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After Attacks on Strickland, Ngo & Others, Antifa & Eco-Terrorism Could Be Behind Mass Killings. We’ve Seen This Movie Before.

Politics doesn’t kill people, people – sometimes crazy people – kill people, and I tried to keep that in mind in my piece yesterday about the Leftist views of both mass murderers over the weekend. I tried not to pile on in the facile way as happens so often. Here’s part of what I wrote:

In Dayton, where the killer murdered his own sister and then proceeded to mow down eight others outside a nightclub at 1am, the killer was a registered Democrat, a gun enthusiast, and, according to what is believed to be his Twitter account, held “extreme left views.” He liked Elizabeth Warren, hated Immigration and Customs Officers, was a fan of Antifa and, in the hours before he took his rifle to a night club, ‘liked’ tweets about the El Paso mass shooting. 
In high school, he got in trouble for keeping a “hit list” of people he’d like to kill, a “rape list” for girls he’d like to rape.  CNN reports the police were notified of the kill list, but it’s unclear if the cops, school district or his parents did anything to treat his violent ideations. 
In El Paso, where the killer, an apparent eco-terrorist, reportedly left behind a manifesto about an Hispanic immigration “invasion” at the cost of the environment. He discussed the Christ Church terrorist’s eco-fascist beliefs in the screed he left behind. The killer’s murderous rampage at a Walmart killed 22 people, eight of whom were Mexican citizens. Reporters said the killings were motivated by “white supremacist” views, a motivation denounced by President Trump, but police don’t really know the motivation. The killer added that his views predated President Trump‘s. Weird.

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Democratic presidential candidates breathtakingly tried to fob off the El Paso mass murder on President Trump’s views on illegal immigration in their usual fashion: by purposely conflating it with legal immigration. Therefore, they ‘reasoned,’ one of the killers, the eco-terrorist, was a “white supremacist” because he didn’t like “Hispanics” pouring over the border and, hey, that’s what we imagine Trump means when he castigates illegal immigration so the killer is just like the president and we call the president a white supremacist, so they’re totally the same person! Umkay.

The Dayton killer was a mentally ill young man who’d been hearing voices in his head for years, according to a former girlfriend. He was also a Leftist, Antifa-loving, anti-capitalist, Trump-hating douchebag, but this, too, was all Trump’s fault by the Democrats’ lights. They don’t know why. It just IS, ok?

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For three years I’ve been dutifully following the case of Mike Strickland, an independent journalist, who was attacked by Antifa at a downtown Portland, Oregon anti-violence rally organized by people who, ironically, were pro-guns and calling for violence against the police. But when an Antifa mob roughed up Strickland to get him tossed from the protest rally and it didn’t work, they came back to finish the job. Strickland drew his gun in self defense to back them off. It worked. No shots were fired. One of the people who menacingly followed Strickland was one of the leaders who’d called for violence.

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Strickland, not Antifa, was convicted of felonies and served time in jail.

Then, this year, independent reporter Andy Ngo was beaten by Antifa during another Portland, Oregon melee.

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He didn’t fight back. He suffered a brain injury. No one’s been arrested for the near-deadly assault.

Antifa was behind the Berkeley violence done to stop conservative speakers from coming to campus.

These killers in El Paso and Dayton both were in their 20’s and, as one observer put it in my Bible study today, have been inculcated with some pretty crazy ideas. In the case of the eco-terrorist in El Paso, he’d been told by everyone from Al Gore to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that we were all going to die within a few years because of environmental degradation and global warming. His ideas were obviously extreme, but it wasn’t too long ago that the Sierra Club held even more severe beliefs on immigration than the killer.

In Dayton, the killer was told that everyone from President Trump on down were “racists,” “fascists” and “nazis,” worthy of being attacked.

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Antifa believes that, as I routinely put it, anyone to the right of Mao is a nazi-racist-fascist.

About a month before they physically attacked him, Antifa called Strickland a “racist,” without evidence of any sort, of course. They did it to tee him up to be ousted from ‘their’ rally (on public streets) and later to be physically beaten out of the anti-gun rally in July 2016.

As Andy Ngo put it in a piece in the NY Post, where he purloined my Mao saying, the Dayton killer considered the Antifa nutter who tried to firebomb the ICE detention center to be a “martyr” for the cause.

We’ve been here before.

The 1960’s and 1970’s saw the Bill Ayers’s Weather Underground and other domestic terror groups fire bomb, kidnap, assault and murder all in the name of ‘peace’ and ‘change.’

And in the late 1990’s, the Portland office of the FBI began an investigation of the domestic terror group known as “The Family.”

The animal and eco terror cell was responsible for torching a Vail, Colorado ski resort, San Diego apartment complex under construction and conducting Oregon SUV fires and tree spiking operations.

