PDX Judge Shoots Down Antifa Ally Ben Kerensa’s Attempt to Get His Victim, Michael Strickland, to Stop Saying His Name.

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In a Portland courtroom today, videographer Mike Strickland was forced to defend his right to literally speak the names of the people who conspired to get him thrown out of an Antifa & Black Lives Matter march and rally in 2016. This time the good guys won.

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The people who conspired to get Strickland thrown out of a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot Portland rally and march in 2016 set in motion two physical attacks on Strickland.

Here are two of his attackers. Nice stick ya got there.

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When a group of thugs came back to finish off Strickland he drew his legally concealed pistol to back off them off. No shots were fired, but Strickland, not the thugs who attacked him, was prosecuted and jailed. His Antifa attackers were miraculously changed into ‘victims.’

Strickland’s ‘Victims’

You can call this ‘Portland Justice,’ where Leftist ‘protesters’ from Domestic Terrorists Earth First, anarchists, Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front to Black Bloc/Antifa are allowed to vandalize, disrupt, chase cars, ‘direct’ traffic and assault while the law abiding are expected to be their willing and complicit collateral damage. City Hall and institutional Portland are their willing stooges.

At trial, Molina believed Antifa’s lies about Strickland being a “white nationalist” (sound familiar?) and, without evidence of such an absurd notion, got a judge to add felony charges to the two misdemeanors. In February 2017 he was found guilty on all charges. Strickland stood to go to prison for 50 years. Antifa, with the help of Portland prosecutors and police, had successfully silenced him.

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Strickland served 41 days in jail. His gun rights, ability to make a living, First Amendment and Second Amendment rights were stripped from the video journalist.

Today in court, the DA Kate Molina, the prosecutor with the magic beans who transfigured Antifa thugs into Strickland’s ‘victims,’ did Antifa’s bidding again by arguing that yet another First Amendment gag order be added to Strickland’s probation to shut him up about naming one of the conspirators against him: Ben Kerensa. The initial complaint also sought to get “third parties” to stop using Kerensa’s name. That would be me presumably.

Black Bloc Clad Antifa Benjamin Jacob Kerensa at a ‘free speech rally’ in 2017. Now he seeks to silence Strickland from speaking his name.

‘He Who Shall Not Be Named’ is a multiple felon, having done multiple stretches in federal and state prisons, for, among other things, calling in a bomb threat on a major Silicon Valley confab in San Francisco, impersonating police and FBI officers, among other things.

Here’s part of Kerensa’s rap sheet, as I reported in 2017:

He called in a bomb threat to the Moscone Convention Center. The entire place, including the thousands assembled for Oracle World as well as other conventioneers, were evacuated.

And it wasn’t a one-off. While San Francisco Police told me the reports from the incident were difficult to get their hands on, an article on the bomb threat at the time made clear that Kerensa was a pro at this.

Kerensa made threats to his former employer, the AMC 1000 Theater,  the Moscone Center, a building at the UN Plaza, a federal building and the Navy vessel, the USS Cleveland. And he did it all from the mayoral candidate’s office [where he was ‘volunteering’ and living in the office space]…

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Now after doing time and moving to Oregon and becoming part of the hacking and far Left protest culture, the felon and fabulist is believed by many protest watchers to be an informant to the Portland Police Bureau. When you’re pretending to be a police officer and FBI agent as Kerensa has, it stands to reason why he’d want to curry favor with officers. Maybe this is why Kerensa has found such a friend in Portland prosecutors.

Kerensa’s plea to keep Strickland from speaking his name fell short, however, as much as DDA Kate Molina tried to help her Antifa ally.

See how Multnomah Probation officials tried to get Strickland’s probation dependent upon “third parties” (me) to shut up about Ben Kerensa:

Shockingly, the same judge who convicted Strickland refused to grant Molina and Kerensa’s request to shut him up. Strickland still is not allowed to video or report on any of Portland’s protests, which provided his livelihood on his popular YouTube channel called “Laughing at Liberals.

Strickland made this video after the proceeding. You’ll note that he doesn’t use Kerensa’s name so as not to inflame the political prosecutors and probationers who have eight more months to make his life a living hell.

Strickland’s case is on appeal.

After arguing his case before the Oregon Appeals Court, attorney, Robert Barnes told VictoriaTaft.com:

…[T]his case is bigger than one person. … If this can happen to him here it can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it means that nobody is safe [from Antifa]. And that’s why this case is so significant.”

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Barnes is seeking to vacate Strickland’s first conviction and restore his civil rights.

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Victoria Taft on ‘Crazy California’ on OAN Talking About Homelessness

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If you live in California you’re well aware of the overwhelming homeless issue. Homeless camps have sprung up seemingly out of nowhere. In river beds in the shadow of Angels Stadium. In the tinder dry hills homeless campers fire up their grills, putting nearby home owners at risk during fire season. The beaches are the daytime homes for droves of people who occupy the park space near the public beaches. In Oxnard, a homeless encampment has sprung up on an “environmentally sensitive” area, but they haven’t been driven out or been subjected to screeching environmental activists.

