"Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one". --A. J. Liebling (I own this Blog, GET-IT?) --DA
"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." --Cyril Connolly
"The most important political office is that of the private citizen."--Louis D. Brandeis"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”--Martin Luther King Jr.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." - Innocents Abroad -- Mark Twain
"It liberates the vandal to travel--you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction." - The American Abroad speech, 1868 - Mark Twain
Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those. - Letter to W. D. Howells, 5/20/1891 - Mark Twain
Nextdoor.com subscribers in SW Portland are complaining about aggressive door-to-door magazine subscription sales teams.
Complaints range from them trying to step around home owners into their house, to swearing at residents who refuse their offers or ask them to leave, to verbal abuse including ones of a harassing and sexual nature.
The picture was posted by a neighbor who reported a visit on SW Huber street recently.
Neighbors have reported these incidents to Portland Police and this is the response to date:
I am looking for a white Ford Van with Arizona License Plate F6537B with an Arizona Cardinals logo on the license plate. That van is delivering phone directories in the Portland Metro area. The occupants were two Hispanic males that might have been a father and son team. I was told by Portland police that the driver of the van is a Mexican citizen, not a US Citizen. The van was last seen westbound on SW Taylors Ferry Road in Portland.
Well it is spring phonebook delivery season again, and again the paper phonebooks land randomly and unceremoniously on driveway aprons, lawns, door steps, at the base of mailboxes or wherever.
Doesn't matter how many times that you use the OPT OUT web-site at yellowpagesoptout.com the phone books still get tossed at your residence because the delivery personnel are NOT using an opt-out list; they simply deliver to every single address for speed and simplicity. I seriously doubt that they even carry an opt-out list in the delivery vehicles.
Even in the supposed greenest of green cities like Portland, Oregon the elected officials are bought and paid for sock-puppets of the Corporatocracy who TALK about doing the right things but the line gets drawn at doing the right thing if their Corporate puppet masters tell them that doing the right thing is going to impact their Advertising profit margins, the planet be damned.
So the bottomline is that the phone book delivery OPT-OUT resources are a sham. The phone book delivery OPT-OUT resources are an illusion. The phone book delivery OPT-OUT resources are nonsense. The phone book delivery OPT-OUT is total bullshit designed to appease the great unwashed masses, but do nothing.
If you work for a phone book publisher and / or distributor (Dex Media, Superpages, Frontier Communications, etc), then you represent a lower life form and a public nuisance who should go pound sand. If you advertise in one of those rags I'm boycotting your business.
"As Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz puts it, “The American economy is a failed economy,” he said. “We have to once again rewrite the rules of the economy for the 21st century.” That means breaking up the big banks, cracking down on perverse CEO pay policies, lifting the floor under workers, reviving worker rights to organize, reviving antitrust enforcement to go after monopolies, cleaning out our politics. It requires a large-scale investment in rebuilding our decrepit infrastructure, providing world-class education to our children, leading the green industrial revolution. It requires balanced trade policies that curb the hemorrhaging of good jobs. It requires comprehensive immigration reform that brings millions out of the exploitation of the shadow economy.
The U.S. is rich enough to insure everyone has a basic right to health care, to a living wage, to family and parental leave, to public education from pre-k through college. But we can’t get there without taking on the perverse levels of inequality we now see, and without fixing the rules that have been rigged to benefit the few.
Stiglitz says, “Bernie Sanders is right about that.” It will take an agenda as ambitious as Sanders – the ideas scorned as “pie in the sky” by Hillary Clinton – to make this economy work for working people once more. The current presidential campaign has opened that argument. What’s clear is we won’t see our way out of this hole without the political revolution necessary for that argument to rule."
COPIED & PASTED FROM THIS SOURCE: March Jobs Report: Moving Up, With No Way Out
Click the link above to read a detailed example of the Hillary Clinton camp's use of Push Polling.
If you ever start your own business be prepared for Comcrap to flood your business mailing address with solicitations for their "Comcast Business" services.
