Oregon Senate Republicans walked out of the legislative session one week ago to deprive the Democrats, who enjoy a supermajority in the legislature, a quorum to pass this destructive and onerous bill.
So strong is the revulsion to this job-destroying, vast expansion of government that Oregon blue collar workers, truckers, loggers and farmers’ voices have reached high enough decibels to make national news.
Leftist publications such a “The Daily Beast” and “Rolling Stone” have desperately grasped for (banned) straws in their effort to dirty-up the reputations of the people who grow and truck your food.
Media have whispered about ‘militias,’ death threats have been made against the head of the Oregon GOP, Senate Republicans and now, as if on cue, the evilKoch Brothers have appeared in the hallucinations of “Rolling Stone” reporters bwahahaha-ing and twisting their mustaches and while toying with their puppet strings.
But the bottom line is: Democrats more than overreached. Now they’re (finally) reaping the whirlwind.
Thousands of Oregonians from around the state converged on Salem Thursday to show support for the Oregon 11 senators and the people who stand to lose their jobs if this bill should pass.
The Democrat leadership says the bill is dead for the session, but few believe them.
Last Sunday I arranged to call in to the Abrams and Pasero show on KXL. I advise you to do the same this Sunday morning from 8-10am.
Check out my call. It’s in the first hour after the 8:30am news.
Every couple of weeks or so I appear on One America News Network’s “The Daily Ledger” with Graham Ledger. We call the segment “Crazy California.”
Believe me, there’s an endless supply of ‘crazy’ produced by full time legislators who have nothing better to do than mess with Californians’ lives for the sheer sport of it.
But on Monday I got a wonderful surprise. Graham wanted to talk about Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion!
This is the organic movement started by rank and file blue collar workers – loggers, farmers truckers, families – against the breathtakingly sweeping global warming cap and tax bill. He was keenly interested in the resulting walk out by the Oregon Senate Republicans. He pitched it to me with about 45 seconds to spare and I said great, let’s do it!
Here’s the video, but now don’t tune after we talk about Oregon. I want you to keep watching about Crazy California because that’s where Oregon is headed if this wealth confiscation is allowed to pass. Make sure you don’t have anything breakable in your hands.
I know, I know, you may be thinking, what does she know? Well, as a native Oregonian, a 20-year-long radio talk host in Portland (amid my So Cal radio and TV stuff) and a writer for a local publication as well as my website since 2005, I know a few things about Oregon.
When he was a young man with young children in NE Portland, my Dad worked in the Oregon forests (Coast Range and sometimes out in Sandy as I recall) as a logger and forester and later as a “shareholder” of the Multnomah Plywood Co-Op on the banks of the Willamette River. It’s roughly where the South Waterfront redevelopment is now.
My family was certainly upwardly mobile, but it took a helluva lot of work by my Dad, who just died in January, and my Mom, who became a mailman, to keep us going.
My parents used to go to the military surplus store to get us food. I loved their beans and brown bread in a can. Sometimes we had white rice steeped in milk and covered with cinnamon and sugar for dinner. What a treat. Dessert, if we had it, was piece of cheap balloon bread with butter and sugar on it or, if we got our hands on fresh fruit, a cobbler. Handmade, naturally.
My grandma and grandpa used to bring us groceries when they came to visit to help our family. My sisters used to take the rickety berry bus at 5am to earn money for necessities. Our clothes came from the thrift store on 82nd (I think it was) and, if we were really lucky, Wigwam. We were allowed two pair of shoes each per year. It was a real struggle for my folks when we needed a third pair for gym class. We wore those shoes till our toes were sneaking out the tops.
If this wholesale ‘climate’ and other Democrats have plans to pass are allowed to take effect, the lives of blue collar families and every-other family for that matter- is allowed to go forward (no, I don’t believe it’s dead) you’d better hope there are some MRE’s available at the Army-Navy Surplus store for you to beg. What a disaster.
