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Push Against Licenses for Immigrants in Willamette Valley
Comes from White Supremacist Stormfront
Above: "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 small koffee klatch of Oathkeepers who have
been attending 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
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.
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
The mayor of Uzhhorod (Uzhgorod) elected by the Ukrainian nationalist majority
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
|OSU in GM Labeling Issue Is Like OSU Was in Maraschino Red Dye
Labeling Years Ago
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.
Portland is expecting the new recreational marijuana tax will yield $4
million annually for the city.
A team of Oregon beach walkers pulled 3 people from the surf, one of whom was an
unconscious young girl. She was hospitalized. The 3 had been trapped
with others after climbing onto rocks at Depoe Bay and then decided to "swim
for it". A Coast Guard helicopter rescued the other 5 on the rocks.
“The quick response by a helo out of Newport made all the difference” said
Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua L. Williams in a statement. “There were five
frightened, cold, wet people stranded on those rocks. I needed a helo here
in 10 minutes, not an hour. We depend on the USCG helo. The surf is too
dangerous and too cold for firefighters to enter the water and time is not a
luxury you have when performing rescues.”
The Coast Guard plans to close the Newport facility on Nov. 30 due
to budget cuts imposed by Congressional Republicans.
Several thousand (3,200) homeless children go to schools
in Oregon, the schools being the only place at times that they can be
One child 'wakes up behind the Safeway grocery store. He packs all of his
belongings in a backpack, cleans up at a gym and heads off to school.
His mother and her new boyfriend live in a van parked in front of
the store. She doesn’t want her son in the van. She tried to send him away,
but the boy doesn’t trust the man not to abuse her. And so the child sleeps
A girl watched her single dad abuse her older sisters, physically
and verbally. She’s 15 now and knows it’ll be her turn soon. She packs a
small bag and chooses a classmate’s couch over what awaits her at home.
A teenager rolls out a sleeping bag in a park near his house every
night. The house that was once a home is now filled with drugs and fighting.
The teen knows how to hide — the neighbors who see him during the day have
no idea he’s all alone.'
As Portland considers substituting a progressive income tax to maintain
public streets for a street maintenance fee, a number of organizations have signed on to the
proposal as a means of addressing income inequality: 1000 Friends of Oregon,
the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Coalition for a Livable Future, the
Community Alliance of Tenants, the Community Cycling Center, Elders in
Action, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, AARP Oregon, the Oregon
Environmental Council, Oregon Food Bank, the Oregon Opportunity Network,
Oregon Walks, the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, and Upstream
Such a proposal for Benton County ought to be coupled with a drop
in property taxes - and thus rents. In Portland, the mayor
wants to cap the fees at $50 for the very wealthy.
A Request from Councilor Penny York for Input On OSU Collaboration
Where should we go next with the OSU/City relationship?
The current agreement that created the “Collaboration” expires
soon. It addressed issues like neighborhood zoning and OSU parking.
If the incoming City Council and OSU leadership craft a new
agreement, what issues should it address?
Email suggestions to me,
the incoming and outgoing City Council, Mayor, and/or OSU leadership. Or
consider sending a letter to the Editor at the GT and reach a broader
audience. And please share this email with others who may have an interest.
Thanks for your ideas,
Oregon Wells Fargo employee Tyrel Oates sent the CEO of his employer, Wells
Fargo, a letter suggesting a $10,000 raise for ALL employee,s and copied the
entire company on the letter. It reads:
With the increasing focus on income inequality in the United
States. Wells Fargo has an opportunity to be at the forefront of helping to
reduce this by setting the bar, leading by example, and showing the other
large corporations that it is very possible to maintain a profitable company
that not only looks out for its consumers and shareholders, but its
employees as well.
This year Wells Fargo in its second quarter alone had a net income
of $5.7 billion, and total revenue of $21.1 billion. These are very
impressive numbers, and is obvious evidence that Wells Fargo is one of, if
not the most profitable company in the nation right now. So, why not take
some of this and distribute it to the rest of the employees.
Sure, the company provides while not great, some pretty good
benefits, as well as discretionary profit sharing for those who partake in
our 401k program. While the benefits are nice, the profit sharing through
the 401k only goes to make the company itself and its shareholders more
profitable, and not really boost the income of the thousands of us here
every day making this company the prestigious power house that it is.
Last year, you had pulled in over $19 million, more than most of
the employees will see in our lifetimes. It is understood that your position
carries a lot of weight and responsibility; however, with a base salary of
$2.8 million and bonuses equating to $4 million, is alone one of the main
arguments of income inequality. Where the vast majority, the undeniable
profit drivers, with the exception of upper management positions barely make
enough to live comfortably on their own, the distribution of income in this
company is no better than that of the other big players in the corporate
My estimate is that Wells Fargo has roughly around 300,000
employees. My proposal is take $3 billion dollars, just a small fraction of
what Wells Fargo pulls in annually, and raise every employees annual salary
by $10,000 dollars. This equates to an hourly raise about $4.71 per hour.
Think, as well, of the positive publicity in a time of extreme consumer
skepticism towards banks. By doing this, Wells Fargo will not only help to
make its people, its family, more happy, productive, and financially stable,
it will also show the rest of the United States, if not the world that, yes
big corporations can have a heart other than philanthropic endeavors.
P.S. – To all of my fellow team members who receive a copy of this
email. Though Wells Fargo does not allow the formation of unions, this does
not mean we cannot stand united. Each and every one of us plays an integral
part in the success of this company. It is time that we ask, no, it is time
that we demand to be rightfully compensated for the hard work that we
accomplish, and for the great part we all have played in the success of this
company. There are many of us out there who come to work every day and give
it our all, yet, we struggle to make ends meet while our peers in upper
management and company executives reap the majority of the rewards. One of
our lowest scored TMCS questions is that our opinions matter. Well they do!
