Detail, east Portland photo, courtesy Miles Hochstein / Portland Ground.

For old times' sake
The bojack bumper sticker -- only $1.50!

To order, click here.

Excellent tunes -- free! And on your browser right now. Just click on Radio Bojack!

E-mail us here.


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on July 23, 2005 12:17 AM. The previous post in this blog was Heaven with sugar on it. The next post in this blog is Sounds awfully familar, cont'd. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.



Law and Taxation
How Appealing
TaxProf Blog
Mauled Again
Tax Appellate Blog
A Taxing Matter
Josh Marquis
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
The Yin Blog
Ernie the Attorney
Above the Law
The Volokh Conspiracy
Going Concern
Bag and Baggage
Wealth Strategies Journal
Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation
World of Work
The Faculty Lounge
Lowering the Bar
OrCon Law

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
The View Through the Windshield
Appliance Blog
The Bleat

Hap'nin' Gals
My Whim is Law
Lelo in Nopo
Attorney at Large
Linda Kruschke
The Non-Consumer Advocate
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place
A Pig of Success
Attorney at Large
Margaret and Helen
Kimberlee Jaynes
Cornelia Seigneur
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
Rantings of a [Censored] Bus Driver
Jeff Mapes
Vintage Portland
The Portlander
South Waterfront
Amanda Fritz
O City Hall Reporters
Guilty Carnivore
Old Town by Larry Norton
The Alaunt
Bend Blogs
Lost Oregon
Cafe Unknown
Tin Zeroes
David's Oregon Picayune
Mark Nelsen's Weather Blog
Travel Oregon Blog
Portland Daily Photo
Portland Building Ads
Portland Food and
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion

Retired from Blogging
Various Observations...
The Daily E-Mail
Saving James
Portland Freelancer
Furious Nads (b!X)
Izzle Pfaff
The Grich
Kevin Allman
AboutItAll - Oregon
Lost in the Details
Worldwide Pablo
Tales from the Stump
Whitman Boys
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Stuff White People Like
Worst of the Web

Valuable Time-Wasters
My Gallery of Jacks
Litterbox, On the Prowl
Litterbox, Bag of Bones
Litterbox, Scratch
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
Willamette Week
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
Portland Info Net
McMinnville News Register
Lake Oswego Review
The Daily Astorian
Bend Bulletin
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Roseburg News-Review
Medford Mail-Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Newport News-Times
Albany Democrat-Herald
The Eugene Weekly
Portland IndyMedia
The Columbian

The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Last call for the next week

Last year at this time, I was on blogging hiatus. Feeling a bit burned out on the whole process, I pulled the plug for five weeks or so. It was very beneficial.

It's midsummer again, and I'm feeling tired again, but to tell the truth, I'm mostly tired of reading and brooding about certain readers' comments. And so this week, I'm going to try something new. I'm not going on hiatus -- you are!

After this post, no comments for the next week. So get your licks in on this post, folks!

Comments (30)

How about commenting here in advance on your posts for the upcoming week?

July 24: That's the second time this month you've said something nice about Randy Gragg. I'm beginning to worry.

July 26: Instead of walking away from PGE, as you suggest today, the City of Portland should get behind a regional effort to make a credible offer to Enron for PGE.

July 28: I have to agree with you that today's inPortland magazine wasn't any better than last week's issue. If the Tribune were still providing real news competition to the Oregonian perhaps the O wouldn't let its filler material become and stay so bland.

July 29: We'll all miss his music.

Thanks for taking care of those.

Just to respond:

July 24: Once he became their religion writer, I saw him in a whole new light.

July 26: I think the city ought to fight like heck in the PUC proceeding for a fair deal for ratepayers. But they could have done that about $3 million ago.

July 28: The O pretends to be the back half of the WW on Friday. I guess Thursday's when they pretend to be the front half.

July 29: I saw him live once, jamming with Muddy Waters. It was unforgettable. The music really mattered then.

Is this like when you stop taking questions in class. "Bojack, Bojack, I have had my hand raised for five minutes and the only result is that you have stopped looking to my side of the room. I have a very indepth, not on point, tax evasion scheme I want to ask about during class time. Oh please call on me... please..."

Or is it because you have a lot of material to cover, like when you gave us the 30 min. crash on the AMT.

You deserve the break. Continue B-diddy.

Heather did that at said it changed her life. Good luck.

July 27: Ted K. signed an emergency bill to prohibit the Oregon Investment Council from buying PGE stock! Wow, yeah! The goal was to prevent the OIC from assembling their piece of the PGE stock along with other state treasurers so as to make handsome gains by re-selling the stock to a "strategic" buyer at a premium . . .a premium obtained only by greasing the skids for more effective extraction of resources from ratepayers through silencing the Public Utility Commission and other public interest opposition.


Combining two or more adjoining properties. Usually used to piece together several properties for it to be able to be developed in some fashion.

Ah -- but in stocks ---

cornering the market:

The illegal practice of attempting to purchase a sufficient amount of a commodity or security to manipulate its price.

July 29: Pres. Bush signed legislation that says utilities must indeed charge no more than what is “just and reasonable.” Yeah! Warren Buffet and State Treasurers scream in anguish as they cannot meet client demands for profit. We can all breath a sigh of relief but only because OUR state treasurer was kept out of the stock price manipulation game.

July 30: I agree that the re-renaming of evil to Social Investing and again back to evil (unlawful collusion) is a good thing. Anything that would be unlawful for any set of private investment trustees should likewise be unlawful when performed instead by state treasurers (collusion to corner the market) – for the harm is the same and the mechanism for achieving public accountability have evaporated in the guise of secrecy of public "employee" investment in private equity investments via state treasurers and so-called free market (hands-off, regulation-free) capitalism. (See California SB 439; response to Google-University-Private Equity public records case.)

August 3: Willamette Week started asking questions about where the OIC investments in TPG have gone. Yeah! But nobody knows a thing. The OIC pleads that it would be improper for them to even look beyond just the numbers they get from TPG reporting a profit of 25 percent. Doh.

(April 1, 2007: I admit that my timing, for the revelations, was slightly off the mark.)

July 28: Wow, Jack, are you really going to support him against Sten next year? I think that might be overcompensating.

Hey I understand about limiting the comments. I can't stand the commenters, and I am one.

I think I'm going to publish a new policy about comments after the week is up. And right now, I'm leaning toward one that says, "I can remove your comment, ban you from comments for a while or permanently, or both, for any reason, or no reason."

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has been quoted as defending the absence of comments on his site with an observation to the effect of, "Nor do I have a wall in a room of my home on which visitors can write what they want."

You could also make it an "invitation only" message board, and be selective in whom you permit to post comments.

It'd be interesting to see what kind of traffic you get while comments are off.

Sam, that's a good suggestion. But I don't think that I need to go that far. I think that I'm going to have 3 classes of posters -- green, yellow and red. Green can post freely, yellow will be limited in the number of posts and words allowed, and red will be banned.

I've already got at least 1 red and 3 yellow.

I'm after quality, not quantity.

People go to places like for quality.
People go to places like OSB because their livelihoods might depend upon keeping up with the association news.
People go to places like OCPP or to Cascade Policy Institute to see certain political views from a local perspective.

Glenn Reynolds is uniquely hyperproductive without comments, as a blog author. (That is too high a standard to meet.)

You might prefer to create your own professional journal with a more formal content management system that requires moderation and an approval hierarchy. But that would not be a blog, now would it? You can do both a blog and something else, for they serve different needs and roles. I would suggest as an open source CMS (even for a closed community of special folks preparing content). Mambo would be easier for a no comment site where it is just for projecting thoughts outward, without the feedback . . . the utility of comments are too problematic to measure anyway. Your choice depends on your goal, and level of desire for editorial control.

You will, of course, butt heads with the same sort of issue Kari did at, that of defining "progessive."

The Drupal folks are having a little pow wow at PSU on August 1-5. Take the parameters for your desired site with you and I am sure someone can give you a technical thumbs up or thumbs down on feature requests you may desire.

Perhaps you could blaze a trail as did Horace Greeley, through your words. I do wish you luck.

I do hope that the journalist in you wins out over the lawyer in you. But there really is no difference between the two. One has a debate over the right stay out of jail for speaking out about wrongs (journalistic privilege) and one has a debate about the scope of lawyer-client privilege, and it is only the latter that no legislator will touch. It is like the power to be free from criticism, for no other reason that just because.

