About Al French

Native Oregonian.  Recently retired Deputy District Attorney, after 35 years.  Navy veteran.

Right to Healthcare

 

In the last election, a majority of voters in Oregon chose to add a right to affordable healthcare to the state constitution, the first state in the nation to do so. It is short and simple:

SECTION 47. (1) It is the obligation of the state to ensure that every resident of Oregon has access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate and affordable health care as a fundamental right.

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I just read a news article which used the terms “houseless”* and “houselessness”* to refer to what we used to call “homeless”.  I started seeing this and other terms about six months ago. What is with this change of words? Is “homeless” offensive? To whom? A quick look on the web reveals that the homeless […]

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Plastic Recycling Is a Dead-End Street

 

Many cities have mandated recycling. Recycling doesn’t save money, it costs money. If it saved money, a mandate wouldn’t be necessary. The recycled material is sold on the market, but certainly income from such sales doesn’t cover expenses. The reason for recycling is about “saving the planet.” Probably most of those cities mandating recycling include plastics.

Remember hearing in the news a few years ago that China, which recycled most of the world’s plastic, wasn’t going to do it anymore? What is happening to all that garbage material collected? It turns out that plastics can’t be recycled, at least in a manner that makes any sense, economic or otherwise. We would be better off landfilling or incinerating it. What earth-hating environment-raping nutjob is spewing this nonsense?

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@Mollie Hemingway has repeatedly said what she thinks about the term “election denier.” Links to her comments have been put in a number of different threads. Essentially, use of the phrase is a tactic of the left to link those who believe there was dishonesty in the 2020 election to wackos who say the holocaust […]

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Hike with Me

 

Today I hiked on the east side of Mt Hood from Sahale Falls up the Umbrella Falls trail, then south on the Timberline trail to the White River Canyon. I went 10½ miles in 5½ hours. It was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the low 60s, perfect for hiking. The fall colors have arrived, particularly the huckleberries. Flowers have almost disappeared. Lots of gorgeous views of the mountain.

Sahale Falls

Prediction: The Riots Are Returning to Portland

 

On Tuesday, the Multnomah County Grand Jury, led by the Soros supported DA, handed down an indictment charging a Portland police officer with a misdemeanor assault for striking a “protester” with a baton during a riot. The officer was a member of the Rapid Response Team, which is responsible for crowd control, including demonstrations, protests and riots. The team is made up of volunteers. Yesterday they unanimously resigned.

Antifa pays attention to the news. The next riot will begin in five … four … three … two…

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The chairman of Tyson Foods has issued a stark warning to Americans following the shuttering of multiple meat processing plants across the country: “The food supply chain is breaking.” This warning took the form of full page ads in the New York Times and the Washington Post. My question is: why did Tyson publish these […]

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Living in Oregon, Despite the Politics

 

On Wednesday my brother and I hiked to Green Lakes, in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Central Oregon. We went up Falls Creek Trail to the lakes, which are in the saddle between South Sister and Broken Top. The hike is the most popular in the area because of the beautiful scenery. The weather was perfect for hiking: mid to high seventies.

One of the larger falls on the creek:

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Podcast interlocutor and former Ricochet editor @troysenik has a new piece at City Journal, which he now edits. Sound of Silence recommends that President Trump abandon the State of the Union Address and return to the former practice of written format. He provides both historical and practical reasons. It can be read here. https://www.city-journal.org/state-of-the-union-address Preview Open

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A Mental Health Day and a Long Hike

 

Yesterday I decided to take a respite from politics and other woes of the world. I went on a hike with my brother on the Lower Salmon River Trail on the slopes of Mount Hood. The River was high in the aftermath of a big Pacific storm that had just swept through dumping about three inches of rain.

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[Computers] are useless. They can only give you answers.” Attributed to Picasso. What did Picasso mean by that? A plausible answer to that is given by Willis Eschenbach in his post “The Picasso Problem” at the Watts Up With That website. Eschenbach, somewhat of a polymath and self-educated in climate science, writes occasionally for that site […]

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Retire the Colors

 

Tattered, frayed, a little moth-eaten, well used and well worn, it is time to retire our beloved family flag. I raised it in front of my house for the last time this morning.

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Over at Watts Up With That (a great climate realism site) there is a post  Climate and Human Civilization over the Last 18,00 Years. It includes an interesting and intricate time chart.  In that chart I noticed the following entry for an event 11,600 years ago: Jericho, Israeli occupied Palestine. Not remembering exactly where Jericho […]

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