Jack Pollock

Police reported that New Year's Eve was relatively calm and sober--excluding, of course, a (whoopsy!) head-on collision involving an off-duty police officer. According to police reports, the 39-year-old officer, Edgar Mitchell, was drunk at the time. The other driver was also cited for driving under the influence, and both were transported to Emanuel.

The head-on collision occurred just after 3 am near the intersection of NE Lombard and 33rd. By Thursday morning, wrecking crews were still trying to pry the two mangled vehicles apart.

Both men are lucky to be alive, said police spokesperson Sgt. Brian Schmautz. "It really strikes home the fact that anybody can have problems with alcohol, anybody can make a mistake with alcohol," Schmautz stated in an interview with KGW.

It is not clear whether this charitable sense of understanding and empathy will be a new policy for the police department in the coming year. PHIL BUSSE

He's No Gandhi

This Friday, former Earth Liberation Front spokesman and longtime political activist Craig Rosebraugh will give a lecture at Laughing Horse Books (3652 SE Division, 7 pm). His talk, entitled "The Legitimacy of Political Violence," challenges what he says is the largely accepted assumption that "non-violent action has been the foundation on which the progress and success of social justice movements has been built."

Once an exclusive subscriber to the principles of non-violent political action, Rosebraugh began to question the efficiency of this purely non-violent, reform-centered activism. While researching the history of social change for his master's thesis, he came to believe that non-violence on its own has been, historically, ineffective.

Especially in the current political climate, Rosebraugh says, "popular opinion is that we must remain non-violent in all our activities lest we be labeled terrorists." But non-violent, reform-based movements have been ineffective, he continues, because "our government and the powers that be are very strong, and have proven themselves unwilling to compromise on reform issues."

Rosebraugh mentions the current (non-violent) antiwar movement in the US as an example of ineffective political action. "People have waited long enough in this country to begin to promote actual change," he says. ANNA BOND