The Northwest Connection

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Karen Hardin

Lord, protect our religious freedoms in this nation that we still have. Please heal our land.

A stunning picture emerged last weekend as every player of the NBA’s Oklahoma Thunder and their opponents Utah Jazz bowed their knee to Marxism in an anti-patriotic demonstration of solidarity against America. Yahoo Sports stated the players “have largely knelt to protest police brutality and racial injustice” citing the BLM connection to Marxism “a conspiracy theory.”

The problem with that coverup is that the BLM founders have proudly made that connection themselves.

In an interview with The Real News, Patrisse Cullors, who is credited as the co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM), confirmed “the movement was conceived by ‘trained Marxists’ pushing an agenda of Communist Revolution.” Cullors stated, “We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and BLM co-founder, Alicia Garza, in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists.”

But Marxism is not the only political ideology using African Americans for their own agenda. Islam has also proudly made that claim as well as they work to manipulate the black community for their own purpose.

Author and lecturer Avi Lipkin links the destruction of historic American monuments to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is a group connected to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Black Lives Matter. Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

On July 24th, the New York Times ran a 2,300-word piece describing the challenges owners of vacation homes have faced in converting their second homes into their primary residences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Challenges included the inability to get a Starbucks vanilla latte or find a bagel shop.

Readers overwhelming responded: “Read the room, New York Times!”

With millions out of work and struggling to pay the bills, it’s hard to sympathize with a vacation homeowner struggling to find a place in her second home to put a pencil holder and paper tray she bought in Florence, Italy.

Closer to home, our elected leaders can’t read the room either. Sitting safely in their home offices, collecting steady paychecks, and venturing out for a photo op at a protest, they continue to push ever higher taxes on their struggling constituents.

Less than five months after sending two new income taxes to the voters, Metro is now charging full speed ahead on a payroll tax to pay for the unneeded Southwest Corridor light rail project from Portland to Bridgeport Village. The project anticipates tearing up Barbur Boulevard and adding congestion to dozens of intersections and highway ramps. Making way for light rail will require the destruction of at least 78 residential dwellings, and as many as 293. In addition, as many as 156 businesses will be forced out, displacing up to 1,990 employees. Continue reading

Helen Maguire

Chaim Weizmann presents Truman with a Torah scroll. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Improbable, if not impossible. How could a people who’d been scattered for two millennia reestablish a homeland on their ancient soil?

Against all odds, an irresistible desire to return grew in courageous Jewish men and women who set out to rebuild their decimated homeland.

A few weeks into his fourth term, Franklin D. Roosevelt died, and Harry S. Truman became president. For America generally, and certainly for the Jewish people, he was the right man at the right time.

Enter one of the strange stories of history. President Truman had served as an artillery captain in World War I, and one of the members of his battalion was a Jewish man named of Eddie Jacobson. After the war, the two of them went into an unlikely partnership and opened a haberdashery store in Kansas City. The store went bankrupt after three years, but Truman and Jacobson remained loyal friends.

In the aftermath of the war, The situation in the middle east had become untenable. The Jewish world wanted 100,000 Holocaust survivors to be allowed in, but the British foreign minister, Ernest Bevin, refused. President Truman put pressure on England, but Bevin refused. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

During our late July heat wave, I was talking with a man who was sweltering, because Portland General Electric had turned off his air conditioner as part of a program to shed load during periods of peak demand for electricity. He was being paid $50 for his trouble. That may sound like a good deal for everyone, except other ratepayers. They end up footing the bill for PGE’s lack of ability to provide electricity when it is most needed. And customers who sign up for the program may suffer from heat stroke. 1100 people died in Toronto, Ontario Canada during the very hot July of 1936, before air conditioning was widely available. “It was like we were living in a furnace,” one man said.

On very hot days, Portland General Electric is faced with two problems simultaneously. Demand for electricity soars and their ability to generate it falls away dramatically. Something has to be dreadfully wrong for that to occur. But the explanation is simple.

PGE has fallen for the renewable energy scam. They have constructed vast wind farms with enormous nameplate capabilities. The chart included here shows that the Pacific Northwest region managed by the Bonneville Power Administration has more than 2,000 megawatts of wind power available when the wind is blowing. That is twice what our one nuclear power plant in Washington State provides. But the nuclear plant is close to 100% reliable, while the wind is close to 100% unreliable when most needed.

Look at what happens when the weather gets hot. Wind disappears as a high pressure weather system settles over the region, producing our hottest weather during the summer and coldest weather during the winter. These are the weather conditions when we most need electricity and when wind cannot deliver it. Our hydro is expected to take up the slack, but can barely do so. Consequently, PGE is building natural gas-fired thermal power plants to backup wind. They start quickly but are so inefficient that they use more natural gas than would a stand alone high efficiency gas turbine plant run continuously. Continue reading

Dan Bosserman, The Northwest Connection

“Peaceful Vistas” mural and local artist Roger Cooke will be honored August 8.

The Sandy Arts Commission will host a small celebration of the restoration of Roger Cooke’s mural “Peaceful Vistas” on Saturday, August 8, at 10:00 a.m.

The event will be held in the parking lot across the street from the mural, at the corner of 17450 SE Meinig Avenue and Pioneer Blvd. Plenty of space will be provided for distancing, both in the lot and on Meinig Avenue.

