The Portland Mercury, January 2, 2013 (Vol. 13, No. 33)
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That’s why we’re the major news outlet. 80s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 8 PM $6 21+OVER WITH VJ KITTYROX MEANWHILE, AT THE OREGON DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS DEAR MERCURY—Inedible fruit again today for supper! CRYSTAL BALLROOM Pat Smith (fan and chronic reader) DL DAMMIT DL, we hate inedible fruit. That’s a bummer, man. We want to give you the letter of the week as some small compensation. You can’t eat it, unfortunately, but it does earn you two tickets to the Laurelhurst Theater, which we realize is kind of hard for you to get to these days, but we’ll wait. Floater fri jan 11 all ages UNDER WATER RE: “Portland Aquarium Opening Tomorrow Is Surprisingly Rad” [Blogtown, Dec 14], in which reporter Sarah Mirk attends a sneak preview of the new private venture with low expectations and is pleasantly surprised. Redesign your attitude. (feat. members of danava & Witch Mountain) Tiny Lady Crystal Ballroom Birthday! HI—I am absolutely horriﬁed by what is called the “Portland Aquarium,” and think it needs to have a news report done on it ASAP . Even on their Facebook page, they refer to themselves as a “petting zoo,” and that is what they are—a ﬁsh petting zoo. With not only no hand washing (how is this healthy for the animals?), there is also no supervision of the numerous children touching the creatures. There was a little boy in front of me who ripped a sea anemone off the wall, and squeezed it so hard in his hand that it ﬂew out of his grip, and slammed into the wall. There was a huge moray eel in a tiny aquarium—it could barely turn around, the tank is so small. The seahorses were ﬂoating dead at the top of their tank from lack of oxygen. I was horriﬁed at the conditions, and can’t in good conscience support a business that is obviously more concerned about making money than it is about the well being of the creatures there. They are planning on putting river otters in this insanely tiny exhibit, under ﬂorescent lights, and some kind of pufﬁnlike birds in another ridiculously small exhibit. My concerns about the animals that I posted on the aquarium’s Facebook page were deleted, after several other concerned parents with similar comments agreed with me. This is censorship. I wrote them emails and haven’t heard back. I am writing on the behalf of those creatures that can’t speak for themselves. SKI MASK PHOTO CONTEST! Let’s kick off 2013 the right way—with a ski mask photo contest! Here’s what you do: Turn the page and observe the front cover—ski mask, right?! Cut the mask out. Put it on your face. Take a photo. Then, post it anywhere/everywhere on the ’nets (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr), with the hashtag #portlandmercury. Or! Email your photo to email@example.com. The winning photo will get $100 in gift certiﬁcates to Deek and Bryan’s Next Adventure, where you can get a REAL ski mask!! 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Burnside · (503) 225-0047 · Hotel: 303 S.W. 12th Ave · (503) 972-2670 mcmenamins.com CASCADE TICKETS cascadetickets.com 1-855-CAS-TIXX Outlets: Crystal BallrOOm BOx OffiCe, Bagdad theater, edgefield, east 19th st. Café (eugene) January 2nd, 2013 portlandmercury.com 3 4 portlandmercury.com January 2nd, 2013 ONE DAY THE YEAR IN REVIEW by Ann Romano Gossip News Feature Picks Music Arts Food Fashion Film Sex TV Fun at a time with you today! Remember that whatever God does in our lives, it is WELL DONE!!! #1Love” Okay... that’s really gross. And kind of gives God a bad name, right? “Thou art totally correct, Ann,” God responded from the French Riviera, where he’s taking a brief sabbatical. “Also, Chris Brown is a creepy douchebag, and Rihanna is apparently insane.” WN NE LUM CO Quit Your Jostling! by Ryan Go Gosling MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 The New York Post reports that Chris Brown and Rihanna were spotted locking themselves in an NYC club bathroom for 20 minutes. Earlier, snoopy spies spotted RiRi entering the trendy Griffin nightclub, at which point, “Chris made his way over to Rihanna. He raised his shirt and was dancing promiscuously.” OMIGOD THAT IS THE WORST SENTENCE EVER UTTERED IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE. “Then they started dancing together and hugging and kissing in front of everyone.” Stunned and/or disgusted onlookers then saw the pair go into the bathroom—and when Rihanna finally emerged, she “seemed a little ruffled.” We suppose that’s a step up from having one’s face beaten to a pulp. AST WEEK, dears, we listed the candidates for the Absolute Worst Person in the World for 2012 Ever—and they included everyone from faves like Lindsay Lohan and Ashton Kutcher to Kim Kardashian and Rush Limbaugh. But when it came time to pick the Absolute Worst Person in the World for 2012? Sadly, it wasn’t even close—Chris Brown single-handedly ruined 2012! Let’s take a horrible trip down Memory Lane, shall we? You should probably bring a barf bag.