The post noted that the federal designation is a game-changer:
“For real victims, that means that there is another avenue for justice outside the Leftist Multnomah County Courthouse. And that means the possibilities of civil rights violations charges against Antifa and the system of justice that rewards their violence with light sentences and low bail.
To sum up: Antifa is a violent, anarchistic group, with national and international ties, that uses violence and destruction as a weapon of terror. The Pacific Northwest is the biggest hotbed of this activity. If Portland, Oregon is ground zero, Mike Strickland was patient zero.”
The group keeps a hit list similar to the one used by Southern Poverty Law Center.
A gunman who attacked the Family Research Council name the SPLC’s list as the reason. Like the rest of the country, clearly, the Portland Antifa gang is well aware of this. He received 25 years to life in prison.
Someone also sent this email through the VictoriaTaft.com website appearing to claim ‘credit’ for Stratton’s death. See it here.
Now comes another message to the website, this one as a comment which came in at 2:26 this morning.
The threatening message reads:
We see your racist nazi [sic] pal Sonny Yelliot [sic] is costing your blog [sic]. No surprise here you racist sympathizer [sic].
We are always watching you and we have associates all over.
This is a year of surprises including a veteran semi driver crashing in a fireball in perfect weather [sic].
You are bringing a lot of attention your way by posting photos of our comrades at city hall! Think about what your [sic] doing and think about the possible consequences.
The message ostensibly was sent by “Rose City Antifa.”
Let’s take a closer look.
The author of the comment, rife with bad grammar, is offended that “Sonny Yelliot” wrote a comment on the blog. Here’s what Yellott (correct spelling) wrote in a comment to this post:
“Love your involvement here Victoria Taft. We have met but I doubt yo [sic] will remember me out of the hordes you must encounter. Please include this address in your mailing list”
To which VictoriaTaft.com responded:
“I remember you, Sonny. Keep your head up! …and on a swivel.”
Sonny often commented via email on my radio shows in Portland. Who knew that we were both “Nazis”?
The next thing to note is:
“We are always watching you and we have associates all over.”
That’s creepy and threatening. The allusion to Stratton’s death is notable and will be shown to person investigating his death.
Finally comes the more overt threat:
“Think about what your [sic] doing and think about the possible consequences.”
Is it a threat or disinformation?
Good question. But I’ve got one more: 1911, Glock, or hammerless S&W .38?
In a little noted story one year ago, Politico reported that Department of Homeland Security “confidential intelligence” documents showed that “antifascists,” known as “Antifa,” are now considered a domestic terror group.
Those who have observed the violence by Portland Professional Protester, Incorporated, Antifa edition, are not surprised by the recent domestic terrorism designation. In fact, most would probably say ‘what took you so long?’
The report, disseminated within DHS in April 2016, is an assessment of violent groups, and reveals that the Pacific Northwest region is a national ‘leader’ in Leftist violent extremism:
” … US extremist attacks noted in this study occurred in multiple states, the majority of incidents occurred in the Pacific Northwest.”
Portlanders have watched in disgust as the City ‘leaders’ have thrown their lot in with the protesters, leaving law-abiding citizens adrift without representation. The rule-of-law has become a two track system – one for Antifa and Portland Professional Protesters and the regular, tougher one for everyone else.
You’d think that after the nine-year-long blockbuster investigation of Oregon based eco and animal terrorists known as “The Family” that local leaders would catch a clue. Wrong.
Either in thrall of ACLU and Lawyers Guild attorneys, or out of fear for their own safety – or both – city officials have looked the other way all while making public pronouncements about the virtue of Antifa’s crusade. Maybe it’s the contact high outside City Hall that convinced them capitulation would keep the mob from their door.
Antifa has responded to Official Portland’s endorsement by bashing heads, detonating IEDs, setting fires, hitting people with ‘flag’ staffs, hurling fire works, menacing, attacking cops, blocking freeways and roads, conspiring against videographers (see Mike Strickland and Leo Stratton stories nearby), and deploying chemical sprays.
Official Protester Portland has given the mob its seal-of-approval because, after all, these virtuous, Black bloc, balaclava clad crusaders ridding the world of all things “fascist” are on the side of angels don’t ‘cha know.
Oregonians are wary of coming downtown, especially at night, because they’re afraid to discover they’ve been transmogrified into a Nazi and be ‘dealt’ with by Antifa.
Mayor Ted Wheeler has cheered the violent protesters on, offered them public support and ordered police to stand down during violent clashes except once, and that was only recently.
However, what is new is the seriousness with which at least federal law enforcement will potentially treat the violent political gang.
Note this from Politico:
“Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.”
The report, called the Baseline Comparison of US and Foreign Anarchist Extremist Movements, reported that during 2013 and 2014 things began to heat up in both Michigan and the PNW with violent groups.
A group then known as the Plockers, an outgrowth of 2011’s Occupy Portland, began to squat in foreclosed houses and refuse to leave. According to the report, there were multiple arsons committed by these activists in their anti-gentrification schemes.
As we’ve seen over the years and chronicled here and on my radio shows, the same people who were active in the “BushHitler” days, became Obamabots and Bernie Bros. Others on the fringes learned from the Seattle WTO conflagration and thus became a subset of these anarchists, wearing their Black bloc clothing and balaclavas.
Antifa derived from this group. Portland anarchists have told me they don’t share Antifa’s world view, but for most, it’s a distinction without a difference.
The report worries that “anarchist extremist” “antifascists” – come on guys, you can just call them Antifa – will become more violent in the U.S. and the world.
Read the report for yourself and note that the deep dive into Antifa ended in spring of 2016 as Antifa was getting absolutely triggered over the presidential election just months away.
