Briefly, the Oregon State Senate conducted it’s first bill votes on the Floor Thursday. A lot of no votes from rural legislators. A lot of opposition to appointees proposed by the Governor. You can see the actions of today here. We are getting lots of email in opposition, rightly so, on two bills the Democrats are passing: SB 544 a gun bill and HB 3296 a beer and wine tax increase some claim is 3000%. You can contact the Democrat proponents who posses the majority to pass these bills at this link. Then there is a sleeper bill that will come out of Committee on a pure Democrat vote next week that suspends the rule of law, allows Guantanamo Bay type internment, eliminates habitus corps, and consolidates power between the judicial and executive branch establishment. The Oregon Constitution is meaningless. This is straight out of the communist and socialist revolutions in Russia, Germany and elsewhere. Are we a banana republic now? Make up your own mind. SB 296 enshrines the state of emergency declared by the Governor with the Oregon Supreme Court. Below are this past week’s alternative clips for your consideration: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: Modern Day Book Burning as Dr. Seuss is Cancelled COVID-19 Gov. Kate Brown extended her COVID-19 emergency orders into May 2021 despite rapidly falling COVID-19 cases. The “emergency” is over. A year ago KGW covered a study showing how Oregon students faced profound challenges and learning losses, especially in math, from the extended school closures. Despite this warning, the school lockdowns and forced distance learning have only continued, despite the “science” that children infrequently transmit the virus . Brown is having a hard time convincing Oregonians she made fearful of the virus and society to get kids back to school. Prisoners are eligible to receive a stimulus check from the federal government. Meanwhile, Oregonians who are still unemployed will see a gap in payments as Oregon waits for the federal stimulus check. The governor and State of Oregon have failed unemployed Oregonians, especially as they face uncertain times through no fault of their own , from the pandemic policies. Solution: How to fight back? If you can, open up and get back to work. There’s no time like the present! Why are college sports able to continue but high school sports are cancelled with COVID-19 testing? According to a new report by Candid, a philanthropy research organization, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, more than one-third of non-profits could permanently shut down in the next few years following the pandemic. The report states, “The U.S. nonprofit sector lost nearly 930,000 jobs by December 2020, according to a conservative estimate from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies.” Double masking . Americans are being given mixed signals about masks, in some cases being told they need 2-3 masks to “protect others”. This messaging is coming from some of the same people who advocate for abortion or the destruction of an unborn baby . What about protecting those people? Solutions: Wear a mask, stay home and social distance voluntarily, if this is your choice. Many sates have volunteer masking which has proven effective. Isolation for the sick is the tried and true system until this political pandemic. Should everyone have to? Masks aren’t going away because people are now celebrating the end of the seasonal influenza. Solution: Can someone answer why masks and social distancing help get rid of the flu but these and other measures of control need to be in place to “stop the spread” of COVID-19? Why mask after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination? Many struggle with the idea of the COVID-19 vaccine because the entire point is to get “back to normal”, but Biden’s press secretary said on Feb 4, "Even after you’re vaccinated, social distancing and wearing masks will be essential." Solution: Follow the examples of Texas and Mississippi for ending their statewide mask mandates. Biden called these states “Neanderthals” for reopening and the New York Times is offended by that. Masks aren’t going away because people are now celebrating the end of the seasonal influenza. Solution: Can someone answer why masks and social distancing help get rid of the flu but these and other measures of control need to be in place to “stop the spread” of COVID-19? COVID-19 anal swabs are mandatory for all foreigners that travel to China. Legislature HB 2372 would prevent landlords from using no-cause evictions for removing renters. It adds 60-ages of changes to existing laws to make a new bureaucratic process for the government to step in and handle the delicate and private conflict matters between a landlord and tenants. HJR 13 would change some of the property tax limits in the Constitution by allowing the taxable value of your home to increase, and that increase under some estimates could be anywhere from a 30-60% increase under different scenarios depending on the interpretations of the bill. SB 395 would divert Oregon’s gas tax revenue, truck tax revenue and driver’s license revenue to pay for building more bike paths. Five House Democrat lawmakers have proposed HB 3351 which would raise the state minimum wage up to $17/hour. It would hit $17/hour in phases by the year 2023 and remove all regional minimum wages in the process. After 2023, a permanent inflation index would increase the minimum wage. Raising minimum wage during high unemployment creates a greater disparity between what businesses ought to pay