> Wait, maybe Heath has a point At Florence House, a Portland homeless shelter for women, transgenderism has reared its ugly head. Complete with five o’clock shadow.
A couple of people have been staying at the facility recently claiming to be transgendered. But in one case, the person identifying as having trans-status exhibits no female characteristics, except for occasionally wearing a skirt. According to residents quoted in a story in the Portland Press Herald, he — I mean, she — also shaves her face infrequently, resulting in significant unwomanly stubble. They also say this human being stares at female residents in the common areas of the shower facility.
Officials at Florence House have been reluctant to take any action, because state law forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation, the definition of which includes being transgendered.
I support that law. I just think there should be a common-sense legal exception for voyeuristic creeps. If they want their jollies, they don’t need to bother women who may be escaping from abusive relationships. They can just go to a water park during a GOP fundraiser.
> Inhale: yes. Exhort: no. The Portland City Council voted on July 15 to hold a referendum in November on legalizing marijuana. Supporters of the measure have shifted their attempt to appeal to voters from the dubious claim that pot is better for you than alcohol to the equally unlikely proposition that arrests for possession of weed disproportionately affect minorities. Why these dopers can’t simply point out that prohibition doesn’t work is beyond me.
At the same meeting, councilors decided to outlaw panhandling on median strips, a municipal problem that ranks below only terrorism, economic stagnation, and strange congressional candidates from the future.
Overheated? Cool down before emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org.
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