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Students, Intellectuals, Plumbers, Vagrants
Veterans for Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter
Corvallis Veterans for Peace (Linus Pauling Chapter).
organized another week of demonstrations in behalf of the Palestinian victims of
bombings from Israel. There statement may be found
here. Tonight, there was a demo at 3rd and Madison.
Oregonians taking the bar exam ran into a huge problem last night with ExamSoft,
the accepted software alternative to writing out the exam. Thousands
were unable to upload their answers after the exam was completed. The software
costs $140 for Oregon applicants, and the exam lasts two days, several hours and
is only given twice a year. ExamSoft claimed their servers were clogged and
recommended that students try uploading their answers every 30 minutes. No luck.
One posted "We're all in the same boat. Too bad it's the Titanic". Others are
threatening class action lawsuits. If you plan on pissing off an entire group of
students from all over the world, it's best NOT to choose law students, ExamSoft.
Dan Brown is not going to run again for Ward 4 Council so he can
travel instead. Mr. Brown was certainly not the worst Council member (that title
is likely reserved for either Joel Hirsch or Biff Traber, who wants to be mayor). Barbara Bull is
running for the Ward 4 seat. She is on the Budget Commission and applied to be
on the Planning Commission. Although one or two of her peers on the Budget
Commission are unsavory characters, it's best to simply reserve judgment. At the
very WORST, we can have make jokes about her name being apropos for the Council
Once again, this site is not composed of cheerleaders for
Democrats but Peter De Fazio's opponent is another wing nut who thinks nuclear
was fallout would be great for plant life and that schools should be abolished,
that global warming is a good thing, Social Security is a socialist plot and all
the other batsh*t crazy things you associate with wing nuts. Thus: A Letter from Peter De Fazio: Wall Street special interests and right-wing talking heads falsely blame
Social Security and Medicare for our fiscal woes. I’m writing to you today
because while I agree we need to make adjustments to ensure the long-term
viability of both programs, we cannot let these ideologues use scare tactics to
slash the benefits millions of Americans have earned. Doing so would return our
country to the days when senior citizens were forced to live in uncertainty and
go without medical care. This is wrong and I am leading the fight right now to
keep your Social Security and Medicare benefits intact.
Wall Street power brokers want you to think Social Security can’t be fixed. This
is because they would rather see the whole system privatized. Doing so would
mean a lot more money for them to gamble with on Wall Street. But as we saw in
2008, reckless derivatives traders can’t be trusted. They lost trillions of
dollars exploiting our highly deregulated system and the average American
worker, who diligently and regularly contributed money to a 401(k), lost a lot
of their money practically overnight. Had Social Security been privatized as
many conservatives called for in the run-up to the crash, the effects would have
been even more devastating than it already was, especially to America’s seniors.
This is just one reason why I will fight any proposals to privatize Social
The Social Security program is a lifeline for seniors, many of whom earned their
benefits by working their entire lives. In fact, two-thirds of Americans on
Social Security rely on their checks for half of their retirement income. I
refuse to allow special interests and conservative politicians to cut benefits
that were earned.
Congress also needs to make sure that Social Security is there for generations
to come. But we don’t need to reduce cost-of-living adjustments on future
retirees’ benefits to guarantee the future of Social Security. The reality is
that Social Security would be fully funded if every American, including
millionaires and billionaires, paid their fair share.
Most people are familiar with the Social Security withholding in their paycheck.
What they may not realize is that our nation’s wealthiest workers and their
employers don’t pay a dime of Social Security taxes on any salary above
$117,000. This gaping tax loophole allows the richest Americans to pay a Social
Security tax rate that is a tiny fraction of what 94 percent of U.S. workers
Like many people, I believe that at the very least the rich should pay taxes at
the same rate as the average worker. I’ve been fighting for this fix for years,
and have consistently introduced legislation, currently H.R. 1029, which would
raise the salary cap for Social Security past $117,000. This simple move - which
according to AARP affects just the wealthiest 6 percent - would tax all
Americans equally, replenish the Social Security fund, and guarantee that all
Americans receive the benefits they were promised.
I’ve also written a bill that would ensure Social Security benefits keep up with
the costs of seniors’ staples, such as food, medicine and gas. As every senior
knows, these costs often grow faster than their Social Security checks. My bill,
H.R. 1030, makes sure the rising costs are reflected in benefits because I
believe a senior should never have to choose between filling a prescription and
Sadly, the President and some Members of Congress have suggested using what’s
called a “chained CPI” to calculate seniors’ benefits. This would result in
smaller and more infrequent adjustments to benefits and would be harmful to
seniors trying to keep up with the rising costs of living. I am staunchly
opposed to using the chained CPI formula. To date I have been successful in
fighting against this attack on seniors.
Like Social Security, tea party conservatives are pushing a plan to end Medicare
as we know it. Their answer is privatization, which would turn Medicare into a
voucher system that forces seniors to pay higher out-of-pocket costs for private
insurance. This is unsustainable. Seniors already have trouble keeping up with
the increasing costs of healthcare - reflected in their deductibles,
prescription drug costs, and basic Medicare policies. Privatization would create
an unaffordable system, which few seniors would be able to pay for.
The real problem is the cost of healthcare. But the voucher plan will not bring
costs down. In fact, Medicare works quite well as it is. Medicare’s
administrative costs are about two percent compared to the 25 to 30 percent
among private insurance companies.
The Medicare trust fund is in better shape than it has been at any point in the
last two decades. Several provisions of the Affordable Act have helped achieve
this. Yet some Republicans have proposed repealing the entire law. This would
immediately put additional burdens on the Medicare trust fund. Additionally,
repealing the entire law would force American seniors into a private insurance
market that could immediately deny them coverage or exponentially raise their
premium if they got sick. Additionally, if you are one of the 14,600 seniors in
Southwest Oregon who falls into the prescription drug coverage gap – known as
the “donut hole” – you would have to pay more for prescription drugs.
Even though closing the donut hole significantly lowered prices for prescription
drugs for seniors under Medicare Part D, drug companies are still able to gouge
seniors at the pharmacy. That’s because a law passed in 2008 and signed by
President Bush prohibited the federal government from negotiating better
prescription drug prices for Medicare recipients –leaving drug companies free to
charge Medicare recipients the highest prices in the world.
Every single other developed country in the world permits their government to
negotiate drug prices for all of their citizens. In the U.S., private insurance
companies negotiate prices, the Veterans Administration negotiates prices, and
the Department Defense negotiates prices, but by law the federal government is
prevented from negotiating drug prices for Medicare. That is fiscally imprudent
and to be frank: outrageous.
To fix this unfair and costly prohibition, I have cosponsored H.R. 1102, the
Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, which would enable the federal
government to negotiate drug prices. Seniors shouldn't have to ration their
pills or limit their dosage because they can't afford to pay for prescriptions
each month. Passing this bill would be the quickest way to bring seniors' drug
The Medicare and Social Security programs have improved lives for generations
and made good on a promise to tens of millions of our seniors. While I agree we
need to take common sense steps to keep the programs in good shape,
privatization is not now, nor will it ever be, the answer. Instead,
privatization is a misguided attempt to shrink government at the expense of
millions of Americans who earned these benefits. You can be sure I will strongly
oppose these attacks on seniors’ health care and retirement programs, and I will
continue fighting to protect Medicare and Social Security.
Peter DeFazio July 28 A
new study from the University of Wisconsin and California State has documented
the vulnerability of the 70% of faculty who are instructors or adjunct
professors (Non Tenure Track faculty, or NTT) to overwhelming
depression, stress and anxiety. The paper says the university is often referred
to as a caste "system". 'The majority of NTT faculty are hired for one quarter
or semester at a time. Contingent NTT faculty are paid less than assistant
professors, often do not receive adequate health and retirement benefits, are
not typically represented in university governance, and academic freedom among
such faculty is not protected. They are 'disproportionately female and are more
likely than tenured or tenure-track faculty to be Black/African American,
Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian than to be Asian or White'. The paper looks
at why such people stay in the field, with such poor working conditions as is
associated with NTT - long hours, poor wages, no benefits and concludes that
they stay in the field for one reason: they love teaching students. You can read
their full report here.
Normally, the cynical wags on this site don't post rah!rah!s for
politicians. However the race for Senate in the legislature this time around is
more than a matter of ideology. Beyond being an incredibly right wing nut, Betsy
Close is widely regarded as the dumbest person in the legislature. In fact,
there was speculation that when Republican Frank Morse resigned, the Democratic
Commissioners surveyed the small GOP locally to choose the most stupid person
they could find so as to ensure her defeat when she had to run for election.
If so, they succeeded remarkably. She is a public embarrassment
which needs to be redressed if Benton County is not going to continue to be
known as sending Dumber into public office. Thus, a letter from Sara Gelser: It's hard to believe, but there are only 100 days left until the election on
Thanks to you and hundreds of others, my campaign for State Senate has been
moving full speed ahead. Last weekend, we had a great canvass with over 25
volunteers knocking on doors throughout the district. I've been out myself
knocking almost every day and so far we've communicated with over 11,000 voters
at the doorstep to talk about Oregon's future.
The most expensive part of the campaign is really just starting now with
literature, signs, mailers and advertising to get our message out and defend
This is one of the most competitive races in the state, and there's a lot at
stake. We need to win this seat to keep and expand our Democratic majority in
the Oregon Senate. We need a legislature that will vote for more investments in
education from pre-K through higher education, protect our environment and build
an economy that works for all Oregonians.
It's clear Republican leaders are preparing to attack me so they can keep this
seat. They have been polling voters to test negative questions that twist my
record on public safety and education equity. They are getting ready to spend a
fortune to try to defeat me. I need your help to tell the true story of my
record and fight back.
We've come a long way together since I started serving in the Oregon House in
2005. Now, I need your help again in this final 100 days.
We're trying to raise 100 donations this week to keep the momentum going and to
be sure we can get our message out.
Will you consider giving $100 or whatever you can afford right now? Please join
our Hundred Heroes effort today!
Please help me fight back and score an important win for the priorities we all
P.S. Every dollar you give today will be spent communicating my message to
voters. Please give whatever you can afford today! Every contribution helps!
Democratic activists say the governor's speech last evening was
"uninspired". Accompanied by the Usual Suspects - the Trows, Merry Demarest,
Annabelle Jaramillo, they say it was actually very routine. They do say,
however, that all present were aware of the grim reality that the opponent of a
less-than-spectacular governor is the predatory, anti-women, anti-worker, anti-
ethnic and anti-youth dinosaur lumbering into every election on behalf of the
"Medieval Madness" is this year's theme for the "Children's
Parade" next Friday. Everyone is invited to march in the parade except dogs and
motor driven vehicles. That means that the mechanical horse you've been saving
for special occasions will shine. Please come to Central Park, in costume, at 6
PM. "Special guests" will be there. That means YOU. YOU are special, no?
Eric Garner — a Black Staten Island husband and father — was violently choked to
death by New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers last week and the
entire brutal altercation was caught on tape. Garner can be seen in a video that
has since gone viral, screaming out in pain, "I can’t breathe. I can’t
breathe”.1 And now, a second video has surfaced showing NYPD officers and 4 NYC
Fire Department Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) ignoring the 43-year-old as
he lay dying.2
Please join us in demanding full accountability for all the officers involved in
Garner's killing, and the policies that led to this tragedy.
Garner wasn't given proper medical attention. Neither the officers nor the EMTs
performed CPR. They all just watched him die.3
Four of the EMTs have since been suspended without pay.4 Officer Daniel Pantaleo
— who administered the deadly and illegal chokehold — has been placed on
modified desk duty.5 And both the NYPD and Staten Island District Attorney’s
office have launched investigations.6 But this is not enough.
If enough of us raise our voices, we can pressure city leaders to start the
process of firing all of the officers involved in this devastating police
killing, and demand that Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan holds
them accountable for this murder. We also need to demand that Mayor Bill de
Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton end their “Broken Windows” policy,7
which encourages the hyper-aggressive enforcement of non-violent minor
infractions — or we will continue to see more tragic cases like this.8
Join us in demanding city officicals begin the process of firing and prosecuting
the officers involved and call for an end to the dangerous “Broken Windows”
policing tactic. It only takes a moment.
