It is Sunday morning, July 19, 2020, and I weep bitter tears for my country.
Last Night in Portland
Last night in Portland, Oregon, someone thought it would be a good idea to set the police union building on fire.
I wouldn’t be shocked if it was an agent provocateur, trying to help Trump by discrediting the demonstrators. More probably, though, it was someone who mistakenly believed he could attack the institution of the police union, and the ideology of the police union, by attacking the building.
Whoever it was, he was helping Trump, wittingly or unwittingly.
Constitutional Crisis Brewing
Meanwhile, the Oregon Attorney General’s office has let us know that
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum this evening will file a lawsuit in federal court against the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Protection Service and their agents alleging they have engaged in unlawful law enforcement in violation of the civil rights of Oregonians by seizing and detaining them without probable cause.
The lawsuit will be followed by a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) regarding the forcible detainment of an Oregon resident, Mark Pettibone. If granted, the TRO would immediately stop federal authorities from unlawfully detaining Oregonians. Rosenblum’s actions come in response to two disturbing incidents that occurred this week. Both involved federal authorities overstepping their powers and injuring or threatening peaceful protesters on the streets of Downtown Portland.
The first of these took place on July 12, 2020, when a peaceful protester was standing near the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse. The protester was hit in the head with an “impact weapon” and suffered severe injuries. The second occurred July 16, 2020, also in downtown Portland, when an unmarked minivan with undercover federal agents wearing generic green military fatigues forcibly detained Pettibone, who was walking on a sidewalk. Pettibone was later held at the Federal Courthouse, and eventually was let go.
The Gestapo forces in Portland operate under the leadership of Washington swamp creature Chad Wolf, “an early architect of the family separation policy,” and Ken Cuccinelli, failed Virginia politician and scourge of sodomites. climate scientists. and immigrants.
So here’s my question: What the hell are Chad and Ken thinking? What’s their game plan? How have they war gamed this out?
Because they are making a frontal attack on multiple provisions of the Bill of Rights and multiple provisions of Oregon criminal and civil law. How do these two stable geniuses think this thing is going to end? Surely they know that their actions are going to blow up in their faces when they face a judge.
What do they plan to do? Just defy the courts and spit on the Constitution? One has to assume that is their intent. Because the other alternative is to face certain defeat in the courts and to slink away with their tails between their legs, looking like the idiots they are.
Meanwhile, in Other News of Utter Madness
Meanwhile, in other news of utter madness, Republican senators are leaking like sieves to let us know that,
The Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars for states to conduct testing and contact tracing in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill, people involved in the talks said Saturday.
The administration is also trying to block billions of dollars that GOP senators want to allocate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and billions more for the Pentagon and State Department to address the pandemic at home and abroad, the people said.
The administration’s posture has angered some GOP senators, the officials said, and some lawmakers are trying to push back and ensure that the money stays in the bill. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal confidential deliberations, cautioned that the talks were fluid and the numbers were in flux.
That would be because, if you don’t acknowledge a thing, that thing does not exist.
As every tiny toddler knows.