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Discussion: If Antifa Didn’t Come to ‘Patriot Prayer’ March, Would There Be Violence?

A couple clashes of violence occurred between the Patriot Prayer group and Portland Professional Protesters, Incorporated™ antifa division™, on Saturday evening in downtown Portland but there were no arrests, according to Portland Police.

Patriot Prayer was holding a march for “law and order” and called on the city to replace Mayor Ted Wheeler, whose flaccid response to the thuggish antifa protesters has been pilloried across the country:

Twitter/Mike Bivins

As usual, local videographer Mike Bivins (who hasn’t been beaten by antifa – see Mike Strickland) provided the backdrop:

Forty five minutes before the planned march, I drove through the designated area and it was as calm as a glassy lake on a summer’s night.

Just before the march was to step off, Patriot Prayer members showed up and consulted with cops:

They promised no violence:

But antifa showed up to ‘avenge’ the “alpha males” and “racists” of Patriot Prayer who dared telegraph their evil plans to march for “law and order” in downtown Portland. And violence happened:

The way it looks on Bivins’s video (which he reportedly sold to NBC), is that antifa tried to block the patriot prayer guys’s paths.

The incident gave rise to an age old question which I posed:

Here are the typical sides I see:

Antifa fancies itself as anti fascist. Here’s the Merriam Webster dictionary definition of fascism:

fascism noun
fas·cism | \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi- \
Definition of fascism
1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
early instances of army fascism and brutality
— J. W. Aldridge

Antifa, Incorporated™ stops after this statement to define fascism:

“…[O]ften capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race …”

The group stops there because it’s the only part of the definition they can squeeze into their view of fascism. It doesn’t even matter that the Patriot Prayer people have a panoply of ethnicities involved to counter the “racism” epithet,  Antifa believes PP’s voting for Donald Trump is de facto fascism, which, of course, in their heads gives them license to hate and commit violence against the blacks, whites and Hispanics in the right-wing group.

Antifa members have convinced themselves that they will ‘defend the honor of Portland’ and do anything to stop the legal speech of the Patriot Prayer group.

Now look at the second definition of fascism:

“[A] tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
early instances of army fascism and brutality.”

Antifa may believe that Patriot Prayer is a fascistic organization whose members don white sheets and conical caps every Saturday night at the weekly cross burning, but  in their zeal to ‘defend the honor of Portland,’ they deny the group the ability to hold a peaceful protest and exercise their freedom of speech through “dictatorial control … and brutality,” which actually is fascism.

Antifa, Incorporated™ self aggrandizing representations that they are ‘defending the honor’ of anything is as full of hot air as the Patriot Prayer guys’ expectations of a ‘peaceful’ protest.

Twitter/Mike Bivens

Question for the comment section: What came first, antifa or patriot prayer and would there be any violence without antifa?

Comments are moderated so don’t lose heart if yours is not immediately published.

Antifa Labeled as “Terrorist” Group by DHS – Why Portland’s Strickland Attack Was Canary in Coalmine

In a little noted story one year ago, Politico reported that Department of Homeland Security “confidential intelligence” documents showed that  “antifascists,” known as  “Antifa,” are now considered a domestic terror group.

Those who have observed the violence by Portland Professional Protester, Incorporated, Antifa edition, are not surprised by the recent domestic terrorism designation. In fact, most would probably say ‘what took you so long?’

The report,  disseminated within DHS in April 2016, is an assessment of  violent groups, and reveals that the Pacific Northwest region is a national ‘leader’ in  Leftist violent extremism:

” … US extremist attacks noted in this study occurred in multiple states,  the majority of  incidents occurred in the Pacific Northwest.” 

Portlanders have watched in disgust as the City ‘leaders’ have thrown their lot in with the protesters,  leaving law-abiding citizens adrift without representation. The rule-of-law has become a two track system – one for Antifa and Portland Professional Protesters and the regular, tougher one for everyone else.

You’d think that after the nine-year-long blockbuster investigation of Oregon based eco and animal terrorists known as “The Family” that local leaders would catch a clue. Wrong.

Either in thrall of ACLU and Lawyers Guild attorneys, or out of fear for their own safety – or both –  city officials have looked the other way all while making public pronouncements about the virtue of Antifa’s crusade. Maybe it’s the contact high outside City Hall that convinced them capitulation would keep the mob from their door.

Oh, look, someone’s at the door.

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

The mob.

Antifa storms Portland City Hall to protest police stopping their violence at Patriot Prayer ‘free speech’ rally.

Antifa has responded to Official Portland’s endorsement by bashing heads, detonating IEDs,  setting fires, hitting people with ‘flag’ staffs, hurling fire works, menacing, attacking cops, blocking freeways and roads, conspiring against videographers (see Mike Strickland and Leo Stratton stories nearby),  and deploying chemical sprays.

Official Protester Portland has given the mob its seal-of-approval because, after all, these  virtuous, Black bloc, balaclava clad crusaders ridding the world of all things “fascist” are on the side of angels don’t ‘cha know.

