Portland, OR Anarchists Have a Smashing Time!

Published on Mar 19, 2014

Windows smashed out, garbage dumped in streets, public transportation blocked, and attempts to shut down the free press were all part of the “March Against Police Brutality” in Southeast Portland, March 15h, 2014, as several black bloc anarcho collectivists took the streets to, uhh, well, I’m still not quite sure what their motives were.

Video credit:  Laughing at Liberals

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VIDEO: Dinesh D’Souza and Bill Ayers Debate at Dartmouth

[FULL] Dinesh D’Souza and Bill Ayers Debate

This is a must see debate between 2016 film maker, Dinesh D’Souza and unrepentant terrorist and professor, Bill Ayers. Predictably, Ayers trotted out many stale, Marxist tropes in an (unsuccessful) attempt to legitimize his criminality while D’Souza stayed focused on where the world be without the United States and Capitalism. I was particularly troubled by the Q & A that followed as it revealed a stunning lack of intellectual curiosity and thought from the Dartmouth student body. This is well worth the time to watch and share.

Oregon: Consituents Voice Dissent At Merkley Town Hall

Published on Jan 3, 2014

After only answering a few questions from a room full of concerned Oregonians, Senator Jeff Merkley blathers on and is called out from folks in the crowd. Immediately after the event, one of the fed up citizens chats about Merkley’s disastrous record with Jeff Mapes from the Oregonian, one of Oregon’s largest newspapers.

h/t Laughing at Liberals

Oregon Senator Merkley Taken To Task On Obamacare

Published on Jan 3, 2014

“If you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley attempts to defend the most egregious lie from the Obama administration and his lackeys in the Senate and House, as a fed up constituent hits him with the tough questions at a town hall.

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Small Business Owner Lays Into Oregon Senator Merkley

Published on Jan 3, 2014

This small business owner, who has 12 employees, has had to cancel insurance their plans, thanks to a massive increase in cost. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley brushes him off, tries to pass Obamacare off as being amazing, and basically belittles the guy and tells him to sign his employees up for Cover Oregon, which still doesn’t function. Notice the part where he says that some small businesses have reported only small increases in insurance costs, where others have reported large increases. Apparently none of them have cheaper insurance now!

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Robert Oscar Lopez: Life on GLAAD’s Blacklist

Published 12/27/13 on American Thinker
By
Robert Oscar Lopez

Readers will have to forgive me for sounding angry, but the recent news involving GLAAD has enraged me.  Mark Steyn‘s most recent piece in National Review sums up some of the worst aspects of the epic saga known as GLAAD v. Duck Dynasty.

Steyn resonates with me on one key point: yes, GLAAD is ridiculous and foolish.  We knew this.  But some conservatives who should know better are truly pathetic.  A National Review editor scolds Steyn for being “puerile,” while people on Fox News say that Phil Robertson should have been suspended.  Pusillanimous obeisance to false ideology isn’t exclusive to left or right.

A bunch of people on the left (see here and here) called GLAAD out, and I’m glad they did.  Yet a bunch of people on the right are still terrified of GLAAD, or else actually believe that it’s defamation to say negative things or think negative thoughts about homosexuality.

In case you don’t know the full extent of GLAAD’s fascism, let me tell you what GLAAD did to me.

I won’t hyperlink this, but if you go to GLAAD’s website and seek out their “commentator accountability project,” you will find my name.  This is GLAAD’s blacklist.  Within hours of GLAAD’s publication of my addition to the list, which amounts to an excommunication from polite society, an e-mail was sent to the president of my university, along with dozens of other high officials in California, with the announcement: ROBERT OSCAR LOPEZ PLACED ON GLAAD WATCH LIST.

The e-mail stated clearly that as a result of my being placed on this list, I would never get a direct interview in the United States.  (Whoever “they” are, they made good on the threat, because when I was brought onto Al Jazeera, they made sure that I was the only one critical of gay adoption, versus two hosts and two other panelists who were for it, and the host cut my microphone.)

According to the press release sent to my university, any media outlet introducing me would be bound to introduce me as an “anti-gay activist” certified by GLAAD as a bigot.  When I read the claims of this e-mail, I wondered if this would be true — would media in the United States really introduce me by saying I was certified as “anti-gay” by GLAAD?

Well, the answer to that question remains mostly unanswered.  Aside from that one fling on Al Jazeera, since GLAAD placed me on their blacklist, no secular media outlet has invited me on its show in the United States.  In-depth interviews with me have been broadcast in Chile, Russia, France, Ireland, and a number of other nations.  In the United States, Christian broadcasters like the American Family Association and Frank Sontag’s “Faith and Reason” show in Los Angeles have interviewed me.  And I’d been interviewed, prior to the GLAAD blacklisting, by Minnesota affiliates of NBC, CBS, Fox, and NPR, as well as a number of newspapers.  Since GLAAD’s blacklisting, none.

Prior to GLAAD’s blacklisting, I had received calls from people at universities discussing their interest in having me come to campus and give speeches.  Three were working with me to set up dates.  Since GLAAD’s blacklisting, none.  Those who had discussed this with me said point-blank that their superiors did not want to create controversy.

That is the power of GLAAD.  There are other people on the watch list — Maggie Gallagher, Ryan Anderson, and Robert George, all of whom I respect and all of whom make regular appearances on television.  When GLAAD excommunicates them, there might be some hurt feelings, but it isn’t quite the fatwa that it was for me.  These other traditionalist spokespeople have enjoyed some advantages: they are not part of the gay community themselves, and they belong to well-established conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation.  So I surmise that for them, being blacklisted by GLAAD isn’t really the end of the world.

Being blacklisted by GLAAD was the end of my world.  (It just so happens I entered a new, happier one, but that doesn’t take away from the terror caused by their omerta.)  Even though I wrote The Colorful Conservative, I am too colorful for right-wing think-tanks, too vulgar for Beltway Republicans, too much a fan of Sarah Palin for the Big Boys down in D.C.  I’m too queer for the legit crowd, and GLAAD basically put the word out to the queers not to talk to me anymore.  Old friends and even some family members took GLAAD’s marching orders and have summarily cut me out of their lives.  And when I mean cut me out, I mean we will never be in the same room again.  One person very close to me, who works in the entertainment industry, was accosted at a dinner and told in no uncertain terms that if he didn’t join in denouncing me, he’d have difficulty finding work.  I was less important than his shot at getting better contracts — so gosh, I miss him.

I have only my tenure, my experiences, and my blog.  I’m not rich.  I’m not white.  I’m not straight.  I was raised by a lesbian and had to climb up to the humble perch where I am now, out of the lowest and smelliest swamps of gay America.  I was cursed with a lisp when I was young and never won respect for my writing as an adult.  Everything has always been a battle, just to survive — as it is for most gays outside the Beltway, by the way.  Somehow, amid the ravages of AIDS, homophobia, racism, class snobbery, bullying, and every possible disadvantage you can name (save perhaps sexism), I managed to make myself a writer, learn eight languages, write books, form a family, find a relationship with God, and last, get tenure.  It’s a rare professor who can say he survived a tenure review with as many adversaries as mine involved — which allows me the small pride of saying that as modest a place as CSU Northridge is, I really earned my keep.  The slightest blemish on my file would have sent me to the almshouse.

None of these difficulties was quite like what happened with GLAAD.  Though I am part of the LGBT community, I was deemed a “non-person,” someone invisible.  It’s easy to see why it was necessary, in a Machiavellian sense, for GLAAD to do this in 2013.  They have been using the image of “gay families” and “children of gay couples” to maximum advantage — in fact, in the latest iteration of GLAAD’s duel with Phil Robertson, GLAAD wants him to sit down and talk to “gay families.”  I am certain this will involve dragging some hapless child who doesn’t want to be there into a confab, where overbearing gay parents use the kid as a human shield.

America doesn’t know that this is part of same-sex parenting, because Americans have been blocked from hearing from me, Dawn Stefanowicz, Jean-Dominique Bunel, “Janna,” Manuel Half, Rivka Edelman, and the blogger known as “the Bigot” — just some of the many people I’ve come to know over the last year and a half, who have the human stories to dispel the myth that all is well with “gay families.”  This scares the crap out of people at GLAAD.  It scares the crap out of them that I’m a professor and fluent enough in the way research works to know that the “consensus” on same-sex parenting is a fraud.  It scares the crap out of them that I have a scholarly record in African-American Studies and queer readings of Thoreau and Whitman, so they can’t write me off as a wacko, unwashed homophobe.

It scares the crap out of them that I know they’re lying, and if people had a chance to hear me, they’d know, too.

So it’s easier to engage in a blackout: make a few phone calls, send out some press releases, marshal the usual success stories, trot out the starry-eyed youths with the “I Love My Two Dads” signs, and cue up some home videos of lesbian moms with toddlers.  Give them some of the razzle dazzle.

GLAAD is hoping that the current surge of anger over Phil Robertson will begin and end with Duck Dynasty, and then the rest of us who have been erased and whose lives have been destroyed by this totalitarian organization can be out of the way again.  Broom, meet rug — sweep the human waste underneath, march on to the next court case, and proclaim victory.

There’s only one way that GLAAD will come out of this kerfuffle unscathed — if you, the conservatives of America, let them.  Please don’t.  This is much bigger than one reality show.

Robert Oscar Lopez edits English Manif.

UPDATE: Insurance Company Plan Renewal Deadline Approaching

No-Obamacare

Update and Correction:

Steve Buckstein, policy analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute recently pointed out that the story, as reported by KGW, was incorrect in their assertion that individuals would have until November 22nd, 2013 to inform the state whether they intended to keep their plan. The site has since fixed the error, clarifying that it is the insurance companies themselves that need to do this.

As far as individuals needing to report whether they want to keep their plan, it is uncertain whether individuals will need to report to the state or Cover Oregon to keep their cancelled plan. It is recommended that individuals facing cancellation contact their insurance provider and remind them to contact the State of Oregon before Friday, November 22nd.

Buckstein, in a comment on the incorrect article, observed that “even though it’s not quite as bad as it could have been, for most people this is still a great insight into the incompetence of government and a warning not to let government run anything that’s so important to our lives.”

Original Story: Across the nation, massive controversy was spawned when a promise made by nation’s president and other public servants in favor of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that, if Americans liked the insurance plan, they had they could keep it, was proven to be false. In Oregon alone, 150,000 people found their insurance plans facing impending cancellation due to the plan being “nonconforming” to ACA standards.

Now, in the wake of public blowback, healthcare exchanges across the nation, including Oregon’s own healthcare marketplace Cover Oregon, are scrambling to do damage control, and have agreed to allow private citizens the right to renew their plans – at least, on a limited basis. However, the offer only allows five days for Oregonians to inform Cover Oregon about their intent, ending on November 22nd, 2013. This is made much more difficult due to the fact that neither Cover Oregon nor the mainstream Oregon news stations are particularly concerned about mentioning this any more than they need to.

The article is not displayed anywhere on the front page of the websites for KGW, KOIN, KATU, The Oregonian, and The Statesman Journal. It has been buried by the news cycle. This is very inconvenient for many, who will likely not hear about the potential to keep the insurance plan they liked until it is too late to do anything about it.

This lackluster exception barely solves the insurance problem and it also is a gross violation of personal liberty following the same thought as the initial controversy.

The question is raised: why is it the government’s decision what plans can and can not be purchased by a private citizen? If a private citizen feels that they only need a small amount of health insurance – perhaps a catastrophic insurance plan – but it is deemed “nonconforming” and “unsatisfactory” by the federal government, why does that government have the override capability to instead determine the needs of that private citizen for them?

There is a large difference between a healthcare plan that controls the healthcare decisions of American citizens and a plan that provides insurance for those who have been going without. The American Healthcare Reform Act, revealed in September 2013 during the government shutdown debacle, attempted to do this. Some claim it was too late.

Regardless, the abject failure of Cover Oregon to register even a single person, despite 18,000 backed up paper applications (due to an inoperable website), the similar nationwide chaos with the other state-based exchanges, and the new revelations that “keep your plan” was a marketing tactic and not a truthful statement suggest that maybe later is better than never.

