Tent Show Revival, Chapter One

“Anyone seen my collar?”
Danny frowned at the silent room.
“Bastards.”
John’s chin nestled neatly into his wattles as he squinted at the wig he was turning about in his lap.
“I haven’t.” He managed, somehow, through the tiered mass of flesh.
Horst, sewing a pair of lederhosen, grunted negative through teeth holding a thread tight.

Danny glimpsed himself in the old burlesque mirror. The white greasepaint left behind in the crevices around his eyes gave him a ghostly aspect. The paunch in his jumper–he only now realized he’d fallen asleep in costume–was alarming. On the dresser in this image’s foreground there cluttered make-up and brushes, scraps of wardrobe, notes, a half-eaten Soybar, a massive black dildo, a pair of masks, old show programs, unidentifiable things, yellow prescription bottles, something half consumed by fire; all piled there like temple offerings to his living portrait in the mirror. He sighed.

“I’m taking a walk.” He pulled a moth-eaten raccoon coat out from under a pile.

His cigarette was lit before the trailer door closed behind him.

“Danny Boy!” A cowboy in chaps practicing with a lasso hailed him from across the muddy lane separating the rows of trailers.

“Morning, Tex.” He waved. “Taking a walk.”

The cowboy smiled and nodded. Danny started out as if he had a destination. Residue of the lifting pre-dawn mist clung to the corners of everything. He passed a surfer in a bathrobe loading beach scene props onto a cart. Most of the performers hadn’t stirred from their trailers. A stray cat skittered past ahead of him. He liked when the camp was still mostly asleep, when he could imagine they were anybody, anywhere.

The main tent occupied a slight hollow where the fog pooled like liquid, lapping at its edges. The pennants on its peaks hung damply limp. Its slanting support ropes vanished into the mist on the ground where he could see one or two figures moving about. Looking down from the slight rise, it looked smaller than when he first saw it years before.

“There’s a system.” The man had said. “We open with a short stand-up routine. Standard white-joke genre, lots of self-deprecation–do you know what that means?”

Danny nodded, lying.

“A little sexual inferiority here, a little intellectual inferiority there. It sets the tone.” He spoke as if Danny understood. Danny’s stomach growled. He had been promised a meal.

“Then there’s a skit. We have five basic skits; one is the historical skit, involving a famous figure from Old America. He’s a bumbling conniver, saved from some ill-fated and corrupt scheme by his dependent slaves or servants. It usually features his cuckolding by one or more of them. Sometimes he is hauled off by the Indigenous.”

Danny was barely paying attention now. He wanted to sit; his sore feet felt like putty melting into flattening blobs on a hot sidewalk.

“We finish with a song and dance. Don’t worry, you don’t have to know how to dance. If you’re called on to dance it’s to dance badly, because that’s the idea.  It’s actually not good if you’ve got any training. You don’t know how to dance, do you?”

“No.” Said Danny; “I think”, he continued the sentence in his head.

“Good.” He looked Danny up and down. “You’ll have to learn some basic pratfalls, nothing serious. Have you done any stunts?”

“No.” Danny said apologetically.

Yeah, well, that’s okay. Normally I wouldn’t take on someone with no experience at all but,” he nodded at Danny’s red hair “a genuine ginger is a real rarity nowadays. Do you know you guys are like two percent of the under-30 population? A dying breed.” He nodded approvingly; his tone was complimentary. “So what do you say?”

Danny’s stomach contracted painfully. Over the man’s shoulder he could just make out the lines of smoke rising from the homeless camp in a stand of sickly cedars nearby. He remembered a pact he’d made two hungry years before, on a hungover first day of 2028; with a twinge he determined to forget it.

“Yes.”

Sheila’s Supremacy Soon

Sheila Jackson Lee’s law outlawing uppity whiteness may have no chance short term but is inevitable longer term should present trends, against which nothing formidable stands, continue; and national elections may not be pointless just yet.

The law criminalizes speech falling under the ever-widening category “white supremacy”, which is rapidly becoming a catch-all for opposition to immigration and demographic displacement (“replacement theory” is invoked in the bill) BLM, critical race theory in schools, reparations, even Drag Queen Story Hour.

HR.61 The Leading Against White Supremacy Act would amend the federal hate crimes law to add a white supremacy based motivation against any person” or “in furtherance of a white supremacy based motivation” to the list of hate crimes and would make anyone publishing “white supremacy” a potential co-conspirator in any real or contrived crimes committed by anyone else who read them. Bold added:

2(a)(b) Conspiracy

A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crime shall be determined to exist—(1)

between two or more persons engaged in the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of a white supremacy inspired hate crime; or(2)

between two or more persons—(A)

at least one of whom engaged in the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of a white supremacy inspired hate crime; and(B)

at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on replacement theory, or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group, and such published material—(i)

was published on a social media platform or by other means of publication with the likelihood that it would be viewed by persons who are predisposed to engaging in any action in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime, or who are susceptible to being encouraged to engage in actions in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime;

A crime does not have to be carried out for a criminal conspiracy to exist

Sec 2(a) A person engages in a white supremacy inspired hate crime when white supremacy ideology has motivated the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of actions that constituted a crime or were undertaken in furtherance of activity that, if effectuated, would have constituted a crime.?

So naturally the law mobilizes the Justice Department to become even more like an inwardly-focused CIA encouraging more of such as the plot-within-a-plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer and the agents provocateurs of January 6.

