Salem, OR City Council Votes to Ban Smoking on Public Sidewalks

It appears that the Salem City Council believes it’s OK to harass and bully one group of people in order to appease another. On Monday evening the council voted 6-2 to ban smoking on the sidewalks and landscape strips in the public right-of-way adjacent to properties where smoking is prohibited. Councilors Brad Nanke and Bruce Rogers were the two no votes with Nanke making strong objections to the ban.

This ban will expand private property NO SMOKING ZONES to include the public sidewalks and landscape strips that are adjacent to Salem Hospital and Willamette University. The same sidewalks that smokers use and that they pay for with their tax dollars – how is it fair to prevent taxpaying citizens from engaging in a legal activity on property that they pay for? It’s not and with only two councilors voting no – one with a strong voice for freedom and liberty and the other for neighborhood concerns – the City of Salem has granted permission for a minority group to be bullied because they don’t approve of the legal activity they are engaged in.

Watch the testimony and discussion (1:34:43) and listen closely to how this issue was presented to the council and the words the proponents use to sell the concept of stripping law abiding citizens of their rights in the name of “cultural values.”

[VIDEO] Salem, OR: Governor’s Gestapo Intimidates Citizen At Gun Bill Hearing

Casey Runyan voices his protest over the admittance of Mark Kelly‘s testimony. He is promptly silenced by the committee chair Floyd Prozanski, and then deals with the stare down by Oregon State Police and Governor John Kitzhaber’s security detail.

h/t Laughing at Liberals

[VIDEO] Salem, OR: Shooting Victim’s Family Sets Record Straight

Today’s hearing in Salem, Oregon on SB 1551, Senator Prozanski’s gun registration expansion, was an enlightening look at how the left and the right view the gun control vs. gun rights issue. Former astronaut, Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, provided a little celebrity cache to the hearing but, it was the personal testimony of dozens of regular Oregonians that dominated the proceedings. While gun owners are often referred to as a “vocal minority,” the sign-up sheets for testimony showed 19 people in support of the bill, with 28 opposed.

Portland media outlets were out in full force today and the nightly news broadcasts are peppered with snippets from today’s testimony. What you won’t see in the MSM is the full testimony from impassioned Oregonians who got up at the crack of dawn to make sure they got on the list to testify. Here is the first of five videos recorded today in Salem.

The anti gun crowd continue to use the death of Jessie Doyle as a reason to support more gun controls. Jessi’s brother in law, Chris Cochran, sets the record straight.

h/t Laughing at Liberals

Oregon: Kevin Starrett’s Call To Action!: Prozanski Is A Liar! [FULL TRANSCRIPT]

Published on Jan 20, 2014

“Make Your Voice Heard!”: Kevin Starrett called out Oregon’s controversial “gun grabbing” Senator Prozanski by name at Sunday’s gun rally.

Dateline Portland Oregon – Sunday January 19, 2014: Kevin Starrett the Director of Oregon Firearms Federation gave a rousing speech at yesterday’s “We the People Defend the Constitution” Gun Rally held at the Salem State Capitol. Despite the bitter cold, damp, weather a sizable crowd gathered to support the Constitution and in particular the Second Amendment. This year Oregon legislators such as Senator Floyd Prozanski seek to to curtail gun owners rights through a massive registration process intent on disabling honest law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves and their. I’ve created the full transcript below and it is a MUST READ, in addition to watching the video itself. Kevin’s speech in the video is provided uncut and unedited.

FULL TRANSCRIPT – KEVIN STARRETT JANUARY 19, 2014

“There’s three kinds of people in the world: there’s the people who watch things happen, the people who make things happen and the people who stand back and say “what the hell just happened.” And you’re the people that make things happen. We’re going to make things happen. You know what’s happening in this building now. You know what they’re trying to do to make a bill that would make it illegal to give a gun to you best friend, but at the permission of the police. You could give a gun to your gay lover but you couldn’t give a gun to the woman you lived with. You could give a gun to your nephew but he couldn’t give it back.

This stuff is insane. They say it’s to prevent felons from having guns. But you know what happens when a felon tries to buy a gun and he’s denied? Nothing. Alright? This legislation is intended to attack you. And you are going to be lied to about it. On Friday when they held a hearing on this bill the hearing was to determine that the bill would be introduced as a committee bill. And what that means is that nobody wanted to put their name on it.

And the person who’s responsible for the bill who doesn’t want his name on it, Senator Floyd Prozanski looked us all in the eye and said, “This is not a registration bill.” This is a bill that requires you give the state police your name, your address, all your personal information, all of the personal information of the person you’re giving the gun to, and the make model caliber and serial number of the gun. And this is not a registration bill?

He’s a Liar [Prozanski]. And he will continue to lie to you. And we all have to be extremely active and make sure they all know where we stand. With every tool we have. If you’re not registered to vote, register to vote. Please vote. Use social media. Get our alerts. It’s free just go to our web site and you’re gonna know what’s happening. Make sure you make your voice heard. Last year we beat all 4 anti-gun bills because people like you stood up and made a lot of noise. We’re gonna do it again.

