Here’s one of my appearances with Graham Ledger on “The Daily Ledger” on One America News Network. If you’re easily triggered you’ll want to take a pass.
(nice feature photo, huh?)
Here’s one of my appearances with Graham Ledger on “The Daily Ledger” on One America News Network. If you’re easily triggered you’ll want to take a pass.
(nice feature photo, huh?)
Portland’s Professional Protesters™ have made stopping traffic a hallmark of their activism. Timid politicians, such as Mayor Ted Wheeler, allow Antifa and other Leftist protesters to halt traffic with impunity. As a result, there’s an outsized sense of power that comes from being able to stop someone on a whim. But on Saturday night one of Antifa’s most notorious activists found out that not everyone stops on his command.
Sean D. Kealiher was killed in front of the unofficial Antifa headquarters, Cider Riot, while trying to stop a speeding SUV.
Kealiher reportedly tried to halt an SUV and was run over. By the time the cops got there, Kealiher had been dragged into a private car and dumped at a local hospital where he died. The NE Portland cidery was quiet.
There isn’t a lot of information about the attack. That’s by design, of course. The people who wear masks to hide their identities took to Twitter to order silence to the media and to the “pigs”:
The tweets say:
“Sean/Armenios [sic] family has asked that we not talk to the press.
“No media response at all. none [sic]. no talking to them period. [sic] please respect this. [sic]”
“Your words can impact the survivors, the organizing on a large scale and the family getting support. Don’t let the press platform off this and dont [sic] let the pigs build cases. Consider not telling stories on public fb pages/organizing pages (keep it in the community).///”
The Portland Police are investigating it as a homicide. The medical examiner has determined that it was a homicide from blunt force internal injuries.
The Antifa bar reportedly was filled with friendlies. A fight reportedly broke out and, before too long, Kealiher was stepping into the street to stop an SUV speeding away. Shots reportedly were fired at the SUV by Antifa members.
Judging by Antifa’s reaction this looks like fratricide.
A Facebook post by someone who appears to be with Patriot Prayer held additional information culled from social media reports. The info has not been verified:
Despite the apparent circumstances of his death, Kealiher, who also goes by his nom de guerre, “Armeanio,” is being groomed for martyr status:
May he rest in power as we carry on in his honor.
After Kealiher was hit there reportedly were shots fired at the SUV. The SUV either hit, or came close to hitting, the Democratic Party headquarters in Portland.
Antifa and local anarchists, but I repeat myself, then vandalized the DPO:
Portland’s Police Commissioner and Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has been stridently on the side of Antifa over law-abiding Portlanders, sent sympathies to the violent thug and his family:
See those roses in the photo above? Those represent Rose City Antifa.
Though it goes without saying, Antifa is a continuing criminal enterprise that apparently derives funds to offer the family of this thug “support.” From whence does that “support” come?
It has also encourages members and allies to obstruct justice and suborn perjury.
Why Ted Wheeler continues to support these Leftist thugs is a mystery. But that’s (social) ‘justice’ in Multnomah county.
Here’s KGW TV’s story about it:
It’s a tune on practically every wedding dance mix, it brings down the house at the local karaoke night, the lyrics are memorized by many people over the age of 40(?) and the song is a near-parody of itself. But if you’re a supervisor at Portland Police Bureau, singing it will get you suspended for five days.
That was the punishment meted out to a PPB supervisor by the Police Review Board for singing the song “in front of members of other agencies, using poor judgment and acting unprofessionally,” according to a little snippet in The Oregonian. The item was tucked at the bottom of a story by the newspaper:
A police supervisor was suspended for one week for singing the lyrics of an undisclosed song in front of members of other agencies, using poor judgment and acting unprofessionally. The majority of the board also found the song constituted a violation of the city rule against workplace harassment and discrimination. The board summary redacted the name of the song, where it was sung and the supervisor’s name.
Though no one wanted to drop a dime on the cop, I did manage to get some unconfirmed details about the song deemed so egregious, so offensive, so harassing that the supervisor needed to sit out for a week.
Here it is. “Baby Got Back” by vintage hip hop artist Sir Mix-A-Lot:
Sir Mix-A-Lot was in Portland headlining a concert at the Portland Rose Festival on May 25th on the waterfront. Here was the ad copy for the concert:
Sir Mix-A-Lot knows how to get a booty-shaking party going, and he’s been doing just that in the Rose Festival RoZone since 2015! DJ Doc Rock opens the show on Saturday, May 25 (at 8:00 p.m.).
