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“That’s one of the reasons why Trump kind of wants you to watch CNN instead of MSNBC. Because he knows on MSNBC no one will be defending him … Because we don’t bring on liars. I don’t bring on a liar. I won’t do that.” — MSNBC “Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell on Al Franken’s January 12 podcast.

It’s one thing to pretend to be fair and objective, when in reality you’re not. It’s another to remove all doubt, and …. be happy about it.

O’Donnell may have already raised arrogance to an art form, but does he really have to be gleeful about MSNBC winning the race to the bottom when it comes to fairness or to be more precise, the lack of fairness?

“One third of their (CNN) payroll loves Trump. So you’re guaranteed on any hour of CNN to a minimum one-third of the programming supportive of Trump. Some people on their payroll saying, ‘Here’s why Trump’s right.'” — MSNBC’s O’Donnell on CNN programming

O’Donnell was lamenting that CNN actually has guests that are one-third (really?) sympathetic to Trump, and will actually present why the president is right. The representation of both sides of the story does not exist on his “Last Word” and conceivably other MSNBC programs.

Almost DailyBrett must stop here and ask:

Are we reaching a new low point when not only are cable networks partisan (i.e., MSNBC and CNN, liberal, Fox News, conservative), but these media outlets blacklist any and all other voices who do not pass a sacred litmus test?

It’s not just a case in which viewers are selecting their own “news,” but they are not even being offered any semblance of any other point of view as a comparison … at least not on MSNBC.

The intensification of pro-Democratic bias/anti-Trump content on MSNBC as a counter to pro-Republican/pro-Trump programming on Fox News is paying off in terms of ratings (e.g., eyeballs) and with them, advertising.

According to Nielsen, Fox News Channel (FNC) won 2019 with a nightly average viewership of 2.57 million. MSNBC is second with 1.80 million evening viewers. CNN is third with … 1 million prime time viewers. If the world already has one MSNBC, why does it need another.

Whattyathink, CNN?

When Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally last week refused to answer a question from a CNN Capitol Hill reporter, calling him a “liberal hack,” the network anchors were shocked … yes absolutely shocked. Deep down inside they were oh-so-happy, but does that make CNN any more relevant as the third horse in a two-horse race?

What did former GE Chairman Jack Welch say about market share? You either want to be No. 1 (Fox) or No. 2 (MSNBC) … number three should be rethinking their programming focus (CNN).

No More Masquerades

“The media is so messed up. It’s disheartening to me. … CNN is biased to the left … They are indistinguishable from MSNBC.” — Megyn Kelly, former NBC and Fox News journalist

“As reporters, we masquerade as being objective. We masquerade as being neutral. We masquerade as being without bias. These things are not true, and they are unrealistic.” — Lara Logan, former CBS News correspondent

As a former cub reporter for two suburban dailies and as a public relations practitioner for three decades, Almost DailyBrett understands completely that reporters/editors/correspondents come to their respective jobs with a healthy degree of skepticism and preordained political views (e.g., overwhelmingly liberal).

The real question comes down to professionalism. Can a reporter/editor/correspondent/anchor keep their personal views out of their copy?

The best reporters can do that, but cable television in particular has literally 24 hours of programming to fill. Journalists are now charged with offering interpretation (e.g., The Commentariat) of the news. Does this duty inflate their own sense of worth, and lead to the absurdity of reporters interviewing … fellow reporters?

Are journalistic standards of professionalism, fairness and objectivity gone forever to the delight of advertisers and our two political parties?

As consumers of mass media, are we responsible for the news we receive?

The vast majority of us are obviously asking for media, which conforms to our political views. Are we surprised to learn that our nation is more divided than at any time since the Civil War?

Our polarized media is without doubt aiding and abetting our division.

Is there anyway to put the brakes to this ever spiraling journalistic race to the bottom?

https://deadline.com/2019/12/cable-ratings-2019-list-fox-news-total-viewers-espn-18-49-demo-120281

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2020/01/12/has-all-media-become-partisan-media/

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/01/25/megyn_kelly_cnn_became_the_thing_trump_said_they_were_indistinguishable_from_msnbc.html

“I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A; California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.” — The Mamas, The Papas, 1966

Let’s embark on a little California dreamin.’

What if … California voted to secede from the union?

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The state would inform Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. that all of its myriad of laws-and-regulations are now-and-forever “null-and-void.” Instead, the world’s sixth largest economy with a $2.42 trillion GDP would be going alone.

Welcome back: California Republic.

The precedent was set when South Carolina, an “S”-state, voted to secede from the union in 1860. Now California, another “S”-state as in “Sanctuary California,” could vote on Calexit next year.

Naturally, constitutional and historical scholars have a habit of getting in the way. They will point to the U.S. Constitution, which would need to be amended by a two-thirds vote of each house of Congress and then approval by three-quarters (38 out-of-50 or more) of state legislatures.

Besides, wasn’t a similar secession program settled at Appomattox Court House in 1865?

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Details, details, details.

If California votes to leave the union, couldn’t the state’s legion of fighting attorneys simply stipulate, pontificate and bloviate the Golden State is no longer part of the United States? The result would be that all federal laws … including the Constitution … are null, void, not biding and simply not applicable.

Finis. Endo Musico

The ball would then be thrown into Donald Trump’s court. Does he envision himself as the 21st Century comb-over Abraham Lincoln saving the union for the second time?

Would he be willing to go to war with California to save the union?

Trump is already implying a massive loss of funding to the state, if it dares declare itself a “sanctuary state,” defying to not notify federal authorities, when criminal aliens are apprehended.

Let’s say he follows through on his threat; the California Republic responds as suggested by former Speaker Willie Brown by withholding funds from Washington, D.C., and ultimately votes to secede from the union.

What comes next?

The California Republic

“California could very well become an organized non-payer.” – Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown 

As a former press secretary of the Governor of California (George Deukmejian, 1983-1991), the author of Almost DailyBrett must ask: What would characterize a stand-alone, California Republic?

  1. California would be at least the world’s third-independent, one-party C-state opposing the wishes of the United States of America: California, China, Cuba. Republicans and members of similar subversive political parties would be subject to “extreme vetting” before receiving visas to enter sanctuary California.
  2. California’s highest 13.3 percent income tax rate would be combined with the present federal top income tax rate of 39.6 percent for a total marginal rate of 52.9 percent, all heading to the Franchise Tax Board in Sacramento. Those making less than $60,000 per year (e.g., California definition of wealth) would pay a lower rate on a sliding progressive scale. Each of the state’s 58 counties would be mandated to impose a minimum sales tax rate of 10 percent.

Meg-lev trains are expensive.

  1. Consistent with the California Sanctuary State … err Sanctuary Republic status, there would be no reason for a southern border, let alone a northern border with Oregon or an eastern border with Nevada and Arizona. Anyone could come and go as they please. The words, “contraband,” “illegal” and “undocumented” would be eliminated from the republic’s dictionaries.
  2. In order to avoid any and all unpleasantness with other nations (e.g., USA), California would establish a Department of Peace. The department would then oversee the republic’s Peace Army, Peace Navy, Peace Air Force, Peace Marines and Peace Coast Guard. Peace weapons would never be loaded, let alone fired.
  3. To stop real crime, the republic would establish a Department of Corporate Prosecution taking dead legal aim at those who buy low and sell high, employ tens of thousands, and make the products we need and use on a daily basis. These deep-pocket achievers deserve their just desserts before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  4. California’s golden poppy would be replaced by cannabis as the republic’s official flower. These dynamic “flowers” can be used for ornamental, medicinal and recreation purposes. Sorry golden poppy your days in the sun are done. The same is true for childhood immunizations.
  5. The republic’s colleges and universities will replace annoying grading, testing and reading with everyone receiving the highest grade possible. The state would be flooded with 4.0 GPAs. Faculty would be instructed to provide trigger warnings, guarantee safe spaces, and excuse students subjected to opposing points of view.
  6. Hollywierd would dictate California’s culture and would serve as the republic’s propaganda ministry, ultimately controlling all legacy and digital media connections within the republic’s boundaries and beyond. There would be no need for a TMZ.
  7. California would impose strict mortgage and rent controls statewide insuring that no fixer-up bungalow in San Jose could exceed $1.6 million with an outlay of $1,000 per month in property taxes. Glad we got that settled.
  8. And finally all California commuters would be required to use electric, solar, wind or biomass transportation for their five-mile trips that take 45-minutes or more.

Is all of the above, California Dreamin?

They don’t hate us. We hate them, even though our mumsies told us to never use that verb.

Eugene is only 47 miles down the road, guess that proves that familiarity does indeed breed contempt.bennybeaver

They actually root for us, except once a year in the Civil War. We detest, despise and loathe them and everything they represent. We will never, ever cheer for them.

