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.
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?
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”:
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:
One of the speakers at the “Free Mike Strickland” rally was one of the witnesses at his trial.
Strickland, a freelance journalist, 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.
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.
Nate Milsap told the crowd in part:
“I was at the 7/7 2016 protest, right across the street here where Mike was victimized. I was used as a witness in the trial against Mike Strickland and I am shocked at the outcome. It’s absolutely injustice what’s happening to Mike.
[ … ]
It was now and was at the time his first amendment right to report on that event or any other public event in Portland. However, a small faction of hostile and aggressive protesters identified Strickland and conspired to physically assault him and/or remove him from the premises.
[ … ]
With Strickland being encroached by a small group of hostile protesters with bad intentions, Strickland backed away using his monopod camera stand as a buffer or median to keep his distance.
As a personal witness to this event, I can testify – and have testified in a court of law – that Strickland was backed up 30 to 40 feet before he unholstering his firearm and scanning the horizontal plane for 4-5 seconds and re-holstering.
Even though Michael had raised the level of necessary force to eventually draw his weapon, protesters still converged and provoked him. They provoked him for almost two city blocks before [police] arrested him.
I submitted my testimony and footage in hopes that Mike would be free and clear of any charges. I believe that both my testimony and footage clearly show that Michael Strickland showed great restraint and caution in the name of self defense.
Instead, he’s been found guilty of ten counts of unlawful use of a weapon, ten counts of menacing and one count of second degree disorderly conduct.
[ … ]
Michael Strickland was attacked. And in spite of being in front of the Portland Police station, the police were not there to protect him. Strickland defended himself with the necessary level of force to protect himself from harm. He managed to refrain from discharging a single round from his firearm, as well as refraining from harming one single person at the [event].
Michael Strickland is the victim here.
[ … ]
I find that Michael Strickland’s case is and should be important to every single American. This is a scary new precedent that’s being set here, people.
When our own government threatens to punish and prosecute someone for taking a responsible and necessary measure to preserve and protect their own life and liberty, then they can and will do that to anyone.”
Milsap says he wrote to the editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, Kevin Michalowski, who rendered an opinion on the case after seeing three different angles of the event.
The editor told him that in no uncertain terms Strickland should appeal.
Milsap read from a letter the law enforcement officer, writer and shooting instructor sent to him about the case:
“With mob mentality at these events, [Strickland] could easily have been punched, kicked and stomped to death if he had been knocked to the ground. More than 700 people a year are beaten to death by unarmed attackers in this country.
In my opinion, as a law enforcement officer certified by the state of Wisconsin, that the defendant used a measured and acceptable response to a violent threat to facilitate a safe retreat.
[ … ]
When faced with a greater number of potential adversaries, officers are allowed to use objectively reasonable force to ensure their safety.
Based on the video footage, I believe the defendant used objectionably reasonable force and showed restraint.”
In short, Mike Strickland is innocent.
A couple of points of clarification about Milsap’s comments. Strickland has been a concealed weapons permit holder since 2011. It wasn’t after the attack that he began carrying. And the attack on Strickland was done, not at a protest but during an investigation the journalist was conducting on an anti-gun filmmaker.
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.
The judge came back with word late this afternoon that Mike Strickland had broken the law when he drew his weapon in self defense as several anarchists in their black bloc attire converged upon him.
The 21 count indictment included 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 10 counts of menacing and one count of disorderly conduct.
After what one court observer said was a “cluster f**k of a prosecution” the state rested but the judge allowed in a surprise rebuttal witness, that had not been vetted by the defense, to counter the the defendant’s ‘use of force’ witness.
While they’re are many appealable aspects of this trial, this is huge blow.
Strickland was in shock at the verdict by the judge and the shock of this travesty of justice will continue to sink in in the coming days.
Strickland drew his legal, licensed, registered concealed hand gun while covering a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event July 7, 2016. He drew his weapon, a Glock handgun, to stop a phalanx of protesters who converged on him from all angles in order to attack and stop him from covering the rally. He swept the black bloc attired mob with his gun, without his finger on the trigger, to stop the threat. It worked long enough for him to back away from the mob.