They were based from Portland to Eugene. They started out as ardent animal and environment lovers and eventually talked themselves into committing acts violence which could have easily killed innocents.

They didn’t care. Fewer people, fewer environmental problems and more room for the animals, right?

With the mass murders over the weekend, it looks like the FBI has gotten itself another eco and Antifa group to investigate. Antifa has already declared “war” on all the folks who don’t think like them.

I hope the Feds get on this fast before these domestic terrorists rack up any more victims.

It’s Long Past Time for a Federal Investigation of Portland’s Response to Antifa Domestic Terror Group. Even Senator Ted Cruz Thinks So.

Over the weekend illegally masked violent agents provocateurs known as “antifa” took over Portland’s downtown streets.

Or, as I called it, just another day.

 

But this time one prominent Constitutional expert was watching and said enough is enough. Senator Ted Cruz called for a federal investigation into Portland Mayor/Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler’s handling of antifa violence.

The people who call themselves “anti” fascist organized an un-permitted response to two separate legal marches by right-leaning groups and ended up clubbing two reporters covering the competing marches.

Quilette editor, Andy Ngo, was beaten so badly that he took himself to the ER:

The beating is hard to watch. Good thing someone got it on video because the police weren’t there to watch it … or stop it:

Well known attorney Harmeet Dhillon said that Ngo had been hospitalized with a brain bleed. Interesting that she would know that. Do you think that she’s Ngo’s attorney?

The thugs who threw rocks and what police believe may have been quick cement “milkshakes” also stole his camera equipment.

Here they are handing out the “milkshakes” from the back of a rented pick up. Notice no one is drinking them. It was 81º in Portland.

Ngo was in the ER and Antifa’s facebook page declared “J29 was a success for the people of Portland and showed that we will always stand up to fascism” and bragged about their concoction:

I’ve begged people to complain to the US Attorney’s Office or DOJ to investigate the political and police response to Antifa. There is a two-tiered system of justice in Multnomah County, Oregon as the Michael Strickland case shows. There is a First, Second and 14th Amendment case to be made against Portland’s one-party system of justice.

Mike Strickland’s case was the canary in the coal mine – Antifa’s ‘Victim Zero’ – on how local prosecutors and police blame the victim if he holds the wrong political views. His case happened before Berkeley, before the campus violence. Worse for him, Strickland drew his legally possessed concealed hand gun and backed off the advancing group of Antifa and other protesters who had already roughed him up and were coming back to do worse.

After police let him go with a ticket. Prosecutors, egged on by anti gun activists, ginned up 24 counts against Strickland, many of them felonies. The Antifa marauders were turned into victims. Here are two of them:

Strickland stood to go to prison for 50 years. So bogus was the case, that Strickland, who was stripped of his First and Second Amendment rights, was sentenced to 41-days of weekend jail. Strickland was ordered to never video another protest and to shut up about his case. As a convicted felon, he will never again be able to carry a gun or vote.

When he finally was allowed to talk about his 2016 case, a ‘protester’ with a cowbell came and drowned him out while police watched and did nothing.

Strickland’s case is on appeal at the Oregon State Court of Appeals. His attorney, Robert Barnes, thinks the case may go to the state Supreme Court. Oregon’s Leftist judiciary, which has failed to acknowledge the Antifa threat and its chilling effect on speech, is not up-to-speed yet.

Here’s what Barnes said of Strickland’s case after he argued at the Appeals Court:

With Harmeet Dhillon and Ted Cruz finally seeing this threat and Robert Barnes working on the Strickland case, we may finally get the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice’s attention. But only if you complain.

Here’s What I Told KXL Radio About Oregon’s Timber Unity – Blue Collar Rebellion

The global warming cap and tax bill HB-2020 has riven Oregon politics.

Oregon Senate Republicans walked out of the legislative session one week ago to deprive the Democrats, who enjoy a supermajority in the legislature, a quorum to pass this destructive and onerous bill.

So strong is the revulsion to this job-destroying, vast expansion of government that Oregon blue collar workers, truckers, loggers and farmers’ voices have reached high enough decibels to make national news.

Leftist publications such a “The Daily Beast” and “Rolling Stone” have desperately grasped for (banned) straws in their effort to dirty-up the reputations of the people who grow and truck your food.

Media have whispered about ‘militias,’ death threats have been made against the head of the Oregon GOP, Senate Republicans and now, as if on cue, the evil Koch Brothers have appeared in the hallucinations of “Rolling Stone” reporters bwahahaha-ing and twisting their mustaches and while toying with their puppet strings.

But the bottom line is: Democrats more than overreached. Now they’re (finally) reaping the whirlwind.

Thousands of Oregonians from around the state converged on Salem Thursday to show support for the Oregon 11 senators and the people who stand to lose their jobs if this bill should pass.

