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Smith's Iraq vote contradictory
It was shocking to find out that Sen. Gordon Smith
Gordon Harold Smith (born May 25, 1952) is Oregon's junior United States Senator, currently serving his second term. He is a member of the Republican Party. - who gained widespread attention by calling the war in Iraq possibly "criminal" six months ago - again voted to fund the war with absolutely no timelines or constraints on the funding. This is criminal!
If Smith really believes what he says, that American soldiers are fighting for a lost cause, then he has a responsibility to vote to protect the troops from unnecessary harm by bringing them home Bringing Them Home is the title of the Australian "Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families". .
Sen. Ron Wyden Ronald Lee Wyden (born May 3, 1949) is Oregon's senior United States Senator. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Early career and personal life
Wyden was born in Wichita, Kansas to Edith Rosenow and Peter H. and all Oregon Democratic House members voted against this funding bill - an appalling cave-in to a failed operation. Oregonians should know one of their senators failed to represent the strong majority view of Oregonians, which is to end this senseless U.S. intervention.
JANE K. CRAMER
TV is getting harder to watch
Recently, I was watching both the David Letterman David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an award-winning American comedian, late night talk show host, television producer, philanthropist, and IRL IndyCar Series car owner. show and the following Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish comedian, actor, writer and talk show host. He is the current host of CBS's The Late Late Show, a role which earned him an Emmy nomination in 2006. show on CBS (Cell Broadcast Service) See cell broadcast. .
At one point during both of these broadcasts, there were so many commercials that by the time they came back to the program, the host and the guest were already engaged in conversation. This has happened a few times before, and I ask you, is there anything more irritating?
Well, maybe when they run the emergency broadcast system alert, which replaces the sweet sound of your program with a loud buzz for a couple of minutes.
Or maybe when they put those stupid graphics in the corner of your screen, advertising another show.
No, wait, maybe it's when they jack up the volume during the commer- cials.
Or when the movie you are watching comes to a climactic end and you are almost in tears, and they cut the beautiful and touching music they play over the credits to insert some crass commercial for some reality show. Again, they jack up the volume.
Or maybe you want to read those credits and see who wrote or acted in the film. But they squash the credits to an unreadable one-third of the screen, while they run a commercial on the other two-thirds of your TV.
And the TV executives wonder why they are losing audience share. They obviously watch a tape of the shows, but not the actual broadcast.
Protecting American values
In Atlanta, Joya Williams was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempting to steal the secret formula for Coca Cola Noun 1. Coca Cola - Coca Cola is a trademarked cola
cola, dope - carbonated drink flavored with extract from kola nuts (`dope' is a southernism in the United States) and to sell it to rival Pepsi- co.
According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. The Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
Associated Press (AP)
Cooperative news agency, the oldest and largest in the U.S. and long the largest in the world. , District Judge J. Owen Forrester said when sentencing Williams that "this is the kind of offense that cannot be tolerated in our society."
Judge Forrester is an ardent Republican who was nominated to the bench in 1981 by Ronald Reagan. Thus, one can appreciate the depth and sincerity of his convictions. Williams attempted to undermine one of our most cherished values, and like the renegades who burned SUVs to protest American greed and excessive consumption, deserves to be punished as swiftly and severely as possible.
President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have spent countless lives and nearly $400 billion to destroy Iraq, likewise in defense of these very core American values. Who cares if the truth has to be bent just a little, when such noble and unimpeachable un·im·peach·a·ble
1. Difficult or impossible to impeach: an unimpeachable witness.
2. Beyond reproach; blameless: unimpeachable behavior.
3. principles are at stake?
STEPHEN J. REMINGTON
Events suggest a power grab
Three very interesting pieces of news broke recently. One was actually picked up by the mainstream media.
First, President Bush issued National Security Presidential Directive Noun 1. Presidential Directive - a directive issued by the President of the United States; usually addressed to all heads of departments and agencies
directive - a pronouncement encouraging or banning some activity; "the boss loves to send us directives" 51. This document, in a nutshell, awards Bush the ultimate power to continue government in an environment of "comity Courtesy; respect; a disposition to perform some official act out of goodwill and tradition rather than obligation or law. The acceptance or Adoption of decisions or laws by a court of another jurisdiction, either foreign or domestic, based on public policy rather than legal " with the other branches of government, in the event that a national disaster or strike, of ambiguous scope, threatens the security or economy or environment of America. Please read it at www.whitehouse.gov and search for NSPD NSPD National Security Presidential Directive
NSPD Network Strategic Planning and Development
NSPD Network Systems Planning and Development (Sprint) 51.
Second, Bush revealed that Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden: see bin Laden, Osama. ordered Iraq designated as the new base for terror operations across the world and especially America.
Third, and harder to unearth, the Defense Department, at Bush's behest, has tweaked the overlap of duty extensions and surge numbers to effectively double the number of troops in Iraq.
The ducks are in a row and the fix is in. A provocation of Iran will result in the "threat" that will suspend the Constitution and put Bush in charge indefinitely. Don't fear "Don't Fear" is the third single (in a series of four) by the English band Maps. Released on James Chapman's own label Last Space Recordings (on October 30 2006) prior to the release of their first major release We Can Create. Track listing
A Side. it. Expect it. These are the guys who told us they create their own reality.
