As Occupiers planted tents in Terry Schrunk plaza today, legendary muckracker/flip-flop aficionado Michael Moore paid the encampment a visit. A team set up a mic and PA system for him in the middle of a large circle, but Moore initially refused to stand in the middle of the group, wanting to stay on the sidelines "like one of you." TOO BAD, MOORE! That's the only working mic! Into the middle with you.
Moore's brief speech was basically a pep talk for the protesters. Noting that the federal plaza is in the shadow of the Wells Fargo building, Moore asked, "Who organized this protest? Wells Fargo! And Citibank! And BP!" He also got in a few jabs at Homeland Security and praised Occupy Portland's size. "Having traveled the country, you don't know who freakin' awesome this is. Portland! Portland! Portland! It's like the seat of our new democracy right here."
Moore ended by awarding Occupy Portland with the title of largest occupation in the nation, sparking a happy ruckus. In return, occupiers donned him with an Occupy Portland ball cap — they know his style well — and a Cascadia flag. His response: "I love Portland!" Then, swept off into a black SUV. End scene.
Okay, roll tape!
— additional reporting by Alex Zielinski
This just in: Mayoral contender Eileen Brady just scored a high-profile endorsement from one recent one-term mayor, Tom Potter, in her bid to replace our current one, Sam Adams. The message in the endorsement is meant to counter any claims that Brady's campaign isn't fueled by the grass-roots—Potter, after all, famously fended off Jim "Million-Dollar" Francesconi to take the city's helm in 2004.
Eileen has the experience that Portlanders can count on to lead us through these difficult economic times. I am confident that she will effectively combine long-term vision with pragmatism and focus at City Hall, as she has in the private, non-profit and public sectors.
I am also endorsing Eileen for another reason: Because I believe in the way she has chosen to run her campaign.
When I ran for Mayor in 2004, I made a conscious choice to run a decentralized, people-powered campaign. I ended up setting a city record, which still stands, by collecting donations from 1300 individual contributors.
Eileen understands the power of the grassroots and has set out to beat my record of 1300 contributors - and I want to help her get there.
As of today, 850 people have contributed to Eileen's campaign, 500 of which have been contributions of $100 or less. That's an impressive start, but we still have a ways to go.
Will it help Brady? Potter also prominently endorsed, last election cycle, a ballot measure to bring pot dispensaries to Oregon. It didn't win. Of course, not that Brady and medical pot have anything much in common.
The reason for Timbuktunes shutting down is an economic one. I don't know if you heard this, but record sales are apparently down (you don't say), and running a specialty shop such as Timbuktunes became increasingly difficult. For the months of November and December, the store will be having a liquidation sale of its remaining merchandise. Right now, stock is 15% off and the prices will continue to go down after Thanksgiving, so it'll be a good spot to buy that Christmas gift for your dearest fan of international folk music. Timbuktunes is located at 4726 SE Hawthorne.
Reports are coming in, including from the Mercury's own Alex Zielinski, that there's been at least one arrest outside the small "expansion" of Occupy Portland tents in federally owned Terry Schrunk Plaza. And there's talk the Portland Police Bureau is activating its riot squad to deal with an emerging protest. (Nope; see below.)
Update 4:16 PM: One update already from Sarah: The arrest so far wasn't actually related to Occupy Portland. Instead, Alex says, it involved a firearm-related charge. Some reports now say the feds have given protesters until 10PM to clear.
Update 4:18 PM The mayor's office saying that reports by KPTV and others that riot squad officers have been mustered are not true. It's regular officers on patrol, like they are on most events, alongside the Occupy Portland anti-coal-power zombie march.
Close on the heels of fall's flurry of fashion shows, Rio Wrenn of R.A.W. has announced that she will show a new crop of her uniquely hand-dyed and rusted lingerie on December 1st or 2nd. Stay tuned to MOD for confirmation of the date with this peek at the new collection, which seems to indicate Wrenn's continued exploration of larger, loungier pieces—there's lots more eye candy (including more of that gorgeous robe on the left) right here.
In a submission that sounds suspiciously like Steve Buscemi's character from Reservoir Dogs, here's a clip from a post entitled, "Baristas are not Waiters!"
Take away those little tip boxes, goddamn it. I'm not going to tip your sorry ass for brewing a little bit of espresso and throwing in some hot water. It's not like making a coffee is hard.
Want to know what's hard? What bartenders and waitresses do. Not you. You get minimum wage. If you work at Starbucks you get decent health insurance. Stop scowling at me if I don't through a dollar into your pathetic little tip box and just give me my coffee.