I don’t need to tell you about San Francisco. You’ve probably seen it on TV. I’ve seen it for myself. You may have too. Those people need help and I have ministered to them as well as involved myself in the Southern California homeless issue. That’s not virtue signaling, that’s just telling you that I know what I’m talking about.

But California is home to 25% of the nation’s homeless. These folks aren’t all native Californians. Why is California such a destination?

On Friday, I talked about this on One America News Network’sThe Daily Ledger” where I’m a contributor. Fill-in host Alex Salvi asked me about the homeless, gun bans and the movie “The Hunt” among other issues in my regular “Crazy California” segment.

Adding to the homeless problem are high housing costs in the area. Rents are ridiculous. There is a net outmigration in LA and Orange counties because of these high costs and other problems in California, including bad schools. But even more ridiculous is the state and local government indulgence in lawlessness. We’ve seen people shooting up drugs on the street, in BART stations and in homeless camps. It’s illegal.

Instead of treating homeless people with the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” make these people tow the legal line as the rest of us must. Then, we’ll be able to get back to better identifying the people who truly want and need help.

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After Attacks on Strickland, Ngo & Others, Antifa & Eco-Terrorism Could Be Behind Mass Killings. We’ve Seen This Movie Before.

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Politics doesn’t kill people, people – sometimes crazy people – kill people, and I tried to keep that in mind in my piece yesterday about the Leftist views of both mass murderers over the weekend. I tried not to pile on in the facile way as happens so often. Here’s part of what I wrote:

In Dayton, where the killer murdered his own sister and then proceeded to mow down eight others outside a nightclub at 1am, the killer was a registered Democrat, a gun enthusiast, and, according to what is believed to be his Twitter account, held “extreme left views.” He liked Elizabeth Warren, hated Immigration and Customs Officers, was a fan of Antifa and, in the hours before he took his rifle to a night club, ‘liked’ tweets about the El Paso mass shooting. 
In high school, he got in trouble for keeping a “hit list” of people he’d like to kill, a “rape list” for girls he’d like to rape.  CNN reports the police were notified of the kill list, but it’s unclear if the cops, school district or his parents did anything to treat his violent ideations. 
In El Paso, where the killer, an apparent eco-terrorist, reportedly left behind a manifesto about an Hispanic immigration “invasion” at the cost of the environment. He discussed the Christ Church terrorist’s eco-fascist beliefs in the screed he left behind. The killer’s murderous rampage at a Walmart killed 22 people, eight of whom were Mexican citizens. Reporters said the killings were motivated by “white supremacist” views, a motivation denounced by President Trump, but police don’t really know the motivation. The killer added that his views predated President Trump‘s. Weird.

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Democratic presidential candidates breathtakingly tried to fob off the El Paso mass murder on President Trump’s views on illegal immigration in their usual fashion: by purposely conflating it with legal immigration. Therefore, they ‘reasoned,’ one of the killers, the eco-terrorist, was a “white supremacist” because he didn’t like “Hispanics” pouring over the border and, hey, that’s what we imagine Trump means when he castigates illegal immigration so the killer is just like the president and we call the president a white supremacist, so they’re totally the same person! Umkay.

The Dayton killer was a mentally ill young man who’d been hearing voices in his head for years, according to a former girlfriend. He was also a Leftist, Antifa-loving, anti-capitalist, Trump-hating douchebag, but this, too, was all Trump’s fault by the Democrats’ lights. They don’t know why. It just IS, ok?

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For three years I’ve been dutifully following the case of Mike Strickland, an independent journalist, who was attacked by Antifa at a downtown Portland, Oregon anti-violence rally organized by people who, ironically, were pro-guns and calling for violence against the police. But when an Antifa mob roughed up Strickland to get him tossed from the protest rally and it didn’t work, they came back to finish the job. Strickland drew his gun in self defense to back them off. It worked. No shots were fired. One of the people who menacingly followed Strickland was one of the leaders who’d called for violence.

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Strickland, not Antifa, was convicted of felonies and served time in jail.

Then, this year, independent reporter Andy Ngo was beaten by Antifa during another Portland, Oregon melee.

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He didn’t fight back. He suffered a brain injury. No one’s been arrested for the near-deadly assault.

Antifa was behind the Berkeley violence done to stop conservative speakers from coming to campus.

These killers in El Paso and Dayton both were in their 20’s and, as one observer put it in my Bible study today, have been inculcated with some pretty crazy ideas. In the case of the eco-terrorist in El Paso, he’d been told by everyone from Al Gore to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that we were all going to die within a few years because of environmental degradation and global warming. His ideas were obviously extreme, but it wasn’t too long ago that the Sierra Club held even more severe beliefs on immigration than the killer.

