Monthly Archives: October 2003

Debt schmet

Alright, a pleasurable analysis on how prezzie is squandering the resources of our country, smart, not too long, not too short. Well, maybe a bit short, but that’s because it’s so good. Nathan Newman, via Kos. Ya know, it’s articles like these that truly lend fodder to the war. Hard data, not fluffy hearsay, presented in a cool but passionate manner, clearly. Argue against them in their own terms. None of this bumpersticker crap…no “One cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war” doo-hickey. The only person that means anything to at all is the person that already believes it (I’m not one of them). Unfortunately, I keep rediscovering that lower taxes trumps. Regarding the PUD, my pretty smart, good guy, buddy will not vote for it because it raises his property tax (mine too). When I pointed out that the increase was less than $.75 per year, he was not phased. Zero tolerance. No tax is the new religion. Even if the PUD promised to save him $20 a year in rates, he would not support it because of the tax increase. And he’s a pretty reasonable, thoughtful guy. So the economy isn’t even a worthwhile argument to these people because all they f’ing care about is #1, and how much the April check gets written out for. Job security, raises, options, choices, services, social conscience…it’s of no value when stood up to the T-word. Frickin live for the day bullcrap, and I don’t trust dem gubment wit mah doh garbage. That’s what we’re against. damn librals.

It had to be somewhere

Thank god somebody’s maintaining The National Beard Registry List. If you’ve got a good one, it’s your duty to share it with the world. Me, I can’t really go ZZ because I’m all patchy and stuff. Weird tufts and bald spots. Oh, well, thanks for caring. props abrichar on this one.

hulkamaniacs

I used to be really into professional wrestling. The strong guys doing crazy, pretty realistic, wrestling moves in the air, or spinning them over their back, with figure four leglocks and chairs and sleeper holds, it was dazzling. And then they discovered politics, and that was fun, who’s on whose side, which manager is slipping a roll of quarters in, is The Macho Man good or evil, what about the Four Horsemen and their constuents. The was never any question about Demolition, of course. That’s when I was eleven. Now basketball is doing the same thing. Ever since Kobe’s little run-in with the law, which I won’t comment on here, he has turned evil. He was the golden boy, but now he and Shaq are carnies at the media circus, and Kobe is the fallen angel schlepping mirrors at a fixed game. Well, I don’t care too much about all this, the wrestlers did it better.

diet choices

Crafty Girlie links to a craigs list post about a vegan cat rescuer who is looking for a new home for the cat. The requirement: the home must be vegan and willing to feed the cat a vegan diet. This is absolutely ludicrous. A cat would never choose a vegan diet over a comparably non-rancid carniverous one, because that is what they have evolved to consume. Meat contains the nutrients, microorgganisms, proteins, and enzymes that they need to survive in a healthy manner. I’m going to stop this part of the rant right there because I don’t think any further argument is necessary…it’s just frickin obvious.

Now, the part that drives me nuts is these veg*’s who try to push their decision onto others, particularly children and pets. Dogs and humans are both omniverous. Say it with me now, om-ni-ver-ous. That means meats and vegetables. I believe that for a vegetarian or vegan, or whatever combination you are, to raise a child without meat, to impose this lifestyle for whatever reason, upon an innocent, is abusive and wrong…it’s as bad or worse than teaching them racism or dogma, because it is putting their health at risk. I’m not saying that they need a daily trip to McDonald’s, but meat a couple times a week along with a responsible vegetarian diet will supply enough nutrition for them to grow strong with minimal risk. When they’re of age, let them make the decision themselves. And don’t tell me your five year-old prefers vegetarian fare to meat, because they’re just trying to make you happy.

One other quick point about the choice to become vegetarian, particularly for protest about the treatment of animals. If you really want to have an effect on the way animals are treated, you would be far better served to purchase the meat of animals who have been raised and slaughtered humanely than to abstain entirely. Support those who try to do the right thing rather than nobody at all.

agony of…

Stop what you’re doing. Read this. A gripping tale of tragedy, deception, and, ultimately, betrayal. With a happy ending of course.

one more

big posting day…WWP talks about another great sadness: the church’s heinous treatment of gays. Follow the link to Sullivan’s article as well, it’s a should-read.

freeze-dried blood

Check out this post over at zeros and ones. Pretty freaky implications about cross-species blood transfusions. Someday, you may receive a blood supplement that was derived from an anteater.

PUD 3

Alright, I’m now pretty convinced that PUD is where it’s at. I’ve been leaning yes but wanted to catch some opinions and maybe a fact or two in the haze. Here’s my take: power companies are greedy, and want to monopolize. The government handling utilities may not be perfect, but as long as we need to pay for them, there’s probably not a lot of better ways to do it. PUD will honor existing contracts/employment, though with caveats I’m sure. This will help to sever ties with bad bad Enron and the white house’s good’ole boys. PUDs are more progressive with alternative energy that private utilities (no complaint about Pac. Power here…I get the Blue/Green Mountain/Sky through them…though we can always do better). It’ll piss off people who I think do bad things to good people. Tax increase will be minimal. Thanks for the legwork Jack Bog, BiX, and Emma! So unless you hear otherwise, I’m a go for yes/yes.

meat product

Does anyone have any idea what the heck is up with all these spams that have zero intelligible content, in any language for all I can tell. Spam me, that sucks, but now you’re just wasting. I suppose at least they’re not sending l3wd pictures to children. I hate all spammers.

Splitting hairs

An interesting article on the widely varied conditions of two schools in Iraq. I think that what we learn from this is a reminder of the liberal stance from the VERY BEGINNING of this fiasco. And this is something that is being twisted once again by the lying Bush administration. That we wanted the war to go through the proper channels. Or not at all. But the mad rush, the insanely driven mad rush to shove this war down everyone’s throats using FALSE evidence (which was considered suspect from the first…so don’t act innocent and blame bad intelligence, if I was suspicious, you HAVE to be!). Lately I’m hearing Bush (heh, I heard the Australian heckling on Fox News) saying things to justify the war, like nobody disagrees that the world is a better place with Saddam deposed. Well, I/we never thought we would disagree on that. That was NEVER in question. Now the schools, the suffering, the costs, it’s outrageous, and you lied, and you blew it. Own up. Of course, once again W toed the line between terrorists and Iraq as well…I couldn’t tell if that’s what the heckling was about.

new find

A new Oregon blogger find…he’s into law (are they all?), has an incomprehensible view on Sirius radio, and might be a Newcastle FC fan. Sounds like fun. Hi dicta.

dignity village

I hear that Dignity Village submitted a proposal to the city of Portland today regarding a 10-year extension to whatever they already had. I heard this on the Victor Bach show, one of the most appalling pieces of talk radio I know. However, this is one of the very few issues on which I’ve had some agreement with Victor Bach…something which a say with a sense of shame after hearing his disgusting abortion stance yesterday. But anyway, Dignity Village is a location that is available for the City of Portland’s homeless population to live at. It’s a sort of independent transitional housing project. But I’m just skeptical. And disapproving. Why should the people of our town support these people in this way, with an entire community, sheltered and safe, when so many people are working so hard just to scrape by in this tainted economy. Don’t get me wrong, I am in support of homeless support projects, as well as many social programs, but I do not believe that the platter of independence should be presented, no matter how much of a stink is put up, no matter how many faux concessions are offered. Portland is already a town of homeless chic. It’s true, don’t get indignant on me, there’s a mystique attached to homelessness here, and toughness, an allure, a depth, that I’ve seen many of privilege aspire to or imitate. I never really understood. There is an attraction to the lifestyle here. I believe that it is too easy to be homeless, to cast away your worries and line up at the soup kitchens. It’s not all roses, but there’s an appeal to it. I believe that once established, the Dignity Village will be a wonderful thing, a model of transition. But within two years it will be wrought with corruption, misunderstanding, and fraud. The Portland community will begin to feel slighted. There are people who need help, but there are so many freeloaders out there, better salesmen than the truly needy, I don’t want to open the door. Just like respect, you need to earn dignity.

