I don't think I missed the point at all, I'm just skeptical that the officer involved unintentionally loaded the weapon in that manner. PPD violates safety procedures on a pretty regular basis in case you haven't been paying attention. You're quite right in that they most likely do not deem it necessary, thus the enormous need for more independent oversight across the board.
"I would think perhaps this is due to not wanting or being unable to fund the design of a different weapon to employ the munition."
Yeah, because the firarms industry is REALLY tight on cash these days. Disclaimer: I am not nor have I "ever" been a Police Officer.
"Sex outside of marriage, pot smoking, and office politics - this reads like every fucking relationship in Portland. Who cares?"
Uhhh...I kind of care because this is a public office that's making decisions in the public's interest and using public money. You've heard of the word integrity before, right? Outside of Jeff "The Toke'n Coke'n" Cogen's pee-pee touch party, this affair resulted in the loss of jobs for several people, the loss of funding for other programs as funding was shifted away to play favorites for Sonia, and the further erosion of the public's trust in our elected officials.
I was a huge fan of Jeff Cogan, there was a time when he was one of the only public figures in Portland I felt I could believe in. I find this soap opera silly and juvenile as well, but it's also heartbreaking on many levels.
The DOJ may not have found any "criminal" behavior, but they certainly uncovered plenty of unethical behavior, and this sham of an investigation is one more example of how pathetic and crony influenced the department has shown itself to be over the last several years. Did anyone ever really think the DOJ would actually come back with anything? Hell...they didn't even bother to interview David Austin, Cogen's right hand man. Pathetic.
"I don't think so. Even if she was, it was going to be public process after a fait accompli. I also think there's a conversation that we have not had as a city. "Okay, smart people of Portland, how do you want to solve homelessness?"
Funny, I don't remember there being much "public process" either when our tax dollars were used for the urban renewal project that created the little yuppie utopia you apparently think you own. You've got to love the Pearly White attitude of Patricia, as if the homeless issue didn't exist before the coming of the condos. After reading this through several times, I still can't seem to find any sense of empathy.
Ironically, PDNA can so casually pull 10k from their coffers to hire a lawyer, which is probably more cash than most neighborhood associations have anything near to, and yet they can't even bother to reach out and engage with R2D2. I don't think anyone is considering this move a permanent solution, but at least it's a sheltered area and the whole idea of this is to provide a safe place for people working towards transition. The individuals there are no more permanent than the use of this space. If PDNA really gave a shit they would use their money and influence (okay, "smart people") to help find a better solution.
"Frankly, it's a little bit of a relief. And let me just put this out there: All that business about calling for his head? It was always a little bit premature."
It depends on how you read it. The way I took it was that they were, in a round about way, providing Cogen an opportunity to walk away before he's completely dragged through the mud. We have to keep in mind that his sext and voice mail messages have yet to be made public. Ultimately, Cogen is just being selfish at this point and I say that with complete disillusionment.
You're right, maybe The Mercury and Mayor Hales should get together and tell this "frail, weak, incompetent" County Commissioner that she should just get back to work, keep her head down, and know that someday "IT GET'S BETTER."
Yes, seriously...please demonstrate how Denis "implied strongly" that he should be fired. If by sarcastically putting the word "strict" in parenthesis, well then, I stand corrected. Maybe there is a reason Denis can't win, could it be that it's because this isn't some kind of game? Please don't pretend that you don't understand the flip-flop phenomenon I'm describing in relation to The Merc's writing. They can't practice advocacy journalism one week and then the traditional "balanced" approach the next, that is unless they really don't care about building any sense of trust with their readership. Jesus, if I wanted to watch FOX news at least I'd know there's consistency.
"While it might be great for other workers (employed and unemployed) if every entitled, middle-aged man was fired when they acted like an entitled, middle-aged man, this behavior is simply too pervasive to constitute a no-warning fireable offense.
I'm not saying that to excuse it - it's bullshit behavior - but it's unfortunately close enough to being culturally acceptable that an employee should be warned once before being fired for it."
Entitled? Culturally acceptable? Are you listening to yourself? We're not just talking about any workplace, this is a public office and it's held to a higher standard. We're also talking about someone who's worked for various other public agencies and damn well knows better. He's an "at will" employee for christ's sake. Not to mention the pattern of behavior here and don't even start with "that only one of those happened while Artharee was clearly representing the city" crap. You need to check your compass, dude, and stop trying to protect poor Denis. Or are you that hard up for some free tickets?
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