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Cooper Conway

George Floyd’s tragic death has led to growing calls for changes to antiquated policing systems. The recent protests asking for police reform over these past few weeks have caused many families to question the systemic discrimination that is hardwired into the assignment of students to public schools.

Census data reports U.S. spending per student has nearly tripled since 1960—and that’s after accounting for inflation. Oregon now spends almost $15,000 per student per year. In Portland Public Schools, it’s $27,500 per student. Even so, Oregon ranks near the bottom of the states in graduation rates.

Despite this monumental increase in funding the government’s school system with no positive results to show, most Oregon students are assigned a school based on their street address. This isn’t an accident—it’s written into district policies. Kids from low-income neighborhoods are placed in low-income schools, while wealthy families have the option to move to neighborhoods with better schools. Continue reading

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano Photo credit: Wikipedia

Mr. President,

In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children of darkness. The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of humanity, while the children of darkness represent an absolute minority. And yet the former are the object of a sort of discrimination which places them in a situation of moral inferiority with respect to their adversaries, who often hold strategic positions in government, in politics, in the economy and in the media. In an apparently inexplicable way, the good are held hostage by the wicked and by those who help them either out of self-interest or fearfulness.

These two sides, which have a Biblical nature, follow the clear separation between the offspring of the Woman and the offspring of the Serpent. On the one hand there are those who, although they have a thousand defects and weaknesses, are motivated by the desire to do good, to be honest, to raise a family, to engage in work, to give prosperity to their homeland, to help the needy, and, in obedience to the Law of God, to merit the Kingdom of Heaven. On the other hand, there are those who serve themselves, who do not hold any moral principles, who want to demolish the family and the nation, exploit workers to make themselves unduly wealthy, foment internal divisions and wars, and accumulate power and money: for them the fallacious illusion of temporal well-being will one day – if they do not repent – yield to the terrible fate that awaits them, far from God, in eternal damnation.

In society, Mr. President, these two opposing realities co-exist as eternal enemies, just as God and Satan are eternal enemies. And it appears that the children of darkness – whom we may easily identify with the deep state which you wisely oppose and which is fiercely waging war against you in these days Continue reading

Catholic Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote that the COVID-19 government response and BLM riots are part of a plot to bring about a New World Order.

Major world figures are at last spotlighting the conspiratorial forces behind global politics. Are the people ready to accept the truth?

On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted an open letter addressed to him by Catholic Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò (shown) in which Viganò described the worldwide coronavirus response and the widespread Black Lives Matter agitations as tactics of a “Masonic” Deep State that seeks to hurt the American president’s reelection chances and ultimately “dominate the world” to create a globalist “New World Order.”

From 2011 to 2016, Vioganò served as the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, meaning he was the Holy See’s diplomat to America. He is known for shedding light on abuses within the Catholic Church.

In 2012, the publication of letters Viganò had written complaining of corruption in Vatican finances fueled the Vatican leaks scandal. In 2018, he published an 11-page letter accusing Pope Francis and other senior Church leaders of concealing sexual abuse allegations against then-senior cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a progressive powerbroker and prolific fundraiser in Washington, D.C. McCarrick was ultimately dismissed from the clergy last year. Continue reading

As many of us start to use more mobile banking apps while we are spending more time at home, the Oregon Attorney General and the Oregon Bankers Association are warning Oregonians to be on high alert for cyber actors exploiting these platforms using app-based banking trojans and fake banking apps.

Last week, the FBI issued a warning that specifically pointed to the threat of banking trojans, which involve hiding a malicious virus on a user’s mobile device until a legitimate banking app is downloaded. Once the real app is on the device, the banking trojan then overlays the app, tricking the user into clicking on it and inputting their banking login credentials.

Fake banking apps were also cited as a threat, where users are tricked into downloading malicious apps that steal sensitive banking information.

“With city, state, and local governments urging or mandating social distancing, Oregonians have become more willing to use mobile banking as an alternative to physically visiting branch locations. It is shameful that scammers are trying to take advantage of this. In order to combat these threats, I am sharing the following tips to keep you, your money and your personal information protected,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Continue reading


Talcum powder

We’ve all heard horror stories about asbestos, lead and talcum powder, but what about the other toxins we are living with? Could we be exposed to other “toxic soup” ingredients that are potentially stealing years from us, encouraging cancer, or altering our hormones and genes? From the foods we eat, to the soap we use, these choices can have a significant impact, and be life or death for some.

Just over six years ago, I switched from bleach to peroxide, and from Comet to baking soda. Slowly, I made small changes in my own cleaning and hygiene products. Soon after these initial changes, I finally tested negative for precancerous cells after having previously undergone multiple failed surgeries and a decade of positive tests. If you are reading this, please know my goal is for you to feel better and live a longer, healthier life. Let’s explore a few of these toxic soup ingredients that most people have been exposed to, and what items we can avoid to limit our exposure to these life robbing components.

