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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.

Antifa Thinks It’s Got a ‘Gotcha’ Video of the MAGA Hat-Wearing Man Beaten in a Portland Bar. They Missed One Thing.

The man who went to a SE Portland bar a week ago Friday and was beaten by Portland Professional Protesters™ while wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat went to another bar before the beating and got into a shouting match with patrons there.

Now Antifa and “The Oregonian” newspaper think they’ve unearthed a “gotcha!” moment.

Here’s some of the background as I reported here:

KPTV and Gateway Pundit report that Luke Lenzner was on a date night with his wife and walked into Growler’s Taproom on SE Hawthorne in inner SE Portland in the early hours of August 17th. The bartender told him they weren’t serving anymore so Lezner left. As he did so, surveillance tape shows he pointed to his hat. 

VictoriaTaft.com

As I recounted:

Apparently, that red hat was just too much for Portland Professional Protesters™ who met Lezner out on the side walk, “circled him,” attacked him and then cold cocked him. 
Lezner told KPTV:
“I got mobbed by everybody that was in that bar outside. People came from the inside out – just circled me and my wife.”

VictoriaTaft.com

After the beating and the understandable outrage over the beat-down, including a hate-rain on Antifa, “The Oregonian” ‘found’ a video that the reporter obviously believed provided more context to the story about the tap room beating.

It seems Lenzner and his wife went to another bar before going to the tap room. At “The Vern,” Lenzner was seen yelling at customers:

The video shows an outburst by Lenzner – and a boorish one at that. He yells at patrons who lustily yell back at him. But notice where the 1:18 video starts. It starts after Lenzner starts his braying.

“The Oregonian” reported that the man who took the video, Michael Radosevich, “locked eyes” with Lezner [sic] and believed he was “looking for a fight”:


“The second I locked eyes with him there was no doubt in my mind he was looking for a fight,” Michael Radosevich told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Tuesday. Footage captured by Radosevich shows the man hurling expletives and pointing at people inside The Vern on Friday night while claiming he served in the military and had been disrespected.

The Oregonian

Maybe he was looking for a fight and didn’t get one. Doesn’t it make you want to know what happened before his outburst?

The Oregonian doesn’t, else that line of questioning would have been pursued and included in its post.

Antifa surely does not care what happened before.

After all … the hat…

Portland Antifa members and allies (forget deleting them, boys, I have them screen capped) reacted to the video by saying Lenzner deserved the beat down:

https://twitter.com/DonkyDick5/status/1166467354647244800?s=20

“Guy goes to a bar to troll people and gets beat up [sic] Well [sic] maybe he should have went [sic] to a bar to troll people [sic] Can’t really have sympathy for people looking for fights that get them [sic] That’s like having Sympathy [sic] for the school bully when he gets checked [sic]”

Twitter

Antifa allies (or members) waxed psychological about the possible underpinnings of Lenzner’s actions which resulted in his beat down at the hands of Portland Professional Protesters™:

They believe Lenzner went on a date night with his wife to pick a fight. Let’s assume they’re right for a second. No fight occurred at “The Vern.” Lenzner was boisterous and called out the customers, at one point actually lying about his ‘military service (he’s not a veteran),’ for which he apologized later.

I’d love to know what happened before his outburst.

Then, Lenzner went to the tap house with his hat on and was beaten by Portland Professional Protesters™ who have been arrested at protests before.

Over the years, I’ve interviewed some pretty spectacular guests. Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Charles Manson, and Andy McCarthy, who successfully prosecuted the terrorists who tried to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993, have both presented me with strains of the same question, which I think is pertinent now:

What would it take to get you to [murder/commit and act of terrorism/beat up a guy in a MAGA hat]?

And that’s the question left unanswered by this video, the patrons and even Mr. Lenzner.

The answer should be that it would take nothing to get you to beat up a guy with a MAGA hat.

If Lenzner went to troll people at a bar on Friday night, that’s uncivil and not nice. It’s boorish, inadvisable and the height of douchebaggery.

Things have deteriorated to such an extent in Portland these days that people don’t even stop to ask the question. And that didn’t start with Lenzner.

Surprise! PDX Bar Beat Down of MAGA Hat Wearing Man Was Done by Two BLM/Antifa Protesters Who Have Been Arrested Before.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler should condemn what happened to a man in a Portland bar a week ago Friday. However, the ‘leader’ who has given Antifa a pass while condemning ‘right wing’ protesters with a full blown civic gaslighting, is unlikely to do so.