Enter Mike Strickland.
In July of 2016, Portland Professional Protester members held a “Don’t Shoot PDX” Black Lives Matter march and rally and noticed videographer Mike Strickland in their midst. Strickland, the owner of the YouTube channel, “Laughing at Liberals,” often covered Portland’s Leftist rallies and marches. His material regularly made national news.
Organizer of the event, John Slaughter, admitted in court that he and others conspired to rough up Strickland and throw him out of their event, which was being held on a public street. They hit Strickland with their flag staffs, punched him and then, when they saw he had retreated to another spot at the rally, organized another rush at him whereupon he pulled his legal pistol and, while not even putting his finger near the trigger, held off the gang. No shots were fired.
Repeating. In Portland, Oregon the guy who was doing his job in what we thought was a free country, reporting on protesters on a public street whom he has covered many times before, was forced to pull his pistol to defend himself against a marauding band of thugs, one of whom, Benjamin Kerensa, was 400 pounds. And Strickland was jailed.
The chief reason why Strickland was treated like a criminal by the Multnomah County DA’s office? Slaughter claimed, without providing proof, that Strickland sent him racist text messages. Strickland text messages were never presented to buttress that claim because they didn’t exist. But the DA believed Slaughter and poured on the charges and bail for Strickland.
Within months of the Strickland assault, similar tactics were used to silence conservative speakers on college campuses.
The flaccid response by police and university officials, largely due to their endorsement of their Antifa heroes, gave rise to the right wing groups holding marches and rallies to draw out Antifa and respond to their violence with force of their own.
Here’s where we get to a crucial point about Portland and Antifa. Politico reported that federal officials believe Antifa is organized and connected with a national and international organization:
” … [A]uthorities following them believe they are organized via decentralized networks of cells that coordinate with each other. Often, they spend weeks planning for violence at upcoming events…
Dozens of armed anti-fascist groups have emerged, including Redneck Revolt and the Red Guards, according to the reports and interviews. One report from New Jersey authorities said self-described antifa groups have been established in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco.
Some of the DHS and FBI intelligence reports began flagging the antifa protesters before the election.
That means that with federal law enforcement involved could be designated a continuing criminal enterprise and those in it charged with giving material support to a terrorist organization.
For real victims, that means that there is another avenue for justice outside the Leftist Multnomah County Courthouse. And that means the possibilities of civil rights violations charges against Antifa and the system of justice that rewards their violence with light sentences and low bail.
To sum up: Antifa is a violent, anarchistic group, with national and international ties, that uses violence and destruction as a weapon of terror. The Pacific Northwest is the biggest hotbed of this activity. If Portland, Oregon is ground zero, Mike Strickland was patient zero.
Portland conservatives were stunned to hear the news one week ago that videographer Leo Stratton had died in a fiery, late night crash. Now there’s concern that his death wasn’t an accident and Oregon State Police are investigating.
According to The Oregonian, the professional truck driver died Wednesday night, September 12, 2018 when his big rig “drifted off the highway”:
“The Oregon State Police said an early investigation shows the semi driver, Leo Stratton, was going east on Interstate 84, drifted off the highway and hit a rock embankment.
Stratton was a videographer with his own YouTube channel, which boasted 11,000 subscribers. His work often lampooned the violent and destructive antics of the Portland professional protester Left – with special emphasis on the group that calls itself “anti fascists,” or Antifa.
Stratton’s “screamer” video was among his most widely viewed. More than 450,000 have watched his video of a disturbed, rainbow-haired person who showed up to ruin a pro-Trump rally:
Stratton’s work became more important after a Portland judge and prosecutors banned the area’s premier chronicler of the Left, “Laughing at Liberals'” Mike Strickland, from reporting on politics.
Strickland’s 1st and 2nd Amendment rights were stripped from him after a mob of Antifa attacked him at an protest and Strickland pulled his legally concealed handgun to protect himself. No shots were fired. His case is on appeal. See my exhaustive list of stories about Strickland here,here and here for starters.
The Left Celebrates
Members of Antifa gloried in attacking and sidelining Strickland. And, disgustingly, now the same is happening with the death of Stratton.
While members of the GOP, Trump supporting folks on the right and citizen journalists mourned, within hours of his death Antifa-affiliated Leftists began glorying in it:
This self described bike courier’s Twitter profile included a feature photo of Stratton and the fiery crash which ended the 50-year-old videographer’s life:
The Twitter user “Give No Fucks” was positively giddy that Stratton was dead:
Jake Laskey in jail Leo Stratton is dead- what a great day! God loves leftist #happy
VictoriaTaft.com received an email from a phony email address claiming ‘credit’ for killing Stratton:
“We finally got Leo Stratton! He is down!”
Antifa Network Goes Into Action
Within hours of his death, the Leftist website called IDA Vox ran an obituary enthusing, “Leo Stratton, ROT IN HELL.” The post labeled the watcher of the Left the “Leni Riefenstahl of the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer” groups:
Gateway Pundit has published an obit for Portland-based Patriot Prayer regular and Red Elephants contributor Leo Stratton, who died in a truck crash on i84. They call him “a proud Trump supporter in the middle of a communist stronghold. https://t.co/dycP8GvsjU
Though the Left and Antifa labeled both Stratton and Strickland as “fascists,” “racists,” and “homophobes,” the labels were transparently contrived to give the rebels-without-a-cause, Antifa, a reason to engage in anti-social and violent behavior in general and specifically work against the men who whose work made the Leftists look bad. Labeling them “fascists” made it easier to gather a mob to oust them from their protests and rallies. The irony of the group’s own fascist moves was apparently lost on them.
