May 18 bridger commented on Get to Know an Anarchist.
I appreciate the interview and the forthrightness of Jeff. That said, it really does seem like he hasn't met very many actual people in his life. He freely talks about power and violence and authority, but the only mention he makes of responsibility is in response to a direct question on the topic, and then he shifts the responsibility to another individual/group. He views authority solely as privilege rather than privilege weighed down with responsibility. His group can't even manage to convince their own to smash only the proper targets and avoid "drunk smashing". How does he think he can convince anyone of anything? His group accepts zero responsibility for anything nor does it provide remedies for what should happen when bad behavior does occur.

If he can solve the problem of scarcity of resources, I'm willing to give his world-view a listen, but short of that utopian landmark, I find it impossible to see his actions as anything other than just smashing stuff because he wants what he wants and is upset that he doesn't have the authority to get it.
May 5 bridger commented on Tensions Over Ted Wheeler's Homelessness Budget Spill Into Public Meeting.
$50,000,000 equates to over 4,000 monthly rent payments of $1,000/month. Admittedly there would need to be *some* administration costs lowering that number by 10-20%, but we have absolutely nothing to show for the millions we've wasted on this issue. My fear is that this money in large part goes to pay social workers/advocates (none of whom are getting rich, admittedly) who exacerbate the problem by constantly hand wringing and convincing our elected officials that there should be no rules enforced on street camping, and we should stop all clean-ups because it's mean.
Nov 22, 2016 bridger commented on March of Nope: Mayor Hales Cancels "Hope" March Because of Counter Protesters.
"Free Mateen"? Seriously? If the protest leaders disavowed people like Mateen who sully their protest methods and by proxy their cause, it would go a long way towards demonstrating they are indeed calling for peaceful (if disruptive) protest and bolster their entire cause with those of us who may not like the way things are but also don't want it replaced with chaos.
Oct 28, 2016 bridger commented on "White Privilege is the Reason the Bundys are Free.".
To be fair, cops did shoot and kill one of the Bundy Occupiers.

The unfortunate lesson to be learned here is that guns make the difference. Bring a gun to a protest, and you're more likely be treated with patience, of course, you're also more likely to be shot and killed by cops. Everything is a trade-off.
Jun 9, 2016 bridger commented on Portland Might Have Found a Site for Its Next Homeless Camp.
Is Mr Owens' illness due to a potentially carcinogenic soil exposure (causing bronchitis?) or the unknown number of cigarettes he enjoys?

All snark aside, that exchange between Ms Sutton and Ms Potter was one of the single greatest comment threads I've ever read, and I am dating myself back to the early 1990s Usenet. Real names. Real hate. Keep up the good work!

May 17, 2016 bridger commented on Portland Crime Stats: Homicides, Drug Crimes Down, Gang Violence Up.
Drug arrests are by and large dependent on street cops being proactive as they stop, search, find drugs, and arrest people. If cops aren't being proactive, which nationally we are pretty sure they are not, we should expect drug crimes to drop.
Mar 14, 2016 bridger commented on How College Students and Veterans of the Occupy Movement Shut Down Trump in Chicago.
Ida Knowles said: "Would Progressives ever actually act like such useful idiots? "

Seriously? This is why most of us who might agree with much of the Progressive platform will never identify as Progressive. You all think your shit doesn't stink just as much as the rest of us.
Mar 14, 2016 bridger commented on How College Students and Veterans of the Occupy Movement Shut Down Trump in Chicago.
If a Trump supporter called on fellow supporters to shut down a Sanders rally and said action subsequently turned violent, the same people applauding this maneuver would be screaming bloody murder about the fascist Trump squelching free speech. Trump is a douche canoe of monumental proportions, but resorting to an equally douchey political hooliganism to fight it just proves to those of us who generally dislike people screaming and fighting in the streets while they block ambulances from moving exactly why Trump has so much appeal.
Mar 1, 2016 bridger commented on Oh Look, There's an Ad in Yesterday's New York Times About What a Bad, Bad Man Dan Savage Is.
Nothing new here. When I was a teen in the pre-internet era I would always use my mom's Catholic Times movie review section to pick what I was going to watch that weekend: anything with an O (Morally Offensive) rating went straight to the top of the must-see list.