Thanks, Ted. Maybe We Can Do YOU A Favor Sometime

New retirees will pay for old mistakes – OregonLive.com

About 200,000 Oregon public employees will get reduced pensions when they retire because the state has no other legal way to recover $800 million worth of overpayments made to about 38,000 former public employees who retired in 2001 through spring 2004, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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A state law passed in 2003 at the urging of Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who wanted to protect retirees from the impact of pension reform, means that current and future workers — not the retirees who were granted extra-large pensions — must bear the costs of those outsized pensions, Kantor ruled.

How about we arrange for those costs to be born by the members of PERS who are elected officials?

Us peons don’t have any say in this, but they do.

More Pro-Illegal Immigration Propaganda

Teen dreamed of being doctor until her secret got in the way

She can still be a doctor…in Mexico. We have Americans that want to be doctors too.

For immigrants, no papers, high tuition close college doors

If immigrants are not to be subject to the same requirements as everyone else, why have requirements at all.

How about we just allow anybody that shows up to enter college, regardless of whether they can pay, do the work or even speak English? What the hell, we don’t want to be racist, let’s offer that deal to anyone in the world.

That would be fair.

Federal Judge – Fish Come Before People

When it came to either killing fish or cutting off power to customers in the middle of a cold snap, BPA put the people first. The Federal Judge that is going to decide the question of who takes priority, fish or people, is not happy with that decision.

Customers, 1; fish, 0 – OregonLive.com

U.S. District Judge James Redden, who is overseeing the case, learned what happened only through an anonymous phone message left at his Portland chambers. He was upset, having already lost patience with repeated federal failures to address the damage dams do to salmon.

“Apparently, BPA’s sales commitments to customers always trump its obligation to protect (Endangered Species Act)-listed species,” Redden wrote in a stern order afterward. “This was a marketing error and ESA-listed fish paid the price. This, the law does not permit.

“Under the circumstances here, threatened and endangered species must come before power generation,” he wrote, ordering that from now on dams be operated with full salmon safeguards and he be notified of any deviations

That kind of gives an indication of the kind of decision we can expect from the judge.

When we start experiencing brown-outs because power generation has been cut to help the fish, can we make sure that the judge’s house is at the top of the list to be removed from the grid?

I wonder how many people will die from heat or cold related reasons because their power was cut? France killed in excess of 15.000 elderly people during a heat wave because they didn’t have A/C. We can get the same effect from cutting off the power for the A/C…and given our larger population we should have no problem exceeding their body count.

Do you think the judge is going to answer questions the day after that happens? Do you think the media is going to ask him?

Nah, me neither. It will all be the fault of the greedy power companies.

OK, But Let’s Not Confuse This With Actual Accomplishments

Senators votes to raise auto mileage rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate voted Thursday to require average fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon for new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs by 2020, raising efficiency standards that have not changed significantly for nearly two decades.

The fuel economy measure was added to a broad energy bill without a roll call vote even as senators were holding a news conference announcing the compromise.

If they really thought that this was something praiseworthy they would have allowed a Roll Call vote. The fact that they didn’t allows everyone to take credit if it works and avoid blame if it doesn’t. Senators like John Kerry can continue to be on both sides of the issue.

Not exactly bravely standing on principle, are they?

If the manufacturers can do it, OK. If they can’t, look for this to go the way of California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle mandate. When the manufacturers couldn’t meet that mandate by the deadline they went back and moved the deadline. In fact, I think they have moved the deadline a couple of times now.

Jimmy Carter – History’s Greatest Monster

Father of the Iranian revolution | Jerusalem Post

We just don’t get it. The Left in America is screaming to high heaven that the mess we are in in Iraq and the war on terrorism has been caused by the right-wing and that George W. Bush, the so-called “dim-witted cowboy,” has created the entire mess.

The truth is the entire nightmare can be traced back to the liberal democratic policies of the leftist Jimmy Carter, who created a firestorm that destabilized our greatest ally in the Muslim world, the shah of Iran, in favor of a religious fanatic, the ayatollah Khomeini.

Then Why Is “Diversity” Being Pushed?

More diversity, less trust – OregonLive.com

New research says the more racially or ethnically diverse the community, the less people trust one another. That holds true for trust among groups as well as within them. So whites in diverse communities distrust whites as well as Latinos, blacks and Asians.

The study seems to give weight to the position that separation works better than “diversity”.