PDX Dispatch 2.17.23: We’re Dying Here


Multnomah County publishes something called the Domicile Unknown Report to record homeless deaths, just released for the year 2021, counting at least 196 deaths on the street, not including homeless who die in hospital or other care. That number is up from 126 in 2020.

Meth and Fentanyl related overdoses accounted for 129, or sixty-five percent, of those deaths. Only two cases of Covid fatalities were recorded through 2020 and 2021.

Two of the individuals identified in Domicile Unknown in 2021 succumbed to COVID-19. A third death due to complications from chronic alcohol abuse also listed a positive test for COVID-19 at the time of death. No COVID-19 deaths were identified by the Medical Examiner in 2020, the year the pandemic arrived.

Methamphetamine, an illicit stimulant drug that can overstress the brain and heart, remains a significant factor. Meth contributed to 93 deaths — nearly half of all deaths, and 82% of all deaths involving unknown substances — the highest total number and highest percentage of total cases since Domicile Unknown was first published.

Fentanyl, a potent opiate increasingly sold as cheap pills on the street, was a primary or contributing factor in 36 deaths (32%), a dramatic increase from four deaths the previous year, and one to two deaths a year since it was first recorded as a factor in 2017.

Four people died of overheating during the devastating “heat dome” event that took place from June 25 to June 30, 2021, and hypothermia contributed to one additional death among people experiencing homelessness. However, more people experiencing homelessness died of cold in 2021 than heat. There were eight deaths in which hypothermia, or low body temperature, contributed — up from three deaths in 2020.

Police defunding likely contributes to increasing homicides among the homeless just as it does among the criminal and knucklehead classes:

In 2021, more people experiencing homelessness died of homicides than at any time since 2011, more than doubling from eight in 2020 to 18. That mirrors an 83% increase in overall homicides documented by the Portland Police Bureau, which reported 90 homicides.

Perhaps related, the state is cutting back on criminal pathologists:

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon State Police confirmed to KOIN 6 that a staffing crisis in the State Medical Examiner’s Office means services to counties could be suspended as soon as July.

Of Oregon’s 36 counties, 14 currently rely on the SMEO which means if services are cut, counties will be responsible for signing death certificates in routine cases. This will allow the SMEO to prioritize infant deaths and deaths suspected to be homicide.

According to an email obtained by KOIN 6, the SMEO has been understaffed for more than three decades, but its workload has more than doubled in the last five or so years, thanks to COVID, the opioid epidemic, increasing homicide rates and struggling county systems.

It would be helpful to see those numbers broken down. Meanwhile if this was 2020 we’d be hearing breathless stories about how the new morgues being built for the bodies piling up around the state must be due to Covid:

In the meantime, the SMEO is working to increase workspace and cold storage at the Clackamas morgue, along with building new morgue facilities in both Eugene and Central Point, which aren’t expected to be complete until 2026.

We expect to catch more bodies. Oregon experienced 20,374 excess deaths against a five-year average in 2022 according to the Oregon Health Authority, ascribing 9,033 of those to Covid. Fentanyl, which is said to be so cheap now you can get high for a couple of dollars, is blowing up in use and attendant overdoses and combines with meth to account for the vast majority of drug overdoses. Still reduced policing and Measure 110, legalizing drug possession, go unmentioned in the OHA report:

Unintentional or undetermined fentanyl overdose deaths jumped more than 600% between 2019 and 2021, from 71 to 509. Of unintentional or undetermined drug overdose deaths in 2021, 47.5% were due to fentanyl. 

“While exact reasons for the overdose increases are unknown, public health officials have long suspected that disruptions to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been a factor,” OHA wrote in a press release. “Those with substance use disorder have been hit particularly hard by job losses, school closures and social isolation resulting from restrictions put in place to limit exposure and transmission of the virus.” 

People are despairing, and not over Covid. Oregon had 893 suicides in 2021; I don’t know if that includes medically assisted suicides, for which the state is becoming a suicide destination.

In 2021, the most recent year for which data are available, doctors prescribed 383 fatal drug doses and 238 people ended their lives — mostly white people aged 65 and above suffering from cancer or diseases of the brain or heart.

Oregon’s groundbreaking Measure 110, passed by voters in 2020, legalized drug possession, diverting tax revenues from marijuana sales and police budgets to treatment and newly created “Addiction Recovery Centers”. An Oregon Secretary of State audit found in the two years since nobody knows where the money is going, inadequate records are being kept and addicts are showing up for treatment referrals–issued in lieu of arrest–at a rate of about one percent. Administration of the treatment program falls to twenty people, the Measure 11 Oversight and Accountability Council of mostly former addicts, who in an embarrassing (apparent) oversight all serve terms scheduled to end on the same day, requiring bringing in a whole new crew; of course with their performance that may be a good thing. This Willamette Week article suggests the Oregon Health Authority is handing out cash with little oversight

Although much of the information in the audit has been previously reported, audits director Kip Memmott said he found most surprising the “hands-off” stance the Oregon Health Authority took in getting treatment dollars out the door. “That was a little disappointing,” Memmott said.

In response to the overarching question of whether Measure 110 is working, Memmott said, “It’s too early to tell.”

His team’s summary, however, made it clear things have not gone well.

“There is a significant risk that policy makers and the public will be unable to gauge the impacts and effectiveness of M110 due to existing grant management and data collection efforts,” auditors wrote.

and the newly created Oversight and Accountability Council is providing little of either:

They added that the Measure 110 Oversight and Accountabilty Council, which brought together about 20 people, most of whom had experienced substance use disorder, to award grants to treatment providers, struggled to fulfill its duties, and the OHA “failed to provide enough support to ensure implementation of M110 was successful.”

The audit describes a sometimes chaotic past two years. Counties decriminalized drugs soon after the measure passed, but because of a lack of planning and a complex grant-making process, the OAC didn’t allocate $300 million in new funding for treatment and services…

During the initial implementation of M110, OHA awarded $33 million in Access to Care grants. Little to no data was collected by OHA for these awards, and auditors were unable to determine the effectiveness of the Access to Care grants. OHA could not provide data that showed how these funds were spent or how these grants improved access to substance use disorder treatment and services.

The de-criminalization takes place literally overnight but the imagined boon in successful treatment (I say) won’t materialize. The “treatment not imprisonment” movement, part of the broader “racial justice” movement, will not be swayed by mere failure. Addiction advocates are clearly more concerned with de-criminalization than treatment, and will take the former without the latter. But if anyone was paying attention, Oregon is putting the treatment over incarceration model to the test right now.

The state is also experiencing a shortage of public defenders that’s resulted in hundreds of dismissed cases, some violent felonies, so far.

A Thousand Points of Blight

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez announced an immediate temporary suspension of tent and tarp distribution Tuesday following a series of tent-related fires in public spaces.

Gonzalez, who is also the Public Safety commissioner, halted distribution within his bureaus after a fire Tuesday morning under the Morrison Bridge at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard led to the death of a mother dog and six puppies.

No human injuries were reported, but authorities said the investigation is still ongoing.

In a public press release, Gonzalez called the tent and tarp-related fires “a dire public safety emergency,” that puts first responders, homeless individuals and neighborhoods at risk.

“I am taking immediate action to save lives and protect Portlanders from life-shattering injuries,” Gonzalez said. “To Portland’s houseless community members: I implore you to seek shelter in public warming shelters during cold weather events.”

Fire Marshal Kari Schimel said Portland Fire Department has been called upon 1,015 times for tent and tarp-related fires within the past two years, adding that each incident put the first responder’s lives at risk. 

“Given the heat sources generating these fires and the flammable nature of the materials in question…there is no such thing as a safe, unsanctioned fire in a tent,” Schimel said.

Despite Tuesday’s decision, tents are unlikely to disappear any time soon: The county has purchased over 22,000 over the past two years.

City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez is new, having won election over police abolitionist hellion Jo Ann Hardesty last November. Hardesty, a life-long opponent of policing and a local NAACP leader, was elected in 2018 when the city was firmly in the grips of anti-Trump hysteria and electing its “first black woman” to the council seemed the least it could do; political neophyte, lawyer and businessman Gonzalez displaced her in 2022’s regretful hangover following Hardesty’s successful 2020 police reforms.

PDX Lawfare and Chaos Beat 2.14.23

According to a new “advisory report”from the office of Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan Oregon is awash in violent extremism and “paramilitary activity”. Shemia was last seen sounding the klaxons over a dubious crisis in Oregon elections. The report’s purpose is to kick off a proposed law expanding the definition of violent extremism, making it easier to prosecute and increasing the Attorney General’s ability to sue political dissidents.

Needless to say they aren’t talking about antifa. The report relies entirely on recent FBI and DOJ propaganda declaring the threat of white nationalism (as it pivots from “global jihad” to “domestic terrorism” to keep the funding flowing), transferring recent FBI pronouncements on its new focus on the white right wing and protecting abortion access verbatim, such as this recent public testimony from the FBI:

The FBI classifies domestic terrorism into four main categories: racially motivated violent extremism, anti-government/anti-authority extremism, animal rights/environmental extremism, and abortion extremism.

Following the War on Terror model, feds warn darkly of individuals being radicalized online, “homegrown” lone wolf terrorists sprouting from the soil of internet “radicalization”. The “Islamic terror” template is applied, with basic rules and structure, like a sitcom, swapping out a bearded Jihadi with a white racist and inserting “white supremacy” in place of “Islamic terror”. No need to re-invent the wheel, or the spiel.

The report begins:

This advisory report suggests actions the Legislature, Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ), and Oregon State Police (OSP) can take to mitigate the risks posed by domestic, violent extremism statewide. Over the past decade, Oregon witnessed the sixth-highest number of domestic violent extremism incidents in the nation. That alarming trend manifest itself dramatically in 2020 both nationally and within Oregon, culminating in violent attacks on the State Capitol Building on December 21, 2020 (see photo on the cover page), and the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.

For this advisory report, the Oregon Audits Division reviewed data and information from research and interviews pertaining to domestic violent extremism and threat management to identify gaps in Oregon’s statutes, rules, and practices. Addressing these gaps could help the state mitigate the risk of future domestic violent extremism incidents. We focused on five areas of review: state governance, insider threat, critical infrastructure, Urban Area Securities Initiative grants, and public awareness.

Women and minorities hardest hit, of course:

The impact of domestic terrorism and violent extremism extends to all Oregonians and can affect communities and individuals alike. The trauma caused by these incidents can have lasting effects and may have a greater impact on communities already suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, economic loss, or racial bias in the case of racially or ethnically motivated extremism. Depending on the nature of the incident, the continued trauma may impede the ability of individuals and communities to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights.

It’s curious Islamic or foreign terrorism doesn’t merit a category. The “anti-government/anti-authority” category implicitly includes leftwing anarchists and antifa, but the rest of the document is committed to isolating “right wing extremism” to fill that role. It displays a good deal of confidence on the part of elites that the laws such as this cracking down on dissent could easily be wielded against left wing “domestic violent extremists” by any future right wing government. They are proceeding as if any future conservative government turning these laws around on them isn’t a realistic threat.

Islamic terrorism is not a major threat inside the United States if it ever was (though still producing its occasional lone-wolf headcase), and it’s getting harder for federal law enforcement to justify budgeting for it. Add to this the near-revolutionary wokism infecting our government and society and the caricature of a “brown” person upon which the War on Terror depended is simply untenable. Conversely the caricature of the white racist is now all but compulsory.

The Secretary of State’s report, while fretting about “paramilitary organizations”, can’t bring itself to mention the antifa campaign that brought the city to its knees during the BLM riots of 2020. Much use is made of tropes like “white supremacy”, while there is only one somewhat obscured mention of “far left” violence, the murder of Proud Boy Aaron Daniels.

Portland saw a high number of protests during the summer months of 2020. During one clash between ideologically opposed groups, a far-left extremist shot and killed a member of the opposing group.

The “clash” occurred when antifa turned out to attack a rightwing car caravan through downtown; afterward Daniels was shot in the chest at close-range after being stalked by a member of “antifa security”.

No; the FBI and Shemia want to be clear who the enemy is (bold added throughout):

During the first half of 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice issued public reports noting DVEs, primarily those advocating for white supremacy, likely would continue to be the most lethal DVE threat to the United States. This conclusion was reinforced by the FBI director in Congressional testimony on September 21, 2021. DVEs are likely to continue to engage in non-lethal violence and other criminal activity in the future and their reactions to socio-political events and conditions could increase attacks.
The U.S. Department of Justice report noted 2019 represented the most lethal year for DVE attacks since 1995, with five separate attacks resulting in 32 deaths; 24 of these occurred during attacks conducted by racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists advocating for white supremacy

Whether or not authorities are overstating the threat of domestic terrorism, they are openly anticipating violence in reaction to future outrages:

The threat of domestic terrorism posed by lone actors and white supremacist groups is a high national security priority for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

During the first half of 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice issued public reports noting DVEs, primarily those advocating for white supremacy, likely would continue to be the most lethal DVE threat to the United States. This conclusion was reinforced by the FBI director in Congressional testimony on
September 21, 2021. DVEs are likely to continue to engage in non-lethal violence and other criminal activity in the future and their reactions to socio-political events and conditions could increase attacks. The U.S. Department of Justice report noted 2019 represented the most lethal year for DVE attacks
since 1995, with five separate attacks resulting in 32 deaths; 24 of these occurred during attacks conducted by racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists advocating for white supremacy

So just be ready, good citizen, for the extremist reaction to compulsory sodomy in middle school, when that comes.

Ironically the FBI propaganda the Secretary of State is sharing warns of dissidents’ ability to “share propaganda” in “online forums” and “encrypted chat applications” where unrestrained dissidents “reference accelerationism…[that] the current system of society is irreparable and violent action is necessary to start a race war.”

Federal authorities also warn “gamification” and “accelerationism” inspired some of the attacks in 2019 and likely will continue to inspire future plots. Gamification is the notion that violent extremists may consider fatality counts in attacks as “scores” and desire to accomplish high kill counts. Additionally, the ability to easily share propaganda through online forums and encrypted chat applications may inspire future attackers. The same online forums and encrypted chat applications also reference accelerationism, a term used to describe the belief of some DVEs that the current system of society is irreparable and violent action is necessary to start a race war.

Feds warn accelerationism is accelerating.

Another way to bias the law is to invoke the progressive conceit that some people’s suffering is more pitiable than the suffering of some others:

As a result, domestic terrorism’s cascading effects may have a greater impact on communities already suffering economic distress, such as low-income and immigrant populations. As the threat from DVEs advocating for white supremacy continues to be the most lethal DVE threat to the U.S., it is critical the traumatic, negative effects from terrorist and extremist attacks be understood, mitigated, and, for victims of racially or ethnically motivated violence, responded to with adequate services and supports

“Queer” firefighter Representative Dacia Grayber, elected in 2020 after riding the “heroes of Covid” narrative, produced the bill to codify the Secretary of State’s recommendations:

SALEM, Ore. — According to a recent Secretary of State Audit, Oregon ranks sixth in the nation for the highest rate of violent extremist incidents over the past decade.

A bill looks to give Oregon law more teeth when it comes to preventing incidents involving paramilitary groups or organized groups that use “dangerous weapons” in acts of civil disobedience.

“Like many others, I grappled with the question, how do we work to bring the temperature down without infringing on civil liberties?” said the bill’s sponsor Rep. Dacia Grayber, D-Tigard. “After researching and working with a variety of legal and constitutional experts, we have landed on a policy that I believe is the most constitutionally sound and focused approach to preventing the most egregious cases of political intimidation and violence.

HB 2572 would expand the definition of illegal paramilitary activity in Oregon and would allow the attorney general to petition a judge to halt the actions of a group if the AG “has reasonable cause to believe that any person or group of persons has engaged in or is about to engage in paramilitary activity.” The bill would also allow a private citizen to sue a member or all members of a paramilitary group that has infringed upon his or her constitutional right by means of intimidation.

The bill’s prospects aren’t yet clear.

Scooter Shooter

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man riding a scooter opened fire in Downtown Portland on Sunday morning, shooting and injuring another man who had attempted to escape.

Witness Greg Podolec said he ventured downtown for brunch when he saw the shooting at Southwest Second and Morrison Street.

“It was like ‘pow, pow pow,’” Podolec said. “As soon as we turned around the corner, instantly I saw a guy on a scooter chasing another guy holding a four-foot metal pole.”

