IT'S BEEN A DEADLY SUMMER IN PARTS OF OREGON AND WASHINGTON.. WITH *EIGHT* DROWNINGS REPORTED THIS MONTH ALONE.
RAFTING COMPANIES SAY SAFETY IS A TOP PRIORITY. EVERYONE ON THE RAFT HAS TO HAVE A LIFE JACKET AND A WHISTLE FOR EMERGENCIES. EXPERTS SAY PEOPLE ON THE RIVER SHOULD ALSO BE ADEQUATE SWIMMERS, BECAUSE BASIC SKILLS CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.. ON THE WATER.
JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO THEY SAY ROBBED ANOTHER MAN AT KNIFE-POINT ON THE BEAR CREEK GREENWAY.
IT HAPPENED MONDAY NIGHT JUST BEFORE TEN THIRTY. DEPUTIES SAY THE 69 YEAR OLD VICTIM WAS WALKING ON THE GREENWAY IN CENTRAL POINT WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED BY 37 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER DEVINE. DEPUTIES SAY DEVINE STOLE THE MAN'S CELL PHONE.. BY THREATENING HIM WITH A KNIFE.. THE VICTIM WAS NOT HURT. DEVINE IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS.. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S TIPLINE
OVERNIGHT, POLICE REPORT THE MEDFORD SUBWAY OFF CRATER LAKE WAS ROBBED...
OFFICERS SAY THE ALLEGED ROBBERS THREATENED WORKERS WITH SOME SORT OF SHARP INSTRUMENT, LIKE A KNIFE... AND RAN OFF WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. THE TWO ARE STILL AT LARGE.
THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY IS GEARING UP FOR WHAT'S EXPECTED TO BE A BUSY FIRE SEASON...
THEY RECEIVED A NEW HELICOPTER FRIDAY MORNING CONTRACTED OUT FROM A LOCAL COMPANY.. ODF WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF FOUR HELICOPTERS TO WORK WITH... TWO MORE WILL BE STATIONED AT THE CENTRAL POINT OFFICE AND ONE IN GRANTS PASS. THE MACHINES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR SPOTTING AND EVALUATING FIRE SIZE DURING THE INITIAL ATTACK.
A JOSEPHINE COUNTY WOMAN IS IN JAIL AFTER POLICE SAY SHE SHOT HER HUSBAND.
IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 10 SATURDAY NIGHT ON THE 400 BLOCK OF WATERS CREEK ROAD IN WILDERVILLE. OREGON STATE POLICE SAY THAT 35 YEAR OLD BETHANIE JONES OF WILDERVILLE SHOT HER HUSBAND IN THE LEG. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. JONES WAS ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE AND FOUR COUNTS OF RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING ANOTHER PERSON.
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DON'T CALL IT SOCIALISM.....
(it might hurt an American's feelings)
You could be forgiven for wanting to renounce your citizenship last night after watching Bill O'Reily's Talking Points. (thinking the country's freakin' ignorant and doomed) You see, Bill O'Reilly says "Obamacare is socialism", while former Prez drone Austan Goolsbee counters with "well you must believe Social Security and Medicare are socialism, too". Then Bill O replies with "Naw, they're not socialism, cuz' we all pay into the system".
C'mon...IT'S ALL SOCIALISM!!!
Just because you're required to "pay into the system" doesn't make it some free market plan. It's ALL been about income redistribution. Social Security, Medicare, all of it. Your payout isn't directly connected with how much you paid, there are no property rights in them, and there is no real capitalistic "there" there. (Not to mention that Congress, can, and does, change the rules whenever it wants)
Just because we've all been forced on the socialist dole, doesn't make it not socialism. I know we'd like to think it isn't the case, in order to "feel better" about it, but that's the truth of the matter.
For example: Older white women directly benefit more from the socialism security system. They live longer, and collect benefits for a much longer time, at the expense of those who don't live long enough to collect all they paid in. (quite often African American men)
You can say all the entitlements aren't perfect, or even that they've been a good thing, but don't kid yourself that we're "on the way to socialism". We're already there, and are merely arguing semantics.
The first step of fixing our "socialism problem" is to admit we already have one!
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