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Sunday, May 8, 2011

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The American Prison State

It is time to take prisons seriously. The United States incarcerates more people than any country in the world today and throughout history. The financial costs are tremendous and rising. One in every one hundred Americans is jailed within this so-called land of the free. Many have committed no violent crimes. Not a few are in for supposed political crimes. Some are wholly innocent of both yet languish in captivity. What are the sociological, political, economic, cultural, and historical consequences of incarceration?

http://mises.org/daily/5259/The-American-Prison-State 

YET ANOTHER CLASSIC TRIBUTE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

THE KINGSTON TRIO      M.T.A.

THE STEAM ENGINE COMES TO UNION STATION IN PORTLAND OREGON



Full event raw footage:

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY-PORTLAND OREGON

AMERIKA-LAND OF PHONY JUSTICE

How is it possible, that a dangerous criminal, who holds a 15 year old girl hostage for over a year, forces her into prostitution, walks free but Chris Parker is held on $750,000 bail?

How is it possible that in the case of the dangerous criminal, with a long record of criminality, the victim decides the outcome of the case while in the case of Chris Parker the victim gets no say?

It's possible because in AMERIKA, JUSTICE IS A JOKE, the police function without heart or reason. To them Chris Parker, who is no threat to the public, is nothing by a trophy catch.

It's enough to make you cry. Watch the video HERE!

INTERESTING COMMENTS ON THE CHRIS PARKER CASE

J said...
Neutral party, checking in.
To Jeff, I don't see any victim-blaming from Al. Or any blaming at all, of either party.
I don't know what happened between the people involved. As best as I can see it, there are 3 possibilities:
1. Parker coerced the girl into an inappropriate sexual relationship.
2. Parker and the girl were in a mutually "agreed" upon sexual relationship, with "agreed" in quotes because a 14/15 year old can't legally consent to that, but it's possible she could have told him "I want to do this."
3. Parker never laid a hand on the girl, but his friendship with her was cause for concern for his work supervisors/her family given the age difference and legal status as a minor.
In any of those cases, the girl is absolutely not to blame. Even if #2 is what transpired, it would be Parker's responsibility to tell her "No" because it's not exactly an archaic law that you do not touch a minor, and he needs to recognize & follow that law even if she felt she was a willing participant.
I don't know what actually happened. I don't know if it was #1 (I really, really hope not, for her sake). I'm not sure if #3 is likely given what he's admitted to, such as violating the stalking order. But I think the difference between this case and the 15 year old from the motel room is that that girl refused to press charges and since she was a runaway, I'm assuming there weren't parents or guardians who could do anything about it. In this case, at least according to the news, the girl's father took out the stalking protective order, so presumably he's pressing charges and is not willing to drop them. Family members have the right to file a stalking protective order, so even if what Al posted that the girl wants the case dropped is true, it's not her decision to make if her family wants to press charges. They have the right to do that just as much as Parker has the right to defend himself in court. Since this hasn't gone to court yet, there isn't justification to rule out possibility #1 any more (or less) than there is to rule out possibility #2 or #3, even though #1 would be the worst of them.
May 8, 2011 5:55 PM


Al M said...
Interesting that in the case of the criminal pimp, the 15 year old gets to decide the outcome, but in the case of Chris Parker, the 15 year old does not get to make the decision.
The real threat to the public runs free while Parker, who was no threat to the public, stays locked up on $750,000 bail.
Great system of (in)justice we have in the land of the free huh?
May 8, 2011 7:35 PM 
What does the 'victim' in the Chris Parker case think? See for yourself....

Dorothy is 70

Little right wing anti obama song, clever if ignorant

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=aiGg8D4hFLc&vq=medium

virus!

You  should be alert during the next few days. Do not  open any
 message with an attachment entitled  POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK, regardless
 of who sent it  to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD  IMAGE,
 which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your  computer.
 
 If  you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though  sent to you by
 a friend, do not open it! Shut down  your computer immediately. This is
 the worst virus  announced by  CNN.
 
   It  has been classified by Microsoft as the most  destructive virus
 ever. This virus was discovered  by McAfee yesterday, and there is no
 repair yet  for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys  the
 Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital  information is  kept.
 

Journey to the center of the earth!

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/02/nyiragongo_crater_journey_to_t.html

The Global Economy's Corporate Crime Wave

New York - The world is drowning in corporate fraud, and the problems are probably greatest in rich countries – those with supposedly “good governance.” Poor-country governments probably accept more bribes and commit more offenses, but it is rich countries that host the global companies that carry out the largest offenses. Money talks, and it is corrupting politics and markets all over the world.

http://www.truthout.org/global-economys-corporate-crime-wave/1304603221

KEEPING GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SECRET

Attorney General John Kroger struggles to toughen Oregon's public records act | OregonLive.com

PORTLAND MAY DAY RALLY

5. May Day 2011 Portland - the march begins
6. May Day 2011 Portland -the march
7. May Day 2011 Portland the march cont
8. May Day 2011 Portland the march ends
9. May Day 2011 Portland - after the march
10. May Day 2011 Portland of 12 clips
maydayrally11
12. May Day Portland 2011

BIG WEEK AT THE BLOG

Screw up in Hoboken

http://www.kptv.com/news/27817174/detail.html

THE REED GROUP

HOW THEY DEAL WITH BIKES ON LIGHT RAIL IN GERMANY

http://trailnrail.blogspot.com/2009/10/light-rail-bike-car.html

MBTA CONSIDERING BANNING OPEN STROLLERS

http://carfreecambridge.com/2011/05/stroller-ban-on-buses-and-possibly-trains/
http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1334656

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TYRANNY AT TRIMET

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

While the pimp with a long criminal record goes free I visit Chris Parker in jail




"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.รข€™

WTF!!!! PIMP GOES FREE WHILE CHRIS PARKER GOES TO JAIL

THERE YA GO, ITS AMERIKA!

OUR BUDDY SCOTT GETS HIS LAWNMOWER BROKEN BY HIS NEIGHBOR!

Was that u.s. news 10-best-transit cities list based on anything?

So I called [Danielle] Kurtzleben, the reporter who'd compiled it, to ask about her data sources and methodology. After five emails/tweets/phone calls over several weeks, I finally got her on the phone, at which point she said she couldn't remember exactly how she'd figured the data, except that it came from APTA and the NTD and that it was "very simple." I asked if she could email me the spreadsheet; she referred me to her editor, who said, bewilderingly, that U.S. News policy is to not share the data it gathers.


Human Transit Article Here! 
Human Transit: "ten best" rankings: the #1 way to confuse and disempower
Human Transit: portland: the lure of the unmeasurable

BLOG GOES NUTS

The layout on this blog has just changed its order, all by itself!

MICHAEL MOORE SPEAKS ON THE DEATH OF BIN LADEN




America Bunch of Wusses & Has Lost His Soul: Michael Moore Salms American On OBL from Naked Emperor News on Vimeo.

America Bunch of Wusses & Has Lost His Soul: Michael Moore Salms American On OBL

UNDER ATTACK

I have been getting tons of flack about my "defending" Chris Parker.

First of all, I am not defending the actions of Chris, if indeed they are proved to be criminal then he should receive the appropriate punishment.
I am defending his right to a fair trial which he is not getting.

He has been arrested, humiliated, tortured, and treated as if he kidnapped someone with the intent to rape and the police just caught him in time before that happened!
That is the picture the media is projecting in this case.

This is not the true picture, its a intentional distortion of the actual case.
I happen to know BOTH of the people involved with this case and it is a lot more complex than EVIL BUS DRIVER MANIPULATING YOUNG TENDER CHILD!

As is always the case, especially when it involves a TRIMET bus driver, this has turned into a media circus, and this is what I object to.

To watch Chris Parker in chains, wearing a flack jacket, is a gross miscarriage of justice.

This man is no threat to society and I am 100% sure he would not run off to kidnap and rape the "victim" if he were still free.

I am the lone voice, even if obscure, standing for some semblance of justice in this case.

I'm sorry if that offends people, but I have to stand for what I believe is right, and the treatment of Chris Parker is not right or just.

“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.”

Eleanor Roosevelt quotes (American United Nations Diplomat, Humanitarian and First Lady (1933-45), wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US president. 1884-1962)

Stefan Molyneux and Jeffery Tucker talk about the police and government

JACK BOJDANSKI REPORTS

Nonsurprise of the Year (Jack Bog's Blog)
The false promises of "urban renewal" (Jack Bog's Blog)
Fireman Randy borrows another $26 million for you (Jack Bog's Blog)
Dennis Kucinich is reportedly shopping for a new place to fake-live in -- kind of like Ron Wyden in Portland. Since he's losing his job to redistricting, he's said to be looking at carpetbagging into Washington State. Hey, what about Portland? If Earl the Pearl runs for mayor, Kucinich would carry on our great tradition of weirdness -- he might even take it to the next level.

 Another Wyden Democrat: Ginny Burdick (Jack Bog's Blog)
Landing on her feet (Jack Bog's Blog)
Eight new Wal-Marts within Portland city limits? (Jack Bog's Blog)
Randy gets religion (again) (Jack Bog's Blog)
Bud Clark Commons could be a zoo (Jack Bog's Blog)
Don't audit, don't audit so, don't audit so close to me (Jack Bog's Blog)

GOVERNMENT OUT OF CONTROL

The government maintains that the July meeting was the first time Mohamud brought up the idea of a bombing. They have long acknowledged, however, that an audio of the exchange failed because the FBI's recorder ran out of power.

Mohamed Mohamud case: New court filing says man working for government tried to provoke teen into violent acts | OregonLive.com

Smoke and mirrors: The bin Laden death story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3kZEzWXJ2U

Oregon Labor Leaders to Congress: End the War



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THANK YOU JON HUNT FOR SIGNING THIS LETTER

ATU AND TRIMET DISPUTE MAY NOT BE SETTLED UNTIL SPRING 2012


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Brain Dead Employee watching Faux Gnus



MAY 6TH RANT

5/6/11 from al m on Vimeo.

TRIMET MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

TriMet: Making a Difference - Mother's Day: Three generations of TriMet operators.
TriMet: Bikes and TriMet

How to bike safely around buses and trains
Learn more about the Washington Park Shuttle
Take TriMet to the trailhead
Mondays on the Mall

What does the 'victim' in the Chris Parker case think? See for yourself....

You are right, I am no victim. I wish I did know who was pressing these charges. I just wish I had the power to drop this case now. Chris is being tortured and humiliated for the public eye to feast their delight on for something he did not do. Every time I see some video of him with that jacket on showing he is on suicide watch, it just makes me heart sick. He does not deserve any of this.

In Portland's heart, 2010 Census shows diversity dwindling

Portland, already the whitest major city in the country, has become whiter at its core even as surrounding areas have grown more diverse. 