Podolec said the man running away with the pole vigorously shook the door of a building, trying to get inside.

“I could tell by the look on his face that he was running for his life,” Podolec said.

The man with the scooter caught up to the door, where he allegedly shot the man attempting to escape.

Podolec said he and two other bystanders wrapped a leather belt around the wound while using Podolec’s knife to cut the man’s pants for better access to the wound until medical authorities arrived.

The Running Goats of Capitalism

Anarchists cut a hole in the chainlink fencing in “Portland’s non-profit resident herd”, the Belmont Goats, and a few briefly wandered out before being corralled. The vandals, who left a note, were not freeing the goats mind you, but see them as cloven-hoofed accomplices of capitalism, whose “comfort” is the reason a neighboring homeless camp is scheduled to be cleared out to make room for one of the city’s “Safe Rest Villages“, a fenced-in complex of sheds, to house other homeless people.

“In what reality is the comfort of five goats valued over the shelter of more than fifteen people,” said the letter, signed by “some anarchists. So, it’s time for the Belmont Goats to enjoy a little walk in the park.”

The goats (fourteen, not five) the anarchists attempted to render homeless in defense of the homeless have moved a lot in their 12 year history, and are also being displaced by the Safe Rest Village. It was homeless people from the camp who wrangled the goats and notified their owners before they, say, got hit by a car on their “little walk”.

A news crew that came out to cover the story witnessed and recorded a fight and shooting at the camp:

PORTLAND, Ore. — A fight at a north Portland homeless camp led to a shooting late Tuesday morning. A KGW team was at the camp for a separate story and witnessed what happened. 

KGW reporter Blair Best and Photojournalist Ken McCormick saw a fight breakout between two men. One was hitting the other with what appeared to be a large, ax-like weapon when a gunshot was fired. One of the men fell to the ground and then hobbled off into the woods.

The KGW crew tried calling 911, but no one picked up right away. Another neighbor got through to dispatch and police arrived about 10 minutes later. None of the people living in the camp would speak with police about what they saw and the victim and suspect ran off before police arrived.

Police said they heard one person was shot in a leg, but weren’t able to find a victim or a suspect by the time they arrived. 

The homeless camp is located in the St. John’s neighborhood off the Peninsula Crossing Trail. It has slowly grown into what Portland Police called a “hot spot” they patrol daily. The city posted a notice last week that stated it would clear the camp.

Around the Northwest

Raceless assailant with medium build on the loose in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A Ridgefield High School student sustained serious injuries after being assaulted shortly after school got out on Wednesday, officals said.

The student was assaulted just after 3:15 p.m. while walking across the parking lot at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, according to police. The student was taken to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police say the suspect is described as a male in his early 20s, with medium build. The suspect’s car is believed to be an older four-door silver sedan. There was a second person with an unknown description who was a passenger in the car during the assault, authorities said.

The assault is believed to be an isolated, targeted incident and police say there is no threat to the community. The investigation is ongoing.

Just cool it with the anti-medium build remarks!

Safe Haven for Teens’ Mutilation

Washington state legislators have introduced a bill (SB 5599) to amend laws requiring youth shelters to notify parents of runaways in their care if the child is “seeking or receiving protected health care services”. Not only can parental rights be lost, but parents can find themselves facing charges of abuse coming from their state-estranged children: “if there are compelling reasons not to notify the parent, the shelter or organization must instead notify the department”. Shelters and the like have always been required to report abuse; the new law cuts out the parents, not the state, which is encouraged to get involved by allying with progressive organizations against parents.

Despite a friendly media the measure is facing vigorous public opposition. NPR (“Bill would protect runaway youth seeking gender-affirming care”):

If a teenager runs away from home and ends up in a shelter, are shelter staff required to inform parents? In Washington state, the answer is yes.

But a bill now before the state Legislature would make a few exceptions to this rule, including if the child has run away to seek gender-affirming care.

RELATEDTrans patients often travel out of state, pay more for gender-affirming care, study finds

State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett) is one sponsor of SB 5599, which is currently working its way through the Senate Committee on Human Services. He says the measure would allow transgender kids who are not being supported at home to find safe accommodation.

“We know when people don’t have access to gender affirming care it leads to life-long challenges in terms of mental health,” Liias said.

The bill has prompted considerable pushback as it is being discussed in Olympia this session. More than 4,500 people weighed in on the matter online, mostly in opposition, including parent Eric Pratt.

“I can imagine children running from another state to Washington with this idea that they are going to be cared for outside the parental guidance that is necessary for their own health care,” Pratt argued.

It appears trans surgery tourism is already a thing (see NPR’s “related” link above). The law would include abortion services as well.

Under the bill, parents would not be required to be informed of their runaway kids’ whereabouts if there is a “compelling reason.” That includes the possibility of abuse, or if the minor is seeking “protected health services” including reproductive services or gender affirming care.

Sponsor Mark Liias speaks of creating a “network” of “safe places”:


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Chapter 3

Danny twisted the burning coal from the cigarette butt. Out of habit he reached for the pill bottle in his pocket in which he saved them: he recoiled a little at the unpleasant feel of the patchy, nylon fake fur of the raccoon coat he’d forgotten he was wearing. Disgusted, he slung the butt away. Lifting his gaze from it on the ground he saw them.

From the rise where he stood they approached from about the same angle and distance on his right as the big tent, the focus of their attention, on his left: a few dozen of them with stragglers still coming up over a hillock. One of them was carrying a bullhorn and wearing on their head what looked like a columnar bearskin hat.

