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Adule male Masai giraffe Buttercup (taller) with juvenile female Masai giraffe Kiden. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

Kiden, a 2-year-old Masai giraffe, joins Buttercup and Desi in zoo’s Africa area

 The Oregon Zoo’s animal population gained 11 extra feet recently, all courtesy of Kiden, a female Masai giraffe recently arrived from South Carolina’s Greenville Zoo.

The towering 2-year-old, who arrived in Portland late last month, met the zoo’s other giraffes, Buttercup and Desi, on Tuesday, and animal-care staff report Kiden is making herself right at home.

“Giraffes are herd animals, so it’s wonderful to welcome a new member of the family,” said Becca Van Beek, who oversees the zoo’s Africa area. “Yesterday was her first day out with the boys, and she and Buttercup have been spending a lot of time together.”

To see video of Kiden exploring her new home, go to

The new giraffe spent a few weeks acclimating before meeting Buttercup and Desi, along with the Spekes gazelle and southern ground hornbills that share their mixed-species habitat.

“Young giraffes like Kiden are naturally curious and playful, and it’s been a lot of fun to see her interacting with the other animals,” Van Beek said.

Giraffe fans will have to wait a bit to see Kiden in person, as the zoo remains closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Oregon Zoo Foundation is leading efforts to fund critical operating needs of the zoo during its closure. To contribute, go to Continue reading

James Buchal, Multnomah County Republican Chair

Portland attorney James L. Buchal, in association with attorney Tyler Smith of Canby, Oregon, has filed suit in federal district court to enjoin the Governor’s continuing shutdown of businesses throughout the State.   The complaint, brought on behalf of small businesses throughout the State, alleges that full shutdown orders are obviously no longer necessary to prevent Oregon’s emergency health services from being overwhelmed, and that the massive economic harm from the shutdown, and rise in suicides, should “shock the conscience” of the Court.  The suit is supported by expert medical testimony warning of the very real adverse effects of the Governor’s lockdown which may even exceed the effects of COVID-19.

Buchal warns that “few American citizens understand that perhaps the most fundamental human right, to work to earn money to support oneself, is now perhaps the most disfavored right in the federal courts.  Instead of a government of laws, we have a totem pole of rights depending on your identity group, Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

Does Metro’s appetite for more money ever end? Last November, Metro raised property taxes by $475 million for parks and nature. Now, with Measure 26-210, Metro wants another $2.5 billion for housing services. In November, Metro will have a third ballot measure, asking for an additional $3.8 billion to expand light rail. That’s nearly $6.8 billion in new taxes for Metro—in one year alone.

COVID-19 has crushed the economy. Our region is in a recession. Businesses are closing, and many of them will never reopen. Even so, Metro’s charging full speed ahead with Measure 26-210. Many small and medium sized business owners will be taxed twice by Metro’s measure. First on their business income, then on their personal income. It’s bad policy coupled with terrible timing.

In its rush to get Measure 26-210 to the ballot, Metro has left many unanswered questions. Who’s going to collect the taxes? How will collections be enforced? Who gets the money? How many people get off the streets and into housing? When will the camps go away? How do we measure success? No one knows. Continue reading

Rachel Dawson, Policy Analyst, Cascade Policy Institute

Despite the claims of environmentalists promoting wind and solar energy, there is no perfect energy source. Each alternative has its own unique benefits and costs.
So, it was certainly no surprise when a recent Michael Moore film criticizing renewable energy made headlines and caused panic in liberal circles. In his Earth Day film, Planet of the Humans, staunch environmentalist Moore discovered that renewable energy was not as infallible as he had been led to believe.

It is, he says, a “documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day…we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road.”

Through the film, Director Jeff Gibbs discovers, among other things, that: Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

As of this writing in late April, 59,266 Americans have died from the “Wuhan Chinese coronavirus,” where the name has been changed to protect the guilty. So it is now officially designated by the acronym, “COVID-19.” A month ago, only 2,110 Americans had perished. We are now into a major pandemic.

Some will be quick to point out that the statistics may not be entirely accurate, because those physicians who fill out death certificates are listing the cause of death to be “COVID-19,” even if the patient was close to dying from “underlying conditions” that are typical of old age. The cynical will say that physicians typically make more money treating the coronavirus than the underlying conditions. Hence, the bias toward labeling more deaths as ‘coronavirus deaths.’ But the statistic is still valid, because it demonstrates that many have and still are perishing from a highly infectious disease that was unknown just a few months ago.

Last month, I pointed out that the number of deaths in the USA were doubling every three days, indicating an exponential growth. If unchecked, that could have led to a million deaths per day by the end of April. But most people had already begun to duck by mid March, either because they saw the storm coming or because local authorities told them to stay home.