Read the rest here and weigh in on the comments (which are... surprise... fairly explosive). Do you have an opinion you'd like to share with the world? "Dentists are not Car Mechanics?" "Fish are not Koala Bears?" Submit it here in the home of "this is not that," the I, Anonymous Blog!
Tuck in your napkin for an Occupy Portland news smorgasbord: I've got a bunch of small updates on the Facebook booking photo flap, Michael Moore, police handling of the arrestees at Jamison, and also the apparent expansion to Terry Schrunk Plaza.
1. Briefly, from Occupy's press team:
Michael Moore has confirmed that he will arrive at Occupy Portland at 4:30 PM. He will be dropped off at an undisclosed location, tour the camp, then there will be a rally at 4:45 at Terry Schrunk Plaza. More information as it becomes available.
2. Mayor Sam Adams' office told me again today that the arrests Saturday haven't budged the mayor's support. But his spokeswoman reaffirmed that even mere sit-ins wouldn't be allowed after hours in other parks, should occupiers consider another demonstration, or many, across town.
3. And then there's this very hilarious account of what it was like for the brave few occupiers who fled the nighttime bustle of the main camps at Chapman and Lownsdale squares and, instead, pitched their tents across SW Madison in Terry Schrunk Plaza, home of the movement's general assembly meetings. (No luck yet reaching anyone in the federal bureaucracy who can answer the question: will they get to stay?)
Early this morning, just before 1am, an autonomous group of individuals who had been camping with Occupy Portland relocated to Terry Schrunk Plaza—the home of Occupy Portland's General Assembly. These members, understanding both that they do not represent Occupy Portland with their move and that the risk of federal action against their move, assembled four tents on the grassy terraces of the amphitheater peacefully.
In response, the Portland Police Bureau approached these campers to inform them that they were trespassing of federal land outside of city jurisdiction, and that it is their duty to call Federal Police—Officers of the Department of Homeland Security. After three in the morning, the Police Lieutenant made a call to federal authorities who were then dispatched to the park at the southwest corner Third and Madison.
There, two officers confronted these rogue campers and an observer from Occupy Portland to officially warn them that their actions are in violation of Federal Law and that their actions are being closely monitored. Furthermore, Homeland Security warned that federal regulations (in regard to drug and alcohol use, especially) are more strict than those of the city, that the actions of these campers would require a permit, and that these individuals must be accountable for their actions.
No arrest or or citations were made. Ten National Bank Transfer Day fliers were well received by officers of Homeland Security, a police commander, lieutenant, 3 sergeant, and 3 police officers by the livestream cameraman (calling himself Professor P) observing and documenting from the Occupy Camp. At this time, the tents remain on park grounds and the officials seem interested in banking with credit unions.
Herman Cain just described one of the complaints in the sexual harassment suit that were filed against him to Fox News's Greta Van Susteren:
Van Susteren asked what Cain did that led to the accusation. There were reportedly more than one accusations in the complaint, but Cain said he recalled just one incident. "She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying — and I was standing close to her — and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife. And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, 'My wife comes up to my chin.'" At that point, Cain gestured with his flattened palm near his chin. "And that was put in there [the complaint] as something that made her uncomfortable," Cain said, "something that was in the sexual harassment charge."
There's more to the suit than just that one incident—two women filed the complaint, according to Politico. And it's interesting to see that Cain's camp has come a long way in just a few hours. Cain went from "no comment" to saying he was unaware of a settlement to singing a gospel song to a detailed description of part of what happened in less than 24 hours. This is not the response of a disciplined campaign.
REANIMATED—Ghosts? Witches? Monsters? Pshaw. The creepiest thing around town this Halloween is Jan Svankmajer's Alice, a Czech stop-motion version of Alice in Wonderland that's so unsettlingly eerie, it'll give you nightmares. Fin de Cinema screens the 1988 film with a live score from Wampire, Litanic Mask, and Bruxa, then you can shake off those terrors with a dance party from the Sick Jaggers DJs. NL
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $5
WHAT LIES BENEATH—Looking for a real ghost story? Hop on Lone Fir Cemetery's torch-lit Tour of Untimely Departures this evening to hear unusual and eerie tales of the cemetery's residents. Who knows who you'll meet. AZ
Lone Fir Cemetery, SE 26th & Stark, 6-9 pm, $10
Okay! For all you last second shoppers (and I do mean last second) here's your final countdown of choices for "Your Halloween Costume™":
Only $24.95. The "Camille Toe" Costume.
