Monthly Archives: December 2014

Oregon Businessman Fined for Size of Snarky Christmas Sign–Ordered to Answer for It.

Businessman says he’s been fined by the City for his Christmas sign.

Image Credit: Kevin Kerwin
Image Credit: Kevin Kerwin

From Kerwin’s Facebook page:

Well my Christmas sign with Muslims on it got me a ticket and I have to go to court since its my second offense. I could be charged up to a 1000 dollars and have to go to court and not just pay the 150. The city council is involved and Muslims are outraged at me. Looks like I really did it this time. Merry Christmas and Happy New year. I guess the Muslims didn’t like me saying they chop peoples head off. If anyone wants to help me wade threw this bullshit let me know. I’m pretty sure they can’t beat me for being conservative just fine the hell out of me. I told the sign ordinance guy I was going to lay down in the street and destroy police cars and rob all the stores. He just looked at me and smiled. hmmm

Lake Oswego and Kerwin have done this dance before. Kerwin’s very prominent window for his computer repair business –at State Street and A in Lake Oswego– is highly visible.

The rules say LO businesses must keep signs to 25% of window size. They claim their complaints with Kerwin in the past were about the ordinance and not view point discrimination which is clearly unconstitutional.

Kerwin might need a defense fund started. He claims by the time this is over, he could owe $1000.

*Video* Night Ruined: Grinch Protesters Block Portland’s Christmas Revelers from Peacock Lane While Chanting & Caroling for Cop Deaths

‘Deck the Halls With Rows of Dead Cops’ caught on tape by Laughing at Liberals

Image Credit: Laughing at Liberals
Image Credit: Laughing at Liberals

Christmas revelers teeming to get a last look at the Christmas light display along Portland’s venerable Peacock Lane were blocked from doing so by Portland’s Professional Protesters who shoved, shrieked and chanted their way down the street Saturday night. The result was an entire evening ruined for possibly hundreds of Portlanders. 

Revelers, who thought they’d enjoy a lovely Christmas experience, had to put up with the profanity filled chanting. Things got worse when one motorist tried to make his way through the protesters. He was accused of hitting the poor things with his car. Profanity filled shrieking grew worse as a result.

The vanity protesters chanted their usual ‘Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho’ platitudes and blocked traffic at the busy intersection leading to the display at 39th and Belmont in SE Portland.  But when they walked the short distance to Peacock Lane –blocking tour buses other motorists alike–they broke out the real reason for their protest: cop killing. From Laughing at Liberals:

Portland protesters blocked the busy intersection of 39th & Belmont, got into several shouting matches with drivers, sung Christmas carol parodies that included “Deck the halls with rows of dead cops” and “Cop free Christmas”, chanted “What do we want? NO COPS”, got into more shouting and shoving

 Though the bar is generally pretty low for these rabble, but, with that said, this may go down as a new low.


Where were the cops? As far away as possible. 

Is This Legal? Government Supported Group Holds ‘Blacks Only’ Ferguson Event in Portland

In the same place that forced bakers out of business because they refused (out of religious conviction) to bake a cake for a same sex wedding, a government supported 501c3 organization has held a meeting that excluded everyone–except blacks.

Over at Progressives Today, Mike Strickland reports:

The Portland, OR branch of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party held an event at Portland’s Center For Intercultural Organizing. The AAPRP puts on several events and organizes in communities, but this time, the event was specifically “blacks only”. No whites, no Asians, no latinos/latinas, no natives… Only “for all who identify as being of African descent“.

Strickland points out the group receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grants.

Sounds to me that a group which practices discrimination is not a place where the government should be putting our tax money.

Read the details over here. Oh, and ‘All African People’s Revolutionary Party’? Don’t bother scrubbing your websites. They’re alllll screen capped. Have a nice day. 

NYC Garner Case: Why No Focus On Black Supervisor Overseeing Arrest?

Rees Lloyd’s Caustic Commentaries: Where did “Equality” go?

Black sergeant

Why is there so little attention given in the Garner case in New York by the media, and in remarks by government officials from Obama on down, all of whom are otherwise so exercised about racial inequality,  about the fact that the supervising sergeant at the Garner take-down was a black female, a key fact which is  rarely even mentioned let alone focused upon despite its essentiality?

 Why this apparent “unequal”  treatment, compared with how the supervising officer, Sgt. Stacy Keen, was treated in the infamous  Rodney King case in Los Angeles?

