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Clouseau: Does yer dewg bite?
This is Inspector Clouseau hot on the trail of Jeff Kruse and Dan "The Plan" Doyle. I had tracked them to the speaker's office, where Kruse dropped off the plan: "It is now in the hands of the Republican leadership," Jeff said. By the time the plan came out the other end of the speaker's sausage factory, the Pink Panther had morphed into a red-faced ferret. The $310 million that Kruse and Doyle said was hanging around in lose change, well it turned out to be a $15 million plan that still does incredible harm to 95 percent of Oregon's children, seniors and adults on the cut list. Voila! Sacre bleu frommage!
Now Kruse is backpedallin'. In an article by Christopher Baker in the Cottage Grove Sentinel Jeff says, "There never was a secret plan, the media just decided to say that and call it that … basically, what Steves (David Steves of the R-G who covers the capitol beat) accused me of was talking about a secret plan to get people to vote against Measure 28." Then, at a Jan. 21 press conference in Salem, Kruse was asked if the conference was held to undermine the pro-Measure 28 campaign, he said, "We're hoping so, yeah." So we know now what's in the Speaker's 5 percent plan — restore some mental health beds, senior in-home care, a few medically needy, and add back some state police. And we know it's being paid for with money that would otherwise be available to us next biennium, so it just digs a deeper hole.
Maybe next week's news media will show the public what's NOT IN — what got left out. Maybe then we can walk Mr. Kruse through the 95 percent of programs that don't get funded, and ask Jeff why Measure 28 was such a bad idea. I think we can put the plan to sleep now, Inspector.
Onto ze next crime: tax breaks. A rich lobbyist once bragged that he could deduct the mortgage interest off his Oregon taxes; the mortgage was to his yacht. That's one tax break I'd like to see disappear, given the first three paragraphs of this column. I am also eyeing the political contribution tax credit — about $9 million next biennium; peanuts compared to home mortgage interest mentioned above and the capital gains on both property and gifts. Those three alone total $1 billion next biennium; throw in personal exemption credit for another $875 million, and heck, pretty soon you're talkin' serious cash.
Obviously you can't just go in and grab all that stinkin' loot right now – it's too heavy to carry out of the vault in one fell swoop. But it's a start! Oh, and did I tell you about my little lottery bill that could net us $116 million?
PERS update: The director of PERS tells us that current retirements for this year are up substantially. People are leaving because of their fear of the Legislature and governor reaching into their pockets. I think the best advise I can give — not as an expert in PERS and not as a retirement planner — is this: if you want to retire and you've done the economic and personal analysis that leads you to this decision, then retire. But don't base it on anything we're doing in the Legislature! I don't think anyone in the building is going to affect the retirement annuities of the folks in their last few years, having already worked 20-30 years. It's not the soon-to-be-retired that have the most at risk, it's the younger members. And both groups understand that unless we fix the plan, everyone's at risk.
It appears the PERS negotiations will happen in several phases. We're doing the easy stuff now, the House has passed the 8 percent cap, we've moved it out of our General Government Committee, and it's on its way to the Senate floor and then the governor's desk. The unions gave up a costly benefit to cut the employers' future costs. I hope that will be remembered as we go down the road. Inspector Clouseau; over and out.
Sen. Tony Corcoran of Cottage Grove represents portions of Lane and Douglas counties in Senate District 4, which includes the UO area. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
A small girl's sign No Hitting goes to the heart of what's wrong with the president's war plan. Pounding someone didn't make anything better in kindergarten, and it doesn't make anything better when you're a grown-up.
Another sign used grown-up writer Isaac Asimov's words:
Violence is the refuge of the incompetent.
It was Tuesday, Jan. 18 in Portland, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Moab, and dozens of other U.S. communities. No one was having to pay a parade entry fee to contribute their humor, wisdom, or irony, and the parades were large. The participants were trying to prevent a war.
There was recognition of the role we, as American consumers, have played in our grab for something the Middle East has in more abundance than us: Go to War for SUVs? Hell No. Ride a Bike.
And the way that our government and its industry backers are regarding all of nature, whether here or abroad: How Did Our Oil Get Under Your Sand? Two Wars Per Gallon
One sign said No Blood for Oil; another, No Blood for George. Were they redundant? One sign figured so: its photograph of Bush was coupled with the words, "Die for Oil, Suckers!"
Some pondered the gap between our national self-image and reality: Shoot First? I Thought We Were Supposed to Be the Good Guys!
