Monday, January 18, 2010

The LO/KPOJ "Lost Limerick Challenge"

This morning's second hour on the Carl + Christine show on KPOJ had an odd vibe to it, and not just because Christine was gone for the day. The regular session with TJ of Loaded Orygun, which traditionally reaches its artistic apotheosis with my Spanning the State Oregon news limericks, ran long and there was no time left for the Poet's Corner.

Well, KPOJ listeners' loss is p3's gain. Here are a whopping four limericks for you to test your metrical mettle on. No left-overs for you guys this time--you get the Complete Works. For each limerick, fill in the blank with the word or phrase from this week's Oregon news:

They don't care about jobs--let's be "straight:"
They make money from furthering hate.
Yes, our state's tax opponents
Hired some sleazy proponents--
They're the same ones who fought __________.

They barely outlasted the drought,
But the Bushies almost wiped them out.
After years of frustration:
A new administration
Will help to restore our __________.

Some deny our economy's crippled.
"Check the GDP--barely a ripple!"
Well, here's a discovery
For the fans of recovery:
Our foreclosure rate recently ___________ .

Liberal media? Not even a kernel.
Tax fairness? They think it's infernal!
Just exactly how checkered
Is our paper of record?
They're approved now by _______.

(The answers can be found in the Comments below, or in this week's Spanning the State at Loaded Orygun.)

1 comment:

Nothstine said...

The answers:

Limerick #1: Measure 8

The story: "Oregonians Against Job Killing Taxes" are spending their corporate money on the PR firm Schubert Flint Public Affairs, who created homophobic TV ads for Measure 8 in California and a similar referendum in Maine. They also helped stop the 2007 Oregon tax on tobacco that would help fund children's health care.

Answer #2: Bull trout.

The story: The Bush administration never saw an Oregon fish it didn't want on a plate next to some chips. In the Klamath basin alone, they cut the endangered bull trout's range from 296 river miles to 42. But the Obama administration's EPA is actually going to enforce the 1999 Endangered Species Act to help the bull trout recover.

Answer #3: Tripled

The story: Oregon now ranks 11th in the nation in foreclosures. In 2009, we had 34,121--that's up 90% since 2008, and up 300% since 2007.

If there's a recovery, it forgot to bring the middle class along with it.

Answer #4: The Wall Street Journal

The story: The Wall Street Journal says that Measures 66 and 67 are disasters. Their proof? Even "the liberal Oregonian" editorialized against them.

Thanks, Oregonian editorial board. Next to the WSJ, they probably still are "liberal," but they're working on it!