Portland City Hall Rose Room, March 18th 2003, 3 p.m.
Katz, Kroeker, and Giusto, among other officials of the Portland's 'civilian' leadership, today expressed more of the same commerce minded rhetoric we've come to expect.
Absent an amusing session of musical chairs amongst the three wisemongers, today's three-o'clock press conference contained little in the way of dramatic policy shifts.
Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker expressed concerns that commerce not be stopped in Portland as children start dying in Iraq; the people of Portland are encouraged, however, to express their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech in more polite fashions. Chief Kroeker also expressed a willingness to entertain last minute requests for parade permits, should splinter groups wish to discuss their plans with the Portland Police Bureau.
Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto, responding to a duly seated, mainstream reporter's question regarding the lack of teeth in stepped up police presence and political prescience in prosecuting the righteous war of commerce continuance upon protesters in Portland, answered that resources and beds had already been set aside within his domain for those who wish to ignore the dire warnings of wrath and mayhem to befall any lawbreakers in the City of Roses. In other words, actual criminals have been released in order that beds be made available to jail radical anti-war protestors, should they fail to immediately obey any and all authoritarian dictators.
Portland Mayor Vera Katz is short, and appears to have dyed her hair again. Besides these points of interest, she also mentioned that the increased overtime and visible police presence that citizens should expect in the coming days will be paid for with a one-half million dollar overtime reserve that the city has maintained just in case. The Portland School Board had no comment.
Finally, this reporter was most impressed and found the most significant rhetoric of the day expressed by a lone soul standing with a bedraggled sweatshirt between his hands at the back of the room. Upon the sweatshirt was hand-penned the name Rachel Corrie.