This email has been sent to hundreds of thousands Wells Fargo employees, (as
many as I could cc from the outlook global address book). And while the
voice of one person in a world as large as ours may seem only like a
whisper, the combined voices of each and all of us can move mountains!
With the warmest of regards,
Published by Corvallis Today LLC
A Creative Commons
The 3 Risland brothers are testimony to the need to seriously
reassess the failure of the previous generation's War on Drugs. The 3 boys were
born to parents whom, a court document asserts, were themselves chronic addicts.
At the time, the introduction of implants for birth control were being delayed
by Christian religious extremists who had great influence on the Reagan and Bush
administrations. Even today, it is politically nearly impossible to talk about
coupling drug courts with birth control implants, for male or female. As a consequence, drug addicts clone
themselves repeatedly, generation after generation. Given
Oregon's horrific experimentation with a Eugenics Board 100 years ago, under the
leadership of OSU's Nathan Fasten and the state's most famous woman doctor,
it is best we approach that subject very, VERY carefully. The Nazis used the
Eugenics pseudo-science to justify their racism.
Dusty was born addicted to meth and the other 2 boys, along with
Dusty, were removed for foster care. It accomplished little. Any one who has
raised a meth addicted infant knows the issues involved. Brain development is
among the least of the problems and all 3 of the Rislands have had serious
developmental issues, say those who've known them. It is only partly with tongue
in cheek that their court appearances have been likened to those of movie stars.
Between the three Rislands, they have been charged 50 times in the past 4 years,
including prison stints which took each out of circulation for a time. All 3
have been charged anew within the last 5 weeks. This time, it's Tyson, charged
with theft, burglary tools, a parole violation, etc.
Ms Ledbetter is from Philomath and has been charged with Theft
III which in Oregon usually means shoplifting. She is described as
"intellectually disabled due to Mild Mental Retardation" in a court document and
lives on "$710 per month in social security" for herself and her children. She
had a guardian who was herself charged by Deputy Christopher Dale with diverting
Ms Ledbetter's meager funds for her own benefit after a Benton County social
worker alerted police:
"I spoke with Peggy Ledbetter at her apartment at 150 N 8th Street,
Philomath, Benton County, Oregon. She told me Lori Wilson is responsible for
paying for rent, land-line telephone, and electric bills. I started by going
over the list of one-time and recurring charges which were compiled by Mental
Health, as well as other recent charges from the bank statements. I ultimately
compiled a list of all transactions not related to rent, electricity, or
telephone payments, and presented them to Peggy Ledbetter. She then pointed out
any that were authorized by her or that benefitted herself or her children. What
remained was a list of transactions between 6/11/2009 and 5/28/2013 which
totaled $15,918.15 in unauthorized withdrawals/purchases and $1,150.97 in
unauthorized deposits for a total loss of $14,767.18.
Note that of the $15,918.15 in unauthorized
* $6,351.00 of that is due to checks written to “cash”, cash withdrawals from a
branch, cash withdrawals from an ATM, and associated ATM fees,
* $1,795.00 of that is due to Wells Fargo Card phone payments, bill payments,
and online transfers to accounts primarily or secondarily owned by Lori Wilson
(as determined through a search warrant served upon Wells Fargo),
* $260.00 of that is a check written to pay for cheerleading for Lori Wilson’s
* $162.84 of that is due to 16 monthly charges from Netflix including an
overdraft fee associated with one such charge.
On Monday, June 24, 2013, Netflix provided me with information
showing that the Netflix account paid for out of Peggy Ledbetter’s account was
registered to Holly Womack (Lori Wilson’s teenaged daughter). Netflix further
produced IP addresses utilized to access their service. Peak Internet later
provided subscriber information for one of these IP addresses, 220.127.116.11,
showing that the Internet service was registered to Lori and Roger Wilson at
23998 Highway 20, Philomath, Benton County, Oregon.
On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at about 10:00 AM, Detective Duffitt
and I spoke with Lori Wilson at her residence. I told her I needed to speak with
her about the management of Peggy Ledbetter’s social security account. Lori
Wilson immediately began to explain to me that Peggy Ledbetter is a liar. Lori
Wilson said that Peggy Ledbetter is only reporting all of this because she wants
money from Lori and Roger Wilson from money they are receiving from timber
When asked about the $260.00 cheerleading check, Lori Wilson said
that she wrote that check by mistake and has already paid Social Security back
for that once they contacted her about two weeks ago. Lori Wilson explained that
she pays for a lot of purchases for Peggy Ledbetter and Peggy’s children. Lori
Wilson said she uses the ATM card that draws upon Peggy Ledbetter’s account to
pay for meals for Peggy Ledbetter, and any other purchases Lori Wilson pays for
out of her own account. Lori Wilson said she had to “black out” the logo on the
ATM card that draws upon Peggy Ledbetter’s account so that she doesn’t mistake
that card as her own since everyone in her family also uses Wells Fargo for
their banking. This is how she also explained mis-writing the check for
cheerleading, as she thought she was writing the check which drew upon her own
account. Lori Wilson said she keeps careful track of the purchases on Peggy
Ledbetter’s account through online banking.