For now, it remains to be seen whether the “limited” quantifier on the healthcare exchanges’ decision to hold to their initial promise will lead to a withdrawal of citizen rights in the future. If you want to keep your plan, you need to contact your state’s healthcare exchange by Friday, November 22nd, 2013. Make sure you insist on confirmation that your plan will be kept – with the reluctance of the exchanges to make an effort to promote this, anything is possible.

You can contact your healthcare exchange in a number of ways to tell them that you like your plan and want to keep it, just like they said.

Oregon – Cover Oregon

Washington State – Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Idaho – Your Health Idaho

It is recommended that you call Cover Oregon, due to their website remaining inoperable.

h/t Ben Nanke at WatchdogWire.com 

The Government Weasels At Work

The Government Weasels At Work (via http://www.thebrennerbrief.com)

This administration has set a new record and that is employing more weasels than you can shake a stick at. Whether it is the weasel in chief, or the bottom feeders, which help deliver the lies to the public or the polecats that support them. It makes…

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Oregon Schools Chief Threatens Teachers Who Don’t Adhere to Common Core

Originally posted 10/14/13 by Victoria Taft at VictoriaTaft.com

It’s creepy enough knowing that the state wants to get a hold of your child in the womb and be responsible for them till college graduation.See the “All your kids belong to us” video here. 

“P-20,” (birth till grad school) “We have this P through 20 initiative, and it makes sooo much sense to me. It isn’t that we’ve just removed some of the barriers but we make it easier for our children in the state really to move from birth all the way to graduate school.”

Now, as parent and activist Jason Schmidt discovers (see his YouTube Channel here), schools chief Rob Saxton will not tolerate anyone who does not conform to Common Core standards. After all, the program represents, “[E]verybody collectively pulling in the same direction.”

Oregon was one of early adopters of Common Core. It's usually at forefront of most fads.

Oregon was an early adopter of Common Core. The state usually is at the forefront of most fads.

An attempt to carry out anything that is not or to have any teacher in your school, to have any counselor, to have any person in that program not carrying out the plan as intended is completely unacceptable.

Saxton (not to be confused with former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Saxton) told administrators at a Common Core presentation, 

Your job is to ensure that that [standards] is happening. If it is happening, I believe you will absolutely be successful. Especially if your plan is evidence based. But an attempt to carry out anything that is not or to have any teacher in your school, to have any counselor, to have any person in that program not carrying out the plan as intended is completely unacceptable.” [emph added]

And he gloats that the school plan basically shuts out oversight by the legislature,

The legislature does not have a choice to say ‘we’re not going to do this really well.’ And so, we kind of have them where we want ‘em at some point, but we also need to make sure that we convince them that our plans are correct and that they want to bring those funds to us, cuz they know that we’ll use them to very best effect.”

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Democrat Voters Confused: “I Didn’t Realize I Would Be The One Who Was Going to Pay For It Personally”

October 8, 2013 by Mac Slavo | D.C. Clothesline

Dazed and ConfusedBack in 2008, when then-candidate Obama promised Joe the Plumber and the rest of America that he intended to spread the wealth around, most democrat and liberal voters embraced the notion of wealth redistribution under the guise of equality. A universal health care plan, that would be free for all Americans, was the promise from the candidate of hope and change.

Tens of millions of Americans jumped on the bandwagon waving their flags, fainting at his appearances, and fawning over his every word.

None ever thought about where the money would come from for all this new found wealth he promised to bestow upon them.

But those who understand that socialism, communism and governance by the collective are failed experiments, warned where that money would come from. It would be taken by force from the toils of the middle class, and it’d impoverish them in the process.

Now the myrmidons who once vehemently supported the policies of President Barack Obama without question are coming to the realization that when Obama spoke about spreading the wealth he actually meant their wealth too!

Cindy Vinson is one such supporter. This month, like many Americans who have health insurance through their employer or private insurers, Vinson got an unwanted awakening to the reality of government sponsored wealth confiscation and redistribution:

Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurancethey were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.

“I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.

“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”

Both Vinson and Waschura have adjusted gross incomes greater than four times the federal poverty level — the cutoff for a tax credit. And while both said they anticipated their rates would go up, they didn’t realize they would rise so much.

“Of course, I want people to have health care,” Vinson said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”

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