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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ANTIFA and BLM are sooo brave!

Yes, my friends, these two domestic terrorist groups, and anyone else who hides their ugly behavior behind their “right to protest” and “social injustice,” seem to display their true colors on a daily basis…, and their true color is yellow!

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For the sake of this article, I’ll just refer to these lowlifes as “anti-American neo-fascists and cowardly opportunists.”

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If you’ve been following the news, you can see a definite pattern to the attacks by these “anti-American neo-fascists and cowardly opportunists.”

What you’ll notice is they typically never attack anyone who could pose them any threat at all.

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They either attack inanimate objects, like buildings, stores, businesses and statues, or they attack old men, old women, young girls, boys, or anyone when they outnumber the person by at least five to one.

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Like I said, these “anti-American neo-fascists and cowardly opportunists” are sooo brave.

Below are some actual recent headlines from the news that demonstrate what I’m talking about:

“GRAPHIC VIDEO: 71-year-old man reportedly suffers broken jaw, blow to head as he defends Kenosha business.”

“Girlfriend of Portland man attacked: ‘They were trying to fight people.’”

“Woman Attacked at Philadelphia Church During Live-Streamed Mass.”

“92-year-old woman randomly attacked in Gramercy Park, Manhattan.”

“Elderly woman attacked, set on fire in Brooklyn.”

“Retired NYPD sergeant attacked in Garment District beatdown caught on video.”

“Chicago violence: Chilling video shows woman, 85, slammed during robbery.”

“Man attacked by group of 5 people near State Street, left with facial fractures, police say.”

“Aggressive mob of white BLM protesters threaten and film white diners at DC restaurants and DEMAND they raise their fist and show solidarity with them…. or else.”

“Oakland rioters torch courthouse, smash windows as unrest continues.”

“Crowds tear down statues outside Wisconsin State Capitol, attack state senator.”

“Minneapolis stores looted as mayhem erupts after gunman’s suicide.”

See what I mean?

How long do you think this type of behavior will be allowed to go on, unchecked, as the police choose to sit on their hands, and the city prosecutor’s office is just a revolving door for these criminals when they do happen to be apprehended?

I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

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Oh, here’s another headline I wanted to share:

“Kenosha: teen charged with murder after two Black Lives Matter protesters killed.”

And so it begins.

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Before this chaos across our country is resolved, you’ll be seeing some good people doing some bad things to bad people.

When a vacuum is created in our society regarding law and order, that vacuum will be filled, one way or the other.

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The Portland Police are giving up on policing the “far-right???”

Policing the “far-right?”

How about policing the “far-left?!!!”

The last time I checked, Portland was into their 70th or 80th or whatever ridiculous number of straight nights of violence, burning, and looting, courtesy of the neo-fascist, radical, left-wing, rioters.

But, they’re giving up on policing the far-right?

How about even beginning to police the far-left?!

According to Andy Campbell for HuffPost [HuffPost is a liberal American news website], “The Portland Police Bureau [PPB] appears to have all but given up on policing the far-right factions brawling in the Oregon city’s streets, despite a recent escalation in violence that has seen those extremists throw explosives, brandish guns and in one case fire them at other protesters.”

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“It’s common to see far-right extremist groups like the ‘Proud Boys’ exchanging blows with counter-protesters in Portland. They’ve been doing that for years, often as PPB officers watched until a riot was officially declared and then police cleared the streets using tear gas and other munitions.”

I must admit, I was not aware of these confrontations between the left and the right groups amid the rioting in Portland.

For some reason, it was a well-kept secret by the media.

And this is the first I’ve heard of “the proud boys” as well.

“But over the weekend, police took an entirely hands-off approach to the fighting, even as the demonstrations grew more violent than ever.”

Excuse me, but, you’re saying the Portland police taking a “hands-off approach” with the violence is news?

Just sayin’.

“As officers stood by on Saturday, the ‘Proud Boys’ and their far-right friends attacked and intimidated anti-fascist protesters using paintball guns, mace, fireworks, aluminum bats and various firearms, according to The Washington Post.”