—Ann L MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Quick question: Has the world gone insane? And in particular, has lovely pop star Rihanna gone insane? Her former boyfriend Chris Brown still shows little to no remorse for brutally choking, beating, and threatening to kill her back in 2009. (Take, for example, the pick-up line that Us reports Brown has been using: “Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you.”) Today, Rihanna released a new single—in which she invited Brown to sing along! Titled “Birthday Cake,” the squicky song features Brown singing that it’s “been a long time,” and Rihanna responding, “Remember how you did it? Remember how you fit it? If you still wanna kiss it, come, come, and get it.” NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Oh, and we mentioned that Chris Brown has had a girlfriend for over a year, right? Oh. Well, he’s had a girlfriend—for over a year. And that unlucky girlfriend is model Karrueche Tran, who after reading in the papers about Brown’s bathroom canoodle with Rihanna had this to say in her Twatter machine: “There’s a difference between a man and a boy. I prefer men.” Speaking on behalf of the women of the world, we’d prefer it if Karrueche and Rihanna didn’t make the rest of us look like idiots. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Serial dickhead Chris Brown has dumped girlfriend Karrueche Tran! “I have decided to be single to focus on my career,” the clearly lying Brown told Us magazine. “I love Karrueche very much [I’m lying again], but I don’t want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna [Remember her? The ‘friend’ I nearly beat to death?]. I’d rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives [and I’m only truly happy when beating women].” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 According to the Miami Beach police, Chris Brown stole a fan’s iPhone outside of a South Beach club. Local gal Christal Spann, 24, spotted Brown climbing into his car outside the Miami hotspot Cameo when she snapped his picture on her new iPhone. Then, according to Spann, Brown reached through the car window, snatched the phone away from her, and barked, “Bitch, you ain’t going to put that on no website,” before speedily driving away. Such a charmer! And such a strong command of the English language. At last, here he is: The Absolute Worst Person MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 in the World Unbelievably, Chris Brown has discovered another for 2012 way to deepen his douchiness! According to Radar Ever! THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Chris Brown stirred up trouble in an NYC nightclub tonight when he and rapper Drake got into a huge, punch-throwing, bottle-tossing rumble. (We assume the brawl started because both men used to date Rihanna… and because Chris Brown is a malodorous douche.) By the time police arrived, Brown and Drake had fled the scene, but the melee caused thousands of dollars in damage and injured five people, including an innocent female Australian tourist whose head was gashed open by a thrown bottle—which sadly counts as another notch in Brown’s “female abuse belt.” (If this keeps up, he’s gonna need a bigger belt!) Online, Chris has been calling and texting his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, begging for forgiveness and insisting that she’s the only woman for him. BLECHHHH! Luckily, Karrueche doesn’t want anything to do with him. “She wants a break from all of this drama,” says a snoopy source, “and knows that Chris wants whatever he can’t have.” We know how you feel, Chris! We want you in prison... and we can’t have it. OOK, YOU BUNCH OF STOOLS. I am one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. Brad Pitt? Fuck him, he’s moldy toast. Channing Tatum? You’ve got to be fucking kidding me, he couldn’t act his way out of his underpants. I AM RYAN FUCKING GOSLING, YA HEARD? And I got a message for every last one of you pinheads: QUIT… YOUR… JOSTLING. What? You gonna look at me like you don’t fucking know what I’m talkin’ about? Last Monday! 11 am! West Hollywood Fucking Farmers’ Market! Ohhhhh… NOW you’re starting to remember. Yeah, that was me—looking for some winter squash. I got a fucking killer recipe for raw butternut squash salad, and I had every intention of eating the shit out of it for dinner. So just when I get my hands around a ripe piece of butternut? KABOOM. Here you come with… with… with your jostling, like some kinda goddamn bull in some kinda goddamn china shop. And I’m like, “EXCUSE me?” And you’re all like, “What?” And I’m like, “What’s with the jostling?” And you’re like, “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” like I’m some sort of Missouri dumbfuck that just fell off the idiot bus. And I was like, “I’m Ryan Fucking Gosling, dingle-shit. And you’re goddamn jostling.” And then you have the fucking… the fucking AUDACITY to say, “I don’t know what you mean by ‘jostling.’” DON’T KNOW WHAT I MEAN BY “JOSTLING.” Un-fucking-believable. Ever