Portland has become a bad joke.

Sophie Peel, for Willamette Week (Willamette is a southern suburb of Portland), reports that, a recent ad, funded by a group called “Travel Portland,” in The New York Times, has “raised quite a few eyebrows on Social Media.”

Soooo, Portland is reaching out to New Yorkers who haven’t had enough rioting and looting?

The ad states, “We’re a place of dualities that are never polarities.’

Oh no, not at all!

“Two sides to the same coin that keep landing right on its edge.”

They left out the part about landing in a pile of excrement!

“Anything can happen. We like it this way.”

That last line was sponsored by the Criminals For A Free Portland (CFAFP) group.

Crime is up significantly across the board, I Portland, with homicides rising over 500% over last year.

The ad continues, ‘“You’ve heard a lot about us lately. It’s been a while since you heard from us. Some of what you’ve heard about Portland is true. Some is not. What matters most is that we’re true to ourselves,’ the ad read on a sparse page of simple black text.”

“Travel Portland, the agency that placed the ad, explained in a June 21 statement that the ad is part of a wider campaign to right Portland’s reputation nationally and ‘to inspire overnight stays at Portland hotels and short-term rentals.’”

“Right Portland’s reputation?”

They, of course, mean they’re trying to sugar coat Portland’s deserved reputation as the lawless riot capital of the United States. 

Hey, 150 straight nights of rioting is quite an impressive record!   

“One of the building blocks of the summer campaign is a video, which Travel Portland says ‘gives consumers the opportunity to see past the negative news headlines of last year into the lives of some everyday Portlanders right now.’”

“It shows visitors will find a city that is evolving as it works toward the advancement of an even better and more equitable version of itself—a move toward a new normal instead of a return to the pre-pandemic past. The voiceover for the ‘This is Portland’ anthem celebrates and embraces the contrasts that Portland has in abundance: fine dining and food carts, luxury boutiques and used record stores, street art and forested trails,” Travel Portland said in its statement.”

I’ve got some ideas Portland can use in its campaign!

How about, “Come for the protests, stay for the looting!?”

Or, “You haven’t roasted marshmallows until you’ve roasted them over a roaring dumpster fire!?”

Or how about, “Get free cans of spray paint when you sign-up for our graffiti experience field trip!?”

And lastly, “Before you head back home, launch bottle rockets at our punching bag police force!”

“Travel Portland hired a minority-owned ad agency called INDUSTRY to produce the campaign.”

Oh, then you know it’s gotta be a good campaign!?

Did we really need to know this?

“Travel Portland tells WW [Willamette Weekly] that the campaign was paid for by the Tourism Improvement District, a program created in 2012 that places an additional 2 percent fee on overnight stays at hotels and vacation rentals on top of the existing 11.5 percent tax. The money garnered from that 2 percent additional fee is used by Travel Portland to promote the city as a vacation destination.”

Sooo, the fools who decide to visit your hell hole are footing the bill for the ad that presumably got them there?  

Brilliant!

“The ad in The New York Times, which Travel Portland says also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and The Seattle Times, seems to be an effort to dispel Portland’s image in the national spotlight as the country’s chaotic and violent epicenter of racial justice protests, an image fueled in part by former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric.”

Ahhh, there it is!

It’s all Trump’s fault!

Now there’s a rallying cry these visitors can all get behind!

After all, you’re just a quaint, little old city, fighting for racial justice!

And excuse me for asking, but why would you bother to advertise in L.A., San Francisco, and Seattle?

Isn’t that like one failing zoo trying to get visitors from other failing zoos?

Just sayin’.

“The mayor’s office did not respond to a request for comment about Travel Portland’s ad.”

I’m sure they were way too busy working on defunding the police and all.

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What you talkin’ ‘bout Minneapolis!

According to David Aaro of Fox News, “Officials in Minneapolis are considering bringing in police from other jurisdictions as the city faces a shortage of officers and a wave of violent crime, according to a report on Monday.”

Bringing police in from other jurisdictions?

Minneapolis?

That’s like CNN or MSNBC inviting FOX news reporters over to help them out! 

“Officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police would form Joint Enforcement Teams and primarily respond to violent 911 calls, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.”

Wait, what?

What happened to the social workers and counsellors who were going to respond instead of the big, bad, racist and brutal police?

And how are “violent calls” determined?

And what about 911 situations that have the potential to be violent or calls that turn violent? 

Maybe they should hire clairvoyants as 911 operators!  That way they could figure all of this out ahead of time!

“If the initial proposal is approved by the City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey this week, the teams would form on Sunday and run through the end of the year.”

Personally, I think these Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department is crazy for even wanting to get involved with this bunch of whackos…, but that’s just me.

These apples don’t fall too far the tree I guess. 

Are we talking about the same city council and the same mayor here?  

