Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hello, Americans! Here’s the Daily Dripness for Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Portland’s weather is cloudy with lingering showers and highs around 55, as high pressure begins to gather off the coast, giving us a possibility of dry days for a week or more. Sunrise 6:57 AM, sunset 4:50 PM PST. We now have under ten hours of daylight. It’s like driving through a tunnel in the mountains. Honk the horn, Mom!

Mid-term election day is finally here, yippee! TV commercials of people attacking other people will vanish, to be replaced by Christmas spots. At this point, that’s perfectly great with me! Let’s check one more time on voter turnout figures: OK, Oregon and Washington are both at 40%, compared to the overall 32% for a typical midterm–and that’s not counting the sackloads of mail that arrived from weekend voters or the dropped-off ballots that are stuffing collection boxes statewide. In this election, seen by many as a referendum on Trump, people are motivated for sure. Portland’s turnout is second highest in the country behind Minneapolis. Statewide, both Republicans and Democrats have roughly half of their vote in. Around the country, 36 million people voted early–almost ten million more than in a typical mid-term. And long lines had already formed when the polling places opened in the East this morning. I’m dismayed that more states haven’t caught on to the Oregon way of making voting easy and convenient, but perhaps that’s not the point.

If your team wins tonight, or if your team loses, take time to celebrate or sulk, but remember, whatever happens is just part of an ongoing struggle, and victory will only spur the other side to try harder. The 2020 election is 735 days away, and a year from now, campaigning will be hot and heavy, because the Iowa Caucuses will be just around the corner. I’ll have a rundown on the results in the morning on the major developments, and if you have a particular interest in a local race, speak up; we’ll track down the results, or your fellow Drip readers will.

There’s nobody running for mayor or city council in the Marion County town of Gates, population 485. The current mayor is 85 and says he’ll keep doing it if folks write his name in.

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Sadness and rage overflowed in a Vancouver courtroom, where a 37-year old man was arraigned in the murder of his girlfriend’s 5-year old daughter, who was in his care. The child’s father lunged at the accused man in the courtroom but was pulled away.

The Washington Post says paramilitary militia groups are heading to the Mexican border to confront the “invasion” of would-be immigrants, and they include members from Oregon.

NBC reports that President Trump’s move to deploy troops to the border is shaping up to have a price tag of $220 million.

That was a fine mess on I-5 Southbound at Rosa Parks Way, as a truck dropped a huge scoop from the construction crane it was hauling. Blocked three lands and dinged up the freeway, too.

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On this day in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States, prompting seven southern slave states to form the Confederacy before he was even inaugurated.

This was the day in 1990 that Oregon voters passed Ballot Measure 5–cutting property taxes, shifting funding for schools to the uber-volatile, economy-sensitive state income tax, and slashing funding for government services for decades to come. I don’t think Oregon State Police ever regained their troop strength; I’d be happy to be corrected. I knew people who voted for this, figuring that the state would fill the funding cavity by enacting some kind of sales tax. Nope.

He’s out riding fences, up there, but today would have been Glenn Frey’s 70th birthday.

It was a big night on the Monday Night Football stage for beloved ex-Duck Marcus Mariota, who threw two TDs, and ran for another in Tennessee’s 28-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

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And to all who’ve scrolled right to the good stuff, greetings and welcome! Check out the following at the Daily Drip link place!

–“Fisherman rescues baby from the ocean, in an incident described as a “freakish miracle”

–“Study: Tetris is a great distraction for easing an anxious mind”

–“Vending Machine Dispenses Clean Clothing and Blankets to People Without Homes”

–“Young super hero donates kidney to family friend who kept his kidney failure a secret for over 10 years.”

–“Mexicans shower the caravan with kindness — and tarps, tortillas and medicine” (I read that, and I think of Matthew 25)

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It’s go time! I love America–especially on election days. Power to the people!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Hi there, and good morning! OK, here we go, Daily Drip time for Monday, November 5, 2018. Our weather is November at its friendliest: Quiet and mostly dry. Unusually, weirdly dry for November. Stray showers, nothing more, nighttime lows (and we are mostly night, now) in the high 40’s, and afternoon highs up to 55. Perfect for that nice fall jacket. This is not our meteorologically customary November weather, the rainiest month in a normal year. Be ready, when you head out, for a different look to things. Sunrise, an hour earlier than last week, is at 6:56 AM. Sunset, and this will have porch lights coming on long before dinner slides into the oven, is at 4:52 PM PST and getting earlier by the day. Sunglasses perhaps, in the morning? And how are you these days at night driving? And we must quickly adapt to a mandatory but slight lurch in our biological rhythms. Your body thinks it’s an hour earlier than it is. It’s a confusing time for all, so let’s be kind.

Let’s be kind, as well, because tomorrow is the midterms, when the last two years and all that has happened will face the judgment of the voters. I run into people who are stressed and hopeful and not at all confident that their hopes will prevail, having had their tailfeathers scorched in the recent past. All we can do is cast those ballots, mindfully and thoughtfully and on time. As we begin the day, the Oregon Secretary of State comes to work knowing that almost a third of Oregon ballots are in. That’s strong, but we’ll finish much stronger; people expect Oregon’s highest midterm turn out in a quarter of a century. Other states are doing the same. Can’t wait to see what happens. People are motivated. But everyone needs to find that thick white envelope, if they haven’t, and do what our grandpas went to war for. There’s a link on the DD link farm that’s being shared far and wide.

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A 35-year old woman named Amber Jayne Eldridge vanished Saturday night on a drive home from Molalla to Salem, when her car was found on a road in the Santiam National Forest. A search commenced. About 700 feet from her car, her body was found. There was a baby girl in the car–apparently Amber’s granddaughter–and she’s OK.

Aw, somebody dumped out the trash containers up and down 5th Avenue downtown. Not cool. I understand they’re designed for people to be able to pick through them and find returnable bottles, and it’s been that way for years. This ruins that, and ruins our town.

Portland police corraled a bunch of runaway chickens in the Pearl. There’s actual video of a group of officers surrounding this flock. I cannot top the punditry that proliferated on the Internet, so will post some comments from Reddit. “Looks like fowl play.”  “PPD has an Escaped Chicken Task Force. Just call and ask for ‘The Colonel'” “First they came for the chickens, and I didn’t speak out.” “They were eggs-pelled for staging a coop.” My stock comment for such events: “poultry in motion.”

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Good start in the playoffs for the Portland Timbers, who defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-1 in game one of the two-leg the MLS semifinals. The teams play in Seattle on Thursday night. The team with the most total goals over the two games advances.

Can you freaking believe that we are saying Happy 66th birthday to Bill Walton? One of the merriest figures of Portland lore was born this day in 1952. A celebrant of this town’s delights in the 70s, he pedaled his bike to the Coliseum and led the Blazers to the supreme shining moment in our city’s brokenhearted sports history, their one NBA championship in 1977. They were cruising toward a ’78 repeat with a 50-10 record when, crunch, he broke his foot, and that began an agony of injuries that ended his career. But the big shy man has become quite the extrovert, full of a gangly enthusiasm and joy of life. Bill named his son Luke after Blazer team brother Maurice Lucas, and Luke is the head coach of the LA Lakers who beat the Blazers the other night.

Joan Baez brings her Fare-thee-well tour to Portland’s Revolution Hall tonight. On a moonlit teenage summer night years ago, I was in the crowd at Red Rocks outside Denver, as Joan Baez sang “We Shall Overcome,” a cappella, and I still remember her voice soaring into the Rockies, and her bare feet on the stage.

Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States 50 years ago today.

Thirty years ago today the Beach Boys hit #1 with “Kokomo,” from the sub-par rom-com “Cocktail.” The movie bombed horribly with critics, who called it (according to the Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus) “a shallow, dramatically inert romance that squanders Tom Cruise’s talent,” but the Beach Boys came away with their first number one since “Good Vibrations” in 1966…the longest gap between smashes for any musical artist in history. The video’s better than the movie. Think I’ll link it in TMSG. Why not?

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TMSG!

–“Customers Buy Out Doughnut Shop Early Every Day So Owner Can Be With Sick Wife”

–“This Internship Pays You $100 an Hour to Pet Puppies”

–“Months after California wildfire, pets and owners reunited”

–“Paralysed man walks after groundbreaking spinal implant”

–“The discovery that “Kokomo” hit #1 30 years ago today sent me in search of the video. Here it is, in all its 80s glory, college-kids-in-skimpy-swimwear who are probably now grandparents, rocking out to jaunty lip-synchros. Easy on the eyes and ears”

The sharing of videos that we love is something I’d like to get off the ground here. There are some wonderful works of musical and visual art that we were briefly exposed to in the MTV/VH1 days, and that should endure. A couple of friends of mine and I have been doing this, and now you’re included!

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I want to share with you that our family has welcomed a beautiful new little human named Amara, my third granddaughter, to our close and loving group of kinfolk.

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Good weekend for you too?

Please do not smite me, but we put up our Christmas lights this weekend. Not “on,” officially, but up. I have a roof guy I trust who comes every year and does this, and this was a good weekend for it. Giving LED’s another try. Tested them Saturday night. Liked them. Tested them last night too. Loved them. Good medicine. We’ll light them for real when the mood strikes.

Say, memo to the guy manhandling his SUV south on 213 at Redland Road around noon yesterday. The light you blew could have deprived people of the Daily Drip today! Good thing this Radio Daddio is quick like a bunny in the hitting-the-brakes department. Jeez. (We were heading to Home Depot to begin exploring the world of artificial Christmas trees. We’ll talk about that soon).

Internet’s down, where I live. I’m finishing this on my phone with my right thumb. Correcting typos now!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Good morning, and hi there! Suddenly it’s Thursday, November 1, 2018, a showery-and-62 kind of day in good old Portland, with an 8000-foot snow level in the nowhere-near skiable Cascades, and rough bar conditions on the lower Columbia. Always stay out of rough bars, my Daddy said. Sunrise 7:50 AM–nearly the latest sunrise of the year–and sunset 5:57 PM. It’s Day #305, with 60 days left in the old year.

Tonight at 6, look around. That’s about how dark it’ll be Sunday at 5. We set our clocks back this weekend.

Demonstrators, including the family of a young man who was shot by police in September, blocked traffic for hours in the area around the government blocks after a grand jury cleared Portland Police officers of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Patrick Kimmons in a parking lot at 3rd and Harvey Milk, formerly Stark at 3 AM on September 30. One of the problems with getting news on social media is that we’re exposed to the reactions to a story more than to the stories itself. We might have an opinion before we know anything about it. So there’s a link to a story by KEX’s Brad Ford on the link farm in the comments. After the Grand Jury decision came down, there were tense exchanges between protesters and motorists, one of whom drove a car slowly into a line of demonstrators and hit one, who turns out to be Kimmon’s brother. He’s OK, but the driver was arrested on assault and reckless driving charges.

Oregon State Police say their crime lab has now cleared its backlog of more than 5,000 rape kits, some dating back decades. In Multnomah County, it’s resulted in 3 convictions, one from an attack in 1996.

Quick update from the Elections folks: Oregon mail-in turnout is now 24%, and Washington is at 27. Today is the last day that you can mail in your ballot and be safely assured that it’ll make it by the deadline.

President Trump, saying now that the number of troops deployed to the border could surge to 15,0000, is headlining eleven rallies in six days ahead of the midterms. But none other than Oprah Winfrey is knocking on doors for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

Portland was a decade ahead of everyone, but Clackamas County says it’ll put together a climate action plan in 2019. “Virtually all of the people in the actual climate science business that have not been captured by special interests have come to the conclusion that carbon dioxide, methane and other gasses of that nature are causing climate change,” writes Commissioner Ken Humberston. “The United States military and the insurance companies, both, see climate change as the single greatest threat to our national security,” he added. “If not us, who? If not now, when?”

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The Springwater Corridor trail is finally open again. It was closed for four months for completion of a huge new fish-friendly passage that for salmon and other wildlife. Basically, a “salmon subway” that reconnects the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and the Willamette River for the first time in over 100 years,” said the aptly-named Commissioner Nick Fish, who adds: “Juvenile salmon now have a rest stop on their journey to the ocean.” And thousands of bicyclists have their customary way to work open again.

That spooky video of 200 people in witch costumes paddle-boarding on the Willamette River over the weekend made it onto “Late Night with Seth Meyers, ” who joked that they oughta be burned at the stake. But dang if the host didn’t pronounce it “Will-met.”

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An historical note and I know it’s before your time, but did you ever hear of this? Today was the day in 1955 when a DC6 on a flight to Portland from Denver exploded over Longmont, Colorado–because of a dynamite bomb that was placed in the checked luggage by a man to punish his mother for putting him up for adoption as a child. He confessed to the crime and was executed.

A woman was rescued six days after her car veered off the road in the Arizona desert. She was found when highway workers noticed a broken fence.

Sad news for West Coast baseball fans as Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has died at age 80. He was one of the most popular San Francisco Giants in history.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans, tonight at 7:30 at the Moda Center. Nationally televised. Hey, weren’t these the Pelicans that shoved the Blazers out of the playoffs in the first round last year? Payback due. Long homestand, by the way, and tickets are available.

Say, I’m gone tomorrow, but I wanted to let you know that the English singer Mike Rosenberg, who calls himself “Passenger,” is at the Crystal Ballroom Friday night. He’s done several albums, with one big worldwide smash–the sweetly sad “Let Her Go”–that made its way to the top of American charts thanks to its appearance in a Budweiser commercial in the 2014 Super Bowl. It’s titled “Puppy Love.” In fact, I’m going to link to that in the TMSG section, because it warms the heart. And I wonder: do the guy and the girl get together there, in the final frame? Hope so!

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So let’s pass along some headlines, to happy up this gray November Day!

–“Police ‘save the day’ after bringing riot van to six-year-old’s party”

–“Man plays piano to soothe ailing, blind elephants at sanctuary in Thailand”

–“Three paralyzed men, who were told they would spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, are able to walk again thanks to doctors in Switzerland”

–“Virtual reality brings trick-or-treating to sick children”

–Budweiser Commercial Mystery: Do They Get Together? Wait for the last frame!

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Anything weird happen on your Halloween? Outrageously creatively costumed kiddos appearing at your door to beg for toothrot? Zippo, here in my spooky forest, but apparently a couple of teens in Grants Pass went on a vandalism binge and wound up in juvie. In Forest Grove, firefighters handed out almost 3000 glow sticks for trick or treaters to use on the dark streets, all paid for by the firefighters association.

Portland’s living room Christmas Tree arrives one week from tomorrow.

Again, I’m gone tomorrow, keeping my 2018 resolution to use every single vacation day, plus we have a happy event happening imminently within my circle, about which I haven’t yet been given the OK to report, so I won’t. But I’ll stick up a howdy when I roll out in the morning, so we can vicariously experience the thoughts, pix, and lives of the Dripsters!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Good morning, Dripster Treaters, and let me be the first to say, “Boo!” And Happy Halloween, the first of the great American consumptive holidays at the end of the year. It’s Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Portland’s weather is rainy, but drier later–more coming up– with highs in the 50’s. Sunrise 7:49 AM, but it’s always later if you live behind a hill, and sunset 5:58 PM. Today is 2018’s 304th day, and there are 61 until the 2019 ball drops.

Question of the day: will it be dry during Trick or Treat time? Fearless prediction–unanimously aided by my meteorological muses Dave Salesky, Mark Nelsen, and Matt Zaffino–is that yes! It will indeed be dry, from after school until it’s time to come home with sacks full of candy.

Consecutive days without a tornado in Oregon? 1.

We need to dip into the vat of news; skip down a couple of asterisks, if you like.

Portland’s mayor may have been among the targets of the man accused of sending fifteen pipe bombs to Democrats and media outlets critical of President Trump. Ted Wheeler tweeted late yesterday: “Our office was recently informed by the FBI that the pipe bomb suspect, did in fact research me and locations possibly associated with me. Our security team is aware and we are taking extra precautions regarding our safety.” Authorities warn they don’t know what might still be making its way through the mail.

We’ve been tracking the early voting here, and what’s emerging is an exceptionally high turnout for a mid-term election: at this point almost 600,000 ballots have been returned, which is a 21% turnout, and the votes have almost a week more to pile up. Oregon normally finishes with a little over 50% for a midterm, but this year is different. Republicans and Democrats are tied, in the get-out-the-base effort, with 27% of their ballots in. But there are a lot more D’s here: 269,000 Democrats have voted, compared with 191,000 Republicans. Washington’s election count had not been updated as of deadline time.

A surprise dropout in the gubernatorial race: Independent Party candidate Patrick Starnes has pulled out–halfway through the voting period–and given his endorsement to Democrat Kate Brown. There are 125,000 people registered as voters in that party, and 27,000 have already voted. In a close race, who knows? Meantime a new poll (from Emerson College) gives Brown a 47-42 edge over Knute Buehler, with 4% undecided and a 3.7% margin of error.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is now openly gearing up for a run for president in 2020. He’s made the obligatory visits to the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, and promises an announcement after the mid-terms. He was a national unknown until this year, but his profile jumped when he went to the border and called attention to the Trump family-separation policy. The primaries are only a little over a year away. (Closed-circuit to new anchor people: Merkley has two syllables, not three).

