Insurrectionable

[9.1: I’ve updated the post below with some video]

I”ve long thought the lawyers representing the January 6 rioters should feature in their defense this crucial point, if not build a case around it: their clients were inspired by a clear precedent set by the legal and political indulgence of months of co-ordinated nationwide BLM riots.

Trump’s supporters thought the rules had changed. But the rules had been thrown out.

The Capitol riot was the culmination of the greatest troll in history.

It’s been pointed out the term “insurrection” more properly belongs to the BLM riots that began in 2020. But that campaign was more in the nature of a coup, disguised as an insurrectionary revolt–a color revolution as some were quick to point out. The coup’s aftermath is being implicitly presented as revolutionary governance. It has been successful in drastically changing the nation over the course of two years with little or no genuine popular support for its goals. We live with its bloody consequences and our rulers promise more.

So I’m heartened to read a lawyer representing some of the January 6 defendants is making the point. American Greatness:

In an interview this week, Joseph D. McBride said he is building a case to sue the federal government for millions of dollars over the abuses his clients have suffered.

The devout Catholic told the Blaze‘s Daniel Horowitz on his “Conservative Review” podcast Monday that he has witnessed the “deepest part of evil” while representing the political prisoners.

“They are gaslighting the entire American public,” McBride said. “They are calling these people extremists and terrorists, but the extremism and the terrorism lies with them!”

“January 6 did not happen in a vacuum,” he continued. “In the year or so that preceded January 6, you had all the BLM and Antifa riots all over the United States of America. We saw the burning down of cities, the attacking of police officers. Members of antifa out there in black bloc covered head to toe in full riot gear going at it with police, the looting of stores—you name it, we saw it.”

McBride posited that the left-wing agitators got a pass in 2020 because of new and expanded definitions of “civil disobedience, and political protest” which allowed government entities to view even violent riots “as grounded in the First Amendment, not criminality.”

In the wake of this, he explained, the pro-Trump protesters showed up in Washington, D.C. on January 6 with the impression there was this “new and modern definition of political protest.” Of course, most of the January 6 rioters came nowhere near the levels of violence the nation saw during the George Floyd riots, McBride was careful to point out.

Furthermore Trump’s supporters were acting while under the boot of the new regime of censorship–that does not extend to George Floyd’s rioters–their voices and concerns were, are, being censored everywhere. They took to the streets as citizens who were and are being demonstrably silenced in the public square.

The troll-’em-and-try-’em model playing out in DC has played out on a smaller scale here in Portland.

On August 22 of 2020 and 2021 Portland authorities officially abandoned the city to political street fighting. On the first hot August day police posted blocks away from their own barricaded central precinct downtown where conservative “patriots” and anarchist “antifa” were squaring off, warning over a loudspeaker they would not interfere but were observing crimes and combatants could be charged later. The following summer Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler announced ahead of time police would not intervene after patriots provocatively scheduled a downtown rally on the date of the previous year’s brawl and antifa, growing more impassioned as the day approached, promised to chase the patriots out of town all over again by whatever means necessary.

Portland, August 22, 2020; antifa counter-demonstrators outnumber right wing patriots, Dennis Dale Untethered Livestreams
Portland, August 22, 2020,: patriots retreating before antifa, Dennis Dale Untethered Livestreams

Such scenes were already familiar in Portland by the summer of 2016. Trump’s campaign shocked and enlivened the local protest community; his election kicked off a week of rioting and was a propaganda and recruiting boon for antifa. The trend was national. By 2017 Berkeley students were rioting ferociously over a Milo Yiannopolis speaking engagement, and that particular hot August brought the Charlottesville Unite the Right debacle, in hindsight a watershed event which would provide a template for the State for dealing with such as Portland’s patriots.

Beginnings: counter-protesting pro-Trump Rally, Portland, June 2016; Dennis Dale Untethered Livestreams

This wasn’t evident in 2017 when Joey Gibson’s Patriot Prayer “free speech” group, a loose organization of maybe two dozen people allied with local Proud Boys and a motley collection of opportunists, MAGA types and even some genuine “far right” figures, set out to troll Portland’s radical left by holding rallies downtown supporting the police, or Donald Trump–one “Him Too” demonstration–daring the anarchists to respond with violence and thereby be exposed as, the politically opportunistic but unsophisticated patriots might say, “the real fascists.” It worked only too well: a patriot was shot and killed for walking downtown a week after cops stood down that first August in 2020, by a member of a notorious antifa “security” team.

It did not matter; the narrative didn’t blink and the patriots won no sympathy from the media, from the city or even police they defended, for whom they were an expensive problem in a sea of problems. Unfortunately for the patriots they were the one problem that could be dealt with, using the strategy the city and its woke prosecutor won’t deploy on antifa: a few high profile prosecutions.

The conflict’s dynamic held from the start, always antifa seeking out the patriots; without antifa the patriots would have merely held their rallies and gone home–disappointed perhaps, but not having sacked the city like Visigoths, as antifa claims in defense of its violence. In a notable exception for which Joey Gibson faces felony riot charges, patriots disrupted a meeting organized by Rose City Antifa, heckling anarchists until a fight broke out.

