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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

Marlon Furtado

Across the expanse of time, people of every generation have stood in awe at the beauty and majesty of the heavens. Looking up into the night sky has inspired songwriters and poets in every age. When my son was at Yosemite National Park, he took photos of the sky on a clear night. I was amazed to see the innumerable stars that filled the sky from horizon to horizon. Because of the city lights where I live, many of these stars are hidden from my view. Can you imagine what it must have been like before there was electricity? While still a young shepherd, before he became king of Israel, David often spent evenings staring into the heavens. His thoughts have been written down and preserved in Psalm 8:3-4, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him?” Continue reading

How does that idiom go? “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” or so said Robert Burns, but in my opinion that’s no excuse to at least have a few ideas in your back pocket for that stretch of two-and-a-half months once school gets out.

Yes, it is June and there will be a lot more kids staying up late, playing outside, taking family camping trips, and meeting friends for fun rather than study groups. Summer is here and that sends some parents into crazy mode as they wonder what to do with all that time.

Last year on the final day at our school a large group of about forty kids and twenty parents descended upon a local ice cream spot (walkable from school) and celebrated the arrival of summer with the consumption of frozen treats. This year we plan to mark the last day in the same fashion but I have a little more in mind than simple ice cream or frozen yogurt. 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

James Buchal, Multnomah County Republican Chair

The Multnomah County Republican Party supports the decision of Oregon Republican Senators to refuse to provide a quorum for the carbon cap and trade bill.  “We applaud Senate Republicans for having the courage to use their lawful powers to stop this reckless and staggeringly unfair attack on farms and small businesses throughout Oregon,” said James Buchal, Party Chair.

“HB 2020 will create yet another set of parasites running yet another complex and corrupt regulatory system that lets the rich corporations (if they didn’t already get protection from the bill) buy the right to emit CO2, while jacking up energy prices for the little guy,” said Buchal.  Even the Chapter Director of the Oregon Sierra Club admits that the law “favors big business”.


MCRP Office, 503-956-0919

James Buchal, MRCP Chair, 503-227-1011

Richard H. Carson, MPA, Damascus City Manager

Damascus City Manager, Richard Carson, said that the city’s Budget Committee met on June 20, 2019 and approved a $1,738,000 budget for fiscal year 2020.  So starting July 1st the City of Damascus will be fiscally real. It is already legally real according to the Oregon Appellate Court, League of Oregon Cities, City-County Insurance Service (CIS) and the Oregon Department of Revenue. The latter recently acknowledged that the city is real because on July 1st they will start sending the city monies from the Liquor Tax, Cigarette Tax and State Revenue Sharing.

The new budget will NOT increase property taxes. The new budget simply shifts the existing property taxes from the county to the city. The proposed budget allows the City of Damascus to contract with the county for continued Sheriff patrols and street maintenance. So nothing changes when it comes to police, fire, street, water, sewer or even libraries.

So what’s different? The citizens of the revitalized City of Damascus have a voice and representation in the state of Oregon.”  Which of course begs the question, how will Rep. Janelle Bynum vote on SB 226? Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

If evolution is true, then there must have been a time when these three animals did not possess their miraculous abilities. I’ve listened in on their meetings at that time.

BATS. “Guys, I’m having difficulty flying at night and catching enough insects to fill my stomach. But I’ve been thinking. Why don’t we start using a high-pitched sonar to locate the insects at night?” Another bat in the back of the group speaks up. “What’s sonar?” The first bat tries to explain, “It’s a noise we make. It will bounce off the insects and return to our little ears. Then we’ll do some fast, complex mathematics to determine the speed and trajectory of the insects. And then we’ll be able to nab more food.” The bat at the back yells out again, “I’m still having trouble understanding this sonar-thing. If I don’t understand it, how am I to pass it down to my bat-children?” Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

In honor of Fathers Day and men everywhere, we’ve come to our final Blue Zone. Not that there aren’t other places and other peoples who live long on this earth, but this Blue Zone is where, proportionally speaking, men live longer than anywhere else on our planet! In America only one in 5,000 people live to the age of 100; in the Ogliastra villages of Sardinia, Italy, five people out of 2,500 live to be 100 years old. Blue Zones are those areas where it was discovered that people lived longer than other areas of habitation. Circled in blue ink by researchers, they became the Blue Zones.

In most of the world where a man reaches the age of 100, there are five women who do so. In Sardinia that ratio is one to one, probably because men are able to stave off heart disease longer. But how do they do that? For starters older people don’t retire they just change jobs. In America it is not uncommon for a man to die of a heart attack within three years of retirement. However, changing what work men do keeps them alert and active and using their brains. Not sitting in front of a computer or the TV and just sitting. Continue reading

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