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Posts tagged Multnomah County

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


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 […]

Why are teachers striking in Chicago? – YouTube

Why are teachers striking in Chicago? – YouTube

Why are teachers striking in Chicago? via Why are they striking? – YouTube. [5440 note: Hey Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Parkrose – sound familiar?] Related articles Almost 40% of Chicago’s Public School Teachers Send their Kids Elsewhere to Learn Chicago Teachers Strike: A Lesson Of “Excessive Zeal And No Brains” The eight dumbest things said about […]

The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations – Portlandia Shows Its Liberal Racism Again


As we’ve seen throughout this nation’s history, the vast majority of bigotry and institutional racism comes from the American Left, not the Right. Whether it’s Jim Crow Laws, the KKK, eugenics or the defense of slavery, the Democrats and the Far Left have a rich historical tapestry spun with the fiber of racial prejudice. Now […]

Oregon’s Secretary Of State Calls Voter ID “The Conservative Right Wing’s War On Voting” | FreedomWorks


Despite strong support for basic, common sense laws ensuring the integrity of the vote across the country (see here, here, here, here and here), the Left continues to insist that requiring positive identification and verification of eligibility before voting is somehow suppressive, racist and and an evil plot to steal elections for Conservatives. Few public […]

Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson Celebrates Independence Day Like Barack Obama – Me, Me, Me, I, I, I, Send Me Back To Salem

This email just crossed our transom about 15 minutes ago. It really captures the spirit of Independence, the Founding Fathers and American Exceptionalism, doesn’t it? Anyone want to guess what party she belongs to? Dear Friends and Neighbors, Simply put, the most powerful thing in turning out the vote – and kicking up democracy this […]

Critical Race Theory in Your Local Schools

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[This is an updated version of a post at my education blog, .  Sadly, it has become even more relevant in the intervening months, with revelations about President Obama’s close association with Critical Race Theory pioneer Derrick Bell, and national leftist groups fanning racial flames at every opportunity.   It is important to realize that this is […]

A curious sideshow in the health insurance reform circus: Portland’s transgender benefits go unused

A curious sideshow in the health insurance reform circus: Portland’s transgender benefits go unused

Some interesting economics issues in this story from The Lund Report. What if you offered an insurance benefit that raises premiums, but no one uses the insured benefit? Last June the Portland City Council unanimously approved the new benefit joining Multnomah County and San Francisco April 2, 2012 – None of Portland’s city employees or […]

Gresham-Barlow Teachers to Take a Strike Vote April 11

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Out in East Multnomah County, a low rumble is growing louder as we approach the November elections the end of the school year. Negotiations between a couple of school boards and the teacher unions on new contracts have hit snags in several school districts all at once. This past week, The Gresham Outlook reported that […]

Cancelled November Global Warming Meeting at OMSI Rescheduled for January 25


Dispatch from Gordon Fulks, PhD: MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT (Cancelled November Global Warming Meeting Rescheduled) WHAT: The much talked about Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting on anthropogenic (human caused) global warming has been rescheduled! Come take a look at the science, both the logic and the evidence. Is human caused global warming the […]

Democrat Party of Oregon Twitter Account Hijacked?


I opened up my Twitter machine briefly this afternoon, and was rather shocked by the spew coming from the official Twitter account of the DPO. I honestly wasn’t sure if it was real or if it was a spoof account. In fact, the stream of posts reads like the petulant diatribe of a grounded junior […]



U.S. researchers, using orbital technology, have discovered low-level but unmistakeable signatures indicative of some degree of sentient activity within the previously impenetrable hive referred to as METRO. Snug in their greenly-remodeled former Sears store (which cost taxpayers more than double what it would have cost to demolish and rebuild on the site), the regional government agency […]

Oregon TEA Party May Have Protected Portland Landmark From Further Damage by Occupy

Workers repair damaged elk statue downtown, probably damaged by Occupiers.  Actions by the Oregon TEA PArty may have prevented further damage.

Dateline January, 7 2012 Portland OR – Flash.  KATU News is reporting that “The Elk,” an art icon which was situated within the illegal Occupy camp, was quite possibly damaged by the Occupiers!  On November 12, 2011; fetid protestors were forcibly evicted from Chapman and Lownsdale Public Squares by the Portland Police Department.  They had been inhabiting the […]

Sammy’s Vision For Portland

Sammy's Vision For Portland

The Portland Bureau of Transportation, preparing to cut $16 million from its upcoming budget, proposes to stop repaving major roads for the next five years. It’s not as though drivers will notice – under Portland “mayor” Sam Adumbs, roads haven’t been maintained anyway. But mayor Adumbs has to find $2 million to bring a spiffy bicycle-rental program […]

The Real Reason Mayor Sam Adams Isn’t Running For Reelection – Transparent Hypocrisy

