Freezing to death in a parking garage

Karen Batts (that’s her on the right of the photo), 52, of Portland, Ore., was evicted from subsidized housing for not paying her rent (she owed $338). She moved into a parking garage, where she froze to death on Saturday, becoming Portland’s fourth person who is homeless to die on the streets just this year. Ms. Batts …

“There doesn’t have to be bloodshed…”

One of the anti-government protesters is dead and eight others were arrested in the Oregon wildlife refuge stand-off that was into its third week. This has stopped being about doofy dudes whom people were sending sex toys to. Dave Ward, a sheriff there, says there doesn’t have to be more bloodshed. Lord, I hope not, but Cynical …

So which of those anti-government ranchers came across the Bering Strait?

(To claim the western land they now claim is theirs.) Burns Paiute chair Charlotte Rodrique has expressed concern that the anti-government occupiers of the wildlife refuse in Oregon are endangering the tribe’s sacred space. And while the Bundys et al talk about wrestling the land away from the federal government, they should think about proper ownership: “This …

More shootings yesterday, so it’s time for a reminder:

Ten people died at the hand of a  shooter at an Oregon community college, and three more people were dead in Florida after a mass shooting there. That was just yesterday. White Americans are the biggest terrorist threat in this country, according to the New America Foundation. And that has chart has not been updated. But …

Oregon governor halts executions

Gov. John Kitzhaber has stopped executions in his state. In a prepared statement, the Democrat said his state had a “long and turbulent history with capital punishment.” Gov. Kitzhaber, who has presided over two executions as governor, said: I do not believe that those executions made us safer; and certainly they did not make us …