I was one of the recipients of the phone poll. It was a very long poll that tried out a variety of messages, some of which were highly, highly negative.
But what really stood out for me is that one of the messages sought to re-litigate the entire "recall Sam" mess.
The caller read a message that characterized Smith as violent, a loose canon (and other things), and then said "We've already had one mayor that was an embarrassment to the city."
I flat out told the caller to tell his bosses that if ANY campaign by ANY candidate decides to turn this election into an anti-Sam rant, that candidate automatically loses my vote.
Other odd things about the call:
The caller was clearly unfamiliar with Portland. Perhaps he was from out-of-state (unlisted number). He mispronounced "Vera" and when he got around to mentioning "Sam Adams" he chuckled and said "You know, like the beer." Seriously. If he was from here, he'd know we were over that joke more than a decade ago, at least until the beer threatened to sue the then-candidate over a domain name! I asked him if he was from Oregon and he instead answered that he was polling "for Oregon".
The stick of her sign is touching a brick, which is a violation of the square management's bizarre interpretation of the parks dept's "structures" policy. She could be ejected from the square for that. The tables and chairs in the background, of course, are not.
If you're an octogenarian who can't hold a sign up in the air very long while engaging in public protest, you're out of luck.
And don't get me started on monopods.
Shorter me: Nobody will be forced to buy CFLs or LEDs. Incandescents will still be available, just better ones.
Come on people, this whole article and many of the comments miss the point completely. Incandescents were NOT being banned. Efficiency standards are being implemented. You can still by incandescent bulbs, they just have to output more of their wattage as light rather than heat.
A number of stores have carried the new bulbs (which are NOT CFL or LED) for over a year. They're cheap, shaped like bulbs have always been shaped, output an attractive color spectrum just like they always have, and noncontroversial.
The fact that we're even having this conversation shows the effectiveness of the distortionary propaganda powers of the right-wing.
Earlier this fall I worked two days as a paid extra (waaay in the background) for Grimm. According to the description, it sounds like tonight's (Friday's) episode is the one in which I participated. I will dutifully DVR the presentation to see how many HD pixels I occupy. I'm overweight, so that improves the odds of visibility. :-)
I met someone else while working who got called back to be in the episode that commandeered a streetcar. That episode has already broadcast (like many shows, the productions aren't necessarily filmed in linear episode order).
I do like that they've taken over most of the old Customs House building (still for sale, again!) as a Police HQ set. The set decorators have put in a lot of little details, like decals on the windows and signage. I actually wonder if sometime a stranger in town might need police assistance, and run into the building with all the signs, police cars, and people in police uniforms. (Or worse, show up needing assistance when the building is closed.)
PS... Have you seen what's happened to tuition lately?
"and when they start earning"
Would you care to quote the current unemployment rate among recent college graduates?
"they make out one hell of alot better than those who don't have degrees."
Recent studies disagree.
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