Sunday, May 30, 2010

Print, sign, mail

Petition 50

Redistricting – or reapportionment – is the process of re-drawing the lines for legislative districts. Redistricting occurs every ten years in Oregon, and is supposed to allow legislative district boundaries to be redrawn in order to account for changes in a state’s population.

In Oregon, legislative districts are currently drawn by legislators themselves, which creates an obvious conflict of interest. Instead of drawing legislative districts fairly, politicians draw districts to guarantee their re-election, and the election of their fellow party members. A process that is supposed to be fair and non-partisan is now controlled by self-interested partisan politicians who ignore the basic tenets of fairness in order to enhance their own political power.

The Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment eliminates the conflict of interest and self-dealing by politicians by creating a non-partisan commission of retired judges – appointed by the chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court – who are responsible for drawing the boundaries for Oregon’s legislative districts. By having judges – and not politicians – draw the lines, the Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment eliminates the conflict of interest that exists in the current system, and guarantees a fair process for all Oregonians.

The E-signature gathering is a simple way for you to be involved. Simply print out a petition sheet, sign it and mail it in. Don't let the elites in Salem continue to ensure their own job security.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ann Coulter column

Modern Civil Rights: Cockfighting & Same-Sex Proms
Watching TV this week, at first I thought Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul had flown a commercial jet into the World Trade Center. But then it turned out that he had only said there ought to be discussion about whether federal civil rights laws should be applied to private businesses.

But as long as the media are so fascinated with the question of why anyone would want to "discuss" certain aspects of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, maybe they should ask Al Gore why his father was one of the leading opponents of the bill.

Or they could ask Bill Clinton, whose mentor, Sen. William Fulbright, actively supported segregation and also voted against the bill. Or they could talk to the only current member of the Senate to vote against it, Democrat Bob Byrd.

Go read the whole thing. It's what the mainstream media doesn't want you to do.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

One liners galore

New Poll Shows Dudley, Kitzhaber Even in Oregon Governor Race
In a Rasmussen poll released today, Dudley leads Kitzhaber 45 percent to 44 percent, a difference that’s smaller than the 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

One fascinating number as you read through this survey — Dudley holds a 26-point lead among male voters, and Kitzhaber has a 22-point lead among female voters.

If you are a man voting for Kitzhaber... don't accidentally leave your ballot in your purse.

If you are a man voting for Kitzhaber... make sure that when you sign your ballot on the back don't dot your letter I's with little hearts.

If you are a man voting for Kitzhaber... remember that your ballot must be filled out in black or blue ink. Pink will not be allowed.

If you are a man voting for Kitzhaber... I can assume that you have been seeing his political advertisements on the Lifetime channel.

If you are a man voting for Kitzhaber... can you come over to my house later, I need some interior decorating tips.

If you are a man voting for Kitzhaber... maybe you aren't really a man.

Please leave any others in the comments section. Also I will preempt those of you who hate me by saying "yes, my wife is barefoot in the kitchen but no, she isn't voting for Kitzhaber."

Monday, May 24, 2010

Public Service Announcement

GANG Information Night

For Spanish Speaking Parents
Featuring Detective Victor Castro
From the Hillsboro Police Department
Wednesday, June 2nd , 2010
Five Oaks Middle School
1600 NW 173rd Ave
Beaverton, OR 97006

This presentation will be offered in Spanish only and is intended for an adult audience (18 and over).

Childcare will be provided for those under 18. All Beaverton School District Spanish-speaking parents are invited to attend!

Ask yourself: why Spanish only?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Another department we can't live without

Human Rights Commission Public Hearing
Thursday, May 27, 2010 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Portland Community College – Cascade Campus, 705 N Killingsworth,
Student Center/Cafeteria (directly behind Library

Mission: The Human Rights Commission works to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen inter-group relationships and to foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the City of Portland. In doing so, the Human Rights Commission is guided by the principles embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Topic: The Interplay between ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and Local Law Enforcement

I'm glad that we almost eliminated the Portland Police mounted patrol but there was never a discussion about funding of the Human Relations Commission. If you would like to see how "tolerant" these people really are I suggest that you go to this meeting and take the position that our laws be followed and illegal alien lawbreakers should not be pandered to by our government.

I'm guessing that they will throw things and shout you down. Because they are so tolerant.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Go team!

I was having a hard time coming up with how I want game 2 of the Suns VS Lakers to go tonight.

I wanted to root for Phoenix because they are from Arizona... but after the whole "Los Suns" nonsense I can't do that.

So I wanted to root for Los Angeles... but now LA wants to boycott Arizona so I can't do that.

So now I've realized that I don't care who wins, I am just hoping that Arizona cuts off power to California and the stadium goes black in the 4th quarter. (ideally this would result in Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant colliding in the dark)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

And we are going to get this guy again

Watching the Kitzhaber victory speech and I'm just incredulous that Oregon Multnomah County is going to elect this guy again.

We will get the government that we deserve.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Keep your laws off my belly...


United States Department of Health
and Human Services, et al.,

What does the government (the defendant in this case) have to say about what you may or may not eat?

"There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food." [p. 25]

"There is no 'deeply rooted' historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds." [p. 26]

"Plaintiffs' assertion of a 'fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families' is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish." [p. 26]

"There is no fundamental right to freedom of contract." [p. 27]

Michelle Obama thinks that you are fat. She will be arriving in your kitchen shortly to "help" you make better "choices" about your eating habits.

