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Quakes in Oregon, Friday

map 2.3 2007/07/27 11:38:38 45.356N 122.796W 23.1 3 km ( 2 mi) SW of Tualatin, OR

map 1.7 2007/07/27 11:28:41 43.642N 123.318W 13.4 2 km ( 1 mi) S of Drain, OR


Two, Four Eight Offshore Oregon

MAP 4.1 2007/07/27 03:03:00 44.539 -130.215 10.0 OFF THE COAST OF OREGON

MAP 3.9 2007/07/27 02:07:51 44.515 -130.340 10.0 OFF THE COAST OF OREGON

MAP 4.7 2007/07/27 01:45:27 44.510 -129.691 10.0 OFF THE COAST OF OREGON

MAP 4.7 2007/07/27 01:37:48 44.388 -129.451 10.0 OFF THE COAST OF OREGON

# 444 km (276 miles) W (275°) from Yachats, OR
# 446 km (277 miles) W (268°) from Depoe Bay, OR
# 447 km (278 miles) W (270°) from Newport, OR
# 526 km (327 miles) W (278°) from Eugene, OR
# 565 km (351 miles) W (261°) from Portland, OR

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We now in two days have a total of EIGHT quakes offshore Oregon, with this being the latest:

MAP 4.9 2007/07/28 00:30:29 44.597 -129.803 10.0 OFF THE COAST OF OREGON

A News Junkie’s Day

If you are a news junkie, this is one busy day. Forget for a moment the falling market, USD, gold and interest rates and rising oil prices. John Mauldin has a piece from George Friedman at Stratfor and NewsMax has a piece about Giuliani adding hawks to his staff.

First, Stratfor. A look back at elections since Truman, shows senators do not win, governors win. It shows Democrats win only with candidates from the south and Republicans win only with a candidate from one of the big states of California or Texas. Both lose when the Democrats choose a candidate from the north or north east. Republicans lose with candidates from the midwest and do not nominate those from the northeast. This time, unless Ron Paul performs a miracle, it looks like it will be a senator from the north or northeast vs a Republican from the northeast. The unpredictablity of the future policies of the candidates help President Bush with our foreign adversaries because he is a known quantity even though he should be a lame duck.

Second, Guiliani. NewsMax says that the G man has hired “Middle East Hawks – including one who urges a U.S. military strike on Iran.”

* Norman Podhoretz, former editor-in-chief at Commentary magazine, supports the war and says a military confrontation with Iran is inevitable.

* Charles Hill, his chief foreign policy adviser who once served as political counselor to the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.

* Martin Kramer, an expert on Islam at Harvard University and a fellow with the Jerusalem-based Shalem Center.

* Ben Chouake, head of the pro-Israel political action committee Norpac

When 9-11 happened, I said we are at war. The war has taken a lot of twists and turns, a lot of ebbs and flows, since then, but nothing has changed my initial analysis. The puzzle has been the lack of evidence of that war on the general population here in the US. If Bush attacks Iran in the next 18 months, one candidate looks prepared.

John Mauldin
George Friedman

2.5 in Oregon

map 2.5 2007/07/26 14:16:00 42.397N 121.489W 9.0 23 km (14 mi) NNW of Bonanza, OR


A Judge Says No!

It’s just amazing! In Portland, OR. ex-Chief of Police and now Mayor refuses to support federal immigration laws. Nationally, communities wanting to deal with the 12 million illegal alien problem have passed immigration laws that mirror federal laws. Now a judge declares those laws unconstitutional:

A federal judge on Thursday struck down as “unconstitutional” a local law designed to crack down on illegal immigration, dealing a blow to similar laws passed by dozens of towns and cities across the United States.

U.S. District Judge James Munley said Hazleton, in northeastern Pennsylvania, was not titled to implement a law that would impose fines on businesses that hire illegal immigrants and penalize landlords who rent rooms to them.