When I say 'flood' I am not hyperbole. My business is approximately 1 year only and once the Comcrap envelopes began landing it has been non-stop. I have saved each one and the stack is approaching a foot deep! I am trying to decide to whom I might send the bundle. Perhaps an elected official, the CEO of Comcrap, who knows.
When I call and ask to be removed the disclaimer provided is that it takes 45-to-60 days for an address.
Because I have made the request multiple times over a time span which exceeds that BS disclaimer, I'm confident that Comcrap is willfully lying to callers and never making any effort to remove addresses from their mass mailings at the request of callers.
A recent call (2/3/16 - 3:24pm Pacific) was fielded by 'Loretta' who was arrogant, obnoxious and rude. She placed my call on terminal hold ... which prompted me to begin typing this blog post to kill the time waiting on hold. I finally hung up and called back and spoke to 'Kevin' who seemed a bit more empathetic but confessed that in his role there was little that he could do other than once again entering my address details (AGAIN).
I've asked the State of Oregon Corporation Division about this issue and been referred to the Direct Marketing Association where I'm waiting for a response about whether or not the DMA's opt-out list is applicable to businesses as well as residential consumers.
My business address uses a UPS Store rented mail box and when I asked that UPS Store owner about the process if I were to begin simply marking the envelope "Refused, Return to Sender" she snickered and showed me a HUGE pile of exactly that from her other customers who have already begun refusing Comcrap's incessant, unsolicited mailings. But she said I was welcome to do the same but she said that she is confident that Comcrap is too big to care because she has not seen any reduction in the volumes of junk mail received from Comcrap in response to all the refusals.
It seems counter intuitive to annoy and alienate prospects with incessant mailings as a strategy to incentivize them to buy. It has had precisely the opposite impact with this business owner. I will never choose to work with Comcrap Business Services under any circumstances. And I won't forget the attitude expressed by them when I tried to be removed from their mailing list. I urge other business owners to work with anyone other than Comcrap for their 'business services'.
Bernie Sanders confronts the Federal Reserve Chairman, and predicts the Wall Street Collapse (1998).
Bernie Sanders predicts banks becoming Too Big To Fail (2000).
Bernie Sanders strongly opposes the Iraq War in a hearing before the vote (2002).
Bernie Sanders confronts the Federal Reserve Chairman in (2003).
Bernie Sanders grills Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke (2009).
Bernie Sanders spectacular recession speech on the Senate Floor. (2012)
Bernie Sanders: What happened to the American Dream?? Senate speech (2014).
Bernie Sanders destroys this climate change denier in Senate hearing(2014).
Bernie Sanders (1985 - 2015) Such an inspiring video going through time showing his most memorable moments!
Already I have seen the same NRA-like challenging questions that gun-supporters ask of any / all commenters who suggest increased gun regulation when a mass shooting occurs.
Each time suggested solutions are offered.
Regardless of how thoughtfully crafted, no matter how logical and sensible and even how protective the suggested solutions are to 2nd amendment rights, the opposition remains stubbornly static and predictably offers no compromise.
Offering up suggested legislative solutions for dissection by NRA-canned, preformed, lobbyist-like argumentative replies is pointless.
At this point I personally, as a voter, choose to support any and all legislative proposals which might, regardless of how remotely, inhibit these occurrences.
I have no more patience or tolerance for the debate and I do not wish to hear anymore of the NRA-scripted arguments against regulation because I have heard them all and I have concluded that they are largely nonsensical in the greater scheme of things.
So while questions about what legislation might help will bait some others to reenter that tired, old, debate with NRA-supporters, I won't be one of them.
My mind is made up and I will be as resolute in my support of increased gun regulation efforts as the NRA will be opposed to same.
I have no regard for efforts to shout down the calls for greater regulation. Going forward I will forever support any / all efforts to inhibit the use of guns to kill innocent members of the public and I will never be shouted down by those opposed to greater regulation.
Done & done.
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." --Sinclair Lewis
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison
"When the government fears the people it is a democracy....when the people fear their government it is tyranny..." -- Thomas Jefferson
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." – Herman Goering - Nazi
"patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels." - Samuel Johnson