Friday, June 28, 2019

Friday, sweet Friday! Welcome to June 28, 2019, the front door of a holiday week when half a million Oregonians will hit the road to celebrate our freedom to do so. Portland’s weather is on the upswing: following a minimally bombastic evening, today offers leftover showers mixed with fresh sunshine and highs of 75. Sunrise 5:24 AM, sunset 9:03 PM.
So…Day Nine…Any Senate Republicans in the house? Let’s call roll…Baertschiger Jr…? Bentz…? Boquist…? Girod…? Hansel…? Heard…? Knopp…? Linthicum…? Olsen…? Thatcher…? Thomsen…? **crickets** OK. We’ll try again later. Meantime, news coverage spread to Rolling Stone, with a long piece headlined, “Runaway Senators, Militias and Koch Money: What the Hell Just Happened in Oregon?” I think tomorrow morning I’ll drive down there and wander around that building and say hello to some friends and see if I can find out.
Keep your wits about you this weekend–Police are expecting dueling right/left demonstrations involving the “Proud Boys” and the “Him Too Movement,” with Antifa on the other side. They all seem to be itching for a street fight. Likely locations are Pioneer Courthouse Square. Chapman Square, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Today, though, there’s World Cup Soccer! At twelve noon…on your local Fox affiliate, Channel 12 in Portland…it’s the USA Women in the quarterfinals against the French! They’ve been warned: you mess with America…and you get Thorns!
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The comment lamp is now lit for last night’s Democratic presidential debate, Round Deux. Tell us what you thought. I can tell you this: following the debate, Kamala Harris was the most-Googled topic; she had a breakout performance, with her prosecutorial skills on full display. She had Joe Biden on the ropes, at one point, with questions about his opposition to federally-mandatory busing while she was a child in a segregated school; and she alone was able to control the gabble when NBC’s moderators were unable to prevent all ten candidates from claiming the floor.
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Homeless camp sweeps are underway…in McMinnville. People seem to think it’s a Portlandia phenomenon. Not so.
Good news for Drip readers who grew up in the northeastern corner of our state and were aghast to learn that barrels marked as having the components of Agent Orange were found at the bottom of their drinking water supply…lab tests show the water in Wallowa Lake is contaminant-free.
You know how some people stash stuff on their car’s sun visor? My wife does that all–the–time. It’s her filing system and it works for her. Jose Martinez of Beaverton does that too, and when his spouse pulled the visor down, a bunch of lottery tickets came fluttering out. She grabbed them before they could blow away. Good move! One of them was a Mega Millions ticket worth a million bucks.
If you see smoke on the water, and Deep Purple begins playing in your head, fear not…lower-Columbia firefighters plan a 35-acre prescribed burn in St. Helens Saturday and Sunday as a way to remove invasive species, and also as firefighting training.
On June 28, 1919–100 years ago today—the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending the war to end all wars. Such optimism.
Fifty years ago today, as clouds settled from the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York, the struggle for gay rights in the US took its first steps with two days of protests that galvanized LGBTQ+ activism across the country.
Also fifty years ago today Crosby, Stills & Nash released their first and (IMHO) best album, creatively titled “Crosby, Stills & Nash.”
ELO is at the Moda Center tomorrow night…Santana and the Doobie Brothers are at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater on Sunday night…but the really big show is Saturday night’s Garth Brooks epic concert at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. It sold out in two hours. Garth says these concerts are easy for him: he strums the first four notes of “Low Places”…and the audience belts it out from there.
Ah, the World Naked Bike Ride, I see you’re back! And everything else! Saturday night, starting at Laurelhurst Park.
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Something good?
–“Hopes raised of cervical cancer eradication”
–“After a Facebook post shamed a man for sleeping in McDonald’s, people helped him get back on his feet”
–“Video captures moment ‘hero’ teenager saves baby falling from apartment in Turkey”
–“Target bringing back teacher discount on school supplies, clothing”
–“This Blind Golden Retriever And His Guide Dog Best Friend Are Warming People’s Hearts”
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Linx in the Coffee Cup. Thanx for clicking. Like a lot of folks, I’ll be away next week, checking in here periodically to facilitate Driplandian interactions. Have a most excellent weekend!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Here comes your Daily Drip for another potentially stormy summer day, with best wishes to you for a happy Thursday, June 27, 2019! Today’s PDX forecast is like a copy/paste of yesterday’s: Partly sunny. Chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Even the sunrise/sunset times are identical: Highs around 65. Sunrise 5:23 AM, sunset 9:03 PM.
That was a frisky little storm for some of us! Thunderclouds billowed like scoops of ice cream over the Cascades east of the Valley, and hail covered the highway like slushy snow on the way to Mt. Hood. Air traffic control scrambled to direct jets around dangerous storm cells. Then it all powered into the Portland area, largely east of 205, dousing the lights on 26,000 PGE customers and 5000 in Clark PUD country, and scaring the whee out of many a family dog. Today’s thunderstorm setup doesn’t look quite as organized, but who knows?
The storm scrambled our satellite TV signal during the Democratic presidential debate–faces kept freezing into a pixilated mess–but the affair had the intended effect of helping a few of the candidates stand out from the crowd. Elizabeth Warren certainly looked comfortable, but others jumped out too. I don’t have the space/time bandwidth to summarize the debate without contributing to the lazy media-lazy voter continuum by posting a bunch of juicy soundbites and calling it coverage. But I’ll quote an apt Twitter exchange that preceded the debate. Somebody in the media tweeted, “Security person outside debate site just now: are you here to pick up press credentials? John Hickenlooper: I’m a candidate.” To which Hickenlooper tweeted: “Last time, we elected the most famous candidate. Let’s try something new.”
There was a hot mic moment during the debate, when NBC got cute and switched moderators at halftime–but left the microphones hot for the mods who had just left the stage. Confusion filled the air for a few moments before they went to commercial and got their act together. It could have been sooo much worse. A scene from “Naked Gun” comes to mind. NBC has a chance to regroup for Debate Two tonight, featuring the likes of Joe, Bernie, and Kamala.
It’s Day Eight of the GOP state senators’ late-session walkabout, and though there are rumors of a return by the weekend, some of the missing politicians are considering demanding more concessions from Democrats before they’ll come back–such as a delay in a public vote on the newly-passed education tax that would blow a hole in schools’ budgets next year.
The 71-year old man accused of tearing through a park in his Jeep and running over two German visitors who were sunbathing on a Washougal River beach had a blood alcohol level of .085 percent, according to police. He was turned in by his son-in-law. The two are being called ” tourists” in the media, but they were just in town visiting family. They’re identified as Rudolf Hohstadt, 61, and Regina Hohstadt, 62.
A judge has given a second chance to a woman who left her two kids in the rain on the Rockwood MAX platform while she downed a bottle of wine and passed out in front of the bar: she’s been given five years of probation. And though she lost custody of the kids, she could get them back if she builds a life without addiction. The silent angel in this is the woman who spotted the baby boy and 12-year-old girl crying that night–and stayed with them for an hour to see if the mom returned. And called police when she didn’t.
New Blazer Kent Bazemore made his first Portland impression with these words about his Rip City teammates: “I’m excited to have them as allies now. The culture here is great. I’m here to continue to move the franchise in the right direction and that’s winning a championship. It’s like the first time you meet your wife, it just fits your eyes.” And then…perhaps morphing Bill Schonely with Bud Clark, he looked into the camera and said, “Rip rip!”
The TriMet board is rolling ahead on a plan to speed up crosstown MAX traffic by closing a couple of Transit Mall light rail stops permanently, and the Kings Hill/Salmon station for an experimental year—while keeping the Skidmore Fountain station open, as predicted here yesterday (humble brag). They’ll take a final vote at next month’s meeting.
So, what’s on the bottom of the Willamette River? I don’t know, but as of this morning there are 57 fewer e-scooters and bikes than just a few days ago. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Dive Team used their training days to go scooter hunting–and it turns out they needed a bigger boat!
Fifty years ago tonight, patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, clashed with police–and thus was born the gay rights movement.
Lyle Lovett and his hair perform at McMenamin’s Edgefield tonight.
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Mmm let’s see what’s next. I know!
–” ‘How lucky am I?’: Inspired by son with diabetes and late father, man golfs in 50 states in 50 days”
–” A 12-YO Makes Shelter Animals Cool Bow Ties, Helps Them Get Adopted”
–“On thin ice: Alberta man jumps into icy pond to rescue dog”
–“A Dangerous Job: Snake Milkers Risk Their Lives to Save Others”
–“58 Realistic Mannequins Placed Around The World To Mess With People”

