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September 9, 2013 04:22 PM

Hiss Golden Messenger at Aladdin Theater (9pm, Sept. 4)
Photos by Trask Bedortha

Hiss Golden Messenger live at MFNW Hiss Golden Messenger live at MFNW

Justin Townes Earle at Aladdin Theater (10pm, Sept. 4)
Photos by Trask Bedortha and Todd Cooper

Justin Townes Earle live at MFNW

Justin Townes Earle live at MFNW

Justin Townes Earle live at MFNW

 Justin Townes Earle live at MFNW

Justin Townes Earle live at MFNW

 Justin Townes Earle live at MFNW

 

Bonnie Prince Billy at Aladdin Theater (10pm, Sept. 5th)
Photos by Trask Bedortha and Todd Cooper

 Bonnie Prince Billy live at MFNW

 Bonnie Prince Billy live at MFNW

Bonnie Prince Billy live at MFNW

Bob Mould at Doug Fir Lounge (11:30pm, Sept. 5)
Photos by Trask Bedortha

Bob Mould live at MFNW

Fred Armisen came out for the encore

Bob Mould & Fred Armisen live at MFNW Bob Mould & Fred Armisen live at MFNW

Diplo at Wonder Ballroom (Midnight, Sept. 6)
Photos by Todd Cooper

September 6, 2013 06:13 PM

Update: Comments are now working!

If you spend much time on either EW or the R-G's website, sooner or later you will run into some comments by MikeWrites. The R-G reported today that MikeWrites, aka Michael Patrick McFadden was one of the people arrested for protesting the closure of the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. (Ironically for some reason I can't get the comments to work on this blog post).

McFadden has clarified his position and that he is not affiliated with SLEEPS in his comments on articles in the R-G.  The image he is currently using for his MikeWrites discussion account is of Sen. Wayne Morse. For more on Morse, known for having said, "as long as I serve on this job I am going to serve my own master under obligation to no one" go here.

McFaddden explains why he was arrested and not cited and released as the three SLEEPS protester were

 

I exercised my fifth amendment right to not answer questions.

They sent me to jail to punish me for noncompliance.

At the jail I was threatened to be stripped naked and thrown in isolation if I remained silent to intake questioning.

So I assured them that I was not suicidal and was on no drugs and that I had no medical conditions.

mikewrites • a day ago

Well here it is folks. I am Michael Patrick McFadden, age 26.

I stood up for Wayne Morse yesterday and got arrested. I stood up for the Bill of Rights for every citizen and was treated like an animal. I was taken to jail because I exercised my fifth amendment right and that angered the police. I don't have to answer their questions.

I expected this to happen to me. But let me say that I am not and never have been involved with SLEEPS. I am not a SLEEPS protester. I work two jobs and live in a house with my wonderful wife who supports my stance. I have never been arrested before yesterday. I am a civil libertarian.

I don't agree with all of SLEEPS tactics, but I also don't agree with the corrupt Commission limiting me from lawful behavior because of SLEEPS. Their closure is unfair and unneccesary, the plaza is empty and not a health hazard. The police should address illegal behavior and not infringe on law abiding people. I walked unobtrusively off to the side of the empty plaza and sat underneath the Wayne Morse statue. I did not speak or make a scene or bother anyone.

It was a sad day for Oregon yesterday. There are better ways to solve the problem than this... I may return to go sit under Wayne Morse again today, after my arraignment at 1:00.

September 6, 2013 05:04 PM

Words defeat me. I am Scandinavian. These are my people. We have a strange sense of humor, but I can't tell if these nice Norwegian men singing "What does the fox say?" and rhyming Morse and horse and making odd "fox" noises are being ironic. 

September 4, 2013 12:28 PM

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio has weighed in on the possible war on Syria, saying:

I have yet to hear the administration answer two simple questions—what are our objectives and what is our long-term strategy in this conflict. This situation is incredibly fluid, but I currently do not support an open-ended, ill-defined intervention in another civil war. It's abundantly clear that there's no easy resolution to this conflict and the need for or potential effectiveness of U.S. military involvement is questionable at best.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Sept. 4 to authorize a U.S. strike on Syria. Yesterday the Washington Post documented Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) playing video poker on his iPhone

McCain joked about it on Twitter.

September 4, 2013 12:16 PM

From the Institute for Public Accuracy today:

Eryl Nassruns the Anthrax Vaccine blog and recently wrote:

Only seven nations are not parties to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Israel and Myanmar (formerly Burma) signed but failed to ratify the 1993 agreement. Five other nations failed to sign it: Syria, South Sudan, North Korea, Angola and Egypt.