And the gap between professed Christianity and reality: Fellow Christians: We Are Called to Love Our Enemies. Jesus Wasn't Kidding. Would Jesus Bomb Them? Bush: The Compassionate Executioner and Warmonger. The Pro-Life President Can't Wait to Start Killing.
Or, in a secular version of the same ethic: Bush Likes to Kill People: That's Fucked Up.
Bush's demonstrated comfort with violent solutions is causing concern: Imagine Bush With Nukes.
Some wondered why this parade was even necessary: If We Had Wanted Bush to Be President We Would Have Elected Him.
But then, another sign explained that Bush is The Best President Enron Could Buy.
There was the consciousness that war is distraction from what is needed: War Is Not An Energy Policy.
And this sign, carried by a polite teenager: Can't the U.S. Spend Money Correctly?
One baby was asleep in a backpack, on which hung this sign: Babies Love Peace.
A photograph of Day of the Dead skeletons was coupled with these words: Bush Leaves No Child Behind.
Having recently read of one small Iraqi boy who had become mute after seeing a building crumble in earlier war, I recalled this haunting sign: The Children are Watching.
And, this sign on a wooden wagon in which a fortunate child was being pulled: Bush Needs a Time Out.
Perhaps by the time this parade report is published, the U.S. will have initiated war (or, as some point out, merely expanded the war) on Iraq. If this happens, remember that you owe no loyalty to violence, violations of international law, or any given individual who happens temporarily to occupy a seat of power in any government. As one Portland marcher's sign encouraged others: Resist. Refuse. Redirect.
The children are watching you.
Mary O'Brien of Eugene has worked as a public interest scientist for the past 20 years. She can be reached at email@example.com
In October 2002 the United Nation's Gandhi-King Award for Non-Violence was given to Mata Amritanandamai (Amma), considered by the people of India to be a modern-day saint. Amma devotes her life to relieving suffering in the world. In her speech given at the U.N., Amma sends a clear, penetrating message that empowers and uplifts women and men. She says that to bring peace and harmony into the world, we need to wake up and bring forth our innate qualities of universal motherhood: of patience, tolerance and love. Motherhood, she says, is an attitude of mind, inherent in both women and men. For those in whom universal motherhood has awakened, kindness and compassion become a way of life. The following are excerpts from her speech:
Whether you are a woman or a man, your real humanity will come to light only when the feminine and masculine qualities within you are balanced.
There are two types of language: the language of the intellect and the language of the heart. The language of the dry, rational intellect likes to argue and attack. Aggression is its nature. It is purely masculine, devoid of love or any sense of relatedness.
The language of the heart, the language of love, which is related to the feminine principle, is quite different. Those who speak this language do not have any interest in proving that they are right or that anyone else is wrong. They are deeply concerned about their fellow beings and wish to help, support and uplift others. They are the givers of tangible hope and of light in this world. When such people speak it is not to lecture, impress or to argue — it is a true communion of hearts.
In today's world it is the language of the intellect that prevails, not the language of the heart. The representatives of lust and selfishness — not of love — dominate the world. Real leadership is not to dominate or to control, but to serve others with love and compassion, and to inspire others through the example of our lives.
Women and men are equally important. When men and women become powers that complement each other, and move together with a sense of cooperation and mutual respect, they will achieve perfection. The love of awakened motherhood is a love and compassion felt not only toward one's children, but toward all people, animals and plants, rocks and rivers — a love extended to all of nature, to all beings. The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; it is a principle inherent in both women and men.
Most women are asleep. Women have to wake up and arise! This is one of the most urgent needs of the age.
At 7:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 19 there will be a public gathering at the Eugene Friends Meetinghouse at 2274 Onyx St. to hear Amma's 11-page speech (www.lightmind.com/library/amma) and discuss how her vision can be manifested. How do we create a more kind and peaceful world?
Bhavia Wagner of Eugene gives educational programs about Cambodia and is the author of Soul Survivors — Stories of Women and Children in Cambodia (www.cambodiansurvivors.org).
By June 2002, seven U.S. cities passed resolutions opposing the U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act (UPA) and other such executive orders and federal legislation. I knew Eugene residents could organize a movement to urge our City Council to do the same. I didn't know that in less than a year, 27 cities would be onboard, with nearly 100 groups working in 35 states to overturn the UPA.
The civil liberties of more than four million people are now protected from the UPA by local resolutions. Soon it will be nine million when Philadelphia joins this new form of civil disobedience.