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Jeff Mapes, Democrat Mouthpiece local political reporter for the paper of record, lent an assist yesterday to lame duck Portland Mayor Sam Adams in his attempt to drive all Republicans out of the city limits: Portland Mayor Sam Adams says he is unhappy about Republican plans to hold a presidential debate here in March because […]

Urban legends: Shaky statistics behind Portland’s claim of having the most strip clubs of any city


If you have ever visited Portland, it’s fairly certain that someone will proclaim that the city has more strip clubs per capita than any other city. Indeed, Portland’s reputation is international.  Earlier this year, the UK’s Guardian newspaper dropped the factoid in its review of Voodoo Donut. More recently (in an article that doesn’t seem […]

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  • Washington State Wire Vacation Time August 12, 2015
    The Washington State Wire will be taking a vacation until the first week in October. Join us then for more original reporting and links to other top articles. The post Washington State Wire Vacation Time appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • Vying for Governor, Bill Bryant Seeks to Expand His Brand August 11, 2015
    As a Port of Seattle commissioner, Bryant is well known in Westside business and industrial circles, and better known in Eastern Washington’s agricultural world. It’s everyone else that needs an introduction, he says, if he’s to convince them he’s their choice in the 2016 gubernatorial election. The post Vying for Governor, Bill Bryant Seeks to […]
  • Washington State Can Lead on Global Warming and Clean Energy August 11, 2015
    Washingtonians demand urgent action on climate. If our elected leaders won’t lead us forward, then the people will. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is Washington state’s coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses dedicated to reducing global-warming pollution and strengthening our economy. The post Washington State Can Lead on Global Warming and Clean Energy […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: China, NATO & Mexico October 8, 2015
    1) The U.S. is conducting military drills with the Philippines this week. The drill, the third in the region so far this year, in conjunction with increased air surveillance missions, are seen as a signal to China. The U.S. has been showing a stronger military commitment to allies in the region with territorial disputes against […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Afghanistan, Yemen & the UN October 6, 2015
    1) General John Campbell, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, admitted today that an American airship did mistakenly fire on a Doctors without Borders hospital and that the command came from the U.S. military. While the order originated with the U.S. chain of command, Campbell said to the Senate Armed Services Committee that U.S. forces would […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Russia, Iraq & Afghanistan October 5, 2015
    1) NATO has denounced Russia’s violation of Turkish airspace. A Russian plane, part of the air campaign against ISIS in Syria, crossed over the border into Turkey. Russia has also received criticism of the campaign in general which Western military experts say focuses not just on ISIS but other moderate rebel groups. U.S. Defense Secretary […]
  • State Department Drags Its Feet on Relocating Iran Opposition Group October 9, 2015
    The State Department is dragging its feet in relocating an Iranian opposition group based in Iraq even as the Iranian regime expands its influence in the region, according to testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting Wednesday. The post State Department Drags Its Feet on Relocating Iran Opposition Group appeared first on Washington Free […]
  • Feingold Under Fire In Wisconsin Senate Race Over PAC Expenditures October 9, 2015
    Critics of former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold’s (Wisc.) political action committee say the organization does little in the way of financially supporting fellow Democrats and exists solely to pad the salaries of those who work for the PAC. The post Feingold Under Fire In Wisconsin Senate Race Over PAC Expenditures appeared first on Washington Free […]
  • U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Central in Fight Against Islamic State From Persian Gulf October 9, 2015
    The United States has pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that has been central in the fight against the Islamic State, from the Persian Gulf, military officials said Thursday. The post U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Central in Fight Against Islamic State From Persian Gulf appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Platitudes Won’t Solve Metro’s Problems October 9, 2015
    The Washington City Paper asked “thirteen riders, advocates, and experts” how to fix the Washington Metro Rail system. Former Metro general manager Dan Tangherlini and former DC DOT director Gabe Klein offered banalities about “putting the customer first.” Smart-growth advocate Harriet Trepaning thinks Metro “needs a different kind of leader,” as if changing the person […]
  • Which One Lives in a Rent-Controlled Apartment? October 8, 2015
    The progressive’s “preferred two-pronged housing approach . . . is government-owned real estate plus restrictions on private-sector developers,” notes Reason magazine’s Matt Welch writes in the Los Angeles Times, but this strategy will only “make a bad problem worse.” Though California cities spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to subsidize “affordable” housing, Welch notes, […]
  • Self-Driving Cars in the News October 7, 2015
    60 Minutes covered self-driving cars last Sunday and CBS News took a look at Mercedes’ vision of the car of the future. General Motors, which cut its R&D when it went bankrupt in 2008, now plans to get into self-driving cars in a big way. View More: Newsmakers News|60 Minutes News|Live News|More News Videos Tight-lipped […]