When Sincere Fear is the Problem

Apparently, part of the reason police officer Jeronimo Yanez was aquitted today was because he took the stand and talked about how fearful he was when he pulled his gun on Philando Castile and shot him seven times. He described the fear and tension he felt during the few seconds he confronted Castile before killing

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Gringo Adventures

My Mexican friends have long been recommending La Jarochita as the best place to get authentic Mexican food in Portland. La Jarochita (“the girl from Veracruz”) is one of the hundreds of food carts you find around Portland. Thursday night I was having a drink with my friend Isai, who is a sous chef and

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Bill O’Reilly PDX

An interesting article in The Oregonian today. His former colleagues from that time describe him as a man of liberal political views who was driven by greed. I’ve often thought part of what’s happening to this country is that more and more the “conservative” voices which help shape discourse are insincere. Conservatism has become more

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Racoon Dog Drug Testing

Last night, a guy I know explained to me the process of passing a drug test when you smoke pot every day, which I found interesting. First, you get a friend who doesn’t smoke pot to urinate in a cup. Then you pour some of the urine into a condom and tie off the open

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Oregon Epiphytes

I took these pictures Sunday near the Santiam River, a tributary of the Willamette which flows down from the mountains east of Salem. Trees in Oregon are often covered with epiphytic growths like these. The things that look like brown, scaly leaves and the things that look like white coral are lichens. Lichens are composite creatures, made up

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