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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.

Antifa Wins, Self Defense Loses in Oregon Appeals Court

First he was beaten by the mob, then he was ‘beaten’ by the so-called “justice” system in Oregon.

More from me later, but the Oregon Appeals Court has ruled against Mike Strickland’s self defense case after an Antifa mob beat him and came back for more at a public protest in July of 2016.

What a travesty.

Next step is the Oregon State Supreme Court.

This is what Mike is saying today about the disappointing ruling.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Michael Strickland’s response to the Oregon Court Of Appeals opinion.

Greetings! Michael Strickland here. Some of you may remember me as the
news videographer who was attacked by a gang of masked thugs while I
was at work, filming a protest in downtown Portland on July 7th, 2016.
This gang, dressed in black with masks over their faces and sticks in
hand, encircled me from behind, led by a 400 pound multi time federal
felon by the name of Benjamin Kerensa. They began to push and shove me
while shouting “YOU NEED TO GET THE F*** OUT OF HERE!” In response to
what I perceived as unlawful physical force, and further imminent
unlawful physical force as I attempted to retreat and avoid an
altercation, fearing that I was about to be beaten and robbed, I chose
to act in what I believed to be self defense, in accordance with
Oregon’s self defense laws. With no police to be seen, I was left to
fend for myself. I drew my legally carried firearm, pointed it at
several individuals whom I perceived as threats, and issued verbal
commands for them to get back and leave me alone. The mob of thugs
finally backed off, and they ceased to be threats, so I reholstered
without firing a round or harming so much as a fly. This was based off
of the numerous firearms training courses I had attended over the
years, included instruction from DPSST instructors, the same people
who train and certify police officers.

Everything that I did was in reaction to what others were doing to me.

I was the one arrested and charged with multiple felonies, while the
violent thugs who instigated the entire altercation are considered to
be the innocent victims. As much as people cite the 2nd Amendment in
my case, I think this is a 1st Amendment case as its core. Does a
person have the right to be in a public area, filming a public event,
in exercise of their 1st Amendment right to freedom of the press, or
does a gang of masked terrorists have the right to use physical force,
threats, and intimidation to prevent a person from being in a public
area, filming a public event?

Unfortunately for the community, I was found guilty of 21 counts,
including 10 felonies, for not wanting to be beaten and robbed.

Throughout the ordeal, I witnessed deputy district attorney Kate
Molina cite false police reports from prior events that were untrue,
lying to judges, in an effort to further punish me. During pre trial
hearings, Judge Thomas Ryan ruled that we do not get a change of venue
based on the untrue and defamatory things that Molina said about me
that were parroted by local media. Judge Ryan also ruled that any
mention of a prior event from 2015 when violent “documentarian” Skye
Fitzgerald had stolen two video cameras from me and body slammed me to
the pavement, shattering my arm and leaving me partially disabled is
inadmissible in this case, with Judge Ryan saying that that incident
does not play into ones mindset, which is untrue because it certainly
did play into my mindset. How a judge, or anyone, can tell someone
else what was going through their mind is impossible to ascertain. My
statements to the detectives were also ruled to be inadmissible, as I
had stated to them how the gang had attacked me and how I was in fear.
One of the things I was being charged with was “Unlawful Use Of A
Weapon” which has multiple definitions, and the judge ruled that
prosecutors Molina and Todd Jackson don’t have to state which part of
the law they were charging me with, thus leaving me with an impossible
defense because I didn’t know what I was defending myself against.
Perhaps most egregious of all was the fact that Molina and Jackson
claimed there were ten “victims” yet could only produce two of them;
the aforementioned Ben Kerensa and Malcolm Chaddock, who served as a
distraction by being yet another individual who was circling me from
behind, leaving Kerensa free to make a run up along my blind side. I
was denied the right to face my accusers. Judge Thomas Ryan also
allowed the DA’s to put on an ambush “expert” witness after both sides
had rested. This “expert” witness, Gresham police officer Ryan
Rasmussen, was not listed on any witness list. Rasmussen was not a
witness to the incident, but rather he was there to testify as to how
someone is trained in the use of firearms. Rasmussen has no experience
with firearms in the civilian world, has no certifications to train
civilians, and has never had an Oregon Concealed Handgun License. His
testimony was only applicable to how police officers are trained.
Furthermore, Rasmussen testified that police cannot draw their
firearm, point it at hostile individuals, not shoot, and then
reholster. Officer Rasmussen testified under oath that the only time a
police officer should draw their firearm is when they are shooting.
Rasmussen was also caught lying on the stand by claiming that police
do not use any sort of use-of-force continuum or chart, which is
untrue because he himself had previously referenced one such chart.
Throughout the trial there were multiple witnesses who lied about a
variety of things on the witness stand, including how many times I
drew my firearm (which was only once), when I had drawn it, in what
manner I was carrying, how many police were present, and more. These
were proven to be lies by the copious amounts of video evidence.