He started walking slowly with unconscious wariness toward them. He had not yet seen these protesters in real life. He joined a group of performers standing nearby.

“Hey Danny.” He almost didn’t recognize Sheila the Slut out of makeup; she looked matronly in a housecoat, wearing old-fashioned curlers under a bonnet.

“Hi. Almost thought you were Alice, for a second there.” He grinned. Alice the Housewife was not among them at the moment. Sheila chuckled.

“I’ll take her gig any day.”

“What’s the big deal?” Danny asked, nodding at the demonstrators.

“They want us out of town.” Hank the Handyman interjected. For his part he looked little different from his character in costume or out; over time he had taken to wearing the same flannel and jeans from his act. His facial expression too had adapted gradually to his character, Danny thought, looking at him. Why he mused on it now he didn’t know, it could just be his perception, but at the moment it occurred to him that all the Show’s veterans seemed to take on physical traits and characteristics of their characters. He as well, no doubt; he cringed imperceptibly.

“They say we’re committing normalization. They filed against us with the local dice this morning.”

“The what?”

“Come on Danny, the Diversity Inclusion and Equity Committee. Haven’t you been paying attention?”

“I try to avoid it.”

“Anyway, if the Committee deems us normalizers we’re eighty-sixed from town in per-pe-too-ah-tee.” He drew the last syllables out comically, mimicking the grandiose speaking style of the colorful and combative director of DIEC.

“Good. I hate Cleveland.”

The protesters collected outside the temporary gate and chain-link fencing around the camp about thirty yards from Danny and the others, paying them no attention. Danny wondered, just short of worry, if the demonstrators might realize they’re performers. Would that enrage them? The protesters were directing their attention to the big tent, which was about fifty yards away, where work had stopped and the anonymous figures of the laborers stood or sat by in small clusters, watching.

As they drew nearer Danny saw the one with a bullhorn was a woman, and appeared to be their leader–there were no other clues as to who was in charge. Her hair–not a bearskin hat–was a cylindrical, impossibly tall afro that could not keep erect; it tilted in surrender to gravity and swayed limply away from the slightest turn of her head. He smiled, amused, as it bent gracefully in response to a light breeze.

Her skin was creme-colored with a tint of grey. Her features were sharp, a narrow head with pointed chin and nose; no hint of African ancestry there. He couldn’t help thinking she would be perfectly cast in as a colonial American Puritan in a skit the show used to perform, a failed routine, what with her sharp, severe Anglo features. Her windswept African locks–her pride, he could see–wouldn’t even necessarily have to go. He smiled again thinking how she might force a pointy puritan hat over her totemic pride, how it would emerge after formed into a point; they would tease her gently and she would tease her hair back into proper form. Under stage lights the skin tone would pass off just fine, and he was sure she was at the moment using a “darkening foundation”–he hated his acquired expertise in makeup–to veil the extent of her white parentage, as was common. But those features–permanently cast in a pained expression of which they were partly to blame–would not be escaped.

She attempted speaking through the bullhorn to no avail and, exasperated, called to someone in the midst of the now thickening crowd–Danny figured now there were around a hundred of them. Someone emerged, a white man it appeared, short and round; he took the bullhorn from her extended hand and began fiddling with it. The white man handed the bullhorn back to the Princess and slunk back into the mass.

She put the bullhorn to her lips and spoke, stopped, lowered it and turned it on, then began:

“Whitism is No Joke” she said, a little timidly.
 The crowd responded:
“Whitism is No Joke”

Then, with a little more confidence:
“Whitism will not be revived here”
“Whitism will not be revived here”

Then, the anger growing with the confidence in her tone:
“Normalization is Death”
“Normalization is Death”

Danny noticed a pattern, he thought: the darkest among them took up the front rows but didn’t seem to lead; a few pale Blacks–such as the Puritan Princess–seemed to be directing their actions. After them making up the bulk of the group were people of the brown eggshell color that constituted a plurality of Americans at the time. Then came the white people, or mostly white, chanting louder than the rest, out of greater enthusiasm or the necessity of being heard–they collected in the back. Ironically they were the more colorful section, as the darker ones all dressed in black red and grey while the whiter ones wore bright colored, slogan-bearing clothes or costumes. Just as Danny recognized a clown costume among them Hank said:

“Hey look that guy’s here for your job Danny!” The group laughed.

“Fuck you.” He responded good-naturedly.

They went on chanting for five minutes before lapsing into an enthusiastic cacophony of jeers and slogans, still not taking notice of Danny and the group of performers. They might as well be invisible there, he thought with a bit of relief.

Then the crowd parted up front. Through the breach came the protesters from the back, the whites, and they set to work on a section of the fence to topple it by rocking it back and forth, struggling to set a steady rhythm.

“Oh no, don’t do that.” Danny said in concern.

“Here come the drones.” Hank said dryly. “That was fast. They must have been waiting nearby.”

They appeared from over the hill, a diamond-formation of four on either flank of the crowd of protesters. Seeing the drones most of the group backed away from the fence, individually taking up “the posture”–the standard down-on-one knee posture, identifying oneself as harmless and compliant to a law enforcement drone, which everyone knew.
Those at the gate did not stop; they kept up their assault.

One of the drones broadcast over a loudspeaker:

“Desist. You are engaged in unlawful activity. Assume a non-confrontational posture. Desist, you are–“

Someone among the rabid dozen assailing the fence turned and threw something at the nearest drone. The group of performers groaned a little together, as if watching a bad turn in a sporting event.

“Oh no, don’t do that.” Danny said again.

