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 Oregon Magazine TM     January 2007
   Articles, fiction and poetry:



Aquarium Biologists 
Watch a Rare Hatch
(Wolf Eels, no less)

Pigskin Pete: 
Beavers Earn Redemption, 
Ducks Create Disaster  (Pete reacts
to bowl games, etc.)
Pigskin Surprise:
Oregon Connections Shine In 
Fiesta Bowl Spectacular

An advertisement that could save your life

Kick the habit in the teeth

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Local Guide Chronicles Memorable Texas Hunt

(Editor: Author Brody, a retired guide, used to take folks fishing and hunting in the wilds and waters of Oregon from his Portland area residence. These days, he accepts invitations  from professionals further afield as he reports in this account of a recent West Texas predator hunt)

Spending    (ED: Or, The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions)
Targeted HolidayGreetings, P.C. Where Necessary  (A proper start to the New Year requires political correctness.)
Muslims Should Profile Themselves
For Those of  "a Certain Age" (What's an "electrolux?")
Liberal vs Conservative history lesson   (Pre-Camberian Lore)

                                  December 2006
Current Weather Assault Demands Our Respect   |   E-RFD: Holiday Eating Tips    |   Hood River Ranch Owners Offer Unique Xmas Adventure   |   Cobra II:  Book Clearly Explains Iraq Debacle Dynamics    |    ERFD: the Black Box  Something funny going on, here. 
Oregon Author Pens Absorbing Biography

Michael O'Brien Departs This Life ...

In November, Michael O'Brien, one of the finest journalists in Oregon, passed away.  Below, find his last three pieces for this magazine, and a fourth on the subject of small town sports which  proves the superlatives we have used to describe him. He worked for the Tillamook paper for years.  In our opinion none of the far better known "talents" presently working at the larger metropolitan newspapers in this state have a fraction of the talent he had.

Friday Night Legends & Small Town Heroes

Mike's recent chemo series:
Chemo day one: Life is Just a Bowl of Steroids
Chemo round two - The King and I
Settlin’ in for the ride

Beware of "Legal Pluralism"This is about a sleeping legal nuke which if not watched closely will rip Europe into bloody pieces.   |   Judge Strikes Down Bush on Terror Groups  President Bush smells some foreign rats operating in America, and judges loved by the people who will take over Congress next month get busy trying to block him..   |   E-RFD: Ross Smith and the Oregon 
Education AssociationFollowing his recent re-election, Oregon's answer to the Jolly Green Giant is planting his garden of fiscal irresponsibillity.  Former CFO, Ross Smith cries  foul financial smell.

November 2006
E-RFD: Oregon's New Flag  (A citizen is unhappy with election results.)

Power to the People

December 1, 2006 -- Solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy contribute 2 percent of U.S. electricity generation, despite decades of federal and state government support, Investor’s Business Daily notes in an editorial, “Dems'Energy Answer: Snake Oil.”  (OMED: we can't make that link work from here.)  Since 1978, the federal government alone has kicked in more than $11 billion to support renewable fuels. By 2020, these sources will supply only 2.8 percent of the nation's electricity needs. That could be increased, but only at a substantial cost to taxpayers, since these sources of energy are so much more expensive than coal, natural gas or nuclear power plants. Source: Investor’s Business Daily

From "Friday Facts" -- Georgia Public Policy Foundation ( )
 A few pieces from the past
(Complete 2005/2006 article archives)

Senator Reid's Real Estate Windfall    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid collected a $1.1  million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn't personally owned the property for three years, property deeds show.  (External link)

A Medical Miracle: Livers Grown From Scratch?   "Use of cord stem cells is also more ethically acceptable than the use of embryonic stem cells - a process that leads to the death of the embryo."

Today, 10-11-06, a Liberal on CNN Said that the American Left Supports the Creation and Installation of a Missile Defense System

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?  (The horrid truth about who pays when you cash a government bond.)

PBS: The Hispanic Education Myth

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

How To Pick the Next President of the U.S.
Blue Oregon: The Secular Theocracy The very soul of the Left lies in how these people define the roots of your rights.

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

Column archives:

Pigskin Pete:
Ducks, Beavers Making Minor Bowl Appearances
Subject: FW: grid matters     Date:  Fri, 15 Dec 2006 21:32:24 +0000 

Pac10 Shaken Up By Beaver Gridders
Surprise! UO, OSU Even in Pac10 Race
Reality Returns To Oregon Elevens
October 2006 was hard on Pete ...
UO, OSU Grid Results Show Sharp Contrast
(Here's what he had to say about this extraordinary football season 
in September. Here We Go Again!...Colleges Ready For Some Football
(plus early update)
Pigskin Pete: Mid-October Update:
Grid Season Halfway, What’s Happening?
Pigskin Pete: Late-October Update
Pac10 Football’s Current Status
Pigskin Pete: Very Late-October Update
Ducks Done In, Beavers Alive

Football Forecasters Show Unusual Unanimity  (summer 2006)
OK, So What’s So  Great About Soccer?
College Grid Season Ends With Classic

Ducks Victimized Again by BCS
Fearless Grid Forecaster Says "Told You So"
Oregon Ducks Face Major Grid Hurdle
Ducks Lose Fortitude, Fail to Justify Forecast  (Post USC game thoughts)
Fearless Grid Forecaster Proves Perspicacity So far for 2005
Fearless Football Forecast Precedes Pac 10 Season
Pac 10 Spring Grid Drills Lead to Fearless Forecast
Sports Scene Survey As Off-seasons Begin
Beaver Grid Program Continues to Implode
Oregon State Football Needs Better Leader
Oregon Schools Score Well In Prep Recruiting Efforts
Oregon Celebrates National Gridiron Championship

Seared Lightly:
Recipes For Savoring Local Shellfish Bounty
 Reviewing Recipes  (Plus Unique Cookbook Offer)
Oyster Lovers Rejoice!  NW Shores Abound 
New Seafood Guidelines For Informed Consumption

The Magic of Zinfandel– The All-American Grape
Technology Triumphing With Revolution in Wine Closure
Second Generation Expands Dundee Winery Leadership
Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrive!  Enjoy!
Newport Judging Results Precede Weekend Festival
New Oregon Distiller Enters Vodka Market
Americans Embrace Wine According to 2005 Sales
Northern Neighbors Finally Give Pinot Noir its Due 
USA Younger Generation Embracing Wine Over Beer
Oregon Wine Entrepreneur Falters in New Zealand

Hans Zeiger:
 Optimisticonservatism    |   Students vs. Professors Dred Scott II   |  Boy Scouts Emergency   |   Young Christians Rising    |  What’s Wrong with the Boy Scouts?  |   Scouting and America   |  The Fourteenth Generation   |   Roe Babies and Reagan Babies   |  Reagan’s Children Blog  |   This Year's Most Important Congressional Primary   |  Reagan’s Children Rising   |   Christ at Commencement  |   Combating Boredom
Michael O'Brien:
Nothing Less Than Miraculous   |  Small Change of Direction  |  Operators on duty now
Hayward offers fine rewards  |  Megan Heckeroth:The stuff of dreams   |   Bob McGillivray 1922-2005   |  A Walk in an Oregon Fall, Plus Dog | The things we see    |    Between the Lines: Somehow they manage their best
So, America is Stingy, eh?  |  A Divided Nation?   |  Seattle School Offers New Creative Writing Degree   |  Law Firm Belatedly Gets Jury Vindication   |  Photo Album Offers Candid Oregon Photos  | Judy Miller and Matt Cooper in Orange Jumpsuits   |  Oregon Education: Rats and Cheese Limits

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