…and I’m just going to passive-aggressively bitch about it.
I’m from Portland, after all, and that’s simply our way.
But Pallet Jack is on tap at Big Legrowlski so I’m going to enjoy one of those while I rage. I’ve also been tasked by the Silver Fox to have one for him in absentia while he’s visiting the grand-family.
Should a third come on board…
A few Hemingway factoids:
He was 62 when he died. He looks way older than that! But in a good way.
He was born in 1899. Why does that shock me so?
Perhaps I can avoid Hemingway-ing if I stop the tangents and just get on with it.
This is me mad, btw. I’m pretty mellow. So, what is it that got me all riled up?
Portland made the news on Monday. What I’m assuming is a Proud Boy decided to take his impotence out on a lesbian couple that was out enjoying a walk in their neighborhood.
Look how proud he is, indeed, as he posts his IQ for the world to see. You know you’re dumb when you aren’t smart enough to shut the hell up when someone pulls out their phone.
Or you’re unable to control yourself even when your friends encourage you to hushify yourself.
Embarrassingly enough, this is our second incident of overt bigotry in just under a month, after this broad posted her IQ on her social media page.
My struggle is figuring out which of these folks is dumber, Lori or Nathaniel.
Lori posted herself being stupid, Nate – I feel like I can call him Nate, now that I know him so well – was just too stupid to shut his mouth.
But Lori lives in Corvallis, an Aggie college town, so she might be a hick…does that offset the stupidity of her action somehow?
Maybe I’m just extra Chris-py these days after months of the immigrant children situation and a week of fresh TrumPutin antics. Then there was yesterday’s outright fib fest as Trump tried to walk back his support of Putin by openly disagreeing with his own intelligence agencies by saying “I don’t see why it would be Russia” meddling in our 2016 election.
What a shitshow of an administration. His walkback statement was basically, “I meant to say ‘wouldn’t‘”. That’s how you earn this internet fame
I guess that’s a silver lining of sorts. In addition to phenomenal beer, seeing humiliating web occurrences like that – that you just know will accelerate his hopefully impending stroke – afford me some solace.
The fact that our country is basically a runaway train to hell is further offset by the fact that I live in Oregon. Seriously, the best state of any state I have lived…sure, I’ve only lived in six different states, but I’d put Oregon against any state for overall awesomeness.
Why is it so great?
How can I possibly think it’s that great with human skid marks like Lori and Nate in our mix?
Well, like someone once said, “Ya gotta take the good with the bad”, right?
Lori got fired from her Oregon Department of Transportation job. Her homicidal racism cost her a good government job and the awesome benefits that go along with it. Her termination was a direct result of her post.
After Nate Gate on Monday, a group of neighbors showed up to make some therapeutic chalk art in front of the house Nate was visiting.
They wrote nothing offensive, but the tenant still felt compelled to come out and hose down the street.
The neighbors came back and did it again.
And this time, someone alerted the media.
Meanwhile, the Facebook was on the case. I know some people who know some people. People who are sleuthy. That’s how I learned Nate’s name.
That’s also how I learned the name of the owners of the house this happened in front of.
…in front of which this happened?
I dunno, I don’t want to hurt myself saving a participle from dangling.
Basically, I’m waiting on the follow up that Nate got fired and his friends got evicted.
But I’m not expecting it. The Cronens have a reputation for being dirtbag property owners, so I’m sure they don’t care that their tenants bring them shit media attention. Additionally, Nate doesn’t look super employable or high functioning. I doubt his employers are worried about him inadvertently drawing negative press to their organization.
But I did wake up to this news this morning…
So, there’s that news to lift both my spirit and hopes for our country.
On a less retaliatory note, the plant in my beer pic is mint, and the aroma therapeutic value of sipping my beer next to it is calming my frazzled protected status.
Regardless of what happens with Nate and the King of the Dipshits currently occupying the Oval, I think there is something actionable to be done on a local level. In two recent high profile incidents of hate in Portland, the Portland Police Bureau has failed to act on hate speech. In both situations, they have actually stated that as long as they don’t escalate to physical abuse, their hands are tied.
Further, the officer responding to the incident on Monday said it was “his judgment” whether or not to even take a statement and that he had more pressing calls. That partnered with the reality of Oregon’s Hate Crime Law
is where we have work to do on this issue with Portland Police.
Why would an officer’s judgment call be to err on the side of a vocally abusive person who was so barely in control that his friends had to put themselves between him and his victim?
I think that in this situation as well as similar national situations, we need to err on the side of harshness. Sadly, with a leader that cushions his comments on illegal and violent activity by following up his mention of the guilty party with statements like, “but there’s a lot of people, it could be anyone” or “there’s bad people on both sides” we have our work cut out for us.
Jeepers, that was quite a sentence! And I’ve only just started into the Silver Fox’s beer.
There’s a lot of work to do. Honestly, I loathe spending my time and space on my little piece of the internet talking about this crap.
But, you know what?
I have to.
I can’t say nothing. Remaining silent gives tacit approval to these idiots. And we saw the power of these folks as an energized – or incited – group of people in November of 2016. Lest we forget the warning of the prophet George Carlin
So, I have to write about these things. Even though it weighs heavy in my psyche to do so – incredible beer and mint aroma therapy be damned.
My call to action for you readers is to talk about these things, too. Either to educate the ignorant or energize the apathetic amongst our voting population.
Otherwise, we’ll never dig ourselves out of the shituation these stupid Americans have gotten us into.