KPTV and Gateway Pundit report that Luke Lenzner was on a date night with his wife and walked into Growler’s Taproom on SE Hawthorne inner SE Portland in the early hours of August 17th. The bartender told him they weren’t serving anymore so Lezner left. As he did so, surveillance tape shows he pointed to his hat.

Apparently, that red hat was just too much for Portland Professional Protesters™ who met Lezner out on the side walk, “circled him,” attacked him and then cold cocked him.

Lezner told KPTV:

“I got mobbed by everybody that was in that bar outside. People came from the inside out – just circled me and my wife.”

They surrounded him like jackals:

“Surrounding me, like literally surrounding me, pushing me. I’m just trying to get through, trying to stop the person from hitting me, from taking my hat, and then I get sucker punched,” Lenzner told FOX 12.

The two arrested are no strangers to Portland police, either.

The two perps, 22-year-old Leopold A. Hauser and 23-year-old Adebisi A. Okuneye, were hunted by police after Lezner gave him their license plate number.

The cops know Hauser from a 2018 scrape with the law involving an Antifa riot and Okuneye was last arrested in another Portland protest in 2017 involving Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

It makes you wonder a few things.

Is Portland safe for Republicans or Trump supporters anymore? Portland’s

Can a guy with a Trump hat even get a beer in this town anymore without getting beaten up by Antifa?

As he told the gathering before the planned Proud Boy, Patriot Prayer march August 17th, “violence is not a civil right.”

As I proposed last March, Antifa isn’t anti-‘fascist,’ the group is anti-First Amendment.

Wheeler would do well to remember that his demonized ‘right wingers,’ once again, had nothing to do with this act of violence and the violence that occurred had to do with a man wearing a hat – an act protected by the First Amendment.

Leftist leadership allowed this bigoted institutionalized balkanization. This is what you call institutionalized bigotry.

Now, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Mayor? If past is prologue, the answer to that question is … nothing.

After Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Refused to Ban Masks at Protests, Police ‘Discover’ They Can’t ID Antifa Perps

Portland Police rolled up 13 Leftist Antifa rioters who came to clash with ‘Patriot Prayer’ and ‘Proud Boys’ demonstrators at a planned demonstration by the right-wing groups on August 17th.

Before the August 17th event, which saw plenty of illegal and disgusting behavior by the Antifa protesters, Mayor Ted Wheeler condemned the right-wing groups, dismissing them as hateful outsiders who didn’t ‘belong here.’

He said nothing about the far Left Antifa, whose antics have cost Portlanders their safety as well as millions of dollars to clean up after them.

So feeble has been Wheeler’s response that he couldn’t even bring himself to ban Antifa’s masks, something that Police Chief Danielle Outlaw asked him to do.

Now what are Portland Police are reduced to? Asking for help to identify people with masks over their faces.

Sure, guys, we’ll get right on it.

Portland police also asked for help in identifying this person next to the guy in a mask:

This regular Antifa member was last seen spitting on Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson at the Cider Riot! clash. As I reported, Gibson was the one charged with riot for his behavior. Her assaultive behavior was never charged.

Nice ‘burqa,’ ‘lady.’

You may remember that in Michael Strickland’s case, eight of his ten “victims” who attacked him couldn’t be identified because they were masked. Nevertheless, the Multnomah County District Attorney counted them as victims anyway and issued two felonies each on behalf of each of Strickland’s victims. Charges that could have put the man in prison for 50 years. His conviction for drawing his legally concealed pistol at his attackers (no shots were fired) is on appeal. See a variety of the stories about him here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here … there are lots more. Just do a search on this site.

Now the police need help identifying these people … because Ted Wheeler won’t order them unmasked.

Driver Arrested After He Was Surrounded by Antifa & BLM Protesters Blocking Portland Street Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

An Oregon man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Portland and Multnomah County after he was the one arrested when his vehicle was attacked by Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters on Halloween 2018. None of the protesters was arrested.

Mark Dickerson’s dash cam video

Mark Dickerson was trying to find a parking spot in downtown Portland. As he drove slowly along 4th Avenue, Dickerson was blocked by Black Lives Matter and Antifa members. As they parted to finally let him through, a man, who couldn’t be seen behind the group, intentionally backed into his vehicle.

Stepped into the truck’s path twice

Watch the video, which was posted on Dickerson’s GoFundMe page and depicted as an “insurance scam,” which it most certainly could be.

Protesters attacked his car with fists, sticks and protest signs. And, as I noted in my previous post about this case yelled hateful epithets at Dickerson:

“Yah, you little white little fucker! You’re a little whitey aren’t cha? … Just please turn right … You are a little whitey supremacist! … we don’t need your KKK … you fucking hit me right now, I’ll beat the shit out of you.