2(c) The Department shall have authority to conduct operations and activities pursuant to this section, specifically—(1)

with regard to information or evidence obtained by the Department of any action cited in this section, the Department shall have the authority to investigate, intercede, and undertake other actions that it deems necessary and appropriate to interdict, mitigate, or prevent such action from culminating in violent activity;

Let every day be January 6.

The intelligence community started signaling its pivot away from the “War on Terror” to domestic dissent toward the end of the Trump Administration.

In September of 2020 with cities like Portland still under siege by BLM rioting and Trump a month away from being dispatched the Department of Homeland Security leaked its notorious policy draft to Politico declaring white supremacy the “gravest terror threat to the United States”. DHS is said to have burned through a trillion dollars in the War on Terror since 9/11. A trillion dollars builds up a lot of institutional empire that will definitely rage against the dying of the light, and funding. You don’t just turn off the lights on something like that. Just one of and not the greatest reason Sheila’s law looks inevitable.

In May of 2021 Merrick Garland’s Justice Department joined with DHS to make the War on White, I mean White Supremacy, official. Notably two powerful Jews (just sayin’) declared a War on Domestic Terror that looks a lot like a war on populism and white political advocacy. If the war on free speech is really just a war on whites nowhere is it more nakedly on display here.

Sheila’s (or whoever’s writing bills for her) has already offered the bill as the Stop Hate Acts of White Supremacy Act of last June.

One of the first conditions for Sheila’s law to prevail is the cementing of the concept of “white supremacy” in the public mind–by ubiquitous use of the term in the media. We saw this happen deliberately in the press’ response first to Donald Trump then to Charlottesville, after which the media and elite determination to censor white and populist dissent became open; white supremacy acquired a hysteria-load something like Islamic terrorism. Many behind this narrative had already decided on the necessity of Sheila’s law.

Censorship of language begins with language, ironically enough. Establishing the concept of “white supremacy” through repetition and crude reduction prepares the public for extraordinary measures against the threat. The rolling boil that is higher education now does not bode well.

Using google’s Ingram Viewer we see publication of the term “white supremacy” peaking in the sixties and early seventies during the civil rights movement (sometime around John Wayne getting into trouble for saying he approved of “white supremacy”–the interviewers characterization of the status quo then–until Black! people got their act together) and falling away until the early nineties before beginning its stunning rise to the present.

The early nineties are when the concept of “political correctness” came into vogue; I think because a critical mass in critical theory had been reached in universities and the topic of what would later become known as “wokeness” naturally formed outside of education. The many absurdities of leftist academic theory of the time were starting to be skewered by various people like the social issues neoconservative outlet The New Criterion and Camille Paglia.

And of much of that wacky theory is now policy.

Culture is upstream of politics which determine the law. But critical theory, in taking over the universities, is injected upstream of culture. Yesterday’s fringe radicalism, that was being exposed in the early nineties, is today’s political culture.

Sheila’s time is soon.

PDX Dispatch 1.20.23: Subduing the Suburbs

In relation to Portland Newberg Oregon is 25 miles to the south and about 25 years in the past. The most striking difference you notice there is the ratio of American to Rainbow flags.

In September 2021 a conservative majority on Newberg’s school board voted to ban the display of BLM and Pride flags in school buildings.

School board director and vice chair Brian Shannon…asked his fellow board members to not only ban Black Lives Matter and Pride flags and signs from district buildings, but also ban teachers from wearing BLM and Pride clothing while at work…

In the end, the board voted 4-3 in favor of a ban, but more work lies ahead.

The board is expected to consider re-examining the Oregon Department of Education’s Every Student Belongs policy at the suggestion of Shannon. The student-driven, bipartisan legislation aims to create a safe and inclusive school environment while prohibiting hate symbols like the swastika, confederate flag and noose.

Because of the prevalence of swastikas, confederate flags and nooses in classrooms, you know. The Oregon Department of Education’s Every Student Belongs policy was implemented in February of 2021 with the stated intent of preempting local school boards like Newberg’s from doing just this.

WHEREAS, we recognize that there are people who hold power in education, including on school boards in Oregon, who have taken action or are considering action to limit the display of signs, flags, placards, and symbols conveying that Black Lives Matter and showing solidarity and
safety for LGBTQ2SIA+ students, families, and employees; in opposition to their communities, colleagues, and the values of the Oregon State Board of Education.

Every Student Belongs includes a BLM resolution, one for gender “identity” and a “Safe and Welcoming Schools” resolution (addressing xenophobia), all written as if there was an ongoing national pogrom against queers, Blacks! and immigrants. The initiative all but mandates BLM and rainbow flags.

The legislature was roused of course.

As a BIPOC caucus, we’re keeping a very close eye on this,” said Oregon state Rep. Ricki Ruiz [“he, him, el”]. 

Local media feared for the lives of Black! students without BLM flags to ward off white supremacy, favorably reporting on the “dozens” protesting the rule. The ACLU mobilized. Reports turned up of a student joking about trading some of the Black! students as slaves on Snapchat, someone heard the word “nigger” somewhere and an instance of blackface was uncovered, all purporting to show the racist hell that is tiny Newberg. From the ACLU’s lawsuit

September 14, 2021: Reports emerged that at least one Newberg High School student had participated in a national Snapchat group titled “Slave Trade.”  The group, which reportedly originated with a user in Michigan, included teenagers from around the country who posted photos of their Black classmates and derogatorily “bid” on them as though they were auctioning off their classmates as slaves. The one Newberg student identified as involved had posted, “They can run but they can’t hide,” after posting in the group with a photo of two Black classmates, with the statements, “100$ each. They like picking cotton.” Another member responded, “I’ll take them for 150 as the pair because the ones [g]ay. I don’t fuck wit da homos.” Other members responded with statements like, “Mans sus he comes as a bonus, he’s free,” “Mans so gay, I’ll kill him for Jesus,” and “All blacks should die, let’s have another holocaust.”

