Now, that's an algae bloom

Oregon has nothing on Florida when it comes to toxic algae blooms. The Everglade State has a toxic bloom that is covering about 657 square miles of Lake Okeechobee, or 90 percent of the lake's surface.

That's a monster compared to the toxic blooms we in the Beaver State can boast of. Oregon health officials have three ongoing toxic algae alerts: in 5.5-square-mile Odell Lake, 96-square-mile Upper Klamath Lake and in 5.4-square-mile Detroit Lake. The testing was done in only small areas of those lakes, so no one knows how extensive the pollution is. And there is no systematic summertime testing of large bodies of water in Oregon for the algae, so undetected blooms may lurk elsewhere.

But nothing here matches Florida's epic problem.

A boost for anti-sanctuary effort

Oregon activists who put a measure on the November ballot to repeal Oregon's "sanctuary" law got a big assist from the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Federation for American Immigration Reform, campaign finance records show.

The signature-gathering campaign for the measure was run by two closely affiliated Oregon groups: Oregonians for Immigration Reform and Repeal Oregon's Sanctuary Law Committee. The latter served as the main financial conduit for the effort, raising money and spending it on services and products.

More than half of the donations received by Repeal Oregon's Sanctuary Law Committee came from FAIR. The anti-sanctuary committee has raised $282,000 so far this year in cash and donated services/products. It raised $54,000 last year.

FAIR donated 52 percent of that: $148,000 worth of campaign services/products this year, and $30,000 worth last year, according to filings with the Oregon Elections Division.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says FAIR is a "hate group." FAIR says it is nothing of the kind. It bills itself as a non-partisan, public-interest organization seeking better border management, lower levels of overall immigration, and a greater focus on highly skilled immigrants. The blue state of Oregon is about to become a proving ground for national immigration politics.

'Animal House' from another era

Filmed at the University of Oregon and other Lane County locales in 1977 and released 40 years ago, "Animal House" has not aged well, writes a member of the UO's communications staff in Around The O.

The article — "Animal house: Still Funny at Age 40?" — quotes Michael Aronson, head of the Department of Cinema Studies, as saying: “The problem is the film is bad, really bad. ... It might be fondly remembered if you haven’t watched it in 30 years, but 'Animal House' is awful; wildly misogynist, homophobic, and racist.”

The movie also famously makes fraternities look bad. “The film does not represent what fraternities were founded on or what our organizations are truly about,” says Caitlin Roberts, UO’s director of fraternity and sorority life.

UO students interviewed for the article disliked the movie's presentation of non-whites; protagonists who use terms such as "homo" and "retard;" jokes that "objectified women, glorified harmful behavior, or betrayed implicitly racist attitudes." Students were also critical of the "gratuitous nudity" and "dialogue that relied too heavily on insults."

John "Bluto" Blutarsky would belch in reply.

Quote of the week

"Pigs have a lot of personality. I've never been bored with raising pigs. I've had pigs that have learned how to unlatch their pen. This year I've got a pig that picks up a pig whip and leads me around" — Brady Frost, 16, who raises pigs as 4-H projects and has entered them at the Lane County Fair for the past four years.