Strickland is a trained user of his firearm and it’s a good thing too, because if he hadn’t been armed that evening in Portland we’d be talking about raising money for his hospital bills or long term nursing costs or maybe asking people to come scoop food off his chin as he struggled to eat.
The July event was one of scores of rallies, protests and events Strickland had covered over the years.
The journalist and videographer started first as a citizen journalist and then became a working journalist for Progressives Today and for his own news platform “Laughing at Liberals.” He also worked for other websites by providing content.
We always knew, and now testimony in court confirms, that Strickland was singled out for attack by a cadre of anarchists.
Testimony confirmed that the organizer of the rally conspired with the anarchists
to attack Strickland and drag him away from the rally to stop him from recording them.
Anarchists I interviewed told me they were angry with the way Strickland depicted them and their buddies in his videos and wanted him to stop.
In one particularly ‘egregious’ series of reports, Strickland recorded and shone a light on a so- called “Whiteness” conference at Portland Community College. His coverage showed the pretzel logic of white privilege. They didn’t like it—especially after it made national news.
They didn’t like it when he’d show up to Cease Fire Oregon events and record speakers. He’d shout out questions to their speakers at news conferences. Cease Fire Oregon was one of the groups that brought political pressure to lock him up.
I talked to their director, Penny Okamoto, for a series of podcasts being produced. Okamoto didn’t want to be recorded but acknowledged that while Strickland had never done anything dangerous, she felt he was scary.
Between the coverage of these people and events, activists decided to portray Strickland as a “white nationalist” and “racist” when they saw him at events apparently due to his reportage of the “Whiteness” conference.
The DA took the word of these liars, anarchists and protesters that he was a “white nationalist” and was a threat to society. His misdemeanor all of a sudden blew up into 21 felony counts.
He was jailed while trying to make bail.
The prosecution of Mike Strickland is nothing short of a politically-motivated, institutional hate crime perpetrated by the Multnomah County (Portland) district attorney and aided and abetted by the human tributaries of activists, protesters and anarchists who form the river of public life in Stumptown.
Day-2 of Mike Strickland’s trial saw a pivotal moment in the case.
Lawyers for Strickland waived his right to a jury trial and opted to be tried solely by the judge.
Strickland is on trial for pulling his legally licensed, registered gun at protesters and anarchists as they rushed him to assault him–again–at a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX rally last July 7th in downtown Portland.
Court watchers reported Tuesday that the Portland jury pool had so many anti-gun, anti-second amendment members that Strickland wouldn’t get a fair trial. One of the prospective jurors belonged to a an anti-gun group whose leader was pushing for Strickland to be prosecuted.
The Oregonian reported that 30% of the jury pool was against guns.
Previously, Strickland’s defense team moved for a change of venue which was denied by the judge.
In day-2 testimony, the first prosecution witness was absolutely picked apart by the defense.
Court watchers reported that the cross examination was so thorough that the defense attorneys, Jason Short and Chris Trotter, were able to use the witness’s testimony to their advantage.
Witness John Slaughter is a local sports coach. He’s had gigs at Benson High School and PCC. He’s also a frequent protester and one of the organizers of the July 7 Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event.
Slaughter crossed paths with Strickland when the journalist was videotaping a ‘peaceful’ tribute to Orlando victims.
Activists gathered for the event immediately seized on Strickland, calling him names such as “white nationalist,” “racist” and other labels in an attempt to stop him from videotaping.
Eventually, one man grabbed his camera, explaining that it was a ‘peaceful’ vigil and that he should leave, but that didn’t stop the hate from being heaped on Strickland by ‘peaceful’ protesters.
A man wearing a dress began shrieking at Strickland and calling him, wrongly, a “white nationalist” and telling him to “get your white nationalist ass out of here”:
Activists who had gathered for the Orlando tribute were ‘triggered’ by Strickland enough to surround him, push him and try to take his camera away from him.
Let’s pause here for a second and take up the ‘white nationalist’ issue.
This white nationalist label and the left’s copious use of it to describe Strickland appears to come from the journalist’s coverage of the Portland Community College series on “whiteness.” The uncomfortable spotlight on one of the left’s pet issues–white privilege– angered them. Protesters began calling him a racist and white nationalist for showing (and sometimes mocking) the lectures on his YouTube channel.
Strickland’s stories made national news.