After Eugene's council passed Resolution 4743 Nov. 25, we of the Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee moved forward to our Springfield and Lane County campaigns. We also received interest from groups in 14 Oregon cities hoping to duplicate Eugene's success.
Inspired by December's resolution passed in Burlington, Vt., Bernie Sanders (I-VT) plans to introduce federal legislation to overturn Section 215 of the UPA, which orders libraries to hand over Internet and circulation records without evidence of criminal activity. Oregon's Ron Wyden recently introduced a measure in the U.S. Senate to block funding for TIA (Total Information Awareness), a program that would data-mine every bit of personal information about each one of us. But what Sanders and Wyden are doing is not enough — not nearly enough.
While I attended a national Bill of Rights Defense Strategy session in January, thousands of Muslim immigrants stood in line beginning at 5 am to "register" with the Immigration and Naturalization Services. When I saw the photograph in the Washington Post, I was haunted by a 1930s-era photograph of women, men and children in Nazi Germany, lined up with yellow stars on their lapels. I am continually amazed at the deterioration of our democracy in the name of "fighting terrorism" (read, controlling petroleum resources).
We can't wait for Congress or the courts to overturn laws that violate Constitutional guarantees. Sixteen months ago, who would have imagined a citizen could be denied constitutional privileges such as right to counsel and right to a fair speedy trial, by being named an "enemy combatant"? Anyone would have said that's unconstitutional. Yet on Jan. 8, a federal appeals court so ruled.
When nearly 300 people filled City Hall to urge our council to pass a resolution opposing the UPA, most probably thought the resolution solved the UPA problem for Eugene.
According to the resolution, no city funds will be used to support the UPA to the extent legally permissible. The resolution asks law enforcement to report monthly and publicly when people are detained under provisions in the UPA. It asks for reports on searches authorized on the word of the U.S. Attorney's office, on searches of library, educational and bookstore purchases, of search warrants executed without notice, the extent of electronic surveillance, and the extent to which political meeting or religious gatherings are monitored.
But the city has not even begun to seek real enforcement of this resolution. City staff wrote a two-sentence boilerplate letter asking our congressional delegation to work for the revocation of parts of the UPA limiting or violating our constitutional guarantees. The same brief letter was, oddly, sent to the FBI and Oregon State Police, who have no vote in Congress. No letters to local law enforcement. No letters to city personnel, warning city funds will not be used to support the UPA.
As Einstein said, it is up to all of us to defend our Constitution. That's what these local resolutions are — a way for we the people to defend the Constitution through our local government.
You can see from Eugene's example, the work is far from over. We cannot trust others to protect our freedoms. We must take the time and exert the energy to do it ourselves. I urge you to write to your councilors to ask them to make sure the city lives up to Resolution 4743. Remind them the vote was 7-0, and the residents of Eugene demand that our city stand up for our languishing freedoms.
Hope Marston is coordinator of the Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee. For more information, www.efn.org/~lcbordc or call 683-5634.
Yet Bush has made it clear that he would not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court if an American soldier were to commit a war crime.
Worse yet, the Bush administration is contemplating the possible use of nuclear weapons against Iraq. This even though the U.S. is a signatory nation to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Every five years we renew our commitment to eliminate our nuclear arsenal. Yet we still have 7,200 strategic deployed warheads.
Even to threaten Iraq with a nuclear first strike is a violation of international law. If the Bush administration were to actually carry out such an abominable act, I would personally devote all of my energy to ensuring that Bush is placed before an international war crimes tribunal, and that he is put away for a very, very long time.
We have lost at least 116 classified staff jobs at OSU in 2002-03. How many positions were cut from the OSU top administration? I can't tell you because they won't tell us, but I am sure classified staff have taken the biggest number and percentage of cuts. And it does not stop — already in 2003 we have had seven jobs cut. Remember that with every job cut, other people may bump or lose their jobs. Some people have bumped six and seven times.
Some people whose jobs have been cut or who have had to bump other employees have been long term OSU employees, people who have worked at OSU for as long s 25 and 36 years. Please don't sit back and think that this has all been fine and dandy. This big dark shadow has been moving in, cutting our jobs for more that one year now. These cuts leave those of us who stay at OSU with more work to do; in some departments the workload is unreal, but we do not want to lose our jobs so we try our darnedest to keep up. This has become a way of life for state workers.
