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AP Photo/Paula Bronstein Once upon a time, I thought of Oregon as a potential vacation destination. I like the ocean and Oregon has more than its share of stunning coastline. And there is something intriguing about the Pacific Northwest, an air of mystery and a “last frontier” kind of feeling (with apologies to Alaska). And I heard that Portland was quirky, artistic and fun, and I am drawn to places where people like to live life differently. I even investigated radio stations in Oregon thinking it might be nice to start a career there.
But at this point in the space-time continuum, I’m thankful that God chose not to answer that particular prayer for a variety of reasons—Portland, chief among them.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has announced that the city will no longer do business with the State of Texas and will ban city employees from traveling there. You know, the usual. The source of Wheeler’s high dudgeon? Texas’ abortion law, of course. A statement from the Portland City Council read in part: The Portland City Council stands unified in its belief that all people should have the right to choose if and when they carry a pregnancy and that the decisions they make are complex, difficult, and unique to their circumstances… This law rewards private individuals for exercising surveillance and control over others’ bodies. It violates the separation of church and state. And, it will force people to carry pregnancies against their will…Portland City Council stands with the people who may one day face difficult decisions about pregnancy, and we respect their right to make the best decision for themselves. Virtue signal noted. Thank you for playing. Moving on.
For my part, I was unaware that the Republic of Texas did much business with Portland, or that it even cares about a ban, for that matter. If someone in the Lonestar State is shedding tears and losing sleep at night over the cutting of diplomatic ties, maybe they should move to some other place. Like Portland.
But take heart, Portlanders (Portlandites? Portlandeers? Portlandians?)! There is plenty of good news to go around! […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
Those who have the means, PLEASE consider donating. We have the standard Giving Fuel option and people can donate through PayPal. We are also diving into what we believe is extremely disruptive technology at LetsGo.finance, the world’s first major donation portal for crypto. I’ll be talking a lot more about them in the near future. Those who prefer Bitcoin can send to my address here: 3A1ELVhGgrwrypwTJhPwnaTVGmuqyQrMB8
We can get the voices out there and we’re willing to shine a spotlight on new talent. We just need the resources to make it happen. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful.
Thank you and God bless!
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