The NYPD alleged Garner was selling loose cigarettes.9 But Garner claimed that
the police targeted and harassed him frequently in the past.10 In recent months,
the NYPD has come under fire for unnecessary police encounters, resulting from
Commissioner Bratton's “Broken Windows” policy. Felony arrests are down, while
arrests for violations and misdemeanors for minor offenses — such as performing
on the subway, jaywalking, and marijuana possession — are up.11 These types of
ineffective and discriminatory policing tactics lead entire communities to be
viewed as suspects, and encourage baseless street stops, harassment, and
violence which often leads to serious injury or even death.
The NYPD is tasked with serving and protecting, but time and again officers
breach the public trust, abuse their authority, and harm or kill unarmed Black
and brown New Yorkers with impunity. The long list of unarmed Black and brown
folks killed by NYPD officers includes Anthony Baez, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo,
Ramarley Graham and now Eric Garner.12 But this time we have eyewitness accounts
and clear videotaped evidence of wrongdoing by officers.
Additionally, there are serious questions as to whether this was even a
legitimate arrest and whether there was probable cause to substantiate the
allegations of illegal cigarette distribution made by the officers.13 We don’t
have all the answers, but it's clear that no one should be choked to death
during an arrest.
Join us in demanding full accountability for the officers who killed Garner, and
the policies that led to this tragic police killing.
New York City Police have been prohibited from using chokeholds for 20 years.14
The NYPD Patrol book makes clear to officers that they can inflict serious
injury on a suspect by applying “pressure to the throat or windpipe."15 But this
clear warning hasn’t stopped officers from frequently using the unauthorized and
dangerous maneuver to subdue suspects. Since 2009, more than 1,000 New Yorkers
have filed formal complaints of officers employing illegal chokeholds.16
In order for these sorts of violent and deadly encounters with police to end, it
is critical that all of the officers involved are fired and held accountable by
the criminal justice system. It's also imperative that the Mayor and Police
Commissioner do everything in their power to end dangerous and discriminatory
policing policies like Stop and Frisk and “Broken Windows.”
Please join us in demanding that New York City officials hold NYPD officers
fully accountable for choking Eric Garner to death, and change the policies that
lead to tragedies like this.
--Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Johnny and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
I am a gay man and have been in a relationship with my GGG boyfriend for more
than three years. We are in our early 20s and have a good sex life. I just
discovered that he has been engaging in what can only be described as cyber
infidelity. He had a secret email account, posted on Craigslist M4M, and also
had an Adam4Adam account. About once a week, while I was at work in the
evenings, he would exchange photos and engage in conversations with other men.
He claims he never met with any of them and it was just to exchange photos. He
let me look at his secret email account, and there was nothing that pointed to
any physical meet-ups. I asked him to delete his accounts, and he did. I am
completely shocked, as we have an intimate and loving relationship. He is
ashamed and understands that his behavior is wrong. I understand if he wants to
look at porn on his own time (I certainly do), but the quantity and secrecy of
his actions is obviously not healthy. We have major life plans together, and I
don't doubt that he is committed to me. Where do I go from here, and what steps
should I take to make sure it stops?
-Stressing over Cyber Infidelity
It isn't true that your boyfriend's actions can "only be described as cyber
infidelity." They could be described as "harmless online flirtations." But
you've chosen to slap the "infidelity" label on his actions, SOCI, and now you
feel compelled to have a full-blown my-boyfriend-cheated-on-me meltdown.
Try looking at it this way: If your boyfriend regularly stopped at a bar to have
a cocktail, and people flirted with him, and he flirted back—and that's all he
did—would that constitute an "appletini infidelity"? If some guys looked him up
and down in the locker room, and he looked those guys up and down back, would
that constitute a "cardio infidelity"? No and no—and a boyfriend who flipped out
about those sorts of interactions would be regarded as jealous, insecure, and
controlling. So what difference does it make that your boyfriend did a little
online flirting? Is it that your boyfriend jacked off thinking about these other
guys? You jack off thinking about other guys when you watch porn. Is it that he
jacked off thinking about and interacting with guys he could actually have IRL?
Lots of guys in monogamous relationships—gay, straight, or bi—jack off about
people they flirted with in bars and gyms, i.e., guys they interacted with and
could have IRL.
Here's what you should do, SOCI: Ask your boyfriend to knock this shit off
because it goobs you out. But don't round this "online flirtation" up to "cyber
infidelity" unless you want to make yourself miserable, and don't police your
boyfriend's online activities—snooping is the only way to "make sure it
stops"—unless you want to get dumped. -
see more at
I I'm from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here,
I'll be returning to my country, Kuala Luampur, the Garden City of Lights. Since
I've been in the United States, I've noticed a rising tide of hatred toward
Mexicans. I've talked to Mexicans, and they all say they're proud to be Mexican.
I am curious, sir: Why is it that Mexicans don't stand up to the corrupt and
racist government in Mexico? In my opinion, it's going to get worse for Mexicans
in the United States. I've read where there's a new constitution that has been
secretly written, that they're just waiting for the right time to implement it.
It's going to be geared toward a police state; English will be the official
language. I've asked some people in government about this, and some said there's
a push to revoke the amendment about children of illegals born on American soil.
I strongly suspect your people are in mortal danger. In my research, I also
found the U.S. is preparing for civil unrest. U.S. Special Forces, NATO troops
and more than a million mercenaries are already deployed in this country. Just
remember: America is notorious for using germ warfare on people of color. It was
used on African-Americans in the early part of the 20th century, not to mention
HIV in Africa. The Pentagon has vials of viruses in laboratories that can wipe
out tens of millions of people! Don't think they won't use it on your people. In
my opinion, the worst is yet to come in this country. You see what they're
trying to do to us Muslims. But Muslims are fighters—we believe God helps those
who help themselves. Good luck to you; your people will need it.
On one mano, you come off as someone who probably believes Malaysia Airlines
Flight 370 was an Illuminati plot at the behest of the Reptilians to crash the
Bohemian Grove. On the other hand, didja hear how there were smallpox samples in
the back of a freezer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that
someone had absent-mindedly left there for decades? Freaky stuff, this country.