In this "Camille Toe" bodysuit, you'll look like a sexy aerobics instructor, wearing a neon outfit and squishy foam boobs. But it's only a matter of time until your intstructees see what's going on "down there" — an extreme camel toe that nobody will miss! Get ready to dance all over town in this hysterically funny costume that's perfect for college frat parties, Halloween parties, and more! One size fits most guys.
Only $62.97. The "Hey Amigo" Costume.
Hey Amigo Costume for Adult
If this Amigo is planning to cross the border…thisride may not get him very far! What a creative id ea for some real laughs at the fiesta! This donkey& Amigo combination will have your guests asking where are the tequilla shots? Costume features s ombrero, moustache, poncho & pants with attached plus stuffed donkey.
Oh, yes. There are more after the jump.
Happy Halloween. Here's the scariest thing in the world circa 1978, when it was shown over and over during primetime television hours, poisoning the psyches of a generation.
Blogtown Nostalgists: remember that guy Ezra? Worked here for a couple years or so? Wrote about music and basketball? Something about a pug? Well, his sophomore effort—a
Stryper- themed, Rasheed Wallace- themed bar called The Old Gold—dropped this weekend.
If you're still pissed about Ezra's Floater or Dandy Warhols coverage, now's your chance to tell him what you think. I'm looking forward to stopping by The Old Gold is located at 2105 N. Killingsworth, and hours vary enough to justify little yellow pull-quote box:
Sunday: 12pm until 12am
Monday: 4pm until 12am
Tuesday: 4pm until 12am
Wednesday: 4pm until 1am
Thursday: 4pm until 1am
Friday: 4pm until 2am
Saturday: 12pm until 2am
Portland's home to some great haunted houses (Fright Town, Scream at the Beach, the corn maize), but if you've exhausted the local supply and feel like going a little bit further afield, look no further than Milburn's Haunted Manor. Located in
BFE Hubbard, OR, about half an hour outside of town, Milburn's is at the end of a series of long, dark roads from I-5, surrounded by empty expanses of field. Tonight from 7-10 pm is your last chance to experience Milburn's three haunts (Haunted Manor, Wicked-Wood Forest, and The Dark) this year, and what makes it worth the drive is the fact that all of the characters—who get up in your face, call you by name, and politely give you directions as you careen in hysterical laughter/fear around its dark, tight spaces—are high school drama kids. GOLDEN. While technically these kids are operating with a lower production value than something as polished as, say, Fright Town, they make up for the comparable lack of fancy props with enthusiasm and improv, plus lots of chainsaws, a couple zip lines (buzzing the heads of visitors is easily the best job on site), and nearly constant scares. My expedition last night involved much clutching of others' clothing and screaming and cracking up. If that ain't what Halloween is about I don't know what is.
Per Sarah's request for our weekend Halloween costumes, here's me as Hall & Oates. (I'm sorry I actually had to add a link there, but some kids today have no respect for musical history. Again, I'm looking at Sarah Mirk.)
And why yes, Daryl Hall and I do buy our eye bags at the same store. Fuck you very much.
Mere days after a new Chromatics tune turns up, we get a new one from Glass Candy as well. The other project of the prolific Johnny Jewel—the man must never sleep, since actually he has several other projects beyond Glass Candy and Chromatics—is due to release a new album called ///BODY WORK///, and this teaser song couldn't be better timed. Aside from celebrating both the terror and the sweet, sweet candy of today's holiday, it's a tribute to the score to John Carpenter's Halloween, which Carpenter wrote himself. Director Alberto Rossini's video above conveys genuine creepiness with a remarkable sense of style.
You can download the track, as well as an instrumental version, here.
End Hits: Trick or treat.
High End: Now that everyone seems pretty certain that Apple is going to make a TV, commentators are beginning to wonder what that TV will look like, and how Apple will try to change the television industry the way they changed the music industry. Nick Bilton of the New York Times says that Siri will be integral:
It’s the stuff of science fiction. You sit on your couch and rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you simply talk: “Put on the last episode of Gossip Girl.” “Play the local news headlines.” “Play some Coldplay music videos.” Siri does the rest.
And Gruber says that channels will be the new apps:
Imagine watching a baseball game on a TV where ESPN is a smart app, not a dumb channel. When you’re watching a game, you could tell the TV to show you the career statistics for the current batter. You could ask the HBO app which other movies this actress has been in. Point is: it’d be better for both viewers and the networks1 if a TV “channel” were an interactive app rather than a mere single stream of video.
