Cecil Was More Than Just One Lion, by Jesse Sykes

((((Facebook is aggregating all the people in my pipeline that feel Cecil the lion is getting too much “air time” or they just don’t “understand” all the hoopla- and there seems to be an empathy war going on between all the injustices out there. Also, thee “if you eat meat why do you care?” . . . → Read More: Cecil Was More Than Just One Lion, by Jesse Sykes

Are we falling in love?
A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling.
By Peter Dysart

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Are We Falling In Love? A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling. By Peter Dysart I’m typically not a huge fan of covers, especially if the original song was a classic already. I will make exceptions, though. . . . → Read More: Are we falling in love?
A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling.
By Peter Dysart

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mountains and Mud Pots In My Back Yard, by Chuck Strom

Lassen Peak

Not having planned an extended vacation this year, I’ve taken a few day trips to assuage the restlessness that hits me around July. Fortunately, I have a national park an hour’s drive from my house: Lassen Volcanic. The park consists of the usual wooded trails and streams, but also a 10,463 foot . . . → Read More: Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mountains and Mud Pots In My Back Yard, by Chuck Strom

The Adolescents & Weirdos Pack El Corazon For a Gritty Hot night Of Pure Punk, by Holly Homan

The Weirdos

Wednesday night punk and Seattle’s El Corazon is packed with punks to see the Adolescents and The Weirdos — two veteran American punk rock bands.

The Adolescents may not look like adolescents any more, but these guys are nowhere near ready for the front porch rocker whiling their days away. They churned . . . → Read More: The Adolescents & Weirdos Pack El Corazon For a Gritty Hot night Of Pure Punk, by Holly Homan

Ariana Grande: Tongues New Boyfriend & Donuts!!

Watch out kids! Officer Krupke is on his way to chase you out…

TMZ adds in the description, “Ariana Grande’s new boyfriend got upstaged by her tongue — which got dangerously close to some powdered donuts … pissing off the people who busted their asses making ’em.”

Thousands of Educators From Three Districts March On Downtown Seattle Demanding Full Funding For Public Education, by Holly Homan

Over the last couple of weeks several Washington state school districts have conducted one day rolling strikes to protest the state inadequate funding of public education. Today, May 19, 2015, the biggest district in the state, Seattle, walked off the job and were joined by Mercer Island and Issaquah districts in solidarity.

Washington . . . → Read More: Thousands of Educators From Three Districts March On Downtown Seattle Demanding Full Funding For Public Education, by Holly Homan

Thousands Rally and March In Seattle To Protest the Decision To Turn Seattle’s Waterways Into an Artic Oil Super Highway For Shell, by Holly Homan

Last January, the Port of Seattle irresponsibly gave Shell the go-ahead to use Seattle as home base for its Arctic drilling operations. They ignored Shell’s terrible safety record, the very high risk of a major Arctic oil spill, and devastating impacts to our climate. The Port Commissioners hoped the deal would go unnoticed. The . . . → Read More: Thousands Rally and March In Seattle To Protest the Decision To Turn Seattle’s Waterways Into an Artic Oil Super Highway For Shell, by Holly Homan

Sports Enclaves and Motorhead, by Mark Erickson

Racing fans and motorheads in Greensboro NC love NASCAR best

Jammin’ to Motorhead right now… Aftershock… a 2013 release that demonstrates rock prowess. So…

Read yesterday in the Wall Street Journal about US cities that have the highest viewership ratings for various sports. Greensboro NC has the highest for NASCAR. Not necessarily a surprise . . . → Read More: Sports Enclaves and Motorhead, by Mark Erickson

Trekking Out to the Boondocks For A Night of Ska Headlined by the Skablins, by Holly Homan

Saturday night on a warm spring evening in January I made the long pilgrimage out to the boondocks that is Arlington, WA. There I discovered a lovely little club called Mirkwood where I would see my beloved Skablins play. I haven’t seen them in over a year, but also on the bill were It . . . → Read More: Trekking Out to the Boondocks For A Night of Ska Headlined by the Skablins, by Holly Homan

Sunrise Hostel Portland – Spoof, T-Shirt Scam or Proposed Artist Colony? You Decide