They see themselves as The Jetsons. They compare us to The Flintstones.

They see themselves as ultra-cool, and so does ESPN. Guess that makes us, Brand X.

When they do deign to actually contemplate us, they regard us as “Little Brother,” and that “Cow College.” They make disparaging sheep jokes: “The greatest lie in Corvallis? ‘I was only trying to help that sheep over the fence.’”

That’s not funny, and it’s not true.

Seriously.

On Tuesday nights, they watch “Talkin’ Ducks” on Comcast SportsNet. On Wednesday, we are supposed to watch “Talkin Beavers,” even though the title sounds like the obscene chatter of adolescent boys.

We were just so close this past Friday, our rodents coming within three points twice in the fourth quarter until they took it away from us for their eighth consecutive win. The Civil War is now Oregon 63, Oregon State 46 and 10 ties … once again we were on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

Their biggest rival is the Washington Huskies, not us. They will not even acknowledge that we are their true rivals.

They are so smug in their ever-changeable Nike uniforms. We have to admit they have a better school, better stadium, better facilities, better team, better band, better songs, better mascot, better rally squad. Everything is just frickin’ better.shout

Okay, we are better at agronomy, but does that count?

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We supposedly market ourselves as Beaver Nation, but does anyone outside of Benton County really believe Mike Parker, The Voice of the Beavers?

They have “Uncle Phil,” and his Nike billions. He lavishly and charitably gives millions to both athletics and academics at his alma mater, and yet we still wear his swoosh uniforms. Doesn’t Adidas or Under Armour want to protect our house?

We played in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1965, losing by only 27 points to Michigan. They played in the Rose Bowl this past January 1, beating previously undefeated Florida State by 39 points … and the game wasn’t that close.

Twice we were within one game of the Rose Bowl in both 2008 and 2009. All we had to do was beat them … that’s all we had to do. Alas …

“Send me dead flowers by the mail

Send me dead flowers to my wedding

And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave” – Jagger, Richards, Dead Flowers

Coming Full Circle

We have a Heisman Trophy winner by the name of … ahh … what was his name again? Oh, Terry Baker in 1862. Sorry, made a mistake, it was 1962. Their Heisman Trophy winner is Marcus Mariota, just this past year. You can watch him play every Sunday for the Tennessee Titans.marcusheisman

We set an NCAA record for most consecutive losing seasons: 27 (1971-1998). We seemed to be turning the corner until we ran into an oncoming train. Our native-son coach, Mike Riley, packed his bags for bucolic Lincoln, Nebraska. We won two games this year. Oregon had a bad year (for them) too, winning only nine, six straight, and yet another win over us.

At least one commentator referred to our football program as a “road apple.” Hey, that’s not true. We almost won a conference game. And we are going to fix up the Valley Football Center in Corvallis.

Maybe we can adjust the rabbit ears at the Valley Football Center and watch the Ducks in their 12th straight bowl game … at least they are not playing for national championship this year.

We are optimistic about next year. Contrary to the persistent rumors, there will be ice on the sidelines at Reser Lunch Meats Stadium. The student with the recipe is staying for graduate school.

Even though we lost yet another Civil War last Friday, we are proud of Oregon State, our alma mater dear. Our diplomas are proudly hung on the wall, and most of us are gainfully employed.

And when customers arrive, we cheerfully ask: “Would you like to supersize your meal?”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_War_(college_football_game)

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rollingstones/deadflowers.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_State_Beavers_football

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends welcome; relatives by appointment only,” – Memorable sign in colleague’s house.

“What’s the difference between in-laws and outlaws? Outlaws are wanted.”

The first rays of winter sunshine came over the eastern horizon on December 26.

The sounds of engines revving could be heard.

The only things that were missing were the pace car, the parade lap and the green flag.

Ed Carpenter

The relatives were leaving and heading home.

The holidays were coming to a merciful end.

Thank God.

If They Weren’t Your Relatives, Would They Be Your Friends?

There is good news, and not so good news about Thanksgiving and the December/January holidays.

The great tidings are rivalry weekends and championship games that are circled more than one year in advance on many respective calendars.

In Oregon, there is the Civil War between the Jetsons (e.g., Oregon Ducks) and the Flintstones (e.g., Oregon State Rodents).

In Southern California, there is USC vs. the junior campus of the University of California.

