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Opinion: Why I’m Not ‘Grateful’ for Michael Strickland Sentence

This post has been updated to add photos and clean up the presentation that, sadly, had to be done quickly at the airport. 

If you’ve looked at my Facebook posts or seen the news you know by now that Michael Strickland has been given no prison time for pulling a gun in self-defense on a bunch of fascistic, in-bred cult ‘protesters’ who assaulted him once and then came back to do it again at a rally and march on July 7, 2016. He faced as long as 50-years-in prison for the overcharged counts in this case.

Strickland will serve a 40-day jail term (which will be reduced with time served), hours of community service, thousands of dollars in fines, be put on three years probation, and have his second amendment rights forever stripped (unless and until this conviction is vacated), and his first amendment rights to record these drug-addled mental patients and engage in journalism halted for years.

Strickland learned of his (temporary) fate Wednesday morning  in a downtown Portland courtroom presided over by Judge Thomas Ryan.

And inside the courtroom was the Star Wars bar scene.

Sitting amongst the faux anarchists and ironically self titled “anti fascists” (antifa) in the courtroom Wednesday reaffirmed several cliches about these people.

At least three of these nuts had been arrested recently on riot charges, violence and vandalism. One had been in federal prison at least three different times. Three cops, one wearing a TAC vest and eye protection, had these guys on eye lock.

This guy, second row, far right is Luis Marquez. He was just arrested in relation to the latest Portland riots. He had been sitting right in front of …

… this guy: Multiple state and federal felon Ben Kerensa:

You might have read about  him on this website.

This guy (below) was one row in front of me sitting next to Kerensa. He waited long enough  to find out if Strickland was going to prison. Then he grabbed his bike helmet and left … probably to make his meeting with his probation officer:

I’ve been watching people like these for years. I outed them in the early 2000’s for their A.N.S.W.E.R. group which included animal and eco terrorists. Their Friday-at-4 drum circles were a constant source of entertainment. Their money laundering scams were based at a church. Their tree screaming …

I outed their phony “occupation” of the park in downtown Portland and showed their union paymasters running the operation. My colleagues and I outed how PSU and PCC  aid and abet their violence (thank you,  Daylight Disinfectant and Laughing at Liberals!).

These cult members work in packs. They wander from “crisis” to “crisis” to express their “outrage” at … well, whatever they’re told to. Or dream up. This is the depth of their vision:

“Hey, hey, ho, ho (fill in the blank) has got to go.”

They’re fakes. Their outrage is fake. There’s no there there. Their outrage has no terminus. What fun is there in that? They’re frauds.

And here was the latest generation of professional protesters in court. Most looked like they’d just meandered in on a stopover between getting their ’test results’ at the clinic and hopping a bus to get their free methadone fix.

They set up Michael Strickland by assaulting him, and now they waited, like a pack of hyenas, to bay in the victory as another guy who thought differently than they, was finally  ‘getting his’ at the hands of a politically manipulated judiciary. Some anarchists.

The extra security wasn’t there because of Strickland or his supporters. These multiple felons and recent arrestees — a millennial rogues gallery — sat in the courtroom hoping Strickland would be forever silenced.

And here was Strickland. Getting worse than they ever had. All for defending himself against this pack of un-thinking, vapid thugs. And it happened in a court that preferred riot to gun rights.

People said they were grateful for the lighter sentence for Strickland. I’m not.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Michael Strickland won’t be going to prison for defending himself at a Black Lives Matter/Don’tShootPDX rally and march last July. He never should have been brought up on charges in the first place.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that a person gave a ‘victim’ impact statement and urged no prison time for Strickland. He was the one who helped instigate the whole, sorry affair and then bragged about it on video.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Strickland ‘only’ has to do 40 days in jail (29 with time served). Innocent men should not be put behind bars.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Strickland can never possess a gun until this conviction is vacated because these trumped up charges have made him a felon.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Strickland is restricted from being able to make a living, though required to pay fines, because the judge basically said that he’d asked for it by filming these loons

I’m not ‘grateful’ that the world will get to see the video taken by Strickland of the first assault that took place against him which caused him to draw his gun when they came back to do it again. That tape was purposely put on lock down by the Kate Molina and Todd Jackson of the DA’s office because it exonerated Strickland. It should have been out in the public domain from the beginning.

I’m not ‘grateful’ for the 240 hours of community service he must serve as a mea culpa for ‘victimizing’ one of the people coming to assault him again.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that people who believe in the rule of law must now scrape together what’s left of their savings and help defend Strickland against a system that has turned the rule of law on its ear in this case.

I’m not ‘grateful’ that Strickland has to go through the Oregon ‘justice’ system again in a retrial and appeal.

I would<

/em> be grateful for help from the long list of constitutional legal groups I’ve begged to take on this case.

I would be grateful for more national attention on this outrageous case.

I would be grateful for financial help for Strickland’s defense and for his living expenses since the judge says that even recording weddings is a bridge too far for the videographer.

DONATE HERE.

I would be grateful for an unbiased legal system.
But until there’s reason for gratitude, I’ll be over here writing about this case.

Strickland Sentenced Today; Appeals Attorney Named

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A sentencing report prepared for Judge Thomas Ryan recommends no prison time for Michael Strickland, though the judge could ignore the report.

Strickland never has posed a threat to anyone, even the day he was forced to draw his weapon to defend himself against an onslaught of Portland Black Bloc outfitted anarchists and the ironically self described “anti fascists” as they attempted to — for the second time that day — assault and throw him out of a protest July 7, 2016.

The move employed by the violent mob that day was the same threatened against the GOP at the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade, which was canceled due to the promised violence.

Multnomah County’s two track justice system — one for anarchists and one for law abiding citizens  such as Strickland — is being watched by national figures.

Strickland has secured the services of Robert Barnes,  an appeals attorney, to take over for his able trial attorneys Chris Trotter and Jason Short.

Times Free Press

Barnes specializes in tax law and constitutional law. He successfully argued and won the first amendment aspect of actor Wesley Snipe’s tax prosecution. He’s been involved in several high profile cases. Though he bases his practice in Los Angeles, Barnes practices all over the country and the world. He’s tried at least one case in Oregon before.

Though rife with many appealable angles, Barnes has told me that he initially sees the Strickland case as a first amendment case.

Strickland will be sentenced today at 9am in the Multnomah County Courthouse.

I won’t rest until Strickland gets his ability to do his job back, his freedom back and the agonies that he’s undergone absolved and restored. I hope there’s a civil lawsuit against these people and I hope he wins a huge judgement against them.

 

Strickland’s ‘Victim’, Benjamin Kerensa: Hacker, Anarchist, Fabulist, Dangerous Man

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One of the supposedly key witnesses in the trial of Michael Strickland was Benjamin Kerensa.

San Francisco Police

The multiple federal and state felon  was caught in several lies on the stand in his testimony as a ‘victim’ of Strickland’s.

Strickland defended himself against the same kind of the violent “anti-fascist” “protesters” who shouted down and threatened violence against Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopolous at Berkleley.

In Strickland’s case, however,  the Black Bloc kindred in Portland succeeded in assaulting him once and were coming back to do it again at a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX march and rally in Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2016.

Strickland is a videographer who records Portland events under the YouTube moniker “Laughing at Liberals.” As I’ve explained previously, anarchists, protesters and the rest of them didn’t like Strickland because he made them look stupid. Strickland’s stories have made national news.

Laughing at Liberals

On that day last July, Strickland drew his weapon to stop a phalanx of black bloc outfitted protesters. He drew his weapon once. His finger was never on the trigger. His actions may have saved his life or, at the very least, great bodily injury. (Please see an explanation by police officers who have claimed that what Strickland did was legal and prudent.)

Police cited him on two misdemeanors and let him go after processing. But when the judge –whose daughter is a frequent protester (more on that in another post)– arraigned him a few days later, suddenly the assaulters became ‘victims’ and Strickland was charged with ten felonies and eleven misdemeanors. Strickland spent ten days in jail while friends struggled to come up with bond that would cover a now ridiculous $250,000.00 bail.

But back to our fluffy fabulist.

Kerensa testified to a conspiracy in court to throw Strickland out of the protest and I independently confirmed this. It might have been the only truthful thing he said on the stand.

Here are the whoppers Kerensa told on the stand:

He testified that he was not an anarchist, a provable lie.
He testified that he saw the videographer unholster his gun up to five times, a provable lie.
He testified he wanted Strickland thrown out of the event to protect ‘the children,’ a laughable lie.
He testified Strickland was a racist, a trope to, in his mind, justify violence against him, but is without evidence.
He testified he never harmed Strickland, a provable lie on Strickland’s own video recording and first hand account.
He testified that Strickland looked “unstable” to justify his assaults.

One of the interesting things about the nearly 400 pound Kerensa is that he has an odd way of simply showing up and becoming part of stories.

After the incident last July, he gleefully bounded up to a friend and fellow anarchist who was recording the event to tell him that he made Strickland draw his weapon.

As I’ve recounted before, according to news accounts and court records, Kerensa did time in FEDERAL PRISON for making bomb threats to a former employer and to the tech confab known as Oracle World in the Bay Area. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate the event from Moscone Center.

Police say his former employer was a movie theater which had to be evacuated.

And Kerensa made the bomb threat phone calls from the offices of  man running for mayor of San Francisco where Kerensa ‘volunteered.’ Volunteers recalled in a news account that the rotund young man sat around, eating the free food and trolling the internet.  Sometimes he spent the night in the office.

Police called Kerensa an “anti establishment”  hacker. Authorities probably characterized him this way because of his attempted take over of a company called Nationhost and engaged in alleged fraud and other activities. From SF Gate:

“He has a background as a computer hacker and apparently was upset with the establishment as a whole,” said police Inspector Rich Moses. “He was taking it out on the establishment with these false threats.”

Kerensa was charged Tuesday under a federal law against “maliciously conveying false information” through telephonic bomb threats.

 

Less than five years after that Oracle World federal prison stint,  Kerensa was out and slithered up to Oregon. He was caught in several counties in Oregon doing illegal activities over a period of time, but he then he settled in on making fraudulent phone calls again — sound familiar?

According to federal sentencing documents, Kerensa pretended to be “Special (FBI) Agent in Charge Richard Ellis.” He called for a SWAT team to surround a Salem hospital and other illegal mischief that could have gotten someone killed. He particularly loved to make fake 911 calls.

He moved to Portland where at some point he got into the protest scene.

He got himself a nice camera and called himself a photographer.

Here’s one of his photos.

Ben Kerensa via Oregonian

Here’s the Oregonian’s explanation of the photo:

Members of the Metro bomb squad detonated a small improvised explosive device outside the Montavilla United Methodist Church, located at 232 Southeast 80th Avenue, Tuesday morning. The ATF and FBI, along with arson investigators with the Portland Fire Bureau, are investigating. Photos by Benjamin Kerensa

The man who went to prison for bomb threats and pretending to Special Agent in Charge Richard Ellis, suddenly became a witness at the discovery of a pipe bomb at a Portland church in 2013. The Oregonian reported:

A witness, Benjamin Kerensa, said an officer told him the device was a pipe bomb.
Kerensa said he saw agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI take away at least 10 bags of evidence from the scene.

