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 January 13, 2012 12:57 AM. The previous post in this blog was Trouble on the other "green" giveaway front, too. The next post in this blog is Prelude to a squall. 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, January 13, 2012

Rakeshia, Markishia, and their mothers


The Portland police have hauled in several young suspects in connection with two recent attacks on innocent passengers on Tri-Met. In both incidents, suspects' mothers have also been arrested -- one on charges of hindering prosecution, and the other for allegedly holding a victim by the hair while the daughter punched her.

Maybe the circuit court judges need to ride the MAX train in the afternoons for a few weeks so that they can better understand what they need to do in these cases. Laughing them off would be a bad moment in Portland history.

Comments (29)

I swear, I thought you were being sarcastic/un-PC with the names...

God help us...

No, there is nothing cute or funny about this case. Those are their names, those are their pictures. The new Portland sport of beating up on folks on mass transit and on the street to prove how "hard" you are needs to be stopped before more people in this town violently die. Portlanders of all races and ethnicities should be deeply concerned about what is going on here. And it would be an equally disturbing story if it were Jason and Ryan and their middle-aged white fathers.

Most importantly, the City Council and the police should be ashamed of what they have let the city become.

Jack; Most importantly, the City Council and the police should be ashamed of what they have let the city become.
JK: But the city fathers have determined that it is more important to feed well over $50 million annually to developers, instead of to basic services, including police.

It is time to STOP urban renewal and STOP tax increment financing (TIF) and return all that money to basic services, including schools, social services, fire & police departments.


Has anyhone heard from the city's Office of Equity on this yet? Just kidding.

Haven't heard anything from the Black, I'm sorry, African-American community condemning these attacks on Portland's citizenry!

Total agreement here with what Jim Karlock says above.

JK: return all that money to basic services, including schools, social services, fire & police departments.

Don't leave out basic street repairs in CoP.

It would be naive to think "the city" will do anything but spin the hell out of this.

All those charges, and no hate crime charges? Can't say I am surprised. If this incident was turned around, you can bet there would be.

One of the little known facts about these instances is that they are simply the tip of the iceberg. The TriMet mouthpiece, Mary Fletch, is always careful to be extremely circumspect in speaking of crime on the system.

In her recent statements, Fletch has continually stated that these incidents are rare "on MAX." That is technically accurate. In regard her statements, one must consider that she is speaking narrowly, specifically, and directly about crime occurring on the train cars themselves.

However, when you look at the totality of crime on the system - including crimes in the Park and Rides, parking structures, on the platforms, or crimes where the victim or suspect has immediately departed them, the picture becomes much more alarming.

Like every other crime report, the news media picks and chooses what to report. Usually, it has to be "sexy", that is, something that will gather attention in the media. Or, it has to be in close proximity in time to something else that is (such as the current situation.)

It is similar to a citizen that goes on a Ride-Along with a District Patrol Officer on normal radio calls for service. A common statement by citizens, even on slow shifts was: "I never knew it was this busy." That's because less than 10% of what actually occurrs ever winds up in the media.

However, in the case of TriMet, there is a deliberate effort to obfuscate the facts regarding crime. The reason for this is simple, TriMet gets it money based on ridership statistics. They don't want a true and accurate portrayal of the problem because it would scare off "normal" citizens riders.

Additionally, in the past TriMet has habitually overturned exclusions or other enforcement action issued by it's own police, and looked at enforcement as the last resort in dealing with crime.

I know of one Metro Police agency that led a rebellion against this policy and threatened to pull all of its officers out of TriMet unless the practice was stopped. It was discontinued, but only for police actions taken within the city that complained.

That's why I'd walk before I ever used TriMet.

I heard that TriMet "might" issue exclusions if the perpetrators of the beatings were found....
This was before they had been identified and caught.

Given the city's agenda of slowly and constantly twisting the screws on the general population in order to craft its "vision" of a desired demographic, one has to ask what is it that really happened, a crime or an uprising on a personal level?

Which ones are the mothers?

One simple idea for TriMet to consider. Fire the bobble head doll PR person and use the money for another security guard.

It won't solve the problem, but it would be a start in the right direction. The PR Barbie just makes situations like this worse. Everyone knows she is lying to them and since it is our tax dollars being wasted, the net result is people feel insulted.

Get rid of the PR flacks and hire security and your PR will actually improve.

daughters are top row.

Their excellent role model mothers are bottom row.

Especially the one with the smirk, as they all know that at the end of the day, not much will happen to them for their violence against others.

Don't leave out basic street repairs in CoP.

I don't thinks Jim Karlock would ever leave out street improvements in a budget allocation.

But yes, I agree with Allan - this time Jim is right.

The second incident was over a bad transfer.
It's just not worth it.
$4 and now a huge mess....
All avoidable.................

We live in a society in which "acting out" and failing to conform to societal norms is no longer punished. In many Portland sub-cultures, it's actively celebrated.