‘“We’re not gonna be having these people out taking bicycle theft reports. These are going to be people out combating crime issues,’ said John Elder, a spokesman for Minneapolis police.”

Did I miss something?

Isn’t stealing someone’s bike a crime anymore?

And didn’t they have a problem with the police “combating crime?” 

Isn’t “combating crime” code words for terrorizing law-abiding black folk?

Just sayin’.

“The proposal comes as an unusually large number of officers in Minneapolis have left the force following the death of George Floyd in the city on May 25, according to the paper.”

Huh…, that’s odd.

You mean to tell me these police officers didn’t appreciate a total lack of political support, and being outright publicly demeaned on a daily basis?

What the heck do they think they make those exorbitant salaries for?   

“After his [Floyd’s] death, the left-leaning [That’s an understatement!] City Council members pushed to disband the Minneapolis police department, as activists in other cities aimed to defund the police.”

So, just to make this clear…, the Minneapolis City Council didn’t just want to defund the police, they wanted to DISBAND the entire department.

Again…, they wanted to get rid of the entire police force!

I’m sorry, but again…, the elected leadership of a major U.S. city wants to operate without a police force, and they think this is a viable option?

Unbelievable.  

And these people were actually elected by the citizens of Minneapolis?

I guess you get what you deserve.

There must be an awful lot of stupid people in Minneapolis.

Just sayin’.

Anyway, according to the France24.com website, in an article from August 6, 2020, “The council of the US city of Minneapolis voted late Sunday to dismantle and rebuild the police department, after the death in custody of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests about racism in law enforcement, pushing the issue onto the national political agenda.”

‘“We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe,’ Council President Lisa Bender told CNN.”

Well, that apparently doesn’t seem to be the case now does it, Ms. Bender?

The police go out of their way to help you out by “dismantling” themselves, and all you want to do now is bring more police in. 

What’s up with that?  

And what does this “new model” look like?  It sure would be nice if you could share this new amazing master plan with us all!

“The vote by a majority of councilors came a day after [Mayor] Frey was booed at and asked to leave a ‘Defund the Police’ rally. He later told AFP [a French news agency] he supported ‘massive structural reform to revise this structurally racist system’ but not ‘abolishing the entire police department.’”

“A massive structural reform?”

I don’t believe you have any idea what that would really look like, Mayor. 

David Aaro of Fox News continues by saying, “The unrest, in addition to the departures, has strained the department’s resources, and some officers have filed PTSD claims, according to the Star Tribune.”

“The city has also seen a wave of violent crime, with 74 homicides recorded this year.”

So, you mean to tell me the criminals are taking advantage of you and your policies of peace and love?

The nerve of these uncooperative criminals!

Who’da thunk it?  

Heather Yourex-West of Global News asks, “What happened to plans to disband the Minneapolis police department?”

Good question, Heather!

“After George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked a worldwide reckoning on police brutality and racial injustice, the city vowed to dismantle its police department. It hasn’t happened yet, and as Heather Yourex-West explains, it likely won’t ever happen.”

Aww, c’mon!

That’s not fair!

We’re all dying to watch Minneapolis completely fall apart! 

“The international conversations surrounding police reform started after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police on May 25.”

“Two weeks later, on a Sunday in June, nine Minneapolis city council members made a pledge that echoed around the world.”

‘“Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department and end policing as we know it,’ Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said.”

“The council members vowed on that day to end the Minneapolis Police Department, but six months later, that has not happened — and there’s a good chance it never will.”

“Disbanding the city’s police department requires a change to the Minneapolis city charter and would need to be voted on by residents. The earliest that could happen is next year.”

Well, if the residents were dumb enough to elect these idiots, changing the city charter probably won’t be far behind.

“In the meantime, the Minneapolis police department has already undergone a profound change since the spring — nearly 20 per cent of its officers have left the force.”

‘“Our police department has seen not only an unprecedented number of retirements but also a lot of medical leave and disability kinds of leave, and that has left us tremendously short-staffed,’ said Council member Linea Palmisano.”

Good for them.

And I thought you wanted the police to be “short-staffed,” Ms. Palmisano?

As a matter of fact, you didn’t want any police at all…, so what’s the problem with being “short-staffed?” 

“As a result, response times have increased and violent crime is on the rise.”

And this surprises you?

‘“If you say, “okay there’s a bunch of violence,” but there’s nobody there to reach out to these people who are hurting or in pain because they’re sick and tired of injustice, sick and tired or inequality, that’s what we bring — we bring hope.’”

Your “hope” and a buck will get you a cup of coffee when your life is being threatened or your house is being robbed, Ms. Palmisano.

Good luck with that, Ms. Palmisano.

Well, not really.

I think we need to use Minneapolis as an example of what not to do.

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The choice is really quite simple.

Our presidential election is only a few weeks away. 

