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 Oregon Magazine TM           April 2010

Regarding 2012 A.D.: How did the Mayans know the re-election of Obama could cause the end of the world?.
   News, articles, essays & comment
Portland’s Confederate Engineer:
Colonel Isaac W. Smith
By Randy Fletcher

Turn on the water faucet in any kitchen in Portland and you will get a seemingly endless supply of safe, clean, clear, cold mountain water. It has pretty much been that way since 1895 when the pipeline from Bull Run Reservoir to Portland was designed and built by one of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s best engineers. Isaac Smith is known as the father of Portland’s water system but he had an international career that made him one of the most significant civil engineers of the 19th Century.


The News Desk: (updated every few days)

Tempest in a Tea Party (Oregon) Teacher Probed

New jobless claims 'unexpectedly' soar...
DOJ wants to read email without warrants...

Drudge Report  (Headlines from everywhere) | OrBusMax  (Lots of PacNW news) | Fox News Headlines
Breitbart's Current Stuff  | Metro Weather (KPTV 7 Day projection)

Around Oregon

Oregon Cowboys Worry About Jobs   (Ashland Daily Tidings)
There's a Pest Among Us  (Newberg Graphic)
Former St. James Priest Calls it Quits (Yamhill Valley News-Register)
Hatchery's (oyster larvae) Plight Makes National News  (Tillamook Headlight-Herald)


Delkin reviews a book about the gigantic climate scam:
Global Warming? Author Debunks Current Claims
Amid all the political excitement being stirred up by President Obama's 'Cap & Trade'measure he wants to shove through Congress, a new book, Climatism, by Steve Goreham, should be read as a complete discussion of the science, politics and the energy policy implications of the global warming debate. Goreham, an engineer with an MBA from the University of Chicago,asks very pertinent and informed questions:


April's State of the States review:

Present state of the economy:

Unemployment tops 20% in eight California counties...
Obama policies projected to add $9.7 trillion to debt by 2020...
Knoller: National Debt Up $2 Trillion on Obama's Watch...
Massachusetts : Dems healthcare plan will 'bankrupt the country in four years'...
WHITE HOUSE: Jobless Rate Will Be Elevated for 'Extended Period'...

New Home Sales Lowest On Record

Present state of "Climate Change" (X-Links)

GALLUP: Credibility drops for global warming, scientists...
EU's 'carbon fat cats' get rich off trading scheme: study...
Climate scientists plot to fight back at skeptics...
Germans lose fear of global warming, after long, hard winter...

From last month:

Fight Climate Change at Home !!!


Present state of ObamaCare:

Congress Passes Obama/Reid/Pelosi Healthcare Bill

March 21, 2010 -- Not a single Republican "crossed the aisle." 
Welcome to Europe, folks.  To come, Immigration "Reform" (which
means legalising millions of border jumpers), Cap and Trade (which
means dramatic cost increases in many, if not all, fuel price
categories), and various other "Progressive" initiatives. In the opinion of those who create this publication, it leaves the fall elections as the only thing standing between America and disaster.  Tea Parties and those who stood firm today, like Travis and the boys at the Alamo, will need massive voter help if the bond rating decline and garish tax hikes on Americans whose investments floor the private sector are to be properly dealt with.  It's coming up on fish or cut bait time for freedom and capitalism. You have eight months to decide.  (LL)

Doctors Sue to Overturn the Health Care Bill
(A news release from the AAPS)

Art Hyland's Corner:
Oregon & California's Google formula (The mechanics of two kinds of money)

Barber's Comments:
Is the “Gay” Fix in on Prop 8? (Gay politics)
Don’t Ask, Don’t Bleed (War is Hell)

News release and column:

Southern Poverty Law Center Fritters Away Last Traces of Credibility
SPLC Officially Declared "Left-Wing Hate Group"

Attention all HAMs:

New ARRL Web Site Testing Continues
(Mar 24, 2010 [REVISED Mar 26, 2010 14:52 ET])
-- Full-scale load testing of the new Web site is now complete and we
have a much better picture of the problems that caused the site crash
earlier this week. Thank you for your patience during this activity.
These tests have been very helpful in assuring that the site will
operate smoothly when it is formally launched. In the meantime, we will
continue to use the old Web site. (

Fishsciencefiction serialization completed:

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven

Chicago reviewer said, "If after reading a few pages you aren't giggling, you're a candidate for an autopsy."