Officially antifa claims to be defending the city’s BIPOC from bands of wilding racists all hopped up on hate, despite this never having happened. But they’re forthright about shutting down peaceful protest, declaring the patriots’ “fascism”–support for Trump and police being enough to qualify–demands violent opposition.

But the patriots were also a boon for antifa: they adapted to them as they adapted to Trump, making of them the ultimate propaganda and recruitment opportunity. With a pliant media they were easily fed into the narrative of Trump’s “fascism” that was radicalizing Portland’s fervent progressives and hapless liberals alike. The patriots’ challenge presented a chance to train and toughen up, to scrimmage with real live “fascists” and develop tactics, conveniently enough as the BLM summer of 2020 and antifa’s hour approached.

That hour coincided, even more conveniently, with that of thirty five year-old BLM enthusiast and restorative justice practitioner Mike Schmidt, who took over as Multnomah County District Attorney on August 2 of 2020, beginning his term early when his predecessor bailed out of the mayhem. He was just in time to toss the bulk of rioting cases against antifa and consider cases against the patriots–brought to him by antifa. The rules had changed with the guard and the patriots–the least politically sophisticated players in the game–were last to catch on. After antifa fought for years to shut down the patriots, the state would step in and do it for them. Among other things, this is the story of how anarchists won the case of the State v Alan Swinney.

Swinney drew a ten year prison sentence and two more face five years each for actions that wouldn’t normally merit serious assault charges–prosecutors set a precedent successfully arguing a paintball gun is a dangerous weapon–even absent the particular context, in which antifa aggressors confronted patriot demonstrators. The prosecutions are further undermined by the District Attorney’s previous publicly announced policy indulging violence in political demonstrations. The combination of the city abandoning the streets and antifa’s role as aggressor seems all the more pertinent: how does the state justify suspending the maintenance of law and order only to come back later and prosecute select acts that took place in the ensuing chaos–actions taken by those who were sought out by their “victims”?

This question has occurred to no one, apparently, including a defense team and a Portland jury, so far.

Urban Contemporary Combat

Dutch commandos from an elite anti-terrorism group in Indianapolis to study “urban combat” got a little impromptu live-fire training from some urban contemporary combatants:

Dutch commando has died after he and his two colleagues were wounded in a shooting outside a hotel in downtown Indianapolis over the weekend.

The commando, who was in a critical condition in hospital following the shooting, died of his injuries on Sunday night, the Dutch Ministry of Defense said in a statement today.

The soldier, whose identity was not released, was one of three members of the Dutch Commando Corps who were shot and wounded at around 3.30am on Saturday morning after what local police believe was a disturbance outside the hotel where they were staying…

It’s not uncommon for foreign servicemen to train at US bases. But what is the nature of this “urban combat”? Who’s the enemy?

The Marines have been using Indiana for such training since 2008 at least, and it appears foreign servicemen have been coming to Indiana to train for at least that long. It may not mean anything, but it’s notable that Dutch soldiers are training for urban combat at the same time Dutch farmers are staging massive demonstrations against the government’s land grab to fight “global warming”.

Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reports that the wounded men are members of the anti-terrorism 108 Commando Company. The group is training at a facility designed to teach urban combat.   

‘The shooting took place in front of the hotel where the commandos are staying,’ said a ministry spokesperson. ‘The incident happened during the military members’ free time.’

The soldiers were probably headed for the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (former site of the Indiana Farm Colony for the Feeble Minded) in rural Indiana, where the Army has a mock-up of a typical American city for training in urban combat.

Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) offers users a globally unique, urban and rural, multi-domain operating environment that is recognized as the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) largest urban training facility serving those who work to defend the homeland and win the peace.

Muscatatuck is a real city that includes a built physical infrastructure, a well-integrated cyber-physical environment, an electromagnetic effects system and human elements. Muscatatuck offers realistic, flexible and affordable training and testing scenarios. The site supports customized live/virtual/constructive (LVC) training, developmental testing and evaluation.

Multi-Domain Environment

The multi-domain environment includes a physical metropolitan infrastructure, a 1,000 acre urban and rural landscape with more than 190 brick-and-mortar structures with roughly 1.5 million square feet under roof, 1.8 miles of subterranean tunnels, a cave complex, more than nine miles of roads, managed airspace, a 185-acre reservoir, and a cyber live-fire range. The cyber range, or CyberTropolis, is capable of supporting live offensive and defensive operations for all three tenants of multi-domain operations (MDO) at any echelon through live/virtual/constructive (LVC) training platforms. This integrated MDO environment touches the 21st Century battlefield domains of land, air, maritime, cyberspace and space and includes the electromagnetic spectrum and information environment. As users regularly add role-players to create dense urban terrain (DUT), the unpredictable realism slows operations while increasing the speed and complexity of tactical engagements.

Muscatatuck is also home the Army’s “Cybertropolis”, which has built its own fake internet and technological infrastructure to practice turning off the water and other things:

CyberTropolis is the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center’s persistent training environment for advanced cyber-physical training and exercise support. This unique venue trains Joint Cyber Mission Forces with access to a real city consisting of genuine Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition systems (SCADA), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), a fully network integrated closed cellular network and Social Media Environment and Internet Replication system (SMEIR).

