Kulongoski argues the single insurance pool, similar to one for state employees, would save millions of dollars annually in administrative and premium costs. The proposal is backed by the Oregon Education Association but is opposed by the Oregon School Boards Association, which offers an insurance program that many districts use for some or all of their employees.At some point, to my surprise, Shawn Vilhauer, the newly elected Forest Grove school board member called and said that he had received an e-mail from the Oregon School Boards Association urging him to call his representatives and ask them to oppose the bill. He seemed genuinely upset by the e-mail. He also expressed some opinions that I could easily label as conservative. Just the fact that he was listening to Lars' show and decided to call made me think that for some reason the people of Forest Grove made a "mistake" and voted in a pretty decent guy.
"I suggest that he ask the French why the heck for so many years they encouraged Poles to build capitalism when as it turns out they are Communists themselves," Mr. Walesa, an electrician by trade, said in an interview published Friday in the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza.
First, where does Brzezinski, the top foreign policy adviser during the harrowing Carter years, get the nerve to accuse anyone of incompetence? Carter/Brzezinski presided over our greatest setback ever in the Middle East, the rise of a fundamentalist Islamic regime in Iran, which they basically invited by signaling their lack of support for Shah knowing that his strongest enemies were fundamentalist clerics. They also presided over and basically invited a Communist takeover in Nicaragua. Under Brzezinski's tutelage, Carter was shocked, betrayed, and unprepared when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. And who can forget what may be the worst piece of incompetence the U.S. has been associated with in its modern history, the failed rescue attempt of our hostages in Teheran?
The pictures below, from bottom up, were taken during
our short 5-day, 714-mile vacation. We went to LaPine
State Park and moved around a little to visit some
of the wonders Central Oregon has to offer.
When I find more time, I may comment more on these
pictures. I may also convert some of the pictures
we took with our SLR camera and post them as well.
Brian, I've deleted your comments by accident. What was the name of Mountain 2?
As long as Oregon chooses to spend less per child than the national average on public education, schools need to invest their money very, very carefully.A while ago, I mentioned that it's a pretty stupid goal. First, some school districts, like D.C. for example, increase the national average by burning money faster than some startups during the dot-com boom. Second, as soon as Oregon starts spending more, the national average will go up and some other state may come to the same conclusion. Pretty soon, we'll have a full-blown
This is something most people in Oregon can agree on, whether they think K-12 schools are starving for money or bloated with cash.How can most people in Oregon agree on this if they think schools are bloated with cash?
Here, in Oregon, we spend almost $8,000 per pupil, which is slightly higher than the national average of $7,734.OK, I will give the Oregonian the benefit of a doubt. Maybe the numbers have changed slightly since January and now Oregon really spends below the national average. But we can't be much off so I really think the Oregonian makes too big a deal out of the numbers to cover up what's really important:
[I]n a 2004 statewide poll of 1,800 Oregonians, residents strongly supported more school choice options [so] [the Chalkboard Project] also proposes expanding Oregon's charter schools law, to allow universities, community colleges and neighboring school districts to charter a nontraditional public school.Only then can you come back and ask me for more money.
A 17-year-old student who wrote an anti-illegal immigration column in his school newspaper was targeted by a radical Hispanic group that sponsored a protest where students marched through campus behind a Mexican flag.This is not surprising. Radical organizations like MEChA will get in your face for calling Oregon part of the USA. But it gets even worse.
He says he personally received letters from teachers who demanded he retract everything he wrote.Student newspapers all over the country print all kind of bunk that is not even factually correct. When challenged, even the most outrageous editorials get defended by teachers and professors on the grounds that free speech is paramount regardless of how irresponsible and false it may be.
Your liberal whining about the danger to our civil rights from our government is weak and tired. Viet Nam and Watergate are not current events, and don't fit
today's America, or its future.
Name one citizen unlawfully imprisoned under the Patriot Act.
Name one liberal loud mouth actor or politician or professor or writer who was dragged out of bed and never heard from again for speaking out against Bush.
