Jack Bog's Blog
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by Jack Bogdanski of Portland, Oregon
This country is cutting out its own soul in the name of correctness.
We're intrigued by the reference, in this article about the CRoCk, to "Portland’s whizzy light-rail system, which many Vancouverites drive across the river to use." How many do you think is "many"?
As we put this blog into mothballs over the next few days, we'll try to leave behind a selection of good links for readers who are interested in some of the issues that we've been covering. In that regard, here's a new blog that's springing up in response to our departure; and
As we depart from the blogosphere for a long-ish spell, we're anticipating some serious withdrawal symptoms. In our moments of weakness, we may turn to Twitter for the occasional outburst. We're hoping to keep that to a minimum, but that's our safety valve. If you want to follow what little we've got to say, head over
It figures. That place is all about the corporate deal any more. Your health is a lot more important to them if it puts a Mercedes in their driveway than if it doesn't.
The newspaper industry is still pushing in the Oregon legislature to force notices of sheriff's sales to be published in dead-tree newspapers, rather than merely on publicly owned websites like this one.
Since we established our City of Portland debt clock in 2007, we've tried to keep its data as accurate as possible. Whenever the city has released new numbers on its bonds and retirement debts, and whenever the census bureau or the Portland State population experts hav
Last week we posted a guest column by businessman Dave Lister about Metro government's mismanagement of the Glendoveer golf course. Lister's complaints were several: - the course was in lousy shape, - the clubhouse had taken on a forlorn look,
It just gets stupider and stupider, as Sir Isaac points out another outrageous flaw: Even people who were dead when the Portland arts tax passed, have to pay it. If the
It's going to be a "living eco-district"! Sure, that will work. More reality detachment brought to you by the Portland State Patronage Center, faithfully regurgitated by some guy at the O. You can't make this s
Here are the Portland police officers going on and on and on about the guy who shot at them. "I thought I was going to die -- I was terrified -- he pointed the gun right in my face -- I thought of my family." Oh, the dra
You are screwed. Don't you know, the cr-apartment weasels always win? And as for that blatant deception that was pulled on you, we'll all be pointing fingers at each other here at City Hall, so t
The stone started rollin' 98 years ago today.
Now the City Council members huddle up with Nike executives and sign nondisclosure agreements so that they don't have to tell the public what the meeting was about. There really ought to be a law against that. Of course,
The O's ace reporter, Maximum Maxine, tells this one like it is: Portland's public safety technology project -- which includes replacing the police and fire emergency dispatch system, upgrading agi
The new chair of the Clackistan County board of commissioners, John Ludlow, is shining a light on something quite wrong that's gone on for too long: At the end of November, [Ludlow] sat before the bo
One of the truly rogue Portland city bureaus during the Sam Rand reign of terror was the city's water bureau. Admiral Randy and his henchmen in that office ran up huge debts, jacked up water rates astronomically, and misspent water revenues wastefully and illegally -- so much so that they were sued, and are still being sue
And here you thought paying for sex is illegal. No way -- the taxpayers will no doubt be paying for this in one way or another. Tri-Met Tiffany's in on it, and you can bet old Char-Lie Hales will bend over backwa
The new mayor of Portland has proven himself in his first quarter of governance to be a better mayor than his predecessor. But let's be honest, that isn't saying much. There are few politicians we can think of who would have been worse, although Hales's deranged opponent in the gen
Our final post on this blog, for an indefinite period, will be our weekly music video tomorrow afternoon. We're planning to let readers leave comments on recent posts until late next Tuesday night, but at that point commenting will cease, and this site will go into archive mode for a year or more. We'll miss the blog and
This study certainly suggests that it did. But hey, the Oregon health authorities told us that there was nothing to worry about, and so that study must just be wrong. The other thing that no one in state government seems to want to be bothered
Our country is actually deploying anti-ballistic missiles to defend against the deranged leader of North Korea. There used to be treaties against defensive systems of the kind we're r
This video of last week's meeting of the Portland police and fire retirement board is pretty interesting. For one thing, the mayor himself is in attendance, as opposed to some underling sent in the mayor's place. Second, the mayor actually pushes b
The Portland City Council continues to tinker with the goofy and unconstitutional head tax for the arts. They made changes today retroactive to January 1, 2012. It's insane. Today's change has no effect on the curren
In New York City, mayoral candidates are allegedly bribing party leaders to be able to run for office as Republicans.
Here's a perfect example of what's wrong with Portland mainstream media, particularly the moribund monopoly daily newspaper. The city and Tri-Met are caught in obvious hanky-panky with money, and the young reporter asks a
We've officially started work on our new professional writing project, and so we are down to about the last 60 hours or so of maintaining this blog. Several readers have written in to ask us what can be done to keep the conversation instigated by this site going. Unfortunately, we're not going to be able to maintain an ac
On top of all the other hazards, apparently it makes you paranoid.
Down in L.A., they've embarked on a major traffic signal synchronization project that's actually cutting traffic congestion: After 30 years in the works, the plan went live in February, a