We have the choice between the democrat/liberal, Joe Biden, and the republican/conservative, Donald Trump.

Yes, we have to vote for one of these two men, but we also need to consider what these two men represent.

Let’s review what you apparently support by voting for either the democrat/liberal, Joe Biden, or the republican/conservative, Donald Trump.

Democrats/liberals believe it is a woman’s right to abort a baby right up to the moment before birth.

Republicans/conservatives believe all babies have a right to be born and live. 

Democrats/liberals support defunding police departments.  All criminals are fans of this!

Republicans/conservatives believe if anything, police department support needs to be increased.

Democrats/liberals support taking guns away from law abiding citizens. Again, all criminals are fans of this!

Republicans/conservatives believe law abiding citizens have the right to protect themselves and bear arms, as guaranteed in The Constitution.

Democrats/liberals believe anyone from anywhere should be able to freely walk right into our country whenever they feel like it.  The drug cartels and human traffickers love this.

Republicans/conservatives believe our borders should be secure, limiting who can and who can’t come in at any given time, while affording us an orderly and managed legal immigration process.

Democrats/liberals believe in tearing down monuments to our history as a country.

Republicans/conservatives believe in honoring and learning from our history, not trying to erase it.

Democrats/liberals support “sanctuary” cities and states, where illegal immigrants can live without fear of being taken into Federal custody and charged with crimes or be deported.

Republicans/conservatives believe illegal immigrants are “illegal” and are here illegally, and should be treated as such. Republicans/conservatives also believe that the concerns of legal citizens should come before those of illegal immigrants.  

Democrats/liberals support raising taxes across the board.  They claim working class people won’t be affected, but we all know higher tax rates for companies and corporations are just passed down to us.

Republicans/conservatives support the continued reduction of taxes across the board.

Democrats/liberals immediately take money from the military at their earliest opportunity, weakening our nation’s defense.

Republicans/conservatives believe a strong military is an absolute necessity in today’s global environment.  The defense of our country is also the federal government’s primary responsibility per The Constitution.

…   

Democrats/liberals love implementing a seemingly never-ending list of federal regulations designed to suffocate construction, business operations, and whatever else they can think of to stifle our civil liberties.

Republicans/conservatives believe some regulations are necessary, but that less regulation is preferable in order promote businesses and maintain a strong economy.  

… 

Democrats/liberals feel it is a good idea to allow anyone living in our country to vote, regardless of whether they are here legally or not, and regardless of whether the voter has any proper ID to prove who they are.  

Republicans/conservatives believe only legal citizens should be allowed to vote, and that an ID should be required.

Democrats/liberals believe that government should be the “end all be all” for anyone living in America.

Republicans/conservatives believe that government is a “necessary evil,” and that most things are done more efficiently and cheaper by the private sector.

Democrats/liberals believe in a person’s dependence on government, and that having some form of a socialist government is more desirable that our capitalist system, even though no socialist government in the past can be pointed to as a successful government.  

Republicans/conservatives believe in our capitalist way of doing things, providing for ourselves as a rule, and system which allows individuals to rise to any level of success, dependent on the individuals’ desire to attain it.

 … 

Democrats/liberals believe in free speech as long as your speech agrees with their beliefs, if not, they have no problem with censoring or silencing you.  

Republicans/conservatives believe in the 1st Amendment, and that everyone has a right to their own opinions and that they have a right to voice those opinions. 

Democrats/liberals believe rioting, burning, and looting are acceptable forms of “peaceful protesting.”  They believe in deferring to the desires of “the mob” as opposed to following the law.

Republicans/conservatives believe in law and order, and that no one has the right to harm other people or their property as part of their “protest.”

Democrats/liberals prefer to operate in a way that highlights a person’s racial identity, gender identity, or sexual preference above all else…, except their political leaning.  

Republicans/conservatives prefer to identify people by the quality of their character and by their actions and beliefs, without concern for race, color, or creed.

Democrats/liberals believe the United States’ industry, people and economy need to be punished and restricted due to “climate change,” while the rest of the world is allowed to keep right on polluting and taking advantage of us.

Republicans/conservatives believe if “climate change” is real, it wasn’t caused by us and we have no real way of affecting “climate change” one way or the other.

Democrats/liberals believe fossil fuels are evil and need to be done away with.  

Republicans/conservatives believe fossil fuels are still the energy souce of choice right now, at least until other options become viable. Republicans/consrvatives like the US having energy independence, not having to rely on the Middle East for anything, contolling our own energy pricing.

Democrats/liberals believe it’s okay for the “media” to operate as an arm of the democrat party, reporting only things that support their narrative, while attacking republicans/conservatives, and especially President Trump on a daily basis.  

Republicans/conservatives believe the “media” should report from an unbiased point of view, acting as a watchdog against all government improprieties, regardless of which party it is. 

And what about the economy?