hear of Merriam-Webster, piss-throat? They wrote a goddamn DICTIONARY. And in that goddamn dictionary, it clearly deﬁnes “jostling”—and I QUOTE—as “to come in contact or collision” OR “to make one’s way by pushing and shoving.” And in case you haven’t ﬁgured it out? That’s YOU, mon petite merde. A mother… fucking… JOSTLER. So word to the wise, my jostling “friend”: Find yourself another farmers’ market—or ﬁnd your FACE on the business end of my FIST. Because the West Hollywood Market is my market, and there’s a nice squash with my name on it. RYAN… FUCKING… GOSLING. And he doesn’t stand for JOSTLING! (Ya heard?) L WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Happy Halloween! It’s an annual tradition for us to report on what costumes the celebrities were wearing... and mercilessly mock them. For example, buck-toothed hillbilly Miley Cyrus dressed as annoying rapper Nicki Minaj in a failed attempt to cancel out her own annoyingness, Kristen Stewart wore a face-disguising mask so she wouldn’t be recognized as a tramp, and Chris Brown took the racist route by dressing up as “a terrorist”—which to him means a Middle Eastern person with a turban and gun. (People still recognized him as the worst person in the world, though.) bitch”). “Okay, I’m done,” Johnson then tweeted. “All I got from that exchange with Chris Brown is that he wants to shit and fart on me.” “Ur a comedic writer!!! If u can take a dick, u can take a joke,” Brown replied, adding, “Just ask Rihanna if she mad??????” and “Know that I’m not upset. Just felt like entertaining the ignorance. These bitches crazy..” Brown then hastily shut down his Twitter account. It’s a Thanksgiving miracle! TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Last week Rihanna took to Twatter “giving thanks” for spending Thanksgiving with her former abuser Chris Brown in Berlin. (GAHHHH!! This is not what the Pilgrims intended!) Today she returned to Twatter to post a picture of a shirtless man— who is almost certainly Chris Brown—lying on her bed, adding the cryptic message, “Dis ni**a....” Okay, now she’s just trolling us. This is not how it works, Rihanna! We’re the gossipmongers! We troll YOU! SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 Rihanna: gorgeous, talented, and so, so stupid. “I’m single, but we have maintained a very close friendship since the restraining order has been dropped,” the mentally deficient singer told Oprah when asked about Chris Brown. “It’s awkward because I still love him,” she continued. “The main thing for me is he’s at peace. I’m not at peace if he’s not happy or if he’s still lonely.” RIHANNA. We don’t... we can’t even... NO, RIHANNA. NO. THIS IS NOT... NO. THIS IS NOT HOW THIS WORKS. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Celebrity woman-beater Chris Brown isn’t on Twitter anymore! Here’s why: When Brown tweeted “I look old as fuck! I’m only 23,” comedy writer Jenny Johnson replied, “I know! Being a worthless piece of shit can really age a person.” Shockingly, Brown took this... poorly, and began an exchange with Johnson that included bon mots like, “take them teeth out when u Sucking my dick HOE” (Johnson’s reply: “It’s ‘HO’ not ‘HOE’ you ignorant fuck”), “I should fart while ur giving me top” (“Your mom must be so proud of you”), “mom says hello... She told me not to shart in ur mouth, wanted me to shit right on the retina” (“YOU FLIRT!!!”), and “your a pathetic bitch” (“It’s ‘YOU’RE’ a pathetic MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 Girl, we hate to say we told you so, but… WE SO TOLD YOU SO. According to The Sun, Rihanna is fah-urious with loathsome creep Chris Brown for cheating on her… even though she’s yet to admit they’re dating! The two reportedly had a huge fight—not like the one in 2009, where Chris attempted to beat Rihanna to death—after he was photographed whooping it up with a bevy of gals in Paris. Well, this is just shocking news. And here we thought that Chris Brown had completely reformed, and was ready to settle down and become the perfect boyfriend. #sarcasm MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 In news that will make your skin crawl off your body and down the street to the nearest bar, pop starlet Rihanna tweeted her love and prayers to Chris Brown. The occasion? The R&B singer is still on probation for beating Rihanna in 2009, and he had a probationary hearing today! Naturally, RiRi posted the following Twatter: “Praying for you baby, my best wishes are THIS WEEK ON Portlandmercury.com Tweet FOUR WEB-E XCLUSIVE MOVIE RE VIE WS ! Blogtown F R I DAY ! MercPerk$ COCKTAILS/FOOD 50% OFF! 