PERS may not need to change their mortality tables because the stress level at OSU may kill us all at much younger ages. My point is that life for a classified staff-person at OSU has not been a bed of roses this last year. The weeds are creeping in and taking over.
The published letters attacking her for expressing her views are saddening.
Yet we face no shortage of hospital beds: 42 percent of Oregon hospital beds are unoccupied, compared to 37 percent nationwide.
Sacred Heart and McKenzie-Willamette simply offer pipelines for commercial speculators like John Musumeci and Triad Corporation to churn hundreds of acres of woods and meadow into strip malls and condos. Their profits are tax sheltered as "hospital development," robbing taxes from urgently needed public services for sick people and the rest of us.
Mary S. Erbaugh
The socialization of America worries me and does not serve the hard working citizens who make this nation the greatest in the world; rather it encourages idleness and dependency. Before you label me as uncompassionate, consider that I have my own brand of charity which involves the offering of services to those I deem worthy; devoid of the irritation of undeserving individuals dipping into the government trough.
It appears that I'm EW's only conservative reader, but that has not stopped me from enjoying the publication for over 10 years; despite the obvious socialist bias (I'd say "progressive" if I knew what that meant, however, they didn't teach that one in my high school government class). Besides, EW readership's idea of "progress" is likely much different than my own. Just when I thought the EW staff had spared us from the never ending R-bashing drivel of Senator Corcoran, he's back. It's always the same column: "The D's fought the good fight but were thwarted in the end by the evil R's." Please find someone of more balanced perspective to occupy that space at least part of the time. Yes Tony, I listen to and usually agree with Lars Larson.
I am writing in response to the failing of Measure 28. I have worked in a school for abused children where the staff teaches them to live again after experiencing horrendous events. This school had at least 10 layoffs recently. I am currently working with at-risk youth. I have seen 14-year-old girls with injection sores on their arms from a drug habit.
We are affected by budget cuts. Now we, as well as many other social service agencies, are going to need to squeeze tighter. First, a message to the state government: Oregon has one of the highest levels of unemployment in the country. The failure of Measure 28 is a failure that you must understand as your responsibility. Balance the budget and cut the pork!
Second, a message to all of you who voted no on 28. You have a reason. It may be that you do not want to support the police. It may be that you are a homeowner who is feeling the strain of years of taxing. You may have felt that it is your right to spend your well-earned money for whatever you desire.
When a young child dies a violent death due to lagging support from budget cuts, the blood will be on your hands. The times to come are going to be rough for many of our local social service agencies. Become aware of their needs. Donate food, money, time and anything else that can assist them.
Michael T. Hinojosa
"There is a rape every [few] minutes in this country and, man, is my dick sore." Such casual celebration of brutality is very far from funny. Carlin likes to portray himself as some sort of iconoclast, but as the quote above indicates, he is perfectly in tune with the dominant in our woman-hating culture. Please avoid his show.
Hackers call this astroturfing. Everyone who has passed a freshman composition course knows it is plagiarism. It is also the latest GOP attempt to prop up the regime of President Junior. While this dishonesty is enough to make a person follow the president's lead and consume a six-pack of "pretzels," instead, when you suspect a Republican dirty trick, turn to reliable sources such as Media Whores Online and The Daily Howler where scams like this are routinely exposed.
When Matthew Shepard was attacked outside Laramie, Wyo., in October 1998, he was rushed to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, where caring doctors tried to save his life. Residents held candlelight vigils outside. When an insensitive fraternity mocked Matthew's death on their float at the Colorado State University homecoming parade, they were disbanded by the university. About a year after his death, a group called Bringing Equality And Respect (BEAR) organized a march from Fort Collins, to Laramie where they met with Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother.
Recently, an anarchist infoshop (The Boxcar Book Collective) opened. There's a Food Not Bombs chapter, serving hot vegan food to the hungry. There's hope for Fort Collins, and there's hope for Eugene, especially if John Fischbach has to file for unemployment. Do we have to have a city manager at all?
21 YEARS HENCE
2024? This journey requires:
Less cognitive dissonance. You can't block all "sprawl" at the edges of your city and simultaneously oppose the consequent increase in density at the center. (Unless you curtail one of the highest birthrates in the state.)
A sense of geography. Springfield is not your enemy, nor the trailer-trash slut across the river. Springfield's your partner, holding up the other end of the work of getting to 2024 successfully. Your fates are inextricably bound together; just as the fates of both cities are inextricably bound to the fates of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and L.A.
