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Book_burning_(3)The Portland Public School board recently voted to prohibit textbooks or classroom materials questioning the mainstream thinking about climate change.

The decision has sparked an outpouring of commentary, with many writers supportive of the School Board.

However, the wording of the Board resolution should greatly concern parents of Portland public school students. Resolution No. 5272 is two pages long, but the most chilling part is the final sentence: Continue reading


Social cost of methane regulations will further constrain energy production, for no benefit

Having already done yeoman’s work stifling economic growth and job creation, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down again.

The United States created a paltry 38,000 new jobs in May: one for every 8,000 Americans. Its labor force participation rate is a miserable 63% – meaning 93 million Americans are not working, while 6.4 million more are trying to feed their families on involuntary part-time positions and a fraction of their previous salaries. Manufacturing lost another 20,000 jobs in May, as the economy grew at an almost stagnant 0.8% the first quarter of 2016. Middle class family incomes and net worth continue to slide. Continue reading

I like the feeling of accomplishment and making things look better

I like the feeling of accomplishment and making things look better

By Jim Kight

By Jim Kight

It’s 6:00 a.m. and time for breakfast. The first of the work crews are getting ready for a hard day’s work outside whether it is rain or shine, hot or cold. They are grouped together in dorms at Multnomah County Inverness Jail. They have the same goals; do a good day’s work, and get out of jail for the day. As one inmate described it “we have less arguing, less fighting and have a common goal to work together. We like being outside no matter what the weather is like. It feels good to have accomplished something at the end of the day”.

Many of you have seen them in their orange safety vests and bib overalls. They have qualified to work outside cleaning and trimming next to highways, vacant public buildings and a myriad of other projects and a majority of inmates enjoy it. This also includes some nasty cleanups like illegal dump sites and homeless camps. Continue reading

Thursday - Sat, June 10-24, 7:30pm

Thursday – Sat, June 10-24, 7:30pm

Actors Katrina Dawson & Mike Dunay have fun with Reality TV

Actors Katrina Dawson & Mike Dunay have fun with Reality TV

Mark and Heather are fed up with their financial troubles–and with each other. Mark is an unemployed marketing agent who copes with his failures by bullying and ignoring his family. His insecurities are compounded by a fear that his wife has been unfaithful. Heather is a burned out loan officer who survives her tumultuous marriage by drinking too much. When Kitty, their quirky teenage daughter, convinces them that a reality TV show is their ticket out of hardship, the parents jump at it only to find later that having a camera in their faces 24-7 is no picnic. In fact, things go from bad to worse. Continue reading


Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Frank Maguire, Dignified Author, The Northwest Connection

On Saturday, April 30th, my wife Helen and I attended, in Casa Grande, Arizona, the Black Box Theatre’s staging of Radium Girls. In every category—directing, acting, staging—we considered the production another BBT success.

Helen and I had read the script. Black Box Theatre captured the factually-historical events that resulted in the trial against U. S. Radium Corporation–founded in 1914 as the Radium Luminous Material Corporation, the company marketed “Undark,” a mixture of radium and zinc, the radiation causing the sulfide to fluoresce. Continue reading

My Story

By Marlon Furtado, Associate Pastor, Greater Gresham Baptist Church

By Marlon Furtado, Associate Pastor, Greater Gresham Baptist Church

O Bottle, I’m so glad to be rid of you.

When I first met you in my senior year of high school…I thought you were my friend

That first screwdriver Steve fixed at his dad’s bar was GREAT!

I had the BEST time at the dance.liquor-bottle-pourers

Sober by the end. Perfect…NO IDEA WHAT I HAD BEEN MISSING. Continue reading

Lipizzaners Operation Cowboy: Part Two

Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

In last month’s NWC, I wrote about how the Lipizzan horses of the Spanish Riding School were rescued from the Nazi captors by U.S. General George Patton’s Third Army’s 2nd Cavalry unit. This month’s article will cover a broader aspect of the history of the Lipizzan horses, particularly with regard to how they were impacted by the various wars in Europe during the past 500 years.

In 1572 the first Spanish Riding Hall was built, during the Austrian Empire, and is the oldest of its kind in the world. The Spanish Riding School, though located in Vienna, Austria, takes its name from the original Spanish heritage of its horses. Continue reading

bildebergjune092016Bilderberg 2016: What Are The Global Elite Plotting This Time Around

By Michael Snyder – End of The America Dream Blog

Later this week, dozens of the most important men in the world are going to gather at an ultra-luxury hotel in Dresden, Germany to discuss the future of the planet.
What will happen at this meeting will not be televised, and the mainstream media in the United States will almost entirely ignore it, but decisions will be made at this conference that will affect the lives of every man, woman and child on the entire globe. Continue reading

graduationcapbwGraduates face a big challenge

When they go into the Real World, college and high school grads will actually have to THINK

As they don caps and gowns, endure commencement speeches and take their diplomas, many high school and college graduates face bleak prospects in an economy that grew a dismal 0.5% the first quarter.

The United States added a meager 160,000 new non-farm jobs in April, a paltry 4,000 of them in manufacturing. First quarter 2016 averaged just 203,000 jobs per month. The labor force participation rate remains stuck at an abysmal 63% – meaning 93 million working age Americans are still unemployed. Continue reading

Wildlife Agent – First Mission

Who lives here?

Who lives here?

I am issuing an assignment for you and your kids, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, or play date friends. This mission, if you choose to accept it, will lead you to information online that is critical to the deployment of forthcoming spy tasks. You and your agents will follow directives with time outdoors regardless of circumstances beyond your control (i.e., weather). You may complete your mission in your own backyard or a nearby park, or you may challenge yourself by pursuing observations in destinations further out: go on a wildlife observation hike.
Step one: background research. Go to National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) link then click on your state that appears on the US map. Continue reading

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