30 October 2010

Election Exhaustion

Is it me or is this election season the worst ever? Here in California it feels like I'm choosing between the lesser of two evils (and I bet Oregon can say the same).

That lesser of two evils platform seems to be the candidates' platform as well. Check out this Jerry Brown ad:

Basically he's saying, "vote for me because I'm not Schwartzenegger." Greeaaaat.

Honest to God I thought about writing in Clint Eastwood for governor. Hell, he was mayor of Carmel, at least he's got some experience.

A friend at work has a 19-year-old daughter and this is her first election. They were discussing how to determine the most qualified candidate. At one point, her daughter was so frustrated she said,

"Okay, who cares. I've decided I’m not voting for the lady that looks like George Washington! I’m voting for the guy who looks like a turtle."

At this point, the only proposition I've decided on is Propostion 19. The other ones are a freakin' mess. We even have two propositions about the same thing (who draws the legislative districts).

Okay, I realize that whining does no good, so I've come to a decision. I'm going to start my own proposition - one the people can really care about.

Here in the OC we have noise abatement at our airport. It exists because the rich farts in Newport Beach don't want those icky, loud airplanes waking them up. Wah, wah, boo hoo.  Flights are not allowed to take off before 7am or land after 11pm. So what happens if your flight gets delayed? You guessed it: they re-route you to LAX (which is an hour away). Oh, um, but this noise rule doesn't apply to private planes... only the commercial flights that scum like you and I have to use.

I'm going to start a ballot measure called WAKE UP AND SMELL THE JET FUEL YOU RICH BASTARDS. Why should that one city control the air travel of an entire county?

I can't wait for the 2012 election...

21 October 2010

Portland-Themed Playing Cards

A deck of cards featuring Portland landmarks - hell yes. This hipster needs $500 in funding (from a variety of contributors). Check it out...

07 October 2010

Sleater-Kinney Has Moved On - I Haven't

Corin Tucker released her first solo project album yesterday.  A review I was reading said four years have passed since Sleater-Kinney disbanded. Has it really been that long? It seems like just yesterday I was a teenager watching them at La Luna and falling in love.

Carrie's moved on to a TV show of all things. For better or worse it's a show about Portland. IFC is filming in town right now and the show is supposed to air in 2011. Carrie also writes in her closing post for NPR blog Monitor Mix that she's got a new band.

As for Janet, well, she remains one of the greatest living drummers as far as I'm concerned. Check out this video of her "drum battle" with Sara Lund (um, Sara's the drummer of Corin's new band). I think it's pretty obvious who wins.

Watch the video for The Corin Tucker Band's first single: Riley. Of course it was filmed in Portland, did you have to ask!?!