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Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

I spent about 50 years of my life as a professional musician. The “tools” of my art were Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm (the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music). All types of music are rhythmic: waltz; polka; tango; mambo; samba, et al.So, then, what is a “circadian rhythm? Unless one literally dances in his/her sleep, “circadian rhythm” has nothing to do with dancing.

Circadian rhythm is among the family of sleep disorders affecting (among other bodily processes) the timing of sleep. As a kid, I always wondered how I was able to awaken on time so as to not be tardy for school, or not be late for an athletic even in which I was a participant. And I wondered why I had this natural ability when many of my friends were late for everything. And always apologizing, but never changing. Continue reading

George Washington is quoted as saying when asked by his father if he cut down the cherry tree “I cannot tell a lie …I did cut it with my hatchet”. My guess is that he could – – and likely did lie at times in his life. General Washington undoubtedly lied to confound the enemy in order to protect the lives of his own troops.

In researching the topic of “LYING”, I found extensive information that suggests there are many reasons that people lie. Not to poo-poo these brilliant psychiatrists and psychologists who likely put in hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on their studies – – but in my very humble opinion, people lie because they WANT THEIR CAKE & WANT TO EAT IT TOO. Simple as that! The “why” a person lies is truly unimportant. Continue reading

The Bible’s view of human sexuality is quite direct: God created them “male and female” (Genesis 1:27). There are two sexes, or genders, and only two. Period!

People may be confused about their sexual identity, but the solution in such cases is to help them reconcile their mental view of themselves with biological reality. It is not to mutilate the human body in a vain attempt to work things the other way round.

Jesus was quite clear that abiding in his word is the key to knowing the truth, and it is the “truth (that) shall set you free” (John 8:32), not hormones or the surgeon’s scalpel. Continue reading

Art Crino

Early in the twentieth century it became fashionable for larger nations to acquire colonies. This resulted in a common expression in that time period: The sun never sets on the British Empire. In 1910 Japan by force acquired the entire Korean peninsula. During World War Two (WWII) Korean men were drafted into the military and the report persists that Korean women were forced to serve for the “comfort” of Japanese troops.

At the February 1945 Yalta Conference, Stalin agreed with President Roosevelt (FDR) on a four-power trusteeship for Korea, the powers to be for the for Korean trusteeship were the United States, China, Russia and Britain. The trusteeship called for a unified administration of all Korea with the government of Koreans to be freely elected to govern the Korean peninsula. This Korean decision was ratified when Harry Hopkins met with Stalin in Moscow later in 1945. Continue reading

What do 29 states and nations from Australia to the Netherlands have in common? School choice. In Belgium, school choice is enshrined as a constitutional right. Pakistan utilizes a voucher program. The result is higher-quality education for kids of all backgrounds. It’s time for Oregon to recognize these benefits and embrace school choice.

Not only are participants in school choice programs more likely to graduate and enroll in college, but 31 of 33 available studies have demonstrated that the resulting interschool competition positively impacts public schools. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

I don’t usually burden my readers with technical jargon, but in this case…

Those of us technically inclined call the rapid ‘Climate Change’ we and other communities across the USA are presently experiencing “Summer.” That can mean heat that may seem unbearable. But trust me, “Summer” always gives way to “Fall” and “Winter,” followed by the miracle of “Spring.” We previously called this phenomenon the “changing seasons,” but now it is simply ‘Climate Change’!

Seasons have to do with the tilt of the Earth’s axis with respect to the plane of the ecliptic, not with carbon dioxide. No tilt would mean no seasons, because both the Northern and Southern hemispheres would receive equal sunlight year around. But I am already getting far beyond what even graduates of Harvard Continue reading

Most people don’t really care, don’t think it affects them much, and don’t believe the hype

In a recent interview with the Vatican News service, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore again claimed “the climate crisis is now the biggest existential challenge humanity has ever faced.”

Gore boasted, “I have been fortunate to be able to pour every ounce of energy I have into efforts to contribute to the solution to his crisis.” Ironically, Mr. Gore personally uses vast amounts of energy, often traveling in private jets, SUVs and limousines, and lives in mansions, one of which uses 21 times more electricity than the average American home. Continue reading

Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday not only completely discredited the Southern Poverty Law Center, he cut it off at the knees. He eviscerated it. He completely and thoroughly destroyed its credibility. Good for him.

The SPLC did some good civil rights work back in the day, and even won a $7 million wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the bereaved mother of a young black man, who died at the hands of a klansman. (This was after Jeff Sessions, as Alabama’s attorney general, had gotten the klansman sentenced to death.) The award bankrupted the Ku Klux Klan in the South. The KKK had no assets other than a broken down warehouse, so that’s what the mother got in the settlement. Continue reading

But Greens go apoplectic over rule change that would have no climate or other benefits

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards were devised back in 1975, amid anxiety over the OPEC oil embargo and supposedly imminent depletion of the world’s oil supplies. Continue reading

Celebrating the pairing of Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland.
The Boring Community Social In The Park is the traditional activity for Boring & Dull Day. A day set aside by the state legislature.
Every August 9th is to be Boring & Dull Day in perpetuity.
Free Ice Cream will be served by volunteers from:
Damascus Kiwanis Club, Hollyview Family Church, Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars and Country Cutups Square Dance Club
Food For Purchase will be available by the Boring-Damascus Grange.
New this year: Continue reading

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