The drones deployed their anti-riot lightweight percussion grenades, which weren’t seen until they flashed around the feet of the defiant protesters; they all collapsed in the rising smoke. The rest of the group, maintaining the posture, hissed and wailed. More drones appeared and laid down a red, pulsing laser grid pattern, the “shock fence”, all about them.

“Peaceful protest!” Someone shouted, and they took up the chant.

By the time the robotic paddy wagon arrived and opened its rollup garage-door of a maw, they had run out of energy. The protesters lined up to get on board as if ending a work shift. Those knocked out by the percussion grenades were lolling about and coming around, a few sitting up, a few still lifeless on the ground.

Danny saw the Puritan Princess, lining up to board the wagon. She looked back in his direction. She appeared to look him in the eye across the distance.

The robot paramedics, the “medicals”, appeared, two of them, attending to the remaining incapacitated protesters, moving them into the wagon one at a time.The event had taken little more than an hour, Danny figured.

“Well shit.” He said.


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Chapter Two

Laughter and Oppression
New York Times, July 6, 2033
by Janae Acharya-Ramirez Bhae-Bher Cohen*
Dr Cohen directs the Historical Rectification Program at Harvard University’s School of Justice and Reconciliation

Every elementary school student knows the role of the minstrel show and blackface in maintaining White Supremacy in Old America. The pernicious effects of minstrelsy are still evidenced today, as we struggle to finally render economic equality through the Justice and Reconciliation Act of 2030.**

Thus the inherent problemicity in minstrelsy’s satirical revival as the popular “cracker show”, which has become the single most popular tent show attraction in the North American Consumer Region (NACR).

Licensed under arcane laws regulating “tent shows, circuses and carnivals” as old as the original tent shows of the late nineteenth century which they loosely parody, the productions operate entirely outside of Department of Inclusion regulatory purview. It might come as a shock to the average person, but the tent shows can virtually say or present whatever material they want, without fear of penalty.

The new tent show is born out of similar necessity as the original: in the middle of the nineteenth century, before the advent of air conditioning, summertime heat made indoor entertainment unbearable.
Now it’s the power grid crisis and electricity rationing driving people out of sweltering micro-apartments, away from the now unreliable electronic entertainments to which they’re accustomed–and into a cultural and legal limbo, where much of the Universal Law on Hate, Racism and Antisemitism does not apply. UHRA administrators are actually powerless over this growing form of entertainment.

The long, hard-fought process of bringing the internet under hate regulation is being threatened by our inability to maintain the power grid. People are seeking alternatives, such as the tent show, existing outside of vital regulatory limits and controls. The power grid crisis is thus an equity crisis. Yes, since racial representation came to the energy industry criticism of it and its regulators is inherently racist–whiteness dies hard, as they say–but, counter-intuitively, the continuing rectification of history, justice itself depends on something as mundane and unromantic as keeping the lights on. In the meantime, the Cracker Show has done us a service, identifying holes in the fabric of equitable unity that need to be sewn up.

Of course Energy Minister Happy Magoye-Kenyoba Bhe-Bhim’s charge that racism motivates the accusations of his incompetence and corruption must get a full hearing before the initial charges against him can be addressed, but it’s been two years, and with the increasing length Congressional investigations of racist intent take it will be another two perhaps before the original charges against him can be addressed–assuming no finding of racist intent moots them and triggers legally-mandated counter-prosecution of his accusers. I call on the government to move with all due speed.

In the meantime the Cracker Show needs to be brought under regulatory control.

This author, like most academics and public figures, has in the past praised these shows as firmly in the tradition of the political satire of the late twentieth century, satire which was invaluable in de-legitimizing White Supremacy through exposure, trivialization and ridicule.

Most academics still see the Cracker Show as the next stage in what I’ve termed the “restorative art” component of historical reconciliation. Yet, like everything it seems in our period of historical rectification, it isn’t as simple as that.

You might ask–and virtually all of us have attended or seen one of the shows–what problem one could have with shows portraying supremacist era whites in mocking caricature. One problem is the characterizations have softened over time to become less caricature, and less mocking. It seems an inevitable process: an audience comes to feel affection for the familiar foil. The inept bumbler is a trope that acts to de-demonize whiteness.

The original minstrelsy dehumanized Blacks in Old America; today’s minstrelsy humanizes the whites of Old America. They are equally pernicious.

I contacted Michael Silver-Gruben, producer of “seven or eight” shows in addition the nation’s most popular, “The Genuine Old Cracker Show”, to ask if the shows are guilty of normalization of whiteness.

“I see our role as instructional and fun at the same time. I categorically reject the shows normalize whiteness or whitism. I fail to see how ridicule equates to normalization in any context. We’ve never sought to present whites or whitism in a positive light.”

He’s also quick to point out a fundamental difference between the new shows, in which white performers portray whites, and the old shows, in which white performers in blackface portrayed blacks.

“We realized it would be degrading for a non-white to wear whiteface in any context.” He also rejected the charge the whiteface his white performers sometimes wear is a “violent re-enhancement of ghostly whiteness” in the words of the Reverend Foremost Coates Bhe-Bhim of the First African Methodist Church.

“I’m not sure what that means. Our performers wear whiteface in some skits only to complete the parody of the original.” Silver-Gruben says.
But, the problem of equivalence was always there–if these characterizations of whites today have any validity, people may assume those of old had some, regarding their characterizations of Blacks.

Add to this the prospect, the inevitability some would argue, that any portrayal of Old America’s norms and attitudes–the very stuff of white supremacy–eventually softens our view of them–familiarization is normalization.