Legendary tennis star Martina Navratilova has waded into the Blue Collar Rebellion, Oregon’s push back to the Democrats’ confiscatory global warming cap and tax bill.
The vote on the bill has been stymied by the ‘Oregon11,‘ the group of Republican senators who, after being rebuffed by Democrats on every negotiation attempt, fled the capitol building to deny the Democrats a quorum to shove through the freedom-sucking monstrosity-of-a-bill.
On Twitter on Sunday, the sports legend and gay advocate derided the Oregon state GOP as “disgusting” for pushing back on the attempt to destroy Oregon legacy jobs. She can be forgiven I suppose for missing the part about loggers and truckers begging lawmakers to kill the bill and save their jobs only to have the door metaphorically slammed in their faces.
Navratilova fled Czechoslovakia to the United States when she was 18 to escape the tyranny of the freedom-sucking commies and their StB secret police. Somewhere in the Bush 43 years, the ardent Leftist concluded that all Republicans were … commies? … and re-upped her Czech citizenship which she lost when she defected.
Now she embraces the authoritarian Brown, who has dispatched the police to arrest the Republicans and force them to show up so the Democrats can cram down the freedom-sucking climate bill.
She’s given money to anti-GOP groups:
She’s retweeted photoshopped images of President Trump carrying a torch as if a white supremacist. She’s passed along a photo of Vice President Mike Pence depicted as a drag queen.
To her, all Republicans are ‘ists’ and ‘phobes’ and are, of course, deplorable.
But the tennis icon has foot-faulted her way into the Oregon anti-HB 2020 global warming fray and right into the Blue Collar Rebellion.
The tweet in response to the Oregon GOP reads:
“You are totally disgusting. You think this what [sic] what people voted for? When you can’t gt your way to have goons come in on your behalf and take with f***ing guns?!?”
Martina was under the Democrats’ carefully planted impression that the Republicans sent ‘militias’ to stop Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Of course, the Oregon GOP explicitly said that they neither were affiliated with nor have asked for ‘militia’ to help. No ‘militias’ have come to Salem that anyone can tell.
The ‘militia’ story is an interesting way, however, to distract from the real issue for working Oregonians, such as, oh, I don’t know, losing their jobs and the heavy-handed, mafioso-like way in which the Democrats have conducted themselves.
For her part, Brown sent the Oregon State Police to – at the point of a gun, Martina – force the Republicans back to the legislative chambers to shove down the billion-dollar expansion of the government and make the little guys pay for it with their jobs.
You’d think Martina would recoil from the very behavior she’d fled from so many years ago.
I just checked her time line to see the responses Navratilova was getting to her uninformed tweet, but they apparently were too much for her. It appears her tweet was deleted.
Or maybe Navratilova joined Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion. If so, Martina, you’re in very good company. We’re all ‘militia’ members now.
The ‘Oregon 11’ as they’re called, left after hours of negotiations failed to roll back any of the Democrats’ global warming energy tax package. The taxes would cost Oregonians hundreds of dollars per year in gas, food, and other energy impacted living expenses (read: everything). It would snuff out logging and trucking jobs. In short, it’s a disaster.
The Democratic supermajority’s message was clear: Take it or leave it.
Oregon public opinion has followed the senate Republicans.
Oregonians hate the taxes. And they love the Republicans taking a stand. Even in deep blue Eugene:
Former GOP governor’s candidate Allen Alley pointed to this Portland poll showing 79% in support the Republican walk out.
The Democrats, cheered on by their ‘leader’ Governor Kate Brown, refused to budge on the onerous taxes, refused to remove an ’emergency clause’ on the bill to circumvent a voter referral, ignored the hundreds of people who traveled to Salem to plead with them, and blew off convoys of truckers begging Democrats not to put them out of business.
Public opinion is overwhelmingly against the cap and tax bills and solidly with the Republicans.
The Democrats have a bonafide public relations nightmare on their hands.
Now the story has piqued national interest. Scrutiny grows. Governor Kate Brown’s authoritarian tactics have been exposed and Democrats are getting a look at themselves in the mirror.