This is precious. The email below rolled in to East Portland Blog this morning purporting to be real, but it must be a spoof or a Portlandia skit. The group’s video is above. This is too Portland even for Portland. To outward appearances, this is a crowd source funding campaign for a proposed . . . → Read More: Sunrise Hostel Portland – Spoof, T-Shirt Scam or Proposed Artist Colony? You Decide

Flashpoint: Ferguson, by Mark Erickson

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old African American citizen of Ferguson Missouri, was shot multiple times in cold blood during daylight hours by a white police officer. The teen’s body laid in the street for FOUR hours because police labeled the shooting a crime scene instead of sending the . . . → Read More: Flashpoint: Ferguson, by Mark Erickson

Jack Bruce RIP, by Pat Thomas

There are unconfirmed reports that bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce is dead. Frankly, that matters little, as I’ve enjoyed his presence for decades and it won’t diminish now. I carry a copy of his solo LPs “Songs For a Tailor” and “Harmony Row” with me at all times. As a teenager, those Cream records became rooted . . . → Read More: Jack Bruce RIP, by Pat Thomas

Chief Wahoo Must Go! By Steve Stav

With the World Series underway, I should add one more push to the notion of eliminating the Cleveland Indians’ “Chief Wahoo” logo.

Polls in Ohio have shown a majority of fans have no objection to this caricature – and many of those who do admit its obvious racism still stamp their approval with the . . . → Read More: Chief Wahoo Must Go! By Steve Stav

Time Again For October Baseball, by Chuck Strom

National Anthem

When I grew up, the prospect of seeing the San Francisco Giants play in October seemed outside the scope of reality. In 1971, at the tail end of the Mays-McCovey era, they lost the National League Championship Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates in four games. I was eight years old at the . . . → Read More: Time Again For October Baseball, by Chuck Strom

Random thoughts at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from a husband of someone with Stage IV breast cancer, by Steve Stav

Random thoughts at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from a husband of someone with Stage IV breast cancer: 1. There are no losers in the “battle;” some just run out of time. 2. There are an awful lot of people with breast cancer out there, women (and men), who have go through . . . → Read More: Random thoughts at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from a husband of someone with Stage IV breast cancer, by Steve Stav

From Church Pew to Daley Plaza, the Tragic Descent of Chicago’s Troubled “Sign Guy” by Mark Erickson

This is a sad story about life and mental illness in the great city of Chicago.

Approximately 15 years ago, Pastor Arthur A. R. Nelson invited an Iranian immigrant, Farhad Khoiee-Abbasi, to worship at North Park Covenant Church, located in Chicago, Illinois. Farhad, an engineer by training, became a Christian and an active church . . . → Read More: From Church Pew to Daley Plaza, the Tragic Descent of Chicago’s Troubled “Sign Guy” by Mark Erickson

Jimmy Garner, RIP

Portland humanitarian and actress Gretchen Corbett played Jim Rockford’s sexy lawyer, Beth Davenport.

Sad news from the world of entertainment today.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/james-garner-tv-star-dies-aged-86-1405856731

I’ve had a variety of scattered thoughts since I heard the news an hour ago:

I just can’t believe that a man that good-looking would ever die.

He was the John . . . → Read More: Jimmy Garner, RIP

Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

Sad news for those of us who loved/still love “Jazz with a Future”….and the precious few musicians with the courage to reach for it, much less actually ARRIVE there, as Charlie Haden did on so many occasions.

P.S. This Fred Kaplan is NOT the academic and Nineties Gore Vidal biographer with whom Gore had . . . → Read More: Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, by Holly Homan

Thursday evening June 26 approximately three hundred teachers and public school support personnel gathered in Seattle’s Westlake Center to hold a rally against the new Common Core Standards (CCS) before marching one mile to the Gates Building and holding a rally and protest there for over an hour.

Common Core Standards was created by . . . → Read More: Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, by Holly Homan

Conscious Culture Festival 2014 to be Held June 20-22 at The Barter Faire Site, Tonasket, WA

Located in the mountains of North Central, WA, just about 30 miles from the Canadian border, the Conscious Culture Festival proudly reaches its 5th year on June 20-22, 2014. CCF is the largest Roots, Rock, and Reggae festival of its kind in the Northwest. The festival has steadily gained a loyal following since . . . → Read More: Conscious Culture Festival 2014 to be Held June 20-22 at The Barter Faire Site, Tonasket, WA