Our cyber live-fire developmental testing and training range for critical infrastructure systems is capable of supporting live offensive and defensive operations. The CyberTropolis environment produces physical outcomes, while most other facilities offer only a virtual interaction. MUTC’s virtual network is a secured enclave of the city’s enterprise network and is designed to facilitate cyber intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and exploitation activities.

The Onyx System provides a closed-loop cellular network containing a unified software core network that enables fully integrated support for 3G (UMTS and EVDO) and 4G LTE technologies, and provides users with real-life training scenarios for current and future mission readiness requirements. This system also has the ability to generate traffic to increase the realism and complexity

A US general boasted to CNN that US encouragement and training of civilians to go fight the Russian war machine goes way back and is stalling Putin’s war

RT:

During its conflict with Russia, Ukraine has been relying on a US-developed doctrine that involves both the military and civilians taking part in defensive activities, CNN reported on Saturday.

The Resistance Operating Concept (ROC), which is said to provide a blueprint for smaller states to counter larger powers, was developed in 2013 in response to Russia’s conflict with Georgia in 2008. It was further enhanced after Crimea’s “nearly bloodless” reunification with Moscow in 2014, which “stunned Ukraine and the West,” CNN said.

The ROC represents “an innovative and unconventional approach to warfare and total defense,” and guides the actions not only of the Ukrainian military, but also the civilian population.

“It’s all hands on deck in terms of the comprehensive defense for the government of Ukraine,” explained retired Lt. Gen. Mark Schwartz, who was in charge of Special Operations Command Europe during the development of the concept. “They’re using every resource and they’re also using some highly unconventional means by which to disrupt the Russian Federation military.” 

Schwartz said it was “just incredible to watch… despite the unbelievable loss of life and sacrifice, what the will to resist and the resolve to resist can do.”

Incredible to watch, yes.

The Ukraine is already nesting its forces and artillery in civilian areas wherever it can and has been plausibly accused of using civilians as “human shields”. It sounds very much like the “resistance operating concept”; you can’t devise a strategy sending civilians against tanks without having factored in the optics of civilian casualties. They might not mention that to CNN (then again they might, as they seem to be saying many of the quiet parts out loud now), but bad optics for the enemy might be not just a feature of the strategy but the point.

Every accusation is a plaudit in another context–it all depends on the crowd. Think of “the Great Replacement” and its double duty as a “conspiracy theory” and a Wonderful Thing to be boasted of and hastened.

It just shows how degenerate we’ve become that there’s a crowd, apparently, for whom civilian carnage is an inspiration.

Portland Pops Off

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I don’t know explosions, but the damage seems too great to be from one of the propane tanks the food carts typically use for cooking. Seems remarkable no injuries have been reported; the “pod” of carts crowded together here on 5th Ave between Stark (renamed Harvey Milk) and Oak downtown seems to have at least one cart open 24 hours, catering to late night partiers.

Foul play is always to be expected downtown, especially in the north end, just across Burnside Ave from Old Town, which teems with mentally ill homeless people. Of course over the years this little block has produced enough flatulence to contribute to global warming, so I guess I’m not surprised.

PDX Dispatch 8.24.22: Crappy Campers, Crazy Coppers, Big Brother

With the economic ruin of Covid lockdowns and Portland’s Racial Reckoning entering its third year, and with homelessness near high tide, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is banning camping along routes schoolchildren use to walk to school. Advocates for “those experiencing homelessness” are objecting, of course. Wheeler’s action extended an emergency decree last February banning camping near high traffic streets because homeless people were wandering into traffic. Advocates objected to that as well, just as they object to any limitations, including camping in school zones.

Whether out of timidity or realism Wheeler seems to be carefully picking his fights with the radical left over homelessness, with these tepid moves to take back the streets on behalf of the traditional concerns of local business and the liberal or apolitical majority. With media help, “mainstream” complicity and cowardice, and no opposition party, Portland’s radicals punch far above their weight, and they coalesce immediately around any challenge on a given front, homelessness, police abolition, the Indigenous; after racial demagogy on behalf of Blacks! the “homeless industrial complex” is probably the most profitable and effective faction among the activist complex.

Nonetheless the city has swept some encampments this year and there appear to be slightly fewer homeless people downtown. Traffic in the city center is up, according to a local business survey being touted a little too loudly, but the area remains a shell of itself and businesses continue to move out. The media still characterizes all this mostly as our “anemic” recovery from the pandemic lagging the rest of the nation, but it’s getting harder to blame the virus the farther we get away from lockdowns.

In Portland it’s difficult to disentangle where the damage of severe lockdowns–the state boasts of having gone farther than most states–and the damage of the Racial Reckoning lay. Businesses that went remote or left downtown due to the Covid lockdown, often didn’t come back because of the BLM riots, and still aren’t coming back in the current tyranny of disorder ensuing from police de-funding, indulgence of the homeless and the radicals’ capture of the District Attorney’s office.

Portland’s downtown is less than half as active as it was in 2019, according to a new study that uses cellphone data to measure people moving around urban centers.

The study finds that activity has actually diminished since last fall and that Portland ranks near the bottom of 62 downtowns across the country. Only San Francisco and Cleveland fared worse.

