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  • Nov 6-12, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 45

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Opinion

  • Trick or Cheating: Taking the easy way out on Halloween, crazy Coulter, and sex talks
  • Editorial
  • Trick or Cheating: Taking the easy way out on Halloween, crazy Coulter, and sex talks

    The Queen of Shock Trick-Or-Driving Upfront was primed to launch a tirade on this page about the apparent death of trick or treating, seeing as how last Friday we only had three groups of masked children come to our door. But we soon learned, upon arriving in a different neighborhood, that kids are still hitting the streets en masse to get a free sugar fix and that Upfront's dearth of trick-or-treaters was due to our non-streetlight, plenty of broken-down cars street. Apparently, kids and their parents, not unlike Hemingway, enjoy a clean, well-lighted place to knock on doors. While there were plenty of costumed children in this pristine neighborhood, there was one troubling practice we witnessed: parents driving their children from house to house. Folks were loading up the kids for a 25 foot trip to the next house and then repeating this process all the way around the block.
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  • Our Medieval Electoral College
  • Editorial
  • Our Medieval Electoral College

    Where's the moat?A Wikipedia search for the origins of the Electoral College yields the following interesting factoid: "Germanic law stated that the German king led only with the support of his nobles. Thus, Pelayo needed to be elected by his Visigothic nobles before becoming king of Asturias, and so did Pepin the Short by Frankish nobles in order to become the first Carolingian king. While most other Germanic nations went to a strictly hereditary system by the first millennium, the Holy Roman Empire could not, and the King of the Romans, who would become Holy Roman Emperor or at least Emperor-elect, was selected by the college of prince-electors from the late Middle Ages until 1806 (the last election actually took place in 1792)."
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Don't Hate Corn

    The October 29 article "Wanted: Good Buns...as in the bread that holds your burger," may mislead consumers about high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup, sugar, and several fruit juices are all nutritionally the same. High fructose corn syrup has the same number of calories as sugar and is handled similarly by the body. In 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally listed high fructose corn syrup as safe for use in food and reaffirmed that decision in 1996.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Tickets Are Real

    I read the article "Beware Parking Ticket Racket" from the September 25th issue. I decided to do some research of my own because I did

Culture

  • The Didjeridude: Tyler Spencer puts a new spin on an Aboriginal Australian instrument
  • Culture Features
  • The Didjeridude: Tyler Spencer puts a new spin on an Aboriginal Australian instrument

    Tyler Spencer and a prized didjTyler Spencer was only 15 when he stumbled across a metal tube in his parents' basement and happened to blow into it, creating a unique resonating sound. While the tube was actually a piece of exercise equipment, Spencer's father told him about an Australian Aboriginal instrument called the didjeridu. Spencer began scouring reference books and other materials, eventually creating his own out of a pine log for a school project. Fast forward 15 years and Spencer now makes and plays this ancient instrument for a living, having even gone to Australia's Northern Territory and studied under the highly respected Aboriginal elder Djalu Gurruwiwi. Based out of his home on Bend's east side with a recording studio just off of the workshop where he creates his instruments, Spencer is bringing ancient Australian traditions to Central Oregon and he's doing it with style. "I make very high-quality didjs for people very serious about playing ... it's kind of my duty to pass on my experience and what I've learned," he says.
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Food & Drink

  • Bend's Godmother of Dining: Pine Tavern offers lessons only history can teach
  • Chow
  • Bend's Godmother of Dining: Pine Tavern offers lessons only history can teach