In Alabama, there is the Iron Bowl pitting Alabama (Roll Tide) vs. Auburn (War Eagle). Wonder how many trees will be poisoned this year?

In the Midwest there is Ohio State vs. Michigan … even though the game looks like a monumental mismatch this year.

Heck on Turkey Day, there are wall-to-wall football games, including the annual No Fun League (NFL) contests held in Detroit and Dallas respectively, and even a big one between the 49ers and the Seahawks.

And when Xmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan all roll around (choose which one applies to you) there are the annual bowl games and this year the extra special treat associated with the first-ever NCAA college football playoff.

Yep, we just can’t get enough of football. And we are sad when the season ends, even the NFL playoff games with their never-ending field-goal kicking contests.

The not-so-good news comes with the holidays themselves and the familial requirements that are associated with them. Why can’t we just fast-forward this DVD to spring and call it good? Alas, relatives were put on earth so we could experience our purgatory here and now.

The unrestrained joy and excitement that comes from a football weekend is not the case with co-mingling with relatives old and new. In fact, most dysfunctional families are only good in measurable-and-finite doses. Yes, you can O.D. on family, and the withdrawal symptoms are simply downright painful.

Keeping Score, Always Keeping Score

“Love is patient, love is kind … it keeps no record of wrongs.” — 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

There are scoreboards at all football games. They are switched off once the game is done.

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There are also scoreboards with families. They are never turned off. In fact, the opponent’s score keeps accumulating akin to pinball games of yesteryear or video games of today.

Four years ago Almost DailyBrett concluded that families are way overrated. This opinion remains intact.

In fact, this point is magnified, particularly with the specter of the holidays approaching, hanging over family members similar to the Sword of Damocles. And with these so-called special days come special obligations. You are present not because you want to be there, but because you have to be there. It’s all rather political.

Conversely, when you contemplate going to the football game, you think of tailgate parties with friends, good cheer and even better craft beer. Your heart rate starts pumping with fight songs, the national anthem and standing up for the kickoff. You are celebrating life in an earthly heaven with 60,000 of your most intimate friends, and hopefully (best of all?) no relatives.

Contrast this sentiment with sitting around the table with people, who most likely are not your friends and most likely never will be your friends, And then, there are the embarrassing stories and remembrances. Love may be patient; it may be kind, but relatives keep a detailed record of your myriad of real and perceived wrongs.

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Hey, isn’t there a 10-year statute of limitations embedded in the law? Alas, this doctrine does not apply to most families.

And if you are honest, and invent some reason you cannot be present for a family holiday gathering (e.g., flying to a college football playoff game), this slight will just be added to your personal scorecard always to be remembered and never to be forgotten.

Would the author of Almost DailyBrett rather spend the holidays with relatives and miss going to the Rose Bowl or go to Pasadena and nix breaking bread with the family?

What time is kickoff?

https://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/if-they-weren%e2%80%99t-your-relatives-would-they-be-your-friends/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damocles

 

 

(Damon) Huard is back to throw the ball. Sets up. Looks. Throws toward the corner of the end zone. It’s intercepted. Intercepted. The Ducks have the ball. Now it’s to the 35. The 40. Kenny Wheaton is going to score. Kenny Wheaton is going to score. Twenty. The 10. Touchdown. Kenny Wheaton on the interception. The most improbable finish to the football game. – Voice of the Ducks Jerry Allen calling the “Pick” against the Washington Huskies, October 22, 1994

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbs00B7fqJU

For every Oregon Duck fan, time simply stopped; maybe for only a few seconds…We all took a mental photo of that moment at Autzen Stadium, made all the sweeter because the opponent was the hated Washington Huskies. The “Pick” paved the way to the Ducks going to the Rose Bowl and it officially ushered in the Golden Age of Oregon football.

Yes, my mom told me to never use the h-verb. Sorry mumsy no other word works just as well in this case. I know Washington fans harbor the same feelings about Oregon, particularly since the Ducks won the Rose Bowl and have recorded an unprecedented eight straight wins over the Huskies. We were pleased as punch to shut down Husky Stadium for a year with a resounding 34-17 win over the Dawgs as their demoralized fan-base filed out of the antiquated stadium on the lake.

Washington fans are now yearning for the NCAA to crucify Oregon for the questionable use of recruiting services, maybe evening the score for the Dawgs’ years of “Lack of Institutional Control” probation back in the 1990s. Oregon fans are hoping for a slap on the wrist. Most likely the verdict is going to be somewhere in between…pleasing neither side.

