Saturday, March 24, 2018

Oregon Initiative Seeks Assault Weapons Ban

In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of  Justice in Sacramento, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

UPDATE (9:10 a.m PT) — A proposal to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines in Oregon has been submitted as a ballot initiative petition intended to prevent mass shootings.  Filed by an interfaith religious group in Portland, Initiative Petition 42 would also require legal gun owners to surrender or register their assault weapons or face felony charges, according to language released Tuesday.

The group said it aims to get enough signatures to put the measure before voters in the November general election. They would need 88,000 signatures by July 6 to get the measure on the ballot. The proposal defines an assault weapon as any semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine, and any feature like folding or telescoping stock, or that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Read the full article at the Statesman Journal. Read More......

Venezuela: This Is What Happens to A Disarmed Populace

This picture hails from a recent article in the the The fact the Venezuela has become another socialist dystopian nightmare is obvious to any who care to look. Even a far-left writer from The Washington Post interviewed for the article can see it. It’s no surprise that WaPo columnist Francisco Toro maintains that Venezuela now has a “right-wing” look to it:

It’s really difficult to get across how badly governed the country is. If you just describe what happens, [you sound] like a shrill, far-right-wing lunatic who’s describing some kind of Fox News dystopia. But, it’s like that. [The government has] taken over virtually all of the large companies. [It has] taken over most of the mid-size manufacturing companies—everything that makes something you might want to consume.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Hillary's Speech in India

Among the things she said:
    If you look at the map of the United States, there is all that red in the middle, places where Trump won. What that map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that own two thirds of America’s Gross Domestic product. I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, Make America Great Again, was looking backwards. You don’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women getting jobs, you don’t want to see that Indian American succeeding more than you are, whatever that problem is, I am going to solve it.

    We do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women. And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.
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Letter from John Detweiler re: School Bond and upcoming levy

As I read the documentation on the Corvallis School District website, the District wants to sell $200M in bonds to finance $192M in improvements specified in a list contained in the Long Range Facilities Plan Costs -- 1/11/18 as reduced by the School Board on 1/17/18. Selling $200M in bonds will result in a tax rate of $1.98/$1000 of assessed value. The improvements range from replacing whole buildings to creating or improving family support spaces. This fall Corvallis intends to ask the voter to fund an $8M local option levy that will result in a tax rate of $1.70/$1000. Both measures are designed to replace older measures and if approved will raise our taxes. If they are voted down, our property taxes will actually be reduced.

The voter should remember that Benton County is studying the criminal justice system. Next year we may be asked to fund a criminal justice center, and other facilities, replacing both the courthouse and jail. The voter needs to balance the value of school system improvements and city programs, with possible new criminal justice improvements, set priorities and make choices keeping in mind that they will pay for their choices either in property taxes or in rent.

I encourage the voter to vote down both the school bond and the upcoming levy, which can be scheduled for next year after the County completes its study. That way the voters can make choices according to their own priorities.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 Explained

The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, abolished an earlier quota system based on national origin and established a new immigration policy based on reuniting immigrant families and attracting skilled labor to the United States. Over the next four decades, the policies put into effect in 1965 would greatly change the demographic makeup of the American population, as immigrants entering the United States under the new legislation came increasingly from countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as opposed to Europe.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

New ballot bids on taxes and PERS (Measures 31 & 32)

Ballot Measures 31 and 32 were unveiled in the Bend Bulletin Wednesday by John Davis, a former Republican House member from suburban Portland and a Portland-based partner of Lynch Conger McLane, which has its main office in Bend. Other partners include current House Republican leader Mike McLane and former Republican state House member Jason Conger.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Hill: With vote against Brownback, Democrats abandon religious freedom

While religious freedom has become a hot issue in the United States in recent years, it’s been an issue overseas for much longer — and has historically been a bipartisan issue. --Traditionally, Republicans and Democrats have been able to come together in protection of this human right, whether concerning Yezidis and Christians in the Middle East, Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, or Jews in France. Just over a year ago, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, which among other things elevated the role of the United States’ ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. --Yet with the confirmation vote on former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to fill that very role, this consensus appears to have broken. Not one of 49 Senate Democrats voted for the man who was a former colleague to some, and Vice President Pence had to be called in to break the tie.
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'Impeach!' Preserves Dems' Midterm Goals

Barely a day goes by that Democrats don't demand President Trump's resignation -- or, if they're feeling particularly feisty, impeachment. It's such a routine cry of the Left that some Americans are probably tempted to yawn their way through the threats. But, as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tried to warn conservatives yesterday, there's nothing empty about them. --Gillibrand, who prided herself on taking down fellow Democrat Al Franken, thinks it's time to do the same to Donald Trump. Asked about the 10-year-old sexual allegations about the president, Gillibrand insisted, "I think he should resign, and if he's unwilling to do that – which is what I assume – then Congress should hold him accountable. We're obligated," she pressed, "to have hearings."
Read more at Family Research Council
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Monday, August 21, 2017

BOMBSHELL: New evidence suggests Charlottesville was a complete SET-UP

COMMENT: This may be called 'conspiracy theory' but I was struck when Fox News reporter Doug McKelway initially reported that "... police stood idly by." Why were they not breaking up the melae? --bc

At least one law enforcement officer in Charlottesville, VA has come forward to clear his conscience and reveal the truth — or at least his version of it — that what went down in the city was not only condoned by city governance but was intentional, orchestrated and may have been planned as long ago as May.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

President Signs Executive Order on Infrastructure

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP WORKS TO REBUILD AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE - "Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful land." - President Donald J. Trump, August 15, 2017. --The following is the Executive Order signed by President Trump on August 15, 2017:

Executive Order Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects

The Executive Order (EO) establishes the policy of the Administration to facilitate the efficiency and effectiveness of federal infrastructure decisions by establishing greater accountability in the environmental review and permitting process.
    The policy goals of this will be as follows:
    • To safeguard our communities and maintain a healthy environment.
    • To ensure the Federal decision makers make informed decisions concerning the environmental impacts of infrastructure projects.
    • To develop infrastructure in an environmentally sensitive manner.
    • To provide transparency and accountability to the public on environmental review and authorization decisions.
    • To be good stewards of public funds used to develop infrastructure projects and avoid duplicative and wasteful processes.
    • To conduct environmental reviews and authorization processes in a manner that is sufficiently coordinated, consistent, predictable, and timely to give public and private investors the confidence necessary to make funding decisions for new infrastructure projects.
    • To speak with a coordinated voice when conducting environmental reviews and providing authorization decisions.
    • To make well-informed and timely decisions with the goal that the process for the completion of all Federal environmental reviews and authorization decisions for major infrastructure projects take no longer than 2 years. This EO will require agencies to process environmental reviews and permitting decisions for major projects under a "One Federal Decision" plan, meaning a lead agency is identified and works will all relevant agencies to develop a unified schedule for completion. Additionally, this EO will establish a 2-year goal for the Federal Government to process all of the actions required by Federal law for the environmental reviews and permits of major infrastructure projects.
    This EO also directs the implementation of the following process enhancements:
    • Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Action Plan: The EO directs CEQ to develop and implement a list of actions that will help facilitate Federal environmental reviews. The EO also empowers CEQ to mediate interagency disputes between Federal agencies to ensure that the environmental review and permitting process for an infrastructure project does not indefinitely stall due to the lack of a decision.
    • Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC): The FPISC is a Federal interagency council established by statute that is comprised of all Federal agencies responsible for environmental reviews and permits of infrastructure, and is statutorily charged to facilitate the review and permitting of certain infrastructure projects with costs in excess of $200 million. The EO authorizes the FPISC Executive Director to facilitate the environmental review and permitting process of any infrastructure project in the Federal Government upon request of a Federal agency or project sponsor.
    Finally, this EO will repeal EO 13690, which was signed by President Obama, which established a climate-based approach to defining actions that arise in a floodplain.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ok folks, here’s what REALLY happened in Charlottesville – and what everyone is missing

By Allen West --Let me begin by saying, I deplore any form of supremacist view — white, black, Hispanic, Islamic. I will be the first to openly state and embrace, a sense of American exceptionalism and supremacy that is rooted in our founding principles and values. Any and all else that is contradictory is to be condemned. What I have witnessed post the events of Saturday 12 August is the typical Rahm Emanuel mentality and political posturing: “never let a good crisis go to waste.” --Therefore, I seek to assess what really happened in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Logical End of Democrats' Vision for America is Venezuela