But this is ¡Ask a Mexican!, not Coast to Coast AM, so let's concentrate on the
Mexican parts of your pregunta. You ask why Mexicans don't stand up to the
Mexican government. It's the same question Know Nothings continually pose to
Mexicans (and now to those Central American undocu-kids who have bigots' chonis
in a bunch—vete a la chingada, mugroso Murrieta) yet never ask of their own
ancestors. Simple answer: The whole reason Mexico is even in the First World is
because migrants stood up to the PRI via remittances and votes, just as had
previous groups of other immigrants. Then you imply Muslims are fighters but
Mexicans aren't. With my respect to the ummah, Mexicans in los Estados Unidos
are the greatest warriors on Earth. We have the sangre of the Moors who ruled
over the Spaniards for más than 700 years, the blood of the Spaniards who
ultimately won, the wisdom of our indigenous ancestors, the valor of our
American home, and the knowledge that the ultimate battlefield is in the
bedroom—and there, we're like pinche Saladin. -
see moreGustavo Arellano
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This is Mr. Selves'
6th arrest here in the last year, although he's another gift from
Linn County. All of his previous arrests have been for heroin, meth, or
driving while suspended.
This time, it's a Drug Traffic Court violation on a meth charge,
police say, along with a failure to appear in court in Linn County. Mr.
Selves has not, as is usually the case with Linn County gifts, been arrested
for pilfering from others. He is a poster boy for the criminalization of
addiction, which has never worked. The suggestion that we need to create
more jail cells, for so many like Mr. Selves, is an exercise in futility.
In related news, a 50 year old woman with health problems and a
long history of addiction, was found in her sleeping bag near the homeless
shelter in Albany.
In city Council news, the group who spent a year trying to devise a solution
for the parking problem next to the university is seething about the permit
system they devised being challenged, and set aside until the referendum.
Several have angrily complained about Paul Cauthorn, the man who
organized the petition drive to challenge the proposed ordinance. They say
they feel like they expended a lot of work trying to devise a good solution to a
real problem in their neighborhood. However, their complaint points to a
perennial problem in the city.
Any working group represents at best a sliver of the city's
population. However much time they may put into a proposal, however well
contrived it may be, and however open
they think they might have been during the process, it is still a sliver of
the population, and
unless the proposed solution is submitted to voters, it is open to
challenge. People can put a lot of work into poor solutions, just as they can
with good solutions. We've all seen it. Every proposal affecting large
numbers needs to go to the ballot. Else, it will be open to challenge.
Mr. Garibay-Campos was
arrested in December for being a fugitive from another state, on a
warrant from the Washington Department of Corrections for escape, for
failure to have a license, etc. This time, he's been
arrested on similar charges.
Otherwise, it was a routine day for law enforcement. The first 5 entries in
the sheriff's log are for 2 meth related warrants, a woman being
warned about her unwanted telephone calls, a complaint of a couple of morons
firing at a pile of dirt which their neighbors complained was "toward their
house". The last was a DUII.
The couple was heading for a swimming hole when struck by
a car forced off the road by Trisha Homan.
Police say that "Homan was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound on
the highway when she tried to pass a Chrysler Sebring in a no-passing zone.
...Homan tried to move back into the eastbound lane to avoid a head-on crash
with an oncoming vehicle, forcing the Chrysler off the road. The Chrysler's
driver, 56-year-old Russel John Falotico, lost control of his car and it
slid into the westbound lane, where it crashed into a westbound Jeep
Wrangler. Falotico died at the scene, police said. " Homan fled the scene
but was arrested an hour later.
Otherwise, the night was quiet again in Corvallis. Bryan John Smith
(sometimes listed as John Bryan Smith) was picked up for meth and trespass,
his 4th arrest in 3 years, for "punching a woman", drugs, etc.
Christopher Robert Byers, 21, was arrested for sharing pot
with a minor. But there was another arrest, in Philomath, which raises
Legal Superstar and Oregon Civil Rights Hero Francisca "Cissy"
Ms Rilatos was arrested in Philomath and taken to Benton
County jail on a charge of violating probation. The details are not
available at present and likely would be regarded as unreliable if they
were. Any time she is arrested, questions arise as to the true motivations
of the police officer involved, because is a superstar of sorts. She, her
boyfriend and her mom established a precedent
with the Oregon Supreme Court regarding the right of citizens to
self defense in resisting unreasonable police force. In a contrived "jaywalking" incident that escalated
to a situation where the police officers were, in a neighbor's words, "out
of control", Toledo, Oregon policeofficers pepper sprayed and beat
the 3 as detailed in the Supreme Court opinion which concluded that the jury
should have been instructed that "if a police officer uses excessive force
against an arrestee, the arrestee has the right to use reasonable force to
defend him or herself against that excessive
force". The Supreme Court detailed the context:
"Officer Eric Gulbranson of the
Toledo Police Department (TPD) was driving his patrol car north on Main Street
Tr. 210, 214-15. As he approached The Timbers Restaurant &
Lounge (“The Timbers”), he saw a person enter the crosswalk nearby and decided
that it was “a good time to get sunflower seed
s.” Tr. 215-16. He came “just about
to a stop” and reached for a
handful of seeds. Tr. 216.
When he looked up, he
recognized 19-year-old defendant Francis
ca “Cissy” Rilatos. Tr. 217, 547.
As Gulbranson drove closer, Rilatos
left the crosswalk and “just walked
directly across the street.” Tr. 217. He
continued driving, and as he drove by,
Rilatos yelled at him to slow down and said some profanities “loud enough to
it across the street.” Tr. 217, 1010. He
decided to stop her and investigate,
because she was “being very upset, using
profanity in a public place.” Tr. 218,
371. He backed up and stopped the car near Rilatos. Tr. 1073-74
He notified dispatch that he would be “out with Cissy Rilatos” and
contacted TPD Officer Chris Miller
to request a “Code 3” backup. Miller
activated his overhead lights and drove to
the location. Tr. 432-34, 519.
Meanwhile, Gulbranson turned on his overhead lights, got out of his car and
walked to the back of
the car to contact Rilatos. Turning on the overhead lights on a Toledo PD patrol
car activates the video camera and audio recorder in that car. Tr. 221. Tr.
237, 239, 435; Ex. 2; Ex 14. 4 Gulbranson had had a few contacts with
He testified, “Um,
and if I recall, the times it has it’s been
– she’s been a little unreasonable, a little
volatile. But by the end of the contact
it’s usually calmed
down just by using
verbal skills.” Tr. 242. Gulbranson said to
Rilatos, “Cissy Rilatos.” She replied
something inaudible, and began walking up the stairs to
her apartment. Tr. 237-
38; Ex. 2.
Gulbranson, who is 6-feet, 3-inches
tall and weighs 260 pounds, testified,
“And in my training and experience, you don’t let the person that you’re trying to
contact get to a position of advantage. *
* * Through our training and experience,
we have to level the playing field and
make sure that we’re both on the same
level.” Tr. 240-41.
He said to Rilatos,
“Hey! Come here! You’re – Get over
here. Get over here right now.” The exchange continued:
RILATOS: “You know, I
was in the crosswalk.
GULBRANSON: “Get over here.
RILATOS: “You were speeding.
The state’s videotape exhibits were transcribed as portions of each were played at
various points during the trial. All quotations from the videotape exhibits that
appear in this brief were taken from the transcript.
GULBRANSON: “Get down here right now.
RILATOS: “Why? You were
speeding. I was in the
GULBRANSON: “Get down here right now.
GULBRANSON: “Get down here right now.
RILATOS: “Why? (Inaudible.)”
Tr. 237-38; Ex. 2.
At about that time, defendant Kenn
eth Wood crossed the street from The
Timbers. Tr. 244.
Gulbranson knew that Rilatos and Wood
had been a couple,
which caused Gulbranson concern. Tr. 2
45. Wood is approximately five feet,
eight inches to five feet, 10 inches tall
and weighs about 180
pounds. Tr. 549.
Gulbranson felt that he had to “figure out
which is the bigger threat.” Tr. 245.
Exhibit 2 continued:
WOOD: “(Inaudible.) GULBRANSON: “Yeah.
WOOD: “(Inaudible.) GULBRANSON: “How about you stay over there.
RILATOS: “How about pedestrians got the fuckin’ right-of-
GULBRANSON: “[To Rilatos] Turn around.
RILATOS: “No. Why? GULBRANSON: “[To Rilatos]
Turn around. Do it. [To
Wood] Get away from me! Right
now. Get away from me right
Tr. 243-44, 251-52; Ex. 2.
Gulbranson testified that
Wood did not stop. He could not see Wood’s left
hand and thought that Wood might have a weapon. “And the way he was
approaching me, I was getting very nervous
to the point of, uh,
he was taking steps
of the sign of aggression towards me.”
Tr. 246. Wood “kind of threw up his
hands and walked – started a little quicker actually.” Tr. 247.
“What can I do for you?” T
r. 243; Ex. 2. Wood replied that he was just going
home or words to that effect. Tr. 360-61.
Gulbranson testified that, when Wood
came within three feet, he pushed Wood in the chest. Tr. 249.
In his report, he
wrote: “So I grabbed him by the neck and started dealing with him, and then
[Rilatos] starts flipping
out.” Tr. 293; Ex. 2. His testimony continued:
“I needed to get him
away from me and I pushed him, ‘cause I
remember looking up and then he
was still coming. And as I looked
up, he was still there, and I – by his chest, I believe right around his
chest, I believe, right around his chest, to get him out of the
situation, ‘cause I needed to separate him from me, and me from her,
and I needed to get him away from the situation so I could deal with
him, ‘cause this is now the major threat in this instant.”
Gulbranson ordered Wood to get on the ground, intending to arrest him for
interfering with a police officer. Tr.252.
10 GULBRANSON: “(Inaudible.)
GULBRANSON: “Get on the ground. (Inaudible.)
WOOD: “I didn’t do nothin’.
WOOD: “I didn’t do nothin’.
GULBRANSON: “Get on the ground.
RILATOS: “You know, what?
You’re a fuckin’ (inaudible).
GULBRANSON: “Get on the ground.”
Tr. 251-52; Ex. 2.
Wood got on the ground
face down and tucked his arms under his body.
Tr. 254-55. Gulbranson placed his knee
and left arm on Wood’s back “to prevent
him from getting up,” while reaching for his handcuffs with his right hand. Tr.
“Um, because I had to escalate,
I had to use a different – I had
physical – I was attempting to have
physical control at this point,
meaning me on top of him preventing him from getting up. I was
ordering to give me – have him
give me his hands. He was not
doing so. So at this point I needed to use something else to – for him
to comply with
my orders to get his hands behind his back, so I, um,
used my OC spray, uh, pepper spray.”
In his report, Gulbranson wrote that
he “struck Wood about eight times in
the right side of his rib cage.” Tr. 427-
28. He sprayed Wood with pepper spray
on the right side of his face from a distance
of between six and 12 inches, though
the aerosol canister has sufficient pressure to
reach someone six to eight feet away.
Tr. 262, 366. When he did that, he said, “[Wood’s] legs go up. His level of
resisting actually increased, which is not
consistent with someone that is pepper
sprayed.” Tr. 264.
Rilatos screamed at
Gulbranson to get off of Wood. Tr. 526-
27; Ex. 2. Then, he said, Rilatos “starts advancing [on]
me. And I, I actually, very
briefly, pepper spray in her direction, kind
of a deterrent, like, ‘Stay away or this
will happen.’” Tr. 263.
Miller arrived, and Gulbranson told him that he needed
Wood in cuffs and
needed Rilatos “in cuffs and out of here.”
Tr. 519. Miller told Rilatos that she
was under arrest, and she headed up the stairs toward her apartment. Tr. 520-21,
530. The bottom of the stairway was
29.84 feet away from where Gulbranson had
Wood on the ground. Tr. 746-47.
followed Rilatos, and defendant Jessica
Oliphant stepped between them and pushed at Miller’s
chest, saying, “That’s my
daughter.” Tr. 456-
57, 521. Miller pushed her back, yelling, “Get away from
me!” and she fell onto a park bench. Tr. 45
6, 521-22. Miller told Rilatos that she
was under arrest and to place her hands behind her back. Tr. 541.
