Congratulations are in order; elephants in Portland have again successfully reproduced, and the cow gave the zoo exactly what they needed: a female calf. All of the managerial and PR staff hoopla managed not to jinx things, which is nice to see. Best of luck from here on. Shh...it's showtime, and the calf's got traveling shoes.
It appears that if a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River is built and includes tolls as "planned", most drivers will just move over to the un-tolled I-205 bridge. Who'd ever have thought it?
Thus far, "planners" and other "professionals" have peed away some $170 million on a bridge design that won't receive a permit due to its impedance of maritime traffic and that most drivers suggest they'd avoid - and a Representative from Clark County has won a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Neither Oregon nor Washington have committed funding for the project, and the House won't do so in the absence of such funding.
Clark County residents voted down light rail when given a chance to do so, and more recently, C-Tran voters nixed a sales tax increase to pay for light rail operations. It seems clear that they lack enthusiasm for bringing the Portland Crime Train into downtown Vancouver, yet insistence by "planners" and politicians upon requiring exactly that is one reason why the proposed design is too low to satisfy the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers. Well, that and the apparent fact that "planners" and local politicians are irretrievably stupid.
Fresh off a defeat wherein Sammy was hoping to persuade the city to annex West Hayden Island so that the Port of Portland could build a snazzy new marine terminal (the decision was pushed back, and Sammy won't be around to claim credit if it happens) comes word that his pals at Metro have likewise decided to delay movement toward building a Convention Center hotel. That has to sting.
Even worse, Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler has snagged a seat on the House Appropriations Committee, enhancing her ability to potentially slam Sammy's "No light rail; no new I-5 bridge" ultimatum right back down his throat.
Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668).
Expect to see more regarding this momentous discovery as the Portland area's crack "science writer" swings into action during the coming months.
After more than a century of trouble-free operations, Barky's Ken Salazar has ordered Drakes Bay Oyster Company to pack up and leave, and take their jobs with them.
The National Park Service intends to turn the 2,700-acre area into the first federally designated marine wilderness area on the West Coast, giving the estuary special protected status as an unaltered ecological region.
A century of operation, providing homes and jobs to 30 people as one of the last oyster ranches in California - gone.
Of course, acolytes of doomsday author Rachel Carson are overjoyed:
"This is a good organic food source in our backyard," said Sarah Cane, 48, of San Rafael. "We can co-exist. A department head in Washington, D.C., shouldn't be able to tell this community it can't eat oysters."
"I am extremely disappointed," Feinstein said Thursday in a statement. "The National Park Service's review process has been flawed from the beginning with false and misleading science, which was also used in the Environmental Impact Statement. The secretary's decision effectively puts this historic California oyster farm out of business. As a result, the farm will be forced to cease operations and 30 Californians will lose their jobs."
Salazar claims that cows will be allowed to stay. Oddly, Feinstein's right, and Salazar's wrong. Who'd have seen that coming?
And speaking of wrong decisions with profound economic consequences, our good friends at EPA have struck again:
Pushed by ethanol producers, the EPA approved the use of E15 -- a 15% ethanol-gasoline blend -- in June over objections from automakers and the oil industry.
This may be the first time that AAA has ever publicly taken the stance that EPA should immediately reverse course:
The AAA says the Environmental Protection Agency and gasoline retailers should halt the sale of E15, a new ethanol blend that could damage millions of vehicles and void car warranties.
E-10's bad enough; most small engines can't handle it, so regular non-E is commonly dispensed around marinas - one of the few areas where EPA hasn't mandated (yet) that E-10 be used. For most of us, E-10 just cuts down on our gas mileage; requiring more frequent fill-ups (while funneling more "fuel tax" cash to the government).
With multiple arsons across five Western
states in five years allegedly under her belt, the ELF and ALF member has apparently had enough at the ripe old age of 39.
Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian, had been on the run for a decade before surrendering in Blaine, Wash.
Federal authorities say Rubin was part of the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front, both underground movements that the government has labeled terrorist organizations. She was indicted on federal charges in Oregon along with 12 others in January 2006 in connection with a coordinated campaign that caused an estimated $23 million in damage between 1996 and 2001 in Oregon, California, Washington, Wyoming and Colorado.
Naturally, a number of our local eco-nuts have crawled out from behind the paneling in their moms' basements to proclaim her a "hero". Me, I'm wondering why she didn't torch stuff in her own country - after all, she's a Gaia-loving Earth Mommy, and a Canadian to boot. While she was bravely gallivanting around the USA, torching our stuff, folks here were fighting with Canada over their habit of flooding our markets with timber products derived from clear-cutting operations in British Columbia.
Maybe she just needed the company of her buddies on our side of the border to, you know...get her in the mood.
In any case, she's safe and sound in Seattle for now, and will soon get a ride down to Oregon to visit our fine bars. Shake it, baby, shake it!
"I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today."
That was Wimpy's standard line in the old "Popeye" cartoons, and it's the Democrat line today - except they're saying that they will gladly cut spending in a decade or so for tax increases today. President George H.W. Bush fell for that one, convincing Democrats that we truly are as dumb as we look.
The UN is going to vote on a resolution "upgrading" the poor, downtrodden "Palestinians" to full statehood; it's certain to pass, given that the UN hates Israel and despises the USA. Led by Senator Orrin Hatch, nine Senators are now co-sponsoring his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act; the amendment would eliminate funding for the UN if, as expected, they vote to approve "Palestinian" statehood.
That's a good idea, if long overdue: as one observer noted, we should defund them just because it's Thursday.
Time to Name That Party! Again. A Representative who's always chock-full of great ideas is now suggesting that a Constitutional amendment is in order - to restrict Freedom of Speech:
"We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations," said Johnson.
According to him, the corporations are "controlling the patterns of thinking", and the media as well. That's kind of amusing, since it's well-established that Leftists dominate much of the US media, to such an extent that they've become essentially the propaganda and PR wing of the Democrat Party.
But it's easy to see why he keeps getting reelected to orifice: