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  • Oct 21-27, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 42

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Opinion

  • For House District 53: Gene Whisnant
  • Elections
  • For House District 53: Gene Whisnant

    Former President Richard Nixon once famously announced that "you won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore" after losing the California governor's race. Well Gene Whisnant could easily have uttered almost those same words about his relationship with this paper. Whisnant has served four terms in the state Legislature and has yet to earn the Source's endorsement. But to his credit, Gene shows up every two years and makes his case. Well this year, we're breaking tradition and offering our endorsement of Mr. Whisnant for state representative.
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  • "Jackass and Other Elected Officials"
  • Letters to the Editor
  • "Jackass and Other Elected Officials"

    The author is reporting from a shale formation, selling shares to suck methane. A former governor's son, former Madam, homophobic slumlord and the "Rent is Too Damn High" party candidate are all standing on a stage... The start of a hilarious joke? Nope, the New York State gubernatorial debate. I met one of these fine candidates years ago (maybe two, if the Madam's employees count), Carl Paladino jacking up prices at his gas pumps before our meeting, so let's just say the Empire State will also be won by "none of the above."
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Stiegler Is Playing Both Sides - Badly

    Yet another low has been reached by the Stiegler campaign, with the ridiculous ad, "In Tune With Bend," which aired this week. The ad has an accordion-playing Stiegler playing to the delight (?) of several young children. In the background, several long guns are propped up against a wall. In an effort to "look" pro-gun, she comes across as hypocritical. The most ardent of NRA supporters wouldn't do a photo shoot with pre-schoolers and guns in the same room! Considered to be the most anti-gun house representative in Salem, according to the Oregon Firearms [Federation], Stiegler will do anything to get votes from both pro-gun and anti-gun constituents.

Culture

  • Our  Picks for 10/20-10/28: The Defibulators, Warren Miller, and lots more!
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for 10/20-10/28: The Defibulators, Warren Miller, and lots more!

    The Defibulators thursday 21 This Brooklyn-based septet have the bluegrass chops of an act like Yonder Mountain String Band, but when they see fit are known to rip into a near-punk explosion of rockabilly on stage. The band is in the middle of a marathon coast-to-coast tour, but are stopping off at McMenamins for what we're betting will one of the wildest free shows of the fall. Also, the vocals of Erin Bru are downright delightful. Make sure you click over to thedefibulators.com and give these guys (and gal) a listen. Free. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
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Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Bend's New Distillery Holds Vodka Tasting

    Bend has a brand new distillery, called Oregon Spirit Distillers, located on Butler Market Rd. This Friday, the Oregon Distillery launches their first creation, the Queen of Wheat vodka at The Blacksmith.
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Screen

  • Zombies: Oh, Die Already!
  • Film Events
  • Zombies: Oh, Die Already!

    I'm gonna come right out and say it: I'M SICK OF ZOMBIES, GUYS! I know that zombies are supposed to be the "new" vampires - but I'm not sick of old vampires yet! Actually, that's not true: I am sick of pasty-faced vampires and their weak-kneed, lip-biting human girlfriends, but I'm totally still psyched about Native American shirtless werewolves with smokin' hot abs. (Team Jacob 4-EVAH!)
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Music

  • Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    "Sufjan, follow the path - it leads to an article of eminent death." "Sufjan, follow your heart - follow the flame or fall on the floor." "Sufjan, the panic inside - the murdering ghosts that you cannot ignore." So goes "Vesuvius" and the mantra on The Age of Adz, Stevens most primal, explosive, and all-encompassing record to date. From the opening song, "Futile Devices," Sufjan's vulnerable voice both echoes from the record's production and the themes he's dealing with: apologies, finding true love, concerns of future failure, distractions, overcoming demands, aging, death and the divine. It's dangerous, sexy and provocative. The bombastic synthesizers rarely let up, pushing beats, dissonance and shrills without ever abandoning Stevens' trademark melody, fluttering keys and orchestral punches.
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Outside

Blogs

  • The Wandering Eye
  • "Desperate Lies" and Unpleasant Truths

    The Bulletin, whose editorial page day by day is sounding more like The Tea Party Gazette, pitched a hissy fit this morning over what it calls a “desperate lie” against Jason Conger. What has The Bulletin’s editorial board sputtering and fuming is a mailer recently sent to Bend voters by supporters of incumbent Judy Stiegler that claims Conger “wants to teach creationism in our public schools” and “wants to drain millions from Bend’s public schools.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Another News Flash from Tax Hell

    From a news item that moved on The Associated Press wire yesterday morning: “Intel Corp. on Tuesday revealed the scope of its latest infusion to keep its factories cutting-edge and push the chip industry's pace: an investment of up to $8 billion to build a new factory in Oregon and upgrade four existing plants in Arizona and Oregon.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Bend: We Play Hard and Drink Harder?

    File under “Who came up with THIS idea?”: A new advertising campaign aims to attract businesses to Bend by telling them what a great place it is to play and drink. According to a story in The Bulletin’s Business section on Wednesday, a campaign put together by Visit Bend, the city’s tourism promotion agency, hopes to sell business owners on Bend’s great “active outdoor lifestyle.

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