Got to love the fact that the Mercury only printed the transcripts that trivialize the LEGITIMATE question concerned with HOW we are supposed to pay for bike lanes with public funds designated for MUCH NEEDED sewer upgrades.
But who cares about all the xtra human shit flowing into the river? We don't need to accommodate the growing population's fecal flow. We need to accommodate this new voting blocks ability to more easily show off their fixed gears as they look hip riding down Mississipp there.
But hey, leave it to the Mercury to maintain the status quo under the guise of "keeping Portland weird" and progressive.
I MEAN, maybe, just maybe, diverting funds to bike lanes is a short sighted attempt on the Mayor's part to win more votes from a transplanted population of self absorbed hip kids who think it's cool to pour their shit into the river. Sounds like it's worth a shot.
OF COURSE WE NEED some new bike lanes ....but 100million dollars worth, RIGHT NOW? ....WHEN SHIT IS FLOWING into the RIVER?
C'mon, let's get our priorities strait by taking a slower and more holistic approach to the infrastructural necessities of the flow of people and their poop.
Just cause you flushed doesn't mean your shit's gone, it has to go somewhere like downhill.
Instead of "keeping it weird", let's keep it fucking real. No, this is NOT a shock. Nor is it "news". In fact, it's simply plain 'ol god damn obvious that we not only have a corrupted justice system, consisting of unprofessional law enforcement and common criminals with police badges on, but a mayor's office willing to turn a blind eye to illegal police conduct. Not to mention local so called journalists unwilling to break the news as it happens, who choose instead to "play it safe" by printing history (for years in the making) as if it's news.
But hey, let us not be Debbie Downers. Let's make like the Mercury by patting ourselves on the back for being "the city on the hill", Portlandia, the shining beacon of progressive liberal values. Never mind bringing JUSTICE to the minorities in this city. You know, the LOCAL Portlanders who's interest have been moved to the back burner of this city's priorities in order to make room for the new voting block of self absorbed so called liberal's and cool kids? A voting block that this to whom this paper panders.
So called, "liberal progressives" who don't give two shits about having REAL JUSTICE, who don't care if we restore the Willamette to flow free of the human shit. Because, who cares about these issues, "WHEN WE GET BIKE LANES THAT WE CAN'T AFFORD TO FUND YET!!! YAY!!!!! FOR!!!!! US!!!!!! WE'RE SO COOOOL and PROGRESSIVE!!!!!"
So called liberals, who, rather than give Sam Adams an ultimatum to grow some balls and stand up to common criminals, instead choose, like this paper, to defend the incompetence of our impotent "leader".
Way to do YOUR part Portland Mercury, in maintaining the status quo. The way you framed and characterized your article entitled "Take Your City and Shove It!", shows who's ass your kissing. Way to trivialize legitimate concerns we have about our city.
In fact HAVING GROWN UP HERE, one becomes FAMILY with a ALLOT of people from ACROSS THE BOARD. People like LOCAL cops, politicians, news makers and breakers, hippies, rednecks, bikers (fixies and Harley), Van Sant artist community of the 70's and 80's and farmers and laborers. And as far as WE ARE CONCERNED your little weekly is standing on week knees in her attempts at representing this rich and diverse community of Oregonians. What ...you think were all a bunch of picture perfect cutouts from an edition of Vanity fair or Adbusters? Were a little more diverse than your "keep portland weird" homogeneity. And we care about PEOPLE. Not being cool. So fuck keeping it weird. LETS KEEP IT REAL.
I've grown up, lived and biked through portland my entire life. What sucks about all thses new cyclist is the inssistance of riding down the busy roads just to show off their fucking look and fixies. Pretty stupid when they could be using the parrelel side neighborhood streets with much less traffic and potential to look like a dumbass. I feel like when the city has pressing financial limitations as it is, then all you transplants need to SHOW ME YOU LOVE MY HOMETOWN BY RIDING WITH ME ON THE SIDE STREETS ....yes, IT WORKS FINE. Plus, this is just a dangling carrot for us liberal voters who should be willing like I did to inform sam that a few more bike lanes is not going to change the police rampage problem. In fact, both issues come down to personal responsability and accountability. And if Sam wants to put in more bike lanes great but if doesn't do anything about making examples out of trigger happy cops than I will simply ride my bike down a side street on election day vote for the types of individuals who don't backdown from a just fight. But how many hipsters actually give two shits about the minorities that they've inadvertanly pushed out to the back burner of priorities as PDX prepairs for making this new voting block of self obsorbed cool kids and their fixed gears.
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