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Portland, OR

Man in critical condition after downtown shooting

I just find it amazing that the news media are "afraid" to actually SAY that his man was found shot and will probably die at the CORNER of the Portland Art Museum. They've neatly hidden this fact saying the body was found at SW 10th and Main and doing their best to avoid saying "found outside the Portland Art Museum." Interesting, huh?  (Aug 7, 2007 | post #1)

Portland, OR

Portland tram wins prestigious design award

Let's see, the project went over budget, didn't open on time, fares are higher than we were promised, etc. How many lies had to be told to get this project built? Why are Portlanders putting up with the lies? Oh yeah! I forgot! We've got one of the smallest city councils in the nation for a city our size, and they do not respond to consumer complaints only corporate bribes! I forgot!  (May 20, 2007 | post #1)

Oregon

Oregonians Being Scammed by American Liquor Distilleries

Prior to the American alcohol prohibition of 1920-1933, when a consumer in the United States purchased a bottle of vodka, rum, gin, tequila, or whiskey, he would receive the real thing as Coca-Cola likes to say. Vodka was made from distilled potatoes, rum was made from distilled sugarcane, gin was made from distilled juniper berries, tequila from distilled agave, and whiskey from distilled sour mash. During the years of prohibition, when the manufacture and sale of liquor was banned in the United States, bootleggers produced pure grain alcohol in backyard stills creating a product much like today's Ever Clear but of a much inferior quality. To this white grain alcohol, the bootleggers added water, coloring, flavoring, and other chemicals to give the backyard brew a taste reminiscent of vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey that was sold at an inflated price to back alley speakeasies. At the end of prohibition, the large corporate liquor distilleries followed the example set by the bootleggers and began to produce synthetic white grain alcohol to which were added coloring, flavoring, water, and other chemicals to give their products the flavor of vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and tequila without having to to go the time, expense, or trouble of manufacturing the real liquor. Unlike some South American or European nations which maintain liquor and beer purity laws to protect the consumer from such deceptive practices, the United States does not limit liquor manufacturers from labeling these synthetic faux-liquors as the real product. For example, some of the most popular brands of liquor sold in the United States as “vodka” contain no distilled potato whatsoever – the same goes for gin, tequila, rum, and whiskey as well. As consumers, we've got to check all food and beverage labels carefully and know what we are buying, however the United States government also has an obligation to protect consumers from unethical distilleries labeling flavored grain alcohol as the real liquor. This practice of selling fake liquor would be the equivalent of a company like Marlboro switching to caramelized parsley to which they would add synthetic nicotine, and flavors, then selling the product as a cigarette. What can we do about it? Write your US Congressman and demand the FDA and ATF require liquor distilleries to label these synthetic faux-liquors as “flavored grain alcohol.” This can only be done at the national level because the Interstate Commerce clause of the US Constitution reserves the right to regulate such labeling at the federal level. However, you can write to your state congressmen and demand local restaurants, bars, and clubs to change their drink menus to reflect whether or not the item being sold is “real” or “synthetic” liquor. For example, are you ordering a “vodka and tonic” or are you ordering a “tonic with vodka flavoring”? For many alcohol consumers, it is about nothing but the buzz, however the more mature and educated consumers need to demand quality, need to demand the authentic product. After reading this essay, please, visit your local liquor store, read the labels, and you may be shocked to learn that less than 20% of all liquors sold on American shelves are the real product unlike our European cousins who receive the real deal closer to 75% of the time.  (May 20, 2007 | post #1)

Portland, OR

The city that pays: PDX continues to pay city employees i...

One would think with such high police salaries that we would get cops that were educated enough not to use tasers on people in diabetic shock killing them, not blare their sirens through residential neighborhoods at 4AM not out of need but just because they can, and would follow basic Constitutional law, but I guess that is asking too much.  (May 15, 2007 | post #1)

Portland, OR

Portland drivers are most courteous in the nation, survey...

I really find fault with this survey. I've traveled and lived a lot of places in the country, and Portland does NOT have the friendliest drivers.  (May 15, 2007 | post #1)

Portland, OR

Citizenship rule blocks kids with irresponsible parents f...

These programs are funded with taxpayer money. The taxpayers of the state of Oregon and the USA have the right to demand that only citizens receive this aid, and you must prove your citizenship with a birth certificate. This is NOT an unreasonable request, and only the children of the most irresponsible parents will 'suffer' from this requirement.  (May 14, 2007 | post #1)

El Paso, TX

Harsh Restrictions on El Paso's Adult Entertainment Indus...

What they are really saying isn't that it needs to be regulated rather that the city is ignoring a source for revenue to boost the city budget. Someone must have missed a bribe payment.  (May 12, 2007 | post #1)

Chester, SC

Police: Man held family hostage

This story is disgusting. I cannot believe that state of SC released these boys to family members when family members were aware of their situation the entire time doing nothing about it. These children do NOT belong in the custody of ANY family members.  (May 12, 2007 | post #1)

Portland, OR

Ore Senate: Former prostitutes should be able to teach

Prostitution is a sex offense. It is a registrable sex offense in almost every state of the union. Do we really want sex offenders teaching our children?  (May 12, 2007 | post #1)

Portland, OR

Portland denies permit for Hempstalk at request of evange...

OregonActivist, the law clearly says that you cannot punish or stop someone from lawfully assembling just because you imagine they will break the law. For the record, John, I am not even a marijuana smoker. I just believe in the right to peacefully assemble.  (May 10, 2007 | post #5)

Top Stories

Senate Blocks Bid to Allow Drug Imports

I wrote to Sen. Smith, my senator in Oregon, about this vote. The AP is reporting that Smith voted against the bill. His staff telephoned me today to say that this information was incorrect. They said he voted for the bill. http://seattlepi.n wsource.com/nation al/1153AP_Senate_R ollVote_Imported_D rugs.html Lists the roll call vote. I am wondering which is the truth?  (May 10, 2007 | post #210)

Portland, OR

Portland denies permit for Hempstalk at request of evange...

It just goes to show you that no matter how many times Mayor Potter and city council members tell us they REALLY are Democratic Party members, they are actually Republicans who run as Demo's because they know a Republican couldn't get elected to office here.  (May 10, 2007 | post #1)

Portland, OR

"Good News From City Hall"A-PBA Crows Over Sit/Lie Law in...

It just goes to show you that with such a SMALL unaccountable city council anything in Portland can still be bought.  (May 10, 2007 | post #1)

US News

Red Fire Ants Facing Killer Virus

Perhaps this is what is happening to the missing honey bees as well? Like the Red Fire Ant, they are not native to North America.  (May 8, 2007 | post #17)

Top Stories

Senate Blocks Bid to Allow Drug Imports

The majority of Senators of both parties are in the back pocket of the big pharmaceutical companies. What do you expect?  (May 8, 2007 | post #163)

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Headline:

BelieveNothing TestEverything

Hometown:

Portland, OR

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Local Favorites:

The Roxy

When I'm Not on Topix:

I am usually reading, walking about town, watching a movie, or listening to music.

I'm Listening To:

Coast to Coast AM

Read This Book:

What the Wind Whispered

Favorite Things:

Chameleons

On My Mind:

The rise of fascism in American politics.

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Nothing