Oregon Lawfare Beat April 14: And the Walls Came Down

Nearing a year into our “racial reckoning” there is no prospect of political opposition to the progressive juggernaut in Portland, and police abolitionists continue advancing their primary goals of limiting police authority, tactics and contact with the public, especially blacks, as well as ending qualified immunity and union rights. The new trope of “reimagining” lawContinue reading “Oregon Lawfare Beat April 14: And the Walls Came Down”

Portland Dispatch April 12: The 6 Million Dollar Plan

On Wednesday Portland’s mayor and city council unanimously passed a 6 million dollar plan to address a record-setting pace in gun crimes and homicides, without allotting a cent for more police or prosecutions. The new ordinance is a counter-blow to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s proposed plan of last month to spend 2 million dollars effectively reconstitutingContinue reading “Portland Dispatch April 12: The 6 Million Dollar Plan”

Anarchists Winning by Attrition

Judging by numbers of bodies antifa puts on the street for their direct actions, now, several months out of the BLM hysteria of last summer when their numbers were enlarged by hangers-on, I judge their hardcore committed and organized element to number around two hundred. I could be wrong. But if it’s five hundred, ifContinue reading “Anarchists Winning by Attrition”

Summoning Justice

Justice, blind brown and female, centers the mural along the sidewalk fronting the new Multnomah County Courthouse, invoking not the administration of justice but serial “aspirations for justice”, from Equity, through Black Lives Matter, skipping along the now lesser deities of Peace and Hope, on to Feminism only after echoing BLM with “anti racist”–and IContinue reading “Summoning Justice”

Portland Lawfare Beat March 28

The Madness of Crowds The new regime in Washington DC has sent Department of Justice lawyers to join the battle against the Portland Police Bureau: Growing tension between Portland city officials and Department of Justice lawyers erupted during a public meeting Tuesday night, exposing a rift between the two agencies which could land the cityContinue reading “Portland Lawfare Beat March 28”

Portland Dispatch March 25: Parks and Desecration

Not content with having hollowed out downtown Portland through rioting, the city’s unchallenged radicals have now turned their attention to dismantling their progressive predecessors’ other, complementary success, the area’s parks system. Amanda Fritz was supposed to be retired. On Jan. 1, she completed her third and final term on the Portland City Council, her 12Continue reading “Portland Dispatch March 25: Parks and Desecration”

Portland Dispatch March 22: Velvet Fisting

“But he’s so sweet after…” Antifa has been targeting Portland’s Pearl District for the sin of gentrification, and recently redoubled their efforts after residents complained about being targeted and about subsequent police inaction. The Portland Police Bureau cited shootings–which of course are way up due to police defunding–elsewhere in the city as the reason oneContinue reading “Portland Dispatch March 22: Velvet Fisting”

Covid and Buyers to Portland’s Rescue?

With Portland’s downtown businesses in freefall and homelessness on the rise there and in the close-in neighborhoods residential real estate nonetheless remains a seller’s market and this year March is coming in like a lion: March typically launches the prime-time real estate market, which spans about eight months. What’s ahead? The average price for aContinue reading “Covid and Buyers to Portland’s Rescue?”