Carlin kind of nailed it:
Having resolved all other issues, Portland vegans are venting their pent-up outrage at the owner of a small Northeast Portland mini-doughnut shop because he dared to post a help wanted ad that they found "offensive".
It was that last item that stirred their ire; how dare an employer who operates a doughnut shop and small catering business state that "non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions that would stop you from tasting" would not be eligible for employment there!
Won't return now that I know you discriminate against vegetarians in your hiring practices! We are good enough to buy your products, in my case near daily, but not okay to work there. There are surely enough employees for quality testing. I'll be spreading the word in our rather large Portland community.
Some commenters have argued that the requirement might be illegal. Under federal anti-discrimination law, dietary preference is not a protected class.
"As someone whose religion requires me to eat a kosher diet, I am deeply offended," Dave Hobson wrote in a one-star review on Facebook. "If I wanted to apply for this job, I'd be turned away due to my religious views. I do believe this practice can get you in trouble."
Dave is evidently a product of Portland Public Schools, as he seems to be illiterate; the ad very specifically states "non-religious dietary restrictions". Go back home to the east coast, Dave, and be "deeply offended" there.
Literally hundreds of people have got themselves in a lather over this. It's a freaking doughnut shop. They sell maple-bacon doughnuts, doughnuts with nuts in them, and lunch items that feature meats. And it's not as though the ranters and emailers are even interested in working there; they're just looking for something - no matter how insignificant - to get all wee-weed up over. And the owner's not having it:
Good for him.
Victoria , Texas (Pop. 55,000) is a town about 125 miles southwest of Houston .
Local Hispanic leaders, in opposition to pending Immigration Legislation, boycotted all Caucasian owned businesses in the Victoria area this weekend as a demonstration of their economic impact on the community.
The boycott was declared a success in the Hispanic community, noting that revenue in Caucasian owned businesses was down 19%.
Business owners declared the boycott a success as well, pointing out that shoplifting was reduced by 77%.
Under-reported yet rather amusing:
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Hundreds of protesters and police took over Public Square in downtown Tuesday afternoon.
Activists from Black Lives Matter, Westboro Baptist Church and the KKK were in the square and, at one time, were said to be throwing urine at each other.
Major media really blew it on this one; had they breathlessly advertised "film at eleven" like they do with almost anything else, two things would have occurred: grocers would have seen a run on popcorn sales, and media viewership would have gone through the roof. Nobody in today's media seems to know what they're doing, any more.
Here they had three groups, all of whom are nearly universally reviled by normal people, engaging in behavior that even The Three Stooges never matched. Presumably, since they weren't allowed to get close enough to each other to poke one another in the eye or twist noses, they went for the longer-distance approach.
But media missed the mark on this one - imagine if they'd called up the folks at Jolly Time, mentioned that they were going to run a story on these "protests", and offered to precede the story with a "sponsored by" line, sort of like PBS does. It's a sure bet that the popcorn folks would have ponied up some cash for a deal like that.
Polyamory is the practice of intimate relationships involving more than two people with the consent of everyone involved. In recent years, polyamory is working its way to becoming a household term. Researchers have estimated that 4 to 5% of Americans practice some form of consensual non-monogamy. A 2014 blog post by Psychology Today revealed that 9.8 million people have agreed to allow satellite lovers in their relationships, which includes poly couples, swinging couples and others practicing sexual non-monogamy.
And in Portland – home to swingers’ clubs, the most strip bars per capita, and annual porn festivals – it seems you can’t throw a stone without finding a poly relationship.
Showtime’s reality TV series, Polyamory: Married and Dating, has certainly helped herald the lifestyle into homes across the US. But this spring another show, hailed as television’s first polyromantic comedy, also launched. You Me Her follows married couple Jack and Emma – attractive, suburban and professional – as they enter into a polyamorous relationship with grad student Izzy. Unsurprisingly, the show is set in Portland.
Because of course it is. Portland is so "progressive" it can hardly stand itself, these days. No wonder every weird television show seems to gravitate to the place, prompting even more freaks to decide to move here. And its even less surprising that our elections seem to tilt further to the left each cycle.
Well, except in "mayor" Streetcar Charlie's neighborhood. But everyone else can look forward to more apartment bunkers, because density is really really important - except in Streetcar's neighborhood. There's a new light rail stop right in front of Streetcar's neighborhood, but it shouldn't be used. Density is important, but not that important!
The city's goal is to increase density in existing neighborhoods near transit, so new residents are less car dependent and don't add to already existing traffic.
Except in Streetcar's neighborhood. Funny how that works.
Oregon's extraneous layer of "regional government", Metro, wants another $80 million from area taxpayers this fall in order to continue their program of buying "green spaces" - parts of which they graciously allow certain classes of taxpayers to access and enjoy. Included in this privileged group are wealthy people who can afford to own and transport horses for pleasure riding ("equestrians"), bicycle riders, and pedestrians (hikers and runners). Excluded from use are people with dogs, even if they're kept on a leash. According to Metro's self-annointed "experts", dogs are perceived by wildlife as predators, and so dogs scare them (whereas coyotes apparently have no such impact). Moreover, dogs supposedly adversely affect water quality (whereas horses do not).
