A Grim Reminder This Thanksgiving

The New York Times had a thought-provoking piece this week about a Georgia man who's made it his business to track the casualties among coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. We point out the icasualties.org web site run by Michael White because one of the site's many functions is to enable readers to track fatalities by state. And it's worth remembering this Thanksgiving eve that among the ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 HANK STERN

U.S. Attorney General Holder Calls Terrorism Stings "Essential"

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended his agency's use of stings to capture wanna-be terrorists in a speech Friday night to 300 U.S. Muslim leaders in California. The New York Times reported that Holder made specific reference to a Portland sting federal agents concluded against Mohamed Osman Mohamud over the Thanksgiving weekend. "Mr. Holder was given a standing ovation as he took the ...   More
Monday, December 13, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

How Ron Wyden's Colleagues Showed They Cared (UPDATED with surgery results)

The New York Times had a piece over the weekend reporting how members of the U.S. Senate demonstrated their respect for an Oregon colleague. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was on the Senate floor Saturday a couple days before his surgery today for early-stage prostate cancer. The Times quotes Wyden saying, “Senators, let me thank all of you for your many kindnesses over the last 48 hours. ...   More
Monday, December 20, 2010 HANK STERN

Willamette Geek: Reports that Verizon iPhone Finally Happening

Even though the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas has been raging for days—introducing a flood of smartphones, tablets, underwater 3d cameras and Wi-Fi capable toilet seats (kidding about the last part but honestly, I wouldn't put it past anyone)—it seems the biggest news has occurred outside the booths and convention halls. Late last week, Verizon sent out some poorly color-corrected ...   More
Monday, January 10, 2011 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Fearless NY Times Writer Dares to Visit Post-Apocalypse Portland

In the wake of Oregon's economic collapse, it is easy to forget the real victims: New York Times travel freelancers. With the Oregon unemployment rate topping 12.1 percent, how will the stringers be able to justify their monthly comped trips to Portland? Who will punch their ticket to Hipster Adventureland now? But comes a savior: It's Matt Gross, one of the Grey Lady's "Frugal Travelers," pioneering ...   More
Monday, May 11, 2009 AARON MESH

What Would Tom McCall Say Now About Californians Coming to Oregon?

The late Tom McCall earned national notoriety when he was governor of Oregon in the 1970s by telling Californians and other non-Oregonians to visit, but don't stay. Well, here's a piece from the New York Times that asks whether Californians are to blame in part for Oregon's stratospheric unemployment rate of 12.4 percent. Too bad McCall isn't still around to have commented on the latest ...   More
Thursday, June 18, 2009 HANK STERN

Is This 1997? More Bill Clinton News

Former President Clinton certainly had a lot to say last night in his appearance at Netroots Nation. First, Clinton got into it with a blogger over his record on gay rights when he was president. And, according to The New York Times, the ex-president stood up for the healthcare provision backed by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) that would require Medicare reimbursement for voluntary end-of-life ...   More
Friday, August 14, 2009 HANK STERN

The New York Times Looks For Frustrated Liberals, Finds Earl Blumenauer

The New York Times featured a piece over the weekend on progressives forced to re-tool their policy hopes nearly one year into the Obama Administration. And the man chosen by the newspaper to talk through all that angst over Obama's actions on global warming, Afghanistan and health care? U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). Blumenauer, who endorsed Obama early over Hillary Clinton in 2008, came ...   More
Monday, October 19, 2009 HANK STERN


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