Who Is (Really) Behind Student-Led Protests?

By : Macey France at Politichicks.com

Screen-Shot-2015-03-14-at-10.12.29-AMI’ve heard all kinds of things about teachers’ unions; the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve even written a couple pieces on how the 2 big teachers’ unions in the U.S. have made poor decisions and for the most part, to not represent the average teacher.

Lately I have seen a lot of news stories about high school students walking out and protesting the use of standardized tests. I’m all for this if it’s a protest thought of, planned by, and promoted among the students themselves.

Many sites will claim that the students need to walk out and protest these tests and not take them because the students are the ones, after all, who will be ideologically indoctrinated under them.

I find that statement, and statements like that, a little ironic. In many of the schools where the students hold protests there is a large union presence with teachers who discuss union issues and unfair treatment with their classes.

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From 2012: An Interview with Chris Kyle, “American Sniper”

American Sniper author Chris Kyle is interviewed by Cameron Gray at the 2012 SHOT show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This poignant video shows a very humble and human Chris Kyle talking about his book, his fans, his love for kids, and the Second Amendment .

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.”

Biblical Reason for Amnesty? Nope!

Posted on November 24, 2014 at Louder With Crowder by Krystal Heath

It always amuses me how a culture that removes the Bible and prayer from school and panics at the sight of a nativity scene manages to work Scripture into its fabric when, and only when, it’s convenient to its own narrative.  For someone who declared, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation,” the President himself is quite good at this particular feat.

His latest example of using bits of the Bible for his own purposes came during his totally unconstitutional declaration of amnesty for five million illegals.

Democrats from near to far have rallied behind the President’s supposedly Scriptural support for their cause.  “Yes!  See, you right wing Christian nut-jobs?  God wanted us to have executive action amnesty.  The Bible says so!”  (This, by the way, from the same people who boo’d God at their convention.  But I digress...)

So does the Bible actually support the President’s unlawful action?  Well, quite frankly, since the President (or better still, his speech writer), didn’t provide us with a reference for what Scripture he was quoting, we’ll have to make some presumptions, as the phrase “you were strangers, too” is found in numerous locations in the Old Testament.  The President may have been referencing either Exodus 22:21 or 23:9.  Maybe it was Deuteronomy 10:19 or Leviticus 19:34.  We don’t really know.

Before I go any further, let me just say, the PRESIDENT made this comparison, okay?  I didn’t come up with this myself.  All I’m doing is clarifying what he said with some context.  Because, you know, if there’s one thing all Biblical scholars agree on (and those topics are few), it’s that the context of any given passage is crucial to it’s interpretation and subsequent application in our lives.  (For example, when you read, “Come, walk to me on the water,” Jesus was talking to Peter.  Not you personally.  You will sink.)

That said, let’s look at just a bit of the context from the four passages the President was possibly quoting…

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The Hypocrisy of the Liberal Tolerance Argument

by KIT LANGE on JULY 25, 2014 at Victory Girls Blog

For years now, conservatives have been painted as bigots and homophobes.  We are intolerant.  We want to control everyone and everything and we are just horrible people who do nothing but hate.  We have tried to defend ourselves, to offer rational and logical discourse why these accusations are incorrect, but it really does no good.

Here’s the cold, hard truth: Liberals are the nastiest, meanest, most ruthlessly cruel people out there.  They talk about tolerance like they have a handle on the idea; maybe like they even invented it.  Kind of like Al Gore invented the internet.  But disagree with them and suddenly you are the object of some of the most unhinged, disgusting, vile reactions you’ll ever see. We already know the stories of pathetic freaks who call for Sarah Palin to be murdered or who harass Ann Coulter or spout disgusting names at Michelle Bachmann.  You might think “well, that’s because they’re famous, and they bring out the crazies.”  Not true.  I can vouch for it, because I’ve been seeing it personally for years—and I’m anything but famous.

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Prozanski: Only 45 Days in Jail for DUI Killer. Gun Bills Carry a Harsher Penalty

The 2nd Amendment Action Center reports:

State Senator Floyd Prozanksi, who is in an eternal race with Ginny Burdick for the title of worst Senator, also serves as a prosecutor in Lane County. He was recently working on a case involving an underage drunk driver who ran over and murdered a pedestrian. The killer’s sentence? 45 days in jail and 2 years probation.

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“He was only charged with being impaired when he was driving,” Prozanski said of Stewart. “This was not a trial regarding the collision.”
Lane County prosecutors previously reviewed the investigation and decided against pursuing charges related to the death of Nicholas Asher Tendick, a 32-year-old man who was crossing Coburg Road just south of the Willamette River when Stewart’s Ford Ranger pickup struck him.”

Screen-Shot-2014-02-18-at-7.50.55-PMAs if this weren’t enough to make you pull your hair out, guess what the punishment would have been for a legal CHL holder carrying in the Capitol building, had Prozanski’s SB699 passed in the 2013 session…
Maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, as a Class C Felony.

Yes, you’ve read this correctly. In Senator Prozanski’s dreamland, carrying a gun on your hip deserves 40 times the punishment than vehicular homicide would carry.

Though not sponsored by Prozanski, 2013′s SB 346 would have carried a 1 year imprisonment for transferring a magazine that held 11 rounds. SB 347 would have carried the same Class C Felony punishment as the above Capitol building ban if a CHL holder had their gun on them while dropping off their kid on school grounds. The dreaded HB3200 would have taken the cake, with a 10 year imprisonment for not registering an 11 round magazine.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the ineptitude we are dealing with amongst our elected “leaders” in Salem.

(H/T 2ndaction.org)

Voter Beware – Take a Closer Look at Barbara Jensen

Keizer, Oregon | April 29, 2014
by Ryan Waddell

So, who is Barbara Jensen? Aside from a well-manicured Facebook page that was only recently started on February 10, 2014, not too many people seem to know who she is or where she came from.  Does it seem odd that someone so public, who professes to be an active member of the community, and who makes a living with technology didn’t have a Facebook page? Strange, but I digress.

Unauthorized and Unwelcomed

Jensen certainly has made waves recently with a series of unauthorized and unwelcome radio commercials on Salem radio station 1430 KYKN featuring Jensen showcasing her Christian values in support of local area 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Jensen stated she wanted “voters to see her Christian values in action.”  The radio spots caused quite a stir as many believe the commercials sound like political endorsements for Jensen, something charities like Union Gospel Mission, Oregon WWII Memorial Foundation and Keizer Heritage Foundation are forbidden to do by law. Jensen’s ads contained misinformation about the charities and displayed poor judgment from Jensen and her campaign handlers. Even after the Statesman Journal broke the story on April 24, 2014, Jensen’s campaign did not pull the hotly opposed endorsements from the airwaves. So, does it sit well with Conservative voters in Oregon HD25 that Jensen used such a tactic to win their votes? Regardless, the charities she “endorsed” will likely have to perform some damage control as a result of Barbara Jensen’s actions.

Strange Bedfellows

Meet Caleb Hayes of Pac/West. Caleb Hayes screenshot2Hayes’ area of expertise is political campaigns. He has plenty of experience in his young career. Hayes worked as a “Field Organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign (NV, TX, MS, OR) and Campaign for Change, managed field training for AFL-CIO, served as Vice-Chair of the Mason County Democrats, [and] worked for Democratic State Senator Tim Sheldon (WA).” (See screenshots made to make Hayes seem more Conservative).  Caleb Hayes – Pac/West Caleb Hayes, part of Barbara Jensen’s political campaign, has worked for the 2008 Obama campaign, Vice-Chair of Mason County Democrats, AFL-CIO Union trainer, and Democrat Senator Tim Sheldon (WA) Caleb Hayes – Scrubbed Profile After the connection between Hayes and Jensen was made, Hayes’ Pac/West profile was scrubbed to make him appear more Conservative. The problem? We were watching!Caleb Hayes screenshot

