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BREAST CANCER ACTION IN
The Oregon Legislature needs to hear from you, For more than 20 years, Breast
Health has ensured that uninsured, low-income women are able to access early
detection services for breast and cervical cancer. However, Oregon is one of
only five states that invest $0 in state general funds for its Breast and
Cervical Cancer Program. As a result, the program can serve only 5,500 of the
77,000 women in need.
Senate Bill 362, filed at the request of Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW
Washington, would provide state funding to the Breast and Cervical Cancer
Program. The legislation has strong bipartisan and statewide support, and passed
unanimously out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. It now sits
in the Joint Committee on Ways and Means for consideration for funding.
This bill comes amid exciting news for breast health: On June 13th, Governor
John Kitzhaber signed legislation to promote the early detection of breast
cancer by requiring doctors to notify patients of dense breast tissue indicated
by a mammogram. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that
companies cannot patent isolated human genes that are naturally occurring; the
decision already is leading to cheaper testing options for women to determine
whether they’re at risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.
Laura Terrill Patten
Oregon Planned Parenthood
NORTHWEST'S MCDERMOTT ASKS "WHY"
The Northwest's Jim McDermott
questioned why Tea Party spokesmen think the
rest of the public should support them. He apparently has never met any right
wing activists before. They all expect others to carry their tax load for them.
And these guys (yes guys) think they should qualify as groups defined in
the tax code as devoted mostly to social welfare, not political, even though
they all give almost nothing to social welfare. Unless you mean they want
welfare, and they're host social events on summer nights.
It shouldn't surprise anyone after watching Texas governor Perry beg for public
assistance after a crime ridden plant blew up in Texas, when he's opposed every
form of public assistance for others.
SENATOR MERKELY WANTS SOME HELP
For those who aren't aware of it, the right wing
corporate Cato Institute is pushing Congress to entirely eliminate OSHA. And you
can count on rural, uneducated workers backing them. Meantime, Oregon Senator
Merkely writes of the Rupublicans' attempt to eliminate another protection for
those who work for a living.
This is tough for me to say. Because of endless
Republican obstruction in the U.S. Senate, our government may have trouble
protecting your rights at work.
The National Labor Relations Board is responsible for enforcing laws that
protect workers who are disciplined or fired for trying to improve their working
Here’s the problem: There are several vacancies on the board. Although President
Obama has nominated qualified people to fill these vacancies, they all run into
the same buzz saw: Republican-led holds and silent filibusters that grind
everything to a halt. And without these vacancies filled, the NLRB struggles to
enforce worker-protection laws.
Here’s the good news: If voters like you demand change, we can fix the Senate
rules and make sure all five NLRB members get an up-or-down vote on
Take action with me. Demand change:
Sign the petition to urge the Senate take
the necessary steps to fill all five seats on the NLRB.
The Senate had a chance to reform the rules earlier this year, and it didn’t get
done. As a result, leadership posts at key federal agencies are vacant. Judicial
seats are unfilled. Bills with overwhelming support never come up for debate and
It’s shameful. It’s bad government. And it’s bad for our democracy.
What we need is real filibuster reform, to get rid of the procedural tricks that
prevent crucial positions in government from being filled.
I’m doing everything I can to persuade my colleagues that we can’t wait any
longer to make the Senate work. And your voice, right now, can make a huge
difference and help protect your rights at work.
Let the Senate know that we won’t give up until all five members of the NLRB get
an up-or-down-vote. Sign the
It’s time to stop the games and get to work.
WHEAT PRICES ALREADY DOWN AFTER
MONSANTO ROGUE WHEAT DISCOVERY
UPDATE: A Kansas farmer has already
initiated a lawsuit against Monsanto for
damages due to illegal GM found on an Oregon wheat farm. The estimated cost to
Oregon farmers from a 1 day 2.2% drop is $10 million.
The desperate efforts of OSU's agriculture
department to cover for Monsanto's rogue frankenwheat hasn't panned out. Wheat
prices ("futures") have already
fallen by 2,2%, which is a dramatic hit for
Oregon wheat growers. Japan and South Korea have both banned the import of
wheat. And SOMEONE is liable for the monetary losses to farmers in Oregon.
Whether that someone is Monsanto or OSU or some 3rd party has yet to be
determined. Prices stabilized as financiers who had bet on the price falling
sold. That leaves another set of suspects to be investigated.
CORPORATE GIVEAWAY IN LEGISLATURE
YEA!!! We’re getting attention, FINALLY, to the crazy INDUSTRIAL LAND READINESS
LEGISLATION, SB 246A.The amended bill is worse than we realized, because it now
includes paying for not just 50%, but 100% of the costs of getting land ready
for “traded-sector” companies—those that do business out of state. Of course
these companies will pay almost no state income taxes themselves, because they
are only taxed on what they sell in Oregon.
It wasn’t until this week that your emails and our many conversations with
legislators, staff and lobbyists started taking hold. Decent amendments are in
the works.Don’t think that because your legislators are Democrats you don’t need
to sign on. Because in fact, it is the Republicans who understand this is
nonsense, and Democrats who are calling it the best thing since sliced cheese.
