From Breitbart News:
In an op-ed published in the Hill titled “Censoring the Biden Story: How Social Media Becomes State Media,” legal scholar Jonathan Turley criticized social media giants Facebook and Twitter for their censorship of a recent story from the New York Post which could be damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign.
Breitbart News recently reported on the story that indicated that Joe Biden may have met with an adviser to the board of Burisma while he was Vice President, arranged by his son Hunter, who was working as a lobbyist for the company at the time. Joe Biden has previously said, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”
But, the leaked emails allegedly show that Hunter introduced his father to a Bursima executive less than a year before Biden, acting as Vice President, pressured the Ukrainian government into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company. Shortly after the story broke, many found themselves having trouble sharing it across social media. This censorship comes just weeks after executives from both Facebook and Twitter joined the Biden transition team. Continue reading
Lord, help us not to lose this country or our freedom to worship You.
While in Washington, D.C. a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk with residents of the city about what’s going on and about their mayor. What I learned turned into an important reminder.
On the last day of our prayer tour, we took our team to a tourist-type store so they could purchase mementos. Ironically, we could only find one tourist shop open because of the many bans still in place in the city. In addition, we didn’t encounter any other tour buses on the road during the week we were there–at a time in which the city would normally be packed. Washington, D.C. was being held hostage by a tyrannical mayor consumed with her own power. Does this sound like a stretch? Read on.
As our team entered the store and began to browse, I went over to the shop owner to talk with her. She had a lot to say.
“I’m so glad you guys are here,” she stated. “The mayor has kept the city under lock and key. We can’t continue to operate this way.”
As I continued to talk with her, she shared a startling revelation. “When Obama was president, the mayor once said to him, ‘This is my city and these are my rules. If you don’t like it get out!’” Her attitude toward President Trump has been no different. She has worked to keep the city shut down from prayer groups and tourists, but open to BLM activist rioters and protests. Continue reading
The hardest part of the Oregon Trail emigrants’ journey was the descent. In addition to the swampy bogs and dense forests, there was the infamous Laurel Hill. The pioneers mistakenly called the rhododendrons that were clinging to the steep slopes “laurels.” In places the grade on Laurel Hill was 60%–more vertical than horizontal. Here the wagons had to be slowly lowered with the help of ropes stoutly wound around trees. Described as “something terrible,” the slope was worn with ruts five feet deep. One wheel might drop 3 feet off a boulder while another dropped into a 2 foot hole. Wagons slid down the hill with all wheels locked and a 40 foot long tree tied behind for additional braking. At the foot of the hill, the tree was left to block the next wagon! Many commented that Barlow was wise to put his first tollgate at the east end of the road, rather than on the western side of the Cascades, below Laurel Hill.
However, the road was not profitable because many who used it could not afford to pay or were allowed to pass by a tolerant keeper.
Over the years, five toll gates were built to serve Barlow Road traffic from 1846 until 1915, when the right-of-way was willed to the State of Oregon and the last gate, near the town of Rhododendron, was removed. For its first fifteen years, the travel on the Barlow Road was one way—west—until a road was blasted out around Laurel Hill. With the Barlow Road open to traffic in both directions, it became a true thoroughfare, and emigrants were gradually displaced by stagecoaches and freight wagons. In the 1880s, it served the first tourists headed up from the Willamette Valley to vacation and recreation sites on Mt. Hood. Continue reading
The road building was slow. The emigrants had only axes and saws and only one grindstone in the entire company, therefore much of the clearing was done by burning. From mid-September through December, they battled their way through the thick timber of the Mountain’s southern flank. They realized they would not have time to finish the road over the rough terrain between them and the Willamette Valley before the winter snows began. Two of the party went to Oregon City for fresh supplies. One man stayed behind as a guard at “Fort Deposit” where they had constructed a log cabin for storing their wagons and belongings. Then, in small groups, they made their way out of the mountains, some on foot, and some on horseback. At least one woman rode a cow.
The trek out was miserable. Snow had begun to fall. The emigrants were cold and hungry; some were sick from exposure. Many of the livestock died from eating the poisonous rhododendron leaves. Fog, rain, or sleet slowed their progress and camps were made under any shelter that could be improvised.