That is, I remember being interviewed years ago during the Rodney King case and riots in Los Angeles by the late broadcast legend  George Putnam on his Original Talkback Show in L.A. (now hosted by his longtime producer and sidekick, Chuck Wilder). I was interviewed as a civil rights attorney  about the vilification of Sgt. Stacy Keen by the media, and demands by liberals, race hustlers, and rioters for Keen to be criminally prosecuted, all apparently happy to toss away his and other cops’ presumption of innocence in the name, hypocritically, of “equality.”

The contrast between the treatment of Sgt. Stacy Keen, white male supervising officer at the scene in the Rodney King case,  and Sgt. Kizzy Adoni, the black female supervising officer at the scene in the Garner case, is as manifestly unequal as, for instance,  “black and white.”

Sgt. Stacy Keen was vilified although he never punched, kicked, or clubbed King. Keen in fact  used a  “taser” on the  out-of-control King rather than beat him down or shoot him. 

However, the taser had no effect on King, which is some indication of what the cops were dealing with when trying to arrest out-of-control convicted felon Rodney King. So Sgt. Keen tried a second taser before resorting to batons and “swarming” the huge Rodney King as officers are trained to do.

Again, the second taser didn’t stop King, who was desperate not to be arrested because of his criminal record, which might mean a return to prison. It was only after that failure of the second taser to stop King that  Keen instructed  subordinates to  swarm King and use their batons to control King. 

The famous video showing batons being used on Rodney King were edited by the media to show the beating, but not the preceding conduct of King that necessitated the use of those batons. Television news edited the tape to eliminate King’s conduct; Spike Lee did the same, beginning his movie on Black Muslim Malcolm X with the video–stripped of King’s acts prior to use of the batons. 

The world was informed by the media through the video that out-of-control white cops were furiously beating with clubs a black man concerning a traffic offense. 

Rodney King was thereafter sanctified as innocent black victim of white racism. Sgt. Stacy Keen was simultaneously vilified in the media as a white racist cop, including for tasering King, although the same media, black hustlers, white revolutionists, and self-righteous rioters today wail that Garner should have been tasered rather than taken down physically.

Sgt. Keen, despite trying to control King by taser, twice, was criminally prosecuted, as were his subordinates. In fact, Keen was held out as the most guilty because he was the senior officer at the scene.

However, the jury — which considered all of the evidence, including all of the video showing not just King being beaten with batons but the actual beginning of the video showing the out-of-control actions of King which brought on the use of batons — acquitted all the officers of criminal charges, including Sgt. Keen.

That brought on the Rodney King riots.  Fifty-three people would be killed in the Rodney King Riots by rioters, mostly blacks and Hispanics, aided and abetted by white  self-declared “revolutionists.” Those people died in vain. To the best of my knowledge, there was not a single prosecution, let alone conviction,  for murder, in any degree. The apparent reason for non-prosecution was not to disturb a black community so easily moved to riot to get its way, and not to be subject to equal application of the rule of law, while demanding equal application.

Meanwhile,  Rodney King was elevated  from his well-earned status as a lowlife black habitual criminal, wife and woman beater, later arrested aficianado of  alley-love with transvestite male prostitutes,  into a sainted icon of innocent black victimization by white racist cops. This same elevation to iconic black “victim” status — in complete defiance of all facts and evidence to the contrary —  has been similarly accorded in the contemporary “post-racial” (sic)  presidency of Barack Obama first to Trayvon Martin; then to Brown in Ferguson;  and now to Garner in New York. 

After Sgt. Keen’s acquittal in the criminal prosecution, the federal government in the Rodney King case, desperate to avoid even more rioting,  then brought  the second prosecution of Sgt. Keen and the other white officers in federal court for violations of Rodney King’s “civil rights.” That jury found Keen and all but one of the others guilty, and King was awarded some $3-million dollars, proving crime does pay.

The career of Sgt. Keen, branded an evil white racist, was, like that of officer Wilson in Ferguson in the Brown Case,  ruined–despite Keen’s  outstanding record as law enforcement officer.

There is a little publicly known fact about Sgt. Stacy Keen that should convince even the most diehard black race hustler, e.g., Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan, or self-righteous white progressive liberal, e.g., Obama, DeBlassio, Pelosi, or “revolutionists,” that Stacy Keen was no racist. I was interviewed by George Putnam about that fact years ago during the Rodney King case–but the other media somehow did not find it important to print or broadcast.

