Sunday, April 15, 2007

Spanning the State--Tulip Fest Edition

Last week I traveled to Woodburn to attend the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. As an avid gardener, its an opportunity to appreciate the fruits of another's labor while finding inspiration gardening.

Its also a time to play around with photography. I'm not very good--but I really enjoy trying.

The rain had made things a muddy mess--which was obviously not a deterrant for the junior set.

Of course there's no way to take a camera to the Tulip Festival without snapping shots of the beautiful flowers.

These don't look like the traditional tulip. They remind me a lot of peonies.

And then there's these "painted" variety, which I think are breathtaking.

Okay, enough indulging myself. Let's Span the State!


Its time for Oregonians who truly care about land and property rights in our state to stand up against the mess that is Measure 37. This Tuesday is your chance. 1000 Friends of Oregon announced that the Special Joint Cmte on Land Use Fairness will be holding their hearing this Tuesday, April 17 at 5:00PM, Hearing Room B at the Capitol in Salem. This is your chance to testify with the rest of Oregonians who want this wretched mess fixed.

Apparently part of being a investigative political blogger in this state is appearing on the radio. No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to totally dodge radio appearances--even thought I keep shoving TJ out there. So I'll be on the radio tomorrow morning at 7:25 with Brian Shaw of KOPT in Eugene to talk about the WA County GOP fundraiser with boring old Karl Rove. Streaming is available at the link provided.

Greg Walden seems to never miss an opportuntity to cast blame on Democrats. He gripes that "maybe" energy prices will go up because of renewable energy mandates by Kulongoski. What a perfectly good waste of a congressional seat.

The Bend Source has a great story that puts a face on immigration.

A rally held Saturday in Salem over Measure 37 looks as if it got a little out of hand. Pro-M37ers apparently went over the line, according to the Statesman Journal.

The fallout from the firing of the biology teacher who tried to insert religion into his classroom continues. This is a classic example of what happens when community members don't attend school board meetings and then speculate/assume about the process without viewing it.