Planet Conservative: Sticks and Stones

Many of us in school were subject to some bullying, negative initiation, or hazing. It has been happening in American schools for years. It helps to make us stronger and prepare us for an adulthood of possible negative treatment. As the saying goes, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”, however, shouldn’t the name calling stop in high school? Apparently name calling is also a tool of some liberal progressives and Democrats when they hear something they don’t agree with….which is pretty much anything a conservative says. In today’s society the hypocrisy runs deep. If a liberal calls a Conservative a bad name or insults them in some way the common consensus seem to be “oh well”, “deal with it”, or “you are one, aren’t you?”. However when the reverse happens we hear them screaming “Racist”, “Bigot”, or “Homophobe”. In the recent past we have seen in the news and social media conflicts in our county regarding religious freedom, the death of people in a church that lead to hatred of an historic flag, and the unnecessary and unnatural transformation of Olympian Bruce Jenner from a man to a “woman”. The case of religious freedom, the first part of the 1st Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Despite the idea of the “separation of church and state”, which does not exist, the Constitution is very clear on religion in the United States. Religious freedom is protected by law. So even if a Christian business feels the need not take part in any way with a gay couple’s “marriage” ceremony, the couple should do the right and responsible thing and just find a business that will help them and not be vengeful. The left and GLT community seems to pride themselves on “love” only when it fits their needs. I’m not saying all the people in the GLT community are bad, it’s just the bad ones shine through and give the rest an unpleasant reputation. On June 17 2015 Dylann Roof killed nine people in a Bible study group in South Carolina. This was a particularly troubled young man. There is a photo of him holding the battle flag of the Virginia Confederate Army. The liberal media didn’t persecute him for illegally obtaining a weapon, taking illegally drugs or being mentally ill, they attacked the battle flag as a symbol of hate and racism despite the fact that many Americans of all colors respect the battle flag. They also attacked those who chose to embrace the flag for its historic and heritage value. As Protest Organizer, David Stone, once said “That flag has a lot of different meanings to a lot of different people. It doesn’t symbolize hate unless you think its hate – and that’s your problem, not mine.” From conception, we are predesigned to be a certain way. Either by genetics, or God’s plan (depending or your spiritual view, or lack thereof) we are meant to be a man or a woman, feminine or masculine. It is only by choice that a person attempts to change their gender.Many of us in school were subject to some bullying, negative initiation, or hazing. It has been happening in American schools for years. It helps to make us stronger and prepare us for an adulthood of possible negative treatment. As the saying goes, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”, however, shouldn’t the name calling stop in high school? Apparently name calling is also a tool of some liberal progressives and Democrats when they hear something they don’t agree with….which is pretty much anything a conservative says. Why an American athletic hero would want to defile the body that God gave him to make a small group of liberals happy is beyond my comprehension. What’s worse is people who praise Bruce Jenner will turn a careless blind eye to our brave wounded warriors of the military, and call Jenner a hero. That is purely pathetic. In my experience, name-calling is a result of a lost argument in a last ditch effort to win using emotions as a tool. I see this constantly in my “debates” with liberals, or “progressives” (as I understand they like to be called now), however, call insults “to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness”. I don’t know anyone who “hates” gays, black people, or immigrants, but if anyone speaks about many homosexuals, some blacks, or some immigrants in a way that might offend their delicate receptivity, they may get very bad names call at them, not matter what color the skin or the race. And just remember, sticks and stones my break your bones, but don’t let the words of a few thin-skinned people hurt you. I’m aware that some people have physical body parts that suggests that they may be bi, or trans-gender, however, an individual cannot successfully change their chemistry to be the opposite sex. Bruce Jenner is a gold medal-winning Olympian who made his country proud in The 1975 Olympic Games in Montreal and the Pan American Games in Mexico City by winning gold medals in the decathlon. In my experience, name-calling is a result of a lost argument in a last ditch effort to win using emotions as a tool. I see this constantly in my “debates” with liberals, or “progressives” (as I understand they like to be called now), however, call insults “to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness”. I don’t know anyone who “hates” gays, black people, or immigrants, but if anyone speaks about many homosexuals, some blacks, or some immigrants in a way that might offend their delicate receptivity, they may get very bad names call at them, no matter what color the skin or the race. And just remember, sticks and stones my break your bones, but don’t let the words of a few thin-skinned people hurt you.