In Dayton, the killer was told that everyone from President Trump on down were “racists,” “fascists” and “nazis,” worthy of being attacked.

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Antifa believes that, as I routinely put it, anyone to the right of Mao is a nazi-racist-fascist.

About a month before they physically attacked him, Antifa called Strickland a “racist,” without evidence of any sort, of course. They did it to tee him up to be ousted from ‘their’ rally (on public streets) and later to be physically beaten out of the anti-gun rally in July 2016.

As Andy Ngo put it in a piece in the NY Post, where he purloined my Mao saying, the Dayton killer considered the Antifa nutter who tried to firebomb the ICE detention center to be a “martyr” for the cause.

We’ve been here before.

The 1960’s and 1970’s saw the Bill Ayers’s Weather Underground and other domestic terror groups fire bomb, kidnap, assault and murder all in the name of ‘peace’ and ‘change.’

And in the late 1990’s, the Portland office of the FBI began an investigation of the domestic terror group known as “The Family.”

The animal and eco terror cell was responsible for torching a Vail, Colorado ski resort, San Diego apartment complex under construction and conducting Oregon SUV fires and tree spiking operations.

They were based from Portland to Eugene. They started out as ardent animal and environment lovers and eventually talked themselves into committing acts violence which could have easily killed innocents.

They didn’t care. Fewer people, fewer environmental problems and more room for the animals, right?

With the mass murders over the weekend, it looks like the FBI has gotten itself another eco and Antifa group to investigate. Antifa has already declared “war” on all the folks who don’t think like them.

I hope the Feds get on this fast before these domestic terrorists rack up any more victims.

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After El Paso & Dayton Shootings People at Vigil Demand Government ‘Do Something.’ Here’s an Idea and it Doesn’t Involve Taking Your Guns

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Following the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings over the weekend, there were sincere appeals to government leaders to ‘do something’ to prevent something like this from ever happening again. 

At a Dayton vigil, people chanted, “Do Something! Do Something!”

‘Doing something’ is a good idea. But what?

In Dayton, where the killer murdered his own sister and then proceeded to mow down eight others outside a nightclub at 1am, the killer was a registered Democrat, a gun enthusiast, and, according to what is believed to be his Twitter account, held “extreme left views.” He liked Elizabeth Warren, hated Immigration and Customs Officers, was a fan of Antifa and, in the hours before he took his rifle to a night club, ‘liked’ tweets about the El Paso mass shooting. 

In high school, he got in trouble for keeping a “hit list” of people he’d like to kill, a “rape list” for girls he’d like to rape.  CNN reports the police were notified of the kill list, but it’s unclear if the cops, school district or his parents did anything to treat his violent ideations. 

In El Paso, where the killer, an apparent eco-terrorist, reportedly left behind a manifesto about an Hispanic immigration “invasion” at the cost of the environment. He discussed the Christ Church terrorist’s eco-fascist beliefs in the screed he left behind. The killer’s murderous rampage at a Walmart killed 22 people, eight of whom were Mexican citizens. Reporters said the killings were motivated by “white supremacist” views, a motivation denounced by President Trump, but police don’t really know the motivation. The killer added that his views predated President Trump‘s. Weird.

The killer lived with his grandparents while he went to community college.

Authorities are labeling the shooting as an act of terrorism. 

At this writing, authorities believe that both killers bought their guns legally. That means both passed background checks. School officials knew about the kill and rape lists and cops investigated. Both killers wrote about their murderous ideations on social media. In the end, the government didn’t “do something” to stop these killings from happening. 

Who knew or could have known enough to ‘do something’?

In the end, the only ones who knew the full record and who could ‘do something’ were the people closest to the killers, not the government. 

When someone’s mentally ill, which these Leftist crazies were, somebody has to be able to get them help – even when they don’t want it. 

This is a tough call. I’m a civil libertarian. 

But instead of going after everybody else’s Second Amendment rights and forsaking the right to be safe in public spaces, let’s make it easier to evaluate people who appear to be mentally ill. And make the bar high.

That means that instead of coming up with ‘something’ to deprive law abiders of their God-given rights, families get the legal standing to get these people an evaluation before they’re loosed on the innocents at a Walmart in El Paso or a nightclub in Dayton. 

The killers held extreme leftist views. The ‘do something!’ chanted by the shocked and saddened crowds in Dayton should be a wake up call that evaluating severe mental illness is best left to those closest to the person – not the angry mob.  

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Video: Portland PO Demands Strickland & “Third Parties” (Me) Stop Talking About Two Players in 2016 Antifa Attack

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Mike Strickland was summoned Wednesday to his Multnomah County Parole and Probation Officer (PO). As Strickland tells it, his PO demanded that the Portland man cease mentioning two people who were involved in the melee in July 2016, which resulted in Strickland drawing his legally possessed pistol to back off a converging crowd of Antifa and other protesters. Read about Strickland’s case here.

