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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.

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

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.

Ben Kerensa and John Slaughter

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.

Laughing at Liberals

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.

Laughing at Liberals/YouTube

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]…

Feb 2017 VictoriaTaft.com

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.”

VictoriaTaft.com

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

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

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.

Photo Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

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.

Criminal Charges Are Dropped Against Driver Surrounded by Antifa ‘Protesters’ on Portland Street

The Oregonian reports this afternoon that criminal charges have been dropped against a man who continued to drive as Antifa protesters attempted to block his way.

Protesters moved out of the way as Mark Dickerson slowly drove through …

when one of the protesters came back and, like an intentional foul while dribbling in traffic, allowed himself to be ‘hit’ by Dickerson’s car.

Today, police released the dash cam video of the incident:


Prosecutors said the incident was Dickerson’s fault.

Dickerson’s incident took place after Antifa and Black Lives Matter ‘protesters’ blocked traffic in the aftermath of a police involved shooting and blocked another section of downtown Portland.

This above incident was done in full view of a flaccidly responding police officer, who watched from the safety of his motorcycle.

Antifa had also chased a man down the street and surrounded his car in a clash that made national news:



It’s precisely these attacks that give rise to charges that Antifa runs the streets of Portland.

And this is what the Antifa and Black Lives Matter ‘protesters’ said to drivers as they passed by:

“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.

One upset driver told the ‘protesters,’ “Look, you don’t pay my bills, so shut the fuck up!” She drove where they wanted her to, however.

Prosecutors reportedly claimed that their star witness, identified as Arthuray Dudley, supposedly the brother of the man killed by police, would have sewn up their case against Dickerson, but he didn’t show up in court on Monday. Dickerson’s attorney said he would prove Antifa was responsible.

Michael Strickland Tells Own Story of Portland State/ College Republican Free Speech Event-Turned-Antifa-Free-Speech-Killing, Cow Bell Ringing Free-for-All

“My name is Michael Strickland” is how the Portland area citizen journalist began his story at the nationally prominent Gateway Pundit website.

Strickland’s speech was interrupted Tuesday night by a cow bell ringing, man-banned member of a Antifa/Anarchist group (they’re the same thing in Portland – just add a balaclava!) and his cadres, who are now full partners in Portland Professional Protesters, Inc.™ and who seem to receive full support of City Hall and Police Bureau.

As he wrote at Gateway Pundit, his planned speech was about how his First Amendment rights had been stripped away after being arrested for defending himself against Antifa in July of 2016:

On March 5th, 2019, The College Republicans invited me to Portland State University to speak about what happened to me on July 7th, 2016, when I was out filming a protest, exercising my right to freedom of the press. 

As we mentioned here, Portland State University officials were asked to comment on how Campus Police did their jobs in allowing Antifa thugs to disrupt Strickland’s presentation.

The University issued a statement, which Strickland notes was full of inaccuracies and mischaracterizations:

Beyond the fluff and inaccuracies in that press release, what PSU’s head of public relations, Chris Broderick, can’t even get right is that my speech was not based around the 2nd Amendment. I believe my case is rooted in the 1st Amendment, and that’s what I was there to talk about. The name of the presentation was “How The 1st Amedment Was Invalidated.” The Republican club met with advisors and campus security the week prior to the event to discuss what the event was about. Broderick and his staff of 19 bureaucratic paper pushers are either incompetent, too lazy to do basic research and due diligence, or they are intentionally lying to the public.

Read the rest of Strickland’s story hereand read all of my stories about the Strickland case here.

Antifa’s ‘Cow Bell Boy’ Was Verbally Challenged at Strickland-Portland State U. Free Speech Event & Before You Could Say ‘Man-Bun,’ the Issue of ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Came Up.

The PSU College Republican presentus-interruptus by Mike Strickland is now becoming national news.

You can find the background I’ve posted on Mike Strickland and his First and Second Amendment case at this VictoriaTaft.com link.

Video of Strickland’s presentation, disrupted for more than an hour by Antifa/Anarchist protesters, one of whom we’ll just call Cow Bell Boy, was broadcast by many sources, including on Twitter by journalist Andy Ngo. It was picked up by The Daily Caller and featured prominently on the publication’s Facebook page. You’ll want to turn down the sound a bit if you’re at work:

Portland Leftist Crashes College Republicans Meeting

How the left promotes free speech…

Posted by The Daily Caller on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Like a toddler who learns he can control Mom and Dad by throwing a wing ding, Cow Bell Boy rang his dingle dangle, shouted and made hiccup-like “yep!” sounds worthy of Dave Hester from “Storage Wars” to stop free speech in a public room. He later boasted, “I’ve been totally successful, I’ve shut this entire shit down all by myself.” He had two helpers with him, but basically, Cow Bell Boy was right. Police officers present did nothing.

During the dingle-dangle-wing-ding, videographer Nate Millsap said to him:

“I was just wondering if you had any balls to say what you are standing for or not standing for. You just shut people down and that is all that you know.”