Unequal Equalities

By Dale Hummel
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. These words are immortalized in our Declaration of Independence by our founding fathers. I believe, at the time the document was written, these words were meant to be taken figuratively even though women and black people were not treated equally. Today, however, our country has matured and grown into a country of tolerance, and acceptance. Today anyone can do most anything they wish and be whoever or whatever they want. That is not necessary a bad thing, except when what they want takes rights from someone else or when someone’s rights seem to be more important than others.
Today it appears as though those who have fought in the past for equality are still fighting. It seems as though the mindset now is the old adage of “too much is never enough”. “Civil rights” groups seem to have the idea that unless they get everything they want, and more, they are being discriminated against and they will either protest or sue to get what they want. To hell whether it is fair to anyone else. This has happened today, right under our noses.
As I recall, in the early-to-mid 90s there was a rash of law suits going on in relation to someone’s “civil rights” being “violated”. On November 21, 1991, Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1991. This seemed to open the doors for everyone and their third cousin twice removed to sue someone it they feel their “rights” were violated. This resulted in a wave of P.C. (political correctness) talk. It seemed everyone, mainly middle-aged men, were afraid to say anything for fear that someone would sue them for something they may or may not have said or did. This same consensus still exists today, even though the mentality of the average middle-age white guy has become much more accepted in the alternative lifestyles.
In its day, groups like the NAACP, (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), NOW (National Organization for Women) and others performed important functions that were necessary for the equal treatment of the American citizen. Unfortunately, these groups have grossly out grown their usefulness. There is even a group called the Congressional Black Caucus. There are congressional caucuses for Asians and Latinos but, strangely enough, there is no Congressional White Caucus. It this because if it were white it would be racist? The inequalities don’t end with race, people of faith, and those with conservative values also suffer from intolerance and prejudices.
Liberals and atheists seem to have a problem with people of faith exercising their 1st Amendment rights of religion. Weather it is a Christian bakery being forced by a bogus law to produce products that is against their religion, or the use of the ACLU(American Civil Liberties Union) to keep objects of faith off public grounds or prayer in schools. Even though our country was based on Christianity, too many seem to think that since they don’t choose to worship, or don’t approve of objects of faith in public, no one should see them.
I consider it fascinating, yet disturbing that a decision which is made by the people of Oregon that differs the liberal mind set they will warrant a call to a lawyer to have the ACLU to have it removed or changed, while those with the conservative mind set will actually petition to put the idea on the ballot to have it changed. But as we have seen, that doesn’t always work in Oregon. According to, Oregonians voted in 2004 to define marriage between on man and one woman, however, gay Judge Michael McShane “ruled” that the people’s decision was unconstitutional, and he struck down the decision of the people. Seems a little unfair, doesn’t it? So much for equality.
One of the biggest forms of inequality today seem to deal with race, usually between black and white. It puzzles me that when O.J. Simpson was acquitted and Michael Jackson was ruled innocent, we didn’t see whites, or any other race looting or destroying property. However, when the Michael Brown verdict was announced, Ferguson, Missouri burned in the name of race. From the videos I’ve seen, most of the protesters were black. For a group focusing on race, they were foolish enough to even burn the businesses owned by blacks. If a black cop shot and killed a white teenager do you think it would attract national attention?
The biggest perpetrators in today’s “race war” are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They made sure they were involved in the Travon Martin Shooting, and now they put themselves in the middle of the Mike Brown shooting. It is sad that the young Mr. Martin and Mr. Brown chose the life that would end in an early death, but what is even sadder is the people who choose to support racism to “honor” their death. Jackson and Sharpton should be ashamed of themselves to support such destruction and pain in a bad situation, and likewise, anyone who supports these two race-baiters should also be ashamed. Just days before the verdict, Police Officer Darren Wilson, who defended himself against Mike Brown, resigned from the police force in Ferguson, Missouri. Mr. Wilson accredited the resignation to avoid putting “the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk” according to The race baiters, including Brown’s parents, are only happy with legal decisions if they are in their favor.
We all want to be treated equally, unfortunately, we look at each other through the eyes of our own experience and prejudice. Even those who claim to be open to acceptance are not as open minded as they seem. If you asked a member of the liberal community what they thought of the Tea Party I’m sure it would be far less that favorable, and that would be considered acceptable, but if a Tea Party follower has a less than favorable view of liberals then he or she would be labeled a bigot, homophobe, racist, or a hater. Where is the equality there? We like to think of ourselves as open-minded and free from “hate”, but are we. From what I’ve seen in Oregon, Ferguson, Missouri, and all over the country, we are far from being “equal” and open towards others.,,

