More on the Pig Manure Pollution Controversy, by Mark Erickson

The Chicago Tribune has printed a four-part series on a subject I wrote about last year:

http://www.eastportlandblog.com/2015/09/22/the-pope-pig-manure-and-minnesota-water-quality-by-mark-erickson/

Here’s one Tribune article regarding pig polluters:

http://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/launch.aspx?pbid=3e7227b1-e3b7-4fac-aa07-5f943e58b4c5

As I read the article that landed on my doorstep today I recall the book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which exposed the production and sale of . . . → Read More: More on the Pig Manure Pollution Controversy, by Mark Erickson

A New Theme Song for Fox News: Fountains of Wayne’s “Traffic and Weather,” by Chuck Strom

In light of the recent stories about Roger Ailes and what appears to be the locker-room culture at Fox News, this would be an appropriate musical theme for their broadcasts: Fountains of Wayne’s, “Traffic and Weather”.

“We belong together, like traffic and weather . . . “

Garrison Keillor To Depart A Prairie Home Companion, by Chuck Strom

Just heard about Garrison Keillor’s recent retirement from A Prairie Home Companion. He actually did so as well back in 1987, but over the next several years he gave in, bit by bit, to his audience’s demands until the show returned in its full reincarnation in 1994. Now that he is 72 years old, . . . → Read More: Garrison Keillor To Depart A Prairie Home Companion, by Chuck Strom

The Best Six Minutes of the Warriors’ Season, by Chuck Strom

Regardless of who takes home the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship trophy, the Golden State Warriors’ 2015/16 season will be remembered mostly for their 73-9 regular season record, much as the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls are remembered for their 72-10 mark. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, but the Warriors did more to validate themselves as champions . . . → Read More: The Best Six Minutes of the Warriors’ Season, by Chuck Strom

McCain Aide and Lifelong Republican, Mark Salter Insults Trump and Endorses Clinton

This one’s one of the best podcasts I’ve heard in a while in terms of knowledgeability and candor. Mark Salter was on McCain’s staff for a long time, including during the 2008 campaign. One of the points he makes draws from that experience, when they knew for the last couple of months that they . . . → Read More: McCain Aide and Lifelong Republican, Mark Salter Insults Trump and Endorses Clinton

Limerick for Leicester, By Claude Iosso

Has the news of the greatest underdog story in all sports reached you? Leicester City have been perennial doormats in the English Premier League, when they haven’t been relegated to the second or even third tiers. This season most predicted them to finish near last and be relegated again. They were 5,000-to-1 odds to . . . → Read More: Limerick for Leicester, By Claude Iosso

Levi’s Stadium: Chip Kelly’s New Home, by Chuck Strom

The first thing you notice about Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and their new coach, Chip Kelly, is how far it is from the city itself—about an hour’s drive south to Santa Clara in a neighborhood dominated by corporate office buildings. With its exposed white framework, the stadium has a . . . → Read More: Levi’s Stadium: Chip Kelly’s New Home, by Chuck Strom

April Baseball in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

I once heard a fan at AT&T Park say that he liked pitching duels when watching baseball on television, but when he was at the park, he wanted to see runs scored. I understood his perspective; hits and baserunners are a lot more interesting from the upper deck than a continual succession of pitches . . . → Read More: April Baseball in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

Night Two of the 2016 Ska Fest Brings More Great Bands, by Holly Homan

Night Two of the 2016 Seattle Ska Fest. The first band I saw was already on stage. The Mean Threes, a trio from Vancouver, BC, reminded me of a lot of sixties folk rock with provocative poetry and a reggae beat. Not a lot of on stage energy in this band, just laid back . . . → Read More: Night Two of the 2016 Ska Fest Brings More Great Bands, by Holly Homan

English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Attention all you fans of punk pop, have you heard of the Subways? They’re an English punk pop trio and they’re coming to the Northwest this next week.

Think New Found Glory meets the Runaways. They have a brand video out called Dirty Muddy Paws. Check it out here.

They’re playing Seattle . . . → Read More: English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Rimkus Reflects on Prince

(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Believe it or not, I’ve been to two Prince concerts. Not out of a “hometown boy made good” support kind of thing but mostly because Mrs. Rimkus was always smitten by him. And liked his music I suppose. They were electrifying shows. Those who never had the pleasure…

Back in . . . → Read More: Rimkus Reflects on Prince

R.I.P. Garry Emmanuel Shandling, by Chuck Strom

Just saw that Garry Shandling passed away suddenly. I liked him. He made meta funny and accessible at once.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/24/471773637/actor-and-comedian-garry-shandling-dies-at-66

His appearance on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee wasn’t that long ago:

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/garry-shandling-its-great-that-garry-shandling-is-still-alive

Note the title of the segment.

Replayed the episode. A lot of discussion of death, almost eerily so. At one . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Garry Emmanuel Shandling, by Chuck Strom

Cleveland Rocks! by Vino Knight-Trané

Quicken Loans Arena, home to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, will host the 2016 Republican Convention

Norm Ornstein’s one of my favorite political writers, even though the think tank he belongs to, the American Enterprise Institute, leans right. His most recent piece in the Atlantic addresses the images of 1968 that are . . . → Read More: Cleveland Rocks! by Vino Knight-Trané

The Axe Files Interviews Mark Leibovich, by Vino Knight-Trané

I’ve enjoyed David Axelrod’s podcasts of late. His most recent interview with Mark Leibovich of the New York Times is pretty insightful.

Axe seems to be pretty good at getting his subjects to relax and open up, and he asks good questions.

One of the more interesting exchanges was about Hillary Clinton’s limitations as . . . → Read More: The Axe Files Interviews Mark Leibovich, by Vino Knight-Trané

Tom Sawyer Feat. Brenda Lau – CHIMBOMBO

No music fan with a pulse can resist a tune called, “Chimbombo,” and you can’t either…

Donald J. Drumpf: What’s in a Name? by Vino Knight-Trané

Don’t know if this makes any sense if you haven’t seen John Oliver’s (above) epic takedown of Trump (my wife was nonplussed), but the image below is my first effort at agitprop. This is the perfect time to point out that Trump was accused, today, of leading his followers in a pledge which . . . → Read More: Donald J. Drumpf: What’s in a Name? by Vino Knight-Trané

Not Just a Cycle: Natural Disasters and Bible Prophecy

Not Just a Cycle

Scott Christiansen, Author of the book Planet in Distress, explains how natural disasters fit into the Great Controversy and Bible prophecy.

Online Books: The Great Controversy

Here’s the video above on a page with larger viewing screen.

Election 2016: The Path to Statesmanship, by Vino Knight-Trané

Recent coverage of the U.S. Presidential campaign has been interesting in its perspective. After a 5% loss in Nevada, all of the prognosticators suggest that Sanders is done–one article suggesting that he’ll be at a disadvantage because his twenty-something army will be on spring break during upcoming primaries. This seems very premature.

On the . . . → Read More: Election 2016: The Path to Statesmanship, by Vino Knight-Trané

Yosemite Natural Firefall 2016

Yosemite is the real magic kingdom…

Let’s Get Serious and Start Helping Syrian Refugees, by Mark Erickson

On Christmas Eve, before eating the roast beast, my family reads the Nativity story found in Luke. Verses 1-2: “At that time Emporer Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When the first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria.” Matthew 2 explains King Herod felt threatened that . . . → Read More: Let’s Get Serious and Start Helping Syrian Refugees, by Mark Erickson