Bush joked he is all for dictatorships - as long as he's the dictator. They want the real prize, Iran. The oil has been promised to his adoring cronies. This is the moment. Can it be stopped? I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
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'Terrorist' has lost its meaning
Let me start by saying that I am against the arson committed by these environmental activists.
Arson is a conservative way to deal with what you dislike. Burn crosses, burn books, burn record albums. They were only emulating what was taught to them by past conservatives.
But what I can't figure out is the definition people are using for the word terrorist. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken Ann L. Aiken (born December 29, 1951) is a United States District Court judge for the District of Oregon.
Aiken was born in Salem, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1974, Rutgers University in 1976, and the University of Oregon School of Law in 1979. (whose new nickname should be Mistaken Aiken) says that environmental activists who, in her own words, harmed no one, have now been labeled as terrorists. Can someone provide a working definition for terrorist?
Were the people who threw tea into Boston Harbor terrorists? Were the ones who left England and chose to form this country terrorists? Are the people who bomb abortion clinics terrorists?
What about the people who are serving in Iraq, are they terrorists? The word is bandied about quite often in this post 9/11 world, and it's lost all meaning except to harm others and strike fear into people.
Lastly, Aiken says, "Fear and intimidation can play no part in changing the hearts and minds of people in a democracy." Then she must be against the war in Iraq and all other wars. It's funny, I wonder if she would have said that to President Bush.
Evolution isn't a philosophy
Robert Williamson Robert Williamson is the first name of several notable individuals:
Evolution by natural selection is not philosophy. Its validity depends solely on evidence, and more than 150 years of accumulated data provide overwhelming support for this masterpiece of scientific understanding. The citation of a single obscure paper from 1967 claiming to have "rejected" Darwinian theory completely ignores decades of subsequent work that put evolutionary theory
But perhaps Intelligent Design should have its day in court. In fact, the evidence for ID was presented last year in the Dover, Pa., federal court, presided by Judge John Jones (a Republican church-goer appointed by President Bush, it should be noted), who stated in his 139-page decision: "The overwhelming evidence at trial established that ID is a religious view, a mere re-labeling of creationism creationism or creation science, belief in the biblical account of the creation of the world as described in Genesis, a characteristic especially of fundamentalist Protestantism (see fundamentalism). , and not a scientific theory." But don't take my word for it, see for yourself: http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/kitzmiller/kitzmiller_342.pdf.
Protect Amazon Headwaters
As a resident of unincorporated Santa Clara, I strongly urge the Eugene City Council to unanimously support purchasing the Green and Beverly properties.
This is not a choice between funding parks and open spaces in other parts of town (especially here in Santa Clara) or acquiring and protecting the Amazon Creek Headwaters. Bottom line - this is a question of doing the right thing.
Protecting the headwaters of the Amazon Creek is vital to the water quality and environmental health of the whole watershed. According to soil testing on both properties, there is significant excess arsenic that could be released into Amazon Creek by development processes. This affects us in Santa Clara as much as the folks living in other parts of Eugene.
Geologic and engineering surveys have determined that the land is unstable for housing development. Does anyone want to assume the liability and expense for reversing the natural geology of the land? Developers for both properties have submitted extensive development plans that have been denied by the hearings official and the Eugene Planning Commission. The Beverlys withdrew their application after two previous ones were denied.
Eugene strives to be the "World's Greatest City of the Arts and Outdoors." However, we have a much harder time coming together and doing the hard work to actually make it happen. Here's a golden opportunity that the city has already missed once.
Let's not make the same mistake twice. This is a neighborhood issue - the neighborhood of Eugene.
Stop blaming immigrants
In her letter of May 23, Kristie Schumacher asks readers to refrain from labeling her as a racist because of her stance on the illegal immigration issue that is currently in the news.
I would have to suggest that it is her views on having to compete with non-English-speaking people for her child's future and education that makes her argument racist.
Blaming immigrants, whether illegal or not, for any perceived shortcomings A shortcoming is a character flaw.
Shortcomings may also be:
Schumacher's child can't get Spanish lessons in school? She should find another school or complain to the local school board, but she shouldn't complain about another ethnic group's pursuit of the American dream and how she's being cheated out of hers and expect not to be called racist. Schumacher can't have it both ways.
Her opportunities will always be better than theirs because of the legality issue. If her kid can't compete, she has failed as a parent to prepare her for competition, no matter where it comes from.
People come here for those opportunities because they aren't available in their native countries. Just ask the Irish and the Germans. It's what makes America so great.
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1. on our nation, and to be blind to it is un-American.
What if income tax had passed?
Now that the Lane County commissioners have the $47 million in federal money, what do you suppose the policy would have been if the income tax had passed?
Let me list a few of the possibilities:
No. 1 - large pay raises for all of the commissioners and staff. Raises for all for all employees, better health care for everyone and better retirement benefits for everyone (if that is possible). A couple of more paid holidays.
Can anyone spell cancer?
JACK H. GARDNER