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This Should Be the REAL ‘Tourist’ Video About Portland, Oregon & Antifa

Here’s the latest ‘tourist’ video about Portland, Oregon. Oops, watch out for the communist black bloc ‘traffic controllers.’

“The new Portland travel commercial, brought to you by the Ted Wheeler doing absolutely nothing!”

To read about the first victim of Antifa in Portland, start here, here and here.

Here Are 12 Quick Take-Aways From Portland ‘Man Versus Antifa’ Case in Oregon Appeals Court

What are the stakes in the Mike Strickland versus Antifa case out of Portland, Oregon?

The City of Portland, prosecutors, police and judiciary have, so far, sided with Antifa protesters over Strickland, a videographer whose job it was to chronicle the radical mob which has preyed upon Portlanders for years.

As I explained here:

“Before they chased old men in cars and canceled parades; before Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro, Milo Yianoppolous and Charles Murray were silenced by mob violence; before Professional Paid Protesters, Incorporated™ screamed at Senators, overturned cars or set a ‘deplorable’s’ limo on fire; there was Michael Strickland.
Strickland is believed to be Antifa’s ‘victim zero.‘”

The videographer and concealed carry permit holder was covering a Don’t Shoot Portland/Black Lives Matter protest on July 7, 2016.  Strickland was surrounded and beaten by the Antifa mob (read about their conspiracy to do so here) and when they couldn’t bully him out of the protest on public property, the mob came back to finish him off.  I reported  on the clash: 

“Strickland drew his licensed concealed handgun that Antifa knew he had (I know, I asked), a Glock semi automatic pistol. Strickland, showing amazing trigger discipline – never allowing his finger to come close to the trigger – held off his attackers as he backed away from the mob. To be clear,  Strickland was the only person hurt that day. No shots were ever fired.”

One question remains: Is the judiciary  even aware of the violence and vandalism perpetrated by a group that the Department of Homeland Security has designated a domestic terrorist group?

Strickland’s attorney, Robert Barnes, worries that they have no clue, telling VictoriaTaft.com and others on Friday:

“The judges haven’t ‘got’ what’s happening – the Judiciary as a branch. The judicial branch hasn’t figured out – other than Justice Brett Kavanaugh experiencing it personally – the rest of the judicial branch hasn’t deduced what’s happening in the public arena, what’s happening in these protests, what’s happening at these social gatherings, what’s happening in these tactics – these mob tactics –  that are being utilized.
The reason why the press is nervous about the use of the word ‘mob’ is because of how accurate it depicts their tactics and techniques over the past two years. Tactics they experimented a little bit with at Occupy Wall Street but that went sideways because everybody was busy assaulting everybody inside, so they’re going, returning, back to those roots and those are dangerous roots for political expression. It’s going back to the street violence of the 1920’s and 1930’s as a technique and a tactic and the court system doesn’t realize it’s happening.”

After arguments in the case of Oregon V Strickland held Friday in a Oregon Appeals Court tribunal,  Barnes summed up the high stakes involved in the outcome of the case.

Here are 12 quick takes from Barnes:

The appeals court tribunal has taken the case under consideration.The court’s decision could take months to hand down.

Strickland Case at Oregon Appeals Court: If Verdict Allowed to Stand, “Nobody Is Safe” From Antifa

The case of the Portland, Oregon man, forced to pull, but not fire, his legally concealed weapon to ward off a mob of Antifa protesters, has been heard before the Oregon State Court of Appeals.

Photo: Laughing at Liberals

Michael Strickland’s conviction on 21 counts against him, stemming from a July 7, 2016 protest,  was appealed in oral arguments Friday morning before a three judge panel of the Oregon Appeals Court.

Photo: Victoria Taft

Robert Barnes represented Strickland while Susan Howe was the attorney for the state of Oregon.

The case was heard by Douglas Tookey (appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber), Scott Shorr  (appointed by Gov. Kate Brown) and Rex Armstrong (elected to six year term in 2018) in a hearing that lasted less than an hour on Friday morning.

Strickland summed up the proceedings in a news release (see below):

“We raised several assignments of error regarding the admissibility of certain evidence, denial of change venue that was based on defamatory and untrue statements made by Multnomah County deputy district attorney Kate Molina to media, the 1st Amendment restrictions that have been placed on me by the courts, and the fact that I was denied my Constitutional right to face my accusers.”

He added:

“If the courts can do this to a privileged, straight, white, male in Portland, then just imagine what they can do to an underprivileged, transgender, immigrant of color in a rural county.”