versus what they have to pay , without any regard to how businesses are actually run. The value of the job does not change with an increased minimum wage, but it does potentially force businesses to fire employees or automate jobs, eliminating the need for people all together. Some politicians do not hide their determination to run entrepreneurs and small businesses – the backbone of America’s economy – out of business in favor of big box stores. They have assisted one of the largest transfers of wealth in history as small businesses and entrepreneurs have shut down for months, unable to earn a paycheck, while big box stores have remained open, raking in record sales. Big box stores can afford an increased minimum wage because they can afford to automate aka: robots over people. Culture Wars As the cancel culture comes after beloved author Dr. Seuss , it is clear that eventually everyone will be “cancelled”. Multiple Dr. Seuss titles are being pulled from online sales due to “offensive imagery”. OPB is glorifying the Marxist Black Panthers Group. Black Panther leader Huey Newton took a group to China in the early 70s and is quoted describing China as "a free and liberated territory with a socialist government". Around 150 suspected members of Antifa rioted against President Joe Biden overnight in Portland (Oregon) at the end of February, forcing businesses to board up their windows and doors to protect against vandalism. “Federal prosecutors have dismissed more than one-third of cases stemming from last summer’s violent protests in downtown Portland, when protesters clashed with federal agents. KGW reviewed federal court records and found 31 of the 90 protest cases have been dismissed by the U.S. Department of Justice, including a mix of misdemeanor and felony charges.” The Arizona Department of Education is concerned that our babies might be racist . This chart was made by someone who does not have kids. At this point, it might be better to cut your losses with public schooling. We know critical race theory is making its way in Oregon classrooms : “A mathematics guide sent out to Oregon schools tells educators that asking students to show their work in math class is a form of white supremacy. In an email sent out by the Oregon Department of Education, teachers were encouraged to enroll in a course called “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction.” The course came with an 82-page instructional guide that lists the ways in which white supremacy is perpetuated in math class.” Who is bankrolling the curriculum in Oregon? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. From this article: “A radical new push to purge math curricula of allegedly racist practices like showing your work and finding the correct answer is bankrolled by one of the nation's most prominent nonprofits : the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” Solution: Students in public education (and some private schools) are receiving critical race theory indoctrination. The Left knows to influence children to create the kind of dystopian culture they seek. Push back by pulling your student out. Consider homeschooling or online charter schools. Some neighborhood families are pooling resources and bringing their kids together in what have become known as “ learning pods ,” or micro-schools designed to keep children moving forward in their education in person during COVID-19 while many public schools remain closed. The people in your neighborhood may be interested in creating a learning pod. Speaking of Bill Gates, LA schools launched the Daily Pass , the first comprehensive system in the nation that coordinates health checks, COVID-19 tests and vaccinations in one online tool by Microsoft . The platform tracks COVID-19 testing, vaccination and other data points of all children returning to school. Microsoft and the schools will have untold information and data on schoolchildren – the very people who are NOT at risk from COVID-19. The promotional video is creepy . The Mayo Clinic introduced a fresh round of woke policies relating to gender identity this week, including wearable buttons for employees to display their preferred pronouns. Cuomo might be brought down over sexual harassment scandals – not the fact that his COVID-19 policies put thousands of elderly New Yorkers in deadly situations. If the media addressed the deadly COVID-19 policies, it would put Democrats in a very unfavorable light nationwide. Governor Kate Brown has failed to prioritize Oregon seniors during the pandemic. Healthcare at Foster Creek was shut down by the State after multiple deaths; congregate care facilities did not receive tests ; many were shut off from family and left to die alone; and the elderly still struggle to get vaccinated. The media asks us to give Biden a break . You have power, especially in your individual purchases . How did Amazon grow to be the world power that it is? People choose every day for the convenience of its product delivery over shopping local. How did Facebook grow to the level of control it now has? People willingly gave up their data for endless scrolling. Consider this: If the 74 million Americans that did not vote for Biden stopped shopping on Amazon and cut their prime subscriptions, wouldn’t that say something? If these Americans even just deleted the Facebook app from their phones (because it tracks you and sells that data all over ) or logged in only one time per week or deleted it (but first download all of your data ) all together, that would send these companies to their knees .