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Bryan Fischer

Bob Mueller will testify before two congressional committees on July 17, a day which promises to be the worst day of his life. The problem for Mueller is that even though the Democrats have called these hearings, Republicans get to ask questions too, a prospect which will have Mueller quaking in his Gucci loafers.

Mueller’s 10-minute press conference in the wake of the release of his 448-page report was unimpressive to say the least. Everybody’s faculties diminish with time, and Mueller stumbled and doddered his way through his prepared statement – likely written by someone else – and then left without taking a single question.

And he will be testifying under duress. Adam Schiff made it clear on Rachel Maddow’s program that this was not a friendly subpoena. Mueller doesn’t want to Continue reading

Frank Salvato

Another piece of evidence that Google (along with other social media giants like Facebook) is more of a threat to our election process here in the United States than the Russians could ever be has surfaced courtesy of Project Veritas. This should piss everyone off.

Google’s Head of Responsible Innovation, Jen Gennai, was caught on video (which Google has since removed from YouTube because, well, they own YouTube) all but saying their company is invested in marginalizing the re-election bid of President Trump. This is an overt act against the sovereignty of the American people by the fact they are attempting to use behavioral science to influence elections.

“We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’ve rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again,” Gennai said. Continue reading

Daniel W. Nebert

Twenty-one Oregon teenagers have spent four years urging our federal government to take action on “climate change.” They found themselves back in court this past week, arguing their unprecedented lawsuit should move forward. To anyone who understands climate science, this lawsuit is nonsense.

“Climatology” is complicated. Almost all “climate scientists” are specialists in one area (physics, physical chemistry, mathematics, computer-modeling, geology, meteorology, oceanography). Like the “Seven Blind Men and the Elephant” parable — each focuses on one small part of the climate puzzle. The field of climatology is quite new; consequently, new discoveries continuously challenge prevailing wisdom.

Climate science is not being taught accurately in school. Teachers and parents should be instructing children as follows: Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

One of the things the Bible teaches is the total depravity of unredeemed man. “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God” (Romans 3:10). If enough people believe the lies of the devil, eventually their entire culture becomes depraved.

Witness what happened last week in Miami Beach, Florida. There, a 41-year-old woman – her motive is unknown – was spotted stomping on the nest of a sea turtle, and jabbing at it with a wooden stake. She was summarily arrested and charged with the crime of “turtle egg molestation or harassment.”

Sea turtle eggs have been welcomed in life and protected in law since 1973 when they found shelter under the Endangered Species Act. Paradoxically, 1973 was the very same year in which abortion was “legalized” by the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Gavin Schmidt’s spat with Steve Koonin underscores why we need to debate climate change

Various scientists, politicians and activists have long insisted that the United States and world must end fossil fuel use to prevent dangerous manmade global warming, climate change and extreme weather disasters. They say “the science is settled” and the time to act is now.

Many other experts have pointed out that these dire threats are the product of hypotheses and computer models that are largely contradicted by actual observations and historic records for temperatures, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, Arctic and Antarctic ice fluctuations, and rates of sea level rise. They note that Earth and humanity have been through Pleistocene ice ages and a Little Ice Age, Roman and medieval warm periods, prolonged droughts and other events that greenhouse gas theory cannot explain – and so far will not try to explain. Continue reading

Helen Cook

How much would you be willing to spend to buy parkland that would ban your dog?

Metro hopes Portland area taxpayers will spend $475 million to buy land kept from public use for many years. That’s the purpose of a Metro bond measure on the ballot in November.

Much of the new tax money would go to acquiring natural areas that will be unusable by the public for an unspecified amount of time. If this feels like déjà vu, that’s because Metro passed a similar bond measure in 2006.

Rather than let the previous tax increases sunset, Metro wants more money, ostensibly to create parks for historically underserved communities. But much of the land Metro plans to buy is located far from the communities it’s intended to serve.

Metro also claims the new bond measure won’t increase taxes. This is not true. If the bond measure fails, property owners’ tax bills will go down. A “yes” vote is a vote for higher taxes. A “no” vote will save the average homeowner about $48 a year.

Metro’s new bond is neither the beginning nor the end of a cycle of buying remote natural areas that won’t allow recreational uses. Make sure to look for this measure on your ballot in November and vote no.

Helen Cook is a Research Associate at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.

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Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

“Let ’em leave. Someone else’ll come in.” That was Oregon state senator James Manning’s response when told that new business taxes will cause some firms to leave the state.

Unfortunately, the senator is not alone with the let-them-leave attitude. That seems to be the attitude of the supermajority in the legislature as well as the city of Portland, who have both recently passed massive business taxes.

The legislature just passed a billion dollar a year “corporate activities tax.” The new tax is triggered once a business hits one million dollars in sales. This Continue reading

John A. Charles, Jr.

Portland politicians claim to be concerned about carbon dioxide emissions and climate change. That’s why so many of them support TriMet’s proposed 12-mile light rail line from Portland to Bridgeport Village near Tigard. They think it will reduce fossil fuel use.
Their assumptions are wrong.
According to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project, energy used during construction of the rail project will equal 5.9 trillion Btu. Much of this will be in the form of fossil fuels needed to power the heavy equipment. Additional energy will be used to manufacture the rail cars, tracks, and overhead wires. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

The two hottest issues on the political scene in many Western countries are climate and immigration. On the one hand elites on the Left argue theoretical and moral concerns involving the survival of the planet and fairness to those who arrive illegally, while those in the Middle and on the Right see the issues in far more practical pocketbook terms. Completely left out of most discussions is any mention of competent climate science or any discussion of the impacts of massive migration. Emotions rule the day.

The gulf between the Far Left and everyone else is forcing the issue everywhere that the Left has already moved democracies in substantially unworkable directions. Where the pendulum has swung far beyond what working people will tolerate, they have revolted, expressing their outrage in the streets and at the ballot box.

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018 (Source: Kremlin.ru via Wikipedia)

Take for instance France.

When President Emmanuel Macron announced that gas and diesel prices would go above $7 per gallon to make automobile travel impractical for many, French citizens took to the streets in massive numbers and in the reflective yellow vests that everyone is required to carry in their cars. Although Macron canceled his climate action plan after four weeks of protests, demonstrators were not placated and still demand his ouster.

That has not yet occurred. But French voters did humiliate Macron by voting for Marine Le Pen’s candidates in the EU parliamentary elections in late May. In sharp contrast to Macron, her National Rally party is famously opposed to massive immigration from Muslim countries and otherwise strongly nationalist. She avoids the climate wars altogether. Continue reading

Bill Wehr

Bill Wehr, Council President

In a letter from Clackamas County Board of Commissioners to State legislators on May 23, 2019 the Commissioners requested an ominous “ final resolution “ to ending the city.   The Commissioners claim in the letter that “ it is not possible to restore the city to its predisincorporation status.” In other words, find a political legislative fix to dig them out of the legal hole they are in.

The Commissioners are trying to come to grips with the Appeals Court unanimous ruling of May 1, 2019 that the Damascus disincorporation vote of 2016 forced on the City by the State legislature was illegal. Not only illegal, but the Court ruled that the city should return to ” resume their home rule constitutional right to self-governance.”

When Damascus surrendered its City Charter, all of its assets, including approximately $8.4 million in cash, real estate property and office equipment went to the County. The County then over time spent all the cash and sold off the real estate for a low ball fire sale price to the Fire District on a non open bid process. Of the cash, $2 million was for former Damascus employees and continuation of law enforcement services. Approximately $2.9 million for road maintenance and $3.4 million refunded to to taxpayers. Continue reading

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