Oregonians are wary of coming downtown, especially at night, because they’re afraid to discover they’ve been transmogrified into a Nazi and be ‘dealt’ with by Antifa.

Mayor Ted Wheeler has cheered the violent protesters on, offered them public support and ordered police to stand down during violent clashes except once, and that was only recently.

However, what is new is the seriousness with which at least federal law enforcement will potentially treat the violent political gang.

Note this from Politico:

“Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.”

The report, called the Baseline Comparison of US and Foreign Anarchist Extremist Movements, reported that during 2013 and 2014 things began to heat up in both Michigan and the PNW with violent groups.

A group then known as the Plockers, an outgrowth of 2011’s Occupy Portland, began to squat in foreclosed houses and refuse to leave. According to the report, there were multiple arsons committed by these activists in their anti-gentrification schemes.

As we’ve seen over the years and chronicled here and on my radio shows, the same people who were active in the “BushHitler” days, became Obamabots and Bernie Bros. Others on the fringes learned from the Seattle WTO conflagration and thus became a subset of these anarchists, wearing their Black bloc clothing and balaclavas.

Antifa derived from this group. Portland anarchists have told me they don’t share Antifa’s world view,  but for most, it’s a distinction without a difference.

The report worries that “anarchist extremist” “antifascists” – come on guys, you can just call them Antifa – will become more violent in the U.S. and the world.

Read the report for yourself and note that the deep dive into Antifa ended in spring of 2016 as Antifa was  getting absolutely triggered over the presidential election just months away.

Enter Mike Strickland.

In July of 2016, Portland Professional Protester members held a “Don’t Shoot PDX” Black Lives Matter march and rally and noticed videographer Mike Strickland in their midst. Strickland, the owner of the YouTube channel, “Laughing at Liberals,” often covered Portland’s Leftist rallies and marches. His material regularly made national news.

Organizer of the event, John Slaughter, admitted in court that he and others conspired to rough up Strickland and throw him out of their event, which was being held on a public street. They hit Strickland with their flag staffs, punched him and then, when they saw he had retreated to another spot at the rally, organized another rush at him whereupon he pulled his legal pistol and, while not even putting his finger near the trigger, held off the gang. No shots were fired.

Strickland was arrested, charged and put on trial, jailed and his case will be heard on appeal next month.

Repeating. In Portland, Oregon the guy who was  doing his job in what we thought was a free country, reporting on protesters on a public street whom he has covered many times before, was forced to pull his pistol to defend himself against a marauding band of thugs, one of whom, Benjamin Kerensa, was 400 pounds. And Strickland was jailed.

The chief reason why Strickland was treated like a criminal by the Multnomah County DA’s office? Slaughter claimed, without providing proof, that Strickland sent him racist text messages. Strickland text messages were never presented to buttress that claim because they didn’t exist. But the DA believed Slaughter and poured on the charges and bail for Strickland.

Within months of the Strickland assault, similar tactics were used to silence conservative speakers on college campuses.

The flaccid response by police and university officials, largely due to their endorsement of their Antifa heroes, gave rise to the right wing groups holding marches and rallies to draw out Antifa and respond to their violence with force of their own.

Here’s where we get to a crucial point about Portland and Antifa. Politico reported that federal officials believe Antifa is organized and connected with a national and international organization:

” … [A]uthorities following them believe they are organized via decentralized networks of cells that coordinate with each other. Often, they spend weeks planning for violence at upcoming events…

Dozens of armed anti-fascist groups have emerged, including Redneck Revolt and the Red Guards, according to the reports and interviews. One report from New Jersey authorities said self-described antifa groups have been established in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco.

Some of the DHS and FBI intelligence reports began flagging the antifa protesters before the election.

That means that with federal law enforcement involved could be designated a continuing criminal enterprise and those in it charged with giving material support to a terrorist organization.

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.

Give here to his defense fund.

Police Investigate Antifa Involvement in Death of Portland’s Leo Stratton, Who Reported on Terror Group

Portland conservatives were stunned to hear the news one week ago that videographer Leo Stratton had died in a fiery, late night crash. Now there’s concern that his death wasn’t an accident and Oregon State Police are investigating.

According to The Oregonian, the professional truck driver died Wednesday night, September 12, 2018 when his big rig “drifted off the highway”:

“The Oregon State Police said an early investigation shows the semi driver, Leo Stratton, was going east on Interstate 84, drifted off the highway and hit a rock embankment.

The semi caught fire, and Stratton died.”

The situation now has taken a more twisted turn.

Citizen Journalist

Stratton was a videographer with his own YouTube channel, which boasted 11,000 subscribers. His work often lampooned the violent and destructive antics of the Portland professional protester Left – with special emphasis on the group that calls itself “anti fascists,” or Antifa.

Stratton’s “screamer” video was among his most widely viewed. More than 450,000 have watched his video of a disturbed, rainbow-haired person who showed up to ruin a pro-Trump rally:

Importance

Stratton’s work became more important after a Portland judge and prosecutors banned the area’s premier chronicler of the Left, “Laughing at Liberals'” Mike Strickland, from reporting on politics.

Strickland’s 1st and 2nd Amendment rights were stripped from him after a mob of Antifa attacked him at an protest and Strickland pulled his legally concealed handgun to protect himself. No shots were fired. His case is on appeal. See my exhaustive list of stories about Strickland here, here and here for starters.

The Left Celebrates

Members of Antifa gloried in attacking and sidelining Strickland. And, disgustingly, now the same is happening with the death of Stratton.

While members of the GOP, Trump supporting folks on the right and citizen journalists mourned, within hours of his death Antifa-affiliated Leftists began glorying in it:

 

This self described bike courier’s Twitter profile included a feature photo of Stratton and the fiery crash which ended the 50-year-old videographer’s life:

The Twitter user “Give No Fucks” was positively giddy that Stratton was dead:

Claiming ‘Credit’ for Stratton’s Death

VictoriaTaft.com received an email from a phony email address claiming ‘credit’ for killing Stratton:

“We finally got Leo Stratton! He is down!”

Antifa Network Goes Into Action

Within hours of his death, the Leftist website called IDA Vox  ran an obituary enthusing, “Leo Stratton, ROT IN HELL.” The post labeled the watcher of the Left the “Leni Riefenstahl of the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer” groups:

The post was endorsed by Blue Check Twitter:

The story was quickly disseminated.

New York Antifa ballyhooed Stratton’s death:

Occupy enthused over his death:

The Scam

Though the Left and Antifa labeled both Stratton and Strickland as “fascists,” “racists,” and “homophobes,” the labels were transparently contrived to give the rebels-without-a-cause, Antifa, a reason to engage in anti-social and violent behavior in general and specifically work against the men who whose work made the Leftists look bad. Labeling them “fascists” made it easier to gather a mob to oust them from their protests and rallies. The irony of the group’s own fascist moves was apparently lost on them.

Stratton On Antifa Hit List

Stratton had been an object of interest for the Left:

Rose City Antifa listed Stratton on its Southern Poverty Law Center-like hit list:

The supposed “anti fascists” monitored or spied on, if you will, the individual goings on of people on the right:

Stratton Doxxed by Left

Just one month before his death Stratton was doxxed by Leftist “Dimestore Guevarra” who refers to himself as, “Anti-fascist, anti-capitalist, antichrist… ”

The Antifa member labeled Stratton as an arm of the Patriot Prayer group, but Stratton’s work pre-dated that group as did Strickland’s:

“Share Your Concerns”

An Oregon State Police Lieutenant , nameless for his own protection, has received this information and much more.

VictoriaTaft.com received this response from the Lieutenant:

“I have become aware of Mr. Stratton’s involvement at certain protests and share the same concerns you do.”

The Oregon State Police has told VictoriaTaft.com that there’s no sign of foul play at this point,  but Stratton’s body has been sent to medical investigators at OSP for more investigation:

“The Wasco Co. medical examiner sent Mr. Stratton’s body to the OSP crime laboratory where an autopsy was to be conducted.” 

OSP says it will be awhile before we get back the autopsy results.

Twitter user Andrew Sorg  thinks it’s “some silly shit” if anyone speculates Stratton died by anything other than an accident:

And it’s true. No one expects this. While it seems far fetched that in “Little Beirut” – Portland, Oregon – we could have just witnessed a political hit, the continuing violent criminal enterprise that is Antifa gaining such a stronghold over the city was something that we never expected, either.

Is this group, known for its violence, fire bombings, fascist tactics and attacks capable of …  murder?

When the loons have convinced themselves that Leo Stratton is just like Hitler’s propagandist, it’s not hard to imagine that  these self styled saviors may have graduated to more than “some silly shit.”

How Bad Is Iran Deal? This Bad.

Reaction to ‪#‎Iran‬ deal:

Hat Tip @HensleywkAo
Hat Tip @HensleywkAo

Bullet points:

  • I believe Obama announced it at Oh-Dark-30 to get his reaction out there before Iran’s articulation of deal and open mockery of US idiocy. 
  • Assured Iran WILL get nuke.
  • Unfreezes $100 billion which represents 40% of their GDP which can and will be used to bankroll Hezbollah, Assad, Hamas. It’s like cutting Hitler a check and then telling him to do good things with it –and being so gullible you believe him.
  • Arms embargo is taken off. Why? The President says this agreement won’t allow them to get nuke and then gives entree to others. Do you think they might use the assets to buy weapons?
  • Leaves our political prisoners in their prisons.
  • Gives money to Monsters who killed our soldiers in Iraq and let the bomb making maestro out of the deal. 
  • Just further destabilized the Middle East.
  • No anytime anywhere inspections. Rubes.

