Death With Dignity

In 1994, Oregon’s overwhelmingly Democrat majority approved by a narrow margin Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act. It is euphemistically named thusly as if government approval of a form of suicide makes it dignified. (Not uncharacteristic of liberal/progressive rationale, all other … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Assisted suicide, Ethics, Individual Responsiblity, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Progressivism, Religion | 1 Comment

The Least Authentic Politician of Our Time

“I was just gobsmacked, wiped out.” Former Democrat Presidential Nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton Shortly after I returned to Oregon to become the state vice president for the telephone company (lo those many years ago) we won a significant legal victory … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Benghazi, Bernie Sanders, Corruption, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, Media Bais, President Donald Trump | 2 Comments

Oregon Secretary of State Implements “Open Checkbook” Policy

By Dennis Richardson — Oregon Secretary of State One of my key commitments to Oregonians is accountability for how we spend your state tax dollars. The people of Oregon who pay the bills have a right to know how their … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Corruption, Dennis Richardson, Ethics, Government reform, Government Spending | 3 Comments

Trump and McCartney: Dubious Rumors

You may remember when The Beatles Paul McCartney died in 1966 as a result of injuries sustained in the fiery crash of his Aston Martin sports car.  It was all over the news. The car was never recovered and neither … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, CIA, Donald Trump, Ethics, Fake News, Hillary Clinton, Media Bais, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Progressivism | 3 Comments

Draining the Swamp Ain’t Easy

In an area just southwest of Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona maintains Biosphere 2.  It is an attempt by man to create a self-sustaining closed ecosystem.  While not perfect, it has largely succeeded with little adjustments necessary to maintain … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Carly Fiorina, Corruption, Ethics, Federal Government, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Media Bais, Preident Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump, President Obama | Leave a comment

Can the Government Ever Tell the Truth

I’ve told this story before but it is worth repeating.  Last spring a census taker appeared at our door to conduct an “interim” census in order to boost federal welfare spending in our area.  It was one of those days … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Corruption, Ethics, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, President Obama, Social Security, Transparency | Leave a comment

Message to Democrats: It’s the Messengers not the Message

The Democrat Party appears to be going through a catharsis as it attempts to identify the cause(s) for its overwhelming losses sustained in the 2016 elections.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) began the conversation by noting on Face the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Progressivism, Welfare State | Leave a comment

Pursuing the Clintons

One of my favorite movies is The Sheepman starring Glenn Ford.  It is the story of Jason Sweet (Glenn Ford) who won a herd of sheep in a poker game and was bound and determined to graze the sheep on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Corruption, Crime & Sentencing, Crony capitalism, Donald Trump, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, IRS Scandal, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama | Leave a comment

Bringing accountability and transparency to Salem

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Governor Kate Brown pledged to increase transparency and accountability in Oregon state government after she took office in early 2015 following Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation under a cloud of ethics challenges related to alleged influence peddling. … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:28 | Posted in Corruption, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Fresh Dropping from the Campaign Trail: The Aftermath

Following are a series of vignettes apropos to the conclusion of the recent presidential elections.  Some things never change. Leslie Stahl   Ms. Stahl, born to a wealthy Massachusetts family and a princess of privilege herself, promoted the liberal narrative … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Ethics, Leadership, McCain, President Obama | Leave a comment

Unbelievable! What’s Next?

I didn’t believe it would happen, but my wife did.  I didn’t believe it could happen but her cousin in Dunthorpe did.  I couldn’t believe it was happening but one of my old college roommates, now living in Gig Harbor, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Abortion, Bernie Sanders, Corruption, Donald Trump, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, McCain, Obamacare, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | Leave a comment

The Clinton Years to Come

It has been sixteen years since the Clintons inhabited the White House.  Time tends to dull our memories.  But this past weekend’s events are a vivid reminder of what it was like during the eight years of President Bill Clinton’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Corruption, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Leadership, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama | Leave a comment

Will the Mainstream Media Turn on Hillary?

The mainstream media doesn’t really like Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  Mostly because she has for years chosen to ignore press conferences and decline to answer questions from the press.  You can add to that they know whatever she tells … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Corruption, Donald Trump, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton | Leave a comment

More Droppings on the 2016 Campaign Trail

Trump’s Bromance With Putin I am fascinated by the media’s obsession with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s views of Russian President Vladmir Putin.  The media narrative is that Mr. Trump “admires” Mr. Putin and by implication would yield to Mr. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Liberalism, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Progressivism | 4 Comments

Take Time to Meet Dr. William “Bud” Pierce

I like smart people. I like to talk to them, listen to them, probe and challenge them. I like to find out if they are book smart or real smart – the former referring to education, and the latter referring … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Chicago corruption, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Government corruption, Leadership, PERS, Public Employee Unions | 3 Comments

Cruz and Clinton Show Their True Colors

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was extended an invitation to speak during prime time before the Republican National Convention as it endorsed Donald Trump as its presidential nominee.  To the surprise of many at the convention – but not … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Donald Trump, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz | 38 Comments

Portland Schools Need More Than a New Superintendent

By John A. Charles, Jr. Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job. The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Children, Education, Ethics, Portland, Portland Schools | Tagged , | 5 Comments

FBI Director Comey Got it Wrong

“Yes officer, I know I was going 80 miles per hour but I did not intend to violate the law.”                                                                                                        TJH (circa 2016) On last Thursday, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, delivered up a whitewash … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Corruption, Crony capitalism, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Preident Bill Clinton, Scandals | 13 Comments

If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Health & Human Services, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

The Why’s of the Clinton Email Scandal

The Why’s of the Clinton Email Scandal The Office of the Inspector General for the State Department released its report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s (D) use of a private email account and server for official State Department … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Corruption, Crony capitalism, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Scandals | 11 Comments

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