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Other news:

The woman who was found murdered at Camp Namanu in Sandy was a victim of domestic violence, according to deputies, who say her husband was arrested and confessed the crime.

A chilling story in the Willamette Valley town of Albany, where a 14-year-old boy is accused of plotting to kill his parents with an overdose of sleeping pills, then burn down the family home. A 13-year-old friend is accused of supplying the pills. Kids were talking about it at school, and one mentioned it to his parents, who called the 14-year-old’s father, and he called the police.

Columbia County is writing a $251,000 check, plus lawyers’ fees, to an inmate who had a dog sicced on him in jail, an act that was caught on video. The sheriff there says the guards acted appropriately, and that the settlement was ordered by the insurance company.

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The red-hot Portland Trail Blazers rolled through an undefeated road trip by drubbing the Houston Rockets 104-85 last night. The Portland Timbers are in Texas too, tonight, where they play a knockout round game against FC Dallas.

The Oregon Zoo reports that their Amur tiger Mikhail has been euthanized. Today would have been his 20th birthday, advanced years for the critically endangered species.

Portland is getting a new hostel for travelers to bed down in, and its name is KEX. And it’s completely unrelated to the 50,000-watt radio station at 1190 on the AM dial. KEX is the Icelandic word for “biscuit,” and it’s also the name of a hostel in Reykjavík. The Portland version, and why Portland I dunno, will be at the east end of the Burnside Bridge (like everything else lately).

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Halloween! So let’s talk seriously now. Have you ever met a ghost? Did you, for example, ever have a drink in the bar at the Benson Hotel and have the glass just tip over? There are those who believe that old Simon Benson himself, a notorious teetotaller whose water fountains are bubbling to this day, is lurking the hallways of that old brick hotel on Broadway. They say he wears a dark suit, and spends his time knocking over drinks. USA Today says the Benson is one of the most haunted hotels in America; there’s also a 3-year old boy, and a woman in a turquoise dress, wafting in the halls from moaning till night.

Or maybe you, like me, you’re convinced you’ve met the departed in other, non-frightening ways: I recognized at once the elegant scent as my grandmother’s perfume swept through my bedroom, shortly after she passed. And when both of my parents died within a year or two of each other, all four of us children began noticing dimes–yep, shiny dimes—turning up in odd places. I mean, again and again. Dimes on counters, in the laundry, on the sidewalk. Same when Mom’s sister, Aunt Tilda, died. I did some Googling–and learned that the phenomenon of the dead greeting the living with mysteriously-placed dimes–is very, very common. And it still happens sometimes. A comfort, a hi there, be good, be careful. It’s good news. So I’ll include a related link in our TMSG segment.

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Tell me something good, or maybe mildly scary but in a reassuring way?

–“Pittsburgh Penguins To Wear ‘Stronger Than Hate’ Patches, Hold Fundraisers For Victims Of Synagogue Shooting”

–“‘Oh mommy, you have my eyes’: Mother recounts being reunited with son 31 years after abduction”

–“Community bookshop enlists help of human chain to move to new store”

–“Two puppies saved after being trapped on a cliff for days”

–“The Mystery of Dimes Appearing From Nowhere and Other Strange Phenomena”

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Thanks for dropping by and chipping in with comments below. I applaud everyone for how you’ve handled conflicting opinions. It’s gotten kind of self-policing, which I love. Haven’t pitched anyone in weeks. Sometimes elbows get sharp, but they’re quickly softened with a kind word, and we carry on. The ethic here is that we’re decent people, it’s that simple.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Here comes Tuesday, October 30, 2018, and welcome to the friendly ol’ Daily Drip! Portland and the Valley are under a dense fog advisory until 10 AM. Then it’s clouds and a slight chance of showers today, with highs a feeble 55, then half an inch of rain tonight. Sunrise, taking its sweet time, will happen at 7:47 AM, with sunset right at 6:00 PM. Our next sunset of 6 PM or later will be on March 3.

