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Oct 24
Police Post "Chronic Nuisance Property Watch" List

The Corvallis Police Department's "Chronic Nuisance Property Watch List" List for June 15-Sept 15, 2014 has been released:

1113 NW 27th ST
1120 NW Fillmore AV
1211 NW Dixon AV
1225 NW 27th ST
1225 SE Seaport CR
132 NW 15th ST
1375 SW A AV #110
1444 NW 15th ST
1460 NW Van Buren AV
1603 NW Jackson AV
1709 NW Tyler AV
1925 NW Grant AV
1946 NW Grant AV
2013 NW Tyler AV
210 NW 16th ST
2111 NW Harrison BV
213 NW 21st ST
2206 NW Harrison BV
2245 NW Harrison BV #106
2622 NW Coolidge WY
2677 NW Arnold WY
320 SE Bridgeway AV
325 NW 21st ST
332 NW Kings BV
345 NW 23rd ST
3456 NW Fillmore AV
417 NW Merrie AV
429 NW 18th ST
433 NW 6th ST
440 SW Western BV
445 NW 18th ST
445 SW Tunison AV #5
545 NW 12th ST
600 SW Jefferson AV
612 NW 29th ST
635 NW 5th ST #13
701 SW 7th ST #131
715 NW 29th ST
720 NW 9th ST
819 SE Bayshore CR
829 NW 27th ST
886 NW Oak AV

Oct 23
The County accepted the final report on the Bailey Branch railroad, detailing the 5 options already considered. You can read the report here. The report was prepared last month but released only this week. It calls for 5 options: sell it, trade it, keep it as a railroad, convert it to a trail, or do nothing. Farmers along the line have objected strenuously to the trail idea, and understandably so. Corvallis trail users would likely be civil but there are a host of local thieves from Linn County and Philomath who would consider the opportunity to steal metal piping or even tractors as a gold mine.

Bill Hotchkiss at Sunrise Bakery: Mary's River Still at Summer Levels
Above: The October rains have begun, and they are a needed addition to the Corvallis area. Sequoia Creek ran dry this year for the first time in the memory of Northwest Corvallis residents. Bill Hotchkiss of Philomath's Sunrise Sourdough Bakery has kayaked to Corvallis most days when the water level permits. In 2013, he had kayaked 17 days by the 17th of October to make deliveries. This year, the water in the Mary's has remained at summer levels, he says, and he has been unable to kayak once. He has relied on his bicycle cart for making the trip to Corvallis. Hotchkiss came to the area from Massachusetts, where he similarly made deliveries to New York City, though by more rapid methods of conveyance.
   In south Benton County, the water situation has become dire. The County has allowed development to repeatedly occur and many of the new residents are from the Southwest. To them, Oregon seems rife with water, and they are using it to water lawns which stretch from 1-2 acres, says a resident on Alpine Road. Water levels have dropped dramatically.
   Resident Richard Saylor, for example, says that his 230 foot well, which yielded what he and neighbors needed in 1996, went dry with the new developments. Now, he's been forced to spend $16,000.00 to dig new wells of 600-800 feet. The water formerly, he says, was very sweet but now it is full of suspended clay particles nearly impossible to filter out. The particles ruin the soft features of the water fixtures, which now require replacing regularly.
   75% of Oregon was in drought condition this year, with the 4th driest year on record last year. In Alpine, Oregon, 26 wells have run dry, and yet the County unrealistically attend meeting with residents to announce new zoning changes which will permit industrial uses of the little water that remains, says Saylor.
   An OSU study has shown that falling water tables have the unintended result of concentrating nitrates. "When nitrates interact with the hemoglobin in red blood cells methemoglobin forms and the blood cells cannot carry sufficient oxygen to the body's cells and tissues -- this is also known as the "blue baby syndrome." When methemoglobin levels are high, the resulting effect can be loss of consciousness, convulsions and death".. Benton County environmental health specialist Ron Smith says, lactating mothers and infants are most susceptible to methemoglobin. While nitrates are the main concern, Smith said that high nitrate levels are an early indicator of other chemical contaminants, such as Coliform bacteria like E. coli".
   Nitrates come not just from agricultural operations but from lawns. "We do it (fertilize) excessively -- a little is good, a lot is better", said Smith.
   We can, then, only be thankful for the rains, and hope for more.

Portland's School District is hopefully not trying to set a trend with a gagging of employees in a new "non-disclosure agreement concerning ANY "information of any kind, nature, or description concerning any matters affecting or relating to my services for the District, the business or operations of my department, and/or the products, plans, processes, or other data of my department.
Terry Francke, general counsel for the open-government advocacy group Californians Aware, says the agreement is so broad it could be illegal. "I can't imagine any court finding that this kind of totalitarian gag clause was enforceable by any government agency," he says."This is the kind of thing maybe the CIA could get away with enforcing," because the intelligence agency deals with matters of national security."

Oct 21
An Oregonian investigation has shown that the state has " dismissed concerns or botched investigations"  regarding spraying of herbicides. 1,878 parcels in Benton County have been sprayed since 2005.

Above: The number of sprayings in Benton County has more than doubled the past 2 years, from 138 to 270. Because the state does not release any data, if recorded, of GM crops, it is difficult to determine whether the increase in spraying is related to an increase in the spray-heavy GM crops.
   In southern Oregon, Complaints went ignored until last October, when the state finally got so many it had to do something. "Twenty Curry County residents reported being sprayed by a helicopter flying overhead.
   One man reported feeling the chemicals land on his face. The mother of a 1-month-old reported her baby vomited for 24 hours afterward. Some visited physicians, complaining of stomach pain, rashes and severe headaches.
   After a state investigation, the pilot lost his spraying license for a year and was fined $10,000.
   But red flags had been ignored for six years. The earlier episodes all involved the same landowner, Crook Timberlands. Two complaints were about the same sprayer...None of the earlier complaints was thoroughly investigated by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Department of Agriculture, The Oregonian found. Both agencies missed chances to correct problems before so many people were sprayed last October, said Susan Brown, a Curry County commissioner. The state agencies treated residents "like they were rogue citizens," Brown said."

   Neighborhood activists expressed shock at the city Council vote upholding their opposition to tear down an existing house and "divide his lot in two and build a pair of three-bedroom units".
   “This is the first time that the council has determined that it was a mistake” to interpret the code the way the council traditionally has. However, it's election year and the Council voted 7-1 to uphold the neighborhood's objections. Only Hal Brauner, traditionally a rubber stamp for developers, voted against the neighborhoods. Even Biff Traber, usually another rubber stamp, voted with the neighborhoods. No doubt, it helped that the developer is a small fry, compared to Traber's usual mentors. Traber is running for mayor.

Oct 20
Push Against Licenses for Immigrants in Willamette Valley Comes from White Supremacist Stormfront

"Jimmy Marr", a Eugene piper has been distributing flyers throughout the Valley on behalf of the "American Freedom Party", an offshoot of the "Stormfront" in Portland. A rally was held in Springfield yesterday to protest the Party, which has been hanging anti-immigrant posters from freeways as well as on major boulevards in cities throughout the Valley.

Jimmy Marr, American Freedom Party

The group has gone to Arizona to protest immigration with militia members associated with the little koffee klatch of Oathkeepers who have been trolling Corvallis city council meetings. The banners they hang often refers to "illegal immigrants" but the most popular one is "anti-racist is a code word for anti-white", a slogan invented by Reagan official Bob Whiteaker, who wrote tracts for White Supremacist organizations 40 years ago. "There is no place for that here. We cannot continue to hate other people and so we need to make sure we are working together as a community in order to bring people together and let them know this is a safe place," said the Superintendant of Public Schools in Springfield Dr. Hertica Martin.
   Michael Carrigan, program director for the Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) and the father of a daughter adopted from India said he attended the Springfield rally yesterday to say “I’m here to tell teens I have their back. I have my daughter’s back, and I have the back of those kids at Springfield high school". Marrs handed out "Diversity is white genocide" flyers at Springfield High last week.
    The "Free America Rally"  organized by a variety of white supremacist groups including Stormfront "to bring our movement together" is seriously organizing against the referendum proposal to give licenses to undocumented workers and students, for insurance purposes.
    Marr is planning to run for Eugene mayor. That seems to be the latest tactic of wing nuts. A local gun fetishist is running for city Council in Corvallis.

