The Northwest Connection

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Nine states and the District of Columbia have now legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Is this a good thing? (Medicinal use is legal in 29 states.)

With loosening standards, it is no surprise that marijuana use is up across the board. Last year, 14% of Americans – one in seven – used pot. Laws actually do make a difference here, as 20% of Americans used pot where it is legal while only 12% used pot where it is against the law. The old saying is that “the law is a teacher,” and this serves as an example.

Citizens in a Christian country such as ours tend to have a high degree of regard and respect for the law, and by and large carry with them an assumption that lawmakers have put some thought and exercised some prudence in forming our laws. Continue reading

Portland’s Metro Council plans to award grants for its Investment and Innovation program this fall. The program seeks to strengthen the local infrastructure for waste reduction; but with a combination of corporate welfare and vague performance measures, its methods are murky at best and unethical at worst.

With $9 million in funding over three years, Metro’s program offers grants of up to $500,000 to both non-profit and for-profit organizations for projects in line with Metro’s waste reduction goals. The grants are limited to costs tied to waste reduction projects; but padding companies’ expenses to benefit these Continue reading

Americans, particularly conservative Americans, seem to have little awareness of how much rides on President Trump’s ability to survive the storm.

The Republicans, jellyfish that they are, certainly do not. Virtually no Republican on Capitol Hill has made any effort to stand by the president in his current troubles. They seem to shrug their shoulders at the prospect of the president being disabled in office or removed from it altogether. Many might even relish the prospect.

I want to be clear about one thing. It is impossible to defend the president’s behavior with porn stars and playmates a decade ago, and I certainly won’t. This is an entirely self-inflicted wound. None of this would be happening to the president if he’d kept his pants on. He has no one to blame for his current troubles but himself. Continue reading

Juvenile Asian elephant Samudra in the pool at Elephant Lands.  Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

‘Class clown’ of the zoo herd is known for his playful personality and love of water

Asian elephant Samudra turned 10 years old at the Oregon Zoo today, and it’s safe to say birthday boys don’t come much bigger. The playful pachyderm, who weighed 286 pounds at birth, now tips the scales at 7,545 pounds, and keepers expect him put on two to three more tons over the next decade.

“It’s been exciting to watch him grow up,” said Shawn Finnell, the zoo’s senior elephant keeper. “He’s getting more confident as he matures, but he still has the playfulness he was born with. He’s kind of like the class clown of the herd, always fun to be around.” Continue reading

Interior Department reverses activist-initiated Obama-era ban on farming activities in refuges

I don’t pull my punches over destructive, inhumane or just plain lunatic policies demanded by extreme environmentalists. I criticize them, as well as friends and “good guys,” when I think they got it wrong on energy or environmental issues. I also offer praise when it is deserved.

When Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke – whom I admire greatly – let a last-minute Obama endangered species designation for the “Rusty Patched Bumblebee” (RPB) take effect in March 2017, I faulted the decision (here and here). Continue reading

Qanon.pub is an uncensorable platform from US Military/Trump to directly alert/inform public about embedded Global evils and Q team Ops to eradicate them… thus draining the Swamp and bringing truth,  love, justice and hope to USA/World. Doesn’t this sound like a practical answer to the Lord’s Prayer?!!

Now the entire MSM tries to discredit Q. Why? Because it’s a threat to expose them? Use Logic/reason. Continue reading

The human psyche is a delicate matter. I took psychology classes from an expert professor. One story she used to tell was about being on a train with a young woman and her baby. The woman had just said goodbye to her husband. He was leaving to rejoin armed forces overseas. She boarded the train clutching her baby and crying. Aboard the train, the baby began to cry also. Eventually, this annoyance caused the passengers to turn and glare at her. Finally, my professor got up and approached the young mother. She introduced herself and asked if she might hold the baby. The distraught mother handed her the child, who ceased crying and snuggled against her shoulder. The mother was grateful. Continue reading

One of the major events in the Bible’s book of Exodus is the miraculous departure, or Exodus, of the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt. The memory of this single event is repeated over and over throughout the history of the Jewish nation. The Hebrew people had been slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years. That’s all the people knew – harsh slavery. The Pharaoh had deceitfully enslaved them and through hard labor, forced them to construct cities for him.

But once they began to call on God for help, He raised up Moses to be their deliverer. If you take time to notice, you will see that the early story of Moses really magnifies the character of five women. First on the scene are two midwives. Because they feared God more than they feared Pharaoh, they disobeyed his orders to throw newborn males into the river. Secondly, you see the faith of Moses’ mother to hide him for three months and then, unable to hide him Continue reading

The newest member of the colobus family practices some climbing skills. Photo by Kathy Street, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo.

Newest member of the primate family is now hopping, leaping and hanging by its tail

 A gravity-defying acrobatics show debuted at the Oregon Zoo this week as a 2-month-old colobus monkey began learning to climb. Though the fluffy white youngster has yet to develop the long, cape-like fur of its parents, it’s well on the way to mastering their signature climbing and leaping abilities.

“Colobus monkeys are excellent climbers,” said Colleen Reed, a keeper who cares for the zoo’s primates. “Though they don’t have thumbs, they use their long fingers as hooks to help them leap from tree to tree.”

See video of the colobus baby climbing at http://bit.ly/colobusclimb Continue reading

Though the answer wouldn’t be obvious to unbelievers or even to most Christians, the Bible is clear on this: it’s Jesus. Psalm 45:6-7 is quoted in direct reference to the Messiah, in Hebrews 1:8-9, where the Father says of His Son: “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” Most scholars think “companions,” in context, is the whole human race that Jesus became part of in His incarnation.

Notice the connection between Christ’s righteousness and His gladness, whereas in Scripture wickedness brings misery. Ironically, we often think of ourselves as fun -loving, and of God as a humorless killjoy. But we’ve got it backward. We are the dull ones, not God. Did we invent wit, humor, and laughter? No. God did. We’ll never begin to exhaust God’s sense of humor and His love for pleasure-filled joy. Continue reading

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