Good trouble

A police mugshot of John Lewis from Nashville, during the Sixties.

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)

“I just happened to be wearing black on a sidewalk in downtown Portland at the time. And that apparently is grounds for detaining me.”Mark Pettibone, a Portland protester snatched off the street by anonymous men in camo who sprang from an unmarked van.

When Mother Jones asked the Homeland Security Department for details of what DHS agents are doing in [Portland], a spokesperson sent a press release in which acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf described nearly 100 incidents allegedly perpetrated by “violent anarchists” — mostly vandalism of the courthouse and other federal buildings. (A typical example: “Violent anarchists graffitied the Hatfield Courthouse.”)Dan Friedman, Mother Jones.

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33 Responses to “Good trouble”

  1. Pat O’Brien Says:

    This is how I remembered Mr. Lewis when I read he returned to the source. He is right about happiness. Also life and liberty, as in the liberty to walk down the street without the threat of being kidnapped by the secret police.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    God help you if you are a traditional Quaker in Portland right now. Better trade in that black vest for some tie-dye.

    Portland has been a cluster-fuck (CHOP, CHAZ, etc). Power abhors a vacuum and I could see this coming. But when Ike sent in the troops, it was in regular battle dress and after issuing an E.O. What’s next for this president, digging up Lavrentiy Beria and appointing him as FBI director?

    • khal spencer Says:

      Shit, CHAZ was Seattle. Its all melding together.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Acting DHS Gruppenführer Chad Wolf is a pogue, an asslicker of the worst sort.

      Writes Noah Lanard at MoJo:

      Wolf’s Twitter profile photo shows him in sunglasses and a headset as he does his very best to look very tough. From all the posturing, you might think the Homeland Security secretary had spent some time in law enforcement. In reality, he was an airport security bureaucrat who became a lobbyist. But he’s learned an important lesson: When your boss became president by pretending to be a brilliant dealmaker on television, image is all that counts.

      One of the first things a new administration needs to do (assuming we can install one) is get after the mission creep at Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security. The biggest threat to the “homeland” is inside the perimeter. These pendejos are off the reservation and running wild.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Yep. Another asslicking poser.

        Meanwhile, back on the battlements. After that protest around the Juan Onate statue when the Plastic Fantastic Militia showed up and that former Albuquerque Council candidate slammed that girl down, got into a melee, and then shot someone, a whole bunch of us up here connected to my club got an email from someone who will remain nameless telling everyone that showing up armed to a protest was amazingly stupid and could only turn out badly. If I were giving advice to the Left right now, I’d suggest quite the same: Throwing rocks and launching aerial rockets at court houses may feel good but may also play into a bit of Nixonian blowback in November. We need to win this election, not fuck it up.

        Nixon scared me and I don’t put anything past this latest motherfucker.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Agreed. Like Doc Sarvis, I’m opposed to vandalism as petty-bourgeois.

        The federal fuzz is jerking off in hopes some halfwitted black-bandana type turns up with a Glock and caps a cop. Then they’ll get to have some real fun.

        Speaking of smashing the State, where are all those Bundy bozos who are ready to occupy some public space at the drop of a cowboy hat, in manly opposition to Tyranny? Ain’t heerd a peep from those freedom-lovin’ fellers. Can’t a brutha get a little solidarity here? Splitters!

  3. SAO' Says:

    A true giant.

    Impeccable bonafides, but also a funny guy.

    Dude could have hung it up years ago, but he worked until his last breath.

    Gotta love a guy who takes a break by posting cat pix.

  4. Dale Says:

    John Lewis earned his rep as someone who would not back down. That stayed with him all of his life. and we are much worse off without him.

  5. SAO' Says:

    Read the entire thread from Honoré. Russ ain’t no pinko lib screaming defund the cops. He busted a few heads himself during Katrina. But he also knows where the line is.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Willamette Week reports that the Kamo Kidz are using rental minivans from Enterprise when they go around and about, snatching up the citizenry.

      Just imagine you’re a Second Amendment/open carry fan taking the air after a few barley pops and maybe a blunt when some anonymous Dodge Caravan screeches to a halt in front of you. Out jump a bunch of dudes in “Generation Kill” kit, sans badges and nametags, and brother, are they ever packing.

      Could be the Deep State. Could be the Bundys hunting some Riot Ribs. Could be a collection agency representing your weed dealer. (Yo, you think he was gonna keep fronting that shit to you forever?). Who knows? So you out with your John Roscoe and go rooty-toot-toot at these brigands whilst hollering for the gendarmes, who happen to be coming around the corner, Portland being a rather active burg come evenings these days.