Oct 18
Corvallis Sister City, Uzhhorod (Uzhgorod), in Hands of "Bandits"

Above: Ukrainian nationalists.
   Uzhhorod (Uzhgorod), Corvallis's sister city in the Ukraine, is as unsettled as much of the Ukraine. The capital of Carpathian Ruthenia (also called Transcarpathia among other names), the city and region have a large number of ethnic minorities who worry about the policies of the Ukrainian nationalists who threw out the previous, narrowly elected and pro-Russian government in a coup.  The nationalists are a source of concern for the Rusyn (Ruthenian), Jewish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian and Romani populations who reflect the nation's history at the southwest corner of Ukraine.
   The mayor of Uzhhorod (Uzhgorod) elected by the Ukrainian nationalist majority is a vitriolic racist who railed, for example, against the "brazen Jewishness" of an opponent who ran against him for the national presidency (they both lost). The national government have thhemselves restored to "good standing" the men who followed Stepan Bandera and collaborated with the Nazis in WWII. The major atrocity against Jews in Ukraine at the time was at Baba Yar, and it was Ukrainian collaborators, not German Nazis, who carried the atrocity out. The new government has boasted of Ukrainian involvement in the atrocity, poimtimg to the fact that 300 Nazi soldiers accompanying them were "squeamish" about the massacre.
   It is not only Jewish Trans-Carpathians who are nervous. At one Romani settlement, "three local police cars arrived in the settlement at 6 AM. Militia members jumped out of the vehicles and began breaking into the homes where everyone was still sleeping. They broke down their doors and sprayed tear gas in the eyes of children who were just waking up. In one house there were six young children asleep, in another, seven. The pretext for attacking the settlement and forcibly entering its dwellings was an alleged search for a Romani man who had reportedly stolen some hay from a neighboring village. "They were behaving like bandits, not cops. They pushed me so hard I almost collapsed. I didn't know what to do. The children were terribly afraid and shouting, so they began spraying tear gas in their eyes. Little children!" says one witness to the conflict.
   In schools, children with names reflecting a non-majority status are assigned "Ukrainian" names. A conversation with a leading candidate for education minister was quoted as "What is your name? Misha. It’s not Ukrainian. You are Mihailo! And your name? Masha. You are Marusa. If you want to be called Masha, go to Russia."
   All minorities have similar concerns. The majority of the previous government was tenuous enough that they set out to guarantee the rights of minorities, and with those guarantees also cement their support in future elections. The new government has no such ideals or aspirations and indeed are committed to assimilating the ethnic minorities or driving them out of the country. It probably behooves Corvallis to re-negotiate "sister city" status with Uzhhorod, asking for guarantees of ethnic rights. If the current administration of the city and the nation continues in its racist path, it could be as embarrassing - not to say, as downright immoral - as for example maintaining a similar relationship with Munich in 1940. It might strike some as a little inappropriate. It might strike MOST as such.

Hal Salwasser, Controversial ex-Forestry Chairman, Dead at 69

Hal Salwasser, former chairman of OSU's Forestry Department died last night. in his Corvallis home. OSU and the gazette tried to spin his tenure as something less complex than it was.
   'Hal was a wonderful colleague, a respected forester and an engaged Corvallis community member,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray. “His work leading the College of Forestry grew the university’s essential contributions in teaching and research concerning the world’s forests, watersheds, natural areas and the wood products industry.'
   It is not for such a career that he is remembered. Salwasser became head of the forestry department at a time when the timber corporations, heretofore rulers of the forests, had begun a long decline and instead had begun shipping the state's logs to Asia for milling. Traditional timber corporations like Weyerhaeuser rebranded themselves as development and real estate companies, and many of those who remained - like the local behemoth Starker Forests - were becoming focused on "sustainable forestry". The College of Forestry itself became diverse, as those concerned with ecology became as numerous or even more so than those who - like Salwasser - viewed the forests as profit generators. 60 years earlier, he'd have been regarded as a progressive Forestry chairman, but by 1990 he was a fossil.
   Salwasser is best remembered for the debacle after the Biscuit Fire in 2002, and specifically for his attempt, together with OSU Professor John Sessions, Michael Newton and 4 other Forestry professors, to suppress a Science Magazine report by OSU grad student Don Donato and a team that showed forests recover best without the salvage logging being advocated then by the timber corporations. Several of the timber corporations, the sole Republican Congressman in Oregon, Greg Walden, Republicans in the legislature as well as Congress, reacted in fury. Donato was stunned. "It's a one-page research note," Donato said, referring to the paper published in Science. "It's not that earth-shattering, and it really would be very easy to put the paper in context and sort of almost trivialize it."
   Salwasser organized a small group of professors to condemn the "'one-page research note" and press Science to not publish it. "Nice Work" Oregon state Senate Republican leader Ted Ferrioli wrote Salwasser. Not quite. The Oregonian and eventually the Los Angeles Times and others were soon carrying headlines about the heavy handed attempt to censor the graduate team's research. It became a national scandal for OSU.
   Salwasser was pressed to appoint a committee on academic freedom to investigate. Their report was damning. "The inability of the leadership [Salwasser and the OSU administration] to recognize the academic freedom issues involved in their participation in the letter to Science calling for delay of the Donato et al. paper, and their coaching of groups interested in attacking the Donato et al. paper, stand out as significant failures of leadership and narrowness of purpose," said the panel, headed by professor K. Norman Johnson."
   The committee also interviewed present and past staff and students. One said "I am ashamed to be receiving a degree from this institution ... My future has been damaged because of the black mark that will forever follow all COF [College of Forestry] graduates." 40% of the faculty were interviewed and a majority felt "problems at the college limit their academic freedom. Many respondents described the college as" a place run by white, 'inbred' 'good old boys"' who intimidate and disparage those who don't agree with their industry-friendly perspectives. They portrayed a 'culture of fear' marked by closed-door decision-making, undisclosed timber interests, harassment (particularly of women) and a sharp divide between ecologists and foresters."
   The department chairman was clearly part of the problem and the panel's findings were "especially critical of Salwasser". The problem was not confined to the Donato report. The Los Angeles Times said he referred to all ecologists as "scam artists and goons", and to the use of lawsuits for ensuring legally required environmental protections as "Mafia protection tactics". "Andy Stahl, director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, said that he first butted heads with Salwasser in the mid-1980s. At the time, Stahl was working on spotted owl research as a forester for the National Wildlife Federation and Salwasser was working for the Forest Service under President Reagan as a wildlife ecologist. Salwasser "poked his finger into my chest and he said, 'Stahl, if you don't drop this spotted owl thing, we're gonna nail your f*ckin' ass".  Others had similar stories.
   In the wake of the panel's report to the assembled Faculty , a no-confidence vote was held and a third voted no-confidence. Nonetheless, Salwasser survived another 5 years and more before leaving. He was not, despite the bullying repeatedly attributed to him, an evil man, say some who knew him, but just out of step with the times. That was a common theme for the era, when ecology became, for the first time, a valid field of study. There were few in forestry who successfully bridged the 2 eras. We should all regret his passing. Being out of step with the times has never merited death.

Oct 16

OSU in GM Labeling Issue Is Like OSU Was in Maraschino Red Dye Labeling Years Ago
The role of OSU's Forestry and Agriculture departments in dancing to Monsanto's tune on GM labeling isn't surprising. Many residents will recall a very few years ago when OSU felt the need to stage an unprecedented university-wide vote on whether the chairman of the Forestry department (Hal Salwasser, who died last night of natural causes) should keep his job after he and several Forestry professors were caught trying to suppress a study in a national science publication which refuted timber corporations' traditional argument for timber salvage. He might not have been the head of the department if he'd chosen another course of action.
   Less well-remembered is the fight over dyes tied to cancer, and against their labeling by the cherry industry. The maraschino cherry was developed by Ernest Wiegand at OSU and because of perpetual lobbying was eventually granted the sole exception for use of the banned Red Dye No. 4 on the argument that the cherries are not, not REALLY - OSU claimed, a food source. That was despite the fact that most people have always eaten them when encountering the cherries. The toxic dye in them sits in soda and alcoholic drinks, in acidic juices from fruit cocktails, etc. and undoubtedly leaches out. The No. 4 exception is undoubtedly against the public health interest but OSU's Agriculture department long ago gave up that mission. The GM labeling issue is just a part of that long tradition. Just a reminder that agricultural professorships, like forestry professorships, are hard to come by.

Oct 15

Portland is expecting the new recreational marijuana tax will yield $4 million annually for the city.

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Oct 24
With a glut in cranberries, Northwest farmers are struggling and are compensating by planting new varieties. Prices have fallen by a third since 2012.

Oct 22
'A 10-year veteran Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attorney has demanded a Congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency’s alleged role in allowing American corporations to illegally avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes at the same time the agency is cracking down on individuals and small businesses.'

Oct 19
Dollar Tree Fined $282,500 For OSHA Violations

OSHA has said the Dollar Tree stores (there are two in Corvallis, one at the King's Circle, next to where Albertson's was, and one at 5222 on Philomath Blvd.), has “willfully and repeatedly” shown a reckless disregard for employee safety.' In the past 5 years, the chain has racked up a staggering 234 violations, and has begun to draw 6 figure fines.

The Coast Guard has scheduled a meeting in Newport to listen to the community concerns about closing the station there. '40 to 50 missions that are flown out of the Newport facility every year will be re-routed to North Bend or Astoria. Captain Todd Trimpert, who heads up the agency in southern Oregon, says there are no plans to add additional resource there and response times likely will increase.'

Oct 16

The Victim: Stuffed Horse

Above: The victim. Below: The perpetrator.

The Perp: Sean Johnson

 Sean Johnson, a Walmart customer, grabbed a stuffed horse and pulled out his penis and pressed against the horse until he orgasmed.  At that point, he pulled a comforter off the shelf and tenderly wrapped the object of his affection in it.
Business isn't all fun and games, Sean - at least not for everyone else.

