The Watering Hole: April 16 — Finding Oregon

From the video caption:

Finding Oregon is the compilation of six months of timelapse photography across the state of Oregon, punctuated by a 1600 mile road trip in September. We’ve filmed the Columbia River Gorge, Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson, the Southwestern Coast, the Alvord Desert, Leslie Gulch, Blue Mountains, Crater Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Deschutes River, and more. We’re proud to have touched all four corners of the state; however Oregon is the kind of place that the more you see, the more places there are to still discover.

Any questions about why I love Oregon so much?  I love everything about Oregon — except camping in the snow.  That’s just nutso.  😉

This is our daily open thread — What places do you love?

114 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: April 16 — Finding Oregon

  1. We are soooo looking forward to moving to Oregon. If only someone would make an offer on our house. There is contingency plan in place which will have us leaving Pennsylvania by the end of August.

  2. The Oregon desert is amazing. I remember heading east across the state and coming to a cross road where there was one building. It was the only building and the sign on this building read “Best Food in Town”.

  3. Well, I just had an interview for a job postponed. I was supposed to be there at 8:30 so I was all psyched up to go.

  4. Congress Quietly Repeals Congressional Insider Trading Ban

    While Congress might be stuck in a deadlock on just about every issue imaginable, there’s one piece of legislation that both Democrats and Republicans hate unanimously: the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, a law passed last year designed to prevent insider trading among lawmakers and government officials by requiring them to post disclosures of their financial transactions online.

    I guess passing this in an election year made the incumbents look good, when they all had no intention of keeping it long enough to matter.
    I’d like to ask Elizabeth Warren if she was included in the unanimous consent vote in the Senate.

  5. The Reichwhiners have it all figured out (spit!). I am going to get really, really, sick of the “Bush kept us safe” crap.

    chrome://sage/content/feedsummary.html?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fthinkprogress.org%2Ffeed%2F

  6. CBS Boston live press conference just said there were only two devices, both exploded, and no other actual devices were found. Deval Patrick spoke first, then Boston’s mayor, followed by Elizabeth Warren.

  7. True to form; Bill0 is outraged that President Obama called the bombing a “tragedy” and he hosted Peter King to “speculate” that the bombing had all the earmarks of an Al Qaeda operation and “the same MO as 9/11”. WTF? Where were the planes? Where were the box cutters? Where were the dead hijackers?

  8. The most frightening terrorists for me, were the DC shooters, the two people that were shooting people from the trunk of their car. I felt relieved when they were captured.

    Obama spoke to the public within 3 hours of this act of terrorism. Bush went into hiding on 09/11/01. When the public needed assurances, Bush was no where to be found. Neither was Cheney. Mayor Guilliani was the only face of authority visible on television on September 11, 2001.

    The sequester that the GOPers love has made cuts to Homeland Security. Republicans don’t do anything to protect the public.

    A good guy with a gun would NOT have prevented this tragedy.

    • Yeah that scared me too, especially as I escorted my 4 year old into school within range of a major highway.

  9. Drinking 250ml (8oz) cut high blood pressure readings by 10mm of mercury (mmHg) in a study of 15 patients, bringing some into the normal range, the journal Hypertension reports.

    Most marked after three to six hours, the effect was detectable a day later.

    Scientists say the nitrate in beetroot widens blood vessels to aid flow. And many people with angina use a nitrate drug to ease their symptoms.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22152901

    after reading “Congress Quietly Repeals Congressional Insider Trading Ban” i need a quart…..those snakes are above reproach

  10. If, as I suspect, this was a RW Nutjob Tax Day protest bombing, upon conviction, the perps should be dumped in the center of Mogadishu with their misspelled signs and a pocket knife.

  11. “At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing.”

    Carlos Arredondo is the man in this stirring Youtube, in which he recalls the carnage while shaking uncontrollably. He also appears to be the same guy holding up the American flag in the middle of the bomb site. His remarkable backstory is here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Arredondo

    Oswald Patton is right, the good shall prevail — but at what cost?

    • That’s a great article. I read it yesterday. Just shows how successful the rich have been in framing the argument and spreading the propaganda.