When asked about the reoccurring $7.99 monthly Netflix charges,
Lori Wilson said she didn’t know anything about those charges. I told Lori
Wilson that those charges have been appearing on Peggy Ledbetter’s account
statements for about the past year and a half. Lori Wilson said that it was
possible that one of her children had obtained access to the ATM card without
her knowledge and signed up for Netflix. Lori Wilson asked me how much the total
was and after I told her it was around $150.00, Lori Wilson offered to pay back
that money. Lori Wilson then admitted that she knew the Netflix was setup in her
At about 10:30 AM, I read the Miranda Warning to Lori Wilson. When
asked if she understood, she said she did and she said she wanted to speak with
a lawyer. I told Lori Wilson she was under arrest and to place her hands behind
her back, which she did. After placing her into handcuffs, Lori Wilson started
to raise her voice and yell for her husband, who was just inside the residence
door from the porch where we were standing. I told Lori Wilson to sit down and
we’d ask her husband to bring her shoes. Roger Wilson had gotten on the phone at
this point after he threatened legal action and said we were trespassing. Lori
Wilson stood back up and tried to walk into her house. I grabbed her arm so that
she could not walk away from my custody and she began to yell and scream that I
was hurting her. She kept screaming that she needed her shoes, that she needed
to go to the bathroom, and that I was hurting her.
While walking Lori Wilson to my patrol car, she resisted me by
becoming dead weight which forced me to stand behind her, holding her up by both
arm pits. At one point she tried to actively resist me by leaning forward and
tried to pull away from me, after which she again became dead weight and lifted
her legs so that I had to stoop forward to keep her from falling flat on her
face. During the walk to my patrol car Lori Wilson continually looked toward her
husband, protruded her head out toward him, and screamed at him that we were
hurting her and to come help her. Once at my patrol car Lori Wilson refused to
fully seat herself in the back seat of my patrol car. I had to lift her up and
set her there, rotate her legs in, and hold her shoulders back against the seat
so I could seatbelt her.'
You can read the entire affidavit
Otherwise, in Corvallis, Jeremy Edwin Freitag was charged with
DUII. He was charged with DUII in 2010 and that means that if he is convicted on
this one, he will face unbelievably severe and complicated consequences.
An 18 year old teen was arrested on theft II charges, her first as
an adult in Corvallis.
Michael Adam Powell was charged with theft (by receiving), meth,
etc. Mr. Powell was arrested 4 times in 2011, but has been clean until now. Too
bad. He's been making such good progress.
|Nicholas Anthony Myers
Mr. Myers is
charged with assault again, as well as domestic violence harrassment
count, strangulation, etc. Mr. Myers was
charged in May for
assault, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, etc. If convicted, he
really needs to be barred from relationships with others for a time.
Above: In related news,
the suicide note note left by the MMA fighter, War Machine before he tried to
kill himself in a jail cell is a sniveling little piece of self pity
dismissing his own domestic violence. "Keep alpha male shit alive" he wrote his
brother. "society has killed men...'I’m a good person with a huge heart,and
everyone who knows me know that, especially Christy,' whose face he broke, teeth
he knocked out, and liver ruptured". You can read his little attempt at a mantra
In other related news,
NHL Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended after his
arrest this morning on charges of domestic abuse. "The failure to
suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of
material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League."
Corvallis, the second incident resulting in incarcerations was Max
Colin Hansen being charged with DUII and trying to elude a police officer.
He was charged with trespassing and mischief last August too. Like Mr. Myers, he
is a graduate of Corvallis high schools and it's a little unsettling to watch
them behaving like they were from Philomath instead.
Manuel Pinedo (see below) was
released after being held a day on attempted theft and trespassing charges. This
morning, he was spotted on a bicycle downtown, his head inside someone else's
car. A very slow learner, it seems.
Oregon managers of federally subsidized housing say they will maintain policies
barring even medical marijuana users from the programs, if pot is legalized.
John Kevin Hunt, attorney for serial murderer Dayton Leroy Rogers, who had a
fetish for tying his victims up and torturing them,
has been banned from prisons. In one of his visits to Rogers, police
found he had a handcuff key on him and consequently searched his home in a
contraband investigation. The found "two sets of handcuffs, three handcuff keys,
two handguns, two iPhones, marijuana and a 'marijuana pipe.' Police also seized
a 'green leafy substance' found in six locations at the Oregon City home". The
key, Hunt said, was "to a set of leg restraints attached to headboard of his
bed". Rogers was found guilty of killing 7 hookers from the Portland area.
In related news,
a Gary, Indiana man arrested in the death of a woman at a Motel 6 confessed
then told police he "might know where several other female victims of
possible homicide were located."
A convicted sex offender from Texas, he led them to the bodies of 6
The man's brother
issued a statement: "To the victims, I'm sorry for their loss, I'm a
father of two daughters myself. This comes as a shock to us and our household. I
just wish all the best. This is a painful moment for us too. I just wish (them)
all the best and I'm sorry for their loss. I just wanted to say something, man,
they deserve at least that."
The "sponsored ad" which an ad search engine deemed relevant to the
story was for Motel 6, which triggered an avalanche of comments, ranging from
"I'm normally pretty lenient toward sponsored content, but this ad for Motel 6
is way over the top" to
"Motel 6 - 'Come for the complimentary shampoo and shower caps, stay because
you've been murdered.' Not the most effective ad campaign I've ever seen" and
"Police haven't charged him because
A) It was a Motel 6, there is a good chance there was a dead hooker in the room
before the man checked in
B) It's Gary Indiana, just about anyone can find three dead bodies in a six mile
It is as rare to find a perennial Hispanic American thief as
it is to find an Asian American one. There may be occasions where someone is
blottoed and shoplifts unintentionally or even callously, but otherwise, there
are few, among them the Pinedos, a source of shame for the Hispanic community.
