We all knew that, and it's in violation of the state Constitution, but of course the Oregon Lottery doesn't enforce their own "rules" and the Legislature is disinclined to take any action, either:
Legislation that would have labeled lottery-dependent retailers as casinos,House Bill 3316, died in a committee this year largely because of revenue concerns. Tomei's successor in Salem, Rep. Kathleen Taylor, D-Portland, told The Oregonian/OregonLive the change could have cost the state $83 million.
So-called "limited menu" purveyors — which pair wall-to-wall video gambling with cigarettes and bare-bones food options such as microwave burritos — have been free to flout state rules meant to keep retailers from earning more than half their sales from gambling, the audit found.
The problems are multiple: when Oregon voters agreed to an Oregon Lottery, we were told that it would involve only scratch-off tickets and that any revenue would go to fund schools and economic development. Oregon Lottery still sells scratch-offs, but some years ago they switched gears and devoted most of their resources to highly addictive video poker machines; something the voters had not agreed to during the initial sales pitch prior to the vote.
As well, the state saw a big pot of money rolling in from those things, and so - as they always will - they began diverting those revenues to other things. Today, the state is so dependent upon the lottery income that even the Democratics, who are always out there fighting for the little guy (to hear them tell it) absolutely refuse to rein Oregon Lottery in.
The fact that virtually all of the cash comes from low-income addicts who desperately hope for a big "win" doesn't seem to matter. Not when the state stands to lose out on $83 million a year.
"It was never the intent of the public to have little casinos all over the state. It's immoral."
Former Democrat Representative Carolyn Tomei is absolutely correct in her assessment; it's just too bad that she couldn't rally her fellow Democratics to the cause of reining the lottery in.
Microwaved burritos all around!
There's a reason why the state ranks nearly dead last in the USA when it comes to success in education, and it isn't due to lack of funding.
PRINEVILLE — Picture book at the ready, kindergarten teacher Ashley Smith looked out into a sea of wiggling, giggling bodies. “I know you’re ready when you’re sitting criss-cross applesauce, spoons in your bowl,” she said.
Really? "Criss-cross applesauce"? Seriously?
They never did idiocy like that when I was a kid - thank goodness. Of course, we didn't have things like all-day kindergarten (ours was half-day, and it wasn't on the public dime), free breakfasts, free lunches, and so on, either; we somehow managed to make stuff like rockets, lasers, computers and other things despite having been so horribly "disadvantaged" in our developmental years.
Now that the state has all-day kindergarten, they're going to need moar munny:
With full-day kindergarten the standard in Oregon beginning this school year, education officials are setting their sights on the younger children, with preschool programs that prepare them for kindergarten and beyond and partnerships that bring districts and preschool providers together to learn from each other.
Yep, that's the ticket! What we need now is public preschool, to go along with our all-day public kindergarten. And diversity - we've gotta have moar diversity. And that's why, here in Portland Public Schools, we end up stuck with this:
Sara Gandarilla, the first-year principal at Rigler Elementary School who abruptly went on paid leave in April, is returning to Portland Public Schools in a lower position, as assistant principal at Markham Elementary School. Portland Public Schools created the position that Gandarilla will fill even though it determined in March that Markham didn't qualify for funding for an assistant principal.
Gandarilla went on leave from her previous job at the North Clackamas School District in 2014 after a dispute there.
So Sara couldn't get along with staff at Clackamas, yet was hired by PPS to be a principal. She didn't make it even through the entire year before being placed on paid leave, and then they turned around and created a new position just for her - in violation of their own rules! Surely that wouldn't be because she's a Latina, now would it?
They're so busy playing "politically correct" that teaching doesn't even enter into the equation - and frankly, most of these folks wouldn't recognize an equation if they saw one.
It may seem counterintuitive, given that children in America are regarded as precious little snowflakes, but:
OKLAHOMA (KWQC) – A new study presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention suggest punishing a child is effective if done correctly.
In recent years positive parenting has become popular, but researchers at Oklahoma State university followed about 100 mothers who disciplined their toddlers for hitting, whining or defiance.
Dr. Spock is rolling over in his grave. Mind, there will have to be more "studies" because the results aren't definitive; they merely "suggest" that punishment might be effective.
One thing that has never ceased to amaze me is the number of self-described smart people who equate punishment with brutality. They hold forth about the virtues of using only positive reinforcement but express antipathy for the very thought of employing punishment. They also equate negative reinforcement with punishment, which is equally stupid.
"Reinforcement", whether positive or negative, is simply that which increases the probability of occurrence of a given behavior; nothing more than that. You can achieve excellent results by employing negative reinforcement, and especially when employed in conjunction with positive reinforcement.
Want an elephant to lift its foot? Use the ankus to apply slight pressure to the leg, and the foot rises. That's negative reinforcement. While the foot's in the air, toss a chunk of apple into the animal's mouth. That's positive reinforcement.
Punishment, by contrast, reduces the likelihood of occurrence of a given behavior. That's it; nothing more. It can be something as simple as walking away, thus removing any opportunity for the animal to earn a reward.
Only an idiot would assume that a child is somehow different in this regard from any other animal.
At a time when teen pregnancy rates across the state are at historic lows, the numbers for gay teens are surprisingly high.
Some of the idiots in kayaks (made with petroleum) apparently drove down to Portland from Seattle to "protest" against Shell Oil.
The KATU News footage shows a sheriff's patrol boat hitting a kayaker near the St. Johns Bridge.
It happened during a showdown between law enforcement and demonstrators, who were trying to stop Shell’s icebreaking ship, the Fennica, from leaving a Portland dry dock for an oil-drilling operation in the Arctic.
The guy paddling around in our river, as it happens, is from Seattle, and he deliberately paddled his way in front of a river patrol boat.
Deputies identified the kayaker as William MacArthur, of Seattle.
The patrol threw engines into reverse when he paddled in front of the boat and couldn't be seen, but naturally, kayak paddlers are "outraged". MacArthur wasn't injured, by the way, but it's "police brutality". Idiots. Guy drives down for three hours on petroleum-based roads so he can paddle his petroleum-based kayak around in the river and "protest" petroleum. Buy a brain cell, dude.
These clowns are totally incapable of grasping the concept of irony.
"Leave the oil in the ground!" they chant as they paddle around in their little boats made of petroleum products after having driven to the river. Yep, they're "activists", all right.
Free Pride Glasgow, which takes place next month and advertises itself as an ‘anti-commercialist’ alternative to the city’s main Pride event, decided that drag queens – closely associated with Pride celebrations for most of their history – would not be welcome to perform.
In a statement outlining the reasons for the ban, Free Pride Glasgow said it was concerned that trans people or those questioning their gender might feel ‘uncomfortable’ should drag queens perform.
This can particularly difficult for those who are not out and still present as the gender they were assigned at birth.
What a concept! Generally, one is born male or one is born female, but these folks seem to believe that some nurse, or doctor, or anonymous bureaucrat simply whips out their magic wand and *poof!* assigns somebody a gender. They ought to get together with that white chick from Spokane who identifies as black. She's apparently hoping to identify as a writer at some point as well, as she hopes to write a book of some sort.
Of course, since she lost all of her paying jobs and is scraping along by styling hair out of her home, she's probably hoping that somebody will find her of sufficient interest that they'll plunk down money to read "her side of the story".
Rachel Dolezal, the white gal who wants to be black, has had her 15 minutes of fame - and now she's not only not a "leader in the black community", she's unemployed. And she just can't believe it.
“I’ve got to figure it out before August 1, because my last paycheck was like $1,800 in June,” she says. “[I lost] friends and the jobs and the work and—oh, my God—so much at the same time.”
True Lies, indeed.
And then there's Bruce Jenner, sporting a nice wig, fake boobs, and wearing a dress - but he sounds like a guy and he looks like a guy because, well, he is a guy. And they give him an award for stupid.
The latest, of course, is Bobby Tur, a so-called "reporter" for Inside Edition, who wants to be called "Zoey" and wears a dress - yet during a panel discussion on live television regarding the Bruce Jenner idiocy, inadvertently let his manly side loose:
Yep, he grabbed Breitbart's senior editor by the neck and threatened to send him home in an ambulance. These people have some serious mental health issues, and really need treatment - not celebration. To top it off, Bobby Tur later wrote that he'd like to "curb-stomp" Shapiro. My, how "feminine" - and oh so Tolerant™.
Breitbart's Ben Shapiro has filed a report with LAPD against Bobby regarding the assault.