Barnes, who practices law in California and Nevada, worked with local co-counsel, and traveled to Oregon to argue the case.

Barnes agreed that Strickland is Antifa’s ‘Victim Zero’ and asserted that judges all over the country are woefully ignorant of the violence committed by this group. He said Strickland’s case has sent a message to Portland and beyond:

“[R]ight now if you’re in the black bloc what do you think? I can harass somebody and get them arrested if they try to defend themselves. And then they want people not to defend themselves so that they feel terrified, so that the feel scared, so that they feel frightened, so that their behavior can be publicly and privately coerced. And that’s the danger. And that’s why this case is bigger than one person. This battle will be just the beginning of a long extended battle. If this can happen to him here it can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it means that nobody is safe. And that’s why this case is so significant.”

“This battle will be just the beginning of a long extended battle. If this can happen to him here it can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it means that nobody is safe. And that’s why this case is so significant.”

Barnes told VictoriaTaft.com,  and others gathered outside the court house, that it’s easy for an appeals court to simply rubber- stamp the trial verdict, but he wanted to remind the judges of a higher legal principle:

“[W]e were trying to force the issue back into the legal terrain to sort of the high plains of what the law is ‘cause that’s what protects everybody and it needs to be equally applied. And it’s forcing them to face that when they don’t always want to face that when the easy political decision for them to make is just to affirm the case and not to overturn the police; not to overturn the prosecutor; not to overturn the judge not to enhance and expand the protection of ordinary individuals against the black bloc of Portland.”

“[T]he easy political decision for them to make is just to affirm the case and not to overturn the police; not to overturn the prosecutor; not to overturn the judge not to enhance and expand the protection of ordinary individuals against the black bloc of Portland.”

After the conclusion of the hearing on third floor of the Oregon Supreme Court building, Strickland told those gathered:

“I think at its heart that it is a first amendment issue. And I hope that the judges realize that a person has a first amendment right to be a public area, filming a public event and that a mob of thugs do not have the right to use force to prevent that person from doing such and that my actions were solely in self defense on this case.”

Strickland issued a press release (below) and a YouTube video about the hearing:

“LaughingAtLiberals
Published on Oct 12, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Oregon Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this morning, October 12th, 2018, regarding the matter of State Of Oregon vs Michael Strickland, appeals case number A165019. I, Michael Strickland, am hopeful that the honorable Judges of the appeals court will recognize the dangerous case law precedent that was set in this case and that they will vacate my conviction.

We raised several assignments of error regarding the admissibility of certain evidence, denial of change venue that was based on defamatory and untrue statements made by Multnomah County deputy district attorney Kate Molina to media, the 1st Amendment restrictions that have been placed on me by the courts, and the fact that I was denied my Constitutional right to face my accusers.

If the courts can do this to a privileged, straight, white, male in Portland, then just imagine what they can do to an underprivileged, transgender, immigrant of color in a rural county.

At its heart, I believe my case is a 1st Amendment matter. As of the verdict of finding me guilty, the courts have essentially ruled that a person does not have a right to be in a public area, filming a public event, in their capacity as a professional news journalist, and that a mob of aggressive thugs have the right to use physical force and intimidation tactics to prevent a journalist from engaging in free press, and if the journalist tries to stop the thugs from assaulting and robbing them, then it’s the journalist who is guilty of crimes, while those who perpetrate and instigate violence become the victims.

This should strike fear into every journalist in the state.

Representing me on the appeal is LA-based Attorney Robert Barnes, who says “Right now if you’re in the black bloc [anarchists, antifa], what do you think? I can harass somebody and get away with it. I can harass somebody and get them arrested if they try to defend themselves. And that’s what they want. They want people to not defend themselves. And then they want people not to defend themselves so that they feel terrified, so that the feel scared, so that they feel frightened, so that their behavior can be publicly and privately coerced. And that’s the danger. And that’s why this case is bigger than one person.”

As we saw in the viral videos from last weekend, mob violence has been legalized. This is due, at least in part, to the ruling in case. Political violence is now encouraged and the mob is emboldened to attack people on the streets because they know they can legally get away with it, and anyone who opposes them or finds themselves in a position where they have to defend themselves against direct physical threats is guilty of crimes.

This puts everyone in Oregon at risk of being robbed, injured or worse. For example, a group of KKK members now have the legal right and lawfully authority to attack people of color in the street. Everyone’s rights to free press, to be safe from mob violence, and to defend one’s self are in the hands of the Honorable Judges of the Court of Appeals”

Video is Released of ‘Trump’ Truck Burned & Destroyed Near Portland. Now Who Would Do That?

