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 September 5, 2008 2:43 AM. The previous post in this blog was Happy birthday, KBOO!. The next post in this blog is What is Paulson peddlin'?. 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

Friday, September 5, 2008

Reader poll: So, how was St. Paul?

It's over. And?

What did you think of the Republican National Convention?
Smashing success for the GOP
Somewhat helpful to the GOP
Neither here nor there
Somewhat counterproductive for the GOP
A train wreck free polls

Comments (27)

One thing which comes to mind will be what the upcoming Meet the Press interview with Senator John and Governor Sara will most likely be like.

Question: Senator what do you think about the state of the economy?
McCain: My friends, I was a prisoner of war and the economy is fine.

Question: Energy crisis, your plan Senator, how do we address the issue?
McCain: Well friends, I was a prisoner of war and the answer is DRILL.

Question: Iraq and Iran, how do you see those situations being handled?
McCain: Friends, I was a prisoner of war and we should stay in Iraq 100 more years
plus you know the Iran song.

Question: How many houses do you own?
McCain: Well since you asked, I was a prisoner of war, why don’t you ask Governor
Palin, she’s right here.

Question: Governor, how many houses does Senator McCain really own?
Palin: Well since the Senator was a prisoner of war, only God knows the answer
to that question.

Question: Governor, let me ask you the same questions on the economy, energy,
the war and in addition education and healthcare.
Palin: God will handle those situations!

Question: Governor, one last question, can you give us any insight into Trooper

Palin: The devil made me do it!!!!!!!!!

I can hardly wait.

wow! McCain was a prisoner of war?
Noun verb POW; the latest GOP talking point.

"Tropper gate"

What a perfect example of the left's drama and fabrication.

Palin replaced what amounts to a cabinet member. Her enemies try to paint it as abuse of power and others embellish it into an investigation with possible charges and impeachment.

Ooooh what a scandal!

A train wreck? I've never seen the GOP base this energized. Obviously more than a few of you are really out of touch with the reality of the situation. This is going to be a close one.

Question: Senator what do you plan on doing about unemployment?
McCain: Unemployment hum…. It’s nice and high… no, wait, unemployment….
That should be low, right….I was a POW…. Sara!!
Palin: Sunni or Shiite, one has a big turban.

I do believe that the R-Party Convention pulled off a huge magic trick: they made G.W. disappear! I might start believing in that "power of pray" stuff.

While I hate to admit it, their convention appears to be a success. With their W-disappearance, they were able to shift the rhetoric coming out of the party and the campaign (and eagerly absorbed and repeated by the media) into what sounds like an out-of-power party who hasn't carried the presidency for the last eight years and Congress for 75% of that. Listening to Palin, McCain and others (Romney, for example), I might have believed democrats had been in charge since 2000 had I not been awake (and outraged).

Gore ran against himself in 2000 and lost (I know, he won, but he could have won better and more decisively to prevent the election being stolen from him). The Republicans are now running against themselves, but they're better at it. The selection of Palin was a brilliant, game-changing move, turning the campaign overnight from a referendum on Bush's disaster into full-scale class and culture warfare. Paul Krugman hits a bull's eye in today's NYT column in assessing how the Republicans falsely paint the Democrats as elitist when it is they themselves who are elitists. Hundreds of thousands may be fooled. The Dems are now at risk of losing this election, or at least of running close enough to allow it to be stolen once again in a swing state or two. So: both a smashing success and a train wreck.

It looks like the Republicans don't have any confidence that VP nominee Sarah Palin can field and answer questions from the media. So much for her executive experience and Vice Presidential/Presidential potential. She's nothing more than a trophy running mate.

As reported by Jay Carney, Time's Washington Bureau Chief:

"According to Nicole Wallace of the McCain campaign, the American people don't care whether Sarah Palin can answer specific questions about foreign and domestic policy. According to Wallace -- in an appearance I did with her this morning on Joe Scarborough's show -- the American people will learn all they need to know (and all they deserve to know) from Palin's scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads."

Read more at:

I'll partially agree with Joey. The convention was hugely energizing for the Republican base. Unfortunately for them, the Republican base is smaller than ever. According to a recent Pew poll just 38% of registered voters identify as Republicans or Republican-leaning. Compare that with 51% for Democrats.

The Rs needed a convention that did more than just energize their ever-shrinking base. They needed to reach out to independents and conservative Democrats on issues like the economy and energy, which I didn't see any real evidence of whatsoever.

Palin replaced what amounts to a cabinet member. Her enemies try to paint it as abuse of power and others embellish it into an investigation with possible charges and impeachment.
It's not that she fired a cabinet member. It's that she allegedly tried to get a state employee fired because of a family dispute and allegedly lied about it repeatedly. If these allegations are true, then she definitely abused her power.

A smashing success for a desperate but powerful minority. What they won't stoop to to maintain power. Power to do nothing for another term. God willing.

Oh please.
Yes she fired a cabinet member and may have recommended the trooper be fired.

The left filling in the blanks and devining her motivations is just typical Blue garbage that amounts to nothing.

"Abuse of power" ,, "Corruption".

Blue drama, that's it.

And "allegedly lied about it repeatedly".

Really? How's that because she's been repeatedly asked about it?

That entire "alleged" incident has been rejected by Palin and she firmly stated she did nothing wrong, and she has NO "fear" of any "investigation", and any "investigation will result in no more than the same inflated speculation that exists today.

This is really quite laughable that you would pretend there is some abuse of power with this trivial and petty issue.

Especailly since here in your own backyard there are numerous instances of abuse of power many of you have no interest in.

You're right Ben. Abuse of power is a pre-requisite to continue the agenda of Bush/Cheney. What's the big deal people?

The Rs may only have 38% nationally registered, but nearly 60% classify themselves as "conservative" on the spectrum between "liberal", "moderate," and "conservative" (so they said on the nes radio station yesterday morning). The key will obviously be how many of those non-affiliated conservatives buy the idea that McCain and Palin are selling.

McCain/Palin are the true reform ticket in this case. They both have a history of going against the system and establishment. Obama can talk all he wants about change, but why is it that during his time in either senate he never introduced one piece of legislation? How's that for change? One could almost argue that's a record of maintaining the status quo. Then he goes and picks Mr. Status Quo himself, Joe Biden, the 6th longest serving senator.

Obama can talk all he wants about change, but why is it that during his time in either senate he never introduced one piece of legislation?

This is a blatant and bald-faced lie. A retraction would be minimally appropriate. is a place to go to start finding the truth about Obama's record.

Thanks for the link Allan. I was wrong :)

Wow Ben that must be some great Kool-Aid.

She insists she didn't do anything wrong, well I guess that settles it, I mean we don't ever need investigations or trials, just ask the person if they did anything wrong.

And as far as her agreeing to answer questions, uh try again, she has said she won't testify and is trying to get out of it.

Joey, kudos to you for owning up to the error! There's too little of that going around (and I have to include myself in that assessment). So, even though I don't much agree with you, I respect your openness.

I would have called it a train-wreck without Palin. Palin was sort of like a defibrillator that brings someone back to life, which means that you still have a person with a major problem, they just aren't dead yet.

The Dems need to take this very seriously and continue to hammer on the issues that are critical to the American people. Unemployment is a whopping 6.1% and we lost 81,000 jobs in August. Foreclosures are at the highest level since the Great Depression. McCain keeps talking about his P.O.W. experience 40 years ago.

Meanwhile John McCain is trying harder than ever to disavow and disown his own party. It takes more of an economic plan than more tax cuts for the rich and a bunch of blabber about "using our community colleges to train our workers to compete in a global marketplace". It's news to John McCain that the community colleges train people to do skilled labor, apparently not realizing that they have been doing so since WWII. The American worker is already the best trained and most productive worker on the planet. Ambitious and energetic Americans find a way to get the skills they need to compete in the marketplace through community colleges, the military and apprenticeships as long as there are good living wage jobs there to be had in exchange for the effort and expense involved in educating themselves. They aren't closing steel plants and sending the jobs to China because our workers don't know what they're doing. It's a massive trade imbalance that's fueled by a government subsidized industries in China with workers who make pennies on the dollar compared to American workers. To add insult to injury, we are borrowing money from the very same government that's stealing our jobs so we can pay for a worthless war in Iraq.

McCain doesn't get it. He lied to the American people by saying Obama will raise their taxes by failing to point out that the only increases will be on those who earn more than 250K a year. The Dems need to knock the Republicans on their asses for what they have done to our country, put their knee on their throats and not get up until Nov. 4th.

Joey Link, I hope you reflect on where you heard that false information about Obama's record. Palin, McCain and all the surrogates spout disinformation. People unfortunately tend to believe it without making a simple google search to find the truth. As a juror, when faced with witness testimony wholly or patially false, the judge instructs to distrust all testimony of that witness. Trying to hijack the mantle of change is equally disingenuous. They'll try anything to win though. Truth be damned cause God is on their side.

Allan, I think it's important for people to admit when they're wrong or make mistakes, and everyone makes mistakes at one point or another. While you and I differ greatly on the details, I'm sure we share many values and traits that make us good people.

genop, I think you need to be honest here, there's tons of misinformation coming from both the left and the right. I'm a huge advocate for people researching their facts before taking them as truth, and as you saw above I failed to do that with this bit of (mis)information. That doesn't change the fact that in November, I'll still be voting against the person who goes against nearly everything I believe in. Bush has ravaged this country with his spending, and Obama will do the same exact thing.

Why do anti-Palin people support troopers drinking in their vehicles and using stun guns on there own children?

Aren't those Republican values?

Well, I think both candidates promises to lower taxes are whistlin' past the graveyard. While the actual federal debt is somewhere around $10 trillion dollars, the IMPLICIT debt needed to fund SS and Medicare for the baby boomers is around $60 trillion. When Paul O'Neill of Treasury attempted to draw attention to this in 2002, he was dismissed from the Bush cabinet, since this would obstruct the administration tax cut efforts.

The candidates choices are: raise taxes, lower benefits, or start printing money so the promised future obligations are reduced by inflation. NEITHER candidate is addressing this problem with any degree of specificity.

There's a fourth option PMG, increase efficiency.

There's a fourth option PMG, increase efficiency.

I'm afraid with the magnitude of the numbers, that won't amount to much. With 80% (and growing) of federal spending CURRENTLY going to the entitlement programs, efficiencies in the remaining 20% (with the largest portion DOD spending) just won't cut it.

Those numbers are right, I think, only if (a) interest on federal debt is treated as an "entitlement", and (b) social security is included in the budget (which, in general, it isn't). I have no idea what this means, though.


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
Marchigüe, 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
Gascón, 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
Marchigüe, 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

Marc Maron - Waiting for the Punch
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 Dermoȗt - 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: 5
At this date last year: 3
Total run in 2017: 113
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