Democrats/liberals point to the economy after China, and the democrats I believe, dropped the coronavirus bomb on us.  

Republicans/conservatives point the hottest economy in history, prior to the China virus, and believe President Trump can get our econmy humming again. Without the release of “The virus,” the democrats would not have stood a chance in this election.  

So, like I said in the beginning, “The choice is really quite simple.”  

The differences between democrats/liberals and republicans/conservatives have never been more obvious. 

The question is which side are you on?

If you’re having a hard time deciding who to vote for, you are obviously one confused individual!

There should be no undecided voters at this point. 

If you really are undecided, then maybe you shouldn’t even bother voting.

Just sayin’.       

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Your definition of “peaceful” is shameful!   

According to Brian Flood of Fox News, “CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell says ‘mostly peaceful’ protests caused $1B to $2B in damage from looting and arson.”

That’s a pretty general statement, and as we will learn, that only reflects damages over a two-week period, not for all “protests” in total.

‘“Peaceful protests don’t leave behind death, destruction, and shattered lives in their wake,’ media analyst Nicholas Fondacaro says.”

“Many members of the mainstream media have made sure to paint nationwide protests as ‘peaceful’ in recent months– and ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor Norah O’Donnell demonstrated how far they’re willing to go on Wednesday night.”

Let’s stop and think about this for minute.

Is that really the job of the mainstream media and “CBS Evening News” in this particular instance, to “paint” events which are happening in our country or around the world?

Aren’t “news organizations” supposed to report what’s happening and let the public decide what to think about it?

“Axios [Axios is an American news website, founded in 2016, and launched the following year by former Politico team members.] reported earlier in the day that damage caused by ‘riots and civil disorders’ from May 26 through June 8 would cost insurance companies between $1-2 billion.”

‘“The vandalism and looting following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police will cost the insurance industry more than any other violent demonstrations in recent history,’ Axios reported.”

Please note that it still hasn’t been determined that the officers were responsible for George Floyd’s death.

“When O’Donnell reported the overwhelming figure, she made sure to insist the protests were mostly peaceful.”

“Overwhelming figure?”

The real “overwhelming figure” would be the figure that takes into account ALL of the “protesting,” rioting, looting, burning, and vandalizing which has occurred over the past four months.

I would conservatively, no pun intended, estimate those damages to be in the tens of billions of dollars…, which taxpayers and people with insurance will end up paying for, I’m sure.

‘“The protests in late spring were mostly peaceful, but damage from looting and arson will cost $1 to $2 billion in claims. That’s according to the Insurance Information Institute. And that would eclipse the previous high, the 1992 riots that followed the acquittal of four officers in the beating of Rodney King,’ O’Donnell told viewers.”

In truth, the “protests” were mostly NOT peaceful.

“Media Research Center analyst Nicholas Fondacaro pointed out that NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ and ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ didn’t bother to report the alarming statistic. While O’Donnell at least informed viewers of the damage, Fondacaro doesn’t understand why she needed to add the disclaimer.”

Has the Media Research Center mentioned that the mainstream media has failed to report much, if any, of the violence tied to the “protests” of the last four months?

It’s not really surprising then that most of the media failed to point out these “alarming statistics,” is it?

That answer would be a big, “no.”

‘“Earth to the liberal media, ‘peaceful’ protests don’t leave behind death, destruction, and shattered lives in their wake,’ Fondacaro wrote.”

What death, destruction and shattered lives are you talking about?  Don’t you realize, Mr. Fondacaro, that if the liberal propaganda fake news media doesn’t report something it didn’t really happen?

“Insurance Information Institute (or Triple-I) compiles information from a company called Property Claim Services (PCS), which has tracked insurance claims related to civil disorder since 1950, and other databases. It provided reports to Axios that the damage from unrest between May 26 and June 8 will be the most expensive in the nation’s history, surmounting the Rodney King riots of 1992 in Los Angeles.”

“The price tag could be as much as $2 billion and possibly more, according to Triple I. But the protests related to Floyd differ from others the database has tracked – never before have they been so widespread.”

‘“It’s not just happening in one city or state – it’s all over the country,’ Loretta L. Worters of the Triple-I told Axios. ‘And this is still happening, so the losses could be significantly more.’”

That’s a real good guess there, Ms. Worters.

I guess Captain Obvious could be a woman, although I never really thought about it before!

“The last time PCS compiled insurance losses for a ‘civil disorder event’ was 2015, when riots erupted in Baltimore after Freddie Gray died from a neck injury in police custody. But those riots did not even accrue $25 million in damages.”

Not even $25 million?

Well that’s hardly even worth mentioning then!

Ya know, I’ve seen that rich liberals and Biden staffers, encouraged by Kamala Harris, are raising a lot of money to bail some of these violent “protesters” out of jail. Quite a few in fact.