Stratton On Antifa Hit List
Stratton had been an object of interest for the Left:
Rose City Antifa listed Stratton on its Southern Poverty Law Center-like hit list:
The supposed “anti fascists” monitored or spied on, if you will, the individual goings on of people on the right:
And it’s true. No one expects this. While it seems far fetched that in “Little Beirut” – Portland, Oregon – we could have just witnessed a political hit, the continuing violent criminal enterprise that is Antifa gaining such a stronghold over the city was something that we never expected, either.
Is this group, known for its violence, fire bombings, fascist tactics and attacks capable of … murder?
When the loons have convinced themselves that Leo Stratton is just like Hitler’s propagandist, it’s not hard to imagine that these self styled saviors may have graduated to more than “some silly shit.”
I guess you could say Richard Spencer is ‘alt’ right– waaaaay around-the-horn that is. The dapperly dressed millennial, a white nationalist, has outed himself as a socliast in a new movie.
In Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary about racism in America, “Death of a Nation,” the writer, author and documentarian sits down with Spencer and asks him what he believes:
Spencer tells D’Souza:
“No individual has a right, outside a collective community. You have rights, not eternally, or given by God or nature. You have them because you are a part of this community. Ultimately the state gives those rights to you.”
Said no conservative ever.
Oh, and his two favorite presidents are Democrats.
The party of the KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest
The party of Jim Crow.
The party of black codes.
The party of the governor who stood in the school house door.
The party of 1894 Repeal Act.
The party of Planned Parenthood (which kills 60% of black babies)
The party against 40 Acres and a Mule.
The Democratic Party, founded by President Andrew Jackson, killed and/or fought against the following legislation:
Civil Rights Act 1866
Reconstruction Act of 1867
Freedman Bureau Extension Act of 1866
Enforcement Act of 1870
Force Act of 1871
Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871
Civil Rights Act of 1875
Civil Rights Act of 1957
Civil Rights Act of 1960
And during the 60’s many Democrats fought hard to defeat the
1964 Civil Rights Act
1965 Voting Rights Acts
1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act
It looks like Richard Spencer fits right in.
And, before you reflexively bock, but, but, but the “Southern Strategy”…
The cadre of far Portland Leftists who, at the drop of a hat, will grab their protest signs from the umbrella stand, burrow into their closet for their nail-backed flag pole, and rifle their mom’s sock drawer for their balaclava, stormed city hall on Wednesday – injuring several guards and forcing the city commissioners to flee their meeting.
What was the reason why commissioners, including Mayor Ted Wheeler, fled to the safety of mayor’s office?
“A protest against police brutality itself turned violent Wednesday when activists attempted to storm Portland City Hall, clobbered one security guard and scuffled with several others.
It was the biggest disruption to a Portland City Council meeting in more than a year, but the Council did not address the substance of protesters’ ire: violent crowd control techniques used by police during a large counter-demonstration downtown Saturday.”
Or, in other words, “Portland Professional Protesters™Violently Storm City Hall to Demand City Hall Stop Punishing Them for Violently Storming Portland.”
And they brought their balaclava-wearing ‘best.” Here’s another excerpt from The Oregonian:
“One demonstrator, who was masked and wearing a baseball helmet, smashed a security guard over the head repeatedly with a megaphone. The guard was seen afterward clutching a bag of ice, a bruise beginning to form on his cheek.
City Hall security chief Dorothy Elmore said she was also struck by a protester, in the arm.
An unidentified man, bandana-clad and lying on the floor outside the mayor’s office, was detained and carried out of City Hall by his arms and legs. Cops also arrested Diane Keeauver, 67, said Sgt. Chris Burley, a Portland police spokesman.”
The Orwellianly-named anti-fascist protesters are violently upset about a couple key things:
They’re upset that the city gave the Patriot Prayer group a permit to hold their “free speech” march
They’re PO’d that police for the most part successfully kept them apart from the Patriot Prayer group. Why? According to their Twitter timelines, they’re upset that police “protected” the people they don’t like (and they didn’t have the opportunity to bash their heads in, like, for example, what they did to the guards at City Hall)
They’re upset because police employed flash bang distraction grenades and other methods of non-lethal force to disperse the violent mob– and they worked.
How about not allowing hateful intruders who want to harm this city and citizens to legally obtain permits to “peacefully protest.” Seems like a healthy place to start.
Antifa and their allies in the ACLU, and friendly, in-the-tank websites, depend upon an incurious MSM media and the reliably Sgt Schultz-like BAMN-believing Left-wing power players to ignore a few key things:
Antifa brought illegal mortars to set off in order to blame the cops for deploying too many flash-bangs, the complaint for which they violently stormed City Hall.
During today’s protest officers seized firework mortars (incendiary devices that create a loud explosive noise that can be dangerous when detonated near people). It is unlawful to possess firework mortars (ORS 480.120). pic.twitter.com/5DWnx1iqzK
3. In addition, Antifa feigns outrage by distracting (squirrel!) people to a trumped-up ‘wrong’ done by their opponents. Police have suggested that it was Antifa that brought Confederate flag draped objects to show others, that, see, they’re not the fascists here.
— Voodoo Doughnut Special Investigator Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) August 7, 2018
Some Patriot Prayer people may have brought some of it for all I know, but Antifa is all about disinformation, starting with the group’s very name.
4. Also, Antifa blamed ‘injuries’ on cops. That may have happened, but the disinformation campaign by the group included overstating at best, and fabricating at worst (see my post from yesterday which proves this), injuries from ‘police.’ Worse, some have made the case that the ‘injuries’ were accidentally self inflicted from their own explosives.
