50 Years Ago Today - One Post Abandoned for Another

For the past week or so I've been collecting links to stories about the situation in Portland, Oregon with the idea of posting about how the grotesque hate crimes of a deranged maniac, whose name I will not mention resulted in the murders of Rick Best, 53, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche.  Anna Herrington posted Beautiful Human Down on May 27th and I began to follow the media frenzy about the looming conflict that climaxed this last Sunday:

Authorities: Stabbings suspect bragged in patrol car

Portland victim's mom calls on Trump to "take action"

Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after raci...

'Legitimized in their hatred': a weekend of violence in Trump's Ame...

‘Hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment,’ Portland may...

Organizer of Portland pro-Trump rally reacts to deadly rampage

'Alt-right celebrities' are holding a rally in Portland.

Police in Portland, Oregon, prepare for opposing political rallies

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Portland's dark history of white supremacy

Like the pre-game publicity for Super Bowl weekend or the final match of the World Cup, this media seemed to be hoping for some demonstrations of outrageous carnage.  I waited and hoped that it would pass without violence and Thanks be to G_D, the Portland Police exercised restraint and effective crowd control so that it turned out to be no more than the proverbial storm in a tea cup: Trump supporters confront counter-protests in Portland, Oregon.

During that same week England endured terrorist attacks in Manchester and London... and on Sunday Ariana Grande raised over $13 million at her "One Love Manchester" benefit concert for the victims of that bombing...

...meanwhile 35 people were shot and 8 of them died in Chicago over weekend... wonder who's going to do their benefit concert, so it goes.  Since it all seems to have petered out I'm choosing to celebrate another event from June of 1967.

Last Saturday night I was surfing through the TV channels when I came across this: "Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution".  This one hour documentary hosted by British composer-broadcaster Howard Goodall is all about how the Beatles and their producer, George Martin, changed the face of pop music and the technology of recording rock and roll with very little but four track analogue tape is incredible.  Check your local listings for PBS to find out what happened.  Here's a brief clip: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/explore-beatles-innovative-p....

...and a youtube of take 9 for your enjoyment:

... oh and yeah, Israel launched the Six Day War on June 5th of 1967, yet another episode in a conflict that has remained unresolved for over 3000 years. 

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Comment by Maui Surfer on June 5, 2017 at 12:01pm

And I thought it was 20 years ago today ... time flies.

Have you been to Portland recently? Yes, it used to be a white hater place, and the rest of Oregon for the most part still is, but, Portland? No More. It is ground zero for the Black Bloc and the Antifa. The anarchists I have problems with, the anti-fascists? So, who is against anti-fascism anyway? As an ex-Longshoremen this kids remind me of the old Union Movement. They are not having hate, period. Want some? Bring it on! The alt-right scum-suckers had to be protected by a massive police action which is unsustainable. They can try to sustain their patriotism as a last resort for scoundrel stuff but even some Millennials are tough guys, and gals, who won't have it. Observe the last gasps of a bizarre thing- the creation of a so-called White Race for the profit of elites which suckered those who for thousands of years previously identified as Celts or Vikings or Saxons or, or, just not White.

Saps and one-born-a-minute credulous fools who followed the lead of the Confederacy are now faced with the implosion of their false narrative. Yet, they have no education, no ability to understand their own predicament. What looks like no chance of a decent future. And, because they are hating scum, no one decent cares.

They won't go out without a lot of bangs, and some will keep resorting to that. They have a mirror image overseas, but, since it usually has a tan they can't see their own reflection.

You were there too brother, so, let me ask you this: Doesn't it feel better to riot in the streets now that we are THE MAJORITY? No more pigs today bacon tomorrow bs, even most law enforcement is on the right side, despite the claims otherwise.

We were out-flanked in Peoples Park, now, we are the Roman Center Force, with wings and reserves, and we are coming down hard once and for all. The final conflict, then, America can finally show the courage to confront the racist past so we can all live together happily ever after.

Imua (Onward)

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 5, 2017 at 12:23pm

...and here's a tune for you Maui:

Comment by Maui Surfer on June 5, 2017 at 12:33pm

We'll get back to peace and love- after the war is over, not before. I do look forward it though: love is all you need, love is all you need, love is all you need- she loves you yeah yeah yeah ...

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 5, 2017 at 12:43pm

Here's another one:

Comment by Anna Herrington on June 5, 2017 at 12:44pm

Portland. I never did like the place, even though I lived there for years, and there's plenty of racists there, still. Far too many.

I live at the other end of the state now, where, when a racist comment was made to an actor on the street, the town immediately put in place a succession of town meetings to educate/help understand what white privilege is and how insidious in our daily lives it is, many more town meeting hours spent on racism and how we all need to evolve as a society and individuals - they put forth huge effort to educate, to stop anyone from thinking being a racist here is okay.

Yes, many places in this state have racism issues, as well as every state. Sadly, to me it is still about the same as any other state I've lived in with 'sundown' towns and liberal havens and everything in-between. One black acquaintance I spoke with recently said she thinks it's less racist here than where she's lived before, a few places were the same states I've lived in previously, too, but she's been in the midwest more than I have.... anecdotal, but interesting to hear. And I also acknowledge people move, towns evolve, for better and worse, depending, over the years...

And frankly, I am struggling to see that guy's face on this site front and center, surely there's photos of the good guys to show instead.

Comment by alsoknownas on June 5, 2017 at 12:58pm

Let's use your phrase for a minute JMac: "deranged maniac".