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Stephen Christopher Griffin
Mr. Griffin is another Albany resident. He has started serving a sentence of 15 days for absconding. He has been charged 7 times in 3 years, usually related to theft, burglary and meth, as well as various forms of parole violation.
Ernest Lee Burgos

Mr. Burgos is from Deschutes County but has been charged 10 times in Benton County in the past 4 years, usually for burglary, meth or some form of parole violation. This time he'll serve 23 days.

James Ryan Nunn

Mr. Nunn has been charged 20 times in 4 years, on all sorts of theft variants as well as meth, weapons charges, etc. This time he has been charged for a try at car prowling, meth and burglary tools.

Manuel Pinedo

Mr. Pinedo, of Philomath, was just released from jail this week and is already back for theft and a parole/probation violation for burglary.
   If you spot any of the above 4 in your neighborhood, you needn't bother watching them. Just call the cops.  If they're not already trying to steal something, they most likely - given their histories -will be by the time police arrive.

Bryan Daniel Baca

Like Mr. Pinedo, Mr. Baca is from Philomath and is charged with driving while suspended and heroin. He's been charged 12 times in a little more than a year, with about as many sorts of nuisance crimes imaginable. As with Mr. Pinedo, Mr. Baca has the uncanny inability to walk and steal gum at the same time, it seems.

“Probably the best BirthDay present ever! I just love my parents!!!” - Jaylen Freyberg, High School Killer

The shooter in a Washington high school massacre was the freshman homecoming prince, was on sports teams and was an avid hunter. And his girlfriend just broke up with him.

Oct 24

Jason Paul Schrepfer
Mr. Schrepfer is another Albany product. He has been arrested or trespass and burglary, and a hold from Linn County. He was last arrested in Corvallis in April, on a burglary charge, of failing to show on a forgery charge and for a parole violation. He was one of two men who police say led them on a 100 mph chase up I-5 into Salem, where they injured 5 people in crashes. All the while police say they were "throwing drug paraphernalia and papers from the car." Earlier, he'd stalked an Albany business owner and grabbed a bank bag she planned on using to deposit the day's receipts. Police said he "used force to obtain the bag of proceeds from the business, fled the area" only to be wrestled to the ground and held by local citizens.
   It would be interesting to see the new EU definition of GDP - which includes the proceeds from crime in the calculation. We believe it is likely Linn County's primary industry. And ANY serious attempt to address crime in Benton County is going to require some stern communication from Benton County Commissioners to their Linn County counterparts. Otherwise, crime-fighting in Corvallis is cosmetic. There is simply no reason Benton County citizens should be paying the costs of holding much of Albany in jail.
Rebel Lee Tester

Mr. Tester is also from Albany, although he has lived in Corvallis previously as well. This time he is charged with meth, with not showing up on a theft charge, with various Albany and Linn County holds for theft, meth, etc. Mr. Tester has been charged in Corvallis 13 times in a little more than 1 year.
   We have related in previous arrests of Mr. Tester how he was born of drug addicts, according to his friends, and was shuttled in the foster system, where he was abused, they say. It makes little difference. Mr. Tester is now 27 years old and needs to begin making his own decisions. That, in itself, presents a problem for anyone determined to turn their life around. Without education, there are no opportunities for self-support in Corvallis. Nor has there been any attempt to create any. The city's Economic Development Director has recruited employers who pay substandard wages for temporary, part time jobs. Given a choice between working AND being homeless, or just being homeless, many will choose the latter. The hopelessness ensuing is best addressed with self-medication, which can only be paid for by crime. It is a circle which needs to be broken somewhere, and the place to start may be with disciplining the Economic Development Director who has focused so much on creating the problem.

Regina Marie Frier

Ms Frier is from Seaside and this is the 9th time she has been charged in 3 years. She is charged with assault. She is a Corvallis homeless woman who has a long history of mental health and addiction issues. Ms Frier is another placed in foster care when she was 11, according to court documents. She was put back with her own mother but "ran away when she was 13 and supported herself, when she was younger, through prostitution". She "began using alcohol when she was 10, marijuana when she was 11, and methamphetamine when she was 14. She has continued to use methamphetamine and abuse alcohol throughout much of her life," according to the document (you can read it here.)
   She subsequently had 5 children of her own, each with major behavioral problems, and the state has tried to work with her repeatedly before  terminating her parental rights. The children were several times found unsupervised, sometimes just wandering while Ms Frier followed her addictions, authorities said. The state finally concluded that Ms Frier's own mental health issues were so great that trying to work with her on developing parenting plans were consuming vast resources best spent on the children in another environment. The caseworker said that "one of the concerns I had, too, how much support does this woman need just to try to maintain on her own, and how viable is that really. Can you really expect ongoing forever massive support services to essentially take care of children while they're in her custody?"
In fact, the psychiatrist Ms Frier called as a witness in appealing the state's decision to terminate her parental rights spoke instead of Ms Frier's "long history of mental illness and poor medication compliance". Nonetheless, the state tried to find a means for Ms Frier to keep "at least one child" with her. That was, in our opinion, a mistake, from the beginning. We know Ms Frier, find she can be personable and attractive, but she has "episodes". The result of leaving her 5 children in her care for so long has likely just created 5 more Regina Friers for future generations to try to deal with.
   There may need to be a re-evaluation of the semi-religious assumption that the best care of an infant is provided by a biological parent. We are seeing much evidence to the contrary. That may especially be the case when the parent has mental health issues of his or her own, but again we need to be careful with who we regard legally as "crazy". Today, the Oregonian is reviewing a Mormon church admission that founder Joseph Smith became polygamous after "a revelation from god". That included a 14 year old girl. In 1880, the "age of consent" in the US was abominably low, ranging from 7 years old in Delaware. Oregon's was 10 years old. Pedophiles seem to have had considerable influence in state legislatures.
  In related pedophile news:

"Mama" June of Honey Booboo Reality TV

   TMZ has now revealed that the child molester "Mama June" was dating, with the result the TV show was cancelled yesterday, is the man who sodomized her older daughter 10 years ago, when that child was 10.
   In related religious nuttery news, a Christian fundamentalist preacher in Coquille, Oregon, whose own lawyer described his views as "crazy" was convicted of trying to hide ownership of a motel and a diner, which they claimed are tax exempt. The couple in time became part of the "sovereign citizen movement" and "renounced" their citizenship. It didn't work. They were found guilty of tax evasion.

Danielle Leigh Hilliard

Ms Hilliard is also from Albany. This is Ms Hilliard's 4th time to be charged in a year. She has also left her mugshot in Multnomah County. It's been meth and assaulting a police officer, etc. in Corvallis in the past, as it is this time. She was charged in April when "reported that a woman drove her vehicle onto the sidewalk and was yelling and hysterical." Police reported they thought she had smoked meth at the time. She also was the star witness in the trial of Raymond Lataille, featured previously in this column. "Danielle Hilliard, 24, reported to Albany police on Jan. 1 that she had given Lataille permission to drive her car while they celebrated on New Year’s Eve in Corvallis, but he became enraged when she bought chips and water at Circle K and not cigarettes for him. According to court documents, she told police that he took her cell phone, drove her to Albany against her will while brandishing a knife, forced her out of the car around 3 a.m. near the intersection of Northwest North Albany Road and Northview Lane, and then drove away. At one point, she told police, he thrust the knife toward her neck and cut her finger as she put her hands up in defense."
   Sadly, she had such promise, being on the LBCC Honor Roll in 2011.

Erica Etta Bonito

Ms Bonito has also been featured in this column previously, having been charged for the 3rd time in 4 months, usually for assault. She is from Keizer and was charged in June after "showing up drunk to her baby’s father’s house and trying to take their 1-year-old child away by force. She reportedly punched a 78-year-old relative of the baby’s father repeatedly in the face as the woman was holding the child".

Christopher Lamarr Stephens

Mr. Stephens is charged with a domestic violence assault. This is Mr. Stephens' first time to be charged in Corvallis in recent years.

Elsewhere in Oregon, a police officer is now saying he reported an assistant Portland high school wrestling coach for raping a student in 2010 and that his report was never properly followed up. That same coach. Bradford Lee Porter, has now been charged with raping another girl.

In Marysville, Washington, a high school is under lockdown as police search room to room after a student turned a gun on the cafeteria, shooting as many as 5 and killing 1 before shooting himself. There were initial reports of a second shooter.

David Van Vleet

Above: Van Vleet, a Tacoma man who had sought the names and addresses of 70 licensed strippers, as well as pictures, birthdays and other information under the public records law, so - he says - he could "pray for them" - was denied access by a judge. Although the judge thought his denial might be sketchy under the law, he still issued an injunction against the creep.

3 California deputies have been shot in a series of shootings over 30 miles with the same suspect. One of the deputies has died. 'A woman who was with the man was taken into custody and authorities said she had a handgun in her purse.'