Strickland says that his PO gave him two choices, 1) Sign revised parole and probation conditions which forbid him from speaking about convicted hacker, police impersonator, bomb hoaxer, and conspirator against Strickland, Ben Kerensa, and self-described ‘peacemaker’ Malcolm Chaddock. Chaddock attempted to distract Strickland while the 400 pound Kerensa ran at him on the other side. Both men testified against Strickland at his trial.

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Or, 2) Go before a Multnomah County judge and try to retain what’s left of his First Amendment rights.

Strickland once again will take his chances with a judge sometime in August.

But here’s the kicker. Strickland’s new gag order condition also included “third parties.” Since I’m the one who’s been chronicling his case since it happened, it appears that I’m the target of the PO’s ire. I can’t imagine that a document Strickland would sign would in any way extend to me. Good luck with getting me to shut up.

Here are some examples of Strickland talking about these two:

The PO told Strickland that this kind of talk represented “psychological abuse” of the two people. Strickland told me that on the list of psychologically abusive things was ‘using one’s size to intimidate and/or threaten another person.’ This is precisely what the two men attempted to do to Strickland.

Strickland would know something about what’s psychologically abusive. He was threatened with a 50 year prison sentence after being charged. That’s certainly “psychologically abusive.” Instead, he spent 41 days in jail – certainly “psychologically abusive.” His First and Second Amendment rights were stripped and therefore his ability to make a living. That’s “psychologically abusive.” His right to speak was eventually restored though he can’t video political events anymore which is most certainly “psychologically abusive.”

Strickland told me that his former PO said his behavior on Twitter did not rise to the level of intimidation of the two people. He has operated under those rules for the past two years. Now, with ten months left in his probation, Strickland is threatened with more punishment for using his freedom of speech.

Organizers of the anti-gun march and rally admitted at Strickland’s trial that they conspired to kick the videographer out of the rally, one of dozens that Strickland had covered in his role as an independent journalist.

His phalanx of attackers were magically transformed into ‘victims.’ Here are some of Strickland’s ‘victims’:

Only two of Strickland’s ‘victims’ were identified at trial because they were masked up or hid their faces.

Read about Strickland’s case here.

See Strickland discuss what happened here:

Strickland’s case is under appeal at the Oregon Appeals Court.

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It’s Long Past Time for a Federal Investigation of Portland’s Response to Antifa Domestic Terror Group. Even Senator Ted Cruz Thinks So.

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Over the weekend illegally masked violent agents provocateurs known as “antifa” took over Portland’s downtown streets.

Or, as I called it, just another day.

 

But this time one prominent Constitutional expert was watching and said enough is enough. Senator Ted Cruz called for a federal investigation into Portland Mayor/Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler’s handling of antifa violence.

The people who call themselves “anti” fascist organized an un-permitted response to two separate legal marches by right-leaning groups and ended up clubbing two reporters covering the competing marches.

Quilette editor, Andy Ngo, was beaten so badly that he took himself to the ER:

The beating is hard to watch. Good thing someone got it on video because the police weren’t there to watch it … or stop it:

Well known attorney Harmeet Dhillon said that Ngo had been hospitalized with a brain bleed. Interesting that she would know that. Do you think that she’s Ngo’s attorney?

The thugs who threw rocks and what police believe may have been quick cement “milkshakes” also stole his camera equipment.

Here they are handing out the “milkshakes” from the back of a rented pick up. Notice no one is drinking them. It was 81º in Portland.

Ngo was in the ER and Antifa’s facebook page declared “J29 was a success for the people of Portland and showed that we will always stand up to fascism” and bragged about their concoction:

I’ve begged people to complain to the US Attorney’s Office or DOJ to investigate the political and police response to Antifa. There is a two-tiered system of justice in Multnomah County, Oregon as the Michael Strickland case shows. There is a First, Second and 14th Amendment case to be made against Portland’s one-party system of justice.

Mike Strickland’s case was the canary in the coal mine – Antifa’s ‘Victim Zero’ – on how local prosecutors and police blame the victim if he holds the wrong political views. His case happened before Berkeley, before the campus violence. Worse for him, Strickland drew his legally possessed concealed hand gun and backed off the advancing group of Antifa and other protesters who had already roughed him up and were coming back to do worse.

After police let him go with a ticket. Prosecutors, egged on by anti gun activists, ginned up 24 counts against Strickland, many of them felonies. The Antifa marauders were turned into victims. Here are two of them:

Strickland stood to go to prison for 50 years. So bogus was the case, that Strickland, who was stripped of his First and Second Amendment rights, was sentenced to 41-days of weekend jail. Strickland was ordered to never video another protest and to shut up about his case. As a convicted felon, he will never again be able to carry a gun or vote.

