They really are the Totalitarian Party
Democrats in Oregon are pushing legislation that not only bans guns but allows warrantless searches of your home by government officials.
Oregon Firearms reported:
Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that.
Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms. Among the Senators is, of course, Ginny Burdick, who claimed on Wednesday “that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following the December shootings at the Clackamas Mall.” The other sponsors are:
Representatives BAILEY, BUCKLEY, DEMBROW, FREDERICK, READ, REARDON, TOMEI, Senators , DINGFELDER, HASS, MONNES- ANDERSON, MONROE, SHIELDS, STEINER- HAYWARD.
HB 3200 not only bans most modern guns and magazines, it allows warrantless searches of your home, requires background checks and registration for a firearm you already own and as-of-yet undefined storage requirements. We say “a firearm” because even if you comply with the restrictions in this bill you may still only own one.
I never want to hear anyone say we should not call Democrats Marxists.
It seems that despite their cloaking themselves in choice, they wish to deny us most choices in life. Like who we do business with
Thought crimes vs. the First Amendment in Oregon (via The Blaze)
(KGW) The Oregon Department of Justice is looking into a complaint that a Gresham bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage.
It started on Jan. 17 when a mother and daughter showed up at Sweet Cakes by Melissa looking for the perfect wedding cake.
“My first question is what’s the wedding date,” said owner Aaron Klein. “My next question is bride and groom’s name … the girl giggled a little bit and said it’s two brides.”
Klein apologized to the women and told them he and his wife do not make cakes for same-sex marriages. Klein said the women were disgusted and walked out.
“I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,” said Klein. “A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife … that to me is the beginning of marriage.”
The charge would be for discrimination in a public place under ORS 659a.403. Looking at the entire portion of ORS 659a, civil penalites can be assessed at up to $1,000 (659a.855). The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries can also forced the defendant to cease and desist. Furthermore, the defendant isn’t entitled to a trial by jury in front of his/her peers, but instead must face a tribunal of Bureau of Labor employees.
My first thought is this. If a business snubs you, leave and do not go back. You have every right to not shop anywhere you choose. But, businesses also should possess the right to REFUSE to do business with you.
My second thought is that this is a trend we will see increased. The goal here is not acceptance or tolerance. It is Statism and control of thought and speech.
My third thought is that if this were my bakery, I would have taken the business and baked them whatever cake they wanted, but that is me. In a free country we should all be able to make the choice for ourselves. But, of course, to the Left, freedom is a bad thing because some people use their freedom to do or say things the Left disagrees with. And that is something the tolerant Left simply cannot tolerate.
The Delusional Left refuses to live in the real world. They are screaming to ban handguns, assault weapons because a 20-year-old psycho, who cannot legally have handguns murdered his mother, stole her guns, and slaughtered 20 children? The Left wants more gun control even though Connecticut has very strict gun laws already. Laws that did nothing to stop the killer. Killers like this walk through laws and go on killing sprees, largely because the left has defined schools as “gun free zones” as if a sign will stop a mass murderer. But, who are they seeking to disarm here?
In last week’s mall shooting in Oregon, the mall was also super safe because it is a gun free zone by the way, a hero with a concealed carry permit helped stop the shooter and saved lives. Why would the Left wish to disarm him?
The shooting last week at the mall in Clackamas, Oregon has been overshadowed by the tragedy that unfolded Friday morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. In Oregon two innocent human beings lost their lives, but perhaps the carnage would have been worse if not for Nick Meli, who has a concealed carry permit and was in the mall when the gunman opened fire. Meli pulled his weapon, but did not shoot the gunman because there were bystanders who could have been injured. The gunman saw Meli, an armed citizen, and rather than shoot more innocents he pointed his weapon at himself.
“He was working on his rifle,” said Meli. ”He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side.”
The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter.
“As I was going down to pull, I saw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and I knew if I fired and missed, I could hit them,” he said.
Meli took cover inside a nearby store. He never pulled the trigger. He stands by that decision.
“I’m not beating myself up cause I didn’t shoot him,” said Meli. “I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.”