  12. Marion “Pat” Robertson has proclaimed that the bombing in Boston was perpetrated by foreign Muslims. According to my calculations that puts the probability that the perpetrator is a white Christian at around 99%.

    Seriously though; does not the symbolism of the target seem to have more appeal to domestic terrorists than foreign ones? Does the world at large dwell on Boston’s “patriot day”? Does anyone who isn’t interested in running even know that Boston hosts a marathon? Aren’t the teabaggers the ones who seethe at the thought of paying taxes?

    • Yeah right, Pat. Somebody clean the drool off that old man’s chin.

      I just heard on the news that the bombs were made with pressure cookers, ball bearing, BBs, and gunpowder. If that’s not homegrown, I don’t know what is.

    • None of the evidence I have seen so far clearly points one way or the other. I’m at about 70/30 with some militia group or nutter on the 70 side. The foreign terrorist groups have been pretty quiet for some time and the idea of raising anti-Islam levels in the US again just doesn’t make sense unless they just want to piss the US off some more. Possible but not feeling it.

      The existing evidence has too many pointers to a US militia group to ignore.

      • I’ll be surprised if it’s NOT either a local ‘militia’ group or lone wolf nutcase. Had it been a M.E. Islamic terrorist outfit, I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t have already proudly announced themselves. Can’t get away from recalling OK City and the anti-Muslim rhetoric that went with it . . . until they caught McVeigh. Plus there’s the day/date: Patriot’s Day (actually the 19th, but in Boston this year on Monday the 15th). Wingnuts like to see themselves as revolutionaries, and what better day than the anniversary of the opening shots in the Revolution?

        I do hope, regardless, that the bugger(s) is/are caught, no matter their association.

  13. Not clear on the concept:

    NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman said Monday that, in the wake of his trip to North Korea in February, the FBI wants to use him as an informant.

    “I have been contacted by the FBI and I met with them. They wanted to know what went on and who’s really in charge in North Korea,” Rodman told the Miami Herald. “I have been invited back to North Korea in August and I want to go.”

    • Why would Kim let him back in now if he’s admitting he’s going to be an informant for the FBI? And why the FBI and not the CIA? Or the State Dept? Is our government planning to use Rodman as a kind of “back door diplomat”? A way to negotiate without “officially” negotiating?

      I agree. Why let him back in the US?

    • The FBI should give Dennis an official looking badge, a black suit and instructions to arrest and detain the premier the next time he’s in NK.

  14. “At least one Web user was ready for this. He registered a website — bostonmarathonconspiracy.com — on Monday. Clicking the link reveals a white page with black text reading: ‘I bought this domain to keep some conspiracy theory kook from owning it. Please keep the victims of this event and their families in your thoughts. Thank you.’

  15. It flies! It flies!! it flies a Hell of a lot better than I do!!!

    I finally got the maiden flight on my new plane. And? I brought it home in the same number of pieces I left with. Now I just need a little “nerve medicine” to complete the happy glow.

      • Thanks, Ebb. I was going completely nuts waking up every morning and looking at it hanging on the wall; then looking out at the snow, rain, and trees whipping around in the wind. Now that it’s out of my system I can relax and wait for real spring weather. BTW. The gaudy purple looks awesome up in the air.

      • I was always bad at orientation so I would put large number on a wing or a large stripe of checkerboard.

        I was also good at finding the tallest tree in the neighborhood.

        • Yeah. I generally go for a great deal of contrast between one wing and the other. It’s hard to be sure with the maiden flight jitters but I don’t think the lettering on top of the right wing will be enough. I’ll probably end up with a wide white or fluorescent yellow stripe on the left wing.

          BTW. She hovers at around 1/3 power and should be good for 9 minutes with the batteries I’m using. If you ever decide to reenter the hobby I would highly recommend electrics.

  16. These Soldiers Did the Boston Marathon Wearing 40-Pound Packs. Then They Saved Lives.

    At 5:20 a.m. on Monday, four hours before the Boston Marathon’s elite runners took off, a group of 15 active-duty soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard gathered at the starting line in Hopkinson. Each soldier was in full combat uniform and carried a “ruck,” a military backpack weighing about 40 pounds. The rucks were filled with Camelbacks of water, extra uniforms, Gatorade, changes of socks—and first-aid and trauma kits. It was all just supposed to be symbolic.

  17. A good time to run a rendition of the national anthem – this one by a blind disabled girl who brought me to tears:

    • I lived in Boston for a few years and I would watch the runners as they passed by on Patriot’s Day. Boston is a great town and just the few years that I spent there made me consider myself a Bostonian.

      • My Dad grew up in Franklin, just outside of Boston, and we visited every year. It’s actually quite similar to the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area where I live now. It’s like a collection of small towns. Of course, there was always a big decision over whether we were going to eat seafood or Italian food and they talked funny.

        Funny story. My Dad’s name was Donald and he went by Don. However, due to his accent, he pronounced it “Dawn”. Mom claimed that she didn’t know it was “Don” until he mentioned that his given name was Donald some months into their courtship!

        • Hey Pete. I am from near Boston. We talk funny? My ancestors came from East Anglia hence the way we tawk. It you midwesterners who talk funny! I do miss talking to peeps from the Northeast!

          • Touche’! Most of my relatives still call me “Pete-ah” and they live in and around “Bahstan”. Seriously though; everybody talks funny to almost everybody else. It bothers me very little and I try to adapt to my audience.

  18. Oh HuffPo, you’re so headline-challenged:

    “Senator Sent Letter Tainted With Poison”

    No, the Senator didn’t send a poison letter.

  19. There is hope!

    I just spoke with a flying buddy who happens to be pretty right-wing. He isn’t cruel but, by virtue of growing up in a rural community, he has some racist tendencies. Well? We got onto the subject of the Boston bombings and he said something pretty profound. He said:

    “If someone from a foreign country was going to risk their life to sneak in and blow something up they would have managed to kill more people.”

      • We can’t jump to any conclusion but, as my friend and I both said, this just doesn’t smell like a foreign terrorist act. Boston marathon, “Patriot Day”, tax day. I am forced to lean towards a home-grown terrorist or terrorists.

        I just hope that, having a much smarter man in the White House, we won’t invade Australia.

    • I really, really, hate saying this but I find myself wishing that all the Reich-wing fears would descend upon the Reichwhiners. I think that, ultimately, it would be of benefit to our often unhappy world.

    • I have eaten a fair number of rabbits but that came to an end when I watched a litter of bunnies playing in the yard. I find it impossible to kill any creature that engages in play.

      • Then stay away from bacon. Little pigs romp more than puppies. Mine are currently romping in the 800 acres behind us, with mom. Husband opened the gate to their pasture and forgot. I hope they come home, my savings account is roaming free.

        • La!La!La!La!La! I can’t hear you. I like pork far more than I ever liked rabbit.

          Truth be told; I have seen piglets and calves play but they are tasty enough that I don’t let it bother me because I don’t have to dispatch them myself and rabbit just isn’t as tasty, IMO.

          • My son once had one of those giant plastic balls. A storm blew it into the cattle pasture. Two calves played with it for hours.

            • I think most, if not all, mammals “play”. Heck! I’ve even payed with my pet fish. I had a Lionfish that would squirt water at the gap in the aquarium cover until i fed him something and my blue damsels will play “hide and seek” as long as I’m willing to pay with them. We are nowhere near as far removed from the “lower creatures” as we would like to believe. Of course, that won’t prevent me from eating the tastier ones! What can I say? I am a human who has accepted my role at the top of the food chain.

            • I expect the older american cultures had it right. Harvest and eat with reverence and appreciation.

            • I mean no disrespect to rabbit meat. It just isn’t as consistent as meat from a feedlot. I concocted a recipe of rabbit legs rubbed with chili powder and smothered with BBQ sauce that was simply awesome.

            • Admittedly I don’t eat much meat these days.
              The ‘love of my life’ (Mark) was a bbq maven – rain or shine he’d be out on the patio firing up the grill. I miss those evenings (and of course him).

  20. I haven’t been home all day, so I’ve been away from the news all day. I just turned on Rachel, and I can’t even watch it for five minutes. 😐

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