Why don’t we just open our borders to everyone who shows up?

Oh, right, we already have!

Illegal Aliens Immigration Mover Mike

City Council on Stabilizing Schools

Some might argue that the reason only 50% of graduating seniors in Portland meet state proficiency standards is lack of money. Others blame the unions. I read in The Oregonian this morning that City cash proposed to stabilize schools.

The City Council on Wednesday got its first look at a $1.6 million plan aimed at balancing school enrollment by helping families continue to live in neighborhoods that are gentrifying around them, while at the same time helping local schools attract and retain wealthier newcomers.The package includes rental assistance, gap mortgages and a large chunk for grants to parent and neighborhood groups. (My Emphasis)

Now where in the Sam Hill did the Portland City Council and Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten get the authority to use city money for these kind of activities?

The article says that in the last decade enrollment has declined by 11,000 students and cost the district $60 million. It further states that “…higher-income families moving into close-in neighborhoods frequently ship their kids off to private schools.”

Maybe, the city should stop their socialist activities and tell the schools to get their house in order and start educating the kids. Why else would you spend money to send your kids to a private school? And while we are on the subject, where do the teachers send their kids?

Portland Public Schools

Jeff Merkley for Senate?

Willamette Week is writing that

Three highly-placed Democratic sources tell WW that House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D-Portland) has decided to run in next May’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

Heavily democratic Portland, which went 70+% for Kerry, could be a real asset for Merkley. Right now Sen. Smith may be making some frantic phone calls.

Jeff Merkley

Ooooh, Good One!

Speaking of (sharp intake of breath) global warming, here’s a great question from Investors.com:

A private firm’s downgrade of its hurricane forecast raises an obvious question: If scientists can’t get near-future projections in a limited area right, how can they predict the climate decades from now?


Mountrath Hail Storm

Mountrath is a small town in County Laois midway between Dublin and Limerick.

Shortly after 5pm the city, Mountrath, was hit by a freak hail storm that had many homes and businesses under water within minutes.[…]

“One minute there was a huge bang and then the hail started to fall,” said one elderly lady. “I heard the noise on my roof and honesty I didn’t know what was happening. It was like the end of the world.”

The weather seems freaky this year! Maybe, it’s, sharp intake of breathe, global warming!



Trouble for Eminent Domain in NC

North Carolina’s House passed an eminent domain bill by a vote of 104-15. The bill HR 878 has this language and would amend the state’s constitution:

Private property shall not be taken except for a public use, including preservation for that use. Public use does not include the taking of property for the purpose of thereafter conveying an interest in the property to a third party for economic development. This paragraph does not apply to the taking of blighted properties as defined by general law, nor to takings for access by the owner to property. As used in this paragraph, blight includes only the physical condition of the property taken.

(My emphasis)

Just compensation shall be paid and, if demanded by the owner, shall be determined by a jury.”

To be sure, there are a lot of weasel words that can have a variety of definitions, but its intent is to preserve property rights in the state. It was sent to the Senate where it was referred to the Ways and Means Committee, a convenient place where bills are sent to die. Now with the General Assembly near its end, the bill’s proponents want it brought to the senate floor.

Sen. Charlie Dannelly, the committee chairman, D-Mecklenburg, said Tuesday he wouldn’t know the bill’s fate until the committee meets. Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, who as Senate Rules Committee chairman controls the flow of legislation in the chamber, questioned whether the amendment was necessary: “I’m not aware that eminent domain has ever been abused in North Carolina.”

Opponents argue that the amendment could discourage local governments from courting new businesses because it will be harder to accumulate large tracts of land. (My Emphasis)

That last sentence is exactly why many of us are against the Supreme Court decision on Kelo, and why we want specific protections written into the state constitutions. You can’t trust some politicians to put your property rights above private interests who dole out campaign dollars. North Carolina Democrats, supposedly the party of the people, should be ashamed for bottling up this bill!

HR 878

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