Thanks again for the opportunity. If the public is your client . . what would serve them the best?

I guess the comments question goes to the heart of this blog: Who's it for? The public? My friends? Me?

I think Ron just illustrated exactly why Jack turned off the comments.

As to Justin, the Drupal community can create a module that includes a mere excerpt from long comments, with an option for a reader to read more, at the click of a mouse, if they chose. The size issue is a technical matter that need not have but one solution. Open your eyes to possibilities.

There is another possibility too, where commenters themselves assign a rating to a particular comment on a range of issues – among them could be pertinence to the topic at hand. Justin would thus assign my search of the “least restrictive” means of restraint as not pertinent. (The quote is just a legal buzz word, to trigger a thought or two for making a parallel to government restrictions.)

Ron, I have nothing against what you say. In fact I have no clue what you say, because I never read your comments. THEY'RE TOO LONG! I'm sure you're an intelligent guy, I just wish you would condense your comments to 50 words or less. I think people use the comment section as their own blog... and its annoying, at least to me...

I view comments as integral to illuminating the issues. With that said, the blog-master ought to have a fairly restrictive scope for comments. An eye toward eliminating overlength and agenda driven drivel. It is your weblog - absolute censorship is your right, maybe in certain instances your obligation. Personally I would err on the side of brevity rather than substance! A brief, well written, valid, contrary position ought to be embraced. Otherwise - censor away!

A new comments policy is in the works and will be unveiled here on Friday.

The Tracy Smith story here (and b!X's Than Clevenger brouhaha) both wouldn't have been as, uh, thorough (not to mention entertaining) without the contributions made by commenters.

I'm glad to see you're going to keep them in some form...

They'll be back -- most of them, that is.


As a recent new commenter, I'd hate to see them go. My suggestions:

1) You blog, you don't need to read or respond to the comments. How about a "just say no" policy?

2) If you're modifying the comments, is there a way for you to allow the user to see which threads have recent comments (see communique and blueoregon). Some of these conversations have a long life, but it's impossible to tell w/o clicking on them one after another.

Any policy, it seems to me, that requires you to read and vet comments, will exhaust you. Either figure out a way to have the users monitor it (as Ron suggests), farm it out to an interested party (Justin?) or just mostly ignore them.

My two cents.

Paul: Like it or not, I have some level of responsibility for what is said in the comments, and so I must at least scan them all.

One of the big problems is that people have begun to judge my views, and the worth of this blog, based on the overall tenor of the comments. Like it or not, that is another reality.

Thanks for your input, which will be considered as part of formulating my new policy (gee, now I sound like a bureaucrat writing regulations!).

Please include pirate speak in you comment regulations (arghh, booty, etc.)

might I add that this is turning into the week of postings.


Others may disagree, but I don't hold you responsible for anything that is posted in the comments section. I don't think you need to feel obligated to police them. Most blogs I read function that way.

Just my two cents. I'll stop since this is your break, eh? Can you believe just one month before school starts again?

I miss the comments.


Jack, you've been so prolific since you've cut off the comments! And it also seems like you're in a better mood. It must be doing something for you.

Arguing with people gets old after a while. That's why I'm not a litigator. Refereeing other people's arguments isn't much fun, either. That's why I stopped being an arbitrator.

The cost-benefit analysis on comments is a mighty close call. I'll bring them back Sunday night. But a hiatus on comments has been a real tonic, and I will be calling another one as soon as they start getting me down again.


she's back! :) the cat trapper! :)


Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Last call for the next week:

» PGE Pokes Oregonians In The Eye . . With The Help Of The Oregon Investment Council from PDXNAG.COM
July 27: Ted K. signed an emergency bill to prohibit the Oregon Investment Council from buying PGE stock! Wow, yeah! The goal was to prevent the OIC from assembling their piece of the PGE stock along with other state treasurers so as to make handsome gai [Read More]


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
MarchigĂĽe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
GascĂłn, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
MarchigĂĽe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Phil Stanford - Rose City Vice
Kenneth R. Feinberg - What is Life Worth?
Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria DermoČ—t - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 113
At this date last year: 155
Total run in 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

Clicky Web Analytics