Oregon Democratic governor Kate Brown signs bill to end reading and math proficiency requirements for high school graduation. Her spokesman, Charles Boyle, said this will help “Black, Latino, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.”

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

August 11, 2021

Oregon’s Democratic governor, Kate Brown, just signed a bill that eliminates the reading and math proficiency requirements for high school graduation in Oregon’s government-run schools.

Brown’s spokesman, Charles Boyle, said this will help “Black, Latino, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.”

Of course I totally disagree with Boyle. This will not help those students. On the contrary, it will hurt them.

I support high academic standards for students of all races and ethnicities. I hope the parents in Oregon will remove their children from these abominable, dumbed down government-run schools, and send their children to private schools. Not all private schools are expensive. Montessori schools, Marva Collins schools, and Catholic schools have a long term, proven track record of providing an excellent education to minority students, and they do so at a dollar cost that is far less, per student, than what the government-run schools spend on their dumbed down education.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/oregon-bill-ending-reading-and-arithmetic-requirements-before-graduation

Oregon governor signs bill ending reading and math proficiency requirements for graduation

By Kaelan Deese

August 10, 2021

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown privately signed a bill last month ending the requirement for high school students to prove proficiency in reading, writing, and arithmetic before graduation.

Brown, a Democrat, did not hold a public signing or issue a press release regarding the passing of Senate Bill 744 on July 14, and the measure, which was approved by lawmakers in June, was not added into the state’s legislative database until more than two weeks later on July 29, an unusually quiet approach to enacting legislation, according to the Oregonian.

Secretary of the Senate Lori Brocker’s office is responsible for updating the legislative database, and a staffer tasked with dealing with the governor’s office was experiencing medical issues during the 15-day time frame it took the database to be updated with the recently signed law, Brocker said.

SB 744 gives us an opportunity to review our graduation requirements and make sure our assessments can truly assess all students’ learning,” Charles Boyle, a spokesman for the governor, said in an email to the Washington Examiner. “In the meantime, it gives Oregon students and the education community a chance to regroup after a year and a half of disruption caused by the pandemic.”

The bill, which suspends the proficiency requirements for students for three years, has attracted controversy for at least temporarily suspending academic standards amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Backers argued the existing proficiency levels for math and reading presented an unfair challenge for students who do not test well, and Boyle said the new standards for graduation would aid Oregon’s “Black, Latino, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.”

The requirement for students to demonstrate proficiency in essential subjects on a freshman to sophomore skill level in order to graduate was terminated at the start of the pandemic as part of Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives order in March 2020.

Democrats largely backed the executive order and argued in favor of SB 744’s proposed expansion, saying the existing educational proficiency standards were flawed.

“The testing that we’ve been doing in the past doesn’t tell us what we want to know,” Democratic Sen. Lew Frederick told a local ABC affiliate in June. “We have been relying on tests that have been, frankly, very flawed and relying too much on them so that we aren’t really helping the students or the teachers or the community.”

Supporters of the measure said the state needed to pause the academic requirements, which had been in place since 2009, so lawmakers could reevaluate which standards should be updated, and recommendations for new graduation standards are due to the Legislature and Oregon Board of Education by September 2022, the Oregonian added in its report.

Republicans criticized the proposal for lowering academic standards.

“I worry that by adopting this bill, we’re giving up on our kids,” House Republican Leader Christine Drazan said on June 14.

Still, the measure received some bipartisan support, with state Rep. Gordon Smith, a Republican, voting in favor of passage. The state House passed the bill 38-18 on June 14, and the state Senate voted 16-13 in favor of the measure on June 16.

While some lawmakers argued against standardized testing for skill evaluation, the state of Oregon does not list any particular test as a requirement for earning a diploma, with the Department of Education saying only that “students will need to successfully complete the credit requirements, demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills, and meet the personalized learning requirements.”

“Senate Bill 744 does not remove Oregon’s graduation requirements, and it certainly does not remove any requirements that Oregon students learn essential skills,” Boyle said, adding it is “misleading” to conflate the subjects of standardized testing with graduation requirements.

The Washington Examiner contacted the Department of Education but did not immediately receive a response.

August 11, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Racism, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

Portland, Oregon, is waging war against people of color by defunding the police and allowing violent criminals to commit more murders: “37 people had died in Portland homicides this year, a more-than-sevenfold increase compared with the first five months of last year… the victims have disproportionately been people of color”

In the year 2020, Portland, Oregon reduced its police budget by $15 million, and eliminated 84 positions in its police department.

On May 31, 2021, the Seattle Times reported:

“As of Sunday morning, 37 people had died in Portland homicides this year, a more-than-sevenfold increase compared with the first five months of last year, and a stark contrast to Seattle, a larger city, where 11 homicides had been recorded as of late May. So far this year, the victims have disproportionately been people of color.”

So the number of murders has had a “more-than-sevenfold increase” compared to the same time last year, and “the victims have disproportionately been people of color.”

In other words, the white progressives and leftists who control the government of Portland, Oregon, are waging war against people of color by defunding the police, and allowing violent criminals to commit more murders.

Clearly, the white progressives and leftists in Portland do not believe that black lives matter.

June 1, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Defund the Police, Racism, Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

In Portland, Oregon, armed protestors stand in street, block traffic, and assault driver, sending him to the hospital

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmb_LeFg4SM

May 10, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , , . Antifa, Black lives matter, Idiots blocking traffic, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Biden administration sprays teargas on protestors in Portland, Oregon

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/ct-nw-nyt-biden-inauguration-portland-unrest-agents-use-tear-gas-20210121-o3s3yfelxjfpxpz45ggvkneley-story.html

Federal agents use tear gas to disperse Portland demonstrators hours after Biden inauguration

By Mike Baker and Hallie Golden

January 21, 2021

PORTLAND, ORE. — Protesters in the Pacific Northwest smashed windows at a Democratic Party headquarters, marched through the streets and burned an American flag Wednesday in a strident challenge by anti-fascist and racial-justice protesters to the new administration of President Joe Biden, whose promised reforms, they declared, “won’t save us.”

In Portland, lines of federal agents in camouflage — now working under the Biden administration — blanketed streets with tear gas and unleashed volleys of welt-inducing pepper balls as they confronted a crowd that gathered outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building near downtown. Some in the crowd later burned a Biden-for-President flag in the street.

Another tense protest in Seattle saw dozens of people push their way through the streets, with some breaking windows, spray-painting anarchist insignia and chanting not only about ICE but about the many other issues that roiled America’s streets last year under the administration of former President Donald Trump.

“No Cops, Prisons, Borders, Presidents,” said one banner, while another proclaimed that the conflict over racial justice, policing, immigration and corporate influence in the country was “not over” merely because a new president had been inaugurated in Washington, D.C.

“A Democratic administration is not a victory for oppressed people,” said a flyer handed out during the demonstrations, during which protesters also smashed windows at a shop often described as the original Starbucks in downtown Seattle. The communiqués used expletives to condemn Biden and “his stupid” crime bill, passed in 1994 and blamed for mass incarcerations in the years since.

Hours after Biden’s inauguration, federal agents in Portland used tear gas and other crowd-control munitions to disperse demonstrators who had gathered to protest the harsh arrest and detention practices wielded by federal immigration authorities under the Trump administration.

Biden has signaled that immigration is going to be a key issue of his presidency, using some of his first executive orders Wednesday to end construction of the border wall and bolster the program that provides deportation protections for immigrants who were brought into the country without authorization as children.

The conflict in Portland capped a day of demonstrations in the liberal city, where different groups of protesters either decried Biden or called for activism to pressure the new president to take forceful action on immigration, climate change, health care, racial justice and income inequality.

Earlier in the day, about 200 people — a mix of racial justice, anti-fascist and anarchist activists — marched to the local Democratic Party headquarters, where some of them smashed windows and tipped over garbage containers, lighting the contents of one on fire. “We don’t want Biden — we want revenge,” said one sign, referring to killings committed by police officers.

