Joe Biden Stage-Managed the Entire “High-Tech Lynching” of Clarence Thomas; now the Left Wants Him to Apologize to His Star Actress, Anita Hill.

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I’ve been confused about calls on the Left for Joe Biden to apologize to Anita Hill. I remember the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings and thought that if Biden should apologize to anyone it was to the Supreme Court Justice. However, after reading this piece in The Federalist by Mollie Hemingway I’m reassessing. I’m not so sure he doesn’t owe her one. 

Here’s what I mean: Last week on “The View,” the cast of magpies known as the hosts had the former Vice President on the ropes ‘hummana-hummana-ing’ over why he should apologize to Hill and for groping women and girls. This would be his proving ground for being taken seriously as a 2020 presidential candidate. Biden said he had spoken with Hill and offered an apology, his penance, in hopes it would mollify the hosts. He assured the women that, “I did everything in my power to defeat Clarence Thomas.” Remember now that Anita Hill’s dubious testimony of pubic hairs on Coke cans, x-rated videos and the like was such an obvious put-up job, so clearly and obviously orchestrated for maximum impact by Democrats that even a young, wet-behind-the-ears, liberal dummy like me could see it. 

Hemingway cites Arlen Specter’s memoir for his recollections of Hill’s testimony at the hearing. Biden told Specter that it was obvious Hill was lying. Specter, at the time a Republican who later switched teams, was a former prosecutor and member of the Judiciary Committee: “[I]n 1998, Biden admitted to Specter that ‘It was clear to me from the way she was answering the questions, [Hill] was lying’ about a key part of her testimony. The exchange was published in Specter’s 2000 memoir, ‘Passion for Truth: From Finding JFK’s Single Bullet to Questioning Anita Hill to Impeaching Clinton.’”  READ THE REST AT POLITICAL VANGUARD HERE:

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“Victory … for Religious Liberty for All Americans” After Supreme Court Reverses State-Sponsored Punishment of Oregon Bakers

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Lawyers for Oregon Christian bakers call today’s move by the U.S. Supreme Court is a “victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein and for religious liberty for all Americans.”

First Liberty Institute

Aaron and Melissa Klein declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013. Even though same-sex marriage was not legal in the state at that point, the couple complained. State-sponsored moves followed – including a gag order and $135,000 fine – forcing the Kleins out-of-business.

Public targeting of the couple in notoriously ‘liberal’ Oregon was fueled by the outrageous comments by then-head of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Brad Avakian.

As the couple pointed out, Avakian publicly declared that Christians needed to be ‘rehabilitated’ for their beliefs:

[T]he Kleins argue that Avakian “said that ‘folks’ in Oregon do not have a ‘right to discriminate’ and stated that those who use their ‘beliefs’ to justify discrimination need to be ‘rehabilitate[d].’ ” (Alterations by the Kleins.) Later, the Kleins characterize Avakian as stating that “the Kleins *** needed to be ‘rehabilitate[d].’ “

Caselaw

As I explain in this post, the Supreme Court didn’t choose to decide the case (grant cert) but instead reversed the Oregon Appeals Court decision uploading BOLI’s actions. The Court vacated the Oregon’s Appeals Court decision and told them to do it over in light of the nation’s highest court Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.

First Liberty attorney, Kelly Shackelford, says that Oregon, as in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, was openly hostile to the Kleins:

The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government. The message from the Court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated.

First Liberty Institute

First Liberty says Oregon’s contempt for the First Amendment was clear throughout its treatment of the Kleins:

The State of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) found that the Kleins had had violated Oregon’s public accommodations statute after Aaron and Melissa declined to design and create wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. In addition to the $135,000 penalty for “emotional damages,” BOLI issued a gag order, preventing them from even talking about their actual beliefs. As a result, the Kleins were forced to shut down their bakery. Aaron and Melissa appealed the BOLI ruling to the Oregon Court of Appeals in April 2016. The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed the gag order but otherwise upheld the decision of BOLI in December 2017.

First Liberty Institute

First Liberty keeps a website about the Klein’s case. Here’s a video of the couple talking about the Supreme Court victory in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case:

Though the Supreme Court didn’t grant the certiorari in the case, the Klein’s case could end up back there. If the Kleins lose again in the Oregon Appeal’s Court they’re likely to appeal to the highest court again.

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US Supreme Court Overturns Oregon Court in Case of ‘Sweet Cakes’ Baker Put Out of Business for Refusing to Make Cake for Gay Wedding

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Christian bakers, Melissa and Aaron Klein, have won a round in the U.S. Supreme Court. While the nation’s highest court didn’t take the case, it vacated the Oregon Appeals Court’s decision upholding the $135,000 fine and decision against the Kleins for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding. The case has been sent back to the Oregon Appeals Court for a rehearing. The Oregon court previously said the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) was correct in fining the couple for failing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The fine and subsequent public bashing by the former BOLI chief, Brad Avakian, forced the couple to close their doors to the public.

