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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.

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

Oregon Firearms Federation Responds to Strickland Gun Conviction

By Kevin Starrett

By now many of you know that Mike Strickland, a pro-gun, freelance journalist was convicted of 21 counts of self defense on Friday, Feb.10.

Strickland had been attacked by a mob in Portland while covering a “Black Lives Matter” protest. The attack was planned and coordinated in advance.

You can read more about it here. Victoria Taft has done an outstanding job of documenting the attack and the trial and you can see that here.

In truth, Mike was convicted the moment he was arrested by Portland Police for defending himself against the same kind of mobsters who have trashed Portland repeatedly. Their criminal actions are rarely punished by a county “Justice System ” that encourages rioting and looting but creates political prisoners of people who attempt to defend themselves from criminal attack.

From the moment he was arraigned it was clear the fix was in. As soon as the D.A.’s office in Multnomah County realized who Mike was, they began to assure he would never get a fair trial. And they succeeded.
Mike’s bail was set at an astonishing and unprecedented quarter of a million dollars!

The D.A.’s office made open and absurd accusations about him to the press. They said he was a “white nationalist” and a “racist.” All of it was lies. But what would you expect from a county whose D.A. is a rabid advocate for gun restrictions? D.A. Rod Underhill has testified in favor of gun control bills in Salem and is a proud member of an anti-gun prosecutor’s organization.

…When it came time to seat a jury it became clear very quickly that the chances of getting impartial jurists in Multnomah County were almost zero. Only two of the potential jurors believed it was ok to have a firearm for self protection. Both would be eliminated by the prosecutors.

Michael’s lawyers made the decision to dispense with the jury and opted for a bench trial. They understood their only hope was a fair and honest judge. They hoped for too much.

Read the rest here.

Strickland Trial Day 3: Only ‘Victim’ During Kerensa Testimony Was the Truth & Cops’ Testimony Helps Strickland

Prosecutors in the Mike Strickland case suffered yet another embarrassing blow when they put their star witness on the stand, felon and ‘victim’ Ben Kerensa.

Kerensa was seen on several videos at the July 7th Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX protest charging Strickland. The 400 pound man and others rushing him caused Strickland to draw his weapon and point it at the men rushing him. The prosecution calls him a ‘victim.’

What became clear as soon as he opened his mouth was that the only ‘victim’ in that courtroom was the truth.

Under cross examination Kerensa was found to have lied about:

  • Talking to police July 7, though there was a police report.
  • Emailing police information, though the email was never given to defense attorneys during discovery.
  • How many times Mike pulled his gun. Kerensa testified Strickland pulled it as many as 5 times.
  • Shoving Mike in the protest crowd.

Kerensa is an ecumenical felon, having been tried and convicted at both  federal and state levels. He went to prison for  impersonating FBI agents, been accused of extortion by a former boss, spent time in federal prison for making bomb threats on yet another former employer and a huge tech convention in San Francisco.

He was arrested for theft during the take over of Portland City Hall by protesters in October:

Kerensa and others menaced and surrounded the car of a couple who were trying to get to the airport but blocked by protesters a couple of weeks ago.

Viewers of KOIN 6 saw his antics during a live shot by a reporter covering the airport protest:

Observers told me that during Kerensa’s testimony the judge looked shocked and disconcerted. I don’t know what they’re basing that on. It could have been a case of gas for all I know, but that observation came from more than one court watcher.

Kerensa’s unbelievable testimony was followed up by Portland Police Officer Brandon Combs.

The cop, who also had been called by the prosecution and who was undercover and  in the crowd during the protest, testified Strickland pulled his gun once. He also testified that he didn’t see the initial assault by the anarchists in the crowd which precipitated the unholstering of Strickland’s weapon.

Another police officer Mihran Andonian testified that he had his gun out at “low ready” as Strickland made his approach.

This is how a court observer said his cross examination went:

He testified that Mike was compliant and did not resist. On cross-exam, the defense attorney was able to ask some hypotheticals against unsuccessful objections by the state. “What if Mike came running to you? Would you have used your gun?” Andonian’s answer, “No, because there were many officers around and Mr. Strickland would’ve been tackled to the ground.” Follow up hypothetical by defense attorney, “What if you were all alone and he came running at you? Would you then draw your gun?” Andonian’s response, “Yes, I would draw my gun.”

