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 August 22, 2012 6:48 PM. The previous post in this blog was Portland school kids can already get fluoride for free. The next post in this blog is Will Obama lose every swing state?. 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

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Breaking news: Jefferson Smith's record is still bad

How many times is the O going to flog this story? If Mark Wiener is paying them by the word, Char-Lie Hales will soon have to hit Homer up for some more Benjamins.

Comments (18)

I think it's very important that the driving stuff not distract from what a giant D-bag Jefferson Smith is on his own in so many other areas. That would be a shame.

This driving record could actually help him because his suck-up followers are spinning it as, "He's an awesome guy with one little bitsy problem", and that plays better than the truth: That he's a mess. A violent, reckless, irresponsible loser.
Max Brumm, who got to know him during the campaign, thinks he may be a sociopath, and if you go down the old checklist it reads like Jeffy's bio. Even the creepy way he goes back to the "best heckles" in his interview about the driving, speaks of a man who could possible be missing a normal range of human feelings. He seemed quite jovial and uncaring about the violence in that one too. Violence he admitted being into going back to college.

My favorite spin came from this group called Bike Walk Vote. In their earlier endorsement of Jeffy one of them said, "Jefferson Smith has the vision and leadership that will help us get to the future where all Portlanders can safely and comfortably walk, bike and use transit to get where they need to go.”

I mean here they represent people who could actually die if someone like Jeffy barreled through their neighborhood at 40mph, right? This group actually represents the people out there walking and biking on the streets that Jeffy is driving on.

On and by the way, if they did get hit on their bike, and were riding in an ambulance, Jeffy might refuse to yield to the emergency vehicle as he did back in 2003.

So this is a case of a group spinning against their own group. If they're not careful, they will blow out a spin muscle. They could even spin their way into another dimension. Supporting Jeffy could take them through a wormhole into a multi-verse of B.S.

Let's face it: The only vehicle we don't have to worry about Jefferson Smith driving is the Mars Rover.

So to the voters of Portland, I say take a little time and ponder how shaky the driving record is, but don't let it be the defining negative about this clown.

This guy has so many more problems to give, that it would be unfair if we focused on just one.

We need to refocus on the issues, and boy, does Jeffy have issues.

From the comments: "The campaign staff for Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith released the following copy of his driving record and infractions to KGW Wednesday":

· 6/6/1993 - Improper Left Turn
· 10/25/1993 - Suspension - Failure to pay fine (rescinded)
· 6/27/1994 - Speeding - 95 in 55
· 3/17/1995 - Failure to renew vehicle registration
· 3/28/1995 - Failure to pay fee
· 3/28/1995 - Failure to deliver vehicle documents on transfer
· 4/2/1995 - Speeding - 69 in 45
· 5/17/1995 - Speeding - 80 in 65
· 6/19/1995 - Improvement Letter - Step 1 driver improvement letter
· 9/9/1995 - Suspension - Failure to attend hearing (rescinded before going into effect)
· 10/22/1995 - Speeding - 80 in 55
· 5/30/1996 - Improvement Letter - Warning - step 2 driver improvement course
· 7/20/2002 - Speeding - 52 in 35
· 12/30/2002 - 12/31/2002 - Suspension - Failure to attend hearing
· 1/28/2003 - Failure to carry proof of insurance
· 1/28/2003 - Speeding - 75 in 50
· 9/13/2003 - Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle
· 12/19/2003 - Adult driver improvement restriction - Based on 3 moving violations within an 18 month period, driving privileges restricted for 30 days to prohibit driving between midnight and 5 a.m. except to and from, or for, employment.
· 1/4/2004 to 4/6/2004 - Suspension - Failure to attend hearing
· 3/24/2004 - Driving while suspended
· 4/6/2004 - License reinstated
· 4/8/2004 - Improper right turn
· 6/29/2004 - Suspension - Driver suspended for 30 days (vacated)
· 7/9/2004 - Suspension - Driver suspended for 30 days based on receiving 4 or more driver improvement violations within the 24 month period preceding the date of record review under the driver improvement program (reinstated 6/20/2006)
· 7/15/2004 - Suspension - Driver suspended for 30 days based on receiving 4 or more driver improvement violations within the 24 month period preceding the date of record review under the driver improvement program (reinstated 6/20/2006)
· 9/1/2004 - Suspension - Failure to appear in hearing
· 9/7/2004 - Suspension - Failure to appear in hearing
· 6/20/2006 - License reinstated
· 1/11/2009 - Speeding - 40 in 25
· 3/31/2009 - Failure to obey traffic control device
· 1/12/2010 - Improper display of validating stickers & failure to carry proof of insurance
· 5/14/2010 to 1/20/2011 - Suspension - Failure to pay fine
· 8/20/2010 - Car stolen
· 8/25/2010 - Fine paid
· 1/20/2011 - License reinstated

Improper = 3 times.