The Kleins petitioned the Supreme Court in 2018 to take up their case after the Masterpiece Cake decision upheld a Colorado baker’s choice not to make a same sex wedding cake. In vacating the Oregon court decision and sending it back, the Supreme Court made it clear that the Masterpiece Cake decision changed the game and that the Oregon court should consider the new precedent in its decision on remand.

In their petition, the Kleins asked the Supreme Court to consider three things:

The questions presented are:
1. Whether Oregon violated the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment by compelling the Kleins to design and create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding ritual, in violation of their sincerely held religious beliefs.
2. Whether the Court should overrule
Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990).
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3. Whether the Court should reaffirm Smith’s hybrid rights doctrine, applying strict scrutiny to free exercise claims that implicate other fundamental rights, and resolving the circuit split over the doctrine’s precedential status.

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The New York Times reports that the Klein’s were also asking a broader question than that posed in the Masterpiece Cakeshop lawsuit:

The Oregon case was in one way broader than the one from Colorado, as it asked the justices to overrule an important precedent from 1990, Employment Division v. Smith. In a majority opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court ruled that neutral laws of general applicability could not be challenged on the ground that they violated the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion.
That decision, arising from a case involving the use of peyote in Native American religious ceremonies, is unpopular among conservative Christians, who say it does not offer adequate protection to religion, and with some justices. In January, the court’s four most conservative members — Justices Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch — signaled that they were open to reconsidering the decision.

The New York Times

Based on the fact that the Supreme Court didn’t take the case, it’s clear they don’t want to answer that question just yet – unless the Oregon Appeals Court gives them a reason to.

During the well-publicized ordeal, former BOLI chief Brad Avakian publicly bashed the couple and instituted a gag order on the Kleins to stop defending themselves:

Respondents Aaron Klein and Melissa Klein to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published, circulated, issued or displayed, any communication, notice, advertisement or sign of any kind to the effect that any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, services or privileges of a place of public accommodation will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination will be made against, any person on account of sexual orientation

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries

Avakian’s obvious vendetta against the Christian couple caused even liberal Oregonians to turn against him. Avakian attempted to run for Secretary of State and lost to Republican Dennis Richardson, the first time a Republican had won state-wide office in decades.

The Klein’s were represented by the First Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas, Boyden Gray & Associates, of Washington, DC, and Herb Grey of Beaverton, Oregon. Emails seeking comment by the Kleins and their attorneys haven’t been returned yet, but this post will be updated as soon as they’re received.

No doubt this is a small measure of vindication for the couple whose business and reputations were destroyed by Avakian and the anti-Christian zealots working for the State of Oregon.

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Portland “Social Justice Summer Camp” Uses ‘Expert’ (Anarchist) Teachers to Show 10-13 Year-Olds How to “Blockade” & “Free” Animals

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Portland’s Professional Protesters™ have raided fur farms, set fire to SUV’s and ski resorts, run companies they didn’t like out of town, threatened people with violence, attacked police officers, pooped on American flags, manufactured IED’s and Molotov Cocktails, shot at least one person, and stopped thousands of Oregonians from going – anywhere, shouted down and drowned out people they don’t agree with and done millions of dollars in damage to the downtown Portland, Oregon area.

Now they’re passing along their bag of tricks to ten-year-old kids.

No, it’s not an article in The Onion or The Babylon Bee, this is real and real serious.

The Portland Professional Protesters™ have planned a “summer camp” to teach children, from fourth to eighth grade, the not-so-fine-art of professional Monkey-Wrenching. Apparently, this is the second year of the effort.

Instead of teaching kids about making a fire, flora, fauna and swimming, this day-camp, held this year at St. Peter and Paul Church on SE 82nd Avenue – nee “Avenue of the Roses,” from August 12 – 23 – teaches kids how to become politically involved through blocking streets, finding “allies” to help them strong arm their ideas into the public sphere, and freeing ‘caged’ lab animals held by evil corporations.

The “Budding Roses Summer Camp,” refers to how these babes-in-the-woods learn how to become anarchists and part of the Portland’s Professional Protesters™ world. The story is told in their own photos.

They take a page from their older teachers and brethren in the “Black Rose Anarchist Federation,” whose members undoubtedly comprise Portland’s Antifa black bloc (they’re all the same people).

The group’s Facebook page tells the story of how the radical protesters use “anarchist pedagogy in action” to teach the kids.

Anarchist Teaching Tools From Budding Roses Summer Camp Facebook Page

Here, from the 2018 ‘summer camp’ we see that the girls pictured here on the group’s Facebook page learned how to war-game freeing animals from evil corporations, because, after all, “they destroy nature.”