You can view videos of the altercation, including a mutli angle video
with my commentary, along videos of people’s testimony showing how
they lied, and some of the other outrageous things that happened
during this experience on my youtube channel,
www.youtube.com/LaughingAtLiberals . Victoria Taft has also done
several blog articles on the case at www.victoriataft.com .

By declaring me guilty, Judge Thomas Ryan has essentially ruled that a
person does not have a 1st Amendment right to be in a public area,
filming a public event, and that a gang of violent thugs have the
legal right and lawful authority to use force to eject a person from a
public area.

To make matters worse, throughout various different time periods since
I was attacked, I have been banned from engaging in numerous different
1st Amendment activities, which had the effect of banning me from
working. That’s right, I’m threatened with arrest and imprisonment if
I engage in what used to be our 1st Amendment rights. That should send
shivers down the spines of everyone in Oregon, especially other
members of the media. Not only is the 1st Amendment now nullified, but
self defense in Oregon is now a thing of the as well.

Since my actions were solely in self defense, I appealed the ruling.
My attorney on the appeal, Robert Barnes, cited all of the above
errors and more in our written appeal. The appeal centered mainly
around my mindset, since all evidence relating to my mindset, my
experiences, my training, my knowledge of how protests can sometimes
turn violent, and my knowledge of antifa and anarchist groups were all
ruled to be inadmissible. The “reasonableness” of me acting in self
defense is certainly based on all of those things. The reasonable man
standard must include the subjective aspect, what’s reasonable to me
with my experiences, my training, and my knowledge. We cited several
different case laws that pertain to these things and more.

Even the DA’s ambush expert witness was forced to concede that I had
properly assessed some of those individuals as threats and that I was
justified in drawing down on at least some of them.

Today, April 1st, 2020, appropriately enough on April Fools Day, the
Oregon Court Of Appeals released their opinion on State v Strickland,
affirming the lower court’s finding of guilt. The text of their
“opinion” can be found at
https://cdm17027.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17027coll5/id/26442/rec/1
. These are the same appeals court judges who have sided with rapists
and murderers in past cases over the years, overturning their cases,
giving preference to those who prey on the weak, leaving them free to
strike again.

This ruling legalizes mob violence. Applying the same standard, the
KKK now have the legal right and lawful authority to attack people of
color on the street and chase them away from public areas, and it’s
the person of color who is guilty of crimes if they try to stop the
KKK from attacking them.

What’s more, all of these legal standards of what prosecutors can and
can’t do and what is and isn’t admissible can be applied to anyone
else just the same. Now prosecutors can cite false police reports and
claim someone is part of a gang, when in fact the person is not. They
can claim someone is racist, or a child molester, or a bank robber,
when if fact the person is not. Prosecutors no longer need to produce
victims in crimes, as merely vague descriptions without names is now
sufficient. Prosecutors are now allowed to put forth ambush witnesses
after both sides rest. Judges and pre trial release officers can now
ban people from engaging in 1st Amendment rights, be it to protest,
engage in free press, or other aspects of free speech. Prosecutors can
now successfully move that all evidence relating to a defendant’s
mindset, training, and knowledge is inadmissible.

I have little doubt that corrupt district attorneys have been pulling
these sort of unethical stunts on countless people over the years.
These disgusting tactics are used every day to go after the poor, the
disadvantaged, people of color, those in the LGBT community,
immigrants, those with mental disorders, people suffering from
addiction, and more. My appeal is the community’s best chance at
getting these shady practices overturned.

In the appeals court ruling, Judges Armstrong, Tookey, and Shorr
erroneously summed up the circumstances of the incident by making
claims that: A ) I was open carrying at the event, which is untrue. I
was concealed carrying as I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. B
) That it was only four people who ganged up on me when in fact it was
initially seven, and that number varied as people were running in and
out of the scene, as seen on video. Perhaps they need to frame it as
fewer than five, since five or more people engaging in that kind of
behavior constitutes the crime of RIOT on their part. And C) They
claim that Kerensa got physically aggressive with me after seeing that
I had a gun, which is untrue, as I did not reveal the gun until after
he had begun his violent attack on me. Perhaps they are trying to
frame it as though Kerensa was the one acting in self defense after he
deliberately staged a fight with me that I wanted no part of.

All of these things were disputed during the trial, so I don’t know
how these judges are able to state these things as “undisputed” facts.

In my continuing efforts to clear my name, I will now be taking this
case to the Oregon Supreme Court for further review. I have no
intention of giving up this battle until the rulings are reversed, I
am vindicated, and I get my rights back, regardless of whatever court
I need to take this to and however long it takes.

I am available for interviews, presentations, and other appearances.
For your articles I hope you use this picture of me
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16FH1zlAFKAXTYkC4ePu_M5QYWGoEHiPt/view
or this one https://drive.google.com/open?id=1R42xs3Rn-0KSjda0xfGvRvpD19lQ972Z

Portland Driver Attacked by Antifa Fights Back & Wins Another Legal Battle. VictoriaTaft.com Exclusive

Battle by painstaking legal battle, Mark Dickerson is slowly clawing back his reputation – a reputation stolen from him first by Portland Professional Protesters™ and then by the City and media of Portland, Oregon.

His legal odyssey began on Halloween 2018 when a group of protesters began taking over streets and blocking traffic in downtown Portland. The gambit had worked successfully just days before when a poor man driving near the same spot was surrounded, chased and terrorized by protesters.

Here’s Brandon Farley’s video of the incident mere days before the same thing happened to Dickerson:

Even after that frightening October 12th incident, on October 31st, Portland Police were still allowing protesters to block traffic with impunity. People in those cars were rightly terrified they’d become another Reginald Denny of LA riot infamy.

In the incident, though others had cleared away, one of the protesters intentionally stepped into the path of the barely moving truck and was bumped. Then he did it again.

Dickerson’s dash cam captured Arthuray Dudley intentionally walking into the path of the truck.

But as VictoriaTaft.com reported previously, Dickerson was arrested for driving toward the street-blocking protesters at 5mph.

The protesters, protesting the death of a black Portlander, reportedly a relative of the man who intentionally walked into Dickerson’s path, Arthuray Dudley, were not charged with any crimes.

Mark Dickerson’s Mug Shot. All he wanted to do that day was find a parking spot, but protesters disrupted his day and his life.

The Leftist protester-class and the media, but I repeat myself, were giddy that they may have a blockbuster Charlottesville type of story.

After he was cleared criminally in the case, partially due to Dudley’s failure to show up to court, and the good fortune of having a dash cam which captured the would-be scam, Dickerson began the mission to get back his good name.

Friday, Dickerson was notified by Multnomah County Courts that records of his arrest and prosecution for assault, reckless driving and harassment for bumping a Portland protester with his truck have been expunged and erased.

Clearing his name and staying out of jail has cost a fortune and the family has set up a GoFundMe account to help defray legal bills. Dickerson had to sell his horse to pay legal bills.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help defray legal expenses

Portlanders are angry at the City for looking the other way as the tiresome and perpetually ‘outraged’ violent Antifa and anarchist rent-a-mobs and fauxtesters block streets, beat people and shut down the speech of others while they simultaneously label them as Nazis and white supremacists.

It’s a welcome sight for one man to fight back. Help him out so that he’s not alone.

Next: Dickerson’s lawsuit against the media.

Portland’s Antifa Hang Out Cider Riot! Goes Out of Business

The NE Portland Cidery that served as an unofficial HQ of Portland’s Antifa professional protesters is going out of business on November 10th.

The owner, self-styled “anti-fascist” owner, Abram Goldman-Armstrong, told Willamette Week in September that he was looking for a buyer, claiming that cider distribution was piddling out and that he was more than $800,000 in debt.

But he wouldn’t sell to just anyone:

“We’re not going to sell to racist scumbags, and I don’t think the other investors would feel comfortable selling to someone who doesn’t believe in equal rights for all humans. Political views don’t usually play a part in business, so we’re not ruling out anyone unless they’re really terrible.”

Since people like Goldman-Armstrong think that everyone to the right of Mao is a “racist scumbag,” you can imagine that it would be hard to find a buyer. And, guess what? He didn’t.

Cider Riot! unabashedly supported Antifa by allowing their customers to saturate members of Patriot Prayer anti antifa group with bear spray as they stood on the public sidewalk outside the cidery. Patriot Prayer leader, Joey Gibson, was charged in the May Day 2018 incident.

