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By Paul Driessen

Real goal is to avoid responsibility for policies, and increase control over energy, lives, property

In what has become an annual summer tragedy, wildfires are again destroying western US forests. Millions of acres and millions of animals have been incinerated, hundreds of homes reduced to ash and rubble, dozens of parents and children killed, and many more people left missing, injured or burned.

Air quality across wide regions and entire states is so bad people are told to stay indoors, where many have hibernated for months because of the coronavirus, but indoor air is also contaminated. Acrid smoke and soot have been carried to Chicago and beyond. Firefighters are profiles in courage, as they battle the blazes for days on end, while all too many politicians are displaying profiles in opportunism.

“If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if more of America is ablaze?” Joe Biden thundered. “Mother Earth is angry,” Nancy Pelosi pontificated. “She’s telling us with hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, fires in the West, that the climate crisis is real.”

Despite finally starting to thin out overgrown forests, California Governor Gavin Newsome resorted to the longstanding party line about his state’s wildfires: Manmade “climate change is real. If you don’t believe in science, come to California and observe it with your own eyes.” Washington Governor Jay Inslee agreed. “These are climate fires,” he said. “And we cannot, and we will not, surrender our state and expose people to have their homes burned down and their lives lost because of climate fires.” Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

We have been hectored, harangued, and harassed into wearing masks, even though there is not one single, solitary, random controlled study that shows that they have ever worked. Not one.

But no matter. At the beginning of this panicdemic, Dr. Fauci, the Oracle at Delphi to the regressive left, told 60 Minutes (on March 8) that, “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.” Nothing about the actual science regarding masks has changed one little tiny bit since then.

Now he has convinced millions of Americans that if we go out of the house without a mask we will die.

The governor of Connecticut, a Democrat (big surprise there) named Ned Lamont has now issued his 70th(!) executive order dealing with coronavirus. (Nothing says leadership like an endless stream of dictatorial mandates.) His latest edict mandates that anyone who leaves home without a mask is subject to a $100 fine. And get this – almost anybody in state government can hand these tickets out to miscreants like they were lottery tickets.

The Commissioner of Public Health, who has absolutely no legal enforcement powers, can fine people a C-note. So can local health directors, district health directors, municipal chief executive officers, and even public safety departments at institutions of higher education. As David Horowitz would put it, he has “e-mask-ulated” his entire population. Continue reading

Publius Heldah

It has become obvious that one of the purposes of the COVID-19 scam is to bring about unrestricted mail-in voting in the toss-up and Red States so that the upcoming presidential election can be stolen by the Left for the senile Joe Biden and his constitutionally ineligible running mate, Kamala Harris.

On September 9, 2020, the Left achieved their goal for the Red State of Tennessee – unless the Tennessee State government enforces the US Constitution and rejects the federal judge’s unconstitutional order.

  1. The absurd Order from the US District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

The Tennessee Code permits mail-in voting for certain categories of people [Tenn. Code § 2-6-201]; but requires those who register by mail to appear in person at the official place of voting and bring proof of identity when they vote for the first time [Tenn. Code § 2-2-115 (b) (7)].

Our elections are already tainted by the “ghost voters” described in Deroy Murdock’s article (published 2017) [here]. Murdock showed that throughout the United States, over 3.5 million persons who didn’t exist were registered to vote. But that number wasn’t sufficient to elect Hillary Clinton; so the Left needs more ghost voters. With mail-in voter registration, dead people can be registered to vote; and with unrestricted mail-in voting, those dead people can vote forever. Continue reading

President Bill Donohue

Catholic League president Bill Donohue (pictured) comments on Fox News and George Soros:

On September 16, Newt Gingrich was cut off the air on a Fox News show, “Outnumbered,” for merely mentioning the role that George Soros is playing in fomenting the anti-cop agenda of the left. Here is what he said.

      • “The number one problem in almost all these cities [where riots have taken place] is George Soros-elected left-wing anti-police pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up.”
      • “Progressive district attorneys are anti-police, pro-criminal, and [are] overwhelmingly elected with George Soros’ money.”

Gingrich was interrupted by one of the show’s regulars, Melissa Francis, who said, “I’m not sure we need to bring George Soros into this.” The former Speaker of the House replied, “He paid for it. Why can’t we discuss the fact that millions of dollars….” Gingrich was then cut off again, this time by Marie Harf who took Francis’ side.

Why is Fox News protecting George Soros? Is there anyone who doubts that he is one of the biggest contributors to left-wing causes in the nation, if not the biggest? We at the Catholic League know the atheist billionaire as the nation’s most generous donor to anti-Catholic causes and organizations. Continue reading

Mark Shull, Candidate for Clackamas County Commission

To me, true fiscal conservatism means spending taxpayer dollars the same way in which you manage your household budget.

Think about it this way—most people get paid on a regular basis and have to prioritize bills. Rent, utilities, and insurance usually come first, along with debt service like car and student loans and credit card payments.

But before you even get the chance to pay any of those, money has already been taken out of your check. There’s the federal income tax, FICA and Medicare taxes. Then there’s the Oregon income tax, which is one of the highest in the United States. If you live in the Portland metropolitan area, you get the privilege of paying an additional transit tax and Metro’s layers of funding streams.

Once all that is taken out of your check, you still have to purchase household necessities such as groceries, cleaning and hygiene products. You’ll want to budget for gas to make sure you can get to work to keep the paychecks coming. Maybe you budget for entertainment expenses like going to the movies or dining out, as circumstances allow. If anything is left over, you probably try to set some money aside in case of emergency. Continue reading

The Convention of 1787 was the capstone in a chain of events that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution.