Sure, no indoctrination going on here or anything.

Here’s a close up of what those kids were thinking about:

Budding Roses Social Justice Summer Camp Discussing Animal Terror Activities

And their teacher featured in the above photo, is a self-avowed anarchist with the “Black Rose Anarchist Federation.”

Aymie S Ueda Is Part of a Portland Anarchist Group and Was a 2018 ‘Teacher’ at the Social Justice Summer Camp
One of the Social Justice Summer Camp ‘Teachers’ in 2018 Is an Avowed Anarchist Active With Portland’s Professional Protesters

These students are pictured discussing going after ICE at the “detention center.”

Social Justice Summer Camp Kids War-Game Tactics Against an ICE Center

That’s weird. I’m reminded of something. What could it be?

Protesters Chase Portland ICE Agents; Clash With Police

From these photos, freely seen on the group’s Facebook page, it doesn’t appear as if anyone is asked to come in and explain rights and responsibilities as a citizen. I guess that’s just no fun.

It won’t be long before the kids are taught that this is the way to get sh*t handled on the streets.

Protesters Literally Poop on the American Flag … because.

And the kids seem to aspire to the usual Antifa tactics, such as covering their faces so cops can’t ID them.

Antifa/Anarchists busting into Portland’s City Hall

And kids getting masked up for a photo opportunity at the 2018 camp.

Facebook image from “Budding Roses” Social Justice Summer Camp

Nice social justice fists, kids. What do those fists remind me of?

Oh, yes:

Going after the “man” with the old hammer and sickle, right kids?

A chip off the old block – black bloc, I mean:

RCA photo which appears on one of its Facebook pages. One of the pages complains of its page being hijacked by saboteurs.

It won’t be long before the kids learn that “snitches get stitches.”

Threats to People Who Might ‘Snitch’ on Protesters to Portland Cops. Andy Ngo, Twitter

And, no doubt, they’ll learn how to arm-up for street battle like their teachers in anarchist/Antifa groups:

Weapons Used by Anarchists & Antifa, Portland Police Bureau

The group supporting this camp makes no effort to hide the tactics and methods it teaches the kids.

Though, obviously, the camp doesn’t put an emphasis on spelling:

‘Froots’ and ‘barris’ only. ‘Cash’ is spelled correctly, however.

Teachers at Portland Public Schools have already conspired – yes, conspired – with local violent protesters to allow students out of class to protest their pet progressive issues. A lawsuit filed recently has taken the District to task for it.

Oregon Firearms Federation
Screenshot/Willamette Week

Now Antifa and anarchist groups are grooming grade-schoolers to do the same.

‘Nice’ mask, kid.

It might be interesting to see if a kid, say from a normal Portland family, would wear a wire to this two week camp to check things out.

If so, get in touch with me. Click on the contact link.

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Mueller Statement Timed to Answer Two Q’s: Will He Testify & Yes, He Hates Trump

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Here are some thoughts on the statement by former federal special counsel Robert Mueller today.

So nothing changes with Mueller statement today, but here are things to bear in mind. 

It bears repeating that Barr testified he asked Mueller three times if the DOJ policy on not indicting a sitting president had anything to do with his failure, and I mean failure, to decide if there was an indictable offense on Trump. Mueller assured him that it did not. He had one job and couldn’t pull the trigger, so, when given the chance Mueller lateraled to Barr. 

Mueller’s statement, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so” turns the Constitution on its ear. Prosecutors don’t “clear” anyone of anything. They either indict or decline to indict. 


That Mueller said this certainly clarifies one thing: He wants to smear Trump and by extension the rule of law. You’re presumed innocent until proven guilty. You’re not guilty until the sanctimonious ‘state special counsel’ ‘clears’ you. It’s outrageous that he made this statement at this time to stir up the emotions and the tempest in the House. 

“Personnel is policy,” as smart people, including Donald Rumsfeld, have said before. To that end, these “fair and independent” people Mueller hired shared his distaste with Trump. Andrew Weissmann, the disgraced former federal prosecutor, was the guy who did the hiring. Weissmann was last seen at Hillary’s election HQ election night weeping. As we found out recently from documents obtained by Judicial Watch, Weissman was the hiring manager for the Mueller team. He hired people with whom he was simpatico which explains why most, if not all, the lawyers working on the Trump investigation were Hillary Clinton partisans who had given thousands to her campaign. Mueller’s statement today clarified that he was right there with them. It’s why the ridiculously conflicted Andy McCabe made sure that Mueller got the job before he was fired for lying.

I cannot WAIT for the results of the latest Inspector General report, and the two other investigations (that we know of) going on to find the derivation of this “witch hunt.” 

Trump’s an affront to official Washington. It’s why he won. Get over it.

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Judge Crushes Berkeley Antifa Leftist’s Attempt to Hide Her Activism on Public Time.

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We first saw Yvette Felarca attacking a guy who came to hear Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley in February of 2017. Before the night was over Antifa and BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) had started fires, caused violence and shut down the speech by the controversial social commentator.

Felarca leading the mob attacked on this guy.

She’d created quite a name for herself in the official Leftist thugocracy as noted here by the conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch:

“Felarca is a prominent figure in By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), a group founded by the Marxist Revolutionary Workers League that protests conservative speaking engagements. In 2016, Felarca and two of her allies were arrested and charged with several crimes, including felony assault, for inciting a riot in Sacramento. Earlier this year, Felarca was ordered to stand trial for assault.”

Worse, we learned that the diminutive street thug was actually a paid government employee working as a middle school teacher!

That’s when Judicial Watch sought legally available public records on the teacher from the Berkeley Unified School District:

“Felarca had sued the BUSD in federal court to keep the school district from fulfilling its legal obligation to provide Judicial Watch with records of their communications mentioning: Felarca, Antifa, and/or BAMN. Judicial Watch also asked for Felarca’s personnel file.”

Felarca sued to block the school district from giving over the legal records and lost. Big.

“U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, Northern District of California, who had previously ruled that Felarca’s lawsuit was “entirely frivolous,” wrote in his ruling awarding legal fees to Judicial Watch that Felarca and her co-plaintiffs’ First Amendment claims were “premised on the obviously baseless assumption” that the First Amendment condemns the speech of some while condoning the ideological missions of others.”

The teacher, who apparently didn’t know that the First Amendment applied to all Americans, even people with whom her highness disagrees, not only had her lawsuit thrown out, she was ordered to pay all of Judicial Watch’s court costs and legal fees.

“Yvette Felarca, a middle school teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), and two co-plaintiffs were ordered to pay Judicial Watch $22,000 in attorney’s fees and $4,000 in litigation costs.

Judge Chhabria added that “The plaintiffs also mischaracterized the documents under review” [shocker] and that the plaintiffs “failed to grapple with the role Ms. Felarca played in making herself a topic of public discourse through her physical conduct at public rallies and her voluntary appearance on Fox News.

Along with Felarca’s $20,000 payment, co-plaintiffs Lori Nixon and Larry Stefl were ordered by Judge Chhabria to pay Judicial Watch $1,000 each (Yvette Felarca, et al., v. Berekely Unified School District, et al. (No. 3:17-cv-06282-VC)).

Judicial Watch is entitled to attorney’s fees because the plaintiffs’ lawsuit was frivolous, and their litigation conduct was unreasonable,” Judge Chhabria wrote in his order.”

The humorless woman who claimed that people on the right, such as Yiannopoulos, with whom she disagreed were “fascists,” “killers” who believed in “genocide” and said that the gay and (born) Jewish Yiannapoulos was a homophobic genocidal man bent on another “holocaust” and didn’t have the right to speak.

“This is a huge victory for Judicial Watch against Antifa and the violent left,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “Ms. Felarca attacked Judicial Watch without basis and the court was right to reject her ploy to deny our ‘right to know’ because we don’t share her violent left views.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=602&v=6Lley84Wrck\

Thanks Judicial Watch for once again showing the way.

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Here’s Why the Imam of Portland, Or. Jihadi Terrorist Factory Got Kicked Out of the Country

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The Imam of the Islamic Center of Portland, Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, has been stripped of his citizenship and booted from the United States.

Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, imam of the Islamic Center of Portland, aka Masjed As-Saber (Mosque of the Sword)

Kariye has been on the Department of Homeland Security “no fly list” since after 9/11. Local terrorist defense lawyers have been fighting to get him off the list since. But it appears that the imam’s track record was simply too much for the feds to ignore.


It sure took long enough. The name “mosque of the sword” is like a blinking neon sign.

Kariye presided over the radical Islamist teachings at the Masjed As-Saber mosque and, according to court documents and first hand accounts, he encouraged violent jihad, financially helped people who wanted to join the mujahideen and sent them to Afghanistan and elsewhere for weapons and tactical training.

Kariye was shown to have fraudulently applied for citizenship. His citizenship was stripped and he was ordered out of the country. He’s in “Somaliland” as we speak.

How it took this long to boot this thug from the U.S. is a wonder, but chalk it up to the law fare crowd in Portland whose legal parrying prolonged his stay. This terrorist bar also defended Gitmo detainees and Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the Portland Christmas tree bomber.

The evidence of violent jihad emanating from this mosque couldn’t be clearer. In his federal terrorism trial in Portland, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the Christmas tree bomber, raved about the mosque in an email, “It’s cool. Saber or something. Yeah, Saber. It’s legit.” Mohamud had attended the mosque as a public school student. He also attended a Muslim Brotherhood-connected mosque during his stint at Oregon State University.

