Where's Fred Armisen?


The story of the Mississippi Avenue occupation just gets stranger and stranger. You know that poor, downtrodden family that was being evicted? Well, the red house on Mississippi that everyone is fretting over is reportedly their second home. They own another house, in northeast Portland, and they've been living there, according to OPB.

Has anyone disclosed that to the people who have given $308,000 to the GoFundMe account to buy out the developers who own the Mississippi place? 

After a while the whole episode starts to smell vaguely like a scam, doesn't it?

But don't tell that to the armed militants who have taken over the house and the nearby streets. The Mississippi deal has kept them so busy they haven't had time to burn down the downtown Christmas tree.

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  1. Oh, that's nothing. They didn't repay the mortgage because they're sovereign citizens who don't believe in repaying the mortgage or in the foreclosure process.
    https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2020/12/sovereign-citizen-ideology-embraced-by-kinney-son-mother-in-red-house-legal-fight-this-case-is-a-political-case.html
    Why did they need the mortgage? To defend an unrepentant killer for his foreseeably endless crimes he believes he can commit with impunity. https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2010/09/judge_takes_unusual_step_of_sl.html
    I believe our society has big problems with systemic racism, predatory lending, affordable housing, etc. I personally spend a lot of time and money fighting those problems. I don't believe case this is a good example and I wish activists and donors were more diligent and found better causes.

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  2. Forget Fred Armisten. The sax player in my old band called me today with a great observation. I'm not sure just how these Jimi Hendrix lyrics to the song "Red House" apply but somebody's got the blues. So it's time to move over Rover, and let Jimi take over:

    There's a red house over yonder
    That's where my baby stays
    Lord, there's a red house over yonder
    Lord, that's where my baby stays
    I ain't been home to see my baby
    In ninety-nine and one half days
    Wait a minute something's wrong here
    The key won't unlock this door
    Wait a minute something's wrong
    Lord, have mercy
    This key won't unlock this door
    Somethin's goin' on here
    I have a bad, bad feeling
    That my baby don't live here no more
    That's alright, I still got my guitar
    Look out now!
    (Guitar solo)
    Well, I might as well go back over yonder
    Way back up on the hill I got something to do
    Lord, I might as well go back over yonder
    Way back yonder 'cross the hill
    'Cause if my baby don't love me no more
    I know her sister will

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    1. I am a HUGE Hendrix freak, but that's not really an exclusive club. I've made the Hendrix Red House reference several times over the past week, only to be met with blank stares or polite "I have no clue what you are saying but I don't want this to be uncomfortable so I will giggle" moments. Thank you for the reference.

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    2. Chris, Did you get the reference from the song "Fire"? "Move over Rover, and let Jimi take over."
      And for extra credit, how is Jimi Hendrix and the Experience tied to Portland?

      The band's drummer Mitch Mitchell died in the Benson Hotel.

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    3. Oh absolutely, that was my tip that the post was going to be good. I've always wanted to go to The Benson and ask to sleep in the Mitch Mitchell room, but I was afraid I might get put on some sort of list.

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  3. I carefully evaluated the metrics and called 7-14 days for the tree to go down. Dammit, I was way off.

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    1. Keep in mind - it's a busy time of year. A lot of anarchists are still doing their Christmas shoplifting.

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  4. If you've come to think of law as being no more or less than power's verbal warning before opening fire, then what Mao said about power will hold just as true for the law.

    For a vision quest through the fever dream, see James M. Vaché & Mark Edward DeForrest, Truth or Consequences: The Jurisprudential Errors of the Militant Far-Right, 32 Gonz. L. Rev. 593 (1996). Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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  5. And did you see the Red House son was cited for mistreatment of animals? And the fines remain unpaid? What a delightful guy to be supporting as a charitable cause.

    https://www.koin.com/news/civic-affairs/portland-red-house-son-cited-for-mistreatment-of-puppies/

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