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Re: “Deschutes County's marijuana blues turn a darker hue

Patty Adair is an idiot. But, so-called "moderate" Republicans in Deschutes County--including Knute Buehler, Cheri Helt and Tammy Baney--deserve some credit for allowing her and the Tea Party Trumpers to takeover the Deschutes County Republican Party. I defy any of them to tell us how they fought to prevent this from happening. Republican "moderates" caved to extremists in their party even as they tried to distance themselves from Trump and the extreme right. That allowed someone like Adair to successfully challenge Baney and turn the County Commission to the extreme right. Now, watch all these so-called moderates cozy up to Adair. They deserve what they get, but they have screwed everyone else in Deschutes County, too. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 11/16/2018 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Tiny Home Community

Opportunity Village in Eugene is completely different as they are very small, garden shed size, temporary shelters-100 s.f. or less, no plumbing or electricity-basically just homeless shelters. The community in this article has normal style homes about 250-400 s.f. that are not trailers or variations of a garden shed and look much nicer and are a truly affordable community. I'd love to see something like this set aside on the east side for land just added to the UGB instead of developing west side for rich peoples housing or another park. I love the concept of the tiny home, but realistically the homes on wheels and the small garden shed size homes look tacky compared to these.

Posted by Marija Peče on 11/15/2018 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Tiny Home Community

Thanks for the heads up, Ali!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 11/13/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Tiny Home Community

Good idea yet this is Bend Oregon pretending to be Aspen Colorado, so this will never happen as reducing developers profit and having a livable city for all people is beyond what Bend will ever allow.

Posted by anonmous on 11/13/2018 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Tiny Home Community

Even closer to home, Eugene recently completed a similar community of 22 tiny homes in the Whiteaker area called Opportunity Village, the latest from SquareOne Villages:

Posted by Ali Gartlan on 11/10/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Free Will Astrology—Week of November 8

"Bring the November rain," said the big ole Turkey from '76 cloaked in Oregon Green. Any good Trick or Treat stories? Where's Waldo...

Posted by Justin Gottlieb on 11/08/2018 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Appropriation vs. Appreciation

Cultural appropriation exists in many forms, particularly in Bend. Opening a ramen restaurant and turning a dish with a serious history into hipster b.s., with zero respect for authenticity or ramen tradition is more than sad, it's insulting. No self-respecting asian would eat there. This place in particular place serves bad food and profits off another cultural food fad. As bad or worse, asian "dumplings" are supposedly Bend's favorite food cart...except they're NOT dumplings. They're called "bao" get your basic facts straight. I wouldn't feed those things to my dog. He might choke on them.

You can serve "ethnic" food and treat it with authenticity and respect, it's totally possible, but these places don't bother.

And then the're the booty-shakin' "yoga" much for a 5,000-year-old meditative and spiritual can rock out to an MGMT dance remix.

You can just add all this to the not-so-subtle racism that thrives in Bend. How many times have I seen someone dress in blackface, as a slant-eyed Asian in a cone hat, or as a poncho and sonbrero-wearing Mexican at Mt. Bachelor's pond-skimming contest? too many.

(and if your reply is "don't be so sensitive" or "it's just a joke", that's a something we only hear after someone says or does something racist, sexist, or homophobic)

And remember way back when, when the Source did one of it's person-on-the street surveys? In 2005 or maybe 2006? And asked 3 or 4 white people if they thought racism was still an issue in America? oops. forgot to ask people of color. good job.

Bend is like much of the US, i not as progressive and liberal as it thinks it is.

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Posted by Bend_not_so_woke on 10/31/2018 at 8:13 PM

Re: “It's Still Better Better to Buy than Rent

For the past 50 years, the typical home price cycles have been 7-10 years and the current cycle started in 2012 and our most recent cycle before the meltdown was 17 years.

Posted by Yolanda Ljubimir on 10/19/2018 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Supreme Court Silver Lining

Oh, puuhhhlllleeeeezzzzeee. A substantial number of those law professors have never been in a federal appellate courtroom. None of them appreciate that Justice Kavanaugh was testifying in the position of an accused, not presiding as a judge, at least not to the extent to resist trying to get some attention in the New York Times.

If indeed 70% of the electorate approves of Roe v. Wade, then they should work to promote state legislation that codifies Roe into Oregon's statutes. Ireland, a 90% Catholic country, used its referendum process to do so earlier this year. Massachusetts' legislature codified Roe earlier this year. Would you rather argue about preserving Roe or actually do something about it?

