Looking for ‘Character’ in GOP Presidential Candidates

Nel's New Day

“One of the benefits of a presidential campaign is the character and capability, judgment and temperament of every single one of us is revealed over time and under pressure.” That was Carly Fiorina’s introduction to the second GOP presidential debate on September 16, illustrating the flaws in all the GOP candidates. Even the conservative Washington Post wrote that Fiorina “couldn’t just admit she made a mistake but instead doubled down and worsened the falsehood [about Planned Parenthood.” She insists on describing a scene in the highly doctored, false videotapes of Planned Parenthood that doesn’t exist and continues to digging her hole deeper while demanding a government shutdown. The last debacle, two years ago, cost $26 billion, but she was “not aware of any hardship to anyone, other than the veterans trying to get to the World War II memorial.”

In an increasingly strident voice, Fiorina delivers graphic details about abortions from these fabricated videos

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GOP in More Trouble

Nel's New Day

Less than a year ago, the conservatives were crowing about being in the catbird seat after taking over Congress: the GOP majority was the largest in 84 years. They planned to wipe out all advances during President Obama’s six years and take the country back a century ago before human rights in the United States.

The first 100 days of the 114th Congress, however, did not go well. John Boehner (R-OH) was re-elected speaker but only after the biggest revolt in 150 years. The House argued about deporting children and threatened to close the Department of Homeland Security. They couldn’t even pass an anti-abortion bill and almost failed to pass a bill against human trafficking. Their priorities were passing an oil pipeline that created 35 permanent jobs, again trying to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, and pushing the usual tax breaks only for multi-millionaires and billionaires. Most of the…

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Happy Birthday, Olivia Newton John

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Today is Olivia Newton John’s 67th birthday!  I want to say Happy Birthday and I would like to celebrate a woman whose music has brought me endless joy and whose dedication to social justice inspires me. Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England in 1948. Her father was a Welsh-born professor and her mother a German Jew whose family fled Germany as the Nazis came to power. (Her mother’s father was Nobel-winning physicist Max Born.) The family moved to Melbourne, Australia when Olivia was six, and it is that country that she considers her home.

A talented singer, she began performing in her teens and took part in a number of Australian TV programs. She met future collaborator and producer John Farrar, who encouraged her to take part in a contest on Sing Sing Sing. She won a trip to England, initially planning to stay for a year to…

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Hillary Clinton To Lena Dunham: I’m ‘Puzzled’ By Women Who Say They Aren’t Feminists

“It just means that we believe women have the same rights as men — politically, culturally, socially, economically — that’s what it means.”


Sexual Assault Kits and the Attitude Towards Rape and Women

This Letter to Editor was written by Carolyn Crandall of Newport, Oregon in response to an article by Maxine Bernstein that appeared in the September 13, 2015 edition of “The Oregonian/Oregon Live” entitled “Thousands of untested sex assault kits piled up in trail of broken promises by Portland police”.  http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/09/portlands_thousands_of_unteste.html

Sex-assault kits: This is no surprise. The rape of women has been, continues to be and apparently will always be a nonissue, especially if money has to be spent to find the rapist.

And then there are the questions: What was she wearing? Was she drinking or doing drugs? Did she entice the perpetrator? And on and on.

I was a victim of rape in 1979, attacked in my own home while I was sleeping. I am 68 now and yes, I reported it. But I had to hear, even from my own family and friends, comments like, “How could you let this happen?” and “I would never have let that happen to me.” and “Why didn’t you fight back?” And the best one: “Just think of it as having sex with a stranger.”

With these kinds of attitudes, why would anyone expect law enforcement to be any different and to put forth any extra effort to find a rapist?

They say now that the untested kits have been exposed, that things will change and policies will be put in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. I, for one, do not believe that for a minute. The attitude toward rape and women has to change before institutional policies change.

Carolyn Crandall



End of Summer Art Sale by Local Women Artists this Saturday, September 26 from 10 to 4 at Newport Visual Arts Center

Announcing:  End of Summer Art Sale by Local Women Artists


By 12+ Local Artists who are selling overstock of art supplies, frames, seconds, yarn, fabric, books, collage and assemblage pieces, pottery, papers, original art and prints, ephemera, plus more!  Many of these artists donated to the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation’s “Celebration of Women” and some are Central Oregon Coast NOW members!  This will be a fun way for us to show our support and thank them for supporting us!

Treasures for everyone!

Cheri Aldrich

Eileen Hearne

Frances VanWert

Alice Martin

Cynthia Jacobi

Sylvia Hosie

Linda Briggs

Donna McCoy

Chasse Davidson

Mary Madewell

Janet Runger

Diane Eckstein

OR Coast Children’s Theater

Date:  Saturday, Sept. 26

Location:  Visual Arts Center, 2nd floor,

Nye Beach Turnaround

Time: sale from 10 to 4

Time For An Oregon Revolt!

The Oregon Community Rights Network and Oregonians for Community Rights are organizing an Oregon speaking tour by Thomas Linzey, the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

Linzey has been named one of the country’s “top ten revolutionaries” by Forbes Magazine and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Mother Jones and The Nation. He will be speaking on the need for a new rights based movement to challenge corporate power and assert our rights.

“As a people of ‘we the people’ fame we have become either ahistorical, amazingly obedient, exceedingly stupid, or all three. We can stay that way if we choose – either denying the corporate state or resigning ourselves to it – with the understanding that every day we fail to challenge the corporate state is another day that the planet falls down around us.”

– Thomas Linzey

October 5th – Newport
Locally co-hosted by: Lincoln County Community Rights (lincolncountycommunityrights.com )
Newport Senior Center – 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport.
7pm to 9pm | Free event (donations accepted)
Contact info: 
mkrausster@gmail.com | 541 961 6385