Nice burqa, ‘lady’

The group also produced a “black bloc” line of pro-Antifa ciders, which featured the group’s logos.

The Iron Front Flag, an Antifa logo, was temporarily banned from Portland Timbers’ games. Goldman-Armstrong made the drink to protest the ban.

KOIN News straightfacedly reported that the cider’s antisocial, anti-free-speech, antifa connections had nothing to do with the closure.

But as Willamette Week reported, the connections didn’t help.

On Sept. 18, Goldman-Armstrong put Cider Riot up for sale. He says he’s strapped for cash because of overly ambitious expansion efforts. But he says political clashes, branding Cider Riot in the public imagination as “the Antifa Pub,” haven’t helped.

[…]

“I think it’s ridiculous that we get called the antifa bar all the time. … Being an antifascist is just a normal state of being. I shouldn’t be getting credit for being against the fascists. That should just be the normal attitude of any decent-minded human.”

He said that being called out by the pro free-speech-anti-Antifa Patriot Prayer group hasn’t helped either. A May Day fight between a Patriot Prayer person and an Antifa belligerent ended with the prosecution of Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson for riot.

Goldman-Armstrong told Willamette Week that Gibson is the reason fewer people have come into the pub. He claims customers are afraid “these fascists” will come back. He is suing Gibson for $1,000,000.00.

His loss of business couldn’t be that there are anti-Antifa Portlanders who are sick and tired of the group’s violence and intolerance. Couldn’t be that.

Nor could it be the violence that started at Cider Riot and spilled out into the streets, leading to the murder of an Antifa member by an apparent SUV driving trio of friendlies.

Antifa members ordered witnesses and other allies not to speak to the “pigs” about it. No one has been arrested.

Cider Riot has been under investigation by the Oregon Liquor Control Board and, according to The Oregonian, the agency concluded in September that:

The owner of Cider Riot knowingly allowed his patrons to use “illegal weapons” against right-wing agitators during a May Day brawl and refused to remove unruly customers from his property, an investigation by state regulators alleges.

Abram Goldman-Armstrong and a licensed security guard who was working at his Northeast Portland cidery that day also are accused of providing misleading statements to state authorities during the investigation, documents claim.

The Cider Riot! owner says there will always be a place for the far Left communistas to meet.

For now, his place is going the way of the former Red and Black cafe, whose anarchist-communist (no, really) ‘workers’ refused to serve cops, (which we fixed a few years back).

Victoria Taft’s ‘Crazy California’ Report on “The Daily Ledger” on One America News Network on Homeless, Gas Prices

Here’s one of my appearances with Graham Ledger on “The Daily Ledger” on One America News Network. If you’re easily triggered you’ll want to take a pass.

(nice feature photo, huh?)

Barr Told Senate Last May That He Had ‘Multiple Criminal Investigations’ Underway; But MSM Now ‘Shocked’ Anyway …

You have to wonder how dishonest the media can get. The media now twist what Attorney General William Barr is actually investigating with respect to the 2016 election and feign shock that there may be crimes involved.


As you can see in the videos below, Barr told Congress he would review all the investigations into the American intelligence agencies being used to spy on the Trump campaign and determine if there was a legit predicate for it. Later, he told Senators that he’d opened “multiple” criminals investigations into damaging leaks. But now, the media report that the review has morphed into a criminal investigation because, shockingly, there apparently wasn’t a legit predicate for spying on Trump.

Only the media are surprised, dazed and confused. To wit:


Yesterday the @NYT ‘reported’ the leak that:


“Justice Dept. Is Said to Open Criminal Inquiry Into Its Own Russia Investigation”


Not exactly, NYT. … as if the Obama and Trump Justice Departments are the same. Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Ohr, and many others have been dumped or demoted. I don’t call that being the ‘same’ department.


Here’s how the Lyin’ Ted Lieu characterized the probe, which was slavishly transcribed in all caps by Newsweek:


“CRIMINAL INQUIRY INTO MUELLER’S RUSSIA PROBE IS ‘DEEPLY TROUBLING,’ SAYS DEMOCRATIC REP. TED LIEU”


Maybe the probe is looking into the Mueller investigation. Barr wants to know the predicate of why Obama spied on Trump using Hillary’s phony Russian (and, now we learn, Ukrainian) fake news; whether the FISA court was duped, willingly or not, to issue multiple wiretaps to spy on Trump aparatchiks. If Mueller’s investigation didn’t look into those things, and he didn’t, then that’s something that needs to nailed down.