The rotten fruit certainly doesn't seem to be falling far from the tree....Great family values out there in the hood..Are these marvelous mommies teaching their gurlz how to shoot straight too?

I'll disagree slightly with my friend Jim Karlock. Yes, urban renewal needs to be terminated, for lots of good reasons. But just because other service districts would get more money does not mean any of Portland's problems would be minimized or even addressed.

Portland Public Schools, police and fire bureaus, the water bureau and TriMet have all shown a propensity to squander large amounts of money when given the opportunity. So giving them more by abolishing TIF or through any other mechanism doesn't get me excited.

The growing level of lawlessness in Portland will have to be addressed at many levels. With regard to transit violence, it will help that the TriMet board seems to be finally ready to end the "free-rail" policy for downtown and Lloyd District. The whole "free-free-free" mentality fostered by this long-standing policy creates a culture of disrespect. The Board is ready to do it because TM is broke and they forecast getting $2.7 million more per year in fare revenue, but the larger benefit for the community is that it will probably improve the overall behavior of TM riders.

We also need the city council to start enforcing laws, including tresspass and nuisance. That doesn't necessarily require more money -- it might actually save money, as in the case of the "occupiers." The refusal of Sam Adams to enforce Parks regulations on the first day ultimately cost taxpayers a lot more money than if he had simply told the cops to do their job.

There is a serious need for an attitude adjustment at all levels in Portland -- with politicians, bureaucrats, so-called "business trade associations", and many parents. It can be done, but it will require more than just money.

We need a Charles Bronson ala "Death Wish" type of individual riding rails and exterminating these low lifes....

..Maybe the circuit court judges need to ride the MAX train in the afternoons for a few weeks...

Maybe the politicians who like themselves more choo choo trains like Blumenauer, and Charlie Hales, need to ride the Max train not only in the afternoons, but how about a few evening trips!!

...and then instead of living in places where they can escape the folly of their streetcar plans and decisions, have them live along those "developed" lines for awhile. Little cell-like unit housing for Charlie and Earl? Doubt that will ever happen.

Let us not forget to connect the dots here, why there is less money for public service and safety needs, education, etc. Think Earl and Charlie have anything to do with it?
Talk all they want, look at the result of their actions and agenda.

If Trimet ever got off its ass and started running this place with even a hint of sanity they would upgrade the fare collection system.

For all we know the two people charged may have gotten the wrong transfers from the last driver....IT DOES HAPPEN....A LOT!

If a SMART CARD system was implemented it would eliminate many of these problems created by the archaic paper transfers.

The system is creating the problems, from the fare less square to the archaic transfer procedure.

Meanwhile the bone heads in charge go on about their business collecting their fat pay checks and pretending

It's sickening...

I agree clinamen. Let all of the city hierarchy ride Max. I took a trip out of town once and rode Max to PDX. The going out early in the morning was no problem. Coming back, mid-afternoon, no problem until Gateway. There, several young females boarded and the whole atmosphere changed to ignoring what was being shouted about and avoiding eye contact with the perps and their boy friends.

With regard to transit violence, it will help that the TriMet board seems to be finally ready to end the "free-rail" policy for downtown and Lloyd District. The whole "free-free-free" mentality fostered by this long-standing policy creates a culture of disrespect.

We also can't ignore Max's honor system for transit fares as a contributor here also - I think that fosters as much (or more) disrespect as the free ride districts.

I know of one Metro Police agency that led a rebellion against this policy and threatened to pull all of its officers out of TriMet unless the practice was stopped.

I believe that one police agency - Hillsboro - actually DID pull out of the Transit Police organization and started to assign cops to the MAX line (but not continuing east of Willow Creek/185th, so the officers would stay in Hillsboro).

The last several times I've ridden MAX into Hillsboro I've always counted on a mass police sweep of the train, usually at Hawthorne Farm, with a lot of cops, lots of fare inspections...very thorough. That might have stopped now that the dust has settled, but Hillsboro decided they weren't going to take any crap. I asked Neil McFarlane yesterday about Transit Police, who pays for it...and ultimately if a situation occurred on a bus line in Tigard if Transit Police would be able to assist and he only answered "TriMet" pays for it, and did not answer the other question. It's clear that even at the top, security is not a concern - it's all about the ridership numbers and placating the federal funding partners, not those that actually pay for and use the system.

This is five years old; apparently, nobody's had the guts to update the statistics, but it's still revealing:

As HMLA put it, That's why I'd walk before I ever used TriMet.

I would comment on this behavior, but I will not. There is no justice that needs to be done here that has not already been done through cyclical poverty and a crack pipe.

They are scum, deserve no sympathy, and in a country with balls the perpetrators and their entire extended family would be exiled to a place full of their kind in Liberia or Haiti, which ironically were the first nations of freed slaves.

Thanks Max. I put my trust in four things:
God, Corps, Country, and my Sig P229 .40 cal (not counting a couple of extra magazines...)


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