Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sponsorship Request Review
Sponsorship Requests will be reviewed on the fourth Wednesday of each month by OMHS staff.
Requests will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
Racial/ethnic diversity of organizations requesting sponsorship
Geographic location (within Oregon), representation of urban/rural organizations
Alignment with equity and/or diversity concepts
Prior awards to the same organization within the last 12 months
Amount of request in relations to activity sponsored (reasonable cost for activity)
They literally make you break down by percentage the number of each racial group that you serve, that you have on staff, that you have in management and that you have on your board of directors.
Then, assuming that you are aligned with the diversity concepts prescribed by the state, you will be awarded taxpayer money to do race-based programs!
With gas pushing $4 a gallon, does the state of Oregon really need to spend $2 million on a marketing campaign aimed at getting people to drive less?
House freshman Mike McLane doesn't think so. New to the budget-writing committee, the Republican from Powell Butte was struck by the state's ongoing investment in the "Drive Less. Save More." campaign launched in the Portland Metro region in 2006.
With his questions, McLane, 46, is learning just how hard it is to kill a government program once it gains traction. And by picking on "Drive Less. Save More." McLane has taken on one of the Capitol's most powerful lobbyists whose company holds the five-year, $7.5 million contract for the campaign and whose clients contributed hundreds of thousands to state lawmakers' elections last year.
First, I would argue that the state has no business spending money on this marketing campaign regardless of gas prices.
But I guess when the Bike Less Save More campaign has important tweets to send out like "Got an errand close by? Try walking it! When planning your route, try to use paths that have the most sidewalks so you won't end up walking in the street" we can see how important this really is. I never knew that I could walk to a close destination until government told me so.
Friday, May 27, 2011
MR. STALLMAN: Well, thank you, Mr. Secretary. The Secretary and I did have a good conversation about this issue a couple of weeks ago and we do agree on the importance of fixing the nation's broken immigration system. To do that, we're going to need comprehensive immigration reform. It's something we've been working on for a lot of years and the need is even greater now than it was when we started.
At every level of government they are clamoring for amnesty. The only thing that holds them back is we the people. The elites want it, we don't. Make sure that we keep our opinions known and the pressure on. They are relentless.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
It’s better times for those entering the workforce. But despite the year’s increase in job prospects and starting salaries for newly-minted college graduates, the news is not so promising for matriculating females.
According to a report issued by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, women fresh out of college are offered starting salaries that are, on average, 17 percent less than their male counterparts.
It’s a largely inexplicable phenomenon, explained NACE researcher Ed Koc, except that men might be placing more emphasis on a higher starting salary than women.
Koc said. “It’s a prima facie case for discrimination towards women on the part of employers.
For Koc, the most realistic explanation for this discrepancy is supply and demand.
I can tell this article was written by a women because of the back and forth reasoning that contradicted itself. Arguments rooted in logic are not the forte of the fairer sex.
"Men place more emphasis" then "it's discrimination" and back to "supply and demand" as explanations for this inexplicable phenomenon.
I would argue that people are paid what their labor is worth. You are in a mutually beneficial employer/employee relationship. If one side decides that it is no longer beneficial to them then the relationship can be terminated. Womanly crying about it won't change the situation.
If there is a company out there that doesn't pay women what their talent is worth then they limit their available talent pool. Their competitor who doesn't limit themselves this way will hire better people, have less turnover, be more successful and possibly the other company will go out of business.
Note to the trolls: The wife and I will get a kick out of your comments I'm sure.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
[A] call out for support that emphasizes our immediate need for funds.
The long, chilly, rainy seasons are finally departing, leaving the Black Rose far behind in our finances. We have until June 5th to catch up, otherwise the Blackrose will be evicted.
As always no one turned away for lack of funds but, we really encourage folks to pitch in and donate in this time of need.
The Black Rose doesn't have it's own website (what successful business does?) but they do have a Myspace page. If you want to "friend" them please note: We will not add anyone whose profile has oppressive content.
Black Rose is a non-profit, all volunteer, consensus-based, collectively run infoshop in Portland, Oregon. In addition to our bookstore and lending library, we also have a freestore with clothes, books, small household items, and more - all for free! We strive to be an anti-oppressive, anti-authoritarian, safer, sober community space.
So a store run on socialist principles is about to fail and they blame it on the rainy weather. It has nothing to do with the fact that they don't charge for products but instead rely on the kindness of their fellow hippies.