In a city that has seen months of demonstrations over racial injustice, economic inequality, federal law enforcement and corporate power — and some of the harshest law enforcement responses to such protests — protesters have vowed to continue their actions no matter who is president. “We are ungovernable,” one sign in the crowd said.

In Seattle, about 150 people marched through the streets. Some spray-painted buildings with an anarchist symbol and broke windows, including at a federal courthouse. They chanted both anti-Trump and anti-Biden slogans.

One member of the group handed out flyers to people on the street that said, “Biden won! And so did corporate elites!” The flyers explained that a “Democratic administration is not a victory for oppressed people” and that “Biden will not save us.”

“I came out here because no matter what happens, Biden and Kamala aren’t enough,” said one of the protesters, Alejandro Quezada Brom, 28, referring to Vice President Kamala Harris. He said the new president needs to know that “the pressure’s not off” for progress on immigration and policing reforms.

Seattle police officers followed the group and began to surround it as night fell. At least two protesters appeared to be arrested.

January 21, 2021. Tags: , , , , , , . Antifa, Joe Biden, Rioting looting and arson. Leave a comment.

A white member of Antifa named Jennifer Lynn Cole has been arrested after a video showed her setting a black owned business on fire in Portland, Oregon.

https://twitter.com/KOINNews/status/1338911235174240269

https://usaherald.com/radical-arsonist-torches-black-restaurant-after-owners-brother-criticizes-antifa-for-violence-in-portland/

Radical arsonist torches BLACK restaurant after owner’s brother criticizes Antifa for violence in Portland

December 21, 2020

Thirty-eight-year-old Jennifer Lynn Cole has been arrested and charged with second-degree arson for torching Portland restaurant Reo’s Ribs in retaliation for the owner’s brother criticizing Antifa.

Andy Ngo, a famous reporter who covers Antifa violence, first broke the story on Nov. 28, saying “Reo’s Ribs, a restaurant in Portland, was destroyed in a fire overnight,” Ngo reported. “It is next to the businesses that were vandalized last week by Antifa. The owner gave an interview where he was critical of that vandalism against his neighbors.”

Earlier in December surveillance footage of the crime was released by KOIN News and shared by Ngo in a tweet. The tape shows a female, presumably Cole, starting a small fire near recycling and garbage receptacles which then turns into a massive blaze.

Before the incident occurred, the owner’s brother Ricky Varnado had criticized Antifa and leftist agitators for destroying small businesses across Portland.

“I just hope whoever is doing this, they would catch the people who [are] doing it and be prosecuted for what they’ve done,” Ricky said. “I mean, because this is really a sad time of the year they are doing this, with the coronavirus epidemic that’s going on, people are having a hard time trying to make it in life and this makes it even worse.”

In 2017, Reo’s Ribs was destroyed in another fire which was ruled as an accident. Owner Reo Varnado said at the time the fire wasn’t an accident, citing previous comments made by unknown individuals, some of which reportedly involved race-based pejoratives.

“It makes me think about my past when I was growing up in Mississippi,” the restaurant owner said. “Because I’ve seen it happen so many times back there. It gives me flashbacks.”

The irony of the attack cannot be understated as Reo is himself a black man. This incident points to a wider pattern of behavior by Antifa, a radical organization many members within today’s political establishment continue to ignore.

One thing is for certain, however. Antifa is far from an imaginary boogeyman propagated by the GOP. The proof is in the pudding. The demise of Reo’s business is one of many incidents that have occurred throughout 2020.

Indeed, the United States has failed to come to terms with Antifa, which has consistently shown itself to be a violent, radical, and morally bankrupt political movement designed to do only one thing – utilize fear as a tool to silence opposition of any kind.

December 21, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , . Antifa, Racism, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Oregon just decriminalized personal useage of heroin and cocaine, but continues to ban their commercial scale manufacturing, distribution, and sale. How exactly is that supposed to work?

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

November 4, 2020

Oregon voters just approved a ballot initiative which decriminalizes personal usage of small amounts of heroin and cocaine.

However, it is still illegal to manufacture, distribute, or sell these drugs on a commercial scale.