A professional police force, not a mob of Wyatt Earps whose solution to every challenge is to "break their f***ing nightsticks across yer f***ing heads."
A broader embrace. Progressives — particularly you disciples of Houser and Zerzan — must give up that isolated political-cell mentality and work together to secure an intellectual flexibility that will liberate your minds from the ideological boxes that enclose them. It's not about the purity of your ideology, Eugene, it's about winning the war to take the planet back.
And quit tail-gating, please.
It appears that the president and Secretary Powell are using American's sorrow and fear about Sept. 11th to sell a war on Iraq even though it has not been proved that the two have any relationship. If the president has a case for war against Iraq, he should make it on the basis of facts, not fear.
Yet our nation seems to not only be set on a collision course with Iraq, but also seems to be gaining speed. Our president told the Iraqis what was required in order to avoid military conflict; they have complied, yet we still press on.
This administration seems determined not to allow lack of evidence or facts to keep them from their war. It is time that we are all honest with ourselves about the true reasons for this conflict: President Bush is willing to send our friends and family to kill and be killed so that we may gain more control over the oil-rich Middle East. And that, in my opinion, is not an important enough reason for anyone to die.
This motivation for war becomes more evident as time goes on. We need ask ourselves why our president would threaten pre-emptive military action against a country that is suspected of trying to develop weapons of mass destruction, while at the same time assuring North Korea, who actually has these weapons, that we will not attack them, and, in fact, that we will give them money and aid ifthey behave themselves.
Contact your congressmen and president, and tell them that you do not support military action against Iraq. We need to alter the path our government is taking before it°s too late and people start to die.
There has always been a simple solution to the problem of Iraq: Lift the sanctions, open up trade and let the country of Iraq join the human race. Instead, the Emperor in Washington, D.C., will make all the Arab people hate America. This will assure that we will be fighting terrorism for the next 50 years, if not forever. Plus, Bush will drain the U.S. treasury and make our grandchildren pay for his personal war.
Bushs dictatorship is weakening. France, Germany and most of the world are not with him. Desperately, Bush thinks he can badger everyone into submission. How much will we have to pay Turkey to launch an attack from their country?
I hope the American people will rise above their complacency and get involved. There are many lives at stake a great many of them young American lives. A strong leader would find a peaceful way to put an end to the foolishness coming from our White House.
I served in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. I was always proud to be an American. But the dictator-like policies of this administration is causing that pride to be diminished.
Ken D. Johnston
Campaigns against McDonalds, Burger King and Wendys led them to improve the treatment of animals killed for their restaurants. Why does KFC stubbornly refuse to progress?
Chickens killed for KFC typically get half a square foot per bird inside filthy warehouses. They are bred to be so large that they grow too heavy for their bones and go lame. Many suffer from dehydration, respiratory diseases, bacterial infections and heart attacks. At the end of their miserable lives, they are violently snatched up, often breaking bones in the process, and trucked to a slaughterhouse through all weather extremes, where they are hung upsidedown and have their throats slit. Many dont die before being dumped into the scalding tank, and so they are literally boiled to death.
These birds feel pain and terror like any animal. Those who are going to end up in KFCs greasy fryers deserve protection from cruel farming practices. To see KFCs chickens for yourself, visit www.KFCCruelty.com
But I saw no evidence in the film that the two teenagers wounded at Columbine felt used by the visit to Kmart. On the contrary, something terrible and life changing happened to them, and the step they took toward preventing it from happening to someone else was life affirming and probably felt very, very good. Kmart is to be commended for its unexpected decision to stop selling the bullets. Moore was surprised. But disappointed? Come on!
Bowling for Columbine is an excellent movie that richly deserves the prizes it has won; it is (literally) being applauded by audiences across the country. See it!
After reading Wadsworths review, I went to see Ram Das: Fierce Grace with great expectations of gaining insight into Alperts life and learning more about his philosophy and ideas. Instead, the movie was rambling and unedited, with huge gaps and very little substance, with the exception of the very moving scenes involving peoples personal tragedies. It was a fiercely disappointing movie.
So Im just this poverty stricken volunteer cat trapper and having seen real, live horror stories on pretty much a daily basis all caused by feline overpopulation, which is caused by irresponsible pet owners not fixing their cats I get mad as hell and sad as hell.
So fix your cats. It is not like it is a huge deal. There are cheap routes to go on this, and if you have a heart and are able to understand simple facts and are not disabled by your own ego or opinions, youll make the appointments and get your cats fixed. Youll find a way.