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/04/in_portlands_heart_diversity_dwindles.html#incart_mce 

Friday, May 6, 2011

I do a live on the ground message to Harry Saporta

 Sent to Harry via email.


Bruce Peek-candidate for VP ATU 757


Lots of folks had their night screwed up because of this and missed connections

Due to signal problems in the Rose Quarter area, MAX trains are experiencing delays. Green and Yellow line trains are looping on the Mall. On the Eastside, Green Line trains are traveling between Rose Quarter and Clackamas Town Center, and Yellow Line trains are serving stops between Interstate/Rose Quarter and Expo Center. Green and Yellow line riders traveling to Rose Quarter should transfer to Blue or Red Lines or take shuttle bus from Union Station.

For Mother's Day, TriMet Honors 3 Generations of Bus Drivers From Same Family

threegentrimet.jpg
Click here to read story

Sometimes that Joe Rose guy has something nice to say about TriMet bus operators.

Who's pressing charges in the case against Chris Parker?

The victim says she is no victim and she wants this case dropped !
So who is pressing these charges?

MORALITY IN AMERIKA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P-vYiGJZ0Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnsn-opEEP0

WANT THE WORST JOB IN AMERIKA? APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

CLICK HERE!

GENERAL STRIKE SHUTS DOWN TRANSIT IN ITALY



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OH SAFETY! WHERE ARE YOU?

Trimet managers study the problem
I have submitted two requests for safety assessments, the first one was rejected and I was given the bureaucratic run around (fill out more paper) and the second one


I still have not heard back from!

Also there is no list of safety submissions?
In other words, we operators CANNOT track the number of safety submissions nor can we track the official responses!

MORE BULLSHIT FROM OUR ESTEEMED MANAGEMENT!

CRASH!

Nepal bus accidents kill at least 32
Private bus turns killer again in city
Kenya: 46 Injured in Narok Bus Accident

SMART Driver and passenger make a connection

http://www.ridesmart.com/Index.aspx?page=179&recordid=477&returnURL=%2FIndex.aspx%3Fpage%3D1

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA CAUGHT WITH ITS PANTS DOWN!

The truth is TriMet hasn't been named the nation’s top transit agency, as the billboards attached to the outside of 168 buses and trains suggest.
In February, U.S. News & World Report named the entire city of Portland -- not just TriMet -- the nation’s “best city for public transportation.” The analysis also praised the Portland Streetcar, the aerial tram, the city’s urban planners, the community’s investments and the number of transit commuters, in addition to TriMet.

TriMet's '#1 Transit' ads: Truth-squadding the commute (poll) | OregonLive.com

THE QUOTE FRYING CHRIS PARKER

“It’s been a pleasure playing with you tonight. … I’m such a naughty boy.”
 This quote is derived from this famous quote from the TITANIC SCRIPT:

"Gentlemen, it has been a privilege playing with you tonight."
Wallace Hartley, Titanic

(Chris Parker and the 'victim' discussed movie scripts, this text does not mean literally that he was 'playing' with her)

TriMet jeers study decrying light rail

A May 4 report by the Cascade Policy Institute says TriMet’s high-capacity alternatives, including MAX light rail, the Portland Streetcar and WES commuter rail, cannot move large numbers of people when needed.
Buses, which carry two-thirds of TriMet’s passengers, should be the focus of TriMet spending, but are being sacrificed in favor of light rail expansion, said Cascade President John A. Charles Jr., who conducted the research with several assistants. 

 http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2011/05/trimet_jeers_study_decrying_li.html

Attacks on bus drivers

Memo Reveals Assaults On MARTA Bus Drivers - News Story - WSB Atlanta

ADA LAWSUIT DISMISSED IN NY

http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=In%20FCO%2020110505082.xml&docbase=CSLWAR3-2007-CURR

Privatization of bus service has been failing in the UK

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/06/britain-buses-idUSLDE7450E520110506

The mysterious D40LFs...

Yesterday I was running some errands and was driving on Cascade Avenue in Tigard when I looked over at Highway 217 and saw not one, but TWO of those mysterious, ex-OCTA D40LFs.

On a hunch, I drove over to a neighborhood that borders RAZ Transportation's garage.  Unfortunately the developers were nice enough to put up a seven foot high concrete wall but I was able to gain a vantage point where I could see the rooflines of the various buses that they own.  (I guess I could have driven to their front entrance off of 99W, but they might have wondered why I was looking in with binoculars.)  Sure enough there were at least three D40LFs in there.  For being subjected to TriMet's bland fleet of nothing but D40LFs, Gillig Phantoms and Flxible Metros, it's a bus-fan's paradise to see such a variety of buses that they own.  And RAZ has owned other transit buses in the past; most notably RTSes but I believe they even had a few Flxible Metros from time to time, and they even owned some ex-NJ Transit MC-9s for awhile (notable for having the flip-dot head sign that no other MC-9s had.)

What I do know is that these are ex-Orange County Transportation Agency vehicles built in 1995 and were retired in 2007 (hey, after 12 years of service!) and replaced with C40LFs.  They were used for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  Why or how RAZ got them, beats me.  How they are using them, I don't know, but they've been spotted multiple times on 217 (in the evening hours) and at least once on the south end of Tigard on 99W, and one other time at the Barbur Transit Center (that one is a real head-scratcher).  I know RAZ operates a wide variety of services so my guess is that they are being used on Intel or Nike campus shuttles, but I can't explain why the bus would have been at Barbur TC - certainly, RAZ wouldn't use such a vehicle for a Spirit Mountain Casino trip...

