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  • Issue of
  • Mar 10-16, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 10

News

  • Commentary
  • The Phony Budget Crisis: The answer to America's fiscal woes is one we refuse to consider

    Everywhere you look, from the federal government to the states to your hometown, budget crises abound. Services are being slashed. Politicians and pundits from both parties tell us that the good times are over, that we've got to start living within our means. It's a lie Two case studies have made news lately: California, where new/old governor Jerry Brown is trying to close a $25 billion shortfall with a combination of draconian cuts in public services and a series of regressive tax increases, and Wisconsin, where right-winger Scott Walker says getting rid of unions would eliminate the state's $137 million deficit.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Got Your Fresh, Piping Hot Straight Poop Right Here

    Monday, March 7 Peace feelers? "The Wisconsin 14," Democratic senators who fled state to prevent vote on union-busting bill, say they're willing to talk with Gov. Scott Walker - but won't come home just yet ... You gotta problem wit dat? New Jersey's in-your-face Gov. Chris Christie voted most popular politician in America in Quinnipiac Poll, edging President Obama by half a point ... Geographical confusion: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says iPods and iPhones "are built in the United States of America." Sorry, John, they're built in China, like everything else ... The better part of valor: Marisol Valles, 21-year-old police chief of crime-ravaged Mexican town of Praxedis G. Guerrero, flees to US after getting death threats, is fired ... Wages of sin: Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), caught in affair with campaign aide, announces he won't seek re-election. "There are consequences to sin," he tells reporters.
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  • Flaherty's Prosecutorial Crusade
  • Editorial
  • Flaherty's Prosecutorial Crusade

    Zeal, in general, is a fine thing in a district attorney. We want a DA who goes after the bad guys with vigor and single-minded intensity. In his first couple of months on the job, though, Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty seems to be channeling most of his zeal into going after county employees and local journalists. It all started when The Bulletin put in a request for copies of the job applications and résumés of the new assistant district attorneys and other staffers Flaherty has hired since taking over. It was a perfectly legitimate request; the public has a right to know the qualifications and backgrounds of people who are being paid with its tax dollars. Since the request was legitimate, the county complied.
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  • Guest Commentary
  • Don't Believe the Hype: Worker solidarity can win economic justice

    There's a joke circulating around the Internet that goes something like this: A corporate CEO, a union member and a tea partier are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. The CEO takes 11 cookies and wolfs them down. Then he turns to the tea partier and says, "Watch out for that union guy. He wants part of your cookie." It's a joke that has billionaires like the Koch Brothers - who fund tea party groups through Americans for Prosperity - and their errand boys Dick Armey of Freedom Works and Karl Rove of American Crossroads laughing all the way to the bank.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • American Workers Can Learn From Gaddafi

    As Muammar Gaddafi (sic) loses his grip on Libya, one wonders how he was able to hold on for so long. For most of the people living on Earth, the name Gaddafi is synonymous with Libya. So how'd he do it? Divide and conquer, that's how.

Culture

  • Bend's Gypsy Table Tennis Club Comes Home: Settled into a downtown location, the club readies for second-annual tourney
  • Culture Features
  • Bend's Gypsy Table Tennis Club Comes Home: Settled into a downtown location, the club readies for second-annual tourney

    The only real experience I have with ping-pong is the kind in which you throw the balls into cups of beer in an effort to get drunk faster, which I guess is technically beer-pong - not ping-pong. During my college years in the good old Black Hills of South Dakota, there were weekly beer pong tournaments at the local sports bar, and the place was always packed with undergrads. South Dakotans love to get drunk. We like it so much that we make up games with just about anything to help us get drunk faster. Dice and ice cube trays are effective tools - even watching television can be turned into a drinking game. But on beer pong nights students would go round and round, drinking cups of beer garnished with floating plastic balls that have been handled by every frat boy in town. Maybe that's why I only played once.
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  • The Rainmaker closes, Tuesdays with Morrie Opens and Aida sings its way into your heart
  • Theater
  • The Rainmaker closes, Tuesdays with Morrie Opens and Aida sings its way into your heart