The Democrat leadership says the bill is dead for the session, but few believe them.

Last Sunday I arranged to call in to the Abrams and Pasero show on KXL. I advise you to do the same this Sunday morning from 8-10am.

Check out my call. It’s in the first hour after the 8:30am news.

I Told One America News About Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion. Watch What Came Next.

Every couple of weeks or so I appear on One America News Network’s “The Daily Ledger” with Graham Ledger. We call the segment “Crazy California.”

Believe me, there’s an endless supply of ‘crazy’ produced by full time legislators who have nothing better to do than mess with Californians’ lives for the sheer sport of it.

But on Monday I got a wonderful surprise. Graham wanted to talk about Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion!

This is the organic movement started by rank and file blue collar workers – loggers, farmers truckers, families – against the breathtakingly sweeping global warming cap and tax bill. He was keenly interested in the resulting walk out by the Oregon Senate Republicans. He pitched it to me with about 45 seconds to spare and I said great, let’s do it!

Here’s the video, but now don’t tune after we talk about Oregon. I want you to keep watching about Crazy California because that’s where Oregon is headed if this wealth confiscation is allowed to pass. Make sure you don’t have anything breakable in your hands.

I know, I know, you may be thinking, what does she know? Well, as a native Oregonian, a 20-year-long radio talk host in Portland (amid my So Cal radio and TV stuff) and a writer for a local publication as well as my website since 2005, I know a few things about Oregon.

When he was a young man with young children in NE Portland, my Dad worked in the Oregon forests (Coast Range and sometimes out in Sandy as I recall) as a logger and forester and later as a “shareholder” of the Multnomah Plywood Co-Op on the banks of the Willamette River. It’s roughly where the South Waterfront redevelopment is now.

Multnomah Plywood, Portland waterfront. Stumptown Blogger

My family was certainly upwardly mobile, but it took a helluva lot of work by my Dad, who just died in January, and my Mom, who became a mailman, to keep us going.

My parents used to go to the military surplus store to get us food. I loved their beans and brown bread in a can. Sometimes we had white rice steeped in milk and covered with cinnamon and sugar for dinner. What a treat. Dessert, if we had it, was piece of cheap balloon bread with butter and sugar on it or, if we got our hands on fresh fruit, a cobbler. Handmade, naturally.

My grandma and grandpa used to bring us groceries when they came to visit to help our family. My sisters used to take the rickety berry bus at 5am to earn money for necessities. Our clothes came from the thrift store on 82nd (I think it was) and, if we were really lucky, Wigwam. We were allowed two pair of shoes each per year. It was a real struggle for my folks when we needed a third pair for gym class. We wore those shoes till our toes were sneaking out the tops.

If this wholesale ‘climate’ and other Democrats have plans to pass are allowed to take effect, the lives of blue collar families and every-other family for that matter- is allowed to go forward (no, I don’t believe it’s dead) you’d better hope there are some MRE’s available at the Army-Navy Surplus store for you to beg. What a disaster.

Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Slams Oregon GOP “Goons” in Blue Collar Rebellion Over Global Warming Tax. And then …

Legendary tennis star Martina Navratilova has waded into the Blue Collar Rebellion, Oregon’s push back to the Democrats’ confiscatory global warming cap and tax bill.

The vote on the bill has been stymied by the ‘Oregon11,‘ the group of Republican senators who, after being rebuffed by Democrats on every negotiation attempt, fled the capitol building to deny the Democrats a quorum to shove through the freedom-sucking monstrosity-of-a-bill.

On Twitter on Sunday, the sports legend and gay advocate derided the Oregon state GOP as “disgusting” for pushing back on the attempt to destroy Oregon legacy jobs. She can be forgiven I suppose for missing the part about loggers and truckers begging lawmakers to kill the bill and save their jobs only to have the door metaphorically slammed in their faces.

Navratilova fled Czechoslovakia to the United States when she was 18 to escape the tyranny of the freedom-sucking commies and their StB secret police. Somewhere in the Bush 43 years, the ardent Leftist concluded that all Republicans were … commies? … and re-upped her Czech citizenship which she lost when she defected.

Now she embraces the authoritarian Brown, who has dispatched the police to arrest the Republicans and force them to show up so the Democrats can cram down the freedom-sucking climate bill.

She’s given money to anti-GOP groups:

She’s retweeted photoshopped images of President Trump carrying a torch as if a white supremacist. She’s passed along a photo of Vice President Mike Pence depicted as a drag queen.

To her, all Republicans are ‘ists’ and ‘phobes’ and are, of course, deplorable.

But the tennis icon has foot-faulted her way into the Oregon anti-HB 2020 global warming fray and right into the Blue Collar Rebellion.