 

Kerensa tried to remake himself as an open source hero and techie. He joined a “collective” of supposed open source acolytes and now fancies himself a tech blogger. He writes frequent comments on tech blogs in an attempt to assert his ‘credentials.’

And it’s in this capacity that a Portland newspaper quoted Kerensa — now identified as a “web developer” — as finding a problem in the state of Oregon’s website. The Portland Tribune reported:

“For approximately a month, the state has been assessing the impact that an update would have on people with old web browsers. Benjamin Kerensa, a web developer in Portland, contacted the Department of Administrative Services Feb. 6 and told staff he had noticed encryption protocols were outdated. Richards said Kerensa’s calls and emails caused the Department of Administrative Services to look into the issue, but it was also his understanding employees at the state data center were already aware of the outdated encryption on some websites and were working on a solution.”

Imagine that, the hacker found a problem in 2015. I wonder if the State of Oregon hired him to fix it?

Kerensa’s wild stories and fabulist psychological issues could put a man in prison.

Michael Strickland will be sentenced tomorrow for defending himself against this very, very dangerous man.

Before There Were Canceled & Censored Parades, There Was Michael Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals’

See the explanation about the whole, outrageous prosecution of  CHL holder, Michael Strickland, here. Please give to his legal defense fund here. 

Strickland defended himself against the same kind of the violent “anti-fascists” who shouted down and threatened violence against Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopolous at Berkleley.

These thugs shut down the Portland rose parade. They shut down a fund raiser for Strickland. They were responsible for sending a man to the hospital for spouting Bible verses at the Portland Airport at an anti-Trump event.

They assaulted Strickland at a protest last July 7, 2016 because they didn’t want him to cover it.

And then, when he didn’t leave because he is a reporter, they came back for him again and he pulled his weapon and backed them off. His finger was never on the trigger. No one was ever hurt. No one as in danger — except Michael Strickland’s civil rights.

Watch this short video to get up to speed. And check out this post for all the stories about the Strickland case.

I Call on Portland to Cancel May Day Protests, er, Riots

Portland officials had a hand in canceling tomorrow’s 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade due to threatened violence against Portland, Oregon Republicans by the ironically self titled “anti-fascist” contingent of black bloc protesters.

The Multnomah County GOP planned to participate in the civic affair as it had for the previous three years  until protesters threatened to “drag” and pull out Republicans because the fascist protesters didn’t like them. Planned participants threatened to stab and kill the Republicans, according to Jeff Reynolds of MCRP.

While organizers were blamed for pulling the plug on the entire parade and carnival in East Portland due to the “terroristic threats,” at least one participant was told it had everything to do with Portland Commissioner Nick Fish.

Since  Portland Police cannot assure the safety of participants in the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade because of terrorist threats by black bloc “anti-fascists,” then the city should by necessity cancel the annual riot known as May Day.
The annual communist homage to “the workers” always ends in violence and vandalism.

Well, Portland? Or is viewpoint discrimination  OK only when it’s targeted at Republicans?

All of Victoria Taft’s Stories on Michael Strickland’s Case

Michael Strickland’s Defense Fund Link Is Right Here

And here are the previous posts I’ve done on the Strickland case:

Release the Strickland Tape

Rioters Veto: Portland Cancels Parade After Protesters Plot ‘Terrorist’ Attack on GOP Participants

Portland Protesters Get ‘Traffic Tickets’: Strickland Defended Himself & Faces Prison

Portland Protester Who Threw Bomb at Crowd Given ‘Counseling’; Michael Strickland Faces Prison for Defending Himself

Surprise Speaker at ‘Free Mike Strickland’ Rally Was Witness in Case — And Wait Till You Hear What He Says

Mike Strickland Rally Speakers Put Stakes into Sharp Focus: ‘That Could Be You Next!’

Fund Raiser for Strickland Canceled After Portland Professional Protesters Swing Into Action

Perjury: Counting All the Times Ben Kerensa Lied on the Stand in Strickland Gun Case, Part 1

Seldom Seen Video of Mob of “Victims” Surrounding Strickland Before He Draws Weapon in Self Defense

Portland’s Pro-Protester Justice System

Oregon Firearms Federation Responds to Strickland Gun Conviction

Travesty. Portland Judge: Strickland Guilty on All Counts.

Strickland Trial: Court Documents of the Prosecution’s Star Witness Bomb Hoaxer & Cop Impersonator Ben Kerensa

Strickland Day 2: Defense Waives Jury Trial & Prosecution Witness Admits Anarchists Plotted to Assault Journalist

Strickland Trial: Day 1

Protesters to Strickland: ‘Snitches Get Stitches’

Violent Protesters Show EXACTLY Why Strickland Carried Gun to Cover Protests

Journalist Charged With Pulling Gun to Stop Anarchist Attack Denied Change of Venue From Anti-Gun Portland

‘He Makes Fun of Us:’Reason Why Anarchists Conspired to Attack Strickland at Portland Protest

Bomb Threats, Activism, Anarchy: ‘Victim’ in Strickland Gun Case Is a Convicted Liar

Witness Against Strickland In Gun Case Is Federal Felon; Anarchist

Strickland Hearing Postponed till Monday

Strickland Hearing Today & the Defense Has a Surprise for the DA

Strickland Indicted on Gun Charges; Ham Sandwich Next In Line

Strickland’s Gun Case Similar to Portland Case That Just Ended In Not-Guilty Verdict

“Self Defense”: Lefty Videographer at BLM Protest Told Cops Twice That PDX Reporter Mike Strickland Drew Gun In Self Defense

The Exoneration of Portland Citizen Journalist Mike Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals.’

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

Protester Going After Mike Strickland Was “Black Panther” Calling for Violence & Gun Play Before #BLM March

Portland Citizen Journalist Banned From Portland Campuses That Frequently Welcomed Radicals & Even Domestic Terrorists

Here’s What 4 Cops & a 2-A Activist Saw When They Watched ‘Man Pulls Gun on PDX Protesters’ Video

Watch This Guy Advance on Mike Strickland Right Before He Pulled Gun At BLM Protest

Should Portland, Berkeley Call Out National Guard to Protect Conservatives?

It’s a question based on the silencing of Portlander Michael Strickland, Multnomah County Republicans, speakers Ann Coulter, Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald under threat of violence.

As one of the self described anti-fascist (Antifa) protesters put it when his threats resulted in the cancellation of Portland’s 82nd Street Avenue of the Roses Parade:

You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely. Let us know your decision by tuesday by emailing back. We will also wheatpaste fliers across the march route naming sponsors and holding them accountable for backing an event with this type of rhetoric which may endanger future parades ability to get sponsors. We will also begin emailing groups who are participating in the march to inform them you are allowing a group of bigots to march in the parade.

Of course, I’ve been saying for years that they believe the police “cannot stop” them from “shutting down roads.”

This lady tried with the only weapon she had, some Tide detergent to get the thugs out of her way:

The only ones the police and institutional Portland silence is one guy who was being threatened, assaulted and mobbed by these same thugs. And now he faces prison. 

The rioters veto has won.

 

Release the Strickland Tape

As Michael Strickland’s May 3rd sentencing draws near, it’s important that the full story of his defense be brought out into the open. That’s why Judge Thomas Ryan should release Michael Strickland’s own video which has been hidden from public view since the videographer’s arrest.

Strickland is the freelance journalist who drew his legal, licensed concealed hand gun to fend off a violent mob of anarchists while covering a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX march and rally July 7, 2016.

Here’s the key point:

After covering the event for awhile, Strickland was assaulted by a group of protesters who admitted in court they conspired to throw him out. They assaulted him once and then came back after him. Strickland was forced to draw his weapon after efforts to back them off with verbal commands and defensively using his monopod failed to back them off.

The mob came from three sides in order to attack and stop him from covering the rally.

Rightly believing he was in danger, Strickland swept the black bloc attired mob, without his finger on the trigger, to stop the threat coming at him. It worked. He was able to back up the street to safety — until the Multnomah County DA’s office victimized him again.

He was convicted on 21 charges, ten of which were felonies, by a Multnomah County judge in February after two minutes consideration.

The view we’ve seen so far should have been defense enough:

Multnomah County surveillance video, which included the entire scene, may help see the first attack, but Michael Strickland’s own video clearly tells the tale.

It was shown in court, but the judge made attempts to keep onlookers from seeing it. Why? Because it clearly shows that Strickland was roughed up, assaulted, beaten about by a gang of thugs. And then they came to do it again. And even though Strickland knew their intent, he tried to talk them out of it, gave verbal commands, used his monopod as defense and then, as a last resort, pulled his gun. His finger was never on the trigger,
but the mere presence of that gun backed off the

 

 

 

oncoming thugs giving Strickland the ability to back away.

That’s just another reason why this case is such a travesty.

Free the tape. Free Michael Strickland.

Rioters Veto: Portland Cancels Parade After Protesters Plot ‘Terrorist’ Attack on GOP Participants

Organizers have canceled the kick off parade for the venerable Portland Rose Festival after Portland protesters promised violence against Republican Party members who planned to march in the neighborhood event.

KATU TV reported that due to online threats and emails sent to co-conspirators, the organizers of the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade canceled it rather than suffer the violence promised by the so called “anti fascist” protesters:

The Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) was planning to take part in the parade, however someone sent out an email over the weekend that claimed they would have “two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push them out.”

The email, sent from “thegiver@riseup.net,” said they planned to interrupt the Republican Party because they “will not give one inch to groups who espouse hatred toward LGBT, immigrants, people of color, or others.”

“Riseup.net” is a domain often used by far left Portland protesters.

Here’s a look at the announcement by the ironically dubbed “anti fascists” (ANTIFA) who planned to shut down the free speech of Republicans:

The post read in part:

Fascists plan to march through the streets of Portland in the Avenue of Roses Parade on 82nd.

The fascists know that we’ll keep shutting their marches down, they are now planning to march within other parades to protect their message of hate and white supremacy – it WON’T work.
Nazis will not march through Portland.

The group we’re disrupting is #67.
It is registered to the Multnomah County Republicans, but these infiltrators are the same folks from Lake Oswego, Salem, Vancouver, and even Berkeley.

[ … ] 

Their Trump flags, their red MAGA hats and their hate group badges are all intended to normalize support for an orange man  …

They will attempt to march from the Eastport Plaza to Yamhill, but nazis will not march through our city.

This event is not in opposition to The Avenue of Roses Parade, it is against the fascists who intend to march through our neighborhoods and intimidate our marginalized communities.

By now it’s obvious that “fascists” are people who don’t agree with them.

The post reportedly included this photo of rioters attacking a person wearing a  “Make America Great Again” hat with a bayonet. That image eems to have been scraped from the page now:

https://twitter.com/JohnDTrudel/status/856983103985692672

According to online reports there’s one person who is believed to be behind the terroristic threats.

Also, long time citizen journalist Dan Sandini picks up the pieces of the investigation into the person behind the threats:

So this is Jacob Bureros who numerous folks on Facebook are reporting as being the source of threats against Portlands Annual Family Rose Parade. Here Bureros is shown masked and Unmasked, as a part of a violent mob that attacked a peaceful Trump protest in Vancouver Washington. The original video can be found in the Direct Action timeline and on Bureros' timeline. David Bacon Gulliver Lynette Wyrick Jack Peek Sr. Victoria Taft Jayne Carroll Leo Stratton

Posted by Dan Sandini on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

KATU reports that MCRP chair James Buchal issued a statement and called on Mayor Ted Wheeler to treat this as a criminal matter:

Buchal’s  letter said in part:

“This is criminal conduct. The author is threatening, and has already taken overt acts toward organizing the crime of riot: “while participating with five or more other persons the person engages in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally or recklessly creates a grave risk of causing public alarm.” ORS 166.015. At the least what is described is a criminal conspiracy to engage in the crime of disorderly conduct in the second degree….

The MCRP has watched with concern the rising lawlessness in the City of Portland, which has now metastasized to the pony where potential violent criminals are bragging that police are powerless to stop them. The City is not powerless and can easily identify “the giver@riseup.net” and the other members of this criminal conspiracy, and more importantly, take steps to prevent their proposed criminal conduct”

But former MCRP chair Jeff Reynolds KATU that it comes down to this:

“We advocate for candidates and causes that we believe in, just like anybody else in America under the first amendment. We have the right to free assembly, we have the right to free speech and they are forcibly threatening us with terroristic activities.”

That’s the shot, here’s the chaser. These people who cloak themselves in kaffiyeh cloth and balaclavas are the problem. They have conspired to shut up the people with whom they don’t agree. They’re like Lois Lerner but with knives, poles and guns.

We’ve seen them in Berkeley, Lake Oswego, Portland and Seattle.

They used to call this the “heckler’s veto,” but I’ve changed that to the “rioter’s veto.”

Portland District Attorney’s office lawyers, City Hall, and institutional Portland listen up: The people who planned this “terror” plot are the same people who conspired against journalist Michael Strickland to get him off the public stage because he “made fun of them.”

If this doesn’t tell you what you need to know about how dangerous and lawless Portland is and show you the nature of the political prosecution of Strickland then you are Not.Paying.Attention.

Justice for Michael Strickland. You could be next. In fact, based on what just happened Tuesday, you probably are.

Look At These Islamic Looking Flags Flown at an American Soccer Game

Though they’re violent and vile for the most part, institutional Portland has had a love affair with its professional protesters through the years.

In the last year or so, both The Oregonian and Willamette Week have written misty-eyed homages to the monkey-wrenchers, Wobblies, ELF and ALF terrorists, Earth First! tree screamers and ‘anti-fascist’ groups that populate the Portland professional protester class.

So beloved are the left’s pet professional protesters and shock troops that the local district attorneys intentionally go easy on arrested protesters, as I’ve pointed out here, and hard on anyone, such as Mike Strickland, who dared to defend himself against them, as I’ve amply pointed out on this website.  (Please donate to the Michael Strickland Defense Fund Here)

The institutional left  that runs Portland is so smitten with the flag-poopers, that lefties probably take their out-of-town guests to see the urine soaked downtown squats. “This is where they’re taking a stand for affordable housing,” you can almost hear them say.

A stroll nearby reveals the well-used “BushHitler” and “Get Out of Vietnam” and “Stop the Draft” signs. If you squint your eyes, you can almost see the union shop that prints up the signs for pre-planned riots  such as May Day.

The people who want to keep “Portland Weird,”  show their visitors the doors of bullet resistant glass that have been pock marked by Black Bloc ‘flags.’

Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

Protesters are now fully embraced as part of the Portland zeitgeist. Members of the Portland Professional Protester class are part of the official Portland tour:  VooDoo Donuts, check. Oregon Zoo, check.  Arboretum, check, check.  Forest Park, check. Rose Garden. Beer garden. Portland Protester Petting Zoo, Roger that.

After George H.W. Bush (that’s Bush 41 or Bush-the-Elder) came to Portland as president in the late 80’s he was met with — surprise! — protesters.

Willamette Week lovingly remembered the scenes from the protests of 1989 and 1991:

Suit-wearing Reed students swallowed colored food dye and vomited red, white and, unintentionally, green.

This was just one of four protests that greeted Bush and Quayle. The first, in 1989, was “the only [protest] that disrupted [Quayle’s] schedule,” the vice president’s press secretary David Beckwith bragged to The Oregonian.

Quayle came to Portland for a $2,500-per-person Republican fundraiser at the downtown Hilton on Monday, Sept. 24. While the vice president was raising money and support for Republican representative Denny Smith (not re-elected) inside the hotel, 300 protesters gathered outside. Flags were burned. A man took a shit on a photo of Quayle.

Things were so bad, that the president is said to have dubbed the town, “Little Beirut.”

Portland lefties have embraced that moniker so much that a real estate firm has adopted the name, a Portland band has purloined the term, and it has shown up in one of the most interesting places you can imagine, at a Portland Timbers game.

Last Saturday afternoon, a Portlander took this photo at the Major League Soccer game in Portland:

Here’s another view with three flags flown in the section of the stadium occupied by the “Timbers Army,” Portland’s hard core soccer fans:

According to three people who speak Arabic, the big flag with the tree reads:

“Little Beirut”

You can be forgiven, however, if it brings up some bad memories of other flags you’ve seen  flown by extremists:

That flag above is for the Pakistani Al Qaeda affiliate.

This one represents Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Oh, and look at that one above. It’s one of the flags representing ISIS.

Before you gasp, let me remind you of a few things.

My friend Andy McCarthy wrote about the nexus of Islam and the left in book, “The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America”

For years, Portland State University has been a hotbed of Islamic militantism,  Lincoln High School has received funds from one of the top terrorist supporters in the world.

Portland’s protest culture has always been pro Palestinian and anti-Jew as evidenced by signs at the leftist camp out Occupy Portland in it’s “sacred space”:

Who can forget the nexus of pro communist groups marching with neo nazis in Portland captured in this video by Daylight Disinfectant?

And who can forget when leftist protesters were seen chanting on this video, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be set free” on the streets of Portland? This video is from the excellent videographer Laughing at Liberals aka Michael Strickland:

Though some may see this as a heavy-handed comparison, the thing is, I don’t have to do any supposing or guessing. It has been happening for years and years. And it will just get worse, if left unobserved and unchecked.

Who’s flying these flags at the Portland Timbers games?

Rewind the Tape: When DA Refused to Charge Anti-Gun Filmmaker For Vicious Videotaped Beatdown of Strickland

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This episode has been told and re-told incorrectly so often recently so I thought I’d just put it back out there for public consumption.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office has shown prosecutorial favoritism to violent, leftist protesters.

The office has provably shown that the protesters have been charged with far fewer and lesser  charges, according to the Portland Mercury. As I pointed out here they actually sentenced a man to counseling as punishment after he  threw a bomb at protesters.

Mike Strickland, of course, had the book thrown at him when some of these same troglodyte protesters assaulted him in an attempt to prevent the freelance journalist from covering their Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX rally last July 7, 2016.

When they came back to assault him again from three sides shouting,  “Get the f*** out of here!” and also carrying their sticks which they use as weapons, Strickland warned them to stay away by verbal commands and by putting his hand up. He then escalated to using his monopod to create a barrier and then, when all that failed and they kept coming, he unholstered his licensed gun and pointed it at them. His finger was never on the trigger.

It was a clear case of self defense and it worked to back off the black bloc protester thugs. But Strickland was charged with 21 counts, ten of which were felonies. He was convicted on all charges in a travesty of ‘justice.’

He chose a bench trial rather than a jury pool made up was mostly anti-gun activists and a protester who had attended the same event.

He could spend years — decades — in prison.

(See all my posts on this case at the bottom of this post for more detail. )

Let’s go back to March 10, 2015 when the pro second amendment freelance journalist confronted the producer of a film. The filmmaker, Skye Fitzgerald, represented to Strickland friend Chris Cochran that the film he was making would be an even handed look at gun issues. He asked Cochran to participate [A previous version of this story reported that it was Strickland who was asked to participate. I regret the error.]

When he saw Fitzgerald’s movie trailer, and saw it for the polemical anti-gun screed it was,  Cochran  knew he’d been had and sought to peacefully — and on tape — record him confronting Fitzgerald at a Gresham restaurant. Strickland went along to legally record the confrontation at the restaurant.

But Fitzgerald was afraid to be outed as a fraud and stole two of Strickland cameras. Strickland and his friend Chris Cochran ran after the fleeing Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald pounced, flipping Strickland and breaking his arm in at least three places. Strickland was hospitalized and out of work for months.

Watch it for yourself:

Images from two of Strickland’s cameras were obliterated by the filmmaker. Fitzgerald had allegedly stolen Strickland’s intellectual property in the incident.

Bearing Arms picks up the story:

We can also confirm that anti-violence producer/filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald turned himself in to a neighboring law enforcement organization after the attack, which was witnessed by numerous people. Based upon those accounts, Fitzgerald has been charged with felony robbery, misdemeanor theft, and misdemeanor assault. If the injuries to Mr. Saunderson are as severe as The Common Truth suggests, then it seems possible that the assault charge may be upgraded by prosecutors.

Fitzgerald is attempting a novel defense of his actions.

@repblumenauer @BurdickGinny @jakeweigler Here is beginning of fallout after defending myself when a CHL holder reaches for weapon

— Skye Fitzgerald (@Spin_Film) March 11, 2015
[We should probably note that the three people that Fitzgerald turned to on Twitter for help after attacking Saunderson are two rabidly anti-gun Oregon Democrats and a lobbyist for Michael Bloonmberg.]

I asked Gresham Police directly about this claim. There was no evidence whatsoever that there were any firearms at the scene, concealed or otherwise, on the persons of the victim or any of the witnesses.

Fitzgerald appears to have become upset that he was caught in a lie, and that his reaction was being (legally) recorded. He then allegedly attacked Saunderson both inside and outside the restaurant, and stole two cameras, then attempted to excuse his behavior with yet another apparent lie.

It is not known at this time if Fitzgerald destroyed or erased the film in these cameras before turning them in to authorities.

Though Fitzgerald was caught on tape committing an act of armed robbery, assault, assault with a deadly weapon, theft, leaving the scene, and any number of other charges, the Multnomah County DA’s office refused to bring charges.

Once again, the DA’s office protected its own left flank — a leftist anti-gun activist and left Strickland with no justice.

It’s a familiar refrain. It’s also corruption.

And here are the previous posts I’ve done on the Strickland case:

Portland Protesters Get ‘Traffic Tickets’: Strickland Defended Himself & Faces Prison

Portland Protester Who Threw Bomb at Crowd Given ‘Counseling’; Michael Strickland Faces Prison for Defending Himself

Surprise Speaker at ‘Free Mike Strickland’ Rally Was Witness in Case — And Wait Till You Hear What He Says

Mike Strickland Rally Speakers Put Stakes into Sharp Focus: ‘That Could Be You Next!’

Fund Raiser for Strickland Canceled After Portland Professional Protesters Swing Into Action

Perjury: Counting All the Times Ben Kerensa Lied on the Stand in Strickland Gun Case, Part 1

Seldom Seen Video of Mob of “Victims” Surrounding Strickland Before He Draws Weapon in Self Defense

Portland’s Pro-Protester Justice System

Oregon Firearms Federation Responds to Strickland Gun Conviction

Travesty. Portland Judge: Strickland Guilty on All Counts.

Strickland Trial: Court Documents of the Prosecution’s Star Witness Bomb Hoaxer & Cop Impersonator Ben Kerensa

Strickland Day 2: Defense Waives Jury Trial & Prosecution Witness Admits Anarchists Plotted to Assault Journalist

Strickland Trial: Day 1

Protesters to Strickland: ‘Snitches Get Stitches’

Violent Protesters Show EXACTLY Why Strickland Carried Gun to Cover Protests

Journalist Charged With Pulling Gun to Stop Anarchist Attack Denied Change of Venue From Anti-Gun Portland

‘He Makes Fun of Us:’Reason Why Anarchists Conspired to Attack Strickland at Portland Protest

Bomb Threats, Activism, Anarchy: ‘Victim’ in Strickland Gun Case Is a Convicted Liar

Witness Against Strickland In Gun Case Is Federal Felon; Anarchist

Strickland Hearing Postponed till Monday

Strickland Hearing Today & the Defense Has a Surprise for the DA

Strickland Indicted on Gun Charges; Ham Sandwich Next In Line

Strickland’s Gun Case Similar to Portland Case That Just Ended In Not-Guilty Verdict

“Self Defense”: Lefty Videographer at BLM Protest Told Cops Twice That PDX Reporter Mike Strickland Drew Gun In Self Defense

The Exoneration of Portland Citizen Journalist Mike Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals.’

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

Protester Going After Mike Strickland Was “Black Panther” Calling for Violence & Gun Play Before #BLM March

Portland Citizen Journalist Banned From Portland Campuses That Frequently Welcomed Radicals & Even Domestic Terrorists

Here’s What 4 Cops & a 2-A Activist Saw When They Watched ‘Man Pulls Gun on PDX Protesters’ Video

Watch This Guy Advance on Mike Strickland Right Before He Pulled Gun At BLM Protest

Portland Protesters Get ‘Traffic Tickets’: Strickland Defended Himself & Faces Prison

Michael Strickland potentially faces decades in prison for being found guilty on 21 counts, ten of which are felonies, for defending himself against violent, black bloc thugs, protesters and assailants.

Now we find out what happens to those types of protesters when they are arrested.

According to the Portland Mercury, this is the disbursement of “justice” to the 171 people arrested, as they put it, “in the Trump era”:

Portland Mercury

According to the Mercury:

According to an analysis of the 171 protest-related arrests in Portland since post-election demonstrations began in November, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has rejected more than half—a whopping 99 cases.

Of the 72 defendants who remained, 45 had their cases reduced to traffic violations, 13 are awaiting trial for misdemeanors (with one already found guilty), 12 are awaiting trial for felonies (mostly from November demonstrations), one juvenile case was referred to Washington County, and another case was dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Michael Strickland defended himself against violent protesters who conspired to deprive him of his first amendment right to cover the event. He may go to prison. Some of the same protesters get traffic tickets for their violent behavior.

Portland Protester Who Threw Bomb at Crowd Given ‘Counseling’; Michael Strickland Faces Prison for Defending Himself

The hypocrisy of the “justice” system in Multnomah County continues to amaze even a long time observer like me.

Take note of the latest example of the duplicity with which prosecutors treat leftist defendants versus defendants such as Michael Strickland: Christopher Joseph Gourneau.

As you know by now, I’ve taken up Strickland’s defense not because we’re besties or agree on all issues. I’m sure he’d say the same about me.

But one thing we agree on is the right of free speech, something that was denied Strickland as he attempted to cover  the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event July 7, 2016.

When a marauding bunch of masked thugs and a 300-400 lb assailant came rushing him again, Strickland exercised his second amendment rights and drew his legally possessed gun and back off the mob. This was after several attempts to keep them at bay with verbal commands, hand up, and monopod as a defensive tool.

In short, Strickland used his second amendment rights to exercise his first amendment rights. For that ‘offense,’ Strickland faces years in prison after being found guilty of 21 counts, ten of which are felonies related to this incident.

The very people who had minutes before assaulted him, laid hands on him, and attempted to drag him out  of the crowd to stop covering the event with the tools of his journalistic trade — a camera — now became ‘victims’ in the case.

They must laugh themselves silly thinking that they managed to ruin a man’s life by assaulting and then blaming him for defending himself. Prosecutors undoubtedly with the same leftist beliefs decided to use Strickland as a whipping boy to demonstrate what would happen to any Portlander who dares to defend himself legally.

The prosecution of Michael Strickland is nothing more than political persecution writ large.

Take for example the latest case of a man who actually threw a bomb into a crowd of protesters who just received PROBATION and COUNSELING for his offense.

The Oregonian reports that  man, who’s also one of the protesters, for some reason, threw his molotov cocktail bomb into the crowd:

A 27-year-old man who in November inexplicably threw a Molotov cocktail at a crowd during a downtown Trump protest was sentenced Monday to three years of probation — and anger management counseling.

While it appeared from initial news reports that Christopher Joseph Gourneau might have been taking part in the Nov. 11 protest of the presidential election of Donald Trump, it became clear during his sentencing hearing that he had actually targeted protesters.

Let’s take a pit stop for a second and take a look at the last sentence in the above ‘graf:

“it became clear during his sentencing hearing that he had actually targeted protesters.”

This appears to be an attempt to mollify the protesters into thinking the perpetrator might have been with another political camp, but read it more closely:

“he had actually targeted protesters.”

Of course he “actually targeted protesters.” We don’t know why, but he did.

He threw a bomb at them. You can catch fire from the lit gasoline or other accelerant used in a Molotov Cocktail. By the way, the bomb is named for Vyacheslav Molotov who was a “professional revolutionary” during the Bolshivek Revolution and years after and was a protege of the murderous tyrant Josef Stalin.

Back to the Molotov Cocktail guy now.

Here’s what a prosecutor said of his actions:

Deputy District Attorney Steve O’Hagan said Gourneau’s act of throwing the burning cocktail at the crowd could have had “horrific” results, and it’s luck that it didn’t.

“Luck that it didn’t.” Would they have used the same rationale following the Strickland incident to guide their prosecutorial inclinations.

Here’s what Molotov Cocktail dude got for his sentence:

As part of a plea agreement, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Adrienne Nelson sentenced him to a list of conditions — under the supervision of his probation officer — including anger management counseling, “emotional management treatment” and drug and alcohol treatment.

He will start out the first part of his three years of probation in the Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program. The program is designed to keep defendants out of jail or prison and connect them with drug treatment, housing and other necessities that could help stabilize their lives.

I’m pretty sure we know what political side this guy was on based on his sentence alone.

Then check out the punishment for the 120 people arrested during the protests against Donald Trump in November:

Gourneau was one of 120 people arrested during six consecutive nights of protests immediately after Trump’s election in November. Most criminal charges were dropped, and the district attorney’s office said it was focusing on the most violent or disruptive of those arrested.

According to The Portland Mercury, this is the disbursement of “justice” to the 171 people arrested, as they put it, “in the Trump era”:

Portland Mercury

According to the Mercury:

According to an analysis of the 171 protest-related arrests in Portland since post-election demonstrations began in November, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has rejected more than half—a whopping 99 cases.

Of the 72 defendants who remained, 45 had their cases reduced to traffic violations, 13 are awaiting trial for misdemeanors (with one already found guilty), 12 are awaiting trial for felonies (mostly from November demonstrations), one juvenile case was referred to Washington County, and another case was dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Lesson: Defend yourself and risk prison. Offensively throw a bomb at protesters, violently vandalize and deprive people of their speech, security in their businesses and homes and freedom of movement,  and you get a ’traffic ticket’ or counseling. Got it.

And here are the previous posts I’ve done on the Strickland case:

Surprise Speaker at ‘Free Mike Strickland’ Rally Was Witness in Case — And Wait Till You Hear What He Says

Mike Strickland Rally Speakers Put Stakes into Sharp Focus: ‘That Could Be You Next!’

Fund Raiser for Strickland Canceled After Portland Professional Protesters Swing Into Action

Perjury: Counting All the Times Ben Kerensa Lied on the Stand in Strickland Gun Case, Part 1

Seldom Seen Video of Mob of “Victims” Surrounding Strickland Before He Draws Weapon in Self Defense

Portland’s Pro-Protester Justice System

Oregon Firearms Federation Responds to Strickland Gun Conviction

Travesty. Portland Judge: Strickland Guilty on All Counts.

Strickland Trial: Court Documents of the Prosecution’s Star Witness Bomb Hoaxer & Cop Impersonator Ben Kerensa

Strickland Day 2: Defense Waives Jury Trial & Prosecution Witness Admits Anarchists Plotted to Assault Journalist

Strickland Trial: Day 1

Protesters to Strickland: ‘Snitches Get Stitches’

Violent Protesters Show EXACTLY Why Strickland Carried Gun to Cover Protests

Journalist Charged With Pulling Gun to Stop Anarchist Attack Denied Change of Venue From Anti-Gun Portland

‘He Makes Fun of Us:’Reason Why Anarchists Conspired to Attack Strickland at Portland Protest

Bomb Threats, Activism, Anarchy: ‘Victim’ in Strickland Gun Case Is a Convicted Liar

Witness Against Strickland In Gun Case Is Federal Felon; Anarchist

Strickland Hearing Postponed till Monday

Strickland Hearing Today & the Defense Has a Surprise for the DA

Strickland Indicted on Gun Charges; Ham Sandwich Next In Line

Strickland’s Gun Case Similar to Portland Case That Just Ended In Not-Guilty Verdict

“Self Defense”: Lefty Videographer at BLM Protest Told Cops Twice That PDX Reporter Mike Strickland Drew Gun In Self Defense

The Exoneration of Portland Citizen Journalist Mike Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals.’

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

Protester Going After Mike Strickland Was “Black Panther” Calling for Violence & Gun Play Before #BLM March

Portland Citizen Journalist Banned From Portland Campuses That Frequently Welcomed Radicals & Even Domestic Terrorists

Here’s What 4 Cops & a 2-A Activist Saw When They Watched ‘Man Pulls Gun on PDX Protesters’ Video

Watch This Guy Advance on Mike Strickland Right Before He Pulled Gun At BLM Protest