In an apparently under-reported decision, the Oregon Supreme Court has not only redefined self-defense, but has essentially overturned a twenty-five year-old ruling by a former Oregon Supreme Court. In ruling that the law does not require a person to attempt to avoid a confrontation before employing deadly force, the court reversed a Josephine County murder conviction and chastised the 1982 Supreme Court for rewriting the law - noting that no escape or retreat language was ever included in Oregon law. While this is a significant development, it doesn't seem to have been picked out on much of the local media. The folks at JibJabwon't be looking for work anytime soon.
And if there's one thing the folks at Portland City Council and at the Metropolitan Service District (METRO) have truly mastered, it's density. These folks and their legions of "planners" qualify as some of the densest inDUHviduals on the planet. Fixed-rail is their religion, and they'll do whatever it takes to make you square pegs fit into their billion-dollar round holes. As voters have consistently rejected the politicians' fixed-rail mantra, they've decided that you don't know enough to have a voice in the process anymore. So you don't get to vote; they'll plunk down billions of your tax dollars and build stuff anyway.
Meanwhile, if you insist upon driving - or transporting goods and services by truck - suck it. Avoid potholes if you can, and resign yourself to increased congestion and heightened air pollution as a result of your silly choices. More pollution is great, because that allows "planners" and other bureaucrats to impose, at some point, mandatory driving restrictions. They'll have no choice, due to air quality concerns.
Never mind the fact that in the absence of "planners" and billions wasted on fixed-rail, there would be better roads, less congestion, and therefore less pollution. They've spent your money to build train and streetcar lines, and come hell or high water, they're going to do whatever it takes to force you to ride them.
These "anything for a buck" travel agents thought they were untouchable. Clearly, they'll have some time to re-think. This is a great start, but it's clear that we need much more enforcement - on both sides of the border. What to do with Americans who facilitate human smuggling? Perhaps they should be stripped of citizenship in the USA and shipped to Juarez. After all, turnabout is fair play. Why not send the criminals to the country that they really support?
PHOENIX — Fourteen travel agency owners or employees were indicted on human smuggling and other charges, accused of selling airline tickets they thought would be used by illegal immigrants, officials said.
Authorities said a records analysis showed six travel agencies sold tickets to an estimated 6,800 illegal immigrants in the United States since mid-2005. But Thursday's charges were connected only to the sale of tickets to undercover officers.
The undercover officers made it clear they were arranging travel for illegal immigrants and paid cash for dozens of one-way tickets across the nation, authorities said. The travel agencies offered advice on being discreet at airports, they said.
"They were so blatant about it because they hadn't been touched," Phoenix police Lt. Vince Piano said. "They would say, 'OK, you need to dress them like this. You need to walk them in through this. Does he have an ID?"'
And of course, the Usual Suspects aren't happy about the more restrictive plan currently under consideration.
A 23-page PowerPoint presentation by administration staffers outlines a program that has all the elements of the kind of broad policy change passed by the Senate last spring. It enhances border enforcement, forces employers to verify the legal status of their workers, and includes a temporary worker program and a plan to deal with the 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.
Don't you just hate when that happens? Enhanced border enforcement and requiring employers to verify status? You might have thought that such basic steps should have been taken years ago - unless you live on the Left. They're spitting up over the whole idea. We could take them over our shoulders and pat them on the back until they're done.
Fed up with the Republican party? Why not just vote Mrs. Bill Clinton in? Well, maybe because most folks realize that she just doesn't have any of the attributes that they want to see in a leader. Granted, Bush has been a huge disappointment on many levels, but that doesn't mean we can't do worse - and a recent Time poll indicates that Mrs. Clinton may already have hit her zenith. As noted previously in a discussion of Ron Saxton's run for the Oregon governorship: name recognition isn't always a good thing. Sure enough, Saxton was torpedoed by his own name recognition: people knew the name; they just didn't much like what they had come to associate with that name. Mrs. Bill Clinton suffers much the same fallout from her widespread name recognition: we know the name; we just don't much care for the baggage. People have already made up their minds about her - they either love her or they really don't like her all that much. Given that, it's unlikely that she'll be able to gain much traction in the coming months.
Add to that the recent major Democrat screwup, which plays right into what many already know about the Clintons, and her chances for presidency drop even further. People are tired of impropriety in government, and they recognize that the Clintons are the poster-kids for continued impropriety.
Expect more dire warnings in the months to come regarding air pollution, and expect to hear more exhortations not to drive. Unlike global warming, this is actually a man-made event in the offing in the Portland metropolitan area, as the next stages of the light rail construction that voters twice declined gets underway. The "planners" know better than the voters, and so they came up with some nifty work-arounds that allow them to build more stuff that we don't want.
Construction has begun along the I-205 freeway, which unfortunately means that traffic lanes are being reduced. Ditto for downtown Portland. The result, of course, will be increased traffic congestion along these routes, which means that more vehicles will be subjected to low speed or stop-and-go scenarios. Just what the "planners" want to see. After all, vehicles that travel at normal speeds emit far less pollutants into the air, and so by creating these bottlenecks, the "planners" can "encourage" you to drive less because driving is going to be causing increased pollution. They won't bother to mention that its not your fault - it's theirs.
Since they can't figure out how to do anything else, the French riot over the fact that an illegal alien in their country got busted by the cops for trying to snag a free train ride. Poor bugger should have just moved to Portland, where everything is "free". And we only have riots when Republicans visit the town.
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America has a great ring to it, doesn't it? Two years ago, U.S. President Bush, Mexican Presidente Vicente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin approved this little puppy, which amounts to a plan to "integrate" the three countries. A number of "working groups" have been established to "work" through the details of a planthat will fundamentally change your life - and likely lower you quality of life.
Ever wonder why the Bush Administration, even as it claims to be fighting a "war on terror", has done absolutely nothing to secure the US borders? Doesn't it seem like that should be one of the first steps? Not with the SPP.
This plan is designed to erase borders completely in order to facilitate the free flow of people, goods, and money - ideally, within the next three years. You never saw that one coming, did you? You may have heard about the NAFTA superhighway, which Kansas City, MO is actively angling to land. This would place, for the first time, a foreign governmental customs facility right in the middle of the USA. Completion of the superhighway would involve extending another leg northward. This will, of course, facilitate the free flow of goods, money...and people.
Well, by discarding any notion of sovereignty and border control...that's one way to "solve" the illegal alien problem.
A new anti-rape device is set to begin production soon. Unlike the version postulated in one of Neal Stephenson's earlier works, this one doesn't come with needles - but with needle-like teeththat clamp onto the head and shaft of the penis of the would-be rapist. And finding him should be easy: the teeth detach and likely will require a trip to a hospital for removal. At the same time, this has real potential for putting a decided chill into consensual relations....