      Well. Won’t we be in for a bit of fun then? Portland’s finest and the 101st Vanborne exchanging semiautomatic compliments at stupid-thirty in Stumptown?

  6. Herb from Michigan Says:

    As we head into the 100 Days before tRump gets his ass paddled in a huge loss (yes I believe this) I hope we all continue to vote every day with our wallets. And long after the election. As more and more dumb asses who own/run/chair companies or otherwise live off our money get outed for their bigoted tweets and posts; it’s sooo easy to stop buying whatever they are selling. This week alone I sent four emails to local businesses politely informing them that due to their posts/tweets I no longer will be a customer. One dipshit who was caught saying Covid 19 was a liberal conspiracy (he owns a body and detail shop for automotive) got enough heat from people he began fretfully whining about how bad his business became when he was outed by his own post. No, we will not change Trumpers. But we can force them to shut their pie holes so we don’t have to let what is still a minority appear bigger than they are.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I just want the sonofabitch gone.

      Thing is, he will never be gone. If he and the GOP get the righteous flogging they deserve, the media will be wall to wall with thumbsuckers, 24/7, for the next four years.

      “Whither Trump?”

      “Whither the GOP?”

      “The Hair Apparent.”


      It would be nice if a bunch of people got indicted and tried and jailed, or at the very least cast out into the political wilderness, so we could cleanse the national palate by paying attention to that for a while.

      But I keep seeing those Long Shots of the Great Man On the Beach, plodding along into the sunset, head down.

      “Where did I go wrong?” he muses mournfully.

      “How long you got, fuckface?”

      • Libby Says:

        He will only get so much Secret Service protection whenever he is done with his presidency. I’m sure he’ll find richer backers, titans of corporate America, to shell out for his security and post-presidency rallies, transportation, etc. I suppose it will go on indefinitely as long as he can flog/pimp out Junior Mint and Ivanka as presidential hopefuls and they prove useful to Walmart heirs, the GOP, Evangelicals and other Trumpers.

  7. SAO' Says:

    It gets better … they weren’t just para militia cosplayers wearing cammo designer for the wrong latitude … they were untrained para militia cosplayers wearing cammo designer for the wrong latitude.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      “Goldang it, Skeeter, you cain’t go round snatchin’ up white American folks at random like they was Meskin dope fiends! Not yet, anyways. You boys need you some mo’ trainin’!”

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  9. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well, “mr. law and order” got the predictable outcome. But, the protesters gave him another gift of vandalism and arson. Score is tied in overtime. There are some dumb sumbitches on both sides of this mess.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It’s gonna end badly. Somebody is gonna cap somebody, or drive a rental minivan into a crowd, or perform some other impromptu version of “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time” that tends to come over folks when they get tired and pissy.

      • JD Says:

        This is another classic case of the slippery slope and unintended consequences of escalation. Each side needs to claim “victory”, however they choose to (and will) define it.

        I guess the good news is we’re not talking, so far thankfully, about nations w/weapons of mass destruction.

        Faint praise for sure!

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        This Wolf numbnuts is another clerk-typist who thinks he’s George Patton. Those pendejos always make me nervous. As do the Black Bandana bozos. If I were running the Portland Resistance I might find some less obvious, less in-your-face way of putting it to The Man for a while. That way if things escalate you look like the wronged party instead of the omadhaun who begged for a puck in the gob.

        • khal spencer Says:

          Unfortunately, O’G, we all know what Larry’s wife always said. I think anyone with half a brain is staying away from this mess and leaving the streets to the eejits and Patton wannabes.

          This indeed can only end badly. Sooner or later one of the BBB eejits is gonna play Rambo and then run into the Dept. of Homeland Stupidity Rambos.

      • Shawn Says:

        Big multi-person sling shot. Rotting fish guts in a plastic bag. Smelly camo uniforms.

        The folks doing the sling-shottin’ should have dark suits on with the associative Donny domination ties and orange wigs.

        and let’s not forget the appropriate chant… “Fake cops”.

        Later, when the side street minivan round up comes along, the Fuds will get confused because all the hundreds of protesters will be walking the streets in dark suits and ties. The orange wigs will have long been donated to the local girlie bar strip club to be used as muffs.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          This I like. Reminds me of the Yippies, the comedians of the New Left. They attempted to levitate the Pentagon (and also to conduct an exorcism on it); dumped dollar bills onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange just to see what would happen (about what you’d expect); and nominated an actual pig, Pigasus, as their 1968 presidential candidate.

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