The bill’s main advocates are Democrats—Senator Lee Beyer and Representative
It helps that the bill is now in the Ways and Means Sub-Committee on
Transportation and Economic Development. The Co-Chairs of this committee,
Senator Betsy Johnson and Representative Bob Jenson have critical minds. Senator
Johnson is asking hers questions from the rehab facility where she is recovering
from an auto accident—but it didn’t slow her mind down.- Jodi Wismer
SENATOR MERKELY SPEAKS
OF THE DREAM The American Dream. It fuels so many in
our nation to work hard so we can put food on the table for our families, own
the roof we put over our heads, and provide opportunity for our children.
There's nothing more important to
me than restoring that American Dream, which has
slipped further out of reach for so many people. It used to be that if you
worked hard, and played by the rules, you could—as my dad told me growing up—do
or be almost anything.
Recently, I spoke before the City Club of Portland, laying out where we got off
track, and what we can do as a nation to make the American Dream real for a new
generation of Americans.We need to put a whole lot less money into foreign wars
and foreign bases, and reinvest that money back into America through education
and infrastructure. We need to stop the hedge fund style gambling in our
traditional banks so they can loan to small businesses. And we need to look at
strategies to bring back manufacturing, because if we don't build things here in
America, we won't have a middle class here in America.
The bottom line is that we need to get back to policies that focus on creating
opportunity for middle class Americans and build for the future.
TUITION HIKE IN WORKS AGAIN
The Oregon State Board of Higher Education will vote tomorrow on whether to
raise tuition by 5% next year. But, tuition is already too high. If the Oregon
University System approves this hike, tuition at the University of Oregon next
fall will be DOUBLE what it was just 10 years ago.
Oregon students are deep in debt, and some are being priced out of education
altogether. This is too steep a price to pay for Oregon's future. That's why
Oregon Working Families is working on a game-changing debt-free higher education
bill --but legislators need to hear from you in order to pass it.
#1 CLOWN BECOMES MODEL IN TEXAS MASS ATTACKS TODAY Clownish Brian Boquist, a Republican
legislature from Polk County who has had more than his share of ridicule in the
press, thought he was being cute by proposing a "knife control" bill in the
legislature. Today, a Texas nut took Boquist seriously, it seems, and went on a
attack at a Texas college. Boquist seems to
have missed the point about the specially lethal habit of allowing machine guns
to be in the hands of morons. Not one person died in the stabbings of more than
a dozen today.
USUAL GANGSTERS SHOW FOR
WALMART The standard set of gangsters showed at the opening of Walmart in
Corvallis - the mayor, the Chamber of Commerce, the gazette's usual corporate
stooge, and the American Legion. Walmart's traditional assault on the wages and
living standards as well as local businesses
went unmentioned as the store responsible for 30% of the nation's trade
deficit opened. The swapping of living wage jobs at - one example - Albertson's, for
minimum wage jobs at Walmart,
where employees make an estimated 31%
less than their competitors, and cost the
public in California alone an estimated $86 million a year in public assistance.
$2.6 billion a year go from the federal government to subsidize Walmart's "rush
to the bottom". $225 million of that alone
comes from free or reduced prices for the lunches of kids whose
parents are paid so poorly. These are not new jobs. They take the place of
family wage jobs at Walmart's competitors.
Yet, no one should be surprised to
see the city's mayor, the American Legion or the Chamber of Commerce celebrating
the loss of wages and jobs. The Chamber has bitterly fought for lower
wages (they opposed child labor laws and continue to oppose minimum wage laws),
the American Legion has historically been anti worker and last century
functioned as the armed wing of the Ku Klux Klan. The Tulsa race riot and its
murders were largely the A.L.'s work
To see the mayor in the mix is
not shocking for anyone surprising with the history of Corvallis, where the city
has done almost nothing for the working population, or for a majority of tenants dependent upon
living wage jobs for tuition and loan payments.
As for the 2 Los Angeles runaways who were quoted in the gazette as
saying "I feel like we’re a real town now", go back and subsidize Walmart in
L.A. instead. You're neither wanted nor contributing here. Leave now. The reason this town is not
L.A. is because a majority fought for a community free of LA's crimes and
accompanying lifestyles. You are simply parasites, eating the fruits planted and
nurtured by others. Go Back.
AN OPEN LETTER TO GEORGE BUSH, DICK CHENEY FROM A DYING VET
To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young
I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my
fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers
and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of
thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds,
physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those
gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My
life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.
I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on
behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers
who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many
thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on
behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have
witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the
active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I
write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of
the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human
detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending
pain and grief.
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write
not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your
lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because,
before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands
of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with
hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are
and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each
guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including
the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you
Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your
public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the
hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you,
Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your
National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades
ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent
hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war
with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.