“Downtown (Portland) went through a trauma that many other downtowns shared. But this one was deeper, and will take longer to recover,” said John Tapogna, policy adviser to Portland economic research firm ECONorthwest. He didn’t participate in the new report, but its findings mirror the results of a similar survey Tapogna helped conduct last winter.

Researchers with the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, conducted the latest study. It used GPS location data from 18 million smartphones to track how often they visited various locales around North America, then compared that activity to 2019.

Recent activity in downtown Portland is just 42% of what it was in 2019, according to the study. The biggest recoveries were in small and modestly sized cities, led by Salt Lake City, Bakersfield, Fresno and in Columbus, Ohio.

Cities less affected by the Racial Reckoning, for one thing. Not yet reckoned with.

The study notes that every downtown in North America struggled during the pandemic, as public health measures shut down restaurants and theaters and people switched to remote work.

Portland’s issues were especially acute.

Months of downtown protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, attracting scorn from former President Donald Trump and confrontations between Portland protestors and federal officers. Homelessness soared and homicides spiked and sporadic vandalism plagued downtown businesses for months.

The homeless are a boon to the anarchist left, just as Black! mayhem is, and they tie-in to another favorite cause, mental health which, as antifa graffiti reminds us, is Not a Crime. Many tax dollars are captured catering to the seemingly endless caravan of the “houseless population”.

City commissioner Dan Ryan’s Save Rest Villages project seeks to put homeless people up in tiny shacks. There’s one near me supposedly operational for months but showing no signs of life when I pass–though the tiny camp of outhouse-sized structures is hidden mostly behind a fence, where it rests in an uninviting little armpit between two highways.

The camps resemble in design the infamous “antifa camp” off the freeway on Portland’s industrial east side, but smaller. That camp was built to house homeless during the “Covid outbreak” and at least a few antifa goons got beds there, probably through a sympathizer in the program; more interesting to me is the extent to which the Covid camps were maybe designed to be precursors to the Safe Rest program.

Another Safe Rest style camp predating the current program, near the city’s train station in an area that was distressed long before the current crisis, was recently shut down due to the prevalence of gunfire around it.

Ryan is not a bona fide radical. A soft-spoken (with a hint of arrogance) gay political novice taking office just before 2020 radicalized the city, whose chosen issue was education, he comes off as an earnest and naive true believer. He’s been on the other side of Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and her more radical goals more than once, and represents what goes as a moderate here, still willing to listen to traditional concerns from, say, business interests–but notably not so much the voters: the Safe Rest Villages program is being implemented with the usual disdain for the taxpayers living near them.

But the program is viewed with suspicion from the homeless industrial complex also, with, among other things, its requirements–no drugs, curfews for residents (the main reason they’re likely to fail, unless and until activists manage to eliminate them)–and restrictions on camping around them; above all I suspect they’ll resist any program they don’t control. The Safe Rest villages will have to be wrested from the city or wrecked.

Ryan has been accused of seeing the camps as helping law enforcement when he said at a community meeting it would give police more options for getting people off the streets–the implication radicals drew being that the villages would be offered in lieu of jail.

Into this comes the mysterious and sinister-sounding Built for Zero “national movement” and its strategy of putting every single homeless person on on a list:

Built for Zero brings community partners together to pool information from those living on the streets. They take this information to help identify trends in that community and disseminate resources accordingly.Federal funds cover $2M in outstanding water bills for Washington County residents

The director of Built for Zero, Beth Sandor, says those investments should ultimately help reduce the number of homeless over time.

“Are we moving the needle? Are there fewer people experiencing homelessness this month than last month? That is what all of our programs and investments should be adding up to,” said Sandor.

City Commissioner Dan Ryan says the goal of the program in Portland is to help people move into housing.

Portland, Gresham and Multnomah County joined the initiative last year…

The by name list is supposed to be a comprehensive list of everyone in the community experiencing homelessness that’s updated monthly.

She said in order to address the problem we need that information to understand who is seeking help and what exactly they need.

I will learn more about this program.

Perhaps our homeless are on the cutting edge of a new order: sleep in the pod, eat the bugs, get on the list.

Officer Drama

You can rest assured the diversification of Portland’s police force was already well advanced when Derek Chauvin took his fatal knee, and the results for law and order we’ll never see quantified (though we’ll see them in action); but this anecdote is not promising:

Reyna filed suit in October 2020 against the city of Portland, seeking certain records related to internal affairs investigations of nine specified PPB officers. Attorneys for Reyna and the city agreed that parts of those records were subject to disclosure and parts were exempt from disclosure.

Reyna, who was the first female and openly gay member of PPB’s Special Emergency Reaction Team, retired in 2019. She had filed a complaint against her ex-wife, also a PPB officer, and argued the bureau did not fairly investigate complaints she filed while overzealously investigating complaints against her. She wanted to examine the public portions of internal affairs complaints made against former colleagues for comparison.

Her effort launched a complex legal battle.

I’m not against complex legal battles per se–they might address genuine public concerns. But I’m pretty sure it’s one of the last things a law enforcement agency is looking for out of its officers–unless it’s complex legal battles using creative strategies to put away baddies. I don’t look for that kind of talent and initiative from our new diversity hires (Globocops)–not because I’m a racist (I am) but where would they find the time with all the personal drama?