SHOW ME THE MONEY

Reliable sources have informed us that there was a substantial sum of money that went unaccounted for at our union.
Yvette apparently located the money but all of a sudden the money cannot be accounted for again?
What's up with that?

MAY 5TH RANT

http://vimeo.com/23354867

CONGRATULATIONS

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ross Island Bridge reopens after police persuade man not to jump

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/05/ross_island_bridge_open_again.html

What exactly are those things at the MAX station?

http://www.katu.com/news/weird/121363859.html

"VICTIM" IN THE CHRIS PARKER CASE DENIES CHRIS EVER BROKE ANY ANTI STALKING ORDERS!

These are stalking orders that were supposedly broken by Chris, the victim herself says it never happened?
WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
Court Case No. None DA Case No. None Citation No. None
Charge Bail Status

How to Quit the Union

Like this:

President Bachtel,

Please accept my permanent resignation as a member from ATU Local 587, effective upon your receipt and acknowlegement of this message. In accordance with the bylaws of this Union, my voluntary withdrawal from membership is for political reasons, and in accordance with FLSA provisions even within "work at will" states such as Washington State.

Please advise as to how to make arrangments for meeting the required financial obligation so that I may designate an appropriate organization to receive fees that I would otherwise be paying as membership dues and other fees to Local 587.

Regards,
Jeff Welch

Sick and tired of the petty politics, corruption, self-aggrandizement and idiocy of your local? I am.

FUCK ATU, I'm done. More info HERE.

The Ross Island Bridge is closed due to Police Activity.

I can see Russia from my back porch

Lying Is the New Normal

You had to love the way Donald Trump pretended to be the hero of  the Obama birth certificate story. Has anyone asked for a birth certificate for the creature that is living on Donald Trump's head. I suspect it is a wolverine. Did it come from Michigan or Wisconsin, or possibly Canada? Is it a protected or endangered species? And was it obtained by legal means? (Perhaps he found it in a taxidermy shop.) Is there some way the Navy Seals can drop Donald Trump over the Bermuda Triangle. It would make me proud to be American again.

http://kunstler.com/blog/2011/05/lying-is-the-new-normal.html 

MAY 4TH RANT

MAY 4-PART 1
MAY 4-PART 2

ATU 757 BLACK CAUCUS OFFICERS

WAS BIN LADEN KILLED OR EXECUTED?

Click here to read story

Michael Moore makes a very interesting point.

CHRIS PARKER SAGA CONTINUES

Heartbreaking to watch this stuff!

8 Ways to Buy More Happiness

http://www.smartmoney.com/spending/budgeting/8-ways-to-buy-more-happiness-1304106656857/

HARRY A NO SHOW!

When Neil Macfarlane introduced our new safety director,Harry Saporta, there was no Harry!
"And I'd like to introduce our new safety director Harry Saporta, Harry will you please stand up?"
Harry never stood up because he was not there!

TRIMET OPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Keiser Report: Bin Laden Bounce

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q5Hn2Frx0o

Pakistan releases Bin Laden death scene photos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5CS_VEzmks

OBAMA CORPORATE STOOGE

The Obama administration is reportedly preparing to seek a major reduction in the corporate tax rate. According to Politico, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will issue a proposal to lower the top corporate tax rate from the current 35 percent to as low as 26 percent. An administration official said the proposal "would send a reassuring signal to the economy, and is something both parties should support in theory." A business lobbyist called corporate tax reform "the easiest piece" of congressional negotiations on the economy "because you have people in both parties in the business community."

Bus Stop Advertising-E Burnside and 19th


EUROPE LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF AMERIKA

EUROPEAN MORALITY LAWS

Arrested TriMet Bus Driver

http://c-tranrider.blogspot.com/2011/05/arrested-trimet-bus-driver.html

ADVOCATES WORRY

http://www.thecccoalition.org/?p=1080

NO ATU AT THE DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Jon Hunt did not show to the drivers of the year award ceremony.
The winning drivers did show up however, and lots of other folks.
Trimet did a good job with the accouterments from what I heard.
And there was grumbling that this maneuver by Jon was a token gesture that served no actual purpose.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST-HAPPIER DAYS

BICYLIST SAYS BIKE LANES SHOULD BE ABOLISHED
GRAND MASTER BEAT TO A PULP/ROSS COMPLAINS ABOUT MY MOVIES
BOB'S GONNA MISS SUNSET TC
TYLER of the 67 line

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

END OF SHIFT COMMENTARY

CLICK HERE!

Operators of the Year 2011



Gail Hanks Rail
Rolynd Puckett Bus-Full Time
Abigail Lyman Bus-Part-time

WHY BIN LADEN NOW?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhQ3rQJfXSE

The International Assault on Labor

The ferocity of the assault against labor by the U.S. business class is illustrated by Washington's failure, for 60 years, to ratify the core principle of international labor law, which guarantees freedom of association. Legal analyst Steve Charnovitz calls it "the untouchable treaty in American politics" and observes that there has never even been any debate about the matter.

http://www.truthout.org/internationl-assault-labor/1304431702 

Privatization of buses would be a disaster

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-04-28/news/bs-ed-mta-privatize-20110428_1_privatization-public-transit-mta-unions

CHRIS PARKERS WIFE SAYS CHARGES FALSE

STANDING UP TO THE POLICE STATE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRZeBl5ZeXc

PORTLAND MAY DAY RALLY

1. May Day 2011 Portland Oregon - Rally
2. May Day 2011 Portland - Rally
3. May Day 2011 Portland - Rally
4. May Day Portland - Rally

Train derails, tanker cars catch fire near St. Helens

http://www.katu.com/news/local/121275869.html

AMERIKA-LAND OF DOUBLE STANDARDS AND HYPOCRACY-ONE GETS TO BE MAYOR/THE OTHER GOES TO JAIL

But Breedlove's account of the kiss provides a different version from what Adams has given.
"After I learned for the first time that he was 17, I indicated to him that I was not interested in any sort of romantic 
 Christopher Alden Parker, 53, was taken into custody at his home on Southeast Tolman Street on charges of sex abuse in the third degree, online sexual corruption in the first degree and several counts of violating a stalking order.

Another Day at the Office: BAPTISED!

My First Assault

While I have been called names, gestured at, and had false complaints called in, I have managed to date to avoid being actually assaulted. Today that record was broken, just a few weeks shy of my 3rd year anniversary.

On my last inbound trip this morning, a man boarded, put 20 cents in the fare box and said "I'm a little short". Per our policy and training, I stated the correct fare to the passenger but did not deny him boarding. He got angry when I wouldn't outright give him permission to not pay the correct fare, demanding his 20 cents back (it was in the fare box) and grabbing at my transfers.

At this point I did invite him off the bus. He bent down, shouted that I was "ignorant" a couple of times. I told him that I didn't say he couldn't board. He stepped back, displayed his middle finger, told me I was ignorant again and from the bottom step leaned back and lunged his head forward, spraying spit on me from chin to shin. As I grimaced and hit the EA (the extent of my reaction), he turned and left the bus.

I apologized to the passengers, telling them that I had been assaulted and needed to make a police report. Transit Police showed up within about 5 minutes, and field supervisors a few minutes later. By this time, Mr. Spitter was long gone. I helped my passengers transfer to one of my following buses, made my report to police and supervisors, and moved on.

My one over-riding thought during all of this (seriously) was: "I wish Adron Hall was here. I am so totally on-time at this stop!"

-jw



INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!

The presumption of innocence, sometimes referred by the Latin Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty) is a legal right of the accused in a criminal trial, recognised in many nations. The burden of proof is thus on the prosecution, which has to collect and present enough compelling evidence to convince the trier of fact, who is restrained and ordered by law to consider only actual evidence and testimony that is legally admissible, and in most cases lawfully obtained, that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In case of remaining doubts, the accused is to be acquitted. This presumption is seen to stem from the Latin legal principle that ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the burden of proof rests on who asserts, not on who denies).

HYSTERIA+PARNOIA

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland-area transit agency spokeswoman says additional security personnel have been added to the TriMet system following the death of Osama bin Laden.
Spokeswoman Mary Fetsch tells KGW-TV "we're all on heightened alert." She says additional uniformed employees have been looking for any suspicious behavior or items.
Another TriMet spokeswoman, Bekki Witt, was not immediately able to say late Tuesday night how many additional security personnel were involved or how long the increased presence might last. Witt says the increased security involves both buses and light-rail trains.

MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH OF REALITY:
On average in 2009, 93 people were killed on the roadways of the U.S. each day. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year 
 

THE CHANCES OF GETTING KILLED IN A TERRORIST ATTACK ARE ABOUT THE SAME AS WINNING THE LOTTERY-THE CHANCES OF GETTING KILLED ON THE ROADWAYS IS FAIRLY HIGH!

IMAGINE IF THERE WERE 93 PEOPLE GETTING KILLED EVERY DAY BY TERRORISTS!
AMERICA WOULD HAVE TAKEN OVER THE WHOLE WORLD BY NOW!

STUPID AMERICANS!

MAY 3

5/3/11 from al m on Vimeo.

CHRIS PARKER BECOMES PUBLIC ENEMY #1

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE $$$$$$$$$$$$

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/05/portland-milwuakie_light_rail.html

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CHRIS PARKER STANDS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE

I know both the victim and Chris and am having a hard time believing this story as it's being reported.
Your supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but this is a Jerry Springer country.
I am not so quick to condemn Chris, maybe I don't know all the facts but from the facts that I do know, there is less to this story than meets the eye!

THE UNSINKABLE MARY FETSCH

THE UNSINKABLE MARY FETSCH from al m on Vimeo.

Portland father's lawsuit against TriMet dismissed; his young son was stranded at MAX station

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/05/judge_dismisses_portland_fathe.html

KILLING CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN

“A Violation of Norms”: U.S. & Allies Kill Gaddafi’s Son and Three Grandchildren in Bombing of Compound in Tripoli

KATU REPORT ON CHILD LEFT ON MAX

(Starring our #1 superstar, Mary Fetsch)

ELECTION IN CANADA

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/3/the_right_and_left_claim_success

BUS TERROR

Bus -terror man jailed

"PRIVATIZING" PUBLIC BUS SERVICES MARCH FORWARD

http://www.longislandpress.com/2011/04/28/mta-votes-to-end-long-island-bus-contract/

Retired Staten Island bus driver John Gillen wins $72M Mega Millions prize

http://www.silive.com/eastshore/index.ssf/2011/05/retired_staten_island_bus_driv.html

BLOGGER JIM KARLOCK BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!

