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Portland’s homeless camps can be found on its rivers as well

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The city of Portland has a serious homeless problem on the streets and sidewalks. This week KGW8 reports the problem is also spilling out onto the city’s rivers. Homeless people have been livng in abandoned fiberglass boats on the Willamette and Columbia rivers. And because these boats are already falling apart, they rarely have a way to pump out sewage they accumulate, so that ends up being dumped in the river. In fact, the boats themselves often end up sinking to the bottom where they can leak sewage, oil, and battery acid into the water. From KGW8:

Photos provided to KGW by Walt James with the Columbia Watershed Environmental Advocates show derelict boats tied off to one another, with no working sewage pump. Others are half sunk, leaking fluids into the water.

“Most of the boats that were floating are now sunk, there’s eight or 10 sunk boats down there,” James said…

He took more photos last week of where homeless boaters come ashore along Marine Drive. What was a couple of campers and garbage has exploded into a full blown environmental hazard. And so has the amount of crime at nearby private floating homes.

“We’ve all had things stolen,” said Karen Dean, a 23-year owner and resident of floating home in Class Harbor. “We’ve had two boats that have been taken and we found them down river and they’ve all been stripped.”

There’s a pretty clear reason this is happening. When you have an old car that doesn’t run, there’s a scrap market for the parts and materials. Even the steel that the car’s frame and body are made of is worth something to a salvage yard. There’s a similar market for old boat parts but not for the fiberglass hulls. The only option for getting rid of a fiberglass hull is to take it to a dump and pay as much as $3,500 to have it shredded. That’s a lot of money to be rid of something you’ve decided is trash. It’s much easier for owners to offer the boats for a little money on Craigslist or to simply abandon them on the street somewhere.

That’s how the homeless wind up with these floating wrecks. And just like the homeless camps on land, the city doesn’t seem to be in much of a hurry to do anything about it despite the long-term cost of cleaning up this mess.

So who cleans this all up? The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office says its dive team can take care of very small boats in shallow water for between $300-$800.

It doesn’t happen very often because their budget doesn’t allow for it. But larger cases are decided on by the Oregon State Marine Board, who bids out jobs to private contractors to yank these sunken boats up.

The sheriff’s office says it can start around $8,000. There’s a toxic 40-foot transient boat that sunk in 2016 at Chinook Landing near Troutdale, and the bid to get it is $60,000. The Marine Board’s budget is $150,000 for every two-year term. Nothing has been decided on that boat yet.

As you’ll see in this clip, the local authorities were spurred to a little action back in 2016 when KGW8 reported on the problem but since that time they’ve mostly returned to ignoring it.

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Proposed gun confiscation in Virginia comes with few strings attached

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The governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, decided to start the new year off with a bang. Or perhaps we should say a reduction in bangs. He submitted new gun control legislation with some serious teeth in it and a disturbing lack of details. Under Northam’s plan, assuming it’s enacted, Virginia will not only ban the sale of a potentially wide variety of common firearms but allow the police to confiscate them from any residents already owning one. (Free Beacon)

The plan to ban the sale and possession of certain kinds of firearms proposed by Virginia governor Ralph Northam (D.) could affect millions of gun owners, an industry group said on Friday.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents gun manufacturers and dealers, said the vague description of the legislation released by Northam on Jan. 4 would apply to most firearms currently on sale in the commonwealth.

“The legislative proposals being discussed would put most firearms beyond the reach of law-abiding Virginians who choose the firearms of their choice to protect themselves, hunt, and practice recreational target shooting,” said Lawrence G. Keane, the group’s general counsel. “That could potentially impact the availability of tens of millions of firearms.”

It won’t take you very long to read the bill’s summary because, as I indicated above, it’s short on details. What we know is that the plan would “ban the sale, purchase, possession, and transport of undefined ‘assault firearms’ including ‘any firearm that is equipped with a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition.’”

That’s some wild gun-grabbing even by Democrat standards. Also worth noting is that it not only bans the sale of such products, but the possession of them. And there’s no grandfather clause included for people who already own them. That means that, if passed into law, gun confiscations from law-abiding citizens could begin as soon as the law goes into effect.

You can’t just go ahead and pass a law that includes made-up language in it with no definitions. Northam isn’t even sticking with the more popular (among liberals) term “assault rifles.” He’s going further down the rabbit hole with “assault firearms.” I assume this means any semi-automatic rifle with a pistol grip or anything else “scary looking” attached. But now it could bring in a whole host of handguns as well.

Fortunately for the Second Amendment, Republicans still control both chambers in the legislature of Virginia, but only by very slim margins. This should be a warning to the state’s residents that a couple more seats lost in 2020 could open the door to precisely what we’re seeing here.

The post Proposed gun confiscation in Virginia comes with few strings attached appeared first on Hot Air.

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Gingrich says Trump should not negotiate on shutdown

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, President Donald Trump’s ally who in the 1990s presided over one of the longest government shutdowns in US history, said Wednesday that Trump should stop negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and instead ramp up the pressure on rank-and-file Democrats.

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Analysis: How Theresa May is still in charge

Another day of Brexit drama ends, and Theresa May is still more-or-less Prime Minister of the more-or-less United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. On Wednesday, she survived a vote of no confidence in her government by a narrow majority of 19.

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House Dem blasts Interior move to bring back furloughed workers

House Natural Resources Chairman Raul Grijalva is asking the Interior Department to stop bringing back employees who were furloughed during the government shutdown to work on sales of land for oil and gas drilling purposes in the Gulf of Mexico, calling the move “an outrageous step.”

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GOVERNMENT WINS NO CONFIDENCE VOTE WITH A MAJORITY OF 19

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DUP sources point out that had it voted with Labour, the opposition would have won by one vote.  Nigel Dodds makes the point just a little more tactfully above.

In a point of order following the result, Theresa May changed tack by asking Jeremy Corbyn, and other opposition leaders, to join the talks she announced yesterday evening.

In response, Corbyn also seemed to change tack.  Labour MPs complained during the debate that he hadn’t been invited to the talks.  But Corbyn appeared to suggest that the Prime Minister ruling out a No Deal Brexit was a pre-condition for him joining them.

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