I want to start with a random act of beauty on a trail in Portland’s Forest Park: somebody arranged red leaves in the shape of a large heart–and superimposed on it, in golden leaves, a Star of David. Autumn leaves, arrayed in honor of the Tree of Life, the temple in Pittsburgh.

Say, we had another little brush or two with Wizard of Oz weather, as a tornado warning was issued for Stayton, Sublimity, and Scio yesterday afternoon. The furious little storm cell dropped a ragged twirler that weakened after causing a minor amount of damage, and the warning was dropped at 4 PM. A stop sign near Jefferson was bent. There was also a darkly turning finger cloud reaching down from the sky in the north Forest Grove area, and a nursery owner says it wiped out four of his greenhouses. Sunday’s EF-Zero twister that pruned some trees at Portland Meadows, ripped the sheet metal off a warehouse, and rearranged a truck lot off Marine Drive was the first tornado in the Portland city limits since 1972–but that one was much nastier. Killed six people and injured hundreds when it skipped over to Vancouver. So we’re not immune to this stuff. Let’s keep those ruby slippers handy in case we need a quick getaway!

Seven days to go until the mighty midterms. Let’s see how the early ballots are stacking up: Oregon has logged 418,000 votes so far–that’s 15% of the registered total–and Wheeler County leads the way with a 35% return. Oooh…Washington County is the lowest at 12%. And how well are the parties turning out their bases? Check it out—Oregon’s Democrats and Republicans are virtually tied with 19% of their voters already doing the deed. But because Democrats far outnumber Republicans here, there are about 50,000 more ballots from Democrats in the collection box. The State of Washington, by the way, has a 17% turnout so far, and Clark County is among the top, at 22%. Your vote is counted one week from tonight. Your vote counts!

Back to Pittsburgh, where a sad and shaken city begins the funerals for eleven murdered people of the Jewish faith, even as President Trump and the First Lady have announced plans to fly in for a visit today. The Mayor of Pittsburgh wishes they wouldn’t–the police are already swamped providing safety and security for the memorial services–and some, but not all, local Jewish leaders, oppose Trump’s visit because they see his rhetoric as enabling such violence.

The Pentagon is sending 5,200 troops to the Mexican border to block the migrant caravan of refugees fleeing poverty and gang violence in Central America.

The body of a young woman was found on the grounds of Camp Namanu, a well-known Campfire retreat in the Sandy area. She was a victim of homicidal violence, was not connected to the camp, and has not been identified.

We hear there’s been an epidemic of locker break-ins at gyms in Portland, with wallets being stolen from folks while they’re working out–and debit cards being used while they’re still trotting on the treadmill.

PSU begins a series of public forums today on whether campus officers should carry guns.

Oregon natural gas rates go down in November–for the fourth year in a row. It’s getting cheaper to drill for natural gas. A little thing called fracking.

The Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers last night, and head to Houston tonight.

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This was the night 80 years ago, in 1938, when our Depression-weary great-grandparents, jittery about another war looming in Europe, had the stuffing scared out of them by a CBS radio play called “The War of the Worlds”–aired on KOIN, AM 970 in Portland– in which a program of piano music by Chopin and Debussy was interspersed with shocking (but fictitious) news bulletins of explosions on Mars and crashing cylinders in New Jersey, from which emerged ghastly tentacled creatures firing deadly heat rays…then a long interlude of Chopin…..then the sound of screaming people diving in panic into the East River ..and another agonizingly long stretch of piano music…and finally Martian cylinders crashing all over a doomed country. Disclaimers were inserted at several points in the broadcast, but that didn’t stop a fair number of people from panicking–my Chicago grandparents went and pulled my Dad, who was 10, out of a movie theater. Historians say many people believed they were listening to actual to news reports, but misunderstood the identity of the attackers–instead of aliens from Mars, many listeners thought they were German invaders.

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Let’s harvest a few choice headlines for the link farm, lovingly tended by your radio Daddio. Click here.

–“Helicopter Upsets Tennis Player With PTSD, Teammate Abandons Game to Comfort Him Using a Song”

–“Muslims Raise Money For Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims”

–“Is it possible that artificial glowing plants created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology can Replace Streetlights?”