If Apple is going to do this, they're going to have to hit the biggest home run in the history of the company, which is really saying something. It's going to have to be so simple, we won't believe we ever used those dumb old stone-age TVs we're using today.
Low End: VentureBeat has a look at India's new $60 tablet. It's intended for educational purposes, and it doesn't look half bad!
Some kid who uses this thing will wind up changing the world one day.
Whatever, news. I want to talk about Halloween! What were the best costumes and worst costumes you saw this weekend?
What are you hoping little kids will dress up as tonight?
What did you dress up as?
Anything else hilarious?
1) Best: A guy wearing a milk carton, "I am the one percent." Worst: I actually didn't see any bad ones at all. People were pretty creative! Though I stayed out of downtown, which probably helped.
2) Jawas! Why don't more kids dress up as Jawas? This is the ultimate kid Halloween costume.
3) Baberaham Lincoln. Did anyone else have a costume made entirely from the discount bin at Mr. Formal?
4) I went to a party at a co-op and someone was dressed as that mushroom guy—complete with trombone! This costume would probably not have made sense anywhere but the co-op.
What a perfect day to jump into and discuss last night's SHOCKING episode of The Walking Dead, right? So what are we waiting for? Hit the jump for some spoiler-ish thoughts from yours truly, or dive right into the comments if you're such a goddamn know-it-all. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, btw.
I'm a 34-year-old guy in the Bay Area with a great job, three kids, and a beautiful wife. But I have a problem. I am completely different animal sexually than my wife. It's the typical "he wants it all the time, she doesn't" situation. However, my issues runs a little deeper than difference between the sexes, and crosses the line into my being much more sexually adventurous and having an appetite for receiving head that won't quit. My wife happens to be the only woman I've been with who is terrible at sucking dick, and refuses to swallow. I'm a complete fiend when it comes to getting deep throated and my load swallowed. She refuses, and as I'm pretty well endowed, she gags and doesn't enjoy giving oral at all.
A year ago I went out to dinner with my trainer after a session at the gym. I shared the above problem with him and the next thing you know we were back at his place and he was swallowing my cock. I had no idea he was bi. It's completely DL, but he's an animal, no gag reflex, and he knocks back my cum like water after a run on a hot day. He's in a long-term relationship with a woman also, and this is between us only. I've known him for years and neither of us plan on finding other guys. Since sex is so good otherwise with my wife, and as I have no expectation that she'll ever learn to like sucking me off, and since she hates giving head in general, this seems like the perfect solution. But recently I've been feeling pretty guilty. I'm not sure I can give up such mind-blowing head and a no-drama, no-nonsense masculine guy who can't swallow enough, but in the same sense, it's eating at me. I have no desire to have a long-term relationship with a guy, but I tell you, four or five times a week is incredible.
Spouse Or Swallower
My response (AND A SAVAGE LOVE POLL!) after the jump...
Ah Blogtown. Thank you for your never-ending patience with my obsessions, which have zero to little bearing on your everyday lives. So instead of lingering on the topic of costumed pugs or dancing Ann-Margrets, let's talk about a TV show that's been off the air for over 20 years: Twin Peaks! I don't whether it's thanks to Netflix Instant or synchronicity, but Portland is popping with Twin Peaks events over the next couple weeks. Tonight is the Twin Peaks costume party at the Record Room (8 NE Killingsworth, 7 pm, $3-5), which Will mentioned over in Destination Fun. Alas, I'm outta town today or I'd catch all you Log Ladies there.
Coming up on November 11 at the Star Theater is the best idea since Kyle MacLachan switched from Heineken to Pabst Blue Ribbon. Sign of the Beast Burlesque is putting on the David Lynch-themed Black Lodge Burlesque. Which makes me want to do the Man from Another Place dance, roll around in some creamed corn, and then drive my lawnmower over a severed ear then keep on driving 'til dawn to have a sitdown with my long-estranged brother. (I'm excited... shhhh, it's a secret.) So that big beautiful event will set you back a mere $10. I can't wait for the Elephant Man striptease!
All you need to do in order to win is click on over to End Hits. Good luck!
In general, I have a furious dislike for dogs who have been put into people clothing. I have made an exception in this case.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, BLOGTOWN! Oh, yeah, it was like lightning, everybody was frightening! And the music was soothing, and they all started groooooving! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! LET'S GO TO PRESS.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 27 Occupy Portland protesters were arrested early Sunday morning for refusing to bug out of the Pearl District's Jamison Square. Besides someone being jostled by a horse and someone else having their bicycle crushed, the evening went about as well for both sides as one could expect. If you want to read the blow-by-blow, the best description in town was delivered via our Denis Theriault's Twitter feed. (Unfollow him at one's own risk.)
