America needs Jesus. No greater reminder of that fact can be seen than the recent protests in the streets of the nation.
The anger against what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis last week is justified. The violence and looting that came in the wake of protests is not.
A white officer kneeled on the neck of a black man in his custody until he was
dead—while being recorded on video by numerous bystanders. But protests turned violent and destructive, and now they are taking place in major cities all over the nation.
In an editorial in the Wall Street Journal (June 1, 2020), Robert Woodson opines, “Riots Invite Crime, Not Justice.” He adds, “Blacks end up suffering more when hostility to police makes it impossible to maintain urban order.”
Long-term positive change can be effected through peaceful means. I think, for instance, of the peaceful African-American lady who, with God’s help, led the peaceful wade-ins at Fort Lauderdale beaches in the early 1960s. Continue reading
While traveling down the Columbia River on Sunday, November 3, 1805, Captain William Clark wrote in his journal:
“The Fog so thick this morning that we could not see a man 50 Steps off, this fog detained us until 10 oClock at which time we Set out, accompanied by our Indian friends who are from a village near the great falls.
“The Quick Sand [Sandy] river appears to pass through the low countrey at the foot of those high range of mountains in a Southerly direction. A Mountain which we Suppose to be Mt. Hood, is S. 85º E about 47 miles distant from the mouth of quick sand river. This Mtn. Is covered with Snow and in the range of mountains which we have passed through and is of a conical form but rugid.”
Subsequently, “the Quick Sand River” was re-named simply the Sandy, and for a time a small town at its mouth was called Sandy. It was only when the townspeople decided to call it Troutdale that the present location was able to call itself Sandy, beginning with Sandy Post Office on February 13, 1873. Continue reading
While the Coronavirus curve has been flattened – along with religious liberty and the American economy – it is still a threat to some. And Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is still the drug of choice to prevent it and cure it.
Now the Deep State in the medical community do not want you or the world to know that. The reason is as old as commerce itself: follow the money. There is a $6 billion to $19 billion payday for the Big Pharma company which comes up with a vaccine. But since HCQ is a generic, Big Pharma ain’t gonna make nothing off it if it gets recognized as the standard of care.
So the Big Pharma Deep State literally has billions of reasons to sabotage HCQ trials and convince the world that it’s a dangerous, even lethal, drug. If they can get a close adviser to the president to publicly pooh-pooh it on national TV, all the better. Once the word gets out that it stops COVID-19 in its tracks and functions just like a vaccine, it’s game over for Big Pharma. You can get a bottle of HCQ at Fred Meyer for $14.95.
Opponents of affordable health care of the COVID variety have managed to convince the world that HCQ poses a serious risk to heart health, despite no evidence of that at all. HCQ has been used since the 1940s to treat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis without any serious side effects. I received an email from a listener who has been taking HCQ for RA for 42 years with no side effects at all. Continue reading
Since the dawn of the Republic, enforcement powers have been clearly delineated between the states and the central government. The states were responsible for internal use of force to maintain order, while the federal government was responsible for external use of force to repel a threat to the security of every state from some foreign actor. States had the responsibility to enforce the law, the federal government had the responsibility to wage war.
Because of this constitutional division of labor and power, the use of federal troops at the state level has been rare. But several presidents have done so under exigent circumstances, including Abraham Lincoln who used the military to put down a full-bore rebellion.
According to the Congressional Research Service, under the Insurrection Act of 1807 Congress delegated authority to the president to call the military during an insurrection or civil disturbance, at the request of a state government, for the purpose of suppressing “domestic violence.”
After the passage of the 14th Amendment, another provision was added to the Insurrection Act that allows the president to use the military without a request from, or even the consent of, a state government to suppress any “insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.” This was enabling legislation to make it possible for the 14th Amendment, which provided citizenship to former slaves, to be fully implemented. Continue reading
With the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic waning somewhat in the USA and locally here in Oregon, as people become more careful about spreading it, we are close to the point where we should talk about ‘lessons learned.’ That is the process of 20/20 hindsight, where we look back at what was done and not done that could have altered the course of the pandemic more favorably. Politicians and other political partisans are already offering their commentary, usually blaming someone else for their own miserable mismanagement.
Everyone across the political spectrum should be chastised for the backwards quarantine, where we quarantined the young and healthy and did little to keep the infected from transmitting the virus to those at severe risk, namely the elderly. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo even ordered his state’s nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients! That resulted in thousands of deaths. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis used his resources to protect the most vulnerable, and Florida did not see the same carnage.
But let us take a breather from nonstop pandemic discussions to remember the “other crisis” that will return as soon as the Left has milked the coronavirus for all it is worth. Fanatics understand that crises are perfect tools for moving our society in directions that most would never want under Continue reading
School choice has been increasing in popularity with parents for years. Education policies that give parents more options for their kids have been trending positively across most demographics.