Pondering his answer – or was he considering his balls? – as the diminutive man-bunned protester looked up at the six-foot-five, 280-pound boulder-sized Millsap, he creepily responded,

“Oooh, toxic masculinity!”

Millsap, who curates the YouTube channel Stumptown Matters, told VictoriaTaft.com that he laughed and responded:

“I’ve got all the masculinity you need and then some.”

If you know what “Toxic Masculinity” is you’re more informed than most. Or you’re a liberal arts intersectionality major at a university somewhere.

At a website called Tolerance  (yes, really), invoking the latest made-up word in the feminist lexicon can be “tricky”:

“It’s a phrase that—misunderstood—can seem wildly insulting, even bigoted.”

Intolerant, insulting and bigoted? That’s quite a trifecta! (And, as an added bonus, if you were offended by the phrase then it would be your fault for ‘misunderstanding.’) We guess Cow Bell Boy thought he’d ‘trigger’ Millsap with his insult. That boy was barking up the wrong redwood.

Joey Gibson, the founder of “Patriot Prayer,” a pro-freedom, anti-Antifa group and who is all-too-familiar with Cow Bell Boy, gave VictoriaTaft.com his own definition of “Toxic Masculinity.”

Warning to Cow Bell Boy, you may be triggered:

“The term “toxic masculinity” is only used by boys who have tried their entire lives to be men but never figured out how. So instead they insult other men.”

Gibson, a former U.S. Senate candidate, told KGW-TV recently that America is getting soft and we need men and women to stand up for what’s right:

“We’re here to promote freedom and God and that’s about it. We’re the American Spirit where we stand up for our beliefs unapologetically and unafraid. Our country’s getting soft, it’s getting soft and we need leaders to step up.”



Meanwhile, back at Strickland’s presentus-interruptus, Cow Bell Boy only took his leave when he thought he’d burned enough of Strickland’s time to prevent him from giving his speech before the building curfew.

Cow Bell Boy, or one of his buddies, told VictoriaTaft.com via Twitter (more on that later) that he was never escorted out by police as I reported Wednesday. I can see by this angle of Andy Ngo’s video (above) that the Antifa protester was absolutely correct. Police response was even worse than I thought.

Coming to hear Strickland was a calculated act of bravery. Those gutsy enough to come to downtown Portland after dark to hear about Strickland’s case knew the cops wouldn’t have their back. They knew if they defended themselves or attempted to resume order in the room that they’d end up like Strickland: arrested, jailed, tried, convicted and deprived of their rights. 

Strickland’s conviction is on appeal at the Oregon Appeals Court and is he represented by nationally known attorney Robert Barnes.

Here’s a link to his defense fund which has been set up by the Oregon Firearms Federation. Please give generously.

Antifa ‘Protesters’ Shout Down PSU Free Speech Presentation by Mike Strickland and Police Do … Nothing.

An Antifa protester holds a Cascadia flag in front of a projector to prevent Mike Strickland from showing supporting media for his First Amendment presentation

This post has been updated to indicate that Portland State Police did *not* escort out the Antifa/Anarchist free speech disruptors.

Before Ann Coulter, Milo and Ben Shapiro were met by the fire bombing mobs who would later become widely known as Antifa, there was Mike Strickland. In 2016, Strickland was arrested, charged and convicted in Portland for drawing his legally concealed weapon to stop a phalanx of Antifa protesters who conspired to beat the citizen journalist out of their Don’t Shoot Portland/Black Lives Matter protest in downtown. No shots were fired. No one was hurt.

As a result of the widely publicized incident, Portland State University and Portland Community College campuses banned Strickland for two years.

As I wrote this week, there was a simple reason why banning him was irresistible:

Though the incident didn’t occur near any of the campuses, Strickland was well known by campus administrators for reporting on the speeches, marches and antics of the University professors and protesters. Protesters included the Occupy, Antifa, IWW (Wobblies) and ISO, as well as the usual Portland Professional Protesters, Incorporated™ social justice, environmentalist, anti-Israel groups. Strickland’s reports on those campuses made national news. University and College administrators saw an opportunity to keep their well known antagonist off campus and took it.

VictoriaTaft.com

Tuesday night, Strickland was back on campus in front of a group of College Republicans, live streaming cameras and citizens and tried to tell his compelling story (read many of my stories here). However, some Portland area Anarchist/Antifa antagonists were also there and had different plans.

Strickland was shouted off the stage several times by a man interrupting the speech with wild rantings, screaming and using the new anti-free speech weapon of the moment … a cowbell.

Strickland, Laughing at Liberals on YouTube, posted this video of the dingle dangler:

He dingle dangled his bell and spoke over Strickland, who kept a smile on his face for the 68 minutes it took cops to get rid of them. More on that in a minute.

Cowbell Ringing person interrupts Strickland’s presentation.

The agent provocateur identified himself as “Sawyer” and silenced his cowbell only long enough to stand in front of Strickland’s projector, preventing the citizen journalist from showing video and supporting documents about his case.