    With spring just around the corner, the winter theater season comes to a close, making way for a new season of plays and musicals to get you in touch with your cultural side. The Rainmaker 2nd Street Theater presents a warm and romantic comedy that celebrates love, resiliency and the magic of belief in something beyond oneself. When an intense drought threatens the town, Bill Starbuck, professional rainmaker, enters the lives of Lizzy and her family. The play, directed by Susan Benson, runs through Sunday, March 13. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 2pm. $20/adults, $18/students or seniors. Now - Sunday, Mar 13. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.
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Food & Drink

  • Kayo's: The Marilyn Room
  • Chow
  • Kayo's: The Marilyn Room

    This is the first installment of the Source Weekly's new "Lounge Lizard" column in which our intrepid writers set out in search of a nearly lost art form: The Classic Cocktail Lounge. Trust us, they are here among the microbreweries, sports bars and dance clubs. You just have to look to find them. Know a place that serves a good drink to customers seated in upholstered leather with candles on the tables? Drop us a line and we'll check it out. Cheers. Gone are the days of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin swilling whiskey at a bar from noon until closing time and puffing on cigars around a game of five-card draw. But walk into the Marilyn Room in Kayo's Dinner House and it's pretty hard not to feel transported back to the days of the Rat Pack. Leather chairs and black linened tables pepper the room and even at 4 p.m., the lighting barely illuminates the lengthy bar. Blown-up photographs of Marilyn Monroe line the walls, paying tribute to the bar's namesake. Cocktails come three ways: Stems, Classics & Concoctions, and Warm & Wonderful, with old classics such as a whiskey sour holding their own next to new creations like the Canditini, made with candy corn infused vodka. During happy hour, well drinks are just $3.75. And having multiple drinks can pay off - every 13th drink is free.
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  • New Kid in Town: From the ashes of El Cap Sisters comes the cozy Los Agaves
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  • New Kid in Town: From the ashes of El Cap Sisters comes the cozy Los Agaves

    A new amigo on the block, Los Agaves Mexican Grill in downtown Sisters has ignited the area's restaurant scene with an inventive take on familiar, south-of-the-border fare. Sporting the flowering green agave plant on their signs and menus, the famous herb from which tequila is derived, owner and head chef Jimmy Fernandez welcomes old friends and customers with his trademark grin and hospitality. "This is the cuisine cooked and eaten in Central Mexico, near Mexico City, with more masa corn, dried chiles, shrimp, pork carnitas, carne asada and mole sauce," explained Fernandez, "It's what I ate growing up, watching my grandmother and mother cook in the kitchen. These are some of our oldest family recipes and I think people are going to be very surprised. I started making up my own spicy soups when I was around ten years old, experimenting with meat and vegetables.It's a good skill to have when you're hungry."
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  • Beer & Drink
  • Beer To Go: Bend's Cycle Pub

    MicroCosmos didn't make it down to WinterFest this year due to prior contractual obligations, but we heard tell of a magical traveling beer bar on wheels aka the Bend Cycle Pub, which made its 2011 debut during recent festivities. If you haven't yet seen or sampled the Cycle Pub, it's the 16-seat, people-powered bar/tour bus.

Screen

  • Love and Other Adjustments: Adjustment Bureau stirs up a melting pot of genres at hyper speed
  • Film
  • Love and Other Adjustments: Adjustment Bureau stirs up a melting pot of genres at hyper speed

    The Adjustment Bureau is a sci-fi action thriller, love story and parable all rolled into one and writer/director George Nolfi combines all the elements to tell a somewhat balanced story. Based on Phillip K. Dick's 1954 short story, "Adjustment Team," about an insurance salesman who learns that he's a puppet on a string controlled by a clandestine organization. Writer/director George Nolfi, who also penned The Bourne Ultimatum screenplay, has made considerable, ahem, adjustments to the story, though it looks like the business suits (especially the hats) are holdovers from Dick's era.
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  • Slow Motion: Mars Needs Moms may capture motion, but it doesn't capture much that's real
  • Film
  • Slow Motion: Mars Needs Moms may capture motion, but it doesn't capture much that's real

    Here's the irony of motion-capture animation, one that Mars Needs Moms only serves to reinforce: For a technology that's intended to make animated humans look more real, it sure hasn't been used to tell stories that are more human. When Robert Zemeckis pioneered the idea for a feature-length film in The Polar Express in 2004, plenty of critics picked on the creepy-looking characters with their hollowed-out mouths. But even as Zemeckis fine-tuned the technology for Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, the narratives themselves remained remote and uninvolving. Always a filmmaker fond of his state-of-the-art toys, Zemeckis focused almost entirely on what he could do with this particular approach to visual storytelling, forgetting that somewhere along the line, he needed to have us care about what was happening to these strange-looking people.
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  • A Kick in the Balls: Bulletstorm is a solid shooting gallery without any pretext
  • Film Events
  • A Kick in the Balls: Bulletstorm is a solid shooting gallery without any pretext

