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  • Oct 13-19, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 41

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Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Are You Ready for Some Straight Poop? We've Got It!

    Monday, Oct. 3 Are you ready for some hatred? ESPN scrubs Hank Williams Jr.'s "Are you ready for some football?" song from Monday Night Football after Williams, on Faux Noise, compares President Obama to Hitler. Williams claims he was "misunderstood" ... Courtroom drama: Tearful University of Washington student Amanda Knox goes free after Italian court overturns conviction for killing Meredith Kercher in 2007 ... You don't wanna go there: Emails show White House officials last year warned Obama not to visit Solyndra, the California energy company that went belly-up after collecting half a billion in federal loans ... It's good to be queen: Britain's The Guardian newspaper reports Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi once offered to step down and become figurehead leader "like the queen of England." Always thought he'd look nice in a tiara.
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  • Editorial
  • "Managing" Wolves to Extinction

    When wild wolves started returning to Oregon after an absence of more than 60 years, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife developed something it calls its "Wolf Conservation and Management Plan." Judging by the results so far, maybe ODFW should rename it the "Wolf Eradication Plan." Just a year ago, there were 21 gray wolves in three packs living in the forests of remote northeastern Oregon. Now, mostly because of poaching and the killing of wolves by ODFW and by ranchers with ODFW permits, that number is down to 14 - and ODFW wants to cut it to 12.
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  • Editorial
  • Taking the Wraps Off Campaign Money

    In its abominable ruling in the Citizens United case last year, the US Supreme Court decreed that corporations have the same free-speech rights as actual flesh-and-blood people. Short of a constitutional amendment, there probably isn't anything we can do about that. But at least government can try to make sure that real citizens know which candidates and causes corporate "citizens" are giving their money to. Oregon Treasury Secretary Ted Wheeler is working to make that happen. Wheeler sent a letter last week to the US Securities and Exchange Commission asking it to make publicly traded corporations disclose their campaign contributions. Many already do it voluntarily - including 60 of the firms on Standard & Poor's Top 100 list - but a substantial number don't.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • America's False Choice

    It gets tiring hearing Obama supporters continually trying to lay all the blame for the bailout at the feet of George Bush. Remember before the last presidential election how Obama and McCain rushed back to D.C. to vote on the bailout proposal? And remember how Mr. Obama voted for it right along with the rest of the cronies? That should have been a tip off, but most of us were too blind (dumb, misguided?) to see the writing on the wall, let alone read it. If Mr. Obama really wants to put his money where his mouth is, he would call back a goodly portion of that unfair bailout money from the rich who got it so undeservedly and redistribute it among those who so desperately need it. But in reality Mr. Obama is no different from those he appears to oppose. They are all the same; they just disguise themselves or attempt to hide behind different faces and labels to keep us erroneously thinking that we have a choice. We don't. They are all doing the bidding of those that run the show, and [they're] all working toward the same end.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Kids Are Still Alright

    I want to extend sincere thanks to the Interdisciplinary Environmental Education (IEE) students at Sisters High School for their efforts today at Rainshadow Organics. We have embarked on a yearlong project to refurbish our old potato cellar to once again store food for our community. At Rainshadow we produce a wide variety of vegetables and grains on 127 certified organic acres. That food feeds 65 families who are CSA farm members and provides many items to the Bend hospital, local restaurants and Melvin's Fir Street Market in Sisters. My goal at the farm is to extend our feeding season beyond June through October, into the winter with roots, cabbages, grains and other preserved foods. Seventy students, five teachers and several volunteers showed up at the farm yesterday with pitchforks in hand. We ran four trucks and two dump trailers non-stop for two hours and this group cleaned out thirty years of accumulated hay. I was so impressed with their hard work, enthusiasm, and teamwork. Anyone who says kids don't know how to work anymore has not met these terrific kids from Sisters. Talk about troopers covered in sweat and hay, dust stuck to mascara, crawling under the trailer, jumping in the trailer to make more room, driving trucks, digging potatoes... totally down and dirty. Its incredible what teamwork can accomplish and what fun these kids made out of an awful job.

