“The Federal Government is not supposed to be a drive-thru social services agency where every State and millions of Americans pull up to the government window and load up with all kinds of Federal freebies.”
Law of the Sea Treaty
Thirty four United States Republican Sentors have declared themselves opposed to the United Nation’s Law of the Sea Treaty. But there are still ten others who have not. Republicans need to present a unanimous front! We need unanimity here so that when we beat this New World Order Treaty down ….we defeat it so clearly, that the Democrats never even think of trying to bring it back in a future administration. IT MUST BE A HUMILIATING DEFEAT FOR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!
The lesson we need to learn from this is that in order to get along with the rest of the world WE DON’T NEED TO BEND OVER AND LET THEM KICK US IN THE BACK SIDE….And we don't need to bend over backwards either. We don’t need to surrender any more of our diminishing American national sovereignty in order to get along with the rest of the world! We just need to be a good neighbor. That’s all.
These 10 Republican Senators have yet to oppose the "LOST" (Treaty). They will remain in office beyond the next election. Richard Lugar, Olympia Snowe, and Kay Bailey Hutchinson also have not declared their opposition to the Law of the Sea Treat, but they are retiring this year.
Please be sure to call these Senators and let them know that you are opposed to "LOST", particularly if any of these are your Senators. And remember their names, the next time they're up for a challenge in the Republican Primary. They need to be replaced!
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There is a debate currently raging on Capitol Hill regarding the protection of intellectual property rights, and the so called theft of intellectual property by rogue websites, and foreign manufacturers of knockoff products, that offer products for sale, without paying any royalties to their authors and inventors for their writings and discoveries. There are two Bills working their way through Congress. They are: SB 968 (PIPA) The Protect Intellectual Property Act and HR 3261 (SOPA) The Stop On Line Piracy Act. They are currently still in committee being marked up with amendments. They are concurrent versions of the same Bill, which seeks to offer a legal remedy for the threat posed to American intellectual property rights, that is authorized and protected by our Constitution under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8.
It remains to be seen whether or not either of these Bills in their present form will ever make it out of committee. Certainly something needs to be done to protect American intellectual property rights! I think I heard that Wikipedia is going to shut down for a day to protest these Bills in any form! Congressman Darryl Issa is opposed to HR 3261, and he has introduced his own Bill in the House. It is called, The On-Line Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act, the OPEN Act, which he believes is a better solution to the problem of internet piracy. Call your Congressman and Senators today and let them know that something at least needs to be done to protect American intellectual property rights! To quote a friend of mine, “The dad gum movie industry, which is behind this, is just unhappy with their declining box office receipts. A much better solution would be for them to just make better movies!” - Thom Harrison
Oregon HB 4111
Dateline: February 20th, 2012
|House Bill 4111: This reform Bill is the culmination of a fifteen year long struggle to correct a terrible injustice that was committed in the name of all Oregonians to two of our senior citizens in Lane County, Jack and Betty Neely, who were 77 years old and 66 years old respectively when they had their family home foreclosed on and sold for the exact amount of an unpaid sewer lien, which they refused to pay in 1995. They stood opposed to the juggernaut of urban development and annexation in Eugene. Their home on Horn Lane in the River Road area just west of Eugene, and in the path of Eugene’s urban growth boundary was foreclosed on and sold for $7411, after a long legal battle with the City of Eugene which the Neely’s lost. Their house was appraised at just under $70,000, but it was sold for exactly $7,411. That was back in 1995.
Jack and Betty Neely paid dearly for standing on their principles. They paid dearly for standing up to Eugene’s over aggressive land use planning goals, and for their refusal to pay the original $5000 sewer assessment. The Neely’s paid over $70,000 worth of fines, and Jack Neely paid with his life. He died of a heart attack, one month after the forced sale of his house and his eviction by the Lane County Sheriff. That was after a five year long legal battle that left both he and his sister penniless and homeless. Jack Neely died of a broken heart, which was precipitated by that legal battle. He was discouraged, disillusioned, and beaten down at the time of his death. That’s what the autopsy report did not say!
The correct language of ORS 223.525 subsection 1 should have read:
There is often a substantial difference between real market value and total assessed value. It is not clear who actually inserted the words total assessed value into the Bill, or at whose request it was put there, but the League of Oregon Cities, opposed my request to substitute the words [real market value] for the current language in the Bill [total assessed value]. What possible good reason could they have for opposing the correction? I’ll leave you to figure that out for yourselves.
I have assurances that in the next legislative session that the House will revisit this issue, and attempt to correct the defect in the current language of the Bill, nevertheless it is still a great moral victory for all Oregonians of good conscience, and a huge improvement over what the law currently is.
Now is the time to call Governor Kitzhaber's office at 503-378-3111 and urge him not to sign Oregon House Bill 3543. This bill repeals the kicker check refunds! It is our money that they over appropriated, which they are now claiming it is too costly to return to us! They are nibbling away at our Oregon Constitutionally protected kicker check refunds without allowing us to vote on it! They have no business keeping excess money that they shouldn't have collected in the first place, and they also have no business now claiming that it is too costly to return to us! Our money should NOT be kept by the State and used as a future tax credit! Some people might not owe any tax next year! Others might have moved out of the State. Still others might not even be alive next year! Meanwhile, it is OUR MONEY! WE should be earning interest on it, not Salem! They erred in collecting it, and they erred once again in not returning to us the overpayment! Call now and urge the Governor not to sign Oregon House Bill 3543. The Governor's phone number is: 503-378-3111.
Bill signed by the Governor on June 9, 2011.
West Eugene EmX
From EmX Concerned Citizens to our publicly elected, appointed and charged officials
So now there is another period of public comment for the residents of Eugene to weigh in on the building of the controversial West Eugene EmX. This public comment period will last for forty five days. May I ask why the authorities even bother? You already know what the results are going to be. You already know how the public feels about the EmX running down 6th and 7th Streets, and West 11th Avenue. The majority of the people who care about this are strongly opposed to it. And many others are not even interested at all.
That is what your $30,000 survey conducted by DHM Research indicated two months ago. That is what the Register Guard Editorial staff wrote in their March 28th, 2012 Editorial entitled, “Not a Vote of Confidence”. They said you didn't have a mandate to proceed forward with the construction! There have been at least two other times during this long drawn out process in which the public was allowed to comment and you know exactly how the public weighed in each time. You already know that the interested residents of Eugene are primarily opposed to extending the Emx into West Eugene, and you know why too.
It is a violation of private property rights to force an unwilling landowner to do something with his property that he does not want to do unless there is an overriding public interest that necessitates it! And just for that purpose and that purpose alone there is the recourse provided for by Eminent Domain. But Eminent Domain should not be abused. The Little green money sucking bus is no such overriding public interest, and if it wasn’t for the 100 million dollars of so called “free Federal Transportation dollars”, no one at LTD would even be considering this hair brained scheme in the first place! We already have buses that service West Eugene.
Have you not heard? The United States Federal Government is broke! We are $16 trillion dollars in debt right now! When the Titanic is sinking, it is not the correct time to be loading more ballast on board! Yet you keep plodding ahead with your government boondoggle and with more of your unwanted so called “progress” and more costly studies. Rather you should all be ashamed of yourselves for your misappropriation of public funds and breach of public trust.
|Eugene City Councilors||Phone||Fax|
|Kitty Piercy (Mayor)||541-682-5010||541-682-5414||Kitty.Piercy@ci.eugene.or.us|
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