The term “anti-fascist protesters,” which is used here, is a complete misnomer.

These radical, left-wing, agitators, are neither “anti-fascists” nor
protesters.”

They are neo-fascist terrorists.

And, oh, the poor, poor protesters!

They were being intimidated!!!

Can you imagine?!

The nerve of those ruthless “proud boys!”

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Now, getting back to the “far-right” groups, as the HuffPost describes them, “One of them — notorious ‘Proud Boys’ organizer Alan Swinney — was seen pointing a gun at protesters, his finger on the trigger. Another ‘Proud Boy,’ Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, was present, per the Post, in apparent violation of his parole over an attack at a similar demonstration in 2017 (he wasn’t apprehended on Saturday, but a judge on Monday issued a warrant for his arrest).”

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Now, this is a new wrinkle to the riot reporting.

They name the members of this “proud boy” group.

I don’t recall the media naming any members of the rioting group, much less attaching a name to the rioting group in general.

It’s obviously a preconceived propaganda strategy of the fake news.

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“Meanwhile, over a loudspeaker, police encouraged those present to ‘self-monitor for criminal activity.’ In essence, the PPB had thrown up its hands.”

“Self-monitor?!

Ha!!!

That’s a good one I haven’t heard before!

“In a statement to The Washington Post, the bureau said that officers were tired from responding to ongoing demonstrations against racism and police brutality, which have kept Portland in the national spotlight for weeks. Officers wouldn’t intervene in small skirmishes between ‘willing participants,’ even if the clashes fit the city’s definition of a riot.”

Can you blame them?

Can you blame them one little bit?

The correct answer to these questions is “no,” just in case you were wondering.

‘“Each skirmish appeared to involve willing participants and the events were not enduring in time, so officers were not deployed to intervene,’ the bureau said of Saturday’s events. PPB members have been the focus of over 80 days of violent actions directed at the police, which is a major consideration for determining if police resources are necessary to interject between two groups with individuals who appear to be willingly engaging in physical confrontations for short durations.”

This is an interesting development.

Sooo, what we have here is a type of government sanctioned lawlessness.

Huh.

“Allowing local far-right groups to wreak havoc on the city isn’t a big departure for the PPB. As the ‘Proud Boys’ cheered, officers launched tear gas and other munitions at anti-fascist counter-protesters [Isn’t this a double negative?  Who are we exactly talking about here?] during a rally in 2017, which left one antifa protester with a gas canister lodged in his head.”

Ouch!

No pictures of this, of course.

And what’s this “allowing local far-right groups to wreak havoc on the city” stuff?

It would appear that the “far-right groups” are wreaking havoc on the neo-fascist terrorists, not the city.

“Police gave the ‘Proud Boys’ an escort out of the city following a rally in 2018 that saw the far-right demonstrators outnumbered by anti-fascists. A key officer had a friendly and ongoing relationship with the leader of ‘Proud Boys’ affiliate group ‘Patriot Prayer,’ judging from texts obtained by Willamette Week.”

Willamette who?

Is naming this person supposed to lend some kind of credence to the information?

Just sayin’.

Anyway, “But relinquishing the act of policing to the brawlers themselves is both new and concerning, especially given the context: Local extremists have escalated their violent tactics in recent weeks, brazenly introducing guns and a lot more weaponry to the melee.”

“Local right-wing protester Skylor Jernigan [Here they go naming names again.], who attended a conservative ‘flag wave’ demonstration in Portland earlier this month alongside Swinney, allegedly shot at Black Lives Matter protesters from inside a car. Nobody was hit.”

“He was later arrested and charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon.”

This definitely seems like a case of “selective enforcement” of the law here.

“During the same event, Swinney was seen spraying protesters with chemical irritants and shooting them with rounds from a paintball gun. He faced no immediate consequence for those displays or for pointing a pistol at protesters this past Saturday.”

Nor should he, based on the prior treatment of “the protesters.”

I feel like it’s time to interject a couple applicable sayings here:

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” for example.

And, “What goes around comes around.”

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Or, how about, “You’ve made your bed, now you have to lie in it.”

 

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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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