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08/08/2018 - 12:02pm Prep walls well, wash w/TSP …

Prep walls well, wash w/TSP (real stuff to pit existing surface, but wear gloves, stuff is strong), let dry well, fans, err on drying too long bc any residual water will screw up surface, bubble

Quality tinted primer, targeted to deep color paint (get from same paint store)

Quality roller

Use very freshly mixed paint, deep colors tend to settle quickly, so go from paint store and paint immediately

When painting, use shop lights, after painting each coat ventilate w/low air flow-rate fan

Apply each extra coat as soon as recommended

Expect more than two coats, I did a bright red room w/five (ouch), but I’m OCD, and that was pre-tinted primer days

Or, hire a pro.  Expensive, but sometimes worth it. 

08/07/2018 - 11:36am Agree the numbers are…

Agree the numbers are staggering, but the overwhelming number of abductions that occur are by someone who is known to the target -- often family upset by custody awards or the results of family transitions.

True stranger-on-stranger abductions remain relatively rare, but are terrifying (I've got three daughters) and publicity when they do occur tends to dominate click-bait driven news cycles.  

08/07/2018 - 11:30am Don't judge the polygraph…

Don't judge the polygraph refusal.

As I've mentioned before on this blog, I'm a criminal defense lawyer and specialize in difficult, serious allegations.

Separate from all of the general criticisms of polygraphs, polygraphs are very effective interrogation tools, so taking a poly with a law enforcement employed polygrapher is dangerous.  As polygraphs measure non-volitional physiological responses to stimuli (stress), a law enforcement target is more likely to be under significant stress when the test-giver is skeptical or has the designs to i) get a fail; and then ii) use the fail in the interrogation room using the results as the trump card ("Hey buddy, what are you holding back?  The machine doesn't lie.")  Non-verbal communication is the majority of communication.  A test-taker can sense this and is more likely to be triggered, flooded, or whatever you want to call it, giving off the physiological responses of "deceptive."  This is on top of all of the pressure they already may feel generally and especially when so much is on the line, facing down a deputized polygrapher.

I use polygraphs frequently in my practice.  They are effective risk assessment tools that can be used by psychologists, law enforcement, and prosecutors when formulating opinions and can affect disposition, i.e. charging decisions and plea negotiations.  I do them, however, almost exclusively, privately with former law enforcement polygraphers who have no coin in the game other than doing a fair test, using the latest standards, and ensuring that their interpretation of the polygraph charts are not subject to debate.  No one knows except me, my client, and the polygrapher.  Takes a ton of pressure off.  And I formulate questions with the polygrapher that are attuned to the case, our theory, and my client's version of events.  Sometimes broad, sometimes narrow.  Sometimes baby-step questions, and then expand later after securing an initial "pass."

While a "fail" does not indicate guilt or untruthfulness, a "fail" may put the blinders on the prosecution and law enforcement.  All too often "confirmation bias" determines the direction of investigation, charge, and guilt -- i.e. minds are made up before all of the evidence is in.  This affects the collection, interpretation, and assessment of the evidence.  In most cases of wrongful conviction, you will see striking signs of "confirmation bias." 

07/24/2018 - 11:05am ‘78 Cutlass Supreme w/T Tops…

‘78 Cutlass Supreme w/T Tops and mags, Black, was not quite as fast as my 5.0 King Cobra or Z4, but boy did it have style until I wrapped it around a fire hydrant...

Now rocking a 200h CT (economical and easy to maneuver in the city) and a Honda Pilot Elite (surprisingly nimbly and great in the snow, packed w/safety features I really appreciate). 

But I do long for that Cutlass... 

07/21/2018 - 6:04pm Coolers are super convenient…

Coolers are super convenient and I understand the appeal.  I did it for years too, w/PVC pipe for “sparge sprayer”... most plastic will leach chems (glass of BPA anyone?) especially when heated.  

Coolers are generally not good safe for direct contact w/HOT food.  

Cool tends to stabilize. Hot activates.  

You can get great results in plastic, but you’re getting an injection of plastic-related chemicals that are not good for you.

Better to stick to glass and stainless steel whenever possible.  