Vanity Fair issues an all caps scare headline and sub headline explicitly saying the Barr investigation is a political vendetta:


JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OPENS CRIMINAL PROBE INTO ITS RUSSIA INVESTIGATION.

William Barr is essentially doing Trump’s bidding by investigating the investigators—now with subpoena power.


Who was carrying out a political vendetta again? And are they really investigating the investigation? Maybe. Seem there were a lot of corners cut in the Mueller probe. But if this is doing “Trump’s bidding,” then it stands to reason that the initial spying was done at Obama’s bidding.


Shockingly, CNN does best with framing the actual investigation:


“Origins of Russia probe now a criminal investigation”


That’s right. The origins, the underpinnings, the predicate, of the Russia hoax are being looked at; not necessarily, or only, the Mueller probe.

The New York Times headline invites you to mock this farcical bit of fancy as an “Inquiry Into Its Own Russia Investigation,” like a dog chasing his own tail.

Here’s part of what Barr said when asked by Senators about the scope of his investigations and why he was conducting it:

“I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016…I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It’s a big deal.”

And now the New York Times trumpets that this has miraculously morphed into a criminal investigation. But last May, Barr told Senate Intelligence Committee member, and former chairman, Charles Grassley, that there were criminal investigations – multiple – going on:

We have multiple criminal leak investigations underway.

Not much of a mystery here, folks, except to the media.

The media are now circling the wagons around their tribe, the Democrats, and former Obama Administration officials. Flak is being released to distract the public, the smoke grenade that is the ‘impeachment inquiry’ is allowing wisps of anti-Trump ‘testimony’ to escape their secret panic room, and the Obama acolytes who weaponized multiple government agencies against one man – Trump – have now elevated their concern to Defcon 1.

Stay tuned.

Portland Antifa Protester Is Run Over & Killed Trying to Halt Speeding SUV Leaving Violent Group’s HQ, Cider Riot

Portland’s Professional Protesters™ have made stopping traffic a hallmark of their activism. Timid politicians, such as Mayor Ted Wheeler, allow Antifa and other Leftist protesters to halt traffic with impunity. As a result, there’s an outsized sense of power that comes from being able to stop someone on a whim. But on Saturday night one of Antifa’s most notorious activists found out that not everyone stops on his command.

Sean D. Kealiher was killed in front of the unofficial Antifa headquarters, Cider Riot, while trying to stop a speeding SUV.

Kealiher reportedly tried to halt an SUV and was run over. By the time the cops got there, Kealiher had been dragged into a private car and dumped at a local hospital where he died. The NE Portland cidery was quiet.

There isn’t a lot of information about the attack. That’s by design, of course. The people who wear masks to hide their identities took to Twitter to order silence to the media and to the “pigs”:

The tweets say:

“Sean/Armenios [sic] family has asked that we not talk to the press.

“No media response at all. none [sic]. no talking to them period. [sic] please respect this. [sic]”

And:

“Your words can impact the survivors, the organizing on a large scale and the family getting support. Don’t let the press platform off this and dont [sic] let the pigs build cases. Consider not telling stories on public fb pages/organizing pages (keep it in the community).///”

The Portland Police are investigating it as a homicide. The medical examiner has determined that it was a homicide from blunt force internal injuries.

The Antifa bar reportedly was filled with friendlies. A fight reportedly broke out and, before too long, Kealiher was stepping into the street to stop an SUV speeding away. Shots reportedly were fired at the SUV by Antifa members.

Judging by Antifa’s reaction this looks like fratricide.

A Facebook post by someone who appears to be with Patriot Prayer held additional information culled from social media reports. The info has not been verified:

Late model Ford Explorer, allegedly the vehicle driven and occupied by 3 African Americans who attended a reggae…

Posted by Russell Schultz on Sunday, October 13, 2019

Despite the apparent circumstances of his death, Kealiher, who also goes by his nom de guerre, “Armeanio,” is being groomed for martyr status:

May he rest in power as we carry on in his honor.

After Kealiher was hit there reportedly were shots fired at the SUV. The SUV either hit, or came close to hitting, the Democratic Party headquarters in Portland.

Antifa and local anarchists, but I repeat myself, then vandalized the DPO:

https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1183637542450667521?s=20

Portland’s Police Commissioner and Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has been stridently on the side of Antifa over law-abiding Portlanders, sent sympathies to the violent thug and his family:

See those roses in the photo above? Those represent Rose City Antifa.