The federal government argues that you have no fundamental right to choose your own food, I would argue that regulating my food choices it is not one of the enumerated powers given to the federal government.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

My ballot

How Daniel is voting in the May 18th primary election:

United States Senate: Tom Stutzman

US Representative: Douglas Keller

Governor: Allen Alley (really want to vote for John Lim)

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Ron Maurer

Judge of the Supreme Court: Jack Landau

County Commissioner (Washington): Andy Duyck

Metro President: Tom Hughes (My dog could do a better job than any of the candidates)

Measure 68: No

Measure 69: No

Thursday, May 13, 2010

All candidates want to work for government

It's that magical time of year when people who run for public office come down from their high horses to lie to us.

Listening to them on the radio makes me wonder if any of them have principles. Even Sizemore answers questions with "it's complicated."

So along the lines of Lars' question: "is everything that government does absolutely essential?" I have a couple of my own inquiries.

1. Is Oregon's budget...
a) too big
b) too small
c) just right

2. With regards to government employees do we have...
a) too many
b) too few
c) just the right amount

3. Public schools need....
a) less money
b) more money
c) have just the right amount

Monday, May 10, 2010

Critical: (adj) urgently needed; absolutely necessary

Cultural Competency & Diversity Program Manager
Job Title: Operations & Policy Analyst 3 (Diversity Program Manager -Job Rotation/Developmental)

The Cultural Competence and Diversity Program at Oregon State Hospital is a critical management and quality-of-care initiative.

The purpose of the Cultural Competency & Diversity Program Manager is to develop systems to create and implement a hospital-wide, comprehensive program that promotes, fosters and maintains systemic and sustained change related to cultural competence and diversity within the organization that are consistent with DHS and State of Oregon polices and procedures.

The people who want to control your health care think that a "critical" part of your hospital is their cultural competence program. But wait you say, I don't have insurance, does the state think that it is critical to get me covered?

It's easy, it's fair - Get on the List!
Two drawings happening in May. The Oregon Department of Human Services will randomly select 30,000 names from the OHP Standard reservation list in May. Will your name be one?

Getting your coverage through a random drawing ensures that this system can be described as a "death lottery" rather than a "death panel." You can cross your finders and trust in the state or you can take responsibility for your own health insurance and go get some yourself. That would seem more "fair" to me.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

One wants rule of law, other endorsed by amnesty

Immigration issue continues to swirl around Dudley and Alley in Oregon GOP race

Allen Alley and Chris Dudley, the two leading candidates in the race for the Republican nomination for Oregon governor, are still making news when it comes to issue of illegal immigration.

Alley has been endorsed by Oregonians For Immigration Reform, a group seeking tough measures to bar illegal immigrants from working in Oregon. Jim Ludwick, the group's president, said he doesn't think an Arizona-type law would fly politically in Oregon in any event.

He's more focused on pushing lawmakers to require Oregon employers to use the federal E-Verify system for new hires, a position endorsed by Alley.

Jeff Stone of the Oregon Association of Nurseries said his group believes that tougher employer requirements should be made at the federal level, along with a broad overhaul of immigration law.

"For us, it's always been about fixing the entire system," Stone said.

Stone's group hasn't made a primary endorsement, but it is part of Ag-PAC, which has endorsed Dudley. The ex-Trail Blazer has also been endorsed by the Oregon Farm Bureau and the Oregon Restaurant Association, two groups also at loggerheads with Oregonians For Immigration Reform.

Allen Alley has been endorsed by OFIR. Chris Dudley has been endorsed by the the AG group and the restaurant association. I wonder which one is more likely to get illegal aliens to self deport from Oregon?

Which issue contributes to Oregon's culture, Oregon's budget, Oregon's schools, Oregon's jails and Oregon's quality of life like the issue of illegal aliens?

Vote Allen Alley.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Another family ripped apart

Four arrested in drug raid; four kids in state custody
Four Bend residents have been arrested – and at least three face likely deportation as illegal immigrants – following a traffic stop near Terrebonne and a drug raid at a northeast Bend apartment, authorities said Tuesday. Four small children at the raid location were placed in protective custody.

Later Monday afternoon, a search warrant was served at Lopez's home, at 2784 NE Mesa Ct., Apt. 2, Gautney said. Bend Police and Oregon State Police assisted in the raid.

At the time, three adults were present – Armando Quintero-Lopez, 29; Maria Guadalupe Sarmienta-Macjas, 25; and Irma Luisjuan-de la Cruz, 39 – as well as four young children, 2 months to six years old.

In that search, detectives found about 25 grams of cocaine, "in a location that was readily accessible to the children," Gautney said in a news release. Also seized were digital scales and suspected drug records.

We can't allow a little matter like drug dealing to continue to tear families apart. As long as Mr. Lopez is willing to pay back taxes on his drug sales and learn English then he should be able to stay at home with his kids. I'm calling on Bill Sizemore and his giant heart to advocate for this family. This is just tragic.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Where is my guy?

After watching the Republican debate on KATU last night I'm convinced that the only quality I'm looking for in a candidate is the ability to answer every question starting with the phrase "Once again, the problem is government..."

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Three Amigo's on May 1st

First Amigo: I know, let's use a day that celebrates socialism to convince Americans that we deserve amnesty!

Second Amigo: That's a great idea Amigo, can we show disrespect to the American flag while we march?

First Amigo: Absolutely, we don't consider the United States to be our country.

Third Amigo: I'm going to chant in Spanish, nothing says "let me live here" like speaking a foreign language!

Second Amigo: And really, since we will be joined by the downtown anarchists I can't see how this could possibly go wrong!

First Union Boss: Get in together amigos, you take orders from us. Put away those Mexican flags, you can't carry the sign you made that says how you really feel and stop with the "you stole this land from us" (at least until we get amnesty).

Second Union Boss: Hey, if illegal aliens have such good work ethic can someone please explain to me again why we would want them? We hate productive workers!