When he finally was allowed to talk about his 2016 case, a ‘protester’ with a cowbell came and drowned him out while police watched and did nothing.

Strickland’s case is on appeal at the Oregon State Court of Appeals. His attorney, Robert Barnes, thinks the case may go to the state Supreme Court. Oregon’s Leftist judiciary, which has failed to acknowledge the Antifa threat and its chilling effect on speech, is not up-to-speed yet.

Here’s what Barnes said of Strickland’s case after he argued at the Appeals Court:

With Harmeet Dhillon and Ted Cruz finally seeing this threat and Robert Barnes working on the Strickland case, we may finally get the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice’s attention. But only if you complain.

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Here’s What I Told KXL Radio About Oregon’s Timber Unity – Blue Collar Rebellion

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The global warming cap and tax bill HB-2020 has riven Oregon politics.

Oregon Senate Republicans walked out of the legislative session one week ago to deprive the Democrats, who enjoy a supermajority in the legislature, a quorum to pass this destructive and onerous bill.

So strong is the revulsion to this job-destroying, vast expansion of government that Oregon blue collar workers, truckers, loggers and farmers’ voices have reached high enough decibels to make national news.

Leftist publications such a “The Daily Beast” and “Rolling Stone” have desperately grasped for (banned) straws in their effort to dirty-up the reputations of the people who grow and truck your food.

Media have whispered about ‘militias,’ death threats have been made against the head of the Oregon GOP, Senate Republicans and now, as if on cue, the evil Koch Brothers have appeared in the hallucinations of “Rolling Stone” reporters bwahahaha-ing and twisting their mustaches and while toying with their puppet strings.

But the bottom line is: Democrats more than overreached. Now they’re (finally) reaping the whirlwind.

Thousands of Oregonians from around the state converged on Salem Thursday to show support for the Oregon 11 senators and the people who stand to lose their jobs if this bill should pass.

The Democrat leadership says the bill is dead for the session, but few believe them.

Last Sunday I arranged to call in to the Abrams and Pasero show on KXL. I advise you to do the same this Sunday morning from 8-10am.

Check out my call. It’s in the first hour after the 8:30am news.

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I Told One America News About Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion. Watch What Came Next.

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Every couple of weeks or so I appear on One America News Network’s “The Daily Ledger” with Graham Ledger. We call the segment “Crazy California.”

Believe me, there’s an endless supply of ‘crazy’ produced by full time legislators who have nothing better to do than mess with Californians’ lives for the sheer sport of it.

But on Monday I got a wonderful surprise. Graham wanted to talk about Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion!

This is the organic movement started by rank and file blue collar workers – loggers, farmers truckers, families – against the breathtakingly sweeping global warming cap and tax bill. He was keenly interested in the resulting walk out by the Oregon Senate Republicans. He pitched it to me with about 45 seconds to spare and I said great, let’s do it!

Here’s the video, but now don’t tune after we talk about Oregon. I want you to keep watching about Crazy California because that’s where Oregon is headed if this wealth confiscation is allowed to pass. Make sure you don’t have anything breakable in your hands.

I know, I know, you may be thinking, what does she know? Well, as a native Oregonian, a 20-year-long radio talk host in Portland (amid my So Cal radio and TV stuff) and a writer for a local publication as well as my website since 2005, I know a few things about Oregon.

When he was a young man with young children in NE Portland, my Dad worked in the Oregon forests (Coast Range and sometimes out in Sandy as I recall) as a logger and forester and later as a “shareholder” of the Multnomah Plywood Co-Op on the banks of the Willamette River. It’s roughly where the South Waterfront redevelopment is now.

Multnomah Plywood, Portland waterfront. Stumptown Blogger

My family was certainly upwardly mobile, but it took a helluva lot of work by my Dad, who just died in January, and my Mom, who became a mailman, to keep us going.

My parents used to go to the military surplus store to get us food. I loved their beans and brown bread in a can. Sometimes we had white rice steeped in milk and covered with cinnamon and sugar for dinner. What a treat. Dessert, if we had it, was piece of cheap balloon bread with butter and sugar on it or, if we got our hands on fresh fruit, a cobbler. Handmade, naturally.

My grandma and grandpa used to bring us groceries when they came to visit to help our family. My sisters used to take the rickety berry bus at 5am to earn money for necessities. Our clothes came from the thrift store on 82nd (I think it was) and, if we were really lucky, Wigwam. We were allowed two pair of shoes each per year. It was a real struggle for my folks when we needed a third pair for gym class. We wore those shoes till our toes were sneaking out the tops.

If this wholesale ‘climate’ and other Democrats have plans to pass are allowed to take effect, the lives of blue collar families and every-other family for that matter- is allowed to go forward (no, I don’t believe it’s dead) you’d better hope there are some MRE’s available at the Army-Navy Surplus store for you to beg. What a disaster.