September 17, 2021: A staff member at Mabel Rush Elementary School in Newberg showed up to work in Blackface.

The national outcry drew even AOC into the mix; she interrupted her vacation (Newberg is in Oregon’s wine country) to take pictures with adoring locals.

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Belatedly the school board extended the rule to include all political material in anticipation of the ACLU’s lawsuit; that came in December of 2021.

The teacher’s union and four individual teachers filed a separate lawsuit and the school district settled, rescinding the ban on January 18.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A school district in Oregon has quietly rescinded its ban on educators displaying symbols of the Black Lives Matter movement or gay pride, following a court settlement with a teachers’ union.

Newberg, Ore., a town of about 25,000 residents nestled in Oregon’s wine country, had became an unlikely focal point for the national battle over schooling between the left and right. Newberg lies 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Portland.

In 2021, the board banned school staff from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols, then expanded the ban to all political or controversial signs after being advised the first rule wouldn’t survive a legal challenge.

The Newberg City Council and multiple Democratic members of the Oregon House and Senate all condemned the school board’s action.

The Newberg School Board voted unanimously on Jan. 10 to rescind the controversial policy, a month after the Newberg Education Association announced it had settled its federal civil rights lawsuit over the matter.

“The policy will not be amended or changed, it is gone,” Newberg schools Superintendent Stephen Phillips told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

A few years ago I heard a spot on local radio, on either the socialist-progressive non-profit KBOO or NPR, about a program by which the left is going out into rural and semi-rural Oregon to politically groom young people into the wokeness matrix and cultivate them for leadership roles in it.

Portland already dominates state elections with its disproportionate share of the state’s population. The program (which I’ve been unable to find for this post) seems determined to flush out the last bastions of conservative resistance to the new order.

Trans Savior Complex

It isn’t as if I haven’t been prepared for Anne Jakrajutatip, alpha male Asian trans female feminist owner of the Miss Universe Pageant, but the effect is still jarring.

New characters emerge all the time out of the global cultural miasma, rising from the murk to reveal themselves like the die in an old Magic 8 Ball (they were filled with some sort of fluid in which the die rose to the little viewer-window when you turned it over), until the globe is shaken up once more and they are submerged again.

In his speech at this year’s show Jakrajutatip declared a stunning and brave New Order: the contest would now be a “global women’s empowerment platform”. With a tongueless Bruce Lee accent he angrily declared the seventy-year nightmare of male ownership of the pageant over, waving a magisterial index finger with confident arrogance that would befit the Empress Dowager Cixi–a woman who ruled from behind the curtain in the time of patriarchy, channeled here by a man who rules from behind plastic breasts in a time of matriarchy.

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Needless to say the audience applauded as if oblivious to the irony, and the vast majority certainly were.

Save some of that enthusiasm for when they crown the first transgender-woman-full-stop
@jorejorokee1, TikTok

There is a trope called the white savior complex which operates under the damned if you do clause of the damned if you do/damned if you don’t dynamic applied to white “allies” of Blacks! and other minorities. White condescension, thin-air theorists tell us, harms “the BIPOC” in various ways–ironically a condescending point of view that sees the BIPOC as agency-less blobs in space. I’m inclined to agree, but still.

“White Savior Complex” is just more gaslighting manipulation of whites yearning to be free of suspicion, to be sure, but it has a basis reality. That reality is turned inside out in the mind of critical theorists and their saps, who can only see mendacity even in the most ethno-masochistic and self-abnegating white behavior. If a desperate white ally set himself on fire for Black! empowerment somewhere, somebody would soon pen a piece on how it harms the BIPOC.

Dickens famously criticized something like this, and the disdain or indifference for the co-ethnics suffering next door that always accompanies it, as “telescoping philanthropy“.

“In-deed! Mrs. Jellyby,” said Mr. Kenge, standing with his back to the fire and casting his eyes over the dusty hearth-rug as if it were Mrs. Jellyby’s biography, “is a lady of very remarkable strength of character who devotes herself entirely to the public. She has devoted herself to an extensive variety of public subjects at various times and is at present (until something else attracts her) devoted to the subject of Africa, with a view to the general cultivation of the coffee berry—AND the natives—and the happy settlement, on the banks of the African rivers, of our superabundant home population

And more recently the phenomenon has been described as “leapfrogging loyalties” by Steve Sailer

Modern liberals defining trait is making a public spectacle of how their loyalties leapfrog over some unworthy folks relatively close to them in favor of other people they barely know.

Pathological altruism like this appears to be a uniquely white Western phenomenon, with an evolutionary basis.

But: how similar is Angry Alpha Anne’s performance to that of the typical self-hating white “ally”? While he throws his fellow men under the bus the same way the white ally throws his co-ethntics over, this feels different somehow. A ready analogy presents itself with the Rachel Dolezal model where a white passes oneself off as minority to Stick it to the (white) Man.