It ain’t pretty:
Brown has sicced the Oregon State Police on the senators, ordering them to forcibly bring back the Republicans to provide the Democrats a quorum to pass the hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes.
Brown’s allies have threatened to bring back the sweeping anti-gun bills, that were dead for the session and pass them out of spite.
Democrats refused any meaningful negotiation with the Republicans
The Democrat issued “Wanted Posters” featuring the photos of Republican Senators for the Oregon Stasi to report.
Brown reportedly has been phoning mayors throughout the state, whose senators have walked out and threatened to halt state funded projects
Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Wooldridge called out the ‘bullies’ in the supermajority:
With the Democrats losing the public relations battle, what to do … ? What to do…?
“Hello, Central Casting? Yes, we could use someone to conjure up some militia threats. Could you do that? Nothing specific. Don’t want them to find the source. No, I don’t want Antifa, they’re on our side. Wait, could you get the ‘militia’ guys to wear masks? That would look cool. We’ll need rural men. Jeans. Check. Plaid. Check. Big belt buckles. Fishing vests. Do you have anyone with guns? Yes, I know practically everyone in rural Oregon has a gun, but just go with me on this. Could you get ’em to carry AR-15’s? Great. We need them now. We’re losing here. Hurry up.”
In near-record time, the Oregon Democrats had conjured up ‘militia threats.’ First, The Daily Beast ‘quoted’ an ‘unnamed source’ which claimed that they would go to Idaho where the senators are rumored to be hiding to provide security for them:
One source inside the Oregon militia movement told The Daily Beast that their members were “willing to put their own lives in front of these senators’ lives.” The source claimed that dozens of armed militia members have “mobilized” to protect the state senators, and said there was potential for violence if law enforcement officials try to bring the senators back to Oregon. The source added that the militias would defend the Republicans “at any cost.” “All of these people are armed,” the source said.
In a Facebook post, Paul Luhrs, a member of the Oregon III%er militia, said the militia had “vowed to provide security, transportation and refuge for those Senators in need.”
And Republican state Senator Brian Boquist was quoted as saying he’d be damned if he’d let the Oregon State Police take him as a “political prisoner.”
One of the lawmakers on the lam, Republican Brian Boquist (R), warned that he would resort to violence rather than return to the state, implying in a local television interview that he would attack law enforcement officers sent to retrieve him.
“Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Boquist said. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”
Cue the “hotbed”:
Militia groups in the Pacific Northwest—a hotbed of far-right extremist activist—claim they’ve mobilized to protect those state senators.
Wait, the GOP senators were aligning with militias?! Even the Oregonian was dubious:
Kate Gillem, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Senate Republicans, responded Friday that Oregon lawmakers aren’t interested in the offers for assistance. “The Senators are not with any militias,” she said, “and are not accepting their help.”
Say what you want about the militias – and they are – you’ve got to admit, they haven’t shot at anyone, not like the Bernie Sanders supporter who went hunting Republicans and nearly killed Congressman Steve Scalise. Or the Antifa thug who shot a protester in Portland. Or the Antifa guy who threw the IED at the cops. I could go on.
But Democrats weren’t giving up. They saw their buddies at the Beast, MSN and CNN take the bait and so, with a Rachel Maddow slot dancing in their heads, decided to up the ante. Suddenly, the autocrats in the legislature and Mahonia Hall recast themselves as victims.
Soon, rumors were percolating in the political water table by ‘threatening militias,’ who heretofore had failed to materialize anywhere, but who were descending on Salem this weekend to “Occupy the Senate.” The ‘threat’ prompted Democrat Senate President Peter Courtney to cancel the Saturday session.
Even Fox News fell for the ruse:
We at VictoriaTaft.com have located the ‘militia’ behind the Courtney shut down:
Yes, the ‘militia concern’ came from the Marion County Republican party which had begun to organize a peaceful protest at the capitol building. Seeing that it might be a problem, such as inviting more national media scrutiny and making the Democrats look bad, the session on Saturday was called off and the Republicans and any anti-global warming tax opponents were reframed as a ‘militia.’