The last hypothetical in which the officer claimed he would have drawn his gun was the exact situation in which Strickland found himself.

The prosecution also called the downtown precinct commander at the time, Chris Davis, who testified they heard about the protest but didn’t have enough time to get uniformed cops out there in time.

This explains why Strickland couldn’t depend upon help from cops and why he felt the need to defend himself.

Next: The prosecution rests.

See my previous posts on this case:

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

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

Mike Strickland will go on trial on Monday in a Portland, Oregon courtroom for pulling a gun in self defense as a group of anarchists converged upon him while he covered a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX protest on July 7th.

The prosecution has relied upon the testimony of some of the very same people who were converging on Strickland to come up with its 21 count indictment against the journalist.

The prosecution has relied upon hearsay testimony of at least one of their members that somehow Strickland was a “white nationalist.” This was used to keep him in jail longer after his arrest and raise his bail.

The allegation appears to come from Strickland’s coverage of the Portland Community College “Whiteness Conference” which made national news, thanks to the Portland journalist.

But who are these people converging on Strickland? And why do people, who have watched Strickland cover their events over a period of years, now conclude somehow that he’s racist or a bad actor?

I’ll tell you why. They’re upset that the man who runs the social media outpost, “Laughing at Liberals” makes fun of them.

During my interviews with several anarchists over the past few months (interviews which will be rolled out later) it came down to this school yard complaint that they didn’t like the way “Laughing at Liberals” held up the mirror and made them look stupid.

It’s just that simple.

When given a chance by the DA  to get back at Strickland they seized upon it.  And the DA listened.

This is justice? Hearsay complaints about a guy who hurt your feelings? Converging on the guy who hurt your feelings? And then lying to put him in jail?

I spoke to Penny Okamoto of Ceasefire Oregon, an anti-gun rights group which Strickland covered often. Strickland’s arrest confirmed her fears. She told me she thought he was somehow dangerous but couldn’t tell me why. She complained about how  he covered her events, how he sometimes mocked her group, but could not name one time in which Strickland was dangerous.

She has the ear of the DA.

As one professional protester told me, anarchists conspired to ‘get’ Strickland last July 7th:

 “There were a bunch of people from Anonymous that walked around and who said they were going up ‘contact’ him walked and all of a sudden I seen him come out of the protest with a group of people behind him. There was yelling back and forth.

Basically [Strickland] was yelling, ‘Stay away from me, stay away from me!’

I believe there were threats toward him.

He’s someone that a lot of activists don’t like.”

I asked why they didn’t like him:

“It goes all the way back to Occupy. He’ll talk about and make fun of protests like that. That’s what people talk about with him. They say he’s an agitator. That if there’s a protest then he’ll find something to make fun of.”

Ben Kerensa came after ‘Occupy.’ So what was his beef with Strickland?

This:

This video was produced after 340,000 plus people looked at another of Strickland’s posts:

They saw Kerensa in the background and couldn’t help note the obvious, that it isn’t necessary for Kerensa to cover his face as an anarchist because he’s the only one who looks like that at Portland protests:

When I talked to the anarchists for an upcoming series of reports, they said it was this video that got Kerensa riled up.

For the record, they thought it was funny.

Is it nice? No. Is it a reason to beat someone up? No. Is it illegal? No.

The night Strickland pulled his gun, Kerensa boasted that he made him to do it.

And Monday, Strickland goes on trial for his freedom–all because of the hurt feelings of some Portland protesters.

Next: Who are Strickland’s other accusers and how Portlanders are getting tired of these protesters.

Please see my other posts on this story:

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

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

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

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

In October of 2003, then 19-year-old Benjamin Kerensa was an angry man. Nothing much has changed between then and now.

Photo provided to Victoria Taft  by San Francisco Police Department

The 11th grade drop out was proficient at coding and had appeared to have become beguiled by the computer and online culture of Silicon Valley.

When he came to his volunteer job for a San Francisco mayoral candidate Jim Reid, co-workers remembered that he spent time on the computer and eating the food donated to the campaign.