A renegade is brought to justice (Jack Bog's Blog)
Voice of rebel on tape says he's not dead (Jack Bog's Blog)

April 28, 2011 Communication to TriMet Union Employees Regarding the 457 Plan

http://atu757.org/TriMet457planunion.pdf

ATU 757 FORMS OFFICIAL "BLACK CAUCUS"

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce ATU757 Black Caucus Officers:

President - Rose Jordan
Vice President - Leonard Lamberth
Secretary - Luerine Jackson
Treasurer - Christopher Day

On April 23rd, 2011 ATU757 Black Caucus members elected the above to represent the membership. The four of us are working hard to assure a successful Caucus and are taking steps to consistently improve our membership. We will be sending more information about events and activities as we have the information available. We are also working on our website to give you a strong resource to communicate. Currently the website is still under construction and does not have much to offer. We are working on improving this and many changes will take place as we improve. Please feel free to keep checking on the website and let us know what you think of it. The website is located at http://www.atu757bc.org. In time you will be able to securely sign into the site and have access to many communication tools. At this time the only features available is the Calendar and the "Call Me". The Calendar is a Google Calendar that we will be maintaining to keep you advised of all events important to our membership. The "Call Me" is a special feature that will allow you to enter your name and phone number so that Google can call your phone and connect you to an officer. This feature gives you the freedom of getting access to talk with an officer directly.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us.

Chris Day - ATU757 Black Caucus Treasurer

Chris Hedges: Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death

Cleck Here!

US becomes net exporter of fuel

US becomes net exporter of fuel
By Gregory Meyer in New York
The Financial Times
Published: May 2 2011 22:32 | Last updated: May 2 2011 22:32
The US has become a net exporter of fuel for the first time for nearly 20 years as drivers struggle with high petrol prices.
Energy department data show the world’s largest oil consumer in February shipped out 54,000 barrels more petroleum products each day than it purchased on the global market.
After a five-year decline in net imports, the US became a net exporter in late 2010, a trend analysts say is confirmed by the latest data.
The shift comes as Washington confronts voter frustration over petrol prices that have soared 36 per cent in the past year to nearly $4 per gallon, the highest level since mid-2008.
Barack Obama, the US president, has called for an end to oil company tax breaks, while his attorney-general has launched a taskforce to investigate oil price manipulation.
The American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, reported US refined product exports rose 24.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2011 from a year ago, to 2.49m barrels per day. Imports declined 14.4 per cent to 2.16m b/d. The export increase is led by diesel and finished petrol, data from the Energy Information Administration show.
For years the US was not only a net importer of crude oil but also of refined fuels. But oil demand of 19m b/d, while on the rebound, remains 2m b/d below pre-recession levels.
Roads are also carrying less traffic than in 2007 and refiners have boosted fuel output.
“Even though our consumption is up from where it was a year ago, we still have plenty available for export,” said Rayola Dougher, API senior economic adviser.
The leading customers for US oil products are in Latin America, where refineries often cannot keep up with fuel consumption. Mexico relies heavily on US-made fuel. Ecuador, a member of the Opec oil cartel, is also a buyer.
US refineries on the Gulf of Mexico are near these markets. Valero Energy, a US refiner, has told analysts petrol exports were fuelled by demand in Mexico and Brazil. “I do believe that we are seeing just a long-term trend here that’s going to allow Gulf Coast refiners to continue to export barrels,” said Joe Gorder, executive vice-president.
Petrol in Gulf states such as Texas is cheaper than in east-coast cities such as New York and Boston. But it is often more profitable for traders to export it, said Philip Verleger, an independent oil economist. A pipeline connecting the Gulf to New York is fully booked, while federal law requires traders to hire expensive US-flagged vessels to ferry oil in domestic waters.
Petrol exports have become a politically sensitive issue elsewhere as oil prices surge. Russia last week significantly increased petrol export tariffs in response to domestic fuel shortages.

RAW VIDEO OF RECENT MAX INCIDENT

Click here!