Oregonians have had our own case of Love Goes Bad among the famous, but Oregonians with a love for Mexican music are still reeling from the news that  Aldo Sarabia, of the popular Banda El Recodo was not, as feared, a victim of the drug cartels in Sinaloa. The band had performed widely at cartel events as well as elsewhere.

   Instead, authorities say, Sarabia's wife had met a man four months earlier, had an affair within days and began plotting the murder shortly after she greeted him (above) with flowers and festivities on his return from touring..

In the ongoing religious crime wave, 'a Jewish settler ran over two Palestinian children near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank Sunday. According to the witnesses, the settler hit the two girls, both aged 5, on the main road near Sinjil town. The girls arrived at the hospital, both in comas and medical teams had scrambled to save their lives.'

Oct 23

Kenneth Leon Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy is another gift from Linn County. This is the 10th time he's been charged in a little more than a year. In February, he was arrested when police said a woman called and said she'd been "choked and shoved into a wall". Kennedy was arrested. He's also been charged with drug possession.
Christopher James Perry

We have a "Two-fer" tonight on men police say beat women. Mr. Perry is charged with not showing up on a domestic violence assault charge. He was arrested by Linn County sheriffs although he is from Alsea. He was charged in December with "breaking an interior door off of its frame and assaulting a woman" in front of her children. He was arrested in January for violating a No-Contact order.
   In related news, men who torture women were given a break by the Court of Appeals ruling that pulling a woman's hair out by the roots does not constitute "assault" under Oregon law. That's a law ripe for change, like yesterday.
   In related news, the Annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail took place, involving 220 Counties in 26 states, resulted in Clackamas County arresting 38 on outstanding warrants, as officers attempted to serve 208 warrants. Benton County does not participate.

Melissa Dawn Watkins

Ms Watkins is also from Linn County, and has been charged in Corvallis 7 times in the last year. This time it's a drug traffic court violation on a Theft I charge. Her Peekyou account lists her previous employer as a "Drug Dealer". That certainly won't stand out on a résumé from someone in Linn County. You need to jazz that lsting up a little, Melissa.
   In other theft news, Corvallis police are reporting a 17% rise in car prowls in the city over last year.

Jacob Paul Mason

Mr. Mason has also been charged in Lane and Lincoln Counties. He is charged with Theft III (usually shoplifting in Corvallis), resisting arrest, etc. He's been charged in Corvallis 4 times in little over a year. It would lay some suspicions to rest if we knew a little more about the resisting and how he got that black eye.
   In law enforcement crime news, #blacklivesmatter today shut traffic down in the Atlanta area with human chains protesting police violence against African American males.

A UO Faculty task force on sexual violence today presented the list of recommendations they had been charged with drawing up. Foremost among them was cancelling a proposed expansion of Fraternity Sorority Life (FSL) because "the Greek system and athletics are where multiple studies show a prevalence of sexual violence."
   Citing statistics, the report concludes 20 students per week are attacked sexually at UO. You can read the full report here.
   OSU has reported an increase in sex abuse last year too.
    In related news, a right wing site calling themselves "Factual Feminism" issued a bizarre video advising women not to worry about those silly old date rape drugs ("roofies").

Of all the paranoid rumors surfacing regarding the legalization of pot, one has been forgotten - a man in Everett robbed another man of hash oil by hitting him in the face with a bong. Bongs as weapons - let's not forget to add that one.

Robert Keller: Clown from Haunted House

Above: elsewhere, in Illinois, an employee of a "haunted house", Robert "Keller was 'holding a vibrating, purple sex toy' and the other clown was holding a teddy bear with a vibrator attached to the stuffed animal’s 'groin area.' As Janito sought to reach the ticket window around 7:45 PM, the two clowns allegedly surrounded her daughter. Keller, according to the lawsuit, 'began to violently poke the Minor in various parts of her body, including her buttocks.' The other clown 'inserted the Teddy Bear Vibrator into his own mouth and began simulating oral sex.' The complaint accuses Keller of yelling “Do you want some more?” and “You know you like it in the butt!” at the girl. When Janito sought to intercede, Keller waved the purple vibrator in her face 'in a threatening manner.' While doing this, he commented, “You like this!,” the complaint charges." Poor women. As if clowns in a Haunted House aren't creepy enough.

More Southern news from the Southland: Jonnie Boggess of West Virginia was arrested after what he says was "gentle sex" with his beagle, named Piglet.

Following in the Footsteps of Orange Is the New Black: Teresa Giudice

Teresa Giudice, a player in the Real Housewives of New Jersey who is always shown as a superficial and extravagant spender, will be sent to Danbury prison to serve he 15 month sentence for fraud. The couple must also pay $414,000 restitution and her husband may be deported after his own 41 month sentence. Danbury is the setting for the Orange Is the New Black series.

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Note: Everyone should be assumed innocent until convicted. There are several sleazy websites across the country posting mugshots, utilizing photos owned by the public, in the public domain, all run by Portlander Kyle Ritter, which will remove your mugshot for $39 or such from their sites. This is not one of them. Do not send in cash trying to have a mugshot removed. It would just be a waste of your time and your money. Instead, put your time into turning your life around. And your money into your kids.

  OF 2014
Oct 24

Above: Planned Parenthood was concerned enough to send out a special alert to all supporters on the Linn-Benton race for state Senate:
'when politicians dismiss and demean women, it has a direct impact on their lives. Oregon women deserve elected leaders who will expand and strengthen access to health care, not turn back the clock on their rights.
   Your vote will make a key difference in targeted races that will determine the balance of power in the Oregon Legislature..
   Here in Linn-Benton County, we are thrilled to endorse Sara Gelser, who trusts women to make their own personal medical decisions – without the interference of politicians or bosses.
   Her opponent, meanwhile, is endorsed by Oregon Right To Life, an extreme organization that’s working to ban safe, legal abortion – even in cases of rape and incest. Senator Betsy Close even once sponsored a condescending bill that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, outrageously comparing a woman’s personal, private medical decision to buying “a refrigerator…or a house.”
   “Contraceptive equity…is a basic healthcare issue for women, but it’s also an economic justice issue for women,” Sara says. “Women need to be able to make choices about their family timing and family size in order to plan smart and safe economic futures for themselves.”
   For the 2015 legislative session, we have a robust agenda to expand access to women’s health care, to protect patient privacy and to preserve funding for family planning services. We will also diligently block any attempts to let politicians come between a woman and her doctor. We need elected officials who will stand up for women’s health – and we know Sara Gelser will do just that.
   Can we count on you to turn in your ballot by Novem4th?'

A Louisiana Republican mayor, Wilson Longanecker, entered office promising  to "restore dignity" to the office and to "never embarrass this community", was arrested today. He had "stopped going to his office, citing a medical procedure — but he also stopped responding to emails, phone calls, and text messages. After five months, Randy Anny — the man Longanecker, Jr. beat in the election by a single vote — had to step in and act as mayor pro tem in order to manage the city’s finances." Today, it became clear what Longanecker had been doing with his time when a task force raided his home and found reams of kiddie porn videos, which he tried to destroy as they were gathering them up.

Oct 23

Trade Minister in "Hot Seat" Over S&M Bar Expenses

Above: Oregon governor John Kitzhaber's relationship with one widely viewed as a "user" can only seem tame to Japanese observers. Only days after 2 other Ministers had to resign over money scandals, Japan's Minister of Trade is in the hot seat when it emerged his staff had regularly booked performances at an S&M club, "where women dressed only in underwear are tied up with ropes and whipped".

Oct 22
A Portland auditor report has raised alarm about a building tripling in cost and a Portland administrator has been put on administrative leave as a result.

A Republican candidate for the state legislature, Jordan Haskins, argued against "the homosexual agenda" and that if 'the state wants to trample religious freedom, we go somewhere else where our values are welcome'. The Michigan legislator suspended his campaign today when it was revealed that he is on parole for repeatedly breaking into strangers' cars and masturbating, in both Michigan and North Carolina.

The Republican who heads Texas's biggest anti-gay group called for an end to "no fault" divorce, saying his wife should not have been allowed to leave him so soon. For another woman.

A new poll shows that Cylvia Hayes has become an albatross around the state of Oregon, with young males deserting the governor in droves. These are men who haven't made the dumb romantic choices older men and women have, and feel empathy for Kitzhaber: "Hey! I SWEAR I KNOW that person. I was involved with somebody JUST LIKE THAT!" Young women have more empathy for the governor as well. They're often involved with the said young men and understand poor choices well. Hayes needs to leave Oregon and find fresh hunting material. New blood. The governor needs to wake the f*ck up.
   The irony of course is that the wife of the governor's opponent is dumber than a post. She'd never have made the choices she did, if she weren't.