The tweet in response to the Oregon GOP reads:

“You are totally disgusting. You think this what [sic] what people voted for? When you can’t gt your way to have goons come in on your behalf and take with f***ing guns?!?”

Martina was under the Democrats’ carefully planted impression that the Republicans sent ‘militias’ to stop Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Of course, the Oregon GOP explicitly said that they neither were affiliated with nor have asked for ‘militia’ to help. No ‘militias’ have come to Salem that anyone can tell.

The ‘militia’ story is an interesting way, however, to distract from the real issue for working Oregonians, such as, oh, I don’t know, losing their jobs and the heavy-handed, mafioso-like way in which the Democrats have conducted themselves.

For her part, Brown sent the Oregon State Police to – at the point of a gun, Martina – force the Republicans back to the legislative chambers to shove down the billion-dollar expansion of the government and make the little guys pay for it with their jobs.

You’d think Martina would recoil from the very behavior she’d fled from so many years ago.

I just checked her time line to see the responses Navratilova was getting to her uninformed tweet, but they apparently were too much for her. It appears her tweet was deleted.

Or maybe Navratilova joined Oregon’s Blue Collar Rebellion. If so, Martina, you’re in very good company. We’re all ‘militia’ members now.

Oregon Online Polls Show 80% Support for GOP Anti-Tax Walk Out, So Naturally Desperate Democrats Begin to Stoke Hazy Rumors of ‘Militia Threats’

Oregon state Republican senators walked out of their legislative chambers on Thursday and haven’t been seen since.

The ‘Oregon 11’ as they’re called, left after hours of negotiations failed to roll back any of the Democrats’ global warming energy tax package. The taxes would cost Oregonians hundreds of dollars per year in gas, food, and other energy impacted living expenses (read: everything). It would snuff out logging and trucking jobs. In short, it’s a disaster.

The Democratic supermajority’s message was clear: Take it or leave it.

Republicans left.

Oregon public opinion has followed the senate Republicans.

Oregonians hate the taxes. And they love the Republicans taking a stand. Even in deep blue Eugene:

Former GOP governor’s candidate Allen Alley pointed to this Portland poll showing 79% in support the Republican walk out.

The Democrats, cheered on by their ‘leader’ Governor Kate Brown, refused to budge on the onerous taxes, refused to remove an ’emergency clause’ on the bill to circumvent a voter referral, ignored the hundreds of people who traveled to Salem to plead with them, and blew off convoys of truckers begging Democrats not to put them out of business.

Public opinion is overwhelmingly against the cap and tax bills and solidly with the Republicans.

The Democrats have a bonafide public relations nightmare on their hands.

Now the story has piqued national interest. Scrutiny grows. Governor Kate Brown’s authoritarian tactics have been exposed and Democrats are getting a look at themselves in the mirror.

It ain’t pretty:

  • Brown has sicced the Oregon State Police on the senators, ordering them to forcibly bring back the Republicans to provide the Democrats a quorum to pass the hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes.
  • Brown’s allies have threatened to bring back the sweeping anti-gun bills, that were dead for the session and pass them out of spite.
  • Democrats refused any meaningful negotiation with the Republicans
  • The Democrat issued “Wanted Posters” featuring the photos of Republican Senators for the Oregon Stasi to report.
  • Brown reportedly has been phoning mayors throughout the state, whose senators have walked out and threatened to halt state funded projects

Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Wooldridge called out the ‘bullies’ in the supermajority:

With the Democrats losing the public relations battle, what to do … ? What to do…?

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“Hello, Central Casting? Yes, we could use someone to conjure up some militia threats. Could you do that? Nothing specific. Don’t want them to find the source. No, I don’t want Antifa, they’re on our side. Wait, could you get the ‘militia’ guys to wear masks? That would look cool. We’ll need rural men. Jeans. Check. Plaid. Check. Big belt buckles. Fishing vests. Do you have anyone with guns? Yes, I know practically everyone in rural Oregon has a gun, but just go with me on this. Could you get ’em to carry AR-15’s? Great. We need them now. We’re losing here. Hurry up.”

In near-record time, the Oregon Democrats had conjured up ‘militia threats.’ First, The Daily Beast ‘quoted’ an ‘unnamed source’ which claimed that they would go to Idaho where the senators are rumored to be hiding to provide security for them:

One source inside the Oregon militia movement told The Daily Beast that their members were “willing to put their own lives in front of these senators’ lives.” The source claimed that dozens of armed militia members have “mobilized” to protect the state senators, and said there was potential for violence if law enforcement officials try to bring the senators back to Oregon. The source added that the militias would defend the Republicans “at any cost.”
“All of these people are armed,” the source said.

