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Art Crino

The regionalization that has appeared world-wide might be traced back to 1913 when a young revolutionary named Joseph Stalin wrote the short essay, Marxism and the National Question. The question posed was: how to do away with nationalism. The answer was Regionalization. (It’s on the internet in English.)

Jean Monnet, known as the father of the European Union (EU), herded the EU goal through The European Coal & Steel Commission and the European Common Market on to the EU. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

We surely live in a fog these days that has nothing to do with weather conditions. On the best of days many are unable to see the obvious in front of them, let alone anything the least bit sophisticated. They are prisoners of a mindset, a swamp, so thick and so vast that they have little chance of escape.

Welcome to the “Deep State.” Here are three examples where the fog has begun to clear, even as it continues to roll back over us.

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” Continue reading

In a huge win for religious liberty, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today in favor of the First Amendment. The justices rebuked the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for their dismissive and contemptuous ruling against Christian baker Jack Phillips.

Phillips had politely declined to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual “marriage,” on the constitutionally protected grounds that it would violate his conscience to do so. Phillips did this, it should be noted, at a time when same-sex “marriage” was not even legal in Colorado. The couple had gone to Massachusetts where, thanks to Mitt Romney, sodomy-based “marriage” has been “legal” since 2004. Then they came back to Colorado to celebrate. Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Federal judge tells climate litigants to tally the numerous blessings from fossil fuels since 1859

By Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek

Judge William Alsup has a BS in engineering, has written computer programs for his ham radio hobby, delves deeply into the technical aspects of numerous cases before him, and even studied other programming languages for a complex Oracle v. Google lawsuit. Continue reading

Student’s Banned T-Shirt

Liberty High School Class Room Poster

On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the Hillsboro School District (OR) was issued a restraining order because of its unfair suppression of free speech on the part of Addison Barnes, a senior at Liberty High School. U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman heard testimony regarding the issue of Barnes being banned from wearing his “Border Wall Construction Co.” t-shirt while at school (Case 0:18-cv-00877).

The school administration has allowed the display of the poster “Sanctuary City, Welcome Home”, as well as allowing students to walk out in protest regarding various political issues. However, Barnes’ particular viewpoint, as expressed on his t-shirt, was silenced and he was punished by being suspended. Continue reading

Oregon employers began receiving notices this week regarding the new statewide transit tax that goes into effect on July 1. The law requires all employers to withhold, report, and remit one-tenth of one percent of wages paid to their employees to the Oregon Department of Revenue. The money will go into a Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund to subsidize public transit agencies.

The new tax is being imposed at exactly the wrong time in history. Transit ridership is declining across the country, and it’s not because transit agencies lack money. The problem is that their service models are obsolete. Continue reading

Jim Wagner, The Northwest Connection

As the lead singer for the punk rock band “Dead Kennedys” once put it, “if we really want to get serious about helping all the people living in the street…, we could just hire half the people in the country to spy on the other half.” Today’s FBI seems to have taken that counsel very much to heart, at least in so far as its relationship to the Trump presidency is concerned. But have our national spooks really been spying on this president since the earliest days of his campaign? Or were they merely sending agents to “inform” on Trump and his associates?

According to the New York Times Adam Goldman et. al. (May 18, 2018), there is a crucial distinction to be made over this point. According to Goldman, “President Trump accused the FBI…without evidence, of sending a spy to secretly infiltrate his 2016 campaign ‘for political purposes’.” But in reality, the article assures us, FBI agents “merely sent an informant to talk to two campaign advisers….” Which reminds me of that time we sent airplanes to deliver those two packages to Japan. (But let’s not quibble about semantics!) Continue reading

Deroy Murdock

His security, DC bedroom and policies are legitimate and defensible, under any fair standard

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been hounded lately by allegations of rich spending and poor judgment. While he could have detonated himself during recent congressional-oversight hearings, the former Oklahoma prosecutor seems to have survived those tests. Nonetheless, EPA’s inspector general, the Government Accountability Office, and various congressional panels continue to probe Pruitt’s official conduct. While Pruitt has plenty for which to answer, on at least three key counts, he seems to be cleaner than his critics claim. Continue reading

Vijay Jayaraj

Paul Driessen

Misrepresentations by radical greens promote myths of GE dangers and organic benefits

Across the globe, genetically engineered (GE) crops face opposition from environmental and organic food activists, who claim the crops harm the environment and endanger human health.

How factual are their claims? The evidence strongly supports GE over organic crops. Continue reading

Endangered Species Day offers chance to view imperiled pollinator conservation

A Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly on a paintbrush plant at the Oregon Zoo’s butterfly lab. (C) Oregon Zoo / Photo by Melinda Holland.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Visitors to the Oregon Zoo this weekend can catch a rare glimpse of the life cycle of two of its most elusive — and endangered — residents. To celebrate Endangered Species Day, the pathway to the zoo’s butterfly conservation lab will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keepers and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the Taylor’s checkerspot and Oregon silverspot butterflies that are raised in the lab and released into the wild each year.

“This is a great opportunity for people to see the work we do in the lab,” said Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo’s butterfly programs. “The Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies are hatching right now and we have silverspots in diapause preparing to wake up, so there’s a lot going on.” Continue reading

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