Camilla Mortensen is the environmental reporter for the Eugene Weekly.
A WOPR protester is up a tree in Salem, and so far Samantha Chirillo of Cascadia Rising Tide reports no one is protesting the protest.
Tree sitter Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky has taken residence in a tree on the grounds of the state capitol, and she plans to remain there until Friday, Nov. 14, when the WOPR & Beyond Coalition have their rally on the steps of the capitol.
The Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR) have caused controversy since the plan first came into being as a result of a timber industry lawsuit aimed at increasing logging on Oregon's public lands.
The tree sit was organized by Cascadia Rising Tide, Chirillo says. Though the protest is in Salem, most of the organizers are from Eugene, she says.
Chirillo says Gov. Ted Kulogoski, whose office is currently reviewing the plan, has been invited to the rally, and protesters presented him and Senator-elect Jeff Merkley with a letter expressing their opinion of the WOPR while the officials were at the UO campus recently.
A friend just sent me one of those email forwards mocking newspaper bloopers. It has snicker-worthy gems like "Fish need water, Feds say," and "One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers."
I noticed with some delight that our own Register-Guard warranted inclusion on the list with "County to pay $250,000 to advertise lack of funds," though I'm not sure who to poke fun of here, the R-G or Lane County.
Full disclosure: I have screwed up headlines before. My worst (that I know of) was not catching that "sabotage" had been misspelled "sabatoge." We all make mistakes, but we can only aspire to truly memorable mistakes, like Crack found in man's buttocks .
CNN.com had a good one today: Historian: Black man in White House. Ummm, really?
And before I searched much further, I discovered the R-G came through with some interesting grammar just this morning:
(Sorry, it's a screenshot, but I checked, the paper version has the same exact headline, above the fold).
Young voters weigh? Of course they do. The probably weigh anywhere from 120 to 250 pounds, on average.
Obama's acceptance speech was as eloquent as ever, though as many has pointed out, he didn't rise to his usual crescendo, going for a more quietly presidential tone. (His stump speech at UO's Mac Court back in the spring felt at times like a rock concert because he's so capable of firing up a crowd.) But I did think his use in last night's acceptance speech of the traditional African American crowd-stirring call-and-response sermonic technique was fabulous. YES WE CAN!
And of course animal lover that I am, one of my favorite parts was when he told his daughters,Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven: "I love you both more than you can imagine, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House."
His puppy-promise made headlines earlier in the election season, (he promised the girls a dog at the end of the campaign) and Michelle Obama indicated in a television interview at one point they would like to adopt a rescue dog.
As a Senator, Obama voted in favor of ending horse slaughterâ€”a rather important vote since he came from the state that had one of the last operating horse slaughter plants in the countryâ€”and strengthening anti-dog fighting laws.
President-elect Barack Obama has begun to put together his transition team.
The American Folklore Society announced this morning that one of its members, former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William "Bill" Ivey was named to the transition team by Obama.
According to AFS, Ivey will have responsibility for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services during the transition.
When Ivey was appointed by Bill Clinton to lead the NEA in 1997, the New York Times asked Ivey "whether the President was installing a kind of Southern folklore mafia inside America's cultural institutions."
At the time Clinton had recently appointed another folklorist, William "Bill" Ferris to head the NEH.
Ivey is often credited with "restoring Congressional confidence in the NEA" and getting back some of the arts funding that had been lost in the Reagan years.
(Full disclosure: For those of you who don't know, in addition to being a reporter, I'm also a folklorist.)
It's funny, but funny in that umm ok, wait, but that part's kinda real sort of way.
Funny in the way that The Onion's story with the headline Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over' was funny til it all came true.
Some prescient quotes from The Onion's 2001 spoof:
Bush swore to do "everything in [his] power" to undo the damage wrought by Clinton's two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street.
During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.
On the economy:
On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession, which would necessitate a tax hike, which would lead to a drop in consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs, which would deepen the recession even further.
Wall Street responded strongly to the Bush speech, with the Dow Jones industrial fluctuating wildly before closing at an 18-month low. The NASDAQ composite index, rattled by a gloomy outlook for tech stocks in 2001, also fell sharply, losing 4.4 percent of its total value between 3 p.m. and the closing bell.
"We as a people must stand united, banding together to tear this nation in two," Bush said. "Much work lies ahead of us: The gap between the rich and the poor may be wide, be there's much more widening left to do. We must squander our nation's hard-won budget surplus on tax breaks for the wealthiest 15 percent. And, on the foreign front, we must find an enemy and defeat it."
C'mon vote people!!! This story was funny back in 2001 before it all came true!!
(Thanks to Doug Heiken, who posted the video on his Facebook page...)
Ask and ye shall receive. Weâ€™ve been keeping up to date on all the Obama songs the election has inspired (umm sorry, if there have been McCain songs, I missed them). I wondered in a previous post why our local politicians didnâ€™t have songs.
Turns out that they do! Download Kitty Piercyâ€™s song here (thanks to Alan Pittman for getting that up for me!)
UO prof and editor of Monthly Review: An Independent Socialist Magazine, John Bellamy Foster will speak about the current economic crisis on Monday, November 3, 6:00 PM at the Eugene Public Library in the Bascom-Tykeson Room.
Foster recently said in an interview with the Norwegian paper, Klassekampen: â€œThe fact that we are confronted with the worst financial and economic crisis in the advanced capitalist world since the 1930s is an empirical fact that no informed individual at this point doubts...We should not spend time worrying about the capitalist class. The real pain is going to fall on the working class in the advanced capitalist countries, and even more so those in the poorer and "emerging" countries. We (meaning the left) should be devoting our efforts to helping those whose needs are greatest at the bottom of the economic pyramid, rather than seeking to fix a broken system (even if it could be fixed)â€¦ It is a new historical moment, when the working class everywhere, especially in the advanced capitalist states, may at last be compelled by circumstances to begin to fight back.â€
The talk is brought to you by Black Sun Books (2467 Hilyard St, 484-3777) and the International Socialist Organization (ISO)-Eugene. Please see the ISO-Eugene website , for more details or call (541) 206-190
Foster is the author of several books including Marxâ€™s Ecology, Ecology Against Capitalism, The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism, and The Critique of Intelligent Design .
Where's Kitty Piercy's song? Whose rapping for Rob Handy? I don't know that anyone has been singing for our local Democrats but the Obama songs keep coming. Check out the comments on my previous post for some of the songs I missed.
And here's a couple more:
"I got it from Obama"
"Oui, on peut -- Yes we can!" Zydeco