Despite their portrayal as dishonest, boorish or ignorant, the stock repertoire of white comic foils–such as the “yuppie”, the “bro” and the “redneck”–become cultural figures of familiarity; and familiarity here breeds not contempt but a measure of fondness. We can’t help it. The characters make us laugh. We chuckle and shake our head as if at the antics of an eccentric relative, and before we know it we’ve humanized whitism.

Any treatment of this subject that isn’t informed by professionally licensed restorative justice experts is irresponsible and probably illegal.

This was demonstrated on these pages brilliantly last week by Professor Tanyika Balder-Dash Bhae-Bher** in bher essay “The Only Good Whitism…”, pointing out the shows, despite their comedic and ironic nature, are no less educational history than a course given in school, and as such fall under Office of Civility and Acceptance (OCA) regulatory purview.
Professor Balder-Dash’s recommendation for assigning an OCA regulator to every show is a good start.

A recent study out of Yale examined the content of the four most popular shows over the last two years and found the same pattern affecting all, one of gradual softening of the shows’ portrayal of Old America whites. All began with material duly and unambiguously contemptuous in its portrayal of historical whites; all ended the period with material, while still presenting them as the comic foil, portraying them in a somewhat more sympathetic light.

If that was the full extent of it, perhaps intervention wouldn’t be necessary, but shows appeasing audience tastes have taken to introducing more subversively innocuous caricatures, such as “the cowboy”, or “the explorer”. Overtly positive characters can’t be far away. Rumor has it one show is working on a character called “the astronaut”.

Certainly the content of the shows will eventually be brought under control; even the producers seem resigned to that. But is control of content enough? Is content really the problem? Some forms are inherently exclusionary and can’t be adapted to a modern view of justice. Isn’t satire itself at the very least a potent form that cannot be left unchecked in any culture? Couldn’t the same power it had to undermine Old America undermine New America?

Our experience with the new minstrelsy has revived Professor Balder-Dash’s call for “an end to satire as we know it”. I don’t share that view, as yet–satire, in the right hands, remains a potent weapon against a revival of White Supremacy. But I call on the authorities to establish a moratorium on new cracker shows until we can figure out what’s going on.

The good news is the shows are no longer escaping notice. Pastor Coates assures me bhe’s planning a national action soon to protest their continuing operation outside of regulatory scrutiny.

*Regarding the proper placement of the colloquially named “pronounerific”, here as “Bhae-Bher”, denoting “gender identity” (sex, with major complications; see “gender”) and eventually ethnic or racial type; introduced in the early twenties, its usage quickly spread and then almost as quickly shrank to eventually become an affectation allowed elites and discouraged among common people (its inclusion signified stature, like a hereditary title or an order; “Bhae-Bher” indicates a female of “black” (sub-Saharan African) ancestry and works as an implicit title of the highest rank): it follows the surname, unless the surname is preceded by a hyphenated pair of surnames, in which case the–properly named–proidentitatem follows the hyphenation and precedes the surname [Ed. from the future]

** The Justice and Reconciliation Act of 2030 attempted a massive and comprehensive “reconciliation” of wealth and resources to distribute them “equitably” (not to be confused with “equally”; see “equity and inclusion”); at the time of this writing a declining gross national product, the Act’s prompting of the flight of capital and resources away from confiscation creating the shadow economy and of course massive fraud meant the Act not only failed in its goal but hastened the final failure of the US economy through massive distortions. [Ed. from the future]

Chapter 3

PDX Dispatch 1.6.23: Oregon is for Bummers

Welcome to the Snuff State

Woke vanguard Oregon is becoming the Canada of the US, assisting a growing number of suicide tourists and prescribing death drugs for in-home suicides.

Oregon has become America’s first ‘death tourism’ destination, where terminally ill people from Texas and other states that have outlawed assisted suicide have started travelling to get their hands on a deadly cocktail of drugs to end their lives, DailyMail.com can reveal.

In the liberal bastion Portland, at least one clinic has started receiving out-of-staters who have less than six months to live and meet the other strict requirements of the state’s Death with Dignity (DWD) law.

Dr Nicholas Gideonse, the director of End of Life Choices Oregon, recently told a panel that he was advising terminally ill non-residents on travelling to Oregon to end their lives, despite a legal gray area. ..

Out-of-state residents must be able to spend at least 15 days in Oregon to process the paperwork, which requires sign-offs from two doctors and witnesses, before administering the fatal dose themselves, says the clinic’s website.

Trudeau-era Canada appears to have more than doubled its rate of assisted suicides since 2018.


Oregon has taken a similar trajectory.

Daily MaIL

That divergence starting around 2020 in the chart above, with death drugs prescribed increasing and assisted suicides decreasing suggests that in response to Covid suicide doctors were diverting more suicides from clinic to home.

I await the outcome of legal challenges to the state’s new gun control law, Measure 114, to see if it will be easier to commit suicide than to buy a gun in Oregon. Even if you want to use it on yourself.

The dystopia of the present feels harsher in ways than the dystopia we imagined in the past:

Soylent Green, 1973 https://www.youtube.com/@Borowic5

Hellis Island

Illegal immigrant detainees are rioting over food at a privately-run immigration detention facility in Tacoma Washington.

The multibillion-dollar company that runs the immigrant detention center in Tacoma confirmed deploying “chemical agents” Wednesday as conflict over allegedly inadequate food and unsanitary conditions escalate.

GEO Group guards at the Northwest ICE Processing Center took the measure after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorized “non-lethal use of force” in response to a confrontation during a housing unit inspection that discovered contraband razor blades, an ICE spokesperson said.

The unit’s detainees barricaded their door before the chemical agents were used, according to GEO and a witness, and multiple reports say a hunger strike is taking place at the facility, though that’s contested by GEO.

Maru Mora Villalpando, of the group La Resistencia, which closely follows conditions at the detention center, said Wednesday’s confrontation marked the first time she’s heard of chemical agents being used at the facility, though there have been reports of tear gas used at other immigrant detention centers.

The lawfare arm of the anarchist left managed to effect laws limiting the police’s use of tear gas and other riot control measures as part of a host of police reforms. In those heady days no one was opposing the BLM juggernaut or questioning its narrative that the Portland police used excessive force for the unprecedented rioting of 2020. In the lawsuits we can expect to follow here will no doubt cite these laws.

“La Resistencia” claims to be a grassroots organization of illegal aliens with the specific goal of shutting down the Tacoma facility.

She also said one detainee tried to kill himself after the incident — a claim GEO and ICE deny. A detainee at the facility died by suicide in 2018.

Assisted or self-administered?

White Justice, Black Execution

Van Jones asks

How do we explain Nichols’ horrific killing, allegedly at the hands of police who looked like him?

Jones isn’t shocked to see Black! men killing a Black! man. He knows it happens virtually every day in America. I don’t know about you, but what I saw on the Tyre Nichols video was a Black! beatdown of the most common sort; just another night in Memphis. Whether he knows it or not what shocked Van Jones was that the uniforms and badges–the tools and insignia of “White Supremacy”–didn’t shield Tyre Nichols from the sort of beat-down routinely given by Black! toughs in America. If the police are White Supremacy, the extralegal beat-down, celebrated in Black! culture through hip hop, is Black! Supremacy.

No, Van was shocked White Supremacy didn’t save Tyre Nichols from Black! Supremacy, as it does in the countless daily encounters in America we never hear about–whenever Black! hood justice (Black! Supremacy) is interdicted by lawful police action (White Supremacy).

What I’m calling Black! Supremacy here is Black! American culture and norms; the same objective template that critical theorists apply to white western culture and norms to produce “White Supremacy” as a reality (because these norms oppress non-whites) I apply to Black! norms and culture to identify Black! Supremacy, which is oppressive to non-Blacks! (in the same way White Supremacy is oppressive to Blacks!) where and to the extent it exists–like in parts of Memphis.

I accept that White Supremacy exists (it has to, as the honest culture and history of white westerners and the societies they’ve produced) and even that it is oppressive to Blacks! But that part has always been incidental–and to accept it one has to be an actual “racist” who sees a biological basis for racial differences, and thus sees it as inevitable a given system will prove more or less oppressive to a person or a people depending on its racial parentage.

In short the Nichols beat-down was the Blackest! thing imaginable; grimly, comically Black! in its ferocity and inexplicable nature–we still aren’t sure exactly why Nichols was pulled over. Just like a World Star Hip Hop offering the video hits the ground running and you’re wondering what the poor bastard could have done to provoke it.

I accept Van et al’s inadvertent assertion White Supremacy failed Tyre Nichols. But it failed him by not being applied. White Supremacy, we are learning, has no answer for Black! Supremacy in our “democratic” system. White Supremacy is communal and public–the law must not privilege the strong. Black! Supremacy is individual and tribal–the law is the privilege of the strong.

The police abolitionist stance has been the rules don’t matter because of the supposed inherent bias of white cops; the system can’t be reformed they say. But reform is attempted anyway, and in step the diversity-hire cops, such as the Memphis 5. Before long rule-breaking gets out of hand and police abolitionists incorporate it into the narrative, which before held inherently biased white cops corrupt the system; now it’s the inherently biased system corrupts Black! cops. Like an evil spirit it inhabits this, then that host.

The Black! police brutality as witnessed in Memphis is of a whole with the problem of Black! violence that produces Black! criminality and subsequent fatal contacts with police. In this revolutionary propaganda phase of the effort to dismantle American police those fatal contacts are a good thing for abolitionists, and the negative feedback loop of Bad Black! cops up against Black! bad guys promises to produce more. It’s very crucial then that Black! police are seen as enforcing White Supremacy, and the counter-narrative–b-b-but Black! cops!–must be adapted and incorporated into the narrative.

The question that should be asked now is how routine is the violence of the Memphis 5? Have Memphis cops been getting away with routine brutality because the federal government and media weren’t interested in investigating a Black! majority police force in a Black! majority city under a Black! mayor?

Corrie Bush:

“Charging the officers who brutalized Tyre is not enough,” Bush continued. “Our country will continue to sanction the taking of Black lives with impunity until it embraces an affirmative vision of public safety and dismantles its racist policing system rooted in enslavement and government control. And let’s be clear: merely diversifying police forces will never address the violent, racist architecture that underpins our entire criminal legal system. The mere presence of Black officers does not stop policing from being a tool of white supremacy.”

Los Angeles learned representative policing doesn’t necessarily mean better policing well before the civil rights movement, when it struggled to police its burgeoning Black! population during the forties. LA Noir:

The torrent of countrified newcomers shocked black and white alike…Little Tokyo had suddenly become Los Angeles’ most fearful slum.  It also became a center of crime…Officers policed African American neighborhoods with a heavy hand…Black officers were, by some accounts, even rougher. According to white veterans of the 77th Street Division, black residents often requested “white justice” out of fear of what black officers might mete out.”

Did the Scorpion Unit get away with and develop a culture of brutality because they weren’t drawing BLM and federal government attention?


Chapter One

“Anyone seen my collar?”
Danny frowned at the silent room.
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.


Chapter Two

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.


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.