An unconfirmed (though likely spot-on) report says that a supervisor overseeing the police providing security at the event launched into singing the lyrics to the song, thus offending the sensibilities of command officials.
So, shaking your booty is fine for a Rose Festival crowd but not for the cops providing security for it.
To be sure, the song’s nasty. But it’s such an ingrained part of the musical landscape it’s hard to believe that anyone would take personal umbrage at it.
The Portland Police Bureau has witnessed a stream of officers tossing in their badges and moving to other police departments or retiring recently.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.
The Bureau, overseen by far Left Mayor Ted Wheeler, has to be one of the toughest places to work on the planet. Cops are frequently told to stand-down as Portland Professional Protesters™*, especially the violent and vile Antifa protesters, trash downtown all the while spitting on the cops, yelling in their faces, and hurling invective so offensive that it makes Sir Mix-A-Lot seem tame by comparison.
Cops constantly must walk a politically correct line in precious, ‘progressive’ Portland for fear of hurting the sensibilities of the thugs who wish them dead.
I’ve heard of cops being suspended for excessive force, lying or stealing, but suspended – for an entire week – for singing a song?
In dirty, violent Portland – Bridge City – that’s just a bridge too far for the politically ‘correct’ Left.
Oh. My. God. Becky.
There’s drama in Antifa-world. One of the thugs who leads the gang of violent protesters in Portland, Luis Marquez, has issued a fatwa against a former ally/member of the group who is well known to the readers of this website.
Marquez, a frequent arrestee on the Portland Professional Protester™ scene, responded on Twitter to an Oregonian article describing how frequent protester (and multiple felon) Benjamin Kerensa successfully (and ironically) got a cop suspended from duty. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
[T]he Citizen Review Committee voted 7-0 that Smith had violated the truthfulness policy in a case involving protester Benjamin Kerensa.
Smith admitted to falsely telling Kerensa that he didn’t have the right to film officers and threatened Kerensa that he could be arrested if he didn’t stop.Oregonian
You’d think there would be cheers in Antifa-Land, but instead there was this reaction from Marquez:
Interesting reaction, “Fuck Kerensa – he is dangerous and harmful to all leftist [sic] – fuck that man.” Marquez is a drama queen, but it was notable that Kerensa warranted a double f-word reply.
I tried to find out why he was turning on Kerensa, but, predictably and boringly, he called me a “racist” and didn’t answer my query.
Readers of this website know that Benjamin Jacob Kerensa is a multiple-convicted felon. He’s gone to both federal and state prison for a variety of crimes including hacking, impersonating law enforcement officers, including an FBI agent, perpetrating bomb hoaxes on federal buildings and a Navy ship and is an accused perjurer and Antifa ally.
After his life as an inmate ended, Kerensa came to Oregon and became a part of the Portland Professional Protesters™ world. He’s been around for a few years photographing and participating in protests.
Kerensa worked the system to get the cop suspended for not letting him video a protest, but just four months before, in July 2016, he, along with others, carried out attacks against videographer and journalist Michael Strickland to stop him from filming a protest.
Kerensa worked with cops to get other videographers, Leo Stratton and Nate Millsap, thrown out of protests, following the Strickland attack. Kerensa also tried to force Strickland from using his name in public at the risk of being jailed. Local prosecutors attempted to get third parties (me) included in the outrageous request. It was blocked.
You’d think that a guy with Kerensa’s rap sheet and Anti First Amendment proclivities that he’d be a natural blood brother with Marquez and the Antifa coven. But Marquez’s tweet put an official end to that. The question is why?
When Antifa and official Portland, but I repeat myself, pretended to be outraged over a story about Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson sending Portland Police intelligence officer a video, which led to the arrest of an Antifa member, I laughed.
Who else do you think sends cops pictures and video of protesters?
I’m guessing that’s why Marquez said “fuck Kerensa.”
Former Marine Shane Kohfield was one of a handful of people who attended a protest outside Mayor Ted Wheeler’s house in SW Portland in July. The protesters, armed with a small bullhorn, complained that Wheeler had never condemned Antifa by name and hadn’t done anything to curb the violence committed by the masked anarcho-communist group.
Kohfield was handed the bullhorn and spent about 2-1/2 minutes explaining how he’d spent an entire day with Antifa at a recent protest. He said he wanted to learn about his ‘enemy.’ He concluded that he’d treated everyone well and that Antifa hit people “like little bitches.” He said he’d tried to sue them and then attempted to get law enforcement to take a look at his evidence of Antifa wrong doing. See the video of his remarks below.