Another “militia member” was quoted in MSN:

In a Facebook post, Paul Luhrs, a member of the Oregon III%er militia, said the militia had “vowed to provide security, transportation and refuge for those Senators in need.”

And Republican state Senator Brian Boquist was quoted as saying he’d be damned if he’d let the Oregon State Police take him as a “political prisoner.”

One of the lawmakers on the lam, Republican Brian Boquist (R), warned that he would resort to violence rather than return to the state, implying in a local television interview that he would attack law enforcement officers sent to retrieve him.

“Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Boquist said. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”

Cue the “hotbed”:

Militia groups in the Pacific Northwest—a hotbed of far-right extremist activist—claim they’ve mobilized to protect those state senators.

Wait, the GOP senators were aligning with militias?! Even the Oregonian was dubious:

Kate Gillem, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Senate Republicans, responded Friday that Oregon lawmakers aren’t interested in the offers for assistance.
“The Senators are not with any militias,” she said, “and are not accepting their help.”

Oh.

Womp, womp.

Say what you want about the militias – and they are – you’ve got to admit, they haven’t shot at anyone, not like the Bernie Sanders supporter who went hunting Republicans and nearly killed Congressman Steve Scalise. Or the Antifa thug who shot a protester in Portland. Or the Antifa guy who threw the IED at the cops. I could go on.

But Democrats weren’t giving up. They saw their buddies at the Beast, MSN and CNN take the bait and so, with a Rachel Maddow slot dancing in their heads, decided to up the ante. Suddenly, the autocrats in the legislature and Mahonia Hall recast themselves as victims.

Soon, rumors were percolating in the political water table by ‘threatening militias,’ who heretofore had failed to materialize anywhere, but who were descending on Salem this weekend to “Occupy the Senate.” The ‘threat’ prompted Democrat Senate President Peter Courtney to cancel the Saturday session.

Even Fox News fell for the ruse:

We at VictoriaTaft.com have located the ‘militia’ behind the Courtney shut down:

Yes, the ‘militia concern’ came from the Marion County Republican party which had begun to organize a peaceful protest at the capitol building. Seeing that it might be a problem, such as inviting more national media scrutiny and making the Democrats look bad, the session on Saturday was called off and the Republicans and any anti-global warming tax opponents were reframed as a ‘militia.’

“Do you like the cap and tax taxes?”

“No.”

“You hate the earth. You’re a Nazi. You’re a fascist. You must be a militia member.”

Democrats might think Oregonians are stupid, but the vast unwashed in the ‘militia’ are only too aware of the all-pain, no-gain nature of global warming taxes. They’re aware of California’s experiment, which includes a slush fund for state Democrats.

Oregonians, ready to burst forth into a full-blown tax revolt, are now being eyed by a clueless national media as a militia. It won’t work.

Blue Collar Oregonians Rise Up Against Dem Governor Kate Brown & Leftist Legislature Over Oppressive Energy Tax Bill

I felt a great disturbance in The Force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror.

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Energy is productivity. Where have I heard that before? Oh, I know, everywhere. Because it’s true. Now, Oregon’s ‘Democratic’ supermajority, ‘led’ by the quisling Kate Brown, wants to snuff out what’s left of Oregon’s productive, family-wage, blue collar trucking and logging jobs, as well as put the big hurt on every-single-person in the state. How? With a basket of energy taxes that would hit every struggling family like the strike on Alderaan.

Oregon’s planner-class has worked assiduously to create a man-made, coffee and beer swilling, tree-lined, choo-choo riding, organic utopia. But it turns out that even in utopia real people still need jobs. Kate Brown and her fellow-travelers in the legislature would sell out those jobs – those people, those families.

Now, the ‘little people’ are fighting back.

Timber Unity Facebook page.

Truckers, loggers and everyday citizens descended for the second time on the state capitol building in Salem this week to plead with the Democrats not to put them out of business with these onerous taxes.

Truckers convoyed to Salem days ago and again on Wednesday to pressure Democrats to see them, listen to them.

According to the Zero, or what’s left of the Oregonian, HB 2020 would cost the working people of Oregon hundreds of dollars a year, in fuel, groceries, offsets, and cooling and heating your home. In short, Oregonians would be taxed on nearly everything so that the swells of Salem can say they’re doing something about the global warming. Yes, those same swells who rail against high rents. Cognitive dissonance, hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat.

Saw mills have been shuttered or suffered layoffs while forests are allowed to burn to cinder, emitting more carbon into the air than any Oregon industry has ever loosed. Yet, what do these so-called ‘leaders’ call for? Taxing the little guy to effect whatever climate emergency the Left has conjured up this week.

It was the Left, after all, that decimated the logging industry with its spotted owl fairy tale. Now these same people who are motivated by ‘well, the California cool kids are doing it’ want to drag Oregon into the stupid zone. For what? To get on a panel at Aspen Institute, a free ride on Tom Steyer’s private jet to Davos or be featured in a SxSW on-on-one?