07/21/2018 - 1:23pm I started brewing all grain…

I started brewing all grain out of the box during college and law school in A2.  Brewed for 25+ years, every style imaginable, brewed for friends weddings, soda, mead and hard cider too.

There are great books out there and great clubs, you can go either way or both.  I learned everything from a growing library of books which started w/the Comlete Joy of Homebrewing and Zymurgy, great magazine.

top tips:

1. Keep it clean, nothing ruins a beer like bacteria

2. Use good water and the best ingredients you can

3. All grain isn’t that hard, focus on the sparge, but stay away from coolers if you can.  Plastic really isn’t safe “food grade” at 155-160 F

4. Kegs greatly improve your experience, cleaning and maintaining bottles, except for gifts, is a pain

5. A decent counter flow wort chiller makes a big difference

6. Start with really healthy yeast in large quantities.  Chemical flasks and a magnetic stir plate (think HS chemistry class) reaps massive dividends, huge yeast returns

7.   Brew w/friends, especially ones who have a guitar or like to tell stories.  

8. Don’t worry, relax, have a home brew.  


07/21/2018 - 1:19pm I started brewing all grain…

I started brewing all grain out of the box during college and law school in A2.  Brewed for 25+ years, every style imaginable, brewed for friends weddings, soda, mead and hard cider too.

There are great books out there and great clubs, you can go either way or both.  I learned everything from a growing library of books which started w/the Comlete Joy of Homebrewing and Zymurgy, great magazine.

top tips:

1. Keep it clean, nothing ruins a beer like bacteria

2. Use good water and the best ingredients you can

3. All grain isn’t that hard, focus on the sparge, but stay away from coolers if you can.  Plastic really isn’t safe “food grade” at 155-160 F

4. Kegs greatly improve your experience, cleaning and maintaining bottles, except for gifts, is a pain

5.  Don’t worry, relax, have a home brew

07/18/2018 - 12:23am I get the “hopping” comment…

I get the “hopping” comment box problem too on my iPhone.  Makes it so difficult to comment, I usually delete my comment before posting because I cannot proof what I cannot see and get sick of scrolling constantly to counteract the last “hop.”

Otherwise, thanks for a new site that does not crash constantly.  I’m appreciative and bummed at all of the negativity.  

Keep up the good work.  Launching a new site is a lot of work.  I’ve done it too many times myself.

07/16/2018 - 2:29pm Morels are fantastic,…

Morels are fantastic, certainly.  Not sure where you are, but look for hedgehogs (mushrooms).  They are known locally (Oregon) as gems of the forest.  We get both morels and hedgehogs, and its hard to say which I prefer more.

I haven't found good local harvesting for morels, yet, but I live about 30 minutes away from very good "hunting" grounds for chanterelles, hedgehogs and truffles.

07/15/2018 - 8:27am The romantic notion of…

The romantic notion of surprising your spouse-to-be should be weighed against the pragmatic reality of getting her something you know she’ll love to wear daily, hopefully happily the rest of her life.

I’d suggest taking her shopping w/you, go a few places, and either pick it out together, or at least judge her reactions, and make the call.  I did the latter and the choice became obvious.

If your fiancé does not pick out the one w/you, it’d be wise to at least offer to her, “are you sure this is the right one?” before it can no longer be returned.  W/love swallow your pride and listen, it’ll be a great first step towards a strong marriage.

07/04/2018 - 6:00pm Boiling?!?

BBQ is smoked…


BBQ is smoked pork shoulder, only.  Preferably East North Carolina-style.

07/02/2018 - 6:12pm Pros of Portland v Seattle:

Pros of Portland v Seattle:

better food

better coffee

better cycling culture

less traffic, MUCH less traffic

better, more livable neighborhoods

flies under the snooty Seattle radar

more walkable downtown

less rain

better music

no sales tax


cons of Pdx v Sea:

less major sport teams

no major collegiate sport team w/in 100 miles

worse schools

lower wages

higher state taxes 






06/27/2018 - 6:37pm Mocking Buckeyes is almost…

Mocking Buckeyes is almost always good sport.  But life or death, cancer, obvious exceptions.