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But they never overlooked the lack of data on arrests. “It’s disappointing that the so-called ‘fix’ to racial profiling seems to be producing similar results,” says Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch. “The majority of those being cited for trespassing have one easily identifiable characPERCENTAGE OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN PORTLAND News Feature Picks Music Arts Food Fashion Film Sex TV Fun EARLY A YEAR after the Mercury first sought statistics showing how police are enforcing Portland’s controversial Drug Impact Areas (DIA)—billed as a more compassionate, less racially fraught version of the city’s old Drug-Free Zones—that detailed arrest data has finally been released. And the numbers reveal another set of stark racial disparities for a police bureau that’s already acknowledged, publicly, the role racial bias might play in its frayed relationship with Portland’s African American community [“Playing a New Race Card,” News, June 28, 2012]. Of 99 people arrested for ignoring a judge’s order to keep out of a "drug zone"—distinct areas downtown, in Old Town and in the Lloyd Center—58 are black. Most of those arrests were in or around Old Town, notorious for its open-air crack-cocaine sales. That number, first reported on the Mercury's Blogtown, significantly outpaces the number of black Portlanders given exclusions in the first place, about 40 percent. And both percentages far outstrip the city’s African American population, which is 6 percent. Advocates and community leaders, already skeptical of the DIAs, worry the figures fit a familiar pattern. Recent reports show wide disparities in traffic and pedestrian stops, exclusions issued inside Portland’s gun-crime zones, and arrests made this summer as part of a targeted crackdown around North Killingsworth. The city’s old Drug-Free Zones were left to die in 2007 amid concerns they targeted black Portlanders. “It’s not a surprise that Portland police are once again targeting African Americans for enhanced enforcement,” says JoAnn Hardesty, a former state lawmaker who sits on the steering committee of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform. “The ‘improved’ enforcement zones are having the same effect the old zones had.” When then-Mayor Sam Adams first pitched the DIAs, bowing especially to outcry over crack sales among Old Town businesses and neighbors, he worked hard to inoculate the zones against racial profiling. While exclusions from the old zones were issued at a cop’s discretion, the new zones, which took effect in 2011, N Data from New Drug Zones Finally Released: More Than Half of Arrests Are Black by Denis C. Theriault KEY AFRICAN AMERICANS IN PORTLAND per100 people/6 out of 100 EXCLUSIONS IN DRUG IMPACT AREAS per100 cases/40 out of 100 EXCLUSION ORDER VIOLATIONS per100 arrests/59 out of 100 BETHANY NG “If It Bores You, It’ll Bore the Reader.” Exit Interview with Oregonian’s Longtime Editorial Cartoonist Jack Ohman by Sarah Mirk convicts in a city treatment and housing program, the Service Coordination Team. Further, Adams had prosecutors, not cops, draw up the city’s three DIAs—targeting heroin, cocaine, and marijuana—using arrest data. The city council, in a vote on December 19, committed to funding the special prosecutor’s post for another year. “The racial aspects of this issue had been a focus of mine and should continue to be a focus of the city council,” Adams said late last month, taking pains to separate “issues that are racial in nature” from “overt racism.” Adams also said he brought in the district attorney’s office “so Portland police officers are not policing themselves.” Adams’ changes made a difference. Neigh- teristic: the color of their skin.” As for why there’s a disparity, cops and prosecutors have some ideas. Billy Prince, the deputy district attorney who ran the DIA program until December, cast the overall arrest numbers as “positive.” “The majority of people are obeying a judge’s order to stay away,” he says. “I’m not aware of any judge ruling that someone arrested [for trespassing in a DIA] was in the zone properly.” He contends the DIAs are doing what they’re supposed to do: cleaning up drug markets by keeping out dealers, while making sure users have a big stick prodding them into treatment. Prince explains that most of the arrests fell in the crack-cocaine DIA, a smaller area focused on Old Town—making it easier for patrolling cops to find dealers and buyers. Prince says the crack markets in Old Town are a powerful draw. For example, he notes, nearly the same number of people have been excluded from the city’s heroin and cocaine zones, but the cocaine zone has seen twice as many arrests. He also says cops, once they find someone trespassing, aren’t allowed to give that person a pass. For further illustration, he points out the 99 arrestees have a combined total of 684 previous felony convictions. “The types who come back to be arrested,” he says, “they have significant criminal histories.” That all roughly jibes with what police say. Spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson tells the Mercury more minorities are arrested in Old Town because “more of them are coming back to the area. The base percentages are higher.” One hole in the data, of course, is what led to each of the 99 arrests. Only arrest reports will reveal that. Generally, Simpson says, cops recognize familiar faces. Or, in an area with