Please let me know what you think. Andrew
More Stupidity in my home state!!! This lawsuit is as useless as t*ts on a boar. Please let me know what you think. Andrew
A person in Oregon named Valeria Jones is suing catering company Bon Appétit Management for $518,682 because coworkers used female names in reference to Jones despite the fact that Jones had continually expressed the desire to be addressed only with gender neutral pronouns.
Some of the terms the coworkers called Jones included, for example, “little lady,” “lady” and “miss,” reports The Oregonian. The coworkers said Jones looked like a woman—possibly some unidentified female celebrity.
Jones was unhappy, explaining that pronouns which apply to everyone do not apply to Jones and are “unwelcome” because Jones is “not a female or a male.”
Thank you once again ET Williams. Could you please come to Oregon and tell some of these “leaders” what you said on the video. We need it. Please check this out and let me know what you think. Andrew
The Trader Joe’s grocery chain has withdrawn plans to build a store in the heart of a predominantly black neighborhood after a black leadership group fought the move.
The Portland Development Commission was set to give the grocer a large discount on property that had been vacant for years, pricing it at just over $500,000, down from an appraised value of $2.9 million, according to The Oregonian.
The Portland African American Leadership Forum sent a scathing letter in December to city leaders, saying the plan would price residents out of the area and the group“remains opposed to any development in North/Northeast Portland that does not primarily benefit the black community.”
Trader Joe’s would increase displacement of low-income residents and “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations,” PAALF wrote.
“[This decision] reflects the city’s overall track record of implementing policies that serve to uproot, displace and disempower our most vulnerable community members,” the letter said.
Trader Joe’s bowed out amid the controversy.
“We run neighborhood stores, and our approach is simple: If a neighborhood does not want a Trader Joe’s, we understand, and we won’t open the store in question,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to The Oregonian.
But not everyone is happy about the outcome.
“There are no winners today,” Adam Milne, owner of Old Town Brewing Co., told The Oregonian. “Only missed tax revenue, lost jobs, less foot traffic, an empty lot and a boulevard still struggling to support its local small businesses.”
Read more at Biz Pac Review
Published on Feb 8, 2014
Manuel Martinez, who narrowly escaped Cuba in 1962 after being imprisoned for opposing Fidel Castro, passionately defended the Second Amendment in front of Oregon lawmakers Thursday during a public hearing on proposed gun control legislation.
“Don’t sell me this. A very powerful man tried to sell me this 50-something years ago, I didn’t buy it”
This is a vile piece of trash that we don’t need in our schools. Please let me know what you think. Andrew
Plot of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The novel opens with Arnold’s explanations of the fact that he was born with an excess of cerebrospinal fluid in his skull (an event that he describes as being “born with water on the brain“). Arnold is left with many physical problems. Some of these problems are that he is skinny, and has an over-sized head, hands, and feet. He also suffers from poor eyesight, experiences frequent seizures, and lisps and stutters. Mistreated by others on the reservation because of these problems, Arnold is regularly beaten up and given such nicknames as “retard” (for the brain damage that he has sustained) and “globe” (for his large head). His family, like the majority of the other reservation families, is incredibly poor: This point is emphasized when Arnold’s adopted dog Oscar begins to suffer from intense heat exhaustion and Arnold’s father is forced to shoot him to avoid having to pay the expensive veterinary treatment necessary to save him.
Arnold’s life on the reservation is brightened by his friend Rowdy, a “tough kid”, as he is called by Arnold. Rowdy’s father abuses him and his mother, thus they are constantly and noticeably covered in bruises. Despite the hardships that he experiences and his cold, tough attitude, Rowdy stays true to his friend Arnold and tries to protect him from some of the physical abuse he is dealt. On Arnold’s first day of high school, his geometry teacher, Mr. P, hands out textbooks to the students and Arnold realizes that his book has his mother’s maiden name written in it. She was thirty years old when she gave birth to Arnold, thus making the textbook at least thirty years older than Arnold himself. Arnold is angered and saddened by the fact that the Spokane reservation is so poor that it is unable to afford new textbooks for its high school. Because of this, Arnold violently throws the book, which ends up colliding with Mr. P’s face and breaking his nose. The school subsequently suspends Arnold. During Arnold’s suspension, Mr. P meets with Arnold to reveal to him his sister’s dream to be a romance writer, he is not angry with him, and that “You [Arnold] have to leave this reservation”.