Had everyone complied, we would not be seeing the horrendous death rate we are experiencing. In fact, we would not be seeing any new cases, if everyone had self quarantined for the month. Of course, those who provide essential service could not fully comply. But many others who could, simply did not. Continue reading

Jerry Newcombe

As of this writing, tens of thousands of Americans have reportedly died from the coronavirus. Also, 30 million have abruptly lost work.

Scan the headlines these days, and the bad news because of the coronavirus seems to get worse and worse:

  • April’s unemployment is described by the Wall Street Journal as “the largest one-month blow to the U.S. labor market on record” (5/3/20). The worst job loss ever.
  • “Universities across the country are being hit with lawsuits by students who aren’t satisfied with the refunds they’re being provided after being told to leave campus” (, 4/27/20).
  • As one of six workers are suddenly out of a job, hunger is a growing problem. The AP reports, “Before the pandemic, food policy experts say, roughly one out of every eight or nine Americans struggled to stay fed. Now as many as one out of every four are projected to join the ranks of the hungry” (5/4/20).

Amidst all the bad news, is there any hope? Does America still have a prayer?

Yes. Thursday, May 7, 2020 was the National Day of Prayer. And, boy, did we need it. Continue reading

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Martin Luther, Photo credit: Public domain

This year when President Trump renewed the American custom of a National Day of Prayer, within the attendees sat clergy of every denomination, and a number of Jewish Rabbis.

President Trump is consistently scorned by his antagonists and called a racist and an anti-Semite.

The truth is that every time President Trump speaks, and acts, he is pointedly/openly critical of those who are race-haters and those who display anti-Semitic hatred.

Here is what history tells us that ties the Satanic NAZI Fuhrer Adolf Hitler to the famous Theologian Martin Luther. Continue reading

Jim Humphrey

My last two studies covered Romans 1:1 – 17 wherein the word “faith” occurs six times, teaching, among other things that the Gospel of Christ the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to the Apostle Paul “is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek,” Romans 1:16. And that same Gospel also reveals the righteousness of God throughout history, i.e., from faith to faith: because faith was required for anyone at any time in history in order for them to be just or righteous before God, Romans 1:17. And it is not faith for faith’s sake; it means faith in God’s Word, true faith, which comes by hearing the Word of God, Romans 10:17. The word “faith” is not found after Romans 1:17 in the first chapter, nor in the second chapter. Instead, we find the other side of the coin of God’s righteousness, so to speak, and that is God’s wrath against those without faith. “For (in the gospel of Christ that reveals God’s righteousness) the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” Romans 1:18. Paul continues in chapter one and throughout the second chapter teaching why God is right and just to pour out wrath on faithless, unrighteous mankind, whether Jew or Gentile. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

Mothers have a tremendous influence in the lives of their children. What kind of adults their children become is not entirely dependent upon their mom, but she plays a huge role in how they turn out. Motherhood is no picnic. It is probably the greatest challenge women face, being a 24/7 commitment. Even when the kids are grown and out of the nest, a mother continues to think about them.

I applaud single mothers who work hard all day, only to come home to the never-ending tasks of meal preparation, grocery shopping, doing laundry, and helping with homework. I don’t think anyone other than a single mom can relate to how exhausting it is.

In addition to single moms, my heart goes out to the women who want to be mothers, but either they aren’t married or they can’t get pregnant. They want to celebrate with their friends who are having children, but, at the same time, it is a disappointing reminder that they won’t be holding their own baby in the near future. For them, Mother’s Day can be a hard day. In fact, some will avoid church that particular Sunday to avoid the reminder that they aren’t mothers. Continue reading

Bill Gates, Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Being a protective mother with a toddler, I became very curious about every substance I put into his growing body. This led me to research the history of vaccines, including the current efforts for COVID-19. Among the key players in the spotlight of our virus induced global distress, there has been few as vocal or prolific as Microsoft’s founder and billionaire, Bill Gates. Gates and wife Melinda, have made it a part of their “philanthropic” mission to involve themselves in the business of immunization(s). With a recent pledge of $100 million for COVID-19 vaccine testing, disease surveillance efforts, as well as to “multilateral” bodies such as the CDC and WHO, many people following the changing political, healthcare, and agricultural arenas have found Gates’ (a business man with a history of aggressive tactics) involvement to be worthy of examination.

Bill Gates was born to powerful parents: Attorney Bill Gates Sr., and Mary Maxwell Gates, a prominent Seattle business woman who was a catalyst for her son launching Microsoft. Gates Sr. is well known as having been the head of Planned Parenthood (a non-profit organization which brought in over $1.6 billion in 2018, and was founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916). In a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble in December of 1939, Sanger ex-posited her vision for the “Negro Project,” a freshly launched collaboration between the American Birth Control League and Sanger’s Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau. In her letter to Gamble, she stated “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” Microsoft is, and has been, one of the biggest donors of Planned Parenthood. Continue reading

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