I keep reading about some of these scared companies donating millions and millions of dollars to the Black Lives Matter organization too.

Maybe the bail-out fund, the Black Lives Matter organization, and the rest of their corporate friends can help pay for some of the damage their friends have caused?

Just sayin’.

 

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Looting…, it’s not just for criminals anymore…, radical liberals, Marxists, and opportunists in general like it too!

Natalie Escobar for National Public Radio (NPR), reports on “One author’s argument in defense of looting.”

Hmmm…, someone who feels they can defend looting?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKYpS_Ro13U

I’m not sure why anyone would want to defend that, but be that as it may…

“In the past months of demonstrations for Black lives, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about looting. And just this week, rioters have burned buildings and looted stores in Kenosha, Wis., following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, to which Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has said: ‘Peaceful protesting is a constitutionally protected form of free speech. Rioting is not.’”

I would say the rioting and the looting have been downplayed and, even ignored, to a great extent by the complicit, liberal propaganda, news media, who have followed the lead of their democrat friends and democrat co-conspirators.

I you recall, the democrats made no mention of the civil unrest happening across our country at their convention.

Propaganda by omission.

If we (the democrats) don’t acknowledge it, or talk about it, it didn’t happen.

“Writer Vicky Osterweil’s book, ‘In Defense of Looting,’ came out on Tuesday. When she finished it, back in April, she wrote (rather presciently [with foresight]) that ‘a new energy of resistance is building across the country.’”

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Please note that Vicky Osterweil used to be Willie Osterweil, just in case Vicky looked familiar.

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“Now, as protests and riots continue to grip cities, she argues that looting is a powerful tool to bring about real, lasting change in society.”

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Oh…, it’s going to bring about change alright…, but not the kind of change that any of the looters are going to like.

They are not doing themselves or any associated “movement” they may have any favors.

“The rioters who smash windows and take items from stores, she says, are engaging in a powerful tactic that questions the justice of ‘law and order,’ and the distribution of property and wealth in an unequal society.”

Otherwise known as “stealing.”

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Vicky apparently doesn’t know it, or doesn’t care, but these are the same principles that were promoted by the Nazi’s prior to World War II.

Natalie Escobar continues, “I spoke with Osterweil about this summer’s riots, the common narratives surrounding looting, and why ‘nonviolence’ can be a misleading term.”

No…, I would say that “nonviolence” is a pretty understandable word that means something not involving violence.

“For people who haven’t read your book [and that would be 99.999999% of America], how do you define looting?”

“’When I use the word looting, I mean the mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting during a moment of upheaval or riot.’”

Ha!

“Mass shoplifting!”

That would be “stealing,” in other words.

‘“That’s the thing I’m defending. I’m not defending any situation in which property is stolen by force. It’s not a home invasion, either. It’s about a certain kind of action that’s taken during protests and riots.”

So, breaking windows and breaking down doors isn’t considered “stolen by force” in Osterweil’s opinion?

Escobar continued by asking, “Is Looting a Loaded Word?”

Vicky Osterweil responded, ‘“Looting is a highly racialized word from its very inception in the English language. It’s taken from Hindi, lút, which means ‘goods’ or ‘spoils,’ and it appears in an English colonial officer’s handbook [on ‘Indian Vocabulary’] in the 19th century.”

Excuse me, Vicky…, but, so what?

What does the word being taken from a Hindi word have to do with your claim that the word is highly racialized?

I don’t view the word “looting,” or “looter” to be racial at all, and I don’t think most people do either.

I view the word “looter” negatively…, but that’s about it.

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“Can you talk about rioting as a tactic? What are the reasons people deploy it as a strategy?”

‘“It does a number of important things. It gets people what they need for free immediately, which means that they are capable of living and reproducing their lives without having to rely on jobs or a wage—which, during COVID times, is widely unreliable or, particularly in these communities is often not available, or it comes at great risk. That’s looting’s most basic tactical power as a political mode of action.’”

Ha, ya!

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How are these people supposed to live without 15 pairs of Air Jordan’s?

How are these people supposed to live without 25 Rolexes?

How are these people supposed to survive without a couple big screen TVs?

I mean, c’mon…, let’s be reasonable!

‘“It also attacks the very way in which food and things are distributed. It attacks the idea of property, and it attacks the idea that in order for someone to have a roof over their head or have a meal ticket, they have to work for a boss, in order to buy things that people just like them somewhere else in the world had to make under the same conditions. It points to the way in which that’s unjust.’”

Excuse me, Vicky…, but it’s called MAKING A LIVING!

It’s what most people have to do, unless you spend all of your time “protesting,” rioting, looting, or playing video games during your downtime, while living with mommy, mommy and daddy, grandma, grandpa, or grandma and grandpa.