Portland Police post the pictures of the Occupiers they arrested on FaceBook. Like?
Not to be outdone, 38 protesters were arrested this weekend at Occupy Austin.
In other Occupy news, director/activist Michael Moore is confirmed to visit the Occupy Portland base camp today at
3:30 (Update: Now 4:30 pm). SQUEEEEEEE! CELEBRITY!
Europe's financial collapse hits our shores and is blamed for the bankruptcy of American commodity traders MF Global.
Herman Cain admits he was accused of sexually harassing women while president of the National Restaurant Association, but says those claims are false. Sir, how do you plead to the charges of MENTALLY harassing us?
A sneaky October snowstorm buries five northeast states, leaving 2.4 million without electricity and six deaths in its wake.
Palestine won a seat in UNESCO, the United Nations science, education and culture organization—which means it's a step closer to gaining state recognition from the U.N. security council.
The FBI releases the video they captured of the recently busted up Russian spy ring, which is somewhat less exciting that The Bourne Identity. Just warnin' ya.
Congratulations, world! You just welcomed your 7 billionth customer.
Steve Jobs' last words.
Lindsay Lohan FINALLY got her teeth fixed. And it was a good thing too—her mouth looked like it was filled with brown Chiclets.
After 72 days of wedded bliss, Kim Kardashian is divorcing her newlywed hubby. WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?
Now here's your Halloween "trick or treating" forecast: Slight chance of showers throughout the day and into the evening with a high of 54, and a 100% chance of being carved up by Michael Myers if you're having teen sex.
And finally, Halloween lover Heidi Klum dresses up like an OMSI exhibit. Those krauts are weird.
It captures the mood of the event—exuberance—and much of the color. But it also includes some troubling accusations about the way a few of the 25 arrestees were treated during and after a police raid that many occupiers saw as unnecessarily overwhelming but that officials like Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese have defended as trying but peaceful. (Hit the jump for the whole statement.)
While the interaction was overall very professional and lacked the air of police brutality we have seen in places like Oakland, some arrestees did report rough behavior.
“I was kept in a squad car for four hours,” Cameron Whitten told supporters. “When I was remaining silent they weren’t very friendly. They knew who I was, I heard them talking about me. I got slapped a few times, and had a car door shut against my head twice.
“As soon as I complied and told them my name though, they were suddenly very nice.”
Interestingly, when Whitten was quoted by the Oregonian yesterday, there was no mention of alleged mistreatment. They have Whitten, 20, applauding the Portland Police Bureau for not reacting with more draconian measures like departments in Oakland and other cities.
Update 10:55 AM: I just spoke with Whitten, who said he might not have mentioned getting slapped to the O, but that he definitely told the paper he was "mistreated" and was left to linger in a police vehicle until giving his name. But he also told me he wasn't upset that the paper didn't report everything he says he told them and that, as he put it, he knows they "don't want to cover the bad press about the people who are supporting this system."
"I'm not angry. They tackled a lot of different things in the article, and it's not all about me," he said, adding that he also doesn''t "want to paint a bad image of the cops overall."/end update
Last night's Occupy update came just hours before confirmation of some other big news for the occupation: Filmmaker Michael Moore has confirmed he'll be at Chapman and Lownsdale squares at 3:30 PM, on his way to Powell's for a book signing. (He'll be at the camp after the anti-coal zombie march planned for today.)
Update 10:20 AM—Will Moore also visit Terry Schrunk Plaza? That's where the GAs have been held, and now, as of last night, the O is reporting, it's also home to the tents of a few occupiers who don't much like the noise down at the main camps all night.
Twelve hours after this morning's 27 arrests at Occupy Portland in the Pearl District, organizers are upbeat about how the civil disobedience went down.
"We feel like we made an important point," says Occupy Portland media liaison Jordan LeDoux. "Your first amendment rights don't end at a park block and they don't end at midnight. How silly it is that we have police wandering around arresting people who are peacefully protesting when we have Wall Street bankers who have committed crimes still wandering around?" LeDoux says Occupiers agree for the most part that the arrests were peaceful and not overly rough.
Mayor Sam Adams seems pleased with how the arrests occurred as well. He tweeted a defense of the actions this morning:
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