–“Maine will help you pay off your student loans if you move there”

–“Business booming at Steve’s Pizza as word of good deed spreads”

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It’s the 303rd day of the year, with 62 to go. Tasks undone? 2018 resolutions unkept? Probably time. See you on 103.3!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Good morning! New week, fresh start! Today is Monday, October 29, 2018, and after a weekend of heavy rain, thunder, and a funnel cloud which I’ll detail shortly, we’ll have showers and highs of 55. Sunrise 7:46 AM, sunset 6:01 PM. It’s Day #302 of the year, with 63 left in 2018.

Yep, that was a tornado that swirled down from the sky and scraped along the ground south of Marine Drive, about half a mile east of I-5, around 3 yesterday afternoon. Knocked over several empty semi trailers and damaged a warehouse. The National Weather Service classes it as an EF-Zero tornado, with gusts between 65 and 85 MPH, but a tornado it was. And: snow is falling on the Cascade mountain passes all day today.

The American flag is flying low, until sundown Wednesday, after a week during which this era’s bigotry and hatred were manifested in the mass killing of eleven Jews in Pittsburgh–literally in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood–and the seeming attempted assassination by letter bomb of two former presidents and a dozen other top figures in the Democratic party. And white man killed two African-American people at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky, after he tried to enter a predominantly black church nearby minutes before. The suspects in these crimes begin their long legal roads today, while our country tries to rekindle the flickering light of civilization. Late yesterday people of all faiths along with Portland’s mayor and members of Congress overflowed the Main Sanctuary at Congregation Beth Israel, at NW 20th and Flanders, for an event titled Love Your Neighbor: A Community Gathering of Peace in Response to the Shooting in Pittsburgh. Among those attending was a cousin of one of the eleven who fell on Saturday.

If ever there was a time for kindness in our everyday interactions, it’s now. Listen deeply, smile at someone, thank a letter carrier. Small gestures add up. In fact, let me suggest that we all put down the Daily Drip, and go say something nice to someone. Be right back.

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Local youth will rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza from 11:30 to 1:00 today to support a lawsuit against the federal government for its inaction on climate change. The rally was scheduled to coincide with opening arguments in Juliana vs. U.S, whose plaintiffs include six young people from Oregon. The Supreme Court delayed today’s court proceedings in Eugene, but the midday rally will go on.

The heralded “caravan” of Honduran refugees heading north has dwindled to half of the reported 7,000, according to Mexico’s ambassador to the US. Many people are accepting Mexico’s offer of asylum, and Mexican communities along the way are turning out to welcome the refugees with food and clothing.

Good times in Cougar country, as Washington State leaps to #10 in the AP’s college football rankings. Oregon doesn’t show up at all, nor does Washington.

The Timbers closed out their regular season with a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps. But the Portland club rested its starters, missing out on a chance for a home match to begin the playoffs, and will travel to Dallas for a knockout round game on Wednesday.

The Boston Red Sox surprised absolutely nobody by winning the World Series in five games. They’re one of the best teams in history–winning a total of 119 games this year, including the playoffs. Only one team’s ever won more: the 1998 New York Yankees, who racked up 125 victories. By the way. Pitchers and Catchers in 108 days.

After taking part in NATO’s biggest military exercise since the Cold War, a force of 7,000 American sailors and Marines invaded Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík–and literally drank the city dry. Bars across the city ran out of beer. Faced with a crisis, they appealed to the oldest brewery in the country, and they came through with an ample replenishment of the local supply of Ölgerð Egils Skallagrímssonar.

Some today-in-history factoids:

The fortunes of thousands of people were wiped out in a day as the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929, 89 years ago, signaling the start of the 12-year Great Depression. The market didn’t regain its pre-crash value until 1954.

Delta Airlines merged with Northwest Airlines 10 years ago today.

This is the day in 1792 that Mt. Hood got its name–at least the name we use–when a member of Capt. George Vancouver’s British exploration, camped out on Sauvie Island, looked to the east and wrote in his blog that “A very high, snowy mountain now appeared rising beautifully conspicuous….” and named it (and likewise Hood Canal in Washington) after Admiral Samuel Hood, who served with British Navy in the American Revolution. So…the crowning majesty of Oregon is named after an enemy of American independence? Maybe we should change it back to the original Multnomah tribal name, Wy’east! Wy’not?

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Seriously, tell me something good!