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Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Slams Oregon GOP “Goons” in Blue Collar Rebellion Over Global Warming Tax. And then …

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Legendary tennis star Martina Navratilova has waded into the Blue Collar Rebellion, Oregon’s push back to the Democrats’ confiscatory global warming cap and tax bill.

The vote on the bill has been stymied by the ‘Oregon11,‘ the group of Republican senators who, after being rebuffed by Democrats on every negotiation attempt, fled the capitol building to deny the Democrats a quorum to shove through the freedom-sucking monstrosity-of-a-bill.

On Twitter on Sunday, the sports legend and gay advocate derided the Oregon state GOP as “disgusting” for pushing back on the attempt to destroy Oregon legacy jobs. She can be forgiven I suppose for missing the part about loggers and truckers begging lawmakers to kill the bill and save their jobs only to have the door metaphorically slammed in their faces.

Navratilova fled Czechoslovakia to the United States when she was 18 to escape the tyranny of the freedom-sucking commies and their StB secret police. Somewhere in the Bush 43 years, the ardent Leftist concluded that all Republicans were … commies? … and re-upped her Czech citizenship which she lost when she defected.

Now she embraces the authoritarian Brown, who has dispatched the police to arrest the Republicans and force them to show up so the Democrats can cram down the freedom-sucking climate bill.

She’s given money to anti-GOP groups:

She’s retweeted photoshopped images of President Trump carrying a torch as if a white supremacist. She’s passed along a photo of Vice President Mike Pence depicted as a drag queen.

To her, all Republicans are ‘ists’ and ‘phobes’ and are, of course, deplorable.

But the tennis icon has foot-faulted her way into the Oregon anti-HB 2020 global warming fray and right into the Blue Collar Rebellion.

The tweet in response to the Oregon GOP reads:

“You are totally disgusting. You think this what [sic] what people voted for? When you can’t gt your way to have goons come in on your behalf and take with f***ing guns?!?”

Martina was under the Democrats’ carefully planted impression that the Republicans sent ‘militias’ to stop Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Of course, the Oregon GOP explicitly said that they neither were affiliated with nor have asked for ‘militia’ to help. No ‘militias’ have come to Salem that anyone can tell.

The ‘militia’ story is an interesting way, however, to distract from the real issue for working Oregonians, such as, oh, I don’t know, losing their jobs and the heavy-handed, mafioso-like way in which the Democrats have conducted themselves.

For her part, Brown sent the Oregon State Police to – at the point of a gun, Martina – force the Republicans back to the legislative chambers to shove down the billion-dollar expansion of the government and make the little guys pay for it with their jobs.

You’d think Martina would recoil from the very behavior she’d fled from so many years ago.

I just checked her time line to see the responses Navratilova was getting to her uninformed tweet, but they apparently were too much for her. It appears her tweet was deleted.

Or maybe Navratilova joined Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion. If so, Martina, you’re in very good company. We’re all ‘militia’ members now.

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Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion

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Oregon Online Polls Show 80% Support for GOP Anti-Tax Walk Out, So Naturally Desperate Democrats Begin to Stoke Hazy Rumors of ‘Militia Threats’

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Oregon state Republican senators walked out of their legislative chambers on Thursday and haven’t been seen since.

The ‘Oregon 11’ as they’re called, left after hours of negotiations failed to roll back any of the Democrats’ global warming energy tax package. The taxes would cost Oregonians hundreds of dollars per year in gas, food, and other energy impacted living expenses (read: everything). It would snuff out logging and trucking jobs. In short, it’s a disaster.

The Democratic supermajority’s message was clear: Take it or leave it.

Republicans left.

Oregon public opinion has followed the senate Republicans.

Oregonians hate the taxes. And they love the Republicans taking a stand. Even in deep blue Eugene:

Former GOP governor’s candidate Allen Alley pointed to this Portland poll showing 79% in support the Republican walk out.

The Democrats, cheered on by their ‘leader’ Governor Kate Brown, refused to budge on the onerous taxes, refused to remove an ’emergency clause’ on the bill to circumvent a voter referral, ignored the hundreds of people who traveled to Salem to plead with them, and blew off convoys of truckers begging Democrats not to put them out of business.

Public opinion is overwhelmingly against the cap and tax bills and solidly with the Republicans.

The Democrats have a bonafide public relations nightmare on their hands.

Now the story has piqued national interest. Scrutiny grows. Governor Kate Brown’s authoritarian tactics have been exposed and Democrats are getting a look at themselves in the mirror.