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That’s all I’ve got so far. Love to hear your thoughts on the storm…the debate…the hot mess in the legislature..or life in general!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Greetings, friends! and welcome to your mid-week check-in from Portland’s Daily Drip on Wednesday, June 26, 2019! The weather in our home town promises to be partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 65 to 70. We’ll take it! Sunrise 5:23 AM, sunset 9:03 PM.
I dunno…weird juju on the state level…
The climate change bill is “mostly dead” (Princess Bride quote that’s going around Salem) but hard feelings and an intrigue-filled denouement will live on at the Capitol for quite some time. Senate President Peter Courtney stunned the chambers by proclaiming to the surprise of all that, regardless of the Republican walkout, HB2020 doesn’t have enough Democratic votes to pass. Courtney’s death pronouncement of a bill a decade in the making blindsided its supporters, who stood en masse and turned their backs not only on Courtney but on the Legislature itself for faltering on a bill that would have put Oregon on the forefront of the climate battle. But the math works like this: any bill needs 16 votes to pass in the 30-member Senate. There are eighteen Democrats. Courtney counts three no votes. (I count two: Roblan and Johnson. Who else?) Fifteen is a fail. The bill’s supporters in the environmental community hotly dispute that count. saying there are two no’s at most. Republican leaders claim from their Idaho exile that it’s all a trick; that Democrats are trying to lure the fugitives back, get the Senate in session, and then spring a successful HB 2020 vote on them. I don’t buy that; my hunch is that Courtney gave up the climate bill to save the session, in the same way that Kate Brown gave up gun bills for school funding. In any event, I don’t think the runaway R’s are coming back today, and some may stay out altogether, wounded by rhetoric in this acrid and wholly un-Oregonian, but not un-American, debacle.
(Some adults need to get together and get a quorum long enough to rescue 125 pending bills that have inched their way through months of bipartisan work, and some of which are of immediate and critical importance–higher education funding, for example–that will fail if not passed by Sunday when the legislature must, under the Constitution, adjourn. “Sine Die” is not supposed to mean, “Lord, heal our broken state”).
By the way, OPB news director Anna Griffin tweeted this: “Hate to roll my eyes at national media coverage of #orleg standoff, because we should talk more about climate change. But the hysteria over armed militias getting into mainstream politics is several years too late. Welcome to the West. This has been our life for a while now.”
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An awful story from Washougal, where a man is being held for driving his red Jeep Cherokee through a chain link fence and onto the beach at Sandy Swimming Hole Park, hitting and killing a man and a woman from Germany who were lying on the beach. He kept going up a berm and out of the park, but was later tracked down and arrested for vehicular homicide.
The possibility of closing the Kings Hill MAX station is up for a hearing at the TriMet Board this morning. Neighbors have been railing for months against the move, which is aimed at trimming a few moments off the train’s downtown trips, and they seem to have won a slight concession: the closure would be only for one year, so the actual effects can be studied. But an even bigger concession was scored by Saturday Market, the U of O, Mercy Corps, and others near the Old Town MAX stop–a proposal to close it appears to have been dropped altogether. (I watch more of these board meetings and legislative hearings than you can imagine. Citizen involvement is a beautiful thing here!).
The Portland City Council will vote today to ask voters to enshrine protection of the Bull Run Watershed into the City Charter, which is basically Portland’s constitution. Kind of unbelievable that protecting Bull Run isn’t in there already!
The Multnomah County River Patrol will be back in the Willamette today fishing out more of those e-scooters that have been irreverently (and quite irresponsibly) dropped into the drink. They dredged up eleven of them yesterday, with at least four to go.
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Special investigator Robert Mueller has agreed to testify to two Congressional committees on July 17.
The first of two debates airs tonight among the populous field of Democrats seeking the White House.
It was four years ago today President Barack Obama–spontaneously and unrehearsed–sang “Amazing Grace” at the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed with eight others when a white supremacist gunman opened fire during a Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
It was on that same day in 2015 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5–4, that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Happy birthday to Rindy Ross, superstar Portland musician whom we’re always glad to hear from on the Daily Drip! Her silver voice and bluesy saxophone have rung for decades across the land in one of the all-time breakup songs–“Harden My Heart”–but she and Marv Ross are far from being done creating. Their timely and viral “I Won’t Sing Here Any More” is like acid-washed jeans, a sweet and sad song that bites hard and demands reflection. Here it is.
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Something good? Okay!
–“Woman Jumps Out Of Her Car To Rescue A Child Running In Traffic”
–“This woman has been on a three-year road trip documenting acts of kindness”
–“Mysterious $100 bill, life-affirming note delights Nova Scotia town”
–“German locals buy out their town’s entire beer supply to thwart a neo-Nazi gathering”
–“Teacher gives student shoes off his feet to walk across stage at graduation”