I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our
country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some
3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country
that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its
neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate”
Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to
implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I
did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be
paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States
over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive
war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in
Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is
the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of
power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian
government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death
squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On
every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it
was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay
I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan
against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded
there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and
imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my
injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I
would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing
away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings,
including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more
than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi
Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.
I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and
often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many
other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are
of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used.
We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense
of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft
and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian
ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do
to yourself, to your own soul.
My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on
trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to
face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I
hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find
the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and
in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.
Weekly Column from
COLOR US AMERICA
Legislation is now making its way through
the California legislature—with the support of consumer groups, unions and,
interestingly, physicians—that would levy a fine of up to $6,000 on employers
like Wal-Mart for every full-time employee that ends up on the state’s Medi-Cal
program—the California incarnation of Medicaid.
The amount of the fine is no coincidence.
A report released last week by the Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee
on Education and the Workforce, estimates that the cost of Wal-Mart’s failure to
adequately pay its employees could total about $5,815 per employee each and
every year of employment.
For the first time in the company's 50-year history, Walmart workers are
striking to protest their notoriously exploitative working conditions — and
management's retaliation against workers who have spoken out. Stand with workers
at Walmart: tell the Walmart Board and Chair Rob Walton to meet with workers and
take immediate steps to improve working conditions.
Here's the letter we'll send to Walmart's Board
of Directors, including Board Chair Rob Walton. You can add a personal comment
using the box to the right.
Dear Rob Walton and Walmart Board of Directors,
I urge you to meet with Walmart workers to discuss wages, scheduling, benefits,
safety and basic respect in the workplace, and to immediately stop any
retaliation, intimidation or discrimination against those workers who chose to
speak up about workplace conditions.
For over a year, workers at Walmart stores, warehouses and factories nationwide
have been asking you to meet with them to discuss improving working conditions.
Many workers have come together to form the group Organization United for
Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). As you know, this worker-led organization has
planned hundreds of strikes to occur on Black Friday — the most important day of
the year for retailers — if management does not come to the table. I urge
Walmart, as a global industry leader, to take this opportunity to proactively
implement basic employee protections, which can set the standard for your
competitors and ensure that every worker receives adequate respect and
Black people comprise nearly 20% of Walmart’s domestic workforce, and in the
past Walmart has supported many causes close to the hearts of Black Americans,
including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. I would hope
that you would also show support, respect and dignity for Black workers, the
cause that Dr. King was fighting for when he was killed.
Please put an end to the harsh and unfair treatment of workers who have chosen
to speak up, and instead meet them at the table to discuss how to improve the
daily lives of all Walmart workers.
Thanks and Peace,
--Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Kim, Johnny and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
Thanks and Peace, Rashad, Gabriel, Dani, Matt, Natasha, Kim and the rest
of the ColorOfChange.org team
I'm a 27-year-old bisexual chick who just moved in with my girlfriend of 10
months. I love her very much, and this is a great relationship—hot sex, laughs,
good conversation. Here's the thing: I like to smoke pot, and pot makes her very
uncomfortable. We've talked about it a lot—you know how dykes are—and I've been
up front with her from the beginning. I'm responsible and successful, and I
don't smoke that often. But I don't like feeling guilty. I'm afraid we're
reaching an impasse on this issue. I've considered banishing pot from my life,
but I know that some part of me would always resent her for not letting me be
who I am. To her credit, she doesn't want me to stop smoking, but she gets angry
and blames herself for the whole problem. I feel like I'm asking her to change a
pretty fundamental belief and I don't know how fair that is. Basically, I need
some perspective. Am I being an asshole?
-Distraught Kentucky Dyke
What is it about lesbianism—even in cases of lesbian-identified bi chicks—that
renders a person incapable of taking yes for an answer? (Or maybe it's
cunnilingus? Does Michael Douglas have the same problem?) Your girlfriend isn't
asking you to stop smoking pot, she recognizes that she's the one in this
relationship with a drug problem, and over time (it's only been 10 months!)
she'll probably get over these OMFG-my-girlfriend-smokes-pot panic attacks.
She's giving you a great big yes, DKD, and I think you should take it. But if
you insist on viewing this as a problem that must be solved—if you insist on
being a couple of cliché lesbians who feel they have to operate their
relationship on the consensus model or someone is being oppressed—then this
issue will be an endless source of anxiety and drama. Better to agree to
disagree, smoke when the girlfriend isn't around, and remember to return the
favor when the time comes, i.e., agree to let her enjoy something that you don't
without pitching fits about it. -
DEAR MEXICAN: I live in Philadelphia, where there
are three Spanish-language stations on regular broadcast television. None of
them offer English subtitles. I bet plenty of people of all heritages would like
to check them out—for the news from Central America or whatever. I called one of
the stations, Univisión, about it, but I was told there are no plans to offer
subtitles. Channel 35 here in Philly has Chinese, Korean, German, Russian,
Polish and Italian programming, all with subtitles. Your thoughts?