Among all city, county, state, and federal governments, Metro alone bans leashed dogs from "their properties" despite the fact that dog-owning taxpayers pay for "their properties" just like other area taxpayers do; they're simply discriminated against by Metro's self-styled "experts". And just how competent are these "experts"? Well, just a couple of weeks ago, one of their "experts" at their zoo amputated part of the tail of the male lion because in her haste to begin "educating the public" about lions, she didn't wait for the animal to completely enter the room before closing an hydraulic guillotine gate; the result was amputation of the distal two vertebrae of the animal's tail.
Moreover, so concerned is Metro about water quality that for over two years they allowed raw sewage to seep down the bank of the canyon; that ended up pooling along the highway 26 right-of-way below (but it resulted in a beautifully green, algae-filled pond). To the best of my knowledge, Metro did not send in hazmat teams to deal with it.
But dogs on a leash simply can't be allowed due to wildlife and water concerns. Apparently, the wildlife in other parks around the region are made of sterner stuff than are Metro's precious snowflakes; water quality has likewise not been diminished in the other parks. But Metro's "experts" Know Best, so they'd really like you to let them tack on another $80 million in property tax additions this fall so that they can continue their vitally important work of keeping dog-owners from enjoying so-called "public property".
Here's what Portland-area voters will see on the ballot this November:
That's well north of $1 billion in new bonds.
Portland wants that $258 million in order to build "affordable housing" (apartments at roughly $200,000 a pop) - despite the fact that (a) that wouldn't address the homeless problem that they claim it will help, and (b) increasing property taxes decreases housing affordability.
Portland Public Schools wants another $750 million to fund school building renovations (wink, wink - after they got their last bond measure passed For The Children™, they turned right around and gave the superintendent a 30% pay hike, and she in turn bestowed double-digit pay raises upon administrative staff - and then hired more administrative staff. And while they did spend some money on building repairs, they never quite got around to addressing issues such as peeling lead paint in those buildings, lead in the drinking water, radon remediation, or other minor distractions.
A Somali "refugee" was convicted of rape and ordered deported, but it was overturned on grounds that he didn't realize that rape is unacceptable in the U.K. Released, he went on two rape two more women, but this time his plea didn't fare so well: he was sentenced to ten years in prison to be followed by immediate deportation.
Really, there is no place in civilized countries for 7th century barbarians, so maybe it's time to stop importing them.
So they have a "team" down there to respond to complaints that somebody may have said something that somebody else finds "offensive". The poor little snowflakes.
Certainly, there are a few limitations to the First Amendment Rights that we celebrate today; yelling "fire" in a theater isn't allowed, nor is threatening someone. But there is no right to not be offended by the opinions of another person in this country - this is a First Amendment Right, not a First Amendment Suggestion. But college kids today don't seem quite able to grasp the difference:
“Fifty percent of American college students want speech codes today, and an awful lot of people talk about micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, various other kinds of stuff,” said Jonathan Cole, a Columbia University professor who spoke at the UO recently.
“College is supposed to be unsettling. It is not supposed to be comforting,” Cole said. “It’s not supposed to be entirely safe — safe in a physical sense, of course — but not in an intellectual sense. We have to combat a tendency among a lot of our students who believe that in fact they are not there to be challenged.”
“It’s concerning that the (UO) would take the time to micromanage and police everyday speech and interaction by students,” said Azhar Majeed, an attorney at the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE.
The university must stop any investigation of speech once it becomes clear the utterance is protected by the First Amendment, even when the speech is offensive or even reprehensible, Majeed argued.
“Unless it rises to one of the narrow exceptions to the First Amendment — such as obscenity or defamation or a true threat — more than likely it is protected speech,” he said.
It's more than a bit disconcerting that half of college students want codes limiting freedom of speech today. They truly are victims - of helicopter parents. Overprotective parenting has resulted in a huge crop of precious little snowflakes who are completely unprepared for life in the real world, and this is the result; a huge number of 18 - to 20-somethings who truly believe that they should be protected from anything and everything that might in some way cause them emotional discomfort. These kids are now fully prepared to embrace totalitarian rule.
In recent weeks, The Washington Post, The New Republic and The National Review have variously described the UO program as “humorless, illiberal and dangerous” and “an Orwellian bureau that investigates students and faculty members for saying the wrong thing.”
When even The Washington Post gets it, you know that we have a big problem in our institutions of higher vegetation. Here's hoping that tonight's fireworks displays don't frighten the snowflakes too terribly. To these kids, Tolerance™ is a one-way street.
Nothing like some entertainment on a Friday night in Caldwell, Idaho. Horsewood's is a tiny restaurant and bar there, and while some were enjoying their dinners at around a quarter past 8, others were getting sloshed. So for some reason, everybody panicked when a 21 year-old guy climbed up onto the bar, wearing a backpack, and stood there demanding silence before shouting that Allah is the one true god. That sort of thing's just never good for business, although customers there may have set a new world record for speed in leaving the premises.
The husband and wife who own the place tackled the guy, while the bartender ripped off the backpack. They got the guy on the ground and held him there until police arrived, which took all of two minutes; it's not a very big town. But they've got a jail....