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.
[This post has been updated to add the video and remove references to its eventual inclusion]
This video recorded by Michael Strickland as he was attacked that has been under seal by prosecutors has been released from custody.
Now people will finally be able to see the video showing Strickland being manhandled – attacked – by black bloc outfitted anarchists and so called “antifa” at the Portland Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX protest. These are some of the same people whom prosecutors turned into ‘victims’ in their outrageous case against him in Portland, Oregon over the last year. See posts about the case by clicking on this link.
It explains why Strickland, a videographer and journalist working for news websites, pulled his gun in self defense to back off the thugs who admitted in court to conspiring to physically throw him out of the protest.
The video shows what happened before people started filming Strickland being physically thrown out of the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX protest, march and rally.
Here’s Strickland’s description of the video:
“Violent Ben Kerensa, known domestic terrorist and federal felon, attacks me last July 7th, 2016. You can see him leading a group of mask-clad anarchists, 3 of which of with flag poles in hand, which I have seen used as weapons. They surround me, Kerensa verbally accosts me, then begins to physically attack me. You can hear me issue verbal commands as I start to retreat. Benjamin Jacob Kerensa begins to pursue me as I retreat, and calls for others to join in the pursuit. After retreating down the block, while being aggressively pursued, my attention was drawn to the bulk of mob on my right. At this point, Ben Kerensa begins to flank me from my left, my blind side, and I caught him out of the corner of my eye. At that point I draw and issue commands for everyone to get away from me. I had every reason to believe that Ben Kerensa’s 400 pound body was seconds away from flattening me into the pavement, and that several others, already in a mob mentality, would join in, not only beating me but also robbing me of personal possessions, which included my video camera, computer, other electronic devices, and my Glock 27. They left me with no choice but to draw in self defense.
Somehow, Kerensa and the rest of the mob are considered “victims” and were never charged with any crimes, even though Ben Kerensa’s actions clearly meet the definition of Riot (ORS 166.015), Assault (ORS 163.165), Menacing (ORS 163.190), and Disorderly Conduct (ORS 166.025), having begun the altercation in the first place.
Benjamin Jacob Kerensa has a long criminal rap sheet that includes bomb threats, impersonating FBI agents to get people SWATed, filing false police reports, improper use of 911, theft, writing fraudulent checks, and more. He also been known to creepily stalk students at PSU, attack female police accountability activists, and tried to get the mob to attack another videographer earlier this June.
It is best to stay away from him if you see him in public and have no contact with him. I post this as a public service announcement so that people know how dangerous and violent he is.
This video was my first person video of the events that night. I was arrested a few minutes after I was attacked, and my camera and SD were seized immediately. This video was part of the sealed evidence. The prosecutors, Kate Molina and Todd Jackson, and Judge Thomas Ryan did not want the public to see this video before the trial. The evidence has since been unsealed.”
Strickland was charged with 21 counts, ten of which were felonies, for defending himself. He’s been sentenced to 40 days in jail, 29 with time served.
Court papers show that Jeremy Christian, the man who is accused of stabbing three men on Portland’s light rail train, doesn’t have a history of mental illness, so what’s the genesis of his hatred?
Christian told authorities he’d never been treated for mental illness after they arrested him for murdering two men and stabbing a third on the light rail train on May 26th.
53-year-old Ricky John Best and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche died from stab wounds inflicted by Christian, according to police. A third man, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was wounded. Fletcher is a bit of a regular on the Portland protest scene.
Documents show that the 35-year-old North Portland resident was a regular and heavy user of pot and received treatment for that as part of his probation.
This information comes from court documents and rely upon his own declarations of mental health treatment (none).
Willamette Week reported that Christian has a history of incarceration, including doing time in federal prison:
As has been previously reported, Christian was convicted of kidnapping and the unlawful use of a dangerous weapon after a 2002 convenience story robbery in North Portland. After serving a 90-month sentence for those convictions, he was convicted in 2011 on a federal felon-in-possession of a gun charge. After violating the terms of that conviction, he served about seven months in federal prison and was released in May 2014.
VictoriaTaft.com received the screenshots of the documents including this one:
Christian had a hatred for several politicians, including Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He had a bromance with Bernie Sanders and liked Jill Stein.
As you may have seen by now his Facebook page was filled with his love of the left. Here are just two of the examples:
People who haven’t spent years talking to themselves and becoming numbed in prison may spot what we would consider mental illness going on here. We think a person who would do what he’s accused of is crazy.
But with Wednesday’s deliberate targeting of Republican lawmakers by another Bernie Sanders supporter, “antifa” violence, anger by Democrats over the fixing of the primary by the Hillary Clinton campaign, we’ve seen much more violence coming from the left.
The law fare crowd has filed a SLAPP lawsuit against undercover reporter James O’Keefe, of Project Veritas fame, to bleed him dry so he can’t continue to expose Democratic shenanigans.
Bob Creamer, the convicted felon, fixer and confidante to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and friend of President Obama, has filed a lawsuit against O’Keefe for “breach of fiduciary duty” and using a false social security number, allegations O’Keefe denies.
“Robert Creamer believes that by suing us, he can intimidate us. I will not be silenced – only over my dead body!
“We are on the right side of the law and will not stop exposing the truth. Right now, the Attorney General of Wisconsin is still investigating possible criminal charges against Scott Foval. This lawsuit further justifies the need to drain the swamp. Our army of guerrilla journalists, which grows daily, will continue to expose the malfeasance and corruption committed by these organizations.
“In fact, we will be deploying a new batch of freshly trained journalists next week to shine additional light on the cockroaches of the corrupt DC establishment.
“We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced. We will find out who is funding this lawsuit. We will never stop exposing the truth. We will not back down.”
The $1 million complaint stems from O’Keefe’s devastating expose of voter fraud and “bird dogging” at Trump rallies to get his backers to be baited into yelling or worse at Democratic operatives.
O’Keefe denies all of Creamer’s complaints, but it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend the lawsuit.
Still, O’Keefe said he looks forward to deposing Creamer, the felon who’s married to Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
See his interview with One America News Network host Liz Wheeler:
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Look at all those bricks, shivs, spears and mayhem-making equipment possessed by … “anti fascists.” From my piece in Independent Journal Review:
The free speech rally held on Sunday by some Portland, Oregon, area conservatives almost didn’t happen when the mayor demanded that the permit be revoked.
Mayor Ted Wheeler asserted that the rally should be canceled because of possible violence by what he called “alt-right” protesters, following the murders of two men who came to the defense of two Muslim women being hassled by a man hurling racial slurs on a commuter train.
Check out the rest of my piece here on Independent Journal Review: