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Rumor Mill: Is Kitzhaber Angling For A Full Pardon?

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Oregonians were left dumbfounded and dismayed that Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber reportedly changed his mind, choosing not to resign despite reports to the contrary. What’s going on? Credible speculation around Salem is that Kitzhaber, seeing the writing on the wall, is fully prepared to walk away from the governor’s mansion, but only if he and […]

Hidden Agenda | the whitestick papers

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[5440 note: reprinted in full by permission of the author. Original post: Hidden Agenda | the whitestick papers.] There always have been, and always will be, sub-groups within the Republican Party. Some are based on demographic similarities; Young Republicans, College Republicans, the Federation of Republican Women and the like. Most of these have links to […]

Guest Post: Making sure Republicans lose

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[5440 note: Making sure Republicans lose, originally published at the whitestick papers. Reprinted by permission of the author.] Almost since its founding in the late 1850’s, the Republican Party has been plagued by internal strife. It’s a party of moral righteousness (and, often, self-righteousness) that takes founding principles very, very seriously. Clashes between firebrand ideologues […]

My friend Stacy lays waste to the White Privilege Conference

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  Check out how my friend Stacy lays waste to the White Privilege Conference. Related articles White Privilege Conference 2014 Part 1 of 4: Leftists Claim Racism Was Invented In The American Colonies (Video) White Privilege Industrial Complex exposed Kyle Olson Exposes White Privilege Conference 2014 on ‘The Kelly File’ (Video) The Kelly File – […]

False Premise Number One: “Something vs. Nothing” | JSL Consulting

Guest post from my buddy John LaRosa. Good read as always. via False Premise Number One: “Something vs. Nothing” | JSL Consulting. I’m tired. I’m really, really tired. Am I getting old? Yes. But while I certainly prefer aging to its alternative, my sprint toward transitional assisted living and perpetual underground residency is not what […]

Guest Post: “RINO” vs. “Moderate Republican” | JSL Consulting

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My buddy John LaRosa has a compelling new post at his blog: “RINO” vs. “Moderate Republican” | JSL Consulting.   In case you haven’t noticed, there is a battle going on, and I’m not talking about the “war on” poverty, drugs, illiteracy or terror. The conflict I’m talking about is taking place within the Republican Party. In […]

Doctor Gosnell: The Cold Reality of Abortion

  Now I want to preface this story with a little bit of information about me. I am not one of those people you will see out on Facebook posting pictures of fetuses. I’m not the guy who pickets abortion clinics or makes the abortion debate his #1 issue. But what I am is a […]

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…

Response to DPO 2012 Legislative Agenda

The Democratic Party of Oregon came out with their “2012 Legislative Agenda Items” so I decided to respond to each of the agenda Items to show from a Republican point of view what we felt about them (but these are my words, and I do not represent the republican party): 1.       Not surprising they want […]

Obama’s War on History

Obama’s War on History

There are a number of things about Obama that bug me. Foremost that he’s president–but that’s not really his fault, is it? But what perhaps bugs me the most is his ongoing War on History–constantly distorting and twisting and misinterpreting it. And usually to distort the importance of government. Take a listen: I Spy Minute […]

Demented Democrat Trashes Pledge – Violates US Flag Code – Insults Veterans

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Suffering from dementia? Carolyn Tomei the “Demented Democrat Dean of the House” made up her own version of the Pledge of Allegiance. You would have to be crazy.  One of the leaders of the newly elected, Democrat-led House of Representatives began this session by doing the equivalent of spitting on the United States Flag and […]

An Apology to Our Founding Fathers

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    My buddy Laurin posted this note on Facebook today, and I found it compelling enough to repost. Dear Founding Fathers: I’m sorry that after all we have been through as a nation that we cannot see when something is wrong under our very eyes. I’m sorry that we have become so dependent on […]

Union Pricing

Union Pricing

If unions are good for industry, then being treated like a union should be good for union workers, right? I can’t help but wonder, though, if they’d buy their own economics… Take a listen! I Spy Minute for Wed Dec 12 2012. Or read the transcript, below. Follow Mark on Twitter @iSpyRadioShow and look for […]

November 12 is the first anniversary of 54°40’ Or Fight!

