How are you Beirutians!

Jan 19 A-minus commented on The Trump Resistance Playbook.
A good piece, and I'm glad to see Indivisible get some coverage. If I could add one suggestion to supporting good reporting, I'd say employ critical thinking *always*, whether it's with a source you trust or some pugnacious pundit panting "Putinites!" 2016 has been like a final exam in fallacy and shoddy journalism: straw men, false choices, ad hominems and association fallacies ruled the land and our airwaves/tubes.

Start paying closer attention, study yer logic, and reject bad journalism and poorly argued pieces, call them out. And beware the Trump Hammer, the ultimate reverse association fallacy, which is when opposition to Trump or his positions is used to paint the opposition as necessarily good. I'm already seeing a lot of this one, and watching Democrats and journalists praise some especially repugnant figures who also happen to oppose Trump. ***It is very easy to be better than Trump.***
Aug 17, 2016 A-minus commented on Confused About the Proposed Corporate Tax Hike Everyone's Talking About? Check Out This Report..
Returned to see if anybody else commented, and making grammar cuts across the last hastily typedd[sic] paragraph. "...talking automatic cuts... a lot more"
Aug 17, 2016 A-minus commented on Confused About the Proposed Corporate Tax Hike Everyone's Talking About? Check Out This Report..
"Unfairly targets C corporations"? We are talking about only 1,000 out of 400,000 businesses in Oregon (.25%). These are the corporations that can and should be targeted, in the state that has the lowest corporate taxes in the nation, and small and medium-sized businesses end up paying proportionally *much* larger taxes than those 1k corporations do.

As for regressive price increases or the argument that costs will be passed on to the consumer, that's a stale myth. Prices are set by the market; these companies still have to compete in the same market as everyone else, B corporations, LLC's, small and mid-sized businesses, businesses across state lines, etc.

You should take a position, Portland Mercury. We're talking an automatic cuts across the board if this doesn't pass, and you'll find yourself writing lots more articles similar to today's on short-staffed cops, about PPS woes, out-of-luck retirees and homelessness, health care crises.
Aug 15, 2016 A-minus commented on Good Morning, News: Usain Bolt Bolts, Trump's Russian Money Scandal, and Gays Against Guns.
My Heathen Communist Godlessness, is even The Portland Mercury getting in on the neoMcCarthyism action? Who gives a flying poo-stained hammer and sickle if rapidly flailing, failing joke of a non-candidate Drumpf's campaign chairman took undisclosed donations years ago? And if we're going to free associate Communist subversion, why not look at the Clinton Foundation, too? Via the New York Times,

"As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well."…

#NeverHillary #NeverDrumpf #WorstElectionEver
Jul 18, 2016 A-minus commented on Move Over, Burnside 26! The New Apartment Building You'll Love to Hate is the YARD.
Developmentally stunted yippies will also love the freedom from choice and privacy living in The YARD offers! Its specially designed Panopticon viewing suites guarantee developers can watch you at all hours of the day. Walking down to the craft beer bar? The YARD approves. Going on a bike ride? The YARD expects you back at 2300 hours. Posting a provocative thought on Twitsnap? The YARD would like to have a friendly chat with you in the laundry room!
Jul 3, 2016 A-minus commented on One Day at a Time.
I know snark is your thing, and it's fun and easy for the whole family. I invite you to do a little more digging and find out *why* Bernie is staying in. He has stated it himself, if listening/reading comprehension is your thing. Even if his chances are very slim, he is carrying 1900 delegates into the convention, and he is staying in so his delegates can shape the Democratic platform - which if you're keeping score, they've already begun to do in the drafting committee. And these people aren't getting all expenses paid by Super PAC's, like Clinton's delegates are. Help them out at - the convention is *expensive*.

Finally, across the nation, Bernie's endorsements are winning elections left and right, while over 11,000 people answered his call to run for office or support others who are (!). Whatever happens in this farce of an election is practically immaterial at this point. The number of young people who voted for Bernie was greater than for Clinton and Trump combined, and there was a very healthy share of older voters as well. Keep making fun if you like, but the future is ours.
Jun 17, 2016 A-minus commented on Good Morning, News: Portland's Latest Tax, Meat Loaf Problems, and (More) Super Worrying News About Oil Trains.
How many people does it take to run a filibuster, anyhow? Is it 41?

It's good to know we can always count on you to recycle snarky backhanded smears against Bernie Sanders, Mercury. Maybe you can just fire your staff and retweet articles from CNN?

Keep on propping up a candidate who has taken record-setting donations from arms dealers, and put down the only candidate who was brave enough to call for an immediate ban on assault weapons, while, um, the other two were feuding like tweens on social media.
Jun 13, 2016 A-minus commented on Watch President Obama Explain How Hard It Is to Keep Guns Away from Suspected Terrorists in America.
This is certainly a huge part of the problem. I just hope the media doesn't focus so much on the terrorism aspect as the fact that it was a hate crime, first and foremost. Someone said it well here:

"'Terrorism' is a magic word we use to divorce something. If we say 'a homophobe with an assault rifle', we have to admit some things."
Jun 9, 2016 A-minus commented on One Day at a Time.
I'm not sure it's quite there yet... more like lovable but thoroughly misguided and ill-informed uncle stage.
Jun 9, 2016 A-minus commented on What the Sanders Campaign Could Learn from the Clinton Campaign in '08.
I enjoyed your piece, even if I don't agree with many of its premises. However, Sanders is not going to bow out and neither are we. There is too much at stake here, and if you want to get into the details, the votes are not in fact all in. The parallels you make between the 2008 campaign and now aren't accurate, either. There were paper-thin differences between Clinton and Obama; that is very obviously not the case with Bernie Sanders. See Rolling Stone piece here, "This isn't 2008" and "Sanders' fight..." sections:…

I certainly want a female to become president; I just strongly do not want Hillary Clinton to become president because of who she is, not because of her gender. I and most other Sanders supporters urged Elizabeth Warren to run; she refused to. It is an important milestone, but by no means a good reason to let somebody become president. Not being a woman myself, I will let someone who is say it better than I can:…