Therefore, people who use these drugs will still be getting them from illegal manufacturers, distributors, and sellers.

Which means that the problems of contamination, unknown levels of potency, gangs, drive by shootings, etc., will still be possible.

In order to get rid of these problems, the drugs need to be legalized at all levels of manufacturing, distribution, and sale.

Only then, when the drugs are fully legal, and are manufactured by brand name companies whose reputations are on the line, and whose labels list all of the ingredients, as well as the exact concentration and potency of the drugs, will we be able to see what happens when these drugs are legalized.

As it stands now, with the drugs decriminalized only for personal usage, but still banned for manufacturing, distribution, and sale on a commercial scale, it will be impossible for users to know for certain what exactly is in their drugs, or how strong they are. And in order to buy the drugs, users will still be interacting with criminals.

By legalizing these drugs for personal usage, but continuing with the ban on on commercial scale manufacturing, distribution, and sale, how exactly is this supposed to work?

November 4, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . War on drugs. Leave a comment.

Sarah Iannarone is leading the mayoral polls in Portland, Oregon. She likes Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, and Che Guevara. Her campaign director, Gregory McKelvey, said, “I am a communist.”

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

October 12, 2020

Sarah Iannarone is running for mayor in Portland, Oregon. One poll has her ahead by 11%.

This photograph shows Iannarone wearing a dress that glorifies communist dictators and mass murderers Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, and Che Guevara.

Source of image: https://www.westernjournal.com/leftist-mayoral-candidate-spotted-wearing-skirt-featuring-sinister-dictators/

Iannarone’s campaign director, Gregory McKelvey, said:

“I am a communist.”

Source: http://archive.is/ZfErT

Communism is such a horrible system that even the people who claim to be in favor of it never actually immigrate to communist countries. On the contrary, all of the immigration regarding communist countries is away from the communist countries, not into them.

Even though it’s illegal for Cubans to move out of Cuba, thousands risk their own lives every year on homemade rafts trying to get to the U.S.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., none of the college professors, social justice warriors, celebrities, or other left wing progressives who claim to be in favor of communism ever actually move to a communist country.

When the Berlin Wall came down, the rush of people was from East Germany to West Germany, not the other way around.

October 12, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Communism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Jail releases Portland man who set fire with molotov cocktail. Then he sets SIX more.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2020/09/14/jail-releases-portland-man-who-set-fire-with-molotov-cocktail-then-he-sets-six-more-n929538

Jail Releases Portland Man Who Set Fire With Molotov Cocktail. Then He Sets SIX More

By Tyler O’Neil

September 14, 2020

On Sunday, police arrested a man who confessed to starting a brush fire with a Molotov cocktail in Portland. They booked him in Multnomah County Jail. Portland being Portland, the authorities released the suspect that evening. The man then went on to start six more fires before the police arrested him yet again. The cops took him to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

“On Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 4:35p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to assist Portland Fire and Rescue with a brush fire in the 9600 block of East Burnside Street,” the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported. “Officers saw that a section of grass along the I-205 freeway was burning. Firefighters extinguished the fire. No one was injured and no structures were damaged.”

A witness identified a suspect in a nearby tent and “officers arrested the suspect, who confirmed he lit the fire with the device,” a Molotov cocktail.

Officers booked 45-year-old Domingo Lopez Jr. into jail on charges of Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. “Arson investigators are also doing a follow-up to see if other charges are warranted.”

A reasonable person might expect the story to end there. The suspect confessed to the crime, the cops booked him in jail and got him off the streets. With a little time and some well-deserved punishment, the arsonist might reconsider his destructive ways. After all, the Pacific Northwest is undergoing a particularly harsh fire season, and fires near Portland have discolored the sky with smoke.

The story did not end there, however. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt has notoriously taken the side of violent antifa rioters against the police they attack, and he announced that his office would not prosecute many riot-related crimes, even when some of those crimes endanger the lives of police officers. Perhaps that attitude helps explain why Domingo Lopez Jr. left jail on Sunday evening. Apparently, the suspect had enough time on his hands to set a whopping six more fires before the police again detained him.