Josephine Eileen and Manuel Joel Pinedo, from Philomath, have been charged 28 times
in 4 years. This time, Manuel Joel has been charged with trespass and
||Manuel Joel Pinedo
Otherwise, Gina Renee Newport has been charged with post-prison
absconding on a meth charge. Friends say that just 2 years ago, Ms Newport
was considered beautiful and now looks like a walkon in a rehearsal for the
In Gresham, one man was shot and in Portland, shots were reported but no victim
found. Beyond these 2 reports, the state was relatively quiet.
the 24th Keene annual Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire degenerated into a
violent riot. Cars were overturned and fires set. 30 are reported
|Michael Gary Simmer
||Richard Allen Sather
It was a slow night. Police say a pair who have recently appeared in this column
have been charged again. Mr. Sather has been charged 10 times in a little more
than a year. Mr. Simmer has been charged 6 times in almost 2 years. The
difference between them is Night and Day. Mr. Simmer has been charged with only
drugs, no property or personal crimes during that period. This time, it's meth
again, police say.
Mr. Sather has also a meth history but in addition has been charged
with a variety of property crimes. This time, he's charged, police say, with a
post prison violation on an ID Theft charge.
Criminalizing the two men equally is probably a little self-defeating. One
might be viewed as an addict, harming himself mostly. The other has been a
predator who has lived by stealing from others.
||Mothers Rally for Pot Legalization, Regulation
A group of Oregon mothers and children held a press conference supporting the
legalization and regulation of marijuana. "Right now marijuana is sold
on streets, at parks, outside schools, under the bleachers at games. It's
completely unregulated" said Leah Maurer. Further, she pointed out that 40% of
the state tax revenue would be devoted to schools.
A Spokane City Councilwoman and her lawyer husband say they owns a pot farm
and finds it little different from owning a winery.
An overdose death of a woman in Otis, Oregon, at the Coast, has led to
manslaughter charges as well as heroin and meth charges against Dan Chambers.
A stray bullet came through the wall of an apartment and hit a little girl
in Gresham. She survives.
In Pennsylvania, a retiring Supreme Court judge listed 234 porn emails
mailed out to court employees by another Justice, who sounds
suspiciously like Clarence Thomas of the US Supreme Court.
The family of a 17 year old North Carolina African American football player
who was found hanged are questioning whether he did committed
suicide, as authorities say. 'Police ruled that [Lennon] Lacy committed
suicide. His family, however, said that his body showed signs of a beating.
There were multiple incongruous details, including the fact that his brand
new size 12 sneakers had been removed from his feet and replaced with an old
pair that were a size and a half too small. The undertaker who handled
Lacy’s body corroborated Claudia Lacy’s report that her son’s body showed
signs of a fight. Undertaker F W Newton, Jr. said that while police and the
coroner claimed the marks on Lacy’s body came from “ant bites,” to him
Lacy’s body looked more like the corpses of people he embalmed who had died
violently in bar brawls.' Furthermore, Lacy had been implicated as the
victim in "an amorous relationship" with a 31 year old Euro-American.
|Brandon Ernest Richter
Mr. Richter, of Philomath, was charged with domestic violence
assault, strangulation, etc.
A 30 year old woman arrested tonight seems to have had a little bit of a short
fuse, if the police are correct that she tried to assault them after being cited
for offensive littering - which in Corvallis is often a cigarette butte or beer
bottle. She also gave police a phony name, they say, and was trespassing.
Arrested alongside her for the first time in recent past was a 40
year old man, also for offensive littering and trespass.
Otherwise, Christopher Lee Nelson was arrested for not showing up
on various charges, which we reported on last week.
24 year old Ronald Brian Robertson was arrested for not showing up
on a DUII charge.
|Anthony Michael Calvery
Mr. Calvery is another gift from Albany and was charged with
theft, trespass, burglary tools, meth, etc. He was caught a year ago stealing
from an Adair vehicle and was held at gunpoint until police arrived. He has been
arrested in Corvallis and Albany as well.
Michael Felix Sandoval, often featured here since he's been charged
on nuisance crimes 24 times in the past 4 years (this time it was trespassing and
theft III, which in Corvallis usually means shoplifting.).
Damon selves, featured earlier for meth in this column,
pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to 6+ years in
prison. The meth charge was dropped as part of the plea negotiations.
Elsewhere in Oregon,
a 6 month old baby was left in a car at Intel in Hillsboro while her
father worked. At the end of 6 hours he called for help. The infant died.
A Coos County woman, Vana Gaye Boren, has been charged with murder by abuse
in the death of her 87 year old mother.
2 Oregon City schools were put into lockdown after Tristen Lane Jordan was found
with a rifle at the home of his estranged wife, who had a restraining
order against him. The SWAT team was called and he was arrested.
man police there say stabbed his mother in the neck 30 times has been
arrested near a Portland hostel.
Police say they still have no answers on the way a man found naked and
unconscious near the Burnside Bridge in Portland died.
A Eugene branch of the Umpqua Bank, linked by many to sketchy forestry
operations, and a Salem branch of Wells Fargo, linked to the "private prison
hellholes" and numerous equally sketchy operations, were robbed by the same man,
an Oregon spokesperson for the FBI says. Do you care? REALLY?!
|Chandler Kreuger, aka Niki Minaj
When a Pacific Northwest high school asked students to dress up as their
favorite TV personalities, "Chandler Krueger and Mason Mudge did what they were
told and showed up as their favorite celebs - two women". You'd have
thought the two committed a crime, as the principal gave them a choice of
changing their clothes or going home. The 2 left. As a consequence, other
students began cross dressing too. “I think it’s really awesome that all the
kids support me and support the decisions that I made. “I walked into school
this morning and everyone was dressed in pink and all that.”
||Body of Pacific Northwest Actress Misty Upham Found
Misty Upham, the missing Pacific Northwest Native American actress of Django
Unchained fame, has been found dead. He family says she didn't, as
initially reported, commit suicide by jumping off a cliff, but fell, likely.
