You’ve Got to Read This Poem About Western Fires Written by Missoula 16-Year-Old

A friend on Facebook sent me a message Saturday saying, that a “poem written by 16-year-old Missoula kid gave me chills this morning.”

The poem is about the hellacious Western Fires.

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The kid gets it right, which is no small thing considering that the likes of Al Gore are treated as  scientists  by the public education system.

Naturally, the mainstream media get it wrong.

The Washington Post  blames the fires, in part,  on a lack of money for federal fire fighting efforts. Maybe the east coast liberal reporters don’t know any better or choose not to report the truth. 

The newspaper reports that “the United States on pace to exceed the average acreage burned annually over the past 10 years. Fires nationwide have consumed 8,036,858 acres — about 12,550 square miles, larger than the size of Maryland — since Jan. 1. In an average year, 5,516,000 acres would have burned through this point of the fire season, according to agency statistics.”

Hmmm, wonder why? They never answer that question.

As you may know, Montana has borne the brunt of the Western Fires with more than one million acres incinerated.

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The state has been on fire for months.

Two fire fighters have lost their lives battling the blaze.

In one short poem, this Missoula teenager (whom I’ve tried to get a hold of, so if you know him have him hit me up on my FB messenger or message here) gets it right and is able to encapsulate the radical environmental decisions that have led to the extraordinary size  of the fires.

Here it is:

“Wallow Fire”

by Carson Lee
Let’s return the forest to its natural state,
trust me boys this will be great!
We’ll shut down the loggers and cut back the cows,
this will leave more room for wolves and spotted owls.
We will build little roads for ATV’s,
and big old camps for boats and RV’s.
We will lift all restrictions of fire laws,
let no loggers in with axes or saws.
Yup, we are goin green that’s what they said,
send your cattle our way, we’ve got wolves that need fed!
We will put riparian areas for the elk to eat,
then make them cowboys keep our fences neat.
We will measure the grass, mark all the trees,
we will count all their cattle and collect our fees.
Those loggers make our forest bare,
make it look like a mans head that ain’t got no hair.
That’s what they said many years ago,
and in takin action they wasn’t too slow.
So the grass grew tall, the forest got thick
and cowboys and loggers, it made them all sick.
Now we sit here in a smoke covered town,
Forest Service trucks runnin’ around.
This coulda been stopped, but it wouldn’t be heard.
Those greenies didn’t listen, guess they’d rather it burned.
As humans we’ve failed to protect our land,
so Mother Nature stepped in and gave us a hand.
But it coulda been stopped by fallin some trees,
and that, I think, now everyone sees.
So there you go, it’s in its natural state,
but don’t cry now, it’s already too late.
You wanted a green forest, you wanted it seen,
well take a good look cause black’s the new green!
– Carson Lee

Well said, kid. Well said.

It’s Raining Ash in the Pacific Northwest & the Reason Why Is a Heartbreaking ‘Environy’

The Pacific Northwest’s fires don’t interest people for much the same reason that people in New York and D.C. don’t understand why Westerners like pick ups, SUVs and guns.

You’ll notice, however,  that those items have been front and center in the national debate for the last two decades, so you should probably listen up to what I’m about to tell you.

The conflagration enveloping forest land in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and points west would be a huge national story if the media told you the truth about them.

One complex of the Oregon fires is burning dangerously close to the jewel of the Columbia Gorge, the Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Multnomah Falls Lodge/Lynette Wyrick

But for going on three decades, the environmentalists who have been peddling the save-the-trees-owls-man-made-global-warming-cooling-a-mud-puddle-is-a-navigable-waterway  theories – the very people who tout “visiting the forest” in ads – have been setting the table for the devastation you see.

While photos like this one of downtown Portland, Oregon point up in heartbreaking detail the ash rains that haven’t been seen in these parts since the explosion of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, the photo also points up a big ‘environy,’  a word my old friend Jim Walker of Orbusmax, coined.

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The radical environmentalists who populate all of Oregon, Washington and the federal government’s highest echelons of government have worked tirelessly to destroy the logging and forest management industries. In fact, they’ve largely succeeded.

Former logging towns are ghost towns. Entire regions are on government welfare to make up for the private wealth the environmentalists destroyed.