Go outside and look at all the beauty in central Oregon and realize the sky isn't falling.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 10/10/2018 at 6:21 PM

Re: “It's Still Better Better to Buy than Rent

Recessions happen every 10 years on average. The Great Recession started in 2009. The yield curve is a good predictor, and it's heading towards negative. Whether the next cyclical recession is in 2019 or 2020, you'd be better served to keep saving your money for a down payment immediately after the housing market crashes. Buy low, sell high. Like the above comment notes, a principal broker is not going to give this advice as it doesn't serve their interests.

Posted by Loki227 on 10/08/2018 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Jumpin' Jive

I tuned in to 96.5 this morning after reading this article...only dead air.

Posted by Struz on 10/08/2018 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Halloween 2016

No halloween is on Wednesday

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Posted by Natosha Harris on 10/03/2018 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Celebri-weed

I think your comments about Gene Simmons are ridiculous. As a businessman, if he sees Cannabis as a good investment...what is wrong with that? He also speaks highly about the medicinal value of Cannabis. Regarding recreational use...even if he does not smoke weed, he clearly feels that people are free to make up their own minds about what they want to do. So...your comment is simply stupid! And to reference a negative article in another publication seems irrelevant. What a joke!

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Posted by Open Minded on 09/19/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Should We Legalize All Drugs? Discuss

"selling drugs with no benefit and a high risk of death seems a poor solution". This is a flawed argument. First of all, all drugs have at least one benefit, they get you high.

Also, who told you it was a high risk of death. Actually, cocaine isn't physically addictive and opium is less dangerous than alcohol and has more medical properties, it's a pain killer. Heroin can kill you with overdose, but only if you use it irresponsibly, which you're more likely to do if you aren't told how to use it properly. In fact, morphine is still used in hospitals, I had a friend who had brain cancer who actually bragged to me that they let her have morphine.

All drugs should be made legal because the drug laws are immoral and unjust. This was never about whether or not drugs are dangerous, drugs are usually pretty safe when used correctly. Some are worse for your body than others, like donuts are worse for you than kale, but donuts taste better.

The drug laws should be repealed. I mean, not only are punishments racist, but they were racially motivated to begin with. "the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races", said Harry Anslinger. This worked to convince people to outlaw it in 1937. The laws capitalize on the supporting ideologies that blacks have a different physiology so they react to the drugs differently than whites, by raping white women and murdering people.

So keeping the laws around keeps this idea that blacks have a different physiology around. It's where they come from, it's what they do. It doesn't keep them around in the way that not everyone knows that, just people smart enough to look up some history on google and every person still in favor of these laws. The idea that there are medical reasons is unfounded not just when it comes to marijuana, although marijuana does have numerous health benefits, but unfounded for other drugs as well.

Just look at alcohol. Alcohol is a dangerous drug. Drink too much of it at one time and you can die. It has no health benefits, actually it's hard for the body to digest and makes you puke if you drink too much as well. It makes you pee a lot.

Despite all this people enjoy drinking it, and can do it relatively safely and live a long healthy life. Or they won't stop, we loved them, and they drank themselves to death that selfish bastard.

Despite this medical reasons to outlaw it and simply not allow it, don't necessarily work. This is because arresting people for hurting themselves when they're doing no harm to others, is fundamentally wrong. Also, the person could be using the drug in moderation. You could have arrested a person who is an occasional alcohol user. Arresting and killing people isn't a solution to the people who drink themselves to death.

I mean, we have enough medical reasons to outlaw guns too, and certainly arsenic, but both those things are legal. I mean, a gun was designed to kill things it doesn't do anything else using it safely is a ridiculous idea you'll just destroy something not alive how's that better. Meanwhile you may kill yourself with alcohol, or you may not, you may be a responsible adult and understand the danger involved.

All drugs, are safer than letting people walk around with guns, yet guns are perfectly legal. That's because drugs are made to get people high, to give them pleasure, not to kill them. Marijuana simply can't kill you. Yet still, people are arrested, killed, and ostracized from society for it. This is about the rights of the drug user to be a person again, who sought pleasure for pleasures sake, in an innocent enough way, by taking a strange plant cooked up by a mad scientist friend, and giving them respect, and not dehumanizing them. So quit dehumanizing me the drug user, and never arrest a drug user again.