After people began making the connection between Jensen (professing Conservative) and Hayes, Pac/West quickly scrubbed his profile to make Hayes seem more Conservative and aligned with Jensen’s “values.” When asked about the connection, Jensen stated, “Mr. Hayes has been tasked to do some work in my campaign . . .” To most Conservatives, it seems more than strange that a “Conservative” candidate would have someone of diametrically opposed values working on her campaign. It smacks in the face of reason – hire someone to help you who helped Obama get elected. Really? Jensen waxed poetic about workplace discrimination because of differing political views – Except Hayes is not her coworker. He is a hired contractor. A universal truth: Oil and water do not mix. Mr. Hayes’ Democratic values are incompatible with Conservative values. I find it difficult to comprehend why Jensen would choose to use Hayes on her campaign – Are there no Conservative campaign workers to choose from? Jensen’s campaign managing company Pac/West is not without controversy. For example, an article titled Pac/West Communications is Cheating Alaskan Voters, the author accuses Pac/West of dishonest practices concerning several legislative issues with “factually incorrect statements” on distributed print ads, etc.  The author cites Alaska Lt. Governor Lowell Thomas Jr. as stating, “These scoundrels deserve to pay a large fine and go to jail for deceiving the Alaskan voters the way they have . . . We feel that truth in advertising laws should not exclude them just because it is a political issue.” Finally, the author states, “[The Pac/West] strategy clearly depends on avoiding any kind of close public scrutiny prior to the election.” One has to wonder why Barbara Jensen would choose to align herself with such “expertise.” Again, most Conservatives I know would not choose to align themselves with people who do not share their values.  This leaves a couple deductions: 1. Jensen didn’t notice the opposing political values and controversy surrounding her political campaign organizers, in which case it demonstrates Jensen has a lack of discernment.  2. Jensen knew exactly who she was hiring to run her campaign, which demonstrates Jensen will employ Democrat strategists when it suits her. Either case is a loser, and Conservatives deserve better.

Fix the Problem?!?

Jensen ImageIn Jensen’s political ad, she points to the failures of state government, specifically failed “projects like Cover Oregon.” Oregon has been building capacity for CoverOregon for many years as a result of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). On Jensen’s LinkedIn page, she highlights her stint as a Project Administrator for the State of Oregon’s DAS. Jensen states she administered a technology and health policy program to meet Federal requirements.  Some people have asked her on social media if her position linked to Cover Oregon.  If so, could her expertise have saved the failed Cover Oregon website?  She sure makes it sound as if she could.

Elbows Deep in Government

Another quick peek of Jensen’s LinkedIn page shows her long history of government employment. She has worked 36 years as a government employee in one capacity or another. Conservatives already know what we get when we elect seasoned government employees to political office – more government! Conservatives are more interested in citizen legislature, which is regular people from the community who stand up and say, “I will serve.” Those regular folks do not decide to serve to become lifelong politicians; they go to serve for a short period to try to shrink government’s reach into the lives of their friends and neighbors – and that is how it should be. Elect a government employee – get someone beholden to their friends in government. Elect a regular citizen – get someone beholden to the citizens.

Seek Wisdom

It is important to seek wisdom. Please, do not depend on my words here. You need to seek out knowledge for yourself and make your own informed choice. There is a lot of information in this article, and I’m sure I have only just scratched the surface. Do your homework and know who you are voting for! There are two candidates running for Oregon HD-25: Barbara Jensen and Bill Post. Find both campaign Facebook pages here: Barbara Jensen and  Bill Post

Educate yourself before you cast your vote!

 

Ryan Waddell holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and is a Conservative Christian living in Oregon. 

Moscow on the Willamette – Where Capitalism is Deemed “Insane” by City Council Candidate

PORTLAND’S WOULD-BE COMMIE COUNCILOR: “CAPITALISM IS INSANE”
originally posted at Daylight Disinfectant 

Nick Caleb advocates Marxist ideology including workers rising up at a local company. Ironically, after complaining about his own low wages, he’s later filmed writing a $700 check to another socialist candidate.