But these so called environmentalists have destroyed much more.

Federal and state forests haven’t been properly managed because to do so violates the beliefs of the nuts like this who worships trees. Remember her?

Yes, logging companies in the past have clear cut and moved on with negative consequences. But good forest management practices no longer use this tactic because forest land that is privately managed considers forests what they are:  crops.

Because the Earth Firsters,  Earth Liberation Front and other domestic terrorist groups as well as their less radical allies in the Sierra Club have pressured government with their tree sitting, spiking and screaming, the forest land largely is not allowed to be salvage logged.

The radical environmentalists in government don’t allow the felled logs that occur naturally or after fires to be logged and sold. Put another way, environmentalists don’t want the garden weeded. Those ‘weeds,’ provide the dried out, diseased fuel that quickly burns.

Furthermore, Oregon doesn’t actually ‘fight’ fires anymore. Forests are largely allowed to burn up, though efforts are made to save homes … sometimes.

Large tanker planes that are used all the time in California wildfires are not used in Oregon because environmentalists don’t want whatever fire retardant to be put into the forests to pollute the streams.

And, as an alert reader pointed out, there’s the issue of “crowning,” in which fires quickly move from tree-to-tree in densely packed forests. Thinning the crop is a good thing, but the same people who think they invented community gardens and composting don’t consider forests in the same way. Maybe they’re too busy screaming at trees … or something.

You might not be convinced yet that these decisions are such a bad thing.

Ok, try this:

We are constantly told that the reason we have “man made global warming” is because there is too much CO2 in the atmosphere. Environmentalists contend, with good reason, that forests are wonderful ‘sinks’ in which CO2 is stored. That’s indisputable. You learned that in 6th grade science class.

But what happens when those forests catch fire helped along by all that dry underbrush and felled logs that were not allowed to be salvaged?

All of that CO2 is released into the air.

What happens to their man made global warming theories then? Their own forest policies argue against their “man made global warming” theories.

What happens with all that ash from the burned up wood? All of that ash is released into the air as pollution. The pollution that the trees were meant to clean up.

Where does that ash go? Into storm drains to pollute the streams. The same ones the environmentalists didn’t want the fire retardant in.

Falling leaves seem to be a bigger problem in  clogging storm drains than any fire retardant sprayed upstream over a forest fire would. But you don’t see environmentalists calling for deciduous trees to be banned. Weird, really.

In fact, the inescapable conclusion then is that forests need to be properly managed. Like the crops they are, forests need to be weeded and nourished and selectively harvested to mitigate the damage of forest fires.

Even this chick gets it:

Efforts must be made to “save the forests” by not letting them burn to ash, which pollutes the air.

Indeed, look at what the National Park Service considers the net gain of letting fires just burn, baby, burn:

Among the other benefits of prescribed burning are:

  • Insect pest control
  • Removal of exotic, or non-native, species that compete with native species for nutrients and other needs
  • Addition of nutrients for trees and other vegetation provided by ashes that remain after a fire
  • Removal of undergrowth, thereby allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor to encourage growth of native species
  • Encourage the growth of fire-dependent species

If it occurred to you while reading this short list of benefits looks an awful lot like managing forests, you win a lucite block emblazoned with “WINNER!!!” on it.

Environmentalists have failed at their forest ‘management.’

Their record speaks for itself.

The people who have been doing proper forest management for profit for decades – the ones who are left, I mean – likely have the best practices to lead the way.

It’s time to start listening to them again.

Bernie Sanders Supporting PDX Stabber’s Bail … Same As Strickland’s

On May 26th Jeremy Christian is alleged to have begun berating two Muslim women on Portland light rail train when three men intervened on their behalf.

Police say that Ricky Best, Taliesin Namkai Meche and Micah Fletcher all were attacked when the leftist loon pulled a knife and started slashing the men. When it was over, Best and Namkai Meche were dead.

Now we’re getting a look at the charging documents involved in the case and what it tells us about Portland’s prosecutorial priorities.

Christian is jailed without bail on two murder counts, but it’s the attempted murder count that’s significant for this comparison.

Christian’s alleged attack on Micah Fletcher netted the Bernie Sanders/Jill Stein lover bail of $250,000 for attempted murder.