06/13/2018 - 9:26am Unbearable Lightness of Being

Unbearable Lightness of Being

05/10/2018 - 9:30am False Report, False Allegation, Wrongful Conviction Numbers

Are a difficult thing to come up with.  As I've mentioned in earlier postings, I'm a criminal defense lawyer (M '88, M Law '91) with an emphasis on defense of sex crimes.  I regularly get invited to speak on defense issues including ethics and sex crimes defense, and am, right now -- as in procrastinating on editing --  finishing work on chapters on sex crimes defense for a manual.

Before my last speaking engagement about a year ago, I contacted M Law Prof Sam Gross who is the Senior Editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, to discuss the registry generally and specifically false sex crimes convictions and the lack exonerations of sex crimes.  My conclusions from that contact, review of data generally, personal experiences, and polling of practitioners who attended a sex crimes conference have led me to a few observations:

1. Exoneration work is focused on crimes where objective forensic science (blood, DNA, etc), can clear someone, which happens most often in homicide cases, and not surprisingly rarely in sex cases because seldom do these types of allegations arise between strangers -- sex offenses are almost always occur by a family member, friend, or acquantance; 

2. False sex crimes allegations occur most often in connection with domestic transition, divorce, family transition, child custody battles;

3. The stigma of a sex crime conviction alone, lifetime registration threats, and the presumption that the system is biased against defendants in sex crimes cases leads frequently to shaky sex crime allegations to get pled down to lesser offenses, so subsequent exonerations are less common than other types of offenses; a recent case comes to mind where a client of mine, who had a really strong case, was facing a mandatory 8 years but was realistically looking at 15-20 years was offered probation, no jail, plea to non-sex charges which can come off his record in a few years, and the prospect of fees of an additional $50K for trial (on top of what he paid to get to that point) -- what does this say about the strength and what would you do? Even if the complainant latter recanted, he'd not be able to clear his record sooner and be counted among the exonerated;

4. Dismissals of allegations occur for tons of reasons -- each individual case has its own reasons; and

5. A compelling case can be made that once a sex crime allegation has been made and charged, the system is stacked in favor of the accuser and against the accused, so a dismissal is fairly compelling evidence that the original allegation was shakey and maybe quite weak.  

The world of defense, especially sex crimes defense, is not black and white.  It's exceedingly complicated.

(iI'm a very protective father of three daughters and an individual whose life has been impacted personally more than once by sexual offenses and sexual harassment)

05/06/2018 - 10:15pm Great book

Was checking the list for no double posts. Great fiction, can even teach those who don’t “get” baseball (my wife) to appreciate the lyrical beauty of the sport

05/03/2018 - 8:09pm At Least he wasn’t Hugging a Shark

Right? Like that Fl HC? Oh wait...

05/03/2018 - 2:30pm Same Place as My Niece

She's at OHSU's children's hospital, Doernbecher.  Thankfully her on-line CV does not include her undergrad (Sparty):…

She was waitlisted at UM for undergrad, Sparty was back up, and she was so offended at waitlist she turned down M's later acceptance.  She tore it up at MSU, then WSU, clinicals, residency, and so on and so on.  OHSU is one of the top schools overall for practicing Drs. and hospital management MBA.  She'll end up running a school, hospital, or health insurance company somewhere, or maybe Surgeon General.  I joke, but would not surprise me.  

And PDX is a great place to live!!! Hope your friend and family land softly.  

05/03/2018 - 10:30am There are a lot of OR festivals...

But for anyone in Oregon early August, Pickathon is the BEST for incredible music, food and family friendly.

Oregon Country Fair (not County or State) for hippies gone wild, but now somewhat tamed — it’s surreal

Or Beloved for the shaman acid dropping, Molly, X or whatever is the latest... crowd

Tons others too

05/03/2018 - 10:21am Correction

*OHSU’s ER and teaches in their MBA/Management program

05/03/2018 - 10:10am WSU Med School

Has an excellent reputation turning out practicing Drs. (vs M’s outstanding reputation turning out researchers and professors).

I’ve got WSU Med Grads in the family (brother is Urologist, niece ER Dr and is in charge of Oregon Health Science U’s children’s hospital) and my girls’ pediatrician is WSU Med (I live in PDX).

WSU Med’s reputation is known on the Left Coast to my Dr friends too. When I drop my connections to medicine, I always get very positive feedback.

03/23/2018 - 12:48am Nice hands but...

