The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon | Issue Archives | May 13, 2010
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  • May 13-19, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 19



  • Editorial
  • Excluding Freedom and Common Sense

    "Exclusion zone" - it sounds like such a great idea. Define certain people as "undesirables," draw a line around the area where you don't want them to go, and tell them that if they're caught in that area they'll be charged
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  • Culture Features
  • The PPP at 34: It's more than a race and it always has been

    When 80 competitors lined up to start the first Pole Pedal Paddle (PPP) in 1976 armed with equipment that you're more likely to find hanging over a mantelpiece than in a lift line, little did they know that they were becoming involved in what would eventually become Bend's biggest community sporting event. They also weren't aware that they were pioneering a new type of event. Run/bike/swim triathlons were just becoming known nationally. A cross country ski/bike/kayak event had been staged annually for several years in Truckee, California. But a race featuring five sports? Now that was new. Thirty-four years later, the PPP has established itself as the quintessential Bend event. It's all about fitness, being outdoors and getting to use all sorts of cool gear. (Quick, someone call a Subaru rep, we have a sponsorship opportunity here!)


  • Film Events
  • Don't Watch It!

    Guys! What... are... you... doing? Are you seriously thinking about watching TELEVISION this week? Dudes, if you're going to pick ANY week to watch TV, for the love of god, don't make it this one!
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  • Outside Features
  • PPPredictions: The Pole Pedal Paddle is so sick that you basically have to call a doctor!

    Have you seen that hilarious xtranormal cartoon about the Pole Pedal Paddle that made the rounds of the Internet last month ( If you haven't, then you have definitely been under a rock or on a deserted island without Wi-Fi. In the video created by JoeBlackCoffee (I'm dying to know who that really is, by the way), a typical Bendite explains the PPP to a long-haired poet: "It is such a Bend thing to do. If you don't compete in the Pole Pedal Paddle, you might as well not live in Bend. I do it every year and I get a mug every year. The Pole Pedal paddle is so sick. It is so sick that you basically have to call a doctor."

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  • Off Piste
  • Hellhound On His Tale: one hell of a read

    Every so often a book comes along that lives up to being "a page turner." Such is the case with Hellhound On His Trail: The stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr and the international hunt for his assassin by Hampton Sides.
  • The Beacon
  • 1,000 Friends Friends Bend Again

    Environmentalists rejoice! Oregon's pre-eminent statewide conservation group 1,000 Friends of Oregon is kicking of its renewed commitment to Central Oregon with an open house this evening at its new regional office, conveniently located above the Summit Saloon and Stage. Festivities begin at 7 p.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Sizemore to GOP: "Unity, Hell!"

    Bob Tiernan, the Oregon Republican Party chairman, invited all the Republican aspirants for the governor nomination to a "unity lunch" on the Thursday after the primary. Bill Sizemore's response, in essence: "Shove it.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • We're No. 35 (and That's a Good Thing)

    The Daily Beast blog has ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia in order of corruptness, and Oregon came in at a respectable – well, pretty respectable – 35th place. The Beast looked at data going back a decade and weighed five factors on a per capita basis in determining each state’s rank: public corruption (convictions of public officials), racketeering and extortion (organized crime convictions and investigations), forgery and counterfeiting, fraud (arrests for false statements or documents) and embezzlement.

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