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That’s it so far. Peace and love!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Good morning friends! Daily Drip here, with drippy tidings for Tuesday, June 25, 2019. I’ll let the meteorologist on duty at the National Weather Service sum it up: “SYNOPSIS…After a beautiful Monday, an upper level low-pressure system will slowly meander towards and then over the region this week bringing cooler temperatures and rain chances each day.” Our high in the Portland area will be in the seventies, and we’ll see sunbreaks trading off with clouds and showers. A little rain will be nice, no? And it’s over after Friday. Sunrise 5:23 AM, sunset 9:03 PM.
Next stop for the American Women? Friday, noon PDT, quarterfinals of the World Cup–against the home team, France!
On Day Six of the Republican strike in the Oregon Senate, an editorial in this morning’s Oregonian opines as follows: “Ditch the theatrics, Senate Republicans, and return to the business of legislating… the protest comes across as a temper tantrum that has spun out of control and ratcheted up tensions in an already toxic political climate….It’s an unfortunate decision by Senate Republicans, who should recognize that there’s nothing but downside for a party that has been seen as increasingly irrelevant due to extreme views on social issues and shunned as a result of Donald Trump’s presidency…Oregon needs state Republicans to be a reliable, credible counterbalance to Democrats.” (That last sentence makes a profoundly important point. Oregon and the nation need the influence of both traditional conservative and progressive thinkers into order to maintain balance. And right now that balance is pretty wobbly).
Oregon has eleven Republican State Senators, all of whom are currently engaged in a job action, but today’s the day a 12th Senator will be named, as a joint meeting of the Polk and Marion County Commissioners will select a successor to the late Jackie Winters. They’ll interview and then choose between Becky Mitts, the chief of staff for a Republican representative; Polk County GOP chair Kevin Chambers; and Denyc Boles, a current Oregon House member. And who knows what their first act will be after taking the oath of office–going to work at Capitol, or boarding a Horizon flight to Boise?
Breaking news on the humanitarian front from Clint, Texas…hundreds of migrant children were transferred out of a squalid Border Patrol station where they had no access to soap, clean clothes or adequate food. Some of these kids, separated from parents, had been there for a month. This follows weekend reports of filthy and medically perilous conditions that one local doctor described as “torture.” Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tweeted, “The most terrifying thing about this is that the Trump administration isn’t sorry they held kids in prison camps, they’re sorry they got caught.”
Oregonian writer Steve Duin and New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, who lives in Portland, are collaborating on a graphic novel version of the Mueller report. A news release from the publisher reads, “Shannon and Steve have done an incredible job taking the rotten ingredients catalogued by Robert Mueller and turning them into a delicious satirical feast,” says the book’s editor, Justin Eisinger. “It’s funny. It’s maddening. But it’s a great resource for anyone that wants to be informed about the findings of the most important law enforcement document created in our lifetime.” It’s out next April.
Today doesn’t look like an ideal day to peel off and hit the swimming hole, but Clark County Public Health has issued advisories for Lacamas Lake and Round Lake in Camas due to the presence of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. Their advice is to stay out of the bloomin’ water.
The folks at TriMet–wisely paying no heed to suggestions here that we might not hit 90 again this summer–released what they label “Cool News: MAX Yellow Line can now safely run at normal speeds until temps reach 100 degrees. Before, trains slowed when the thermostat hit 90. We recently made similar improvements on MAX Blue and Red lines. Green Line will be next.” Thermostat? You mean we can control this? Cool! Hey Alexa, gimme sunny and 75!
It’s all over the media that the Portland Trail Blazers are trading Evan Turner to Atlanta for Kent Bazemore. By the way, after the Blazers’ 19-year-old draft pick Nassir Little’s news conference yesterday, the dean of Oregon sports journalists, Dwight Jaynes, reported that the two Blazer players there, Zach Collins and Gary Trent Jr. “went directly to his mom and sister and introduced themselves. Class move. Typical of this team, too.” This Little guy will have some big brothers keeping watch as he moves from college kid to NBA millionaire.
Such a talent, such a messed-up individual, such a loss: Michael Jackson died ten years ago today from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.
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Some good news for your surfing pleasure:
–“18-Year-old Genealogy Wiz Reunites Hundreds of Long-Lost Family Members in His Spare Time”
–“Kitty rescue!”
–“Japanese zoo staff chase furry fake lion in escape drill”
–“Why This Mexican Village Celebrates Juneteenth” (great read–hat tip to Lew Frederick)
–“Swingle Singers in an underground tube subway” (an oldie but a goodie!)