Here’s the city’s description of SERT:

SERT responds to incidents such as barricaded suspects, hostage events, active shooters, block searches for armed suspects, high-risk arrest or search warrants service, terrorist acts, and other events requiring resources beyond the capability of a typical patrol response.  SERT also provides dignitary protection and plays an integral part in providing tactical and medical support to civil disturbance incidents.  All team responses are tiered based on the level of tactical support required. Not all missions require a full team response.

Well she no doubt has plenty of experience with chaos. As will we in the days to come.

NW Beat 8.19.22: Where the Dicks Hang Out

Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which you are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked…. It may be that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal and that you are a paralytic.

–GK Chesterton

Young man, are you listening to me? I said
Young man, what do you want to be? I said
Young man, you can make real your dreams

–Village People, Y.M.C.A

Eighty year-old Julie Jaman was banned from her YMCA in Port Townsend Washington when she objected to a male Y employee in the women’s locker room with young girls.

Jaman said that she was alerted to the trans employee being in the women’s locker room while she was showering and “heard a man’s voice.”

She told Monson that she alerted a pool staffer to the incident and was stunned when the staff member told her she was “being discriminatory,” and “was banned from the pool forever.” The staffer also allegedly said the police would be called, according to Jaman’s radio interview. 

“She didn’t ask me what the problem was, if I was okay, nothing about me,” Jaman told Monson. “It’s as if she was just waiting to pounce on me. It was just stunning.”

With the wind of media bias in its sails and Big Tech censorship smoothing the waters before it, the trans movement has gotten way out ahead of public opinion and real people. But progress waits for no one now, and I think the pain and division coming from the intolerance of the movement for the little spasms of sanity here and there are the point. Every Current Thing has a punitive aspect, and eighty year-old grandmothers with a protective attitude over girls must be publicly punished lest others get similar ideas.

One is expected to adapt overnight to fantastical new beliefs on the very nature of life–but if he doesn’t the movement is only too glad to, say, de-select him as in an evolutionary sense, weeding out the unfit. They see it as narrative eugenics. The YMCA employee who threatened to call the police on Jaman probably thinks Jaman broke a law–which means she, and a million like her, think there should be, and are ready, for one.

Exposure by voice seems to be a common problem for men-as-women, and a natural male voice is a treatable condition through surgery, as “gender affirming voice care”. The voice must cause no end of angst for “trans women”. Keeping up the affected female voice must be exhausting through the day. In moments of stress or pain the true voice comes out (I imagine one of these guys stepping on a nail and bellowing a string of epithets in full male voice before catching himself and adjusting with an exaggeratedly feminine “oh, ooh”).

Lost in all the madness is the conniving fraud of sexual transition: trans women are out to fool the world. They are engaged in a con. Combined with the political movement to obscure the distinction–“trans women are women full stop”–even going after legal documentation, the movement as a whole is one grand con.

And it’s a comic contradiction no one can see, elevating drag queens as the supposed vanguard of the movement–what this camp tradition of outrageous female impersonations, glorying in the distinction between male and female, has to do with a movement that seeks to obscure that distinction, I don’t know. Of course the movement’s philosophy of gender fluidity is entirely at odds with the autogynephilic or homosexual desires of trans women.

Perhaps it’s because drag, in satirizing femininity, mocks and resents women. I think I see envy. Maybe under the satirizing of sex roles and tradition is gay condescension for women. Women aren’t just individual competitors for the attention of men, but the domestic life, family, mothers stand as an obstacle and affront to gay men.

Drag is gay men satirizing the competition.

The male to female theater of the trans movement is just a giant drag show.

Anyway there was a rally for Jaman on Monday that, naturally, was disrupted by trans allies with minimal police intervention

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The rally for Jaman took a feminist approach.

Vancouver based YouTuber Robert Zerfing, who calls himself “The Common Sense Conservative”, was there to record. It’s a bit more than the “heckling” the New York Post headlines.

And what about the YMCA? The organization established to keep Christian men out of trouble once upon a time is woke as this hell we live in, of course.

PDX Dispatch 8.17.22: Heap Big Justice

When the government talks of healing get ready for the wounding.

Oregon might soon have to take its turn in the barrel of the Indian Boarding School grift and local Indigenous activists and professional hand-wringers can hardly wait.

The deliberate moral panic launched on specious evidence for long-made charges of “mass graves” (conjuring up genocidal images of piled bodies) at Canada’s Indian boarding schools that sought to Christianize and assimilate Indian children, “tearing” them from their families (for something other than surgical sexual transitioning, as in our more enlightened era) migrated south of the border, it appears.

Since the George Floyd hoax, the model and mother of all Current Things, any moral con that gains purchase radiates outward over the gaslit globe in a wave, and zombified normies in, say, Portland aren’t even capable of asking why a case of police brutality in Minneapolis necessitates the repeal of law and order here.

The manufactured panic in Canada produced a sinister sounding Truth and Reconciliation Commission, modeled on South Africa’s, to perpetuate the ongoing displacement and impoverishment of native (not “indigenous”) Canadians (Portland’s most powerful progressive, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, has long sought one for the city).