Oregon Republican Dennis Richardson's latest campaign tactics merited a nationwide response from Planned Parenthood:
   "Have you seen this outrageous false advertising from Dennis Richardson? After waging an 11-year campaign against women’s rights in the Oregon Legislature, he’s pulling an “election eve conversion” stunt in a desperate bid to dupe voters.
   Oregon women are already fighting for reproductive freedom, affordable health care and equal pay for equal work. The last thing they need is to be deceived by politicians and organizations that are expanding their efforts to roll back the clock on women’s rights:
   Students For Life staged a protest October 16th at Portland State University that’s designed to mislead young people about Planned Parenthood’s effective, confidential, nonjudgmental health care services, and instead steer them toward fake medical clinics that don’t protect their privacy and that endanger public health by providing misleading information.   
   One student called the installation “negative” and “disturbing.”
Oregon Right To Life is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by spreading junk science that abortion causes cancer. Executive Director Gayle Atteberry wrote in an October 7th message, “I found it unconscionable that [Komen Oregon] an organization whose sole purpose was to find a cure for breast cancer would donate to [Planned Parenthood] an organization whose main action was one that could cause the cancer they were trying to heal.”
   40 Days For Life has doubled its presence at one of Planned Parenthood’s health centers in Oregon. The anti-abortion campaign, which runs through November 2nd, continues to intimidate patients who seek basic health care services from Planned Parenthood across the state. If these protesters were truly committed to reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, they would work with Planned Parenthood to increase access to affordable birth control and comprehensive sex education.
   Please help Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon reach as many voters as possible between now and Election Day. Your support will make the difference in protecting women’s health.
Laura Terrill Patten
Executive Director"

The longest serving Republican in Congress, Don Young of Alaska, made few friends when addressing a high school at Wasilla, where a young classmate recently committed suicide. Young tuned to the subject in his speech and referred to the young man as having had no support from family or friends - "obviously". "I felt the oxygen go out of the room, but I gasped as well,” said Principal Amy Spargo. One young student stood up to assure Young that the victim had many friends and support, but it was a matter of depression. Things went downhill, with Young calling the kid a "smart aleck" and an "asshole" and the principal closed the session early.


Cylvia Hayes and her "Dangerous Man" Karl Topinka

Above: The saga of the governor's choice in partners keeps going on. Cylvia Hayes told the press that the pot farm idea from 20 years ago was the idea of "a dangerous man" she'd been involved with. The "dangerous man" said today that, yes, he'd been convicted of crimes but that the pot idea was hers. "There was a lot of camouflage with Cylvia," he told the Daily Mail. "She has multiple personalities. She always knows what she wants but there's two ways to get anywhere. There's the straight road and there's the crooked road. For some reason Cylvia always gets herself on the crooked road.  She's sly. I can't even tell you what I've sacrificed in my life for her. This guy's doing the same. Look at what a powerful couple they could be, think of that responsibility. You can't abuse that but she did. How can you trust that person?"
   Good question, and one the governor can sort out. As for the rest of the state, the governor's personal issues seem not be affecting how people vote much. Everyone has made a poor choice in relationships along the way and most seem to just feel empathy for someone who's been repeatedly lied to, and repeatedly has believed, another.

In other news, the wife of a Kitzhaber aide was given a contract to produce a video for the governor's health reforms despite being higher than the low bidder. The low bidder, told of the contract award says "It sounds unethical and maybe immoral," he said, "and wasted a lot of people's time to produce a proposal that probably wasn't even looked at."

Michelle Bachmann, paranoid extraordinaire, is getting a tax-payer paid "security guard detail" to protect her against "the Islamic State". It is time we cease giving lunatics news space as though they are to be taken seriously, pundits have observed but the humor of the political news would be lost if we all did so.
   In related news, Texas just keeps getting loonier. The man about to become lieutenant governor has declared that "God speaks to us through Duck Dynasty", apparently bcause Dan Patrick neither reads nor knows how to pray himself. He also believes that Mexican coyotes speak the Pakistani Urdu language.

Oct 20

The family of James Foley, a journalist beheaded by ISIL religious extremists, is demanding an apology from Republicans who have been using his murder. "It makes me very sad that people would use the brutality of our son's death for their own political purposes", says Foley's mother.

The issues of candidates in Oregon are serious enough but elsewhere it gets worse. A leader of the Republican Party in Alabama and Speaker of the House there has been arrested on 23 counts related to bribery.

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Site Dedicated to the Memory of Eric McKinley, d. Iraq, 2002
Eric McKinley was our local connoisseur of ska music and cafe denizen whose unit was activated and sent to Iraq by George Bush to patrol with inadequately armored vehicles. When Congressional funds for armoring the vehicles were diverted by the notorious Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (later tried on corruption charges), Eric's unit was reduced to using plywood to give their vehicles some additional protection. When an insurgent's IED hit Eric's vehicle, his horrified teammates were forced to watch as the heat of the burning plywood began exploding the grenades strapped to Eric's body. Eric, you are not forgotten and will live forever in our hearts.
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Oct 24
J. K. Rowling Promises New Harry Potter Chapter on Dolores Umbridge by Halloween

Above: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says she will release a new story about one of the fictional universe’s most despicable characters on Halloween, Dolores Umbridge, headmistress of Hogwarts in the fifth book and film in the series, Order of the Phoenix.

Amazon's Fire phones have sold as badly as was predicted, with only 35,000 sold the first month compared to the usual 1 million for newly released phones. The company is now writing off $170,000,000.00 in unsold inventory.

'The Chinese jailbreaking team Pangu has released a software tool that allows users to Jailbreak their iPhones, iPads and iPods running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 8 and iOS 8.1.'

Google tech specialist Nicholas Rotundo has been arrested for trying to surreptitiously extort nude photos from a Texas co-ed who had applied for work.

Oct 23

Above: Polish developers of "Hatred" claim it "smacks of every mass shooting in the United States since the Columbine massacre in 1999". It is "so insanely, bluntly sociopathic that it could easily be parody" of every US sociopath and open carry advocate. The trailer was released today and it will be available in 2015 for PCs, much to the horror of critics.

A bent iPhone has resulted in burns which sent a man to the hospital.

Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond has been put into solitary confinement, a note smuggled out of prison confirms. 'An avowed enemy of the military-industrial complex, he was the principal architecht of a massive, crippling attack on the for-profit intelligence service Stratfor. As revealed in a series of Daily Dot investigations, however, Hammond was enabled and directed by hacker turned informant Hector "Sabu" Monsegur'.

Ello, the Anti-Facebook, today became a Public Benefits Corporation, which means they CANNOT:
  Sell user-specific data to a third party

  Enter into an agreement to display paid advertising on behalf of a third party; and
  In the event of an acquisition or asset transfer, the Company shall require any acquiring entity to adopt these requirements with respect to the operation of Ello or its assets.
   That hasn't kept the public from investing. They have now raised more than $5 million.

England has passed a new law to imprison hackers for life if they "endanger national security", which most feel is simply a government ploy to lock up whistleblowers like Edward Snowden forever.

Here is a complete list of all the cars affected by the airbag recall, released in amended version yesterday:
BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – Ranger
2005 – 2006 GT
2005 – 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 – Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 – 2011 Honda Element
2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 – Honda Ridgeline
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 – Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2007 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 – 2005 MPV
2004 – B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Baja
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback
2004 – 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra

Oct 22

Above: Anime gaming has taken on a new aspect with the release of Neko Mimi Sabaibaa!, allowing users to take a picture of their own cat and superimposing it on a frame to create a new character in the game, which then engages in a tussle with a puppy. Other games have the same feature and it marks a new interactivity in gaming.

Some degree of the contempt for Oracle Corp. most Oregonians feel can be gathered from the combining - in an Oregonian news summary - of the euthanasia of a vicious pitbull with the state cutting off Oracle in the writing of state medical software.

Google has introduced the latest lame upgrade replacement of gmail, called Inbox.

The right wing Hungarian government of the Fidesz Party may finally have gone too far, by proposing a government tax per gigabyte of data on internet use. The tax would allow corporations to deduct the bills from their income taxes, and already this morning a Facebook page protesting the move has drawn 100,000 members. Said the founder: "In more developed nations, broadband Internet access is considered part of human rights.Only the darkest dictatorships want to control the Internet either financially or with raw power". He apparently hasn't heard of Comcast and the US.

'Microsoft patched three zero-day vulnerabilities in Windows which were actively exploited in the wild by hackers, and now a new Zero-day vulnerability has been disclosed affecting all supported releases of Windows operating systems'.

#Gamergate, which has consisted of a throng of self-entitled game boys sending death threats and trolling women developers and writers in the gaming industry, has had an unintended aspect of bringing into the forefront noted women developers as well as their male friends and peer supporters. Corvallis game developer Jay Walker is one of the latter, who says the confrontations have had the unintended consequence that "great women developers are coming out of the closet and staking their claims in the gaming industry". Another is Chris Kliuwe, an outspoken advocate for the rights of gay players and women while he was a Minnesota Viking punter. Today, he released his own letter on the issue as one who has been a gamer for 26 years.
"Dear #Gamergaters,
Do you know why you piss me the fuck off?
Because you’re lazy. You’re ignorant. You are a blithering collection of wannabe Wikipedia philosophers, drunk on your own buzzwords, incapable of forming an original thought. You display a lack of knowledge stunning in its scope, a fundamental disregard of history and human nature so pronounced that makes me wonder if lead paint is a key component of your diet. You think you’re making piercing arguments when, in actuality, you’re throwing a temper tantrum that would embarrass a three-year-old.
(#Gamergate, for those unaware, is what happened a bit over a month ago, where an angry neckbeard posted demonstrably false allegations about his ex-girlfriend, claiming she slept with video game site reviewers for better scores for her games (again, demonstrably false), and then a whole bunch of other angry neckbeards on the Internet went full Denis Dyack and spitfrothed themselves into national attention by making an array of threats on numerous female game developers, including ones about their death, tried to hide behind a shield of “it’s about journalistic ethics because they said gamers are dead,” and generally proved why the Internet needs to be burned to the ground and the ashes salted. If you’re curious about the details, here’s a good background link.) There’s this herd of people, mainly angsty teenage caucasian men (based on an informal survey of 99 percent of the people who feel the need to defend this nonsense to me on Twitter), who feel that somehow, their identity as “gamers” is being taken away. Like they’re all little Anne Franks, hiding in their basements from the PC Nazis and Social Justice Warrior brigades, desperately protecting the last shreds of “core gaming” in their unironically horrible Liveblog journals filled with patently obvious white privilege and poorly disguised misogyny. “First they came for our Halo 2’s, and I said nothing.”
These paint-huffing shitgoblins think they’re “gamers,” and it pisses me the fuck off.
I grew up playing games. When I was six years old, back in 1987 (so long ago!), I got an NES, and there was no looking back. I played Battletoads, and learned that “faster computer reactions” is a cheap substitute for “harder difficulty.” I played Final Fantasy VI on the SNES, and watched an opera play out through a video game. I played Metal Gear Solid on PS1, and thought my game was freaking the fuck out. I logged on to Ultima Online the day the shards went up, and got pk’ed, and tried to figure out what this giant sandbox could actually do. I played just about every MMO after that as well, and first person shooter, and JRPG, and on and on (except for sports games; I hate sports games).
I am a gamer. I’ve had 24-hour LAN parties, fragging people in Duke Nukem and Quake, pounding Mountain Dew to stay awake, WinAMP playlist blasting my favorite songs at high volume. I’ve traded Nintendo Power facts and tips with my friends on the playground, and tried to figure out where the next boss was, or the best strategy to use (complete with horseshit stories from that one friend who just loved making things up and —NO! — you cannot save Aeris, goddammit). I’ve been made fun of by the jocks, even when I was on the football team.
Gaming is part of who I am, I can promise you that.Thus, when I see an article titled “Gamers are dead,” referring to the death of the popular trope of a pasty young man in a dimly lit room, it fills me with joy, because it means WE FUCKING WON. So many people are playing games now that they are popular culture. They are not going away. All sorts of cool things, that I like, are now things that a whole bunch of other people like! There’s enough space now for people to make games that are strange and disturbing and maybe highlight a different perspective of the world, because gaming is no longer a niche activity, it’s something that everybody does. There is room for art in video games. That’s awesome!
You slopebrowed weaseldicks with zero reading comprehension and even less critical thinking skills who think an article claiming “Gamers are dead” is something bad? Fuck me sideways with a sandblaster.
It’s like all you can do is look at this collection of words, scratch yourself uneasily, and then run off to look for grubs. Your reaction (and I am not making this up, because it’s been widely documented literally everywhere) to various articles proclaiming the death of the basement-dwelling, cheetos-huffing, poopsock-sniffing douchepistol, because games are so good now that they are common entertainment and thus everyone plays them, was to COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT by either:
a) Making misogynistic threats against a wide variety of female game developers and critics because somehow they’re going to keep games you enjoy from ever being made again
b) Being stupid enough to get sucked in by people busy making misogynistic threats against a wide variety of female game developers and critics, and supporting their idiotic crusade for the dumbing down of everyone everywhere ever.
Every time I see one of you slackjawed pickletits link me something like “I’m a moderate #Gamergate’r,” or “#Gamergate in sixty seconds YOUTUBE CLIP,” or “Here’s an anecdotal story from this one woman we found that completely negates an entire history of misogyny and abuse of women, not just in videogaming but in the entirety of human existence so support the REAL GAMERS,” it pisses me the fuck off because you are ruining something I enjoy. When people — everyday people who watch the coverage on CNN of Anita Sarkeesian having to cancel a speaking engagement due to death threats — think of “gamers,” they are going to think of you, and that irritates me. It enrages me. I want to punch down a wall, and I like my walls. They’re nicely painted.When people think of “gamers,” I want them to think of Child’s Play, and athletes who play competitive League of Legends, and all the normalization we’ve accomplished over the years. I want them to think of feminism, and games as an art form — something more than mass entertainment. I want them to think of all the amazing things that video games have done, and can do, because that means we get to keep playing more games. But as long as you hemorrhoidal gunt stains continue this asininity, they won’t, and it makes me want to pick you all up collectively and shake you until your rectum leaks out what little brains you possess because YOU’RE SO FUCKING DUMB.
We are winning the culture war. There are multiple TV shows about nerds as role models. For fuck’s sake, in House of Cards, Kevin Spacey plays a goddamn U.S. Representative who relaxes by playing first-person shooters! The only danger to the things “gamers” enjoy doing (i.e. playing new games), is the threat YOU YOURSELF have created, because for some reason you think sharing your toys with others is going to make the world explode.You, #Gamergaters, with your bilious Internet rage, you think you’re speaking for some core demographic, some historic legacy, but you’re not. You’re speaking for a lie trapped inside your mind; a lie that one somehow has to be “hardcore” in order to appreciate games; a lie formed by social ineptitude and too much time spent picturing yourself as the only creature that matters in the universe. A lie about male power and privilege, and how dare those women try to ruin your fun? (No matter whose expense you’re having it at). The lie you tell yourselves is one completely incapable of recognizing just how far society has come — that equality is important, and that the tech industry has been misogynistic for a very long time, and that we need to change that, and we’re in the process of doing so, despite the mouthvomits you like to pretend are logical trains of thought.
All the real gamers? They’re the developers now, the reviewers, the writers and the players who remember a time when you couldn’t download a virtual copy of your game, but instead had to go to a Toys“R”Us and hope they had it in stock. The real gamers, both men and women, look at your frantic rantings about “ethics in videogame journalism,” and they shake their heads sadly, wondering how you could get sucked in by some script-kiddie /b/tards and conspiracy-nut celebrities gleefully using you as a smokescreen for misogynistic hate. They look at the rich diversity of games that exist now, and they are THRILLED, because no one ever thought we’d get this far, and real gamers like PLAYING GAMES.
I know game developers, personally. I know game reviewers, personally. You know what else I know? That both developers and reviewers know each other quite well, because this industry used to be very small. One where you had to be a gamer to want to make a game, or to write reviews, because the money certainly wasn’t NFL money. It absolutely wasn’t the billion-dollar industry it is now, with games pulling in just as much as blockbuster movies. It was a group of people, doing what they loved, making games, and playing games, and a lot of them are still there, and they’re friends!
Does this mean occasionally there will be a review you don’t agree with somewhere? You better believe it. First off, a review, BY DEFINITION, is subjective. It’s one person’s take on a moment in time from their own perspective. If you don’t like it, look at some other reviews. There’s plenty out there! Second, when you spend a lot of time with other people, you tend to become friends, which means you help each other out. Like donating to a friend’s Kickstarter or Patreon campaign because you like what they do and want to see them do more of it. This isn’t some ethics-blighting stain on the video game industry. This is basic human nature, but apparently you pestilent little toads can’t imagine the concept of friendship. Perhaps you should go watch some Care Bears?
This fallacy that you hide behind — the idea of wanting to make video game journalism some pristine bastion of unbreakable ethics, where no one ever gives a game a 5 instead of a 4 because they’ve known the developer for over two decades and one of their kids is the other’s goddaughter? Yeah. Good luck. Might as well develop cold fusion while you’re at it. You don’t even see the complete idiocy of this idea because you’re too busy wargleblargling your face into your keyboard.
(Oh, and feel free to direct some of that naivete at the actual media, whose job is to cover things that actually matter. Every game reviewer I know is actually highly concerned with the ethics of their situation, because they’ve gone to school for it. They know that acting unethically is a very quick way to drive away consumers.)You know what else acting unethically does (like, say, for example, supporting misogynistic mouthbreathers who get off on making rape threats against women as part of your “movement”)? It drives away supporters. It makes them question your basic humanity and intelligence.
In fact, #Gamergaters, if your concern really was ethics, the very first thing you would be saying about this whole mess is, “Holy shit, get these fucking misogynistic creeps away from us. Let’s find a different hashtag to assemble under RIGHT FUCKING NOW.” You’d be doing everything in your power to make sure the legitimate cause you’re concerned about wasn’t hijacked or used as a shield by those with no other agenda than to make women and minorities afraid, simply because they can. You wouldn’t defend the oppression of someone simply based on their gender (because let’s be real honest here, I haven’t seen a single #Gamergater go after Activision, or Ubisoft, or Rockstar), and you definitely wouldn’t concoct ever-more wild conspiracy theories to support your increasingly flawed view of reality.
(My personal favorite is that a combination of a secret cabal of power-mad journalists are working with the world-threatening feminist agenda in order to remove the purity of video games, because Obama and Jews. That’s a good look, people. Very convincing. I’m surprised you couldn’t work chemtrails in there somehow.)Unfortunately, all you #Gamergaters keep defending this puerile filth, and so the only conclusion to draw is the logical one: That you support those misogynistic cretins in all their mouthbreathing glory. That you support the harassment of women in the video game industry (and in general). That you support the idiotic stereotype of the “gamer” as a basement-dwelling sweatbeast that so many people have worked so hard to try and get rid of.
And you know what? That pisses me the fuck off. I’ve spent too long as a gamer, seen too much progress made, to let you tarnish that name.
I hope you all, every #Gamergater, picks up a debilitating case of genital warts.
The rest of you — find a different hashtag.
Chris Kluwe
Eight-year NFL player
26-year Gamer"

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Oct 24
New testing on infant formulas in Portland shows Enfamil Soy Infant Formula  and Similac Soy Isomil for lactose-intolerant babies have GMO contents manufactured to allow high dosages of herbicides - by definition, life killing.