Dateline Thursday April 24, 2014 — Portland Oregon:  To quote Nicholas “Nick” Caleb, a candidate for Portland City Council: “if you want to be very Marxist about it, I want to say, workers should control the means of production.” That’s the meat of his speech highlights delivered to a 250 person raucous person crowd at the event “Kshama Sawant Speaks in Portland,” sponsored by the “Vote Sawant Campaign” and endorsed by “15 Now Portland Chapter,” “Portland Socialist Alternative,” and “Nick Caleb for Portland City Council.”

Lest you think he is some smoked-out, pot head Occupier without a chance: the Left-wing blog: “Portland Intelligencer” puts Communist Nick Caleb *ahead* of mainstream candidate Dan Saltzman.

Even the kick off to the speech is interesting. It seems the Master of ceremonies was one of Caleb’s students at Concordia University and dropped out of his Math Class to participate in Occupy Portland. The crowd goes wild at this announcement. By way of background, Occupy Portland cost Portland taxpayers Millions of dollars in extra police services, caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage, and was riddled with violent crime. The national movement included rapes, which were deliberately covered up.

The premise of Nick Caleb’s speech is that capitalism is insane. He claims it is making the world increasingly inequitable. He goes on to say it is at the root of stagnant wages and complains about his own low income and lack of benefits. Ironically, he is later filmed contributing $700 to the Kshama Sawant campaign. Sawant is the now famous socialist who won election to the Seattle City Council. Caleb’s contribution of $700 is the maximum amount allowed by law.

Speech excerpts are provided in this video. A link is provided to the full speech if you can stand it.

A Plea To The GOP: Enough Already! Stop Talking About “Tactics”. The Country Needs More From You.

Originally posted at Ace of Spades HQ by DrewM

Team GOP keeps talking about how conservative insurgents don’t understand tactics and how we all want to get to the same place but disagree on tactics. “Tactics” is the new “electability” (which itself is really a tactical concept) and we all know how well that worked out.

Tactics exist to advance a strategy which in turn is the plan to achieve a goal. This focus on tactics is masking a major flaw in the Republican party…it has no overreaching goal let alone a strategy for achieving it. Republicans lack a reason for being beyond winning elections and enriching the various donor and political structures that exists in its orbit. There is simply no Republican vision for the country, no coherent ideological vision that it presents to the country as a viable alternative to the Democrats.

The Democrats can broadly be said to have a vision for America that is based on an ever growing and more powerful public sector (especially at that the federal level). From that basic vision all other things flow. What is the corresponding vision from the GOP? It’s clearly not the opposite. No one seriously suggests that the overreaching vision of the Republican Party is to shrink the government at every level and to minimize its impact on the lives of Americans. At best one could argue that the GOP wants to present a somewhat less grand vision of the role of government in people’s lives. And they certainly want to be the ones running that slightly smaller beast. But actively shrink it? There’s no evidence of that. On the other hand, there is quite a bit of evidence that the GOP is quite comfortable with increased spending and the scope of the federal government as it exists.

I’m not saying there are no differences between the parties but they aren’t as great as some pretend or as they should be in a healthy democracy. Don’t believe me? Think of the areas where the GOP-Democrat divide is supposedly the greatest…social issues. And then look at how many Republicans want to de-emphasize abortion and surrender entirely on gay marriage. At one point national security/defense was a significant point of distinction between the two parties. But as many onetime hawks sour on the notion of a robust program of intervention, which is a distinction that has narrowed greatly. With the rise of Rand Paul within the GOP, that’s an area that will continue to lose its ability to differentiate the parties.

Only on spending is the gap still large and when it comes to elected officials that gap is mostly rhetorical.

It’s this lack of a stark competing vision from the Democrats that forces the GOP to constantly focus on “tactics”.

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