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Judge orders temporary release of illegal who sought sanctuary in church


KATU: A federal judge has ordered the temporary release of an immigrant activist illegal alien who took refuge at an Oregon church to avoid deportation and was arrested this week on a federal charge of illegal re-entry.

stewartJudge Janice Stewart on Friday ordered Francisco Aguirre to be released while he’s awaiting the start of his trial on Jan. 13. Aguirre pleaded not guilty to his charge in court.

Records show the 35-year-old was indicted by a grand jury in September on the illegal re-entry charge. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed ICE has lifted its detainer on Aguirre, meaning his removal from the U.S. is on hold pending the outcome of his criminal case.


Aguirre, who came to the U.S. from El Salvador nearly two decades ago, was arrested Thursday at a county court. He was there to settle a case of driving under the influence.

The arrest stems from a past criminal case: Aguirre was deported in 2000 after a drug conviction; he then unlawfully re-entered the country.

Aguirre came to the attention of authorities in August after a DUI arrest. He took refuge at Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church in September, after authorities tried to detain him at home. The agents did not have a warrant, so they could not enter his home.

Aguirre is among those who have taken sanctuary in U.S. churches in recent years because authorities generally don’t make arrests in places of worship.


The father of two children who are U.S. citizens is now the coordinator of a Portland nonprofit that runs a day labor center. His supporters, who include Portland’s mayor, say Aguirre has positively contributed to his community during the past decade and should be allowed to remain in the U.S. with his family.

A crowd of supporters, including the pastor of the church where Aguirre took sanctuary, packed Portland’s federal magistrate’s court to capacity on Friday. Aguirre’s wife, Dora Reyna, wiped away tears in the front row when Aguirre walked in wearing blue jail scrubs.

His attorney, Ellen Pitcher, told the judge that Aguirre did not plan to run. She said he had been “kidnapped, tortured, and otherwise abused as a child” in his country of birth, and had “no intention of taking flight to El Salvador.”

Aguirre’s release conditions include a ban on travel outside Oregon, a ban on changing his place of residence, and surrender of all travel documents. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Nyhus, who is prosecuting the case in Oregon, declined to comment.

Nearly all of those sentenced for unlawful re-entry in federal courts received a prison sentence, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center. On average, the sentence length for these offenders was about two years.

It’s unclear whether Aguirre will return to the church or will live at home once he is released and awaiting trial.

Aguirre’s immigration lawyer, Stephen Manning, had said Aguirre was in the process of obtaining a U-visa, a special document for violent-crime victims who help authorities investigate or prosecute cases.


Building Blueprint Illusion.. Kule!

OK , How’s this one?  Mind you none of the descriptions are mine.  ~Steve~


Blueprint Mural in Portland
By Vurdlak on March 19, 2013,

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Browsing Moillusions history articles for a while made me realise we haven’t had that many #murals lately. Not being lazy, I started crawling my repository for something cool that could fill the gap, when this magnificent building appeared right in front of me – the photo depicts a mural of a blueprint, painted on a side of a building that used to be a furnishing store. I really liked it. If you look closely, you’ll notice how the second window from the right (2nd floor) is partially obstructed to maintain the illusion. Not sure if this still exists, but I bet our viewers from Portland can share some insight about the building today. It stands somewhere at the corner of Free and Center Streets, if I did my research right.



No Halloween costumes due to…

PC madness ruins it for kids

PC madness – “equity”.

Portland school bans Halloween costumes over inequality

From King5: Many schools elect not to celebrate Halloween each year for various reasons, but some parents at a Portland school want their holiday traditions back.

The principal at Buckman Arts Elementary released a letter stating “the celebration of Halloween at school can lead to student exclusion.” Not wanting any students to feel left out over costumes, he said most Portland Public Schools would downplay Halloween because of “social, financial and cultural differences among our families that we must respect.”  The letter went on to say the decision was made in “the spirit of equity.”

Buckman parent Shannon Brazil opposed the policy on her blog Wednesday. The complaint ignited a controversy and led parents to start a petition to bring Halloween back.  “We live in America,” parent Rebekah Clark said. “We have the right and freedom to celebrate whatever we want.”

“It’s safe to say that the school is not hosting any Halloween parties and that the principal has asked students not to wear costumes,” said Matt Shelby with Portland Public Schools. “That said, they are hosting a harvest celebration.”

Buckman Principal Brian Anderson said the same policy was in place last year and he did not receive any complaints.  “I’m absolutely torn,” said parent Matt Callanan. “I’m a traditionalist at heart; I love the idea of my kids wearing a Halloween costume to school. But I really trust my principal’s judgment.”

Shelby said the principal has asked students not to wear costumes, but there is no district directive that bans costumes. He referred parents to the dress code always in place for Portland schools.  A child who shows up for school in costume runs the risk of being sent home.

How much does it take to put a Halloween costume together?  A white sheet with eye cutouts and you’re a ghost.  And kids are very creative – give them some old clothes, toys, etc. and they can come up with plenty of ideas.

This notion of “equity” is something all good socialists love.  Truth be told, we aren’t all equal in our capabilities and talents.  And teaching our children this notion only deters them from trying to be the best they can be, fearing they are better or have more than anyone else.  Not exactly an idea to instill in them if we want them to have a successful life.


America’s 10 Most Promiscuous Cities

Phioto credit: Peter Keusgen

According to data from the free dating site OKCupid, which The Boston Globe calls “the Google of online dating,” Portland, Oregon, has the distinction of being America’s sluttiest city.

Amy Rolph writes for the seattlepi, August 19, 2011, that OKCupid arrived at this determination by mapping where site users seeking “causal sex” are located. Those numbers were converted to percentages to determine which cities are the most promiscuous.

Here are the top 10 sluttiest cities in America:

  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  4. Miami, Florida
  5. San Francisco, Calif.
  6. Dallas, Texas
  7. San Bernardino, Calif.
  8. Denver, Colorado
  9. San Diego, Calif.
  10. Houston, Texas

Mailman Makes Really Special Delivery

This isn’t quite what we have in mind for the US Postal Service’s Special Delivery. A mail carrier was caught on camera defecating in a homeowner’s yard.

Wayne Havrelly of Portland, Oregon’s KGW reports on April 14, 2011:

Don Derfler’s own wife didn’t believe him when told her the mail carrier was defecating in public. Then he showed her the pictures.

Derfler saw it all from his living room window while he was baby sitting his son Wednesday afternoon. “He started pulling his pants down and started defecating and at that point I grabbed my camera and started to take pictures,” said Derfler.

Officials with the U.S. Postal Service say they are disheartened and disappointed. “We’re taking this very seriously and I really want to apologize to our customers and to the public. I’ve worked for the Postal Service for many years and have never heard of an incident like this and I hope I never do again,” said Ron Anderson with the U.S. Postal Service.

Postal inspectors may have already cleaned up the evidence according to another neighbor who said he confronted several men in suits walking around the scene of the act Thursday morning. “I told them it’s not normal to be wandering around someone’s house, especially when they are away at work. He told me ‘it’s O.K. we’re postal inspectors,'” the neighbor, Dennis, told KGW.

“This is how they respect our property?,” said Derfler. “It’s just not right and it’s also a bio-hazard.” It’s also a misdemeanor crime in the city of Portland. “Nature calls at inopportune times,” said Dennis. “but jeez, go back to your rig and find a gas station for crying out loud.”

Officials with the U.S. Postal Service told KGW they have suspended the mail carrier in question without pay, pending an investigation.

To see the video, CLICK HERE.