“We will be unveiling a commemorative plaque honoring the artist and last summer’s restoration,” said Arts Commission Chair Becky Hawley. “Much of the original paint had been lost. The entire mural was repainted, except for the artist’s signature, which was left untouched.”

The lead artists, Pamela Smithsted and Becky Hawley, chose to create a community project by including other local artists in the painting process. Arts Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Mask mania has swept the United States, with some surveys admitting that perhaps 95% of Americans are wearing them, under the entirely illusory belief that the masks are doing them some good.

Unfortunately, no scientific study has demonstrated that masks do any good at all in terms of protecting people from COVID-19. Some mask wearers may feel a little better, because they may feel like they have some protection even though in reality they have none.

Governors and mayors, caught up in the mindless frenzy, are imposing fines on constituents who go au naturale. Houston’s mayor will issue $250 fines, after a single warning, for those caught without a face covering. Miami issues $100 citations for a first and second offense, followed by an arrest on the third offense. Broward County fines violators $1000 a day, and continued malfeasance can put someone behind bars for 60 days.

There might be some slight justification for these draconian measures if masks worked. But they don’t.

The N95 masks, about which there was so much frenzy a couple of months ago, filter stuff that comes in but filter nothing going out since they are designed for contaminated environments. So if you’re in Walmart and somebody comes cruising in wearing an N95 mask, you have no protection at all from him. He may think he’s protecting you, but he’s not. You may think he’s protecting you, but he’s not. Continue reading

Corey Stark, Executive Director of Northwest Giving Hope Ministries

Keynote speakers Corey Stark and Kwabla Torsu partner together to address community concerns

Prepare to be saddened, and alarmed.

Every day, right here in the Portland Metro area, trafficked children are being horrendously abused. Together with the committed people in his organization, Northwest Giving Hope Ministries Executive Director Corey Stark is bound and determined to do something about it.

“The reality is, anyone can buy a child within an hour if they have the right connections,” says Stark. “It’s just a matter of pulling out a cell phone.”

The Multnomah County Sex Trafficking Collaborative Website provides a good overview of the problem that defines NWGH’s mission: “Sex Trafficking involves the recruitment, harboring, transporting, obtaining, or providing a person for the purpose of a sexual act by use of force, fraud, or coercion in exchange for something of value. In cases where the individual is under the age of 18, the use of force, fraud or coercion is not necessary to prove exploitation.”

Stark: “Children are being trafficked and raped every day, right here in our communities. Interstate trafficking rings involve millions of dollars and hundreds of players. Children are just a percentage of those enslaved and trafficked.”

Statistics from the Multnomah County site bear out Stark’s troubling scenario: Continue reading

Alyssa Ahlgren

We will not be vulnerable. We will not be complacent. And we will not shrink in fear. After all, the American spirit was derived from rebellion and the desire to be free. Good luck keeping that locked down.

I’m 27 years old and I was born in the United States. What that means is I’ve only ever experienced freedom; a level of freedom that is not comparable to anywhere else in the world. I’ve only experienced liberties that are outlined in the greatest political document known to man. It took 27 years of living to experience what it’s like to have a government—that was sworn to uphold the Constitution—neglect the very words the founders used to build the greatest nation on earth.

Living in a free country doesn’t guarantee freedom.

Apparently, liberties that shall not be infringed doesn’t hold true during a pandemic. Yes, the government is granted emergency powers in times of a public health crisis and yes, at times they are necessary. However, the level of overreach displayed by our political leaders during this time defies the facts, defies science, and when prompted for answers, cannot even be evidentially justified during a press conference. Continue reading

Kari Lee Fournier

Bible prophecy told us that a ‘Great Storm’ on Earth was coming, but the swiftness and fierceness with which it has attacked has taken us all by surprise. Suddenly, we are presented with the major birth pangs spoken of in prophecy in the form of a global pandemic, the defunding of law enforcement, and the vicious riots—not to mention the increased weather events, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanoes.

And we also clearly observe that one Mr. Donald J. Trump has been chosen by Almighty God, out of all those from whom He could have hand-picked, to navigate this world as it spirals out of control.

As storylines go, it does not get any better than this—the ‘Perfect Storm’ for the Anti-Christ to come on the scene, since we already see via this pandemic how many people instantly fold to any type of direction from government. So we knew what our Lord was going to do, in terms of end-times worldwide judgment—but now we have been presented with exactly how this will take place. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

John MacArthur has declared Independence Day for the American Church.

MacArthur, one of America’s finest expositors and the pastor of Grace Community Church in southern California, has openly defied California governor Gavin Newsom, who issued an utterly unconstitutional edict that churches were not, under any circumstances, allowed to meet.

MacArthur correctly pointed out that Governor Newsom is not the head of the church. Jesus Christ is. As he put it, “Christ, not Caesar, is head of the Church.” Jesus Christ has commanded his church to meet regularly and consistently whether the governor or any other secular authority likes it or not.

We are not, the Bible says, “to neglect (lit., “forsake” or “abandon”) to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day (of Christ’s return) drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25). Every day more and more of us are disobeying this directive of Scripture and getting more comfortable with it. Jesus commands us to meet together. Governor Newsom commands us not to. The issue, to me, is crystal clear. Are we going to obey God or man? Continue reading

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