VictoriaTaft.com

When he slowly moved forward as the protesters parted, Dickerson was obviously concerned about the protesters to his right and claims not have seen this man intentionally back into his car until he did it.

Dickerson got clear of the protesters and then stopped when he saw police coming to his aid. Or so he thought. In fact, Dickerson was the one arrested for the incident.

Dickerson’s Mugshot

Earlier in October of 2018, another man was chased and his car pummeled by Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters. Portland police stood by and did nothing. It’s entirely possible Dickerson was in fear for his life when he found himself in the same predicament.

As I reported at the time, a Multnomah County judge – shockingly – tossed out the case against Dickerson when the man who intentionally walked into his truck failed to show up to court to testify against him.

It’s entirely possible that Arthuray Dudley, reportedly the brother of a man killed by Portland police who was the subject of the protest, didn’t want to set foot in a Multnomah County courtroom because he’d seen enough of them:

Arthuray, it turns out, far from being a ‘victim’ as he told KATU in his attempt to sell a ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative –

– is a longtime Portland cocaine runner. Arthuray was arrested multiple times in 2010, again in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Dickerson, whose wife claims has never had a scrape with the law, wants his life and reputation back.

Dickerson had to sell his beloved horse to help get the $10,000 to hire a defense attorney for his criminal trial.

Not being a wealthy man, he’s mounting his own legal case against both the City of Portland and Multnomah County for false arrest, civil rights violations and malicious prosecution. He’s asking for a minimum of $500,000 in damages.

It’s going to be an uphill battle. This guy needs an attorney.

Try Not to Laugh As Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Tells Fox News That Portland Does ‘Not Tolerate’ ‘Violent’ Protests

There he was, Ted Wheeler on “Fox News” mayorsplaining that Portland does not “tolerate” ‘violence” or “vandalism” at protests.

For anyone who’s watched the Portland’s Professional Protesters™ over the years this was new intelligence. After the initial burst of incredulous laughter, one seriously had to wonder where Ted had been all these years.

Presumably, the man who’s served on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and statewide office, remembers history, even on his own watch as Portland’s top elected official. Is it possible that he could have missed May Day violence – any May Day – in Portland? Had he forgotten anarchist violence and vandalism on any given day? Did he honestly not remember attacks by Antifa in the days after election day? The violence? The vandalism? Remember the trail of violence along Hawthorne all those years ago? The threats? Screaming animal ‘rights’ protesters putting Portland taxpaying companies out of business? Photos of blown up SUV’s set afire by the eco protesters? Surrounding OSU researcher homes and threatening their lives? Broken windows at the GOP HQ? Did he not remember the unprovoked attacks on Michael Strickland and Andy Ngo? Did he honestly not see Antifa protesters and Black Lives Matter protesters blocking traffic and chasing an elderly man down the street? Has he forgotten about local jihadis and “The Family?” The Occupy IED’s? Assault on the cops?

I’ve been quite seriously covering the Portland Professional Protesters™ for nearly 20 years. Ted Wheeler apparently missed it all. Maybe his head’s been down the overflowing toilet at Occupy Portland all this time … ?

Wheeler blamed the “far right” for apparently all problems on the Portland protest scene:

We’re seeing a rise in hate speech and in intolerance, in division, in racism. And all of these things are coming to a head. … We’re seeing more people from the far right, including white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and others that are coming to Portland because they know that there will be a conflict. And that’s what they want, they want conflict … and in

Ted Wheeler

Oh, look. Here’s Antifa. That’s a lead weight in one guy’s hand a double brass knuckles on the other guy’s hands.

When interrupted by the host who asked if Antifa bore any responsibility for this violence (duh), Wheeler shrugged off Antifa’s violent past and stuck with his story that all the violence comes from out of state protesters.

Host: “Well, what about Antifa’s part in that though it’s not as if Antifa’s not looking for a fight I mean you don’t see them as equally to blame in this …?”


Wheeler: “Look it, again, when it comes to enforcement of community standards. We support peoples right to demonstrate. We support peoples’ rights. It’s about enforcing the law and that’s what we’re going to do.

Fox News

Wheeler seems to be saying that Antifa is part of Portland’s progressive culture and the ‘outsiders’ are here to cause conflict. He seems to think that anyone who takes issue with Antifa is “intolerant” or worse, white nationalist etc. This is interesting. There’s more diversity in Patriot Prayer than in Antifa.

With this white wash interview, Wheeler showed he will ignore Antifa and its violence and embrace this far Left socialist group’s attack on speech.