What he said next raised some eyebrows:
And then I sent a letter to … someone in Congress [Navy SEAL turned Congressman Dan Crenshaw]. And the first four pages are me explaining how dire the situations are and how they’re going to start killing us. The first four pages were my desire for peace and my fifth page said … if Antifa gets to the point where they start killing us, I’m going to kill them next. And I told them I would slaughter, and I had a detailed plan to … but the point is, Antifa’s gotten to the point where we have to protect ourselves. We have no desire to fight, we have no desire for violence, but we need to be prepared for it if it happens.Stumptown Matters/YouTube
Everyone has a natural right to defend themselves or loved ones. But, Kohfield appeared to veer off the usual right-of-center fare by explaining he’d written a letter to a Congressman explaining his “detailed plan” for “slaughtering” Antifa if they killed people on the right. He said the situation in Portland was getting “dire,” which isn’t wrong. But then he said it out loud in public.
It didn’t take long for someone to invoke Oregon’s Red Flag law and haul him in. Kohfield was surrounded by multiple police officers as he left a relative’s house in Prineville. He ‘voluntarily’ gave himself over to them.
The Washington Examiner reports that the Joint Terrorism Task Force rolled him up and hauled him off to the VA for 20 days to get ‘help’ for his wrong think. The Oregonian reports that the Capitol Police already had Kohfield on their radar because of the letter.
The Military Times reported that Kohfield wasn’t charged with anything, though he was locked up:
…Kohfield, 32, was not charged with any crime, but surrendered five guns, including an AR-15 rifle, according to Phil Lemman, Oregon’s acting deputy state court administrator, the Washington Examiner reported.
Based on the court order, Kohfield – who served two tours of duty in Iraq — was committed to a veterans hospital for 20 days and was barred from participating in subsequent protests in Portland.
The Military Times
Kohfield’s Dad reportedly told police that his son suffered from bi-polar disorder and PTSD after his two tours of duty in Iraq. He’d been drinking heavily recently. It’s unclear if his dad had a say in whether his son would be committed.
Kohfield told The Oregonian that he gave the appearance of being “unhinged” in the video (see it below):
“I looked unhinged. I looked dangerous and have the training to be dangerous.” [emphasis added]
You’ll note Kohfield didn’t acknowledge he was dangerous and violent. Maybe he wasn’t in a position to know. Odd, that with so much known about this case, we don’t know that.
It was only the sixth time Clackamas County invoked the law, according to The Oregonian. Of the 98 red flag law uses in Multnomah County, there’s no telling if it’s ever been used on the demonstrated violent excesses of Antifa. Interestingly, we know all about Kohfield, though.
Antifa actually commits dangerous and violent acts, manifestly unprovoked, and constantly threatens people on the right, me included, in an attempt to stop us up from speaking out. So far I haven’t heard of one Red Flag call on their members. I haven’t heard of Antifa members, constantly committing acts of violence and threats against people with whom they disagree, being committed to a hospital for wrong think.
You might think multiple-time arrestee, proud Antifa member, and long-time Portland Professional Protester™, Luis Marquez, would be a good candidate for this treatment.
But if you’re Marquez, it’s catch and release and then onto the next violent and unhinged protest.
I could go on. You’ll notice, however, that the clearly unhinged (watch the videos) Marquez is free to go about his violent, threatening protests as often as he wants, against people with whom he has a political difference. He doesn’t like what they’re saying. He’s willing to hurt them for their political viewpoints. He wants them banished and hushed because he doesn’t like their viewpoint.
Antifa has made it a cottage industry of dismissing anyone who doesn’t agree with them as a “nazi,” “neo nazi” or “white supremacist” – even when they’re a person of color and don’t hew to that viewpoint. It doesn’t matter. Antifa members consider themselves super heroes. Their magic cloaks are the masks over their faces. Everyone else is a Nazi.
Institutional Portland has picked up on the labels. You’ll notice that Mayor Ted Wheeler was only concerned about right wing groups showing up for the August 18th protest. His concern was not about Antifa, which routinely and reliably starts the violence. It was a colossal example of civic gaslighting.
Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi conflated concern about “white supremacism” with gun violence. This was intentionally meant to smear gun owners and reduce them to racists.
A “straight pride parade” troll was recast by antifa as a “white supremacist.” Far Leftists, like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, gave bail money to arrested violent antifa members who’d issued beat downs:
Not to sound pedantic, but the point of all of this gaslighting is the Left’s attempt to arrogate power to itself by shutting down other viewpoints.
