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.
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.
“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.”
‘“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?!
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!
‘“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???!!!
Peaceful protests went out the window over two months ago.
“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.’”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.’”
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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