If the Patriot Prayer group didn’t exist Antifa would find another group of people to assault, buildings to vandalize, ‘wrongs’ to right, and flags to burn.
As exhausted Portlanders already know, this group was pulling these violent antics well before anyone had ever heard of Patriot Prayer.
Saturday in Portland there was another planned riot by far Left, but, for the most part, it fizzled. It wasn’t for lack of trying, of course.
Four people arrested for violent antics. Bad things happen when you try to screw with cops.
Among the charges were resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, attempted assault on a police officer, assault, interfering with a police officer, disorderly conduct, harassment, reckless endangerment of another person, unlawful use of a weapon. You get the picture.
Two women with Patriot Prayer claim to have been jumped by Antifa thugs, so not everyone came away unscathed.
And then there was this guy. Ouch.
This bloody head reportedly belongs to an unidentified Antifa rioter who claims to have been injured and hospitalized at an unnamed facility after, as the website Raw Story reports, he was hit in his helmet-covered head with a police flash bang grenade:
“According to the Rosehips Medics, a collective that provides first aid during street protests, at least three people were hit by the flash-bang grenades.
Two of those hit were sent to the hospital. Raw Story has obtained exclusive photos of some of the injuries. One man was sent to the hospital with a head wound. According to a source in contact with the injured man and his girlfriend, his life was saved only by the helmet he was wearing.
Photos show a heavy-duty bicycle helmet punctured by a flash-bang grenade canister. On the other side of the helmet blood can be seen. Flesh and blood are massed on the man’s head in a different photo as he wears a neck brace and is treated by medical personnel.” Emphasis added
The website provided a dramatic side-by-side photo of the cause and effect.
And antifa allies were crawling on social media telling the story about the flash bang grenade.
This guy claimed to be a “comrade” who decried his buddy was “shot in the back of the head:”
But let’s go to the journalistic tote board. According to the Raw Story post, the unnamed girlfriend of the unnamed man who reportedly is a “trauma nurse” at an unnamed hospital, this wound, the photo of which was helpfully supplied by the unnamed people, was caused by a flash bang which pierced the unnamed man’s “bike helmet” though he likely was not riding a bike for a riot.
On the Fujimoto Scale of journalistic hot air, these claims were a solid F-3. It made me long for the days of The Weekly World News. I really miss Bat Boy.
But stick with me.
Let’s take a closer look at that helmet because it was noted on Twitter by one man that the point of penetration looked, er, interesting:
Twitter user Dennis Ward called my attention to this horrendous injury and the odd looking helmet. Soon blue check Martin Cizmar verified the source of the story:
He had a point. Check out that beautifully carved circle into which is perfectly placed a black plastic thingie. Is that the cleanest projectile penetration mark you’ve ever seen? It was so clean and so perfectly placed, that the helmet suffered no damage anywhere else around the point of entry.
Well, no, that’s not quite right. It actually looks like the helmet material is going outward as if the projectile was fired – or the hole was cut – from inside the helmet. Weird.
Casual observers wondered where the indented penetration marks were from the projectile entering the helmet. So was I. I sent the photo to a scientist who believed these set of ‘facts’ deserved at least a rating of F-4 or F-5 on the Fujimoto Scale of hot air.
The speculation upset this guy:
You mean the one that caused the injury that that person was sent to the hospital for?
But another Twitter user who’d seen the photo chimed in:
My dad taught me to weld when I was young. It's pretty damn obvious those are not from a flash grenade. That helmet would probably survive up to a 9mm round with a puncture in it. pic.twitter.com/IqZ0vtYRva
Flash bangs aren’t benign explosive devices and they’re the bane of Antifa’s members in Portland.
An ACLU spokesperson told the Raw Story website, “To our knowledge, no other police force in America uses crowd control weapons with the regularity of the Portland Police Bureau.”
I shouldn’t have to point out that Portland has more than its share balaclava clad professional rioters who terrorize the citizens on a regular basis, so it stands to reason that PPB would use more of these items. That fact alone renders the statement by the ACLU meaningless.
But back to our injured unnamed man.
Where have I seen that ginger hair before?
If the hospital victim is this guy he has just made an astonishing recovery. And with a smile on his face to boot.
Alex Jones, a man I consider odious and most certainly not a font of truth, has been banned from some key social media platforms this week. Just like that.
This is the work, if you will, of the new ‘Secular Taliban’* who are the rocket-making and Tesla driving titans of tech.
Facebook, Apple, Spotify, Pinterest (?!) and YouTube have just shut down most of Jones’s accounts — depriving him of the chief way of making money for his heretofore very successful brand, InfoWars.
Jones is no more a tool than any number of left wing nutters, The Daily Kos and Young Turks come to mind, and other people on the inter webs using these same platforms.
We all know the stories of hypocritical, double standards used by Leftists who own and operate these platforms – the latest of which saw the suspension of Candace Owens from Twitter for replicating the racist tweets of the newly-hired, New York Times editorial writer, Sarah Jeong, and replacing the word “white” with “Jewish.” Jeong’s racist tweets remain on her Twitter timeline. The term “shadow banning” has now entered the everyday lexicon of Twitter-using conservatives.
In the same week, conservative California Congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng had her campaign commercial wiped off Facebook because it told about The Killing Fields of Cambodia – a place from which her parents fled to come to America.
Apparently history is just too “shocking” for Facebook to allow, especially as told by a conservative congressional candidate who uses her family’s story to explain why she reveres the freedoms of the United States. Freedoms not shared by the new Silicon Valley Oligarchs.
This censorship is what fascism looks like.
Doing it in advance of the 2018 midterms looks as shady as hell. It reminds me of the Obama IRS coming down on Tea Party groups before the 2012 election. Neither of these was a coincidence.
