I had cause to visit Portland several years back,and was amazed at how civil a place I found it.
Since Iv'e found out a bit more about Measure 11,I think I know why.
From what I have read of this legislation,I can understand the argument for time matching the crime,what I can not understand is the fact the Judges in Oregon have been denied their rights of discretion.
In the UK,it's an inaniable right of judges to hand down sentances they see befitting the crime,as then they suggest to society the severity of a crime,or the need for compassion.
As really not all crimes are carried out for the same reason,some people kill just for the sake of it,some kill to avoid being killed,if you engage in the former then you deserve a stiff sentance,if you do the latter,well compassion for your situation at the time should hold sway a lot more if you found yourself in a potentially deadly sequence of events.
Much the same could be said of an individuals right to self-defense.
My father had a phrase he would drum into my sister and I:
"If you use your fists,what you have between your ears isn't good enough"
Thing is humans are still an animal and we act instinctively to threats,be against ourselves or loved ones.
Where the curiousness about self-defense being a legal standpoint from which to say violence was justified,is the level of violence.
To me it's just pure common sense,if smeone starts jostling you,you tell them to back off,politely or not...if on the other hand they start pushing you,or laying their hands on you then you either defensively push them away or you turn and walk,if it gets more physical then a degree of violence is necersary,a punch or a kick just to get them away,or to desist.
Now if you were to lay into them and beat several shades of tar out of them,then yes you have over-stepped from self-defense to grave offence.
Now lets imagine if you were a vulnerable individual with a dis-ability perhaps surely your safety could become more comprimised?,so there-fore your 'flight or fight'anttena would be working over-time,you would if the situation arose have to defend yourself harder and with more venom more to show your assailant that you aren't such a push-over.
Such a situation has arisen with a fellow Livejournaller.
One of whom really needs a lot of support right now,not just practical,ephemeral too.
So with this fact in mind I have decided to create a community,solely for this purpose.
All are free to join,all links to sources of help are sure to be welcomed,all members should treat the individual involved with some courtesy,as frankly kicking someone when down,is quite sickening,not to say disgracefull cowardice.
So please join.
I am sure he,his loved ones and family will appreciate the fact that people do care.
I've yet to complete my July mix which will be full of covers and the originals. Having a hard time finding certain songs that I want on it. Soon enough. In the meantime you can have at my Summer Mix and the rest of the Mixes from Michael's Summer Mix Series. He'll be putting up new ones daily so check back frequently.
Do you like to rummage?
Love stuff on sale? Like local Portland breakfast cafes? Great Coffee? Live music playing in the streets?
Then you're in luck....!
THIS ENTIRE WEEKEND: (JULY 13- 15TH) is the NW 23rd Ave TWENTIETH ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE
More of an outdoor festival than just shopping, it's a great time to come down on the trolley, grab some breakfast and some Stumptown coffee, get your threads for cheap and your nik-naks for next-to nuthin'.
(On a sad note, Music Millennium NW is CLOSING IT"S DOORS FOR GOOD at the end of August, so it's also a good time to shop there while you still can.)
For all you who either haven't been to this historic part of town or are put off by the economic changes, this weekend is for you. There's still a bunch of small businesses fighting to survive out there, but they need the support and love of local Portlanders (not just tourists) to cement their places in the pie charts. So grab the in-laws and the dog or just a good book and change from the couch cracks and come hang out in one of the oldest hang-outs in PDX!
I HATE THIS. A LOT. And I can't figure out how to turn it off. It uses Vista, which is confusing the crap out of me. Can anybody help me? Anyyyyyyyyyyybody?
EDIT: NM FIXED HOORAY! Installed a Synaptics driver and took it the fuck off!
LA LA LA!
found this: http://bbslist.textfiles.com/503/ anyone know if any of these are still active?
Which city would be the best place to live in, both during and after a large-scale destructive earthquake?
As in which city has...
-the better response plan
-larger geographical fault lines
-closer access to water supplies
(I'm the girl)
HI! I'm Amanda! I like Vanilla Ice Cream, Taco Bell, and anything smothered in cheese.
Aaaaaaaand.......do the hokey pokey!
2. Enjoying the great drive to the countryside with a new damnportlander friend last weekend (the Oregon Lavender Festival was fun)!
3. Meeting a fellow damnportlander (meisterdorf) at the Night Ride last weekend. Yay!
4. Portland International Beerfest in the North Park Blocks (in the Pearl District) this weekend! I don't know if I will be able to make it to this, but it is nice having this option.
5. Gem Faire at the Oregon Convention Center this weekend. This event is very timely. I plan on perusing this over the weekend.
6. A free showing of the 1980s film classic, Valley Girl, at Pix Patisserie (on North Williams) next Monday evening. I am very curious about exploring this.
7. Working in an air-conditioned office in downtown.
8. Feeling the warm breeze in my face while bicycling in this toasty weather. Bonus for warm winds last night!
9. Yoshida's Sand In The City event at the Pioneer Courthouse Square this weekend!
We also watch movies on the side of the building - I believe we'll be watch "good" films this Tuesday (bad 80's era has been kiboshed by the film critics) -
Food starts up around 8pm. WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR FEEDING YOU. BRING SOMETHING TO GRILL IF YOU WANT TO BE SURE THERE IS FOOD.
Sometimes there's lots of food, sometimes none. Make it happen!
5040 SE Milwaukie
Portland, OR 97202
Monday, October 8
Key Arena, Seattle
$39-$59 (before fees)
presale password: mountain (radio promo option)
click here for ticket sales
Wednesday, October 17
The Fenix, Seattle
$50-$60 (before fees)
advance tickets click here
just curious...the trimet employee that kicked the kissing ladies off the bus is the driver of 12 Sandy, correct?
and he's older...?
Short story: he will be moving in with a roommate at the end of September, just needs a room for ~a month for him and his incredibly adorable, friendly cat Fry. My friend is 31, has steady employment, is very clean, keeps to himself mostly, and is very laid back and easy to get along with. 420 friendly. Fry is about 1.5, totally house trained (no peeing/scratching), and very lovable. Anyone have any ideas?
Also, has anyone else had negative experiences with this management company?
Anyone want to play?
AKA God's bowling.
Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where I might search next? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
EDIT: Apparently the storm is bad enough to be on the Emergency Alert System. Nickel sized hail! OMGZ! actually, ouch. that would not be fun to get caught in. hope my windshield doesn't get cracked.
What is your happy song? Not happy as in WOOOO WE'S ALL GETTIN' DRUNK, but like the happy song you listen to when you're sad.
Mine are You Are My Sunshine and Blind Melon's No Rain.
I'm creating one to use as an example for my students who will be making them as well, so mine is rated PG. Here is what I have:
- a citrus scented candle with the wick removed (for smelling!)
-a book of word finds
- a book of short stories (of the chicken soup for the soul variety)
-a small notebook and pen
- a cd player and 2 CDs, one with popular music I like to listen to and one with relaxation music
- a crochet hook and yarn
- a piece of chocolate
- pictures of loved ones
- 2 post cards of beautiful scenery, one from Hawaii and one from Alaska
- a paper with instructions for different stretches and massages for different pressure points
- a list of all the people I have in my life to turn to if I need help (this is more of a reminder for the students, I know who to turn to, and don't need it, but you seriously would be surprised how nice it is to see a nice long list)
AWW a heaaart, i thought... take photos!! <3 <3 <3
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