That infuriated the organized left.
After Strickland was arrested for drawing his weapon, PCC and Portland State University, places where he found endless story ideas, immediately banned him from campus. That ban continues today.
Prosecutor Kate Molina used the left’s ‘white nationalist’ and ‘racist’ labels to increase and enhance the charges against Strickland and keep him behind bars for a longer period of time.
Molina never provided proof, rather she relied hearsay reports–from people like John Slaughter, anti-gun crusader (and frequent Strickland object) Penny Okamoto, and, who knows, maybe that guy in the dress, to say Strickland was somehow a racist.
This game of prosecutorial ‘telephone’ cost Strickland plenty. And their adolescent group think cost Strickland his freedom.
Back to the ‘peaceful’ Orlando tribute. Eventually, one man told Strickland he could video him and even gave his job title and phone number for public consumption.
That man was John Slaughter. He was the prosecution’s first witness.
Slaughter testified that on July 7 a group of anarchists and protesters got together and conspired to go get Strickland. Their aim was to kick him out of the protest to prevent him from covering it.
Of course, he didn’t call it a conspiracy, but that’s what it was. Court watchers told me he also seemed to have no clue that planning an assault was illegal.
Slaughter was one of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot #PDX event.
He testified that Mike’s concealed Glock was openly carried. Wrong.
He testified that cops swarmed the place. Wrong.
He testified that some of their members were armed. Oops.
He didn’t know if his “event” was permitted.
He claimed Mike was a racist and troublemaker but testified that members of his group initiated the contact with Mike to get him thrown out.
Prosecutors are hanging their hats on the idea that somehow this protest was “family friendly” and that Mike came to disrupt it as a counter protester.
One warned protesters that if they saw him go somewhere he “was going in violence.” He menacingly followed Strickland up the street after the journalist put his gun away and was backing away to safety.
And here’s John Slaughter endorsing this ‘family friendly’ violence right along with them:
Actually endorsing violence, plotting a crime and carrying it out has not resulted in Slaughter being banned from PCC, by the way.
This post about the day-2 events is late because photos from my first post were reported to the court and got one our court watchers banned from the courtroom.
Michael Strickland is on trial in a Multnomah County courtroom on a 21 count felony indictment for pulling his gun in self defense at a group of anarchists rushing him at a protest.
Strickland, who’s a journalist working for his own news platform called “Laughing at Liberals” as well as doing occasional work for another online news publication, recorded the July Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event July 7, 2016.
Day one of the trial saw arguments about admissible evidence and jury selection.
Quite a bit of discussion centered on legal distinctions between possession of a weapon and carrying a weapon.
While previous works by Strickland were ruled as inadmissible for some reason, the prosecution got into evidence the number of magazines the journalist had in his possession when he was arrested.
They undoubtedly hope to depict the Portland man as a crack pot who came to murder a bunch of people that day.
But Strickland had been to this rodeo before. There’s plenty of evidence, though now it may not be admissible, showing him hassled and threatened by protesters before–sometimes within an inch of his nose as someone yelled in his face–while continuing to record.
It’s one of the reasons why the protesters, and a particular anarchist contingent, don’t like him. He records their activities–holds up a mirror–and they feel stupid.
The prosecution also hopes to depict him as a crack pot gun nut with a camera–not a journalist.
To that end, prosecutors Kate Molina and Todd Jackson hope to leave the impression that Strickland is somehow a “protester,” which is something that is clearly not true. If he’s a protester then every camera operator and reporter covering protests are too.
He wasn’t assaulted, pushed and hit with anarchists sticks because he was a “protester,” he was assaulted and they came back to do him harm again because he was a journalist who recorded their activities and they didn’t like it.
Already the “protester” label has found its way into Portland media. While listening to KXL Monday afternoon, the anchors twice called Strickland a “protester.” See a letter I sent to KXL on this matter below.
Strickland knew enough about what this group was capable of that he often wore his legal, licensed concealed hand gun in the off chance that someday he’d need it. That day came last July 7th.
As a marauding group of anarchists came at him, he pulled his gun and kept them from hurting him.
Now he’s on trial for his freedom.
Jury selection began from a group of 40 citizens. It continues today.
