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The Left As Obsolete

Since they all get advertised and sold that way, I arrived in Vietnam thinking mine was a war to end all wars. But it turned out our “Cold War” killing…

If You Build It

I think it was back when that travelling Alaskan flea circus chipmunk Guvnor Sarah Palin was all the rage that the Neo-Democrats, hoping to prove these Neo-Re-pugs of the Kool-Aid…

Shy Of Izee

Ever since I read that in recent years three radio-collared wolves of Northeastern Oregon’s Imnaha pack have come up the South Fork of the John Day on their ways to…

Mr. Scratch Does Late-Nite

Entering from stage left, Mr. Scratch waves to the audience, shakes hands with the host and takes his seat under the soft studio lites. Since Old Beelzebub needs no introductions,…

Operation Wetback

Since, and rightfully so, these days we’re hearing talk of a “Political Revolution,” I think it’s important to remember that revolution begins with liberation from falsehood. Counter-revolution begins with the…

The Incredible Shrinking American

The great beauty of old Anderson Valley was how farming, ranching, logging, hunting and fishing were a part of everybody’s upbringings. The original settlers not only grew extended families, they…

Don’t Blame Bubba

On my 16th Birthday, I officially quit high school, got a car and a fulltime union job busting tires at the Firestone store on, thanks to the Beach Boys, Pasadena’s…

The Thinker

The Thinker

When, after enjoying our Dalles Motor Hotel’s jazzed-up “Continental Breakfast” featuring perfectly-cooked hard boiled eggs, packets of Quaker microwave oatmeal, bear claws, yogurt, fruit, milk, OJ, toast, crumpets and coffee…

What In Sam Hill?

After maybe twenty miles of driving east up the Antelope Road, I get to feeling like Trish and I have been beamed down into the Sand Hills of Nebraska. Here…

Dalles City

In 1857 the provisional government of the Territory of Oregon named the little town at the infamous dead-end of the Oregon Trail out at the wrong end of the Columbia…

Handicapping The Fix

We need politicians willing to put politicians in prison. Take Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s Senior Southern Senator and the Senate’s Majority Leader. He was on TV the other day proclaiming that…

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