Tur’s threats against Shapiro followed Shapiro arguing that referring to transgender people by their preferred instead of biological sex is “mainstreaming delusion.” Of Jenner, Shapiro declared, “How he feels on the inside is irrelevant to the question of his biological self.” After Tur suggested that Shapiro knew nothing about genetics, the following exchange then occurred:
Shapiro asked if the discussion was supposed to be on genetics and asked, “What are your genetics, sir?” Pinsky said to Tur, “I’d stay away from the genetics and back to the brain scans.”
Tur then said to Shapiro, “You cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.” Shapiro responded, “That seems mildly inappropriate for a political discussion.” Oduolowu said that, to be fair, Shapiro was being rude, to which Shapiro answered, “I’m sorry, it’s not rude to say that someone who’s biologically a male is a male.” Tur stated, “You just called me a ‘sir.’”
After some of the other panelists, particularly radio and “Chain Reaction” host Mike Catherwood, objected that Shapiro knew that what he said would be “insulting” and “inflammatory.” Shapiro responded, “It’s not a matter of insulting or inflammatory. It’s a fact. You are a male. Dr. Drew is a male.”
And Shapiro is exactly correct. Moreover, Bobby demonstrated his indisputable biological makeup in no uncertain terms.
Oregon is determined to be first at something no matter the cost to taxpayers or how dumb the idea.
Down there in southern Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology had grandiose plans to Save The Planet™ by installing millions of dollars' worth of solar panels and spending $15 million on a geothermal power plant. Between the two, these "investments" were to provide 100% of OIT's power requirements, and it was a really big deal - why former gov. Retread's First Squeeze even showed up to do the ribbon-cutting at the big ceremony.
But something went south along the way to energy independence; OIT managed to take a proven geothermal technology and completely bungle it.
About 250 to 275 people attended the ribbon cutting and celebration event which was only feet from the solar array, including Oregon’s First Lady Cylvia Hayes, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and state Sen. Doug Whitsett. State leaders addressed faculty, students, community members and local leaders about the significance of the first university powered by solar and geothermal energy.
Solar City, a Portland-based company installed 7,800 solar panels on nine acres of land near the campus in July of 2013. The 2.0 megawatt solar arrays were finished in October of 2013 and went online in December of 2013. The 1.75-megawatt geothermal plant, built by Johnson Controls, was officially completed this week.
“This is a big deal, this is really a historic day,” Hayes said. “I know of your international reputation for cutting-edge leadership. What’s happening here is just going to take that to a whole new level.”
Hayes has worked with John Lund and Toni Boyd from Oregon Tech’s Geo Heat Center for more than 10 years on clean energy-related projects, she told the Herald and News in a follow-up interview.
“This project really, I think, sets a new standard for universities and also highlights how much incredible innovation is taking place in rural Oregon,” Hayes said. “The ripple effects from this will go well beyond today.”
Ah yes, the ripple effects. I believe that the former First Squeeze is learning more about ripple effects even now. It's also worth noting that the Herald and News article gets it wrong: Solar City is not Portland-based; it's California-based and is owned by Elon Musk. But hey, what media publishers can be bothered with details, these days?
OIT's filed suit against the company they hired to design and build their geothermal pump, but they're in some hot water themselves:
Yet the geothermal plant is only operating at about 40 percent of capacity today, and the solar array is part of an ongoing investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice into whether Oregon university officials or developers improperly obtained about $12 million in state tax credits to help underwrite six solar projects around the state.
Still, the lawsuit OIT has filed in Medford outlines some of the problems and costs associated with their efforts to be all green&sustainable:
The lawsuit says Oregon Tech then discovered that portions of the equipment had broken off and fallen into the well.
The university claims it spent more than $170,000 in failed efforts to locate and remove equipment stuck in the well, another $110,000 to remove and install replacement pumps, $248,000 for replacement power from Pacific Power, and finally, $350,000 to buy a replacement pump from another company. The new pump consumers far more of the power generated by the turbine, the suit says, which imposes higher costs on the university.
Amusingly, they claim that some equipment fell into their geothermal well, but they can't find it - much less remove it. Seems like those folks have a little bit of a competence issue.
And it's kind of a shame that The Oregonian evidently can't afford editors or even proofreaders, these days; OIT's new pump may consume more power, but it seems unlikely that the pump consumers more power. Oh well, just details.