Venezuela wasn’t always this chaotic, and although absolutely none of the politicians in Washington, D.C. deserve to be put in the same camp as a tyrant like Maduro, it’s worth remembering that the very same political philosophies serving as the foundation of the Democratic Party are the philosophies that have utterly destroyed Venezuela: price fixing, centralized economic controls, a nationalized economy, and an emphasis on expanding the role of government in nearly every aspect of life. ---The promises of charismatic Venezuelan leaders of both today and the past vary little from the promises now offered by Democrats. They, too, demanded the “rich” pay “their fair share,” that the government provide health care for all, that through various economic controls and manipulations, the economy could work for everyone. The result? Economic calamity.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New FEC Report Shows DNC Finished June $3.3 Million in Debt

Under the leadership of former Obama official Tom Perez, a new FEC report reveals the DNC finished the month of June $3.3 million in debt. --They’re broke. Just like their policies. --According to The Observer, DNC Chair Tom Perez recently sent out a fundraising email to supporters claiming, “I know garbage when I see it,” citing that he once worked on a dump truck. It’s ironic that he referred to the GOP health care bill as a “flaming dumpster fire” because he has been presiding over the disaster that is the Democratic National Committee. --According to The Hill, The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised a record $13.4 million in June, bringing its total 2017 fundraising to $75.3 million.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Another Loss For Governor Kate Brown as Manufacturer Moves Oregon Jobs To China

Wilsonville, OR – Thanks to Democrat governor Kate Brown’s job-killing policies, manufacturers are leaving Oregon for China, and taking their high-paying jobs with them. Last week Microsoft announced it will be closing its factory in Wilsonville and laying off over one hundred employees so it can move more production activities to China. --Under Kate Brown, Oregon continues to fall further behind, receiving (link is external) a bottom ten ranking for business this year as the state hemorrhages the very high-paying jobs she has claimed her policies would attract.
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Campaign Finance Complaint Filed Against SEIU by Oregon GOP Over $11M+ in Disclosure Violations

Wilsonville, OR - Today, Bill Currier, Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, filed a formal complaint with Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, urging both leaders for an investigation into the campaign finance practices of the Oregon Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Oregon Council and its local 503 and 49 affiliates, involving more than $11 million in unreported individual union member contributions.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

President Donald J. Trump's Six Months of America First

"Together, we are working every day for the citizens of this country: protecting their safety, bringing back their jobs and, in all things, putting AMERICA FIRST.” – President Donald J. Trump

BRINGING ACCOUNTABILITY BACK TO GOVERNMENT: In six months in office, President Trump has followed through on his promise to the American people to bring accountability back to government.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

‘The best story in the world today’ is about free enterprise, not antipoverty programs

This week, the World Bank announced the historic news that extreme global poverty will drop below 10 percent this year for the first time in recorded history.

Self-congratulatory enthusiasm, typical among global elites, has ensued. In a press release about the news, the Bank’s president Jim Yong Kim called it “the best story in the world today,” and said, “These projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty.” By “we,” Mr. Kim is of course referring to elites in the “international community.”

Is Kim right? Was it the elites or was it something else?
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Who Killed the Left?

David Gerlenter writing in the Wall Street Journal says something self-evidently true. The Left seems to have won every single culture battle fought.
    Although the right reads the left, the left rarely reads the right. Why should it, when the left owns American culture? Nearly every university, newspaper, TV network, Hollywood studio, publisher, education school and museum in the nation. The left wrapped up the culture war two generations ago. Throughout my own adult lifetime, the right has never made one significant move against the liberal culture machine.
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Trump’s defense of Western civilization is not alt-right

By Marc A. Theisson, Washington Post
The left likes to paint President Trump as a threat to democracy. But the real threat to democracy is when the leader of the free world can no longer defend the ideals of the West without being accused of bigotry.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls the action the 'largest medical fraud takedown in American history'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that federal prosecutors have charged more than 400 people in taking part in medical fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in fraudulent billing.
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Haiti Official, Who Exposed The Clinton Foundation, Found Dead In Miami

Klaus Eberwein, a former Haitian government official who was expected to expose the extent of Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice next week, has been found dead in Miami. He was 50. --Eberwein was due to appear next Tuesday before the Haitian Senate Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission where he was widely expected to testify that the Clinton Foundation misappropriated Haiti earthquake donations from international donors. --According to Miami-Dade’s medical examiner records supervisor, the official cause of death is “gunshot to the head“. Eberwein’s death has been registered as “suicide.”
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Recep Erdogan Proves Trump’s Point

