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Monday, June 11, 2012

40 years of Earl the Pearl

Here's an event that our readers will not want to miss: a four-hour party (including a one-hour concert) celebrating 40 years in politics for the guy with literally the safest job in the world -- our congressman, Earl Blumenauer. There's no better way to trace Portland's transformation from a gritty but highly livable middle-class town to a fad-obsessed theme park than to examine this fellow's career on the Multnomah County commission, the Portland City Council, and finally in Congress. Tickets are a mere $25. Go by streetcar!

Or you can skip the party and just donate -- proceeds are going to something called the "Blumenauer Century Fund." That's about how long it will take the city to recover from his odd visions and their implementation.

Comments (14)

He's amazing in that he's had a 40-year political career, forever taking meticulous care to rarely if ever expose himself to the wrath of voters outside of the east Portland bloc that keeps him employed.

That's why I loved the vintage Portland picture from 1962. These little Donald Trump Jr.'s trying to put their stamp on the city are done before they started. I just hope I live long enough to see the South Waterfront project repurposed back to wetlands.

It's a mathematical certainty that we won't survive unless we tap into another energy system in the next few decades. How long are those little 18th century train tracks going to stick around when the zero point anti-gravity trains show up?

These planners are on an ego trip. They're in effect trying to turn Portland into their own mausoleum - an eternal statement of their vision. But that one picture from 1962, shows how little will be left of these ridiculous schemes. Even the new Columbia Bridge will have come and gone, assuming they have it planned sometime in the next 50 years.

To me, the bridge is a symbolic generational thing. The kids are driving the station wagon and they're heading right off a cliff. The Greatest Generation had, "A Bridge Too Far." We have "A Bridge Too Short."

Think of all Earl has accomplished:
1) 40 years on the dole
2) Millionaire from Portland property deals
3) Married into the Goldschmidt legacy at NW Nat Gas

Too bad we need to celebrate Earl and not the average Portland resident.

I tried to make a negative donation in hopes of getting some of my wasted tax money back but it didn't work.

The "century fund? Does that mean he wants to still be in congress 60 years from now?

Some exciting details...

DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2012
EVENT: Earl Blumenauer 40th Anniversary Gala & Concert
LOCATION: Veterans Memorial Coliseum
ATTENDANCE: 1,800 guests – 900 for reception and dinner; 900 for concert and post-party

The Georgia Pacific Room at 4:30 sharp.
EVENT TIME: Cocktail reception on concourse 5:30-6:45, Dinner program 7:00-10:00
ENTERTAINMENT: Reception: Wanderlust Circus Dinner: Pink Martini with Storm Large

DETAILS: The flow of this event is a lot like the CAP event
1. This event is a celebration of Earl Blumenauer’s 40th year as an elected public official. He is currently a member of the US House of Representatives. He is best known for his bicycle advocacy in Portland as well as wearing his signature bow tie! You can learn more at
2. This event is broken into several parts:
a. VIP Reception – 5:30-7:00 – 800 ppl Bars and local food vendors on main concourse
b. VIP Dinner – 7:00-9:45 – the guests from the reception head down to the bowl for dinner
c. Concert goers party – 6:45-8:00 – Outside the main entrance – bars and local food carts
d. Marching Band, Reynolds HS – 8:05 – Will lead the concert goers into the bowl – 2 NEW bars will open at AA/BB and SS/TT
e. Ice Cream “social” – 8:10 – As the concert goers enter the bowl and after the dinner patrons finish their entrée, we will pass out Julie’s Organic Ice Cream bars to the entire event – 1,800+
f. Pink Martini w/ Storm Large – 8:45-9:45
g. Post Party – 9:50-10:45 Outside, Swing Band, 2 bars, Local food carts – All attendees invited

- Warm Artisan Rolls with Butter (pre-set)
- Mixed Greens with Raspberries, Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Shaved Pickled Red Onions, Raspberry Vinaigrette (pre-set)
- Grilled Breast of Chicken with Oregon Strawberry Salsa on a bed of Quinoa with Fresh Basil, Asparagus with Lemon Oil

Quinoa Stuffed Pepper on a bed of Creamy Polenta topped with Wild Mushroom Ragout, served with Asparagus with Lemon Oil

DESSERT: Julie’s Organic Vanilla with Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

WINE: Various Vineyards donated both red and white, check your tables. There are more types at the bars in the bowl, check with the bartender closest to you. 2 reds and 2 whites each.
CHAMPAGNE: On each table
BEER: Rogue and Ninkasi (types TBD)
SIG. COCKTAIL: Blueberry Lemon Drop “The Blumenaur Blue 40” (passed at door and offered at bars in bowl and VIP reception)
SPIRITS: Full bar, 2 tiers

Wow, lot's of pompous, head-bloating, Ego-fueled activity there.

I also see that Portland's biggest political class shills are providing the entertainment (we all love tamely played rip-offs of Desi Arnez and Xavier Cugat)

Earl, another visionary turned delusional being patted on the back by those that have no idea how FFFF'd up the whole thing is.

Would be much more efficient and cost effective if the attendees just watched Earl make out with himself in a mirror.

With all the benefits he's received while in office (just think of the salary, retirement, and travel benefits while ignoring the possible back scratching from certain constituencies), shouldn't HE be throwing US a party?

"DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2012"

Just FYI -- June 14 is this THURSDAY

"Wow, lot's of pompous, head-bloating, Ego-fueled activity there."

It's Earl's party, we need to make it a comfortable place for him.

Did anyone else notice that the article (or press release) on ActBlue announcing his "40 years in public service" party, filled with praise and accolades for all of ole Earl's supposed accomplishments, is apparently written by Earl? Jesus, these people are clueless.


Who admires Earl more than Earl??


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