Conservative Corner- Lessons Learned from the Left


I have been writing this column since January of 2013, and during that time I have written on a variety of topics from gun control to abortion, to racism. With all the areas of interest I have covered I would like to extend a deep appreciation to the journalism instructor and Commuter adviser, Rob Priewe, for allowing me to write a conservative and politically/socially right-leaning column in a college publication that is usually moderate to left-leaning.
I would also like to extend gratitude to the editor and editors of the past year for carefully helping to edit my columns in a way that would get my conservative point across without looking like a total ass. And last, but certainly not least, I would like to extend a heart-felt “Thank you” to all the readers and those have written in comments to either the Commuter web page, or emailed the Commuter on what I have written about. Because of you, even though many have opposed my view, we, as a campus, have seen different sides of a multitude of different topics and have seen that there may be more than one side to every story. It’s trying to understand the stories and how different people view them that make us better people. There are people, however, that see things so differently one can only guess is they can ever see the other side. Here are a few things I have learned from the left and from liberals.
We all must learn to at least tolerate change, even though we may not agree with it.
As I have walked around campus, I have seen a huge plethora of personalities from the quite conservative and old fashioned, to the very modern and liberal. I have learned that these people look this way because they like to, and that is acceptable, but I’ve also learned that some liberals think that conservatives have to embrace it or face consequences. That’s where liberals get it wrong, conservative tolerate a great many things, but accepting them is not necessary. Liberals need be tolerant of other views, not just their own.
We need to be fair and try to see the other side.
I have had many people try to explain to me cases like immigration or the gay rights issue, why is it that if a person is against illegal immigration, they are labeled racists. If people are in favor of traditional marriage, then why are they labeled bigots and homophobes? Liberal aren’t always lenient.
The left has an unspoken hypocrisy
A Gresham bakery, Sweet Cakes by Mellissa, was closed down for refusing to violate their religious beliefs by not baking a cake for a gay wedding. Gay rights groups claimed the bakery’s refusal to bake the cake was illegal; however, there is a retirement community in Gresham, Rainbow Vista, that advertises specifically for the gay community.
According to, Oregon Admin Rule 839-005-0205 says “ A person may not…publish, circulate, issue or display…any communication, notice, advertisement, or sign of any kind whether oral, written or electronic, relating to the sale, rental or leasing of real property that indicates any preference based on sexual preference.” Looks like hypocrisy to me.
The left also seem to have issues with racism. When LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was penalized for comments he made in private the left praised his persecution, however, Al Sharpton has been making racist comments for years and he gets his own segment on MSNBC. More hypocrisy
The left also seem quite happy with allowing illegal immigrants to get free healthcare, food stamps and low cost housing, but they don’t seem to care much about the epidemic problem of our veterans who suffer with mental and physical issues, homelessness , and unemployment.
The left seems to have a very unhealthy relationship with the government. It seems as though the left believes that the government should control all portions of their life. Thomas Jefferson said “History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.” While Ronald Reagan once said “Man is not free unless government is limited.”
A limited government is at the heart of most, if not all conservatives and libertarians, unfortunately liberals seem to think that they are entitled to everything and it’s up to the government to provide it. As it has been said, a government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it all away.
As I take my leave, I would like to quote from two people.
Herb Shaindlin (1930-2008) was a long time Alaskan radio broadcaster who used to say “Everyone is entitled to my opinion”, while conservative radio talk show host and author Michael Savage commonly claims, “Liberalism is a mental disorder”