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Early programming note…I am taking all of next week off, and won’t necessarily surface here. OK, probably I will, just to start interactions between people for whom this is a common thread. It was fun hearing about Dripsters bumping into each other on a cruise ship in Europe yesterday. Have a very fine Tuesday, friends!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Let’s crack open a can of Monday! It’s June 24, 2019, the first full week of summer, but that springtime cool is hanging on. Portland’s weather keeps our hoodies off the hangars with sub-50 temps overnight, and highs of 74 today but heading down a few degrees hereafter, with scattered showers joining the mix tomorrow. We’ll talk about the surprising extended summertime outlook in a bit. Sunrise 5:22 AM, sunset 9:03 PM.
Oregon is in the jaundiced national eye once again, as eleven Republican Senators–enough to field an American football team, or rob a casino in a George Clooney movie–are on the lam, racking up fines, and delighting the segment of Oregonians who see HB2020, the climate bill, as another cram-down tax from Portland Democrats. The climate in the Capitol is heating up considerably, with people in the online world mocking and barking at each other. It’s noted in national coverage that a Senator hinted at gun violence against police, and militia groups that rode in to aid the Bundys in Burns volunteered to saddle up again, and there are people talking about “occupying” the Capitol..this is going the wrong way in a hurry. Under the state Constitution, this session must end by June 30. That means HB2020 will die, and along with it, the funding bills for a number of state agencies, a bipartisan family leave proposal, and measures to address sexual harassment at the Capitol, unless, unless….Tom McCall, up there, any ideas?
The Portland Thorn-y United States Women’s Soccer Team plays Spain this morning at 9 in the World Cup’s Round of Sixteen. Our side is undefeated and even un-scored on, as they defend their title with several members having Portland roots, including iconic University of Portland legend Megan Rapinoe. She was quoted by soccer analyst Roger Bennett on NPR yesterday about the women’s simultaneous lawsuit over pay discrimination: “She said, we do not feel that we’re just trying to pioneer for women’s soccer. We feel we’re pioneering for women in all jobs in all offices around the world.”
News-watchers are massaging their whiplash over two Trump reversals: the called-back attack on Iran, and this week’s canceled sweep of millions of “illegal aliens.” The president himself may have caused the latter, having tweeted the plans days in advance. An official ICE statement noted, “Any leak [they might as well have said ‘tweet’] telegraphing sensitive law enforcement operations is egregious and puts our officers’ safety in danger.” Trump says his intention was to buy time for negotiations in Congress over immigration and border security, and we’d add that at least the Congresspeople are staying in town to do the work.
Fireworks sales are now underway in both Oregon (Pfffsssss) and Washington (Ka-BLAM!).
OK, disclaimers here..serious waffling…I hesitate to say anything at all…because it’s dependent on unpredictable variables…but at this point, the long-range forecast from the private meteorological firm Accuweather suggests that Portland may not hit 90 again this summer. Their summertime grid calls for temps in the low 80s next week, including July 4, then the high 80s for several days in late July and again in mid-August, but there is currently no mention of a single 90-degree day, let alone the 100s we’ve experienced in recent years. But this long-range outlook includes almost no rain at all–except for this week’s showers–until Labor Day. So fire danger will be a factor, and smoke is nasty whether it’s 77, 88, or 99.
With that in mind, today is the day Pacific Power begins an outreach campaign to let Oregon customers know about their new Public Safety Power Shutoff measure, “designed to help keep people and communities in high-risk areas safe, by proactively shutting off power during extreme and dangerous weather conditions that can result in catastrophic wildfires.”
They’re cutting down trees on Boones Ferry in Lake Grove to create an extra lane that people can turn from; that’s been a rear-ender zone practically ever since Daniel Boone’s grandson Alphonso built a plank road to carry customers to the 24-hour ferry he paid Tuality tribal oarsmen to run in 1846 to serve the burgeoning moonshine industry along the Willamette.
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The flying saucer era began this night in 1947 when a private pilot saw nine shiny objects zipping past Mt. Rainier at 1,200 MPH.
“The Liong King” is 25.
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Can you feel the love? If not, check out these stories in the old treasured DD Coffee Cup:
–“You heard it on the radio–now see the video! Firefighters in Colorado use duck calls on YouTube to talk frightened ducklings out of a storm drain”
–“College Student Donates $1,300 Worth of Groceries From His Meal Plan to Local Food Bank”
–“Father gets tattoo on chest to match son’s heart surgery scar”
–“Kitten survives 40-mile journey trapped under bonnet of neighbour’s car”
–“Toys ‘R’ Us, back from the dead, will open US stores in 2019”

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Happy Monday! Don’t let that be a contradiction in terms!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Welcome to Friday, and welcome to the Summer of 2019! Our weather is cloudy with highs around 70 in the city and 60 at the coast, and the freezing level leaps up to 9000 feet, so no danger of any Timberline snow, unlike that rather Christmassy last day of Spring!

For those who have Druidistic impulses, the Solstice occurs at 8:54 AM Pacific Daylight Time. This 21st of June will bring us exactly 15 hours, 41 minutes, and 10 seconds of sunlight, precisely five seconds more than yesterday. And three seconds more than tomorrow. We’ll also hit our latest sunset of the year, at 9:03 tonight–and it’ll hang there for the next eleven evenings.

Breaking news around the world…the jet were in the air for a retaliatory strike against Iran…but President Trump changed his mind, and called off the attack.

The best information I have is that Oregon’s runaway Republican legislators have not been rounded up, so the missing eleven are racking up $500-a-day fines that’ll be deducted from their paychecks while they hold out to block the carbon-reduction bill that they believe will be devastating to the economy, particularly in their rural districts, where incomes are lower and the driving distances much farther than in the Portland area. Where have they gone? Rumors abound. Missoula comes up a lot, but Vancouver’s an easier drive.

Amid all the Capitol turmoil Governor Kate Brown is celebrating her 59th birthday today. She was born in Spain where her Air Force Dad was stationed, grew up in Minnesota, got her undergrad degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder (yay! Alma mater!) then came to Portland for law school at Lewis and Clark, before ending up in her present job as a cat herder. She, by the way, is described by people who know her well as “truly pissed. Steam-out-of-the-ears angry.”

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Portland drivers say the city’s new speed bumps–enforcing the 20 MPH speed limit–and poorly marked, rather high, and tend to chew up your oil pan when you hit it at the speed limit, as evidenced by the slick on at SE 18th and Stark. Motorcyclists say they’ve nearly wiped out on that one. It’s in the shade and hard to see–giving new meaning to “Vision Zero.”

We’ve learned what’s taking the place of the Alder Street Food Pod! It will be a 35-story building starring the Pacific Northwest’s first Ritz Carlton. It’ll be Portland’s first five-star hotel.

The Portland Trail Blazers drafted 19-year old Nassir Little, a backup small forward at North Carolina, with their 25th pick.

Tonight’s the night for Catlin Gabel grad Avi Gupta’s turn on Teen Jeopardy….7:30 PM on Channel Two.

