SALEM: Local Recording Artist Performs at CPAC

Mar 7, 2014

Salem, Oregon singer/songwriter Ben Nanke stepped onto the national stage with this performance at CPAC 2014.  Ben’s original music pairs acoustic guitar and inspired lyrics to create unique songs that blend passion and substance, they will stay in your heart and your head.

Sponsored by Big Dawg Music Radio, Ben Nanke performs before an audience at CPAC 2014.

Recorded at the American Conservative Union (ACU) Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2014, March 6-8, 2014, Washington, D.C.

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Oregon Libertarians to Obamacare: Don’t Fence Me In

By Michael F. Cannon | CATO Institute

WernerGrab3_244x183Ben Nanke, a 20-year-old aspiring songwriter and filmmaker from Salem” was none-too-pleased to see the glossy odes to Obamacare that will run in Oregon at a cost to taxpayers of some $9.9 million. Who can blame him? The videos claim Obamacare will make you healthier and live longer, even though there is zero reliable evidence that’s the case, and much evidence to suggest it won’t. Also, that had better be his own guitar that Matt Sheehy is getting wet.

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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)

Oregon Artist Spotlight: Ben Nanke – This House is Burning Down

Salem, Oregon Singer/Song writer Ben Nanke playing his art at the Art Department

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Portland Teacher Fears Dismissal For Opposing Planned Parenthood

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Portland, Ore. – A math teacher at Benson High School in Portland has been placed on administrative leave for vocally opposing Planned Parenthood and abortion, and fears that he may be dismissed from his employment because of his beliefs. Bill Diss, who is also certified to teach college-level computer science to high school students, has taught at Benson High School for 11 years. He has been on paid leave since March 19th, and was informed that he has been recommended for dismissal before the 2014-2015 school year.

Diss had just finished teaching a class on the 19th – a Tuesday – and shortly after the students left the room he was informed that he was being immediately put on administrative leave “pending a recommendation to the superintendent that you be dismissed from your employment with Portland public schools for reasons that have been discussed with you.” He was given a brief moment to collect his things before being escorted from the building by police officers and told not to come back.

There is more to this story than meets the eye. Diss’ dismissal comes in the wake of a long-standing rivalry between Diss and the government-funded organization Planned Parenthood. Diss is a staunch Roman Catholic and pro-life advocate and claims a moral opposition to the organization and their positions on sex and abortion.

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