As a resident Duckologist, I can attest to actual conversations over adult beverages in which Duck fans were debating which was preferable: Going 1-11 and beating the Huskies or going 13-1, winning the Rose Bowl or the BCS National Championship, and losing to the Huskies? It is a nip-and-tuck on that one. What was not a close call was the one-year absence from the rivalry in 2001 because of the Pac-10 round robin at the time…Never again.

All of this foreplay brings up a question that makes increasing sense as college football undergoes titanic changes, including major conference realignments and maybe even a plus-one playoff to determine the national championship. Why not have the Ducks and Dawgs play each other to wrap up each season?

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Sorry Civil War (Oregon vs. Oregon State). Sorry Apple Cup (Washington vs. Wazzu). These games still matter, but they can be played during the middle of the season. They just will not be the season ending games. That is actually the case for Stanford vs. Cal, which will be played on October 20 because of a Pac-12 scheduling quirk. There is actual precedent that paves the way for this meaningful change.

This coming season as is the custom in all seasons, Michigan will play in-state rival Michigan State on October 20. The maize and blue with its traditional uniforms concludes each season by playing its bitter rival, Ohio State, on November 24. It is simply known as Ohio State vs. Michigan…nothing more needs to be said…everyone in Ann Arbor and Columbus understands the significance of these three-plus hours that come only once a year. If you are a Buckeye or Wolverine fan, you know exactly what you will be doing at that precise time one year in advance. If your team loses, it is a long year to wait for the next chance. No other sport dictates your personal future schedule like college football.

Oregon vs. Washington. Duck fans and Washington fans instinctively sense what this game means, a rivalry that has been renewed 104 times and goes back to 1900. When asked which was a bigger rival by the Oregonian last November, Oregon fans chose Washington by a 59-to-41 percent margin over Oregon State. Admittedly, the poll was taken the week of the Dawg game, but that still does not make up the nearly 20 percent differential between Duck fans choosing the Huskies over the Beavs as the #1 rival. Oregon fans are for the most part amused by Oregon State. Washington conjures up thoughts of big city arrogance and the so-called, “Washington Way.”

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The drive from Eugene to Seattle is 288 miles straight up I-5. The distance between Seattle and Pullman is 285 miles. The two venues are equidistant for the Huskies, but there is little doubt which opponent stirs more passion for those who wear purple and yellow as standard attire.

Will there be opposition to this proposal? Certainly. The land grant negative vibes will come from Corvallis and Pullman, but the Beavs and the Cougs can play their “rivalry” game on the last day of the season as well. The winner will garner the Golden Fleece award. Wonder if the fleece will be nervous?

http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2011/11/oregon-ducks-football-poll-tuesday.html

http://www.4malamute.com/borderwar.html

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2016658841_ducks01.html

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/924638-oregon-ducks-football-five-reasons-to-hate-the-huskies

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/922185-who-is-oregons-biggest-rival-washington-or-oregon-state

http://www.thepantheronline.com/sports/the-evergreen-eyed-monster-1.2690660

Fed up with outrageous California prices, congestion, smog, fog, taxes, deficits and hassle? Thinking of throwing in the towel and moving the clan to Oregon? Before you do, make sure you are knowledgeable about the BTCI.

The BTCI?

Yes, the Back-to-California-Index. It is a barometer (notice the weather connection?) that indicates whether the conditions in Oregon are low or high in terms of the probability of a move back to California.

First, I need to present my credentials when it comes to writing about this sensitive and tricky subject: the very real Mother of All Lifestyle Tradeoffs when it comes to living in the Beaver (gag) State as opposed to the Golden State. I grew up in the “Bedroom of Los Angeles,” Glendale, sandwiched in between “Beautiful Downturn Burbank” and Pasadena, which has this big parade and football game under gorgeous blue skies and 70-degree weather on New Year’s Day. Oregonians can only fantasize about 70 degrees on January 1 or 2.

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I graduated from USC. Worked in the Governor’s Office in Sacramento and later in Silicon Valley. All-in-all, I have lived, worked and played in the Golden State for more than four decades (dating myself).

My adopted state and present home state is Oregon. I studied Journalism at the University of Oregon, resided in Portland for five years and steadfastly maintained Oregon football season tickets (rooting for the Ducks before it was cool) at Autzen Stadium for 22 years. Presently, I am serving as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, pursuing my master’s degree in “Communication and Society.” I am writing this post on a warm, sunny afternoon under blue skies and soaring canopies of Douglas fir trees. The BTCI is very low.