Mohamud wrote for both Inspire Magazine and Jihad Recollections

The young man who wrote for two jihadi magazines and twice tried to detonate his hand built bomb that would flatten two square blocks of downtown Portland – killing thousands of Christians at a Christmas tree lighting – knew the mosque he’d prayed at as a junior high student was a “legit” place to hear about violent jihad.

He wasn’t the only one. Kariye’s mosque produced the so-called “Portland 7,” a clan of extremist Muslim fundamentalists who raised money to travel overseas to train and fight American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Six of the “Portland 7” Terror Cell from Masjed As-Saber

The FBI says Kariye and members of the mosque provided money for their terror trip.

One of the Portland 7 bagmen was Maher Hawash, who it might interest you to know was a former acquaintance of mine (our kids went to school together) in his pre-jihadi days. I and most others knew him as “Mike,” a name he abandoned as he became more radical. He too was a Masjed as-Saber member and is doing time in federal prison for his complicity in the case.

Maher “Mike” Hawash, jihadi bagman of the Portland 7

The FBI also contended that Kariye had direct connections with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda connected groups. But the imam has been in the U.S. fomenting violence for the nearly 20 years since he came on the FBI/DHS radar.

But that’s not the end of the story. Oregon is a hotbed of all kinds terror activity.

A nine-year federal investigation busted an Eco and Animal terrorist group called “The Family” that spearheaded terror activities from Vail, Colorado, San Diego, Eugene and Portland.

A torched ski lodge in Vail, Colorado

The Bly, Oregon jihadi training camp was attended by “carloads of terrorists” from all over the world, but those details were downplayed by the local press.

Details of Bly, Oregon’s jihadi training camp came out in the trial of the notorious imam Abu Hamza al-Masri of Finsbury Park mosque in London

A Portland Water Bureau employee was busted for supporting jihad.

An Ashland “charity” Al Haramain funneled money to jihadist Chechen rebels.

Two businesses selling fur and outer wear were attacked by violent protesters who drove one out of business. They drove a restaurant out of business for serving foie gras.

Protesters picketed, threatened and targeted scientists conducting animal research.

White nationalist groups also call parts of the area ‘home.’

The list goes on.

This is the ‘progressive’ town after all that indulges lawlessness of all kinds – even from designated terrorist groups. It gives a pass to Antifa, its Anarchist brethren, animal rights terrorists who drive out businesses and threaten and carry out violence.

Victims of the violence often lose in court to the violent protesters because of far left jurors, prosecutors and judges. Even on the federal bench/bar.

As I’ve chronicled for many years now Portland has turned into a lawless petri dish. The only thing shocking about this case is that the imam got booted at all.

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Oregon Democrats Pulled Another Fast-One After Midnight on Sweeping Anti- Gun Rights Bill

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Eugene area Democrat Senator Floyd Prozanski continued his contemptible way in dealing with the public on his “incoherent,” “incomprehensible,” “vindictive” bill stealing Oregonians’ Second Amendment rights by pulling another legislative-sleight-of-hand in the wee hours of this morning.

Of course he did.

As I previously pointed out,the phalanx of new guns regulations contained in Senate Bill 978 started out as a brief four paragraph ‘bill.’ Three amendments to it have ballooned the skimpy bill into a multi-thousand word sweeping change of the Oregon gun laws.

Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation

Oregon Firearms Federation chief Kevin Starrett reports that Prozanski pulled another fast-one last night, hours before a scheduled vote on the bill. Prozanski waited until after midnight and added a fourth 44 page amendment to the bill.

Starrett sent out this email blast called, “While You Were Sleeping”:

“In the still of the night, (12 .16 am this morning to be exact) Floyd Prozanski introduced yet another 44 page amendment to SB 978. This would be the “dash 4″ amendment.

It makes changes to several provisions of previous amendments including definitions of “untraceable” and “undetectable” firearms and the new prohibitions on being near a public building or airport with a firearm. Although the bill was scheduled to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee today, it was moved to tomorrow’s schedule.  They may very well sneak in more proposed amendments in the middle of the night before then.SB 1040 was also moved to tomorrow’s schedule. So far one amendment has been introduced to that bill. More could be coming. The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet tomorrow to move these bills at 8.15 am .HB 2013 was scheduled to be heard today in the House Judiciary Committee. That bill was also postponed until tomorrow awaiting amendments which have not been posted as of the time of this alert.Stay tuned. The fight goes on.” [emphasis added]

Twitter/Devon Beer

In addition to gutting and stuffing the bill, adding an emergency clause (read more about that here), in addition to subverting gun ownership in Oregon, Prozanski and his allies in the gun-hating groups are manipulating the calendar to make sure you’re not in Salem when this thing comes to a vote.

USA Today

It’s shameful and unethical.

