Christian family TV show faces battle with LGBT activists

Christian family TV show faces battle with LGBT activists

SAN JOSE, Cali.–

The Duggars, stars of “19 Kids and Counting,” and their network encountered pressure to cut their program over LGBT petition.

The Duggars are longtime advocates of traditional marriage and family values. Their network, TLC, has given them leeway in expressing their own views on these issues.

TLC received a petition from Change.org to cancel the show because of their views on the LGBT lifestyle.

“The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people. You need to take a stand on the side of justice and cancel their show,” said Jim Wissick on behalf of Change.org.

TLC has not yet commented, but season 9 of the Duggars’ program is currently airing.

Government revenue to be lower than predicted, watchdog group blames governor

Government revenue to be lower than predicted, watchdog group blames governor

SALEM, Ore.–

Revenue for the State of Oregon comes up lower than the government forecasted, and some critics see a trend.

“The state released it’s latest look into it’s crystal revenue forecast ball and once again the amount of money coming into the state or Oregon will be lower than predicted,” according to the Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation.

“It seems this is about all we have come to expect over the last few years as forecast after forecast has been wrong.”

The Foundation urged voters to watch the figures because, they argue, lowballing the forecast is a way employed to cover wasteful spending.

The Governor, however, told state agencies last week that the cuts come as the result of Oregon’s struggling economy.

Wyden pushes Oregon timber reform

Wyden pushes Oregon timber reform

WASHINGTON, DC.–

Oregon senior Senator Ron Wyden made his final push for Oregon timber policy reform before Republicans take control of the Senate in January.

The legislation would affect federal forest lands in Oregon touching eighteen of the state’s thirty-six counties. The Senator’s move came as the result of declining timber harvests in recent years.

The current version of the bill would have the potential to double the annual timber harvest in the 2.8 million acres affected. The bill would protect 1.6 million acres, but allow increased logging on the other 1.2 million.

Logging industry leaders argue that the business needs the legislation to open up the state’s resources. Wyden claims the bill would open 400 million board feet of lumber per year to harvest, doubling the current annual yield.

Environmental organizations expressed caution that the bill would leave natural resources too open to exploitation. President Obama has already threatened to veto a bill that reduces protection of the environment.

 

Voter stupidity remarks cause firestorm

Voter stupidity remarks cause firestorm

WASHINGTON, DC.–

Obamacare passed due to the “stupidity of the American voter,” said a leading Obama Administration consultant on in a video released this week.

Professor Jonathan Gruber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that “lack of transparency” helped the Affordable Care Act to pass, and expressly insulted the intelligence of the American voter.

As a consultant, Gruber helped to craft both the Massachusetts healthcare law and Obamacare. The videos in which he made these and other remarks remained secret until this week.

In separate videos, Gruber said the law’s passage relied on “basic exploitation of [voters’] lack of economic understanding,” and that Americans are “too stupid to understand” certain parts of the law’s tax scheme.

The release of these controversial videos quickly became a rallying point for Republicans. The Republican Party’s recent victories in the House and Senate left the Party in search of direction for the next two years.

Public shock at Gruber’s comments gave some conservatives in media the ammunition they need to blame the Obama Administration. Some predict that these comments will play a role in the eventual Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act after taking control of Congress.

Experimental pacemaker may change lives in the northwest

Experimental pacemaker may change lives in the northwest

PORTLAND, Ore.–

Patients in need of pacemakers know the difficulty of dealing with painful procedures and cumbersome medical hardware. But the future may hold open more options.

Last Thursday, St. Vincent Medical Center embarked on a medical experiment the first of its kind in the northwest.

Bill Pike, a 76-year-old patient who simply wanted life to go back to normal, needed a pacemaker. A lifelong outdoorsman, Pike spent nearly 25 years unable to enjoy his beloved activities of hiking and biking, due to a fluttering heart.

Instead of the traditional surgical process Pike expected, St. Vincent offered him an experimental alternative.

St. Vincent offered Pike a much smaller pacemaker. It is only one tenth the size of the pacemakers previously in use, and promises to improve the overall experience of its patients if successful.

The trial, scheduled to last about a year, will include up to 780 patients, both in the United States and Europe. Providence is the only trial site in the Northwest.