Jack Bog's Blog
Jack Bog's Blog
One of the leading blogs in Oregon, Jack Bogs Blog tackles politics -- particularly in the City of Portland, but also at the state, national, and international levels. Plus an eclectic mix of other topics, often with a humorous twist.
Outrageously good local cocktail kicks off weekend
Concocted right here at Blog Central: a bloody Mary made with Medoyeff Vodka, distilled in Portland, and fresh tomato juice from Raymond Kuenzi Farm in Silverton. Small squeeze of lime, fresh-ground black pepper. Yikes.
More About: Consumer
LaMarcus recovering from serious ailment
This is downright scary: I'm truly thankful for still being here and being able to do functions like walk, talk and open my eyes as those things were hard to do during that time. He says it's over. For his sake let's hope so.
More About: Sports , Entertainment
Ashley busted in Bellingham
The hit-and-run manslaughter suspect was about 25 minutes from the Canadian border, reportedly with a male driver.
More About: Crime
A reader of a certain age writes: I suspect most of your readers have heard about the grandson scam. This is the one where the caller pretends to be a grandson in trouble (accident, jail, etc.) in a foreign country and needs money wired fast. I got one today. It started out, "Hi Grandpa, this is your oldest grandson." I have grandchildren, but they are all girls. However, the caller sounded like my nephew. My nephew travels all over the world. The caller said he was in Europe. It is not at all impossible that my nephew might be in Europe, but I think he is in the Virgin Islands this week. To make a long story short, I believed the caller for a few moments, but I came to my senses and hung up after stringing him along for a couple of minutes. Our caller ID shows "Belvedere Ti CA (415) 366-9515, 1 minutes, 52 seconds, Today, 1:29 PM." I am assuming it is a spoofed ID.
More About: Family , International , Crime
Nuns to Vatican: Keep it wrinkled
We still don't understand why they don't just start their own thing.
More About: Religion , International
Light rail: It'll tickle yer innards
Up in Seattle, somebody may have had a little too much caffeine.
More About: Pacific Northwest
Soul engine still running
It's hard to believe that this guy is still making records. But he's just put out a blues recording, almost all of it new, original material. And it's pretty good!
More About: Music , Entertainment
Money-saving idea for Tri-Met
To combat its budget woes, the Portland transit agency is reportedly looking at employing these train cars for its Milwaukie MAX extension. "They're high-speed, proven technology," said one Tri-Met public affairs specialist. "They come with a full supply of replacement parts. And it looks as though we'll be able to negotiate a favorable price."
More About: National
From Matt Wuerker
Copyright 2012 by Matt Wuerker. Used by permission.
More About: National , Crime
Clackistani rebels, as seen from Last Thursday
One of the kids at the Merc writes up the suburban secession here.
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Ignore the hole
Live it up! It's National Donut Day.
More About: Food , Consumer
Lies and the lying real estate liars who tell them
Remmers said most tenants would likely reach destinations by walking, bicycling or taking transit, although he acknowledged that bus service to the area is spotty. There is a bright spot here, however: When the falsehoods are this blatant at the outset, people are far less likely to believe all the little ones that are sure to follow as the legal process grinds on.
More About: Business
Charles Lewis pops up in West Linn
Charles Lewis, who recently stepped down after 13 years as founder and director of Ethos Music, has resurfaced as the director of a youth music project for the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation in West Linn. Lewis, a former Portland City Council candidate, gave up the demanding Ethos gig to spend more time with his wife and two small children. [Via the Trib.]
You talk about temptation
What would you have done if this had happened to you?
More About: National , Taxes
Now playing in selected weird cities
The movie will show first in Austin, Tex., where its writer-directors, the brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, got their filmmaking careers in gear. Then ''Baghead'' will probably move on to Dallas, Houston or, maybe, Portland, Ore. -- cities that, in the words of Tom Bernard, the co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, ''tend to connect with what's new and different.''
More About: Weird , Cities
Muni wi-fi working o.k. in OK
Here's a model that, unlike Portland's failed idea, apparently works. The wi-fi is dedicated to government use, at least for now. There are 1200 nodes, covering 555 square miles, and they cost $5 million.
More About: Muni , Working
Trouble in the 'hood
Seems like Commissioner Big Pipe Saltzman has endeared himself to yet another group of Portland neighbors. We're sure there is more than one side to this one, but the neighbors have reached us first, and here is what one of them writes: Dear Jack, Thought you might be interested in this story. The Miracles Club, a center for drug and alcohol recovery, will soon be obligated to move from its current home on MLK and Mason to a newly-purchased location, just across the street to 4218 NE MLK Blvd. The move sounds innocuous enough until you hear Herman Bryant, the Miracles Club Board Chairman, speak about the proposed development. What he proposes is a facility that would encompass the entire lot from MLK to Grand; the section of Grand Avenue in question is currently a quiet, family-centered block (I live on this block.) That will all change if Mr. Bryant has his way, and we neighbors are alarmed and angry. The proposed facility is to house 30-40 low-income transitional housing...
