The author has been sent on the road to discover a lost country formerly known as America. He is reporting from President Obama's State of the Union Address, offering hope in the form of hankies to Democrats - on assignment for Or-Bust.com and The Source Weekly.
This Isn't Fake NewsGovernor Ted Kulongoski didn't bother to show up as Facebook announced last Thursday that it will build its latest data center in Prineville. Seriously, we aren't making this up: The 124-acre site (which Facebook reportedly settled on because of local climate conditions and generous tax breaks from Prineville and the state of Oregon) will soon harvest and house all of our data for resale to compassionate corporations (err, "all Americans" - see below story), and cost an estimated $188 million, with company site spokesman Tom Furlong saying, "We are very excited to be able to put it in Prineville." Again, this is actually happening - in Prineville! Creating 200 jobs during its year-long construction and employing 35 full-time workers and "dozens more part-time and contract employees" (quoting the press release) afterward, the data center will surely confuse local cowboys and livestock rustlers, yet diversify Prineville's exports/imports from manufacturing then recycling rubber tires. Until Facebook is replaced by another impossibly unprofitable Internet company, and then the data center will be abandoned, much like Bend's big plans for similar business booms, like Juniper Ridge (remember that mess?), La Pine's efforts to corner the Meth market, and Redmond's claim as having the most used car lots on a single road.
"All Americans" Now Have a Voice
Other Stuff Sure to Constipate
Almost Celebrity News
Andy Dick (sometimes known as a "comedian") was arrested this weekend for sexual abuse in West Virginia (where else?), adding two felony counts to his current probation for pleading guilty to battery (originally sexual assault, after pulling down a teenager's top in California) in 2008. Portland's most famous skater and knee-basher, Tonya Harding, has competition in the news from her former nemesis - Nancy Kerrigan (the victim) now has her brother Mark charged with assault and battery for beating her father, Daniel Kerrigan (who later died), because dad wouldn't let son use the phone. Oh, and some guy named Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the underwear bomber on Christmas and promised more attacks on the U.S. - We don't know who this Osama guy is because our current and former president stopped mentioning him.
Ticketmaster Always Wins
Corporate lawyers and anti-trust regulators call the merger between concert ticketing juggernaut Ticketmaster and concert promoter Live Nation a vertical integration. Another word for it is monopoly, but that's exactly what federal regulators signed off on this week when they O.K.'d the Ticketmaster Live Nation marriage. Not to worry though, say federal regulators who assured us that everyone is going to play by the rules and that we'll all come out winners. So when you're shelling out $250 for your Springsteen ticket and another $35 in "convenience" fees next summer you can rest assured, it's all the up and up. Next week, federal regulators will decide if Halliburton gets your kid's school lunch contract - though McDonald's has filed an objection in that case.