Truckers know all-too-well that if they have to pay higher taxes and their company has to pay for offsets of some kind, that no matter what they haul, it will cost every consumer more.

It’s a joke … and Oregonians are the punchline.

Today, Republican lawmakers of the Oregon Legislature walked out for the second time this session to deny Democrats a necessary quorum to pass oppressive laws.

The desks inside the legislature once occupied by Republicans are empty. Zee pahty has sent the henchmen to find them.

Democrats may not feel it, yet, but there’s been a disturbance in The Force.

More Oregonians are waking up.

And the empty suit at Mahonia Hall should be one of them.

US Supreme Court Overturns Oregon Court in Case of ‘Sweet Cakes’ Baker Put Out of Business for Refusing to Make Cake for Gay Wedding

Image: Federalist Papers

Christian bakers, Melissa and Aaron Klein, have won a round in the U.S. Supreme Court. While the nation’s highest court didn’t take the case, it vacated the Oregon Appeals Court’s decision upholding the $135,000 fine and decision against the Kleins for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding. The case has been sent back to the Oregon Appeals Court for a rehearing. The Oregon court previously said the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) was correct in fining the couple for failing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The fine and subsequent public bashing by the former BOLI chief, Brad Avakian, forced the couple to close their doors to the public.

The Kleins petitioned the Supreme Court in 2018 to take up their case after the Masterpiece Cake decision upheld a Colorado baker’s choice not to make a same sex wedding cake. In vacating the Oregon court decision and sending it back, the Supreme Court made it clear that the Masterpiece Cake decision changed the game and that the Oregon court should consider the new precedent in its decision on remand.

In their petition, the Kleins asked the Supreme Court to consider three things:

The questions presented are:
1. Whether Oregon violated the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment by compelling the Kleins to design and create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding ritual, in violation of their sincerely held religious beliefs.
2. Whether the Court should overrule
Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990).
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3. Whether the Court should reaffirm Smith’s hybrid rights doctrine, applying strict scrutiny to free exercise claims that implicate other fundamental rights, and resolving the circuit split over the doctrine’s precedential status.

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The New York Times reports that the Klein’s were also asking a broader question than that posed in the Masterpiece Cakeshop lawsuit:

The Oregon case was in one way broader than the one from Colorado, as it asked the justices to overrule an important precedent from 1990, Employment Division v. Smith. In a majority opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court ruled that neutral laws of general applicability could not be challenged on the ground that they violated the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion.
That decision, arising from a case involving the use of peyote in Native American religious ceremonies, is unpopular among conservative Christians, who say it does not offer adequate protection to religion, and with some justices. In January, the court’s four most conservative members — Justices Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch — signaled that they were open to reconsidering the decision.

The New York Times

Based on the fact that the Supreme Court didn’t take the case, it’s clear they don’t want to answer that question just yet – unless the Oregon Appeals Court gives them a reason to.

During the well-publicized ordeal, former BOLI chief Brad Avakian publicly bashed the couple and instituted a gag order on the Kleins to stop defending themselves:

Respondents Aaron Klein and Melissa Klein to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published, circulated, issued or displayed, any communication, notice, advertisement or sign of any kind to the effect that any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, services or privileges of a place of public accommodation will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination will be made against, any person on account of sexual orientation

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries

Avakian’s obvious vendetta against the Christian couple caused even liberal Oregonians to turn against him. Avakian attempted to run for Secretary of State and lost to Republican Dennis Richardson, the first time a Republican had won state-wide office in decades.

The Klein’s were represented by the First Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas, Boyden Gray & Associates, of Washington, DC, and Herb Grey of Beaverton, Oregon. Emails seeking comment by the Kleins and their attorneys haven’t been returned yet, but this post will be updated as soon as they’re received.

No doubt this is a small measure of vindication for the couple whose business and reputations were destroyed by Avakian and the anti-Christian zealots working for the State of Oregon.

Joe Biden Stage-Managed the Entire “High-Tech Lynching” of Clarence Thomas; now the Left Wants Him to Apologize to His Star Actress, Anita Hill.

I’ve been confused about calls on the Left for Joe Biden to apologize to Anita Hill. I remember the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings and thought that if Biden should apologize to anyone it was to the Supreme Court Justice. However, after reading this piece in The Federalist by Mollie Hemingway I’m reassessing. I’m not so sure he doesn’t owe her one. 

