Thursday, May 30, 2019

Good morning, everyone, and thank you for being here! It’s the Daily Drip for Thursday, May 30, 2019,…just a day away from the first weekend of June! Today will be partly cloudy, with highs of 75. Sunrise 5:26 AM, sunset 8:50 PM.

A bastion of integrity…a true champion for justice….a master of bipartisanship…among the laudatory words for Republican State Sen. Jackie Winters, the first African-American elected to the Oregon Legislature, who died yesterday at the age of 82. She served virtually to the end; her final vote was for her bill which will roll back mandatory minimum sentences for teenagers charged with violent crimes. News of her passing hit the legislature hard; the House went into recess while they absorbed the loss, and returning, sang “Amazing Grace.” And as the video posted last evening depicts so eloquently, she was a survivor of the Vanport Flood.

Today is the 71st anniversary of that catastrophe, when the Columbia River’s high water wore down a grassy railroad berm that was acting as a dike and quickly swamped a company town that housed WWII shipbuilding workers and their families–including thousands of African-Americans who came to Portland for the first time and stayed after the war. Fifteen people were killed, and displaced black workers needing shelter faced deep discrimination by the real estate industry. Most were packed into a growing ghetto in North Portland, only to be uprooted again when Emanuel Hospital and the Coliseum were built. The story is vaguely known by most Portlanders, and better now than a few years ago, when community historians with the Vanport Mosaic Project began documenting the memories of the aging generation who lived there; the video of Sen. Winters’ wonderful recollection is part of that. Gradually the grounds now occupied by West Delta Park, the Heron Lakes Golf Course, and Portland International Raceway will be joined by extensive placemarkers, interpretive stations, and a permanent ghost structure outlining a life-size replica of a Vanport apartment building. The Vanport Mosaic Festival is underway now.

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The Portland School Board approved a $694 million budget. A summary in The Oregonian informs us that “the district has $7.4 million more to spend next year than originally estimated;” “Students will finally have a climate change curriculum, four years after it was promised;” and “Cleveland’s, Wilson’s and Jefferson’s wireless networks are older than the iPhone 4.’

A woman is suing Skibowl for $3.5 million after suffering catastrophic injuries while tubing there on Cosmic Tubing Night in December 2017.

Word is spreading among Portland construction people that some tools were found in a stolen car that was returned to a Portland gentleman, minus his stereo. If you’re in that line of work and were hit by thieves recently, that equipment could be yours.

The Wall Street Journal and other media report that the White House wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for the president’s recent visit to Japan..so a tarp was hung over the ship’s name, and its sailors, wearing USS John McCain caps, were given the day off. Denials of knowledge about it abound, from the acting SecDef, and from the commander in chief, who tweeted overnight, “I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan.”

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Comment regarding yesterday’s statement by the Special Counsel:

Robert Mueller articulated a point that I (and many) have been hammering on since his report was first delivered, a point that even AG Barr let stand amid his spinning of other aspects: The Russian Military Launched A Concerted Attack On Our Political System. Mueller’s words, my caps. It’s a fact, not a hoax or an excuse, as scoffed away by the one who’s sworn to defend this country. Mueller finished with a conclusion that should have inspired outrage and demands for justice by now: “I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American.” Attention must be paid. Mueller’s central message yesterday was something you’ve heard me say time and again: read the report. It’s paid for by and written for you. It’s all there.

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Good news here!

–“Runner who stopped to help fallen competitor wins state championship”

–“One hundred-plus pizzas delivered to school after students return lost wallet”

–“Fourth-grader honored for saving kindergartner’s life”

–“Children Around the World Are Living Better”

–“Scrapped Virginia bridge hauled across country to help Nebraska county with flood recovery”

They’re in cup!

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The KGW Radio alum who became the voice of Bugs Bunny, Mel Blanc, was born on this day in 1908. So, what’s up, Doc?

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A friendly family guy recently retired from K103fm radio, writer of The Daily Drip. Find me on Facebook to comment and interact, unless you're into hate memes from troll farms, in which case, please go fascinate somebody else.

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