Saturday, April 30, 2011


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


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
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


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.


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

Barcelona, 1908



TriMet driver describes woman falling on tracks

Ross Racer Gets it Done!

American Freedom Fighters



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?"



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• Eliminates the deficits and creates a surplus by 2021
• Puts America back to work with a “Make it in America” jobs program
• Protects the social safety net
• Ends the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Sounds good to me.  How come the mainstream media is so focused on the radical Paul Ryan "screw the  middle class" proposal? 

Jim Hightower: Thieves in High Places


4/29/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Fare Increases

Rantings of a Regular C-Tran Rider