President of Turkey Recep Erdogan confessed that the only reason for being in the Paris Climate Treaty was to receive more funds from the U.S. and other more wealthy nations. Of course with Trump pulling the United States out of the treaty, there’s no reason to expect the financial benefits. --Proving yet again, for the millionth time, that the whole build of the Paris Climate Treaty had absolutely nothing to do with the fake news climate change. It was completely about redistributing the funds of the nations involved.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mulvaney: “Introducing MAGAnomics”

“If we enact the president’s broad agenda—if MAGAnomics is allowed to work—we will have set the stage for the greatest revival of the American economy since the early 1980s. It will remind people—including those who have forgotten, or those who don’t want you to remember—what a great America means. That is driving everything we do.”

By Mick Mulvaney
Wall Street Journal
July 13, 2017
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Special Independence Day Message from KrisAnne Hall and Liberty First University

Link to this video: YouTube
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Freedom's Safest Place | S2 E2: "The Violence Of Lies"

Published on Apr 7, 2017 Dana Loesch says the left uses their media to assassinate real news, and their entertainers to repeat the false narrative over and over again. The only way to save our country and our freedom from their lies is to fight the violence with the clenched fist of truth. The National Rifle Association of America is Freedom's Safest Place.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Karen Handel wins Georgia special election

The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), congratulated Karen Handel, announcing, "Federation member Karen Handel has won Georgia's 6th congressional district special election and will be the state's first GOP woman in Congress."

NFRW Deploys Strike Force to Campaign in Special Election
Republican women from all across the country deployed to Georgia to rally voters for Handel. The now famous campaign bus, known as Rosie, took to the state with #GeorgiaOnMyMind augmenting her paint job. During the campaign, NFRW President Carrie Almond stated, “This is a very important race. We need all hands on deck to keep this congressional seat, which was formerly held by Speaker Newt Gingrich and HHS Secretary Tom Price.”
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Trump connection to Russia... exposed [or not]!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Civil War is Here

The left doesn't want to secede. It wants to rule.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shelby Steele: The Exhaustion of American Liberalism

White guilt gave us a mock politics based on the pretense of moral authority. --The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism. --All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending?

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Transcript of President Donald J. Trump's Inauguration Address

(CNN) As prepared for delivery

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another -- but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation's Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished -- but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered -- but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes -- starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation -- and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; we've defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it's going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body -- and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work -- rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world -- but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones -- and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear -- we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action -- constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We will make America strong again.

We will make wealthy again.

We will make America proud again.

We will make America safe again.

And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Presidential Inauguration Committee's Schedule of Events, Jan. 19 - Jan. 21

Schedule of events and celebrations
  • Jan. 19 - Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery by President-Elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence (Approx. 3:30pm-4:30pm)
  • Jan. 19 - Voices of the People at the Lincoln Memorial - Featuring marching bands, choirs and more (Starts around 1:15pm Eastern)
  • Jan. 19 - Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration & Concert at the Lincoln Memorial - Performers followed by remarks from President-Elect Donald J. Trump and fireworks (Approx. 4pm-6pm Eastern)
  • Jan. 20 - Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony on the west front of the United States Capitol (12:00 Noon Eastern)
  • Jan. 20 - Inaugural Parade (3pm-5pm Eastern along Pennsylvania Avenue)
  • Jan. 20 - Three Official Presidential Inaugural Balls: Freedom Ball, Liberty Ball, and The Salute to Our Armed Services Ball. (7pm-11pm Eastern)
    Jan. 21 - National Prayer Service: An interfaith prayer service at Washington’s National Cathedral (10am-11am Eastern)

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

60 Democrats (and counting) are not attending the Trump inauguration

(snip) Oregon
    Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader, told Oregon Public Radio that they will attend anti-Trump events instead of going to the inauguration. Blumenauer, who claims to have attended every inauguration since he took office two decades ago, said this one was “not a productive use of my time.”