“A suspect arrested last evening for starting a brush fire was arrested again after he started 6 more small fires,” PPB reported. Officers went to capture Lopez at 3:37 a.m. on Monday morning, joining Portland Fire and Rescue to put out many fires “along the west side of the I-205 freeway,” an area along the same freeway Lopez had targeted hours before.

“Portland Fire and Rescue extinguished three of them while passing community members put out the other three. All were caught early. No one was injured and no structures were burnt,” the police reported. Officers again arrested Lopez, seizing a lighter as evidence.

“Lopez was transported to a hospital on a Police Officer Hold for a mental health evaluation. He was issued citations for 6 additional counts of Reckless Burning,” PPB added.

This is what happens when authorities release dangerous criminals — they commit more crimes and endanger more people. Yet activists want to abolish the police?

This madness needs to end.

September 15, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , . Antifa, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Poll: Do you support or oppose this woman’s use of a gun? (Video: Oregon woman catches arsonist on her property with matches – holds him at gunpoint until police arrive)

Poll by Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

September 15, 2020

Update: In the comment section, multiple people have said that the poll is not working properly. I don’t know what’s causing this. I use the wordpress built-in poll feature. I did not write the code myself. It’s the same wordpress poll feature that I’ve been using for all of my polls for many years. This is the first time that anyone has ever said that there was a technical problem with one of my polls.


https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/not-climate-change-oregon-woman-catches-arsonist-property-matches-holds-gunpoint-police-arrive-video/

Oregon Woman Catches Arsonist on her Property with Matches — Holds Him at Gunpoint Until Police Arrive (VIDEO)

By Jim Hoft

September 14, 2020

https://twitter.com/zerosum24/status/1305214840798171137

An Oregon woman found an arsonist on her property over the weekend. The woman held him by gunpoint on the ground until police arrived.

She told the man if her husband would have caught him he’d be dead.

The mainstream media ignored this citizen’s arrest.

It goes against their global warming and anti-gun narrative.

September 15, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Antifa, Guns, Polls, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. 10 comments.

The Portland protestor did NOT set himself on fire. This other video proves that it was SOMEONE ELSE who set him on fire.

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

September 7, 2020

Let’s start out with the video that so many people have already seen:

https://twitter.com/TaylerUSA/status/1302461688910770176

Many people, having seen this video, assumed that the protestor set himself on fire.

But this other video proves that it was actually someone else who set him on fire. Skip to 0:43

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXgdheCGVs8

September 7, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Antifa, Black lives matter, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

Video from Portland: Antifa member tries to set police officers on fire by throwing Molotov cocktail, but ends up setting another Antifa member on fire instead. Warning: video contains graphic hilarity!

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

September 6, 2020

In Portland, Oregon, an Antifa member tried to set police officers on fire by throwing a Molotov cocktail, but ended up setting another Antifa member on fire instead.

Here’s a video of it:

https://twitter.com/TaylerUSA/status/1302461688910770176

Update: Here’s another video, where you can see how it started. Skip to 0:43

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXgdheCGVs8

September 6, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , . Antifa, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

Photographic proof: AMBUSHED Antifa ‘killer’ Michael Reinoehl seen ‘lying in wait’ before fatally shooting ‘MAGA martyr’ Jay Bishop in Portland

https://www.the-sun.com/news/1425121/antifa-killer-lying-in-wait-aaron-jay-danielson-portland/

AMBUSHED Antifa ‘killer’ Michael Reinoehl seen ‘lying in wait’ before fatally shooting ‘MAGA martyr’ Jay Bishop in Portland

By Erica Davies

September 5, 2020

AUTHORITIES have released new surveillance images from the killing of far-right supporter Aaron “Jay” Danielson after the suspect, an Antifa activist, was shot by US Marshals in Portland.

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt on Friday released the unsealed warrant for Michael Forest Reinoehl, who was gunned down by a fugitive task force in Washington state following an exchange of gunfire.

Newly released surveillance footage appears to capture the Antifa activist lying in wait moments before he killed a pro-Trump supporter in Portland last weekend

Michael Forest Reinoehl allegedly hid in the entrance of a parking garage in Oregon before he and another unknown man ambushed Jay Bishop

The warrant charges the 48-year-old far-left activist with murdering Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was shot in downtown Portland during last Saturday’s clash between pro-Trump and Black Lives Matter groups.

Reinoehl appeared to lie in wait for the 39-year-old, who also went by the alias Jay Bishop, before the shooting and texted his own son an offer to trade marijuana for a handgun weeks before Danielson’s murder, the court documents reveal.

Danielson himself was armed with a handgun, which was found in his waistband after he died and didn’t appear to be used during the attack in Oregon, according to the warrant.

Portland Police Detective Rico Beniga described in the affidavit the events leading up to the shooting based on witness statements, previously released bystander video, and never-before-seen surveillance footage from a nearby parking garage.

Reinoehl was seen walking with a white woman as they stared at Danielson and a friend at a street across the intersection in downtown Portland

In the new CCTV footage, Reinoehl walks with a white woman on SW 3rd Avenue, and both can be seen staring down Adler Street as they cross the intersection.

After the two cross the intersection, the woman pauses and stands against a building as Reinoehl continues walking.

Danielson and his friend Chandler Papas are then seen turning a corner behind them from Adler Street – and Reinoehl is seen glancing behind him.

Reinoehl then ducks into a parking garage entrance and “reaches towards his left front waist area,” the affidavit says.

“Reinoehl conceals himself, waits, and watches as Danielson and Pappas continue walking by. Danielson and Pappas do not appear to interact or communicate with anyone and continue southbound on SW 3rd Avenue,” the documents state.

Beniga notes that Danielson appears to he holding a can of Mace in one hand and a telescoping baton in the other.

After the two men walk past in their Patriot Prayer hats, Reinoehl and another unidentified man follow Danielson and Pappas out of the camera’s view.

Pappas told Fox News that the men ambushed him and Danielson from behind, and said something to the effect of “we got a couple right here” and someone shouting “pull it out,” apparently in reference to a gun.

He said two shots were fired almost immediately when he and Danielson turned around – and that’s when Danielson began to mace the gunman before he was fatally shot.

Danielson had been shot in the chest from the front, and the mace can he was carrying had damage consisted with a bullet impact, Beniga said.

Cops raced to the scene less than a minute after the shooting, bystander video shows.

The affidavit states that police found a 9mm Glock Model 17 holstered in Danielson’s waist area.

The pistol’s 19-round magazine was full, and there was a bullet in the chamber, leading detectives to conclude that it couldn’t have been used during the clash.

September 5, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Antifa, Guns, Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Another hate crime hoax: Oregon commission candidate admits he wrote ‘racist’ letter to himself

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/07/07/another-hate-crime-hoax-oregon-commission-candidate-admits-he-wrote-racist-letter-to-himself-944017

Another hate crime hoax: Oregon commission candidate admits he wrote ‘racist’ letter to himself

By Jon Dougherty

July 7, 2020

An Oregon man gunning for a seat at the political table has joined the ranks of now notorious hate crime ‘hoaxers’ Jussie Smollett and Bubba Wallace.

A Hispanic candidate for an Oregon county commission seat has admitted he faked a ‘racist’ letter to himself, though he now says he never meant to “mislead” anyone.

Jonathan Lopez, who ran an unsuccessful primary campaign for a seat on the Umatilla County commission in May, had initially claimed that a racially-tinged letter had been left in his mailbox.

But in an email to the press on Monday, Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston said Lopez admitted to law enforcement that he wrote the letter.

The chief added that the case would be turned over to the district attorney’s office to decide whether to prosecute Lopez for filing a false police report, which is a Class A misdemeanor in the state.

“From the onset, this alleged incident has been thoroughly investigated,” Edmiston wrote in an email to the Lagrand Observer. “Our investigation has shown that Mr. Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media. The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.”