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Law Abiding Gun Owners in Crosshairs: Oregon Firearms Federation’s Starrett to NRA’s Dana Loesch on Fighting the New Gun Grab: “It’s Going to Require That Everyone Step Up.”

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Oregon Democrats will hold a work session on “a bill” that, if passed, would result in worse gun laws than in New Jersey and California. SB 978 is about four paragraphs long, but has ‘amendments’ that expand the bill to well over 100 pages. It’s nothing short of a “pass the bill to find out what’s in it” nightmare.

See what real Oregon gun owners said about the proposed gun law changes at a hearing on the “bill” here.

Aside from shoe-horning these confiscatory gun bills into the books through their legislative super-majorities, Eugene Democrat and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Floyd Prozanski, moved this ‘bill’ along in a ‘gut and stuff’ fashion. There’s a reason there’s a cliche about “sausage making” in politics.

But we found out in a series of surprise “amendments” to the proposed “bill” revealed literally minutes before the hearing, that the four paragraph skeleton bill was a place-holder for every Michael Bloomberg, Everytown USA-Moms-Demand-Action wet dream ever conceived.

Here’s where the bill started:

That’s the whole bill. Four paragraphs.

Here’s where ‘the bill’ is now.

Forty four pages in “Amendment 1.”

Forty five pages in “Amendment 2.”

Forty four pages in “Amendment 3.”

Worse, the Democrats use the oldest trick in the book and declared the bill an ’emergency’ thereby requiring it be implemented within 90 days and prohibited it being referred to the voters as allowed by Oregon law.

In short, as Kevin Starrett of the Oregon Firearms Federation has maintained :

“This vindictive, incoherent bill … makes it virtually impossible to leave the home with a firearm.”

As I said in my previous post on this:

The bill … is a power grab that is so massive, so breathtaking, that it would arguably prevent people from using their legal concealed carry permits because so many new places could be defined as no-go-zones for legal gun carriers. It would turn “hundreds of thousands” of legal gun owners into felons overnight. It would require that guns be locked up, an issue that animated many of those testifying against the bill.

It would also impose an age limit on gun use, making even military veterans unable to use a civilian firearm. Ridiculous.

Starrett told Dana Loesch of NRA TV that this is an all-hands-on-deck situation. See the video here.

The NRA is holding two work shops along the Oregon coast to educate and motivate gun owners to fight back.

RSVP for Coos Bay workshop at Public Library on MONDAY NIGHT at 6:30pm is HERE.

RSVP for Newport workshop on TUESDAY NIGHT at 6:30pm at Holiday Inn is HERE.

Here’s what NRA-ILA said about the bigger issues in these “amendments”:

  • Imposing one-size-fits-all, government mandated firearm storage methods that require firearms be unavailable for self-defense and does not consider personal circumstances.
  • Discriminating against young adults under the age of 21 by denying them their Second Amendment rights
  • Expanding so called “gun-free zones” where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless against criminals who simply ignore such arbitrary boundaries.
  • Imposing additional government red tape in order to obtain a Concealed Handgun License.

In addition, the “bill” makes a gun owner responsible for ANY SUBSEQUENT CRIME that occurs with that weapon after a criminal steals it.

Folks, if your car is stolen prosecutors don’t hold you accountable if the car thief hits or kills someone with the vehicle.

Fight back.

I’ll be spending some hours going through the “bill” (amendments) to determine more surprises contained therein. I suggest you do the same. Send me your feedback at Victoria@VictoriaTaft.com.

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People Tee Off on “Incomprehensible,” “Vindictive,” “Incoherent” Gun Grabbing Bill in Oregon Legislature

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It’s no secret that since Oregon Democrats took over they’ve sought to be the most ‘progressive’ of all the far Left states. No tax is high enough, no baby is dead enough, no salmon worshiped enough, no forest burned enough, no foster child imprisoned enough, no baker sued enough. And no gun right endangered enough.

On Tuesday morning in Salem, the State Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from a few dozen Oregonians on Senate Bill 978.

The bill and its 40-page amendment is a power grab that is so massive, so breathtaking, that it would arguably prevent people from using their legal concealed carry permits because so many new places could be defined as no-go-zones for legal gun carriers. It would turn “hundreds of thousands” of legal gun owners into felons overnight. It would require that guns be locked up, an issue that animated many of those testifying against the bill.

As Oregon Firearms Federation leader, Kevin Starrett, testified, “This vindictive, incoherent bill … makes it virtually impossible to leave the home with a firearm.”

Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation

Which, of course, is the point of the bill, naturally.

Attorney and retired State Trooper, Douglas Brown predicted that “this will end up in the US Supreme Court” and testified that there “is a multitude of problems with [the bill],” including that it is “incomprehensible” making it “impossible to know if you’re breaking the law.” He warned that the incomprehensibility would leave citizens vulnerable to political prosecutions.