Here’s what I mean: Last week on “The View,” the cast of magpies known as the hosts had the former Vice President on the ropes ‘hummana-hummana-ing’ over why he should apologize to Hill and for groping women and girls. This would be his proving ground for being taken seriously as a 2020 presidential candidate. Biden said he had spoken with Hill and offered an apology, his penance, in hopes it would mollify the hosts. He assured the women that, “I did everything in my power to defeat Clarence Thomas.” Remember now that Anita Hill’s dubious testimony of pubic hairs on Coke cans, x-rated videos and the like was such an obvious put-up job, so clearly and obviously orchestrated for maximum impact by Democrats that even a young, wet-behind-the-ears, liberal dummy like me could see it. 

Hemingway cites Arlen Specter’s memoir for his recollections of Hill’s testimony at the hearing. Biden told Specter that it was obvious Hill was lying. Specter, at the time a Republican who later switched teams, was a former prosecutor and member of the Judiciary Committee: “[I]n 1998, Biden admitted to Specter that ‘It was clear to me from the way she was answering the questions, [Hill] was lying’ about a key part of her testimony. The exchange was published in Specter’s 2000 memoir, ‘Passion for Truth: From Finding JFK’s Single Bullet to Questioning Anita Hill to Impeaching Clinton.’”  READ THE REST AT POLITICAL VANGUARD HERE:

Law Abiding Gun Owners in Crosshairs: Oregon Firearms Federation’s Starrett to NRA’s Dana Loesch on Fighting the New Gun Grab: “It’s Going to Require That Everyone Step Up.”

Oregon Democrats will hold a work session on “a bill” that, if passed, would result in worse gun laws than in New Jersey and California. SB 978 is about four paragraphs long, but has ‘amendments’ that expand the bill to well over 100 pages. It’s nothing short of a “pass the bill to find out what’s in it” nightmare.

See what real Oregon gun owners said about the proposed gun law changes at a hearing on the “bill” here.

Aside from shoe-horning these confiscatory gun bills into the books through their legislative super-majorities, Eugene Democrat and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Floyd Prozanski, moved this ‘bill’ along in a ‘gut and stuff’ fashion. There’s a reason there’s a cliche about “sausage making” in politics.

But we found out in a series of surprise “amendments” to the proposed “bill” revealed literally minutes before the hearing, that the four paragraph skeleton bill was a place-holder for every Michael Bloomberg, Everytown USA-Moms-Demand-Action wet dream ever conceived.

Here’s where the bill started:

That’s the whole bill. Four paragraphs.

Here’s where ‘the bill’ is now.

Forty four pages in “Amendment 1.”

Forty five pages in “Amendment 2.”

Forty four pages in “Amendment 3.”

Worse, the Democrats use the oldest trick in the book and declared the bill an ’emergency’ thereby requiring it be implemented within 90 days and prohibited it being referred to the voters as allowed by Oregon law.

In short, as Kevin Starrett of the Oregon Firearms Federation has maintained :

“This vindictive, incoherent bill … makes it virtually impossible to leave the home with a firearm.”

As I said in my previous post on this:

The bill … is a power grab that is so massive, so breathtaking, that it would arguably prevent people from using their legal concealed carry permits because so many new places could be defined as no-go-zones for legal gun carriers. It would turn “hundreds of thousands” of legal gun owners into felons overnight. It would require that guns be locked up, an issue that animated many of those testifying against the bill.

It would also impose an age limit on gun use, making even military veterans unable to use a civilian firearm. Ridiculous.

Starrett told Dana Loesch of NRA TV that this is an all-hands-on-deck situation. See the video here.

The NRA is holding two work shops along the Oregon coast to educate and motivate gun owners to fight back.

RSVP for Coos Bay workshop at Public Library on MONDAY NIGHT at 6:30pm is HERE.

RSVP for Newport workshop on TUESDAY NIGHT at 6:30pm at Holiday Inn is HERE.

Here’s what NRA-ILA said about the bigger issues in these “amendments”:

  • Imposing one-size-fits-all, government mandated firearm storage methods that require firearms be unavailable for self-defense and does not consider personal circumstances.
  • Discriminating against young adults under the age of 21 by denying them their Second Amendment rights
  • Expanding so called “gun-free zones” where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless against criminals who simply ignore such arbitrary boundaries.
  • Imposing additional government red tape in order to obtain a Concealed Handgun License.

In addition, the “bill” makes a gun owner responsible for ANY SUBSEQUENT CRIME that occurs with that weapon after a criminal steals it.

Folks, if your car is stolen prosecutors don’t hold you accountable if the car thief hits or kills someone with the vehicle.

Fight back.

I’ll be spending some hours going through the “bill” (amendments) to determine more surprises contained therein. I suggest you do the same. Send me your feedback at Victoria@VictoriaTaft.com.

The ‘Ferguson Effect’ & Unequal Justice on Full Display in Portland Cop Survey.

A new survey of police and citizens shows that the so-called ‘Ferguson Effect’ is large and in charge at the Portland cop shop.