“Do you like the cap and tax taxes?”
“You hate the earth. You’re a Nazi. You’re a fascist. You must be a militia member.”
Democrats might think Oregonians are stupid, but the vast unwashed in the ‘militia’ are only too aware of the all-pain, no-gain nature of global warming taxes. They’re aware of California’s experiment, which includes a slush fund for state Democrats.
Oregonians, ready to burst forth into a full-blown tax revolt, are now being eyed by a clueless national media as a militia. It won’t work.
I felt a great disturbance in The Force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror.
Energy is productivity. Where have I heard that before? Oh, I know, everywhere. Because it’s true. Now, Oregon’s ‘Democratic’ supermajority, ‘led’ by the quisling Kate Brown, wants to snuff out what’s left of Oregon’s productive, family-wage, blue collar trucking and logging jobs, as well as put the big hurt on every-single-person in the state. How? With a basket of energy taxes that would hit every struggling family like the strike on Alderaan.
Oregon’s planner-class has worked assiduously to create a man-made, coffee and beer swilling, tree-lined, choo-choo riding, organic utopia. But it turns out that even in utopia real people still need jobs. Kate Brown and her fellow-travelers in the legislature would sell out those jobs – those people, those families.
Truckers, loggers and everyday citizens descended for the second time on the state capitol building in Salem this week to plead with the Democrats not to put them out of business with these onerous taxes.
Truckers convoyed to Salem days ago and again on Wednesday to pressure Democrats to see them, listen to them.
According to the Zero, or what’s left of the Oregonian, HB 2020 would cost the working people of Oregon hundreds of dollars a year, in fuel, groceries, offsets, and cooling and heating your home. In short, Oregonians would be taxed on nearly everything so that the swells of Salem can say they’re doing something about the global warming. Yes, those same swells who rail against high rents. Cognitive dissonance, hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat.
Saw mills have been shuttered or suffered layoffs while forests are allowed to burn to cinder, emitting more carbon into the air than any Oregon industry has ever loosed. Yet, what do these so-called ‘leaders’ call for? Taxing the little guy to effect whatever climate emergency the Left has conjured up this week.
It was the Left, after all, that decimated the logging industry with its spotted owl fairy tale. Now these same people who are motivated by ‘well, the California cool kids are doing it’ want to drag Oregon into the stupid zone. For what? To get on a panel at Aspen Institute, a free ride on Tom Steyer’s private jet to Davos or be featured in a SxSW on-on-one?
Truckers know all-too-well that if they have to pay higher taxes and their company has to pay for offsets of some kind, that no matter what they haul, it will cost every consumer more.
It’s a joke … and Oregonians are the punchline.
Today, Republican lawmakers of the Oregon Legislature walked out for the second time this session to deny Democrats a necessary quorum to pass oppressive laws.
The desks inside the legislature once occupied by Republicans are empty. Zee pahty has sent the henchmen to find them.
Democrats may not feel it, yet, but there’s been a disturbance in The Force.
More Oregonians are waking up.
And the empty suit at Mahonia Hall should be one of them.
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.”
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].’ “
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.
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). ii 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
And their teacher featured in the above photo, is a self-avowed anarchist with the “Black Rose Anarchist Federation.”
These students are pictured discussing going after ICE at the “detention center.”
That’s weird. I’m reminded of something. What could it be?
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.
And the kids seem to aspire to the usual Antifa tactics, such as covering their faces so cops can’t ID them.
And kids getting masked up for a photo opportunity at the 2018 camp.
Nice social justice fists, kids. What do those fists remind me of?
Going after the “man” with the old hammer and sickle, right kids?
A chip off the old block – black bloc, I mean:
It won’t be long before the kids learn that “snitches get stitches.”
And, no doubt, they’ll learn how to arm-up for street battle like their teachers in anarchist/Antifa groups:
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:
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.
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.
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