It ain’t pretty:

  • Brown has sicced the Oregon State Police on the senators, ordering them to forcibly bring back the Republicans to provide the Democrats a quorum to pass the hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes.
  • Brown’s allies have threatened to bring back the sweeping anti-gun bills, that were dead for the session and pass them out of spite.
  • Democrats refused any meaningful negotiation with the Republicans
  • The Democrat issued “Wanted Posters” featuring the photos of Republican Senators for the Oregon Stasi to report.
  • Brown reportedly has been phoning mayors throughout the state, whose senators have walked out and threatened to halt state funded projects

Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Wooldridge called out the ‘bullies’ in the supermajority:

With the Democrats losing the public relations battle, what to do … ? What to do…?

Statesman Journal

“Hello, Central Casting? Yes, we could use someone to conjure up some militia threats. Could you do that? Nothing specific. Don’t want them to find the source. No, I don’t want Antifa, they’re on our side. Wait, could you get the ‘militia’ guys to wear masks? That would look cool. We’ll need rural men. Jeans. Check. Plaid. Check. Big belt buckles. Fishing vests. Do you have anyone with guns? Yes, I know practically everyone in rural Oregon has a gun, but just go with me on this. Could you get ’em to carry AR-15’s? Great. We need them now. We’re losing here. Hurry up.”

In near-record time, the Oregon Democrats had conjured up ‘militia threats.’ First, The Daily Beast ‘quoted’ an ‘unnamed source’ which claimed that they would go to Idaho where the senators are rumored to be hiding to provide security for them:

One source inside the Oregon militia movement told The Daily Beast that their members were “willing to put their own lives in front of these senators’ lives.” The source claimed that dozens of armed militia members have “mobilized” to protect the state senators, and said there was potential for violence if law enforcement officials try to bring the senators back to Oregon. The source added that the militias would defend the Republicans “at any cost.”
“All of these people are armed,” the source said.

Another “militia member” was quoted in MSN:

In a Facebook post, Paul Luhrs, a member of the Oregon III%er militia, said the militia had “vowed to provide security, transportation and refuge for those Senators in need.”

And Republican state Senator Brian Boquist was quoted as saying he’d be damned if he’d let the Oregon State Police take him as a “political prisoner.”

One of the lawmakers on the lam, Republican Brian Boquist (R), warned that he would resort to violence rather than return to the state, implying in a local television interview that he would attack law enforcement officers sent to retrieve him.

“Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Boquist said. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”

Cue the “hotbed”:

Militia groups in the Pacific Northwest—a hotbed of far-right extremist activist—claim they’ve mobilized to protect those state senators.

Wait, the GOP senators were aligning with militias?! Even the Oregonian was dubious:

Kate Gillem, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Senate Republicans, responded Friday that Oregon lawmakers aren’t interested in the offers for assistance.
“The Senators are not with any militias,” she said, “and are not accepting their help.”

Oh.

Womp, womp.

Say what you want about the militias – and they are – you’ve got to admit, they haven’t shot at anyone, not like the Bernie Sanders supporter who went hunting Republicans and nearly killed Congressman Steve Scalise. Or the Antifa thug who shot a protester in Portland. Or the Antifa guy who threw the IED at the cops. I could go on.

But Democrats weren’t giving up. They saw their buddies at the Beast, MSN and CNN take the bait and so, with a Rachel Maddow slot dancing in their heads, decided to up the ante. Suddenly, the autocrats in the legislature and Mahonia Hall recast themselves as victims.

Soon, rumors were percolating in the political water table by ‘threatening militias,’ who heretofore had failed to materialize anywhere, but who were descending on Salem this weekend to “Occupy the Senate.” The ‘threat’ prompted Democrat Senate President Peter Courtney to cancel the Saturday session.

Even Fox News fell for the ruse:

We at VictoriaTaft.com have located the ‘militia’ behind the Courtney shut down:

Yes, the ‘militia concern’ came from the Marion County Republican party which had begun to organize a peaceful protest at the capitol building. Seeing that it might be a problem, such as inviting more national media scrutiny and making the Democrats look bad, the session on Saturday was called off and the Republicans and any anti-global warming tax opponents were reframed as a ‘militia.’

“Do you like the cap and tax taxes?”

“No.”

“You hate the earth. You’re a Nazi. You’re a fascist. You must be a militia member.”

Democrats might think Oregonians are stupid, but the vast unwashed in the ‘militia’ are only too aware of the all-pain, no-gain nature of global warming taxes. They’re aware of California’s experiment, which includes a slush fund for state Democrats.

Oregonians, ready to burst forth into a full-blown tax revolt, are now being eyed by a clueless national media as a militia. It won’t work.

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Blue Collar Oregonians Rise Up Against Dem Governor Kate Brown & Leftist Legislature Over Oppressive Energy Tax Bill

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I felt a great disturbance in The Force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Energy is productivity. Where have I heard that before? Oh, I know, everywhere. Because it’s true. Now, Oregon’s ‘Democratic’ supermajority, ‘led’ by the quisling Kate Brown, wants to snuff out what’s left of Oregon’s productive, family-wage, blue collar trucking and logging jobs, as well as put the big hurt on every-single-person in the state. How? With a basket of energy taxes that would hit every struggling family like the strike on Alderaan.

