Reality check time for an area of the country governed by political-correctness where the only defense shield needed is acquiescence and a good hug:

Workers were preparing the brick-covered plaza for the 15th annual Holiday Ale Festival that starts on Wednesday. Private security officers patrolled the area. And visitors were still puzzled by the news of the plot.

“Who would want to bomb here?” said Naoki Hirai, a 29-year-old from Japan who is a graduate student at Portland State University. Betty Behrens, a tourist from Seattle, said, “I was astounded.”

In response to the thwarted plot, Mayor Sam Adams has floated the idea of cooperating more fully with federal law enforcement agencies. In 2005, the Portland City Council passed an ordinance that put conditions on the city’s continued participation in the F.B.I. Joint Terrorism Task Force out of concern for the civil liberties of residents.

Now Mr. Adams said he was prepared to reconsider his opposition. “It’s been five years since our last policy review,” he said.

As John McClane said in Die Hard, “Welcome to the party, pal.”

Portland, Oregon just had the Neville Chamberlain scared out of it… but that could only be temporary.

Comments

3 Responses to “Portland, Oregon Perplexed Why Somebody Would Want to Kill Them”

  1. nannykins on November 29th, 2010 12:19 pm

    Oh my, now that a Muslim terrorist almost pulled off blowing citizens of Portland up they may now rethink their policy???? No, Portland just keep your head in your ass a little longer. We here in the real world need stupid people like you to be the "butt" of our jokes.

  2. Marshall_Will on November 29th, 2010 12:47 pm

    To be perfectly honest, this is the very reason I elected to leave Portland behind! I worked downtown ( various investment firms ) for over 15 years, commuting from the suburbs. In the Spring of 2003 ( and the THIRD traffic snarl/protest-of-the-week ) I decided I'd had enough.

    I'm hardly alone. Portland has experienced a mass EXODUS of people in the business community for years! Generally speaking, everyone is "just waiting until the lease runs out" a project is completed or a new lease ( elsewhere! ) can be negotiated. Between a succession of p!ss poor "mayors" and a city council hell-bent on social justice, they've created a climate that's so anti-business no one in their right mind would headquarter there.

    Reap what you have sown PDX, you've deserved it! Can't wait to see what a riot the local Blogs are having?

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