Tens of thousands of Americans use guns every year to defend themselves, the lowest estimate shows that 274 Americans per day act heroically BECAUSE they are armed, but the Left wishes to disarm them? Of course, the Left insists that this is the only way, and the Left are the geniuses behind gun free zones, right? Certainly the Left cringes when anyone suggests armed security in schools, or allowing teachers with concealed carry permits have guns in school. And again, Sandy Hook Elementary, a gun free zone, became a killing zone Friday. And one very heroic woman, the school principal sacrificed herself by charging the gunman. What if this woman had a gun?
Town officials in Connecticut say the principal who died in the rampage at an elementary school was killed while lunging at the gunman as she tried to overtake him.
Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday’s massacre in Newtown. Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien says administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school and ran toward them.
Perhaps this woman, this hero would have chosen not to carry, but if she had, certainly she would have a much better chance against the shooter. But, again, any choice she would have made was negated by the gun free zone nonsense. Also note that if armed security had been in place the shooter would have been dead before he was able to force his way into the school. But, all of that matters not to the Left. All they can do is blame guns, and law-abiding gun owners. If the Left truly wants to point fingers they ought to go look into a mirror.
Good Freaking Grief. Does our media have ANY sense of standards anymore. The Lonely Conservative thinks not
In Michigan the union goons knocked down tents with people inside, destroyed a hot dog vendor’s table while shouting racial epithets, and pounded on the head of a conservative commentator. So, how did the media report things? The protest was “mostly peaceful.”
We’ve been using that “mostly peaceful” gag for some time now, usually stemming from the violent Occupy rallies in 2011. Of course any time leftists agitators erupt into violence,–which is pretty much any time they get together–invariably there’s always some lamestream media outlet that calls the violence mostly peaceful.
Yes, and yesterday was a mostly peaceful day at that mall in Oregon until a madman opened fire.
Of course, if there had been Tea Party rallies in Michigan, the media narrative would have been very different.
ROSE BOWL – 01/01/13 (5pm ET)
Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Stanford Cardinal – W
ORANGE BOWL – 01/01/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida State vs. Northern Illinois
Florida State Seminoles – W
SUGAR BOWL – 01/02/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida vs. Louisville
Florida Gators – L
FIESTA BOWL – 01/03/13 (8:30pm ET)
Kansas State vs. Oregon
Oregon Ducks – W
Note: the Fiesta Bowl is one of many useless bowl game concepts that should never have been realized, but because the teams playing in it this year are among the top five teams in the country, I decided to include it in my list of bowl games that actually matter.
COTTON BOWL – 01/04/13 (8pm ET)
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Texas A&M Aggies – W
BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – 01/07/13 (8:30pm ET)
Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ed’s list of college football bowl games that almost matter.
ALAMO BOWL – 12/29/12 (6:45pm ET)
Texas vs. Oregon State
SUN BOWL – 12/31/12 (2pm ET)
Georgia Tech vs. USC
CHICK-FIL-A BOWL – 12/31/12 (7:30pm ET)
LSU vs. Clemson
GATOR BOWL – 01/01/13 (12pm ET)
Mississippi State vs. Northwestern
CAPITAL ONE BOWL – 01/01/13 (1pm ET)
Georgia vs. Nebraska
Ed’s top ten list of the dumbest-named college football bowl games… in no particular order.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
You might wonder what a story about liquor in Washington state have to do with Liberals and their grasp, or lack thereof, of the free market. Well, this story I found at Weasel Zippers will help fill in the blank
Idaho state liquor officials say Washington’s newly privatized liquor market is giving a boost to Idaho’s already-rising liquor sales.
The surge in Idaho border-store sales mirrors a surge in Oregon, where sales near the Washington border rose 35 percent in June, bringing Oregon $870,000 more than usual. That’s just a hair more than Idaho’s border-store sales increase last month. Oregon, like Idaho, has a state-run liquor market.
Washington voters last year approved privatization of the state’s liquor business, opening up liquor sales to grocery stores and other retailers. That came with a new 10 percent distributor fee plus a 17 percent retail fee to replace money the state lost when it shut down its state-run liquor stores. The result was higher prices for consumers at many retail outlets.
Idaho sold about $153.6 million worth of booze in the 2012 fiscal year that ended June 30. That was the equivalent of 968,000 cases of a dozen 750-milliliter bottles and a one-year rise of 6.7 percent, said Jeff Anderson, who heads the State Liquor Division.