DuPont's $4.6 million greasing of the wheels to prevent labeling of GMO foods has set a new record. This Supreme Court has ensured there's no way to control election spending and the US democracy is well on the way to becoming the best democracy money can buy.

Possibly the worst scenario in the U.S. - the likely confirmation of an Ebola victim in New York City - has occurred. A Doctors Without Borders physician returned from working with Ebola victims in Guinea has been put in isolation. After he took the subway and went bowling in Brooklyn last night.
   In related news, the World Health Organization says they are testing 2 candidates for an Ebola vaccine and expect a vaccine by the end of the year.

Oct 23
The Northwest's Paul Allen has decided to fork over $100 million to fight Ebola.

Oct 22

Above: Jacqueline Laurent made nudie movies nearly 50 years ago. Today, she's a 73 year old school teacher in Canada and some schoolboys stumbled across her filmography of Swedish Sex Games, Hot and Naked, and The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac. After her short film career, she became a comedienne then a drama teacher. "I would never do pornography. We called them light, erotic films, and they have nothing to do with the kinds of things you see today."
   The school terminated her contract after the boys posted the films and nude pictures on Facebook. However, a sustained backlash by parents, students, former students and an outraged public resulted in a re-do of that decision. Facebook was used mightily for that too.

'A new partnership focused on sharing information, promoting science and cooperative research, and engaging citizens in Oregon’s marine reserves and protected areas has launched. The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (OMRP) was founded by six member organizations: Audubon Society of Portland, Coast Range Association, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy. '

Uh oh. The 2 researchers who wrote the study verifying Dr. Oz's Weight loss pills today admitted the "study" was bogus, and they'd been paid to write it.

The leading Chinese solar firm, LDK, has applied for bankruptcy to restructure debts.

For the first time the brain's "blood-brain barrier" has been opened and closed on demand, allowing for the treatment of cancer.

Oct 21
The Onion News has stepped into Oregon's GMO fray with a news report of OSU and Monsanto GM experiments 'wreaking untold environmental and economic devastation throughout the region, a strain of harvest-resistant corn engineered by the agrochemical company Monsanto is now engulfing most of the Midwest, officials confirmed Monday.
       According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the genetically modified crop, which Monsanto originally enhanced with traits to provide resistance from pests, diseases, and environmental conditions such as drought and frost, has become completely impervious to industrial reaping machinery and has spread uncontrollably across 700,000 square miles of land. With the unharvestable corn growing through asphalt roadways and airport tarmacs all over the Midwest, FEMA has been leading efforts to evacuate millions of residents before the plants obstruct all travel in the central United States.'

Oct 20
Monsanto has shipped another $2.5 million in cash to suppress labeling of GM "Frankenfoods") in Oregon. That makes $4 million for Monsanto alone.

2,500 farmers along the Snake River have been told they will need to shut down their irrigation systems, raising for hundreds of millions in crops, if they can't reach agreement with the senior water rights holder for the aquifer, a privately owned trout farm dating to 1925.

Oregon is ranked #26 in the country and received a final grade of C in the 2014 Women’s Health Report Card released today by Oregon Action and The Main Street Alliance of Oregon.' You can read the report here.


Wind Turbines go Airborn

Above: 'An enormous helium-filled wind turbine will soon float over the city of Fairbanks, Alaska to produce enough electricity for more than a dozen families living off the grid. Designed and built by MIT startup Altaeros Energies, the turbine known as BAT-Buoyant Airborne Turbine will hover at an altitude of 1,000 feet for 18 months, catching air currents that are five to eight times more powerful than winds on the ground.'

Oct 19
Canada will start shipping an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday.

Placoderms, an ancient armored fish known to live off the coast of Scotland and maybe elsewhere, are believed to be the origin of paired limbs, jaws and teeth found in humans, but the fish is now documented as having been the first to introduce organs for transferring sperm from male to female - in other words, they invented heterosexual sex.

Barrow, Alaska, the most northerly point in the US, has warmed 10 degrees due to sea ice loss.

Oct 17
 A new computer modeling algorithm aimed at controlling the Ebola epidemic has, after trying several interventionist methods, come to the conclusion that the outbreak in Africa cannot be controlled.
   Nonetheless, WHO says no case of Ebola in Senegal has emerged in 42 days, twice the normal incubation period and the country is declared "ebola-free".

Haida people are describing as their "worst fear scenario" a powerless, fully laden Russian oil tanker drifting helplessly off the coast of Washington.

In Seoul, concert goers who braved the performance of one of the world's worst "girl bands", 4Minute, had the additional tragedy of a ventilation grate collapsing, killing 16.

Oct 15

Nina Pham

Above: The Texas hospital which has lifted uber-incompetence to a new level is now saying that 76 hospital workers came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, like nurse Nina Pham, the latest ebola victim there.
   UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that a 2nd nurse exposed to took a plane from Cleveland to Dallas after her exposure to ebola. That 2nd nurse has now tested positive for ebola and exposed 132 passengers to the virus. The Dallas News is now reporting that nurses wore no protective clothing for 2 days until lab results were back confirming ebola in the original case.
   In related news, a child who threw up twice on a trip from Africa was examined at PDX and declared not to have ebola but junk-food-itus.

Biologists studying NYC's rats have detected 18 new viruses among them.

Warner Brothers says they are making more Harry Potter films, maybe lots of them.

Lockheed says they expect to be building a fusion reactor within 5 years, and that they've made a breakthrough on the power source. Maybe. No one trusts US corporations not to have some deadly toxic source buried inside their devices, but fusion has been the Holy Grail of the nuclear industry. And of the public.

Oct 14
Australian scientists released a report showing that sea levels have risen faster in the past century than in 6000 years.

The family of a small child in Lincoln County killed by e. coli believed to have come from the droppings of the family's pet goat have returned home. The family wants some certainty about the source of the infection, unavailable thus far.

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    Our Election 
The Voters' pamphlet is here.
State Referendums:
Measure 86 - Yes
Measure 87 - Yes
Measure 88 - Yes
Measure 89 - Yes
Measure 90 - No
Measure 91 - Yes
Measure 92 - Yes
If you're having trouble remembering the recommendations, "All But 90" but only for STATE referendums (see below).

Candidates for State Offices
US Senator - Jeff Merkley
US Congress - Peter DeFazio
Governor - John Kitzhaber
Secretary of State - Kate Brown
Treasurer - Kate Wheeler
Attorney General - Ellen Rosenblum
Labor Commissioner - Brad Avakian
State Senator - Sarah Gelser
State Representative - Dan Rayfield

Local Candidates
County Commissioner #1 - Anne
Sheriff -
Mayor - Josh Gulliver
Ward 1 Council - Penny York
Ward 2 Council - Roen Hogg
Ward 3 Council - Zachariah Baker
Ward 4 Barbara Bull
Ward 5 Judson McClure
Ward 6 -
Ward 7 - Bill Glassmire
Ward 8 - Tracey Yee
Ward 9 -
Local Measure 02-88 - No
Local Measure 22-130 - Yes

Measure 86
By every account this should be called the Student Debt Relief Measure, as it creates an unfunded account for students to draw from for college tuition, books, and whatever else may be necessary. It is a weak proposal, referred to the voters by the legislature. It was a spin off from a "Pay It Later" proposal, which would provide the funds to students. Students, in exchange, would sign a contract to pay a certain proportion of their income into the fund to repay their costs but to provide working capital for future students. However, Republicans have traditionally hated funding education in Oregon and as long as they are in the legislature, this fund will likely remain nearly empty. However, it establishes the account in principle, and it will be relatively easy to fill it in future, as a relatively small handful of aging Republicans die and the state's Democratic and independent leanings make themselves felt. We therefore recommend voting for the proposal.

Measure 87
Measure 87 is a housekeeping measure. The Oregon Constitution prohibits those from one branch of government working on one of the 2 others. The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that means judges can't teach at public universities (they can at private ones) and similarly can't serve in the National Guard. The public needs to approve changes to the Oregon Constitution so this was referred to the voters.