Free is not fair. You achieve fairness when a willing seller and a willing buyer reach a mutual agreement that they both believe will benefit themselves. This is true for labor, for books and everything else.
Good riddance Black Rose, I look forward to seeing your old "customers" at Wal-Mart!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Why Tuition Equity Matters
By Lupita Maurer of Aloha, Oregon. Lupita Maurer was born in Mexico City. She became a U.S. citizen and a Democrat in 1995. She was a member of the Oregon Council for Civil Rights from 2009-2011 and was recently appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs by Governor Kitzhaber. She is a member of the Democratic National Committee.
After seeing most Mexican women in my family divorced, abandoned, and without a solid career to support themselves, I decided my ticket to a secure economic future would be an education.
Democrat women have done such a bang up job convincing men that they can be cads.
I was visiting my mother when I decided not to return to the university in Mexico. She was living here legally in the United States, but not doing so well economically. So I remained, and started working with her cleaning houses. It was honest work, but our life here was vulnerable and scary, because I overstayed my tourist visa.
You are now "vulnerable" if you are a criminal. If you have a warrant out for your arrest are you also vulnerable?
Then, the California Supreme Court and the Cal State University system gave me my big break. The Court decided that undocumented immigrants are eligible for in-state tuition rates at the state's colleges and universities rather than pay the higher rates charged to those who live out of state.
This country gave me the opportunity to get ahead, opened its arms to me.
No one opened their arms to you. You took what you wanted without permission. This whole piece is one big example of selfishness. Millions of people wait in line for what you got and you decided to just take it.
This also puts to bed the notion of the poor 2 year old brought to this country unwillingly. This person CHOSE to come here, CHOSE to stay illegally and then benefited from taxpayer subsidized college tuition.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
A Community Forum will be held May 18, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., to share information and discuss the proposal.
Equity is when everyone has full and equal access to opportunities necessary to meet their essential needs, advance their well-being, and achieve their full potential.
This is equal opportunity which I agree with.
Neither the City of Portland government nor the city of Portland’s community structure and functions currently lead to equitable outcomes
This is the city of Portland saying that the local government doesn't currently offer equal opportunity.
This of course means that they want to do things such as:
Lead a city-wide Race and Social Justice effort
Translation: equal outcomes and less liberty
Translation: budget based on race/gender/etc
Enter into partnerships with community organizations
Translation: liberal organizations will now get more taxpayer funding. Think CAUSA.
Judging on their need for endless amounts of diversity, cultural and sensitivity training I have to assume that government workers are the biggest hatemongers around. They are constantly creating offices, departments and agencies for fairness but their goal is never achieved.
Can you imagine the social setting where someone comes out and says "I'm not fair to people based on their race/gender/etc"? That's what Portland just did.
I am anxiously awaiting the resignation of everyone on the City Diversity Committee. I mean, is everyone at the Affirmative Action/Diversity Development Office and Citywide Diversity Development Coordinating Committee not want equal opportunity? There needs to be a new office because the old office just isn't good enough?
Bunch of hatemongers.
Monday, May 16, 2011
A key Republican lawmaker is adamant that a bill that would allow the non-U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Oregon’s public universities will die this year.
Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, said Friday that he won’t allow Senate Bill 742 — passed by the Oregon Senate on a 18-11 vote in late March — to get out of the House Rules Committee, which he co-chairs.
Olson said the e-mails and letters he has received from constituents opposed to the bill far outweigh those from proponents of the proposal. He added that he has reservations about starting down a slippery slope of legislation favoring people who have entered the U.S. illegally.
“What other laws should they be allowed to break?” he said.
This bill spits in the face of Americans who play by the rules. It is satisfying to see the Republicans standing strong against it.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
$65,000 for the Outside In needle exchange harm reduction program (page 4)
Seriously. Using tax dollars to give new needles to junkies is a highlight. Assisting people with their shooting up of illegal drugs is a highlight. This is not a shameful secret that if brought to light the Portland politicians would run away from it. This is what they brag about. Needles for druggies.
Monday, May 09, 2011
At what point do these "inclusive statements" become so long that anyone not specifically mentioned is de facto excluded?
I think that this is also a good "check your premise" moment as well. Do we REALLY value all persons? (sheeple nodding heads) What about an unrepentant serial rapist? What about Mao? (I mean outside the Obama administration) What about Hitler?
If some government office doesn't have a signature line detailing exactly how many people it values should I assume that they hate some folks?