Busy here in Portland. I've been moving back and forth between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. Learning much talking with everyone under the sky.
Interesting aside on guns: Gun and ammunition sales have skyrocketed. You know that, of course. Many first-time gun buyers seem to have gunned-up, and my guess is there are plenty of accidents. Play with chainsaws...better go to chainsaw school.
I've been talking with various law enforcement here in Portland. Morale very low. Chance they will walk off after next Mayorial election in November? I do not know, but that number is significantly higher than zero.
My sense after a week back in America: here in Portland, BLM/ANTIFA and other far-left factions are strong for limited action, but their life-force is being sapped. They seem to sense they are losing ground. They say so, even on the microphone on stage. There is no action at all tonight -- not that I saw, anyway.
A quick, unedited stream of consciousness so I can keep studying:
Yesterday violence spiked in numerous towns such as Louisville, Seattle, and Portland. Latest violence is not caused by any specific case such as the tragedy of Breonna. Dry forest. Any spark. We've got 'fireworks' flying 24/7. Forest getting drier.
Visited a gun-store yesterday. There were density limits so we waited in a line of three people outside while others shopped. While we waited, this apparent Marine surplus vehicle arrived. I do not know the specific nomenclature. There are endless types and always changing. I did not ride in this type in Iraq or Afghanistan.
A friend and I spent the afternoon of my third day back in America tooling around Vancouver, and into northern Oregon.
In the outlying areas, if I did not already know there is a ‘hurricane,’ I would not have sensed anything off other than tiny clues.
It’s been years since I was in Portland/Vancouver. I have no baseline. I’ve lived a couple years on the West Coast. School here twice such as in San Francisco, and so I am familiar with the vibe and I always loved West Coast in general — other than some obvious ‘anomalies’. (This also is old stomping ground of Gary the Cannibal whom I tracked down in India.)
Just spent a long afternoon tooling around Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
No smoke from fires. Rains came just before I landed. Weather in the 60s and wonderful. Could see Mt. Hood just an hour ago.
Vancouver peaceful. People pleasant. Little if any overt signs of unrest. Many American flags on homes and businesses. Little mention of BLM and/or Antifa anywhere. (Not that I saw all of Vancouver but a friend and I spent hours yesterday and today looking around.)
Last evening I landed in Portland, Oregon. Scene of much recent rebellion. There was fighting last night at the ICE building. Police were injured. I was not there and have not personally witnessed fighting yet.
Today, a friend and I drove around Vancouver, Washington. After about two hours, we witnessed no signs of violence, BLM, or ANTIFA signs. Am not saying they are not here, but that we did not see any. We did see many American flags flying outside homes and businesses.
CWMD reports the incubation period for the coronavirus can be up to 24 days, not 14 days as previously thought. The CDC evaluates the public health risk to the U.S. and globally as High, however, CDC maintains that the risk to the general American public is Low.
Note on Tim Lynch: Tim is a friend and he is the real deal. Former Marine infantry officer -- I spent months with Tim in numerous Afghan provinces including Nangarhar (where this attack occurred), Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Urozgan, Mazar-i-Sharif, and I think we went to Paktia and some others. Escapes me now, but we were all over the place and never with military other than when military would sneak out and come to Tim's bar. (Yes, Tim had a bar in Afghanistan, and it was the best intel-hole in the country.)
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