Phil Watson of the Firearms Policy Coalition warned that the bill is “aggressive against carrying for self defense.”

The head of the Yamhill County Sportsman’s Association, Jim Mitschel, labeled the bill “too broad.” He claimed that the language of the bill was so flabby that it appeared he couldn’t have a firearm in his home because it is, in the words of the bill, “adjacent” to a school where there’s a no-gun policy.

“I am adamantly against this bill,” the retired police officer and gun rangemaster added.

Make no mistake, there were many compelling speeches by people who want to end gun violence. Everyone in that hearing room was opposed to “gun violence,” of course.

Dr. Ben Hoffman from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital told stories of dealing with children shot with unsecured guns. He said, “It’s impossible to gun proof a kid, therefore we need to kid proof guns.”

Pastor Mark Knutsen testified about how he leads a gun-free church. I’m not sure I’d be shouting that one from the rafters, Mark.

Elizabeth McKenna, a retired attorney and member of the anti gun group “Ceasefire Oregon” testified that the fuzzy bill was “wise” and “will make us much safer in Oregon.”

Cole Rainey, sporting a Joey Nations for Congress t-shirt, ticked off a list of all the tyrannical leaders through history who have disarmed citizens and murdered their citizens. He said ‘you are putting the safety of Oregonians last and your political special interests first.’

Frank Martin, an Air Force Veteran, former law enforcement officer and gun enthusiast, told the committee that he was tired of being “… told that I’m the problem with gun violence.”

One man asked the Committee if the state would be going after Home Depot and Lowe’s for carrying nail guns.

Kim Rowlands noted that he believed the law even outlawed pepper spray, “You’ll make us less safe. You’ve made self defense free zones.”

Tammy McKenzie told Committee Members that “Guns rights are women’s rights. Guns rights are men’s rights. Guns rights are American rights.”

And in her commanding, yet matter-of-fact way, made possibly the most bracing comment of the morning, “The Second Amendment makes me equal to anyone. Anyone.”

Oregonian Dennis Powers said that “Oregon has more criminals than we need right now. This bill is designed to make gun owners criminals.”

Greg Terhune, visibly angry over the breadth of the bill, told the gathering “We will not comply. We are citizens, not subjects.”

The next hearing on the bill is April 8.

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What’s the Deal With Moms Demand Action’s Pearl Clutching?

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On Tuesday morning I watched testimony before the Oregon State Senate Judiciary Committee (see post nearby) on a bill (SB 978-Amendment 1) that gun rights advocates labeled “vindictive,” “incoherent” and who warned that, if passed, would make Oregon more dangerous, not less.

Seriously, this is one hot mess of a bill and amendment. Lawd. See my nearby post.

A handful of women in the audience wore red Moms Demand Action t-shirts.

Moms Demand Action is the Michael Bloomberg-backed anti-gun rights group filled with women doing their best to smother gun rights for all Americans the way their sisters in the abortion movement smother babies in the womb. Or, if you’re in Virginia and New York, in the crib.

Similarly, they claim to be doing it ‘for the children,’ a noble cause, but, oddly, don’t support trained and armed teachers in the classroom in Parkland, Florida. In short, they don’t want good guys to have guns, either.

The group was started by Shannon Watts. I don’t even know her but I guess she knows me.

Oh, heeeeey Shannon.

The group has the ear of Oregon state lawmakers. It opposes the Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. It’s a radical group with values antithetical to the basic American precepts of individual freedom and freedom from governmental tyranny.

But something struck me as I watched the group’s testimony.

What was it?

Pearls? Who wears pearls to adorn a t-shirt?

Moms Demand Action, that’s who.

It’s a ‘thing’:

No, it’s really a thing.


Let’s see, what’s on my list to go testify in Salem today? Ah, yes, bring:

  • Red Shirt
  • Sensible shoes
  • Pearls

But you can leave the Constitution at home. You won’t be needing that.

Pearl clutching is so much a part of the group’s identity that a New Hampshire women’s pro-gun group handed out their own long strings of pearls to lawmakers to remind them that guns are equalizers and allow women to defend themselves.

And the men in the legislature wore them.

Moms Demand Action’s pearls are meant to wrong-foot their political opponents.

Male lawmaker to himself, ‘How can I publicly disagree with this woman when she looks like my mom when I was a kid? Those … pearls. Peaaaarls?! My grandma had pearls like that. Barbara Bush wore pearls. Hell, Beaver’s mom wore pearls like that.’

Cue June Cleaver:

So, what to do when you want radical change but want to keep it Lo Pro? Put “mom” in the title of your group and encourage your members to wear pearls.

The trick is to look as benign, doe-eyed and disarming as June Cleaver, while disarming America.

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The ‘Ferguson Effect’ & Unequal Justice on Full Display in Portland Cop Survey.

