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Thuggery Created the D.C. Crisis

August 5th, 2011 No Comments

We knew the Tea Partiers were extremists and ideologues, but we learned something new when drool stains pooled beneath some of them as calamity loomed.

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Campaign Efficiency Curbs Presidential Power

July 14th, 2011 No Comments

Presidential candidates focus now on “swing states.” That term barely existed 25 years ago. Campaigns have consequences. The president has fewer friends and favors he can call on in those uncontested red states.

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When Government Feels Too Big

July 8th, 2011 1 Comment

Stoicism has its place, but there comes a time when you have to wonder whether you’re being civilized or being domesticated. Down to Earth is just a block away and I’m pretty sure they sell pitchforks.

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Out-of-State PERS Retirees: Please Send Money

June 30th, 2011 No Comments

They might forget what their money could be used for back in Oregon. So we should remind them. Every month.

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When Hospitality Was Not an Industry

June 16th, 2011 No Comments

We practice hospitality in the West most easily with those most similar to us. But the ease and the similarity mean it’s not true hospitality, and it barely resembles its continuing form where it first took root.

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Egypt Will Rely on its People Power

May 27th, 2011 1 Comment

Mubarak’s name has disappeared from every commemorative site, by whatever means necessary. A spray painted “X” or strategically placed “January 25” stickers sometimes do the trick. Ridding themselves of Mubarak has been a careful operation, surgical in its precision.

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Digging for Small Stories in a Shrinking World

May 20th, 2011 No Comments

Archaeologists and journalists do some of their best work when they tell the stories of everyday people. History is written by the winners, with the dissonance and texture of those who didn’t win being carefully expunged.

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What’s All the FFFFUFFF About?

April 29th, 2011 1 Comment

It must be great to be an auspice. You’re never alone and everything is always under you.

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Class (Not) Dismissed

April 15th, 2011 1 Comment

Eugene’s greatest diversity comes from a mixture of many of those other variables — an amalgam we never talk about, lest we expose our nation’s most violent roots. Eugene’s greatest diversity is related to class.

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