Antifa are the human silencers. The shock troops.
Antifa stands for anti-first-amendment. That’s why this slogan, coined at VictoriaTaft.com last March, is picking up steam.
But even center-left Democrats know Wheeler and Antifa are bad news. They’d be booed, targeted, slimed and doxxed if they ever said so out loud, however. It’s possibly why Wheeler can’t be honest and call out Antifa. It’s why he lets them hide behind masks.
It’s why this meme is so popular:
I know there are real racists out there. I saw those tools with torches the night before the clash with Antifa on the streets of Charlottesville and shook my head. It made me sick. Horrible. (Trigger alert: Torch-holding racists, Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler are Leftists by the way.)
Antifa never was blamed for its part in that deadly melee. That was by design too.
Another irony. Considering that the Portland City Council has had a hate/hate relationship with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, it’s more than a little rich that they’re lauding it for its part in rolling up a protester – because he’s a Trump-hat-wearing-right-of-center guy.
Kohfield may get his Second Amendment rights restored to him. Someday. He may be able to go to a protest to practice his First Amendment rights again at a protest. Someday. He may get wonderful help at the VA. And I hope that is so. For now, however, he’s been silenced.
The man who went to a SE Portland bar a week ago Friday and was beaten by Portland Professional Protesters™ while wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat went to another bar before the beating and got into a shouting match with patrons there.
Now Antifa and “The Oregonian” newspaper think they’ve unearthed a “gotcha!” moment.
Here’s some of the background as I reported here:
KPTV and Gateway Pundit report that Luke Lenzner was on a date night with his wife and walked into Growler’s Taproom on SE Hawthorne in inner SE Portland in the early hours of August 17th. The bartender told him they weren’t serving anymore so Lezner left. As he did so, surveillance tape shows he pointed to his hat.VictoriaTaft.com
As I recounted:
Apparently, that red hat was just too much for Portland Professional Protesters™ who met Lezner out on the side walk, “circled him,” attacked him and then cold cocked him.VictoriaTaft.com
Lezner told KPTV:
“I got mobbed by everybody that was in that bar outside. People came from the inside out – just circled me and my wife.”
After the beating and the understandable outrage over the beat-down, including a hate-rain on Antifa, “The Oregonian” ‘found’ a video that the reporter obviously believed provided more context to the story about the tap room beating.
It seems Lenzner and his wife went to another bar before going to the tap room. At “The Vern,” Lenzner was seen yelling at customers:
The video shows an outburst by Lenzner – and a boorish one at that. He yells at patrons who lustily yell back at him. But notice where the 1:18 video starts. It starts after Lenzner starts his braying.
“The Oregonian” reported that the man who took the video, Michael Radosevich, “locked eyes” with Lezner [sic] and believed he was “looking for a fight”:
“The second I locked eyes with him there was no doubt in my mind he was looking for a fight,” Michael Radosevich told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Tuesday. Footage captured by Radosevich shows the man hurling expletives and pointing at people inside The Vern on Friday night while claiming he served in the military and had been disrespected.
Maybe he was looking for a fight and didn’t get one. Doesn’t it make you want to know what happened before his outburst?
The Oregonian doesn’t, else that line of questioning would have been pursued and included in its post.
Antifa surely does not care what happened before.
After all … the hat…
Portland Antifa members and allies (forget deleting them, boys, I have them screen capped) reacted to the video by saying Lenzner deserved the beat down:
“Guy goes to a bar to troll people and gets beat up [sic] Well [sic] maybe he should have went [sic] to a bar to troll people [sic] Can’t really have sympathy for people looking for fights that get them [sic] That’s like having Sympathy [sic] for the school bully when he gets checked [sic]”Twitter
Antifa allies (or members) waxed psychological about the possible underpinnings of Lenzner’s actions which resulted in his beat down at the hands of Portland Professional Protesters™:
They believe Lenzner went on a date night with his wife to pick a fight. Let’s assume they’re right for a second. No fight occurred at “The Vern.” Lenzner was boisterous and called out the customers, at one point actually lying about his ‘military service (he’s not a veteran),’ for which he apologized later.
I’d love to know what happened before his outburst.
Then, Lenzner went to the tap house with his hat on and was beaten by Portland Professional Protesters™ who have been arrested at protests before.