Kerensa told the candidate he was homeless and appreciated the his stance on the prolific homelessness issues that continue to confront San Francisco. He was said to be an “enthusiastic” volunteer and kept the office open “day and night.”

But his online life wasn’t so sanguine. When Kerensa was given only limited credentials to attend the prestigious Oracle World computer confab in San Francisco, the 19-year-old apparently thought, ‘Well, if I can’t go, they can’t go.’

He called in a bomb threat to the Moscone Convention Center. The entire place, including the thousands assembled for Oracle World as well as other conventioneers, were evacuated.

And it wasn’t a one-off. While San Francisco Police told me the reports from the incident were difficult to get their hands on, an article on the bomb threat at the time made clear that Kerensa was a pro at this.

Kerensa made threats to his former employer, the AMC 1000 Theater,  the Moscone Center, a building at the UN Plaza, a federal building and the Navy vessel, the USS Cleveland. And he did it all from the mayoral candidate’s office:

The threats were lodged in computer messages to the FBI and the Police Department on an electronic network run by MCI that is designed to help hearing-impaired people make telephone calls over the computer via the Internet. Authorities said they were hindered in their investigation by the confidentiality that had been afforded to users of the system. Managers of the service, IP-Relay.com, did not return calls seeking comment.

The threats began with a series of telephonic messages against the AMC 1000 Theater on Aug. 27, prompting the evacuation of 1,000 moviegoers.

New threats were made to the theater Aug. 30, two days after a pair of pipe bombs exploded at Chiron Corp.’s Emeryville headquarters. The threats said a bomb would go off “just like the Emeryville explosion,” authorities said.

Kerensa went to federal prison in Lompoc for several years for the threats:

Kerensa Docket 3-03-cr-00333-JSW

The charges against Kerensa said that he meant to “intimidate individuals and unlawfully …damage and destroy buildings and other real and personal property by means of fire and an explosive.”

The candidate was shocked:

“If I knew he was going to make bomb threats from my office, I wouldn’t have let him in for a second.”

It was an M-O he would use in Oregon and again against another former employer, but more on those later.

Now Kerensa is one of the ‘victims’  of Mike Strickland in his case in Multnomah County.

He’s here, one of several of his compatriots in black block who rushed the journalist when they saw him recording a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event:

Photo Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

As I explained in my previous post:

“Strickland drew his legally obtained and licensed concealed Glock pistol, never placing his finger on the trigger, but drew down on the people advancing toward him, stopping what he believed was going to be an attack. He withdrew, walking backwards away from the threat and holstered his weapon when he believed the immediate threat was over.

Since then, the Portland area journalist has been jailed, his tools of his trade–cameras, recording equipment and his own recordings, which are exculpatory evidence in his case, have been confiscated–and Strickland has been ordered to stop working in journalism, thus depriving him of his ability to make a living.

This heavy-handed attack on the rights on one man has been done by the Multnomah County District Attorney and is due to what some involved in the case believe is a political agenda.

Absurdly, the case is also based on the testimony by some of the very people who were rushing to attack Strickland.”

And now Kerensa and some of the very same bad actors who had roughed up Strickland before and were coming back for more are depicted by the Multnomah County DA’s Office as ‘victims.’

But, the prosecution’s faith in Kerensa to tell the truth is belied by his criminal past and the fact that he has a personal grudge against Strickland. More on that next time.

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

Mike Strickland will be in Multnomah County court today as the judge hears motions for his case.

A perfunctory and necessary rite, both sides will get an idea of where the other side is going strategically, if they didn’t already know from discovery in the felony gun use case.

Strickland was arrested and charged with 21 counts of menacing and unlawful use of a firearm for drawing his hand gun in self defense during the July 7, 2016 Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot Portland protest.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office clearly has decided to use Strickland’s case as a precedent  to draw the line at when legal concealed handgun permit holders may draw a weapon in Multnomah County. A lot rides on this case, which is why prosecutors haven’t dropped it, even though Strickland’s case of self defense is stronger on the merits.

Through research and interviews, including trying to talk to the deputy district attorney involved in the case, and talking to eyewitnesses and anarchists, the consensus is, this case is  politically motivated.

