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Max
I'm just a geek with attitude.
Interests: animals, science, computing systems, politics
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Interesting, distinction there, Bob; I was (like most, I suspect) unaware of that distinction. Fortunately, the arts tax is not attached to water/sewer bills, which is probably why Portland's had trouble collecting it - be much easier on them if they could just tack it onto the existing billing system. In any case, I've not paid it, and have no intention of doing so until the constitutionality issue is adjudicated. I do believe that your assessment regarding negligible impact upon beneficiaries in the public vegetation system is correct; I also think that most who voted for it didn't realize that roughly half of the funds generated would go not to schools, but to organizations with plush endowment funds such as Portland Symphony and the opera. Too many people here vote without actually knowing what they're voting for, as your last lines illustrate.
Toggle Commented 2 hours ago on The Great Portland Arts Tax at MaxRedline
Interestingly, Al, I've never received any such notice from the little tyrants. Personally, I'm waiting for the constitutionality of the measure to be decided: it's on the docket at Oregon Court of Appeals. If - as I anticipate - it's deemed unconstitutional due to the 1910 Amendment to the Oregon document, I'll have paid nothing, and will owe nothing. By contrast, if I paid, what are the odds of the city ever returning my money?
Yet some people lap it up.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Cynical War at MaxRedline
I've not been there in years (how long ago? It was free.), but I agree, it's really quite nice. Never saw a ranger, back then, either. They were probably busy keeping an eye on the pic-a-nic baskets.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Cape Disappointment Well-Named at MaxRedline
I've not yet encountered the ad up here. Probably trying to make some sort of tie-in with basketball, I suppose, since they dropped $40 million to rename the Rose Garden "Moda Center".
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on New Health Insurance Rates Oregon at MaxRedline
It's almost as though they're just looking for excuses to get uppity.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Now They're Just Getting Stupid at MaxRedline
I'm not really sure as to where he gets his dry-cleaning done.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on The Great Portland Arts Tax at MaxRedline
Skye's ruling, I believe, is bundled in with the Wittmayer ruling, as neither appear to understand quite what a head tax actually is, as related in the 1910 Amendment. I'll have to look further into that; all I've seen thus far is the Wittmayer connection.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The Great Portland Arts Tax at MaxRedline
Especially regressive taxes, hmm? They keep trying to change terms: today, they're not "liberals", they're "Progressives" who favor regressive policies. And we have always been at war with Eastasia.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The Great Portland Arts Tax at MaxRedline
I try to keep up, TD. There was one Multnomah County judge who said it wasn't a head tax, but it was a narrow interpretation; he was only ruling on the question of the ballot title itself (interestingly, such rulings cannot be appealed): In August 2012 a Multnomah County judge, John A. Wittmayer, ruled that the arts tax was not a head tax, but he did not rule that it was constitutional. Rather, he ruled only that the tax did not need to be described on the ballot as a head tax or poll tax, in response to challenges brought against the proposed ballot title and summary. Both suits were dismissed by Wittmayer on jurisdictional, rather than constitutional, grounds. The argument currently before Oregon Court of Appeals, by contrast, deals strictly with the constitutional issue. Frankly, and with all due respect, I believe that the Multnomah County judge erred, and both the title and summary should have been subject to change because they were misleading. On the other hand, now that the issue of constitutionality is being pursued as a standalone concept, I suspect that CoPo will lose, for the reasons mentioned above.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The Great Portland Arts Tax at MaxRedline
At least they're not in Oregon, where gov.Katslobber says "I don't like the law, so I'm not going to enforce it".
It's something I'd like to see a lot more often!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Nullification at MaxRedline
It's always been a mystery to me. I'm guessing that Columbia County just gets outvoted by Washington County and Clatsop County.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Wu Are You? Wu-Wu, Wu-Wu! at MaxRedline
Ian seems to have stumbled into another Chrome issue, but I suspect pretty strongly that it's related to setting default browser preferences; as I mentioned in reply to him, I don't set any of my browsers to default, so I've not seen the issue he refers to. On the other hand, although I like many of CoolNovo's features, it runs way slower than others, and is more prone to crashes due to pages becoming unresponsive. I now run it on occasion on desktops, but not on laptops (of course, one of the laptops is Linux-based, so....).
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Chrome Browser Kills Batteries at MaxRedline
I don't get the piercing thing, either, but at least those holes grow back after they're removed. Well, apart from the dumbasses who stick discs into their earlobes to show their solidarity with the Akoni tribeswomen or whatever.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Buyers' Remorse at MaxRedline
That's something I've never encountered, Ian. On the other hand, I use the CoolNovo version. And on yet another hand, I'm using Firefox for most browsing - I tend to use CN only for posting these days, as it works better than FF in that regard. And on yet another hand, I don't set default browsers; I use IE on occasion, and Safari, CN, and FF - and none are set as default.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Chrome Browser Kills Batteries at MaxRedline
Unbelievably lame, but I do wish you the best of luck, Ian. Perhaps while you're waiting for the check to clear, you can temporarily take up residence in the Gates' ten-car garage. Since you'll be neighbors, and all.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Heads Up at MaxRedline
Home Depot apparently believes it's going to help them. I'm amazed at how fast prices have been dropping on those things, at least in the consumer market. The ones Laika uses still run around $21,000 a pop, though.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Coming Soon To Your Hardware Store at MaxRedline
Isn't Obama enough?
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Coming Soon To Your Hardware Store at MaxRedline
Yep, they've been running the scams for years, as you accurately describe. But they've popped back up again in the past three weeks, and so I think it's reasonable to give folks a heads-up so that they can warn friends/relatives who may not be up to speed on this kind of stuff. Your friend's got an interesting approach; hopefully using a dedicated ethernet cable.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on Heads Up at MaxRedline
It's all a mystery. At least, to their city council members.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on Completely Unforseeable at MaxRedline
Thanks for the update on the speed limit, Sam; I haven't driven there in a while :-0 I did recall that for a while, there, Astoria's leaders put a bunch of flags in buckets so that pedestrians could pick one up and wave it around in hopes that drivers would see them trying to cross the road. No idea how that worked out, though given the apparent mindset in much of the area, I'd guess they're decorating the homes of unreconstructed hippies by now.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on All Politics Is Lo-Cal at MaxRedline
True enough; in the Mississippi case, operatives for incumbent Thad Cochran allegedly paid blacks to go vote for him, according to a local minister. Can't get much more Democrat than that.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on GOP Establishment v. Conservatives at MaxRedline
Somehow, I doubt that increasing is going to be on the table. They've had too many pedestrian safety issues as it is.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on All Politics Is Lo-Cal at MaxRedline
And they'd better get cracking on those dreams, as the collective farms are on the horizon.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on Completely Unforseeable at MaxRedline