Empowerment (Jumping for Jesus)

Via The Hill:

A letter distributed in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, over the weekend asked the state’s Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley to jump off a bridge for Jesus.

According to Portland CBS affiliate KOIN 6 News, the letter asks God to “help Jeff Merkley walk over the Fremont Bridge and jump off into the Willamette River on Christmas Eve.”

“Let there be wine & song,” the letter read. “Every kind of food & drink; let toasts be made and laughter & hugs.”

It seems worth reminding the cultivation of two decades worth of conservative lulzbaiting, even before the days of lulz and roses. That is to say, there really isn’t any point to being outraged, which in turn is like allowing ourselves to actually feel terrorized and thereby accomplishing the terrorist’s goal. In this case, the point is to offend. But this is not pointed offense; this isn’t making any coherent statement. This is essentially cruelty and offense for the sake of self-gratification.

Christians, though. Yeah. Good luck with that. They’re in your churches; they always have been. This isn’t something out there, happening to someone else. This is really happening.


Garcia, Eric. “Letter to Merkley Asks Him to Jump Off Bridge for Jesus”. Roll Call. 21 November 2016.

A Moment Spent Dwelling on Failure

Clockwise from top left: Ryan Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Peter Santilli, Shawna Cox, Ryan Payne and Joseph O'Shaughnessy, insurrectionists who participated in the 41-day takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, in booking photos released 27 January 2016, by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

And then there is the update we would, on balance, prefer to not give a damn about:

Anti-government militants who seized a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year conspired to intimidate government workers and steal property, a heavily armed invasion that was not protected by the U.S. Constitution, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow told a packed courtroom in downtown Portland that during the January takeover, the conspirators, many wearing camouflage and toting rifles, practiced shooting drills and hand-to-hand combat at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They also had a stockpile of some 15,000 rounds of ammunition.

“We all have a right to bear arms,” Barrow said. “This is a case about what the defendants did with those firearms.”



Laurelwood Workhorse IPA

Laurelwood Workhorse IPA labelAh, Laurelwood ….

Simply put, Workhorse IPA is one of the best there is. Hardly for the lightweight, this Portland brew packs a 7.5% ABV, and turns to Citra, Galaxy, El Dorado, and Columbus hops to rouse your soul from its weekday slumber. And while we might note a mix of Great Western 2 Row, Crystal, and Dextrin malts, let’s face it, Workhorse is for hopheads.

It is hardly a shocking mouthfeel; indeed, I would have more to say about the word mouthfeel itself. And, yes, there is a noticeable difference between bottle and tap, greater in the feel than the flavor. It’s a clean finish, too; refreshing, but not quite bracing.

Laurelwood Workhorse IPAAs baseball season draws nigh, one can sooner count the days of summer than run out of foods to accompany the beer that took home first place in the second annual National IPA Championships. Burgers, hot dogs, garlic fries, four kinds of fish, fried chicken, barbecued chicken, slow-cooked chicken, chili, pizza—who knows, maybe even breakfast with a bacon and brie.

To the other, those whose palates turn more toward lagers, weizens, and Belgians will be appalled.

Yeah. Hopheads. And this one goes on that list. Vasili Gletsos should be proud.


What? It’s a stupid word.

Really, Really Cool

Rob WyniaPortland does The Wall ….

Rob Wynia of Floater joins a whole bunch of Portland musicians whose names, frankly, I don’t know (a.k.a. Bricks of Portland), for an acoustic rendition of Pink Floyd’s classic, The Wall.

No, really, check it out. No review I might pen here can possibly do this performance justice. I only wish I’d been there for the show.