Though it goes without saying, Antifa is a continuing criminal enterprise that apparently derives funds to offer the family of this thug “support.” From whence does that “support” come?

It has also encourages members and allies to obstruct justice and suborn perjury.

Why Ted Wheeler continues to support these Leftist thugs is a mystery. But that’s (social) ‘justice’ in Multnomah county.

Here’s KGW TV’s story about it:

Portland Cop Suspended for a week … for Singing Politically Incorrect Song in Front Co-Workers

It’s a tune on practically every wedding dance mix, it brings down the house at the local karaoke night, the lyrics are memorized by many people over the age of 40(?) and the song is a near-parody of itself. But if you’re a supervisor at Portland Police Bureau, singing it will get you suspended for five days.

That was the punishment meted out to a PPB supervisor by the Police Review Board for singing the song “in front of members of other agencies, using poor judgment and acting unprofessionally,” according to a little snippet in The Oregonian. The item was tucked at the bottom of a story by the newspaper:

A police supervisor was suspended for one week for singing the lyrics of an undisclosed song in front of members of other agencies, using poor judgment and acting unprofessionally. The majority of the board also found the song constituted a violation of the city rule against workplace harassment and discrimination. The board summary redacted the name of the song, where it was sung and the supervisor’s name.

Though no one wanted to drop a dime on the cop, I did manage to get some unconfirmed details about the song deemed so egregious, so offensive, so harassing that the supervisor needed to sit out for a week.

Here it is. “Baby Got Back” by vintage hip hop artist Sir Mix-A-Lot:

Sir Mix-A-Lot was in Portland headlining a concert at the Portland Rose Festival on May 25th on the waterfront. Here was the ad copy for the concert:

Sir Mix-A-Lot knows how to get a booty-shaking party going, and he’s been doing just that in the Rose Festival RoZone since 2015! DJ Doc Rock opens the show on Saturday, May 25 (at 8:00 p.m.).

Rose Festival Association website

An unconfirmed (though likely spot-on) report says that a supervisor overseeing the police providing security at the event launched into singing the lyrics to the song, thus offending the sensibilities of command officials.

So, shaking your booty is fine for a Rose Festival crowd but not for the cops providing security for it.

To be sure, the song’s nasty. But it’s such an ingrained part of the musical landscape it’s hard to believe that anyone would take personal umbrage at it.

The Portland Police Bureau has witnessed a stream of officers tossing in their badges and moving to other police departments or retiring recently.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.

The Bureau, overseen by far Left Mayor Ted Wheeler, has to be one of the toughest places to work on the planet. Cops are frequently told to stand-down as Portland Professional Protesters™*, especially the violent and vile Antifa protesters, trash downtown all the while spitting on the cops, yelling in their faces, and hurling invective so offensive that it makes Sir Mix-A-Lot seem tame by comparison.

Cops constantly must walk a politically correct line in precious, ‘progressive’ Portland for fear of hurting the sensibilities of the thugs who wish them dead.

I’ve heard of cops being suspended for excessive force, lying or stealing, but suspended – for an entire week – for singing a song?

In dirty, violent Portland – Bridge City – that’s just a bridge too far for the politically ‘correct’ Left.

Oh. My. God. Becky.

*Sarcasm

Trouble in Lefty-Land. A Portland Antifa Leader Turns On Long Time Ally, Multiple Felon, Ben Kerensa.

There’s drama in Antifa-world. One of the thugs who leads the gang of violent protesters in Portland, Luis Marquez, has issued a fatwa against a former ally/member of the group who is well known to the readers of this website.

Marquez, a frequent arrestee on the Portland Professional Protester™ scene, responded on Twitter to an Oregonian article describing how frequent protester (and multiple felon) Benjamin Kerensa successfully (and ironically) got a cop suspended from duty. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

[T]he Citizen Review Committee voted 7-0 that Smith had violated the truthfulness policy in a case involving protester Benjamin Kerensa.

Smith admitted to falsely telling Kerensa that he didn’t have the right to film officers and threatened Kerensa that he could be arrested if he didn’t stop.

Oregonian

You’d think there would be cheers in Antifa-Land, but instead there was this reaction from Marquez:

Interesting reaction, “Fuck Kerensa – he is dangerous and harmful to all leftist [sic] – fuck that man.” Marquez is a drama queen, but it was notable that Kerensa warranted a double f-word reply.