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A new survey of police and citizens shows that the so-called ‘Ferguson Effect’ is large and in charge at the Portland cop shop.

Oddly, that hasn’t made the news.

The ‘Ferguson Effect,’ in which cops now look the other way on possible crimes for fear of being tagged as ‘racist’ or insensitive or targeted (Following the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Darren Wilson was hounded out of his job, his home and is still living in hiding after Brown attacked the officer and tried to wrest away his gun), is a phenomenon first identified by Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute in her book “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe.” As a result of police being afraid to do their jobs, crime goes up.

While the media, Democrats and social justice warriors (but I repeat myself) have tried mightily to “deconstruct” and debunk the Ferguson Effect, it has been widely seen throughout the country and certainly on the streets of Portland with nearly 100% of all cops saying they don’t stop and question suspicious behavior.

“With all of the criticism directed at the police today, are officers less willing to stop and question people who seem suspicious, or has nothing changed?”

Nearly all officers – 95% – indicated that:

“Yes, Officers are less willing to stop and question people who seem suspicious.”

As if that isn’t bad enough, sworn Officers are “skeptical” of the new leadership at the cop shop, which has been a veritable revolving door of over the past several years. And they’re “unclear” about what their top priorities should be. Half of them are burnt out from the job.

A whopping 79% of Portlanders don’t believe cops reduce crime and treat people fairly under the law.


Furthermore, “violent crimes are perceived to be down, [but] quality of life crimes persist.” I’ll dig into the “perceived to be down” unresolved stat later, but that’s pretty bad. However, here’s the nub of the problem in a study that neither mentions Antifa nor protesters:

“The PPB needs to understand that sometimes quality of life crimes, such as vandalism, the defacement of public property, illegal homeless camps on public property, auto theft and vandalism, are the most important in gaining the trust of the public and its cooperation. Most people, thankfully, do [not] interact with the police over major crimes, but they do with quality of life crimes.”

Seventy percent of Portlanders think cops are ‘fair’ only sometimes or not at all.

Translation of the above two points: Cops don’t stop crimes because it’s not politically correct and the rest of the citizenry knows it and thinks it’s unfair.

Do you think that “defacement of public property,” “vandalism” and other “quality of life” crimes such as, oh, I don’t know, not being able to drive on downtown streets or freeways, airports or get to work because of protesters blocking them to make their point about this week’s perceived wrong is a quality of life issue? Hell, yes.

Is cops not helping ICE agents get to their cars and thus being chased by violent Leftists – a bad PR move to the right thinking Portlanders – perhaps a ‘quality of life’ issue? Hell, yes.

Perhaps someone read about a guy who was just trying to do his job and Antifa chased him, hurt him and came back to attack him again so he drew his weapon to back them off and then was CHARGED with the crime while his Antifa attackers became “victims.” Think they heard about that case?

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How about that lady who got so sick of Antifa blocking the streets she got out of her car and took the only weapon she had – laundry detergent – and started throwing haymakers at the thugs with her big orange jug of goo?

Do you think Portlanders haven’t noticed this two tiered system of justice?

Ted Wheeler, do you think they know that if they took a cowbell and commenced drowning out a speech in a public place that they’d be arrested but Antifa wouldn’t? Mike Strickland, pick up the white courtesy phone.

Do you think this lack of enforcement of the most basic laws of Portland has had an effect on the citizenry in thinking that somebody in Portland’s hierarchy has put their thumb on the scales of justice? Uh, hell yes.

The City’s capitulation to the ACLU and the social justice warrior crowd has resulted in the homeless ‘camping’ wherever they want, subjecting Portlanders to the disgusting and unhealthy filth of human waste, disease and despondency.

As a person who works, feeds and helps the homeless, I can tell you why people are out there. I’ll tell you about that in another post. The report says the politicians have “no political will” to do what is necessary about the homeless. Duh.

This two tier system of justice has brought confusion to cops, dissatisfaction of the public and a feeling of being unsafe in people’s own home town.

In the words of the report:

“When the police pick and choose what/when to enforce, application of the law becomes inequitable.”

No kidding.

The Portland Police Bureau reportedly has had 50 Officers turn in their badges because they’re sick of the confusion, bad leadership and rampant lawlessness allowed to take place while they’re allowed to do little.

If that’s not bad enough, City Commissioners have consulted with one of the progenitors of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lies of Ferguson to help write the next Portland Police Bureau contract. This just in: even Eric Holder doesn’t buy the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lies from Ferguson. His Justice Department said so.

The police survey makes suggestions on what to do to fix the problems, suggesting that the City should:

“Align governmental and PPB leadership and support for effectiveness.”

Puhleeze. Politicizing the cop shop – by allowing the hyper-political Mayor and ‘community’ social justice protesters to dictate which people get a pass and which must be punished – is why we have this problem in the first place.

Wake up.

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