Conservative Corner- One Person, One Vote

Well, the primaries are over in Oregon and very soon there will be, once again, politicians and political volunteers pounding the pavement and knocking on doors to get your vote. No matter what your political affiliation or even whether you vote, voting is very serious.
We are indeed blessed to be living in a country where we can change things that we, as citizens, do not approve of. We do not need to worry about a king, dictator, or some in tyrannical power to tell us what we can or can’t do. If we do not like a politician, we can vote them out, if we do not like a law, we can change it, I we feel we need a special person in congress or the Whitehouse to help us with the kind of change that is needed, we vote for the person. Unfortunately, some groups and people feel so strongly about helping out their favorite candidates during a political campaign that they will do anything to get that person elected, even if it means committing voter fraud.
Voter fraud took place during both the 2008 and the 2012 presidential elections. One of the ways that voter fraud took place was through intimidation. According to a “uniformed member of the New Black Panther Party” posted himself at the entrance to a polling place in the 1200 block of Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential elections. The very same thing happened at the during the 2012 elections when reported that Malik Zulu Shabazz, national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, said in a radio interview that his racist group may deploy at voting booths in the November presidential elections, claiming such a move is needed to ensure there is no “intimidation against our people.”
Another kind of voter fraud that is now coming out into the open is voter registration of the dead. Even states that “more than 1.8 million dead people are currently registered to vote. And 24 million registrations are either invalid or inaccurate.” Voter fraud gets narrowed down even more when says “Dead people have long been a major Democratic constituency, given that Democrats mostly control the big cities where such voter fraud – and other types – tends to occur.” Using the dead to win elections, I’m sure, isn’t just a Democratic thing, it’s just the finger seems to be pointing their way.
A case of fraud that gained some national coverage was that of Melowese Richardson who was a poll worker and used her position to vote for Obama multiple times according to Richardson pleaded no contest to four counts of illegal voting in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and was charged her with voting for her sister, who is in a coma. Four other counts were dropped in exchange for Richardson’s plea. She has had past charges from witness harassment to theft to assault and told Judge Robert P. Ruehlman during her hearing “I take the law into my own hands. I do what I want.” How can we stop voter fraud and people like this from putting the wrong person into power? One way is using voter identification.
If everyone could prove who they were with a passport, driver’s license, or even a basic ID card, that would most likely keep illegals, the dead, and fraudulent people from voting multiple times. Apparently thinks that the idea of needing ID for voting is a form of suppression and even hints that needing ID is racist. Does that mean that it is also racist to need an ID for cashing a check, buying alcohol, renting a DVD or driving a vehicle? Obtaining an ID is actually quite simple.
From what tells us all we need is proof of your legal name, proof of your legal residence in the United States, your social security number and $44.50. Granted, that much money is hard to get some times, but in today’s world having an ID is a necessity.
Elections are an extremely important event. If the wrong people fraudulently get the wrong people into an elected office the effects can be disastrous. Let’s ensure that everyone gets one vote. Until we find a better system, voter ID is the best way to ensure there is no voter fraud and that each person gets only one vote for a fair election.,

