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.

About

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on March 18, 2012 6:43 AM. The previous post in this blog was Quotation of the Day. The next post in this blog is The heat's on Gatsby. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Archives

Links

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

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Utterly Boring.com
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
HinesSight
Onfocus
Jalpuna
Beerdrinker.org
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
Sansego
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
Mireio
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
{AE}
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Althouse
GirlHacker
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Frytopia
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
StumptownBlogger
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 Drink.com
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion
LoveSalem

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
Misterblue
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
Twisty
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
Pinktalk
Mellow-Drama
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Rosenblog
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Blort
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
Maukie
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
KGW-TV
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
KOIN
Willamette Week
KATU
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB
Topix.net - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
KPTV
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

Music-Related
The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Seal
Sting
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Censored in Portland

The last installment of the week of Doonesbury that the O didn't let its readers see is here.

Comments (10)

I'm curious to know why you didn't republish the other two.

Yeah, now that you (Bojack.org) are the only place for info, you have to provide all the news, all the time... Where else could we get those comics?

The O shouldda moved it to the Opinion section long ago, and print all of Gary's stuff.

I shouldn't be writing this. Ever get up in the morning and realize you're too grouchy to comment, but then you do anyway?

In my banquet days, I waited on the lawyer who spoke before the Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade. As I remember she said it was her first case. I've also done plenty of NARAL banquets over the years.

I hate this issue. I got a bad vibe from the leaders of NARAL. It's the wrong cause to feel heroic or sanctimonious about. And I really don't like the right wingers who say it's the same thing as murdering children. I feel like I have the moral high ground on them in one way: If I heard of a schoolyard where children were being murdered I'd do what I could to stop it. I couldn't just go on living in a town where that was happening.

My point is not to incite anyone to do anything. I believe the fact that they don't act, means they don't really believe it themselves. They don't really believe this is murdering children. How could they and live with themselves? So this tragic mess is reduced to a political wedge issue. God, I hate this topic.

Let's move on to slamming the Oregonian. I have communicated with Peter Bhatia quite a few times over the years. A friend of mine from the band I moved to Portland with, actually, grew up with him in Pullman, Washington.

Our communications would come under the headings of applications and rejections. I was always curious why they wouldn't hire me to write a column for the Oregonian, especially after my column in the Tribune ended. One of the craziest things about it was they were reprinting lines I had sold elsewhere, so my stuff was already there. Why not go to the source? And yes, I can remember at least once where they used something I had written - that was also in Time Magazine - on their editorial page.

Here's the tie-in with the Doonesbury decision: We all know printed newspapers are in trouble. What did the story say yesterday? The fastest shrinking business in America?

This is due for the most part to changing technologies, but another part is that their editors' minds are trapped in another century. They have not changed with the times as much as they should have. They remain staid in a world that is no longer staid.

They're so used to having no competition, that they're arrogantly holding on to this world view and it's gone. As a former print columnist, I think it's a damn shame. I felt that in me, they had a proven international humorist with original serious points of view as well, but when I saw their extremely lame humor column called "The Edge", I knew they were stuck in the suck zone. It didn't have to be that way, and now we get to sit back and watch the whole damn industry fail.

I also got it after Iraq when columnists like me who made the right call, were canned, while neo-cons like Bill Kristol who were wrong about everything, were given bigger platforms than ever. Bill Kristol even got a column in the New York Times before it became apparent how much he sucked. Beware of industries that don't reward excellence. Beware of institutions that tolerate outrageous shabby, immoral personal behavior. It usually ends badly.

It's sad. We're looking at the last few years of newspapers in print. I wish they had put up a better battle. I would have loved to be a part of that. It's a noble thought, but you can't do it by ducking controversy and playing it safe. If your editor is bumping cars, drunk outside a strip club, run with it. As I said at the Tribune many times: "This is not required reading. You're acting like it's required reading - it's not."

Sorry, I'm frustrated. I feel like the Oregonian let down Portland big time lately, and it makes me a little sick. Meanwhile this week, I had another line reprinted - this time in the Opinion Section of USA Today. But can I get any play in this town? Of course not. I could have helped.

Peter Bhatia is a good guy - a very accomplished guy. He did not cover himself or his paper in glory this past week. Peter, you should hire me. Let's start to turn this thing around.

"Beware of industries that don't reward excellence. Beware of institutions that tolerate outrageous shabby, immoral personal behavior. It usually ends badly."

Subtle dig at public schools?
...or the Portland police dept?
.... Congress?

"Peter, you should hire me."

Please, you are better than that. Besides, better for you to deconstruct from the outside, than try and reconstruct from the inside, during the last swirl around as the flush ends.

Deconstructing from the outside doesn't pay. But relax - as a serial freelancing applicant that is merely the way I conclude every letter.

Here's the real truth: I'm profoundly disappointed in the way so-called adults of a certain age have acted in Portland these last few years. I think it's embarrassing. There's behavior you can expect when you're 20 but after you turn 40 or 50 or 60 you should tighten it up a little.

I'm not being puritanical, but if we don't grow wise as we get older, what's the f*ckin' point?

Once, years ago, a teenager was killed where I worked in an accident, and it bothered me on levels that it shouldn't have: I felt in some ways like it had happened in my home.
When I read about some of the shenanigans the power elite of this town have been up to, I feel - on some level - personally responsible.

Portland's our home - we've got to do better.

why you didn't republish the other two.

I was busy. If you click the forward and back arrows at the top of the page I've linked to today, you can see them all.

Dear Bill,
You are not the only person who feels "on some level personally responsible" for the really bad stuff that has happened and is happening in Portland (and the rest of the USA). I do too, and I am pretty sure there are lots of us.
I also feel impotent and pretty helpless to make any effective changes.
However what I do feel hopeful about are the various new technologies, like bloggIng and YouTube and all the other social networks, to at least publicize issues in ways that the current crop of aging politicos and 1%ers cannot imagine. Time will tell if today's younger generations will give a sh*t or not.

I just walked up on Tabor and it hit me what's wrong here with the Oregonian's handling of this. First, I started my walk in a rainstorm with a little hail but I could look west and see some sunny skies coming our way, and they did. It was beautiful up there.

Okay, the Oregonian used the family friend as a source. They did not get a second source as this was one of their own, but that is the rule: Get a second source. So the Oregonian slipped up there.

Then when they realized the source was wrong, they didn't just correct the story - they outed the source. Journalists go to jail to keep the identity of their sources secret.

The statement by Peter Bhatia was delivered as a tribute to integrity in journalism complete with some snarky comments about the "trolls" who would dare question these marvelous, exemplary powerful people.

What really happened was an institution that had been duped by not following the 2-source rule, decided to burn the source for one of its stories, and that's not stellar journalism. That's bureaucratic ass-covering.

The O should take lessons in honesty in journalism from Ira Glass, and This American Life. The mistake is never as bad as the lie that tries to cover it up.

Getting back to the Doonebury topic, I see in the Tuesday O that even Idaho has just passed a similar bill, I believe in the Idaho House. Gotta love those one party states.


Sponsors


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

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: 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