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Oregon County Moves One Step Closer to Joining Idaho: Will Officially Vote on Greater Idaho Proposal

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Another county in Oregon will now get to decide whether it supports a plan to secede from the state and join Idaho.

This November, Harney County residents will get to vote on the “Greater Idaho” proposal, which seeks to change the Oregon-Idaho border, according to KTVZ-TV.

One of the two main groups behind the initiative, “Move Oregon’s Border,” told the outlet that it had collected the necessary signatures for the proposal to be on the ballot.

According to the Greater Idaho website, Harney County Clerk Derrin Robinson said in a news release, “The Question to be voted on by the people of Harney County is: Shall the County Court meet three times annually to discuss promoting Harney County’s interests regarding relocation of the state border?”

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The reasoning behind the Greater Idaho plan is to create a better Idaho so that counties with more conservative populations can join a red state, according to the Greater Idaho website. The website also says that through the approvals of the plan at the county level, it seeks to “convince state legislators to stop holding rural Oregon counties captive in a blue state.”

Seven counties in Oregon have already voted in favor of the Greater Idaho plan, according to the movement’s website.

Harney County will be the next in line to vote on this initiative, while Move Oregon’s Border is still working toward obtaining the necessary signatures in six more counties, the site says.

Additionally, the website says that county commissioners have been asked — in five counties that Move Oregon’s Border was not allowed to distribute petitions in — to place a question regarding Greater Idaho on their ballots.

Mike McCarter, the president of Citizens for Greater Idaho and Move Oregon’s Border, told KTVZ that many people in rural Oregon feel they are ignored. While he thinks it is possible to rectify the divide between rural and urban areas, he said it seems that policies in Oregon have continued to go in only one direction.

“And that’s because 78 percent of the vote is in northwest Oregon, and that controls the whole state,” McCarter told KTVZ.

To me, this movement truly is intriguing, and I am anxious to see where it goes and how it all works out. While there is some hope this will come to fruition, it should be noted that there plenty of obstacles to overcome before the Greater Idaho proposal to come to fruition.

In order for the plan to move forward, the state legislatures of at least Oregon and Idaho — plus California, if an optional phase two of the proposal is pursued — would need to decide to support the change.

Then, if the state legislatures agree to the new alignment, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate would need to approve it in order for it to become reality. Effectively, it’s the legislative bodies that have the true power to change the borders, not the counties themselves.

It doesn’t seem logical to think that the stars will align for all these events to happen, but the plan’s proponents remain optimistic.

Regardless of whether or not this will actually all work out, it is still great news for conservatives living in Oregon.

Rural citizens are fed up with the one-party rule in their state, and it makes sense why they would try to join a conservative state that more closely aligns with their beliefs.

Now, some might ask why these disgruntled citizens don’t just get up and move to Idaho.

In response to that notion, McCarter said that people in central, eastern and southern Oregon have connections to their land and communities.

“We can pick up and move to Idaho, that’s fine. But wouldn’t it be easier as a whole, the way people are voting, just to say okay, we want to become Idahoans, so let’s move the border, so we’re there without even having to pick up and go?” he said.

I understand what McCarter is talking about. Especially nowadays, people on either side of the aisle are often told to “leave if they don’t like it,” but it is not always that simple.

When I was 6, I moved to the house my dad and my grandfather were each raised in. I grew up hearing stories about what the house looked like throughout the years, what portions of the home my great-grandfather added to it, how he built the houses down the street and when my grandpa updated this or that.

Learning this history has eternally tethered me to that house and the land where I grew up. In other words, I know what it is like to be connected to a distinct property or geographical area as well as have the desire to retain it for future generations.

For these citizens, they don’t want to leave — they want to stay and fix the problem.

There are plenty of Republican-filled, rural counties in blue states across this country, many of whom might feel the same — that they would like to leave but for some unquantifiable reason, they just can’t. For those in that situation, I think they should pay close attention to how this movement in Oregon shakes out.

Rural Oregonians are sick and tired of their lives being dictated by a liberal government that does not care about them or have their best interests in mind. It seems that through the Greater Idaho movement, these citizens may have come up with the only solution that allows them to stay where they are and change their situation for the better.

That takes ingenuity. It is undoubtedly admirable.

Even if the Greater Idaho project doesn’t work out, those involved in it should be looked to for inspiration. They saw a problem, and they created a solution.