Feeling festive? Many communities hold their town festivals this weekend. For example…the oldest city west of the Rockies is celebrating its 175th birthday at Oregon City Heritage Days, today and tomorrow at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Plus, things are looking up in Tigard, where the Festival of Balloons is underway at Cook Park today through Sunday. This is the weekend of the Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival, starting tonight at 6 at King School. And it’s time for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. If your town has something happening, let us know!

Speaking of LO….a big project gets underway on Boones Ferry in Lake Grove…Expect lane closures between Bryant and Madrona (basically between Albertson’s and Roundtable Pizza) today and tomorrow for tree removal, with major lane shifts starting on Monday.

The lilting melodies of Judas Priest will emanate from the Moda Center tomorrow night. Lucinda Williams plays tomorrow night at the Zoo. Live Wire’s 15th-anniversary show is tonight at Revolution Hall.

And here’s a local favorite…the Hillsboro Hops home opener is tonight at Ron Tonkin Field!

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Good news, friends!

–“‘True heroism’: Meet the man who dove into a river to rescue a motorist”

–“Dog kept injured woman warm for three days and nights after crash”

–“Millennials are causing the U.S. divorce rate to plummet…by waiting until all is secure before tying the knot.”

–“103-year-old nicknamed the ‘Hurricane’ wins yet another gold in 100-meter dash”

–“Television viewers in Turkey are treated to Portland scenes including Rose Festival…and if you look carefully, your friendly radio daddio makes a few cameos…”

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Here’s something I’d like to hear your thoughts on. Ancient sites from Stonehenge to Machu Picchu have works of art and design that are astronomically aligned to the Solstice. They’re indicative of the enormous importance that early people placed in this fulcrum point in their relationship with the life-giving light of the sun. There are practical reasons: growing seasons and livestock fertility could mean life or death, and the Solstice is proof that the opposite season is coming. But the Solstices were also deeply spiritual events to the ancients we call pagans–which is why our Christmas falls where it does. They watched, studied, and often worshipped the sun, the moon, and the stars. Today we regard the Solstice with no awe whatsoever and celebrate it, if at all, with a raised glass toward the late-setting sun. But what about you? Do you have a Solstice tradition, or a way in which you think about it, that reflects a mindful attitude toward this turning point of the year?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Good morning, you! Here’s your personal Daily Drip update for Thursday, June 20, 2019. Summer begins tomorrow! But springtime gives us a slightly wet kiss for a parting gift, with showers today, and highs of just 65–the coolest day of the week. Sunrise arrives at 5:21 AM, with sunset 9:02 pm.