Gary Grant was a thief. When GG went into lockdown mode it was a nightmare for opposing PGs.

03/08/2018 - 9:32pm Amazon was the executioner...

But just one step before the WWW. Big boxes were doomed w/o Amazon. We’re in a period of transition

03/06/2018 - 2:40pm I hope that’s sarcastic

Stereotypes based on race, gender and sexual orientation have a tendency to be self-validating.

For example, women didn’t have the “constitution” to be lawyers so they weren’t admitted to law schools, or college before then. Now they are in the majority and in my legal career (over 27 years) this stereotype has been debunked. When Ruth Bader Ginsberg graduated from an elite school, she was offered work only as a legal secretary.

African Americans weren’t “smart enough” to be president, ahem, Obama, although how many were denied academic/professional advancement bc of race so the pool of available candidates was limited?

LGBTQ aren’t interested in marriage.... and so on.

The social construct validates the stereotype not genetics.

03/04/2018 - 9:20pm Where are post-game interviews

available to stream?

03/04/2018 - 9:11pm Belein’s Dirty Dancing Moment

He’s having the time of his life

03/03/2018 - 5:42pm Fritz? Fielding?

We need six spots.

03/02/2018 - 12:59pm Active Shooter Drills

At my wife’s school come with an option:

1. Lock doors, hide and be quiet;

2. If shooter busts in, run if possible, but if not, teacher makes the call for kids to run in circles, randomly, throw things at the shooter under the theory that if it takes more time in that room, even if it’s 10-20 more seconds, it’ll give other kids in other parts of the school 10-20 more seconds to flee, saving collective lives.

Read that second option again. We are teaching SECOND graders to give their lives in a slow down defense of others.

This is maybe the saddest and most disturbing thing I can imagine. It’s way past time for a new, concerted, persistent, broader approach.

03/02/2018 - 11:34am WTF

A student expelled from my daughter’s catholic grade school in Portland, Oregon, made threats last week.

There is no upside to the madness except maybe it won’t die slowly in the media this time as it did after Vegas, Sandy Hook, et al.

It’s a sign our society is not well and that gun control is only one piece of addressing the social cancers of violence, depression and alienation.

Sam Webb had a segment shortly after the last shooting about how people are resistant to putting metal detectors in our schools because they don’t want to expose our children to the daily mentality of shootings in our schools.

It’s already there people. Active shooting drills occur regularly in our schools — my wife teaches 2d grade. Kids are aware and they are afraid.

02/26/2018 - 1:05am I’ll describe it to the intitiated

As jet fuel or paint thinner

02/26/2018 - 1:03am If you use it to wash your tools

You’ll have a really clean tool on which you can paint your home country’s flag

02/26/2018 - 1:00am Cleans my favorite

12 tools

02/26/2018 - 12:59am Smells like paint thinner

And tool cleaner

02/25/2018 - 11:26pm Maclellan’s really a great paint thinner

And tool cleaner. If you want to enjoy what you drink stick to bourbon, or rye.

02/12/2018 - 11:43am Maybe...

Or may be a personality disorder, such as borderline or narcissistic. Those are not “treatable” but can be managed, if the individual is highly motivated, and has a quality therapist.

02/06/2018 - 10:50pm How about the “Death Threat” Lies?

I don’t want a coach lacking in basic integrity at M. Is Briles next?

Do not want McE.

02/04/2018 - 12:36am Former US Attorney For ED MI

Barb McQuade would make an excellent special prosecutor. She’s on M Law’s faculty and a former classmate of mine at M Law. Smart, tough, relentless.

She’d help Sparty clean house. That’s what Sparty needs.

Love to see her ratchet up the heat on IzTonio.

02/02/2018 - 7:19pm He’s Not A Hero by Disrespecting the Court

I have the utmost empathy for the victims of Nasser’s abuse and their families who blame themselves for ignoring the warning signs, if they saw them.

I too can imagine if someone did this my daughters how angry and full of rage I would be. My family too, like many others, have been impacted by abuse.

But those who take the law into their own hands or who advocate for vindictive “justice” risk compromising the rule of law and, if this becomes more common, is a step towards fascism. We are already at risk of this after Charlottsville and the current volatile political climate.