Modeled, like all Current Thing hoaxes, on the George Floyd hoax, and demonstrating the formerly mainstream left’s new tolerance for violence, the probable hoax of the Kamloops mass grave elicited a wave of arson and vandalism against Catholic churches by outraged malcontents, ignored or encouraged by the media and politicians who were busy fueling the hoax and taking advantage.

And then came the arson. In June, dozens of churches across Canada, most of them Catholic and some of them more than a century old, were burned to the ground. No church was safe. As my colleague Chris Bedford reported at the time, “In Calgary, 10 churches of various denominations were vandalized in a singlen ars night. A few days later, a Vietnamese church was set on fire — just hours after it held its first full service in more than a year.”

Overall more than two dozen churches in Canada have been targeted over the past few weeks — and people are cheering it on. Not just anonymous people, either: On June 30, Harsha Walia, the executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, responded to a story of another church arson, saying ‘Burn it all down.’

Others rallied to her defense. Naomi Sayers, a lawyer and blue Twitter checkmark, said ‘I would help her burn it all down … and also, I would help anyone charged with arson if they actually did burn things.

Naturally this new opportunity appeals to those dismantling the traditional US in, where else, the Department of the Interior, eager to get in on the moral grift:

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – As the first step in coming to terms with the nation’s controversial history, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland launched the first investigation into federally run Indian boarding schools last summer –an investigation with strong ties to Oregon.

“For more than a century, tens of thousands of indigenous children were taken from their communities and forced into boarding schools run by the US government,” Haaland stated after the Department of the Interior published the first volume of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative in May. 

The nearly 100-page report found 408 Federal Indian Boarding Schools – nine of which were located in Oregon. 

“To address the intergenerational impact of Indian boarding schools and to promote spiritual and emotional healing in our communities,” Haaland stated. “We must shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past.”

The familiar fallacy deployed in apologetics for Black! dysfunction is applied here: to understand the present we must account for the past. Ergo, Black! criminality is due to Jim Crow and redlining. When in fact it’s self-evident by now that Jim Crow and redlining were due to Black! criminality.

There’s a lot of unfortunate misery in the Indian population that their conspicuous defenders will now attribute to the boarding schools in the same fashion. The fact seems the boarding schools were an earnest effort to assimilate the Indians–there are Indians who went to the schools who praise them still–and they failed to do that for the same reason Canadian society is “failing” to assimilate the Indian tribes now; they are generally less well-suited for modern Western society. Any sympathy for them or similarly afflicted minorities that doesn’t operate on this racist assumption is false.

The moral panic proceeds despite not a single body having been found–and nobody’s asking why. The Federalist:

In the seven months since this shocking news broke, not one body has been found, and not a single shovel-full of dirt has been excavated from the site in question. Contrary to the worldwide media coverage last summer, nothing, in fact, has been “discovered” on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

In a healthy society, this would be a scandal. A story that grabbed headlines for a week and inspired arson attacks that destroyed dozens of churches in Canada turns out to be based on flimsy, unexamined evidence at best, and an outright, pernicious lie at worst.

You might remember the overblown coverage. CNN breathlessly reported on what it called the “gruesome discovery.” The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation appended a warning label to its coverage, saying “this story contains details some readers may find distressing.” The Washington Post declared that news of the mass grave had “dragged the horror of Canada’s mistreatment of Indigenous people back into the spotlight.” Every corporate outlet took it for granted that a mass grave containing hundreds of corpses had indeed been discovered—corpses of children, no less. They reported it as fact.

Politicians quickly fell in line. Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau tweeted that the discovery “is a painful reminder of that dark and shameful chapter of our country’s history.” British Columbia Premier John Horgan said he was “horrified and heartbroken.” The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called it “a large scale human rights violation,” and called on Canada and the Vatican to investigate.

No one in authority addressed the church burnings, and the putative Pope came all the way from Rome to personally abase himself. It’s not clear he’s acknowledged the church attacks at all.

No attempt to exhume the Kamloops site has been taken or is planned–and with the story accepted as gospel interested parties now have no interest in an investigation that might prove them wrong.

From new research revealed at a July 15 press conference last year, the anthropologist scaled back the potential discovery from 215 to 200 “probable burials.” Having “barely scratched the surface,” she found many “disturbances in the ground such as tree roots, metal and stones.” The “disruptions picked up in the radar,” she says, led her to conclude that the sites “have multiple signatures that present like burials.” But she cannot confirm that until the site is excavated – if it is ever done. A community spokesperson says the full report “cannot” be released to the media.  For Chief Casimir, “it is not yet clear whether the continuing work on the Kamloops site will involve excavation.”

Here the Biden Administration jumped in with Secretary Deb Haaland’s (Laguna Pueblo and Progressive tribes) Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, which is to tour the country drumming up guilt. “[T]ens of thousands” of Indian kids were taken from home to attend the schools for “over a century” we’re told. That doesn’t sound very widespread. Here in Oregon some of the local tribes are using the occasion to complain about losing federal recognition in the 1950’s.

I have no opinion on that. I do restate here my prediction that after a breakup of the US the reservations are uniquely suited to survive. I’m certain at least some of them are working on their plans to establish their sovereignty post-America. If not, I offer my services if they let me join the tribe.

A well-ordered res might be a good place to be soon.