The state broke its record for net income on liquor sales, earning $55.5 million or about 10 percent more than in fiscal 2011. That’s partly because people paid more for each bottle, “trading up to premium and super-premium products,” Anderson said.
But it’s also likely because of Washington shoppers driving across the border for lower prices. The eight Idaho-run stores near Washington sold about 33 percent more liquor in June than the same month last year, Anderson said. The state’s overall June sales were 14 percent higher.
Yes, Washington voters moved to privatize the booze business, but the state popped those fees, 10% on distributors and 17% on retailers. Those costs were passed on to consumers. Those consumers sought out their products at cheaper prices, and Washington state is losing revenue. Of course, the state could cut those taxes and more folks would be in state. This is what the Left does not get. As one commentor at Weasel Zippers put it “if you tax it they will flee”.
With jobless rates still running between eight and nine percent, nearly 200,000 Oregonians are out of work and collecting unemployment benefits.
It also turns out that some of those people are wanted by police and prosecutors, and they’re still collecting taxpayers-funded pay every week.
KATU Investigative Reporter Thom Jensen spoke with one woman who said a system that pays known fugitives while they are on the run from the law is a broken system.
“You trust in the system to go and help you and to see that they’re not doing much to help your case… it bothers me a lot,” Maggie said.
Maggie is not her real name, but KATU agreed to conceal her identity to protect her daughter.
Salem Police and the Marion County District Attorney’s office say a man named Gabriel Diaz repeatedly sexually assaulted Maggie’s daughter in 2010.
Diaz never showed up for his trial in January and he has been on the run from justice ever since.
Despite his fugitive status, Diaz is still collecting unemployment pay of $342 each week. That’s nearly $18,000 a year.
Public records show dozens of $342 payments to Diaz over the course of a year.
A spokesman for the Oregon Employment Division says he can’t talk specifically about Diaz’s unemployment benefits.
“The only people that we can talk to about a claim is the claimant themselves,” Craig Spivey told KATU.
But that is not entirely true.
Spivey admits the Employment Division can talk to police about Diaz, because Diaz is a fugitive.
It’s up to police or prosecutors to ask for unemployment benefit information from the division and neither the Salem Police Department nor the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested information on Diaz.
Spivey said he is not surprised because law enforcement agencies rarely request the information on wanted people.
“We may get one or two requests a year for information from a law enforcement agency,” he said.
A spokesman for the Salem Police Department would not comment specifically on the Diaz case either. He said the unemployment benefit request is just one tool among many a police department can use to locate fugitives.
Lt. Dave Okada said the department put Diaz on its “10 most wanted” list with his picture on wanted posters around the Salem area.
He said the wanted posters are one of the most effective tools the department uses.
“We’ve had about 94 people featured and I think 67 have been captured,” Okada said.
Even if investigators do request the unemployment data, it doesn’t guarantee they’ll find a lead on Diaz.
Most unemployment recipients in Oregon receive their weekly payments with direct deposits in the state’s ReliaCard system. Fugitives who use the ReliaCard are difficult to track because they can get their money at ATMs anywhere.
Maggie said that might be, but she wants the police and prosecutors to ask for the information anyway and try to use it to find Diaz.
“I just want justice. I just want to be able to sleep at night and for my daughter to be able to sleep,” she said. “Our tax dollars are paying for him to be out on the streets.”
And, Maggie said, as long as Diaz is on the streets and collecting taxpayer-funded pay from the state, she and her daughter will suffer.
She argued that at the very least, police should go after information showing which ATMs Diaz uses most frequently.
“I think they should subpoena it and find out where he’s at and where he’s using that card,” she said.
From Oregon comes an unbelievably inane story about just how incompetent big government can be. Via Hot Air
The Institute for Justice will fight another interesting case on business licensing, this time in Oregon, where an 80-year-old barber with 50 years experience has been told he needs to go back to school to qualify for his license. Just as in the case of Louisiana casket makers and tour guides in Philadelphia and Washington DC, licensing laws that threaten to kill a 50-year small business demonstrates the unholy alliance between Big Business and Big Government at the state level:
Simply astounding isn’t it? Incompetence exemplified!