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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Update Jan 6: The church is coming down today: