Each week I've been attempting to put together snippets of stuff that hit my radar. Most of the things are little tidbits of stories that don't land in other pieces I'm working on. Or they might be flotsam and jetsam that's simply entered into my consciousness. Either way, this week I seem to have collected quite the cacophony of crazy crap.
So strap in....
Our old friend (lying scumbag) Tim Trickey is back. As if he ever left. Trickey is apparently done with the signature forgery gig for the moment and has moved on to the dubiously named "Lights On Oregon" group, aka Freedomworks. Trickey and his merry band of global warming naysayers are holding an "Educational Town Hall" at the Molalla Grange on October 28. Trickey sent an invitation (warning: PDF) to at least a few Democratic candidates, inviting them to show up. As I understand it, the invitations were sent via certified mail. Kind of like a summons--only the event is in Molalla where they're hoping its so far away that nobody will show up..?
A new website has emerged which highlights the achievements (read: shenanigans) of another old friend: Tony Marino. At the risk of beating a dead horse (or dog, as it were--see the website), Marino's various foibles and other goofiness are on display, complete with canine theme. In other Marino news, I came across another of Marino's interesting web pages. This one asks for "love offerings". Apparently its not enough to lay down the scratch cuz Tony needs the cash, you do it cuz you "love" him and his "godly" works. Slimy.
In December of 2007, righty political consultant Greg Clapper lost his appeal on a marijuana rap. On September 23 (last week), Clapper was on Lars Larson's radio show to discuss Measure 61 and Measure 57, competing mandatory minimum measures. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get the audio to work for Lars interview with Clapper...but I'm wondering if he was on to talk up 61--the one which zaps first-time offenders. Would 61 have caused Clapper to get the hammer on the pot bust? Inquiring minds.....
The Mercury and Willamette Week banded together yesterday to fight a court challenge. A guy who has been commenting under the name "Roland" has been rocking a few boats, apparently. The subject of Roland's ire got pissed off and dragged the whole thing in front of the judge, who roundly smacked the litigious subject's case down. It would seem blog commenting is protected under Oregon's Media Shield Law (Amy Ruiz says its true..and I read it on their blog so it MUST BE)
So um...where the hell is Loren Parks, anyway?
YouTube, is one answer:
The first one is creepy weird--about "women's sex problems"...don't watch it at work unless you have headphones. The other two are harmless--but bizarre:
And finally, this guy likes Merkley and meatloaf (yeah..not the singer). As it happens, I like both of those things too. It just never occurred to me to write about them in the same article.