foot patrols and surveillance cameras, they might figure out someone’s trespassing while investigating another crime. Sometimes, he allows, arrests come from traffic and pedestrian stops—in which, citywide, blacks and Latinos are stopped and searched twice as often as whites. The racial breakdown of arrests sought by the Mercury will now be included in all future DIA reports, says Prince, who passed the DIA job to Deputy District Attorney Adam Gibbs. That’s a shift for the city. Up until the Mercury’s third request for data, lodged in August after requests in January and May of 2012, the police say they had not been tracking it. Even then, when the bureau produced the numbers in late September, it took nearly three more months before their release. Adams’ office held them back, commissioning Prince to add even more data. Adams, when interviewed before leaving office, also blamed the delay on his time-consuming negotiations with the US Department of Justice over police reform. Prince assembled all the data into the DIA program’s 15-month progress report, sent to the city council on December 12 and obtained by the Mercury on December 19. Handelman, of Copwatch, was stinging with his assessment of the timeline. “It’s disappointing,” says Handelman, “The city and the DA’s office sat on these numbers for so long—because they knew the numbers would look bad.” I F YOU DON’T know the work of Jack Ohman, you should— he’s one of the best editorial cartoonists in the nation. A Minnesota native, Ohman became the youngest syndicated cartoonist in the country at age 19, and landed work as the Oregonian’s editorial cartoonist for 29 years, producing thousands of cartoons and winning a pile of prestigious awards, including being a finalist for the Pulitzer this year. This month, he’s packing up his life and moving to California to become the staff cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee. MERCURY: Did you draw comics when you were a kid? JACK OHMAN: Back in the 1970s in junior high and high school, I did some comics. They were about things that happened at school, with a caricature of the principal. He was a proto-fascist with a shaved head and I used to draw him like a German commandant. It was weird to have your subject in the same building as you. I was a real thorn in his side. We had a very courageous newspaper advisor. She didn’t like him, either. She liked sticking it to him. She told me, “You could become one of America’s best editorial cartoonists.” And I thought, “Huh, I thought I was going to be president.” Ha! Did you actually want to be president? I wanted to go into politics. I think every 17-year-old wants to become president, but then you realize it takes $65 million. Were you nervous about printing those cartoons of your principal? Are you ever nervous publishing now? When you get into your 50s, you’re past that moment of nervousness about your work because you become very fatalistic. Sometimes I think, “Wow, I wish I had more time to execute the columns on the White House.” But I’m not nervous about the statements I make. The difference between writing about the president and writing about the principal is that the president doesn’t care. NON-AFRICAN AMERICAN AFRICAN AMERICAN What are you sick of drawing? Fundamentally, I think I’m a writer at heart and political cartooning is a writing job, not a drawing job. There are certain subjects that keep coming up over and over during the course of my career. I don’t know how many times I had to draw Saddam Hussein or Yasser Arafat being a bad guy. I try to take each cartoon as a little logic problem. How can I draw the White House differently today? Or how can I draw Obama better today? If it bores you, it’ll bore the reader. How do editorial cartoons ﬁt into the media landscape today, versus when you started? They should be ﬁtting in better than they are. Editors keep saying, “We want visual, visual, visual!” And it’s the one thing that’s indigenous to American newspapers that’s really visual. You’d think they’d want more editorial cartoonists. Newspapers will have 15 to 20 columnists and one cartoonist. Or zero cartoonists. Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a newspaper that employed a liberal cartoonist and a conservative cartoonist? How are Oregon politics different than when you moved here? It’s more liberal. When I came out here, there was a Republican governor, a Republican treasurer, and two Republican senators, and the mayor was basically a Republican. It was completely different. You have to be ecumenical in your commentary and your approaches. I have as many friends and enemies in the Democratic Party as I do in the Republican. January 2nd, 2013 portlandmercury.com 7 THE B O DY BEAUTIFUL IN ANCIENT GREECE SEE IT NOW portlandartmuseum.org merc_horiz0106_12_pdot.pdf 1 CLOSES SUNDAY 3/9/12 9:49 AM This exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the Portland Art Museum ÂŠ The Trustees of the British Museum 2012. All rights reserved. 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