Speaking of ‘coincidences,’ the tech firms who banned Jones decided within hours of each other to abandon their platitudes about free speech and silenced him. I wonder if that’s known as collusion.
“Initially, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify all took selective action, banning some episodes of Jones’s podcasts and shows or removing selected social media posts they found to be in violation of various policies while allowing Infowars channels to remain active. Last Thursday, the popular audio streaming app Stitcher became the first platform to pull all of Jones’s content, without a lot of fuss.
But on Sunday night, Apple followed suit, summarily banning all of Jones’s content from iTunes — in the process sending a definitive message about what is and isn’t permissible free speech. Almost immediately, the dominoes began to fall: In the hours since Apple took action, multiple sites have started scrambling to reverse positions they were defending just a week ago.
The most notable of these is Facebook, which abruptly about-faced on its own free speech policy just hours after Apple did, essentially in the middle of the night. After that came YouTube, which appeared to ban Jones’s channel (which had more than 2.5 million subscribers as of Monday) from its platform late Monday morning.”
Why silence Jones? A lawsuit, brought by the parents of a victim of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting against Jones for the bizarre and obviously false claim that the shooting didn’t actually happen, was in the news.
To Jones, 9-11 was “an inside job,” a view held by the darling of the left, Rosie O’Donnell, and many others.
Practically every horrible mass event is depicted by Jones as “a false flag” for something-or-other.
But the Sandy Hook hoax tale was a bridge too far for the families of the victims. The lawsuit, that has now been joined by several other families, alleges that they’ve been harmed by Jones’s absurd lie and have set out to, as Wired puts it, “redefine” free speech after the New York Times v Sullivan Supreme Court decision required actual malice against a public figure when reporting false information.
As for the censoring Silicon Valley companies themselves, we know they are privately held and can determine with whom they’ll do business. But Google has become a category-killer in information ‘hoovering’ and search engine services. There are plenty of other cake-bakers, but Google’s pretty much the only game in town. As a result, some of these social platforms may have become so ubiquitous as to become utility-like. Their very success may make them vulnerable to legal action.
The only people who seem capable of speaking out are self made Silican Valley tycoons such as Pay-Pal founder Peter Thiel, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and e-Bay whiz Meg Whitman. But you didn’t get a whiff of their politics until they were wealthy enough to speak out.
Former Obama apparatchiks have embedded the big tech firms in Silicon Valley. Don’t diminish the importance of their voices in the “ideological echo chamber.”
“It’s more than just David Plouffe, who moved out for a multimillion-dollar job at Uber. The not nearly exhaustive list includes: Obama speechwriter Kyle O’Connor, now at Nest; Michelle Obama’s former deputy communications director Semonti Stephens, now at Square; director of citizen participation Katie Jacobs Stanton, now at Twitter; ’08 regional and field director Mike Masserman, now at Lyft; Brandon Lepow, who did advance for the Obama campaign and communications for the White House, now at Facebook; legislative affairs special assistant Nicole Isaac, now at LinkedIn; director of research Liz Jarvis-Shean, first at Tesla and now and currently consulting for Civis; campaign staff director for technology Jim Green, now at Salesforce, along with Obama’s first chief information officer, Vivek Kundra; ’08 regional field director Alex McPhillips, at Google; ’08 regional Gillian Bergeron, at NextDoor; Organizing for America digital director Natalie Foster, at the Institute for the Future; Tech4Obama program manager Catherine Bracy, now at Code for America; ’08 deputy Wisconsin director Hallie Montoya Tansey, at an education-tech startup called Schoolzilla. Nick Papas, John Baldo, Courtney O’Donnell and Clark Stevens are all now at Airbnb. Jessica Santillo, the former White House assistant press secretary who handled much of the Healthcare.gov meltdown response, was the most recent to arrive, now to be a spokeswoman at Uber, along with White House director of strategic & message initiatives Jordan Burke, associate director of intergovernmental affairs Kellyn Blossom and assistant to the deputy White House chief of staff Sarah Fenn.
‘There should be a welcome booth at the SFO airport,” said Jon Carson, the former Organizing for Action executive director, who commutes about twice a month from his home in Chicago as part of his job with the San Francisco-based rooftop solar-panel company SolarCity.
… Megan Smith, a former Google vice president who’s now the White House’s chief technology officer…“
And there are many more who went to the high tech world after Obama left office.
It may not be too long before I and others who identify as conservative may be booted off these social media platforms and will communicate exclusively through our websites, like in the ‘old’ days.
I want you to put my website www.VictoriaTaft.com on your bookmarks and, though my page is undergoing changes and will re-launch in its new form soon enough, I hope you keep coming back to read my posts and see the progress.
I look forward to the challenge but hate the duplicity.
I also fear the chill this will put on speech on social media.
Get ready. Here it comes.
* Secular Taliban, a term of art coined by Rees Lloyd.
On July 7, 2016, Mike Strickland, known as “Laughing at Liberals” on YouTube, was attacked by Antifa/Black Bloc anarchist/Black Lives Matter protesters at an event which billed itself as “Don’t Shoot Portland.”
In the run-up to the march and anti-gun protest, self described Black Panther organizers, including Jeelani Mutulu Haru Shareef, urged protesters to carry guns, “run up” on cops and use guns to take out cops who might hurt protesters.
PCC women’s basketball coach John Slaughter, one of the organizers of the ironically named “Don’t Shoot” event, was also one the men conducting the pre-march instructions before the march and rally.