Remember last year in the Senate we had one pro-gun Democratic Senator, Betsy Johnson. She deserves a lot of credit for standing up to the enormous assault she took from her caucus. So she’s a real hero to us. There’s some Demoocrats in the house who are real heroes to us as well, but the people who are going to make this happen are going to be you. And Every single one of you has the ability to do amazing things and it doesn’t take long.

Make your voice heard. Use Twitter and Facebook, get on our web site, and we’re going to win! Thanks for coming out people!

h/t Daylight Disinfectant

Your first amendment rights at stake


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Oregon Citizen Journalist Responds To Cover Oregon’s Goofy Commercials

July 19, 2013
by Jeff Reynolds | WatchDogWire.com

This week, Cover Oregon, the corporation set up by the Oregon Legislature to administer Obamacare exchanges in our state, released their ad campaign. This campaign uses music videos and $3.9 million in federal funds to sell Obamacare to Oregonians. The videos met with, at best, mixed reactions.

One Oregonian, a contributor to WatchdogWire Oregon, was moved to respond. Ben Nanke has released a new video that reaffirms the rugged independent Oregon spirit and denies the need for governmental intervention in our personal decisions. (You can see Ben’s reporting for WDW here.)

As Ben states at YouTube,

Published on Jul 19, 2013

This is a response to the recent ad campaign by Cover Oregon.

As native Oregonians, we found it strange that a large-scale, federally-funded ad campaign is trying to twist the meaning of “the Oregon Spirit.”

Quoting the Oregonian – ‘Mark Ray, co-owner and creative director of North [who created the ad campaign], said the initial ads are to “create almost a hello” sort of vibe, while stressing an “Oregon pride, Oregonians take care of themselves kind of thing.”‘

We agree, and believe that “Oregonians take care of themselves” means exactly that. We take care of ourselves. No government mandates, no tax penalties, and no manufactured marketplaces. We love seeing our fellow Oregonians happy, healthy, and strong, which is why we don’t want to see our state fenced in by government-controlled health care.

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Lyrics: Benjamin Nanke
Composition/Music: Benjamin Nanke, Sophia Morrison, Matthew Steele, Dashiell House
Filming Team: Benjamin Nanke, Sophia Morrison, Matthew Steele, Logan Knauss
Budget: $40 for gas and dinner for the team
Production Time from start to finish: One week
Special Thanks to CCTV Salem for access to filming equipment and editing facilities

Here are the lyrics:

You know there’s more to a state than the rivers and the rain
The trees and weather, for some, it stops there
They say the Oregon spirit but that’s not how I hear it
There’s more to Oregon than you’re aware

From out East they came, past Chimney Rock
Facing snakes and bites and the mud and the rain
They just hiked up their boots and they pushed through the pain
They said “oh, don’t fence me in”

Across the mountains they forged and came with enterprise
The wagon wheels came in fours and dusty boots came in scores
And the heart of the land fell on weary eyes
But the joy that they’d arrived made up for the sores

Long ago the wagons traveled past the cliffs of the Gorge
We watched the sagebrush trails become I-84
It’s not that I don’t care, it’s that I’ve seen it before
We say “oh, don’t fence me in.”

You say, “ooh, it looks mighty innocent”
but follow the trail, you know it’s gonna derail
I say “ooh, we’re all going to pay for this”
We’ve travelled quite a long road, and we know where this goes

You say it’s time for a change from the Oregon range
Rugged individuality gives way to rain and trees
So don’t tell the people of Oregon that we don’t care
Don’t fence me in. (Don’t fence me in)

States Rejecting Common Core Standards – Will Salem-Keizer School Board Follow Suit?

Georgia: State school chief will dive into Cobb’s Common Core debate

State Schools Superintendent John Barge is coming to Cobb County on Saturday to address concerns about the controversial Common Core standards.

The announcement of Barge’s visit to Cobb comes on the heels of a 4-3 vote by the Cobb Board of Education last week to reject the purchase of $7.5 million in math textbooks aligned with Common Core. This rejection at the local level came after the state had already committed to implementing the nationwide standards under the past two governors, Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal, even though the Legislature has never voted on the issue.

That Barge would come to Cobb to face what is likely to be a room full of fellow Republicans with deep-seated suspicions about a federal program is a sign that worry is building in Atlanta about the possibility of a grassroots revolt against Common Core.

Barge is scheduled to address the Cobb Republican Party Breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the GOP’s Roswell Street headquarters.

Meanwhile, Republican office-holders in Cobb, along with those hoping to be elected to offices here, continue to line up against Common Core.

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Schools chief to visit Cobb weigh in on Common Core

Here is SKSD’s response to a question about Common Core Standards in SKSD:

With the adoption of Common Core State Standards, we have an unprecedented opportunity to access instructional materials and innovative practices on a national level. Many of these resources are open source, meaning anyone can access the materials.

