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You can send the boy to Vietnam, but he will come back a man, and he will always be… in Vietnam.
That’s just the way it is.
You’re either with us, or against us.
Lawyers, Guns and Money brings it home:
Mike Elk has an important story out on how the Koch Brothers are trying to influence workers in the companies they own to vote for Republicans. Focusing on their Georgia Pacific plywood and paper mills in Oregon, Elk demonstrates the long arm of the Koch Brothers on our elections. I had two thoughts on this. First, don’t mess with Northwestern timber workers. There’s enough workplace radicalism left in that industry that I’m not surprised at all they were willing to talk.
There’s enough workplace radicalism left in that industry to slap the living shit out of the status quo. Wobblies are still around, angrier, like wine, with time.
Second, what’s scary to me is the effect of Citizens United on state elections. Not only did the Koch Brothers tell their workers to vote Romney, but they also provided a list of people in state elections that support their agenda. In local and state elections, it doesn’t take a lot to swing the vote. Especially in some of these small timber towns, Republicans can win election to the statehouse. Oregon’s legislature is basically split evenly between the two parties. So this matters a lot.
Georgia-Pacific responds. I should note that my last mill job was in a Georgia-Pacific mill. Nonunion, of course. And my grand-parents were Wobblies. Here.
Angrier, like wine, with time. You’re either with us, or you’re against us.
Whose side are you on?
States Rights: Oregon will soon qualify as the third U.S. state to ask voters in November to legalize marijuana for recreational use in a move that could put the state on a collision course with the federal government, proponents said on Friday.
Backers of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act said they have collected 165,000 signatures on petitions seeking to put the measure on the ballot, nearly double the 87,000 they were required to submit by Friday’s deadline to qualify.
“We believe we’re going to make it easily,” said Paul Stanford, the chief petitioner and founder of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, which runs medical marijuana clinics in several states.
Or maybe not. Ether way this is not good for Oregon:
An Oregon state lawmaker this week stepped down from his post as deputy Republican leader after allegations of sexual misconduct with a former legislative aide were raised.
A former aide to Rep. Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville) told officials that she was pressured into sending sexually oriented text messages and eventually a sexual relationship. She accused Wingard of buying her alcohol when she was underage, Oregon Live reports.
Willamette Week, which first reported the allegations, reports that the relationship took place in 2010. Wingard allegedly kept the woman on the public payroll after she ended the relationship and stopped coming to work. The state Department of Justice and the Clackamas County sheriff closed their investigations, concluding there was no “criminal element” in the relationship.
Wingard in a statement said he is “deeply sorry” for the harm the relationship has caused his family and supporters. “In hindsight, I should not have entered into the relationship and for that, I offer my most sincere apology.”
House Republican Leader Kevin Cameron released the following statement, according to Oregon Live:
“Leaders of the House Republican caucus take these reported allegations against Rep. Matt Wingard seriously. This is a personal issue between Rep. Wingard and another individual, and it’s something that he’s actively working to resolve. However, as with any workplace, our caucus does not approve of inappropriate relationships between officials or managers and their subordinates.
“Rep. Wingard has volunteered to step down as Deputy Republican Leader, and I have accepted his request. This will allow him to focus on addressing these allegations, while serving the citizens of House District 26.”
A spokesperson at the Oregon House Republicans was not immediately available for comment.
An unidentified Oregon man is hospitalized in critical condition with what doctors believe is Oregon’s fifth case of plague in the last 15 years, according to a report in The Oregonian. The rural Crook County man was bitten on the hand on Saturday, June 2 as he tried to take a struggling mouse away from a neighborhood cat. He fell ill several days later and was admitted to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend in Bend, OR. It’s not clear which of the animals bit the man or gave him the disease.
Plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and manifests in the bodies of its victims in three ways (.pdf). The Oregon man was admitted to the hospital with fever and classic signs of bubonic plague, so named for the painful, pus-filled black boils or “buboes” that swell and sometimes burst at the neck, groin and armpits. These lesions form when the patient’s lymph nodes expand out of control, filling with dead bacteria and spent white blood cells, the debris from a fierce battle being waged in the bloodstream.
As of Tuesday, however, the victim’s illness was trending more toward septicemic plague, a manifestation of the disease wherein Yersinia attacks the circulatory system, causing severe abdominal pain, bleeding from the nose, mouth and rectum, high fever and tissue necrosis. The deadliest but least common form of plague is pneumonic plague, which invades the lungs and drowns the patient in the fluids that result from their body’s attempt to fight off the illness.
