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Bryan Fischer

In Donald Trump’s conversation with Ukraine’s president Zelensky on July 25, he asked Zelensky to look into corruption in Ukraine. The issue was corruption, not Hunter Biden. If the corruption had involved somebody named Natty Bumpo, and Trump asked Zelensky to look into it, nobody would have had a second thought about it.

Because it involved Hunter Biden, however, all of a sudden it became an instantaneous impeachable offense. But nobody gets a free corruption pass just because your dad is running for public office. If people discovered that running for office was a get-out-of-jail-free card in corruption cases, our nation would be awash in wholly unqualified crooks running for office.

The United States signed an anti-corruption treaty with Ukraine in 1998, meaning Bill Clinton’s signature is on it. Joe Biden voted for it. Let’s remember that according to Article VI, Clause 2 “all treaties…which shall be made, under the authority of the United Continue reading

Bald eagle Jack in the Eagle Canyon exhibit. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

Active and retired military personnel and their families to be admitted free Nov. 11

The Oregon Zoo will mark Veterans Day by offering free admission for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as up to four family members who accompany them to the zoo, on Monday, Nov. 11. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.

“We’re grateful to everyone who has served our country and the families who support them,” said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director.

To receive free admission Nov. 11, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID.

As part of the Metro family, the Oregon Zoo helps make greater Portland a great place to call home. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and northern leopard frogs. Other projects focused on saving animals from extinction include studies on polar bears, orangutans and cheetahs. Continue reading

Steve Bates

On November 11, 1969, Operation Fulton Square in the Quang Tri Province was in full force with the 1st Marine Division, 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Infantry Division.

This was one of twenty operations active throughout Vietnam. There were over 500,000 United States Military personnel assigned to the Vietnam War Zone.

Yes, Veterans Day fifty years ago was very different than this year. While today we have troops assigned to operations in the Middle East, we must realize that in 1969, the Vietnam War was raging. 1969 was the second most deadly year of the Vietnam Era when 11,780 United States warriors were killed in action in 1969.

Over 58,000 of our troops died in Vietnam; 710 were from Oregon. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Mr. President, you and Jesus Christ have something in common. Politicians, lawyers, pundits, and cultural icons are out to destroy you just as they sought to destroy him.

Am I saying you are some kind of Christ-figure? Hardly. You are as fallen as any other man in America. Robert Jeffress and Franklin Graham count themselves among that number.

But there are some striking parallels between what you are experiencing right now and what Jesus went through on the way to being tried, convicted, and executed as a common criminal. For starters, the American people love you just as the ordinary people of Israel loved Jesus. In fact, the fierce loyalty of the people is what protected Jesus from the powerful and forced them to resort to wretched perfidy to go after him. Continue reading

“Sometimes I think the world is going crazy. The rest of the time I KNOW it.” – BT magazine


“The era of big government is over.” — Wm. Jefferson Blythe Clinton

“No more deficits; no more debt.” — Nancy Pelosi (2006?)

“We have beaten the business cycle.” — WJBC

“We have to pass it so we can find out what’s in it.” — Nancy Pelosi (2009)

“Fox News is worse than al Qaeda. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan.” — Keith Olbermann

“This is the moment the earth began to heal.” — Barack Obama Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

Some people enjoy going to the gym. I never have. In high school and college, I only went to the weight room because it was required for wrestling. However, the Apostle Paul used athletic lingo when he said, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13). This passage teaches two very important truths.

ONE. The emphasis is not on us, but on the One who is in us. When you invited Christ to come into your life, His Holy Spirit took up residence in you. He began at that moment to change you from the inside out. Over time, we can fall into the trap of thinking it’s up to us to discipline ourselves to become more like Christ. It’s true that it involves our efforts, but we must never forget that it is, “God who works in you.” We are entirely dependent on Him to change us. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Nancy Pelosi was an outspoken opponent of impeaching Donald Trump from day one. She knew it would represent a catastrophic misjudgment on the part of her fellow Democrats, would do nothing but energize Trump’s base, and make defeating him in 2020 an impossibility.

But she finally got stampeded into going along with this insanity. She and perhaps Steny Hoyer are the only Democrats who see that this whole thing is liable to go over a cliff dragging the entire Democrat Party behind them.

Nancy put Adam Schiff in charge of this charade for one reason. She needs a scapegoat for when this all implodes, and the pompous and unlikeable Schiff is it. Like any good explosives expert, she wants to be as far away from the device as possible when it goes off, and she wants somebody else to take the blame for it. Poor Adam Schiff doesn’t realize he has been led into a booby trap, and Nancy is not going to be there for him when the thing blows up. Continue reading

Frank Salvato

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“[T]he President must be held accountable for his betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”
– NancyPelosi, September 24, 2019

With all the “impeachment” talk captivating the news cycles on the usual suspect cable and alphabet news channels, it is well past time that we address what an impeachment is and the meaning of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors”.

If you ask the man on the street what “impeachment” means most often the response would be that it means removing the president from office. This common thought is incredibly wrong. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

The dog that took down Most-Wanted Terrorist Al-Baghdadi Source: public domain

We have a long history of celebrating our heroes. It defines who we are and what we want to be. Right now our greatest hero might be a Belgian Malinois canine who tracked down and cornered the most wanted terrorist in the entire world, Al-Baghdadi. You might think that we, with our superior intelligence, would be able to sniff out that stinking terrorist better than a dog. But the dog’s nose is far superior to ours. And with his unwavering loyalty, he is the perfect ally in the fight against terrorism. I have seen similar dogs sniffing for explosives at Reagan/National Airport in Washington, DC or sniffing for contraband at US Customs checkpoints. But none reach the status of a military dog that is trained to do his job under extremely stressful circumstances.

Under cover of darkness, the dog flew with his handler hundreds of miles across Syria through enemy territory, taking ground fire until his helicopter landed near the compound where Al-Baghdadi was thought to be staying. After US forces allowed those who wished to surrender out of the compound unharmed, American soldiers blew holes in the compound walls, killed a number of defenders both inside and outside the compound, and entered with the dog. He knew exactly who he was to track, because US forces had a piece of Al-Baghdadi’s clothing. The dog led soldiers to a dead end tunnel where Al-Baghdadi was cowering with three of his children as human shields. Rather than be captured, Al-Baghdadi blew himself up, killing the children as well. The dog sustained what were termed ‘minor injuries.’ Continue reading

Rachel Dawson, Policy Analyst, Cascade Policy Institute

TriMet has proven time and again that it is unable to live up to past promises. The MAX Green Line, which first opened 10 years ago, is no exception.

The Green Line is fifteen miles long and runs along I-205 from Portland State University to the Clackamas Town Center (CTC). It began as a portion of the North-South light rail alignment, which was canceled in 1988 after failing to secure voter funding. TriMet attempted to scale the alignment down to run from North Portland to the CTC, but the project was again rejected by voters in 1996 and 1998.

The plan for light rail to the CTC was later resurrected in 2001, and planning for the Green Line commenced in concert with the more recently implemented Orange Line to Milwaukie. Continue reading

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