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  • Apr 1-7, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 13

Opinion

  • Shrouded in Mystery: Christ's sheets, Congressional gunfire and Palin's quest
  • Editorial
  • Shrouded in Mystery: Christ's sheets, Congressional gunfire and Palin's quest

    The author has been sent on the road to discover a lost country formerly known as America. He is reporting from the rabbit hole, wondering if it was the pill or Easter egg, on assignment for Or-Bust.com and The Source Weekly. Domestic Terrorists, in Richmond and Russia Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) simply couldn't stand Democrats getting all of the attention for death threats and racial slurs after the passage of health care reform, so he first declared that his offices were shot at by gun-toting Liberals (later reported by Richmond police to be "random gunfire") then decried Dems for announcing that they'd been threatened at all. But this wasn't enough for Cantor (who looks like that suck-up in-law you wish would stop talking) so he launched another PR bonanza about Mr. Norman Leboon of Philadelphia.
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  • John Kroger Plays It Cool
  • Editorial
  • John Kroger Plays It Cool

    The ink was barely dry on the health care reform legislation when 14 attorneys general from states across the country - including Rob McKenna up in Washington - rushed to file a lawsuit claiming that it's unconstitutional. To his credit, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger didn't join the stampede. "Based on a preliminary review of the legislation," Kroger's office announced, "the Oregon Department of Justice is of the opinion that the health care reform bill is constitutional and that the challenges to the legislation are without merit. Legal scholars around the nation have expressed similar views. As a result, Attorney General Kroger will not waste taxpayer dollars on filing meritless litigation."
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  • Guest Commentary
  • Fine Lines: Or how I became a clothesline martyr

    Almost three years ago, I heard a lecture by Mary Wood, a University of Oregon law professor. She talked about the narrow window of opportunity we had to respond to the devastating effects of greenhouse gases and the impact on the future of our planet. I had to do something. While I knew full well it was against the rules on Awbrey Butte, I did not know the ramifications that the simple benign act of hanging a clothesline would create. I naively thought that others would clearly see the sensibility and understand that doing the right thing for all living things took precedence over following 25-year-old rules.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • You Keep A Knockin'

    Dear Mr. Conger, Please stop knocking on doors. You agitate my dogs when you do so. Surprisingly, some of us like to sleep in on the weekends. Please stop using paper door hangers to promote yourself. You talk about wanting a "Green revolution" for Oregon yet you are wasting paper products on doorknobs to promote yourself (interestingly enough, they are not printed on recycled paper.) Are you riding your bicycle around town while you promote yourself or are you being shuttled around in a gas-powered vehicle? If so, is it a hybrid or electrical vehicle? I would guess you're an SUV man.

Culture

  • Following the Beep: Why I have a metal detector and how it (hopefully) helps me find treasure
  • Culture Features
  • Following the Beep: Why I have a metal detector and how it (hopefully) helps me find treasure

    This late winter and early spring, I have become a slave to the beep. Beep, beep, beep - a quick metallic staccato as our metal detector, the Garrett Ace250, teases us with the possibility of unearthing a rare coin, a lost Rolex or an antique diamond ring. Armed with our "kit," slang in the metal detecting culture for our detector, a pin-pointer, a shovel and an ice pick, my husband and I have scaled hill and dale in the hopes of finding that elusive buried treasure. Metal detecting, like gambling, attracts the eternal optimist. Who else would spend a sunny Saturday afternoon waving a metal wand for hours over countless acres of park, forest and desert on the slim chance of striking it rich? If you are a group-joining type, you can sit in on a meeting of the High Desert Treasure Club. They meet the second Wednesday of every month at the Bend VFW Hall at 7pm.
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Food & Drink

  • Heard from the Dishwasher
  • Chow
  • Heard from the Dishwasher

    When it comes to dining in Bend, I've been warned not to get too attached. Over the last two years, restaurant closings have been too numerous to count, and the victims have included some of our community's boldest culinary experiments. But like B of A execs at a junk mortgage trough, restaurant owners, chefs and restaurateurs are gambling on Central Oregon and the possibility of an economic rebound.
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  • Little Bites: Heard from the Dishwasher
  • Chow
  • Little Bites: Heard from the Dishwasher

    When it comes to dining in Bend, I've been warned not to get too attached. Over the last two years, restaurant closings have been too numerous to count, and the victims have included some of our community's boldest culinary experiments. But like B of A execs at a junk mortgage trough, restaurant owners, chefs and restaurateurs are gambling on Central Oregon and the possibility of an economic rebound.
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  • Hit the Ground Running: Food and service have made 10 Barrel the new hot spot
  • Chow
  • Hit the Ground Running: Food and service have made 10 Barrel the new hot spot

    Since opening just last month, 10 Barrel is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best brewpubs in Bend, which, considering Bend's tough competition, says a lot. With heavyweights like Deschutes Brewery, Cascade Lakes, and BBC leading the pack, 10 Barrel has managed to quickly gain a solid footing. With increasing foot traffic as the weather improves, eateries and pubs are quickly turning Galveston into the destination spot every Westsider always knew it was.
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  • Hit the Ground Running: Food and service have made 10 Barrel the new hot spot
  • Chow
  • Hit the Ground Running: Food and service have made 10 Barrel the new hot spot