Broad Street Broad
DEAR GABACHA: Your letter has been in my ¡Ask a Mexican! archives for so long
that your question is no longer needed—but I'll todavia answer it because it
allows me to raise a great point. Last year, Univisión announced it was going to
offer English-language captions for most of its telenovelas and even some news
programs, although it didn't necessarily have gabachos in mind. Rather, the move
was prompted by Univisión's realization that assimilation is inevitable in this
country, and if it didn't acknowledge that English is the ultimate destiny for
every Mexican in el Norte, it would become as relevant to the Mexican experience
as canned tortillas. It's not a new tale—the ethnic press has long had a vibrant
place in American letters (the first Spanish-language newspaper published in los
Estados Unidos goes back to the early 19th century), but the only ones that
survive more than a couple of generations are those that understand they're only
temporary phenomena, that their days are numbered. That's why this infernal
column also has a shelf life: When the Reconquista is finally complete, I will
turn the burro over to my gabacho intern so he can explain America's largest and
whiniest minority to the ruling Mexi class. '-
Mr. Knight was discovered, cops say, rifling through a car
and stealing. Mr. Knight is NOT from Linn County, it seems. He was
Idaho in April for rifling through cars in April. OK, Idaho is like a HUGE
Linn County, but technically, just saying... Idaho is where they have
privatized prisons and usually the private prisons don't let people out, but
in Idaho, the private prisons were caught falsifying timecards and maybe
they're also secretly letting people slip away, off the records, so they can
collect without paying for feeding and housing them.
Private prisons are in the news this week for earlier offenses. The judge
who literally sold 4,000 children to them in exchange for $1 million in
Pennsylvania was finally sentenced.
But the worst of the
worst this week is in Texas, where a
group of women inmates is suing the state for running a Rape Camp,
literally. "Beginning sometime in 2007 to at least August of 2010 the Live
Oak County Sheriff’s office ran a ‘rape camp’ known as the Live Oak County
Jail,” according to the lawsuit. “In this facility, numerous jailers, all
employed by the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office, repeatedly raped and
humiliated female inmates over an extended period of time.”
“These forced acts of lasciviousness included, but are not limited to,
forcing female inmates to repeatedly perform oral sex on male guards,
forcing female inmates to repeatedly masturbate the male guards, the male
guards masturbating in view of the female inmates, male guards forcing
digital penetrative sex acts in the female inmates’, forcing female inmates
to engage in sexual sex acts with other female inmates, including but not
limited to forcing female inmates to have oral sex with each other, among
The complaint continued: “In addition to the repeated sexual assaults,
numerous female inmates were sexually harassed. Certain male guards would
strip the female inmates of their clothing and provide only shaving cream to
conceal their genitalia. Certain male guards would sometimes force the
female inmates to shower in front of them while instructing them to shave
their vaginas. In other instances, while detailing their degenerate sexual
fantasies, the jailers would pin the girls against a wall, grope their
persons, verbally berate them, digitally rape their vagina and/or anus, then
force them to perform oral sex.”
The court document alleged that the guards would “facilitate their carnal
impulses” by withholding food and water, physically abusing the women,
threatening them and taking away privileges".
In Mississippi, a
lawsuit over a private, for-profit
prison lists "appalling conditions: no working toilets, no working lights,
prisoners underfed, prisoners pushed to suicide or setting fires in order to
receive medical attention. Inmates sustained gruesome injuries: one was
rendered legally blind by the refusal of the facility to provide for his
glaucoma medication; another developed gangrene and had his finger amputated
after being stabbed."
detailed this week as "one of the
darkest periods on record. In four states, from the Atlantic to the
Mississippi, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes, the systemic abuse
and neglect of inmates, and especially mentally ill inmates, has been
investigated, chronicled and disclosed in grim detail to the world by
lawyers, government investigators and one federal judge. The conclusions are
inescapable: In our zeal to dehumanize criminals we have allowed our prisons
to become medieval places of unspeakable cruelty so far beyond
constitutional norms that they are barely recognizable." This is the
predicted outcome of Republican policies of privatization.
Left: Eric Pham
The "collateral damage" from the failed War on Drugs
continues to climb. A massive undercover operation by Corvallis and Benton
County cops nabbed 4 OSU students were busted for ecstasy, "shrooms" and
pharmaceuticals. Mr. Pham says he was asked 3 times by the informant, via a
friend, for ecstasy. He is was a pharmacy major. Cops
searched through his house and found only a half ounce of marijuana. His
supplier, cops say, is a civil engineering major.3 other students were
busted too, from the civil engineering and communications departments. It must be a slow year for crime busting careerists.
