Here's my audition tape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCxr9ULhTpY
Bob- objectively, no fat naked people are not gross. By the same objective standards, child porn is art and nukes are defense. Speaking SUBJECTIVELY, I think that the act of ignoring your health until the point that you resemble the Dune villian is sad, and flauting your naked mistake in public is disgusting. SUBJECTIVELY, as in via my opinion.
As an eco-conscious person, I think the naked bike ride is a horrific exhibition of everything wrong with this city. First, the whole "oil awareness" shit is cognitive dissonance combined with rationalization of failure. I don't care how much gas you save, if you're finding yourself riding your bike naked as an adult, you have failed. Somewhere, somehow, the screw stripped and you're damaged goods. Bike to St Helens to work in a factory? You're saving the environment and working a real job. Taking three hours away from your shift at Shithole Donuts to bear your National Geographic tits on a fixie so you can Tweet about it? You're the reason Portlandia isn't stuck on cable access. You suck and I hope you die in a fire.
Second, I like to scratch my balls. It's natural. So is shitting. Mind if I shit on the sidewalk in front of your kids to raise awareness for colon cancer? And then call you homophobic because you don't like the sight of my starfish?? You suck and I hope your gluten allergies are real.
Finally, I don't have any kids. By 18, an average person consumes fifty thousand times the resources that a gas efficient automobile does. Wanna make the world a better place? Get your balls clipped, Bob.
-Child-free, Auto-driving Ray
Well, seeing as how 7-11 franchises are run entirely offshore by Chinese robots who don't put any money back into our community, this must be stopped...
... also, I'm sure two-dollar bananas and shitty flavored energy booze is all it takes to shut down support for a "local" store that features weed pipes and porn, right?
Must be a slow week for news
I totally support the store, and I plan on shopping there more. This town is holding on to a string of barely-held-together work ethic, and if tofu-stealing hipsters are putting themselves out there as victims, I'm sure we can easily replace them with many of the out-of-work folks in Portland who don't mind having to clock in, check in, zip up or do their damn job.
I work in a "weird" / offbeat Portland establishment. I have to clock in at 8:39. If I clock in at 8:38, or 8:40, I get a talking-to. A dude got fired here for talking back. Another got fired for showing up late with a damn good excuse. But guess what: we don't own the company. My boss has every right to fire folks for not following the rules, and when we do follow the rules, we make rent money. It's called working.
Portland is the most entitled, amateur city on the west coast. SFW if you got fired for stealing tofu or drinking coffee?? This is NOT like Wal-Mart, who illegally shorts their workers, imports cheap sweatshop products and reinforces racist/sexist policies. New Season's, Whole Foods, Voodoo Pie etc... These may be cool places to work, but they're cool places to WORK.
I support the firing of this asshole, and I will gladly take up any hours he opened up at the store. I shit before shifts, wear clothes and don't consume on-the-job food while cleaning a grocery store. That's disgusting.
Also, and sorry for the double comment, but I'm sure one "Black cyclist"'s opinion of gentrification represents the entirety of the whole race.
Suggestion: canvas the neighborhood, door-to-door, and see what the residents think. Lots of them. As in, something statistically significant.
BTW I just asked MY Black friend what she thinks of this shit, and she agrees. So I'll see your token and raise you a token AND logic.
The disgusting irony buried deep in this article is more indicative of problems relating to gentrification than anything discussed within.
Case in point: "(I) admit that I'm personally clueless when it comes the weighty, personal issues of racial discrimination and gentrification (Instead), I called up (an) African American."
How fucking Portland can we get? The idea of distanced activism, fetishized minority culture and, in more ways than one, even ADDRESSING the issue of bicycles in a deteriorating post-metropolis in which freeways and Black neighborhoods alike are neglected so that trust-fund "art district" scum can write their little articles and call up their token friends,... is racist.
There are two types of racism, dumb racism and insulting racism. The KKK member who fears that Snoop Dogg is turning his white daughter into a hooker, there is little to no hope for that "type" of racism, and it exists mostly outside of Portland. The worse, second type of racism is the head-patting, euphemism-laden "I know what's best for my Black neighbor" BULLSHIT that permeates the majority of all local media, including the Portland Mercury.
How about hiring a Black chick to write the column? I mean, it's a glorfied blog that echos the thoughts of everyone between Belmont / 35th and Belmont / 12th, why not expand to cater to the rest of Portland.
Have fun at your next art show held in whatever renovated crackhouse your parents paid for.
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