A Chicago pair of thieves who migrated from PDX to Sea-Tac has been
charged with stealing $45,000 in luggage.
||Krista Bosely, Orange County Playboy Wannabee, Tatoo Enthusiast,
Accused Major Drug Dealer
A Pacific Northwest realtor who is a tattoo enthusiast and aspiring Playboy
model was arrested with $40,000 in cash and 30,000 Ecstasy pills on an
airplane she and Giles LaPointe ferried into Orange County's John Wayne Airport,
"War Machine" the ex-MMA fighter, tried to hang himself in jail but the
attempted suicide was interrupted by a watchful guard. He is in jail for the
vicious beating of his porn star girlfriend.
women's soccer coach at a Connecticut high school sent a 10-second Snapchat
masturbation video to some of his players", police say. He says it was
intended for a girlfriend.
In crime news abroad,
the religious extremists of Nigeria's Boko Haram have agreed to a ceasefire
and negotiations on the release of kidnapped schoolgirls.
||The Reconstructed Face of the Heavily Tattooed Ice Maiden of
Russian scientists have determined that the 2,400 mummy of a young woman
nicknamed "the Ice Maiden" died of breast cancer and that she had been
self-medicating with marijuana.
Ms Taylor has been charged 9 times in the past 1+ years. This
time it is a drug traffic court violation and previous occasions have all been
about drug offenses of one sort or the other. She has no charges against her in
that period for anything else. We have simply criminalized an addiction, and in
the process we have not helped Ms Taylor whatsoever. Or ourselves. This War on
Drugs appears to be just
another expensive war flop.
|Jacqie Annette Taylor
Ms Alexander has been charged 4 times in the past month, each
time on some sort of drug violation. Expensive war flop #2.
|Brandon West Crichton
Mr. West has been charged 8 times in 3 years. The first charge
was for meth as well as a sawed off shotgun. He may be a hero to the "open
carry" handful, but about the last thing most of us want to see is an accused meth
addict running around with a sawed off shotgun.
Nonetheless, he has not been charged here with property or personal crimes
of any sort, at least in recent years. Strictly drugs. And that shotgun.
from Lincoln County.
related news, a
UO economist today presented statistics on states where marijuana has been
legalized. Traffic fatalities, suicides DUIIs all fell and there was no
increase - in fact, a small decease - in children using pot occurred, he said.
Drinking and beer sales fell.
|Isaiah Manriquez Montano
Mr. Montoya has been charged with domestic violence assault,
strangulation, burglary, etc. He is 18, and may be simply too immature for
ANY relationships. Hopefully, the judge takes that into consideration if Mr. Montano
is convicted, and forbids him to have a relationship for, say, 10 years. In
exchange, he can be paroled this side of 50 years, which is better than
deserved, if convicted. Since Mr. Montoya is listed as being arrested by OSP at
OSU, he may be the unnamed person reported in the Barometer as having "forcefully
entered a neighbor’s room and attacked his roommate who was present in
the room. Witness reports included in the logs suggest that the argument
appeared to be over some missing prescription medication".
Cynthia Rene Yarbour of Siletz has been charged with not showing up
on charges of a car prowl and robbery in the 3rd degree (in Oregon, that's wrestling
Elsewhere in Oregon,
the last of 4 men who were implicated in a $435 robbery of a bookstore, staging
it to look like it was not the inside job it was, has been sentenced to
3 years probation.
suspected of stabbing his aunt to death last Friday, is the man who
robbed a Canby bank on Monday, the FBI says.
The latest UO study of sex abuse on campus there shows that women in sororities
experience sex abuse and rape at about twice the rate as other women
A trio from California who racked up $15,000 in bills from chain stores in
Oregon has been arrested. The 3 were using credit cards which had their
own names but credit information of others embedded in them.
Above: In the ongoing religious crime wave, Rachel Lee, who
operated psychic shops across Oregon
pleaded guilty to trying to steal millions from an old man who was heir
to a timber fortune.
In other religious crime news,
Joseph Lawendowski, the head of a Christian "end times" religious group,
a porn chain, and commander of the Alaska National Guard, has been recommended
for an "other than honorable" discharge after military chaplains
reported he permitted three recruiters referred to as "the 3 Headed Monster" to
rape recruits, and was implicated in a wide array of drug and gun running
operations. Head chaplain Rick Koch had complained that "We are now putting
criminals in our senior positions,"
In worldwide addiction news,
Richard Mileski, the owner of a "wildlife park" with a camel, neglected to
furnish the camel with his daily Coca Cola. The enraged camel bit him,
kicked him to the ground and then sat on him, asphyxiating Mileski to death.
||Kelly Johana Suárez Moya
Above: In Colombia, Kelly Johana Suárez Moya,
the former Ms Cartagena has been indicted for sex trafficking in kids
recruited from her own former slum.
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.
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.
There has been a great deal of attention - entirely justified - on the
willingness of Cylvia Hayes - the partner of the governor, to cut corners
over the years. That criticism has included the use of her lobbying
business to trade on her contacts with the governor. Now comes news that the
wife of the governor's Republican opponent, Cathy Richardson, has gone so
far as to have herself put on the public payroll as the Richardson's
"legislative assistant". He's not alone in doing that either. About 25% of
the Republican House in Salem have done the same, despite Oregon law
forbidding it. They've gotten around the law by specifically exempting
Betsy Close has been censured by the leader of her own Party in the state
Senate for bashing Sara Gelser over a round-table agreement to raise
tobacco taxes, eliminate a tax reduction for medical expenses among seniors
and lower COLA raises for public employees while reducing taxes for small
businesses and lower income workers, while raising more money for schools,
the mentally ill, and seniors.