Not just in Corvallis, either. In Georgia, where Angela Garmley
reported an assault, a judge
ordered her to "Come back on Wednesday
with a dress and no panties so we can have sex". And when she refused, the
judge, 2 deputies and a court maintenance worker planted meth on her. The
FBI has charged all 4 and 3 other women have come forward with similar
Right: Christopher Brian Reid
Cops have charged Mr. Reid with 5 counts of sex abuse and
other sex charges. It must be a week for such things. Remember that
Larry Klayman, who was always suing
Bill Clinton? And how Klayman’s ex-wife said during a custody battle over
their kids, that Litigious Larry had maybe touched his children
inappropriately in their swimsuit areas? And how the magistrate in the
original hearing said that although there was no evidence of sexual abuse,
he believed that Klayman had behaved in “a grossly inappropriate manner”
with the children? And then he took away Klayman’s visitation rights and
made Larry pay his ex-wife a boatload of money? And then Larry appealed, and
the judge who heard the appeal slapped him down, and the Ohio Supreme Court
refused to order those lower courts to reverse their decisions, and one
would think that was the end of the road. After all, Litigious Larry is a
busy guy, what with all the other lawsuits he is always filing and losing
and the citizens’ grand juries he is always empaneling to indict Obama for
doing something or other.But not our hero, Litigious Larry, who will never
stop fighting until everyone knows just how much of an asshole he truly is.
While waiting for the Ohio Supreme Court to smack him around, he sued every
news organization under the sun for reporting on the original sexual abuse
allegations. A couple of weeks ago the news organizations responded by
filing a motion to dismiss saying, in essence, that the one statement that
Larry was upset about with his original suit is an accurate summation of the
findings of both the magistrate and the appeals court that upheld his
original decision. So how is Litigious Larry responding to this outrageous
truth-based defense? By suing for defamation the magistrate who ruled
against him in the first place.
Left: Darrell Gene Caldwell
Mr. Calldwell has been busted, cops say, on domestic
assault charges and for attempted kidnapping.
Right: Darrell Issa
Mr. Issa, the guy Republicans
put in charge of investigating
government wrongdoing was himself indicted for stealing a car, accused of
stealing at least one other car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon,
and twice suspected of insurance fraud – and once extensively investigated
by authorities for arson, because his former business associates accused
him, on the record, of burning down a building to collect the insurance
Left: Donald Martell Logan
Mr. Logan has been busted again, this time for burglary.
He was last busted in February on a parole violation. There is a myspace
page for a Donald Martell Logan, identifying himself as Logan and sporting
dreads. Like most burglars and parole violators, it lists his favorite book
as the Bible, and his hero as Jesus. His address is listed as the
correctional institute in Salem. His occupation is listed as "artist". That
probably launched him on a life of crime. Either the art thing or the Jesus
Right: Denise Elisabeth Decker
Ms Decker claimed to be from Alsea, and every man should
know her. She took, say the cops, the wallet, cellphone and auto of some
guy. She was charged in December with ID theft and UUV (car theft). Her
latest bust is for not appearing in court on a car theft charge.
Left: Katelyn Susanne Potter
Ms Potter has been busted one more time on what the cops
have said all along is a raging meth addiction. She was last busted in the
bowling alley parking lot after people reported a drug deal being made. This
time around it was theft and more meth and tampering with evidence.
It's evident that local cops have WAAYYY too much time on their hands,
setting up a trap with Albany and Benton County cops to put an ad for
hookers out so they could bust people. 3 of the victims were of Middle
Eastern extraction, 1 was Asian, 1 was Latino, and 2 were rural. The last
was a hugely fat Corvallis guy. While they were at the policing business
this week, the cops also managed to bust a few on pot charges. Maybe the
cops put an ad on craigslist advertising pot for sale, too. With all the
Linn County residents wandering around free in Corvallis, you'd think the
cops could put their time to better use.
It seems to be a trend. The feds are even worse. They have so
much time on their hands and such a misplaced set of priorities that they're
busting witnesses to crimes rather than criminals. Julian Assuange and
Bradley Manning, the soldier who gave up evidence of massacres of civilians
have been joined by Edward Snowden, who let Americans know that their own
government is doing what corporations like Facebook and Google have been
doing to people all along - tracking their every move without a hint that
they've done anything criminal. Ron Paul supporter Mr.Snowden has
disappeared and we are expecting a phone call soon from some burly guys
saying, "We've got your pal, pal".
Here's hoping Snowden has a tiny yellow
life raft with a little blue plastic oar. He’s going to need them if he
hopes to make it to Sweden.
Right: Garth Risland
Mr.Risland is 1/3 of the trio known as the Risland twins
(none of the 3 is entirely "there", otherwise they'd be the triplets) for
whom the Dusty Risland Rehab Clinic is named (see below). He was busted this
week for parole/ probation violation on a theft and a burglary charge, and
for littering. Mr. Risland has trouble walking and stealing gum at the same
Have we ever
turned you on to George Bush's planned
appointee to the Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones? We mean,
have you ever really listened to her, man? She’s a trip. Such big hits like
“Scream At Fellow Judges During Oral Arguments,” the evocative “Supreme
Court is the Source of Moral Decay,” the ear-worm “If You’re Not Actually
Raped No Way is it Sexual Harassment,” and her biggest number to date: “It’s
Cool if Your Attorney Sleeps Through Your Trial Because Fuck You.” All of
these really pale in comparison to her latest work, though, which we’re
calling “Blacks and Hispanics, You So Criminal!”
A group of civil rights organizations and legal ethicists filed a complaint
of misconduct against her today.The complaint, against Judge Edith H. Jones
of Houston, who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth
Circuit, asserts that at a speech at the University of Pennsylvania Law
School in February she said that blacks and Hispanics were more prone than
others to commit violent crimes and that a death sentence was a service to
defendants because it allowed them to make peace with God.
Right: Jodi White
Ms White was busted for resisting arrest at 3300 Crest
Dr., a pretty upscale neighborhood for someone who has a series of arrests.
On the same day Ms White was arrested, the sheriff's log lists 4 arrests.
Besides Ms White they were Chad Hall, on a warrant from Albany, Demecio
Cardenas on a warrant from Linn County, and James Neal on a warrant from
Albany. 3 out of 4 were from Linn County and if Linn County law
enforcement were doing their work instead of expecting Benton County to do
it - and pay for it, the number of local officers necessary would have been
cut by 75%. That would leave Benton County officers time to do things
important to Benton County besides rounding up Linn County residents
Kiel Avery Pearson
In New York City, Avery Pearson just ended a successful
run of a play produced with kickstarter money. In Corvallis, a lesser Kiel
Avery Pearson was busted for the lame and unimaginative assault, menacing,
trespass, burglary, harassment and strangulation. There were no details but
in Corvallis that usually means some chump assaults a woman who has told him
she can't stand to be near him anymore because he's so lame and
unimaginative. In this case, cops say that's part of the story but the rest
concerns a stabbing, baseball bats and a group of drunken oafs.
Ronald E. Sabo
Mr. Sabo has been sentenced for violating
probation/ parole on a sodomy charge.
The name seems damned. There is an entirely different
same name, who is a registered sex
offender in Ohio.
Right: Dusty Risland, busted 1115 16 times since
About the Risland Rehab Clinic
Dusty Risland, for whom the Risland Rehab Clinic (see above) is named, is back
in jail. Mr. Risland was recently busted for criminal trespassing, criminal
possession of a forged instrument (counterfeit $20), felon in possession of a
weapon and meth. The Dusty Risland Clinic mentioned in this column is strictly
online, consisting of repetitive viewing of the video below, until the technique
is mastered. The assumption of the Clinic is that there is a small subset
labeled criminals who actually just do not know how to change their adult
diapers when they full and are showing up, bewildered, seeking police
assistance. That is the only possible explanation a rational person could come
to. NOBODY could POSSIBLY be so stupid and inept, as criminals, as people like
Mr. Risland pretend to be.
Note: 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.
Weekly Column ON
Planned Parenthood AND WOMEN
PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOOKS AHEAD
ABOVE: Cecile Richards, President Planned
It's simple: politics has no place in a woman's personal health
care decisions. Politicians like Rep. Franks have no right to stand between
women and their doctors. And Congress has no business taking deeply personal
medical decisions out of a woman's hands to pursue a blatantly unconstitutional
The nationwide 20-week abortion ban just moved one step closer to becoming law.
Tell Congress to stay out of women's personal medical decisions and reject this
Lawmakers keep finding new and more outrageous ways to undermine women's health
That's exactly what we're seeing in the House of Representatives, where a bill
to ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide just moved one step closer to becoming
law. Politicians don't belong in the deeply personal and often complex decisions
women make about abortion — tell Congress to stop intruding on women's private
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks is determined to deny women access to safe and legal
abortion — even if it endangers their health, even if the majority of Americans
disagree, and even though a federal appeals court just overturned a similar ban
in his home state.
Now, it's up to House leadership, especially Speaker John Boehner and Majority
Leader Eric Cantor, to stop playing along with Rep. Franks' relentless attacks.
It's up to every member of Congress to reject this unconstitutional ban. And
it's up to us — you, me, and Planned Parenthood supporters nationwide — to make
sure they do.
I'm part of the 70 percent of America that opposes overturning Roe v. Wade, and
I won't let these out-of-touch politicians get away with their hostile efforts
to overturn this critical protection for women.
Women's rights shouldn't be different from state to state. Access to health care
shouldn't be determined by your zip code, and medical decisions shouldn't be
left up to statehouse politicians. These deeply personal decisions should be
between a woman and her doctor — in every state, every county, every town in
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HELD OVER for June 14th.
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES: A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a
way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him
on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled
by a corrupt detective.
"Ryan Gosling delivers his most assured performance yet, in an ambitious,
near-operatic drama-thriller that boldly unfolds across two distinctly different
THE SAPPHIRES: Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES follows four vivacious,
young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they
learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires
entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. 93% on RT!
"It's pure joy!"
FRANCES HA: A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an
apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer),
and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality
dwindles. Noah Baumbach directs.
NEW FILMS for June 14th.
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED: Pierce Brosnan isn't the only reason to see LOVE IS ALL
YOU NEED. He's merely the best reason to seek out Danish filmmaker Susanne
Bier's entertaining romantic comedy.
