I just love the irony of the anti-government Tea Bagger movement which claims for itself the titles of "patriot" and "defender of the constitution" while actively seeking to undermine (if not overthrow) the very government the Founding Fathers CREATED and EMPOWERED (to tax, regulate interstate commerce and promote the general welfare... all powers the "new right" openly oppose).
They are, in reality, ANTI-Constitutionalists, and in the Founding Fathers' day, would have likely been hanged for treason.
Bigger picture, they are an astro-turf movement funded by and unwittingly furthering the multinational corporate agenda of undermining our government's power to tax and regulate THEM (they could give a shit about US), enforce labor, environmental and consumer protection laws, and (simultaneously) divert as many public dollars to the private sector as possible via privatization, legislative pork/contracts, tax cuts, bail-outs, de-regulation, union busting, raiding of pensions, etc.
Fuck the Tea Baggers and the Republicans who pander to them. Wake up, IA, and realize that you have been duped into working against your own and the republic's best interests on behalf of masters who could give a shit about your freedoms, rights, religious convictions, or future.
Leaf blowers should be banned. Not only the gas-powered, horribly air polluting models, but ALL of the noise-polluting, energy wasting things.
It's called a fucking RAKE or a push broom.
How many times have I watched (and/or HEARD) someone saunter around a small area (usually right outside my window) for 20 or 30 minutes ineffectively blowing leaves around that could have been raked or swept far more efficiently into the same pile in 5 minutes with a much quieter, human-powered tool? (Hypothetical question...)
I always have the almost overwhelming urge to go and cram the thing up the person's ass (and I'm not a typically aggressive or confrontational individual...that NOISE makes me nuts!)
One of the worst inventions ever.
Pay more attention when you are driving so you don't almost rear-end a vehicle whose more attentive driver is following THE LAW (not to mention common courtesy) and stopping for pedestrians.
What? If you'd been in front you'd have plowed them down? Asshat yourself.
Zipper merging is the ideal, but only functions when everyone cooperates. When entitled assholes (like the ones I saw yesterday on a busy street under construction near my home) take the "lane closed ahead" sign as their cue to continue forward in said lane until it is actually blocked, zipping past the waiting line of cars in the open lane, then force their way over closer to the front of the line, it brings the open lane to a near or total standstill.
They are asshole line cutters, and as willing as I am to allow people over further back in the line (when they should start seeking to merge and others should each take their turn allowing a car to do so in front of them), I WILL NOT voluntarily let in someone who ignores the signage and uses the closed lane as their personal pass lane.
Interesting that EVERY ONE of the vehicles I witnessed doing this yesterday was a higher-end, newer model (apparently driven by someone who felt THEIR time was far more valuable than those of us patiently waiting our turn).
Guess they should have just let the perp get away and commit more crimes, possibly in your neighborhood/to your kids.
Shit, as I posted elsewhere today, I used to live in inner NE back before "gentrification"( on NE 15th near Killingsworth). The occasional high-speed pursuit (one involving a perp fleeing on foot through our backyard...where he first took out a trellis of very thorny heirloom roses, then tripped over the low garden fence and fell into the compost pile, THEN escaped by way of forcing his way through several feet of blackberry brambles...they caught him on the street behind us, and I would have given anything to have seen it...he was probably RELIEVED to be arrested, lol) was no biggie.
One less gang-banger/drive-by shooter/drug dealer on the streets where my kids lived.
Seriously, you don't have to live the rest of your (adult) life wallowing in and blaming the abuse you suffered as a child. You know that, right?
Portlandia should do a bit about all the Portlanders who seldom if ever make it outside their select, trendy little close-in enclaves, envisioning and stereotyping everything and everyone east of 205/82nd/pick your arbitrary demarcation line as criminal, ghetto, SCARY! (translation: BLACK and/or POOR.)
I've lived all over this town in the 15 or so cumulative years since I relocated here from Austin (from inner NE/Alberta area back when it was still the 'hood to the heart of oh-so-hippy/trendy SE to the pretentious Pearl to (currently) the dreaded outer NE.
It's pretty nice "out here". Reasonable rent on good housing; quiet; views of all 3 mountains within walking distance on a clear day; a mile from Gateway transit center and 30 min. from downtown on the train;
shopping (grocery, thrift, pharm., etc.) within walking distance; bike lanes on every major street; close to both 84 and 205; one exit from the airport; diverse and mostly great neighbors; lots of Doug Firs...y'all should check it out sometime.
Oh, and if you don't like the show, don't watch it. It's pretty uneven imo.
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