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November 8, 2016 01:35 PM

In which the Germans remind us of our "greatness."

Lyrics are below the Horror Clown.

Lyrics by NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE mit Jan Böhmermann.

 I was born in post-Nazi Germany.
In 1981.
Ronald Reagan just got into office, man, there’s been a cold war going on.

Deutschland, my homeland, so divided! 
But you tore down wall and helped us reunite it, America, America!

You taught us democracy, freedom of speech, equality and liberty.
You gave us David Hasselhoff, one of the greatest actors and singers there’ll ever be.
You brought us the McRib, Windows ME, Type II-Diabetes and the great Bill Cosby, 
America, so inspiring, 
your soon-to-be foresightful foreign policy!

America, God shed His grace on thee.
And thy new triumphant maxim so full of modesty.

Chorus
Grab ‘em by the pussy!
You can do anything!
You are a star, go on and do it! 
Move on ‘em like a bitch!

Grab the whole world by the pussy! 
You can do anything!
Don’t even ask, go on and do it!
You don’t need to use some Tic Tacs!

Some many great American idols,
Dennis Rodman, Rudy Giuliani, and the great actor from Happy Days.
Almost as awesome as Fonzy.
America, we thank you for your recent contributions to political culture.
You definitely killed it bigly this time.
And that means something coming from a German!

Thank you for lowering the bar.
You taught us lately, everyone can make it, if one is just great enough – and a TV-Star.

Chorus
Grab ‘em by the pussy!
You can do anything!
You are a star, go on and do it! 
Move on ‘em like a bitch!

Grab the whole world by the pussy! 
You can do anything!
Don’t even ask, go on and do it!
You don’t need to use some Tic Tacs!

We love the new spirit of your nation! Let’s hand in hand walk into isolation!

Chorus
Grab ‘em by the pussy!
You can do anything!
You are a star, go on and do it! 
Move on ‘em like a bitch!

Grab the whole world by the pussy! 
You can do anything!
Don’t even ask, go on and do it!
You don’t need to use some Tic Tacs!

November 8, 2016 05:00 PM

As we anxiously watch election results come in (current go-tos are The New York Times and 538) what happens if no candidate were to get "a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed” per the 12th Amendment to the Constitution?

According to the Congressional Research Service, "With a total of 538 electors representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 270 electoral votes is the 'magic number,' the arithmetic majority necessary to win the presidency."

On Nov. 3, the CRS published "Contingent Election of the President and Vice President by Congress: Perspectives and Contemporary Analysis" by Thomas H. Neale, specialist in American National Government.

Neale writes that if no candidate won a majority of electoral votes:

The 12 th Amendment also provides that the House of Representatives would elect the President, and the Senate would elect the Vice President, in a procedure known as “contingent election.” Contingent election has been implemented twice in the nation’s history under the 12th Amendment: first, to elect the President in 1825, and second, the Vice President in 1837.

In a contingent election, the House would choose among the three candidates who received the most electoral votes. Each state, regardless of population, casts a single vote for President in a contingent election. Representatives of states with two or more Representatives would therefore need to conduct an internal poll within their state delegation to decide which candidate would receive the state’s single vote. A majority of state votes, 26 or more, is required to elect, and the House must vote “immediately” and “by ballot.” Additional precedents exist from 1825, but they would not be binding on the House in a contemporary election. In a contingent election, the Senate elects the Vice President, choosing one of the two candidates who received the most electoral votes. Each Senator casts a single vote, and the votes of a majority of the whole Senate, 51 or more, are necessary to elect. The District of Columbia, which is not a state, would not participate in a contingent election, despite the fact that it casts three electoral votes. 

Read the whole report here.

November 3, 2016 03:21 PM

A University of Oregon law professor, who has been identified by The Register-Guard as Nancy Shurtz, sent a note to her students apologizing for her Halloween costume in which she wore blackface in depicting the book Black Man in a White Coat.

I chose my costume based on a book that I read and liked—Black Man in a White Coat. I thought I would be able to teach with this costume as well (or at least tell an interesting story). When I asked my daughter who is at Brown Medical School the demographics of her medical school class, she said “they do not give those statistics out mom”, but later when she asked the administration, they said there was _not one black male _student in the class. She and others were outraged. She was able to get the administration to assign a portion of this book (the one where the black medical student was thought to be the janitor) out to students.