America’s first attempt at a national governing document was in 1777 with the Articles of Confederation. It went into effect in 1781, but its deficiencies were quickly apparent, so in 1786, the Annapolis Convention called for a body to assemble to address its many weaknesses. What is known as the Constitutional Convention then gathered in Philadelphia in 1787.

The debates on the Constitution did not go smoothly at first. In fact, Benjamin Franklin recommended they begin daily prayers to help the process along. Eventually they came together to produce the Constitution — the most successful governing document in world history. It was signed on September 17, 1787, a day we now celebrate as “Constitution Day.” Many delegates expressed their belief that writing the Constitution would not have been possible without the Divine aid they personally witnessed and openly acknowledged.

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Alexander Hamilton said: “For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.”

James Madison agreed: “It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it the finger of the Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution.”

Benjamin Franklin and George Washington also expressed similar convictions.

Many delegates involved with writing the Constitution were trained in theology or ministry, including Abraham Baldwin, James Wilson, Hugh Williamson, Oliver Ellsworth and others. The Constitution was then sent to the states to be ratified, and about four dozen clergymen were elected from among the various states as delegates to ratify the Constitution. The influence of Biblical faith on that document was apparent, and under it, Americans have been blessed! Continue reading

A six week old red panda cub being held by care staff before a veterinary check. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

Keepers invite community to support the zoo via a name-the-baby raffle

Mei Mei’s red panda cub has begun venturing outside, and Oregon Zoo keepers say it’s time for the little guy to get a name. That’s where you come in!

To help fund critical needs during an especially challenging year, keepers have handed naming honors over to the Oregon Zoo Foundation, which is raffling off a chance to help “dub the cub.”

The winner of the raffle — to be announced Friday, Sept. 25, during the foundation’s free online fundraiser, Zoo Rendezvous — will get to meet with Mei Mei’s care staff and help them decide on a name.

Proceeds from Zoo Rendezvous — presented by Banfield Pet Hospital, KGW, PGE and The Standard — will fund important enhancements to three new animal areas at the zoo, and support the zoo’s vital efforts in animal care, education and conservation. Raffle participants must be 18 years or older and must be in the state of Oregon at that time of purchase. Continue reading

Breeauna Sagdal
Chris Brambles, Columbia County Coordinator of Oregon Firearm Federation

Community leaders and Grassroots activists unite under the banner of medical freedom this month at the Oregon State Capitol. The event hosted by Oregonians For Medical Freedom on September 27th comes on the heels of devastating fires. As the state of Oregon comes to grips with 30 years of failed policy by one party rule, her citizens are rising up and uniting to fight back against further draconian policy, and possible mandates of the rushed Covid-19 vaccine.

Slated speaker Breeauna Sagdal who was recently displaced with her family due to fires had this to say to patriot soap box.

“The time has come to put aside our differences and really focus on the realization of what we want the future of our great State to be. We must now work harder than ever, if we’re to change the current political landscape.”

Speakers have been invited from grassroots organizations across Oregon, including TimberUnity and various second amendment groups, with one goal in mind, freedom. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

California, Oregon, and Washington have been aflame for weeks now, and Governor Newsom of California has identified the culprit: global warming.

But he’s wrong – dead wrong – and as long as he thinks he’s right, he won’t do the things that are necessary to prevent more of his people, their homes, and their towns from being incinerated.

The problem is not the climate, it’s horrible, no good, very bad forest management. Decades and decades of neglect have allowed a catastrophic fuel load to build up on the forest floor. Allowing cattle to graze on forest land would take care of a lot of that, but alas, even that is not permitted. Consequently forests go up like Roman candles when dry lightning hits. Too many bug-eaten trees growing too close together, their crowns interlacing, is a recipe for Chernobyl-like conflagrations.

The Pacific Northwest, as I write these words, has the worst air quality in the world because of these fires. The EPA has an Air Quality Index. A rating above 300 indicates the entire population in an area is likely to be affected and an emergency health warning is triggered. On Monday, numerous areas in the Pacific Northwest recorded index levels of over 500. Chelan, Wash., west of Seattle had fine particle levels measured at 510.

California forests today feature 150 million dead trees, perfect kindling for raging, out-of-control infernos that consume everything in their path. This has happened because harvesting of trees has been banned like it was an indoor church in Newsom’s California. Continue reading

President Trump salutes as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House | September 15, 2020

American households saw their best economic gains in half a century last year under President Trump, according to a report this week from the Census Bureau.

And with the President’s pro-growth, pro-worker policies in action, this standard can be achieved again as America safely reopens from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Median household income grew by a stunning $4,400 in 2019, resulting in an all-time record of $68,700. This 6.8 percent one-year increase is the largest gain on record for median income growth.

The poverty rate plunged to an all-time low of 10.5 percent, as well. Between 2018 and 2019 alone, over 4 million Americans were lifted out of poverty, and the child poverty rate fell to a nearly 50-year low in 2019.

Minority groups including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans saw the largest gains in income, while poverty rates fell to a record low for every race and ethnic group in 2019.

Black Americans, for example, saw a 7.9 percent median income increase and a poverty rate that fell below 20 percent for the first time in history.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted this historic progress in 2020. Nevertheless, America today is witnessing the fastest recovery from any economic crisis in history. Thanks to the strong fundamentals of the Trump Economy, the monthly jobs report has met or exceeded economist expectations for four months in a row.

The new Census report confirms what we know to be true: With the right agenda for blue-collar and middle-class workers, there’s no limit to America’s economic greatness!

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