A week into the school year, Arnold transfers to Reardan High School, a school full of kids with a lot of money in the countryside. Arnold is the only Indian at Reardan besides the team mascot. Although Arnold’s mother is an ex-drunk, his father a drunk, and they are poor, they still want him to transfer to Reardan. Arnold starts to have a crush on the school’s most popular white girl, Penelope, and makes friends with a smart student named Gordy. Arnold tries to talk to Rowdy about his crush on Penelope, but their relationship is strained by Arnold’s decision to go to Reardan. In contrast, Arnold and Penelope develop a closer relationship. Arnold makes the Reardan varsity basketball team and plays two games against his former school, Wellpinit, and specifically Rowdy. During their first game, Wellpinit wins after Rowdy elbows Arnold in the head and knocks him unconscious. In their second meeting, Reardan wins and Arnold gets to block Rowdy. Arnold believed he wanted to win, but after seeing the Wellpinit players’ faces after their defeat, he cries and feels ashamed of himself. Throughout the novel, Arnold is struck by many tragedies: his grandmother is run over by a drunk driver, Gerald, while walking home from a powwow, his father’s best friend Eugene is shot in the face by his friend Bobby after fighting over the last drink of alcohol, and his newlywed sister and her husband die when their mobile home is accidentally set on fire after a night of heavy drinking. In the end, Arnold and Rowdy reconcile while playing basketball and resolve to correspond no matter where the future takes them.
Debate in Sweet Home, Oregon
From the Albany Democrat-Herald
SWEET HOME — A controversial young adult novel may be up for removal from eighth-grade English classes at Sweet Home Junior High, depending on the recommendation of a review committee.
The Sweet Home School Board is holding a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the district office to appoint community members to a “Reconsideration of Instructional Materials” committee for the novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Board members will vote whether to accept the committee’s recommendation.
Superintendent Don Schrader said he hopes to have the committee’s recommendation on the material by Feb. 10, the board’s next regular meeting.
The largely autobiographical novel by Native American author Sherman Alexie details the experiences of Arnold “Junior” Spirit, a 14-year-old who becomes the only Indian at an all-white school.
The 2007 novel has received numerous awards, but also has been banned in places for racist and profane statements made by some of the characters, and discussion of sex, abuse and alcoholism.
Schrader said language arts teachers Chelsea Gagner and Brian Gold first introduced the book a year ago. Some parents complained, which prompted him to pull the book because he felt due process hadn’t been followed.
This year, Schrader said, three weeks ahead of the study unit, the teachers sent out permission slips with a packet of information about the book. The packet included a summary of the controversial material and testimonials from last year’s students.
They received 157 forms from parents who gave permission and 13 forms from parents asking for alternate material for their particular students.
Read more at the Albany Democrat-Herald
This is tragic since Albertsons has been my favorite grocery store to shop at in my hometown of Albany, OR. This is the second grocery store to close her in Albany OR in the last 2 months. Please read and let me know what you think. Andrrew
The Albany Albertsons grocery store, 1177 Waverly Drive S.E., will close on Feb. 20, according to Dennis McCoy, communications and public affairs manager for Albertsons LLC.
McCoy said the action was being taken because the store was unprofitable.
“We were just not able to impede the market place and move sales,” he said.
The company will shut seven of its 111 stores in the northwest, which include stores in Washington, Oregon and western Idaho.
The 68 employees at the Albany store were told Monday.
“There may be opportunities for the associates to move to another location,” McCoy said.
McCoy explained that Albertsons is constantly evaluating its fleet of stores to figure out which stores need remodels, improvements or which stores need to be closed.
“We are committed to the Northwest,” McCoy said. “Sometimes we just have to make the tough decision to shut down the store.”
The 32,000-foot store opened in 1982. Albertsons owns the building and will look for a new owner or tenant, according to McCoy. He said there are no buyers at this time.
On 7 Jan 2014, I visited my parents grave site in Portland, OR. This is a story of healing and forgiveness. Please watch and let me know what you think. Andrew
Only to be shooed out of the area for violating city ordinances regarding the sale of goods in parks. Begging, hanging out, smoking pot there – all cool. Selling mistletoe to help pay for your braces? Not so much:
‘People can get money for pot but I can’t get money for braces? I’m working for this, they’re just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot.’
Here’s an 11 year old girl who understands the principle of “an honest day’s work for an honest day’s wage” far better than our Prezzie. And I dare say she also has a better grasp of the unintended consequences of well-meaning government intervention and regulation as well.
The country needs more Madison Roots, as well as more Mr. and Mrs. Roots who raise children like Madison. In Portland Oregon of all places!