Taking a look at Michael Strickland’s charging documents, when the prosecutor trumped up the two misdemeanors into eleven misdemeanors and ten felonies, we see that his bail was increased to $250,000.

After being assaulted and then unholstering his weapon in self-defense and backing off a team of thugs who conspired to ‘throw him out’ of the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX, Strickland received the same bail as an attempted murderer.

Prosecutors took Christian’s lengthy police record, including robbery, kidnapping and multiple trips to the slammer, into consideration for bail setting.

Strickland? No police record. Same bail as an attempted murderer.

This is just another brick in the wall that tells the story of what happens when prosecutors and judges appear to set bail for political reasons rather than legal ones.

As I’ve pointed out before, the judge in this case has a daughter who is a regular leftist protester. It’s not known if she was at the event last July, but it’s possible personal bias by the judge was brought to bear in Strickland’s case in bail setting.

By increasing the charges and throwing everything against the wall legally speaking, his conviction now makes him a felon and unable to own a gun.

It goes without saying that Strickland didn’t even come close to attempting to murder anyone. His finger was never on the trigger, but his actions did, however, stop the advance of the same thugs who had just moments before roughed him up, beat him with sticks, and who, after the judge was done with the charges, magically became ‘victims’ in the case against Strickland.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Judge Lifts Gag on Strickland Video Showing Him Attacked by Antifa ‘Victims’-Including Benjamin Kerensa

[This post has been updated to add the video and remove references to its eventual inclusion]

This video recorded by Michael Strickland as he was attacked that has been under seal by prosecutors has been released from custody.

Now people will finally be able to see the video showing Strickland being manhandled – attacked – by black bloc outfitted anarchists and so called “antifa” at the Portland Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX protest. These are some of the same people whom prosecutors turned into ‘victims’ in their outrageous case against him in Portland, Oregon over the last year. See posts about the case by clicking on this link.

It explains why Strickland, a videographer and journalist working for news websites, pulled his gun in self defense to back off the thugs who admitted in court to conspiring to physically throw him out of the protest.

The video shows what happened before people started filming Strickland being physically thrown out of the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX protest, march and rally.

Here’s Strickland’s description of the video:

“Violent Ben Kerensa, known domestic terrorist and federal felon, attacks me last July 7th, 2016. You can see him leading a group of mask-clad anarchists, 3 of which of with flag poles in hand, which I have seen used as weapons. They surround me, Kerensa verbally accosts me, then begins to physically attack me. You can hear me issue verbal commands as I start to retreat. Benjamin Jacob Kerensa begins to pursue me as I retreat, and calls for others to join in the pursuit. After retreating down the block, while being aggressively pursued, my attention was drawn to the bulk of mob on my right. At this point, Ben Kerensa begins to flank me from my left, my blind side, and I caught him out of the corner of my eye. At that point I draw and issue commands for everyone to get away from me. I had every reason to believe that Ben Kerensa’s 400 pound body was seconds away from flattening me into the pavement, and that several others, already in a mob mentality, would join in, not only beating me but also robbing me of personal possessions, which included my video camera, computer, other electronic devices, and my Glock 27. They left me with no choice but to draw in self defense.

Somehow, Kerensa and the rest of the mob are considered “victims” and were never charged with any crimes, even though Ben Kerensa’s actions clearly meet the definition of Riot (ORS 166.015), Assault (ORS 163.165), Menacing (ORS 163.190), and Disorderly Conduct (ORS 166.025), having begun the altercation in the first place.

Benjamin Jacob Kerensa has a long criminal rap sheet that includes bomb threats, impersonating FBI agents to get people SWATed, filing false police reports, improper use of 911, theft, writing fraudulent checks, and more. He also been known to creepily stalk students at PSU, attack female police accountability activists, and tried to get the mob to attack another videographer earlier this June.

It is best to stay away from him if you see him in public and have no contact with him. I post this as a public service announcement so that people know how dangerous and violent he is.

This video was my first person video of the events that night. I was arrested a few minutes after I was attacked, and my camera and SD were seized immediately. This video was part of the sealed evidence. The prosecutors, Kate Molina and Todd Jackson, and Judge Thomas Ryan did not want the public to see this video before the trial. The evidence has since been unsealed.”

