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.
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:
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
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.
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.
Three men stood up for right and paid a huge price on the Max line on Friday when a crazed man threatened two Muslim women on the train. Two of the men died and another was badly hurt as they were slashed by the knife wielding crazed man.
In this video, Twitter user “St. Tenderheart” claims to have been an eyewitness who chased down suspected killer Jeremy Christian who was still foaming at the mouth and in a psychotic episode before his arrest:
— St. Tenderheart (@Tenderheartist7) May 30, 2017
The reaction by leftist Portland is curious.
First, a spokesman for the far leftist anarchist, self described “anti fascists” in the form of Cameron Whitten said the nutter who killed two people on Portland’s light rail was a Trump supporter and that as long as Trump was in the White House he would feel unsafe:
Yes, the person who likely committed the murder is a repeat offender and suffering from mental illness. But if Donald Trump was not president today, I believe we would still have two bright lights among us today. I believe that stronger than I believe in my own birthday.
Then, Marc Abrams of the KXL weekend radio show Kremer, Abrams and Pasero claimed that the nutter was a Christian. No, Marc. His last name is Christian. He’s no more a Christian than you are Abram.
Attempts have been made to connect the killer to the “alt right” (whatever that means) because the accused killer turned up to a so called “free speech” event in Portland in April. As you can see by the video posted by YouTuber Airliner World, the suspect was disavowed, told to get out, shut up, and even one guy said “he’s on his own.” As the YouTuber put it:
Please don’t put Jeremy with those guys, they have already made it clear that he wasn’t a part of them.
Christian was separated from the so called “Patriot Prayer Group” by the cops because they didn’t want him in their group. He’s shown on tape (surrounded by photographers) complaining about it.
Christian then walked down the street toward the anarchist, black bloc protesters.
Furthermore, as the website Chicks on the Right discovered, the accused killer appears to be a Bernie Sanders supporter.
But, oddly, Ted Wheeler is not calling for an end to the far left protests that occur nearly every week in Portland — only the so called “alt right” one scheduled for June 4th and 10th.
Remember now, to some people facts are fungible. They’re plug-and-play components for certain intellectually dishonest people to construct them into a jerry-rigged storyline so long as it concludes that it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.
In the left’s and City Hall’s (but I repeat myself) zeal to construct this narrative, Mayor Ted Wheeler has taken it upon himself to urge the federal government officials to stop a planned “free speech” protest by what he calls an “alt right” group on federal property on June 4th and another one June 10th.
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— Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) May 29, 2017
I recognize that Portland’s heightened political atmosphere is ripe for riot and the mayor wants to keep things peaceful. But allow me to remind you that the city has been the victim of several such riots without the presence of so called “alt right” free speech supporters. In fact, the street violence has been a function entirely of the left and helped by the city’s inability or unwillingness to confront it.
Scapegoating the “alt right” in this case is absurd, intemperate and unbecoming a serious politician.
I don’t recall Wheeler calling for revoking or disallowing the planned May Day riots and I actually asked him to do that. I’ve also called for the National Guard to protect the citizens of Portland during the leftist’s riots due to the city’s unwillingness to do its job.
It was leftist thugs who threatened violence against Republicans participating in a civic parade and got it canceled.
It’s understandable that Wheeler’s concerned about riots. But who’s been doing the rioting in Portland? Not the so called “alt right.” It seems that the better part of valor would be to appeal to the leftists to leave the permitted protesters alone.
YouTube channel operated by man-on-the-street-maestro Mark Dice deleted.
Mark Dice has put up some of the most gobsmacking videos on YouTube. They’re not profane, nasty or anything that would win you an “R” rating, but they are provocative.
Dice does the hard political analog of the old Jay Leno stand by, “Jay Walking” or Jimmy Kimmel’s “Lie Witness News.” I’ve used some of his videos on the air to show how incredibly stupid and gullible voters can be. His man on the street interviews at the Oceanside Pier are cringe inducing for how dumb people can be.
Dice also has an Alex Jones/9-11 inside job/Illuminati/Trilateral Commission bent which I find off putting, but so what? You can view any number of actually destructive things put on Google’s YouTube, why would Mark Dice be targeted?
The San Diego area agent provocateur says he has a spectacularly successful website with as many as 60 million views of his videos. So why would YouTube cancel his account?
Dice has issued a statement a statement on his back up YouTube Channel called The Resistance (see his video below). I’ve excerpted most of it here.
Hey everyone, it’s me Mark Dice, this is my back up YouTube Channel. As you probably heard, my primary channel, YouTube.com/MarkDice has been shut down due to what YouTube said were just severe violations of our ‘community guidelines’ even though the channel was getting three million views a month consistently for well over a year, 60 million views accumulative, 265,000 subscribers, 800 and some videos–just deleted, just gone you know, so… Some of those videos are on this channel. Always take precautions, always have a plan B and that’s why this channel has remained my original YouTube channel I started in 2006. And when I started to see the potential of YouTube censorship, I just sort of left it idle and was just primarily using my main channel so…
I really appreciate everyone getting the word out. I woke up this morning to tons of emails, tweets, and facebook posts about the channel being gone, so I really appreciate that.
I would sue them for breach of contract except they put in their terms of service that everybody agrees to when you open an account, they can literally delete your channel for any reason. Just any reason ‘we see fit we can, you know, remove your channel. I mean, that’s literally in the text.
So that would be like your boss saying, ‘Well, you can come and work for us but for you any reason I can just fire you. Even though it’s violating the bill of rights…so this is a major free speech issue. That’s why I never use profanity. I never used ‘hate speech.’ I never called for violence, I never would.
But, ah, you know what? I was just getting too popular. Just getting too big. You know there’s an old proverb, I think an old Chinese proverb, that says, ‘The nail that stands up will get pounded down,’ and so um, we’ll see what happens from this point on. But…if you want to support me go get my books. They’re not in stores, they’re on Amazon.com or paperback or any E reading devices until they just pull them from there too. If you want to pay pal some stuff to me you can do it on Mark@MarkDice.com.
…Till further notice, just check out this channel I try to post videos on this one. I’ve gotta lot of stuff in the works that I’ve been working on.
I expected that this would happen at some point in time, particularly because I was growing so fast. And I’ll tell you the secret of my success: I just started to obsessively, compulsively posting videos every single day.
The trolls will flag videos and try to shut em down as well which has happened just numerous times, but I would always file a counter claim and get em restored.
With God for me who dare can be against me. If you know anyone at YouTube please email me their names.