With the last day of spring comes the final day of school in Camas–and that’s the last of the districts where the year has dragged long past its expiration date, whether by strikes or by snow.

Iran has shot down an American Navy surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz, saying that it was above Iranian territorial waters. The US says nope, that’s international airspace, and both countries are racing to recover the wreckage.

Fighting words have no place on the floor of the Oregon Senate, but Senator Brian Boquist–reacting to suggestions that state police might be called to prevent a second walkout by his party’s members–uttered the following to Senate President Peter Courtney, as he elevated a cowboy-booted foot: “If you don’t think these boots are for walking, you’re flat wrong, Mr. President. And if you send the state police to get me, hell is coming to visit you personally.” The Republican Boquist quickly apologized but later told KGW’s Pat Dorris–in a sound bite that’s getting national play this morning–that his message to Oregon State Police, should they try to bring him back to the Capitol during a potential walk-out, is this: “Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state.” That’s potentially violent rhetoric, and though it may play well in some parts of our fractured land, this is still Oregon, as Sen. Lew Frederick rose to say: “I am upset, outraged, to hear an extraordinary comment in public, a threat against members of this chamber, against a member of this body and the body itself,” Frederick said. “What I heard was a threat and the apology is not enough.”

What that’s all about it is primarily the Cap and Trade bill, which is now before the Senate, but also a bill tightening rules on initiative petitions. Courtney along with Gov. Kate Brown have hinted at the possibility of calling on Oregon State Police to compel Republicans to come back to the Capitol if they walk out. “We ask for, and take on responsibility, as elected representatives of the people of Oregon to show up and speak up on their behalf,” Brown said in a statement. “I am prepared to use all resources and tools available to me as governor to ensure that Oregonians are being served by their leaders.”

Strange times we live in, friends, and not strange in a good way.

Did you see that disgusting display by parents at a Little League game in Colorado, who were unhappy with a call made by a 13-year-old umpire, so they stormed the field and started punching each other? Shame on all of them.

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So what else is going on?

The PSU Board of Trustees votes today on a drastically-reduced 4.9% tuition increase–slashed from the 11% proposal, which drew howls from students, especially on the heels of a hefty exit package granted to an ousted president.

It’s NBA draft day. The Blazers hold the 25th overall pick.

The DA in the Dominican Republic says former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot and wounded by a hitman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was sitting at the same table.

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Happy birthday to Brian Wilson, born this day in 1942. Also, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie, Nicole Kidman, and John Goodman.

British singer David Gray’s “Gold in a Brass Age” tour comes to the Keller tonight.

Chelsea Handler brings her “Life Will Be the Death of Me” comedy tour to a sold-out Revolution Hall tonight.

Rocking the Cowlitz Ballroom at Ilani tonight is the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which features the original CCR rhythm section of founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford.

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We truly need something good!!

–“This Island In Norway Wants To Be World’s First Time-Free Zone. Heading There Already!”

–“At the Raptors parade in Toronto a little boy named Landon got separated from his father. the people around him made signs, and chanted “we found Landon” so his father could meet up and find him. Luckily it worked and they were reunited!”

–“‘All 3 of us unanimously felt compassion’: First responders pay for homeless, disabled woman’s hotel to get her out of the rain”

–“Now you can check out a dog for happy hour”

–“‘They love you for good reasons.’ Tacoma kindergarten teacher to retire after 48 years”

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It’s only a month til the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing! This morning at 7:30, we’ll try to Stump Bruce with a question on just that topic.