‘“And the reason that the world is organized that way, obviously, is for the profit of the people who own the stores and the factories. So, you get to the heart of that property relation, and demonstrate that without police and without state oppression, we can have things for free.’”

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Huh!  Ya…, we could all have these things for free.  If it wasn’t for the evil people who own the stores and factories, we could all just pick the big screen TVs off of the big screen TV trees!

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‘“Importantly, I think especially when it’s in the context of a Black uprising like the one we’re living through now, it also attacks the history of whiteness and white supremacy. The very basis of property in the U.S. is derived through whiteness and through Black oppression, through the history of slavery and settler domination of the country.”’

Ya…, I don’t know of ANY black people who actually own anything, or ANY black people who aren’t oppressed!

Please, give us all a break from your idiotic, racial, stupidness.

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‘“Looting strikes at the heart of property, of whiteness and of the police. It gets to the very root of the way those three things are interconnected. And, also it provides people with an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure and helps them imagine a world that could be. And I think that’s a part of it that doesn’t really get talked about—that riots and looting are experienced as sort of joyous and liberatory.’”

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Wow…, where do I begin here?

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First, YOU, Vicky, racialize the situation by negatively stereotyping both Blacks and Whites.

Secondly, when you say, “And, also it [looting] provides people with an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure,” I honestly want to throw-up.

And then you go on to say, “And I think that’s a part of it that doesn’t really get talked about—that riots and looting are experienced as sort of joyous and liberatory.’”

I can tell you, Vicky, that riots and looting are not a “joyous” occasion for those who get assaulted, or even killed, while attempting to protect their livelihood and their property.

I can tell you, Vicky, that riots and looting are not a “joyous” occasion for people to see their community burn to the ground, taking jobs and places to shop and do business with it.

“What are some of the most common myths and tropes that you hear about looting?”

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‘“One of the ones that’s been very powerful, that’s both been used by Donald Trump and Democrats, has been the outside agitator myth, that the people doing the riots are coming from the outside.’”

This is not a myth, and it has been demonstrated and documented to be absolutely true on numerous occasions during many of these riots.

‘“Another one is that looters are just acting as consumers. Why are they taking flat screen TVs instead of rice and beans? Like, if they were just surviving, it’d be one thing, but they’re taking liquor. All these tropes [a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression] come down to claiming that the rioters and the looters don’t know what they’re doing. They’re acting, you know, in a disorganized way, maybe an ‘animalistic’ way [definitely in an “animalistic” way]. But the history of the movement for liberation in America is full of looters and rioters. They’ve always been a part of our movement.’”

And “The history of the movement for liberation in America” IS NOT “full of looters and rioters, and they [rioting and looting] have NOT “always been a part of our movement.”

I would challenge you, Vicky, to actually document these fraudulent and libelous claims against our American heritage.

‘“There’s also another factor, which is anti-Blackness and contempt for poor people who want to live a better life…’”

What in thee hell are you talking about?!

I don’t know anyone who has “contempt for poor people who want to live a better life.”

In fact, most people admire people who want to make a better life for themselves, as long as it’s legal and through being resourceful and/or through hard work.

‘“One thing about looting is it freaks people out.’”

Uh…, ya…, and pisses them off in most cases as well.

‘“But in terms of potential crimes that people can commit against the state, it’s basically nonviolent. You’re mass shoplifting. Most stores are insured; it’s just hurting insurance companies on some level. It’s just money. It’s just property. It’s not actually hurting any people.’”

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Well, Miss Vicky, I must say your level of confusion is quite impressive!

I guess if you have never created something through hard work and sacrifice, you can’t appreciate its value.

And, “It’s not actually hurting any people,” except the owners, like I just mentioned, the people who worked at these places who are now out of jobs, and the people who may have liked patronizing these businesses, which may or may not ever reopen.

No…, it’s not actually “hurting” any people.

Idiot.

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Portland is a HOT mess!

Yes, folks…, Portland, Oregon.

Portland, Oregon is named after Portland, Maine. The Oregon settlement began to be populated in the 1830s, near the end of the Oregon Trail. Its water access provided convenient transportation of goods, and the timber industry was a major force in the city’s early economy. The city’s economy experienced an industrial boom during World War II.  Beginning in the 1960s, Portland became noted for its growing progressive political values, earning it a reputation as a bastion of counterculture.

“Counterculture,” huh?

A counterculture is defined as “a culture whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural norms.”

And, so it began.

Which brings us all the way up to 2020.

Brie Stimson of Fox News asks, “Has Antifa hijacked Portland’s police reform efforts?”

I would say the answer to that question would be “no.”

Antifa and the BLM organization didn’t “hijack” anything…, they instigated the whole thing and then took it to a whole new level…, a level which the liberal local government was more than happy to allow and support.

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“Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Thursday evening condemned the actions of rioters who attempted to set fire to a police precinct and blocked the exits while officers were inside.”

