Tri-Met and Metro want to build another light rail line, this one with an initial liar's budget of $2 billion. They want to run it from Portland State University in downtown Portland out to the Bridgeport shopping center in suburban Tualatin. Let's see how that worked out in the past:
They built the "Green Line" over on the east side, which terminates at the Clackamas shopping center. Result: no effect on traffic; people still drive to and from the shopping center as they always have.
"Red Line" terminates at Portland International Airport, with a stop at Cascade Station - home to Ikea, Best Buy, and assorted other shopping-oriented businesses. Result: no effect on traffic at that shopping center either; over 98% of trips to the Cascade Station center are made by auto. But at least that line terminates at PDX, which affords air travelers a relatively inexpensive - if highly subsidized - means of travel to and from the airport.
So in terms of transit, running light rail to stations at shopping centers doesn't seem to work very well. Light rail stops just a block from the Lloyd Center shopping mall, yet that had no significant impact on traffic; people still drive to and from there for the most part. In suburban Gresham, where the first line from downtown Portland terminates, they built a shopping mall that they call Gresham Station. No impact on traffic there, either; almost everyone drives to and from the shopping center.
Evidently unable or unwilling to learn from past results, Tri-Met and Metro now want to spend at least $2 billion to build another light rail line from Portland to the Bridgeport Village shopping center. I've been to the village a few times, and it's high-end; lot's of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and high-dollar SUVs around there. These people are not going to ride a two-car choo-choo to shop there.
So what, exactly, is the point? There doesn't seem to be one.
In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in a rented room on the third floor of this building, the Braunau am Inn in Austria. He spent only the first three years of his life in Braunau, but his name remains verboten. There is a large inscribed stone set onto the pavement at the right corner of the building:
The 17th Century former inn where he was born, is unmarked. All that links it to Hitler is a stone on the pavement, which says, "Never again Fascism. In memory of millions of dead." Hitler's name does not appear.
During the Third Reich, the Nazis bought the house from the owners, a family named Pommer. After the war, the Pommers bought it back.
Since the 1970s, the Austrian interior ministry has rented it from the current owner, Gerlinde Pommer, to prevent neo-Nazis using it as a shrine.
For a time, it was used as a day center for disabled citizens, but that use was terminated when Ms. Pommer refused to allow needed renovations. She has been described by a number of people there as "difficult".
The future of the former guesthouse has been widely debated, with opinion torn between razing it or changing its use.
The argument was further complicated after its owner refused to sell.
And so it is that their Interior Ministry have decided to seize the property (pending Parliamentary approval) and demolish the building down to its foundations, thereafter constructing offices on the site.
A number of cultural organisations previously opposed the building's demolition because it is part of the historic city centre and therefore under heritage protection.
But in all probability the new building will be designed to preserve the architectural feel of the historic area, and it's expected to be used either by a charity or by local government. As it stands, the site has been vacant for the past five years and the owner has not carried out any maintenance, much less any renovations, and the site continues to draw neo-Nazi sympathizers from around the globe. The Austrian government is determined to put a stop to that.
Tonight, the Morrison Bridge across the Willamette River in downtown Portland celebrates the 100th anniversary of noted eugenicist Margaret Sanger's grand vision by being bathed in pink lights. At least the bridge will only be lit up in pink for an hour. Presumably, "Planned Parenthood" chose the color pink because babies are generally pink when they're being cut up.
Margaret Sanger opened the first Planned Parenthood clinic in Brooklyn, New York in 1916.
And we know why. At the time, Brooklyn was populated largely by the inferior subspecies then known as Negroes, and Margaret felt that the best approach to dealing with inferiors was through eugenics and population control. Her publications on the matter received widespread attention; none more rapt than that of a German guy named Adolph. The establishment of Nazi death-camps and attendant "medical experimentation" were direct descendants of Margaret's philosophy that inferiors should be extinguished for the betterment of mankind. She focused upon blacks; Hitler went for the Jews.
