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The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart
March 1, 2015
Vol. 8 No. 23
THESE TWO ARE NOT OREGON’S DETHRONED DESPOTS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, here is a headline I did not need to wake up and read. How Dirty Media Brought Down Oregon’s Clean-Energy Governor And His Activist Fiancée
This whole article smacks of the tabloids and Fleet Street. My wife, GRHIS, occasionally reminded me that there are generally not one or even two sides to every story but at least three; his, hers and the truth.
This Grist magazine article talks about the Beaver State’s four-term governor ~ an emergency room physician, a Democrat and an environmentalist ~ and his live-in lobbyist girlfriend. It weaves a tale worthy of Victor Hugo of how the powerful polluters ran him out of office and saved the state from those who would save it from itself.
I love horses. I’ve ridden them. I’ve marched behind them. And I’ve cleaned up after them. Never in such a parochially checkered career have I ever seen what comes out of their south end laid on this thick.
Dr. John Kitzhaber is a good man and he earned his reputation in a state full of them. He is also a people person and a natural politician. He looks like a Westerner so he appeals to the loggers, farmers and ranchers in his state. He wants what is best for his constituency and he works the system to get it for them.
His girlfriend made some incredibly poor choices earlier in life but she did not seduce Oregon’s governor for evil purposes. He’s a likable, accessible and attractive man and they do share an impressive interest level, part of which the “media” terms green.
They are also vulnerable idealists who are as susceptible to misreading the popular mandate as any of us who sometimes become so focused on the forest that we cannot see the trees.
In this case, what both of them forgot was that while Oregon may be politically liberal and geo-politically green, it is essentially conservative in its morality. Despite the pre-eminence of the greater Portland SMSA, Oregon remains rural in character and very much sons and daughters of the Conestoga in their approach to life and its issues.
By Beaver State standards, John and Cylvia were too flamboyant for Salem. They brought attention to their personal lives in ways that made some people think they were arrogant. With both of them actively employed in power brokering professions which demand the utmost circumspection, that is simply not good form.
So Oregon political leaders across party lines essentially went, “Okay, everybody knows there are still smoke-filled rooms and they’ve accepted that. But do they need to be reminded? No.”
John didn’t get hounded out of office. He resigned for the good of the constituency. He and Cylvia will still remain the good people they are and they will continue to contribute to the state they both really love and care about.
Oregon’s got a new lady governor whom I feel confident will be elected to at least one term in office. She may not be as exciting as her predecessor but it will probably be some quieter on the banks of the Willamette now.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
Please pray to whatever Deity in whom you believe that this is not true. George Clooney on Sudan’s Rape of Darfur
This looks like it might actually be working. California Convicts Are Out of Prison After Third Strike, and Staying Out
I am rather surprised that Seattle did not make this list. Tel Aviv, Austin, San Francisco Are World’s Most Tech-Friendly Cities
TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE
But does it talk about the birds and the bees? Ontario’s new sex ed covers homosexuality, masturbation — and consent
If this is true, eventually these misguided youngsters could face death at the hands of their Canadian countrymen. Six Montreal students suspected of traveling to Middle East to join IS
It is nice to know that some good apparently came out of this. Retailers reap rewards after Target’s failed Canadian expansion
This needs to happen a lot more often. An Embedded Photographer Empowers The Poor
This lady rocks. Meet Amanda Cohen, the raddest vegetarian chef in the U.S.
This needs to stop, in a hurry. Ocean debris found to have impacted a staggering 700 marine species
This is not good timing, except for ISIS. Concerns Mount as Homeland Security Shutdown Looks Likely
Why can’t all men be as noble as they causes they serve? IPCC Chief Pachauri Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Charges
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This certainly ought to come as some relief to the species involved. New Technology Counts Migrating Whales By Seeing The Warmth Of Their Breath
When the planet starts eating people, we apparently should be able to see it coming. When the Earth swallows people
Here is a very interesting question. Women Over 65 Own Nearly a Third of Iowa’s Farmland—Can They Prevent the Next Dust Bowl?
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THE GREEN AGENDA
We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.
BEST OF THE NET
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new monthly nature wallpaper is available here. Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and/or professional.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Avian Enthusiasts Alert. Cornell University’s School of Ornithology ~ publishers of a pretty incredible monthly newsletter dealing with all things bird sent us another one they email and publish online. It is called “Nest:Watch: Where Birds Come to Life. If your inoculations for Cute aren’t up to date, you should probably take care of that before you access their website. Yep, I totally loved it.
St. Francis of Assisi would have loved this child. The girl who gets gifts from birds
This, to me, is another reason for not going swimming where these dudes live. Sharks are masters of memory
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