    It took me all day to shoot a monster in the balls. Well, I shot a lot of monsters in the balls, but it took me all day before I was coordinated enough to start kicking their sharp-toothed zombie heads off after they scrunched up their faces and clutched themselves in pain. To win the "Mercy" Skillshot in Bulletstorm, I needed to "Shoot an enemy in the balls and kick or shoot his head off." Worth 100 points, that one. And it took me all day.
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  • The Charlie Sheen Network
  • Film Events
  • The Charlie Sheen Network

    First of all, it should be noted that Charlie Sheen - if he's still alive - is making me look bad. Not to brag, but I've been doing this "banging hookers/guzzling liquor/snorting goofballs" shtick for the last 15 years - and yet has a single producer from Good Morning, America asked ME for an interview? Is my taste in porn stars not good enough? Doesn't my ability to inhale a seven-gram rock of blow off the ground from a standing position warrant a similar type of attention? It's HORSE HOCKEY, my friend. HORSE... HOCKEY!!
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Music

Outside

  • Ode to Packy and Dr. Matt Maberry
  • Natural World
  • Ode to Packy and Dr. Matt Maberry

    Last week, I had the great pleasure of writing a book dedication that was - like my last column on the Vandervert Family - another "labor of love." Pat Maberry, wife and companion of my dear old friend Dr. Matt Maberry from my OMSI/zoo days has with the help of author, Michelle Trappen, developed a wonderful book about his days as the "mid-wife" for Packy, the baby elephant that put the Portland Zoological Gardens (now the Oregon Zoo), on the map.
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  • What's a Jimmer? The quiet, white awesomeness of the nation's seemingly invisible leading scorer
  • Outside Features
  • What's a Jimmer? The quiet, white awesomeness of the nation's seemingly invisible leading scorer

    Even if you're a Sportscenter loyalist and fancy yourself a devoted college basketball fan, there's a good chance you've never actually seen this Jimmer Fredette guy play. Sure, you've seen a few highlight reels of the BYU guard tossing in shots from three rows deep in the stands, but you've never actually seen an entire BYU game, have you? Outside of a few fragments of that top-ten matchup with San Diego State a few weeks back and some of last year's NCAA tournament, I don't think I've seen that much actual game footage of Jimmer and BYU in action, either. And that's weird, because not only is their point guard dropping a nation-leading 27.9 points per game, but his team was shockingly close to nailing down a number one seed in the tournament.
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  • Snow Therapy at Dutchman Flats: How to treat the late-winter blues with outdoor exercise
  • Outside Features
  • Snow Therapy at Dutchman Flats: How to treat the late-winter blues with outdoor exercise

    Endorphins, sunshine and inspiring views -- always a sure recipe for lifting me out of the winter blahs. I've always been addicted to the rush of fresh oxygen and the healthy buzz I get from working up a sweat in the outdoors. It admittedly keeps me sane and helps me work through things, stimulates creative ideas and releases the stress of the week or the day. This Sunday, I had plans to explore the trails off Dutchman Flats with a mountain-biking buddy of mine, Keith Young. Before we left town for the trip that morning, I was having a case of the March blues. There was a sinking feeling of unease and lack of motivation pumping through my veins, a mental devil on my shoulder trying to talk me into sitting on the couch staring out the window all day.
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Special Issues & Guides

  • Woman of the Year - Possibilities  with a View How Lawnae Hunter is changing Central Oregon's economic future
  • The Women's Issue
  • Woman of the Year - Possibilities with a View How Lawnae Hunter is changing Central Oregon's economic future

    When Lawnae Hunter moved to Bend, she wasn't expecting to challenge the status quo. A former waitress and single mother who attended community college in Aptos, Calif., Hunter worked her way up the real estate food chain and developed the largest real estate company in Central California, Hunter Prudential Realty. The company was eventually sold to a subsidiary of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. After the sale, Hunter was looking for a change of pace. In 2003, she bought a house on Awbrey Butte and in 2007 moved to Bend full time. She brought her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren and joined one daughter already living here.
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  • Who's the Chick on the Drums?: Lindsey Elias is leading the way for the region's young female musicians
  • The Women's Issue
  • Who's the Chick on the Drums?: Lindsey Elias is leading the way for the region's young female musicians

