the boogie man goes to sleep, he checks his closet for Jack Bauer.

* Jack Bauer once called the Vice President "Mr. President", but realized his mistake and shot the President. Jack Bauer is never wrong.

* During the commercials, Jack Bauer calls the CSI detectives and solves their crimes.

* Jack Bauer can get McDonald's breakfast after 10:30.

Theological Jack Bauer Facts from The A-Team Blog (A little understanding of Bible history helps here.)

* Jack Bauer believes in Divine Election because he understands what it means to control everything.

* Jack Bauer is a Complimentarian- everyone submits to him.

* Jack Bauer once questioned the authenticity of the Bible, so he brought the authors back to life and tortured them until he was convinced they were telling the truth.

* Jesus will return when Jack Bauer dies. The problem is that he keeps coming back to life.

* Jack Bauer knows whether the earth is “young” or “old,” but no one’s successfully tortured it out of him.

* For Jack Bauer, confrontation is the only form of evangelism.

* 1/3 of the angels fell when Jack Bauer kicked them out of heaven for not telling him who they worked for.

* Jack Bauer is proof of Intelligent Design.

* Luckily, the Egyptians gave in after the 10th plague because number 11 was going to be Jack Bauer.

* The 10 spies gave a bad report because they saw Jack Bauer.

* Jack Bauer is his own accountability partner and community.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Former Democratic State Legislator Al Young Commits Tax Evasion - Twice!

You'd think that if you were in favor of higher taxes, you wouldn't try to evade the ones you already owe.
Oregonian story here.
NW Republican blogged it here.

Friday, March 24, 2006

President Bush is second only to President Jefferson

Russell Roberts at Cafe Hayek has linked this in the USA Today.
"WASHINGTON — President Bush Thursday becomes the longest-sitting president since Thomas Jefferson not to exercise his veto, surpassing James Monroe."

Here's the mony quote from the article:
Bush said Tuesday that the veto threat has helped him reduce the rate of domestic spending: "One reason why I haven't vetoed any appropriation bills is because they met the benchmarks we've set."

Does he really wonder why he has lost the base and his ratings are in the tank?

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halts logging in forest area scorched by wildfire - AGAIN!

Attaboys to Jason Atkinson

In a blog post at Delta Mike Charlie, DunnerMeister has a neat personal story about Jason Atkinson. He also points out that the candidate for Oregon Governor was profiled in WorldNetDaily
found through UpperLeftCoast

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Great Joke about Athiests here.

What part of ILLEGAL immigration is so hard to understand?

Over at Blue Oregon Anne Martins has a post called Brown Is The New Black.

In one paragraph she manages to denigrate Jim Ludwick of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, Rep. Linda Flores, KPAM talker Victoria Taft, Kevin Mannix, Ron Saxton, and indirectly Lars Larson.

The funny thing is that all of her facts regarding immigrants and relevant state policies are true, accept that conservatives are talking about ILLEGAL immigration. You know, the kind that is AGAINST THE LAW.

She even states " it is already required by law that you be a citizen to be eligible for state services." But our beef with the State and Feds is that they are not enforcing the law.

I don't know of a single person who cares about this issue that is racist. (my wife is third generation American, from Mexico, and my three stepsons are all 100% of Mexican descent)

Be Perfect, Or Be A Liberal?

Interesting post at Daniel's Political Musings - read the comments. It seems that some feel that one must be perfect to hold a conservative political point of view. I'm thinking that having a few failures (or in my case, quite a few) in youre past, and learning from them gives you a perspective on life that one can not argue with.

My pastor always says that "someone with experience is never at the mercy of someone with an argument."

Keep up the good work Daniel, and knowing this about you makes me appreciate your writing even more.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New Orleans Mayor to Allow Residents to Rebuild in All Parts of City

How stupid can you be. You build a city surrounded by water, below sea level, and it floods just like we knew it would someday. Now we have an opportunity to rebuild more carefully and smarter, but Mayor Nagin can't display some leadership and make tough decisions. If they rebuild the lowest areas, and it floods again, then they should be on their own next time.