Monthly Archives: October 2020

Antifa Versus Mike Strickland Part 1 on The Adult in the Room Podcast With Victoria Taft

The story behind antifa’s victim zero, Mike Strickland, @LaughAtLibs
On July 7, 2016, blogger and independent reporter Mike Strickland was attending the Don’t Shoot Portland protest event.

The filmmaker had gained a reputation for showing the world the worst of radical leftism, including the black bloc protesters and socialist extremists common in the northwest. When he showed up at the protest that day, he had no idea that a conspiracy had been hatched. He was assaulted repeatedly by members of a newly-minted extremist organization…ANTIFA. He drew his legally-carried Glock 26 handgun and leveled it at the attackers, frightening them off without firing a shot.

And then the real trouble began.

He was mobbed by antifa in 2016 and drew his weapon to defend himself. No shots were fired, but Portland’s power class made sure that Mike Strickland’s life was ruined and his rights taken away.

On The Adult In The Room Podcast With Victoria Taft.

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In the first episode of “The Adult in the Room Podcast,” in addition to may takes on the news of the week, including my gobsmacking story from PJMedia, John Carughi – the Weapons Snatcher – talks about his experience at the Seattle riots on May 30, 2020. “Shooter Rughi” was acting as security for a TV news crew and saw two antifa rioters, dressed in black bloc, using police AR-15’s, stolen from a police car. One rioter shot into the cop car and the two set it on fire.

John Carughi "Shooter Rughi," the antifa weapons snatcher on The Adult in the Room Podcast With Victoria Taft
John Carughi “Shooter Rughi,” the antifa weapons snatcher on The Adult in the Room Podcast With Victoria Taft

Shooter Rughi, a former Marine, weapons instructor and private security contractor saved lives that day. Hear about this heroic act that he counts as a failure (!) in this edition of The Adult in the Room Podcast.

But wait, there’s more. I asked him to give his assessment of the Kyle Rittenhouse situation in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Remember, the 17 year old shot and killed two rioters and wounded another man. You’ll hear Carughi’s assessment of the situation based upon the stories and video readily available. Don’t miss this.

And we got word from the federal government today, that the man Carughi took one of the guns from was charged. Surprise! He was a felon in possession of a gun. The feds said these guys won’t be able to hide in crowds anymore. I’ll be writing more about this over at PJMedia later today. Check back here for updates on this story.

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Don’t Read This Story. Facebook and Twitter Said So

Hunter Biden bombshell story that Facebook and Twitter won't let you see

Both Twitter and Facebook have chosen to censor most, if not all, mentions of a block buster New York Post story about how Hunter Biden looped his dad, presidential candidate Joe Biden, into his Ukrainian business deals. The censorship amounts to tipping the scales to the Biden campaign, as if you didn’t know whose side they were on in the first place. But in so doing, they’ve made their choice of whether they’re mere platforms for all speech or publishers. One has government cover and one is subject to libel and slander law.

Journalist David Harsanyi posted screenshots of the New York Post story to finagle around the overt censorship. The documents upon which the assertions were based were given to the FBI. They came in the hard drive of a computer that it’s believe Biden himself dropped off at a computer repair shop and who never came back to reclaim it.

Considering the images reported to have been on the hard drive and other things we already know about the junior Biden, it’s entirely understandable why he didn’t come back to get the computer. He probably forgot because he was high on crack all the time.

In addition to this shocking photo of Biden being so out of it that he fell asleep with a crack pipe in his mouth, there were other reported images that show him having sex while smoking crack – an amazing feat of multi tasking heretofore never before seen by a man. Plus, he involved his dad, Joe Biden, in his business dealings. That’s significant.

“The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.

An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.

The blockbuster correspondence — which flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” — is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.

New York Post

The tech giants censored the Post article, which its editorial board called an overt effort to help the Biden campaign. The editorial was frozen on the Post’s website, but a news story nearby worked and blasted Facebook and Twitter for news suppression.

Both Twitter and Facebook took extraordinary censorship measures against The Post on Wednesday over its exposés about Hunter Biden’s emails — and leveled baseless accusations that the reports used “hacked materials.”

The suppression effort came despite presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign merely denying that he had anything on his “official schedules” about meeting a Ukrainian energy executive in 2015 — along with zero claims that his son’s computer had been hacked.

The New York Post

While this is considered a late hit in the lead up to the election, it’s extraordinary that the two tech companies – who swear they’re not publishers for purposes of getting government regulatory cover – now, in fact, are acting as censors and publishers like, for example, The New York Post is.

The Atlantic stated the platform versus publisher in a recent article in support of big tech when it stated

To call these platforms publishers—as The Atlantic’s Adrienne LaFrance recently did—is to presume that their task is merely to produce content. It is to presume, then, that the internet should be produced, packaged, and polished, and that when someone says something bad anywhere on it then the entire internet is beschmutzed.

The Atlantic

The conundrum, however, is how to marry the best of internet, of which these platforms are only a part, and determine who the publishers of content are. When Facebook and Twitter choose, however, the content of the of what they will and will not publish, they’ve lost the argument that they are merely platforms.

They’ve made their choice. We didn’t make it for them.