Over the years, I’ve interviewed some pretty spectacular guests. Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Charles Manson, and Andy McCarthy, who successfully prosecuted the terrorists who tried to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993, have both presented me with strains of the same question, which I think is pertinent now:
What would it take to get you to [murder/commit and act of terrorism/beat up a guy in a MAGA hat]?
And that’s the question left unanswered by this video, the patrons and even Mr. Lenzner.
The answer should be that it would take nothing to get you to beat up a guy with a MAGA hat.
If Lenzner went to troll people at a bar on Friday night, that’s uncivil and not nice. It’s boorish, inadvisable and the height of douchebaggery.
Things have deteriorated to such an extent in Portland these days that people don’t even stop to ask the question. And that didn’t start with Lenzner.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler should condemn what happened to a man in a Portland bar a week ago Friday. However, the ‘leader’ who has given Antifa a pass while condemning ‘right wing’ protesters with a full blown civic gaslighting, is unlikely to do so.
KPTV and Gateway Pundit report that Luke Lenzner was on a date night with his wife and walked into Growler’s Taproom on SE Hawthorne inner SE Portland in the early hours of August 17th. The bartender told him they weren’t serving anymore so Lezner left. As he did so, surveillance tape shows he pointed to his hat.
Apparently, that red hat was just too much for Portland Professional Protesters™ who met Lezner out on the side walk, “circled him,” attacked him and then cold cocked him.
Lezner told KPTV:
“I got mobbed by everybody that was in that bar outside. People came from the inside out – just circled me and my wife.”
They surrounded him like jackals:
“Surrounding me, like literally surrounding me, pushing me. I’m just trying to get through, trying to stop the person from hitting me, from taking my hat, and then I get sucker punched,” Lenzner told FOX 12.
The two arrested are no strangers to Portland police, either.
The two perps, 22-year-old Leopold A. Hauser and 23-year-old Adebisi A. Okuneye, were hunted by police after Lezner gave him their license plate number.
It makes you wonder a few things.
Is Portland safe for Republicans or Trump supporters anymore? Portland’s
Can a guy with a Trump hat even get a beer in this town anymore without getting beaten up by Antifa?
As he told the gathering before the planned Proud Boy, Patriot Prayer march August 17th, “violence is not a civil right.”
As I proposed last March, Antifa isn’t anti-‘fascist,’ the group is anti-First Amendment.
Wheeler would do well to remember that his demonized ‘right wingers,’ once again, had nothing to do with this act of violence and the violence that occurred had to do with a man wearing a hat – an act protected by the First Amendment.
Leftist leadership allowed this bigoted institutionalized balkanization. This is what you call institutionalized bigotry.
Now, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Mayor? If past is prologue, the answer to that question is … nothing.
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.
An Oregon man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Portland and Multnomah County after he was the one arrested when his vehicle was attacked by Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters on Halloween 2018. None of the protesters was arrested.
Mark Dickerson was trying to find a parking spot in downtown Portland. As he drove slowly along 4th Avenue, Dickerson was blocked by Black Lives Matter and Antifa members. As they parted to finally let him through, a man, who couldn’t be seen behind the group, intentionally backed into his vehicle.
Watch the video, which was posted on Dickerson’s GoFundMe page and depicted as an “insurance scam,” which it most certainly could be.
Protesters attacked his car with fists, sticks and protest signs. And, as I noted in my previous post about this case yelled hateful epithets at Dickerson:
“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.VictoriaTaft.com
When he slowly moved forward as the protesters parted, Dickerson was obviously concerned about the protesters to his right and claims not have seen this man intentionally back into his car until he did it.
Dickerson got clear of the protesters and then stopped when he saw police coming to his aid. Or so he thought. In fact, Dickerson was the one arrested for the incident.
Earlier in October of 2018, another man was chased and his car pummeled by Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters. Portland police stood by and did nothing. It’s entirely possible Dickerson was in fear for his life when he found himself in the same predicament.
As I reported at the time, a Multnomah County judge – shockingly – tossed out the case against Dickerson when the man who intentionally walked into his truck failed to show up to court to testify against him.
It’s entirely possible that Arthuray Dudley, reportedly the brother of a man killed by Portland police who was the subject of the protest, didn’t want to set foot in a Multnomah County courtroom because he’d seen enough of them:
Arthuray, it turns out, far from being a ‘victim’ as he told KATU in his attempt to sell a ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative –
– is a longtime Portland cocaine runner. Arthuray was arrested multiple times in 2010, again in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Dickerson, whose wife claims has never had a scrape with the law, wants his life and reputation back.