Even though the mountain before them is an impossibly high one to climb, they just keep on climbing, putting in the work, garnering signatures and getting more counties to include it on their ballots, in hopes of pressuring the state legislatures to start discussing this more seriously.

The bottom line is, they are doing what needs to be done to get one step closer to achieving their goal.

That is what America is all about.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Video: Pilot Dedicates His Last Flight to 13 US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan, Passengers Cheer

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It was the last mass casualty event during our 20-year war in Afghanistan — 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide attack at the Kabul airport, along with more than 160 Afghans.

The attack shook the United States and our allies to the core, particularly coming after the chaotic fall of the country to the Taliban.

While there may be no way to sufficiently honor those who paid the ultimate price during the Aug. 26 bombing, an unknown pilot is making the rounds on TikTok and Facebook for his fitting dedication to our heroes.

The video was posted to Facebook by Ryan Fournier, the founder of Students for Trump. However, it appears to have originated on TikTok, where it was uploaded by @roballnic1.

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While the details surrounding the video are scanty — where and when it was recorded, who recorded it, who the pilot was — it’s the type of video that would be difficult to fake unless you have a spare Boeing 737 hanging around.

What is clear from the video is that the pilot begins by saying, “We’re heading down to Houston, it should take us two hours and 27 minutes. The weather’s good, weather’s good, the ride should be good.”

As he was saying that, however, he was holding up a tablet with the pictures of some of the 11 Marines, one soldier and one sailor from the Kabul bombing.

“I’ve got six more days left here at Southwest Airlines, I have to retire because I’m 65 years old,” he said to applause.

“I’ll keep flying. And every time I fly now, I want to dedicate our flight and my trip to the 13 senseless losses of soldiers, sailors, Marines,” he continued.

“Men and women. My brother Marines, my sister Marines.”

This elicited a “hoo-rah” from the cabin.

“Everybody, just remember them,” he added. “And I don’t care who you hated or who you liked in the last election. What happened was just wrong.”

This got some assent from the cabin, too. He finished the preflight speech by saying, “We’ll get going. Smiles, everybody. And … remember the 13.”

With that, the pilot got a round of applause.



While the text overlaid on the original TikTok video said this was the pilot’s last flight, there’s no evidence of that in the video or in other reports. Given that he said he had six days left with the company and that “I’ll keep flying,” this seems unlikely.

However, the video also seems equally unlikely to be fakery.

It’s difficult to say that the deaths of 13 American service members in a suicide attack carried out by a branch of the Islamic State group could get lost in the shuffle, per se. However, there was so much senseless tragedy surrounding the fall of Afghanistan and our hasty withdrawal from the country that it was almost an afterthought. The whole affair stunned the nation and the world.

It’s not as if the men and women who were killed in the attack didn’t have their lives celebrated. This was the hometown welcome for Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum in Jackson, Wyoming:

However, it’s acts like these that go viral — and like it or not, social media status is currency these days.

This pilot, whoever he may be, made sure to spend that currency in the best way possible.

We may never know who he was. Rest assured, however, plenty of people will remember what he said.

If you’re going to mark one of your last flights piloting a commercial jet in a profound way, it’s hard to think of how you could do it better than this. Our hats are off to you, sir.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

It was the last mass casualty event during our 20-year war in Afghanistan — 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide attack at the Kabul airport, along with more than 160 Afghans. The attack shook the United States and our allies to the core, particularly coming after the chaotic fall of the country to the Taliban. While there may be no way to sufficiently honor those who paid the ultimate price during the Aug. 26 bombing, an unknown pilot is making the rounds on TikTok and Facebook for his fitting dedication to our heroes. The video was posted to Facebook by Ryan Fournier, the founder of Students for Trump. However, it appears to have originated on TikTok, where it was uploaded by @roballnic1. While the details surrounding the video are scanty — where and when it was recorded, who recorded it, who the pilot was — it’s the type of video that would be difficult to fake unless you have a spare Boeing 737 hanging around. What is clear from the video is that the pilot begins by saying, “We’re heading down to Houston, it should take us two hours and 27 minutes. The weather’s good, weather’s good, the ride should be good.” As he was saying that, however, he was holding up a tablet with the pictures of some of the 11 Marines, one soldier and one sailor from the Kabul bombing. “I’ve got six more days left here at Southwest Airlines, I have to retire because I’m 65 years old,” he said to applause. “I’ll keep flying. And every time I fly now, I want to dedicate our flight and my trip to the 13 senseless losses of soldiers, sailors, Marines,” he continued. “Men and women. My brother Marines, my sister Marines.” This elicited a “hoo-rah” from…

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FDA Official Says Feds Need to Shoot Black Americans with Blow Darts Filled with COVID Vaccine: Report

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A Food and Drug Administration official was caught on tape seemingly suggesting black Americans who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine should be shot with blow darts to get inoculated — while also suggesting some “Amazonians” could “get it done” for them.