So how do you measure the Back to California Index or BTCI? Using a Likert-style scale, a low BTCI such as a 1-2-3 indicates that there is no chance of a return to California any time soon. A medium-range BTCI (4-5-6) equates to the transplant effectively tolerating the tradeoff between California and Oregon. A higher score (7-8) equates to the ex-Golden Stater questioning the sanity of her-or-his decision. A 9-10 score on the BTCI signals that capitulation is imminent and a return to smog, fog, traffic, congestion, unreasonable prices and foreclosures is in the offing.

Let’s look at some examples of low and high BTCIs:

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● Extremely low BTCI (1 or 2): The California plates are off the car. Warm summer/early fall conditions. Trip to the Coast (Oregonians go to the “Coast;” Californians to the “Beach.”) Checking out Crater Lake, Bend, Sisters and the high desert. Walking through the Pearl or ABC Districts in Portland. Sipping pinot noirs, pinot gris and sparkling wines in the Willamette Valley. Joining the madness that is Autzen Stadium, particularly when Washington or Oregon State comes-a-calling. The leaves may already be changing. Daytime weather is warm, nighttimes are cool. No sales tax. Low housing costs. Reasonable prospects for a fifteen-minute commute. Life is good.

● Low BTCI (3 or 4): You put your key in the ignition. What? You can’t pump you own gas. If you want to pump your own gas, go back to California or up to Washington. Not here. How come the big-rigs are carrying triple loads? The answer is because they can…so when they are spraying rain water from their tires it is three-as-opposed-to-two sets of big rig tires hydrating your car. The fast lane means absolutely nothing to most Oregonians. In California, you expect that slow cars in the fast lane to move over. That does not calibrate for seemingly oblivious speed-limit drivers in Oregon’s fast lanes.

● Moderate BTCI (5-6): The property tax bill just showed up and it is due soon. Hint: there was no Proposition 13, just wimpy Measure 5, in Oregon. (Wait until early spring to learn about the state income tax and the Multnomah County income tax, if you live in that particular über-blue Portland county). It’s never 45 degrees in San Diego on an October morning. Huh? I have to wear a sweater, sweat shirt or parka in October? The weather dude or dudette promised “sun breaks” today. “Where are my friggin’ sun breaks?” When will it be 70-degrees or more again? April? May? June? Hint: If you expect 70 degrees in any of these three months, you may very well be disappointed.

● High Moderate BTCI (7-8): It’s wet, cloudy and damp. In fact, it is always wet, cloudy and damp. Did I mention “overcast?” The sky is a perpetual white over the front-lawn poetry dispensers, the sustainable gardens, the parade of NPR-powered Prius,’ the organic, fair-trade, shade-grown caffeination stations. And when spring comes the sky is still white, but all the surrounding fields of grasses and trees start doing their thing big time…that’s when the sneezing and wheezing begins.

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● Extremely high BTCI (9-10): It’s been raining for six weeks straight. The satellite reveals a series of inbound storms stretching across the Pacific from Japan to Oregon. Black ice is forming in the perpetual shady spots in the morning. Can I safely drive my Miata down the hill? The mercury dips. The ice forms. It may snow. It may not snow. The roads start to crack. It might get up to 38-degrees today…or maybe not. The short commutes, the reasonable housing prices, the lack of a sales tax don’t seem to be so important today. The 405 in LA or the 880 in the Bay Area don’t look so intimidating, mind numbing and frustrating. You may even be missing your favorite morning shock jock. Only $800,000-plus for a shack by a LaLaLand or Silicon Valley freeway? Hmmm… Can I get an adjustable rate mortgage and soon be underwater like all the rest? At least, it will be sunny and not raining.

The annual grudge football game in Oregon is played in late November/early December and is called the Civil War. It features a counterculture vs. agriculture matchup of two highly aquatic creatures, the Ducks and the Beavers…What was your first clue?

Editor’s Note: Full credit for the invention of the BTCI needs to be directed to my incredibly talented PR friend, the late Ken Kohli of the Intermountain Forest Industry Association. He referenced the BTCI for Californians moving to Couer d’ Alene, Idaho. I still miss him.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1996/jul/28/timber-spokesman-dies-in-crash-ken-kohli-industry/

 

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