Expecting a mess in Portland tonight.

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    • #419111
      jbnw
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      Local news reports a protest scheduled for 8 PM Pacific tonight, combined with this:

      Mayor Wheeler has extended the state of emergency in Portland through noon Monday. He asks members of the public to get license plates of people dressed all in black and report them to the police. “Our job is to unmask them, arrest them and prosecute them.”

      There’s more at https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2021/04/mayor-ted-wheeler-extends-state-of-emergency-asks-public-to-help-unmask-violent-demonstrators.html .

      Portland’s mayor and acting police chief on Friday urged the public to safely stand up to the black bloc group of violent demonstrators who continue to plan “direct actions” around the city that routinely end with shattered windows, fires and other vandalism.

      Both said they believe residents are fed up watching the threats and destruction by a small group of “self-described anarchists.”

      “They want to burn,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said. “They want to bash, like they did to the nonprofit Boys and Girls Club in Northeast. Really they want to intimidate. They want to assault.
      “If BLM leaders can show the courage to stand up to this mob, then we all should. … Make a stand and take our city back,” he said.

      Here’s the story on tonight’s “Direct Action”: https://www.koin.com/news/protests/direct-action-couch-park-nw-portland-04232021/ .

      Organizers called for an “autonomous demonstration” to begin at Couch Park in Northwest Portland at 8 p.m., with a plan to “move” at 9 p.m. Once again, organizers want those coming to “bloc up” and “be water,” and they want “no streamers, no megaphones.”

      During a press conference Friday afternoon, Mayor Ted Wheeler and PPB Acting Chief Chris Davis urged citizens to report what they see but not directly engage the group.

      Wheeler also requested they not be labeled “protesters.”

      “Call them what they call themselves: self-described anarchists,” the mayor said.

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      Utopian Leftist
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      If we cannot govern ourselves with a government (and obviously we cannot), then what makes anyone think we would be capable of anything other than hysterical, riotous, chaotic calamity without any government, whatsoever?

      In a utopia? Where everyone had their basic human needs met, and no one had any good reason to fight? Then yeah, maybe in that scenario, we could lighten up on government intervention. Until then? FUCK THAT NOISE and gimme as much regulation as humanly possible!

      Anarchy will fail because Anarchists are essentially Libertarians who simply lack the fascist, boot-licking tendencies. Both want to do away with government. Neither has a responsible plan for dealing with the UTTER LACK OF CIVILIZATION THAT EXISTS WITHOUT SOME FORM OF GOVERNMENT!

      "All fascism is a result of a failure of the left to provide a viable alternative." ~ Trotsky

    • #419125
      jbnw
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      Seems to be a good example of people first.


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    • #419130
      Snort McDork
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      Am I mistaken?

      I'm Snort McDork and I approved this message.

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      • #419135
        jbnw
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        But this is the same Democratic mayor that turned away help from Trump last year and was re-elected in November.

        I suspect that he finally realized that it doesn’t matter who is in office – there are enough people who spent a year destroying mostly with impunity that they just continue their habits. And from the arrest records, many are not from the Portland area.

        Portland now has massive amounts of homeless living in tents on the streets, by freeways and in parks. It was not that way a few years ago. There were some, but now there are overwhelming numbers.


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      • #419137
        3fingerbrown
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        A broken window is a riot??? BTW, what is this Mayor Wheeler doing about the increased homeless population in Portland, when he isn’t going on about all those black clad “anarchists”?

        All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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    • #419348
      Snort McDork
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      Eugene is having the same problem, but from what the Register Guard is saying, people are doing something about it there. I’m keeping up on this stuff since I’m moving back there in the near future-as I have indicated previously.

      I'm Snort McDork and I approved this message.

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      Thom Paine
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      It is inevitable when the government turns to authoritarian means to stop dissent.  Violence will not bring peace but only less freedoms.

      Where are the keyboard revolutionaries that keep telling us that we need to revolt?  It’s happening across the country and in other countries, what are you waiting for?

      Again, violence won’t bring peace.   And no I don’t have an answer.

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