    Seeing the forest for the trees. In Bend's increasingly volatile dining scene, Pine Tavern is a stalwart. Established in 1936, it has perfected the recipe for success in the restaurant business: a warm and comfortable atmosphere, impeccable service, and, of course, great food. The oft-mentioned lore of the place is certainly a draw, notably the 250-year-old live ponderosa pine tree growing through the middle of the main dining room. Others come for the setting. You'll find some of Bend's most sought-after tables on the patio overlooking the Deschutes during the summer and, when the nights get cold, some of the coziest in the dimly lit lounge. Some patrons wait for the special menus that are offered periodically. In fact, I returned last week to check out the featured "Taste the Pastabilities" menu.
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  • Bend's Godmother of Dining: Pine Tavern offers lessons only history can teach
  • Chow
  • Bend's Godmother of Dining: Pine Tavern offers lessons only history can teach

    Seeing the forest for the trees. In Bend's increasingly volatile dining scene, Pine Tavern is a stalwart. Established in 1936, it has perfected the recipe for success in the restaurant business: a warm and comfortable atmosphere, impeccable service, and, of course, great food. The oft-mentioned lore of the place is certainly a draw, notably the 250-year-old live ponderosa pine tree growing through the middle of the main dining room. Others come for the setting. You'll find some of Bend's most sought-after tables on the patio overlooking the Deschutes during the summer and, when the nights get cold, some of the coziest in the dimly lit lounge. Some patrons wait for the special menus that are offered periodically. In fact, I returned last week to check out the featured "Taste the Pastabilities" menu.
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Screen

  • Lifeless Haunting Will Shock No One: You've seen this one before...on every channel
  • Film
  • Lifeless Haunting Will Shock No One: You've seen this one before...on every channel

    Scissor sisters. I almost don't know what to say about this innocuous entry into the thriller genre except that it's as about as mediocre as they come, as generic as it gets, and predictable beyond a shadow of a doubt. My first thought was proven to be true that any movie with "Haunting" in the title and especially "the Haunting of..." is doomed from the get-go. Just check out Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) if you don't believe me. This movie was so below my level of consciousness that it didn't even have enough power to make me mad. I just sat there and so did the movie. The Haunting of Molly Hartley, follows, you guessed it, Molly Hartley and her pesky haunting and does so as follows: Molly (Hayley Bennett) is attending a new high school in a new place with just her dad. He says "let's have a fresh start" at breakfast, foreshadowing things might not go so well. They've moved to the same community as her mother's mental health facility and soon Molly has headaches, hallucinations and troubles all stemming from the fact that mom jabbed a pair of scissors in her chest years ago and was put away. Molly is basically haunted by her mom...constantly, via flashbacks and what seems to be present day escape visits.
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  • Get A Real Porno: Zack and Miri make a forgettable movie
  • Film
  • Get A Real Porno: Zack and Miri make a forgettable movie

    The milkman always rings twice. You can try to distract me, Kevin Smith, but despite the gratuitous nudity, rampant profanity and every euphemism for male and female genitalia in existence, Zack and Miri Make a Porno is full of poorly written dialogue, boring characters and sentimentality that plays cheesy and awkward. Zack (Seth Rogen, Knocked Up) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks, Definitely, Maybe) are high school best friends come roommates that are struggling to pay the bills. The night of their 10-year high school reunion they come home to find their utilities shut off. Huddled around a trash can fire in their living room, they decide in a flash of entrepreneurialship to make a porno.
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  • Wii Like Music: Nintendo takes on the Guitar Hero phenomenon
  • Film Events
  • Wii Like Music: Nintendo takes on the Guitar Hero phenomenon

    Somewhere under the rainbow, robotic children play music.It's been a slow process for Nintendo to release games that use the Wii balance board, but now comes Wii Music. This game was in line to be released with the Wii system, but it ran into a few snags and was more or less left in the dust. Well, it seems a resurrection has occured due to the popularity of Guitar Hero and Rock Band and Nintendo wanted this game on the fast track. Wii Music was overseen by famous Nintendo composer Koji Kondo who has contributed music to some of the best games Nintendo has ever released including Duck Hunt, Mario Bros., Zelda, and many others. The game allows for either single or multi-player action and lets you choose from up to 60 different instruments. Players can choose to play the piano, violin, guitar, bongo drums, harp, trumpet, and other instruments and the Wii Balance Board is used to play the drums with pedals while the Nunchuk serves as the drumsticks.
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Music