"At that time, we acknowledged that political attacks undermine the
ability of lawmakers to rise above partisanship and seek common ground for
the good of Oregon,” Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli of John Day said
in a statement Friday. "To the end, I signed a joint agreement … not to use
the ‘yes’ vote elimination of the senior medical tax deduction in campaign
materials directed at any of us or any other senator, representative or
candidate for such office.".
Close is the only Republican candidate to violate the agreement,
although to be honest she may not have understood the complexities of the
pact. She is widely regarded as the dumbest person in the legislature.
Beau Breedlove, the intern who as a minor was the object of former Portland
Mayor Sam Adams' attention, has
closed his French restaurant Vie after 2 years.
John Kitzhaber has asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to issue a
formal opinion on Cylvia Hayes' private consulting work and how it
affects her role as first lady.'
In related news,
Hayes admitted she and a former boyfriend bought land in 1997 in Washington
to grow pot, a plan which she says never materialized. They were
"before their time" - pot grows only became legal in Washington this
One of 2 documented instances of a gay Republican - House candidate Carl
DeMaio of San Diego is in trouble again after another staffer has complained
that DeMaio was "openly masturbating in front of him, grabbing at
his genitals and drunkenly attempting to kiss him."
Post, the Republican candidate for the legislature for House District 25 is
also the state's leading homophobe. His twitter entry on Tina Kotek, lesbian
Speaker of the House was scandalous: "Tina Kotek: wear a dress we
want proof.". He has called Kotek "an embarrassment to the state" but in
reality Post is the greatest embarrassment to Oregon one could find, even
more so than Betsy Close, although he is not generally regarded as stupid -
as she is. Just a vicious bigot. But show us your brain, Post. We want
Gov. John Kitzhaber said Friday he was surprised and hurt to learn this week
that his fiancee accepted money to enter a fraudulent marriage with
an immigrant seeking to remain in the country.“I learned this three days
ago,” Kitzhaber said at the City Club of Portland. “I was obviously very
taken aback by it and hurt. I have some processing to do on that.”
Democratic Paul Evans, a major who organized Iraqi soldiers to write a
collaborative - and leterarilly awful - novel together while serving in Iraq
- is being criticized by the Critian extremist Oregon Family Council because
the book dealt with vampires and had explicit sex scenes. Evans
today fired back:
"In a campaign defined by desperation,
this is a desperate new low.
Kathy Goss can
t talk about the issues, because she
s shown that
s completely out of touch with the voters of this district. Her views
are so extreme that she can
t even debate the issues in public.
latest stunt from the Goss campaign is a complete distraction. I
continue to focus on talking to the voters of HD20 about investing in
our local classrooms and building an economy that works for women
and working families.
I understand Kathy
n is desperate because of the public
reaction to her repeated incredibly extreme statements. But this is
really pathetic, and is exactly why people hate politics. If Kathy and
her backers want to talk about this, and opposing the minimum wage,
and suggesting that President Obama would support imposing Sharia
law in America, I guess that¹s her choice. But voters deserve better.
The book was basically a group writing project for some of the troops I was
leading as a way of keeping them distracted in between mortar
attacks. These were young men and women stationed in Iraq in the
middle of a war zone, putting their lives on the line for their country.
We needed a way to keep their minds occupied between attacks, and
several of them wanted to try writing a book. By the way, the goal was
always to donate the proceeds‹if there were any‹to the USO.
It's not a surprise to see these kinds of campaign tactics from an
extreme right-wing group like Oregon Family Council, but let's be
clear, this is par for the course from the entire Goss campaign. These
are the kinds of tactics that we've seen all along, and unfortunately we
can probably expect them to continue.
Major Paul L. Evans USAF"
|Cylvia Hayes, partner and Fiancée of Governor Kitzhaber
Governor Kitzhaber was gob-smacked by his fiancée today when she
confided in him that she'd married an immigrant illegally for money 7 years
before she and Kitzhaber were involved. She'd never told him about it over
the course their 10 year relationship. He learned shortly before the public
did as a result of the newsweekly, Willamette Week, peering into an old
record detailing a hazy 3rd marriage. The statute of limitations on the
crime expired more than 10 years ago but the Ethiopian who paid her $5000
for the marriage may be deported.
Republican candidate Betsy Close, often referred to as "the dumbest person
in the state legislature" has "declined" to appear at forums of the
Associated Students of Oregon State University. For obvious reasons.
Measure 90 has more funds from the lsleazebags backing the "top two" measure,
this one from the Enron fraud fame, John Arnold, a Texas billionaire who
already had donated $500,000.00.
That's a day after Pepsico and Kraft put money into fighting the GM label
campaign, since their "high fructose corn syrup" - already tagged as
bearing responsibility for mush of the world's obesity problem - would be
"Handsome Joe" Biden is in Portland to help Jeff Merkley, who is
doing nicely on his own, by all accounts, but who could resist an offer from
the vice-President? Certainly not Jeff Merkley and Portland, where Biden
spent his day.
Never mind that Sara Gelser's opponent for the state Senate Betsy
Close, widely reputed to be the most stupid person in the legislature, appeared
at every Republican Party function. She knows the brand is in trouble, and she's
been handing out brochures that advertise her - falsely - as "non-partisan".
It's curious how right wing religious extremists - and Close, specifically -
have such trouble with a basic moral concept as dishonesty. They make it seem as
though the last place you'll want to go for ethical counseling has become,
unfortunately, a church.
Sara Gelser Appears at Forum with Betsy Close
The candidates for state legislature appeared last night at a forum and
no surprises arose.