    Rep. Peter DeFazio said he usually avoids inaugurations and Friday will be no exception.
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History: The GOP's first National Call for Convention, 1856

January 17, 2017 - Grand Old Partisan commemorates the first Republican call for a national convention. By 1856, opponents of the Democrats' pro-slavery agenda had established Republican parties in several states. There was, however, yet no national organization. --Our nation's capital did have the Republican Association of Washington. At the request of five state chairmen, on January 17, 1856 this small but enthusiastic committee printed and distributed to newspapers this call for convention. Four more state chairmen soon added their names.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dennis Richardson Takes Oath of Office as Oregon Secretary of State

Wilsonville, OR (12/30/16) - Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier issued a statement today upon the swearing in of Dennis Richardson as Oregon’s new Secretary of State at the State Capitol in Salem this afternoon. --"I just want to take the opportunity to congratulate Secretary of State Dennis Richardson on his taking the oath office as the first Republican Secretary of State sworn in since 1976," said Oregon Republican Chairman Currier. "It was a special for Oregon and a great start to our new Secretary of State's term of office."
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Maybe John Roberts did us a favor by saving ObamaCare

DAN CALABRESE - By leaving it for Congress to dismantle, the Chief Justice ultimately set the stage for a better solution. --I'm not going to lie to you. I was as mad as anyone at Chief Justice Roberts when he - not once but twice - saved ObamaCare by engaging in legal gymnastics to avoid finding it unconstitutional - which it clearly was. First he pretended individual mandate fine was a tax, even after the Obama Administration had explicitly said it was not while trying to sell it to the public. Then he ignored clear language about who had to run the exchanges in order for them to be eligible for subsidies. --The other conservative Justices (even Anthony Kennedy) were ready to throw out the entire law on the grounds that it exceeded the authority of Congress...
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Yes, There Are Non-Weird People in Oregon — Like This Cowboy (Video)

Radio show host, Tami Jackson writes, "Every week I report on more depressingly weird stuff in my native state of Oregon." Her lead up to the non-weird part is a must read for conservatives in Oregon, who are in the mood for a laugh, a shoulder shrug, or an eye-role regarding... Portland. But then, she gets to the Cowboy, the hero in the promised video. If you haven't seen it, you're going to love it!
Read more at Saving the Future
(Hat tip: Carolyn Webb)
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Trump’s Education Secretary Pick Wants To Allow PRAYER Back In School…

President-Elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, along wither her husband, Dick, had a profound interview with a group by the name of “The Gathering” back in 2001. --In it, Dick DeVos lamented that the “church, which ought to be, in our view, far more central to the life of the community, has been displaced by the public school as the center for activity.” --And politically correct atmosphere of today has nearly killed the church. --In fact, people have suppressed the simple act of praying in recent years — which is why Betsy DeVos wants to bring America back to the days where the freedom of expression is tolerated once more.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Scott Adams: The Non-Expert Problem and Climate Change Science

As regular readers of this blog already know, human brains did not evolve to understand reality in any deep way. If some of us survive and procreate, that’s good enough for evolution. It doesn’t matter that you live in a movie that says you will reincarnate after you die, while I live in a movie that says reality is a software simulation, and perhaps our mutual friend lives in a movie in which his prophet flew to heaven on a winged horse. Those are very different realities, but it doesn’t stop any of us from procreating. This lesson about the subjective nature of reality is one we learned from watching Trump’s march to the election. As the world looked on, everything they thought they understood about Trump’s chances dissolved in front of them. And yet the world still worked fine.

This perceptual change in humanity is happening as I predicted it would a year before Trump won. I told you he would change more than politics. I said he would open a crack in reality so you could view it through a new filter. That transformation is well underway. I’ll widen the crack a bit more today.
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Former U.S. Astronaut, Senator John Glenn Dead at 95

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

GT: County issues sanctuary declaration

By a 3-0 vote on Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners declared Benton County a “sanctuary county.” --The declaration reads, in part: “The recent political climate has galvanized support of anti-immigrant, Islamophobia, anti-LGBTQ, anti-people of color, anti-women policies resulting in many individuals afraid for their safety and the loss of civil liberties. … We must act now and always to uphold our commitment to be a community free of prejudice, bigotry, and hate.”
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Friday, December 2, 2016

How James Mattis As Defense Secretary Could Bust Our Deathly Political Correctness About Islam

