Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Mystery Solved

One of my favorite mysteries of the past 30 years has been solved. Former FBI deputy director Mark Felt has told Vanity Fair that he was Woodward and Bernstein's anonymous source dubbed "Deep Throat". Bernstein and the Washington Post originally wouldn't comment, Bernstein just saying that they'll reveal the source when he/she dies. Since then, Woodward has confirmed Felt was Throat, issuing a joint statement with Bernstein. The Washington Post.

A couple of interesting links to learn more:

Vanity Fair Article

Research Project by Univ. of Illinois Journalism students. This is a great review of the story and who it could be, although the students pegged Throat as White House counsel Fred Fielding. After digging, the students determined that it had to be someone in the White House and not at FBI based on the clues.

Here's my speculation: perhaps Fielding was feeding info to Felt, which accounts for why some info only available in the White House made it to Throat.

What is most interesting to me is that Felt was one of Nixon's top suspects as the source of the leak. The infamous Nixon tapes reveal that he thought Felt might be responsible.

Nonetheless, mystery solved.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I guess people used to think "Deep Throat" was a criminal, but now they think he was a hero." Mark Felt, aka Deep Throat

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Another Year Older

Had a birthday since the last time I posted. I can now legally run for President of the United States.

Wife gave me a new car stereo, which I love, and badly needed. The old one was on the serious fritz, but I was reluctant to get a new one because we might sell my car in 18 months or so. I know, pretty cheap of me. But now I have one, and love it.

Girls gave me CDs, of course for the new stereo...Ms. 4-year-old gave me the new Ben Folds, which includes a song with the same title as her first name....and Ms. 6-year-old gave me Besterberg: The Best of Paul Westerberg, which is excellent and had great liner notes. And, yes, I am a music geek.

QUOTE & LINK OF THE DAY
"We were offered $23 million for just the music to 'Where the Streets Have No Name.' We thought we could do a lot of good with that money. Give it away. But if a show is a little off, and there's a hole, that's the one song we can guarantee that God will walk through the room as soon as we play it." Bono

Great article on rock and roll, U2, changing the world etc...Bono defends U2 and what rock and roll should be.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Revenge of the Sith

Saw Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith today and it is excellent. Ties up everything nicely. Epic light saber duels. And the final 60 minutes or so is a good as anything else in the series. Watched Episode IV: A New Hope, and Episode V: Empire Strikes Back this evening, and you'll never watch those the same again after seeing III.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Idylwilde Flies

LINK OF THE DAY
I'm still looking for the perfect job, the one that marries one's passion with something that in the end helps people. Read a profile today in BrainstormNW magazine about Zach Mertens, 35, who founded Idylwilde Flies. He was a fishing guide who decided he should marry his passion for fly fishing with his knowledge of SE Asia, where he'd grown up as a kid because his dad lived over there for work. So how does creating a fly tying company help people? (Besides, of course, fisherman). Read the story at their website:

http://www.idylwilde.com/aboutus.html

What they don't brag about there but is mentioned in the BrainstormNW article is that their 100+ employees in the Phillipines all make over minimum wage, earn Social Security and get a "13th month" bonus. Mertens is quoted in the story saying, "We took unskilled people and gave them a skill that's valuable. They were the poorest of the poor. Now they make enough money to support their families."

Maybe all "outsourcing" isn't evil.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Kids

Ms. 4-year-old decided 6:25a was a good time to get up again. Not crazy about her new sleep schedule.

One of the most exciting things about being a dad is wondering what your kids will be like at different ages. What kind of teens will they be? What will they study in college? What will they be when they grow up? Ben Folds has a song on his new CD called "Gracie", about his 5-year-old daughter. My wife commented that that will be the song I dance to with Ms. 4-year-old when she gets married. Probably will be. Makes you wonder what she'll be like then.

MUSIC

It's fun watching what music your kids pick up on from the stuff you play in the car. Earlier in her life, Ms. 6-year-old took a liking to some They Might Be Giants, mainly because I put "Birdhouse in Your Soul" and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" on a mix CD for her. Both like "Vertigo", by U2, and Ms. 6-year-old finally has the band name correct. (She thought it was "Me Too" for a while...) Of course, that means we also have to be a little careful about what we play.

MEDIA RANT

The wife and I have been ranting about all the coverage given to the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie thing. Is there any wonder why trust and respect for the media has crashed when they promote relationships that clearly began as adultery? Our favorite game is to come up with celebrity marriages that have actually lasted for a reasonably significant amount of time. Try it. It ain't easy. And the media definitely doesn't celebrate those.

LINK OF THE DAY

Very funny article, entitled "A Father's Dream", about why this guy thinks his son will grow up to be a Navy SEAL sniper...

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it." - Chinese proverb

Monday, May 16, 2005

Rain Rain Go Away

Back early, full day early to be exact. Thunderstorms rolled into C. Oregon Saturday night, poured on us, and continued to drizzle all day Sunday. 90-minutes into our float on Sunday we decided to row like heck and come out a day early. It meant a 38-mile day versus our normal 17-20. As comparison, we went about 17.5 on Friday and about that again on Saturday, taking lots of time to work eddies for smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow on Friday, we each caught about a dozen, picked up on Saturday when we each caught about two-dozen...Sunday, even with just "drive by fishing" together we caught a dozen. Still a fun trip.