I've been laughed at on these pages and in chat for sometime now about my reporting of the intense and growing problems in Portland. I've discussed the growing opioid addiction problems. I've discussed the theft and assaults that go hand in hand with it. I've discussed the fear people are having in city parks where "deranged maniacs" have taken over and been allowed to do so. Needles and human feces are found on playgrounds, streets and people's yards.

 This was all considered funny and a "scoldy" problem I have now that I am of a certain age. I'm characterized as a "get off my lawn" guy who can't handle having a little "dookie in my begonias". 

That is such myopic bullshit I don't know where to start, so I'll just say fuck the ignorance.

The murders of the two train heroes rocked this area. The SOB that stole the dying hero's wedding ring lived in a homeless "camp" blocks from my home. He lived two blocks from the murders. Get it yet?

Close enough to be alarmed ?

Fuck calling me an old codger.

But what I don't do is sit on my ass doing nothing. People want change? Then get the fuck up and do something.

Maui,

Listen man. We're glad the city wasn't torn up yesterday. I understand it feels like a battle and I do concur that the alt-right tough ass surly people in their leather jackets truly are a pack of candy-ass mouth breathers who would have been sorely outnumbered yesterday were it not for 1/2 a dozen police agencies guarding them.

We're in a huge mess. I'm not mad at the people that prefer glib descents into lalochezia. They likely haven't more to offer. But I certainly do not think that any credence to such spewings should be part of intelligent discourse, because well...they aren't.

The Beatles were a fun bunch of fellows back then. I'll bop my head to the tunes later.

...and thanks for changing the photo JMac.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 5, 2017 at 1:10pm

Anna, I apologize for the mug shot and did a quick edit to delete the ugly mofo.  I grew up in Indiana, Florida and Texas where I endured grotesque degrees of racism and religious bigotry.  I chose to live most of my adult life in California where people from all over the world have mixed and mingled to create a society that is more mosaic than fabric, but damn LA and San Francisco have some of the best ethnic restaurants in the world. 

Now I'm back in Central Texas with little more than Tex-Mex and BBQ.  As good as it is even that gets boring after awhile.  With as many cross generational mixed race/ethnic families that I see day to day it looks like folks here maybe sorting things out for themselves the old fashioned way:

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 5, 2017 at 1:29pm

aka, I lived in downtown LA, less than two miles from infamous Skid Row, and had more than my share of encounters with homeless people.  When they broke into my beat up fifteen year old Nissan Sentra, instead of having the rear left passenger side window repaired for a hundred bucks, I cut out a piece of Formica to replace the glass and used a Magic Marker to write: "Push here, there's nothing worth stealing." 

I walked more than my share of Homeless out the gates and off the property when they snuck in to dive in the dumpsters. Never had to call the cops on them but it was an aggravation.  On Christmas mornings I get $300 in twenties from the auto teller and randomly distribute them among the homeless I encountered on my drive to Chinatown to join friends for Dim Sum.

Many if not most homeless are addicts, mentally ill, convicts and/or all the above.  The only solution for America's homeless population is serious rehab, permanent housing and employment services in a one stop shop. 

Comment by Maui Surfer on June 5, 2017 at 1:32pm

aka- I feel your pain sir. The Left is not a bunch of angels by any stretch. For whatever reason, actually the reason is obvious- resent of the wealth and sometimes even hard work of others, they think it is OK to let, lets call it what it is, shit, to be spread all over Portland, and SF, and a bit of Seattle. They don't have too many other outposts though, and I am sorry as a homeowner you, obviously not deserving of any of it, are putting up with this as moving is a real tough business, and to where? BTW, you can always come to Maui and live, it is not nearly as hard to do as some might believe, but, don't spread the word too much.

I worked in downtown Portland for a bit, back in the 90s. It was starting even then, down by the river at lunch a bunch of drug addicts and losers crapping all over themselves. Trying to skateboard- mostly failing. A bunch of angry latch-keys who truly had their parents do a number on them, but didn't have the spine to pull out of it on their own. And I've been back and seen how it has gotten worse. The whole notion of needles, anywhere, makes me want to bring out the street sweeper and clean em all up. Hippie Hill in SF is now so covered as well I never go back to reminisce any more, too bloody dangerous. Again, feel your pain.

Also, Anna, not sure if you live near the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland but I apologies for the earlier broad remark. The whole state is not hate, I'm just primed for a fight right now and unfortunately we are going to be doing it right in aka's front yard.

They say pick your battles but in the big leagues that's not always how it goes ...

Finally, I've caught some massive waves on the Oregon coast, but, one is not supposed to mention the names, in many ways it is still like the 60s up there. And also, Aloha to all the Hawaiians in Aloha.

Comment by alsoknownas on June 5, 2017 at 1:52pm

Thanks Maui.

 My neighbor 2 doors over just had the police out a half hour ago to chase a man in dreadlocks and raggedy clothes who was in her yard and wouldn't leave. She should not have spoken to him. Way too dangerous. He got quite ramped up.

I've gone mano a mano in my own yard. Not advised or desired but when it's on you well... Surprises the living shit out of some 35 year old stain to find out the 65 year old doesn't flinch. They always look so surprised looking up from the ground. heh...

The train where the murders occurred and the next stop have been the number 1 and number 2 heroin and meth dealing spots in the state for awhile. Heroin dealers are busy up until about 3 pm, then the meth dealers arrive so that the streets end up with Zombies. The footage from security cameras is quite alarming.

It's a constant.

I have a blues master friend who surfs a lot. Heads your way to their 2nd house. I think when he surfs in Oregon it's at Manzanita and Pacific City. I don't know the secret places.

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