Nations who are parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention agreed to destroy all their chemical weapons by May 2012, but most have failed to meet that deadline, including the United States. Furthermore, it is by no means certain that all nations possessing chemical weapons declared them, so information on existing stocks of such weapons is incomplete.

Had the 189 nations who are members of the OPCW complied with the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention's required destruction of chemical weapons, there would be many fewer such weapons available for transfer and use. Unfortunately, the 2007 deadline for complete destruction was missed, as was the (final) extension to 2012 missed. So the U.S. and other nations are not in compliance with their responsibility and promise to destroy all their chemical weapons by last year.

So when Obama says that we know Syria's Assad has chemical weapons, Assad could be saying the same thing about us!"

See: "U.N. Chief Urges Full Chemical Disarmament by 2018," which notes: "The United States presently intends to wrap up destruction of its chemical arms by 2023."

Jacqueline Cabasso is executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation, which focuses on weapons of mass destruction. They just released the briefing paper "The Rush to Bomb Syria: Undermining International Law and Risking Wider War," which states:

It is hard to see how breaking solemn undertakings to most of the countries in the world by neglecting treaties and principles of international law that the United States has agreed to will either bolster U.S. 'credibility' or enhance respect for international law. ...

International law provides no exception for the ad hoc use of force by states in cases involving the actual or possible use of prohibited weapons, such as chemical weapons, by states with which they are not at war. Standing alone, the allegations of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government do not provide a legal basis for military action by any non-party to the conflict. 

Unilateral punitive strikes justified as a defense of the global norm against chemical weapons are unlikely to actually protect Syrians or others against use of chemical weapons and other attacks, may do little to reinforce the norm or even undermine it, and could lead to a significant increase in the level of violence throughout the region. 

There are viable international ways and means to respond to the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria that should be vigorously pursued before the use of force is considered.

 

Stephen Zunes is professor of politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco and said today:

Syria, when it had a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council in 2007, introduced a draft resolution to create a weapons of mass destruction zone for the entire Middle East, but the United States blocked it.

Zunes notes that this would have included addressing Egypt's chemical weapons and Israel's nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. 

He recently wrote the piece "The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On," which states:

The first country to allegedly use chemical weapons in the Middle East was Great Britain in 1920, as part of its efforts to put down a rebellion by Iraqi tribesmen when British forces seized the country following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. According to Winston Churchill, who then held the position of Britain’s Secretary of State for War and Air, 'I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes.'

September 4, 2013 05:17 PM

Here is the Lane County press release on its latest closing of Free Speech Plaza. The county voted for an "emergency" closing of the Wayne Morse Terrace (aka the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza) 4-1, with Pete Sorenson voting against the closure. The county is also changing the Lane Code rules on the plaza, to "provide clear long term rules for use of the Free Speech Area." 

The county says in the press release that "Under both the order and the proposed Code revisions, the Designated Free Speech Area, a County facility within the Wayne Morse Terrace will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily."

 

September 4, 2013 11:17 AM

Longtime Eugene newswatchers may remember KMTR meteorologist Tim Joyce, he's now with a TV station in Seattle, but his sister, Emily Joyce has been living in Eugene. Emily Joyce went missing on Aug. 29 and Tim Joyce is asking for help in finding her.

September 2, 2013 12:56 PM

Why name huge storms after nice people when you can name them after climate-change denying politicians? The only thing that would make this video better would be the addition of "Hurricane Art Robinson."

September 2, 2013 12:22 PM

Citizens from Congressional District 4 will attempt to meet with the offices of Rep. Peter DeFazio, Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley at 11 am Tuesday, Sept. 3, at their district offices at the U.S. Courthouse, 405 East 8th Ave.

“Activists are extremely concerned that the U.S. is about to enter yet another illegal, immoral aggressive war of choice, but are also outraged by the lack of communication from Congress,” reads a press release today from Leah Bolger, a U.S. Navy veteran and one of the organizers.

“When I called the offices of my elected officials, I was stunned to be told by staff that they didn’t know what position they (DeFazio, Wyden and Merkley) were taking,” says Bolger. “There is nothing on their respective websites, we’ve seen no op-eds or press conferences. It is completely unacceptable that these three have taken no position on an issue as serious as war.”

August 30, 2013 10:34 AM

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August 30, 2013 11:19 AM

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