"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
"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