–“Kindergartners sign ‘Happy Birthday’ song to custodian who is deaf”

–“Golden retriever who saved Arizona woman from snake bite named dog of year”

–“Drowning kangaroo rescued by Australian police officers”

–“Violin maker in Palestine brings sweet sounds to troubled landscape”

–“Red Sox star feeds homeless hours after team wins World Series game”

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The sunrises this week are really, really late; people are going to work and school in the dark. That’ll change soon when we switch to Standard Time on Sunday, but an extra measure of caution is called for. Random acts of good driving!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Morning friends! It’s Thursday, October 25, 2018, and here’s the Daily Drip for the two-month-and-counting mark before Christmas! Portland’s weather begins cloudy and cool, then heads straight down the tubes, with rain revving up to a full-on downpour tonight. Today’s high’ll be in the mid 60’s. Sunrise 7:40 AM, sunset 6:08 PM.

Security is elevated in media mailrooms, political offices, and post offices, in case there are more pipe bombs like the five that were mailed to the Obamas, the Clintons, CNN, and other targets of far-right rage, The political divide in this country is a bitter poison that’s reached a whole new and sickening level, but nobody’s been injured so far by the homemade devices, and none exploded, and one law enforcement source suggests they were meant to scare but not actually blow up. President Trump, known to fan anger among his supporters against his opponents and critics, attempted a softer tone of voice during a rally last night, calling the episodes “an attack on our democracy itself” and promising “swift justice,” adding, “Do you see how nice I’m behaving tonight? We’re all behaving very well!.” But then he called on journalists “to “stop the endless hostility and constant negative and often false attacks and stories.” But CNN chief Jeff Zucker replied, “There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media. The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”

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Pausing to breathe.

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After a public backlash, the state of Oregon is releasing the annual school performance report now–instead of sitting on it until after the election. The rankings may have been complete for weeks, but weren’t going to be revealed until November 15th, ostensibly to give schools a chance to respond, or to finish dotting the i’s, but also handing the Governor’s Republican challenger Knute Buehler a chance to claim she’s hiding bad news until after the vote.

That reminds me! Let’s update the Oregon county ballot arrival numbers–and by special Dripster request, add Washington as well. Oregon’s up to 140,000 ballots returned, and 139 of them are from Yamhill County. Yay! Wine Country is on the clock! Wheeler County’s turnout continues to lead the way, at over 20%, but they have thousands more cows than donkeys or elephants. Clark County is off to a solid start in Washington’s balloting, at a 6.4% early turnout, while the next county up I-5–Cowlitz–is at 4.6. Both states have roughly a 5-and-a-half percent overall turnout so far, which isn’t bad for early returns. The election’s still almost two weeks away.

If downtown Portland business leaders have their way, cars will be banished from the 5th and 6th avenue Transit Mall, and a protected bikes-only corridor will be built within Tom McCall Waterfront Park–rather than permanently making a lane of Naito Parkway a bikeway.

The Springwater Corridor pathway reopens a week from today. The usual route for thousands of bicyclists between Sellwood and downtown has been closed since July.

One of Portland’s original craft beer establishments is shutting down next week. The Alameda Brewhouse has been slinging suds on Fremont for 22 years.

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Big oops at Fort Bragg… An Air Force C-17 transport accidentally dropped a Humvee by parachute into the woods of North Carolina, miles from the target. Nobody hurt.

A woman in New Hampshire was knocked off her motorcycle by a flying wild turkey. She broke her hand, but says, “I got to keep the turkey, so that was good.” Good timing, too…Thanksgiving is four weeks from today.

I see in Pravda today that two corrupt local officials near Leningrad were about to be busted for taking millions of rubles in bribes..when they decided to flee in a black sedan, throwing the money fluttering out the window into the path of the pursuing cops. The head official was arrested, but taken to the hospital, where Pravda says “his health suddenly deteriorated.” Hmm.

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For the love of all that’s holy, tell me something good?

–“After 10 years in a wheelchair, man with receives stem cell treatment, regains ability to walk and dances in viral videos”

–“First responders wed amid Panama City’s Hurricane Michael debris”

–“Woman saves husband–then he emerges from coma to see son’s birth”

–“Little girl mistakes bride for Cinderella, and the internet wants to send her to Disney World””

–“Police take the time to replace elderly woman’s door after it was damaged in a break-in”

Details at the Daily Drip link farm at K103.com.

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Time to wrap up and get rolling. A reminder that I’m off tomorrow, and most Fridays for the next month, but I’ll start up a thread for Dripster interaction, as always, and if things happen, we’ll be on it.