“[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
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
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
One of the seemingly interminable battlefronts in our cultural civil war is the battle over tax-payer funding for Planned Parenthood. Despite the best efforts of the pro-life movement, Planned Parenthood still receives $400 million a year of coercive funding from monies dug out of the pockets of pro-life citizens who believe that all life, even in its earliest stages, comes from God and should be protected as a matter of public policy.
Forcing American citizens to fund Planned Parenthood against their wishes and deeply held religious convictions is a form of what Frederic Bastiat would call “legalized plunder.” It’s a form of theft under color of law. And under this new law, that would no longer happen.
This year, pro-life leaders in Idaho shepherded legislation through the state legislature that offers the promise of putting a huge dent in Planned Parenthood’s coffers. It has been signed into law by pro-life governor Brad Little, and has the support of Idaho’s two Continue reading
Green New Deal climate alarm socialism is really intolerant, totalitarian eco-fascism
Green New Dealers have convinced themselves that our planet faces an imminent, existential, manmade climate cataclysm – that can be prevented solely and simply by government edicts replacing fossil fuels with biofuel, wind, solar and battery energy. They achieve this state of absolute certainty largely by propagating constant scare stories, while ignoring and suppressing contradictory evidence and viewpoints.
They deliberately and deceptively talk about “carbon pollution.” Carbon is soot – what our cars, factories and power plants now emit in very small quantities. The honest, accurate term is carbon dioxide: the colorless, odorless, invisible gas that we exhale and plants need Continue reading
It is only when we look at the policies, rulings, and legislation that President Trump and his administration have initiated on behalf of biblical conservative values, that believers can rightly discern the effectiveness and impact of the White House. Here are ten reason, along with corroborating reports, why evangelical Christians can support this administration as they seek to uphold many of the values we hold most dear. We hope you not only study these for yourself, but share them with those who still struggle with this President’s agenda or actions. (Hyperlinks to original articles are embedded in text.)
1-This administration honors the sanctity of life
Since taking office, President Trump has championed numerous initiatives to defund Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. He has repeatedly defended the sanctity of life and has vowed to champion the cause of the unborn. Not only has he stood by pro-lifers, his administration has rolled back the contraceptive mandate making it easier to get a religious exemption. The President has stated, “All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God. Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven.” Continue reading
A travesty of immense proportions is being played out in the eyes of the nation in the supposedly conservative state of Texas. There, seven-year-old James Younger is being forced by his mother to “transition” into a girl named Luna. The mother is threatening to have the boy’s penis cut off and flood his young male body with hormonal puberty blockers when he turns eight.
The boy is perfectly happy with his male identity when he is in his father’s home. He dresses as a boy, acts as a boy, plays as a boy, and engages eagerly in athletics. He doesn’t show any preference for girls’ toys, and refuses to wear girls’ clothes or engage in typical girls’ play. He always dresses in boys’ clothes when his dad comes to pick him up. In other words, when he is with his father, there is no trace of “gender dysphoria.” Continue reading
In September, I went to my 50th high school reunion. It was fun seeing old classmates. However, our smooth faces had become creased with a few wrinkles, the quantity and color of our hair had changed, and our bodies had different shapes to them. Reunions remind us of the brevity of life. We wonder where the years have gone. Someone has said, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” Now, I wouldn’t compare life to toilet paper, but it does seem that time moves faster the older I get. The Bible describes life as a vapor, or smoke, here only for a short time.
One of Israel’s songs has been preserved in our Bibles as Psalm 39. In verse 4 the writer addressed God and said, “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” Another Psalm says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The brevity of life should motivate us to seek wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 reveals that the bedrock upon which wisdom rests is a proper appreciation of and response to God, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Continue reading
The Multnomah County Republican Party continues to watch the staggering mismanagement of Oregon’s foster program highlighted by the late Republican Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, and urges legislators to step up oversight of the program. “Under the incompetent and corrupt leadership of Democratic Governor Kate Brown,” said Chairman James Buchal, “Oregon has been shipping its children all over the country at enormous expense to remote, out-of-state facilities as to which very serious allegations of abuse and mistreatment have been made.”
“To make matters worse,” said Buchal, “the State’s leaders may be inclined to turn a blind eye toward these abuses because PERS is now Continue reading
By now, Oregon voters have received their ballots for the November 5 election. One of the items is Measure 26-203: a $475 million bond measure by Metro, the regional government for the Portland area.
Metro wants the money so it can buy more land for its so-called parks and nature program, a program that has shifted from providing parks for people to more vague and speculative objectives.
In Metro’s own words, the initial promise in 1995 was to “provide areas for walking, picnicking and other outdoor recreation.” This year’s measure now gives only passing mention to parks. And, it makes no promises of new parks, only preservation and maintenance of existing parks. In terms of bang for the buck, that’s a lot of bucks but not much bang. Continue reading