Vance Longwell 
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"Give me liberty, or give me death" Patrick Henry, Virginia Convention St. John's Church Richmond, VA March 23, 1775



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Updated on September 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Recent Comments

Re: “Poyourow To Leave BTA?

I've been saying for 3 years now that as soon as Bricker and Poyourow are gone from the BTA that I might consider a membership. Looks like I might have to put my money where my mouth is. The continued extrication of bicycling from the Church of Green and her Nanny State clergy can only help cyclists in the long-run.

Here's to sensible growth, and the redress of ACC!

Posted by Vance Longwell on 02/04/2010 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Thinking Outside the Bike Box

Nice article, Ms. Mirk.
"The change in conflicts is not significant because there were so few conflicts before and after,"

"...because there were so few conflicts before...", uh? This is exactly why bicycle riding in Portland has become so political. These bike-boxes are beyond unnecessary from a safety stand-point, even Dill, an expert, has to concede this. Mostly 'cause she just did. If these aren't improving safety then it is logical for me to conclude that if they are still there, why? Another commenter points out the real reason: To send a message. What message? I've been car-free in this city for 25 years. The 201 zip-code is my residence for that whole time. I've skidded down these streets on my arse more miles than Dill and her ilk have ever even ridden a bicycle, and I'm still here. I think it's perfectly fine out there. As do many of my peers. So what message are 'we' sending? What message are 'we' sending with tax-payer money? Since when is MY government in the business of sending any messages to anybody? I pay them to run my city, not to tell me how to live my life according to a Church of Green mandate.

These bike-boxes went down to address a problem with right turning motorists. The problem with right-turning motorist was caused by Dill, Roger Geller, Greg Raisman, the BTA, the BAC, PBOT et al, and all these other morons painting their stupid little useless bicycle lanes all over the place. These absolutely useless lanes route cyclists closer to car doors than previously, and also trump a very good law in some places (ORS 811.065), and above all, ROUTE CYCLISTS PAST THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF RIGHT-TURING MOTORISTS.

So, dangerous, unvetted infrastructure was installed to 'send a message'. Was that message meant to kill Tracy Sparling, and Brett Jarolamik? 'Cause it did. Is that the message I'm supposed to get? To capitulate my three decades of personal judgment, and let the idiot clergy from the Church of Green make my personal-safety decisions for me?

Plus too, who effing cares what Dill's studies find? I hate 'surveys'. They're completely unscientific. Humans can't be trusted to relay accurate info about anything. How do we know Dill didn't just go out and question a bunch of people on bicycles about their thoughts? Oh that's right. She 'says' she didn't in the foot-notes. Puh-leeze!! How do we know that her Church of Green bias didn't show up in her work? We don't. We should be listening to stake-holders, and experts like me, when it comes to traffic planning, but we don't do we? Why?

Because there are messages to be sent. Good-gravy.

Man, it is so past time to, force-ably if necessary, to extricate our city government from the evil clutches of the Church of Green!

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Posted by Vance Longwell on 01/29/2010 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Fat Chance

So much for a free country. Sure was nice while it lasted.

Posted by Vance Longwell on 12/12/2009 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Gridlock

Here's a suggestion Paul. Prior to criticizing some one else and their comment, perhaps you should make one of your own. Blabby's comment has substance, whether you agree with it or not. Yours is simply an insult, and doesn't add anything substantive at all.

The motivation behind blocking the construction of this thing is as elusive as the constituent properties of the groups calling for the ban. "Obrstructionism", in-frickin'-deed. Protest for the sake of protest, environment for the sake of the environment. Kids in this country want so badly to relive the 60s they'll create problems out of thin-air just to have their silly, ineffectual, homogenizing, denigrating, quasiprotest-cum-love-ins, and score 'digits from that cute hippie guy or gal. Pathetic if it weren't for the fact they are pricing me out of a car, crushing the economy I need to get out of unemployment; and all for the pics and the memories. Kumbaya fools. Red is cherry, right, or is that strawberry I always forget?

Posted by Vance Longwell on 12/12/2009 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Hall Monitor

This entire position is predicated upon a provably false presumption. Adams went over there work. Hehe. Sorry, guess you can't see the tongue in my cheek. But I do wonder what his Progressive base will think about encouraging car companies to come here. Especially foreign ones, and especially electric ones.

Posted by Vance Longwell on 11/11/2009 at 3:20 PM

Re: “The Secrets Behind the Secret List

I don't know folks, I keep thinking of the 6th amendment here.

Posted by Vance Longwell on 11/11/2009 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Not Policing Themselves

I'm thinking the same thing there #1 - I've gone off on Sizer all week over the Chasse conclusion. To learn now that she used policy effectively against excessive force is very exciting. But I'm furious with myself, and ostensibly the press whom have been misleading me, and my take on the Chasse conclusion is changed as a result. It goes a long way toward mitigating my outrage at this conclusion, and placating my concerns over what seemed a lack of willingness to examine policy.

Upon a closer look at the Chasse conclusion provided by the excellent reporting here, I notice that a policy regarding the deployment of the Taser is what Sizer is looking to when sanctioning Nice. The tone has been, at least partially, set by the ambiguities surrounding the length of Nice's suspension. I'm now thinking that disciplinary options available to the authorities may indeed be quite potent. I can't imagine that there isn't a lot of latitude when addressing the improper deployment of a Taser. As such, I now look on with hope that we'll see a beefy suspension. I now hope too, that there are other additional options that may be available to authorities in charge of determining Nice's punishment that I've yet to hear about.

I hear it all the time in manslaughter cases, and the like. Judges telling now-convicted felons during sentencing, that they really don't care how accidental it was, a human life was lost and somebody is doing some time. With that said, it's my position that there is simply no excuse for any one involved in the beating death of another human. The fact that these were our police only mitigates this. It excuses absolutely nothing.

Prison time should have been given to the 5 officers, and they should be disallowed from ever policing so much as the roll of toilet-paper in their bathrooms. This is so far away from what actually happened it feels like the world is spinning upside-down. My speaking positively about certain aspect of the technicalities here, is in no way meant to reflect anything aside from the abject outrage I feel at the thought of law enforcers beating people to death on our streets.

Posted by Vance Longwell on 10/01/2009 at 6:51 AM

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