Holding his toddler, Slaughter urged the crowd to get out of the way if they couldn’t hurt cops and let others do it for them. He yelled so fiercely to the gathered (mostly white) crowd that his toddler started crying.
Other thugs used their black bloc flag staffs to hit Strickland. Kerensa admitted later in court that he struck Strickland.
He’s never been brought up on assault charges.
When the same group tried to run Strickland out of the protest by coming at him again, he asked the crowd to stay back, as he backed away.
As they continued advancing, Strickland grabbed his licensed Glock pistol and ordered them to stay away from him as he continued to back away from the crowd. His finger was never on the trigger.
Shareef also menaced Strickland as he backed away from his attackers and followed him along a downtown Portland street.
But it was Strickland who was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, ticketed, and told to show up the next day in court.
The next day, the prosecutor Katharine “Kate” Molina, presented hearsay testimony and lies to increase Strickland’s charges and his bail.
As Strickland points out in his video below, Molina used a false police report to tie him to alleged threats suffered by protester none other than John Slaughter at an event the month before.
Here is what she represented to a judge:
“I’ve had a chance to review other reports, um, one specifically addressing addressing an incident on June 12th of this year, uh, where, uh attendees were going to a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the Orlando, um, nightclub shooting, and that Mr. Strickland was present and was, um, disrupting the vigil by taking videotape of the protest..er excuse me, the attendees who were there.
Um, when one of the attendees, um, asked Mr. Strickland um, to leave, um, there was, um, some sort of exchange, I believe, and, within a day or so, that attendee started receiving numerous phone calls and text messages on a daily basis that were of a threatening and on a race based nature, um, and based on that attendees information about Mr. Strickland, whom he believes identifies himself as a white nationalist-anarchist, um, believed that Mr. Strickland was behind and orchestrating those threatening text messages and phone calls.
So based on that prior conduct that the state is aware of, um, based on reports reviewed, as well as the nature of the current offense, um, given the reason for the protest last night, the state has serious concerns about, um, Mr. Strickland, um being out in the community without supervision at this time. So the state is asking that he be taken back into custody and that bail be increased to $250,000. I’m also asking for a release decision (?) [unintelligible] evaluation only under the condition of no weapon, no ammunition and strict compliance.”
Look at Molina’s statement that I transcribed from Strickland’s video (see it below). Note the information she presents to the judge as true and consider the language she used as her “evidence”:
“that attendee started receiving numerous phone calls and text messages on a daily basis … were of a threatening and … race based nature,”
The “attendee,” Slaughter, began getting calls and texts. That’s because the “attendee” insisted Strickland use his phone number in his video. In a video showing Slaughter approving of the violent anti-police rhetoric and pro gun speech at the anti gun event a month earlier, he also offered to give protesters his phone number. Apparently, this is part of his schtick.
Strickland displayed the number in the Orlando vigil video.
I don’t think Strickland should have included Slaughter’s phone number in the video, but that’s really not the point here.
The salient points are:
Were there any calls?
Who called him?
Where’s the call log of who called him?
Where is the evidence of those voice mails and or text messages which “were frequent”and allegedly racist?
Where’s the evidence that Strickland “orchestrated them”?
Where’s the evidence of any “threats” received whatsoever?
Nowhere, that’s where.
Surely, a deputy DA testifying before a judge should weigh actual evidence before depriving a person of their liberty. But that didn’t happen here.
Slaughter held himself out as a leader of Black Lives Matter and Don’t Shoot Portland. Surely, he’d be savvy enough to save ‘evidence’ of someone sending racist and threatening messages. Call logs on cell phones and network phone systems at a government agency such as PCC would certainly retain information. It had only been one month since this supposedly horrible thing had happened to Slaughter by a man “whom he believes identifies himself is a white nationalist anarchist.”
Well, if you’re a professional BLM and anti gun protester such as John Slaughter, this should be public relations GOLD!
You’re the leader of your group and your allies are Black Panthers (black nationalists) AND YOU’VE FOUND A REAL LIVE WHITE NATIONALIST!! Send out the press release!
But he didn’t, of course, because he knew Strickland wasn’t a racist.
Worse, she assumed his assumptions that Strickland “identifies himself as a white nationalist anarchist” were true. Is “whom he believes identifies himself” the standard of proof now?
And what the heck is a “white nationalist anarchist” anyway? Let’s ask John Slaughter. He apparently is the only one who does.
What he did do was file a phony police report that Strickland never heard about until Molina used it to increase the charges and the bail.
In short, a prosecutor’s reckless assumption based on phony and outrageous assumptions by Slaughter meant 21 charges and a $250,000 fine and thousands upon thousands of dollars in legal fees for Mike Strickland.
As for the “white nationalist” clap trap, as we’ve seen over and over and over again during the Antifa, black bloc anarchist, professional protester events, if you disagree with them you’re automatically labeled a racist. Antifa must debase their opponents and ascribe every sordid misdeed to them in order to puff themselves up to signal to others that their anti free speech violence is somehow ‘noble.’
Worse, he could have been sent to prison for 50 years on all the felony charges. As it was, he was deprived of his liberty for 40 days. It’s an outrage.
As Strickland points out in his video, he lost his liberty over a false police report. If it can happen to him it can happen to you.
Mike Strickland has called on the Oregon Appeals Court to set aside his conviction for unholstering pistol to defend himself after being attacked, menaced and chased by masked and armed Antifa protesters in July of 2016.
The incident happened at a “Don’t Shoot Portland”/”Black Lives Matter” event when a group of anarchist/masked Antifa broke off from the main protest group to stop Strickland from filming the event. Just moments before, some of the same people attacked Strickland with their Antifa flag poles and fists.
Strickland feared for his life with the 300 pound Kerensa bearing down on him and others rushing the videographer.