More About: Hood
Who's really to blame for the federal deficit
More About: Blame , Deficit
Is evangelism a hate crime?
Maybe so, in England.
More About: Crime , Hate , Evangelism , Hate Crime
Was Fred Flintstone's carbon footprint small enough for Portland?
We got another goofball flyer from Sam the Tram and Transportation Sue yesterday, telling us about our "options" in getting from Point A to Point B. We don't know how much the City of Portland is paying people to create these glossy mailers, but whoever it is must not get paid enough for any new ideas. Here's the cover photo on the latest one: Here's the cover photo on the one we got last fall: Hey, Sam, that's pretty shallow, even for you. Give it a rest. But after drying our eyes from that belly laugh, we opened the four-page brochure to behold a sight that stopped our heart. For years, we have been searching for that single image that epitomizes the arrogance of the Portland city government. Today it arrived. Maybe some day something better than this will come along, but for now, this picture is worth a thousand words: Yes, there you have it. When it comes to delivering transportation services to its residents and visitors, Portland says, "Get off your butt a...
More About: Carbon , Small , Fred , Carbon footprint
A day on Tri-Met
Over the weekend, a guy named T.A. Barnhart posted an anti-Tri-Met rant on BlueOregon. Apparently his daily commute is not moving as swiftly as he would like lately, and he has some unhappy words for the Portland-area transit agency as a result. "Be more like a business!" he shouts, which is one of the more ludicrous lines we've heard in a while. Modern mass transit is the exact opposite of a business. It loses money on every rider, and exists only because of tax subsidies -- in Tri-Met's case, a lucrative payroll tax backed up by a self-employment income tax. Now, we're not saying that that's a bad thing -- we support bus transit, and light-rail to the 'burbs. But to exhort Tri-Met to act like a business is kind of like saying the same thing to the Portland police. You're barking up the wrong tree, T.A. It's a public service, not a business. Nonetheless, there are some things that Tri-Met needs to hear. Today, as our van was in the shop, we were in Tri-Met's custo...
What's up with the PDC budget?
We got this notice this morning: The Portland Development Commission Budget Committee will hold a special meeting at the Portland City Council Chambers in City Hall on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. The special meeting is held pursuant to ORS 192.640(3), which allows the PDC Budget Committee to hold a special meeting with 24-hour public notice. The purpose of the meeting is to consider further, and possibly act upon, the proposed PDC Budget....Nothing says "nonemergency" like an annual budget, but obviously there's something unusual going on with this one. Perhaps some observer in the mainstream media or blogosphere will enlighten us.
Money's too tight to mention in La Grande
The nation's credit crisis -- which has retreated under the radar for a while -- is having some nasty effects on student loans. Some lenders are nixing off students at community colleges, and other smaller institutions of higher learning, entirely -- including Eastern Oregon University, which got an unwelcome mention about this in a front-page story in this morning's New York Times.
More About: Money , Grande
World overlords retreat to their hidey-holes
It appears that the "New American Century" lasted only eight years. Even when they got their "next Pearl Harbor" and a blank check to fight back, it's a funny thing, but that "full spectrum dominance" never happened.
More About: World , Holes , Retreat
Labor of alienation
Here's another internet gem that I'm sure I'm the last person on earth to see. If not, and it's new to you, enjoy: The Honorable Tom Harkin 731 Hart Senate Office Building Phone (202) 224-3254 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Harkin, As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you. My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process starte...
More About: Labor
Little guy may be big in Norway
Steve Novick's U.S. Senate campaign may be over, but his video ads are still entertaining folks the world over via YouTube.
More About: Norway
A true inconvenience
There's something about TurboTax that doesn't like "kicker" checks. We've blogged here previously about problems that Oregon TurboTax users have had getting that tax preparation software to deal with last year's large Oregon "kicker" refund checks. First, users were complaining that the program had inadvertently (or perhaps even erroneously) donated their Oregon "kickers" to the state school fund. Then we ourselves complained about how hard it was to get this year's TurboTax to report correctly the "kicker" we received last December. Now the federal "stimulus" payments are making for some mildly unhappy TurboTax customers, and not just in Oregon. Although the IRS has almost finished wiring the stimulus money to taxpayers who got their regular tax refunds electronically, many TurboTax users who e-filed will have to wait for a paper check, which may not arrive for several more weeks. The reason? They availed themselves of too many TurboTax conveniences. A reader who has f...
More About: True
If you don't know Diddley
It's too late now.
So they can call all y'all
The City of Portland announced last week that it's going to buy a mess of emergency notification equipment without bid from an outfit known as FirstCall . I believe they mean this Louisiana company, whose somewhat Spartan web site is here. Anyway, there's no sign whatsoever in the city's notice of how much the gear is going to cost. UPDATE, 10:52 a.m.: Wow, that was quick. We just got another breathless e-mail informing us that the "posting" of the no-bid contract has been cancelled. I don't think that means they're not buying the stuff, but rather that they discovered that they didn't have to tell anybody about it. "The estimated amount for this one year contract," the city now says, "shall not exceed $50,000.00." This calls even more attention to the deal, of course. What is going on -- anyone?