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‘“When you commit arson with an accelerent in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder,’ Wheeler said in a news conference with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.”

‘“Don’t think for a moment that you are if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump — because you absolutely are,’ he said. ‘You are creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.’”

Ya, Mayor Wheeler…, and beside committing the heinous crime of “being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump,” ISN’T ATTEMPTED MURDER A CRIME AS WELL???!!!

AND HOW ABOUT ARSON?!

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ISN’T ARSON A CRIME IN PORTLAND?!

HOW ABOUT HOLDING THESE PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE REAL CRIMES THEY ARE COMMITTING?!

How about that Mr. Mayor?

“A riot was declared Wednesday evening when agitators descended upon the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct building, spray-painted over security cameras, broke a glass door with a 2×4, lit a fire using an accelerant and threw fireworks and other objects at officers, according to FOX 12 in Portland.”

“Police said that a truck also attempted to run over officers.”

Again…, attempted murder.

“The front doors of the precinct were barricaded before the fire was started with more than 20 officers and civilian employees inside, police said, according to FOX 12.”

“Officers used tear gas to disperse the rioters and at least eight people were arrested. A federal court order bars police from using tear gas unless a riot is declared.”

“Unless a riot is declared?”

Is that like, “One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war?”

‘“I believe that city staff could have died last night,’ Wheeler said.”

Excuse my French…, but, “No $h#t, Mr. Mayor!”

Portland’s police have been out there with both hands tied behind their backs for over two months!

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‘“I cannot and I will not tolerate that. This is not peaceful protests. This is not advocacy to advance reforms.’”

Oh, now you won’t tolerate it?

Hasn’t your wonderful city had violent riots in it for like SEVENTY NIGHTS IN A ROW???!!!

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Peaceful protests went out the window over two months ago.

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“Wheeler also urged peaceful protesters to avoid gatherings that could turn destructive or violent, according to Oregon Live.”

‘“If you are a nonviolent demonstrator and you don’t want to be part of intentional violence, please stay away from these areas,’ Wheeler said. ‘Our community must say that this violence is not Portland, that these actions do not reflect our values and these crimes are distracting from reform, not advancing.’”

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Ha!

That’s a good one, Mayor Wheeler.

Where you been for the last two months?

And what are you talking about with all of this “our community” stuff?

The peaceful and law-abiding businesses and people in your “community” have all been burned out, looted, and run out of town.

The rioters you’re condemning now are what’s left of “your community.”

Enjoy.

“The clashes between thousands of protesters and federal agents sent by the Trump administration to guard the federal courthouse stopped after an agreement between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that called for the agents to begin drawing down their presence in Portland’s downtown on July 30.”

“Then some instigators moved on to other police buildings across the city to cause problems.”

“Wednesday night’s violence in a residential neighborhood on the east side of the city began after a group of about 100 people [I prefer to call them terrorists, or criminals] gathered in a nearby park for a rally advertised on social media by the group Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front.”

Cute.

Is that like the YMCA or something?

“[Their] slogan is, ‘No cops. No prisons. Total abolition.’”

Well, I guess not.

“The group then marched to the precinct.”

‘“Hurting people and trying to trap people in a building and burn them up, it’s just completely awful,’ Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Damon Simmons reiterated in the news conference, according to FOX 12.”

Reeeeeeeeally?

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Thank you for that bit of insight, Lt. Simmons.

I can see you must be a real up-and-comer in the department.

“Wheeler said the city anticipates ‘additional planned attacks on public buildings’ in the coming days and said he was giving the police leeway to do what they needed to do to counter those plans as long as it can be done without threatening peaceful protesters.”

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“On Wednesday, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said rioters aren’t forwarding the cause of racial injustice protesters. ‘Portlanders need to send a strong message that enough is enough,’ he said. ‘This movement is really powerful, but the violence has taken away from it.’”

Ya think?!

Yes, Portlanders…, we will only put up with our city being burned, looted, graffitied, and officers and other people being attacked, for seventy straight nights!

That’s our limit!

We draw the line at seventy-one nights!

If these liberals weren’t so sad, they’d be hilarious…, but no one is laughing.

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Our “big city” police forces have been liberally neutered!

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The days of Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry), Riggs and Murtaugh, and Elliot Ness and The Untouchables are over!

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Hollywood is definitely going to have to update how they produce these cop movies from now on.

Nowadays, all cops do is stand around and act as human road blocks or barricades, while they get pelted with all kinds of debris and all kinds of verbal obscenities.

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Their hands have literally been tied behind their backs by their liberal democrat mayors.

People can shoot them, shoot at them, run them down with cars, throw deadly objects at them, torch their vehicles, and assault them physically, without having to worry about any type of response…, other than maybe getting arrested, only to be released in less than 24 hours.

