A guy up in the Columbia River Gorge has a great piece of property, and has installed zip-lines so that folks can easily get from one side of the steep canyon to another. The high lines, strung among trees on the property, are environmentally-friendly, don't disfigure the pristine Columbia Gorge in any way, and afford incredible views.
A Columbia River gorge developer is trying a new twist after being told to remove his zip line complex - a park charging admission to pick pine cones with free rides on the aerial rope slides.
Skamania County officials filed a motion Monday in Superior Court asking that Derek Hoyte, of Washougal, be held in contempt. Hoyte faces up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if the motion is granted after a hearing April 30, Prosecutor Peter S. Banks said.
Late last month, county officials ordered Hoyte to remove all zip lines, platforms and landings from his property in the Columbia River Gorge National Scene Area within 30 days. They said the development violated a conservation easement that was negotiated by the U.S. Forest Service with a previous owner to limit use of the land to agriculture.
Of course, the guy who owns the property can't cut downtrees or plow land, so he conforms to the agricultural designation by growing pine cones, and the ziplines allow people to safely access the treetops. But people may have fun using them, and that is apparently disallowed by governmental restriction. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Archaic and outdated concepts.
No cases of swine flu have yet been reported in Egypt, although the Cairo parliament on Tuesday voted to slaughter the country's entire pig livestock of around 250 000 animals in a precautionary measure.
"It is God's grace in his Islamic Sharia to permit all that is good for us and to ban what is bad. We could understand the wisdom of the ban, or we could not understand it. But eventually time proves the truth of God's words to us," Sheikh al-Sayed Askar said at a Muslim Brotherhood-sponsored symposium on the virus on Wednesday.
If they were serious about eradicating pigs, one would think they'd look closely at some of their fundamentalist bretheren. They've killed thousands more than this supposed "pandemic" ever will.
As for how swine flu got started, that's really up for debate right now.There are conflicting theories. As you can see from the glance of the lady on the right in this photo, she may suspect that the infection began in Portland, as so many infections do. It's worth noting, however, than Portland infections are mostly Leftist, and cost a lot of money. They bleed you to death over the long term, but they don't kill you quickly.
More than likely, swine flu has a much less insidious beginning.
Portland car owners could pay an additional registration fee for their rides -- this one based on how much they drive. We already have a tax that's based upon how much you drive. It's known as the gas tax. You pay it every time you fuel up. But, you see, Portland's politicians (and Oregon's puppet "governor") want to move away from the traditional money source: the gas tax.
Translation: they want to keep charging you a gas tax. They also want other ways to take more money from you. Oh, it's all for a good cause. It always is.
Oregon puppet governor Kulongoski claimed that a $4 billion bridge over the Columbia River on I-5 will bring employment to more than 27,000 workers in the course of a decade. And what happens to those jobs when the bridge is finished?
In the meantime, he continues to oppose logging of any sort, despite the fact that sustainable logging would produce at least 15,000 permanent jobs. Kulo prefers temporary positions over long-term job creation. What vision the guy has.
My Bride, a life-long Democrat, actually found herself in agreement with Rush Limbaugh's assessment of the Great Obama Flyby. "Much as it pains me to have to say this, I agree with him".
Obama really screwed up. Or the earth has reversed polarity (likely due to man-made issues). Or solar storms have ceased due to human interference. I'll eliminate item 2 from contention while keeping the others in play. That's only because my compass still points sort of north.
Hey, Portland elected a child molester as Mayor (twice, actually). No surprises here, then: The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which studies human trafficking solutions worldwide, identifies Portland as a hub for sex slavery because it has the most sexually oriented businesses per capita in the country.
Once again, Portland and Oregon serve as a "model for the nation".
The debate is over? Nice try, AlGore. In fact, it's far from over and the pendulum is swinging back toward sanity.
William Kininmonth, a former head of the National Climate Centre and a consultant to the World Meteorological Organisation, is author of Climate Change: A Natural Hazard (Multi-Science Publishing Co, 2004). He's also written a column in The Australian which dismantles AlGore and the IPCC. The high priests of the Religion are uncloaked with increasing regularity.
Also from Australia, Andrew Bolt prefaces his top ten myths about global warming with this lead-in:
IT'S snowing in April. Ice is spreading in Antarctica. The Great Barrier Reef is as healthy as ever.
And that's just the news of the past week. Truly, it never rains but it pours - and all over our global warming alarmists.