Strickland was charged with 21 counts, ten of which were felonies, for defending himself. He’s been sentenced to 40 days in jail, 29 with time served.

He’s appealing.

Court: PDX Max Stabber & Bernie Fan Not Mentally Ill But WAS Pothead

Court papers show that Jeremy Christian, the man who is accused of stabbing three men on Portland’s light rail train, doesn’t have a history of mental illness, so what’s the genesis of his hatred?

Christian told authorities he’d never been treated for mental illness after they arrested him for murdering two men and stabbing a third on the light rail train on May 26th.

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53-year-old Ricky John Best and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche died from stab wounds inflicted by Christian, according to police.  A third man, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was wounded.  Fletcher is a bit of a regular on the Portland protest scene.

Documents show that the 35-year-old North Portland resident was a regular and heavy user of pot and received treatment for that as part of his probation.

This information comes from court documents and rely upon his own declarations of mental health treatment  (none).

Willamette Week reported that Christian has a history of incarceration, including doing time in federal prison:

As has been previously reported, Christian was convicted of kidnapping and the unlawful use of a dangerous weapon after a 2002 convenience story robbery in North Portland. After serving a 90-month sentence for those convictions, he was convicted in 2011 on a federal felon-in-possession of a gun charge. After violating the terms of that conviction, he served about seven months in federal prison and was released in May 2014.

VictoriaTaft.com received the screenshots of the documents including this one:

Christian had a hatred for several politicians, including Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He had a bromance with Bernie Sanders and liked Jill Stein.

As you may have seen by now his Facebook page was filled with his love of the left. Here are just two of the examples:

People who haven’t spent years talking to themselves and becoming numbed in prison may spot what we would consider mental illness going on here. We think a person who would do what he’s accused of is crazy.

But with Wednesday’s deliberate targeting of Republican lawmakers by another Bernie Sanders supporter, “antifa” violence, anger by Democrats over the fixing of the primary by the Hillary Clinton campaign, we’ve seen much more violence coming from the left.

Democrat Caught On Video Sues James O’Keefe to Shut Him Up

The law fare crowd has filed a SLAPP lawsuit against undercover reporter James O’Keefe, of Project Veritas fame, to bleed him dry so he can’t continue to expose Democratic shenanigans.

Bob Creamer, the convicted felon, fixer and confidante to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and friend of President Obama, has filed a lawsuit against O’Keefe for “breach of fiduciary duty” and using a false social security number,  allegations O’Keefe denies.

O’Keefe said:

“Robert Creamer believes that by suing us, he can intimidate us. I will not be silenced – only over my dead body!

“We are on the right side of the law and will not stop exposing the truth. Right now, the Attorney General of Wisconsin is still investigating possible criminal charges against Scott Foval. This lawsuit further justifies the need to drain the swamp. Our army of guerrilla journalists, which grows daily, will continue to expose the malfeasance and corruption committed by these organizations.

“In fact, we will be deploying a new batch of freshly trained journalists next week to shine additional light on the cockroaches of the corrupt DC establishment.

“We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced. We will find out who is funding this lawsuit. We will never stop exposing the truth. We will not back down.”

The $1 million complaint stems from O’Keefe’s devastating expose of voter fraud and “bird dogging” at Trump rallies to get his backers to be baited into yelling or worse at Democratic operatives.

O’Keefe denies all of Creamer’s complaints, but it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend the lawsuit.

Still, O’Keefe said he looks forward to deposing Creamer, the felon who’s married to Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

See his interview with One America News Network host Liz Wheeler:

The man who exposed fraud by Democratic group ACORN, voter fraud, as well as exposing other scandals needs your help. Donate to Project Veritas defense fund here.

‘Free Speech’ Rally Portland Mayor Tried to Cancel Was Peaceful — Then ‘Antifas’ Grabbed Bricks…

I apologize for the code issues on my website. I’m aware and trying to fix. Thank you.

Look at all those bricks, shivs, spears and mayhem-making equipment possessed by … “anti fascists.” From my piece in Independent Journal Review:

The free speech rally held on Sunday by some Portland, Oregon, area conservatives almost didn’t happen when the mayor demanded that the permit be revoked.