Dickerson had to sell his beloved horse to help get the $10,000 to hire a defense attorney for his criminal trial.
Not being a wealthy man, he’s mounting his own legal case against both the City of Portland and Multnomah County for false arrest, civil rights violations and malicious prosecution. He’s asking for a minimum of $500,000 in damages.
It’s going to be an uphill battle. This guy needs an attorney.
There he was, Ted Wheeler on “Fox News” mayorsplaining that Portland does not “tolerate” ‘violence” or “vandalism” at protests.
For anyone who’s watched the Portland’s Professional Protesters™ over the years this was new intelligence. After the initial burst of incredulous laughter, one seriously had to wonder where Ted had been all these years.
Presumably, the man who’s served on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and statewide office, remembers history, even on his own watch as Portland’s top elected official. Is it possible that he could have missed May Day violence – any May Day – in Portland? Had he forgotten anarchist violence and vandalism on any given day? Did he honestly not remember attacks by Antifa in the days after election day? The violence? The vandalism? Remember the trail of violence along Hawthorne all those years ago? The threats? Screaming animal ‘rights’ protesters putting Portland taxpaying companies out of business? Photos of blown up SUV’s set afire by the eco protesters? Surrounding OSU researcher homes and threatening their lives? Broken windows at the GOP HQ? Did he not remember the unprovoked attacks on Michael Strickland and Andy Ngo? Did he honestly not see Antifa protesters and Black Lives Matter protesters blocking traffic and chasing an elderly man down the street? Has he forgotten about local jihadis and “The Family?” The Occupy IED’s? Assault on the cops?
I’ve been quite seriously covering the Portland Professional Protesters™ for nearly 20 years. Ted Wheeler apparently missed it all. Maybe his head’s been down the overflowing toilet at Occupy Portland all this time … ?
Wheeler blamed the “far right” for apparently all problems on the Portland protest scene:
We’re seeing a rise in hate speech and in intolerance, in division, in racism. And all of these things are coming to a head. … We’re seeing more people from the far right, including white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and others that are coming to Portland because they know that there will be a conflict. And that’s what they want, they want conflict … and inTed Wheeler
Oh, look. Here’s Antifa. That’s a lead weight in one guy’s hand a double brass knuckles on the other guy’s hands.
When interrupted by the host who asked if Antifa bore any responsibility for this violence (duh), Wheeler shrugged off Antifa’s violent past and stuck with his story that all the violence comes from out of state protesters.
Host: “Well, what about Antifa’s part in that though it’s not as if Antifa’s not looking for a fight I mean you don’t see them as equally to blame in this …?”
Wheeler: “Look it, again, when it comes to enforcement of community standards. We support peoples right to demonstrate. We support peoples’ rights. It’s about enforcing the law and that’s what we’re going to do.
Wheeler seems to be saying that Antifa is part of Portland’s progressive culture and the ‘outsiders’ are here to cause conflict. He seems to think that anyone who takes issue with Antifa is “intolerant” or worse, white nationalist etc. This is interesting. There’s more diversity in Patriot Prayer than in Antifa.
With this white wash interview, Wheeler showed he will ignore Antifa and its violence and embrace this far Left socialist group’s attack on speech.
Updated with more video from Stumptown Matters and photos.
The Multnomah County DA’s office has charged the leader of the Patriot Prayer group, Joey Gibson, with “riot” for initiating a riot with riotous behavior, which resulted in no riot on May 1, 2019. Got that?
The charge issued against Gibson on Thursday appears to be a shot-across-the-bow timed to do something even if it’s wrong before the planned march by conservative groups in Portland on Saturday. Either that or someone’s sniffing glue at the DA’s office again.
Gibson’s attorney, James Buchal, issued a statement about the charge, accusing the DA of rushing to get Gibson without evidence and without going to a Grand Jury:
The District Attorney claims that Mr. Gibson committed the crime of “riot” (ORS 166.015), which requires proof of “tumultuous and violent conduct” by Mr. Gibson.James Buchal
Buchal implied that the hasty way in which the District Attorney’s office went after Gibson again demonstrated Portland’s two tiered system of justice: One for Antifa and one for everybody else:
[B]y arresting only one side of the alleged “riot,” the District Attorney of Multnomah County is by all appearances acting as a special prosecutor for Antifa.James Buchal
Buchal chided the DA’s office saying that this charge must be the result of a “website malfunction:”
Today an alleged website malfunction at the office of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office has revealed that the District Attorney (without waiting for his grand jury to indict), has rushed to file criminal charges against Mr. Joseph Gibson. The District Attorney claims that Mr. Gibson committed the crime of “riot” (ORS 166.015), which requires proof of “tumultuous and violent conduct” by Mr. Gibson. There are multiple videos of the events at Cider Riot, and not one of them shows Mr. Gibson engaging in violent conduct.James Buchal
Well, I spent way too many hours on Thursday going through and transcribing Gibson’s own livestream video from May 1, 2019 and Buchal’s right. The only ‘riot’ that occurred that day was in the name of the Antifa bar at 8th and NE Couch called “Cider Riot!