Strickland is a working journalist who covered these events for his own news site on YouTube as well as for other national news sites.
Strickland was found guilty of ten counts of unlawful use of a weapon, ten counts of menacing, and one count of disorderly conduct in the second degree. He could have gone to prison for decades for the offenses. At sentencing, he was ordered to serve 40 days in jail.
The appeal was filed by Robert Barnes of Los Angeles and Mark Geiger of Salem.
In the discussion of the case, Barnes said that Strickland’s case was a study in ambush:
“Attack by ambush followed by trial by ambush followed by verdict by ambush.”
Among the issues that the attorneys claimed were wrongly decided were:
The trial court committed reversible error when it denied Defendant’s motion for a change of venue.
Local media about the case described Strickland in prejudicial terms which would have tainted a jury pool:
Within the articles, misinformation concerning Defendant was widespread and included falsely alleging Defendant was a “white nationalist anarchist”; falsely stating that Defendant was at the protest to instigate others; falsely describing Defendant as a “counter protestor”, “right-wing troll”, and “crazy guy”; and falsely claiming Defendant came to the protest “prepared for battle” and “nearly shot [the protestors].”
Barnes argues that the local prosecutor and police chief clearly tried to prejudice media coverage against Strickland:
At arraignment, State Attorney Katharine Molina told the press that Defendant had a past police report involving a situation wherein an attendee of a vigil for the Orlando nightclub shooting was sent harassing text messages of a race based nature after asking Defendant to leave the vigil. (ER 45) The State pushed this story to the press despite there being no proof that Defendant had anything to do with it. (ER 45) The State essentially accused Defendant of being a racist to the press, in a time where racial issues are at the forefront of American politics, despite no proof existing for the claim. (ER 45) Also, Portland Chief of Police Mike Marshman, in a memo sent to the Portland Police Bureau that was later spread by the press, described Defendant as someone who “menaced other protestors” and claimed that as a result the protest “could have turned deadly.” (ER 135.)
Those statements were not only unfair, they were untrue.
Barnes further argued that the unprovoked beating by an anti gun filmmaker, which severely broke Strickland’s arm, requiring surgery, should have been allowed into evidence to help establish his state of mind at the time of the attack at the Don’t Shoot Portland event.
The trial court committed reversible error when it granted the State’s motion to exclude evidence of an unrelated prior altercation.
A surprise use-of-force witness brought in at the 11th hour, giving defense attorneys only a few hours’ notice was prejudicial and reversible error by Judge Thomas Ryan:
The trial court committed reversible error when it allowed the prosecution to put forward a surprise rebuttal witness because the State had not properly notified the defense of said witness.
The defense attorney took issue with the way in which the ‘victims’ were labeled by local prosecutors, giving Strickland no way to object:
It also offered vague descriptions of the alleged victims, rather than naming them. The court denied the demurrer, holding that the prosecution can charge in the alternative. The trial court committed reversible error when it denied Defendant’s demurrer, although the indictment charged more than one defense not separately stated and it was not definite or certain.
Strickland’s appeals attorney took issue with the Judge’s order not allowing him to use a camera, video equipment – in other words, the tools of his trade – while under parole and probation:
In addition to the myriad of prejudicial decisions against Defendant, the trial court committed an error when it violated Defendant’s constitutional rights guaranteed by the first amendment.
The 456 page document, complete with multiple pages of exhibits and testimony, was filed in court on December 12th.
The Washington Post blames the fires, in part, on a lack of money for federal fire fighting efforts. Maybe the east coast liberal reporters don’t know any better or choose not to report the truth.
The newspaper reports that “the United States on pace to exceed the average acreage burned annually over the past 10 years. Fires nationwide have consumed 8,036,858 acres — about 12,550 square miles, larger than the size of Maryland — since Jan. 1. In an average year, 5,516,000 acres would have burned through this point of the fire season, according to agency statistics.”
Hmmm, wonder why? They never answer that question.
In one short poem, this Missoula teenager (whom I’ve tried to get a hold of, so if you know him have him hit me up on my FB messenger or message here) gets it right and is able to encapsulate the radical environmental decisions that have led to the extraordinary size of the fires.
Here it is:
by Carson Lee
Let’s return the forest to its natural state,
trust me boys this will be great!
We’ll shut down the loggers and cut back the cows,
this will leave more room for wolves and spotted owls.
We will build little roads for ATV’s,
and big old camps for boats and RV’s.
We will lift all restrictions of fire laws,
let no loggers in with axes or saws.
Yup, we are goin green that’s what they said,
send your cattle our way, we’ve got wolves that need fed!
We will put riparian areas for the elk to eat,
then make them cowboys keep our fences neat.
We will measure the grass, mark all the trees,
we will count all their cattle and collect our fees.
Those loggers make our forest bare,
make it look like a mans head that ain’t got no hair.
That’s what they said many years ago,
and in takin action they wasn’t too slow.
So the grass grew tall, the forest got thick
and cowboys and loggers, it made them all sick.
Now we sit here in a smoke covered town,
Forest Service trucks runnin’ around.
This coulda been stopped, but it wouldn’t be heard.
Those greenies didn’t listen, guess they’d rather it burned.
As humans we’ve failed to protect our land,
so Mother Nature stepped in and gave us a hand.
But it coulda been stopped by fallin some trees,
and that, I think, now everyone sees.
So there you go, it’s in its natural state,
but don’t cry now, it’s already too late.
You wanted a green forest, you wanted it seen,
well take a good look cause black’s the new green!
– Carson Lee
The Pacific Northwest’s fires don’t interest people for much the same reason that people in New York and D.C. don’t understand why Westerners like pick ups, SUVs and guns.