This revelation came from Part Two of a Project Veritas exposé about the vaccine that was released this week.



In the footage, a man identified as FDA economist Taylor Lee, spoke to an undercover journalist from the organization, mentioning several times that he was so frustrated with the black community’s reluctance that his solution would be to forcibly administer the shot.

Although he appeared to be speaking tongue-in-cheek, his remarks were disturbing, condescending and culturally insensitive.

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Lee suggested using this method that is insulting to black Americans as it is often employed against animals and also takes a dig at some indigenous people in South America known for hunting that way.

“I remember reading about how with COVID [vaccine] trials, they were having an issue recruiting African-American people and it was because of a different medication the government tried to do that was specifically designed to kill African Americans,” Lee pointed out.

When the undercover journalist off-camera suggested he couldn’t blame them for their mistrust after that, Lee replied, “I can’t, but at the same time, like, blow dart,” he concluded. “That’s where we’re going.”

Lee went on to explain that he felt the Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine would do well for the purpose.

“Like, go to the unvaccinated, and blow it into them — blow dart it into them. That’s where I am at this point,” Lee said.

When the Project Veritas journalist asked him for a broader strategy to get minorities to take the shot, Lee continued with his same bizarre proposal, adding they’d have to “post video campaigns about doing it to the whites first” so they couldn’t be charged with racism.

“We’ll have to hire some Amazonians first because they’ll get it done,” Lee added. The official then doubled down on this angle in what appeared to be footage from another conversation between the undercover journalist and Lee.

“Want to see how fast I get an Amazon rainforest tribe out here?” Lee said, continuing with his insensitive generalizations that are normally taboo in polite society.

While it’s true this is one man’s opinion in what he likely thought was a casual social setting, it does point to a certain mindset from an FDA insider that is as dangerous as it is shocking.

The idea that Lee would suggest force as an appropriate method to achieve universal vaccination isn’t far-fetched considering what’s happening in the world lately.

President Joe Biden warned that his “patience” was “wearing thin” for the unvaccinated when he addressed the nation and announced a sweeping vaccine mandate for millions of Americans.

It’s also no laughing matter considering the frightening authoritarian crackdown that has turned Australia into a police state — and while the country is physically a world away, it seems philosophically adjacent to the kind of mindset an FDA employee is expressing.

It’s disturbing to witness the way Lee so casually speaks about his burning desire to forcibly vaccinate people as an insider at the agency responsible for keeping Americans safe from harmful substances, and even more so as he speaks about black and minority populations.

Project Veritas is doing a service to America by exposing the dark underbelly of these organizations, but it’s difficult to watch knowing that Lee is just one man exposed among the plethora of operatives who think like him still embedded in the deep state.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A Food and Drug Administration official was caught on tape seemingly suggesting black Americans who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine should be shot with blow darts to get inoculated — while also suggesting some “Amazonians” could “get it done” for them. This revelation came from Part Two of a Project Veritas exposé about the vaccine that was released this week. https://youtu.be/4oWWcqGk1m4 In the footage, a man identified as FDA economist Taylor Lee, spoke to an undercover journalist from the organization, mentioning several times that he was so frustrated with the black community’s reluctance that his solution would be to forcibly administer the shot. Although he appeared to be speaking tongue-in-cheek, his remarks were disturbing, condescending and culturally insensitive. Lee suggested using this method that is insulting to black Americans as it is often employed against animals and also takes a dig at some indigenous people in South America known for hunting that way. “I remember reading about how with COVID [vaccine] trials, they were having an issue recruiting African-American people and it was because of a different medication the government tried to do that was specifically designed to kill African Americans,” Lee pointed out. When the undercover journalist off-camera suggested he couldn’t blame them for their mistrust after that, Lee replied, “I can’t, but at the same time, like, blow dart,” he concluded. “That’s where we’re going.” Lee went on to explain that he felt the Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine would do well for the purpose. “Like, go to the unvaccinated, and blow it into them — blow dart it into them. That’s where I am at this point,” Lee said. When the Project Veritas journalist asked him for a broader strategy to get minorities to take the shot, Lee continued with his same…

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