           World's greatest book review :  "It's too short."  (For Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.)


When the Wolf Comes: a journey back in time to the 19th Century (a book review by Fred Delkin)

New Book Reveals Inside Story on Las Vegas The grit behind the Glits. New Book Explores Wine's Historic Role in Society Fred, the writer combines with Fred the seer of the grape, and you get the highbrow lowdown. The Right Hook: Undefeated Boxer and General Troublemaker, Matt Barber, has published his first book. Scummy liberals (Progressives) are gang-banging it with false reviews on Amazon, and Noble Conservatives are cheering in the stands. Book Chronicles Olmsted Contribution to NW Cities (OrMag Editor, Fred Delkin, reviews a new book about a NW architect.) 'Salishan' Proves It's More Than A Resort (A book review by OrMag Editor and Copublisher, Fred Delkin) (Salishan, an Oregon historical novel, available at Lipscomb Blasts  Hemingway  Revise (An Oregon expatriate isn't pleased with what Papa's family has done to A Moveable Feast)
Articles:   Getting to the bottom of "Bottom Fishing"      The Subject was Crabs   |    Surfing for Perch  (From the archives: Winter or summer, fun for beach boys)   Books:   "History by the Glass"Enters Second Round   (Portland's classic saloons, Edition II, written by Paul Pintarich and published by Joe Bianco.)  |   Crooked River Country  (book review)      Oregon Fever  Joe Bianco's anthology includes feature work by some Oregon Magazine writers, including Larry Leonard.    When to Jump Out of an Airplane

   Fun With Science
A campaign to name the number 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 "hella" is gaining support through an online petition.

Marine Mr. Mom: Male Pipefish Gives Birth   Male pipefishes and their seahorse cousins are the only males that actually become pregnant and give birth, but pipefishes likely will never win any "Father of The Year"

Revolution in Electrical Power

Space UFO baffles scientists...
Sheep Gives Birth to Human-Faced Lamb in Turkey...
VIRGIN GALACTIC unveils first commercial spaceship...
Scientists on the brink of creating computer with human brain?
Artificial life will be created 'within months'...
Gigantic Lightning Jets Shoot from Clouds to Space 

 Staff Columns:

 Pigskin Pete
Cheer Up, Duck Fans
Your Boys Will Win

OTI Cage Coach Nearing National Victory Record
2010 Pac10 Season Holds Great Promise
New UO Knight Arena Bids to be Nation's Finest

It's over. The college football season. Fred hates that.
Pigskin Salutes New Viking Head Coach

Pigskin Picks Pac10 Bowl Winners
Week Thirteen Picking Full Slate For Pac10 Windup
Week Twelve Pigskin Goes 4-2 as UO, OSU Triumph

Week Eleven Pigskin Breaks Even, 3-3 As Season Winds Down
Week Ten
Pigskin Goes 4-1, Forecasts Full Slate
Week Nine
Pigskin Goes Undefeated...Game of Year Now Appears
Week Eight
Dawgs, Vikings Falter As UO, OSU Rest
Week Seven Pigskin Scores 4-1 as
Week Six
Pigskin Applauds Ducks, Boos Vikings, Goes 4-2

Week Five
Pete's Crystal Ball Cracked, Went 4-2
Week Four
Pigskin Slumps to 6-4, Celebrates UW Victory
Week Three
Pigskin Goes 7-2 In Second Go-round
Week Two
Pigskin Comes Up 9-1 In Opening Forecast

Week One Finally! Football Season Opens With Key Matchup
  Home on the Range

St. Paddy's Day Calls For These Tasty Ideas

Oregon Seafood Choices On 'Super Green' List

 Decanting with Delkin
Oregon's Wine Success
Attracts Houston Investor

Italian/ Washington Wine Merger Creating Success



 Column archives: Pigskin Pete   |   Seared Lightly   Decanting  |   Hans Zeiger     Mike O'Brien
  Feature E-RFD

The vet removed over 1,300  quills from this poor pooch, who will probably in the future modify his natural and famed aggressive qualities when in the presence of what looks like a giant harmless rat.