In his journal, Joel Palmer recorded that he “…stood shivering in the rain around the fire, and, when daylight appeared, it gave us an opportunity to look at each other’s lank visages. Our horses were shivering with the cold, the rain had put out the fire, and it seemed as though every thing had combined to render us miserable.” In spite of all this, many managed to keep their sense of humor. One of Barlow’s daughters declared: “We are in the midst of plenty – plenty of snow, plenty of wood to melt it, plenty of horsemeat, plenty of dogmeat, if the worst comes.” Continue reading
Autumn of 2020 marks the 175th Anniversary of the first attempted crossing of Mt. Hood’s Oregon Trail and the 173rd Anniversary of the first toll road—known as the Barlow Trail—over the Cascade Mountain Range. The Barlow Trail was the final overland link of the Oregon Trail that allowed emigrant travelers a cheaper, quicker but still dangerous alternative to rafting their covered wagons down the Columbia River.
“Oyer-un-gun” was the “Place of Plenty,” according to the Shoshone. “Oregon Fever” and the promise of rich farmlands available by Donation Land Claims, lured thousands of pioneers to the Willamette Valley. By 1844, Oregon City was the seat of the newly-founded American Provisional Government. Anyone wishing to file a land claim had to come to Oregon City.
During the 1830’s and early 1840’s, the Gorge was the most dreaded portion for pioneers who made the trek from “back east” to the fertile farmlands of the Willamette Valley. Prior to 1845, wagons could reach The Dalles, but from there the emigrants had little choice but to make a raft of pine logs, buy a raft from enterprising Indians, or rent a bateaux (a flat-bottomed boat with flaring sides) from the Hudson’s Bay Company for around $80. They would dismantle their wagons, load all their possessions on rafts, and then float the Upper Cascades. Many lives were lost on the Columbia River, the relentless winds overturned many a raft, and there were impassable rapids that had to be portaged. The steep canyon walls rising from the water’s edge and the turbulent rapids at the “dalles” (a French word meaning flagstones) defied passage. Continue reading
Kevin Kinard had been making his annual visit to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park for over twenty years, when he discovered a 9.07 carat diamond. This past Labor Day, Kevin picked up a crystal, thinking it might be glass. To his amazement, it turned out to be the site’s second-largest diamond found in its 48-year history. To the untrained eye, the marble-sized crystal looked like an invaluable rock. But to a gemologist, the beauty and value of the diamond encased below the plain surface could not be hidden.
Jim Schlatter, a friend of mine, recently shared a devotional thought at an Apple of His Eye Charity board meeting. He referenced one of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 13. “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” (Matthew 13:44)
Most interpretations I’ve heard of this parable indicate that it has to do with our discovery of Jesus. Once we learn that He is the means to forgiveness and a love-relationship with God, we understand that He is the greatest treasure on earth. This interpretation is true, Jesus is of inestimable worth. “But we have this treasure [Jesus] in jars of clay [our frail bodies] to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) Continue reading
Reality is far more complicated, but agenda-pushing activists don’t want to discuss it
The screaming headline said “Black Americans 2.5X more likely than whites to be killed by police.” The statement is false. It is the kind of assertion that is used to claim police are systemically racist. It leads to fewer police, fewer arrests, more crime, more racial discord, and more innocent black deaths.
Accurate, honest statistics show just the opposite. When police must use deadly force, whites are more likely to be killed than blacks. But we rarely see these statistics, because they do not support claims of systemic, systematic racism against blacks. The statistics we do see are too often agenda-driven.
The sad reality is that, as a percentage of their total American population, black deaths by police are around 2.5 times white deaths. But this has nothing to do with likelihood, because the vast majority of people of both races have near-zero likelihood of being killed by police.
In fact, up to 88% of people killed by police were armed and being arrested at the time of their deaths. Such people are indeed at greater risk of being killed. However, racism has nothing to do with it. Continue reading
This afternoon Senator Dennis Linthicum (SD26, Klamath Falls), Rep. Mike Nearman (HD23, Independence), Rep. Werner Reschke (HD56, Klamath Falls), and Neil Ruggles sued the Governor and State of Oregon in the Circuit Court for the County of Multnomah, challenging the Governor’s power to maintain a continuing state of emergency under ORS Chapter 401. The lawsuit claims that the Legislature’s attempt to delegate “all police powers vested in the state by the Oregon constitution” is in fact prohibited by several sections of the Oregon Constitution which provide for a separation of legislative, executive and judicial powers.
