Archive for December 15th, 2010

December 15, 2010

Liberty Milestones: December 15, 1791 “Bill of Rights Day”

by lewwaters

Contributed by Rees Lloyd

The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights began in the First Amendment with five of the most important words ever writ to protect personal liberty and to expressly limit the power and scope of government: “Congress shall make no law….

Those five words of the First Amendment are but the first of the commands of the Bill of Rights to evidence that each amendment was intended by the Founding Fathers to expressly limit the central government’s powers, and to expressly protect the rights of individual citizens, and the States.

The question facing Americans of this generation is whether we will fight an expanding federal government, including the federal judiciary as well as Congress and the Executive Branch, to preserve and protect the rights of the Bill of Rights which are being eroded.

The First Amendment, after commanding that “Congress shall make no law,” expressly prohibit the federal government from adopting laws infringing on freedom of religion — through a prohibition against establishment of a national religion as had happened in England and European nations, and through an express guarantee of “free exercise” of religion; freedom of speech; freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully assemble and to petition for redress of grievances.

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December 15, 2010

$932,000 for Oregon State Investment Officers’ Bonuses?

by lewwaters

On the heels of the outrageous news of Clark County Commissioners set to receive wage increases and car allowance increases, we see the Oregon Treasury “seeking $932,000 from the Legislature’s Emergency Board to cover bonuses for 14 investment officers who oversee the state’s pension fund assets.”

Oregon is hovering near 10% unemployment and other state workers face layoffs, furloughs and benefit cuts.

The investment officers wages currently range from “$114,000 to $258,000, averaging $163,000.” The “performance-based” bonuses averaged $45,000.

Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls expressed concern “that the pension fund has lost billions during the past three years but the state is still handing out bonuses based on five-year returns.”

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December 15, 2010

Clark County Commissioners to Turn Down Wage and Car Allowance Increase

by lewwaters

No doubt reacting to a public outrage rarely seen today, all 3 County Commissioners, Steve Stuart, Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke have announced today that they will not accept the scheduled wage and car allowance increase mentioned HERE

The Columbian has the announcement HERE

Of note, after the increase was announced yesterday, over 100 comments have been posted on the papers website. Not one in support of the increase.

Citizens from all over the political spectrum, usually disagreeing on everything, came together in opposition and from what I hear, the county commissioners phone lines were lit up all day.

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December 15, 2010

“Flash Mob” Entertains Seattle Shoppers

by lewwaters

Story at Seattle Daily Weekly

It is Christmas, after all.