Category Archives: Mental illness

Held Hostage by the ‘Mentally Ill’

Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” David Kif Davis: “My Jewish ancestry has been insulted. I’ve got PTSD, and somebody called me a skinhead. I want an apology.” Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” Charles Johnson: “I just threw a cup of water in somebody’s face at a public hearing. It’s how I express my […]

The Tail Wagging the Police Dog

The Portland, Ore., police officer applied for a job with the Oregon State Police in Salem. As usual, the prospective employer asked the applicant why he wanted to leave his current job. The Portland officer told of how he had pulled over a speeding driver and ticketed him. The driver, who was black, warned the […]

A Cop Shop Under Siege

If a mentally ill man – armed with a weapon or just his fists, legs and deranged anger – had burst into the meeting hall where the Community Oversight Advisory Board recently gathered, there’s no doubt who would have been expected to deal with him. The police. Five Portland police officers are on the 20-member […]

‘Stay Mad Normie Scum’

Too bad Pope Francis didn’t visit America a week later. He could have used the killings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., to denounce guns – and abortion. The Holy Father could have pointed to the killer’s apparent hatred of religion, then – working all angles – he could have drawn a connection between […]

Blue Hours and Alien Boys

When it comes to the mentally ill, nobody is singing, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” No, when it comes to crazy people on the street, whether or not they’re our brothers, we don’t want to carry them. We call the cops. In Portland, police have been accused by the U.S. Department of Justice of […]

‘Life Isn’t for Everybody’

Several months ago, one of the click-bait titles that popped up frequently on the Internet was “11 Female Stars Who Used to be Hot.” Would Robin Williams, 63, have clicked on that story to see which formerly hot actresses were now considered past their prime? Or would he have looked at that link and wondered […]

Making the Wrong History

It’s amazing how desperate some people are to be a part of history. It doesn’t matter which part. Years from now, what will the customers who waited in line outside Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, Wash., tell their grandkids? “I waited in line outside, in darkness, before the sun was up. Finally … I got […]

The Messes We Leave Behind

Suicide is a tough sell, even in Oregon, which has a death-with-dignity law. Everybody wants to save a life. “We will help you cross this bridge,” says the signs on the Vista Avenue Viaduct in Portland. A phone number to a suicide prevention hotline is posted. Portland has 11 bridges crossing the Willamette River, and […]

Bullied by a Trendy Crime

The identity of the shooter in the Sparks, Nev., school killings hadn’t been released before a popular excuse was quickly invoked: He had been bullied. “There has to be an end to this bullying. It is the responsibility not only of the parents but also the schools have to put a stop to this. Bullying […]

Lunatic of the Year

Not to offend Wayne LaPierre’s friends over at the American Psychiatric Association, but this country gets a little more psychotic every year. It isn’t just the economy that’s headed for a cliff, so is our grasp on reality. Consider Sarah Brady, the NRA leadership and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Until John Hinckley came along, Sarah Brady […]