  • Playing in the Band: Keller Williams has an all-star band and a grip on the shrinking jam band scene
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Playing in the Band: Keller Williams has an all-star band and a grip on the shrinking jam band scene

    Oh Keller (third from left) you're so funny.A lot of people originally went to see Keller Williams expressly because the musician didn't have a band behind him. But now, after more than a decade of touring, people are rushing to see him because he does have a band playing with him - rather than the loops and multi-instrumentational wizardry that's built his reputation. Williams, who's not a single-name diva by any means yet is often referred to by fans on a first-name basis, unveiled the WMDS a couple years back, but has since moved away from the timely acronym (after learning there was another band going by that moniker) opting rather to dish out all the members of the band, calling it Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe. That might sound like a law firm to some, but for devoted live music fans, it's much more than a list of names - it's a venerated who's who of improvisational musicians. Keith Moseley played base in the String Cheese Incident, Gibb Droll is as genius of a guitar player as there is on the touring circuit and Jeff Sipe is the percussive powerhouse that once anchored the cult jam band Aquarium Rescue Unit and toured with Leftover Salmon.
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Outside

  • What Goes 'Round,  Come Around: The curious life of bot flies
  • Natural World
  • What Goes 'Round, Come Around: The curious life of bot flies

    In the 80-plus years I have lived on this grand old planet we call home, I have come to realize that the world of nature is so complex I will go out among the stars with only a hint of what's really going on. Take bot flies for example. These pestiferous little buggers (pun intended) make life miserable for any mammal they come into contact with, especially rodents, livestock and humans. Scientists have placed bot flies into one big family: Oestroidea (OH-est-ROW-eh-dee-ah). The bot fly is a "true fly" that is, they belong to the order Diptera, which means, "with two wings." While all the other billions of insects are flying around with four wings, flies have only two, and a "balancer" that gives them the remarkable agility to avoid fly swatters and such.
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  • Fall into Winter: Squeeze in a last-chance hike  before the snow falls
  • Outside Features
  • Fall into Winter: Squeeze in a last-chance hike before the snow falls

    THREE FALL HIKES Fall colors at Mt. JeffersonFall is hiking season in Central Oregon. Now that November is here, the window of opportunity for many of our best hikes is closing quickly, but if you can squeeze in one more hike before the snow flies, here are some of my favorites. Get there any which way you can: Jeff Park There are four ways to gain admission to the "Park," a gorgeous lake-studded meadow at the base of Mt. Jefferson. Every autumn, I try to find an Indian Summer weekend to backpack up there when the huckleberry bushes paint the fields burgundy. My usual way in is an easy six miles up the Whitewater Trail, off Highway 22. One time, we took a shuttle and came back out the Pacific Coast Trail and Woodpecker Ridge Trail, which is about the same length, but can involve a challenging crossing of the creek running down from Russell Glacier. You can also enter the park by taking the South Breitenbush Trail or the PCT from the North. Once you're there, it's an idyllic place to hang out or, if you're really gung-ho, you can attempt to climb 10,497-foot Mt. Jefferson. Whichever way you get there, you won't want to leave.
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Blogs

  • The Blender
  • The Weekend Warrior

    Starting today, The Blender is going to do our damndest to bring you a guide for the weekend to come every Friday. We're not saying
  • The Blender
  • Early Turns on Mt. B

    Throughout much of the day yesterday the sky was spitting out snow, much of it mixed with rain, but up on Mt. Bachelor it was
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • Ex-Mayor Bill Friedman Dies

    The Eye was saddened this morning to learn of the death Sunday of Bill Friedman, former Bend mayor and veteran city councilor, of complications following
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Obama's Progesssive Mandate

    It's just three days after Barack Obama swept the board in the presidential race, and already the mainstream media pundits are repeating their shopworn argument

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