Oddly, that hasn’t made the news.

The ‘Ferguson Effect,’ in which cops now look the other way on possible crimes for fear of being tagged as ‘racist’ or insensitive or targeted (Following the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Darren Wilson was hounded out of his job, his home and is still living in hiding after Brown attacked the officer and tried to wrest away his gun), is a phenomenon first identified by Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute in her book “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe.” As a result of police being afraid to do their jobs, crime goes up.

While the media, Democrats and social justice warriors (but I repeat myself) have tried mightily to “deconstruct” and debunk the Ferguson Effect, it has been widely seen throughout the country and certainly on the streets of Portland with nearly 100% of all cops saying they don’t stop and question suspicious behavior.

“With all of the criticism directed at the police today, are officers less willing to stop and question people who seem suspicious, or has nothing changed?”

Nearly all officers – 95% – indicated that:

“Yes, Officers are less willing to stop and question people who seem suspicious.”

As if that isn’t bad enough, sworn Officers are “skeptical” of the new leadership at the cop shop, which has been a veritable revolving door of over the past several years. And they’re “unclear” about what their top priorities should be. Half of them are burnt out from the job.

A whopping 79% of Portlanders don’t believe cops reduce crime and treat people fairly under the law.


Furthermore, “violent crimes are perceived to be down, [but] quality of life crimes persist.” I’ll dig into the “perceived to be down” unresolved stat later, but that’s pretty bad. However, here’s the nub of the problem in a study that neither mentions Antifa nor protesters:

“The PPB needs to understand that sometimes quality of life crimes, such as vandalism, the defacement of public property, illegal homeless camps on public property, auto theft and vandalism, are the most important in gaining the trust of the public and its cooperation. Most people, thankfully, do [not] interact with the police over major crimes, but they do with quality of life crimes.”

Seventy percent of Portlanders think cops are ‘fair’ only sometimes or not at all.

Translation of the above two points: Cops don’t stop crimes because it’s not politically correct and the rest of the citizenry knows it and thinks it’s unfair.

Do you think that “defacement of public property,” “vandalism” and other “quality of life” crimes such as, oh, I don’t know, not being able to drive on downtown streets or freeways, airports or get to work because of protesters blocking them to make their point about this week’s perceived wrong is a quality of life issue? Hell, yes.

Is cops not helping ICE agents get to their cars and thus being chased by violent Leftists – a bad PR move to the right thinking Portlanders – perhaps a ‘quality of life’ issue? Hell, yes.

Perhaps someone read about a guy who was just trying to do his job and Antifa chased him, hurt him and came back to attack him again so he drew his weapon to back them off and then was CHARGED with the crime while his Antifa attackers became “victims.” Think they heard about that case?

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How about that lady who got so sick of Antifa blocking the streets she got out of her car and took the only weapon she had – laundry detergent – and started throwing haymakers at the thugs with her big orange jug of goo?

Do you think Portlanders haven’t noticed this two tiered system of justice?

Ted Wheeler, do you think they know that if they took a cowbell and commenced drowning out a speech in a public place that they’d be arrested but Antifa wouldn’t? Mike Strickland, pick up the white courtesy phone.

Do you think this lack of enforcement of the most basic laws of Portland has had an effect on the citizenry in thinking that somebody in Portland’s hierarchy has put their thumb on the scales of justice? Uh, hell yes.

The City’s capitulation to the ACLU and the social justice warrior crowd has resulted in the homeless ‘camping’ wherever they want, subjecting Portlanders to the disgusting and unhealthy filth of human waste, disease and despondency.

As a person who works, feeds and helps the homeless, I can tell you why people are out there. I’ll tell you about that in another post. The report says the politicians have “no political will” to do what is necessary about the homeless. Duh.

This two tier system of justice has brought confusion to cops, dissatisfaction of the public and a feeling of being unsafe in people’s own home town.

In the words of the report:

“When the police pick and choose what/when to enforce, application of the law becomes inequitable.”

No kidding.

The Portland Police Bureau reportedly has had 50 Officers turn in their badges because they’re sick of the confusion, bad leadership and rampant lawlessness allowed to take place while they’re allowed to do little.

If that’s not bad enough, City Commissioners have consulted with one of the progenitors of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lies of Ferguson to help write the next Portland Police Bureau contract. This just in: even Eric Holder doesn’t buy the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lies from Ferguson. His Justice Department said so.

The police survey makes suggestions on what to do to fix the problems, suggesting that the City should:

“Align governmental and PPB leadership and support for effectiveness.”

Puhleeze. Politicizing the cop shop – by allowing the hyper-political Mayor and ‘community’ social justice protesters to dictate which people get a pass and which must be punished – is why we have this problem in the first place.

Wake up.