(Thanks to KB7SYY for this grotesque email)

"Survivor - Eastern Oregon Style"

E-RFD: Costco Drugs -- Unbelieveable
Note: E-RFDs are messages that circulate around the internet.  Some are factual and some are mythical.  We make no distinction between the types, here, but rather offer them pretty much as they come in -- as examples of comment and rumor from a global mind.

How To Become an Illegal Alien
| Who's a Big Crab? (Canny Crustaceans) | Presidential Pig Swap (Let's make a deal.) | Poison Pancakes (Old dough can make you go - away.) | INS Cleans Up Texas Construction Site | Surprise Ending  The Alaska Pope-mobile IncidentPelosi is Kissed by a Star    (House Speaker has America in a can.)    |   Congressional Money Saving Proposal   (Charity begins at home.) Congress Gives Itself Raise... (external info link topically related to the above E-RFD) | General Cosgrove   (An Aussie hits the nail on the head.)  |   To Kill an American   (An Aussie hits the nail on the head.)  |   A Soldier in Iraq   |   Freezing Balls Off Brass Monkeys   |   The Ballad of the Subway Violin   |   New Taxes   Cosby for President  | Dangerous Ground (Numbers don't lie)
"Now, just why in the HELL do I have to press '1' for English?" 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"
             -- Edmund Burke


Our Dependence on Foreign Oil Increases while: Russia to drill for oil in Gulf of Mexico...

An interesting education event: All Seniors at Chicago Charter School Are College-bound

The Times, they are a-changin': Justice's wife launches 'tea party' group...

Poland's Lech Walesa's Warning for America...

Will 80 Million Baby Boomers Bankrupt Social Security?
Dem Sen. Rockefeller on Obama: 'He's beginning to not be believable to me'...
More than half of Texas Hispanics now identify as 'conservative'...

In First Year, Obama Presides Over 4.1 Million Jobs Lost, Most Since 1940



WASHINGTON POST Ignores Own Poll Findings: 58% Want Smaller Gov't, Fewer Services... FOX is Eating MSM for Lunch:
1/11/2010  Roger Ailes the 'most successful news executive of last 10 years'... 1/14/2010  FOXNEWS Ailes says he's not going anywhere, and NEWS CORP. President concurs...

Past, Present and Future Misc.

Conservatives Now Outnumber Liberals in All 50 States, Says Gallup Poll... (x-link)
Billions in aid go to areas that backed Obama in '08...    (X-link)
Iran could have atomic bomb within 6 months...

From July's American Thinker: America's Socialist Past  (X-link)
When did the lowbrows take over the culture? 

Oregon's Hidden Sales Tax (Some basic economic realism for the envious.)
Obama's Angel of Death   |   A Good Time To Wonder About Direction   |   George Will: The Toxic Assets We Elected...    (X-link: A rocker made of logic and good writing.)  And, another hottie by George: 03/29/09  (Can congress violate constitutional "Separation of powers?")   |   Specter to oppose 'card check,' says conservative group...   (X-link)   Maybe. He's a Democrat, now.)   |   Citizens Against Government Waste (x-link to humorous tales about pork)    |    Bailouts:  FORD SAYS 'NO THANKS'  

Speaking of Healthcare: Suppressed WHO report: Secondhand Smoke Doesn't Cause Cancer

Ancient History: Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine...