The primary responsibility of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment program assistants is to take current and innovative research and practices from the field and determine how well it aligns to and supports instruction of Common Core State Standards and promotes college and career readiness in our district. The program assistants also participate in the national and state committees for Smarter Balance, Achieve, Next Generation, South Metro to Salem STEM Hub and national language arts consortium where they are able to provide input to the development of national and state instructional and assessment materials as well learn about innovations relative to CCSS.

We currently are working with both Stanford University and University of Colorado Boulder on development and implementation of instructional practices and materials for K-12 ELL students.

Additionally, the district applies for US Department of Education grants to support expansion through pilots of innovative practices developed by teachers in the field.

Source: http://www.salkeiz.k12.or.us/inside24j/inside24j-april-24-2013/ask-24j-22-questions-answered

 

Public Education Is Costing Us Billions

We all see it.

More money being spent, more money being asked for in bond measures, and more money taken with taxes.

Massive federal mandates are being imposed on our local schools because school districts accepted federal money with little or no time to understand what strings are attached.

Example of a Common Core worksheet - coming soon to your child's school?

Example of a Common Core worksheet – coming soon to your child’s school?

And boy oh boy, are there strings attached!

School districts across the country were coerced with waivers for No Child Left Behind and federal Race to the Top grants from stimulus money that are dictating adherence to Common Core State Standards. These standards will:

  • Mandate nationalized testing
  • Implement data tracking that is a flagrant violation of privacy
  • Impose one-size-fits-all benchmarks that will drive classroom curriculum
  • Require an official observer to be present in the classroom
  • Discourage parental participation in their child’s education

As a School Board Director, I will ask questions, dig deep, and listen to the needs of Salem-Keizer students, parents, teachers, and staff. I will demand answers from the status quo that is all to often just a rubber stamp. I am running for school board because I believe that Salem-Keizer schools need balanced, sensible leadership.

If you agree, please write-in Denise Quinn Nanke for Zone 3 on your May ballot.

Blue Cover

Lynch Mob?

According to this news story, professors at the University of Buffalo compared pro-life students to a lynch mob and tried to shut them down.  Of course, it was one of the professors who was actually arrested for behaving in a lynch mob manner.

The school district had a similar reaction to us when we protested Planned Parenthood’s involvement in our schools.  While we were not the subject of profanity-laced tirades, the following meeting had a large number of security guards present as if we were some sort of threat to their safety.  But we were no such thing.  We are pro-life.  We respect others, even when they don’t respect us.

At Buffalo University, pro-abortion professors and others objected to the graphic depiction of abortion present on the posters.  If they are in favor of abortion, you would think they would be proud to have those pictures displayed.  But they are not.

In Salem-Keizer School District, a grandmother read from a Planned Parenthood website.  You would think that if they were in favor of Planned Parenthood in our schools, they would be proud to hear those words.  But they weren’t.  They asked the grandmother to stop reading from the text of the website.  I think it was called “Take Care Down There”.  Anyway, like the professor at Buffalo University who was arrested for harassing pro-life students, they are in favor of something they are not really proud of.  They don’t want it shown.  They tried to hide Planned Parenthood’s involvement, and downplayed what Planned Parenthood does.  We think its better to be in favor of something that we are proud of.

There are two candidates for the school board who are in favor of getting rid of Planned Parenthood.  Gayle Strawn is on the ballot, and Denise Quinn-Nanke is a write-in candidate.  Support them with your votes.  Just as important, support them by spreading the news on social media and telling your friends.  Like them on Facebook.  Forward e-mails.  We need everyone to know about Planned Parenthood’s involvement in our schools, and that there are two candidates who aim to stop it.

via Lynch Mob?. Fighting Planned Parenthood in Salem-Keizer

Salem, Oregon: Statesman Journal Newspaper SILENT on Gosnell Murder Trial

UPDATE: I’ve been running this search every day and the Statesman Journal is STILL SILENT as of today.

Twitter has been blazing with the #Gosnell awareness campaign, which is bringing attention to the hideous crimes of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, PA. I was browsing articles on Twitchy and came across this piece on the deafening lack of coverage at the venerable New York Times. I decided to head on over to the Statesman Journal webpage and do a little search of my own.

Here’s what my search for “Gosnell” yielded today (April 14, 2013)

SJ Gosnell Search

Screen shot of search page at StatesmanJournal.com taken Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Now some may ask “why would a newspaper in Salem, Oregon cover a murder trial in Pennsylvania?” That’s a good question however, the Statesman Journal is the only major newspaper published in the capital city, it is owned by Gannett,  and it links to USA Today as it’s source for national news. So, perhaps the more troubling question is why didn’t my search yield any results from their national news affiliate?

All news starts out as “regional news”, but some events are so shocking that they transcend that status quickly and make the leap into national news. The Newtown school massacre, the Aurora theater massacre, and Super-storm Sandy were all regional tragedies that demanded national attention. The heinous crimes of Kermit Gosnell – and his murder trial – also have national significance and the massive amount of  social media attention reflects that.

There are people in communities across the country who rely on their local newspapers to give them the news: local, state-wide, and national. Given that these papers are part of a larger food chain of information, my search query should have brought up some results.