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Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Posted by Dirk VanderHart on Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Does Republican senatorial candidate Monica Wehby support the federal legislation that prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBTQ employees (which, by the way, was sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley, her opponent)? Yes, but she sort of hesitated to say as much on Lars Larson's conservative talk show yesterday. Because, you know: What if BUSINESSES were harmed because people who are being treated like trash decided to sue? NOTHING should stand in the way of BUSINESSES. Anyway, Wehby's campaign cleared up the matter after the appearance, saying: ""Monica supports ENDA, just like 10 other Republican senators." Which is a weird way to put it, because she's not a Republican senator. But it's good she's on board.

WHAT ABOUT BENGHAZI? Well, the Libyan militiaman officials say helped mastermind the 2012 attacks on an American embassy there is officially stateside. He's on lockdown in a downtown DC courthouse, a healthy stone's throw from the White House.

The whisper-quiet incursion of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown's website earlier this year went through an ingress officials had been warned about, but failed to patch, The O says. Cost to you: $117,000.

Just how much safer do guns make us? It's unclear from this latest news of a domestic-violence-related murder-suicide near SE 141st and Division. Surely some degree safer.

The Obama Administration hates leaks, as we all know. But what about leaks from the porous Bush Administration. Are decade-old transgressions worth a fight that will very likely lead to the imprisonment of a New York Times journalist refusing to give up his source? That's the question.

Shortly after being written up in a Washington Post piece, a Mexican militiaman and ex-drug smuggler was tortured and killed. So were his wife and sons. The Post's small post-humous account of the family is interesting, and far more useful in understanding the nuances of the drug wars than the stark tales of anonymous murders that most often filter across the border.

In March, Albuquerque police shot a homeless camper battling schizophrenia. (Sound familiar?) In that city, the death of James Boyd was enough to spur protests and and calls for police reform. And now Boyd's family has sued.

In the far-right south, open primaries give Democrats a say in which Republican inevitably wins—bad news, in the case of a recent Mississippi primary, for the Tea Party. Open primaries may very well crop up on Oregon's ballot this November. Could the dynamic here be the opposite, with Republicans playing havoc with the Democratic establishment's best-laid plans?

Summer starts tomorrow.

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RIP Bobby Womack. Immediately rising to the top of my "to karaoke" list:

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