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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Ian Gillingham

Nobody Works Anymore: Where our favorite plumber is still named "Mario."

Did you guys happen to watch the debate last night? What did you think. I thought McCain looked saltier than a giant pretzel wrapped in potato chips and dipped in the Pacific Ocean . The thing is, my fascination with the presidential race has more or less stemmed purely from a fascination with the grotesque , but at no point did I ever plan to actually vote. Until now: [youtube MksTs29bjNI] I ...   More
Thursday, October 16, 2008 Matt Graham

Nobody Works Anymore: Awkward!

So apparently last week was the Republicans' "Let's make awkward appearances on the Elite Media's comedy shows and try to smile as they rip on us" week. It was about as cringe inducing as it sounds. First, Presidential candidate John "Mayday! Mayday!" McCain showed up for a chat with Dave Letterman. Here's a link . It's bit long, so make sure you've got about 25 minutes ...   More
Monday, October 20, 2008 Matt Graham

Calling All Election Skeptics and Geeks!

Seeking an antidote for post-election blues or for any doubts you may develop about the validity of next Tuesday's election results? Look no further: Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and the state election officials who report to him will organize a random hand-recount of county election results, starting on Wednesday Nov. 5 at 9:30 am at the Public Service Building in Salem. (Note: the release ...   More
Friday, October 31, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

It's Five Days to the Election: Do You Know Where Your Plumber Is?

In the spirit of poking the bear with a stick until you know it's dead, we present the following video of another wheel falling off the You Betcha Express: [youtube j1TT7gt5F0w] He'll be there any minute now. Also, since we're on the subject, it appears that Joe the Plumber is a direct descendant of Roy the Forklift Driver. McCain '08: Turning Yesterday's Satire into Tomorrow's Strategy! God, ...   More
Thursday, October 30, 2008 AARON MESH

Proof of the Conspiracy; or James Dobson is an Idiot

Courtesy of Slate , here's a snippet of actual lyrics from a song that some Kenyan school children are singing about Barack Obama: He is a genius/He is a hero/ He comes all the way from Africa/ To go compete in the land of the whites/ He makes us proud/ For at least he's made Africa known to the world. Finally, we've got proof that Obama is anti-American, if not the Antichrist . I can't believe ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Matt Graham

The Oregon Connection: That Obsession DVD and Its Strange Bedfellows

We're often accused of straining for a quirky local angle on a national story. But sometimes it's hard to resist, especially when all it takes is 10 minutes on Google. For example... Remember that DVD, Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, that was inserted into Sunday copies of The Oregonian, sparking protests, subscription cancellations and a wan defense from publisher Fred Stickel? ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 AARON MESH

Nobody Works Anymore: Disturbing Playthings

And the Japanese once again corner the market on novelty . Insert your probe of choice into the plastic orifice and watch a digital silhouette bat at what appears to be a panda on a yo-yo . Entertainment value aside, let it suffice to say that I would feel somewhat uncomfortable with my child using the tuttuki bako in public. Japanese enthusiasm knows no bounds : [youtube 6MVNU_dmVlU] In ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Tony Piff

Shepherd Fairey, What Have You Started?

Remember this image? It was our cover last week, the work of Barry Stock , and it cleverly (if we may so flatter ourselves) riffs on the iconic Barack Obama HOPE poster by Shepherd Fairey . Fairey's work, which started popping up all over the country (appearing both in the window of my neighbor and the office of Willamette Week 's publisher) in January, is easily the most iconic image of the 2008 ...   More
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Dewey Wins! Obama Wins!

Just as we finished racking our brains for a cover to tomorrow's paper that will stay relevant next Tuesday on Election Day, some alt-bi-weekly in New Mexico comes up with this. Brilliant! Tons of free national press for them. Seriously, tomorrow's cover is in the bag, of course. But as a Wednesday-distributed weekly, we do face a challenge with next week's issue. While there's a chance ...   More
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 JAMES PITKIN


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