You'd think that with an "election of a lifetime" and a hotly contested U.S. Senate race on our hands that Oregon voters would be flooding the elections offices with their mail-in ballots. But no! Turns out that Oregon -- which, "uniquely among the 50 states ... conducts the entirety of its voting by mail" -- is also uniquely behind in voter turnout so far.
Friends: Get those ballots in the mail now! You have until this Friday to safely mail them in time to be counted. After then, take your ballot to any of these locations.
So, Portland’s boy mayor has set his sights on taxing grocery bags. They’re having the same idea up in Seattle, and one Emerald City entrepreneur thinks he has just the plan to get around it:
I want [to] thank the Mayor and city council of Seattle for opening up a huge money making opportunity for me! Starting in January, 2009, I plan to be standing outside your nearest grocery store selling bags, just off their property, next to a Democrats political sign and a homeless person, for only 10 cents each! For starters, I have purchased 50,000 of these at a cost less than one cent per bag. And I will be shopping just outside the city limits and will never shop in town again! And if you want to tax me for making a profit, and using public or private land to do it on, you will also have to remove the political signs for being placed on that property illegally and tax the homeless for making money also! So thanks again!
Maybe we can put this guy right next to the Girl Scouts.
As if to prove WWP's point made here a few days ago, MoDo piles on:
Mr. Bush, who said he’s going to put a “Freedom Institute” in his
presidential library, told reporters at a press conference with Mr.
Brown that “one of the things that I will leave behind is a
multilateralism to deal with tyrants, so problems can be solved
diplomatically.” W. confessed only to “hopeless idealism” on Iraq and
He said “history will judge whether or not, you
know, more troops were needed earlier, troops could have been
positioned here better or not.” But going in, he said, was right
despite the “doubters.” “There is some who say that perhaps freedom is
not universal,” he asserted, adding that he rejected as elitist the
notion that “maybe it’s only, you know, white-guy Methodists who are
capable of self-government.”
If there’s one thing W. and Cheney
have proved, beyond a sliver of a shadow of a doubt, it’s that at least
two white-guy Methodists are not capable of self-government.
[In 2004] Mayor Newsom in San Francisco, and a claque of nitwits in Portland, Oregon who'd never read that state's constitution, started issuing marriage licenses. More of my friends got on the road and got hitched. A friend and I joked about how things had changed -- both of us were then single --- he by death, me by email -- but had been happily settled when marriage didn't exist. "When we could, we couldn't; now we can, we can't," we joked.