Dolezal was seen as appropriating an identity of real monetary and cultural value. That one can trade up by passing as a minority is as obvious as it is unspoken. Black! people are left pretending Dolezal is latching onto their ongoing suffering–when she is in fact latching onto their growing privilege. Having risen to a leadership role like many a white faker Dolezal arguably earned her Black! identity by virtue of her work on behalf of Blacks!

The difference is Anne is not working on behalf of women. Anne is working on behalf of Anne.

The pageant this year was marred by accusations of fraud–Jakrajutatip is said to have rigged the contest for Miss USA, R’Bonney Gabriel, and I couldn’t help noticing the thin, elegant Gabriel’s lack of hips–like a transgender “woman”. It’s as if Anne’s is getting them ready for the first transgender winner. I have just the guy, er girl for the crown:

Now, when the trans owner of Miss Universe crowns the first trans Miss Universe how are the boring old biological women going to react?

PDX Dispatch 1/14/23: The Racial Wreckening, Trans Power Rising and Duhmocracy

101 Damnations

In 2022 Portland set its annual homicide record for the second year in a row at 101. A high percentage of cases are classified “no arrest”. Murder rates continue to increase here even as they are easing up in other cities.

Portland antifa under the BLM banner enthusiastically joined in the George Floyd riots of 2020, occupying downtown for months. The police station, federal courthouse and Apple store all remain barricaded going on three years since. Police abolitionists only succeeded in seizing a fraction of what they sought from the Portland Police Bureau’s budget in the heady early days; they nonetheless got the most bang they could for the buck, so to speak, when a beaten Mayor Wheeler ended the Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team, long targeted by abolitionists for targeting Black! youths (for targeting other Black! youths), on June 9, just days into the rioting. There could have been no doubt in his office that the result would be more homicides.

Based on a proven model gang units like the GVRT work by harassing and arresting those identified as the most active gangbangers, seeing a small minority initiating most of the cycles of retaliatory violence that typically follow an assault or murder. The strategy relies heavily on stops and searches that are the bane of police abolitionists. Combined with new policies discouraging or barring traffic stops generally (as racist) the result of taking the unit off the street is a lot more gangbangers roaming about locked and loaded.

Covid proved a ready excuse for local media when our increase in murders were part of a national homicide trend; now that the trend is easing up nationally but not here, the media-cited “experts” are not even casting a glance at the host of anti-police policies which remain in effect and show direct correlations with violence, before plunging the question back into obscurity.

Even in the cities where homicides are falling, the numbers are still significantly higher than before the pandemic, according to Jeff Asher, a crime analyst based in New Orleans and co-founder of AH Datalytics, a data consulting firm.

“It’s something that’s not fully understood just yet,” Asher said. “It’s usually a complex set of factors that affects various cities.”

If it’s not simply Covid it’s all complexity and variety, apparently. But never shall that complexity or variety include BLM and the “reimagining” of public safety–which remains, long after the pandemic faded.

Both retaliatory gang shootings and shootings involving people living on the street drove up the killings here, police said.

A relatively new development here: guns in the hands of the homeless.

The Police Bureau, tracking homelessness-related homicides for the first time, estimated that roughly a third of 2022′s killings involved homeless people — both as victims and perpetrators — but police wouldn’t identify the specific cases because of ongoing investigations.

Many of those killings involved guns, Hughes said. It’s a departure from the past when knives and beatings often resolved disputes between those living on the street and guns were treated as a commodity to trade for drugs or other things, she said.

An assumption I’ve long made is that guns don’t last among the homeless for that reason, and if an individual has the discipline to keep his gun, it’s still too easily stolen or eventually seized by police. The latter is less a problem since the city effectively legalized camping on the streets and police contact with the homeless, as with Black! knuckleheads, has dwindled close to zero.

Other killings stemmed from slights on social media, drug disputes, robberies, domestic violence and random violence, according to investigators. The oldest victim was 82-year-old Donald Pierce, beaten while waiting at a downtown bus stop in an unprovoked attack, police said.

Pierce and an 88 year-old friend were savagely beaten by a white homeless man.

More than half of Portland’s homicide victims in 2022 were people of color, mostly Black men – the same breakdown as the year before. That’s far disproportionate to the 6% of Multnomah County’s population that identifies as Black and 3% who identify as Black men.

The biggest increase appears to be in what Steve Sailer calls “deaths of exuberance” (as opposed to white “deaths of despair“). It’s like the Wild West in parts of Portland’s more vibrant east:

Also as in 2021, dozens of spent bullet casings of multiple calibers were left behind at many of the crime scenes, suggesting the involvement of multiple shooters, police said.

The “involvement of multiple shooters” is worthy of something like the aforementioned Sailer’s Law of Mass Shootings (that more wounded than killed indicates a Black! assailant); I’d wager multiple gunmen predicts Black! assailants with even more consistency.

Trans Flex

In Washington state a change.org petition succeeded in getting Vancouver police officer Rey Reynolds, who unsuccessfully campaigned for Clark County Sheriff, suspended for “harmful” comments toward transgender people, when he said he’d simply enforce laws on the books to oppose such as all-ages drag shows.

…if he was elected sheriff in the county he said: “Exposure laws, indecent liberties, all of those things are laws that we have on the books right now that can be prosecuted. And we can arrest on those things… We used to arrest people for running around naked and doing sexual acts, now we have parades where they’re allowed to do it and they’re not being arrested.”

