There are lessons to be learned from the recent “Red House” protests in Portland, OR. One of the most important is that when extremists get involved (as Black Lives Matter and Antifa did in those protests), everyone in the vicinity suffers. Here’s part of one homeowner’s account.
They blocked the alleys and they blocked the side street of my house. They wouldn’t allow us to move our cars because they had fully barricaded us in. They said they had basically claimed the area and we weren’t able to leave.
On Saturday last week, an individual went around and broke the Ring cameras off of people’s front doors, on their doorbells, with a crowbar.
It was just a huge, huge, raging party occupation: giant bonfires on the hill, bonfires everywhere in the street. They built the barricades. They had weapons behind it. They had bottles and rocks and Molotov cocktails and all that stuff.
They had sentries, essentially, that are posted up there. They had an individual with an assault rifle positioned right next to our driveway. They have people regularly back at their station, but they also patrol around the block with weapons and tactical gear and bulletproof vests. They watch us, you know, and they’re regularly standing around as we move in and out of our backyard.
I could go out front on foot, but there were several people outside, and they were armed and they would watch us. They’d follow us around the block. And they were very suspicious that we were coordinating with the police. Like I said, they had guns up front, too, in addition to everyone inside of the zone.
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Everyone thought the cops were going to come down, so they were prepping for that. The side streets were lined with tires and wood that they were soaking in gasoline and lighter fluid in anticipation that, when the police would come, they were going to light it on fire and create a big flaming barricade to prevent them from coming in.
They had bonfires on and adjacent to our property next to the gasoline-soaked tires. We were asking them to put it out—and they refused to do so and would yell at us.
They got really hostile and told me to **** off and that we were part of the problem, or that we were just another gentrifier. We were scared they were going to attack us in our house.
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Everything’s still trashed. Everything’s still covered in graffiti. Everything’s a mess. My house, my sidewalk, everything’s covered in garbage now.
There’s more at the link.
There are several lessons to be learned here.
- If the police won’t do their job and keep the neighborhood under control, extremists will take over. There’s nothing you or your family, as individuals, can do to stop them. The only way to do so is to band together and arm yourselves, to match the organization and armament of the intruders – and if you do that, in many jurisdictions, law enforcement will act against you rather than the intruders. That’s the politically correct environment in many cities today. Therefore, your odds of success are slim to none.
- This can happen without warning. Nobody saw these protests coming. The eviction of one family was seized upon by extremists as a pretext for action, and they made the most of it. Those living nearby were given no opportunity to do anything about it. They found themselves confronted by a fait accompli.
- Once your area is dominated by extremists, you’re treading on very thin ice indeed. They may take offence at anything, following an agenda and a perspective you don’t share and don’t understand. Keeping a low profile is about your only chance of surviving the situation – and there’s no guarantee it’ll work, either.
- Overt negative reactions to what’s going on will lead to retaliation by the extremists. They don’t care what you think, and their way of dealing with opposition is to crush it, as an example to others who may get out of line. They’ll stomp you flat without a second thought. If you resist them, they’ll redouble their efforts – and if you succeed in resisting them, the politically correct authorities will target you for doing so.
- If push comes to shove, and the police act to break up the situation, understand that your property and your family may become just another element of “collateral damage” to both sides. You aren’t important to anyone. You’re just in the way. If those BLM/Antifa extremists had set fire to their “big flaming barricade” and it had spread to neighboring houses, do you think they’d have cared? Of course they wouldn’t! As for the fire department or ambulances, they usually won’t enter an area until it’s secure – which means your belongings will be burned to ashes, and possibly your family as well.
The single most important factor is this: if you’re living in a city subject to that kind of threat, where the authorities won’t do anything to ensure your safety, you need to get the hell out of there. Don’t delay. If you have to lose money to get to a safer place, or take a lower-paying job with fewer prospects in a safer area, accept that those are necessary elements in ensuring your and your family’s safety.
Don’t let naysayers hold you back. If other members of your family hesitate, and say they’re sure things will improve, let them find that out for themselves. You don’t need to hang around to become a victim along with them. In fact, you may be their lifeline, because if they have to “get out of Dodge” in a hurry, your new home may be the only place they can go in the short term.
This sort of reality is a part of everyday life in some cities right now. It’s only going to get worse. Why wait for the hammer to come down on you? Get out from under it while you still can.
It's not just cities that you need to bail out of. Small towns, such as the one I live near, are also going to hell in a handbasket. The nutjobs are everywhere.
Gotta say, that wouldn't work well in our little tiny town…
Hunting season starts January 20th at noon Eastern time.
if one isn't fully prepared, in every meaningful way, to start slitting throats and unobtrusively shooting mofos under those circumstances, they really have no business pissing, moaning, whining, and kvetching about it afterwards. They're simply totally unprepared.
If someone tried those sorts of BLM shenanigans hereabouts, the box score on my side would be in the double digits before the second sunrise, and the body parts found in the victims' oral orifices come sunup wouldn't leave any doubt about how welcome they were in the area.
If you can be cowed by "bad guys with guns", you're a sheep.
Stand up or shut up.
What it sounds like is that BLM picked their battlefield pretty well, and found a neighborhood of willing Quislings who never thought that they had any responsibility for their own welfare, before, during, or after such an event.
Bitching about the grafitti?? Now??? Srsly????
Did Home Depot stop selling paint and rollers, or what?
Clean up your own neighborhood, and stop pissing yourself because Uncle Government won't come swooping in to make up for what backbone you lack.
I am old enough to not care about BLM/Antifa fuck heads so, if there is to be war with them, let it come as soon as possible. If those fuckers take over it will not take long for the mentally corrupted youth to consider that crap as normal.
this is why i have suppressors and a backhoe.
Funny how all the riot reporting went "poof" after the election…is the Red House occupation still going, never heard it ended…
These stories infuriate me beyond words.
They remind me of a line of thought in the Gulag Archipelago, “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
It will be one or the other at some point. Either the rowdies will fear the citizens or the citizens will fear the rowdies. It has ever been thus. And I don't see any easy way out since the state has sided with the rowdies.
"Left-wing-dominated cities are likely to see the worst of them, cutting off power and utilities coming in from outside."
Serves them right for voting Democrat. The Left hated Trump so much that they allowed this to happen just to spite him.
I live in a very rural county, BLMers would stand out like the proverbial sore thumb (one of which I have). BLMers wouldn't know the terrain, either…
If you look up "Keyboard Commando" in the dictionary, you will find Aesop's picture there.
Has he done anything to prevent the takeover of California? Nope. Not a thing. Well, nothing except bitch and moan on the internet about the five or six liberal "toothless banjo pickers" that happen to be living there.
They wouldn't last long out here…that's or sure…which reminds me…what happened to those AR's you emailed me about way back when?
It's a few more than 5 or 6, Roy.
Several millions, at last count, plus a like number of illegals.
I spent five years catching truckload batches of the latter in person on the border just in my spare time, and berating the sitting President with the problem by helping to shoot videos you probably saw on CNN, which helped get 20 miles of proper border wall put up, long before Trump made it cool.
So I've done a sight more than "nothing"; thanks for playing.
Go visit the loo, and kindly stop letting your other end do your talking. And send for your relatives. Here, they're nothing but a drain on the economy and a plague on the state, which is probably why they left home to begin with. They weren't "Californians" when they moved here, and they won't be "Californians" when they move on to befoul some other place, next year or the next.
Don't sell your family short; own your relatives, and I'll take the hit for actual CA native wastes of skin, like Moonbeam and Fineswine, and we can call it even.
Well, Aesop, I will always own my own relatives, but they are all free American citizens, so I can't be held responsible for their own doings, as they can't be held responsible for mine. But as I have told you before, and you conveniently sidetrack, *none* of my kinfolk live in California anymore. What few I had that lived there all decamped when all of *your* kinfolk went crazy for the communists and decided to screw up one of the prettiest places on Earth. And my few relatives from CA were all – without exception – conservatives who would have been your natural allies if you weren't such a smug, holier-than-thou…
Well, enough said about that.
if one isn't fully prepared, in every meaningful way, to start slitting throats and unobtrusively shooting mofos under those circumstances
Moving to a rooftop a few doors down and using an -06 at 100 yards is usually effective. Straight-up guerilla tacs: shoot, move, shoot, move. Have a neighbor who'll help? Great!! Shoot from two diametrically opposite positions, move, shoot….etc.
Handy if you can blow things up, too. Gasoline possession is NOT restricted to Antifa revolutionaries.
Altogether, us Normies have been far too polite. But in war, politeness is a losing strategy.