The last time we saw “Sawyer” he was heckling a bunch of men with the Proud Boys in downtown Portland and one of his fellow Antifa mates got hit by a truck. Notice that “Sawyer” never stops talking into his megaphone:

This is Sawyer’s co-conspirator. Austin Goodrich is well known to some area folks for all the wrong reasons. This apparent Bernie Bro has allegedly harassed, stalked and threatened people in Hillsboro who displayed Trump for President signs in 2016.

He was back Tuesday night to apparently harass and intimidate Strickland and people there supporting him, such as 83-year-old Kay Bridges who is herself a citizen journalist and was live streaming the event on Facebook. View her video here:

Mike Strickland has been scheduled to speak at PSU College Republicans for months… but the Cowbell Crew tries to shut him down. This is hard to watch … but we had as many as 60 at a time on the LIVE feed including Victoria Taft and Mike's trial attorney. It was after Mike asked if he could file charges and Campus Police said NO .. and then I said "What about me." and he didn't answer …suddenly the guys decided to leave. Hmmmmm….. So if any of you have seen the Oregon Push Back Page …. Mike and the implication of his appeal nationally is what is at stake here in Oregon. This is a small example. If you don't know the whole story… please research. He was defending his First Amendment Right with his Second Amendment Right and was charged and convicted while the MOB became the victim according to the judge. It is a long story .. and we can elaborate but time is short for tonight. OregonPushBack.com

Posted by Kay Bridges on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

When asked who the two main antagonizers were, this is what several said about Goodrich:

Austin later remarked over on my Facebook page that he wasn’t an Antifa member and scoffed at being called a Bernie Bro. Here’s Austin’s Facebook page:

“Creating action.” “Family First.” Gee, he seemed like such a nice guy I thought I’d ask him for a quote:

Those watching the spectacle saw the dramatic difference between the ‘protesters’ and the behavior of the man Antifa and company have lied about for going on three years, Mike Strickland.

Randi commented:

“What a contrast between calm, cool, collected, courteous Mike Strickland, and a room full of out of control motor mouth kooks, with nothing better to do than shut down Mike’s privilege to speak.”

Katie said:

“If this is how they act when law enforcement was around, then we know how they acted when they surrounded and attacked you. They really are afraid of what Mike may have to say.”

Another said:

“To bypass the one-man cowbell choir, Mike’s presentation begins at about 68:00 minutes into this video due to the Breach of Peace.”

Edwin wrote:

“I wish people would remember this. This is America. Every citizen has the right of free speech. Even if you don’t like or agree with what that person is saying. They have the right to free speech. And yes even hate speech is free speech.”

Lauri said:

“The first 45 minutes were the most telling I don’t know how Michael put up with all of that hate. The haters rang bell’s and screamed at him and talked over him and put them selves between him and the projector to make it impossible for him to give this lecture”

And Jack had an excellent question:

“Why the hell are the cops just standing there like zombies?”

Why the hell, indeed.

A real head scratcher, this.

As the cowbell and scream fest continued. Strickland was banished to the back of the room since he couldn’t speak over Antifa’s noise. But they found him and surrounded him again.

(The young woman (pictured above) claims to have been a reporter from the student newspaper, “The Vanguard,” but you wouldn’t know it from her behavior. She spoke over Strickland, clearly sided with Antifa protesters and treated Strickland with obvious disdain. She’ll be with the Washington Post any day now.)

The spectacle was all in view of the PSU cops.

Portland State University’s finest.

Strickland told VictoriaTaft.com that he spoke with Sgt. Halliburton (pictured above) and asked him at what point would they consider the situation disorderly conduct and he replied, “I’ll decide when.”

For the attorneys in the audience, that was the wrong answer.

Jason Short, one of Strickland’s attorneys during his first trial and who was watching the livestream of the event, opined that it looked like disorderly conduct, but conceded college cops in Portland were unlikely to do anything.

James Buchal, attorney and the head of the Multnomah County Republican Party suggested to VictoriaTaft.com that it might have been Disorderly Conduct by the cowbell ringing pair:

1)A person commits the crime of disorderly conduct in the second degree if, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, the person:


(a)Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior;


(b)Makes unreasonable noise;


(c)Disturbs any lawful assembly of persons without lawful authority;”

We have a winner!

Police escorted the duo out of the room only after Strickland implored them to do so saying he wanted to file a complaint.

After talking with the officers on site, the Antifa/Anarchist disruptors, including Cow Bell Boy, left.

That [Writing a report] apparently sounded like too much work for the officers and they escorted the two out of the room. No report was taken that VictoriaTaft.com was aware of as of publication.

Strickland was able to continue with his speech, but not before Antifa’s antics had burned up most of the College Republicans reserved time in the room.

Mission Accomplished.

Strickland’s case is under appeal at the Oregon Court of Appeals. A decision on his case is expected any time.

Strickland’s Defense Fund has been set up by Oregon Firearms Federation. Please give generously here.

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?