I’ve seen this argument made elsewhere by opponents of trans mania, and nothing demonstrates the fact it isn’t the law as written but the law as enforced that matters like the explosion in trans promotion among children and law enforcement’s lack of interest. The double standard allowing the exposure of children to sexual content for purposes of radical socialization threatens what’s left of the old barriers between kids and adult content (I assume you still can’t take your 12 year-old to the strip club with you; or “family time” as Dad used to say),–and you have to wonder if taking those barriers down completely hasn’t been the point of this all, and trans tolerance just the “soft underbelly” (somehow!) of the old non-pederast world.

Heroes of Democracy

Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan nails her theses to American democracy’s door:

“I am sending you my 2023 Protect Our Democracy agenda, which calls for targeted investments in how we run elections to ensure that they remain free, fair and secure,” Fagan wrote in the letter. “As you weigh your choices and decide which priorities to focus on, please remember that without investments in our elections, we will not have the necessary public trust to address the challenges that Oregonians face today. This agenda is not in competition with other priorities; it is foundational to them.

Fagan says the Protect Our Democracy Agenda will ensure that local elections are free and fair.

“The rising tide of anti-democracy forces in our country erodes trust and threatens our freedoms,” Fagan wrote. “Thanks to our track record of pro-democracy policy, Oregon is uniquely positioned to show the rest of the country a better way forward.”

Fagan’s proposals include devolving control over elections from the county to the state government…

SB 165 will begin to address funding deficiencies at the county level. Over the years, local elections offices have relied on county funding and unpredictable federal funding to operate. There has been little state-level leadership in providing stable funding at the local level – even while state-level laws have dramatically increased the complexity of local operations.

…expanding the voter rolls…

HB 2107 would build on the success of Motor Voter by expanding automatic voter registration to the Oregon Health Authority. Approximately 171,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan are eligible to vote but are not registered. This measure would provide them with a secure and simple option to become registered. The bill also includes a pilot project with the Oregon Department of Corrections to test automatic voter registration for adults in custody when they are released and regain the right to vote.

LC #2862 will also expand access to our democracy by increasing the number of available languages for the State Voters’ Pamphlet. We are proposing adding Traditional Chinese, Khmer, Mien, Romanian and Somali to ensure the communities who speak those languages can participate in our democracy.

…and of course “election security”

Election Security – SB 166 Democracy is built on trust. That trust has eroded, and restoring it is a top priority. But we can’t just ask for trust. We must demonstrate it. We must earn it. SB 166 includes 3 pillars for security that will help restore public trust in our elections systems. First, it affirms the right to vote a secret ballot. Second, it increases penalties for threatening or harassing an elections worker. Third, it improves election security at the local level by requiring local security plans to be consistent with best practices, including physical and cyber security, and provides the Oregon Elections Division with the necessary time to evaluate the threat environment counties face.

The Secretary of State is an ambitious politician with her sights trained on the governorship.

Shemia Fagen (KOIN 6)

So just how “hard” is it to vote in Oregon? Is Fagan trying to make elections more Democratic, rather than democratic?

Oregon has been determined to be the “easiest” state in which to cast a vote (by progressive academics):

Voting is easier in Oregon than any other state in the nation, according to the latest analysis by a team of political scientists tracking the issue.

“Oregon, which has one of the most progressive automatic voter registration processes and mail-in voting, maintains the first position as the easiest state in which to vote,” the researchers wrote in a summary of their findings published online ahead of publication in a scholarly journal.

Oregonians have voted by mail since 1998–the first state to implement it.

Oregon has had online voter registration since 2010.

Oregon’s legislature passed a “motor voter” law in 2015.

Someone’s just introduced a bill to expand voting in jails:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (KPTV) – A new bill in Washington would make voting easier for some people in the state’s jail system.

Last year, the state restored voting rights to people released from prison thanks to a bill introduced by Washington State Representative Tarra Simmons. More than a decade ago, Simmons served time in prison for a drug charge. Since then, she became a lawyer, then an elected official, and she’s behind a new push to expand voting for people in jails.

Not to be confused with voting in prison by convicted felons (though I fully expect that soon).

The Democrats in this one-party state seek out pools of low-information, pliable but apathetic minority non-voters with legal innovations, like oil companies resorting to technological innovations like horizontal drilling and fracking.

Soon it will require more effort to avoid voting here.

PDX Dispatch January 5 2023: Kill ’em Kids, Flesh-eating Zombies, Church Fires and the Year Has Just Begun

Portland Welcomes, Kills Baby New Year

Someone vandalized an anti-abortion billboard in Portland in such a grotesque fashion you might wonder if they weren’t trolling the pro-abortion side.

Smother the little children (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An anti-abortion billboard in Northeast Portland was removed after it was vandalized with the words “kill them kids” spray painted over the sign and x’s crossed over a photographed baby’s eyes.

The billboard, located on the 1600 block of Sandy Boulevard, displayed an advertisement from nonprofit group ProLife Across America. In its original, underlying message, the billboard read: “Protect the babies” and “heartbeat 18 days from conception.”

The Portland Police Bureau told KOIN 6 News that it’s unclear if any police reports have been filed in connection to the vandalism at this time. KOIN 6 also reached out to ProLife Across America and the owner of the billboard, Outfront Media, about the incident.

Outfront Media Operations Manager David Spivey told KOIN 6 that the company removed the vandalized billboard during the morning hours of Jan. 2. In an email to KOIN 6, ProLife Across America Director Mary Ann Kuharski said that the organization hopes to replace the signage.

