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In America’s most powerful, intrusive and costly agency, power resides in one administrator

Since President Trump’s election, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has turned off its massive regulatory printing press. The nation is still here, there have been no man-made environmental catastrophes, and job creation is quickly growing now that the business community is not under the daily fear of another regulation that will slash its profits, force it to lay off employees or put it out of business.

So far, so good. However, if America is to continue its job creation activities, it needs to continue the Trump Administration’s balance between environmental protection and creating jobs and growing businesses. Unfortunately, in the future another anti-business president could be elected. Continue reading

Darlene, one of the zoo’s two cheetahs, loves to chase balls launched by her ‘cheetahpult.’ Photo by Michael Durham, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo.

Custom-built catapult offers enriching exercise for the world’s fastest land animal

 A custom-made contraption has catapulted the Oregon Zoo’s cheetahs toward a new level of fitness. Dubbed the “cheetahpult,” it’s an 8-foot wooden device that flings a ball far enough for a cheetah — the fastest land animal on earth — to chase. After more conventional ball launchers fell short, the cheetahpult was designed and built by staff members with the zoo’s speediest residents in mind.

To watch the cheetahpult in action, visit

“I tried hitting balls for them with a tennis racket, but I could tell they wanted to run farther and faster,” said Beth Foster, a keeper at the Oregon Zoo and one of the designers of the cheetahpult. “Now that I can fling the balls to the far end of their habitat, everyone’s having a lot more fun.” Continue reading

The Constitution makes it abundantly clear that the only mechanism by which a president can be held accountable for misdeeds in office is impeachment. The reason is quite clear: the nation cannot afford to have its sitting president tied up in the ordinary workings of the justice system since he has a country to run. A subpoena is part of the ordinary workings of the justice system. Hence, President Trump is beyond its reach while he is in office.

The Constitution is also clear that after a president has left office – that is, has become an ordinary citizen again – he may be made subject to all the provisions of the criminal legal system for any illegal behavior he may have committed while in office. Bob Mueller, the special counsel, should and probably does know Continue reading

The Bible is full of stories of real people who face real challenges. One such story is about a young Jewish girl who becomes an orphan. Later, as a grown woman, she confronts a corrupt and proud politician who uses his position for personal gain. It’s a story with a bleak future unless God steps into the picture. But God does step in. He uses this orphan and her cousin, two ordinary people, to accomplish remarkable things in their country. As we review her story, you’ll see some similarities to your own, as well.

Years before our heroine, Esther, was born, Babylonia was the dominant world empire. Following its conquest of Israel, many Jews were taken to Babylon as captives. Continue reading

Mount Vesuvius

August 24, 79 A.D. was an historic date for the world. This was the day that Mount Vesuvius erupted in a huge explosion. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history.

Mount Vesuvius is a volcano in southern Italy that sat dormant for centuries. But that all changed when the deadly volcano destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. They were buried by volcanic ash and pumice. Continue reading

There is no possible way that Omarosa thinks that Donald Trump is a racist, despite the unhinged accusations in her book. She began work with him on “The Apprentice” about 13 years ago, and saw him quite frequently during her time on the program. If he is as racist as she claims, and she has deep convictions about racism she claims, she would have been long gone. In fact, she herself said on ABC just last December, regarding Trump, “he is not a racist.”

No, this whole thing about racism is just a con. Once she got fired at the White House, Trump could no longer serve as her ticket to fame and fortune – unless she could fabricate a whole bunch of false accusations, throw them into a book, and make a whole pile of money. The book is nothing but a sad and pathetic Continue reading

Whatever Islam is, what it clearly is not is a religion of peace. It is rather a religion of war, violence, and death.

In London today, a man has been arrested for driving his car into a crowd of cyclists and pedestrians outside Parliament, in classic Muslim style. Authorities, in contrast to their usual reticence, have already made it clear that the driver is being interrogated “on suspicion of terror offences.”

Just over a year ago, Muslim terrorist Khalid Masood deliberately aimed his vehicle at pedestrians and rammed into the gates of Parliament. That jihadi killed five people, including a law enforcement officer, before police shot him dead. Continue reading

I realize that this title sounds out of line, but stay with me and it might make sense. I intend no disrespect toward God – in reality, my goal is just the opposite. But I wonder if He sometimes feels like we see Him as our handyman. I believe we can treat Him that way and not even know it is happening.
The handyman occupation is focused on fixing things. We break something and we schedule our handyman to repair it. We do not consider the time of day or night because we know he wants us to call. We are his livelihood – he needs us. Continue reading

Directing children to learn and be supportive in a friendly environment

If you have lived in East County for any length of time you are familiar with the Drake’s Seven Dees nursery on 165th and Stark. That location has ceased operation and the property been vacant for some time. However, a new enterprise has pushed out of the ground with a very large building—the Boys and Girls Club of Gresham. This 30,000 square foot building is now called home to the five school districts and their students for a multiplicity of programs. To find out more Imani Muhammad, senior director of programs East County, special initiatives was interviewed.
Q. This is an impressive building both from outside as well as inside. How was the funding provided?
A. The majority of the monies came from corporate sponsors, private donations, and fun raising. Out of a $9 million allocated for the project we still have a debt service of approximately $2 million. For our operational costs we had an auction and sit-down dinner at the Portland Art Museum which raised 500k. Continue reading

A few mornings ago, I went out on the deck to water “not as pretty as last year” flower boxes. You can’t win ‘em all! I looked down and saw a tiny sort of face trying to come up between the slats of the deck. I squatted down to get a closer look. At first, I thought it was a tree frog. Easy save, I said to myself. I can just put it in our pond. Oh, what fools we mortals be! It was not a tree frog.

I gently freed the tiny creature from it’s struggles, and it spread out in my hand. I found myself looking at a tiny baby bat! All babies are cute – yes – a bit of a stretch in this case. All I could think of was #1 Why me?! #2 And, now what?! My mind was racing and the tiny creature was gasping. I laid it in a damp paper towel, mainly to keep its body moist. Continue reading

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