Conservative Corner- Convenience or Mayhem From Above,

One of the issues that many in Western civilization face in the modern world is the lack of moderation when it comes to technology. Technology can indeed be a wonderful thing. We can now keep track of events around the world in real time, we can do research on any given topic from nearly anywhere in the world, and we can keep up with and play games with friends and family from the other side of the room or the other side of the planet. Unfortunately, too many people take the use of modern technology to far.
We have went from using our phones to make simple calls to use them to play games, take photos, browse the internet, and make calls. Those things aren’t necessarily bad, however, too many people seem to spend their lives glued to their devices and not making human contact.
A new technology is surfacing in the world of high tech, this new device is the unmanned wireless air craft known as drones. Like any other kind of tool, its popularity and success depends upon it use. Drones are being planned for commercial service. According to, Domino’s Pizza is in the process of using drones for delivery. Likewise, tells us that Amazon is planning to use drones to deliver packages that are 5 pounds or less in 30 minutes or less. Unfortunately, until the FAA approves the use of unmanned wireless air craft, you will just have to wait until at least Dec 31 of 2015 to have your new tablet and pizza to land on your door step by a drone.
One the other hand, as the science fiction movies and history has told us, big government will never pass up an opportunity to use technology against its own people to further an agenda. The proof that the Obama administration is targeting conservative groups is now overwhelming. tell us about of the IRS targeting right-leaning groups for IRS surveillance and monitoring websites, group activities, and any public information wherever it is available. It has also been documented that through “bad metadata’ innocent lives have been lost”.
I’m sure that the United States Government doesn’t want to target American citizens by using drones to search, locate, gather information and, if necessary, eliminate the possible hazard. The use of drones by the U.S. Government to locate threats to America is an idea most Americans can support, however, what would the government classify as threats to national security? tells us that Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech last year that American citizens who pose an “imminent threat of violent attack” may be targeted, although the “violent attack” isn’t specific. According to The Washington Times, the Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about “rightwing extremist activity” including those against Obama and disgruntled war veterans. Does this mean the Government will be using drones to locate and spy on and eliminate the “right-wing threat”?
Drones are not all bad. Like any other tool, it’s all how it’s used. Drones can also help police, guard the boarders, monitoring irrigation on farms, helping to sell real estate and locating lost hikers. Embracing technology, even for older people, can be and should be a good.
Drones can be a wonderful tool for convenience and information if we can just keep it that way. If drones are allowed to do quick delivery any one can get a fresh, hot pizza with 30 minutes without the delivery boy. As long as certain people in the government and companies can use drones safely and productively, we can experience the convenience and not the mayhem.

Conservative Corner- Battle for the Buzz-kill

Whether it’s the over the counter medication for a simple head cold, high potency prescriptions for illness and allergies, or illicit street drugs for a quick high, Americans seem to have felt the need to self-medicate themselves in order to cope with life’s problems. Many people require medication prescribed by their physician to live and enjoy a normal life; however, there are those people who claim to use some medications and illicit drugs for their “recreational” use.
Many of us have experience a time of “chemical experimentation”, and our youth may have enjoyed a few parties while being drunk and/or high. However, many of us have grown up, matured and no longer need the aid of recreational drugs. Unfortunately, the effects of overdoses have caused an increase in drug related deaths. According to in 2009 drugs surpassed auto accidents in causes of death. About 37,485 people nationally were killed due to drugs.
We all know drugs can, and do, destroy lifestyles and lives; in Clackamas County, drug deaths increased by 30 percent in 2013. tells us that even though heroin and cocaine use has somewhat declined, meth has gone up by 32 percent bring the death toll to 222 in Clackamas County alone.
How do we combat the chemical intrusion that kills so many people? That is a question, I believe, that has no easy answer. Unfortunately, we have been battling drug use and overdoes for quite some time. In the 1870’s the first laws were put into effect to control the use of opium, while the early 1900’s seen the first laws directed at cocaine use and marijuana laws first began enforcement in the 1910’s and 20’s.
In the 1960’s drugs became signs of youth, rebellion, social discontent and political protest. During this time the government stopped doing scientific research for medical safety efficacy according to In June 1971 President Nixon began the War on Drugs and increased the size of the federal drug control agencies.
President Ronald Reagan increased the offensive when he took office in 1981. His wife, Nancy Reagan, tried helping her husband by taking a major role with the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign. Even though Bill Clinton was for drug abuse treatment instead of imprisonment, he continued with the same drug war policies that Reagan used.
Trying to battle America’s use of drugs should still be an active program; unfortunately, we seem to be fighting this “war” the wrong way. tells us the United States Government has already spent $1 trillion since 1971 with little to show for it. We need to invest our resources in America’s addicted personalities and a media front about what drugs can do to you. Too many youngsters use drugs like a rite of passage. Many young people begin to smoke cigarettes to fit in to a group or to act older. We need to find a way to keep our young people from even wanting to try drugs. If the urge to use is taken away, perhaps the market will go as well.
As I understand some Libertarians want little, to no government intrusion into personal lives, including legalizing all drugs. I am all for limited government, but in my opinion the last thing we need is some moron loaded up on meth, marijuana and, heroin to go crashing into a busload of kindergarteners because his or her head was on the dark side of the moon because drugs were made legal.
Many people of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, have tried every combination of every drug has been used; the ones who grew up and matured either no longer use or use responsibly. Unfortunately, too many children of those years either never grew up, or have an addictive personality and should have never used drugs to begin with.
We should not pressure our law makers to legalize illicit drugs just to make more room in the prisons, instead we need to find out why people use in the first place and try to help them keep away from these addictive substances. We also need to get back to the preemies of the old saying, “This is your brain, and this is your brain on drugs, any questions?” If we can work with the addicted and work to keep kids off drugs, maybe we can make the buzz-kill of drugs complete.,

