Monthly Archives: August 2011

SHOCKING NEW FINDING: SUN CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING

H/T 5th Listener Marc
Al Gore won’t like it. The Enviro Industry dependent upon the “Man Made Global Warming Industry” won’t like it, but, hey, what are they gonna do, call us deniers? Been there, done that.
From the UK Telegraph (here):

“…63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth.

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It Costs 75 Bucks to Buy an Election in Oregon

Years ago I lodged a complaint against the Parkrose School District for using the taxpayers’ email to send out an appeal to vote ‘yes’ for the local school tax increase.  The missive went out to all teachers and parents–hundreds of people. It was signed by the Superintendent. This was obvious electioneering using public resources in violation of state election law. For being found guilty of using public resources to electioneer, the Superintendent was fined a whopping $75.00.

I won the complaint; they won the election. 

You can buy an awful lot of influence for 75 bucks.

So it is with the latest case of a Portland Public School bond campaign in May. A total of eight Portland Public School employees –including the Superintendent and the district’s top spokesman, Matt Shelby–have been found guilty of election wrong doing.



One of the eight lawbreakers included the school modernization czarina, Sarah Schoening who sent out a pamphlet made with school resources to sell the tax increases:


After completing a thorough investigation, the Elections Division has determined that the activities performed by Sarah Schoening regarding the measures, did constitute advocacy in support of Ballot Measures 26-121 and 26-122. The review Schoening provided did not produce impartial, unbiased information about the measures.


And for this breach of faith and abuse of the elections laws she received: a $75.00 fine.


Pursuant to ORS 260.995(1), The Secretary of State, Elections Division has determined that Sarah Schoening, Executive Director Portland Public Schools, violated ORS 260.432 (2) and therefore intends to impose a civil penalty in the amount of $75.00 (Appendix B, OAR 165-013-0020, Penalty Matrix).


The school district batted .500. In other words, they won one and lost one. Not bad for measly elections violations worth $75.00. (Reasons I believe they lost the bond measure include the recession and how we outed the blatant lies told in their own ads. See links below)

Jeff Reynolds, one of the five complainants in this Portland Public School case told me,

“I must say that I’m torn. While I welcome the recognition by Secretary Brown that deliberate wrongdoing occurred, I’m deeply disappointed with the lack of deterrence in this toothless statute. It’s clear to me that without some sort of real penalties, this episode will only show others who wish to undermine our electoral process that there are no consequences. This is not a victimless crime – indeed, all Oregon voters are affected when any election is tampered with. I think such actions ought to result in real penalties, not a slap on the wrist.”

I agree with Jeff. That’s why it’s been my position for a long time that the $75.00 penalty should stay in place and be applied to every single person/email/pamphlet that has been produced and sent. In other words, for every email sent there should be a $75.00 per email address fine. For every pamphlet produced there should be a $75.00 per pamphlet fine.
One party has ruled the executive branch of this state for going on 30 years. The unions run the teachers and government bureaucrats run the schools. Since they’re the ones with all the money around here it just seems sporting that they should pay dearly when using taxpayers’ stuff to buy an election.

Stay tuned for more fall out on the PPS School bond and levy election. Previous posts on the lying in the commercials in favor of the bond and levy, the fact that the company paid to do the assessment of the schools is not licensed for that work in the state of Oregon (a complaint has been lodged), and the amazing amount of money the unions put into this race can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.




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Steyn: The Culture War Now Includes Size of Government

I’d appreciate any comments (Moderated. Sorry) you may have on these statements from Chapter Two of Mark Steyn’s new book, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon.

“In the Nineties, the “culture wars” were over “God, guns and gays. The overreach of the statists has added a fourth G: Government itself is now a front in the culture war, and a battle of the most primal kind. Is the United States a republic of limited government with a presumption in favor of individual liberty? Or is it just like any other western nation in which a permanent political class knows what’s best for its subjects” In California, the people can pass a ballot proposition against gay marriage, but a single activist judge overrules them. In Arizona, the people’s representatives vote to uphold the people’s laws, bu a pliant judge strikes them down at Washinton’s behest. It is sure only a matter of time before some federal judge find the Constitution unconstitutional.”

…It is never a good idea to send the message, as the political class now does consistently, that there are democratic means by which the people can restrain their rules. As the (Democrat) pollster Pat Cadell pointed out, the logic of that is “pre-revolutionary.”

…Behind the legislators ar ethe judges, behind the judges the regulatory bureaucracy, and behind the bureacracy the union muscle: left, lefter, leftest.”

When you see what’s going on in the two cases Steyn cited and in Wisconsin with union thugs crashing schools to mess up a Gov. Scott Walker visit, citizens WITH THE FACTS ON THEIR SIDE being gaveled down in Vancouver, the ATF setting up a phony website against school reformers (see Politico today), and how Our Oregon is now lying –openly!–about the Clackamas County citizens fighting for the right to vote on millions for light rail and urban renewal, you see how the situation has metastasized here. We’re in the middle of it. The fight is here.

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Steyn: The Culture War Now Includes Size of Government

I’d appreciate any comments (Moderated. Sorry) you may have on these statements from Chapter Two of Mark Steyn’s new book, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon.

“In the Nineties, the “culture wars” were over “God, guns and gays. The overreach of the statists has added a fourth G: Government itself is now a front in the culture war, and a battle of the most primal kind. Is the United States a republic of limited government with a presumption in favor of individual liberty? Or is it just like any other western nation in which a permanent political class knows what’s best for its subjects” In California, the people can pass a ballot proposition against gay marriage, but a single activist judge overrules them. In Arizona, the people’s representatives vote to uphold the people’s laws, bu a pliant judge strikes them down at Washinton’s behest. It is sure only a matter of time before some federal judge find the Constitution unconstitutional.”

…It is never a good idea to send the message, as the political class now does consistently, that there are democratic means by which the people can restrain their rules. As the (Democrat) pollster Pat Cadell pointed out, the logic of that is “pre-revolutionary.”

…Behind the legislators ar ethe judges, behind the judges the regulatory bureaucracy, and behind the bureacracy the union muscle: left, lefter, leftest.”

When you see what’s going on in the two cases Steyn cited and in Wisconsin with union thugs crashing schools to mess up a Gov. Scott Walker visit, citizens WITH THE FACTS ON THEIR SIDE being gaveled down in Vancouver, the ATF setting up a phony website against school reformers (see Politico today), and how Our Oregon is now lying –openly!–about the Clackamas County citizens fighting for the right to vote on millions for light rail and urban renewal, you see how the situation has metastasized here. We’re in the middle of it. The fight is here.

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Lincoln, "Remembered For Signing the Declaration of Independence?"

Bernice King, daughter of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at a ceremony honoring the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

BERNICE KING: “But as I close, I close with the recognition that daddy is standing, Lincoln is seated. Lincoln remembered for signing the Declaration of Independence. Daddy being remembered as standing up for truth and standing up for justice and standing up for righteousness and standing up for peace and standing up for freedom. Daddy is now standing on the National Mall in our nation’s capital.”

NewsBusters

It doesn’t take much to imagine the roar from the media and Democrats had George W. Bush or Dan Quayle ever spoke such an historical error.

I must wonder too, was her speech included in the $800,000 the King family charged the foundation that erected the monument for the use of his words and image?

New York Times

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