He grabbed her
arm, and she pulled away. He lost his grip on her arm and grabbed her jacket.
The jacket split down the back
and pinched the inside of
her elbow, leaving a red
mark that was four or five inches long.
Tr. 458, 495, 530. Then he got her in
handcuffs and “brought her down to the
sidewalk and all the way down to the
ground.” Tr. 458, 461.
While Miller was dealing with Rilatos,
Wood to get his
hands behind his back. He used “focus
ed blows” on the “lat muscle” on Wood’s
back to force him to comply. Tr. 265, 269
; Ex. 2. He was able to get a handcuff
on Wood’s left wrist. Tr. 3
Gulbranson then noticed
that about ten people had
come out of The Timbers, and they were “actually starting to come up the street at,
at us.” Tr. 268.
Gulbranson “looked around, um, to
see what was going on with Officer
Miller.” When he looked
back, Wood had gotten to
explained, “So then I then stepped back to
get to my feet and he, ah – you can see
– we’ll play it again – but he
wrapped his arms around my
waist.” Tr. 275. He
was concerned that Wood might be able to
grab for one of the weapons on his duty
belt. Tr. 275. He said, “Give me your
goddam arm,” because he was “trying to
de-escalate.” Tr. 276.
pushed” into some landscaping rocks and
landed on his hip and elbow. He later disc
overed that he also sprained his right
Tr. 277. Wood still had his hand on Gulbranson’s waist, touching the
front edge of the holster on Gulbranson’s
duty belt. Tr. 280-81. Gulbranson
yelled to Officer Miller for help, saying, “Got a gun! Got a gun!” Tr. 281-82;
Miller left Rilatos on the ground and went to
assist Gulbranson place
Wood’s left wrist in a handcuff. T
r. 263-64, 370, 461.
The officers were
concerned that Wood could use the dangling handcuff as a weapon. Tr. 283, 479.
Gulbranson told Wood, “I need your right
hand. You’re going to be hurt real bad
here.” Tr. 282. He testified that Wood
was rocking back and forth trying to push
up; “trying to kick, kick
at me.” Tr. 285. A neighbor, and a
bystander, testified that
Miller kicked Wood while he was on the
ground. Tr. 944, 962, 1037, 1039.
thought that the officers were out of
control. Tr. 1032. testified that “Officer Gulbranson had his knee in his
back and had his hand on his head shoving him into the rocks.” Tr. 906.
Miller placed a hand on Wood’s legs
to get them out of the way and told
him to stop resisting. Tr. 469. Wood drew his legs back and kicked Miller in the
right hip, causing a painful bruise that kept him from working for three days. Tr.
Gulbranson went to the hosp
ital for treatment and had to
wear a cast/splint device
for some time afterward. Tr. 497.
Miller delivered focused blows
to Wood’s right shoulder to get him to
give them his right arm. Tr. 477-78. When
that failed, he delivered two strikes to
the brachial nerve, which is the nerve
that runs from the
neck down to the
shoulder, to temporarily weaken the arm. Tr. 482. He was then able to get
Wood’s right wrist handcuffed. Tr. 482.
Deputy Shanks arrived and helped to
place Wood in Gulbranson’s patrol car. Tr. 487.
Meanwhile, Rilatos had gotten to her
feet and was “stomping towards” the
officers and yelling at them, or she was simply running down the street, depending
on which testimony is believed.
Tr. 472, 945.
Miller testified that she was “acting
as though she [was] going to kick us,” but
she never touched either of them. Tr.
472, 544-45. Rilatos continued yelling profanities as they placed her in Miller’s
patrol car. Tr. 488, 494. Once inside
, she positioned herself on her back and
kicked at the windows. Tr. 488.
Miller told Oliphant that she was
under arrest, placed her in handcuffs,
patted her down for weapons, and placed
her in Deputy Shanks’ patrol car. Tr.
Gulbranson contacted emergency medical personnel, who took Wood to the
hospital for treatment of an injury to his
mouth. Tr. 635, 637. The next morning
Wood’s grandmother saw that
he had numerous cuts, bruises, and red marks on his
body that were much darker
and deeper red than they appear in the photos taken at
the jail. Tr. 972; Exs. 15-18. In particular, she pointed to the photos of the marks
on the left side of his torso, the redness to
his neck and his right shoulder blade,
the long horizontal and vertical red marks
in his left kidney area, and red marks on
the center of his back. Tr. 972-75.
also noted that the pictures show the
swollen lip, scrapes on his face, scratches and marks on his arms, elbows, neck
and shoulder. Tr. 976-83.
The officers called for another ambulance to have Oliphant checked,
because she complained of pain in her back, but she declined medical treatment.
Tr. 641. The next day she had bruises on her leg from being pushed onto the
About the Risland Rehab Clinic
Dusty Risland, for whom the Risland Rehab Clinic (see above) is named, is back
in jail. Mr. Risland was recently busted for criminal trespassing, criminal
possession of a forged instrument (counterfeit $20), felon in possession of a
weapon and meth. The Dusty Risland Clinic mentioned in this column is strictly
online, consisting of repetitive viewing of the video below, until the technique
is mastered. The assumption of the Clinic is that there is a small subset
labeled criminals who actually just do not know how to change their adult
diapers when they full and are showing up, bewildered, seeking police
assistance. That is the only possible explanation a rational person could come
to. NOBODY could POSSIBLY be so stupid and inept, as criminals, as people like
Mr. Risland pretend to be.
Note: there are several sleazy websites across the country posting mugshots,
utilizing photos owned by the public, in the public domain, all run by
Portlander Kyle Ritter, which will remove your mugshot for $39 or such from
their sites. This is not one of them. Do not send in cash trying to have a
mugshot removed. It would just be a waste of your time and your money. Instead,
put your time into turning your life around. And your money into your kids.
Planned Parenthood COLUMN from Cecile Richards, Pres.
First, the Supreme Court struck down buffer zones in
Massachusetts, giving anti-women's health protesters a green light to harass and
intimidate patients. A few days later, in the Hobby Lobby decision, five
justices gave bosses the power to deny their employees coverage for birth
Then, when our allies in the Senate tried to put birth control choices back in
the hands of women, anti-women's health legislators blocked the bill.