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I am proud and humbled to celebrate the first anniversary of this blog. It has evolved quite a bit in its first year. I am most proud of the contributors who have agreed to post their stories at 54°40’ Or Fight! We now have 21 active contributors from around the State of Oregon. Several veteran […]

Will Ferrell Wants To Eat Your Hair, For Obama

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Will Ferrell will grovel on a billiards table, wearing a lounge suit made from the finest threads, as long as you agree to vote for Barack Obama. Seriously, he’ll make you a meal of roast flamingo and seared perch. He’ll bungee jump from the Golden Gate Bridge wearing nothing but an ill-fitting trash bag. He’ll […]

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  • Washington responds to House pulling the AHCA March 24, 2017
    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan conceded Friday that there are not enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act through his chamber. Ryan needed 216 votes to pass the legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a system of flat tax credits dispersed to residents based on age, […]
  • Press Release: O’Ban, Rossi say Sound Transit move to engage misses mark March 24, 2017
    The Sound Transit board passed a motion today to authorize its CEO “to continue communications and engagement with the State Legislature” in order to “pursue options to address public concerns” about its inflated car tab tax calculation method.  Sens. Steve O’Ban and Dino Rossi said the premise of the motion does not address the public […]
  • Republicans share their budget proposal, but don’t expect a deal anytime soon March 23, 2017
    The Republican Senate majority unveiled its proposed budget for the 2017-2019 biennium this week. The $43.3 billion plan to fund state government includes $1.8 billion in new money for schools, spending more than 50 percent of the state budget on education for the first time since the 1980s. Senate plan spends over 50% of state […]
  • Obama-Backed Group Appears at Democracy Alliance Donor Strategy Summit March 25, 2017
    A group that is backed by former President Barack Obama participated at a gathering of deep-pocketed progressive donors who huddled together in Washington, D.C. to map out strategies to "restore progressive government" and to ensure fair redistricting in upcoming years. The post Obama-Backed Group Appears at Democracy Alliance Donor Strategy Summit appeared first on Washington […]
  • Iran Faces Stricter Sanctions in Bipartisan House, Senate Bills March 25, 2017
    Iran would be hit with tougher sanctions over the ongoing development of its ballistic missile system under new legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate late Thursday. The post Iran Faces Stricter Sanctions in Bipartisan House, Senate Bills appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last March 25, 2017
    Leo Durocher once boasted that he never lied to Branch Rickey, the stern, churchgoing president of the Brooklyn Dodgers—but that wasn't out of respect. He always told Rickey the truth, Durocher explained, because he figured that "Mr. Rickey never asked a question he didn't already know the answer to." The post Nice Guys Finish Last […]
  • Backstabbing in the Self-Driving Car Industry March 24, 2017
    Bloomberg has a long article about Google’s lawsuit against Uber over self-driving car technology. In a nutshell, one of Google’s top engineers, Anthony Levandowski, left Google to start a new company called Otto that was then purchased by Uber for $700 million, and Google is accusing Levandowski of taking its company secrets with him and […]
  • Transit Ridership Down 2.3% in 2016 March 23, 2017
    With little fanfare, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released its fourth quarter 2016 ridership report last week. When ridership goes up, the lobby group usually issues a big press release ballyhooing the importance of transit (and transit subsidies). But 2016 ridership fell, so there was no press release. The report showed that light-rail ridership […]
  • Did Nader Really Call Apple a Monopoly? March 22, 2017
    “Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, concerned about fake news prevalent on social media sites, believes Congress should weigh in with antitrust legislation targeting Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple,” reports the Washington Examiner. Say what? Just what do Microsoft and Apple have to do with so-called fake news? How are any of these companies monopolies? Is Ralph […]