I am sorry if it did not come off well. I, of all people, would not want to offend.

Prof. Shurtz

October 31, 2016 02:46 PM

Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury weighs in on Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson in this year's race for his former position.

This year, 14 states around the country will have voting restrictions that make it more difficult for Americans to exercise their right to vote. Some sharply limit early voting, some make registration more difficult, and some have enacted strict photo ID requirements that disempower voters and erode participation in our democratic process.

At the same time, our state has moved in a better direction, rejecting voter suppression efforts and instead working to break down barriers to our democracy. Expanding voter participation has been a central goal of Oregon's system of elections for a generation.

It’s why I support Brad Avakian for secretary of state.

As the state’s chief elections officer, Brad will work for fair elections that give everyone a voice. He’ll build on our landmark motor voter law and work for greater transparency in campaigns. Significantly, he’ll fight to pass meaningful campaign finance limits that reduce the influence of corporate money in Oregon elections.

Dennis Richardson offers a different approach. And it seems in this campaign, he’s desperate to talk about anything but his record.

The truth is that time and again, Richardson has voted for more barriers to voting, more roadblocks to participation, and less transparency in our elections:  For three legislative sessions in a row — in 2005, 2007 and 2009 — Richardson led the charge for voter identification laws like the ones that have been ruled unconstitutional in recent court decisions. Don’t be fooled. These measures aren’t about “voter integrity”; they’re about disenfranchising poor and minority voters for partisan political advantage.

In striking down a similar North Carolina voter ID law, the court noted that this Republican-led effort suppressed African-American voter turnout “with almost surgical precision.”

Richardson has also stood against common-sense voter registration efforts that make it easier for Oregonians to have a say in our elections.

In 2013, Richardson opposed a measure to strengthen voter registration programs at universities and community colleges, HB 3175. Richardson voted against Oregon’s electronic voter registration system, a measure that passed 45-9. Richardson even voted against greater transparency for out-of-state political contributions, putting him in the extreme minority on a measure that passed 49-8.

Certainly, there’s plenty to be wary about when it comes to Dennis Richardson’s hardline views on marriage equality and reproductive rights. Richardson’s views on man-made climate change – which have more in common with Donald Trump than 97 percent of the world’s scientists — make him ill-suited for the State Land Board.

But voters who care about fair and open elections deserve to know the truth about Richardson’s record of right-wing extremism.

I trust Brad Avakian to protect and strengthen the integrity of our elections. I know that he’ll fight to get big money out of politics and work for a system that gives everyday Oregonians a voice in our democracy.

The next secretary of state can either build on Oregon’s approach or turn back the clock on the progress we've made.

Vote for Brad Avakian for secretary of state.

Bill Bradbury served as Secretary of State from 1999 to 2009.

October 31, 2016 01:47 PM

Below is a viewpoint written by Josh Proudfoot of the Good Company

The truth about Joshua Skov and Seneca

By Josh Proudfoot

I worked with my friend, Joshua Skov, for twelve years as co-founders and co-owners of Good Company, a sustainability research and consulting firm. In 2009, we evaluated the Seneca project on behalf of EWEB, one of the hundreds of projects our firm has done for public infrastructure agencies and food systems. 

Recently, Brian Weaver, in a guest viewpoint in Eugene Weekly (“Rezoning and the Ward 1 Election”) and others supporting Emily Semple have made false claims about our work and about Joshua Skov in the Eugene Council Ward 1 race. Let me set the record straight.

First, Good Company did not “recommend,” “greenwash” or “approve” the Seneca combined heat and power plant on behalf of EWEB. Instead, we were hired by EWEB staff to benchmark and characterize wind, solar, nuclear, gas, coal, and the Seneca project without recommendations so that the EWEB board could make their own choice. Further, we’re proud of our Triple Bottom Line analysis. I challenge anyone to find another utility in the entire United States that has compared the multiple economic, social and environmental aspects that carefully and benchmarked them before engaging a power purchase agreement. Kudos to EWEB for looking well beyond what is required of them. Read our report yourself: www.eweb.org/public/documents/seneca/goodCo.pdf.

Second, Good Company took a close look at the sources of local air pollution sources and scaled them in juxtaposition to the Seneca project and scaled potential pollution reduction projects. We also highlighted the importance of forest stewardship and that biomass combined heat and power from sawmill waste and forest slash is an extremely efficient energy source, with lower net carbon emissions than fossil fuels. Note that forest slash, by law, must be burned in the field, which contributes substantially more air pollution than a biomass facility. Read here for a more recent meta analysis of life cycle studies of all of power sources to see for yourself: nrel.gov/analysis/sustain_lca_results.html and dx.doi.org/10.5849/jof.14-009

So how does Skov’s work with Good Company and sustainability actually relate to the Ward 1 race?

First, Skov has dedicated his life to the pursuit of sustainability and social equity—in his personal life and in his professional life. It is not something he does in his spare time. It is what he does full time, and it is what he has done for his entire adult life. 

Second, Skov has systematically contributed to the public, while learning more about how the city works to prepare himself for leadership. He has contributed to many citizen committees on sustainability, land use, transportation, energy and wastewater. Isn’t it a good thing to have experience? I know if I was needing a surgeon, lawyer, plumber, electrician, sustainability consultant, or a city councilor, I would pick the one that has relevant experience.

I am proud to support Joshua Skov for Eugene City Council Ward 1.

Josh Proudfoot is the principal of Eugene-based consulting firm Good Company, which he co-founded with Joshua Skov in 2000.

October 27, 2016 04:29 PM

Press release on the Malheur Occupation is below.

WTF.

JURY DELIVERS VERDICTS IN OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal jury today delivered its verdicts against seven defendants charged with conspiracy, possession of firearms on federal property, and theft during the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Jurors found Ammon Bundy, Shawna Cox, David Lee Fry, Jeff Wayne Banta, Kenneth Medenbach, and Neil Wampler not guilty on all counts. Jurors found Ryan Bundy not guilty on charges of conspiracy and possession of firearms, but were unable to reach a verdict on the charge of theft. 



Co-defendants Jason Blomgren, Brian Cavalier, Blaine Cooper, Eric Flores, Wesley Kjar, Corey Lequieu, Joseph O'Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne, Jon Ritzheimer, Geoffrey Stanek, and Travis Cox previously pled guilty. Co-defendants Dylan Anderson, Sandra Anderson, Sean Anderson, Duane Ehmer, Jason Patrick, Darryl Thorn, and Jake Ryan will stand trial beginning February 14, 2017. Charges against co-defendant Peter Santilli were previously dismissed. 



"While we had hoped for a different outcome, we respect the verdict of the jury and thank them for their dedicated service during this long and difficult trial," said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. "We strongly believe that this case needed to be brought before a Court, publicly tried, and decided by a jury. Despite the verdict reached, I want to personally thank all of the law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Malheur occupation. I also want to thank the residents of Burns, Hines, and Harney County and members of the Burns Paiute Tribe for their patience and resolve throughout this process." 



"For many weeks, hundreds of law enforcement officers -- federal, state, and local -- worked around-the-clock to resolve the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge peacefully. We believe now -- as we did then -- that protecting and defending this nation through rigorous obedience to the U.S. Constitution is our most important responsibility," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Although we are extremely disappointed in the verdict, we respect the court and the role of the jury in the American judicial system." 



The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Geoffrey Barrow, Ethan Knight, and Craig Gabriel, Assistant United States Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

October 26, 2016 09:51 AM

“Don’t play stupid / don’t play dumb / vagina’s where you’re really from!"

Pussy Riot's catchy new peaen to the pussy, "Straight Outta Vagina," takes on Donald Trump and his statement that when he sees beautiful women he "Grabs them by the pussy."

The Russian punk band writes on its YouTube video launch that:

Female power and female sexuality are yet need to be discovered. Discussed. Performed. Lived up.

Women were slaves of the world for centuries. Women’s got their right to vote less than 100 years ago. Russia (1917), US (1919), Switzerland (1971). We’re still just about to build another roles, norms, ethics for vaginas owners.