“This lawsuit raises constitutional claims not previously considered by the Supreme Court of Oregon in its Elkhorn Baptist Church case, which upheld the Governor’s exercise of emergency powers when challenged on statutory grounds,” explained James Buchal, counsel for plaintiffs. “We hope that the Oregon Supreme Court will follow the Supreme Court of Michigan and other state and federal courts which have recognized that the exercise of very broad statutory emergency powers for months on end infringes the rights of both citizens and legislators to have important general policy rules established by the legislative brand of government.” A copy of the complaint, which explains the legal challenge in greater detail, is attached hereto.
Their 1619 Project would eviscerate, denigrate and replace American history with racist lies
Leftists have launched what they hope can be their final assault on America. Their goal is to obliterate everything good that America ever did or aspired to achieve, erase its citizens’ memories, and sow the seeds for future generations to revile and reject everything that is decent and noble in our country.
They intend to fundamentally change America’s historical narrative away from events and circumstances that made our country the world’s beacon of hope for freedom and representative government. They intend to replace well-documented reality with a false narrative of America being the scourge of the world, based on its enslaving and stealing from minorities to enrich and aggrandize white ruling elites.
Their plan is called the “1619 Project,” an alternative history curriculum for American elementary and secondary students. It was announced in July 2019 with a series of front-page stories in the New York Times, and other major newspapers, explaining its content and the need to:
“reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” Continue reading
The Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up its first week of confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett today. The committee will vote next Thursday on whether to advance Judge Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate.
Judge Barrett’s answers to questions from Senators over the past four days demonstrate her extensive knowledge of the law and our Constitution. A few exchanges in particular reveal why she would be an important addition to the Supreme Court:
- Americans deserve an independent Court: “I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written,” she said.
- The rule of law is sacred: Judge Barrett was asked why she accepted President Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court. “If we are to protect our institutions, and protect the freedoms, and protect the rule of law that’s the basis for the society and the freedom that we all enjoy—if we want that for our children and our children’s children—then we need to participate in that work.”
- Judges shouldn’t be pundits: Each day this week, Senate Democrats tried to force Judge Barrett to share her personal political opinions. “I don’t think we want judges to be legal pundits. I think we want judges to approach cases thoughtfully, with an open mind,” she said.
- Decisions must be based in law: “When I write an opinion resolving a case, I read every word from the perspective of the losing party. I ask myself how I would view the decision if one of my children was the party that I was ruling against,” Judge Barrett said. “Even though I would not like the result, would I understand that the decision was fairly reasoned and grounded in law?”
- People of faith can serve: Democrats and leftwing pundits suggest that Judge Barrett can’t be impartial because of her deeply held Catholic faith. Sen. Lindsay Graham asked Barrett if she would be able to set aside any personal beliefs in deciding the cases that come before her. “I can. I have done that in my time on the Seventh Circuit,” she said. “If I stay on the Seventh Circuit, I’ll continue to do that. If I’m confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will do that still.”
This week’s hearings confirm what Americans already knew: Amy Coney Barrett is exceptionally qualified to sit on our Supreme Court. She has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to upholding our Constitution as written—and not legislating from the bench.
Most important, she will serve the American people with honor, distinction, and tremendous character on our Supreme Court.
A RealClear Opinion poll released at the end of September revealed that parents with children in school increasingly—and overwhelmingly—favor the concept of school choice. More than 2,000 registered voters were asked this question:
“Recent federal legislation gave governors new funding they can use for K-12 education. Some governors have let families control the funds for the purchase of education technology and materials, private school tuition, and home education. Would you support or oppose your governor sending the funding directly to families and allowing them to choose how to use those funds to support their child’s education?”
Seventy-eight percent of public school parents and 79% of non-public school parents supported that statement.
As families today struggle with school situations that aren’t meeting their children’s learning needs, options have suddenly become necessary for many parents, especially low-income and single parents. If their zoned public schools aren’t working for their children or families, Oregon parents should get a kind of “money-back Continue reading