I tried to find out why he was turning on Kerensa, but, predictably and boringly, he called me a “racist” and didn’t answer my query.

Antifa (Kerensa in the background) stopping cars at the airport because they don’t like President Trump

Readers of this website know that Benjamin Jacob Kerensa is a multiple-convicted felon. He’s gone to both federal and state prison for a variety of crimes including hacking, impersonating law enforcement officers, including an FBI agent, perpetrating bomb hoaxes on federal buildings and a Navy ship and is an accused perjurer and Antifa ally.

After his life as an inmate ended, Kerensa came to Oregon and became a part of the Portland Professional Protesters™ world. He’s been around for a few years photographing and participating in protests.

In court, Kerensa said he wasn’t a member of Antifa’s black bloc. He lied and wasn’t prosecuted. Wonder why?

Kerensa worked the system to get the cop suspended for not letting him video a protest, but just four months before, in July 2016, he, along with others, carried out attacks against videographer and journalist Michael Strickland to stop him from filming a protest.

When they came after him again, Strickland drew his legally concealed pistol and, without his finger near the trigger, held the group back from assaulting him for a second time.

Kerensa bragged to police that he was the reason why Strickland drew his pistol.

No shots were ever fired, but it was Strickland who was prosecuted and jailed for defending himself. His case is on appeal.

Kerensa worked with cops to get other videographers, Leo Stratton and Nate Millsap, thrown out of protests, following the Strickland attack. Kerensa also tried to force Strickland from using his name in public at the risk of being jailed. Local prosecutors attempted to get third parties (me) included in the outrageous request. It was blocked.

You’d think that a guy with Kerensa’s rap sheet and Anti First Amendment proclivities that he’d be a natural blood brother with Marquez and the Antifa coven. But Marquez’s tweet put an official end to that. The question is why?

When Antifa and official Portland, but I repeat myself, pretended to be outraged over a story about Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson sending Portland Police intelligence officer a video, which led to the arrest of an Antifa member, I laughed.

Kerensa with his ever-present camera at a 2018 protest.

Who else do you think sends cops pictures and video of protesters?

Photo of flyer at Trump election protest in Portland. Andy Ngo.

I’m guessing that’s why Marquez said “fuck Kerensa.”

‘Red Flag’ Warning: Portland Protester Said That If Antifa Killed His Friends, He’d Kill Them. The Cops Took His Guns & Committed Him.

Former Marine Shane Kohfield was one of a handful of people who attended a protest outside Mayor Ted Wheeler’s house in SW Portland in July. The protesters, armed with a small bullhorn, complained that Wheeler had never condemned Antifa by name and hadn’t done anything to curb the violence committed by the masked anarcho-communist group.

Kohfield was handed the bullhorn and spent about 2-1/2 minutes explaining how he’d spent an entire day with Antifa at a recent protest. He said he wanted to learn about his ‘enemy.’ He concluded that he’d treated everyone well and that Antifa hit people “like little bitches.” He said he’d tried to sue them and then attempted to get law enforcement to take a look at his evidence of Antifa wrong doing. See the video of his remarks below.

What he said next raised some eyebrows:

And then I sent a letter to … someone in Congress [Navy SEAL turned Congressman Dan Crenshaw]. And the first four pages are me explaining how dire the situations are and how they’re going to start killing us. The first four pages were my desire for peace and my fifth page said … if Antifa gets to the point where they start killing us, I’m going to kill them next. And I told them I would slaughter, and I had a detailed plan to … but the point is, Antifa’s gotten to the point where we have to protect ourselves. We have no desire to fight, we have no desire for violence, but we need to be prepared for it if it happens.

Stumptown Matters/YouTube

Everyone has a natural right to defend themselves or loved ones. But, Kohfield appeared to veer off the usual right-of-center fare by explaining he’d written a letter to a Congressman explaining his “detailed plan” for “slaughtering” Antifa if they killed people on the right. He said the situation in Portland was getting “dire,” which isn’t wrong. But then he said it out loud in public.

It didn’t take long for someone to invoke Oregon’s Red Flag law and haul him in. Kohfield was surrounded by multiple police officers as he left a relative’s house in Prineville. He ‘voluntarily’ gave himself over to them.

The Washington Examiner reports that the Joint Terrorism Task Force rolled him up and hauled him off to the VA for 20 days to get ‘help’ for his wrong think. The Oregonian reports that the Capitol Police already had Kohfield on their radar because of the letter.

