Marijuana in Molalla: Return of the 'Gateway Drug'

As featured on the Oregon NORML website, a member of the pro-pot group recently photographed this incredible billboard on Highway 99E. And it appears that you paid for it. As revealed by NORML's research, the group named on the billboard — Molalla Coalition Against Drug Crime — receives federal money from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Contacted this morning, the ...   More
Friday, December 5, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Deja Vu 1982: ClackCo Sheriff's Recruitment Video

It's got explosions, attack dogs, speed boats and ponies. But what we love about this recruitment video from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is the production value: Total early-'80s! Straight down to the wardrobe and theme song. Sadly, it may be the best film to come out of the Portland area in recent years. It gave us flashbacks to 1982, when cops classics CHiPs and TJ Hooker ...   More
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Sarah Palin Honored by America's Dumbest

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Monday, November 24, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

LIVE REVIEW: Portland's expat comedy trio the Uncles sketch with broadstrokes

Even if you had no idea where Portland-bred comedy troupe the Uncles have been the last few years, you could probably fashion a pretty good guess based on the first two sketches of their homecoming show at Someday Lounge this past weekend. First, a parody of The Price Is Right, hosted by an orthodox Rabbi with a poorly-sighted mohel and an overbearing, penny-pinching mother as contestants, titled ...   More
Monday, December 22, 2008 MATTHEW SINGER

College Students Are Scary

My colleague Beth seems to have touched a nerve with her post about a disconcertingly earnest a cappella performance at Lewis & Clark College. In the interest of fairness, here are videos of students at Portland's other schools doing embarrassing things in public. University of Portland RAs express their love of Enchanted: [youtube LenH20C-jxg] Portland State students hitting one another ...   More
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Thank You, Grandpa Racist!: Gran Torino Reviewed

The latest (and last?) movie to ever match Clint Eastwood and a handgun screened after WW press deadlines, much to our dismay. The movie's a pleasure, though: Gran Torino I knew I was going to like Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino from the moment the director's character, Walt Kowalski, points a shotgun at a posse of Hmong gangbangers and snarls, without any irony, “Get off my lawn.” ...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 AARON MESH

Welcome Back, Busse! Sign-Stealing Ex-Editor Gets a Teaching Gig at PSU (UPDATES with PSU comment)

Like so many Portlanders, you've probably spent countless sleepless nights over the last three months worrying about where poor Phil Busse would land after resigning his adjunct teaching stint in Minnesota for stealing McCain yard signs, then bravely proclaiming his activism in the Huffington Post. Would anyone find the ex-Mercury editor a job where he could pass on his journalistic and political ...   More
Friday, February 13, 2009 AARON MESH

"Obamaaaaa!": David Sedaris at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts

There are very few things that would make me trek down from Portland to Eugene on a sunny Friday afternoon, when I should be relaxing in a beer garden. Following a rainbow to a pot of gold is one, and David Sedaris at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts is another. The Hult Center is a remarkable space in downtown Eugene. Glass panels gloved the lobby, supported by huge free-standing Douglas ...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Adrienne So

Chappelle Shows! 4,000 Greet Comedian in Pioneer Courthouse Square

Call it the Packed House that Twitter Built. Call it Chappelle's Silent Show. Call it "the greatest show that almost happened." Call it whatever you want. Because the facts are these: At 10 minutes to 1 this morning, reclusive comedian Dave Chappelle appeared in Pioneer Courthouse Square, carrying a microphone and a 10-inch amplifier. And 4,000 people were waiting for him. "I don't know about ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 AARON MESH


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