The Adult In The Room Podcast Begins

After talking about it, planning for it, and being amid major upheaval – moving with my husband to another state – and other overwhelming life events, it’s time to launch “The Adult In The Room Podcast.”

The Adult in the Room Podcast Image created by Hagemann Creative

The Adult in the Room Podcast begins next week on all your regular podcast outlets, Apple, Stitcher, etc. I’ll be posting on SoundCloud as well. I’m also hoping that the show will be picked up elsewhere. More on that later. Launch day is next Thursday.

I know there’s a flood of podcasts in the political water stream. Some are great, content-rich goldmines. Some of them are not great. Some hosts are humorless yellers and screamers. Others think their lives are the most compelling thing to talk about, which, as far as I’m concerned, is boring, for the most part. I’ll still weave in my story-telling to the program. That won’t change.

One thing’s clear, many people in this country appear to believe that doing spoken-word programming is a cake walk. As a decades-long radio talk host on the West Coast, I can assure you that it is not. It’s why I’ve been planning how I can make my program in this glut of “pods,” as the cool people have decided to call them, as interesting and engaging as possible.

To that end, I’ll be commenting on the big stories of the week and providing interviews on topics that I’m interested in, but in angles which I hope are informative, non-PC and humor-filled. Among my upcoming guests are “Shooter Rughi” and Mike Strickland. The content will be engaging, professionally produced and, I hope, popular enough to cover production costs and expand the number of weekly episodes. Fingers crossed.

As many of my 5th Listeners have known throughout my decades on West Coast radio, from San Diego, LA to Portland, I meticulously plan and execute a program. But when the mic opens all plans are reduced to mere suggestions. As this will start out as a once a week program, that will likely be the exception than the rule.

Some of the issues I will undertake will start locally and expand nationally. By that I mean if you want to know what happens when the anti-freedom crowd gets a hold of the reigns, I’ll let you know with specific case studies and expand it out. I’ve seen enough stories in Seattle, Portland and LA to last a life time. Other cities just wait for the moment to be like them.

I’m going to do my best to snuff out those wrong-head proclivities.

I know that my website has been fallow for awhile. This is because I’ve spent my energies writing for the politics and opinion website PJMedia. It’s glorious. I’ve been with that organization for a year. I previously wrote for Independent Journal Review in addition to my radio broadcast duties and serving as an opinion maker, if you will, on One America News shows.

Here are some snippets of stories I’ve worked on recently for PJMedia. I can’t give away the whole story, of course, because that’s the provenance of PJMedia, but they’ll give you an idea of what I’ve undertaken recently. Click through if you want to read the whole thing. I encourage you to do that, as a matter of fact.

The following story about the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had a twist that many may have predicted.

At Least Two of Gretchen Whitmer’s Kidnapping Conspirators Appear to Be Anti-Trump Anarchists

“…But now, as they say, the plot thickens. At least two of the six people indicted on Thursday were not right-wing militia members, Trump supporters, or Proud Boys, as Whitmer irresponsibly represented. According to information coming out on Thursday evening, one of the ring-leaders of the plot is a leftist insurrectionist anarchist who hates President Trump. Another, Pete Musico, shares the same philosophy.”

Having spent a significant portion of my professional life in Portland, Oregon, I know a bit about the anarchist/antifa/black lives matter, inc™ crowd. Here’s a sampling:

90% of Portland Rioters Are Rewarded for Months of Destruction; Attempted Cop Killer Released

“There’s a saying in management circles and parenting groups: That which is rewarded is repeated. Portland, Ore., has just ensured that its pet rioters will feel free to continue their destructive fires, looting, and terror attacks. These have been going on since late May, with only a brief respiteduring the wildfires. Apparently smokey air quality interferes with setting the police precincts on fire.”

The following guy is a real beauty. He doesn’t deserve a seat in the salon of polite society.

Triggered Democrat Party Media Guy Pulls a Knife on ‘Oregon Women for Trump’ Convoy. Seriously.

“Don’t worry, Democrats. The local Democrat Party communications guy who was caught in photos and video threatening and intimidating the women of “Oregon Women for Trump” with a knife on Sunday is just fine. He’s out of jail and everything, as you would expect in the second largest county in the People’s Republic. So don’t worry. This is Oregon, and – quick look…here’s a white supremacist over there! – so this whole episode will go down the collective media memory hole in no time, just like that Hispanic “white supremacist” murdered by antifa.”

And the commie who would be mayor is closer to achieving that goal than Portlanders think.

Nice Knowing Ya, Portland. Mayor Ted Wheeler Badly Trails Pro-Antifa Communist Opponent in Latest Poll

After years of indulging antifa and anarchist violence, and after 100-plus nights of fire-setting, intimidation, and riots, the Portland populace appears to be on the cusp of electing a mayor whose heart is with antifa and the anarchist insurrection brigades marauding through the City of Roses.

According to a new poll by the Oregon polling firm DHS and reported by Willamette Week, Ted Wheeler is down by eleven points to the…”

It’s nice to have a national audience with which to share my writings. I’ll also share my mail bag with you. I get a lot of, ah, interesting mail from our friends on the Left.

And I hope you’ll join me on my “Adult in the Room Podcast” next week.