The Military Times reported that Kohfield wasn’t charged with anything, though he was locked up:

…Kohfield, 32, was not charged with any crime, but surrendered five guns, including an AR-15 rifle, according to Phil Lemman, Oregon’s acting deputy state court administrator, the Washington Examiner reported.

Based on the court order, Kohfield – who served two tours of duty in Iraq — was committed to a veterans hospital for 20 days and was barred from participating in subsequent protests in Portland.


The Military Times

Kohfield’s Dad reportedly told police that his son suffered from bi-polar disorder and PTSD after his two tours of duty in Iraq. He’d been drinking heavily recently. It’s unclear if his dad had a say in whether his son would be committed.

Kohfield told The Oregonian that he gave the appearance of being “unhinged” in the video (see it below):

“I looked unhinged. I looked dangerous and have the training to be dangerous.” [emphasis added]

You’ll note Kohfield didn’t acknowledge he was dangerous and violent. Maybe he wasn’t in a position to know. Odd, that with so much known about this case, we don’t know that.

It was only the sixth time Clackamas County invoked the law, according to The Oregonian. Of the 98 red flag law uses in Multnomah County, there’s no telling if it’s ever been used on the demonstrated violent excesses of Antifa. Interestingly, we know all about Kohfield, though.

Antifa actually commits dangerous and violent acts, manifestly unprovoked, and constantly threatens people on the right, me included, in an attempt to stop us up from speaking out. So far I haven’t heard of one Red Flag call on their members. I haven’t heard of Antifa members, constantly committing acts of violence and threats against people with whom they disagree, being committed to a hospital for wrong think.

You might think multiple-time arrestee, proud Antifa member, and long-time Portland Professional Protester™, Luis Marquez, would be a good candidate for this treatment.

But if you’re Marquez, it’s catch and release and then onto the next violent and unhinged protest.

And another:

Leo Stratton/YouTube

And another:

Leo Stratton/YouTube

I could go on. You’ll notice, however, that the clearly unhinged (watch the videos) Marquez is free to go about his violent, threatening protests as often as he wants, against people with whom he has a political difference. He doesn’t like what they’re saying. He’s willing to hurt them for their political viewpoints. He wants them banished and hushed because he doesn’t like their viewpoint.

https://twitter.com/luistheleftist/status/1168919620935454721?s=20

Antifa has made it a cottage industry of dismissing anyone who doesn’t agree with them as a “nazi,” “neo nazi” or “white supremacist” – even when they’re a person of color and don’t hew to that viewpoint. It doesn’t matter. Antifa members consider themselves super heroes. Their magic cloaks are the masks over their faces. Everyone else is a Nazi.

Institutional Portland has picked up on the labels. You’ll notice that Mayor Ted Wheeler was only concerned about right wing groups showing up for the August 18th protest. His concern was not about Antifa, which routinely and reliably starts the violence. It was a colossal example of civic gaslighting.

Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi conflated concern about “white supremacism” with gun violence. This was intentionally meant to smear gun owners and reduce them to racists.

A “straight pride parade” troll was recast by antifa as a “white supremacist.” Far Leftists, like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, gave bail money to arrested violent antifa members who’d issued beat downs:

Not to sound pedantic, but the point of all of this gaslighting is the Left’s attempt to arrogate power to itself by shutting down other viewpoints.

Antifa are the human silencers. The shock troops.

Antifa stands for anti-first-amendment. That’s why this slogan, coined at VictoriaTaft.com last March, is picking up steam.

But even center-left Democrats know Wheeler and Antifa are bad news. They’d be booed, targeted, slimed and doxxed if they ever said so out loud, however. It’s possibly why Wheeler can’t be honest and call out Antifa. It’s why he lets them hide behind masks.

It’s why this meme is so popular:

I know there are real racists out there. I saw those tools with torches the night before the clash with Antifa on the streets of Charlottesville and shook my head. It made me sick. Horrible. (Trigger alert: Torch-holding racists, Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler are Leftists by the way.)

Antifa never was blamed for its part in that deadly melee. That was by design too.

Another irony. Considering that the Portland City Council has had a hate/hate relationship with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, it’s more than a little rich that they’re lauding it for its part in rolling up a protester – because he’s a Trump-hat-wearing-right-of-center guy.

Kohfield may get his Second Amendment rights restored to him. Someday. He may be able to go to a protest to practice his First Amendment rights again at a protest. Someday. He may get wonderful help at the VA. And I hope that is so. For now, however, he’s been silenced.