And the owner of vaginas is not some narcissistic stupid orange ape who’d claim that he could easily grab women by their pussies. The owner of vagina is a woman. Who wears her vag as a badge of honour.

Pussy is the new dick, ladies. Oh bondage, up yours

October 25, 2016 03:03 PM

In the wake of the recent incident in the Park Blocks involving the Eugene police and people who frequent the area, City Manager Job Ruiz's comment at meeting of downtown stakeholder's comparing the summer's to the Iraqi surge has drawn fire.

The R-G reports:

City Manager Jon Ruiz drew criticism during Monday night’s council meeting for comparing last summer’s increased police presence downtown to the “surge” of U.S. military forces in Iraq nearly a decade ago.

Ruiz made the remark at a recent meeting of a group working to improve downtown, and he offered the context of his use of the analogy to city councilors after two speakers condemned the remark during the meeting’s public comment period.

“In essence, it seems that Mr. Ruiz has declared war on some of the most vulnerable people in the community, those without money or shelter,” Eugene resident Lee DeVeau said.

Ruiz made his remarks at meeting of the Downtown Stakeholders Group, which is tied to the Eugene Chamber of Commerce.

See the full story here. 

October 11, 2016 04:44 PM

Leonard Higgins, cofounder of climate group Corvallis 350.org was "one of five activists who halted tar sands oil flowing across the Canada-U.S .border by manually turning off pipelines in Washington, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota" according to a Facebook post on his page.

Higgins and the other activists were arrested and the action was in solidarity with the Standing Rock protesters and #NoDAPL (No Dakota Access Pipeline), the climate direct action ShutItDown.Today website says. 

A statement on the website says:

We engage in this action in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock, responding to the call for International Days of Prayer and Action. We owe them a debt for their steadfast protection of land and water; the future of life depends on exactly such resolve and courage.

We are in the greatest emergency humanity has ever faced, and no one in power is treating it as such. We must stand up, and campaigns of nonviolent resistance—like what’s happening in Standing Rock, and like what we do today—may be the most powerful force on the planet.

In North Dakota, hundreds of tribal nations have come together to support the Standing Rock Sioux. In Canada, more than 50 tribal nations signed the cross-continental Treaty Alliance against Tar Sands Expansion on September 22. We are deeply inspired by this leadership, and join in solidarity with earth protectors everywhere. 

 

September 30, 2016 10:26 AM

Many of those participating in a Stop Hate! rally in Springfield Sept. 29 were greeted by a loudspeaker, on the roof of the home of well known racist and anti-Semite Jimmy Marr, blasting offensive speech. Marr was arrested for disorderly conduct in the second degree, according to his booking at the Springfield Municipal Jail.

The permited, lawfull rally, put on by the Community Alliance of Lane County, Standing Up for Racial Justice and the NAACP as well as the Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect outside Willamalane Center, was  "in reaction to increasing levels of racist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and classist activity happening in Lane County,” the Community Alliance of Lane County said. “There have been more Confederate flags seen in the area, vandalism targeting Asian owned businesses, a truck driving around with neo-Nazi and white supremacist messages on it and more.”

Marr is the owner and driver of the neo-Nazi message emblazoned Toyota Tacoma. He has made himself notorious over the years, appearing to seek headlines and attention, with messages such as "Diversity is white genocide," Trump: Do the white thing," "Jew lies matter" and more. His Twitter handle is @genocideJimmy. 

EW correspondent Jennefer Harper, a CodePink activist, took photos of the arrest and said police searched Marr's home. Harper said she was walking to the rally when she encountered Marr's house where he was blasting offensive speech such as "hate is good" from a loudspeaker on his roof. Harper has identified the speech as the words of white nationalist Kai Murros, "On Hate."

Marr responded to  EW's blog at 3 am, presumably after his release, writing:

White lie from Code Pink: "... says police are now searching Marr's home."

Police were not "searching" my house. They were, at my request, securing it in my absence from the clear and present danger posed by the mob of miscreants gathered around it.

Run along now and see if you can get Miss Kitty to shake down the SPD like she did the EPD.

