As expected

Fencie, the federal fence, hardly got a half hour down the road back to D.C. when it was called back to be reinstalled around the federal courthouse in downtown Portland.

I knew it was a mistake to take Fencie down. They dismantled it on Tuesday or Wednesday, and by Thursday night, the black-clad avengers of all societal wrongs had trashed the place again. That caused the feds to put up a lovely plywood canvas for the spray-paint Picassos.

On Saturday night, the "protesters" returned and did some more damage, and so now Fencie is back.

The standoff continues. A couple of hundred rowdies continue to keep the city on its knees. 

Through early February, the cost of cleaning up vandalism and repairing the courthouse had added up to $1.6 million.

The bill goes up to a total of about $2.3 million if adding in four other federal properties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In addition to the courthouse, the Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal Building, the Gus J. Solomon U.S. Courthouse, the Pioneer Courthouse and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building also have damaged and have undergone repair.

The new U.S. attorney is making speeches about how brave you have to be to work in the courthouse. What a town.


  1. And now that the damage is done all over again the concrete and steel barrier that was foolishly removed is going back up. I wonder if the city is going to object and continue fining the feds for blocking the bike lane?
    Worse yet is it will now be a long time before the barrier's come down again. Especially since progressive groups are demanding AG Merrick Garland investigate the recent police action to stop the destruction.
    What a hopeless mess.

    1. Let them investigate all they want. Kettling has been upheld. Mostly everyone's tired in the extreme of the Portland "protesters."

  2. Somebody should tell them that being useful idiots to further an agenda is no longer needed.


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