Measure 88
There are 120,000 undocumented immigrants in Oregon. Without driver's licenses, they cannot be held accountable for insurance - it can't be purchased. Having tens of thousands on the road without insurance makes little sense, since the insurance companies will compensate by raising the coverage for all other drivers. Let's not kid ourselves. People will get to work, and will get their kids to school, as we wish for them to do, by the way. Without driver's licenses, it will cost everyone else money.

Measure 89
There are those who feel that women have pretty well secured their equality in every legal sense. Others would dispute that but no one disputes it as a goal, and one embodied pretty much in the law. But let's all look facts in the eye. We have an all male 5-4 Republican, pro-corporate majority on the Supreme Court (and all white and all Catholic if we discount the wannabee Clarence Thomas), and that Court is of the same mind set as the Supreme Court which rendered the Dred Scott decision. They are perfectly capable of ruling some Blue Sunday that equality for women is not guaranteed in the Constitution after all, and this amendment provides a safety cushion by incorporating those in the state Constitution.

Measure 90
Measure 90 seems cut and dried. A free-for-all primary election will be "non-partisan" and the 2 top vote-receivers will advance to the general election in the fall. Prior to the primary, the political parties will meet and endorse a candidate for the primary.
   It is the "meet and endorse" which is the insidious part of the proposal. The parties will choose their own mechanism for the endorsement but it will NOT involve a vote of the rank and file. Rather, party bigwigs will gather and choose someone of their own liking, as was done in the 19th century before the "Oregon System" introduced the nation to primaries, as well as referendums, recalls, and a host of other progressive ideas. The rank and file will be left out of the process, which is the intention.
   The massive infusion of cash from the most questionable of corporations and billionaires like John Arnold of Texas - who has given $500,000 to the effort to re-establish smoke-filled rooms (smoke free this century) is occurring because they know they will be at the table when the decision on names for the first election occurs.
   The referendum is touted as a means for the Republicans to throw out the "crazies" in their midst, which would include much of the Republican slate this election - Richardson, Close, Wehby (not a religious extremist but with some serious character flaws which a Dorchester-like committee would disqualify),  and Robinson. That ejection is neither the job of Oregonians as a whole nor is it in our interests. People, no matter their religious extremism or even sheer ignorance, have a right to vote. That's true not only for Tea Partiers but for others, all of whom will be barred from decision making by the "meet and endorse" strategy, which will only  further keep the republic
- as Steve Duin in the Oregonian says -  as "a footstool for the Koch brothers".

Measure 91
Measure 91 is the referendum endorsed by the NY Times today. It allows the possession of marijuana by any one over age 21, in limited quantities and provides tax revenue to the state. There is no question that the War on Drugs has been an expensive failure which has ruined tens of thousands of lives. Imprisoning anyone for their addiction alone is a ridiculous proposition, which is born of the "nanny state" some like to decry.

Measure 92
Genetic modification of the food we eat, and planting the result, is a serious matter, and Russia has, for example, designated it as a "terrorist act". However, Measure 92 addresses neither. It simply states you have a right to know what's in your food, a labeling principle long accepted in the US. "Big Agra" - the corporate farms want an exception for their genetic concoctions and they have an entire stable of paid consultants to push for it. We have a right to know. Whether you are in favor of GM foods or not, we all of us have a right to know what's in our food.

If the Republicans had endorsed a reasonable candidate, our endorsement of Kitzhaber might be up for grabs. Kitzhaber has been a terrible manager, whether one considers Cover Oregon, SAIF or the hoodwinking of Kitzhaber by Monsanto in the GM agricultural ruling, Kitzhaber has simply been asleep much of the time.
   However, Richardson is among the worst choices Republicans could have made. Having fathered 9 children, he is a walking ecological disaster, compounded by his subservience to ALEC, the Koch brothers personal shadow organization. On any issue, he is on the wrong side. A slumbering manager is superior to a vicious one.   
    In no other state race did we have equally strong doubts about endorsing anyone other than the above.
Sheriff - We do not know enough of the current Sheriff to be able to make a judgment call, which in and of itself is likely a recommendation.  Sheriffs tend to get well known when they're tyrants, corrupt or inept.
Josh Gulliver, on the other hand is a breath of fresh air. His opponent, Biff Traber is the most reviled member of the city Council. Like Mike Beilstein, he favors progressive views as long as they affect some other place, some other time. Locally, he is a proxy for developers and the most hardened corporate candidate could not outdo him in this field. When Traber says "I'm running on my record", and Gulliver replies "Me too, I'm running on Biff Traber's record", there is a real truth at play.
Penny York, and to a lesser extent Roen Hogg were the councilors we had fewest doubts about endorsing for re-election. The experience with Penny York, the most responsive Council member to the wishes of her constituents, suggests we need more women on the Council. We are therefore endorsing both women running with her - Tracey Yee and Barbara Bull. One of Tracey Yee's opponents seem competent, and we are sorry but we have to go for the balance on the Council.
   Joel Hirsch has been nothing if not a front man for developers, and his opponent is a realtor from Windemere, a realty firm so loathed that it has a website (Windemere Watch) devoted to them. Hirsch's opponent is listed on that website. We endorse neither.
   Similarly, Hal Brauner, in Ward 9, has been cozy with developers whenever he's attended meetings. He has no opponent and we endorse no one.
   Among newcomers, we have endorsed a newcomer Zachariah Baker. We also endorsed newcomer Bill Glassmire - his opponent is of the worst order, standing on the dais with the "crazies" of the Republican Party and boasting of his ties to the Mormon church a week after the Church expelled the advocates of gender equality and gay acceptance.
   We endorsed newcomer Judson McClure because everyone we spoke with was impressed with the young man. We did it despite the fact that he's from Georgia, and we never hear of Georgia without thinking of the bumper sticker referring to the movie Deliverance: "Paddle faster! I hear banjos!"

   The paucity of qualified candidates for city Council have once again made apparent that our city Manager form is not working. We need to have, perhaps as many as 3 paid elected city councilors, each responsible for a portfolio of various departments. The current salary of the city manager could be divided among the 3, providing each with a modest salary which would permit more candidates.
The current system places too much of a demand on volunteers.
   The performance of city managers over the years has proven to be unsatisfactory anyway. As a consequence, they have each left, often involuntarily.

Local Measure 02-88
This measure was a heartache discussing. The residents who live in the affected neighborhood are always struggling to find walkable parking space within reasonable distance of their homes, as the students and workers who live elsewhere in the city - as well as beyond - are always seeking out parking within reasonable distance of classrooms or work places. The streets each ends up parking on, are publicly funded. Those who live on a street pay not only to maintain their street but other streets in the city as well. Commuters who live in the city bear the same share of costs individually for maintaining the parking spaces in the affected neighborhood as those who live on those streets. They are as entitled to them.
   This does not negate the responsibility of OSU to provide parking spaces, at affordable costs, to students and workers. OSU has tended to regard students, especially, as income sources rather than as human beings. Every aspect of life is costly. Even trivial activities are inflated in cost. For example, OSU charges MORE for online classes than for those on campus, although the costs for the entire infrastructure is largely eliminated in online classes.
   The resistance is not just from the administration alone but from faculty who feel threatened when online courses are mentioned, and rightly so. Given a choice between an online class taught in a consortium by, say, a Stanford expert, or an OSU prof, most students would choose the more prestigious lecturer. OSU profs would be lost in the shuffle. OSU has said as much.
   Nonetheless, making online classes MORE affordable rather than LESS, could greatly diminish the number of students and workers. The truth is, no one at OSU really wants to see that. There is too much money at stake. Thus, it might make more sense for OSU to simply provide space on campus for those who live in the neighborhood, except that would likely be unacceptable to residents. They demand parking on the public street in front of their own home. Students and workers, of course, who park in the affected neighborhoods daily, walk that distance, ungrudgingly - twice - and it is that walk which this permit system would deny them, would greatly extend.
   The solution to the parking problem is one which OSU trembles when contemplating - online courses, which can be offered relatively inexpensively, to students while yet living at home, or anywhere else they choose. The infrastructure costs are minimal, the quality of the instructor can be impressive, and OSU is doing all they can to stave it off. The professors are fearful they will be dwarfed by the likes of MIT or Cal-Berkeley. The administration knows they would be extraneous. As a consequence, OSU makes online courses MORE expensive, not less. Nonetheless, it is coming.

Local Measure 22-130
Support for LBCC funding has traditionally come from Benton County, where a Democratic and Independent majority of voters has traditionally been supportive of education.
   It may therefore strike some as a little odd that the lion's share - 70% of the funding being requested will be spent in Linn County, where a Republican majority has traditionally been tight fisted with education. It is, however, in Benton County's interest that the bulk of the funds be devoted to Linn County. Any one reading the crime column on this page will instantly recognize that few in Benton County jails were raised in Corvallis. Most are from Linn County or Philomath, and it is in those two regions that we need to assist in deepening the maturity of the citizenry. Education is an important tool in doing so. It will save us money in the long run.