THE SILENCE: "THE SILENCE" is framed as a multi-character police procedural, but
like "Mystic River" and "Zodiac," its inquiries probe deeper and darker.
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED --R
All you need is love, everybody
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is directed by Golden Globe and Oscar winning filmmaker
Susanne Bier, written by Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen and starring Pierce
Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm.
Philip (Brosnan), an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged
widower and estranged single father. Ida (Dyrholm) is a Danish hairdresser,
recuperating from a long bout of illness, who's just been left by her husband
for a younger woman, Thilde. The fates of these two bruised souls are about to
intertwine, as they embark for a trip to Italy to attend the wedding of Patrick
and Astrid, Philip's son and Ida's daughter. With warmth, affection and
confidence, Susanne Bier has shaken a cocktail of love, loss, absurdity, humor,
and delicately drawn characters that will leave only the hardest heart
untouched. It is a film about the simple yet profound pains and joys of moving
on - and forward - with your life.
THE SILENCE --R (Subtitled German)
THE SILENCE begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia
is brutally murdered in a field of wheat by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen-In a Better
World, Fear Me Not), as his helpless friend Timo (Wotan Wilke Moehring-Soul
Kitchen) watches. Now, in the present day, on the exact same date, 13-year-old
Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot, leading police to
suspect the same killer may be at work again. Recently widowed detective David
(Sebastian Blombeg-The Baader Meinhof Complex) and his colleague Janna (Jule
Boewe) struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes with the help of
Krischan (Burghart Klaussner-The White Ribbon, The Edukators), the retired
investigator of the unresolved case. While Sinikka's distraught parents are
trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty, their daughter's fate
rips open unhealed wounds in the heart of Pia's mother (Katrin Sass, Goodbye
Lenin) and sends Timo in search of Peer and their own old desires.
By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Ringed by a band of scrutinizing Wall Street yuppies at a dinner party where she
doesn't belong, Frances (Greta Gerwig) is asked the inevitable "What do you do?"
"It's kind of hard to explain," she responds, warily.
"Because what you do is complicated?" wonders her inquistor.
"Because I don't really do it," Frances explains.
Frances Ha, a collaboration between Gerwig (actress and cowriter) and Noah
Baumbach (director and cowriter), achieves a kind of pivotal moment of awkward
wisdom, and revelation a few minutes later at that same dinner table. Frances -
a 27-year-old dancer whose hopes and dreams are dashed with the regularity of
changing traffic lights - blurts out a philosophy that startles and stupefies
the other guests.
Her honesty is beautiful.
So too is Frances Ha, a black-and-white salute to the French New Wave (the score
is borrowed from Georges Delerue, composer of many a Truffaut and Godard film)
that manages to be very much of this moment, tracking a spirited stumblebum as
she navigates (or fails to navigate) the post-college New York world of
roommates, boyfriends, jobs, and money woes.
At first, all seems blissfully, slackerfully right with Frances. She shares an
apartment (in Brooklyn, of course) with Sophie (Mickey Sumner), her best friend
from their Vassar days. They share their most intimate thoughts. They cuddle and
clown. They are, as Frances quips, like "an old lesbian couple that doesn't have
But inevitably, Sophie and Frances begin to drift apart - although Frances is in
denial about it. Sophie has a serious boyfriend, and serious plans, and a
serious place in Tribeca. And so Frances moves in and out of a succession of
apartments, on the run - from herself, and who she wants to be. For a while, she
settles in with Lev (Adam Driver) and Benji (Michael Zegen), a pair of chirpy
hipsters. She promises to pay her fair share of the rent when her dancing career
It doesn't pick up.
Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale) first cast Gerwig in Greenberg, opposite Ben
Stiller. She's the gofer/dog walker/nanny who upends the house-sitting, sourpuss
Greenberg's life, and she's great. The actress - who had been writing and
starring in low-budget, low-expectation "mumblecore" projects - is funny in ways
that are completely unforced, uncompromised.
In Frances Ha, she is funny, too, but she's also like the weather in Ireland:
four seasons in one day. Sad, silly, clumsy, graceful, inappropriate, perfect.
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES --R
The problem with making a three-part movie is it's very tough to keep things
In the case of "The Place Beyond the Pines," a sprawling tale of dangerous,
dysfunctional fathers and sons, the first section of the film is so good that
the two that follow can't quite keep up. The film never veers anywhere near
being bad; it's just that it starts out looking great and then doesn't quite
Blame Ryan Gosling, the hyper-magnetic actor who anchors that first section.
Gosling plays Luke, a motorcycle daredevil covered in tattoos, dripping cool and
aching to be brighter and better than he is. When the carnival he works for
makes a stop in upstate New York, he learns he fathered a child last time he was
there with Romina (Eva Mendes).
Romina has a boyfriend, but Luke quits the carnival anyway, deciding he wants to
get to know his child. To gather cash, he turns to bank-robbing.
This is how the film gets to its second part, involving a hero cop named Avery
(Bradley Cooper) who eventually exposes police corruption in his department,
launching a political career. He, too, has a young son, and Avery and Luke's
boys make up the third section.
It's an ambitious piece of storytelling, much bigger in scope than
writer-director Derek Cianfrance's last work, the intimate "Blue Valentine,"
which also featured Gosling. But it contains the same attention to human detail
- Luke vomits after his first bank robbery - as that film.
The only problem - and it's a problem most films would love to have - is that
Gosling is a hard act to follow. The goofy sunglasses he wears, the hysteria in
his voice as a robbery goes out of control, the love-struck looks he gives his
kid - it's all so juicy and right.
"Pines" is hardy stuff, but it's at its toughest when Gosling's on screen.
THE SAPPHIRES --PG-13
Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES follows four vivacious, young and
talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about
love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the
U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Cynthia (Tapsell), Gail (Mailman), Julie (Mauboy)
and Kay (Sebbens) are discovered by Dave (O'Dowd), a good-humored talent scout
with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. As
their manager, Dave books the sisters their first true gig giving them their
first taste of stardom, and travels them to Vietnam to sing for the American
"A surefire crowdpleaser with all the ingredients for the type of
little-movie-that-could sleeper success that Harvey Weinstein has nurtured in
years and award seasons past."
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AND HISTORIAN TED COX'S THE TOLEDO, OREGON INCIDENT OF 1925
Over the past five months, I have been heartened to see the
memory of my son galvanizing such a powerful movement for change. I can tell
you, it's what Aaron would have wanted.
It has been your efforts that have led some lawmakers to pursue an investigation
of Aaron's vindictive, cruel and disproportionate prosecution. When the Justice
Department appeared before the Judiciary Committee to discuss Aaron's case,
Senators Patrick Leahy, John Cornyn, and Al Franken all pushed for answers. And
for that they deserve thanks. At the request of these senators, the Department
of Justice recently briefed Senate Judiciary Committee staffers on their
prosecution of Aaron -- but more questions remain.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: my son was destroyed by a system and
prosecutors that still don’t understand the nature of what they did.
They destroyed my son by their callousness and inflexibility.The work of
changing that system -- of getting answers to our unanswered questions about
Aaron's prosectution -- remains before us.
For now, it's important that those lawmakers who've already joined our cause
know that we are thankful, and that we will continue to stand with them as they
use their power to hold the DOJ to account and seek justice for Aaron.Thank you,
A Weekly Column On HEALTH, WELL BEING, Environmental News AND GMO-FREE
HJM 6 has a work session scheduled for tomorrow afternoon in the
House Rules Committee! This is very good news! We expect that Representative
Dembrow, who has been the champion to get a decent memorial out of the Oregon
legislature, wouldn’t have asked for a work session unless he has the votes. If
you can, come on down and pack the room. That’s Wednesday the 12th at 3:00 in
Hearing Room E. At work sessions there is no chance to speak, but just being
there is good.
The measure calls on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment making clear
that unlimited campaign spending is not free speech and that corporations are
not people with constitutional rights.
In light of U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Citizens United v. FEC and other
cases, it is imperative that we re-assert the right of the people and our
democratically elected Congress and state legislatures to govern. We don’t have
to let mega-corporations drown out the voices of real people in our democracy.
As valuable as corporations can be, we can and should limit the powers we have
granted them to their intended purposes. And we can and should place reasonable
limits on political contributions and expenditures in the interest of
maintaining a healthy democracy.
A dozen other state legislatures have sent similar messages to their
congressional delegations. So too have many local Oregon communities—through
city council resolutions and ballot initiatives—including Ashland, Baker City,
Coos Bay, Corvallis, Eugene, Lincoln County, Newport, Portland, Port Orford,
Silverton, West Linn, Yachats.
We are deeply concerned about the unprecedented flow of money in politics and
how this is affecting our elections and the political process. Your support to
this important measure is working! Jody Wiser
Forty years ago, wolves were on the brink of being hunted to
extinction. They were saved by the Endangered Species Act, which allowed them to
begin to flourish again in the mountains and forests of the United States, in
places like Yellowstone National Park and the northern woods of Michigan.If the
federal government goes ahead with its plans, wolf management will be turned
over to the states. This has already happened in the Northern Rockies and it's
been a disaster – over 1,700 wolves have been ruthlessly hunted down and killed
in just the last two years. If wolves are stripped of their protections, we
could see this happen in parts of the United States where their comeback is
still in its early, fragile stages.
The recovery of gray wolves is one of the great conservation victories of the
last 50 years, but the job isn't done. To abandon wolves now would be an
enormous tragedy for wolves and for their forest habitats -- and for us. Don’t
let the Obama administration abandon wolves --
send a message today.
Thank you for everything you do for our wild America,
Sierra Club Executive Director
P.S. Let's flood the Department of the Interior with comments for wolves.
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 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 convicted 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.