That's why all of these "Black Lives Matter" bozos are so amusing; they support the organization mockingly named Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that it's only around because a eugenicist despised black people and searched for a way to get rid of them.
And if "Black Lives Matter", why are those punks running around with guns and shooting each other? Most black "men" die not at the hands of evil white cops but because they get shot or stabbed by another black "man".
With that going on, it's hard to imagine why these "protesters" believe that they should be taken seriously.
There was allegedly a debate last night. Although I didn't bother to watch, it appears that Trump turned in a solid performance; focusing like a laser on Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct, Pantsuit's sordid history of lies and obfuscation, and her role in the Benghazi attack.
Donald Trump on Sunday night issued a remarkable threat against Hillary Clinton, telling the Democratic presidential nominee he would seek to imprison her if he was elected next month.
"If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your (missing email) situation," Trump said, "because there has never been so many lies, so much deception."
Clinton responded first by calling Trump's comments about her emails false, then said, "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country."
Trump, as if continuing her sentence, added: "Because you'd be in jail."
When Hillary tried to compare herself to Abraham Lincoln to explain why she has both a public and private answer to each question, Trump subtly made the point that Hillary is no “Honest Abe.”
Actually, from many accounts I skimmed, he didn't "threaten" Pantsuit, nor did he state that he would "seek to have her imprisoned". He did, however, cite her destruction of Congressionally-subpoenaed emails, her ignoring of 600 pleas for help from Ambassador Chris Stevens, her plans to increase "resettlement" of Syrian "refugees" despite the obvious security issues, and the leaked tapes that reveal her inclination to say one thing in private and another in public - among other things.
And when she tried to defend against the latter by comparing herself to Lincoln, he shot her down.
After the national uproar engendered by the tape that surfaced in which eleven years ago he boasted of his exploits involving women, Pantsuit doubtless expected Trump to be in damage control mode, and the spectators at the debate would all be on her side. Because Gender Politics is what she's about. Well, that and power.
Things didn't turn out that way; far from it: he noted that she had attacked the many women who had accused Bill of rape or sexual assault, effectively portraying her as a hypocrite. He also brought up the way that she and her pals at the DNC conspired to take out Bernie Sanders, to which her lame response was that Vladimir Putin is trying to influence American elections to benefit Trump. That response didn't work, either.
In brief, he reminded Americans of all the things that make Pantsuit so unlikeable.
Where he stumbled was when they finally got around to discussing foreign policy, but Pantsuit didn't do significantly better.
When the talk turned to domestic issues, Ferret-top was all over it; slamming the Obama administration's antipathy toward the energy sector, the failure of Obamacare, addressing inner-city decay, and more. Pantsuit just wants to tax the rich more, even though they already pay the majority of taxes in the USA. And she's not exactly in a position to talk; having raked in over a quarter of a billion dollars during the course of her "service to the country", to say nothing of the whole "Clinton Foundation"scam.
The former fiance of the late Ambassador Stevens has a profound excerpt of her views on the matter posted here. It's both eloquent and troubling. Take a look and then ask yourself how anybody could believe that Pantsuit is in any way suited to serve (herself) as POTUS.
One of these guys has been brainwashed into anticipating a trip to see Allah soon. Gosh, which one might that be?
But they've also launched a new campaign, in which they encourage "jihadists" to attack random people by using knives:
A new magazine issued by the Islamic State advises lone jihadists to get over any squeamishness about using knives and embrace sharp objects as "widely available" weapons of jihad in nighttime stabbing campaigns.
They're advised to target teens at play, or even the occasional flower vendor. No rifle needed.
"Many people are often squeamish of the thought of plunging a sharp object into another person’s flesh. It is a discomfort caused by the untamed, inherent dislike for pain and death, especially after 'modernization' distanced males from partaking in the slaughtering of livestock for food and the striking of the enemy in war," the unbylined article states. "However, any such squirms and discomforts are never an excuse for abandoning jihad."
They also helpfully advise first using a baseball bat to incapacitate the victim prior to stabbing.