It's crystal clear that we can't count on lawmakers and politicians to do the
right thing — protecting women's health and rights is up to us. We need to hold
these out-of-touch politicians accountable for their actions now and at the
ballot box in November. We need to elect champions for women's health who will
fight for our rights. We need to do whatever it takes to protect women's health
and rights — and to do that, we're going to need you with us every step of the
It isn't just the Supreme Court and Congress where we're facing attacks. In the
past three years an unprecedented number of abortion restrictions have been
passed across the country, and anti-women's health lawmakers are pushing more
every day. For the first time in decades, over 30 states have one or more
restrictive laws making it difficult or nearly impossible to access abortion and
other health care.
It may sound like a lot of bad news, but I'm not discouraged. I'm determined. In
2012, we showed anti-women's health politicians that we won't stand silently by
while they dismantle our rights and take away our health care. Politicians like
Todd Akin, Mitt Romney, and Richard Mourdock didn't want to hear it, but we sent
them a message loud and clear.
I know we can do it again in 2014 — we're already on the ground in key states
like North Carolina and Colorado, working to stop Thom Tillis and Cory Gardner —
but there's so much more to do.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
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CHEF: Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los
Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its
controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next.
Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his
friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road,
Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and
zest for life and love.
SNOWPIERCER: In this sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother),
a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final
survivors board the SNOWPIERCER, a train that travels around the globe via a
perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt,
the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster.
THE GRAND SEDUCTION: A fish-out-of-water fable set within a fabulously scenic
backdrop, against which wholesome humor and a thoroughgoing humanist streak play
out and intertwine with gentle, unforced ease.
OPENING Friday, July 25th
LIFE ITSELF: Rich in detail and warmly affectionate, Life Itself offers a joyful
yet poignant tribute to a critical cinematic legacy. "A stunningly good
documentary. I still can't believe Siskel and Ebert are gone." The truth is
these two guys have a lot to do with the very existence of the Avalon/Darkside
LIFE ITSELF --R
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin
Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a
documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of
world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert - a story that is
by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling
memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life,
from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to
becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
THE GRAND SEDUCTION --PG-13
A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative
business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands
in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him
into staying. As the doctor's time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor
Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand
Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles
restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its
controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next.
Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his
friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road,
Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and
zest for life and love.
Korean director Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" is destined to be one of the
summer's more talked about movies, a rococo exercise in mayhem, boldfaced
allegory and ramped-up chaos. It's a summer movie with a social conscience.
With the planet having frozen over, thanks to a bungled attempt at solving
global warming, the remnants of humankind ride a train that circles the globe
with very little of civilization intact except its class system. The wealthy are
in first class; the dregs are in the cattle cars. Overthrowing the overlords
becomes the objective of the greasy masses led by Curtis (Chris Evans) and Edgar
(Jamie Bell). Pushing the envelope is the aim of director Bong.
He'll never be noted for his delicate use of metaphor; his 2006 antipollution
movie, "The Host," was about a people-eating sea monster in the Han River. But
even if Karl Marx is haunting "Snowpiercer," the film is really about action,
velocity and momentum. The train has been moving for 18 years when we get
aboard, roaring along arctic expanses of a wasted world. Don't ask why or how. "Snowpiercer"
proudly, and rather fiercely, resists any attempt to make it make sense, rushing
the viewer across his or her chasm of incredulity and into a space where
paranoia and perversity simply take over.
Bong contains much warped content within the narrow expanse of a train coach, as
Curtis and Edgar and the rest of the oppressed march forward into phalanxes of
axe-wielding guards and armed assassins and a system that resists their every
move. Tilda Swinton, wearing one of her more appalling disguises, is Mason, the
majordomo of Wilford (Ed Harris), the master of this particular universe. He is
somewhere up ahead, at the engine of the train, sending edicts and execution
orders back into the mess he ostensibly controls. Swinton is hilarious at
moments, overextended at others (Bong's screenplay isn't the strongest part of
the production), but she certainly contributes to the humor of the film, which
is artfully balanced with its more grisly aspects.
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OKCupid has clarified how they manipulated user's data in their
"experiments". Firstly, they omitted the profiles people wrote to
see how others reacted. Then they omitted pictures and left only text.
Finally, they lied about match scores, changing 90% matches to 30% or vice
versa. The much ballyhooed "algorithm" used for matches would be more
accurate if from a monkey in front of a slot machine.
Hoboken has abandoned their laptop-for-every-student program. Beyond
the theft and breakage, students found forums on the web to show them how to
skirt every blocked site, including porn, and how to hack the cameras which
had been disabled to make them functional again. "There is no more
determined hacker, so to speak, than a 12-year-old who has a computer" says
Hoboken's IT specialist.
A Florida man scammed Apple for $300,000 in products over 42 visits to Apple
stores, using a simple scam. His defunct debit card would be
declined and he would protest, offering to call the bank. Then, "he would
offer the Apple Store employees a fake authorization code with a certain
number of digits, which is normally provided by credit card issuers to
create a record of the credit or debit override... as long as the number of
digits is correct, the override code itself doesn’t matter".
Don't ask us for the number of digits. We won't say.
Uber may yet have some difficulty muscling into Oregon, and specifically
Portland, says City Commissioner Steve Novick. "We impose
regulations on a taxi business," Novick said. "Uber says, 'We want to act
like one but we don’t want to be subject to any of those regulations.'"
In related news,
another Uber driver has been arrested for sexually assaulting a drunken
female passenger. "The woman says she passed out in the cab and that
when she woke, the driver was rubbing her breasts. She then fell back
asleep, according to court documents, and woke up again to the sound of car
doors locking. The cab had stopped and the driver was feeling her breasts
and pulling down her underwear down to her knees. She says she asked the
driver to be let out of the vehicle, but he refused and at one point asked
if he could go back to her hotel with her." He thenabused her sexually.
Coders always wish they had someone more brilliant they consult. True? Are
you sure? Maybe not:
Date Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:47:17 -0700
Subject Re: Random panic in load_balance() with 3.16-rc
From Linus Torvalds <>
On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM, Michel Dänzer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Michel, mind doing
>> make kernel/sched/fair.s
>> and sending us the resulting file?
> Here it is, gzipped, hope that's okay.
