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Friday, January 23, 2009

Saltzman: We need Sam's "smarts"

I am not making this up.

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Here's where the "smart" play really comes in for the Mayor, even if not in the best interest of the city.

The pressure on Beau has to be enormous, and sooner or later he will disclose all to someone, somewhere.

If Beau was really 18 when he and Sam played around, then Sam can probably ride it out because the heat will likely lessen over time.

If Beau was only 17, or if there are other uncovered skeletons, then the Mayor is much smarter to resign now. The bloodhounds in this city will never give up the scent as long as he remains in office. After he is gone, they could give a rip.

Easy to understand Saltzman's remark.." we need his smarts". In an intelligence comparison Homer Simpson would best Saltzman, although a Bassett hound might lose.

One can have access to Sam's smarts just as easily if he's hired as a consultant, no?

Well, we have 3 (Saltzman/Leonard/Fritz) all willing to rubber-stamp anything Sam does now. Don't we?

What is this Svengali-like effect or is it payback?

Saltzman: "Not only is it good symbolism, but it would be good for him psychologically at this point," to come back.


Only in Portland could a politician be endorsed for his abilities as a result of being involved in a scandal for displying such abysmally poor decision-making in his personal life.

It also indicate that newly-minted Commisioner Saltzman should be classified in a phylum of invertebrates.

"Ignorace is strength"

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.

Given the allegations made, should the term "one-eyed" be so easily bandied about?

Is mentoring the same as rearing?

None of the debate so far is as annoying as hearing Saltzman say we have to have Sam as mayor because of his smarts. Oh yeah? When do they kick in?
I think he's in the process of bankrupting Portland. The problem isn't that he's in bed with teenagers - it's that he's in bed with developers.

Have you been to the South Waterfront district?

Of course, it's not right to let my opinion of his official abilities influence my opinion on whether or not he should resign. But that means it's not right for Saltzman to try and lobby for Sam to stay because he's so great at his job and has so many good ideas. What, like the convention hotel?

Maybe Saltzman will flip again as he did on the tram vote, but spare me the argument about Sam's smarts. I think Sam's around two thirds as smart as he thinks he is and the rest is stuck on stupid. That's a big problem for Portland.

The Sam Adams brewery would be wise to donate to the recall effort if they wish to avoid further sexual innuendo and trademark violations. I just ordered my T-shirt and bumper stickers online.

Between the Beau, the Weiner, the Breedlove, and the beer puns, I'm surprised we haven't read any zingers from Bill McDonald.

No offense, Bill...I didn't notice I was posting just below you until now.

None taken. I can't get motivated for the comedy on this one. It's got a tedious aspect.

Every now and then you just take one off. Did you notice how the female astronaut dropping the tool bag in space was handled?

Sometimes there's so many negative stereotypes around that you just sort of tune out from the comedy. Okay, I did imagine a comedy skit where a 17 year old has his next birthday with his parents and siblings there, and these 2 40-year-old guys show up and try to pretend they fit in, wearing varsity letter sweaters, etc..."And what classes are you in with our son Beau?"

See why? There's a creepy element here that comes out when Sam says details like he was sleeping with the teenager but he had to take the train up here because he had no car. Sort of class exploitation thrown in.

Oh well. Better stick to the Obama jokes.
I have made some money off the Inauguration so the commerce continues.

If we only lived in NYC, there might be some hope of SNL writing a sketch.

Will Forte could play Sam, and Chris Kattan could play his date, but who would play Mr. Breedlove (Seth Meyers)?

There would have to be birthday present wrapped in latex. Or maybe a DVD of Boys Life.

Maybe even a reference to the Boy Scouts?

Guillotine! Guillotine! Guillotine!

If Adams forces the recall option, it's gonna get real ugly around here.

Sooooooooooooooooooooo......... Where has Vera Katz been ???????

Saltzman echos a sad theme in Portland politics, it matters not the evil which is done behind the scenes as long as the liberal cause and the democrat power base remains intact. Apparently the lives of a couple of teens is a small price to pay for power, just ask Neil, Ted, Bernie or Sam. Wake up Portland and climb out of this cess pool.

Bill, you make good points about Saltzman's ridiculous observation about Sam's "smarts".

Maybe, because some bloggers ask that we forget the Breedlove Affair and discuss his policies/proposals, it would be a good time to do so, since the cities attention is now on Sam contrary to the recent campaign. If you sincerely evaluate his 16 years in city government(his only job)and add it to his present lies, he even looks much worse.

SoWhat, the Tram, the 405 Bike Bridge, the Couch/Burnside Couplet, the Moratorium on Hayden Island, the Build the Columbia Crossing The Way I Want Stance, the Burnside Bridge Head, the $9 thousand dollar debt for every person in Portland, the Police/Firemen Pension Debt, the proposed $450 Million proposed Transportation Tax, the Plastic Bag Tax, the Freightliner and Columbia Sportswear moves, the anti business climate perpetuated by his No WalMart stance, OHSU Mission creep, the (add as you like).......can all be attributed to Sam's 16 years of smarts.

His pleading coming soon that "I should stay on, Portland needs me, I am sorry, I've learned my lesson, I am in rehab, I've done nothing criminally wrong" should be weighed with his recent lies. His real record was lightly considered in the mayoral race because of poor media inquiry and opponents that did little in examining his record.

I am so sad for Saltzman, who really does mean well. More than anything, I am sad for this city.

How do we get that Bar Assn counsel disbarred? The legislative intent of the child abuse laws was not intended to cover the ages it actually states in black and white? You would have a hard time coming up with a statement that epitomized official corruption better than that if you hired a room full of geniuses.

No wonder nobody who doesn't have their hand in the public's pocket wants to be seen with any of our city commissioners.

Who cares ... I stopped listening to Saltzman after he proclaimed that "trees have rights" over the rest of us.

Oops, too soon, forgot the zinger: Since Saltzman will be running the cops, who do I call to report littering? Some a-hole keeps dropping leaves in my yard.

Saltzman should go also. What a wimp.

Sams' a liar, and a cheat.

He must go, and as far as I'm concerned,

Saltzman should go to.


Salzman has demonstrated that he is a jellyfish on numerous occasions.

Today's Oregonian carried a front page storied titled, "Adam's 100-Day Agenda in Peril." I first heard this spin on the story in yesterday's local television news. WTF? It sounds like someone is trying to make it sound as if Wonderland won't be happening if Alice is not retained.

If Adams's agenda has merit, why would it be in peril if he weren't able to personally carry it out? Wouldn't the council pursue it? And if not, was it really so indispensable in today's climate?

Actually, his agenda is a bit of an overheated joke. Much of it is not new, and most of the rest is worthless.

One of the best reasons to get rid of him is junk government like his many publicity stunts and meaningless lists of initiatives that never go anywhere.


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