Here are some other reactions from the inter webs:

Senator Tom Cotton, Combat Veteran:

Bill Kristol:
@BillKristol: Plus $140b for Soleimani, revolutionary guards & Quds Force. Deal doesn’t just accomodate Iran. Empowers it. https://t.co/UQMOCdS7Eu

And: 
@BillKristol: “This deal cannot stand.”


Special @weeklystandard editorial: A Very Good Deal—for Iran.
http://t.co/9DmXcCW4Hm

General Dempsey:

@BillKristol: Gen. Dempsey: “Under no circumstances should we relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms trafficking.”

IED builder responsible for killing US troops explicitly gets off:
Rouhani:

@HassanRouhani: If ‪#‎IranDeal‬, victory of diplomacy and mutual respect over outdated paradigm of exclusion and coercion. And this will be good beginning.

Tell that to these gay guys you hanged recently.

iran gays

More to come.

Thriller Author Brad Thor Writes a Scathing Narrative Following Paris Terrorist Attack

And he did it all on Twitter. I began to notice when Thor started posting the #RespectforIslam hashtag with a photo of the Madrid Train bombing in 2004 and then took in the entire thread. The result is Thor has been targeted as a hater (as have I for simply commenting on his tweets) by pro terrorism groups. So, if anything happens to me, you’ll know.

Herewith is Thor’s narrative. I’ll start at the beginning when he began hijacking the #RespectforIslam hashtag:

 

I like the way Thor engages with the common folk and then stands his ground. Buy his books. I do.

Click here to buy them.

Rees Lloyd on Flag Day 2014: Where are the flags?

Once upon a time in America, Flag Day, June 14, was a day of parades, marching bands, celebrations of respect and reverence for the Flag under which some 1,400,000 veterans have given their lives fighting in war to defend freedom. images

Flag Day is observed at American Legion Posts, VFW Posts, and at gatherings of other veterans’ and patriotic organizations all over the country. Many observances by veterans include disposing worn and tattered American Flags with dignity by ceremonial burning.

On Flag Day 2014, the question must be asked: Where were all the Flags at homes and neighborhoods as once there were? Where were the marching bands, the gatherings of Americans in community squares and parks to honor the Flag and all of those who have served under it to keep America the land of the free?

For but one example, compare the display of Flags on 6-14-2014, Flag Day, with 9-12-2001, the day after 3,000 Americans were massacred by Muslim fascist fanatics in the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.

Then, Flags were everywhere, on almost every home on every street in some areas, on cars, everywhere the Flag, on 9-12-01. That did not include, of course, illegal aliens whose hearts and allegiance remain with the failed countries they fled although it is America by which they are fed, and excludes many foreign Muslim students in American colleges who actually openly celebrated 9-11 as a Muslim victory over the “Great Satan” America, Christian “Crusaders,” and, of course, Jews, whom Islam, , teaches are not human but the spawn of “apes and pigs.”

It was on 9-11-01 that Islamist terrorists, Muslim jihadist fanatics, attacked America in purported service to Allah and Islam, the religion of peace and love. Nineteen mostly-Saudi jihadist fanatics who never should have been allowed in America in the first place, slaughtered some 3,000 innocent Americans, “infidels” in the eyes of Muslims, in attacking the Twin Towers in New York.

True believers in Islam, the 19 Muslim assassins were inspired by the Koran and its promise of 72 virgins in Paradise to “Holy War” martyrs. Their leader, Mohammed Atta, who had been allowed into Germany as a “student” and then into America on the same basis, advised these Muslim murderers to make sure they bathed and dressed well on 9-11 so as to properly meet the 72 virgins awaiting their sexual plunder as the Koran promises.

A good Muslim, Atta did not mind having the blood of 3,000 innocents on his hands, but he didn’t want to give offense to the 72 virgins by body odor or dirty feet after the fact of the murders.

Although there is much liberal slobber about terrorists being just poor Muslims who would be nice if not “driven to terrorism by poverty,” like most Muslim terrorists in the West, Atta was not at all a poor person who turned into a terrorist because of poverty. On the contrary, he was from a relatively well-off Muslim family, a college student in Germany and America by day, and a jihad student by night. Night won.

Atta’s example prompts an inquiry: Why are we importing future dedicated Islamist Attas into America, and American colleges and universities , to spread their fascist Muslim ideology and actually or potentially assassinate Americans as an Islamic religious duty?

During WWII, would we have welcomed into the country and, most particularly, into our colleges and universities, avowed NAZI’s, true believers in Hitler’s totalitarian NAZIism, with the liberal hope that in doing so they would learn to love us rather to kill us for Hitler, their secular God?

If not, why do we welcome into the country, and most particularly into our colleges and universities, avowed true believers in totalitarian, jihadist Islam? Why would we continue to believe that people with a deeply held religious belief based on the teachings of the Koran that they have not only the right but a duty to kill non-believers – to kill us Americans –will, if allowed to immigrate in to our country and into our schools, colleges, and universities, learn to love us rather than kill us for Allah?