In fact, it’s an outcome in search of a case.

Which brings us to the number one “victim” in the case.

It was last July 7th. Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Portland for a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX rally, march and protest.  Those gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square received a pep talk from self described black panther members on doing violence (which I’ve elaborated on before and have received more information on which I’ll outline in a future post) and proceeded to march toward the rally spot.

As protesters listened to speeches on the steps of a nearby building, a smaller group of anarchists saw Strickland recording the event. Strickland covers these events as a journalist for his own social media outlets, one of which is entitled, “Laughing at Liberals” and for a popular news website.

The men made a decision to “go get” Strickland.

The reason why will be dealt with in a future post.

During the protest, a contingent of anarchists snaked around the crowd and rushed Strickland from at least two sides. The moment is captured on video which I’ve chronicled in my previous posts. And since those posts were published,  more video evidence has been obtained.

The first victim mentioned in the complaint against Strickland describes “male wearing a blue hooded top, dark pants and a black messenger bag” who was “in fear of imminent serious injury…”

The “victim” is this man:

Photo Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

The man whom the DA claimed to be “in fear of imminent serious injury…” was one of the anarchists encircling Strickland. He’s the heavy-set man coming at Strickland on his left flank. He stopped only because Strickland drew his weapon.

Why would Strickland ‘go to guns’ at this point? Because he’d already been roughed up by some of the same people in the crowd.

Here’s a photo of this “victim” from a previous protest.

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Police officers who have seen this tape have previously stated on this website that Strickland broke no laws. At the point they saw this full video, they didn’t know that the anarchists had previously roughed up and threatened Strickland. Knowing that, it seems that  Strickland had an even greater reason to pull his gun in self defense.

The DA terms this man a “victim” when he certainly appears to have helped provoke the act of self defense. Furthermore, this “victim” possesses  a long and ignominious rap sheet which includes a major federal  bomb threat case and other very, ah,  interesting crimes. Indeed, the DA is using a very shady character to buttress their rickety case against Mike Strickland.

I look forward to the cross examination of this man by the defense.

My next post will outline who he is at length and his rap sheet.

 

See some of my previous posts here:

Strickland Indicted on Gun Charges; Ham Sandwich Next In Line

 

Strickland Self Defense: Will #PDX Media Change False Narrative on Gun Case?

 

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

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

A lefty Portland videographer, who goes by the nom de guerre “Mike Bluehair,” has told police for the second time that reporter Mike Strickland pulled a gun on protesters in self-defense. Bluehair told a detective at the scene the night of the incident at the Black Lives Matter protest that Strickland drew his weapon in self defense and reiterated the same in a follow up phone interview. Bluehair recorded the conversation which is below. 

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Bluehair has taken the most compelling video seen so far of the moments during and right after the Portland reporter drew a weapon and pointed it toward protesters converging on him. Strickland’s own video, which he says exonerates him, has been seen neither by the public, nor at this writing that we’re aware, by district attorney investigators. Strickland has been in jail since July 8th and will be in court tomorrow to answer to two felonies and two misdemeanors relating to unholstering his weapon at the protest.

The charges, which were increased at his first hearing, are being seen more and more as being  transparently politically motivated by anti second amendment Multnomah County prosecutors.

In one exchange, Bluehair even drew a picture for Officer Sarah Taylor on why Strickland drew his weapon:

Officer Sarah Taylor:  You don’t get the sense that he was out of control.

Mike Bluehair:  No, he was being very measured. … If you look at my video off to the left, you can clearly see a guy, seconds before he pulls a gun out –rather large black gentleman — drop a back pack and move in towards him quickly.”

Image Credit: Screengrab/Mike Bluehair
Image Credit: Screengrab/Mike Bluehair

And, as I’ve reported previously, black bloc protesters also came at Strickland with their flagstaffs.

Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube
Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

Here’s one guy showing how they’re used:

Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube
Image Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

Mike Bluehair also told Officer Taylor that others in the crowd felt Strickland was in danger too:

“Some of the people who helped Strickland feel safe, believe it or not, were anarchists. I have a friend that was in black bloc attire that was there that turned around and helped me keep the crowd from Strickland.