Now, a late-April poll conducted by Heart + Mind Strategies reports that a majority of parents are considering changing their children’s future school enrollment. Parents were asked: “Has the impact of coronavirus on your child’s education caused you to consider changing your child’s future schooling?” Among public school parents, 14% said they are considering homeschooling, 20% said they are considering a private school, and 26% said they are considering a different public school.
Education Savings Account programs are an education funding solution that addresses the needs of parents today. ESAs give parents a kind of “money-back guarantee” if they want to opt out of their zoned public schools and choose other options. ESA programs currently operating in five states deposit a portion of the state funding that would be spent for a student in a public school into an account associated with the child’s family. Families can use those funds to pay for tuition or other education expenses. Continue reading
The Founding Fathers set out to craft a Constitution for the specific purpose of telling the new central government what it could NOT do. Patrick Henry and others refused to support the new Constitution because it did not contain a Bill of Rights, which would set out clearly the rights ordinary Americans possess which the federal government would not be allowed to take away.
Henry was afraid that without clear, unambiguous restraints on the power and reach of the central government, we would simply be exchanging a new tyrant – King Government – for the one we had just got rid of, King George.
And so a cluster of amendments was drafted and quickly adopted by the states. Ten shackles were forged for the federal government which became known as the Bill of Rights. Based on our recent history with England, the Founders were eager, as a first order of business, to make it clear that the just-formed government would be absolutely forbidden to tell the church how to do its business. John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, was locked up in jail for 12 years for preaching without a license. The Founders were determined that something like that would never get a foothold here.
According to the First Amendment, the government would be resolutely forbidden to “establish” an official church for the United States. It was forever prevented from picking one Christian denomination and making it the American equivalent of the Anglican Church and requiring American citizens to support it with their tax dollars. Continue reading
Please reference CCSO Case # 20-011024
On May 28, the Happy Valley Police Department and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two subjects on several charges after they were seen prowling around a Damascus neighborhood. Stolen property was recovered and some was returned to the owners. Authorities are currently searching for more victims so they can reunite them with their stolen property.
At 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a subject walking through Damascus’ Goosehollow neighborhood checking for unlocked cars. There appeared to be a car following the subject slowly.
(The Goosehollow neighborhood is located in Damascus near SE Eckert Road and Highway 224; it’s not to be confused with Portland’s Goose Hollow neighborhood.)
Upon arriving in the area, a deputy spotted the suspect vehicle driving without headlights on. The deputy stopped the car on Hwy. 212 near SE 152nd Avenue in Happy Valley to investigate further.
Deputies contacted the two subjects in the car, who were later identified as Casey Lee Murphy, 34, of Portland, and Christopher Duane Holverson, 34, of Wilsonville. Continue reading
The Multnomah County Republican Party wants Portland residents to remember that a well-recognized riot control technique is to encircle a rioting crowd, arrest every person in it for riot, confiscate all the video evidence, and then use it to charge the wrongdoers with felony riot, holding and identifying all participants while the evidence is quickly screened. The Portland Police Bureau demonstrated it could do exactly that on June 4, 2018, but the City of Portland rejected this policy in favor of protecting the civil rights of those who disobey police orders to leave illegal, violent and destructive riot scenes—and now violate curfew orders.
“The City’s leadership is an embarrassment to this City or worse,” said Party Chair James Buchal. “After all of Portland’s experience with mass protests, can the police really be so incompetent as to fail to encircle these crowds and arrest them all? Of course not. This is a deliberate policy choice to promoting further disorder.”
“The City has demonstrated that its top priority is protecting government property and the personal safety of curfew violators, with protecting and serving the law-abiding citizens coming last. The curfew orders are an embarrassment, with the Mayor and police publicly supporting mass curfew violations. Once again, we see Democratic leadership pursuing the strategy of slapping tighter and tighter controls on ordinary Americans,” said Buchal, “while letting those who break the law run wild.” Continue reading
Pseudo-green energy will wreak devastation, pretending to prevent exaggerated climate harm
“We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” The infamous Vietnam era quotation may or may not have been uttered by an anonymous US Army major. It may have been misquoted, revised, apocryphal or invented. But it quickly morphed into an anti-war mantra that reflected attitudes of the time.
For Virginians and others forced to travel the path of “clean, green, renewable, sustainable” energy, it will redound in modern politics as “We had to destroy the environment in order to save it.”
Weeks after Governor Ralph Northam signed Virginia’s “Clean Economy Act,” which had been rushed through a partisan Democrat legislature, Dominion Energy Virginia announced it would reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To do so, the utility company will raise family, business, hospital and school electricity bills by 3% every year for the next ten years – as these customers and state and local governments struggle to climb out of the financial holes created by the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown. Continue reading