We either are a nation of laws, or we are not. I’m am sad today and hope the victims of Nasser’s nefarious acts write the next chapter of their lives as heroes, instead of letting Nasser define their lives.

Today healing is on my mind and in my heart.

01/28/2018 - 7:22pm That’s a sign of good counsel

He stayed to the script. That’s the theory of his defense and he didn’t wander. He gets a B+, maybe an A-.

Any fool can meander off script and say something they will later regret. I’ve seen this dozens of times. Would take brilliant lawyering and preparation to better this performance.

01/17/2018 - 4:04pm Nutritional Yeast

Butter and sea salt make what my daughters insist is the best popcorn ever. Give it a try. Bragg’s makes quality yeast in a nifty shaker bottle. Side benefit — nutritional yeast has large content of complex B vitamins — a natural antidote for hangovers.

01/15/2018 - 11:00am Perhaps bc humans are incredibly

Hung up and confused about sexuality. For some, all things sexual are dirty and wrong (don’t ask them how they were conceived, probably “virgin” births...), and won’t be honest at all about their own sexuality or sexual interests.

The religious based “moral indignation,” IMHO, is part of what keeps productive dialogue down and actually increases risk, the culture which keeps people from coming out against those who act out, opportunists and predators alike.

For a provocative read, check out:

The dialogue needs to shift into less judgment based (I.e. knock off the notion that the only acceptable sex is heterosexual w/I construct of marriage) and acceptance that consensual, non-harming sexual expression is ok, even if it doesn’t fit your personal taste. (Andrea Dworkin’s provocative scholarship notwithstanding).

Within that construct there certainly are vulnerable persons that need to be protected (I.e. children, imbalanced power dynamics), and predators (Nasser) that must be warehoused for community protection.

Before you neg the hell out of me, this is my field of practice. I’m an experienced criminal defense attorney, hella-protective father of three daughters. I dialogue w/psychologists, Prosecutors and judges, state and federal, about what works and what doesn’t. You might be surprised.

12/30/2017 - 6:47pm Go to Lowe’s and get

Their off-brand Green Egg. I’ve used mine incessantly for three years and am ready to move up to the official GE for the accessories. The Lowe’s version is about 1/2 price and is super versatile from 210 F smoke to 650 F sear.

12/27/2017 - 2:00am Bells is available in PDX

At Belmont Station. Sometimes at New Seasons too. You can find Founders there too.

12/20/2017 - 6:49pm Love My Cordless Dyson but...

A Roomba changed my life and improved my marriage immeasurably. Got the one designed for pet hair. Does a good, not perfect, job, even w/my Bernese Mtn dog.

Relieves the stress of “who’s turn is it to vacuum?”

12/20/2017 - 10:46am LA is not for everyone

Lived there summer of ‘90, then ‘91-93, back visiting family a lot since. Besides obvious, i.e. traffic, expense, smog, fires, etc., living in LA is no joy.

City is huge, hard to get around because traffic is so inconsistent, so big it’s hard to leave town, and there is no sense of community as it’s so disparate.

Add in the Rose Bowl is so far off campus that it’s a hassle to get there, seldom sold out, that the game day experience is nothing special for UCLA.

I always feel empty in LA, façade is pretty, but it’s hard to find substance.

12/15/2017 - 2:24am Running (Out)back!!!

Love to see one of my fav Wolv’s get a snap or two at RB in FL. He did it in HS — how much fun if Harbaugh gives him a couple of handoffs as a going away gift.

12/15/2017 - 2:19am +1

For spot-on spelling correction.

12/15/2017 - 2:17am Officially, it’s...


a la Fat Bastard.

12/13/2017 - 1:24am MAAR has many of the skillzzz

Of Joe Dumars. Unassuming, quiet assassin, smooth J, great body control, just needs to grab the game a bit harder. Hope he does soon and have a great senior campaign.

He’s one of my favorite players when on, and when off, there’s a vacuum.

12/08/2017 - 2:27am Tailgating in SB

Here’s the first notice. I’ve partnered w/a ND grad (law) and we’re having our first firm retreat in SB on a certain weekend in ‘18.

Food and drink on me. Pretty sure you know what day to put on the calendar. Specifics to come.

M BA ‘88, M Law ‘91