The only thing that could be remotely described as ‘provocative’ was Gibson showing up to the Antifa’s hangout.
You may think that’s the dumbest idea in the world, and I get it, but there’s actually no law against walking over and talking to people hanging outside a bar. No, really. Buchal said as much in his statement when he said that the DA’s office is having a very difficult time separating what’s free speech from riot:
These charges represent a total failure of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office to distinguish between violent conduct and the exercise of First Amendment rights.James Buchal
Gibson was pepper sprayed repeatedly and spat on several times by masked Antifa thugs who did so on the Cider Riot! premises and onto the public sidewalk.
Buchal noted as much in his statement:
Mr. Gibson was repeatedly pepper-sprayed and spat upon by violent members of Antifa, none of whom have been arrested or charged for their conduct on May 1st. It is not as though the government is ignorant of the identity of the Antifa combatants; even now, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission refuses to release an investigative report about Cider Riot that Mr. Gibson requested long ago, which should identify other combatants.James Buchal
And after she was de-masked.
I know it must be surprising to hear that Antifa layabouts and their confused part-time anarchist alter-egos patronize a place started by capitalists when so many of these lawless thugs do no more labor than lifting other peoples’ facile slogans while pretending to slay Nazis.
As Gibson walked up to the establishment he was met with a hail of pepper spray, spit and “get the fuck outta heres” by the, ahem, the self-described heroic ‘anti‘ Nazis.
He told them:
You guys are Nazis. You won’t even let a brown man [Gibson] exist on a public sidewalk? You guys are Nazis! You guys are the fascists. You can fucking walk anywhere you want and I will never stop you. I believe in the First Amendment, the Second Amendment.
Do something! More, more, [sound of spraying from Antifa inside the property line of Cider Riot onto the public sidewalk] more pepper spray.Joey Gibson
Gibson walks away flashing the peace sign, demonstrating that he’s leaving. Then looks at the camera and predicts, “Shit’s about to go down.” It almost did until Gibson got Antifa to go along with his plan to stop it.
Here are my notes and some of the transcribed comments from what transpired next:
Walking away from Cider Riot he sees Antifa members or allies (same thing) threatening one of his guys and Gibson says, “Hey, do you want us to leave or not?! We will go! We will go! Do you want us to leave or not? “
As they’re leaving, Antifa apparently takes a swing at one of his guys and Antifa allies start to pounce on the pair. Gibson implores Antifa to stay away and “Let ’em fight! Let ’em fight! Let ’em fight! No! Hey walk over here and fight it’s mutual combat. That’s their right! Hey, no hey put your weapon away! Put your weapon away! Hey, hey! It’s mutual. If they want to fight let ’em fight.
The friend of Antifa says, “That’s not a law in Portland. I’m just telling you man, that’s not a law in Portland.”
Some Antifa guy who’s been watching looks at Gibson with his hands out saying something indistinguishable and Gibson responds, “Well, we’re not going to get involved!” He yells to the Anifa guy who had been involved in jumping one of his guys, “Hey!
Tells Antifa to stop.
Gibson implores his guys, “No one jump in! No one jump in! Let the men handle it! It’s mutual. It’s mutual. It’s better that two guys go down than all of us. This is the way it’s supposed to be. You don’t cheap shot people. This is the way it’s supposed to be. This is the way it’s supposed to be. Just two men fightin’!”
Then within a couple minutes the Antifa guy gives up.
Gibson declares “ok he’s out, he’s out. You quitting’ or are you in?”
The masked Antifa guy reengages.
“This is two fucking men fightin'” says Gibson says.
Gibson declares during the shadow boxing and the Antifa guy kicking the patriot prayer guy, “My face is burning right now [from pepper spray], just so everybody knows.”
Says off the side to someone, “Hey back up a little bit. Back up you got the weapon. Back up.”