Sara Gelser's opponent for the state Senate, Betsy Close, appeared as
obtuse as she was reputed to be, say several attendees. When she was chosen to
replace a resigning Frank Morse, the Corvallis Advocate howled in protest,
because she is a religious extremist, and she is widely considered one of the
most stupid people in the state, certainly the most stupid in the state
legislature. The Advocate was of the opinion that Democrats on the County
Commission chose her because she was easily beatable. She in fact shouldould not
be entrusted with the position of dogcatcher.
She didn't change that opinion in the minds of those
attending. Further, she proved to be dishonest -
according to the testimony of former Corvallis resident Koral Thiel -
with Close telling the crowds that she'd come to the position of opposing
the right of women to terminate pregnancies "after talking to women who had
obtained abortions through a family planning agency where she worked after
In reality, Kiel revealed Close to be a religious extremist,
opposed not only to women having choices, but even to arguing that Ms Thiell
could not possibly leave her husband, whom she testified Close knew was abusive,
because her husband had neither deserted her nor had an affair. Abuse was not a
basis for leaving a marriage, Close told her,
according to Thiell.
Close also waffled on climate change, as she has in letters to
constituents, opposing the view of scientists that global warming is human
caused, "suggesting that the jury is still out" more than a decade after Arnold
Schwarzenegger told his Republican colleagues that "the debate is over", that
climate change was real and human caused and if not addressed we'd face
droughts, like those in California.
Gelser, on the other hand, affirmed the view of scientists that
global warming "is happening" and is "human caused". That of course flies in the
face of the notorious
Koch brothers, who have funded anti-science candidates like Close around
the country because it threatens their profits from coal and fossil fuels.
Gelser is also pro-choice, she said.
The irony is that the gazette
ran its own review of the forum the same day it ran a column about "Ways
to act personally to address climate change" by the newspaper's columnist
On the other hand, the shoe-in for the House race, Democrat Dan
Rayfield seemed eminently qualified for the House seat he seems certain to win.
His Republican opponent was basically "me too" except on the issue of raising
minimum wage, which Republicans in general oppose on a set of principles belied
by Seattle's experience. The claims of Republican Jacob VanDever, that raising
the minimum wage would slow down hiring, is not born out by the facts. Seattle's
unemployment rate is actually only 4.3%, only 78% of
Benton County's rate,
one of the lowest in the state of Oregon:
Dany Rayfield accurately said "As a small business owner, I
can tell you it won't hurt hiring."
He is correct, if the Seattle model holds true. What HAS happened
is a small rise in prices, of as much as 8% in the food industry, which has been
more than compensated by the increase in the number of families who can afford
to "eat out".
His Republican opponent Vandever prefers to push "family wage
jobs", ignoring that the reason much of the economy is not "family wage jobs" is
because Republicans have opposed the rise in wages which would make them so. The
factory jobs long ago left, and as
Apple's Steve Jobs pointed out before his death, they are not coming
back, so long as US workers are not willing to work for free. Which is the
Republican platform, in essence.
But Republicans are not great at science. They prefer myths,
myths taught them at the knees of the Koch brothers, who are opposed to having
ANY minimum wage. Close is herself of that opinion for child labor.
Above: Milwaukie, Oregon council candidate Scott Barbur is in
hot water for his posting on Facebook 4 years ago of a drunk driver who had
fallen asleep and killed 1 bicyclist, injuring 10 others along with Barbur's "My
Way - Get the f*ck out of it!" line for bicyclists.
Republican candidate Monica Wheby as more troubles has the popular news
site Buzzfeed is reporting more plagiarism in her campaign literature.
The Colorado Republican school board members who triggered a walkout by students
and teachers when they adopted a Texas curriculum on AP History that
emphasizes US "exceptional qualities and great achievements" instead of
"denigrating them", asserted today that for example the US ended slavery
|"Vain Princess" Chai Leung
The daughter of Hong Kong CEO poisoned the well for conversations between
protestors and the Chinese government with a post yesterday on Facebook.
Leung's removal had been one of the demands of the demonstrators until a truce
yesterday promised talks cancelled aft - say the demonstrators - triad
(organized) members attacked them last night. "Vain Princess Cai Leung" posted:
"The necklace on my profile pic is not a dog collar, silly!!! This is actually a
beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes - funded by all you HK
taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you
so much!!!!)...Actually maybe I shouldn't say 'all you'- since most of you here
are probably unemployed hence all this time obsessed with bombarding me with
messages... It's ok, your mother still loves you".
Of course, the question arises as to the character of a man who
would raise such a self-entitled lout.
We’re in the midst of “40 Days for Life,” when protesters gather outside Planned
Parenthood health centers across the state to intimidate and harass patients. In
response, Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon has launched “40 Days for Women’s
Health” to educate voters about which candidates believe in protecting the
lifesaving, professional, nonjudgmental, accessible and affordable health
services that Oregon women and families rely on.
This is how they’re spending these 40 days:
Intimidating the many patients who seek basic health care services
from Planned Parenthood, including lifesaving cancer screenings, testing for
HIV, treatment for STIs and birth control.
This is how we’re spending these 40 days:
Making endorsements of candidates and ballot measures that will
protect women’s health. (Click
to view the full list, and stay tuned for details about our Mobile Voter Guide.)
In 2012, we were successful in 100% of our targeted races!
Talking to voters to empower them with information they need before
Election Day. In 2012, our volunteers helped us make nearly 175,000 dials across
Sending direct mail to make sure voters are up to speed about
attacks on women’s health throughout Oregon. In 2012, our PAC reached nearly
300,000 pro-women’s health voters from Gresham and Hillsboro to Springfield and
Writing letters to the editor to let newspaper readers know
what’s at stake in this year’s election. Check out this great letter about
Oregon House candidate Craig Wilhelm that just ran in The Bend Bulletin!