Plague is treatable with modern antibiotics, but is so virulent and damaging to the body’s systems that it’s important to diagnose and treat the disease early. The so-called “Black Death” killed more than a third of the population of Europe in the Middle Ages. It’s rare today, although it has never been entirely eliminated.
Oregon has seen four plague deaths since 1934, all in rural areas. The disease spreads through the bites of fleas that have fed on the blood of infected rodents. Once entrenched in a victim’s system, however, plague can be passed from human to human by way of contact with bodily fluids.
Crook County Health Department spokesperson Karen Yeargain told the Oregonian that tests to determine whether the man has contracted plague are still pending, but his symptoms are strongly indicative of the disease. A plague vaccine exists, but it went off the market in the U.S. when cases dropped in the mid twentieth century.
“Patriotism” is the last resort of scoundrels.
Came to mind the other day that I should be supporting Willard, as it would hasten our inevitable devolution into autonomous perhaps even fully independent region-states centered on economic, environmental and cultural commons – Nine Nations of North America. Whatever good Obama might be able to do prolongs the agony, leaving the inevitable even more complicated and potentially explosive.
Physics is everything, everything is physics – a perpetual motion machine is bound to fail, a beast cannot feed upon itself indefinitely. The inevitability is statistical. Not only has the “population” grown so but the population of variables both within and without the “population” has grown so large, so diverse, and across so much territory it has reached a point of statistical saturation, the “model” unsustainable. It has to change, it has to collapse, that’s its “nature”. Hyper-inflation breeds hyper-deflation, hyper-evolution breeds hyper-devolution, the longer it takes, the ever more hollowed out the machine becomes breeds the ever greater failure.
Trust-funder punk who’s never done a day’s real work: “So let’s say someone has been continuously insured and they develop a serious condition. And let’s say they lose their jobs or they change jobs or they move and go to a different place, I don’t want them to be denied insurance because they have some pre-existing conditions. So we’re going to have to make sure that the law that we replace Obamacare with, ensures that people who have a pre-existing condition, who have been insured in the past, are able to get insurance in the future so they don’t have to worry about that condition keeping them from getting the kind of health care they deserve.”
And the rest of you (us)? Just go die. You don’t “deserve” to have health care. You’re (we’re) parasites and there’s nothing we can do for you.
What is your problem, boy? Shooting cops now legal? Note to cops: I got your six.
While you’re at it, trust-funder punk who’s never done a day’s real work, perhaps you Should Explain to Colorado and New Mexico Why They Need Fewer Firefighters
I’ll stand a pint at the pub for anyone here who can tell me where this comes from, what it means, and why. (Safe bet, that, as no one here these days knows anything at all about Oregon history, or Oregon literature. Fucking Tourorists)
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley: Don’t Give An Inch On Bush Tax Cuts
“At least one Democratic senator says that he’s encouraging members on his side of the aisle not to give Republicans one inch in the ongoing fight over how to address the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. He says the legislative landscape offers his party tremendous leverage in the fight and unless Republicans are willing to begin negotiating in good faith, Dems should allow the cuts to expire entirely and then retroactively pass new tax cuts that don’t benefit the wealthiest Americans.”
Enough so, thank goodness, to offset that candy-assed trust-funder twit Greg Walden as a “representative”. From the “O”:
WASHINGTON – Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Monday blocked quick passage of controversial intelligence bill amid concerns that it gives the government too much power to secretly collect data on U.S. citizens.
Wyden’s decision to place a “hold” on a bill that would extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for five years is just the latest installment in his long-running skirmish with the White House over the rules and practices for collecting and analyzing massive amounts of digital data.
Wyden has sought details for months on the number of Americans whose data has been collected as part of surveillance of foreign citizens who are or interest to intelligence officials. The government has yet to provide an answer that satisfies Wyden.
The second concern is that a U.S. citizen could have his or her personal information and communication analyzed as a by-product of an operation directed at a foreign citizen. Wyden is demanding that the government first obtain a warrant to review the information about the U.S citizen. Current law considers that additional information to be covered by the original warrant giving permission to monitor a foreign citizen, a practice Wyden condemns as a “backdoor” search.