So it’s likely neither the billboard company nor ProLife Across America bothered calling the police. There really is no point, except perhaps to document the crime for the statistics, and we don’t keep statistics on things like vandalism (or at least we never hear of them)–or the wrong kind of political violence.

If it went the other way this would certainly qualify as what the left routinely calls “stochastic terrorism” now–rhetoric doesn’t get any more directly violent than “kill them”. Needless to say “kill them” directed at abortion providers would instantly be recognized as a call to harm. Except the “kill[ing]” encouraged here isn’t directed at a group recognized as human, them being inconvenient to both the practice and political defense of abortion, and the killing encouraged by our tasteless vandals is ongoing at industrial scale.

If anyone was paying attention this all would be evident and work against the pro-abortion side, but no one is paying attention.

Sandy Boulevard, which runs from Portland’s close-in northeast neighborhood to the airport, was occasionally subject to anarchist marches and vandalism during the George Floyd Summer of 2020, when antifa toppled a near-hundred year-old statue of George Washington on the lawn of the German American Society in a Day of Rage style action that swept down the busy street.

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So as for Sandy Boulevard, this is antifa country, boy. The sign was a direct affront, though it was placed about as discreetly as a billboard can be, tucked in low (and accessible) on the corner of a building.

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The ghoulish satirical sentiment is typical of both both Portland and antifa. The culprits are almost certainly political, but it could also be any random marginal character.

Antifa often uses themes crafted to demoralize the opposition and desensitize the public at the same time, such as their “drive cops insane” theme, which comes as if cooked up in a lab by psyop propagandists and is consistent with antifa’s riot tactics which are largely psychological warfare directed at individual cops, seeking to drive them out of the profession (“quit your job” goes one of the chants)–a practice that has shown results with many police quitting, retiring or leaving for the suburbs in the face of the onslaught.

Downtown Portland, 2020 (Dennis Dale Untethered)

So the billboard vandals may have been been thinking along the lines of the broader decades-long campaign to de-stigmatize (as in “shout your”) abortion, in their perverse way; the goal is desensitizing the public to the opposition’s very argument–abortion is murder? so what?

The phrase comes like a late adaptation to a long debate, the last rhetorical bastion no longer opposing but accepting the opposition’s argument and embracing it, calling an airstrike on their own moral position to end the battle definitively.

Outrageous expressions such as this come like shit-tests of the apolitical public, of what we’re willing to accept. And Portlanders always fail leftwing shit tests–just where would outrage go, here? There is no shop for that. The sign came down in silence, a faint frisson of outrage crackled through the alternative (not mainstream) national media, briefly; the self-styled baby killers won, and made their point. Murder you say? Okay, do something about it.

Or it was a tasteless if bold (superior to “stunning and brave”) troll. If so it proves pointless or even self-defeating, in light of the fact the appalling sentiment will not be allowed to have an impression on the public by media disinterest. Whatever the intentions, the public is left that much more jaded by it and their endless passivity is once again confirmed. People check out in the face of the progressive left’s endless campaign of ugly, stupid and mean–and that suits anarchy fine.

Last Exit to Gresham

The phrase “last stop of the Blue Line in Gresham” sounds depressing to any Portlander’s ears, and apparently the light rail terminus gets real grim after midnight:

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A gruesome fight at the last stop of the Blue Line in Gresham left a 78-year-old man seriously injured, with his ear chewed off and his skull exposed.

The fight happened just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and ended with the arrest of a 25-year-old man who recently moved to Portland from Georgia, authorities said.

Georgia’s not sending her best.

Gresham police and Multnomah County deputies were called to the Cleveland Avenue MAX platform after witnesses called in a possible stabbing that caused significant bleeding. When law enforcement arrived, the suspect — later identified through fingerprints as Koryn Kraemer — was still on top of the elderly man from Hillsboro and still attacking, officials said.

Detectives determined the man had not been stabbed but did have his ear chewed off “and part of his face.” Emergency responders could see the victim’s skull.

Kraemer — who initially provided the name of “El Baker” — was booked on an assault charge. The investigation continues.

This of course comes after a woman pushing a child onto the tracks made national news last Thursday.

A woman was followed and struck by a man on December 2 after getting off the train downtown.

S.F. got off the Max in downtown Portland, shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday Dec. 2 and walked down SE 11th Street before turning onto Alder Street.

What she didn’t realize at the time was that a man, Joseph Ibrahim, started following her.

Ibrahim snuck up behind S.F., striking her in the head with a heavy bag and slamming her to the ground. She later learned there was a metal lantern inside his backpack that caused the painful blow.

“I was gone. It was a complete knockout,” S.F. said.

In that violent moment, everything went dark. She said she thought she was dead.

“I look around,” she said. “There’s no one around except for Ibrahim, who’s at this corner where we’re standing. And he looks at me as if to say, ‘I got you. And I got you good.’”

She stayed down on the pavement in panic.

“I don’t know if I’m hurt and I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know if he’s going to come back to cross the street,” S.F. said.

Workers nearby came to her rescue and police responded, later arresting 18-year-old Ibrahim a couple of blocks away.

Effective on the first day of 2021 Mayor Wheeler pulled Portland Police from the region’s transit detail to appease the BLM rioters occupying downtown.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers will likely no longer be a part of a tri-county public transit policing division starting January 1, 2021.

