It's looking more and more like the R-G is trying to Willie Horton progressive county commissioners.
The R-G ran an attack column today calling for taxpayer spending on pro-jail expansion propaganda (illegal by the way) with this clip-art illustration:
That looks a lot like the infamous Willie Horton ads Bush the senior used to get elected in 1988:
The "independent" ads were widely criticised as racist, untrue and illegal fear mongering, but they played a key role in electing Bush I, and subsequently Bush II.
After the R-G's conservative commissioner candidates lost in the last election, the paper is rattling the recall threat and trying to blame progressive commissioners for any crime that happens in Lane County. They won't let silly factsâ€”like that the criminal released was released under the previous conservative county commission not this one, or that Lane County is one of the safest places to live in the nationâ€”get in the way of their propaganda.
What with the recession and all, it's up to all of us to figure out how to make some money to make up for all the budget cuts every business seems to be implementing these days.
For myself, I've been inspired. It seems that it's pretty easy to find images of the Lord and other, well, icons, too, in snack food. I figure if I invest 99Â¢ a week in a bag of Cheetos I may well be able to not only find God, but make a little cash to supplement my income.
My inspiration comes from a Texas couple that recently found Jesus, or Cheesus as they are calling him, in a bag of Cheetos.
Sarah and Dan Bell said of their find, "I just looked over and wowâ€¦ it looks like a praying Jesus."
Luckily Sarah Bell has a pretty clear-eyed outlook on Cheesus, "It is a reminder of our blessings from God," she says in the video, "but primarily I think it's a funny Cheeto."
Their first reaction they say, was "let's put this on eBay."
They say if they don't get much money for it, they'll probably just eat it.
I checked for the Cheesus on eBay this afternoon, but to no avail. Maybe someone has already bought Cheesus to save him from being the snack food item He was destined to be.
I did find a Cheeto for sale (only seven hours left!) that miraculously resembles a penis and testicles. Hmm Penito? Penis and Cheeto just don't blend as well as Jesus and Cheeto.
And there was also an Elvis Presley head-on-a-Cheeto:
This latest cheesy sighting of the Lord is actually not the first. YouTube yields a lot of hits for the search term "Cheeto," leading me to another Cheeto Jesus.
This phenomenon in which people find significance in a random image is called pareidolia
One woman's pareidolia (or Jeus-Cheeto) is another woman's way of making some cash!
So go buy yourself some Cheetos and let's go make some money.
Whatâ€™s more extreme, a young buff athlete performing extreme sports or the typical American couch potato being able to hop over a street curb without serious injury?
One is certainly more funny. Join the 32,000 people whoâ€™ve seen this local video and be the judge:
Does The Register-Guard editorial board read its own newspaper?
On Nov. 18, 2007 the R-G reported that the police officer who shot and killed a psychotic Ryan Salisbury â€œsaid the stun gun would not have helped that night.â€
Today an R-G editorial uses the Salisbury death as its major justification for endorsing more taser use by the Eugene Police.
But while the editorial writers apparently donâ€™t read the newspaperâ€™s news stories, they do appear to read their own editorials. The editorial today cuts and pastes the phrase â€œlengthy, methodical and laudably consultativeâ€ in praise of police taser use from a Feb. 2, 2008 editorial.
Local cyclists are wowing on this urban bike parkour video from Scotland:
The UO just cancelled the championship hopes of its ultimate frisbee team over nudity at an OSU match.
But the UO hasn't taken any action to cancel Nike's huge presence on campus due to this act of naked corporate commercialism:
Maybe if frisbee boosters could donate a few hundred million dollars, the UO wouldn't be so prudish.
Or maybe the frisbee solution is official uniforms with swoosh-shaped gourds:
Clever Nike designers could probably come up with something less scratchy and more swooshy, call it the Schwing 6.0.
Taser victim Ian Van Ornum was sentenced today to 80 hours of community service, 18 months of probation and $500 in attorney fees plus court costs.
A jury last week found Van Ornum guilty of the misdemeanor crimes of slowing traffic (disorderly conduct) and resisting arrest at an anti-pesticide protest last May. Many witnesses have accused the police of brutality in the arrest.
Police video in the case shows that Van Ornum was tasered twice in the back while he lay face down on the ground with his arms pinned under his side or held behind his back. Van Ornum's doctor testified that he suffered a concussion.
Van Ornum's attorney Laura Fine said an appeal of the verdict will be filed, but declined further comment.
Reviews by the Eugene Police Department internal affairs unit, the independent Eugene police auditor and civillian review board and a likely civil lawsuit remain pending in the incident.
Judge Jack Billings cited incriminating testimony for the prosecution by passers by as significant. He did not mention testimony for the defense from passers by that Van Ornum had done nothing illegal. â€œThe jurors found you were lying,â€ Billings told Van Ornum.
Van Ornumâ€™s sentence appears stiffer than those in other similar cases. Last year two protesters convicted of the more serious crime of attempted assault of the police officer who tasered Van Ornum were sentenced to 40 hours of community service. This month three UO basketball players convicted of shooting an air gun at ducks in Alton Baker Park were sentenced to 30 hours of community service.
The Eugene City Council voted 6-2 today to move forward with spending $16 million in reserves to move the police department to a commercial office building across the river next to the Eugene Country Club.
The motion was to bring back a purchase option for the privately owned building. â€œItâ€™s the next logical step,â€ said Councilor Alan Zelenka.
The council vote defies the will of the voters who have defeated ballot measures for a new police station three times. Councilors Betty Taylor and George Brown opposed the motion. Councilors Alan Zelenka, George Poling, Jennifer Solomon, Chris Pryor, Andrea Ortiz and Mike Clark voted for it. Mayor Kitty Piercy votes only in case of a tie and did not take an intelligible position on the controversy.