Muhammad Atta was a student studying engineering in Germany . He came here on a visa allegedly to attend college. But he did not learn to love the Germans who generously allowed him into their higher education, or to love Americans. Rather, while in Germany he learned how to become a fanatical assassin for Allah, a true believer Muslim mass murderer for Islam which proclaims its aim is conquer the world for Allah by the sword, and to rule the world under Sharia law.

Atta and his terrorist gang of Muslim jihadists sent two planes into the Twin Towers; they attacked the Pentagon with another; and they attempted a third attack until Americans aboard that Islamic death flight fought them, bringing down the plane in a Pennsylvania field, sacrificing their own American lives in doing so.

Today, Osama Bin Laden is dead, but Islamic Jihadism is alive and well. Jihadist Islamists are advancing to conquer in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, no matter the utterly specious rhetoric of Barack Hussein Obama in the White House that Islamic jihadism died along with Bin Laden. Today, as the very much alive totalitarian terrorists of Islam have set on flame and taken major cities in Iraq and are advancing on Bhagdad, Obama, like Nero fiddling as Rome burned, announces he is “studying the situation.”

With terrorists of 9-11 or their successors in Islamic jihadism on the march to take over Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria, where on Flag Day in America are the Flags of Americans? Not the government – that is just show. But Americans, at homes, neighborhood? Where are the Americans to march, parade, affirm their patriotism by celebrating the Flag of freedom, signaling that Americans are standing firm against the black flag of Islamist terrorism?

What did happen to all those Flags that were waved with such apparent love of country on 9/12, the day after the 9/11 Muslim massacre of non-combatant innocents in the name of Allah?

We are a nation still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and yet, on Flag Day, June 14, 2014, the Flags of 9/12 no longer appear in an America transformed by Barack Obama and progressive liberalism.

Indeed, where once America reverently observed Flag Day in June in peace as well as war, back in the day when patriotism was a virtue and not viewed as evidence that one has a mental or character defect, President Barack Hussein Obama, acting unilaterally and without any statutory authority or concurrence by Congress, has mandated by proclamartion that June must be observed by Americans as Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Month.

Obama’s decree in a transformed progressive liberal America is apparently the first time in the history of America or any country that a president or monarch has ordered sodomy to be endorsed and honored by citizens, subjects, or serfs.

Obama, a child of the 60’s generation, is perhaps ambulatory proof of Abraham Lincoln’s observation:

“Show me what the children of one generation are learning in their schools; and I will show you the kind of government the next generation will have.”

The generation which produced a 60’s Progressive Liberal in the White House, Obama, also produced those who today lead the American media, and those who lead the educational establishment. All three –Progressive Liberal White House, Media, Government School Establishment — shape public opinion, and public values. All three have combined to teach Americans that diversity, multi-culturalism, and cultural relativism are correct social and political values, while denigrating American exceptionalism and American patriotism, especially “Flag waving” patriotism, which has become derided as a symptom of ignorance, bigotry, unenlightened incompetency, or a kind of mental disease.

Perhaps that is why on Flag Day 2014 there were few parades or large communal observances nor anywhere near the number of Flags that were seen on American homes on 9/12/01, or on Flag Days in earlier generations, including in particular the generation which saved freedom from fascist socialism in World War II.

Indeed, I recently encountered in a national magazine a Progressive Liberal pundit’s denunciation of a conservative by describing him as a person so despicable that he has “the ethics of a Boy Scout, and American Legion patriotism.”

Forgive me if I plead guilty to both on Flag Day 2014, and every day.

For God and Country Forever; Surrender To Tyranny—Never!

(Rees Lloyd, a longtime California civil rights attorney and veterans activist, is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.) Editor’s note: Portland area residents may buy their flags at Rose City Awning and Flag. Find them here.  http://rosecityawning.com/flags-and-flagpoles/american-flag/

No, David Gergen, Obama doesn’t understand Bergdahl outrage because he can’t

The former presidential adviser suggests the Commander in Chief doesn’t understand Bergdahl fall out because so few have served. He’s wrong.

On Sunday mornings I’m usually sitting in a folding metal chair in a darkish multi purpose room at a local elementary school. The school rules about bullying and respect which dance along the walls of the school room are thrown into shadow by the heavy curtains drawn to hold back the Southern California sunshine. Song lyrics are gamely put up on a large screen. The world class musicians play before a smattering of just-folks arrayed to worship. We barely need an amplifier. 

This small but growing group of Christians who meet here near the Pacific Ocean in Orange County, California come from all walks of life. I’ve met a couple who make their living making infomercials, others are in construction, ministry, college, music. There’s a couple who look like they could be part of a bike gang. It’s quite a collection. There’s us. One kid in college, another out of the nest, one adult out of a radio talk job (me) and my husband, who’s in high tech.  What we love about this collection of people–this church–is it’s set up to build nothing. No empires will be built here. No one will get rich from some TV church gig. There will be no building fund. Ever. They’ve planted this church to be a stable teeming with givers. Everything, indeed everyone, will be “given away.”