Aluminum: This chemical element is the most plentiful metal found in the Earth’s crust, making up about 8% of the Earth’s surface. The average adult in the US ingests 7-9 mg per day, with an estimated 0.1% to 0.3% absorption rate from our water and food alone. If not eliminated via the kidneys, it will store in the bones, lungs, breast tissue, muscle, liver and brain. Aluminum can prevent the body from digesting and assimilating calcium, phosphorus and fluoride. This prevents bone growth and reduces bone density. Aluminum can also cause conditions which actually force calcium out of the bones. To make matters worse, exposure to aluminum in your diet or self-care products blocks your body’s ability to eliminate mercury and other toxins from the body, because aluminum impairs your body’s glutathione production. Glutathione is the most important detoxifying substance in your body. When you are exposed to aluminum you get the toxicity from the aluminum, in addition to your body’s reduced ability to eliminate other toxins. Continue reading

An 8-week-old cougar cub rescued by WDFW made a temporary stop at the zoo this week before moving to its permanent home at Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Photo by Michael Durham, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo.

After a brief stay at the Oregon Zoo’s vet center, cub has a new home in Colorado

A tiny, orphaned cougar cub with a big appetite made a brief stop at the Oregon Zoo’s veterinary medical center this week. The cub — an 8-week-old male with a fuzzy, spotted coat and big, baby-blue eyes — was rescued by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers after being found on a logging road outside of Spokane.

Since the cub wouldn’t stand a chance in the wild without its mom, WDFW bear and cougar specialist Rich Beausoleil contacted Oregon Zoo keeper Michelle Schireman, who serves as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ species coordinator for cougars. After a short stopover in Portland for some vaccinations and a medical exam, the cub caught a flight to his new permanent home at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado.

“Without a mother, young cougars can’t survive on their own in the wild, so I work to find them good homes,” Schireman said. “We would rather they grow up with their moms, but when that’s not an option we want them to have the best lives possible.”

To see a video of the young cub during his Portland stay, visit Continue reading

Jerry Newcombe

Last week, during some of the race-related protests, President Trump famously held up a Bible in one hand outside of an historic D.C. church that rioters had set afire.

Actress Debra Messing (Will and Grace) then sent out a tweet, in which she showed Trump with the Bible and next to it she juxtaposed a picture of Hitler supposedly holding a Bible. She had the caption: “A dog whistle to white nationalists and Nazis.” She also declared, “This is no accident!”

Of course, the picture of Hitler holding a Bible is a total fake. Furthermore, putting a Bible in Hitler’s hands is totally incorrect on every front.

I realize that actors and actresses are not necessarily well-read when it comes to history. But it’s important to be clear about this. If there is any book that Hitler did not approve of, it was the Bible.

The leader of the Nazi Party rued the day that Christian missionaries ever set foot in his beloved Germany.

One of the best books on Adolf Hitler was written by the history professor and author, Dr. Richard Weikart. He is perhaps best known for his book From Darwin to Hitler. He also wrote an important book a few years ago called Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich. What was Hitler’s religion? Short answer: Nature red with tooth and claw—not the Christian God by a long shot. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

At the moment we place our personal faith in Jesus Christ, tremendous things take place. Colossians 3:1-4 identifies four of these truths:

  • I died with Christ
  • I am raised with Christ
  • My life is hidden with Christ in God
  • I will live with Christ in glory

These facts are true of every Christ-follower. Therefore, Paul encourages us to “set our hearts and minds” on them. We are to meditate upon them until we are solidly convinced of their reality. While we live in this world, our lives are secure in Christ. When we leave this earthly life, our eternity with Him will be glorious! All of these four realities are solely true because of the work Christ has already done.

After outlining how I have benefitted from the work of Christ, Paul turns his attention to some of the weeds that I am responsible to pull from my life. Since people come to Christ out of a variety of backgrounds and at different ages, some of us bring a lot of baggage and bad habits with us. Continue reading

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a Missouri law that requires abortion clinics give every woman a booklet stating that life “begins at conception.”

The unique case involves a female member of “The Satanic Temple” who became pregnant and then sued the state, asserting the law violates her religious beliefs and also violates the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment.

The woman was called “Judy Doe” in court documents.

The law requires abortion clinics give women a booklet stating: “The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.” Women are not required to read the booklet, which also includes illustrations showing the development of an unborn baby every two weeks.

Doe believes the “‘Human Tissue’ that she was carrying was ‘part of her body,’” the judges noted.

“As she stated in her complaint, her ‘body is inviolable’ and ‘[s]he alone’ gets to decide what to do with it, regardless of ‘the current or future condition of the Human Tissue’ within,” Judge David R. Stras wrote.

The court, in a 3-0 decision, ruled the Missouri law does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading

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