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • Fresh Hop Madness: Seasonal fresh hop beers sure are delicious, but what are they, exactly?

    A sea of smiling faces, clinking pint glasses and excited beer chatter fills the room on a recent night at Deschutes' brewpub. The buzz on this night in late September, however, is more anticipatory and frenzied than the usual clamor that dominates the local hangout. The seven-week period surrounding the month of September marks a special time for both Pacific Northwest brewers and beer lovers alike - it's the hop harvest season. With the hop harvest comes fresh hop beers, the likes of which are impossible to replicate during any other time of the year, given that the hops used in the brewing process are harvested only hours beforehand. Generally, to be considered a "fresh hop beer" brewers must add the harvested hops to the wort (beer that has not yet been fermented) within 24 hours of the harvest. As summer fades into autumn, this highly anticipated window is celebrated annually by the throngs of beer fans who relish in the earthy, fruity, floral flavors imparted by the fresh hops.
  • Theater
  • Itchy and Scratchy: Local Production of Bug lets it all hang out

    Just in time for Halloween and reviving 2nd Street Theater's Evil Dead spirit comes Bug, a play that lays out a true psychological vision of warped and squeamish dimensions. Once again, it's nice to see something this bold and wacky in Bend. You've got to hand it to this talented production team: they are not afraid to take risks. I was lucky enough to attend the "week before" opening and even though there are some minor bugs to work out, this is a solid production fully intent on remaining creepy-crawly from the inside out.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for 10/13-10-20

    Emma Hill thursday 13 Whether she's with her band, The Gentlemen Callers, or playing with only pedal steel guitar accompaniment, as she is at this free show, Emma Hill never seems to disappoint us here in Bend. Originally from Alaska, but now living in Portland, Hill sews together emotionally charged Americana tunes that go excellently with her silky voice. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Food Chain Links: The New Cascade Culinary Institute and Central Oregon Food Policy Council

    Entering the new Cascade Culinary Institute (CCI) building is like walking onto the set of a TV cooking show. As CCI instructor and chef Thor Erickson is preparing lamb in one of the brand new kitchens, close-up footage appears on a large flat screen TV above, creating a complete sensory experience for viewers as the smells waft through the theater-like classroom.
  • Beer & Drink
  • Silver and Gold

    Props to Silver Moon for taking down Oregon's lone gold medal at the recent Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Silver Moon nabbed top honors for its Dark Side Stout in the Foreign-Style Stout Category, beating out 23 other entries for the top honor. Billed as North America's largest beer festival, GABF drew more than many 3,900 entries this year, up from 3,500 last year.

Screen

  • Film
  • Et tu Clooney?: We've seen it all before, but Clooney lets the actors shine in The Ides of March

    Pretty boy George Clooney gets a bad rap, ranging from attacks on his liberal politics to jealous jabs at his good looks. The problem with this is that Clooney is a really good director and couldn't care less what people say. Clooney is also a damn fine actor, so it's no surprise that Ides of March, although driven by political force, is all about the acting. Touting a superb cast and based on Farragut North, a 2008 play by Beau Willimon, Ides tells the tale of an idealistic political staffer (Ryan "I'm in every movie" Gosling), who gets a crash course in dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail working for a presidential candidate (Clooney). Unfortunately, not much transpires that we've not already experienced in the political movie realm. Nothing new is revealed. There's no surprise when we see the inner workings behind political wheeling and dealing. We're supposed to have enormous feeling for certain characters, but as the film progresses, you feel more inclined to hate just about everyone in this flick. Maybe that's the point.
  • Film
  • BendFilm in Review: A roundup of some pretty awesome indie flicks seen at the eighth-annual festival