The PP guy backs up and trips on his feet sending him to the ground. Gibson immediately starts slapping five with the masked Antifa fighter and friends saying “Good job, good job. I like that man, I like that. Holds out a fist for fist bump with the Antifa guy. “hell yah, hell yah, we’re out. That’s what I’m talking about. Tells his guys, “let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.
Gibson talks to the camera, “Two guys fighting like men. Instead of running around and punching people behind their back. Like fucking men. Now we’re gonna leave like real men.
As they leave Antifa spoils for another fight and one of Gibson’s ‘racists’ who’s black, tries to engage but Gibson wrangles him and then berates him for touching a woman on the way back. Berating him for escalating.
Gave the other guy an atta boy for getting in the ring and says it deescalated everything. “We got a truce for the night.”
Here’s another view with the presumed “riot” at toward the end. Make sure you check out these two (pictured) toward the end. That strap-on the Antifa guy has is a lead weight while his buddy has on two sets of brass knuckles as they chased Gibson and company down the street after an Antifa member was knocked down. I’m pretty sure the Multnomah County DA’s office will overlooked any illegal weapons used by their friends in Antifa.
Sure, Gibson came to Cider Riot! to antagonize Antifa and to show their hang out. Is that against the law? Is that inciting riot? Gibson could have engaged in riot, but didn’t. Instead of engaging in “riot,” Gibson de-escalated what was a precarious situation. To Antifa’s credit, they went along but only for awhile as you see on the video directly above. Once again, Gibson de-escalated it. He didn’t commit the act of “riot.”
You may dislike Gibson’s approach. I know I have my problems with it. But Gibson’s antics flush out the modus operandi of Antifa. Every time.
As Buchal said:
These criminal proceedings are part and parcel of the dishonest campaign by Portland leaders to blame out-of-town demonstrators for violence that began and persists because Antifa wants to shut down any right-wing demonstrations in Portland. Antifa publicly asserts its insistence on shutting down these demonstrations by any means necessary, and to date, nearly all the perpetrators of Antifa violence have escaped justice.
If Mr. Gibson’s conduct on May 1st constitutes “riot,” so does the conduct of thousands of peaceful demonstrators who have appeared on the streets of Portland standing near violent Antifa members. The District Attorney’s decision to destroy constitutional protections against free speech by charging a peaceful protester with a crime of violence makes this a dark day for the rule of law in Oregon.James Buchal
Whenever Antifa shows up there’s violence. When they don’t show up there’s none. This time Gibson and company, a multi-ethnic group of men who are constantly berated by Antifa as “racists” and “nazis,” held back his guys – and the (lily white) Antifa – while one Antifa provocateur was given his wish to fight one Patriot Prayer guy. And one of his guys pushed a woman at the end, Gibson did not engage in any violence. Indeed, armed Antifa antagonizers chased Gibson and company away.
That’s not “riot.” And that’s just something that the Multnomah County DA’s office – filled to the brim with Portland Leftists – can’t accept.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
‘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.
If you live in California you’re well aware of the overwhelming homeless issue. Homeless camps have sprung up seemingly out of nowhere. In river beds in the shadow of Angels Stadium. In the tinder dry hills homeless campers fire up their grills, putting nearby home owners at risk during fire season. The beaches are the daytime homes for droves of people who occupy the park space near the public beaches. In Oxnard, a homeless encampment has sprung up on an “environmentally sensitive” area, but they haven’t been driven out or been subjected to screeching environmental activists.
I don’t need to tell you about San Francisco. You’ve probably seen it on TV. I’ve seen it for myself. You may have too. Those people need help and I have ministered to them as well as involved myself in the Southern California homeless issue. That’s not virtue signaling, that’s just telling you that I know what I’m talking about.
But California is home to 25% of the nation’s homeless. These folks aren’t all native Californians. Why is California such a destination?
On Friday, I talked about this on One America News Network’s “The Daily Ledger” where I’m a contributor. Fill-in host Alex Salvi asked me about the homeless, gun bans and the movie “The Hunt” among other issues in my regular “Crazy California” segment.
Adding to the homeless problem are high housing costs in the area. Rents are ridiculous. There is a net outmigration in LA and Orange counties because of these high costs and other problems in California, including bad schools. But even more ridiculous is the state and local government indulgence in lawlessness. We’ve seen people shooting up drugs on the street, in BART stations and in homeless camps. It’s illegal.
Instead of treating homeless people with the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” make these people tow the legal line as the rest of us must. Then, we’ll be able to get back to better identifying the people who truly want and need help.