Failure = 14 times!

Let the Portland voter add one more: "Failure to become Mayor."

I wonder what his record was while Living in Washington DC, New York and Massachusetts?

I think there was a stint in Los Angeles as well.

Max Brumm, who got to know him during the campaign, thinks he may be a sociopath, and if you go down the old checklist it reads like Jeffy's bio. Even the creepy way he goes back to the "best heckles" in his interview about the driving, speaks of a man who could possible be missing a normal range of human feelings.

Wow. Portland certainly couldn't have a mayor who seems to need to quickly scan the room before reacting, so he can display the proper emotion required.

Or a mayor who, absent those social cues, seems to freeze up like a deer in the headlights.

Such a mayor might express inappropriate juvenile impulses and lash out like a child at people who criticize him for such impulses.

Such a mayor might feel he's in way over his head managing a city, and express that nagging insecurity by surrounding himself with yes-men and yes-women who fawn over him and praise him for, oh, just saying, posing with a bicycle helmet or a farmers' market stand.

Such a mayor might look like a terrified but defiant 12-year-old when called to such grown-up responsibilities as appearing before City Council.

Such a mayor might seem incredibly uncomfortable in any off-the-cuff situation, preferring to hide behind, oh, you know, social media.

Such a mayor may be completely psychologically hollow at the core.

Thank goodness Portland would never make the mistake of electing a mayor like that.

Jefferson is getting more attractive. here's why:
1. Hales gave us the failed, money wasting streetcar and will continue his rape of the taxpayer.

2. Hopefully Smith, will self destruct as bad as Sammy, and make the city unable to carry out any more of their crackpot schemes such as condo bunkers, sustainability, smart growth, bike lanes, green anything, toy trains masquerading as real transportation, urban renewal, climate control.

A totally crippled government might (hopefully) get back to providing water & sewer, enough police to stop the gangs and filling the pot holes

But I dream .

Thanks
JK

The other good thing would be that Hales would probably drop out of sight if he lost. But I can't pull the trigger on Nutsy. Write in LVGV.

I think the days of these projects are almost over. The economic collapse articles continue on, and they make sense, especially if there's a war with Iran. (likely)

If Jeffy wins we live with him for the rest of our lives. If Charlie wins, we get an adult who could be hamstrung by economic realities that weren't there last time.

The global economy is clearly worse than we thought. Some of England's Royal Family don't even have clothes to wear, and are forced to walk around naked.

"Hopefully Smith, will self destruct as bad as Sammy, and make the city unable to carry out any more of their crackpot schemes such as condo bunkers, sustainability, smart growth, bike lanes, green anything, toy trains masquerading as real transportation, urban renewal, climate control."

I dont know. As we're seeing with Sam, once you're not beholden to a reelection, the crazy really comes out.

Not sure why you would bag on the Oregonian for this one. If Smith would have been forthcoming, it's one story. But since he half-truthed, it keeps coming out in bits. They have a responsibility to see it through.

This is a tough one. Do you vote for the liar who wants to bankrupt the city, or the spoiled brat whack job?

I guess I lean towards voting in the spoiled brat whacko on the grounds that he will most likely be less effective. Everyone will just laugh and ignore him.

Gridlock is the best possible outcome for the city. A few years of gridlock might allow the economy to heal on its own.

I wonder if the traffic ticket debacle might be just the opening salvo leading up to an “October surprise”.

I'll probably go with the write-in option even though it's spitting in the wind, but if I had to choose between a nutcase and a liar I'd take the liar everytime. At least they are predictable.

After all these well founded comments, it boils down to voting for the candidate that will utterly fail after elected, and most likely would fail a recall.

The primary, the candidates we had, the campaigns they ran, and the failure of our media didn't produce a reasonable choice for November.

So vote for the the candidate that we can best recall and try again. That's likely Smith. But I'll be writing in LaVonne. By the way can LaVonne or LVGV be copyrighted or employ some other legal device that Secretary of State Brown would accept as a valid name for LaVonne.

I think the model that more closely fits is "nutcase liar" compared to "adult liar".

I do agree on the predictable part. Jeffy's got brains so he's quite capable of coming up with a scheme that's very devious. Fortunately, it has to pass through the vast screwed-up parts of his brain on the way out, and that makes it easier to spot.