"Sleuth" Should Get a Clue


Blogger Disses Drivers
Transit blogger Adron Hall aka "TransitSleuth" has began a Twitter campaign against late buses - his main target of blame: bus drivers.
Yesterday beginning with a post on his blog and following up on Twitter, Hall began by pointing out that his bus yesterday was 13 minutes late getting to his stop, and 8 minutes late arriving downtown. What Hall was unaware of (or simply doesn't care about) was that a major arterial (Aurora Avenue North) was closed at a choke point due to an accident, causing a lot of diversion to other N-S surface streets including those used by his route.
Also ignored (deliberately it seems) are other factors involved in on-time operation. Instead, Hall has chosen to place the blame (ignorantly and angrily) at the feet of bus drivers themselves. From his tweets:
"A driver can affect their timing, there are multiple criteria that affects the pattern. It's a fact and measurable.""If a driver messes around and stops for greens waiting for reds, waits for every "runner" entering, etc...they WILL BE late."
Aside from apparently arguing that drivers should exercise less care when approaching cold greens (risking running a red light and/or splattering a last-minute pedestrian) and that drivers should simply ignore all those customer complaints that result when pulling away from an intending passenger with the customer service phone number on their cell phone's speed-dial, hall takes further shots at drivers:" That's a lot more than I can say for a lot of drivers, who just mope about, slam on the gas, slam on the brake and are generally smart ass jerks. Building no confidence or backing from the public they're supposed to serve. I'm not talking about safety... a LOT of drivers just screw off and end up late. Probably under facade of Union protection."After some criticism from myself and another Operator, Hall fell back defensively, claiming we were out of line for "praising" a driver. This "praise" however took the form of a backhanded compliment:"Bus driver on #17 this morning is awesome, and driving well enough to stay on time!"Continuing his implication that the reason that buses can run late is that the driver isn't "driving well enough", Hall isn't kidding anyone.I posted an article some time ago on my own blog in answer to the question "why is my bus late?" It's still archived at  
In snarkily placing the blame for late running buses, Hall ignores many realities, including the obstructions (traffic, emergency vehicles, construction delays, utility vehicles); events (accidents, mechanical issues, sporting events) and other delays (wheelchairs, cyclists loading/unloading, passengers fumbling for change or asking questions outside the scope of driver knowledge, poorly written schedules) as well as issuing broad-insult to all the hard-working Operators out there and exposing his own ignorance. He's also ignoring two basic realities from the Operator end: 
1-Operators WANT to be on time. When we're not, pissy whiners like Adron ignorantly blame us, snark at us, snarl at us, curse at us, give us the finger and hey even tweet and blog about us;  
2-Operators WANT to be on time. When we're not, we don't get to have a meal break or even use the restroom.  
3-Operators WANT to be on time. When we're not, our customers are unhappy, may miss their connections, may be late for work etc.
When we're late, bad things happen - not just to our customers, but to us. Operators HATE being late, and do our best not to be.
Sorry, Adron, we're not going to run red lights just to avoid your ignorant attacks. Sorry, Adron, We're not going to pass up regular passengers (or even irregular ones) and put up with having to talk to a supervisor when they call in a complaint just for you. Sorry, Adron, we can't control traffic delays. Sorry, Adron, we don't write the schedules. Sorry, Adron, we're not responsible for the cyclist that fumbles with the bike rack because they didn't bother to learn how to use it before their first commute. Sorry, Adron, we're not going to tell the elderly rider or the wheelchair user or the fare-fumbler to hurry the hell up.
I guess you'll just have to learn to deal with our horrific incompetence. I'm sure that blaming Operators for the bus running late (and taking jabs at our union for some bizarre reason) must be much easier than acknowledging that reality is much more complicated, and that the busing world doesn't revolve around you.
Share your own thoughts with Adron Hall, the "Transit Sleuth" Without a Clue at http://transitsleuth.com/ 
-jw

Sunday, May 1, 2011

PORTLAND UNCUT

PORTLAND UNCUT from al m on Vimeo.

Starring Ross Wrede
Film by Steve Fung

READER REPORT

BIN LADEN DEAD?


I feel so much safer, cont'd(bojack.org)

Osama bin Laden is dead. This decreases the number of dangerous terrorists who want to kill us to 99,999,999.
But it does send an important message to terrorists: Once we target you, your days are numbered. Mess with us, and you'll have only 10 short years, you fiends!
They're chanting "U.S.A." at the Phillies game. God help our sick country -- maybe Hillary will bring his head to Washington on a stick. Take it on the Oprah show.

CLOSE CALLS!

CLOSE CALLS! from al m on Vimeo.

THIS BAR WOULD BE FUN TO GO TO

http://file.qip.ru/embed/111226964/dfc05946

CHECK OUT THIS CRUISE SHIP VIDEO DURING THE TSUNAMI

http://vimeo.com/23137250

THE VERY LAST PAGE

http://www.1112.net/lastpage.html

HOW FAR AS CAR SAFETY COME

1959 vs 2009 Car Crash

NO PROOFREADING AT TRIMET

MAY DAY IN PORTLAND



GOOGLE MAP OF 82ND AVE STOP

CAN YOU FIGURE OUT THIS SERVICE ALERT?

BRUCE HANSEN FORMS ATU ELECTION FACEBOOK SITE!



PRIVATIZE PUBLIC TRANSPORT? CHECK OUT RUSSIA'S TRANSIT SYSTEM

YouTube - One dollar death ride: Russia's public transport perils

GERMANS SERIOUS ABOUT MAY DAY

OH NO! NOT THIS AGAIN!

Can somebody please explain to me how this is TRIMET'S (or drivers) fault!


KGW news story here!

Brought up by Blogger "J"-Guy not supposed to be taking trailers on Max
Types of Bikes Allowed on TriMet:
Only single-seat, two-wheeled bikes, folding bikes, and recumbents the size of a standard bike are allowed on TriMet.
* Tandems and bikes with oversized wheels, three or more wheels, trailers or those powered by internal-combustion engines cannot be accommodated. Electric bikes with a sealed battery compartment are permitted.
* Some bikes have wheels that are too large or too far apart to fit in TriMet's racks.
* Folding bikes must remain collapsed while on board, and must have a wheel size of 20 inches or less.
* Bikes with child seats, panniers or other accessories that block an operator's vision out the front of a bus are not allowed.