Or one day, you might be dealing with me, one angry spay commando, the lowly cat trapper trying to make a difference with her trap and her net, fixing cats right and left without the strength or the means to do it all alone.
Jody A. Harmon
But what I didnt see was anyone voicing their resentment of a system that is deliberately designed to keep millions of Americans unemployed, regardless of color or gender.
Everyone can find work if they really want to, right? Wrong. Our government, and the corporations it represents, does not want everyone to have a job. The Federal Reserve raises interest rates every time unemployment drops "too low." Why? Because they want a large pool of people desperate for any sort of job they can find. Falling unemployment rates put an upward pressure on wages and benefits. Economists call it "wage inflation" and tell us with a straight face that its "bad" for the economy.
Its time for angry white men to redirect their anger. Instead of being angry at blacks for "taking away" jobs through affirmative action, blacks and whites should join together in anger at an inherently unfair system that pits desperate people against each other. Instead of demanding an end to affirmative action, why not start demanding a policy of full employment at a living wage for every able-bodied person who wants to work?
Molly says (www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=4116) death to war not to people.
This is still a democracy. By the people. For the people. We are the people. People, I say this: if it takes a national strike to get the Presidents attention, then let us take to the streets. Thousands of children, animals, and plants, and the very air we breathe are at stake. ABC News reported yesterday that a respected American nuclear weapons analyst has indicated that the Pentagon is preparing for the use of nuclear weapons against Iraq. I would rather look like an alarmist than mourn the results of a United States government run amok. Hatred is the most dangerous weapon of mass destruction.
The eight European nations that signed this so called "statement" of support for U.S. Imperial aggression in the name of oil and Eurasian continental influence are small fish, relatively minor players that would have much to gain, energy-wise, from standing by Amerika. I would imagine we threw them some kind of economic concession. That includes the rather obscene Tony Blair, the most toadying, patronizing, ass-kissing Bush wannabe I've ever seen. Britain is self-sufficient in oil right now, but that self-sufficiency is based on very finite resources.
I admire France and Germany for sticking to their guns, but they, too, have ulterior motives they are the only two Western European nations, along with Russia and China, with oil contracts presently standing in Iraq! These nations, curiously, have been the only consistent opposition to our wonderful plan of saving Iraq for democracy. I wonder if we'll save it like we did Afghanistan...the only Western "aid" that has come to that country in any appreciable amount is the opening of an IMF office in Kabul...and we know what the IMF did to Argentina! Seek Oil, Mein Fuhrer!
The FCC chairman and the two Republicans on this five-member board are solidly in favor of abandoning the rules. Predictably the major media owners have asked for the complete abolishment of them. We have seen what this kind of de-regulation has done in other areas of public interest. If this happens, information will be strictly controlled by those interested only in the bottom line and the preservation of their own power bases, at the expense of diversity and access to information. There will be only one hearing in Richmond, Virginia and public comment closes at the end of the month. You can phone Michael Powell, the FCC Chairman in Washington, at (888) 225-5322, or fax at (202) 418-0232.
So, in this vein of thought I would like to propose that the state legislators and the former governor refund their salaries for the last four years to the working people of this state with the most humble apologies they are capable of doing for such damage to the economy and the future of Oregons children. Sorry, no excuses accepted, You failed.
The paper tiger is an easy target. He cant recognize his enemied. al Qaeda is an enigma and the Middle East a maze. Saddam wont allay himself with al Qaeda. Did Stalin allay himself with Hitler and Churchill? The paper tiger is confused. There is never enough evidence. He doesnt understand that war has already been declared. This will make his destruction inevitable in the final conflagration for the coward fears retribution and wont take chances on a smaller preventive war.
The self-loathing paper tiger is easily intimidated. When the rightous cry, "Kill all Jews and infidels!" the paper tiger calls him a racist. His enemies accuse, "the crusades!" while the paper tiger whimpers, "and slavery too." Destroy his towers and a senator proclaims you a builder of "infrastructure." Infiltrate with moneyed death squads and he accepts blame for your poverty. Establish tyrannical theocracies and the paper tiger labels himself a fascist.
This will be a quick victory compared to Muhammads conquest of Christendom as the PC paper tiger will be amenable to our culture. So, drop out of school and burn your drivers licenses! Time to get fitted for burkas. Let that hair grow, but music is prohibited. However, multiple wives and Sudanese slaves are a reality? As are 72 beautiful virgins in paradise for true believers.