Oregon’s planner-class has worked assiduously to create a man-made, coffee and beer swilling, tree-lined, choo-choo riding, organic utopia. But it turns out that even in utopia real people still need jobs. Kate Brown and her fellow-travelers in the legislature would sell out those jobs – those people, those families.

Now, the ‘little people’ are fighting back.

Timber Unity Facebook page.

Truckers, loggers and everyday citizens descended for the second time on the state capitol building in Salem this week to plead with the Democrats not to put them out of business with these onerous taxes.

Truckers convoyed to Salem days ago and again on Wednesday to pressure Democrats to see them, listen to them.

According to the Zero, or what’s left of the Oregonian, HB 2020 would cost the working people of Oregon hundreds of dollars a year, in fuel, groceries, offsets, and cooling and heating your home. In short, Oregonians would be taxed on nearly everything so that the swells of Salem can say they’re doing something about the global warming. Yes, those same swells who rail against high rents. Cognitive dissonance, hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat.

Saw mills have been shuttered or suffered layoffs while forests are allowed to burn to cinder, emitting more carbon into the air than any Oregon industry has ever loosed. Yet, what do these so-called ‘leaders’ call for? Taxing the little guy to effect whatever climate emergency the Left has conjured up this week.

It was the Left, after all, that decimated the logging industry with its spotted owl fairy tale. Now these same people who are motivated by ‘well, the California cool kids are doing it’ want to drag Oregon into the stupid zone. For what? To get on a panel at Aspen Institute, a free ride on Tom Steyer’s private jet to Davos or be featured in a SxSW on-on-one?

Truckers know all-too-well that if they have to pay higher taxes and their company has to pay for offsets of some kind, that no matter what they haul, it will cost every consumer more.

It’s a joke … and Oregonians are the punchline.

Today, Republican lawmakers of the Oregon Legislature walked out for the second time this session to deny Democrats a necessary quorum to pass oppressive laws.

The desks inside the legislature once occupied by Republicans are empty. Zee pahty has sent the henchmen to find them.

Democrats may not feel it, yet, but there’s been a disturbance in The Force.

More Oregonians are waking up.

And the empty suit at Mahonia Hall should be one of them.

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“Victory … for Religious Liberty for All Americans” After Supreme Court Reverses State-Sponsored Punishment of Oregon Bakers

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Lawyers for Oregon Christian bakers call today’s move by the U.S. Supreme Court is a “victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein and for religious liberty for all Americans.”

First Liberty Institute

Aaron and Melissa Klein declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013. Even though same-sex marriage was not legal in the state at that point, the couple complained. State-sponsored moves followed – including a gag order and $135,000 fine – forcing the Kleins out-of-business.

Public targeting of the couple in notoriously ‘liberal’ Oregon was fueled by the outrageous comments by then-head of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Brad Avakian.

As the couple pointed out, Avakian publicly declared that Christians needed to be ‘rehabilitated’ for their beliefs:

[T]he Kleins argue that Avakian “said that ‘folks’ in Oregon do not have a ‘right to discriminate’ and stated that those who use their ‘beliefs’ to justify discrimination need to be ‘rehabilitate[d].’ ” (Alterations by the Kleins.) Later, the Kleins characterize Avakian as stating that “the Kleins *** needed to be ‘rehabilitate[d].’ “

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As I explain in this post, the Supreme Court didn’t choose to decide the case (grant cert) but instead reversed the Oregon Appeals Court decision uploading BOLI’s actions. The Court vacated the Oregon’s Appeals Court decision and told them to do it over in light of the nation’s highest court Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.

First Liberty attorney, Kelly Shackelford, says that Oregon, as in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, was openly hostile to the Kleins:

The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government. The message from the Court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated.

First Liberty Institute

First Liberty says Oregon’s contempt for the First Amendment was clear throughout its treatment of the Kleins:

The State of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) found that the Kleins had had violated Oregon’s public accommodations statute after Aaron and Melissa declined to design and create wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. In addition to the $135,000 penalty for “emotional damages,” BOLI issued a gag order, preventing them from even talking about their actual beliefs. As a result, the Kleins were forced to shut down their bakery. Aaron and Melissa appealed the BOLI ruling to the Oregon Court of Appeals in April 2016. The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed the gag order but otherwise upheld the decision of BOLI in December 2017.

First Liberty Institute

First Liberty keeps a website about the Klein’s case. Here’s a video of the couple talking about the Supreme Court victory in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case:

Though the Supreme Court didn’t grant the certiorari in the case, the Klein’s case could end up back there. If the Kleins lose again in the Oregon Appeal’s Court they’re likely to appeal to the highest court again.

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