Posted by Mary Skolnik on 09/16/2018 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Leafly, the Book

I am suffering from insomnia, I hardly want to sleep all night but my insomnia doesn't want too.. I woke up early for work having 2hrs of sleep only because of this matter. I came across this article saying that this strain induces full-body relaxation. It helps soothe the muscles, thus relieving chronic pain and nausea.. Did someone already use this kind of treatment? Thankyou

Posted by scot on 09/12/2018 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Home Improvements Outpacing New Home Construction

It seems to me that now projects to improve homes are ahead of new construction because the country's economy has fallen over the past 15 years, and not everyone can afford to build a house now. Naturally, to improve the old house is several times cheaper than to build a new one, because the improvement of houses skipped the construction of new houses. Moreover, now it is very cheap to do a small cosmetic repair, especially if you know where to find cheaper contractor - on such sites as,,

Posted by Michael Bilenko on 08/30/2018 at 1:20 AM

Re: “Skeptical Activism: Removing the Spin

People like Dee are what we call pseudoskeptics or pathological skeptics. They pretend to be skeptical of "dodgy" claims, practice critical thinking and adhere to scientific principles but they rarely ever do. As you see here, Dee continually makes grand purely faith-based pronouncements but is completely unable or unwilling to support them in any way, because you can't provide evidence for what doesn't exist.

Instead of rationally dealing with the topic at hand he attempts to malign people by introducing irrelevant information. An actual skeptic will be skeptical of those who steadfastly refuse to support the claims they make, substitute ridicule for evidence or redirect attention away from the topic at hand.

Posted by Michael Fullerton on 08/29/2018 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Skeptical Activism: Removing the Spin

LOL indeed, "Michael."

You apparently never tire of repeating yourself, so I will repsond in kind (from my previous post): Perhaps I would attack your arguments if the Novella debate (which was summarized in the Vice article) did not already prove that engaging in any debate with you is fruitless. Your arguments are not science based and your logic is unsound. I find your obfuscation of science offensive and dangerous.

Your attacks on fact- and science-based skepticism would possibly carry a modicum of weight, if any semblance rational credibility wasn't forfeited by your ridiculous 911 conspiracy theory. If you sincerely apologize for your pathological 911 truther quest and denounce it as the uneducated, attention-grabbing, nonsensical trash that it has been proven to be, I might consider engaging you on another subject.

And now, for something not quite completely different, as an example of your "logic":

This is my last post on this subject.

Posted by Dee M on 08/29/2018 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Skeptical Activism: Removing the Spin

LOL "Dee", your posts consist of nothing but logical fallacies. Here you continue with your attacks and pepper these with raving pronouncements of unadulterated faith (bare assertion fallacies). This is all "skeptics" like you can do to support your grossly distorted view of science and critical thinking.

Hopefully the rational readers here will understand that your contributions are nothing but a diversion away from the imminently serious topic at hand, the scientific and critical thinking butchery meted out in Dunnings recent documentary. Perhaps my article contained some errors? Why then doesn't someone rationally point them out rather than engage in attacks and other sophomoric diversions? To me that is always a clue: when arguments can't be attacked, the arguer is attacked instead. Talk about playground tactics.

Posted by Michael Fullerton on 08/28/2018 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Skeptical Activism: Removing the Spin

Once again, Michael, you are the king of projection. Your penchant for employing the playground tactic of "I know you are, but what am I" is exhausting and pathetic.

Obviously, you are desperate for attention when you share a link to an article you wrote - on a website that you manage (and apparently created) - to garner hits. Continuing this tactic by providing 2 more links to your website, as a counterpoint to the well researched Vice article, becomes even more laughable knowing that YOU wrote those 2 linked articles. You continue to defend yourself with your own flawed circular logic...what a surprise.

My reference to the Vice article was to give any readers who may be following this thread, context into your agenda: self promotion built from an easily (and repeatedly) debunked conspiracy theory. The best part of my first post is that it provided a link to an article written by someone who objectively followed a public discourse (providing a link to the debate transcript) and came to the same rational conclusion about your viewpoints as myself.

Perhaps I would attack your arguments if the Novella debate (which was summarized in the Vice article) did not already prove that engaging in any debate with you is fruitless. Your arguments are not science based and your logic is unsound. I find your obfuscation of science offensive and dangerous.

Posted by Dee M on 08/28/2018 at 12:27 PM

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