Mayor Ted Wheeler asserted that the rally should be canceled because of possible violence by what he called “alt-right” protesters, following the murders of two men who came to the defense of two Muslim women being hassled by a man hurling racial slurs on a commuter train.

Check out the rest of my piece here on Independent Journal Review:

http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/06/891657-free-speech-rally-portland-mayor-tried-cancel-peaceful-antifas-grabbed-bricks/

Video: Watch Strickland Attacker Ben Kerensa Urge Attack on Yet ANOTHER Citizen Journalist

“We got Nate Millsap right here!” came a voice in a sort of ‘up talk’ carnival barker’s cadence.

The voice is believed by Millsap to belong to the scarf-wearing, black bloc attired
Benjamin Kerensa and it sent a frisson of excitement through the pack of similarly attired … people.

Kerensa perjured himself on the stand multiple times  in the Michael Strickland case. He testified for the prosecution that  he wasn’t part of black bloc, that he never pushed or pulled Strickland to throw him out and that Strickland  drew his gun multiple times, among other obvious lies.

Indeed,  Kerensa, a multiple multi state and federal prisoner, bomb threatener, FBI impersonator,  hoaxer and hacker,  conspired with others to assault Strickland, to throw him out of a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event nearly a year ago. Strickland was only videotaping the event.

The thugs roughed up Strickland  which Strickland’s still-quashed video demonstrates.

Those thugs became ‘victims’ in the eyes of the prosecution and Strickland was brought up   on 21 counts, ten of which were felonies. They could have landed Strickland in prison for more than 50 years. Strickland was sentenced to 40 days in jail when he was sentenced in May.

And Nate Millsap, also a witness for the prosecution,  took high quality video which showed the gang of thugs backing Strickland up and threatening him. Later, Millsap, realizing what his video showed, publicly came out in support of Strickland. All of those moves made him public enemy #1 with the black bloc crowd.

And that’s why they confronted him on Sunday,  as you can see from from Millsap’s own videos below:

“Fucking Millsap Get him the fuck outta here! GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE! GO BACK TO YOUR (unintelligible) GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE, NATHAN!

Millsap: “I’m here filming.

Mob: (unintelligible) GET BACK TO YOUR SIDE!

Millsap: “I’m not on a side! I’m here independently.

Black Bloc: “GET BACK TO YOUR SIDE!”

Millsap: “I’m not on a side, I’m here independently!

Black Bloc: “Get out!” (something is thrown at Millsap)

(laughs are heard)

Black Bloc guy starts chant, “Hey, hey, ho, ho this racist scum has got to go!”

What do we call black bloc ‘anarchists’ now? ‘Protester’ is too benign a descriptor. ‘Terrorist’ seems too harsh. They haven’t killed anyone … yet, although violence is clearly in their wheel house.

They bring weapons:

Members, who fancy themselves as anarchists then morph  to become ‘anti fascist’ – meaning anti anyone to the right of them,  continue to beat, shoot, assault, jump, punch, club, gas innocents and interrupt others’ lives by blocking roads, trains, freeways and bridges.

Like this guy who was beaten right in front of Millsap last Sunday by the – what do they call themselves again? Oh, yes “anti-fascists.” The same people who, like the brown shirts before them, dress in uniforms and take it upon themselves to be judge, jury and executioner of people who hold different political views.

And now Millsap has a target on his back,  just like Leo Stratton had before him and just as Michael Strickland did before them.

And the one guy who has been there every, single time is ‘victim’ Ben Kerensa.

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And look at him try to scamper out of Millsap’s view finder here:

Viral Video: Oregon Vet Ty Raddue Is Reunited With Key Vietnam War Memento

You may know Ty Raddue. He’s an irascible presence on Facebook and in Oregon politics.

You may also know that he’s had a very tough year. Besides fighting physical problems, his wife, Sandy, died mere months ago.

So it was that Ty’s son Zane put a smile on his Dad’s face by reuniting Ty with an emblem of his service for our country.

Zane explains:

At the beginning of this year, I ran across a posting in a Vietnam reenactors group on Facebook by someone in the UK looking for more info on a helmet he had recently picked up. In the pictures that were posted, you could faintly make out my fathers name written on the sweat band of the helmet liner.