That fact is this: There was in the Ramparts Division, one of the worst in L.A., a frequently arrested, lowlife black career petty criminal who was known to be infected with AIDs, which didn’t stop him from engaging in various criminal acts but was wasting him away on the way to killing him. One day, as he was brought in on yet another arrest, he fell to the floor writhing in convulsions. One cop, who knew  well he was infected with AIDS, rushed over to him, and saved his life by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. That white cop was Stacy Keen.

Now, consider: Would a “white racist” really act immediately to render mouth-to-mouth resuscitation knowing the the recipient was Aids-ridden criminal on a death track from Aids? That was what Sgt. Stacy Keen, alleged “racist white cop,” did to save a black criminal dying of Aids. Not to put too fine a point on it–would you?

Not withstanding that evidence that Keen was definitely not a racist,  Keen was the supervising officer at the scene in the Rodney King case, and, must therefore be branded as a white racist cop.  Although Rodney King was not killed, and had no permanent injuries from being batoned, Sgt. Keen  was vilified in the media as a racist white cop doing harm to a black victim, Rodney King, out of racist animus.Sgt. Keen, therefore, had to be  criminally prosecuted, and, when the liberal California government couldn’t convict him on criminal charges, the feds had  prosecute him a second time in federal court for violating Rodney King’s civil rights because King is “black.” The “black community” would stand for no less, equal application of the law notwithstanding.

Now, comes another Rodney King-type case, the Garner case in NY. The NY York police are branded as white racist cops just as in the Rodney King case. Now, however, the supervising officer in the Garner case in New York is a black female sergeant. 

Now what? Well, what is happening is that the role of the supervising officer is not treated as it was in the case of Sgt. Stacy Keen in the Rodney King case. Instead, the black female supervising officer is hardly even mentioned as playing a role in the Garner case. Is this “equality” as defined in practice by progressive liberal media and government? 

Although Sgt. Kizzy Adoni didn’t try to taser Garner when he resisted arrest, and although she never ordered the officers at any time to stop doing what they were doing, and although there are riots, and although the “post-racial” (sic) First Black President has gravely intoned what we, meaning America, must act to deal with the problem of unequal treatment of blacks who are being killed by  racist white cops, which Obama informs has been going on for generations, no one is accusing the black female Sgt. Kizzy Adoni of being at fault in the Garner case; no one is holding her responsible, vilifying her, calling for her termination, or prosecution. Indeed, she is hardly mentioned at all in media reports, or in the spouting of government or other officers, television talking heads or print media pundits.

Why not? If it is all about treating blacks equally with whites, then why is there hardly a mention in the media that thesupervising officer in the Garner case, equal to Sgt. Stacy Keen in the Rodney King Case, is a black female, Sgt. Kizzy Adoni? Is she to be held to a lesser standard? Is holding blacks to a lesser stand not racism? 

I am not at all suggesting that black female Sgt. Kizzy Adoni  in the Garner case should be treated equally with the way that white male Sgt. Stacy Keen was treated in the Rodney King case–because what happened to Sgt. Stacy Keen was a manifest injustice that should not be inflicted on anyone, white or black.

I am suggesting, however, that  it should be explained by the media, Obama, DiBlassio and other spouters of platitudes of equality, why so little attention is being paid to the fact that it was a black female sergeant who was supervising the officers who took Garner down, and who did nothing to order otherwise. 

It is, however, indisputable that if  black female supervising Sgt. Kizzy Adoni is not guilty of “racism” in what happened to Garner, then no officer is. Perhaps that  is an “inconvenient truth,” so to speak, that the media and the government under the progressive liberal racialist rule of Obama nationally and DiBlassio in NY would rather the public not know about.

Indeed. The media, and Obama as President, Holder as Attorney General, DiBlassio as Mayor of New York, and all those self-righteous rioters, race-hustlers, and self-defined white “revolutionists” are once again proving they have no real interest in “equal treatment,” or “justice,”  or “an honest dialogue about race,” and that what they are doing is once more providing clear and convincing evidence of their hypocrisy,  lack of integrity, and unfitness to govern.

(Rees Lloyd is a longtime California civil rights attorney, a veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)

 

There Is No Pearl Harbor Cyber Event–‘Calamitous Events are Happening Right Now’

…Calamitous events happening right now…

NSA Chief and Cyber Warfare Commander Admiral Michael Rogers at  the Reagan Defense Forum in November 2014. Image Credit: Reagan Library
NSA Chief and Cyber Warfare Commander Admiral Michael Rogers at the Reagan Defense Forum in November 2014. Image Credit: Reagan Library

Last month I had the privilege of covering the Ronald Reagan National Defense Forum at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. The honorary organizer, outgoing Congressman Buck McKeon has declared he wants to make this annual confab the ‘Davos of Defense’. If the list of speakers were any indication at this second annual conference, he’s already succeeded.