EW has asked Springfield what the police were doing at Marr's home — searching or "securing" it.

According to a media release from the Springfield Police Department, "members of the Springfield Police Department were dispatched to a noise disturbance in the 1300 block of G Street."  SPD said that "numerous citizens reported an amplified recording coming from a residence promoting 'hatred.'"

Springfield police said that "In retaliation to the gathering, Marr installed a very large amplified speaker on the rooftop of his area home. Marr then played a pro-hatred message on a loop which repeated itself upon conclusion. The amplified message of hate could be heard for several blocks, attracting approx. 30 people who were upset by the volume of the recording, including many of Marr’s neighbors and members of the assembly."

After "repeated attempts to contact Marr at his residence" without success, the Springfield Fire Department assisted officers with the removal of the speaker from Marr’s roof, SPD said. Marr then left his house and told police  that he was “trying to get his message out to people.” He was subsequently arrested.

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Marr being arrested at his Springfield home. Photos by Jennefer Harper

Marr and other "white genocide" believers have been bragging about his arrest on hate sites. 

September 29, 2016 06:36 PM

Eugene Weekly has gotten word that local racist Jimmy Marr has been arrested for disorderly conduct in Springfield.

EW correspondent Jennefer Harper, a CodePink activist, took photos of the arrest and says police are now searching Marr's home.

Harper says she was walking to the Community Alliance of Lane County, Standing Up for Racial Justice and NAACP Stop Hate! rally outside Willamalane Center when she encountered Marr's house where he was blasting offensive speech such as "hate is good" from a loudspeaker on his roof.

This blog will be updated when more information is available. Springfield spokesman Niel Laudati confirmed the arrest.

September 29, 2016 10:42 AM

Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies is hosting a kratom rally 9 pm, Friday Sept 30 at Kesey Square with informal speakers followed by a march to the federal building on 8th.

Organziers say that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency "has filed a notice of intent to schedule and ban kratom by midnight, Sept. 30. Countless people depend on this safe and effective herbal remedy related to coffee, sacred to Buddhists, who have used it safely for thousands of years. Many of you depend on this healing leaf for your general well-being, pain and suffering, depression, anxiety, PTSD, opioid dependency and more."

Go to ecfes.org for more info.

September 27, 2016 02:43 PM

Ken Darling, a descendent of Eugene Skinner has retained the law firm of Hutchinson Cox to intervene in a court action that seeks to determine if  the deed restriction on the county-owned "Butterfly Lot" prevents the land being used for a Eugene City Hall.

Darling says in the press release, included below that the land swap the city and county now have under discussion would "violate my great-great grandparents’ intentions for their gift of property." The release says another living Skinner relative will join Darling in intervening in the pending lawsuit.

 

Skinner Descendants Will Intervene in Deed Restriction Case

Ken Darling, the great, great-grandson of Eugene and Mary Skinner, has retained counsel in order to assert the continuing validity of the restriction his ancestors wrote into their 1856 deed of land in downtown Eugene to Lane County. To do so, Darling will seek leave to intervene in the court action recently filed by the Lane County and the City of Eugene for a legal determination of the issue.

“Eugene and Mary Skinner dedicated the land to the county for use as a county seat. If the county were now to transfer part of the land to Eugene for a city hall, the Skinner deed restriction would be violated,” said Darling. The deed restriction was at the center of a similar dispute in 1909. At that time, the county court, ordered the city to tear down and remove the city hall and jail building that had been built on the property, and the city complied.

The issue remained dormant until 2007, when the Lane County Circuit Court Administrator wrote a letter to the county and city officials opposing the sale of what is known as the “butterfly parking lot” because of the court’s “long-standing plans to build a new courthouse on this lot.” The letter characterized the deed restriction as “specific, permanent, and exclusive.”

Darling continued, “the land swap the city and county now have under discussion would likewise violate my great-great grandparents’ intentions for their gift of property. I feel an obligation to them and to the memory of my mother, Helen Skinner Darling, to do what I can to make sure the conditions on the Skinner dedication are honored, now, 160 years later.”

At least one other living Skinner family descendant will join Darling in intervening in the pending lawsuit.