Read more at http://www.michellesmirror.com/2013/12/obama-gets-schooled-on-root-of.html#.UqDfb5GjSf0
- No Mistletoe Sales without a Permit – The Madison Root Story (tomliberman.wordpress.com)
- Work ethic pays of for 11-year-old (cltv.com)
- Work ethic pays of for 11-year-old (wgntv.com)
- Humbug!: 11-Year-Old Told She Can’t Sell Mistletoe In Busy Park, Told To Beg Instead (personalliberty.com)
- City tells girl, 11, she can’t sell mistletoe, but panhandling would be okay (bizpacreview.com)
- Oregon Girl Told She Can’t Sell Mistletoe For Braces But Can Beg Instead (fggam.org)
- Girl selling mistletoe for straighter smile is shut down – here’s why (rare.us)
- Oregon Girl Barred From Selling Mistletoe But Told Okay to Beg (lunaticoutpost.com)
- The Grinch Is Alive and Well In Portland, Oregon (statelymcdanielmanor.wordpress.com)
- Oregon Girl Barred From Selling Mistletoe But Told Okay to Beg (abcnews.go.com)
“Do You Have a Gun On You Today?” This is only part of the harassment doled out by a State Cop as Kitzhaber again dodges questions on “Cover Oregon,” his Obamacare disaster.
Dateline November 13, 2013 – Portland Oregon: On his way to an event (to which the public was invited) Governor John Kitzhaber is peacefully approached by a Citizen Journalist. It seems Kitz’s Obamacare web site has yet to sign up a single person. Rather than stopping to answer a few questions, Kitzhaber continues to avoid any negative media coverage of his healthcare disaster. Instead he dispatches one of his State Police bodyguards, Kyle Wilson, to harass and try to intimidate the reporter. When asked what law prevents him from approaching the Governor to ask a question, Wilson retorts: “Because I told you to.” The reporter is forced to yell his questions in order to exercise his First Amendment Right.
- Watch: Dem Gov. Kitzhaber Dispatches State Cop To Harass Journalist As Oregon’s Obamacare Exchange Fails (patdollard.com)
- Oregon Governor Kitzhaber DIspatches State Cop to Harass Journalist: “Do You Have a Gun On You Today?” (freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com)
- OR Gov. Kitzhaber Refuses State Obamacare Questions, Dispatches Police At Media (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Cover Oregon website fiasco creates jobs, but costs millions (thenewsdoctors.com)
- John Kitzhaber: ‘army of people’ processing insurance applications at Cover Oregon (oregonlive.com)
You Tube Notes
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., questioned the legitimacy of the hearing itself and suggested that Republicans were simply trying to scare Americans into staying away from the system altogether.
“That’s all it is,” he said. “Hoping people won’t apply.”
He reminded the committee that many Americans are enrolling through state insurance exchanges, including 30,000 in New York, 50,000 in Oregon and 100,000 in California.
The White House said this week that there have been 20 million visits to the site, and half a million applications for insurance submitted. But how many people that represents, and how many have successfully enrolled, is unknown.
Problems with the site, healthcare.gov, are well-documented. One survey found that only one in five people who tried to log on did it without a hitting roadblock. A quarter couldn’t even create an account. The Spanish-language version of the site is delayed.
On the back end, insurers have reported that they are receiving incomplete or corrupted applications that they cannot process, and states are having trouble accessing the federal data.
The administration has said that technicians are well into the job of fixing the site, but it has given no timetable.
- Hidden in ObamaCare Site: Applicants Surrender Right to Privacy (breitbart.com)
- Rep. Barton: Hidden Source Code on Obamacare Website Says ‘No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy’ (cnsnews.com)
- Obamacare oversight? Monkey court, says one frustrated Democrat (dailykos.com)
- The biggest fight at the Obamacare hearing was over these 47 lines of code (washingtonpost.com)
- GOP Rep. Fred Upton: Obamacare website should have been ‘the easy part’ (washingtontimes.com)
- No time to test: Feds admit they rushed the insurance website (nbcnews.com)
- Congressman Lashes Out in Obamacare Hearing: This Is a ‘Monkey Court!’ (theatlanticwire.com)
- Bipartisan outrage heats up over Obamacare site glitches (cbsnews.com)
- [WATCH] Rep. Frank Pallone: Obamacare hearing is a “monkey court” (redalertpolitics.com)
- ‘Monkey Court’: Dem. Lawmaker Explodes on Colleagues During Hearing on Obamacare Rollout Fiasco (theblaze.com)