MUSIC
Tommy Stinson's solo CD, which came out last fall, popped back onto my radar (and into my CD player) this spring when he played a great set in town. Despite the odd title - Village Gorilla Head - it's one of the best rock and roll CDs from 2004. Jammed out to it on the way home yesterday. He recorded it in between his time serving as the bassist for the "new" Guns & Roses, a gig he has been earning a yearly salary for for several years now. His other post-Replacements work (he was the Replacements bassist from age 13 until 25 or so when the group broke up) under the guise of Bash & Pop, and Perfect, is also excellent.

MEDIA RANT
The recent assault from pundits and media types on the left on evangelicals, mostly the use of "theocracy" and "theocratic" to paint evangelicals' involvement in politics as extreme, grew weary really fast. Certainly this is a common tactic - painting your opponents as extremists - for all sides/ends of the spectrum, but most on the left don't even really know what the definition of an evangelical is. Most use evangelical and fundamentalist as synonyms, when they are not. Briefly, evangelicals base their faith on the gospels, fundamentalists believe in certain set of Biblical beliefs that may or may not be based in the gospels (Google "fundamentalist" to get a better idea). Some fundamentalists are evangelicals, but not all evangelicals are fundamentalists. In fact, there are liberal (politically and theologically) evangelicals.

This column from the May 8 Oregonian by George Fox Univ. political science professor Mark Hall is good. It addresses evangelicals generally and not the specific issue I mention above. It is a response to the recent up tick in criticism of evangelicals.

Disclaimer: Hall is my sometimes "boss" when I adjunct in the Poli Sci department at George Fox. He's also a expert on the doctrine of "just war", which makes him an interesting fit at the Quaker school.

LINK OF THE DAY
How much did it rain this weekend? Check out the spike in the John Day River level at Service Creek, which is about 40 miles above Clarno where we started our float on Friday. Look at the rise starting Saturday evening.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

I couldn't just step aside
No I had to be pushed
And you were the first in line

-Tommy Stinson, "O.K."

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Gone Fishing

Gone fishing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Long Day

Ms. 4-year-old decided it would be a good idea to get up at 6a this morning. So it's been a long day. But in an effort to get this thing off the ground, I'll get my daily post up before going to bed. Here are some categories I'll toy with for a bit, at least until I get bored with them or think of others to add:

MUSIC
Been listening to a lot of Ben Folds this week at work. He's got a new CD out - Songs for Silverman - but I don't have it yet. Super talented singer-songwriter pianist. Great stuff. (BTW, my blog title is a Ben Folds lyric...)

And the last two mornings Ms. 6-year-old has requested Vertigo by U2 for the ride to school. She loves that song, I love listening to her belt it out from the back seat. Gotta start that rock-and-roll education early.

MEDIA RANT
There is much about the media that chaps my hide, so shouldn't be hard to find things to write about. The latest ad campaign for our local CBS affiliate, though, really insults the intelligence. Two examples: 6:30p news last week, they run a "story" about how the show following the newscast has the exclusive rights to the wedding of that Washington schoolteacher who was impregnated by her then middle school student. Aside from the fact that they are promoting a story about a pedophile (can you imagine if the teacher had been a man and the student a girl!?!?), this isn't NEWS! It's freakin' promotion. But then they follow it up and the very next ad break with a promo with their station manager talking about how they strive to bring you the best news! Second example: They are now running this REALLY BAD promo showing the two main anchors "chit chatting" between their work desks, saying inane things like "Julie, how does this story really effect our city?" "Jeff, why is this story important?" GEEZ! Like we really think that they actually discuss the news content before reading it off the teleprompter, have any input into the story choice or even WRITE their own copy. No wonder U. of Pennsylvania journalism prof Kathleen Hall Jamieson once opined that local TV news actually makes people dumber.

LINK OF THE DAY
This site has been swamped as this link has travelled the web, but it is a great story about grads at Washington State who "punked" Washington "Governor" Christine Gregoire last weekend as she spoke at their graduation.


QUOTE OF THE DAY
"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest.
I run to see who has the most guts."
Steve Prefontaine

Saw Galen Rupp, Univ. of Oregon freshman, break the Junior American Record in the 10k last weekend at Hayward Field, actually he shattered it. He's the real deal. I knew he was good when he broke Prefontaine's 30+ year old American High School 2-mile record, but having seen him in person I am a true believer. Keep your eye on this kid.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Welcome Back

I'm back.

This will sound like bragging, but it isn't meant to be. But I actually had a blog back in 2000-01, before it became cool. I kept forgetting to update it, though.

I imagine cyberspace is stacked high with dead blogs like that.

So to make things easier, I am going to set up 4-5 categories that I'll post on each day. Simplify my thinking. We'll see if it works.

Oh, and it's my cousins fault that I am back...so go read her blog at www.literarygirl.com. Kinda stole the category idea from her, too, because I like the "Friday Four Questions" feature she does.