Who set this ‘Trump’ truck on fire in Vancouver?

USA Today/YouTube

One thing’s for sure, Johnny Mackay knows in his heart that they’re President Trump haters. Mackay left his truck parked overnight outside the Garage Bar and Grille in Vancouver Sunday night. He took an Uber home. When he returned to fetch his truck the next day this is what he saw:

Fox 12 News

His truck had two bumper stickers on the back and he thinks they are what triggered the attack:

USA Today

The small stickers read: “Trump 2020 make liberals cry again” and “Trump: Keep America Great.”

Fox 12 News

USA Today reports that when Mackay saw his truck he was stunned:

The truck was “completely melted” and a light bar on top was “liquefied,” the Vancouver man said.

“It took me by surprise,” Mackay added. “It blew me away.”

Someone at the bar took a video of the fire:

It’s not known who did it, but it looks to be a so-called hate crime.

Mackay felt impelled to tell USA Today that he hadn’t even voted for Trump, but it shouldn’t matter because, “I feel violated”:

“Maybe he wasn’t the guy you voted for or maybe he wasn’t who you wanted in office, but now he is,” Mackay said. “People just need to relax.”

Locals suspect that Antifa did it. The group is being investigated in another truck conflagration that ended in the death of Leo Stratton, a citizen journalist who recorded Antifa and other protests. Antifa, or someone purporting to be from Rose City Antifa, threatened my life after the Stratton story came out. DHS considers has labeled the group as domestic terrorists.

The crash that took the life of truck driver and citizen journalist, Leo Stratton/Fox 12 Oregon

The group was also responsible for the jailing of another citizen journalist, Mike Strickland, who was prosecuted in Portland for pulling his legal pistol to ward off a mob of thugs trying to throw him out of a protest. No shots were fired and no one else, except Strickland, who had been beaten, was hurt.

After Antifa’s Car Chasing, It Dawns on Portlanders That ‘We’re All Reginald Dennys Now’

In 1992, riots broke out in what was then-known as “South Central LA” after cops were cleared in their first trial over the notorious beating of Rodney King.

Truck driver Reginald Denny made the mistake of driving his dump truck into South Central, unaware of the melee. For the ‘crime’ of being white in the predominantly black part of town, Denny’s truck was surrounded by a violent mob and he was dragged out where he was thrown to the ground and stomped, kicked and pelted with a brick thrown from point-blank range, among other atrocities. From Wikipedia:

“His skull was fractured in 91 places and pushed into his brain. His left eye was so badly dislocated that it would have fallen into his sinus cavity had the surgeons not replaced the crushed bone with a piece of plastic. A permanent crater remains in his forehead despite efforts to correct it.”

This past weekend in Portland, Antifa thugs blocked traffic and chased cars in protest of a police shooting.

In the shooting incident, police say the suspect drew his weapon. That data point did nothing to mollify the rioters because, in their world view, cops should not have guns. Scratch that. There should be no cops.

As I’ve chronicled on this website since 2005, Portland’s Professional Protesters, Incorporated™* have been allowed by City Hall to take over the streets, shut down highways, and commit acts of violence with near-impunity.

People have been angry for years and have done their small part to fight back. This lady was so upset that she got out of her car and grabbed the only ‘weapon’ she had, Tide detergent. It was posted on Twitter:

City Hall has ignored the complaints about protesters citing Oregon’s liberal free speech laws, where live sex acts are considered political speech. That’s not a typo.

Worse, they indulge these human detritus and punish the people who dare defend themselves.

Readers of this website are familiar with the case of videographer Mike Strickland, who, after the mob had attacked him once, came back to finish him off as he recorded a 2016 protest. Strickland drew his legally concealed pistol and backed off the mob – never once putting his finger close to the trigger. He was prosecuted and put in jail for defending himself. Also not a typo.

For some reason, however, this past weekend’s episode of chasing cars, mob-takeovers, taunts, assaults and threats went viral and I think I know why.

https://twitter.com/FarleyFilms/status/1048926866285809664

Antifa and its allies, including Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot Portland, chased a white haired, older man down the street of downtown Portland, close to City Hall, and when he foolishly got out of his car to protest,  we all thought, my God, it’s going to be another Reginald Denny.

PJ Media transcribed (thank you for saving me time) the epithets hurled at the man:

“Just go that way,” a female agitator barks at a driver in the first video. When he asks why, she fires back, “Because I told you to!”

