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Morons & Geniuses

Morons & Geniuses

It’s rare I disagree with Rush Limbaugh but I can’t disagree with him more on Mitch McConnell’s “plan” to stick Obama with the sequester. No transcript, you’ll have to listen – I Spy Minute for Feb 27 2013   Follow Mark Anderson on Twitter @iSpyRadioShow Like this:Like Loading…

Sarcastic Knife Ban Bill Introduced In Oregon

Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist has submitted legislation, jokingly, that would require a criminal and mental background check of any prospective knife buyer. Thumbprints would be needed and the knife would be registered under the name of the buyer. More ridiculously sarcastic, a whole new department would be created to handle the knife background checks, […]

Oregon HB 2306 Aims To Undermine Political Parties In Oregon

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I do not think it wise to pass HB 2306 for a number of reasons. My understanding is that the effect of this bill will designate all county and city elections as nonpartisan across the entire state, and that it will eliminate the ability of the precinct committee persons in a district to submit suggestions for replacement office holders in the case of a vacancy in local public office.

Frosh Rep On Latest Burdick Gun Grab: “It’s Not Going Anywhere!”

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Dateline Portland Oregon February 23, 2013:  Democratic State Representative Ben Unger offers no support for the latest effort by Democratic Senator Ginny Burdick to grab guns from law abiding Oregonians.  Unger made this clear at an informal “COFFEE WITH YOUR REP!” event held at BJ’s Coffee in Forest Grove Oregon.  HB3200 co-sponsored by a number […]

Democrat Townhall Shuts Down Gun Debate

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An eastside Portland townhall put on by state Senator Rod Monroe and state Representatives Jeff Reardon and Jessica Vega Pederson falls apart as they stop taking questions from pro-gun supporters, and they waffle on answering the few questions that had been asked. Mr. Monroe and Mr. Reardon are both sponsors of Oregon’s HB 3200, which […]

Oregon SEIU Demands Higher Wages, More Vacation, Unicorn Rides

OK, I made that last one up.   But in a state with billions in unfunded liabilities, business-strangling environmental regulations, and an overtaxed, overburdened private sector, unicorn rides are about as realistic as any of their other demands. Hannah Hoffman writes at the Statesman Journal: The state’s largest public-sector union released a list of its bargaining demands […]

Oregon Democrats Introduce Massive Gun Ban Legislation

The Oregon Firearms Federation is raising the alarm on dangerous new anti-gun legislation that has just been introduced in the Oregon House: Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that. Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce […]

PROMINENT DEM TO GUN EXPERT: “HAVE YOU CONSULTED A PSYCHIATRIST?”

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New Daylight Disinfectant Video:  File this one under tolerance of the Left!  At a meeting today of the Washington County Public Affairs Forum a prominent Democrat and former candidate for State Representative went on the record to call Kevin Starrett Founder of the Oregon Firearms Federation crazy.  “Have You Consulted a Psychiatrist?” insults Lee Coleman.  See the full […]

An Open Tweet Letter to Young Voters (with image, tweets) · jimmiebjr · Storify

An Open Tweet Letter to Young Voters (with image, tweets) · jimmiebjr · Storify

I was made to simply sit back and watch as this epic rant unfolded. You will be smarter after you read it. An Open Tweet Letter to Young Voters All those government goodies are going to cost you more than you want to pay. Here’s how you’re being played and what you can do about […]

Liberal Loony Lefty Lady (L4) Debates Pro-Gunners

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Dateline Salem Oregon – January 19, 2013:  “You don’t even know what you want to ban!”  So begins the debate between “Liberal Looney Lefty Lady” (L4) and a well informed group of pro-gunners.  The impromptu interaction occurred following the “Guns Across America Rally” held in front of the Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem Oregon […]

$3.4-billion bridge project so far fails to clear opposition, political wrangling « Watchdog.org

OVER TROUBLED WATERS? Both Washington and Oregon state legislatures are considering spending $450 million to replace the I-5 bridge from Portland to Vancouver By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog SALEM — Washington and Oregon would pay as much as $450 million apiece for a massive bridge and light rail project connecting Portland, Ore., to Vancouver, […]

Do student loans cause income inequality?

Do student loans cause income inequality? The distribution—and redistribution of income—is back in the news. The Economist reported on study of the persistence of income distribution from generation to generation, which generated some discussion. Then, Gary Becker and Richard Posner jumped into the debate with some often overlooked observations.  Judge Posner, however, flag a growing […]

Stand in a bucket

Stand in a bucket

Winston Churchill once famously said, “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” Needless to say, we’re a tad skeptical about Obama’s economic plan that calls for more spending by the government, which […]

Ginny Burdick Lays Out Tactics For Gun Grabbing Advocates

Ginny Burdick Lays Out Tactics For Gun Grabbing Advocates

Oregon state Senator Ginny Burdick spoke at the “One Million Moms For Gun Control” rally, February 9th, 2013 ( https://www.facebook.com/events/274285102701019/ ). There, she laid out the plans and tactics that gun grabbers can use to get what they want, which is more legislation based on fear and misinformation. About 100 people turned out for the […]

PORTLAND’S ANTI-GUN RALLY FLOP

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Dateline Portland Oregon – February 9, 2013:  Portland held it’s “One Million Mom’s for Gun Control Rally,” today at Portland City Hall.  Small problem:  instead of a Million looks like less than a hundred people showed up.  Compare this to the Pro-Gun rallies which have dawn crowds of over a thousand.  The thinly spread crowd carried signs and were prodded […]

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  • Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students April 24, 2015
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  • Today’s Top International Stories: Pakistan, South Africa & Iran April 24, 2015
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