> Note that my tree is now based on 3.16-rc6.
Ok, so I'm looking at the code generation and your compiler is pure
and utter *shit*.
Adding Jakub to the cc, because gcc-4.9.0 seems to be terminally broken.
Lookie here, your compiler does some absolutely insane things with the
spilling, including spilling a *constant*. For chrissake, that
compiler shouldn't have been allowed to graduate from kindergarten.
We're talking "sloth that was dropped on the head as a baby" level
retardation levels here:
[Here follows a bunch of code then...]
It's a hard and
harsh requirement for the kernel, and gcc-4.9 is a buggy piece of shit
for ignoring it... So the two bugs
("stupid constant spilling" and "invalid use or red zone stack") go
hand in hand. But who knows.
Anyway, this is not a kernel bug. This is your compiler creating
completely broken code. We may need to add a warning to make sure
nobody compiles with gcc-4.9.0, and the Debian people should probably
downgrate their shiny new compiler.
Tomorrow is sysadmin's day and Sandra Henry-Stocker has written some special
poems to celebrate the day. Here's an excerpt: "I have seen whiteboards covered with red and blue,
But no words or phrases describe what is in his head
And in most septic tanks there is more delight
Than in the sigh that emits from his mouth when I ask a question
I need to hear him speak, yet well I know
That the ravings of a lunatic might have a far more pleasing sound
I grant I never saw a knight stride by
My admin, when he walks, shuffles his feet and looks at the floor
And yet, by all that I have seen, I think my admin as rare and as precious
As any with whom he might be compared"
See older Postshere
July 28 An
average of 3 potentially deadly trains a week are moving through Oregon from
North Dakota and the state has some problems, according to a state report:
The state doesn’t have the information it needs from railroads
about the emergency resources available to respond to a derailment, and how
long it would take to deploy those resources.
The state doesn’t have enough rail safety personnel, and it
isn’t paying its existing rail inspectors enough to keep them long-term.
Emergency responders do not have adequate, timely notice of
hazardous materials moving through their communities.
State agencies should identify outdated laws and administrative
rules related to rail safety.
The Oregon fire marshal should report by the end of September
whether local fire departments have the equipment they need to put out an
oil train fire.
In news from the southland bible belt,
nearly 50% of all new US AIDS cases are in the south. The ignorance
is heart breaking. "People have been put out of their families' homes after
their families found out that they have HIV because they thought they could
get [HIV] on the toilet seat or by sharing glasses,” said an Alabama
San Diego's city Council has raised the minimum wage in steps to $11.50. Corvallis's city Council hasn't hinted at such a move. In fact, low wage,
part time jobs are a hallmark of Tom Nelson, the Economic Development Director
for the city. Five Guys Burgers coming to town is considered progress and the
working population - many of whom double as students - can just bite it, as far
as they're concerned.
The EPA guidelines on e. coli in irrigation water on raw crops has onion growers
in Oregon panicky since, they say, their water can never pass the
standard. No case of the deadly e.coli has occurred with onions. Once cured, the
e.coli does not survive says new OSU research. Oregon's Congressional
representatives say they will carry the research to Washington to try to have
the rule waived for onions. There are 3 problems with their plan. Firstly, no
one in the nation trusts agricultural corporations to tell the public the truth
about health risks. Secondly, the results of the research are unlikely to be
trusted since OSU's agricultural college has been so closely intertwined with
those corporations. Thirdly, the plan is for Congressman Greg Walden to carry
the research to the EPA and Walden is, in the minds of most, little more than a
rubber stamp for corporations in the US. That may all be an unfortunate
dovetailing of concerns for farms which grow a quarted of all the bulb onions in
No doubt you’ve received email with titles like: Let’s not grease the path for
coal and oil export businesses with $7 million of our taxpayer dollars. Our
partners at Columbia Riverkeeper, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, 350 PDX, etc. will
join us in Salem tomorrow to talk about stopping these coal and oil subsidies.
But while ConnectOregon has three separate projects for fossil
fuels lined up to be approved, those three projects are hardly all that’s wrong
with ConnectOregon V. We’ve been studying many other of the projects recommended
for taxpayer subsidy, and oh my, some are beyond belief.
Today we find that we have some testimony ready with no one lined
up to deliver it. Can you make it to Salem for the hearing tomorrow afternoon,
July 17th at 1:45?
We’re looking for folks to testify about specific projects, and of course it
would be nice to have others to fill the room. There are 37 ConnectOregon
projects on the likely to be approved list. If the three for fossil fuels get
rejected, the Oregon Transportation Commission will still “spend the money.”
They’ll just move further down the list of projects where we have found that
some are great, and others are wrong-headed. Some are nothing but giveaways to
successful private businesses or public entities that just want free money, like
they’ve gotten in the past from ConnectOregon.
Can you come to the Salem Convention Center tomorrow afternoon? patrickstupfel7
In reading the applications for this cycle and last, Tax Fairness
Oregon has come to the conclusion that the ConnectOregon program needs to be
fixed. Our recommendations include:
Making this primarily a loan program, rather than an all grant
program. We already must pay over half a billion dollars for prior ConnectOregon
Insisting that airports not be eligible for ConnectOregon subsidies
until they start collecting fuel taxes equivalent to the fuel taxes those of us
who use roads pay. Plane owners currently pay either 1 or 9 cents a gallon in
state fuel tax. Car owners pay 30 cents a gallon.
Increase the rigor of analysis applied to ConnectOregon applications. We’ve seen
stunning disregard for the public purse in gifts to businesses.
Jody Wiser Tax Fairness Oregon
Site Dedicated to the Memory of Eric McKinley, d. Iraq, 2002
Eric McKinley was our local connoisseur of ska music and cafe denizen whose unit
was activated and sent to Iraq to patrol with inadequately armored vehicles.
When Congressional funds for armoring the vehicles were diverted by the
notorious Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (later convicted on
corruption charges), Eric's unit was reduced to using plywood to give their
vehicles some additional protection. When an insurgent's IED hit Eric's vehicle,
his horrified teammates were forced to watch as the heat of the burning plywood
began exploding the grenades strapped to Eric's body. Eric, you are not
forgotten and will live forever in our hearts.