“Yeah, you little white little f**ker!” a belligerent compatriot, who is white himself, hollers. “You’re a f*cking whitey aren’t ya?!” he taunts. “Get the f*ck down the road!” The woman insists that the motorist, who was visiting from North Carolina, go the way she’s directing him. She explains to him impatiently that he’s blocking traffic (even though the protesters, of course, were the ones blocking traffic).

Noticing the man’s North Carolina license plate, the foul-mouthed protester calls him a white supremacist.

“Go back to North Carolina where you came from. We don’t need your KKK in Portland, Oregon!” the man shouts.

While the flustered motorist speaks with someone on the phone about his awkward predicament, the camera pans on a police officer standing nearby doing absolutely nothing, probably on orders from the liberal mayor’s office.

One of the Black Lives Matter protesters repeatedly threatens motorists with physical violence, shouting at a pick-up truck driver: “You’re lucky you didn’t hit me — I’d have beat your ass!”

Last weekend’s street take-over might have been the last straw for even liberals in the People’s Republic of Portland. Finally, their discontent found voice on the pages of the local alt weekly.

Willamette Week reported that Portlanders have had it up to here with lawlessness on their streets and may jump political parties to send a message.

Over the past month, WW has spoken to Democratic voters who say they are abandoning [Governor Kate] Brown. During those conversations, three themes emerge repeatedly: Oregon’s frayed social safety net, a sense of lawlessness on the streets, and a failed educational system.

As the mob took over the streets, scaring the hell out of law abiding people, where were the cops?

Watching.

Perhaps after this wake up call, Portland’s City ‘leaders’ will let the cops enforce the law and that “sense of lawlessness,” which is, in fact, real lawlessness, ends.

 

 

*Portland’s Professional Protesters, Incorporated™(sarc)

‘Rose City Antifa’ Warns Victoria Taft of “Possible Consequences”

“Rose City Antifa,” or someone claiming to be from the group, has threatened the author of this website.

The message came via the website to the post “Antifa Labeled as “Terrorist” Group by DHS – Why Portland’s Strickland Attack Was Canary in Coalmine.

The post noted that the federal designation is a game-changer:

“For real victims, that means that there is another avenue for justice outside the Leftist Multnomah County Courthouse. And that means the possibilities of civil rights violations charges against  Antifa and the system of justice that rewards their violence with light sentences and low bail.

To sum up: Antifa is a violent, anarchistic group, with national and international ties, that uses violence and destruction as a weapon of terror. The Pacific Northwest is the biggest hotbed of this activity. If Portland, Oregon is ground zero, Mike Strickland was patient zero.”

Oddly, the group didn’t bother to respond to VictoriaTaft.com’s  post about its members being under scrutiny by Oregon authorities in the death of conservative videographer Leo Stratton.  

The group keeps a hit list similar to the one used by Southern Poverty Law Center.

A gunman who attacked the Family Research Council name the SPLC’s list as the reason. Like the rest of the country, clearly, the Portland Antifa gang is  well aware of this. He received 25 years to life in prison.

Someone also sent this email through the VictoriaTaft.com website appearing to claim ‘credit’ for Stratton’s death. See it here. 

Now comes another message to the website, this one as a comment which came in at 2:26 this morning.

The threatening message reads:

Hi Victoria, 

We see your racist nazi [sic] pal Sonny Yelliot [sic] is costing your blog [sic]. No surprise here you racist sympathizer [sic].

We are always watching you and we have associates all over.

This is a year of surprises including a veteran semi driver crashing in a fireball in perfect weather [sic].

You are bringing a lot of attention your way by posting photos of our comrades at city hall! Think about what your [sic] doing and think about the possible consequences.

The message ostensibly was sent by “Rose City Antifa.”

RCA photo which appears on one of its ostensible Facebook pages.

Let’s take a closer look.

The author of the comment, rife with bad grammar, is offended that “Sonny Yelliot” wrote a comment on the blog. Here’s what Yellott (correct spelling) wrote in a comment to this post:

“Love your involvement here Victoria Taft. We have met but I doubt yo [sic] will remember me out of the hordes you must encounter. Please include this address in your mailing list”

To which VictoriaTaft.com responded:

“I remember you, Sonny. Keep your head up! …and on a swivel.”

Sonny often commented via email on my radio shows in Portland. Who knew that we were both “Nazis”?

The next thing to note is:

“We are always watching you and we have associates all over.”

That’s creepy and threatening. The allusion to Stratton’s death is notable and will be shown to person investigating his death.

Finally comes the more overt threat:

“Think about what your [sic] doing and think about the possible consequences.”

Is it a threat or disinformation?

Good question. But I’ve got one more: 1911, Glock,  or hammerless S&W .38?