After contacting the owner, he agreed to ship the helmet to me so I could give it back to my father, in exchange for a similar helmet. After a month or so of back and forth contact, and waiting for shipping both ways overseas, my father, a US Army Veteran who served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 was reunited with his helmet. At the time that it was given to him, he had no idea about this exchange, and it came as a complete surprise to him.

The story has been featured on MSN and other sites.

Nice reunion. See it for yourself below.

Trump EPA Transition Point Man Myron Ebell in Portland for Talk

Myron Ebell is one of the people I always go-to for expertise on climate/global warming issues. And at a time when the Trump Administration is considering pulling out of the Paris Accords pertaining to global warming, his viewpoint couldn’t be more timely.

The Oregon born, Competitive Policy Institute’s global warming expert, served as the Trump transition point man at the Environmental Protection Agency.

The left calls him a climate “denier,” but he likes to think of himself as a skeptic, you know, like science is supposed to be.

Climate fabulists bray that their viewpoints are based exclusively on science. It’s science all right: political science.

On Thursday, June 8th, he’ll be the guest of Cascade Policy Institute in Portland for a talk on what he’s been up to lately.

Sign up to go here. 

PDX Mayor Calls for Ban on Free Speech for “Alt Right” After Bernie Sanders Supporter Allegedly Murders Two On Max Train

Three men stood up for right and paid a huge price on the Max line on Friday when a crazed man threatened two Muslim women on the train. Two of the men died and another was badly hurt as they were slashed by the knife wielding crazed man.

In this video,  Twitter user “St. Tenderheart” claims to have been an eyewitness who chased down suspected killer Jeremy Christian who was still foaming at the mouth and in a psychotic episode before his arrest:

The reaction by leftist Portland is curious.

First, a spokesman for the  far leftist anarchist, self described “anti fascists” in the form of Cameron Whitten said the nutter who killed two people on Portland’s light rail was a Trump supporter and that as long as Trump was in the White House he would feel unsafe:

Yes, the person who likely committed the murder is a repeat offender and suffering from mental illness. But if Donald Trump was not president today, I believe we would still have two bright lights among us today. I believe that stronger than I believe in my own birthday.

Then, Marc Abrams of the KXL weekend radio show Kremer, Abrams and Pasero claimed that the nutter was a Christian. No, Marc. His last name is Christian. He’s no more a Christian than you are Abram. 

Attempts have been made to connect the killer to the “alt right” (whatever that means) because the accused killer turned up  to a so called “free speech” event in Portland in April. As you can see by the video posted by YouTuber Airliner World, the suspect was  disavowed, told to get out, shut up, and even one guy said “he’s on his own.” As the YouTuber put it:

Please don’t put Jeremy with those guys, they have already made it clear that he wasn’t a part of them.

Christian was separated from the so called “Patriot Prayer Group” by the cops because they didn’t want him in their group. He’s shown on tape (surrounded by photographers) complaining about it.

Christian then walked down the street toward the anarchist, black bloc protesters.

Furthermore, as the website Chicks on the Right discovered, the accused killer appears to be a Bernie Sanders supporter.

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But, oddly, Ted Wheeler is not calling for an end to the far left protests that occur nearly every week in Portland — only the so called “alt right” one scheduled for June 4th and 10th.

Remember now, to some people facts are fungible. They’re plug-and-play components for certain intellectually dishonest people  to construct them into a jerry-rigged storyline so long as it concludes that it’s all  Donald Trump’s fault.

In the left’s and City Hall’s  (but I repeat myself) zeal to construct this narrative,  Mayor Ted Wheeler has taken it upon himself to urge the federal government officials to stop a planned “free speech” protest by what he calls an “alt right” group on federal property on June 4th and another one June 10th.

I recognize that Portland’s heightened political atmosphere is ripe for riot and the mayor wants to keep things peaceful. But allow me to remind you that the city has been the victim of several such riots without the presence of so called “alt right” free speech supporters. In fact, the street violence has been a function entirely of the left and helped by the city’s inability or unwillingness to confront it.

Scapegoating the “alt right” in this case is absurd, intemperate and unbecoming a serious politician.

