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Portland Public Schools Terminate Employment of Pro-Life Teacher

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PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 17, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — On Monday, December 16, 2013 the school board for the Portland Public School District voted to terminate the teaching contract of Bill Diss, a teacher who has been an outspoken opponent of Planned Parenthood. Mr. Diss experienced censure in his teaching career beginning in 2007 when he publically opposed the building of a new Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in downtown Portland. The current action follows Mr. Diss’ opposition to being forced to facilitate presenters from the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), a program administered by Planned Parenthood, coming into his tutorial session to recruit students.

“Bill Diss is a well qualified teacher with a track record of success,” states Dana Cody, President and Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation. “As the circumstances surrounding this termination demonstrate, Mr. Diss has done nothing that would merit being fired from his job. LLDF will pursue every possible avenue in defending Mr. Diss’ rights in this matter, and hopes to see his rights ultimately protected despite PPS’ actions.”
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Is SoloPower the Next Solyndra?

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solopowerShould the government be in the business to be in business? Can we afford to offer huge taxpayer backed loans to companies? If we are borrowing billions just to pay our own bills can we afford to be in the loan business?

Yet another solar company is headed for bankruptcy. This, just six months after receiving a government guaranteed 197 MILLION dollar taxpayer backed loan. In September 2012 Reuters reported on the similarities between this start-up company and the now well-known, and failed, Solyndra. Have we learned nothing?

In February SoloPower acknowledge that it was already restructuring through layoffs and selling off equipment.

In my neighborhood last summer a new restaurant opened with great fanfare. It was an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with fresh seafood. Located in the middle of the desert it offered a unique menu. Its opening took away business from several other area restaurants causing at least one to close. Their inexpensive meals caused some to wonder how they were managing to import seafood in a cost effective manner because we are not near the beach. Sad to say, in less than six months the doors were shuttered, first with a note of reorganization, then one of non-payment of rent. Their business plan did not pan out and investors lost their financing money. Still, they were privately owned. Only those willing to take a risk lost money.

So, why is the government putting up all this money to a business without a solid plan? One hundred and ninety-seven million dollars is not pocket change.  What government official approved this giant loan? Is our country in such a position that we can risk these huge amounts of money? It is expected that taxpayers will get only 19% of $142 million and virtually none of the remaining $385 million loan money from Solyndra.  Maybe it’s time that the government get out of the business of being in business and leave risky start-ups to those who can afford the loss.

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Divided We Stand: Echoing Calls To Secede From The Union

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Yes, you read that correctly. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Divided We Stand.

In less than a week since this nation re-elected Barack Obama, there are calls from numerous States to secede from The United States of America. We are no longer a United Nation. We are very much a Divided Nation. Many are standing together, calling for a peaceful divide.

The famous declaration for unity that you are familiar with has been attributed to Aesop’s fables, as well as John Dickinson’s Revolutionary War song, “The Liberty Song”, which was was published first in the Boston Gazette in 1768.

However, it was Patrick Henry that made the historic exclamation in what was to be his last public speech:

“Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”

Patrick Henry’s declaration came at a very pivotal point in America’s history. It was March 1799, and Mr. Henry was “denouncing The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions”, which argued that the two states “had the right and the duty to declare unconstitutional any acts of Congress not authorized by The Constitution”.

This speech took such a toll on Patrick Henry that after the speech his “near lifeless body” was carried offstage and into the nearest tavern. He died just two months later.

We have now reached another pivotal point in this nation’s history.

In the November 6 election, the divide between the candidates was a little more than 3 million votes. Barack Obama received 61,910,594 votes, and Mitt Romney received 58,654,765 votes. When you look at the total number of votes cast, it is almost a clear cut down the middle. We are most definitely a divided nation. We can no longer stand together, when we are so obviously divided over so many issues. We have reached a breaking point that threatens to be anything but peaceful if things are not handled in a way in which every voice is heard and considered.

Citizens in Louisiana are now petitioning the White House to “Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America”. The petition was created the day after the election, and has nearly 8,000 signatures in just 5 days.

It appears that this petition from Louisiana was the first of many to have been submitted to the “We The People” site on the official White House website. The site claims to be “Your Voice In OUR Government”. The question remains whether or not the Government will hear the many voices being raised. It is highly doubtful, as they have turned their noses up in arrogance towards We The People numerous times before.

It’s not just the state of Louisiana, the list of State Petitions calling to peacefully “withdraw from the United States of America” is growing by the day.

Country singer Charlie Daniel’s is suggesting that “the South” secede from The Union; however, there are Northern States that are not so happy with the government, and are also calling to leave the Union. At the time of this article’s posting, the states with open petitions are the following:

Alabama
Colorado

Florida
Georgia

Indiana

Kentucky
Mississippi

Montana
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

Oregon
Texas 

While Louisiana appears to be the first state to start a post-election petition to actually withdraw from The United States, in 2010, Missouri’s Legislative House gave “preliminary approval to state sovereignty measure”, which asserted the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution. It was not a call to secede from the Union, but rather a stand for States’ Rights.

In Texas, Peter Morrison, “a high ranking” Republican County Treasurer, made the declaration for The Lone Star State to secede, stating:

“Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?”

The winds of change are coming. The echoing calls to seperate are growing louder and stronger.

Barack Obama claimed in both victory speeches that we are not “a collection of Red States and Blue States, but we are The United States”. These words are empty and mean nothing coming from a man who has done so much to divide this nation. The people are not happy. We are no longer united. We The People are standing, asking to peacefully divide from the albatross that is Barack Obama. If the request is not considered, it very well may come as a demand, which will not be so peaceful.

 

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Did You Forget About Oregon Election On Tuesday? We Didn't.

On Tuesday, January 31st, Floridians will be heading to the polling booths to vote in the

Presidential primaries for their state.  But there is another election on Tuesday, and it’s on the other side of the continent.

Oregonians will be participating in a special election to fill the vacant seat for the state’s 1st Congressional, formerly held by Democrat David Wu.

The candidates are Democratic State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles.

A recent Moore Information poll showed Cornilles at 42%, with Bonamici holding a 4 point lead at 46%.

 

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Suzanne Bonamici (D)

Democrats have maintained control over the 1st District seat for 38 years.