    I had the great pleasure of filling my entire weekend with some truly incredible independent films at the eighth-annual BendFilm Festival. There was, of course, plenty of partying and other fanfare to be seen over the course of the weekend, but for me, it was about the movies. Here's a roundup of what I saw. How to Cheat Strangely enough, half of the movies I saw this weekend dealt with infidelity and crumbling relationships. How to Cheat takes an honest approach to showing the insides of a messy modern marriage. The husband in a couple that's struggling to conceive goes to the internet with hopes of finding a woman to have an affair with. The film, which won Best Narrative Feature and Best Acting (Kent Norton), could have been a bit more polished, but I did like the ending.
  • Film Events
  • How to Kill That Zombie

    There's two ways of knowing that something exciting is about to happen within the "geek community": 1) They squeal. A geek squeal is not the squeal of a regular person. It's high-pitched, uncontrollable... and sounds like an elongated version of a basketball court tennis shoe squeak. 2) The smell. When geeks get excited, they emit an aroma not unlike a combination of sweat, burning tires, and Doritos (Cool Ranch).
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Malkmus, Jennings and More!

    portland thursday 13 Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Ty Segall Missing the 1990s? Skipped the Pavement reunion tour? Relive your flannel-wearing days with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Ex-front man of indie rock icons Pavement, Malkmus' indie merits cannot be denied, and the Jicks' new album is a revival of the less-polished side of Malkmus that every 30-something indie nerd loves. The Jicks are a tight group of musicians having played together since the early part of the last decade and will remind you why lo-fi is so fly. 9pm, Crystal Ballroom.
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  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Dawg Mail: David Grisman types about mandolin, family and Jerry Garcia

    A lot of words come to mind when someone mentions the name David Grisman, but "technologically advanced" likely wouldn't be near the top of the list. Or even on the list at all, for that matter. But when the mandolin master and bluegrass innovator received a list of questions via email (per his request) he fired back his thoughtful responses in a stunning two hours. He must have one of those iPads or something, because that's impressive. And especially impressive for a guy who's known for preserving and promoting a style of music that harkens back to the earliest days of American music. As a young man in the early 1960s, Grisman began playing in jug bands and would soon meet, and heavily influence another young musician by the name of Jerry Garcia. The two would go onto collaborate for the years to come with Grisman playing on the Grateful Dead's iconic American Beauty. He might not get a ton of credit for it, but you know that gorgeous mandolin on "Ripple"? Well, that's Grisman.

Outside

  • Outside Features
  • Disappearing Basketball: Watch as the NBA season begins to vanish before our very eyes

    You know that scene in Back to the Future when Marty McFly is playing guitar at the big dance and he glances at the Polaroid photo of his family to see that his brother and sister have disappeared from the image because his mom is getting sexually assaulted by Biff (boo!) out in the parking lot, thus destroying the space time continuum? Well, that's basically what's happening to the NBA season right now. While the owners and players yell at each other about (among other things) which side should be able to buy more diamond-encrusted unicorn horns, the NBA season is slowly vanishing.
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  • Outside Features
  • Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

    With last weekend's Cross Crusade race in Rainier, many Central Oregon 'crossers opted to forego nine hours in the car and instead stayed in Bend for the second Crossaflixion Cup Series race at Seventh Mountain. Race day weather was dry and cool, and the course was tacky due to recent rain, making it fast and fun.

Blogs

  • Bent
  • Oregon Gas prices on the Rise

    While gas prices are down from last month, reflecting season swings in consumption. Oregonians are paying roughly 80 cents more per gallon than we were at the same time last year and the price continues to rise, according to the website Gasbuddy.
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  • Off Piste
  • If You Like Bikinis and Toby Keith...

    Toby Keith's lo-fi ode to America's most infamous adult beverage receptacle, the red Solo cup with cameo from the Red Rocker who happens to be celebrating a birthday today. This ditty isn't going to win a CMA, but it's worth watching if only to puzzle over the montage of disparate cameos, Craig Ferguson, Carrot Top and Ted Nugent all in the same video.
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