Lopez, one of five candidates who ran for a nonpartisan seat being vacated by Umatilla County Commissioner Bill Elfering after eight years, posted a picture of the letter, which contained racist, misogynistic, and homophobic slurs on Facebook. In the post, which has since been deleted, Lopez wrote that he had received the letter but harbored “no resentment for whomever wrote this.”

As seen in the photo, the letter said that Lopez and other “Mexicans” were “not welcome here.”

“America is for the God-fearing, pro-gun, pro-life humans who refuse to be controlled by the government,” the letter said.

After being contacted by the East Oregonian newspaper, Lopez said that the incident was simply a big misunderstanding, and that he only wanted to talk to Edmonton about alleged racism in Umatilla County. He claimed that he only sought to use the letter as an example of the kind of racism some people experience but don’t talk about in public very often.

“I never meant to file a report, it just kind of spiraled out,” Lopez said, adding he “never meant to mislead” anyone.

When he was asked about the statements he made on Facebook and his comments to an East Oregonian reporter June 24 that he discovered the letter in his mailbox at home, Lopez confessed he had told police the same thing.

Edmiston said his department will also be forwarding information to the district attorney regarding potentially fraudulent statements Lopez made in his May 2020 voters guide regarding his background and education.

Lopez, who is also a member of the city of Hermiston’s Hispanic Advisory Committee, placed fourth in the May primary.

The police chief said Hermiston officers had learned that Lopez never served in the U.S. Coast Guard as he claimed in election materials, which — if true — is a violation of the Stolen Valor Act of 2013.

So far, the Observer reported, Lopez, 29, has not provided authorities with any proof of his claimed service.

“This investigation is particularly frustrating as we are in the midst of multiple major investigations while battling a resource shortage due to the current pandemic,” Edmiston said, the Observer reported.

“The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today. As a lifelong resident of this diverse community, I’m disgusted someone would try to carelessly advance their personal ambitions at the risk of others.”

The Hermiston Herald published a bio of the five county commission candidates May 5. It says he is an “associate pastor at Hermiston’s Living Springs Apostolic Church and the chief executive officer of the Einstein Learning Center.”

“I have no political background or involvement in my past history, but I am a person who always cares and is concerned for his community,” he is quoted as saying. “If I’m being prosperous, if I’m being successful, then I shouldn’t be content with other people’s misery.

“I want to work for all the residents of Umatilla County. I want to reestablish our place in the world so that they can see our potential and what we have here as a county in the state of Oregon,” he added.

Lopez’s hate hoax is the latest in a series of other higher-profile instances involving minorities who falsely claimed they were targeted or attacked because of their race.

Most recently, NASCAR No. 43 driver Bubba Wallace initially claimed that a garage door rope fashioned into a noose by someone was directed at him, but an FBI investigation determined the noose had been in the Talladega Superspeedway stall for months.

And in early 2019, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett faked an attack on himself and blamed in on white Trump-supporting males.

July 9, 2020. Tags: , , , , . Fake hate crimes, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Good guy with a gun stops bad guy with a gun at Oregon school

According to this article from NBC News, a good guy with a gun just stopped a bad guy with a gun in Oregon.

And this happened at a school.

In a hallway full of students.

And the bad guy was carrying a backpack full of ammunition.

Who knows how many innocent people would have been killed if there had not been a good guy with a gun at the school.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/police-bodycam-video-released-showing-fatal-shooting-parent-oregon-school-n962651

Police bodycam video released showing fatal shooting of parent at Oregon school

Authorities said the shooting happened following a custodial dispute at the school.

January 25, 2019

Police bodycam video shows the moments right before an Oregon officer fatally shoots the parent of a student outside of a middle school following a confrontation.

The fatal shooting happened Jan. 11 at Cascade Middle School in Eugene, following a custodial dispute involving 30-year-old Charles Landeros. The video was released Thursday after the Lane County district attorney ruled that the officer’s use of deadly force was justified.

Landeros’ family, however, said in a statement via their attorney that they will be conducting their own investigation “to review the use of deadly force that resulted in the tragic death of their loved one.”

