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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 […]

Is Kate Brown Any Improvement Over John Kitzhaber?

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If appearances hold and Democrat John Kitzhaber resigns as Oregon Governor, what will the next administration look like under Democrat Kate Brown? Despite his repeated refusal to comment, embattled Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber appears poised to resign soon (although the Oregonian is reporting otherwise). Should this resignation occur, what can we expect from Democrat Kate […]

ANALYSIS: What Do We Know About Kitzhaber And Kate Brown’s Return?

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 How likely is a John Kitzhaber resignation? So much speculation is being offered regarding John Kitzhaber’s job status that it’s hard to keep up. We know that the Democratic Governor of Oregon is in deep trouble in his fourth term. We know that Kate Brown is second in line for the job should Kitzhaber resign. […]

Possible Huge News – Kate Brown Rushes Back To Oregon – Kitzhaber Out?

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Is this the beginning of the end for Democrat Governor John Kitzhaber? Reports are that Kate Brown, Democrat Secretary of State of Oregon and first in line of succession, has unexpectedly left the national Secretaries of State conference to rush back to Oregon today. As we detailed last week, Kitzhaber has been embroiled in an […]

BOMBSHELL – Kitzhaber Lied In His Press Conference Jan 30, 2015

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In an extraordinary press conference on Friday, January 30, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber addressed concerns about his fiancee Cylvia Hayes and her tax returns, and whether there were lapses in reporting of income under Oregon ethics laws. Financial disclosure forms require the reporting of all household income to the Oregon Ethics Commission. Allegations of impropriety […]

Public Schools Encouraging Anti-Semitism

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[Reposted from my blog at http://hillsboroerik.com .] When I first started writing this series on the politically biased, racist, logically confused, and embarrassing “White Privilege”-based Equity training materials used by many public school districts, including Hillsboro, earlier this summer, I wasn’t planning to write this article.    After all, if you have read my previous blogs, […]

Advancing Equity Through Ad Hominem Arguments

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[reposted from my blog at http://hillsboroerik.com] This week we continue our discussion of Hillsboro’s (and many other public school districts’) embarrassing Equity training materials, which are based in Critical Race Theory , redefine “racism” so that only white people can be racist, and teach that meritocracy in America is a myth, since most success really […]

How Local Government Works – Or Doesn’t – Might Just Make Your Head Explode

How Local Government Works – Or Doesn’t – Might Just Make Your Head Explode

Public information. What is that? A great working definition, as it pertains to government is: All information originating from the field of work of the public sector bodies and occurring in the form of a document, a case, a dossier, a register, a record or other documentary material drawn up by the body, by the […]

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 […]

Chaffetz: Obama Said Sue Me. So We Are.

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  “Obama said Sue me. So we are.” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) expressed frustration on Wednesday regarding what he described as President Obama’s willingness to sidestep Congress to write his own laws. Chaffetz joined Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) on a conference call to discuss the resolution being voted on Wednesday evening to authorize Congress to […]

Looking Forward To April 15

Looking Forward To April 15

The coming tax season brings new forms, which apparently will need to be filled out and included with your return in order to satisfy the requirements of newly-added Line 61 on your Form 1040: Health care: individual responsibility. New this year for your computational and documental pleasure: Form 1095-A, Form 1095-B, and (assuming you were somehow able to qualify for […]

Bombshell: Lois Lerner Reveals Bias Against Republicans

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Despite the fact that Lois Lerner’s emails were destroyed to protect her from prosecution mysteriously vanished, investigators have retrieved some of the missing emails. Newly uncovered emails reveal Lerner’s bias against Republicans, including calling them “assholes”. In a press release today, Rep. David Camp (R-MI), Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, sent additional evidence […]

New Report Shows Oregon’s Economy Is Struggling Due To Cronyism

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A new report released today shows that Oregon ranks near the top of all states in special tax breaks, loopholes and corporate cronyism. The report shows that, by choosing winners and losers in the economy and attempting to shape the economy through central planning, Oregon’s economy is falling behind other states that are much more […]

The Battle For The Soul Of The Republican Party

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  [5440 note: this is an adaptation of a presentation given by the author at the TechRoanoke Conference in Bellevue, WA, June 2014] There is a battle on for the soul of the GOP. But to clarify, I’m NOT going to be talking about the 800lb gorilla in the room. The factional infighting, the purity […]

Oregon Planned Parenthood Caught Promoting X-Rated Advice

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Oregon Planned Parenthood gives a 15 year old advice on BDSM, other sexual practices. From the Oregon Is A National Embarrassment Files, #5,792,430: The undercover video, “SEXED: Dangerous Sex Advice for Kids (Episode 3),” is part of Live Action’s nationwide campaign to spread awareness of Planned Parenthood’s track record of offering advice about “BDSM”—a practice […]

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    1) On Sunday, four American members of the press were arrested in Bahrain, while covering protests marking the anniversary of Bahrain’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Family members now report that on Tuesday, Bahrain released Anna Day and her camera crew after being interrogated. They have left Bahrain. The government claims the four participated in an […]
  • Today Top 3+ International Stories: Egypt, Mexico, France Plus Syria February 12, 2016
    1) In Egypt, thousands of doctors in Cairo turned out to protest after reports circulated that two doctors at a hospital in the capital had been beaten by police. It is not clear why the doctors were targeted, but it could be because they treated or sympathized with dissenters in opposition to former military leader […]
  • After Alexander July 30, 2016
    In 336 B.C., on the death of his father, Alexander the Great set out to conquer an empire—the largest empire the ancient world had ever known. It reached from Greece to India along one diagonal, Bactria to Egypt along the other, and it lasted until . . . well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Alexander […]
  • Shadowy Figures July 30, 2016
    With an artist as familiar as Rembrandt, it is difficult to make his work appear fresh. It is even more difficult for a curator to avoid overwhelming an exhibition’s guests with example after example of virtuosity. Yet that is precisely what the Morgan Library and Museum in New York has achieved with “Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece,” […]
  • The Professor and the President July 30, 2016
    Every now and again, when politics reaches an unbearable fever-pitch of idiocy, one is tempted to trade the eternal push and pull of democratic consensus for that perfect mixture of wisdom and power found in the person of Plato’s un-democratic Philosopher-King. Plato’s paradox—that the just, happy city will elude us until kings learn to philosophize […]
  • Streetcar, Streetcar, Lurching Along July 29, 2016
    Washington, DC has started a $221,000 advertising campaign to promote the H Street streetcar, which began operation earlier this year. This includes a radio jingle, “Streetcar, streetcar, cruising along/streetcar, streetcar, singing a song.” The definition of cruising includes, “To travel at a constant speed,” which hardly applies to streetcars. Cruising is also innuendo for “looking […]
  • Zoning Isn’t the Problem July 26, 2016
    Lengthy permitting processes are responsible for housing affordability problems in many cities, reports the Washington Post. Of course, I’ve been saying this for nearly two decades, but it doesn’t become true until it is reported in one of our newspapers of record. While the Post is right about the problem with permitting, the article gets […]
  • A Plank Worth Supporting July 25, 2016
    The current administration’s transportation department “subordinates civil engineering to social engineering as it pursues an exclusively urban vision of dense housing and government transit,” notes page 5 of the 2016 Republican Party Platform. For example, the administration’s “ill-named Livability Initiative is meant to ‘coerce people out of their cars.'” In contrast, Republicans pledge “to remove […]