Portland Mercury: Suspect In Portland Hate Crime a Known Known White Supremacist

Jeremy Christian, now accused of hate crime murders, at the right-wing March for Free Speech on April 29
Jeremy Christian, now accused of hate crime murders, at the right-wing "March for Free Speech" on April 29 Doug Brown

Doug Brown at the Portland Mercury, our sister paper, reports:

The man accused of the brutal hate crime slayings of two people at the Hollywood Transit Center on Friday afternoon is a known local white supremacist.

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Jeremy Christian's mug shot
Jeremy Christian, 35, was booked early Saturday morning on two aggravated murder charges, an attempted murder charge, two intimidation (hate crime) charges, and a felon in possession of a restricted weapon charge.

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported that the man "was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would be best characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions. At least two of the victims attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down. The suspect attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train."

Witnesses told the police that he was harassing two women who appear to be Muslim. One was described as wearing a hijab. One of the men he stabbed died at the scene, one was pronounced dead at a hospital, and one is expected to survive.

Christian is a known right wing extremist and white supremacist. On April 29, Christian showed up to the right-wing "March for Free Speech" on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla with a baseball bat in an attempt to assault left-wing protesters. The bat was quickly confiscated by Portland police officers. He ranted how he was a nihilist. He'd soon yelled racial slurs ("fuck all you n*****s") and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day. He yelled "Hail Vinland" throughout the day.

Click over to the Mercury for more.


Savage Love Letter of the Day: Morally Jerking Off to Non-consensual Erotica

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I'm a straight cis-gendered man in my mid-twenties, and happily in a committed relationship. For a long time, I've considered myself a feminist, and I wear the title with pride. I believe women deserve all the equal rights of men, and try to do my part in application as well. (Speaking out at work for better hiring practices and marching in local equality marches for example.) In an attempt to be as genuine as possible I've recently begun evaluating my other actions to make sure the mesh with my words, which has led me to the elephant in my bedroom. I enjoy erotic fiction over porn when I masturbate, and the genre that excites me the most is "non-consent." While I probably don't need to clarify this with you, I will anyway, my fantasy for this kind of literature ends at that, masturbation fantasy. The thought of any kind of real non-consensual sexual contact disgusts me beyond words and I have no desire to ever act out any of the stories I read even in play with a consenting partner. For me, they are just exciting stories involving control and humiliation, both of which turn me on when I read about them. Lately I am questioning: Is it healthy to enjoy these stories or should I seek less morally questionable masturbation aids on principle? Secondly should I disclose this to my partner in the name of honesty?

Masturbation, Orgasms, Rape, And Literature Shame

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Savage Love: Breathless

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Joe Newton

I have two female sex partners who want to be breath-play dominated. I know the practice is dangerous, and I employ the rules of consent and communication a pro-Dom escort friend taught me. But is there a legal release document we could sign that protects consenting adults in the event of an accident or death?

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Reader Advice Round-up

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Things on my mind this week: doing something real about gentrification and displacement (TL;DR rapid transit); Trump might be in a FemDom relationship; terrorism; plus I explained a map. Things on letter-writers' minds: Grindr etiquette; breaking up abroad; douching without taking two hours; dealing with a narcissistic daddy.

Lots of responses to CLIF:

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Donald Trump Shoves NATO Ally Aside So He Can Be In the Front Row for a Picture


Our president is an obnoxious asshole. Without class—but, hey, with the nuclear codes. So there's that. Good job, 46.1% of the voters. Well done.


Good News: Republican Health Care Plan Saves Health Coverage for 1 Million Americans!

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The Congressional Budget Office has scored the American Health Care Act—passed earlier this month by the GOP-controlled House—and only 23,000,000 Americans will lose their health care coverage. The previous version of the bill would've resulted in 24,000,000 Americans losing their health care coverage. So, hey, good news for the 1,000,000 people who would've lost their health care coverage had the original bill passed! It's still bad news for the 23,000,000 people who will lose their health care coverage if the Senate approves a similar bill, of course, and there's lots of bad news in the CBO report for people who manage to hold on to their health insurance after the Republicans get through "repealing and replacing" Obamacare. People who still have health insurance are going to see their premiums rise, according to the CBO, and the health insurance they're left with will "fail to cover important medical services, and people with pre-existing illnesses could be shut out of coverage" entirely, reports the New York Times. People who buy insurance on the private market will have to go without mental health care, addiction treatment, maternity care, or rehabilitation services. So who comes out ahead? Besides the millionaires and billionaires who'll be getting massive tax cuts?