Among the speakers and panelists were the Assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; former Sec Defs Leon Panetta and Robert Gates; the woman who was under consideration for the Sec Def job, Michele Flournoy; assorted Congressional Representatives; CEO’s of defense contracting firms–you name it, they were there. Major media, minor media. It was an impressive bunch.

During a panel on cyber warfare there were a few things I picked up on I believe are important as we digest the North Korean (probably Chinese) cyber attack on Sony and bringing the movie production firm to the dramatic point of selling out their first amendment privileges to a feckless, faceless enemy. Sony canceled the roll out of the movie The Interview altogether. Another movie about North Korea was shut down because of Sony’s move and Paramount’s humorous ‘threat’ to re-release the profane, gross and hilarious Team America World Police (another spoof on North Korea’s dictator–at the time Kim Jung Il) was shelved because of the threats of violence.

The beginning of the question of why there will probably be no Pearl Harbor or 9/11 type of event in cyber warfare is that it is happening all the time. It’s a constant barrage of pings into the system with sometimes hits and sometimes misses.

How serious is the threat? Here’s just a sampling sampling of recent cyber penetrations in the U.S. discussed at the Forum:

  • Alcoa in western Pennsylvania attacked.
  • Solar company in Oregon
  • Iranians breached USIS
  • Russians putting malware into critical infrastructure–especially energy.
  • Chinese penetrated personnel files of 800,000 postal workers and
  • Chinese possibly penetrated a private company that does security vetting for government personnel
  • Chinese penetrated NOAA, the government weather entity used for critical infrastructure including aviation, disaster response system

As Northrup Grumman CEO Wes Bush told the gathering when asked about  the possibility of a cyber Pearl Harbor:

If I were an adversary and had my pick of any network in the U.S. that I wanted to find my way into, perhaps other than some government networks, and some very, very secure private networks, and I could go in and steal the intellectual property I needed, maybe plant some things, why would I choose to do a Pearl Harbor? I’m getting exactly what I want.

Q You’re saying catastrophic, loss of life event is not the likely scenario.

It concerns me, if we only hinge our strategy around, gee, if there’s a calamitous event, or something, we’re being very, very short sighted. The calamitous events are happening. For those who think their networks are truly, truly secure and all of that information is getting protected, they’re kidding themselves.

I actually think, depending on what you want to call the Pearl Harbor scenario, we’ve got the calamitous events happening right now and we need to be thinking of it that context.

The head of the nation’s Cyber Warfare Department and NSA Chief Mike Rogers said we can’t wait for a Cyber Pearl Harbor:

If you still think we’ll wait for something really big to happen, I think, wow, this is a losing strategy. That is not what we’re about as a nation. We’ve got to be willing to take on the tough problems.

And he presciently said what appears to have happened with North Korea and and the attack on Sony:

The concern I have increasingly is what if the lines are starting to blur? And what if nation-states are turning to surrogates, whether they be criminal actors, whether they be groups or individuals. What if groups, individuals are starting to create partnerships …that make attribution difficult and clearly trying to stymie attribution as well as policy decisions on our part. That’s probably the biggest thing that I’m watching right now and I’m thinking, ‘wow’ this is going to require us to think a little differently.

Though the President said Friday it’s not an act of war, the fact is the Sony hack was an attack on the cornerstone of our Republic: The 1st Amendment right to free speech and religion.

As Rogers told the gathering:

If we’re not careful and this trend continues, this will encourage nation states, groups and individuals and potentially engage in evermore escalatory and risky behavior, and that’s not a good thing for us. Because, don’t you forget, once you gain access to a system then the big challenge becomes what’s the intent. Is it I’m trying to steal intellectual property, is it I’m a criminal entity and I’m trying to steal data, account information, things I’m trying to generate resources with. Is it I’m trying to do reconnaissance for follow-on military activities. Is it, ‘ I’m using this access because I want to engage in manipulation of your data? Is it, ‘I want to use this data potentially for destructive behaviors? Intent is everything here because once you get in, there’s a lot of options open to you as the attacker, so to speak.

See the panel for yourself below:

Hey, North Korea: Here’s the Death Scene from the Sony Movie You Just Scuttled. I Am Spartacus.