    Lindsey Elias is 24 and has been a rock drummer for a full decade. She has one hell of a stage presence and it all comes in one surprisingly small package. Watching Elias and her 105-pound frame push out the power and speed of an enormous male drummer is really something to be seen when she's up on stage with her band, Empty Space Orchestra. Take a look at the audience at an ESO show and you will see people's necks craning just to get a better view of what she's doing. She has a magnetic, natural beauty on the drums as she pumps out incredibly fast, hard-hitting licks. There is something contagious about the joy, the passion and the pure rock n' roll in her facial expressions that radiates out to the crowd who watches with mouths agape or perhaps smiling in delight. "She's so fun to watch. She just gets so into it. It's surprising to see so much noise, such loud and harsh noise, coming from such a small person," says an ESO fan named Griffin after one of the band's packed Silver Moon residency shows in January.
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  • Swimming Through a Sea of Plastic Bags: Sara Wiener at Sara Bella Upcycled creates useful, environmentally friendly products out of trash
  • The Women's Issue
  • Swimming Through a Sea of Plastic Bags: Sara Wiener at Sara Bella Upcycled creates useful, environmentally friendly products out of trash

    If you walk beyond the showroom at Sara Bella Upcycled, which is currently located upstairs above O Mo Mo in the Old Mill District, you will likely see a sea of plastic bags. Sara Wiener, owner of Sara Bella Upcycled, swims through the bags, creating one-of-a-kind products including tote bags, wallets, aprons, wine carriers, belts, and more. The greatest part about swimming through the sea of bags every week is that you do so knowing that the bags won't end up polluting our oceans and killing the sea life. Before opening Sara Bella Upcycled in 2010, Wiener operated Sara Bella Custom Outdoorwear, which sold Polar Tec polar fleece clothing. Wiener ran the business for 14 years, but closed because she felt burnt out. After closing the business she spent the next couple years doing development work in Africa. One night a family came over to her house for dinner and brought their food in a bag that sparked Wiener's interest. The family's middle-school-aged son looked up online how to make a messenger bag out of black garbage bags.
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  • Riding High: Miki Keller Makes Women's Motocross a Serious Sport
  • The Women's Issue
  • Riding High: Miki Keller Makes Women's Motocross a Serious Sport

    Motocross, the sport featuring people riding souped-up dirt bikes around a muddy track and flinging themselves off of jumps, doing tricks like the "superman," has been growing in popularity since it was introduced in the United States in the 1960s. Today, some riders are as popular as rock stars and those at the top of their game are showcased at high-profile competitions like the X Games. But, for the most part, women have been left out of the sport, especially in television coverage and prize pools. That is, until Miki Keller got involved.
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  • Ageless Songs: Sure, she's 79, but that hasn't stopped Harriet Dickson from returning to her music
  • The Women's Issue
  • Ageless Songs: Sure, she's 79, but that hasn't stopped Harriet Dickson from returning to her music

    Harriet Dickson has plenty of stories. She can tell you about the time she performed on a radio show in New York when she was just six years old, or when she survived civil war in Iran, or the years she spent as close friends with Sammy Davis Jr. But now, at 79 years old, this great grandmother has another story to tell and it's about the new album of some of her favorite songs that she recently recorded. Dickson has done a lot with her life and played a variety of roles, ranging from mother to businesswoman to artist, but she could never shake her desire to be a singer. She always had dreams of making it in the music world, but life tended to get in the way, not that she's particularly minded.
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  • Women Making the Best Beer in the Region... To Name a Few
  • The Women's Issue
  • Women Making the Best Beer in the Region... To Name a Few

    The Homebrewer Name: Maura Schwartz Age: 51 Occupation: International Development Consultant Beer-ography: Schwartz started brewing about six years ago after flirting with the idea for years. She won second prize at the Eugene Beer Festival for her first homebrew, a pale ale. After that, she was hooked. Schwartz, who has graduated to an all-grain system, kegs all of her beer and says she never makes the same recipe twice.
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