    Since opening just last month, 10 Barrel is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best brewpubs in Bend, which, considering Bend's tough competition, says a lot. With heavyweights like Deschutes Brewery, Cascade Lakes, and BBC leading the pack, 10 Barrel has managed to quickly gain a solid footing. With increasing foot traffic as the weather improves, eateries and pubs are quickly turning Galveston into the destination spot every Westsider always knew it was.
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Screen

  • Lonely on the Top: Chloe is proof that art movies can go bad
  • Film
  • Lonely on the Top: Chloe is proof that art movies can go bad

    Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has garnered respect over the years for his long list of eclectic and stylish movies, including The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica and Felicia's Journey. Now with Chloe, his newest entry into the erotically charged pseudo-thriller genre, Egoyan cannot rest on his laurels, as his reputation will certainly backpedal as a result of Chloe, one of the most tedious movies I've had the displeasure of seeing. Chloe begins promising enough, with Amanda Seyfried adorning black stockings and garters in soft-focused photography resembling a Penthouse magazine cover. While we listen to her monologue rationalizing why it's perfectly acceptable to be a prostitute because it's rewarding to be someone's dream girl, we stop and think, "How farfetched is this going to be?"
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  • The Oddball Out: Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller make mumblecore for the A-List with Greenberg
  • Film
  • The Oddball Out: Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller make mumblecore for the A-List with Greenberg

    Since writer-director Noah Baumbach came out with The Squid and the Whale five years ago, imitators have have tried to emulate his style. Yet each copy was lighter and smudgier than the last until we finally got handed the hateful Smart People. Not his fault, of course, but it's been annoying nonetheless. With Greenberg, Baumbach picked Ben Stiller, an actor best known lately for the Night at the Museum franchise, to play Roger Greenberg, his self-absorbed slacker protagonist. It's reasonable enough then to be suspicious of how this pairing might pan out given the familiarity we all have with Baumbach's formula.
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  • On Beating Dead Horses
  • Film Events
  • On Beating Dead Horses

    Okay, has anyone ever actually "beat a dead horse"? You hear that phrase a lot (especially in this column), but have you ever seen or heard of anyone actually going through with it? I'm really wracking my brain here, trying to think of any conceivable occasion where one might be inclined to physically assault a dead horse. Okay... how about this: Let's say the horse was the mastermind behind a huge Ponzi scheme that robbed me and my family of millions. But before I could have the horse arrested, he overdoses on a big pile of snort he was enjoying with some high-priced call girls and drops dead on the spot. I rush into the room to find him dead, and seeing that my opportunity for revenge has been dashed, perhaps I would be tempted to beat the horse - you know, out of sheer frustration.
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Music

  • Bringing PDX to the Old Stone
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Bringing PDX to the Old Stone

    At Saturday's Portland Indie Invasion, there was something different, something special, and something fun - all the qualities needed for a solid show. First up was the "something different," which meant a set from father/daughter duo Alexandra and Hilary Hanes who performed as Tortune and took the stage to share their brand of self-described death pop. An innocent-looking Lex headed the duo on guitar and vocals and brandished some stellar pipes in near opera style while Dad plucked away at the bass and pressed play on the drumbeats.
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Outside

  • The Screech Owl Doesn't...  Let's find these diminutive hooters
  • Natural World
  • The Screech Owl Doesn't... Let's find these diminutive hooters

    Screech Owl All night each reedy whinny from a bird no bigger than a heart flies out of a tall black pine and, in a breath, is taken away by the stars. Yet, with small hope from the center of darkness it calls out again and again. - Ted Kooser, Nebraska Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's got that right - that's what they are, and that's what they do. Screech owls are no bigger than a human heart, and they do call at night, especially in the spring, but I've never heard one "screech."
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Special Issues & Guides

Blogs

  • Off Piste
  • Professional Images: The end of an era?

    Two things happen this week that touched on a significant change in the creative world and how photographic images are made and who profits from their sale. First came an e-mail message from a very talented designer of outdoor gear who asked if I'd take a look at his photo website and offer a critique of his work.
  • The Blender
  • Mother Hips Show in Bend Canceled

    I got word late yesterday that the Mother Hips show slated for April 15 at Mountain's Edge has been canceled. The roots rock band's publicist said there's a chance the band could come to town at some point, but there's no confirmed plans as of now.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • A Public Option for Oregon?

    The public option – government-supported health insurance offered as an alternative to private plans – was a non-starter in Congress, but Oregon could end up with its own version. Anyway that’s the idea of state Sen.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • The GOP's Grand Little Party

    Inevitably, they’re calling it “Bondagegate”: Republican National Committee aides racked up a $2,000 tab at a Hollywood topless club featuring a bondage/S&M theme. The club, called “Voyeur,” was inspired by the orgy scene in the 1999 Stanley Kubrick movie “Eyes Wide Shut.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • As the Eye Wanders

    I got to see and use the new, improved, expanded Redmond Airport terminal for the first time last week, and it’s a gem. One bitch, though: If the powers that be could find tens of millions of dollars to expand the terminal, why couldn’t they find a few thousand to put number and letter signs – G6, A5, etc.

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