OrMag Co-publisher Reacts To "Gay" Press Release    (Just to make things clear)  <>   Are you a Democrat, a Republican or a Southerner?   <>    Extreme Rights Archives  (Gay ways)  

The 50 Richest Members of Congress   (If you ain't a millionaire when you reach Congress, you soon will be. It's just a co-incidence, of course.)  
  Out of the past ...
Roosevelt or Reagan? USA Needs to Choose
Social Security:
The Dirty Little Secret  | Where is the Social Security Trust Fund, and Why Didn't Hockberg and DeFazio Reveal its Location to the People of Coos Bay?   (Who pays when you cash a government bond?)
The Hispanic Education Myth

Ken's "Congress"   (So you contribute to PBS?  Did you know you are buying lies?)

Our Times: 
Grizzly Man: The Death of an Idiot    (Bears dine alfresco)

Dr. Horton’s History Channel History of Slavery    (A lauded black professor from a famous East Coast American university proves that he either doesn't know or doesn't  like certain kinds of truth )  How To Pick the Next President of the U.S.  Blue Oregon: The Secular Theocracy    Complete 2005/2006 article archives    2007 lost in crash  Specific Covers:    Dec08  |   Jan09   |  Feb09    |   Mar09    April09   May09  June09  July09  Aug09  | Sept09  | Oct09   Nov09   Dec09   Jan10    Feb10   Mar10  |    

 Reader Favorites
 Hughes Race Plane Replica | Small Gods, Gopher Prairie and Public Hogwash  |  Desert Deer   |    No Hatcheries, No Salmon  |  Field Day: HAMS Head for the Hills   |  To Race or Not to Race II    |  Big Money in Rotten Veggies  |   A VAT of Nonsense  |  Dereliction of Duty  | Love Nest   |  Mr. Perez’ Fatal Mistake  |  Snuff Film  |

Fred's China Triple Play: 
Shanghai Visit Astounds Oregon Mag Editor  (China trip part one)Oregon Mag Editor's Shanghai Experiences Continued...   (China trip part two)Ormag Editor Experiences Globalization First Hand   ( China trip part three)

  The Classics
Ray Bradbury  |: Ken Kesey  |: Oregon's Racist History   |  The Alaska Airlines Eskimo  |   La Boheme  | The Town Dump Truck  |  Motown Mouse  |  Jerusalem | The Duck HunterWalt Morey A Public Comedy of Errors  |   The Case of the Pickled Herring  |  MacNeil Goldspit and the K.K.K. Power Grab Caper Friday Night Legends & Small Town Heroes  |  Oregon School Funding Mess  |  Ken's "Congress"   |   Black Holes   |   Science and Creation Myth  |  The Genesis of the Universe  | A Woman of Her Times  Meet Me in Las Vegas,.Baby  |   Sesame Street's HIV-positive Muppet   Backroads Beauty   |  Vintage Motorcycles   |   Remembering the “NAT”  |  E.T. Went Home?

 Oregon Connections: the Civil War: a series by Randy Fletcher

The Minister and the General   (Former Civil War Foes Meet Again in Corvallis)
Oregon Governor William Lord (Cold Beer and Civil War Memories)
The remarkable life of a Quaker Civil War Hero (A Quaker CMOH)
They Ran Down John Wilkes Booth (A beaut about two Oregon Civil War vets.)

Storming the Ramparts   (Up close and personal with a blizzard of lead.)
A Forlorn Hope (An Oregon Civil War hero is remembered 100 years after his death ) 
How the Civil War Brought Wyatt Earp’s Brother to Portland   (Before the O.K. Corral)  
The Professors in Pickett’s Charge
  (War is an education in itself.)

The Forgotten Hero (Memories are made of stone.)
Reverend Daniel Drew of Portland
(The rifle-packin' Reverend)


 Daily headlines from  ORBUSMAX  (PACNW selection)  
     GovTrack  (What's going on in the U.S. Congress, these days.) 

     The Oregon Conservative   (News/links/info site)  Note: this one may be down. Our last email was rejected.)   (Where conservative voters take action on issues)
     Informed Voter  (Current major issue-related text and relevant contact points)



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