You’ll notice, however, that those items have been front and center in the national debate for the last two decades, so you should probably listen up to what I’m about to tell you.
The conflagration enveloping forest land in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and points west would be a huge national story if the media told you the truth about them.
One complex of the Oregon fires is burning dangerously close to the jewel of the Columbia Gorge, the Multnomah Falls Lodge.
But for going on three decades, the environmentalists who have been peddling the save-the-trees-owls-man-made-global-warming-cooling-a-mud-puddle-is-a-navigable-waterway theories – the very people who tout “visiting the forest” in ads – have been setting the table for the devastation you see.
While photos like this one of downtown Portland, Oregon point up in heartbreaking detail the ash rains that haven’t been seen in these parts since the explosion of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, the photo also points up a big ‘environy,’ a word my old friend Jim Walker of Orbusmax, coined.
The radical environmentalists who populate all of Oregon, Washington and the federal government’s highest echelons of government have worked tirelessly to destroy the logging and forest management industries. In fact, they’ve largely succeeded.
Former logging towns are ghost towns. Entire regions are on government welfare to make up for the private wealth the environmentalists destroyed.
But these so called environmentalists have destroyed much more.
Federal and state forests haven’t been properly managed because to do so violates the beliefs of the nuts like this who worships trees. Remember her?
Yes, logging companies in the past have clear cut and moved on with negative consequences. But good forest management practices no longer use this tactic because forest land that is privately managed considers forests what they are: crops.
Because the Earth Firsters, Earth Liberation Front and other domestic terrorist groups as well as their less radical allies in the Sierra Club have pressured government with their tree sitting, spiking and screaming, the forest land largely is not allowed to be salvage logged.
The radical environmentalists in government don’t allow the felled logs that occur naturally or after fires to be logged and sold. Put another way, environmentalists don’t want the garden weeded. Those ‘weeds,’ provide the dried out, diseased fuel that quickly burns.
Furthermore, Oregon doesn’t actually ‘fight’ fires anymore. Forests are largely allowed to burn up, though efforts are made to save homes … sometimes.
Large tanker planes that are used all the time in California wildfires are not used in Oregon because environmentalists don’t want whatever fire retardant to be put into the forests to pollute the streams.
And, as an alert reader pointed out, there’s the issue of “crowning,” in which fires quickly move from tree-to-tree in densely packed forests. Thinning the crop is a good thing, but the same people who think they invented community gardens and composting don’t consider forests in the same way. Maybe they’re too busy screaming at trees … or something.
You might not be convinced yet that these decisions are such a bad thing.
Ok, try this:
We are constantly told that the reason we have “man made global warming” is because there is too much CO2 in the atmosphere. Environmentalists contend, with good reason, that forests are wonderful ‘sinks’ in which CO2 is stored. That’s indisputable. You learned that in 6th grade science class.
But what happens when those forests catch fire helped along by all that dry underbrush and felled logs that were not allowed to be salvaged?
All of that CO2 is released into the air.
What happens to their man made global warming theories then? Their own forest policies argue against their “man made global warming” theories.
What happens with all that ash from the burned up wood? All of that ash is released into the air as pollution. The pollution that the trees were meant to clean up.
Where does that ash go? Into storm drains to pollute the streams. The same ones the environmentalists didn’t want the fire retardant in.
Falling leaves seem to be a bigger problem in clogging storm drains than any fire retardant sprayed upstream over a forest fire would. But you don’t see environmentalists calling for deciduous trees to be banned. Weird, really.
In fact, the inescapable conclusion then is that forests need to be properly managed. Like the crops they are, forests need to be weeded and nourished and selectively harvested to mitigate the damage of forest fires.
On May 26th Jeremy Christian is alleged to have begun berating two Muslim women on Portland light rail train when three men intervened on their behalf.
Police say that Ricky Best, Taliesin Namkai Meche and Micah Fletcher all were attacked when the leftist loon pulled a knife and started slashing the men. When it was over, Best and Namkai Meche were dead.
Now we’re getting a look at the charging documents involved in the case and what it tells us about Portland’s prosecutorial priorities.
Christian is jailed without bail on two murder counts, but it’s the attempted murder count that’s significant for this comparison.
Christian’s alleged attack on Micah Fletcher netted the Bernie Sanders/Jill Stein lover bail of $250,000 for attempted murder.
Taking a look at Michael Strickland’s charging documents, when the prosecutor trumped up the two misdemeanors into eleven misdemeanors and ten felonies, we see that his bail was increased to $250,000.
After being assaulted and then unholstering his weapon in self-defense and backing off a team of thugs who conspired to ‘throw him out’ of the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX, Strickland received the same bail as an attempted murderer.
Prosecutors took Christian’s lengthy police record, including robbery, kidnapping and multiple trips to the slammer, into consideration for bail setting.
Strickland? No police record. Same bail as an attempted murderer.
This is just another brick in the wall that tells the story of what happens when prosecutors and judges appear to set bail for political reasons rather than legal ones.
As I’ve pointed out before, the judge in this case has a daughter who is a regular leftist protester. It’s not known if she was at the event last July, but it’s possible personal bias by the judge was brought to bear in Strickland’s case in bail setting.
By increasing the charges and throwing everything against the wall legally speaking, his conviction now makes him a felon and unable to own a gun.
It goes without saying that Strickland didn’t even come close to attempting to murder anyone. His finger was never on the trigger, but his actions did, however, stop the advance of the same thugs who had just moments before roughed him up, beat him with sticks, and who, after the judge was done with the charges, magically became ‘victims’ in the case against Strickland.