If a liberal was so imprisoned, his lefty comrades would do nothing but link hands and chant until some one got bored and smashed a Starbucks. Oh, the fine art of dissent. No wonder you're scared; you scare the rest of the country with your tactics and beliefs, and that's why Democrats are a minority party.
Liberals will fight their country out of fear of angering their attackers and hope taking our enemy's side will show them our goodness and curb attacks.
Liberals believe it is America and not jealous lust for power from a sickeningly violent religion that brought on 9/11. But don't ever question a liberal's
Conservatives will fight to defend an admittedly imperfect America under attack because brute force only understands brute force.
If you would quit trying to fit the 21st century into the mold of the late sixties, you would have a greater grasp of the real threats of the age, the real enemies, and the real heroes.
The U.S. military will always show up to aid and defend even those who may hate them. That is the only real protection your civil rights have from suicide
bombers and Islamist nuclear dreams.
We don't recount this story to suggest Amnesty was actively in league with Saddam. But it shows that, even after 9/11, Amnesty still didn't think terrorism was a big deal. In its eagerness to suggest that every detainee with a Muslim name is some kind of political prisoner, and by extension to smear America and its allies, Amnesty has given the concept of "aid and comfort" to the enemy an all-too-literal meaning.
We always seek peaceful avenues before resorting to the use of force -- and we did. We tried quiet diplomacy, public condemnation, economic sanctions, and demonstrations of military force. None succeeded. Despite our repeated warnings, Qaddafi continued his reckless policy of intimidation, his relentless pursuit of terror. He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong. I warned that there should be no place on Earth where terrorists can rest and train and practice their deadly skills. I meant it. I said that we would act with others, if possible, and alone if necessary to ensure that terrorists have no sanctuary anywhere.
Perhaps remembering this lesson, and possibly seeing in George W. Bush some of the same steel he experienced in Ronald Reagan, Qaddafi surprised the world in 2004 when he announced that he was ending his effort to develop Weapons of Mass Destruction.
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, in his first clear
pronouncement on gay marriages since his election, on
Monday condemned same-sex unions as fake and
expressions of "anarchic freedom" that threatened the
future of the family.
The Pope, who was elected in April, also condemned
divorce, artificial birth control, trial marriages and
free-style unions, saying all of these practices were
dangerous for the family.
"Today's various forms of dissolution of marriage,
free unions, trial marriages as well as the
pseudo-matrimonies between people of the same sex are
instead expressions of anarchic freedom which falsely
tries to pass itself off as the true liberation of
man," he said.
The Pope spoke to families at Rome's St. John's
Cathedral on an issue that has become highly
controversial around the world, particularly in Europe
and the United States.
In April, parliament in traditionally Catholic Spain
gave initial approval to a law legalizing gay
marriage. It is widely expected to be approved by the
Senate and to become law.
But just last week, California's Assembly killed off a
bill that would have allowed gay marriage in the most
populous U.S. state.
The Pope, who as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger headed the
Vatican's doctrinal department for more than two
decades, said "pseudo freedoms" such as gay marriages
were based on what he called the "banalisation of the
human body" and of man himself.
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After President Bush won reelection last November, there was much consternation among some powerful anti-Bush Americans. They were stunned that John Kerry lost and feared that if Bush succeeds in his second term, the Democrats would lose again in 2008.And the rest is history. With the constant pounding from the media without the Administration trying to defend itself, the public gets biased information and may eventually turned against the President.
Then came the successful election in Iraq, and the fear on the Left multiplied. If Iraq turned out to be a success, Mr. Bush would become a hero. So the need to undermine the Bush administration became more intense than ever. But how to do it? Social Security wasn't emotional enough, particularly for young voters. What could be done to hurt Bush?
Then came the revelation: Let's torture the president.
The New York Times had already primed the pump, running more than 50 front-page stories on the abuses at Abu Gharib. Then came reports from the International Red Cross that more abuse was happening at Guantanamo. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was already challenging detentions there, and so a strategy was sealed: The Bush administration was full of torturers and human rights violators. It was ruining America's reputation throughout the world. Bush was a villain.