These people and the what moves them inspire us to be more than we are. We’ve chosen to be here to see if we can live up to the aspirations of this body of people, to be tasked by God to give ourselves away. There’s no hiding. Everybody there understands what this body is all about. 

The collective church is filled with people like these. In fact, armies of missionaries are sent out to selflessly “give themselves” away.  We have friends who began freely preaching in Nigeria and now must dodge the Boko Haram/Taliban types. Our former pastor and his wife are ministering in Tibet. 

There are secular groups that do some of this. Our friend’s daughter went into the Peace Corps. She deployed to Kazakhstan where she coincidentally worked drilling water wells in the same area as our Portland church’s missionaries. I’ve taught other peoples’ kids how to read. So has my sister. My husband and I have taught Sunday school for years. He’s been a soccer coach. My oldest daughter uses her money to buy dog food for the pups of a bunch of downtown Portland homeless men. My youngest has traveled halfway around the world to help victims of sex traffickers. Craig Ramey, a Lake Oswego, Oregon parent and business owner, loses thousands of dollars in lost business every year coaching his Little League team. Last year they went to the Little League World Series.

My friend Linda has toiled for years balancing the books for a Portland area soccer program. Somebody’s got to be the bean counter. That’s on top of all the other off-the-books giving she does. My road dawg Melissa has started a successful charity to help other parents who have gone through the battles of childhood sarcoma. My other buddy Karen and her husband have funded more foundations and given more of their time and money to other people than any other couple I know. My friend Rees fights for veterans without pay every single day. My friend Kelley sits every week with an elderly neighbor who has no family. My brother in law gave away his talents as a doctor for years. He set up a clinic for women with no doctors. He spent ten years giving local high school students “the talk.” Talk about your thankless work.

Back in Southern California, church is where you can usually find me, my husband and kids when they’re in town on Sunday morning. Except today. On this Sunday morning I sat in front of a TV watching Face the Nation. I heard the chatter about reputed deserter, Bowe Bergdahl, the Army Sergeant who walked outside of the wire to find the enemy and, uh, found ’em alright. He was taken hostage and eventually traded by this president for five high level Haqqani Network/Taliban bad guys. If you’re keeping book, they’re the enemy.

Former White House adviser David Gergen said he understood how the president failed to predict the response of  an outraged American people because so few Americans have served in the military. This was a defense of the COMMANDER IN CHIEF and the people he has chosen to work for him.

Gergen claimed because a mere 1% of the American people have served in the armed service it was impossible for White House staffers and the president to predict the outraged response of the American people to this bad deal. They’d miscalculated,

DAVID GERGEN: But the way they then presented it ignited this firestorm because it showed so little understanding of how people in the military, in the active duty militaries saw him and saw what he had done. And I– I think it– in some degree reflects the Gulf that is between the one percent who served today and the rest of the civilian population. Most of the people who work in the White House have never been in the military.

They couldn’t understand, he implied, why decent people recoiled against the characterization of Bergdahl’s service of honor and distinction. The White House staffers, he implied, were on their heels at the response of those who took great umbrage at the besmirching of his platoon mates, calling them Swiftboaters, in an attempt to somehow diminish their standing.

The truth is the White House staffers and their clueless leader didn’t get any of it. They thought stagecraft and optics would win the day and they were  so wholly and spectacularly wrong. It was a big fat Broadway flop. They learned of the outrage only when the throngs of Americans–right and left–spit their fiery, venomous anger at the White House like the phut, phut, phut, phut of a .50cal machine spraying gun fire at an encroaching enemy.

Every Sunday, on church benches and folding chairs alike, every afternoon on the field of play or in a school, a field in Kazakhstan, or a hut in Nigeria there are millions of Americans who know what it is like to “give themselves away” and to work for something greater than themselves. The vast majority do so without pay or thanks or anything. A plaque, maybe.

It is honorable work.

There is no attempt  here to equate those who teach kids to read with an American who volunteered to sling an M-4 over his shoulder and patrol a perimeter in the moonless night in the Afghanistan Kush. But that’s the point. We don’t need to experience that to know how the man in the White House has so misjudged the American people and our appreciation of our soldiers who give themselves away and work for something bigger than themselves. We get it.

The president should have known.

But he did not. 

Busted California Democrat Yee offered to connect informant with terrorist group

yeeDemocrat State Senator Yee is not a garden variety California Corruptocrat.The FBI says Yee offered to broker a deal between an informant and a “Muslim separatist” group in Philippines.

A California Democrat Senator was busted Wednesday and his offices scrubbed by FBI looking for clues into his alleged nefarious dealings with gun dealers, corruptocrats and a Chinatown felon. 

yee2The biggest part of the story isn’t that Yee is the third California Democrat recently to be indicted, nor that he portrays himself as a tough on guns lawmaker and was gun dealing, or even that he hangs out with some genuine bad actors with membership in the Chinese Triad.