I don’t recall Wheeler calling for revoking or disallowing the planned May Day riots and I actually asked him to do that. I’ve also called for the National Guard to protect the citizens of Portland during the leftist’s riots due to the city’s unwillingness to do its job.

It was leftist thugs who threatened violence against Republicans participating in a civic parade and got it canceled.

It’s understandable that Wheeler’s concerned about riots.  But who’s been doing the rioting in Portland? Not the so called “alt right.” It seems that the better part of valor would be to appeal to the leftists to leave the permitted protesters alone.

After ‘Political Ban’ Announced, I Found Out Why Republicans Were Left Out of PDX Parade But Dems Were Allowed to March

After self described “anti-fascist” threats of violence against Republicans caused the cancellation of the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade in Portland, it was feared that other Rose Festival-related parades would follow suit.

That wimpy way out seemed to suit the crowd at City Hall, which has allowed these thugs to run rampant in the city for years, causing violence, disturbances, park take overs, house take overs, freeway take overs and other mayhem. These elected officials even indulge leftist threats, paid them respect and gave them political space in the public square even as they marginalized or shut out altogether conservative political expression.

Within hours of the announcement  that the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade would be canceled,  St. Johns Parade officials reportedly pronounced that no political groups were welcomed to join in their event on May 13th.

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KATU-TV reported that the ban would keep things peaceful in the City of Roses for the event:

When KGW-TV and KATU-TV reported the news, it caused a frisson on fear to pass through the body politic (at least on the right) in Portland. Would this be the new normal now? Would free speech and political expression be spiked under the guise of not wishing for any violence –violence exclusively perpetrated by the leftists? Capitulating, in other words, to the civic extortion by thugs who caused the violence?

The news chilled people to the bone. People worried that news media reports about  parade organizers banning any political groups from participating were right.

So it was quite a … ah, surprise … to local Republicans when a list of participants showed that Democratic party officials were marching.

St. Johns Parade
There was the inclusion of one group that seemed to suggest propriety wasn’t a  front burner issue, so Republicans in Multnomah County and surrounding areas wondered what the heck was going on:
St. Johns Parade
‘Nice’ to know that the ookity “CU Next Tuesday” people  were placed next to Cub Scout Pack 417. Nice job, St. Johns Parade.
But the question remained, if there were restrictions on political entries, how in the world did the group which birthed these faux “anti fascists” get into the line up and the GOP was left out?
St. Johns Parade
 Well, for one, St. Johns Parade officials told me there was never a ban on political groups from the parade even though the media reporter there was one.
Organizer Barb Legge told me via email in a Q & A:

Were there any political groups marching in the parade?  yes

Were there politicians marching or featured in the parade?   Yes many

Were there any groups left out due to being political in nature?  None, unless they chose not to show due to weather.

 I asked her why there was a ban on …  Republicans …? She said there was never a ban on any political groups. She advised me to look at their policy on their website. It reads:

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“The parade is a free event! Anyone can enter – young and old! All entries are welcome that fit the family venue of the parade. No alcohol, firearms or weapons of any kind are allowed. If there are any loud arguments, disputes, or other issues that arise in the staging area or along the parade route, the people involved will immediately be asked to leave and may be escorted by the police, if necessary.

Legge told me that the parade had received no threats and everything came off beautifully.
One man on Facebook who attended the parade asked around about the absence of Republicans:

“The organizers obviously lied when they were interviewed for this story. There were many political representatives there including the Multnomah County Democrats. I asked them a few questions like “I thought this Parade wasn’t supposed to be Political? Are the rules different for you? It’s just a question, can you answer it?” I asked that of all groups of a Political nature including the honored (not by me) Blumenauer. I didn’t get a single answer just a myriad of middle fingers, sheepish grins and a few choice words that I didn’t use because this is truly a family event.”

I reached out to the head of the Multnomah County Republican Party, James Buchal, to find out if the facts as stated comported with what he knew.  Here’s what he told me:

“We did not apply to be in that parade.”

As we’ve seen, Portland conservatives and members of the GOP don’t have to go looking for problems, they’re discriminated against enough as it is.

But it does give rise to the question: Did the far left violent protesters leave that parade alone because no Republicans were marching in it?