Winners would include people who are young, healthy and earn higher incomes. They would be better off, assuming they didn’t develop serious health problems.

The Republican health care plan saves money by making health care available to people who don't need it and denying care to people who do. If you don't need insurance, you can have it. The moment you need it, you can't have it anymore.

TPM follows the money:

The CBO said that latest version of the legislation would save the government $119 billion, $32 billion less than its March analysis of a previous version of the bill that did not include some changes made to bring conservatives and moderate Republicans on board. The $834 billion cut in Medicaid funding and $276 billion in savings by making the tax credits for individual insurance less generous are offset by the $664 billion the legislation would add to the deficit in eliminating Obamacare’s taxes, a cut that would mainly benefit high-income earners and industry.

But let's not be cynical. Republicans aren't just gutting health care to provide tax cuts to billionaires. They're also doing it to turn American workers into serfs. Take it away, Paul Krugman:

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Smacking Sense into an Ass-Smacking Father

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I have a question about being a queer woman with a straight dad who has boundary issues. We're fighting right now over his pushing of several boundaries involving my body and my home, and I'm not sure how to have a loving relationship with him while maintaining those boundaries.

For the past few years, he has lived in Asia, living a bohemian life (we are white and not wealthy). He comes to visit the states 3-4 times a year, and he always schedules a visit around a business meeting or appearance promoting his self-published book. When he comes to NYC, where I live, he is always ignoring his jet lag, burning the candle at both ends. He spends the entire time talking endlessly about his own problems and rarely shows meaningful interest in my life.

A year ago, when meeting up in a crowded bar, my dad smacked my ass in front of my wife and friends. I furiously told him never to do it again, or to treat any women like that. He pouted and acted cowed. Since then, I feel like the scales are freshly fallen from my eyes when it comes to the ways he has reared me to be accommodating of his narcissism and entitlement. I have simply started stating clearer boundaries, and he is not taking it well, which deepens my resentment.

Our latest conflict arose when he mentioned he was planning on coming to California where my sister lives, and why don’t I come and we can all hang out? I told him squarely that I could not afford to take the time or pay for the plane ticket to fly across the country to see him. He then said he would come to NYC, but only during a week when my wife and I will just be coming back from a long weekend at a conference (already committed to, tickets alright bought). My wife and I are happily working class artists who live in a 750 square foot apartment in Brooklyn. We both work all the time, and our home is our sanctuary. We prefer to plan ahead, which is antithetical to the way my dad lives his life.

I’m not even sure how the current fight escalated. I told him he couldn’t stay with us, and he kept asking hoping for an answer he liked, and I told him I would like to make plans when I am available, and he started getting more and more accusatory. He started to get petty, bringing up grudges against things my wife has said, and suggesting I should be as accommodating to him as my mom (his ex-wife) was to his dad (my grandpa) when I was young (he seems oblivious to the fact that my mom was miserable during this time). I told him I was confused about what he was angry about, and his answer was: If you don’t know why I’m angry then I don’t know what to tell you. So I told him I needed some space. We haven’t spoken in a month.

My question is two fold. How can I reconcile with my Dad while still maintaining my boundaries? And what tools can I use in our relationship going forward so I can be kind and loving without letting him walk all over me?

Boundaries Are Desperately Desired And Difficult

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NewsCity

About That Map

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So my post on Monday about commutes, gentrification, displacement, suburbanites, urbanites, actionable demands, and the importance of building out our rapid transit system and massively subsidizing fares—because it will allow us to tell entitled suburbanites to STFU about their commutes and it will actually do something to help people who've been displaced (quickly implementing BRT along coming light rail lines and cutting fares right now would, unlike this nonsense, actually help the displaced right now)—was illustrated on the homepage and on Twitter with the above image, an image that didn't appear in the piece and wasn't explained anywhere.

I'll explain it now.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Two-Hour Douche

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I'm 26, gay and I've started a serious, long-term relationship and things have gone great! We moved in, and he's introduced me to things sexually that I haven't experienced before. Here's my dilemma though, as a "bottom" douching takes FOREVER. Like a seriously long time. Anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours. I've tried everything! Eating different foods, eating at different times, increasing my fiber intake, different amounts of water, taking supplements for fiber, douching to only clean out the lower rectum, etc. In order to feel relaxed and ready, I want to be as clean as possible (not to an extreme, we're both comfortable with bodily functions) when it's time for rimming, anal and the like. As a young professional, I work anywhere from 10 to 12 hours, five days a week, and the last thing I want to do is spend 2 hours in the bathroom. Consider the mood lost! Do you have any advice for an intermediate doucher? I've only been using a "bulb" douche thus far.

Desperately Outreaching Under Crummy Hygiene Experiences Regularly

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Terror Attack at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester

Some people are awful:

At least 22 people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide bombing at a crowded pop concert in Manchester, the most deadly attack in Britain in a decade. The horror unfolded at about 10.30pm on Monday at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande, whose music is popular with children and teenagers. The attack, which took place in the foyer area of the arena, left hundreds of people fleeing in terror, with young people at the concert separated from their parents in the chaos. It left carnage inside the concert venue, with medics describing treating wounds consistent with shrapnel injury.

More people are not:

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: The Italian Job

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Hi, Dan, 26-year-old woman from Australia here. I am flying to Italy on Saturday for a three week visit with my 29-year-old boyfriend while he is studying there for three months. Problem is, I want to break up with him. What's the right way to do it? Before I leave? While I am there? When I get back home to the other side of the world? We have been together for a year and a half.

Can't Impersonate Amorousness Obviously

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Sometimes I Think Donald Trump Is In a FemDom Relationship


I mean.


Doing Something Real About Gentrification and Displacement

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The only thing worse than listening to suburbanites bitch about being stuck in traffic? Listening to local politicians pretend they can actually do something to Make Commutes Great Fast Again.

Way, way back in the '50s and '60s, people got it into their heads that they had a constitutional right to live in the suburbs and drive in or through the center of a city—to jobs, to stores, to stadiums, to hookers, to suburbs on the other side of the city—going seventy miles an hour. Our local politicians can't bring themselves to tell these entitled shits the truth: It's never going to be the 1960s around here again, when expressways were expressways, not parking lots. We can't build our way out of this. We can only build alternatives to cars, aka mass transit. (Preferably rapid transit, which is grade-separated transit. Without taking lanes away from cars, which we aren't going to do, BRT is not rapid transit. It's an oxymoron.) Mayors and city council members and county council members in cities with with functioning mass transit systems don't have to make serious faces and reassure entitled drivers that they're gonna do something to speed up their commutes.

This is how a conversation between an elected official and an entitled suburbanite might go in New York or Chicago:

"My commute is awful! I sit in traffic for hours!"

"Then take the train."

"I don't want take the train."

"Then sit in traffic, asshole."

Sit in traffic or take rapid transit: those are your options, when you live, work, or play in or near a big, thriving urban center with a functional rapid transit system. New York, Chicago, Portland, D.C., London, Paris, Vienna. Complain about your commute and you'll be told to pick one: traffic (that you and your car help create) or transit (that you and your taxes help subsidize). Politicians in cities with functional (that's functional, not perfect) mass transit systems—where they still spend a lot of money maintaining roads—don't have to waste billions of dollars on bullshit tunnels supposedly designed to "preserve capacity" but really intended to assuage the irrational anger of entitled drivers whose votes they need.

And now, a song...

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Grindr Etiquette!

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Middle aged homo trying to figure out Grindr. Is it impolite to go on Grindr if you're not looking for an immediate hook up? My preferred form of sexual relationship is the friend-with-benefits situation. I go on Grindr looking to make friends who could, at least potentially, be sex partners, but I usually like to do the friend thing before the sex. I've had guys call me an asshole because I exchanged messages with them for like 20 minutes and then didn't come right over and fuck them. Do they have a point? Does logging into a hook-up app like Grindr imply openness to an immediate sexual encounter?

Talking Online Repulses Some Others

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Savage Love: Anti-Climax

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I'm a happily married straight man. My wife, who is 33 years old, cannot orgasm through intercourse since we had our last child. Her explanation is that she has this constant sensation to pee. Now we find other means to please her through toys, oral, etc. Are there exercises or other means to get her to climax through intercourse? Is this common from childbirth?

Climaxing Liberally Is Fun

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