Like I said, I think he [Strickland] was feeling the need for self-protection, but I didn’t see what happened leading up to that. There will be testifying that I know about the situation.

I think he was being very measured and controlled in his movements. He put the thing in his retention holster, or whatever, when he felt that there was no danger.”

Strickland also believes that Mike Bluehair was trying to warn him before the incident happened.  I asked Mike Bluehair about that. Here’s what he said:

“I told him something to the effect of watch his ass or some such. I don’t remember the exact words I used. That said, I’m pretty sure his camera was rolling When I said that. People in that crowd looked more Agro than usual.Thanx Victoria for covering mikes story. I wish people would get to through their thick skulls that if we don’t stand up for mikes liberty we are ultimately eroding our own. [sic]”

Bluehair sent me his video of the conversation he held with a Portland Police Bureau officer. See it below.

He also told the cop:

“I can pass along the names of two individuals that saw the entire thing. And they’re both willing to, you know, testify as to what they saw.”

I asked him for information on the two and he demurred.

The officer on the call told Mike Bluehair that she was glad for his “impressions” of what happened but felt some of what he said was hearsay.  

At this point, I have to shake my head.  In court, the District Attorney used worse than hearsay — let’s call it derivative hearsay — to increase the charges against Strickland. She took the word of a leftist protester who was pissed off at Strickland over texts he sent. The protester labeled Strickland a “white nationalist” who sent him “possibly race based threats.” 

Because of the protester’s conjecture about why Strickland asked them particular questions about a previous protest, he was labeled a racist and the district attorney’s office used that hearsay to increase the charges against him — perhaps destroying his career and livelihood. Worse, costing him his freedom.

Strickland sits in jail on $250,000.00 bail on trumped up additional charges because someone got their feelings hurt. 

Strickland will be in court for a bail hearing Monday at 1:30. 

Ted Cruz in Photographer’s Gun Crosshairs. Play The Game ‘If This Were a Democrat’

An AP photographer creates a photo that makes it looks like Ted Cruz is being targeted with a gun.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

From Politico:

The photograph — taken by the AP’s Charlie Neibergall — actually captured a background poster, with a large semi-blurred image of a handgun pointed at Cruz’s forehead, straight between the eyes.

Cruz was appearing Saturday at CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa. During his speech, Cruz, an outspoken proponent of Second Amendment rights, encouraged residents to adopt what he called a Texan approach to guns by simply “hitting what you aim at.”

A day earlier, the Republican presidential candidate accused Democrats of using Wednesday’s church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, as an excuse “to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Twitter went nuts:

I guess this was Ted Cruz offense:

And this:

https://twitter.com/JRpolitirants/status/609570710617329664

And now, the left is trying to tie the Presidential contender to the Charleston Shooter:

Remember when Sarah Palin was blamed for the Arizona shooting of Gabby Giffords and the U.S. Federal Court Judge in Arizona for what she’d put on a website months before? Here’s what she did (first produced by the media, by the way):

Photo: Sarah PAC via Gawker
Photo: Sarah PAC via Gawker

 

Here’s one image that uses the GOP as ‘targets’ of the Democrats. Result? No outrage:

Photo: The Blaze
Photo: The Blaze

If not for double standards, the left would have no standards at all. 

 

*VIDEO* “Laughing at Liberals” Catches Anti Gun Rights Petitioners Encouraging Law Breaking

signature cheaters“Just put Vancouver, I don’t care. They don’t check all the signatures” an anti gun petition signature gatherer told a man from Oregon and captured on tape by Citizen Journalist Laughing at Liberals.
signature cheaters 2 mugshot
And see that guy to the right? Now look at the mugshot  Same guy. LaL explains why that’s important over at his YouTube.com channel.See Laughing at Liberals’ story here.

“These signature gatherers are working for I 594, the anti gun bill in Washington sponsored by Washington Alliance For Gun Responsibility. Appears as though the company contracted to gather the signatures has a shady past, including Felony indictments for signature issues back in 2010, as well as business addresses existing in motel rooms. Furthermore, one of the petitioners is caught on film abandoning her signed forms out front of a grocery store. Looks like $800,000 from big money donors can’t even buy Washington Alliance For Gun Responsibility a decent petitioning operation.”