“We know this is a complex situation and that these situations often involve split-second decisions that are not fully appreciated simply by watching a video,” the family said, adding: “The video, and the accompanying statement from the DA’s office do not change the fact that many in the community are still grieving and that Charlie’s daughters are now without their father.”

The incident began when Landeros’ ex-wife went to the school after learning that Landeros had enrolled their child into the middle school without her permission, the DA’s office said in a press release.

The school told Landeros — an Army veteran who served from 2006 to 2012 and was honorably discharged — to come to the school, and also called the school resource officer Steve Timm.

When Timm learned that “there was a custody dispute occurring,” he called Eugene Police Officer Aaron Johns for assistance, according to the release.

The video shows the two officers in the school’s hallway ordering Landeros to leave the building.

“The police do not have jurisdiction over here. The principal has not asked me to leave,” Landeros says, before appearing to walk away from the officers.

As the officers were trying to get Landeros to leave the building, the child walked into the hallway. Landeros started yelling at the child to “go,” according to the DA’s office.

The video shows one of the officers grabbing and pushing Landeros out a door. Police then announce they’re arresting Landeros.

During a struggle, Landeros pulled out a handgun and fired two shots at Timm, the DA’s office said. Timm, who was not wounded, returned fire, striking Landeros in the head.

Authorities said students were in the hallway and in a nearby classroom during the altercation. Two people at the school, as well as Landeros’ child, witnessed the shooting, the DA’s office said.

An investigation following the shooting found that Landeros was carrying an extra magazine with ammunition on Landeros’ belt and another in the car, authorities said. Landeros was also wearing a backpack that contained additional ammunition, authorities said.

Officer Timm saved the life of Officer Johns, himself and perhaps many others,” the DA’s office ruled. “There is no clearer circumstance that the use of deadly force is justified than this.”

January 29, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , . Guns. Leave a comment.

Oregon fines man $500 because he used math to criticize red light cameras without having an engineering license

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oregon-man-claims-state-muzzles-red-light-camera-critique-n751371

Oregon Man Claims State Muzzles Red Light Camera Critique

April 26, 2017

An Oregon man’s public criticism of the mathematical formula used by red light cameras got him in trouble — not with the police but with the state engineering board.

So he’s suing, claiming a violation of free speech.

After his wife got a ticket based on a red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, Mats Järlström, a Swedish-born electronics engineer, studied the calculations used to determine the length of the yellow light cycle. He concluded it was too short, because it failed to account for the longer time a driver needed to turn a corner, rather than go straight through the intersection.

Convinced the cameras were using an out-of-date formula, he took his message to practically anyone who would listen — local TV stations, a conference of traffic engineers, and even the state board of engineer examiners.

That’s what got him in trouble.

The board fined him $500 and said he was violating a state law by speaking about engineering issues without a license.

“By providing the public with his traffic engineering calculations,” the board said, “Järlström engaged in the practice of engineering.” And since he didn’t have a license issued by the state, he was violating the law, it said.

Now he’s suing in federal court, accusing the state of violating his First Amendment right to speak about a public issue.

“Criticizing the government’s engineering isn’t a crime. It’s a constitutional right,” said Samuel Gedge of the Institute for Justice, a conservative public interest law firm representing Järlström. “You don’t need to be a licensed engineer to talk about traffic lights.”

As many states do, Oregon prohibits a person from practicing engineering without a license. But the state’s board of engineering examiners equates publicly talking about engineering issues with practicing engineering.

“I was fined simply for speaking out and was told that I can’t truthfully call myself an engineer. People should be free to debate any topic, including technical topics like math and traffic lights,” Järlström said.

A spokesman for the state engineering board had no comment on the lawsuit, and the state has not yet responded in court.

Järlström paid the $500 fine. But he isn’t suing to get his money back.

Another Institute for Justice lawyer on his legal team, Wesley Hottot, said the state is essentially requiring a permission slip to debate government policy. “This board and licensing boards across the country think the First Amendment doesn’t apply to them. They couldn’t be more wrong.”

April 28, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Math, Police state. 2 comments.