If appointed defense secretary, ret. Gen. James Mattis could help overcome the political correctness that prevents us from discussing Islamism. --In a speech given at the Heritage Foundation last year, Mattis spoke about America’s position vis à vis political Islam. Rather than equivocating on the matter in order to avoid saying something uncomfortable or politically incorrect, Mattis simply pointed out that America needs to make a decision about its stance toward this ideology.
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Thursday, November 24, 2016 Hidden Ipsos Poll: Public Strongly Backs Donald Trump’s Plan To ‘Pause’ Legal Immigration

A just-released poll shows that Donald Trump’s campaign-trail immigration and labor policies have overwhelming public support, and strong opposition from just one-sixth of voters. (Snip) Ipsos is a highly rated polling firm, but conducted the poll in September and hid the pro-Trump answers until Nov. 16, a week after the election. (Snip) Many polls show that most Americans do like immigrants, and they want to be seen liking immigration — but they also want a reduction in the annual immigration of 1 million people, which cuts salaries for the 4 million Americans who enter the job market each year.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

David Brooks: Fellow Trump Critics, Maybe Try a Little Listening

I’ve been thinking a lot about the best imaginable Trump voter. This is the Trump supporter who wasn’t motivated by racism or bigotry. This is the one who cringed every time Donald Trump did something cruel, vulgar or misogynistic. --But this voter needed somebody to change the systems that are failing her. She needed somebody to change the public school system that serves the suburban children of professors, journalists and lawyers but has left her kids under-skilled and underpaid. She needed some way to protect herself from the tech executives who give exciting speeches about disruption but don’t know anything about the people actually being disrupted. --She is one of those people...
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Monday, November 21, 2016

University Officials: America-Themed Parties Are ‘Harmful’ And Offensive

Student government leaders at Loyola University Maryland faced a barrage of pressure from the university administration to change the theme of a senior class party described as “very alienating, divisive and harmful” and against the university’s “core values,” according to emails provided to The Daily Caller. The theme? America...
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Not a One-State or Two-State solution but a NEW State solution

Nov. 21, 2016 - Josh Hammer describes British-Israeli IDF veteran and current reservist Sgt. Benjamin Anthony as a total badass. A veteran of three major IDF combat operations, Sgt. Anthony can think 'outside the box' and has done so regarding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    [Snip] A further state for the Palestinian Arabs can be established. That state must be viable though. It must augur in a future of promise, security, liberty, sovereignty, self determination and opportunity for its inhabitants. Citizens of this Palestinian state must be granted every possible chance to positively thrive. It must be a state whose people not only dare to dream, but who actually realize the dreams they conceive. This state must not come into being at the expense of Israel either now or in the future. Neither Israel the people, nor Israel the country must be existentially compromised in order to facilitate its creation…
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Everyone Should Be Encouraged By What Donald Trump and Mike Pence Just Did

THE RESURGENT, Nov. 16, 2016 by Eric Erickson - Donald Trump has removed Chris Christie from heading his transition team and replaced him with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Everyone, regardless of ideology or party, should be encouraged by the very first action Mike Pence took. He ordered all lobbyists off the transition team. The moment Trump won a bunch of Republican lobbyists started circling like vultures and the Christie led transition team opened the doors to them. Not so with Pence. Pence, you will recall, was a leader in the fight against earmarks in Congress. He is a stalwart conservative and knows lobbyists help grow the federal government. This is a refreshing and encouraging move. Read More......

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

American Uprising

Everything is about to change!
This wasn’t an election. It was a revolution.

It’s midnight in America. The day before fifty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down. They stood there even though the media told them it was useless. They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed and taunted them.

They were fathers who couldn’t feed their families anymore. They were mothers who couldn’t afford health care. They were workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries. They were sons who didn’t see a future for themselves. They were daughters afraid of being murdered by the “unaccompanied minors” flooding into their towns. They took a deep breath and they stood.

They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016


October 22, 2016 - DONALD J. TRUMP DELIVERS GROUNDBREAKING CONTRACT FOR THE AMERICAN VOTER IN GETTYSBURG and presents his 100-day plan to Make America Great Again – for everyone. Read it at Donald J. or download the PDF. Read More......

Thursday, July 21, 2016

RCP: The Dream of Muslim Outreach Has Become a Nightmare

Victor Davis Hanson (h/t: JHD) - When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the U.S. liked in the Middle East. Then, terrorism would decrease. --But, as with his approach to racial relations, Obama's remedies proved worse than the original illness.
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