Building future leaders for the women’s health movement. This year
we expanded our Leadership & Advocacy Teams to 10 counties: Multnomah,
Clackamas, Washington, Marion-Polk, Linn-Benton, Lane, Jackson and Deschutes.
Senator Ron Wyden joined us last month for our statewide training in Corvallis!
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Planned Parenthood Oregon
The attempt to recall Mayor Charlie Hales of Portland, along with Commissioner
Steve Novick has been called off . The petitioner says the effort was
successful in drawing attention to the "undue influence of developers" in the
Mayor's office, among other issues.
The Republican candidate for Senate, the "candidate from hell" Monica Wehby, is
blaming the Republican label rather than her own vengeful personality,
as reported in the press, for her lackluster performance in the polls. She is
claiming she "won't be beholden to the Republican Party", as she tries to call
in as many Republican stalwarts as possible to try to :rescue" her.
Xinhua, the official language press of the Chinese government today addressed
the Occupy movement in Hong Kong, reminding readers of the the
government's introduction of universal suffrage in Hong Kong, but calling Occupy
a "confrontation" rather than dialog, which the government says they are
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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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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
||Wind Turbines go Airborn
'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.'
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
ALERT! Pumpkin seed pesto from Willams Sonoma
is being recalled due to a deadly botulism threat.
|OSU Marine Scientists Sa Lionfish Spread is "Amazingly
An OSU report on the invasion of lionfish in the eastern US is alarming.
Unlike other predators, they say, the lionfish stay in a spot until a
species is completely wiped out. In the absence of rational controls on
importing invasive fish and animals as "pets", lionfish were released
in Florida in the early 1980s and have now spread throughout the southeast
and on to other countries, even those with the foresight to ban invasive
A leaked EU report shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, alternative
energy prices are dirt cheap compared to fossil fuel sources,
especially when health costs are factored in. You can read the report
In case - just in case - the ebola panic seems removed from you, consider
chocolate prices are beginning to soar as fear of the shortage of
labor in the world's richest chocolate region takes hold.
OSU's Forestry and Agriculture departments' professors, with a single exception, carried admirably on with the
university's tradition of following wherever Monsanto chooses to lead them,
in this case against the labeling initiative at the City Club. The OSU
mascot Benny Beaver should have a ring through his nose, to be led about by
any major corporation. Any time someone wants to hide from people what's in
their food, we have a fundamental dishonesty at work. That's indicative.
It's a throwback to an era when corporations hid chemical dyes, for example,
from the public in the food being sold. And OSU was in the forefront,
pioneering the carcinogen red dyes used.
A new poll from the Portland Business Journal shows that if auto price were
not a factor, 45% of Oregonians would opt for electric vehicles.
Gasoline engines were preferred by 22%.
Republicans may pretend to be skeptics of global warming because the profits
of their Koch brothers bosses depend upon fossil fuels, but the Pentagon ha
s no doubts and today released a report on
plans to address the issue.
For a year, tanker rail cars leaked a highly flammable liquid into Seattle's
stormwater system which - under the right conditions - could have ignited
and left the city in cinders.
The director of the NIH said today that they'd have had an ebola vaccine
long before now except for Republican funding cuts over the past 10
years, and even now, Republicans are stalling 2 new bills introduced by
Democrats to increase funding in the crisis and speed the process.
In related news, Nancy
Snyderman, one of the 29 people of the NBC news crew who were quarantined
after one of their members contracted ebola, secretly slipped out to
visit a packed New Jersey restaurant, TMZ has reported.
Swedish and Italian scientists who set up a device claiming to yield cold
fusion - the Holy Grail of energy buffs - embarrassingly had to admit the
device seems to do so, with no explanation possible at the present.
The impact of small amounts of estrogen - in the form of birth control pills
- can decimate fish populations and Canadian scientists are calling for
altering the treatment of waste since fresh water fish populations
were nearly wiped out. ' Researchers started introducing small amounts of
estrogen into an Ontario freshwater lake research facility in 2001, Kidd
"Right away, the male fish started to respond to the estrogen
exposure by producing egg yolk proteins and shortly after that they started
to develop eggs," she said in an interview from Saint John, N.B. "They were
being feminized." Kidd said shortly after introducing the estrogen, the
number of fathead minnow crashed, reducing numbers to just one per cent of
"It was really unexpected that they would react so quickly and so
dramatically," she said. "The crash in the population was very evident and
very dramatic and very rapid and related directly to the estrogen addition."
Kidd said that created a domino effect, causing the population of lake
trout, the fathead minnow's main predator, to decline. She said the number
of insects, the fathead minnow's main source of food, also started to
In England, 'a new study, published today in the journal PLOS One,
tracked the price of 94 key food and beverage items from 2002 to 2012. Its
findings show that
healthy foods were consistently more expensive than less healthy foods, and
have risen more sharply in price over time.'
The Coast Guard is predicting "sneaker waves" of as high as 18 feet at the
Coast today, with the under water component as deep as 100 feet.
Rock Climbers are converging on Smith Rock this weekend for the
The CDC has said that
the infection and hospitalization of a health care worker in Texas, where
the worker had attended the first ebola patient in the US, can only
have arisen because the Texas worker did not understand the necessary
protocol. Texans need extra care in learning environments.
French researchers have shown that a "gut microbe" produces a human hormone
mimic that affects feeling of satisfaction, energy use, and mood.
The severity of eating disorder symptoms - bulemia and anorexia - is
positively correlated with immune reaction to the mimic.
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