No, for my money, when the Democrat candidate for California Secretary of State offers to hook up an FBI informant with rifles and missile launchers from a renegade Muslim separatist group –a terrorist organization–you’ve got some big problems in little China. From the Union Tribune:

Investigators said Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired missiles, and explained the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the U.S., according to an affidavit by FBI agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.

The FBI says group with which Yee claimed to have contact is the Moro Islamic Liberation Front–MILF (really)–which has been warring with the government of the Philippines for decades. The group is known for beheadings, assassinations and kidnappings. 

According to the FBI document, Yee actually offered some insight into the group’s recent peace treaty with the government of the Philippines. Yee claimed the ‘peace’ was a blind by the government to hide its corruption. 

Here’s the 137 page affidavit supporting an indictment of Yee and several others. 

Needless to say, Yee’s campaign for California’s Secretary of State might–just might–have been set back a bit.

Judge orders Google to censor “Innocence of Muslims,” the film wrongly blamed for Benghazi attack

Film wrongly blamed for attacks on US Embassy in Cairo and Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12 ordered removed. Benghazi film

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 today to order Google to remove the movie trailer, Innocence of Muslims from its YouTube channel following a complaint by one of the actors. 

From the Chicago Tribune,

The plaintiff, Cindy Lee Garcia, had objected to the film after learning that it incorporated a clip she had made for a different movie, which had been partially dubbed and in which she appeared to be asking: “Is your Mohammed a child molester?” For many Muslims, any depiction of the prophet is considered blasphemous.

Garcia argued she retained partial copyright to the movie and sued to demand Google take it down. Two justices agreed. Google argued the first amendment and specifically prior restraint trumped Garcia’s claim. 

Garcia, pictured above, has expressed concern for her safety following the release of the trailer, afraid she’d be targeted by Islamic terrorists.

Then Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama apologized for the video the day before Al Qaeda Chief Ayman Zawahiri’s brother helped lead an attempted take over of the US Embassy in Cairo. Al Qaeda black flags and anarchist symbols were openly displayed. Later, the Benghazi diplomatic mission was sacked by terrorists. Ambassador Chris Stevens, aide Sean Smith and two security officers, former Navy SEALS Ty Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in the battle. 

To pacify angry Islamists, the director of the film was arrested in the middle of the  night and basically held as a political prisoner. He was perp-walked before the cameras of tipped off reporters. Obama Administration officials said he was picked up on probation violations. Sure.Benghazi film maker arrest 2 good

As we know now, the video was little seen. The movie trailer in fact was not responsible for the terrorist activities according to after action reports of the Benghazi attack by the CIA and State Department. It’s clear the attack on the diplomatic mission was planned well ahead of any discussion of the video. 

Google says it will appeal the ruling. We’ll see. Many high profile people have been silenced by the sword of Islam. Or have you forgotten about Theo Van Gogh, Daniel Pearl, South Park’s censored depiction of Mohamed and the death threats from Danish Mohamed cartoons? 

Sharpe: Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity

“Top Ten List of America’s Stupidity”

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10) Only in America … could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

9) Only in America … could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black. 41% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans – 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!

8) Only in America … could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

7) Only in America … can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

6) Only in America … would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

flag gif5) Only in America … could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

4) Only in America … could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check, buy alcohol, get served in a bar, ship by UPS, buy an airline ticket, but not to vote.

3) Only in America … could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

2) Only in America … could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

1) Only in America … could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

Victor Sharpe is a writer, musician and expert on the Middle East. This is reprinted by permission.

Oregon Terrorist Mohamed Mohamud Writes Apology Letter for Bomb Plot

Terrorist writes letter of apology seeking lenient sentence
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Convicted Oregon terrorist Mohamed Mohamud has sent a letter of apology to a Federal judge in a bid for leniency before his scheduled sentencing next week. Mohamud faces life in prison for helping to plan a bombing on November 26, 2010 that would have vaporized thousands of Christmas revelers at Portland’s Pioneer Square at the tree lighting ceremony. The then 19 year old terrorist twice tried to dial the code that would have detonated the bomb. 

Instead, the FBI intercepted Mohamud as he reached out to terrorists, including notorious imam, Anwar al Awlaki (the imam to the Fort Hood Shooter and two 9/11 hijackers), and Samir Khan, the publisher of online terrorist magazines Jihad Recollections and Inspire, and members of Al Shabab, the Somali franchise of Al Qaeda. 

Although Mohamud was portrayed during his trial as an innocent college student who had been cajoled by the opportunistic FBI, his letter to Judge Garr King showed it to be a lie. As he said in his letter,

I have renounced and I again renounce my former beliefs.

Mohamud began his letter by claiming he was horror stricken by the person he saw on the (FBI surveillance) tapes.

I keep asking myself, ‘Is that really me on the tape?’ My heart is filled with remorse, shame, sorrow, misery every time I think of my actions that day.