PUD II

Haven’t gotten any research done (though check out Jack Bog and Portland Communique, but browsing Pacific Power propaganda, one thing reached out to me and stuck a thought in my brain: I’d pay an extra $.007/kwh to have my power company be called Surprise Valley Electrification.

PUD power

alright, I’m really not sure which way to go on the upcoming ballot measures to introduce public power. On one hand, I really like the idea of PUD, it seems reasonable, efficient and less corruptible. Also, I’m pretty happy with Pacific Power. Service is good, I can buy wind power, and I’m not aware of the ole’ Enron baggage. I need to do a bit of investigation on this, but I’d love to hear others’s opinions on this touchy subject.

Beer Drinker and World Domination

In a follow-up to this post, I checked out my googlation for ‘beer drinker’ and actually came up on the first page. Inspired and blindly hopeful, I changed the title of my blog from the inspired ‘beerdrinker.org’ to the functional ‘beerdrinker.org is a beer drinker’. Everybody, stay calm. cheers.

Maria’s

This little restaurant at 3226 N Lombard is easy to miss, but worth a stop. I’d noticed it before one night driving home from the St. Johns area, but it was closed and eventually slipped my mind until we stumbled upon it this afternoon looking for a lunch spot. Always looking for a new place for tacos and burritos, there was no hesitation about changing from our previous destination. And our spontaneity was well-served. I ordered the chile verde burrito ($5) and a water, travis got a vegie burrito ($4.xx) and chicken taco (not sure). Chile verde is one of my gauges for a good Mexican restaurant because it has a huge range of flavors, spices, consistencies, and qualities, and is generally good. Maria’s chile verde was quite tasty, with a satisfying tomatillo sweetness that most verdes in Portland lack. In fact, for this one I’m going to separate the burrito from itself because while the burrito itself was decent, the chile verde inside of it was quite good. The burrito lacked a bit on size, and just felt unspectacular to me, probably because this is in the face of a pretty good salsa (they had a picante too, which was heated up with habanero) and one of Portland’s best chile verdes. I think next time I go for the chile verde there it’ll be in the dinner plate. Travis reported satisfaction with both of his entrees as well. Overall, my instinct after visit #1 is to give Maria’s a thumb’s up, so check it out.

Everybody loves froggies!

but this one’s pretty weird.

Makin cookies

Makin cookies, makin friends. We vetoed the recent UN security resolution regarding the wall in Israel. I’m not sure who we’re trying to convince about what with us being on their side and making peace. Nice work.

On Arnold

Okay. I’m getting pretty frickin sick and tired of the conservative comments on liberal concerns on Arnold S. Bill Clinton has nothing to do with it. He engaged in consensual whatever with a consensual person and that’s that. End of story, except that he then went on and lied about it, which was wrong, and messed up, and a very bad decision that can and will and does reflect poorly upon him. There are other accusations that have been dragged up, but there are serious questions as to the degree of abuse that occurred. I don’t care about Bill’s sex life. I do, however, care about Arnold’s, even though I’m not a Californian (anymore). His abuses were more than indiscretions. They fall withing the assault category. It’s not funny, it’s not something to which you can say, “I’m sorry, elect me governor and I’ll fight for women.” Except that he did. He’s that guy that calls up his ex-girlfriend that he cheated on and treated like crap and asks for just one more night. And California put out. I’ve heard bizarre and disgusting tales years ago about him told by people who were there…told before anyone cared about the election, or knew, we were still in the Clinton years. He’s a predator, he is utterly arrogant. He models behavior that tears down decades of work towards equality. He is photogenic. He’s an actor…which means he is paid to lie. That’s what actors do, and that’s what they are. In the past actors were shunned from society. I’m not saying that they should be now, but it’s something to think about, the character traits of these people, and why we love them, and make them the centers of our lives, and now the power that they wield, with elections being the farces without discourse that they are. Where are the great leaders? The charasmatic men who have something to say, who lead with their minds, hearts and souls. And their actions. Our leaders of integrity. That is not what we have now. Let us find them. Fill in the grey area. The land of black and white and good and evil does not exist, as much as the far right attempts to polarize, and the far left responds in kind.

Pablo

looks like pablo’s got a new home…hope it’s warm and cozy, I’ll fix me link.