Several pro-Jefferson comments I've read say that the commenter never met the man, but... Well, I have and watched his speeches online. I was really surprised at what a jerk he was. I mean I'm a progressive. I certainly didn't have a bias against him going in as he would later claim. The knowledge of what a mess Jeffy is, has actually been a burden for me.

It's like an unwanted civic duty to try and prevent a huge mistake. I'm not enjoying this. I no more want to be called to write about Jefferson Smith, than I want to be called to jury duty.

Look, if you don't talk with him in person just read the email he sent to the players about the suspension from sports for violent behavior. Just read the last couple of lines:

"I am emailing each of the guys whose email address I have. I recognize y'all have built a special space. If my time and your will permits, I'll honor that space and culture. Cheers, JS"

Can't you see what an overbearing loser this guy is?

Bill McDonald:

40 mph? More like 80 mph, assuming his hybrid car will go that fast.

In the BlueOregon thread on the subject of Smith's driving record, someone asked if it was too late to mount a write-in campaign for Eileen Brady. Kari Chisholm replied: "Yes. In a runoff election, you can't write-in anyone."

This appears to be in direct contradiction to your campaign to write-in Ms. Griffin-Valade. What's the deal?

If that's what he said, then Kari's got it wrong. There is a space for write-ins in every election in Oregon. The write-in votes for any particular candidate are not counted unless the total number of write-ins exceeds the number votes for either or both of the two listed candidates.

http://www.oregonvotes.org/doc/publications/elec_law_summary.pdf#page=17


Sponsors


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

If You See Kay, Red 2011
Turnbull, Old Bull Red 2010
Cherry Tart, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Cabernet, Oakville 2012
Benton Lane, Pinot Gris 2012
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Reserva 2008
Haden Fig, Pinot Noir 2012
Pendulum Red 2011
Vina Real, Plata, Crianza Rioja 2009
Edmunds St. John, Bone/Jolly, Gamay Noir Rose 2013
Bookwalter, Subplot No. 26
Ayna, Tempranillo 2011
Pete's Mountain, Pinot Noir, Haley's Block 2010
Apaltagua, Reserva Camenere 2012
Lugana, San Benedetto 2012
Argyle Brut 2007
Wildewood Pinot Gris 2012
Anciano, Tempranillo Reserva 2007
Santa Rita, Reserva Cabernet 2009
Casone, Toscana 2008
Fonseca Porto, Bin No. 27
Louis Jadot, Pouilly-Fuissé 2011
Trader Joe's, Grower's Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Zenato, Lugana San Benedetto 2012
Vintjs, Cabernet 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White 2012
Rainstorm, Oregon Pinot Gris 2012
Silver Palm, North Coast Cabernet 2011
Andrew Rich, Gewurtztraminer 2008
Rodney Strong, Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Canoe Ridge, Pinot Gris, Expedition 2012
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rose 2012
Dark Horse, Big Red Blend No. 01A
Elk Cove, Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Fletcher, Shiraz 2010
Picollo, Gavi 2011
Domaine Eugene Carrel, Jongieux 2012
Eyrie, Pinot Blanc 2010
Atticus, Pinot Noir 2010
Walter Scott, Pinot Noir, Holstein 2011
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
Coppola, Sofia Rose 2012
Joel Gott, 851 Cabernet 2010
Pol Roget Reserve Sparkling Wine
Mount Eden Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Reserve 2011
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Schloss Vollrads, Spaetlese Rheingau 2010
Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone 2010
WillaKenzie, Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvee 2010
Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Red 2010
Chauteau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Northstar, Merlot 2008
Feather, Cabernet 2007
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2002
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2002
Trader Joe's, Chardonnay, Grower's Reserve 2012
Silver Palm, Cabernet, North Coast 2010
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone 2009
Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio 2011
Alamos, Cabernet 2011
Cousino Macul, Cabernet, Anitguas Reservas 2009
Dreaming Tree Cabernet 2010
1967, Toscana 2009
Charamba, Douro 2008
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend No. 12
Opula Red Blend 2010
Liberte, Pinot Noir 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red Blend 2010
Woodbridge, Chardonnay 2011
King Estate, Pinot Noir 2011
Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010
Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux Red 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White Blend
Familia Bianchi, Malbec 2009
Terrapin Cellars, Pinot Gris 2011
Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2009
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Termpranillo 2010
Ravenswood, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Tinto 2010
Waterbrook, Reserve Merlot 2009
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills, Pinot Grigio 2011
Tarantas, Rose
Chateau Lajarre, Bordeaux 2009
La Vielle Ferme, Rose 2011
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio 2011
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir 2009

The Occasional Book

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: 259
At this date last year: 107
Total run 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