Someone leaks the death scene of Kim Jung Un in the movie Sony withdrew The Interview

If Sony won’t stand up for itself and the first amendment and America! Then the rest of us will have to. 

Please repost. We’re all Spartacus now.

I know the following video isn’t PC or particularly nice, what with all the expletives bandied about, but you might want to think about how the North Koreans just threatened through nameless surrogates that something might happen and how quickly this company capitulated.

Now think of how easily it could happen in your own domain.

Remember, this is ‘Merica! But only if we fight for it.

Washington State Drivers: 44% Say They Drove High on Pot

Washington State Drivers have driven high on pot in the last year

Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter

A new study of drivers in Washington State shows that nearly half of drivers have smoked up before getting behind the wheel of their car.

Dude.

Here are the other highlights of the survey conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation:

  • 69.3% said they’d tried marijuana at some point in their lives
  • 61.9% believed marijuana use had no effect on their driving
  • 24.7% believed marijuana use made them better drivers; while only 3.1% admitted it reduced their driving ability
  • 44.1% said at that some point in last year they’d used pot within two hours of driving; and

Read the rest of my piece over at Independent Journal Review here. 

Portland Mayor Betamax’s Uber Move: Backs BlockBuster Over NetFlix

Portland files a lawsuit in support of dinosaur taxi cartel over free market Uber.

Mayor Charlie Hales has green lighted a lawsuit to stop free market based car service Uber from operating in Portland. 

The lawsuit was filed after the car ride company launched its service on Friday without permission from the city. From KATU: 

The city filed the lawsuit when the company didn’t respond to a cease-and-desist order. It is accusing the company of operating an illegal transportation service.

According to the city, Uber is trying to get away with doing business by saying it’s not a transportation company. Other cab companies in town follow many restrictions on fares and the numbers of drivers and permits required.

The city said it tried talking to Uber but the company blindsided it with no warning that it was launching in the city last Friday.

Despite the serious nature of a lawsuit, Hales joked about stopping the online car company at a public event:

These folks are over the moon about Uber’s move into Portland:

Uber has started a petition to help dissuade the lawsuit:

There are issues with Uber. There’s the issue with its naked politicking, threatening reporters and following reporters using its app. There’s the issue of its over-the-top surge pricing. The firm is attempting to become a category killer in the car sharing market by expanding quickly and ubiquitously before its Lyft and Sidecar counterparts can catch up. 

But is the free market appeal of Uber worse than a city operated crony cartel? 

Rees Lloyd: ‘The Great Man’, In Honor of Pearl Harbor Day

Q to Councilman, “How ‘Bout a New Protest [Street] Fee?” The Answer Will Make You Snort.

Laughing at Liberals asks Portland City Councilman Steve Novick about a protest fee and why he was detained at protest.

Steve Novick looks down his nose at Laughing at Liberals when he asks about a Portland protest fee. Image Credit: Laughing at Liberals
Steve Novick looks down his nose at Laughing at Liberals when he asks about a Portland protest fee. Image Credit: Laughing at Liberals

You have to remember, liberals aren’t as smart they think they are. Just look at the reactions to these questions by citizen journalist Laughing at Liberals to Steve Novick.

Novick channels his inner Randy Leonard, whose classic response to any disagreement would be to ask, ‘Why do you hate ___?‘ to parry the questions. The I-can’t-believe-you’re-that-stupid reaction by Novick is classic. They don’t know how to answer a question because ..um…um..um… people will die! 

The citizen journalist asks Novick about the Portland Street Fee and arresting reporters at the protests. Please note Novick’s consigliere Dana Haynes (Charlie Hales’s spox) who absurdly tries to square off with L@L. 

Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI7IaWlwoGY

Reporters Covering Portland Ferguson Protests “Arrested” With Protesters

KGW, Mercury and Citizen Journalist, Laughing at Liberals cover protests and are detained instead by Portland Police Bureau.

Image Credit: Laughing at Liberals
Image Credit: Laughing at Liberals

When the Portland Professional Protesters decided to do a “die in” in the middle of the street, the cops announced a mass arrest. Three reporters were swept up, told they were arrested, and taken into temporary custody.

In case you’re wondering, that is ridiculous. It is wrong. They were not breaking the law, they were watching those breaking the law.


As the Portland Police Bureau does its after action report on this latest episode of the Portland Protester Class, I hope they re-think sweeping up reporters who are doing NOTHING wrong except REPORTING.

I call on the Society of Professional Journalists to file a complaint with the PPB over this complete overreach by the Portland Police Bureau.