The change was announced by Mayor Ted Wheeler at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, as part of a list of police reforms Wheeler and the Portland City Council plan to enact in the near future. Those reforms come in response to protests against police violence seen in Portland and across the country for almost two weeks now.

“The community has said loudly and clearly that they do not want to see Portland police officers used for that purpose on transit,” Wheeler said at the press conference. “I do not believe that will lead to less safety on the transit system, because if there is an issue on the transit system, people will still call 911.”

But first remember to get off the tracks and out of the train’s way before you make that call!

Korean Church Barbecue

An abandoned Korean Christian church downtown was set on fire for the second time in as many years, and the suspect in this latest case has had at least that many genders.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A suspect is in custody for arson after the historic Portland Korean Church burned on Tuesday night.

Portland Fire and Rescue says the suspect — identified as 27-year-old Cameron David Storer who also identifies as Nicolette Fait, per the Fire Investigations Unit — was arrested and faces charges of first and second-degree arson and second-degree burglary. They are expected in court Thursday afternoon.

I happened upon the scene last time:

September 2020 (Dennis Dale. Untethered Livestreams)

Update Jan 6: The church is coming down today:

PDX Dispatch 12.19.22: Spare the Chuds, Don’t Spare The Club®

Outgoing Oregon governor Kate Brown has commuted all seventeen death sentences pending in the state.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Calling the death penalty immoral, Governor Kate Brown commuted the death sentences of 17 inmates to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Brown, 62, announced the commutations will take effect Wednesday, December 14 in a full-throated condemnation and repudiation of the death penalty.

“Since taking office in 2015, I have continued Oregon’s moratorium on executions because the death penalty is both dysfunctional and immoral. Today I am commuting Oregon’s death row so that we will no longer have anyone serving a sentence of death and facing execution in this state. This is a value that many Oregonians share,” she said in a statement.

The state, she said, “should not be in the business of executing people” even though she noted a “terrible crime” led to a conviction and the death sentence.

Brown said she has commuted other prisoners’ sentences after they showed “extraordinary growth and rehabilitation.” But the commutation of the 17 prisoners on Oregon’s death row has nothing to do with that.

Her decision “reflects the recognition that the death penalty is immoral. It is an irreversible punishment that does not allow for correction; is wasteful of taxpayer dollars; does not make communities safer; and cannot be and never has been administered fairly and equitably.”

Although Oregon’s death penalty remains in place, the legislature passed Senate Bill 1013 in 2019 that nearly abolishes the punishment, she said.

She also ordered the dismantling of the state’s “execution chamber” (lethal injection was the means).

Capital punishment remains in Oregon’s state constitution–which was amended by referendum in 1984 to include it; legally its repeal requires a popular vote. It’s only been used twice since 1984, both times after convicts dropped their appeals, in 1996 and 1997, when the last convict to be executed in Oregon petitioned against the automatic appeal provided for by law and threatened to sue anyone seeking to block the execution. The state hasn’t executed anyone involuntarily for 60 years.

The aforementioned Senate Bill 1013, now law, narrowed the scope of eligibility for the death penalty by redefining “aggravated murder”. In passing the law legislators promised it would not be applied retroactively, but the state supreme court nonetheless cited it (as well as “prevailing societal standards”) in favor of an appeal to a death penalty conviction, paving the way for a host of successful appeals from those whose crimes don’t qualify under the new definitions–a moot point now due to Governor Brown’s actions.

Incoming progressive governor Tina Kotek poses no threat to re-introduce the death penalty or raise the issue of the constitutionality of the Governor’s actions. Last November the state came closer than it has in a long time to electing a Republican–reacting negatively to Brown (least popular governor in the nation) as well as former house leader Kotek’s perceived role in the increase in crime and homelessness since 2020. Had the Republican won last November Brown’s actions would be very different; one has to wonder if they were in place for that eventuality.

As it is, the death penalty remains the law of the land and victim’s families are outraged. But we remain a one-party state with anemic Republican opposition and a Democratic trifecta controlling both chambers of the House and the governorship. As for public opinion a good recent poll is impossible to find in a casual online search, and the questionable ones range from 70 to 30 percent against capital punishment (2014) to 66 to 34 percent in favor (2012). My impression is support for the death penalty statewide is probably a minority now and soft whatever the numbers. The multitude of challenges to it making it a rarity rendered it a dead letter long ago. It hasn’t thus been a factor for so long the public barely associates it with the broader issue of crime. Still, the Governor’s statement asserted “many”, not a majority, of Oregonians oppose capital punishment. Likewise news accounts refer to falling support for the practice but won’t cite numbers.

Brown had already used her powers of clemency more than any previous governor and in the “racial reckoning” (as declared by the elite through the media, public not consulted) following the George Floyd riots of summer 2020, unleashed a frenzy of commutations.

Meanwhile Portland broke its annual homicide record at 92 with three weeks remaining in the year.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police have made an arrest in the case of a deadly stabbing that occurred on Friday morning in Southeast Portland’s Centennial neighborhood.

Homicide detectives booked Andrew M. Morrow, 36, of Portland, into the Multnomah County Detention Center. He is facing one charge of murder in the second degree.

The deadly stabbing in SE Portland’s Centennial neighborhood became the 91st confirmed homicide in the city this year, according to Portland police — breaking last year’s record of 90 homicides.

Officers from the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct responded just after 11:30 a.m. to reports of a disturbance in the 17100 block of SE Powell Boulevard, at the Meadow Park East apartments.

Police arrived to find an injured victim, suffering from apparent stab wounds. Paramedics responded to treat the victim, but they died at the scene.

Is there a sadder epitaph than “died at the scene”?

In Gresham, on metro Portland’s eastern flank, auto thefts are becoming so common the city has taken to handing out anti-theft devices for autos. Yes, they’re giving out The Club.

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — After seeing a notable increase in car theft in 2022, Gresham officials provided a free anti-car theft device called The Club.

Anyeon who showed up with their vehicle and proof of ownership was able to claim the steering wheel lock — and hundreds of people showed up.

Gresham Police Chief Travis Gullberg said the “idea is prevention and deterrence.”

The biggest car model targets for thieves, police said, are Fords, Hondas, Toyotas, Chevrolets and Kias.

That really takes me back to a simpler (but similar) time:

The ADL/Antifa/DA Axis Draws the L in Portland, this Time

Last August Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt asked a grand jury to return murder or assault charges against a strip club bouncer who shot and killed one man and wounded another after one of them fired on him. The grand jury declined (per Oregon law they did not issue a “true bill”), finding Jascha Manny had acted in self defense.

But things haven’t ended there because, as the local free weekly Willamette Week reported at the time, there is a “noteworthy element of the case: Manny is white. Ross is Black…” The paper provided no further context (beyond the disparate capitalization; still, even readers of the woke WW trolled the rag by mockingly asking for elaboration in the comments).

Now leaked documents reveal the district attorney filed charges after the ADL’s “Center on Extremism” brought him open source intelligence passed along from Rose City Antifa, anarchist architects of the 2020 George Floyd riots, exposing Jascha Manny’s involvement with white nationalist activism in Seattle, where he came to the attention of local antifa after organizing a counter-protest in support of the police in 2015. With eyewitness and video evidence showing no crime, the DA tried to convince one had been committed based on Manny’s political beliefs, as evidenced by the chat logs provided to him by antifa by way of the ADL and presented to the unimpressed grand jury.

Manny and his employer Mary’s Club are being sued by the wounded man and Portland’s radical progressive community is still lobbying for criminal charges.

The grand jury accepted Manny’s account that he confronted Lauren Abbott Jr and another man as they harassed homeless people on the street, shining a bright light in their eyes. The eventual deceased Abbott fell, was pushed down or “body slammed” depending on who you believe (the last being the characterization of the surviving shooting victim presently suing Manny and Mary’s; video is inconclusive, but doesn’t suggest a full-on “body slam”); 19 year-old Lauren Abbott got up shooting and Manny returned fire.

The Oregonian

The only mentions of violence appearing in Manny’s alleged Stormfornt.org chat logs, as “Pariah1” are to discourage it. In the supposedly damning record the ACLU provided Manny and his small group of pro-police demonstrators are the only victims of violence–attacked and sent running by a much larger group of the same black-bloc anarchists trying to get their law enforcement allies to send him to prison now.

Still District Attorney Mike Schmidt put the material in front of a grand jury as reason to charge Manny. Eric Stryker of National Justice reported on this last week:

During the proceedings, prosecutors centered their argument for criminal charges on prejudicial information secretly provided to them by the ADL’s “Center on Extremism,” which asserted that Manny had pro-white political beliefs.

On November 15 Abbott’s surviving friend and lawsuit plaintiff Kolby Ross held a press conference calling for hate crime charges.

Manny was arrested at the scene;. Uncredited photo

Antifa-allied journalist Alex Zielinski of The Mercury, Portland’s more radical free weekly, details the lawsuit pending against Mary’s and Manny here in a typically slanted piece. Included is a photo of the plaintiff standing sideways and contrapposto to show us how harmless he is:

Portland Mercury

Antifa boasted of routing Manny’s small 2015 Seattle protest with “golf clubs, chairs, bricks, bottles and even a fire extinguisher”:

On May 21st, 2015, Olympia police officer Ryan Donald shot two brothers, black and unarmed, while responding to an alleged shoplifting incident. Both survived, but the younger brother is now paralyzed from the waist down. As outcry over the shooting began to grow, protesters organized several demonstrations against police brutality. Meanwhile, a small contingent of counter-demonstrators started showing up at various events around Olympia to support the police. They were a mix of various unorganized right-wing racists that were part of the same loose social group, who may have become politically active due to Jascha Manny’s encouragement. (Manny first came to our attention as a white power activist due to his participation in several actions with the American Freedom Party.)

As Jascha Manny’s enthusiasm and confidence grew, he posted on the online racist forum Stormfront (under the moniker of “1pariah”) calling for a white supremacist police solidarity march to be held on May 30th. Meanwhile, word spread among anti-racists of Manny’s plans. A rally against the dual forces of white supremacy–neo-Nazis and police–was planned for the same night. The anti-racist protestors were a mix of people from the Black Lives Matter movement, black-bloc, various antifa and allies, with hundreds in attendance. Only ten or so neo-Nazi boneheads showed up. This is a situation typical of explicit white supremacist public actions–a paltry amount of fascists met by throngs of opposition–and demonstrates Manny’s tactical inexperience as an organizer.

As the rival groups met, Jascha Manny and his “crew” assaulted an older protester and fighting  broke out. The neo-Nazis were quickly routed from the area, fleeing golf clubs, chairs, bricks, bottles, and even a fire extinguisher. Running for their lives, they made it to their vehicles, but not before having their windows smashed as they fled the city.

I fear these people are looking to the Biden Department of Justice for help.