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These terrorists have destroyed whole police stations without a single shot being fired by the police.

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Yes…, rest in peace Dirty Harry…, your days are looooong gone.

I really can’t imagine who would want to be a police officer these days in any big city.

I heard President Trump react to the whole rioting situation last night. He called for more National Guard troops to be deployed as well as regular military troops.

I’m sorry Mr. President, but unless these troops are allowed to use some sort of force to protect themselves and deter criminal behavior, we’re just putting more human road blocks and human barricades out there, and putting their lives at risk as well.

According to Chris Irvine of Fox News, “Rioters target police across US; 4 shot in St. Louis, 1 in Vegas, Bronx hit-and-run caught on video.”

“Police officers across the U.S. were targeted in shootings and vehicular attacks Monday night as protests continued in major cities for the seventh night despite President Trump’s vow to clamp down on violence.”

“The demonstrations on Monday marked a week of unrest since unarmed black man George Floyd died when a white Minneapolis officer jammed his knee into the back his neck in a shocking incident caught on video. Despite tens of thousands marching peacefully in demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism, protests over Floyd’s death have been nonetheless overshadowed by violence, looting and vandalism that has engulfed U.S. cities.”

“In St. Louis, Mo., Monday night, four police officers were shot during protests in the city’s downtown area, two in the leg, one in the foot and one in the arm.”

“In Las Vegas, Nevada, an officer was shot in the head at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino on the Strip. A source told ‘8News Now’ that the officer was in a fight with another suspect when someone walked up behind and shot the officer, who is now on life support.”

“Meanwhile, in Richmond, Va., two police officers and a suspect were injured after a shooting, according to NBC12.”

“RPD officers were called to investigate a report of an armed person on Semmes Avenue early Tuesday morning. When they arrived, gunfire erupted. The two cops and the suspect were taken to local hospitals.”

“In Buffalo, N.Y., an SUV plowed through a group of law enforcement during a Floyd demonstration, injuring at least two officers.”

“Video posted by a witness showed a line of officers, backed up by an armored personnel carrier, rushing and tackling a man who was being interviewed by a man with a TV camera about 9:30 p.m.”

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“Moments later, officers ran as the SUV barreled through a cluster, with at least one appeared to go under the vehicle’s wheels. The SUV was then able to drive round an armored vehicle and speed off.”

“In a similar incident in the Bronx in New York City, an NYPD officer investigating reports of break-ins was struck by a vehicle early Tuesday in a hit-and-run. The officer is in a stable condition.”

“And in another incident in the Bronx, an NYPD officer was attacked by several men as witnesses recorded the incident.”

The incident was well recorded, of course, but no one managed to come to the defense of the officer.

“The latest wave of protests came hours after President Trump vowed in a Rose Garden speech to restore law and order, and police under federal command forced back peaceful demonstrators with tear gas so he could walk to a church near the White House known as ‘The Church of the President’ that was set on fire during Sunday night’s rioting.”

A World War II memorial was desecrated by these terrorists as well. What does a World War II memorial, honoring soldiers who gave their lives for this country and the free world, have to do with protesting police brutality?

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The answer is it has nothing to do with it…, but then again, these terrorists are actually carrying out their destruction because they hate America, and want to inflict as much pain on America and her people as possible…, all under the guise of some political protest.

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Steve Keeley of FOX 29 News, Philadelphia, reports that, “A looter was shot and killed by the owner of a gun shop in South Philadelphia, police say.”

“Officials say the owner of the gun store, Firing Line Inc, was inside his business guarding it because they had experienced a break-in attempt on Sunday evening.”

“When a crew of looters reportedly attempted to break in, the store’s owner saw them on surveillance video and then heard them coming up the steps of the store.”

‘“One of the individuals that broke into the property, pointed a handgun at him,’ Chief Inspector Scott Smalls told FOX 29’s Steve Keeley. ‘And that’s when the store owner fired his own weapon — striking the one perpetrator at least one time in the head and he collapsed, dropping his gun between his legs.’”

“Medics pronounced that man dead at the scene. At least two or three other individuals involved in the attempted looting fled the scene.”

“The investigation remains underway.”

Yes…, “the investigation remains underway,” and if he’s lucky, the shop owner won’t be charged with murder for defending himself or his property.

These days, we all see that only law-abiding people are held to the letter of the law.

The rest of these scumbags, at the bottom, and the top, of the liberal food chain, seem to get a pass.

Maybe the cops should go back to harassing Christians because they’re trying to attend church during this whole virus thing.  That seems to be more their speed these days.

To top it all off, I have seen where Sleepy Joe Biden’s staff, as well as other democrat politicians, and the liberal Hollywood elites are donating literally millions of dollars to help these terrorists post bail.

Like I have asked before…, whose side are these people on?

I think it’s pretty obvious whose side they’re on…, and it ain’t ours.

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