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On Aug 14, 2019, attorneys representing the City of Damascus filed a petition with the Oregon Supreme Court to review (to challenge) the legality and constitutionality of the recent SSB 226 ,which became law under the Governor’s signature on July 15. It is now known as part of statutory law, Chapter 545, Sec 4. This new law seeks to validate retrospectively the disincorporation vote of 2016, and disregards the Appellate Court decision of May 1, 2019, which nullified the vote.

The petitioners are the City of Damascus, and individuals James B. De Young, Mayor, and Councilors Jeanne Robinson, Mark Fitz, and William Wehr, Council President. This review is authorized by Section 4 of the 2019 Act.


Damascus Mayor James De Young


Secretary of State Bev Clarno

On August 14, 2019, the Elections Division received Initiative Petition
43, proposed for the November 3, 2020, General Election.

Subject Provided by Chief Petitioners
Repeal The Equal Access To Roads Act (formerly known as HB 2015)

Chief Petitioners
Mark Callahan PO Box 651 Oregon City, OR 97045                            Angela Roman PO Box 9435 Brooks, OR 97305

To begin the ballot title drafting process, chief petitioners must submit 1,000 sponsorship signatures. If submitted, the Elections Division will process sponsorship signatures in accordance with the Statistical Sampling Procedures for State Petitions adopted under administrative rule
OAR 165-014-0030.

More information, including the text of the petition, is contained in the
IRR Database available at

The Portland City Council recently passed a new ordinance that will require landlords to register all of their rental units with the city and pay a $60 yearly registration fee per unit.

While regulated affordable housing will be exempt, other types of rentals, like mobile homes, will still be subject to the fee. It is almost certain that landlords will pass on the increased costs to their tenants.

During one council meeting, current landlords noted that the registration fees will siphon money away that could be used for maintenance. They also said that increased housing regulations will discourage potential developers and landlords from wanting to build new rental units in the city. Many landlords are incentivized to sell their units, rather than rent them, because of the increased regulation. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Regressives cherish an utterly sophomoric myth, that the problem with modern society is guns. If we could just get rid of guns, they think, society would once again be peaceful and harmonious, and everyone would get along famously.

But the problem in modern society is not guns, it is people.

The left thinks that guns are inherently evil. No, they are not. They are inanimate objects which can be used for noble purposes (protecting national security, enforcing the law, protecting your family) as well as for evil purposes. You can use a hammer to build a house or beat in someone’s brains. The hammer is just a tool. The problem is with the one who is swinging it.

Guns are not inherently evil, people are. The Christian doctrine of original sin is that man is an innately fallen creature, fallen from birth and even before. David says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51:5). Continue reading

Frank Salvato

The death of pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein puts two very real facts into play. One, his death never should have happened, and two, it is insanely obvious that his death came by nefarious means. But a third and more important fact is starring the American people in the face and there is no arguing it away.

Almost immediately after Epstein’s death was announced, social media exploded with comments and memes intimating that he had been “suicided” at the hands of Bill and Hillary Clinton. It is true that there is a list comprising the questionable deaths of Clinton associated and business partners that reaches from California to Maine. But where Epsteins’ death is concerned there are a number of high value individuals who have just as much to lose as the Clinton’s were Epstein to have testified in a cooperative manner. Continue reading

Metal and mineral needs are constant, constantly evolving, requiring new mines

Civilization’s progress has always been heavily dependent on farming and mining. The Stone Age didn’t end because mankind ran out of stones.

Instead, the discovery, mining and processing of metals like copper, bronze and iron, followed by the development of steel, led to progressively sharper, more effective tools, improved construction techniques, and other engineering and technological achievements. Nonmetallic minerals have also been and remain vital to civilization and progress.

Minerals – or their scarcity – have precipitated wars, but more often have led to certain countries becoming dominant in manufacturing vital products such as computer chips. Continue reading


Marlon Furtado

The Bible reveals in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” We are supposed to be different. What has changed? I still have the same job and family. I still sleep and eat. Sometimes we don’t feel like that much has changed. Chapter two in Ephesians is a wonderful passage that indicates what some of these changes are.


  • Dead in transgressions
  • Following the ways of the world
  • Gratified desires of the sinful nature
  • Object of wrath


  • Alive with Christ
  • Raised with Christ
  • Seated with Christ

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With my four little children, on a MAX train bound for Gresham,
I met up with a Grandma; she helped me rock the twins to sleep.

Then we took turns a-starin’ out the window at the darkness.

A saintly glow came over her and she began to speak.

She said, “Son, I’ve made a life out of readin’ children’s faces,
Knowin’ where their hearts were by the way they held their eyes.

So if you don’t mind my sayin’, I can see you’re out of patience.

For a taste of your Gatorade, I’ll give you some advice. Continue reading

Helen Maguire

H.G. Wells. The World Set Free book cover: Source: Wikipedia

My children know that I love trivia, especially historical trivia. Not long ago, I received an e-mail from my eldest daughter asking “Did you know this, Mom?” Her e-mail read as follows:

“The atom bomb was one of the defining inventions of the 20th Century. So how did science fiction writer HG Wells predict its invention three decades before the first detonations? Written in 1913, nearly 30 years before the Manhattan Project started, Wells’ ‘The World Set Free’ describes cities around the world being devastated by what he called ‘atomic bombs.’”

After doing several internet searches, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this was, indeed, true.

A futurist, Wells wrote a number of utopian works and foresaw the advent of airplanes, tanks, space travel, satellite television, nuclear weapons, and something resembling the World Wide Web.

According to James Gunn, founder of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, one of Wells’ major contributions to the science fiction genre was Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Figure 1. Lowest temperature records for Rockford, Illinois, since records began in 1905 (Source: National Weather Service

So far this summer, it has been hot here in the Portland area for a few days. But generally we have had remarkably nice weather. Not so elsewhere as cities from Anchorage, Alaska, to Washington, DC to London to Paris have sweltered in the summertime heat. Or so you are supposed to believe. In fact, most cities in the Northern Hemisphere have experienced bouts of substantial heat lasting a few days followed by long periods of near normal weather.

We are no exception. On June 11 and 12, Portland reached record daily highs of 97 and 98 F. Such records are not that uncommon, because records began at the Portland airport only 78 years ago. However the lamestream media that is so complicit in the climate fraud bills such occurrences as all-time record highs, when they are merely daily record highs.

If journalists were even half honest, they would point out that Portland set three consecutive daily record highs on June 30th and July 1 and 2 of 100, 105, and 102 F in 1942. And that followed the daily record highs of 101, 103, and 103 F on July 13, 14, and 15 in 1941. Those records still stand today, proving that nothing unusual is

Figure 2. Lowest temperature records for Chicago, Illinois since records began in 1871 (Source: National Weather Service).

happening now, despite our much improved standard of living, thanks in large measure to fossil fuels.

Hot weather is what we once called “Summer,” not “Global Warming,” “Climate Change,” “Climate Disruption” or whatever those selling hysteria call it today. The wordsmiths can call it “climate” if they want. But they then need to apply the same words to the extremely cold excursions that the climate of Anchorage, Alaska took in January of this year, when daily highs struggled to exceed normal lows. Of course, they much prefer headlines like this recent one in the Washington Post: “Alaska heat wave: Parts of state face hottest weather ever.” Continue reading

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