In the chambers to support Strickland were former U.S. Senatorial candidate Mark Callahan, who’s a friend of Strickland’s; science writer, former local TV newsman and retired commercial airline pilot, Chuck Wiese; and local businesswoman Kathleen Worman.
Letter to KXL:
Victoria Taft here. I’m writing in my capacity as a journalist, indeed a former local president of a Society of Professional Journalists chapter, a working journalist and as a radio host.
I listened to your coverage of the Michael Strickland case on KXL in the 5pm hour of Monday and noticed you referred to him as a “protester.”
Strickland is not, nor has ever been, a “protester.” He runs a news platform called “Laughing at Liberals” on YouTube and has been a writer for Progressives Today, a news platform. He’s a working journalist–or at least was, until the prosecutors ordered him to stop doing his job.
The prosecution in this case has sought to depict Strickland as a “protester” to marginalize his rationale for being at the protest July 7, 2016 in his role as a reporter.
Prosecutors seek to make the case that somehow he’s some nut case with a gun who came to shoot people. That’s absurd on its face. He brought his legal, licensed concealed handgun to protect himself from a cadre of anarchists beelining to hurt him and who, indeed, had already assaulted him on that day.
He’s been covering these folks for years without incident.
It’s a darned good thing he had his weapon with him last July or we’d be reporting on fund raisers to pay for his hospital bills or something equally horrific.
By your choosing to use the untrue and prejudicial words of the deputy district attorney who’s trying to put this citizen journalist in prison for 50+ years, you belie your “objective” stance in the case.
Please correct the record and henceforth use the word “journalist” to describe Strickland, since that’s what he is.
Thank you for your kind attention to this important matter.
This is the yearly reminder from Blogforce member Rees Lloyd:
February 3 every year is ““Four Chaplains Day” in America by the unanimous resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1988, although millions of Americans are unaware of that fact, or unaware entirely of the “Four Immortal Chaplains,” whose extraordinary courage, self-sacrifice, and heroism, and should resonate, and be honored, through generations of Americans.
Will they be remembered on Four Chaplains Day 2009? Will the media report their inspiring story? Will teachers charged with educating our young allow them to learn of these great, humble, American heroes, men of faith who gave their lives so others might live?
On February 3, 1943, during World War II, the U.S.S. Dorchester, a converted luxury cruise ship, was transporting Army troops to Greenland On board were some 900 troops, and four chaplains, of different faiths, but common dedication.</strong></div>
<div><strong>The four Chaplains are:Rev. George Fox (Methodist); Father John Washington (Roman Catholic); Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode; and Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed).
At approximately 12:55 a.m., in the dead of a freezing night, the Dorchester was hit by a torpedo fired by German U-boat 233 in an area so infested with German submarines it was known as “Torpedo Junction.”
The blast ripped a hole in the ship from below the waterline to the top deck.
Many troops were scalded to death below decks; others leaped into the freezing waters to save themselves. More than two-thirds of the troops died; many who survived, had lifelong disabilities from their time in the freezing waters.
In the chaos, the Four Chaplains worked together to aid the troops, and then made the ultimate sacrifice. As one survivor testified: “I saw all four chaplains take off their life belts and give them to soldiers who had none.”
Another soldier testified: “The ship started sinking…I looked back and saw the chaplains with their hands clasped, praying for the boys. They never made any attempt to save themselves, but they did try to save the others. I think their names should be on the list of ‘The Greatest Heroes’ of this war.”
The Four Chaplains went to their deaths together, their arms linked, praying together, singing hymns together, giving their lives for God, country, and the troops they served, setting an example of heroism and self-sacrifices for the ages.
On February 7, 1954, as author William J. Federer records in his book, “America’s God And Country; Encyclopedia of Quotations</em>” (and see his www.AmericanMinute.com), President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had been Supreme Allied Commander in World War II, remarked:
“And we remember that, only a decade ago, aboard the transport Dorchester, four chaplains of four faiths together willingly sacrificed their lives so that four others might live. In the three centuries that separate the Pilgrims of the Mayflower from the chaplains of the Dorchester, America’s freedom, her courage, her strength, and her progress have had their foundation in faith. Today as then, there is need for positive acts of renewed recognition that faith is our surest strength, our greatest resource.”
