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.
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.
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:
‘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?
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:
“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?
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 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.
One of the supposedly key witnesses in the trial of Michael Strickland was Benjamin Kerensa.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
While at the May Day Occupy, SEIU, Illegal Alien, and Justice for Janitors gala production on May Day, I met the “Reverend” Stu of the “Ecumenical Church of the Divine.” He fancies himself the spiritual leader of the anarchist movement in Portland. Anarchists are atheists by credo so I wondered about ol’ Rev Stu. Turns out he’ll do your funeral AND a tarot card reading! (Contact by phone if you’d like him to preside over your next Molotov cocktail bombing.)
Watch this video where he says he believes, doesn’t believe, does believe, sort of believes in violence.