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 Oregon Magazine TM           February 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
Oregon Connections: the Civil War:
Reverend Daniel Drew of Portland
By Randy Fletcher

In the motion picture Glory, black Union soldiers march into a southern town and amazed slave children gather to watch them. Sergeant Major John Rawlins, portrayed by Morgan Freeman, says to the children “Ain't no dream. We runaway slaves, but we come back fightin' men. Go tell your folks how kingdom come in the year of jubilee!” The character played by Freeman is incredibly similar to the life of a Portland man.


America, the Confusing 
(OrMag opinion. MLK would have approved of this one, we hear.)

Nasa photographs 'trees' on Mars...

Education: Berkeley's Unbearable Whiteness of Science by Thomas Lifson of the American Thinker. And, from our archives, The Hispanic Education Myth

A Missive aimed at the White House ...
National Political Upset Goes Back to Our Roots
OrMag Editor, Fred Delkin, has a few things to say to the P.O.T.U.S.


February's State of the States review:
Funny how inflation shrinks your dollar ...
Present state of the economy:

(Jan 05) Bankruptcy Filings Increase 32%...
14 phantom Zip Codes receiving fed 'stimulus' money...
Shrinking U.S. Labor Force Keeps Rate From Climbing Above 10%...

(Jan 11) Gas prices hit highest level in more than year...
(Photo: the 2010 GM "Obama" It runs on BS.)

(Jan 14) Record year for foreclosures...
Retail sales drop in December; Sales for all of '09 plunge by record amount...
New jobless claims rise 'more than expected'...
Dollar 'Crisis' Looms if USA Doesn't Curb Debt...
Jan 25) December home sales down nearly 17%; Largest monthly drop in more than 40 years...

Present state of "Climate Change" (X-Links, including Fox graphic, left)

Letter from 141 scientists to UN Sec Gen Ban states skeptics case
American Thinker:    January 07, 2010  The letter lists ten specific challenges to any AGW supporters within the scientific community for which they must demonstrate popular assertions. More

UN climate change expert: there could be more errors in report   Glacier alarm 'regrettable error': UN climate head...

Putin worries about 'global cooling'...
FEDS: December was 14th coldest in 115 years...
Freeze may have damaged 30% of Florida crops...
'No rise' of atmospheric carbon dioxide fraction in past 160 years...

A winter of 2010 road near Fargo, North Dakota ...

Vermont sets 'all-time record for one snowstorm'...
Iowa temps 'a solid 30 degrees below normal'...
Peru's mountain people 'face extinction because of cold conditions'...
Beijing -- coldest in 40 years...

Winter Could Be Worst in 25 Years for USA...
Vermont sets 'all-time record for one snowstorm'...
Iowa temps 'a solid 30 degrees below normal'...
Historic ice build-up shuts down NJ nuclear power plant...

(In other words, AGW, or man-caused, Global Warming, causes record cold weather.) The "A" stands for "anthropogenic."

Present state of ObamaCare: (X-Links)
January 27, 2010 -- After the election of Senator Brown from MA, and so the apparent loss of veto-proof power by Senate Dems, some say the socialized medicine bill is dead. Since it is a key step in the Progressive Plan to turn America into a socialist dictatorship which features Nazi-style government control of all large private corporations, we are not sure if the corpse is truly deceased. Perhaps a number of Democrats like Islamic volunteers and Kamikazi pilots are waiting for just the right moment to sacrifice themselves.


A Transportation Nightmare?
Seemingly unconnected news headlines describe a problem and then suggest a possible solution:
OREGON MESS TRANSIT: 'Bermuda Triangle' of transit: Will Portland ever cope?... (solved by) Human sacrifices 'on the rise in Uganda' as witch doctors admit to rituals... Voila!! Replace all TriMet employees with Ugandan witch doctors,and rider complaints will drop to zero.


New UO Knight Arena Bids to be Nation's Finest Fred says this facility will be an eye-popping tribute to the gods of sports.


The Blue Mountains
Simon Says:Oregon is made up of a number of geologically specific
landform areas. Here, Simon takes one of them and describes its characteristics.

The Willamette Valley
| The Klamath Mountains. | Take a Look at the Coast Range | The Cascade Mountain Range | Deschutes Columbia Plateau | Geologists Have Rocks in Their Heads | Volcanic Glass is Sharper Than Steel

Chump Change by J. Matt Barber Here, we have a discussion about the tidal changes inside the Beltway. The new senator, the President, the Speaker of the House, new voter trends and so forth. Dark plots, insincere politicians, honest politicians, power brokers -- it's a puzzle, frankly. The kind a Sherlock would enjoy. (LL/OrMag)

Democrats’ Political Suicide Pact By J. Matt Barber The president recently told Diane Sawyer: “I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.” Excise the
self-aggrandizing “really good” twaddle and it would seem ol’ Windy City Barry’s well on his way.

The Super Bowl Kerfuffle by J. Matt Barber
To choose or not to choose, that is the question (LL/OrMag)

Fishsciencefiction serialization continues unabated:
Chapter Eleven (from the dumbest out of print fishing book ever written)
Chapter Ten
Chapter Nine
Chapter Eight
Chapter Seven
Chapter Six
Chapter Five
Chapter Four
Chapter Three
Chapter Two
Chapter One

Chicago newspaper 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.)

Hollywood's Towers Lean to the Left (x-link)
Deconstructing ‘Casablanca’: Waiting for Rick…


The Grit behind the Glitz ...
New Book Reveals Inside Story on Las Vegas
(an OrMag review by Fred Delkin)

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
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 


 Pigskin Pete

2010 Pac10 Season
Holds Great Promise

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
Oregon Seafood Choices
On 'Super Green' List

 Decanting with Delkin
No column in January ... February ... 



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

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

Harry Truman had a sign on his desk.  It read: "The Buck stops here." We are curious just when Bush's economy Buck will xfer over to Obama.  Now, next year, never?  In First Year, Obama Presides Over 4.1 Million Jobs Lost, Most Since 1940

Unemployment shot up in 2009 from 7.7 percent in January to 10.1 percent in October before settling at 10 percent in December. Behind those percentages were more than 4.1 million people who lost their jobs during the year. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that's the most job losses in a year since 1940. (BLS could only provide data from 1940-2009)
Media:  (X-links)

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 

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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.)


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