Convicted terrorist, Mohamed Mohamud, says he's sorry to America for bombing plot.
Convicted terrorist, Mohamed Mohamud, says he’s sorry to America for bombing plot.

He also tried to strike a chord with the countrymen who took him in as his own him, Somalia, was riven with war and jihad.

“I have hurt not only my family and my friends, who had thought so well of me, but also my fellow Americans who had trusted me as their fellow compatriot. I am sorry, and I hope they can forgive me.”

 

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He also offered to “speak to young Muslims to help keep them away from the path of extremism.” If he can keep Muslims from extremist beliefs and terroristm in Federal prison, that would be quite a feat. The prison system is among the greatest recruitment areas for Muslim extremists. 

See other stories about the letter here and here. Find my posts about the Mo Mo trial below:

 

 

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  1. Mohamud Trial Day 11: Mo Mo to Nurse: “Al Qaeda  – Victoria Taft

    www.victoriataft.com/mohamud-trial-day-11-momo-to-nurse-al-qaeda-…

    Jan 29, 2013 – The prosecution finished presenting its case yesterday against Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The 21 year old is accused of trying to use a 

  2. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 4: Mo Mo’s Martyr Tape

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-4-mo-mos-martyr-…

    Jan 15, 2013 – Mo Mo made a martyr tape. Oh, yes, he did. While the would-be jihadi never said he wanted to be martyred, just ‘operational’ (see yesterday’s 

  3. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 3: Mo Mo’s Jihad Recollections

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-3-mo-mos-jihad.ht…

    Jan 15, 2013 – Background: Mohamed Osman Mohamud is on trial for trying to detonate a bomb to vaporize thousands of Portlanders during “The Tree” 

  4. VICTORIA TAFT: Mo Mo Trial Starts Today.

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/momo-trial-starts-today.html

    Jan 10, 2013 – Previous posts on the Mohamed Mohamud case: http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/12/mo-mos-other-mosque-eight-terrorists-in.html

  5. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 9: “Champagne and a Blunt”

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-9-champagne-and-…

    Jan 27, 2013 – Mohamud Trial Day 9: “Champagne and a Blunt”. Defense attorneys in the terrorism case against Mohamed Osman Mohamud (Mo Mo) spent 

  6. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 8: There’s a “Portland Mosque 

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-8-theres-portland….

    Jan 24, 2013 – When the informant asked Mohamud how “these guys get their things” –referring to weapons– Mo Mo told him they shouldn’t discuss such 

  7. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 7: “Dial it Again.”

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-7-dial-it-again.htm…

    Jan 20, 2013 – It was a bomb Mohamed Mohamud declared “beautiful” earlier in the day. The bomb  It was a toggle switch Mo Mo himself had purchased.

  8. VICTORIA TAFT: Mo Mo Trial Day 5: “The Tree is the Bait for the Fish”

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/momo-trial-day-5-tree-is-bait-for-fish….

    Jan 17, 2013 – It was an effort to neutralize the defense’s claim that Mo Mo was entrapped into the terrorist plot. Video showed Mohamud getting excited at the 

  9. VICTORIA TAFT: Mohamud Trial Day 10: “I’m Having the Greatest 

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/mohamud-trial-day-10-im-having-grea…

    Jan 28, 2013 – Raed Abdelli, one of Mohamud’s college buddies, recounted in court Abdelli said he saw Mo Mo outside the JC Penney at the outlet mall in 

  10. VICTORIA TAFT: Day 13: The Mohamud Case Goes to the Jury

    victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/day-13-mohamud-case-goes-to-jury.ht…

    Jan 31, 2013 – The jury is now considering whether Mohamed Mohamud was enticed The defense argued Mo Mo was simply a talker not a doer and was 

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    1. Mo Mo Trial Day 6: “He Was Talking About Religion  – Victoria Taft

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/momo-trial-day-6-he-was-talking-abo…

      Jan 18, 2013 – Mo Mo’s defense attorneys know better than that, of course. Mohamudhimself is heard on tape talking about becoming a mujahid, how his 

    2. VICTORIA TAFT: Day 12 Mohamud Trial: “Your Honor, the Defense 

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/day-12-mohamud-trial-your-honor-de…

      Jan 29, 2013 – The defense has rested in case of Mohamed Mohamud in a  The defense witness said Mo Mo demonstrated this by drinking, taking drugs and 

    3. VICTORIA TAFT: GUILTY VERDICT IN MOHAMUD TRIAL

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/guilty-verdict-in-mohamud-trial.html

      Jan 31, 2013 – Day 13: Mohamud Trial Goes to Jury (Explainer of Case) · Closing Arguments: Guess  Day 3: Mo Mo’s Jihad Recollections · Mo Mo Trial Starts 

    4. The Muslim Student Association: Where Mo Mo Met  – Victoria Taft

      victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/muslim-student-association-where-mo-…

      Nov 30, 2010 – When and where did Mo Mo become radicalized?  At a second meeting in August 2010, Mohamud allegedly told undercover FBI operatives