Trimet Diaries

Full Moon On A Sunday Afternoon | TriMet Diaries
Living in Public | TriMet Diaries
My Nemesis Revealed | TriMet Diaries
TriMet Cephalopod Driver
Follow the Rabbit Transit Game
Bus Haiku #6
Bus Haiku #5
“I Look Like Barbie”
Bus Haiku #4

MORE D40LF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNpIKABFqfs

Saturday, April 30, 2011

60TH AVE MAX STATION A HAZARD FOR MOTORISTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGv5NJnA9mA

Steve Fung's movie of the Week

TriMets own Steve Rodin will headline at the Cascade Blues Association Meeting





Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland


Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00 pm


Members always Free – Non-members $3.00


Opening Acoustic Set – Steve Rodin


Second Electric Set – Gunnar Roads Band
This year really seems to be flying by quickly. Pretty soon it will be time for the Journey to Memphis, then the Waterfront Blues Festival, the CBA picnic, Muddy Awards and on and on. Last month’s meeting was phenomenal! What a turn-out! Who says music fans don’t go out in the middle of the week? At least we know blues people will.
Another great night scheduled for the May meeting. We’ll be opening up with singer/songwriter Steve Rodin who is always a lot of fun with his crisp and tasteful guitar playing and his often humorous and always insightful original lyrics. His music can be emotional and it can be feel good about life exciting; along with his rapport with the audience, Rodin is an entertainer worth sitting back and giving a close listen to. He will be joined by Tony Lahaina, who is also a crafty guitarist, harmonica ace and vocalist in his own right. These guys work often together, so they have a natural feel that carries nicely. If you’re a fan of acoustic music, this will be a set right up your alley.
It sure seems that we’ve been watching Gunnar Roads perform for many years more than it really has. Maybe it’s because he is talented far beyond his actual 16 years. And he has been right in the public’s eye with exceptional shows that have rightly earned him high recognition, including receiving two nominations for Portland Music Awards for outstanding achievement in the blues and a Muddy Award nomination for best new act. The Gunnar Roads Band will be the second set of the night at our meeting, with Gunnar on guitar and vocals, 20 year old Jackson Brannon behind the drums and 19 year old Connor Ghormley propelling the bass and adding additional vocals. It is quite inspiring to witness so much talent amongst musicians this young pursuing the path of the blues and I have stated in the past with such artists that we’re watching the future of the blues in Portland here and now. And it couldn’t be in better hands.
Make a point to get your free drawing ticket at the door as you enter The Melody Ballroom for your chance to win fun prizes like CDs, concert tickets, meal certificates and whatever else we can come up. And if you want to help the CBA further, purchase a raffle ticket or however many you’d like to possibly win the multi-CD package we’ve put together for the night. Remember, it’s your annual membership and these raffle ticket sales, along with the admission from non-members that help keep the CBA in business. Without your help we would not be able to publish a newspaper or hold special events. Thank you for allowing this to continue; you’re

Man slides under bus wheels of DART bus in Des Moines

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110430/NEWS/104300326/-1/GETPUBLISHED03/Man-slides-under-bus-wheels-DART-bus-Des-Moines

MODERN DAY ROBIN HOOD

A homeless Tampa man who robbed a bank and made his getaway on a public bus decided he'd spread the wealth with some of the passengers, police said.
Elmer McGuirt, 27, was arrested Thursday after pulling off the Robin Hood-like heist, according to tampabay.com.
Police say McGuirt walked into a Wachovia branch around 4:30 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money, then walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Having no car to make his getaway with, McGuirt hopped on a public transit bus, where he began handing out some of his loot to passengers while keeping some for himself.
But the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office contacted the bus driver, who pretended to have a mechanical failure in order to stop the bus.
When the bus pulled over, McGuirt and the other passengers got off, and waiting deputies arrested the homeless holdup artist.
McGuirt was charged with robbery and booked into jail. Police said they were able to get some of the money back from passengers.
NTSB blames operator error, Muni for West Portal crash | Will Reisman | Local | San Francisco Examiner

TRANSIT EXECUTIVES FEEDING AT THE TIT OF THE PUBLIC

Public transit employee: $458K salary plus $1.2m home-loan concession « The Greenroom

This sounds familiar

No Talks Over Transit Cuts

The president of Local 85 of the Amalgamated Transit Union went before the Port Authority Board to urge them to resume negotiations over contract concessions so that service that was cut by 15% a month ago can be restored.
Pat McMahon says there have been no contract talks since Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato left a meeting 4 weeks ago. During the public comment period at the PAT Board meeting, McMahon told board members they should either resume negotiations or resign.
It was Onorato who rejected an offer of $18.5 million in temporary concessions by the union, not the PAT Board. At the time, Onorato said he became involved because the PAT Board had already made its decision about service cuts. Onorato said the concessions offer did not address the legacy costs of health care and pensions for retired PAT workers.
PAT CEO Steve Bland said at the end of yesterday's board meeting that they gave the union information about health care costs 2 weeks ago, but have not received a reply.

AMERIKA DISMANTLING UNIONS-CHINA BUILDING UNIONS

Wildcat Unions Springing Up In Chinese Factories, Demanding Higher ...

Barcelona, 1908

MAX FAQS

VOTE ROSS WREDE FOR EVERYTHING!



TriMet driver describes woman falling on tracks

Ross Racer Gets it Done!



American Freedom Fighters

YouTube - THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON (1971)

FREEDOM MY ASS

YouTube - Not Fine With Me: Liberties go up in smoke in NYC

Superman Renounces Citizenship

Forgets he's an illegal alien to begin with. Glen Beck's head explodes (again).

". . .Superman is an Illegal Alien who crossed the border in a spaceship, lives under an alias, spies through walls with x-ray vision (unconstitutional), invades air-space with zero regard for air control (illegal) and in more than one occasion has used public property (buses, light posts, train tracks, etc.) to beat the living daylights out of people (criminals, granted but AMERICAN criminals, protected under the US constitution, and innocent until found guilty in a court of law), effectively a vigilante!"

"…And you want this man Alien to be an American? "

"Can he produce a birth certificate? How did he get into Journalism School, how did he land a job at the Daily Planet without a SSN?"


-jw