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland, proud Ojibwe, has been actively involved in the schools initiative. Here he is in traditional garb:

My ancestors cry out dude
“Who’s this guy?”
“Don’t ask me. Who the hell is that guy?”

I think I’ll look good in native garb.

PDX Dispatch 8.16: The Don’s Draper

Who’s Joe Kent?

Don’t ask me. But we’d better find out. Trump-endorsed Joe Kent recently unseated six-term Republican Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Buetler in the Republican primary for Washington’s Congressional District 3, just over the Columbia River in Washington state.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represented Washington’s 3rd District since 2011, conceded her re-election race moments after the latest vote totals were released from the Washington Secretary of State late Tuesday afternoon…

The battle between Herrera Beutler and Kent is a now-familiar tale: She voted to impeach Donald Trump following the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and he was endorsed by Trump in the primary.

Kent, a Trump-backed former Green Beret who has pushed election conspiracy theories and has ties to right-wing groups, will now face Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in the November 2022 election.

Kent is also endorsed by Peter Thiel.

Buetler voted for impeaching Trump and Kent is Trump-endorsed. She toes the corporate line on immigration and interestingly enough is against same-sex marriage. Of course Kent’s primary victory is being viewed here entirely as another referendum on Trump. In speech at least he sounds like a genuine and articulate populist. Having dispatched Herrera-Buetler he’ll face off with the next hispanic hyphen-ette, Gluesenkamp Perez. A conservative Republican with the name of a porn star, Heidi St John, dropped out of the race but won’t endorse Joe.

Buetler was considered a shoo-in running against a Democrat in November. The Democrat Perez earned her spot on the November ballot with 32 per cent of the vote (to Kent’s 22 percent); Washington state’s open primary system selects the top two vote-getters to run against each other in November. Republican turnout was huge. There was talk of Democrats showing up to vote for Buetler against Kemp but that appears to have been insignificant.

Kent looks like a seventies television star.

If Andrew Stevens and Grant Goodeave merged…

Kent’s history is remarkable, tragic and suspicious. Kent was career army working in Special Forces, a decorated Green Beret with multiple combat deployments before he retired to work for the CIA. His wife was an enlisted Navy interpreter and cryptologist working for the spooks in Syria where she was killed in a 2019 suicide bombing.

Suspicion is understandable: here comes handsome Joe just out of the CIA (or not out) with a story, if not too good to be true too good to be trusted.

In Kent’s favor is his family and background before he joined the military

The first child of two attorneys, Kent grew up in southwest Portland in a conservative and deeply Catholic household, according to his father.

“We ran maybe a little bit of a tight ship,” Chris Kent said. “We said, as long as you’re living under our roof, if it’s Sunday, we’re going to mass. Pray for your friends, pray for your enemies, whatever — you’re going.”

(…)

In 1999, Kent’s father went toe-to-toe with the U.S. Department of Justice. Chris Kent won a $6 million settlement against the FBI, after a judge ruled agents willfully leaked bad intelligence alleging a Portland-area banker had bribed Czech Republic officials.

The case drew Kent’s attention to other famous incidents involving federal law enforcement. He dived into the histories of the U.S. Marshals’ botched siege at Ruby Ridge. Likewise, the Waco siege that involved the FBI and other agencies and left more than 80 people dead — including dozens of children. Both incidents became formative for anti-government movements in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.

“I’m going to join the army and I’m like, ‘My dad’s up against the FBI. That’s really weird.’ And my dad’s like ‘These guys are dirty to the core, they’re entrapping innocent people,’” Kent said. “I thought maybe it was just a one-off, but the more you go down the rabbit hole of the origins of Ruby Ridge and Waco and all that, it’s like ‘Oh, that’s kind of what these guys do.’”

After the Sept. 11 attacks, Kent charged into conflict. He served 11 combat tours — mostly in Iraq, with deployments in Yemen and north Africa — and won six bronze stars. He rose to the rank of chief warrant officer in the Green Berets. In 2018, he collected his pension and became a paramilitary officer with the CIA.

Warrant officers are a separate officer category for enlisted lifers, sort of in-between commissioned officers and enlisted. A senior non-commissioned officer who accrues enough experience and authority in a given occupation might become a warrant officer.

But dad’s politics don’t really mean anything, and a son is also likely to resist or rebel against them–by joining the military say. His father told a reporter Joe’s political awakening came as a surprise.

Still, his father was surprised when Kent decided to make a run at Congress.

“When he told us that I went, ‘What?’ He never had aspired to any kind of political office,” Chris Kent said. “The complete opposite.”

Interesting.

Here’s a site I believe is (pretty clumsy) controlled opposition purporting to expose Kent as controlled opposition. There’s no reason Joe Kent and the site can’t both be controlled opposition. Kent being that of the Deep State, and the site being that of the Democratic Party.

Of course there are tepid “ties to extremists” (Proud Boys!) and associations-with-people-who-associate-with charges; the author of this AP article worked with Portland anarchists for this putative expose:

Photos from the events archived online by the group Rose City Antifa demonstrate how in some cases Kent’s allies have associated with people who have expressed white supremacist views. In numerous instances, Gibson as well as Jorgensen, the Proud Boy on Kent’s payroll, were recorded standing next to Jacob Von Ott, who has posted racist and antisemitic views online and expressed admiration for the founder of the American Nazi Party.

Von Ott did not respond to a request for comment sent to an email address listed to him, but he has previously denied that he’s a white supremacist.

“The danger with these groups is it can be an initial foray into this extremist space. And once you’re in this extremist space, you can become further radicalized,” said Emily Kaufman, an Anti-Defamation League researcher who tracks extremist activity in the Pacific Northwest.

Gibson regularly promotes Kent’s campaign on social media and spoke at a Kent fundraiser last year. When it was Kent’s turn to speak at the event, he lavished Gibson with praise, explaining that Gibson “defended this community when our community was under assault from antifa.”

Gibson was acquitted last week on felony riot charges after an altercation with left-wing activists at a Portland bar

Things are at least interesting.

Off the Rails for Real

A freight car derailed near Portland’s north waterfront this afternoon.

The car came off the tracks well ahead of where it stopped, carving an impressive set of grooves in Naito Parkway.

This is not far from the loading yards and the train would be slowing up at this point (making this an awful crossing to get stuck at in a car). Authorities said the car was carrying grain.

The train dragged the car for about seventy five feet, dislocating a platform at its starting point. I saw no evidence of foul play but I wouldn’t know what that looks like anyway.

Daddy’s Little Girl

Media interest in the story of apparent serial killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque New Mexico deflated like air from a balloon when police revealed they had arrested a Sunni Muslim suspect they say was targeting Shia Muslim men because he was angry his daughter married one.

Once a story is revealed to run counter-Narrative the more interesting it gets the less media interest it generates. And this one became more interesting when the same daughter stepped in to offer an alibi the police say is false:

His daughter told CNN that Syed knew several of the slain men, but insisted that her father was at home at the time of the shootings, without offering any proof to support the alibi. 

CNN did not name the daughter, but Syed’s daughter Lubna has spoken out in his defense in other interviews. Religious sectarian tensions between Syed and Lubna’s husband are being probed as a potential motive in the murders. 

Naturally Arizona’s lady-governor fell all over herself assuming a potential Jacinda Arden moment, before the predictable plot twist.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Saturday that she deployed additional state police to help with the probe into the “targeted killings.”

“The targeted killings of Muslim residents of Albuquerque is deeply angering and wholly intolerable,” she wrote on Twitter.

“We will not stop in our pursuit of justice for the victims and their families and are bringing every resource to bear to apprehend the killer or killers — and we WILL find them,” the Democrat said in a statement.

She added: “I am angered and saddened that this is happening in New Mexico, a place that prides itself on diversity of culture and thought. This is not who we are.”

Two things worth knowing: would the governor have deployed extra police without her apparent assumption the suspect was an “Islamophobe”, and did police operate on that assumption? Until the careless suspect stumbled into their lap, perhaps? Of course these questions won’t be asked, being of interest.

And platitudes aren’t platitudes if they’re interesting, but it would be fun to revisit those knee-jerk reactions. When the villain wore a Maga hat he was “not who we are”; is he who we are now?

Because the reality is a white terrorist would still have been more “who we are” than the current suspect ever will be. That doesn’t make him right. But if he’s beyond the pale, is not the Muslim father, assuming the allegations are true?

But I agree, now. That Muslim dad is not Who We Are. I also agree with the president:

President Biden expressed solidarity with the local Muslim community on Sunday.

“While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the victims’ families, and my administration stands strongly with the Muslim community,” Biden said in a Twitter post. “These hateful attacks have no place in America.”

Yes, by God, non-Western sectarian and ethnic violence have no place in America.

“Local Man” Makes Bad?

Who’s going to wade through garbage to find your body after the police are gone?

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The body of a missing woman was found in a Corvallis landfill Tuesday morning, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities identified the woman as 27-year-old Kaylee Birdzell, who was reported missing on Friday. WCSO said they received information on Sunday that Birdzell’s body was put into the garbage of a local apartment complex near SW 180th in Aloha.

Detectives tracked the trash to Benton County and worked with waste management teams to comb through the landfill and found her body in the Coffin Butte landfill in Corvallis. On Wednesday, officials determined her cause of death as homicide.

“Deputies spent several hours combing through the garbage and were able to locate the body of Ms. Birdzell yesterday morning, said Danny DiPietro, Communications Sergeant for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Birdzell’s boyfriend has been arrested in connection with the murder.

Authorities identified the suspect as 31-year-old Fabian Albert Hernandez, who police said was in a relationship with Birdzell. WCSO said he was arrested on Sunday for unrelated charges of identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

I wonder if the identity theft charge indicates Hernandez is here illegally.

The sheriff’s office added Hernandez now faces additional charges including second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.

“As you can imagine, when you hear a story like this, it’s unfathomable. But they made sure that they were as detailed as possible and followed up on the leads, and unfortunately, the information that they heard was true,” DiPietro said.

Police abolitionists never address the problem of criminal investigation–who and what replaces police detectives and crime solving? The reality is the restorative justice model–and a large part of the population is served by a district attorney adhering to the philosophy–that prioritizes keeping criminal convicts in the community has no interest in solving mysteries that end with Black! and brown perps in jumpsuits.

For the time being crime is still being investigated by capable, serious people–until they’ve been mostly replaced they are the fumes on which order is running.