Daily Archives: November 27, 2010

Good gracious, surely the man’s entitled to a little smoke

Willie Nelson busted for 6 oz. of pot. He’s 77, and obviously likes what he likes on his touring bus. We need law enforcement resources devoted to protect us from Willie and a few joints? Ridiculous.

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Somali’s bomb plot

Look: I certainly wish no ill on Oregon residents, and I’m delighted that Corvallis residents weren’t blown to bits yesterday at their Christmas tree lighting ceremony, but if anyone was asking for death and destruction, it was this liberal mayor and his constituents.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams said today that he didn’t know about the investigation into a plot to detonate a bomb at the tree-lighting ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square last night.Adams said he would have been notified if the bomb had been live.

“I did not know about it until 9:15 p.m. last night when I was asked to go to the FBI headquarters in Portland for a briefing,” said the mayor, who also serves as police commissioner.

He said it was the same protocol followed by former Mayor Vera Katz when he served as her chief of staff.

“On these international terrorism investigations, it’s top secret, limited to select law enforcement circles,” Adams said. “That’s under direct order of Washington, D.C.”

In 2005, the city council voted to end Portland’s involvement in the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Adams said the city still operates under the agreement reached with federal authorities at that time. He stressed that he has much more faith in the Obama administration and the leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s office now than he did in 2005.

Adams said the partnership is working well.

The bombing plot was “very unnerving,” he said. “It came as a shock to me, as I’m sure it did for most Portlanders,”

He said it was a “reminder that we are not an oasis with a wall around us. We work hard to have a free and open local community, but it’s a reminder that part of us must always be vigilant to prevent people from abusing those values of openness.”

The mayor said that he had “trust in Portlanders’ sense of fairness” in dealing with the alleged Somali plotter.

“Bad actions by one member of any group does not and should not be generalized or applied more widely to other members of that same group,” he said. “Otherwise, as the biggest racial group in Portland, we European-Americans would be in deep trouble.”

Adams said he and Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Police Chief Mike Reese will be doing outreach to leadership in the Somali community.

UPDATE: What I said (yesterday). Washington Examiner :political correctness almost doomed Portland.

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Cannon shots on Ole’s Creek

Potato cannon up and operating – I’ll post some pictures tomorrow. I used the same basic design from my last version but this time, instead of drilling a hole in the base cap and dumping the entire igniter in the expansion chamber, I persuaded my pal Ferdinand Steyer to come by and work out a better system inserted in the top of the chamber. Less sticky hairspray residue and the darn vegetables still fly out 150 yards of so. Grand nephew Asher was almost as awed as Ferdinand and I were.

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Clamming was a bust

Tide was right (low) but the wind’s howling from the west at 20+ knots and Asher was immediately chilled. My basic rule for child entertainment is that it must be fun, not an endurance contest, so we retreated, to try again tomorrow.

I’ve lined up my pal, builder and genius electrician Ferdinand Steyr to help install the igniter into our potato cannon later this morning, so  we’ll be keeping Asher entertained through the weekend, clams or not.

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