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The President must appoint more good, loyal people – or swamp creatures will triumph

Scot Faulkner

 

President Trump made draining Washington’s Swamp the centerpiece of his Presidency. The swamp is winning. Its RINOgators are on the verge of destroying the Trump Presidency.

Trump’s Executive Branch is now running on empty. His appointment process is the slowest since Jimmy Carter in 1977. He recently defended his depleted ranks of loyalists, “we don’t need all of the people. You know, it’s called cost saving.” Continue reading

UN climate cataclysm predictions have no basis in fact and should not be taken seriously

Dr. Tim Ball

Tom Harris

Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris

Throughout the United Nations Climate Change Conference wrapping up in Bonn, Germany this week, the world has been inundated with the usual avalanche of manmade global warming alarmism. The UN expects us to believe that extreme weather, shrinking sea ice, and sea level rise will soon become much worse if we do not quickly phase out our use of fossil fuels that provide over 80% of the world’s energy. Continue reading

Michelle Jamshidi

Historical breakthrough changes occur when innovators seek cures for societal problems

James E. Smith, PhD

We have become a society steeped in the habit of identifying the symptoms of a problem and then committing our personal and fiscal resources to managing those symptoms. Only rarely do we take the time to recognize and then eliminate the origin of those problems. We often see this in the medical industry, where managing symptoms takes immediacy over seeking a problem’s cure, while hoping that the original malady will not get worse and our natural healing process will fix the problem.

We also see the process in how we as a society approach everyday challenges, in our lifestyles and workplaces. While our primary goal should always be to identify and fix the sources of our problems, the reality is that some problems are beyond the scope of current capabilities, and providing comfort may be a best second choice. Continue reading

“Timberline” by Nancy Tingley

“Wildflower Fusing” by Kathy Kollenburn

Painting and drawing have always interested versatile artist Nancy Tingley of Portland. A college graduate in the fine arts, Tingley is one of the nearly 40 artisans selected to participate in this year’s 38th annual Larch Mountain Artists’ Heart of the Country Art Show and Sale.

Tingley has broad experience in combining oil or acrylics on a variety of surfaces. She expertly chooses each medium and surface to best fit her finished piece. Always challenging herself to explore, wood, metal, canvas, paper, and even walls have become her canvas. Continue reading

Once upon a time, before the ribbon was cut on the internet’s information highway, there was this thing called hobbies. Hobbies were activities focused on something an individual enjoyed, and wanted to spend a portion of his or her spare time pursuing. Unlike the cerebral tech knowledge required to engage in web surfing and obsessive social media interaction, hobbies revolved around old school skills like patience (to seek and find that special stamp or coin to complete a themed collection), manual dexterity (the ability to fit that movable wing flap on a model of the plane the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk), and stamina (a stitch in time saves nine when sewing a scarf for a special gift). Continue reading

“Bein’ Green” (also known as “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green”) is a popular song written by Joe Raposo, originally performed by Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog on both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

In the Muppets version, Kermit begins by lamenting his green coloration, expressing that green “blends in with so many ordinary things” and wishing to be some other color. But by the end of the song, Kermit recalls positive associations with the color green, and concludes by accepting and embracing his greenness. Continue reading

Cycles, vicious cycles. I know we all struggle with this. There’s something you want to change about yourself. You plan, prepare, strategize, have the proper motivation and then…well, you take action and like the famous Nike slogan, “you just do it!” Changes can be anything from losing weight, to reading more books vs. watching TV, starting college, making new friends, starting a business, I think you get the picture. Continue reading

Indeed we are. Logic has flown out the window, along with reason. The farther we get from the creation of this great nation, the farther the populace seems to get from God. We seem to have forgotten the morals and foundation of our ancestors who created the best civilization in this world’s history, Western Civilization. People seem to take pleasure in cursing those of us who do not ignore that voice inside our heads and feeling in our hearts. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Although people who read The Oregonian might believe differently, conservation efforts over the last few decades have greatly benefited the iconic symbol of the far north: polar bears. Their numbers have increased dramatically since the signing of an international agreement in 1973 to eliminate commercial and sport hunting. The uncontrolled slaughter of these magnificent animals and many other marine mammals has led to a great resurgence. Canadian biologist Dr. Susan Crockford estimates that polar bears now number about 30,000. They are well distributed across all of their 19 Arctic habitats. Such a wide distribution is further evidence of a healthy population. Continue reading

Portland Public Schools is redrawing the boundaries of more than a dozen schools and reassigning 5,000 students, ten percent of its enrollment. According to The Oregonian: “To make sure no school ends up understaffed or overcrowded, students must be shuffled.”

In government-run school districts, kids are cards in a deck. The bureaucracy gets to deal, assigning students to school buildings based on their residences. And even when parents exercise choice by moving into a neighborhood, gaining access to special school-based programs, or enrolling in charter schools located in underused facilities, the district retains the right to shuffle and deal over. Continue reading

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