May we Americans remember and honor these American heroes, and their exemplary sacrifice, on this and every February 3, “Four Chaplains Day.”
Rees Lloyd is a civil rights attorney, Veterans activist, American Legionnaire and a member of the VictoriaTaft.com Blogforce.
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.
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 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.
A widely distributed political cartoon shows Barack Hussein Obama embracing Raul Castro, the totalitarian Communist leader of Cuba, and the Ayatollah leading the fascist Islamic Republic of Iran. It is one of the best evidences of Obama’s self-promoting hypocrisy and Machiavellian duplicity.
This is especially true since it was published on “another day which will live in infamy” — Dec. 23, 2016. That is the day on which the United States, two days before Christmas, by order of Barack Hussein Obama, aided and abetted the Muslim dominated United Nations General Assembly, fascistic Islamic theocracies, and overt Islamic terrorist organizations like ISIS, al-Queda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestine Liberation Organization, in adopting a resolution condemning Israel in the Israel-Palestinian conflict and declaring as a matter of international law (since U.N. resolutions have that status) that Jews have no right to settle outside of the 1948 borders of Israel, forbidding them to live even in the “Jewish Quarter” of Jerusalem.
Eight years of Barack Hussein Obama ruling by race in the U.S. and by pro-Islamist policies in the world, has come to this disgraceful end of his presidency in the U.N.
If anyone needed further proof that Obama is an utter conman who deceived Americans as to what he really is at his progressive liberal neo-socialist anti-American core in which it is and always has been “all about him.”
Note that Obama waited until after the 2016 election — that is, after American Jews had contributed their financial support all but exclusively to Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party — to reverse American policy by abandoning Israel by “abstaining” on the resolution condemning Israel in the U.N.
Indeed, the Machiavellian hypocrisy is blatant— the U.S. vetoed the same resolution in 2011 when Obama was running to be re-elected in 2012. Now, when Obama’s term is ending and he cannot run again, Obama reverses the U.S. position of 2011 and stabs Israel in the back.
Thus, Obama betrays and makes dupes of all Americans who believed him, and in him, including the American Jews whose millions in campaign contributions helped to elect him twice when in both campaigns Obama gave assurances that U.S. unwavering relationship in support of Israel would not change if he was elected.
Further, while Obama issued the order to “abstain” and thus effectively support the Muslim UN attack on Israel, Obama claims his disgraceful decision was taken with the support of Democrat Party leaders Hillary Clinton, who ran in 2016; John Kerry, who ran in 2004, and Joe Biden, who now says he will run for President, again, in 2020. Thus, they, too, and the Democrat Party which they lead, are guilty.
But it is Obama who issued the order and owns this disgraceful decision to align the U.S. with the totalitarian Islamic theocracies in the U.S. and to weaken Israel. This despicable decision is further evidence, if any was needed, that Obama is not only the “First Black U.S. President” he is also the “Worst U.S. President.”
Now that his presidency has ended and he can’t run again, watch Obama campaign, overtly and as well as covertly, to be elected Secretary General of the U.N. He will be able to tell the Muslim nations which have numerical superiority in the General Assembly to remember how he sided with them in his presidency, from his “Apology For America Tour” and kowtowing to Islam “Cairo Speech” in the beginning of his presidency in 2009, to the U.S. action in the U.N.on Dec. 23, 2016.
President-elect Donald Trump denounced this anti-Israel dirty deal of Obama and the U.N. and promised that American policy will change on July 20, 2016, when he is inaugurated as President. Not a minute too soon.
This shameful overt anti-Israeli U.N. action, which manifestly strengthens and supports totalitarian Islamic governments and Islamic terrorist organizations, and weakens Israel — the only democracy and America’s only true ally in the Middle East — is an infamous betrayal of America as well as of Israel.
It should be the last straw for “We, the People” of America regarding the value of the U.N. as presently constituted; and regarding “the value,” first and foremost, of Barak Hussein Obama and his “historic election as the first black president,” as well as “the value” of Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Joe Biden, and the other leaders of the Democrat party who supported and are responsible for this disgrace in the U.N.
(Rees Lloyd, a longtime California civil rights attorney and veterans activist, is a member of the Victoria Taft Blog Force.)