Conservative Corner- Enviro-Mental Health

Some of us may know the extreme pleasure of waking up early on a beautiful sun-drenched morning while sipping on a comforting beverage and gazing pleasantly on a bubbling creek, calm lake, or gently whispering ocean while birds sing with glee. Our planet is indeed a beautiful place full of wonder and visual majesty. Taking care of our planet is indeed an important task, most any conservative will tell you that, however, there are those that go too far in their attempt to try and “save the planet”.
I am well aware that not all people who take protecting the planet seriously are involved in violence in the name of defense of the Earth. Unfortunately, some people feel the need to stop the daily actives of certain companies or groups in order to make a point. According to Merriam-Webster. com, eco-terrorism is the act or crimes of sabotage with the intent to hinder the activities of companies or the government in the name of the planet.
Rebecca Rubin, eco-terrorist, Earth liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front member, plead guilty to dozens of crimes in Colorado, Oregon, and California in 2013. Additionally, tells us the group Rubin belongs to, known as The Family, has caused $40 million in damage from 1996 to 2001. Unfortunately, some of these terrorist groups have incredible ways of looking at ways of “saving the planet”.
According to even the term “eco-terrorist” is a propagandist label drummed up as an “exploited push by the political and corporate agenda”. This websites claims that the “green scare” is the new word for eco-terrorism. They also claim that the most dangerous part of the green scare is the continuing and “relentless scare-mongering.”
Perhaps the burning log trucks along and nailing spikes into trees to be logged are, in their opinion, a proper way to “fight” against the modern world. Eco-fighters, according to claim acts of sabotage on behave of the natural world and repeatedly attack enterprises like logging companies, ski resorts, genetics research facilities, home construction sites, and the auto industry. Eco-terrorist organizations are responsible for 69 major attacks since January of 1999, including 14 in the Pacific Northwest.
It seems the only thing more insane that companies and corporations that carelessly pump toxic pollutants into the planet are the eco-terrorists criminals who feel the need to destroy, and if necessarily kill, in their sad attempt to “save” a planet that, in my opinion, doesn’t really need our help to survive (See These people seem to care only for themselves and their friends. The consensus of many in the extreme environmentalist movement seem to believe that if the population of mankind needs to be drastically reduced and large companies destroyed for the world to continue to survive.
The same people also seem to have the idea that we shouldn’t cut down trees, use carbon-based fuel sources, eat meat, and drive vehicles, Even instructs us to eat less meat, reduce your energy consumption, use “alternative” energy sources, recycle nearly everything, and even go as far as to adopt Obama’s failed climate plan.
I clearly understand saving electricity by turning off a light when leaving a room, shutting off a vehicle while sitting parked and recycling, however to many people think this isn’t nearly enough and wish to take away all the things in our society that, they think, may harm the planet. If we all do responsible things to care for the Earth, we won’t need to resort to unrealistic measures without acting like an eco-terrorist.
April 22 was Earth Day and I think a great way to “celebrate” would be to learn about some of the things we can do to help, protect and keep the Earth as nice as we can. Anyone who has spent any length time in the wilderness knows you carry out what you carry, don’t be wasteful and leave your area cleaner than what you found it. I encourage everyone to enjoy Earth day responsibly and I wish all of you good enviro-mental health.,