Governor Of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber  Resigns
Feb13

Governor Of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Resigns

Just breaking today that Gov. John Kitzhaber will step down amid ongoing scandal Wednesday, Feb. 18, in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Kate Brown. “I am announcing today that I will resign as Governor of the State of Oregon,” he wrote in a statement released just after noon Friday. Brown will be sworn in as Oregon’s 37th governor, but the timing of that ceremony is uncertain. Kitzhaber’s resignation...

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The Man Who Saved Christmas
Dec23

The Man Who Saved Christmas

Even if you never played with an erector set you were certainly familiar with the product. The set was the invention of a man named Alfred Carlton (A.C) Gilbert. It would take pages to list all of the toys that he helped to invent but they include virtually every type of educational toy from chemistry sets to some of the most popular versions of model trains. He was also a pioneer in providing benefits to his employees ranging from on...

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A Christmas Carol
Dec23

A Christmas Carol

Few of us pass the holiday season without at least one viewing of a Christmas Carol. But what many do not know is that there was a story behind the story, and the influence that it had on the author. In Dickens time it was quite common for one man to support not only his own family but the families of his and/or his spouses siblings. Dickens had a great burden on his back and it was not getting easier as his publisher informed him...

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Former President George HW Bush Hospitalized With Shortness Of Breath
Dec23

Former President George HW Bush Hospitalized With Shortness Of Breath

Just breaking this evening that the former President has been taken to the hospital as a precaution. I trust we all join in wishing for a prompt...

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FBI Officially Blames North Korea For Sony Hack
Dec19

FBI Officially Blames North Korea For Sony Hack

The US Government has officially blamed North Korea for the Sony hack. Hardly a surprise but it is now formally announced. President Obama has said we will “respond” to the incident though it is unclear what that response will be. The incident led to the virtual cancellation of the Sony film “The Interview” and is seen by some as the first major strike in the cyber wars of the future. It is something that an...

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GOP Sweeps Louisiana Runoffs
Dec06

GOP Sweeps Louisiana Runoffs

Not a huge shock but the Republicans have swept the Louisiana runoffs, defeating incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu and also carrying two house seats. This makes the new Senate 54R to 46D In the House the GOP will hold at least 246 seats, tying their 1947-49 figures. One seat in Arizona remains undecided due to a recount but the GOP is expected to win that seat and have 247 seats by...

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No Indictment In Furguson
Nov24

No Indictment In Furguson

Just breaking that the grand jury has voted not to indict I would hope we could all wait for the evidence to be released before reacting knee jerk but then I hope for a lot of things. Discuss...

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SNL Cold Open Takes On Executive Orders
Nov23

SNL Cold Open Takes On Executive Orders

Pretty funny regardless of how you feel on the issue Cold...

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Dad Sings and Signs to Daughter At Wedding
Nov14

Dad Sings and Signs to Daughter At Wedding

This is so sweet… no need to pretend there are onions, just enjoy the...

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Have Democrats Given Up On Louisiana ?
Nov06

Have Democrats Given Up On Louisiana ?

It looks like Democrats may have written off Louisiana and the December runoff. According the the article quoting inside sources the national party has largely cancelled ad buys of almost 2 million dollars. The consensus seems to be that since control of the Senate is decided and since incumbent Mary Landrieu will be a minority party member there is less chance of getting many donations to pay for the ads. The fact that she only got...

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Election News (UPDATED at 10:20 pm/1:20 am)
Nov04

Election News (UPDATED at 10:20 pm/1:20 am)

This will be our quasi official election post. I’ll do my best to keep things updated as late as possible A quick observation in flipping between the 3 news networks (Fox/CNN/MSNBC) is to see how on Fox they are quasi overtly rooting for the GOP, on MSNBC they are doing so for the Democrats and CNN is actually fairly neutral. For some really cool election nerd coverage check out CNN Election Wall A little factoid on the Senate....

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Mitch McConnell Wins
Nov04

Mitch McConnell Wins

Well so much for the big race in Kentucky. As soon as the polls close all the networks call the race for Senator Mitch...

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Why Are We Voting Today ?
Nov04

Why Are We Voting Today ?

As we all head to the polls, I thought it might be interesting to review exactly why we are voting today. By that I mean, why is it that our national elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November ? Well, it may interest you to know that, for the first 50 plus years of our nation, there was no uniform Election Day. The only requirement with regard to Presidential voting was that it occur during a 32 day...

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Senate Trivia
Nov03

Senate Trivia

Here is a nerdy little factoid about the Senate elections tomorrow: As best as I can tell there are currently 3 US Senate seats with a perfect partisan record in popular elections. That is to say since popular elections for Senators began 100 yrs ago they have elected the same party every time (in all 3 cases Democrats) All 3 of those seats are up tomorrow One is in Hawaii and that record will be kept intact. One is in Montana and...

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Senate Scenario
Nov03

Senate Scenario

Here is something fun to ponder In the race for the US Senate it is entirely plausible that we could end up on Monday morning with the race tied 49-49 with 2 seats undecided Both Louisiana and Georgia require 50% majority or there is a runoff Louisiana’s would be in December. Georgia’s would not be until January 6th (a special day indeed). Imagine the GOP wins Louisiana so Georgia is the deciding seat And imagine the...

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Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama
Sep11

Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama

Given how much Matthews has supported the President it’s a bit of a blow to his...

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Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)
Sep10

Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)

Click here to learn more President Obama spoke this evening about plans for dealing with ISIL (or ISIS) and to be honest really didn’t say a lot new. This would have been the case with any President speaking so it’s not a condemnation of him. Indeed I am not sure we *need* all kinds of details. There is such a thing as need to know. Basically we’re going to work together to stop ISIS/ISIL This would include air...

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Be Happy
Aug23

Be Happy

A pretty fun video but more importantly a solid message Yes we all have things in our lives we don’t like. We have stress, worry, those unhappy moods that pop up. But most of us *can* choose to be happy. So make the choice… lighten up…. smile and laugh… do something silly with someone you care about or do something nice to a total stranger. It may not solve all your problems, but will it make them worse ?? Post...

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We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression
Aug12

We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression

Yesterday brought us the shocking news of the death of Robin Williams, most likely the result of suicide. As much as we should mourn this loss we must see to it that there is something to be learned by it. By all accounts Williams felt he had no real options, no place to go, no ability to speak openly about his problems. He tried but never managed to be comfortable in making the full move. One of the few remaining stigmas in our...

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Robin Williams Dead At 63
Aug11

Robin Williams Dead At 63

Just breaking this afternoon that actor Robin Williams has been found dead at the age of 63. Initial reports say authorities are looking at the death as a possible...

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