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FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler poses for a photo in Portland, Ore. Wheeler said Tuesday, June 9, 2020, he will make policing changes that include ending the use of patrol officers on public transit and redirecting $7 million from the police budget and $5 million from other city funds to communities of color. Wheeler said in a news conference he also plans to dissolve the police gun violence reduction unit, will ban choke holds and other restraints and will work to reform the use of consent searches in traffic stops. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

 

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler managed to make news on Friday by penning an idiotic political diatribe in response to Pres. Trump’s offer of federal assistance to bring an end to rioting on Portland.

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But just to show that “karma” hasn’t forgotten Ted, protesters in Portland decided that Friday night was a good time to “occupy” the condominium building where Mayor Ted resides.  It is really just high comedy.  I can’t understand why SNL hasn’t turned the travails of Mayor Ted into a recurring sketch.

Here’s where we start:

The demonstrators eventually gained entrance into the lobby of the building.

Once inside they made themselves at home as if they were paying rent.  Does anyone pay rent in Portland or has Mayor Ted done away with that as petty bourgeois capitalism gone wrong.  Security was very polite and accommodating, simply saying ineffectually “You’ll have to go now.”  I’m guessing the Mayor’s Office trained them to say that.

But it is Friday night, and the demonstrators did not want Mayor Ted to feel trapped in his condo without any weekend entertainment.  They arranged an outdoor concert for his benefit — and the benefit of his neighbors.

The entertainment was accompanied by a light show — not quite the fireworks against the backdrop of the Washington Monument we saw last night, but they had only limited time to arrange things for Mayor Ted.

I can’t quite make out the words — it might be similar to the sentiments expressed by Cyrano De Bergerac for Roxane — but I doubt it.

Yeah, it’s definitely not Cyrano quality:

So, why isn’t someone in a position of authority putting an end to all this?  Why doesn’t someone call the police??

Quoting from his letter today to President Trump:

Tens of thousands of Portlanders have peacefully protested and marched for the noble cause of fixing our broken criminal justice system.  They are part of the proud progressive tradition of Portlanders fighting for justice.

Mayor Ted might be right.  After all, he can see them from his front window.  They’ll be there all night.  I might send in 20 pizzas.  Rioting makes you hungry.