Many conservatives broke their self-imposed embargo on French products to pop the champagne.How did they know? As conceited as I tend to be from time to time, I have to guess that we were not the only party celebrating the event with the French bubbles.
Once upon a time the intellectual elites in Europe and the U.S. trumpeted the economic accomplishments of European social welfare state policies. Today the conclusion is nearly inescapable that this economic model simply doesn't work to create jobs, wealth or dynamism.But this is not a new story. The reason why Europeans are even talking about a common constitution is because they have known for a long time they can't compete with the US economically and something must be done to liberalize the European economy a little bit. The problem is that the nanny state mentality is so ingrained in the European psyche that (Old) European workers, mostly the ones working for the state, start striking on a slightest mention of any reform. Hence the rejection of the EU Constitution by the French. But although European elites do realize Europe is in trouble, their counterparts here in the US continue to insist we have to emulate the European model:
[...] the U.S. has substantially outperformed Old Europe in wealth and job creation. The economic growth rate of the European Union nations since 2003 has limped along at about half that of the U.S. In the 1980s and '90s the U.S. created about 40 million new jobs; Western Europe created some 10 million, well over half of which were in the public sector. If this divergence in economic performance continues for 40 years, the American worker will be roughly twice as wealthy as his European counterpart.
The Europeans have created a vast constellation of domestic policy interventions that are cloaked in the seductive rhetoric of compassion, fairness and cultural sophistication. These policies include highly generous welfare benefits for the unemployed; state ownership and subsidy of key industries (such as Airbus); rules that make it difficult to hire and fire workers; prohibitions against closing down plants; heavy protections of labor unions against competitive forces; mandatory worker benefit packages that include health insurance, child care allowances, paid parental leave, four to six weeks of vacation; shortened work weeks; and, alas, high taxes on business and labor to pay for these lavish benefits.
The frustrating irony is that, at the very moment in history when Europe's model is in disrepute, many U.S. politicians still want to emulate it. In Congress today there is some bill to provide virtually every social welfare benefit that Europe now offers. And the Congressional Budget Office predicts that if America's federal entitlement programs are not reined in, by 2030 government's share of the U.S. economy will close in on 50% of GDP, or even more than Europe's share today. The good news is that at least Washington has begun to debate how to reform these programs.If we don't want Chinese, Koreans, or Indian bloggers to repeat my words in 50 years writing about what went wrong in the US, we must resist those "well-meaning", "good" Christians. For it's not the size of the welfare state that indicates how prosperous a country is but the size of its economy and the number of people that economy can employ.
Europe is now paying a high price for this failed experiment with welfare state socialism. Today's populist revolt against economic integration in France and Germany suggests that these nations remain mysteriously impervious to the need for change. A bigger mystery is why some American politicians are so intent on repeating Europe's mistakes.
Her dour childhood as a reluctant Communist sheds new light on why, unlike Mr Schroeder, Mrs Merkel backed the US-led invasion of Iraq. "I know what it is when you don't have freedom," she said recently. "In the West, freedom is taken for granted. Fighting for it is not as necessary as it was for us."Should it happen, I will reconsider my embargo on German products and services including flying Lufthansa.
Krystof,Those of us who very much enjoyed your contributions are disappointed that we no longer hear from you.My wife and I voted for you in the city council election and hope you stay on the local scene.Grovenet is dominated by doctrinaire far left liberals from Pacific U mainly. They have succeeded in driving out others who don't agree with them and I hope you will continue.Hang in there, you are the sane one!
Drug agents arrested 15 people in connection with the Brownsville case, according to Immergut's office. Most were Mexican citizens living in Salem.
The lab was at a mobile home on a rural, 10-acre property and was capable of producing 90 pounds of pure methamphetamine in a 48- to 72-hour period.
The lab had been in operation for at least five months, according to indictments filed in federal court in Portland.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials say superlabs operated by Mexican drug trafficking organizations now produce about 65 percent of all meth sold in the United States.
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